Young wide awake, or, The fire boys of Belmont

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Young wide awake, or, The fire boys of Belmont
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Wide awake weekly
Lennox, Robert
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As the burning ladder broke, and Young Wide Awake's mighty effort swung Kitty to safety on the window ledge, both gazed shudderingly at the sheet of flam e bel ow. "We can't escape now!" gaspe d the girl. "We must and will!" Young Wide Awake staunchly retorted.


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2 YOUNG 'WIDE AW AKE. and a hose carriage, each manned by a competent and e nthusiastic ctew. Jam es Peltoll big, bftiad-sht)uld e red black-whiskered and middie-aged, had been the chief of the local fire depart ment for more than fifteen years. He was a vetei"an fire-fighter, atid, up to last year, Bel mont's fire losses had been lighter than in the average town of the same size. But several new factories had been added to the town, more dwellings had gone up, and now it >vas s eetl that the fire i:isks had abc\t1t doubled. Plainly there was need for a larger foe tle pnrbnent. George Pars ons, wl10, bes ides being presid ent o f the Firs t National Bank, was also the leading real e state a gent and sol e fire insurance agent of Belmont, had bee n among the foremost in advocating a larger fire department Speaking as the agent of the fire insurance companie s Parsons had had an espe c ially important voiice. Every merchant and every house, mill or block owner must insure his property again s t the ravag e s of fire It is most important to such prop erty owners that the rates of fire insurance be as low as poss ible. Now, in every case the great fire insurance companies regulate their insurance charges in a given town by the amount of protection that there is against fire. The bigger and more capable the fire departm e nt, the less the risk is of property being destroyed by flam e s. Hence, the bigger the fire department the smaller the cost of fir e msurance. "My companies l'iave notified me proclaimed Mr. Par to the citizens, "that either we must have another en gine and another hose wagon, or we must be prepared to pay higher rates for our insurance." That announcement had waked up the citizens of Bel mont. The City Council promptly appropriated money for a new fire house and for an engine and hos e cart. The construction of the fire house, a neat, red brick structure, had been started just at the beginning of winter. It was now finished. On the graund floor was the apparatus room, in which i::tocid)he new hand engine, Washington One and the hose cart. Helmets, boots, rubber coats and other apparatu s and appliances were stored in cupboards or lodged in rack s in this apparatus room. Overhead was another room, large, bri ght and airy. This was a "social hall" for the of the company, or it could, at need, be made a sleeping apartm ent, a s colts and blankets were piled up at one end. From this hall to the apparatus room below ran a pol ished sliding pole through a hole in the floor. At the sound of the alarm any firemen who happened td be above could instantly slide to the room below and be ready to follow the call of duty ]iverything in the house of Washington One was the newest and best It was when it c ame to the comp o sition of th e new fire company th a t the excitem ent began. It hacl a l w:\yti bcm a post of honor to serve in B e lmont s fire departm e nt. While the selection of the best fire-fighting material had always been the yet the young men of the w e althier families had never hung back from joining the fir e depart ment. Inste ad, young men from the leading families of the town lrnd fought sicle by s ide with the factory hands Merit, a nd merit alone, counted. Chief P e lton was the owner of a truc kin g company. He har m e n 1mde r hi s command whos e fath e r s could s i g n valid c he c k s for a hnnclrcd thou sa nd c l o llar s : h e hall oth eTS in the s ame c omp a nies who wer e young medrnnics in the fac torie s or cle rks in the stor es. As merit was the sole test for mernbersl 1 ip in the Bel mont fo e department, which was s tri c tl y a volunteer organ ization e ve ry e nergetic coura ge ous youns man, whate y er his walk in life, was eager to be enrolled a s a :fire man. There had b e en many who had h o ped that they woulc1 be chos e n for the new company to be known as .Washington One. Yet Dick HaJstead, the seve nteen-year-qld son of a widow who condu c ted th e one typ e writing e s tabli s hment in Bel mont, h a d c ome forw a rd with a plan which, at first scoffed at, had fina lly carried the day. "Why can't we get up a fire company wholly of boys?" he asked some of his friend s "Belmont ha.s never had a company of fir e -fighter s who were aJl boys. Other town s have tried l:he experiment, and always, I believe, with good results." Di c k finally took his plan direct to Mr. Parsons, in the latter's offices over the bank. Mr. P a rson s hemmed and hawed a s he sa t looking at the committee of four Belmont boys had come to urge the plan upon him. Their leader, Dick Halst e ad, with his dark-brown hair, frank blue eyes five fee t seven of hei ght, and his hundred and eighteen pound s of w e i ght, was a fine specimen of the well-train e d hi g h s c hool athlete. In addition to his training in athl e tics, Dic k had always "run with the machine s ever s in c e he was E:Jleve n or twelv e y e ars old. Thou g h not a member of any of the c ompanie s yet h e had oft e n done :fine volunteer work in h e lpin g the fire-fi ghte r s Twi c e alr e ady he had won the honor of s av ing lives in burning building s Bes id e our h e ro, as h e s tood before Georg e Parsons, was Hal Norton a sevent e en-year-old v e ry bl ond and very quiet boy. \ Hal wa s a good d e al of a dre amer, yet he was one of the kind who could wake up effectively. He was the s on of Dr. Norton, a physi cian who was too fond of his scien c e and too willing to s e rv e the very poor to have accumulated much of this world's goods


YOU N G WIDE A WAKE 3 In dire c t contrast to H a l was Joe Dar r ell. He was ei g hte e n y e ars old, five feet.-six, weighing one hundred and fourte e n pounds, and as dark a s H a l was fair. Joe w a s both h o t t e m pere d an d a sprinter. H e seldom used hi s fle et feet wh e n h e became an g ry, but oft e n em plo yed his fis ts in s tead and was a quick hitter and skillfu l boxer in ad d i,tion. Joe was the son of a Main Stre et dru gg i s t The n the r w as Tei-ry Rourke, with hi s thin, freckl ed, joll y face. N e v e r a lad in town had a b ig g e r h e art, a r e a d i e r tongue o r a quicker fis t a t need though Terry was an y t hin g but quarr e l some b y nature . Terry' s m othe r, Brid get Rourke >1'.as a short, br o a d and round, hu s tling bus iness w oman, who, on t h e deat h of h e r husband, found a liv e lihood for h e rself an d h e r four chil -, dren, of whom Terry was the e ldest but one in running a boardin g -hou s e for fac t or y h a nds. Twice sh e h a d moved, and e a c h tim e into a l a r ge r board ing -hou se, until now she was look ed upon a s a ra the r pro s p e rous woman T e rry's g r e a t hold was at :figures In mat he m a ti c s h e was the smar tes t boy in the H ig h S c hool w h e r e a ll the memlier s of th e pre s ent commi ttee atte nded These w e r e a r e pre s enta t ive lot of Belmont's b r i ghtest boys Geor ge Parso n s fel t that he c ould hardl y a.fiord to treat the m s li g htingl y Yet he d i d not think much of t he idea of a boys' company Dick, however, explained t h e proj e ct so ea1nes tly and convincingly that Mr. Parsons found himself b e ing s lowly swung aro u nd to the idea. "At least he s aid fina lly, i t w ill b e worth thinking of." . I Mr. Parsons's son, Fred, a tall, dark slender youth of e ighte e n, happ e ned to be i n the ne xt office behind a half open e d door Suddenly Fred s tepp e d into the office. "Pardo n m e dad, h e inte rrupt e d, a nd noddin g a t th e committee, "but I have found tho s e :figure s that y o u wanted. H e r e th e y are sir. Mr. Parsons took the piece oi pape r in some s ur pr ise, as h e had not a sked hi s s on for an y :figures. But Mr. P a r s on s's s urpri s e in c reased c ons i derably when he r e ad these w o rd s penciled b y his s on: "By all mean s encoura g e the id e a of a b oys' fir e comp a ny I oail be electe d c ap tain af t he new c ompany. I want you to put thi s through for m e da d "These fig ur e s seem to be a ll right. I will look them over lat e r Fre d," sa id hi s f ather. "You mi ght as w ell s t ay Fred, and li s t e n to t he plans that t am tallcin g over with these y o un g g entl e m e n. W e are thinkin g th a t per l 1 a ps th e ne x t fir e c omp a n y s h o uld be composed of boys R ince boys in o t h e r town s h a v e alre a dy made excellent rec ord s as fir e men." of c o ur se sir, it's j u st the thing!" exclaimed Fred, eage rl y "I'll go i n to i t h e art and soul, fe llows, and do an y thing I can to push i t alo n g "Much woul d depend, of cour se," sai d Mr PaPSon s, s l y ly,' "on who is chos e n to lead the ne w comp a n y The right ki'nd of a captain woul d make a success of it. Now, who s hou l d we hav e for a leader ?' H e looke d mea n i rigly in h i s son's dir e c tio n, but Di c k H a l st e ad put in qui e tly : "It seems to me, s ir, that the bes t way w o u l d be t o o r g an ize t h e comp any fir s t, and the n l et the f e ll ows e lect t heir o w n officers." In order not t o show hi s hand too p l ain ly, M r P arso n s ag r e ed to this p lan The m a tter was p u s h e d with the :fire chief, a n d wit h the Mayor Elli s Tho rnton, a fine, a1:is tocrati c old gent l eman, who had been the town' s highest official for the last two year s In the e nd, a n d thanks v ery l argely to t h e e n erge ti c in d or sement of :M:r. Parsons, who represented f he fir e i n s ur an c e c ompanie s the project of forming a boys' fire company h a d bee n put through. Th e C i ty Council passed an act authoriz i ng the formi n g 01' the comp any C hief Pelto n to pru:s upon the merit s of t he boys who app lied More t han t hree hun d red boys did apply Chief Pelton had a hard passing u pon t he c laim s of so many a spir ;mts for honor but at la:::t h e :finis h e d an l a nnoi:mced hi s lis t of t wenty ni n e boys between the of fifte e n and e i g htee n. Dick Hal s tead and t h e m e m b e rs of bis committee 'Ill succeed e d in "making" the n e w fire c ompan y So did Fre d Pars ons. { Then there was furious el ect ioneerin g for t he choice o f a captain for W asbi n gto n O n e Georg e Parsons l et i t b e gen eral l y kno w n that he e x pected hi s s on to be e l e cted to the c()m m and o f t h e compa ny. Fre d himse l f said as m uch at every o p por t u ni ty. Di c k Halstead was hi s only riva l for the h onor. Di c k him s elf w oul d have b een c ontent t o se rv e as a privat e in the ranks But Hal N orto n had fir s t proposed o u r h ero for the 11on or, and Joe and Terry ha d qui c kl y s econ ded it. 'rhen the campaig n was on, hotly, for th ree da y s Aft e r that came the night on whi c h the c o mpan y was to be or ga ni z ed. At e i gh t o'clock Ch i e f Pi:;lton c a lled the comp a n y t o o r d e r in the hall at the fue house. Mayor Thornton was a l s o prese n t and s o was M r Par sons. A good many other citizens waited in t he appa r a t us room b e l o w to know the result Ever y m e mber of the fire company was p resen t w h en Chi e f Pelton r a pped for ()rder "Young g entlemen," b e gan the chi ef, "first of all you will each rai s e y our ri ght hand whil e his hon o r the Mayor swears you in a s me m bers of t h e Belmont fir e


YQUNG WIDE AW AKE. In hushed silence the new young firemen held up their "We will now 4old the vote for a li eutenant." right hands. "See here!" cried Parsons, st riding in front of the young Slowly, solemnly, impr essive ly, Mayor Thornton swore firemen, his face white with disgust and humiliation, "I them in. decline to run for any office!" "Firemen should alwa y s b e brisk and business-like," was Chief Pel ton's next announc e ment. "So, with out s peeches, we will proceed to the election of a captain for Washington One." "Are you going to hav e any nominating speeches?" asked Mr. Parsons. "Waste of time1 sir," r e turned the chief, briskly. "I be lieve eve ry member ba s mad e up his mind who he is to vote for So I'll-just pass a round slips of paper. Each member will write on hi s slip the name of his choice for captain of the company." "Young gentlemen," smiled the ma y or, "I hope you will a.11 take pains to vote ri ght." That was another way of advising them to vote for Fred Parsons, whom the mayor was known to favor on account of his frie ndship for l\fr. Parson s "I would lik e information," broke in Joe Darrell. "Well, Darrell?" asked the fire chief. / "Shall we vote for all the officers of the company at one time?" "No; this first ballot will be for captain of t he company. Afterward we will take a ballot for lie utenant, and then, separately, for foreman of the engine a.nd foreman of the hose crew 1 The reupon the Y?ung firemen fell to s cribbling "Fold your ballots," requested Chief Pelton, "and I will pass the hat for them." The ballots colle c ted, Chief Pelton passed into a little cupboard of a room at the rear of the hall. He was followed by Mayor ThOO"nton and Mr. Parsons, who were to act with him a s tellers of the vote. Dick Hal s tead turned and fell to chatting with the near est of his fri ends Fred Pars on s was plainly worried, though he tped not to show it, and sat apart, not speaking. After five, minutei:; the teller s came in, their faces betray ing none of the news for which Belmont' s fir e boys waited so eagerly. "Young gentl e men announced Pelton, "onJy two can didate s ha"Ve been "Voted for." There was a straine d hush. Each of tho s e candidates could feel bis h eart beating under his ribs. "Fred Parsons," went on the chi ef, "received nine votes, and Dick Halstead eighteen. Halstead i s therefore elected captain of the company." "Wow!" "Whoop!" "Hurrah!" 'l'he cheer led into three and a tige r for Dick Halstead, the chosen leader of Washin g ton One. Over the din could be heard Chief Pelton s voice shouting: CHAPTER II. A STORMY TIME OF IT. "Three cheers for Fre d Parsons then!" chipped in a mischievous voice from the rear of the hall. But Mr. Parsons started forward, his face purpling with anger. "Fred!" he called s'lla. rply. Then, turning to the young :firemen, the bank president and insurance agent went on crisply: "Young gentleme'1. I must a s k you to understand that it is sometimes hard to be defeated. You mus t put down to natural resentment my boy's refusal to run for li e uten ant. Indeed, in view of his g re at amOlmt of work in ma.king this fire company possible it s eems to me that he should be ele cted at least lieutenant." "Sure-; tho.t's a nominating speech, ain't it?" demanded Terry Rourke,, bluntly. Mr. Pars ons was in danger of becoming as angry as his son, but he had the good sense to calm down "I didn't mean that as a nominating s peech young gentle men," he answered addressing them all. Then the slips were passed and the balloting for a lieu tenant proceeded. Aga i n the folded slips were collected, and again the tell ers file d o;ut. W'hen they returned Mr. Pelto n announced briefly: "For lieutenant, Fred Parsons has seven votes--" Fred Parsons gro"IJnd his he e l savagely in the floor. "Joe Darrell has five votes, and Henry Norton sixt een Norton is therefore e lected as your Again th e re was a rousin g whoop Dick and Joe leapeJ over to where Hal stood, gripping both his hal_lds. 2twe will now," announced Chief Pelton as soon as the cheering had stopped, "vote for a foreman for the engine crew." Fred Parsons his face white as a sheet, bawled out: "Let it be understood that I am not a candidate for any office in this company !" "Mr. Chief," called one s hort, s to c ky boy at the .rear, ris ing just as he finished chewing the la s t morsel of a sand wich that he had brought with him "I rise for informa tion He Sfoke with his mouth full of food. "What i s it, Sam Bangs?" asked the chief. The boy was sobungling and awkward, d espite his great strength, that he was usuall y known as "Slam Bangs." "He wants to know," piped up a smal l voice, "if this meeting is to be followed by a collation." There was a roar of hearty laughte r, for Sam was known as the boy who was always eating. There was a saying that


YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. 5 Sam got along on short sleep in order to have more time for eating "I rise to a point of information," Sam went on again after he had bolted the last of the sandwich down his gul let. "Fred Parson s ha s announced that he a candi date for any office. I would like to know, and I think others would-has any one asked Fred Parsons to run or any office?" "Good thumped out half a dozen voices a.t once. "Hoo ray or Slam Bangs!" "Come to order," said Chief Pelton, sharply. "We wil l now ballot for the foreman of the engine crew." Joe Darrell was chosen for that position. Terry Rourke next had his innings He was elected f o re man of the hose crew. "That, young gentlemen, concludes the voting. Y ou have now chosen all your officers Fred Parsons hacl sat gloomily through it all. Now he rose to go. "Wait a moment, Par_sons," ordered the chief. "Are yo u preparing to go?" "Yes,'" growled the unhappy candidate. "You havenot yet secured the permission of your cap tain to leave the meeting, nor has it been declared ad journed." "Hang the captain ripped out Fred. "Fred!" called his father, sharply. "Parsons!" thundered the chief "it is against the disc"i.; pline of the fire department to speak disrespectfully of your officers. You will show the proper spirit now by apolo gizing." "To you?" "Rather to your captain." "What?" demanded Fred, wheeling about. "Apologize ) to-to that?" He pointed the finger of contempt at Dick Hal s tead. "Apol ogize to your captain!" thundered the chief, "or you are not fit to remain in the fire department!" "And I won't remain either!" shouted back white-faced Fred, his voice shaking with passion. "I don't want to be in yonr hanged old department I--" "Fr. eel!" warned his father, going close to the lad a.ncl gripping his arm. r There were muttered words between the pair that the others did not hear. Mayor Thornton hi s face crossed by lines of worri:rp.ent, went over and joined them. "Chief Pelton!" Fred Parsons ca ll e d out, presently, "if there i's any apology due-which I doubt-I offer it to you as the head of the department. That i s a s far as will go, sir "Then I will not even accept a resignation from you," retorted Mr. Pelton. "I shall suspend you ancl prefer charges against you!" "My resignation is already accepted snee red Fred, "by the mayor." Mr. Thornton nodded toward the chief as if to confirm this. -------, ---Chief Pelton snorted, b u t remained otherwise silent. Freel Parsons stalked through the door As he went, followed by his father, a storm of sharp hisses broke loose. "Stop this! Stop this!" warned Mayor Thornton, hold ing up his hand. The hissing thereupon died out. "I regard it as an extremely bad omen," went on the mayor, sorrowfully, "that the first meeting of Washington One should turn out in this fashion." "Who started it?" demanded several i ndignant voices. "Perhaps young Parsons was a bit nettled," replied the mayor. "Defeated candidates often feel that way, and I cannot help feeling that you would have done well to have given Parsons one of the offices within your gift. He would have been a useful member of the company And now I will wish you good night, you ng ge n tlemen, and l eave you with your chief." Mayor Thornton left the hall with a slow, dignified step. Someone started a cheer for the mayor, and it ripp l ed around the hall. "I don't believe I've got much to say to you in the way of a speech," went on Chief Pelton "I've seen all of you youngsters running with the machines in the past, and I I've seen most of you do good volu nteer 'fork at fires when allowed to do so. You know, of course, that it's a teer fireman's first duty, when the alarm sounds, to drop everything else and hustle either to the fire house or to the fire At the fire the duty of those who are not officers is to obey the orders of those who are. You must be honest, quick, alert, brave, or, to be a good fireman, a really good fireman, a fellow has to hav e every sing l e blessed qual ity of manhood Now, thi s is aU I've got to say here I'm going to order you all downstairs now, where I'll see how much you know about handling the apparatus that will be. entrusted to your hands after this. Down with you With a subdued whoop the young firemen of Belmont made a rus h for the sliding pole. One after another they descended by this mean s Chief Pelton came last of all. Then, for an hour, followed the hardest, briske s t kind of a drill in some of the duties of a fireman. "Now, I don't want to fill your hea.ds up with too much at first," s miled the black whiskered chief, at last. "You've had enough drill for to night, and I believe yon know how to tumble out in lively fashion if there's an alarm. Re member, at a fire no fireman is to hold opinions of his own. He mus t jnmp to obey the orders of his officers. The privates in the rank s will obey their foremen, lieutenant, and captain. The under officers must b e ready to obey in stantly the slightest order from their captain. And you, Captain Halstead, will be held strictly responsible for the promptness with which you follow my orders. Now, cap tain, you may dismiss your company as soon as you please." With that the chief turned away and sought his home. "I've just one word to say," murmured Dick ; s11rveying the crowd of faces around him. "Fellows, I you all


6 Y O UNG W IDE AW AKE. for the han d some wa y that you s upported me for captain If it's in me, I'm g oin g to s h o w you how good a captain I c a n be. That's all A g ain I thank you Oompany d i s mi ssed B u t befor e th e y oungst ers would tak e the ir dismissal t h ere h ad to b e c h e e rs for Di ck, more for Hal and still m ore cheerin g for .Toe a nd T erry "And finally proposed Di ck, hi s face glowing with the enthu s iasm of the happ y ni ght, "three times three for good old B e l m ont a nd Was hin g ton One !" B y th e t i me thi s was fini s h e d tw enty e i ght l u s ty y oung. sters bad c h eer e d the mselves hoa rse Th en and the re they or o k e u p, each g oin g hi s wn way Sam Bangs feelin g hun gry ag ain and findin g that h e h ad a few nicke l s about h i m h e ad e d for an all -night res taurant. H a l had to h u rry awa y to escort hi s mother hom e from a con cert. Joe had t o hu s tl e home for other r e a sons. "Terry,'' proposed Di c k I don't feel s leepy. Do y ou?" S l apey, i s it?" demand e d T erry Ro;-uke "Not a bit av i t.1'. Th e n s u ppose we take a .two or thre e -mil e walk in thi s crisp winter air before we turn in ? I "Su re I'm V(i d ye on that." T h e two newl y e l e cted young officers of Was h i n g ton One s t epped briskly u p the l ittle s id e street on w hich the new eng ine hou s e stood "Sure, Oi can't hi l p l au g hing iver y t oime Oi thin k a v that fool Fred Parson s," laughed T erry as the p air crossed l\fain Street. "I'm sorry for him," s aid Di ck, honestl y 1 S orry for the l oik e s av him? What f or-f or bein g s uch a f ool?" W e ll, it's a h a r d knock to f e e l slil'e of gettin g e lect e d a nd then being turned dowrr." "Av you'd l ost the iliction, wud y e be a s kin g for yer fri e nd s tears,?" demanded Terry. "No; b u t I mig h t feel sore under m y coat,'' admitt e d Dick, hone s tly 'ISure, O i hope he's fe e lin sore," g runte d T e r ry. "To my way av thinkin', Fred Parson s is a bit a v a s neak. "Oh, well, Terry, old f e llow, w e' ll drop him g o o d-n a t u red l y," u rged Dick. "He s out of the compan y now, s o t here's noth i ng mor e to be sa id." Terry grunted, and l e t it drop at that. Keepi n g on, they turned into Elli s Stre e t whi c h ran p a r a ll e l with Main Street. E l l i s Stre e t, whil e it did not contain the mos t eleg ant homes in th e town, was yet a p art of B e lmont in which many peopl e of fair l y good mean s h ad their home s Y et some fine old houses h a d for neighb o r s shanties or p oor-lookin g bus iness blocks It was a "mixed" street, from whi c h many of the wea lth y fami lies had a l r e ad y been driven. B u t right h e r e at the c orner was a rather s olid -l ooking mansion, in which dwel t the Vanes Dick was the fir s t to turn th e corn e r into Elli s Street. .As he did so, he thrus t out an arm c h e ckin g Terry s o n ward march "Rol d on!" whispered Dick, s harply, s tanding in the s hadow of the buildin g and peering down in front of the Van e re s idenc e "It look s lik e some thing do ing." "It sure does!" a.gree d Terry CHAPTER III. BE A UTY AND THE BEASTS Jus t a minute before three p e r sons had descended from the s t e p s of Van e resid e nce. These w e re John Lest e r hi s dau g hter Catherine and the l atte r 's girl c hum Faith V a ne. Fathe r and dau g hter had bee n visiting the Van e s for the evening. Now, Faith was to drive out to the hand s ome Lester residence to s p e nd the night with Miss Lester "That fool coachman i s n t in s i ght y et g rumbled Mr. Le s ter, turning up hi s coat collar ."I told him to be h e r e at the time, s harp "Oh, he'll be her e soon, papa Kitty Le s t e r replied "And it i sn't s u ch a cold night to wait .,,,. "Come back into the hou s e s uggested Faith. "No. I'm not go ing to ca ll y our folks u p again," re pli e d Mr Le s ter "They'v e probab l y starte d for bed." "It won't be a long wait s aid Kitty, s oothingly, for s he saw that her father wa s over the coa chman' s del a y I bel ieve Vll go up the b lock and get s ome cigar s," pro posed Mr. Le s t e r "Do you y oun g ladie s car e to walk w ith me, or would y ou pre f e r to wait her e ?" "Hadn't w e bett e r wai t here, papa?" s u gges t e d Kitt)r. "Arno l d will be here with the carriage and might dri v e away agai n." "Well I think you you ng l adies will b e safe enough h e r e," rep li e d Mr. Lester. "Safe?" s mil e d Kitty "0 course we shall Who would think of s tealin g u s ?" "Many a Youn g f ellow w o u l d b e t emp t e d to s t e al y ou two gi r ls, i f h e cla recl,'' smiled 1\fr Lest er t o himself as h e turne d a ncl w a lk e d up the stree t. Cha ttin g b r i skly, th e girl s h ad no thou ght of being anno yed. Yet a s M r Lest e r had told himself, these 'two gir l s were w e ll worth the trouble of Kitty Lester was some thre e inches more than five feet in hei g ht. Her dark hair seemed like a crown of glory to her re fined beaut i fu l oval fa ce. Of s lender ,. wellrounded fig ure Kitty Le s ter woul d have qu e enl y had not that notion been giv e n the lie b y the laughing, fri e ndl y look that u s ually lay in b r ight brown eyes of h e r s S h e w a dr e ssed a s usual in th e mo s t ta s t e ful gar m ents that w e alth coul d provid e for Mr and Mrs John


YOUNG W IDE AWAKE. ================================================================--L este r, possessing a great fortune, and only one child, i "I say, g irls, y e needn t b e uppish, ye know," observed much of their tim e in deciding what was rhost be-J Sliney. Yet wealth' and s t y le had not spoiled Kitty Lester, nor They would hav e trie d to walk away, but they felt that had h e r beauty made her vain that move would start trouble. Faith Vane was like her chum in nothing but sweet"Shake, won' t ye?" leered Sliney, stepping around in ness. front of Kitty, and holding out his big, coarse, dirty paw She was s hort e r and somewhat plumper Her hair was "It's either shake hands or kiss, ye know," observed of the fir st s had e of v ery light brown that is beyond gol den Rack Evans, sneeringly. Her eyes were a deep blue, eyes that were not as often "Say, it wouldn't be a bad scheme to take a k iss o ff laug hing as were Kitty Lester's. 'em," grinned Sliney. Yet Faith Vane had a rich sense of the humorous when "I'll call my folks," mutter e d Faith, turni ng to cross it appealed to her. sidewalk and dart up the steps of her home Being so diff erent from each other in many things, the But Rack placed himself squarely in her way at the f o ot two girls w e re admirably s uited to be chums of the s teps Miss Kitty, b e ing seventeen, was a year older than Miss "No, ye. don't!" he warned. "Ye don't get no help. Faith. We're gents, we are, and don't take the frosty mitt from "Your father seemed provok e d with Arno l d," hinted Miss no girls. It's s hake or kiss-and by jingo, I b' lieve it'll Vane. hav te).' be a kiss!'' "Oh, a little irritated that is all," Kitty rep l i ed. "He "Pretty sparklers, them," commented S l iney, admiring ly, i s always a bit put out when other s are not jus t on time as he reach e d out and touched one of the diamonds giisten to the second. But, after Arnold reache s here; and papa ing in Kitty'sear -lobe. is riding horn<; in tl;le. carriage, he think of the matter Miss Kitty turned and cast a half-frightened look up again." the s treet in the direction in which her father had gone. Two fig ures, half -swaggering, half skulking, came down "Come, yez going to be friendly?" insinuated Sl i ney. Ellis Street from the s ame direction in which Mir. Lester "'Cause if ye ain't--" Rack started to add, warn had disappeared ingl y . The y w e re a pair of tough s and bu llies from Norwich, Thi s was the scene which Djck Halstead and Terry the town ju s t across the river Rourke had halted for an in s tant, in amazemen t to w itKnown as "Sliney" Gamp and "" Evans, this pre ness. f cious pair had already put in a few years each in a reform The next second Dick went striding forward. school in a neighboring State "You infernal scamp!" our hero cried, angrily "Why Released they had fle d to Norwich, which they now are you annoying this young lady? Get away from here claimed as their home While Terry had made a bee-line in Miss Faith's clirecN ow, they made a living s omehow, by small stealings tion. and other p etty rascalities, and so far they had escaped Rack was just trying to make -good on his coyeted kiss being dete c ted at their s mall breaches of the law. He reached out to seize Faith's hands when Terry darted Sliney Gamp, the e ld e r, was nineteen years old. in. Rack Evans, seventeen, looked lip to Sliney in all forms Smack! of rascalit y It ca111:e so quickly that Rack Evans, taken u nawa res, T o him, Sliney was one of the g reatest p e r sons aliv e went down flat to the s idewalk b e fore Terry's sturdy fist Both g loried in their toughness. He was up again in an in stant, and fighting mad, yet They were s trong, and good :fighte r s at a pinch though with caution enough l eft to back off and size up the hotthey often preferred to win b y s neaking. tempered and hard-fi s t e d youn g Iris hman Now, as they came along, they caught sight of the two Kittv, with a cry of relief, spra ng to Faith's side, and, girl s s tandin g at the c urb. on the s t eps, the two gi rl s turned to look on. "Hey!" hailed Sliney. "Looks queer to see peaches "What a r e ye butting in for?" demanded Sliney. rip e in winter, don't it?" "For the s impl e reason that you two fellows are acting "They're sure peaches," remarked Rack casting a c ritilike curs and. coward s in annoying unprotected young l a -cal g lance over the two annoye d g irls. dies," Diel answered, coolly. Both youn g roughs halted, star ing impudentl y at the "It ain't none of your funeral!" g lowered Sliney. gir ls. "I'm going to mFtke it my affair," r e turned Dick, m "Good-evening," said Sliney, with s ham politeness; and the same coo_ l ton e "Are you r eady to back away?" making a mocking gesture of rai s in g l}is battered cap. "Not on your say so. Both gir l s turned their backs upon the rol.1ghs. Sliney Gamp had fallen back a s tep, throwing himself "Oh, they're toney, they are uttered R ack, in a ton e on, his g uard of deep disgu st "They don t believe w e' r e their s tyle Dick saw that the r e was nothing for it but to fight.


8 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. That being the case, he lost not a second. He took a step forward, l eadi ng with his right. It was only a feint, but Sliney p;;,rried furiously, and, in so doing, laid himself open to Dick' s waiting left. Crack! It struck S line y under one eye, l eaving a red welt .that would soon be black. "Rush 'em, Rack! Slaughter .'em!" roared Sliney, maddened by the pain . Then there followed in stan tl y a pitched b attle. In a street encounU\r neither of the toughs was by any means a coward. Both were full of na sty tri cks that never "go" among boxers with honor. It was a hard, swift mix-up, with blows give n and taken every second of the time: But Dick, st ill cool despite the speed of the fight, watched his chance for a full minute tlirough the fast mill. Then, as Sliney pa nted, Dick saw hi s chance . :Feinting with his l ef t, and causing Gamp to throw his full power into warding, Di ck delivered with his right. Delivered! Well, h e came might y n ear to blotting S l i ney Gamp off the m11p. Smash! -That blow landed under Sliney's nose, and upward, with weight and steam enough to all but drive Gamp's nose backward through his head. Down like a falling t ree fell th e older tough. He was all but "out," and la y there, winded, and groan ing, until Dick seized him by the collar and drew him to his fetit with a jerk. "Get away from h e re, now!" ordered Dick, crisply. "If you don't, I'll hurt you the next thing you know." If Sliney Gamp wasn't hurt already, he certainly thought he was Feeling too weak and daz e d to keep up even a bluff, he turned, slinking away. ."Finished your man?" panted Terry, s till fighting sav agel y "Bedad, tis slow Oi am!" With that, Terry, who was fighting as if mainly for the exercise of the thing, s uddenly clucked in under and l anded a. rock-like fis t on Rack Evans' wind "No, ye won't!" uttered Terry indignantly, as Rack l ay on the s i dewalk, breathing hard. "Ye'll not u se the strate for a lodgin' house. Up an' off wid ye--afther the bad luck token ye tbrave l wicl for a mate!" And Terry Rourke, fairly dra ggi ng Rack to his feet, sent him spinning dizzily after Sliney, who was making fair time down \ Ellis Street. A newcom e r there was upon the scene, just at this ment. Unnoticed, this newcomer halted in amazement, which gradua ll y grew to disgust. ,, "I beg your pardon, Miss I .iester, a.nd Miss Vane, fo.r making s u ch a scene before you," cried Dick, advancing towa .rd the girls, as he lifted his hat. "We couldn't do anything e lse' but fight :unde r the circumstances. I am sorry we didn't. happen alon g a minute earlier, and then there would have been no trouble." "Are you hurt?" Kitty L ester, looking anxiously at both of the boys. "Not a bit," answered Dick, promptly. "Hur-rt, is it?". demanded Terry, amazedly "Hur-rt be the little kitten Oi was playin' wid ?" As was usual when he was excited, Terry' s brogue came out more strong l y than us'!lal. "Oh, I'm so glad you're not hurt," sighed Kitty, quickly. "It was sp l endid of you to step in the way you did." "No sp lendid-just natnra1," smiled Dick, easily But v ery soon, under the powerful eyes of Miss Kitty Lester, h e began to fee l u'ueasy. For Dick was but little used to the company of girls. Faith, in the meantime, was try i ng to express h e r gratitud e to Terry Rourke. "Faith, I--" began Terry. "I am Miss Vane," replied Faith, ever so s imply, but promptly. "Faith, I--'1 .) "Miss Vane, if you don't mind," again spoke the girl. "Well, faith, then--" Miss Vane l ooked annoyed at what she suppose d to be Terry's persistent familiarity But Kitty s t e pped forward, smiling, almost laughing. "Faith, clear, a moment." Then turning to Terry with her sweetest, friendliest smile Kitty asked: "Away back there i s some Irish blood in your veins, isn t there, Mr.--" "Rourke is my, ma'am," Terry answered, prompt l y "As to Oirish; Oi'm all Oirish-niver another drop av blood in me." "Now, my dear, you know," observed Miss again turning to her chum, "you know when an Irishm an wishes to swear politely, he swears by his faith." "Faith we do," confirmed Terry, solemnly. "Faith, 'ti s a nate, swate way av swearin'." "I thought he was calling me by my first name," cried Faith Vane, coloring. Then she stepped forward, holding out her hand to Terry, who seized it eager l y with the g reatest care, as if it were something fragile that might break at a touch. Halstead," smiled Kitty, looking into our h e ro s eyes, "I have met you before to -night." To be sure she ha d Mr. Lester was an occasional cus tomer in hi s mother's typewriting office. "Will you kindly present yom; friend to us both?" re quested Miss Kitty Lester. This Dick did, with the best g race that he cou l d s ummon. "You have won om deepest gratitude," prote sted Kitty, warmly. "Perhaps, some other time, we shal l b e much better able to sav what we want to sav in thanks than seem able to do


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE 9 "And w e b e g that you will never again give so trifling a matter a thought," begged Dick. "What's this ?" came from the loiterer who had stopped to look on in displea s ed surprise. It was Fred Parsons, an old acquaintanc e of Miss Kitty's, and, for the past year, a most devoted admirer of hers. "Oh, Fred, I am glad you have come," cried Kitty mov ing quickly forward to him "You will be able to thank Mr. Halste ad and hi s friend, Mr. Rourke, for the s plendid way in whi c h the y protected us from annoyance. Kitty poured out a swift, enthu s iastic account of what had happened, while Fred Parson s fidgeted and looked most uncomfortable. "Thank you, then," s aid Fred, at la st, in a mos t ungra cious tone, as h e turned to our h ero. "And now yo u can take your s elves away. The youn_g ladies will h a v e my pro tection." "Oh, Freel !" protest e d Miss K itty, reproachfull y "Are n t the se young gentl e m e n m e mber s of y our fir e com pany? Surely you don t think that you have a ri ght to speak to them thus, jus t because ycm a T e ca p tain o f the company?" "No, Kitty I am not the c aptain o f a fir e c omp a n y The new compan y turne d out to b e a pack of youn g ho o dlum s and I won't have an y thin g t o d o w ith it. I', m out of i t Di c k, who knew that Freel Pars on s was Miss Kitty s rather frequent escort, hacl no w i s h t o intrud e "We'll wis h you good-evening, n ow, Mis s Lest e r and Miss Vane." "Not until you've s hak e n hand s with u s," for b ade Miss Kitt)", quickly, a s rsh e s t e pp e d forward exte n d in g that warm, friendly little hand in its trim glove. She shook hands with both of the y oung fir e m e n Miss Faith doing the same. Again good-night s were s poken and Miss Kitty adclecl: "Re member we want to s e e you a g ain Mr. Hals t e a d and Mr Ro. urke." "Kitty, you don t want an y thin g do with that pair or any of their crew s pok e Parson s, s ulkily, a s s o o n as the young firemen had gone around the c orne r. "Ob, but I s urely do,' ; prote s t e d Miss Kitty I.iester, promptly. "Kitty I don t want you a ss ociatin g with s u c h hoodlum trash," rebuked Freel Pars ons. "I'm afraid, Fred, that it's g o ing to get you into troubl e if you form any id ea th a t y ou can c ontrol my conduct s hot bac k Mi s s Kitty spi ri tedly Fre d had the good s en s e to s ay no more. Arnold was driving up, anyway,. and Mr. Lester was s triding down the s id e walk puffin g hard at a cigar. T erry, in the meantime, h a d h is ton g u e going fast in prais e of th e g irl s whom they h ju s t l e-ft. "Ain't the y jus t illi g ant, though?" wound up Terry, enthus ia stic all y "Yes," Dick admitted, with a "But we aren't in their class, Terry, old fellow, so we'll do well not to think of them too much." "Now, what harrum will thinkin' do?" demanded Terry. "To think of girls like them, when we don't move in the same crowd, may interfere with our rest, Terry, old fellow," s miled Dick, half-wistfully. "But the fine eyes av little Miss Faith--" Teiry start ed in, all over again. "Cut it, ordered Dick. "Out it, just as they.'11 cut us, after we've met them once more and they've thanked u:; again. Think of something else, lad. Think of that sight, for instance!" Dick halt ed, with a grin : just at the doorway of the allnight restaurant on Main Street. Ins ide, th e re was just one patron at a table, and that one was Sam Bangs, the ever-hungry boy. Slam Bangs was just finishing the last of a big order of s t e ak and potatoes. "Whe r e does he put it all?" muttered Di ck, curiously. "He mu s t have two or three ixtra stoma c hs," suggeste.l Terry "Look at him-th' eager wa.y he shovels the grub in. What do. e s he make ye think av, Dick?" "It' d be a shame to say s miled Dick watching Slam Bang s la s t e fforts at s atisfying his appetit e "Thin Oi'll tell ye what he makes a feller think av," proposed T e rry Rourke quickly. "Slam Bang s good feller thou g h h e i s i s just a hog whin ye foind him at a table. W a t c h him! Don't he act just like the greedy beasts thot c an t kee p their feet out av the trough? T4ere he goes again--wid his -feet in the trough!" "Come on," begged Dick. "Come along before he hears u s." "I' ll s e e ye at s chool in the morning," s aid Terry, as they c ame to the P.lace of parting. In Belmont the High School opened at eight o'clock in the .morning, and the dafs work was over at one o'clock in the afternoon. "Y e ll be callin' for a drill the a.fthernoon, won't ye?" a s k e d T e rry. "Yes ; I'll pass the word a.round in the morning/' Dick answered. "We can all get to the fire house b y two and go throu g h a lot of work. Terry ; when we do turn out for the fir s t time we want to show what real fireman stuff there is in u s." "Thot we do," agreed Terry. "'Tis nothin' but practice make s the fireman." "Good nig ht, Terry!" "Good ni g ht, Dick Wirra 'Tis thinJcin' Oi am thof the foine e yes av Miss Faith--'.' "Out that," laughed Dick, drily, and tllrned to walk away. Y e t despite his own sensible advice he caught himself thinking most earnestly of another pair 0 "fine eyes." "I'm a fool!" uttered the young fire ca. ptain, disgustedly. "I'll wager that Miss Lester i sn't wasting any thoughts on either Terry or myself. What a little ari s tocrat Miss looked when she thought Terry was addressing her by her


10 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE. first name! But she had Terry dead w;rong if she thought that lad woul d know how to be disrespectfu l to a girl or woman I He had two b locks yet to go ere he reached the little sevenroom cottage in which he and his mother lived. Around the next corner hung those two vampires of the n ig h t, S l iney Gamp and Rack Evans. "That's Halstead coming n o w," uttered Sliney, in n h oarse whisper, as he drew back from pe:cring axound the corne r. "Are ye sure?" demanded Rack. "Sure? Of course I am!" "'Cause we don't wanter hang for doin 5(" some one else!" warned Rack "It's Halstead. Hand me the brick, Ra c k." Quick l y Evans passed it forward. The "brick" was a sol id, ten-pound paving stone that they had pried up in one of the streets. "Take good aim,, Sliney right at arm's hmgth !" chat tered Rack, hoarsely "Let him have it on the head, just as his head shows past the corner!" "Sh warned Sliney "Here he is-to get it!" CHAPTER IV. THE HURRY CALL TO ELLTS STREET. Dick came oc, thinking of nothing less than he did of po sible peril. He was almost at the corner, around which lurked Sliney Gamp, ready to crush the young fireman's head in with the paving stone. For Gamp and Bvans both had been drinking and both were wildly reckless of consequences omeone down that side street threw up the curtain at a. second-story window, letting out a bright flood of light. The light threw two daxk shadows across Dick Halstead's path on the sidewalk.' There, in a flash, he saw the whole tableau of the fearful thing that awaited him Sliney, with an oath, leaped forwaid, the big stone up. lifted in his hand, and let drive with fearful force. But Dick,' warned by the shadows, had jumped aside.ju s t in the nick of time 1 Past him whizzed the heavy missile, dropping in the road. "Get him, anyway raged Rack Evans. '"l'he two of us can do him!" Sliney had, in fact, jumped forward for this very pur pose. But now he ha l ted, standing still, afraid For Dick, taking in the whole situation at a g l ance, saw his only safe course except flight. Fromptly the young fire captain had wheeled and pounced u pon the paving-stone Now he stocrd with that doughty weapon poised, r eady to l et it heave. "Cut it!" gasped Sliney, slinking back, ducking, and breaking into a run. Rack, at the signal, was off after his mate. Dick stood where he was, still holding the paving-stone, until he lost sight of the tough pair in the distant blackness of the night. "Humph!" muttered the young fireman, dropping the heavy stone. "That is what it is to be a human snake! They're afraid, except when the odds are all with them Then, with a grateful glance toward that friendly glow at the second story window down the street, the glow that had saved 11im, Dick hurried on homeward His mother had already retired. Letting himself in softly, Dick re.moved his shoes for his slippers, then stole softly off upstairs. He turned in between the sheets Yet it was not to. sleep, '1-t first Too much had been crowded into his night to permi t of instant rest and slumber First of all, he had won his great ambition, to c o m mand Washington One. Of his fight, and of the narrow escape following it, he thought but little. They were mere parts of the day's work. But of his meeting with Miss Lester and Miss V ane he thought much. "There's one point at which Fred Parsons can win out against me, hands do wn," thought the young fireman, with a thrill of sadness. "Fred's father is president of the bank, and I'm the son of a He can call on Miss Lester whenever he wants, and she's glad to see him. I'd be thought pretty fresh if I even stopped to speak to her in the street. Whew What a laying out Parsons must have given me to Miss Lester! So we're a re company of young hoodlums, are we? I suppose, now, Fred Parsons really will take pa.ins to repeat that everywhere. We'll show people whether we're hoodlums or real bp.dding firemen!" At length Dick fell asleep, but it was a queer, bewilder ing jumble of things that he dreamed of that night. Yet he was awake ancl down to breakfast on time the next morning. His mother had already heard of his election over his rival, and warm l y congratulated him As Dick ate his breakfast he told his mother of the meeting with the young ladies the night before, anc1 of the thrashing that Sliney and Rack had received. He purposely omitted, however, any allusion to the later attempt of the young toughs to break his head That news would only worry his mother, without doing any good at all. "Of course, it's a grand thing for you to be a fireman," remarked Mrs Halstead, with a slight shudder, "but I can't help worrying about the fearful risks that you may get yourself into at some of those awfu l fires." "Mother, you 've always bro ught me up to understand


YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. 11 that you'd expect me to fight for my country's flag in war time." "In war time, yes, Dick." "Well, mother, doesn't it s trike you that in times of peace the r eal and ma.Illy thing is to fight fire in s tead of I human enemies? In war we serve our country. In peace times we serve our o;rn town. In either case we're servin g others." "That's the right way to look at it," ap proved Mrs. Hal. Much, very much of her son's great manliness was due to her own staunch training of his young ideas: The breakfast over, Dick walked with his mother down to the office building on Main Stree t where she and one y oun g woman assistant carried on the work of the type, w riting establishment. From there he hurried on to the High School. At recess the members of Washington O ne who were stud ents at the High School gathered by themselves, a nd to them Dick passed the order for the afternoon drill, beginning at two o'clock. Six of the members, who were employed in l ocal facto ries, and four more who were clerks in stores or offices, could not, of course, be present 'at the drill. As school let out at one o'clock there was a whoop from the young firemen as they race d throug h the school yard Youth is ever eager to play w ith a new toy. Little did these fire o-f Belmont realize how soon they were to be called upon to act in earnest. Only one member-Slam Ban gs-was late at the fir e hou se "Has anyone seen Bangs?" asked Dick, as the engine house clock showed the minute of two o'clock. "Ye'll foind him at the hog trough, rnore'n likely," grinned T erry, "wid both feet in th' trough ." That caused a laugh, which became redoubled when one member espied Sum coming around the corner, munching one app l e 1 and holding another tight in the palm of hi s left hand. "Hurry up Sam!" called Joe Darrell. "What's ru s h ?" inquired Slam B angs, not quickening his pace. "Is that the way you'd run to a fire?'' demanded Joe, disgustedly. "Where's the fire?" queried Sam, placidly. "Undher mother's cookstove lid," g rinned Terry. "Whenever yon.'re through with your meal, Sam," explained Di ck, patiently, "you can get into your to gs Then we'll see if there's any wrinkles we can show you about fire duty." "Oh, I'll be through," responded Salm, "as soon as I've eaten this other apple I was a bit hungry to-day." The slip between the cup and the lip was illustrated by Joe Darrell. Just as Slam was raising the second apple for a big bite, Joe slipped up behind him, snatche d the apple, and sent it scaling over a roof. "That's a mighty good piece of grub," grumbled Slam, not angrily. "Ge t into your togs, Sam," ordered Dick. "And hurry -do!" Slam, when he found the other young firemen laughing at him, made a rush for hi s togs. Scrape! Bim.! Poor Bangs tripped over the nearer hub of the hose cart and went spraw ling. But accidents must come to an e nd, even with one as c:lum s il y unfortunate as Sam Bang s was With the help of Hal Norton, Sam was togged Olft, "just l ike a fireman," as Joe teasingly remarked. "To your stations-like li ghtni n g !" rang Dick Hal stead's voice, sudden l y and unexpectedly. AU hands fell in at their proper places with the ma chines, as easi l y as if they had bee n long drilled at the work. Even S lam Bang s g ot to his post without di s ast e r. "Now, then-out with you' Right wheel! Fly!" The way the engine and hose cart, hauled by thefr fleet footed crews, made the corner of Main Street was a cauti;n. Just at Main Street Dick tried the difficult maneuv e r of a swift about faqi. But this was accomplished on the jump and run. "Understand that the fiTe is at the fire house!" bellowed Dick throug h his trumpet as he ran alongside the line. "Show how fast you can get the hose coupled and a st ream playing down the street." Captain Dick halted, watch in hand, b efore the fire house, watching the flight of the seconds whil e the hose crew reeled off the hose, coupled it, and the hand engine crew got to work-at the bars. "If you fellows can work it all as swift ly as that at a real fire, there won't be much fault found with you," glowed Dick. "Now, then--" Clang Ding Here was a real alarm coming in: No me believe about that. "Don't get flustered!" shouted Captain Dick. "Don't get in each other's way. You've got time to get uncoupled and everything shipshape before the alarm i s all in." "Twenty-seven!" he finished counting "Holmes and Ellis Streetc:; !" In just nine seconds after the first round of the alarm had come in the Belmont fire boys had everything snug and were at their stations In r eality they had lost no time, as usually more time would be l ost in gettin g on the fire tog s . "It's a short dash! Show how you fellows can sprint!" called Captai,n Dick, as he himself set the example, Hal close at his side "Queer, but that's the corner where Terry and I had the row l ast night," muttered Dick. "I hope it isn't the Vanes' fine house." But it was, as Dick saw the instant that he bad dashed across Main Street.


, 12 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE. F lames and b l ack s mok e were pi li n g out of the s econd .story rear at a tremendou s rate. "It looks as .if the p lace mu s t be doomed," muttered Di ck-to Hal. "It won t be, if we can s top it," g ritted Hal. Away off on some other b lock the y could h ea r the jang lin g bell of a movi n g piece of fire department appara t us. "That must be Torrent One! observed Hal. "No, b y Jupiter it i sn'ti" gasped Dick. D on't yol1' under s tand, Hal ? "What?" "This i s on l y a firs t ala r m !" "We ll ?" "As Belmont has been redi s tricted, onl y W ashing t on O ne an s wers box 27 on the fir s t cal l. "'l'hen that machine--" I s Hook and Ladder No + "An d Dick!" "What?" "Until Torrent One i s c alled out, o r C hie f P elton; y o u 'll be in command at the fire." "Not for long." "You'.r e g o i ng to" "Ring in a second at once!" s ho u ted back Dick over his s hould e r a s h e put on an extra burst and s print e d ah e ad. W e need the who l e fire d epa rtm e n t t o handl e that blaze! Di c k had s hown th e real in s ti nct of the fir e man a t the firs t s impl e te$t. H Q mi ght w i n a d d e d glory b y doin g hi s best t o :fight the fire al o ne, but a fir e man 's first d u ty i s t o put out fir e H e nc e Di c k was resolved upon c all ing out the whol e departm e nt, and missin g the br ie f chance to a ct in g chi ef at hi s fir s t fire. A crowd of n eighbo rhood peo pl e h ad gathe red b efo r e the Van e mansi9n by the t ime that Ca pt a in D ick reached the c orn er. H e r e a c h e d the box, got the hook bet ween hi s t humb arnl finger and sent the second alar m throbbing in over the wires. Next h e turne d, beckoning Hal to run the engine and hose cart into Elli s Stre e t. "We' ll give Torr ent th e bac k of t h e h o u se," h e c alled throu g h the trump e t "Now the n liv e l y with t h e hose, boy s S e nd the stream at the second s t o r y w in d owsright in through them! Jangle Hook and Ladd e r N o 1, with its c rew o f men was jus t rea c hing the s pot. jus t a t the c orn e r on H olmes Street !" ordered y oung C a ptain Dick, throu g h hi s trumpet "Ge t off a seconds tor y ladder in a hurry! Jas on Sharp, Belmont's wir y a ctive chief of polic e was alread y on the scen e with three of hi s m e n. "We' ll want fire line s chief!" shou te d Dick, taking in the crowds that w e r e pouring d o wn Ho lmes and Elli s Streets "Keep everyone ba; ans w ere d intre pidly. A s t h e la d d e r was p laced, Di c k seized the rung s "No }OU d on't!"' scr eame d Pars on s "Get away from the r e It's a ma n 's job! Kit t y Le s ter 's life is at s tak e " I know it," r e plie d Di c k thickly. L et g o o f me." "Not-" But Dick s hook Fre d fre e fair l y hurling him at Chi e f Jason. C hief, t hi s yo1mg man i s obstruct i ng t he department' s work. Put him out of t he line s


\ YOUKG \VJ.DE A\\-AKE. lJ Chief Jaso n los t not a second, but pounced upon Fred, wheeling him and running him down the street. But of this Dick saw notl1ing. Grasping the sides of the ladder, he was already half way up. Flame belched out at him as he ran past the second s tory Great billows o f smoke threatened to engulf and strangle him. But, keeping his mouth tightly closed, D ick fought up ward through it, moving as nimbly as a circus acrobat. As he sprang at the sill, he saw Kitty reel and step back ward. "Here, none of that, please, Miss Lester!" he called He leaped through the window. Kitty stood gasp ing, one hand held over her heaTt, quite unable, for the moment, to move. "This is no place to dally !" cried Dick, forcing a laugh. "Come Don't move or speak Just give yourself up to 'me and let me get you out of here!" He felt Kitty's limp figure close to his own as he ap peared at the wind ow, his left arm around her waist, own arms around hi s neck: A whitk and he1 was out on the s ill, stepping to the ladder . "We're mighty lu cky if w e get clown through this !" he throbbed, inwardly as he glanced below. For his glance told him what Kitty had not seen-that the ladder was afire and bla z ing furiously, despit e Hal Nor ton directing the stream fairly a g ainst it. Captain D ic k 's heart was in hi s mouth-for Kitty Le s ter's sweet sake-:---not for hi s own CHAPTER V. OF RUCH STUFF ARE FTRElllEN l\IADE. Yet not one word of Dick's frantic worry c ame into his voice as he said : "Just hold on tightly, Miss Lester. We're going clown to safety!" But from below came frenzied voices sending warnm g of overhanging di saste r. Crackle Whirr-lT Thump That ladd e r their possible path to safety, fell to the st reet two blazing sectionR. A s the burning la.elder broke, and Y'oung Wille Awalrn's quick-wittecl, mighty effort swung Kitty to safety on the l e dge of the window, both gazed, shudderingly, at the sheet df flame brlow. "We can't escape now!" gasped the girl. W e mu s t and will!" Young Wide Awake staunchly re torted. Young Wide Awakef Ye s He was thus ch ri s tened then and there. For, at bi s s wift splendid performance i n getting clear of the wrecked ladder Hal Norton had shouted, hoarsely, joyfull y: "Cant catch him! H e's wide awake!" "Sure, h e's Young W icle Awake his very self!" bellowed Terry Rourke, admiringly. "That's who he is!" That name, bestowed upon liim at his first :fire, alway:i clung to Dick Hal s tead. Not more than two or three seconds did our hero s pend in looking the situation in the face. Then he appealed to the girl. "Miss Lester, can you stand here, holding on to the sill just long enough to give me a chance to get back into the room?" "Yes," she answered, at once. "You won't get chzzy and fa:ll ?" "Do you think me a baby, Captain Halstead?" Dick dicl not ans\ver in words, but drew himself up over the sill and into the room out of which he had just drawn Kitty. Then, like a flash, he wheeled. Uttering no word, he seized her under the shoulders. Bracing his feet against the baseboard, he pulled her quickly back into the room. "Back where we started," she uttered, looking at him with an anxious smile. Yet her own great danger was not, at this instant, up permo s t in h e r mind. She was thinking what a pity it was that s o splendid a young fireman sho11ld be sacrificed in the hopeless task of getting her out of her peril of death. "l don't like the looks of your eyes," he muttered in her ear. "l'm afraid you're going to faint from the smoke. I I 've got to carry you." The word s were utte red as if they were an apology. Then both of Young Wick A wake's arms passed a.round her, lifting h e r clear of the floor. With his precious, unresisting burden, Captain Halstead raced out of the r oom. He carried her into a rear room, but here the smoke was even more dense. There was no chance of escape from the rear. "Where are the windows fronting on Holmes Street?" he panted, desperately "There are no real wjnc1ows on that side," murm urecl the girl, drowsily, as if falling asleep. "They're blind windows-for show only." With that her head s1;nk limply against his face, stirring Young Wide Awake to despairing swiftness of action Only one glance at th e s tairs had bee n needed to show them that they could not possi bly get down that way. There was but orie chance left-the roof Luckily, Dick quickly fo.uncl the stairs leading to a s cuttle. Ile dashed up those stairs, closing the door behind lrim to kee p the smoke back. Out upon the roof he stepped, still holding Kitty in his arms. But he tan to a chimney, depositing the girl in sitting position, with her back against the chimney:


14 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. Off with his helmet He fanned her briskly, feverishly, in th.'.1-t purer clearer air. In a few seconds he saw Kitty open h e r eyes and smile a.t him faintly. "Don' t l et the smoke o,ver come you-don't dare to!" he called, 1sharply, hauling her to her feet. "Walk about and take in deep breaths It's the only way to clear your lungs. There! You're a.11 right now for a few seconds I must find the way to get u s out of this." He ran to the Holmes Street s id e of the house, the side on which the blind windows h a d shu t them off from lad der esc a pe. It was no u se turning to t.he opposite side of the house, for there the neare s t building was than twenty feet away, and had a pitch roof, to which no escape could be made, even by mean s of bridging l adders. As Dick gazed do:wn into Holmes Stree t the first person he saw was Chief Pelton just arrived "Chief!" Young Wide bawled down "Oh, aye, lad.!" bellowed back Chief P e lton, discoverin g Dick. "Have you got another long l adder?" "Not one that'll reach you where you are." "Then, see here--:-" Dick's hand had com e across a forgotten bal l of stout twine in one of his po ckets "Get hold of this !" our hero shouted down, taldng a tight grip on one end of the s tring, then tossing the ball down into the s treet. "Fasten that to a rope's end and I'll pull up the rope," Dick called down. "The n you can rig the swing tackle to foe e:p.d of the rope. Quick, chief, for tl;ie smo k e's r each fng us!" t Chief Pelten was a man who could work like lightning. Hardly had Young Wide Awake explained wha.t he wanted when a rope's end was made fa s t . Swiftly Halstead drew in t h e slack of the string He no.w had a slight but strong rope in hand "Tie the tackle on to the other encl," he bawled down., This was swiftly done. "Can't I help, Captain Halstead?" It was the voice of Kitty Lester, just behind him. "For heaven's sake fall back, Miss Lester," he answered, hoarsel y "If you should toppl e over the edg e of the roo f I'd feel like jumping after you, down to Fall hack!" Kitty silently obe yed, comp elled by the pres e nce of Young Wide Awake, who, in moments of grea.t peril, had the knack of making others obey him. : Frantically Dick worked at the rop e until he had the tacl,de up on the roof. This was an ingenious affair, patente d by Chief Pelton for just such emergencies It consisted of a set of ropes with pulle y tack le, ant! enough rope at the upper end to make a secure bight over a chimney. Below the pulley tackle was a swing seat, broad enough for two people to sit o n it. By means of a rope running to the pulley, one of the persons on the swi n g seat could lower both down to safety. Young Wide Awake darted past the eag e r-eyed girl, passing the rop e around the chimney. e'll s oon be safe, sure enough he called to her, as he knotted the dfety rope swiftly, but several times. "Now, all we've got to do, Miss L ester, is to take a ride down I to safety Kitty stood looking on in wondei', but as ked no questions "You'll trust me, won't yo u. Miss Lester?" Diok asked, s tepping up to her "Trust you?''. The girl s whole sou l welled up into her admiring eyes \ as she gazed at this cool; intrepid young fireman who seemed to know the meaning neither of fear nor despair. "I want to tie your hands tightly," said Young Wide Awake; smilingly. It thrilled him to the core to see how promptly and tm Kitty Lester held out her trim little hands to him. "Don't mind if I tie a bit tight," he urged, as he whipped ont a big handkerchief and ti.eel, twisted and knotted it until he hac1 her wrists .securely joined together Kitty must have wonclered, greatly what h e meant to do, but she not speak. "What can I c1o ?" D i ck turned with a start, just as he had fini s hed securing tbe girl's wrists. A smal l boy, a very sniall boy he seemed beside our hero, s tood :;it their; side. It was Ted Lester, a little orphaned cousin of Kitty's, whom Mr. Lester had taken into his own home. "How on earth did you get up here?"' gasped Young Wide Awake: "Shinned up," returned Ted, d rily "Shinned up-what?" "Your rope rigging," Ted replied, looking at each in h;rn, and thrusting his hands into his trousers pockets. "Shinned up from the street?" insisted Young Wide, ama.zed. "Yep. "Didn't any one stop you?" "They tried to/' replied Teel, not disconcerte d a bit. "But I was half way up by the time they yelle d to me to come back. I didn't g o back." "Ted, you young mischief!:' cried Kitty, reproachfully. ''Now Captain Halstead has more of us to rescue." "I'm equa l to it," smiled Young Wide Awake "See here," blurted Teel. "I didn't come up here to do, any baby act. I came up to help you, Kit." "Of course you did!" cried Dick, with a swift pa.t on the wrathful little fellow's shoulde r. Then our hero ran to the edge of the roof, working his ro.pes and tack l e until he had the swing at the edge of the roof and ever ything in working order


I YOUXG \'\' I D E Av VA K E. 15 The lowering rope Dick made quickly fa s t to th e swing seat, so that it would not work until he was ready for it. Then he turne d to the girl. "Now, Miss Le ter, I'm ready for you." Kitty came fonrard. "Watch that she d o e sn't pitch over when she does what I ask of her,'' beg ged Halst e ad, turning t o T ed. Di c k seated himself on the boaTCl s cat of the s wing at one side "Now, :Mis s Le s ter, lean forward and put your fastened hand s ove r my head." Now Kitty und e rstood at once why Young Wid e Awake had tied h e r hancls togeth e r. Wit h h e r arms around hi s neck, thu s s he wo.uld be sure to hold on to him no matte r if dizziness o r s moke de prived he11 of her senses. Ted held stoutly to hi s cou s in a s Kitty passed herself to a seat on the swing. Young Wid e Awake pa ssed one arm around her waist in such fashion that he c ouid grip with both hand s at the lOwerin g rope. J D01vn b elow the fir e men and the crowd watched with breathle;;s intere$t. Dic k qui c kly had the lowe ring rop e free. Thank s to the arrangement of pulley tackle, he could lower \ v iihout great s train on his arm s With a li g ht-h earte d laugh he kicked the swing s eat free of the building and paid ont rope. 1 "Back for you in a few s e c ond s young man," pur hero cried to 're d, who, hi s hand s in hi s :pocke t s s tood calmly wat c hing. "Oh, ju s t send up the old sea t for m e That'll be enough," resp o nd e d T e d Lest e r coolly How the c rowd cheer e d as Dick s lowly and secur e ly low er e d the m both to s afety. Bnt Di c k,pviftly setting Miss Lest e r free of passed the control rope to thre e or four fir e m e n near. "Haul m e up ag a in,'' h e begg ed. "I've got to make s ure that that youn g madcap up th e r e ge t s all right." "You needn't c o m e up b awl e d M aste r T eel, with all the s corn of hi s f ourteen :year s of life. "Jus t send th e rig." But Di c k was haul e d to th e roo f whe r e h e to o k Mast e r Ted oi1 to th e scat bes id e him and h e ld on to him-and both Urns r e a c h e d th e street in s afet y '' S 'pose I onght to say thank s,'" g rumbl e d Mast e r Ted, as lYis feet tou c h e d the street. "But I don't like being res cued, like a baby, or a girl!" John Le s t e r, who had just r e a c h e d the scene and stood with one s h a kin g arm thrown a round hi s pale-fac e d daugh ter, now l e ft her, ru s hin g f orwar d to our hero. "HalR te ad--" began the old man huskily. "No time to talk now, sir," r e turned Dick, springing away from him. "I've g o t m y c ompany to look after." 1 Torrent One, which had just arriYed, was playing furi ously against the r e ar of th e Van e m a nsion. Dick raced around into Ellis Stre e t, to look after the work of his own Washington OD:e. .CHAPTER VI. ,J TITE INS'fANT SICI\ENINQ DREAD. Though the Vane mansion seemed doomed, it was not wholly s o Thanks to the s econd alarm, and the prompt arrival of Torrent One to help Washington One, and thanks espe cially, to the s wift, skilled direction of Chief Pelton ) th e fire, afte r twenty minutes more, was gotten under control. Anoth e r fifteen minutes after that and the last ves ti g e of fire mi out. rrhe man s i o n had b e en badly damaged, but s till it could be r e paired at half the cost of rebuilding it. Dripping with per s piration cles pite ihe sharp, cold air of the day, the firemen, boys m1c1 inc n alil

16 YOUKG \VJDE A\rAXE. Kitty her han .d, gently. 'The apparatus had been snugly put awa.y, but the young Young Wide Awake enveloped it in his own. fire fighters were discussing their work with all the en" Just this much, Miss Lester, and not a word," urged tha.t a new game arouses in most minds. Dick "I'm in your debt, now, Miss Lester." Then a carriage belonging to John Lester drew up be-As if to hide his own emba.rrassment, Mr. Lester wheeled fore the fire house, and a man servant stepped out. upon his young nephew. "Captain Halstead?" asked this messenger. "As for you, Ted, I'm afraid you a l most deserve a "Here," said Young Wide Awake, stepping forward spanking for the reckless way you went up to that roof "Mr. Lester's compliments, Captain Halstead, and he on the ropes." beg$ that yourself and the other officers of this fir e com" I wanted to help Kit/' retorted Ted, stoutly. pany will do him the great favor to come out to his house "Of course you did," replied Mr. Lester, more softly. at once and dine to-night with his family and the Vanes." "Bless you, lad, of course you did Dick fairly gasped, then turned to Hal, Joe and Terry. Then, again turning toward our hero, Mr Lester added, The latter's eyes at once showed the readiest acceptance smilingly: of the invitation. "But it seems, Ted, that Kitty was quite safe in better "We will accept Mr. Lester's very kind invitation with hands than yours. You're not quite a :fireman. the greatest pleasure," Young Wide Awake announced. "No, I ain't," agreed Ted, disappointedly. "Lord; b u t I "Then the carriage is waiting, ca. ptain, to take you to wish I was." your homes in case yo-u wish to dres s." "You ought to be," spoke Dick, heartily, as he rested a Dick and his chums, amid pleased murmurs from most hand on Master Ted's shoulder. "You've got all the nerve of the other young firemen, went out and s eated themselves of a fireman-and some to spare." in the carriage, the Lester servant getting up on the box "Then take me into your company!" dared Ted, eagerly. with the driver. "By the great ladder, I would if I could!" vowed Dick. Something more than an hour late r the carriage, with the He turned toward Mr Lester, adding: four young W ashingtons, each carefully dre s sed in his best, "That is, of course, if your uncle is willing." turned in at the gateway of the grea.t, handsome estate of "Oh, he'll be willing-soon, if not now," promised Ted, John Lester. eagerly "Say, can't you take me into the crew of WashThis estate, which covered some forty acres of ground, ington One?" was just out at the town edge of the suburbs. "There is one vacancy," spoke Young Wide Awake, John Lester, who had been notified by telephone to exthoughtfully. "Fred Parsons' resignation leaves a chance pect his guests, received them in the drawing -roo:r, just for some one. old are you?" off from the main conidor of the house. "Fourteen With him was Mrs. Lester, a slender, sweet-faced, white"Too bad," sighed Dick. "The city council' s ordinance haired woman. says no boy under fifteen can join." She had never met any of the young men before, so this "Oh, we can get the law changed," proposed Ted, reek -was her first opportunity of thanking them, and Young lessly. Wide Awake especially. As much to p lease the youngster as anything, Dick Then Mr. and Mrs. Vane moved forward, joining in the turned to Mr. Pelton. thanks, not only for the :firemen's d eeds o.f the afternoon, "Chief, if there is any way to bring it about, it will be but for the rescue of the two girl s from the toughs the night a great favor to me if young Lester can be allowed to come before. into Washington One. He's worth being one o.f our com"You're wondering where the young ladies are, I know," pany." smiled Mr. Lester. "We advised Kitty to go off on a ho.rse" Sny, that's what I call bully! Thank you!" glowed back ride, to steady her nerv e s and fill her lungs with Ted. good air, and Faith rode with her. Neither of the young Then, seeing that Chief Pelton wa.s moving away,. Ted ladies know that we 11ave you here. Tt will be a pleasant caught hold of one of the chief s arms and left the spot s urpri e for them." with him "I've never seen the young ladies ride," remarked Dick. Recall having been sounded, it was time to take the ma"Then you must all go out and greet them when we chines back to their several houses. hear them coming," proposed Mr. Lester. As it would be soo:ne weeks er e the Vanes could occupy "Oh, good e-:ening all!" greeted Master Ted, looking their own home again, Mr. Lester took them at once to his in at the door, and then going straight up to Young Wide own big home. Awake. "Say," murmured the youngster, "I'm laying But Terry had a chance to slip in a .few words with pipes to get my pull fixed so I can join the Washingtons Faith Va ne er9'the call of duty took him away with WashI've got two city councilmen alrea.dy, and--" ington's hosecart. "That will be enough for the present, young man," An hour later many of the young firemen still lingered warned Mr. Lester, smilingly. at the Washington home. Soon the sound of cantering hoofs wa.s heard outside.


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE. 17 ;i Rene come th e y oung ladie s," announced Mr. Lester, .. and moved toward the outside door, the fire boys and 1red following. But when they got out on the veranda they found only Faith Vane. "Where' s Kitty?" hailed her father, anxiously. "There hasn't been any a ccident?" "Oh, no sir; but Sultan is cranky to-da.y, and Kitty is giving him a las t swift run to take some of the fire out of the unruly bea st," Faith answ e re r l, as she reined up. Terry spr ang forwa1d to giv e her a hand dOiwn, while Dick s tepped to the hor s e's head to hold the bridle. "This looks like an animal with MOrne fire," remark9d. Dick. "Do you ride Capt a in Halstead?'' asked F!,lith. "Every c h a nc e I get, whic h i sn't oft en." laughed Dick. "You' re fond o f r i ding?" a s k e d Ur. L e ster. "It's a passi o n with m e,'' Dic k an s wered. "Mount that a nimal and t r y a s pin, if y ou like." Dick lo o k e d his p l e a s u re at the s ugge s tion. As F aith had b e en riding astride, it was necessary only for our h e ro to len gthe n the stirrup stra ps. The n he spran g to a s eat on the horne, and rode at a g allop alon g t he driv eways As he was ridin g thus h e saw Kitty coming. Sultan was certainl y b e havin g at his worst, rearing, plunging bolting. But Kitty Lest e r h e ld her mount with as firm a hand as she could veering the bea s t sharply at the gate. Then s om ething-the sight o f so many people ahead, perh a ps startled the nervous a nimal. With a snort and a 'great leap, Sultan took the bit in his t eeth and tore down the dri v eway. In vain Kitty trie d to stop the maddened animal. "Stop! Stop in h eaven's name! ga s ped Mr. Lester. "That brute will carry yo.u into the grove and dash you to pulp am ong the tree s!" Dick had seen Sultan's start just in time to veer the othe r out of Sultan's path. Tl1e m a tlde n e d animal, with whit e-faced Kitty in the sad dle da s hed b y like a streak of light. "That brute will kill h er!" throbbe d Mr. Lester, his face whit 01 th a n hi s imper i l N l dau ghte r':. "It's a ll ri ght!" 0 he0r ccl Ma s t e r T eel, joyously. "There g o(!S Dick Halstead afte r Rult a n !" !\:; Rulhn. non P1Pl'i '1rcl r nrl nr1cl10r k e'l. m'.lrl c a straight at the maze of the grove, Young Wide Awake was -:;e e n di gging his heels hard into the :flanks of the other l1orse. He rode d e sp erate l y in Kitty 's wake, hi s teeth hard set, his face deathly pale. CHAPTER VII. DIC K SHOWS WHAT R E AL MEN ARE LIKE. A s y oun g Wid e A wake rod e h e had but one desperate plan in hi s mind-the only one that seemed possible. After him dashed on foot the agonized spectators of the fearful scene. Faith having not ridden her horse as hard, the anunal was in better condition for speed tha-n was Sultan. Otherwise, the race would have been most equal. There were but two hundred yards of space left between Sultan and the grove. If the maddened brute ran in under the trees he would be sure to dash his fair young rider off against the lowhanging limbs. Indeed, the girl would almost certainly be horribly man gled. Kitty I..1ester looked as if she were about to leap from the saddle. Yet such a flight from the saddle was almost sure to re sult in her 8.eath. "Don't leap!" shouted Young Wide Awake, hollrsely. That commanding voice, which once before to-day she had obeyed with safety, kept her from springing from the saddle. Digging his heels still hard e r into the flanks of Faith Vane's horse, Dick gained and gained on Sultan's wild pace. Then, in a thr'flling in s tant, Dick rode so close that the flank s of the two horses touched. Bound Dick was out of the saddle and across. Sul, tan's back. It was a feat that required cool courage even much more than mere skill. .1 His left arm clasped the girl's waist. "Keep perfectly cool he begged in her ear. "Take y our feet out of the s tirrups. 'rrust to me. I'm going to pull yon from the saddle With blind faith the frightened girl obeyed, but the wrench on his arm was terrible. "We're going under that limb! Duck low!" sounded Dick's sharp, warning voice. As Kitty crouched low and they neared the tree and its low-ha nging boughs, Wide Awake yanked on the reins. Just as they neared the low-hanging bough, Young Wide Awake pulled in the quivering beast. Sultan paused. Then Dick Halstead prepared to dismount, clasping Kitty Lester in his arms. He dropped lightly to his feet, holding Kitty clear of the ground and the hor s e crashed against a tree. Next he permitted her to sink to her feet. For the life of him he could not resist the temptation to give her one quick squeeze towa.rd him before he re leased her. But Kitty Lester even noticed the act. "For a moment I was mighty s cared about you, Miss Lester," laughed Young Wide Awake, coolly. "What a s plen did a c t that was," glowed Kitty. "And you're trying to make ligbt of your splendid work again .",


18 WIDE A\VAKE She pouted, as if highly displ eased, laughed coolly. but Di ck only ly. how about this evening? I thought I was in vited here to dinner?" "Let's walk back toward the folks," he hinted. "They'll feel easier when they see that you can walk." "Let me take your arm," b egged the girl. "I feel a bit dizzy "Not that one, pleas e," sa id Dick, quickly, but quietly, as he drew back from her hand that sought his right arm. Kitty stared at him in sudden pity and anxiety. "Wh at's the matter?" s h e asked . "Can he stay to dinner,"doctor?" asked Mr. Lest e r anxiously "Yes, if he can stand the pain, and doesn't use hi s in jured arm," r espo nded Dr. Strong. "Stand the pain?" echoe d Hal s tead. "There isn't much of any to stand. Dr. Strong, if you'll help rne to get my shirt on again, and one of the fellows will h e lp me to finish I'll go back to the others. Th ey' ll be thinkin g "Nothing," he 1 replied, simp l y that I'm really hurt. "With your right arm, then, I mean." "Why, that arm has just had a bit of hard work. Everyone at the Le ster house, however, preferred to take Take tf.1e surgeon's word as to the torment Yom1g Wide the other arm, won't you, Miss Lester?" "Your right arm: is badly hurt!" she cried, trembling. "It's nothing, Miss Lester. It's all right." poor, poor fellow!" Kitty almost sobbed, as she slipped around to 11is other side She took his l eft arm, trying to s upport him rather than h e rself "Oh, Hal stead panted Mr Lester, running up, gasp ing, 'just b ehind the boys. "It wasn't anything," said Dick, quietly. "Please don't say an y thin g about it . "No, don t say anything," begged Kitty. "The uoor, sp l endid fellow js in great torment, I fear." rrhat announcement st illed all tongues. Everyone turne_Q, following Kitty, as she insisted on leading Dick toward the house Sultan lay in the grove, with a split skull, breathing out the la s t of hi s wild lie. But no one thought of Sultan, nor of Faith's horse, loose somewhere in the grove They got Dick into the house, he protesting that be had met with no other mishap than a wrenching of some of the s houlder ligaments. John Lest er telephoned for a who came, took Dick into another room, followed by Hal, Joe, and Terry, and gave the right.arm a close examination. "Nothing broken, but it was a fearfu l wrench!" ex plained Dr. Strong to Mr. Lester, who had slipped in after the boys. "It isn't going to cripp l e young Halstead?" asked Kitty's fath er "Not if the young man takes care of his arm," a n s wered the surgeon. "Pshaw! I'll be able to box with that arm in the morn ing laughed Dick. Dr. Strong looked him sharp l y in the eyes. "Halstead, if you try to use this arm any in the n ext week, lik e l y to carry a lamed and weakened arm through life. A week's rest, mind you!" "I'll have him taken home at once," cr ied Mr Lester "Unless Halstead will consent to stay here and be taken care of." "I won't, thank you," said Young Wide Awake, promptAwake was suffering ot once, however, qid Dick allude to it. As they started in to dinner, Kilty Lester s lipped to our hero's side. "I'm going to sit at your right side," s h e explained, "and make sur e that you don't try to use your right hand for anything." Finding that Y 01mg Wide Awake preferred to have his mishap ignored, and that he found the most pleasure in jollity, the dinner soon became one of the merriest affairs imaginable. Yet, throug h it Kitty, with a l a u gh on h er lips, but anxiety in her beautiful eyes, watched Dick Halstead as c losel y as a mother watches a s ick c hild. The :fine mea l over at la st, all hauas moved back to the drawing-room 'rhey had not been seated there l ong, c h att in g and j est ing, w h en a ervant entered, handing a card to Miss Kitty. She glanced at it, excused herself, and stepped out into the broad hallway. Fred Parsons, hat in hand, stepped eager ljr toward her. "I hope you won't be disappointed, Freel," she said, sweet ly, holding out her hand. "The truth is I-I am engaged this eveni n g ." Ju tthen Mr. Lester, inside, a cl dressed Young Wid e Awake by name, and Parsons' brow darkened. "Oh, I under s tand," he returned, sneeri n g ly. "I see who your company is. You're ente rtainin g that cheeky young ragamuffin--" "Of whom are you speaking?" interi:upted Kitty, warm ly. "Oh, that fellow that the fools in town are cal ling Youn g Wide Awake. He's a s poor a s Job's t urkey." "Poverty is something that some men can get out of without the help of others," Kitty retorted. "Oh, he'll make your father help him out of hi s poverty, see if he doesn't," proposed Fred. "He has refused any reward for what he has done," Kitty informed her black browed young admirer "He has asked us, as a favor, to say nothing more about his sp l endid deed." "Oh, of course," jeered Parsons, loftily "That's the way those cheeky youn g beggars always work the game They're all alike."


Y OUNG WIDE AW AKE. 19 "Fred," returned Kitty, with dignity, "I thought that you would take the hint, and I didn't like to ask you bluntly to go. "You'll learn a lot before you're through with this gal i ery god, Young Wide Awake," sneered Fred, as he but toned up his ove rcoat "I'm learning already," answered Miss Lester, simply "Learning?" Fred eyed h e r sharply. "What are you l earning?" "I am beginning to learn how real manly fellows con du c t themselves," Miss Kitty replied, meaningly. Parson's brow :flushed a ga in Then, becoming wary, for he feared that hi s holrl on this spirited girl's regard might not be as strong as he could wish, he held out his hand, sayingJ more softly and gentl y : "Good-:i;iight, Kitty, since you command it. And, since I am to be banished to -night, may I presume to call tomorrow evening?" "I think we sha ll be out to-morrow evening," was the forced to obey Dr. Strong's order about n o :fire d u ty for a week. During that week Hal Norton was i n command of W ash ington No 1, and even had the sa tisfaction of commanding the boys at one trifling fire in the cellar under' a store In that week, Master Ted Lester, Kitty's impu l sive cous in, made goo{l_ his brag about getting out his pull." By dragging hi s influential uncl e into the matter, Ted actually did get th e City Council to authorize his joining \\ ashington One. 'Peel I .iester, the younge:;t, and fr-. pet o{ the company, was into the fire department of Belmont on the very clay Lhat Young Wide \wake returned to active duty as captain. CHAPTER VIII. MISCHIEF SET .A.FOOT. The ground was covered with some two feet of snow, girl's answer. n save where the sitj.ewalks had been shoveled off and the "Then when can I hope to see you?" roads broken out. "Why, yon can use the telephone, Fred,-at any time Belh1ont and the surrounding towns were enjoying one when you wish to know whether I am going to be at home." of the winter's cold spells, accompanied by some of the "Whether you are going to be at home to me," corrected seas on's best s l eighing. her admirer Fred Parsons bad driven in a cutter, behind one of h is Then he sig h ed, t rying to look romantic. father's best horses, to ask 1\Iiss Kitty to ta!{e a drive with "There was a time, Kitty, when you s e emed glad to hi:tve him. me call." But at the house he was told that Miss Lester and Miss "I am a l ways g l ad to see you, Fred. Only-please don t Vane were already out behind one of the Lester teams backbite my friends He had called three time s since Young Wide Awake's "Backbite?" q u eried Parsons, s tarting as if from a memorable visit to the Lester hom e shock On each 0 these occasions Fred had beeff received by "Backbiting doesn t seem manly, you know," Kitty went Kitty as if nothing had happened. o n sweetly. Ati d as I warned you, I am beginning to She was as gmcious, smiling, ancl plea sant with him as get some i nsigh t into what real, manly character is. I she had ever been. want to b elieve in your manl iness, Fred Good night." More than that, knew, from adroit questioning Young Mr Paxsons found himself on the othe r s i de of that Young Wide .A wake had not made another call. the with almost surprising speed Once, Kitty and her mother had stopped at the High "So Dick Halstead is calling, and keeping the door School gate, just ag the boys were corning out. l ocked on me?" he grated, as he trudged home o ver the They had chatted with Dick, and had asked abou t his frozen ground. "I like thatI don't think l And Mis arm. treBs Kitty is beginning to point out to me certain things "Unless he develops an awful lot of nerve, he won' t call abou t me that she doesn't like! Comparing me with young there again," growled Fred, as he drove into B e lmont. Wide Awake, and in his favor, at that! "For a while I thought Halstead was m y hoodoo . First, "Master Dick Halstead, I've got a big bone to pick w ith he cut me out of the captaincy of Washington One; the n you, I'm afraid," grated Paxsons, as he walked angrily it l ooked as if my girl was going to side with him against homeward "I'm not u s ed to p l aying second part to p a u-me; but I guess things are running pretty smoothly again." pers i n you r class Reaching town, Parsons reined up before the bank buil d The merriest evening that any of the young :fire :fighter s i ng, bitching the horse had ever spent was that evening at the Lesters' He went down the side street, and up a s ide stairway Young Wicle Awake enjoyed it to the ful l despite the to his father's office. twinges that his outraged arm gave him Not finding his father in, Fre d came downstairs again. The next morning, to his great disgust, D ick found that He had just gained the corner of Main Street when he his arm was much worse halted, dismayed at the sight that met his eyes. H e lost two days fro m t h e H igh Sch o o l and was a lso The Lester sleigh, a big affair, with two facing ;


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YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. 21 p rice we n ame If he kicks, we'll tell ]1im \re' re going to 1 "Hun)' the machines out there!" cried the cap confess and say he hired us to do the job, see? He'll Pli tain, himself giving a hand at the pole of Washington One. u p in big shape, then! 'Cause he saw Chief Sharp lookin' With a rush, Belmont's :fire boys responded. our way, and Boss Parsons will be afraid that the chief "Steady dogtrot, all the way, if you can!" shouted will think he saw all three of us putting up de job! Oh, Young Wide Awake, through his trumpet, as he allowed d i s is a cinch for Parsons' wad and Young Wide Awake's the machines to whizz by him. "Don't fa ll o u t, eith er i f sca l p w o u n d u p S l iney Gamp, joyfu lly. you can help it!" Then he darted on ahead of the company, catc h i n g up CHAPTER IX. wit h Hal. Crawford was a separate village, about a mil e from B e l -THE BLOW OUT OF THE SKY. t mon At te n o'clock in the morking, recitations were i n full While it had a separate town government, yet Crawford, b l ast at the Belmont High School. having a popu l ation of onl y some eight hundred souls, and "Dick Halstead," called the teacher i n g e ometry. being really a suburb of Belmont, was i n the sa m e fire Dick stood up to recite. district by arrangement "Halstead, you may--" Having no fire crew of its own, Crawford always c all ed C l a n g on Belmont for help in times when flames raged. With just one swift look at the instructor, Dick dashed Dick and Hal ran side by side, talking only when it fro m the room / seemed necessary He was followed by four other y o u n gsters in the same On a long run the :first duty is to save one's wind, for a.n class. exhausted fireman i.s of but trifling value when he rea.ches From other rooms others darted o ut, a ll making a break the scene of the fire. for the coat-room. The first part of their route lay along Main Street. Downstairs the fire boys dashed. As they ran, people stopped to wave hats or hand k e r" A steady dog-trnt, and you'll keep your wind lo nger!" chiefs at them, for, after the performance of the othe r day, called Young Wide Awake over his shoulder. Belmont people knew that they had a right to feel p ro'lid Two corners up they were joined by boys from the fac of their fire boys. tories and the stores In very good time they were out of town and o n the As he ran, Dick had counted the alarm. It was the call to the engine house. "This may be only a trial for discipline," thought Yoilllg Wide Awake, but he kept the same speed, neither more n or less. In a straggling line they reached the fire house. Before the building sat Chief Pelton in his buggy. Dick being the :first to arrive, the chief bent over to speak to him. "Ca. ptain Halsfeacl, a telephone call has come in from Anderson's, in Crawford. You know where the place is?" "Yes, chief." "One of his smaller stables is afire--at least, the hay is smouldering there, and smouldering hay is one of the hardest things to put out There is danger that the :fire will spread to the larger outbuildings and stables.' If it does, the way the wind is blowing, the main house may catch. Get your company out soon as youcan. I shall drive on ahead, with dynamite, and see if anything can be done by blowing up the stable We shall need you on the jump, captain!" "We won't lose a second on the 'ray, chief!" promised Young Wide Awake, crisply. Clanging his gong, Chief Pelton drove away almost at a gallop "Get into your togs and run the machines out!" shouted Young Wide Awake. Then, while he drew on his own boots, rubber coat and he l met, Dick gave them the route. straight road for Crawford. At one point the road ran under a highway bridge at right angles. There being a sharp trolley line turn here, Crawford peo ple had insisted that the other road shou l d cross above grade. Both the young captain and the lieutenant were d r ipping from the exertion as they neare d the bridge. With a quick sweep, Young Wide Awake remove d his h elmet, running with i.t in his hand "I've been listening for the bang," muttered Hal Norron. "What bang?" asked Dick. "Chief Pelton's dynamite." "He won't use that until we get there to control the spread of flames after the explosion." "Only a little over a quarter of a mile to g o "We'll be there in a jiffy." Just then they darted under the edge of the br id ge. Whump A missile fell as from the clear sky It struck Young Wide Awake on the head, keeling him ornr in R flash. Hal Norton stopped short, gasping With a quie:k, strong effort, dragging back on t hei r m a chines, the boys _of Washington One came to an alm ost in stant stop. Then, their machine8, the youngsters rushed to the spot where Young Wide Awake lay. He was senseless, dead fo r al l they c o u l d see to the trary.


22 YO UNG W IDE AWAKE. Blood was pouring from a gash o n the back of his head Hal, white-faced and para l yzed, ben t over him. Suddenly the young li eutenant looked up, his eyes flash ing past a four pound stone that lay close to the fallen captain. "That fell from the b r i dge! roared H al No r ton "Terry, you and--" He swiftly n amed fiv e o the r mem b e r s of the company, adding, at lightn i ng speed : "You fellows r ush up o n the bridge, and as much fur ther as you have to to catc h the s6oundrel who threw that stone. Here-the rest of you, come back Six are enough." For the whol e company, as soon a& it came to its senses, wanted fo bolt away on the chase "Sam!" cried Hal, turning to Bangs, "you're abcmt winded So you stay Young Wide Awake. The rest o f you back to your posts Remember we're firemen first of all! Fo rward!" Panting, Sam sat down on the cold, hard ground beside Young Wide Awake, l ooking at him helplessly. Away dashed the rest of Washington One. "Who in th u nder ever did this awf ul thing?" gasped Slam Bangs. Then a knowing look came into his face as he muttered : "Fred Parsons-I'll bet the biggest feed that anybody ever sat down to!" Within three minutes two of the fe llows were back. "Terry sent us back," they explained "The rascal, w hoever he is, got away. Terry is still o n the chase, but afr a i d he won't catch anyth i ng T hey bent' ov:er Dick. Not knowing what to do to bring him to, they felt at our hero's pulse, which was beating, though feebly enough Then came Terry and the others. "The murthering schoundrel !" roared Terry Rourke. "He's a shmart wan, though, an' a fast wan, for we couldn't catch soight even av his shadow How's Dick Halstead?" Having a better idea of what to do than the others, Terry made a pile, of coats, on which he laid the unconscious young captain "Now, you," directed 'l1erl'y, turning to on0 of the boys, "run to the nearest telephone for--" At that in s tant he caught sight of an approaching car r iage "We' ll make thim f olks take .our captain," finished Terry, grimly. "Av they r efuse, we'll l ynch them Sma ll dange r of a l ynching, for, as the carriage stopped, t w o people thrust their beads out from insid e One was Lawyer Gifford; the other was Dick's mother, who had gone with the lawyer to a dying man's will from dictation "Oh, Mrs Ha l stead!" shuddered Terry, as he helped that lady out and told her hurriedly what bad happened Dick's mothe r took one good, long look at him, feeling his pu lse and rolling u p o n e of his eyelids for a look at the eye. "Help me to get my poor son in the carriage," Rhe said, briefly. Then, as the car r iage r olled away bearing You ng W i d e Awake to the safest s p ot on ear th-h o me-Terry Rourk e looked at the fellows. "Beda.d," he muttered, "Oi haven't m u c h hear-rt for annything, but I suppose we must rem imber t ho t we're foiremen, and that there's a call ahead. T r ot ye use less spalpeens O i'll l ead ye-the mos t useless av ye all I" CHAPTER X. UP THE LADDERS T O D ES PAIR. "If his head had been two inches forwar d of w h ere i t was the blow would have missed him Had his hea d been two inches nearer Be l mont at that instant, the b low have killed him That was doct o r's opinion when he had. looked. Y oun g Wide Awake over as he l ay on the sofa i n h is m ot h e r's s i t ting -room. The doctor had been hastily cal l ed on t h e way home. some minutes at the house the man of medi c in e h ad succeeded in bringing the young fireman to They wanted to put the lad to bed, b u t thi s Y oung W ide Awake stoutly refused to accept. "I'll be all right in a little whil e," he m u t t er e d, "You'll be better a good dea l soone r if y ou 'll g o to b ed and rest up," advised the doctor. "Humph l I've had one resting spell l ate ly," grunted the boy. "I might as well be out of the fire d e partment if I'm going to take rests all the t i me." "'But who could have c1one such an awf ul thing?" came through Mrs. Ralstead's pallid lips "Most likely it was all au acci dent," suggested the young fireman. Re did not want to alarm his mother by telli n g her about the enmity of Gamp and Evans "Accident?" murmu r ed the doctor t o himsel f "Humph!" Young Wide Awake restlessly pushe d the b l a n kets away from him and sat up \ "Don't try to do that, Dick," begged his mother "I believe I need exercise as much as anything," smi l e d the young fire captain His head ached fearfully, and he felt weak and dizzy Yet the doctor had assured him that there was no clot on the brain, and that the skull had escaped fracture by the narrowest possible margin. "In that case," contended Young Wide Awake, "there's nothing the matter with me except a sore head." "But you'll do well to rest two br three days," con tended the doctor, as he went out. Mrs. Halstead made her son as cosy as she coul d in a great arm chair by a window "You won)t attempt to answer fire call s unti l you r head is better, will you ?" begged his mothe r "Why, that woul d be a queer excuse, w o u ldn't i t ? h e smiled, through his pa i n "A fireman misses a box b e -


YOUNG WID E AW AKE. cau s e he has a headache! I r e member now that the doctor who e x amin e d us for th e fir e d e p a rtment ask e d each of us if he was subject to headache s That must have been what he had in view. "I can't understand any on e' s atte mpt to kill you!" shudd e red his mother. "It doesn't look r e asonable that any one would try to, does it? s miled Young Wide Awak e By th e middle of the afternoon, :finding that Dick ap peared s tronger, and that he was abl e to move about by himself, Mr s Halstead hast e ned to h e r offic e for half an hour to look af t er something that was important Almost immediat e ly af te r s he bad gon e Dick heard a s t e p in the kitc hen He ro se, turning t o ward th e door s u s piciously But the connecting door ope n e d to admit Jas on Sharp, Belmont' s chief of poli c e "Oh !" s aid Di ck, with some thin g lik e a s i g h of relief, the color coming back to hi s face. Jason Sharp eyed him kee nly. "So, Young Wide Awake, you w e re afra id it might be some one e l s e eh? That' s just what I came to find out. Who is that some one el se?" The polic e chi e f s tood s harply watching the young fire captain's face. Jason Sharp was m i ddl e -a g ed, s mall, wiry strong, in a pantherish way and with the pi e r c in g eye of the eagle. He was a born policeman-all policeman in fact. In the discharg e of hi s duties h e kne w no fri e nd s Fe a rless of man or devil Sh a rp f ell h i mself on duty in B e lmont e very hour of the twenty-fou r Several criminal s had found it convenie n t to l eave that part of the country and all on account o f C hi e f Sharp' s fearle ss, tireless a c tivitie s Sharp looked the boy ove r closel y for s ome moments. Then he a sked, bluntly directly: "Who threw that s ton e?" "I don't know," Young Wide Awa k e a n s wer ed, s imply. "Of cour s e you don't, for .if you had seen an y one with a s tone in hi s hand you would h a v e dodged "That's th e case, n odde d Young Wid e Awake. "But whom do y ou s usp e ct? Di c k he s itated. He did not want to accuse Gamp and E v an s without knowing mor e a gai n s t t hem.' Jas on Sharp onc e hi s s uspi c ion s wer e thorou g hly arous e d, was likely to act quickly. Ev e n with such worth l ess p e ople a s and Evans, liberty i s swee t. "What about Fred Parson s ?" shot out the chi e f of po:lice. I "We ll, what about him?" repeat e d Y o un g Wid e Awake. "Do you think he had any hand in the deed?" "Not for an in stant," returned Young Wide promptly. . "You cons ider him above s uch an act, do you?" "I do-mpha ti c all y "Yet he is an e nemy of yours." I suppo s e he doe sn't like me any too w e ll. But Fred Pars ons is not a thug." "Then you honestly don t su s pect him?" "I honestly dctn't." "Whom do you suspect?" The ques tion was shot forward at point-blank r1ange. "Well, s ince you're pinning me down," smi led Young Wide Awake, "I tell you all I know that may have a bearing on the case But, mind you, I don't accuse any one, and I beli eve you would b e making a great mistake, Mr. Sha r p to arrest a.ny one on my suspicion, until you o r I have found e vid e nce to make the s u s picion good. .''Go ahead," order e d Jason Sharp, relentles s l y "Name the party "There are two of "Oh!" "A few nights ago Terry Rourk e and I found Sliney Gamp and Ra c k Evan s two h a rd c haracters from Norwich, across th e riv e r, annoying two young l adies. W e pitched into them-the toughs, I mean of cour se-and pumm e l e d t h e m up som e." "And so in curre d their enmit y." "I mu s t have for on my way home that s ame e venin g G amp a nd Rvan s laid for me with a paving-block and I n e arl y g ot me." "Stone thro w ing seem s to b e in th eir line,"' nodded the chief of police "I gue s s I'll look them up." "If they c an pro v e that the y w e r e s omewher e e l se, of c ourse that would l e t th e m out s u g gested Dick. "Oh, tou g h s o f th a t sor t always c an find some oth e r toug h s to come f o rward and s wear that the accused w e re somewh e r e e l se," r e t o r ted the c hi e f o f p olice with an im pa ti ent shrug o f hi s shoulder s "So you t hink the y may be t h e p a r ties, a n d you hav e no idea whatever that Fred Pars ons had an y h a nd in the job?" "I'm cer t hat Fred didn't," r e sponded Young Wid e Awa ke, ea.rnestly. "Humph!" g runted Chief Sharp to himself. "Pe rhap s I have a diff e r ent notion afte r witnessing that pow-wow b etween y oun g P a rson s and th e t)lugs." But t o our h e ro all h e s aid was: "I'm g oin g t o find t he g uilty parties, whoe ver they are. I s uppose you' ll la y off for a few clays, Young Wide Awak e ?" E ven the c hi e f of police had adopted the name that so strik in g ly d e fined t h e y oung captain o f W a shington One. "Lay off? smiled Di ck. '"Well I may keep out of school to m o rrow if m y h e ad troubles m e muc h. I can make up school tim e l a t er. But a fire? That' s a diff e rent proposi tion that has to be handled at the moment or it's too late for e ver." "Humph!" commented Jason Sh a rp. "We ll, so long, Youn g Wide Awake, and at least g o through the motions of takin g of yourself You ne edn't go to the door. I can l e t myself out a s I let myself in." But Youn g Wide Awake smiled to himself as soon as the chief had gone.


24 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. "Jason Sharp came in thus unexpectedly to see if I would look alarm .ed. That was his detectiv e way of judg ing whether I knew any enemy that I would fear while I'm in a weak state Mrs Halstead came home soon after, but Dick told her nothing of the chief's visit. "So many people stopped me to ask about you, my son," she informed him, "that I had to excuse myself rather abruptly in order to get h o me a.t all Dark was just. comi ng on when the r e ca m e a warning r ing on the clapper upstairs. Dick stepped to the hallway door, hol d i ng it open "Oh, you're not going?" cried his mother, in a l arm "Wait! he asked soft l y and listened. "That's not our box," he said, q u ickly. "It's from Ful lerton's factory, and Torrent OJ:!e answers that on the first call." ; 'Oh, I'm' so thankful!" sighed Mrs Halstea d "I don t want to worry you, mother, but I've got to go down to the fire house. A factory alarm is always l ikely to result in a second a l arm "But you're not .fit --" "Oh, yes, I am, moth e r, if there happens to be any need o f me. A fireman can't take care of himself in exactly the same way that an opera s inger does you lmow." Mrs Halstead s huddered a l ittle, but helped him on with his coat, thinking how much the boy was like the dead father in his quiet determination to do his duty, no matter what happened. . Young Wide Awake left the house promptly. He fel t stronger as he walked through the cold, crisp air He was s till half a block from the fire house when an other began to sound on the town 's fire ala.rm sys tem. He broke into a slow run, muttering: "That's the second call. I thought there'd be one." He was fir st of all at the house. Within the next forty-five s econds eight boys had re p o rted from Main Stre e t. Half a minute more swelled the number to eleven be sides the young captain "We won't wait any longer, but run the machine s o ut," Young Wide Awake. "We can get some help at Main Street." I n fact, more of their own crew joined on the run at the corner of Main Street And just behind them, as they wheeled around the cor ner into Main Street, came the sharp so und of Chief P elton's buggy gong. "Hal stead!" shouted the chief, slowing u p, "yo u're not attempting to answer this alarm, are you?" "Why, yes, c}J.ief." "Get i n to my buggy, then, anyway There were hands enough on the machines now; so that Young Wide Awake complied As they drove forward the chief gave him s ome further details than Captain Hal s t ead had heard before of the fire at Crawford. The smaller stable had been dynamited, and a strong stream had been played upon the scattered timbers and hay. There had not been much glo:ry in that fire, but a lot of downright hard work. "Didn't any of your fellows come down to see yo u af terward?" asked Ghief Pelton, in surprise. "Hal, Joe, and Terry called, but mother saw them at the door, and sent the other fellows word by them not to call "Whew that's a blaze!" excl aimed Chief P elton, as they turned a corner and came in sight of the fire. Flames were leaping from the upper portion of one wing of Fullerton's factory. "I hope ever y one i s safe out of there," gritted the chief. "Captain, you'll have to do a watching part, I guess. You can stand by to boss the pumping of Washington One." "That's not an order, is it, chief?" asked Yotmg Wide A wake, in quick alarm. "Why?" "Because I'm in s hape and I want to do my full duty "Try it, then said Chief Pelton, briefly, as he drew up s harply in the factory yard. / Torrent One was aiready there, and so was the hook and ladder. Torrent was coupled with the hydrant, but waiting for a l adder. The stream would be of use only aloft. Chjef Pelton leaped out at one side of the buggy, Yo u ng Wide Awake almo s t tumbling out at th e other. "Off with all your long ladders on the jump!" roared the chief Tom Scott's crew were working like b eavers, aided b y men from the factory. "Never mind the property, chief!" called Mr. Full e rton, desperately, as he ran up "There are some forty girls imprison e d in that top work room, and the staircase is ablaze. Get them out!" There was little n eed of the information, for at the windows, high above the greatest glare, appear e d dozens of white, scared faces, while a ppealing s hrieks came down to the fir e m e n. "We need streams and axes, a s well a s rescuers!" shouted Chief Pelton, a s he moved awa. y "Hals tead, get your stream and men up at the north e nd of the wing!" Young Wide Awake sprang forward to direct the raising of a ladder where he wanted it. By the time that this was done, Washington One was dashing into the factory yard, through the dividing crowd of factory employees. In a jiffy Hal had the hose coupled on to the hydrant < Tl1e pumper s s prang to the bars of Washington One. "Hal!" called Young Wide Awalce, "you and I will rush the nozzl e up. Terry, get s ix axmen to follow you Joe,


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE. 25 brin g up all who can be spared for the rescue work. Lively, now-as fast as you can follow other up!" The la dJcr was resting against the building, just out of reach of a window, for Young Wide Awake knew that if the franti c girls could get at the ladd er some of them would try to flock down it so fast that there would prob ably' be some loss of life in the panic. But now he ordered the top of the ladd e r shifted to the window sill. l "Xo no! Don't come!" he bawled through the trum pet, as thre e or four g irl s tried to get npon the ladder at once. "Back! Wait until we reach you!" _The girls hesitat ed, but drew back when they saw the swa rming rush of young firemen on the ladder. Young Wide Awalrn and Hal Norton, bearing the n wz le between them, r eache d the s ill and leape d into the fa ctory room. The fire was largely in the ceiling and the flooring beneath them, but already th e r'Oom in which the gir l s were imprisoned was filling fast with smoke, while the still, hot air was well ni gh suffocating. "Panic i s what you've got to fight h e re, Joe," muttered Young Wide Awake, as Darre ll followed them into the I work-room. CHAPTER XI. "JUMP FOR YOUR LIVES!" Swish! I The stream from Washington One was first at work. But Torrent's stream was only three or four seconds later. Drenching floods of water poured along the floor, wet ting everything, and tending to keep the flames from leap ing through. Young Wide Awake almo s t instantly abandoned the hose to one e>f the oth e r fellows, while Hal followed suit an instant later. They were needed in calming the panic. Down at the further end of the room, where the flames had already burst through the floor ing, Torrent diverted its str eam, while Terry and his axme n jumped in to help . "Let us get to th e 1ac1ders Don't stop u s !" shr ie ked one of the terrified girh; at the head of a bunch who had crowded to the window through which the young Wash ingtons had come. Young ladie s !" shouted Captain Hals tead through his trumpet, "we don t intenrl to stop you. But we want to 1send you down in orderl y fashio n, so that there won't be loss of life. Only keep cool, or as cool as you can, and there won't be a single mishap. "That's Young Wide Awake!" crie d one girl. "Mind him! He knows what he's about." I "Now," call ed Dick, "let only those come who are sure that they can climb down a ladder withe>ut help "Oh, I couldn't," shuddere d a girl, shrinking back. "I know I'd get dizzy and fall." ==========--"You're just the one to wait, then," said Young Wide Awake, coolly. "Wait until the speedier ones have gotten down, and then we'll carry you." Hugh Davis, captain of Torrent One, was marshaling other girls into safe order down at the other end of the room. "Now, then, who know that they can climb down a ladder," called Dick. Joe and one of his crew stood by the open window, help ing the girls out on to the la d der. It was slow work, for our hero would not allow more than three on the ladder at a time. He was afrai c l that crowdin g would result i & panic. "Keep cool, young !" he shouted to the wa.iting ones. "There i s time enough or you all. We've got to stay ancl put out the after .we get you down." Down at the other end of the room the sharp erash,in g of axes added to the din. And Youn g Wid e Awake was quick to realize that the smoke, even if not fire, was gaining on them . How slowly the gir ls went down that ladder! Fright and excitement seemed to palsy them. Yet Dick did not clare to try to hurry them, for fear of the panic that he was try!ng to provide against. men employees had been caught in this burnin 0 trap. J3ut they stoo d g loomil y back, for the y knew that th e firemen would not allow them on the ladders until the last of the girls'liad been saved. But Dick, seeing that t hings were going well here, left the window to st e p through the big work-room. As h e the men, our hero espied a boy, seem ingl y about s ixteen years.. old, but sma ll, misshape;i, and dragging him self along on a crutch. "Dave Hapgood!" cried Young Wicle Awake. "See here, you're crippled. You shou ld be among the first to get out. Wait! I'll carry you ancl send someone down with you." But Dave shr ank bac k against one of the benche s Don't!" he b egged. "But we must get cTipples lik e you out of danger, Dave!" "Can't cr ipples be men?" flashed back Dave, with spirit. "That's the talk!" glowed Dick. "But see here! W e can't leave you till the last, just the samP.. Jt wouldn't b e right." "Then I'll be th e first of the men to go down," retorted Dave, stubbornly. "But I won't stir out of here until all the women folks are safe below. Hurry cm! You're need-ed here." His heart beating a bit faster from thi s s i ght of the cri1 ple's grit and manliness, Dick bounded away d'own tl; t room. The floor was running deep with water, but st ill both nozzles poured it on. "Torrent One!" came the hail from the grou nd. "Torrent!" rep eated a fireman from the winc101\'. Hugh Davis, captain of Torrent, leap e d to the window to answer.


26 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE. "Torrent, take your men down to the floor below and Back came the nozzle-men, and back came Terry's tired, get a stream at work there!" rang Chief Pelton's voice dripping crew "I'll send a.xmen to you." "Hustle! It's about our last minute to get down!" Hastily Torrent's were withdrawn. breathed Young Wide Awake, sternly. "Young ladies, all up to the other end of the room!" the hose was thrown to the ground. cried Young Wide Awake "Now, you fellows shinny clown as fast as you can Some seemed so dazed with fright that he had to push ordered Young Wide Awake, crisply "Seconds stand. for them along, speaking to them reassuringly lives now!" Down below, just at the edge of the yard, Mr. Lester, Three of them passed, calling up that the ladder was Kitty, anrl Faith Vane stood looking up, for they knew hot. that Yonno-Wide Awake and his fire boys were up there The third was Teel Lester, who had worked with might in all the heat and peril. and main in Terry's a.xe crew. They had heard of mishap, and had started to A fourth, on his way down, was driven back by a jet drive to hil home to inquire after him, when the alarm of flame that nipped at the ladder and caught. sounded "No more on the ladder!" yelled Chief Pelton "Wait!" Mr. Lester, being a silent partner of Fullerton's, and In a jiffy the ladder was drawn clown and the starting having a good many thousanqs in the factory, blaze on its rungs stamped out. had changed his direction and driven straight to the scene "Bring out the life net!" came the fire chief's next r i ng of the fire. ing order. Our hero, intent only on his work, had not seen them, Firemen and spectators alike rushed it forward. and did not kno'y that they were there "All ready!" quivered up the chief's voice "Steady Ul of the girls who could take care of themselves on now! Jump for your lives!" the ladders had now beeri. gotten down. "One at a time," panted Young Wide Awake, who yet There remained eight, who feared to go down by themhad eleven of his crew up there with him selves "You first, then," begged Hal, pushing our hero forward. Young Wide Awake was rigllt on the spot at this in"You're the to-day." stant "The captain is always the last to leave the ship," "Joe," directed the young captain, handing of the Young Wide Awake retorted, doughtily; "but we've got scared girls forward, "take this young l!!-dy down. Mak"'e to do this by discipline. Each fellow jump as I call his fair speed, for we can have only two burdened men on a name." ladder at once." Slam Bangs went first. He almost broke the net, so swift Another of Joe's rescue party followed with a second was his downward course. girl in his arms Then another fellow, standing on the sill, made the "Halstead!" rang the chief's voice. leap; and then another When the net is strong, and well Dick jumped to another window. held, it is usually the coolness and intelligence of the "Chief!" he answered through the trumpet jumper that decides whether he is to be killed or maimed, "Get everyone out on the jump now! That floor will or whether he leaps to safety. soon cave!" "You next, Terry!" called Young Wide Awake, finally Joe and his comrades were down. "Shure, not until afther you!" retorted the Irish lad "Two more of .you on the ladder!" ordered Dick, him"No back talk! Joe!" self handing the frighten(;ld girls forward to the rescuers . Darrell, realizing how IJ?-UCh his captafn was in earnest, "Don't any of you fellows come back, either!" and safely. From the way the smoke and steam Tolled below he Then Hal followed lfoew that the ladder itself would soon be in danger from "Now, 'Terry!" the flames. "Shure-" So he stood there steadfastly at the window, hurrying the "I sha.'n't jump until you're down there girls clown as fast as he coulci. Without another word of objection young RO'llrke They were all down, in saiety, at last. jnrnped. "Now, you men employees!" he called, turning to the ow, Young Wide Awake! Quick! For your life!" frightened four, who 'were pressing forwai'd. came a roar from below. It was time to move quickly, for Torrent One had just Dick stood on the sill, framed in all the smoke and the been ordeTed from the floor below. casting s hadows and flames. One after another these men emplo'yees sprang on to the A choking cheer arose, and above it all the fire chief's ladder and scuttled down. bellow : "Washington down!" bellowed Chief Pelton's "Jump! It's the last seconcl's chance that you've got!" voice. But suddenly a remembrance rnshed through Young Diek bello\\ ed the ordeT along the work-room. Wide Awake's brain.


YOUNG WIDE AWA.KE. I 2 7 Dave Hapgood, the cripple! That misshapen l ittle man was not among the res cued. "Wait!" bawled down the y oung fireman. "One more life to save!" He jumpe d down from the s ill running to where he bad la s t seen Dave Hapgood There lay the crippl e huddled on. the floor, overcome by the fumes. In a twinkling Y:oung Wide Awak e snatc h ed up the light little fellow in bis arms. He started for the window, but a weak spot in the half charred floor gave way unde r them. That sta .rted a whole sectio n of flooring a s Young Wide Awake and his human burde n fell throu gh into the fiery chaos below. J Those outside beard the crash, and shouted frantically: "Dick!" "Halstead "Young Wide Awake CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. As he fell, Captain Dick Halstead did not l e t go his grip on uncon scio u s, crippled Dav e Their downward course just cleared a s teel over which, had either struck it, a broken back might have result e d. Plunge! Souse! Res c uer and burden fell together into a vat of water. For an instant tbeiT beads disapp eared Below the sur face. They would have been buried under the burnin g ruins of the floor had not the shafting caught the flying timbers and parted them As it was, when Young Wide Awake's face s howed above the surface of the water in the vat he saw blazing embers strewn all around him. H e crawled out of the vat, holding bis breath, for here, in sixty seconds, the smoke would strangl e the own e r of the tron ges t pai.r of lungs . Onl y one path could h e see that was not too hot toi tread ove r. It led to a closed window. A prayer in his heart Wide .Awake darted quickly to that window. Snatching up a heavy mallet as h e laid Dave Hapgood down for a n instant) Dick smash ed lustily at the window frame. The c rashin g of the glass attracted attention his way. As the la st of the s a s h :flew o utward, Dick raised D a ve H apgood in hi s arms and le a ped to the sill, shouting: "He rc with the net! l He s tood there ca lml y, though choking from the smo k e that rolled around him for the few s econd s that it too k those below to get the ne t r e ady. The n Young Wide Awake jumped H e shot down, land ing in the net, rolling over on his s ide, but holding crippled Dave uppermost. The r e were wild cheer s when Hapgood was rushed over by the fence to be revived, while Young Wid e Awake steppe d out of the net and walked weakly away "Captain Halstead no more from you to -night!" shouted Chief Pelton. "You've clone ten men's duty al ready." That was an ord er, flat and :final, that cou l d not be dis obeyed. "Halstead," called John Lester, stepping forward, "my carriage is here Corne over and sit in it. When the fire is ove r we'll take you ;home. Lean on my arm. Truth to tell after all that hard work and excitement, cappe d by the all through the flooring and the subsequent leap to the net, Young Wide Awake was g l ad e n ough to lean on a friendly arm. He wa s h elpe d back to the carr i ag e, w h ere Kitty and Faith were sea ted "It's kind. of you to consent to tak:e a little r est," said Kitty, almost grimly, as she pressed h i s hand and made room for him beside her. "Are they going to sa ve the rest of the factory?" asked Young Wide Awake. "Yes, and the f oundation structure of the wing, too," replied Mr. t este r. "Do you see where they're driving the stre ams now ?" Fred Parsons, who hac1 just arrived, caught s i ght of the Le s t e r carriage, and hastened over. He clr e w bac k however, when h e s aw Y oung Wide Awake seate d therein. As the young man drew ba ck, Jason Sharp touched him on the arm nParsons," announced the chief of police, "I'd like a word with you." Fred followed the chief, a chilling su s picion creeping into his mind. "What do you know about that rock that hit Youn g Wid e Awake on the this morning?" d ema nd e d the police ch ief, bluntly: "Nn -nothing," stammered the young man "Then why are you s o upset at the question?" "Beca use I know what you think . You saw me talking to those two tough s the other day. I'll tell you the truth, Mr. Sharp. They asked me what I'd pay to have Dick Hal stea d laid up. I d e clined to have anything to do with them." "I s hall have to excuse myself, just for a moment," mur mured Dick, and left the carriage, going over to where Mr. Sharp and y oung Parsons stood. Our hero was just in time to hear Fred's s tatement. "Chief," brokejn Young Wide Awake, "I told you I d i d not suspec t Fred Parsons." "But I may may I not?" queried Jas on Sharp, bluntly. "It happ e ns, Halstead, that I saw this young man, the


28 YOUNG WIDE .\. W.'\KE. other clay, talking with the pai r who you. think may have been behind your troub l e this morn ing." "They did propose such a thing to me, and I refu8ed thei r offer," ccrtitended Parsons, whose face was very wh i te. I bel ieve that," achowledged Dick. "I don't believe Par sons would mix up in anything as dirty as that." "Excuse me," interrupted one of the l ately rescued gi' rls, stepping forward "But are you ta l king about that. time, the other day, Mr Sharp, when this young mrin was talking with two toughs around a corner from Main Street?" "Yes," admitted the chief, looking at the gir l sharply. "Do you know al)ything n bout it?" "Why, I live in the fiat right over where the young man was talking to those rough-looking fellows the other day I was home with a headache, and went to an open window. I heard this young man refuse to have anything to do with them That was when I saw you going by on the other side of the street, too, Mr. Sharp "It seems clear enough, Chief," urged Young Wide A wake. "'l'he case simmers down to thi8 : Camp and Evans must the rasca l s who laid me up this morning, but we can't prove it that they really did it. In any case, Fred Parsons can't be honestly suspected of putting them up to .it." "Of course I didn't," protested the scared young fellow "And I never suspected that you did," replied Dick, war m ly. "Here's my hand on it." Fred started, t.hen took Young Wide Awake's hand, gin ger ly, while Sharp, after taking the girl s name and ad dress, m oved away "I'm sorry, even, that you should dislike me," went on Dick Hal stead. "I never had any feeling of enmity toward you." Then, seeing that hi s enemy looked embarrassed, Young Wide Awake turned and stepped back to the Lester car riage . "' lrha. t was the matter?" Kitty ask ed. Dick thought the simple s t way was to tell the who1e truth "It js like you to g o out of your way to spare him," murmured Kitty. "I wonder if Fred would do as much for vou ?" . It may mentioned, in passing, that Chief Sharp cornered Gamp and Rvami, and macle the m admit the talk w ith Parsons. But they were cunning enough to stoutly deny that they rea lly threw the tone from the Crawford bridge. 'rhus, thou g h really guilty, they escaped the punishment of the law. Such characters, however, do not remain long at liberty. Always hounded. by the police, they always sure, sooner or later, to be run behind the bars. The main buildings of factory were saved on that cold night of harcl, desperate work Even the foundation part of the wing was saved so that i t could be built upon again. By the time that Young Wide Awake realized what a grimy, sooty, y o un g ma. n l:e was, he wan ted to leave the Lester carriag e But none of the other occupants ould hear o f that. So Fred Parsons, who lin g ered e nviously, had, at last, the heart-stal:Y of seeing Dick Hals t e a d ride away beside Kitty Lester. Yet, before the carriag e went Mr. Fullerton came over t o speak to Mr Lester. When he saw Young Wide Awake there, the factory owner he l d out a hearty hand "Captain Halstead, I want to thank yoo above every one to night," declared Mr Fullerton, warmly. "I under stand that it was you who led the rescue work and made su r e that all my endangered employes got off with their lives, even to poor, manly l ittle cripple, Dave Hapgood Dave, l;i.y the way, has come to, and w ill be a ll right You may be glad to know that Dave won't get in suc h a fix again. A:fter this he will be on the ground floor in my office. He is to have a better position. You have Sfved a great many lives to night, Young Wide Awake." "Whe r e do the other fellows o f Washington One c ome in?" q u eried Dick, smil i ng. "I'm thanking them through you," rep li ed Mr. Fuller ton "Wait a moment Then, raising his voice, he shouted: "Nei ghbors and fellow-townsmen, what do you think of Young Wide Awake?" ''The best ever!" came a quick voice. "And the Belmont fire boys of Washington One?" shouted Mr. Fullerton. "The rea l thing!" came back an o ther voice, and more cheers Belmont's fire boys had come to stay. They were to be one of the town's institutions after that. All that was plain from the joyous tumu l t in the air ju s t as the L ester ca. r riage left the fact o ry ya rd. THE END. The further and g reater fortune s of Young Wide Awake and his Belmont fire boys will be followed in "YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEsrr BLAZE; OR, SAV I NG A BURNING CITY," which will b e published complete in No. 42 of "The Wicle Awake Weekly," out next week! No more thrilling or true-to-the life firemen's story has ever been written. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. I By HARRY MOORE. I These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 244 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 245 The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River; or, Campaigning In North Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 249 The Liberty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who Helped. 250 The Libert y Boys "Stumped" ; or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. 251 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay; or, Difficult and Dangerous Work. 252 The Liberty Boys' Own Mark; or, Trouble for the Tories. 253 The Liberty Boys at Newport; or, The Rhod e Island Campaign. 254 The Liberty Boys and "Black Joe"; or, The Negro Who Helped. 255 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After the Marauders. 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Shlrtmen" ; or, Helping the Virginia RU!emen. 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson ; or, The Elizabeth River Cam paign. 258 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betts ; or, Trying to Down Tryon. 259 The Libe1ty Roys at Bemis Heights ; or, Helping to Beat Bur goyne. 260 The Liberty Boys and the "Little Rebels ; or, The Boys Who Bothered the British. 261 The Liberty Boys at New London ; or, The Fort Griswold Mas sacre. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thom.u Jefferson; or, How They Saved the Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line; or, Desperate Doings on the Dan River. 265 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip ; or, On Time In Spite of Every thing. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and the. Sw e de ; or, The Scandlnavla.Jl Recruit. 268 The Liberty Boys' "Best Licks"; or, Working Hard t'o Win. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount ; or, Helping General Sumter. 270 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators ; or, Running the Royalists to Cover. 271 The Liberty Boys after Fenton ; or, The Tory Desperado. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls ; or, The Battle of Ram sour's Miils. 273 The Liberty Boys at Brler Creek ; or, Chasing the Enemy. 274 The Liberty Boys and the Mysterious Frenchman; or, The Secret Mess enger of King Louis. 275 The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers" ; or, The Monmouth County Marauders. 276 The Liberty Boys and General Pickens; or, Chastising the Chero kees 277 The Liberty Boys at Blackstock's ; or,i. The Battle of Tyger River. 278 The Liberty Boys and the "Busy .i:sees" ; or, Lively Work all Round. 279 The Liberty Boys and Emily Gelger ; or, After the Tory Scouts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200-Mile R etreat; or, Chased from Catawba to Virginia. 281 The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders ; or, The Treaso n of Lee. 282 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The Masked Man of Kipp's Bay 283 The IAberty Boys at Spring Hiil; or, After Cluny the Traitor 284 'l' he Liberty Boy s and Rebecca Mottes; or, Fighting With F0!re Arrows. 285 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Charge ; or, The Bayonet Fight at Old Tappan. 286 The Liberty Boys' Daring Raid; or, Hot T i mes at Verplanck's Point. 287 The Liberty Bdys and Simon Kenton; or, Fighting the British on the. Ohio. 288 The Liberty Boys Beaten: or. Fighting at "Cock Hiil" Fort. 289 The Liberty B oys and Major Kelly ; or, The Brave Bridge-Cutter. 290 The Liberty Boys' Deadshot Band; or, General Wayne and the Mutinee rs. 291 The Liberty Boys at Fort Schuyler; or, The Idiot of German Flats. 292 The Liberty Boys Out With .Herkimer; or, Fighting the Battle of Oriskany. 293 The Liberty Boys and Moll Pitcher; or, The Brave Woman Gunner. 294 The Liberty Boys' Bold Dash; or, The Skirmish at Peekskill Bay. 295 The Liberty Boys and R ocham b e au ; or, Fiu;ht.!ng with French AJ1iee. 296 The Liberty Boys at Staten Island; or, Spying Upon the British. 297 The Liberty Boys With Putnam; or, Good Work In the Nutmeg State. 298 The Liberty Boys' Revenge; or, Punishing the Tories. 2 99 The Libert. y Boys at DunderbPrg; or, 'J'he F a ll of the Highland Forts. 300 The Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring Deeds at Stony Point. 301 The Liberty Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, 'l.'he Charge of lngton's Brigade. 302 The Liberty Boys on Island 6; or, The Patriot of the belaware. 303 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Stand; or. Rounding up the Redcoats. 304 The Liberty Boys Outtlanked; or, The Battle of Fort Mifflin. 305 The Lib erty Boys' H.ot Fight; or, Cutting Their Way to Freedom. 306 The Liberty Boys' Night Attack; or, Fighting the J ohnson Greens. 307 The Liberty Boys and Brave Jane M'Crea; or, After .the Spy of Hubbardton. 308 '!'he Liberty Boys at W etzell' s Mill : or, CheatPd by the British. 309 The Liberty Boys With Daniel Boone ; or, The Battle of Blue Licks 310 The Lib erty B oys Girl Allies; or, The Patriot of '76. 311 The Liberty Boys' Hot Rally; or. Changing Defeat Into Victory 312 The Liberty Boys Disappointe d ; or, Routed by the R e dcoats. 313 The Liberty Boys Narrow EscaP.e; or, Getting out of. New York. 314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The Liveliest Day on Rec ord. 315 The I,lberty Boys In Danger; or. Warned In the Nic k of Time 316 The Liberty Boys' Failure ; or, Trying to Catch a Traitor. 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These Books Tell I YouEverythin g I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in ln attractive, illustrated cov el'. 9oet of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an,Y l&ll d can thoroug'hly understand them., Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjed9 mentio ned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL rro ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT 01)' PRICE, TEN CEN'l'S EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TA.KEN THE SAME 'AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, P u blisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. N e>. 81 HOW T O MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap p roved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of d iseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A O. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. N o 82. HOW T O DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most approved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their m eaning Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By Leo H u g o Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrate d. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW T O .HYPNOTIZE.-Conta ining v a luable and in structive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also e x pl aining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world By Leo Hugo Koch, A.O.S. SPORTING. No. 2 1. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full instructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row 8 .nd sail a boat. Full instl'Uctions are given in this little book, together with instructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most usefu l horses for b u siness, the best horses for. the road; also valuable recipe5 for d iseases pectain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22 TO DO SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed b:l'. his former assistant, Fred :Uunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magiciii and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and aignals. 'l'he only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Contaiping the grandest assortment of magical illm i ions ever Jllaced J:>efore the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHE:\IICAL TRICKS.-Containing ove r one hunpred highly amusing and instructive trieks with chemicals. By A. Anderson liandsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW '1'0 DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the la_tes t and best tricks use d by magicians Also mg the secret of second sight. Fnlly illustrate d. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW '.1'0 MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect1ons for makmg. Magic Toys and devices of many k inds By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73 . HOW. TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious with figure11 and the magic of n umbers By A Anderson Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. HO\.y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tr1.cks "{lt'I?-Domm?s, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing th1rty-s1x illustrations. By A Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-

THE STAGE. N o 41. TlIEJ BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the lates t jokes used by the m ost famous end men No amateur minstrels is complete withuut t his wonderful little book No .. 'l'HE J:?OYS NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. C onta1!1mg a vane d asso,rt:1 en t of stump speeches, N eg ro, Dutch a nd Irish. Also end m e n s Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment arid amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'HE BOYS OF NEW YORK l\IINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE B ELECTRICAL. N o 46. HOW TO MAKEJ AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de s c ription of the wonderfu l uses of electric i ty and electro magnetism t ogethe r with full instruction11 for making Electric 'l'oys, Batteries' etc. By George T r ebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.Con ta!ning fn II 1lire ctions fo r making electri c a l machines, induction c01ls, dynamos and many novel toys to be worked by electricity B y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive arid highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A Anderson No: 31. HQW '1'9 .BECOME A SI:'EAKER.-Containing foa ... teen 1llustrat1ons, g1vmg the different posi t ions requisite to b ec ome a good spe aker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gem s from a.II. the popular !1uthors of prose and poetry, arra n g ed in t h e molt simple and manne1 possible No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules fo r co n ductin g de bates, outlines for debatel', questions for discussion and the be1 sources for procuring mation on the questions give n. SOCIETY. No. 3. TO a n d w il es o f fli rtation art! fully explamed by this htt.le book. Besides the various methods of ha.r.dkerchief,_ fan glove. parasol, window and hat flirtation, i t co n a .full 1 s t of the languag e and sentiment of flowers, whic h ii m.terest1ng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be h appJ without one. No. 4. B_OW .TO DANCE is the title of a new and hauds ome .book Just Jl' r a nk 'l'ou sey It contains full instructions m the art of danc1_ng, in the ball:room and at partie1, how to dress, and full directions for calling off m all popu lar square dances No 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.A comp l ete guide tv l ov e, courtship and maJTiage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observ e d, many curious and interesting things not g<'n tJ:ally known. No 1 i HOW 'l'O DRESS.-Contaiuing fu ll instruction in t he art of dressing and appea ring well at home and abroad, giving t he sele ct ions of colors, material. and how to h'ave them m ade u p. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of .the brighte$t and most valuable little books ever given to the world Everybody wishes to know how to be<;ome b eautiful both male and female 'l'he secret is simple, and alrlto s t costless Read t his book and be convin ced how \:o become beautiful BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW '.rO KEEP BlllD.S.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the managem e n t and training of t h e canary. moc kingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. SD. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND HABBITS.-A u sefu l and instructive book. Handsomely ill u s trate d Uy Ira Drofraw. Ko. 40 HOW TO l\IAKE AND SE'r TRAPS.-Incl uding hi n t s on !tow to catch moles, w easels, olter, rats, squirrels and birds Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keen e No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.A valuabl e book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinr and preserving birds, aPimals and ins ec ts. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND l\IANAGE PETS.G iv ing com plete information as to the manner and method of raising; keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kind s of 'pets; a l so giving fu ll instructions for making cages, etc. E'ully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book o f "the k ind e ver publishe

Fame-and Fortune Weekly 8TORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SE-f:F-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A new one issued every Friday Price 5 cents a copy This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by thefr ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and. show how a boy of plu ck perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every etrort is constantly being made to make it the best week! on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy In Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Cotner In Corn; or, How a Boy Did the Trick. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. Ii Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy In Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, '!'be Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, '!'be Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough ; or, A Brave Boy s Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15' A Streak of Luck ; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who !\lade a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, '!'he Young Trader In Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy In a Thousand. 19 A Rise In Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy In Wall Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, 'J'he Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 l'ushing It Through ; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 '!'b e Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil ; or. The Boy Who Made a Million 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece: or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 31 A l\1ad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 32 Adrift on the World: or. Working H i s Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win: or, The I'oxiest Boy in Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 86 Won by Pluck ; or, The Boys iYho Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers ; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 38 A Rolling Stone ; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 :N'ever Say Die ; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy In Wall Street. 42 Tht! 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The Treasure of the Burled City. 57 On His Mettle ; or, A Plucky Boy In Wall Street. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success ; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy In Wall Street. 61 Rising In the World; or, From Factory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark to Dawn ; or, A Poor Boy's Chance. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond ; or, The Boy Brokers o! Wall Street. 65 A Start In Life; or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 66 OuL for n. Million; or, The Young Midas of Wall Street. 67 Inch a Boy; or, Doing His Level Best. 68 Money to Burn: or, The Shrewdest Boy in Wall Street. For sale by all newsdealers, or will l.Je sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot pro cure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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'WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE STORY EVERY WEEK _... STORIES OF BOY FIREMEN -... By R O BERT L E N NOX Handsome Colore d Covers 32=Pages o f R eading Price 5 Cents Splendid Ill ustra ti on s Issued Every Friday ....TAKE NOTICE! ,_ Beginning with No. 41, this week l y will contain a new series of magnificent fire stori es, written by Robert Lennox, the best author of this class of fiction in the world. They detail the exciting adventures of a company of gallant young fire fighters, under the leadership of a brave boy known as Young Wide Awake. Their daring deeds of h eroism, and t h e perils they overcome, are intensel y interesting. These stories are not confined entirely to fire fighting, but a l so contain many interesting incidents, humorous situations and a little of the love element. There is a charming girl in the stories whom you will all like very much. ;.Tell All Your Friends About This Fine Series 1 0 We, Us & Co.; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudeville Show. By Ed-30 The Easiest Ever; or, How Tom Filled a Money Barrel. By Capt. ward N. Fox. Hawthorn, U S. N. ; A,LREADY PUBLISHED: 11 Cut Out for an Officer; or, Corpornl Ted in the Philippines. By 3 1 In the Sultan' s Nye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By T!>m L t J J B Dawson. i ieu . arry. 32 Th C 112 A Fool for Luck; or, The Boy Who Turned Boss. By r rred War-e rater of Gold; or, Dick Hopes Find in the Philippine s. "-' burton. Fred \Varbmto n . . l 13 'The Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Winston' s Start in Reporting. 33 At the Top of the Heap ; or, Daring to Call His Soul His Own. 13.ll By A. Howard De Witt. Rob Hoy. 14 Out for Gold; or, 'l'he Hoy Who Knew the Difference. By Tom 34 A Lemon for His; or, Nats Corner in Gold Bricks. By Dawson. Fox. I 15 The Uoy Who Balked; or, Bob Brisbane' s Big Kick. By Frank 35 By the i\Iikad o's Order; or, Ted T errill' s "Win Out" in Japan. 'By Irving. Lieut. J. J. Barry. 16 Slicker fh!tn Silk; or, The Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Hoy. 36 His Name was D ennis; or, The J u c k of a Green Irish Boy. Hy 17 'l'h e Keg of Diamonds; or, After the 'l.'reasure of the Caliphs. By A. Howmd D e Witt. '1'0111 Dawson. 3 7 Voluntee r Fred; or, From Fireman to Chief. By Rob ert Lennox. 18 Sandow, Jumor; or, The Boy Who Looke d Puny. By Prof. Oliv e r 38 Neptune 1\o. 1: or, The Volunteer Fire Boys of Blackton. Dy Robert L ennox. 19 Won by Bluff: Ot' Jac k lliason's l\Iarbl e l 'ace. By Frank Irving. 39 Hook, Ladde r and Pike; or, The Life-Savers of Freehold. By 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The H erald's Star R eporte r. Hy A Robert Lennox. Howa1d De Witt. 40 Columbia's Pet; or, A Fireman at 17. By Robert Lennox. 21 Under Vendettas Steel; or, A Yankee r>y in Corsica. By 41 YouLnegnnwoxid.e Awake; or, The Fire Boys of Belmont. By Robert Lieut. J J. Barry. 22 'l'oo Gree n to Burn; or. The Luc k of Reing a noy. Ry Rob Roy. 42 Young Wide Awake' s Biggest B laze; or, Saving a Burning City. By 23 In Fool's Parndise; or, The Boy Who Had Things Easy. By Fred Robert L ennox. Warburton. 24 Boy in a :Million; or, 'l'he '!'ri c k That Paid. 13y Edward ;-.;. V1 2 5 In Spite of Himself; or, Serving the R ussian Police. By Prof. -Olive r Owens. 26 Kicked into Luck: or, The Way Nate Got The re By Ro!:> Roy. 27 The Prince of Opals: or, The Man-'l'rap of Death Valley. Ly A. 1 ( Howard De Witt. I ) : 28 Living in His Bat; or, 'l'he Wide World His Iiome By Edward/' ' N. Fox. 29 Ail fnr President Diaz; or, A Hot Time In Mexico. By Lieut. J J. .1 Barry. For sale b y all newsdealers, o r will be sent to any a ddres s o n r e ceipt of p r ice, 5 cents per c op y in mo n e y o r postage stamp s, b;:r, PBAN'X TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York' IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f o u r Librar ies and cann o t procur e the m fro m newsdeal e r s, they can be obtaine d f r om this office direc t. Cut out and ftll in t h e following O r d e r Bl a n k and send i t to us with the p r ice of the books you want and we w ill send them t o you b y return mail. POS' l 'AGE STAMPS TAl\.Ji}N l 'HE SAM E AS MO.NEY .. J FRANK T O USEY, Pub l isher, 24 Union Square, New York. ........ .................. 190 DEAR SIREnclosed find ..... cents for w hi c h please !'e:ad me: ... copies of W O R K AN D W I N Nos . . .... .... . ......... ................ ............... " W I DE Aw AKE WEEKLY, NOS. . " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ......... . ....... ..... .... ................. ; ..... " THE L I BERTY BOYS O F '7 6, N o s .. ............. ..................................... .. " P LUCK AND LUCK, Nos ............................... .......... ...... ....... " S ECRE T SERVICE. Nos ... ... ........................ .............. ................. " FAME AND FORJNE WEE K LY, Nos .............. ........ ........................... .. " T e n-Cent Ha n d Books, Nos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................. ..... Name ................ . . . . . Street a nil N n ................... Town . . ..... State ...........


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