Driven from school, or, The pirate's buried gold

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Driven from school, or, The pirate's buried gold
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Tben something happened. Two skeleton bands shot out of the hole and half clutched Jack by the throat, while a grinning skull stared him in the face. He uttered a wild yell of terror and started back.

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fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAliE MONEY Issued If ukl. 11-B11 S!tb,cription 12 .. 10 per year. En1ered ncco,.ding to Act of Oong1e,,., in thfl ear 1912, in the o!f!ce of the Librarian ,,,. Oon(less D. C,, by li'ra"k 1'ou.ey, Publishe '1, 168 West 23d St., Sew Yo,./c. Entered at the Neto York, N. Y., Post OOlce as Second-Cla entitled to a heating in bis own d e fens e. If found guilty be would, if it was the first offence, be rep-rlmanded, but for a out gloves. er t. '!t second offence, he would be handled w!tn The. do cto r 's prospectus evidently produced a favorable im pression among parents who were abol!t to send their sons to a firstclass boarding schoo l, for students came in fast, until at the time our story 0 1 1ens there were sixty on th:= roil and among them were Jac k Ross, Sam Larkins and Wiil Drummond-three healthy American lads of al.Jout eightee n years, with progressive ideas. Although the doctor stood fo:progress, h e had his own ideas of the meaning of the w o rd, therefore we regret to say that the up-to-the-minute views of tlle three boys in q uestion somewhat with hi s notions. There was m uch about the three boys that D octor Pontifax, who tried to be fair and broaa-minded in all his dealings, admired. They were manly, straightforward and industrious at their studies, in which they excelled but they were a unit 011 the subject of equality and the rights of man, and altogether too radical in the practice of their hobby. The doctor reasoned with them, then repr imanded tht!m and finally turned the s c r ews on the m increasing the pressure by degrees. And now the limit was reached and yet the three loys came to the scratch smiling and not the least bi t groggy. Doctor l'ontifax hated t o deliver the kno c kout pulsion-but h e felt he hrrd no other r esource. The bo ys came of good families-Jack Ross' father was che president of a big Chicago national bank; Sam Larkins' fa t h e r was a m ulti-millionaire soap manufacturer, while wm Drummond's p aternal parent controlled a copper syndicate. Those reasons had no weight with the doctor, though the names of the boys' fathers on hi s prospectu s gave the school much prestige The boys' 111an;v good qualities stood more for tl.le1n, out their extreme radicalism spoiled everything, in the do c tor's eyes. They stuck to the principl e of the Constitution that :ill men were created equal a'n d that the world and its contents were made for all, consequently e verybody was entitled to an equal share with hi s neighbor, and no more, ot' everything t!iat was on the earth o r in the waters surrounding it. They pride d themselves on b eing philosophers, and had the courage of their convictions, for' they were willing to suffer to maintain them. The doctor, having de li 'vere d the forcible remark with which this chapter opens, l o o ke d at Professor Smit h in expectation that he would concur in the sentiment. He was disappointed.

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9 DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. The professor lifted his eyes tleprecatingly. "You are too hard on them, doctor," he said "They're not bad at all-only a bit impetuous and reckless in their views and actions. Remember, we were young ourselves once and--" "Fish!., interrnpted the principal, impatiently. "They are absolutely unmanageable, and a continuance of their presence in the academy will completely demoralize it. I have "Quilt this institution up to i.ts present enviable standing by caref ully followin g the principles laiC. down in the pro s pectus, and I shall not suffer the good work to be undermined by the introduction of such radical nonsense as that advocated by those boys. Where they got it from is beyond me. It is not consistent with the wealth and social standing of their f amilies. Such nonsense in boys of their conditions is incon ceivable, Mr. Smith." "They will outgrow it, sir," said the professor, who sympathized with the boys, though not with their alleged philosophy. "I have no doubt they will," replied Doctor Pontifax, drily. "But I must decline to permit this academy to be the vehicle of the outgrowth. You are not aware that the parents of these l ads have been obliged to remove them from three different schools t o avoid having them expelled." Is it possib!e?" exclaimed the professor, in surprise. "They were sent here as a last resource, fo1 several other l n8titutions or learning, baying got wind of their philosophy, refused to take them even on probation. I have communicated with their parents, requesting their removal from Hurricane I s land Academy, as their princ,iples were antagonistic to the policy of the school and could not be tolerated in justice to the institution and the other pupils." "Then they are to go?" said Professor Smith, regretfully. "They are, but not in the way you surmise." HHow?" of their fathers has written me a }etter acknowledging tlie receipt of my communication I got the last one this morning. Judging by the uniformity of the language, and tbe nature of the contents of the letters, I judge that the parents o f the boys have held a conference and decided on drastic measures." "Indeed!" ''I am instruc ted to bring the boys before the whole school, cite their offence as strongly as I choose, and then publicly C"Xipel them without regard to their feelings. Each of the letters I rece ived from the boys' parents contained a check made out to t ,he order of the writer's f)On for the sum of $100. I am directed to hand them to the lads, with $10 in cash. T he checks I am debarred fl'om cashing. With the checks each b oy will receive a sealed enclosure, which I apprehend ex presses the intentions of his father toward llim As soon as practicable after their expulsion I am told to send the boys outside the limits of the academy, which means they are to be remo ve d to the shOJ'e and left there to their own resources. They will be allowed to take all of their personal belongings with them if they chose to do so. Whatever part they abandon I am to forward to their homes." The doctor paused and drummed on his desk, while the prof essor looked reflectively into the grate where a coal fire was burning, for the spring evening was cool. "What do you thinli: are the intentions of the fathers toward the boys? asked the mathematical instructor, after a pause "I couldn't tell you, but I surmise that the three parents have taken the bu!! by the horns and are going to let the boys take a practical lesson in equality and the rights of man. "You mean--" "That their ridiculous philosophy is about to be put to a real test. I believe they are to be t!).rown upon the world to make their own w'ay through their own exertions alone." "Too bad-too bad! 'fhey are fine lads," said Professor Smit!:\, regretfully. "Too bad!" roared the doctor, his whiskers bristling again. "It is not too bad, sir. If either one of them were my son I s hould d eal with him in that way. In medicine and surgery desperate cases must be treated with desperate remedies. These boys must learn by actual contact with prevailing conditions that there is no such a thing as equality in this world. The mentally and physically strong will always come to the front and rule their inferiors. 'l'he fact stands to reason, and no amount of argument can alter the inevitable. It will be the best l esso n those boys can get. It will open their eyes and make real men of them. 'l'he themselves, if they live, will. come to the surface like corks, for they have the qualities in \he m that spell s u ccess. They can't help it any m ore t h a n they can help breathing. That very success will teach them that though all men are apparently born equal they are not actually born so, and having assimulated the truth their philosophy will drop away from them as the dew vanishes before the rising sun." Having thus delivered himself of tne final word on the subject, Doctor Pontifax began talking on other matters con ne c ted with the school. CHAPTER II. A NEW SPREE. Unaware of the storm that was hovering over their heads, Jack Ross, Sam Larkin and Will Drummond were sitting together in the former's room figuring on a new larl;: that was ev e n more daring than anything that had preceded it. In fact, the three boys, r egarded by the worthy Doctor Pontifax as the scapegraces of the school, but by their schoolmates as the three finest and pluckiest chaps who wore shoeleather, always endeavored to improve on anything they had been connected with. They were not bad boys by any means, but were simply a little too full of life, while in their heads buzzed the bee of Equality and the Rights of Man. It certainly was strange that three boys, whose parents were above the average in wealth, and who moved in the best society in Chicago, should be possessed with the idea that all mankind ought to be equally endowed with thi:; world's goods without respect to their natural qualifications to either earn their equal share or to retain it, supposing they did get possession of it. To say the truth, there was more wind than real argument in the speeches the trio delivered to an admiring, if cl,isbeliev ing, audience of schoolmates when they were riding their favorite hol>by If they really believed in the rights of man, as they claimed, they paid very little attention to the rights of any one who was incommoded by their pranks. The very scheme they had now decided to pull off was a gross violation of the rights of man, inasmuch as they intended to steal out of the school by the way of Jack's window, go aboard. a large sloop that lay at the little wharf after discharging a load of supplies for the school, take possession of her and sail off on a night's cruise to the most northern island of the Apostle group. They were very fair fresh-water boatmen, these boys, and such a larlr appeale d to them grnatly. In any case, they had exhausted about everything on the calendar on the island, and a change of base was regarded by them as absolutely necessary to maintain. tbeir prestige, 1rnd add to it, among their school fellows. "When shall we start, Jack?" asked Sam, flattening his nose against the window-pane in a vain endeavor to catch a sight of the sloop through the darkness. Jack, who was the acknowledged leader of the trio, and who had suggested this lark, which had been carried by ac clamation, looked at the handsome little clock standing on a shelf. "Get your pea-jackets, fellows, and we'IJ start at once. It's rather a cold night for a trip on the Jake, but we can't help that. 'l'he chance might not come again for a month or six weeks, and maybe circumstances would be agamst us the n, so we've got to make the most of our opportunity. "That's right," nodded Will Drummond, as he got up. "Nothing like hitting the iron when it's hot." Sam and Will hastened to their own rooms to don their comfortable pea-jacl,ets, which were almost as warm as pilot coats, while Jack pulled his off a nail in the closet and re moving his natty house-coat, which he always wore in his room, got into it and buttoned it close up around his chin. In a few minutes !:\is chums returned, arrayed in their peajackets, and the caps they wore when afloat in the school boats. From the closet Jacl;: produc e d a long, knotted rope, one end of which he made fast to one of the iron posts of his bed. "Now to douse the glim," he said, suiting the action to the word Opening the winqow softly, as high as it w o uld go, he d ropped out the slack of the rope. It hung dangling within a few feet of tJle ground. "As your leader, I shall go first," said Jack. "You follow me, Sam, and you, Will, close the wind o w without noise bef ore you let yourself down. Understand, my bullies?" They understood, and in a few moments the three scape gra ces stoo d 911 the tu r! --_ .. .-.

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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. 3 Led by Jack. they started for the \Yharf where the sloop "Hoist the jib, Sb.m !" cried Jack. "You, Will, help me raise lay with her owner and his son on board. the mainsail." They saw a light_ in the study of Dr. Pontifax:. There was a creaking sound as the sheets passed over the The blind was pulled down, but not so far but the boys pulleys in the blocks. could see into the room and recognize the figures of the The smacking breeze which was blowing on the lake caught principal and his Dlathematical professor engaged in con-the canvas as it rose and swung the sloop around. versation. Sam got the jib up easily and belayed the ends of the sheets They did not dream that they were tlie 'subjects of that to a cleat near the bowsprit. conversation. Jack and Will made fast as soon as they got the mainsail 'The doctoi will ]Jave :t fit when he learns we haYe gone on fully up. another spree," chuckled Jack. 'l'he former then rushed to tlle helm ancl ))ut the vessel into "He'll read us the riot act good and proper when we get the wind. back," sa!Cl Sam. I He issi!ed directiotls to his companions to ease the boom "Who cares?" pnt iu Will. "He's done that times off to stnrboaru,as far as he judged was safe for the course he before. I have got his call-down by heart. I know just what was following. he'll say. The last time be said he was going to write to Whell the boys looked back over the stretch of water beeach of our fathers. If he did so We haven't h eard anything hihd them, the wharf, school and Hurricane Island had disabout it so far. I think that was just a bluff. It wouldn't a1ilieared in the glootn of the clouded night. pay the Doc to lose three such distihguished and well-paying scholars as us." "Come on," said J aclr "we have no time to lose." The wharf was close at band and they were soon standing beside the s loop. CHAPTillR III. DRJ:VEN FROM SCHOOL. The cabin door stood partly open and a bright light shone "This is fine!" said Sam, as the sloop bowled along at a out. lively rate. Jack slipped on board and looked throtlgh lhc opening. "WJiat direction are you heading, Jack?" asked Will. 1 When he stepped back on the wharf he announced that the "JJnst-llortheast," replied Jack. skipper and his son were playing cards. "That will take us past Pres11uc Isle," said Sam'. The vessel was mooretl to the wharf, fore and alt, by two "Of course. Then we'll make for the northern point of Outer lines which could easily be unshipped from the iron rings to Isle and put in at the creek whe re we've often been." which they were fastened. I .. That's where the cave is," saiu Will. Di c k partially loosened both ropes before malring his next It will be about midnight by the time we reach the creek. move We'll moor the sloop there alid turn in on the bttnks in the Then he slipped on board the sloop again tiptoe d his way cabin. are of them,. ? t' one n:ore .than we need." a<'ross the deck and begau unloosening the gaskets tliat held "And m. the mormng we'll sail buck m time to get our the mainsail furled to tbe lower boom. .1 breakfast, rn refectory as usual.'. When he had accomplished this object tile sail was ready for 'Brc'.1ldast m :he refectory!." Jack .. "Ere.ad .and immediate hoisting. water lll the hole rn.ore hkf'.? Vo.? ren for it this. time, He followed the same program with relation to the inner of fellows, but whats difference. "e c.I e sure to wm the the two jibs. I applause, and adn;,1rat10n of the rest of the chaps, and that's Then he returned to the dock. what we re :ifter. ':Now, fellows, eYerything is ready .for hoist.ing sail," h e :;suppos? we should .be expelled foi this lark?" said Sam. said. '"f,he moment we get the cap tam and hii:; son out of It won t be the time we got our walking papers, the way we'll slip the mooring-ropes, jump aboard and make though not .that way .. sail. You go to the forward mooring-line, Sam, and you to But ,I like Hur;,icane Island Academy better than any the other Will. I'll attend to the guardians of the boat. Get school Ive been to. on the job now." j "So do I," put in Will. The two boys obeyed orders. too, fo1: that. mat.ter. 00h, ifthe ?octor so as.to Jack stepped noisily on board the craft and pushed open the tl11 ea Len ,u.s ';,1th expulsion we 11 p10mise to haul m om horns cab'n door I -for awmle. 1 I They were now running along the southeastern end of The captarn and his son m game and looked at Presque Isle, and Jack ran the sloop close in shore, as the ,,of boy the ? ,, night was so dark that he was afraid they might get out of Hello. said the slnpper. What uo you want. their course somehow. ::1m one the scholars of t?e school," i:eplied Suddenly he noticed a light ahead on the island. I yoa chaps were m bed at this hour, .said the lt was evidently a fire, arnund wbieh several forms could be cap tam. 1 seen standing. Most of us are._ The however, sent .ne down to tell 1 .. I ndcr whos ashore there?., snid Sam. "r don't see any you that as mght. 1.s he'd be glad to have you and boat. ;:io your hm1. a ;,1s1t m his study and ham a glass or. two Nobody that we know, I'll gamble on that," returned Jack. of whisky with him. r don't know. They might be some of the village boys," 'I'll allow that's lnnd of him and rathe r unexpected. I 'd W''l whisky h e ,lrns a superior right. I didn't tbink uhout them. But r shoultln't article, so seemg as hes 1D:v1ted us we 11 i'-o, son, said the th. 1 th 'cl be out here at this hour." s'.dpper. ''Tu,;n down the gltm and we'll fimsh the game when came abreast of the fire the party on the island we get back. \noticed her. Father and son l ef t the cabin, after putting on their pilot-one of them seized a flaming brand, ran down to the water's coats nricl hats, and started for the schoo l building, accomp1rnedge and hailed them. ied by Jack. It was a man's voice, and it was clear that he wanted them 'Do you sec tbat. door said the boy! t o put in there. "As plam as a pike-staff, said the captain, lll bis fog-horn "It' s a man and a stranger," said Sam. "I don't see that Yoice. we need notice him. He or his friends are nothing to us. 'Go there all(! ring tbe llell. A servant will adrni!: you. Tell .. I'il run a little closer in and see what he wants" said bim the doctor sent for you to come to hi' study, an cl he'll Jacm kept pace with her, waving the brand in the air and by the son. shouting for the craft to put in. Jack made a bluff of walktng around the building, but as Go forward, Sam, and ask him what he wants," said Jack. soon as the figures of the sloop-owner and his son became inSnm got up :ind walked to tl1c bow. distinct in the gloom he turned around and made a rapid bee"What do you \Vant?., b e asked. line for the wharf. "\Ye want tu be taken off isluucl." replied the man. "Hurry, fellow s and jump aboard," he said, springing on "Haven't you got a boat of your own?., deck. "We sunk her on a roe!,,'' came back the reply, which Jack They followed him in two minutes and the sloop !Jegan and Will easily heard. floating away from the wharf, "We can't you off now," said Sam. "We're bo'Ulld for

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DlUVEN TO SCHOOL. Outer Isle. We'll stop for you in the morning when we comA The boys turned in and were soon asleep, lulled to repose back." by the hum at the wind across the lake. -"We can't wait till mornin'. \Ve wa .nt to get off to-night. They turned out at seven, cooked the bacon and eggs, made We'i-I pay you well if you will take us aboard and carry us to a pot of coffee and enjoyed a famous meal. the main shore." Then they unmoored the sloop and started back toward "Couldn't think of it," replied Sam, to whom money was no Island, their spirits in nowise dampened by object. call-down they saw ahead of them. The man stopped, let the expiring brand faP to the ground, "We'll take those chaps off Presque Isle now," said sam, the sloop shot ahead into the gloom and the fire disappeared "and carry them to the main shore." from sight. With this idea in view the sloop was kept close in to the "I wonder who those chaps are?" said Sam, whe n he came islands. back to the cockpit where Jack and Will sat. They were drawing near the place where they had seen the "You tell me and I'll tell you, ;eplied Jack. fire when around a projecting point of Presque Island came a "As long as they've got a fir e they won't suffer, and prob-small tug. ably some other boat will come along b e fore morning and "Here's comes a tug!" said Jack. "I wonder if It's after rescue them. I for one didn t want them aboard, for it would us?" interfere with our cruise. By the time we landed on the mal;l. The boys recognized the tug as one that they had seen shore it 'h ould be too late to .hink of r eturning tow'.lrd Outer lying tied up to the village wharf the day before. Isle," said Sam. It was not improbable that the doctor had hired It to go In "That's what," nodded Will. "We' d have to lay up at the search of the runaways, for he might have suspected that they viJlage wharf and there wouldn't be any fun in that. We intended to make an extended cruise among the islands, or wouldn't be able to brag about having gone to lbe creek in about the lake. Outer Isle." The tug, being close in to Pr1:;sque Isle, naturally headed to'' Hello! There's their craft, I gues s," s a id Jack, pointing. ward the sloop. His companions l ooked and c o u ld just malte out the mast "Head out into the lake, Sam," said Jack, "then we'll see l! and 'rigging of a small sailboat rising about the water. the tug is after us or not." The roof of the trunk cabin wa s awas h showing that the Sam altered the tiller and the sloop's head swung several boaf had sunk in five or six feet of wate r, though it was pas-points away from the tug. sible the tide was either higher or lo-.ve:-the n than when she This maneuver had hardly been effected when the tug alstruck. tered her course and started to cut off the sloop "They must have been dop e s to run h e r on a rock," said "That settles It," said Jack; "they're after us, all right. Sam. Yfe might as well give up for we can' t run away from her. "Oh, I don't 1mow," said Jack. "It's d ark and they are probrtead for her, Sam." ably strangers to the island. If-the was high they might Sam did so, and the tug came around again on former easily have rurr foul of a ro p k. 11 course, "I'll bet they're mad beca u se we wouldn't accommodate In a !ew minutes she was close aboard of the sloop. them. 11 The captain of the tug was in the little pt!ot-house, forward, "They're not in any danger. A night on Presque Island, and standing at the door the boys recognized Professor Smith, with a fire to k e ep the m warm; won't hurt them any." mathematical instructor. They kept 11olong within hailing distance of the shore till "Good-morning, professor! 11 they shouted, taking off their they reached t:he northern end of the island, then they headed hats and making him a polite bow. northeast across a four-mil e stretch of water and finally Professor Smith waved his arm toward them, but he looked sighted Outer Isle. unusually solemn. As soon as they rounded the southeast point the boat was "Have you come after us? asked Jach altered to a course due north. "We have," replied the professor, as the sloop slipped b'y, The island was about seven mile s long and they skirted its the tug. eastern shor e as. they had done with P re sque Isle. "Too bad you took all that trouble. We are on our way 'In due time they rounded its northern point and presently back. We only went as far a : Outer Isle, when. we <:topped ran into the cre e k with which t h ey wer e acquainted, d : opped all night in the creek." -the sails and moored the craft fore and aft to the shore. Further conversation was interrupted by the tug sweeping Then they entered t he cabi r and found it warm and com-around in a half-circle, which brought her en the port side fortable after their long spell outside, tor Sam bad kept up of the sloop. the fire in the little stov e, using the coal the skipper had pro-The boys now noticed the skipper of the craft apd his son vided for that purpose. standing on the deck of the tug forward. -"Where do you suppose the captain of this sloop and his Neither looked pleasant, but they made no demonstration. son will sleep to-night?" said WU!, as he took h\s p e aSa.m was sailing the sloop in first-class style, so there was jacket, preparatory to turning in. no danger of anything happening to her. "Oh, the doctor will vrovide them i th beds, 11 replied Jack, The captain of the tug stuck his head out of the window. as he gathered up the playing-cards that had been left on the "Throw your craft up in the wind and stan,d by to step table. "As long as we have a cosy nook t o pass the night in aboard of the tug," he said. we needn't worry about the and J;is son "1 "What's your orders, Jack?" asked Sam. "I'm not taking That .remark was hardly cQns 1 .stent Jacks prmc1ples any directions from the skl.Pper of the tug." of the nghts of man, for he and his compamons had that night "Do as he says 11 said Jack. "The lark is over. 11 unwarrantable liberty with the rights of the skipper and Sam brought the doop to, and the tug gradually came along-h1s son. I side of her. Jaek and his chums, however, didn.'t alway s practice what. "Take that boat-hook and hold on," said the captain's son. they preached. I Will picked up the implement and hooked it over the tug" s They were willing to stick up for Equality and the Rights rail. of H'lin when they did not interfere with their own notions The captain and his son sprang on board. of enju_Yment. I "Now, young gentlemen," said the skipper, "kindly step Jack and his companions w ere troubled with no scruples aboard of the tug." their conduct. J The boys, led by Jack, did so. They were accustom e d to do pretty much as they pleased, The sloop rounded off and made for the village. and u any damage resulted from a spree they were well able I Professor Smith came down the iron ladder and confronted to pay for it. the runaways. Sam,nosing around the loc kers to see what they contained, 1 "Well, what have you to say for yourselves?" he said, sob dlscovered a small store ..of provi s ions in one of them, consisterly. ing of half a dozen eggs, some bread, some sli c es of bacon "Oh, we've had a bang-up spree, and are ready to ge t into and a few potatoes, together wi t h half of a n apple pie. harness again," said Jack. wwe needn't hurry back i_n the morning, h e said, "particuHe gave the professor an outli. ne of the trip a nd then sud-larly aswe may not be treated to our regular breakfast when denly recolleeted the marooned party on Presque Isle. we dQ1
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DRIYEN TO SCHOOL. 5 Jack, who was a particular favorite with Professor Smith, What would next fall's football team do without the aggres-v entured to ask him if Dr. Pcntifax was v:iry much put o u slve three?" ov e r their absence. I They had been driven from school, and their going would "I'm afraid he ls," replied the professor, solemnly. be a calall'ity to the sporting interests of Hurricane Island He kne w what the three lads were up against, and felt sorry Academy. for but he could not give the m any hint of what was I commg. In a few minutes Professor Smith and the boys were landed I CHAPTER IV. and the lnstrnctor told the captain about the party that was I THE EXPELLED LADS GET A SHOCK. presumedly still marooned on Presque ,Isle. 1 Instead of each going to his room, Jack, Sam and Will The skipper of the tug said he would go to the place and walked into the farmer's room to recover from tne shock they take the party off. had received. The runaways expected to be marc h e d before the doctor to "We ll we seem to have got it in the neck good and proper," get their medicine, but instead of tha t they were told to go to said Jack, with a sickly smile. their rooms till dinner-time, which was close at hand. j "That's what we have," nodd e d Will, dolorously. The three gathere d in Jack's room and canvassed the situa-1 "\Ve ve been driven from school at last," said Sam; "and tion. 1 how old Pontlfax did lay it into us, especially with reference we 'll b e haule d up afte r dinner," said Sam. "Wel1, I don't to Elquulity und the Rights of )fan." care. A good sq uare meal will put me in trim for anything "He said the only way to t e a c h us the error of our philos-I hav e to stand for." ophy was to com p el us to take a practical lesson in the way The othe r two agreed that they wouldn't mind the raking of the world," said Jack. they e x p e cted half as much with their stomachs full as with 1 "Who' s going to compel us to do that?" said Will them empty. I "The doctor would if he could," said Sam. At that mom ent the dinner-bell rang and the guilty three "I wonde r what our dads will s ay? began Jack. hastened to join their schoolmates in the line that filed into "Say, it' s funny eac h of our p aters sent up a check for the the r efectory. same amount," said Will, "and why did they s end the checks They we re rec eived with a broad grin, whic h they returned to the doctor? They never did that b e fore." in like and then they walked to their places at the table they And say, how is it that w e have each got a note from our sat at and dinner went through as usual. gov ernors which were evidently sent inclo s ed in letters On their way out Jack and his friends expected to be stopped 'to the doctor?" said Sam, beginning to suspect that something and ordered to report in the doctor' s study. was in the wind. No suc h thing happe ned and so they joined their school\ "I give it up," replied Jack. "The doctor handed us $10 mates in the grounds and put in the noon recess describing each to pay our w a y to our hom es and to sa..-e us from cash the particular s of .the spree they had engaged in. ing the che cks, but I'm going to a s k him to cash mine, just At one o 'c l ock the bell called the students into line a.gain, \ the same. I want more than $10, and what change I nave in and all marc hed to the main study hall. I my clo t hes It was the cu stomto spend _an hour in study before the "Same here! said the other t w o. boys were sent to their various clas ses. "We ll, let's read the notes a n d the n go and pack up, !or One of the professors occupi e d the rostrum and kept order we ve got to be rea dy to dust o u t a t hal f-pa s t three We'll and silenc e take our trunks, of course, and l e t the doctor crate the other On this o c cas ion the boys had no sooner seated themselves stuff and express it," said Jac:c at their desks than Dr. Pontifax appeared and mounted the The boy s brok e the s e als of th e ir note s and started rost rum. 1 to rend the c onununi ca tions from tll eir fatll e r s Of course, that meant something unusual, and everybody as-What they read, i s t hey p r o c e eded, carr ied constern!J.t!On sociated it with Jack, Sam and Will. to their souls. And they were not wrong. The notes were practically alike, showing that their fathers The doctor look e d around the school and then called the must hav e held a consultation to gethe r concerning them and .three runaways up on the platform. I had re s olved to take the bull by the horns in a v ery decisive He address ed the m as if only they were present. way. He d etailed all the esca p ades f1ince they came to the Taking Jack's note as a s a mple of the three, h is fathe r s .aid acad e my. that Dr. Ponifax had communica te d w ith him anu insisted on H e rehe arsedtheir history at the other schools from which his son' s removal from the acad e my. ,their fathers had f?r?ed to remove them. I "This is the sixth time that I have r ec eiv e d s uch a note-from _He d enounce d thelr r1d1culous hobby of Equality the the head of a school in which 1 had pla c ed y ou. Five times of Man, and s howed how they themselves, ad-1 have ta1ten you away and pro vide d for you elsewh ere, hop vo catmg their al le ged were constantly makmg a ing that you would be broken t o harnes s It se e!lls that yuu fa:. c e of the s ent1m ent by then actions. are in corrigible, so I have decid e d to w ash my hands of you. I have endeavo1 e d by all means in my power to show you I hav e written the doctor that I s h a ll not remove you, and the of your ho?by, bt;,t my words have been wasted on have directed him to expel you in a publi c manner-drive you you, said Dr. Pontifax. The only way to cure you is to f om th s c hool in fact and throw you on your own re compel you .to take a practical lesson in life, which all the ewith my cl).eck 'ror $100 and $10 in money. The philosophy the world cannot alter one jot. It be-doctor is instructed not to cas h the ch ec k. You will have to my p amful duty to tell i'.ou that each of !ou is here-get the money on it of somebod y e l se Y o u will be sent awuy public l y ex pe lled from this school. Practical}Y,. I am with whatever p e r s onal effe c t s yo u may cho os e to take with y ou from the academ y for,. y ou must leave w1thm t"'.'o you, the re s t will be sen t t o m e But remember, you are not h ours. half-past ,you be landed on the mum to return home If y ou do yo u will not be ad::nitted to the shor e "'.1th what e ve r pe1sonal b elongings you elect to take house. For one year and a you must m;,ike your own awa: with you. leave behind will be forwarded to way in the world a s best you can. At the e nd of that period your homes by e:.i..'lJres s you can report at my offic e in Ch ic ago and I will see how you The thre e boys had not exp e cted to be expelled, at .least m so have stood t h e test. If the trial makes a man of y ou, well and public a manner, and they received their s entence 1n a crest-d y will have redeemed vour folli e s e s pecially that fal.len .way The doctor took from his pocket three checks, of Equality and n.'ight s of i\I!;n. There is no three five -dollar bllls and note s addresse d to each. such thing a s equality, you will find out; and as to the He handed the three articles to each. of the. boys and told rights of man, 1 will sum it up in the old adage-every tub them, in curt tones, to go at once to their rooms and.pack up. sets on its own bottom. For one y ear y ou will have the He followed them out of the room, but said nothmg more chance to give your philo s ophy a full t es t. r fanc y you will to them. learn your lesson. '!'hat is all, a nd l will c lose, wishing you In the study hall not a sound md1cated the feehngs of the luck, and with the hop e that whe n I see you again I shall rest of the boys meet an entirely different boy than the one I sent to Hurricane _They sat daze d at the Nemesis that had so suddenly and Island A caderuy. Your father. without warning overtaken the three most popular lads of the j How AnD Ross." academy. What would the baseball team do the coming season with"Holy smoke!" exclaimed Sam. I've got the razoo from out Jack in the box, Sam with his wonderful wing behind the home." bat, and Will at short, every one thought. "So have I," said Will ..

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G DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. "Same here," said Jack. "Let me read you my letter." I "I know it," admitted Jack, "but still things can be equal. "Why, tb,at reads almost word for word like mine," said ized under a proper condition of the world It's a man's Sam. I misfortune, not his fault, that he isn't born smart, conse-.. And mine," put in Will. quently h o i sn't responsible for his inability to get ahead as "There seems to be no doubt that our governors, who were fast as one born smarter than himse lf. That being admitted, <'hums tl!emselYcs in their youthful clays, ancl are chums still, he should be provided for in proportion to the degree of smart fo1 tlrnt matter, !Jaye he!U a consultntion about us and decided ness he lacks. 'rhen he'il be the equal of the smartest m;in to throw us out upo n the cold world for one year and a day." alive Do you get me?" "Why the extra day?" asked Will. "Sure!" said Sam. "Here are we three. It is my opinion "Don't ask rne. They littve made it a leap year, which has you arc the smartest of us. Yot1 wilt get ahead quiclrnr than 3(16 days in it." we will. At the md of a month ot two r esults will show "With $10 cash and our effects. I have $3 left from my last whether Will or I am the next smartest. At any rate, one of allowahcc, said Sam. us ls bound to fall to the rear. Now, acting on your arguI hav e $4," saitl Will. ment, I move that we club all our funds, and the chat> who is "I baYe $3,' said Jack. "Our combined resources in cash, the slowest in getting on shall be entitled to draw the largest therefore, amount to $340. We are in no dangei of immetliate share of it. That's fair, isn't it? It will equalize us three. If stm .. 1at1011, though we have eaten our last meal at the school." we are going to stand by our philosophy we must start with "A year is a Jong time to put iu on $340," remarlced Will. outselves." "WllY', w e 'll sl111ply hafl" to go to work and earn more," 'Right you are, ::lam. We'll do that. I'll be the treasurer. said Jack. Hand ove r your checks, after indorsing them, and we'll con-.. What shall w e work at? It is to0 late in the season now sider the fui1d started at $300," said Jack. to shovel snow," grinned Sam. Clearly, Jack was fully as smart as the others, if not :nore so. "Don't be funny, Sam. We're up against a s erious propo-Sam and Will agreed to the proposition, indorsed their sition. and them over to Jack, who put them with Lis .. Bet your life we are! rro::n Will. own in his vest-pocket. "'iVe!l, what are we going to do?" said Sam. "Noll', then," said Jack, "I think we'd better pack our "'rhe first thing will be to pack up and get out," said Jack. trunks and ottr suit-cases so that we'll be r eady to leave oil "Of course; we've got to do that, said Sam. time. We'Ye ortly got a n hour left to clean up, so you fellows As soon as we step our feet on the main shore our year had better get to your i ooms right away and get busy." of exp11rlencc begins," went en Jack. "We will have to deSam and Will agreed that they bad no time to lose, so thef pend entirely on ourse h -es for our food and lodging." left the room to attend to their pac!dng up .. It will be beaneries and cheap lodging-houses fo1 me, for I know as much about working for a living as a cat," said '\Vil!. '.'
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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. 't raised their hats in a parting salute and stepped on board the I n about five minutes the t hree men returned, bearing good-launch. sized bundles that appeared to be fairly heavy. In a few minutes they and their baggage were landed on the These bundl es were taken into the cabin and p l ace d on the village wharf. I lockers. A wagoi,i was waiting to carry it to the station. One man we n t back on shore and came back with two bas "Who told you we wanted to go to the station?" Jc.ck asked kets, which were also taken into t h e cabin. the driver. I The boat was then unmoored, the mainsail hoisted, and the "One of the academy servants came me and said that craft vms steered straight out into the lake in an easterl y d ithree students had been unexpectedly called home and that recti on. I should meet them here at a quarter of four to carry their j With one of the men at the hel m, and the other three, cl ose baggage to the i;tation in readiness for the five o'cloc k train," to him, the party lighted c igars and began co nversin g in a replied the driver. very cheerful way. "\Ve.are not going to take the five o'clock train, .. said Jack. "It seems to me t hat we're up agair.st it hard," said S a m, i n "Take our bagg'.lge to the Redclilf Hotel and collect from t1e a growling tone. clerk." we certain ly are," admitted J ack. These men hav e made The man nodded, load e d the trunks and suit-cases on the prisoners of us ana taken possession of the boat. What t h eir wagon, and told the boys to get in. purpose is does not seem quite clear to me, b u t I don' t believe "Go on. We'll follow by and by,'" said .Jack. they intend to go to the village wharf. The chan ces are they The man got on the eat and droe off toward the Yilla.ge. mean to l::.nd somewhere up the Jake I can see that we are "Now, fellows, if it's all the same to you, we ll hire a boat leaving Presque Isl e dead astern, and that indica t es that the and take our iast sail in this vicinity," said Jack. "It's a fine boal is headed eastward out into the lake." afternoon, we are our own bosses, and there is no reason why "They n1ust be a set of rascals," said W il l. we shouldn't do as we please. To-morrow we"l! turn our "They are certainly not gentlemen, replied Jack. backs on the snap we have enjoyed as rich men's sons, and "'What right have they to treat u s this way?" snorted Sam. get down tc-4 business." "No right, but might is right in this case." Jack's proposal suited Sam and W i ll first-rate, and so they "It makes me mad to think how easily we wer e capture d. hired a roomy sailboat for a. couple of hours and started off "No use of feeling mad over it. we were not l ooking fo r a u r on t h e lake. thing of the kind. Being off ou r guard we became easy vic -They skirted the Academy grounds, where the students were tims." taking a fifteen minutes relaxation before returning to the And n o w we're lied and can't d o a t h ing against t hem. I fina l classes o f the day. w onder i f they md !Jet I.Jack in a way that showed they DHUOGED. CHAPTER V I. knew bow to handle a craft of her build, and one of them, Fina II.I" oue or the men came iuto the cabin, struck a m ntcb takin g the forward mooring line in his hand, jumped ashore and look ed around. with the boat-hoo1. 1 He was looking for a lamp to light up and he found one He struck the implement in the sand and tied the line to it. I attac:hed to tho 1Julkhead above the heads of the pri sone rs. The others dragged the boys roughly into the cabin ancl l He lighted it and then surveyed the boys with a self-left them in a bunch in the forepart of the p l ace. l satisfied grin. Than the.m wut 9n '.'liow are 7ou feeli Jll, YO\l.D.i !ellowa1" he aaked._

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8 DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. "Ilow do you suppose we are feeling?" said .Jack. I what the boys were accustomed to, but they were too hungry '"IA! e beys who are out on an all-night spree." to quarrel with any kind of victuals, and they cleaned up the .. IS' that so? Jollying. us, aren't yon?" said Jack, sarcasticplates. ally. I where shall we go-some hotel, I suppose?" said Sam, with "ion hPlu11g to thP. acadewy on Hnrric :rne Islancl, don't you?" a yawn. '"We'd ll...etter make a start, for I'm dead sleep_Y." '"\\"c did u elo11;; tu it. but we uon 't. now." I ''I'm glad chaps didn't shake us in some lone spot You say tha'.: because we' r e c .... rrying you off in this boat, along the shore, as they might have dOne," said Will, with I a sleepy look. No. I i:;ay it it's a fact." we must make a tour of the wharves in the morning to see "I dont catch your meaning, tlHm." if the men have abandoned the boat," said Jack. ''If we find "'-f.hat dcesn't worry us any. We"d like to know, though,' her We will telegraph the owner to come after her." why you ham treated us in this outrv;e ous way?'' "Then you don't mean to sail her back to the village wharf?" we wanted the use or the boat and so we enticed you to said Sam. the shore and took possession of it." "What's the use?" Now that you have the use of it, where are you going?" "But we've got to go back for our baggage." That's our business, young fellow. "We can telegraph to the hotel and ask tne proprietor to "l suppose ; 0 : 1 intend to carry us with you?" express it on to us." "Wc"ye got to, tl10ugb we llatl rather not" "Yes, that's so, gaped Sam. "Say, I'll be asleep in a minute "Why have you got to? if we don't get out of here pretty quick. Look at Will, I be'" That's our business, too. lieve he's asleep already. That's the effect of a poor night's "I suppos e you won t give ns any idea how long you intend rest last night." to hold us nor how far you expect to carry us?" \ At that moment the landlord of the place-it was a sailor's No." boarding-house-stuck his head In at the doon. .. You're going to lrnep us tied up this way all the time?" A sinister grin wreathed his features when he saw Jack and '"\Ve can't afford to let three stout chaps like you be at Sam trying to arouse Will. liberty. You'd put up a fight to try and get the boat." He knew well enough that they not only would not suc-Jack made no reply, for it was exactly what he and his comceed, but that they, too, would soon be In Will's condition, pa1Uiuus would do if' they recoYered tbe use of their {lrms for the coffee he had served to the boys was strongly drugged. Tlie man picked up one of the baskets and taking off the Sam was almost as much afl'ected as Will, but Jack, for cover transferred its contents, consisting of a number of sandsome reason, had so far resisted the benumbing influence of. wiches :tnd a bottle of liquor, to the table. 1 the drug better than his companions. He cr..lle:I. two of his companions in to help themselves, and' "What's the matter with you, Will? Why don't you wake handed out a couple of the sandwiches to the helmsman. \JP?" cried Jack. Three sandwiche:; were put aside, and these were afterward The landlord came up to them. given to the boys in turn, their arms being temporarily fre ed "What's the matter with your friend?"' he asked. ''Fast while they ate them. asleep, eh? And you two look sleepy and tired, too. Better The men gathered outside again ii:i the starlight and the let me show you to your rooms. You're entitled to breakfast boys were left alone again. in the morning before you leave. You fellows might as well The lads made au effort to free their hands, but did 11ot sue-1 get all that's comin' to you." crcd. I Hardly had he finished speaking when Sam collapsed into a '1'l1ey t:1lked till they exhau;;tec1 the subj ect tbnt wost iu-chair, dropped his head on his a.rm and lay quite dead to the tern!:': ed them and th;in they b ecame silent. world. Elevel). o'clocl: came and two of the men came into the Jack stared in a sleepy way at Sam, and then at the landcabin, dumpe d the off the two lockers, Jay down in lord. t hei.r place and we r e presently asleep. I He noticed the man's peculiar sarcastic grin, and associat-Tbe boys also fell asleep in spite of their uncomfortable ing that with the enervating sensation that was weighing position, and the boat continued to sail straight ahead. him down with Irresistible force, he j1Jmped at a conviction When n :orning came she was clo:>e inshore, off the jutting of the truth. point of Keweenaw County, Michigan. I "Look here," he cried, thickly, grabbing the man by the A !anding was made near a village and supplies w ere purarm, "you've drugged us." chased by one of the men, who went ashore for that purpose. "Drugged you?" returned the landlord, with a sarcastic Breakfast of meat sandwiches, cheese and milk was served laugh. 'You're crazy!" all aroubd, the prisoners getting a fair share, w.hile the boat "No, I'm not. ,I've never felt this way before. My ears are kept on. buzzing, and the room appears to be unsteady. You have In the course of an hour or so she rounded Manitou Island taken advantage of us, you scoundrel! The police shall hear and sailed straight fqr Marquette. 1 of this." They arrived late in the afternoon about dark and made 1 Jack turned and staggered like a drunken man toward the fast to a wharf. saloon door. One man stepped ashore and cnt off. Before he could get half way there he was in the iron grasp In thfl course of an hour he returned with a cab. of the rascally landlord. The boys were put into the vehic l e and carri d about half I "You notify the police, would you?" he hissed. "Not if I a mile to a rough-looking building on a side street, near the know it you won't. So you think you're aruggea? W e ll, water front. maybe you are. What are you goin' to do about it? You're A who a'Jpe::ired to be the p roprietor of the plac e, came in my power, and you haven't the strength of a cat now. G e t out with two lrnrd-looking co1upanions, tool; tbe b oys out of bac k to your friends." the vehicle and marched them into the house by a side en-' The man gave Jack a whirling push. trance which adjoined a ::aloen tha t occup ie d the front of ; The dazed boy reeled around once, lost his balance-and fell the groend floor of the building. j to the floor in a heap. Their arms wore unbot:nd and the y were take n into a com-1 The shock finish e d him. mon d!ning-roorn at the back of the saloon and toid to sit He made one or two fe e ble efforts to rise. groping out with down at t h e table. his arms like a blind person, then he fell over' on his side and "But look here, we dont \ Yant to stay iu this vlace," pro-I lay like a log. tested Jack. The landlord called two of his satellites and between the I've been paid to furnish you with su11per and a bed for three the boys were carried upstairs through the side en the night," said the coarse, red-faced proprietor. The supI trance and thrown, just as they were, on separate beds, in per is ready for yo u now. If you don't want to stay here to-1 separate compartments, by courtesy called rooms, but which I!ight you can go after supper as fast as you wish." I were not much bigger than horse-stalls, and hardly more in. As the boys were half-famished they readily agr eed to stay 1 viting. to supper, thougll surroundings were far from inYiting., Slamming the doors and turning the keys in the locks, What town is this.?" asked Jac k. though .such a precaution was unnece sary, the landlord and ''Ma.:i:quette." replied the man. I his hirelings left the unfortunate young fellows to themselves. '"We're in Michipan, then?"' I Truly, .Jack, S:im and Will were beginning their contact with "I reclrnn you are," grinned the man. real life in a particularly rough way, but they were on the The supper, which consisted of a liberal portion of ham threshold of much more. and eggs, with bread and coffee, was pretty rocky alongside Their notions of Equality and the Rights of Man were des-

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DRIVEN T O SCHOOL. 9 tine d to g e t a rude shoc k, a n d the y were fated to go through many strenuous adventures b e fo r e the end of their year of probation. "Say, we're n ot sailo rs You've been i mposed upon by that rasc a!Jy boarding-hous e k eep e r We 're just from a boar dingschool on Hurricane I sland," said Jac k. "We want y o u t o put u s ashor e right away." CHAPTER VII. "Put y ou a shore, after s h ipp ing you and paying you y o u r advance m o n ey N o t if w e know I t replied t h e mate. SHIPPE D. I h a v e rec e i ve d n o adrn:nce money t o my k no wledge." It was many hours late r whe n the boys r ecovered their Don't contradic t me, you young sculpin. I put it in your cons c i ou s n ess, Jac k b eing the fir s t to come t o h i s senses. fin gers afte r you mad e yo u r mark." It didn' t take him many minutes to r e aliz e that h e was "Wha t did I do w i t h i t ? aboard a ve s s el of s ome size, as compared with t h e craft he "Ho w do I kno w what you did with It?" roared the ,mat e. was use d to. "You put i t in your p o c ket, I s u ppose He found himself l y ing in a bare bun k I n the. forecastle o Jack felt I n hi s yest-pockets for I t. the vess el. But he di dn't find i t Starting up he looke d around him. Worse still, the three checks h e had placed t h e r e were m is s-In b unks on either s i de o! him Jay h is t w o friends, as yet ing. i n the las t stage of their stupor. So a l s o wa s the $3 in b ills, and the odd change he h a d i n his Tpere were similar b u nks on the other side of the d1ml y trous e r s p oc k Pt. lighte d compartment, but these w ere furnished with straw In a word h e had b0e n c leane d out c omp l e t e l y. mattresses and blanket s, and underneath them lay bags. "I've l.Je e n rol.J!Je d!" h e e jaculate d, In dismay. I had three The sunshine stre a me d down a small opening above a short. $100 c h ec k s in m y poc ket and $3 in mone y. It's a ll g on e. ladder, and throug h this cam e als o the voi c e s of m e n That s c o u nd re l o f a b u a rding-huus e kee p e r wen t through my and t he creakin g o f cordage. cloth es while I wa s u n cons c ious. ,r We'r e a b oard a vessel, ejaculate d Jack, in some di smay. 'You have m y s ympathy if you've b ee n r obbed, but that is H e sprang off the bunk, ran to the ladde r and mounted it. no thing to u s You belong to this brig, and y ou ll stay a boa r d His knowl e d ge of Yesse l s told him tha t they we r e on board of h e r till t h e voyage i s e n de d. ,.), of a small brig You have no right to k ee p us aboard against our wiH. She w a s sailing along within a m il e o f the shore-lin e, w h i ch "Right, y ou young l ubl.Jer. How dare you argue t h e m .at t e r .Jay of!' the starboard side, thereby i ndicating that h e r c ourse with m e ? Ano ther word ou t o f that trap o yours and-r ll was to the east. k no c k you a s fia t a s a pancake," and the mate raised h is hairy "How came we on this craft?" Jack asked h i mself, glancing fis t threateningly. ,, a long the d e c k on which eight m e n lounged several of them What do you think y ou are-the Czar o f Russia?" cried leaning idly ov e r the b ulwarks, w h ile the others were k illing Jack, indignantly. time in various ways. Biff! The captai n aru:i the chief mat e were p a cing the poo p to-The mate' s fist knocke d him sprawling o n the po o p. gether, and a sailor stood at the w h ee l beh ind them. "You're a great big coward!" exclaimed Jack, a s h e g o t up. The hour was aboutIioon, a n d the negro c oo k w a s putting "I'm only a boy alongside of you. I deman d to be sen t ashore the fini shing touches to the dinner t hat w ou l d presently be with my friends," b e added to the captain. "We're n o t )lailserve d out. ors an d wo uldn't b e any use lo y on, anyway. It was a strange situation for Jack to fin d h imself i n and S ::md h i m for a r d Mr. Jones," said th e skipper. .. -,. a s he had no Idea how he came t o be there h e d eci d e d to go The husky mate g rabbe d Jac k by the collar, faced'h i m aft and demand au e xpl anation o f s omebody i n authority. abo u t a n d pushe d h im tow ard the ladder. The s eame n stared at him quizzically as he pass e d down the G e t for'ard now or I ll fres h P n y o u r way with a kick that'll deck, mounte d the short s ide ladder to the poop and con-land y ou on the deck be l ow. Git!" '. fronted the captain and the mate who stopped and looked at J a ck saw the man r a ise his foo t and conclud e d that ;i t him. woul d be the p art o f prude n ce to obey ; for I f he was violentl y "I'd like t o see the captain of thi s vessel, said Jack. prope ll e d upon the d e c k he s t ood a fa i r chance of breaking his "I am the c a ptain," replied that perso nage, curtly. "What nec k o r a t any rate, a l e g or an arm do you want?" He retreated, boiling o v e r with indignation, and fully 11e" I want to know bow I and my two fri ends, who are forward solv ed to bring the mate to justice at the firs t place the in the forecastle, come to be aboard o! this vessel. vessel stop p e d at. "You're aboard o f h e r b ecause y ou've b ee n s hipped a s p art The sailors on the de c k had no sympathy fo r h im for t hey o f the crew, r eturned t h e skippe r s a w h e was a well-dresse d youth who had neve r been to sea, "We' ve b ee n shipped!" cried Jac k, i n astonishment. "I gues s and consequ ently h e was not one of their kind. ther e s som e mistalrn about that." They w a t c hi>d him with broad grins and showere d him with You shippe d the m regularly, didn' t y o u, Mr. Jones?" said s arca s tic remark s the captain, turning to t h e mate. He r e a c h e d the forecastle just a s Sam a n d W ill came tum"I d i d, sir. They were brou ght on board a little after midbl i u g up to d isc o ve r w h y t h e y a lso w e r e on board a vessd. night by D a n Sharkey, the boarding-house keepe r in response G e t down," growle d J ack. G e t down, I want t o talk to m y reque s t for a couple of ordinary seamen. As Sharkey with y ou." sai d they we r e pals I d ec id e d to take the three. I paid them I H e the m down and fa ce d t h em h is f ace aflame their a dvance money after t h e y put their m ark t o the ship's : with wrath a n d a r e d w e l t a cr os s his fore h ead where the articles. They w e r e too drunk to t e ll their names, so I put! knuck l es of the m ate h a d l a nd e d. the m d o w n a s Smith, Brown and Robinson-purser' s names, W hat a r e w e doin g a b oard the v e ssel? aske d Sam. that a r e as goo d for s h ip p in g pur po ses as their r eal ones," I 'The t h r r e of u s h a ve been kidna p ped," said Jack. said the mate. K idnap11e d!" exclaimed his two c hurns in a breath. Do y ou mean to say tha t we signed ou r name s as Smith That scoundr el of a boarding-house k eeper drugge d Brow n and Robi n son?" crie d the astonished Jack, who had 1 u s a t our s up per last n i g h t t h e n us of e very ce n t we not the l e a s t r eco ll ection of anything from the moment he e ll had and p u t u s aboard o f this craft." '. on t h e floor of the dining-room in the sailor's boarding-house. "The P,ic\; e n s yo u ,say! gasp er! Sam, a s he and Will ex at Marquette. i plor ed their pock e t s and found tbc m empty. Ge e ; I ilav e "Oh, no; you were t oo drunk to do that. You jus t put b ee n c l e a n e d o u t of e ery c opp er." mark down, said the mate, wi t h a cover t grin. I .. S o have I," sai d Wi11, Joo king a ghas t. "Have you .Jost the W e w ere drunk!" exclaime d Jac k You are c l ea n off! c h e c k s, J a c k?'' to say that. We have n e ver been unde r the influ ence o! liqu o r "Yes What a f o ol I wa s to ge t y ou to e ndorse y ou rEl_! N ow in our li ves-in fact, we ve neve r touche d liquor at a n y time, t h a t vil1a in will e'!ISi!y b e abl e to c a s h them legall y not even when we went around calling o n our friends at New I n ev e r s aw s u c h luc k as we 've be e n up against si_ n ce we Y ear's lef t the scho o l S!'.id Sa m "!\ow w e are paupe rs, though the "If y ou we r en't drunk I n ever saw three persons that l ooked I son s of ric h m e n more like i t .. It e a n t be h P l ned. It isn' t the los s of o u r money that W e were drngg ed, that's what wa s the matter with u s ; h uthcr!'\ rne no w but t he fa c t that w e three have b ee n ille"Drugg e d e h ? Well, I'm s orry for you However, y o u gnlly s h ippe d aho:i r d o f thi s brig, whic h is bound .we d on t .and your p a l s are s h i p p ed all right, so go for' ard a n d stay kno w where. Sh e m a y pass through the lakes, the bel o w t ill w e rig you out i n p r oper cl o t hes for t h e v o yage fo r ; s h ip canal into the St. L a wren ce and t h e n ce o u t to. sea for you broui:-ht no dunnace aboard with you." l &11 I know She do es n t loo k like an inland water craf:t,to me.

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10 DRIVEN TO SCHOOL but whether she is or not the ruffian of a mate told me that we 1 All ate on deck. as the weather was fine, and when were shipped for the voyage. When I protested and de-the m11al was over the three unfortunates were allowed to manded to be put ashore with you fellows he knocked me down ha,,g over the starbcard bulwark together and look gloomily with his fist. He's a big brute, and I'll have him up before a at the shore of northern l\1lchiF-an, nearly a mile away. judge at the first.chance. j Wit h the falling of G.ust tlrn light on Whitefi s h Point, which "You will, yon young sculpin!" roared a hoarse voi ce clown the hl'ig was npproaching, shone like a bright star on the star-the scuttle opening, a s a man's form shut out the sunlight. board 1Jo1Y. "I'll see that you get no chance to squeal. Wait till I get you I 'Ib.o brig was hsaded for White!J.sh Buy, a large body ol out into blue water and I'll haze the life out of you. I'll water with its connecting narrow waterways, separated make you wish you were dead before I get through with you. that part or Michigan from Canada and joineu Lake Superior If you don't jump overboard to escape me I'll be much mis-to Lake I-Imon. These geogrnphical f:wts were kno"IYn to the three boys, but With an oath, the mate drew the coYer over the opening, they did not think about them at the time. leaving the boys in the scmi-darlrness of the forecastle, which As soon a1 f ou r bells in the second dog-watch sounded they was only lighted by a dull-burning slush-lamp. were ordered beiow to their bunks to nut in a whcle night's "Holy smoke!" cried Sam. ''Is that rl1ap the skipper?" re:>t, the captain, for reasons of h is own, postponing attach" No, he's the mate-the b1:ute who l.uoclrnd me down." ing the;u to the watches. "So they mean to kee p us aboard against our will?" Having learned one Jm;son-the futility of d!sobeying orders "They do." while on board the brig-they went below, turned in and were ""\Vhy, what good are we to them?" soon asleep "No good, but I daresay that scollndrel intends to force When they were routed out P.t six next morning the brig was us to make ourselves useful." 1 .1 in Lake Huron. sailing south toward the town of Port Huron, ''Useful! Why, we aren't sailors. where she would enter the St. Clair River, pass through i t to "lf the y get u;; o n the high seas tll ey 'll mate sailors of us Lake St. Clair, and thence into the Detroit River, past the or throw us overboard. I've read lots of boo!;.s about greencity of Detroit, and so on to Lake Erie. h or.ns who were carried to sea and made to lead a dog's life," A light and variable w i nd kept the brig two days and a night Raid Will. W e're in a terribiy had box, and I don't see what in Lake Huron. we are go i ng to do to help oursellcs, for we're prisoners down Jack and Sam had b ee n put in the first mate's watch, and here." Will into the second mate's. "We aren't on the hig h seas yet," said Jack. "Before we get The first mute c learly llnd it in for Jack, but he lleld JJis there there'll be something doing if I have anything to say intentions in cllcck for the present, merely glaring at I.Jim in about it." an unpleasant way whenever he came near the boy. At that moment bells were struck O!l the brig's bcli and The boys were kept continually emplo,:yed at one task or s0on afte rwnrc1 tlle crew on deck was calletl to dinner. nnotb.er, or in learni ug the different ropes, and tlleir uses and They tu:nbling d ow n into the forecastle to get their other points conuected with a seaman's business. tin plates, cups and knives and forks, and th.on. tumbled UlJ The brig passed Detroit in tlle evening, during the second again, closing the scuttl::l after them. mate's watch, and Will saw the lights of the city and learned I what place it was. CHAPTER VIII. I Wben Jack o.nd Sam came on duty at midnight with the rest or the chief mate's watch, Will told them they had passed WRECKED. Detroit two hours or more before. Half au hour later the scuttle was opened by a sailor. When the crew was piped to breakfast the vessel was plough' Tumble on dee:<, youngsters," he s!i.id. ''Dinner is waitin' ing the waters of Lake Erie. for you at ttc galley. Yot1'd better look liv ely or you'll miss The ardent thoughts of making their escaue from the brig it. This heie vessel. ain't no hotel, and them th2.t misses the hall begun to melt away as the days pa3sed r.nd the lads saw call to grub goes without it." no opportunity of carrying out their purpose. The boys .we;c desper:ite!y hur!gry by this time ?r "I'm afraid we're slated for the high_seas," said Will, after would have 1 gnc!ed the summons, _for they v;ere ternbly !Ilbreakfast. uwe are now in Lake Erie, and we are not likel y dign:i.nt over the way they were bcmg treated. to get near the shore again till we strike the St. Lawren ce 'rhe Rigllts of Man appC!ared to have ;io stand mg on board River the big. that's nearly 800 miles long. Maybe we'll find a Brute force bos3cd the coop, and there wa3 no way of get-chance to jump overboard and swim ashore somewhere," said ting a'.vay fro:n it. Jack. "Ccci:.e on, fellows, .. said Jack, "wz'..-c got to eat or we won't "I doubt if we get any chance to do it. It's a mighty wide be able to make a figat for justice when the time comes." river.'', They ln:rried t :p the aud were di1 ected to the galley, If we cont we are fixtures fo r the voya'!e to Rio de Jar.ierq, where the colorod cook them. and from that port I understand we shall probably go to He .loaned the:-1 J,Jlates, knive!J forks and cups, tbzn _he Liverpool. This is an English v essel. and she is not likely to supplle u tllEm with a bEef stew, a hi:nk cf bread, spread with revisit the lakes again. It was an unusual circumstance for butter, and a C'.lP of coff<:e: her to go to Marquette-a speclal charter she got in Halifax, '!'hey nte their i:1c_al w1ti;:int a word. so one of the sailors told me. The sl:dp).)er expected to re.Aft e r they had fmished tnc_ y ,were marched supplled tum to Halifax in ballast, but got hold of a full cargo for Rio with an outfit froru the s slop-chest, Y1h1cn they conde Janeiro. By the time we reac h South America we 'll be eluded not to rcfusE' fullfied o-ed sailors said Jack. 'They were also given a straw mattress apiece for their b b n ks. "I suppose we will, but I'd rathe r not go there," put i n They rnrricd the bags, loaded with t!:eir outfit, into the Sam. foreca1>t1e and U!ir-w them on the f!oor aud tossed the matIf we had anything to say about tJ;te matter we wou ldn't into tile ]Junks. go there, but, you sec, we have n't1 I never expected we w o u l d A irnilor presc:illy appeared with a rcpe' s en d in his hand be up against f.m(']1 a rough 1leni. I don't belieYe our gornrand ordere d t.heru to uhangc their ctotlws. nor::; figurel! on our being put in suc.h a strait. I'm sure my 'l'hey refused to do it, thereupon he got busy with the rope's mother and sisters woul d have a fit if they he::trd I had become end ou their persons. a common sailor," said Jaclt. '.::'hi:> was more than the boys could stand and they went "So wou!U mine, too," said Will. at the s&ilor in a way that soon laid him cut on the deck, can say the same for my people," said Sam. "By the half st1.!1med. time we reach Liverpool, if we go the re, we are likely to be as 'l.'he rumpus brought other sailors on the scene an"d a ioughbronzed and as tough, in a way, as 1.he rest of the crew. In house fight too);: p!ace. ti.Jut ease we'll certaiuly a sto ni s h onr fatllers by om ;1ppeurIn the end the boys were badly whipped and were comance when we report to them at the end of the year." pell ed to change their clothes for the 1cugh rig given the,11, "We may be in Austral ia, or South Africa, or in India at that a n d then they were mi.rched on deck and pnt at work lashing time," said Jack. spars and water-butts, and stowfng the boats. "Then we'l! have to report by letter," said Will. "What a The boys were kept at work through the two watclles u ntil surnrise to our worthy dads for them. to r eceive letters from the crew was called to supper, and they gathered with thf' us bearing a foreign post-mark. But that won't be a cirothers at the door and received their rations in turn. cumstance to the surprise the contents of tj:le letters will

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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. 11 give t hem. I'll bet they'll regret throwing s on our own "On an Island, I should judge," replied Jack, "for there ls rernurces." no mainland in this neighborhood. The brig was making for "An unpleasant surprise of that kind w!ll do them good," l\fariguana Passage In the Bahama group of islands when the grinned Jack. "Maybe they'll be good to us after that." hurricane caught her. She was driviug toward the f)Outheast Iu due time the brlg entered the St. Lawrence River. the last I knew about her course, so it is probable we've gone All the way to t)le Gulf of St. Lawrence the boys never ashore on some small island at the end of the group." gave up hope of making their escape, though the prospect 'Has any one else come ashore?" asked Sam. of doing so did not at any time look encouraging. "I don't see any-yes, there's a body-two of them, yonder When the brig was fairly out in the Gulf, headed for the i but they are quite motionless. Come on and we'll see if there broad Atlautic, the boys threw up the sponge. j is any life in them." By that time they had grown accustomed to their surround-They went down the shore a bit to where the forms of two lngs and their new duties, and as they found it expedient to seamen lay stretched out. work with a will, and show no further tokens of insubor1 "Hanson and Moore," said .Jack, recogn!zing them. "Poor dination, they receiv e d fair treatment from their shipmates, chaps! They look like dead ones." nnd even from the skipper nml the two officers The boys examined the two men and found not a spark or The brig finall y reached blue water, as it is called, and life about them. headed soathward. Their heart!l were stili and their eyes and mouths half open. The boys heard that the vessel was to stop at Kingston, in "They're dead,., said Jack, Jamaica, where a small part of her cargo was to be unloaded, The boys dr!lgged the men up on the shore q,nq straightened but before they could reach that port they had a mighty broad their limbs. stretch of the ;\tlantlc to cover. JI "Tl).ere's what's left of the Aurora yonder," salcl Will, point-We wi!l pass ov e r their strenuous experiences until they Ing. rea,ched the warm tropical latitudes. J The prig's bows, with a section of her bowsprit and a part of The brig met with t w o heavy gal es en route, and the boys her foremast lay two or three hundred yards from the beach. learned what a storm at sea meant from the standpoint of a 1 in the midst of a boiling surf which was breaking all over her. sailor. "She's sailed her voyage," saicl Sam, "a11d will b e reNeedless to say, they suffered what seemed to be the limit ported among the missing vesse l s in the newsp11pen; one o f of human trial to theJU ancl none of them expected eve r to these days." see land again. "If our folks lmew we had gone t o sea in her there'd be But they came out all rigJ:it, nevertheless, and plucked up mourning in Chicago ., said .Jaclc courage again. ''There don't 2eem to be anybody else who has escaped but These two gales, bad as they were, were hardly a clrcqD'.1-j ourselves,., said Will. "Really, it's astonishing that only we stance to the hurricane they ran into when they reached three should have been saved." tl:ie vicinity of the Antilles. "lt's a sign that we're bound to stick together,., said Jack. A West Indian hurricane ls i;;omething appalllng "\'l'btle It 1'But, J say, we may starve to deat)l on this island. That Ja str.. would be wofse t)la,n if we'd gone down with t!1e brig," said It ls usually short and swift, a!ld it l:ias tlie power to clear Will, in an ;mxious tone. things up pretty well in its path. I don't think w e' ll starve in a hurry," replied Jack, "for This one lasted a full night and nart of the next day, and unleas my eyes deceive me I see quite a number of coroanut w .hen it began to break. up the brig was a total wreck on trees yonder, and they ought to furnish us with meat and the rocks off a certain island, and every soul on boarq of drinl{." her, with the st1rprisini;: exception ot tJie three bqy sail-1 "That's something, of course," said Will, much relieved, "but ors, bad been sent to their la13t account. a steady diet of cocoanuts is apt to grow m onotounus 11'. Jack, Sam and Will, through a Il'.!erclftll dispemiation pf we have to subsist long on them we'll never be able to look Providence, were cast senseless upop. t)le sandy beach of the at another cocoanut without a shmlder ::>.s long as we live." is)and, where they lay dead to the world tlll the afternoon "I don't know that we've seen many of them, anyway. at sun came out in all its tropical power and warmed them back any rate they're not generally sold in the States." to life. "I'm feellng mighty hungry,'' \Yill. "We ha,en't had a mouthful of anything in over twenty-four hours, so I propose CHAPTER IX. that we get some cococmuts if they a r c to be l.Jatl, arn l fill un on them." ASHoJlF.. His suggestion appealed to his companions, and the three Jack was t h e first to mo ve, and he sat up suddenly and started for the nearest cocoanut tree. looked around. There were several of them in a bunch, with tall, straight The last thing h e remembered was being swept off the stems, like flagpoles, and they were not easy to climb, the wreck of the Aurora brig with hfs two frie;nds, as they CllJng, fruit being at the top, hiddeh by wide-spreading leaves that apparently tho last on board, t o a life-line stretched across nodded in the breeze. the deck. The boys, however, were as nimple as U10nkeys, and Sam A giant wave tore them frotI) their frail cold, and they were made no bones of making t h e first attempt to get at the nuts, submerged in a seething wa te of .water. which they could ma!rn out in dark-brown clusters, thirty He remembered battling fo r bis li fe, withont any idea thnt feet or so above the ground. all island was near the E;hattered wreck, t)1en pelng jleized in He found tJ:ie job oom 'ething of a feat, but he accomplished the grasp of a body of whirliJ11; water and turneq 9yer and it and w ith his sheath-knife e u t tl\rny three or tlie ov e r like a rolling barrel and tl:).en-q.ll became a blank. 'Tlie boy:;; puncturpd' a hole in one end or the fruit and The transition from a boiling Eiea, ii ga}"l, with an drained the milk out flrst. overcast sk above, to a Randy stretch Qf shore, wit)l tlie !?till agitated waves sparkling in the hot sunshine, and the gale It tasted mighty good to their famished palate;>. ca !med down to u Htiff bl"eezo, nstonished liim iiot ;t lit tle. Then they smas)rnc! the nuts open with a E;tope apd a His first impression was that Im wa& the 1>ole survivor of meal of the white inside pulp. the and overjoyed to find ttiat he was still in "I tell you that tastes might good,., s
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12 DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. The island was not a large one, being about half a mile never seen tt b efore, though it is quite possible they had seen long and a qi::arter of a mile wide. pictures of the tree, and the fruit, and read about the natives At the e nd where the boys had cocne ashore there was a big, of the tropics using it as a substitute for bread. conical-shaved ro c k which ros e to a height of perhaps forty 1 In fact, when properly prepared in a variety of ways, it is feet. a fine article of food, but to the boys it now meant nothing. 'l'he sides half-way up wern form ed of craggy projections They kept on to the eastern limits of the island, and found that offered good foothold as far as they went. there a wide and smooth beach on which the surf was noisily Above that the rock was too smooth to be climbed to the breaking. ape x. Having seen all they cared for of the island for the present "That's a large rock, Isn't it?" said Will. "It makes a good they returned to the spot, near the b ig rock, where they landmark for vessel::; in this vicinity. One could eas ily recogcame ashore. nize this i sland again by it." I "Yes. It's odd wh 'at shapes some island take on. It seems CHAPTER x. to be the onl y hit of exposed rock upon the place. Of course, tbe whole island is a mass of rock covered by sand, rising out THE SKELETON IN THE ROCK. of the ocean. If the water were suddenly drained ofl' the earth "How are we going to dig graves for these poor chaps?" it would be found that the hundreds of islands in these West asked Sam, lookin g down at the bodies of Hanson and Moore. Indies as well as all other islands scattered over the globe, "We'll have to do it as well as we can with pieces of wood," are simply the tops of high mountains," said Jack. i said Jack. "The shore is covered with wreckage and bits of "My! how funny the United States would look way up in the brig's cargo. We'll go and hunt up suitable pieces." the air," said Will. "Instead of looking into the Atlantic from There was no trouble in finding pieces of wood that would the coast-line of the east you would look down into a g reat answer the purpose valley, now the bed of the o cean thousands of feet below." They had only to dig in the sand, and Jack said it would \.ud the Gulf of Mexico would form another good-sized save labor to make one grave wide enough to hold both of the valley, while where the Pacific O cea n now is you'd have the corps es sarne effect as from the Atlantic side," said Sam. I There were pi eces of canvas lying about suitable for wrap''How about the British Islands, and Europe, and Asia, and ping the dead men up in. Africa, and Australia, and South America? They'd all be in "After we get the grave three or four feet deep we'll lay the same boat-all up in the air, and communication would the canvas at the bottom of it and wrap it around them. not be so quick and comfortable as it is these days," said That will keep the sand away from them, not that it will Jack. I make any difl'erence to them now whether the sand gets in Su re, bi; t no such calamity Is likely to happen," said Sam. their faces or not. Still, the better we can serve them the The boys soon reached the end of the island In the west more Christian-like it will be, said Jack. and following the curve of the beach started back, eastward. i It took them some time to dig the grave with their rude im It had the same general appearance as the sld e they had plements, and by the time they had placed the dead sailors in just left, and there was not a sign of any inhabitant. 1 their last resting-place and covered them up with mounds, The surf did not break so hard on this side, as the hurricane such as one sees in graveyards, darkness fell upon the island bad come from the other direction. I with tropical suddenness, though they were a matter of twenty-Betw ee n the two shores the island was profusely covered 'two degrees north of the equator. with trees and tropical vegetation, among which Jack thought "Now, where shall we turn in for the night?" said Will, be recognized a grove of bananas, from their long, drooping when the ceremony was over. ,. leaves. I "We have a pretty large bedroom," said Jack. "We can Those look like banana stalks," he said. "Come, fellows, lie on the sand at the foot of the big rock, or we can go up let's go and see. I could eat half a dozen bananas now with to the banana grove. I for one prefer the sand, for there may -the greatest of pleasure." be centipedes, or some other kind of poisonous insects where His companions eagerly followed him. the fruit 111. You'll find them on the large islands, so why not The idea of striking a banana grove, where they could pick here?" the fruit right off the stalk, made their mouths water'. j "Centipedes!" exclaimed Will. "Ob, gracious, don't mention Tt proved to be a banana grove all right, and the boys were such things! I'd have a. fit if I felt one of them crawling soon reYeling in the delicH:ms fruit over my face." Ne ver had it tasted so good in the States, but then they were j "You'd get used to them after awhile," grinned Jack. "The now Pating it under widely different conditions. na.ttns don't mind them any more than we of the States do They found the fruit ripening by degrees all over the grove, house-tiles." som i being already dead ripe and blackening In the sun, an. d I "I've heard that there are scorpions and tarantula spldera some still quite green. In the tropics, too," said Sam. There were bananas enough In sight, and in prospect, to "That's right," nodded Jack. "Professor Smith lived on feed a small regiment, and the three castaways were tickled the island of Cuba for some months, and he told me that he to death over their discovery. .often trod on a scorpion In the house, or in the path outside. "This i s fine as silk," said Will, with his mouth full. l He didn't know it was in his way till he heard the crunch." 'Be t your life it ls!" mumbled Sam, holding a banana In "Holy smoke!" cried Sam. "Maybe they're all around us eac h fist. 1n the sand." "We struck it lucky in ]anding here," said Jack. "We might "We can't help It it they are. It you see a strange Insect of have been thrown upon one of the sandy keys where nothing some size walking over your head, or your leg, let it walk. grows and without a drop of fresh water." If It's a scorpion or centipede it will sting you quicker than a ''Well, is there any water on this island?" asked Will. "That flash If you try to knock It off." ls a very important consideration. We must have something "You give me the chills. Their bite ls fatal, isn't it?" said to drink as well as eat." Will. ""\Yell, t!li;i cocaanuts ofl'er a good substitute," said Jack. "Not necessarily, but It wouldn't be nice to be stung here "But water is much better than cocoanut milk." where we couldn't get treated for the wound." ''A fellow can't have everything he wants in this world." "We've escaped drowning and starvation, so it would be "That's true," said Sam. "We should be thankful for the fierce to be stung to death,"sald Will. "None of the tropics good luck we have struck." for me If I can get away from the place." When they had fully satisfied their appetites they followed "Don't get frightened before you are hurt, old man." the outer edge of the banana grove as far as it went. They decided to spread a piece of canvas at the base of the Then they pushed their way through the vegetation to a rock and roost there. gro,e of breadfruit trees, which ls a species of the banana They lay 'down and talked for awhile of the prospects of variety, but not very palatable uncooked. being rescued from the island, and then lulled by the steady "What kind of fruit do you call this?" asked Will. cadence of the surf they went to sleep. Sam secured a sample from one of the trees and munched They slumbered like tops, for they were worn out by their it. exertions of the last two days, and tb'.ey did not wake up till "Dah he said. "It Isn't ripe, whatever it Is." morning was well on. It was ripe, just as a potato ls ripe at a certain stage, and The tide was low and the sea down, with very little surf on. it tasted to him something like a raw potato so, naturally, he They could see the reef of ugly looking black rocks on which did not take to it. the brig had planted her keel. The boys did not recognize It as breadfruit, for they had About half of the wreck was now out ot the water, and a

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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. 13 flock of sea-birds were wheeling around the remains of the foremast. She listed foward the island and they could see the exposed part of her deck. It had been swept clear of everything but the galley, and a mass of tangled ropes and spars bobbed about her port side. "I wonder if we could get out to h er.?" said Sam. "We cou l d swim tbat far, I guess," said Jack. "But there might be sharks nosing around her," suggested Will. "We'd make a n i ce meal for them." "I wouldn't guarantee that there are no >..harks around," said Jack. "Now that the ocean is comparatively calm they will come to the surface to see what they can pick up." "Hello! there's a boat that's come ashore," said Will, point ing. "If it isri't in bad shape we could paddle or row out to the wreck in her." They walked down and looked at the boat. It was half full o f water, but appeared to be sound. Two pairs of oars were lashed under the seats, and in the receptacle under the bows they found a tub of fresh water, and two bags of water-soaked sea biscuit. Tbey started the bung of the water-tub and had a drink apiece, and then put it away in the shade of the shrubbery. The biscuits were spoiled and were thrown aside. After securing the painter of the boat to a stake Jack drove in the sand, they went off to the banana grove to get a fruit breakfast. They would have preferred a porterhouse steak, with fried potatoes and coffee, but such a feast was not 'Jbtainable. '.I'hey thought, with regret, of the fine breakfasts they used to enjoy at Hurricane Island Academy, and even of the rough rations they had eaten aboard the brig, not to speak of the breakfasts served in their luxurious homes. While strolling a1:ound after their breakfast, which they topped off with a cocoanut, they discovered a pool of sparkling fresh water, which bubbled up out of the bowels of the island. "This is a great find! said Sam. "I'm going to have the first drink." He got it and the others followed him. Then the y walked back to the big rock; dumped the water out of the boat, floated' it and rowed. out to the wreck. The y watched for sharks, but did not see any. -Going aboard the derelict they went into the forecastle and brought out their bags of clothes and then their mattresses. 1 hey put the bags in the boat and the mattresses across it in a pile and Sam rowed back to the shore with the load. When he returned he found his friends in the galley. 'We'll carry th,ese pots and pans ashore," said Jack. "They will prove useful. Here is a large cannister of coffee, which will last us some time. We've found several boxes of matches, a big piece of bacon, some crackers and some canned stuff. Put the lot in the boat, Will. Carry this cutting-knife, Sam, arid one of the pots." Before they got through they cleaned the galley pretty well out. "It's too bad that the stern is under water, for all the brig's stores are in the steward's pantry, or in the lazaretto under the cabin floor where they can't be got at. Even with the stuff in the pantry we could live like kings for some moons," said Jack. "Can't we dive for some of it-the, canned goods, for instance?" said Sam. "It would be too much of a risk. One couldn't stay long enough under water to get at the stuff. We'll have to give 1t up." "It seems a shame to leave it here," said Sam. "I know it, but I don't see how it can be helped." They rowed ashore and stowed all their things in a shady spot, sheltered by an overhanging rock. As the tide was still out, Jack and Sam went out to the rocks in the boat and hunted for shell-fish. They found plenty o!'. the m and brought a kettleful back. About e leven o'clock the boys made a fire on the shore with driftwood, and hanging the kettle in gypsy fashion on three sticks, cooked the shell-fish. Having brought pepper and salt from the brig's galley they made a satisfactory dinner with some crackers and bananas. While they were lounging around after the meal, Jack noticed what seemed to be a hole in the side of the big rock some ways up. He called the attention of his ,chums to it. "I'm going to climb up there to see how far it goes in," he said. "We'll follow you," said Sam. It was not a difilcult jO'b to get up to the bole, as the projecting rocl!s were like so many stepping-ston.es, though not as :u; .stens. nor so smooth. Jack cJiroben up, with his 'companions behind him, to in ve stigate the opening. When he reached it he found that it appeared to be m1>re than a natural hole, for it bore traces of having been cut ou t by sharp implements. His curiosity was aroused and he stepped closer to ge t a better view of the interior, if he could. Right under the hole there was a smooth block that dill,,not seem to be a part cf the big rock, but placed there as In order to stick his head in at the opening he placed his knees on this block and rested all his weight on it. Then something happened. Two skeleton arms shot out of the hole and half clutched Jack by the throat, while a grinning sj{ull stared the boy in the fac e. He uttered a yell of terror and started back. CHAPTER XI. THE MYSTERY EXPLAINED. Sam, who was c lose behind Jack, saw the skeleton and gave an answering cry. ., .. Will was not high enough up to see it distinctly enougQ. to recognize what it was. When Jack started. back his weight came off the block ai;i._ d the skeleton disappeared as quickly and as mysteriously as it had appeared. ... He stared at the hole in dumfounded bewilderment. .. "Holy smoke!" exclaimed Sam. "That was a skeleton!" Jack was too st;i,ggered to answer him. It took some moments for him to regain his self-possessio.n '"That's the worst shock I ever got," he said. Sam got up beside him and l ooked fearfully in at the hole "I don' t see anything in there," he said. "Neither did I {ill I got up c lose and started to poKe my, head iu t jl.et' the blamed thing came at me right out of tpe darkness. Ugh! I can feel its bony fingers at my throat now." Ifa tuok oil' his hat and fanned himself as Will joined t)lem, "What happened?" asked Will. "A whole lot ha1?Pened," returned Jack. "Did something come rut of that holer "I should say that something did." "What was it?" "Didn't yo u see it at all?" "I saw something white and thin, but I couldn't make out what it was "Go and look in the hole and maybe you.,11 see it." 'Why won't you tell me what it was?" "I'd rather you'd see it for yourself. Did you see it, Sam?" asked Will. "Sure, I saw it, said Sam, with a sickly grin. wen, what was it?" ,, ... "Take a look in at the hole and maybe it'll come out again." "Ob, I say, what are you fellows giving me?" said Will. "Why don't you look in the hole?" "Yes, why don' t you?" said Jack, sitting down on the smooth block. As. b e did so1 Will made a step forward and looked at the open mg. No sooner d!d Jack's weight come on the stone again than out shot the skeleton arms with the grinning skull behind them, ri ght in Will's face. wow!" yel! ea Will, jumping back. He would have fallen headlong down the rocks if Sam .hadn't grabbed him. 1 r Jacl;: looked up and seeing the skeleton arms extended abo..-e his h ead he slid sideways off the .block and the skeieton vanished once more. "For the lorn of P efe !" gurgled Will, fairly paralyz. ed by the shock. '"l'here's a liYe skeleton in that roc k." ".i Jim skeleton! You're otl' your base," said Sarri. "Who ever hear d of such a tbing?" ; "If it wasn't alive bow could it stick its arms out?" "There's somebody inside the rock, and he's working the scheme to frighten us away. That's the only way I can ac count for it," said Sam. "What do you think, Jack?",. r don't know what to think. It's most mysterious.'',. "A skeleton can't move of its own accord." "I never heard of one doing so," admitted Jack. _That's whY the thing gets me." stood and lo oked at the hole, expecting the ske!etou to appear at any moment, but it didn't.

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14 DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. They talked the matter over, and tried to find some explanation to account for the coming and going of the skeleton. Sam's suggestion that somebody was inside the rock working it didn't appear reasonable to Jack. The smooth slab made such an inviting seat t)lat Will took possession of it. His weight caused the skeleton to shoot out again. .Jack and Sam now got a fair view of it, and with one ac cord eac h grabbed one of the bony wrists and h eld on to it, when Will sprang up and the thing started to glide back, but was prevented by the grip the two boys had on it. "Hold on, .Jack!" cried Sam. "We've got the blamed thing now and we'll see what it amounts fo." ''It's trying to get away," said JacJ;;:. "Jump on that block and look in, Will, while we bavc hold of it." Will did so, and then Sa m and Jack felt the resistance of the skeleton cease. After trying in vain to peer into the darlrfiess behind the bony fingers, Will jumped down. The moment his weight left the stone the two boys f elt the skeleton pull back again with steady strain on their arms, as if some Jdnd o f mechanism was at work. Then it was that Jack got on to the mystery. .ru mp on to that stone again, Will," he said. Will did so, and the skeleton stood at rest again. Sam notic e d the cliacge now. "Why, that stone there operates the skeleton," he said. "That seems to be the fact. I got on to it a moment ago. Let go of the tlling and I'll bet it won t move," said Jac11. They both released their grasp on the skeleton's wrists and the grewsome obj ec t didn't move an Inell. "Jump down, Will," ordered Jack. They stepped down and the skeleton darted back into the darkness of the hole and vanished from their sight. "Well, if that doesn't b ea t the Dutch!" said Sam. "What object was this thing made for? A practical joke'!" An uninhabited island lik e this one does not strike me as a fertile field for suc h a practical joke, if joke it Is, said Jack. "Probably the place is not visite d half a doz en times in a. year, if as often. Then any one landing here would hardly waste the time climbing up to look in that hole. And even if they did the skel eton wo uld not show it:oelf unless be put his wefgbt on that stone." "Then it must have been constructed for some definite ob ject," said Will. "I don't see what real object any one could have In going to the trouble of rnakiug such a thing. Whoever got it up ex ercised a good deal of ingenuity in putting the thing in shape to work so smoothly. It must work on wheels that run on a track, otherwise it could not dart out and back again so regularly. See!" Jack, by way of illustraticn, jumped on the stone, and out came the skeleton arms with the skull behind it. The rest of lhe skeleton, if there was any more of it, was hidden by the wall o r rock. He sprang down and the thing vanished as b e fore. Give me a lift he re, S;i,m. I want to turn this ston e over, If I can, and sec what kind of mechanism is there," he said. Sam lent a hand, but they couldn't move it away, or turn It over, though tqe )llock was not large enough to be very heavy. They could f ee l tllat it was l oose and yet was held by some contrivance not visible to lhe ey e. 'vVe can't do art'Ything with it, said Jac k, after they had exerted all their strength in vain It was clear that it was not intended to be disturbnd. .Jack look ed at the op ening r eflec tively. Then an id ea struck him. ''I'm going in there to sec how this scheme i s workeil," he said. "Do you think it is &P.fc to do that?" a13ked Sam. "I' ll risk it." "But yo u can't r each lh8 hok withm1t stepping on the slab, and then the skeleton will bloc l: the way." "Sure I can r each it without touching tho s lab. Yon bend over the slab, with your hands against the rocky waJJ, an d I'll climb up over you into til e aperture. ''Wh y not get some pieces of wood from the sl1orc, lay them against the bottom of the bole in skid fa8bion and climb up that way," said Sam. "What's the use of los ing the time when yon n re strong euough to boost me np? .. "All right. Have it you r way," replied Sam. He bent forward over the slab and braced himself. With some help from Wiii, Jack easily reached the opening and crawled into it. Pulling a match ou t of bis pocket he struck it and flashed the light into the roclty chamber. The floor, which was fairly smooth, lay about six feet below. How large the cave was he couldn't t ell, but it was bigger than the light of the match would disclose He could see the contrivance which had startled them, a couple of yards away. It consisted of only an outstretched pair of bony arms and a skull, mounted at a h eight which cor r esponded with the opening on a narrow framework that ran on a pair of wood e n t1'acks. Apparently there was nothing else in the place. "I'll bet that thing wasn't got up for nothing," thought Jack "There's something b ehind the scheme, and I'm game to t ry ::ind fine! out what it i s I must have the lantern we brought from the wreck, for a steady light is necessary in orde r to look around and, pesides, we have no matches to waste." Having made up his mind as to what he was going to do, he backed out, dropped on the slab in a crouching position, so as to avoid being hit by the skeleton's arms when they shot out, and joined his chums. "WeH, what did you see?" asked Sam, inquisitively. "I saw a kind of cave with the slce l eton arms and skull mounted qn a framework that runs on a wooden track, just as I figured on.,. "What else?" "Nothing else. The light of the match wouldn't fill the cave. The floor is smooth and about six feet below the hole." I think 111 go up and take a loo k, said Sam. "You' d onl y waste another match to no Purpose. I m going ins id!l with the lantern to look around. Go down and fetch it up, Will." Will obeyed orders and presently returned with the lantern. Jac k remounted Sam' s back got in feet first this time, reached for the lantern, worked himself backward through the op ening and dropp e d down out of sight ot bis two friends CHAPTER XII. JACK'S DISCOYERY. The fiPst t]ling Jack did was to light the lantern and the n, with a good light at bis command, he proceeded to examine the working of the mechanical frame'\V ork. A line was attached to it, which ran over a ship's pulley attached to the roof of the cave, thence to a second pulley, a,nd was attached to a bag of sand. A stout wire ran along the floor, presup.1edl y through a hole to the slab outside. 'I'hls operated a s11rin g that relC>ased bag of sand by the drn;1ping 'of a hingea shelf attached to the framework; on which it stood. The weight of the sandbag pulled the framework to the wall. Tne re it remained as lqng as the mechanism unde r the slab outside was pressed d own. When it was release d the framework sbook back of its own weight and pull ed the sandbag up to the which received it. 'Quite ingenious," thought .Jaclc. "But why was it constrncted? By some m cc hanil' wrecked on this island and who put iu hi s time at it, or was It de s igned to frighten inquisi people from itl\'i:?stgatng this cave'? If the latter, then th e re is probably something hidd e n h e re sometb.ing valuable, of course. Well, I'll make a search of the place and sec what I C'an discover." lie fiaS!ICd tbc light :ihnnt, bnt l!Je ca r e \\'as quite bare, ex cept for the skel eton framework. At one corner thf' wall appearer! to he broken. Goin; tberP .Jack foum1 a sloping pai-::"ago, leading off so me where. He followed it and it took him downward into the base of the big rock. 'l'he passage was taller than himse lf by many feet, though quite narrow, and h e had no difficulty in making his way. The declivity was gradual and somewhat tortuous, and finally P.ndcrl in ar.otber cave, with a low. shelving roof, the floor of which was composed of the same kind o f sand as that on the b e ach. As Jack flash e d the ligbt about h e saw that this part of the roc!c was under the sea, which ebbed and flowed twice a. day as it did on the beach.

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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. 15 At that moment the tide was beginning to come In. I "You have!" cried his friends, incredulously. A line of weeds and pebbles showed the mark of the last "I have. It is connected wnh the cave behind me by a long, high tide. descending passage. Here, help me ont. One of yon can 'rhe cave was profusely Jittred with wreckage from the brig stand on the ,;lull. I'Ye di sconnecte d the wire that was con and other craft wrecked'at some previous time in that vicinity. nected with the skeleton fra:r1ework." There were barrels full of liquor, probably, for they gave I Will got on tbe slab to a ssist Jnl't out, 'l\hile Sarn stood out a du!J sound when the boy kicked them. ready to catch him us he dropped out, head foremo st. Jack knew that the brig carried several hundred kegs of With the h e lp of his chums he landed on his feet. whiskey among her cargo, and these seemed to have recently "Come on, let's go :md eat. I'm buugry," snid Jack. come ashore. Acccrdingly, they descende d the rock to the beach. Thinking they might be useful, he rolled them out of reach On their way to the banana grove to get some of the fruit, of the tide. Jack detailed his experiences inside of the rock and down at He did the same with sundry boxes and other articles. its base in the sea-cavern. Then he made a tour o! the marine cave. When he described the ouried sea-chest, and suggested that In a spot where a imrticularly high tide, or succession of, it looked as if it held a piratical treasure, Sam and Will grew high tides, had washed the away, he saw exposed the top quite excite d. of a peculiar-looking box or chest. They were eager to accompany him on his next visit to the Kneeling down to examine it closer he saw that it was an marine cavern, and he said he guessed they could come all iron-bound sea.-c hest. right. It looked to be too heavy to have floated into the cavern, "We']] wait till the next low tide, or, bette1"still, postpone and even if it had he did not see how it could have buried our visit till low tide to-morrow morning," said Jack. itself s o deep in the hard sand. 'rhe boys talked of nothing else the rest of that day but the OE course, it was possible that it had come there a great iron-bound sea-chest and what they imagiped it contained. many years since and that the sand had gradually accumulated If it was a pirate's treasure-chest it probably was fi!Jed with around it and ov e r the entire cave at the same time and thus money, jewels and other valuable plunder, they argued. covered it up, but it would take years on years of time to In which event, if the y could get it away with them, when accomplish such a thing. they were taken off the island, they would return to the Still, the old sea-chest look ed ancient enough, as though it States maybe as rich as their fathers. belonged to the earl y part of the eighteenth eentury, eighty It would pe simply great if we walked in on our governors, or a hundred years before Jack came upon it. togged out like dudes, with $100,000 apiece to our credit," He scraped some of the sand away from it with his hands, grinned Sam. "I'd offer to buy a half interest in my old and the more he saw of it the more curious he became con-man's soap establishment." cerning its possible contents. "And I'd go into the copper syndicate, if they'd take me in," It looked too solid to have been devoted to clothes. said Will. Indeed, it was so .strongly bound with iron braces, covered "The only thing I could do would be to start a bank and with formidable-looking knobs, that it suggested its use elect myself president," laughed Jack. "The right thing for must have been to hold treasure. us to do, if we became wealthy through that chest, would be "It. never floated into -this place," mused Jack. "More likely to let our dads invest our cash for us, and then try and get it was buried here. If so. it must hold something very rnluback to Hurricane Island Academy and try to behave our-able like money. Maybe its presence accounts for the selves." framework above." 1 "That's right," nodded Sam. "I think our experiences .Tack grew quite excited when he thought it might contain aboard the brig, in fact since we were captured by those ras-money. cals on Presque Isle, has knocked our theory of Equality and He dug more sand away from it and exposed the old-fash-the Rights of Man into a cocked hat. I am willing to admit ioned lock. thut both ruy father and Doctor Pontifax tolcl the truth wllen The keyhole was filled with a bit of oakum to keep the sand the y said that there is no such thing possible : equality, and out of it. that the rights of man is simply a beautiful fiction. We had That satisfied Jack that the chest had been placed there by no rights at all aboard the brig. If we tried to assert them human hands and not by the action of the sea. we got a clout alongside the head Ui.at knocked us silly, and "It Is surely a from some pirate ship a hint that we' d find ourselves overboard some night if we that was chased here and the crew took this means of hiding didn't look out. Equality is all right in theory, but it \ere cleane d out by the British I It was a safe bet that Jack and Will agreed with l:!m, though and America;i warships. I must g e t Sam and Will down here I they said nothing on the subject. to look at it. The O\'dinary tides do not come quite up to it, 'l'hey ate their upper after darkness had falle u on the island so it is not likely to be covered at high water. I guess I'll get and sea, and soon afterwartl turned in and went to sleep. back to the upper cave, get out and let the fellows know wh:it I've discovered." CHAPTER XIII. The tide had already come in quite a bit hi!e Jack was down there. PDlATES' DURIEO GOLD. He had been there the best part of an hour, though he didn't The boys nwoke bright and early next morning and found realize that he had b ee n inside the rock mc:re than half of the tide nearly out. that time. They hurried through their breakfast and then mounted the Sam and Will were getting impatient over his long abbig rock to the h ole senct>, and woude rinl! lf anything bud happened to him. Jack was helped through first, with the lantern, Sam fol"I've a great mind to go in and loo le for him," said Sam. lowed, :rnd lastly Wli.l came t!Jrongb, heaLl first, ns there was 'Why, you couldn't see your way about without a light," no o 'ne to help bim go the other way, and his friends caught said Will. You might fa ll into some deep hole." him and put him on his f ee t. "Perhaps that i s what has happened to him." Sam and Will examined the skeleton framework with in" Why should h e fall into a hole with a lantern to light terest, as Jack showed them how it had worlrnd, then tlle his way?" three, with in the l ead, entered the passage and made 'But he has b ee n gone a tremendous long time-most au their way down to the marine cavern.' hour, I should think" Jack's chums inspected the place with interes t, as well as "I can't imagine what is keeping him. but I wouldn't be the light of the lantern permitted them to, and then the three surprised if h e has made some kind of a discovery." gathered around the buried sea-chest. "Where could he have made it? W e've shouted to him a "It looks old enough to have belonged to a pirate ship," dozen times and he has made no reply. I don't like the looks said Sam. "You won t see anything like that nowadays." of it." 'How :w e we going to get it ont of that ,;nnd ?'' :iskell Will. "Hello, fellow s!" cried Jack, sticking his head out o! the ''We']] dig the sand away from it," said Jack. hole. "And after we do that we are likely to find it too heavy to "Ob, there you are!" exclaimed Sam. "W!Jere have you been carry. And even if we could carry it we couldn't get It out so Jong?" through that hole above. How in thunder was it ever brought .. You'll never guess," said .Tack, looking down at them. in here, that's what puzzles m e." "Of r.omse we can't guess. You'll have to tell us." 1 "I couldn't tell you, and I'm not going to bother thinking "Well, I've been down in a marine cav.e under the shore." about lt. It's he.re, and "'" will have to open it here, and i!

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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. its eontents are valuable we'll carry them to tile outside in easy I "And how about the rest?" asked Sam, vitally interested in loads. We ll probably have lots of time to do it in." the fate of his share of the treasure, which he figured as about What are we going to open it with? It looks to me as if $100,000. it will require a ha'.11mer and a cold-chisel to make any im-''We'd bury it In the sand near the base of this rock. Then on that lo ck, and we don't possess tllose useful ar-when we reached port we could hire a seaworthy sloop, with a ticles." part of the money we carried with us, sail back here by our" lf we can't do any better, we can bombard it with rocks. selves, take the treasure aboard and return to port with it. It uuty take a good while. bnt in the long run I'm sure it's We are sailof's enough to handle any kind of a small fore-and hound to give \YU;I. Yon know tllat a single drop of water after between us." falling continuously on the same spot on a stone is sure to After some argument the boys agreed on that plan. \ Vear out a hole, so why shouldn't a lock, however strong, 'l'hey dug a deep hole in the saud bellind the line of shrubyic!d before a good battering?" bery and on the following day they transferred all their t.:nder Jack's direction they all got busy ith pieces of money-bags to it, lining it with a sailcloth so as to be sure driftwood and soon hollowed out a trench on three sides of tllat when they dug the treasure up none of it would escape the box. them. This trench they widened and dug deeper until the chest They kept out three bags and marked the spat at the base k.Hy exposed. of the rock. Then Jack got down on his knees and picked the oakum out On the following day they visited the wreck again and Sam of the keyhole. ventured to make an attempt to reach the pantry of the brig .. It's a tough lock to smash, all right," he said. "They made After several attempts he succeeded, but was unable to good leeks in the olden times. It was necessary for people to fetch anything away, as the final effort exhausted him. have strong ones on their chests and boxes, for there were Jaclt tried his hand at it, with the aid of pointers from Sam, faw banks compared to nowadays, and no safe-deposit vaults and succeeded in fetching up severul cnns of prcsened corned in which to store valuables. Every one had to be his own beef, which he grabbed at random from one of the shelves. banker in a way, and so the locksmiths spread themselves on They visited the wreck every day after that at low tide and their locks." by degrees secured many thinBS from the pantry, one being a As he spoke he saw sometlling sticking out of the sandy whole hnm in its canvas casing. trenr.h. j At the end of three weeks a gale broke < ver the island late Pulling it out, he found it was a big iron key. .. one afternoon, and as there was rain in the air and there was "By George!" he exclaimed, "I believe this is the key of no shelter outside the cave they retreated to that secure the chest." haven, after providing themselves with cocoanuts, bananas Jack rubbed all the particles of sand off it, polished it a bit and all the other provisions they had brought from the wreck. on his trousers and shoved it into the keyhole. I It rained in torrents that nigllt, aud blew great guns. It fitted exactly. "Only for this retreat we'd have been soaked through and He gave it a turn, but at first it wouldn't move but a little through," said Will, as they sat together the darkness of the bit. cave after eating 'their supper. Working it by degrees, he got it to turn and unlocked the "Bet your life we would," said Sam. "Here we are as snug chest. as a bug in a rug." Sam grabbed oue end of the cover and Will the other and "You mean as snug as three bugs in a rug," .:Tinned Wi11. yanked it open. j "How the wind howls," said Jacli:. "It puts me in mind of The first thing they saw was a piece of black bunting. 'the hurricaneand the two preceding gales we went through." Pulling it out of the way and shaking it out it proved to "Don't mention that hurricane," said Wi!l. "We nearly saw be a regular pirate flag, with a skull and crossbones embroid-our finish in it. I shall never forget it if I live to be one hun-ered uvon !t in silk. dred." "As the original discoverer of the chest, I claim the flag," "Gee! But we had a fierce time o! it. It was a snorter," said Jack, and his chums reluctantly admitted his claim. said Sam. A piece of canvas, of several thicknesse s, lay underneath "I think we've talked long enough for to-night. I'm sleepy," the flag, and when this was removed the boys beheld a layer said Jack. "Turn in on the floor and go to sleep." of bags towed close together. I His chums took the hint and ten minutes later the three "Money!" ejaculated Sam, in an excited whisper. I were asleep, undisturbed by the howling of the storm outside. Jack pu lled one of the bags out and held it up. It certainly contained coined money, f o r the impressions o! 1 ---the circular pieces could be seen outllned against the side CHAPTER XIV. of the i Jack pulled his sheath-knife that he wore attached to a THREE FA.ill SENORITAS. strap around his waist and cut the cord about the neck of When they awoke next morning the gale was practically the bag. over, though it was still blowing strong. He poured some of the coins into his hand. It had come from the southeast, and the surf boiled on the Every one was an old-fashioned Spanish gold-piece worth south shore of the island. about $5. The outlook from the hole in the rock was toward the A subrnquent count proved that there was approximately north, and when Jack looked out he saw the sun shining on a $1,000 in the bag. heaving waste of water. That made the first layer of bags foot up $50.000. I "The storm is over, fellows. We'll have breakfast and the n Anothe r layer of similar bags was packed underneath. i get outside," he said. Further investigation brought a third one to light. When the boys made their exit from the rock they walked Finally they ascertained that there were six layers In the across to the south shore to see if anything had come ashore chest, making a cash treasure of $300,00V. during the night. The boys were delighted beyond measure at their find. Nothing of any importance had. "The next thing will be to get the money outside," said They wandered around through the island till noon and then Will. ate their dinner. "We'll begin by carrying it to the upper cave," said Jack. After the meal they returned to the south shore and sat This job, which took about thirty trips1back and forth, down idly in the sun, the heat of which was tempered by the o ccupied some time. strong wind. They piled the bags up in a corner, and when they had five They had been there perhaps half an hour when Sam started layers u_p they brought the chest with the last layer in It. up suddenly. By that time it was around noon and they were all hungry, "Look yonder!" he cried, excitedly. "There's a craft of so they left the interior of the rock and made a dinner of! some kind coming toward the island." canned meat and bananas. The other two jumped on the!r feet and looked in the direc-What bothered them now was to make up the gold in easy tion he pointed. handling packages so that it could be taken away with. them Sure enough, a small, two-masted vessel, without a stitch o! when a vessel came near enough to the Island to be signaled. canvas spread, was drifting toward Ute island. As gold is the heaviest of all metals this was a serious con-, "There can't be anybody aboard of her," said Jack. "The sideration. crew and officers must have been washed overboard during "We might carry away one bag eac h without attracting no-the storm. The gale might have caught her unprepared and tlce," said Jack. partially capsized her, spilling all hands into the sea. Then

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DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. she right e d a fterwa r d and with h e r sail s blown to r ibbons, I "We a r e fro m Chicago the thre e of us. That is, we live she simply d r i f ted abou t a t the mercy of t h e sea." 1 t h ere. W e are not sailors a s y ou may imagine from our ap... She m u s t b e a m i g hty staunc h v esse l to e scape swamping j p earan ce, but t h e sons of r ic h men. My .father i s t h e jlrcsldent unde r the circumst a n ces 'said W i ll. .. : o f a C hicago national ban k, Sam's f ather ls a bi g s o a p man u-'flle watch e d t h e l il tlc y esse l approac h whi c h she d-id, fac t urer and W ill's father i s a c o pper mining millionair e W e quite fast. i were a t a boarding -s ch ool call e d the Hurr i ca n e ls.land She wa3 headed for the center cf the ishnd, w h e r e the beach Acad e my, w h ic h is on a n island o f that name in Lake Superior '\vas broken b y a small indentation that co uld scarcel y b e half a mile f rom the northern shore of Wisconsin. We got c a ll0d a c o ve into trouble wi t h t h e principal, Doctor Pontifax, owing to f I:I! s h a ran in t h e r e s h e w o u l d escape the breakers t o a v arious larks we indulged in, and that afternoon we went out considerab l e extent, but a t any o ther po int the heavy surf b oat sailing." was bo und to play the m ischi e f with h e r. I Jac k then went on to describe all that happene d to them "Say, if. she wou l d only c o me ashore i n good sha p e it would from the moment they were captured by the four rascals on b e a great pi e ce o f l uck for u s, woul dn't it?" said W ill. Presqu e I sle, who they were sure were thieves, till they were "Bet your lif e it wou l d said S am "We cou l d sail a way w r e cked o n t h a t I s l and In the hurricane. i n h e r and t hus r esc u e oun1elvcs a n d take the treasure away_ / "My g oo d n es s!" exc l a im e d S enorita Mercedes, "you ooys without any one getting a sigh t o f it." 'have bee n throug h a terribl e experience." The boy m o ved down t o the indentatio n a n d wat c h ed the l shoul d say s o nodde d Jack. "But I guess it hasn't hurt craft from that i1oin t. 'I u s any. We fee l h ealthier than e e r and I know hauling on "She's corn in g right fer this s pot, said Sam. rop e s has mad e me s tronge r I'll I could pitcl\ greai. ball I know, but just think what a narro w ope n i n g i t is fo r h e r if I w e .re back a t the A ca d e m y now. to hit fairl y enough t o slip i n past t h e r oll e rs, s a id Jack. I "Ah y o n pl a y baseball!" s h e criec!. "All boys do. I just O n call'e the little vesse l r ollin g and swinging to a n d fro. dote on the gume. W e r e I a boy I should be a ball pl a yer, and They cou l d eas il y i:ec her d3ck now, and there was n o t a soul I s h o u l d try t o e xce l at it." visible I You u nd e rstand Uie g a m e then?" That see me d to prove that s h e h a d none on b o :i.rd "Perfectly! I am wha t you c all a fan," she laughe d merrily This clos e r inspection deve lo pe d a n e w fact. "Sam here was the catcher of the academy ;.earn He and I The Yessel's canvas had not b ee n blown away, as t h e boy s w ere r e g arde d as the star battery, whlle W111 was the short-h ad n aturally s u ppos ed, b u t was snugl y furle d to t h e two sto p booms a n d at the b o ttom o f the jibs I The s i x castaw a y s were now on excellent terms. The little yac h t came straight f o r the break in t h e bel.lch S enorita Mercede s s eeme d to fancy Jack the b e s t S e norita: and, t o the great satisfaction o f the boys, ran into the op e n -Aurora took to Sam, and Senorita _>epita was quite Impressed ing and came t o a rest, bolt upr i g ht, wi t h he r jibboom b y W ill poi nting over the ou ter: line of shrubbery. The boy s learne d t h a t the y acht was fully p r o vision e d for the The b o y s immediate l y made a rus h for he r and c Jambere d intende d cruise, and the girls showed them the well-stocked o n board. I pantry. T h e c abin d o o r w a s shut. There w ere f o ur. staterooms, not very large, Jack, f o ll o we d b y his chums, advance d to s ee if h e could b u t eac h provide d with t w o berths and all mod ern c o no ; i en it. I ve n iences They wer e treated to a b ig su rprise. Op posite t h e p antq r was anothe r room In which the r e was a The d oo r was opened just a s they reache d i t and three pretty b unk used b y the steward and in which were kept a carpen girls, with o live complexions a n d e y es as b lack a s night, stood ter's c h ec k s spare canvas and various nautical articles of fra;ned in the op ening g e neral use. They lo oked pale di sheve led and frightene d. I The k i t chen was forward of the pantry, and the crew of "Save us! oh, save us! cri ed the foremos t g irl, in S panish,' t w o b e r t h e d In a room opposite to it. g azing at Jack 1 The store room was in the hold, entrance to which was had Jack raised his hat and advanced. through a tra p in t h e passa g e by means of a l a dder. Arc you young l a d ies the o n l y one s aboard this vessel?" 11 T h e cab in was c los e d off from the pantry, kitchen and. passh e asked. age by a d oor. "Ah Y o u s pe a k English!" e x c laimed t h e g irl. Y es ye s, 1 Altogethe r, the boy s thought 1t a fine l!ttle y a cht, and w e are the only on es on the y a cht. She be l ong s to m y father, they a dm i r e d the arrangements without stint. and we were p reparing t o g o on a cruis e I n her. We li ve on I the Islan d o f Great Inagua. W e girl s came on l.Joa rd yest e r day morning wi t h our things. My fathe r and mother were t o I CHAPTER XV. com(J later. The yacht w a s a nchored in the r i v e r oppo s ite o u r CONC LUSION. p lace. We have a crew o f three on e of whom sai l s t h e v esse l. The girl s s udden l y r ec oll ec t e d their unke m p t a p p earance, They v.:ci e all on shore at the h ouse w h e n sudde nly t h e gale and in s o me confusi o n d eclared tha t t hey m us t r eti r e to their came on us with o u t a n y warning. Jn some way t h e y aeht two state rooms : t o mak e thems e l ves prese n table broke l oose and we d ri fted d ow n the river in t o the litle b ay The bo ys bow e d, though t h ey remark e d that t h e young lad ies a:1d so out. to sea. S eve r a l persons put off i n boats to save us were attractive enoug h as t h ey s tood w h ic h c o mp liment Senbut the boats were u pset, and r fear on e or more of t h e m e n o rita l'iTercede s blushi n g l y traqslated to her c ompan ions, and were drowned. A ll n i ght we drifte d i n the storm, expecting b r ou ght. the ro se s t o their c h ee k s for the fir s t time s ince 'the t o founder every momen t but t h e yacht i s a staunc h o ne, with ya e h t lande d on the b e a c h. coppe r air-chambers in the h o l d, and s o s h e floa t e d l i ke a "What do yo u think o f them, Jack?" asked Sam, after the cor k and now, h c
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18 DRIVEN TO SCHOOL. and her pantry will furnish us with fir s t-class meals. We'll S e no rita M e r ce d e s expressed a curio sity to see the skeleton put our t reasure abo ard of h e r and whe n some v es se l co mes the ):Jo ys had en co u nter e d within hail we' ll get her p eople to pull u s oft', if it can be done. "We ll, I'll see if I c a n con n e c t the wire again s o that it will If not, they will report our pre dicament and a ste a m v essel work, r eplie d Jack. "We' ll go o ve r to the ro c k now if y ou will be sent to g e t us of!'. Oh w e' r e all right, don t y ou w orry say s o." A few d a y s more or less, with the soci e t y of those charmi n g T h e entire p a r ty wPnt and c lambered u p the rock to th e h ol e gi;ls to console us, won t matte r to u s W e are sure t o get, .Tac k got in at til e hol e n n d after n n o f t e n mi n u tes away s o me time in the near future said J a ck. rea ppear e d and wa s h e l pe d out. I think we'd better g e t rid of thes e clothes we'v e got o n : "Now l ook o u t, g irl s h e sai d .ium]Jin g o n t h e s l ab. and get into our r egular cloth es whi c h we brought ashore in I Ou t s ho t the skel e ton arms with t h e s kuU be h i nd i t. our bags, s aid S am. "The g irl s bnxe g on e toput a f e w frill s Se norita s Amora an d Pepita jumpecl and screame d and on for our b e n e fit, and I think it' s l4.P to us to return the mi ght have fa ll e n hut for the pro tec tiu g a rm s of S am aud compliment I don t fee l just right in thes e d uds, anyway Will. who thought this an exc e ll ent exc u se for e n circling the ir You felt al! right till we cam e upon the young ladi e s sl e n de r wa ists l a u g hed Jac k "Now you want to make a dude of yourself." I Se no r ita Mercedes was b rave r but, n e v ertheles s, was "What's the use of l ook i ng lik e c ommon sailors when we can s t artled. impro v e our app earance? Isn't that s o, Will?" I Wh e n J ac k go t off the s la b the s lrnl etou framework van" S urest thing you know, said Will. 1 i s h e d as b e fore A c c ordingly the boys l eft the stranded yacht and repaired "It's a won de r you was n"t frightene d to death, S enor .Ta c !{, t o the cave in the big rock where tliey h a d taken their bags wh e n tha t thing first j u mp e d at y o u r n ec k, sai d M e r ce d es. as soon as they saw the gale c omin g on. I "I'll admit that it gav e m e the shocli. of m y l i fe, h e r e -On their way back, looking like they did the day they left I pli e d Hurricane Island Academy, Sam asked Jack if they had b ette r H e worked the m echanis m se veral time s for : h e b e netlt or tel! t h e girls ab ou t the treasure: the g irl, w ho ce a se d to fe a r it afte r t h e fir s t ti m e "Why not?" replied Jack. We ve got to do it when we The party t he n r eturned to th y a ch t and put in he afte rs t a.rt t o put it a.board of t h e yacht, s o w e might as we ll aston-noon on the quarterd ec k t o gethe r is h them now as at any other time." E v ery d a y after that they e age rl y looke d for a s a il in tile '"When are we going to put it on the yacht?" offing Right a.way, s o as to have everything prepared to g o o!I Man y the y s aw out too far off to s igna1. when a ves s el turns up to our aid. One migh t show up to-J Tbe y w e r e l e ntly a stonis h e d I the m a t t e r . l'wo days l a t e r t h ey r ec e i ve d telegratns t o return to Clucago H e told t h em about their pl a n s for s hi ppmg i t on the \ The pas t was over l o o ke d and they w e re r ec e i v e d with open and Se n orita Mer ce d es a g r eed that t h e y ought t o lo s e uo t11ne 1 ms about the m atter. I ar D r P o n ti fax wa3 communicatecl with and u n de r t he cir-Acco r d i ngl y after breakfas t n ex t mornin g the !Joys took I cumstan ce s consente d to receive t h e m b a c k a hamm e r, some nail s and & sho ve l and, acc_ompamed by t!1e : Driven from scho ol w ith $340 they returne d with a l arge girls went to the p l ace .rh el'e the y h ad b u ri e d the gold, tne, fun d cf exp e r i e n ce and worth $10 0,0 0 0 eac h o f a l)irat e s buri e d thre e b ag s o f which they had a l!"eat.ly s hown the young ladies g old. While Sam began .to u n c over the money, J ac k and W ill lrn s 1 :\ext \\'l l 'li:4 i:4St :<' w ill contai n A BRIG H T BOY DRO KF.R; ied ? p enmg the_ bo xes t h e y hu.d brought from the OH Slll:.\Hl:'\U nn ; WALL L A MB8. caYe and d nm p rng out t h e i r con ten ts. l By n oon all the t1 ea.Eure h a d b ee n 1.Jo:-:etl and con ve y e d on gott e n unuer wa y a nd e a ten. SEND POSTAL FOR OUR F REE CATALOGUE.

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FAME AND F O RTUNE WEEKL Y 19 CURRENT NEWS A dozen or more horses belonging to Alfred G. Vanderbilt are now being prepared for shipment from Oakland Farm in Portsmonth to the owner's stables in London to ybc used by Mr. and Mrs. Venderbilt for their peri>onal car riages. The Franch aviator, Prevot, driving a monoplane, recently broke the record for with two passengers He reached a height of 2,200 metres, about 7,200 feet. Only a few days ago at Senlis, V crept, with two attained an altitude of 1,075 metres. Three Giant recruits t urned in their signed eontracts, Wednesday. Shortstop Groh, farmed out to the Bisons in 1911; Pitcher John Ferrell, of the Spartanburg (Va.) Club, and Eugene Paulet, the infielder who subbed a bit as _Fred l\Ierkle's understudy toward the end .past ca111paign, all fullfledged Giants. Ferrell is a tiighi2 hander who is highl y touted. q '-'" .. l3!J ,J John 11. Ward, pre3ident of the Boston Tuesday for the Hub, where he will confer with ger, Johnny Kling. Ward is chairman o f t h e National League Rules Committee, and while in Beantown will ar range for a meeting of the Joint Rules Committee. Um pire Tom Connolly, who hibernates in Boston, is chairman of American League Committee. Gertrude Somers, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs Wilfred Somers, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was an unhappy little girl when she arrived here alone on the Oceana, Monday. She had started from Bermuda with her St. Bernard dog, Wolf, ancl Wolf had tumbled o verboard while engaged in tossing crackers off his nose and was mil es astern before Gertrude could dry her tears and tell the officers what had happened Roused in his sleep at night by intense pai n caused by aeute indigestion, T. P. S1rnn, road commissioner at Mitl dlebourn, W. Va., recently swallowed three shoe buttons, mistaking them for pill s After taking the supposed pills the pain 'rare ofT. Swan went back to bed and was not bothered 1riLh the pain again lmtil morning. He went to 1.ake a secom1
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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. ,., BILL Yt THE BROKER'S BOY \ OR, THE WIRE TAPPERS OF WALL STREET .. By HORACE APPLETON CHAPTER VII. (con tinued) i s all o ver Stay with me for a day or two, anyhow. I "H.ow did you know?" demanded Billy, suspiciously want your help." "Oh, I found out. No matter how. Am I right or "I ought to see Mr. Silverman," said Billy, doubtfully. wrong?" "Don't you do it. Don't show yourself," replied the You're right." 1 detective. "It may be as much as your life is worth. What '"Yo' u were a prisoner in that house?" we want now is to see the inside of that switch room. I "I \Vas. r escaped." must do it somehow, and you must help me. Do you sup" Ancl saved me the trouble of re scuing you-that's what pose that fellow is still asleep?" I can1e out here to do." "More than I can tell you, Mr. Price. I'm ready for n 'l'he detective's manner was so reassuring, that little by business, though. I'm willing to do anything you say."little ick Price drew the whole story out. the way to talk, we've got to hustle. Of course All but the remarkable corrimunication Billy had re'risk about it. Say, you have no idea where that of-'= cei \ :ed over the telephone wire. fice was9fh New York where you met the girl?" This Billy concluded to keep to himself. l ."Not the faintest. I don't think it was in the "If I'm really heir to a big fortune and these fellows captured me, though." went to 1nit me out of the way on that account, I better 1 "Neither do L Come, let's slide out and get over by: look sharp who I talk to," he thought. So he listened the toll house. Ten minutes in that room might tell riiE? when gaw him a pretty broad hint as to what he more than I could find out in a month of Sundays in any 1 had hea id and kept a close mouth as to what he knew himother way." self. Billy's enthusiasm was pretty well aroused by this time. i Pethaps it would have been better to have sp oken out He thought Nick Price a splendid fellow, and being tlfer: friii1kly; bnt Billy didn't think so, and so held his tongue. oughly tired of the treatment that he had received at 1:lrodnccu his bunch of skeleton keys and started Broker Silverman's, it is no wonder that he was willing to open the boathouse, rn that they might dry their clothes. to tie to the detective A goJd rub -down with coarse towels found in the lockThen there was that startling which he ha'U an ,cl tbc dry unaerclothes macle them both feel better. received over the wire. '13'y the time this was finished Nick knew that he had "Am I really heir to a big fortune?" thought the boy, l ocated th<' headquarters of the wire tappers. In the un-as he followed Nick out of the boathouse. c ertain light, h e had s t udied the situation the best he So far as his story was concerned, Billy, the brokers cotlld. boy, might have been anybody's son and heir to twenty 11he great sYstem of telegraph wires between New York fortunes, for he knew n ext to nothing about himself. arid Ne .\Tark pas$eu before the toll house, and there were "By ,Tove, we are in luck!" breathed Nick, as thev were se>cral conncctiJ 1 g "ires running into the room where Billy about to step on the bridge "There goes that big "fellow hau seen the rnitchboard now!" "Of cours e there's a I inernan in the deal and probably It was Big Matt Bray with his face all tied up. an inspcrtor. too,'" thought Nick. "If it so this A street car was approaching the old toll house, and the coitlcl neYer be." j detective and Billy watched him while he boarded it. He began to qncst ion Billy again; he made him tell all In a moment Big Matt was being whirled away toward .. c1etail3 of what had happened in Mr. Silverman's ofJersey City. fice that afternoon, and then be made him go over his own "Why don't you arrest him?" asked Billy. adve,ntures again. "Pshaw! That would spoil the whole business," replied "W'e are ri!?;ht on the trail of these fe1lows now, my the detective. "Y.le want to catch them red-handed, Billy We want to know all they know before we make a move. boy,"'J1e said at lad, "and i f we work our cards right, I i.: k 1 1 l N ow's our time to get into that operati11Q" room You Just tu,ip.: we ought to Je a J e to iand them. Maybe you don't follow me." know that there's a big re,rnr
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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. "Haven't the faintest idea," replied Nick, coolly. "I The opium fiend lay stretched upon the lounge in a deep never worry my head about anything like that." sleep .. "But-" A telegraph instrument upon the operating table waa "Oh, come now, Billy, there's no buts about it. I'm tickin g and the light turned down low, shed a :fitful glare one of the kind that just takes everything as it comes about the room. First of all I'm going to make a survey of the "HuhJ: I d_uplicate you all right, my mUT I suppose that's your room up there where that hght is mured Nick, bendmg over the sleeper and ta:king a hasty burning." survey of his face "I suppose it is. The wires go in at that window all Then Billy, watching, saw some good detective work. right." Rolling the sleeper over, Nick managed to pull off his "Sharp! You observe everything Great thing to be I coat without disturbing him. He put it on, throwing bis able to observe." own wet coat into a closet. Then he c l ap ped on an old I don't go around with my eyes shut." straw hat without a crown, which lay on t he table, and "Right! Let's see how we are going to get in there this accomplished, he pulled out his pa.int box and a black Can you climb?" wig ancl went to work on his face. "\' "This fence?" It was really wonderful. Inside of three or four min"Yes." utes the detective had so transformed himself that "Of course." a very passable resemblance to the operator, who happenell ''Over with you, then Of course you will make all the to .be about his size. noise you can, and being a broker's boy, you ought to be l This accomplished, while Bil1y was watching him adable to make a lot of it." :t D "n miringly, he picked up the sleeper and carri.ed him bodily Thus saying, Nick sprang up, caught the to:wJ w pie into the room which had been Billy's prison. and slung himself over. .f:frr a "Stay and watch him!" be whispered. "Here, take this It was really wonderful to see how noiselessly rfie2p,i,a:q:,1 ; revolver in case you have trouble I've got another. Quick! aged it. -Lt T.he telephone bell is ringing-we are going t o have mu sic Billy tried his best to imitate him, and ,in a moment unless I greatly mistake." on a narrow bit of planking behind the toll house,r, There l He flew back along the passage to the operating room,. .. were old barrels and empty beer kegs and other o dds and leaving Billy to watch the sleepe r and not a moment toq ends there. So was the broken window through which soon did he reach the 'phone, for almost at the same in. Nick Price had passed. I stant a heavy footstep was heard coming al ong the !'Huh!" breathed the detective; "if 1 had struck on and Billy, pe ering through the open door, saw to his horror, those kegs instead of going clear of them I would have the man Corney going into the operating room. He held broken my back to a dead certainty. I seem to be in luck his breath, expecting trouble; but he little knew the reall around to-night." I sources of Nick Price, the detective-nor did he know the The w,ords were almost ina udibl e and Nick as he spoke I sty le of man Corney was as was afterwards proved. through the broken panes. Nick heard Corney coming, too, and suspecting what All was dark in the barroom. Perhaps Corney had gone was up, was all re ady for him to bed, perh a p s he was upstairs in the switch room or even I He had the receiver pressed against his ear and his watching them then and ready to pounce upon them. It n1outh to the 'phone, and was calling out: must be confe ssed that Billy felt rather nervous as the de"Hello! Hello!" tective put his hand in through the broken sash, and turn"Be gollys, and 'you're there, are you, professor?" cried ing the fastening, raised the window and stepped inside. Corney "So you've waked up at last I" He held up his hand to Bill y to follow, and the boy saw "Don't bother me! Don't you see I'm getting something that there was a revolver in it. over the 'phone?" the detective growled. : Billy's heart beat wildly as they stole into the barroom, "Ugly, is it ye are?" retorted Corney. "Well, it's alwhere the broken bottles and burned floor all wet down ways so when the dope is in you. Sure, the was here with the water which had been thrown upon it gave evito-night, and we've bad a divil .of a time. You'll get the d ence to what had occurred. grand bounce, so you will, professor, if you don't keep "No one here," breathed Nick. "Say, Billy, this is ready for business. Howsoever, that's no business bully. Show us the way upstairs." if I've not got to watch the 'phone I'm off to bed." "But suppose that fellow jumps on us?" "Go to blazes," gro wled Nick, "and let me get thfl "Then we'll fight, that's a-11. Don't you fret, I'm ready sage." fo r any e mergency Lead on-or, stay! You don't kno w He spoke in a thick, mumbling way, like a man anything more about it than I do. Follow me." was half asleep. Opening the side door Nick slipped upstairs, and Billy It was a most admirable bit of impersonation on abort followed. They had to grope their way through the dark notice, and completely deceived Corney, who turned i.nd hall and it was ticklish business, the more so because they left the room, growling as be went '.' could now hear some one moving about in the back Nick waited only to see him go and then called ont: The door of the operating room was ajar, and they slipped "Yes, I am here. What do you want?" > in, Nick taking a careful look first. "I want to get Big Matt. Must have him right awa1 He saw that the situation had not changed since Billy now. Is he there?" came the answer on the phont. left there,. J..To be continued)_

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f F .A.ME .A.ND FORTUNE WEEKLY. FACTS WORTH READING TIRED OF SCHOOL, FIRED IT. Two small boys, who didn't want to _go to school and
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! FAl\IE AND FORTUNE WEEKLY GRJT AND GOLD OR WORKING F O R A FORTUNE By AL EX A N D E R AR M S T RONG CHAP'l'ER XIX. (continued) A murmur went through the crowd. All eyes were upon O'Hare. He was a potential character in Golconda, for, as he declared, the company stood back of him. Bob and Tony shot glances of gratitude. toward him Bu.t if he saw them he took no heed. His keen eye was unon the crowd. Dunn and Dane stood quivering with fury and hatred. Th,e reason for their attitlilde, as they well knew was known ta O'Hare. "I kin prove what I say," reiterated O'Hare, lrig-idly "These g ents won't be hung to-day They are mini:h-g o:n their own land an' Dunn an' Dane know it, and that0the;yl themselves are cribbi 'n' an' that's why they wanMr hari'g the tenderfoot gents Now do ye understand?" '(.r"r i '('Thet's a lie!" roarel both villains. O'Hare's hand stole toward his pistol. His face was white with anger, but he controlled himself. "Look out how you give me the lie, Jim Dunn," he said, in an icy voice. "I'm not the kind to fool with. we'll prove what I say. These gents have the deed of claim You have the deed of yours, which is bogus, an' ain't wuth the paper it's written on. Now, sheriff, arrest them two pups I'll pledge my life ter prove it in a court of justice The tables were turned. The Western heart is a ll im pulse. The revulsion of feeling was instant ancl sweep ing. All eyes were upon Dane & Dunn. "Is thet the truth, O'Hare?"' asked Sheriff Brisco. "Will you sw'ar to that?" "By all thet's holy,'' declared O'Hare "I'll pledge my life "Give us fair p l ay," cried Tony. "That's a ll we want, gents." "You'll git it," shouted the cr;:nvd "Hang the others!" "It's a black job!" Dane and Dunn w e re ghastly pale In vain they made prote s t. 'l'hey were put under arrest. "Holli 'cm han], Brisco," declared O'Hare. "We'll have Jim Hayes make the survey to morrow an' if what J say ain't right you ('an hang me." The crowd cheered and then all repaired to the tavern, wheTe O'Hare treated all t0 whisky Dane and Dunn weTe held unde1 arrest by Bri sco. Then O'Hare came anxiously to Bob and Tony. "Yer deed's a ll right, is it?" he asked ''I've b ee n p u t up a big bluff an' they'll hang me if it ain' t all &traight. C HAPTER X X .A PLEAS.ANT SURPRISE. "The deed is all right, M r O H a r e,'' dec l are d Bob. "Oh, they shall not harm you i f we a re beaten. You cannot know how grateful we a r e "Oh, thct's all right," declared O'Har e "Bu t I w arned ye to look out fer sharks. Ye see them felle r s have b een workin' your claim. If they cu d hev worked t hei r bluff an' got ye hung they'd have had the whole thin g See?" "They are villains," declared Bob I can see now my folly in not hav ing my claim properly surveyed and staked." "Well, hev it done at once. Jim H ayes is an h o nest fellow.'r "I will." So the next day mrnmg ope r ations were suspended while Hayes macle the survey. It proved as O'Hare had suspected. D ane & Dunn's clilim was bogus nncl they had really been mining upon the land of those they aecused. Public sentiment ran high when this was known. Mor e over, the miners all began to look upon Bob as a power in their midst, for the pos s ession of three tho usan d a cres in that particular locality made a veritab l e gold king of him The mob wanted to lynch Dane and D unn at once "No," he said to O'Hare and Brisco I cou l d n o t think of it. I do not want to take human life Let t h em go "But-they may work their revenge u pon you," said the sheriff "They are a couple of bad men "I'll ri s k it," said Bob, bravely. I d on' t wan t their l ives This unusua l decision surprised the denizens of G olconda. J3u t it had an i mmense effec t upo n thEJm. They were disposed to regard it as generosity, ancl with miners a s with sailors, the m an of spirit and a free heart i s always their choice. So Bob became popu l ar The boundar i es of the claim were now fully established: There was nothing now to hinder B o b and Tony from re s uming their work and they d i d so. Day by day they developed t h e claim. W i t h eve r y load of quartz cartecl to the stamp m ill a han dsome retu rn was rendered and they were enabled t o add to thei r stock of tool s Finall y B o b was abl e to emp loy m i ners and wa s oblig e d to give u p us ing the pick and sho v el himself and be c ome overaeer,

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24 FAME ANJ! FORTUNE WEEKLY. The wealth of the Clifford IIIine, as Bob called '.it, was I "I came h er e in response to a call from the directors," immense. Fre!"h of quartz showe d fabulous richI said Mr. Brown. ness. "Are you, then, one of the Golconda Company?" asked Promin ent men came from the region abont to inspect Bob. the new find. Bob's name "\vent the leugth and br eadth I am the presid ent." of Colorado. Bob was more than surprised. He had never dreamed Capita li sts made him princely offers, but h e refused of this. the m all. "The president of the Golconda Company!" he ex"'I do not care for partnership he said simp ly. "I claimed. "I never i m agined that." prefer to go along on my own hook." I '.'Yes, and I never supposed that you_ we:e the "Very eccentric fellow the capitalists thought, but, Clifford who had ma.de such a lu?ky strike m these hllls. thi s was Bob's principle and he hung to it. I Why, Bob, you are hkely to be rich e r than any of us." 'I, d t d t f tl The t a lnp "I hardly think that," said Bob, modestly. "I do not ony was ma e superm en en o rn m me. r 1 aspire to great wealth. A competence 1s enough for me." had been compl etely made over mto a new man. I "W ll I d t 1 th b' t th. C l 'f N b d l l h d l tl 1 b I l d e pre ic you rnve e 1 gges mg ID a I orma J: o o y wou c ave re cogmze um as 1e 10 ow 10 1a I th" ,, d 1 d 1\1 B "If 1 in barns and lived on what he could beg and bor. 'thecGarle d r. rown.,, you Wl on Y con' so i a e w1 o con a now--row for so many years. "C 't d t 1, d B b d 1 an o I sa1 o ec1s1vc y. "Some day," he said, I go back to my old "Eh?" exclaimed the astonished millionaire. "What i will then square myself with those who wronged me. Indeed it looked like happy days and prosperity for the two wanderers. Day after day the Clifford Mine developed. Then one day Bob received a princely offer from the Golconda Company. The dir ectors were to meet at Gol conda and Bob consented to meet them, though he did not intend to ally himself with them. A great surprise was in store for him. As he entere d the mine office he foun d himself in the pres ence of a dozen or more well dressed gentlemen But among them was one who started up with a great cry "What is this? Can I believe my eyes? I s it Bob Clif ford?" Bob gazed at the speaker with amazement. He recog nized him instantl y as Ca rleton Brown ; t:ije millionaire. who, with Alice Brown, his daughter, h e and Tony had rescued from the sinking yacht so many months before. "Mr. Brown," cried Bob, with el\ger surprise. "Is it you?" "Then you have not forgotten me, my boy?" said the millionaire, warmly. "But you did not expect to meet me here?" "Indeed I did not," replied Bob. "I suppose Miss Alice are your objections?" "Well, I prefer to stand alone." "In union lies strength." "I admit tha t but there is a lack of independence."':Mr. Brown whistled slowly. "Well, well!" he exclaimed "What latter day philosopher have we here? On my word, I admire your prin ciple, though I am an xi ou s that yc5u should associate your self with us." "I fear that I cannot," declared Bob. "Do not deem me ungrateful, Mr. Brown. It i s simp ly my idea, that's all." "That's all right, my boy. It's your privilege. You certainly do not need to associate yourself with anybody. I shall wish you all success fust the same, but, come, they are calling the meeting t o order." The chairman had be gun the ro.11 call and the trans action of business by the directors was already under way. CHAPTER XXL i s well?" .A. :BIG DEAL. "She i s here with me. I n_ot keep her from con: The _obAcct. of the meeting of the Golconda_ Compan y but sh_e. r eally likes the wild life and declares she i;; I w_as qmckly It was to the Clifford gomg t o v1Slt the Golconda shaft. She often speaks of d1cate, as Bob's mme was called, an mducement to JOlII you and we have both wondered if we would ever see forces with Golconda you again. Fate has answered our prayer." "I am empow ered to offer y ou these terms," said the B
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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. F R O M ALL POINTS With the thermometer registering 28 degrees below zero Carl Faulkenberg, a seventeen-year-old fugitive from the Minnesota State Industrial School at Red Wing, Minn. Olf Wedn esday rode seventy-five miles on the pilot of a lo omotive and was nearly frozen to death. He is now in a Chicago hospital. Faulkenberg' s hands, feet and ears wer e rozen, bis eyes were closed and he is in a serious condition rom exposure Passenge rs on the train took up a collec tion for him. Joseph O Brien, secretary of the New York Baseb all Club, received the signed cont ract recently of George J. urns. Burns is an outfi elde r. He played a few games ;\\ith the Giants last fall, and John McGraw says he "made ood." U ntil B'.l.rns joined the Giants he played with the tic club. While playing there "Sadie" McMahon, on e of the Giants scouts, saw him and recommended him t o McGraw. Burns has a good batting record and McGraw believes he will materially strengthen his batting staff Horrible atrocities wer.e committed by the tribes in Por tuguese Africa during a rising of the natives there lately, according to a dispatch received from Argola by the Seculo. A number of Porh1guese officials who were captured by theiri. were burned alive. The rebellion occurrtld in the of Muxirna, and the native s captured all the whit e men who crossed their path. Some of were immedi ately burned at the stake, while others had their lips severed and. their eyes pulled out of their sockets before they wer e thrown into the flames. P.Jaygrounds are now b eing fitted up for the exclusive use of the girls in the Bo sto n public schools. Jt is planned o give them regular athletics in the same way as boys. Outdoor games and gymnastics will be taught and in structors will be engaged for systematic training. It is f elt by the Boston school offic ials that the girls are even more in need of athletics than the boys in the schools. The girls are enthusia s tic for the plan. All will be compelled to subit to a medical examination, and on this the exercise to be taken by each child wi11 be regulated Hecently, while coasting on Cabinet street, Newark, 'illiam Ryan, t"elve years old, was killed. His s l ed car r ied him under a Berge n street trolley car. With Jerome Latham. fonrteen years old, of 44 Hunterdon str eet, young Ryan bad been coasting for several hours When Latham aw the sletl headed for the trollev car he hurled himself if. He escaped without a A second coasting a c ident happened in Tarrytown the same day, when Mildred R ecently, while traveli n g for thirteen m iles without a guiding hand, during which time it s witched from one road io another, NoTthern Pacific Engine No 23-:1-7 came to a stop at Cedar Station, Iowa, without harm to itself or other trains. 'rhe engine started in some manner a t Northern Junction and, rushing northward, hit the switch ten miles further, where it was thr own over to the G r eat Northern tracks, upon which it proceeded Soon afte r th e runaway started, another engine was manned and the chase began, but the pursuers kept lo tl1e Northern Pucific tracks, not thinking the engine c ould have changed road s Shortl y afie rward w01d was received that the engine had stopped at Cedar Station, three miles out on the Great Northern lin e Haihray officials declare it extraordinary that there was no acc ident as the traffic on each lin e al that time of day u s ually i s heavy. How to spend $250,000 in charity i s a that i s now to o much for Charles Purcell. He is a malt deale r and execu tor of the will of his s i ste r-in-law,,)Irs. Mary B. Purcell. She died in Los Angeles in 1911, l e aYing $250, 000 io relatiYes and $250,000 to charity. "I'm abs o l u tel y at sea as to what I should do with the money," sig h e d P u r ce!!. "I never hesitated at a duty as I do at this on e. I wi s h I co:tld. get ou t of hanclling the money. M:y s i ste r in-law h erself was at a lo ss as to how best to spend,.it. She desired to aid charity, but didn't know where to begiii It's a bigger task than I care to assume, but l mnst. I tried handing out money to the poor on Christmas, but got rid of only $6,000. At that I work e d hard for ::i month. I guePs I'll ha,e to build a home for abandoned infants. That look s as if I might get rid of $100,000. It a ll means hard \\'Ork that must be done outside my bu s inesa." the five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brooks, ran into a delivery wagon and fell under the horse s feet. Physirians said no bones were broken, but she was b2dl y bruised and her c ondition was critical. Owing to the dangerous conditions the tnistees talk of stopping c oast ing except on one or tlrn streets, which will be under police protection. Stepping on an ice-coated tie on the railroad trestl e that spa n s Spuyten D'uyvil creek where it empties into the Hud son River, John Gerber, eleven years old, of Inwood av e nue, the Bronx, slipped and fell. He d r opped throu g h t he trestle. His companion, William Shaw, ten years ol d grabbed to save him, and he also los t h is footing and shot down between the timbers. Harry Se i xas, of 372 St. Ann's avenue, commodore of the Third District Life Saving Se r rice of the City of New York, h e ard their cri es. Seix as jt1mped from the trestle, which i s eigh t feet above the su 1 face of the stream, and landed in t h e middle of the cak e of i ce, which split in two and sent t h e boys an d the man into the water. Seixas rose immed i ate l y, and the next in when Gerber appeared, he grabbed him an d pl anted the boy on another i ce floe. He did t h e same wit h Shaw. Treading the water, Seixas pushed t hem to the sh e e t o f solid ice that extended for thirty feet from the ba n k of the c reek. The boys, while drying their clothing in a n e arby foundry, said they had been picking up coa l a n d were carrying a bag of fuel between them when the acciden t oc curred. They went to their homes n one the w o rse for their .xperience.

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26 FAME AN D FORTUNE WEEKLY Fame a n d Fo r tune Weekly The world's record for butter production in a single year, held so long by Colanitia, a Wiscon sin Holstein cow, bas just been broken by Clothilde, 2d, an Eastern cow of the same breed. The new champion has just completed her r-------------------------i year's te st, and, according to the official figures, produced TERMS T 0 SUBSCRIBERS in 365 days 1,277 pounds of butter from 25,000 pounds of NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 16, 1912. Sln:i le Co p ie s ........ ... .. ............... One Copy Three l\lon ths ... -- One Copy Six Montb1 ... ------011e C opy O n e Y ear ..... ---" -P o.stage Fre e .05 Cents .65 Cents $ 1 .25 $2.50 H O W TO SEN D M O N EY-At our risk send P. 0. Money O:iler, Check, o r H.egistered Letter: r emittances in nny other wny nre nL We nccept Pos1;ago 8tnmpa the samo ns cas h. When sending silver wrap t h e Coin in a separate pie c e ot paper to a1v:cid. ontt111g t h o envel o pe. }V1ite your name a n d address pla'ilil1J. ddnss letters to N. HABTISG8, 1're(Ulnre r 8utCLAIR Tovnri:y, & OD.J.1 E. KTL.llfDXR,Socretary Prank Tous e y Publish e r 16 8 West 23d St., N. Y. ITEl\'\S OF C U R RENT NEW S E. Walter l\Iaunder, F. R. S. A., is now of the opinion that the theory of life on Mars is untenable, as the tem perature on that planet often reaches absolute zero "Venus is possibly inhabited,'' says Mr. Maunder, "for, though it receives twice as n1uch light and heat from the sun as does the earth, it is possible that the immense amount of vapor 'rith which its atmo s pheres is filled might make a sufficient screen to preserve a temperature low enough to make life p ossible." 'rwenty-six JI.fores wer e killed recently while they were attempting to ambush a body of American troops on the !sla nd of J olo. Lieutenant McGee, of the 2d Cavalry, was shot twice and one American soldier was wounded. Briga die rGeneral John J. Pershing, commander of the Depart ment of Mindanao, this fight would end the armed opposition of the Moros to American rule in the Island of. J olo. The band of Moros that lay in ambush for the Amer ican troops on this occasion comprised, he said, the last of the mal contents. Engl and is now fac ing the problem that if it takes 35,000 troops almost three weeks to carry out an over sea attack, with no o pposition whatever, how long would 200,000, or even 70, 000, take in the face of some very dan gerous opp o sition, even if the bulk of the defending fleet is out of t h e way? Our coa stal torpedo flotillas are always on t he spot. As far as t h e events of this (Italian) war afford an indication, we shou l d incur no undue risk if we dis patched o u r battl e fleets t o the Cape of Good Hope or In dian O cean, excep t to our trade routes near home waters. Annie S h ock, thir ty years old, of 250 Ferry street, Wood haven, Queens, is in a serious condition in St. Mary's Hos pital, Jamaica, L. I., s ufi ering from a possible fracture of the skull, a broke n l eft shoulder and many cuts on her head She walked o u t of a thir d story window early Mon day morning. T h e young woman was employed since last Saturday as a maid i n the home of Clarence Donnelly, at 42 O rchard avenue, Richmond Hill. Notwithstanding her i njuries, M iss Shock tried to crawl back to the house Inste ad, she e n tere d the home of Mrs E li zabeth Henry, at 44 Or c h ard a v enue. milk It takes an exceptionally good cow to make 106 pounds of butter in a month, cren in full flow, but here is a cow that has averaged that amount for twelve months in succession I When Charles Koch, trapper, of New Rochelle, visited hi s traps last Thursday he found his black-and-tan terrier, Probar, strung up by one hincl l eg in a noose to a sapling which had been used as a mink trap and holding a laTge mink by the tail. The dog was bleeding from wounds inflicted by the mink's claws and teeth Both Probar and the mink, which measures thirty-six inches, were nearly ex hau s ted Caught in other traps were three smaller mink that it is supposed had been attrnctcd by the fight between dog and mink and had gone to help their comrade. Pro bar, who had accompanied his ma ste r from his home, 7 Or chard street, every day for nine years, had preceded him to the traps and caught the largest mink seen near New Rochelle in several years JOKES JESTS. Hi J nmp -.At Harvard you can be absent all yon please. Hammer T hrower -That's what I call a liberal education. "Ma, what is an angel?" "An angel 1s one that flies "Why, Pa says my governess is an angel.''. "Y cs, and she's going to fly, too." Professional Wanderer-Sonny, is this here town one o' them local option towns? Boy-Yes, sir; I guess so, sir You can get it either at the drug s tore or the grocery. "How sad that man l ooks!" said UrR. Smith. "Poor fellow l He has no doubt loved ancl lost "More likely," answered JI.Ir. Smith, saTcastically, "he's loYed a:ttd got her Jealou s H e-'What makes his lips s weeter than mine? She-Chocolate_ Jealous He--Hnh H e's mean-he cats it all himself. She-Possibly. But I get the flaYor when he kisses me l Teacher-And what do you suppose all the animals did during those forty clays in the Ark? First Pupil-Oh, I suppose they just s f ood around and scratched themsehes. Second Pupil-How could they do that, teacher-there were only two fleas in the Ark? Elsie is, s ix yearB old. ":Jlaiflma," she ask e d one day, "if I get marri e d will I haYe to ha..-c a husband like pa?" "Yes," r e plied the mother, with an amusetl s mile "Anrl if I clon"t get married, will I haYe to be an old mairl like Aunt Mary?" "Yes." "Mamma"-aftcr a pause-"it's a tough world for UI women, &in t it P .11

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' FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. CRIMINALS OUTWIT DETECTIVES. By Horace Appleton J Sherlock Holmes constantly insisted that nothing in a room where a crime had been committed should be touched, and this appears to be a good rule, judging : from a mistake made by an intelligent police officer in Ireland. This policema n was placed in charge of'a r oom in which a murder had been committed to see that nothing was dis turbed until his superior officers arrived. He ound the ,,. . time passed slowl y amid such melancholy surrouitdings Il:i.any of the nustakes of detectives are those of mistaken c1 d d t 1 h' lf 'th e I1 n identity. Some time ago a man belonging to one of the an e 0 con s o e imse wi a P1P '. :e, i a b t l d 1th t f il' th t a candle which he found on the mantelpiece, and findmg a es tlmown a n dwead ies ics itn 1 e co1un ry ':, s cruh1pled -up piece of paper on the floor ha used that for grea y surpnsc an more lil ignan Wien le was ar]' l f h' rested by a detective who thot1ght he had cnr t ured a igAi mlg is pipfe. 'd th t h' ld b. t t h' 1 l d f 1 ) f s ie was a rai a is supenors wou o Jee o is crimma w io recently had escape rorn pnson. ro use 1 h'l d t h d th d d t l t h f tl t d tl smo nng w 1 e on u y, e opene e wm ow m or er o exp an.a ions on t e pa1t o 1e cap ure man, say ie \ 1 t t th ll f th t b d d to th Ch 1 e ou e sme o e o acco an m or er see ero. icago 'I ribnne, were followed by equally profuse apo o. h th h d th t h ld t h' t th f d h h d t w en ey approac e s o a e cou pu is pipe ou gws on e part 0 the etect1ve, so t at t c lilCl en t' It d' d 1 t th t a liti th 1 c1 'th -1 h 1 m ime. was iscovere a er a in in u 0.ng in e c 9se w1 out 1 1 will on e1t er sic e. t 1 f f "t b h d t d mnocen p ensure o a pipe o o accy e es roye A wit1h a rr:orc _tragic three of the most important clues. land m 181_9. '!he mistake arose m connection with tLe Th' e length of the candle which he had lighted would fart1ous Edlmgham burglary, when two men were brought have indicated the time when the murder had been com the N cwcastle assizes charged with_ the. robbing of mittetl, the paper with which he had lighted his pipe, vicarage. It_ appears that when the mterrupte d judging from the charred rema i ns, had been left there by lns unwekome VJSitors they had shot at lum so that the the murderer himself and the policeman had forlTotten charge of attempted murder was added to that _of burI whether he had the window locked or unlocked glary. two mer:, Brannaghan Murphy, who were 1 when he opened it to let out the smell of smoke. Fur ,_vith the cnme, wer? convICted and to thermore, the keen-nosed detective who was put on the life nnprisomuent, as the evidence seemed to be convmccase smelled the odor of the tobacco smoke and not knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt 'l'hen two other men Iinowhence it orio-inated spent a lot of time in conf essed that they aloDD were guilty of the robbery. tr;cing it down 0 Supt. Butcher, one of the most astute detectives ScotThe fear that they are wasting time over trifles or lanJ Yard evcl possess ed, was sent down to investigate being made the victims of jokes often leads the police the mystery. The chief of the local police, who had been I to err on the other side. in of the investigation at t he time of the robbery, Some years ao-o one of the most cruel murderers ever had died meanwhile, but some of the subordinates who, known almost because two policemen refuse d to had assisted him wen! 1 on it being j investigate charges of whose truth they were in doubt. A. they had concocted ev1c1en_ce wilfully, upon 1 man running along behind a cab came up to two polic1ev1dence the two men were convICted. After a long trial! men and gasped out that a murderer was riding in th. the jury found them innocent of wilfully manufacturing cab with the remains of his victim. evidence, bnt the _Judge i1'. l1p pointed out that j Out of breath from his exertion and too excited for a there had been grievous mistakes m Judgment on the part. connected story, the police officers were inclined to think of the police \ the man either crazy or drunk, and therefore turned & De Tourville, one of the most terrible of the European deaf ea r to his allegations If the pursuer had not per crin1inals, e s caped punishment for a long time because : sisted in following the cab and had not met later o n a leu of the mistake of a detectiYe 'l'he death of a woman at 1 s ceptical officer tho remains of the murdered pers on might Scarborough by whnt De TourYillc clc!clared was the achave been placed in a safe hiding place and the murderer cidental discharge of a revolver was imcstigated by a del1avc gone unuiscoveretl. tective from London, but so frank and open appeared the Detectives may arrest the wrong person s ometimes, but conduct of the great crimina l and so flourishing m s his 1 more often they allow a criminal to g o free for fear of hold nppearance that the onl.cer was misled and reported that 1 ing an inno c ent man he was coll"linced that the affair was an accitlent. 1 I Charlie Peace, the noted English criminal, u sed to lo:ugh When a few years later the death of the wife of De I over th? number of times he a watchful.police 'l'ourville was beino-investio-atcd-he murdered her lw I man 1nth a cheery "Go0d mght" :without arousmg hia hurling her oYer a precipice in. the Alps-the body of I s u spicion Charlie s frock c?at and silk hat a nd hie! apwoma who had died at Sc&rborouo-h was exhumed ancl parent knowledge of the neighborhood lulled to rest any e:.\'.amihed. !t was found that, far'' from killing herself, suspicion that the officer might have at seeing him out at by accident, she had been mmdered by some one ,rho had s u c h a strange hour. shot her in the back, so that a slight examination would One summer afternoon an exceptionally dressed have established the fact The mi s take of the detective stranger was seen to enter the front gate of a house i;n,. a at the tii;ne of the Scarborough crime had terrible results, wealthy neighborhood. He walked to the door and tried for in the time D'e Tourville "\las allq1req to go free he 1 to open it with_ a key. As he ?ould_ not do so. he went commit ted two more murders j around to a wmdow and pushmg it open olimbed ill

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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. through it. It was a suspicious proceeding, but as the 1 high grass This i s not only a hindrance in itself, but con man was dressed in the height of fashion the officer on ceals innumerable holes, made by ground hogs and moles, the beat thought that it was the owner of the house, who, that are a constant menace to life and limb. Yet, on a having forgotten his key, had us e d the window as his clear day in the bracing South American climate, with means of entrance. However, the officer thought it best plenty of game speeding b efor e you over a country with 'Eo watch the place for a while to s ee if anything out of an undulation like the ocean, no more exhilarating sport ,?. ay might occur. I than the chase of the South American ostrich could be A time later, emerging from the front door, the asked for. The most hunt is that followed by the stranger stopped as if some had spoken tq him from Indians or Gauchos. They use the "bolas," or balls, three ; within, and, saying: "Yes, Bess, I have my key this time," 1 pieces of stone, lead or heavy hard wood, made round, an, d he lifted his hat and walked s l owly away. Some hours covered with rawhide. These balls are attached to thongs later when the real owner of the house returned the poI of the same material, which are joined together in the !iceman learned that his first suspicions had been correct, center When all is ready the Indians mount their horses for the well dressed stranger had walked off with the and approach the game in a large semi-circle, riding against jewelry and everything of value that he could lay his kid the wind, for the ostrich is keen of scent, and once he sus7 gloved hands upon. I pe c ts the presence of a man is off like lightning. Although the detectives of Paris are known the world When birds are sighted the riders swing the bolas around over for their excellent work, the French officials of the their heads with great rapidity, their horses all the while smaller s?metimes make ludicrous mistakes. I going at full and range hurl 'l'he police m a small seaport town of France were game, .entanglmg its legs, wrngs or neck, and tnppmg it, a.roused to action a short time ago by a communication, or stunning it if hit on the head or any sensitive spot .from headquarters. A batch of six photographs was en-i It is wonderful to see the natives rise in their saddles closed in the communication, with instructions that the when at full speed, swing the balls and hit the mark, -0riginal of them was hiding in their locality, and was Ur"' sometimes at a distance of eighty yards. If one bird is =gently wanted. Of course, alL of the six pictures were brought down the rest seem to become panic-stricken, and, th?64' al one man taken from di fferent points of view, ac1 instead of escaping, remain near their fallen companion cording to the Paris system. In this case a score of them may be killed on one spot. The Paris authorities were a stounded a few days later .To the man who loves hunting for the sake of the chase -'-OD. : receiving notice from the zealous offi..celis of the little alone, hor ses and greyhounds appeal more. It is a sportstown that they had succeeded in landing five of the men manlil.te race, where the game has a chance for its life. H and, were sure to capture the sixth desperate criminal is very like fox hunting, except that the ostrich is swifter, ,within a few hours. if anything, and employs even more dodges than a fox. For ins tance, when the hunters are pressing close on the game, and it would seem that the dogs were to capture it, the bird take s advantage of the least breath of ,,. .... HUNTING THE OSTRICH air, raises one wing slight l y, using it as a sai l, and, running slantwise against the breeze, vanishes from sight like a leaf in a whirlwind. If by any chance the breeze dies out : It is not commonly known that there are almost as and the again felt sure their ostrich, the 111;tmany ostriches in South Ameri c a as in Africa, and yet the te11r doubles like a fox, quickly and suddenly that annual export of feathers from the former country to the t e dogs pass mahng the hunt long drawn out, u ted State 1 th hb h d f t difficult and excitmg tons, representing in money, $41,467 Though the game laws have been passed prohibiting the ni s a one is m e neig or oo o mne een I The "rhea or South Amer ican ostrich aiffers from killing of ostriches during the breeding season, little, if the African bird in having its head and completely any attention is paid. to them. It is estimated that from 'feathered, in being tailless and having three toes instead of to 500,000 birds a_re s la,pghtered a numtwo. It may be found in large numbers in the Argentine ber which has onl1 th:nned out to a great -$d Uruguay republics, and in the country extending from l extent, but promises m to extmgmsh it Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil as far south as the Straits J '.1'he remedy for this m .a where .law is uf' Magellan. Its home is on the ''pampas," or plains; w.ould be to ostrich farms similar to .:sQmetimes on open ground, and more often near cover of those m Africa and Oahforma. gtass and stunted undergrowth. Since the birds are wild Nor is the ostrich hunted for its feathers alone. Its and wary and their feathers are ..in d e mand, methods have flesh is agreeable, somewP,at resembling mutton, and an. been adopted to catch them, and these methods are at the omelet made of the eggs-or rather several omelets made of >same time a business and the most exciting sort of one egg-possesses a delicious flavor. Consequently egg hunting is almost as muc h of a sport as ostrich hunting. "i.A powerful horse in conditio n to stand hard riding ancl Several hens lay in one nest, which sometimes holds from abstin ence from wate1: is fh e first consideration jn twelve to twenty-five eggs cock often hatches the r etttri.ch hunting. '.rhe course i s both annoying and daneggs, and if disturbed during the operation becomes very for, though the chase is on lev e l grnund, with no dangerous, not hesitating to attack with his legs a man on feDall to fear_. the rhea takes .ai once to the ,pajas, or horseback

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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 ., t-. GOOD READING ,.;r .. to-. ;; Japan now has forty-five gas companies, as against only seven five years ago. The Prince of Wales is now the owner of one of the largest collections of post-cards in the world It consists of more than ten thousand varieties. Turkey's gradual change from a national system of time to a European standard has led to a demand for w atches with two dials to show both kinds, recentiy. The White Rats of America, an organization made up of = vaudeville perfo11ners, are going to build a seven-story club-house on the north side of Forty-sixth street, near Broadway, and just west of the Globe Theate r. A long lerise has been secured on a frontage of 75 feet, and work on the new building will be begun soon After five years' work Australia's great trans-continental rabbit-proof fence has just been completed. Its length is 2,-036 miles, and the cost of its erect i on has been ne arly $1,250,000. It is furnis hed at intervals of five miles with systems of traps, in which hundreds of rabbits are captured and destroyed daily. Inside the barrier there appears as -yet no trace of their pre se nce. Mexico has just decided that the postal savings systen of the United States is the bes t in the world. After exam ining the plans in use in various countri es, Mex i can offi cials have recommended the certificafe of deposit idea user' in this country as superio r to the passbook methods o 1 Ertfopean countries. In consequence :Mexico, when it opens postal savings ban L i n the near futt1 re, will use the Amer ican_system. '\ The vanguards of the forces of Gen. Flavia Alfaro and Gen. Leonidas Plaza, rival aspirants for the Presidency of Peru, met last Tuesday near Huigra and Plaza's men re tired after a brief skirmish About 1,500 of the troops from Quito are now encamped at Alixusi, while abo u t 1,000 men from Guayaquil are concentrated at Huigra. Ge:r,i.. Eloy Algaro has issued a manife s to proposing that both armies lay down their arms and elect a civilian as Presi dent. Because his schoolmates made fun of his height, John D. Fowler, fourteen years old and 5 feet 8 inches tall, has run away from home. Charles Butler Fowler, the boy's father, who lives at No. 43 Fifth avenue, Long Branch, N. J and is a carpenter, told Headquarters his son had been missing since Monday. "John couldn't stand the jokes of his schoo lm ates,'' said Mr. Fowler. "He cer tainly is tall for his age. A couple of weeks ago he made llp his. mind he wouldn't go back to school. 'l'hings got a little bit strained over that que s tion. So I think he is hunting for a place where people do n't know o f his a i e London's art treasures are now most' jealously prqtecte'il The National gallery, in addition to having a secret sysfein of,alarms, is patrolled day and night by twenty two con stables. and twenty -five emp l oyees At the British muse u m the millions of pounds' worth of tre!\sures are protectecl by over 200 a ss i sta nts, including eight keepers of depart ments, fifty-three assistants, nine second clerk;;, twenty-two chief attendants, ninety-six attendunts, ":five boy clerks, twety three boy attendants, forty-three com missionaires and fift y one laborer s while a numbe r of de tectives in various disguises keep an eagle eye on in genera l :: A machine that measure s the w ear caused by traffic upo n public highwa ys i s among the scientific instruments no w on show at the exhibition of the Physical Society of Lon don at the Imperial College of Science, South Kens i ng t on. In speaking about this machine, an official of the Roa d B oard referred to the wear on the var i o u s roads of London. "Wood pavement," he said, "wears down .. o ne inch in about six years, except in places where the traffi c is 'particularly intense. 'l'he asphalt pavement in the city wears down ab out haH an inch in ten years. The ordinary country highway wears down two inches in from three : to ten years, according to the amount of traffic j .:.' .... A curious freak of a tornado took place on the Tfrcke r far m in Kansas recently :M:r. Tucker, who was ly i ng in b ed with a broken leg, cou ld not run to a place of safety vhen the storm was seen coming. His wife gathered the three little children, and they all piled on the bed with Mr. Tucker, the wife saying that if all were k i lled they would all die together After the storm Mrs Tucker found herself about fifty yards away, twp little girls clown in the be d of the creek, the little boy sitting on a pile of straw, a ll unhurt. Looking toward the house, : Mrs 'l'ucker saw all of it swept away except the floor. But the bed still st0o d whe r e it did before the storm, and her husband was. sW l lying upon it, without a scratch. P aper drinking cups are now in favor in N cw Y erk because they are absolutely sanitary Once used, they m a y never be utilized again, for whi l e they are strong enoug h for the purpose for which they serve, the action of t he water on the fiber makes it impos s ible to use them afte r a few minutes. The increased use of the san i tary cup w:as brought about by the law abolishing public drin king cu ps, in the intere st of the genera l health of the people :r:e sult has been a demand on the part of the public for thdp expensive but thoroughly sanitary paper cup. Most have similar l aws, and the rule i s enforced on nearly a ll thJ' ra.ilways A traveler may purch ase enough paper cups f9r a few cents to last a family for a journey across the coit!i,. nenJ, safe in the knowledge that infection i s imp o s sibie, for the rea s on that his cups, in the original pack age, wh o lesome and sa nitary.

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30 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS By the introduction of improved machinery it is claimed that Great Brilain is now in a position to build ye;:sels cheaper than ever. before. A London journal says the steamers of from six thousand to eight thousand tons can now be puilt at $26.25 per ton of their deadweight carrying capacity. Ruch things as selling a load of grass seed for $1,200 are helping the North Dakota farmers to get away from the one-crop idea, according to W. F. Cushing, editor of the who was fere farm ers m the Red River Valley who let their nullet and trmothy ripen instead of cutting if for grass are reaping a fortune this year," said Cushing. "I have seen a great many loads or this sc:ed sold in Fargo and }foorhead for over $800, and I know personally o.f one load that brought over $1,200." _\ substitute for gutta percha, ebonite, celluloid, amber mHl other insulators has just been invented by Dr. Bake land, president of the American Electro Chemical Society; whom it takes the name "bakelite It produced thtol1gh the condensation of form :aldehy<;le and phenol. It is said to be an electric insulator of the first rank, insoluble in all ordinary dissolvents, and not melting at high tem peratures In chemical constitution it closely resembles .Ta1)anese lacquer, the composition pf which has always been more or less of a mystery. The extension of the Florida East C9ast line from Knight's Key to Key West, forty-six miles from the main land, rnrriec1 its first train across the coral keys an Janu ary 23. 'rhe i lands, close together, are bound by single spans, and for long distancw over water the bridges are so slender that they resemble wire arches and mark the per fection of engineering skill. The opening was made the occasion of a celebration of three days. f!:enry IvL .Flagler, who put through the enterprise, is the central figure here. There assembled in honor of the work the fifth division of theAmerican Atlantic fleet, warships from Portugal and Cuba, Assistant Secretary of. War Oliver representing President Taft and the Committee on Naval Affairs from the Rouse of Representatives. IRISH BOY SCOUTS. Nothing testifies so strongly to the power of the Boy Scout movement as the way various parties seek to lay hold of branches of it as part of their own oTganizations Thvs, while there are Baden-Powell scouts in there is also a new development-the "Irish National Boy Scouts." An official announcement proclaims that "this organiza tion has come into being for the purpose o.f training Irish boys to work for the independence of Ireland and to combat the Anglicizing influence of the Baden-Powell scouts in this country Our programme includes clrill, physical cultu). 'e, scouting, camping out, first aid, Irish history and Irish language. Hurling, cycling and other healthy ain11Be ments arc encouraged." THE WORK OF A REMINGTO:N HU LE. Bridgeport, Conn., was recently the scene of a moEt remarkable aeroplane achievement. Nat only diu it thrill the nst army of spectators because o.f the reckless da:ring displayed by the birdmen, but it proved beyond all that, with the right make of rifle, a marksman can sJ oat while flying at tremendous speed, with the same accurncy as when on the ground. Army officers have been anything hu_t satisfied with the results obtained with the service rifle, ancl the flight was planned as a test of a repeating arm o.f other than Gov ernment make. The flight took place at the Lake A
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PIOK-ME-Otrr PUZZLE, The head 11 tlnlohed In black japan, and In the mouth la a highl y polished oteel ball. The puzzle I to pick out the b a ll. Price, lOc.: 3 f o r 25c. b y mall, postpaid. 111. O'NElLL, 425 W. 56th St. N. Y. VANISHING CIGAR, Thia cigar I s made In exact Imitation o f a good one It Is held by a rub ber cord which. with the attac h e d a!cty pin, le ras t e ned on t}Ul Inside of the s l eeve When offere d te a friend, as It Is about t o be taken, It will Snatantly disappear. Price, lOc. each by ma.II, poatp&ld. J. KE?lo"NEDY, 803 \Vest !27th St., N. Y. PIGGY IN A COFFIN. This Is a wicke d pig that died at an early age, and here he ts tn his com.n r e ady tor buri a l. There wlll b e a great man y mourners at h i s r u n e ra.l for thl comn, pretty as It look, I very tricky, and the m a n who get tt open will feel real crlef. The comn I s m:>.de Of metal, perfectly haped and b eautifully lacquered. The trick la to open It t o see the l'lg. The man that trleo It cets hie fingers e.nd feelings h urt, and plgCT comes out t o srunt at hie victims. The tubular end of t h rotnn, which eve r yone (In trying t o open) ln:ward, contains a needle whlc b stabs e Tictlm In his thumb o r finger every time hie l th latest and & very .. impressive" rick. It can be opened ea.Uy by anyone In the aeoret, and a1 a neat catch-joke to save you.raelf from a bore le unurpa11ed. Price, 10c.: 8 tor tllc., postpaid; one dozen b y exJ)re1s 73c. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 28th St., N Y. MAGIC DIE BLOCK. 4t block, two I n c h e aqu&re. ta made to ap-. pear and dlaappeo.r at audience, y o u plac e the block on top, olldlng a cardboard cover (which me.y be examine d ) over It. At t h & word of command you lift the cover, the block lo 1rone, and the so.me Instant It fa1ls to the floor through the hat, with a s olid thud, o r tnto 'one of the Bpectator's hand s You may Tarv th! trick by pas s ing the block thrOuch a table and on to the floor b e neath or through the lid of a d esk Into the dr:i w e r etc. Thi trick n e v e r falls t o astonish the apectatore and can be repeate d a s often as desired. Price, 35c., p ostpaid. J. KENNEDY, 303 \Ves t 1 27th St., N Y. BUBBLER. T h e greo.test Inventio n of the age. The box contain s a blowP i p o o r neatly enamel e d met a l, and ftye tabl ets; also print e d directions for play .. Jng numerou s ga.m e s such a Floating Bubbles, tepeater!!I, Surprise B ubbles, Double Bubbles, rhe Boxers, Lunt; T e ster, Supported Bubbles, Rolllnc Bubbles, Smok e Bubbles. Bouncing Bubblea, and m a n y othe r s. Ordinar y bubbleblowfng, with a pipe and soa p water, are not ln It with t h i s scientific toy. It produces larger, more beautif u l a n d stron;: e r bubbl e s t,han you can get b y tho ordinary meth o d The "&mes a r e intens ely interesting. too. Price. l Z c by mail. JI. F. LA.NG, 215 \Yalworth S t .. B'lch by mall, postpaid; 3 tor 2uc. ff. F'. 2 1 5 \\'alworih .. U'idyu ?\ 1-lnc h f ocus on the object to be magnifie d There hi a high-B L ACK-EYE JOKE. mounted in New and jolrer The v victim Is t ol u t o h ol u the t'Obe used to detec t impurities in liquids o r ex-c lose to his e y e 50 as to ex c htf..e amtntng cloths, or to m agnify any o bject to all ligh t tron1 the and tll1'n enormous siz e Can b e carried in the vest t o remove the tube until picti:/as: pocket. Price, 6c. each, postpaid. appear in the center. In trying M. O'NEILL, 425 W. 5Gth St. N. Y. to locate the pictures he will receive the finest black-eye you saw. We furnish a box :Of bla c k e n i n g p r eparation with each tube, so the joke can be used fn definttely. Thoe not In the trlck w l!J be caught every time. AbsoSLICK TRICK PENCIL. Thi a one la & hummer! It la to all appearance an ordln&ry, but expensive lead pencil, with nickel trimmings. If your friend wants your pepc1l t o r a. moment ha.nd It to h1'm. When ha t empts to write wit h it, tho e n d instantly turns up, and he cannot w rlte a stroke. Price, lOc., postpaid. H.F. LA.."IG, Ull -Walworth St., B 'klyn., N. Y llllITlTION FLIES. Absolute l y true t o Nature A. dandy s c a rt-ptn and a r attling good joke. It ts Impossible t o d o these pine justic e with a d e s cription. Y o u hav e to see them to understand liow llrellke they are. When people s e e them on you they want t o brush them off. They wonder "why that 11y sticks to you" ao pers lstentlv. This Is the most r ealistic novelty ever put on the marke t It I s a distinct ornament for anybody's necktie, a n d a. decided j oke on thos e w h o try to chase It. Price, lOc. by mall p ostpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 20 W. 26th St., N. Y. SURPltISE JllOVING-PICTURE MACHINE. It consist of a mall nickele d metal tube, 4'1!. Inche s lon!l'. w ith a Jen eye-view, w h i c h shows a pretty ballet girl or any othe r s cene. Ha.nd I t to a friend who will be delighte d with the first picture, tell him to turn the s crew on the side of the i nstrument, to change the vlewa, when a stream ot water squirts in ht1 face, much t o his surprise. The Instrument can be renlle d with water In an Ins t a n t, and one tilling will s u tl\ce t o r four or five vlcthns. Price 30c. e a c h b y mail, p ostpaid; 4 tor $1.00. H F LAN!3, 21 5 Walworth St .. B'klyn. N. Y RUBBER TACKS. The y come s i x In a box. Price by mall 15c each; WOLFF NOVELTY C O ., 2 9 W 26th St .. N. Y. PIN llIOl.'SE. It ls made of cast metal a.nd haa t h e e xact color, shape 8.nd af z e ot a live mouse. Pinned on your or somebody else's clothes will have a startlin g effect Uf)ori ... the spectators. 'l'he s cream.Ing tun ha.d by this li ttle novelty, especially In presence ot ladles, I s more_ than can be tm aglne d I f a cat happens to be there. there's no other fun to be compare d with ft. Prlc&, lOc. each b y mall, postpaid; 3 for l!:;c l'l. Ji LANG. 2 1 5 W R lwo"th St .. B'k!yn. N. D UPLEX B!C'l'.CLE WHISTLE .Thi a Is a double whistle, p ro. duclng loud b u t ver y rich, l:la r monlous sound s, entirely different f rom ordinary whistles. I t Is jus t the thin g for blcycllsts or sportsmen, its peculiar douhlo and resonant tone s at once att r a cting attention. It is an fm .. p orted w h I st 1 e, handsomely nickel plate d and will be fqund a ver y useful a n d h andy p6cket c ompanion. Price, lOc.; 3 for man, one doze n 7 Gc., sent b y WOLFF N O V ELTY CO .. 29 W. 2Gt b 1% .. N Y. _TRICK CIGARETT E BOX. 'J'h l s one ls a corke r Get a box r ight e.wRy, If you want t o have a barrel or joy. liere's the secret: It looks like an o rdinar y r (fd box of Turk!sh cigarettes. But it contains a trig ger, under V 1thlch you place a paper cap. Offer your friend a smoke and he r aises the lid o f the box. That explode s thA. cap and ft y o u a r e wise yol,l will get o u t o f sight with the box b efore h e gets over thinking he w ao shot. P rice, 15c., postpaid J KE...,..NEDY, 303 West 127t1t St. N Y. METEOR FOU NTAIN P EN. A w onde r ful Imitation of the real tack. Made ot rubber The b o x In which they come is the ordinary tack b o x This I s a great A perfect fountain pen. Why pay parl o r entertainer and you $1 o r $2 tor a fountain pen when w e i can play a. lot ot tricks wtll e:e11 you o n o that will do jus t a s with the tacks. Place therri goo d serv i c e tor onefourth the a mount. In the palm at your hand, Thta pen t s made in Germany. The p oint upward. Then slap handle Js made ot' vulcanized rubber, the other hand over the and 1)le p e n ls selfftlltng. You have tacks and it w111 see m a s simpl y t o d t p t h e point ot pen in your it y o u a r e committing s uicide. O r y o u can ink-stand and turn the screw a tew show the tacks and then put them I n your times t o the right, whi c h fills the reser-mou t h and chew the m making b e lieve you volr without any soiling ot hands. Wheri have swallowed them. Your fri e nds will think ready t o w rite you turn the screw you a r e a magician. Then asain, you can I s lightly t o the left, w hich p ermits the exhibit the tacks and then qui ckly push o n e Ink to flow freely to the pen. Each In your cheek o r so1nebody e lse's cheek a n d pen in a h a ndsome gol d lettered box. they w i ll s hriek with fear. Absolutely harmw i t h dtrectlons for use in el:c different less and a v practical and funny languages, including English. Price, Price by mal', lOc. a box of 6 tack s ; 3 for S3c., or 2 for 60c by mall, postpaid. WOLl"l' NOVELTY (;0., 2:> W. 26 t h St. N. Y WOLFF NOVEL T Y CO., 29 W 2 6th St .. N Y

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)fe. 1. NAPOLEON'S OBACULU!ll AND -EA!ll BOOK.-Contalnlng the sreat oracle et human destiny; alao the true meanlns of ebnoot any kind of drea.ms, together with arms, ceremonies, and curlou sa.mea ot J(o. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The sreat "'9Gk ot magic and card tricks, contalnlns tull laatructton on all the leading card tricks ot the day, also the most popular magical lllun as performed by our leading magician1; ..,ery boy should obtain a copy .of this book. No. 3 HOW TO 1''LffiT.-The a.rte and wiles of ll!rtatlon are fully explained by thlo Uttle book. Besides the various method ot )landkerchief. fan, glove, parasol, window and llat flirtation, It contains a foll llst of the language and sentiment ot ftowere. No. .J. HOW TO DANCE Is the title of t.bt1 little book. It contains full lnstructlona In the art of dancing, etiquette In the ballroom and at parties, how to dress, and full ttrectlons for calling off in all popular square Aances. .. 11ensible advice, rules and etiquette to be obMrved, with many. curious and interesting things not generally known. No. 6. HOW TO BECOl\IE AN ATHLETE. -Giving full instruction for the use of dumb tells, Indian clubs, parallel bar, horlzontaJ ars and various other methods ot good, healthy muscle; containing over 11xty Illustrations. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Hand 'mely illustrated and containing full instruc t.lone for the management and training of the oanary, mocktngbJrd, bobolink, blackbird, &roquet, parrot, etc. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILO.UIST.-By Harr)' Kennedy. Every lntelll sent boy reading this book of instructions can ID&ster the art, and create any amount of fun tr hlmselt and friends. It ta the greateat IMok ever published. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of selfCefense made easy. Containing over thirty Uluatratione of guards, blows, and the ditterent positions of a good boxer. Every boy l!a.uld obtain one ot these useful and instructive books, as It will teach yoq_ how to box wtthout an Instructor. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS. -A most complete little book, containing full Clrections for writing love-letters, and when te uae them, giving apecimen letter for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LAl>IES.-Glvlng complete Instructions tor writing 1et,ters to ladles on all aubjects; alao letters or iatroduction, notes and requests. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF STIQUETTE.-It Is a great life secret, and ne that every young man desire to know all abowt. There's happiness tn tt. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A comlete hand-book tor making all kinds of candy, Ice-cream, syrups, essences. etc., etc. No. 18. HOW TO BEC011IE BEAUTJFUI,. One of the brightest. and must valuable llttle Moks ever given to the world. Everybody wlahes to know how to become beautiful, both lll&le and female. The secret ts aimple. and almost costt less. -No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENll!fG PARTY.-A complete compendium of room entertainment:. It contains more tor the aoney than any book published. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The aot complete hunting and fishing guide ever Ebllshed. It contains full Instructions about ns,. hunting dogs, traps, trapping and flsht_. together with description of gam" and No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.eller' e second sight explained by his former -lstant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaininghow the feCret dialogues were carried on between the aglclan and the boy on the stage; also glvlnc t.11 the codes a.nd signals. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAllIS.little book gives the explanation to all nds of dreaml!I, together with lucky and uncky days. No .1?4. ROW TO WRITE LETTERS TO 8ENTLEl\IEN.-Contalnlng full directions for writing to gentlemen on all eubjects. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\IE A GYMNAST.Centalnlng full Instructions for all kinds of f.mnastlc sports and athletic exercises. Emctng thlrty-ftve tllustrattona. By Profeesor Macdonald. No. 26. HOW TO ROW. SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Illustrated. Full Instructions WO given In this little book, together with lnftnictlons on swimming and riding, companion borts to boating. No. 27. HOW 'I'O RECITE AND BOOK OF JlECITA'rIONS.-Contalnlng the most popular .. lecttons in use, comprising Dutch dialect, l'rench dialect, Yankee and Irl!h dialec t leces, together with many standartt i:eadlngs. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FOKTUNES.-Everyene is desirous of knowing what his future ltfe 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. Ne. %9. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR. -Every boy hould know how Invention ortsl nated. Thi book explain them all, glvlns example In electricity, hydraulics, magnetim, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most lnotructlve books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fl.sh, game, and oyatera; alao pie, puddings, cakes and all kind of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER. Containing fourteen Illustrations, giving the ditrerent positions requisite to become a good peaker, reader and elocutiont11t. Also containing gems from all the popular authors of prose and poetry. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Contalnlng the rules and etiquette of good ooclety and the easiest and most approved methods or appear ing to cood advantage at parties, balls, the theatre. church, and tn the drawing-room. No. 85. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful llttle book, containing the rules and regulatton11 of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.Containingall the leading conundrums of the day, amu11inc riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It con tain information for everybody, boys, girl!, men and women: It wtll teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such a par lot ornament, brackets, cements, Aeolian harpo, and bird lime for catching birds. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and lnatructive book. Handsomely tllustrated. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS. -Including hints on how to catch mole1, weasels, otter, rat1, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously tllustrated. No. 41. TUE BOYS OF NEW YORK END l\IEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contalnlng a great va riety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels ill complete without thts wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUl\IP SPEAKER.-Contalnlnr; a varied assortment of lump speeches, Nec-ro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A l\IAGJCIAN. -Containing the grandest a1sortment or magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards, lncantattons, etc. No. 45. TIIE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Some thlng new and Yery Instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as It contain full Instructions for organlzins an amateur minstre l troupe. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses tor business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseaaea l>ecullar to the horse. No. 411.. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book !or boys, containing full direction! for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. .Fully Illustrated. No. 49. HOW TO. DEBATE.-Glvlng ruleo for conducting debates, outlines !or debates, questions for discueston, and the best ources for procuring information on the question &"lven No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BffiDS ANl> ANI MALS.-A valuable book, giving Instruction In collecting, preparing, mounting .and pre aervtng btrd1, animals and insects. No. 5.l. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS. -Containing explanations of the general prin ciples o! sleight-of-hand appllcable to card tricks; of card trick with ordinary cards, and not .requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks Involving sleight-of-hand. or the ue of peclally prepared cards. Illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-Glvlng the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker. Auction Pitch, All Fouro, and many other popular games of cards. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A brother, employer; and, In fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Gtvtng complete Information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and manac-ing all kinds of pets: also giving full instructions tor making cages, Fully explained by twenty-eight Illustrations. No. 115. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 56. HOW TO BECOl\IE AN ENGINEER. -Containing full instructions how to become a locomotive engineer i also directions for build ing a model locomotive; together with a full description of everythtnc an engineer 11hould know. No. 10. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGBA PHEB.-Contalnin&" useful information resardin1t the Camera and how to work it; alo how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slide and other Tranaparenciea. Handsomely lllua trated. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT l\ULlTARY CADh. 1'.-Explains how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of officers, Post Guard, Police Regulation6, Fire Departn1ent, and all a .boy ahould know to be a cadet. By Lu Senarens .. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADE'.r.-Complete instructions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy .. Also containing the course of instruction, description of grounds and buildings, hiatorical sketch, and everything a boy should know to become an officer in the United States Navy .. By Lu Senarena. No. HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAi. l\IA CHINES. -Contalrilng full directions Cor ma.kin& electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys t o be worked by eiectricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully Uluatrated. lSo. 65. l\IULDOON'S JOKES.-The most original joke book ever published, and It I brimful of wit and humor. Jt contains a large. collection of songs, jokes, conundrun1s, etc., or Terrence Muldoon, the g-reat wit, humortat, and practical joker of the day. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contalnlng over three hundred interesting puzzle and conundrurns, with key to same. A complete book. Fully Illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO EJ.ECTRICAL TRICKS. -Containing a large collection of tnstructiv and highly amusing electrical tricks, to gether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEJ\lICAL TRICKS. -Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO {>O SJ,EIGHT-OF-HAl'fD. -Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containing the secret o! second sight. Fully illustrated., No. 71. HOW TO DO llIECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containtng complete instructions tor performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. Fully illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embracing all of the"latest arid most. deceptive card tricks, with illustrations. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUl\1-BERS.-Showing many curious tricks with ft.cures and the magic of numbers. By A .. Anderson. Fully t11ustrated. No. n. HOW TO WRITE CORRECTLY.-Contalnlng full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also. rules for punctuation and composition, wlt,h. specimen letters. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CON,JURER_.. .L.....Contalning tricks with Dominoes, Dice, Cup and Balls Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six: Ulustra.tlons. By A. Anderson. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE llAND.-Contalnlng rules for telling; fortunes by the aid ot lines of the hand, Ol the secret ot palmistry. Alao the secret 011. telltng future events by aid of moles, marks,. scars, etc. IJlustrated. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICJiS WITH CARDS.-Conta.lnlng deceptive Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and!. magicians. Arranged tor home amuaement .. Fully Illustrated. No. 78. HOW TO DO TUE BLACK A= Containing a complete description or the ,._ terles of Magic and Sleight-of-Hand, tog with many wonderful Bl"! A. Anderson. I1lustrated. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTO Containing complete instructions how to Ir up for various characters on the stage; to gether with the duties of the Stage Mana,ser. Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property l\ raJl., No. 80. GUS WII,LIAlllS' J-OKE BOO -Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes ncl ored cover contatntnc a halt-tone phot of the author. No. 81. HOW TO l\IESl\IER.IZE.-Contal I the most approved methods of memeri : animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. 8i' Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S., author of OW' to Hypnotize," etc. .. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALl\ITSTRY.-aon tatning the most approved methods ot lng the lines on the hand, together with a IJ exp11itnatton o! their meaning. Also expl Ing phrenology, and the key tor telling c -acter by the bumps on the head. By Hugo Koch, A.C.S. FuHy Illustrated. No. S3. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contal valuable and instructive information reg" the science of hypnotism. Al10 expl Ing the most approved methods which employed by the Jeadlns hypnotist of '8 world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN AUTH -Containing tntormation regardinc choice. el subjects, the use of words and the manner er preparing and submltttnc manuscript. A containtnc valuable lntormatton u to neatness, leglbtllty and ceneral compo11ttlon manu1cript. l'or sale by all newsdealers, or wlll be sent to a.n7 &ddreu 011 receipt of price, 10 ct1. per cop7, or 3 for 25 cts., In mone7 or po11tare st&mpa. FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, No. 168 West 23d St., New Yor


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