Neptune no. 1, or, The volunteer fire boys of Blackton


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OR THf VOLUNTEER f IRE BOYS DF8LACKTON /fA/#17%. ''Catch for your lives!" roared Foreman Dick over all the crackle, throb and din. Straight and t rue he sent that old, friendly rope to the mother at the window. "Make fast! I'm coming up!" cheered Dick. "If I can live there!" he gritted.

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WIDE 'AWAKE WEEKLY A CO/tf'PLETE WEEK. IHved Weekl11-B11 Subacrlption f2.50 pet" year. Entet"ed accof"dinq to A.of of Conqt"eaa, in the 11ear 1906, in the ofrl.ce or the Librarian of Oonqt"e11, Washington, D. C., by Frank Touaey, Pvbliaher, 24 Union Squa1e, Sew York. I No. 38. NEW YORK, JANUARY 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. OR, The Vo1untee11 Fi11e Soys of 131aekton By ROBERT LENNO X CHAPTER I. 1 into a social club into which all 0 the young men of the better to-do families were now eager for admittance. BOUNCED OUT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. It stamped a young man in Blacldon a s b e ing s om e body" s o c i.ally i on l y h e could show the handsome gold "Here come s Mayor Sharp, volunte e red Matt Rivers, as badge that had bee n adopted by this exclusive volunteer a buggy turned the corner and rolled rapidl y up the street. fire crew. "And' he looks mad all the way through added Hob As llfayor Sharp, who was "only a business man," faced Sims. this societ y young man 0 Blackton, Fred Mason grew The crowd 0 youn gs ter s around the open doorway of : rather haughty, though an amused smi l e was just visible in the fire house of Neptun e No. 1 dre w bac k rathe r hastily a s his eyes. the buggy s topp e d a t the c urb. "Mas on," b egan the mayor, sharply, "you--" Mayor Jason Sh a rp. s hort pud gy, hut inte nsely active, "l\fi s t e r Mas on, if you will kindly remember the fact came snortin g up the s hort roadway to the fir e house. drawl e d the y oung man, in his most impertinent manner. "vVher e s Mason?" h e d e manded. "Mas on," r e tort e d th e city's head, quickly, "be good "Er-Mister Mason i s here Mist e r 1\Iay or r e plied enou g h t o h o l d your tongue and rem e mber that you aTe a tall well-drcssecl and rather aristocr atic young man as bein g addressed hy th e c hi e f executive of the cit y !" he steP,ped forward. "I am li s t e nin g sir," replied Mason, more quietly, but Fred Mason was foreman 0 the volunte e r crew 0 firewith a trace 0 mockery in his voice. men whd ran with Neptune No 1. "Mas on, where were you la s t night?" demanded the This engine and c r e w were s t a tion e d in the fiJJ,est resimayor, shooting off the question as i it were a g un. d e nce part of the thriving, hustling, busy little city 0 "Do you cons id e r Mr . Mayor that you have any right Blackton. to a s k me that que s tion or th a t I am bound to answer it ?P Mas on and some s core 0 hi s frie nds, most of them be-qu e ri e d the young foreman, cooly. lon g in \ to th e w e althiest and mos t prominent familie s 0 The littl "I.mayor openly gasped at this impudence; while Blackton, had organized the crew of Neptune No. 1 about the members 0 Neptune No. 1 openly ranged up behind a year before. their coolly-spoken leader. They had starte d the whole thing more as a, l ark, and "Do I consider-what?" demanded Mayor Sharp. because most of the member s were fond of adventure. "Yolmg man, let me tell you what I consider. I consill e r From a fun-loVing crowd they had turned No. that, or the present, I am the mayor 0 this town. As suc h,

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2 NEPTUNE NO. 1. I am par t icularly re s pon s ible for the police and fire depart ments, a nd I have full powers. For instance, I can dis miss--" "0 h, di smis s m e e h ?" s n e er e d Mason. "Bah You can dismiss no.thing I'm not obliged to stay in the fire department, and, if it is no longer to be a place for gentle men--" "Stop right where you ar e," interrupted the mayor, freezingly. Mr. Sharp drew from a pocket a pad of paper, from another a fountain pen. Where he stood, near the doorway, he began to write, re peating the words aloud : "By virtue of the power invested in me-" "Humph!" s neer e d Mas on, and winked at the now rather s tartled young men b e hind him. "--and for good and sufficient reason," went on the mayor writing car e fully, "I hereby dismiss from the fire department of Blackton--" Jo you don t," shouted Fre d Mason, s harply. "You can't dismi s s m e I withdraw from y our old fire depart ment. I'm sic k of it!" From the oth e r members of Ne ptune One, standing behind Mason came a prompt v o lley of h and-clap ping "I hereby di smiss from the fir e depart m ent o f Bl ack ton," re-read the may or, "the p resent foreman, Mason, and every member of the cr e w of Neptun e No. 1." Without looking up, Mr. Sharp signed this order. There was no hand-clapping this tiI:iie. Ins tead th e r e was a blank, a s toni s hed silence. Then Will Rup e rt, one of Mas on' s closest friends, stepped forward, eyeing the stout little old man kee nly. "What does this mean, Mr. Mayor?" Rup ert d e mand e d sternl y He tried to s tare Mr. Sharp down, b u t without "Shall I read the order again ? ask e d the ma y or, drily. "But this i s outra geous sir!" c r ied D a bnex Platt, another of the bounced firem e n. "Is it?" a s ked the mayor, quietl y "Then you can have l'ecourse to the cour t s ." "But in what li ght does thi s hig h-handed proceeding put us?" demanded Crim Hollings. "It puts you in the li ght of mutine e r s I suppose," went on the mayor, calml y "That' s what you ar e You are members of the volunteer fire d e p a rtment. As such y<>u are bound to respond to fires. Y e t you were all absent from your post s of duty last ni g ht. Haskell s s tore was on fir e Volley No. 2 r e spond e d and d i d s pl e ndid work. But where was Neptune No. 1? Its lJ,lernbe r s off at a dance in anoth e r t own! Yet you call yourse lves fire m en. Do you under s tand, men that, throu g h your ne g l e ct of duty, Haskell 's store was burn d to the ground? Th insurance companie s are out about e i ght thousand dollar s If they hear of your conduct the in s uranc e compani e s may raise the rate a dollar a thou s and, p e rhaps two dollars? Do you imagine that th e c itizen s of Blackton are going to stand for any such 'JOnduct ?" "Las t night was the night of the DeGraw ball, over at Wheatlei g h Mr. All the members of thi s fire com pan y being in the social set, w e re invited to that ball." He paused, expect ing to see the may or wince, for that offic ial had not bee n even thought of as a guest o f the D e Graw s But Mr. Sharp replied promptly: "Young m e n who consider their society duties ahead of t heir duties as fire m e n are of no use to this town." "But thi s s hall not happ e n a g ain, Mr. urgeq Will Rupert, tr}'ing to make peace. it s hall not.._ for n o n e of you shall s e rve the city ag ain whil e I am m ay or," r e pli e d the little old man curtly. And n ow, young m e n, i t seem s to m e that I should not n eed to s uggest to y ou tha t you hav e no furth e r e x c use for lingerin g here. 'l'hi s hou s e b e longs to the fire d e partment." "We will g o a s soon a s w e a r e throu g h with our own lit t le talk r e pli e d Mas on, stiffl y ''I trust, Mr. Sharp, that you will n ot feel c all e d upon t o intrude on the private conv ersation of gentle m en." "Ce rtainl y n ot, r e plied th e mayor. "You can have your pr ivat e c h a t that you please, except in a public build i ng. "We have decid e d to hold our chat here," retort e d Mason, s till s p e aldn g s tiffly. "Yoiu c an t r ej oin e d the li t tle mayor, doggedly. "Leave t hi s fire d e p a r t m e n t buildin g !" W e w ont!" flas h e d Fre d M a son, defiantly. "You can t p u t u s out in t his manner." Can t, eh?" Mayor Sharp turned crisply on his heel. As h e did s o he caught sight of Night Policeman Stearns. "Ste arn s," directed the mayor, halting, here. These y oun g m e n no lon g er b e lon g to the fire department . I have disbanded t hei r c ompan y I h ave al s o o rder e d them to leave thi s building, and the y r efose. Give them five minutes, officer in whi c h to l eave If any are inside the build i n g af te r five minutes, arrest them! If any refuse to be take th e ir name s and g e t out warrants against th e m for trespas s and resisting a police officer. You under stand?" "Yes Mr. M a yor." "Then do yo1.1r duty .as an officer, Stearns, better than they did th e ir s as fir e men. If you need any assistance, I shall b e within c all outside." As Mr. S tearns l e f t the build i n g, he found himself in the mids1t o f a thro n g of eage r-faced boys, whos e ages ranged anyw)lere from s i x teen to e i g hte e n. "Good evening, boys," g reeted th e mayor, kindly. H e lik e d boys., and was a g r eat favorite with them. "Good e v e nin g, Mr. Mayor!" came the prompt chorus. Mr. Sharp halt e d and looke d ove r the litt l e crowd. "Boys," he s aid s lowly, w hen you grow up I hope that mos t of you will feel c all e d u p on to take a t erm in our volunt e er fir e dep artme nt. And I hope that all of you who do will tak e a more serious view of your dut1es than was

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NEPTUNE NO. 1. 3 taken by the memb e r s of the just-rusbanded company, Nep tune No. 1." "We will, Mr. Mayor!" "Three big cheers for the mayor!" The cheers were given with a will, while the fat little mayor eyed them in surprise. "Boys," he remarked, with a twinkle in eyes, "if you were voters, and old enough to hold office, I should feel certain that you wanted-something!" '"We do want something Mr. Mayor!" "Aha! W e ll, what is it, Cit i zens of To-morrow?" "Dick! "Dick Gerald!" "Tell the mayor, Dick!" "Yes; tell me, please, Dick," begged the mayor, laugh fogly, as Dick Gerald, acknowledged l eade r of the boys of Blackton. was pushed forward by his eager mates. Dick was not as tall as many other boys of seventeen. But, for his age, h e was broad-shouldered. He was com .Jactly built, and everyone who had gone against him in a foot ball scrimmage! on the common knew that he wa. s strong. His hair was of the darkest brown; had it been a shade or two darker it would have been black. His eyes were a deep, ri c h blue, lik e the deep sea on a "I'll r epeat it, if you wish "Mr. Mayor, we want to come into our birthright." "'What's that?" "We want to b ecome firemen-at once." "How ? What? I don't understand, boys." "Mr. Mayor," Dick Gerald went on, earnestly, "you've di sbanded the N ept unes in earnest, haven t you?" "So earnestly," replied Mr. Sharp, with emphasis, "that they'll never be firemen oga:in, as long as I m mayor of Bla ckton." "That being the case, Mr. Mayor," put in Dick, boldly, "we are going to ask that you allow u s to organize a volun teer fire company. We'll take out old Neptune One, and you' ll never have ca use to say that Neptune One didn't respond." "But--;-why, you're only boys," gaspe d the perplexed mayor. "That's all ri g ht, sir," argued Dick, cheerfully. "You did us the honor to say that we were n?-tural firemen. We want a chance, Mr. Mayor, to back up your statement." "But I'd hav e to ask the City Council." "To-night will be a bully time for that, Mr. Mayor," Dick retorted, smi lin g l y "The Council meets to-night." "YJJs; in about t e n minutes," r e plied Mr. Sharp, glanc ing at his watch. da y They were resolut e eyes, too, when need be. "And you ll ask the Council, sir?" "Yes; I'll ask 'em." But just now they were full of ea rne st nes s inst ead. "Hurrah!" For our hero had a' wonderful thing to ask of the may'f Yet, after the first blush of confusion, this boy, the son Again cheers drowned out th e mayor, so that he was if an assistant foreman down at Hampden's Mill, was obliged to hold up hi s hand for silence. to it.. "I'll ask the Council, boys, but r e member that the Coun Mr. Mayor," he began, r espectfu lly, "may I begin my cil may not say 'yes' to my request." case by asking a few questions?" "But you'll do your b est to make the Council say 'yes,' "Why, yes, Dick, i f that will h e lp out any," responded won't you Mr. Mayor?" pleaded Dick Gerald "All we the mayor, good-ht;mo redl y want i s a cha nce. If we don t make good, can be kicked "You go to all the most important fires in FOWn, Mr. out, just as the old Neptune crew was." Mayor "Blazes!" murmured the mayor to himself "I half be"r? Of course." lieve I will try to put it through Boys love to fight fire. "And you see about all that there is to see at fires?" These youngst ers would do worlds better than any society, "I try to." dancing-struck dudes could do." "Have you ever noticed how many boys there are,...at all 1'Boys," called out the mayor, still holding up his hand, big Blackton fires?" "I'm going to try to get the Council to agree I "Have I?" smi led the mayor. "Again, of course can't swear in any young fireman who hasn't the written "And those boys are always eage r to help, are they not, consent of one of his parents. Those of you who can get Mr. Mayor?" Dick persi sted such consent, and who want to run with Neptune One, be "They are," replied the mayor quickly. "From what outside the City Hall to night when the Council ad j ourns, I've seen of the boys of Blackton, I shoti ld say that they and I'll bring you the news." are born firemen." "Hurrah!" "That's the stuff," shouted one mischievous imp at the "Three cheers for--" rear of the little crowd. "No, no, no, boys! No cheers. We haven't time for that. "Hurrah!" And remember, if the Council does say 'yes,' you'll have to "Three more cheers for tl1e mayor!" be agreed on a foreman and assistant foreman foT your "What does this mean?" demanded M r. Sharp, perplexcompany who will suit me as mayor. Now, be off with you, edly "Come, come, Dick, you're the spokesman, so get o n and leave me to attend to my own duties." the job." So, wi'thout cheering, and almost in si l e nce, tlie young"Mr. Mayor, you have sai d that we are born firemen." I ste r s scur ried away ju st as the door of the fire-hous e opened

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NEPTUNE NO. 1. and Fred Mason led out the shame-faced crew who had been bounced from the fire department. Policeman Stearns locked the door after them and took the key away. Mason and his friends had plenty of "political pull" in the town. The boys watched these bounced young firemen go with only half-concealed jeers and grins. But. Mason and his comb.des did not linger. They were in haste to get their friends among the prom irnmt citizens to hurry over to the meeting of the Council. But all went quietly in the big Council Chamber at the little City Rall until Mayor Sharp about nine o'clock an nounced: "The Council will now go into executive All not members will please withdraw." There was an astonished, indignant }rnsh. "Withdraw!" repeated the mayor, a trifle sharply. Then, behind closed doors, Mayor and Co1mcil deliber ated for more than: half an hour. When it was all over the members of the City govern ment came out to the steps of the City Hall. "Fellow citizens," announced Mr. Sharp, "in the inter ests of a better fire department, the Council has authorized me to swear in one company of boys. We're going to give 'em a trial as :fire-fighters." 1 Fred Mason and his recent fellow-firemen were in the crowd. Almost to a man they hissed. But Mayor Sharp appeared to hear nothing of the hiss. "All the young men who have the necessary permission from their parents may follow me inside," he remarked. There was a rush for the door. Nearly forty boys got inside, Dick being pushed along at their head. One after another, sitting at the head of the Council tablr, the mayor r eceived their littl e s lip s of paper. "Really, boys," he announced, "there are so many appli cants that I need the advice of those who are to be your officers. Who, do you think, would make the best man?" Back came the answer in a tremendous chorus: "Dick Gerald!" CHAPTER I II. DICK TAKES OLD NEPTUNE IN HAND. "There couldn't be a better choice," beamea the fat little mayor. "And who for assistant foreman?" "Ted Pond!" came the chorus, as perfectly as if the youngsters had drilled in it. "Another excellent choice," commented the mayor. Ted was slim, dark-eyed and dark-haired, and tall. He was just the sort of fellow that Dick Gerald would be likely to pick out for his best friend. Ted was quiet, and had a shy look. But he could rise to a : ny emergency when he had Dick Q-erald to leltd him on. "Now, then Gerald and Pond, stand beside me," directed Mayor Sharp. "Help me to pick out the best candidates." Rapidly they were passed upon. Besides the two young officers, already chosen, only eigh teen boy' s were needed. There more than two applicants for every vacancy. Had Dick been a politician, he might have had to hesi tate, and do much sail-trimming. But, as he had an eye o];tly to those who would be of the most use in the fire department, he chose quickly, with Ted's help. Within ten minutes the new crew of Neptune One was lined up for swearing in. Raising his own right hand, and being followed in this by every new member of the department, Mayor Sharp ad ministered the oath in the most impressive fashion. This done, he said, simply: "I'm not going to lecture you on your new duties . Your company is only on trial, and I'm going to let you young fellows show just what you believe your duties to be." Dick, who had been standing erect, at attention, now asked: "Are we dismissed, Mr. Mayor?" "Yes." 1 "Then, sir, I shall march the new crew down to the fire house to make sure that everything about the apparatus is in order. "An excellent first move, Foreman Gerald." Officer Stearns came forward to hand our hero a coJiec tion of keys. "They all fit the door," explained the policeman. "I made Mason's crowd give 'em up." Dick passed the keys around. Then he called : "Neptune One; fall in outside." Eagerly the youngsters piled out. 1 Outside there were still a hundred or so citizens standing by. Mnson and a few of his late comrades still lingered, falk ing indignantly with a few of the more prominent of Blackton. "Neptune One, fall in!" called Dick, not loudly, but in a clear voice that ca_rried far. of the boys, having had military drill at the high school or having seen it there, knew just how to fall in. Speedily Dick dressed them to the left. Then his clear commands rang out: "Twos left-left forward-march!" Down the street the little company marched, moving with a sturdy military tread, and every boy's heart filled high with pride over the new honor. At the door of the fire Dick halted his new company, and broke ranks. Inside they speedily had the lamps lighted. Several of the youngsters made a break for the rows of .fire helmets standing on hat-pins at the rear of the house. "Back here!" called Dick, half-sharply. "Never mind

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NEPTUNE NO. 1. 5 th e p a r ade part yet. Attent i o n I we'll look over the appa 1 w i t h bot h ea.r s open. A n d 11ow, :is ;t's ldc, frllows, I ratu s firs t. Eve r y fellow remembe r to b e att e n tive, R n c l do g uess th is will b e about a ll ." just what he 's t old to." C omp a n y's dis mi ssed," Teel Ponc1 as s o m e of the Th e fir s t thing was to run off the full l e ngth of th e two fellows did not seem to und e r s t a n d reel s "But not th e way Maso n's Neptunes w ere, beda d broke Dick insp e cted one line T e d the other. in P a t s y Murphy ; at whi c h a lau g h w a s r a i sed. Both r e ported 0. K. Dick was. the last to leave t h e fire -house. Th e n the buc kets, pikes, axes and o t h e r implem e nts of H e took a ca r e ful loo k aroum1 b e for e he putout the last fir e -fightin g w e r e examined and c oun te d lamp and locked the door. Th e workin g g e a r of the hand e n gine-o ld N eptune"I hope we' ll be able to prove some real good," was tested. he murmur e d a s he dropped the key in hi s pocket. Squ e ak s a b i t Dick halfg rumbl e d "Bring m e th a t On t hat home ward s troll he had time to think of some-o i l can thing that h a d been furthest from his thoughts in the la s t with a v e r y seriou s l ook in hi s eyes h e w e n t over t h e hour of th a t s till Sept eml:\e r nig ht. part s th a t n eeded o ilin g "Forema n Ger a l d Th a t s ound s well-mig hty well," he Next th e F heel hub s of t h e hand e n g in e w e r e f ound to mur m ured, p roudl y b e somewha t -dr y Th e n t h e r e c a m e a queer flash into .hi s e y e s as h e a dd ed, These w e r e w e ll g reased. seriou s l y : 'I'h e n th e t ru c k was looked into and ove rh a ul ed. 'Forema n Ger a ld a nd Ne p t un e One, w e ll done It was n e arl y e l e v e n o 'cioc k tha t ni ght whe n t h e n e w would s o und b ette r h e told himself, g riml y W e s h all m embe r s of Neptune One f elt tha t eve r ything was in the see. best s h a p e fOr a prompt and effec tiv e r e sponse to any alarm. Di c k was p a ssin g thro u gh t h e "sw e llest resid e nce part A ttention!" called Di ck, aga in. of the to w n. H e h a d mounted the t ru ck, s tanding on the rubber H e d i d n o t live t h ere but t hi s street offe r e d him th e bl a nk e t s that wer e folded in plac e ove r the l a dders. shorte s t c u t t o hi s own home ; a tid y li ttle c o t t age i n whic h Th e fir s t word in this new cQID.pany," Minounced the he liv e d wit h hi s fat h e r his mot h e r, a nd h is eight-yearp ld youn g, foreman "is to be 'di s ciplin e .' We'r e not g oin g to s i ste r, N e lli e b e t o y :firem e n jus t beca use we're young. I'm under the A bloc k fur th er dow n Dick espi e d a figur e s tand i n g und e r ord e r s of Fire Chi e f H a v e n s T e d P o nd i s und e r m y order s on e o f th e trees. and t h e rest o f you a re under t h e o rders of the m a yor or As h e drew n ea r e r, our h ero m a d e ou t the fa c e of Fred of an y officer of the fire dep a .rtment. I s that unde rs tood ? Mason. Yes,'' c am e b ack t h e chorus, acc ompani e d b y h e ar ty Nor was i t a pl easant face to look upon ju s t then. nods. "Mason mus t feel s ore," thoug h t the n e w for e man of "Now, w e're not g o i n g to h a v e t h e t r o ubl e tha t t h e old Nept une One. c rew d id. Whe n t h e al arm rings, w e' r e goin g to turn out-Mason did, for hi s ope ning r e m a rk was : ni ght o r day, pl easant o r sto miy Th e fell o w w h o can't W e ll snip e how does the new honor wear?" keep t h a t gait will h a veto get out and m a k e roo m for some Dick halted with in three feet of th e young man. bet t e r fe llow." "What did you c all m e ? "That's right, a pprov e d Ted. "'S1J i pe,' was n' t it?" leered Mason. "Of cour se, once in a while, everyone of you fell q w s will "What d o you mean b y it?" want a little clea.r time," Dick went on. "But no f e llow "Oh, a lmo st anything, qrawl e d Mason. shall leave town, or do anything th a t will put him past Di c k looked a t him fixedl y buit h a r d l y a n gr il y answering an a larm without first c omin g to m e and get ting A r e you trying to pi c k a q uarre l wit h me, Mason?" p e rmission. Not mor e t han two f ellows sh a ll have p e rmi s Ne ith e r trying to. p ick n o r avoi r l o ne," r e turn e d the sion in the s a me d ay Th a t ought to l eave u s a full workin g y oun g m a n wit h mor J o f that same drawl i n g impudence crew. And ; fellows, you m a y b e s ure that I don't intend to for whic h h e h a d p aid so dearl y to the mayor. take imy more tim e than the rest of yo'\1 get." Dick s till stood eye in g t h e ex-for e m a n qui et ly. "Oh, you won't Di c k caJled M att River s "You'll b e a "We ll demanded Ma!
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NEPTUNE NO. 1. "My betters?" asked Dick, wonderingly "Perhaps you don't know them when you see them?" "Do you?" The question came quietly, simp ly but its direct coolness threw the ex-foreman i,nto. a greate r rage. "Dick Gerald, you're about the freshest boy I've seen Now, don't try any more freshness with me, for I 'm in no mood to stand it to-night." "I suppose you must :feel a trifle sore," Dick admitted with pretended politeness. "Now, what do you mean by that?" The flash in Mason 's eyes and the squaring of hi s should ers were suggestive of a fight that could be expected at once. "What do I mean?" Dick repeated. "Why, its pret ty tough, of course, to be told that one isn't fit for the public service of a small place like Blackton." "Not fit?" quivered the taller one. "Why, that's about what the mayor said, wasn't it?" "Never mind the mayor," raged Mason. "Stick to your self. What do you mean by talking to me in this fashion?" "Why, I believe you started the talk yourself, didn't you? I thought you had something to say to me." "So I have!" "Out with it, Mason, then." "Don't talk to me in that familiar way, Gerald. Don't forget the Mister to my name when you use it." "I'll r emember when you do," proposed Dick, a smile breakin g through his eyes. "Just as soon as you saw your tonight, Gerald, you sneaked up to the mayor, and suggested that he form a new crew." "Well, I knew that he needed one." "What was the matter with our crew?" "That was. the mayor's business. He had di s banded your crew." "But he would have reinstated us as soon as he cooled off." "I don't think so; Mason." "Instead of that you s ill y knew the mayor's weak ness, and you climbed all arounrl the old dolt and got him to agree to this fool plan of having a boy company." "Time will sbow whether th e boy company is any good," retorted, icily. "It will make a laughingstock of Blackton, just as you've made a laughingstock of the old Neptune crew!" blazed Mason. "Whatever has been to you, you did to yourselves," Dick replied. "For one thing, you were mighty impudent to the mayor of this town." lie, Gerald. I did no more than any fellow of spirit--" .,, "Any fellow cxf spirit r esents being called a liar/' broke in Dick, his fists doubling. "I'll trouble you, Mason, to take that word back." "You will?" sneered Mason. "Who in blazes are you?" "A decent sort of citizen on the whole, I believe," returned Dick. "Will you take that wor;l back?" "You little piece of dirt!" snee red Fred Mason. Dick's fist unclenched. But, swift as a fl.as h he leaned forward, landin g a sting ing blow with his open hand across Fred Mason' s mouth "Just keep your temper, Mason, and talk like a gentle man-if you know how!" came the quick warning "What do you know about gentlemen?" flared Mason, drawing back, his own fists doubling again "Anything that I know about 'em I didn't learn from you!" taunted Dick. "You insolent young ragmuffin !" "I won't hit you for that," said Dick more calmly. "There's many a :fine fellow obliged to wear rags, while some worthless but wehlthy loafer like you, never did any thing but go to dances and stand before a looking-glass learnin g how to put on airs:: I believe I'd rather be a good, decent ragmuffin than a thing like-you!" From which it will be understood that Dick, too, was warming up, though he was :fighting hard within himself to keep his temper under control. Mason, suddenly, without any warning, and just as Ger a l d thought he was going to back down, let fly with his fists. Mason was no weakling. One of his fists landed on Dick's neck with force enough to knock the boy fl.at. "Don't get up until you a.polgize, either," ordered Ma son, standing over the fallen boy and glaring threateningly down at him. But Dick with a swift roll, carried himself some yards away from his adversary. Then Dick: leaped to hi s feet just as Mason pounced upon him. Fred struck out, but Dick dodged and landed on the taller fellow's wind. "Ouch!" gasped Mason, as he started to stagger. Swa.t Bifl' Dick's two fists landed, one on Mason's nose, s'tarting the blood, and the other on his left temple. Aro und spun Mason, lurched and htt the gro und. "Y Qu-young-footpad !" gasped the son of a wealthy father. He lay where he was, making no offe r to get up. "Got enough, Mr Impudence?" questioned Dick. Mason, still lying fl.at, made no answer "I guess you have, anyway," smi ed Di ck. "I can't be lieve that you simp l y haven't the nerve to get up!" "You-footpad!" "I'll help you to your feet, if you need assistance," proposed Dick. "I don't want any of your help! Go home!" "Why, yes, I believe I will, if my presence is all that is causin g you to lie on the sidewalk," laughed Dick, good humor e dly. "Good -n ight, Mason!" !lick st rode on homeward.

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NEPTUNE .N 0. 1. Fred Mas on was about to get up, when he heard some ( Dick was still counting. I That's eighteen," one coming. he murmured. Clos ing his eyes_, he.lay quite still until the new-comers, "Av course," growled Patsey. "More wurrk cut out 'for two of his own friends of the old Neptune crew, stumbled Volley Two!" 1 r.cross him. The fire, if there reall v was one, was not in Neptune's They tried to revive hitn, but Mason pretended to be district on a first alarm .. unconscious. Then they got him home, where, after some minutes of work by the friends and the anxious members of the fam ily, Fred seemed to recover. "That young scoundrel, Dick Gerald, jumped on me like a footpad," explained Mason, in a pretendedly weak voice. "If he didn't go through me, it was because he heard some one coming, and was scared into running off." That charge was not made public all at once. But Mason's friends and family considered how to bring the "crime" back to Dick Gerald, now foreman of :N' eptune One CHAPTER III. DEATH ON THE FIRE ROPE During the whole of the next fortnight Blackton didn't have a fire that counted. There were two little fires in the downtown busines s section, not ar :from the railway station and Hampden s Mills. I But the s e in the district of Volley Two. Neptune One didn't respond to calls there, except upon second alarm. Dick Gerald, however, made the most of this time of rest. He drilled his boy crew daily, and three times, by per mission of the mayor, he turned his lads out on false alarms for practice. "Sorra th' bit av a foire the town's had, since we came in," grumbled Patsey Murphy, one evening, early, when most of the fellows were gathered in the little hall or club room at Neptune's home. "We're mascots for the town, then," smiled Dick. "A town doesn't live by the fires it has and the property that's destroyed." "But we would like to try our new toys,'' sighed Matt Rivers. "Cheer up," urged Dick. "There'll be all you want of it through the year. There always is." "It'll be just our luck," groaned Hob Sims, to have nothing happen for s o long that the Council will disband us a s being unnecessary." Ding It was the fir s t shrup note of an incoming alarm." At that first note Dick macle a dive for the brass sliding rocl that s tood up through the center of a twQ-and-a-half foot hole in the floor. He s hot clown that pole like greased lightning. Then Teel slid after hi,m. Down came the other fire lads now, as fast as they could catch holcl of the pole. "Now that we're down, we may as well wait," suggested Dick. "May as well go home and play casino with your sis ters," grumbled Matt" Rivers. "There won't be anything doing for us to-night." But Dick, just by way of preparation, threw the doors o.pen. "Get your helmets on, anyway, fellows. It won't do any harm to be good and ready, if anything should turn in." As for himself, our hero went over to a little cupboard in the corner, to which he carried the only key. From this cupboard he took one of the delights of his soul. It was long, slender, sinuous rope. Slender as it was, its roughened surface gave good hold for the hands. Made principally of a sbestos fiber, this rope could not burn in the fiercest blaze. Dick had already donned his fire b e lt. At the right side was a catch on which the asbestos rope could hang. Dick dropped it in place ancl made it fast. Then he stepped towai 1 the door, lookjng out. "Gracious, fellows, b i '; that looks like something of a blaze, after all," cried ick, as he saw the sky over the business section sudden] brighten and glow. Ding I came off the ng. Dong I "Two! cried Dick. 1 10 your places, fellows I" After a short pause two came in again. Twenty-two I That was the signal for a second al1trm. After it the ;ame old box-number started to ring But Dick never waited to hear the box number. There was just one box in Blackton from which a second alarm could come in at this time. "Run her out, fellows! Whoop!" Dick was at the pole-end of the hand engine as it flew out of the fire house and turned so swiftly that it was nearly upset. But with a cheer the machine was dragged onward at an ever quickening pace. Clattering close behind came -the truck, under command of Ted Pond. Neptune One was off to its first fire under the new crew I The blaze had now gained such headway that Main Street s eemed deserted a s Neptune One hustled into it. The fire seemed to be in Page Street, just beyond Main Street and running parallel with it. But Dick was already enough of a fireman to know that he must run not to the fire, but to the box. He turned, and ran the engine down Main Street to the next corner.

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s NEPTUNE NO. 1.'-. Here he and the fellows with him mad e a rattlin g swift "Keep it there-steady!" ord_rel l Dick, and turned back turn and headed for Page Street. to see what his axe-men and pike-men couU do, if anyAt the corner sat Chief Havens, in his buggy thing to Clancy Street, Neptune!" roared the chief. But he saw nothing, just then, for these extras to do. "Get at !he back of the fire. I'll follow you!" "Looks aa if there could be a bit more pressure from P an ting, but full of grit and purpose, these sprinting :firo the hydrant," murmured th e yuung foreman. lad s raced clown for the next block. He ran around the Neptune, to the further sidewalk. Aro: und the corner into Clancy Street they raced. Yes; a short turn gave more force volume to the And now they saw the work that was cut out for them! st ream. The fire, s tarting in a paint -shopa in Page Street, had Then his eyes glanced upward along the building, and I spread to the furniture s tor e next to it. noted an open window. Bac k of both buildings the flames had spread, seizin g "Is every one out of that house?'' he bellowed, to no upon a threes tory dwelling-house that fronted on Clancy one in particular Street. "They'd better be out," mutte red Matt, who stood by Through the lower story of thi s house the smoke was hi s s ide. "We could never run ladders up there. The already pouring, backed by an occasional burst of flame. flames would eat the rung s off in thirty seconds. "Get your stream on that, Gerald, without los ing a sec-But, just as Dick was turning hi s eyes a.way, a woman's ond !" bellowed Chief Haven s face appeared swiftly at that open windo w Th e n he sa t by in his buggy, to see how these y oung fire'l'h e n came the shriek. men handled their first real job. Two children, white-faced with terror, stole to her s ide, "Like veterans!" muttered the chief, joyfully. looking in terror down over the sills. For there was not a particle of confusion. "Save me! Can't you?" appeal e d the \voman, desper'fhe s e young lad s had been well by their forea t e ly. "Save these children, anyway." man. In her despeTation, the woman was climbing up on the All in a twinkling the hose was off and coupl e d with s ill. ( hydrant and engine. "Get back there!" s houted Dick, tugging at the asbestos In' the same second eager young arms reached up for coil at his belt. "Wait, and do just what we tell you." the bar s of old Neptune. "We can't run a ladder up there!" c ri e d Chief Haven s nozzlemen, under Ted Pond' s eyes, ran forward who h a d jumped from hi s buggy. with the hose. "I know it, sir," Dick answered. "But I'm going ta "Play away, Neptune!" rang Dick Gerald's voice. get up there and ge t them out!" "Sizz Cold water was drenching the blaze now, send "How?" ing out a s t e ady cloud of steam. "I can show you quicker than I can tell you,. E'ir," re" Good work, Gerald!" called the chief, who, fift y years plied the young fireman. old, had been a local fireman thirt y year:s of that time Dick had the asbestos rop e uncoiled. Looking up at the Dick saluted and smiled at Chief Havens, then darted window, he saw that the woman's fas c inated gaze over to the truck. upon hi s face. A few of his fellows being st ill unoe;cupicll, lie saw them "Catcl).-for your lives!" ro a red Foreman Dick over all fitted out with axes and pike s . the crack le, throb and din. "Ge t in over there, and stand by for orders," he cried, Stra ight and true he sent that old, friendl y rope to the and darted in b e tween e ngine and blaze. mother at the window . 'l'he specta tors had form e d quickly back of o ld Neptune. "Make it fast! I'm' coming up!" cheered Dick. They were looking on, fu,11 of c urio s ity, to see "If I can live there!" h e gritte d under his breath. how these young firem e n would handle thcmselve8 and th e "I've tieq the rope in s id e the s ill!" called do1Yn the blaze. woman, hoarsely. But Di c k was no grand-stand player. Dick nodd ed, then ran to T e d Poncl. If 11e knew the crowd was there, he gave it n ever :1 "Play the hose on me for a moment. Give me a good thought drenching," he ordered He was on the job to put out the blaze in the lowe r Ted had the quick intelligence to obey. part of this building. Dripping with the cold water, Dick Gerald ran a, few "See, Ted," he called in hi s c hum s car over all the yards up the street, gave a swing of the rope, and then, ra cket, "aim th e nozzle a littl e lowe1C and get in under clut ching and mounting highe r, he shot up th at tongue of flame. That' s where the hottest part of the Higher he climbed, holding on with all the s trength of flre i s." his young m'uscles. 'fed passed the ord e r on to his two nozz l emen But now, from b elow, a sudden, savage bur s t of greater 'J'he stream was lower ed, sendii:ig back a cloud of stea m tongues of flame bur s t out, driving the young nozzl e m e n that drove them back a foot or two. s till further back.

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NEPTUN. E NO. 1. A n d Dick Ger a ld h u n g in m id-air ju s t over t ho s e lap ping r e d ton g ues The g u s t o f heat and smok e that c am e up w e r e a wful. ."Good h eave n s !" quavered Chief Havens "The l a d can t ge t down at all now!" "He's gone to his death!" shudd e red mor e than on e on looker. The n, fas c inated by the splendid s ight, the crowd stood watching this cool battle for life CHAPTER IV. DIRTY WORK AGAINS T NEPTUNE' S CREW. I "You can do nothin g for u s now, I'm afraid,'' sobbed the frighte ned woman as Dick G erald r e a c h e d the sill. "Get back, please so I can get in,'' he directed, crisply. As the shrank bac k dra wing her terrified childre n afte r h e r D ic k b o und e d t h rou g h the o p e n window. Like a flash h e whee l e d ancl look e d o u t ''S p read out th e r u b b e r b l a n ket, and hold on to it hard!" h e s h oute d clown. G e t volunteer s fro m t h e c rowd to help you!" T e d Pond under s tood if no on e e l s e did. Dic k turne d a roun d t o s e ize the l a r g er o f the children. What are you g oing to clo ?" s hudd e red the woman. "Thro w y our c hild clown into t he blank et." "You'll mis s It' ll b e like murd er!" s hrieked the woman. M adam I'm doin g the onl y thing possible, and neither child will b e hurt a b i t S tan d back the r e Don t grip m y arm unless you w ant to see th e c hil d fall short and s trike th e pa v e m ent! Keep cool mad am, f o r a n in s t ant, and. g ive m e a c hance t o be cool rrtyself. Far out over the s ill l ea n e d Dic k the c hild in his arms. Hold s t eady clown th e r e !" h e called, bn t c heerily. "A life i s at stake Now! Here y ou are !" L e anin g still furthe r 'forward h e tosse d th e child out, w e ll c l ear of t h e fla mes and Raf e l y into t h e bla nk e t. Ea ge r h a nd s s na tc h e d the c hild in sta n t lv. c '!r e w it out of its c radl e in the blank e t a nd s e t it o n its f eet "Oh, thank h ea v e n ' f1o b b e d t h e w o m a n devoutly, as Rhe peered down almo s t afr a id to look. D ic k face d h e r with l a u g hin g eyes 1 "Why, i t s eas y madam. W a t c h y our oth e r child go!" Dick wheel eel, s n a t c h i n g u p 1 h e li ttle t o t, who c ried out. Don't b e a fraid littl e o n e r e as sure d Di ck. "This i s fun th e kind yon don t have ni g h t Lookin g down h e s]i011te d t o t h e circ l e o f blanket hold e r s : "Steady, there!" "Go a h ead !" came up from b e low. Dic k made th e throw a s good a one a s before. Now both childre n st ood lookin g u p, stre t ching arm s appealin g l y tow ard th e 'Oma n. "Oh, mamma come qui ck!" their Wha t a re you g o ing to do with m e ?;' s he qu e ried, with a lmo s t a s mil e in h e r eyes "You can t throw me." J o Dick admitted, re gretfully. "l can't. I wi!!h I could ." Then, l e aning down, h e bawl. ed: "Ted, fa s ten the ho s e to the bottom of the rope. In a jiffy, now!" In a twinkling Dick Gerald was hauling the length of hose in throu g h the window. "Madam, g e t a grip on yourself,'' ord e red the young foreman g rimly. "I've got to souse you with cold water." "Wbat--" "So y our clothing won't get on fire when we go down
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10 NEPTUNE NO. 1. In the meantime, frienr;Lly peopl e were hustling the Tlte mayor has h eard <:b e ady," broke in a voice bedrenched, steamed woman, with her childen, o.ff to a house hind them. where dry clothing could h e ha.d. Mayor Sharp stood there, looking supremely happy over "Just Ol)e more rescue," laughed to the chief. hi s latest venture in public management. "Wh1tt?" On the apur of th e in s tant Mr. Sharp turned to Fred "My rope I" Mason, who stood almost within arm's length. "But that's fast up there." The mayor did not realize that the young lady sta nding "I know it, chief . I'm going up to get it!" nearby was und e r Fred's e s cort, O r His Honor might not "Don't you venture--" have spoken as he did: But with a laugh, and a. run backward, Dick swung off "Mason, now you see what real firemen &re! I'm afraid the ground from a distance. I never saw your crew do anything like that." Then, as nimbly as a gorilla, he went up the rope, hand Fred Mason, mindful of the girl who was with him, over hand, and s o again gained the si ll. drew himself up stiffly as he rejoined: Whew! But it was hot and stifling up here now!" "Mr. Sharp, I've nothing that I care to say to you. But groping, choking, s trangling, Dick found where his Good-night, sir!" rope had been fastened and unknotted it. Fred would have tUl'ned on his heel, but the girl with Once more he leaned out of the window. him murmured: "The blanket-get it out!" he bellowe d clowu. "Don't let u s go yet, Fred; I want to see more of the Willing hands stretched that blanket that did dut y as work done by these boys." a fire net. "It's no use staying, May," be pleaded, a]rn0st crossly. Of heavy rubber, it was strong enough to s ustain a great "The fire is out." weight when well lrnlcl. "But I mu st sfaty and thank that young foreman :for "Hold hard," Dick down. "I'm no teh-pound bis splendid work with that frightened mother and her baby." c hildren." "Come on-cai:e:ful!" Ted shouted back. \ "Nonsense, May! That's a part of a fire man's duty." St. anding on the sill, first casting down his precious as"But I think I heard the mayor say that he nev er sa w bestos rope, Dick measured the d i stance, nerved himself you do anything like that, Fred," observed the girl, swiftly. for the wide jump, and then-leaped. "Oh, Mayor Sharp is sore on me," retorted the young He struck the blal}ket fairly, but his weight, aided by man, disconcerted. the great :force of his fall, all but tore the blanket out of "Why?" the hands of its holders. "Becau s e-because he wants to get into our set of sociFor just one sickening instant Dick Gerald believed he ety here in town, and I haven't helped him. That 's all." was to strike the pavement and be crippled. "No matter, Fred. I must s tay a.nd thank that young But, with a cheer, the blanket-holders pulled upward. hero." The shock was stayed, and he bounced upward. "It's :foolish, I tell you, May." Dick rolled over, then stepped out of the scoop of the But a s Fred made a gentle move to walk away, the blanket-uninjured. girl, on his arm, stood still. "That was splendid, Gerald, but foolish!" Chief Fred Mason was very fond of Ma.y Everard. Havens, hoarsely, as he gripped the boy's arm. "No more In the first place, she was the belle of the little town, of that to-night." and of towns around. "No more need of it," laughed Dick, then bounded back She was rather tall of li t he, splendid figure. H e r dark, to the nozzlemen. hazel eyes could look wonderfully tender when she felt in The stream was not making great headway, but now that mood, or coud flash at need .the front of the building was burned out enough so that Her face was of the pure s t type as to :features. pikemen could find something yielding to take hold of Her whole look was queenly, yet s h e had no desire 'to be among the blazing timbers. a que e n among women. Instead, she preferred to be on So, under Dick's cool direction, many of the blazing sweet terms with every one. timbers were hauled down and played upon. Undou16tedly was the most loved young girl in BlackThen into the house they dragged the hose, backed by ton. pikemen and axemen. / She was the most sought, too. Thirty minutes later Dick, grimy but supremely happy, In addition to being the sole daughter and heiress of a almost staggering out of tlie building to report: wealthy, widowed mother, May had become, almo s t by "Chief, we've got the fire under control on this side. accident, sl.nce she had not sought it, the society leader The house won't be anything like a wreck." among the younger women. "Gerald," cried the chief, "I'm proud of you and your Fred Mason bad been keeping company with this lovely fellows. I shall tell the mayor so." girl during the past year ....

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NEPTUNE NO. 1. There was no engagement between them. Indeed, no actual word of love had been spoken. Often times Mason had felt on the verge of proposing, but somthing in May's eyes, or in her manner, checked him. Just the same, these young people were much together. They liked each other, plainly, and local gossip said they would soon make a match of it. May was usually so gentle that her hanging back on his arm now rather astonished.. Mason. "The fire is over," he said, trying not to speak crossly. "It is time I was taldng you home anyway, May." "Not i.mtil I have spoken to that young hero of the firemen." Now Mason forgot himself in his sudden temper. "That is all nonsense, May," he cried, angrily. looked swiftly up into his face. "How long since you have felt privileged to talk to me in that manner?" she asked. There was a warning in her voice, and Mason ought to have heeden it. Instead, he plunged blindly into the danger. "May, I c1o feel that I have a right to prevent you from making a fool ot yourself." The girl dropped his arm at once. "You are speaking rather strongly, Fred." "But I can't have you associating, even for a few mo ments, with any young tramp like Dick Gerald." May took a couple of steps away from her escort, looking at him in astonishment. ":Ur Mason," she said icily, and in a way that made him realize how far he was going, "will you take my word for it that you have nothing at all to say as to who my acquaintances shall be?" "Why, May-I-I--" stammered Mason, going close to her. But the girl aga1n drew back. "Do you lmow young Mr. Gerald?" she asked. "I ought to," :flashed Mason. "Then you will introduce me?" "No! By the lord Harry, no!" His face was ablaze with anger now. "Tha.L is all, Mr. Mason Good-nighL" She turned and walked deliberately away from him. Mason, conscious that several people who knew him well were looking on either in surprise or amusement, glided after the girl. "May--" he began huskily. "Good-night, Mr. Mason." "But I--" "Good-night." "May, you are not going to get rid of rne as easily as that." The girl halted, eyeing him coolly. "Then I shall appeal to the police to protect me from annoyance, if yon make it necessary. Good-night!" 'rhis time Mason did not attempt to follow. There was that in the girl's resolute manner which made him afraid. of a scene. After his recent spectacular bouncing from the fire de partment, he did not care for the further absurdity of being arrested for annoying a young woman. With a curse, uttered under his breath, and his face very vvhite, Fred Mason turned and went off in his own direc tion. Ere May had gone a block, she met Will Rupert, another of her admirers. He halted in surprise at finding her alone, then asked ihe pleasure of acting as her escort. May smilingly nodded. "By the way, Will, do you happen to be acquainted with young Foreman Gerald, of the Neptune crew?" "I should say I do," smiled Will. "Then I am going to ask you to take nie back and in troduce me. I want to thank that splendid young fellpw fo:r the way he rescued one of my sex this evening." "Yours to command, May," replied Rupert, offering her his arm. Together they walked back, arriving opposite the engine and truck just as Dick had seen to stowing away the last of the hose and the smal l apparatus. "Oh, Gerald," called Rupert, from a little distance. Dick turned, saw the handsome girl beside the former member of the Neptune crew, and stepped over, hat in hand. "Miss Everu.rd," began Will, easily, "permit me the pleasure of introducing Mr. Richard Gerald." "Oh, I ..am so glad to meet you," cried the girl, her eyes beaming as she daintily offered her hand, whick Dick took warmly. "I asked Mr. Rupert to introduce us." "I am greatly honored," said Dick, gallantly. "Not as I wish you could be," replied the girl, honestly. "I witnessed your splendid work. to-night, and I wanted to s13eak to you and thank you for it. Any woman should feel grateful at seeing one of her sex so splendidly rescued." "Why, it's all in the fireman's duty," smiled Dick, un affectedly. "Still, Miss Everard, since it has won your praise, I am selfish enough to be glad that it was I, instead of one of my comrades, who won your approval." "Why, the little beggar talks like an educated man of the world!" thought Rupert, in amazement. "I shall fake a great interest in your .new fire company," the girl went on pleasantly. "Every one in Blackton ought to, especially the younger people. Won't you call, soon, so that I may talk with you about your company? You youpg men will soon be wanting new uniforms, new 1tppa' ratus, or new or extra something, I lmow. Now, if you do, it should be both the duty and pleasure of the younger people of the town to get together and run a fair, or some entertainment in honor of you splendid young fire-fighters. Do promise that you'll call, Mr. Gerald." "Why, you couldn't find any way to delight me more, Miss Everard," murmured Dick, and he meant it, too, for, as he found himself gazing, at close quarters, into iliis

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1 2 .. _ _ _-=-== ====== girl's l ovely face, h e felt a s n dd c n thumpi ng a r ou nd ihe P e rhap s some o n e did know that ther e would be a fir e h e art. t o -ni ght," mutter e d Dick. Th e n I ma y look for you-say, t o-morr o w evenin g ?" H e s poke on t h e impul s e of the moment. a s ke d May Y e t as he saw T e d star t Dick himself suddenly became Sh e had an appoin t ment with F red Mason for t ha t next swiftl y thou g htful. eve ning but p e rhap s s h e was m a li c iou s e n o u gh to enjoy "Good h ea v e n s T e d whi s p e red the young foreman. the ide a of sendin g a not e to Fre d t e llin g hi m tha t s h e "What if th e s coun dre l who did this reall y m e an s to g o h a d form e d oth e r pl a n s to t h e g re a t e r l e ngth?" Why, I'm sure I c a n com e up to-mo rrow evening, Mis s "But who w o uld d o s uch a thing a s set a fire on purpos e ? Ever ard-that is, unless th e r e's a fir e," D ick m a d e repl). W e haven t got an y s u c h peopl e in Blackton," prote s t e d I shall be expectin g you th e n a t e i g ht. Aga i n I t hank T ed, loyally. you for that s pl e ndid rescu e Good-night Mr. Ger a ld." "But who in Blackton would do such a thin g as cut up May went away o n Rup ert's a rm, bu t s h e l eft a s lave fir e -hose? 'rhe p e r s on who would do th a t wouldn t b e behind in the per s on of young Dick G e r a l d abo v e set tin g a fir e." "Moving in s o c i e ty, e h ?" whispe r e d Ted P ond, as ou r It all seeme d h ig hly improbabl e and hero 'came lightl y bac k to hi s crew Yet, the mor e Di c k thought ove r matters especially with "I was just introduced to a v e ry charmin g girl, Di c k t he s lashed hose l y ing right b e for e hi s eye s the more prob replied. abl e it seemed t ha.t some o n e mig h t b e p lanning to sta r t a The apparatu s of N e ptune One w as put b ack i n the fir.c-fire at whi c h t h e youn g Nept unes would b e di sgraced. house in apple-pie order. "Who could hav e don e s u c h a thing?" Dick wondered. Then Dick and some of t h e youn g fellows st roll e d u p to "Who?" voiced 'l'ed. "Unless-unle s s some of the old l\Iain S t reet, halting j11st around th e c orn er for a few minutes' c h at b ef or e the y separat e d to g o to the i r ho:11es. The c ha t w a s all about fir e w ork S o i n t e resti ng d i d i t b e c o m e th a t e r e t h e noticed i t, t hree-qur.rt er s of a n h o ur had s lip p ed b y It was D ick w ho d isco ':er e d t h e tim e I l e f t m y w atc h at th e fire-ho u s e he m u tte red. I must g o back and get it. "I'll go wit h you s ug g e sted T ed. Togeth e r they w alk e d bri skly d o .m t h e sid e s tr.eet. "Is that some one hurrying alQng there, down by Nep-tune' s house?" a s ked Di ck, s u d denly "Some o n e goi n g home late, mayb e," T e d s ugges t ed. "Com e on," urg ed Dick, s etting off at a run. B u t b y the tim e th at they gained the fir e -hou se no on e was in s ight. "Jus t imagination, I reckon," obs erv e d T e d Di c k took out hi s key, unlocking the doo r a n d s te p ping in s ide He knew jus t whe re to go, in the d a rk, to g e t h i s w atch But s ome i i npuls e made him light one o f the l am p s "Oh, Ted, look ther e !" cried Dick, pite ou s ly. He was pointing to th e hose. Some one, afte r a good d eaJ. of w ork and with an e n e rgy worthy of a nobl e r deed, had slashed seve ral gaping hole s in the length of hose-pipe! "Suppose there h a d been a fire, and we' d been call e d out to night," gasped horror-stru c k Ted. "I reckon that was just what the hose was cut for-to throw di s grace on us!" muttere d Dick, wrathily. Neptune?" I can t thi nk that, e i t h e r mutter e d Dick, shaking his head Th ere was o nl y one who d i s lik ed me p a r t icularly. He--" "Go od evenin g, b o ys," hail e d a voice from the doorway It was ni ght P o licem a n Ste arn s I sa w you c h a p s come i n h e r e just a moment ago, and wond e red what was up," decl a r e d the officer. "You sa}V u s come in jus t a m6ment a g o eh?" echoe d Dick. Y es; I was down the street a n d I saw y ou fitting the key t h e lock. "And you r e sure w e've been h e r e ju s t a moment?" p ressed 0 1 1 r h e ro. "Cer tain I am. Why?" a s k e d th e officer, looking puz z led. "If you know that w e've b e e n here ju s t a mome nt," throbbed Di c k poin t ing, "the n y ou know that we didn t d o 'l'Hr \ T f The pol ice m a n's wanderin g gaze r este d on the slashed l10se. H e gave a start. "Jumping J e h o s hap h at! Who did that?" Th at's w hat w e wan t to kn o w," b laz e d Dick wra t hfully. You know, Mr Stearns, t h a t :ve didn't have time to do it." "I don't see how you could boy s." "Chief Havens must be n otified." "Certain. I c a n do that over the telephon e from the drug store." A GOOD GUESS! "Will you do th a t ) Mr. Stearn s ? And will you tell Chi e f Havens tha t we don't know who t h e c riminal was, but that. w e hop e to find out b e fore t he, night i s over?" "Humph, it' s a fool tri c k un le s s a fell o w can know for sure that ther e' s going to be a fire." '.'I'll tell him nodded th e policem an. Sho! This is r otte n-bad w orkfor som e c ri tte r to b e doin g." 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NEPTUNE NO. 1. lS Then, at the doorway, the tw0 young men looked into each other's eyes. "Who can you suspect?" queried Ted, his voice quiv ering. "I hate to name the one I sus pect!" muttered Dick. "I wonder 1 it could have had anything to do with the scene at th e fire to-night?" mused rred. "What scene?" "Why, Miss Everard was there witp. Fred Mason. They seemed to have some sort of a dispute. Then Miss Ever ard walked away alone. Fred Mason caught up with her, but he couldn't seem to make up matters with her, and she went away. Next thing I knew, she came back with Will Rupert, and then you were called over and introduced to her." "That looks odd," mused Dick. "But what bea.ring could it have on t]:iis matter?" "Do you mind telling me what Miss Everard said to you?" hinted Ted. "She thanked me for rescuing that woman, and saiq the young folks of the. town ought to get up a fair, or some thing, for the benefit of the boy firemen. She invited me to call at her house to-morrow evening." "Oho I" quivered Ted. "A'nd Fred Mason has heard all this, and he doesn't like you any too well, anyway?" "No,". admitted Dick. "He and I had a fight awhile ago." "You did? You never told me a word!" "It wasn't necessary, Ted. It wasn't much of a fight anyway." "When did it happen?" "The night we were ;worn into tJ:ie fire department." "Well!" blazed Ted. "Don't thing s look clear, though? Fred Mason isn't any too sweet-tempered at best. You got his fire company away from him. Th e n you fight. Who won?" "I suppose I did." "Then. you trounced him. Next, he and his girl have trouble over you. Th e n she invites yoU' to call. Say, why wouldn't a fellow like Fred Mason want to do some dirty work against you?" "It does look that way," Dick admitted, his eyes blaz ing. "But if Fred Mason did that, or had it done" pointing to the slashed hose--"then he's a scoundrel who ought to be hung I It's a fearful thing to cripple a fire department, that ha s to do with saving human lives as well as ordinary property!" "I reckon we've about a straight guess about this job," mutter e d Ted Pond, sagely. "But, good heavens! Do you suppose, Ted, there's any chan c e that Mason would start a fire, or have one set to night, ju s t so that w e 'd be disgraced?" "Will he do it?" muttere d T ed. "I don t 1."lloW. I can't judge. I never was crazy, myself." "It's an awful thought," muttered Dick, uneasy and shaking. "What a.re you.. going to do?" Ted wanted to know. "The figure that we thought we saw skulking here vanished in that direction," cried Dick, pointing. "Sure!" "And that's the way to Fred Mason's home." "Right again." "Ted, it' s a fearful thing to suped any one of. Unless we g e t some real proof against M u::on, p : omi:.:c me that you won't repeat a word of this to anybody?" "I couldn't be mean enough unles:.; it was i.o u u:na s k a scoundrel," Ted declared. "I don't know what to do, old. fello 1 1-. But, at least, it can do us no harm to take a stroll down by Mason' s home." "And see if we can find what he's up to?'' "Oh, we'll find out anything that wc can." Dick carefully locKed the door of Neptune One. Then, in the darknes of the night, they went swiftly though softly in the direction of the Mason home. It was so late at night that all the houses in the neigh borhood were in darkness. In the Mason house there was a dim light in the front hallway. Upstairs, a light shone faintly around the edges of a curtain in ooe of the rooms upstairs in the wing. "I believe that's Fred's room," whispered Tea as the two boys stood in the shadow of a big tree opposite "I wish we knew for sure," breathed Dick. "Why? If Fred is 'i: his room, and keeps there then he isn t going to do anything outside." "But we don't know that he will stay there," Dick ar gued. "If that is his room, then he's the only person in the house that is up. If he's going to bed, why doesu't he hurry up about it and turn out the light?" For some minutes the two young firemen stood there, watching that window and the rest of the house in per plexity. "There goes the light out," whispered Ted, at last. "Now, I reckon Fred's going to bed." "Or els e out," uttered Dick, grimly. In quivering suspense the two lads waited and watched. "Ah!" The sound was barely audible from Dick, hiding behind the great tree. The front door of the Mason home was opening. In the dim light of the front hallway Fred :Mason stood revealed for a moment, ere' he closed the !ront door softly behind him. At the gate, Mason stood listening and looking around him for a few moments. But the boys across the wa.y were taking wonderfully good pains that he should not see them. At last Fred Mas,; m left the front gate and started briskly, though softly, away. Neve r did two lads shadow any one more carefully Fred Mason seemed bent on taking the quieter streets. In time he led the boys, and by a direct route down to the railroad station. .,.. That building stood away from all others, except for a

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14 NEPTUNE NO. 1. litile switch-hou s e at a distance of a hundred and fifty yard s At thi s late hour of the night the s tation was in dark ness "What on earth is he going to do around here?" quiv ered watchful Dick. There was hardly an instant's delay. Fred Mason walked around to the rear of the railway station What he was doing there the boys could not make out in the darkness. But in a second or two there came the s harp s ound of a mat c h being s truck. Almost in s tantly flames began l e aping up th e wooden wall of the sta t ion building. In that same in s t ant Fre d Mason took to hi s heels. "The scoundrel, h e has thrown oil and lighted it I breathed horrifi e d Dick. ''Ted, s treak it to the corn e r and turn in the alarm Fly I 'll go aft e r that crook and catch him!" CHAPTER VI. AT T H E BOTTOM OF THE MUCK-HEAP. Each young fir e man s p e d a w a y on hi s own errand Mason was a good runner. He made a wonderful s purt as soon as he h e ard flying feet behind him. 1 But Dick Gerald was one of the best in Bla ckton. "Don't be in such a hurry, Mason I" called the boy, tauntingly, as he g a ined on the firebug. At the sound of his name the fugitive halt e d like a flash. As he stopped, he dodged t o one side, then came up f acing his enemy. "You, bick Gerald!" ('It's you, I s e e Fred Mason First y ou cut tir hose; then you start a fire!" 7 "I didn't start that fire!" gasped Mason, hoarsely, flash ing a look at th e blazing, crackling wood. "Unfortunately for you, I saw you do it. "You lie!" "Coming from y o u, at this time, that d on't amount to anything," j e ered Dick. What are you going to do?" "Going to place you under arrest, Mason "You've no right to." "A fireman has a right to grab a firebug wherever he finds him-and I'm going to!" proposed Dick, very de cidedly. Peal It was the first no te o f the town fir e -alarm. Mason started. Wh o t u rned in that alarm-so soon?" he demanded, ho a r sely. "Another mem b e r o f t h e d e p a.rtment." "What?" "You' re not deaf. You heard what I said retorted Dick, eying his man watchfully "Good-bye!" jeered Mason, suddenly. He dodged, wheeled, and started to run. But Dick Gerald, watch i ng for the trick, b o und ed after him Within fiv e s t e ps he had on e s trong arm on Masons-coat collar. "You can t get aw3j a s eas ily a s that," vaunted the boy. "Then I'll kill you hissed the terrified wretch "I won't be caught!" "You a r e caught-already!" Mason m ad e a saya g e effort to kick Dick in the shi ns. Bu t t h e youn g fir e man jumped over the attacking leg o f hi s enemy and without letting g o his hold. "Going to give trouble, a re you, Mason?" With tha t, Dick gripped in earnest, bending his ell'emy ove r backward. Down to the g round went both. And now Fred M ason fought a s savagely as if for his very life. But Di c k being the cooler and braver of the two, held on in grim d e t e rmination, resolved that nothing but his own death s hould let his captive get away. At the same time, Gerald defended himself with all the tha t h e possess e d "Want any h elp?" panted Ted Pond, runni n g u p breathless "None I guess," gritted Dick, as, with a s udden .twist, h e rai sed himself on top of the bigger fellow and got a stra n g l e -h o ld o n Mason. "I'll sit dow n on his., feet, ju s t for ballast anyway," pro posed T e d c o o ll y a s he suit e d th e action to the word. Fred Mason, s n a r e d as he was, had. s en s e enough to kno w that any further fight was out of the question. "Se e h e re, Di c k Gerald," he g asp ed, "you don't mean to m e throu g h on this story?" "I' m afra i d I'll h ave t o," replied Dic k s oberly. "But think of my father and mother." "You didn 't-it s eems." "This w o uld br e ak th eir h e arts." "The bacl deed s of worthless sons almost &lways do," repli e d Dick, still more sobe rl y "But that's no reason for l etting c rook s g e t away." Mason thou ght not only of his parents, but of his social s tandin g in the town, of his many acquaintances, and of May Ev e r a rd. He felt the cold sweat of despair oozing out o n his fore head "See here, boys," he proposed, desperately, as the fire a larm ceased its cla ngin g, "I've g ot two hundred dollars, a gold w a tch and chain, a diamond pin, two or three rings. Th ey' re all y ours if you' ll let me up this in s tant, and hold your ton gues afterwa rd." "No go!" r e tort e d Dick, s hortly. '"I can get almo s t any amount of money t o ad d to it in the morning," pleaded Fred, in a, quaki n g voice.

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NEPTUNE 0. 1. 15 "No go!" Don "t say th at! For h eave n 's s ake l e t me up!" "Yes; when the police g e t h ere!" Fred M as on groan e d tin mor e abject terror than he had ever known in his life b e fore. Up in the town he could hear the clanging 0;f bells as the appara.tus was being drawn swiftly to the fire Down here by the station the fl.a.mes lit up e verythin g, for the railway s tation now look e d lik e a hop e les s blaze. "He re the y come-Neptune One !" throbb e d T e d as tl1e first apparatus to the s't!e ne s how e d up at the e dge of th e circle of light ca s t b y the fla m e s Dick f elt a thrill o f pri de t hat hi s c r e ,\r, e v e n wit houi leaders, should be th e fir s t to th e sce n e "Neptune One-ov e r h.er e !"he shouted. With a yell of ast oni s hm ent the b oys, who half about halte d took on anoth e r spurt ancl r aced to w a rd their young for e man. burst 011t Matt 'Rivers, "some scoundre l cut our h ose ''I kn o w sai d Di ck, b ri efly W e' v e got him h e re. He set this fire, to o !" "What' s that? ;Fre d : M ason?" "He's the jigger!" c onfirm e d T ed, drily. The re were m a n y, now to h e lp hold the criminal. Fred Ma s on, hi s f ace a strang e mixture of a s h e n white and s ickly gre e n, was allo w ed to stand on his feet, held by both arm s and. s urround e d b y w ratful-faced boys. "No ne e d of d o in g a nythin g over a t the s ta.ti o n s houted Dick. "You couldn t d o a bl e ssed thing withou t w ate r nor much wi t h it. Wait for the chie f t o give u s our o rder s !" Volley Two's bell COl].ld b e h ea rd, D O W as i t turne d the corner and raced to ward the b urning buildin g Close b e hind it w as the cla n ging gong o n Chi ef H ave n s 's bu ggy / Then the chi e f drove swiftly up into the c ircl e o f blazing li g ht. "Police h e r e !" shoute d Dic k a s the c hief 's o rder s ra.ng out to the c r e w o f Volley Two. ,. Then drove s wiftly ove r to th e idle, exci t e d y oung N eptunes. What are your fellows doing, G erald?" .lJawled the chi e f. "Can't do anythin g with their ho se cut, sir," Dick shout e d back. "So we'r e waitin g for y our ord e r s We'll take pikes or axes, or do anything you want with Volley Two "Hose cut?" gasped Mr. Havens, in amazement. "'Ye suspect Ma s on of s l ashing it in the fire house," Dic k explain e d, hurrie dly. "We al s o ca u ght him here set-ting the d epot afire." r C hief Have n s was too astounded to s peak for an i/stant. Bu t h e l e aped out of his buggy comin g curiously toward the little group. "What's all this outra g eous nonsen se?" demanded Chief Have n s Di c k toid th e s tory in s o few and s uch crisp sentences that it seeme d to tak e him but a part of a minute "Ma son! cri e d Chief Haven s "It don't seem as if it c ould be true !" "You don't doubt our word, I hope?" queried Dick. "No, o I can t. But here's Police Chief G r aney. Thi s i s hi s bus iness. You and Pond s ta y here, Gerald, to explain to Chi e f Graney The rest of you N e ptunes get )our a x e s and pik e s and follow m e ba c k to the fire." C hi e f Gran e y came up a nd h e ard in intens e astonish m ent. "This l ooks pretty tou g h Mason d e clared the chief of police. "As it h a pp e ns, G e rald and Pond are both kn13wn t o be boys o f g ood c haract e r I can't refuse to take their c h a r ge Bu t have you a n y thin g to s a y ?" Fu11y a score of spe ctator s w ho were crowding around the li t tl e party, c ran c d th eir neck s to get the answer sooner "I'll ha.ve pl enty t o say, whe n the right tim e come s," r e pli e d Ma..c::on, a n g rily. "This i s a.11 a put-up job." "Have you a n y s t a t e m ent to m a k e of h o w you catne to be h e r e ?" ins i ste d C hi e f Graney. "Not a word t o -ni ght. "The n I'm sorry Ma son, w ent on the chi e f of police, "but it's m y s worn duty to tak e y ou into cu stody now on a cha r ge of arson." "You arre s t m e ?" ga s p e d th e young fellow turning even p a l e r. "I've got to "But y ou know whe re to find m e in the morning Mr. Graney." "The law doe sn't allow me to op e rate that way, Mason You r e accu s ed of a crime and I've got to take you now." Tw o rather roughl y dressed youn g fellow s had been hov ering uneas ily on the e dg e of the littl e crowd But now one of them push e d hi s wa y through dra g ging his companion by the s leeve "Hold on there chief!" shoute d the first of this pair. "What hav e you got to s a y ?" demanded Gran ey, wheel i ng upon this new come r and looking him ove r closely. "Barney Gl ynn's m y nam e," r ep li e d the strang er, quick l y "Me friend's name i s Hoel Ra.mp-Horace Ramp, that i s." "This i s no time for introduction to p e opl e I d o n t care a b out me eting, r eturne d the police chi e f impnti e ntly. "But we'v e got s omethin g to s ay a bout this h e re affair," brok e in Barne y Glynn, dec i s ively. "Oh, y ou hav e ? What hav e y ou got to sa y about it?" "Me and m e friend w as ri ght around h e re, and saw the w h o l e trick pl aye d affirmed Barn e y unblushingly "That. y oung f e llow," noddin g at M a son "seemed to be taking a w alk down this w ay The n w e saw tho s e two y oung fel lows go up to him. The y jumped him, g ot him down, and the n we heard that one," pointin g to Dick, "te ll the other young feller that it was time to bring the c rowd. With that, that youn g feller pointing once mor e to Ted, "he g'?t up and dusted for the alarm box. On his wa.y back l i

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16 K O 1. sprinkled oil over the wall of the depot. Then the two of them held this young indicating Mason, "until all you folks came. It was all a put-up job, but nq one saw us until the crowd got here." "Is this true?" demanded Graney, turning to Hod Ramp. Ramp nodded, adding hoarsely : f "True, every word, so help me!" "You liars!" gritted Dick, but he failed to take the mat ter very seriously, as he did not imagine these rough-look ig fellows would be believed. Graney whee led upon Fred Mas on, into whose e rns a n e w light of hope had come. "What have you to say about this, Mason?" Fred understood, perfectly, that the s e two y oun g fellow s who looked enough like tramps, had r e cogniz e d him as a wealthy young man, and that they had hatch e d up their "evidence" on the spur of the moment, with the certainty that they would be paid a handsome r e ward for th e ir f a lse swearing. Yet this offer e d to Mason what appear e d t o b e h i s only cha.nee of ke e ping out of state prison. .So he leaped quic kly enough at th e bait. "These young men, Glynn and Ramp a r e te llin g t he truth, every word of it," d e clared Fred Mason l rnski l y "And it all happened just a s they s a y? ins i ste d Chie f Graney. "Yes, chief." "Then why didn't you t e ll m e all thi s b c for r ?" q uestioned the chi e f of police. "Becau s e chi e f, I know th e r e w e r e a n y wit nesses at hand who would tell the truth. I h a d made up m y mi. n c l th e r e for e not to s p e ak until I had c onsult e d m y l a wyer. But s till Chi e f Graney looked puzzle d "How did y ou happen to be out a t thi s time o f th e ni g h t, Mr. Mason?" demand e d the police official. "Why, chie f, I was troubled with restlessness. I s impl y couldn t get to sleep to-night. So, fina ll y I dre s s e d and came outdo o rs, to see if a run in th e cool air wouldn' t h e lp me. I came clown this w ay, a nd the fir s t inklin g I had of an yt hing wrong was whe n these two sham firemen jumped out and knocked me down. After that thing s hap p e n e d s o swiftly that it took m y away for a whil e." "And y ou ll s w ear to all thi s? d e m a nd e d t h e c hi ef, insiste ntl y Yes, chief." "And you two to the "wi t nesse s." "We'll s wear to i t eve r y clay i n t h e week," p r o c laim e d Barney Gly nn. What do you make out of it, chi e f ?" d e mand e d Mr. Haven s driving back .. "Why, c hi e f there's pl e nty of testimon y that y our two young fire lad s did this whole trick the mselves, a nd tried to fas t e n the job on Mas on." "Sure ly, 1\fr. Gran e y y ou d on't b e li eve tha t ?" c ri e d Dick, s tartin g forward hi s lower jaw droppin g in his s udden con s ternation. It pas sed hi s belief that s u c h te s timon y could b e "In t h e l ight of the evidence, I'm afrai d I'll h ave to, replied C hi e f Gr aney Th e n th e pol ice offic ial d re'Y out a pair o f h a ndc uff s H e look e d meanin g l y at our hellO. "Mu s t y ou do th a t ? falt e r e d Dic k Geral d And added, flashin g l y : "On th e word o f a p air of hoboes ?" CHAPTER VII. "" o w r'u R EADY TO B E L OCKE D UP! Dick s tood th e re, loo kin g the pictur e of amazed des pair. As for Ted P o n d his face look e d whit e r than any s h e et. N e ither boy felt l i k e d oing much talking. Both fir e l a d s r e alized h o w compl e t e ly a.nd cleverly the table s had b e en turne d on the m b y a c oupl e of worthl e s s el1lws who w e r e r e ad y to s w e a ; to an y thing for the sake of money. "I'm afra id I've g ot to put th e hand c uff s on," repli e d C ri e f Graney. "Arson i s a seriou s cr ime, y ou know." Dick held out his h ands "I'm ready, then h e brok e nly. "But I a m inno c ent, &nel I. hope to be able to prove it, spit e of this f al s e swearin g." Looking rather sorr y over his unwelcome job, Chief G raney uns napped his manacles. But Chie f H a v e n s now brok e in, en e rgeticall y : "Chief, i sn't' it a r a th e r uns ual thing to arrest firemen at a fire? E s p e cially a for e man and hi s assistant?" Gran e y look e d -up in surp r ise. "Don't y on want these lad s arre s ted Haven s? "Why, I'm nl>t anxious about it, a t l e a s t not until after t h e fir e." "1'11 let them go until the fire i s out, if make :vonrself responsible, Havens," replied the p o lice c hief. C hi e f H a ven s thought swiftly. The n h e a n s w e red : "Yes, I'll be responsible :for the fir e's Graney dropped the handcuffs back into his pock e t. "Ge t on y our boys!" he s aid gruffl y Turnin g to hi s o w n sup e rior Havens, Dick s alut ed. "Thank you, chief. At your order s I" "Get over there and take charge of your c1ew, then." As Di c k and T e d hurrie d a w ay wond e rin g if it w e re all some horrible dream, night Policeman Stearns came up. To that officer Graney turne d over the two witnesse s in s tructing that they be locked up for the night, to make sure of their appearance in court in the morn1fg. But, b e fore they went, Mason thanked both hea.rtily for th eir "testimony." As the y oung fellow shook hands with thes e rough-look ing liars, he managed to slip a bank-note against the palm of each. Glynn and Ramp both und e r s tood, perfectly, that this bank-note was but the first of many tha t would be paid t h em. Over at the fire, the back of the depot was doomed . So was most of the roof. A s the ends of the walls nearest to the back, they had

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' '. NEPTUNE N O 1. 17 got going, but n ow, with pik e and ax e N e ptune s and Vol l e y s w e r e sta y ing the progress of the flame s Still, the ro o f was yet bl a zin g fie rc e ly. The t i c k et agent, who h a d been r o used out of his sle ep, s nceed e d in get ting out the t i cket ra ck, some b ooks a nd the cash drawer. The safe c ould not be mov ed, but it was believed that its c onten ts w o uld be secure e v e n if th e d e pot burned down. Di c k who had ju s t set bis own pik e m e n and axe men at work to the best advan t a ge, s teppe d b a ck with T e d to see wh a t e lse c oul d b e don e Chie f Havens s t oppe d at t heir s id e "I'm mi g hty glad, boys, that the re aren t a lot of build i ngs n ear," o bserved t h e old fire-fighte r. With s u c h a wind g oing, and s p a rk s flying s o it would m ean mischief for u s." "It mean s mischi ef e nough as i t is," r e plied Dick, sadly. Y ou boys a r e not really guilty?" demanded the chief, c uriousl y "Of course w e're n ot!" "There, the r e I b e li eve you, b y j i nk s I do!" rejoined the fir e chi ef. "I w ouldn't believe s u c h a ch a r ge of e ither o f you. It s ound s queer e noug h agai n s t Mason, but he'd do it soone r than yon would I know t hat we11 "Well of all the luck!" gasp e d Dick, suddenly pointing up-track. Th e b e nd was jus t above th e d epot, and comi ng around the b e nd at t hi s i n sta n t, a rathe r s l o w-m o vin g lo c omotive h e adli ght appe ared. "The down-fr e i g h t !" gaspe d Haven s W e h a d for g o tte n a ll abou t t h at, si r." Yes," groane d t h e fire cl1 i ef, "and I s hould have sent a man up t o s i g nal i t "They can-'t s top now, sir! They'd b ette r crowd on steam and get by," advised Dick. "If the engineer s topp e d sev e ral o f hi s c ar s w o uid b e s tanding. ri ght under th e flames. He can' t s to p befor e h e get s h e r e Too long a train !" "See h e re, G e r a ld you try to m ak e t h e engin e er under stand d i rect e d C hief H a v e ns, ho t l y "I'll g et up on the depot roof and do what I c a n to keep the s park s down." Dick rnn iu st past th e p l atfo rm rea ching there just befor e t h e freight locom ot ive did. Out o f t h e cab w indow l ea ned the e n gin e er, looking dec id e dly bewilde red "Get ri ght on! C rowd on s team and s p eed !" bawle d Di ck, making a trumpet of hi s h a nd s "Ge t through and away a s fa s t a s you c an It's y our b est c h a nce!" Shouting thi s almost und e r the ca b window our h e ro managed to make the engineer 0f t h e s low-movfn g freight under s tand Gr eat grunts c ame from t he engine, as it r ollei! by. But th e tra in waR so l ong that was a hard m atter to in r reaRe i n a jifl\ Dic>k stooil t h e re, Teel bes i d e him, g o by a t slig htl y in c reased flpeed. ' watc h i n g the train Up on the roof of the depot Haven s dir e cted the :fire-fighters. Dick was watching out to see whethe r a ny of the :ijying s parks did r e ach an inflammable p art of the tra in The train was about half by, w hen our h e ro n o ted a car the side door of which was partly ope n. Two tramps s tood peering out of the door at the blaze lit and fear in th eir eye s A sudden gust drove a shower of s parks past the m i n through the open door of the c ar. Then as that car rolled past the end of the d e pot Dic k a nd T e d saw the tramps throw the door wide open a nd leap to the ground. After th e m b e l c h e d out a cloud of smok e and s parks. "Hay!" sniffed Dick. "And, oh, Ted, the tank-car s !" Jus t behind the hay -laden car tha t was afir e roll ecl, in file thre e huge t a nk cars, heavily laden with coal-oil. "There'll be the d e uce to pay, if som et hing i s n 't. don e !" w hi s p e r e d Di c k i n Ted 's ea r. "Fo llow a flas h Dick m a d e a l e ap, and got a f o oting in a s ide loop o:f iron that hun g und e r the forward end of the just behind the la s t tank-c a r. "He re, non e of that!" roa red Chief Graney, see in g as he thought, hi s captives trying to escape. "Come back h ere!" But Dick was swinging from the loop around on to the n a rrow brake pl a tform, while Ted, hopping alongside, was waiting for hi s turn to mount. Ban g Chi e f Grane y's bull e t whi s tled betwee n them. Then Dick disappeared around on the br a k e platform, while T ed, intent only on following his lead e r, swung up in purs uit. Ban g again. But Ted was neither s topp e d nor hit. found Gerald climbing over on to the tank car. In another twinkling Ted was following his chum and leader over the line of three tank cars. It was slipp e r y dan g erou s work, but no more dangerous than much that the fir e man has to do At the forward end of the foremost tank-c a r Dick halted his quivering friend. "Ted, stay right here, if y our n e rv e hold s out propo s ed Dick. "Wa t c h un t il the train b umps back. The n let the coupling fly. A s soon as you do t h a t work th e brake for all you're w ork. If y<'lu have c hance t o sig nal the train crew behind g et t h e m to work th e bra kes, t n o Sure that his frie n d und e r s toofl, a nd would1 act, Di c k himself passed s w i ftly to the b ra k e p l atfo rm o f t h e burning hay-car. Wha te v e r wns to be ilon e m11st be done i n almost second s and with th e g r ea t est r i s k of lif e With th e strong w i nd, the m o t ion_ o f t h e t rain and the a mount of air thnt the r e was in the i t mig ht be a solidl y b laz ing-mn>s tl w next s ixtv second s Dick rneed 11p nrrr f11"t ra.r to the forwa rd enrl, running the footbonr a a s i;: Y i ftly as if it were a c i t y wdk.

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18 NEPTUNE NO. 1. Down to the for ward bralrn p l a tfo r m he descen d ed, steadying h i mself b e tween the two c ar s Almo s t immedi a t e l y t h ere cam e a bump that brou g h t the two cars closer t o gethe r Watching for tha t m oment, ready to act, Dick Gerald slipp e d the coupling Then up he climb e d; s tati o nin g himself at t h e brake. He g a v e it a few t u rns s lowing up th e b l azin g car, whi c h alr e ady began to fee l d ecided l y hot under h i s feet H e h a d the sati sfact i on o f seeing the forward portion of t h e t rain p u ll oo s l ightly away from the hay-car The n Di c k looked backward. H e sa w w i t h a g low of sati sfac tion that T e d had suc ceeded i n uncou p l:i.ng the tank car from the hay-car. But s tiil the tank pl atform ca.me on, p e rilou s l y clos e to the hay c ar. "The bra k e si gna l s are going ba c k,' throbb e d Dick as he wat c hed. "They' ll soon getthe tank s and the re s t of the train to a s tand s till. Standing the r e Dick s o on b egatl. to r e aliz e what a fierce affair a h a y fire is. Stranglin g and cou g h i n g, and the soles of his f e et feel ing as if t hey wer e b e in g roa s t e d, he did not yet dare to desert his pos t. "If I put o n the b rake now and jumped, I'd l eave this blazing h e ap for t he'tan ks to r u n right into he r efle cted. "No; I've got to stic k it o u t nntil I see those t a nks at a standstill. Wh ew! Wha t a b lowout there'd b e if the tanks came bead-on into this morl!!ter tinde r-bo x !" "So Dick s tuck to bi s b rake, thoug h he wondered bow :mcb long e r b e could d o it and l i v e in al l the heat, and with the flames for c in g thei r way throu g h the roof of the car. A bit at a time the ta n ks, a n d the h e avy l i ne o f freight s nehind, see m e d to be s l owing up unde r all th e resolute braking that was b eing don e along the lin e Dick's he a d b ega n t o whirl and r e e l. His e y e s were so w ith all the s mok e that poured into them tha t h e c oul d no l onger see v e ry di s tinctly to the r e ar. But at last he saw a l antern describ e a dozen wide cir cles. "That's g o od o l d T ed, s i gnal l ing with some body s l an t e rn," throbb ed the h a l f suffocat e d young fir eman. "Thank g o odness -at l ast !'l Now, h e b e n t over his own brake, turning and twisting with al l hi s m ig h t But a fit of v iol e n t cou gh ing interfe red Wh e n Di c k t rfed t o p u t in mor e s trength, the coughing ca.me on. a ll t h e ha rder. "Se e h e r e I can't perish at thi s!" he mutte r ed fearfu lly, and thre w a ll h is last rema ining str ength into the effort of whirlin g the brak e At last g lancin g d o w n at t h e g roun d, he had th e satis faction of see ing that the blazi ng hay ca r had a ll b u t itopped. "It' s time to g e t out o.f t his, ql,iYered t h e boy, and s t e pp e d anxiou s ly down the ladd e r. Iron rail s and woode n car 'llnll w e r e red-hot und e r hi s haJ1ds so it seemed But, at l ast, Dick fell off the car rather mor e than he leaped off. A s he p i cked himself up, safe, and backed away from the den s e of s mok e pour.ing from the doomed car, Ted ran up to hi;n "We've done it!" grow l ed young Pond. "Yes; I guess we have," uttere d Di c k, dul ly, a s he stoocl looking at their work, whi c h rep resent e d the s aving of a train and i ts c argo. "That was great work boys!" called ChieLG r aney, h u r r y in g up t o th em. "But I thou ght you wer e trying to g e t Sorr y I s hot a t y ou." Did you s hoot a t us?" inquir e d Di ck. "Yes; didn't you h e a r th e bull e ts g o pa s t you?" "I thou ght I di cl'r "And that didn't s t o p y o u ?" "Nothing would s t o p me," Di c k an s w e red, "whe n I've g ot a fire to fight." Turni n g the boys walk e d bac k with the polic e official. Within the next quart e r of a n hour the fire at the depot was ove r. Volley Two h a d don e mu c h mor e i n sav i n g th e buildin g tha.n the y h a d hop e d to d o And in the meantime, the trainme n had got t h e i r situa tion in hand They were l ettin g the ha y car burn out by itself on the trac k while a t e l egram h a d bee n s ent for a wrecking t r ain to clear the hay car from th e track. The recall s ounded . T a king Ted by the e lbow, Dic k whee l ed and walked over to whe re Graney s tood "Now, I'm r e ady to b e locked up c hi e f utte red ou r h e ro "M:e, too," added. T e d, d r i ly. "It's a job I'm beginnin g to hate to clo mutte r ed Chi e f Graney "Still, I r e ckon I've got to do it." "I reckon you have, sir, 'r Gera l d adm i tte d Ma s on was no l onger in si g ht. At last t hat rascal had had the grac e to take h imself off the sce ne. Dick :vi d Ted were not handc uff e d now nor were they:. l e d away until al l the young N c;:itunes bad had time to s hake their hands C H A PTER VIII. A GIRL'S FRIENDSHI P / B y nine o'clo.ck the next morn ing ther e were ma n y in Bla c kton who had h e ard no word of what happene d to the l e a ders of Neptu n e One Promptly at t hat hour the two you n g pris o ne r s were i n c ourt, after an a lmos t sleep less night, spent on the hard b e n c hes of the pol i c e stati o n cell Dick' s parent s w e r e there; so wer e T ed's A ll of these

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NEPTURE 1. good people were dazed by the news, yet convinced, o course, of the innocence of their sons. Mason and his "witnesses" told their lying stories. Dick and Ted, acting ui.ider the advice of the lawyer secured by their fathers, merely pleaded not guilty. "Case held over for a fortnight, to enable the d efe nse to make it's plans," announced the judge. But each youngster was held in five thousand dollars' bail. "I'll do my best to get the hail for you, Dick,'' promised sorrowing father. "But I'm afraid I can't." Ted he ard about same r e port from hi s father. Then the. two youn gsters were l e d back to their cell. It was eleven o'.clock that morning when May Everard heard the news th:i;ough a chance gir l caller. May pumped her visitor c1ry of news about the affair, then excused herself anc1 ran in to tell h e r mother. "Then they may not be as nice young men as you thought them l ast evening," suggested Mrs. Everard, gently. "Nonsense, mamma," cried May. "I'm afraid Fre d Mason would just about do s u c h a. thing when angry. I'm sure it's all a miserable plot." "Well, wl'! .know nothing about it, and can clu nothing in the matter," replied her mother, as if that tiJttled it. "We can't do anything?" May r epeated "Why can't we at l east furnish bail?" "What-for two ent ire young s trang ers May?" asked her mother, quickly. "Since I saw Gerald make that spl endid rescue l ast night, I hate to think of him as a stranger," May replied, eagerly. "And then think of that darin g work with the freight-car, while others didn't know what to do, .or dare to do it." "But what can you do' now, ?" "I'm still thinking about that matter of bail mamma," persisted the gir l lookin g doubly charming in her very honest distress over Dick's misfortune. "But you haven't any real estate with which to go bail, child," smiled Mrs. Everard. "But you have, manrma." :'.Suppose I have, May?" "Then go their bail, please!" "Good grac ious I For strangers?'' "No, mamma, for a. fri end of mine," replied the girJ, p l eadingly. Mrs. Everard shook her head very decidedl y But May was the only being she loved on earth. More over, May bad a very coaxing way with her mother, and it u s ually won. It did in this instance. "Oh, very well, child," sighed her mother almost irri tably at last ; "tell Parker to order the carriage at once, and I'll drive into town and see Mr. Stacey, my lawye r, about it." May went on the jump to order the carriage. Then she swiftly arrayed herself in street costume, and drove into town with her mother. Shortly before on e o 'clock Lawyer Stacey, a stout, rather pompous middle-aged man who always wore bl'a.ck, ap peared, in company with the jailer, before the cell door that separated the boys from their freedom. "Young men, I am glad to be abl e to announce that you have been admitted to bail," declared the lawyer, in much the same tone that he would have r ead a weather report. "Then my father found some one?" queried Dick, e agerly, as he steppe d to the cell door. "Or waB it Ted's father?" "Mrs. Everard has gone s urety for you both," replied the l awyer, in the same uninterested tone. He walked w ith the delighted boys as far as the door of the lock-up. Th e n to Dick he handed an envelope, sayi n g : "I was r eques ted to band you this Gerald." Di c k took the note i n wonder. He opened the envelope. and read the enclosure: Dear Mr Gera l d," the note ran, "of cour s e your first d ut y is to go to the dear ones at home. As soon as you can, this afternoon, however, I s hall be glad if you can rna.ke it convenient to call upon yours sincerely, May" E verard." "What i s it?" asked Ted, very curiously. Lawyer Stacey had already sta lked away. "Miss Everard has invited me to call," Pick answered. "My, but you're playing in luck!" "Any fellow is in luck if he arouses Miss Everard's il't t eres t in him," Dick replied, honestly. "You're going up to see her?" Ted asked. "That's a sensible question to ask, i sn't it, old fellow?" "Pardon me, Dick. Of course it was a fool question. Well, I envy you." On the street, on his way home, Dick encountered his worriecl-J ooking fathe r. Mr. Gerald had talrnn the day off in what looked like a hopeless effort of raising bail. Now, fath e r and son hurried home together, and a family jubilation was h e ld over this unexpceted good luck. "But we irn:ts ln t be selfish and keep you here, Di c k dear, urged his moth er. "Since the Ev e rarcls have been s o wonde rfully kind, you mus t go to any troub l e to please them I "ill g o up to your room now and lay out your bes t things. D1ess y our s elf with care, and then go right up there to thank Miss Rverar
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2 0 NEPTUNE NO. 1. cause she has asked you to call, thrct you're the prince in "I-I don't know. My opinion may be changed by what the fairy story." I learn." "I'm not. I know that," admitted Dick, candidly But; "Then I don't want to say anything, if you please," Dic k Dad. when you see Miss Evera.rc1, you'll be willing t o swear begged. that she's the princess, all right. He had a horror of intruding himself in what he though t Dick set GJff in the highest spirits might be o:nly a lovers' quarrel. Though the charge of a crime still hung over his head, Had Mason been present, he would have spoken freely, it was a great deal to be out of that loa.thsome cell, and perhap s, but it seemed a dastardly thing to run down even he did not propose to borrow,,troubk ahead. a scoundrel before his sweet heart, when that scoundrel was Miss May received him alone, in a handsome, cosey litnot present to speak for himself. t l e music room just off the drawing room. "I will put you more at your ease, then, Mr. Gerald/' It was the first time that Dick Gerald had ever been went on the girl, looking down at carpet. "I am no among such luxurious surroundings. longer as much interested in Mr. Mason as I am in seeing A les s self-possessed boy might have been awkward, espe you prove that your good name is up to. the standard o f dall y with l\Iis s May smiling at him and l ooking so alto your good deeds." gcther charming D ick gasped inwardly, glancing at h e r with a swift loo k "You have been very kind to come so soon," greeted May, of surprise. as she ex.tended her hand. "'rell me the whole story, please, just as it happe n e d," "Kind?" repeated Dick, simply. "Miss Everard, t he ktndness has been all on the part of your mother and your self How can I ever thank you?" "There is nothing to thank us for," lVIiss May replied "Not even that bail?" "That cost mamma nothing, for you are not going to '"'U away, are you?" The girl looked at him with the greatest friendliness, her eyes as laughing as her voice. she urged. "Then you will, at least, do me the favor of asking M& son for his side af it?" asked the boy, awkwardly. "I will-in case I am ever interested enough to ca.re to know Mr. Mason's version," was the guarded reply Then, though not without much urging, coaxing a n d prompting, Dick laid bare his sige of the outrage against him. May listen e d with the close s t sympathy. "Run away?' cried Dick, growing almost confused should say not! I trust that I don't know how to away from a false cha.rge." "Now, I will tell you something," she said. "I askeci "I d Mr. Stacey to have one. of his clerks look up those two is -run reputable characters who came forward to swear to Mr. ;\Jason's innocence. Just before you came the clerk tele phoned me. You know, of course, that a lawyer gave bail ihis morning for their appearance as witnesses?" "That's the way I like to hear you talk," cried the girl, as she motion ed Dick into a chair. He stood beside it, however, until s he had seated herself. "Mamma will be down in a few moments," she explained. "Now, Mr. Gerald, would you think me too curious if I asked you, to give m e your s ille of thiR who l e miserable affair?" "Too c urious?" repeated Dick, sim ply. "Why, Miss Everard, I am only too glad to talk it all over with one who has shown herself so kind as you have been." Yet, at the very outset, he hesitated He had often h e ard Fred Mason's name linked with hers. "I-I don't know how to start," he began, confusedly. May under stoo d in an instant. Dick Gerald at once rose t en notches in her opinion for hi s unwillin gness to attack the man who was reputed to be h er faYored admirer "I under stand,'' 8he sa id, quickly. "But if you are to tell me what happened, you must tell it, no matter whom y o u have to denounce." "I don't want to denounce---" "Mr. Mason?" May helped him out. ot to you." "Why? Because I am supposed to like Mr. Mason? Well I did, greatly, until last night, anyway." 1 1 And no w ?" Dick hinted in a liu8hed to n e "I bac1 heard somethin g of it," our hero admitted. "They not only have been bailed, but those toughs have come out in what i s for t hem gorgeo u s raiment. They arewearing, probably, the bes t clothes that they ever 01WDed in their live s More than that, they are around town spend ing a lot of money in drinking, and in buying drink for others whom they meet. What do you make of that?" "May I ask you what you make of it?" sugges ted Dick "Why, it's as plain as the flagstaff on the common," May went on earnestly. "Those toug hs stepped forward last night, figuring it out that ::\fason would pay them wel l. He has evidently done so already. They will continue to draw money from him. T he to igh s intend to live as nea.r like lords as they know hOiw to "Then you believe my side?" Dick asked, gratitude for. this trust surging up in his heart. "Of course I do," Ma.y replied, eagerly "Otherwise, do you think mamma and I would have interested ourselves i n the matter in the first place?" A servant e ntered, handing Miss May a card She glanced at it, her color heightened, and she hande d back the card, adding: "Say to Mr. Maso n that I am engaged for t h e after-noon."

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NEPTUNE NO. 1. 21 Having gotten past Mason, h e hurri e d along. Then, as the servant s tarted to leave the room, she called him back, saying: "You may add that I am engaged with Mr. Richard Gerald!" J The servant left room. ,_"It looks as if he w er e trying to pick another row with me, to put me in the wrong in other people s eyes quiv ered Dick, as he hurried along. "I'm not goi n g to drop in. to any such trap as that." An instant later the two young people heard the front door clos c with a vicious bang. But he smiled, grim ly, as he thought of hi s enemy's threat. "Going to drive me out of town, is he?" He hasn't taken CHAPTER IX. the trouble to measure his man, then! He can't drive me out "r':r.r GOING TO RUN You qpT OF TOWN!" of town-unless he succeeds in his dastardly scheme to put Miss :May touched a bell, and the servant re-entered. me in prison ''Wilson, you may say to Mr. Mason, at any time that Cheered by his interview with May Everard, the young he call s that I am out." fireman was f'lmost happy by the time that he reached "This is more than a lover s' quarrel,'' murrrnued astonhome. ished Dick. To his surprise, he found his father, in his shirt-sleevc-r-, He could not understand why Miss May 0had taken suc h seated in the kitchen, smoking and with a thoughtful look a sudden interest in himself. on his face. But the reason was a good and sound one. ''Why, Dad," cried the boy, "I thought you'd go back to May Everard was not impressionable enough to have fa.Iwork when you found that I was out m that cell." len in love with the young fireman at jirst sight "I did go back to the mill," responded his father. But she did love heroes. She had an intense admirat ion His tone indicated bad news coming for clean cut, manl y young fellow s "Why, what happened, then?" breathed Dick, fearfuJly. Dick, being wholly down on hi s lu c k she was just the "Mr. Hampden sent for me to COiIDe to his office. Told sort of girl to long to step in and befri end him, and to see me I wasn't needed any longer. Wouldn't give me any him occupy the place in the world to which s he believe d his reasons. Paid me for the rest of the week-and here I manline s s entitled him. am." Afte r a little Mrs Everhard ca.me in. "Why, this i s Fred Mason'J work!" blazed Dick angrily. She greeted Dick graciously enough, anJ treated him "I guess it is," nodded Mr Ger ald. "Mason's father kindly. a nd Mr Hampden are pretty good friends." Yet, despite her kindliness, it was plain that was Dick felt ,dazed. doing this to gratify her daughLe r s latest whim," as her Y e t, as he thought it over, he wondered that Fred Mason mother termed it in h e r own minu. hadn t thought, before, of thi s easy means of spiti ng his If Dick had not b een arou:nd much in t h e \vorlcl, he had young enemy. ) more good sen s e than to s t a y too l o n g fascinating thou g h I "He s aid he'd drive out of town," quivered Di ck, inhe found May Everard every moment of the time wardly. I wonder if thi s i s his way o.f doing it?" So, h e took his lea ve, afte r again expre s s in g Mr. Gerald looked too worried to care to talk. hi s intense gratitude to them bot h. So Dick excu sed himself, and hurried outdoors. May, alone, followed him to the door. He wanted to be in'the fresh air, to take a long walk and "Keep up your gool l h eart! You ll s h e whis per ed, th ink the whole train of disastrous happenings over. roiling clearly and swe etly into his eye s Hardly realizing wher e he was gOO.ng, he took the dire c Dick hurrie d homeward, in a. trance of h a ppine ss. tion toward Main Street Y e t he had gone hardly an eig hth of a mile on the quiet Here he e ncountered Ted Pond. country road, when, at a bend, he came fac e to face with "J'm just taking a little stroll for pleasure," clecla r c d Fred Mason. Ted, grimly . "I'm getting s ome gloomy fun out of ke2pOur hero would have passed, without a word, but his ing an eye on the v e ry truthful gent l emen who a.r e hel1Jing enemy would not have it. Mason out." "So?" demanded Mason, sneering ly. "You a.re trying Ted nodded down the street. to mix in with your betters?" \ Ye s there were Barney Glynn a nd Hod Ramp. "What do you mean?" Dick asked, bluntly, looking At fir s t glance, Dick would hardly have known them. straight in the other's eyes. Their s eedy clothing had disappeared In its pla c e the ) "You know what I mean; :Miss Everard--" wore what mus t have been the loudest apparel on sale iu "I can't discuss her 1rith you Dick retorted curtly. Bla c kton. r Then he sid e stepped, to g e t around Ma.son and go on To th e clothing they had added a great swagger, at first. hi s way. B u t a n afternoon of rather heavy drinking had gradu "You young can a nd booby!" hi s s e d M:aso!l. ally c hanged the swagger into s omething very close to a 'Tm going io nm cut of town s ta gger. D ick l:c'.!r1, but he mad e no ansrer. "Jl!St 1J ink of any judge or jury taking the word of fel -

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NEPTUNE NO. 1. l ows lik e that!" uttered Ted, disgu s t e dl y "Oh, Dick, just Spl a sh! Dick shot clown h e ad foremost into the churngive 'em rope enough and they'll hang themselves instead' ing foaming water. of convicting us I" "Mason ought to take better care of two such valuable young fellows," smiled Dick, savagely. The two young firemen simply could not help following the two toughs in whom their own fortunes were so sadly tangled. ApP.arently willing to admit that they had hacl enough to drink for the present, Glynn and Ramp, tip s ily armi n arrn, hacl l eft th e bus y part of M a in Street b e hind. They w e r e now going, un s t e adily, over th e bar e s pot that lay b etween the bus iness sectio."1 of Bla c kton ancl Hamp d e n 's llfill s clown by the river. "Maybe they lik e the town s o w e ll that they 've cleciclecl lo settle h e r e," mimicked T eel. "I wonder if th e y r e goin g down to the mill to a s k for jobs? "They r e a bit late if th e y are," Di c k replied, glancing at his watch. H s pr e tt y n e ar time for the whis tl e to blo w." Glynn and Ramp k ept s tr a i ght on, passing through th e mill gat e way and into the yard Th e boys fotllowe d c uri o u s l y as far as the gat e "Deaf ancl dumb p e opl e always like to walk on the r a il road tracks," mutt e r e d Di ck, "and intoxicat e d men al w ays seem to want to close to deep r ater if ther e's any around." "CHAPTER X. "MASON WINS!" Splash I T e d Pond was hardly a second behind his leader. Both eame up to the surface for an instant to look about. "Ge t Ramp-he's the light er!" called Di ck, in a low ton e Above t h em, at the bank of the raceway, s tood an awe d crowd of fort y m e n that was in c r e a ing eve ry s e cond. "Ge t a rope!" bawled on e of the crowd. G e t som e planks!" "Poles!" A s u s ual th e r e were pl e nty of peopl e t o b ellow ord e r:; and few with the presence of mind to c arry them out. Nor dicl a ny one know ju s t wher e to find a rope, })lank or pol e Di c k h a d s pott e d Barney Glynn jus t a s tha t worth y bobbed up to the surface. Plun ge Di c k got him g r abbing him b y the c ollar. In twe nty second s more th e drunken lout would have gon e over the fall. Now, Di ck, st ru g gling with all hi s mi g ht, s w a m stub bornl y back a g ain s t th e current : "Legg o m e !" roared Barne y sobe r e d so m e what by th e :For Gly nn and Ra.mp h acl k ept on until t h e y s tood b e side the raceway. c old dou c h e of w a t e r, but fig htingly obs tinate "Keep cool aRcl I'll get you out of thi s," p ante d Dick. Here the water dash e d s wiftly and dee ply t hrou g h its Y e r e iryin to drown me scream eel Barney in a channel, ru shing on to the fall, o .ver whic h it fell a g ainst the great wheel. :fre nzy o f f e ar. "Keep quie t c an t yol1 ?" appe a l e d Dick. "Stop strugThat .big whee l was still c hurnine: furiou s ly, f o r thoug h u glin g." it was 11.lmos t whis tle-blow, there was a night shift th a t But Glynn, in hi s p a ni c wrapp e d hi s arms around Dick. \torked until midnight. Now our h ero was all but h e lpless, hi s thrashing legs "You can t box! Ye n e v e r c ould!" taunt e d B a rne y however keepin g him at the surfa ce. Glynn, hoar sely. T oge th e r lock e d a s th e y w e re, th e y drift e d again toward "The blam e d fools !" quiv e r e d Ted the fall. I' For now the tip s y pair w e r e clum s il y boxing ri ght at the Abo Ye, o n th e b ank; scream e d th e mselves hoar se. e dge of the ra ceway. L et go o f lh e l o a fer one man. Th e n th e y clin c h ed, toppl e d and roll e d into th e raceA s if Di c k cou.lcl do that, wra p p e d as h o was i n that i rny. d e spairin g e mbrace. 1 Th e y re in -the y ll drown! c ri e d Dick, a g hai:;t for lhe But D ick whit e -fa ced a s h e r e alized t h e almo s t certain : r moment. of h i s d ea th b y g oing over th e fa ll, clicl m a nage to fo Th e n tossing off hi s jac k e t, h e starte d o n a desperate his ri ght h a nd. s p r in t ) u st as the whis tle blew. Cle n c hi ng hi s fist, h e struc k B arney Glynn s quar e ly an Come on, 'l' e d he shouted. forcefull y b etween th e eyes . T e d w a s after him like a s hot. H e always follo1r ecl hi:; B a rn e y g a .ve up with a ga s p, hi s eyes closing. c hum-leader. Now Dick, almost at the v e rg e of going over, made anBoth boys poi sed for the di v e at th e edge of th e raceway. oth e r g allant fight. A s core o.r more of mill-hands wer e al s o r a cing for th e T e d Pond was having b e tter luck. spot. Hoel Ramp, s cared into a sort of paralyzed condition "Here, here, boys! D'On't clo it!" bellowe d a man. w a s putting up no fight. "You'll go down to your deaths!" Inde e d, that hobo seemed to have lost all th e use of his "There they are!" quivered Dick, as he e spied two fran-body through fright. lico.Jly struggling figures in the water, drifting clos e to the For a few dizzy instants Dick and hi s s e n s eless man hovslcc p fall. "Come on, Ted! We can get 'em-I think!" ered close to the brink.

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NO. 1. 23 All D ic k's :fighti n g w ould n ot seem to gai n hi m an inch. H e could s till h ave saved hims e lf, now, by l e ttin g go of Glynn. But th a t he woul d never think of doing. Now th a t he had u nde rtaken: the tas k it mus t be bot h saved, or neither! Then, with a prayer, a n d a n ew, mor e desp erate spurt, Di c k found tha t h e was gaining by inch e s aga inst the stron g t ide o f th e raceway Two ine n had tied their c o a ts leev e s tog ether, a nd had lowe r e d th i s s ort of a rop e to Ted, who, re s ting more easily b y holdin g to one of th e s leeves, was a l s o s upporting Ramp until those above could d evis e some w a y of h e lping Ramp o u t of t h e water. A n d Dick was ga ining now, too, but w ith des per a t e slow ness. H e s huddered to think wha t woul d happen if h e experi e nced a c ramp, o r i f B ar ne y s uddenly revived i n t hat cold, swirlin g water Dick too was a t least eight feet out from the high bank from which s o many friendly hand s st r e tched help les s l y It was, perhaps, the quickest in th e world to fu r t her the sobe r i n g o f the h o bo. Certain l y it was the bes t way to get hi m away from t he dang e rous racew11.y. B a rney had come p artl y to by t h is time, and lay on the g round g asping, not an object of much sympa thy. But a score of men were trying to gras p Dick Gerald b y th e hand at th e sa1ne time. Oth e r s w e r e a lmost mobbing Ted Pon d in order to e x press t heir a dmiration "But, see h e r e Di c k roared o n e frie n d of our h ero' s fat h e r what s ort of jud g ment have you g ot? Y o u g o to a ll thi s tro ubl e and d a nger ju s t to save th e lives o f the two rascals who are tryin g to send you to prison for some thing th a t y o u didn't d o?" "Sure chimed in some one els e "That was 11. fool tric k! Why di dn't you le t them dr<>w n l ad? 'Tw oul d have saved you a heap of trouble." ,, "I d o n't q uite sec how w e c o uld quite dd that," smiled Di ck, s hakin g hi s h ead. "A :fireman's who l e tra ining an d instinct as to save life It w o uld be t o u g h to stand by and see a dog drown. I c ou ktlt't l et a human being go t h a t He tri e
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2 1 NEPTUNE NO. 1. at any tim e against that of two boys lik e the fo.r e man and a s i stant for e man of N e ptune On e Within twenty-four hours Mayor Sharp had begun to feel strong pressure from p e ople who insist e d th a t he should disband the crew of boy :firemen. P e ople in s isted that they could not think of the pos si bility of having boys come into their home led by two officers who had been charged the f e arful crime of ars on. "Those boys haven't bee n convicted y et," retorted the mayor, bluntly. "Unde r our law s eve r y one i s innoc ent until he has been prqved guilt y." "Haven't Gerald and Pond bee n pr etty well prov e n to be guilty?" d e manded the ki c ker s "Not by th e court s," maint a ined the ma y01r. Then Mason s father, who was s omethin g of a power in local affairs, g ot of his mos t influential friends t o wait upon Mayor Sharp a nd d e mand that th e boys be bounc e d out of the fir e department. N ot unti l th e c ourts pas s jud g ment r e t orte d t he fat little mayor. He was an incle penc1 ent man a n d all thi s pressur e served to make him more obstinate. He ord ere d n e w hose for N e ptune, a n d h a d the locks chang e d o n the door of the fire-hous e More than that, he gave ni ght Poli c e m an S t earn s strict ord e r s about wat c hing for prowl e r s around home. But, if t he pressur e fail e d in this llirection, it did not i n others. Dick 's fathe r tramp e d wearily ove r the town, seekin g fir s t one e mployer and then anoth e r. But all hall t h e m e s sa g e foi the dischargell man. The y wer e ver y sorry. H e was a good and r e liabl e man, and th e y would lik e to giv e him emplo y m e nt, but they simply hadn t an y p o sitio n open. "I'm fee lin g th e inilu e nce o f y oun g 1\Ias on's father at eve r y ste p, I g uess, 1\Ir Gerald r e port ed, mournfully, t o Dick s mother. "It's ove r at Gran g etown about :fifty miles a w a y from h e re," Mr. Gerald went on. "Anci w e' r e g oin g to mo:ve o v er to Grangetown ?" Dick ask ed, ver y quietl y "Yes, l ad. That' s the :firs t step we have ahead of us now -to move." "Then Mason wins," observed Dick, with a queer smile. "Mason?" "Fred l\fal'j()n, I mean, Dad." "How does he win?" "Why he bragg e d that he'd run me out of town, and now he's going to do it. H e and hi s father spcxiled you, Dad, from getting work here Ye s ; Mason wins!" It looked like it! / CHAPTER XI. P ATSEY ON THE JOB "Yes, I guess h e wins, th e n s i g hed Mr. Gerald "Un fortunately I have to earn a living." "Of cours e," nodded Dick. "Try to g e t ove r your di s appointm ent s omehow, l ad." "Oh, I hav e n t see n m y last of Bla c kton s miled Dick s adl y . "I'll have to come bac k to face m y trial, anyway." All h ands s i g hed at that allusion. For had become w e ll-known that th e heroic r escue -Work in the mill rac e w ay had not in any way c hanged the situation Barn e y Glynn and Hod Ramp seemed proof a g ainst con sideration s of gratitl1d e The3; wer e s till around town, d e claring a s loudly a s ever that the y h a cl witnessed.' th e boys' a t e m p t to fa s t e n th e ir own c rim e on Fre d Mason. The p air c ontinu e d to have plenty of money to >
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NEPTUN E NO. 1. 25 me that she may be willing, if she' s able, to help me 0iut .1oesn't want to leave Blackton just n o w Neither doea again." my mother. It would look to them both as if were Arrived at the house, hurriedly a s cended the stepa running away because they didn't want to face people on and rang the bell. account of my trouble." "Is Miss Everard in?" he asked of the servant who "And you don't want to l eave town, eith er?" asked May, answered. sympathetically. "I'll see," was the cautious response. "Of course I don't like the notion of letting Fred Mason Dick was shown into the s ame music room where he had feel that he has driven me oui of town, as he said he the first interview. would." He waited there for five minutes, then I\Iis s lliay, look"And so--?" ing more charming than ever, came lightly into the room. "Miss Everard I came to you as the last chance. It "Oh, it was good o.f you to come this afternoon, hlr. s truck me that your mother, being a wealthy woman, might Gerald," she cried, holding out her hand. h ave acquaintan c e with manufacturer s nearer But whether thi s was merely the trained society or "And you want mamma to interest herself in getting whether she really felt glad, was something that doubtful, some one around h ere to offer your father a position?" mis erable Dick wondered in his own mind. "It looks awfully cheeky, I know," murmured Dick, "Miss May," he begun, slowly "I've come to ask a little flushing. favor, if it happens to be within yom' power." "Not in the least," May a.nswered, readily. "You diJ "Oh, that is delightful!" she cried. ri ght in coming here. You knew that I would be glad to But she ma.de him s eat him s elf before she would listen. !!erve you if I could. Thank you for coming. Now, let me A s May sat looking at Dick her h eart welled up with see." pity. May was thoughtful for some moments, while Dick stared Eailier in the aft e rnoon s h e had had a long talk with hard at the carpet. Lawyer Stacey, who had told her that the boys would surely "I' m going upstairs to see mamma about it all," an-be convicted of the crime with which th e y were charged. nounc e d the girl at last, rising. "Don't mind if I'm gone Ordinarily such worthies as Gly nn and Ramp might not a little while. I'll be back as soon as I can." be taken v e ry seriou sly by a jury, but they were c e rtain She t ripped lightly away. to b e when th eir testimony backed up that of a young man Aft e r that, how the time dragged! of prominence and good reputation like Fred Mason. Truth to tell, Miss May was gone a rather long time. "The boys may be innocent, as you declare, Miss Ev e rB ut, at last, she back, and dressed for the carriage. ard, but I can ass ure y ou that they are going to be con"I hope you don't feel that I intended to keep you waitvictecl and sent b e hind the bar s unless some v e ry diff ere n t ing s o long," she cried, as she re-entered the room. "But testimony comes forw ard in their beha.1." mamma and I have been having quite a long talk on the May was thinking of that vetera n lawy e r s hone s t opinmatter." ion as she loo.keel at Dick, who was finding s uch hard wor k May did not add that s he h a d had a hard time in perin beginning. s uacling Mrs. Everard to interest her s elf in the matter "Come," she rallied, smilingly, "you are not afraicl 0 at all. me. What is it that you came t0 s ay, Mr. O e r a kl ?" "Mamma finally thought of Mr. Howe," May rattled on. "It i s rath e r, th e p e r s on I hav e t o talk about that ' Mr. Howe who owns the tool steel works?" Dick asked. mak e s it awkward, Dic k repli ed, slowly. Yes." His words w e r e not c oming a s rapidly as he had 110pe J ".My fath e r appli e d there, but without success." that they would. "Jt may be differ ent when mamma goes to see Mr. "Ur. Mason?" c hall e nged May. H o w e,'' smile d Miss May. You see it' s a stock company, "It i s partly him." an d rnam rna happen s t o own quite a little of the stock." "Speak on, then. It won t hurt m e to hear w arJs a g a i n s t But s ur e ly your mother i s not going to trouble herself -Ur. Mas on." to g o th e r e? c ri e d Dick. Wouldn t a. letter or a tele-So Dick courage, and hurri e d on: phon e messa g e do ju s t a s w ell?" ' Mason made a boas t to me, Miss Everard." "Mamrpa i s g oing to drive down to see Mr. Howe,' and "A boast? What about?" now,'' May affirmed, resolutely. "And she is going to do "He d e clared that he would driv e n ie out of t o wn." all in h e r power. The carriage is at the door, and we shall "Well? Are you going to let him do it?" start a s soon a s mamma is downs tairs." "It almo s t looks as if I'd. have to, Miss Everard." "That's s o good of you, Miss Everard,'' murmured the Then, g aining still more courage, Dick plunged into an g rateful b by. "And when shall I come to see you, to learn account of the trouble his father had had in finding other the r esult?" employment. "When? Why, you are going with u s of cour s e." "And now," wound up young Gerald, "of course my "Drive down there with you in the carriage?" gasped father has his position at Grangetown, but I know that he Dick.

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26 NEPTUNE NO. 1. "Of c0iurse." "Miss Everard, don't you realize that I'm a ccused or a yery serious crime?" "Of which you are innocent," the girl replied, promptly. "But to be seen in your carriage--" "Would simply inrorm Blackton or the view that Mrs. Everard and her daughter as to your guilt," answered Miss May, firmly. "I-I am afraid it wouldn't be right for me to accept your kindness to that extent," murmur e d Dick. "Then you question our good sense?" challenged Miss May. Her voice was rather stern, but there was a laugh in her eyes. She was compelling Dick to go her way, just as she had done with her fond mother. Dick gave a helpless sigh. Then, bowing, for he was standing, he answered : "Miss Everard, I place myself in your hands, then." "In my hands?" laughed the girl. "You must imagine me an athlete!" Dick laughed, too, and then felt easier. Mrs. Everard ca.me sweeping down the stairs. In the hallway Dick tried to murmur his thank s but 1vj:rs. Everard cut him short with a graciou s s mil e "This is all May's affair. She is engineering it, and I am curious to see how she wi,ll make out." Dick felt emba. rrassed as the carriage turned into the husines part or Blackton. Nearly every one who saw the carriage a nd its occupant s turl!.ed to stare at them. But Miss May held her head high, and seemed uncon scious of any annoyance as she bowed to her acquaintanc e s The carriage was going more slowly as they passed one I Or the dingier blocks On the street. 'fhen it passed one house which Dick knew for a lodg ing-house or the cheaper cla ss. Suddenly darting out or the door, on tiptoe, came Patsey Murphy or Neptune One. Just at that instant he caught Dick's eye. "Whoop!" he uttered, and turning, ran straight up to the side of the carriage. "Oh, Dick! Dick!" cried the Irish boy, evidently strug gling with considerable excitement that boiled within. "Wh1tt is it, Patsey ?" asked Gerald, leaning forward. Patsey thrust one hand up to his lips as he whispered back, mysteriously : "Whisht Oi'm on the job!" "What?" eqhoed Dick. Patsey was now walking beside the slowly moving car riage. "What on earth does the boy mean?" questioned puzzled Mrs. Everard. "I think, mamma, he's trying to make us understand that he has something very important to tell us." 'Tis shmart ye are, miss!" cried Patsey, in. honest admiration. The driver glanced back at Mrs. Everard. At her nod he drew the carriage up beside the curb. "Don't shtir !" begged Patsey, excitedly. "Wait till ye've hear-rd it all!" Then, suddenly, as his glance roved up the street, Patsey let out another suppressed whoop. He had just caught sight of Mayor Sharp, driving down the street in a buggy. In a twinkling Patsey had stopped the mayor, and wlri.. s pered excitedly to his honor. Whatever the me s sage was, the fat little mayor appeared to he a good deal interested. More than that, he leaped out or the buggy and came along in Patsey 's trail. Almos t breathle ss, from excitement rather than exertion, Pats e y Murphy again raced to the side or the carriage. 'Tis insoide Oi'll invite yez all," he throbbed, impa tiently. "Oh, tis :;;iv'ra.l days Oi've been on the job!" He pointed toward the door or the lodging-house. "You want us to go in there ?" cried Mrs. Everard, in surpri se. "Ar ye pla ze, ma am. An', shur e Oi'm thinkin' ye'll be glad thot ye did." "I'm of young Murphy's opinion," nodded the mayor, lilting his hat a s he gained the side or the carriage. "At lea s t, ladies, if, as I talrn it, you are interested in the ar fairs or young Gerald.'' CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. MissMay was the fir s t one out of the carriage. Dick followed h e r nimbly, though his head was in a whirl or wonder. "Won't you come madam?" que s tioned the mayor, po litel y "It will be quite proper, I a ss ure you. And I shall be there, as the ma y or or the cit y .'' Perhaps it was curiosity only that won May's mother over to the idea of entering that very shabby lodging house. So she descended, assisted by Dick and the little mayor. "Hurry, now," called Patse y impatiently, though he spOike in a very low voice. "This is a mos t extraordinary adventure," murmured Mrs. to the mayor. But that f,at little official was not at her side. He was ove r at the carriage, whisperiny; to the driver: "I think, my man, y ou had better come with us, if you can l eave horses." With a re s pectful nod the driver sprang down from his box. Fot an instant the mayor sca. nned the nearest citizen s as if s e e king some Otlle whom he could not fincl. The n, with a bound, Mr. Sharp caught up with the party at the door "Shte p as ai s y as y e can," c autioned Patsey, leading the party inside. "Walk loike ghosts, av ye can."

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:'._IJ.EPr 1'\ E NO. 1. l\frs Ev erard foUo w e d the o the r s up s tai r;;, tre a ding s oftl y Patsey l e d t h e m s o:f.lly down a not vCT: y swe e t smelling c orridor on the s e cond floor. At th e e nd h e scratc hed softl y on a doo r. Without a sound the door open ed. Patsey s tood there, his fingers on his lip s as a sign for extr e me stealth. Large as the crowd was, the lad got th e m a ll into the room without nois e The n, afte r "Dinny," who proved to be a large, raw boned and very green-looking y oun g Iris hman, h a d s oftl y closed the door Patse y l e d t h e way o n t i p toe a c ross the room. He halted at the wall, beckoning Di ck. Patsey made a sign of peeking throu g h th e wall. Then, in the paper, our hero discove r e d several of Uie smalle s t kind of pin-holes. Dick looked, and felt a wond ering thr
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28 NEPTUNE NO. l. Our hero' s fis t landed crushingly Qn th e fellow' s neck, knocking him to the floor. "NQw, you coward," vibrated the boy, passionately, "you're past pity." Bendil}g, Dick seized Ma.5on by the collar, and started I dragging him out of the room. Between them the young firemen hastily dragged the wretch out to the head of th e st airs . "Down with the worthless rubbish !" panted Dick. Mason coasted, on his back, to the bottom. of the stairs. There, for an instant, he sat as if dazed. Then, leaping to his feet, he bounded out of the build ing. The two young :firemen ran th e rooms "Dinny" and the coachman had effe ctually collared Glynn and Ramp, and were holding them. "I'll send the police in for these rascals," glowed the mayor. "But where s ? 'tWe just threw him downstairs," Dick confessed. "He tried to strike Miss Everard." "And you let him g e t 1away ?" a s ked the mayor, amaz ed. "I haven't any heart for arresting any one," Dick ad mitted. "I've suffered too much through that sort of thing myself." "Oh, well, w e' ll :Kno1 w where to find him," nodded th e mayor. Miss May taken possession of Patsey. "How on earth did you make this lu cky discovery?" she asked of him. "Fished for it," replied Patsey, unconcernedly. "What do you mean?" "'Tis me cousin, Dinny, shtandin' over there," replied Patsey, nodding at the raw-boned young Irishman. "He';; just over from th!l ould counthry, an' lookin' for a job. We was all full at our house, so he had to get lodgin's. 'Twas just at the toime av the throuble, so Oi happened t' think t' git him t' take this room, next to thim blaggards. Whin they was out Dinny put in his toime malcin' thim little pi.holes. Dinny an' me have been watchin'. Mason had just come in whin Oi raced out an' got you folks!" Then Patsey was treated to a s urpri s e that took bi s breath_ away and made him turn redder than tJ;ie British flag. For May Everard su'c1denly caught him and kissed him. "Dinny" looked on hopefully, but Miss May swiftly re covered from her enthusiasm. "I believe, madam," began the little mayor, to brfdge over an awkw ard pause, "you will agree with m e that it was well worth our while to. come up here. Young Gerald has need of reputable witnesses to back up his story of anything that happened here." "I am very well satisfied/' replied Mrs. Everard, for which May gave her mother a grateful little bug. "Oi just had t' nail tbot feller Glynn," quivered Pat sey, glaring at Barney. '"Tis the Oirish na.Irte he ran around wid, but he's no more Oirish than he's a China man." Glynn and Ra.mp were soon turne d ove r to t h e police. Fred Masoo, however, by running straiO'ht to the ruins of the devot, c aught a train and got away. He 's in e xile now, living abroad, on mon e y s ent him by his broken-h e arted old father. On account of Mason's escape, Glynn and Ramp were allowed to get off with only a year apiece b e hind the bars. Mason, aft e rward, in writing his father, declared that be bad no no.tion of burning the depot down What he bad w 1mte d was s impl y to hav e the Neptunes re s pond wit h their s la s h e d hose. He had ho.peel that the public would s uspect the boys of having cut the :n.ose them selves. It was the s udden a c t of Gly nn and Ramp which had forced young Mason into for c in g the a r s on charge again s t the yo.ung officers of Neptune One. After that expos ure in the lodging-house the criminal charges against Dick and T e d were, of course, promptly dropped. The e kl e r in sha me, promptly sec ured the r e in s tatem ent at the miH of Dic k's father. A s for Dick, he s ecured a position in the s elling depart ment of the mill. H e neve r had any hope or thought at the out s et of winning May Ev e rard. Y e t the young p e ople c ame to be s o much together that, at Jast, they found th e mselves n ecess ary to each other. Th e y wer e married last Chri s tma s Ted Pond is an assi stant foreman at the mill, with a prospect of soon securing a foremanship. Patsey is s econd in cpmmand in the shipping department, with a good show of promotion. A s for Dinny a s h e was a fir s t-class g arden e r, he has been eve r sin c e in Mr s Ev erard' s employ. But though Dick and Ted a r e now on the hi g h-road to success, and thou g h Dick has a wealthy youn g wife in addi tion, neither of the s e y oun g oft-lee rs of th e fir e lads' crew has ever tired of th e good old work. B0ith still respond to every ala.rm that ca U s out Neptune One. THE END. l Another thrilling fire story by Robert Lennox. "HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE; OR, THE LIFE-SAVERS OF FREEHOLD," will b e publi s h e d complete in No. 39 of ."The Wide Awake Weekly, out next week! It is a splen did story, full t0i the brim with gloriou s stirring, manly life that :firemen l e ad in their noble work. 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HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tric ks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks o f the day, als o the most popular magical illusions as performed by our l e ading magi cians: every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how th e 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 MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL 'l'RICKS.-Conta.ining over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.--Qontaining over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. AlliO contain ing the secre t of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No._ 70. HOW '.I.'0 MAGIC '.FOYS.-COntaining full directions for makmg Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the ui'agic of numben. By A. Anders on. Fully illustrated. .No. 7 5. HO\!' TO A CONJUROR. Contajning tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hat.ii, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK a com. plete de sc ription <;>f the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand to gether with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. I No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy s h o uld know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneuma t ics, me c hanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full m s truct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en :i;ineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full 'description of an engineer shouldi know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE INSTRUMENTS.-Full f}irection s how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, lEolian Harp, Xyl<>ph.,n e and o t h e r musical instruments; together with a brief description of n early every musical instrument used in anc ient or modern t im e s. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S Fitzgerald, for tw enty years balldmaster of fue Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59 HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a d esc rip t ion of the lantern, together w-ith its history and invention. Al s o full direc tions for Its use a
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THE STAGE. No. 4 1 THEJ BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEJW YORK STUMP SPEAKER a varied of speeches, N eg ro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse-ment and a+nateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOl{}jJ new a?d very instructive. Every boy should ob tam this as 1t con tams full mstructions for orgamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. l\IULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbis is one of the most original joke ever and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contarns a large collect10n of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of Terrenc e l\Iuldoonb the great wit, humorist, and practical' of the day. Every b y who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No . 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTpR.-Containing com plete mstruct1ons bow to make up for var10us characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompter Sceni c Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No 80. GUS WII,LIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est jok es, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renown ed and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW 'l'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cook in g meats fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of re'cipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teac h 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 MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining fn II Jirections for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. -No: 31. HQW T9 .BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing foUI" teen 11lustrat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems froa a.II the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mOlt simple and concis3 manner possible. e No. 49 .. HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting II bates, outlmes for debater, questions for discussion and the bed sources for procuring info rmation on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3.. H;OW TO arts and wiles of flirtation iart fully by this ilttle book. Besides the various methods of ba.Lclkerch1ef,. fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con a .full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 19 m.terest1ng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be hiippJ. without one. 4 H.OW .TO DANqE is the title of a new and handsome .book JUSt i ssued by E rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions m the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. N.o. HOW T<;> LOVI)l.-A guide to lovt, courtship and ma1.Tiage, g1vmg sensib l e advice, rules and etiquette t o be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. HOW .ro DRESS.-Containing full instruction In tilt art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving the selections of co lors, material, and how to have them made up J!lo. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o.f the anq most val uable little books ever given to the world. to. kn?W how to become beautiful, both male and female Ihe secret 1s simp le and almo s t costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become b.eau. tiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated inl containing full instructions for the management and trainiug of the canary, mo c kingbird bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A u seful and instructive bo_ok. Handsomely illus trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Includinghinte on how to catch mol es weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. .Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. I No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valuable book, giving instructions in colle cting, preparing, mountins and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGlii PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeplnr, .breed ing, an.d managing all kinds of also giving full !nstruct1.ons for cages, etc. Fully explamed by twenty-eiglit 1llustrat10ns, makmg 1t the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and In structive book giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics; chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rectrons for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thl9 No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harr:v book cannot be equaled. Kennedy The secret given away. Every intelligent. boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all kinds of candy, etcu etc tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can maste r the No. 8-!. HOW TO BECOME A1y AUTHOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding cho ice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book <'Ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, l egibility and general com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscrint, essentia l to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, -comic recitations, etc., suitable -.Hiland. for parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A WOD money than any book publish e d. d erful book, containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evel'J book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com ba ckg ammon croq uet. domino es etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all .N?. 55. HOW. TO cqLLECT !?TAMPS ANp COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddl es curious catches tammg valuable mformat10n regardmg the co llectmg and arrangini and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PLAY (li\RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW '.rO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving t)le rules and '\rections for playing Euc hre, Crib-the world-known detective. In which lay s down some valuable bage Casino, FortyFive, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adyentures Auction Pitch All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known d etec tives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Contain dred interesting puzzles and conundrUJllS, with key to same. A ing u se ful information r ega rding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and 'other ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR; BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It Is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all abo\lt. There's happiness it. No. 33. HOW 'l'O BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good socilltY and the easiest and most approved methods of ap pearing to gdod advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W, Abney / No. 62. HOW TO BECOME. A WEST MILITARY CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Ccmpiled and written by Lu Senarens;author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete In structions of how to gain admission to 'the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, description No. 27. HOW TO AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historie!1'1 sk!!tch. and everything a boJ -Containing the most popplar selections in use, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Comialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and writtm by I.ti Si>narens, author of "How to Become 8 with many standard readings West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR. 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY9 Publisher! 24 Union Square, New York.

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