A million in diamonds, or, The treasure of the hidden valley

A million in diamonds, or, The treasure of the hidden valley

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A million in diamonds, or, The treasure of the hidden valley
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A self-made man (J. Perkins Tracy)
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As Jack placed the flask to the old man' s lips D ick uttered an ejaculation oi alarm. "Look!" be cried, pointing. Jl\ck turned and saw a sight that took away his breath-a fiercelookingman about to release two vicious dogs.


Fame an ortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Intud Wee'kl11-1!11 Sub1cription 12.5() per 11ear. Entord according to Act of Co11.gro .. in the year 1912, in tho ojJf,ce of tho Libraran of ConoreBI lVashlngton, D. b11 B'ranl: Tomey, Publis her, 168 Wut 2Sd St., Ne 10 Yo1k. Entered at the Neto York, 1V. Y., Poat OjJl.ce aa Second-Class Matter. No. 351. NEW YOEK, JUNE 21, 1912. Price 5 Cents. A MILLION IN DIAMONDS OR, THE TREASURE OF THE HIDDEN VALLEY .. By A SELF-MADE MAN ...,,,.; .... )t.... ,,..36Mc ., CHAPTER I. A SCHOOL PIUNTING OFFICE. "Look here, fellows, I'm sick of this grind!" cried Jack Riddle, waving a composing stick in the air. "This place Is more like a prison tha:n a school." "You bet It is, and I'm just as sick, of it as y ou are," said his particular friend, Dick Thompson. "A healthy school this is where all of us have !;lad to loam the printing business to help the Reverend Mr. White get out his weeldy paper, the Banner of Light, and various other religious publications, free, grails and for nothing, except the cost of ink and 1 "What can we do?" asked Steve Bassett, who had a galley proof and a bunch of copy in his hand which hi: was about to take to the Rev. Mr. White's study, where he expected to be detained as copyholder while the pious head of the scholastic establishment read the proof. "Elvery time a fellow makes a kick for his rights he is marched to the Black Hole and kept there on bread and water till his heart is broken." "That's right. It's a dead shame the way we're treated," said Tom Bates. "The only way we can make a change is to stick together and put up a stiff fight," said Jack. "The Rev. White can't send us all to the Black Hole at one time, for it won't hold more than two or three without squeezing. It' s only intended to accommodate one prisoner at a time. If we make a bold stand none of us will gQ to the Black Hole. The Rev. White will have to yield to our demands 1f we go on strike i n a body." Su re he will! chlpped in Di ck. .. If we all refuse t o set another line of type unles s we get our half holiday back, how is he going to get his paper out?" "He'll have to hire regular comps and pay 'em whatever they charge a thousand ems, and that would send him into a fit, said Bassett. "Where would he get compositors around here? He might borrow one from the office in town, but one man couldn't get the Banner of Light out, even with Batt Vickers' help. He'd have to send to 'Frisco for at least two men and pay their fare here. That would make a hole in his weekly profits," said Jack. "Che ese it! Here comes Batt!" cried a sma,11 youth named Billy Burns, who had posted himself as a loolrnut at the door opening on the passage between the printing office and the kitchen. There was an immediate scattering to their type cases of the bunch of rebellious amateur typos, and wheu Batt Vickers, a tall, thin, red-headed and sour-looking boy, who occupied the impcrtant _position of foreman of the room, made his appear-ance I n the office the silence was broken on.ly by the click of type as the y were d ropped into the steei composmg sticks. Vickers was a bully who enjoyed the Rev. Mr. White's confidence and favor. He was presumedly on the same l evel with the other boys in thl'l school, but as a matter of fact he was accorded many privileges denied to the others. He was permitted t o browbeat his schoolmates with impunity, and where he could safely use physiCal force to make the weaker ones knuckle down to him he did not hesitate to do it, and the Rev. Mr. White paid no attention to the protests made against him. The Rev. Mr. White' s Academy was situated on the suburbs of the small town of Edenvale, on the 1me of the Central Pacific Railroad (via Niles), between San Francisco and l:;acramento, and the period of our slory is a matter of thirtyfive years ago. The three leading actors in the events that follow are now men fifty years of age, and it was from one of them that the author got the facts concerning the marvelous diamond valley from which the herb and his two friends succeeded in bringing away a million dollars' worth of the rough gems. An account of their adventures was printed in the Sacramento and San Francisco papers at the time of their return, s o that it is quite possible to verify the facts on which this story is fo unded. The academy in question united some of th.e features of an indnslrial schcol, inasmuch as the boys had to apply themselves to sundry pursuits when not engaged at their 'l.'he s cholars had to make own beds and k e ep their dorn1itory in good order. They had to work in the extensive truck patch at the I.Jack of the fenced-in yard. -They had to c lean windows, help the cook get the meals, A.nd wait on table in turn. And finally they were instructed in the art of printing, participating in the publication of a religious weekly of limited circulation, edited and published by the Rev. Mr. White. A weekly tract als o emanated from the r everend gentleman's printing office, as well as divers specimens of job printing, more remarkable for originality in composition than for typographical beauty. The t ype used had all been purchased secondhand, after the sharpness of its face had been worn down considerably. The reverend gentleman prided himself on the large assort ment of display fonts he had gatheied together at bargain rates because they had outlive d their usefulness, and the advertisements set up in these job faces were weird to a de-


8 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. gree, owing ti; the preponderance of fancy type that had gone out of style. "Say," aid Batt, "what kind of type-sticking do you call this?" ai&he held the corrected proof under Bert's nose. Bert looked at slip, which fortunately represented a little l ess thaif the third of a galleyful, set in a 13-em measure, The routine of the school was stud y and recitations from eight in the morning till noon on every day but Saturday. Dinner was then served and from half-past twelve to halfpast on e the boys were permitted to amuse themselves in the big yr:rd, as it s uited them. The bdl then summoned them to the printing office, where they worked nutil Small sqi'ads, however, took turns both morning and afternoon in the truck patch, and attended to such other labor as was required of them. Until a month s!nce the boys enjoyed a half-hollday on Saturday afternoon, as the paper was printed on Friday afternoon, but the R ev l\1r. White having purchased a large font of cast-off small plca--the point system had not b-een intro duc1>d at that time-he secured the contract for printing a rcli-gious book, so the boys were compelled to work on it Saturday afterno'ons and two hours each evening besides. led to a g;e a t deal of kicking on their part, but the on1y satisfaction got was a twenty-four hours' imprisonment in the Black Hole, on a bread-and-water di e t, which the pious principal found quite effectua l in curbing them. NC\'ertheless, matters seethed under the surface like a rumbling volcano, and a spark only was needed to hring matters to an active crisis. When Batt Vickers entered the printing office, as we have already described, he had a proof in his hand fairly covered with marks. It represented the labored composition of a new recruit Jately receiv ed at the school-a sensitive, pale-faced lad, who had be en sent to the academy by his guardian to get him out of the way, Indeed most of the boys were either hard cases, who had been thrown out of other private schools for good cause, or whose parents or guardians wanted to be rid of them at home for one cause or another. The lad in question, whose name was Bert Dixon, was really ont of place in that academy, just as Jack RjJldle, Dick Thomps on, Tom Bates and one or two others w6re out 1 of place for he was a good bo y, accustomed 1 0 the gentle influence of a good home, until his mother died, leaving him with a few thousand dollars' legacy in trust in the hands of a distant relation of the family, who was appointed his guardian. The guardian, whose name was Noah Davis, lost no time in sending Bert to the Rev. Mr. Whitcs academy, for he and White were friends and knew each other very well indeed. .Tack Riddle and Dick Thompson liad cottoned to Bert at onc e and si:dng him up as an easy mark for the rest of the bundh to impose on, they had taken him under their wings and given the others to understand that Bert was to be left alone or there would be something doing. As Jack and Dick had proved, in two or three pitched battles with the best fighting talent of the school, that they were able to clean up any opponent rash enough to tackle them, their orders were rec eived witl1 respe c t and followed. The only person who paid no attention to their mandates was Ba Lt Vickers. H e was afraid of both Jack and Dick, after having seen evid<:Jnce s of their prowess, and was not anxious to have a run In with them, but his bullying instincts were so well d eveloped that he could not resist the temptation to take advantage of Bert' s gentle ways. He had not attacked him in earnest yet, but he annoyed him in a hundred ways, ana as Bert offer ed no resistance he was gradually growing bolder, r elying on the protection of the pious principal to take his part against Jack and Dick, if those lads butted in. The proof in question was the first attempt at regular t ype scttiug made by Bert, after several days' practice on short paragraphs. Batt had expected he would make numerous typographical errors when he started him on the copy-a manuscript sermon written or cribbed by the Rev. Mr. White. Bert, however, not only came up to the foreman's expecta tions, but went so far beyond it that Batt, who had to r ead the proof In White's office, got a calling down from the r everend gentleman for taking such a long time in marking down tbe errors on the margin, and another calling down because Be:-t had done such bad work under his supervising eye. Under these circumstances Batt was in a bad humor when he retnrnerl to the printing office. He halted beside Bert, who was now putting In his time trying to distinguish a p, q, b and d when mixed up in his hand as well as a u and an n and gas There as hary a vacant spot on both sides that was not filled up ita a pencil mark indicative or an error. The n there omitted words and sentences and repetition uf the same thft' added to the contused jumble. It was easier by far to reset the fow paragraphs than to 10118 time correcting the errors. "Did I do that?" asked Bert, trying to recognize his own work. "Did you do It?" roared Batt. "Who do you suppose did It, you pig-headed idiot? Maybe y ou think I set it," he added, sarcastically. "Did you?" asked Bert, innocently. As Batt prided himself on being the best printer in the school, which, to give him due credit, we may say he was, the mere suggestion that he was the author of such a proot fairly ma{!dened him. With a blow of his fist he knocked Bert spinning against the case behind, and as a galley of newly set type, waiting for a s id estick and quoins to be proved, stood there, the concussion of Bert's bod y tipped the frame up and his extended arm complete d a wholesale "pi" of the type. The call-down Batt had started in to give Bert naturally attracted general attention, and Jack, looking for trouble, had laicl down his stick. He did not expect that Batt would strike Bert, but when he s aw the bully do it-and a brutal blow It was, too-he made one dive for the end of the "alley' and handed the young foreman such a smash in the side of the jaw that he went down like a steer in the shambles and lay in a dazed condi.. tion on the floor. '\ CHAPTER IL OPEN REBELLION. "Bully for y ou, Jack!" cried Steve Bassett. "Give him one for me, too! The printing office was. thrown into creat confusion: Composing sticks were dropped on the cases; the boy who was helping Batt "make up" one of the pages or the paper pn the 2tone dropped a small paragraph of type across a column rule ; Bllly Burns, who was kicking an old-style 7xll Gordon jobber, took_ his foot off his treadle, whicl;l caused that useful appendage to jump and bang away at a rate which threatened to demoralize tho press; while the boys who were turning the handle of the wheel that furnished motive power to run the Adamf} power pres s on which the two outside pages of that week's edition of the Banner of Light were being run off, stopped work and gaped in the direction of the sceLe of trouble. Such was the condition of things when the Rev. Mr. White entered the ronm with some fresh copy In his hand. "Wha-what does this mean?" he said, in a tone sufficiently loud to call the attention of the boys to h is presence, whereupon there was a confused rush on th'eir part to get busy again. All except Jack returned to thei r places. He stood o ve r Batt Vickers, who was recovering from the jab, asking him if ne wanted any more. The pious proprietor of the school took In the situation at a glance. Apparently there had been a tight b etween his foreman and Jack Riddle, and Batt had got the worst of it. Whether Batt was to blame in the affair was a matter of no consequence to the reverend gentleman. Discip?ine had to be maintained In the printing office as well as in other parts of the school. Batt had, clearly, In his eyes, been trying to uphold order aud had been overpowered b y the boys. Jack Riddle, from his prominence, he regarded as the ringleader of the opposition, therefore he must be made an ex-ample of or chaos would ensue. "Riddle," he said, severely, "how dare you leave your case and attack 'the head of this room?" "You'd better ask Vickers why he hit Bert Dixon the cowardly blow he did," replied Jaclc, fearless ly, "Vickers is in charge of this ofllce and it is his duty to main tain discipline," said the Rev. Mr. White.


A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. "He isn't supposed to maintain it by slugging the meekest' Here was open rebellion and the pious gentleman fairly boy in the school." gasped. Batt had got on his feet by this time and was holding his "Vickers," he said, "get another boy help you and bring injured jaw with one hand as if he was afraid it might fall him here." apart. I Batt lo oked helplessly around the office, for he knew not a The blow, having been a powerful one, impressed Batt with boy would stand in with him against Jack. the Idea that Jack had struck him with a "shooting-stick," "Do you hear me, Vickers?" cried the Rev. Mr. White, im-which is a round steel implement about a foot in length, used patiently. to "lock up" forms. I I "Yes, sir; but nobody'll help me." "Riddle tried to murder me," h e said, dolefully. "You haven' t ordered any one to." "Murder you!" gasped the reverend principal, appalled at "Bunker," said Vickerc, picking out a tough lad Jack bad the idea. vanquished in a ten-round battle, "lend roe a hand." "He hit me with a shoot!ng-stlck and nearly broke my jaw," "Nixy!" replied Bunker. "Get some one else." said Batt. "Glidden, I order you to--" said V'.ckers, turning to an" You're a Har!" flashed Jack. "I hit you with my fl.st." othe r boy. "You had something in your fist." "I've go t a lame arm," objected Glidd e n. "I had nothing in it," returned Jack. The R ev. Mr. White was now hot under the collar. "You can't tell me that. I felt something harder than your "You, Glidden and Bunker, do as the foreman ordered you fist." : to," h e said. "We w1ll have no further argument on the subject, said the i "Fellows," cried Jack, "the time has come for act!on. United reverend gentleman. "You stand convicted of striking the we stand a show, d ivided we are up agains t It every minute. foreman, Riddle and your punishment will be forty-eight I'm not going to be put in the Blactt Hole. Who sbnds by hours in the Black Hole. Follow me." I me?" "I protest against such an unjust sentence," said Jae\ "All of us!" shouted the bo ys "I accept no protest. Discipline mu:.t and shall be main-"You hear, Mr. White?" mid :Jack. "We have stood this ta!ned. It is the rule of thl:s establishment that the guilty 1 Black Hole business as long :-.s we're going to. We have shall suffer. You will go to the Black Hole." stood a bread-and-water diet as long P.s we are going to. "You'd better send Dixon there with him for setting such a Treat us decently and we'll do our duty thoug h we do lot!l of dirty proof," said Vickers. j things we hadn't ought to be aeked to take a hand in. We "No, Dixon is only a beginner at the art and can't be ex-, want you to abolish the Black Hole and restore our half hollpected to do much better at the start. -You should have paid day. Un less you agree we won't set another tY11e on your more attention to his efforts and not let him go ahead when it paper or on anything else that comes ln the o:fftce. That's our was clear he was not competer:.t to set type yet." ultimatum." "That's right. Give it to : 1Im, Mr. White," said Dick, with a The R ev. Mr. White immediately exploded iu a rage. grin. "I will see who's roaster .:iere," he roared. ''Yo u shall be "Who spoke?" asked the reverend gentleman, not liking the tied to a post and flogged for Inciting the boys to r ebe l. I remark. orde r vou boys back to your. cases on the pain of a tread-and-:: I did," said Dick, boldly: water diet for a week. You, Burns, return to your press; You w!IJ work an hour overvme by yourself for iropertin-and you, Jones and Bisse ll, start up that Adams machine ence:" this instant!". "I only ottr.red the suggestion, sir." The Hev. Mr. White glowered upon them, bu. t not a boy "You will go without your supper this evening, and continue offered to obey. working while rtie rest are 'in the refectory." "Very well-very well," rnid the "You shall all "What for?" rue this moment." "For answering me back in the strain y ou did." "Moses; do you want to starve roe?" exclaimed Dick, h With those words be left the room. w .0 "Bolt the door, said Jack. an uncommonly fine. appetite, which was always m 1 "Hold on a minute," said Dick. "We have struck for our w?ritlng ordPr about strongly objected to ?e de-, rights, and must stand or fall on the issue, so we want no p1 ived of his supper, even 1f 1t was the least conspicuous 'd t F.. vi out aiid then Joel' the door meal of th day enemy m our m1 s n e c "If you another word you shall have nothing but Half a dozen pairs of hant.s Batt a;nct h e was bread and water for your breakfast,,, said the Rev. Mr. White. rus he.d into the passage _with speed that he trippad over Dick shut up but he was boiling over with Indignation the sill and rhea.Sured his length on the floor. which only wax'ed the hotter when he perceived the satisfied !hen the \door was locke d grin on Vickers' face. Shove the proof-press agamst it," ordered Jack. H h I l h f h It was done. e Is menac ng Y at t e oreman, wlt ,a look "Now, fellows, shut the windows and .fasten them. ,We're that said, Wait till I get a chance at you and I wont do a t h Id thi f t t 11 haza ds thing to ou 1 gomg o o s or a a r Y. He posted a boy watcher at each of the four windows where At this mterestmg Bert advanced to the reverend type stands were and Billy Burns at the window near the gentleman and begged him to let Jack off from the terrors Ad b k of the Black Hole. ams oo -press. Els words were only wasted, for the Rev. Mr. White never The edition was only half run off, but, the pres3 was not resciuded a sentence he had once passed. 1 likely to a wheel again that d.ay. Though he frequently preached, editorially, in the Banner of A council of war was held and each of the boys swore he Light of the divine attribute of mercy and forgiveness to would stand by sink swim. sinners, he was somewhat Jax in the practice thereof himself. Bert took no active part m the for he wasn t At any rate, he was adamant when it came to forgiving built on warlike .lines, but his hea;t was 1Il the fight, just Jack, or any other sinner In his own establishment. the same because he sympathized with .his new friends, Jack He started for the door after once more commanding the and Dick, who were leading the rebellion. boy to follow him. He blamed himself for being the innocent cause of the Jack, however, did not follow him. trouble, but short as had been his experience at the academy Looking around upon his fellow-students and co-workers he could not help seeing that conditions needed reforming, and he belleved the time was ripe for bringing matters to a focus'. If this was to be accoll'.l.plished it could only be brought' about He walked as far as the head of the Imposing stone and I by a bold and concerted move. stopped there. I The Rev. Mr. White, in the course of fifteen minutes, re-When the Rev. Mr. White reached the door he turned around turned by way of the passage, accompanied by Batt and his with the idea of sending the culprit, whom he supposed to be two general,helpers, stout, able-bodied men. at his heels, ahead of hlro. They found their way blocked by the bolted door, fortified He was astonished to find that Jack had not obeyed his by the barricade of the proof-press. orders. The reverend gentleman called on the boys t9 open up, but "Riddle!" he cried, authoritatively. no attention was paid to his demand. Sir," responded Jack. As he dldn't care to damage his own property, he and the "I ordered you to follow me. Come here at once, do you men retreated and soon appeared at the window near the hear?" Adams press. "I hear you, but I'm not coming, just the same." They found It l'losed and the catch on.


4 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. ---------=-========================== 'ccklng throug h the glass, the R ev. Mr. White saw the boys pulled away and the door opened, but there was no one ir. the : .: larking ir;sill e passage. The sight did not improve his already ruffled temper. "It's close to six o'clock, fellows. We are likely to go He tapped on the window. hungry to-night," said Jack. No one paid any attention to him. "Let's make a raid on the kitchen and help ourselves," sug He o rdere d the window to b e ope ned, but without result. gested Billy Burns, who was ripe for anything of that kind. Then he led his backers to the o ther four windows in turn, "You forget that the cook is a husky woman who would but found them all do w n and ti ght also. I make things warm for us." He was at his wit's e nd. "If we made a rush of it she wouldn't have a show to do His authority was d efie d by the whole school, Batt Viclrnrs anything." excepted. The boys began licking their chops as they thought of sup-Tbe boys we r e enjoying his di scomfiture hugely. per, and they didn't fancy the idea of missing it. At this junc t u r e an i de a occ urred to Dic k Thompson. They were for making a raid on the kitchen at once. He saw the R ev. M r White conferring with Batt and the Jack was general enough to know that an empty stomach two hired men a f e w f ee t from the w indows on the right-hand was a bad thing to hold out on. side of the pl'inting office, which was a on e-story ell It was quite possible that the bulk of his crowd would throw On the opp o site si d e h e t.ad notice d that the garden hose up the fight and leave him and the other ringleaders to their was attac h e d to t h e f a ucet a g ains t the building. fate. Taking Steve Bassett into his confidelice, and without say-Such a thing has often happened in the case of unorganized ing anything V J Jack who with Bert and s everal others was crowds of men, who have deserted their leaders the moment watching the en emy from the end wi n d o w, h e opened the win-the shoe began to pinch. dow abo v e t h e spot where the hos e was, got out and handed Under such circumstances Jack decided to fortify his ad-the nozzl e i n to S teve. herents with food. Tha t youth dragged t h e hose into the room. H$ was about to order an advance on the kitche n whe n the "Turn off t h e noz zl e c oclc, Steve," said Dick. door of that room opened and a young girl, employe d as house -Steve did so and the n Dick turned on the water full force. maid by Mrs. White, came :nto the passage. The hose swe lled out a s tLe wate r rushed into it. She was on good terms with Jack, Dick and one or two Dick climbe d b a ck into the room and shut the window down othe r scholars. on the hose. "Hello, Mazie!" said Jack. "You're not against us, are you?" He and Steve p u ll e d the hose a cross the room. "Oh, dear no!" replied the girl, coming forward. "I came Half the boys i n t h e ro o m i mmediatel y got wise to what was to t ell you that Batt Vickers has just gone into tow n to f etch on the tap is and set up a shout of g l ee the police." Before Jac k g o t e n to the tric k the other window on his side "The dickens!" exclaimed Jack, "That' s a s erious was rais ed, the nozzl e pointe d at the foe, and -a stream of matter. water was turne d o n the reve r end g entlema n and his a llies, The news carried consternation into the ranks of the in-deluging the m from h ead to foot and half blinding the m. surgents. "We'll have to give in," said one of the boys. CHAPTER III. T H E END OF THE MUTINY. The r ece ls ye ll e d with delight at the consternation the water carried into the ranks of the ene m y Even J ack, who h a d not p r opo sed t o turn their defense Into aggression, wa s quite tickle d ov e r the trick and did not attempt to op p o s e its continuance The ex-minis t e r and his aide s beat a hurrie d and undignifie d r etre at. A s the water h a d been particularly directed at him as long as he r emained within rang e of the hQuse, he looked not unlike a drowne d rat. As soon a s their enemies retire d out of sight around the corneP of the e ll, the nozzle co c k was closed and the hose carrie d b a ck t o the other window, where Ste ve held the nozzle ready to dien c h any one who approached the faucet to turn the water off. The Rev. Mr. White was now fe eling desperate. He had half a mind to have the passage door battered in so that he and his assistants could get at the ringleaders of the rebellion. Batt, however, suggested that the town police be summoned to reduce the bo y s to submission. "Then whe n you get hold of Riddle, Thompson, Bassett and Burns you can tie them up and have the men flog them till :hey yell. for mercy," he said. 'l'h e reverend ge n t! eman thought the ide a a good one, and. told Batt to ch ange his clothes and start on the errand. Leaving his t wo hired men on watch, he went into his private qu arters to make a change in his own apparel. "I wonder what will be the next move against us?" said Dick. "We'll know when it comes off," said Jack. "The Rev. Mr. White has posted a watcher on both sides cf the building so as to keep tab on us," said Bassett. "That won't prevent us from leaving by the passage if we want to," said Jack. "Vic k e r s has like ly been poste d there to prevent that." '"Vick e r s Who cares for him?. W e'll open the door and see if he's there. If he is I vote we capture him and hold him a prisoner. Jack's suggestion met with approval, so the proof-press wu "Give in!" cried Jack. "Why, we'll be t yrannize d over worse than W e've got to hold out to the las t ditch." 'What's the use ? It will only be worse for us in the end," said another. "If that's the way you chaps feel you' d better surrender yourselves right away and try and square yourselv e s \ 1ith the Reverend White. After he has given you a good licking and sent you to bed without your supper, perhaps you' ll be for given. "What are you going to do?" "Hold out, of c ourse. Two or three of us are in for a flogging and the Black Hole. As we can't hold out fo r e ver w e 'll have to make tracks from here as soon as it' s dark, unless we all stick together and fight this thing out." "We can't fight the police." "Why not?. Not more than two are likely to come. That w111 make six against us, thoug;h I don't consid e r that the Reverend White and Batt count for muc h. M y Idea i s to raid the kitchen first and then stand an all-night sie ge. If matters get too hot we'll threaten to wreck the printing office. It won't take us very long to pi everyl:ype in the plac e The n the Banner of Light will have to suspend publication for awhile. We are In the position to make t erms, and you chaps are fools if you don't take advantage of this chance," harangued Jack. The weak-kneed ones looked dubious. Their courage was fast oozing away and Jac k saw that he could not depend on any one save Dick, B ert (who was devoted to him), Billy Burns, Steve Bas s ett and probably Tom Bates. "See what the cook is doing, Mazie," said Jac k The girl looked into the kitche n and repor ted that she was out In the yard talking to one of the fiir e d hands "Now is our chance, fellows. Get a wiggle on." The only ones who had the nerve to follow him w ere thos e above mentioned. The others held back, afraid of the consequences. Led by Jack, the plucky five ente red the kitchen and found a piece of roasted meat, done to a turn, k ept hot in the oven, the door of which was partly op e n. "Here you are!" said Jack, pulling out the dis h and h anding it to Billy. Dick hustled around and found a numbe r of knives and forks which he dropped in his pocket. He captured the carving-knife and fork off the table. Bassett rushed away with the pot full of potatoes. Bates irabbed two loaves of bread and the 11ot of butter.


A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. Altogether the boys made a pretty clean sweep of the more printing office, were to work two hours overtime each night important articles intended for supper. for a week. Then they retreated to the printing office and barricaded the The Rev. Mr. White regarded this as very good on his part. door again. but he meant to get squar e with his whole bunch in other Everything was placed on the imposing stone without re-ways late r on. gard to the half-made-up form of the two inside pages of the "Let's g ive in," said one of the forgiven ones. Banne r of Light. Bert h e a r d this suggestion with in dignatio n. Seizing the carving-knife and fork Jack commenced to "If you give in, Jack and Di c k will be flogg ed unmercl slice the m eat, after directing Dick to cut the loaves into fully and o ther things don e to them. Are you going to sacri-slice s. fice yb u r l eaders?" he crie d. The boys gathere d aroun'Cl the stone, two and three deep, the "What's the use of trying to hold out any longer? We smell and looks of the roast ma&ing their mouths water. can't stand off the police. I'm t h r ough." A slice of the m eat was laid on a slice of bread and passed I 'l'he speaker went to the middle window, pushed it up and to a boy. jumpe d out. Bassett handed out a potato. Like a drov e of sheep, the ones who belie v ed they were safe 'fhis procedure was repeated until ev ery one, including Jack from punishment followed him as fast as they could, to the himself, had b een supplied. great satis fa ction of the rev erend gentleman hnd his backers, B!!ly was the n appointe d carver to supply a second helping. who saw that t h e backbone of the strike was broke n. A ri ce pudding had been captured, and this was dished out It was the old story of the mob deserting its le aders. \ on fold e d slips of paper. "The co wards! cried Dick. "I've a great mind to punch A s the fo o d disa pp eare d down the 'throats of the boys their some of them b efore they get out." c oura g e b egan to rise again and b y the time ev ry one had "Don't," said Jack. "Le t them go." be e n satisfied they were as ripe for mischief an ebellion as "In a few minutes we'll be up against it hai'd. e ve r. "May b e not. It's getting dark. W h ile thes e chaps are Watc h had b e en k ept on the men outs ide to see that they making their exit by the window, let u s five e s cape by the did not g e t n ear the windows to learn what was going on. passage door, get ov e r the fence and s k ip. The f a t c oo k was still talking to one of them, for she had His proposition was adopted by the condemned five. nothing to do until she got orders from Mrs. White. I When the ljl s t boy got out of the window the poli<.:e adOn e of the bo y s who had not figur e d to any great extent in vanced and looked into the printing offic e. the upri si n g s o far, except to l end his mot-al support to it, The five who were to be taken in charge had disappeare d. began fee li n g gay with a f u ll stomach, and p erceiving what an e legant m ark t h e c ook made for the hose, turne d the wate r on h e r without wa1:ning. The jet h i t h e r on the back o f t h e n ec k with such sudden force that, unde r the impression she had be e n shot, she utt e r e d a ye ll and f ell t o the ground. CHAPTER IV. ON 'l'HE ROAD. I n that posit ion she was thoroughly d renched, from head to "We ll, f ellows," said Jaclt, after he and his four compan foo t, and the man got it in his face whe n h e tried to rescue ions h a d scale d the side fenc e and dropped into the fie ld be her. yond in the gathering gloom, "we shall b e misse d and pur The e x c itement brought the othe r guard around to see what I sued in a few m inutes; it behooves us, then, to give the c:chool was the m atle r a wid e berth as s oon as we can. 'l'h e best plac e for us to At the sam e moment Batt ap.d two p oli ce m e n appeared on m ake for is yond e r woods. We shall b e safe there." the scene, a ccompanie d by the R ev. Mr. Whtte. W e may be set. n cr-ossing this field, said Di c k Billy Burns grab b e d the noz zle and the water on "That's a chance w'v e got to take. C::>me on. Batt, but h e w a s spr y enoug h to ge t out of r e a c h. They h ustle d a cross the field as fa s t as they could go and The water was the n turne d off at t h e cock. r e a ched the e d ge of the woods. The policemen advance d on the window s. There they p a used and looke d bac k to see whether they C ome now y ou young chaps, thi s h a s gone f a r enough," were p ursu ed. said one of the m Gi ve y o urse l ves up. They sto o d there s everal minute s, b u t nothing happene d, so "And be mur d e r e d not m u c h!" repli e d Di c k they di sapp e a r e d among the trees Every one w ill b e J e t off without punishment .but the lead-No w tha t the e xcite m ent was over, refl ection set in and the ers said the pr!nc ipal. qu estion whic h presente d itself to each was what the y were going to do. Meaning who?" said Jack. "If I g o home I'll be sent back," said Jack. "My stepfather Yoursel f Tho m pso n, Burns, Bassett and Dixon." W h t h D d ? H t 'bl f th' and m y s elf have no s ympathy i n common. He h aJ full con.:. as ixon one e i s n r e spons1 e or is I t ol o ver my mother, and does about as he pleases. My st\il,e 1 .. mothe r made the mistake of her life when she married Yes h e i s Batt, from b : h ,md the .doctor. Mr Shackley All he had to do, as the saying is, was t o step B e fore a n o ther wo1 d c on Id the \ mto our llo u se and hang up his hat. My f ather left everything :who h a d made good h e 1 r et1eat to the kitche n, ap peaied, I to m y mother, belie ving that eventually it would pass on to wrmg m g her h a n ds : me. It is my opinion that Mr. Sb.a ck ley will see to it that s t o l e n the dinne r! The y 've stolen the dinner!" I should n : y mother di e h e will come into the property that she crie d rightfully belongs to me, though he might make a wiU, in that "Wha t do y ou mean, B r id ge t ?" a s k e d the Rev. Mr. White. case leaving i t to me when he shuffl e s off, but as he is pretty "The mate, and prati e s and puddin', and bread hav e been I h ealthy tha t is not likely to happen for a long time." stol e n b y thi m imps, s h e explaine d. "I'm bette r off than you are as you know Jack said Th:e p ri:i cipal rushed into the kitchen to v erify this astound-I Di c k. "Matters are revers ed in ca se. 1t my' father ing mte ll! ge n ce who marr i e d a second wi fe with a daughter about my age, H e w a s a s mad as a hornet whe n h e came out. and m y stepmother has full control of my governor. She has "All shall s u ffe r! he crie d No one will b e let off. Cap-1 an e ye to the windward for her daughter' s interests and hopes ture the m, office r s he shoute u to do me out of t h e bullc of my father's property She doesn't "Hold on the r e !., crie d Jack. "If you try to take us we 'll I want me around the house, so if I go home, with my story ot pi e v ery case in the office. I how I have been treated at the academy, she' ll s e e that I am To prove that h e w a s in earnes t a low er-case of the news-s ent b a c k to face the paper type was carrie d to the sill of one of the windows and I "I n eedn' t t e ll you how I'm fixed, for you and Dick know," incli n e d outward. said B ert to Jack. M:y guardian and tne Rev. Mr. White The r e v e r end gentle m a n was paralyzed at the audacity of are pe rsonal friends, so I be bundle d b a ck to the school the r ebe l s I in short order. H e halte d the office r s and had a talk with them. Steve and Billy had no tale of home woes to tell. 'fhe r es ul t of this wa:; that the revere nd g entleman an-They had each been expelled from two schools for being nounce d tha t forgiven e ss would lJe e xtende d to everybody too gay, and their parents, people in moderate circumstances, but J ac k, D ick Bert, Steve and Billy. residing at Stockton, had sent them to the a cademy as a last The first t w o were to b e r igorously procee d e d against, )3ert resort. was to be place d on a bread-and-water diet for three days, while If they went home they would either be sent back or put to Steve and Bi!IY,, beini:regarded very useful adjuncts to the work.


8 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. Jaclt's home was in San Jose, Dick's at Gilroy, further south, I "Where are we go ing to ftnd a place to sleep?" said Dick, at while Bert might b e s a i d to have no home exc ept his guard-length. "We can' t walk all night, you know. I an's place at Sacramento. I "I wish I could tell y ou, but I m a s muc h at sea as y o u are "W.ell, fellows, I'm g o ing to 'Fris co," said Jack, "and I'd yourself, r ep li e d Jack. "The country around here is new like c:.orppany I to me. We sha ll probably mee t with a tarmhouse, but "F'm with yon, s a i d Dick. whether the o wner will l e t us slee p In an out-house or not "I shall stick by yo u i f you'll let m e ,'' said Bert. is rather doubtful. He'd naturally want to know who we are, The three M y s did n o t dream at that moment how mo-, and why we are tramping the road at night. We can't tell mentous their d ec ision was, and how it would affect their t him the truth, for t hat would be to risk putting the Rev. future. J White on our trac k. The safes t way will be to steer clear Steve and B1ll y w ante d t o go to San Farnci s c o, too, but were I of a farmhouse to-night and rough it as best we can. afraid to ris k it. The y walked on for an heur or more and the n the y saw a Without m o n ey or acqi:ainta nc e s in the metropolis o f the ramshackle building standing clo s e to the road. coast the y were o f t h e op i nio n that the y would fare much j H e r e' s our sleeping qu arte r s said Jac k. worse t hau if they we n t home. "I'm tir ed enough to drop, said Dick. I could go to sleep Whe n their onsultation c ame to an end the boys started on; now on the s oft side of a plank." through the wood s I I didn' t know t h a t a plank had a soft side," laughed Jack, Night had f all e n, but the sky was bright with stars, and the as the y a pproached the building. "This house a ppears to be weathe r was balm y d eserte d and looks as if it 'is f alling to pie c e s by degree s "I'll b e t the R ev. White has had h i s hired men out looking If it should fall to pie ce s all at once while we're in it i t fo:r us along the ro a d toward to w n and away fro m it," said would b e no jo ke, I can tell you, said Dick. Jack, "but a s long as pursuit hasn't come in this direction "Not fo u s it wouldn' t we needn't worr y." The doo to od wid e open on a sin gle crazy hinge and they "It wouldn't h ave d one any good If the men has followed us ente red, Jack striki n g a matc h to see what the interior lo oked h ere, they couldn t h ave c apture d u s," said Di c k We could like. easily have a v oid e d the m among the trees In the growing I It looked the wrec k it wasa l:>ig room bereft of half its. d arkness." flooring wh ich a p p e a re d to h a v e b ee n torn u p a t t imes to fur"Wh-ere do you suppo s e t h is route will tak e us?'" asked B ert.: nish, fue l for fir es li ghte d b y tra m p s w ho took temporary pos "To the road that. runs to Ya r dl ey on the Sacramento s ession of it for a ni ght on their way. R iver, said Steve. 'l'h e gvay asnes o f success ve fir es lay s c attered on the "How far i s that?" asked Di c k earth In the m i d d l e o f the room "Quite a f e w mllea pro b ably twenty -fi ve." A door J.e d to a small e r and eve n more ruinous r oom beyond, "We don' t want to go t h a t way," said Jack. "Tha t s taking a n d a tligh.t of rude stairs cornlnunicated with a half-story u s away f r om our destination. The most direct route we can abo ve. take is to follow the r ailroad to Niles, and the n north to OakAs t he prospects o n the ground floor we r e mos t unsatislandc factory the b o ys went up the stairs. "That's all of a sixty-mile w alk," said Steve "You'll iet to Here they found a lot of l oose straw l ying around. 'Frisco much quicker b y going to t h e rive r. If you' r e spry you Som e of it was b u n c h e d in the form of be d s whic h Indicated may catch the Sacramento boat which puts in at Yardl e y about. the us e it h a d b ee n put to four to-morrow afternoon. I "This pl ac e is prett y d ecent alongsi d e of the rooms down" What' s the good of us catching the boat? We haven't any 1 stairs s aid Jack. W e' ll shak e up this straw make three JIIOney to pay our way to the city." I fr es h bunks a nd turn in. "You might b e able to m a k e the riffl e somehow." 'l'his they did, and thr o wing the m se lv es on them, Dick and "The chances are agains t us a free trip to 'Frisco." 1 Bert were soon a s l ee p "The mate might let you work your way. That's how I'd i Jack though a s tired as they, could not get a s leep for some g-o if I was going to the bay, s a i d Steve "Walking sixty reason h e co uld n o t explain. miles of railroad t ies i s no fool work. It would t a ke y ou 1 H e iosse d a round from o n e s id e t o the oth e r envying his three or four d ays The n t h e Rev. White knows that y ou and two com p anions the slumbe r they were e n j o y ing. Dick would be likely to tak e that route to reach S a n Jose and' The stars shone here and the r e throqg h t he broken roof, G ilroy, and he m ight t e l egraph to Nll e s for the railroa d a gent winking at him in a knowing way as m uch a s t o i:.a y, "I see t h e r e to capture you. N ow If you g o o ver to the rive r you' ll you there, my lad, t h ou g h m ill i on s o f m il es off. throw the reverend g ent entirel y off the s c ent. I Sudd e nl y h e heard sound s o f r o u g h vo i ce s iri the road. "Yo u tiwo are going back to Stoc k t on, then?" So me men were com ing tha t way "Yes." Ins tead o f passing b y they e n te r e d t h e building, and he Going t o stick to the railroad?" I h eard the m tulking b e low "We'll g o paxallel with it, but not near enough to be seen I H e peered down throug h a chink in the fioor jus t as one by any one on the look out for us ; o f the. men struc k a li ght. 1 A few minutes afte r ward they r eac h e d the road whi c h The fell o w flash e d it a round t h e r oom a nd the n i gnited the take them in a so mewhat roundabout way to the Sacratob a c co in his p i p e, at whic h h e puffed till It g low e d like a mento RL'Ver. I liv e coal. This road ran to Edanv ille in the other dire ction. J ac k saw there were m e n b e l o w rough-looking f el-To reach the r ailroad the bo y s would, of cours e, have to go lo ws, and h e w o n dered if they had stopp ed a t t h e building to to the vdcinity of the to w n, whi c h was practically retracing roo s t, t oo, in whic h eve n t l::e might expec t to s e e them ,their steps towards tne academy. j tumbling up the stairs p resently "What's the matte r with us cutting across the country tu The me n, howe v e r seeme d in no hurry to go to r es t, if suc h Oakland instead of t aking eithe r the railroad or the' river? w a s thei r ultimat e intention. said Jack. "An air-line route is always the shortest. I Afte r a s hort d esulto r y t a l k on e o f the m w ent outs id e and "Sure it is, if you don't get lost in the mountains, and don't returne d with an armf ul of dry b rush and t w igs, which he m ind rough trav el and aren't afraid of the rattlesnake s. You I flun g d o w n on top o f the ashes. don't want to tel e any such route, take my w ord for it. I A plank or two were then wren c h e d up smas h e d into small You go on to the river. It's the longest way around, but it piece s and a dde d to t he fir e as It blaz e d u p mig h t be t h e shortest way in the end," said Stev e Mor e wood was add e d from time t o time and the n the fire I think Stevti's suggestion is the best we can adopt," said was allow e d to burn do w n t o a mass o f h o t a s h es. D ick. "I move we go on t o Yardley. I Into this hotbe d a lot of pota to es w e r e inserted' and left "All right; Yarqley it is," said Jack. to coo k. "Then, good-by, f ellows!" said Steve. "Billy and me are off The men s tood around the smoldering fir e smoking and fo r the railro ad. We hope t o get a ride on the freight part of talking t he way. At any rate we expect to be home som e time to-The tenor of their conve r sation attrac t e d Jack's attention. morrow." He l earned that they c ontemplate d robbi n g the home of a The five boys shook hands all around and divided into two well-to-do farmer who lived in that n eighborhood. parties-Jack, Dick and Bert taking the road toward the north, They Intended to break into the house about midnight, and with a long tramp b e for e them, w h ile Steve and Billy started get away 'with such mone y -and valii\l bles as the y could lay off in the opposite direction. -their hands on J ack and his companions trudged along t h e sile n t and lonely By the time they had completed thei r plans one of the men :road. announced that the potatoes were ready to be eaten.


A MILLION IN DIAMO N DS. '1 Each rascal produced some bread and meat from his pocket, together with a flask of whisky and proceeded to make a. meal. After they had cleaned up the food they relighted their pipes and smoked for an hour, talking on various subjects. "It's time for us to make a start," said the' leader of the scamps. "Come on." The three filed out at the door and took the road to the north. CHAPTER V. A TURN OF GOOD FORTUNE AND THE REVERSE. "I'll have to wake up Dick and Bert, tell them about those men and their purpose and then we must follow them and save the farmer from being cleaned out," said Jack to himself. He lost no time in arousing his companions. "What's the matter?" asked Dick, sleepily. "Wake up and I'll tell you," replied Jack. In a few moments Dick and Bert were listening to his story. "So they're going to rob a farmtouse near by?" said Dick. "Yes, and it's up to us to prevent them doing it," said Jack. "It seems to me we're only looking for trouble." "Pooh! We're going to perform a good action." "We're liable to get hurt. Suppose those men are armed? They probably won't hesitate to shoot at us if we interfere with them." "Look here, Dick, if yo u don t want to take a hand, don't. I'll go en alone, or with Bert," said Jack. "Oh, if you mean business, I won't back out. I'll go wherever you go." And you, Bei:t?" asked Jac k. "I'm alway s with you," replied Bert, in his customary quiet way. "Then l et's start, for we have no time to lose." "Where is the farmhouse?" asked Dick. "A short distance on the road we're following." The three boys left the building and took to the road. In about a quarter of an hour they saw a large farmhouse standing a little distance back from the turnpike. A lane led up to it. "'fhis must be the place," said Jack, opening the gate. The bo ys made their way to the house just as a window was thrown open on the second floor and a woman, sticking out her head, began to scream for help. Her cries were doubtl ess intended to arouse the hired men who slept in an out-house. She was qu1ckly seized and dragged away from the window, and her cries cea sed. "Come on, fellows!" cried Jack. "We're just in time." The boys saw that a lower window had been forced and stood open. This was a way the rascals had got into the house. "We must each get a weapon of some kind or we won't be able to do much," said Dick. They looked about the yard, but there appeared to be nothing lying around there. Pick up a couple of those stones. They're better than nothing," said Jack. Stuffing a stone in ea<;h of their outside pockets they en-tered the house through the window They found themselves in the kitchen. Jack o pe ned the door of a closet and saw a mop. "Take this, Bert. Here's a rolling-pin for you, Dick," he said. He took up a long-handled coal shovel him. sell. Thus equipped, they entered a passage that connected with the front hall and then started upstairs. The door of the front room was ajar and a light shone through the crack. Jack, who was in advance, peered through and saw a lamp on a center table. Two men were ransacking the bureau drawers. He pushed the door open and dashed at the men. They heard the rush of the three boys and eprang araund. Jack whacked one of them on the head "with the shovel, and Bert shoved the mop in the other's face. Dick :finished the same chap with a blow from the rollingpin, s tretching him senseless on the floor. The other man drew a revolver and fired at .fack. The boy was so close that the flash half blinded ,him, whlle the bullet tore the skin from the lobe of his ear. Bert brought the mop down on the rascal's head and he liropped the i evolver. Then Dick seized him around the chest and tripi;ed him up on the floor. The other two jumped on him. At that moment the third man, who had been searching a back room, attracted by the racket, ru s hed on the scene When he saw how things w ere going he concluded lt was time to save himself, for he took the bo ys for three hired hands, and he felt he alone would stand little show against them. He was satisfied if he could get away with the plunder hfil had in his pockets. So he made tracks for the open window in the k ltchen, leaving his pals to their fate. The bo ys secured tl\e second rascal by tying his hands be hind his back with a handkerchief. "Go and look for the other fellow: said Jae le, handing Dick the revolver. Di c k and Bert proce eded to do so, while Ja.ck went t o the bed in the room, where the farme r and h is wife lay b ound and gagged, and released them. "You and your companions came just in time, said the farmer. "You are all strangers to me. Where did you come from?" "We were traveling along the road to-night and I overheard the three rascals planning to rob your i;ilnce. We decided that it was our duty to try and save y ou from bein.s robjed, and [ guess we have succeeded," r ep li e d Jack. "I am under great obligations to you and shan't forget to reward you for your timely aid," said the farmer. At that point Dick and Bert re-entered the room and reported that they could find no trace of .he other man. "I guess he skipped out when he heard the noie iB ti;.is room," said Dick "Well, we ve got two of them, at any ,rate," said the farmer. ''I'lJ have to get some rope and tie them s o they can't ge t away." He found a piece of line in the kitchen and the two rascals were tied tight. With the help of the boys they were carried into the barn and further -secured to a couple of "They'll be safe there for the rest of the night. Where were you boys going? To the village a mile beyond here?" asked the farmer. "We were bound for Yardl ey," replied Jack. "Why, that's all of thirty miles by the most direct route. You didn't intend traveling at night, did you 7'" "No. We were roosting in a deserted building down the road a little way when those men came in there and I overheard their scheme to rob you," said Jack. "How does it happen you lads are tramping it? Ybu Jcok like respectable boys not accustomed to such a thing." "We've run away from the Edenvale School be cause we were badly treated there. I am telling you this in c<'.>nfidence, and with the understanding that you won't send m:xrd to the R e l'. White that you've seen us," said Jack. "I am sorry to hear that you thought it necessary to r'.m away from your school, though I can't say that I think much of that establishment from all I've heard about ii. I certainly won't make any trouble for you. That would be a poor return for the service you have rendered me. Well, you must stay at the house for the rest of the night, have breakfast with ns In the morning and then I'll save you further tramping by carrying you iu my light wagon to Yardley in ti:me to get the Sacramento boat if you wish to take it." "We'd like to take it, bt..t we haven't got any money to pay our fare." "I will furnish ypu with money enough to reach.your homes. Where do you live? In San Francisco?" "'No. I Jive In San Jose. Bert, here, Jives in Sacramento, and Dick in Gilroy. The three of us are going to 'Frisco, where we intend to stay awhile until we decide on our future movements." "I should think you ought to go home," said the farmer. "We have first-class reasons for not going to oor homes. I have a stepfather who dislikes me; Dick has a stepmother who is trying to cheat him out of the property that should be his if his fathe:r dies, while Bert has a guardian w'ho is trying to make matters hard for him. We are comrades in bard luck all around." "I regret to hear it. But we will continue our talk in the morning." He took them back to the house, showed them into two spare rooms and left them to finish the night under the bedclothes of real bedi, which. they found ever so much more


8 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. comfortable than the straw of the deserted building down I It was the headquarters of a well-known crimp, or a man the road. who made it his business to ship sailors, by fair means or foul On examining his rooms the farmer found that he had lost 1 that came within his reach. about $50 worth of property which had been carried off by In the prosecution of his business he stood In with the pro-the rasca l who made his escape. prietors of many of the houses 11-Jong the upper end of Kearny That was sma!J alongside wh;i.t he would have lost but for street and others scattered along the Barbary Coast. the opportune arrival of the boys. j Just now the supply of victims happened to be short and After breakfast in the morning the farmer put a fast young he had orders unfilled on his hands. horse to his Jlght wa gon, loaded the two prisoners in the back The crimp In question was standing outside his door talkpart, with Dick and Bert to watch them, and with Jack beside ing with a couple of h i s heel ers. him on the seat drove to the village, where he reported the at! The moment his eyes lighted on the boys something tempted robbery and turned the prisoners over to the con-. prompted him to size their athletic figures up as fair game stable. I for him. Jack wrote out a statement of the conversation he had over-They were not sailors, It ls true, but that didn't matter heard between the men in the d eserted building, proving they, In an emergency. Intended to rob the farmer's house, signed it before the jusr Drugged and rigged out with slop clothes, they might be tice swore to its truthfulness. passed off as ordinary young seamen. The farmer then drove on to Yardley, where they arrived T]le captain of the vessel wouldn't discov e r the cheat till he about two o clock. I was out at sea, and then it would be too late for him to pro-He presented Jack wi t h $50 in gold, and told him and bis test. companions that any time they came near bis house again he I 'l'he only thing he could io, then, was to put them to work hoped they would call and seP him. j learning the ropes, and make the best of a bad bargain. Then after treating them to dinner at a restaurant he bade I The crimp had worked that game more than once before them good-by and started back home. I and profited by it. "We're in luck, fellows, said Jack. "We can take the boat He tipped the wink to his heelers, and the three boys were In style and have money enough l ef t on our arrival in 'Frisco suddenly seized and run into the saloon before they realized to pay our expenses for awhile. Those three rascals proved a what they were up against. regular w:indfall to us. Steve and B!lly have nothing on us I now. After all, we did the right thing in taking Steve's ad. "Bet your life!" said Dick. "Fifty dollars wlll put us on Easy street until we strike a job, for, of course, we'll have t o go to work. CHAPTER VI. HARD LUCK. Tbe boys walked around Yardley till the boat came in, when As they were dragged back to a rear room the boys began they went aboard of her and were soon on the way down the I a stniggle and vigorous protest against the rough handling river. they were receiving. In a short time the b oat entered Suisun Bay and about dark "Shut up, young feller," said the crimp, who had hold of stopped at Benicia o n the Straits. Jack. "We've taken a fancy to you and we're goin' to proThe boys had supper on board, which they enjoyed hugel y vlde for you." I wonder what the push had at the scho o l to-night?" The boys realizing the seriousness of their situation, called grinned Jack. loudl y for help and put up the best r esista nc e they could "Let me see," said Jack. "This is Wednesday. We always But they had no show, for other hangers-on joined in and g o t d oughnuts and molasses on Wednesday and Saturday they were forced into the back premises, where the rascals nights for supper as the piece de resistance," meaning the 1 threatened to hit them with slung-shots if they didn't keep chie f dish on the bill-of-fare. quiet. "That's right," nodded Dick. "This meal is a whole lot The crimp brought in three glasses of doctored whisky and better than anything the Rev. White ever served us." they were told to drink It. "It ought to be, for it will cost four bits apiece-that's $1.50 I The boys refused to touch it. out o f the $50." Thereupon they were again seized, their mouths forced open O b, well, what's the odds? It's worth it. I suppose we'll 1 and the liquor poured down their throats, at the risk of chokhave t o put up at a cheap hotel to-night, for we ll get in late, Ing them. a b out half-past nine or ten. The drug soon got in its fine work and they went off into a "Yes, but we must find a boarding-house to -morrow before slee p. we do anything else." They were then searched and the bulk of the $50 found on A fter finishing supper the boys went forward on the lowe r Jack was appropriated by the crimp. de c k, w hich was pretty well filled with freight. They were stripped of their go od clothes, which were after-B y that time the boat had struck San Pablo Bay. wards sold to a man next door, and dressed in rough togs Finally she rounded Pedro Point, turning to the left, with that fitt ed them none too well. Ba n Francisco about twenty miles away. Then they were left to themselves till about midnight, whe n The boat reached her whar f a little late that night, and the a hack was brnught to the door and they were put in it, the boys steppe d on shore in the van o f the rest of the passengers. crimp golng along wlh a heeler on the b ox beside the driver. In tho se days, when there was only a one-rail route to Sacra-The vehicle was driven down to one of the wharves where mento, t h e roundabout one via Nil es over which all trans-a number of whiteha!J boats were on hire. continental trains then passed the travel by boat down the Boatmen were to be found at all hours hanging around the rive r was heavier than it is t oday, or has been for many neighborhood, and the crimp engaged one who frequently yea r s. helped him in his dirty work. There were a score of hacks. in waiting, but the boys did not The three boys were removed from the hack to the boat. propose t o patronize one. The boat was rowed out some distance in the stream to a Jack had been in San Fran c isco before, but had no general iifty-Jooking bark that was ready to put to sea with the next know l e d ge o f the city. flood tide then making. It was easy to wal k strai ght up to Kearny street, by way of The lads were hoisted over the side by the crimp and his Was hington or Clay. heeler. Instead o f following either o f those streets, Jack carried his "They l ook kind of green," said the first mate, examining companions i nto Pacific street, which showed that the boy the boys by the light of a lantern. got h i s beari .ngs a bit twisted "They're all right and the best I could get y ou at short No w, the lower part o f P a cific street in those days, whatever notice. Take 'em or leave 'em," said the crimp. It I s to-day, was a mighty t ough locality t o pass through, par"I must see the cap'n," said the mate. "What do you ship tfcu l a r l y at night. them as?" It was Ill-lighted, rather narrow, and_ lined with saloons, "Ord'nary jacks, of course. They ain't A. B.'s, but they know sailors' b o a rding-houses, slop -shops, marine stores o f a low the ropes well enough." grade, possessing altogether a slummy look. The mate reported to the skipper and that personage made The t hree well-dressed b oys attracted considerable notice, 1 his appearance and looked the boys over. and i t was attention that they didn't like. "Do you call those boys sailors?" cried the captain. However, they were getting on a ll right until they came "Ir they ain' t you can call me a liar," said the cri mp. &breast of a certa i n l o w g roggery The skipper had h is d o u bts, but as he was anxious to get


A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. 9 to sea that morning he agreed to talrn the three boys on the' "I wo'uldn't care so much if Bert were alive. We le d a crimp's terms, for if he didn't take them he would be obliged dog's life of it on board the bark. The officers used' us for to sail short-handed. punching-bags, while the sailors handl e d us wit h ou t g l ove s "Where's their dunnage?" he asked, meaning their clothes-; because we didn't belong to their class." bag. The shadow of the wreck was thrown sharply upo n the '"You'll have to fit 'em out and charge it ag'in 'em," said I land. the crimp, with a leer, as he pocketed his money-the advance At that moment Jack saw another shadow-a human be i n g whlch each sailor received on shipping. -rise above the bulwark line and stand there motionless. So the boys were not only sent afloat against their will and I "Hello!" he exclaimed. "Ther e's somebody aboard the knowledge, but were robbed as well. j wreck. We're not the only ones alive after all." Two hours later a tug came alongsid e, hitched o n and He jumped up and ran out from under the tilted stern to pulled the bark out to "The Heads" and over the bar. I see who the other survivor was. Sall was then made by the watch on deck and the vessel Looking up he saw a form clinging to the dec k r ailin g o n the was headed towards the Farallone Islands, about twenty-five raised side, with his back toward him. miles away. \ "Hello-o-o!" shouted Jac k When the boys came to their senses, h ours later, t h e bark The figure turned around a"nd looked i n t h e d irection o f the was out of sight of the California coast. hail. Their bewilderment was intense when they found t hem-i Jack uttered a cry o f joy, for he r ec o gnized Bert Dixon. selves at sea. "We've been shanghaied." cried Dick, who had read considerable about that disreputabl e practice. "We're up against it for fair." There wasn't any doubt about that, as they soon found ou t The captain was mad whe n he discovered they were really greenhorns. H e declared he would get the worth of his money out o f them CHAPTER VII. THE BOYS FIND FOO D somehow, so he ordered them to be fitted out and put into "It's Bert! He's alive!" said Jack to D ick. the watches-Jack and Bert in the first mate's and Dick i n "You don't mean it!" cried his companion, springing u p and the second mate's. joining him. That settled their fate, and they were forced t o turn to and I Dick speedily saw that Jack had made n o m istake about it, do their duty with the rest of the crew. I for there was B.ert sliding down to the lower rail, over which For the first time in their lives the boys learned w hat real 1 he dropped and landed on the sand. hardship was. "I'm awfully glad to see you chaps," Bert said, his fac e The petty tyranny of the Rev. Mr. White's academy was a shining with an eager light. "I thought I was the o n l y on e mere flee b1te in comparison:. I who had escaped a watery grave. It. was a terrible feelln J It was a kick and a blow there to "freshen their way, to figure .that one was wholly alone o n this deso late-looldng until they felt like jumping overboard. shore." The first rough sea made. them deathly sick for two days, Jack and Dick each grasped him by a hand and told h im how during which time they wouldn't have cared if they had been: deli ghte d they were to find he was alive and kicking, li k e flung overboard, where at least their misery would have had I themselves. an end, in this world at least. "You mut have come ashore on the wreck itsel f," said Jack. Hardly had they a cquired what the sailors call their sea "I did," replied Bert. "A big wave dashed me Into the legs than the bark ran into a howling gale that drifted them cabin passage and swept me into the cabin. My head struck mPes and miles out of their course, and finally land e d the,. something hard there, the l eg of a chair, o r t h e table, probvessel a wreck on the coast of Ecuador South America. ably, and I remember n othing more till I recovered my senses, It was a barren and deserted stretch o f land, under t h e and found the bark at rest, on her port be a m, and t h e sun shadow of the Andes. I shining down through the companion-stairs. It was a t ruly On the other hand was the Pacific, beating upon the shore. remarkable change from my last recollection of the vessel The wreck of the bark lay on her beam ends, broken i n the I tos sing abdut at the mercy of the wind and the sea, and I middle, and pretty well demolished forward. could hardly realize that I wasn't dreaming. I soon. found Her stern, as far as the break of the after deck, was a b out\ I was nQt, and then the conviction struck me that the bark the only part of her that had escaped destruction. had gone ashore somewhere. I left the cabin as s oon as I Not a human being but the apparently lifeless forms of could, mounting the stairs to the deck. From ther e I had !!> Jack and Dick was in sight-lying stretched on the shore. I good look at fhe prospect about as well as t h e c ondition o f How they, the least important part of the vessel's-company, the bar k herself. My heart sank when I saw nothing but happened to survive was one of those mysteries which is the tumbling sea on one and the inhospitabl e shore o n understood only b y an all-wise Providence. I the other, with not a sign of life anywhere in sight. You can't Jack was the first to realize that he was still in the land imagine how I felt as I clung to the rall and looked about m e. of the living. Then I heard your shout, and I turned and saw you, Jack. I He sat up, looked around and saw the agitated waves, the was s o overjoyed to find that I was not alone that I nearly los t d esolate shore, and the far-off mountain range. 1 my grasp on the rail. To know tha.t we three, companions i n The sight was not an inspir.ing one. hard luck, are together again, makes me fee l that life still 'Good heave ns! am I the only survivor?" he groaned. has something in it for us, after all." Then he saw something rise from b ehind a piece of broken! "I hope so," r eturned Jack, "but the prospect j ust n o w i s spar, and his eye s rested on Dick. not very inviting. We have been saved from the sea, it is "Dick, is that you?" he asked. I true, but where are we? How far from civ ilization ? I s this "It's me al! right. Where are we at?" place a big island, or the coast of South A merica ? T h e "I've no more Idea than a cat. Where's Bert?" Galapagos Islands near the equator and 200 o dd mile s off the "I'll never tell you. We seem to be the only ones lucky nortlfwes t part of Peru are big ones." enough to reach the shore. It was sure an awful storm." [ "Oh, we're not so far south as Peru," said Jack. "Wh e n Poor Bert, can it r ea ll y be that he is drowned?" 1 the storm hit us four day s ago we were h,undreds of miles from "I don't see a sign of him anywhere. Gee, but it's hot! the northern coast Of South America. Let's c1 awl under the shade of the wreck." 1 "Well, w e've gone a shore somewhere; that's as p lain a s t h e It was small wonde r that Dick thought it was unusually hot, nose on one's face," said Jack, "and there's land in sight as f a r for they were only three degree s oelow the equator. as we can see up and down the shore. It doesn't strike me that They had been ashore less than ha1f an hour and the sun 1 we're on an island. Look at that big, range of m o u ntains had only been out a matter of ten minutes, yet their gar-yonder. It runs clear out of sight in either direction. Take men ts were practically dry. \my word for it, we've been carried by the wind and sea upon Jack was a lso sensible of the heat, and followed Dick under the South American coast." the shelter of the stern of the wreck. j "If we have, then those a r e the Andes M ountains," said Jac k thought a whole lot of Bert, and. he fe l t sad to think Dick "They run for thousands of miles u p and d o w n the that he was lost with tne r es t of the bark's company. I west coast of South America." It's been a short and unfortunate cruise," he said, g l oomily. The boys speculated for some time as to t heir actu al wher e That's right," admitted Dick. "It began with hard luck abouts, and then t heir t h ought s reverted to a most import ant !o us, and it's ended with w orse to all hand&." 1 matter-they were there wasn t a house in si.i::ht, nor


10 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. any Indication of human life. How were they to' exist under such conditions? "Oh, I guess wef.ll find something to eat aboard the wreck," said Jack. "The galley is gone. Bow can we cook any food if we find It?" said DiJck. "That' s easy. Build a fire on the shore." "But if we hav'3 no cooking utensils we won't be able to do much." "Oh, rn'll get somehow, don't you worry. Come on, we'll go aboard and see what we can discover. I daresay we shall find somethi:ng in the pantry off the cabin passage." The shipwrecked three found no g.reat difficulty In making their way to the pantry. There they foumd everything in the place in confus i on. The floor was littered with the contents of the shelves. An Inspection of the m i scellaneous assortment yielded pots of preserved mea:ts and cans of vegetables, jars of jellies, bottles of preserved fruits, some of which were broken, and many other things. S e vera.I smoked hams i'nclosed in tight coverings swung from hooks in the ceili'.ng, and there were opened boxes containing wine, whisky, preserved jars of ginger, besides flour, suga.r, coffee, potatoes and othe articles. "I guess we won't go hungry," said Jack. "There's quite a supply of food on hand." "There ought to be ot more In the lazaretto under the cabin,., said Dick. "O n e of the crew told me that was where the bark' s stores were kept." "So much the better,"' repliod Jack. "Dut you don't e:i:pect to hang around this wreck do you?" said Bert. "Of course not. But we'll probably need a good supply of food to last us on our road to the nearest town, for we can't count on making rapid progress in this hot latitude." "The more food we load ourselves down with the slower will be our journey. By the way, how about fresh water?" sa1d Dick. The boys were making a meal ofr potted meat and crackers whllEl they were talking, Dick was the first to feel thirsty. "I don't know," said Jack. "I suppose all the water-casks have been washed away. There were a couple lashed to the side of the galley, but they're gone, I know. We might be able to find a water barrel ln what Is left of the hold forward, but it will be only a chance." "But, in the meanwhile, we've got to drink." "There's a case of California white wine which is about as light as wine comes. We might manage to do with that till we find water." "I suppose we'll have to make lt do." "There's the steward's fancy water-keg in the corner. Perhaps there's some water left ln that," said Bert.' Dick, being nearest to the keg in question, laid hold of it. He found it quite heavy, and judged that lt was full. It was what was called a 10-gallon keg. "There's water in It and lots of it," said Dick, picking up a cup within his reach and turning the brass cock. "Another problem solved," said Jack. "We're doing pretty well under the circumstances." The boys agreed that they were, and were now quite cheerful and hopeful. "If we reach a tawn all right we'll be better of!'. than had we been obliged to continue our voyage to Sydney," said Dick "That would have been a long trip, and judging from the experience we have gone through I guess we would have been mighty sick of sea-life by the time we reached Australia." "That's my op1rr1on," said Jack. "We thought we were badly used at the academy, but, gracious! that was a paradise alongl!lide the life we led on th!:;; bark." "Our persecutors have all gone to g-et their reward, so we have it on all of tbem now," said Bert. "That's a whole lot of satisfaction to me," said Dick "I hope the chief mate is roasting In Hades. He nearly broke my jaw the morning the gale started in. I never met such a brute before. Such men o\i.ght not to be officers of ships, or in any position that gives them unlimited authority over peo ple working under them." .As soon as they had finished their meal, which was a hearty one, for they had eaten very little for the past three days, everybody on board the bark having been compelled to go on short commons, since it was out of the question to light a fire in the galley whne the storm was at Its height, Jack sug gested that they straighten up the contents of the pantry and make an inventory of what they had her;>, "Oh, we've Jots of time to do that. I don't feel like working at present. I want to lie down in the shade and go to sleep," said Dick. "Go and Ile down, then; Bert and I will attend to the ma.tter," said Jack. "Why don't you wait till later on and let me help?" "No time like the present," replied Jack, starting In on t1-e job. Dert gave him a hand, and Dick, feeling that he could not drop out, joined in, though with manifest reluctance. The pantry was soon cleaned up and the various pots, jars and tins ddy sorted and piled up against the inclined wail. "Now we'll go and take a siesta," said Jack. "That's Spanish for forty winks, ain't it?" grinned Dick. "It's Spanish for a nap In the daytime, as I understand It." "Say, it's a good "thing you understand the 111.nguage pretty well, for it's generally spolten in South America, I believe. You'll be able to pow-wow with a native when we run across one. When a fellow who can only speak his native tongue finds himself in a foreign land he realizes he is at a great disadvantage when It comes to the necessity of making him-' self understood," said Dick. "I'm quite a linguist, for I understand French as well as I do !:1panlsh," said Jack. "Is that so? I didn't kr.ow that before. However, you won't need any French in these diggings. Your Spanish, however, will come In first-rate." The boys took refuge under the lee of the wreck, which furnishe d the only shade near by, but though out of the sun it was roasting hot and sleep was almost out of the question at first. After awhile the heat produced the contrary effect and they dozed off, perspiring at every pore. They did not wal;:e up till lat e in the afternoon. The few garments they had on were wringing wet. Dick was the first to open his eyes. "Oh my, this is fierce!" he ejaculated. "I'm parboiled. I'm going in the water if I can find a safe spot to bathe." He got out of his trousers and walked down to tb.e edge of the still ruffled Pacific. The waves rushed in and receded with such force that he did not dare trust more than his lower limbs in the swash for fear of the undertow carrying him away. He walked along the shore a short distance t111 he came to a basin protected by a circle of rocks. Here the water was deep enough for a limited swim. "Gee, but this is fine!" said Dick, diving in. He splashed around In the shade of the rocks, delighted beyond measure. "This is the first time I've felt really good to-day. I must put Jack and Bert wise to this," he added. Finally he crawled on the rocks and looked ln the direction of the wreck. He saw Jack and Bert standing up looking toward the shore. They h;td seen his clothes on awakening and judged he waa in bathing, but at what spot they couldn't make out. "I hope he hasn't been so reckless as to trust himself ln the surf," said Jack. "The undertow would make short work of him." "He doesn't appear to be in sight," said Bert, anxiously. At that moment a distant shout arrested their attention. "There he is over on the rocks," said Jack. "I guess he's struck a safe spot. Come on, Bert." They walked over to the basin. "Peel ofr and come on in. The water's fine," said Dick. His companions lost no time ln following his example, and the three enjoyed the time of their lives for nearly an hour. By that time the sun was low in the west, painting a glittering golden pathway across the heaving ocean. They returned to the wreck, made another meal and got down on the sand again. Darkness came on with the setting sun, with no intervening twllight, but It was hot really dork, for the sky glittered with myriads of stars, and objects were visible at a considerable distance. The boys talked about the future, planning a trip along the she.re in search of a town or village where they could get in touch with clvllizatlon, uptil they grew sleepy and fell into a dreamless slumber CHAPTER VIII. THE INN ON THE ROAD, The boys hung around the wreck for two days, making their prei>arations for a start.


A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. 11 They made up three good-sized bundles of provisions, which "Si, senor," she answered, after a momentar y hesitation. included a bottle of water each. "How far is it t o the nearest town?" Jack suggested that they bury the rest of the eatii.bles, as "How far? Does not the senor know?" she asked, in some well as the cases of wine and brandy. surprise. "We may have to come back this way, and' then we'll need "No, senorita, or I wouldn't have asked for the informathe food." !ion. "Do you expect the wreck will go to pieces?" asked Dick. "But you must have come from Dolores." "No, but a bunch of tramping natives of the country might "No, senorita, we have just come through the woods from come this way after we are gone and clean the wreck out." the coast." So the remaining contents of the pantry was made a cache "Frcm the coast! Is it possible? There is no town i n t hat of in a opening of the rocks around the basin. direction for more than th!ri;y miles." "We can only travel during the darkness," said Jack, "for "We were shipwrecked, senorita, and are on our way t othe the sun is too hot for us in the daytime. So if it's all the i neares t town or village. same to you chaps we'll start out in the course of an hour. "Shipwrecked!" she exclaimed, in some astonishment. No objection was ofl'ered to this suggestion, and In due "Yes, senorita. We are strangers to this land. Are we i n time they turned their backs on the wreck and set their faces Peru?" toward the north. "In Peru? Why, no, this ls Ecuador." After jogging along for a couple of hours they found further "Then we are further north than we supposed. But you progress along the shore blocked by a long stretch of, rocks haven't ahswered my question about the nearest t o w n I a l t extending down into the sea. Dolores, which you just mentioned?" They were obliged to strike into the interior over a rough "Si, senor." and rocky way. "And is it far along this road?" Finally they hit a place where tramping was a little better. Before she could reply a man, with a rascally l oo king face. This path indicated that trave l sOJ;netimes came that way. ca.me up behind her. It took them into a hilly section, away from the sea and "Who are you 1talking to, Pepita?" he said, roughly. towards morning they entered a wood. "Three boys who wish to find their way to D o l o r es." As this place promised shelter from the sun, Jack called Pushing her aside the man framed himself in the do orway. a halt, for they were tired of the first stage of their tramp He took the boys in' as well as he could under the starlit and, laying down their packs, they turned in for a sleep. sky. They did not wake up till the middle of the afternoon. "Will, the young men walk in and make themsel v e s at They partook of the,first meal of the day, dranlc sparingly home?" he said. of the water, since was their IIl;Ost precious possession, and "We have no money to pay for entertainment," said Jack they had but a limite d quantity with them. "All we wish to know is how far is it to the next town?" They resumen. their journey under the trees, going slowly. "No money! rt l s ttue, then, that you h ave b ee n ship... They halted at intervals and finally darkness came on again. wrecked." About nine o'clock they ate again and then resumed their "Quite uue, senor. way. "Then you are welcome to the hospitality of m y p oo r in,n The woods was an extensive one for there seemed to be no for the night without, charge. In the morning I will end to it. see yo u to Dolores, as I am going there on business. They were still in it when morning came and they lay down Had Jack been acquainted with the ch,aracter o f the inn-again to sleep. keeper he would not have thought of passing even a single They awoke late in the took dinner and started night under his roof, but as the man was a complete s t r a n ger on again. to him he had no means of guessing what was behind the "Say, isn't it about time we got out of this wood?" asked seemingly gracious invitation. Dick. Yet he did not fancy the looks of the man much, for unless "'How should I know?" asked Jack. "Do you take me for an his face greatly belied him, he hardly lool\ed llke a p erson to animated guide-book of this part of the country?" be trusted., "I merely asked the question." Still as he and his companion had nothing about them to "We ll, as I never was here before I can't answer your re-lose, he conckded that it would be better to accept t h e invita mark. It may take us a week to pas s through it, or we may tion than to pass the night out of doors. make our exit from it in half an hour." So telling his companions to follow, te stepped into a falr"I hope it will be in half an hour. I feel lost in this place. sized roQm, where a table was spread in readiness for the meal Maybe we are lost. We may tramp on till our food gives out, an old woman, of unfavorable looks, was cookin g on an open and then we'll starve to death. Perhaps we'd better turn fire. back and go In the other direction." The innkeeper pointed at a bench as a sign for the bo y s to "Dcn't get discourage d so soon. The longest lane has a be seate d. turning, and this wood is su r e to have Its limit." The r oom was lighted by the lamp which stood on the "We may b e no better oft then." window ledge. ''Vve can't help that." Shortly after darkness tell t hey emerged from the wood and This was the light which had guided the young Amer icans to found themselves on a mountain road. the house. "This lead somewhere," said Jack. "Step out. PerThe old wornan turned around and looke.d at them curiously. haps we 'shall so c n stri!;:e a house or a village. Then she b c'.rnned the man over and said something t o him "I hope so," said Dick. in a low tone. Half an hour late r whe n they rounded a great rocky spur The innkeetie r nodded and came back Jack, w hom b .41 they saw a light betore ti.J.em, shining from the window of a plied with q uestions about the wreck and its location ; al"' house beside the road. I who they :vere and where they came from, as well a s man7 "Hooray! We've hit something at las''" said Dick, in a other qrenes. tone of satisfaction. The girl, who was b elpmg the old woman in her cul!na17 They hurried forward, b elieving that the worst of their operation s, showed con siderable interes t in Jack and h i s oo m journey was bflhind the m. panions. As they drew nfla r the house they saw it bore a swinging The innk<'eeper, olilservlng her curiosity, stamped his foot sign above the door. in a i;;avage way and gave her a look which caused her to "I he!Jeve it's a mountain inn," said Jack. withdraw her notice. "So much the better,., returned Dick. "There wouldn't be Presently two other men entered the room from the rear an inn unless there was trave to support it. That means Tbe:; appeared to be surprised at seeing the boys, but made we must be on the road to a to wn. Luck seems turning our no remark. way at last." The old woman announced that supper was ready, where-They marched up to the door of the house which bore the upo n the innkeer.er told the boys to sit up and make themswinging sign, its inn-like ch'aracter, and Jack selves, at home. h.-nocked. Jack translated the invitation to his friends, and as Ule In a few minutes the door was opened by an uncommonly stew which had been dished up from the pot smelled !nvlt!ng pretty girl, in a short, brignt-colored gown, who asked, in they were glad to accept. Spanish, what the senor wanted. The places that were intended f o r the o l d woman a n d the "Ia.tll,.la u 1nn7 Jack asked, i n Spanish. girl were g iven to Jack and Dick, and room made for. Bert.


A MILLION IN DIAMONDS The girl passed around slices of buttered bread, and the Jack's only hope lay in the fact that the innkeepe r had repast was top!JCd off with cof!'ee. j drugged himself, and would not be able to take part in his The innkeeper nanded around the latter. contemplated rascality. The girl moved around the room like a person on pins and The boys were led to a room containing four rude beds. nee dl es, as the expression is. i "You do not need a llght, senors," said the innkeeper. "The "Will senor have another piece of bread?" she said, as moon Is just rising and wit! presently shine in through that Jack was lifting the cup to his lips. window," pointing at an open one. As she offer ed the bread she hit the cup in an' awkward "All right," responded Jack, anxious get rid of the felwa:v, uprntting it, wlth a crash, on the floor. low." "We'll be In bed and asleep in five minutes. We're The innkeeper sp1 ang up with an imprecation, and said pretty well played out," and he yawned as if dead tired something fiercely in French. 1 while his companions, kicking off their shoes, dropped heavily Jack understood it and it aroused his suspic ions. 1 on a bed each and were asleep almost When the innkeepe r got him a fresh cup of the coffee the The innkeeper grinned in a i:ly way, nodded and left the bo y saw him drop something in the cup. room, closing the door after him. "The rascal i s u p to some villainy," thought Jack. "I be-Jack heard his feet on the stair as he went down. Uev e he Intends to drug me." I He walked to the door and found that It had neither lock, Fearing_ that the coffee served to his companions had been t t or catch to It. dosed, he was about to warn them not to touch it when he The only way to prevent It from being opened was to barrisaw that he was too late, for both Dick and Bert had drained cade it from the inside, bu t the beds and a couple of stools, a ll their cups. : the furniture the room contained, was not very well adapted "The young senor will pardon the awkwarqness of my daugh-for that purpose. ter," said the innke eper, setting the fresh cup before him. 1 It was evident from the open window, through which Jack "Certainly," said Jack, who happen ed to be seated next saw that escape could easily be made that the Innkeeper had to him. full confi d ence In the drug he supposed had been administered Seeing that the innkeeper had not yet t ou c h ed his own to the three. coff ee idea flashed through the boy's h e ad. 1 Opening the door, after removing hi s shoes, Jack crept softly He saw the girl standing back in the corner r egarding him downstairs and peered through the folds of the curtain Into with a look of apprehension. the main room. "Your daughter is making signs to you, senor," he said. I The old woman and the girl were finishing their supper at The Innkeeper, w ho was in the act of reseating himself, the table. rose again with another imprecation and made a rush for the The innkeeper and his two associates were standing close to girl. I the curtain, talking together In low tones In French. She fied with a scream through the rear curtained door. They were thoroughly conversant with that language and This drew general attention away from the. table, and Jack Jack blessed his st1trs that he had acquired a fair lmow'!edge took instant advantage of it to deftly exchange cups with of it. his host. I In a few minutes he learned the purpose that the innkeeper The innkeeper did not pursue the girl, but sai d something had in view. in French to her from the door, after which he returned to It was to carry the boys In t o the interior and sell them to the table and seated himself. j the overseer of a copper mine-, within the depths of which they He went on with his. supper. would be compelled to slave without the least chance of "You are not drinking your coffee, senor," he said, with fur-escape. Impatience. "Is It not,, to liking?". I Jack did not fully realize the awful fate that would be It ls yery good: indeed, replied Jack, raismg the cup to' theirs if once they were sent down Into the mine but judged his lips and drlnkmg It off: 1 that it would b e tough enough. The Innkeeper watched him with covert sat_lsfaction "Go and get the mules ready," said the innkeepe r. "They Thei; he drank the himself without the least are all asleep b y this time and the sooner we start the h e t1usplcion that he bad fallen mto his own trap. ter, for it will take all night to make the journey through the mountains." Jack slipped to one side when he saw the two rascals start CHAPTER IX. for the c urtain, through which they had to pass on their way to the rear. JACK SAVES PEPITA'S LIFE. I They did not notice him in the darkness, and when their footsteps died away outside Jack returned to the curtain. All hands got _up and the woman sat down herself. The Innkeeper was lighting a long, native cigar at the fire. The innkeepe1 called the p:1rl and she slowly made her ap-1 H turned around and b erate d Pepita for what he called at-pearance infear and trembling. e He pointed at the table and she sat down without looking tempted treachery on her part. at Jack. j She denied that she had intentionally upset the coffee in Dick yawned s l eepily, while Bert looked fishy about the eyes. Jack's _hand. "The young senors had bette r ret.ire, said the innkeeper, The mnk.eeper, however, was not of her mn?ce nce, blandly. "I will take you upstairs to a room where you will and to make short work of her if she ever did such aleep soundly unt!l the morning." 1 a thmg agam. Taking a small lamp off a she lf he lighted it and motioned Ja<',j.: was satisfie d the girl was not the v1llam s daughter, the boys to follow him. and he wondered wh3'.' s h e remained with him, unless it was Jack saw signs pass between him and the other two men she was afraid to run away. who were standinanear the window lazily smoking cigarI The mnkeeper began to yawn and rub his ey e s, whereat he ettes. "' I muttered some unln.telligible expressions, and looked fier cer Dick and Bert were both eager to lie down on any kind of a j than ever. bed, for they could hardly keep their eyes open, but Jack was 1 Finally he dropped into a chair at the table and the old wide awake as he had ever been in his life. I woman asked him what was the matter. As the three rascals 'had knives stuck their waist sashes, "Sacre! I know n?t. I fee l very queer, he return.ed, half and looked wicked en ou g h to use them without muc h provocam French and half m Spanish. tlon, and his companions appeared to be fast yielding to the "You look s l eepy. You didn't make a mistake in the coffee drug administered to them in their coffee, Jack hardly knew did you?" said the woman. what to do, since he alone c ould not hope to cope against the i "By gar!" he hissed fiercely, trying to rise, "I made no mis-acoundrels. i take, but something is the matter." H e knew that Pepita had tried to save him, and really had ; Then he glared fiercely at Pepita. BUcceeded in do i n g s o, so far as the drug was concerned, and I "Trait'ress! I believe you have had a hand Jn this. You he belle:ved she wou ld lend him fu rther aid If it wete within have drugged m11, and I wilJ have your life!" her power, but the prospects looked pretty bh,ie. j Making a desperate effort, he rose to his feet and, drawing H e could not understaJld what object the innkeeper had In 1 his knife, reached for the girl. doing them u p, sin ce they had no thing of value In their pos1 She sprang up with a scream and tried to escape him, but sessi on. he lurched forward and caught h e r by the arm. It was clear he had some purpose In the background, or he I Jack darted into the room and caught hi s arm with one wouldn't a c t as he was doing. hand and smashed him full in the face with the other.


A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. 13 The innkeeper went down, like a log, and lay motionless o n the floor. Jack picked up the knife and told the old woman if she opened her mouth it would be the worse for her. "Ah, senor, y ou have saved my life, said Pepita, seizing the boy's hand and pressing it to her lips. "You did not drink the coffee?" she added. "Why, yes, I drank the secon<' cup after making an exchange with that rascal. "I see! I see! How smart you are!" she cried, admiringly. "My two friends are drugged upstairs. How are we to escape?" "I know not. Pedro and Gonzales are to be reckoned with." At that moment there came a pounding on the door, and a shout of "Open," in Spanish. The old woman, with an agility remarkable for her years, darted to the door and opened It. Four dark-skinned, rascally men entered. The old woman spoke to them rapidly, pointing at the boy. They drew their knives and advanced upon him. "You are lost, senor!" cried Pepita, cowering to one side. Jack faced the bunch with resolute mein and the knife, de-termined to sell his life dearly. But he was saved from a scrap by the sudden entrance of Pedro and Gonzales through the curtain. were astonished to see Jack in an attitude of defense when they supposed he was asleep with tis companion11 upstairs. However, they lost no time in seizing and disarming him. "Francois, he is dead!" cried Pedro, looking down at the innkeeper. "No, no," replied the old woman, "he is drugged!" "Drugged! How is that?" asked the rascal, In astonish-ment. "The senor tricked him somehow," she answered. "Never mind. We have the young senor safe enough. He shall not escape us." A general explanation took place with the newcomers, who appeared to be a part of the gang who made the inn their headquarters. The fate sel ected for the three boys was approved by the others, and as Pedro declared no time was to b e lost, Jack was dragged outside and strapped to the back of a mule. Then the unconscious Dick and Bert were brought. downstairs and tied on the other two mules. Pedro and Gonzales then started tl:e animals ahead of them up into the mountains. During the confusion Pepita, who knew what she had to expect when Francois recovered his senses, disappeared from the inn. CHAPTER X. Jack, lying partly along the side of the mule, faced in the direction of the bushes, and h e was astonished beyond measure when he r ecognized Pepita's face. That she should have followed the party such a long and toilsome trip seemed beyond his comprehension. Her presence, however, was undoubted, and his heart began to gather hope, for he knew from her movements that she was there to help him and his friends If she could. "She has done this because I savP,d her life,'" he thought, "but what can she, a girl, do againGt those two rascals?" At that moment sounds reached his ears from further up the road. -The tramp of animals and the shouting of evidently urging them on. Pedro and Gonzales heard the sounds, too, but did 1 not trouble themselves to get up. They knew what was coming-a train of mules bearing a load of copper on its way to the seaport village of Dolores, :fifteen miles to the north of the roadside inn. Presently the head of the train came in sight, winding out of the mouth of a ravine. The mules were urged forward with shouts an1l blows, which th8y .Jl.CCepted with a stoical indiff erence born of long ex-perience. Wfien the train got abreast of the spot where Pedro and Gon zales were those rascals got up and went forward to meet the men in charge. The train came to a stop anu a pow-wow took place. Pedro and his companion explained that they w:ere taking three boys to the mine to be sold as workers. Several or the mule-tender:; came over and looked at the boys. "Stout chaps. They'll do first-rate. The overseer will be glad to get them for we are short-handed in the mine, owing to several deaths," said the leader of the convoy. In a few minutes train proc e eded on a g ain.. When the rear mules came up Pedro and Gonzales recognized a particular friend al).d walked on about a hundred feet talking with him. Pepita seized the chance to sneak out of the bushes and glide up to the mule on the back of which Jack was a prisoner. "Senor, I have come to save you," she said, hastily cutting his bonds with her knife. In a few moments h e slipped to the ground, frEe. "Fly and hide yourself!" she urged, pulling him toward the bushes. "No, Pepita, I can't desert my friends," he said. "But they are drugged and can't help themselves. Qui c k, or you are lost." "At ]east I can cut them free. Give me the knife.,. "There is no time. Pedro and Gonzales have stopped and w!ll turn back in a mom ent. Ah senor, for my sake!" she pleaded. "Think what I have risked for your sake! Hide and perhaps we will find a chance to save your friends yet." PEPITA SAVES JACK AND HIS FRIENDS. Jack allowed himself to be persuaded, and followed her in to the bushes. It was a long ride through the night that Jack was forced Hardly had they disappeared when the men turned around to endure, and which his friends were blissfully unconsc!ous and came back. of. Pedro's sharp eyes missed the form of Jack from the mule. When morning dawned they were still many miles from He uttered an exclamation of consternation and surprise. their d estination, in a wild and desolate part of the moun"What's the t rouble?" asked Gonzal es tains. "One of the boys has escaped. We must recapture him. He Finally Pedro called a halt for the rest, and the mules, can't be far away." with their burdens, were tethered by the roadside. "Escaped! Caramba! .uet us search." The two rascal s took a covered basket from the back of one They whipped out their knives and started into the bushes. of the animals, sat down by a roc k and taking a bottle of Suddenly Pedro uttered a c ry. wine and some meat and bread from the basket started to eat "Caramba! I have been hurt," and he fell to the ground, their breakfast. with an u gly ga11h in his l eg which had been inflicted by a The bushes, a short distance away, were cautiously parted broken branch he scraped against. and a face appea r ed. Gonzales stopp ed It was the 1Jretty countenance of Pepita. "Injured!" h e exclaimed, bending over the writhing Pedro. She had followed the outfit all the way from the inn in "Si, in the leg. I believe that boy has a knife. Look out spite of the hardship it entailed upon h e r that you don't catch it yourself. He is hiding somewhere here, She had made up her mind to save Jack, even at the risk like a snake In the grass. Por Dios! I am done for as to of her life, for she felt she owed him her life, and her warm walking further." young Spanish heart was now devoted to his interests. As Gonzale s b ent down to lift his companion a Rtone, She well understood the fate designed for him and his com-launche d by Jack, caught him squarely on the head and he fell panions, and she resolved to save him at least from going to down, stunned. the copper mine. Pedro uttered a volley of imprecations. In her hand she carried a glittering knife, and she felt no Having temporarily put -their enemies out business, Jack hesitation to use it In Jack's behalf if the necessity arose. and Pepita emerged from the shelter of the bushes into the Her dress and shoes were torn by the roclts and brambles road. she bad paEsPn over and through in her toilsome journey. "We will u n loose the mules and drive them forward," said Her hands and neck we r e scratched and bleeding, but she Pepita, "and make our escape." was pluck to the backbone. uThat will take ur '"" ... A,. into th .. mcumt-1-" "_ .. -w


14 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. from the coast," said Jack. "We must retrace our way along the road." CHAPTER XI. "No," said the girl. "We would have to pass the inn." "What's the odds? It will take us nearly all day to get THE IDDDEN VALLEY. that far, and we can hide till it's dark and then s lip past the "Madre mlo! Save me, Senor Jack!" he heard Pepita cryplace." ing from the depths of this tunnel. we can go over the mountains further on, and by follow"Wait for me, fellows. r'm going after Pepita," said Jack. ing the sun, get around to Dolor es, but we shall go hungry "Look out for yourself!" cried Dick, warningly. "You may till the morning," she said. fall into a hole." "Never mind that. Our lives are more important than our "Where are you, Pepita?" called Jack, as he pushed for-stomachs," said Jack. ward in the dark. Pepita spied the basket and lookin g into it said: "Here, Senor Jack!" came from a short distance. "Here is food and wine that will answer very well," and She appeare d to b e less alarmed than at first, for the grabbed it up. mule had stopped backing and she knew that Jack, in whom Jack freed the mules and started them on, after helping the she had all confid e nce, was coming to her aid. girl upon the back of the on e he had so lately been tied to. I It only took Jack a minute to reach her and he seized her In a short time they had left the prclous pair of rascals well I by the arm in the dark to rsassure her. behind. "This is a funny hole in the wall," he said. "I wonder They followed the road for an hour before Pepita, pointing where It l eads to?" to a ravine on the left, said they must turn of.I' there. "Let us get out at once," she said. Jack headed the forward mule into it and the other two fol-"Hold on a moment. I wish I had a match." lowed, as a matter of course. I have son;ie In my pocket," she said The y had covered perhaps a mile of uneven ground when "Good! Hand them over," he said. Jack noticed a movement from Dick. He struck one and looked around the tunnel. He halted the little train and getting the knife from Pepita He saw that it l e d off sharply to the left, and that the mule cut Dick loose from the mule's back had backed up a gainst the end wall of the passage: Dick looked around in wonder. I J ack 's curi osity was aroused and he determined to see "Hello! Where am I at?" he said, as he straightened up where the cress tunne l led to. So you've woke up at last. I'm mighty glad of it," said You won't mind waiting in the dark till I come back, Jack. I P epita," h e sdd. "I say, what does this mean? I thought we went to sleep in "Where are you g oing?" she asked. a room of aJl! inn." "There's a se cond passage behind you and I'm going to find "So you and Bert did, but I didn't. You two were drugged out, if I can, where it runs to." by the coffee you drank." 1 "You fall into a rift in the rocks," she said, anx''Drugged!" exclaimed Dick., aston.s hed. iously. "Yes," answered Jack, who, in a few words, explaine d mat"Not while I've matches to light my way," he replied ters to his friend. He started ahead and found that the cross tunnel Inclined "Gee! And where are we now?" down like the other. "Somewhere in the Andes." The floor was comparatively smooth, though it was littered "And that's the girl we saw at the inn?" with may small stones. "Yes, her name is Pepita. We owe our escape from a ter-As he went on he saw that it wound around in a gentle rib le fate to her." I curve. The girl had, during the trip so far, told Jack enough about i There were no pitfalls anywhere, and he rather marveled at the copper mine to malte him sensibl e of the fortunate escape this pecuUar piece of Nature' s handiwork, and wondered how he and his friends had had through the pluck and gratitude of it had been formed 'Pepita. I He did not reach the right conclusion ,until many years later "She's a brick, then. How came she to stand in with us?'" I when he read a learned paper on the subject of underground Jack told him how J:e had saved the girl's life. streams, and then he understood that at some period many "Gee, but you had a great nerve, old man!" years, perhaps a thousand or more, before 'the time he made The voice of Bert drew their attention to him. the discovery of the intersecting tunnels or passages in the He had recovered his senses and was both surprlseq and mountainside a heavy and rapid-flowing mountain stream had alarmed to find himself bound on the back of an ani.mal. I flowed Into the cul de and ourrowed out a passage for He was at once released and made acquainted with all the : iteelf through the combmed earth and roclt and had flowed facts. I throug h the tunne ls until Its source had either gradually dried "How are we going to reach the coast this way?" asked Dick. up or been in some way diverted from its original course. "Pepita seems to know the way we are following," said I Jack went on for some aistance till he began to wonder it Jack. 1 he was into bowels of the Andes, and then he "What are we going to do for something to eat along the suddenly came into a lighted cave. route?" Looking out of the opening he gazed upon one of the most "We've got a small supply of food, but we'll have to go easy wonderful valleys his mind could conceive whe n considering with it. Are you hungry now?" that the mountain scenery he had heretofore met with since "Yes I could eat a square meal without any trouble." l eaving the wreck was all of the most desolate and sterile .we'll take a bite all around, with a drink of wine."! character. A small portion of the food was handed out to each, after I This valley was like a veritable Eden. which eac h took a drink from the bottle. The grass was soft and green, flowers grew in profusion, As each mule carried a bundle of fodder for its own con: and trees sprang up in alJ directions. sumption the animals were fed and then the journey was That some of the trees bore fruit he had evidence close by. resumed. The whole valley was surrounded by the great spurs of the Pepita proved to be a bad guide, for it wasn't long before Andes, rising in seried battalions toward the sky. they found themselves all tangled up in the mountain range. The place resembled nothing so much as a vast natural amF'inally they came up against a blank wall of rock that phitheater. appeared to be a regular cul de sac. The temperature was hot, owing to Its enclosed character "We're stuck here for fair, said Dick. "We'll have to turn and exposure to the direct rays of the tropical sun, which at around and go back till we can find a place to branch off. If that moment hung almost airectly overhead. we don't get out of this wilderness we are llkely to leave our Taken all in all it was a strikingly beautiful scene, and bones here." Jack was in no hurry to retr.ace his stepc through the dark "That would be hard luck," said Jack. tunnels that connected It w 'th the cul de sac above. He started to turn the mule he was leading, on the back The fruit attracted him, for he was hungry. of which Pepita rode, when the animal, backing accidentally He climbed the nearest tne and found it contained the most into a mass of tall, thick bushes, slipped and disappeared. luscious figs he had ever eaten. Pepita uttered a scream as she vanished, too. He had always believed that the figs grown in Santa Clara Good heavens!" gasped Jack, parting the bushes carefully. Valley, near his home in San Jose, could not be surpassed, and looking ahead. I but he had to take off his hat to these. He found himself looking into a narrow, cleft-like opening He ate several and then not only fill e d his pockets with them 1J:l the rock, the interior of which was as black as ink. to carry back to his friends, but also his ha.t.


/ r A MILLION IN DIAMONDS. Finally he re-entered the cave and lOoked around there. To his surprise he saw a large chest standing against the wall and near by was a rlfie. Beside the rifle were two revolvers in holsters. There was also a small, black, three-leggelt pot with a handle and several tin pans, such as miners used in washing surface dirt for gold. Jack appropriated the revolvers and strapped them around his waist, then, full of his ulscoveries, he started back up the winding incline. He went up much faster than he came down, for lle !l:new the way was clear and that no offshoots were thei;e to lead him astray. Presently he heard voices ahead, which he recognized as Dick's and Pepita's. The former was fruitlessly hurling questions in English at the girl and she was talking back to him in Spanish. Neither understood the other, but both were somewhat excited over Jack's continued absence. "Hell.o!" said Jack, coming up to them and the mule. -"What are you trying to do, Dick?" Pepita uttered a little shriek of joy on hearing Jack's voice, while Dick said: "Where In thunder have you been, old man?" "Where I'm _going to take the bunch of you. See if you can turn the mule around into this cross-tunnel without breaking his neck," said Jack, striking a match: The feat was accomplished, but not without difficulty. "Now then, Dick, retu'rn to the entrance and lead down your mule, and tell Bert to follow with his. Hurry up. Hold on a moment. Are you hungry?" "I'm nearly starved." "Hold out both your hands for some of the finest figs you ever tasted." "Figs!" exclaimed Dick. "You're joking." "Taste one and see if I am. Here, Pepita, I've got some figs for you," he added, in Spanish. He handed her halt a dozen. "Gee, but these are fine!" cried Dick. "Where did you get them?" "Never mind. We're all going right to thEt tree they grow on. Hurry back to Bert, and don't eat all the figs like pigs, but save a few for our comrade outside." Dick started of!'. and in a few minutes returned at a slow pace, leading his mule, with Bert and his mule behind. "Now, then, follow me, fellows. The way is clear, so you needn't be afraid if it is as dark as the caves of Erebus, which, according to mythological history, were as black as the ace of spades." Jacl.r led the way and his friends followed close on the sound of the footfalls of his mule, which echoed through the passages. Dick and Bert were wondering where the tunnels were going to end when the party emerged into the lighted cave. Jack ll!ted Pepita down, and her heart thrllled as he held her momentarily !n his arms. Already she was head over heels in love with the young American senor, who had saved her life, and had she dared ehe would have thrown her arms around his neck and kissed him mere than once. "Come and see the beautiful valley," said Dick to his friends, leading the girl to the er.trance of the cave. They left the mules standing in the cave, and were delight rnl!y surprised by the fertile valley the moment their eyes rested on it. "There's the fig tree, said Jack, pointing at it. Then the sight ol the grass reminded him that the mules were entitled to some consideration, so he brought them out, and the animals b egan an eager feast. "What do you think of this hidden valley?" asked Jack. "It's a dandy,"'sald Dick. "! daresay there are other exits from it, but !f there are not we can return quite safely by the route we came. Before we leave !t we'll load the mules with enough food, and a supply of grass for themselves, to last us for a week whlle trying to find our way out of the mountain range. "We can take our time here," said Dick, "as long as there is plenty to eat." "You'd soon get tired of a fruit diet and nothing else, so would we all. It ls better than no diet at all, though." "How about water?" asked Dick. "Where have the mules gone?" said Bert at that juncture. "Blessed if I know, but we mustn't lose them. Come on, let's hunt them up," said Jack, The mules were found drinking at a rippling mountain stream. The young people joined them and also drank their fill. "That's ever so much better than the wine," said Ilert. "Bet your life it is!" said Dick. The sun was so hot that they were glad to beat a retreat to the cool cave, where Jack pointed out t!J.e cheat, the r ifle, and other things. "There must be somebody hanging o\1t bere," said Dick. The key stood in t!J.e lo ck of th<:? che,;t, and Dick took the liberty of opening it to see what it contained. It held clothes and many other thing3, There were several bocks printed In JJnglish, so the boys judged that the owner .of the chest was either an Amerir,an or an Engllshman. Jack, who had had no sleep all night, and Pepita, who had also been awake, began to feel the effect of their long spell of wakefulness. They lay down and went right off to sleep, leaving Dick and Bert to do likewise if they chose The y slept till aroused by Dick, about dark. "Listen," said Diclc. "There's evidence that we are not alone in this valley." Jack l!stened. Through the calm evening air came the strident barking of than one dog. CHAPTER XII. THE WILD MAN AND HIS DOGS As the barking of the dogs came !rem one spot all the time the boys guessed there was a house in the valley, or perhaps several houses, for that matter. It was impossible for them to make out just what was in the valley beyond the trees and vegetatio n that they saw on eve r y side. "We'll take a ride around the place in the morning," said Jack, "and if there are inhabitants here we'll introduce our selves." They madit their evening meal on a small part of the remaining meat and bread, with the figs to fill up on. Sitting at the mouth of the cave they talke d for an hour or so and then turned in for a sleep inside. Jack was the first to awake and he m a d e a further examination of the immediate vicinity of the cave. He not only discovered more fig trees, but other fruit o! a tropical nature. He brought all he could carry to the cave, and all hands had some of it for breakfast. "Now we'll mak e a start to explore the valley," Gaid Jack. "I guess I'll take that flask of whisky that I saw in the chest. It m ight come in handy." Wlll took possession of the Remington rifle and put a handful of cartridges in l:lis pocket. As there were but three mules for the four of them, one would have to walk, so the boys decided to tal;:e turns afoot. Jack said he'd do the first spell of walking, and started off b eside Pepita. Dick and Bert followed after on the two mules. It was decid e a to circle the edge of the valley first, and this the y did. They met with no evidences of human beings at any point, nor did they find any means of exit from the valley other than the unde: ground way by whic h they had got there. "This is certainly a hidden valley," said Jack. "We only got into it by the merest ac cident. No one would have thought there was an openinl,\' b ehind those bushes in the cul de sac. If the mule hadn't butted into It we never would have there was a luxurious place like this close at hand, in the midst of the Andes It will be something for us to talk about when we get back to Callfornla." "And when we get back to our homes we'll be sent to school again," said Dick. "Well, what's the difference? We've discovered that there are worse things in the world than the Rev. White's academy. Just the same, I shall put up a stiff kick against returning there. There are lots of' other schools where a fellow can get an educatloh without being forced to work half the time for the benefit of the head of the establishment. I guess my mother didn't know the kind of school It was, and I'm pretty certain that the letter I sent her tell1ng what I was up against were suppressed by the reverend principal, so she never got an Idea of the truth." "I guess your stepfather knew the character of the school all right," said Dick, "and sent you there on purpose to make


18 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS you hoe a hard row. I am s a tisfied that my stepmother se lected the school for me for the same reason." "Well, as it goes agains t m y grain to let m y stepfather get the better of m e like he has m y mothe r, if I decide to returD home I'll show him that I've grown independent of him since I've been out in the world.. Nothing li k e rubbing up against the rough ed ges of things to make a man of a f e llow. You ought t o fe e l abl e no w to handle your stepmother." "I don't think she'll be able to orde r me around as she used to," said Dic k "Bert has the worst of the d e al, as his guardian has complete legal con t rol o ve r him, and all the kicking in the world won't do him any g ood. I'm afrai<,l that individual intends to skin Be r t out o f the legacy his mothe r l eft him." "It looks that way," said Dick. "He ou ght to complain to the. judg e of the court. "That's w on't do him muc h good. H e'd have to show some proof t h a t his g uardian was trying to detraud him. How is he going to do it?" "I c ouldn' t t e ll you." They went completely around the valle y and finally got back to the ca ve. The h eat w a s s o great that they determined to postpone further investigations until the sun w ent down b elow the mountain peaks. They rested In the cave h a d dinner, finishing up the last of the b read and meat and filling up on fruit. The res t o f the afternoon w a s passed in talking and sleeping. Jac k woke u p about fiv e and found Dick looking over the things in the che s t. "I guess the party who owns this stuff has gone away and left it," said Dick, "otherwise w e ought to have seen him around. "I don't s e e why h e should leave his rifle and revolvers, even ff he temporarily aban d oned his othe r property," responded Jack. "If h e 's working somewhere around the valley the place Isn't so b i g that he co uldn't get bac k h ere every night." "He might b e stopping over where we heard the dogs yelping las t night. "Well, let's go o ver and see." "All right. We'll l e ave B ert and Pepita to finish their sleep. We are not llkefy t"o be long away." Mounting a mule each they started for the center of the valley, Dic k carrying the r ifle as a precaution. After a short rid e they came out in a kind of clearing, the most conspicuous feature of which was a huge rock, rising a matter of a do z e n feet and spreading twice that distance to the right and l e ft. As the y approached the rock they saw the form of a man afretched out on the ground, with his head and shoulders supported by a large stone. "There's our man now, said Jack. "There's something the matter with him. "Perh7'PS he' s d e ad, s a id Dick. They dismounte d and advanc ed toward the motionless figure He was a tall, stalwart man well along in y ears. His eyes w e r e c lo s ed and his f ace was deathly white. H He's dead, '' said Dick. "No, he isn't. If he was his e y es would be open and his mouth, too, said Jac k. "Well, he' s next door to it. H e llo! What are those glittering things on that pape r b eside him? They look like real diamonds." His exclamation aroused the man and he opened his eyes. "Water-water!" he gasped. "He wants water and we haven't any with us," said Jack. "Give him some of that whisky y ou have in the flask. It doubtless belongs to him, said Dick. As Jac k placed the flask to the old man's lips Dick uttered an ejaculation of alarm. "Look!" he cried, pointing. Jack turned and saw a sight that took away his breath-a fierce-looking man about to release two vicious dogs. Jack release d the flask which the old man had seized with both his hands, sprang up and drew one of his revolvers. Dick, at the same tim e, grabbed up the rifle and cocked It. "Aha! cried the half-clad apparition at the opening of the rock, in Spanish. "More victims for us. At them, good dogs!" The animals sprang at the boys, looking as if they meant to rend them in bits. And they were able to do ft, too, for they were large and powerful. Crack! crack! Jack and Dick fired at the same Instant and the dop fell and rolled over, one with a rifle ball In its brain, the other badly wbunded by a revolver bullet. The wild-looking man uttered a snarl of rage. He grabbed a spear within reach and flung It straight at Jack. The boy barely avoided it by springing quickly aside. As the man reached for a second spear Jack fired at him. The ball cut a furrow alongside of his head and he dropped unc onscious. The old man appeared to understand what was going on, though he did not see the dogs nor the wild man. The animal Jack had wounded was tearing around in the g r ass, frothing at the mouth, and It looked as if he had got his death-blow. "Keep watch, Dick, and see that nothing more comes at u1 out of that rock," said Jack, kneeling again beside the old man. "How are you feeling, sir?" he said. "Badly," replied the old chap, In a hoarse whisper. "If I live an hour I shall do well J>w came you boys to find your way into this hidden valley?" "Ey accident. One of our mules backed into the entranc e of the t unnel above, and curious to find out where it led to I fol lowed it down to the ca ve," answered the boy. Ah, y e s, I see. You have come in time to do me a last ser-vi ce. Hav e you shot those dogs?" "Yes "And the man, too?" "Yes. I had to shoot him In self-defense." "You hav e done a good job He is a fiend in human sha pe, and his dogs were like him. They have done for me; and would have finished me, but their master preferre d I should die a lingering death by the heat of the sun. What I hav e Sl.l. ffered th!3 day no one can guess, nor could I m yself tell its subtle torture, but the end is near and I will soon be out of my misery." "Are. you really so bad as that?" "Yes. What's your name, my lad?" "Jack Riddle. My companion's name ls Dick Thompson. There is anothe r boy with us at the cave name d Bert Di xon, and a Spanish girl, Pepita by name. Are thos e your things in the cave? "Yes. And I give them to you lads to take away with you if you can or care to." "Then it was your rifle that k!lled one of the dogs; my companion has It. And one of your revolvers with which I laid out the other dog and the man." "I'm glad to hear it." "I suppose you got Into the valley_ by accident yourself?" "I did in a way, but I came here to find this wonderful val-ley and secure Its treasure of diamonds." "A treasure. of diamonds! exclaimed Jack. "Those beside you are some of them, then?" "Yes. Listen. The diamonds, which are said to be worth a m1llion dollars, and are all roughly s eparated from thei r outer crust by a rude method !mown to the natives, w ere brought here from the mines of Brazil and hidden in that cave in the rock out of which came the man and his dogs who i n some wa y became their guardian and protector. My name i s Jerem iah Trundle and I'm an Englishman. I l earne d of this valley and the existence of the diamond trea sure through a man who tried unsuccessfully to locate the pl ace and who told me the story on hi,s d eath-bed. How be l e arned about it he did not tell me. Indeed, he had but little time to t e ll me anything, but, nevertheless, I got enough from him to excite a strong desire to take up the hunt where he left off." The old man paused and took another swallow of the whisky to revive his "failing strength. "I will not tell all I went through trying to find this valley. Enough that I did find it, as my presence h ere testifies. The n I lost no time In looking for the place where the diamonds were hidden. After several days' search that rock attracte d my notice, and I decided I had hit upon the spot. That was yesterday, so you see I have not been h e r e long. Had you preceded me doubtless your lacerated remains would now stre w this spot, as I supposed you were unprovided with weapons until you found mine, which I was a fool to leave In the cave, hut I fancied the valley was untenanted save by m ys elf." "Yes, sir, the dogs would have done us up If we were un armed," admitted Jack. The old man nodded feebly after taking anothe r drin k "Late yesterday I was sitt!.ng in grass watching the roc k and speculating as to where I should dig," he w ent on, "when, to my amazement, a part of the rock, In the sha pe of a door, swung outward, and that human fiend came forth l eading two dogs. He started off with them in a direction opposite to i


A MILLIO:N I N DIAMONDS. where I was and disappeared. I immediately gue s s ed that I .They found the vesse l hard t o lift and awkward t o carry, the di amonds were i nside the r ock and I determined to try a n d so it was d ec id e d to b ring the p anniers and empty t h e dla secure some, at least, b efore h e g o t b a c k or at last satisfy monds into the m. myself that the diamond s we r e t h e re." Di c k r emaine d on watch while Jac k went over t o the mules. "You entered the r o c k, the n?" The w!ld man was still unconscio us. "I did, and found a n earthen ves s e l filled with diamonds In a f e w minute s Jack r etur n e d to the cave with t h e pan-similar t o those b esi d e me. I exulte d at my succ ess, and de-nie r s the d i a monds we r e scoo p e d int o them and then they l ef t termined to ca rry away with me as many as I could, and make 1 the cave with t h eir r i c h burde n s a second attempt at anot h e r time. But it was not to be. li'ate j Alte r p l acing t h e panniers on the mule Dl clc asked J ac k was against me. The man and his do gs returned and caug h t what they were to tlo with the wild man. m e He flew into a terrible r a g e curse d me and set the d o gs I "Nothing. I'll g amble on it he' ll ge t fre e of h i s own acco rd; on me. They fastened their fang s in my legs a n d tore me that rope n ever will hold him," said Jack. cruelly I saw I h a d n o chance agains t the savage beas ts, and I "Then h e's sure to give us trouble. H e' ll come to the cave l ooke d for a qu i ck d eath. But that was denied me. He call e d and murde r us all In our s l ee p the d ogs off, a n d l ef t m e to suff e r in agony all night l o ng. In I "I don't I{lean to give him the chance. Now that' we h av e the mornin g he set the do g s on me again, but as soon as they 1 s ecure d a big tre a sure I p ropose that we l e a v e the valley at had g iven me a nother lacerating h e c all e d them off. Then once and find ou r way to D o lo res. h e carried me outside and l a i d me d ow n here. With a maDick agreed that wou ld be the righ t thing to do lignant laugh h e p laced those diamonds y ou s ee beside me that I "Now, w e'll ca rry t ile o l d man o ve r h e r e and bury h i m In I might see them in my dyin g agony. Then follow e d a day Of that hole in the rocks. Afte r we shove h i m in we'll fill t h e torture l n the sun and then-y ou came along." j mouth o f the hole with s t one. H e w ill b e burled as we ll a s He p aused and appeared to b e quite s pent. i f place d in an e xpenslv e tomb," sai d Jac k The dew of d eath gather c l on h is foreh ead, and he began T hat sad du t y was s oon finish e d and then the y Jed the mul e s to mutter inco herent words. toward the c a ve. Jack tried t o take the fla s k fro m his finge r s to g ive him an-When they g o t back to the ca v e t h e y fo und B ert and P epit a o t h e r drink, but h e c lutched i t so tightly that t h e boy was impatiently awaiting the m unabl e to accomp lish his object. I W e h av e a great story to t ell you, B ert," said Jack, "but B y th1 s time t he wounde d d o g had succumbed and w a s d e a d a s the sun l s almos t down it must k e ep, for we've g o t to leav e near its c ompani o n. 1 the vall ey rig h t aw ay. W e must gather enoug h fruit t o last Jack stepped u p to the savage man and looke d at him. u s t w ic e a s l o n g as we expect to b e o n the roa d H e w a s seemingl y far f r o m b eing dead. "What' s the rush?" said Bert. "I wouldn' t m ind staying "Get a rope f r om t h e near es t mule said Jack to Dick. "We here a cou ple of d a y s more for a r est." must tie h im, otherwise when h e r ec overs he is lik e l y to: You'll d o your r esting som e wher e e l s e I t ts n ecessary hurt us if we were not watching him c losel y In any c ase, h e tha t w e leav e." must be sec ured so that h e c annot preven t us getting at P e rceiving that Jack h a d some g ood reason f o r gettmg a way d i amonds." I from the hid den valley Ber t s a i d no mo1 e. Dick got the rop e and (Jle y tie d the man, but he looked s o I The three starte d in to gather a s u pp l y of food. powerful that Jack d o u bted if any. ordinary r o pe woul d h old 1 It was dark b y t h e time a ll the preparations w ere made. him l ong Jack too k t h e l e ad with Pepita, a s 1:sujj,l a nd t h e little party They went back to l o o k a t Jeremia h Trundle. sturted up through the underground w'!!tercourse t o t h e cul His g l azed eye a n d drop p i n g j a w showed tha t his t r ouble s d e s ac. were at an end in this world. Passing o u t through the bus h es they starte d back o v e r their H e had d ie d without gi ving a sign. former rou t e looking for a p l a ce to bra n c h off toward Dol o r e s CHAPTER XIII. A MILLION L" DIAMO N DS. During the fir s t par t of the trip D i c k told Bert, and Jack told Pepita the a dventure they h a d me t wi t h in the v all e y which l e d to the discov e r y of a f o r ti:ne in di amonds Of c o urse, they w e r e both astonished and a s k e d many qu e s tions on the subject. "Whe n w e r eac h Do lores yo u w ill take a ve s s e l for Guaya"Poor fe ll ow, all is over wi t h him," said Jack. qui!, said P epita, i n a sorrow ful tone Dick g a z e d solemnl y at t h e corpse and said nothi ng. "Yes W e intend to ge t away from t h i s country as s oo as "No w fo[ t h e d iamonds, said Dic k "Put that bunch of we can," said Jack. them in y o u r pocke t j "And what is to b e come of m e if yo u desert. me, Senor Dick d i d so and foll o we d Jack into t h e ca ve. I Jack?" she s aid. A flight of stone steps l e d downward a do ze n feet into a "Desert y ou-n eve r Y o u are to c ome wi t h us; It y o u w lll, cave illuminated by a stone vessel containing an oily sul:iall the w a y to California." stan ce o n whic h floated a kind of taper. I "You m ean that, Seno r Jack?" s h e said in a g l a d t one It was n o t a bri ght light, but i t answer e d well enough t o C ertainly I mean it. You are willing to go aren't y ou?" make objects v isible. i I will go any\Vhere with y ou, J :tc k. I could not li ve away In one c orner was t h e wild m a n's cot, s imply a bed of drie d from you." grass. I "Do y ou think s o muc h of m e a s all that?" Nearby was a pile of freshl y gath e r e d fruit and a b o wl of The answe r t h e girl r eturned s h owed J ac k that Pepita l o ve d powdered mai ze from wh i c h he mad e round cakes, like thin h i m dearer than a nything in a ll the w o r ld fisbballs, a few samples o f w hich s t oo d n ear it. j They trave l e d some d i s tance b efore they struck a tra il tha t There was also a pile of ston es, about t h e size of marble s, l e d downward through the range, and they followed it till the with which the man probabl y amused him self, for their util!ty sun ros e. was not apparent. I The n they stopped, took refuge in a ravine and passed the Ther e were other t hings o f n o great importa nce. g r e ater part of the day In s l eep. I n a nother corner stood the earthen vesse l of diamonds. T hey r esume d their journey about sundown and traveled all There was quite a quantit y of t he stones, a ll b e reft of their night. outsi de covering an d all looking like gems that would cut to Alth o ugh t h e cul d e s a c was but a d a y and a h alf's jou rney from three ca rats upward to t e !l in a straight li n e fro m Do l ol es, it t o o k the little party n early They had been roughly p olished, jus t enough to display a wee k to pi c k their way throug h the wilds of the l owe r Ande 3 thei r brilliancy. I to the road that c i r cl e d the inn. A person with n o g r ea t _irnow l edge of diamonds w o uld have They r eac h e d it five or s ix miles from that hoste lry on the sa!d t h is c oll ectio n was a g reat find. I w a y to the seaport vUla ge where the copper fro m t h e mine We're i n luck," said Jack. "There are d iamonds enou g h'. was shippe d to Guayaquil. here to make us all r i ch. Ber t can let his guardian go bag, and' P epita s a i d there was a n Inn ahea d but would not advise you and I can put on a little styl e w i t h our folks." i them to sto p the re, for thoug h the pe opl e who k ept it we r e "That's r ight, old man. Things have e vid ently c o me our way n o t anywhere near ad bad as Franc o i s of the mountala Inn a t last," nodded D ic k I and hi s a ssoc iates, y e t if they di sc overed that the party had a "Well, l e n d m e a band a n d we'll ge t 1.hls vessel of diamond s fortune in dl a i;nonds with the m the y w ould never le a ve the out o f h e r e and o ver to the m u l es. We can dump I t Into the i inn aliv e pann i e r s, a n d take our find t o the cave t o astonish our two j T h e n we won't stop there, but camp In the woods this tr!.awl a the.ra.. aide of 1 t. aa td .lAtlk..


18 A MILLION IN DIAMONDS, This they did, and passed tho day in sight of the road, but l After they set sail Jack handed the skipper the diamond, or concEal e d from any one traveling upon It rather another stone o! about the same size. "We'll reach Dolores in the morning, Pepita says," Jack told The rascal had sharp eyes and a sharp recollection, and he his f1'ie1!ds. "By selling the mules we ought to raise enough kne w it wa1m't the same stone. money to pay our way on some small craft to Guayaqu il, "Ah, s e nor, ydu have more than one which, as I rec o llect my geographj, i s situated on a north "Nonsense! That' s the diamond I sh indentation of ihe Gulf of Guayaquil." ; The skipper le ered, put it in his i,,c. "I ho pe so, said Dick, "but how are we going to carry the more. diamond, I see." .! y ou at the inn." .. and said nothing diamonds so tha t no 01+ will get on to them?" i The night was clear and the stars shone out brilliantly as "We m u s t put up at the Inn in Dolores and carry thepann.lers the sailboat skimmed over the water close in to the coast. to our room, the one you, I and Bert will o ccu py Then we The skipper had a crew of two with hlm, and they looked must get a numb.er of small bags and fill them with the dia-as wicked as h!m!lelf. mends s e win g up the ends. Six bags will do, and we will The three sat aft, talking together in low tones and watching each carry two o f them. We'll !ceep a few loo se ones in our their passengers, who were huddled together, forward. pock ets to sell at Guayaquil in order to raise funds to carry I The hours went by and the little party droppe d off to sleep, us back to California." i with the exception of Jack, who believed, from Pepita's warn-Jack's plan was co n si dered a goo d one, and it was duly car-ing, that the. skipper was not to be trusted. ried o. t after they reac hed the village, which the y did on the. It was well he was thus wary, for about three in the morn follCi' "'.tag morning. I Ing the skipper, supposing the passengers to be all asleep, Jae.;: made arr :rngeme!_lts for two rooms at the Inn, which started forward with one of his men, intending to do up the was rude kind of a public house and for meals while they' \ entire party, rob them of what they had and pitch their remame d at Dolores. bodies overboard. The proprietor told him whei"e he could dispos e of the i;rmles, : "Halt!,, cried Jack starting up. "What do yo'u want over and he l os t no time in disposing of them at the best price he here?" could get. i The skipper was talceu. aback, but not anticipating any e!Afle r the midday meal Jack .out to look up a sa11!ng fectual resistance on the part of his victims, he drew his knife craft, lea ving Pepita.,. and his two frie nd s together to put the and dashed at Jack, the other following. diamonds in the h n,,s h e had I J aclt raise d his hand there was a flash and a report and H e fou nd small vessel5 the little h arbor, b u t their: th sl pne tell back akipp ers would not c onsent to t akmg passengers at any price. 1 e u "' r I The other man, with a cry of alarm, started back, lost his CHAPTER XIV. balance and pitched sidewise into the sea -and disappeared from v iew. 1he man at the helm started up with a cry and moved the tiller to bring the boat around, but Jack covered him with the CONCLUSION. revolver and ordered him to keep on, which he sullenly did. 'Vhen he told Pepita, she suggested that he s peak to the The r e po r t of th revolver awoke Dick, Bert and P epita, and vroprietor of the inn. Jack explained to them what had happe ned. So Jack looked up the l:p.nkeeper and put the matter up to Finding the skipper was wounded, Jac k recovered his dla-him. I mond from his pocket, and leaving Dick on watch took a nap "Ir you are willing to hire a small boat with the owner and himself. one or two men to take you to Guayaquil I can find you the l 'l h e boat reached Guayaquil' on the following afternoon. man," said the !nukeeper. I Jack told the other survivor of the boat's company that he "All right," sa id Jack. "Send for him." would pay him the passage money and h e could do what he In the course of an h our the man appeared and was sent up pleased with it. to the rooms where the young people were passing the after-1 This he did, after raising some funds: by the sale of two of noon. the diamonds, which fetched h i m about $500 in silver, and the He was a rascally looking f e llow, and neithe r the boys nor f e llow, instead of returning t o Dolores, starte d further up the Pepita fancied him a bit. I coast, Intending to sell the boat at port where the tran!l-"What kind of a craft have you?" Jack asked. action would not leak out. "Ah, senor, she is a very fine boat, said the man, twirling bis greasy hat in his hands. "You wm be much satisfied I Jack se.cu r ed passage for his party to Panama. 'th h .. On their arnval they bought a new outfit of clothes all er. ?" I around and the n Jack registered them at a hotel to await the What are you going to charge us for the passage. sailing of the next steamer for San Francisco. :he m a n sized .,the bunch up and name d a figure. I They were detained about a we e k, and during that time Too much, said Jack, you wait for part of your I th li d on th fat of the land and enjoy d t'l 1 money till we reach Guayaqml." e y 1ve e e uemse ves m "How much you pay down?" I mense y. Jack figured what it would cost to settle their inn bill If 1 During tha t week Jaclc made the acquaintance of a diamond they left about dark after supp e r, and tP.e n told him. I de a l e r and to him he sold a bunc h of the gems: r ece i ving "You will pay rest at Gu_ayaquil?" $ 5 0,000, which he turned Into a draft to take with him to "Yes," said Jack. California. The skipper hesitated and asked for some security. Ten days later the party landed in San Francisco. "I've got a rough diamond," said Jack, fuhing one out of Then Jaclc starte d to disp ose of his diamonds. his pocket. "You can hold that till you get the rest." A conservative value ot his whole stock was one !_l'.lillion The man's eyes glistened when he looked at it. in gold. "S'pose you give me this, I not ask you any money, eh?" A syndicate of diamond men took the lot at that figure, and he said. the sale attracted so much notice that the n ewspapers Inter-" Not much. What do you take me for? I could buy two 1 view e d the boys and printed their story. or. three boats like yours for that and have mone y over," he I The money was equally di v ided, a quarter of a million apiece, 1>a1d. P epita getting as much as each of the boys. The rascal knew it and looked disappointed. The boys then went home and made peace with their faml-Jack completed arrangements with him to sail at dark,' lies And the fellow went away. I In the end Pepita combined her fortune with Jack' s when "I don't like that man," said Pepita. "He is not to be they were married on which happy occasion there. was a re-trusted. He w111 try and steal that diamond if he can." I union of the four 'who came in possession of the treasure of "If he tries any games on me he'll g e t a bullet in his body the h!aden valley. to remember me by," said Jack resolutely, and he meant it. I After supper Jack settled with the innkeepe r and the party i Next week's issue w!ll contain "SAM, THE SPECULATOR; boarded the boat. i OR PLAYING THE WALL STREET MARKET" It had only a single mast, with a big sa!l, something like 1 a small Italian coasting craft, and was open clear forward to 'i within three feet of the bow. --------------------------It was a dirty boat, too, but the young people were prepared SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE. to take pot luck.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 19 CURRENT NEWS Some time ago the wife of an assistant State officer grve a party to a lot of old maids of her to,m. She asked each one to bring a photo of the man who had tried to woo and wed her and had been jilted by h er. Each of the old maids brought a photo and they were all pictures of the same man, the host's husband. While circling in a hydro-aeroplane over the battleships Georgia and Rhod e I sland in Marblehead harbor the bther day, W. Starling Burgress received a signaled invitation to come aboard, and so nice a landing that wai; able to step directly from his place in the machine to the side of the Georgia. After taking tea with the officers he resumed his flight, some of the sailors assisting him in lllaking "the get-away." Word was received at the Staten I s land Cricket and Tennis Club a few days ago that a visit from the Austral ian team of cricketers, now in England, is assured for this fall, and that a match ,. to be arranged somewhere a bout the third week in September, will take place on the grounds of the Staten Island Club, at Livingston. The Australians after playing in N cw York will return home by way of San Franciso, playing en route both at Philadelphia and St. Louis. The of a trolley car bell is believed by the police to have scared George Her brand, a pushcart ped dler of coal and wood, forty-four years old, of No. 365 Stagg street, Brooklyn, to death recently Herbr and had juat pushed his cart a c ross Bushwick avenue at Flushing after dodging half a dozen cars, when a trolley slid up be hind him and the motorman lou dly clanged his gong. With the first stroke of the bell Herbrand dropped the handle of his cart, darted to the sidewalk and fell prostrate. .An ambulance surgeon said he had died from apoplexy due to fright. Charles Mum,ford, of New York, brought suit the other day for $12,000 against Howard T. Alexander on an astered so as to cause severe illness without death, it gives immunity against a larger quantity, and the dose can gradually be increased until more than a thousand times as much can be endured as would kill an untreated animal. Though arsenic, morphine, and other poisons can be taken in large r and larger quantity, nothing approaching this marvellous increase in dose can be borne. Coupl e s who make love in church are not to be laugh e d at, and should a youthful gum chewer poke fun at them hile the service is in progress he may be ejected by the pastor. Such, in effect, was the rulin g of Judge Avery in the District Court the other day, when he discharged the Rev. H. D. Keyes, pastor of the Holbrook Methodist Church, of Quincy, Mass. The minister was summone d to court to answer a charge of assaulting Russel Chapman, twelve years old, who persisted in chewing gum and laugh ing at a l ove-making couple at service one night and was ejected by the The court held that a clergyman has a right to maintain order in his own church, even if he is obliged to remove disturbers. The decision of Judge Avery was applauded by many of Mr. Keyes's parishioners A dispatch has just been received from Tunis saying that the Italian battleship Re Umberto has been driven by a storm on a rock ap.d has sunk at a point near Zu a ra, on the no:rthwest coast" of Tripoli near the Tunisian bor der. The shore in that vicinit y i s dangerous. Severa l rocks and islets lie to the northward of the mainland, and shoal water with rocky patches extends nearly half a mile off the shore. The battles hip Re Umber to, 13,673 tons, completed in 1893, has been engaged in conv o ying landing expeditions undertaken by Italian troops in Trip o li. She carried a complement of something over 750 men She was 400 feet long, 77 feet wide and drew 28 feet of water. She had an armament that included four 12-incq guns signed claim held by William Coe. The claim is in the The farmers in Jefferson Co., Pa., are in a state of mind form of a check on the Liberty National Bank, dated Sepover a di 2 covery which they think may l ead to the opening tember 3, 1910. It is alleged that Coe kept a gambling np of a new gold field superior to anything in the Klon establishment where ..Alexander played roulette. The latdike The Stoops brothers have a farm near Ptmxsu ter lost $12,000 and gave his check for the amount. When tawney on which is a fine spring, which has supplied water Coe presented the check at the bank for payment he for all farm purpo ses for the la s t sixty years. Dr. G. W. learned that the maker did not have s ufficient funds there. \Yise, of this town, recently i;topped at the Stoops farm. Coe then assigned the claim to Mumford, the present He drank from the spring and noticed that the water pla intiff was heavily charged with minerals. He took a sample, which he has had analyzed, with the r esult, li.e declares, The most powerful poison known is rep orted to have that the water assays $6 in gold to the gallon Dr. Wise been extracted by a German chemist recently from the say s he has devised a machine which will extract tl:)e gold seeds of the dicinus, the familiar castor oil plant, and from the water, and is now having it constructed in Chi has been attracting much attention on account of ih; cago. He has entered into a partnership with the Stoops, r emarkable properties. Its power is estimated to so hy which they are to share in the proceeds Farmers of great that a gram-about a thirtieth of an ounce-\ th e neighborhood are seeking to locate the l edge over JiOuld kill a million and a half guinea pigs. If ad.miniswhich the Stoops water pass.es and accumulates its gold.


10 FAME AN D FORTUNE W EEKLY. T H E "RED BOYS" O R, THE Y O U N GEST CHAIVlPIONS OF THE D IAMOND By H. K. SHACKLEFORD ( A SERIAL STORY) VIII. (Continued) "Ah:ix Heath and Fred Joline were nearly killed last night by somebody." "The deuce! How! Where?" "Under those twp big oakR down beyond Buck Hardin's Somebody found them there unconscious with their heads broken The doctors have been working w i A them ever since three o'clo c k this morning." "Well-well! That is news. Who found them?" "The old coloJied whitewasher who lives down below the railroad. He was comi tacked hy parties unknown with clubs that looked like baseball bats in the dark. Each was struck down, after which they knew no more CHAPTER IX. "WE'LL WIN! WE'LL WIN!" The news of the deadly assault on the two young men on the streets of Avon spTead far and wide. The Heaths and Jolines were rich families. The fact that hoth had fat purses and gold watches, neither of which were taken, was evidence that robbery was not the motive of the at tack. Fred Joline did not recover his speec h till nearly forty eight hours after receiving the blow. Then he said he did not know who hit him nor how many his assailants were. That was a little different from Alex's story, and the astute detective began to clo some thinking over the mat ter. He got hold 0 the story of the bad blood between the young captain of the Red Boys' Nine and the two young men and b ega n investigating on that line


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 21 Whil e the Red Boys were coming home from a practical I "They say if you will sit where they can see you with ga me o n e e > ening Buc k said to Phil: I that wreath on y our h e ad, or in your hands, they will win "They h av e a d e tective 9n that clubbing case, and he sure." qu est i one d m e this. morning.,. I am sure he you I "Oh, my!" and :he blu shed as red a s the roses in the or both of us, and if w e don t mana ge to have him called 1 wreath. "If you wm, bring the flag up to the grandstan d off we ma y be arreste d ab out the time we are ready to and l e t me hang this wreath on the staff." start for Al b any. Tha t would break up the game." "Oh, that would be beautiful!" cried all the girls around f "Ho w can w e have him called off?" a s k e d Phil. her. "I d on't know. I think, though, that if Mr. Heath "I am going to )Jet all m y mone y on you boys," sai d a kne w the truth h e would s end the d e tective home rather youngblonde from one of the summer l1otels, "auct if J tha n h ave it known h o w Alex got hi s head broken." lose I'll cry all the way back home." "I b elie>e you are ri ght," s aid Phil, after a little pause. "Did you get a r eturn ticket?" Phil a s ked. "I' ll g o t o M r W est, T om's uncl e and t e ll him the whole "Yes-we all did." story an d l e t h i m m a n age it." "Then y ou can ge t back s afe, an yway Bui a girl who :Mr. W est-was a l awye r and p o litician. Phil told him crie s over her losse s should never b et." his s t o r y and a:-:;ked his a dvice adding: 'rhe others laughed and guyed the0 blonde a good deal "I hav e no m o n e y to pa y you, but--" after that. "I won't ch arge you anything, m y boy," said the lawyer, The crowd at the ball ground was larger than at the s ecret l y re j o i ced that he had a g rip on his mo s t deterI fir s t game. The Gra y s were confident, a11d it did not take mine d opp o n ent in the c a s e "Jus t l e t me manage it fo1 1 Harry Martin lon g to learn that four League men-pro-you Don t menti o n it to a living s oul." fe ssionals-had b een engaged for the game W et'.t sent a note t o H eath, a sking him to call at his I When they entered the enclosure the crowd cheere d office in r egard to th e c lubbing of his son, as he had some-them to the skies Everybody seemed to be a friend to thing o te ll him a b out it. the coc ky little fellows in red who had so pluckily knocked O f course, A l ex' s fathe r made h aste to see the lawyer. out the Grays. In ten m i n u tes afte r he me t him h e kne w the truth. He "Boys," said Martin, as i;oon as he had a chance to do di d n't wan t to b e li eve it, b"tlt w as soon c o nvinced He went I so, "they have four new men-old League players-look ho me and t ac kl e d A l ex, and he owned up. I out and do your best." Se rvccl you r i g h t," h e s a id. "Two grown y oung men _The. Red.Boys were first at the bat, with Jqe Smith w aylay a seventeen 1 ea rold b qy to b eat him, and get i w1t.h. the w1ll?w. Joe smashed first ball that came clu bbe d n ear l y t o d eath the m se lve s But for the di s grace to him, but center caught hrm out. That was not o f the thing I'd p ubli s h t h e fact s to the world." I very encouragmg as a starte,r. H e pa i d the detective and sent him a w ay, much to that Tom West took up the and let two balls pass indi vidu al's a ston i sh ment. B e fore he left Avon, however, j him to the c atch e r. The tlurd one he sent out to l ef t the rtetect i>e rema rk e d to the hotelkeepe r that h e had center, bounding like a ricochet shot from a cannon. fou n d ou t e n ough t o kno w tha t H eath ai;d Joline did not He broke for bas e, passed first, and slid to second arnid care to h ave the truth k no wn. ch eers from the crowd. O f cou r se t hat set every t ong u e in A von going, and the "Well done, Tom!" said a .lit t le girl up mat.ter w as mo r e talke d of than befor e I the re on the grand-stand who 11 give you a if you get t housa n d peo pl e chee r e d The girls w a v e d fans and hand-1 home on the next run." and Avo n was getting ready to g o The g irl s made such The crowd laughed, and several thousand pairs of eyes a demand for rr.d ro ses tha t in many instances, natural I were turned. to grand-stand in quest of the little gi rl. flower s could n o t b e h ad. They had to us e artificial roses The Avon girls gi gg led and laughed, and them s elves won in orde r to be s ure of having the colors of the Nine on dered if Phil really meant any particular girl. that day Jack Hickey took up the bat and let the first ball pass him. \ \-hen t he Nine ma r che d d o wn the main street to the r ailroad station, T o m W est bor e the whi t e s ilk flag with thE: huge red rose i n t h e center. The crowd of over a thousand peop l e g a t h ere a. The gi rl s waved fans and hand-. kerchi efs and chee r e d the Red Boys Cicely B erke ley and Nannie Joline were again in the p a r ty,. with a dozen or more wealthy y oung girls from the summc1 ; h oi.cls Cic e l y r e c eive d many compliments on the beauty and des ign of the flag P hil w e n t thro u g h the t r ain in search of lier, bearing a wreath of red r oses. When he found her he placed it on h e r lap, saying : "The R ed D oys sen d this t o you with a pledge of their best efforts t o win the g am e to-day." "Oh, thank y ou ever so much!" she exclaimed. "I shall be eve r so glad if you do win.., "Do n t let me los e that ki s s, Jacki" s econd base, and the crowd ch'eered. Swish! Smash! call B d Tom from Away went the ball straight over second base, and Tom sped for third. "Hi-hi-hi!" yelled the crowd, as the ball came C'hasing him. He made a tremendous slide for the horne plate. "Judgment!" cried Phil, turning to the umpi!"e. "Sa fe!" replied the umpire whereat the Red Bqys yelled like Indians. Tom sprang toward the grand-stand, looking up at a. thousand smiling faces. (To be continued)


22 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. FACTS WORTH READING Y\70MAN TO WIELD HAMMER. the Empress paid a visit to h,er daughter, the Grand Kew York City is to have a woman auctioneer. She is Duc4ess Xenia, at Biarritz, the train was left at Bayonne Mrs. Eli Sobel, of No. 16 West 90th street, widow of a in charge of Cossacks, whose picturesque dress was a eource well known auctioneer who died recently. of much interest to the population. Mrs. Sobel wrote to l\Iayor Gaynor, saying she had al-A curious story is told by the Czar himself of an epiways been closely associated with the work of her husband sode that oecurred during his visit to Queep. Victoria at and believed she was qualified to take up his work if she Balmoral many years ago. When out one day in Balloch could get the necessary license. After consulting with buie Forest he asked his way of a gillie, who, to his surhis legal adviser, the Mayor decided that there was nothprise, answered him in Russian. On inquiring what ha ing in the charter to prevent a woman from competing in I was doing in the wilds of Scotland the man informed the the auction business with men. As soon as she furnishes Czar that he was a member of the Russian secret police the $2,000 bond and the $1,000 fee Mrs. Sobel will be and was there to watch over the safety of his imperial sworn in. master. BUYS HISTORIC DRYDOCK. HURT IN 10,000-FOOT DROP. An immeme drydock has b'een recently purchased from the United States Government by James Shewan & Sons Prof. C. C. Bonnette of St. Vt., balloonist and will be installed in Brooklyn. It was towed into the and parachute j umper, was injured seriously in an ascen harbor the other day, and now lies at the foot of Fortieth sion at Lynn the other afternoon, and is at the .Lynn street, South Brooklyn. Hospital. His right shoulder was broken as well as other The historic drydock will be placed in position at the bones. Shewan shipyard, foot of Twenty-sixth street, within the Bonette went in his balloon from Sprmg and next two The drydock was built for the Spanish mgton streets while a crowd on. He had advertised in 1895. It was used by the Spanish warthat h: ascend to a height of and ships m Havana Harbor for some time. During the war drop m a parachute. was a wmd. whic? with Spain the dock was sunk in Havana Harbor and affected the and mstead of nsmg straight it later seized as a prize of war by the United States. drifted toward Lym: highlands. Bonnette was np After the drydock was raised it was towed to Pensacola 10,000 feet over High Rock when he started to drop m where it was used by the United States gunboats at his parachute. naval station. The parachute did not work well and in a few seconds BLIND GIRL ATHLETES. Field Day was held recently at the Western Pennsvl vania Institute for the Blind, and several blind girls to"ok part in foot races, jumping, egg races, three-legged races, and other forms of athletic sports. The baseball-throwing contest was won by Iva Beighley, who threw 90 feet 9 inches; the 35-yard dash was won by Clara Yochen, time 0 :4 3-5, which was two-fifths of a second faster than any former blind girls' race; standing broad jump, won by Majorie Stewart, distance, 7 feet 10 inches; standing high jump, won by Margaret Smith, h eighth, 3 inches; 50-yard egg race, won by Stella Mat thews, time 0 :8 More than 150 blind scholars cheered the events, although the contestants did not know they were winners or lo sers until notified by the timekeepers. The records will be sent to the Overbrook (Penn.) School to be compared with simila: events in the country. Bonnette had lost control, and was dashed against the roof of the house of Fred Campbell on Bay View avenue. He struck with great force and then dropped to the gTOUnd. TO CARRY MAIL BY AEROPLANE. To carry 100 pounds of States mail by aeroplane, from New York City to Washington, is the plan now mapped out by Dr. William -W. Christmas, a surgeon, who will have on exhibition in the Aviation Show in New York a biplane of his own invention Dr. Christ mas has consulted with the Post-Office authorities and it is almost certain that he will receive a contract to handle a bag of mail between these two cities Paul Peck, a young Washington aviator, has been en gaged to fly the Christmas machine. It is the intention of Dr. Christmas to have his machine fly from New York to Washington without a stop, expecting to average about sixty miles an hour on the way. On reaching Washington GUARDING RUSSIAN ROYAL FAMIJJY. the aviator intends to land in Pennsylvania avenue, di-The Dowager Empress of Russia, who arrived at Sandrectly in front of the Post-Office D epartment. ringham the other day, generally travels all the way from The officers at the Army Aviation School at College Russia in her own special trai'n, which remains at Calais Park, Md., will attend the show in New York. Their until her return. The train, which is bomb proof, and is visit is for the purpose of familiarizing themselves with the most luxuriously fitted up, is placed on a siding and many biplanes and monoplanes whiali iire expected to ba guarded by a special staff. A coupl e of years ago, when exhibited there.


FAME AND FORTUNE W E EKLY. t3 THE BOY DIPLOMA OR, YOUNG AMERICA AT THE COURT OF ST. JAMES By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG / (A SERIAL STOR Y) CHAPTER XX. (Cont i nued) C al l ooke d a t the o fficial, wondering i f he would lie to H is Roy al H ighness a! to il1e escape o f Campbel l. "He i s a prisone r of State, cha r ged with treason a n d supposed to Jrnve escaped a few weeks ago," the secretary replied "If he h as escaped why do his friends seek to avenge him?" t h e prince asked "He has not been seenor heard o f since his escape, I pre s ume, but t he fact of h i s escape was pub li:ohed i n all the London papers at the time "Is it true that he did escape? "That is what I am no'Y trying to find out, Your R oyal Highness A prisoner of that name di d escape, and the fact was reported to this office The friends of the pri s one:r, whose wif e appealed to the American Mini s t er, c l a i m that he did no t and that his whereabout s a r e unknown I have demanded an explanation of the pol i ce department, and hope soon to have it. "Well, naturally I am interested in this matter," said the prince I have nothing to do with the government, a s you know, Mr. Secretary, but I hope you w ill probe this matter to the bottom without delay and let me know tbe result of it. If Campbell i s guilty s ee that he is duly tried and pu1;tis hed, even though my life is the penalt y If he is not, the court will e;peedi l y di s charge him from custody "Your Roya l Highness has voic e d the sentime n t and wish e s of American L ega tion," said Cal. "I kno w that the Campbell who escaped i s not the one in wh o s e b ehalf the American :Minister has sought inform a tion The prince seemed surpri s ed, and t he Home Secretary bit his lip in su s pense "Then he must be in confin ement somewhere," s aid the prince, looking around at the s e cretary. The secretary bowed, and then i.he prince turned to Cal s ho o k hi s hand, and said: "I again than k y o u for your k i ndne$S a nd time l y a s sistance and hope to have the plea s ure of me e ting you at the Duch ess of DeYon' s to-morrow evenin g." "Thanks, Your Roya l Higlmess I am highly honor ed. I was not aware Your Roya l Highness was to be there." "The duchess and I are yery good friends," h e l aughed as they went out t ogethe r The prince's carriage was at a prirnte entrance. Cal saw him enter it and dri v e away ere h e retumed to his own Then. he d rove to t he Lega t ion sa ti sfied that t he 'cas e of Patr i c k Campbell would s oon be settle d. .... The Home Secretary was b e aten in the game h e bad s o u ght to play, and made up his mind to ge t o u t o f the difficu l ty as quick a s possib l e T he attack on the Princ e of Wales had caused su c h a wide spre ad sensa tion the case could no l onger be kept out of public view. Cal had not been ten minutes at the L e gation e r e Mrs Campbell was announced. He met he r in a private office. She was very pale and nerv o us. "Mr. Court e nay," sh e said, "you have been i mpose d up o n My husba11d did not escape He i s still confine d in rnme dungeon "Madam, I assure y ou I am full y posted in t he matter. Your husband did not escape, and I knew i t withi n a fe w days afte r the escape was announced But a ma n o f t h e name of Campbell did escape, and so you can unders tand how it cam e to be thought be wa s your husband. I have jus t returned from the office of the Home Secre t ary I a m s till pu shing the cae. shall soon know where he and have the privil ege of s eeing h im." "Oh, thank you for the a s surance!" she crie d. "Tell the friends of your husband to s t o p seek ing re ven ge. 'rhe y make it worse for him. Don't avenge a man while he is still in the h a nds of the en e my She w ent out with out a word more, a n d Cal turned to rep ort to hi s father the rernlt of his inte rview with the Ilo m e S e cr e tary. The S e cretar y cf Lega t i on was d um founded whe n he learned wha t had happ e n e d "It will foTce the m to produce Campb e ll and give him a trial," C a l s aid to him. "Yes I thi n k so, myself," a ssen t e d hi s father. The Ameri can )Iinis t e r was informe d of e, e r yt hing ; and he a pprov e d o f \Yhat Cal had done. 'rlrnt eve ning h e call e d on the Bail e y s again. Both :;.\Ia bel and Euge n i e rec e iv e d him with great cordia l ity The elde r siste r h a d suclde nl v awa k e ned to the fact that h e had preced e d h e r in ente1:ing the soci etJ of c our t ci r cl es. "I'v-e called to give y o u two lad ies a bit cf informa tion," he said to them "What i s it?" Mabe l a s k e d "His Royal Highness i s to be at the du c hess little party to-morr o w e v ening." Euge nie actually caught he r breath, she w u s s o a s toni s hed und delighted. "How clo you happen to know that, Ca l ?" U abel asked. "He told me s o himself this morning." "That' s straight enough !>he l a u g h e d, ''but I am s orry I d idn' t k n o w it sooner."


24 FAME AND F ORTUNE WEEKLY. "Whyr'' h e a s ked "Tha t I might have mor e time to practice b o wing and smilin g before the mirro r, and s he glanced at her si stE' as she made the r emar k. "Oh, y o u little g oose!" h e lau g h ed. "Le t m e tell you somr.th i n g in your little ear. If you wish to hav e the princ e admire you, be your natural se lf, jus t as though you did not think him of any more importance than any oth e r man He has a contempt for a woman who poses, or makes any attempt to attract him T h e girl w h o is in d e p endent and lady li ke he looks upon as one of blue bl o od, who i s not dazz l ed in the glare of r o yalty Oh, I'm awfully glad you told me that!" exclaimed :Mabel. "I'm going to be a little natural all the evening, a s tho u g h I didn t know a prince was different from any oth e r man." Well, he isn 't, but h i s positi o n is altogether different,'' C al rep li ed "Yes, that i s t he only difference,'' said Eugenie "I a m r eall y very glad you to l d us in t ime Yo u will go with u s will you n ot? "With p leasure-if p ermitted." Permitted!" and she looked repro vingly at him. "Yes. I forc e d my company on y our lady ship on ce a n d you a s ked the s ailors to throw me overboard I have trie d ever since to avoid intruding." "Well if it were not a viola t ion of the proprietie, I'd pull your hair for that, C a l Courtenay!" O h deal' he e x claimed, turning to Mabel. "She a ctually stoop e d to call me Cal!" he seemed to be so amazed, Mabe l laughed ijeart il y Eugenie blu shed in spite ot h erself "Oh, she'll call the prince A lbert Edward befor e she has b een ten min u t e s in his company," said the younger s ister, wh e r eup on the elder left the r o om. CHAPTER XX f.'ITE BE A UTIFUL D UCHESS FOILED A.GAIN T he Duch ess of DeYon was a charming hoste ss, and r esidence was a palatia l one. The duk e had a l m os t unl imited w e al t h and was a s fond of entertaining as Her Grace But h e w as a cynic, and ofte n imitated the duchess by hi..s cynici sms Y e t h e was proud of her beauty and clevern ess and en joyed h e r triumphs and defeats a l ike W h e n Cal and t h e t w o daughters of the American :Mini ster r e a c h e d the re s iden c e of the duchess, on ly two oth er g u e sts had prec eded them-Mrs. :Meredith and h e r daughter El eanor H e r Grace recei v ed t h em with charming cordiality a nd soon all w er e en gage d in animate d con v etsa tlon. T he youn g ladies \\"ere eager to meet the prince and as t ime wore on they b e came anxious Eugenie was re a lly excited but Ma be l was as natural as a child. At last His Hoyal Highne ss was announced and the duchess r ecei ve d him in a manner befitting his rank and h ers She pres ented the youn g l adies and Mrs M eredith. H e w a s cord i a ll y gracious, and l,ughed, and chatted with all of them in t he free unc on straine d manne r o f a polWied ientlem&D. "I owe s uch a debt of gratitude to Courtenay," he said to Eleanor Mer edith, "tha t I am consciou s of a w e aknes" for everybody I meet from beyond the Atlantic. "Your R oy al Highness will fin d t ha t feeling c ordi ally reciprocat e d b y all A m e r ica n s E l ea n o r r eplied. "Then it was fortunate in mo re way s t h a n on e," h e remarked. "Yes, for you and for both countries," she said "Mr. Courtenay is one who seem s to have b e en b orn fortunate. "He seems to have a great future before him,'' assente d the prince. "Lord Brereton looks upon him as the most promising young man he ever m e t and I h eard to-day in the office of the Home Se cretary that h e i s r egarde d as a v ery brilliant di p l omat." "I am sure such opinion s o u ght to op e n a future for him," said Eleanor. "He is one who will carv e out a future f o r hims elf if one does not come his w a y," and the n the duch e ss interrupte d them to propo s e a gam e Tha t bro u ght him into close quarters with the othe r s and a merry h our pas se d. Later in the evening Knowlto n and Aug usta Brereton arri ved, and then the duc hess took ch arge of C al for half an hour. "You didn't go to P aris,'' s h e sa i d t o him o ve r iu a corn e r No, Your Grace The em ergency di d no t appear." "Colonel Mowbray i s in London, and that saved you the trip." "Yes, Your Grace," s aid h e admitti n g a thing h e knew nothing about, me r el y to see w h a t would follow. She gave a slight start, and said: "Knowing had met the colo ne l, why did you no t bring him with you this e vening?" "I could not dream of such pres u m ption, Yo u r Gra ce." "Oh, you hav e c a r t e blanc h e to bring any friend o f yours to see me Really I am m o r e draw n to you A meri c ans than any people whom r hav e met.," "Than ks Your Gra c e I know t hat w e are all drawn toward you by some irresis t i b le att raction,'" h e r e p lie d. Were Your Grac e t o v i si t America you would fin d all the pe o p l e at your fe e t I b e li eve I have to l d Your Grac e how we wor ship w o m e n ove ; r t h ere "Yes, but I don t care t o be wor shiped I would rat h e r be lov e d." "That i s wom an's preroga tive-her inalienabl e r i ght. But s h e is a divinity w ith t h e majority of us." "Well, t e ll t he col one l you wish to bring him here. Don't tell him I as k e d you to d o so, or t h a t I had eve n mentioned his name, for I f ear he is a b i t cynical, a n d might mis con strue it. Whe n s h a ll I expec t y ou?" "That I will inform Yo u r G race when I have seen him. "Why hav e y ou n o t see n him sinc e his return?" "Not in r egard to an y v i sits in t he city/.' w as the r ep ly "What is his London a dd ress? "The Ameri can Legati on, Y our A shade of di s app ointme n t passe d o ve r he r face. She knew w e ll t hat sh e could no t pass behi n d the Le gation in whi c h the loc a t i o n o f Mow bray was no w swal l owe d up. He had again foil ed he r and in s u ch a d i plo matic way she could n o t an y furth e r without betraying her own h and. (To be con t inued).


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 25 FROM ALL POINTS According to advice s r ece i ved by Edward Nusbaum, of Gre ely, Col., who s e son is a member of an expedition now ih Guatemala under the direction of Dr. E. L. Hewitt, director of the A rch aeologica l Institute of America, good progress is being made in the re se arch work in that country A palace built by the Mayas is being uncovered and much rare statuary and giant stone gods ha ve been brought to light. 'rhese it is believed were construo4:ed about the tim e the Egyptians were building their pyra mids and possibly b e fore that time. So deep were the ruins buried tree s have been gro wing from the roofs of the temple. the War D epar tment believes it would get all the wa): from a minimum figure of $11,785,34:6 to $24:,832, 000 for them. The land alone cost the Government only $339, 7o7. The value of this land, some of which was obtained for nothing, is now estimated from a minimum. of $8,4:71,071 to $13,733,711. Governors I s land, the most valuable post, is estimated at a minimum of $4,070,000 and a maximum of $6,280,000. Its actual cost was $322,314, aside from the original cost of which there is no record; on buildin gs $192,093 has been spent; for a water suppl y $27 ,4 85, and on road s and minor impro vements $102,735 ; the are now valued at a minimum of $65,000 and a maximum of $250,000. The United States gunboat Yorktown, one of the vesAccompanied by their faithful dog and nineteen-yearsels of fleet which captured Manila, was placed ol d pack pony, Mr. irnd Mrs. Dwight L. Woolf, known out of comm1ss1on at the Mar e Island Na'.'Y Yard, Cal., the a s the "Walking Woolfs," started from their home in other afternoon. The vessel pro?ably will sold to one Kansas City, Kan., the other day on a lO,OOO-mile hike ?f. the Central or Soi:th American although through the western part of the United States and Cani it is reported that M ex ico ha s mad e a provis10nal offer of ada. They v.-ill go to Denver, then to San Francisco and PU:Chase. The Yorktown was ? Y the .AdSeattle and into British Columbia. Most of the return m1ral Robley D. Evans at ValparaIBo, Chile, durmg the trip will be through Can ada. strained relations between United States and Chile in 1891. It was Evans's diplomacy backed by the guns The bite of a monkey is given as the basis of a suit for $1,025 filed in the Superior Court of Cincinnati, 0., re centl y by Robert Ryan, thirteen years old, against Clara H allock, who keeps a bi.rd and animal store. Mrs. Kate R yan, the boy s mother, appears in the sui t as "next friend" and plaintiff It is alleged that on March 28 the boy was in the store when the monkey, whic h, it is as serted, was permitted to run l oose, bit him on the band. T he complaint s ays that i nstead of calling a doctor, the employ es of the place treated the wound with vinegar. It is said that blood poisoning d evelope d and the loss of the arm is threatened M e mbers of the J ackot colony of Lakeville Mass., poor whites des c e nded from a Frenchman who settled here b e fore the Hevolution, are indignant over the action of the state p o lic e in prev enting the exchange of the wife of one of the leadin g J ackots for a ho:rse. The J ackots would rathe r barter than eat. A partriarcb had indulged hi s propen s ity of swapping until be had nothing left but his clothing and his wif e In exchange for a horse he gave bis wif e to Iiis brother. The horse was worth $5 Twelve hours later the patriar ch swapped the horse for another horse. His brother took the woman to Brockton, and his efforts to swap her for anything of equal value attracted the attention of the police. They made the patriarch take his wife back, but the brother p r oteste d that the exchange was made in good faith. The S ecre tary of War now rep orts that the total cost to the Government of twenty -eight Army posts it is pro pos ed to abandon has been $19,061,882. If they were sold of the Yorktown that brought about a spe edy settlement" of the di sp ute : To keep sparrows from nesting in the mouth of the hor s e surmounted by General Tecumseh Sherman at the 5Dth street and Fifth avenue entrance to Central Park, it may be n ecessa r y to pla ce a muz z l e on the steed. Farmers protect the eaves of their hou ses with wire net ting, and that seems fo be the only solution of the prob lem for the Park Department. Park ernployes have no ticed the birds flittin g about the s tatue but until recently never gave any attention to what they w e re up to .A long string in the mouth of a sparrow that a l ig hted on the head of the horse and hopped inside his throat attracte d the attention of a sharp-eyed per s on, and immediately i t was discovered that in the throat of the horse was a nest. Libe rato and Matei Pedicini cobblers, of Jamaica, L I., the other day parted with $300 in bills, a gold watch and otp.er pewelry worth $100, upon the assurance of a couple of fellow-countrymen that they would receive in return $1,000 With the $,1,000 they planned to make a million or so in the stock market and return to Italy and pur chase titles The Pedicini brothers w e re anxious to profitably invest their savings when the y met the Italians whom Mateo had lmown in Syracuse They were fla. sh ily dressed and apparently prosperous. They would ex change $1,000 worth pf securities for $600. The exch1mge took place at Flushing bridge at noon. When the Pedicini brothers reached the back room of their cobbling shop and opened the package they discovered a slab of bologn a sausage and some blank papers i n a wad.


FAMEJ AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, JUNE 21, 1912. ------------TERMS .TO SUBSCRIBERS I Single Corl e s ............ ....................... One Co p y T hree Mootba ................ .................. One Copy Six .Month s ........ One Copy One Yea r ...... ... Postage F re e o s CenU .65 Cents $ 1.:>5 $ :1.50 HOW T O SEND MONEV-A.tourrlakaend or Registered IJOtter: romittannes in any otbor way are llf, ;ronr :1s k. W e accept Postage Stnmpa the same ca.Rb. \\"hon silver wra p tho Coln in a separa.t o piece. o f J!"t>er to avoid outtml"C tho e;ivel ope. 1-Vi-ito 71om name and addres s plainly. Addnss letters to Totrs& T Prent den i B"-I T lKRe, l're"nnr OllAL E. N l'L.lMDB.n, Beere i &rr Fran k Tou sey, Publisher 1 6 8 Wes t 2 3 d St., N. Y. Strong measures are being taken to hush up a prison scandal, ventilated in the first instance by the newspaper Heraldo. So startling were the revelations that an official has recently gone down to Figueras in Catalonia ostensibly to hold a drastic inquiry, but really to white wash the administration of prisons if p ublic indignation permits of that procedure. According to the press inves t ig ators there are unspeakable horrors in the dungeons of the country. Men are chained in underground vaults, reeking with pestilential vapors and dripping damp, their only food being moldy bread and muddy wate r One pri s on governor is sa id to have declared frankly that the insanitary dungeons are crowded purposely, to facilitate 'in an unders taffed prison and to lessen the numbe r of prisoners by the process of disease It is also d eclared that brutal flogging is part of the daily routine ITEMS O F CURRENT N E W S and many prisoners, incarcerated for trivial offenses, have died under the cruelty. When Edward Pomeroy became ill recently at Buc k land, Mass., he pleaded with the d o ctor to keep him alive JOKES AND JESTS. fo r tw o weeks long e r be came the coffin he made w ith his o:rn hands was u s ed by six sitting he::is, he Pompous Lady-Yes, Bridget, my' daughter comes out did not want t o disturb them. The doctor did lus best, 1 tomorrow Wa sherwoman-So does my old man; but P omeroy clied and new nests had to be found for the 1 but he was only in for six months. hens. 1 Mistress-You may go to your room now and change Wh ile racmg with an automobile nt _sp.eed your dre ss. The butler will show you the way. Maid at a Coney Island motordome the other mght, Wilham ( shocked)-Oh ma'am I know how. Mullen, riding a motorcycle, lost control of his machine, I _' ____ shot the rim of the "sau?er" and Judge Knott-Wl).y did you rob this in broad day -plunged mto a crowd o.f causmg a pamc People li ght? Prisoner-I couldn't help it, your honor I had were k n ocked down m numbers and surge ons treated an en<'Tao-ement every night that week more than a half dozen who were injured. Mullen was 0 0 unconscio:1s at ed g e of track and in-I The young man was disconsolate Said he: "I asked JUn e s were so s erious that it was beli e ved he would die. 1 her if I could see her home?" "Why, certainly,'' she ans wered; "I will send you a pictl).re of it." The stoppage of the ele ctric streetcar line of San Fran-1 c isco, CaJ ., for half an hour the other night was caused I "How do you like running you t t th b 1 ht l 1 t t f b th b' r res auran on e no Y ig m;ig, w u c l pu ou o u s me s s e ig power tipping plan?" "First rate," replied the proprietor. compa_ny T uolumne Coun.t}', m the Sie.rra N evadas : enables me to raise the prices 10 per cent. on the bill of The burne d two b.1g msulator _wires, and the fare." p o w e r was mstantly shut off m San Francisco, more than 1 two hundred miles away. The street railroad company ,, managed to star t cars in half an hour by using an auxilGrace, said the father, fro-i the head o:f the stairs, iary powe r plant of its own in the city and by buy ing elec l "is that sweetheart of yours an auctioi;ieer?" tric powe r from the local company This i s the first acci father. Why?" ''Bec ause he keeps on saymg he's gomg d en t of this k ind d u e to lightning for many years -going, but he ham' t gone yet!" The p opulation of the Columbia garden zoo, Anaconda, Irate Customer-See Y?U said that refrigerator Mont., w as i ncreased by five recently. A quintet of black you s?ld i;:ie was supphed with locks ai:d ke ys. Dealer w o lves wer e born and Bess, the mother, was the proudest 1 -It is. Every,prov1s10n department tight. C u s tomer anim al a t the resort. Black wolves have become a rarity -Huh! I t about the prnv1s1ons. What I want during t h e last few years Bess has a history. Several locked up is the ice. yea rs ago a hunt was being made for f emale black wolve8 An India n boy on t?e Crow res e rvation caught Bess in a Doctor-Did you get that mixture of wine and iron that trap i n the Big Horn Canyon. An Indian friend in Bill ( I ordered? Deaceu Waters-Yes; it was first rate. Never ings w r ote for him to the management of the gardens and enjoyed a bottle of medicine b etter in my life Drank i t rece ived an offer of $50 for the animal.. He accepted it. up without takin' breath. But, doctor there was too much Since that time Bess has shown scrupl e s against race 1 iron it it. Doctor-H'm! So I shou l d imagine. Deacon suicide anr l black wolves a re not u ncommon a t the g ari Waters-Yes, the iron all went to my feet and made em dena. iO h e avy I oould har;lY. walk.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 WHAT SAVED THE TRAIN. "Stop your blathering. Don't you think"-to his companion-" we had better quiet him?" By D. W. Stevens. "What's the u se? There's no one to hear; but you can gag him, if you like." "Click, click! dickety click!" Jim drew out a dirty-looking handkerchief, and began "'Track all clear. Number Seven thirty minutes late.' to search about him for some object suitable for a gag, but That gives me over an hour to wait. Heigho! I do wish Darner, n_ot relishing the prospect, turned his head toward there was something to keep a fellow awake in this deucedthe window s uddenl y in a listening attitude. ly dull place!" The ruse succeeded Supposing he heard the first sound Oscar Damer yawned wearily as he moved about the of the approaching tra in, the two men hurried from the little station where he had been installed lately as station room, locking the door after them, and he could hear agent, putting things in order for the night, and then their footsteps going back toward the bridge. threw himself in a chair to wait out his remaining time; Undoubtedly they would finish their work there, which but insensibly his head began to droop, his breathing grew would make the destruction of the train certain. deep and regular, and soon he was lost in the land of Damer groaned, then began by the same/ slow process dreams. to hitch his chair toward the table where an oil-lamp was S uddooly he came out of it, startled and bewildered. burning. A ruler lay near it; after a few times trying he Two burly black figures, with masks over their faces, succeeded in getting this in his teeth, and with it pushed stood near him. the lamp from the table. B efore he could collect his thoughts or realize what it It f4tll with a crash to the floor, but.his purpuse failedmeant, he was seized and bound in his chair, his the flame went out and he was left in total darkness pockets rifled, and his desk searched, with a result which He had thought by this desperate measure to secu re the brought an ejaculation of disgust from one of the robbers. means of relea sing himself by burning his bonds. '"Not mtlCh milk in that. cocoanut. Say, young man, Once free, there was a possibility that he could croRs what time does the express go by here?" the river in time to stop the it reached the "11.05," answered Damer. bridge. "Come, Jim! There's no time to lose! Shin up that The bits of broken glass were und er his feet, and with a pole and cut the wires. We don't want the whole country new thought he threw his weight to one side until the down on us after the thing's done. I'm off to the bridge." chair toppled and went over; the framework cracked with The young agent could hear the rattle of the falling the shock, and yielded still further to his strain upon it, so wires as the nippers severed them, and the tick of the that he succeeded by and by in working one hand free. instrument was si lenced in the room. This was b etter than cutting the cords with the broken They had destroyed his one means of calling help, could glass, but it was a tedious tas k still to pick the knots which he manage to release himself, which there was little chance secured him. of doing. The 'vhole aspect of the outer night had changed when After one sliO'ht struggle with the bonds which cut he s tood by the open window once more. I:> I A 1 painfully into hrs fles h, he gave it up, and began to hitch c blackness had settled over the earth, with a the heavy chair which held him across the floor, an inch vague w sper running through it from time to time, like a time, toward window which opened on the siae look-1 a sigh. mg toward the bndge. G1vmg no heed to the portentous signs, Oscar strained He could see nOtlfing clearly at that distance, but a conhis eyes in the direction of the distant track: stant rasping sound struck upon his ear. A reddish glare seemed to grow against the blackness "The wre t ches !" he muttered. "They are sawing the while he gazed. It was the headlight of the locomotive timbers! They intend, of course, to wreck and plunder the jus t coming into s ight. Too late for any effort of his to train, and they will have plently of time for the work." save the train! He felt weak and faint, a great rus h and The two men came back presently, disputing between roar filled his ears, the very earth seemed to quiver antl themselves. rock, and for one brief instant he thought his senses were "'Tain't enough to weaken them beams. We ought des:rting him; then he turned his eyes and beheld a sight to cut through the gll'der, then the whole thing would which drove every other consideration out of his mind. go down smash." A black whirlwind was sweeping down the valley, with "Why didn't you make it up to come earlier, if you vivid fl.ashes of lightning cutting into its gloomy depths, wanted to take the foundations out? Halloa! Where's with deep rolls of thunder risina amid the crashin"' and 0 0 that chap? Ob, there! I thought you told us the train grinding of the destruction which it wrought in its course ought to be here afore now?" Great trees were torn up by the roots or snapped of1 like "11.05 is the sche dule time. She is late tonight." Bushes, sticks, grass, even stones, were all "How much late?" taken up by the re s istless force and made a hurtling chaos "How can I tell? I might have fqund out for you if in midair; sharp gusts ran across the outer space, conyou hadn't b een in such a hurry to cut the wires," said verging toward that center of whirling winds, while the the agent, not thinking it best to betray the extent of rain drove down in blinding sheets, that were caught and his own knowledge. held a.side in alternate moments by the fierce breath f of the "Don't you wap.t us to let you loose so as you can fix it cyclone. up for us?" inquired Jim. With all the terror of that picture newly imprinted on


28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. .-----:.. hi s brain, Oscar Darner found himself at almost the same moment in the midst of it. He threw himself upon hi s face and clung desperately to whatever he could grasp, while the wind raged over him and the storm beat down upon him; the roof was torn away from over hi s h ead, and the building was racked, and threatened with entire demolition. It was all over in three minute s' time. H e strugg led to his feet, battered and breathless. 'rhe outer edge of the cyclon ; had swept the station, while the terrible central force spent itself further to the right. Not a vestige of the brid ge was left, but on the farther side of the storm-track the bright headlight shone steadily against the midnight gloom, brought to a stand by the vigi lance of the trainmen, who hurried forward with their lanterns to discover the amount of mischief which had b een done. To Oscar Darner' s excited imagination it seemed as if that cyclone had b een a direet interposition of Providence to sweep those evil doers off the face of the earth. At any rate, it had swallow ed them up, while he, on the one side, and the train, wit h its precious freight of many li ves, on the other, had been saved ON BLONDIN'S BACK. of guy line altogether. Each of them was weighted with a 10-pound sandbag to drop them out of the way of his balance-pole, and in putting them up Blondin crossed a score of times. "In July, 1860, we went across I took my place on Blondin's back, and he began the descent from the Cana dian side on the rope. By reason of the fact that I had to bear my weight on his shoulders, and had to use my arms, and with main strength to support myself "I told Blondin when I wanted to rest, and then I dropped down on the rope on one foot, and waited till my arms were reli eved, when I would spring up again, u sin g only my arms to lift and hold myself in place "There was a great crowd there. I did not see them at first. I do not remember what I thought. From my place on Blondin's back I could l ook out to the other shore and see below me the stunted pines thrusting their sharp points up from the edge of the foaming water, ready to split us if we fell. I remember, too, that I was anxious to get over, and I also recall that the great rope before us made swings from side to side. We afterward knew that the rope swung 40 feet from the center, and I felt the neces sity of preserving my self-possession, and I did it. "'l'here' was a 40-foot length between the guys on one side and those of the other that it was impossible to make steady It was the middle span. Below us, a distance of 250 feet, roared the river, and over it we swung from Ha.rry Calcord, artist, now of Chicago, ran away from side to side, still moving on steadily, however. h ome and went to sea. Before he got through with his "Blondin never trembled. When he had gone 10 feet adventures he rode across Niagara Falls three times on_ on this middle span somebody on the American side pulled t he back of Blondin, on a tight-rope. He says he would the outer guy line We afterward found that it was not do it a g ain, but that he did not suffer from fear. intentionally The rop e was stopped in its swing. Blon"In the year 1858/' he said, "-I joined Blondin in din stopped, and his pole went from side to side in a vain Boston. He was of the Francona troupe, including Mareffort to enable him to secure his balance. At one time tinetti and the famous.Ravels. I was their scenic artist, it was up and down on the right side, at another up and and painted scenes with a whitewash brush We disbanded down on the left; and I recall now with wonder that I in Cincinnati, and there it occurred to Blondin to c ross was only curious to lrnow whether be would succeed in get Niagara on a tight-rope, and I went to the Falls with him. ting control of .himself o r not. I didn't feel any fear "We had no end o f trouble getting the necessary per-"Failing of getting his he started to run across mits to extend the r opes. Blondin only spoke a little I the h9rr1ble span, and we safely reached the point where English; that was one di fficulty; but :finally we succeeded the guy rope came out from the American shore Then, in getting them from Porter, who owned the American to steady hims e lf, Blondi;n put his foot on the guy rope side, a nd the rest was ea sy and tried to stop, but the guy line broke, and with a dash "Blondin wanted t o carry the rope from Terrapin Tower of speed he ran swiftly 25 feet further to the next point and across to Davis' Hotel, which would have led over where the guys met the main rope There he recovered his Horseshoe Falls, through the mist and the spray of the balance, and whisriered, rather tLan said: 'Decendez vous!' grea t cataract. The perspiration stood out on his neck and s houlders in "They_ objected, 'because Bl ondin was sure to fall, they great beads, and we balanced ourselves on the swayin g said. The sp ray would keep his rope damp, and I, who rope. Presently he said 'Allens!' and I raised myself to had engaged to go on his back, was very glad of it. his should,ers, and we went on in safety, and without in "Finally we stretc hed the rope from White's pleasure cident, toward the shore. ground a cross to the Clifto n House. Not far away from "It was not until we landed that I what had the place there is now a suspension bridge. There was been done. Then it occurred to me that the man who 2,000 feet of the rope. It was of manila, 3 inches in pulled the guy rope was one of those that had bet that diameter, made in a New York ropewalk, in two pieces. feat could never be accomplished, and my indignatiorl Blondin joined ttle m with a long splice, which, when the mastered any reactionary feeling of fear. rope was extended, was in the center of the span It took "You see, many thousand dollars were bet upon the us nearly five months to stretch the rope and to get guy ability of Blondin to carry a man over, and human cupid lines in place. ity stops at no sacrifice. "It was 250 feet above water at its lowest point, which "I crossed again, twice, the last time under the patronwas 50 feet below the highest. 'In oth e r words, there was age of the Prince of Wales. He congratulated us person a of 50 feet in each 1.000 feet. were 'l'-QJJOO all.Y. a.nd Wi each a I>urse of one pounds."


FAME AND FORTUNE IYEEKLY. GOOD READING Edward Hinkle, who was lately given five years in the Mound sville, Va. penitentiary for stealing a piano, made a good priso ner and was farmed out under contract, as clerk. In a short time he hacl stolen $4,000 worth of hides and shipped them home to be held until he in November. He will now get a second Not long ago in Switzerland a vagrant taken into cus by the police was found to have his coat padded r,1th bank notes amounting to $28,000. He explained some time before he had received a legacy of $20,000 and had regi stered with heaven a vow to spend none of it; hence, although at the time he was arrested he was starv-'ng, he had kept his word. Residents of Prospect street, Yonkers, N. Y., have re ently protested to city officials against blasting in the treet for the present, beca use 300 eggs expected to hatch oon are shaken every time there is an explo s ion The ity is unable to comply with the request becaurn a private contractor is doing fhe blasting, and the citizens declare they will sue the city if all the eggs do not produce chickens. Ralph Bock, nineteen, outfielder of an amateur team at Sandusky, 0., batted stones while awaitirfg his turn at the plate in the game He struck one of the stones a glancing blow which caused it to strike the pupil of his ight eye, destroying the sight. A triangular piece of eye ball about an eighth of an inch in each dimension was cut out by the blow, but was replaced by Dr. 0 B Bliss and held in position by two stitches. Dr. Bliss says he hopes to save the appearance of the eye What is probably the first clubhouse to be erected in this country for the use of the Boy Scouts was dedicated at Mount Vernon, a suburb of Baltimore, the other day. Chief Scout 0. H Livingston, of Washington, president of the Boy Scouts of America; Ernest Thompson Seton, the naturalist, and other scout leaders, took part in the exercises The new clubhouse and 30 acres of playground surrounding it already represent an outlay of nearly $50,000, and $25,000 more i s to be spent in giving the place its final touches In pulling out a roll of money with which to pay fo r a shave at Atlantic City, N. J., B. C Phillips discovered h e had been carrying about a farewell message from a suicide for two days without knowing it. It was written in a fine feminine hand around three edges of a $5 treasury note and read as follows. "This is my lust $5 in the and now I haYe n o desire to liYe. Farewell! who ever finds this, plea8e s:iy a prayer for a led soul." 1Ir. Phillips does not recall where he got the bill in change. T he police to whom the discovery was reported have re ceived no word of a suicide After being hit on the forehead with a ball James Fleming, ten years old, of No. 334: Pearl street, Kew York, fell heavily on the sidewalk and his skull was fractured recently. Dr. 8;.l\'age took him to i.he Volunteer Hospital, where it was Eaid he wa:; in a dangerous condit.iou With several of his p laymates, young Fleming was playing .ball. He was the catcher. A foul ball struck him on the fore head with such force that he was thrown backward, on his head. He go t up apparently unhurt, and was about to continue tb.e game, but fell eenseless to the street. In the past century advances in surgery liavc been s o great that one is almost prepared to h ea r of any wonder, and in this respect we in a Paris conLemporary a startling a 'unouncement recently which, wo are told, is taken from n reputable scientific review. Ii is to the effec t ; that a surgeon has invented a !3cwing nuchine fo r use after operations and in place of th2 by na11d. We are told that the doctor in the instance con structed his machine by way of recreati011, but the re sults were such that he has felt jus tifi e d in introdncing it to members of the profession. Each s i i tc:1, it i s said, occupies only the fraction o f a second and is ef!cctccl with a precision far superior to foat of the d 2t finge rs. The. duck that was s aved from starving to death b y the l ocal trolley employees of Penn Yan, N. Y., who caught and feel them last winter, was tihip :)e d to New York city the other day, consigned to one. of the many parks in that city. Some time ago three canvas-backs were shipped, but the one that "as sent recently was not strong enough, so it was kept lierc longer. \\'hen the lak e was cl9sed hy the ice last winter many of duc:rn were frozen to the ice an.cl others becai1 1 c rn mar that they were unable to fly. 'fhe trolley rnc u running be tween here alld when tlic y SU\\' tlt c binla in such a condition took them to the puwer house and fe d them. The majority were freed after the ict' broke up, but the four largest were shipped to N cw "l ork city. The third fatal accident in the Schriecl fr..;-.1i::y, of No. 2-12 3d street, New York, occurred the other d0ay, w!ic.:n Floi:ian, a lad five years old, was kill e d by a bullet from a cartridge that had b ee n thrown ido a bonfire. T h e child was playing in front of h is home ',rith se1cr,:l other children. A short distance away some older boys hnd a bonfire blazing in the centre o f the st;:cd. One of them threw a box of cartridges on the fire. There was an ex plosion, and little Florian fell with a bullet in his heart. Patrolman Smith took the child to t\ drng store. A n ambulance surgeon said he hau bcCTI killed instantly. About two yeai::s ago Florian)s olde.'!t sister, seven years old, was run over a'ncl killed by an automobile. About five months ago a brother, twelve years old,, was killed by a brick falling from a roof.


80 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS TO KILL DUCKS. An American hunter who carries boomerangs o f a repe ating shotgun i s a curiosity, but V crnon Tantlinger, a l ocal nimrod of St. Joseph, Uo., uses the Austral ian war weapon when he goes after ducks Tantlinger is an expert with the boomerang and recently ba gged twelYe d1\cks with eight throws of his dub. Tantlinger says that as the statnt(;s do not prohibit the use of boomcnmgs he can throw all he wants to. S\VISS BOY SCOUTS. Switzerland is to have its boy sco uts, based on English lines. An influential committee, consisting of severa l pro fessors and the head s of vari9us sporting organizations, has been formed in Geneva to organize the corps, not only in that town, but all over Switzerland, with branches in the chief cities, and the Swiss A lpin e chib will a lso co operate. This movement, it is thought, will be a great success in Switzerland, where every healthy boy must eventually become a soldier. BANDI'l'S ROB A POKER GAME While a number of wealthy 'Winnipeg residents were e ngaged in a game of poker the other night in a hotel the r oom was invaded by two "hold-up" men. At the point of revolvers they wer e ordered to h o ld up tlieir hand s, and promptly obeyed. While one of the men covered the players the other gathe1cd everythin g worth taking, including money on the tables and in the pockets of the players, amounting to $6,000 besides several hundred dollars' worth of jewelry. They left no trace of their identity. A YOUTHFUL INDIANA FINANCIER. R alph James is only 14 years old, lmt already he has his o wn idea s regarding finance and how to obtain the greatest amount of money with the lea s t possible exertion. Hain fell in torrents at Columbus, Ind., the otheT day, choking the sewe r and making a lake of the public square The town was crowded with farmers whose h o r ses were hitched at the ra c k in the square. When the tim e came to go home the farmers found they would have to wad e through water knee deep to reach their h o r ses Then it was that young James arrived. He would unhitch the horses and drive them to dry land at only a charge of 25 cents f or each ho r se, a modest request, but the farmers balke d S ome sugge sted a dime, wnile other thought 15 cents would be about right. "Two bits or nothing," said James. "I h ave the monopoly on this job; pay me my price or get your own horses. The farmers paid, and James ha s su.tficient money to buy a new rnit of clothes if he to w ant one I MAPS FOR MOTOR CYCLES. Eff orts are being made by the Fede ration of American Motorc y cli&ts to increase interest in touring and promote motorcycling Pres ident G. H. Hamilton and J. Leo Sauer Chairman of the Lell'i s lative Committee of the Fed-' 0 f eration are now ne.,.otiatinowith the Touring Bureau o 0 b the American Automobile Ass o ciation, endeavoring to ob-tain for the Federation members speci al rates for the elab o rai.e route books and road maps of the American Automo bile .Association The maps of the autoists are considered the best and newest published, and practically invaluable. for touri sts. They are being improved und added to daily by the Tomin

Gee whiz I What fun 1ou can have with t b I a atulf. Mol1ten the tip of 1our !luger, tap It on the contents of the ho:r. and a little b t w!ll stick. Then 11bake bands wltb you1 Ir I e n d, o r drop n speck down h i back. Jn n minute he will feel as If Ile bnd the s even years Itch. It w!!! make him scratch, roar, squirm and make faces But It pufectly harmless, u It Is made from the seedll of w l Id r o 1 e s 'fbe horrible ltcb. stope In a few minutes, or cun b e checked Immediately by rubbln the spot with a wet cloth. While It Is working, you will be apt to laugh your suspender buttons oil'.. The be1t Joke ot all. Price 10 cents a box. by mall. po1tpale1. lVOI,FF NOVJi:L1'l: 2D W. 2Gth St., N. Y. GOO"D LUCK BANKS. Ornainenta l as well as uaetul. Made ot highly nicke led braoL It hold just On Dolla.r. When tilled I t open lteelt. Remalue locked until refilled. Can be use d aa. a. wtchcbarm. Money retunded It not 1a.tltled. Pric e, lOc. by rna.ll. L. SENARENSI 3U Winthrop St., Brook 111. N. Y. -------(JACH 00 OB SNEEZING POWDEB. The greo.test fun-maker et compartment which will not J PAR.KER STEARNS & CO., 213 GEORGIA AYE. BROOKLU, N. T aJ low It to sink. To keep It I In a. natural poltlon, the lower fin Is balla.eted with l&ad. To make It work a e.1trln&' ls wound up. You then throw it tn the we.ter, WEIRD & NOBBY 15 and the rnacblnery Inside caue s the tall to \ Thi S>ull O""''""al>(. Oxf4lwaJJ.. C wiggle, ai.nd yropeJ tt Jn the most lifelike mart1 160 mon. WU\e .. 11i 1 2 Races between two o! thesa !!she are very ..u.. W. E. HILLPOT, Frenchtown, N. J, interesting. Price, 26 cents each by mail, post paid. J KE?\'XEDY, 308 W"6t 127th St., N. Y. LAUGHABLE EGG TRICK This I the funniest trick ever exhibite d and always produces r oara of laughter. The perform r say s to the nud fence tha.t h e reqt:fres son1 e eggs for one ot his ex' eall hi aeletant, taps him on top of the head, he gags, :i.nd au egg comes out o t his mouth. This ls r e p eated until six eggs are produced. It la an eaey trick to perform, once y o u know how, and alway s makes a hit. Di rections given o r working tt. Pri ce, 25 cents b y mall, postpaid. H F. LANG, 2 1 5 TI'alworth St., B'klyn., N Y. ANARClllST BOllBS. They a.re ..,,.11 gt.,. Tfa1e, and c o n t a. t .ri a I I q u Id cbomlcal that produces a h o r r 1 h l e odor. When dropped In a roo tbey will make e T e y peM1D1t pruP.:o t nnh out. holdln11 thelt no..,a. In o. !el" m.tn utea the smell wlll dl appear. P erfectly harm leu. Nq danger of any nil etiect. The only rtlk la that your trlende rn&y make you emell ene of the bombs your1elt, It they catch you. Price, lOc. box. or 3 fo r 2foc .. by mall, postoaln. WOLFF NOV:EL1' Y 29 W. :otll N. Y. Trick Shooting-the methods followed by noted crack revolver and pistol shots simply outlined by American T earn Captain. 15 7 Pages-6 7 Illustrations. Tells how to stand, hold ana aim. Send SOc in stamps to A. R. Howell, Room I 718, 299 B'way BECOME AN EXPERT MARKSMAN WIRELESS TELEORAPII _, I A u se!ul, instructive end -."!'. amusing outfit. It cons ists I "' of two t e l egraph tnstru g a; m e n ts, one for each sta-' ,:011111 !,! tlo n. The stations must b e within h aarlng distance of ll s e t and once It ts m as t ered. you can o perat e any t e legraph tnstru .. m ent, and comman d a good salary. With our s y s t o m you can send messages to your friend nt quite a distance, and recei v e his reply. Price, 1 5 c ents by mail, poetpalrl. J. KENNEDY, We.t 121th St., N. Y. THE JIIAGIC WALLET r---:"'"...,.'""' Lots of fu11 can be had wtth It, puzzling people, w .lie being use d in a pracUC'al wu.y to carry ban k bills, l etters, invoices, etc. O p e n with the s traight ban d s on 1 the left, lay a bill on tov of b ands, close wallet; ope n to Ufe and the bill wlll be found. J unde r the crossed bands. Close ._ __ ope n to the right, and the bill will b e found un4e r stralgh t bands. How did It get there 1 That' s the question. Price, 13 cents each, postpaid. J. KENNEDY, S03 West St., N. Y. HINDOO FLOWER-P.OT TRICK With t h i s trick you can make a plant grow right up Jn a flower-pot b efore the eyes o f y our audience Ah ordinary empty earthen flower .. pot h handed to the spec t a tors tor examination. A handl

1l'IF.l'I. .A.loo known u a Japanese butterfty. A. plea.sing novelty en .. closed In an envelope. J; 1 out through the air 1 tor s e v e r a. 1 yards. Ma.de o! colored pa.per to represent a. butter67 al% inches wide. Price, lOc. X. O'NEILi., ':II W. 56th St., N. Y. VANISHING CIGAR. '" ''"' "mM Oo exact Imitation o! a good one. It ts held by a rub. ber cord which, with the attached oa!ety pin, ta !utened on the lnolde ot the oleeve. When o!'!ered ?!_a trlend, aa It II about to be taken It wlll ... tantly dlsa.ppear. Price, lOo. ea.ch by ma.II, po1tpa.ld. R. F. LANG, 2Ul Walworth St., B'klyn., N. Y. JAPANESE TWIRLER. A. wonderful Imported pa.pu novelty. By a simple manipulation of th wooden handles a number ot beautl!ul t1irure1 can b,. produced. It tall:e on aoverat co m b In at I o n a o! mairnlllcent colors. Price, lOc., po1tpald. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. U'BINO TOPS Something new tor the boys. A top you can apln without a atrlng. Thlll la a dec14ed nov elty. It la ot large size, made of brus, and h a bo.lance rim. The hank contalus a powerful spring an4 hu an euter caelng. The top ot the IJh&nk baa a m11led edce for wlndlnc It up. 'When wound, you merely lift the outer casln. and the top 11Pln at ouch a rapid speed that the balance rim keep, It otnc a lone handaomest and Price 12 c-t. each, by mall, poat-pald B. ll'. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B'klyn., N. Y. LrrrL AOCORDEONS The smallest, cheape1t, &nd best sounding mus ical Instrument tor the price. Thia perfect littie !1-Ccordeon has tour keys and eight notea, a complete scale, upon about & x lnche1 In alze, and la not a toy but a practical and aervlceable accordeon In eYery repeot; with ordinary care It wlll last tor years, and produces sweet music and perfect harmony. Anyone ca.n learn to play It with very little practice. Price ll cn.te each, by Illall, poet-paid WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. THB MJnf J!'BOO JOKEB. Buahele ot tunl "Froggy" hu got a. very croaking and raapln&' voloe, and when held In the hollow ot tho hand and made to croak. one tnetlnctlvely 1001\:s around tor a bullfrog. An amujoke can be played on YO\lr v coat-sleeve :>r the back of their .. they heave a sigh o! relle! when they !Ind that their clothe are eonnd and whole ea before. A. cood j oll:e Is to ma.Ice a centleman'o or lady' watch a etem wl11de.r. With the frog conce&!ed In your hand, you talte the atem ot the watch between your thumb and l'lnger, and a.t th aame time a.How the ba.11 of your thumb to pus over the ratchet-wheel of the tror, when to the comp&ny you w111 seem to be wtndln the wa.toh, but the noise w111 startle them, !or "twill 1011n4 more like winding Bal'nui;n's t&nl c&!lope than a watch, and you can keep Wln4lnc lndet'lnltely. The possessor of one of these Frog can ha.ve any amount ot tun with It. It la made o! bronze metal and w111 never wee.r out. Do not fall to send for one. Price, lOc., 8 tor 2llo. by mall, postpaid; one doaen by expre11, 750. U. F. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B'klyn., N. Y. Price S5 cent., l"ootpald Then water-wl nl take up uo more rootn than a poQket-h&nkercblet. 'l'bey wel1h 3 ounces Q.nd anpport from CIO to ili-0 pounds. With a pair anyone can learn to swim or lloat. 'lfor i;iae, you have ona. to wet e two H. F. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B 7klyn., N. Y. BUMAN ATONE. The Improved Hu ma.natone. Thia ftute will be tound to be the moat enjoyable article ever offered; nickel plated, llnely polished : each put up In a box with full Instruction how to u1e them. Price, 18c., postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., Ill W. 26th St. N. Y. LITTLE CHECKEB BOARDS. Price 7 cent8 each by mall. They are mad.e ot durable colored cardboard, fold to the 1tze ot x Inches, and a.re eo han4y In olae that they oan 'be carried In the pocket. They coritaln 24 red and black ohecken, and are jut a.a nlceable u th most expenalve boardo made. The box a.nd lld can be !aatened together In a moment by means ot patent joll)ta In the ends. Full direction printed on ee.ch box. H. F. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B'kb"D., N. Y. DOUBLE CLAJ;'PERS LITTLE BU"l!I TEK-PINl!I. ln each aet ther t1.::w bin beautttully orna1nent box. With one o! these mlnta tu re aets you ca.n play ten-ptns on your 7 dlnlug-room table juat can be played -Jna. :::: known to proteaatonal bowlers can be worked pins. Price, lOc. per box by mall, H. F. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B'kl7Jl., N. Y. HALF MASKS. Falae-!ace beaten a mile! There are 7 In a set and represent a.n, Indian, a Japaneae girl, a clown, Foxy Grandpa., an EncUsh Johnny Atkins and an .A.utomoblllat. Beautl!ully lithographed in. handsome colors on a durable quality of cardboard. They nave eyeholes and string perforations. Price, 6c. each, o r the full set of 7 !or 25c., postpaid. 111. O'NEILL, '25 W, 66th St., N. Y. l @ I and most @ novel puzzle on the 'l'hey are handsomely made o! whl te wood market. It consists ot 6 Inches long. with care!ully rounded edges'. a !lat piece o! wood On each side a steel eprlng ls secured with 1'!4 x S Inches, neatly fiat leaden dlsc at the ends. They covered with Im I t a-Q. tremendous clatter and yet they can be tlon leather. T h e even better than the most upenslve the hole are used by minstrel. The !!neat article get the small ring of! the bar. It absolutely ot lta ktnd on the market. Price 7 cents a cannot be done by anyone not In the iecret. pair, potpa.ld. More tun to be bad with It the.n with any M 0 NEILL. 4%5 W. 56th St., N. Y. other puzzle ma.de. It ts not breakable and LIGHTNING TRICK BOX. A startling and pleasing !Hue aton! "Th ways o! the world are devious," eay1 Matthew :Arnold, 11ut the ways o! the Llgbtnlng Trick Box when properly handled are admitted to be puzzllng and uncerta.ln. You take oft the lld and show your friends that It la tull ot nice candy. Replace the Ud, whel). you can solemnly a1sure your friend. that you ca.n lnsta.ntly empty the box In their presence without opening It; a.nd taking oft the lid a.ge.ln, sure enough the candy has Or you cp,n change the candy Into a piece o! money by following the dlreotlono en t with each box. This la the neat..,st and b .. t chee.p trick <1ver Price, only lOc.; 8 tor 2llc., me.tied, poatpald. M. O'NEILL, 011W.158th St., N. Y. (JABTER AEBOl'LANE No. 1. Wlll llY on a horizontal line 15 O !eet Can be !!own In the house. and will not Injure ltJ1elt nor anyth,lng In the room. The most perfect llttle aeroplane made. The motive power lJ tur ntahed by rubber bands contained within the tubular body o! the me. chine. It 1 actuated by a propeller at each end revolving In opposite dlrectlon1. Variation ID height may be ob tained by inovlng th planes and the balance weight. It ca.n be mad to l'ly either to the right or the le!t by movlnc the be.lance aldewlae be!ore It ts released tor ftlght. Price, 8150. each, delivered. L. Senareaa, 8'7 Winthrop St., Brooklyn, N. Y. can be carrie d In the vest pocll:et. Price 10 cents ee.ch by mall, post' -p::i.ld B. F. LANG, 215 Walworth St., B'klyn., N. Y. TABLE RAISING TBICK The most mystttylnc trick ever done by a. magician. The p e r former shows a. plain llgh t table. He places his hand flat upon Its top. The tablo cllngs to his hand as I! glued there. He may swing 1t In the air, but the table wlll not leave hi hand until he sets It on the ftoor again. Tho t::i.ble can bo Inspected to show the.t there are no strings or wires attached. Price 12 cents each, by mall, post-paid M. O'NEILL, 4.25 W. 56th St., N. Y. MUSICAL SEAT The best joke out. You cnn have more fun than a circus, with one ot t h ea e novel ties.. All y o u have to do la to place one on a chair seat (hidden under a cushion, I! poaolble). Then tell your friend to alt down. An unearthly ahrjek from the little rcund drum will aend your victim UP ln the air, the most puzzled a.nd astonished mortal on earth. Don't miss getting one ot these genuine laugh producera. Perfectly harmless, and never misses doing it1 work.. Price 20 cents each, by mall, post-paid WOLFF NOVELTY CO 29 w. 26th St N. Y.


C>"'D"R. "rE1'T-CE1'T"r :S<><>'Eh-FI ... L NAPOLEON'S ORACt:JLUM AND No. SO. HOW TO COOK.-One of the moa t N o 89. HOW T O BJECOJIB A PHOT001 DIUl4JI BOOK.-Conte.lntng the great oracle tnatructlve booka o n cooking ever publlahed. PHEB.-Contalnlng uaeful Information el human deatlny ; a lso the true m eaning of It contalna recipe for cooking m e a t s fish, gardlng the Camera and how to work It; al lllmat any kind of dreams, together w ith game, and oysters; alao plea, pudding, ca.k e a h o w to rna.ke Photographic Kagle La.nte _..rma, oeremontea, a.nd curious ga.rnes of and a.11 k i n d of pa.atry, a.nd a grand collecSlides and other Tra.naparenclL Ha.nclaomel:f oarda. tlon of recip e s llluatra.ted. Jfo 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-Th e gre a.t No. 81. HOW TO B ECOME A SPEAKER. No. 62. HOW TO BJCCOlllB A WE8T POIN lloek of magic and card t ricks. conta.lntng f u n -Containing fourteen tllustra.tlons, giving the l\llLITARY CADET.-Expla.lna how to gal !::ructio n o n all t h e leading card t ricks of dltterent positions requisite t o become a. good a drnltta.nce, course of S tudy, Exa.mlna.tlona, day also the .most popular magical lllu speaker reader and elocutionist. A l s o conDuties, Stan: of Officers, Poat Guard, Polle a s p e rforme d by our leading magi c i a ns; tainlng gems from all the p opula r author s of Regulations, Fire Department, and all a bo ... .-y b o y should obta.tn a copy of this book. prose and poetry. should know to be a cadet. B y Lu Sena.rens. ko. 8. HOW '.l'O FLIB' .-The a.rte and N o 32. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Contatnlng No. 63. HOW TO BECOMJI: A NAVAi. .... of fltrtatlon are fully explained by this the rules and etiquette o! good society and CADET .-Complete Instructions of h o w t llftte book. Besides the va.rtous methods of the easiest and most approved methods of gain admission to the A nnapolis Na.Tai Acad fan, glove, parasol window and appearin g to good advantage at parties, balls, emy. Also containing the course o! lnatruc Jlat lllrtatlon, It contains a f ull list of the the' t heatre, church, a.nd tn t h e drawing-room. tlon, description of grou n d s and bulldinga, l&Qgu a.ge and sentiment of flowers. No. 35. HO\V TO PLAY GAMES.-A comhistorical sketch, and everything a boy ohoul Xe. 4 HO\V TO DANCE ls the title o! plete and useful little book, containing the k now to become an officer I n t h e U nited. State till little book. It contains full Instructions rules and regulations of billla.rds, bagatelle, Navy. By Lu Senarens. ha the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 64. HO\V TO MAKE ELECTRICAL nea and at parties, how to dress, a.nd full N o 36. HOW T O S O L V E CONUNDRUlllS. l\IACHINES.-Contalntng full directions t o t 0.U.Ctlons for calling off In all popular square -Containing all the leading conundrums of making e lectrica.I machines, Induction coil8j Gances. the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and dynamos, and many novel toys to be workeI'. 41. H O W T O BECOl\IE AN ATHLETE. o! ordinary diseases and atlments common t o brimful of wit and humor. It con t a ins a --91vln g full Instruction for the use of dumb-every !amtly. Aboundin g t n useful and etteo-large collection of aongs, jke s conund rums! betle, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal Uve recipes for general complaints. etc., f Terrene Muldoon. the grea.t wit, hu ban and various othe r metheds of d eveloping N o 39. HO\V T O RAISE DOGS, POU L TBT, rnorlst, and pracUca.l joker of the day. 111 irood, h ealthy muscle; containing flver sixty PIGEONS AND RABElITS.-A usefu1 and in-No. 66. HO\V DO P UZZLES.--Gontaln Utuetratlons. structiv e book. Handsomely illustrated. ing ove r thre e hundred intereetlng puzzles and >l'o 7. HOW TO KEEP BIBDS.-HandNo. 40. H O W TO MAKE AND SET T RAPS. conu n arums, with. key t o same A c o mplet e _,,e1y illustrated and containing full tnstruc---lncluding hints on Aow te catcil m oles, book. Fully illustrated. U..s for the management and training o f the w easels, otter, rats, squirrels an birds. Also No. 6 7. HOW TO DO ELECTRIC.Ail -ry. mockln&l' bird, bobolink, blackbird, par-how to cure skins. C opiously lllustrate il TRICKl!!l.-Conta lnlng a. l a rge collection of i n :iet, parrot, etc. N e 41. THE BOYS O F NEW YORK END stractive and highly amusing electrical tric k s o 9 lIO W T O BECOl\IE A VENTRILOl\IEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contahtlng a. grea t vatogether with illustrations. By A. Anderson 8T.-By Harry K ennedy, Eve r y lntelli riety of the l atest j o k e s use d by the most N o 68. H O W TO DO CHEl\llCAL TRICKS, ..,.t boy reading this b ook of instructions can famous end m e n No amateur minstrels ts -Containing o ver one hundred highly amueJ ma.lltet" the art, and create any amount o f fun comple t e without this woRderful little boek. ing and i nstr11etlve tricks with c h e mical s B y fer himself and friends. No. 42. THE BOYS O F NEW YORK A Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. Mo. JO. HOW T O B OX.-The art of self STUMP SPEAKER.-Conta.ining a varie d as-N o 69. HOW T O DO S L E I G H T-OF-HAND! defense mad e easy. Containing ever thirty sortment ef stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and -Containing ever fifty et the latest and b e s lU..atratlons o! guards. blows, and the dltterIrish. Also e n d men's joke s tricks used lly maglciaRs. Also containing th11 ent positions e f a goo d boxer. E very boy N o 43. HOW TO BECOME A JllAGICIAN. secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. '1lould obtain one or the s e useful and lnstruc-Containing the grandest assortment o f mag-No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IECHAJ!l':ICA tlYe books, as It wtll teach y o u h w to box !cal tlluslons e ver before the public. TBIC KS.-Contalning complete lnstr uctlu s f o "Wtt b.out an in&truetor. Als o tricks with cards incantations, etc. perfermlng over sixty Mechanica l Tricks No. 11 HOW TO WRITE L OVE-LETTERS. No. 44. HOW T O \VRITE IN AN AL-Fully illustra.ted.. -A mos t comple t e li ttle book, centalnlng full BUllf.A grand collection <>C Album Verses No. 72. HOW T O DO SIXTY TRICK!} (Ureetlons f o r writing l o ve-l etters, and when suitable for any time and occasion; em brae-WITH CARDS.-Elmbracln g all o f t h e to use them, giving specimen letters !or Ing Lines of Love, Attectlon, S entiment, Hu-and m o s t deceptive car d tricks, with illus and. okl. mor Respec t and Condolence; also V e r ses tratlons. Mo. 12. HOW TO \VRITE LETTERS T O Suitable for Valentine s and W eddings. No. 78. HOW T P DO TRICKS WITH NUM ll.&DIES.-Glvlng complete Instructions for No. 45. THE BOYS O F NEW YOR K lllIN-BERS.-Showing many curious tricks wit wdtlng letters t o ladie s o n all subjects; also STREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Some-figures and the magic o f numb e rs. By A An letters of introduction, note s and r equests. thing new and v ery instructive Every boy derson. Fully illustrated. No. 13., HOW T O D O 1'; OR, BOOK O F should obtain this book, as It 0c onta.lns f ull No. 74. HOW T O WRITE LETTERS COB llCTIQUE'ITE.-It ts a great life s ecret, and instructions for organizing an amateur minRECTLY -Contatnlng fuH Instructions to one that every young man desires to know all st r e l troupe writing letters on almost any subject; a l s about. There's happine s s In It. No 46 HOW T O MAKE AND USE E L EC-rules tor punctua.tloa a n d c q m positlon, wit No. 1 4. lIOW '.l' O MAKE CANDY.-A comTRICITY.-A description o! the wonderful specimen letters. plete hand-book !or ma.king all kinds o! uses o f e lectricity and electro ma.gnetlsm; t o -No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJURE candy, tee-cream, syrups, ess ence s etc etc. g ether with full instructions tor making E lec--Containing tricks with Dominoes Dice No. 18. HOW ro BECOME BEAUTIFUL. tric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Tre .. e l Cups and Ba.Ila, Hats, etc. Embracing t hirt y --One of the brightest and most valuable A M M D Containing over llfty muatra-six Illustrations. By A Anderson. y Httle 'books ever given to the world. Everytlons' No. 76. HOW T O TELL FORTU NES B body wlabes to know h o w to become beaut!-N o 4 8 HOW T O BUILD AND S AIL THE HAND.-Centaining rules !or telllnli ful, beth male and female. The secret ts CANOES .:._A handy book for boys, containing fortunes by the a.I d of lines of the "S 9lm. p Je, and almost c ostless. full directions for constructiAg canoes and the the secret of palmistry. A lso the sec1 e t k0.14. No. 2 0 HO\V ro ENTERTAIN AN EVENmost popular manner of sailing them. Fully telling future events by aid Qf mole, mar s !IN G PARTY.-A complete com1>endtum tllustrated scars, etc. Illustrated. games. oports, card diversions, comic reclta-No 49 HOW T O D E B A T E -Givin g rules No. 77. HOW T O DO FORTY Uons, etc.. suitable for par. lor o r drawing!or debates, outlines tor debates, WITH CARDS -Containlng deceptive c .ar room entertainment. questions for discussion, and t h e best sources Tricks as performed by leading conjurers an No 2.1. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The for procuring Information on the questions m:.glcians. DO THE B L ACK ART mofi cmplete hunting and fishing guide ever tve n No. 78. HOW T O publlehed. It contains full Instructions about g N o : 5 0 HOW T O STUFF BIRDS AND Containing a complete description of the mys r:,na, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fish-ANll\IALS.-A valuable book, giving tnstruc-terles of Magic and Sleight-of-Hand, togethe f.' toe:ether with description ot game and tiona in collecting, J>reparing, mounting a.nd exper i ments. By A a.No. 22. HOW TO DO SECO N D S IGHT.preserving birds, anlma.ls a n d insects. No. 79. HOW T O BECOJllE AN ACTOR. Beller' second s ight explained by his forme r No. 5 1 HOW T O DO T RICK S WITH Containing complete Instructions how to makt aaalstant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the CARD S .-Contalning explanations of the gen-up for various characters o n the stage; t o Moret dialogu e s w ere carried on between t h e era! principles of sletght-of-ha.n d a11pllcabl e gether with the duties of the Stage Manager, mag tca.n and the boy on the stage; also gtv... t o card tricks; o f card tricks with Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property ?\:tan. In all the codes and signals. cards, and not requiring slelgltt-of-hand, of N o 80. GUS WIJ,LIA!llS' JOK E BOOK. ts. HOW T O EXPLAIN DREAMS.tricks Involving sleight-of-hand, o r the use of Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes ll'hl s little boo k give s the explanation t o all speciall y p r epareil cards. Illustrated. funny stories of this world-renowned Germa ... kinds of dTeams, together with lucky and No. 52. H O W TO P L A Y CARDS.-Glvlng comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colt 'IUllucky days. the rul e s and f ull directions for playing o red cover containing a hal f-tone :photo or No. 24. HOW T O WRITE LETTER S TO Euchre, Cribbage, Casln Forty-five, Rounce, the author. a.tlng. PETS.-Gtvlng complete in ormat on as <>" e ing phrenology, and the ke.y for tellin g cha,.. P N 27 HOW T O RECITE AND BOOK O F manner and method of raising, keeping, tam-acter by the bumps o n the head. By Leo the most popular Ing, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; Hugo Koch, A .C.S. Fully Illustrated. el-Ions In .;se, eomprtslng Dutch dialect, also g i v ing full instructions for No. 8 8 HOW TO Hl'PNOTIZE.-Conta.l n t n :l'r-cb. Clia.lect, Yankee and Irish dialect etc. Fully expl a ined by twenty eight illus valuable and I n s t r u ctive tnformatioa regard pietogether with many standard read. t ngs. tratl<>ns. Ing t h e sci e nce o f hypnotism A l s o explatnr No.' 28. HOW T O TELL FORTUNES.N o 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAl\IP S AND tng the m o s t approved methods w hich are EwryMle I s desirous of knowing w hat his COINS.-Contalnlng valuable I nformation re-employed by t h e leading hypnotists o f thlll tut .... lif e will bring forth whe t her happ i ness garding the collecting and arranging of world. B y Leo Hugo Koch A.C S er ....... l"J'. wealth or poverty. You c a n tell stamps and coin s Handsom e l y illustra t e d No. 84. HOW TO BECOlllE AN AUTH01', b y a cJe.nce a.t t h i s little book No. 5 6 HOW TO 'BECOllIE AN EN--Containi n g informatio n regarding choice Jf %11 lIOW TO BECOl\IE AN INTENTOR. GINEER. -Conta.intng !ull Instru ctions how t o sub.Jects. the use of words and the manner ct1 per cepy, or 3 for 25 cts., In money or postage Btampe, bf FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, No. 168 West 23d St.,, New York ..


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