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t FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKL. Y (ssued weekly-Subscriptl9n price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. Harry E Woll!', Publisher, lnL., 160 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter, October 4, 1911, at tbe Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act or March 3, 1879. No. 895 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 24, 1922 P rice 7 Cents LINEMAN JACK OR, TH E BOY W HO BUILT A B USINESS B y A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I.-Lineman Jack, and Who He Met On Christmas Night. "It's tough to be down on your luck on Christmas night," mutte'l'ed Jack Ready, better known among his late associates in the Western Union telegraph service as "Lineman Jack"; "but it's worse on such a night as this-black as the ace of spades, and blowing great guns. Still it might be a lot worse. The streets might be clogged with snow, the sidewalks ic y, and the temperature down to zero, which, fortunately, isn't the case, though it's the time of year when such things happen. It's what folks call a green Christma;;, and it isn't even cold. Now where am I to go in this con founded. town? I've lost the address I was bound for, and I can't find name in the directory. I suppose I'll have to put up at some cheap lodging-house, and I guess I won't have to go far to find one." The speaker was a stalwart boy of eighteen or thereabouts with a good looking, manly face, which was deeply b1on zed by a long spell of outdoor work. His hands were brown and as hard as nails, his clothes worn and somewhat shabby, and hi s appearance generally was rough and ready. Indeed, he fitted in well with the locality into which he had strayed-the water front of Hobo ken where it was lined with a low grade of grog shops which on this festive we'l'e with a rough class of men, drmkmg and making merry in their own particular way. block facing the houseless Jack shone with light. The saloons and other shops on the floor were a:blaze. Hardly a window in the tenements above but cast its reflectiol'1, upon the black night outside Song, music and revelry floated to the ear of the young wanderer. Apparev.tly every one but he was enjoying himself or herself to the top of their bent. And :vhy not? Christmas comes but once a year, and it is welcome alike in palace and hovel, only marked by the difference in circumstances. All that was lacking to the picture was a good snow storm. Howevel' the wind was doing its part to make amends for it was blowing at a gait that sent the water df the river dashing around the piers close by. It swept across the ioofs and whirled around the corners in chilly gusts. It banged the crazy shutters of the tenements, and shook the signs over the shops below. The prospect outs ide look ed decidedly wintry, in contrast to the warmth and illumination within, and yet, as Jack remark ed, it might have been much worse. The boy paused before a salo o n and listened. A phonograph, of ancient vintage, was playing a se lection of afrs familiar to his chi!Ghoood, and the music called to his mind happier scenes that for the moment banished the feelings that had op pressed him fox the past hour. Before his mental vi si on rose the living' room of a farmhouse decked out with Christmas greens. He saw his mother and his father, some years dead, two s is ters younger than himself, now livin g with a rel ative, and a dozen young neighbors. He was only a little fellow then, but life was all sunshine to him; now--He was brought back to earth by the. whack of a hard hand on his s houlder. "Hello, young fellow," cried a rough voke in his ear, "want to join us in a glass of Christmas cheer?" Jack turned and saw a bronzed and bearded man peering into his face. His breath was strong with whisky, and his eyes a bit bloodshot Close behind him were t w o other men on a par with himself. The boy, who was not accu s tomed to ardent spirits, started to decline the invitation, but the man Jinked arms with him and drew him into the grog shop, followed by his companions. A stove standing in the middle of the room threw out con siderab le heat, and the cro wded state of the room added to the closeness of the atmosphere. Half a dozen or more men were lined up at the bar while the rest of the cro wd was distributed about at small tables. Everybody was in hilarious good humor, and sev eral were boisterously so. The phonograph had just run out, and a shabby old man was putting on a new record, which proved to be a loud band effect The stranger who h ad hold of Jack dragged him over to a vacant table in a corner and compelled him to sit down. "You look cold. A hot whisky will start your blood going in proper shape," said the man. "Do you live 'round he'l'e or are you on your uppers?" Jack saw that the best thing he could do was to act sociable, for the stranger seemel determined to hold on to him. He couldn't get away in any case, as his chair was against the wall, and the man, who was a husky fellow of middle age, blocked his escape. The other two had taken seats facing him. The barkeeper's assistant came up, and the husky man ordered four hot whiskies. "You haven't answered my question," the stranger, eyeing Jack curio u sly !'Do you live 'roul'\d here or are you on your uppers?" "I don't live here, and I'm out o f work," r e plied Jack.


2 LINEMAN JACK "I thought so," said the man, looking at his companions. "Do you want a short job with big pay?" Jack certainly did; but the stranger did not look Hke a person who was able to furnish it. Still _it was quite possible he mig-ht be a foreman m charge of a gang of laborers. Jack wondered what the job was that promised big pay. "Do you know where I can get such a job?" he asked. "I do; but you'll have to start in to-night, in an hour or so that's one reason why the pay is big. The other reason you'll find out later." "Nobody s eems to be working tonight," ven-tured Jack. "Just so," grinned .the stranger, "that's wh:y we're looking for a chap about your sit1e to help out." "Ls it an out-door job?" "It i s." "Pretty tough night to be out, particularly along t-he water front." "I'll allow it is; but this job has got to be pulled off tO-night or not at all. What have you been working at? It must have been out-door work f.rom your 1ooks." "It was. I've been with a telegraph repair gang since last spring. Several of u s were laid off a week ago that's why I've got to look for some thing else until I'm taken on again." ".What's your name?" "Jack Ready. The boys called me Lineman Jack." "Well my name is Jim Bunce. My friends here are Gallagher and Brady. Now we know each other. Here's the whisky. We'll drink to the job, hoping it'll go through all right." "How much is there in it for me?" said Jack, sipping the hot decoction. "Enough to fit you out with a new suit of clothes and leave some bills in your pocket. Drink up." Jack put the glass to his lips rather unwillingly. He had -taJCen a swallow when a shabby-looking little girl came up to the and asked for .a contribution to help out her family. The interruption took the attention of the men off Jack for a few moments, and he took advantage of the chance to empty his glass into the cuspidor beside his chair. In a few minutes a fresh round of drinks was ordeTed. "It's about time Flanagan and Morse were here," remarked Jim Bunce to the two men. Gallagher and Brady thought s o, too, and said they guess ed the expected one's would be along soon. The words were hardly out of their mouths when two roughly-dressed chaps entered the saloon and scanned the people assembled. They strolled around, and finally made out the persons they were in quest of. The newc-0mers were Flanagan and Morse. They received a boiste1'ous welcome, and two more whiskies were .ordered for their consumption. They were also made acquainted with Jack. "Is he one of u s?" said Morse, eyeing the boy sharply "Yes. I've hired him to help out on the job," replied Bunce. "Does he know what it is?" said Morse, in a eautious aside. "No; but I guess he' ll fall in with the idea, for he's out of work, and out of money, too, I guess." "We don't want any one we can't depend on. Any one that's likely to squeal in a pinch, you know." l'If he shows a yellow streak, we'll fix him so he won't squeal." "It's raining. I think we ought to make a start. I've been clown to the wharf and aboard of the tug. There isn't a S-Oul on her. The fire s are banked, for she's to go out in the morning, though I reckon she won't be there when the captain and men turn up. While I was on her a chap came aboard and went down into the fire room, to take a squint at the fire s I guess. I hid till he went away. Nobody is likely to vi sit her again for a couple of hours. It won't take u s Jong to get steam up, and before any alarm can be given we'll be lost in the darkness on the river." "We'll start in five minutes, s aid Bunce. Another round of hot whisky was 011dered and disposed of by all save Jack, who managed to spill his,, then Bunce said it was time to start. He took hold of the boy so he wouldn't back out, while Gallagher and Brady, with the other two, followed close behind. In this order the party left the heated grogs hop and too"k their way through the black st1eet, now more cheerless than ever by reason of a thin, driving rain which had driven the last straggler under shelter, even if it was only a doorway or an awning. CHAPTER II.-In Which Lineman Jack Finds Himself Up Against It. If Jack hadn't been accustomed to associating with some pretty rough men while in the .service of the telegraph company, he would have had some mi sgivings concerning the bunch he was with; and, furthermore, if he hadn't needed mone y badly he wouldn't have agreed to take a job on Christ mas night, and particularly such a boisterous night as that was. Jim Bunce led the way to Pier -, controlled by a big European steamship line. where the tug Yankee Doodle lay idle at her moorings With the consent of the owners her captain had given the crew of the tug a holiday in honor of the day. The fires were. banked, but not allowed to go out, a member of the crew visiting the boat at intervals to keep them going. In the water front grog shops, where .sailors and longshoremen gather-and fraternize, everybody knew that the Yankee Doodle was tied up and that her men were away partaking in. the festive merry-making. Jim Bunce and Gid Morse learned it early th,at afternoon, .and it opened a vista of profit before their eyes. They were men of action, and Jos t n<> time in hunting up companions to share in the enterprise with them. They had to be cautious in their selections, for what they had in view savored of piracy, and the law was particularly strict in dealing with it. of their caliber were not deterred by the eon se quences they would have to face in case the enterprise was a failure and they were nabbed. The three men they talked into the job were equally callou s as to unpleasant result::;. Five men were wanted, but Bunce and Mors e cou ld uot find the other two, that was why Bunce took Jack in tow. He was taking a chance on the boy, -of cours e, but the lad being in hard luck, he thought he would fill the bill. At any rate, he did not in-


LINEMAN JACK 3 tend to let Jack in on j;he secret of the work in hand until the boy saw what it was with his own e y es, and then he would be in no position to back out. If Jack put up any protes t when he realized what kind of work he was up against, he would be forced to do his part, and taken care of afterward. The pier watchman was not in evidence when the party got to the dock, and they walked down to the tug unmolested. Indeed, had any one see n them they would doubtless have been taken for the rightful crew of the tug going back aboard. Jack was surprised when he found that a tug was his destination. !'What's the work?" he queried of Bunce. "We've .got a tow, and as we're short a man we're taking you along to help," ans wered Bunce. "I've never worked aboard a tug or any other kind of craft," said Jack. "That's all right. All you'll have to do is to make yourself useful. Obey orders and you'll come out all right. "Where are you bound?" "Across the river." "To New York?" "Yes. We've got to take a railroad float down to the Kill." "What Kill?" "The Kill von Kull, a strait between Staten Isl-and and the Jersey shore. "That's some distance, isn't it?" "Quite a ways. "You've got to eross the bay, on such a night I should think it would be a fierce trip, if not a dange'rous one -Are you afraid?" "No. I'm ready to go anywhere you fellows are. Your lives are worth as much to y-0u as mine is t o me." "That's the way to talk, my hearty. I thought you were built ()f the right stuff. This night will put money in your pocket," and Bunce slapped Jack on the back and stepped off on the dock. In the meanwhile, Gallagher and Brady had gone below into the engine-room and boiler hold, respectively. The latter started up the fires, and the tugboat's funnel soon began to belch smoke. Morse stood near the door of the pilot house for a while, and then went in. In a few minutes he sung -0ut to Bunce. That individual ordered Jack to haul in the forward hawser when he unshipped it from the spile head. The boy obeyed the order in his. customary, spry way. Flanagan stood by the after hawser. The tug was rising and falling with the uneasy rlliih of the tide. Waiting the right moment, Bunce let go the other hawser and sprang aboard the craft as she rose and bumped against the wharf. Morse pulled the engine-room signal to go ahead, and the tug steamed out into the river. If any one saw her go they thought nothing of the matter, and she was soon lost in the darkness of the black night. Bunce joined Morse in the pilot house, while ;Flanagan and Jack sought the shelter of the engine-room, for it was raining hard now, and the howling wind drove it in sheets across the deck. It was a rough passage acro s s the river, and as Jack clung to a support to steady himself, he wondered what it would be when they hit the bay with the tow. The Yankee Doodle panted and creaked as she strained against the wild current. White foam enveloped her bows as she ploughed her way acros s the river. S h e b o b bed on the waves like a duck, reeling at ti mes like a drunken man. How Morse could find the pier he was bound for, which was at the foo t of Thomas street -0n such a daTk night, se emed a s tonishing, but he did all right. He knew his bu s i ness, and he knew the water front of Manhattan like a book. The tug entered the slip without t h e slightes t trouble, swung around and range d a)ong side a great float with ten freight cars aboard. Bunce, with the help of Jack and Flanagan, made fas t to the float in an expeditious way. T h e Yankee Doodle's lights were then set for a s: de tow. Under superintendence the fas t enings of the float were cut loose. "All right, let.her go!" shouted Bunce to The latter tooted the whistle in reg ulation and signalled Gallagher to go ahead T h e tug's propelle r began to churn the wate r, a n d ou t of the slip came the no s e of the great black float. The rain, which had cea s ed, came on again a s the tug turned the float dow n the river toward the bay. So far everything appeared regular to J a ck. He had not had a whole lot to do so far, and he did not expect to be called on again until the float reached her destination. Outside the unpleasant c6nditions of wind and weather, Jack regarded the' j-0b as a cinch, and he congratulate4 himself on having caught on to it, as he had been promi s ed big pay. 'He had no idea what the big pay would amount to, though Bunce had told him he would be able to buy a suit of clothes and still have money left. On such a basis he thought he might get $10, though he would not make a kick if he received but half of that. The rain continued till the tug with its float pas sed out of the river and was off the battery. Then as they plunged and rolled about in the tempest-swept bay, and the rain subsided considerably, a change, startling to J ack, came over the situation. Bunce appe a red at the door of the engine-room with a pair of axes in one hand and a lantern in the other. He calle

.. 4 LINEMAN in the jaw that knocked him down and qazed him. Seizi n g the axe, he sprang at the door of the next car and smashed the loc k at the fir s t blow. By that time Flanagan had the door of his car open. He then started on the third car, while Bunce tackled the fourth. Jack s oon recovered from the blow he had received, and half crouching in the darkness watched the men smas h their way into the cars Through it all the tug was snorting her .way ahead, pushing the heavy float against the buffeting waves that seethed and foamed around them. Bunc e came back for the lantern. "Get up, you s kulkin g hound .!" he roared at Jack fetching him a kick in the s ide sprang up a nd protes t e d that he didn't propos e to be knocke d around like a dog by any body. -"I'm willing to do what's right, but breaking into freight doesn't strike me as the right thing," he sa id. "Oh. it doe sn't? .sneered Bunce. You agreed to g-et in on this job, didn't y ou?" "Yes but I supposed the jvb was all "What's wrong with it?" "You've broken into four freight cars. What' s your purpose?" "Om: purpose i s to help ours elve s to what's in them. Now y ou know, so l end a hanrl getting the goods aboard the tug. If you work smart I'll overlook your refusal to handle the axe, and you'll share with the rest of u s in the proceeds of what the stuff fetches after it's landed." "Then this is a thieving game, is it? That settles it, and I won't have a hand in it.''. "You won't, eh?" roared Bunce, furiously. "No I won't." "What do you intend to do? Wait till you get a shore and then notify the police? Now look h ere, fine fellow, you're in t!"te swim 'Yith rest o f us, and you'll hav.e to smk or swim w11th. us. Furthermore, you 're m our power, and we re no t g oing t o allo w you to split on u s Either y ou' ll t a k e h o ld and help do you.r or we'\! pi t ch y o u r o verboard. which is it to be? said Bunce in a threatenmg tone. Jac k r eali z ed that the man was n t joking. It wo u l d be e a s y for h i m to ca rry out his threat The bo y knew he would be helple ss in the gras p o f the t w o m en. To be cas t overboard in that w ind t o ssed sea meant certain death. And life was sweet to J a ck e ven thoug h he was down on his luck. He dec i ded tha t it was the par t o f prudence to g ive in. Late r on, when he got away, he woul d notify the p o lice. "I'll help you," he said, i n a s ubmi ss ive tone. "I t h ought y ou w ould ," said Bunce wit h a malevo len t grin. "Come on a n d let me see y ou do it right up to the han dle. H e pushed Jack toward one of the cars, out of which Flanagan had alread y thrdw n a numb!l_r of bundles of valuable mer chandise he w a s taking out of a cas e he had b r oken into, and set him to work throwing the bundles aboard the tug. CHAPTER UL-Lineman Jack's Narrow Escape. It was lively work that Jack took part in. Had it. been honest work he would have found no rea son to protest against it. He knew now he had been enticed into a crooked game, and while he worked he wondered how .he would ultimately come out of it. The cars contained rich silks and other merchandis e of value, the bes t of which was selected by Flanagan and pass ed to the boy, who, in turn, tossed them to Bunce on the tug. It 'Yas clear that the leaders of this piratical ente'rprise were well informed concerning the character of the freight in the float, and had planned the job with a stuteness and celerity. If the watchers on such craf t as lay at anchor in the bay saw the float go by, the wash of the waves and the howl of the furious wind drowned any s uspicious sounds that came from it, and the darkness of the night shrouded from their sight the crooked work that was goin g on. When the first car h a d b een looted to the satis faction of Bunce, the s ec ond one was tackled, and the work went on a s expeditiously a s possible. Then the third and fourth cars follo w ed The contents of several of the cars were rejected, for the tug could only hold a limited quantity of goods, and therefore everything that was transferred was carefully selected, with the view a s to what it would fetch from the individuals w ho stood ready to purchas e it at a bargain s ufficiently large to pay them for the ris k of handling it. It was a long and boi pterous trip down the bay. The float with its double line of cars sheltered the "tug considerably from t}:ie wind, but on the othe-r hand the heave of the sea caused the heavily laden craft to roll and dip in a perilou s way that threatened at times to end the destruction of all things animate and inanimate, concerned in the affair. By the time Staten Island was reached the looting was almost finished. Instead of taking the float into the Kill, she was headed into the Narrows, and then cut loose somewhere off Staple ton, the rascals hoping she would be carried out to s ea, where she was bound to founder. The tug was headed back the way she had come, and the tired Jack and Flanaga n squ atted do w n in the en g ine-room to res t thems elve s The return trip was made under a full head of steam, and did not take more than half the time, though the little craft was loaded to the limit with the s tolen good s She ran into a s ecluded wharf at t h e lower end of Jers e y C ity and w a s tie d up. Here a couple of in wait in g to ca r t the stuff a w a y Jac k was not c a lled u po n to take a hand in this part of the business as the lead ers suspected he would t ake advantag e o f the fir s t chance to sl i p a w a y in the d arkness and put the police On to the m. To make sure t hat he w o u l d n't get away he was sent down i n the fir e roo m and ke.Pt under Brady's eye ; The las t of the ill-gotten c a r g o was loaded on the wagons, the drivers whip ped up and the vehicle s di sappeare d i n the d arknes s Where they were bound only B unce and Mors e kne'W. Then Brady rece ived orde r s to s tir the fire s up and slap coal on. He handed J ac k a s hovel and told him to get busy. "Where are we going now?" a sked the boy, who saw that the rasaals did not intend to let him escape. "You'll find out in good time," grinned the man. The fires were roaring once more, when down the iron ladder came Bunce and Morse. The former made a sign to Brady, and that individual, dropping his shovel, grabbed his jacket and ran up to the deck ;


! "Now, young fellow, we're going to clo account with you," said Bunce to Lineman Jack. "Are you going to pay me off and let me go?" asked Jack, hoping such was their intention. "Yes, we're going to pay you off and let you go," said the rascal in a significant way. "If yo had stood in with us as we expected you to, yo have been $100 richer inside of a day or two. you have proved that you can't be trusted, we will pay you off in another way-the only way that is safe for us." "What do you mean?" said the boy, not liking the way the fellow spoke. "We're through with the tug and we're going to send her adrift. You'll go with her. As the tide is on the ebb, she'll be drawn clown the bay, and with the se-acocks open, and the wind and waves running high, you will soon fetch up at the bottom where your mouth will be closed for good. Dead men tell no tales." "Do you mean to murder me?" gasped Jack. "You can call it what you like. It's a case of self-preservation with us." <'1Why' did you take me on this job without finding out first whether I would stand in with you?" "We had to take you on a for we were short-handed. We ought to have had a couple of more along. However1 that doesn't matter now. The job has turned out a success, and if you are the only one to come out at the small end, you have only yourself to blame. Grab him, Gid." Morse sprang at the boy with a rope in his hand. If the rascals expected to have an easy settlement with Lineman Jack, they were drsap pointed. He was a strong and sturdy young fel low, and when he realized that he had to fight for his lifil, he lost not a moment defending himself. He swung the shovel he held in his hand, and M-0rse went down as flat as a pancake. Bunce then made for him. Jack swung the shovel at. him, too, but the rascal dropped and avoided the blow. Before the boy could recover th.e scoundrel seized him by the legs and tripped him up. Jack fell awkwardly, and his head hitting on a pile o'', was bound to attract attention along the Manhattan water front for the tug was within easy sight of the Batte1:y as s oon as the air lightened up enough to make objects visible. And so it came to pass that -0ne of the railroad tug's crew noticed the Yankee Doodle, and her strange actions attracted his attention. After watching her a while he called a companion's at tention to her. Then the matter was reported t-0 the captain. One look convinced him that something was wrong with the steaming tug. No craft under control of her people would act that way.


LINEMAN JACK He acted with the promptness of men stomed to t aking an emergency by the hofli he rail-road tug was cast loose and steamed toward the Yankee When she got close all hands saw that there was no one in the pilot house, nor about the deck. Their impression was that the tug had in s ome way escaped from her dock with steam up, but how her machinery came to be in motion, even under such circumstances, was a mystery to them. It was a perilous job for the men of the railroad tug to board the moving Yankee Doodle, but they did. The machinery was stopped, and she rolleri and heaved on the bay. The sudden cessation of the engine woke Jack from the stupor he was in. The water was then hissing around the furnace doors, jets of steam rising from the crev ices where the wa.;ter penetrated. Then he heard the voices of men above. A thrill of hope animated the hopeless boy. "Help! Help!" he shouted. His cry was heard, and two of the railroad tug's crew came piling down the ladder. They stopped hi> lf way down on seeing the flooded state of the fire-room. "Here I am, bound to this ladder," cried Jack. The men plunged down into the water and saw \:he condition the boy was in. "How is this? How came you to be tied here? Why is the tug running wild on the bay, and how came all this water in here? Are the seacocks open?" "They are,'' answered Jack. While one of the men cut him loose, the other hastened to close the cock s which was a matter of con s iderable difficulty, but it was finally accom nli s hed. Thus was Lineman Jack rescued almost at the last moment CHAPTER IV.-In Which Lineman Jack Is Transported To New Jersey. Jack reached the deck without ass i s tance, though he was stiff and sore from the e ffects of the rope, which the lurching of the tug caused to chafe his arms and legs. He told his extraordinary story to the men who had come aboard the Yankee Doodle, and afteTWard repeated it to the captain of the railroad tug. The craft was towed back to her pier and made fast, but Jack remained on the rescuing tug, becau s e, first, he had no place in particular to go; and, secondly, the captain of the railroad tug folt it was his duty to turn him over to the detectives of the railroad company, to which the float and stolen cars belonged. He was a very important witnes s in the case, and could not be permitted to get away had he been disposed to do so Jack was duly taken in hand by the detectives, who listened to his story in some wonder, for such a bold act had not. been pulled off within their recollection. The boy told all about himself without reserve, and his frank manner impressed the detectives with its truth. The fact that he had been rescued _under the most thrilling conditions, which fully bore out his story, also helped to set him right in their estimati on However, they deemed it advisable to put him under temporary arrest until the five rascals implicated in the crime were caught. He was taken to a restaurant and treated fo 'fl warm breakfast, then brought back to the pier and locked up in the office. About this time the news of the runaway car float reached the detectives. It something of a story. The float, instead o f headin g out through the Narrows, as the ras cals intended she s hould, had been borne away by the wind and tide into the anchorage of a well known yacht club near Stapleton. Here the bulky, 1mmanageable float created dire havoc. During the darkest hour before the dawn it crashed into and destroyed costly motor boats. Then the tide bore the lumbering craft off into the stream again. The momentum of the waves, however, sent it shoreward once more, and it rode down a little group of fishing boats, anchored close in, sending them to the bottom. The noise it made in smashing the small craft was heard by the crew of a tug in that vicinity. They turned out and tackled it. After some difficulty the float was secured and tied up, thus ending its wayward career. The tug people were much astonished that such a craft should be at large in the water s of. the bay on such a night. Lineman Jack's remarkable story was thus corroborated, and the Hoboken police were notified and furnished with the names and a good description of Bunce, Morse and thefr three accomplices. The detective's themselves went about among the grog shops, asking questions of thos e who might be expected to have an inkling of the affair, or at least an acquaintance with the suspected men. From what they learned they believed they had a line on the rascals, as well a s the place where the ciime had been hatched. They were satisfied that they would get the fellows very soon. Two meu were arrested that afternoon, but when brought before Jack ,he said they were not a part of the gang. The y were held by the police on general principles. The news was now all over Hoboken and Manhattan, and Bunce and his crowd evidently heard what was in store for them, and kept out of the way. Jack Ready got his dinnel' and supper at the expen s e of the railroad company, and was provided with a free lodging as well. He v ; as well treated and had everything he wanted except liberty, and that did not worry him much just then. He was happy and thankful, as he told the reporters who interviewed him, that he had e s caped with his life, so that a little personal inconvenience didn't count much with him. His past history with the telegraph company was investigated, and he got a good charactel' from the foreman of the gang he had worked with. Had he possessed a home, where he could have been located, he have been set at liberty; but as he had no ab1dmg place, he was held subject to further orders. railroad company could not afford to lose him, for they depended on him to bring the crime home to the guilty ones when they were rounded up. Bunce and Morse had friends among the railroad hands unsuspected by the company. Both Bunce and Morse had been well disguised while on the job, which was not figured on by the detectives after hearing Jack's story. Naturally they had got rid of the disguises, and had they been arrested and paraded befo::-e the young lineman he would have had some difficulty in recognizing them, particularly if Bunce kept his mouth shut. He had seen very little of Morse, but he believe d


LINEMAN JACK ., he would know him again. Jack was ,not sent to jail, as he protested against that indignity, and his innocence of intentional wrongdoing seemed evident. He was confined to the pier office, under espion age, which he made no effort to evade, and passed his time .reading papers and books furnished to him. He got daily exercise in the company of a detective, who found him an entertaining compan ion and a square young fellow. A detective always took him to a restaurant, and all things considered, the boy lived pretty well at the ex pen s e of the railroad company." Severn! days pas)'ed and little was made toward the capture of the five "pirates." Wherever they we're, they had given Hoboken a wide berth. At night the watchman of the pier looked out for Jack, for whose benefit a cot was provided. One night a cab halted on West street close to the pier, and two men got out of it, while a third de scended from the driver's seat. One of them pounded to attract the watchman's attention. After s ome delay he came to a small side door to find out what was wante:d. "We belong to the Hoboken police, and we have come after Jack Ready, the chap who is being held here as a witness against the river pirates. We nabbed the men this evening out in Newark, at leas t we believe they are the men, and the chief .sent us after the boy to identify them, said the man, showing the badge of a Hoboken officer. "I can't let him go from here without orders," said the night watchman. "Can you communicate with so)Tiebody in authority right away?" We'll wait." "Yes." The watchman started to close the door, when the three men, with a concerted effort, forced it open and seized him. While the foremost held him with a grip on the throat, the other two bound him hand and foot. He was then gagged and dragged to a convenient place and left. The three men made direct for the office, which they opened with the key they had taken from the watchman. Jack was asleep, and was bound and gagged before he aroused himself sufficiently tQ understand the situation. Two of the men bore him to the cab, into which he was shoved, while the third followed with his clothes. One of the men got into the vehicle with the boy, a second got up with the drive'!', while the third crossed over to the other side of West street as the cab started toward the Pennsylvania ferryhouse. With the blinds pulled down the cab drove on to the boat, which in due time started across the river with only a few passengers aboard. When she ran into her slip the cab drove off and disappeared into the night. Jack was at a loss to understand why he was treated in this unceremonious way. He was sure that the railroad detectives wouldn't handle him so roughly. Still, who else could have invaded the shut-up pier and ta-ken charge of him. The fact that he was gagged and hadn't been allowed even to dress, looked bad to him. He would have protested had he been able to use his tongue. The only thing he could do was to remain quiet and let things shape themselves. After leaving the ferryboat the cab rattled. along for a long distance through the lighted streets of Jersey City. Finally it came to the suburbs and turned off into the meadows, Where the driver was forced to pick nis way under the di rection of the chap be s ide him. It finally halte-{ before a ruined shed. Here Jack was taken from the vehicle, unbound and the gag removed from his mouth. "What's the meaning of all this?" he asked. "You'll learn presently," said one of the men. "Here's your clothes. Put them on." "It seems a curious way to treat a fellow," protested the boy, as he got into his garments. "We had to do it to get you away from the pier. The detectives didn't want to let you go. We had to have you, for we want you to identify the river p.irates, whom we have spotted close by here. When we're done with you we'll let you go. The explanation somewhat reassured the boy, who had no suspicions that he had fallen into the hands of his enemies. The cab drove off, returning by the route it had come, l eaving the boy with the two men at the shed. Jack was not rebound nor gagged again after he had dressed himself. The men took him between them without holding on to him, and the three started ofl' across the low meadows. The night was a bright one, the sky brilliant of and a crescent moon hangmg like a scythe without a handle in the deep blue ether. There was light enough for the party to pick its way along the pathless stretch. In a short time they reached the bank of the Hackensack river. Here in a sheltered indentation of the s_hore .they came upon a s loop, moored to. a post driven mto the sand. Her mainsail lay spread out over the lower 1:5oom just as it had been lowered, and was in readiness for instant hoi s ting. Her jib, partly down, fluttered in the night wind A bright light shone through her cabin skylight, indicating that one or more persons were on the boat. "Step aboard," said one of Jack's conductors, and he was helped into the cockpit, where the men followed him. Then the man who had s poken tapped three times and then twice on the door. A bolt was withdrawn, and the door was .thrown open. "Enter," said the man. Jack did so, and confronted Jim Bunce and Giel Morse, disguised as on the night of the deed of piracy. CHAPTER V.-Lineman Jack Turns the Tables on His Captives. Lineman Jack was taken by surprise, and he stopped and stared at the two men. They were seated at the narrow folding table playing cards, with a whisky bottle before them, and a glass at their elbows. A vacant camp-stool stood at the end of the table nearest the door. This had apparently been vacated by the man who opened the door, and who Jack recognized as Gallagher. No surprise was shown by either Bu ce or Morse at the appearance of Jack. He was expected. "Well, young man, we meet said Bunce, with a rascallygrin. "You didn't go to tt:.e bot-


8 LINEMAN JACK tom of the bay as we expected you should, but escaped to enlighten the detectives of the railroad company concerning the events of Christ mas night. Since then you have been living a life of ease at the company's expense, though your plane of action has 'been somewhat restricted. We have taken the liberty of relieving the company of the trouble of keeping you, and also of an important witness in the case. With you out of the way nothing can be proyed against us if we should be arrested. As this is New Year's Eve we extend to you the ho spitality of this craft, which we are the owners of pro tempore, or, in plain Eng li s h, for the time being." "So I've been kidnapped from the pier by friends of yours," said Jack. "With a watchman on guard I don't see how they did it, but. there is no doubt that they were successful. Now that you've got me, what are you going to do with me?" "We haven't fully decided. We might tie a stone around your neck and drop you in the river, completing the job that your res cue from the sinking tug defeated. Or we might fix you in some other way to pay you up for the trouble you've given us. This is a lone som e spot, and it is not likely that any one will turn up to interfere with. anything we choo s e to do," said the rascal. "Go on, Sid. It's your play. I took in the last trick, and there is my king." "Well, I suppose I can't stop you if you're bent on getting square with me; but it seems hard luck to be done up by--" Jack stopped. "Well; why don't you go on?" grinned his enemy. "What's the use of my saying anything?" said Jack, bitterly "If you've anything on your mind, you might just as well come out with it. If it i sn't complimentary to u s, we don't mind We like to hear a fellow express himself as he feels." "I have nothing more to say." "All right. Sit down and make yourself at home. This being the night before the New Year, people shou ld be on good terms. Help yourself to a dririk." "I don't drink." "Have yo u signe d the pledge since Christ mas?" J ack remained silent. He saw that the man was playing with him, as a cat might play with a mouse before giving it the finishing blow. From the deck came the sounds of the hoisting of the mainsail, and in a few moments the boat was in motion. Soon afterward the c ard game was finished "Sit down, young fellow. We are taking a short sail this beii.utiful evening. It ought to make. you feel better and show you that our intentions toward you are not as bad as you have feared. If we meant to put you out of the way, the spot we have just left was admirably suited to such a deed. We don't like to end the old year in such a way. Having failed in our original attempt, it doesn't make so much difference. You have blown the gaff, as the expressi on is, and you haven't done a whole lot of damage to us. We intend to hold on to you for the present in order ti> keep you out of bad company-mean ing the hirelings of the railroad company. Thev won't be pleased when they learn that you have decamped, whether voluntarily or otherwis e, and as we are not in sympathy with them, we are glad to give them something to worry about." Gallagher had gone outside, leaving Jack with the two pirates. Bunce got up, stretched himself, then he walked to the door and looked out. Mor s e shuffled the pack of cards in an idle way, and paid no attention to the young lineman. Jack, who had seated himself on the camp-stool, waited for the next act in the drama. Bunce shut the door and resumed his seat. "Now, look here, Ready, we'll make a deal with you," he said. "We don't want you to appear as a witness against us in case any of us are pinched. We'll give you $250 cash down, and get you a ticket for Chicago, or any city out that way yo u name, if you p1omise to go West and lo se yourself. What do you say?" "That would make me a confederate of yours to a certain extent, which I don't intend to be," replied Jack. "Furthermore, it wouldn't pay me. I never could work for the telegraph company any more. The railroad company would see that I was spotted and brought back the moment I applied for work. To avoid trouble, I'd have to be on guard all the time, just as if I were a criminal who was wanted. I could not stand that kind of life, so I dec line your offer." "You're a young and healthy chap, and I don't see anything about the telegraph business for you to hanker after it. There are plenty of other kind s of work, not near so hard, you could take up with, and the money we offer you would keep you in good shape wh ile you were looking around for something that suited you." Jack shook his head. "I don't want to have any dealings with you," he said "What did you expect to gain from the railroad company for acting as witness against us? Have you been promised money?" "No." "Do you expect the company to reward you?" "I have no expectation in that line. It is my duty to give them all the aid they ask for in punishing you chap s. Anyway, I have no particular say in the matter, for they placed me under arrest, though I was not sent to jail." "Suppos e we let yo u go, what would you do?" "Return to the pier and report how I was kid naped." Jack's tone and manner showed that he meant what he said. The two rascals looked at each other. They saw that they could make no terms whateve1 with the boy. Bunce got up and signed to Morse to follow him outside They shut the door and left the boy alone They were away fifteen minutes. "We'll give you ten minutes to accept our pro position," said Bunce, on their return. "If y ou refuse, you won't see another sunrise. You are the only pers on we are afraid of. With you out of the way the authorities and the railroad company can go as far as they want, they won't be able to prove a thing against us. We are not stuck on taking your life, if we can avoid it that's why we have offered you a chance to Y?Urself s c a rce. If you won't go voluntarily, and give us your word to stay away, we'll have to put you out of the way. That's all there is to it.


LINEMAN JACK 9 If you lose your life it will be because you're a fool, and we won't consider ourselves responsible for what happens to you." "Murder is mqrder, no matter how you put it," said Jack. "We call it self-prese'l"Vation. Every man has a right to protect himself. I know men who wouldn't waste time arguing the matter with you. We are taking some chances in letting you go away, for you might be found and brought back; but we're willing to take a chance on it." "You can do as you choose. I won't make any agreement with you." "That's you final answer, is it?" "Yes ." "Then your death be on your own head," said Bunce, in a compres s ed tone. "Call Gallagher," he added to Morse, who was standing in the background. Walking to one of the bunks, he put his hand under the pillow. Not finding what he was after, he fumbled around. Then he uttered an imprecation. Crossing to the other bunk, he tried that with the same result. Jack got up and se:tted himself on the first bunk. In each hand he held a revolver, which he had found during the interval he was left alone in the cabin. Bunce turned to find himself covered by one of them. "As you have decided to put me out of the way," said Jack, calmly, "I have dec i ded that I won't go alone. Stand against that forward bulkhead or I'll shoot you down where you are." There was business in the boy's tones, and he had the means of enforcing obedience Bunce had no wish to lose his life, and as he be'lieved the young lineman would shoot without wasting much time, he backed up against the bulkhead. Morse and Gallagher made a jump at the plucky lineman, in.tending to disarm him. As Jack ex pected some'thing of the kind, he swung partly around and fired at both of them. Both shots took effect and the two men fell wounded to the floor. With the smoke covering his movements, Jack jumped for the door, pulled it ope'Il, stepped out and confronted the two men in the cockpit, who for the moment supposed that Bunce had shot the prisoner. They uttered startled ejaculations when they saw the boy with a smoking gun in each hand. This was something totally unexpected by them. The young lineman sprang upon the cabin roof, and, covering the helmsman, ordered him to steer for the shore. The other man started for the cabin door. "Sit down!" cried Jack. The fellow hesitated and then obeyed. At that moment Bunce came to the door. Not seeing the young lineman, he stepped out. Jack ieversed one of his revolvers. "Look out, Bunce!" cried the helmsman. The warning came too late. With a swing of his arm the boy frnock,ed the piratical ringleader spinning with a blow on the head. He f e ll sense less across the side of the cockpit. Just then Jack saw a large sloop some distance ahead at the head of Newark Ba.y. He ordered the steersman to lay his course for her. The man did s o with evident reluctance, but Lineman Jack was master of the situation, and he had to do as he was told. Morse and Gallagher were groaning in "the cabin. They were badly hurt, though not dan-gerously so. For the next half hour Jack kept the two men in -the cockpit in subjection, and by that time they were close to the lumbering sloop. Only the helmsman was visible aboard of her, and he was half asleep. It was now between th1ee and four in the morning. As the small sloop slipped up close to the big one, Jack fired one of his revolvers to attract attention. The helmsman on the big sloop jumped nearly a foot and looked arnund. Jack saw he was a good sized boy. "What are you firing for?" asked the lad, evidently feeling at ease. "Who's aboard that craft besides yourself?" asked Jack. "My old man and another man. "Rouse them up, then." "What for?" "Because I want to see them." "What you want with them?" "Do as I order you to," said Jack, flourishing his revolvers. With a cry of fear the boy abandoned the tiller and dived into the dark cabin, where he awoke his father and told him they were being boarded by pirates. Thf1 big sloop began to fall away from the wind. The little sloop slipped by her. Jack threatened his steersman with a shot if he didn't close in with the other boat. At that moment the skipper of the sloop appeared in the cockpit with his revolver. "Keep off!" he roared, in foghorn tones, "or I'll fire at you." At the same time he ordered his sori back to the tiller. "I want help," called out Jack. "Help!" shouted the old man. "That won't go down with me. Keep away, you piratical swabs, or I'll shoot you full of holes." "I've got five rascals aboard here that I want to turn over to the police,'' said Jack. "Why don't y ou take them ashore, then?" said said the old man, wlJ.o saw the two men in the cockpit of the small sloop. He also noticed the senseless Bunce lyin g across the sid e and wondered what he was doing there. "I want somebody to come aboard and tie up these two men so they won't get away,'' sai d Jack, who was growing desperate a s the boats drew further apart. The old man told him to go to grass, and the young lineman saw that further argument was u seless, so he ordered the chuckling rascal at the tiller to Reep on. CHAPTER VI.-In Which Lineman Jack ComeR Out All Right. Jack felt that he was in a bad predicament. His purpose was to make prisoners of all the rnscals, but he was afraid that the two in the cockpit would get away from him if he landed. He therefore determined to keep away from the shore until morning dawned, and there be men around to help him out. The was in Newark Bay, and her course would take her straight to Staten I sland, where the Kill von Kull s .trait connected with New York Bay. The boy was not familiar with his surrounding:; and


10 LINEMAN JACK that was a great disadvantage to him. At the end of the bay were two big towns-Rayonne on the left and Elizabeth on the right. The former lay on the north shore of the Kill. There were few lights visible there at that hour, and Jack didn't know anything about the place. The two rascals in the cockpit conferred together in whispers. They were trying to devise some way of mak ing their escape, but they didn't see how they could do it. The best the helmsman could do was to make things a:s hard as possible for thb boy. So time pass ed and the sloop drew near the end of Staten Island. Day was beginning to break, and J ack began to feel better. He saw the houses of Bayonne plainly now, and he ordered the helmsman to steer for one of the wharves. Feeling certainthat the men would try to escape the moment the sloop ran alongside of the wharf, Jack decided to give them no chance. He suddenly ordered both of them into the cabin, threatening to shoot them if they refused. Having evidence before their eyes of what the boy would do if driven to it, they sullenly obeyed, and he closed the door on them. Then he grabbed the tiller and did the rest of the steering himself. The sloop hit the wharf a glancing blow and went on. She finally fetched up with a shock, her sails shivering in the li!?ht breeze. Jack pulled the boom in, then jumping on the deck, loosened the sheets and the mainsail came down on the run. He returned to the cockpit without bothering about the jib, and sat down to wait for somebody to show up. As good luck would have it a tugboat from New York, bound for Elizabethport, came along _as daylight broke broadly over the scene Jack signaled it by firing off a couple of s hots. The tug's course was altered and she came over close to where the boy was making signals and shouting. "What's the trouble?" asked the captain, step uing out of the door of the pilot house. Jack quickly explained the situation. "Do you mean to say you've caught those p irntes who ran off with the railroad float?" "I've got them and two of their friends. This man lying here is the boss of the bunch. I want you to send a couple of men aboard to tie him and .the other two fellows who are not hurt. I've got them in the cabin." The tup; edged up to the wharf and was made fast. Then the crew came around to the sloop and boarrled her, one of them proce eding to make her fast to the wharf and lower the jib. Bunce was overhauled and found to have a big lump on the head where the butt of the revolve1 l anded. As his condition was not regarded as very his arms were bound and he was stretched out on deck. The cabin door was then opened and the unhurt pair were ordered out. They protested that they were good, honest citizens, but as Jack's word went, they were tied up. The two wounde'd men, Morse and Gallagher, were shape to run away, so they were not tied, but lifted on to the bunks to awnit treatment. A man appeared at the head of the wharf about this time, and he Wll.R lnduce>d to hunt up a policeman end fetch him down there, The tugboat people having done all that coulq be expected of them, left the settlement of the af. fair in Jack's hands and steamed away to their destination. In the course of twenty minutes a policeman turned up. To him Lineman Jack told his story. "You are the boy who was with the river 'pirates on Christmas night, and who narrowly escaped on the tug?" said the cop, who was fanu!tar with the case as set forth in the New York papers. "You've got it right," replied Jack. "And you say you were kidnaped last night from the railroad pier by two of these men?" "Yes. Those two tied up in the cockpit." "And the other three are the men who stole the car fioa t?" "That one lying senseless on deck was the boss of the job. The two wounded men acted as captain and engineer of the tug. Two others, named Flanagan and Brady are still at large." "Have the owners of the tug that was run awav with, or the railroad company, offered any reward for the capture of these men?" "Not that I have heard." "It ought to be worth something to everybody con cerned in their capture," said the officer who was evidently looking for a little graft. "I want these men taken to jail, and the facts reported to the railroad detectives. You'll have to get help, so you'd better start for the stationhouse at once," said Jack. "I can't leave my beat until relieved, but I'll see that the news reaches the stationhouse. I'll come back here and help you watch the men." "They don't need much watching. I'll guarantee none of them will get "Who does the boat belong to?" "I don't know. It has either been hired for the occasion or stolen." The policeman departed. The new s got around that there was something unusual going on at Welsh's wharf, and a crowd of early morning idlers began to gather in front of the sloop. Jack walked up and down the deck .and warned intruders off. He carried one revolver in his hand more for sh ow than anything else. He was asked a flood of questions, but declined to answer most of them. "Is that a stiff you've got there?" one spec tator inquired, indicating Bunce, who still lay motionless with his eyes closed. "No, he's very much alive." "What's the matter with him?" "He ran his head against the butt of thi s re-volver, and he's sleeping it off." "Who are the other two gents there tied up?" "Friends of the party in the trance." "What have they done?" "We haven't done anything," spoke up one of the pair in question, trying to arouse the sympathy of the crowd. "We're victims of a gross outrage." "That's what they all say when the-y're caught," laughed a heartless bystander. A wagon containing several policemen rattled on to the wharf, Jack had a talk with. the one in charge of the r quad. The tlve prisoners we re examined, ::ind then lt that Bunce 11nd M'.orne we1 0 dlNjiulsed with wlg11 and beards. When these had be>en 1 emoved they looked quite different. The five were put into the wa g on, one


LINEMAN JACK 11 officer left to watch the' sloop, and accompanied by Jack the whole party went to the stationhous e. There the young lineman made the charge agains t the men. Morse and Gallagher were sent to the hospital under guard, and the others locked up. The Hoboken police were notified of the capture over the telephone. Word was also phoned to the superintendent of the railroad pier. Jack then went. out to a restaurant to get his breakfast. In due time several Hoboken officers appeared to get the prisoners Bunce, who had recovered his senses, and the two k?dnapers were taken before a magistrate, who, after hearing the facts, signed an order delivering the prisoners to the party from Hoboken. Jack accompanied them back. They were taken before a magistrate and committed. Then Jack took a ferryboat across and returned to the railroad pier, where his story was eagerly listened to. After that no restrictions were placed upon his movements. He was furnished with money to pay for his meals and he continued to sleep at the office on the p i et. The company that owned the tug which was stolen sent him a present of $250 for capturing Bunce, Morse and Gallagher, and the company awarded him $1,000 for the same serv ice. Jack was thus handsomely provided for, and he felt that his services were appreciated. Fur thermore, he was pi:ovided with work on the pier at the prevailing wage. Flanagan and Brady were not heard from, so it was assumed that they had fled to a distance to save themselves. The stole n goods were located by the detectives on the cas e, and the bulk of them recovered. In the cours e of time, Bunce, Mors e and Gallagher were brought to trial, and were convicted chiefly on the testimony of the By that time spring had come around and Jack returned to the service of the telegraph company. CHAPTER VIL-Lineman Jack's Narrow Escape Jack w a s sent off down in New Jersey to work w ith a gang there. The men were all strangers to h im but they appeared to be good fellow s-all except one, a man named Grady. He was the oldes t o f the bunch, and it soon developed that h e was a hard drinker. The foreman had consid erable trouble with him, but put up with him a s he p roved, half drunk or so\>er, to be the best w orker in the gang. He was decidedly unpopular with his a ssociates, fo r he was not particularly sdciable when he was perfec t l y sober; while when half intoxicated he was irnlle n, morose and quarrelsome. When real drunk, he was a man to be avoided, for he was dangerous. While he showed no friendship for Pny of c ompanions on the gang it was noticed that h e had taken a special aversion to Jack Brady. J ac k declared h e had given him no caus e to be down on him, but the fact that Grady was sour o n h i m c o u ld not be disputed. Most of the gang wer e unmar ried men, and boarded around the town of Fairfield. They carried their midday meal with them and ate it on the scene of their fabor. The telegraph line followed the railroad, and \ the men traveled back and forth either by train or on a handcar. Grady was not supposed to drink while at work, but he did for his appetite for liquor exceeded his power to curb it. If there was a saloon in the neighborhood he found his way back and forth to the bar when the foreman was not near. If the gang was working out in the country, where a .saloon was not within reach ing distance, Grady never failed to have a fiat flask in his hip pocket. The gang did not all. work together in one place. Usually three suf ficed to make needed repairs to the wires. In cases a pole had to be replaced, or extensive damage ha. d been done by a gale, then the whole gang was employed on the scene of action. Some times a new line had to be strung for some dis tance, and perhaps half the hunch was put on that job. One morning, Jack, a man named Sander.son and Grady were at work on th.e outskirts of a village. The foreman was some distance down the road. He hadn't been around for a couple of hours, and Grady had taken advantage of the fact to help himself frequently to his flask His last drink had finished his supply, and as it was still some time before dinner hour, which would be the first chance Grady would have to go off and try to find a place where it could be refilled, or he could buy another flask, he gradually grew sull;cy over his work. The foreman always left instructions with one man, and in this case Sanderson-was in charge o f what was being done. He found it necessary to speak to Grady several times, and that individyal did not take kindly to his iemarks. Sanderson, however, was a stalwart fellow, from the West, and Grady did not openly resent his words, though it was easy to see that they chafed him. After a while Sanderson noticed that Grady, who was perched at the top of a pole to which was affixed three cross pieces each carrying six wires, or eighteen in all, was doing very little work. "Confound that fellow!" ejaculated Sanderso n looking up at hjm. "I believe he's drunk already. Usually he works like a beaver when he's well corned, but this morning he's slower than molasses, and as unmanageable as a mule. Get up there, J and give him a hand. We can't stay all day around this pole." Up the pole shinned the boy like a monkey. "What do you want up here?" snarled Grady, glaring down at him. "I've come up to lend you a hand," replied Jack. "I don't want any hand, e s pe'cially from you I kin attend to my own work." "You're taking too long over it. That wire ought to have been in position ten minutes ago. At any rate, Sanderson sent me up here to h elp matt e r s along He's bos sing the job, and what he says goes." "It d oesn't g o with me. He ain't the foreman( Don't c ome up her e or I'll kic k you do wn." "Wh a t 'll y ou kick m e down for? I'm here to g iv e yo u a hand ." "Don' 1 t want any help from you. Don't want nothin' to do with yo u. You 're the chap that went back on your pals and got them jugged. You're no good." "What are you talking about?" "You know what I'm talking about, you


12 LINEMAN JACK coat. Get to the dickens out of here or I'll knock your block off." At that moment Sanderson shouted to Jack and asked him what he was doing holding back for. The boy with a sudden spring landed his feet on the lower cross-pie ce. Grady was lea_ning over the second one, with his feet on the first. He uttered a howl of rage when the young lineman rose up beside him. "Get off this pole!" roared Grady, furiously, giving Jack a shove that broke his hold and sent him backward through the air. As the boy fell, one of his legs was caught by the lower wire and he hung suspended, head downward. Sanderson uttei ed a shout and started up the pole to his rescue. Several men in the neighborhood who had been watching the pair on the pole attracted by the loud and angry talk of Grady, rushed toward the spot, thinking Jack was about to plunge t-0 the ground. Grady glared fiercely down at the boy and made no effort to aid him. "Why don't you help him, Grady?" called Sanderson. "Do you want the boy to break his neck?" "To the deuce with him," returned the drunken lineman. Jack, in the meantime, 'reached up and seized the wire both hands. There was no danger now of him falling if the wire held, which it was pretty certain to do. He worked himself up to the cross-piece, and, with Sanderson's assistance, g-0t up into his former position. "I suppose you intended to kill me, Grady?" said Jack to the ugly fellow. "You .seem to have it in for .me for some reason." "Yah!" snarled the man. "If you're goin' to work here, I'll go down." "Stay where you are," cried Sanderson. "I won't work with this turncoat," retorted Grady. "You'll work with him if I say so," said Sanderson, decisively .. "You're not the boss." "I'm bossing this job." "I'm sick. I ain't able to work." "You mean you're drunk. You were able enough to throw that boy off the cross-piece. Stay where you are. When the foreman shows up I shall report your conduct." Grady stayed, and Sanderson returned to the ground. "If I'm fired I'll kill you," Grady -hissed at Jack. "Maybe you will and maybe you won't," re-turned the boy, coolly. "I kin eat you up." "Try to do it and you'll find me }.tard to digest. You're a bully, and all bullies are cowards at heart." "I'll fix you, you turncoat." "What do you mean by calling me a turncoat? You haven't any ground for it." "Didn't' you go back on your pals and have them all sent away while you got off as clean as a whistle?" "What pals? I guess you've got me mixed with somebody else. The only pals I ever had were in the last gang I worked with up in the northern part of the State. They were good fellows and we had no trouble." "Yah! I mean the chaps you stood in with on Christmas n ight when you stole the tug and the railroad float. If you hadn't turned State's evi dence they wouldn't have been sent to prison. You're a traitor, and I hate turncoats." "I understand now what you mean. They were no pals of mine. They were crooks, and they roped me into the job without telling me what they were up to. I didn't squeal on them, I simply did my best to see they were caught and punished for their crime, which I had no sympathy with." "You helped them work it." "I admit I did help them, but it was agains t my will, and to save my life. Had I refused they would have thrown me into the bay." "They ought to have done it." "They did enough. They sent me adrift in the tug with the seacocks pulled out, and I e scaped by the 1Skin of my teeth." "You ought to have gone down in the tug." "You appear to side in with those rascals." "None of your business whether I do or not."' Jack said no more, for the work was done. He shinned down the pole, and Grady followed him. Then Sanders on went for the man's s calp. "You have a grouch against the boy. Everybody has noticed it. He hasn't given you any cause for your nasty feeling that any one knows of. You want to cut it out, or the foreman will cut you out. If it wasn't that you are a worker, drunk or sober, you wouldn't have held on so long. It's bound to fetch you sooner or later, and that'll be the end of yoq," said Sanderson. Grady growled and turned away. The party then went on to the next pole. When noon came they were half a mile from the villa,ge. Sander son and Jack sat down by the roads ide to eat their dinners, but Grady started down the track toward the village. "He's gone to get more drink," said Sanderson. "He won't be able to do a thing this afternoon. If I were the foreman I wouldn't have him on the job for a gift. He's the worst cu ss I ever ran across. Do you know why he's down on you?" "Yes. He let the matter out up the pole after the trouble we had." "Well, what's at the bottom of it? What did you ever do to him?" "Nothing. He hasn't anything against me on his own account." "On who se account then?" Then Jack explained. "Well, I ll be jiggered!" cried Sanderson. "He must know one or more of the rascals or he wouldn't take up their cause as a personal grievance." "Perhaps he does, but he didn't say s o He attacked me on general principles. Sometimes men of Grady's stamp act that way, just as other men attack rich people merely b eca use have accumulated a lot of money. It takes' a smart man these days to make big money, and they've ,got to be even smarter to hold on to it. Most people are lucky to make a good living." "I don't think I'll ever save enough out of my wages to start a bank," laughed Sanderson. "None of us make enough to start anything, though all the boys could save half their wages if they wanted to very bad." "I suppose you do, for I notice you don't booze I


LINEMAN JACK 13 with the men, and are pretty steady in your habits." Ye s I've got some money in the Fairfield Savings Bank.'' "You are s ensible. The time to save is when you are young and before you get married. It takes every cent a working man can make nowadays to provide a home and raise a family." "You're not married, I believe?" "I can't afford it. Or rather, it's too much of a risk." "How long have you been in this business ?" "A matte1 of fifteen years." "Why haven't you tried for something bet t er?" "Becaus e I was satisfied to let well enough alone." Well, I hope I'll strike something with a prospec t next winter -something that'll lead the way to good money. My ambition i s to work for mys elf. I'd like to build up a busines s that I could depend upon." "You've got to have capital, and you've got to know the bus iness." "I won't tackle anything I don't think I will make good at. As for capital, I gues s I'll find enough to start with," said Jack, thinking of the $1,2 5 0 he had received for capturing the river pirates. The noon hour passed and Grady failed to show up. "He's anchored in the village tavem, and we'll see no more of him today," said Sanders on. They started to work, and half an hour later the foreRlan came along on a hand-car. He a s ked where Grady was Sanderson said he went to the village at noon and hadn't come back. "He was boozy when he left, and the amount of work he did since ten o'clock wouldn't hurt a fly," he went on. "He capped the climax by throwing Ready off a cro ss -piece on one of the pole s and if the boy hadn't luckily caught his leg around one of the wires he'd have been a subject for the doctors or an undertaker." "What caused the trouble?" a sked the fore man. "Grady wa:> going sleep over his work, so I sent Ready up to hurry matters Grady resented his coming, and as he holds a private grouch against the boy, he got nasty and the affair nearly ended in a murder." "That settles his stay with the gang. I ought to have fired him a month ago," said the foreman. How Grady got back to Fairfield nobody knew nor cared a whole lot. He reported for work in the morning in a s,haky condition. Then he learned he was di s charged. Instead of making a fuss he turned on his heel and went off. Jack spent most of hi s evenings at the Fairfield Public Library. It closed at nine o'clock, and then the boy returned to hi s boa rding place On the evening of the day G rady was discharged he was on hi s way home from the library, hi s mind fill e d with vision s of his future. The sky being o vercast, the night was rather dark. There was onl y one gas lamp on the street where Jack l ived, and that was not n ear the house. The cottage s tood about fifteen feet from the street line, which was marked by a picket fence and a gate. The intervening space was laid out in a small flower garden and grass plot. When Jack opened the gate two figure s rose up unex pectedly in the darkness, and one of them dealt the boy a staggering blow with hi s fist on the jaw, which sent him reeling to the sidewalk. The figure s rushed out through the gate, and -the young lmeman was choked into insensibility. The men picked him up between them and carried him down to the railroad. A number of freight cars on a long siding. They were closed and ticketed ready to be taken up by the night freight. The men stopped before one of the cars one of them produced a key which fitted the lock, opened the door, and Jack was s howed in upon a pile of grain bags. The door was then refastened, and the men went away. CHAPTER VIII.-In Which Lineman Jack Finds Strange Company. Unknown to the men who had thrust Jack Ready into the freight car, the car had an oc cupant who some hours previous had sneaked ins ide with a bag of food in anticipation of stealing a ride as far as the car went. This per son was curled up on top of the grain bags as far from door as conditions permitted. The openin,g and closing of the door did not arouse this person, who slept on unconscious of what had happened. An hour or so later the cars on the siding were picked up by the we s t-bound freight and were soon on their way toward Philadelphia. It was about eleven o'clock when Jack came out of his trance. He .found himself 'totally in the dark and moving along at the rate of fifteen miles an hour. He sat up and collected hi s dazed senses. Naturally, he asked himself where he was at. The clacll:-cliu:k of the car's wheel s an s wered his que stions to some extent. Tho s e sound s are so familiar ta mos t people that they hae but to be heard to be understood. The fact that all around him was dark convinced him he in a freight. car. To satisfy himself that he was not dreaming, he pulled out a match and lighted it. One glance around at the grain bags established the fact beyond a doubt. It als o s howed him that he was not alone. The glow of the match s how e d him the form of a boy lying on a higher tier of the ba,g s apparently asleep Then the match went out. He iec a lled the a ssault made upon him by the two unknown men in the d ark in front of tht cottage w he r e he lived, and that expl a ined the cau s e of his being in hi s present predicame nt. They h a d carried him to the railroad, no t far away, put him in the car, and that car was now attached to a train in motion. A s the only en e my he had in Fairfield was Grady, and Grady h a d threatened to do him up if discharged he had no doubt that that man was the in s tigator of the outrage. The person who had a ss i s t e d him w a s some boon c ompanion w ho s e moral se n s e was on the s ame p lane a s the lineman'-s-. J ac k s truck another match and tri ed both door s of the car. They w ere tight as wax. That settle d the-1'jue s tion of escape from the car for the pres ent. He didn't care to disturb the s leeper who wr.s locked in with him. That pers on harJ apparently taken


14 LINEMAN JACK possession of the car voluntarily previous to his appearance Jack had enough philosophy in his composit ion to make the best of a bad matter. When the train stopped, which it probably would before a great while, he would endeavor to attract the attention of some one of the crew. If he succeeded he would be let 9ut, and whether his explanation was believed or not, he would at least be in a position to get l;>ack to Fairfield. So he made himself as comfortable as possible, and waited. Jack, not being accustomed to keep late hours, soon found himself falling asleep. He aroused himself several times but finally the somnolent influence ,got the better of him and he sank into a deep sleep. After a while the train stopped, but not for long. He didn't know it, and his journey westward was extended. A freight car has many disadvantages as a s leeping apartment, chief among which is the shaking up that one receives at times. Jack, however, slept through these incidental inconveniences, which showed that he was a good sleeper, and when morning dawned at an early hour he was many miles be yond Philadelphia. The early sunlight showed faintly under the car doors when Jack awoke at last, and felt the train still in mot io n. He knew thl!,t morning had come and that he had missed some chances of gettin,g away from the car, although those chances were very slight. An hour elapsed and the train continued its ceaseless clackety clack. Then he heard sounds beyond him that showed him his companion was awake. "Hello, young fellow?" he said, feeling inclined to be sociable. Something like a suppressed scream came from the other party. "Who's there?" he heard a voice say, in quaver-ing tones. If the matchlight when he first looked around the car hadn't sho'Yn him the unmistakable outlines of a boy, he .\vould have have sworn that the voice belonged to a girl. "I'm here-Jack Ready-a boy not much older than yourself," he replied. "Are you really a boy?" came back. "Yes, come over here and see." "I'm afraid." "What are you afraid of? A kid who will take the chances that go with a stole n ride ought to have considerable spunk. Come over and be sociable." "You are sure you aren't a tramp, and you won't hurt me?" "Say, your voice is awfully like a girl's. Are you one in disguise?" "No, no, I'm a boy. My name is Tom Jones." "Well, Toni Jones, come here and let's be friends till we part, which will be s oon if I can manage to escape from this car." "If you want to go, why don't you jump off? ls the train going too fast?" "The door s are locked on the outside." "Oh, dear, are they, really?" "They are. We're prisoners for the present." "You l!ame in here for a free ride, too, didn't

LINEMAN JACK 15 afraid you have undertaken something that you can't carry out." "I intended to look for work when I left this car." "You boarded this car without knowing how far it was going? "I heard on e of the railroad men say it was going to City." "That's opposite Pittsburgh. The car won't be unlocked till it gets there. The only way I can get out is by trying to attract attention to the fact that I am in here. If I am succe ss ful, you will probably be di scove red, too, and we may both be handed over to the police. I have a good excuse to account for my presence in the car, and a telegram to the foreman of the gang I am working with will set me all right; 'but you have no excuse, and besides, you are dressed in boys' clothe s." "Oh, dear, what will they do'"with me?" "They will notify your father, unless you re fuse to give out the tl'Ue facts. If you won't give an account of yourself the judge might sen d you to the woTkhouse for a month, and when you come out you'll be stranded in a strange place, with everything against you." "You frighten me." "Well Miss Flora, I'd rather go the whole trip with to Allegheny City than get you in such trouble. -I believe you're a nice girl, and I like you. I think it is my duty to protect you as far as I can-that is, if you wish to avail yom self of such protection as I can give." "If you only would," she said, earnestly, "I'd be deeply grateful to you." "You are willing to trust me, then?" "Yes oh, yes. I like you. I know you would not harm me." "All right. You'll have to share your food with me while we're in this car. When we get out I'll stand by you to the best of my ability. "Of course, I'll share it with you," she said. "I have a dozen meat sandwiches, and two pie s I baked myself, all the bread and crackers there were in the house, and a bottle of pickle s be s id es other things. I just cleaned the pantry out. Oh my, won't there be a jolly row when my stepmother call s me in the morning to cook breakfast and she finds me gone, and everything in the larder gone, too!" The girl laughed heartily, forgetting for the moment her present predicament. Jack grinned in sympathy with her. Then the bag of food was brought down and they proceeded to eat their breakfast, and while they ate they figured how long it would take the train to reach Allegheny City. CHAPTER IX.-Lineman Jack 'and His Com panion Accept a Proposition. Lineman Jack and his fair companion in boys' ,garments were not destined to reach Allegheny City in that car or otherwise. In any cas e, 1t would havebeen a long trip, and as the weather was hot they would have suffered considerably. The morning passed sl owly away and noon drew near. The train only ran at intervals after the regular morning traffic was on, passing from aiding to siding, where it stood s ometimes quite a while before the freight got the rigllt-of-way for another lap. A freight train has no rights that anybody ap pears to respect, though the engineer is always expected to make time s omehow. He must cover so much ground and still keep out of the way of everything el se on wheels. The freight had been standing for a good twenty minutes on a village siding waiting for a belated express to go by. Jack and Flora were lying stretched out side oy s ide on the grain bags, feeling as if they were in a Turkish bath. "I wonder if we are going to stay here forever?" said the girl, listlessly. "Forever and the day after, I guess,'' replied, Lineman Jack. "This is something fierce. One would think this car was over a furnace." At that moment a shrill whistle s ound ed down the road. Then w i t h a rus h and roar the express went by like a streak of sound. Immediately aft erward the freight got in motion went on again. This time the en,gin.eer got a move on hi s locomotiv e and they were s oon humming along at thirty mile s an hour on a nfce, straight, level track. There was a heavy grade ten miles ahead. The engineer had to make it in the quickest time he could. At the other side of the rise was a down sweep of two mile s, at the end of which was a small station and a sid ing. The freight heing on its run, the conductor had directed the en gineer to pass this siding if there was no signal set to stop him. He could see this signal a way off. The conductor calculated that by tak ing the down grade at high spee d the train would easily reach a siding fifteen miles ahead, where he had to s top. This trick was regularly pulled off by all day freight trains when the conductor had no orders to the contrary. The freight in due time reached the heavy up grade and climbed it at a merr.y clip, though its speed decreased by degrees. It was going at ei,ghtee.n miles an hour, with the fireman sweating like 'rt bull when the summit was reached. Then they started down the grade, and the engineer let her go. This was the chance to get momentum enough to carry them economically to the distant siding. As the speed increased, Jack and the girl began to take notice of the unusua l gait. "We're going s ome at la!lt," remarked Jack. Half way down the freight was goirv; fifty mile s an hour. The engineer saw that the signal was set for a clear road. He let out a long whistle, and threw .the throttle wide open. As the train approached the foot of the grade it was making more than a mile a minute. The cars swayed and rolled from side to side, but their weight easily held them to the track. Flora .was frightened almo s t to death, and clung to Jack. "This is terrible," she quavered. "We'll be killed." "I guess it's all rig}.lt," said Jack. "The train is on a down grade, and the en_g-inee'!' is making time. This won't las t long." And it didn't. The wild flight of the freight stopped a great deal sooner than was contem plated by the engineer. and conductor. A dozen empty cars were standing on the siding. The switch appeared to be in its proper position :Cor the freight to continue on. Unfortunately, it hAd been imperfectly locked, or there was sometliing


16 LINEMAN JACK wrong with it. The heavy freight hit the frog with a jolt that threw the engineer and fire men off their seats. Right there it left the main track and went tearing across the rails and sleep ers with a series of awful jumps, the forty odd loaded cars following as a matter of course. The whole outfit tore at an angle into the empties on the siding with a fearful crash. Wood and iron flew in every direction, and the shock to the train crew sent most of them flying off into the roadbed of the main track or into the debris of the wreck of empty cars. Jack and Flora were flung head over heels against a wall of sacks, where they lay dazed and helpless for some minutes. The door of their car was hit by the end of a smashed car and was torn open. The engine landed in the bushes beyond the ...,i;tation and turned half over. For a long distance / the tracks at this point were strewn with wreckage, and yet, strange to relate, not a soul was killed, or even fatally hurt. Even the engineer and fireman, when they were picked out -of the smashed cab, we're found to have sustained only ,Painful hurts and scalds. One trainman's arm was l:'.lroken, another's leg fractured, while a third had his knee-cap sprained. The others gpt off comparatively easy, considering what they had gone through. In the midst of the hubbub afte'l' it was all over, with villagers from a nearby hamlet run ning toward. the spot, Jack helped Flora White out of the freight car, and led her to a brook under a tree to restore her demoralized nerves. No one noticed them in the excitement of the moment. "I knew something terrible was going to hap pen," said the girl, as Jack bathed he'l' face and spoke soothingly to her. "It's all over anyway now," replied Jack. "I feel sorry for the train crew. I fear some of them must have been killed or badly maimed. Don't tremble so, little girl. You're all right, and so am I. Let us be thankful forour escape. We'll not get to Allegheny City this trip." That was evident, and as events proved they never got there. The station agent and the conductor got busy, and the main tracks were soon eleared of the debris, so that traffic was not tied up. The entire derailed freight train lay strung out to one side, clear of the main tracks, and a wrecking crew with suitable apparatus was required to get it out of the way. Only two or three of the cars were found to be out of commis sion, so that they couldn't be taken on their way. What was left of the empties that stood on the siding before the accident \ would have to go to the scrap heap. The loss to the railroad would prob ably figure up close to $100,000. But it might have been a whole lot worse. After Flora had been restored to an easy state of mind, Jack left her reclining under the tree and went forward to investigate the wre ck. He learned with a feeling of satisfaction that'the casualties were light, and after finding out all he .could, he returned to his companion and told her. "What are we going to do now?" she asked. "I will have to consider. I haven't enough money to pay our way back." "I don't want to go back." "If we continue on we'll have to walk, for the chance of getting a free ride further is not bright." "I'd sooner walk every step of the way to Bak ersville than return home." "It's more than a tholisand miles from here, I'm sure." "Oh, dear," said the girl, looking at him help lessly. "Never mind, Flora, I'm going to stick by you. I believe I can do better out West than in the Eastern telegraph service. I intended to quit this fall anyway. As I have over $1,300 saved up, I can afford to quit now. I'll take you to your sis 'ter at all cost." "Ymr dear, good boy! How I love you!" cried Flora, gratefully. "Thank you, little one. It is good to know that some one thinks well of me. Are you hungry? It's half-past one. I'll go back to our car and get the bag of food. There is no need leaving it there, as we need it," said Jack. He fetched 'the bag and they sampled its contents, though Flora had little appetite after the s_hock she had experienced. Jack was not bothered in that respect, and they topped off with a drink of cool water from the brook. "No use of staying here any longer," said Jack. "Let's go on to the village. We'll put up there till I can send for enough money to pay our way to the place you are bound for. I dare say the bank will send me a remittance in a few days." "My sister will pay you back for whatever you expend on me," said Flora. "She loves me deari y and will be glad to have me with her." needn't worry abojlt what I spend on you, Miss Flora. It won't break me, I guess," said Jack The village was only a short distance away, and they soon got there, and Jack interviewed the proprietor of the little country hotel on behalf of himself and the girl. The boniface was rathe1 du bious about accommodating them, as Jack's word was the only evidence he had that payment would be made. The young lineman assured him that the money would be forthcoming as soon as he could communicate witn his bank. Still the hotel man hesitated. At that point a sporty man with a long, black mustache, and sharp, black eyes, stepped up. He was a late guest of the hotel, and had been listening to the argument. "Are you strapped, young man?" he asked. "Practically so," replied Jack, eyeing him with some attention, and wondering what was in the wind. "Out of work, too, I opine?" said the man. "For the time being, yes." "Will you go to work for me?" "For you? What do you want me to do?" "I am proprietor of a traveling moving picture outfit. My assistant has left me without notice and I mu s t have another at once, for I'm billed show at the town hall to-night. Had to cut out the afternoon show because I couldn't get any one who had gumption enough to run the machine. If you ll hitch up with me I'll take you right o v e r to the hall and instruct you in your duties. You look smart enough to be able to take hold right off. It will be a steady job from now till we get out West, then I intend to open a motion picture theatre in some place that promises results. What do y ou say?" "I'll take you," said Jack, promptly, "providing you will take my companion along. I'll guaran-


LINEMAN JACK 17 tee she'll earn her keep if. you have anything for her to do." "Nothing doing in the female line unless she can play the piano or sing. If she can do both, so -much the better, and I'll pay her a small salary," said the sporty man, dangling his heavy gold washed watch-chain, which had a dollar watch at the end that went into his pocket. is the young lady?" Jack motioned Flora to advance. "Here she is." "What are you giving me? This is a boy." "No, she's a girl in boys' clothes. Aren't y ou, Flora?" "Yes," she nodded. "Why this disguise?" asked the movie man. "For c{)nvenience in traveling. Can you play the piano, Flora?" "Oh, yes. I'm a good player." "Fine and dandy," said the man. "And sing, too?" "Yes, I sing some." "Come over to the hall, both of you I'll try you out, Miss--" "White," said Jack. "And I'll show you how to work the machine." "Hold on. What do we get per week if we go with you?" "Fifteen dollars for you both and all expenses." "What do you say, Flora? Shall we take his offer up?" "Whatever you do suits me, Jack." "All right, Mr.--" "Downy Gabb. Here's my card. We will go to the hall." "All right, Mr Gabb. It's a bargain as long as we get real money and our expenses." Then the three walked down the street to the town hall. X.-In Which Lineman Jack Acts as a Moving Picture Operator. The town hall was a large-sized room on the second floor of one of the buildings on Main street. It was chiefly used for local entertainments, dances and other affairs. It was fitted with a platform, provided with a proscenium arch, a pair of steps at one side to reach the platform, a piano of cheap grade on the other side, and about sixty chairs. These chairs were usually ranged around the room against the walls, but when necessa1y were placed in rows in the body of the hall to seat an audience. Outside talent seldom favored the village, and the hall was generally dark except on Saturday eve nings, when the Flushville Coterie held its weekly hop, which was always well attended by the vil lag e lads and lasses. The proprietor of the hall carried on a hardware and general store on the ground floor, and was, moreover, the chief officer of the place. Entrance to the hall was through a side doo"r and up a flight of stairs. Over this floor was a red lamp, with the words "Town Hall" painted on it in white letters. When Mr. Gabb and the two young p e o pl e arrived in front of the place, they saw a sand w i c h billboard-two boards joined at the to p by hing-e s and spread out like a tent, cov ered with a colored picture on either side, above which was pasted a slip in large type, I'eading: "Town Hall-to-night." This was followed by: "Motion Pictures." Underneath: Show opens 8 o'clock. General admission, 5 cents. Reserved seats in front, 10 cents. Music by Professor Gotch," the name written in. In the window of the store was ra picture sign reading: "Motion Pictures. Town Hall, To-night. Reserved Seats for Sale Here." Downey Gabb entered the store, inquired as to the advance sale, learned jt was good, and got the key to the door. Jack and Flora followed him up stairs. The hall was a bit gloomy near the two windows, between which a platform had been raised on "horses," and inclosed on three sides with tall, hinged frame which could be folded flat. There was a small opening in front through which the moving picture apparatus, out of sight, pro jected the films on a white sheet stretched taut across the front of the platform on a light frame work which could be folded up, while the sheet could be rolled up on a roller and detached. Every thing wias in position for the show. Downey Gabb first went to the piano and opened it. "Give us something with a rag-time swing, Miss--" "White," said Flora. "You know what rag-time is, I suppose. Make it something lively; put dash into it, and plenty of sound. Understand?" Flora understood, and as her tastes leaned to rag-time, she produced the goods. "Ver-y good, Miss White; ver-y good, indeed. Now let's have a song-something. up-to-date. If you're not up in the class of songs that go best, I'll get you a bunch of them and you can practice them to-morrow. I won't want you to play to night, as I've engaged a local celebrity; but I shall wish you to sing between the pictures. Now then, breeze away." Flora sang a couple of rag-time songs quite ac ceptably, and Downey Gabb declared that she filled the bill, though he expected her to improve. "Now, young man, we'll hand you out the in-struction on the machine. Your name is--" "Jas:k Ready." "Follow me." Jack soon got the hang of tlie moving picture apparatus. He was a boy who could pick up most anything in short order. As soon as he had dem onstrated his fitness to run the machine, Mr. Gabb told him what other duties he would have to per form. He was expected to make himself generally useful with the show. He learned that the pro prietor tmveled from place to place in a covered van drawn by one stout hors e, and that their mi gration was performed at night after the per formance was over, therefore they only stopped at the hotels for meals. There were two bunks in .the van--one appropriated to the proprietor and the other to his a ssistant. Jack pointed out that this wouldn't do at all with a young lady traveling with them. "Of course not," admitted the prop1ietor; "but I'll fix that up. The back of the van shuts in with doors secured by a P'adlock. There is plenty of room there for a cot, and I'll get a piece of can vas or heavy cloth and screen it off for the young lady's use1 She'll have to rough it a little, but she looks strong, and I guess she can stand it. It will pe ran advantage to her to keep tQ. her bovs' attire


18 LINEMAN JACK until we reach Chicago. She makes a mighty good-looking boy. Where did you pick her up?" Jack explained the circumstances that brought him and Flora together, and told the proprietor of the show that but forthe smash-up on the railroad they would be on their way to Allegheny City. The three left the hall and \vent to the livery stable, where the horse and van were taken care of. After looking it over, Jack pointed out that with a little ingenuity a carpenter could fix up a small, narrow room in the van for the girl's use, within which she could have absolute privacy. There was room enough by moving the bunk Jack was to use over. on the other side in line with Mr. Gabb' s bunk. The proprietor agreed to have the matter attended to at the next village, which they would reach early next morning. The party then adjourned to the hotel, where Gabb handed Jack a bunch of handbills and told him to start out and distribute them among the houses away from the busine s s street. "I cover the town with bills the first thing, but to-day my assistant, who attends to the matter, left me in the lurch, and the two small boys I hired only half did the job. Ring the bells or knock on the doors, and put the bills into the people's hands. I want to pull a good house." A full house, with half the audience standing, wouldn't pan out more than $7 at the outside at this place, since the afternoon show had not been given But then it was a small village, and the hall was not large. At the larger places Gabb had taken in from $25 to $40 a day, and occasionally even more. Jack got back to the hotel about six, and soon afterward the three went to supper. Then they went to the hall, where they found the owner's so n lighting up. The illumination was furnished by lamps. Gabb secured some planed boards and boxes, and inc1eased the seating capacity of the house for the occasion to about 125. There was stitl room left for fifty standees. Twenty front chairs had been sold in advance, and twenty more were held in reserve for expected ten cente1s. The bal ance of the house was given over to the nickel patrons. The people began coming around half-past seven. These we1e the five-cent contingent, and the house rapidly filled. Village youngsters, boys and girls in their teens, and young Itiarried peo ple soon occupied all the five-cent chairs. By eight o'clock every seat in the hall was fillled, and standing room was at a premium. Moviqg pictures were a novelty in Flushville. and the inhabitants turned out en masse to see them. Downey Gabb took in the money himself at the upstairs door, and his cash-box was the side pocket of his jacket. He was a cheap theatrical man, whose long record was a succession of failures at other' people's expense. For years before the moving picture industry spoiled his graft he made a specialty of putting "tart" shows on the road whenever he could find a backer who was willing to risk a few hundred dollars for the honor of a brief connection with the theatrical busines s. Backer and actors suffered alike at the hands of Downey Gabb. The reputation he acquired among the profession wavsomething awful, yet for all he could always plck up a company somehow. The adage of "a burnt child dreads the fire" aid not cut much of a figure with a certain grade of a)leged actors enrl actresses. These people were .always willing to take ano ther chance with Downe y Gabb, or anybody, in fact, whose promise s were backed by a good bluff, because no real manager would take them on. Mr. GAbb's first attempt to bre-ak into the motion picture business was at the expense of a real estate man who was ambitious to be the manager of a movie in the Bronx, New York City. T)1e enterprise, under Mr. Gabb's direction, proved a failure, and the backer sold out at a conside;rable financial loss. Finding him self out in the cold and with no immediate prospect of in another "angel," Mr. Gabb conceived the brilhant idea of doing the province s, meaning the villages and smaller t-owns, with a traveling motion picture show. With the money he had extracted from the credulous real estate man he bought a cheap outfit, the films ones that had seen their day and which he obtamed for a song, leased a furniture V'an, which he altered without the owner's permission, and started out. So far he had done much better than he deserved, for he showed mainly at small places where anything in the moving picture line went. It was something new for him to operate on his own money, and the small success he was having had swelled his managerial head con siderably. He felt as big as Frohman, or any other successful theatrical manager, as he took the nickels at the door of the Flushville Town Hall that evening. Finally the hall was jammed, and after turning down the two lamps that had remained up he gave the signal to Professor Gotch to open the pr-0ceedings on the pian12,. which that person did with a classical piece th-_ gave Mr. Gabb a pain. Then the first of the single reel pictures was flashed upon the screen by Jack. It wobbled in places where the films had been imperfectly joined. However, the people seemed pleased with the subject and clapped when it was done. Gabb then sent the boy-like Miss White to the piano, and her song took with the audience. An encore was call ed for, but Gabb wouldn't have it, and Jack flash ed the next subject on the screen. Flora was then allowed to sing again, and was once more roundly applauded. The show lasted an hour and a half, then Jack flashed "Good-night." The audience got up and dispersed to their homes without expressing any disapproval, though outside of the music and singing it would have been cla sed as "rotten" by people accustomed to better things. "Now, Ready, we'll take down the screen and the box,'' said Mr. Gabb, when the last spectator had departed. This was soon done. Leaving the boy to carry the paraphernalia to the sidewa lk, Mr. Gabb went for the van. Jack, Flora and the goods were awaiting on the walk when he drove up. All the frame-work was tied under the wagon, the machine and the rolled-up screen only going into the wagon. The canvas screen to hedge off Flora was put in po sition by Jack, her cot put against the locked back door, and with Jack as driver, the outfit started off along the country road in the darknesL Jack and Mr. Gabb took turns driving the horse all night. The next stop was reached about six o'clock next morning. Then Jack and Flora went to a hotel, washed up and had their break .fast at Gabb's expense. The proprietor of the show hunted up a hall. Only a few people camo


LINEMAN JACK 19 to the evening show, and Mr. Gabb was out some mo ney for expenses. They went along to the next town that night. Anothe1 frost met them at both shows and Mr. Gabb was s6 short of money he could not pay the breakfas t bill. Then to cap the climax, Gabb disappeared and could not be found, leaving Jack, Flora, and the hors e and van b e hind. The hotel man placed an attachment on the horse and van, but allowed Jack and Flora to 6ccupy it at night. As Gabb had not owned either. li.or s e or van it did not trouble him what becam e I' of them. 'Jack got the idea in his h ead that he could run a movie show and made up hi s mind to s ee about it. In the meantime a church was to have an entertainment that night and a committee came to Jack to show his p ictures at the affai r Realizing that Gabb had left him and Flora in the lurch, Jack had no qualms about making u s e of the paraphernalia, s o he struc k a bargain with the committee with the result that he received $10 that night after the entertainment was over. He paid the hotel man $5 to look after Flora and took a train for New York next day. A s soon as he arr ived he called at his bank and drew $100, visited a fiim exchange, told them he was going into the traveling picture business and was ac commodated with some of the best reels in stock. After securing everything that afternoon Jack for the town where he had left Flora and the moving picture outfit. He was joyfully received when he arrived there. He immediately hired the Opera Hous e in the town, had handbills printed and flooded the town with them, and had a record-breaking cro w d at the evening pe r formance on Saturday night. He cleared nearly $100. He had the Yan refitted up for Flora's benefit, bought a s econd hors e and made a of it, and started on the road the next mornmg with great encouragement for the future of the show. CHAPTER XL-Lineman Jack Builds A Business For Himself. Flora rode on the seat with Jack, and as the day was a fine one they had a pleasant ride to --Fairview which they reached late in the afternoon. After putting up his team at the hotel, and registering Flor a and himself, he made inquiries of the hotol man about the place. He learned it had a Town Hall, with a small stage and sceneryi and that it was over the postmaster's genera store. The vil1age had only a weekly paper, which came out on Wedne sday, so he could do no adver tising that way. After supper he and Flora walk ed about a part of the place, and Jack guesse'd he would be able to do some business there even on short notice. He hired the hall for $5 next morn ing secured a license for $2, and then hung up as display about the entrance to the hall as he could find space for. The po stmaster, who owned the hall, allowed him to put a large pictme in his window. He sent Flora around to the chief store'S to secure the privilege of displaying smaller pictures in their windows, giving out two and sometimes three re served seats for the evening show. Ile hired a wagon, covered a framework with pictures, and a cloth sign reading: "Town Hall-Moving Pictures -This After noon at 2 and To-night at 8. Admis sion Five Cents Evening, Ten Cents. Reserved Seats, Five Cents Extra." The wagon covered the whole village and the chief street several times a boy playing on a drum to attract notice. The hall seated 300 people, and standing room could be found for 100 mo re. Every seat was filled at the afternoon show, and a numbe'r of peo ple had to stand. The r e ce ipts amounted to about $ 21. Jack had a full hou s e that even i n g and took 1n $29. His entire expenses, including hotel ch arges d i d not exce ed $20. He started oi.1 t at midnight to drive to a small vill age eight mil es away He reached the place at t w o o' c lock, found the inn ; and drove into the yard. Cove1 ing the h o-cs e s. he turned in on hi s bunk, h alf undresi::ed, fo r t he r es t of the ni ght. The hostler found the rig there when he got up at six next mornin g Jack turned out at s even, reg istered for h i m self and Flora, call e d the girl and at half-pas t s even t he y went to breakfast. There was a small To w n H all he r e tha t held about 250 people, with seats for 150. Jack hired it for $3, got a license for $1.50, put up his billls, and hired an express wagon to advertise the show for two performances, afternocm and eveI).ing, admission five and ten cents, no reserved se ats. He got full hou s e s ad took in about $35. He play ed two other villages on Wedne s da y and Thursday, making a small profit in each piace, and then drove to a fair-s ized town, whi c h he reached on Friday morning. This place had a Opera Hou s e, but Jack was disappointed to learn that he could not get for Saturday night. He found a large assembl y room on the main street, and rented that for Friday and Saturday. He gave four shows in the town, and did very well by getting a hustle on He advertised both night shows and Saturday afternoons in the evening paper. The town had no morning paper. The display he made on the out side of the hall pulled -the people as much as anything else. Jack and his outfit pulled out for the next place on the road -0n the following morning. "I'm doing a whole lot better than I expected Flora," he said to the girl, as they drove along in sunshine of the Sabbath morning. 'You deserve to, for you are giving a good show," said Flora. "Mr. Gabb's performance was a wretched one. His films worked badly. The people in them didn't walk natural. Every once in a while one of them would start off with a jerk as if he were operated by a string. It made me laugh to watch them." The cause of this strange phenomena having been explained to Jack, he told the girl what caused it-the film had been torn at those places and to repair it two or three of the sections had been cut away. The skipping of those sections caused the jerky effect. "For an experienced manager Mr. Gabb's meth ods of pulling a house while we were with him was pretty crude," said Jack. "I think it was myself. Your pfan of sending a wagon around with picture bills on it, and the announcement in big letters on cloth, is much better." "That's my opinion, if you have a bell or a drum to attract attention to it. It hardly puys to stop


20 LINEMAN JACK at the smaller village s That was well enough always crowded, audience s Flora steadily imfor Mr. Gabb, for no large place would stand for proved in her playing and singing, and her chic hi s pictures after the people saw what the y were way s took with the crowd. She was really a big He might just as well have taken ou t g ood film s care!. Jack got her photographed and displayed The fir s t cos t wouldn't have counte d in the long her pi cture in the stores and in front of the hall, run. I guess he .must have picked up w hat he had _calling her "Vaudeville's s weetest singer and pifor next to nothin g He was a cheap skate, any-anis t par excellence." way. I doubt if we'd have got our wages if the By the time they reached Chicago, Jack had a s ho w had kept on." bunch of money, mos tl y in the shape of money "Wher e are we p;oing now?" orders on Oshko s h with a couple on the post"To Brookville. It's an average size village, I office of the Wind y City. They took a week off in wa s told It's going to take s ome time to reach Chica g o to see the tow. n and to enable Jack to your si ster' s at thi s rate, but y ou'll h a ve money vi sit the big film companie s and arrange for his enough, I hope, when y ou get there, to get y ourintended venture in Oshko s h. Then they went on. self a fine outfi t." At Oshkosh Flora fitted heTself out with a supply "I don't care. I'm glad I ran aw a y s ince I've traveling this way and playing and singing be fore an audience. If my stepmo ther s a w me at the show she'd be horrified, and m y step-sister would hold her no s e in the air." "What do you care for them? The y treated you as mean a s dirt." "! don't care. I'm glad I ran away s ince I've met with you. You've treated m e fine. Really, I don t want to part from you when I reach my sister's It will probably. be late in the fall when we get out there. You won't want to tra vel this way in the winter. The roads would be filled with s now, and it would be awfull y cold in the wagon." "That's right. If things go right I ll get a fres h supply of the latest films in Chicago when we ge_t there, with the idea of opening a moving picture house in O s hko s h and running it all winter and spring, or maybe indefinitel y I should like to have you with me, but I suppose I can't expect that. Your sister would object even if you didn't." "If you need me, I ll stay with you I like you a s well a s though y ou were my brother." "I reciprocate the feeling, Flora. We met under strange circum stances and we had a strenuous experience on the freight train. .I guess fate intended us to stick together. The moving picture busine ss might put a lot o f mone y in our pockets." "I hope it will put a lot in yours, at any rate." So they rode on, and alon g about n oon reached their next s tand. We have not the s pac e to detail the varied experience of the erstw h ile Lineman Jack and his fair companion on their long jour-ney to the Northwest. It is enou g h to s a y that of new clothe s and then Jack, leaving hi s outfit at a livery stable, took her to her sister's b y t r ain. She received a grea t welcome, in which Jack participated: Flora had written he1 from -'time to time en route, telling her of her connecti o n with the traveling moving picture bu s iness, s o that it was no surpris e to her when they told her the full story. Jack went back to O shkosh and fitted up a mo tion picture theatre in a centra l location with his funds, and when he sent for Flora to rejoin him, the girl's si ster offered no gre:!t objection, for she s aw that Flora was much attached to the young lineman that was and she be lieved Jack shared t h e same sentiment toward her. The stationary movie panned out from the start, being greatly helped by Flora, vho was now an admitted artiste in her line. Jack had an operator to run the mac h ine, and a girl to sell tic_k.ets He kept his s how well before the public and changed his bill twice a week He made a fel'lture of one three reel subject on his bill, with one two-reel and two one-reel pictures Flora gave two songs at each s how, and opened with some short piano piece that had swing to it. Long before spring c an:.3 around Jack had built up a solid bu s iness in the picture line, and he had no wi s h to go on the road again. The constant association of the two young people developed into a love match, and in the course of a couple of years Flora married Lineman Jac k. Ne x t w e e k's i ss ue will contain "BARRY & CO., BANKERS AND BROKERS; or, THE BOY MONEY-MAKERS IN WALL STREET." succe s s as a whole marked their progress from "How old is. your little brother?" inquired Wil village to village, and town to town. In mo s t of lie. "He's a year replied Tommy. "Hubl the larg'er plac e s they encountered more or less I've got a dog a year old, and he can walk twice opposition from the establi s hed picture houses, as well as your brother." "That's nothing. Your but Jack alway s manag ed to attract good, if not. dog' s got twice as many legs."


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY 21 CURRE N T NEWS CARROTS IN ANIMAL'S DEN A bushel of carrots was found in a den made by a pocket gopher, or a ground squirrel. Ole Larr sop, section hand, of Tekoa, Wash., noticed a la'rge mound of new earth near the right o f way. ., A foot and a half down was a circular den, neatly carved out and filled with freshly pulled carrots, tops and all, evidently stored for the winter. Larrson and others of the section gang declare the nearest field from which the carrots could have come was half a mile away. TREE LIMB BRINGS $5,000. A single branch of red apples has been sold by Lewis Wood of Ferrell, Gloucester County, N. J., to a big nursery for $5,000. The apples on this branch are of s uch a superior kind, being better than the fruit from. the Test of the tree, that a survey of the orchard has been made by certified engineers and the record and agreement of purchase has been filed with the the County Clerk. Wood received $1,000 outright for the apple branch and is to get $4,000 additional in installments at the of 2 cents for everY: tree1 budded from this branch, which 1s to remam on the original tree in the orchard. The purchasers are the Stark Brothers' Nurseries of Missouri. PLAN PALESTINE EXCAVATION Britis h archaeologists are g1eatly interested in plans for early excavation of the ancient City of David on Mount Ophel, near Jerusalem. Three attempts have been made in recent years to probe into the secrets of this hill and with some suc cess; but practically the whole of the Jews original stronghold, the palace and mill of David and probably the tombs of the Kings of Judah will be revealed after archaeologists go thoroughly into the work. Among the o bligations taken by Britain in connection with control of Palestine is that of promoting archaeological research and an area of ten acres preserved by the administration for excavation. East of the Jordan, it is said, there is one immense, practically untouched field. Many ,of these sites are of importance equal to that of P a lestine i_tself They include ancient Gerasa, where there are wonderful remains of a Roman city, which show that it was one of the most imposing cities of the Roman period. MONEY GIVEN ,,AWAY A CASH PR I ZE CONTEST BEG A N IN "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" No. 120 Ge t a Cop y and R ead t h e C on ditions -It Ver y Simp le Clip as many coupons as you can from "Mystery Magazine" and send them to us when the contest closes. To the four persons who send in most coupons we are going to pay prizes in real money. In the event of ties for any prize offered the full amount of the prize tied for will be awarded to each tying contestant. Here are t h e pri z es: $25.00 for the largest number of coupons 15.00 for the second largest number of coupons 10 0 0 for the third largest number of coupons 5.00 for the fourth largest number of coupons Get busy! Gather the coupons. Tell your friends about it. Get extra copies of the magazine and cut them out. Get busy! "Mystery Magazine" is on sale at all newsstands-10 cents a copy. HARR Y E WOLFF, Publisher Inc., 166 W 23d St r eet, New York __,,... .. .,..,..... .......


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY .J Down By Poverty -OR-. A POOR BOY'S STRUGGLE FOR SUCCESS By GASTON GARNE (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER VII. The Future Begins To Look Brighter For Hale. The young girl turned around from the bed, and her gaze fell on Harry, who colored up in con fusion when he met her eyes and realized that the had been staring at her in quite an unpardonable fashion. And now it was the turn of the young girl to s how surprise, and for one brief instant she stared at Harry as though unable to credit the evidence of her senses. Then she came forward with outstretched hand and a glad smile on her face "Oh, I'm so glad to meet you again," she said, in her honest, unaffected style, the style that had s o much affected Harry when he had walked at her side in his much worn suit, and she gave him her hand in such a joyous way that the boy blushed more

FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY 23 ITEMS OF GE N ERAL I NTERE S T PIGEON STOPS UP FLUE A fl.uttering homing pigeon nearly caused the death of Charlie Meyers and his entire family at Pottsville, Pa. Mr. Meyers, who is City A srs4'ssor an? a newspaper publi_sher, was _awakei:ied by his wife, who was suffermg from mhalation of gas, which had also affected the members of the family. Investigation showed that the chim ney was blocked by a pigeon that had fallen down the flue, its wings being spread upward, blocking the draught. Dr. Earl Stevenson was called and revived the victims. 315,265,000 STAMPS BREAK BUREAU RECORD The la1 ges t single day order of postage stamps in the history of the Postoffice Department was turned out Oct. 30, by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The number was 315,265,000. The stamps, con sisting of all denominations, were shipped to fif teen of the larges t po s toffices of the country in 1,702 packages, 14 inches long, inches high and 10 inche s wide. It took 568 mall pouche s to carry them. Demand for stamps during October has al ready exceeded all. and_ the Bureau of Engraving and Prmtmg is havmg the greatest difficulty in keeping up with the flood of orders. JAPANESE TOYS Christmas toys from Japan being at Seattle, Wash., are said to include novel .ties made from tin which has ctossed the Pacific many times d 1 The tin cans originally are use m s uppmg case oil to China, there soy bean and other vegetable oil s and reshipped back to the United States These cans, emptied into tank cars m Puget Sound ports, were then purchase d by agents of Japanese toy factories, flattened out, baled and sent back to the Ori ent as low-rate b allast carg.o. Once in the toy shops of Japan the much u s ed tm was quickly made over into very attractive _amus ing mechanical J>laythings for boy s and girls of America. 11 .Japan while almost s elfsupportrng rn a world-wide commerce, lacks for. manufact.unng purposes three e ssentials-wood, iron and tm. FACTS ABOUT WATCHES The whims and caprices of a watch are a deep mystery. The parts. a time piece ap parently enter into a conspiracy to the end th3:t the owner may miss trains, ferries and bu si ness appointments. One very common cause of the -:atch or lo sing is the disposition made of it at n!ght. If you wear a watch next to your body dnrmg the day and place it on a cold as a marble mantelpiece, at night. 01 m a cold room, the watch is sure either to gam or lo se. Cold causes contraction of the metals use d in the con struction of a watch, and the watch con.sequently gains. An expens ive watch which has a compensating balance is of course, not affected by changes of temperature. Some metals expand in col d and others contract, and the compensating balance i s made of both kinds of metals so that the con traction o f one may balance the expansion of the other. Everybody knows that the proximity of a dy namo will magnetize the s teel parts of a watch and ruin it for .time _being. A watch may be affected by electricity withou t the owner having been near a dyrtatno. The amount of electricity i n some people is so great that it affects the steel parts of a watch. Watches slightly magnetized are often brought t o the watchmaker, who de them. Persons o f high electric ormamzations should wear a watch with a steel case if they wish to retain an accurate time piece. A watch s hould never be laid horiz ontaHy at night, but should always be hung upon a nail. Change of position will not affect a mechanically perfect watch, but s uch a watch is yet to be made. Therefore alw:ays keep your watch in the same position night and day. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 1 0 CENTS A COPY LA'l"EST ISSUES ,11 TTIAPPING 'FIIE by Beulnh 112 THE MISSING EVIDF.NCll:, by Il:irold F. Potllintiht. 113 A CLUE BY RADIO. h:v Cnpt .Tnck Stntlc. 1H '!'HE DISTRIC'l' A1'TORNCY"S SECICET. b7 'F'. OnrIP r 115 A MAN FROM BE.!.DQl"ARTF.RS. by Ha1nllton Crafgle. llfl THF. GllU, IN THI': CARI':, h < Cnrl Glick. 117 A R("IF.:-i'l'IFIC DF.TECTIYE. !Jy Donald George MeDonnld. 118 NINE Qt:EER STREET. !Jy Jack RP.rhdolt. 119 'J'RATLF.n RY A PRIVATE DETECTIYE. !J7 OottllPh '!'UE T11AP, !Jr Etlit!J Sessions Tupper. The l! 'amous Detectlvo Story Out T otlny In 1n h A R A DIO MYST E R Y By CAPT. JACK STATIC HARRY E WOLFF, Publ11ller Inc., HI \Vest %3d l treet, New York Clt1 "Moving P i cture Stories" A reekly Mar;nzlne Del'Oted to Phot o p lay and PJaye r e PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER C O P Y Earll numl!e r con1nlns Four Stori<'S of the Bet l'ilma on the Screens J<:IPgnnt Hnlt1 one Scene from the PlaYS lnt"1"Pslini: Articles Ahout Pro111l11ent People In ihc o f Rn1, htc. 1 66 West ?.3d St., New Y


24 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY Life Among The Lions By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG We were two very old friends, Jack Macy and I. My name was Harry Morton We had been a t school together at our home in England, and had run away together from that school. We had a little money, but not much to spare, so we wise ly decided to use it sparingly. As we wanted to go abroad, our only chance was to work our passage. Not at all particular as to our destination, we to ok the first opportunity afforded us and both s hipped on board the good ship Empress Queen, bound for Port Elizabeth, in South Africa. I was the cabin boy, and Jack helped the cook in the g alley. Well, you may be sure we had a rough time of it; not that we expected' anything else. After a quick passage we landed in Africa. We t hen found to our amazement that the captain c oncluded we had shipped for the voyage out and home He maintained this, and apparently had t he law on h is side Naturally we didn't run awQ.y from England in order to go back again immediately. We therefore tQok the law into our own hands. Packing up all our belongings-they weren't many-we left Port Elizabeth and join ed a party who were on their way to the diamond field s at Kimberley. There we went into the diamond digging bu si ness ou rselves We we1e fairly s ucce ss ful, and got t ogether a f ew hundred pounds. Pos si bly if we had remained at work we might have become rich men. But it was too monotonou s and we lon ged for a change. at this time peopl e in Africa were in a fever of excitement about a country called Mas honaland, lying far away. The British South Africa Company had, got possession of an immen se territory. Perhaps it would be more correct to say that they had appropriated this territory. The next step was to take pos sessio n. Imagination pictured it as a land of milk and honey. Gold and precious stones were said to exist in pl enty. There were also lions in abundance, and all sorts of wild animals. To cut my story short, Jack and I determined t o call up all we had in the world, and wH;h the proceedir-a part, at any rate-to buy guns and full equipment for a great hunting ex.pedition. The prospect of mining for gold had a charm for us. "Harry," said Jack, "no more digging for met ime enough for that when we are older Now's the time .for sport,'' to which sentiments I cor dially agreed. The company had arranged to dispatch a long train of wagons right up to Mashonaland, and we decided to go with them, if we could fix terms. This was done without any difficulty, and one fine mo1ning we started with a: large number of wagon s loa de d stores and mounted escort. Progress was necessarily sl ow. After a few days' journey we found ourselves in a new country. Roads had to be made in some! fashion be.fore the train could move along Rivers had to be bridged over. All this took time. The rivers were literally alive with crocodiles Woe betide the unfortunate animal that attempted to ford the stream s. Well, after journeying along for about five weeks, Jack and I, in accordance with previous arrangements, left the party when we came to the River Noemyi. We were to strike into the interior of the coun try i_n a small can o e we had brought with us. Nothmg was settled about joining the train later it b eing understood that we should probably back in a few months, and would be sure to fall in with some party going either to or from Fort Salisbury. Just after leaving our friends, a feeling o f depression came over u s at finding ourselve s alone in the vast bush. But this soon wore off. There was a multitude of game of every kind and the he1:e and there of buffaloes 'and hippopot.am1, which we saw on the river's brink, promised u s sport of a most exciting nature. Our baggage was of very lightest descrip tion. Plenty of ammumtion and a blanket apiece to wrap ourselves in at night were the principal items. These, with a few other articles were stowed away in the canoe For some hours we paddled along. In places the water was s o thickly overgrown it was with difficulty we could proceed At l ength it began to get dusk, and we looked about for a convenient place in which to pass the night. This was so on found. 1" The first thing we did after landing was to light a huge fire. In the first place it kept off the savage beasts who were prowling ab out, and.secondly its warmth was not to be despised. who not in can scarcely real!ze how delightful 1t 1s even m that hot region of the earth to enjoy the warmth of a go o d fire at night. Tired o t with our exertions, we were soon a s l eep, our rifles by our sides. That night, notwithstanding the fatigue, I was very restless, and well for me I was. I had a feeling o f being in a horrible dream with a gigantic snake creeping toward me. But if.. was no dream. I was awake and. saw a huge monster crawling slowly and gradually along to where we lay. For an instant I was spellbound. I couldn't move. Then I realized the awfulness of the situ ati?1: I my gun, rai:;ed it to my shoulder, wa1turg until the snake raised its h ead, then I discharged the gun full at it. The shot blew the creature's head off. He gave a few convulsive movements, and was dead. Jack woke at the noise, which naturally alarmed him. He was even more so when he saw the cause of it. T_he dead m?nster was a gigantic python, measurmg about eighteen feet in length. I need hardly say there was no more s leep that mght. We sat up and talked until the dawn when we had breakfast. We reckoned after meal to keep our table supplied with game we shot, what we had brought with u s having been eaten. After breakfast we started off right into the bush. We were well armed, having each a rifle plenty of ball cartridges, and good hunting knife'.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY 25 Moving alon g was difficult. The g r a s s was very lon g and the ground in many place s very swampy. Soo n we got i n the open country. We s a w huge footprints on the ground. What beast or beast s-for there were many h a d passe d that way-the y were w e were not c erta in. Our inexperi e n ce d eye s could not detect the d ifference. ]lfo w w e s hould have s ome sport. We r es olved to f'oll ow the tra il. We mov e d along cautious l y till at length we came to a s m a ll clump of t r e es We had got thr ou g h to the oute r edge, w h e n t o our amazement grazing right in front of u s were fir e huge hip p opotam i. They were about a hundr ed yards away, with their bodi es turned toward u s To aim a t them would b e u se less. The bulle t s would s imply drop o ff their tough hides and the con se quen c e of dis turbing them in this manne r mi ght be unpleasant to ourse l v e s. Still k e me ant to have a shot at t hem. How to d o s o was the qu es tion. Jack s ug g ested go ing .r i g h t around the b elt of tre e s and getting in front of them. A s the y were going in that direction t h ey would p a s s clo s e to us if w e c oncea l ed ourselves in the bus h es We carried out this plan and lay p erfectly s till. Then we saw through the bus h es which were not very t h i ck, t h e herd com ing s lowly and lazily toward u s, the m a l e le a ding. J ack s ingled out this on e and I se l ec t e d another for my victim. The y crashed through the bus hes jus t a f e w yards to our left. A s the?-got exactly oppo site at the same mome n t w e both fir e d. Jack's shot struck t he monster r i ght in the ear, and he droppe d al most instantly with scarcely a strugg l e I h eard m y b ullet h i t s ome part of the brute I aimed at, but i t to ok not the s li g htest effec t W e got ready fo r a stam pe d e fo r we expecte d an attack, but they a ll made off a s fast as the y coul d their huge b odies a n d s ho r t l egs g ivin g the m a ludi c rou s a ppearanc e We c u t o ff part of the breast and cook e d him over t h e fir e in the ev e n i n g But h is fles h was a s t o ugh as leather. Next mornin g fully arm e d, w e s tart ed out into the forest. We were unus u ally careful no w tha t we expected to see a lio n But the roaring last night showed t here were li ons in t he neighbor h ood, and that caution was necessary. We s h o t two wild boars whi ch were the n ices t eating of a n y animals we met wi t h. And these can b e foun d i n pl enty. Traveling was diffi cult. We pus h ed ou r way a long through the dense w ood and the lon g grass, l ooking out all the time fo r gam e I was l!}ad ing a little, but we were,,walking i n a parall e l li ne, Jack, two or three yards away from me b e ing in the rear. And at once, t o o u r amazement, w e cam e face t o face with a f u ll-grown lion. Immed iatel y I raised my gun t o my s ho u lder. I s houl d think the lion was about twenty yard s away. H e glared fiercely at us, and lashed t h e g r ound with h is tail, waving his b lack mane about angril y Then he emitted a r oar the like of whi c h I never heard. It commenced with a l ow rumbling sound, then swelled and encied l ike a cl a p of thunder. T h e earth seemed t o s h a k e I am u suall y very coo l. And I don't m ind ad mittingthat on this occas i o n some of t his q u a l ity had deserted me. I stood with my rifle at my shoulder covering the savage brute. But I seemed unable to pull the trigger. I was to fire fir s t This was the arrangement. Jack was to keep his gun for tlII!erg e ncy. And this, though it takes long to de s crib e only lasted a few moments. If I had fired when I fir s t covered the lion with my gun I should have had a capital chance of \striking him in a vital part. I lo s t my opportunity. All lions as i s their habit when attac ked, crouch down like a cat, e x posing only the upper part of their head. As the bus he s were rather high not much of him was visi ble. The difficulty now was how to get a shot at him. He would not attack until after a shot had b een fired There we stood facing each other. I moved three or four paces to one side. By this me a n s I was able to get a chance of aiming at his temple. If I could hit him between the ear and the eye he would be killed instantly. I had got round s o as to obtain a good view of the lion's head, and was just taking aim. All at once, Jack caught hi s foot in the undergrowth, which was very thick. He s tumbled and fell forward. As he did so his gun, which was cocked, went off with a loud report. In a moment the lion rose to hi s full h eight and toward u s Instantly I fired. My shot hit him and he gave a howl of pain. The n he crouched down as if about to spring having his h ead embedded between his paws Ou r po sition was de s p erate. B oth guns had b ee n fired, and we appeared at hi' s mercy. Stra n g e to say, at thi<;;" critical mo m ent, all my nerve and cooln ess returned to m e I imm ediately s lipp ed a l a r ge hunting -knife over my wri s t, and p repare d to lo a d my gun w i t h o u t delay, keeping ID}\ .eye s fix ed a ll the time on t he fe roci ou s anima l. J a ck was lyin g where h e h ad falle n with the bus h es p artially c o ncealin g h im. He had hurt hi s leg, and it was a fo rtunate thing for him it was so. If he had a r i s en he w o u ld have been a dead m a n. ,. For a t this mo men t t h e li on made a terrifi c spring He mi sca l c ul a t e d the d is t ance and passed clear ove r J ack's bo dy alightin g three o r fou r p aces bey ond o n t h e other s i de Inst a n t l y I wheele d a r ound t o fac e h i m and as h e turne d taking g o o d a i m, I fired T h e b all l odged just over his eye and h e f e ll dead. W hat a magni fice n t cre ature he was, fully eight feet l ong, w ith gigan t ic l imbs and muscles T hen we ski n ne d t he mons ter and took hi s skin back in triumph t o t he camp A fter t h i s we had great sp o r t k illing altogether five li ons but, fortunately, we h ad no more h a i r-bre adth escapes. The sport was qu i t e dangerou s e n o ugh w it hout. T he n w e s tart e d o n h o meward j o urney. Our c anoe was l oaded with ou r trophi es We had five li ons skins a board, several leopards' sk i ns, and s o me tusks of h ippopotami When we got right dow n the r iver to t he place whe r e we had left t h e t rain of wagon s we pitched our c amp. A b o u t two w ee k s after a party came alon g from Fort S a li sbur y W e joined9 them on the h omewar d j o u r n ey. We were returning we ll please d with ou r hnting e xpeditio n.


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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY 27 I GOOD READING PRAYS WITH GUN AND BIBLE The Rev. W. E. Smith, itinerant evangelist opened ?is services in .Latimer County, Okla., mght by removrng a loaded gun from his hip pocket and placing it be s ide his Bible. After the convocation a second gun was placed on the left <>f the Scriptuies. The meeting was carried to a normal conclu sion without incident, notwithstanding previous threats to the preacher that he would not be per mitted to speak. Mr. Smith told his audience "a certain element" did not wish him to hold his meetings. Shortly after services were under way two au tomobiles loaded with m e n attired in the regalia of the Ku Klux Klan arrived. "PLASTIC WOOD" A NEW PRODUCT A new product, made by colloidal prncesse s and just put on the English market, is announced by the Chernical Age. The interesting thing about this product is that it may be used to repair broken or worn wooden articles. A pattern is made of the article and the plastic wood is filled into the mold and allowed to se t hard. This takes but a few hours and the' product obtained is said to be extremely ha1d and possessed of all the characteristics of wood except that it will not ab sorb moisture as wood does. The hard plastic wood can be worked with the usual carpenter tool s, and nails, screws, etc., can be driven into it without fear of splitting. A ONE-INCH RAINFALL An acre of ground contains 43,560 square feet, according to English and American measurement. A rainfall of one inch over one acre would mean the total of 43,560 multiplied by 144, or 6,272,640 cubic inches of water. This is equivalent to 3,630 cubic feet. As a cubic foot of water weighs about 62.4 pounds, the exact amount varying slightly with the density, it follows that the weight of a uniform coating of one inch would be 3,630 multiplied by 62.4, which equals 226,512 pound s or 113 1-4 short tons. The weight of one gallon of pure water is 8.345, consequently of one inch over one acre of ground would mean 226,143 divided by 8.345, which equals 27,143 gallons of water to the acre. This. is equivalent to 603 bar rels of forty-five gallon s each, and would be suf ficient to fill a tank or pool about twenty feet square and nine feet deep. INSECTS CAUSE MINIATURE RAIN A "Rainfall" over an area only ten feet square was recently reported in Alexandria, Va. Pro testing at the fanciful explanations and the mys tery that has been thrown about this phenomenon, Dr. W. J. Humphreys, Professor of Meteorologi cal Physics of the United States Weather Bu reau, declares that plant l ice produce the sup posed "rain." Thes e insects are found on sycamore and other by the They are little hrown, three-sixteenths to one-eighth of an inch long, which suck the sap from the leaves and squirt it out of their bodies. This secretion is the liquid that appears to be rain. Dr. Humphreys says there .are dozens of t;rees in Washington that are producmg the same kmd of "rain." The Jiquid produced by plant lice is of a honey dew consistency and ;;tays on the pavement or ground much longer than would the same amount of rain water. It has been suggested that some thing of this sort made the famous manna of the Israelites in their flight through the wilderness from Egypt. Rain seldom falls in a ground-wetting shower over an area of le s s than one square mile, al though a few drops may fall over a much smaller area, says Dr. Humphreys CHESS TO PAY HIS WAY THROUGH COLLEGE Three years ago Augustine F. Massa a lad totally blind, applied for admission to cdlumbia, but was turned down on the ground that his han dicap was so great he could not attain the scholastic standard of Undaunted, he persuaded the authorities to give him a trail in the Department of Extension, and at the end of the first term he had made such a creditable record that the bars were readily lifted for him and Dean Herbert E. Hawkes allo*ed him to enter as a full-fledged student. To-day Massa is a student in the Columbia Law College, having received one of the three schol arships in law offered. He also won many other undergraduate honors. He is a member of sev eral student organizations and holds important class offices. He is an expert che ss and checker player and a member of the varsity wrestling squad. In addition to the handicap of blindness Mas s a is entirely on his own resources. During the summer he engages in exhibition checker and matches, often playing a dozen contestants simultaneously, with smooth boa r d s and checke:s and chessmen varying only in c o lor. During his second year he won the Kilore Med a l as the intercollegiate heavyweight wrestling Many h.ave marvelled at the way Massa goes about unaided over the campus and in and out of the buildings. He never uses a cane o nce he be come s familiar with a locality. He with a sure, unhesitant ste p. He travels through the subways alone and has n ever been suriously in jured. Next he will get his A B. degree, and m 1915 he will be graduated with the degree of bachelor of law from the Law Colle ge \Vhen a ske d how he i s able to perform iheE e seeming miracles, he said: "The answer is simply visualization plus mem ory. Sometimes I imagine I see; I cfeate ob jects in my mind to correspond to those I know are about me."


28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES SIZE OF PEANUT DOUBLED Children and elephants will be delighted to that a fai;mer al-Ong the lower Columbia River hl;ls developed a new mammoth peanut with kernels. The new variety, named thii Klickitat peanut, is about twice as large as jumbos. Soil conditions in the section enabled the pro duction of peanuts with three and four nuts and Elias Rankin used these for seed. Careful tion for successive plantings has resulted in the new mammoth peanuts. MOUNTAIN OF TOOTH POWDER Nevada for years has been mining silver, cop per and gold, but now it has turned to mining tooth powder. Twelve years ago Mack Foster, an old "des.ert rat" and big game hunter, discovered Mount Sup erdent and found. its. peculiar mineral would take the tobacco stains off his teeth. Other prospec tors took to using it, but nobody thought of staking out a claim there. Eventually Foster told a man named Fenwick al;iout the mountain. Fenwick's secretary, a Western girl named Josephine Robinson, tried some of the material and found it m<>st effective. Fenwick staked the claim in a hurry and now he and his associates are sweating to keep ahead of the orders. The material mined from the mountain not only cleans teeth, but polishes silver, manicures nails, shines up optical goods, whitens shoes and makes a fine shampoo. Physicians are using it, too, for a surgical powder. Science calls the material "diatomaceus deposits." The mountain is out in the sagebush desert, about thirty miles from Tonopah. LANSING, MICHIGAN, RUNS '.J'O HOG FARM Lansing, Michigan, is the first city to maintain and operate successfully a hog farm and has the first municipal hog ranch in the United States. More than 1,500 pigs have been occupants of the municipal hog farm at one time and the "piggery" has returned to the city a profit of more than $1,000 per month besides solving the great est civic problem-the disposal of the city garbage. One month the municipal pigge1y brought to the city funds $5,000 instead of the $1,000, but that was when an extra number of hogs were sold on the Detl'oit markH in July and at the top mark. For twenty-two y ears previou s to this ex pe riment near by farmers took the garbage and later a Clevel a nd firm had the contract for dis po sing of the city garba ge, but results were not satisfactory. To-day the hou s eholders of Lansing pay only $1 per year to have their garbage remo_ved two or three times per week, the $1 charge bemg to pro vide fot the renewal of the galvanized disposal cans. The pi.ggery is located in Eaton County. There are a number of white hou s es on this farm where the live. The offensive smells have been kept to a m1mmum, and with some newer buildings and sewerage in course of construction it is expected these will be eventually eliminated. To make this plant more effective, a hog hospital is installed and all hogs are given a serum treatment at tlie age of three months so that to day every hog at this plant is immunized against any of the dread hog diseases---el>pecially hog cholera. These healthy municipal fatted hogs are said to be the best on the market, and bring the highest price. The Contingent Fund of the city is now boosted about $16,000 to $18,000 per year, the residents are saved over $5 each per year and with some 10,000 homes the hog has come into his own at Lansing. If Ruptured Try This Free Apply it to Any Rupture, Old or Recent, Largeor Small and You are on the Road That Has Convinced Thousands. Sent Free to Prove This Anyone ruptured, man, woman or child, should write at once to W. S. Blee, 84-B l\laln Street, Adams, N. Y., tor a free trial of ble wonderful stlmulatlna applleotlon. Just put It on the rupture and the mucles begin to tighten; they begin to blncl toaether llo that the opening closes naturally and the need of' a support or truss or appliance ls then done away with. Don't nealect to end for this free trlal. Even It your rupture doesn't bother you whn.t ls t ,be use of \Vea.ring support all your life? 'hy sufter thl nulanee'l 'Vhy run t'.he rlsk of gangrene l\nd 5Uch dangers tron1 a. 9mall and lnno<'ent lit i1e rupture, the kind that bas tlll'own thousJ1nds on the operating tabl.e? A host of 01en and women nre daily running Ruch risk just been.uRc their rut>turee do not hurt nor prevent the1n front getting around. \VrUe at once for this free trial, as It Is certainly a wonderful thlna and has aided In the cure of ruptures that were as blg as a man'w two fists. Try o.nd write at once, using the cou pon below. FREE FOR. RUPTURE W. S. Rice, Inc. 84-D Main St., Adams, N. Y. l'ou may sle Trentment of your stimulating application for Rupture. Name .. ................................ State


A Real Moving Pictur e S ho w I n Y our Own Home R emember this 18 a Genuine l\Iovlng Picture Jlla c b1ne the motion pictures are c leur, sharp and d ist111ct. Read These Letters From Happy Boys SHOWS CLEAR PICTURES have been very .slow in sending you an answer. I received my Moving Picture Machine a tew weeks ago and I think 1t is a dandy, and it shows the pictures clear just as you said it would. I am very proud ot it. I thank you very much tor it aud I am glad to bave It. I gave an e n tertainment two days after I got it. Leopold Lamontagne, 54 Summer Ave. Central Falls, R. I. S O LD HIS FOR $10 .0 0 AND ORDERED AN OTHER Some time ago I got one ot Ma chines and I am very much pleased with it. Arter working it tor about a month I sold it tor $10 .00 to a friend ot mine. He has It and entertains his tamlly night ly. I have now decided to get another one of your machines. Michae l Ehereth, Man dan, N. Dak. WOULD N O T GIVE AWAY FOR $25.00 My Moving Picture Machine is a good and I would not give It away t or ,:l0.00 Its the .best machine I ever !had and I wish everybody could have one. Addie Bresk;i: ;r eanesvllle, Pa. Box 84 BETTER THAN A $12.00 MACHINE I am slow about turning In lllY thanks to you, but my Moving Picture Machine is all right. I have had i t a Jong time and it has n o t been broklm yet. have seen a $12 .00 Machine but would not swap mine tor it. Robert Lineberry, care of R evolution Store, Greenboro, N. C. Moving Picture Ma c hine I s finely co nstructed, and carefully put together by skilled workmt:n 1t Is made o f Russian M etal, bas a bea utiful finish, and is operated by a fin ely constructed mechanism, consisting of an eight-wh eel mov e m ent, etc. The project.lug l e nses are care fully ground and ndjus t ed triple polished, slnnd ard double ex tra r eflector throwing a ray or light to three or tour feet In a rea. It not' a toy; It is a solidl y co11structed and durabl e Moving Plctur" Machine The mechanism Is exceedin g l y simple and Is readlly operated bv til e most Inexperie nced. The pictures shown by this. mar velous Moving Picture Machine are not the common, crude and hfeless Magic Lantern variety, but are li!e-llke photographic !Jf actual scenes, places and people, which n eve r tire Its audiences. Ibis Moving Picture Machine has caused .a rousing enthusiasm wherever it l s used This Moving Picture Machine which 1 want to send you E REE, gives clear and life-like Moving Pictures as nre shown at any regular i\lovlng Picture show. It ftasile s moving pictures on the she'l!t b efore you. 'J.'hls Machine and Box of Fllm are FREE-absolutely free to every boy In this Ja!ld who wants to write for a n Outfit, free to girls and free to older people. Read i\IY OFFER below, "llich shows you how to get this .Marvelous Machin e. HOW YOU CAN GET THIS GREAT MOVING PICTURE MACHINE -READ MY WONDERFUL OFFER TO YOU HERE IS what you are to do in order to g e t tbis n!"azing Moving Picture Machine and 0tlJe real MMinU" PlcturPs: Rend your name and address-that i s all. Write name anrl address very plainly Mall today. As so.on as I r eceive it I w111 ,l'.ou 20 .or tile .beuutt.fnl prt ruium pictures you ei"r suw-all bnll!nnt and shimmel'lng colots. lhese pictures are prrnled Ill mnuv colo r s and among the titlt's are such subjects as "Betsy Ross Making the First American Flag"-"Washington at Home" -"Battle of Lake F]rie," etc. I want you to dlstrlbutP tt;iese premium pictures on a special 3o-cent ot:rer nmong the p eople you know. When you have distributed til e 20 premium pictures on my liberal o f fct wll.1 have col lected $6. 00. Send tbp $1i.OO to roe anrl T will Immediately send you FREW the lllov1ug Picture Mncillu e with complete Ou tfi t and the Box of l'llm. 5 0,000 ot these n1a.chlnes have made 50, 000 boys happy. Answer at once. Be the first ln your town to one. A. E. Sec'y, 815 W 4.3d Street, Dept. 120, New York __... PLEASE U S E COUPON Free Coupon Good for Mov!J11t Picture OJl'er Simpl y c u t out this J;'ree Co11pon, Pin It to a sheet of p aper, mai l t o me with your name and address written plainly, and I will s eJl!I you tl1e 20 Pictures at once A. E. FLEHING, Secy 615 W. 4.3;1 St., Dn>t. 120, New l:ork t


( /llOTED SCIENTIST SAYS ONE COULD FOREVER lll'lOPf.O WOMEN WITH A PERFECTLY BALANCED GLANDULAR SYSTEM Scientists agree that the secret of H ea lth, Womanly Gr&e& and Boauty. Manly Strength aJJid Vlcor llee in the internal a:l&nda and by etimulatin& these glands to normal e.otiv1ty. many abnormal aondit.ione web aa Ballow Complexion, Weaknfl86, Nervous Premature 8enill*Y. Tired, Worn -Out, Poor Memory, LCM of, Lou of Weicht, Pain.a in Baok and Sidee, Cbxonio lleadaohee, Neck, UDdemopcd Oreana. Re.stlemncee at Ni;:ht, Melancholia, Deepondcnoy and other aymptona have Don't eufter from any of tho above day v.ntil you. t.t7 our l&ta" ecieat.Uio lllandular ke&UDen.....Olandol. Try It 10 Days at Our Risk No oharae whatenr if lit failo Thono&ndo ol mea and women are taking it every day. Uaen claim it makes thesn feel }"oan 7ou.naer. many reporiinc that sreat improvement wu noticed ia two or three days. Gla.ndol the 1>un1 aub-GLANt>tH.,>.R. of the Vital Glancbi of Youna: Ani.liD&le. Ii i8 l.)repared iD '.:, one of the world' larae8t and bed eQ1aipped cl&ndu.lar lab0tatoriee. SoieDOe hM demon-strated that oariain of the.o &lands. when t6ken into the bulQ.&111 qtrt.em, hAe a decided '!:,! lllando ia &Ile bocl1'. '-' mOD aDd wom ... wbo are uina. COil ol S d N M 'Riv ai...dol ctlrelr a ""' riok. Simply HOd name, e n 0 0 n e Y ace aod ilddreaa todu'. St.ate the V..imeot i9 for m.Me or fem&lo. Pro6t by the csperieDOe of 1 eaadl. lll&al' of whom were proMbb' in. wonc ahape than 11ounel!. loin the happy &!loons of V"-"""" Yo11

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Fame and Fortune Weekly LATEST IKSVU -1154 Matt, the Money-llf.aker; or, A Strange Lad In Wall OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOO Useful, Instructive and Amusins. They Cont Val!lable Informatinn au Al111ost Every Subject Street. 855 Ont tor Everytblnai; or, The Boy Who Wu Willed :Nu. J.. .l'.A.J:'OJ,EO:N'tl OBA<;L.LUM Al'\l> J.JKE a Circus. BOOK.-Couuulllug Lile great oruc1e ot buwau destl 856 lu Wall Street to Win; or, The Boy Who Out the alao t.ue true ot ulu1ost any kind of diea Mouey. t<-gl!lbcr wit'! cerewoul"s and curious guwes 857 A Younai Sin bad or, Wrecked on a Treasure Island. cards. 858 Biil Bond's Syndicate; or, A. Fortune From a Two No. 2. HOW TO DO TRlCKS.-Tbe great hook Ceut Stamp. magic and card tricks, conlniniug full Instructions 859 The Boy Who Vlllllshed; or, The Treasure of the all 1eadln:;; ca1d of the day, also the most popul l.ncas. magical llluslons pl'rformed by our leadl11g 860 A Born Broker; or, The Success of a Wall Street glcians i every boy should obtain a copy of this bo Boy. No. 3, HOW TO )o'LIRT.-Tbe arts and Wiles 861 Striking a Gooo Thing; or, College Chums lu llirtatior are fully explained by this little book. Business. Rides I he \'arious methods of handkerchief, tan, glo 8G2 Among the 'Sharks"; or, The Llgbts and Shadow paru1101, window and hat lllrtatlon, it contains a full I of Wall Street. of the language and sentiment of !lowers. 863 In ;Business tor lilmselt; or, The Lad Who Made No. Ii. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide the Money. love, courtsbip end marriage, giving sensible adv! 864 Charlie ot the Curb; or, Beating the Mining Brokers. rules end etiquette to be observed, with many curio 865 A Million ID Rubles; or, The Richest In tbe and Interesting things not generally known. World. No. 1. HOW TO KEEP Ulu 866 Tom, the Bank Messenger; or, The Boy Who Got trnted and containing full lnstriictlons tor the mana Rich. ment and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolln 8G7 Contractor Bob; or, Fighting for a Big Job. blackbird, paroquct, parrot, etc. 868 A. Nervy Deal; or, The Boy Who Bought a Hallway. No, 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art Isett-defense me 869 Io the Newspaper Game; or, The Rise of a Cub easy. Containing over thirty mus atlons ot guar Reporter. blows and the dlll'<'rent positions of a oocl boxer. Eve 870 Up to the Minute; or, From Office Boy to Brorker.tb boy should obtain one of these use I nnd lnstrnctl 871 Full of Business; or, The Young Traveler or 8 books, ns It wlll tench yon bow to X. without an I Firm. structor. .. 872 Batl'llng the Brokers; or, The Boy With the Iron No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LET.TEHS.-A mo Nerve. 1 1 complete little book, containing full directions for wr! 873 After n Square Deal; or, The !chest Claim n t 18 Ing love-letters, and when to use them, fllving specim West. C 1 th t B ht Him letters tor young and old. 874 Stiver Dollar Sam; or, The o n a roug No, 13. HOW TO DO IT; Or, BOOK OF ETIQUETT Luck. tt M k Ru nln a Moving -It Is a great life secret, and one that every you 875 Bound to Make nls ar or, n g mnn desires to know all about. There's happiness In I Picture Show. l 876 Ed the Office Boy or The Lad Behind the Deas. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete ban 877 Lost In the Ba!ka'ns;' or, The Luck ot a Young book tor making all kinds of candy, Ice-cream, syrup War Correspondent. essences. etc. 878 Plunging to Win; or, The Deals ot a Wall Street No. 18. HOW TO BECOl\IE BEAV'J'IFUL.-One Oftlce Boy the brightest and most valuable little books ever giv 879 The Young Shipper; or, The Boy Wbo Was Alwnye to the world. Everybody wl_shes to know bow to on Top. come benutlfnl, hoth male and,ale. The secret 880 Beating the Bucket Shops; or, Bieaklng Up a simple and almost costless. -Crooked Gam<>. No. 20, HOW TO ENTIUl IN AN EVENIN 881 Fighting tor Fame; or, The Struggles of a Young PARTY.-A most complete comp lum of games, sportt Author. card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable tor pa 882 Stocks &Dd Bonds; or, The Firm With a Grip on !or or drawing-room entertainment. ft contains mo the Market. H d f for the money than anv book published. 883 Stranded In the City; or, A Boy With a ea or No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Ever Business. I t L d I Wall st. boy should know bow Inventions originated. This boo 884 Gettln!? the Coin: or, The Luck l'A a ulator explains them all, giving examples In electricity, h 8811 In the Lumber 1;rade; ;;r.J Won: draulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mecbanlcs, et 886 A. Boy's Big Deal or, T e a Sb p That Was No. SS. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Contalnlng the rul 887 Prince, the Printer; or, The Little op and etiquette of good society and the easiest and mo Made to Pay. T ti Fate In Wall approved methods of appearing to good advantage 888 The Little Money King: or, emp ng parties, balls, the theeatre, church, and ln the drawiD Street, Th T f the Silver room. 889 Among the Missing; or, e reasure 0 No. sG. HOW TO PLAY GAlllES. -A complete an L y. or The Boy Who Made Wall Street useful little book, containing the rules and regulation 890 uc Y of billiards, bagatelle. back-gammon, croquet, dominoe Take 0 ce. k r The Bo Wbo Dealt in etc. 891 The Wrec er, o y No. 3ti. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Contal 892 I for Gold. or, Beating the Wall Street Ing all I.he leadlug conuadrums of the day, amnsln n e riddles. curious catches and witty sayings. Market. Sixtv-four or, Hustllnl? for a Living. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inclu :l: Kid. or' The Best Tip in Wall Street. Ing hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rat 8 111 b t t anj squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copious For sale by all newsdealers, or w sen 1llustrated. adoress on receipt of price, 1c per ('OPY In money 01 No. n. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END lllEN' post&,1re stamps, b JOKE BOOK.-Cootalning a p:reat variety of the late '"'OLFF p bllaher Ine jokes used by the most famous end men. No amate HARRY E. u minstrels ls complete without this wonderful little 166 West 2Sd Street, Ne\V Y1>rk (Jlty ]'llo. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUM SCENARIOS HOW TO WRITE THEM Prlee II c ... te Per COPJ' '.rhls book contains all the most recent. change ID the mPthod of construction and submission of 11Cenarloa. Sixty LeHons, covering every phase of BCenarlo writ Ing. For Rale by all Newsdealers and Bookstores. If you cannot procure a copy, send ua the price, 115 cents, in money or postage stamps, and we will mall you one, poetage tree. AddreH L. 8ENARBM8, U9 Seventh Ave New York, M. ll. 8PEAKER.-Contalning a varied assortment of stum speeches, Negro, Dutch end Irish. Also end men's Joke Just the tblnp: for bome amuseme t and amateur sbow No. 411. THE HOYS OF NEW YORK MINS GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Sometblng new and Instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, a contains full Instructions for or1ranlzlng an ama minstrel troupe. ,,. W'or .. 1. bJ' all newedealerm, or wlll be aent le -ti addrea on re1111lpt of price, lOtl. per COPJ', la moneJ' or tamP bJ' HARRY E. WOLFF; Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street. New Y


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