Billy the blacksmith, or, From anvil to fortune

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Billy the blacksmith, or, From anvil to fortune
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. Feb. 2n,jt912 The anipial kicked and Billy turned around in time to detect their game. "What are you up toP" he cried angrily. Dropping the mare's foot he sprang at the rascals. The trio started for tbe door in a hurrv ...


Fame and Fortune Wee y STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Juued WookL11-B1 1 Subcription /2.50 per year. Entered accol'Cling to Act o.f Congre8'. in tho u-,ar 1912, in the o fflce of th& Librarian of Cong i e ss nra.hi11oton, D. C., by li'rrmk 1'ousey, Publl.her, 168 lVest 23d St., .Yew York. Entered at tho Neto York, N. Y., Post Office as Secon,d-Class Matter. No. 331. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 2, 1912. Price 5 Cents. BILLY THE BLACKSMITH OR, FROM ANVIL TO FORTUNE By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. BILLY BL.A.XE AND OTHEl!S. "What are you doing, Billy?" Dick Hudson, walking into John Hooley's blacksmith shop where his particular friend, Billy Blake, was employ ed as chief helper to the owner. "I'm tempering these pieces o! steel for Judson, up the road," replied Billy, in his customary cheerful way, "and when 1 get that job done I have to file them down to a. dullpointed end." As he spoko Billy pulled one of the steel pieces out of the forge fire and thrust it, hissing, Into a tub of water. The shop was situ ated on the outskirts of the bustling town of Davenport, and was divid e d from Hooley's cottage by a vegetable garden. Billy Blake was understood to be a distant relative of Hooley's-adopted b y the blacksmith wheit. Billy was too young to remember anything about his real parents. As Hooley had bee n a blacksmith all his life, it was natural that he should teach the trade to Billy. The boy got his first insight into the business at odd times while attending school, and put In the greater part of his vacations around the forge. He was now eighteen and a good, practical workman. In fact, h e did nearly all the work of the shop, for Hooley had fallen into the bad habit of spending most of his time, to the neglectof his business, at a nearby dram-shop, where he posed as a champion of the common people, putting up a constant howl abou t the inequality of the establlshed order of things. Not b eing very well educated there was more hot a.Ir than argument in his outbursts against rich men and the rapacity oI the trusts. He was rabidly In faYor of an equal division of the world's wealth, in spite of the fact that were such a division to be m a de it would greatly reduce his current income. This might loo k distinterested on his part, but It was really due to his ignorance on the subject. It had been observed by those who had known him-!or a considerable time that whether business was good or bad with him he always had money in his pocket to spend, and he spent it, thereby acquiring the reputation of a good fellow. It bad also been noticed that he W ll.S flusher during the first wee k of a month, as a rule, than at any other time. HJ;; cronies, ther ef ore, b elieved that be collected his b1lls around that time, which would account for the enlarged size of roll at that particular part of the month. At any rate, so far as any on e knew, his source o! 1ncom was c onfined to his business, and as his shop was well patronized he was in no danger of going to the poorhouse. Dick Hudson lived with h!s parents in the cottage next door to Hooley, and be spent a good part of his leisure time with Billy. On the day ou r story opens be had been fishing, and when he entered the blacksmith shop he had two dozen fair-sized fish dangling 'from a cord he carried in his hand. "What is Judson going to make with those pieces of steel 7" he asked. "How do I know? I didn't ask him." "You do quite a bit of '.Jlacksmith work for him. He must be making some kind o f a machine in his house." "I don't know of any law against him spending his time that way if be wants to." "May-be he's an inventor." "Maybe h e is He must have money, or i:.n Income, for he doesn't do a n y regular worlc I've heard that be hangs around Bogan's, where you can place money In wagers. "There's going to be a race meeting at the track here shortly." "So the posters around town say: "The paper said last evenin g that some of the fastest horses in the business will be brought here to attend it." "Then it's sure lo be a success. It will bring a bunch of strangers iato town-mostly people who follow the sport about the country, and make the blacksmith's business g ood." Th e Carters ought to enter Black Bess in one of the running events. The mare can go so:ne I thinlc she'd stand a good show of winning." ':The animal belongs to Bess Carter, and she might not care to race he-r pet. You see, if she did she'd have to secure a reliable jockey. If she only ran Black Bess in one race she'd have to borrow a jockey from somebody, Then she could hardly depend on a stranger. If the mare won the first heat in good style the fellow might be tampered with and paid to lose the other heats. I've heard that there is a lot of crooked work about horse racing, ancl 1.he owner of a gooc'l racehorse entered at a meet bas got to be continually o i. the watch to insure himself a fair show." "I guess Miss Carter wouldn't make anything by running her animal." "That's my opinion, particularly as Black Bess Is only used to being ridden b y M is s Bessie herself. With a stranger on her back she might cut up and spoil all her chances o f winning." "That's right. I never though t o f that," said Dick, nod.


BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. At that moment a roughly dressed man, with a wooden leg, I "It seems a shame for him to make you do RO much. He's enter<:!d t;1e shop hy the back door a strong, healtl1y man and ought to Lio his sllare, like he He was an ex-sea captain, named Ezra Gale, and Mrs. Hooley useu to." was his sister. "Oh, well, I've got to earn my board, clcthes aml spending-Ho lived at ccttage and put in his time in var'ous ways, money. As long as I am busy here I am out of mischief," chiefly in the veg<:'table garden, but was always ready to lend he chuckled. Billy a hand if he was around, for he and the boy were on "You're net a mischievous boy I think you're--" the best of terms. She stopped, n bit confueed. "Hello, cap'n, said Dick. "You think I'm what?" "Howdy do, young man?" replied the mariner, in a fog"Oh, nothing. I--" horn voice.. "You think I'm nothing?" laughe!.l Billy. The captain han a long-stemmed Dutch pipe in his mouth ''Dear me, no, .. blushed Bessie. "I didn't mean that. I which w:is !:is constant companion. meant--" About the only time it wai;; not in his mouth was when he "Yes?" was in bell. 'I don't want to say what I meant. It was complimentary, "How does the wind blow, cap'n?" grinned Dic!L so there," and she blushed again. ''Wes-sou'-west-by-half-west, replied the skipper, without "Thank yon, Miss Bessie, but not half as complimentary as the least hesitation. what I could say about YOll if I dared." "I didn't notice that there was any wind," Dick "Then l'm glnd you don't dare say it. Compliments only "When the ;,Ind blows from that c;uartor it's a sort of zephyr embarraBs the -you've got to wet your finger and hold it up to feel it," "You've no ohjectlon to me thinking them, have you?" said Gale. "What a;e you inaldng now, Billy-something "Of course not, but I don't think I deserve any compliments fQr yourself?' at all. "No; tbes"l pieces of steel were brought here by .Judson to "If you don't nobody does. I thin]{ you're the finest girl in be tempe:ed and then filed. Here, don't handle that one. It's town," said Billy, in a tone that iohowed he meant it. hot." "Tllere, you've gone and done it afte r all!" blushed Bessie, The captain pointed to 'another. more rosily than ever. "Can I look at that one?" he said. "I beg your pardon. I really couldn't help expressing my "Yes. I baYent had that in the forge yet." scmtiments." "What's Judson going to do with these tilings?" asked the "Oh, well, you'rl' forgiven, but don't do It again," she said, captain, after he hnd examined the p iece of steel. shaking her finger warningly at him. 'Will you assist me "You've got me, cap'n," said Dilly. "He's making someto mount?" thing that they are a part of." "Wlth tile grentcst ple!'.sure, ., s.'.lid Dilly, t>agerly grasping 'Hum! I saw the expressman deliver a hand-lathe at his one of her gloved hands as she placed the other on' Blacl< house yesterday, and the day before he left a box that conneck. tained something so heavy. that it was all he could do to carry With a light spring she was in the saddle. it into the I asked him what it was, but he didn't "Good-by, Billy!" she saiti, waving her hand that held the know. He said it came from Chicago by express." fancy whip which she carried more for show than servi{'e "I saw some paclmges addressed to him at the express office 'Good-by, Miss BesRie! .. sRld the young blacksmith, pulling two weeks ago," said Dick. "He is snrely making some kind oft' his cap. of a machine. I'd give something to know what it is. Maybe Then she c:mtered away. it's some invention that he'll make a raft of money out of "Fino girl, l\1isR Cotter," irniu Dick. when be gets it finh:hed." "Bet your life she is! Sho's In a b? herself." ''He ruay :maim a tot or money out of the idrn, but not out ot At that junct;:re Ca;1talu Gale came to the door and called fl. single machine," said Billy. "He is probably making a Billy to dinner. working model to have patented." "So long, Bil1y; I'll !'. Mr. Hooley hiruF.elf, va$ not present. This wag nothing tmuRunl, an<.l 111rs. Hooley had got into thP. habit of ignoring hi3 She recogni11ed the fact that fl!lly nnd the were the v;orkern a.nd had to be fed, PO if her husban1l failed to turn up by the end of tho meal she placed a portion in tho oven to await his convenience. Hooley never kickE:d. Hr wa3 a n.a.n, and an overbearing one in his way, and his wife was a lHtle woman, but, nevertheless, ,vhatever she said or done went In the house. Outside the door her influence ceased. Mr. Hooley llitl al)out as lie chose, without much referonce to what she thought about it. If this procedure on his part led to a curtain after wa:d be took it, said nothing, and kept on in his customary way just the same. The meal was half throug!'l when Hooley turned up, took bis place at the head of the table u.ncl helped himself to what re maincd on the dishes. ''What havo you been doing this morning since I left the shop?" he asked his ass.stant. "Not a whole lot," replied Billy. "Shoed a couple of horse.i, repaired the tongue of a wagon, and I am now doing a small job for Judson.


BTLLY THE IlLAOKSM:ITH. 3 -..:. ------------"\Ybat is it?" iislred Hooley, curiously. The boy told him. "Is thn t man fixing up a ma.chine fl hop ln his houso?" "I don't know." "You've heen doing quite a number of spiall jobs for him." "I knew It I thin1, bc's building some kind of a machine. "What kind of a machine?" I don't kuow anything about it. I haven't seen it. I only judge he must 1.Jci doirJg nuc h a thing from what I've doJle for him." "Isn't it a strange thing for him to be building a machine In his tio:!3e?" "N"ot particularlJ' It is probably an invention of his that he's putting togethe: "The n why d oe sn't he have a regular machini&t build it in his shon?" "He probably wi:ihes to keo;J the main points of its constru-: tion a secret until he has patented it." "He could patent it by means of drawings, couldn't he? That's the way Davi;; got a patent on his corn-sheller." "I do;i't know anything about the requirements of paten1 applications. I don't even know whether Judson is an in ventor. All I know i s that I've made him a number of small iron articles, autl have fixed up several steel thing<:, according to his directions. The articles ha brought rue all loolrnd lilte parts or f1 machine. He didn't tell me what he was going to do wiLh thiom, and I didn't ask h im." "I wlah you'd fi!ld out what use he's u .aking of tho things.'' "What for?" 'Cause I want to J[r..ow.'' "I don't see how I'm going t o do it." "You might snea! around his house r.ftar C:ark and maybe you could see through a window what he's doing." "I don't care to spy on anybody's private business.' "You'r e too particular," s n eered Hooley. "It isn't an honorable thing to do unless--" "Unless what?" "You hav.,.) strong reasons to believe that a person is en gaged in something that is decidedly crooked and against public interest." "Maybe that' s what Judson is up to." "It Is posaible, but not probable." "It's opinion he's doing something he wants to keep secret." "That's his privil ege." "Not if it's against the law." "Then y ou imagine h e's doing something crooked?" Hooley rubbed his chin and then said: "He may be." "And your object in asking me to do the sneak act was to try and find out if he was doing something unlawful?" "That's just it." "You'll to get somebody else to do it. I'm a. poor sneak." Billy got up and left the table. When he returned to the shop the captain was sitting on a stool at the door, smoking his long-stemmed pipe. 'fhe boy resume d his work on the piec es of steel. "Say, Billy, look yonder," said the captain. Billy 1oo1;ed 'l'wo men, with a pot of paste, were putting up some circus posters. They were billing a small, one-ring show. The central picture represented a big military mortar. A clown was in the act of touching off the vent wlth a hot poter. Through a hazy cloud of white smoke a figure in spangles, rolled up lilrn a ball, with bis h ead and heels together, was hurtling through the air just as if he had been fired from the mortar. It was labe l e d "The Great Cannon Act. The most astonishing and mysterious performance ever exhibited in Ptibllc." Billy cou ldn't resist the inclination to go to the door to get a better look as aoon as the bill posters had finished their work. "We must see that, Billy," said the captain. "Sure," replie d the who had the pre1 alent weakness for a cfrcu::i. .. Must b e an astonishing perform a pee," said the mariner. "It';; some 1:::.1,e. N o Jive person would or could be fired out cf a mortar that way," Gai d Billy, who had good eommon s0n:;,e. "'l'hll b111 shows him being fired out,'' said the captain. "Th()se bills are always exaggerated. Last year, when the e!rcus wa:-i 1.tere, one of the bills sho we d a. giant n.bout tl.ft een foot high, who was on exhibition. I saw the giant, and he v;as only about seven feet t a ll though he had a shake hat on that made him look al.most ten fe e t. You mustn't put any stock i.n those bills." At that moment Judson came along, with a well-dressed man. ''Got those piec es of steel finished yet?" ho asked. "Not quite. It will take me half an hour to file them." "I'll be bac k i n half an hour," and h e went on to bis house, which was only a short distance away. As Judson failed to a .ppear he thought h e' d take them over to his homie. Billy entered the front yard, which was laid out as a garden, and walke d up to the door. As he was about to pull the bell he heard Judson's voice around the side of the house. As h e approache d the corner he heard a strange voice say:' "When shall you havo the machine in running order?" "In a couple of davs." "Has the paper' been delivered ?'1 "Yes. It's hidden under the fioor in the cellar." "Good! How long will it take you to turn out the goods after you get fairly started?" "That will depend on circumstances." "You'd b etter send them on to u s in sections, by express, of course. Tackle the fives first, and when they're dry express them. Then follow with the tens, and wind up with the twen ties. K eep a watchful eye ou t against curiously disposed peo ple, and don't leave a thing around to tell tales when you're out of the house. Understand?" "I do," said Judson. The nature of the conversation had caused Dilly tQ hesitate abotit showip.g himself, that is why he heard more than be otherwise would haye. H e h eard enough to more than half persuade him that some kind of an offcolor business was going to be e xecuted by Judson at the house. The man was e vid ently finishing the assemblement of the parts of some kind of a machine-lhat is, putting the different parts together t o make a complete whole-which, when ready, was de s igned to do some kind of work. The fact that plates and paper Wl're mentioned, gave Billy the notion that it was a printing press. At any rate, he had 'earned a lot that was not intended for his ears, and he judged that it would ]:le the part of pru dence to return to the doo r and ring tJ.;.e bell. This he did just as Judson and his companion appc:ire d around the corner of the hou se "Hello! What are you doing here?" crled Ji.idson, with a n unpleasant look-. I brought over those pieces of steel," replied Billy. "Very well. Han d them to me. What's the damage?" "I'll have to charge yo u a dollar." "Hare's tho money, and half a dollar for yourseH to pay you for fetching them over." "I don't want any pay for that." "Take it, anyway. You can your girl to the circus on it,'' grinned Judson Billy accepted the tip and returned to tho not qmte satlr;fied as to the legality of the bulliness Judson was about to undertake. CHAPTER HI. TlIE B U H QL!.m:; Although Hooley had asked Billy to find out what kind of machi n e Judson was putting together, the bey did not intend to furnish him with the information h e had accidentally come into possession of. While he suspected that Judson was 'mgaged in that wouldn't stand the searchlight Of investigation, he WnG not sure ?.bout it, consequently he did not ti1ink it prudent to tell any one what h e had heard. The captain was ruminating and smoking when he got back to the shop. A man was waiting in the place with a horse to he shod, and Billy got abo u t the work, Then Dick came around full of the circu s, some of the p o s ters of which h:) had seen, whicb was to show in town 8atur day afternoo n and evening of that week. "You're going to the circus Saturday, ain't you, Billy?" h e asked. I guess so," said the young blacksmith. "'l'hey've got some g r eat acts this time. Look across the road." I


BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. "I've seen it." l Returning to the rear he found the door had been forced "That' s a corker. I wouldn't miss seeing it for a farm." by some Instrument. "Do you think a man is fired out of a mortar like that pie-The Jock, which was a common one, was broke n so he had ture?" to get a piece of wood and nail it up, temporarily. ''Must be, or they wouldn't have the picture." Then he went into the house and told Hooley about the in" Then you believe everything you see on a circus poster?"' cldent, describing the two men so accurately that the blacl t "No-o But they must have something like it." smith easily knew them. "! daresay a man Is shot out of the mortar, but It's by a He went out and looked at the door, asked Billy in whic h spring and not by gunpowder." direction the men had gone, and then returned to his paper. "It wouldn t look natural if there wasn't a report and some What he thought he did not say, and Billy, having a date smoke." that evening, hurried away to keep It, mentally satisfied that "Probably they have both, but I'll bet the mortar doesn't I the two men In question were decidedly suspicious cl1'1.racters make them." and ought to be kept track of. "We ll, w e 'll go in the afternoon and s e e how they work it," Billy attended a dance that evening at a hall half a mile said Dick, who was decidedly Interested in the act, which away and the affair did not break up till about one o'cloc k the artist had ill ustrated with much realization. I On his way home his course took him past the Carter manAt that juncture another horse appeare d to be shod, and so sion, which was situated in the midst of an extensive lawn, Dick went over to talk to the cap tain, who was dozing in the sprinkled with trees. sunshine. It was a handsome place, one of the most vretentious resl-Billy had just finish e d the job and got the pay for it when dences in the town, and etood on a corner. Mrs. Hooley appeared at the back door of the shop. The two street sides were closed in with a thick hedge, 'Isn't John here?" she said. with iron gates-one of which was large and opened on the "No. He hasn't been here since ten this morning," replied 1 carriage drive. Billy. As Billy hurried along he suddenly came upon the two m e n "Then he's down at the dram-shop. You go there and tell leaning against the big gate. him I want to see him right away. A swift glance told him they were the men wbo had been "All right," said the yotmg blacksmith, taking ofr his in the shop. leather apron. He could not see what business they had there at that hour Telling the captain where he was going, he started ofr. of the night, and the more he thought about the matter the The tavern was two short blocks away. more be suspected tlley were up to mischief. Marching in, h e saw Hooley seate d at a table with two men. "I wouldn't be smprised bnt they are thinking of trying to He had a glas s at his elbow and a pipe In hls mouth, and rob tlle Carter pluce," be "It's t lie best house in tlJe he was riding his favorite hobby-the annihilation of all trusts neighborhood, and the one most likely to attract the ey e o f a and big busin ess enterprises, and the equitable division of alll burglar." the world's w ealth. Instead of continuing on home, he turned up the next stree t Bllly interrupte d him to deliver his message. and crossing a vacant plot of ground, reached the rear of t he "I'm bu sy," said Hooley, Impati e ntly. j Carter property. "Then I'll tell your wife that you won't come?" said the Here the view of the residence was partly cut off by the barn, boy. ti.le stal.Jle ancl carriage-house, and the tool h o u se. "No, you'll tell her I'll be there In five minutes." The fence was low and the boy easily got over it. Billy looked the two m e n over in a sweeping way and He macle his way toward the back lawn and y a rd. mentally d e cided that he didn't fanc y them. lle was gliding forward under tlle of the barn wl.le n They bad s m oo t h, hard face s and their eyes were shifty. I.le saw two figures Collie arouml the !"Ide of the muu s ion One had a p eculiar scar over his l eft eye which would IdenThey went to the kitchen door and ins pe cted it. tlfy him any where. It was a plain iron door,<:b wns clo se d and s eruretl by The other chap had a broke n nose which marked him for an iron hook ut night, the wooden door insid e being al so locl;:ed life. I and bolted. 'Go on now," said Hoole y "and don't bother me." It woulU take tools and time to open the i r o n t1oor from t he "Is that your son?" Billy heard one of the men say as he walked 1 away. I 'l'he two kitchen windows were protec ted with Ir o n shutter s "No. He': ; my cousin's son, but he lives with me and worls ln fact, all the lower windows of the house were wel! vroin my shop." : tected except the small window that lighted the butler's pant ry. Hool e y' s fiv e minutes were each fiv e minutes Jong, and when I That, holl'ever, wns bigil up and ou.t of or

DILLY THE BLACKSMITH. 5 I n tl1rougb tile window in the butler's pantry. with the IJelp of a ladder that you left standing against a tree." .. How did you the rascals?" asked the gardener. "Never mincl that now. vVe must trv and catch them." "I don't see how 11 man could get in through that small win dow." 'You see tlrnt it's open, dont you? And you see the ladder where it is?" 'l'bc gardener couldn't b e lp seeing a ll that. "What do you inteuci to do?" Il e asked. "Sllall we wait here and catch them wbcu they eome out?" ".r!Jat would take too long Give me your gun, I'll go in ancl you wait llere to unb one of them if Ile should get away from uie.' "Do you expect to fare hotli of t!Jem?" Why uot'I I expect to ratc11 them by snrprii:e. and while hold them at I.Jay 1 shall make a loud enougll to ul'ouse the house u11cl bring :1rr. Cal'ter 011 the scene, so t!Jat llct1Yeen us we enpture the rnst:als." "That \\'ill b(! first-rate if it \YOrks; llut l ook out tllat the burglars dou't take yo u by surprise nnd lay you out." "If I don't come ou them in tile dark I ll surprise tbem all rigllt, said coufidently He mounted the ladder and l ooked in at the window. All wns dnrk aud silent iuside. He strurk a m:ttrh and flasbec1 it ans in U1e other, be started forward. CHAPTER IV. BILLY NABS THI; CllOOKS He entered the large kitchen first and passed t!Jrou;;h that into t h e lower hall o r entry. Her e a short stairway l ed to the landing abo,c. '.rbis was tile rear way of reac!Jiug the upper !:loors. Billy decided uot to go up that way. Ile walked al.lead to the front of the basement and listened at tile first door he came to. He heard no sounds, but he opened the door cautiously and looked in. All was gloom in there and the place, which h e guessed \>US the dining-room, was untenanted. He closed tile door and ascended the front basement stairs, which brought llim to the main llall, wbere the parlor, library and. conse1Tatory were. expected to find the burglars busy on this floor, but an illYestigation of the rooms showed him they were not there. Clearly, they bad gone up to the second IJoor. wber!' Mr. Carter and his wife slept, and where the private sitting-room was. Billy started up, feeling almost like a burglar himself. Suppose ;\Ir. Carter was awakened and encounter ed him in steau of the burglars, and put a bullet into him, it would be pretty r ough S o wbeu the young blacksmith ren cbe d t he landing of the second floor he stopped and liste ned intently. Not a sound reached him from any room. There were four doors within a s!Jort dhtance of earh other. Billy could see the outline s of two of them, as his eyes were now used to the deep gloom of the bouse. He wondered why the Carters did not keep at least one light burning. '.rhey did k e ep the lower h a ll jet. in a pink !;'lobe, turned low all night, but the burglars had extlngulslled it. The boy bad to make some move, so be tried the door of the front room, the sittingroom, where the family received their Intimate friends. The rcom was dark in all parts but one; that Willi where the wall safe lay. The velYet curtains. which usually bid tt, were now thrown back and the fa ce of the safe was lighted up by the glare of a band e l ectric light in the hands of one ot the burglars, while the other was drilling bolel'I around the combination l ock with an up-to-date hand-drill that went through the steel like an ordinary drill through wood and wltbout making a sound. The man who operated the machine was clearly an expert, for he hit the tumblers every time and they dropped out of vosition. In a few minutes the contents of the safe would be at the mercy of tbe rascals. "Stop, you rascals, and throw up your hands!" cried Billy, in a resolute tone. Both men uttered ejaculations, and the fellow threw the ligllt on the boy, blinding him with its intensity. .. A boy cried one of them. '"It's the blacksmith's kid," said the other. "He must be silenced." Billy saw something coming at him and he Instinctively raised h is w ea pon and fir e d straight ahead. 'l'he man uttered a cry and staggered back. I'm sllot," he ejaculated, hoarsely. "Plug him, Cox." Bil l y, r ea lizing his peril, fired at the light. 'l'IJere was a crash and the J!ght went out. The man uttered an oath and fired back just as B1Ily dropped, fenl'ing s uclJ action on his part. Dilly, as blind ns a bat fro m the effect of the J!ght on hill eyes, coul d not make out anythin$ but the fl.ash of the revolver. !lad tile rascal rushed at him he wouldn't have seen him and cou ldn't IJ:ive sa\'ed himself. 'l'he fellow made the mistake of fl.rinc In.stead of dashing fol'ward aud fiuisllin g the blinded boy with a bullet, or the butt of llis w eapon. Dilly fired at the flash, and the bullet tore through the muscles of the man's right arm, by good luck, lllld caused him to drop llis weapon. The !louse was now aroused and everybody in it throw.a into a state of great alarm. :\Ir. Caiter alone retained his presence ot mind. Ile seiied his r evolver and started for the sitting-room. He noticed at once that the dim light on the lllllding had been put out by some one, and he lit it with the match he had in his fingers. Then !Jc heard a terrible uproar In the sitting-room. Ile threw tile door open and looked in. He cou:U make out nothing with his eyes, but he heard two persons on tlle floor near the door engaged in a desperate struggle. He also beard g roans coming from the vldnlty of the safe. l lc ran back to his r oom and got so me matches. Ile flaslled one of these into the sitting-room and saw the two comllatants rolling over and over on the floor, loc ked In ench other's embrace. One held a reYolver, which he couldn't use, in his hand. :\Ir. Carter lost no time in lighting the gas, and then he saw the state of affairs. Ile couldnt tell the combatants apart, tbOugh he knew Billy well, because the boy was underneath and hls face was hidden by the body of the broken-nosed man. Howernr, be that the burglar was a hard-looking stran ger, so he se.ized him first nnd pulled him up. '.l'llen be r ecognized the youug blacksm ith. "Billy Blake-you here!" he exclaimed, in astonishment. "What does this mean?" "Hold on to that man, Mr. Carter. He's a burglar," replled Billy. With a sudden strong effort the boy released himself, grabbed the rascal, too, and shoved bis gun Into hls face. "Now will you give up?" he cried. The man stopped struggling, for he saw that he had not the ghos t of a s how. "You've got me. I give in." be said, sullenly. "Put up your hands, then," said Billy. The fellow obeyed. "Get a towel, Mr. Carter, and tie him," sai

6 BILLY TIIE BLACKSMITH :\fr. C11rter w ent t o hi s tcl e 1 ) h o nc nnd culled up the stationI The sate held nil of l\Irs. Carter's jewel!!, tho best )3e1Ssie'1 t h o u se. I and a s olid silv e r dinner set, an heirloom In the fauuly. state d wlmt Jmc l t a J,en pilt c c in bi s h o nso, aur1 a sked that 'l'b ero were also other valuable articles in It. 1 01t;c? r s b.e sout to t nl:o clw 1gc of the vria o u ors. I Billy had snved it all and tile Uarters were very grateful t ills wi fe nud daughte r, who nuturally lrnd r emained m the t o bim. b : t tkgroul)d i n a state of suspense, n o w learne d all tile When Billy got bac-k to the s hop dinner was over, but b fad:'> or tho c a se and E ssi !' was lou d iu h e r praise s o! Billy s 1 llooloy h art bis waiting for him in the oven. plucky e f fort s in thei r llchnlf. He sat dO\Vn and soon cleaned up the dishes. 'l'he t e l'l' iii o d wolllP 1 who s lept on tile top floor, Ho o l e y was shoeing a horse when Billy went iuto the shop, w e r e rea ssured by tho muster of tile house, and they retlretl nnd he work e d tbroug!:J the afternoon without showing any t o tlJeit roomd urouud the cleurlng, taking everything OHAPTER V. 1n. BILLY AND TIIE CAN:->ON ACT. In some way they got separated, and while looking for Dick, 'rhe n e w s p a1) ers didn't I.lave a line about the affail in the who he knew couldn't l.Je far :lway, Dilly_ stopped to look at a n:wruing b ecause they had gone to pres s, nnd the reporters bad that 1111 attncl:!e was exor?lsmg. gone home, when t h e burglars w ere carried to the stationtile folds of til e tent clo s e by Billy heard men h o use aud lo c k e d up. j ,, Con seq uently, the first information the Hooley s got about it "ho In thunder Wlll take s pince this arteruoon? was whe n told til e m at breakfa st. I o n ; said. T o say t b n t his p erformance a stonished them would be put.. Why, ,:;:et one or the attncbes," saitl the other. tin it mildly. I c ant get one. Tl:!e wllole buncll arc down on me b _e-Billy left them talking about it and went to the shop to I got the manage r to force tllcrn to put the mortar m open up. po s1t1.0n on tho stuge. 'l'l:!ey're sore on me for that, and not "'I s'pos e you'll have to attend the p o li c e court this morning?" will voluntcecr-". said Hool ey who condescended to work that morning. See the JI pick one out and force him to .. I e.i;:pect I will, but I won t go unl es s a policeman comes act as tile human m1sslle. after me, for I've no Idea wheu the men w!ll be brought before "I'.d rather not. I'm going to look for a volunteer on the the magistrate." outside to perform tills afternoon 11nd evening. I'll puy him Di ck c a me around about nine o clock and then he learned $10." ab out tile burglary at the Oarter hous e and how Bllly fig-1 "I guei;i;, you'll have no trouble ln getting n gopd sir.ed boy uro d iu It whp 'll jump nt that money for doing an easy turn that doesn't lle th o u ght at fir s t that Bill y was j o king, and told llim t a ke than fl\ e minutes." so, but the young blacksmith a ssure d him there was no joke The v oi c es ceased and one of tlie men came outside tllrough about it. a slit in the canva:l. "Gee! but you 're a do ndy, all 1 ightt" said Dlc)i:, when Billy His eye s rested on Billy, 1 1ud the inspection was favorable. had fini s lled his story. "You'll stand flue with Bessie and "\Y,rnt to earn $10, my l;1d'/" be said. folks." "Doing what?" asl,;ed tile young blacksmith, curiously. A policeman came after Billy about eleven o;clock and took "He lping me with tile cannon uct." him to court. "In what way?" There he found Mr. Oarter and Bessie. "hly assi s tant, whom I shoot from the i;un, haii been taken "Aren' t you a plucky boy?" said the girl beaming on llhn ill and can't go on to-day. I'll give you $10 to take his place. '"I didn't do any more than was my returned Billy J I'll furnish you with tbc spangled suit. It is a clu ch." pleased at tbe way she addressed him. "Before 1 I wunt to kuow if It's dangerous," I'll.lid. I don't believe many pe ople would have done what you Billy, seized with a sudden desire to astonish all his friend!f did," she a nswel'e(t "At any rate, It isn't more thau I would be lm e w would be at the show either that afternoon or expect of you." m tile evening. "Thank you !or your gootl opinion, Miss Bessie." He !mew his name would he In the afternoon papers in "You're welcome, Biiiy. You may depend that we won't connection with the l)urglary, nud lt struck him that be would forget what we owe you," create a private sen sation by adding another during feat to his The case was called, and Billy's testimony was enough to last uigbt's achl

BILLY THE BL CKS,IITH. 1 s The big top w as be!d up by the rrr:it pole wltif'h rqse from tbe center of tlJe ring, ns in all olt"lfoi;bows. Tile ring itlru.ior.:i \\'Cllt tllrongb their acts. A was expl::tlned to Di:lv. \';ns to catch tlJc performer wbeu be was t't11 tcm wli<'l'C a mu<'ll lesser di>;tt111lntk 1Yitll pniut. co imitate 1;1e r e:ll :uticlP. Anyb or1y at n s!Jo'rt awny '' out, 1 ilavc taken it for 1 a r en l m ortar. Tile nwn pulled the Jc;-er O''er to the fi!st notch, attach<'d tlic trip;ge r mul grn!Jbetl the 1in<". All teatly '!" l.!e said. "Ye>J," tlJe young blacli:smlth. A shock, not oYcr hard, follO\YCU and be went sal11ng thro ugh thr air. Before lle knew where he was he droppetl into the net as lightly ns n fea lilr>t'. "l\Iy! tllii-; i;; gre!l.t!" he exclaimed to himseH'.. "How wm I ;et tlown '/" lie eiL!kcl to t11e opc rntor. ne>nr the gun plntronu lte saw two of the circus nttnches li'::ttcl1ing liim and laughing. "You'll fiut.l. a rope up tbere. rtirow lt cut of tile net and slide clown." rC'pl ird tile mun. Dilly ditl 80, nncl nliguted in tlie ring. A pie e of cord ,,as attached to tile center of. tbe :!'ancy rof)P, and th e m:rn toltl l.!im to haul on tl1e C'Ortl. hr olJeyell tile ro[lc rose up nnd settled at the corner of tho net. "liow uit1 it 1-\0?" laug!Jell the man. "Fine ns ;;ilk!" rcnlicd Billy, deligllted with his part In the net. come with me to dressing-room nnd don the suit I'll gin' :von. You will nppcnr about the m!dclle of tile bill," said tbe 1u:rn, as they "olkcd awuy. CIIAPTER VI. DTLI.Y CUEATES A OREAT sm1SATION. r "Look l11 anrl yon'll Aee u hig ilunlt of cvtton-hatting," snld I the mun. "That cul'crs the strong wooden top of the spring. r You crouch down tktt Ull.J softHC'lS lllld I breaks the shoC'k or tlle r; ing out Of that' isn't In the memrnhile, Dick Hudson was looking e>erywhere tor half as dnni::.'rous as lJ('ing fircc1 np tlirnngh n star trap on bis missing frlcntl Hilly. und, of course. did not finrl him. the stngc of a tb<'atcr. You'll be thrown. \Yith u graceful "Whe;e in thunder did be go," Dick asked himself more than cunc nud \\'ltlloat any effort nt ull 0:1 your rart, iuto tllc n;)t once. lrnt !Je failed to get :n1 t.ms1Yer to his question. yonder." 'J'lle tirket-wngou 01iened up. and the Rmging crowd began "Suppose I should miss the net?" ni:;kctl n!lly, doubtfully. Its clamor for the bits of pasteboard that admitted them to "Yon can't it. '.l'l10 p.pring operate., wltb tl!e same tile bi;.: ter..t. I force cuc!J lime. 1f you weut tllrou;;h t!Jc ad a 1nmc1rccl tilm: > Reservecl scats OJ! the side near the band were sold for 35 you'd Janel iu the same Jll::tce." all the of the arena was a quarter; children, 15 '"You nre sure of that?" ce.nts. I "I'm positive. 1\ly l'ogulur lw>: througl1 the act I Th_e u.p 1and Dick'. fearing he would get sirts odtl times this scasou :rnd ub:iut '.!::iu time<> last 8easou. left m chc ht.file, got his t1CKet and, giving Billy up, entered '!.:here never was u miss on hi<:l p::rt. tilt tcut. .. 1 ., ... Amo11:; who attended 1bc afternoon show was Befisi.e air. tho e on. tb.t. '111lIllllt :1. cu Billy. Carter \Yllu came '.1itl.J lier motlier nnd seyeral girl friends. I P_omtmg ut :1 _stet!! uppnrntuH, _like thu quntlt:uit Ill n locomo 'r!Jev took rcscr\'cd but Dick eat opposite in the 25-cent t1Ye cab, wlllun the p:uallcl. llne'; a lc1er operated. scctioii. "rhey rc;platc tlle fot('<' of tl!e b.iul "Tile 'l'hc i.rnnd pla:,-ed f'e!rctions to hold the growing audience ln .1s fa.r. 18 t.i:n:vJJ. 1.Ja('!{ limn.or a1HI tile second clown and other shouted r!Jat tl.trO\\S n.y u..,;;ii,;t"nt tl.Jn,,vtll '1 icr I wto t!Ja, ln fl photos candy pee.nuts and pink y:uiety-for larger irntl tent the le1er would 1.Je pullrrl sa!I'. lo_;ver, _th_e feec 'rhe audience ttlkcd, J a1:ghed ate peanuts und candy, clrank An'.l .,uppose JO,I J?l.!lled all t11,c 1.Jncl-. L:u would lemonnLie aubo hlntirgtti n ?" the band struck up tb.e opening march and rhe slJb,,-1 went on. "I'll ri sk it. It's Uke taking a darn." Billy witnessed lba different acts from a i;lit in the curtain. ".'\ll rigbt. 'l'l1c doors will O[>f'n l)rPl'iently. Before they do Suddenly a band was laid on ills shoulder. I'll ;;ire you a rcbearsal of the act. 'l'akc oIT your jacket aml He looked around and saw the cannon bOS3 at his elbow. hat." "'\Ve go on next," he safd. "When the band plays, 'There'll Billy did so, though he felt a bit nervous at umltrtakiDg a be a Hot Time in the Old Town To-nigbt' that Will be our feat so n ew a11tl practically mysterlons to him. cue to enter. I will go first 11.nd you will follow after." ''8ay, how clo ,vou make the noise nnfl flmoke?" he asked. "There'll be a hot time among my friends when they recog"Wl:eu I relen,;e tile spring by pulling the trigger witl! this nize me," grinued Billy. lanyard, a hammer flies over at the mouth of the cannon and The thought steadied his nerves and he clo t e rmiUcd to do stril;:es :t cl.large of powder. It goes off with a report and n the act in style. :;imall cloud of swoke as yon issue from the opening and soar The girl horseback rider finished her c.ct amirl a storm of upward. 'Ve'll omit that part at this rehearsal. Tl.le hammer applause. will fiy over, but will on. l y give out a metallic souud. You'll As her mare trotted out of the ring the equo::it:-lennc kissed go just the same. Now, get in, legs first. 'hat's It. Crouch her fingers to the people and tripped after tho animal. down. Hold your hands in front of your chest, like a, cliver, an(.] A brief pause followed. throw them out w h e n y o u a r e fired out. Understand:" The ringmaster began telling the audknco that "Yes," said Billy. "Let her go I" teature would be the great cannon act, whicl1 hn.d


8 BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. all the crowned heads of Europe, the nobillty of every land, I Instinctlvely he grasped the trunk for support and as well as the army artillery experts of all nations. it, like a drownin[j sailor to a plank in mid-ocean. Millions of people had witnessed it with awe-struck eyes. There, at a dizzy height he hung until he recovered his He said it was the most remarkable act on record-a human presenc!e of mind. being actually fired from the inside of a big mortar in the "Gosh! he ejucnlated. Wlrnre am I at? This isn't the net. presence of all. i I'm up a tree, and a tall one at that." The most stupendous thriller in the history of the circus. I That being no place for him in suc h :rn airy costu1re, he He bowed himself out and the band started up the music began to make his way down, but with care lest he fall. cue. I Soon he made out the crowd surging about the circus" Come," said the cannon operator, and he ran out, followed ground. by Billy. "Bow, he said, and Billy bowed in a bewildered He began to wonder if the show had taken fire. way, amid a great clapping of hands. I E..-erybody seemed to be excited. They mounted the platform and there Billy gazed around Down he went till somel.Jody happened to see him and ut-an the big gathering, recognizing nobody, though two-score of tered a shout: his friends were present. I "Here he> ls!-here he is!-in this tree!" Two persons knew him at once-Dick and Bessie, and they In a few minutes the tree was surrounded by a big crowd,_ were fairly struck dumb with amazement. and into their very midst Billy dropped, pretending to be as "Great Scott!" gasped Dick. "What does this mean?" 'chipper as though nothing had happened to him. The cannon man wave d his hand and Billy -climbed into the J' The crowd gaped at him as he for the tent. mortar, the lever of which stood set at the first notch. He went in by the main entrance and the people followed as The two circus men who had watched Billy at his rehearsal 1 fast as tbey were able to push their way. w ere on the platform, dressed like artillerymen. I Billy wall\ed into the ring, arid then the women began clap-'fhey were there merely for effect ping and waving their handkerchiefs. The detonating powder was in place and all was ready for J The men and boys shouted as they rushed LO the first seats the firing. I in sight. The audience had become silent, some with apprehension, Billy bowed right and left with the greatest ease and non-but most with curiosity and expectation. I cha!ance. Suddenly one of the artillery chaps stepped up to the boss 1 The band played joyfully and noisily, "There'IJ be a Hot of the act. ; Time," etc. He took him to the ed ge of the platform and pointing to the I Then Billy ran lightly through the curtains and disappeared. net asked him if it looked all right. The amazed operator found him disrobing in the dressingThe other art!lleryman stepped forward, grabbed the lever room. and pulled it down to the last notch and fixed the trigger as "Great Scott, my l ad how did y ou escape with y ou r life?" b efore. he said. Both artillerymen stepped back to their former stiff and "I always light on my feet," grinned Billy: "What went soldierly attitudes. wrong? Did the spring bust?" "All ready?" cried the operator. "The spring! Impossible Had it broke n you would have "Ready,'' repli e d Billy. been dumped into the rin;(, or at the most you would have The man, without noticing that the lever had been changed alighted among the audience. Why, you must have been to the 100-foot limit, pulled the trigger. flung the full 100 feet. I can' t understand how that could Bang! A pufl' of smoke, and a glittering object was pro-have happened, for I'IJ swear I set it for the usual 32 fe e t, the pell ed from the mouth of the mortar, like a shot. same as I did at the rehearsal," said the man, apparently Instead of curving gracefully into the net, Billy hit the top greatly puzzled Such a thing never happened before ., of the canvas, like a bullet. "Well, it wo n't happen again-with me. Cough up $5 of the Fortunately for his neck, the spot he landed against had $10 you promised me and hunt up another human projectile been torn in the putting up and he went through. the rent, like for the night show," said Billy, who knew when he had enough a bird from its cage of anything, even if it was a good thing. With the disappearance of Billy, the audience stopped ap"I'll pay y ou when I get my clothes on. I don't blame you plauding, for all seemed to understand that the human pro-for wanting t o quit. It happened to be your hard luck to m.:!et jectile was to be caught in the net, and instead of that he had with the first accident I ever had with that machine." gone through the top of the tent at a rate likely to carry him "It wasn't any accident, Benson," said a voice behind them. some distance up in the air. The man turned and found the circus chap h e wa:; talking There was a suspicion in the minds of the majority that to before h e hired Billy. something was wrong. "I saw the whole thing, 1.Jut it was impossible for me to get The actions of the cannon man seemed to confirm that im-close enough to you to warn you before you pulled the trig-pression. ger," continued the man. H e stood paralyzed on the platform. "Explain what you mean," said B enson, while Billy looked The two artillerymen had jumped down and rushed out at him with interest. of the enclosure to see where the boy had alighted. "You remember that one of the attaches who pose as artill-They had b egun to realize that they had gone too far with erists took you to the edge of the platform and pointed at the their trick. net?" What if the boy was killed? "Yes, he asked me if it looked safe." An investigation might fix the guilt on them. "That was a bluff to give his companion time to pull the Then they would be put in jail and perhaps hanged for lever back to the lowest notch." mur d e r. ..What!" roared Benson. "Do you mean to say that Jack-A painful silence r eigned in the tent. son did that?" Even the band remained mute. "He did, fo r I saw him." Di ck suddenly jumped up and started for the entrance. Benson uttered an imprecation. His action was followed by others. "The manager must hear about it. Will you repeat what That made it certain to the rest of the audience that the you have told me to him?" cannon act had gone wrong "I will, for I think it was a rascally piece of bu sine s s Jf Half the men rose and flocked to the exit. the boy hadn't been lucky h e probably would have been killeCl. The circus was thrown into Gonfusion. Suppose the canvas wasn't torn at the place he went through Almost a state of panic existed. his neck would doubtless have been broken by the impact. As fast as the crowd got outside they began looking for the '!'hose chaps ought to be arrested and sent to prison." human projectile, but failed to find the slightest trace of .him. ''I'll see that they are," he fumed. "I thought it strange Where had the glittering performer gone? that an accident should happen to-day when I had a new hand. Billy had received a greater shock at the start than he was The chances were 1,00 0 to one against it. The scoundrels looking for after what he had felt during the rehearsal, and spoiled the act and shall s uff e r for it." he went through the air so fast, tearing through the hole in the .. The act wasn't s11oiled It was a tremendous success, for top of the tent, like an engine running wild, that he lost all the p eop le now believe the hole in the top was m ade on pur-. -tea of things till he landed with a crash among the upper pose fnr the boy to go through, and that the gun was aimed to '\nches of one of the surrounding e lm trees. He was badly send him into that tree where be alighted. They might have 7-and scratche d. thought differently but for the plucl'Y conduct of your


BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. 9 man,'" a:-id the speaker gaye Billy an admiring look. "Instead I "Maybe I am, but I'm going to chance it. Benson says I'm of being rattle d and looking like a ghost when he got down, bound to get an ovation to-night, for my afternoon feat will hE> acted just as if the whole thing was cut and dried beforebe known all ave town by dark." hand. H entered the tent, stood in the ring and bowed, smil''So you're after an ovation? Why don't you join the show?" lng!Y, to the audience, and then made his exit just like a fin"I wouldn't mind if I got paid at the rate of $5 a perform-ished performer. The manager said you ought to keep him ance, which would be $10 a day." in Smith's place." "Wouldn't you get that right a10ng?" .. Blake, you arc a nervy chap, for fair," said Benson. "I "I should say not. I asked Benson what wages Smith got, wis h you'd change your mind and repeat to-night." and he said $15 a week and his keep. Besides doing the can" What! Repeat the 100-foot sail!" cried Billy. non act he has to ride in the procession, rain or shine; also 'No, no; repeat tho act. I'll guarantee the 100-foot mis-appear in the grand entree on horseback; hold a hoop and a take won't happen to you again." banner in the ring when the lady equestrian is on; h elp pack ""The temptation to make .another tremendous success of the and unpack the mortar; put up the stage on which it rests might overcome you, Mr. Denson, and I wouldn't get off and take it down again; assist in feeding the trained ponies so easy. Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place, and horses three times a day and do about fifty other things." said Billy. "He doesn't do much for $15 and his grub, does he?" .. I'll give you my word, Blake," said J3enson, eagerly. "You'll "Benson told me enough about circus life to show me that get a rousing reception to-night if you go on-a regular ova-1 there is more of -real hard work about it with most of the peo tion. Think it over, will you?" ple than glitter and show. I'd rather stay home and work in After some hesitation, and the promise of an extra $5, which the shop than tackle it for small pay." Benson said he'd get the manager to pay, Billy yielded to "I thought circus people had a picnic." Benson's persuasions and consented to repeat the part of the "Don't you believe it. Even the star performers have to hmnan projectile that evening. put in the best part of six days and nights, but there are no Then. he went home to supper. <:tars in one-ring shows, and no fancy salaries. Since I've been behind the scenes I've got a different idea of the circus to what I had." 'l'l1C' Y bad reached the shop by this time. Hooley was closing up, for supper was nearly ready and h$ CHAPTER VII. BTLLY CLO SES HIS LH!IEF ENGAGEMENT WITH THE CIRCUS. Bllly found Did: outside, looking for him. "Fol' the love of Mike, Billy, what induced you to go on that C'annon act?" cried Dick. hadn't done anything for an hour. in Billy went into the house and told Mrs. Hooley and the cap"A $10 bill and the desire to give my friends who were present a delightful surprise," answered the young blacksmith. "But I say you took deaperate chances, being fired through the top of the tent. When I saw you pass the net and vanish, like a shot, I had an idea something was wrong, and I rushed outside, expecting to fin,d you badly hurt. 1 found you had landed in one of those big trees outside, and as you came down antl walked into the show without looldng rattled, I came to the conclusion that everything was all right." "W 11, everything wasn't all right, Dick. I ought to have landed in the net." tain about the show, but said nothing about the part he had unexpectedly taken in it. He learned that the blacksmith, his wife and the skipper were going to attend that evening, and he grinned at the thought of them recognizing him as the human projectile in the cannon act. As Billy was not required to be on hand before nine o'clock, he took his time in getting to the lot. Hooley, his wife and t h e captain started at quarter past seven. They found Billy and Dick talking out$ide the gate. "We've got the key so you needn't wait up to let u,s in," said Mrs. Hooley to Billy. "rhen your going through the roof was an accident?" "Yes. Did yott see one of the two artillerymen pull back that lever?" The boy grinned and nodded and went on talking with his "Yes." friend. "You supposed it was part of the act?" About eight, the lads walked to the circus lot. "Of course." The big top looked like a glowing mushroom, and the side It wasn't. The lever .vas already set right to fling me into show also glowed with its own lights. the net. That ra3cal pulled the lever back to the 100-foot "I've got a pass for two for the side-show. Come on in," limit only used in a big circus He wanted to give me an said Billy. awful jolt and spoil the act. He might have killed me.,, The regular show had commenced, so that the side-show was .. Is that so?" not crowded to any alarming extent. "It is. Doth of those chaps will be in jail before dark if they Six curiosities of the ordinary kind were on exhibition-a haYen't run away. 1 guess I made a big hit on account of the fat woman, a living skeleton, a Circassian lady, a m i dget, accident. I daresay everybody present thinks as you did till a sword-swallower and fire eatPr, and a female snake charmer. I undeceived you-that the ho'e in the tent was made on pur-In addition there was an Egyptian fortune-teller and pose for me to go through." palmist. "r guess they do, but at first they had an idea that it was Also half a dozen penny-in-the-slot phonograph boxes, and an accident. Say, you looked stunning in that spangled rig. two others showing pictures. "Caught the girls, eh?" grinned Billy. There was an added attraction in the shape of a five-legged "So you got $10 for doing the feat? How came you to be calf, and it cost a penny extra to see it. taken on? What was the matter with the regular chap?" The boys spent twenty minutes in the side-show, then Billy .. He was taken suddenly sick, and Benson, who owns the led his friend to the "stage entrance" and they passed into act, hired. me for the two shows." the dressing-room. "Are you going to do it again to-night?" Dilly opened a small trunk and took out his costume. "Yes, for $5 extra, but Benson will see that I land in the After getting into it he put .h_is clothes in the trunk. net the next time, just a3 I dicl at the rehearsal I had. I The lads then took up a pos1t10n at the curtain and watched "You've got a pretty cood How does it feel to be the acts and the i:unience till the band played the music cue thrown 100 feet into a tree?" for Benson and Billy to. enter. "I don't remember anything after the shocl{ of tlle spring The young 1.Jlacksmith got a rousing reception as he stood at until I crashed into the tree." the edge of the platform. and bowed. ""It's a sprin"' that threw you?" "My goodn:o>ss!" exclaiP1ed Mrs. Hooley, in some astonisb"Snre. What else?" ment. "That boy looks like a twin brother of Billy. Did you "It must be a powerful one." ever see such a resemblance, John?" "Belie1 e mC'. it is. Say, how wou l d you like to try the Both Hooley and tne capta!"1 ac1mitted that the resemblance sail into the net? If you want to sample it I'll get was most remarkable. BE>nson to treat you to it before the show opens to-night." Billy, as he got into the mortar. saw that the machine was "l\'o, thanks. I'm not a bird." I set for 32 feet, ;.nd he noticed that Benson kept his eye on it. It feels fine. It would 1.Je something for you to talk about." A couple of different attaches were acting as the artillery" Th at',; nn honor I won't try to deprive you of." men. "I thought you had some nerYe, Dick?" The guilty pair bad got wind that they were t o be arrested. It dot'sn't E>Xtend to cannons that have the\ and had cleared out of town in a hurry. power or throwing you a hundred feet. I think you're foolish j 'rhis time the feat went off all right, and B llly to run a second risk." the net.


10 BILLY TJIE BLACE:S::.rITII He iilid down the rope, bowed ann m:1de his exit. tights, a!ld who was applauded by the audience whef:etl .As floon as he had got into his cloihos Benrnn banded h i m 1 he came in?" T $5 and an Ol('!e r on the ticket-wagon for $10 more, whicD. he I "Ye;,, ma'am," replied Dilly, demnrel y )ee' duly collect0d. I "\Veil!" she exclaimerl, clearly vnry much astonished. The beys hung around the show till it was ner.<'lY O\'Cl' and Hoo!E::y hat! od the boy i:;barply sl!.!ce he made the then went home. rnjssic11 When the Hooleys a n d the captain returned he was in bed 1 "Did you get the money?" h e mid. N und asl eep. I d id we "' : h e Mrs. Hoo\ey enter ed his room to compare his face with the The cr.p taln grinned broadl y Bia memory she carr ied o f the humait projecti1e's astonishing re"Your name is in the paper t h i s morning, Dilll'," h e sai d t b semblance t o him. "It was in tbe JJ!tpers yesterday afternoon In connection "My, my, I never saw two people so much alike," she thought' the robbe:)-," said Billy. as she flashed the lamp O D B illy's sleeping face. "It is wonr ''This rnomlnr; there is a story about yon tal;: in g a 10 0 f oocna derful." nlto 11 t1 ee o::lside tho circus tent," said the The captain, who had a suspicion of the trnth, met her as 1 "Oh, tb:lt was nothing," gnnned th2 The gun we n she was co::ning ou t ofi' at full rcclt by mh taKo and I went a little further than i b "Is be i n his rooin, Maria?" he asked. I was in l ende,J I i;)lould." "Yes, and fast asl eep 'The paper says Y0'..1 might have lost y our l ife through 'rhe skipper rnbpeq his nose reflectively, stared at Dilly's accident." door and then went to his O'l'fil room. I "That is n't any (!ream, oap'n ; b u t all' s we ll that ends welth 'It's funny," he mused. "I've heard of two people Iooldng you lrnow '' exactly a li ke, but the circus chap had a r ing ji;st like the one "What are you talking abo1.1t?" asked Mrs. Hooley. I g; B illy and that rins was mad e specially for me. It a in't "An accident that happened lo me during tqe like any riI)g that's sol d in stores. show, said B ill y a He E;cratched his chin a n d reflected again. "An accident! WhHt was it?" Billy went to the sho w this afternoon. Tt's funny that he Dill y explained and il1rs Hooley was aston!shed for the never sai d anything about the chap that I oolrnd the image of o n d time. ) him._ It isn't like B!lly t o let st:ch a thing slip. I must talk I 'You never said a word nbo':lt it y1hen yo:1 cnme h ome, uol31 to in the mornm_g." d itl you tell us tl:at you were engaged at t ile cil'c1.:s," sai d t h l W1t;Dthat reGolve m hiS mrnd the skipper turned rn for lady. "Why d:tay, Captain Gale ic:i.d about it JD Lie m01 nmg s paoer. B was up at seven, attended to b i s duties and then getting tl:c Ifr C:?ner:,Jl; loo_l:l'd ,upr.11 a_ l:md of h?ro: who paper from t h e stoop, sat uown to read it. already h1mse:f by rn1dmght burg..t A scare headiilg on the front 11age first attracted his attenJars, and all the young peop1e regarae J b1m lD a nev; and more tlon. favorable light. c "Almost a tragedy. A thrilling incident at the circus yes -Atter thi:! services Biliy escorted Bessie home, ond during terday afternoon not down on the bill s 'Phrown a hundred the wan, be learned that she had entered Dlack Bess in tbe a feet into a tree. 'rile human projectile of the cannon act has\ principal pvont of the : :lee meeting \vhic!J illlel.l in the lastC a n arrow escape from death." I three days of tbe enst:ing week. c The captain was interested at once, and he real! the varA $1,000 purse had been offel'ec] by t!'e proprietors ol the ticulars hls eyes bulged when he saw Dilly's name printed as track ltl the home \?hic h won th!l two he:::ts oi;t of three i n thet the b oy who bad had the 11arrow es ct)pe running rac,c Oj)GD to all hnrL,es under three years old. t 'fhe story that Gunner Benson's as s ia_tant, ha"'.ing II Entrle .. s c lo<'d Wed1!e11rlay ni'.,!ht and the race was to form been taken sick, Billy had heJn engaged to take his place ourthe c l a::ing O\'el't of tho ttn<>c meet on Su turday. 1t 1ng t h e afternoon and eYening shows. Alrcr,cly two well-known 1 acerB had b oPn ento:-cd, with rec-Then it went on to state all the fal'ts of the c:Jse, as the. ords that se::me d to Iea.-c Dlark ncss' chances in tho shade.d reader v;inding up will_1 tlie i nfonn!".t icn that the :I ne8sie, however, was confident that .her mare, with no ofil-n rascally JOlleis 1rnd made gootl thmr escape as soon as they cial :erorrl, harl a goo:l to cany off the purse, an! sheO learned they had 1:)een foi;nd cut. was very eatl1Usiastic over It. "An d s_a:d a word !Uattor, : Ir1;.ittered j The ra'"' v:as s:tu11ted wFnin a short distance ors captarn, PuttJnG oown tleyaper. :::.o lt w&s_}:11m saw; shop a'.ld th<> week pron..ised to be a llusv and profitrnstead of a boy we took for his double. We.\!, wc1i, weJi, what' J In ,,c f 1 1 .1n1 "' a b l 1 "'h t l th t th '11 I I a). 01 a o! '.e JS. vv __ en 1my er 0 IU Ja'>c a want a job?" asked Billy of Dirk, when that lad appeared conmp t10n flt. Itaw. !law haw. \ 011 !\'or;. to _a <'qH:i:: Ou. .. 1 question supetf!uct:s \?by, tbe one '" b 1 1\:rn f!l:o L utit of tho 1 he :!,? .. tn"e t. :11 the _meet a. cannon and landed in the 1:ct, of that till\, d..,\ e. c. of tl:\un v. ere b1 ought to Hooley s 1 'Oh'. \\'hy, that w:::s Jlle, roj)J:ca B1ily, with an fn.:rncc:r.t ::h1,11 t o he l''S110, .. exprc:;s;o;i. I That, drnir !'('gular 'vor):. l;ept the blacksmith and Billy You!" Hoc.iey, in .":it. In:;;, rr lo night. l "Yes. The bov ho clnes li:P w,,.i; t.:k;.11 sj .. J; end th<': Alli'.'; crowd atle;idod the opordag d:iy on Thursday, and t h i boss of G1e c:rnnon act oiferfd rnc :n 1iti:" hif; place. It wa3 a goocl o ne that the success ot 1 i w ns au easy way to n:ale a gcldm.1 r.Ld EO I acc:epterl." th" ,.,'!CO ::ip:)ca;-ed to be as,;urC'tl. t you mean to say tilat it v.-us yoJ '"0 f;.;.1: c rcs;;ed p i;:i The biggest i ntere;it, however, ce ntered a bo u t the l ""!..


BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. 11 =1 vent on Saturday-the one-mlle running race, best two heats Billy started upon his task, and the gardener sat outside the l n three, for the $1,000 purse. door in the sun. The fact that a local horse, Bessie Carter's Black Beos, had The young blacksmith was just finlehing his work when peen entered In competition with two well-known racers, had four strangers appeared. peen made much of by the local press, and had aroused a I While one of them entered .into conversation with the gard-ively Interest. ener the others walked into the shop. None cf the .racing people expected the black mare to win The three visitors, taking advantage of the fact that Billy's ven one heat, but as the officers of the track association and back was, turned toward them, tried to carry out the nefarious he atLaches of the track natl seen and some of them had Urned purpose which had brought them to the place-1iamely, to lack Bess with the girl on her back over the course, they let I dope the black mare. 1t be kuown that the racers opposed to her would by no reans While one grabbed her head and the second her mane, the ave a walkover, but would h&ve to hustle to win over the j third tried to force a soft, round bal! into her mouth. are that had no official record. Black Bess resente d the attentions of the strangers at once. The owners of the rival horses all the talk about The animal kicked and Dilly turned around in time to lack Bes:>. detect their game. They put It down as country buncombe until they learned "What are you up to?" he cried, angrily. he time she had repeatedly made o:ver the course with her Dropping the mare's foot he sprang at the rascals. !stress on her back. The trio started for the door In a hurry. 'rhen they got together and talked the matter over between The boy bad a r ed-hot horseshoe In the tongs in his band. 1 hemselves. One of them stumbled and fell, but managed to evade The result was a business talk with their respective jocldes. and reach I.he door in time to make his escape with his com'l'he rival horses were, of course, not only daily exercised panions. on the course, but were sent over it and timed by their owners At that moment Captain Gare nad stumped Into the shop at daylight on two morninga. through the back door. In each case they fell a littl e behind their best records, and "What's the trouble. Billy?" 11slrnd the skipper they had little, if anything, on the blacl; mare. "Vlhy, those scoundrels came in here to do up Black Besa," 'rhe men the n lnqt:ir e d about the jo ckey who would ride replied the boy. "Look at that pill, !Je added, picking the Black Bess, but nis identity appeared to be a secret. bolus up "The old game. o.f dope. I wlell. I _had ca,?ght one ot The_ mare appeared daily on the traclt in the U)Ornlng, and them, h.e d have to JD.II In ?ouble-qmck time. the owners and jockies or the rival racers had every oppor-At this point the gardener lo?1rnd in at the door. tunity to loo k her over and note the way sP,e worked under "Say, th?ught Miss Bessie ieft. you h e ro to keev your. eye ull, with her mistress nding her. I on Bess, sa.1d the young blacksIIUth, augrl!y. "So she drd," answered the mau. They wor;dered why. the Jocke_Y wasn t .In charga of the '"Well, you've been doing it In fine style, I don't think. a!11imal, fo r 1t was cons1dc c d a pF1me necessity that horse and Why didn't you come inside v:ith those i.en and keep them 1 rwer should get beforP the contest. away from the mare? 'They came h e:e to dope her and were Mr. Carter flnaily gave out that .he had specially engaged within an ace of doing it. If anything hn d hapiiened to her a well-lmowr: Eastern jockey to ride Black Bess, and was I'd harn been blamed for :t a.s well as you. You stay here now a lookmg for him io show up. and watch h er." This jockey was a crack rider and noted for his successes. Then Billy finished his job and soon afterward Bessie Carte r 1 The announcement made the ri va l owners wok serious. came back. They had reason. to fear that with Ni ck Burnside on He told her what had hap11ened banded her the bo l us to Black Bess, with her v:1vate rec?rd for speed, there was an show her jockey, and told her the mare had haa a lucky e5cape i even show of them losrng, 'and It galled both men to think Bessie was quite staggered by the incid ent, :incl sne said they w ei;e in dauger from a. horse without an official standing. some pretty sharp things to the gardener, who had uot a word Burnside appeared on Friday, having been d elayed by spe-to say in his own defense. clal business. "I thank you, Billy, for saving the mare," she saiJ, grateHe took the mare in hand at once, and that evening, just fully. t as the shades of night were falling, in the pres e n co of Mr. "Don't thank me, Miss Bes s i e The mare snYed herself. Carter and his daughter, be speeded the mare around the She kirked and backe d, and that clrevv m y attention to the ras-couree at a record clip. cals. Then I went for them." hi spite of the efforts made to keep this trial shady, on e of _-well, help ed her and I'm very grnte(ul to you, e the rival jockey s go t wind of it, snealrnd In to a :QOSitlon to Billy," said the girl, with a look that made tl::e boy's blood time thal nbcd Bess' On Saturday tnornlng, about nine o"clock Black B ess ap-performances, and .::.ssertO

12 BILLY THE BLACKS:i\HTH. The jockeys had rece i ved thei r instructions t o t h is I "It's a blamed outrage!" cried Biliy. "That heat ought to in t h e first hea t S inec u r e w a s t o win i f possible, whil e the be d eclared off and run over again." jockey o f M o squito was to try and imped e B lack Bess in every I ''That' s what i t ought," coincided Dick. c way short o f fouling h e r I "This ls the second piece of crool:ed work that has been 4 This p r ogram was to be reversed in the. second heat. pulled off against the mare," said Billy. "You can't tell me If the racers w o n a h eat e a ch the jockeys were free to make that ihc own ers of the other horses are not indirectly con q the i r best efforts to win the thir d one wit h out reference to the cernecl in it. They intend to win somehow, and they don't tl blac k mare care how The papers shall hear about the attempt to dope With an ordinary jocke y o n Black B ess t h e c hances would the mare in my shop, and then the whole town will know wh3 ti hav e b ee n in !avor of the r a ce r s u nder this arrangement, but things have happened to handicap the local favorite." against so clever a stra tegist a s Nick Burn si d e it was doubtful In the meantime the betting had swung around stronger t o if the scheme would work. 1 Sinecure. However, the owners felt that it h a d t o b e put through. The bookmakers got wind of the fact that Burnside was v The horses w ere lned u p, the be'l tapped and they were off, down and out and could not ride in the final heat. amid the greates t exciteme n t 1 They immediately offered fancy odds against Blaclr Bess, The man holding the flag drop p ed it as they passed him in which lots of people, ignorant of the real truth, took up. 8 a bunch and the h eat was on. / When Mr. Carter learned from the doctor that Burnside 1 At the q uarter-m il e po s t S i n ec ure moved ahead, with Mos would not be able to ride again that day he was i n a quandary, qulto sec ond by half a l e n g t h. There were several j oclrnys offered him in good faith by All three were going like t h e wind, but any one who knew o ther owners, but none of them kne w how to handle the blacl1 Burnslde'g methods could understand from the way he sat mare, and they were pretty certain to l ose against Sinecure, l that he was holding the mar e in to some extent. try their best. At the h a l:l'-mil e S i n ec u r e l e d by a length, the other s main-! Mr. Carter explained the situation to his daughter ta!nlng the s ame relative p os itions. I The judges had decided the second heat a go, from lack o f There was hardly any change at the three q uarter pcle, and proof to show that the owners of the racers had had any hand ever y body counted S i n e c ure a sure winner of the heat. in Burnside's knockout. As the horses came down the home-stretch 'in rattling style,' It was generally bel i eved that professional bettors were im wlt h Mosquito c r o wding the b lack mare as much as the j ocl1:ey plicated in the fou l deed, and an effort was be ing made to dis -1 dared, Burnside suddenly bent forward and let Black Bess out. cover the guilty persons. She slipped past Mosquito as though the fatter was standing Bessie was crying with disappointment and I ndignation. still, caught q uickly up with Sinec ure and passed under the I Suddenly she seized her father by the arm. string a full length ahead. "We' ll win yet!" she cried, her eyes blazing with sudden The yell that went up b affl e s description. excitement. The own ers of t h e racer s swo r e to themsel ves, and cursed "Haw can we?" said Mr Carter Burnside for his w inning t actics. I "I'll ride Bess in the last heat," 'she said. Bill y Dick f ell over themselves with joy, while the "You!" he exclaimed, lll astonishment. captain swallowed a mouthful of smoke and had a coughing. "Yes. W h y not? She's my horse. I've a r ight to r ide h er. fit. I Her father. shook his head. As for B ess i e who sat wit h h e r father and mother in the I "lt wouldn't be allowed. It w ouldn't be legal. If you were grandstand, she fairl y went wild w ith excitement and happi-. permitted the owners of the racers would protest, and their n es s. protest wou l d go." Bes sie and her father hurr i e d t o t h e paddock to congratulate I "Father, suppose I put o n Mr. B .urnside's 'suit. He's just my Burnsi de and to fo n dle the mar e 1 size and build." Everyb od y was so excited over the finish that they paid little I "But you will be recognized as a girl." attention to the I n terv ening e ve n t "Leave that to roe, father. Get me the clothes and then give The o w n e r s of the racers co n sulted wlth two o f their friends, out that our stable boy, Sam, is g oing to ride Bess in the the m e n w ho, with t w o others, had tried t o hocus the mare at last heat." the blacksm ith sho p that mo r n ing, and the rascals presently "Are you crazy, child? Sam is a negro." w ent away, intent on some fres h mischief 11s a last desperate I "I intend to black up and d eceive the crowd. I'll take the r es o u rce. clothes across the r oad to Mrs. Thornton 's, and after dressing In due time the three runners were lined u p for the second ; I'll b l ack up with a cork and a candle. Hurry n o w, there is heat I no time to be lost." The crowd now consi d e r e d that Black Bess, unaer Burns i de, "But, Bl;)ssie--" protested Mr. Carter. w a s a sure w i nner I "Do as I teU you, father," said the g i rl, i n a resolute tone. They were no l o n ger anxious when at the half-mile post the' "It ls our only show to win, and wi n I will o r kill Black m are w a s a l e ngth and a half behi nd, with S inecure leading as I Bess!" b efore and Mosquito a good second Her desperate earnestness compelled compliance on he1 The y loo k ed fo r another exciti n g finish father's part and the jockey's s ui t and colors were soo n i n But it didn't com e her arms. Sinec u r e won b y h alf a length, with Mosquito secon d and i With them she quietly slipped ou t of the park and Black Be s s, apparently doing her bes t three lengths in the I to her friend's house, where she proceeded to get ready foi rea r. the most t hrilling event of 'her young life. Ther e was h ardly any shouting now. I In t h e mPantime, Mr. Carter gave out that he had sent fo r E very bod y was disappoin ted, and showed it. his stable boy to ride the mare. Exper ienced horsemen in the stand who lrnew Burnside saw I This, he said, would occasion a short delay, but it could no t there was someth i n g wrong. be helped. The r e was a susp icion t hat he had thrown the heat, e ither The owners o f tll.e racers made n o objectio n when they heard because h e f elt c o n fident of wi nning the fina l or for ulterior about it. m otiv:es. I They now f elt certain of winning, and put up all their funda B essi e Carte r was wild and her father angry. on Sinecure, for that horse was regarded as the only one in When they r e a c h ed the paddock to demand an exp lanation of the race, the owner of Mosquito compromising a victory o n Burnside t h ey found the jockey r ee ling in the saddle. \ his par t for the money he expected to win on Sinecure. His e yes looked fishy, and it was clear be was not himself. At last the horses appeared on the track for the last her!t, As he attemp t e d to di smount he fell headlong o n the ground I and everybody saw what appeared to be a smiling young negro and lay there like a l o g I on Black Bess. A doctor was summoned and he pronounced the man I The. crowd was rather doubtf ul as to his ability to win, but drugge d they put up their money on the l ong odds that were noVI With this ev idence of fou l play, Mr. Carter sought the manol'!'ered a gers of the track a n d registered a protest. I The b ell tappe d a:ld the three racers got away to an e ven The y t o o k the matter under consideration aud an investiga start. tion was b egun. S inecure forge d ahe ad, but it was soon s een that Blacl t The rumor of the truth spread among tho crowd. and a howl B e s s was unde r 1 a p ull, jus t a s she had been manag ed by 1. of indignatio n a rose 1 Burnside 1_ B!ll y and Dick heard i t and they were mad as two flghtin,,. T h e race wa s ;;et by the forem o s t jocke y, and it ; a s a l.!ot \::>' '!.ks. 'one.


BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. 13 I At the quarter Black Bess was two lengths behind. I "I'm awfull y glad myself that she won," she replied, with Th e owners of Sinecure and Mosquito shook hands and sparkling eyes. considered it was all over but the shonting. I "Sam is a corking rider. I didn't think it was in him," said There was no change at th'.e half-way mark, but at the three-Billy. quarter pole the llack mare had pulled up a length. "You think he qid well, then?" she said, her eyes brimming The jockey riding Mosquito then began crowding her a.s with laug hter. I they struck the hom e-stretch. i "Well, I should say he did! He couldn't have ridden b.,etter The black boy didn't understand this tactic, but he knew 1 had he been a regular jock ey What are you g oin g to giye him that he was losing ground. for winning the purse fer you?" He knew he must pass Mosquito at once or lose the race. I'll take care of him," she laughed. He bent forward and gave the mare a free rein. "Where did be go after the mare got baclr to the I?addock? "Go, Bess! go, that's a good girl!" he cried, in a musical The people were looking for him. They wanted to give him a voice that sounded strange from the lips of a negro boy. ride on their shoulders. They say the townsfolk have won a The mare recognized the voice and she sprang ahead like raft of money on Black Bess. Most of the bets went at ten a streak of light, lapping Sinecure's fiank. to on e and even better against her. The bookies must feel The head jockey woke up, looked around and saw Black I sore," and Billy grinned. Bess crawling up, like a meteor. Sunday morning's pape'rs printed !ull and graphic stories He uttered a yell and a pp lied the whip to Sinecure. of the big race, stating that in spite of the foul play that had The racer respond e d and open e d up a gap, but Black Bess put Nick Burnside out of the running, Black Bess had won, was now urged to her beEt speed and she got down to business being ridde n in the last heat by Mr. Carter's negro stab. le in fine style. boy, Sam Johnson, whose performance was distinctly noteThe finish promised to be a close one, and the crowd went. worthy. wild with excitement. j So Sam became famous in Davenport for a feat he had not Foot by foot the black mare crawled up on the racer, who performed. was doing his best. I A brand-new suit of clothes, a $10 bill anu the realization Neclc-and-neck they came down the last part of the course. of his importance as an alleged jockey, induced Sam to keep Then, with the wire right ahead, the negro rose half up, B ess i e's secret, and he sported around town like a conquering bent over the mare's neck and gave her one stinging clip h e ro. with the whip. His colored friends regarded him with admiring eyes, and Black D ess shot ahead with a rush, her nostrils dilated and he took full advantage of his fictitious plumage. her mouth agape, and passed the line half a length ahead. Nobody, not even Billy, dreamed that it was Bessie, in dis-CHAPTER X. guise, wh o had won her ow:n race, and it was well that no suspicion of the truth lealced out, for a protest doubtless would have been put in b y the disappointed ownc;-s of the rival TRE COUNTERFEITERS. racers. A perfect pandemonium ensued around the grandstand. I With the race meeting a thing of the past, and the $1,000 The Davenporters yelled themselves hoarse. purse banked in Bessie 's name things resumed their normal Not only bad the local horse won the race, but they had won status in Davenport. their bets placed at long odds. II Billy had forgotten all about Judson and his presumed Every bookmaker _was hit by Black Bess vict?ry, and, printing machine, owing to the circus episode and the race they lost all of _then ant1c1pated profits of the meetmg, and 1 meeting, but now that there was nothing particular to oc more on top of it. : cupy his thoughts the appearance of that individual with a As for the owner of Sinecure, not to speak of the owner of 1 stoutly wrapped package under his arm, bound for the ex. Mosqm to, h e was a wild man. press office, r :)ca lled the conversatio n to the lad which he He had not only lost the purse of $1,000, but a big fat roll I overhead that. day in the garden of Judson's house. as ;veil. He began to feel a curiosity to know what kind of secret .. 'I hey were both out their likewise, and their printing the man wa s turning out. fnends w e r e cleaned_ ou,t down to the_ir 13:st dollar. He spolre to Dick about it, and after securing his promise to What the bunch didn t fe e l like domg isn t worth let the matter go no further, told him what he h ad overheard. ing. "He's got paper which he's going to use to turn out fives, When the mare pa ssed the line a winner, Billy and Dick fell tens and twenties," said Billy. "Now I can't imagine what ls into each other's and then executed an Indian war-dance meant by fives, tens and tw enties." around the captam. j Diel couldn't throw any light on the meaning of the terms They flung the ir hats in the air and yelled Uke a pair of I They puzzled thelr heads over them, but c o uld reach no sat1'1eiLher had bet o:i the result, for they were not bettmg isfactory conclusion, boys, but they were JUSt as happy as though they had won a I I That evening Dic k sneaked across the road and entered million. Judson's 1rarden '"My gracious! I never thought Sam could ride Bess like I "' that," said Billy, who had not recognized the cheat. He hung the house awhile, h_eard a. why he did as well as Burnside did in the first heat said steady thumprng as of a press <;>f some kmd ID operat10n. D!ck. He the sounds as co'.il!Ilg from the cellar, butnot a .. r thlnk he had a harder job of it. The first heat was merely ra! of from the wmdows that in the daytime ad-a trial of capacity-a kind of sizing up of form for what was mitted to that of hou .seOC: r to come The last heat was real business; especially at the He exam!Iled. tw_o cf wmdo':"s c.nd s'.lw they we 0 fini s h. Sam is a. c ooke e but he looked small to me in that covered on the ms1de with kmd of thick c.oth. 1 t ., a B"ll It was clear that Judson did not mean that any prowle} JOC my SUI sa1 l y. h Id d" h t h d He c ertainly did ag:eed Dick. "Let's try and get in the about the premises s ou _1scovcr a e was omg. padd ock." Dick spent half an hour m a valn !"-ttempt to find an eyeThey found the paddock jammed with a mob which sur-hole somewhere, and finally had to giYe It np and go home. rounded Blac k Bess, who was in charge of the gardener. day he reported to B!lly what he had been guilty of, The supposed Sam had quickly dismounted and disappeared. and his non-success. M:r. Carter was there, and the boys, when they managed to The boys talked the matter over agam with as little reEC!neeze in, were surprised not to see Bessie there, too. sult as before. It warn't like her to be absent under the circumstances. About eight o'clock that night B!lly let himself into Judson's The black mare was led away to cool off and the crowd, garden to see if he could hea; the machine Dick had llstened Rfter congratulating Mr. Carter, hurried away to collect their to. winnings. He listened in vain, for no sound at all came from the cellar. Everybody agreed that it was the greatest race ever pulled He tried every one of the cellar windows and found them off in Davenport, and nobody could complain that he hadn't fast. go t his money's worth of excitement. He looked the house all over, but not a llght shone ,from The race course was pretty well emptied by the time Bessie any of the windows. apeared to see about irettine: her mare home. l "I'm not making out <-S well as Dick did," he thought. ''I'm awfully glad your mare won, Miss Bessie," said Billy, must try another night and then perhaps I'll hear the macl:li whe n he met her. After all, what'll I gain by hearing it? That won't give/


1-1 BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. any line on what Judson is doing. On the whole, I don't think I have any right to play the spy on his actions. It isn't any business of mine if he's up to some kind of shady work, thcu;;h if I was sure about it I might deem it my duty to notify the authorities." Bi!Iy started to return home when he heard the front gate slam shut, and then voices in reached his ears. Yoaring di3covory, which would place him in an awkward predicament, h e crouched dow n In the shadow of the waterbutt, close to the kitchen. He judged that the person s were .Judson and a companion, and ho expected they would enter the house by the front door. ilut they didn't. rhey came around to the back of the house, passing within nrm's length of the young bla cksmitl).. He saw that one o f the pair was Judson. "I sent off the 9acka!:e of fives three days ago by express P..igby must have got it b y this time. The bills are beautie s, and are sure to pass current anywhere. I' m at work on the tens now. They are turning out equally good. We should make a barrel of money out of this thing before the government gets wind of our exertions to increase the currency ot the ccmntry for our individual profit," saicJ Judson. The speaker's words, "increase the currency of the country," gave Billy the clew he was after. It indicated that Judson was p rinting counterfeit paper money in his cellar, and that wr.s a crime of the first magnitude. The boy no longe r felt that he was acting a part in any way di s honorable. In his o pinion, it was his duty to learn all he could concern ing the crooked work that was oeing carried o n in those premnnd then notify the town authorities. With that idea in. view, Billy listened eagerly to the talk of the two men. "I'm glad things are ti.:rning out so well," scid the stranger. "We arc t a kin g great c h a n ces in this game. I shall advise R l:;by not to circulate a note until all the bills shall have been printe d and the plant here dismantled. "I gave him the same advice when he was down here two w eeks ago, b efore I hacl things started. The fewer chances we take the better. The moment the banks report tp the Treasury Department that on e or more new counterfeit irsues are iu circulation the Secret Servi ce men will be put on the job. Probably tho first thing they'll do will b e to try and locate the plant that turned the notes out, and are prosumedly turning them out right along. If the plant is out of business, the J )lates burkd in some seerct spot, and nothing left to show where the notes originate d, the government sleuths will be at fault, and while the y are up a tree we'll have the chance to worl c of' all tho money and then withdraw to Canada, or :Mexico and make 01,lr way to Europe, where we can enjoy life without fear of being dogged from p1llar to post." agree with you Judson. You've a g ood head. The way you got the machine down here In parts, and then put it together, prove s to us that we made no mistake in taking you in with us," said the man, whose name was Stockbridge. "Taking it apart and putting it together again was nothing out of the usual for me to rlo. I am a thoroughly practical m achinis t, you know. The changes I made in its construction have greatly improved it. I could sell the ideas to the manufacturers, I ve no doubt, but with larger game in sight I can't bother with suc h small matters as that." You a re certa inly a clever fe llow, said the other, approvingly. ''Well, let's go in. I'd like t o see you run some of those fives off. J uds on started to unlock the kitchen cloor, which was fitted with a Yale lock for greater safety, when his alert ears heard a suspicious souncl behind the rain-water barrel. The risks attending the enterprise he was engaged in Jcept him constantly up, and the least thing out of the way attrac t ed his notice. To the surprise of his companion, h e made a sudden dart for tho water-barrel. BiI;y hadn't 'th e ghost or a show to make his escape Jmison, with an exclamati on of anger, seized the boy and yanlH.:d b\m out ol lii:i place of copcealment. "'.Vho arc you, and what are y ou doing behind that water butt?" he demanded. "Ln Billy Blake, if you want to know, and I was hiding th;: re GO you wouldn't c:.i.tch me," r eplied the boy, frankly. l "Dilly B l alrn! Hoolay's boy, eh? What brings you here?" _i\ "1 .iust loolting around. :!<\, .v;!ial for?" q : HI heard your machine was in operation and I was to discover what use you were making of it." .'Judson uttered an imprecation. "How d i d you learn I had any machine, and what busines s is it of yours what I was doing with it?" "I gussed yo u had some kind o f a machine, because I ; fixed up certain parts of it for you, and tbougb it's none of my business what you are doing with it, I thought I'd find out, anyhow." "Well, what have you found out?" "Nothing much about the machine, because you've got you r cellar windows nailed up and covered on the inside with cloth." "What has the cellar got to do with the maehine?" You've got it down there, haven' t you?" "Who told yon it was down there?" "Anybody listening las t night could have heard it nin-ning." "Then you wore nosing around here last night, too, eh?" "I didn't say I was." "I guess you were, all right. Were you hidden behind that .water-butt all the time my friend and I have been here?" "I was .. "And you heard all we salcl ?" "I admit that I did." "Then you know what I'm doing with the machine?" "You're printing bogus money," said BiJly, boldly. This frank admission threw the two men into a panic. "What's your price for keeping your mouth shut about what you've learned?" "My silence is not for sale where there is anything crooked concerned." "Then you mean to blow on us?" almost hissed Judson. "It's my duty to expose a countorfeiting game." "I see. What are we going to do, Stockbridge?" "We can't let him go till we decide what r>,ction we are to take," replied his companion. "Of course we can't. Open the' door and I'll bring him in sioe. You've put your foot in lt, young man, and as I don't propose to go to the penitentiary on your account J think yo u will 'have to decide between silence or deatn." With those words, spoken in a tone of determined me::ming, Judson shoved Billy into the house, and Stockbridge locked and bolted the door after himself. CHAPTER XI. HOW BILLY WAS SILENCED Billy was march. ed down into the dark cellar, pushed into a wood e n compartment used for the storage o f wood and locked in with a stout hasp and wooden plug. In a few minute" the cellar was lighted up by a reGector lamp, whi ch threw a strong light on the press, at present covered with a piece of oil ed clo t h. There were a cou p le of chairs near a common deal kitchen table, and .Judson, pointmg at one of them, told his companion to be seated. They then proc eeded to converse together in low, earnest tones and it is needless to say that the subject they were dis cussing was Billy, :md ho.w they were to prevent him from exposing the business in hand. Billy could see them through a crack in the wooden wall of his prison, but he couldn't h ea r a wo r d they said. The men talked for some time. The problem they had to solve was a hard one. The boy's frank r eplie s to Judson's questions outside bad shown him to be a l a d of pluc!;:, and i:ot easily intimidated. He lived only a stone's throw away, and the men were un certain whether any one in his home knew of his visit to the Judson house or not. 'fhelr p osition, however, was a desperate one, and .Judson, who was a. man of resolution, insisted that only a desperate course could be pursued to silence the boy, who had practic; ally refused to !Je bought off. It was decid e d to make another effort lo bribe hlm, but in the event of its failure, Judson said they must be prep

BILLY THR BLACKSMITH. already under way 10,000 $10 notes, which I have printed from "You forge t thut we are making terms, not you," said the second pl;;tte. I have the 'paper under the floming for the Judson, harshly. printing of 10,000 $20 notes-$350,000 altogether. That's a "Your terms I cau't accept. fort4ne divided us three. Nothing but thut curious "Are you tired of life?" boy stands between us and the realization of our hopes. lt ''No; but there is something I value as rnuoh .as my lift:, and isn't our fault h e has butted into our affairs. I have that i s a clear conscience It isn't in me to comi1rom ise with taken every 1>ossibl e prcc:n;tien to avoid suspicion. The curirascality. I wa s born that way and can't ht'lp It," said Billy. o:;ity of that young blacksmith has defeated me. I know "Then you refuse our offer?" what Ri!l'b Y would do if he 1vere here He's a man of action "I do." i11 an emergency. So a m I when it comes to tl:J.C pinch. Well, Judso n pushed Billy back into the woodbin 11nd locked him lt"s come to the pil!oh with u s, Stockbridge. I say i"f that boy in again. hasn't sense enough to aoc ep t a bribe for his silence he must The n Il e r eturned to the table. c!ie!" said Judson, "You heard his decision," he said to Stockbridge "He might accept it to save his lif e, and then squeal tho The man nodccd. moment he got out of our power," said the other. '"Well, he's got to die. ::rhat's all there i3 to it." No, I believe he"d keep his word if he passed it. He strikes "It's murder, and I'm opposed to it.'' me as that kind of a boy. At any rate, I d talrn chances I "!'m not stuck on killing him, but I se no way out of it." on ft. '"We could take him away to some place and keep tilm Sto ck b ridge shrugged his shoulders, doubtfully. prisoner until you finish the printing." "If we couldn't t r ust him we"d have to uut him out of the "Where could we take him where he wou!tl bo rnfc? Would way without losing any time offering him a compromise," you agree to watch hiu1 for two or three wroks'!'" said .Tuclson. As you're o ppose d to that, what are you going "I'd do anything to avoid discovery and r,onsequenoes to dp about it? Have you anything to sug[4est?" of it." "We could dose him with knockout drops ; that would keep "Yvhcre would you take him?" him unconscious for perlaps twelve hours, and while he was "I've got an idea," said Stoclrbridge, suddenly. dead to the world we could take the press apart, pack it for "What is it?" shipment, with the rest of the stuff, to some other place, and "Sixtee n miles from here there is a privato madhouse, kept begin anew in aother locality," said Stockbridge. by a certain Doctor Jackley, whom I have heard is not over-" Yes, we could do that, but we'd be trnced after he got free 1 scrupulous about taking in patients if he is well paid for their and notitled the authorities," said Judson. "There is .10 way keep. We'il dope the boy and then I'll hire an auto and talrn under the sun that we could hoodwinli: the Secret Service him there to-night. .A. good round bribe wili indupe the docpeople once they got 'l,l'ind ot thi& enterprise. Our i::afety up 'to1 to keep the boy for a ::nontll, at any r?-tc. Insiqc of t):\at to this moment lies in the fact that no suspicion exists at tim e you can finish up the printing, get rid of your para,pber Washigton that a counterfeiting pl1rnt ls in oporation. My nalia and the three of us will be able to wprk off a con idea, as I told you, was to finish the printing ant1 bury the i:;;ide rab le cri.:antity of the bills We'll dl'OP them bctwp,en here plant somewhere before we put a single note out. As the case ;i.nd the Pacific Coast, and try and plant lhe in San stands now W!l must quit where we are, wlth most of the tens Francisco. Then we'll take a st

16 BILLY THE BLACKSMITH. cot he was on, one chair, a washstand made of heavy wire, I "You're at your summer reside n ce in the country, mayor." holding a meta llic bowl and pitcher, a soap-dish and a small "What's the matter with me? Billy asked, adopting newi ut towel, and a small looking-glass above a shelf holding a comb I line of talk in the hope ol' drawing his visitor out. .ep and brush. You are afflicted with softening of the brain, .. replied therii The early sunlight was shining through a narrow' window 1 doctor. he protected on the outside with iron bars, like a prison cell. "Oh, I am?" Billy was astc;mished at his strange surroundings. "Yqu are. You imagine that you are the Mayor of Chicago .n t His first impression was that h e was a prisoner in an upper "I do?" Ii room of the Judson house, though he did not remember that "And that you own half of the city. T he consequenc e is It any window of the house was provided wlth iron bars. your friends have brought you here to be treated." h;" He jumped out of bed and went to the window. 'I There he was greeted with another surprise. His words gave L'i.e boy a shock. He was on the thir d fioor or a building surrounded by a had read about madhouses and always had a horror high stone wall topped with sharp spikes, and the landscape "Is this really a madhouse?" he said, earnestly. I; was strange to him. "It Is.,, Oil Clearly, he had been carried off from the Judson house, and "Who is the proprietor of it?" l\ from Davenport, to a house in some locality he was unac."I am." quainted with. He tried the door of the room and found it was secured on "I thought you said you were a doctor?" p 'I the other side. "So I am. I am a specialist on di se a s es of the bram." "I'm a prisoner all right,,, he muttered. "Those chaps in"Then you ought to know that I'm pretty far from being E lunatic." I tend to ho l d on to me until they complete their rascally work and are ready to skip, then probably, I'll be released when they feel safe in letting me go. I wonder how long that wlll be? And I wonder how far from Davenport I am?" As Billy could find no r :swer to his questions, he proceeded "You have been properly committed to my care on a .. certificate signed by several well-known Chicago physicians.9!: I couldn't lawfully accept you as a patient here without such a certificate." e .. to dress himself. Dr. Jackley's statement was, or course, a lie. 0 Then he sat down by the window and looked down at the 'If such a certificate was handed to you when I was brought .. grounds inside of the wall, at the walls and at the country I here i t was forged by the rascals who want me k ep t out of the .. around about. way. You had better investigate it and you'll find there'se His room fa ce d the rear prospec t, and the space between; nothing in it. My name is Wi!llam Blake, and I live in the building and the wall had the appearance of a well-kept. Davenport, with a distant relative named John Hooley, ai:i yard. I blacksmith. It you to him you'll soon find that r never The presence of the spiked wall puzzled the boy not a little. was in Chicago my. llfr'. and thrl.t I am no more crazy thallro Taken in connection with t he barred Vlindow, it looked you are yourself, said tiilly. ti something like a jail; of perhaps L institution of some kind. The doctor smiled, indulgently, b Whlle the young blacksmith w as ruminating on his pred!ca"I was told that you wou ld tell me all this," he said. "wa ment his door was unlo cke d and a rough-looking man entered is another phase of your malady. One day you imagine you're ; with a tray containing his breakfast-a bowl of oatmeal and the Mayor of Chicago, and on the next you insist that you are milk, a small piece of steak, two small corn-cakes and a cup I a blacksmith. On the third you claim to be a circus performer o f coffee. who is fired from the cannon at the performances. Another: The man put the tray down on the bed and motioned that .1 of your illusions is that you are a Secre t Service detective i Bill y was to eat. and have discovered a counterfeiting plant In a house nea; "That's my breakfast, eh?" said the boy. "I'm ready for it; where you have lived. You see, my young friend, I have ar but, I say, what place is this, and by what right am r confined full history of your malady. Your friends have brought youl here?" to the right place to have you cured, if you can be cured. t l The man mad e no answer, but turned about and left the shall keep you under oJ;>servation and examine you daily. Hf room, locking the door after him. you are tractable and give me no trouble. I shall have great Billy ate his med and in a short time the man came after hopes of effecting a cure in you within six weeks, tn which the dishes. case you wlll be discharged and returned to your friends. It i The boy tried to get the fellow to talk, but he wouldn't, and you behave violently and give us a lot of t:-ouble you will 10 he continued in the dark con cerning his surroundings. to be placed in a strait-jac!fet l,n a padded cell in the As soon as he was left alone again Billy hoisted his window dark and on bread and water till ) ou are ca.lmed down. l and get a more extended view of the place, as far as the bars am not sme .YOU understand what I am saying to you, but you. permitted him to do 1 look as if this was one your lucid moments, so I have gonec He saw a railroad trai n in the distance, also a glimpse of to the trouble of explammg If you ?ehave yourself a winding c ou ntry road. I I shall take it as a You will b:e well fed, He could make out several farmhouses and sa field-hands a book r e ad if you wish so, and QCCas10nally per at work. w mitted t.o exercise yourself under _the of one of my By and by his ears were saluted with a medley of strange I keepers lil the garden below. Then lil six wc.>eks--" ::> sounds proceeding from a r oom below. I "I see," said Billy, "you have been paid to keep me here for The house seemed w be well populated. six weeks so that the rascals who fetched me h ere can complete Aft e r awhile he heard a noise against one of the walls of their crooked work and make tneir escape? I think before his room. I six weeks get around my friends w111 be able to trace me, and It sounded like sawing. then y ou'll have to explain why you, a specialist in brain He listened and was sure somebody was at work on the troubles, accepted me, a perfectly sane boy, as a lunatia wa!l. afflicted with softening of the brain." t There was a fall of plaster and the sound suddenly ceased 1 The doctor smiled. f) for awhile, when it was resumed again. :?he certificate is my. for t'.lldng you in," he said There came the sound of footsteps in the corridor outside But I have told you it is forged. It is up to you to investi-his door. j gate it." The noise on the wall stopped altogether. "I never investigate certificates signed by reputable His door was thrown open and Dr. Jackley with an at-1 cians." tendant entered the room. ''How do you know that the names signed to it are those o! He looked at Billy with critical attention. I reputable doctors r" ::so the Mayor of Chicago?'.' he said. "I have other certificates from them in my safe." that? 'Yhat are you tallnng about? Who are you, Thus speaking, the doctor walked out, the door was anyway? asked Billy. ; and Billy was alon e once more. "Quite mad-quite mad!" said the doctor, shaking his head. "'Vbo's mad?" --"Let me f ee l your pulse. I'm a doctor. I want to see what CHAPTER XIII. t your condition is this morning." I THE :MAN WITlI THE BED BEARD. t .. "Don't you worry about my condition, it's all right. PerB1lly was a shrewd lad, and he easily saw l!:"h ns you'll tell me where I am?" Jackley's sijpl.i.flca.nt talk. '"l'.


B ILLY THE B LAQ._KSMITH. :f:?.il it this doctor w h e n I ge t out," the b oy "Say, how ca m e you to find a treasure of $ 100 000, and why 1uttor e d .. I will t h e autliori t ies o f Davenport that I was d idn' t y ou take possession or it a t the time y on found it?" rnpt here so as to g; vc t!::e counterfeiters time t o c ompl ete the said Billy mor e t o engage the man in c onversatio n than be of their mor.ey and clear out in safe ty, and I gues s c a use h e b e li ev ed I n the treasure h e goyernment w ill hand l e t h is doctor without gloves ... The man s a id that he and two cous ins went shooting one W hile h e was thinki nr; the m a t t e r ov e r h e heard t h e nois e s e a s on three years previous on the northern s hore s o f the th e wall a gain. State of Wisconsin. fie wondered what was the meaning o f it. H e got separate d from the others o n e afternoon a n d found It looked to him as if s ome person was cutti!lg a n opening t h e treasure c oncealed in a hollo w t r e e. i'Ougl f t h e wall into h is roo : n n o doubt from a r oom beyond H e open e d one bag and f o u n d i t contain e d $20 g old-p iec es, The n o!s e ceased again when an attend<::.nt app eare d with a with a memorandum of the amount hidden in the tree. r 1ook fer Billy t o pass t h e time with, l rnt i.t w a s resume d when H e marked t h e location o f the tree very carefully and relhe ma n went away and the corridor w a s once more silent. turned to c a m p with the one bag, w h ic h he s h o we d to hl1 In about hal f an ll ou r the pl a s t e r s ud den l y gave way in c o usins a n ks. H e fooli shly said t here w e r e many more bags where ha A n instrument i n the hands of s o me person o u t o f sigh t fou n d that. api d ly wid e n e d t he h ol e until i t w a s larg e e n o u g h for a Their cupidity was exc ited and they wanted h i m to di vi de all m<::.11 to c r a :ll throui:;l.i. the t r e a sure in t hree equal parts. Tee n a head, witll a bushy red b eard, a p p eared through the H e r e fused t o do that, and after that they watched him so 'l. prning a n d lo o k e d aroun d the room c l ose ly tha t h e dar ed not revisit the tree. t Billy's eyes and those of the i ntruder's met. H e determi n e d to do it later b y hims elf, a n d the p a rty re-"Well, who a1e y ou and what did you that hole for? turne d home. il ske d the bo y Before he had made his arrangements to go afte r the tre as1 I thought thin r oom was -emp ty. Whe n were you brought ure his cousins drugg e d him one night a n d brought him t o tha il ere? l 'v e n ev e r se e n y o u b e fore," said t h e man. madho use, w here h e had been ev e r s ince. "I was brough t h e i e las.c night. 1 s l!ppose y o u're a patient, 'l'hey tol d him h e w ould r e m ain here t!ll he die d unless he o'?" tol d t h e m e x actly where the treasure w a s. It: I am ., Suc h was the story o f the man with the red beard, who said "You don't talk li k e a crazy man. Why s ho u l d you b e kep t his n am e was Barnum-, and h e t old it so straigh t tha t B!lly lere agains t your will ? c ame to bell e ve h i m a Y ou' re not c : azy yours elf. l can s ee lhat. why are y o u "If y ou h e l p me to escape m y lad, h e saill, we wil l b o t h a.put u p here against your w ill?" g o to t h e place where the treasure ls a n d l w ill g ive y ou halt r Be cause I f ell int o the pow e r o f a cou p l e o f rascal s whose I of i t. That w ill be a fortune f o r y ou, and h a l f o'l. it is enough work I got wind cf. T o pre ve n t me from exp o s ing fo1 me Ti1en I s h a ll have m y cou sins arrested and punish e d. they dJ

BILLY THE BLAOKS:MITH CHAPTER XIV C PXC[,!JillOl\. Billy ancl the man with tbe red beard slipped over to the stairway and looked down. As far us they could see there wns no one on the floor below, wbich w,(ls the second, so they went down. "You go nhcad. Remember, I'm supposed to be following you. Thc1 e ls a door at the back of the ground floor leadh;1g into the yard. It i s prebabl y not locked at this time of the il::i./. Mal,ck where the supplies are taken in. Yo\l will finrt it lo cked and barrel!, and the key is in the possession of the yard-man. ..Watch your chance and with a slick or et011e hit the bell over the gate and then hide. That will bring the ya:d-man to the gate. When he opens it rueh npon him antl knock him down. I will keep watch from the !Jack door. \Vhen I see you dash out I will start after you and chase you clown the lane. Use the revolver if necessary." Thus spoke Barnum. 'l'hen Billy descended the stairs, followed by his coipanion. With the weapon ready for action Dilly glided to the baclc

FAliIE AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 11 C URRENT NEWS Denni s a girl or 10 was the victor Jn the Macon, Mis [ ri, district spcll ini; c o ntest recen t l y F o r an hour anc1 a half rds, bi g and li ttle w e r e gi ve n the t e u p i c ked s tude nts and the close of that time Mis s D e n n i s anc1 Lucile H e i f n e r h a d misse d a word For a Jong time t h e t w o g irls spelle d oa the ma t c h anc1 fin ally Miss Hei f n e r slippe d t w o n's in "millinery," Donaldson shot a gra y fox the o t her day in the town o f versink, Sullivan C ou n t y N Y It was t h o fir s t gray fox shot many years in tha t section, and many b e li e v e d a t fir s t that it s a s il v e r gray, the skin o f whic h is v ery val u a b l e. A few rs ago a s ilv e r gray fox, whic h w a s s h o t i n Sullivan Count y, s pre s e nted to the M useum o f Natura l H i story in New Yo r k t became known, through legal papers fil e d in court, tha lot in Vin e street, Cin cinnati, Oh i o, was sold for $100,0 0 0 b 'rutt to M elvil!e El, Inr;a ll s f ormer president of the B ur Ra1lr oac1, T h e property is situate d in the center of the bu s \ s d istrict and i s 5 0 l>y 5 0 f eet. It \\ a s leased by Mr. Ingalls, h the p r i v ilege o f purchasing, whe n the Ingalls slyscrape r wa c t e d. amue l Slaka n, e ighteen yc a!"s old, of Atlantic City N .J., jok e d h the ho s p ii a l &u1g e on s r e c ently while they a c w c d on his left tnlb, whic h had b ee u shatte r e d by the lc1en t a l discharge o f un S laken clippe d oft the thumlJ w i t h his p enknife wrap ped up, put it i n his poc k e t stopped t h e flow o C blood and then lkcd to the hospi tal, a b l oc k f r om his lJo me. The surgeons b e ll'e t he unusua l op e r ation will b e succcssiul. [ 1}ho Commlesl?n a ppointe d to study tho condition o f the Lean Tower of Pis a, whic h c a used .:oruc anxh t y lust y ear, has al st fln! R h e d Its report The considers that the ous Towe r Is in no danger, although smce 1 8 17 it has become e w l y and_ s li ghtly more s l a n t in g T h e b ell s can now, the r efore, e r ung without ris k, anc1 m e a sures have beou Lak e n t o register ) least f urthe r d e vi ation of the Towo r f r orn t h o p erpend i cular j bo l dly executed rob b e r y occ u r r e d i a B erlin Ge rmany, recently, l on wns s t o le n from a r:ostal wagon used to collect the n e y shipments of the v arious Berlin scib-stations, The crim i got away, l eaving no clues t o his ic1eutity behind. Later, ho'N, e r, h e was take n in t o c ustody accid e ntall y rill!! most o f the money Among the booty foun d o n the prison e r was the nt:' oi' $2, 96R, presuma b ly the c o ntents o f rei;lsterec1 letter s whic h a bee Ul.O.!Jo d fo Ame r ic a I' e llss ttuelle, a stenogra p h er, o Knl amazo1l, Mic h ., h a s jus t n nottfi e d Re.l p h l\Ieocham, of Albany, a sch oo l d a y s G'."!eet rt, has d ie d, leaving h e r $GO,OOO. Razelle's parents reside N il e s, M i c h. I never dream e d t h:it cared so muc h for mo. l Id n o t ev e n know h e w:rn nic k \\'hll e we hn-c llecn friends for t last f e w years, w e ha Ye not c o r r osp onclod so v ory muc h said ss Razeiie "Y e s I am going to q u i t rr.y position when I get mone y," she adde d Illiss Hazc ll o i s twenty-c!x y ears o lcl. h e life's s avings of "Jack" Simpsen, of Aitkin M inu., amountto $2, 5 G 5 s ecure ly hidde n from burglars, reduced to P by rats anc1 mice, a n d in a leUcr .recei ve d by President t t recently, h o ai;11liec1 f o r t h e redemption of the fragments by e T r easury H e was saving his mon ey to buy a f a r m T h e l i sid ent r eforrcc1 t ho letter t o lhe rroasu r y D e p o.1tmenl The h ortrnent r e c ently rcdoe1;:rnc1 for a IC11nsas farmer a r o ll of bills ich slipped out of his po c k e t w h il e he was ploughing and r i ec1 In tho s oi l f o r a y e a _r_. ___ t report o n t'h' first ca r load or grapes s hi p p e d fro m Loci u l., pac k e d i n r cdwootl sawdust. has just iccclYe d i t l lo the effect t h at. the e x pe rimen t h n s J r ovo d a cornp lcto s uce1's. Tho grap e s wc;e paclroc1 s:x ago In d r ums will! odo; ls redwood s awdust and were kepL her o undl a f0w tla:;o ago, the y wo r e forwarde d to the marlrnt for tho holiday tn.rlc. h 0 y a r e r e p o rted ao t h eir co l o r and tlaror per rec: J; ng as fir m as wht'll p 1ckec1 f r o m tho vmes. Local lj'rower3 '"'cl '. fpper s will now s h! in large quantities tabl e grapes this way, St.anding toe t o t n e at the corne r of New Main street and Nep perhan avenue, i n the p r inclp'1.l section of Yonkers, N. Y re cently, two !ought w ith etilettos tor fully ten minutes. 'rht! men a rc co uslns, and fought over a loan. Both are In St. JostJph's Hospital, mortally wounded, After the ftght John De Luca. 32 years o l d, or 1 3 6 New Main s t r eet, had enough etrength to crawl ov e r t o Washi ngton Park where he hid himself a bench. When ex amined at t h e h o s p i tal It wan found that he had thirtyfour wounds. Pasquale D e Luc a 2 4 yean old. of 19 Clinton street has three stab wounds In the abdomen. A y oung m a n was arres t e d In New York City recently tor tuIn g two loave s o f bread from a g-rocer:y s tore in the Bronx. He, had started t o eat the brea d w h e n ha was a r :cested. He proved to b e John Quinn, e i g hteen years old, o f no addreBB a.nd was re lease d u n de r p r o bation b y Magistrate Freechl in the Morrisanla court aft. e r hia story had been ver ifi ed. Q uinn Hid he had not eaten for two days, and w h e n o tartlng t o walk t o a &rOpoltll'i!k, 011 the Coniio H i'ltr. H t h ei:c stalion s p r ovo s u c c ess _Jwich_ in 6 hours anc1 34 minu t es, H e t c oit :i n atu;a I pride i rul, Rn C'Xtcnsivc ;,ries o f s_lnlio n s will b P c rC'ctec1 a ll along the Ut ach,evement unlll S a rgen t began to r i di c ul e him. L 1:I c k C origo and rivers. .rh Ti't(lnc h expects in he _ootball to l)) sw!c h I n a clay," b o a sted Sargent. ''l'il t;.,, you 1 lo N ee l a sw,t!on at L o n ui;:o, l'r o11c h C ongo, and later 0 yo u can't, r eplle d Grant. staticns In a ll the French west Afri can co l on ies.


!O FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. BILLY, THE BROKER'S BOY,: OR, THE WIRE TAPPERS OF \VALL STREET L C By HORACE APPLETON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER IV. (continued) l ate to expect anything of that sort. H e would have giv1 E What happened after that Tony did not stop to see, but a goou deal to have known how to r ea ch them, but t-0 ha', hurried back by the way he had come. rnlved that problem would be to have gained the key When h e got to the upper room of {he old house on ihe whole my s tery. l! Greenwi ch street, where the event s describ e d in the last "I don't believe that it is ever don e from this chapter had taken place, lrn found the door fastened and mutte red Nic k "If_ Harcourt is in with the se felloln he proc eede d to open it with a latch key. he !ms some way of reac_hing them. W e ll, ID\s 'T'he light was turned down now, and the room was vamake a move. ] hat fellow will never go to Oahfor n cant sa ve for the girl, Blanche, who lay upon the lounge He will pretend to, hut be will stay right here. lvi., in a deep ioleep. game is he working ? 'l1hat" s what puzzles me." ; O n tJ1e operating table was a scrap of paper u pon which The d e tective arose and proc e eded to examine the te2 the following words were s c rawled: phone, something tha t he had done many times since l "Tony-I h ave given Blanche a close ; she's goo(l to sleep till midnight if let alone. I've gone uptown on bu sines s n .nd shall go out to the toll house afte rward. You'll ha1c to sti c k to the w ir e all night, for there's no wha t may happ e n. Blanch e can if sh e wakes up b efore millnight; i n ot, l e t her stay where s he is till morning. Matt." "Huh!" muttered Tony he always gives me a night job." I'm blamed if I'll stand it. I mean to have my supper just the same, risk or no risk Just at this time Nick Price, the detective, sat in Mr. Yanderbeak's private office smoking a ci ga r. Mr. Vanderbeak had gone home, anc1 so bad aN the cl erks The new priv ate s ecretary hac1 chosen to stay behind them, and from the une asy fashion in which he twirled arou n d in the millionaire's swin g chair it was quite evident that he fel t any th ing but satisfied with him s e lf. It -was now five o'clo c k, and there rea l ly was no gooc1 reason why the d e t ective sh ould linge r at the office to which he had b een p;o v idecl w i t h a k e y so that h e could come and go at any time Y e t h e s taye d on and kep t s'ringin g arou n d in the chai r. "I had them! I h a d t h e m on the wir e sure,'' he mut tered. "The su s picions I for med of Harold H arc ou r t J ong befor e }fr. "Va nclerbcn k seut for m e to eng<"'gc o n this c am 'are qui te correct. The wire tappe rs thol{ght the y were talking with him, and if I c ould have kept it up a few moments lon ger I might hav e l e arned something I won der what it was that g ave m e away?" Now Nick Price h ad s a id this same thing to himself .. a hundred times "\vithout g e t t ing any sati s factory a n swer. He had been lingering in lhc hoping that tl1e wir e '"!.'." t.appers would cull u p Harcour t again, but it was now too Yanderbeak left fo r home, but the instrument would l gi1c up its secret, and Nick prepared to go. c His preparations were rather pe culiar. Pullingdq the shade, he too k off his coat an d \'es t and unbutton certain unusual buttons in th e lining to turn a. twist t h e garments which as sume d a very different 1 pcarance un der his hands From a plain bu s ines s suit the y were completely tra:. formed in style and appe arance. Another tie a not\1 c ollar a false mus tache of g lossy black and a diffe rent \ wh.ich came all foldccl up out of one of the c oat pock1. did the r est. When Nick had finish ecl his w or k he was a diffen l ooking person altogether-a fas hion a ble youn g man ab1-to1rn, in short. He took a photo grap h out of J1is poc). s tndic d t he face and then h is oYm b efor e the g la ss wl\ he pro ceecled to "to u c h up'' with th e cont en t s o f a srr. box. "There!" h e e xcla i m ed. "I thir!k I will pas s for B< o l d H arcourt, now I'll t ry the club to-ni ght, althoi. it's a big risk, for if I am d e t e ct e d the g ame is up." H e ldt the offic e and started for the ele vator, when a t o::;c;; he s a w a boy coming alon g the hall who see:\ to be eyeing him in rather a curious way :N" i r k s topped befo r e the elevato r and was about to t01, t he e l e ct ric button when the boy c ame hurrying up. "Hello, Mr. Harcourt,'' hr whi s p e rerl. "Didn't exf< t o s e c you here. I was j us t g oin g to the office to m. sme, though. Matt wan ts y o u. H e s on the 'phone.', "Hi t 'cm the first sh ot!" thought the detective, what rep l y t o make was a s hade too much for him. '. "It' s late. I'm in a hurry," he said, with a view, draw i n g the boy out furthe r. "He says he mus t talk to you," urged the bos. take you a minute. It's late and I want to g o home;< "All right. Go along and I'll tal k to him," said l 'he clcrnto r wa s up no,;, and th e bo} starte d for


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKL Y. "Be sure you lock the door," he whispered. "You've got "How much do you want?" pur key? "Half." "Yes, replied the det e ctiv e and the boy stepped into "Put it in plain :figllJeS. Put it in plain figures, man I c elevator an cl was gone. How much do you want? How will you take it? When "A clew!" muttered Nick. "A veritable clew The and where?" re i:appers must have an office on this floor, but which is "Perhaps. Speak out ther e's the rub?" "Five thousand, then." ... ick Price g lided back along the ball, wondering how "You shall have it. c wire tappers could be so foolish as to employ a boy "To-night at the old toll hou s e on the Newark plank managB their affairs, and studying the signs upon the 1 road You'll be there?" ce door s "I certainly will. What time?" As he drew near the end of the corridor he heard a tele"Oh, about eleven o'clock; a little earlier or a little later one bell ringing. It rang a g ain ancl again as though will make no odds e person at the end of the line was growing impatient 1 "Very good. That all?" v receiving no an sw e r. "Yes. Say, hold on!" a "Tha.t's it-tha.t's it," muttered the detective. "It "I'm here." ght to be in here." "How's the market?" He paused before a door which had painted upon the "All right." \ ass "Smith & Co., Exporters." The bell continued to "We fixed Silverman nice, didn't we?" l ng furiously. Nick drew a bunch of skeleton keys from "Fine." s pocket and went to work on the door, which was locked.1 ''Had to do i t Harcourt. H e's b e en kickin g up a deuce took a moment to do it, and then the door flew open, of a row about our doings. We wanted to put him on 1 sclosing a small but handsomely furnished office. There the retire d li st." h a telephone in one corner, and the bell was ringing like 1 : "Well I think you have s ucce e d ed. The old man s\\ears e d he won't put out a hand to help him from goin g t o thE> Pausing only to mak e sure that he wa s alone, the dewall." .. 1'ctive closed and locked the door, hurried to the 'phone "Keep him in that mind." J answer the call and the following conversation took "Trust me. That all?" 0}ace: "Yes; you'll be on hand?" a 'tHello Hello! "I told you so, and I m ean it. Goo u by." a "Hello! That you, Tom?" "Good-by." Nick Price hung up the re c eiv e r and proc e eded to make "Harcourt! What's the matter with your voice?" a careful examina tion of the office, but not a thing did he a "Got a cold Tom jus t c a me and called me. Thought di s cover to connect the place with the wire tappers' work 1 u might want to talk to me, so I dropped into the office I "I've made a beginning," he mutte r e d. J ow, then, foe k1 e I the next moYe. I've passed muster with the boy, Toru, all "Van!" right but how will it be to-night when I show up at the Right here Nick Price gave evidence of that wonderful 1 old toll house on the Newark road?" ff rewdness which had pl.aced his name at the head of the I Nic k Price let himself out of the office and b t of New York detectives. burned down to the street c "That's a test word," he instantly determined "Stupid lh siness Anyone could guess that." "Der," he in stantly replied over the 'phone. CHAPTER V. "Beak!" came the answer. "That's all right, Harcourt. wanted to make sure it was you." .A PRISONER IN THE OLD TOLL HOUSE. I "Sure now?" Away out on the Newark plank road, just at the begin b "Yes. Did you get me this afternoon?" ning of the 15ridge, there s tood at the time of which we "Certainly. What made you cut me off s o almighty I write an ancient frame building, formerly a toll house, e dden ?" I but now given up to a saloon on the ground floor with "Got scared Thought it might be a detective." 'living rooms above. It was me What do you want? I'm m a It was a de s olate spot; a region through which many rry. pass on their way acro s s the great Jersey meadows, but "We've got the boy." where no one lingers a moment longer than necessary, es"Hello You don't mean it!" pecially in summer when the mo s quitoes are thick and "Yes. Blanche caught him on the fly this afternoon 1 fierce and the odors of the great manure heaps and chem d I did the rest." I ical factories are enough to turn the stomach of an elee w "Good enough. What's the next thing on the program?" phant, to say nothing of a man. "Why, the next thing is for you to cash in. A job like Shortly afte r nightfall on the evening of the da:y o:f vJit isn't done without a certain amount paid in advance these happenings a covered wag on drew up before the ic ,isee ?" I" Old Toll House Tavern," as the sign read, and the driver :N-i"I'm ready." I giving a sharp whistle, sat still, w aiting for what was to i t"How much?" happen next.


PA.ME AND FORTUNE W EEKLY. Ilmnec! the door of th1' sal oon o pened and a man ing, until at last they died away altogether and were hc:lllfn hia lhirt s lffVe! cam e hurrying out. no more ttirony aent J'Ot'1 a boarder," whi.!pe re d the driver. "Shall Besides them there were other sounds which intereste I bring him in r' Billy a great deal more These came from the next roOI "Humph I Y ou1re e arly." apparently It was a man's voic e calling into a telephol'd "Pve got other business to atten d t o I came right It was only hen.rd occasionally, and no words could be dii a.long wa s the reply. tinguished Every time the bell rang Billy strained h1 "Well, we'll take him in. As w e ll now as any time-ears to listen, and the last time he made a quick turn 1 th.ere don't s e e m t o be anybody a r ou nd. Who is he?" as to get his ear closer to the wall, when all at once i' "Don' t know. Asked n o questions." cords about his wrists snapped, and a moment later Bill to be d o n e wit h him?" stood on the floor with the gag out of his mouthfree "Kept till Matt comes. That's the order." He could hardly realize it-the relief had come to hi1 "Wben will that be?" so suddenly, but he lost no time in making tho mo t (, "Oh, 11ome time this ev ening, I s u ppose I don't know his good luck. ex actl y I didn' t ask." Stealing toward the door, which to his great joy l; Now every word of this conversation reached the ears found unlocked, he was about to pass oi1t when the tel1 of Billy the broker s b oy, a s he lay gagged and bound on phone bell rang violently again, the sound coming fr01r the floor of the w a gon f eeling anything b u t comfortable behind a door r ight alongside of him, through the cruel after his l on g ride, !l8 may well be imagined, of which a faint light beamed. Whe re he w a s or j u s t what had happened, Billy had no "What's the matter? Why don't they answel' l" thougl sort of a n i de a fo r his senses did not return to him until Billy. "By gracious, this must bo another hold-ou t of t he WM in t h e wag on bu t o ne thing was firmly fixed in his wire tappers!" mind He stooped down and put his eye to the keyhole. A He WILi! in the clutches of the wire trippers of Wall he could see was a switch board and an operati n g tabf street T h ere was a big rewar d o ffered for their capture. Not a sound was to be heard except that furious ringi Billy wanted that rew ard. of i.he bell "The y mean to d o m e," thought the boy, "but I don't "That's going to bring someone 11p from below," thougi intend t o let *em. If I'm sharp I can turn this bminess Billy "There's no one in there now What's foe matll m y w ay; what I wa n t to do now is to play possum and with me going in!" hear their talk. "Fools rush in where wi se m e n dare not tread," tfu So instead o f kicking up a fuss Billy kept his eyes shut say. Whether Billy, the broker's boy, was a fool or nd and h e l d his breath whe n they took him out of the wagon, be lost no time in trying the door of the lighted roorn.1 carried him int o the toll house and up a steep flight of Like the one of his own prison, it proved to be unfa1 stairs tened, and Dilly found himself before the operating tab "Blamed if I don't think he's dead, Cclrney," growled in an instant and then he knew that he was not alone the driver, as they dropped their burden on a dirty bed Over in a corner stretch ed upon a dirty lounge lay in a little four by n ine room man in his shirt sleeves sound asleep; an opium pipe and' "Nothing to me if he is," replied the s aloon keeper "I little lamp rested upon a chair alongside the lounge. Tl s'11ose Matt gave him t o o heavy a dose Let him stop telephone bell was still ringing, and it might h a v e g01 where he is till they come." on ring ing indefinitely as far ns this man was co n cern The door was shut and locked, and a little later Billy for he lay there scarcely seeming i.o breathe, d eep in t heard the wa1rnn rattle away. The re hacl been no talk to opium sleep give him the info rmatio n, but Billy didn't despair. "Hello_! He's been hit.ting. th_e pipe;" .thought Bil "I can work now," he thought, "and if I can't get rid of by gracious, I suppose Im nskmg my life by stoppll these infernal cords I'll know the r easo n why. Great here one minut:e, but I I'll answer call." Scott! If I could only get on to the sec rets of these fel-He dropped rnto the chair by the operating table, a: lows it might be the beginnin

FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 23 GRIT AND GOLD OR, WORKING FOR A FOI{fUNE h By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG Cl1_1PTER XV. (continued) "We wm gladly accept your offer," replied Bob, "though e duties may be strange to us l "They are simple and easily learned You may keep the r clean and ventilated and look after tho usual duties porter and t." "But foe present incumbents--" "I will shift them to the next car. They will not be schargcd." This settleJ all scruples Bob antl 'l'ony went aboard the superintendent's car. 1 mt was a pleo.sant trip to Denver. The superintendent, whose name was Clark, took a cat interest in Bob when he learned his story if "Let me see the deed of your land, boy," he t Bob produce 1 tbe deed Mr. Clark glanced over it. 1en he gave a great cry "l.Icrcy on us!" he cr.icd. "IIow do you know, my l ad, t that you have a gold mine? Why, the very next see n anrl range to yon is the recently discovered Mat:mzas r de, wJ1ere a million dollars' '1orth of ore was taken out tb one week." Bob's brain swam. "Oh, :Mr. Clark," h e said. "Do think it possible f d at there could be gold on my land?" [' "It is not only possible, but very likely,'' replied the 0 ;iel'intcn

A lfAME A.ND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Tony looked triumphant. At first the idea l ooked to Go.lconda, ancl consisted of a collection of small and 1 I Bob very reas o nable and business-like cabins Certainly it ought to be an easy matter to pay oIT a few Bob nncl Tony g.1zec1 down upon this from the h ; hundred dollars on a gold claim The loan need only be of a molmtain pass. They were hungry and footso i a limited one. "What do ye say, lad?" asked the tramp. "Sha] But just then there came to Bob's memory an instance go down thc>re ?''' of foreclosur e in his own native t own of Markham. He "I see no bctler plan," cJeda r cd Bob. "In fact tt0 remembered seeing a farmer d isp os sessed. and his farm i s ?tbcr way." and stock ruthlessly take;n from hun for failure to meet a Right you arc, my boy. Certamly we can accomI mortgage. nothing here. W c ve got to have S'Omc place to stay This at the time had made its impression on Bob. He I we get the lay of the land." had resolved never to b e the slave of the mortgagee. He "That is true," agreed Bob. "Of course I do not f expe rien ced a revu l sion of feeling know the boundaries yet. That cs,:ential." said the tramp, eagerly; "I am sure :Mr. Clark "Perhaps we can g e t a job of \rork in the Golcoudl' will loa n you the money. It need only be a limited lo a.n." a time. 1-c Bob turned and met Tony's gaze squ arely. Bob had thought of this. d "No," he said, "I'll not do it." "We will try it," he rni'e've com e a good ".\re there many pro3pectors in the town?" Bob as 'l'he landlord s hook his head. "Not on yer life," he replied. "Thr.y don't com e waY. :i\[ost of 'em goes fmiher down inter i.her p fields.'' A mountain river foamed down through this and the n ecessary means of washing out the gold. Bnt there must be gol d up in these hills," said Bob 11 Riess ycr soul, yes,'' 1eplicc1 O'Hare. "But work lo git it. An indiYidual miner kin wash it ou u ;-;,rndbank easier than io blow it out of a <]Uartz 1 It was callecl an

FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. !It see," agreed Bob "But the Golconda makes The tavern keeper started as if shot, and a strange ex ipey pression flitted acro ss his face. course, fe r they are a big stock company Why, "Eh?" he exclaimed. "You own a claim hereabouts?" it cost fifty thousand dollars fer the stamp mill thet "Yes." use. Ye see, no poor miner kin do that." "How large? Five or six acres?" ob's heart sank a bit with this intelligence. It began "No, three thousand!" Bob. ok, after all, as if his inheritance was a white elephallt. O'Hare gasped and leaned over the bar. He stared at ) hat there was gold, perhaps to the value of millions, Bob. his land, there was no doubt. But it must certainl y I "For the love of Heaven!" he exclaimed. "De ye there so far as his present ability to claim it was cou1 know that's enough to make y e the richest man in Col e ;ef1. orado? Why, thar's more gold hereabouts than anywh er e e hud not enough money to develop it, and just l1ow else in the State." l as to secure it was a problem. "I am glad to know that," said Bob, with delight. o,re,cr, he said nothing more. But when they re"An' you own three thousand acres?" d that night the two gold seekers had a long con "Yes." Jiation. "Ain't that a mistake?" I am in an anomalous position," declared Bob. "I "No, sir. i a fortune aad yet have not got it. I am legatee of ... Whereabouts is it? Nigh here?". cs which nature holds in trus t Can I secure "Well as near. as I can reckon, it is," replied Bob, t of those riches?" drawing the deed from his poc ket. "Here are the bound 1 1 think if you had raised a little money by mortgngc an;s. ,. 1 Co.,ld ha e crot t t t "t b "d T I 0 Hare LOOk the deed and looked it over carefully. r.1en 1 u. v 0 a s ar \Yi n 1 my oy, sni onv. l='erhaps you were right, Tony," agrcc-d Bob. handed it back to Bob and took down a bottle of wlmuld not see it at the time. However, we must do the 1 Y;,H d k,, 1 d "Y th 1 k' t I t we can. Perhaps we can find a pocket of gold or ave a rm sa1 ou re e uc es man lething of that sort to give us a lift." know." !At least it will do no harm. to put in a few da ys of r you," Bob; but I hope you w ill i;pcctinrr." con s ider tl11s confidential. 0 inb I '11 c t 1 t .L c may e sure w1 1 er am Y no "And you are really sure my land is rich with gold?" ; o icy slept soundly. At an early hour Bob was as hr. '"rh b. 1 d f ld t tl 1 1 Wl ib \rent down and consulted with O'Hare. ar s ig e ges o go quar z up iar, my al iy, d Jest step down to the office of the Golconda Company c mqmro about the vanous clauns m the v1cm1tv, Th 'll h l.f .11t ht f l t I t t t th t h th f cy give ye a a m1 io n a s1g er yer c aim n oo c care no o men ion a e was e owner o i B b' b T d l'k t b t 1 lf I o s ram swam ony s eyes seemc I e o urs .1msc. f 1 d rom his 1ca s near as possi?le he got the lo c ation of .hi s own .. He II "Oh, Bob," he whispered; "and to think thet shark of learned that it was one of the large s t rn the reg ion, an old .farmer came nicrh cretting it away from you fer one three thousand I of your father' 0 [ I hen rony came down a little later Bob was all r eady 1 "I owe that to you Tony," replied Bob, with feeling. t he start. "You shall see that I am not ungrateful." 0 r ou're a hustler, Bob," said the tramp, jo via ll y "I O'Hare had drunk alone. The liquor flushed hi!; face c you an apology for ove:i.:sleeping But I'll be ready I "Now, Jud," he said in a friendly way, "I s'po se ye'y e got money to develop yer claim?" \.11 right, my dear pard," said Bob, with a laugh. "I I "No,'' r eplied Bob "Not a cent. There is the trouble." hardly wait to get there. Just think of the romance O'Hare brought his hand down on the bar with a bancr. earching for gold on one's own land!" "I'll loan ye twenty thousand on yer word," he cried Y [ hope we will find a bonanza." Bob reached over the bar and shook O'Hare's hand. 'o do I." "::\Ir. O'Hare,'' he said, I thank you very kindly, but ge ny was soon ready. They took with them the small I cannot accept your offer." l t which they had bought in Denver, and also one "Why?" a sked the tavern. keepe r. cd them by the tavern keeper. "I am croincr to work the problem out alone that is all 0 0 hope yc'll have good luck, gents," said O'Hare, s ily "B'..1t there's one thing I'd warn ye against." hat is that?" asked Bob. declared Bob. rospectin' on any private claim People out here h e v ck of sbootin' first an' explainin' afterward, an' the CHAPTER XVIII. A LUCKY STRIKE. acks 'em up in it." O'Hare looked disappointed. But he said good -natured1 1 b hesitated a moment. He looked at Tony.and then ly: 'Hare. The tavern keeper seemed to be a whole"Oh, well, that's your own affai r lad and I wish you honest fellow Bob decided to tell the truth. l luck. But I'm afraid you're up against a. big job. Have ?"Vell," said "you see I ought to be all s afe, for I ye thought of what ye'll have to go up against?" my O"lrn claim." _(To be continued)


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I, THIS'rLEDOW N By Kit Clyde FAME AND FO"ETUNE WEEKLY. and the gloom of night combined to render it impossible that he would But the chil d's face was the most exquisite one he had cvor seen He should always r em ember it, he felt sure, aa it looked up into his in the wan starlight, Ten years had passed iiway and Harry Lathrop hrLd bearry Lathrop, riding his fleet -fo oted young horse, Fan gun the p ract ice of law in the city of Chicago. c was making good time in the direction of the sma ll One .clay while pass ing along a thoroughfare ha sa.w a stern town where that evenfog the wonderfu l performpoliceman leading by the hand a little girl. l es of a certain M:llc. Zenie, togethcT wilh the sagacious She was a pretty, delicately formed child, though poorly ts and bewildering speed of the well-trained equine col-attired and was weeping bitterly. i on, were to stir all the town folk and country folk He could not refrain from a,sldng the officer concerning 1reabout. Not a girl who could mu s ter up a new ribbon his unhappy little charge. t her best bat, a sightly beau, or, better still to a Western "A little runaway," said the officer laconically Moth a good saddle pony, but was agog for tho circus-not er's been telegraphing in all directions-received orders to owboy, choreboy, o t spruce young tiller of the soil but hold the child, if found, at the station house." read y to drive fifteen miles to see the show that was 'l'hc little girl looked up timidly and turned her small ing the population "by the ears." white face with iti> tear drenched eyes upon the stranger, l udclenly the la d came to a halt. Something which he whose kind tones seemed to have given her momentary l' rst took for a huge vulture, but wliioh, as it winged courage, for she was trembling with terror. way toward him, proved i.o be an eagle, made him draw "Oh, sir, she is not mY mother-she told me s o herseUor I should not have run away. She is cruel to me, sir. a t was rnrnly an eagle was seen so far from the mounIf I fall in the ring, she beats me--" s Ile came to eallth near Harry, but as the heavy I "Ring? Do y ou then ride in a circus-so small a orea rring of the creature's wings had perturbed his horse, i ture as yourself? latter a plunge,i1:r thtJ and s tar!-! "Oh, yes, sir They call _me Thistledown. Please don't the huoe b,rd on the \Hno: As he 1080. from let mo be taken to the stat10n house--! wlll be gQOd lllld jil rt young the gli,nt of something which stay where I am told-Oh!" t hhed m the sunlight as it fell from the eagle's beak. 'ld t fi d h k k th h th hlld1 b t t t d th 1 tl f J::o.. w 1 erri e s ne oro e roug e cs eon c ms an i was seen roug i ie rays o 1 t cl th t t t d l a s:tting s un, then was lost in the deep undergrowth scec 1mlg onhes, lacln eh.nlexthms an a ru e gtraspdwasto a1 which the creature emerged upon ier s ou er,. w 1 e e man urne 11 arr q ckl a.. t d cl cl' cl tl nt counter the embodimen t of fury m the person of 11. tru.l, tl Yh. llll y d1stmobun e land istcoveclre f ieldg J ermg I harrl-fcaturecl woman, wh ose physique would have prom w ic 1 prove o e a s en er s ran o go h b strange token indeed to have found its way into the claimed er a but for the selfishness. of her t f tl Ll t L b' d face now pale with uncontro llable passion. Ignormg the 0 le Lie grea mounLalil lT f l d presence o t 1e two men, she broke forth Wlth a torrent on ermg the cur10us mcident, tbe la

28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. protecting the little waif if her relation with the assumed instant before them, then wus lost like a flash in the < guardian s hould prove illegal. I ness of the corridor. He was not mistaken. Mr Randolph approved of the Through the inten s e silence three ominous words young man's course, and prepared to encounter the wouldI upon their ears: be mother, whom they momentarily expected to arrive, "I am avenged!" well prepared to assert her claim. But they were disapFor a moment both men paled, then Mr. Randolp pointed. Neither she nor the officer appeared. As they lected himself and rose to his feet. sat late that night discussing the events, Mr. Randolph fell 1 aThat is the second appearance of the kind in this into a reminiscence of his life that has startled my not easily shocked nerves. Th "I married," said he, "a beautiful woman, of a remarksomething going on which I am determined this ably sensitive nature. Apart from possible weak health, I to ferret out." had reason to fear no cbAnge in my wife, although she had I As he spoke Mr Randolph, accompanied by La always been subject to conditions of despondency, which hastened into the hallway whither the figure had van for long puzzled me much. They rushed up the stairway toward the apartment "I was, however, utterly unprepared for the awful de-the noise had had interrupted the' nouement which followed and bas cast a bliaht over course a few mmutes previous. my whole life. We happened to be traveling at the time, I The door of the chamber stood ajar. and were stopping for the night at a western terminus. r I They. stepped over the .threshold, and the scene awoke at day dawn to find my wife had flown. met their was appallmg. "During this very journey it had been my fortune to At the. wmdow before the. shattered casement sto learn the facts of a former love affair of my wife, but of same white clad figure which a. moment bef?re which she had never informed me. Her affianced lover had: startlecl them. She paused at then entrance, with a deserted her and to this occurrence r could now attribute raised for a second blow upon the sash, and turned her frequent melancholy. Naturally my first thought was the:n a face, no': unveiled, lit by two piercin of him, for it so chanced he also was then stopping in that "'.h1le a rnockmg, laugh broke from he locality. You may imagine my frenzied anxiety when lips. Tl'.e mass of wlut-e drapery was torn and sna. search availed nothing. I the debris of broken glass, and blood dropped upon i "At 1 t h r' d' her white clenched hands. as owever, iscovered she was not with him, 0 t 'd b ht L th t h 'd h.l R d ne s ri e rou a a rop o er s1 e w i e a an as a port10n of her apparel was found on the bank of t d f t 0 t 1 d b th wf' 1 t d' s oo or an ms an para yze y e a u spec a an a Jacent river I was compelled to believe she had sought "rnh t fi d' k th ?'' h 1 t d d th t f h l dt f d I 1 v a en s wor is is. e eJacu a e ea as a resp1 c rom er un 1appy con i 10n o mm "The fa t th t th 1 h d tt d .. d They were none too soon, another moment and t c a e poor g1r a comm1 e smc1 e was bad enouah 't lf b t thi t th t,, d woman would have laid a bleedmg mass upon the 0 m I se u even s was no e wors an t b 1 Mr. Randolph passed his hand over his brow with a deep l meTnh eho.wld. h t b sigh. e c i was now ere o e seen. As Randolph sprang to the young man's ass1sta In the sleep of I knew the restless soul had suddenly reeled and his face blanched to the hue of peace, but there for me a woe not be easily There was no time for words, but Harry saw som assuaged; a hornble goadmg suspense concenung the--more than the horror of the scene had stirred his old Ah! What is that?' At a signal from the latter for secrecy Harry assi For the sound of a sudden scuffle, followed by a heavy securing the unhappy woman and aided in her rem fall, was heard on the floor right above their heads. I a remote room in the large old house. Randolph the As it was approaching the silent hour of midnight and fided his unhappy charge-whose violent paroxys th.e occupant.8 of house had retired, the tumult seemed spent itself-to the old and trusted housekeeper, a unaccountable until a sudden thought flashed through the ened to summon a physician to the side of the w b rain of Mr. Randolph. 11 woman. "My heavens. That child!" he cried. On their return to the chamber they discovered t She had been put into the chamber above to sleep, and lying in an insensible heap upon one of the landings the words had scarcely passed his lips before a soft, rustling doubtless she had fled in terror. sound behind him both men to turn. l Lathrop raised her in his arms, and now it was Lathrop sprang to lus feet and stood transfixed before became aghast. For he instantly recognized in what seemed unreal indeed, and yet he felt could be no upturned to his in the uncanny lir.:ht the woman trick of a disordered fancy. j that day claimed the child he had brought to his Whether mortal or immortal, certainly the object which care. f held his gaze was clearly defined and awful, as it stood re1 "You do not kn.ow me," she said, faintly. "I vealed in the shadow of the open door Ghart, the circus rider-the woman who stole yo Mr. Randolph had flashed one glance over his shoulder, first lover from her-she has revenged herself t then turned back with a shudder and groan j with the cunning of the insane she dealt what she "Again!" he murmured. I should be my deathblow. It may be-I have a s Sheathed from head to foot in white gossamer drapery, to mke ;" she pa.used for breath, then pointed to t a pair of eyes set, staring, alone apparent through the pale Thistledown, who had recovered and was gazing a 'lisk, the spectre-ii spectre it were-appeared for a brief in bewilderment.


FAME AND FORTUN E WEEKLY. h e tou ched a small t u rquo i s e locke t whic h sh e wore atto her chate l aine Ope n it." ; a n d o l p h clid so. H e h ad becom e terrib l y a gi tate d from moment h i s eyes fe ll u po n the b auble. THE MIDNIGHT CRIME. By Paul Braddon ......... S h e i s n ot m y c h ild-this may g i v e y ou a clew to h e r 1 C harles Van the descendant of o ne o f the o lde s t 1 ntage. She was found out side t he t ents one night in 1 Knic kerbocker famili e s in Ameri c a Colorado. I w i sh e d a little g irl t o trai n for the The estate on which he r e si ded was on e of the fine s t in She pleased Il\e and I adop te

FAME AND FORTUNE WJ;EKLY. The w eapon with whi c b the d e ed had b ee n clo n e was found lying on the floor be s ide t h e bed It wa.s an old S c ot c h dirk o f p e culiar workm a n ship, whic h e ve r y person in the h o u s e rec o g nized as b e l onging to the accused man, and which usually hung among some o the r curiou s specim ens o f arms in the library. It was als o p r oven by a scrvru 1 t w ho had o ver heal'd them that on the previous da y the ho s t and gu est had h a d a v iolent q u arrel. The latter had av o w e d hi s Jove for Mi s s Van and aske d h e r father's consen t t o his suit. This h a d b ee n refused and Wal worth had s worn that :rn soon ag he reached the metropoli s the follo wing day a mort g age b.e helcl o n a p ortion of the e stn.te should b e fore closed, and a w ill in which the d e b t was canc e l e d and a l e g a c y mentio n ed d estroyed. Thi s ex pl ained the motive of the crime while further eviden ce p r o ved that at three o 'cloc k he had been seen l e aving the murdered man's sitting-room. His own beh a vior also wa s that of con s c i ou s g u ilt. The case cert ai nly l o o ked very dark against hiin, a n d the jury were j ustifie d in bringing in a verdict o f wilf u l murder agains t him. H e wa s a.ccordi n gly committed for trial. Haxdly had the v erdict been g i ven than a new all y a p peared for the ac cus e d man. T hie w as a young man o f ab out twenty seven, the son o f one of the most wealthy r esi d ents o f the pla ce : H e w as dee ply in l ove with Mi s s Van, and d e t ermine d that if money could accomplish it the stigma should be r e m oved f r o m her f ath er's name. He called u p o n T o m Weston, a detective. Tom a.t o nce pro ceeded to the scene of the tragedy In the character o f a s ailor who bad been absent for m o re than twelve years, he made il1e acquaintance o f all the m al e membe ra o f t he hous ehold and by the lib eral dis play o f cash g o t a lso inio the goou g r a c es of more than on e o f the o pposite .sex. In this wa y h e learne d the d o me stic arrangements of th e house, and i n all their confidencei> there was on e n ame often m e ntioned that attracted his attention. It wus that of Raymond. Wb.o was this Raymond? Judic i ous inquiry e li c ite d the fact that h e had been 'Miss V an's tutor in Italian and music H e was a man between thir ty and forty, of v er y e ccen tric habi t s, and with a wi lcl rumme r that made p e o p le until t h e y ca me to kn o w him, think h e was part iall y c razed. This wildness of m anner was mo r e n oticeabl e than u s u a l when he saw M:r. W al worth, or w h e n ev e n h is n ame was mentioned. R e had packed hi s frun k and Je.rt t he h ouse t w o ni ghts before the murde r had been d one A s u s pici o n b eg an t o grow in tb e d etect i v e' s n:ind, a n .cl h e r e solv e d to requcE.t an inter view with V r.n. His r eq ueP-t was g ranted, untl the result wa s suc h as to deepen t he s u s p ic i o n i n t o a rleJln ito tbrory. A n ight or two before h i s departu re, fl::iymon d ha.d rnaJe a m acl a vowa l o f lorn for lwr His manuer wus so vohr.incmt nn1l wiled ti >ities as her true lover led t o t h e altar its daug hi s b ri de ,0 Beards h av e been tu.xe d a t va.Tiou s times and in countries. In Enghnd, during the re ign of Ell t every beard of a fortnight's gro w t h was s u bject to rlo three shillings four pe nce. P eter the G reat, in 171 posed a tax of one h undred roub les u pon the bej t he R.useian nobles, wh i le the commo n p eop l e's b a m ounted to one kopcc for each p e rson. This t muc h d iss atisfaction; but in spi t e of this the im ex tended t o S t. P ete r sb urg in 171 4 T h e tax o was confirmed by Catherine I in 17 2G, by Pete 1 728 hy the Ji:mprcss Ann e in 1731, and in 174 1 Efoabeth. It w as repea l e d b y Oathari 17G'2. In Fr1 rnce a beard tax was imposed up o n th r l 'he celebrated Duprat, L ord H igh O h ance llor of w. :s t!.e ndyocate of the mcnsurc, and a bu.11 was P1 uy the rope, en j oining the dergy to shave thei r rben a tax w a s li:vied Ly the klng upon all w ho i1e exemplccl from i.hc hu1Gl1 dccroe. Tho bishops other;; 11ho could afi'onl th e mrans paid t he tax, p o o r e r d orgy w ere o bliged to yiel d ui the polnti: razo r


R NAME on 25 Cards for 10 or 100 for 25 cents; with address tra; postpaid; samples fo r 2c ; agents wanted. The Strathmore 545W .Mass Ave., Cambridge, Mass. I will 1e11d Ill Jon I' n they hHJt tnf 25c Boo k STRONG A R M S F o r IOc in S tarttps or Coln Dltt11tr:1tet! with 20 halftone cub, lllhOW 1111' uurclaes that wUl quickly dtnrJop, beautlfr, and 'O.ln g-rent 11:trenglh J u sbouldcrs1 arma, aud huuda without any apparatus. PROF. ANTHONY BARKER 1 1 0 IV. 42.1d St., llew THE NEW FUO G JOKER. Bushels of fun! "Froggy" ha.?J got a very cro2.1;.:ing and rasping I voice, and when held In the hollow of tho hand and m ade to i .. Ing joke can be p :J.yed o n you r l v pl!Ssing tho ratchetB wheel ot the frog down their I ) coat-sleeve w the baclc or their f coat. T h e ripping, teatlng rtoiso a g ives them a severe s!l.ock, and they heave a sli;h of relief \\'hen n they find that their clothes are I.... n d wholunrirJCs. Do not buy un ti I you rcc er-.e our c a t-ancl Jca.Til our tmhe irct c>//N 'caa o d ntarlJ(1four s;tedalofft 1'11'1!:!3. coastc'l t'r'ake r r J r whr-els, 13mps su1i.dr ie.., ltal/f1riu.r. CYCl..1? c:.;O., Chicaco Ill I 5c nd o r ttte"n cyet. Lool:.:sweil, weU a nd ptw.1 nn." : eHryvhe:-. Prloe o n l7 :u1.1. Wbl\l.Osat: torS l.C. B!I "'' W E. Hill.POT. Frenchtow n K J. Do Y cu Want a Rifle as accurate and tellablo Ba the world renowned b i g game rifle th11.t the famous hunteri U!e? Tho No. 6 single s ho t has tapere d bar rel, case-hardened frame, genuine walnut stock and fore -end, rifle butt plate, rear and tang p e ep s ight. S h oots .'il2 short, .99 long an d .22 lottg rifle cartridges. Also m a d e to shoot .SS short rlmfire car tridges. Y ou '11 actually be surprised at its mm:lerate price Ask your d ea ler. F REE Set of target! W rile to-Jay Rgm/.llgto a;lf!tl_C -th e perfect shoo!in' combin11tion R EM INGT O N ARMS-UNION M ETA L L IC C ARTRIDGE CO. 2 9 9 B R O ADWAY N e w Y ork City EL11:CTRi C I'lJ'Sll BUT. -'l'h e base l s of n1apJc, a n d tho center piece of black w a lnut, the w ho1' thing about 1% Inch e s In diameter, "\Vlth a. metal hook on tho b'1c k so that It may be s lipped over edga ot tho vest Expom& t o view y our New Electrl o Boli, when your friend will p ush the buttorf' expecting to hear It ring;. A B soon ac he touches it, you will see s o m e of the liveliest dancing you ever witness e d The Electric Button i s heavily charged and will give a. smart shoe!< wh"n the button ls pushed. Price 10 c., by mall. postpaid. WOLFF CO., 29 W. 2Gth St., N. 'f, THE LITTLE RED BOTTLE. I t i s labeled "Whiskey," but i t con talns a. snake. I C you have a friend ad dieted to drinl < you ca.n cura him of the habit with thill bottle. Catch lllm with a ''bun" on, lttl.nd him the bottle, a n d t ell him t o open It. 'W h e n h complies, a long s nake squirms out of the bottle i n his hand, a n d h o think he 1s seeing t hing3. A sure cure for the jim-jams! It also affords no. end o f amusement amon g boys in various other w a y s. P r i c e 10c each by H. F, LANG UG Walworth St., B'1d71i, N Y.


llTBTBBJO'l18 SJ[ULL, Shlneo In the do.rlc. The most ... 'llllD round. Not only will It a.n:ord tremendoua amusement, but it ts guaranteed to a v .. ay bur .. glars, bill collectors, and book agents. It cannot get out ot o rder an.d can be used repeatedly. Price, 4x 5 inches, 15c.; lite stze 40c. by mall. B. F. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B'kl)'ll., N Y. ()A.CHOO OK l!NJ!:EZING POWDER. The createst tun-ma.ker ot chem o.ll. A small unt ot thl powder, when blown in a. room, will caus& everyona to cneeze without anyone l.reosure o n the bulb re Price, 15c., Po1tpald. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. :tilth l!lt., N. Y. GOOD LUCK BANKS. Orn&mental as well a.o useful. Made o! highly nickeled It hold just One Dollar. When ftlled It opens ltoeH. Remain Jocked until refilled. Ca.n be used as a watchcbarm. MonAy refund ed It not sa.tlsfted. Price, lOc. by mall. L. SE:S ARENS, 3'7 Wlllthrop St., Brooklyn, N. Y. JAPANES E TWIRLER. A wonderful Imported paper novelty. By a simple mo.nlpu latlon ot the wooden h andles e. number ot beautiful figur"s can be produced. It takes on tilevera.l c o m b In at I o n s of magnificent colors. Price, lOc., postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. WIZAR.D'S l"ACK OF TRICK CARDS. A full pack ot 6 3 cards. but most wonderful trlck'5. 1\fany of the feats exhibited a r e truly marvelous, and :tstonish and amuse a whole audieni:e. Positively no sleight-of-hand. The whole trick Is in the cards. P 1 ice, 35c. by mall, H. :t. LANG, 215 Walworth St., Bk!yn. N. Y. AUTOll!ATIC COPl'JNG PENCIL. 'the importance ot carrying a good re Uable pencil not be dwelt upon here. It is an absolute newith us all. The holder of this pencil is beautifully with gro'>...-ed box-wood had as ncc<.lod while a. hox or tht"se long l"!ads nre ginn with ca.c h pencll. The l\Tlting o! 1hls pencil Is Indelible the same as ink, and thus can be ust?d tn wrJtlng letters, addressing envetores, Bills or account or invoices mado out this p e n cil can be copied the same as If copying Ink was used. lt"' is the handiest f'encil on the 1narket: you do not require a knife to keep it sharp; it is eYer ready, ever sate, and just the thing to carry. Price of pencil, with bo x of cuds complete, o n l y IOc.: 3 for 25c.; oce dozen 90c. postpaid. WOLFF NOYELTY CO. 29 W. 26!!> St., N. Y. TRICK MATCHES. Consist ot a Swedish safety box, filled w!th ma.tches. which will not light. Just the thing to cure the match borrowing habit. Price, 5c., postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W 2Cih St. N. Y. ----l\IAGIC COINER. A my3tlfiing and amusing tr 1 ck. 'l'in blanks are placed undett the lfttle tiu od.y ,\. pose tor a photograph. You arrange a i;roup, fuss around a llltlo bit, all' camera at. thcn1, and request the I look pleasant. As soon as they are and trying to appear bea.utl!ul. p spring in your camera. Jmagine whon a huge sn11te jurnps out into th Guaranteed t o take the: swelling out one's head e.t the first shot. Price 85 cents. by 1nall, postp ll. 1'". LA..."'\'G, 215 \\'alwortb St., B'kl THE l\IAGlC DAGGER. A wonderful 1 To all jg an ordinary which you cnn n1ound in yo and suddenly state that yon think }" lived J oni;' enough Rnd had suicide, at the sa1ne tlrae plunging th up to the hilt into your or s:u can pretend to stab a f1lcnd o r acqu Of course you1 friend or yol.l'rsetf are jured In tho l east. but the dec-eption !1 and will stun. l e nil who see it. Price, lOc or :3 for 2:;c. b y mail, JI J l{ENY.EDY, 303 West 12; m SI.. I ITALIAN TRANSFER. With this re1narld vcn ti on an:..r one cal f_er pictures or e!lf from ncws?apers Oi and make perfel'.'t d butte rfly an cl mo: f o r scrup books. I d .r:r tr&nsfe r cleanly, har.dy ho.ble, and the rct.ul t s wHI J you. Transfer is a f.;'elat inous subs u p tn cakes., one of \vhtch ifi cnclos wooden rubber and full direc-tions fc ing pictures. it requiring but a few t to tho tra.nsf('r. An:,' pic11:r4 nPwspapers C'an speedily reproti your album, or a perfect ing ma1mancntly in a sc Both youn g and old wJJ! tal{c delight Trnnsf@r, and the prfrc Is so low thaf afford to han} thia new at ct I 'rir,. only lOc .. fJ; one do mail y10stpaid. WOLt'.F :

No. 1. NAl'OLEON'S ORACULUM AND l>BEAM BOOK.-Contalnlnir the irreat oracle et human destiny; alao the true meaning ot ahnoat any kind of dreams, together with eharms, ceremonies, and curlou e-ame1 ot oarda. ..,,1::: or tnatructlon on all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular mai:lcal llluaJ.ona a.a performed by our leading magtclana; every boy should obtain a copy of thla book. No. S. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of fllrtatlon are tu'l-1.f explained by thl1 little book. Besides the various method of handkerchief., tan, clove, paraaol, window and bat fllrtatlon, It contains a tup llat ot the language and sentiment of flowers. No: HOW TO DANCE 11 the title of thl1 little book. It contains full lnstru.s:t1on1 tn the art of danclnir, etiquette In tile ball11;oom and at partle1, how to dre11, and tun "rectlons tor ca.lllns ol! In &11 popular square ances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete sutde to love, courtship and marriage, givtnc enstble advice, rulea and etiquette to be oband lnteresttnc No. 6 HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE. -Glvlns full Instruction tor the use of dumb ltella, Indian clubs, parallel bara, horizontal bar and various other ni,ethods of developlns a good, healthy muscle; contalnlnir over 1lxty Illustrations. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Hand omely illustrated and containing full lnstruc tlons for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, aroquet, parrot, etc. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOClUIST.-By Harry Kennedy. Every lntelllaent boy reading this book of instructions can lilasteT the art, and create any amount of fun fer himself and friends. It 11 the greateat "ook ever published. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of 1eltAefenae made easy. Containing OYer thirty lllu1tratlona of guards, blows, and the dltrer ent positions of IL good boxer. Every boy hould obtain one of these useful and Instructive books, as It will teach you how to box without an Instructor. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS. -A most complete little book, containing full lrectlons tor writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving apecimen letter for younc and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Glvlng complete Instructions tor writing letters to ladles on all aubjects; alao letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. lS. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF :l:TIQUETTE.-It Is a great lite secret, and ene that every young man desire to know &11 about. There's happiness In It. No. U. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A com-r.lete hand-book tor making all kinds of candy, Ce-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 111. HOW '.CO BECO!\IE BEAUTIFUL. One of the brightest and must valuable little ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female. The secret ta aimple, and almost cot;tless. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PABTY.-A complete compendium ot room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever Ebllshed. It contains full Instructions about ns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and ftsh g, together with description of and .. h. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.Belier's second sight explained by his former ualstant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the Mcret dialogues were carried on between the -..aglcian and the boy on the stage; also glvins all the codes and signals. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DBEAJIIS.little book gives the explanation to all Inda ot dreams, together with lucky and uncky days. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO OENTLEMEN.-Contalnlng full directions tor writing to gentlemen on 'an subjects. No. 25. HOW TO BECOiUE A GYMNAST.C.ntalnlng full Instructions tor all kinds of Gmnasttc sports and athletic exercises. Emracing thirtyfive Illustrations. By Professor Macdonald. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD .I. BOAT.-Fully !llustrated. Full Instructions are given In this little book, together with lntructtons on swimming and riding. companion eports to boating. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE .Alo.'D BOOK OF BECITATIONS.-Contalnlng the most popular lectlons in use, comprising Dutch dialect. French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect )tieces. together with many standard readings. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FOKTUNES.-Everyene is desirous ot knowing what his future Ufe will bring forth, whether happiness or misery. wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR. -Every boy 1hould know how Invention origi nated. This book explains them all, glvlns example in electricity, hydraulic s, magnet11m, optic s pneumatics. mechanics, etc. No. SO. HOW TO COOK.-One of the moat Instructive books on cooklnir ever publlahed. It kinds of pastry, and a srand collection of recipes. No. St. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER. Containing fourteen Illustrations, giving the dltrerent positions requisite to become IL 1peaker, reader and elocutionist. Also contain Ing gem1 from all the popular author1 of proH and poetry. No. SS. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Contalnlns the rules and etiquette ot &'OOd 1oclety and th eulest and moot approved method ot appear ing to i:ood advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church. and in the drawinc-room. No. S5. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A com plete and u1etul little book, contalnlns the rules and regulat19n1 ot billiard, basatelle, backgammon, croquet. domtnoe1, etc. No. SS. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS. Containing all the leadlns conundrums of the day, amuslns riddle, curlou1 catches and witty sayinsa. / No. 87. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It centain1 information for everyhody, boys, ctrl1, men and women; It will teach 7ou how to make almoat anything around the house, such a.a parlor ornament. bracket1, cement, Aeolian harp, and bird lime tor catchlns blrda. No. 89. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND BABBITS.-A useful and lnlructlve book. Handsomely Illustrated. No. (0. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS. -Including hints on how to catch moles, weasel a, otter. rats, squirrels and birds. Al10 how to cure skins. Copiously Illustrated. No. U. THE BOYS OF NEW YOltK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contalnlng a great VIL rlety of the latest jokes used by the moat famous end men\ No amateur mtnstrels 11 complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUlllP SPEAKEB.-Contalnlni: a varied assortment of 1tump speeches. Negro .Dutch and Irish. Alao end_men's jokes. .Just the thine tor home amusement and amateur shows. No. 43. HOW T'O BECOME A lllAGJCIAN. Lcontainlng th grandest assortment ot mas lcal Illusions ever placed before the public. Aleo tricks with cards, Incantations, etc. No. (5. TllE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Some thing new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as It contains full instructions for organizing an amateur mln stf'el troupe. No. U. HOW TO BREAK, BIDE AND DRIVE A HOBSE.-A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most usetul horses for business, the best horses for the road i also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horae. No. U. HOW TO BUILD AND SA.IL CANOES.-A handy book tor boys, containing tull directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner ot satling them. Fully Illustrated. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvlng rulea tor conducting debates, outlines for debate. questions tor discussion, and the beat aourcea for procuring information on the queatton ctven. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BmDS AND ANYlllALS.-A valuable book, i:lvlng lnstructlon1 in collecting-, preparing, mounting and pre .. 1ervint: birds, animals and insects. No. 5.t. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS. explanations ot the general prinnot requiring sleight-of-hand; of trick involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of speclal17 prepared cards. Illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CABDS.-Glvlng the rules and full directions for playing Euchre. Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, D raw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Four1, and many other p opular or cards. No. 53. HOW TO WRIT,E LETTEBS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Glvlng complete lnrormatlon as to the manner and method of raising', keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds or pets; also civing full instructions for making cages, Fully explained by twenty-eight Illustrations. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Contalnlng valuable Information re garding the collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER. -Containing fu11 instructions how to become a locomotive engineer: also dfrectione tor build ing a model locomotive; together with a full description of everythlns an engineer should know. No. 10. HOW TO BECOME A PHEB.-Contalnlns uaeful lnrormatlon res ins the Camera and how to work it; alao toy,m&ke Photoirraphlc Mairlc Lantern anQ other Tran1parencie. Hand1omely ill tua.ted. I No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POI jlllLITABY CADET.-Explalna how to I admittance, course ot Study, !0j ahould know lo be a cadet. By Lu Senart No. SS. HOW TO BECOME A NA V CADET.-Complete Instructions of how to g admission to the Annapolis Naval Acade1 Also contatnins the course of instruction, crlptlon of irrounds and buildings, hlatorl ketch, and everything a boy shoul d know become an omcer In tbe United State Na By Lu Senaren1. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL 11 CHINES.-Contalnlng full direction tor m l Ing electrical machines, Induction coll1, dy mos, and many novel toys to be worked. electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully Ill trated. :No. 15. MULDOON'S JOKES.-The m original joke book ever publlahed, anti U brimful of wit and humo r It contain a la collection of Bonga, jokes, conundrum. etc.1 Terrence Muldoon, the creat wit, humori1t, practical joker of the day. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contaln over three hundred lntereatlnir puzzle I conundrums, with key to aame. A compi book. Fully Illustrated. No. 87. HOW TO DO ELECTBIOAL TBI(l; sether with Illustrations. By A. Ander101 No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEl\IICAL TBICi A. Anderson. Handsomely Illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OF-BAJ -Containing over flrty or the latest and l tricka used by magicians. Alao containins 1ecret ot second sight. Fully illuatrated. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICi TRICKS.-Contalnlng complete Instruction! performing over sixty Mechanical Trlck1. Fj Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS !fl CABDS.-Embraolng all of the latest and 'I deceptive card tricks, with llluatratlona. fl.cures and the magic of number1. B Anderson. Fully Illustrated. No. U. HOW TO WRITE J,ETTERS C BECTLY.-Contalnlng lull lnstructlon1 writing letter on alm021t any aubject; rules for punctuation and composition specimen letters. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUR! -Containing trick with Dominoes, Dice, and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thlrt11 illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES THE HAND.-Contalnlng rules tor te fortunes by the aid of line ot the hand the secret ot palmiatry. Alao the aecre J telllns future events by aid of mole1, mJ 1cara. etc. Illustrated. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRI WITH CABDS.-Contah\lng deceptive Tricks a per(ormed by leading conjurer macicians. Arranced tor home amu1e Fully llluatrated. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK AB' Containing a complete description or the terles of Magic and Sleight-of-Hand, tose with many wonderful expt.1riment1. By Anderson. II lustrated. No. 79. HOW TO BECOlllE AN Contain inc -edfiiplete instructtona how to up tor various characters on the 1tase: i:ether with the duties of the Stage Mana Prompter, Scenic ArtJst and P.roperty No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOO Containtnc the latest jokea, anecdote funny stories ot th11 world-renowned Ge comedian. Sixty-four pag-es: hantisome ored cover containing a halt-tone photj the author. No. 81. HOW TO MESllfEltlZE.-Contah the most approved methods ot meamer animal magnetism, or, magnetic heaUns. Prof Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S., author of to Hypnotize," etc. No. 82. HOW TO DO talnlng the most approved methods ot r Ing the lines on the hand, together with a exptM.nation of their meanlnc. Also expl Ing phrenoloi:y, and the key tor telllns c acter by the bump on the head. By valuable and instructive information Ing the science of hypnetlsm. Also e11:pll Ing the most approved methods which employed by the leadlns hypnotist of world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN AU.TR -Containing informatio n regardins choic subjects, the use of words and the mannej I neatness, legibility and seneral compoaltl manuscript. t ror sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to an1 addreH on receipt of price, 10 eta. per copJ, or 8 for 25 cts. In mone7 or post ... .taa ,FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, No. 168 West 23d St., New Y l


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