In the sultan's eye, or, Beating the porte's game

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back, you Moslem'rats!"'warned Tod Eastman, 'facing .the' paiace gu :ard s; piSff)l'in"'hari.q ; l;"hil :Po'sun Bill staggered on: .with the trunk. Boom! went the palace .bell. " mea.:p.s 8. whole battalion of gasped l'hU,


WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A CO/fl.'PLETE ST07lY EVERY WEEK. Iaa 1mt Weeki11-B11 Subscription 2.50 per geM. Entered according t o .A.ct of Congress, in the 11ear 19011, in the or the Librarian o f O o n g re81, Washington, D C., b11 Frank T ouse11, P11bll11ler, 24 Union Squaf'e, New Y o ri:. No. 31. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 16, 1906. PRICE 5 CENTS. In the Sultan's Eye OR, TfiE G.AffiE B y TOM D AW.SON CHAPTER I. THE PLO T JWR The boys sat, just off the s idewalk, in the cafe of the Hotel de Byzance Constantinople. Though neither was past s eventeen, one knew well what it meant to hus tle hara in the world. The other, s o m ewhat taller and d e cidedly better dressed, was the son of the heir to a great fortune. That these y oung s ter s were either English or American was appar ent at a g lan c e As soon a s they began talking, their speech at once de cided it that they were Ame ri c an s "I wish with all my heart you were going back t o the United States with us Tod, spoke the taller an d better dre ssed boy with something of a sigh. Tod Ea s tman s miled, a bit sadly. "I gues s you've got the impression, haven t you, Phil, that I'm traveling on my money?" "Why, yes; aren't you?" cried Phil Granger, opening his eye,s in some surprise. "In a way, I suppose I am," grinned Tod. "That is, it's my money that I'm spending on this trip. But there's precious little more money back of it." "Too bad, old chap," Phil cried s ympathetically. "What's the matter? Your father ailed in bus iness?" "He s been dead over ten years," Tod replied slowly. "I don't even remember my mother. My aunt, my onl y I living relative, kept a lodg ing house o n one of the side streets of Ea s t Side New York She died and the place was sold for next to nothin g . Some five hundred and forty dollars. That was all my fortune when I left New York." "Thunder!" gasped Phil. "And you had the nerve to go traveling on that?" "Not traveling for plea s ur e I can tell you," Tod turned. "I'm on m y way to China; to see if I can't find a job as chemist at one of the ports." "Chemist?" repeated Phil. "At your age?" "Well, why not?" challenged Tod almos t defiantly. "I've been two years at the work and the professor said I had learned more at it than mos t fellows would in four. I've got the professor' s endor s ement in my baggage It ought to land me a job." "And y ou've bee n two year s in c olle g e at y our age, and I'm not even ready for college yet?" ask e d Phil Granger, wonderingly. "Oh, it was the college of pharmacy 'l'od explained, smilingly. "I thought I was with school, and looked for a job, for Aunt Em eline was hard up. 'l'hey wanted a boy at th e college of pharmacy laboratory and I got the job. I had to work a'.found the la boratory It didn't take me three days to find out that I liked chemistry better than any oth e r business on e arth. Tlie professor found it out too, and he gave m e a c hance to learn, It was n t six month s before I was one of the regular as sis tants in the laboratory, with m y pa y raised.


2 IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. "Las t y ear I was getting ,forty dollars a month as one of the regular assi s tants. I could have had fifty this year, but Professor Dole said there were big chances for chemists in China these days, and he advised me to go there. I've got letters from him which describe m e as a good analytical chemist." Phil Granger gazed in wonder at this boy of his own age who could do such things. "Well, you're a wonder, Tod Eastman!" he cried. "If I am," laughed Tod, good-humoredly, "it doesn't hurt." "You haven't got a swelled head, that's certain," Phil admitted, admiringly. "If I had, Professor Dole told me a bully way to get over the swelled head." "What is that?" "Why, Phil," laughed the other boy, "if you ever feel it coming on, just hunt up s omebody who knows a more than you do and watch him." "So you're going to China? To "I've got a notion, Phil, that you've never had to hustle," hinted the other boy. "I? No It would have done me more good, I s uppose, if I had. It looked, for a while as if I'd have to all right. You've .told me so much about yourself, Tod, that fair-play ought to call for me to do the' same." These two boys had known each othe r but little more than twenty-four hours. Travelers in the East, however, lram t0 form new friendship s rapidl y This i s even mor e true when the trav elers happen to be young. Tod had been in Constantinople a week. He had come here becau s e he had hoped that there might be s ome chance for him. Satisfied that there was not, he only waited his chance to take the next steamer that would carry him on to Hong Kong. They had met the day before. Phil, out alone, and not under s tanding a word of the lan guage, had gotten into some simple difficulty with a "cavass," o r policeman of Con stantinople. Phil, with the notion that the policeman was imposing on him, might have gotten into serious troub l e But Tod had happ ened along. With the few score of Arabic words that he had picked llp in a week he managed to explain matters to the' cavass, at the same tim e s lippin g a silver franc into the Turk's hand. From that moment the two American boys had chummed it togeth er throu g h the cap ital city of the Turk. The Granger s were stopp in g at the R ote l de Byzance; Tod wa.s putting up at the cheaper Hotel de France. So far Tod had not seen the other members of Phil's family. In fact, our hero did not know just how numerou s the Granger party might be. "Four months ago I thou ght I'd hav e to hu s tl e for fair," Phil went on "Dad failed in business, and I thought Flo -that's my sister-and I would have to go to work sure. We were wondering what we could do, for neither of us knew how to earn a cent. "Jus t then Dad got a letter from his old friend, Morti mer Hudson Mr. Hudson had come out here to Turkey years before, and had made a fortune, most of which he had 'salted down' in New York. Mr. Hudson had a notio n that his days were few, and he wanted to see Dad and the rest of us befote he died Mt. Hudson had heard of Dad's failure, so he sent a l iberal bunch of cash for us t o travel on. "Of course, we came out to this part of the world at once Mortimer Hudson was really dying. He had no relative in the world, except a brother, Richard. Dick Hudson is a r egu lar, all-around no-good. '!'.hat's a bit too mild, but we'll l e t it go at that. "Mortimer Hudson made his will, after we got here, l eaving everyth in g to Dad. That fortune amounts to about two million dollars, in good old securities salted down in New York. Dad 's got the will, and Dick Hudson, who is a p l ayed -out, cold-blooded man of the world, and about forty years old, is l ef t out of the will altogether." I s he in this part of the world'-Dick Hudson?" asked Toil b e tween half-closed e yes. "He's right here in Constant inopl e at this moment," Phil rejoined." "He stays at the Hotel d' Angleterre. He's frantic, of course, but he can't help himself. The will gives every ce'ilt to Dad; and, besides, that will g ives the best of goocl reasons why Dick Hudson i sn't r eme mber e d in it." "Then 1 can im agine," remarked Tod Eastman, "that this fellow, Dick Hudson, would give a good deal to get hold of the will." "Why?" question e d Phil. "So he cou ld destroy it." "What good would that do him?" "You say Diel<: Hudson i s Mortimer Hudson 's only near relative?" "Yes." "Then," purs u ed our hero, "if that will w ere destroyed, Dick Huds on, as the dead man's brother, would inherit everything." "That may be so," nodded Phil. "It i s so!" "I don't know much about s uch matters," r e plied incl iffercn tly. "If anything happens that that will is destroyed it gets to the Probate Court, your father won't get a dol lar," warned T od, in a low voice. Phil started, then looked reassure d. "Oh, it's all right," he spoke, confidently "The will and some other papers are in a sma ll trun]i:, or box, down the Customs House. This i s a queer country, where your baggage not only has to be searched when you come into the country, but when you go out of it as well." "I know, I' nodded Tod. "But that box is being g u arded, isn't it?" "Why, Dad is down there, now, getting all our baggage through, for our steamer sails ih the morning. Whe n he


IN THE SULT' AN'S EYE. 3 gets it through he ll take it all aboard a caique (harbor row-boat) and get it aboard the sh ip. The trunk with the will and other papers he ll put, of course, in the purser's safe, where it will be 0 K." "Good!" nodded Tod. "You're right. It i s n't often that a thief succeeds in getting anything out of the pur ser's safe on one of the great ocean s t eamers "So I fancy the paper s will b e all safe," yawned Phil. "But let's talk about yourself, Tod I'm awfully sorry we've got to part in the morning. I wonder if Dad couldn't find something for you in the United States?" "I don't want it," spoke Tod, promptly. "I thank you, Phil, but the biggest c hances in these days are out in the Orient, so that's where I'm head e d." On this sultry night there were few in the cafe, the half dozen dirty, weary-looking waiters. As was stated before the boys sat at a table just inside from the sidewalk. Each had a bottle of a temperance bev-. erage known as lemon squash on the table before him. The sidewalk, if the ragged, dirty, badly paved affair had any right to the name, was on one side of the Grand Rue de Pera, on the hill of Pera. The street and the quarter are the most imposing in Constantinople proper. It is here that the hotels and the clubs of the foreigners are found, To-night, owing to the great and sultry heat, there were few foreigners stirring. The dogs, which a:bound in throngs in every portion of Constantinople, had the streets almost entirely to them selves at this hour-ten o'clock. The howling of scores of these wild homeless dogs was, in fact, about tht only, s ound that could be heard near the Hotel de Byzance. "It's getting about time for Dad to be back here," spoke Phil, suddenly, and with anxiety in hi s tone. "Thunder! I hope nothing has happened to him." "Constantinople is pretty safe in these days," declared Tod. "Besides, at t11is hour, your father will be sure to take a carriage back." "If he can find one." At this moment the clatter of a hor se's hoofs and the shouts of a driver were heard below them on the hill. Then a quaint, little, old-fashioned affair of a coupe rattled up to the entrance of the hotel, just below this open front of the cafe. "If that's Dad," propounded Phil without looking, "he'll come in here. I told him I wanted to introduce you to him." "Why, I shall be delighted to meet your father," prom ised Tod Eastman. In another moment the side door of the cafe was pushed open, and a haggard, white-faced man fairly staggered in. "'''by, that's Dad!" uttered Phil, gasping. "What on earth--" The boy leaped up from his seat, ran across the marble floor of the cafe, and caught his father in his arms, just as the lat.ter would have fallen to the floor. "In this chair, Dad!" flushed Phil, letting his parent down into the nearest seat. "Waiter!" "What are you going to do?" almost sternly demanded Tod, who had followed his new friend. "Order some liquor," explained Phil. "My father needs it." "Don't you do it," advised Tod, solemnly. "Booze never cured any sickness yet!" "I don't-want-liquor," moaned Mr. Granger, faintly. "Oh, Phil-the trunk! The will P' "What's wrong, Dad?" Phil demanded, his face now almost as white as his father's. "The Turkish customs officers seized that box!" moaned Hiram Granger. "Seized it?" gasped Phil, while Tod looked on keenly, taking in word. "Yes!" came the faint answer. "What did they seize it for, Dad?" "'1'hey papers." "Rot!" falWe d Phil. "But they seized it, just the same, my boy," murmured the old man, brokenly, after sipping some water from a glass that Tod held to his lip s "They've taken the box over to the Turkish minister of revenue. Oh, Phil, if any thing happens to that will-.-!" Hiram Granger did not finish the sentence. Falling forward, he s lipped 'Out of the chair altogether; and s truck hard on the marble floor, where he lay as if life had fled. "Is he dead?" gasped Phil, in an awe--struck_ voice, look ing up at the young chemist with eyes full of piteous entreaty "No, he's not dead," replied Tod, himself going to his knees and fling of the old man's pulse. But our hero added to himself: "I won't -be surprised if Phil's father is dead before morning." Aloud, our hero asked : "Has your fa.ther ever had attacks of heart trouble?" "I never knew him to have one, ''He's got one now, I'm afraid," whispered our hero to "What shall we do, old fe llow?" groaned Phil, who, in trouble, turned instinctively to this new friend. "Do?" repeated Tod. "We must carry him upstairs to his room at once. Send one of these waiters for the nearest doctor. Doctors are thick here on Pera Hill." A waiter was promptly despatched on the errand. Other waiters brought a door, to which the suffering, un conscious man was lifted. On this crude stretcher Hiram Granger was carried up the stairs to hi s own rooms. A s parklingly pretty girl of sixteen opened the door at their knock. Then in an instant, her face went as white and haggard as her father's. Tod got only that first glimpse at the girl's face. T..b.en


IN THE SUL'rAN'S EYE. he did not look at her again, but aided the others in placing "Yes, but Hudson doesn' t know th e m inist e r o f r evenues, unconscious Mr. Granger on the nearest bed. The doctor came hurriedly. He applied some remedy, "!low do you know he does n 't?" then added that all he could order was great quiet. Tod shot the question out plumpl y P a u s ing, an instan t, "Phil," whi s pered Tod, gripping his friend's arm. for an an8wer that Phil didn t make, our hero went on, "Well?" queried young Granger, his eyes full o f warmly: as he turned to his friend. "Phil Granger, every public official in Turk e y can be "Des cribe Dick Hudson to me." bought, i:f the price is high enough. Phil, I'd bet a big ., Tall; maybe six feet. Very thin, but strong neverthesum, if I had it, that Dick Hud son knows just what has less. Hair and mous tache black, but slightly grizzled with happened-for the very simple r e ason that Hudson bribed gray. Face much s eamed, and hard-looking. A cold, graythe minister af" revenues to do th is ve1y trick!" ish-blue eye. Rather swell dresser and alway s wears a Phil s taggered back, groping at the wall. thr e e-stone diamond ring on the third finger of his left "You really-think so?" he gasped, slowly. hand. Parts his hair in the mi ddle-" "There isn't anything else to think," T.od crisped. "That' s enough, Phil. Thank y ou." "Then, "Why do you ask all this?" demanded y oung Granger, "I don't know what's to be done, Phil! Neither do you. wonderin g l y Th e re's only one man in Constantinople that we can ti: ust to "Tell you a littl e later, Phil. I'm going out now. In t e ll u s s traight." twent y minutes y ou may find me waiti ng you in the "Who?" corridor." "The American mini s ter! 'rhe ambassador!" shot out Tod did not hu rry fro m th e room. H e did n o t ma k e any Tod. "The repres e ntati v e of the A m erica n Gove rnment noise in goin g but seemed, rather, s impl y t o vani s h. here in Cons tantinople. He can help y ou, if anyone can, But Phil G ran ger, lookin g out in t o the corridor some and it's his bus iness to do it." twenty minutes lat e r, found Tod th e r e a s t range light shin"When can I see him? Now?" ing in our hero's eyes. "I don't know," Tod retorted, bluntl y "But, Phil, Phil closed the door softly, then tiptoed toward Eastthere ought to be no time lost. You and I ought to get a man. carriage, sedan chairs, s addle hor s e s or s omething and set "How' s your father?" whis per e d Tod off at once. Can you be s pared here?" "Re s ting. Doctor s ays he think s he c a n bring him I'll see." through if ther e 's no n e w e x citemen t On tip-toe Phil went o t h e s ick-room "Then, old f ellow, w e mu s t keep every bit of th e e x citeIn a moment he was out ag ain. ment from your fath er, y ibrated Tod. Dad' s slee ping and Flo is with him. C ome on. L et u s "Of cour se. i3ut what make s you loo k s o s trange Tod?" hurry "Phil, I've jus t seen Dic k Hud s on! Outside the hotel, at thi s hour of the night there were "Eh?" no carriages or other conveyances. "Of c ourse I went on purpos e to see him?" "We'll go a bit down this Grand Ru e de Pera proposed "Why?" Tod. "We're sure to find some thin g soon." "Dick Hud son, pur s ued our hero "didn't know that I Past two or three street corners the y hurried still look-was watching him. So I g ot a good, squar e look at him." ing for a conveyance. does thi s a ll mean?" blurted Phil. Then, suddenly, from down in th e depths of one of th e "Guess I Phil, D}ck Hud son is in the cafe at the Anglenarrow, crooked little streets th a t lead o:ff from the terre. He 's alone, s mokin g a g o o d deal, but not drinkin g Rue de Pera they heard a great, hearty voice roar in There's a str an g e li ght in his eyes. Y e t of one thing I'm Engli sh: s atisfied. H e's w holl y pl e ased wit h him s elf to-night!" "Shove off, ye lubber s The Star s and Stripe s for" What's the meaning of all this r iddle?" quavered Phil ever!" Granger. Tod halted, in s tantly, li s tening and peering down into "Phil, if the will is lost, Dick Hudson get s the fortune the darkness of that unlight e d street. does n t he?" "Some American sailor having an arg ument with th e "Good heaven s yes!" native s," he grimaced. "Then, if he' s s o pleased to-ni ght, he must have heard Phil hesitat ed, between a sense of hi s own trouble s and th a t y our fath e r ha s los t possession of the will." the desire to go to th e aid of a fellow-American in that "But th a t was seize d b y th e Turki s h customs officers, strange, dangerou s land. protested young Granger "Dic k Hud son doesn t know "Ca s t off, ye dogs!" came another lu s ty bellow, in the th e m." same big voice. "Your fath e r t o l d u s th e b o x containing the will had "Dogs?" s hiv e red Tod. "If there' s one word of Engli s h been tak e n to the pala c e of the mini s ter of r e venues." that !!Very Turk in Constantinople knows the meaning of,


lS TllE SULTAKs KYE it's that word, 'dog.' And a 1\Ioslem considers 'dog' the worst insult he can receive from a Christian!" B ack, ye dogs, afore I lay yer heads open!''. roared that same big, positive voice. There was the sound 0 a blow. "Trouble!" palpatated Tod. "Sure!" "And a countryman 0 ours," panted Phil. "We've just got to mix in!" If Tod had had a sing le, fleeting doubt 0 his new friend, that settled it! Tod himself, loved the bright ace of danger. More than that, the worship 0 the Stars and Stripes amounted, with him, almost to a mania. Now that Phil was of the same cast, Tod knew, in an instant, that their friendship was cemented forever "Come on implored Phil. But Tod was already running swiftly down the dark street: The two boys fairly raced to where they saw a rriass 0 dark, struggling humanity. "Knives, eh, ye cowards?" ;roared the sailor's big, scornful voice. Tod, slightly in the l ead, saw the 'fl.ash 0 steel as he rus hed down to the spot where one big, broad-shouldered, middle-aged man in sea togs, backed against the wall of a building, was holding his own. It was the foremost assailant, a typical specimen of the Constantinople street rough, who plunged at the sa ilor with a knife whose blade was at least a foot long. But _the sai lor, quick as a cat, closed in under the Turk's guard He caught the man with the knife, raised him high in a twinkling, and hurled the rascal over the heads of his fellows lo i'itie while that big, hard-hitting sailor danced about among them. "Partner!" clicked Tod. "You d better get out of here as quick as lightning. We've got to ge t too The :fellow who had escap ed was sh outing loudly from the distance. Now, as the three Americans hurried breathlessly to ward the Grand Ru e de P e ra they saw two Turkish police men turn the cor n er. "Blo.cked !"quivered Tod. "Now, we need all our wits," "You. will halt and let u s see what has been done here," ordered one cavass, as both drew their short, curved swords. Trapped in Constanti nople! It is no fine si tuation for a foreigner, in a city of Moslem fanatics CHAPTER II. "MR. BACHSHEESH For just an instant the sa ilor-man looked a s ii he pre ferred to fini sh up a good job by giving these policemen a tro uncin g, too: But from behind them, up the dark street, came the yells 0 a Turkish -rabble hastily gathe red. "It seems there has been strange trouble here," spoke one cavass. Onl y Tod, 0 the Americans, fathomed what he was talking about. ((What does this fellow with the butcher's knife want?" questioned the sai lor. '"The police are holding us while they investigate the trouble," our hero explained. "Oh, Lord!" shive red Phil. "Shall we lick the police shark s too ?" demanded the sai lor. Chug! The assassin's head struck against thE! wall op"My friend/' Tod retorted, grimly, "we can't thrash all posite, as the knife cluttered to the sidewalk Turkey. We have got to ace the music, now that we've But it was picked up in a flash by another 0 the halfhad our fun. But, at least, these policemen will protect us dozen remaining assailants. from the mob." "Come on, ye pups, ye dogs!" roared the sai lor bracing And now the mob was a ll about them s houting cursing, hims elf to stand an attack in which three or four knives ges turing, making frantic efforts to get at these daring now gleamed. Americans. "You've got help, partner!" cried Tod, leaping at one But the Turkish police, with their drawn swords, and 0 the T urks from behind. re enforced by two more policemen, drove the mob back. In an instant Tod had floored the ell ow, taking "Come," said the cavass who appeared to be in authority, from him an ugly-looking dagger "we will take you infidel dogs back down ihe street and sec Phil, with a dandy foot ball tackle, had ducked in, seizwhat you h ave done." ing another a.round the hips, raising him and droppin g "Submit, partner," whispered Tod to the s ailor, whose him. fists were doub l ing. "It's the only thing left to do now." Thump! thump! thump! Th.e big sai lor thus reinDown the dark s treet they were marched, preceded and forced, fairly waded into the crow d with hi s l edge-hamme r foll owed by the howling Turkis h mob. blows. Dog s at nearby corners took up the racket, adding their In a twinkling each 0 the three Americans had possessed howls and ye lps to the commotion. himself 0 a Turkish knife "It seems I've got ye into serious trouble, mess-mates," Onl y one miscreant, flourishing his knife high over his observed the sai l or, sor rowfully. head got away. He ran as fast as he could go, vanishing "It doesn't matter-now," replied Tod. "You'd do as into the darkness, l eav ing half a dozen men stretc hed on muc h for any other p hap who gave a Yankee yell in this the street, our of them s tunned and the othe;r two afraid st range port.".


IN THE SULTA.l"'f'S EYE. "Wouldn't I, though?" growled the sailor. Now they were halted, while the police surveyed the four who had been knocked out. The mob howled some more, clamoring that these four fellow-Moslems were dead-slain by the dogs of infidels. "Do you want my account of this affair?" asked Tod, turning to the leader of the police party. "Save it for the cadi" (judge), growled the cavass. "That shows where we stand," grimaced Tod, turning to his comrades. "If we don't get help from somewhere these police mean to soak it to us." Instead of taking the three American prisoners up into t!ie Grand Re de Pera, where they would have some chance to appeal to fellow-countrymen, the police hustled their captives down the steep hill through streets that were no more than narrow alleys. But, at one corner a voice off in the darkness asked in English: "I say, friends, how can I help you?" "If you know where these fellows are taking us," Tod responded, quickly, "hurry off to the office of the American consul-general and beg him fo hurry after us." "I'll do it, by Jove!" The police halted, glancing off in the darkness with sus picion of this invisible speaker of English. Many of the roughs in the mob made a dash off after the unseen one. Three minutes later the three Americans were dragged through the portals of the nearest police station. First, they were taken into what seemed to be an office. There, with his feet on a table, sat a Turk dressed in a somewhat European type of uniform. He questioned the policemen briefly, hurriedly. The policemen answered so rapidly that Tod, with his limited knowledge of the language, could not understand what was being said. "If you command these police," appealed our hero, at last, "won't you allow me to state the case for our party?" "Away with them," growled the police official. "That cinched it," smiled Tod. "Still, there might have been trouble, anyway." "It's tough, ain't it?" gulped Phil, looking all but ready cry. "Now, what's to become of Dad's business?" "We'll hope to get cmt of this, by daylight," hinted Tod. "How?; demanded both his comrades, in a breath. "Why, if the Turks have cooled down by morning, we'll suggest to the cadi-that's the judge, in this land, and he holds court out of doors-we'll suggest to the cadi that he let us off with a fair-sized fine. The fine slips into the cadi's pocket, anyway, and never strikes the Sultan's treasury." "Buy our way out of the scrape?" cried Phil, jubilantly. "Why, that'll be easy, after all. I've got nearly eight hun dred francs in a money-belt next to my skin." "For heaven's sake, don't show it," begged Tod. "If you do, they'll order us beheaded and go through our clothes after we're dead. No, no We mustn't offer a fine of more than twenty france apiece, or we'll make the cadi and all the police too greedy." "But will the ca di be sure to take the money?" asked Phil, tremulously. "I reckon," Tod rejoined, "that that will depend a good deal on the temper of the fellows that we licked so stiff to night. If they come here, with a crowd at. their bellowing for our scalps, then tl, cadi won't dare take a bribe from us. But if the cadi is left to run things himself, he'll take our money. You can buy any government official in Turkey-and most of 'em mighty cheap at that." "Messmates," broke in the big sailor, in a sorrowful voice, "maybe ye've got a right to know who the worthless hulk is that you ran on to to-night and wrecked yourselves on. I hain't got much of a name-jest Bill Hospur-that's all. Bo'sun of the American tramp steamer Archibald. Like most bo'suns I don't let rum get the upper hand of me, but, like most Yankee bo'suns, I don't know how to hold back at a fight. If the good Lord ever sends a fight of your'n my way, I'll handle it hard for ye, and that's the most I can say by way of apology." He held out both hands to our young friends, with a sus picion of tears in his big, bright eyes. Without another chance at an explanation they were hus tled out and down a corridor. "We don't want any apology," cried Tod, heartily. "But Tfirough a narrow doorway they were hustled into a here's hoping that we find a way to get out of this scrape as room, foul and damp, and perhaps ten feet square. easily as we got into it." Clang! An iron door had been slammed to on them. Phil and Tod speedily introduced themselves to Bo'sun "Jugged!" shivered Phil. Bill, whom they rightly judged to be about as hearty and "In the brig I" uttered the sailor, grimly. reliable an old tar as sails under the American fl.a:g in these "And maybe for longer than we'll like the notion of," days. uttered Tod, sighing. For half an hour these new friends spun yarns together. "All on my account, too, messmates!" gulped the sailor, Then something happened. sadly. "Boys, I'm sorry!" Down the corridor came the tread of feet. "Not a word of that kind," protested Tod, quickly, restNext, before the cell door, stood the Turkish official, a ing a hand in kindly fashion on one of the big sailor's cavass, and a third man, who beyond any doubt, looked like broad shoulders. "You didn't understand what a danan American. gerous thing it is to call a Turk a dog-that's all." "Do you claim to be American citizens, you three?" "Was that what brought on all this row?" queried the demanded the American out in the corridor. sailor, aghast. "We certainly do I" clicked Tod.


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. "I am Seabury, the American consul general at Con stantinople A few minutes ago I received an abrupt visit from an excited young Englishman, who directed me to come here "If you're the Amer i can consul," cried Tod, his eyes brigh tening, "then may hea,.ven reward the young Eng l ishman!" T he consu l spoke a few lowtoned words to the Turkish official who gave a grunt and a sign to the cavass behind him That po l iceman produced a key with which he unlocked the celldoor "Are we free, Mr. Seabury?" demanded Tod, eagerly "That remains to be seen," replied the American consul, drily. "We are going to the office, now, to see if the thing can be :fixed up." The three prisoners followed their conductors down t he corr idor back into the same office. The solitary cavass withdrew from the room, stati o ning himself out by the street. "Now, tell me your s tory," desired the collstll "And te ll it straight at the same time." He did not look wholly eager in the matter. Perhaps this consul been roused from his first nap of the night. But Tod, by dint of some help from Phil and Bo'sun B ill to l d the story briefly, glibly I Then the consul began to talk, in Arabic, to the police official. the foreign buyer, murmurs the wor

8 '. I N THE SULTAN'S EYE. cu s t o m s hou s e of the box conta i n ing tha t won derfu ll y im portant will that meant a for tune "This is a pretty big and seriou s m atter," sai d t h e c on sul, very gravely. "I know it i s," Tod retorted. "That is wh y w e se t ou t to get e x p ert ad v i c e f or our g uidanc e." "Now of cou rse, you can't g o o u t to t h e Ame ri can min i s t e r 's residence at thi s l a t e hour of the ni g ht," decla r ed the con s ul. "You' ll have to wait unt il m ornin g, anyway. Now, what I s ug ges t i s tha t y ou c o me to t h e consu l ate i n the morn i n g We a r e a t least c ivilized e n o u gh to have a few te! e phones in Constan t in o ple. I h ave o n e to Mr. Stead man s country re s id e nc e Com e t o me at ten o'cloc k and we' ll g e t the Am e rican amb a ssado F oyer the 'ph o n e . We' ll t e ll h i m what' s up, and see w h a t h is answer i s The y came, now, to the buildin g of the A merica n con s u In the center of this pl ace was a great courtyard H ere Seabury left hi s v i si tor s unt il h e could send for a carriage for them. Then ensued a two hours' wait, until Grimshaw's car riage could get in from the suburbs. Grimsh!l-w was a polished, energetic looking young man of about "It's as I supposed," he announced. have to go over to Stambou l and see Ali J>eba "Who's he?" queried Tod '"l'he Sultan's Minister of Revenues-the c h a p w ho .has charge of the customs houses of the empire. It's to Ali Deba, I understand, that the seized box was sent last Inside of two minutes more Secretary Grimshaw was leading in his carriage, that of the two American boys f ol lowing They traveled over the bridge that crosses the Golde n Horn, a narrow body of water that separates Stamb oul from Constantinople. It is in Stamboul that the Sultan's principal pa l ace is, and here, also, are the palaces of his ministers. Inside of twenty minutes the American party d rew u p before the official residence of the Minister of Revenues It is an imposing-looking building, as it needed to be, since inside this building were vaults that conta i ned mil They follo w ed it, all three Tod took B o sun Bill to his lions of the Sultan's treasures. own room at the Hotel de Franc e l ted t "Now, get under y our roo fs befor e you have chance for more trouble," w as Seabur y' s parting ad v i ce, as he shook hand s with them. The guard of soldiers on duty at the gate sa u a There, at e i ght i n the mornin g, o u r h ero lef t the sailor in i:;ight of the American coat-of -arms on the panels of Secre possessi on of his ro om. tary Grirnshaw's carriage . Hir in g a carriage--on e of t h e few that there are in the The two carriages passed into a courtyard. Turkis h c api t al, Tod was tak e n to t11e Hote l de Byzance "Follow me," directed the secretary, and led them past Eastma n found Phil speedi l y The l atter l o o ke d as if mor e saluting soldiers inside the palace. h e h a d not s l e p t :which was, indeed, the truth. Here, in a great ante-room, well filled by soldiers and lil y f a ther is r esting q u iet l y," Phil rep o rted. "We are police and clerks, Grimshaw s tated his bu siness to an offi-not to be allowe d to bother h im abou t a n y thing t o day." cial. Then y ou can spare t h e t i me to go to t h e consu late?" . S th t' ?" -t d Ph'l Wh I ' t t "Now'we'll have to wait anywhere from five mmutes to pare e im e grun e i ew, v e go o, Am 'th tw cl 11 t t k ,,, a week" grumbled the sec retary, a s he led the young enw1 o m1 i o n o a r s a s a e "Eaten yet ? "No." "The n eat," ord e r e d T od, t ak i ng command in the way 'that was na t ural to hi s e n e r getic nature The y descend ed t o t hat same cafe i n which they had sat the night b e fore. Phil o rder ed a breakfast, and attempted to eat it. "In this n e w trou ble, I don't know what I'd do if it cans to a seat. It required a wait of a little more than an hour before they were f\hown into an office that wa s rea.ched only b'y passing throu g h two lon g corric1oTs and past at l east a score of sentries. Then they were shown into a great, office-like room. At a low, broad table, well covered with papers, sat Ali Deba. wa s n t for y ou, cr i ed P hi l gratefully. At the first glance rrocl did not lik e the looks of "You've never been u sed to managing; that's a ll You'll man. He was low-browed and hacl low, cunning eyes. learn," Tod r e plie d c h eer full y Leaving the boys behind at some distance, Grimshaw Breakfast over 'they drove rapid l y t o the American con went forward1 and talked with the Turkish minister s ulate. Once Ali Deba clapped his hands, and a turbanned at Here they "got" M r S t e a d m an on the wire. It was Tod, tendant glided over to his master and sa laamed -that i s of cour s e who did the ta lking. bowed very low Ambassador S teadman after l iste n ing1 replied that in Then this turbanned one s tole out of the room, but quick a countr y lik e 'l'urkey this m i g h t be a difficult matter to ly returned with a paper, which he handed to his master. arran ge Ali Deba glanced at the sheet, then held it out to Gl imNevertheless, h e said, h e wou ld send Mr Grimshaw, one s haw. of t h e secretar ies of the em b assy, to the consu l ate at once. 1.'he latter turned and beckoned to the two yolmg Ameri M r G ri ms h a w would do v ha.tever was possible. cans.


IN THE SUL TAN:S EYE 9 "Make your bow to his whispered Sec retary Grimshaw, as the two boys reached him "Eh?" q u eried T o d, as the two boys l ook e d a t e ach other meaning ly. T he n l e ad u s back in to h is exce llen cy' s presThis the two boys did. Then Ali Deba, after a look at Mr. 'Grimshaw, said, in excellent English: "His excellency the secretary has explained your busi ness to me. I have sent for a report on what was follll;d in the box you describe. It appears that the box contained no such paper as describe--nothing, in short, except a few documents that appear to be treasonable to the gov ernment of the Porte. "No will found, your excellency?" quivered Tod East man "A will?" repeated Ali Deba, solemnly. "Nothing -of the sort was found." I The eyes of Phil and Tdd turned fo Secretary Grimshaw. "What is to be done?" young Eastman whispered. "Nothing more," replied the secretary, slowly. "We have the assuranc e of the Sultan's government that no will was in the box." CHAPTER III. ence They got as far as the a n te -room o n c e mor e But her e chafing and grumbling, they waited mor e than two hours ere Ali Deba sent out wor d t ha t h e woul d see one of them. "Why not both of us?"' d ema n ded Tod. "Only one," rep l ied the t u rb an n ed T urk s milingl y : "You go, then, Tod, old fellow," begged Phil. Y o u 'can handle the matte r better than I coul d." Stiffening, straighte n ing up, Tod foll o w ed the turbanne d one into the presence of A li D e b a . The minister of the Su l ta n gazed a t the boy f or s ome moments through his half-closed eyelids "So it is very important that that docume n t, t he w ill, be found?" asked Ali Deba, at l ast. "Very important, your exce ll ency." "How important?" persisted the mini s ter, wit h a m e an ing s mile. "l-1 fear I do not t;nderstancl your excell ency," s tam mered Tod. "FJrn :MILLION !'' "The possession of that will ; as I understand it, is worth Phil Granger was mutely miserable, speech l ess, as the ten million francs to one of two possessors," hinted A li three gained the courtyard a.gain. Deba. Not so with Tod "Two million doll a rs; yes, exce ll e ncy, that is the "It's a blamed, infernal outrage!" quivered our hero. same as ten million fra n cs," Tod agreed "That's ju st what it is," agreed young Mr. Grimshaw. "Then the possession of t hat paper wou l d be worth t e n "But what are we to do about it?" million dollars to your friend?" othing, that I can see," replied the secretary from the "Yes, your exce1lency." American embassy, sad ly. "You see, we l u rrn the word "Or-worth the same amount to yopr fr1cnc1';:; enemy?' from the Sultan's government that no s uch will was found. Tod started, but adm i tted : We can't call the Minister of Rev enues a liar." "Even so, your excellency." "Neither were any treasonable documents found in tlie "So that," pursued Ali Deba, "if that paper con Id box," blazed Tod. found, it s hotlld be worth ha l f Hrn amount for the pe r son O f cou rse not," agreed Grimshaw, with a shrug of his who finds the pape r." shoulders. "But his excellency the minister, if challenged, "What !" gasped Tod. would be able to fake up such docum e nts and show them." "I will make myself p l aine r t h en," wen t on his exce l" And nothin g can be done?" persiRtcd Tod. lency, s miling still. "No," declared Grimsha'1. "Oh, this is all part and From nnder his desk he kicked 011t a fmiall trunk. Reach parcel of the lying, the fraud, t h e deceit and the trickery ing down, he raised the l id and took from it a paper we have to put up with all the time from the Sultan's gov "Is this the wlll ?" asked the Minis t er of Revenues, sm il ernment. A hundred times a year I wish the American ing wickediy navy would blow Turkey off the map." ''Why-it-it must be," gasped Tod Then Grirnshaw 1ookec1 more ser ionR. "Now, if I were to find this, would your fri e n d pay t o "Perlmps I'm talking inore than i s wise," he went on me half the arno1mt that the paper is worth to him.?" grimly. "At all events, gentlemen, rm i.o Ray that '1'ocl started back, almost staggered out of his se n ses I can't do anything more for yoi.i without instructions. He knew that ord i nary 'rurk i s h officials could b e b r ibed Later, call :Mr. Steadman up on the telephone from the and bought right and l ei't. consulate and see what my chief may have to say." But that this minister of the Sultan shou l d class hirnsel r Grimshaw 's carriage coming up at this moment, Grimwith such scoundrels -that Ali Deba, hav ing seized t h e shaw jumped into it and was whirled away. will, should actually demand a bribe of a m ill ion doll a r s -But where the hired carriage of the boys? five million francs-for the retum of t h e s t o l e n doc umen t While they still waited for it, the turbann ed attendant -that fazed Tod to the limit. from the office of Ali Deba strode to,\-ard them "Your excellency doesn't mean it"!'' gasped th e boy. Ile made a half-mocking salaam, then murmured: Ali Deba's face became "If you wish to see his excellency Ali Deba again, I think "You understand now th e te rms on whi c h you can have I he will see you." this will. Are you rea dy t o meet t h e t erms?


10 IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. There could be no doubting now Tod's brain seemed all in a whir l. "May I have a word with my friend outside?" he asked, worried. "Yes, if you are quick." Tod hastened out to Phil, explaining what was now in the air. Phil Granger was wholly s tag ge red. "He Joesn't want actual cash down, anyway, does he?" murmure d Phil through hi s white, trembling lip s I don't know," Eastman answer ed, simp ly. "Dad and I haven't mor e than three thousand francs altogether in the world," gasped Phil. v Vhat shall r say to Ali Deba "II don't know," stammered Phi l. "And I can't talk .to dad to day, either. Tod-oh !-go back, please, and see wha t you can do!" With head lowered and chest heavin g, Tod Eastman went back into the inner office. "You have forgotten to salaam/' r em ind e d Ali Deba, l ooking at the special pleader with some displeasure as Tod stepped briskly up to the mini ster's desk. 'rod bowed hastily, awkwardly. The he brok e forth: "Your excellenc:y, the only man who coulcl decide your q u estion now lies near death in hi s hot el." "If he dies," hinted Ali Deba, with a cruel s inile, "tlien h e wou ld not need the paper." "He would surely die of excitement if we spoke to him of the matter now," Tod quivered. "Aha! Well ther e i s another who would lik e thi s will," repli ed Ali Deba, meaningly. Tod started inwardly, trying as hard as he could to con cea l the l ight that had dawn e d on him Dick Hudson, the n, had put A l i Deba up to having that box seized at the cus toms house on a fraudulent charge. "You ar e not prepared to pay five million francs for the will?" a s ked Ali Deba, with the merciless air of the master of the situation. "Wily, your excellency," protested Tod, "we cou ldn't pay, anyway, until the will had been taken to America and p robated." "And you imagin e that I would be simp l e e n oug h tQ li s ten to s u c h an arran gement as that?" sneered the S ultan' s Minist e r of Rev e nue s "Surely," Tod, excell ency did not s uppose that we had five million francs in cash?" "Bah, yes! For nll Americans who travel ure rich! And what are five million francs to a rich American ?-especially when with the m he can earn another five million?" "But I assure your excellency that we could not raise even five tho u s and francs in ready cash." "The n you are beggars," cried Ali D eba, angrily "You have had th e impud ence to waste my time. Go!" rrhe turbann e d one g lided forward, s howing Tod out a ga in into the ante room. "It may be well to wait here," he whispered. "I won't l e t even Job of old beat m e in patience," mut tered Tod, as 11e clown to wait again "How good and s taun c h you are!" murmure d Phil. "Might a s well b e," s mil e d Tod. "I haven't been bough t out b y the enemy." It was a tremendously long wait, though, for, a s the two boys s till lingered in the ante -room, dark came on and the attendants light ed a few dim lamp s . At la st, however, the turbanned one approached them again "An hour ago," whispered this Turk, "his exce ll ency went for the clay. It i s time for you to go. In dumb torm ent of spirit the two boys found themse lves again in the courty ard This time they did not even think of looking for their cariiage, but even he.ived a sigh of relief when they found themselves permitted to pass the sentries at the gateway. Near by re sted a seda n chair, closed. From behind the curtains peered the malicious face of Dick Hudson The :fl.utter of the corner of a handkerchief at the other window of the closed sedan chair brought a Turkish courier within reach of Hudson's whispered voice. "Those are the Americans," whispered Hudson. "You know "'.hat to do." "By the proph et, I know!" uttered the Turkish courier, in an equally low tone. With that he set off on a run. The boys saw him go, but thou gh t nothin g of the matter "A fortune of two million s gone up!" cried P hil, de s pairin g ly, a s lhey plodded on through the dark "Going up you m ean,'' corrected Tod, blithe ly. "It hasn't gone yet." "But what can we do now?" "Just keep o n trying-fighting!" They reach ed the bridge that connect'! Stamboul with the city proper. But a cavass, or Turkis h policeman, barred thei r way IVith: T o -night no foreigners are allowed to cross the bridge You must take a boat." So much a few francs from Dick Hudson's courier had been able to accornp li R h in that where every public s ervant is for sal e "Oh well," grnmb led Tod, as they plodded down to the water-front, "what does it matter?" "Nothing m n c h matters now s i g h e d Phil. But o n e caiqt,e, or 1iarbor boat, was to be found. This craft was rowed by two men and stee red by a thiTd Four Turkish men sat in the boat as passengers. "Jump aboard, effend is, if you wish to cross," called the stee r s man. Tossin g a couple of francs to the s teer s man, Tod stepped in, followed b y hi s friend . A s hove, and the craft was soon out in the middle of the dark waters of the Golden Horn. A ll of a tw in kling came tlie u n l ooked for attack


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. 11 Tod Eastman found himself caught around the neck by a muscular arm from behind. Phil Granger saw the fl.ash of steel over hi:; chum's head. "Look out!" gurgled strangling Tod. "Treachery!" yelled Phil, sick at heart with fear . CHAPTER IV. THE SMILE THAT WAS FULL OF TEETH. There was no time to think. It was instinct that told 'l'od Eastman what to do. His nearer arm shot back, the elbow landing with ham mering force in the pit of his assajlant's stomach. "Jump, Phil!" our hero roared. Phil had just time to slip through the fingers of the Turk who tried to grab him. Splash Tod had wrenched himself free for an instant, with the result that both young Americans struck the water at the same instant. Straight down they went, out of view of the men in the boat. Both g6od swimmers,' they swam under water for dear life. For the sake of keeping together, they swam side by s ide, frequently touching each other's nearer hands as a guide in the inky blackness. Overhead, on the surface, it took the rowers an instant or two to comprehend what had happened. Then they stopped rowing, next backed water, while five other Turks peered down into the black depths, jabbering under their breath. A hundred and ten yards further on two heads bobbed up cautiously in the darkness. Tod and Phil took in deep though cautious breaths. "They can't see us," wlfspered Tod, softly treading water. "Not a see!" uttered Phil, delightedly. They were careful to let nothing below their mouths reach out of the water. For some moments the rnen in the boat remained peering and watching. Then: "Inshallah !" (It is the will of God) muttered the steers man. "They have "At all events they will not bother our distiJ!guished fo;reign patron again," remarked another Turk. Phil throbbed with horror as the thought struck him. "This is I?ick Hudson's job!" he chattered. "Sure nodded Tod. "We were green." ''Why?" "Not to have rern"'embered that in Constantinople any man's life may be bought for a hundred francs." "Here they come," uttered Phil, as the boat, starting on its way, came straight toward them. ,. Phil. was about to disappear below the wa.ter, but Tod uttered a sharp, low: "Wait!" "What for?" "Until you see me duck." '.'Why take such chance s ?" chattered Phil, who was cold, already, in that cool water. "Wait untiL they get near enough," Tod whispered, with his lip s at one of Phil's ears. "When they get close we want to sink side by side Take hold of my hand. That's right. When I bob up you do the same. Both of us will grab the gunwale of that caique at the same instant." "Upset them?" "Sure! And sink the boat! That'll give 'em what they need-some of their own troubles to attend to. Now sink!" For the caique was now close to them in the darkness, though no particular watch was being kept by these river thug s Two tiny c ircles of water appeared and spread where the boys had gone down. Then for a few seconds both youngsters fought io keep below the s urface. But Tod, with his eyes open and his wits very much alert, sudden ly squeezed his friend's hand. "C" p they s hot, the trick so well performed that they bobbed up just under the gunwale of the moving craft. Grip! Both caught hold in the same instant. Both spra ng up, as if trying to board the boat. So purposely clumsy was their swift work that in a twinkling the rather free craft careened Just as the Turks yelled in their astonishment the water poured in. Another swift, hard tug and the boat ieeled until full of water. With a gurgle it sank, the Americans going down under it, striking out for the Constantinople side of the Horn. Less than sixty seconds later both boys came up, not eight yards apart. Back of them came the sputtering cries of the astounded, tricked Turks. As two of their number could not swim, the others were busied with keeping them aft.oat. "Straight for shore, old chap whispered Tod, sooth ingly, as he glided a.longside of Granger. They took it easily, but every moment got further away from the Turks who were taking that unexpected bath. "That was easily enough done," gurgled Phil, as they swam along. "We don't want to brag too mucl.r. Those scoundrels came within an ace of winding up our watches for us." Soon the shore of Constantinople loomed up just ahead. Then both boys waded out on a beach of black, slimy ooze, at the foot of a street. "We want to get away from the shore as fast as we can," urged 'l'od in a whisper, as they darted up the street, which was barely wide enough for them to make the trip side by side The Turks thereabouts must be at s upper, judging by the odors of cobkery that were heavy on the air. B1it, no Here was one Turk looming up just ahead of them-a cavass at that .


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. "Halt, there!" commanded fle r.ative policeman, sns pi cio u s ly. "For only an instant, please," begged Tod, stand ing at a.ttenti:on, while the cavass scan ned them with growing s u s picion. "You have bee n in the water," uttered the cavass. "Only a wise man could have guessed that," grimaced Tod. "Where have you been?" per s i s ted th e Turkish cop. "Yo u yourself have s aid it-in the water," rep.lied Tod easily. "Thi s 'is a matter for the Inspector of Police to l o _ok into," murmured the cavass. "You will follow me. For ward!" "Hold on begged Tod, not stirring. "What i s that?" "Come, then, and we will see th e Inspec to\ ," proposed the cop, taking Tod by the arm. But our hero drew back. "Here, I'll s ettle with him," urged Phil, in an under tone. "We can't affor d to have any trouble just now. I 'Jl g ive him twenty francs." The Tmk, knowing no Eng li sh caught only the word "franc," which i s known everywhere in the Orient. Wheeling, with a meaning sm ile, he beamed on Phil, uttering, softly: 'fBacksheesh !" I bother! Take us to the Inspector, then. I will tell your Ins pector that v.;e have just given you ten francs. W ill your inspector allow you to keep it all, do you think?" The cavass looked annoyed for an instant, but he in s isted: "You are taking us to the Inspector of Police?" "Backshee s h !" "I must." "See here, fellow," warned Tod, "you don't know who "Then he will get all there i s in it, and you will get little we are. You mustn't go too far, or you may get into or nothing. Tell me, cavass, does your Inspector divide trouble. You've had your backsheesh. Now, fellow, find the rich pluckings with you?" us two saddle hor ses, that we may go on our way. The Turk shot at our hero a look full of cunning interest "More backsheesh, or I take you to the Inspector," "Ho! Then you have bee n up to something unusual, growled the cavass, covetou sly. you infidel dogs !" "Fellow, you either find a pair of sadd le-horses for us, "Not at Tod dispu:_d, composedly. or e lse I sha.11 demand that you take us b e fore the Inspec "Then why do you--" tor, to whom I will repott you r cond u ct. And tha t report "Well, what?" que s tioned Tod . hi s will go higher. Now take us to your Inspector." hand into a trouser s pocket, while a thou ghtf l look came It was all sheer bluff, but it went quick ly. into his eyes. . The police of Cons tantinople have heard of foreigners Promptly now the cavass extended one big but dirty who had mfluence e nough to make trouble for a poor solhand. dier or cavass. "Backshee s h !"he said threateningly. "I s hall find the hor seo at once, effendi," replied the "Just as I thought old chap," observed Tod, with a wink cavass making a low s alaam. at Phil. "Our old -friend, Mr. B." He was a s good a s hi s wad, setting up a y ell that "What i s that you say?" demanded th e cavass, s u s pibrought owner s of two saddle-hor s e s there on the run. ciously. These s addl are about the mos t common form of "You yourself nari1ed him," rctoi'ted Toci. Our o l d conveyance in Cons tantinople. friend l\lh, B.-Mr. Backsheesh." "J'he owner run s ju s t behind his rente d b e a s t keepin g up "Do you know what th e word mean:;, e ffendi?" grinned a t all times, no matter how fas t th e hor se i s ridden. th e Turkish cop. "Ta k e good c ar e that you d o not overcharge these ef Something lik e this-eh ?" f encli y ou rascals," warn e d th e cavass. "Othe rwi s e you 'fod pressed his hand a g ain st the Turk 's dirt y palm, leav-may find yourselves b e in g clriYe n from the s treet s of the in g a five-franc piece in th e other' s hand. cit y." Swift as thought the cavass pocketed the la1ge coin, then Tod set off at a bri s k trot Phil following. Behind pat-wheeled upon Phil. .. te red the owner s of the horses. "Did I hear you speak, effendi?" Thus in a few minutes the two boys were safe l y landed Phil, too, produced a coin, dropping it into that out-at the Hot e l de Byzance. stretched palm, whence it found its way into the pocket "I'll wait until you go up and see how your father is," of the cavass's baggy trousers. hinted Tod. "Then I'll get back to my own hotel, for I'm Now again the fellow wheeled up on Tod. not through planning yet, and I've got some ideas I want "B.acksheesh !" he uttered, in a tone of command to think over." "Why, Mr. Backsheesh just walked by," Tod prote8ted. Phil had just returned, with the word that Mr. Gra n ger "Backsheesh !" was cons iderably better, when a h eavily turbanned Turk "Give it to him, and let us get out of thi s," whispei-ed s tepped in frq-fJl the s idewalk. Phil. Approaching the two boys, he made a ver y low sa l aam. "Backsheesh !" insisted the cavass. 1 Then, as be straightened up, be asked, almost whiningly: "You've been paid, fellow," retorted Tod, firmly. l "Do your excellencies condescend to remem ber me?"


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. 13 "Why, it;s the attendant in Ali Deba's office," murmured Tod. Tod had come here straight from his interview with Turba. "I am th e i>e c r e tary to the Minister of Revenue s," re:N'ot that he was afraid to remain out until a late hour. s ponded tho fellow more importantly. "I am known a s But he had much that he wanted to think over-half a Turba." dozen wild chaoti c plans that h e wanted to think w e ll over. You brought u s further word, then?" cried Tod, 1 "I've been full of busine s s to-day," Tod r e pli ed, e va-e agerly. s ively. "Your e x c ellencie s I can speak with but one at a time," "And full of trouble, too," murmured Bo' sun Bill, s ymprotested Turba, s olemnly. pathetically. The two frie nd s glanc e d at each other. "Trouble? What makes you s ay that?" "You see him then," whispered Phil, who next turned "Cap' n, r e plied the old sailor, in a hurt voice "do ye and walk e d away. ) think I've been around the world s o little that I don t know "Well?" inquired Tod, wondering much what this visit trouble when I see the signs?" could mean. Tod look e d at the seaman curiously. "I come from Ali Deba himself," whispered Turba. "Not that I want to sail inter yer trouble," prot e sted "l Judged as much." -Bo's un Bill. "I hain't got a long no se. I ain't tryin to "His excellency the minister is much displeased with smell out things that don't belong to my concerns." y ou." No; I'm sure you're not prying," Tod admitted; "I s hould think it would be the other way," uttered Tod, "All I wanter s a y cap'n, is that when it comes to any . ,, hard hittin', or any good trick that takes an old hand to You have refused the pnce that he named. .do well then je s t rememb e r to signal me. Cap'n"-here "I I grunted our hero. friends the came forward, la y ing a hand earnestly on our like that amount of money '. hero' s shoulder-"last night y e stood by me, jest because _Deba is sure that you are only bargammg with we bailed from the same countr y Now, I've got to remark him, hmted the s r cretary. that I'll kee p out o' the way when I ain't needed. But jest looked Turba squarely m the as soon as I am needed y e can count on me. to do any job Is that honestly what the Mm1ster of Revenues on the deck for ye--any job that' s short of pirac y." think s ?" "I reckon vou would Bo' s un Bill Tod observed afte r "He is sure of it," replied the Turk. a Jon<>' look i nto the s:aman' s 0face. the here," Tod went on, warming and growing a sort of fellow that s imply s ti c k s to hi s fri e nd s bit angry, your master may a s understand that all "'l'hat's what' s alwaY,s been thought, an yway," c ri e d the of our party are poor. We haven t the money. If he exsailor delight e dly. pect.s to get it from us--" "You refu s e to pay?" s narled Turba. '.l'here was a decided growl in his voice. "We don't mean to refuse," Tod went on in a more pa c ifying tone. "We simply haven't any money, and so can't pay anything. We' re poor-poor-poor!" "I shall repeat your words to hi s excellency th e minister, uttered Turba mockingl y "Do s o and ask him to believe us, on c e and for all." "Now, s inc e you are so poor," added the Turk, "I have another message for you." "Since you are s o poor effendi, you and your friends would do well to leave Constantinople at once. No matter where you go in this city the streets will be full of danger for you. I ai;n certain th a t you understand.' : Turba smiled as he salaamed-a smile that was full of the teeth of the vicious bulldog. "Do not linger in the city, effendi," he murmured over his s houlder, and was gone. CHAPTER V. "NOTHING DOING?" MUTTERS TOD. "I'LL SHOW YOU!" "It's a long watch I've had, waiting for you, cap'n," ob s erved Bo'sun Bill, when Tod returned to his room in the Hotel de France. "Don't fea.r, Bill c ried our hero, taking the salt' s hand and pre s sing it "l"ll c all on you jus t a s soon as there's a trick that calls for a r e al man." "Will y e lad?" "Anything that call s for good, old-fashion e d fighting sand a.nd grit," promised Eastman. "fa ther e an y c han c e that there 's a good fight coming?" demanded Bo' sun Bill, e ag e rly. "Bill, I m going to t e ll y ou what's up. I'll have to ask you to doubly car e ful to k eep quiet, for the very reason that the bus ines s doesn't belong to me." "Pipe up, CIJ.p'n." "Sit down, Bill t In a few minutes Tod had gone through the whole story. Bill showed the discipline he had gathered under the quarter-deck by not interrupting once. But at the end of the recital Tod asked: "What do you say, Bill?" "I'm di:iappointed, cap'n." "Because, cap'n, this here is a job for a slick lawyeror a banker, mebbe No show at all for a man-o'-war'ilman." "I'm not so sure 0 that."


14 IN '!'HE SULTA.N'S EYE. "You can't get a pound of fight out of a ton of this trouble,'' Bill warned our hero. "Why not?" "Leastways, cap'n, it'd be plumb foolishness to talk o' fighting. Could three 0 us lick a battalion o' Turkish infantry?" "Why do you ask that?" "Cap'n, what you want is in the palace of the Minister of Revenues. I know that palace. There's only a few guards there a.t night." "Is that true?" Tod asked, becoming suddenly este .d. "Then I'm not so sure that a fight might not work, as a last resort." "There's only a few guards there, cap'n," Bill repeated. "But the only bell in Constantinople or Stamboul is in the palace 0 the Minister of Revenues. That I know." "What has a bell got to do with it?" "Well, cap'n, mebbe you don't know how a Moslem Turk hates the sound 0 a bell. But they do hate it, all 0 these people. That's why no mosque o r church in all Turkey has a bell. That's just why they have one in the palace of the Minister 0 Revenues. The boomin' o' that bell by night would startle all Stamboul and Constantinople. Every Turk that woke up would lmow that some one had got away from the palace with something that he'd ought to left behind. Every Turk in the two cities 'd be astir, looking for a chance to win the Sultan's reward." "Then a fight at the palace--" "Would jest start that old bell a-boomin', cap'n. More'n that, it would turn out, like a fl.ash, the battalion 0 Turk ish infantry that's stationed right near. Nobody could get away from that palace after once that bell got to ringing. iYou'd have to be bigger 'n four companies o' sogers-bigger tha.n the population of the two cities." "Oh, well," smiled Tod, "I don't expect to fight at the palace. But I'm glad you told about the bell and the bat talion, just the same." "So I don't jest see where I could fit in on any raid on the palace," Bo'sun Bill remarked thoughtfully. "Not in that way," Tod admitted. "But wait. I may strike something that you could do better for us than any one else." the last twenty-four hours, yet she was not one 0 the weeping kind. Her eyes were clear and bright as she stepped up to Tod, holding out her hand unaffectedly. "Phil has told me how good you've been to us in our great trouble, Mr. Eastman," she murmured softly, looking into Tod's eyes so steadily that the youngster all but blushed. "Phil can't thank you, neither can I,.. but we can try to tell you how much we appreciate your goodness at the moment when there isn't another soul that we can turn to." "i3elieve me, :.Wiss Granger," replied Tod, a bit unstea.d ily, "I don't want any thanks. I don't deserve any, either, unless I can help .you to win out in this strange fight." "But surely there's no hope 0 cmr winning now?' i ques-_ tioned Flora, lookip.g at our hero in astonishment. "Why, yes, I believe there is," Tod replied at once "A chance to win?" broke in Phil, huskily. "How r" "I don't know," Tod admitted . "Oh, we might as well give it up," Pl).il protested. "We have Turba's warning, and that. means business, you can be sme. Constantinople isn't safe for us. I wouldn't mind for myself, but I don't want to see dad or Flo come to grief, nor do I want to see you, my friend, get smashed under the wreck 0 our fortune.'! "Then you believe in giving it all up?" demanded T'od, slowly. "Yes." "I don't!" Flo's steadv eyes were on our hero. Someho", under that magic the boy, usually cool-headed, began almost to think he could move mountains. Such great faith is always needed when one is to do truly great things. "Have you any plan, Mr. Eastman?" asked the gitl, slowly. "Not any that's well enough formed to discuss yet," Tod evaded her. "Then I agree with Phil. We can't bear the thought 0 seeing you risk your life on a hopeless effort." "But that's just the point," cried Tod, with a smile "I hope to prove that it isn't a hopeless case. Tell me how your father is, and then I'm off on the rllfi." "Then pipe, or run up the signal," replied the sailor, ';Papa will be sitting up to-day, if he doesn't receive any solemnly. ". further excitement," replied Flora. Yet, despite a heap 0 thinking, it must be admitted "Good! Great! And now I'm off. You'll hear from me that Tod Eastman turned in that night with nothing of a later." real plan worked out. Tod went as fast as his feet could carry him to the He was astir early in the morning, however, and reported .American consuJa.te. early at the hotel where the Grangers were stopping. There again he employed the telephone wire running to This time Phil came out into the corridor, followed by the summer residence of the .American ambassador. his sister. .Again it was Secretary Grimshaw who answered him. It was the first time that our hero had had a chance or "Oh, that's you, Mr. Eastman, is it?". came the voice a real look a.t the girl. of Grimshaw. "Well, we've learned nothing new, but the She was tall, rather slender, yet rounded. The great .American ambassador hasn't been idle on your affair. At mass 0 hair coiled a.round her head was almost golden. noon he is to have an audience with the Sultan. The Sul Flora Granger had been through much trouble during tan himself will be asked to probe into this matter."


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. 15 "Glory! br e athed Tod hi s eyes s park ling. The Sultan can make things hum i f h e wants to. "Ah, there you v e hit the nail o n the head mv fri end m u rmur e d the voice o f G 1 imshaw. "T" h e S ult a n can-if he want s t o But Ali D e b a h a pp e n s to be a v ery u s efu l cabin e t mini s ter, w h orn th e S ultan mi g l ; t not ca r e to offend." "Then-" "You know j u s t where the case rest s at thi s moment Eastman. It will be eveni ng 'be fore the Ame ri c an ambas sador w ill be back here B ut, stay I You may see him at t h e con sulate if he drops in there o n hi s way back from th e S ul ta n 's pa lace. " I d offe nd him good and hard i f I kn e w h ow!" utte r e d rrod, \en g e f ully. "'C u riou s," s mil1e d th e E n g l i s hman. "I'Ye a d rag oman w h o feel s the s ame way you d o a b out it. " A d ragom an ? r e peated Tod. (A drago man i s a couri e r or r unn er. ) I s y o ur ma n a T urk ?" "Ever y i nc h a T ur k," smil e d H a w f ort. "l\l y m a n l\Iu s tapha i s o n e o f t h e s o n s of a f a rm e r who was th e s worn e n emy of A li Deba in the coun t r y town wher e both w ere br o u ght u p Mnsta ph a would s ell h is s oul to be even with Ali D e ba, b u t the min i s te r i s t o o powe rful for him Mus t a pha 's broth e r Koi:i s ha, whom Ali D e ba did n ot r ecognize, ha s even gone so fa r as t o obta in a pos ition in A l i D eba 's. p a lace. B o th live in hopes of v e ng e an c e on the i r father s enemy one of these days. "Why I meet M ustapha and his brother ? de T hat's a ll for the pre s ent," wound up Mr Grim s haw mantl e d Tod, w heelin g p r ound on th e Eng l i s hman . Good-bye "Then s tay here I do cl i cked Tod "A tho u s and tha nks to you." "Why? vVhy, I'm not sure that you couldn't. But what The n : followed. a w e ary wait It was exactl y quarter of cou ld you do?" two when the American amba ss ador' s carr i age s topped a t "I'd like t o s e e Mus tapha,'' Tod, eagerly the cons ul ate "Ca n I ? Tod was i n tro du ced to that official by the con s u lgeneral. "Why, th e begga r s wit h i n five minute s of h e re at th e l have s poken to the Sul t an about ihe affair of y our presen t moment," rep l ied th e Eng li s hman friends,' rep l ied t he ambassador "The Sultan made an "Will you d o me the g reatest fa v or in the world by pre effort to conceal a yawn s e ntin g him to m e ?" b e gged East ma n "He W ill do n ot h ing the Sultan?" cri e d Tod E a s tman, "On one c ondi tion, yes," replie d Hawfort "Mus tapha, a l most fiercel y . I you k now, w e ar s the liver y t h e un,iform, of a dragoman "In t h e pa rl a nce of s l ang," replied the amba ssad or, s mil of the Br i t ish L e ga tio n mustn' t cook u p any i ng g rave l y "I fear any furth e r r e por t will b e m erely' th in g w ith M u st ap ha that' ll get th e Briti s h Legation in t o 'nothing doing a n awkwar d m e s s." "No t h ing doin g ?" b lazed Tod, und er h i s b re ath, as he left the pre s e nce of the a mbassador. "I'll show you F The boy stnl li ng e red at th e cons ul a t e 'I'hou g h at fir s t inc lined t o b l ame the A meri c an ambassador h e soon realized how id l e thi s was. The r e pre se ntativ e o f A meri c an in terests i n T urkey had s imp l y don e a ll h e could. ,He was powerl ess to do more. I 've heard just a bit about y our extraordinar y c a se," remarked a low voice, with a d e cid e dl y Engli s h accen t, jus t behind our hero I won 't!" br e a th e d T od. "But, oh, let me see him!" "Stay h e re, and I'll send h i m to y ou." I M u s tapha, s alaamfog Th e f ellow s poke exc e11ent Eng l ish For m u c h mor e th a n a n h our the two talk ed. Y o un g Ea s tma11 even drew up o n hi s s l e n der store of m o ney in o rd e r to pas s over some o f t h a t bac k sheesh with out w h i c h bus i ness 'rit h a Tmk seems to be an b ility It was pa s t th e m idd l e o f t h e a ft ernoon whe n Tod Ea s t man h ur r ie dly l eft t h e Ameri c a n con s ul ate -gen e ral. Tod q u ick l y turned, to find himself lookin g up i n t o t h e Y e t h e walk e d h i s eyes w e r e bri ght an d big his hea d face of a s ix foot Eng l i s hman of p e rhap s thir t y 1 full o f s tup e ndou s, w h ir l i ng. t h o u ghts H awfort i s my n a me,'' s mi led t h e s t r a n ger S econ d H e had a p lan at l a st. s ecreta r y at the Briti s h L ega ti o n W o uld y ou min d t e llA tre m e ndo u s p l ot a t th a t ing me some thing about th e case?" C H APTE R VI. "KILT, THE INFID E L DOG In hi s pre s e n t frame of mind Tod w ouldn't mi nd t e llin g anybody. They found a qui e t c orn e r at the cons u l ate, and the n the boy poured out th e who l e s tor y Clos e to th e Gra n d R u e d e Pe ra an d the Hot e l de France "Re a lly, i t's pro v okin g i sn't it?" obs erved the two shor t narro w l ittl e street s afford e d a s hort cut out m a n "In any civilized c ountr y s uch a representation from 0 1 ; t h e way h ome. / the American ambassador would rece ive th e fullest atte n1 T o d p lunged in to th e :firs t o f the s e seeing no one ahead tio n from t h e sovereign. But just now Ali D e ba, who h a s o f him b u t a Turk i s h shoem a k e r in the doorway s ucceede d in extorting more taxes throu g h the cus tom s I of hi s home, and, at t h e fu rth er e n d o f th e littl e street a I houses than any of his predecessor s eve r did i s v e r y mu c h : fr uit sell er comi n g a l o ng w i t h a baske t o f his ware s in the S u lta:1's eye: 'l'he Su l tan woul d hes itate dreadfully j Nothi ng was fur t h er from To d's thought s than imme-about offen d m g A h Deba d iate tro u b l e .


1(l IN THE SULTAN' S EYE. But t he fruit p e ddler, a s our hero passed him, lurched "Kill t h e infidel dog! so that Tod s truck the basket, spilling all the fruit. Instantly there was a Toar of approval. Like a flash, wishing to avoid even the appearance of Wom e n sank bac k again s t the wall s, w h il e men with introuble jus t now, 'l'od's hand flew to his pocket. faces pushed forward. He meant to give the peddler a few copper coins by way Then steel fla s h e d. of back s h e e s h. At that sight Tod Eastman knew that h e wa s in for it. "'l'he infidel dog has ruined me!" screamed the peddler was murder in the air, and a g ai!) s t suc h an in-turning and dru:ting up the street. "Now he seeks a knife furiated mob he was helples s to kill me! Help, all good Moslems !" Thump! Tod s foot shot out, landing on the abdomen Where did all the people come from? of the fir s t man who tried to reach him with a dagg e r They poured out through the doorways so rapidly that In a twinkling Tod had bent ove r and s natched that Tod found himself hemmed in on all sides. dagg e r. "Jupiter!" he gasped. "I can't afford to get into a row Now he straightened up, his eyes full of fight. just now!" "This i s a dirty, murderous trick!" he gritted betwe e n So h e bawled out, lustily: hi s t ee th. These people piled out her e to murder me. "Bring that poor, frightened peddler I don't want Well, l e t em come on! Steel to s teel now-and I'll give .to harm him. All I to do is to pay him for the dam-a bully good account of my s elf a g e t1on e hi s wares." Backed against the wall, hi s e yes blazing with war de-But st ill th e c rowd pour e d out into th e little, alley-lik e clared Tod held them off for a f e w moment s street. E v ery time that a Turk got within arm's r e a c h Tod's "This look s lik e r e al troubl e," refl ecte d the boy, uneasily. captur e d knife was driven out. H e was keeping thes e X o w t h a t th e c rowd was so g r eat, the peddl e r s eemed to fanatics at bay. r egai n hi s conra ge The n c ame a '1'urk with a l a nce. H e c am e ba c k at the r ear o f the c r owd, c ryin g loudly: Thump! From a sa fe di stance h e land ed a fearful blow ''I'h e infid e l cTog trie d to kill me a g ain s t Tod s left side. ''Bring that poor s c ar e d wr e tch h ere, that I may pay Like a lump of l ead our h e ro sank to the broken pavehim fo1 th e dama ge that I did b y a c cid ent," c alled Tod ment, groanin g, g a sping, in hi s helpl ess nei::s tryin g to srn ilc Now kill the infi del do g r oare d th e man with the Y c t tho u g h a s mil e app eare d in hi s fa ce, hi s heart was lance beginnin g to flink within him. H e r e m e mbered Turba's wor ds o f the ni ght b e fore. \Y ns this a plot of Turba's? "Grac iou s H o w ea s ily I could b e killed h e re, and non e of m y fri ends e v e r know a thing about it.," quak e d the boy Tho u g h n o n e of the c rowd had yet offer e d him real vioCHARTER VII. ON THE BRINK OF A B OLD D E ED. In t)1at second o f h e lpl ess ness Tod sa w hal f g l eaming knives clo s e to hi s face. But the man with the lance cri e d out in a a dozen voi c e of lence, th e force of the cru s h drove him ba c k against a wall thunder : T o d was care ful to mak e hi s forc e d stand again s t a part "Bac k, all o f you! I down e d the i nfid el! H e b e long s cf the 11 a ll whe r e n o window op e n e d b e h i nd him. to me!'' X o w brin g t h e ma n h e r e," h e c all e d, "that I ma y hand 'l''hoRe of th e rabbl e who w e r e c a ger f or t h e boy' s life w e r e him hi s backshees h thrus t back roughl y by the m a n with the l a n ce, whq u sed "Trus t not the infid el's lying tongue," wailed the p e d-the long shaft to push his way thro11g h t h e c rowd. dl c r abO\ 'e a ll th e c lamor of other voic e s "He i s an i n-The n came anoth e r thud, follo wed b y :i ye ll of anguis h fid e l a d rfile r o f all foll o w e r s of the true faith o"f the Abo v e all c ame a b e llowin g voice: Prophe t. To m y face h e s aid a mo s t vil e t hin g about the T o th e brig with ye, ye thug s Bl a s t y e for pirates Prophet!" S h o ve bac k there!" Thi s Mosl e m c r owd beca me frantic a s s oon a s the word s had l eft th e pedcllei"s lip s "That'. a liC' nail e d Tod, qui ckly. "I s p o k e no .:1is rc s p ect o f your Pro p iet That fellow's mouth i s s o full of lies that h e cannot be a true Mos l eP.1 1ike the res t o f you." "He c all e d m e an infid e l and a dog!" shrie k e d the pedcllC'r A g ain a warning clamor w ent up from the mob, that was growing more u g l y ever y moment. 'l'i w n s ome one at the rear of the crowd sent up the snarl-ing cry: Thump thump! thump Bo snn Bill, coming stra i ght down out of the air, had l an d e d with both feet on the h ead of th e fanati c with the lance. Y e t nev e r for a second did Bill lose hi s own balanc e. H e caught up that lanc e lay ing about with it in a won d erfully lively fashion. Broken wer e the s t y le jus t now in that c row de d little alleyway. "I'll s how ye ye pirates !" ro a red Bo'sun Bill_. wheelin g ana s wmg1ng in all directions. He had a dozen victims in almo s t a s many seiond s


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. l'f '"1.'be police! Call the cavass !''yelled one Turk who had "Yes. Listen!" been nimble e nough to save him s elf a broken head. For half an hour or more they talk e d in voices that could Tod, as Bo' sun Bill cleared the way about th em, tried not be heard beyond the room. weakl y to get on hi s fee t again. Then Bo' sun Bill, provided with money from Tod s rap-But Bill caught t h e b o y a1 ound th e w a i s t with on e idl y thinning purse, went out. s trong arm liftin g young Eas tman fairly off hi s feet. Tod in the meantime hurried O\'er to th e Hotel de B y Gangwa y y e Mala y scum! roared the s ailor wheeling zan ce, returning with Phil. and r e treating down the street, clearing a prompt and wide In the midst of th e ir pow-wow Bill came back followe d path b y swinging that terrible lance shaft. by two native -runner s bearing packages. So Bill fled lmtil he came to an open door. Now, get out, y e Malays! grunted Bill whe n h e ha d Up a flight of stairs he bounded, still bearing Tod and handed the runner s their back s h e e sh. the lance, and then up a second flight of s teps and oyi As soon as the door had been closed and bolt e d Bill began on to the "l'oof of the house. to undo his purchases. Outside, the mob was regaining some of its courage. He held up cork h e lmet s and g arm ents "Batter the door down!" "I saw something that gav e me an id e a Bill whis p e red. "Hunt the dogs out I" "That is, if y e've got a little more cas h hand y ." ."Batter and hunt all ye like," grimaced Bo's un Bill, as, "I have Phil nodded promptly. s till carr y ing our hero he bounded with c atlik e tread over "Then look at these dud s fir s t s hipmates. th e roof s of the houses. Bill held up fhe clothin g t hat 1h e had bou ght Th e r e A fter going some di s tan c e Bill s topped l o n g e nough to were two Norfolk s uits, leg gin s a nd p ith h elmets lay the lance gently on a roof. "Them Engli s h naval officer s a re g r e a t c hap s for going Then h e s p e d on a gain until h e came to a s tairway ashore in citizen s duds," Bill declar ed. "Going in mni'ti. again s t the s ide o f a hou s e in another street. they call it. Now, these her e rigs ar e jes t lik e what a p air Down th is stairw a y s lipped the s ailor, then propped our o Briti s h mid s hipm e n migh t wear o n a s h o r e cr11ise away hero on his feet. from the ship." Y e c an sta nd now and walk, cap n ?" demanded the old I Bo' slm Bill thru s t in a pig chew of tobacco and s p at bcs alt anxiou sly, as h e loo ked into Tod' s face. fore he on, in an eager whis p er: A ll r i g h t, Bill I "But h e ar the lu c k! 'rhe f e ll e r tha.t I bou g h t these "Full steam, th e n cap n ." of has two real uniform c oat s-the lon g ones tha t th e Bri l The i r escape had been s u c cessfull y m a d e fu a few mo-ish naval officers w e ar on deck wat c h C oat s tha t some ment s mor e the pair reste d s afel y in Tod 's room at the young officers hard up hoc k e d ye und e r s tand. I c an ha Y e Hotel d e France. 'em f9r eighteen francs apiece. How's that for lu c k s hip As close to a t orp edo a s e v er y e'll s ail c ap'n,'' grinned mates? the old s a l t. "He re," breath e d Phil e a ger l y handin g t h e tar m o r e "Whe w !" pante d Tod. M y head i s n t clear from it yet. money than he had asked for. But how on earth did y ou land there Bill?" "No time to be lost, on an earl y s ailin g,'' j e rk e d out "Hung from the gutter of the hou s e and dropped plumb Bo's un Bill, and vanish ed. on that f e llow 's head g rinn e d the s ailor man. "Oh, w e mu s t put that wonderful dr eam t hr o u gh!" "But how did you happ e n t o be up on tha.t hou s e-top?" throbbed Phil Grang er. "Ran th e r e from the street," responded the s ailor Went "We ll know in a little whil e what show th e r e i s r cphrd in throu g h the s ame door that I piloted you through a Tod, trying to conceal the fact that h e was tre mblin g a s minut e later." much from eagerness a s was his friend. "But how did you come to b e in that neighborhood at Bill was promptl y bac k with two offic er s' overcoat R all ?" "I don t blam e those En g li s h mid s hipm e n for hockins J Pst hap pe ned becau s e I've bee n s ort e r crui s ing in yer s uch coat s," lau g hed Tod "Such heavy thing" as thcs.,, w a k e all cap'n Bill g1owecl. w e re never m e ant t o b e w o rn in th e scor c hin g h e at o f Con-"Y o u v e been s hadowing me?" s tantinople " I b li e v e that's what a lubb e r d c all it, Bo's un Bill Them c oats; c a p' n come amiRs o n a rainy rPplied. night," affirme d Bo'&un Bill. "An' the s k y look s a b i t You 've been ri ght after me all day?" w e ather-bad." T o d 's e yes w e r e w id e open with amazement. Tod and Phil who had alread y g ott e n in t o the ir n e w I didn t s e e you once, Bill." clothing, now tried on the uniform c oats, whic h proyecl to "May b e not cap 'n." be not bad fits. "But, Bill I'm full of a s cheme now!" "An' I bought a hat-band for myself g rinn e d BiTI, G e t it from that Turk in the Briti s h Legation colors?" hauling out a purcha s e from one of hi s pock e t s a s k e d Bill coming close and s peaking in a grinning whis-It was such a hat-band as s ailors wear tor show th e name p e r. of s hip.


18 IN THE SULT'.AN'S EYE. 'l'his one bore fhe name of a Briti s h battles hip. "Say, we ought to look the part!" thrill e d Phil Granger. "We've got to look it if we're to win click e d Tod. There came a cautiou s knock at the door. Hastily towing the uniform coat s out of sight, Tod signed to Bill to open the door. It was Mustapha, in his dragoman's livery of the British Legation. And Mustapha at this moment looked as solemnly stupid as if he knew nothing at all. At a sign from our hero Phil and Bill stepped out into the corridor. Then, when the door had been closed, Mustapha glided to Eastman's side. For some rn!nutes these plotters, American and. Turk, whispered earnestly in their lowest tones. Then Tod opened the door, beckoning to his friend. :'Phil, give our good friend, who is going now, all the backsheesh you can spare." Three hours after dark ell a ramshackle hack rolled slowly through that portion of Stamboul, close to the water-front, where stood the palace of Ali Deba, Minister of Revenues. up to the gate of the palace rolled this old-style vehicle. Such an arrival in the night hours being unusual, eight or ten of the palace guards, who had the general appear ance of the police, piled out beyond the entrance to have a.look at the new arrival. Reining in his weary-looking horses, the driver turned and called: this is the palace of the Minister of Reve At the same moment Bo'sun Bill leaped down from his seat beside the driver, opened the nearest carriage door, :itoocl back, saluted, then stood at attention. Out stepped two young men wearing the offieers deck overcoats of the British navy. '!'he guards looked on curiously while the two young men stalked toward them. Under the s train of excitement that was surging up within him Phil Granger faltered for an in s tant. His knees seemed to grow weak under him. "Brace up, old fellow," hissed Tod 's s harp but low whi s pPr i n his friend's ear. Phil -tried to s mile making his eyes convey the message: "I'm all right!" "Now one false <;tep means s wift d eath!" warn e d Tod' s keerr whisper. I Then they straightened fell apart, s topped whispering. For they were facing the curious palace guard. CHAPTER VIII. THE TRICK SLIPS A COG The sergean' of the guard saluted the pretended officers with great respect. Your true Turk has a great r e gard for officers More than that, the British navy in the pa s t has filled the Turks with whole some respect. Tod and Phil returned the salute s with great care. "Effendis," a sked the s ergeant, "may your servant in quire your wishes?" "We would like to have jus t a glimpse of the inside of the palace," Tod answered carelessly. "Effendis," replied the sergeant, regretfully, "that is quite impossible." "Surely you can't mean that," protested Tod, good humoredly. "Unfortunately, effendi, it is the strict rule of the Min ister of Revenues no visitors are to be admitted after nightfall." "That' s what some of our friends told us on the ship," Tod replied, easily, while Phil marveled at his friend's assurance. "But we knew that you wouldn't be too hard on us." "We are all your servants, effendis," the sergeant as sured the supposed English midshipman, with another sa lute. "But our orders are positive." "But our ship sails at daylight urged Tod. "It is most unfortunate, effendi." "We have wagered our brother officers that we could get a glimpse inside this palace." "Effendi, this palace is closed as tightly after nightfall as that of the sacred Sultan himself." Tod appeared to reflect. A s a matter of fact, that which he did next :was the next step in his regular plan. "We must win that wager with our brother officers some how," he argued. "True, the wager is not much-merely twenty francs. But we wish to win. You are a sergeant?" "Even so, effe ndi." "Then perhap s backsheesh will prove an easy introduc tion to you. "Backsheesh !" cried the sergeant, reluctantly. T e mpted a s he was, he was about to refuse firmly, but Tod caught him at the word. "Back sheesh Of cbur s e !" Tod hurried on, diving a hand into one of his pocket s "Twenty francs for the worthy sergea,nt; ten for each of his fine-looking men!" There was a quick rattl e of s ilver. Tod dropped four five-fra n c pieces into the open hand that th e s ergeant ext e nd e d almost mechanically. ,.-Phil in the m e antime passed two five-france pieces to e a c h of the p r ivates of the guard. "For w e mu s t win our wager, you know," Tod smiled confide ntl y But the s ergeant tried to thrus t back the money. "Effendi! No!" he cried firmly. "For doing such a thing we would expec t to los e our heads unde.r the execu tioner's s word. It is not to be thought of." "Now you are not s uch a s urly fellow!'' Tod remon s trated. "All we wish is a glimp s e ot the inside of the palace. Then we will go. How, will you not be with us to watch and see that we do not steal anything?"


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. 19 "Effendis like yourseives would not steal/'. replied the sergeant. "But your request cannot even be thought of, since our orders are as strict as if they came from the sacred Sultan himself." "But you are a sensible fellow. Surely, you Xnow there can .be no harm in admitting two British officers, who, you know, do not come to steal." "If it rested with me, effendis," began the s ergeant. "But--" ''Why, even your men will think you are very fooli s h to hand back your backsheesh," protested Tod, looking at the privates. Truth to tell, the privates since they were not respon sible for their sergeant's acts, did already look highly re luctant over the idea of giving back this very easy back sheesh. Add to this, ten francs is in Turkey -a good fortnight's wage. Twenty francs will support a poor family in comfort for a month. here," glowed Tod, resolutely, "our minds are made up, even if not. So we will double the backsheesh." Again the silver clinked. Now, the guards began to look eagerly at their leader as their hands held the increased store of wealth. The sergeant would have been much more than human, had he been able to resist such looks with all the firmness that his duty requited. "If it were possible--" he hesitated. But the sergeant, who knew nothing, ... and who had ii great sem;e of guilt, turned color and his knees shook under him. "Whom have you here, sergeant?" demanded Korisha. 'l'hen, as the sergeant, with visions of being beheaded in the morning, tried to stammer out a -reply. Korisha, who was one of the minor secretaries to the minister, broke in: "Hold Our guests are officers from the British :fleet? It is a visit of curiosity? Then his excellency, Ali Deba, will not be offended. But you, sergeant, and your men, should be on duty at the entrance. Go you back there, and r will myself show the effendis what it may be permitted th e m to see." Tod pulled off his heavy uniform overcoat, tossing it to Bo' sun Bill. Phil followed suit. And now the sergeant,. who had ceased to shake, drew back with his men. "This way, effendis," begged Korisha, leading them fur ther down the corridor. Around a turn, and in another passage, Korisha whispering in Tod's ear: "Effendi, I have been able to do all that my brother Mustapha told to With false keys I was able to enter the office of Ali Deba. Under his desk I found the chest, locked. I have brought it outside. Wait, and m an instant it Rhall he in your hands." Korisha vanished, yet was gone only a few seconds. How Tod's heart thrilled and his pulses throbbed ".'. hen his eyes again rested on that precious chest in the attend ant's hands! "But it is possible, sergeant-quite possible!" insisted Tod. .'You have but to step inside with us-you and two of your men, and show us softly through some of the pub lic portions of the palace. Come!" Tod stepped toward the open doorway, Phil keeping at "Now, you are sure that you can get it out of the his side. palace?" whispered Korisha, as he placed the preciO'llS chest With a last gasp of protest the sergeant followed, still on the floor. trying to frame words of refusal. Tod, with a smile, nodded to Bo'sun Bill. But the clink of silver in his hand silenced the words That worthy came forward, picking up the chest with that he would utter. one hand. He turned, holding up three fingers of the idle hand, The boys draped their overcoats over the chest so neatly and three of the guard stepped inside after him. that it looked as if the tar carried nothing but the coats. "This is the main corridor, effendis," whispered the "I fancy, my good Korisha, that we shall leave the palace scared sergeant, leading them down a wide corridor that unsuspected," lauged Tod. they had already traveled in the day-time. "Nor need you leave by the main entrance," hinted the It was dimly-lighted, now, yet there was light enough. Turk. "I can let you out through a side door, i!!to a Theh into another corridor the sergeant led his guests. court. You can call your carriage to the head of the court. And here the sergeant received one of the frights or his Come! It will be easy!" life. Korisha wheeled and led the way down another dimly For, from behind one of the marble columns, there lighted passageway. stepped out a turbanned Tutk in the garb of one of the They had all but reached the open door letting out on minister's attendants. the court, when that inquisitive sergeant and several of It wat; Kotisb.a, the brother of Musta.pha and secret foehis men appeared. of Ali Deba, the Minister of Revenues. Noting something a bit strange in Bo'sun Bill's gait, the Well did Korisha, who was in the plot through his s ergeant darted swiftly forward. brother, Mustapha, know who his visitors were. Grab! He had snatched away the overcoats in a twinkOn the other hand, Tod and Phil instantly recognized ling, dropping those garments on the floor of the corridor. their man from the description that Mustapha had j There stood the precious chest revealed! furnished. "Quick! For your lives, friends!" quivered Tod East-


20 IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. man, whipping out a revolver from under his blouse. "Phil and Bill, you go first!" All hands had been taken so utterly by s urprise that Tod's instant, decisive order bore fruit. With the roar of a lion Bo's un Bill s hot forward s trik ing out with telling effect. Phil, leaping to his side, caught at the oth e r s ide of the chest. They bolted through the liuman barrier. More than one man fell back a s our h ero's r e volver flashed before their fac e s. It took, in all, but a few s econd s for the adventurers to l e ap through and past th e crowd-out into the court yard. "Ge t back, you Moslem rats warn e d Tod Ea s tman, facing the palace guard, pistol in band. Phil and Bo' sun s tagg e red. on with the trunks taggered becaus e of their great e x c itement. Boom went the pala c e bell. "That means a whole battalion o f Turki s h infantry to face!" gasped Phil, a s the y s h o t o u t of the c ourt. CHAPTER IX. MOSLEU VENGEANCE A T ITS Just a s it chan c ed, the Turki s h driver 0 th e cab had drawn up ju s t pa s t th e e nd of the c ourt. A s th e thre e Ame ricans, now running for s heer dear life, darted out o f th e c ourt they almo s t fell a g ain s t the waiting ha ck. Phil' s pi s tol cove red the s tartl e d driv er. 'l'he young Ame ri c an' s voic e rang with the c lear hint of instant dang e r a s h e s h o uted: "Driver No tri c ks, mind y ou or I sho. o t you full of l e ad! Drive t o th e brid g e a s"fas t a s you know how. Start, this in stant-for your life!" In that sam e in s tant the three Americans fairl y pil e d into the carriage wit h t4eir pre c iou s c hest. On th e in stant o f the ord e r th e driver brou ght down his las h and th e horses bolted. Now, that driver had the wit t o know, from the sound o f th e bell-the onl y one-that had not boomed in twent y y e ar s, that thi e ves were escaping from the palace. Y e t th e d r i ver was a prud ent man who did not wis h to di e at once. Moreover t hat driver knew that, ju s t befor e h e reached the bridge b etwee n Stamboul a nd Cons tantinople his hack would b e s urrounded b y hundred s of Turkish infantrymen. Th e n let whit e T)Jen s hoot if they wo-qld. They would find scores of the Sultan' s s oldi e r s engaged in s hooting at them So thi s Mos l e m dri v er w i th a s wift prayer addressed to the Proph e t Moha mmed, preferred to obey orders to the l ette r Hi s s tartled horses bolted s o fa s t that the frantic palace g u a rd s w ere left b e hind in the ra ce. For a full minute the driver drove at full speed. Then, across the street he e s pi e d an irregular line of waiting soldiers. More lined either side 0 the roadway. Over all came the s harp !:1 a T urkish officer' s I YOlCe: "In th e name of the Porte, halt! Protect me, soldier s !" screan ied the driver. "My pas s engers have threatened to s hoot me!" Then he rein e d sharply up. "Be not afraid 0 y our passeng e r s fellow!" grunted an officer, a s soldi e r s thronged about the ha ck. Thrusting their rifles close, the y pulled open the doors on either sid e Then a puzzled yell went up. The nearest officer s tarted back y elling at the driver: "How, now, fellow? Where ar e the passengers you told us 0 ?" " the y not in s ide?" gasped the driver. "Ins ide, you idiot ? Not a s olitary being is in there!" "It is strange," faltered the driver leaping to the ground. "They sprang in s id e and orderej me to drive at m y fastest. I obeyed because I knew the s oldiers would meet us. "Look inside for y our s elf s impleton. They are not there!" Truly they were not. At that very instant Tod Eas tman, Phil and Bo' sun Bill were entrusting themselves to th e dark, s ilent wat e rs of the Golden Horn. Favored by the dark overh e ad they had carried out the plan that Tod 's mile-a-minu t e brain had formed on the spur of the moment. No sooner had th e hac k starte d on its s wift course than Tod had thrown ope n the oth e r d o or o f the vehicle. "Jump!" h e v ibrat ed. T o the water-front!" And jump they had ,' landing in th e s tret out of sight 0 e ith e r palac e guard s or waiting infantr y men. Down through one o f th e na.rro w s i d e s treet s they had s hot, bearing the c hest with the m in the ir flight. And now they w e r e soon a hundred y ard s out from that unl ighte d shor e Sin c e the chest would float by its e lf, and was known to be wat e r-proof, Bo sun Bill s wam and towed it. "If they don t s usp ect our cour s e at onc e panted Tod as he swam along s ide of Phi l, "we hav e a very decent c hance to get away." "But if th e y s usp e ct, it will be e asy' for the enem y to have a force 0 men waiting to pick u s out of the water on the other s ide quavered Phil Granger "Oh, I don t know, came our h e ro' s comfortable re s ponse. "Constantinople has mile s of wat e r front and we're tolerabl y good s wimmers Yet at the fir s t off, they swam s trai ght across. A s they w e nt, Tocl list e ned keenl y for s ound s of horse men or running men on the bridge. "They haven't thought of the water y et," he murmured to his chum. "They are s till scouring the streets and


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE 21 . houses around there. I wonder if old Ali Deba knows Phil felt near sinking. what's what by this time?" Tod, by a great effort, put on a smiling, front. "He'll be the wildest man in Stamboul!''. chuckled Phil. "Good evening, officer," he greeted the cavass, in the "Unless he succeeds in getting his hands on us!" uttered latter's own tongue. Tod, grimly. "Where do you go so late at night?" demanded the Bill had little to say. He swam, towing the cf1est. But cavass. presently he observed: on their way back to the hotel," smiled Tod. "If we only had the key, mates, we wouldn't bother long "And what does your man carry? Let me see with this chest. When we try to sneak it through the There was no use in hiding the chest. Bill, though he streets of the city it will look big as a house to every must have quaked inwardly, held the chest .forward. blessed cavass we pass." "Some curios we have been buying," lied Tod, cheerfully. 'rod s ighed. He had not lost a whit of his nerve, but "We -are tired out with our long tramp." for the first time he began to feel how impossible it would But the cavass still surveyed the chest. be to carry this wild adventure through to success. "He hasn't heard that such a chest is missing," throbbed "If we're caught, that's the e\ld of life for us," he mutTod, making up his mind swiftly. .'He is simply suspi tered. "And I don't see how we can help being caught." cious on general principles." Yet that very thought served only to make him recklessly Tod's ready hand dived down into the pocket lined with resolved to carry the adventure through as far as possible silver and to accept his fa.teat the e nd. He brought up a franc piece, dropped it into the cavass's "Where'll we try to land?" asked Phil, as they passed the hand, and yawned middle of the waters of the Golden Horn. "We ate very tired, officer. Drink our health, "An eighth of a mile away from the bridge-end will _do you?" as well on a chance, ,as any other place," T'od Eastman Then as if as a matter of course, Tod started on forward, answered. "Don't you think so, fellows?'" Phil falling in at his side and Bill bringing up the rear. "You're the cap'n," returnea Bill, coolly. "It'd be a For a few moments the cavass stared after them, his bad time, too, to change captains." mind only half made up. h So they changed their course s lightly and made for From them, the cavass's gaze wandered _down to the s ore. 1 f f h' h d . ranc..:piece o sI ver m Is an As thev neared the shore they li s tened more mtentlv than H t h' ever. e wen on IS way. The friends hurried on through two more short, nar From sorirnwhere on the Constantinople s ide a se11rchrow streets. light suddenly swept blindingly over the surface of the water. Now they came to a little Greek inn where the lights But this light, s trong enough to pick up any stray craft, still burned, though were no customers. did not show up the nearly hidden heads of the swimmers. Wheeling abruptly, Tod stepped into the inn. The smiling, proprietor came forward. "Not a craft on the water at thi s point," observed Tod, after looking. "That's bully. The Turks wouldn't look "We wish to rest a while," Tod announced. "A private for swimmers, and, knowing there's no boat afloat around room, and some of your best wine." here, tliey won't be so likely to look to the water fronl." All smiles, the proprietor led them into a hallway and They swam on with mor e assurance, looking sharply upstairs to the second floor. ahead for human figures. Here he them into a large, meanly furnished After a little they made a landing at the foot of a narroom, setting two lighted cand les down on a table. row street. "The wine shall be right up, gentlemen," promised the All the people who Jived in this nei g hborhood seemed to proprietor, and hurried out. be abed. Tod gave hurried instructions to Phil, who stole down "Come on," whispered Tod. "Phil, you keep at my side. Then Bill can keep behind us. That will help hide the chest." In this manner they made their way up that little alley, and turned into another. How still Constant,jnople seemed For a little while Tod began to hope that they could get safely through to cover "There's jus t a chance," he whispered to his friend. "I hope it's a good one," sighed Phil, doubtfully. They came out at the next street corner, plump upon a cavass, who looked them over suspiciously. the steps and out into the street. "Any show now, cap'n, do you think?" asked Bill, coolly. "The first show we've had," Tod replied. "Not a big one, either," The landlord came back with the wine. Tod paid him, 3cnd the landlord went out, leaving them to themselves behind a closed door. "A drink won't hurt ye, cap'n," observed Bo'sun Bill, pushing the decanter toward his young leader. "I never drink such stuff," Tod replied, wearily. "Then, what did ye order it for?" "So as to have an excuse for being here."


22 IN THE SU L TAN'S EYE. Bill poured out som e of the w i ne for himself, rais ing the g l ass to his lip s C H A PTER X "Whew I murder!" he sputtered "They mu s t use v i tro l in maki n g this wine " Pou r some away, to mak e it look as if we had been dr in ki n g," whispered Tod, and Bill obeyed. T h e n, in racki n g s u s pense, the y wai ted-jus t w ai teclfor the iss u e of death or success. "It d epends most l y on Phil now, Tod w hisper ed, af t e r a long i nterva l. "I wonder how he's getti n g a l o n g? "Wh at's he doing?" "Getting the key to the chest and a rran gi ng for o u r flight from Constantinopl e Phil drew out an envelope t h at Korisha had handed him, a n d sca nned the paper th a t it con tained Then he put it away aga i n, sighing in hi s imp atience "Wha t 's that s ound?" he whi s p e r ed, af t e r anothel' in t e rval. S ABR ES O N THE TR AIL. To Tod East m a n n o th i n g r e mained but the in s tin c t to di e :fighti J g H e might have drawn his r evolYe T and s hot one or two o f th e lJolicem e n e r e h e was cut down Bu t h e s hivered a t the thou g ht. It seemed too m u c h lik e murd e r At the instan t t h a t the p o lice rns hed in h e had moved toward the table wit h a h alf formed purpose. Now his ha nd came d o w n up o n the candles, extingui s h ing them Bo'sun B ill saw tha t act jus t in time to think of some th i ng on his own account. Tha t bi g powerful tar grabbed up the che s t that had cau sed a ll the t roubl e "Don't get to mice, cap n," ur ged Bo's u n Bi ll. "Scrap out of h e re, Bill!" uttered Tod, then ducked But I thought I heard a noise in t he a n d darted betwee n t w o p o licem e n in the dark. "Maybe ye did, cap'n. Oth e r fo lks m ay wan t t o use t h e I T hud Bill h a d br o u ght that chest down on the head town to night, as well a s ourselves." of some hap less fe llow. But Tod s tol e t o the curtai n e d window, pulling the c ur"Gan gway ro ar e d the s ail o r, a s h e caught at the fal -tain back ever s o littl e l en man's sword and r a ised it over his h e ad. Down bel ow, the ligh ts o f the in n threw a d i m glow into Tod, himself, had l ain hol d of an e n e m y s wri s t and had the street twisted the weapon from hi s hand. "Bill!" whi s per e d our h e ro, h o arsel y Now the two fou ght th eir 'Sil entl y through the crowd Soft a s a cat the t a r hurried to hi s s ide. in the dark B oth looked down up o n a s quad of police h alt i ng befor e Wha t mig h t have been looked for h a ppened. the i n n Some o f t he Turk i s h p o licem e n mi s took other s for foes. I.ooks like the jig i s up!" grat e d Bill. Th1 clang of s teel was all over the bi g room T hey've found us!" L ig h ts l a n d lor d L i ghts, on your life!" bawl e d Turba, "What ye goin' to do?" hoa'rsely. \ "Look! Bu t T o d a n d B o sun Bill, b y thi s time were out on the T od's low voic e rang with horror. l anding For Phil Grang e r, head e re c t a n d walki n g briskly, had Unhindere d t hey c h a rged down the s tair s stepped around the corn e r, plump into the par ty o f poli ce! And B o's un Bill s till ha.d the ches t "It's a ll over!" g a s p e d Tod They dash ed ont into the stre et. B u t now, below, there was a s udd e n van i s hin g of the Here a n o d d sigh t met the ir startle d gaze. police squad Phil l ef t t o tw o policem e n who w e r e exp e c ted to butcher "You'll find the for e igner s up s t a i rs t hey c oul d hear him, had ducked u nde r and w rest e d the s word from the the Greek a nnouncing nearer cavass Bill 'Sprang to the door, a s if to .{lold it by his weight. I 1\ow young Gra nger was back e d ag ain s t th e wall sav "It's no u s e," called Tod W e can't hol d 'em off long agely defe n d ing himse lf. : Might as well s tep ba ck!" Yet the America n boy, unused t o the 'Sword a s a weapon, With a grunt Bill s t eppe d back. was about to be cut dow n b y a mor e s kill e d s word s man. T hen t h e door was bur s t ope n, a nd t he flash of stee l was Chu nk Bo's nn Bill fairl y hurl e d t h e chest at the a s s e c n sa il ant, str i k in g h im o n the h e ad a nd f e llin g him A half s core of policem e n wi t h swords drawn, surge d "You get b e for e I m ak e buzzard' s m eat of you!" roared i n t o the room. T od, sighting hi s p i st ol a t the oth e r c a v ass. One of the fir s t to come in an d h e appeared to be the Thoug h that f e llow didn't undeq;tand the words h e l e ader, was Turba, Ali Deba' s secr e t ary. knew the gesture H is long legs carri e d him s wiftly to "There's the chest!" cried Turba, g l o a ting l y safety The n he turned, frownin g ly, upon the pol icemen. Keep t he s word, Phil and race!" pant e d Tod, s etting "We ll what do y ou s tand her e f01-, s tup ids?" he roared the route a n d sprin t in g ahead "'J'o y our work. Ali Deba wants n o prison e r s t o -ni ght! They w ere around the :firs t corn e r er e Turba 's men, K ill Hack the foreig n dog s to pieces pili ng d own from up staiTs, had reached the s t r eet


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. 23 "Now, l e t m e l e ad the way, p a n ted Phil r u nning up al o ngside his c hum I h'TIOW w h ere the caniages are." You 've got the m all right, the n ?" W a i ting "Tha nk h eaven!" Exp ect any mor e torpedo boat s?" queri e d Bo' s u n Bi1l, tagg i ng alo n gside as they ran. Wh a t ?" "Lean back, papa; r est your head o n m y s h o uld e r and try to doze," co axed the girl. T o d lean e d back, and, a s soon as h e coul d mak e out th e faces in the d a rk, h e k ept hi s eyes mostly on the girl, once in a whi l e l ooking toward Mr Granger. T e ll thi s y oung man, murmure d he r fathe r "that we s hall not b e slow to reward h im for al l hi s mu c h-needed s ervice to u s "Oop s Flo r e p eate d the word s in a l o ud e r v o i ce, s miling toward "If we meet an y more w e' r e done for our hero.' "Don' t need t hese. he r e sword s the n, do we, cap'n ?" The horses were trave l ing at 'a good pac e t;10ugh not q uestion e d Bill. "They look queer hurrie dl y "Lay them h e r e adv i sed T od, ha lting and laying his Within the first half mile they came to a mosqTie; or own s o ftly o n a door s t ep. M o hammedan temp l e Ri d d ed of t h e t e ll-t a l e weapo n s they hurrie d on thou g h "Halt!" ran g a voice that made T od's h eart jump and n o l o n ge r at a r un, for t h e r e wer e no sound s of pursuit hi s pul ses throb b e hin d B u t )rn got out slowl y s m il i n gly, as the horses s topp ed. W e've got t hem off the track for a f e w minutes," Tod An officer and s i x polic e men regarded them with evident q ui vered "Th ank to night, for queer, crook e d pl eas ur e ma n y streets of Constantinople. These streets ar e bully "We h a v e jus t r e c e ived orders to s t o p a ll fore ign e r s to lose cops in!" to-ni g h t, announced the officer, looki ng keen l y at T od. "Car riages are ar ound the n e x t corner," c hu c kl e d Phil. "Not th e l e a s t objection," s m il ed our h ero "It will be In. a jiffy they cam e upon two hack s to e a c h of whi c h onl y for a moment." was hitc h ed a pair of passa b l y good ho rs e s "You seem e d to be try ing to l eave Con stan tinople?" T h e l ast leg of t 11e race," utt ered Tod, as they g lid e d "Yes." :... tow ard the two car ri ages. "Then, b y our ord e r s, we m ust hold you until w e h ave H e re," w h ispered Phil halting bes id e one or t h e car r e c eive d furth e r order s." r iages, and catching at his friend' s s l e eve. "I you to "Why, that would b e at your peri l I su p pose, s mil e d ride with D ad and F l o." T o d g ood-humor e dly "Why ? Hi s h a.nd w ent to an in s ide pocke t and dre w out the Becau s e you're t h e head and brain s o r whole job. e nvelope h a nd e d h i m b y Kori s ha If t hey get i nto troub l e I'd rath e r have you w ith 'em." "I'll l ight m at c hes for you, ir you w i s h that y ou may "All right, then," nodded Tod. "But t e ll Bill to put r ead t his p ape r s u gges t e d Tod good-h nmor e dl y t he ches t i n here, and you give me the key. W e' ll empty W o nd er in g, th e officer receiv e d t h e He untha t chest and get 'rid of it at the fir s t c h a nce." fo lded it a s To d li ghte d a m at c h Phil h a n ded over th e key. Bill cam e u p w i tli the c he s t Thi s was what the officer read: H err W e issman, and hi s party or four ot h e r s including o n e youn g woma n, ar e trav e ling under the Sulta n's eye. T hey a r e in the s p e cia l servi c e of t h e S ul tan. A ll officer s o f the governm ent ar e c ommand e d to he l p Herr Weissman a nd hi s p arty on t h eir way, a nd w ill in no way h i nde r their journey, b y ord e r or th e Sultan." "Good evening l\fr and Miss Granger g reet ed our hero, ,open i ng t h e cab door and g l an cing in side a s if this wer e to be a n ord i nary p leas ure driv e "I unde r s tand t h at I'm bill ed to r ide w ith you . I hope it will be ag re e ab l e " Come in o u r mo s t serviceabl e friend," murmure d Mr Gra n ger, fai n t ly. F l o seemed u nab l e to s peak but, a s T o d e n te r e d and took t he front s e at, facing the m lean e d forw ar d c l asp i n g our hero' s h an d tightly. Bill p l aced t h e c hest in s ide then departed afte r Phil. Their cab coul d b e h e ard follo win g a s th e three a h ead s tarteCI. I under s t a nd," murm u red Mr. Granger, w e akl y "that you h ave s ecured the return or the chest th o u g h with muc h d ifficulty. I l e arn al so, that w e arc forcecl to leav e Constant i nop l e in a hurri ed and irregular way in ord e r to preve n t unpl e asant c omp l icat i ons." H e did n o t know the rea l story. I he had, the excite ment o f t hi s night drive mi gh t h ave been eno u gh t o kill him. Thi s passport c arried the proper s i gnat u res and the necessa r y sea l s "It look s regular in e v e ry way ann ou nced the officer, in a mor e courte ou s tone "Why, o f course ifs s m iled Tod. S till, if you see :fit t o t a ke th e ri R k or detaini n g US, a s you s u g gest ed--" N o no no!" r e pli e d t h e office r s a l aaming 'low. "The Sultan' s ord e r s If you are in the Su ltan's eye the n I mu c h r egre t that I h ave hindered you thi s l ong." "Yo u did y our c1ut:v. W e a re not offended," T o d an s w e r e d gen e r o u s ly. "Good night." H e s t e pp e d back into the carriage w hi c h moved forward, l eaving beh i nd a salaaming police official. A mi l e onward, t hey wer e halted a s econd time. They


IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. were halted for the third time just as they left the city to enter the open country along the shores of the Bos phorus. "It works like a c harm-this paper forged b y Korisha," smiled the boy, at last. "Forged?" repeated Mr. Granger. "Why, yes; the paper is a little irregular at least," Tod admitted, blandly. "However, that will make little difference, as we never want to see Turkey again. "No; I have had enough of the country," s ighed Mr. . Granglr. "After to-night it's any place but Turkey for ours," chanted Tod, gaily. Flo laughed softly. All through thi s trying ride she had remained all but silent, though highly che erful. She asked no que s tions, mad e no r e mark s "She' s a dandy, all-around Ame rican girl," thought Tod, enthusiastically. They were driving over a badl y -kept country road now, passing, every now and then, the c ountry residence of some merchaitt or official of Constantinople. After going a c ouple miles o r more Tod s uddenl y b e cam e i:nterested in something out s ide the c arriage. He leaned forward, thrusting his head out of the win-dow, listening intently. Flo watched him, but a s ke d no question s "Hold on, driver! Stop!" call e d Tod, in Arabi c He sprang out stopped the driver followin g, and went to the window of the other cab. "Hear the 1-at of hor s e s hoof s behind u s down th e road?" he murmured. "Thunder! I think I do, g a s ped Phil. In a moment more the re could be no mistake about that sound. "I s omethin' a jinglin '_. too," observed Bo' s un Bill. "Only the s abres of the cavalry," Tod returned grimly. "Blazes!" gasped Phil. "It be anything els e in s i s t e d our hero. "Cavalr y after us. Their hqr ses will trav e l further than these poor nags." "If it's no u s e to try to e s cape muttered Phil, grimly desperately as he stepped out "then w e 've got to remem ber that we have Flo with u s We mu s t go clown, fighting for her safety." "Under the circum s tance s it will be a l1eap bett e r t o run," remarked Tod chily "Com e on. The will and other pap e r s of value had alr eady been taken from the chest which had been pitch e d ove r a h e dge a mile back. "Mr. Granger, we ma y have to walk a little now," our hero informed the sick man. Then, of the driver, Tod asked: "My man, isn't that cavalr y approaching?" "It must be, effendi," replied the Turk. "It is the escort the government promised us, then," Tod declared, coolly. "Your horses need rest. We will wait for the e s c ort. And, while w e are waitin g w e will w a lk a bit." Taking th e cue from Tod, the y s trolle d lei sure l y a long until they had l eft the cab behind in the darkne ss. Jus t at this point the country was lon e ly ther e being no houses close at hand. "The cavalry are fast catchin g up," muttered Phil, li s tening. "And we' re out of s ight of the hack driver s," r eturned Tod. "To your left." They hurried, now, a c ross a field where the crop o f corn was "Into the middle of tfo s stuff, and wait. It's the bes t we can do, Tod declared in a low voice. "Don't an s w e r -no matter what c all s you hear." "You s eem to b e going ba c k," obs erved Phil, c uriou s l y "I'm going to try fu get ne a r e n o u g h t o h e ar what 's s aid b y the command e r of th e caval r y Tod s tole away again in th e d a rkness, r eturning to tJrn cabs by another route. While s till, a s he judged out of s i ght, h e c r o u c h e d close to the ground, goin g throu g h a fie ld of rye a s stea lthil y a s h e 'Could. H e succee ded in g aining a po s ition less than a hundre d feet from on e of the carri ag e s With all the care in the world h e stretc h e d h i mself flat in the r ye, tak i n g pain s that n o n e o f th e rye near him was trodd e n clown. A s for th e cavalry, t ha t was now less t h a n n quarte r of a mile awa.y, c omin g o nward at a tro t. In a few moments full y a hund r ed h o rsemen clas hed up and rein e d in close to the c arri ages Then rang the c aptain's voice, s harpl y : "Fellows have y ou b e en aiding in th e escap e o f some acc ursed foreigners ?" "German s The y had their passports," r e pli e d on e e f th e driv e rs. A n o]d man ill, a s ail o r two boys and' a girl ?" eagerl y que ri e d anoth e r voice that ma

IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. 2S "They s hall not escape. They can't," sneered Ali Deba. 'through the narro strait of the Bosphorus, it seems as "And I hope your excellency does not forget what I i there should be one chance of getting away on a friendly said about the beauty of the American girl," hinted Hudship." son, craftily. "That girl's beauty would fit her for a The clank of sabres up on the roadway decided Mr. pasha s harem. She would be the fit wife for any but the Granger. Sultan himself "You're right, Eastman. It's the only chance of any "We shall have a look at the girl," promised Ali Deba, kind," affirmed the old man, huskily. "And I'm afraid laughing roughly. "If she be as beautiful as you say--" that to-night's affair is far more s eriou s than any of you Tod Eastman shook with disgust and rage. have allowed me to guess." For Flo Granger,.,dragged away from the protection of "Walk ahead with your fath e r, Phil," begged Tod "I'll her friends, to be forced to become the wife of one of these give your sister my arm through this grain Turkish officials, was the worst kind of a fate. Bo'sun Bill lingered at the rear of all, that he might "It would be more merciful to kill the poor girl with this be a barrier of power and strength in case of suddenly pistol!" shuddered the American boy. successful pursuit. Ali Deba's voice was sounding in rapid command In as few words as he could Tod told the girl w h a t h e The cavalry detachment was being broken up into small had overhead near the roadside. parties to 'Scout and search in many directions. At the mention of a harem Flo shuddered. "The accursed Americans cannot escape us to -night," announced Ali Deba, a.gain. CHAPTER XI. BEFORE THE TURKS' SEARCHLIGHT. The hack drivers had been forced to go ahead with the cavalry as guides. Ali Deba, dismounting, paced up and down the ro ad with Dick Hudson. :'Nothing doing her e for me," murmured rroc1. "Gra ciou s I wonder it I can g e t ont without being caught. If I can I know what's to be don e !" He tried a s tealthy, backward wriggle of a foot or two, accomplishing it without noi se. Then h e gain e d anoth e r y ard After what s e e med ages h e f elt that he was far enough back from the road to chance rising. Now he glided swiftly back through the field, though he halted now and then to learn whether purs urers were near. "Thank heaven!" he murmured, when he again came in sight of the corn-field. "I'd sooner die, Mr. Eastman," she whi,spered, t r e m u lously, "than be forced to become the wife of some o diou s Turk. If they overtake us, will you promise to shoot me before they can seize me?" Tod shivered. "You must promise!" she u rged l ooking a ppealingly into his eyes. I V ell, yes, the n I do p r o mise/' groaned the boy. .But, oh, Lord, I hope they don't catch sight of '11hen he s tole forward to caution Phil, who was l eading the party out of the standing corn toward a road that ran shoreward. "'ll e mus t keep to the fields, old fellow," our hero remon strated "Every road is likely to swarm with men. We' ll be in huge luck if we. don t run into the enemy i n the fields, as well." The y pa s sed .out of this cornfield, and into another At the edge of the second field, just as they were it, Phil and his father halted abruptly. There were figure s moving ahead, and spurs fa i n tl y jangling. He listened, but could hear no s ound of pursuit in that "Jus t what I feared," gasped Tod. "The cavalry offidirection. cers have dismounted some of their men." "Still, there may b e soft prowlers," he mutte r e d. "Oh, "What'll we do?" for a. look at the Turkish c oast, ten miles in the distance!" "Remain here, crouch and keep quiet He reached the e dge of the cornfield, then started softly Within a minute the nearby Turkish sol d i ers had dis -through the maze of s tanding stalks. appeared out of reach of eye or ear. Erelong he upon his party, all crouched on the "Now, we'd better try to get forward," quaked Tod. ground save Bo'sun Bill. "We don t know how soon these fields will be searc h ed." There was a hurried, whi s pered, agitat e d conference. "Remember your prowise, and keep by me,'! whispere d "We can't go further clown the road," announced Tod, the girl in his ear. at la s t. "We ca n t tay where we are, for daylight may Ted, who had drawn his revolver that he might have it show enough tracks to lead the enemy to us. Is there in instant readiJJe s s for the enemy, if encountered sud anything for u s but to s trike southward for the Bosdenly, shuddered and tlll'ust his weapon back in a pocket. phorus ?'? "Do you repeat your promise?" whispered the girl, "And even then--?'' questioned Phil. bravely. "Even at the Bo s phorus Tocl replied, "we must trust "No!" he answered, firm l y enough to sati sfy h er all to chance. Going to the shore i s simply better than A rye-field stood next in their way doing nothing Bnt, with all the s hips that leave Turkey. "Ugh! sh i vered Tod "We can't get through t h is wit h-


26' IN THE SULTAN'S EYE. out treading down the sta ndin g grain I don't know but I which the fugitives tried to hide themselves from chance "'.e'd better try the road for a bit of the way." ob\ervation by prowli n g troopers. Bill silently s lipped into the lead at that. When part way to the road he silently stopped and held up a hand "Wait here, you thre e," whispered Tod, leaving the Grangers at stock still. Our hero sto l e forward. "Can you make that fellow out, s tandin g over there by the road?" >vhispered Bill "I'm not sure "Then that's where m}" sail01.1's eyes beat your lubber' s eyes. That dark somet hin g oyer there, cap'n, is a Turkish soldier." "Wait here, then," begged Tod. Our hero s tole forward, drawing his revolv er as he went He soon came within easy sight of the soldier. But, by this time, our hero was :flat on the ground, mov illg forward more like a sna k e than like a human being As Eastman moved forward h e could hear the sold ier yawning Plainl y tho u g h h e had been stationed here, the Turk had no id ea that he would espy the fugitive. Lighting a cigarette, the soldier turned his back on the field "'We've got everything but a craft between us and that water," announced Tod, cheerily "It ought not to be so hard to find that. "If we cou l d get hold of a sizeable craft," glowed the tar, "with a s harp bow, slim hull and big spread of can vas!" "We can hunt, anyway," replied Tod. "Cap'n, ye ain't heavy on sai lin g, are ye?" "I 0; why?" "You stay here, cap, apcl look after the party. If there's a craft w ithin a mile of here, either way, I'll have it here in racing time !" With a hurried salute, and s till gripping the carbine, Bill fitole off in the darkness "What would we do without him?" munnure d Phil. "More especia ll y what would we do witho u t Mr East man?" asked Flo, quietly. "We couldn't have done anything without them both," Phil acknowledged. "You're sti ll the l eader," Flo murmured, looking into Tod's eyes. . "Until we get afloat," smi led the boy. "Then I guess An unlucky move, for 'I ocl, creeprng up behmd h1m, 'll 1 1 1 t b 1 tt' B'll d we s 1ow sounc J uc gm en y e ing l comman . suddenly rose and fe ll upon the fellow ""' t t :fl t B t I 11 c mav no ge a oa u w iereve r y ou are, you re Down they went, st. rugglmg, but Eastman s hands wer e I t ll th" 1 cl -., r E t d na ura y c ea e r, 'as man. gnppe h ght l v aro un d the Turks throat. .. .r G t 'tl th 1 t' cl h' . lhr ranger, worn ou w1 1 e n1g 1 s rain on i s There could be but one answer to such a situation aH l'ttl t th 1 :fl t th cl h' 1 d th . 1 e s ren g ay a on e gro un ,. is eyes c ose at. Tod i:;oon h ad his unknown foe reduced almost to un"I th' k I d b tt b't f h d t h consciou sness "Now, l e t me do some w ork on him, cap'n," murmured Bo' sun Bill, who had s tolen swiftly forward. Thou gh the soldier \ras barely conscious, and must have reali zed what was going on, he made no resistance when Bill whipped a cord out of his hip pocket and began to tie the fellow. That done, Bill plu gged one of his own big red 11and kerchiefs in between the fellow's jaws and tied it there "It's a lucky find in the way of fightin' tools, cap'n," grinned the sailor, as he picked up the soldi er's arms These consisted of a carbine, pistol and sabr e "We could do some .fighting, now, if we were put to it," smiled Tod. "Wait. I'm going back for the others." The Grang e r s w ere now soon on the spot From here on they traveled clown the road, but Bo'sun Bill was well in the l ead, wit h the ca. rbine, employ in g his seatrained eyes iu the dark. But at la s t he came gliding' back. "I don t s'pose ye can see that gleam just ahead," he observed. "It's water." "The Bosphoru s !" Tod ejaculated. "If it ain't, it ought to be," replied the tar, gravely. "It's down just where the Bosphorus is on the map." Within three minutes they were treacling a rock-strewn bea ch at the edge of the strai t. There was not a house near, but there was a tiny grove in m e er go a 1 in rom s ore, an wa. c against troopers," declared Phil. With the capt mecl trooper's sabre and pi s tol he stole away in the dark. "Now, please don't you discover an errand, Ur. East man," smiled Flo. "I've found mine--right here," Tod declared, promptly. "Somehow," Jnurm1uec1 the girl, "I feel that our night of torment is not to go for rni.ught." "I I thought it ras," rejoined young Eastman, "I be liev e I'd be ready to die from s heer disg u s t. I c an t realize all that w e've been throu g h in the last two days "And all that you've suffered on our account," mur mured the girl. "Suffered?" .asked Tocl, softly. He l ooked into the girl's eyes, then looked away again "I reckon Americans can' t live without some excite ment," he remarked drily. "Surely, you've had enou gh to la st you a life time!" "So I fee l now," Tod admitted, honestly. "But, if I get out of thi s scrape, probably it'll ]Je only to get into some other." "If I reach home," declared the girl, "I'm not sure I shall ever want to leave the United States again." "What's that?" whispered 'Tod, with sudden eagerness. He was straining, looking forward across the water. Some kind of craft was moving out there, heading in toward their spot at that.


IN T:f\E SULTAN'S EYE. 27' The craft latteen rigg e d seem e d to b e some fifty feet in length. "It must be Bill, of course," murmured the boy. It Bill, as a cautiou s hail, two minutes l a t e r, es tablished. Towing astern of the craft was a s mall b o a.t in whic h the bo'sun pui off hastily. But, by the time that he reached s hor e 'J'ocl was away in the darkne ss, gone after Phil. Bill, able to take but two passeng e r s at a tim e in his small boat, conveyed Flo and her fath e r out to the larger craft. "Hang these native craft!" growled Bill a s h e scull e d back for the boys. "It takes a Chri s tian to buil d a boat that's made to sail. I'd take my hat off to the h e athen that can sail a lanteen, if it wasn't such blam e foo li s hnes e to have such a rig at all!" "I guess you'll handle the boat all right, Bill c hu c kl e d Tod, "if Ali Deba doesn't get s team craft on our t rail." There was a sail cabin aboard the larger c r aft. In this Flo had established her fath er. The boys remained with Bo' s un Bill a s h e trimmed s ail and steered away from the s hor e The girl came out again, as Bill ha v in g put three hun dred or more yards between himself and the s h o r e s tood westward. "Good-bye, Turkey!" murmured the girl, aloud, as s he stood between t:he two boys Tod looked at her, then walk e d awa y s lowly, a mi s t in his eyes. "What's wrong?" Phil asked. "You think we can t g e t away?" "We can try," smiled Tod, sadly. "Why can't we get away?" "Look at your watch?" Phil did so, and started. "There'-s some kind of Tight astern," s uddenl y announced Tod. Bill turned and looked, then seeme d interest ed. Masthead light," he rema rked "and hi g h up." "What does that show?" a s ked Phil. "Merchant vessel of some kin d," r e pli e d t he tar. "Why not a Turki s h governm ent b oat?" "If it is," rejoined the sali: ; "then it mus t b e a battl e ship. That ere is a pretty big craft. I can mak e out her green port light now. She's bearing down thi s wa y." Tod turned to the girl. "If you believe in prayer," h e whi s p e red s t e al away by yourself and pray that that may b e some fri e n dl y s kip per's craft." "Why?" asked the girl, looking s uddenl y aru;iou s "That. era .ft is probably our last chanc e Flo looked at him, caught her bre ath, the n s tole up forward. Bill and the two boys spent much of their time watching the on coming lights. "Thunde ration !" mutte red Tod, s uddenly. "There o th e r li g hts-sea:r;chli ghts at that!" "Two cr a f t with search li g ht s, muttered Bill, hoarsely. S mall Turki s h gunb o at s-that's what they are I Coming down t h e Bospho ru s b e hind th e big s t e amer, too !" Flor e n c e s o o n r e turn e d to them. Tod told her honestly what they w e r e looking at and guessing. But Bill, a f t e r mu c h l o okin g s uddenly jammed the tiller over. H e brou g h t the b oa t up into the wind, then veered around, sailin g back o v e r track. "That w a s by your lea ve, cap'n," he observed. "I'm ta kin g the onl y to r e a c h the big chaft before the gunboats r a nge a longside If the big craft refuses us, we might jes t as w e ll s ail bac k to the gunboat s ." "The bi g craft won't refuse us," replied Flo, soft ly, but with an air of conviction. Again T o d turned awa y Couldn't the girl understand tha t the g unboat s would undoubtedly witness the transfer of passengers, a nd investi g ate? As they drew near e r the g unboats proved to be further astern t h an h ad been t hou ght. "Ship ah o y bellowe d Bill a s he ran up close. "Ahoy, th ere !" came the hail from the bridge. "Stand b y to tak e o n passenger s Ye needn't slow up. Thro w -qs a lin e Young s ters, run forrard to catch the lin e !" Strang e l y enough Bill 's s ummons was obeyed. As the big native craft ranged along s ide the great tramp steamer a li n e c a m e s wirling down. Th e s m a ll e r c raft, a s the s teamer slowed down to half. s peed, tugged a l o ngside. f..s a rop e l a dd e r came, Bill ran nimbly up to deck with Flo in hi s arm s r e turning for her father. On his next trip dow:a the s ailor was 9 llowed by two s ailor s who bor e axes. "Up with ye lad s La s t chance for breakfast roared Bo's un Bill. As s_oon a s the boy s were both on the rope ladder Bill and the s ail o rs made chip s fly They s cuttl e d that Turki s h craft, leaping clear of her ju s t b e f o r e s h e s ettled low in the water Meanwhile, Tod ancl the Gran g er s were answering ques tion s fa s t t o a c a p tain who was s urrounded by curious officer s and c r e w . Boom came a distant gun, jus t as Bill scramb led over the rail. "Now, hang it!" gasped Bill, showing nerves for the fir s t time that night. "That's a Turkish gun." "It m e an s lay to,' utter e d the ship's captain, grimly. An l e t the Turki s h pir a tes come aboard!" groaned Bo's un Bill. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. "Well, what can I do?" demanded the a kindly, shrewd-looking elderly man "The Turkish gun-boats can


28 IN. Tim SULTAN'S EYE. overhaul this craft, and they carry artillery into the barThe voyag, combined with success and security, made a gain." well man again of Hiram Granger. Bells sounded in the engine-room for full speed lihead. It ;yas some days before he heard the whole story of That was done by the mate at a ha:t;ld signai from the TQd's wonderful maneuvering that had beaten Ali Deba's captain. plans and foiled the schemes or Dick Hudson. Boom! After a few seconds there was a spash in the "Why, it was really the Porte's game that you beat, water a little a11ead of the ship and off to starboard. Tod," cried the old man. "Yes; they mean us," grimaced th(\ captain. "That was "Y mean that the Sultan had a hand in it, sir?" a shotted signal." "''Perhaps not a direct hand, but it was anything to keep Reluctantly the skipper signalled the mate for the stopAli Deba satisfie d and all the machinery of the Porte was ping of headway. used for our capture. Yes, it was really the Porte's game, "Cap'n," remonstrated Bill, "ye s ure ain't goi.n' to givEi played by Ali Deba." up my friends that way!" certainly traveled under the Sultan's eye," lauged "Bo'sun," retorted the captain, "you know as well as I do Tod, remembering the forged prepared by that it's no use for a tramp freight e r to defy the Turkish Korisha. navy." "I don't believe you'll ever care to go to China, now, to Bill .looked mutely miserable, his being, nearer to make your living, Tod, my boy," observed Hiram Granger. tears than they had in years. "You'll do better by sticking to me." "Captain," broke in Tod, appealingly, "are you going to Arrived at Ma1se illes, Mr. Granger had little difficulty make no effort to save an old ma'n whom the shock of capin rai s ing funds through attorneys. ture will kill? For that matter, the 'l' urk s will cut his head He and his party returned to New York, where the in off. Are you going to this young lad y be given up? heritance under the recovered will was soon made secure. When, this night, I have heard her intending captors Bill followed the sea for a few more cruises, but he has clare she is to go to some Turkish official' s ?" quit latterly. "What's that?" gasped the captain. He is now a fixture in the home of Tod Eastman; Esq., He looked at Flo with misty eyes, the:a. suddenly turne.d for Tod remained with Mr. Granger, and has prospered as and walked away, beckoning to them to follow him. he deserved .to, since he was the founder, in a way, oi the "They m ay sink us, or take us as prizes," growled the family's new fortunes. captain, "but no one shall ever say that Captain J!l

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THE STAGE. No. 4:1. THE BOYS Oil' NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Oontaining a great of the latest jokes used by the most famou11 end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. TBE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER a varied of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch a nd Insh. Also end m ens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J new a!ld very instructive Every b oy. obtam this as 1t con tams full instructions for o rga mzmg an amatenr mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original Joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jok es, conundrums, etc., of T errence Muldoon, the great wit, humori st, and practical joker of th e day Every boy who can enjoy a good 'Substantial joke should obtain a copy imm e diatelv. No .. 79 HQW TO BECOl\IE AN .A.OTOR."'-Containing com p lete mstruct1ons : how to m11;ke up for various charU:cters on the B,tage_; w1G h the duties of the Stage Manag e r Prompter, S cemc Artist and Property l\fan. By a prominent Stage Manag er. N?. 80. GUS WII,LIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the lat es t anecdotes 11nd funny stories of this world-renown e d and e ver popular German com e dian. Sixty-four pages; handsome co lored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW G.A.RDEN.-Containing full instructions fo1 constructing a window garden either in town or cou ntry, and the tnost approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at h om e The most complete book of the kind ever publi she d No. 30. HOW TO OOOK. Orie of the most instructive books o n cooking ever published. It. contains. recip es for cooking m eats, fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddmgs, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e verybody, boys, girls, m e n and women; it will teach you how to m ake almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornam ents b r a ckets, cement11, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECT RICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de s cription of the woi1 Become a with many standard r e a dings West Point Military C a{let." PRICE 1 0 CENT S EACH. O R 3 FOR 2 5 CENTS. Addre.qi;a FRANK T OUSEY .. Publisher. 24 Unio n Square,' New York.


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King of the t.larket; o r, The Y oung Trader In Wall S t r eet. 18 Pure Grit; or, On e Bor, In a Thousand. 19 A Ri s e in Life; or, 'lhe Caree r of a Factory B o y 20 A Barrel of Mon e y ; or, A Bright Hoy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From C all Boy to Manager. 22 Bow He G o t The re; or, The Pluc ki est Boy of 'l' b e m A ll 23 Bound to Win ; or. The B o y Who Got Ri c h. 24 Pushing It Th ro ugh ; o r, The F'ate o f a Luc ky Boy 25 A Born Sp eculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall S t re e t. 26 'l'be Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil ; o r T h e B oy Who Mad e a Miiiion 28 A Gold e n Risk ; or, 'be Young Min ers of Della Cruz 29 A Sure Winner; or. 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