The crater of gold, or, Dick Hope's find in the Philippines


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Dick.and Brad bursCfromcoverint1foetosavethat girl,,of princess-likeJobeauty, but; brol,lg1',t the fgrr of the :whole _strange crew upon themselves. "We're in time for dinner!' l!ti!o!tSP.ed. Dick, grimly, as they faced the mob. "And we're to J:>e the grub!"

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WIDE A WAKE WEEKLY A CO]fl'PLETE ST01lY EVERY WEEK. lssuea Weeklll-Bll Subscrip o n f 2.50 per y ear. l!Jn tere a acc ording t o .A.ct o f Conu1eu, in the year 1906, it1 the offic e or the IAbraria n of Con grue, Wash111gtot1, D 0., bl/ Frank T ous ev, P ubluh er, 24 Ut1io11 Square, New Yor.t. No. 32. NEW Y ORK NOVEM BER 23, 1906 PRICE 5 CENTS. The Gtt&terr of Gold OB, DICK HOPEt S FIND IN THE PHILIPPINES By FRED WARBURTON CHAPTER I. Even to thi s day trees and grass did not flourish well. Her e and there were spot s where grass had tak e n root, A FALL OFF THE EARTH. but thi s was close to s prings of w ater. It was only on or near these g rass plots that trees grew "A strange, drear y s pot, Tlw k ka," obscn cd Di c k Hope. to any great height. "Even so, senor," replied Thakka t h e little brown ser For the re s t, it was coarse s and, lava dust and broken geant of the Philippin e con s tabulary. bit s of volcanic rock. The Americ a n boy had just risen from a s ound night's As far a s the eye could see in e very direction was this s leep at the sound of tl1e bu g le, for the s e Filipinos who same -0.reary prosp ect serv e Unc le Sam as constables in their own i s land s live "C011 lrln't you liav c picked out a more hideous spot, lmder military discipline. 1'haklrn criec1 Dick. nic lr, after yawning and stretching-, stood lookingc uri Th e Filipino s ergeant, returnin g from watching his ousJy at the bleat{, rugged, rocky mountain-top countr} r of rlo;i;Pn men groom their horses, grinned this part o:f the northern end of Luzon the principal island "Tt i s 11ot a hanclsom e country, senor. But, then, the of the "Philippine group. trail-the very littl e trail that we have, senor runs "Good morning Diel{!" hailed another American boy, through thi s country." c rawlin g out from unc1er the shelter of a Dick Hope' s face instantly became s olemn tents or pup hou ses as Uncle Sam's sol dier s call them. "You do right to remind me of the trail, Thakka," he "Oh, good morning Brad returned Dick turn i ng to replied soberly. "What do I care what the country looks gree t his chum. "Do you see what a desofate country like ii only the trail leads true?" Thakka has brought llS into ? It was so dark when we got "Yet it is such a very poor thin trail s ighed the little here la s t night that I didn't realize what a wild, barre n brown man. "For s ix weeks now we hav e followed it spot it is." and for what? Only to :find, always, that the trail is grow" Humph I aon't see much of beauty around here," ing longer grunted Brad. "Let it grow longer!" cried Dick de:fiantly. "Let it In truth, the mountain c o untry aro und them was degrow l onger and longer! Let the trail keep u s following pressing in its effect. for s i x months, even, if only it lead to success in the end In centuries past these wild crags had b e en t hrown up} F or that is what haunts my dreams by night and all my by volcanic action. th o ughts by day-the end!"

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'rHE O R.ATER OF GOLD. "I am following faithfully, my young .senor," the Fili pino reminded him gravely "So you are, Tha'.kka!" agreed Dick, h earti ly. "I am not complaining, am I?" "Som e time s," s u gges t e d the sergeant "Americanos feel l:hat, because we are only Filipinos, we do not serve them a s faithfully as we might." "I never said that, Thakka, and I tiever thought it," r e joined Dick Hope, s la ppi n g his hand hard against the na tive 's s houlder in a way that made Thakka grin with pleas ure "And, now, what for breakfast? for I see no signs of that m e al and notice no sme ll s of cooking "This morning, senor," repli ed the sergeant, we are only hoping for our breakfast "The supplies have run out?" demanded Brad Thomp son "Even so, senor. It is here that I am under orders to wait until men reach us with new s upplie s o f food." "Are they suppo sed to re ach u s ?" d eman ded Brad, looking might y serious, for h e was one of your prompt-breakfa s t boys. The instant that he was on hi s feet in the morning lie wanted to cel ebrate his ris in g by eating "This is the mornin g that the commissary escort is ex pected to reach u s, Thakka answered. "And this is the pot. That was why I came s ix miles off our trail la s t night to camp her e." "Do you mean to s ay that ther e i s no .food of any kind to eat ?" in sisted Brad. "\Ye have left, senor, nothin g but coffee, s u ga r and s alt." "But s urel y this country furnishes some kind of food?" "Sometime s there are a few fish in the s e mountain streams," replied the ser geant. "At this time of the year, too, there are few wild fruits and vegetable s to be had As soon as my men have attended to their horses I shall send some of them to fis h and others to see what they can find growing "And in the meantime," groaned Brad, "my stomach thinks my throat i s cut." "Oh, go make yourself a cup of coffee, then, poor fe l low!" laughed Dick, .who him self felt a wonderful appetite this morning, but who didn't propose to m ake a fuss abou t it. Brad departed toward the little tent where s upplies were kept dming the halts. Within a few mom ents there was the soun(1 of crac kling wood, and soon aft er that the fragrant odor of coffee. Dick in the meantime stood under one of the stunted trees looking more than half-sadly ove r the country. Our hero's father was Captain John Hope, of the Forty second Infantry, United States Army Three years befor e the opening of this hi storica l account Dick and his mother had come to the Philippines with Captain "Jack" Hop e Two years ago, while scouting in the mountain s of Northern Luzon with his company, Captain "Jack" Hope had suddenly and completely di sappeared. At the time it was s upposed that he had been cut down by one band or another of the ho s tile savages who occas ionally take to the warpath among the mounta i ns and valleys of the northern end of the island As tim e passed, Captai n Hope had been regarded as dead. H e would have been dropped from the army rolls had it not bee n for the vigorous protests of Mrs. Hope and her son They still hop e d against hope that Captain Jack was still alive, a prisoner only in the hands of some tribe or band Twice dming these two years s tories had been brough t in by friendly savages to the e ffect that a man who an swered to the description of Hope was s till alive, but a prisoner. Eac h time a military party had been sent o u t, onl y to return without news of t h e missing man. Some w eeks ag o a third report had come in that Cap tian Hope was a live. This time the sto r y seem ed more probable than ever. Officers of the Forty -second talked it over with Mrs Hope and Didc '"W e don't want soldi ers to go out this time," D i ck d e clarefl "Tt's a job for our nativ e Filipino constab les. They know the country ancl und ers tand the sav age natives The Filip in o constab les can get over the ground more quickly, and they'll go into a ll soris of place s where infan would n t even think to go. And if we can get con s tab l e s to send on the track of thi s new I'm goi n g, too 'T'o this latter proposition 1\Irs Hope did not object Of course, it was a dang e r o u s expe dition going into the wild, a ll but uninhabited mountain sectio n s with so few c omrades. But army women are br e d to r egard danger as man's natura l lot. Besides, Mr s Hope believed that h e r energetic s on, if he went along with an expe dition would do much to push it on to s ucce ss. Through th e stro ng effor t s of officer s of th e Forty-second a detail of Fi lipino constabu l ary .was ord e red out on the t r a il of this lat est report. Di ck went with them, thou g h the discipline of the con stabu l ary force forba.de hi s t aking the l ead. His chum, Brad Thompson went, too. Brad was a government stenogr apher in the emp loy of one of the departments at Manila. Having been in poo r health for some time, he easi l y secured leave of absence in order to go along. And now for s ix weeks they had been following what proved to be a s hadowy slippe ry tra.il. A few natives had bee n forn1d, here and there, who ad mitted having see n such a white man as a prisoner of some Irrogot e band Y et all these informers seemed to have different ideas as to where the s upposed Captain Rope had been taken by his captors. Still the youngsters persevered, and st ill T hakka stu ck

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THE CRATER OF G OLD. 3 to his task with the :faithfulness that is usually shown by the Filipino s in the service o:f Uncle Sam. Inwardly Dick had begun to :feel that he was not likely to find his :father. Outwardly he s howed nothing o:f the sort He was the li:fe, the spirit the purpose o:f the little party. Whenever the others s howed signs o:f weariness or dis couragement Dick alway s sp urred them on to new hopes and greater energies. "Com e and have some coffee, Dick Brad called. "And ask Thakka. I've made enough for three." Dick called the sergeant, who h ad gone back to the men and their hors es. 'rhe sergeant quickl y enough when called "I have jus t ordered :four men to fish and :four more to go after wild :fruits and vegetables," reported Thakka, as he glided up and joined the boys over the coffee. "How long will it take them to get some thing that way?" inquired Brad, almost nervou s ly. "An hour, at l east Perhaps two, senor." "Then I'm sorry I heard that bugle go t11is morning," g ru mbled Brarl. "I coul d have slept throu gh my hung er. But now I'm awake :for the day." "Why can't we take a ride, Thakka, and h ave a look at t h e country ?11 s ugge sted Dick. "We can, senor," replied the Filipino, quietly. "A ride!" groaned Brad. ''Oh, yes, w e n eed exerci s e to give us an appetite-for a breakfast that we haven't got!" "Oh, come along, old :fellow," laughed Di ck, ri s ing the ground and going t oward where hi s pon y was picketed. "We' ll sure have something ti ; > eat in an hour or two. And then think how good it will taste." Brad followed but he brought his grumbl e with him. "What on earth do you want to go scouring the country for?" he asked c rankily. "Because," Dick replied very qui e tly, a s he lifted his saddle, "I want to see every bit o:f the countr y tha t i s pos sible. With the business that I came h e r e on I can't lose one s ingle c hanc e to l eayn something n ew. You don t need to come, Brad, but Thakka and I are g oin g ." "I must seem like a crank," utter e d Brau disgu s t e d with himsel:f. "For the minute, Dick, I :forgot the se riou s busi nes s that brings you into these wild part s." "I never forget it, even for an in stm1t, when I'm awake." "And I don't mean to again." "Oh, that's all right, o ld :fellow," replied Di ck, with hi s sudden, sm il e "It isn't your :father that we're look ing :for." Having fini shed saddling, Dick quickly adjusted the bridle and leaped into the saddle. "Always the first to be ready!" grinn e d Thakka, who, howeve r was not much behind. Even Brad, who never seemed to be in a great hurry; was soon seated astride hi s little pony; Thakka took the lead in s ilence over a barely visible trail. At the :first high ground Brad, naturally e nou gh, raised on hi s s tirrups and sent a sweeping look around the country below. ''Looking for that commi ssary escort, I'll bet," smiled Di c k who brought up the rear o:f this procession in single file Br a d only grunted "I am going to show you somet hing of a curiosity this morni n g senors," the little sergean t called back. 'JI.fake it a beefsteak, then, :for Brad 's sake," l aughed Dick. "But no! It is someth in g e l se," replied 'l'hakka. "We shall b e within view o:f it within another five minutes The serg e ant now l ashed his pony to a stiff trot, the two boys :following close behind. Five minutes l ater the Filipino reined his pony i n al m ost to a walk. H e re, the way being broader, Thakka signed to his young companion s to join him. They rod e up on either side o:f this constabulary officer, who was reput e d to know every inch o:f the wildes t parts o:f Northern Luzon "What i s that you see ahead?" asked Thakka. "It looks like a great hole in the ground," Brad and added under h i s breath: ''The hole in my stomach :feels aimost as big." "It looks :from here as i:f it might be the bowl of a great crater, g uessed Dick Hope. "And that i s e xactly what it is, senor," replied the ser geant. "It i s truly a great cra.ter, an enormous one, since it m u s t b e at leas t sev e n miles across." "Does it eve r work in these days?" asked Dick. "Spout u p lava and make the earth shake?" "Oh, no, s enor. The volcan o ha s been an extinct o ne e v e r s ince the memory o:f man runs." "Any molten lava down in the bed of the crater ? de mand e d Brad H a rdly senors. There is nothing in the b e d of the c r a t e r n o w but grass and tall trees." F e rtile, eh?" asked Dick. "It l ooks e xtremely :fertile, senor." "The n I s uppo s e there is a sett lement down in the bowl o:f th e crate r, eh?" "Harclly," g rinned the sergea nt. "No one has ever been dow n i n the bed o:f this crater." "No one?" echoed both boys at once. "Wait but a minute or two more, s enors, and you w ill und e r s t a nd much more than I can explain. Now, a brisk trot :for a while!" A g ain Thakka led the way toward s the now sharply de fine d edg e o:f the crater In hardly more than twice s ixty seconds the young ad ventur e r s rein e d up close to the edge o:f the crater. 'l'ethering their ponies to a st unted tree that grew close by, the three went :forward on :foot. "Whew!" whistled Brad, as they gained the edge o f the

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4 THE CRATER OF GOLD. crater. "What a corker! It's worth coming around the world to see!" 80 impressed was Dick Hope by the sight that for a few moments he uttered no word w4atever. Truly the vast crater did seem to be seven or eight miles across. In shape it was an almost circular bowl, and a tremen dously deep one, since the bottom of this crater lay what seemed to be fully four thousand feet below them. Great, seamed, jagged walls, that were almost perpendic ular, hemmed in the bowl of this crater. While the walls-cliffs, rather-were much too steep to permit of anything larger than moss growing on their sides, the bed or valley of the crater, which from the height seemed perfectly level, presented a rare view of lux' uriant vegetation. A carpet of green lay over the whole of that great stretch of country . Thick groves, mostly of very tall trees, broke the level green at frequent intervals. Dick Hope's first, awed question was: "How do you get down there, Thakka ?" "I do not know, senor." "What! You, who the army men say knows every of this part of Luzon?" "But I have nev er been down in that beautiful crater, senor, and I nev er saw. but one man who sa.id he had." !'A nd he-" "He was a liar, senor-a man who never attended mass," replied TI1akka, with his odd, dry grin. .'Do you mean to tell me_ that mortal man has never been down in that beautiful spot?" cr ied Dick Hope, wonderingly. "If ever a man 11as been down there, he has concealed the fact," replied the Filipino. "Say, I'd like to take a clay or two to try to get down there!" glowed Brad, fired by a sudden ambition. think of it, senor!" cried Thakka, n look almost of terror showing in the eyes of this littl e brown man, whom the boys knew to be, n evertheless a man of r.ourage . "What's wrong with the crate r r" nskcd Dick, qui etly. "In the first place, senor, look at those steep walls. Not even a mountain goat could descend th em." "Not even with a rope?" blurted Bracl. "Where shalJ one get a rop e nearly a mile long?" asked Thakka, doggedly. / "Whee; But it would be worth while!" bubbl e d Brad. "Sure death, senor, for such a rope would be cut to shre d s over some of the sharp edges of roc k that it would touch." "But, sure ly, Thakka," persisted Dick "there must be son1E> path, some cleft, some gully that leads clown there," l1intecl Dick. 1 "If so,, se nor, no one whom I have ever seen has heard i it." "Do. you know, Thakka," jeered Brad "I'm beginning ft, think you wouldn't want to go down there if there was a way and an e asy one." Thakka shrugged his shoulders ''Perhaps you have hit upon a truth, young senor," re plied the sergeant, who, being thirty-five years old, some times enjoyed rubbing Brad's seventeen years into him by using the word "yo'ung." "Why, what objection could you have to going down there if you knew a way?" Dick questioned. "That valley down there, senor, is the abode of evil spirits." "Oh, is that all?" asked our hero, while Brad uttered a contemptuous: "Humph!" "Ask any of the native you find for forty miles around here," protested Thakka. "They will tell you." "But we don't believe in evil spirits, ghosts, haunts, and that sort of thing," replied Dick, softly. "Your disbelief will not slay one of them," rejoined the sergeant, with another shrug of his shoulders. "What do the spirits do down there?" Brad wanted to know. "They often bring ill luck to trav e l ers in these moun tains," replied Thakka crossing himself. "Oh! But how do the spirits ever show any one that they live in that crater?" Dick in sisted. "One can see strange lights in the valley by night," re plied the sergeant. "Also, some nights when the air is very clear and still, unlucky travelers have been known to hear voices rising out of the crater." "Have you ever seen the light s or heard the voices, Thakka ?" questioned Dick. "Yes," replied the little sergeant, again crossing him self. "Both in one night. And after that I was wounded: badl y in a fight with insmgent s and all but'lost my life." "Lend me your 'T'hakka," requested Dick. The sergeant passed them over then turned back to look: at the ponies, whil e Dick took a long, sweeping look down into the far-away valley below them. "What rot that fell9w talks!" grunted Brad. "Witches, strange fires, ghostly voices, and all that rot'!'t "There's one thing we've learned about the little sergeant," m u rmured Dick, still using the glasses. "What do you mean?" "We have found that Thakka never intentionally 'fells us a lie." "But do you believ e in the strange lights, the voices, and all that sort of thing?" "Yes," Dick replied, quietly. "Take these glasses and see if you see what I clo." Rrad took a long eager look. ".Jupiter!" he gasped. "Am I or do I see gardens?" "Either that," Dick replied, "or else Nature has done some wonderfully even work.". "Gracious! Don't I see some ho11ses ?" "It looked to me like that," Dick" answered. "But I couldn't be sure on account of the shadows under the trees. 'l'hakka, will you come here?"

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\ THE U R A'l'ER OB GOLD. ==================================================::=.But the Filipino, without turning fl,round, called over his s houlder : "I would much rather, senor, that you came ltere." "What on earth is getting into the fellow?" muttered Dick to him s elf,.as he started over to where the little s e r geant s tood by the ponies. "Have you ever looked down into the crater with field glasses, Tha kka ?" Dick ques tioned e agerly. "Never, senor, and I ne v er shall!" "And why not, plea se?" "rt is not for me to pry into the doings of the evil of the crater," rejoined Thakka, crossing himself still once more. "Oh, bosh!" grunted Dick. "Very good, then, s enor. Let us say no more about it. And let us rille away from this accursed spot. We have been here much too long. I did not dream that y ou would be so curious about it." Thakka was mor e than seriou s H e s e emed actu ally s url y "So mu c h d e p e nds on this fell o w tha.t w e've g ot t o humor him," Di c k e x plained to Brad, whom h e c all e d o v er. The s e r g eant havin g alr eady unteth e red hi s pony, was leading l1im on f oot. "Why not mount, Thakka ?" hail e d our hero. "I beg of you not to think o f i t senor s," r e plied the ser geant. "After pr y ing into the c rater y our pon ies will be under a s pell. If you attempt to rid e y our ponies will be s ure to mis s tep and hurl you into some gully." "Humor him. The :Eoor fellow i s in real e arne st," Dick mattered to hi s fri e nd. So the boys follow e d after Thakka e ac h leadin g hi s pony. "Say, he's badly sea. r e d observed B ra d starin g after the retreating figure of tl1e little ser g eant. "He c an't g et away from here fas t enough. "Yes, I guess h e's s cared, s miled Di ck. In another few moments, in fact, Thakka had gone be yond their range of view. "It doesn't matter, Dick obs erved. "We c an t miss the way back." Now their way took them into a narrow gorge b etween two walls of rock. Hiss One of the deadly mountain s nakes, dis turbed at the side of the path, reared its head and sent forth the s ickening challenge. Dick's pony made a violent leap away fr_om the path, dragging the boy, too. Dick's flying feet trod on a tan g led g rowth of brush, then-Crash With a yell the boy went f e et fir s t through a long chimn e y-like shaft in the rock. Bump He landed with fearful force far below. Nothing but the presence of a thick bed of hume, mould and decayed leaves saved him from a broken neck. Dazed, Dick Hope looked swiftl y upward just in time to see Brad's anxious face outlined sharply against the sky. "Look out!" Dick tried to yell, but his voice seemed to go barely above a gasp. Then s uddenly Brad 'rhompson lurched, tripped, and came plunging h e adlong dow:o.. Lik e a flas h Dick did the only thing he could do-dodged bac k out of the des cending Brad s way. Chug l And the other boy was down at the bottom of that deep hole, he, too, scar ed, but otherwise unhurt. "Well, say!" gasped Brad. "We're here!" "And Thakka," Dick replied, "would say that it served us mighty well right l'' "But where on earth a.re we?" sputtered Thom11son. Where, indeed? CHAPTER II. IN DIRE WITH PEOl'LE OF ANO'.l'HER WORLD. "The more I see of thi s," groaned Brad, "the less I like it.". "For the pre s ent," grumbled Dick, "! shall be thankful if we ca n keep on s e e ing s omething!" I t was fully two hour s later. The boys either one of whom would, have despaired, if alone, thou g h n e ith e r dar e d admit that to the other, had kept tra c k o:f the time b y frequently looking at their Wf!tc hes. 'l' hey w e re no longer at th e bottom o:f the shaft. A f ter s taring for some time up at the sky, so far over head, they had dec ided that it was worse than useless to r e main where they were waiting for Thakka. to come back and find th em. "Thakka will be s ure that the evil spirits have paid us back for pry ing," was the grim way that Dick put it. "Thakk a won' t invite some of the trouble for himself." Both o f the boys carri e d pocket flash lamps of the dry b a tter y kh,d. These a re much in use in the army in war time, and so s11ch lamps were plentiful in Manila. Once they realized that they could not climb up the tall s haft clown wl1ich the y had fallen, and that it would be equa ll y usel e s to e xpect Thakka to come back for them, the youngst e rs had produced their pocket lamps and had looked about. The s haft e xtended into a tunnel that sloped gradually downward. "The r e s a constant draught of pretty fair air here," Dick announced; "so this tunnel must lead somewhere." So they found their way along the tunnel, which grad uall y b e came much higher, though it continued to be nar row. At firi::t both uRed their flash lamps freely. J_,ate r, however, they realized that it would be better to economize their light. "For we've no idea how many hours we may have to be in here in the darkness," Dick explained, in a voice that shook a bit. "Wh e e! But I'd go crazy stumblin g around here in the dark," Brad declared quakingly. So they economized their light.

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6 THE CRATER OF GOLD. And now they had been on their way for at least two l earth, somewhere. And there's a cleft in the ground that's hours. at least twenty feet acro1's." Still the floor of the tunnel seemed to go slightly down"Call ft a hundred, or a thousand, then," uttered Thompward. son, dully. "It might as well be." "Gracious!" quivered Dick, at la st. "W11at if this is the "Brad, I think we can get across." way down into the bed of the crater?" "What good would it do if we did?" "I hope it is," retorted Brad, solemnly. "I saw gar"But we can't stay here. We'll only starve to death staydens fhere. Murder, but I'm growing hungry!" ing here." "I'd sooner see broad dayligh t than the finest breakfast "And choke to death if we get across the chasm. The ever spread," prote sted Dick. fumes of sulphur are all blowing that way." "Oh, I've got a hunch on for both." "But, Brad, why don't those fumes blow this way more? "Say, do I smell sometfi ing ?" proposed suddenly. Because there is a stronger draft of air the other way. He was in the lead, u s ing his lamp, but he halted. And if that's so, what does it mean? Some opening, some"Whee Say, do you know what that sme ll is, Dick?" where ahe. ad." "Sulphur, and there must be tons of it burning within "It may be another shaft that we can't climb up out of." easy reach of here." Dick seized his chum by the shoulders, shaking him al"I wonder," Brad, in a chilled, awestruck voice, most angrily. "if that was right about evil spirits ? Do you th ink we "Brad, old fellow, wake up, ca.n't you, and get your could be anywhere near the Bottomless Pit?" nerve? We've got just one chance for our lives. Don't you "I didn't think you'd swallow such stuff as that from und erstand that? Can't you?" an ignorant Filipino!" cried Dick in reproach, though his "Life-over there!" grunted Brad, pointing back to the own voice was now none too brave. fissure and the su lphur cloud. "Well, what can that s ulphur be, then?" challenged Just at this moment the fumes and the smoke belched Brad. 1 up more thickly. "Why, sulphur burns in all volcanoes, and this is a vol-For a few moments the li ght was all but obscured. Then, canic country," Dick suggested, hopefully. as the s uffocating cloud diminished, the light became "Say, that's a bully good explanation !" cried Brad, stronge r. gratefully. "Thank you for it! Of course, it's volcanic Dick saw that it was time to take full, undisputed com-sulphur !" mand-to rule by force if needbe. "The explanation won't help much, if we've got to "Brad, you follow me. Keep your ears and your eyes breathe 'this stifling smoke," choked Dick, as they turned open and follow any order you get. Come!" a bend in the tunnel. Brad held his handkerchief over his mouth and went "Whee! gradually closer to that luminous cloud. Brad's ejaculation-or was it a query ?-died in a gasp At a twitch !rom Dick he lay down on the floor of the as the boys staggered around another bend in the tunnel. tunnel, where the air was a trifle purer. There was no need now of their pocket lamp s Then from around Brad's waist Dick unwound the lariat Indeed, tlaose handy little "torche s seemed pale and inthat Brad had always worn there since-coming on this trip . significant now. Brad rolled over to stare at his chum, for Dick, having Ahead of them, through a yellow, mui:ky, lurid cloud uncoiled the lariat, which was thirty-six feet long, includ gleamed a dull light that filled the whole of the tunnel at ing the noose, was making swift casts at a projection of this point. rock that hung down from the ceiling overhead. Dense, huge, s ulphurou s clouds rolled up, s o it seemed, At the fourth cast Hope made it. He drew the lariat :from the floor of the tunnel. tigllt, climbed up it to make sure that it would bea. r his Fortunately this smoke did not come in th e ir dirP.ction, weig ht, then uttered a choking: but poured away from them. "Hurrah!" "That's our finish croaked Brad. "We can't g o on a An instant later he cried hoars e ly: step further!" "Listen, Brad, to every word! See! Here at the lower It looked that way to our hero, too, but he re s ponded end of the lariat I've tied a small bit of rock. I'm going quickly: to try to make a pendulum of the lariat. I'm going to take "No use of two of s going forward. You stay here, a short run and try to swing across over that chasm. If I Brad, and I'll scoot forward and get the lay of what's ahead succeed, I'll toss the lariat back to you. Brad, don't fail if I can." to catch it! What would become us if we were separated Brad saw his friend hold a handkerchief over his mouth by that chasm, with the lariat hanging just out of the r0ach and glide forward. of either of us?" In two minutes Dick was back. "Don't be afraid of me, old fellow," spoke Thompson, "Oh, it's tough enough!" h e grunted. "Brad, that sul-stead ily. "I've got my wits again." phur smoke and that light come up from the bowels of the "Good I"

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THE CRATE.R OF GOLD A brief, swift, ha rel hand-clasp. Then Dick "Go 'way! Thakka was right. This is a regio n of evi l "It's no use waiting Nothing gained by delay. I'm spirits." going to try now Be ready for your parl !" Again came the shriek then a hoarse r scream in what Get ting a firm, h ard grip on the lariat, Dick ran back seemed to be a man's voice a s f a r as the l e ngth o f the rawhide would permit. 1 "Say, I can't stand that, and I won't," grumbled D ick. Then forwa r d h e w en t as fast ashe could make his feet "Come on! We'll get thro u g h here quick and see w h at's Jus t barely Dick' s feet to u c h e d o n the other side "Do you think it's human?" demanded Brad, hoarse l y He did E.ot shout baek-eould no t in those choki n g as Dick, flashing his lamp, began to tread forward fumes. "As I don't believe in spooks, I can't bel ieve it's a n y -But h e a g ood throw sen ding the stone at the end thing else than human," quivered Dick. "We' ll soon fin d of the r a whid e straight at Thompson. out." Brad c a u ght it. Then ch oking and strang l i n g, Dick turned and threw him self face downwa rd. H e was r ou sed b y a from Brad's hand. Dick rose. Ho l ding their breath they stumbled forwa r d for fully two himdred feet. The n s u dden l y the great cloud was l ifted from them. It went swirling onward and upward, draw n through some shaft that ascended through the rock. Ahead of them stretched the darkness of tbe tunnel. But h ere they felt a stronger pressure of air, and sweeter, too t h an any they had tasted underground F or fu ll y five m i nutes the boys remained where they w e r e p anting and breathing in the delicious air "We must b e fa i rly n ear open air, old fellow," throbbed Dic k at l ast. '"T he bed of the crater-then, it must b e !" "I hope so." "Oh, don't I!" uttered Brad. "Fresh air, sunshine--and something to eat." "Always something to eat!" tantalized Dick. But both were happy, now that that awful, sulphurous g a p la y beh i n d them. "Say," u ttered Brad, flashing his lamp on the dial of hi s w a tch "do you know what time it is?" D inner -time?" jeered Dick. W ell, it ou ght to be. It's just past twelve o'clock." C o me on, then-and save your lamp. I'll use mine." The tunne l being w ide enough at this point, the two w a l ked o nward side by side Sudd enly bot h stopped, and the flash in Dick 's lamp went out. "Say d id y ou hear that? sputtered Brad, his blood running cold. "Of course I di d." "There it i s again!" quaked Brad It wa s an eer i e gruesome sound t o reach them there in the bowel s of t h e earth. F o r the sound was a piercing scream, either of terror or o f agony. "Say, I don t b elieve I can stand this uttered D ick, d espe r ate ly. Again that scream in a woman's voice. An d now it w as plainly g,lose at hand Then something happened so suddenly that both boys started backward in amazement or one more turn brought them in sight of unmistakable daylight. It was only the narrowest kind of a glimpse of d a y light that they obt a ined, for s udd e nly the tunnel had dwi nd l ed into a passage so sma ll that they were forcecl to cr awl on hand s and knees Yet in that one, narrow glimpse they saw m u c h. First of all, jus t ahead, close to a cliff-like wa ll of vol canic rock they espied two handsome looking b uildin g s of a white stone like marble. But these were the background, the setting. In the foreground, close to where the narro wed t unn e l opened out into the world, strange-looking h u ma n figu res flitted bv. Just before the opening stood a powerfu ll y bui l t swar thy-looking man of perhaps forty A robe gathered around his breast fe ll just to his knees. His arms were bare; his legs from the knees down were bare, also, save for san dals and the lacings of t h at footgea r. His face was scowling, but now the boys saw him reac h out, to the accompaniment of another shuddering scream. Hi s left hancl clutched in the dark tresses of a young g i r l of superb figure and the rarest beauty, his right han d waved a short, many-lashed whip. With a savage scowl the wretch dragged the girl towar d him Dick and Brad burst from cover in time t o save that girl of princess like beauty, but brought the fury of the whole strange crew upon themse lves. The instant that they emerged from that hol e in the ground and stood up before the startled but glaring s t r an gers the boys knew that they were in for it. "We're in time for dinner!" laughecl Brad, g r i mly, a s they faced the mob "And we're to be the grub "Keep your nerve, Brad quivered Dick "Don't d raw your gun unless you have to Grab! They had forgotten their rear for a n insfant. "Yet what cari. w e do? Both facing the same way, they were pounced u pon stea l th"Nor I eithe r, answe r ed Brad. We've got no w h e re to run to i l y from behind "But that w a s a woman s voice!" Strong e n o u g h arms had t hese p e opl e of the crater.

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8 THE CRA'l'ER OF G OLD. --=---=_-:_::--_=:_-::=:--:::::=::==::::::::::::::::===========-:==============:-::::==============-----Thou g h Dick ancl Bracl now strugglecl like mad, neith e r ;:;oulcl free even one hand. At least two-score of people, mos tly men, aced the boys now, many of the onlookers chattering and gesticulating "That lingo sounds familiar," ground out Dick, "but I can t make out what they're saying." At all events, our hero had the 'Satisfaction of knowing that the princess-like beauty had profited by the excitement to escape. As her tormentor turned upon the intruders he forgot the girL She slipped from his grasp, ran a short distance, then to gaze back anxiously at the handsome youn,g 'Stran gers who would have done their best to serve her. Plainly the man 1vho had tried to beat the girl was the leader here. With a gesture he stilled the tumult of voices. 'fhen he gave his orders crisply. Held tightly on either side, Dick and Brad were dl'agged past a great white building. Behind this was a strange structure. It looke d like a ca.ve, save that the perpendicular bars were of marble-like material in s tead of metal. Perhaps twenty feet square an d some nine feet in height, this 'Stone cage had a massive wooden door. One of the men ran ahead, pulling the door open. Then the boys' captors hurled the young Americans in side, slamming the door on them. "Well, we're here," grimaced Dick. "What next, I wonder?" CHAPTER III. HOFA'S CRUELTY PASSES ALL BOUND S "Mira, what does Hofa mean to do with us?" "If I but dared tell you!" s ighed the girl. Three weeks had passed-three weeks of 'Steady confine ment for the American boys. These three weeks of confinement had all but worn out their patience. To them, in this time, had come only two cons olations. First of all, they had learned to understand these 'Strange people-their speech, at least. It 1\'as a Spanish as may have been spoken two or three hundred years ago. Every American who goes to Manila learns, sooner or later, to speak Spanish; so the boys with a little practice, found themselves able to under s tand and to speak this much more ancient Spanish. These dwellers in the crater''S bed m1mbered nearly three hundred men, w0men and children. The men all wore robes reaching from the breast to the knees. The women wore simpler robes reaching to the ankles. Shoes were unknown here, but every one wore sandals. "I think I've figured out where these people came from," Dick had announced to Brad one day. "They must be de-scend e d from som e o f llie e arly Spani s h explo r e r s The ancestors of the8e pe opl e got Q.own in this c rat e r Led in some way and couldn t find their way out. So they have lived on here, developing as a separate race-a tiny, pocket edition of a nation." But, if they're descended from Spaniards," objected Brad, "how does it happen that some of these people are as light as the others are dark? Mira herself is as fair as a Danish girl, all except for her tresses." "There are light Spaniards, sometimes," Dick replied. "Be s ide s not all of the early exploring parties .were made up wholly of Spaniards. They often enlisted people 01' other nation s in their ranks." Hoa, they learned, was the name of the brute who had bee n about to beat the girl, whose name was Mira. Hofa, the mos t powerful among these men, was the chief tain or prince, a brute and bully, and greatly feared. Mira was the daughter of a man who, a year or two be fore, hacl b een accid e ntally s truck on the head. Ever since that blow Mira's father had been mildly idioti c Mira the greate s t b e auty among the girls here in the c rat e r was e agerl y clesirecl' by Hoa for a wife. I Y e t, despite bi s l eade r s hip and his ugly temper, Hof a could not force the girl her will. It was part of the unwritten law of these people that no man could force a woman a g ain s t her will in marriage. So, though Hoa hacl authority to beat the girl, if he sa d e s ir e d yet h e could not force her to wed him. M ira f elt that s h e w o uld rather clie than become the wife o f a wretch whom s h e loathed as she clid this scoun dr el. Since ordering the b oys locked up, Hofa had not come near e nou g h to the m to g ive them s peech. H e g l a r e d at the m from a distance, permitting others to feed th e m onc e a clay. Brad, who loved hi s "three squa1es a day" was getting in a murd e rou s frame of ynind. A s Miri:i, s tandin g before thi s strange prison, replied that s h e dared not hint what Hoa's plans might be, Dick eyed h e r k e enly. "I b e lieve, hone s tly, that you a r e our :friend," he hinted, insinuatingly. "Can you doubt it?" c ried the g irl, her eyes filling with concern. "Can you doub t that I am the friend of tho s e who brought all th eir mis fortune clown upon themselves by try in g to befri e nd me? And you failed, after all, :for Hofa ha s bea ten me thre e times since then." "He ha s-the s coundrel 1: c1: ied Dick. "Oh, if I could get at him !" The word s were s p o k e n in English, and Mira did not under s tand them. Dick's flas hing eyes, however, spoke their own language "It is useles s to think of vengeance upon Hofa she sighed. "He is all-powerful here." "If I could get at him for about sixty seconds he wouldn't be!" flared Dick.

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. 9 This he spoke in the girl's own tongue, which he had learned mainly from her, .for Hofa had not prevented her from coming to see his prisoners. In fact, the boys were kept and regarded as human curios .for the amusement o:f all the dwellers of the crater. Brad even now was eying the bracelets 9{ gold that the girl wore. Gold seemed as common here as iron is in most localities. From Mira they had learned that gold abounded in the crater. Hence Brad had named it The Cra.ter of Gold. But Dick had his eyes wholly on the girl's face, and his thoughts on the future. "Mira," he persisted, "why cannot you tell us what is going to become of us?" "Because it would be disloyal to Hofa," the girl answered, simply. "But surely you have no cause to love him, to be loyal to "Such a beast as Hofa !" "Only the cause of fear," sighed the girl. "Fear? You have sa.id that you wished he would order your death!" "But Hofa has other means of reaching me," cried the girl, tremulously. "Do you not understand? What if he were to order my poor, idiotic father to be tormented before my eyes? Could my heart, my brain, stand such a hideous sight?" "Would Hoa dare do such a thing?" shuddered Dick. "Would Hofa dare? Hofa dares anything!" "But, whatever he does," pressed Dick, with a little, jealous twinge, "you will never let him force you into wedding him?" "I have told you that," the girl answered, her own eyes flashing. "You have promised it," Dick corrected, solemnly. "Promised it?" asked the girl, with a puzzled look. "Didn't you?" askea Dick in such a voice that Brad fell back, then crossed to the other side of the great cage. Mira, standing just outside the bars, looked at the young American in innocent curiosity. "I do not understand you," she said slowly. "Bl!t, at all events, I shall never b .ecome Hofa's wife." "That's a promise, then," Dick clicked. "But why should you care about a promise?" "Don't you understand, Mira? Don't you know that I'd be jealous of any man you chqse?" Now Mira did understand. A crimson wave swept over her face, neck, shoulders and arms. Then as suddenly she turned pallid, clutching at one of the stone bars for support. Dick's eager eyes watched her face. She looked down at the ground, then up into his face. "I do promise, then," she answered in a very soft voice, her eyes wet. Next she broke out, in tremulous passioo: "But of what use to think or speak of such Mll:i-? You are brave?" "As any man!" boasted Dick. "Then you must be told tha.t you will never leave your prison to-to-to-" "S:pe ak out, Mira!" "You will never leave this place to go forth and live!" "Perhaps I sha.ll !" uttered Dick, though his face was white and f:'et. "And you would go to the worst torments if Hofa but knew--" "Hofa does know!" a deep voice that was more like a grow 1. Into sight around the corner of one blank, solid wall of the prison stepped the chieftain anj. bully" of the crater. Hofa's face was as black as a. violent storm-cloud His huge, muscula.r form quivered as he strode forward. "You jade!" he hissed, seizing Mira by her fair shoulders and hurling her away from the bars. Then, while Mira recovered and stood looking on, shak ing, from a dl.stance, he glared at Dick Hope with such a gaze as a fiend might fasten on a victim. "So you make love to the girl I have honored with my notice?" he snarled. "Honored?" jeered Dick, returning the glare with a look that was absolutely steady. "You dare to be insolent?" "I dare anything with a beast, a human pig, a crawling snake like you!" Bold words, those! Yet, in present temper, noth ing could much increase his wrath. "Whatever made you think that any woman could love a beast like you ?" demanded Dick, his eyes flashing back, undaunted, the look of his tormentor. Hofa choked, his breast surging, while he tried to stare down the boy's look. Then, suddenly, with an angry snarl, he turned and blew on a gold whistle. As if in waiting, a dozen men came hurrying forward. Two of them busied themselves with unlocking the mas sive door and taking down the heavy bar that had rested across it. "Drag them out!" yelled Hofa "You bully, are you afraid of us?" demanded Dick, as the men entered the cage. "I afraid?" asked Hofa, hoarsely. "Why should I be?" "Then why do you send so many men to seize us? Do you fear that we will get loose and spring at you?" "And what if you did get loose and spring?" quivered Hofa, stretching forth his powerful arms. "You would appear to be afraid to let us walk forth be fore we ha t e been seized," Dick taunted. "Afraid ?" "Yes, afraid-as all great bullies are! Yen dare not let us go forth Go'rcept heid by your men. "Stand back from the knaves!" quivered Rafa, hoarsely. "Let us see who is afraid! Tciuch them not, my men, so long as they obey. Now, then, strip lings, come. out of your

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y 1 10 THE CRATER OF GOLD. prison. Walk around in fro n t of yonder building. But if you d o not obey you must be dragged." "We need not be dragged," Dick Hope replied stiffly He and Brad, heads erect, and with proud, firm tread, walked away from the s ton e cage, passing around the great buildin g a nd haltin g before its entrance. "Bring the g irl' s father!" s h outed Hofa. From some near-by place two men appeared, dragging b etween them a half-witted, middle-aged man. At sight of this captive, Mira, with a shriek of terror, ran and threw her arms a.bout t h e captive. As if by magic the people of the crater began to assemble. Hofa, standing apart, proudly, savagely erect, with his arm s folded, looked on with glittering eyes. "My people," he cried, 1n that deep, resounding voice of his, "for to-day I promise you a treat, a h o l iday, a spec tacle." "It'll be a tough one on us, I'm thinking," whispered Brad. "Hush!" came softly from Dick, whose whol e gaze was centered on the strange scene "Firs t of all," promised Hofa, "you shall see some sport with the girl's idi ot father. The girl, too, will furnish some s port. Then you sha ll see these white strangers done to the death I" CHAPTER IV. DICK PLAYS HIS TRUMP CARD. Mira did not cry out this time. She seemed to stiffen, to turn to stone, almost. The worst had come-that which she long had dreaded. Her father was to be tormented before her eyes, with her powerles s to prevent. Yet, though her face was as white as any marble, and she seemed as stiff and t ense, her lip s d i d not tremble, but her eyes fl.as hed strangely. "Bring the fool forward commanded Ho fa. The men st arted to drag him forward Then Mira spoke, in a low steady voice, one that car ried to nearly all the spectators "Men and women," she demanded coldly, "will you stand such infamy as this?" "Gag the girl, if sh e will not be still!" ordered Hofa, sneeringly "She will not be still," cried Mira, her voice ringing now. "She will never1be still again, in her lifetime, while a t yrant and a brute rules o ver h er people!" Mos t of the men and women lookin g on gasped in their amazement. But Mira, not heeding either Hefa or those who feared him, threw herself before her father. "He shalL not be tormen ted, nor made sport of," she in s isted, s t e rnly. "I call upon all honest people to rise and throw Hofa behind his own prison bars! Now This in stant!" "Whee!" quivered Brad Thompson, under hi s breath. "Bully girl! She must be backed up!" "Steady!" whispered Dick, warningly. "Don't spoil anything. Let Hofa hang himself with his own rop e He'll do it ":N" ow is the time There will never b e a b etter rang the girl's clear Yoice. "How many men are there here? I call on all are men, and not mere bea s ts, to s tep for ward and shake the hand of contempt in Hofa 's face." 'fhe chieftain of these people no longer tried to si lence the justly furious g irl. Instead, he stood l ooking around him, at the faces of the crowd, with that curious, savage, s neering look in his eyes, that contempt uous smi l e on Iris thick, coarse lips. "Step forward!" appealed Mira, more ringingly than ever. "Let us see how many r eal, brave men there are!" Only one man started to step forward. Hofa's eyes li ghted ou him as the li g htning s trikes. "Ha! So you are the brave one who would throw me in niy own prison?" jeered the brute. "Men, drag that im pudent fellow forward. Let us have a look at him." Dick Hope snorted with disgust as he saw a score of men leap forward to seize the one man who had dared show friendship to Mira. They brought him before the chief. "Tie him to that stake over there,'' commanded Hofa, nodding. With pallid face and set teeth, the one man in the crowd was dragged to the stake . In sullen silence he permitted himself to be tied se-curely "My friend," cried Mira, in a low, tremulous voice, "all I can give is my thanks." "Let us see how the v illain will relish the girl's thanks," sneered Hofa. At a nod from him men went into the big building They returned one carrvina a sma ll but poisonous snake J b in such a grasp that the reptile could not st rike. The snake was placed upon the gro und not far from the bare legs of the captive at the stake The other man who came from the building had come provided with a forked st ick. With this he pinned the snake's body to the ground "Now, tease the reptile, and then let it spring ordered Hofa. From the intended victim of the poisonous snake came a low groan of anguish. The snake, teased, hi ssed with rage, rearing its head as much as it coulJ a nd making frantic efforts to strike at the bare legs of the capt iYe at the stake These legs were the nearest human flesh to the reptile. '"!'ease the snake well, and then l et him -ioose !" laughed H'ofa, roughly. "Going to get into this?" whispered Brad. "Yes!" throbbed Dick. "Watch! B e reacly !" "I'm ready!" In the new turn of events no one was paying much to the two American boys.

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. 11 Now, in confining them in the stone cage one strange thing had happened. No effort had been made to deprive them of their loaded revolvers. Plainly enough, firearms were unknown to the present dwellers of the Crater of Gold. Dick's hand even now rested on the butt of his revolver. If any one noticed the fact, no heed was paid. The snake, rising and rearing under its torment, struck and almost reached the bare legs of the victim at the stake. There was a sudden fl.ash of steel, another fl.ash of fire, a sharp report, and Dick Hope held a smoking tube iR his hand, while the snake was suddenly headless. In an instant there was a breathless daze over the assemblage. Hofa was the first to recover from the intense surprise. "What-how was it done?" he gasped. Dick Hope wheeled, pointing the revolver squarely at Hofa's heavy frame. "It is as easy to destroy one ki .nd of "'Snake as another!" Scores of sheep-like men moved forward, as to the bell wether. They threw themselves before the stricken bully. Dick Hope, even had he wanted to, could not have fired again at Hofa, shielded as he was by a human bulwark. "Mira, have you no friends who will rally to you?" cried Dick, in a tone intender! for the crowd rather than for the girl. "I do not ask for frienfls of mine!',. rang the girl's clear, steady voice. "All I ask is that friends of the right t"tep forward to show themselves to the messengers who hav e all8n from the heavens to set our people free from the rule of brutes! .Come forward, now, all who we>uld be men!" There was hesitation-an evident bafancing of chances. Then nearly a score of m43n ran swiftly over back of Dick Hope and his chum. Then on the air there came a new sound-the wailing of women here and there. warned the boy, sternly. "Hoa, I do not seelfto destroy Some of the wives of men who had espoused Dick's cause you, but your power itself is gone forevet !" dread lest their husbands had done a. fatally foolish thing. Uttering a cry of joyous amazement, Mira threw herself Here and there a woman who sympathized with Mira and forward. her lover secretly urged her husband to leave Hoa. "Do not slay him!" she cried. "But let the people cast Other women coaxed Hofa to allow them to bind up his the bullying brute forth to work for his own food !" wound, which was drenching his robe in blood. "Back, you silly girl!" jeered Hoa.. "Do you think "Where a.re those fellows going?" whispered Brad, nodthis fair-faced boy can overthrow our people?" ding in the direction of a. score of Hofa.'s men who were "I can overthrow you, might quick," taunted Dick. "I running over to the village of houses under the shadow of don't want to hurt you, Hofa, b)lt if you act in an ugly one of the frowning cliffs. fashion you'll get every item that's due you." "They're after weapons, aren't they?" Diel{ asked Mira. "The lightning!" quivered sorp.e of the people and Dick, "It must be even so." hearing a few of them speak in awed voices, smiied grimly. "Then our men must get weape>ns, too." "Now, Mira, call your friends together," appealed Dick. But a yell from the village showed how hopeless this "This time let them be not afraid. Y o'u and your friends would be. shall rule, Mira, for Hofa ii;; now as harmless as that other All of the weapons were kept in the building of the vilsnake over yonder." lage. "You mock me too much !" bellowed Hofa, taking a Now Hofa's men appeared, ready to do battle. striding step forward. "We can't have that," gritted Dick. "Mira, ask your "Back, you fool!" Dick, sternly. followers .to stick close to me. We're going to take that But Hofa, seizing a gold-incrusted war clu b from one village! T e ll them to yell like fiends, and-wed Hope, brandishing his reve>lver. None of bis frightened followers daring to dart forward "Drop those weapons, too!" to his aid, he was compelled to rest his club on the ground, Some of the mor e timid fled, dropping clubs, spears, bows cane-fashion, and rest on it, while blood dripped from a and arrows, anc}a knives whetted out of fl.int. hole in his left shoulder But others, almost staggering under loa,ds of arms, glared "Now, -Mira, call your friends!" roared Dick Hope. uncertainly at the American boys and their slim followin& "Now they can see how powerless Hofa is !" But Dick did not halt in his run, nor allow himself t0> But the bully, though stricken, had not lost his grit-nor show the least fear, until he was within two hundred feet his faith in himself. of the nearest of Hoa.'s armed men. "Hofa's friends this way!" he roared in his turn. "Let "I don't want to kill you fellows," he hailed, leveling none hesitate. Those who would not know Rofa.'s hate, his revolver and taking aim at them. "But you've g<>t to leap forward quickly to stand by him!" drop those weapons and get out-or you'll have a chance at The old dread was still powerful. once to explore the next world. All who want to stay in

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I THE CRATER OF GOLD. this world and go on enjoying life, drop yom weapons and hold your hands up high." There was hesitation, almost a stampede, among nearly a score of men. But one among their number shouted something to them. At the same time, with a growling yell, several score more or Hofa's followers charged up. That settled it. The men with arms broke and :fled towards the reinforcements. "Shall I shoot?" asked Brad, in English. "Better not," Dick advised. "We can't waste cartridges." But the village was now clear of Hofa's supporters. 'rhese, now fairly well armed, formed in a half-circle around the village, yelling and executing a war dance. "You men rush in and get what weapons you can find. Get the best," Dick ordered. "Have no fear of the enemy. We will take care of them." He and Brad now stood covering the village by holding Hofa's men at bay. That bully of a leader, having had his arm and shoulder bandaged, now came slowly onward, leaning on one of his strongest men. "Our men have their weapons,'' Mira reported to Dick. "It's time for us to get out, then," muttered the boy. "Hadn't we better stay and hold village?" objected Brad. "My dear fellow," retorted Dick, "you're not talking sense. How could we hold suc h a place as large as the vil lage?" "What, then, can we do?" Brad demanded, almost dis piritedly. Mira's anxious eyes were asking the same question. CHAPTER V. DICK FOUNDS A THRONE. "We've got to get out in the open, where we can watch the enemy," Hope announced. "And where they c1n get at us more easily," retorted Brad. "We have more to fear if we are to watch such a big place as the village. Out in the open with a fort--" "Oh, a forfl" echoed Brad. Dick called the girl to him with a gesture. "Mira, this fight, unles s we are defeated sooner, may last for weeks." "I have thought of that," the girl replied. "With so few in numbers we, cannot attempt to hold the village." "I understand that." "But, Mira, we cannot dare to get awa y from food." "No, for hunger is the worst foe of all." "Are there any food supplies outside the village? Any gardens, for instance?" "Oh, yes," cried MiTa, brightening. "And are those gardens gl'owing food that we can use at once?" "Yes, yes!" "Do not point or look in the direction of the garden, but tell me where it lies, so that I can look for myself." "Look at Hofa's men. They are getting ready to jump us!" cried Brad, i:ti an excited undertone. "If they jump they'H come down again," uttered Dick, grimly. "Watch your chance and shoot to kill the first one who gets within range. I am planning a new move with Mira. Now, Mira; tell me where I may look for the gar den." "It is off to your left, about half a mile from here," re plied the girl. "When you look you will see a clump of five palm trees close together. There is where the garden lies." "And there is food enough growing there?" "Oh, a great plenty!" "And there are springs? Water?" "Water, too, is there." Dick looked and saw the spot It could be reached over the level plain by a swift dash. Then he asked Brad to look. "We are going to make that place," he whispered to his chum. "We are going to start, you mean," hinte'd his friend. "We are going to get there Dick retorted, firmly. "rf we don't, we'll have to part with life on the way." Then, turning to the girl, he rattled on: "Mira, lead your men 'Straight for the palms. Tell them, so that they will understand. Then make the rush quickly. Tell the men that they have nothing to fear-that we will prote c t them. But make them travel with all speed. Tell them first, then start them life the whirlwind. You your self will go with them." Dick, with his eyes on the war dancers of Hofa's little host, liste ned while Mira explained to her few followers. "We are all ready, m y lord," she murmured. "Then star t, and go like the whirlwind! Keep to the left of Hofa's crew. Never mind what we do. Go! Speed!" Silently Mira and her score of armed followers started on the dead run. As they did so, Hofa's followel'S, with a yell, raced after them. "Get in between the two crowds, Brad!" quivered om hero. "It's a bluff, but if we can't stop them it's all up with u s." Brad kept close to his friend and leader as the latter ran to station himself where he could meet Hofa's oncoming warrior s "If any man gets near enough, shoot to kill," Dick panted. "But don't fire recklessly. Remember how few cartridges we have." Dick wheeled, panting, and faced a line of fifty armed men running toward him. "Bac.k there, those who want to live!" he yelled. But their own cries drowned out his voice. One big fellow was leading all the host. Dick hated to do it, but he raised his revolver, sighted swiftly and fired.

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. 1 3 Two or three paces the big fellow staggered, then fell dead. In an instant there was a hush. "Take a lesson, you fellows," bell o wed D ick, as the pur suers halted. "If you don't keep out of our way the last of you must be killed as this man has been!" Half a dozen of the warriors gathered around the dead man, kneeling or bending over the life l ess body. The whole line had been halted, i r regu la rly, by the shot and its result. For an instant Dick glanced over his shoulder. l\1ira was leading her running men still in good order. "We're going to make that garden spot, all right," quavered Dick, "if those rascals don't ta.ke new heart and rush us, anyway." "I don't think they will," Brad uttere d, grimly. "Hear that!" Hofa's forces had men and children with them. Some of the women, including the dead man's widow, I were now kneeling about the lifeless body. Their wails rent the air. "Good!" cheered Dick, drily, grimly "Keep up that howling. It will take all the heart out of your men -folks!" "Our people are mo s t there," Brad advised him. "Shall we begin to make good our own retreat?" "Yes, while the panic la sts, for there comes Hofa hob bling forward. He's not e a s ily scared, and he'll put new heart into his followers." So the boys turned and ran. Looking back over their shoulders, they saw several war riors start after them, urged on by Hofa. Dick halted, wheeling swiftly. His revolver was up and level in steady aim. "Oh, stay back!" he shouted. "We don't want to kill any more of you! Let Hofa do all his own fighting. If you come after 'us you are bound to die!" These warriors halted, nor could Hofa though he hur ried forward, coax them to go, further in pursuit. Plainly these warriors had enough, for a while at least, of weapons that killed so mysteriously and at a rage long e r than their bows could be made to drive arrows. So Dick and Brad turned once more, racing after their suppor ters, who had ha.lted under the palm trees. "Keep your eye on the enemy, Brad/' D ick ordered. "I've got a bit of speech to make. Dick eyed the little group of men who stood looking at him so curio11sly. These men were of two kinds At least, they were in two different frames o:f mind now. 'T'he larger half had hard, white, set faces. They had cast the die against Hofa's tyranny and cruelty. They hardly cared, now, what might happen, but were ready to fight to the last gasp;-against the kinds of 1reapons that they knew and understo o d A few, now that they had taken the headlong plunge, lwgau to :fear that they had done unwisely in g o ing agai nst th e l!rnjority of their people. It was to these last 1hat Dick addressed himself first. "Men, he spoke, cheerily and bravely, "fear nothirig, .for now nothing can harm you. Already you have seen that where we are harm cannot stalk in. You will come to harm only if. you waver in your faith to the new cause. "Now, of course you are all tired of Hofa's brutal rule. Wh o that are men would not be tired of it? By to-morrow, if not soon!)r, you shall see that many who are now with Hofa will desert him and come over to us. Those who come t o us the last will not be received. "Now that we have formed a new tribe, or a new peop1ei i t is necessary that we should have a government to look after our affairs. In a government the first thing is the choice of a ruler. Dick paused, looking at the men before him. They were listening. Our hero saw that they expected him to propose himself as the new ruler. "My friends," Hope on, more s oftly, "we have had enough of the rule of beasts. I propose that now, for a ruler, you take one whom you all !mow to be gentle and ki nd. I propose that you hail Mira as your ruler. At that there were many blank looks. Plainly these people had never before been ruled by a woman. "No, no!" cried the g irl kneeling gently at Dick's side "We must hav e a man for a ruler-a man brave and s trong. My lord, I hail you as our ruler." "Yes, yes! The :voung white man! The stranger; who slays with the lightning!" shouted severa l of the men in approval. But Dick s hook hi s head "I thank you all, but yon do not judge wisely," he re plied. "l\1y friend anc1 I will l ea d you in battle, but some one else must rule y ou. Again I propose that Mira be your princess and rule you. She will give yon gentle and laws You will be so much more happ y than are those who now flock arou!lcl Hofa that, in a few clays at the most, they will all come over to u s Men, I urge you to try Mira as your princess and ruler. If you are not pleased with her, s he will cheerfully step down and make place for a new rul er. I urge Mira to you!" The girl stood mute and astonished before Dick's almost fiery words. But the men, looking in his face, read his will in the matter. How could they choose but to obey; s ince he was the real ruler, the leader without whom they would be quickly
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THE CRATER OF G OLD. "It d o esn't seem American -l ike," grunted Thompson. "And it i sn't," D ick agreed. "But it sets the example. We've got t o put a l o t of heart into these men. Somehow, we've got to hold out unti l we get enough_ more to join us." Then, in the quafot o l d Spanish that these peop l e spoke, Hope asked: "Princess Mira, I would have these men set about f o r th eir d e f e nse. May I lead them for that purpose?" S miling, t h e girl nodded. B rad," went on our hero, "keep your eyes on the other crow d over yonde r. I'm going to get the fort started in a jiffy. T aking a spear fr o m one of the men, Dick traced a square on t he gro u nd. It was something like a hundred feet o n a side A few odd impl ements, l ike spades, h ad been brought a l o n g w i t h t h e weapon s Dick s peedil y h ad these men at work digging. They toiled lik e b eavers u nti l dark came down. In the meant ime two women who had followed the men busied the mselves in the great garden near by. T hese gathered food enough to last for a few days. In l arge g our ds t hey also brought water. Whe n dar k came down the fort had walls a trifle more t h a n s i x feet in height. T o -morrow we'll make this old earthen fort bigger and st ronger," sigherl D ick "Heaven grant we can hold it thro u g h t h e ni ght Ni g h t ca.me on, dark and cloudy. "Jus t the night for trickery," Dick pronounced. "Brad, you an d I can' t dare to sleep at the same time." "Th e s upp er disposed of, Dick posted half his sma ll force a s g u ards F our of these men walked the tops of the wall.s of the dirt fo rt. The other men s t o l e off in the darknes s to act as scouts a n d pickets ,<\fter that Mira and her two women lay down on the gro u nd at one end of the rude fort, while the men not on g u ard slept at the other end. Up on the wall, on the side nearest the village, stood Dick Hope and Brad For their scouts had brought in word tha t H ofa's men 1 were moving nearer to the fort in the d arkness I reckon etern1al watchfulness will be the price of br eakfast in the morning," grumbled Brad. "Breakfast?" smiled Dick, steadily. "That's a Jong way off. Our littl e k i n gdom may be destroyed before that." CHAPTER VI. H OFA INVENTS AN INFERNAL MACHINE. "So that's what they've been up to?" demanded Dick Hope. Day l ight h ad just come, after a night of nervous watch fulness. Thro u g h t he dark hours Hofa's forces had not attemptecl to rus h th e littl e fort. Yet neither boy had been prepared t o b e li e 1 e that t he unseen enemy were idling their time And now our young friends stood s taring a t t he ene m y's work of the night. This consisted of a platform, on whi c h had been iigged and bent the trunk of a young tree s ome fourteen feet in l ength This device stood at l east twice the ran g e of the revolvers that t.hE> young men canied. "vVhat on earth is that thing for?" d emanded Brad, staring fj.rs t at ihe bent tree and the n a t the silenj; war riors of Hofa gathered near it. "Can't you guess ?" smiled D ick. "I'm blessed if I can "P.robably, then, the enemy won' t keep y ou long in doubt," guessed Hope For some five minu tes t h e enemy wait e d in s ilen c e In the meantime :Ml.ra's score of s ubj e c ts s tood on the walls, watching in half comprehe n ding s il e nce "There! They'.re getting ready," Ho p e announ c ed, as two of Hofa's men were seen going tow ard the platform : On their shoulders they bore a shaft some nine feet in length. This they lay across the bent tree. There two men seized the further e n d of the shaft to-gether and began to draw it back. "Jupite; !"blazed Brad "Th at's a g iant bo: v." "Just that," clicked Hope "Can they shoot it straight?" "That's what both they and we are cons um e d wit h anx iety to know," laughed Dick, grimly Twang The sharp song of the released bow st ring of Hofa's infernal machine reached the few defenders o f t h e fort's wrills. The Jn,ge sailed gracefully up in t o t he a i r t h e n fell swiftly, stich.'ing quiveringly i nto t h e gro und some thirty feet Rhort of the fort "That's not bad for, a first attempt," grunted Di c k w i t h the first uneasin'ess tl1at he had shown "They've g ot some thing now that'll shoot fm:ther than we can." Twang! The second great arrow passed clean over the fort. at a h e ight of about eight feet above the walls. It left a trail of whizzing sound behind it tha t 15a v e an idea of its speed and of the force behind the great m issil e "I hope they don't get our r ange D i ck 'w hisp e r e d anxiously." "I { they do?" "I'm afraid they've got us a bit o n t h e hip.' Twang! 'l'he third arrow describe d a g raceful, unerring arch, coming down inside the wa ll s "Look out!" roared Dick. All started watchfully at h i s wor d-all except M ira's idiot father. He starecl stupiclly at the clescendin g sha f t. With a cry, Mira sprang forward, bu t too lat e The massive, heavy arrow. struc k the poor o ld man on the head.

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. He fell, unrecognizable. Oh, the coward s The scoundrel s moaned Mira, and fell alinost in a faint. "Watch out, Brad!" and Dick l eaped down inside the fort. "Comage, Mira!" he whispered, resting a hand on her s hould er "You are our ruler now You hav e no time to think of your own griefs Beside s, death is not the wors t fate that can come to the feeble-mindeu. And he never an instant in which to know what happen ed to him. Be brave, girl! Rise and lo ok after your people! Come to the wall-now! I go at once to avenge you !" By his very personality Dick overbore enough on tbe girl to t ake her out of herself and away from her grief He led her as one dazed, up to the.top of the wall, sign ing to the t\1 women to cover the body of Mira's father. Jus t as they reached the top of the wall Brad ground out: "Old fellow, they've set fire to an arrow, and preparing to drive it thi s way." Twan g On came the blazing missile It app eared to be as well aimed as the last arrow. Leaving trail of glowing sparks behind it, the great blazin g arrow arched through the air. "Watch out-all!" roared Dick. "You, down below, get close to the wall!" There was no time to say more. The great blazing arrow dropped just inside the en closure. On the watch, those below dodged it. But the arro;w's blazing head struck the ground with a heavy thud, sending out a shower of fiery sparks in all directions. Some of the sparks dropped on the robe of one of the women. In an instant garment was afire. Her companion snatched the garment away and quickly covered her friend with some of her own raiment. "This game shows our finish," Brad uttered, discour agedly. "How so?" Dick asked, swiftly. "Why, maybe we could do a bit of expert dod ging against one arrow at a time. But Hofa finds hi j invention working so well that he'll set his crew at work making a half dozen more. Then, with arrows dropping in here aU the time, what earthly show will we have?" This was true enough. "What does he say?" softly queried wafohing Brad's lips, but una b le to understand the English words. "He and I are talking over a plan for silencing that great bow," Dick replied. "Too late," moan ed Mira, casting a shuddering glance below at the covered body of her parent. ''Think not only of your father, Mira, but of yo-qr peo ple," Dick urged her. "Remember, a ruler cannot think of F.elf alone." Then to Brad: "If I can, I'm going to discourage the enemy from work-ing that great bow any longer." "Good Great But how will you do it?" "I'm going to try to get within pistol range." "'I'hen they ll pick you off with sma ller bows." "The revolver will carry further than any of their small Wf. apons." ''But you'll have to charge on them," contended the puz z l ed Brad ''That's just what I mean to do." "You and I alone? Or shall we take some of our men with u s? "I'm going nlone." Brad sta r e d in sheer, almost disgusted amazement. "What are you talking about, old fellow?" "I'm going alone, Brad," Hope continued, quietly. "We can't r i sk both you and me being los t. If I go under you'll have to ho1c1 the fort and clo the best you can for Mira. Stand b y with your life, olddellow." "But
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THE CRATER OF GOLD. 1'1 D ick bound e d at the other, bearing him to the earth and snat c hin g hi s r e volver away. Bum p That was given on the fellow's hea d with the butt of the r evolver. Then, before any other eye was upon our hero he wa::> sprinting for all he was worth. Down b e hind the enemy's line he darte:tant, the two boys charged forward, driving their half score of warriors with them. As soon as they were fairly within range of Hofa's slowJ" retreating warriors, the boys opened fire. In their haste they made misses, but in the end they dropped four of the warriors. That settled it for the time being. The enemy broke into frightened rout. But Hofa, at their rear, still bawled hoarsely at them. Their own half-score of men w e re waiting for them and glad enough of the signal to retreat. That retreat was mana ged at a s prin t Hofa's men did not pursue far, nor with much heart. In fact, Hofa's men were b e ginning to think and to take account of stock. So far had had two men killed and several hurt. Dick, on the other hana, so far a s the y knew, had lost no one. If the fight kept up, at this odds, much longer, Hofa 's host would be wiped out .Sullenly the men halted around their blazing platform, which none of them attempt e d to save. Hofa again hobbling up, resting on one of his follow ers, cried out to them angrily, only to lie answered with murmurs. "Are you children, then?" raged their chi e ftain. "Or babies? When did you ever fea r death so muc h b efore?'' "But these strangers have strange ways of fighting," re pHed one of Hofa's warriors

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18 THE CRATER OF GOLD. The chief realized that the time had come to make his 11.$hamed of themselves. "Can the strangers do more, at the most, than kill?" he demandeCI, haughtily. "Have you never seen men killed before. Their weapons are different, and make a noise. But if you charge them once and fear not death few of you will die and the rest will find the enemy dispersed forever." Looking keenly at his men, who, to do them justice, did not fear weapons that they understood, Hofa saw that, with clever handling, he might yet have his fighting men in a mood in which he could lead them to a victory to be bought with but a few lives. "You are tired," wound up their chief, in a more gra cious tone. ''Good We will rest a few hours. Then we shall IJlOVe forward and put an end forever to this rebellion against my rule. Re st and prepare!" Dick and Brad, in the meantime, had regained the fort: without loss. "You have seen, my few soldiers," our hero cried; smil ingly, "that they who follow me cannot come to harm. Now you will always fight without fear." "Always !" promised the men. "Who would not follow you, my lord?" asked Mira, eagerly. But Dick, if he deceived the natives into a sense of false security, deceived neither himself nor his chum . "The real thing is yet to come I" Hope confided to Brad Thompson. "It'll come, too I" sighed Brad. CHAPTER VIII. DICK SEES A GHOST. "Things can happen in two days, eh?" laughed Dick :Hope, cententedly. It was just forty-eight hours later, and our hero and his chum stood looking over the grouped people on1the plain. Certainly, much had happened! Late in the afternoon, two days before, Hof a, carried on the shoulders of two of his fighting men, had succeeded in getting the courage of hi s followers to the moving pitch. They ha.d started forward, in good battle array. Suddenly Dick and Brad had l eaped down from the wall of the fort, sprinting madly toward the oncoming battle-line. It was bluff, sheer and desperate. Yet it worked. Hofa's men, halting in disorder, asked themselves and each other what this new, daring move could mean. They were impressed with the confidence of the boys. Surely these youths who advanced at such speed, and with such absence of fear, must know some wonderful trick of battle to back up their action. Then the young sprinters raised their revolvers as if to me . That was enough. Despite Hofa's hoarse entreaties, appeals,-t.hreats, his warriors turned and ra n pell-mell back. For some distance Dick and Brad pursued, then gave up the chase. That same night a score of Hofa's men deserted to Mira, some of them bringing their women and child ren with them. After that the desertions became numerous. And now Mira found herself acknowledged ruler of con siderably more than half of these people dwelling in the basin of the crater. Now, Dick; after advising with Mira, had called these people tdgether the plain. "I have talked with your princess," he called out, loudly. "She has wisely decjded that it is time for her people to go back to their homes. So we shall move upon the village, drive the enemy away, if necessary, and take possession of the homes that you lately left." "When do we start?" c alled a gray-haired old man. "Now, at once; our battle-line going ahead," Dick re plied is good," grunted the old man. "I s hall have my evening meal on my own doorstep . We shall seem to be living again." "Brad, you look after the civilian mob, will you?'' re quested Dick. "I want to lead the fighting line, :for Hofa may work his men up to tqe fighting pitch. He's a real fighter, when he gets a chance." "He'd be a fool to tackle us now," grunted Brad. "We have got a bigger force than h.e has." t "But count something for the kind of leader he is," Dick urged. "And the news that we get now is that his shoulder is healing. That man is capable of ptitting' u p a good fight with an inferior force." Then Dick hurried away to form his fighting line. There were, all told some fighting men in the crater. Of these nearly fifty now followed Princess Mira, or claimed to. Twenty men, armed with bows, &lld spears, our hero formed into the first skirmish line, which he to lead himself. The other thirty were to follow, a hundred and fift y yards behind. Brad, at the head of the women and children, and at the rear of these reserves, would be able t,o rush the latter in either direction that they might be needed in a fight. If it was an anxious, it was also a joyous procession that Dick Hope led when the march began. They were going back to their homes I "And what a lonely home the Hope home must be in these days," gulped down Dick, as h e thought of hi s mother and of his still missing father. "Gracious, but I've got to get out of this crate r as soon as I can, and go i search of duel And Mira I can't leave that girl now Will she go with me out into the world, away from these, her own people? And the gold-all the gold that lies around here, not appreciated Can I find (lny honest way to carry a stack of that away with me?"

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. 19 Thus love, hope and ambition surged in Dick's breast As they turned in at the door of Mira's own home, she while these people thought he was leading them back to said: their homes and nothing more. "In all the excitement, Dick, and in our triumph, I came During the last twenty-four hours Hofa's forces had very near forgetting something." fallen back upon the large building and the "Yes?" village of dwellings. "For some weeks before you came Hofa had a captive-Now, as Mira's little, loyal host moved forward over the a stranger caught by some of his men. The stranger was plain, Hofa, now striding strongly on his own legs, marched very weak, and Hofa sent him out of the village to be cared his men out toward the invaders. for by others. Hofa, who is always a brute and a b e ast, "They're going to give us a :fight," guessed Dick. believed that, in t1me, the stranger would be strong enough But, for once, he was wrong. for the death by torment." Finding that their show of force did not half Dick's little "The brute !'1 uttered Dick, disgustedly. army, Hofa's men wheeled and marched swiftly to the "I had just remembered the stra nger, and sent for him," right, out across the plain. Mira went on. "As I remembered his face and manner, it "They chuck it without a show-down," pailed Brad, in occurred to me that he must be one of your own people, glee. from the outside world that you have told me about . He "It's better so," Dick called back. is in here." Unopposed, Mira's little clan, or tribe; etered the :illage Mira threw open the door of a room. and took possession. Dick stepped in, full of curiosity. Dick immediately took eight or ten men and posted them Then, suddenly, ere l\Iira had gained the inside of the around the village, ordering the others to keep themselves room, she heard Dick Hope stagger. in readiness for the call to arms. "Oh, Mira!" he cried, tremulously. Then, with cries of joy, the people re-entered their home s "One of your people, Dick?" Mira walked sadly toward the home that once had "One of my people? Yes! Mira I It's my dear old dP.'1 tered herself and her father. himself!" on the way, another thought, or a recollection, As the girl stol e into the room she saw the boy leap rather, came to her. ford windinO' his arms around a man, who stared at him 0 Hastily, without going near either Dick or Brad, she rather vac8:ntly. gathered a dozen of her :fighting men about her. l It was Captain J Hope, beyond a doubt. These she spoke to earnestly, for a few moments. Th en, r Dick couldn't be foaled about his own father! at her order, they hastened off beyond the village. 1 "Don't you know me, dad? Dick?" demanded the boy, Dick saw them going, and was about to call to them. huskily, l eaning back and peering into the face of that "They are obeying a little order of mine," Mira called handsome man. to him, mysteriously. "Yes; it seems to me I ought to know you," replied the "When the princess commands, all must obey," Dick man, uncertainly. smiled to her. "Why, of course you do, dad!" thr?bbed the boy. "I'm But he wondered, nevrtheless, what this move meant. your son-Dick! Try to think! Try to remember!" Also, as this move of Mira's weakened his :fighting force, he redougled his own watchfulness. It was nearly two hours later that Mira's little band returned. Dick and Brad, both being busy at the other end of the village, did not witness the return. "Dick," murmured Mira, whispering in his ear the name he had taught her to use, "I have something to show you." "Oh?" asked the boy, looking at her keenly. "Was that the meaning of the men that you sent away?" "Yes. I have a surprise for you. One that may please I hope it will." "Anything that you do to pleaseme is sure to have its effect," smiled the boy, happily. Indeed, he was very happy. For something in Mira's manner made him feel s ure at last, that, when he got ready to try to escape from this crater, she would not refuse to go with him. He was thinking of that as he walked through the village street at her side. CHAPTER IX. THE TRAITORS. One of the things that ailed Captain Jack Hope, of the good old Forty-second, was lack of nourishment. Hofa had found his prisoner weak and sick. With all the cunning of the wicked, Hofa had kept his captive on just enough food to barely more than keep the sou l in the body. But now, under Mira's tenderest care, Captain Jack Hope was so thoroughly nourished in the next eight days that he rapidly filled out in flesh and brightened in mind. By cautious degrees Dick told his father more about himself, and about the mother who was waiting so sadly. Each day Captain Jack understood more and more. He walked about with his son, who had never been so happy before. "'We're going to bring dad's mind through all right," our hero confided to Brad Thompson "Don't you think that getting away from here wotild

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. do it quicker than anything else?" Brad demanded, bluntly. "Of course. And that' s what I'm up to," young Hope re s pond e d promptl y "In fact, I'm planning to go mighty q u ick." A r e y ou plan n in g t o get any of this gold out with u s ?" Brad ask e d in w istful eagernes s "I .am," Di c k rejoin ed, s o quickly and decisively tha.t B r ad 's f a c e bri ghtened. Bu t then that youngster, who was wholly honest, sud denl y nsked: "Dick, can we take the gold hone s tly, tliough? It isn't ours of courne." "Thes e people don't value it, bey ond the pretty orna n1ents that it makes for the m." Di c k went on. "I think we cnn c oax !!. lot of it away from them. And I've other plans, too "I've got to wait eh ? "Until I get my plans b ett e 1 s e t tled in my own mind," s miled Dick. "Oh, well grunted Brad i f y ou're going to g e t us out o f thi s crat e r and with a s tock of the g old too, I don;t care mu c h about the pl a n b y which it's worked. But when w ill y ou have it tho u ght out?" "As soon a s I've t a lked i t over with some one else." Your fath er?" "Br11.d, you're thick! You haven't had your eyes a.bout you." "Meaning Mir a?" "She's goin g to be about a.ll the wurld to me, Dick repli e d f e rv e ntly. "Then you've s ettled it with her to leave here with you?" "No! And that's what's ailin g me "'Then go and have it out c ri e d practi c al Brad. "Old fellow quer ie d Di ck, anx iou s l y and taken back now that he felt the time h a d r e all y come, "wha t show do y ou think I've got to persuade that de a r girl to leave her li fe behind to mine?" You really want to know?" quizzed Brad. "It's the only s ubject I'm thinkin g about now!" "The n g o to headquarters As Mira herseif. She ought t o b e a bl e to t e ll you!" Di c k looked thoughtfull y into hi s chum's eyes. "I b e lie v e I will get a brace and dare the thing, mut ter e d y oun g Hope hus kil y "I've read about su c h things but 1 ne v er kne w b ef or e how much real sand it takes to ask a g irl s uch a s imple question "The more you care the more nerve it takes," laughed Thomp s on. "You talk almo s t like a. veteran Brad!" "Don't R tand here jo s hin g me," retorted bis chum. "Go find th e g i rl-and ha.ve it out in rag-time!" Di c k turne d and walked rapidly a.way. After he had gon e a dozen steps, he slowed down. But he kept on going ah e a d just t h e s am e At t h e door o f h e r home he found Mira. She lived h e re witli two women. "I have come to have a few words with you, Mira," began the boy. "Is that all, Dick? laughed the girl. "They are the words that mean the most to me, Mira.". "Oh!" But the girl understood and blushed, her eye s suddenly seeking the floor. "Mira,ir the boy went on, desperately, "I must go away from here." "If you can get out of the crater I" "I feel that I can. In fact, I know that I can." "How? By what path?" "Well, in the first place, dad feels sure that he must have wandered down some gully hidden by the face of the cliff. He wandered down here somehow after h e escaped in the mountain s from the Irrogotes ; who had him a s a prisoner. If he wandered down here in his d e liri u m ther e must be the same path by which one cw wander up." "How did you get here?" asked the girl. "Through that tunnel out of which we leaped at the time tha.t Hofa tried to beat you." "This is the :first time that you have tried to deceive me cried Min, in a voice that sounded as of pain, as s he drew bMk, looking into his eyes. "Why do you -.ciay that I have deceived y on dear girl?" "Beca use no one can come through that tunnel!" "And why not?" "Because of thnt nbyi::$ from whi c h th e sul phur pour s np from the infernal reg ions b e low the earth I" utter e d the g irl in all sincerity. "But we came from the oth e r s id e of that abyss, Mir a." ''Do not tell me such a fal s ehood, Dick!" pl e aded the g irl. "No one can pass through the sulphur c loud s B e yond that sulphur dwe11 onl y evil s pirits. It i s death to pass through the sulphur cloud So our p e opl e hav e never been beyond." "Yet, surely they have s ome way out of thi s crater?" "I ha .ve never heard of it, Mira replied s imply. "If there is such a way it is a s ecret with the few." "But I told you the truth, M i ra wh e n I sa i d tha t Brad and I came over the abyss. If there i s no other way out of this crater then we must go that wa y." "You will be destroyed," shuddered the girl. "Don't you believe that, Mira!" "It is awful, even to think of it!". cried the girl, pite/ "Mira, haw you any cause to be afraid wher e I am?" a s ked Dick, softly. "Have I ever failed to protect you and to bring you safely through? Do you fear to trus t me?" "Trust you?" she cried, wonderingly. "8urely, Mira, you have guessed that I am going to ask you to leave the crater with me?" He looked at her earnestly, anxiousl y "I have supposed, Dick," she replied, gently, "that I wa5 to go, or stay, as you did." And yon will go with me?" "I have not thought of doing any different," she an-

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THE CRAT .ER OF GOLD. swered, so honestly that Dick caught her in his arms and "How much 0 it would he give to become prince over kissed her. these people?" ''We shall try to go to-night, Mira." "Why, all 0 it, 0 course, since he could easily obta\n "It makes no difference when," she answered, simply. more." After he had gotten his breath from this sudden hap"Ask Fenda to come to me." }Ji::iess, Dick asked seriously: Fenda and Dick had a long and earnest talk. "Mira, do you think we can take any of the gold with From that talk Dick s p e edily learned how he could us?'' ama s s all the gold that he c r a v ed. "Why not?" "Fenda," announced Dick "Princess Mira d e sires me to "Well, it doesn't belong to us.", announce to you, then, that s he considers it time for a "There is plenty that is mine, or that my father owned, man t o be chosen rul e r h e re. After a banquet to-night, or that friends will give me," replied the girl, holding up s h e will a nnounce t h at, w hen to-mo rro w's s un s hines down one of her rounded arms on which gleamed two heavy gold in h e re, y ou will take up th e rul e of th e p e ople." bracelets. "Surely, though, we will not care to take much." Fenda hugely deli g hted hurri e d off to arran g e for the "All that fifteen or twenty men can carry for us," retran s f e r of the gold includin g the s ecuring of much of the plfod Dick, promptly. preciou s m e tal from hi s friends "Why do we want so much?" questioned the girl, wonSoon men beg11n c arry in g thi s g old to the government deringly. "Surely, in the new life in the outer world, house, close t o the mouth of t h e tunn el. we can never wear so much." Some 0 the people saw, and th e y ma y hav e wondered "Mira, in that outer, great world, men coin gold into idly but gold was so common h e re a s to excite little curimoney." osity . "Money?" More inte re s t was a r oused, two h o ur s later, w hen it was Dick had to explain, then and there, as best he could, the announced that all th e people of th e viJ}ag e would gather, uses to which money is put. jus t before dflrk f o r a n o utdoor b a nqu e t at which Mira enough money Mira our comfort will be assure d would h a v e i::ornet hin g of i m portance to say to her people. throtlgh all the ea t ,, Mopt a ancl K efiu, the two best m en-cooks in the little y rs o come. . k. th "Surely, we sh1tll need littl e .to wear and that we c an clan came to th e g irl t o offe r t h eir services m ma. mg e weave. Little to eat and that we can raise in a a rden banq11et a truly nobl e o n e . with little toil." 0 I "Have th e m e al s pread _on t h e nor t h side of the govern. ment building," whi spere d Di c k to Mira who was moving Dick gulped down over the hopelessness of making thi s about on hi s arm. "The n t h e f e a s t e r s will not see what girl under s tand what s h e would very s oon realize onc e b t th b d d tl t l A d now h t t th pa sses e wee n e m m g an ie unn e n s e 0o rn o e outer world h h 11 be "cw e must look a.bout f o r t h e fifteen m e n w o s a But ca.n get a s much g old together as I have menbear e r s of the g old, a.nd who c an b e trus t ed. But, Mira, honed, Mira. And can we do it honestly?" you mus t n o t J e t the people get e v e n an idea that you mean "W.hy, there is so much of it here, why not?" asker l to 00 furth e r with u s than a littl e way into the tunnel." the girl. "Our peopl e prize it only because it i s prettv The pre par a tion s went on rapidly. and ';e have so much of it that. our people mine very little A R soon as h e could, Dick ha s tened to his father. gold m these days." "Dad, no you eel, now, any des ire to get back into "Let us see, then," proposed 'Hope, "how much we can the world?" get together. But it must be done without arousing sus"Wh_v. of c our se, my boy!" Picion." "y b th ?" on r e m c m e r mo er-your w1 e. "I will see," suggested Mira, "how much my people will "I think I do," replied Captain Jac k Hope, squint;ng offe r me." hi.s eves q ueerl y in the effort to recollect. "And. Mira, if you are going to leave these p eople, "Oh, o f c ours e you rememb e r her!" cri e d Di ck. "Try must leave them some ruler in your place. Some man who to think dad Remember the arm y the soldier s and your is good and true, and who will rule nobly. Is not Fenda broth e r offic ers such a man?" "Yes yes, I r e m ember/' mumbled the senior Hope, eag"Yes; even so." erl y "I remember the lon g rank s of the men, the orders "And would he not like to rule as prince over these ringin g out dow n the lin es. I r e member the :fighting, too." peop!e ?" ".And yon r e m ember-her?" "I am certain that he would." Dick tried the experim ent that he had all alon g wanted "Has h e much gold to spare?" to try) and yet had feared to do. Mira looked at her lover, wonderingly, she a.n-From an inner pocket h e drew forth a photograph of swered: his mother and press e d it into his father's hands. "In Fenda's house there is more gold -than a few men "Why, it's Alice, of course!" cried Captain Jack Hope, could carry." staring at the pictured face.

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. Then, to Dick's great delight, hi s father pressed the photograph to hi s lips. "We are going away from here very soon," Dick whispered. "We are going back to see-her. She will be so happy! It i s s o lon g since mother has 13een you, dad." "Of course, of course," murmured the captain, still star ing at the photograph "I will keep this," he added. "Why, of course you will!" cried Dick, delightedly. "And now dad, do. not t e ll any one that we are thinking of going. If they l earned, it might pre ven t our going "Then I s hall be very st ill," promised his fathe r "I want to see Alice. I must see her. It is so long since "l have seen her!" This evidence tha t hi s father' s m ind was so rapidl y returning filled our h e ro with s till more happiness. overdo the part. Keep your nerve, and we ought to get out of this all right." "All right?" Two men in tha.t gathering were narrowly, e:xt1ltantly watcl1ing the young American adventiuers. These were Mopta and Kefin, the two cooks who had prepared the feast. "Now that we have drawn their teeth by stealing their weapons," whispered Mopta to his confederate, "we will next draw their very breath at the table." "The poison in the food that those five will eat," he ch uckl e d "would almost instantly kill a thousand giants. I have seen well to the poison!" Mira gave the sign :for the beginning o:f the :feast. He went abont a s if treading on air. There were no CHAPTER X. such things as obstacl e s now! THE DEEDS OF THE NIGHT. Long before the tim e set, the people had g athered. And Mira h a d pi cked out fifteen men who could be "I feel strangely to-night," whispered Mira to Dick, who trusted sat at her right hand. At th e Prope r tl m tl,, ld b t tl 1 f I "The excitement over the flight that is to come, dear e J1::Y w ou a sen lemse ves rom . 1 ,,, the and be prepared to serve th e princess who was g u about to give up her s o v er e i gnty ove r the e people I am str a n ge ly upset." The people hacl assembled. "In a few hours the excitement will be past." . "0aw !" At the mam, or ro val table, MHa was to preside. With 'J'h 1 k" f th d h . c croa mg voice came rom e groun er were to sit Dick, Brad, Captam Hope ancl F e mla. I 11f" l a d t t t th t h had ;ra cr ance own a a pe ame crow a s e As the littl e g roup, all but Brad, were s tandin g at the .:i f n th l 11 . ownru or more an a year. roya ta J e, Tho mpso n came up huITiecllv, lookm g fhis t c r e d "'"""'' h th" f bl k f 11 smiled "D" k J h" d "h t . l :m 1 onr are s u e a le you saucy, ac e ow, i c le w 1Spere ave you any car n c g es. tl 1 "Y .11 1 d th f t t ht" "O 1 . 1r !1:11' ou wi pun er e eas o-mg n y those ID m y revolver. The Jest 0 the cartridge s tt b tl ff 1 h d D" k I l 1 ,, u e er u y le crow o now, aug e ic gave mo your rnepm g "How?" "And those cartridges have vanished," whispered Brad, "Fiil him so full of food that he cannot even h<>p any excitedly. more I will start it or you." ''Vnnishecl? Oh, mi s l aid only." Pic king 011t two or three of the daintiest morsels 0 :food "I believ e they've been s to l en," Brad retorted. "And on th e tahle before him, Dick tossed them to the crow. m y nvolv e r has go n e the sam e way !" But Mopta hovering instantly snatched up the "lb; time to stop joking qui v ered Dick. a bll' "Joking?" trembled Brad. "Do I look as if I were jokh d a D" k 1 in P' "Pnt t e crow own,' comman ed ic simp y. g "Bnt such a black bird should not be at a feas,t," ob''Bnt you can't find your revolver?" I j e ct c r 1 Mopta, holding on to the crow, which was now "Not a sig n of i t !" p rc king at the hand of its captor. "Keep quiet, then. I'm going to s lip away and hun t for "T'n t t h e c row down," Dick repeated. mine." R n e h a bird of ill-omen will spoil my feast, I am sure," "Where i s it?" pro[r,:L e d th e fellow. "At a feast you should humor the "I l eft it in the governm ent buildin g, hidd e n c00k." "You won't find it ther e now, th en," predi c t e d 13rad. ''P11l. lhnt crow down!" Dick trying to look unrufil e d, mnd e off. D ic k had spoke n s o quietly that the others at. the table He was back in few moments his s wift look at Brad hardly noticed. bowing ihat he had not found his weapon. But now he and Mopta were glaring curiously into each "Some traitor must. have stolen the weapons and ammu other's eyes nition to take them to Hofa," Dick whispered. "If Hofa For a moment Mopta resisted. bas the weapons and doesn't attack to-night, then it won't Then, as D ick s t ep ped toward him, menace shining in matter afte r all. If he does attack to-night, then we shall the young American's eyes, Mopta's nerveless hands let the have to teach tpe people not to be afraid 0 firearms, but bird flutter down to the ground. to u s e their own weapon s wit h the best sk ill. Now, don't It hopped s wiftly to the food, pecking at it eagerly. how a sign, Brad. Look cheerful and happy, but don't Then of a sudden, the crow stopped eating

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. "Caw, caw, caw!" it cried, so harshly that all at the roya l table turned to look at the black bird. In an instant more it began to stagger. Then suddenly it fell on its side, twitched over, clawing feebly at the air. Its eyes closed, the white film coming down. "Don't touch that food!" thundered Dick. Then, like a flash, he wheeled. Before Mopta could get out of the way Dick darted full at him. Biff That sturdy blow struck the copk in a heap, knocking him out. "Seize Kefin and bi:_ing him here!" roared Dick Hop e Tlrnre was instant confusion. But Kefin was caught, despite his frenzied effort at flight. He was dragged before our hero, who eye d him in a way that macle the fellow turn ghastly white and tremble. "Kefin," thundered the boy, "taste some qf each dish on the table!" The most that they had expected, by way of news thi s evening, was that Mira had decided to take our hero as c onsort. "We have had b etter and better..f;overnment under our princess," s poke an old man, rising at one of the tables. "We h a d hop e d that she would continue to rule." "The princess fee l s that s he has n e ither the strength nor the wis dom to r e ign where there is such a rebel and dastard a s Hofa at l a rge,'' Dick replied. "Therefore she begs you to a c cept F e nd a a s your prince and to serve him loyally." "W' h e n does Mira c ease to rule?" persisted the old man, actin g a s spokesman for the assemblage. S h e w ill b e y our princess until to-morrow. When the sun s hines in h e r e a g ain Mira a s k s you all to look to F e nda." The r e w e r e murmur s of dis appointment, though Fenda was popular e nou g h a nd the p e ople were plea s ed with him if thev could not continu e under the government of Mira. "We mus t abandon our feast," went on the old man. "The r e i s d eat h in it." "Is it not well cooked, my lord." "It i s not lik e l y that any of the food has been harmed, "Taste '" . e x c ept that a t the royal table Dick replied. Go after s white changed to a ghastly green, lus knee s s ome of your p e t animal s and try them on the food at the wobblmg under him. th t b.l "Dr th" k o er a es. ag is p01sonmg COO to the pris on cage," comb ht .J th f d a d D" k ldl d l "A a tl th d f Half a doze n crows were s peedily roug a.nu us e ruaMn et ic ,tco 1 .Y' ,,angerous y. n irow e og o A s aJl of th e birds continued to eat greedily, without ill a op a m a er um. Bystanders seized both the conscious and the unconscious effe ct s Dick clalllehd ofutd: b t f W n t th l d t d t h b h" d th b "You see, a t e oo u ours is sa e. e wi ea wi coo { an osse em e m e a.rs. you-of your food." "These scoundrels mixed poison with the feast," an nounced Dick in a voice that aJl could hear. Those wl10 11ad begun to taste the food at the other tables turned palli a. "I do not believe the food was poisoned at any table but ours," Dick went on, steadily. "Now, my friends, who could have an interest in serving poison &tour table?" There was an awed silence. "You suspect who ordered the poison food," Dick insisted. "Name him!" "Hofa !"cried several in a breath. "You are right." placed in our "It was an accursed deed!" cried several of the people. "Wo11ld you have a man ever to rule over you again ?" cried Dick. "No, no, no!" "Yet the Princess Mira feels that you should have some man to rule over you," our hero went on feeling that th e time was ripe, now, for the coming announcement. "She has asked me to speak or her. You need a man to reignone who is both brave and just. Princess Mira proposes the name 0 Fenda, whom you all know and respect." For a few moments there was a dazed hush over the assemblage. They had not expected such news as the resignation of their princess. Since Mira had ruled matters had gone better a.Ila better. Then the feast w ent on. By the time that it was well und e r way Mira managed to give the sigu to the fifteen men who had been selected as the trusted bearers of the gold on the flight throu g h the tunnel. Four more men there were whose task was to be the carry in g of a brid g e made up of double width of plank. Thi s brid g e was long enough to cross the gap of the sulphurous abyss. The brid g e lay in the tunnel at considerable distance from the mouth. Di c k had had it placed there two days ago, and now one of lJis mess e ngers informed him, quietly, that bridge was s till s afe. One b y one except in the case of Dick and his father, 'who tho s e at the royal table left and went into the gove rnment building. From th e re, by s tealth, the bearers of the gold took up th eir burd e ns making their way hastily into tunnel. Last 0 all came the principal members of the party-aJl except F e nda. He had been informed by Mira that she would accompany the Ame rican s into the tunnel-for what purpose she did not state. So s ecretly was it all managed that the entire crowd for the flight was marshaled in the tunnel without the people of the village aware of what had happened. "Now, let us push forward quickly," cried Dick, who

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24 'l'HE CRATER OF GOLD. carried one of t he many torches with which the party was provided. . "How lon g will it take us to get out?" murmured Brad. "Not more than an hour and a half, if the ladder s fa stened to the bridge prove lon g enoug h for sqal ing that ishaft." "And if not?" "Oh, the ladd e rs will be lon g e nou gh," Dick confident ly. One s harp pair of eyes, however, had seen the departure The two cooks were not the only traitors in the village. Th e owner of those eyes traveled in hot ha ste across the plain to where Hofa and his war party waited "So they have gone into the tunnel ?" cried Hofa hi s eyes lighting up. "They have carried much gold and a bri dge for crossing the gulf of the evil spirits That is enough! If I strike q uickl y I s hall be supreme ruler here again and I sha ll punish my enemies!" H ofa's war party moved forward at a stea lthy trot. They fell upon the feasters still at table. The victory was swift and bloodless. Fenda's mantle of new authority fell from him in an instant. Hofa again ruled the people of t h e crater. "And now for the tunnel," he cried "to destroy our enemjes !" CHAPTER XI. TERROR AT THE BRIDGE. In the meantime, Dick was leading hi s heavily-lad e n party through the tunne l as rapidly as it could travel. Men almost staggering under the weight of gold could not travel at express speed At every quarter or half a mile a h alt was needed, that the men might r est their strained muscles "I shan't feel easy," croaked Brad, "until we find our selves on the other side of that s ulphur blast." "Groaning again?" smil e d Dick. \"Call it what you like, I've got a gloomy notion about what will happ e n." "Oh, welJ, old fellow," l aughe d Dick "if you get any fun out of croaking, go ahead and e njo y y ourself in your own way." "You fear pursuit?" asked Mira softly. "I don't know I do expect Brad replied. "Tell you what," smiled our hero "since you're afraid of somet hin g that will overtake u s s u ppose you fall b e hind and act as rear guard. Then if a n yth in g or anybody chases us you'H have first news of it, and you can holl er." You seem mi ghty h appy tonight,'1 observ e d Brad. "Wpy shouldn't I be?" cr ied Dick, gaily. "I've got my Dad my sweetheart and my fortune. What more can a fellow want?" Brad sai d nothing, but he took the hint to fall behind and bring up Urn rear . In this way Thompson was also able to watch the gold bearers and see to it that none of them lightened his load by throwing away some of the precious metal. "Do you believe in your friend's fears?" asked Mira, walking at our hero s side. "How can I?" laughed Dick. "With all the good fortune I'm having, what right have I to believe in any thing but the best of good luck?" "But that awful place of the evil spirits!" shuddered Mira, drawing closer to him. "Cheer np, d ea r girl! The only thing there that's evil is the sme ll of th e sulphur that's burning in the bowels of the earth." Dick threw an arm around her waist to better support her a s s h e walked trembling. "When we have crossed the sulphur gulf, you will realize how fooli s h your fe a rs are, dear one," he assured her. Captain Jack Hope walking in grave silence, kept just b"ehina the young people eyeing them thoughtfully. "I used to walk ju st that way with-Alice," he mur mured. "It mu s t have been-a Jong time ago." Brad in the meantime, look e d as often to the rear as he did ahead Time and again he felt sure that they were being pur su-ed, yet he could see or hear nothing to confirm the notion "There must really be evil spirits in this channel through the earth he chattered, grimly. "Or, is it my nerves? Oh, pshaw! What a baby I'm becoming. Nothing will happen Of course, nothing will happen. We'll be out of this place before we're missed by the peopJe back in the crater!" Once Dick came back to see his chum, leaving Mira to walk with his father. "Seen anything suspicious, Brad?" "Not a thing." "Heard anything?" "Nothing but the cold chills chasing each other up and down my back, old fellow Dick laughed. "Mo s t of our dreads are plain cases of nerves, I reckon, Brad. If we could know what we were afraid of, we'd be a s ham e d of being afraid "We're getting close to the sulphur, ain't we?" "Judging by the smell," Dick answered. "I must go forward and see that our crowd know how to manage it. Look out for vourself, and this end of the line, Brad." Dick forward halt f ng the line. Then each in turn he showed how to wind a wet cloth around his head so as to rover his mouth. Wat e r for the purpose they had brought with them. With their mouths and breathing thus protected Dick hoped that it would be possible to make a quick dash through the choking sulphur fumes and reach the other side safely. "Now, first of all while the rest of you remain here," the boy told Mira, "I'll run forward with the bridge carriers." With those four men and their burden Dick raced forward.

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THE CRATER OF GOLD. ================..:=================:==============--=================== !lian he bad lbouglil for he came to lhe gulf up After a Etle Dick had the saii s iaclion of s eeing tbe la s t out of which the sulphur smoke poured. of his ladder bearers across the bridge. 'l'he bridge was light in weight but reasonably stiff. Now he ran back to where be le.ct the rest. Down on lhcir knees they went beside it. "Come, Mira," he called. "Now, then," cried Dick, "all together, and make sure "You're sure it's safe?" she asked. i.hat no man drops his hold. All ready! Run her out"Dear girl, do you think I'd let you go ove r that bridge carefully!" if I didn't know it?" As the further end of the hridge moved out over the gulf, "I am satisfied then, Dick." through the thick smoke, it proved a harder job to control "Come! it than they hacl expected. At the same time be called to his fath e r and signa led to Dick, himself, was at the head of the gang, straining hi s the gold bearers. vision to see a s much as possible through the thick yelfow "Bring the la st of the line up, Brad !" Hope yelled back, smoke. hoarsely. "Hold fast!" he sho:nted back. "Dt>n't let the bridge Then they went foTward, soon arri'Ling at the bridge. go!" "Mira, you fir st!" It was straining work. Even despite the wet cloths over "You'll g o with me?" their mouths i.he m e n were beginning to cough, strangle "Now and always, Mira I" and weaken. He pushed her out on the bridge ahead of him, but let "Keep a-trying," panted Dick. her feel his guiding touch behind. The task was beginning to tell on his strength, too. "Don't be afraid of falling, dear girl. I'd catc h you if But he strained himself and encouraged his men. you did fall. You're safe where I am." At last, through the thick yellow smoke, he felt the other Trembling, yet with full faith in her young lover, the end of the bridge touch something hard. girl allowed her self to be piloted acro s s tl1e bridge. "We've cro sed the gulf! Patience for just a minute "Hurry a bit, and you'll find sweeter air." more!" he ca1Jed sputteringly back. "Where are you going, Dick?" Now he threw all his own strength into the effort of rais''.Back for Dad, of course, and then to pilot the gold ing the further end of the bridge ever so little. bearers across." He felt it move forward, and after shoving it out at least Captain Jack Hop e took the bridge coolly, though Dick a foot and a lialf, he 'let the furth0:r end down. walked faithfully b e hind. The army officer, used to a lif e The bridge rested on its own weight across the gulf. of daring saw nothing extraordinary in the crossing. "Wait, rest and watch me," he called. "Now, :for you, my friends," cried Dick, returning to He was dizzy from the constant inhaling of the sulphur the golcl' bearers. "You've seen others go a cross, so you fnrnefl, bl1t lie stepped boldly out on the bridge. know it s safe Steady, now! One at a time." "Tf J fall off into the bottomless place below it'll end the It was for these men, so heavily laden, that the real rxprdition," he told himself. "Brace up, old chap!" difficllltv exi sted He trod with more courage after that. But after another be got the gold bearers safely over, Thollgh lw was occupied but a few seconds. it seemed crossing with some of the weaker to help steady them. likr ages. Yet he reached solid rock on the other side of And now h e turned to bis chum. the bridge. "You see, ola croaker!" lau ghed Hope. "Glory!" he breathed. "We ain't all out of the woods yet," grumbled Brad. He looked down at the end of th e qriclgc, to make sure "You'll be' over the bridge, soon. Start with you!" that it rested solidly enough. Brad took to the bridge steadi l y enough. Then he 'ran ahead, a Httle way into the semi-flarkness. 'rhen Dick Rope, himself, started on the last trip across. Here he took in a :few whiffs of rather purer air. "We're just in time, men!" roared a voice of thunder in Then turning back, he crossed swiftly, nervily over the the darkness behind. bridge. Dick turned so s uddenly and in such alarm, that he all "You see," he announced to his men, "you can -go on but Jost his balance on the bridge. with 'the ladders." There at the rear he saw th e spa rkling gleam of many a Only one of the men was brave enough to start at once. torch. The other three watched tha.t :fellow with an awe that The voice itself he knew as H ofa's Wft.S mingled with superstitious belief in the evil spirits of Bending low forward, Dick started on a crouching run. the gulf. If he could reach the solid rock and kick the bridge off But that man, once over, shouted to the rest. into bottomles s space below "You see, encouraged Dick, "it's safe. There are no Behind him he heard the heavy steps of Hofa, running evil spirits. No harm can fall to you. Now, start, and in and heard the brute's heavier voice. a minute you'll be laughing at your fears. The air is good "Now-we've got the strangers!" over on that side, too." Dick reached the further end of the bridge.

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26 THE CRATER OF GOLD. H e turned, dim l y making out Hofa at a distance of some 'I He had not that courage yards from the I J r idge It was weakness perhaps, but he could not raise his hand "Got you settled, clicked Dick Hope I to slay her, even at her own eager request. Bending, h e started to raise the enQ. of the bridge, intent Crash on casti n g it off into the gulf. Then there came a horrible shriek, as if the evil spirits Whizz-zz That arrow came so close to his of the g ulf h ad raised their hideous v<>ices in unison. head that it took some of th e skin from his ear Crash l "Dare to lay a finger on this bridge," roar ed Hofa, "and A second yell, stifled in the lurid yellow smoke from the I'll drive a true arrow through you!" abyss. Brad, through the yellow haze, saw an arrow bent full on Then where were the enemy. Hofa's bow. For t h e bridge, too heavily laden with human weight had With a desperate but unr easoning instinct, Brad darted sna,pped under the strain. forward lifted Dick bodily and bore him backward. Ere even Hofa, in the lead, could leap to solid rock, the Twang! Whizz-zz The arrow barely missed the boys. bridge sagged and broke in the middle, crashing down, It st ruck against a wall of the tunnel, then g l anced off perhaps tho usand s of feet and carrying with it eight human into the darkness beyond. beings bound t o destruction. -"Let anyone of you d are come to the bridge," warned It was swi ft, complete, awful! Iolofa, hoarsely, "and I promise to kill him !" Even Dick Hope, as soon as he r e alized the catastrophe,' Th e n back over hi s shoulder, the leader s houted: started back, tremb ling: "' "Come on, my men Follow me ove r the bridge! We Mira shocked i n t o tears, fell sobbing to her knees, as if have them now!" to pray for the so ul s of the m e n who had gone thus to their The big leader was upon the bridg e holdin g hi s bow bent, doom. an arrow fitted to the string read y for in s tant disch arge. "It's all over for Hofa !" utte r e d Di ck, s hwlderingly. Two or thre e of his men stepp e d upon the bridge, and From the gulf there came upward no s ound now. then others gained heart to follow. From. th e further side of the abyss ca me only a choru& "Stop, Hofa It is Mira who s p eaks of yell s that had blended with the shriek s of the doomed. The girl hacl darted forward. At the hail Hofa ca.me to Then that was all. )t halt. For the survivors of Hofa's war pa .rty-those who had "Why do you call out to me, girl!" not yet ventured on the bridge--tu rned and fl.eel in terror "Hofa, I would bargain for the s afety of m y friend s," from the acC'ursed spot called Mira, des pairi n g ly. "Toug h on Hofa and his crew, but lucky for us," uttered "Bargain? They sha ll find their bar g ain a t t h e bottom Brad, practica lly. of this pit!;' "Yes, lucky for us/' Di.ck echoed, 1111skily. "But this "Stay, "Hofa Let them go and e scape and I, Mira, will p lace i s too full of horrors, now. Come, let us go on. Mira, tum about and go back with you!" dear life! Dael!'' A gleam of savage joy li t th e f ellow's e yes for an 'Relie f ca.me in action. in sta nt. Dick ,hasti l y organized his party once more, lighted fresh It was dispelled, however, in a twinkling for Dick Hope torches, and ahead they hurried, going ever further and caught the gi rl around the wais t, cr y ing out : further from the abyss. ''Mira, you sha ll not go back. You shall not become So, after anot h er longish bit of trampling, they came to Hofa's You have given me th e swee t ri ght to forbid it-th e bottom of that well-remembered shaft. and I do forbid it! Hofa, if you cross, you shall not find Looking upward, they saw, overhead, the star-jetted Mira here. She will die with me!" heavens. "Since you wish it," murmured Mira, huskily, "I will "Now, if the ladd e rs will do their part for us as well as die with you Dick. I sought only to save you.'' clid the bridge!'' murmured Dick. "At the expense of yourself you sha ll not save us, Mira!" _"And as badly for our enemies!" clicked Brad, under his "Down into the pit with all of you!" raged Hofa. breath "Come along, my m e n, and slay !" The work of rigging the scaling ladders occupied inore In hi s eagerness the b}g fellow raced across the bridge, than an hour. followed at hardly less s peeu by the more daring of his men. Yet, at l ast, the work was done. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. "Dear o-ne," panted Mira, clinging close to Dick, "have you the courage to kill me now, with your own hand, that I may m ake s ur e of dying w ith you?" Dick groaned. Dick, :fir st of all, scaled to the top of the shaft, stepping out on solid earth und er the ni ght sky. The girl followed. Dick helped her to step fr<>m the ladder. "Look, Mira," he said waving his arm about him. "This is a part of my world-of the world yo-u will henceforth share wit h me

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THE CRA'.l'ER OF GOLD. 27 Captain Jack Hop e now ascended and st e pped out of the shaft. He looked about him thoughtfully. "Our world, Dad!" cried the boy, cheerily. "Alice i s in it," his father observed, slowly, half-que s tioningly. "Oh, yes I In a very few days, Dad, the sight of you will have made my mother happy once-more!" The bearers of gold were beginn ing to come up now. One by one they stepped out into the world, which was not their world, with their precious burdens. At la s t the last of them stepped out. "Now, what is to become of my people?" asked Mira thoughtfully. "They shall go along, and share the world with us, and with the millions of others, if they wi sh," Dick replied. Mira spoke to them, dwelling, in her simple, ignorant way of the world beyond. The men looked at each other doubtingly, then shook theh heads. "For us," spoke up their sp okesman, "we will go back to those we know." "There you are right," Dick agreed, "for you will be happier in the old crat er than in the world beyond that you do not know "But how s hall they return?" wondered Mira. "Why look at those clumps of trees over there," Dick answered, pointing. "They are bamboos-trees that do I not g row down in the crater. It is the most useful wood that gro.ws on earth, and one of the lightest and e asiest to h ani!le In two hour s or less they can build a bridge better and stronger than the on e that Hofa and his crew broke." As if anxious to get out of this big g er world, so utterl y unknown to them, the lat e b ea r e r s of the bridge and th e gold fell at once at their task. Dick and Brad aided them. The new bridge was speedily comp l eted. Then down the s haf t these men of the Crater of Gold lowered it. They vani s hed after it, and were gone. "And now hinted Di ck, "for s l eep. Mira, you a nd Dad will get your rest for the remaind er of the night. Brad and I will take turns watching." It was three hour s later, and still some hours from da y light. Dick, having taken the first watch Brad had lain down. He was snoring so soundly, sleeping s o deeply at oth e r times, that Hope hated to awake his chum. Hearing a slight sound in the direction of the s ha.ft our hero turned his head Then bravely he trod straight towards that head "Greetings friend !" It was Fenda. "You?" cried Dick, joyou s ly for Fenda's face was smiling and friendly. "Yes, I/' replied the young man, as he s t epped out Then, bending down the shaft, Fenda called out: "It i s all rig ht. You may come up." Di c k hastily a wakened the member s of hi s own par.ty, who of course, w e re gr e atly a s tonished Then F encla told them how Hofa had returned, th e vill age, and ass erted his own rulership. Fenda next told how the members of Hofa's war-party who had surviv e d the catastrophe at the abyss had returned with storie s :full of terror. But, at la s t, the bridge bearers and the bearers of gold had rea c h e d the village with another story. "So w e have c ome to wish you well on your journey," wound up F encla, pointin g to the first of hi s men up the s h af t "And, since we have learned that you set such great stor e b y our simple gold, we have brought you more of it in tok e n of our friend s hip." Me>re of it? The burdens of solid gold that men had brought mor e tha n doubled the Americans' stock of ithe precious m e tal. "And now, :farewell," said Fenda., at la st. "You may p i chire me a s rulin g happily, and, I trust, wisely and justly. We h ave heard of your world, but we want none of it. W e have one parting favor to ask of you." "Anything at all that we can do for you," promised Dick eag e rly. not tell the out s ide world of our people." "We will not." "Nor of the gold here." "Ne ither of the gold." "And, lest s ome man of y our race may yet stumble upon the place and bring ruin upon u s o-ne more favor." "You have but to name it, Fenda," Dick agreed. ""'Wne n w e have passed down the ladd e r s, in some way mask the ope ning of the shaft." Ther e w e r e many cordial :farewells. Th e n F e ncla and his men went down t he shaft again, a ft e r whic h Dick, Brad and Captain Hope lab ored long. T he y took u p many a green bus h by. its roots, planting it s ecm e l y a t the mouth of the shaft. B y the t ime that they were through the vegetation was in a s o li d mass of n e twork above tha.t entrance to the Crat e r o f G old "Tt i s n e arly da y li ght, Dad but ytiu and Mira must try to gr't f.nnw m or e s leep," s poke Dick. Our hrro r e m a ine f l on guard, while his father, excited by the ni ght's events la y down but to s sed restle s sly. Th e n, ju s t as our hero weary -eyed, saw the first of pink t in gingth e eas tern sky for the dawn, he heard ano th e r sound that sent his blood tingling thro u gh his v e in s T a-ra -ta-ra-ta A bu g l e sounding the good old first call to r eveille-the note s that arou s e Uncle Sam's soldi e r s to th e n e w clay of s oldier s' life! "Do you hear that, Dad?" panted the boy, quiveringly. Did he? Captain Jack Hope had started to his feet, staring around him.

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28 THE CRATER OF GOLD. Reveill e !" he s hout ed. G Company, hustle there and life speedily restored Captain Jack Hope to his old brightturn out! Do you men want to sleep all day? Rouse out n e ss of mind. there I" Yet, on one point his mind has alwa.ys been somewhat Then the captain f e ll to lilughing, while Brad, awaking, blank ever since. rose quickly a s our told him of the bugle 's notes. Di c k s : father r e membered being captured, when scouting "You and Dad stay here," cried Dick, starting off. "I'll alone, by a party of Irrogote savages. He remembered the run that bugle dow:u. I won't be long." first few weeks of his life as a prisoner. Afterwards he He had not gone far when he heard the gruff calls of must have had an attack of brain fever, from the effects of serg e ants to their s quads. which he nev e r recover B d until under' the care of his son. "This is no case of Filipino constabulary, led 6y Captain Hope mu s t have entered the crater, or been native," chuckled the happ y boy, a s he ran. "These are taken the re, by s ome other route than the shaft. Uncl e Sam's r e al old boys in khaki led by white me:a What that route was none of the party know to this day. Glory!" N'or does Dick s mother care. Ere he had b e en on the way five minutes Dick Hop e with She has her hus band back. That is all she wants or cares a throb of joy came in sight of the camp of a troop of to know. Unite d State s cavalry. Incidentally, of course, the Hopes are a great deal richer. He rushed forward breathlessl y toward the offi\!er s The money re s ulting from the sale of the gold brought tents. from the crat e r amounted to a little more than nine hun H er e he got anoth e r d e li ghte d surpris e He' knew the command e r of tli e t roop, w h o sat b e fore his tent .. "Captain Abercrombie!" h e cri e d. "You, Dick Hop e ?" c ri e d the c aptain boundin g forward. "Jove, but this i s luck y W e' v e been looking for y ou for weeks I" "Looking for us?" "Sure!" re s ponded th e cap t ain s milin g "That 1:1.ttle brown serg eant of con s tables, Th ak ka, r ea c h e d the nearest pos t ju a g r eat frig ht. Tol d u s h o w you' d been nabbed by the evil s pir i t s of th e cr a t e r. The authorities trie d to make him l e ad us back h e r e No, s i r You c ouldn't hire a native to come an y wher e near this crate r after they'd heard that the e vil spirits wer e on the job a gain! But how are you, Rope and what h ave you been doing? Jove, if we could only find y our father as easily." "I reck o n you c an, captain," smiled Dick. "I left Dad back th e r e amon g the ro c k s." "What's tl1at, Jail?" "011 Dael's r e all y th e r e." '"l'h' e n lead m e lik e li ghtning to the dear old fellow, Di c k! 'V ait! W e' ll have hor ses and an escort, in a twinklin g !" T w o minutes l a teJ; a party of dandy, jingling cavalry w a s on its way bac k to t h e camp of the night. Th e r e thEl s i ght of c omrades and the loved old uniform all but brou ght C a pt a in Jack Hope back into his right mind on th e s pot. "R11t wlier e on eart h cliil y ou get all this gold?" quivered Cap tain A b e r crombie. "Ancl mannfa c tured gold, at that." "Oh, t h a t ," r<'rurn ecl D ick, 11is fa c e c louding at the neces sity for m:vs t e r v "is th e pflrt of our adventures that we c an t t e ll. Tn fact, w e r an't honestly and fairly tell any p art of onr C a ptain Al)(r c rom b i e fmniR h ecl safe escort and trans port a tion for grttin g the golcl forward to the haunts of civilization The pre s ence of comra des ancl the d ail y li v in g of th e old dred thousand dollar s This money was evenly divided between Dick, his father and his chum. Mira gets her present s hare through her life partners hip with her young husband. Brad's fir s t act, on reaching Manila, was to resign from hi s g overnment pos ition as stenographer. "A fellow with all the money I've got doesn't want a. government job grumbled Brad Thomp s on. "He wants to find s uch a wif e as Dick's going to have-if he can get her-and settle down to enjoy life." Brad found such a girl-at least he swea. rs she's just s uch a girl-in San Francisco. Captain Hop e i s s till in the Army, but his regiment is now s ervin g in the United States. The two chums do not live together, but they and their young wives very often meet and talk over life as they have found it Mira with her youn g husba.nd, finCls this world at lea s t enjoyable a s h e r old world in the Crat e r of Gold-which, b y the w a y has not b e en re-discove r e d by anyone since our friend s l e ft it b e hind. The s ecr e t of the great wealth that lies hidden there will probably be s af e until-THE END. The next number of "Wide Awake Weekly," No. 33, is entitled" AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP. ; OR, DARING TO CALL HIS SOUL OWN," by Rob Roy. It i s a rou s ing-story full of adventure and hnman intere s t. Do not fail to order a copy in advance from your newsdealer. It will be a rare treat. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of tliis weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by retar. mail.:

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WILD. WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketebes, ate., of testettn hife. El-Y-A.1'1" C>I...:O BCC>"UT. 32 PAGES PBICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are fou nded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever publiihed. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES; 184 Yo,?J'! d West and the 6regon Outlaws; or, Arletta as a 154 Young Wild West and the Flattened Bullet; or, The Man Who 185 Young lWlld West and "Mexican Matt"; or, Routing the Rawhide Would not Drop. Rangers. 155 Young Wiid West's ,Gold Game; or, Arletta'& Full Hand. 186 Youui:: Wild West and the Comanche Queen; or, Arletta as an 156 Young Wild West's Cowboy Scrimmage; or, Cooking a Crowd o f Archer. Crooks. 187 You.ng Wild West and the "Gold Ring"; or, The Flashy Five ot 157 Young Wild West and the Arizona Athlete; or, The Duel that Four Flush. Lasted a Week. 188 Young Wild West' s Double Rescue; or, Arletta's Race With 158 Young Wiid West and the Kansas Cowboys; or, Arletta' & Clean 189 West and the Texas Rangers; or, Crooked work on 159 West Doubling His Luck ; or, The Mine that Made a 190 Branding Bee; or, Arletta aud the Cow lGO Young Wiid West and the Loop of Death; or, Arletta's Gold 191 West and His Partner's Pile, and How Arletta Cache. s d It 161 Young Wild West at Bolling Butte; or, Hop Wah and the High-ave binders. 193 Young Wiid West's Buckhorn Bowle, and How It Saved His 162 Young Wild West Paying the Pawnees; or, Arletta Held for Partners. Ransom. 194 Young Wild West In the Haunted Hills; or, Arletta and the Azttic 1 G3 Young Wild West's li!hooflng Match; or, The "Show-Down" at Arrow. Shasta. 195 Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arletta's Annoying Ad 1G4 Young Wild West at Death Divide; or, Arletta's Great Fight. mirer. 165 Young Wild West and the Scarlet Seven; or, Arletta's Daring 196 Young Wild West's Double Shot; or, Cheyenne Charlie's Life Leap. Une. 166 Young Wild West's Mirror Shot; or, Rattling the Renegade s 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arletta and the Drop of 167 Young Wild West and the Greaser Gang; or. Arletta as a Spy. Death. 168 Young Wild West losing a Million; or, How Arletta Helped Him 198 Young Wild West and the Gul,t Gang; or, Arletta's Three Shott. Out. 199 Young Wild West's Treasure Trove; or, The Wonderful Luck ot 169 Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers; or, Lively Work In the Girls. Utah. 200 Young Wild West's Leap In the Dark; or, Arletta and the Under170 Young Wild West Corrallng the Cow-Punchers; or, Arletta'& Swim ground Stream. 171 West "Facing the Musl.c"; or, The Mistake the Lynch201 and the Silver Queen; or, The Fate of tll.1 172 West and "Montana Mose"; or, Arletta's Messenger 202 West Striking It Rich; or, Arletta and the Cave of ot eath. 203 Young Wild West's Relay Race; or, The Fight at Fort Feather. 173 Young Wild West at Grizzly Gulch; or, The Shot that Saved the 204 Young Wild West and the "Crooked Cowboys" ; or, Arletta and the Camp. Cattle Stampede. 174 Young Wild West on the Warpath; or, Arletta Among the Ara205 Young Wild West at Sizzllng Fork; or, A Hot Time With tll.1 pahoet.. c J 175 Young Wild West and "Nebraska Nick"; or, The Cattle Thieves !aim umpers. ot the Platte. 206 Young Wild West and "Big Buft'alo" ; or, Arletta at the Stake. -176 Young Wild West and the Magic Mine; or, How Arl etta Solved r.. 207 Young Wild West Raiding the Raiders; or, The Vengeance of the :Mystery. Vigil ants. 177 Young Wild West as a Cavalry Scout; or, Saving Settlers. 208 Young Wild West's Royal Flush; or, Arletta and the Gam blers. 178 Young Wild Beating the Bandits; or, Arletta's Beat Shot. 209 Young Wild West and the Prairie Pirates; or, The Fight for the Box 179 Young Wild West and "Crazy Hawk" ; or, The Redskins' Last of Gold. Rald. 210 Young Wild. West Daring Death: or, How the Sorrel Saved Arietta. 180 Young Wiid West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arletta the Lariat 211 Young Wild West Corraling the Comanches; or, Arietta and the Silver Queen. Tomahawk. 181 Young Wild West and the Trapper; or, Lost In the Great 212 Young WUd West at Spangl e Springs; or. The Toughest Town In Texas. North Woode. 213 Young Wild West and the Renegade Ranchman; or, Arietta In a Trap. 182 Young Wild West's Dash to Deadwood; or, Arletta and tbe 21.4 Young Wild West's Gold Dust Drift! or, Losing a Cool Million. Kidnappers. 215 Young Wild West and the Overland Outlaws; or, Arietta's Death 183 Young Wild West's Silver Scoop; or, Cleaning Up a Hundred Charm. Thousand. 216 Young Wild West and the Ace ot Clubs; or, A Hun.an Pack of Cards. For sale by all newsdealers or will be sent t o any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, ln money or postage stamps, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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-'These Books Tell You Everything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attracti'l!e, illustrated cover. of the books are also profusely 1lh1strated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subj mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT Ol!, PRICE, TEN CEN'I'S EACH, OR ANY 'l.'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-l<'IVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO l\lESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism also how to cure a ll kinds of diseas es by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap proved methods of r ead ing the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrate d. . HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in-1tructive information regarding the sci ence of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world. By L eo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. .. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in-1tructions about guns, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26, HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Illustrated. Every boy should know 11ow to row 11.nd sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in atructions on swimming and riding, comp anion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREJAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. D esc ribing the most us efu l horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy b'ook for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manne r of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, togeth e r with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the age d man and wom a n. This little book eive11 the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon s Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happine ss or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tdl by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rule s for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es of the hand, or the secret of pnlmiRtry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of mol es marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN A'l'HLETE.-Giving full in atruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian c lubs, paralle l bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of d eveloping a good, healthy muscle; containing over s ixt y illustrations. Every boy ca n become strong anJ healthy by followin g the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Contaiping over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilf e re1.1t positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and in structive book s, as it will tea c h you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\IE A GYl\INAST.-Containlng full Instructions for all kinds of g vmnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professo r W. Macdonald. A bandy and useful book. No. 34. HOW 'TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use o f the broad sworJ; also instruction in archery. Describ e d with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the be s t positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principles of s leight-of -hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring 1leigbt -of-band; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 11P9Cially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. A.nuerson. No. Ti. HOW .ro DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No.? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the al s o most popular magical illusions as perfooned by our: mag1c1ans; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will botl1 amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A l\1AGICIAN.-Containing tbe grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL 'l'RICKS.-Contalning over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson Handsomely illustrnteJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magi c ians. Also contain mg the secret of second sight. JJ,ully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No . 70. HOW '.J..'O l\1;\KE MAGIC 'l'OYS.-Containing full direct10ns for ma:kmg l\Iag1c 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. JJ'ully illustrated. No. 73 .. HOW. TO J?O THICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. E'nlly illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\y '.rO A CONJUROR. -Containing tric ks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. 'l'O DO 'rHE _BLACK A .RT.-Containing a com. plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand togethe r with many wonderful experiments. By A. A.nderaon'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN IN VF.lNTOR.-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples. in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. 5f:'i. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstrnctl(}ns how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE INSTRUl\:IENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, lEolian Harp Xylo ph.,ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-ContaiDing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions fo r Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. B y John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinr complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Trickll. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A motit com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to u se them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 1 2. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to le.dies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on a.II subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you bow to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, In fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Jilvery young man and every young lady in the land shou ld have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.

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THE STAGE. No. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containiug a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. -!2. THE .BOYS OF Nl!':W YORK STUMP SPEAKER Contai?ing a .varied o f speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jok es. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE B9YS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J BQOK.;--Something new and very instructive. Every boy. obtam this as it contains full instructions for or gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. l\lULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke ever puhlisbe?, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contams a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc. of Terrence l\Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompter Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. N? 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latest Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Uerman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDElN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flo"7ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever published. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains r ecipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of past ry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO .KEEP HOUSEl.-It contains information for everybod y, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL No. 46. HOW TO M<\KE A.ND USE ELEOTRICITY.-'A de flcription of the wonderful qses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instruction! for making Electric Toys Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL l\fACHINES.-Con taining fnll directions for making electrical machines, induction coils dynamos. arid many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Oontaining a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustration:1 By A. Anderson. No. 31 HOW TO BECOM E A SPEAKER.-Containing foul" teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m<>fa simple and co ncis:i manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conductin d .. bates, outlines for debate[ 1 questions for discussion, and the bell sources for procuring info[mation on the questions iiven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation arl fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of har.dkerchi ef, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it coD tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, ..;,hich i8 in.teresting to everybody, botli old and young You cannot be happJi without one. No. 4. HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just issued by l<'rank Tousey. It contain s full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room apd at partiea, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 1 i. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One. of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worI. Everybody wishes to know how to become b eautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP illustrated inil containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, boboHnk, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAif"i!.: DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful aIIJ instructive book. Handsomely illu .. trated. Hy Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE A.ND SET TRAPS.-Including hintl on how to cakh moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird1. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoli Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-:&l valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinl and preserving birds, animals aud insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving coi!i' plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeRing:i taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained bv twenty-(light illustrations, making it the most complete book of t he kind enr published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BE001\1E A SCIENTIST.-'A useful l'ftld ill structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechani cs, mathematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. re ctions for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thi No. 9 HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled Kennedy. The secret given away. Every iute 1li\rent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete band-booli: foe this book of instructioqs, by l!, practical professor (delighting multimaking all kinds of candi, etc. tudes every night with bis wonderful imitations), can ma,ster the No. 84. HOW TO B.lliCOME A1Y AU'.l.'tt.OR.-Containing full art, and create any amonnt of fun for himse lf and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects the u se of words and the greatest book c>ver published, and there'ii millions (of fun) in it. mannel' of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the n eatness, legibility and gen eral c;om very valuable little book just published. A comp lete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor 01 drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A WOii mon ey than any book published. derful book, containing u sefu l and practical information in the 35. HO'V TO PLAY GAl\:CES.-A complete and u sefu l little treatment of ordinary diseas es and ailments common to eve17 book, containing the rules and re .gulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective r ecipes for general com bac kgammon croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVl!J CONUNDRuMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con the l eading conundrums of the day, amusing riddl es, curious catches taining valuable information r egarding the collecting and arranginl and witty sayings of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW '.1.'0 PI,AY C1ARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rules and r..__ '\rectious for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. I n whi c h he lays down some valuable bage Casino, Forty-Five, R:"": ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure1 Auction Pitc h All Fours, and many othe r popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dred interesting puzzles and conundi-ums, with key to same. A ing useful information r egarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain w. De w. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ElTIQUETTEl.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full expianations b ow to gain admittance, all about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, I}uties, Staff of Officers, .Post No. 33. HOW 'l'O BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette Guard, Police Regnlations, Fire Department, and all a boy should of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled and written by Lu S en arens, author pearing to good advantage at parties, bafls, the theatre, churclJ, and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." ln the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete in strnctions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, description No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, and everything a bo7 -Containing the most pupular seledions in use, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer m the Umted States Navy. Com dialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and written by I.u Senarens, author of "How. to Become With mtt,ny standard readings West Point Military Cadet. n PRICE 10 CENTS-EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.

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Fame and Fortune Weekly 4 STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A new issued every Friday Price 5 cents a copy This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage or passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on t rue incidents in the lives of our most successful self-mad e men, a nd show how a boy of pluck, persev:erance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the. home, although each numbe r is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists, and every effort is constantly being to 1make it. the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends .about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 .A Corner In Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 4, .A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Ont. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The C leverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contra ctors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His. Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers oJ' Wall Street. 10 .A Copper Harvest; or. The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 11 .A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 .A Diamond In the Rough ; or, A Brave Boy s Start In Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Ne rviest Boy In Wall Street. 14 .A Gold Bric k ; or, 'he Boy Who Could Not be Downed 15 .A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 .A Good Thing ; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; o r, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise In Life ; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, .A Bright Boy In Wall Street. 21 .All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them .All. 23 Bound to Win ; or, The Boy Who Got Rich 24 Pushing It Through ; or, The I<'ate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 'l'he Way to Succ ess; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or. The Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, 'l' h e Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Stre et. 31 .A Mad Cap Scheme ; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 32 .Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win ; or, The Foxiest Boy In Wall Street. 34 Tatters ; or, .A Boy from the Slums. 35 .A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 86 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Ra!!road. 37 the Brokers ; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done.". 38 A Rolhng Stone ; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never. Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy In Wall Street. 42 The Chance of His Lite; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune ; or, From Bell-Boy to M1llionaire 44 Out !or Business ; or, The Smartest Boy in Town. 45 .A Fav(lrite of Fortune; or, Striking It Rich In Wall Sheet. 46 Through Thick and Thin ; or, The Adventures of a Smart Boy 47 Doing His Level ,Best; or, Working His Way Up. 48 .Always on Deck ; or, The Boy Who MJide His Mark. 49 A Mint o f Money; or, The Young Wall Street Broker. 50 The Ladder of Fame ; or, From Office Boy to Senator. 51 On the Square ; or, The Success of an Honest Boy 52 .After a Fortune ; or, The Pluckiest Boy In the West. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonder of Wall Street. 54 Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became President. 55 Heir to a Million; or, The Boy Who Wa!I Born Lucky. 56 Lost in the Andes : or, The Treasure of the Burled City. 5 7 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Wall Street. 58 .A Lucky Chance; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success; or, The Career ot a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasin!$ Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy in Wall Street. 61 Rising m the world; or, From Factory Boy to Manager. 62 E'rom Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor BQY's Chance For sale by all newsdeale rs or will be sent to any address on receipt Of price, 5 per copy, in moU"ey or postage stamp::;, FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yort IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE S!"ORY EVERY W"EEK Price 5 Cents BY THE BEST AUTHORS 11' HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED COVERS 32-PAGES OF READING MATTER Price 5 Cents ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY-._ Interesting Stories of Adventure In All Parts of the World ,. TAKE NOTICE! .._ This handsome weekly contains intensely interesti ng stories of adventure on a great variety o f subjects Each num. ber is replete with rousing s ituation s and liveiy incid e nts. 'l'he h er oes are bright, manly fellows, who overcome all obstacles by s h eer force of brain s and grit and win well merited success We hav e secured a s taff of n e w authors, who write the se stories in a manner which will be a source of plea sure and profit to th e reader. Each number has a handsome col ored illustration made by the mo s t expert artists. L arge s um s of money are b eing spent to make this one of the bes t weeklies ever published ..... Here is a List of Some of the Titles ..... 1 Smashing the Auto Record ; or, By Edward N. Fox. Bart Wilson at the Spee d Lever. 17 The Keg of Diamonds ; or, After the Treasure of the Caliphs. By 2 Oil' the Ticker; or, Fate at a Moment's l\'oti ce By Tom Dawson. 3 l<'rom Cadet to Captain; or, Dick Danford's West Point l\'erve. l:sy Lieut. J. J. Barry. Tom Dawson. 18 Sandow, Junior; o r, The Boy Who Looked Puny. By Prof. Oliver Oweno. 4 The Get-There Boys; or, Making Things Hum in Honduras. l ?red Warburton. 19 Won by Bluff; or, Jack l\Iason's Marble Face. By Frank Irving. By 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The I Jerald's Star Reporter. By A. 5 Written in Cipher; or, The Skein Jack Barry Unravell ed. By Pror. Oliver Ow ens. 6 The No-Good Boys; or, Downing a Tough Name. By A. Howard De Witt. 7 Kicked oil' the Earth; or, 'red Trim' s Hard Luck Cure. By Rob Roy. 8 Doing it Quick: o r Ike Brown's Hustle at Panama. By Captain Hawthorn, U. S. N 9 In the 'Frisco Earthquake; or, Bob Brags Day of Terror. By Prof. Oliver Owens. 10 We, Us & Co.; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudevill e Show. By Edwaid N. Fox. 11 Cut Out for an Officer; or, Corporal Ted i n the Philippines. By Howard De Witt. 21 Under the Vendetta's Steel ; or, A Yankee Boy in Corsica. By Lieut J. J. Barry. 22 Too Green to Buru; or. The Luc k of Being a Boy. By Rob Roy. 23 In Fool' s Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had Things Easy. By Fred Warburton. 24 One Boy in a Million; or, The Trick That Paid. By Edward N. 25 In Spite of Himself; or, Serving the Russian Police. By Prof. Oliver Owens. 26 Kicke d into Luck: or, The Way !\'ate Got There. By Rob Roy. 27 Tbe Prince of Opals: or, Tbe l\lan-Trap of Death Valley. By A. Howard De Witt. Lieut. J. J. Barry. 28 Living in His Hat; or, The Wi de World His Home. By Edward 12 A Fool for Luck; or, The Boy "\Ybo Turned Boss. By l red War Fox. burton. 29 All for President Diaz; or, A Hot Time In l\Iexi co. By Lieut. J. J 13 'rhe Great Gaul "Beat"; or, Phil Winston's Start in R eporting. Barr y. By A. Howard D e Witt. 30 Tbe Easiest Ever: or. How Tom Filled a Money Barrel. By Capt. 14 Out for Gold ; or, 'l'he Boy Who Knew the Difference. By Tom Hawthorn, U. S. N. Dawson. 31 In the Sultan's Eye; or, Beating the Porte' s Game. By Tom 15 The Boy Who Balked; or, Bob Brisbane's Big Kick. By Frank Dawson. Irvind, 32 'l'b e Crater of Gold; or, D i c k Hope s Find in the Philippines. By 16 Slicker than Silk;, or, Tbe Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Roy. Fred Warburton For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents p e r copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY B .ACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can b e obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books yo u want and w e will send them to you by re-turn mail. POS'J'AGE S'l'AMPS '.l'Al{EN 'l'HE A5 MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ...... , ..... ...... 190 Dr.An Srn Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .......................................... ""' '' '' '\i\TIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ..................................................... " WORK AND \VIN, Nos ... : ................ .......... . ............................ " WILD WEST \VEEKLY, Nos .............. ............................................. " PL1J CJ<: AND LUCK. Nos ........... : ................................... e " SECRET SERVICE, NOS ....... ................ ............................. " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Nos ............. ...................................... .. " T en-Cent Hand Books, Nos ......... ..................................... : ..... N ame. . . . . . . . . ...... Stree t and No. . . . ............ T own ...... ... State ... .....


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