Young wide awake's biggest blaze, or, Saving a burning city

Young wide awake's biggest blaze, or, Saving a burning city

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Young wide awake's biggest blaze, or, Saving a burning city
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'il,ively 'nolit D .on' t make any flukes, either!" shouted Young Wide Awake . A blazing city' s at .. Right gallantly the Belmont boys rolled down good old Washington 1 a...11cram.ble .for a fireman's record!" cheered Young Wide "Come on!''


WIDE AW AKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE ST01lY WEEK. ltcl W1etlg-B11 Subacrip,.on 2.50 pw 11ear. l/Jntered according to Act of Oon11reu, In the 11ear 1907, In the of(loe O'I Che L4brarfan of Oon(1f'ut, WaaMngton, D. O., 1111 Tou.teJI, PubHalter 24 Union Square, New l'ort. No. 42. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 1, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. Young Wide Awake's Big_gest Blaze OR, SA VINO A BURNING .CITY CHAPTER I. THE SORE-HEAD HAS A TALE OF WOE. .. Belmont had every reason to be proud of the latest, new est half of its volunteer fire department. This consisted of a juvenile fire company, running with hand engine and hose-cart, composed of bqys from fifteen to eighteen. Just one boy-Ted Lester-one of the liveliest of them all, was only fourteen. He had been let info the company on account of his especial fitness for fire duty. In especial Ted was a tireless climber up into high places. Aloft, he knew not the meaning of dizziness. At the head of Was hington No. 1, as the company was known, was Dick Halstead, one of the mo st daring young firemen who ever lived. Owing to bis always being alert often scenting duty even before the call came, he wa& known as Young Wide Awake. Cool, quiet and thou g htful Hal Norton, Young Wide A.wake's friend, served aR lieutenant. Joe Darrell hot-headed, and sprinter and bo. xer of loca.l repute, was foreman of the engine crew. Terry Rourke, he of the "sun-kis sed" hair that was al most red a talkative, lively gallant youngste r, and a fighter, if pu s hed a bit was foreman of the hose-cart crew. He was Young Wide A wake's closest chum. In all, the company, Washington No. 1, was made up of twenty-eight boys-or, as T erry sometimes put it, with a roguish twinkle in his eyes, "twenty-siven boys and wan pig." For Sam Bangs, a big, heavy fellow, more often known, on account of his awkwardness, as "Slam Bang," was given to eating most of the time that he wasn't asleep, in school or fighting fire. In the first week of its organization the junior fire com pany, under Young Wide Awake 's le adership, had signally distinguished itself at flame-subduing and life-saving. One boy there was who had joined t h e company, and then had resigned on the eveni ng of the election of officer s This member of a day was Fred Parsons Because his father .was president of the First National Bank, and also had a monopoly of the local fire insurance business, and had helped the forming of the junior com pany, Fred had confidently expected to be elected captain of the W ashi ngtons. Defeated, and enraged, Parsons had then tried for the post of lieutenant. In short, Fred ParRons was not favorrd for a s ingle one of the four offic;es within the gift of t h e company. Defeated, ashamed and angry, Fred had promptly and stormi l y resigned. l);'ler since that moment Parsons had seized every chance to snee r at and belittle the W af'hingtons as "a crew of hoodlums." In especial was his wrath r1irecterl nt Wid e Awake. There was another reason besides the elecLion in


2 YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. company thnt hall htrn L d Parsons against our hero, ancl that was the fact that Dick, through l'(lacuing Kitty Lester at the grave risk of hia own life from a blazing blulding, had thereby made h e r a c quaintance. Kitty was the coquetti sh, bl \ t sweet, s tat1nch and loyal daughter of old John Le s ter one of Belmont's richest men, who lived on the outskirts of the town on a fine old e state Fred had always r e garded himself as Kitty's beau. In fact, Kitty herself had not been indispo s ed toward Parsons, who was a good-looking young fellow, and wlrn knew how to make him s elf decidedly disagre e able when occasion demanded. But Young \Viele Awake, of cour se, mad e Kitty' s a c quaintance and secured her interest after his spl e ndid, gal-lant conduct in rescuing her. Fred Parsons had not been thrown over by Miss Kitty, but some of his sneers at Young Wide Awake, who s e wid owed mother conducted a typewriting office in the town, had incurred her displeasure. Thereupon Miss Kitty had given Fred to understand that Young Wide Awake was to be r e ckoned as one of her friends, and that he must not be belittled in her presenc e So the feeling of Parsons against our hero had grown apace. As for our hero, he had thrashed Parson s once for an insult, and after that had b e en prepared to let the matt e r drop. The day on which this story opens was a S a turday. Six of the boys in the company w e r e employed in local factories and four more as clerks in s tores. The other eighteen, attending the grammar or the Hig h School, had a holiday now. Some dozen or so of them were down at \Ya shington 's fire house, on quiet little Holmes Stre et, off l\fain Stre e t. "There! I guess you can let up on cleaning the good oJd engine now," declared Young Wide Awak e ; ancl the dozen firemen who had been at work with cleanin g -rags a nd chamoi s -skin ceased from their labors. It was early yet--not half-past eight, in fact; but B e l mont people started the clay early. "She looks s o nice," g rowled S a m B a ngs, a s he looked the hand engine over "that it would be a p i t y to take the olrl tub out to a fire and g e t her all mu s sed up." ")Jos t toime to c at, nin't it, Slam ? quiz;;;etl T e r r y Rourke, who s a t with one l e g thrown ove r a s hining hub of the hosec nrt. "I dicln't ha Y e much breakfa s t thi s morn in:z,'' s i g h e d Slam Bang , regretfully. "Not more'n a hogshead full av g rub e h ? t or mented Terry. "I guess I didnt," b l urted Sam, indi g nantly. "Le t me see: Two apples, two plates of mush, some s t eak, four eggs, a few little piece s of bacon, three or four bak e d potatoes, only six hot bis cuits: fiye cups of coffee--" HWas ye layin' in e nough f d r the week?" inquir e d Terry, i:m10cently. "For a week?" repeated Slam, with s uch a p uzzle d look that the other fellows began to roar. "Diel anny av ye iver see Slam eat a meal?" clemanclc l th e mer c ile s s Terry. "Did ye ivcr see a ho g g el both aY hi,; feet in th' trough and just swaller, swaller, swaller? That's Slam !" Sam Bangs c olored up but did not g et really angry. In the first plac e it required a good deal of effort to g e t angry and in th e next pla ce, thi s alway s hungry boy nsctl to b e in g guyed about his appetite. "I'm not h o ping for a fir e," obse rv e d Young Wide Awake; "but if one should happen on us w e're ready." "Wher e 's Joe?" a s k e d Hal. No o n e knew. J oe, thou g h foreman of the engine crew, had not yet put in an app e arance. A s it happ e n ed, the hottest-hea d e d member of the fire c ompan y was at tha t moment s t anding in front of the post-offic e at 1h e c urb, both hand s thrust into pock e ts. He was gazin g with a look of amusement, after the retre a ting figure of a slim, tall, fashionabl y dressed young man. This young man's fac e was almo s t pretty enough for 11. girl, but hi s fac e was not str o ng e nough for a man's. H e was Cla r e nce Putney son of one of the wealthy old familie s of Lincoln, a hu s tling little city some twenty miles to the e a s tward by r a il. C lar e n c e was a fri e n d o f Fred Parsons. The boys had onc e been to g ether at a boardin g s chool. Cla r e nc e was now ove r in Belmont on a short visit to ' P a rson s In t h e moment a fter h e walk e d indignantly away from Joe Clar e n c e reached Freel Parsons, who was stepping around t h e near est c orn e r. "\re ll, o f all th e rud e fellows this town ha s the pick and choice! d e clared Cla r ence, in hi s high shrill voice. "'Wh a t 's th e m atte r ? s mile c l Fred, a s the pair halted. ; 'Who's tha t y oun g fell o w s tandin g clown th e re at the curb ? demand e d Putney. "He? Oh, th a t 's Joe D arrell, g runted P a r s on s 'Yho a n d what i s he?" "Oh. he to High S c hool and serves in that fir e compan y o f ho o dlum s that I toJr 1 y ou about." "Hoodlum s !" e jaculat e d C l a r ence dis guste dly. "I s hould say so! "Why, what 's wron g Clarence?" "Why, I w as st an d in g in fr ont of th e postoflice whe n I h e ard s omebody sayin g some thing about Young Wide A \rak e n n d the \.\T ashin g ton s c ompl a in e d Putney, hi s voice almo s t tre mblin g "That rnd e young fellow was s tanding th e r e t oo. I a s ke d if th e \Vas hingtons wer e the hoodlum c ompan y in th e fire d epart ment." "That must have made him hot," grinned Fred. "What did h e say? "Wln-, the s au c y littl e ras c al s aid that the Washingtons h ad had a h o o c llmn in the c ompany but that th e only hood lum resi g ned on the ni ght the company first got started."


YOUNG lrIDE AW AKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 3 =============== ------------============= "I'd like to punch his head," gritted Fred, "But, mind you, I'm not going to do the talking. This is "Do you suppose he meant you?" I y our nffoir, Putney." "He must ha .ve. I was the only one who resigned. But J Not ever having had an affair of this kind on his hands, what happened next, Clarence?" "\Vhy, I didn't know that that impudent young rascal belong e d to the fire department, so I said that, from all I could hear, the boys in Washington One would be better off in the reform school than i)l a fire department." "Good! good!" glowed Parsons. "What did Joe Darrell say to that?" "Say!" gasped Clarence. What did he say! Well, it wasn't so much what he said as it was the queer way Darrell looked me over when he answered me." "What was the answer ?" ins isted Fred Pars ons. "Why-why,'' stammered Clarence, growing redder and his voice becoming huskier, ''that J o c Darrell looked me all over, and then he said: 'My, my, my! You don't look in telligent enough to have an opinion!' Did yo. u ever hear anything so rude as that for a young h o odlum to say t o me?" demanded Clarence, his c heeks r edcle nin g more than ever. "That's just like one of tho s e fresh f e llows of Young Wide A wake's g a ng that h e c alls a fir e com pany," uttere 1 Parsons. "But, say, Clarence, what did you

4 YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. Not so with a few men and boys who had halted near to see what was going on and what was going to happen. "I never saw such an insolent fellow as you are," cried Clarence, angrily. "You're a regular puppy-puppy!" "Bow, wow, wow!" said Joe, obligingly. "Fred, why don't you take this kid home, before it gets into a temper?" At that Clarence n1shed in again to the attack. But this time he so far forgot the rules of fair play as to try to kick Darrell on the shins. That was a little too much for one with Joe's limited stock of patience. Dodging the kick as nimbly as could be, he let his own right hand, open, fly out. His open palm went whack! against one of Clarence's shell-like ears It was 'tl. stinger, a staggerer, though it broke no bones. But Clarence, caught on one foot at the time the slap landed, toppled and fell rather heavily to the sidewa lk, the tears coming to his eyes. Hardly knowing what he was saying in his rage, shame and astonishment, Clarence sobbed out: "Fire!" "Yes," grimaced Joe, quietly, "I just heard the alarm from box-on-the-ear!" "Oh, I'll make you pay for this," protested Clarence, as Fred Parsons, with a face that was red and white by turns, stepped forward and dragged the dude up to his feet. Without looking either at Joe or at the growing, grinning crowd, Putney turned and walked up the street. ''Parsons/' said Joe, generously, and holding out his hand, "I forgive you." "Forgive me?'' asked Fred, as l)e took the proffered hand in surprise "For what?" "You didn't know what a bum show you were putting up -I'm sure you didn't," Joe assured liim, "But get that thing home in a hurry, before something hasty .runs over. it." Joe thrust his hands down in his pockets again as Fred Parsons moved swiftly after his retreating, shame -faced chum. Out of the crowd Young Wide Awake, looking at the captain of his engine crew very curio usly. "Fighting again, Joe, olci fellow?" asked our hero, half reproachfully. "Oh, it woul.d be a shame to call that fighting," grinned Joe. "It really would. But what are the fellows going to do down at the fire house this morning?" "Do?" echoed Young Wide Awake. "They've done it." "Cleaned the machines?" I "Until they shine like gold and silver!" "Thunder!" muttered Jo disgustedly. "I didn't want to s hirk, but I didn't think the fellows would be around so soon Well, theri, I'm going down to the fire house to see if there ain't some job I can find to do that'll make up for my not being there earlier." Young Wide Awake, who was on his way to his mother's office, nodded and kept on his way. In the meantime, Fred Parsons, feeling utterly humili ated by the poor showing made by his friend, and finding tl1at Clarence was still sobbing, drew that unhappy dude into a cigar store, and from there-into a back room. "Get through bawling, and then wash your a.ce," he commanded, disgustedly. "I didn't believe you were quite s uch a baby, Clarence." "Baby!" cried the dude, indignantly. "Wouldn't you get mad if you'd been treated like that-and right on the street, before everybody?" Fred snorted and his shoulders. Suddenly, as he sat cowering in the arm-chair into which Parsons had thrust him, Clarence pricked up his ears. A heavy-set young fellow, with one of the toughest faces ever seen outside of State prison, was talking to the pro prietor of the cigar store in the outer room. He was describing a run-in he had had with some one. t "And say," went on this tough young man, "you know me, don't you? Dat's right! Dere ain't any guy can git gay wid me feelings, is dere? What? So, when de mug jollied me about de petticoats dat was me company, I just--" / Here followed the details of what was claimed to be a very lively fist-fight, with the winnings all on the side of the fellow who was now telling the story in the outer room of the store. Clarence sat up and began to take notice. Then he went to the door, taking a sly peep at the talker. That talker was Bill Stikes, a big, hulking fellow, yet quick as a cat and tough as a hickory nut. He was a great, good-natured fellow, who. when he fought, fought more for the sheer jo-r of fighting than for any other reason. Not a bit of a bully was Bill. Everybody in Belmont knew that. When Bill fought, he wanted a fair matrh to fight with, ancl he wanted the o.ther man to get as much fun 011t of fighting as he did. As Clarence drew back and listened, a new, queer look came into his eyes. "He must be a terrific fighter," whispered Clarence to Fred. "Who-Bill Stikes?'' rejoined Pal'Sons. "Yes. he's a quick and hard hitter. About as good as there i s in this part of the State, I guess." "I'd like to talk with him," whispered Clarence eagerly. "Do you think he'd mind?" "Oh, Bill!'' hailed Parsons. "Trot in here. Friend of mine wants to meet you." Bill came in, his big, red face agape with curiosity, for, usually, Fred Parsons was not so friendly with him. Fred introduced Clarence, whose hand B ill gripped as if he were trying to cripple it. "My, but you look like a powerful fighter!" cried Clar ence, delightedly.


\ YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 5 "Oh, I size up some in de infant class-see?" grinned Bill. "What's de game, gents?-" "There's a fellow I want you to try your fighting powers on," proposed Clarence. "Reg'lar pug, or some unknown geezer what t'inks he can put up his hands good?" queried Bill, with a profes sional air. "Do you know a fellow named Joe Darrell?" asked Clar ence. "Who? Him? Little Joe? A handy lad he is, and :full o:f grit as an orange is :full of juice-see? But Joe an' ine's about ten years apart in age-see? Joe's a good one, but he ain't got de size or de musk-lar show-down to get at me yet. It'd be a shame to get in de ring and take de money on a scrap like dat-see ?" "Oh, I don't want a prize-fight," Clarence made haste to assure him. "Say, I t'ought maybe ye was makin' a break into a ring wid money to burn on yer judgment," Bill assured the dude. "I jest wanted to put ye wise, so you wouldn't lose your whole roll backing a bantam-weight against a middleweight-see? I ain't no robber, and I don't want no fake gate money-see? Now, if ye lrnow some one what's in my class--" "I'm not trying to arrange any sort o:f a prize-fight," cried Clarence, almost angrily. "What I want you to do is to find Joe Darrell, &rab him and give him an awful pounding. Do you understand that? And I'll pay you well for your trouble, Mr. Stikes. Now, what clo you say?" "Say, it 'pears to me like ye're tryin' t' stack me up against kid to do him up," remarked Mr. Stikes, in a doubtful voice. "That's it-that's just it," cried Clarence, eagerly; aml reaching after hi s pocketbook he took out a twenty-dollar bill and laid it across the palm o:f Bill Stikes. Bill looked at the money much as if he wonder e d wheth e r it was real money. Even five dollars was a large sum :for Bill to have. When Putney laicl a second twenty across the first one Bill gasped. "Say, keep 'em a-coming," he begged. "I need de money :for de orphan asylum." Clarence laid a third twenty in Bill's pa,Jm. "That ain't all, is it, boss?" queried Mr. Stikes, regret fully. "How much 'do you want :for giving Joe Darrell such a beating that he won't be able to stand up :for a week?" .... asked Clarence. "How much ye willin' t' give?" asked Bill, whose head was being turned by the sight of such easy wealth. Clarence produced another twenty-dollar bill. "That all?'" urged Stikes. "Lend me some, will you?" appealed Putney, turning over to his friend. Though Fred Parsons was beginning to eel a huge dis gust of the whole affair, he passed over his pocketbook, and, turning, then walked out into the outer store. -=======:.:::==============::==:=-====== "Will twenty more be enough?" asked Clarence. "That will make an even hundred." "Sure!" grinned Bill. "I won't never have to work no more-see? Me pile's made I" "And if you should get arrested," hinted Clarence. Pinched, ye mean?" "If you should have any trouble with the police or the courts, I'll see you through the scrape,'' Clarence promise :l. "When d'ye want de job done?" demanded Bill, straight ening up as he thrust the money down into a trousi:.s pocket-the whole hundred that he was to receiv e l-o thumping Joe. "The sooner the better." "Widin ten minutes, den,'' promised Bill, "if I kin f\n d dat Joe. Wanter come along an' see de mix-up?" "N-n-no,'' hesitated young Putney. "But I'll wait here if you'll come right back and tell me all about it." "As soon as de spankin' match is over," promised Bill, lurching toward the door. "Spanking!" squeaked Clarence, excitedly. "I'm not paying for a spanking. I want this to be a-a-a slugging!" "Dat's what de kid'll get," promised Bill, as he rolled out of the ":N ow, what do you think of that?" whispered Clarence Putney, his small, mean soul exulting in the thought of the puni s hment that lay before Joe Darrell. "Not a heap,'' retorted Fre d Parsons, crisply. "I've got a better liking for fellows that can do their own :fighting." ''I'm too much of a gentleman for that,'' retorted Clar ence, with dlgnity. Fred snorted, but made no :further reply. Before Bill Stikes had gone a block down Main Street he began to :feel ashamed of his bargain. Tough as he was, tempted as he was by the thought of s o much money, Blll, at bottom, was about ninety pounds m a n to the hundrea pounds of flesh. Twice he stopped as if bent on turning around and going bac k to give up the shameful money. '.'Good morning, Bill,'' came a pleasant greeting, as Young Wide Awake came out on the sidewalk from his mother's office. Then Bill went all to the trembles self-disgust. "Say, Young Wider Wake,'' he muttered, samefacedly, "what kinder d' youse t'ink I let a Lizzie-boy stake .me for?" "Eh?" asked our hero. Then Bill blurted out with the whole story, winding up with: "Say, Young Wider Wake, what do youse t'ink of da.t? An' what d' youse t'inker me :fer takin' de coin on a brace game like dat? What? Say?" "I'm thinking," replied Young Wide Awake, slowly; and he was doing some hard thinking, during which time he looked at the roll of greenbacks that Bill regretfully di splayed.


6 YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGES T BLAZE. "Well, what's de t'ought clat's passing in yer mind?" insisted Bill. ''It seems to me," replied Young Wide Awake, with a .suc1c1en smile, "that it's a shame to let so much money go to waste, especially when the young fellow was so anxious to get rid of it. I'll tell you what, Bill. Walk down to the engine house with me and we'll talk it over with the crowd." * * "'* Something like half an hour later Bill Stikes returned to the cigar store. Something must have happened in the meantime, for Bill had a left eye that looked as if it had been blacked with something hard. There was blood-or what looked like it-dried on his nose, and more down his shirt-front. He limped slightly, and his left fist was done up in a banLlnge. "For heaven's sake, where have you been?" cried Fred Parsons, rising quickly. "Railroad wreck?" ""\Yho? Me?" asked Bill. "Nary! Nit! I've been t'rough dat mill dat youse staked me against. Say, he's a hot one, clat kid, Joe Darrell is I He's got hands like hot pipes! What?" "You don't mean to say you've been fighting with Joe Darrell?" gasped Clarence, staring in amazement at the ha ttered figure before him. "Didn't youse stake me t' do dat very t'ing ?" demanded Bill Stikes. "YOU don't mean to say he licked you?" cried Clarence. "Well, if he didn't," sighed Bill, "de kid sure acted mighty like he was goin' ter !" "You-you-you--" gasped Putney. "Yep, dat's right-what?" agreed Bill, solemnly. "I feel jest like dat-see ?" "And this is what I paid you all that money for?" ered Clarence. "Oh, de coin?" asked Bill. "Is dat it? Well, ye see, boss, Young Wider Wake, he acted as referee. Say, he was good t' me, Young Wider Wake was. He was gen'rousall to de gen'rous. He called the battle a draw, and dat gave me half de coin-see?" "Half the money gasped Clarence. "Half of what money?" "Why, dat hundred youse put up for de purse," Bill explained. "Half of that hundred?" demanded Clarence, his heacl whirling from all this bewilderment. "What on earth became of that other fifty dollars?" dat?" replied Bill. "Why, seein' as it was a draw, de other fifty went to Darrell. Joe, he was fightin' in de name of de engine company, so de money goes int' de treas ury of de engine company. Dey're goin' t' use de coin t' buy a glad new banner for de comp'ny. Dat's right," Bill assured his hearers. "This is all an infernal outrage!" cried Clarence, the tears all but coming to his eyes. "It's a swindle-a rob bery!" "We was wise t' de idea clat ye might t'ink dat," ex plained Bill, with becoming patience. "So I'll tell ye what we done. We put de whole hundred up with Young Wider Wake. If ye go right down an' ask for de coin at once, it's yours again-see? What? But if ye let de clay go by wid out' for it, den t-night I gets me half of de coin an' them fire boys buys a banner for de comp'ny wid deir half. Un'stand ?" Then, as if feeling that he had done his whole duty, Bill turned and walked out, leaving two dumbfounded, flabber gasted young men behind Fred Parsons was the first to recover the use of his voice. "Now, you idiot!''. he stormed. "You see what yau've done." "I've been played for a fool!" gasped Putney. "Worse than that-you've, dragged me in and made me the goat. You don't live here, and you can get away from this infernal mess. But I'll never hear the last of it. Life won't be worth living here in Belmont, for every one will know that I was mixed up in this with you. Oh, you idiot!" "What shall I d o ?" wailed Clarence Putney, feebly. "Get out as soon as you can-before you're caught and ridden around the town on a rail." "They wouldn't do that, would they?" gasped Putney. "There's no telling what some folks might do. Young Wide Awake has a good many friends here, and you've ac tually paid a fellow you supposed to be a th{ig to go and slug one of Young Wide Awake's fire boys. Putney, the safest, wisest and best thing you can do is to get out of town before a crowd of fellows come looking you." The dude took fright quickly enough. Parsons, remembering that Clarence had been his guest, had the grace to walk with him as far as the depot. Young Wide Awake, turning the corner of Holmes Street in company with Hal Norton, came upon the pair, almost face to face. Both young firemen had all they could do ta keep from laughing outright. "Keep a stiff face, Hal," urged Young Wide Awake, in an undertone. "I've simply got to speak to Putney a bout his money." Clarence drew back in some alarm when he saw the two young firemen coming toward him. But Parsons stiffened, scQwling at our hero. "Good morning; your name is Putney, I believe," began Young Wide Awake, briskly. "Keep your beliefs to yourself," snapped Clarence, try ing to look brave, though he was quaking inwardly. But Young Wide Awake, keeping his patience, went on: "There has been some misunderstanding, I fear. Bill Stikes told us a story about how you put up some money for him to fight with Joe Darrel, of our company. At least, that was my information." "Keep your information to yourself!" quavered Clar ence. "But it seems to me," went on YQung Wide Awake, pro-


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. '1 ducing a roll of money, "that there must be some mistake. I "Yes, I believe so. But, really, Miss Lester, I don't be N ow, if you'll assure me that was a mistake, and that l lieve that it would be Parsons's way to be really mixed up this money really belongs to you--" in such a scheme. I don't blame Parsons a bit for it." "Keep your suggestions to yourself!" shrieked Clarence, Though Young Wide Awake did not know it, his quiok, backing oil'. generous way of absolving Parsons from blame in the mat" But what shall I do about this money?" Captain Dick ter greatly raised him in the opinion of this beautiful girl. Halstead asked. "How is Mr. Rourke?" asked Faith Vane of Hal. "Keep it!" shrieked Clarence, starting almost at a run For Terry Rourke, having helped Young Wide Awake toward the railway station. "Keep your opinions, keep the to fight in defense of these two young ladies, already occu-money-keep your distance!" pied a high place in Miss Vane's esteem. And the dude was swiftly gone. "You are having a light time of it in the fire department, "Well, of all the queer games!" uttered our hero, glancafter that last great fire?" Kitty was saying to Dick. ing at his chum. "What do you make out of it all, Hal, "Yes; but we never know when--" old fellow?" Clang! "All I can discover," replied Hal, slowly, thoughtfully, It 0was the first note of a call sounding over the local "is that we'll have to keep the money for lack of a claimant. electric fire signal service. It won't come in badly, either. But it's the queerest outClang! clang! come of a joke I ever heaJ.d of. Twenty cents' worth of "That's our call!" shcmted Dick, away. grease paint and red ink; rigging up Bill Stikes for a joke -and now Bill wins fifty and the fire company has a fifty for the fancy new banner it wanted. Whew!" The news of the joke--or outrage, according to who was talking about it-spread as swiftly as such news is sure .to.. Just before noon, Dick and Hal, strolling homeward, saw two pretty girls nodding at them from a passing carriage, which now turned in toward the curb. "Miss Lester and Miss Vane," murmured Young Wide Awake, in pleased surprise. Some time before the Vane mansion, in Ellis Street, had suffered from a fire, in which Kitty, visiting the Vanes, would have lost her life but for the gallant conduct of our hero. Now, while their home was being rebuilt, the Vanes were stopping at the handsome home of the Lesters'. Miss Kitty, to whom Fred Parsons had been showing marked attentions for more than. a year, had since enter tained a very high idea of our hero. "Good morning, Captain Halstead," was Miss Kitty's quick, friendly greeting. "And good morning, Mr. Norton." Both young men quickly returned the greetings of the girls. "What's this amazing story that my madcap cousin, Ted, has been trying to tell me?" demanded Miss Lester. "About what?" asked Dick. "Oh, about some spectacular fight, I believe." "That? Oh!" Young Wide Awake exploded into a roar of ! Then, as quickly as he could, he told of the joke played at the engine house; how Joe and Bill had pre tended to fight, to the amusement of the onlooking fire boys, and then how Bill had been fixed up to send back to his employer. "That's strange business for Fred Parsons to be in,'' uttered Kitty, disdainfully. "But, Miss Lester," broke in Young Wide Awake, gen erously, "I don't believe Parsons had any active hand in it." "Yet he was with that senseless idiot, Putney, wasn't he?" questioned Miss Kitty. CHAPTER III. THE CALL FOR HELP. "It's the engine-house call!" shouted Hal, as the two chums bolted, lifting their caps to the two girls as they ran. From out of stores and around corners came other young fire boys of Belmont, all on a swift run for tl1e engine house, down in Holmes Street. Half a dozen of the fellows, Joe among them, had been at the engine house when the call came in. Now, struggling into shirts or boots, they darted out to the sidewalk to meet their young as he came dash ing to the spot. Outside, in his buggy, sat black-whiskered Chief Pelton, of the Belmont Fire Department. In one hand he held up a yellowish sheet of paper. "Captain Halstead," he said crisply, as Young Wide Awake reached him, "I have received a telegram from the mayor of Lincoln saying that the city is threatened with being wiped out by fire. The mayor is appealing for help from all towns around. I have wired that I am sending one fire company. Captain, I have chosen your company to go. The railway people, in ten minutes, will have ready a special train consisting of an engine, a caboose and two flat cars. You will get your apparatus and company aboard within that time." All these directions were rattled off about as fast as this businesslike chief could speak. "Yes, sir," replied Young Wide Awake, with a salute. "Any further orders, chief?" "On arrival at you will report either to the mayor or to Chief Bascomb, of the I,incoln Fire Depart ment. You will receive all further orders there." "Yes, sir."


8 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. =====================================================================-======-=-=:===--=_ _ By a motion of his hand, while listening, Young Wide Awake had signaled to Hal to hurry the fast-arriving fire boys into their fire togs. This was all but accomplished by the time that chief and captain ce;:ised talking. "That is all, captain," :finished Chief Pelton, "except this: "I h:lYe chosen your company because it could be got ten ready quicker than the company of Torrent One, most of whose men are at the mills. But I ask you to rememb e r that, in Lincoln, you represent the reputation and the good name of Belmont." "Chief," replied Young Wide Awake, straightening promptly, and saluting with military precision, "we will come back with our duty fully and finely done, or we von't have the c heek to come back." "I"l l trust you for that, Young Wide Awake," replied Chief Pelton, heartily. "I've had your company under my eyes at fires before this. Good luck to JOU, boys I'll meet you at the depot." Captain Dick Halstead, who had been delayed while talk ing to the chief, now rushed into the fire house. "Hal," he called briefly, "you and tne other fellows are reacly. Sta.rt on the hustle for the depot. I'll catch up with you." With a rinfing whoop the Belmont fire boys ran the machines out, dashed up Holmes Street, and were on their way to do all that la y in their power to save a burning city. Young Wide Awake dressed as if by magic. In his boots, with shirt, white coat and white helmet on, and with trumpet hanging over his left hip, he made a pic tnrcsque appearance as he reached Main Street, turned and \lar t ed off in the track of his company. Two blocks lower down on Main Street a drunken man, try ing to walk fast, as if that would prove that he was not <1nrnk, lurch ed swiftly around the corner. Young Wide Awake saw him too late to avoid a partial collision Bump! The tipsy man was thrown against the building. "Confound you!" roared the tipsy one, hoarsely. "Come bac k and (hie) pologize !" But this Young Wide Awake, on the dead run as he was, h a d no time to do. Curs ing, the drunken man bent over, picked up. a stone, and raised his arm to throw the missile. Dick was already out of easy range, but the drunken man l e t his arm fall quickly enough. For a mongrel coach dog, long lean and hungry -lookin g, sudden ly sprang out of a doorway straight at the drunken man. It was white with black spots. "Gr-r-r-r-r !" warned the clog, hi s teeth close fo the tipsy one's leg. Young Wide Awake, lookin g over his s houlder saw the dog "Why, it's that poor four-legged tramp that I took into the butcher shop this morning and bought a square feed of old meat," uttered the young fire captain. "Here, come here!" he called loudly to the dqg as he ran, and then whistled sharply. His sole idea was to call away the dog before he bit the tipsy, irresponsible man. To Young Wide Awake's delight, the dog turned at the whistle, then came pelting down the sidewalk at a dead trot after our hero. He soon caught up, and then ran just ahead, his tongue hanging out. "Well, talk about gratitude!" cried Dick to himself as he ran. "That poor tramp, that cur, remembers that I bought him a square feed this morning. Now when he finds some one attacking me he's ready to take the fight on his own shoulders sooner than see me get hurt. Good dog good fellow !" he called to the bedraggled coach dog, which wagged its tail and still ran. Down at the depot freight siding the train stood already made up. Trailing after our hero as he dashed up came the last members of Washington One, those of Belmont's fire boys who had been furthest from Holmes Street at the moment when the alarm came in. Chief Pelton, out of his buggy, was busy helping in running some inclined planks up the side of one of the flat cars when Young Wide Awake arrived. "Now up with the engine first! Lively, now!" sang out the chief. Dick leaped up on to the flat car. He and several 0 the fellows help ed to pull the hand engine up that inclined plane. Then Chief Pelton sprang aboard, showing them how to fasten the hand engi n e securely in pla{!e. Hal, in the meantime, was bossing the running up o:f the lighter hose-cart on to the hindmost fla.t car. In a wonderfully short space of time the work was done, and done well. "Captain," said the conductor of this special train, com ing back, "this train i s go ing to travel mighty fast. It'll be risky for those who stay on these flat cars. About two of you to each car, to watch your machine s, I should say, and the rest of you in the caboose." "Thank you," Dick acknowledged. "Hal, you and I will stay with the engine. Terry, pick out a fellow to stay on the flat car with you. .Toe, take the rest of the crowd in the caboose, and keep them from falling out, if you can." 'This last was said with a laug h. "Terry, take me on the car with you, begged young Ted Lester, Kitty Lester's cousin, appealing to the young Irish foreman of the hose crew. "Take you, is it?" echoed T erry. "Shure, Oi will, an: g l ad to. But houlcl on fast, Ted." A sh rill tooting came from the eng ine' s whistle. "Now you're off and away!" bellowed Chief Pelton after the Blmont fire boys, as the short specia l began to roll out on to one of the main tracks. "Good luck to you all!" Yet the chief's voice shook a little as if he had a s udden,


YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 9 too-late, mysterious inner warning of disaster that might come to some of the members of this plucky fire company. As they got under good headway, and Dick and Hal stood holding to the hand engine, Dick heard a low whine, next an eager yelp at his feet. Turning and looking down, he beheld that same coach dog that he had fed, and which had afterwards leaped to his protection. "Why, hullo, old fellow!" greeted Young Wide Awake. "So you felt that you had to come, too, did you ?n "Why not?" laughed Hal. "He may prove to be our mascot. Every fire company ought to have one." "How would that suit you, old fellow?" laughed Young Wide Awake, looking again at the dog. Three short, sharp, joyous yelps from the dog's throat as in answer. "Why, I believe he's agreeing to it," smiled Dick. "Now, see here, old fellow, it's a hard and responsible job being mascot for a crowd like our s." Whining wistfully, the coach dog thrust its cold muzzle gently into Dick's near e r hand. "He takes the job!" laughed Hal. "He wants it badly, too, does-Say, what are we going to ca ll our mascot?" my remembrance of him as he bolted down the street with me," smiled Dick, "I'm inclin e d to think we'd better caJl him Trot. How a.bout that, doggy? Does 'Trot' suit you for a name?" Wagging his tail fast, the tramp dog whined coaxingly. "Motion put, seconded and carried," laughed Hal. "He's our mascot and his name is Trot." They were whizzing now, the cars swaying and bumping as the light train raced over the tracks, for when a city is threatened by the fire demon relief trains must travel fast. Over the great steel drawbridge they flew, and then past the neighboring town of Norwich, on the opposite side of the Fraser River from Belmont. Lincoln, a busy; thriving y<111Ilg city of some thirty-three thousand souls, was Rome twenty miles from Belmont. Lincoln's must be a one, since that city had two steam fire engines, a chemical engine, and hose wagons, hobk and ladder trucks and other apparatus in keeping "The city is in danger of burning CT.own, was what Chief Pelton said," Dick muttered to hi s chum. "It'll be great drill work for us, Hal, old fellow-a great chance, too, t.o show whether we've really any of the .fireman's stuff in us." "I'm glad we're going under the captain who commands us," thought Lieutenant Hal Norton to himself. "That's what gives us our biggest chance of winning out as .fire fighters." The caboose ahead shut off a good deal of their view. Yet, when they had covered a few miles more, Dick leaned out as far as he deemed safe over the side of the train. "There's the smoke, Hal !" shouted Captain Halstead, above the roar and rattle of the flying train "Whew J. but it looks like a big one, and no mistake." Hal, too, was leaning out, taking in the clouds of den.; e smoke that rose to the sky ahead. Work cut out for us to-day," breathed Dick. "Oh, gra cious!" This last exclamation was called forth by the sudden danger of Trot. For that dog, having followed his new master too close to the edge of the flat car, was suddenly all but pitched overboard by a sharp swaying of the train. Just in time Dick bent down, gathered the dog in his arms, and fell back, sitting down. As if realizing that this act had saved his life, Trot looked lovingly up into Young Wide Awake's face, then whined and tried to lick that face. "If our mascot-our' luck-is worth having, h e's worth taking care of," utterrd Dick, fishing in a pocket ior a bit of cord. He found it, fastened it to Trot's collar, und made the other end fast to a wheel of the hand engine. As they raced onward the clouds of smoke look e d vastly larger Then, noonday though it was, as the train nearetl Lin coln, great blotches of red flame could be seen ris ing above the threatened city. "Whole blocks must be on fire already," quivered Young Wide Awake, pityingly. "Oh, the loss both of property and life-perhaps!" In the caboose the fire boys of Belmont were staring from the windows. Every heart thrilled with the thought of the deeds that must lie ahead. Then they ran past the suburbs of Lincoln, as yet un touched by the raging flames. Next, the train began to slow up as it came close to the business heart of the endangered little city. Then with a sudden jolt the train stopped altogether. Belmont's fire boys were on the spot where the bravest of fire-fighters were sadly needed. A clay of duty and disaster! CHAPTER IV. IN THE THICK OF IT Nor had the train stopped more th8.ll five seconds ere Dick and Hal began to shove down the planks that were t.o make the engine's runway. On the other car Terry and Ted were equally busy. "Get out of this caboose on the jump, every snoozer of you!" roared Joe. "Fall in by your crews-engine men to the front car, hose men to the last car!" Under Young Wide Awake's directions, the runways from both cars speedily in order. "Lively, now! Don't make any flukes, either!" shouted Young Wide Awake. "A blazing city's homes are at stake!"


10 YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. Right gallantly the Belmont boys rolled down good old Was hington N o. 1. Fr6m the rear car the hose wagon was lowered in the same tim e "It's a s cramble for a fir e man's r e cord!" cheered Young Wide Awake. "Come on!" They had landed their machines at the lower end of a freight yarJ, not many hundreds of yards from the e dg e of tl;te g reat blaze that see n;ed des tined to destroy the city of Lin c oln. Placing himself at the head of the company, Young Wide Awake fairly s printed. Th ere having b een no one to mee t the Belmont boys and giv e th e m their order s our h ero had decid e d that the easiest way would b e t o h e ad strai ght for th e blaze He felt certain that ther e they wonld find officials com pet ent to give orde r s But, though th e y had not been piet th e y had at all events been s een from afar Th e y had not covered more than a third of the short di. t ance to the fir e b elt when a buggy was seen rapidly approaching. C lang! clang came the not e s from the gong in front of the buggy s das her. In the buggy sat a man in the full uniform of a fire de partment official. "Stop!" s hout e d thi s offic ial, raising his hand, then rein ing in his own horse. Then came the first question : "Who ar e y ou ? Where from?" "Washington No. 1. Belmont," Young Wide Awake answered, leaping forward and saluting. "Are you Chief Bascomb?" "No; Lane, deputy chief. Who commands you, boy?" "I am Captain Halstead, comm!l.Dding this company." "You!" Deputy Chief Lane's cry was one of undisguised aston-fahment. "Yes, sir," Dick replied, with another salute. "A boy for a c::iptain ?" "Yes, sir." "And all your company mere boys?" "We re boys," Young Wide Awake admitted quietly. "About the 'mere part of it it wouldn't become me to say." "Why didn't B e lmont send a real fire company?" demanded Deputy Chief Lane. Th e n, realizing that he had put the question in an of fensi v e way, Deputy Chief Lane went on: "I beg your pardon, capta1n. I--" "No need to apologize, sir," replied Young Wide Awa:ke, again saluting. "We know that we're boys, and that we look it." "But your folks at home couldn't understood. This is a fearful day's work to be done." "We ll do all the work that our endurance will stand for," promised Young Wide Awake, quietly. "But the danger ---" "Danger is the fire man s lot, s ir." "But your folks at home couldn't hav e complained Deputy Chi e f Lane, anxiou s ly, "or the y wouldn't have let you come. This i s deadly work to-day. Alreauy w e 've had thre e firemen killed and more than a dozen sent to th e hos pital." Not a few hearts in the young Belmont company throbbed a t that n ews. It is never plea sant to hear that d e ath is at hand, not waiting to be" s ought. But Young Wide Awake replied, as calmly as before: "All we ask, chief, is to be ass igned to our post. Where do you want us?" "Vfhlit can you do, captain?" "Any thing that any other firemen can-or we'll go down in the try ing." "Are you at home on ladders ? "Yes; w e 've got good climbers anc1 s calers." "How far can you throw a stream?" "We've made a hundred and twelve feet with our en g ine." Deputy Chief Lane opened hi s eyes in surprise. "And can your boys, captain, s tand the strain of long pumping?" "They alway s have, sir." "Our nee d is great, captain. I shall have to try your company somewhere at some point in the fire "Show 1lS where, sir begged Young Wid e Awake. "You'll know in the fir s t five minutes that we don't ask any consideration on account of being what you called 'mere boys.' "Follow me, then, Captain Halstead. I'll drive slowly." "Take your own spee d chief, and w e 'll pile after you." "No, no. I don't want to take you to your work all winded and played out." "He must think we're a pet football team from a primary scl10ol," grunted Hal, as Lane turned and drove away at a very slow trot, and Belmont's boys followed at their easiest jog. "He's afraid of wearing us out,'' s miled Dick. "Then before the day is over he may know us better." Skirting the nearest burning block, Deputy Chief Lane drove down a side street hl).lting at the corner Here a crowd of citizens had formed a bucket brigade, trying, in the absence of an engine, to pour water in through the windows of a house that had begun to blaze in s ide. "Here you are, Captain Hal s tead," cried Lane, reining up. "If you can stop the blaze in this house you may be able to stop the spread of the flames through the block." "All right, sir," Dick answered, through his trumpet, now, for he itched to get into action. "Where are you, Washington One? Hustle the hos e off and couple it! Live ly, now!" Ordinary carpenter's ladders were already up 8-gainst the side of the first house in this block to get afire. As Deputy Chief Lane watched the Belmont boys swing


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 11 their engine into place by the hydrant, and watched the swift, nimble, accurate work of these "mere boys" he opened his eyes in a good deal of astonishment. "By George, they work like veterans!" he gasped. Young Wide Awake turned his trumpet on the men of the city who had been serving as a bucket brigade. "If you citizens want to stay inside the lines now, get together and bring furniture a.nd other stuff out from the ground floor while it's safe. Foreman Rourke, go with them and see that everything is done right. Lester!" Ted darted forward at his captain's side at the summons. "Stick close by me," ordered Dick. "Understand?" "I don't want to be anywhere else," Ted muttered, for he felt that keeping close to his captain would mean get ting into the tightest places in the day's work. "Grip this nozzle! Now up the ladder with it behind me!" Young Wide Awake was already making a swift ascent of the ladder. Ted, though much smaller and lighter, made manful work of getting up after his captain and of helping to drag the hose. "Look at even that little monkey get up the ladder with the hose!" gasped Deputy Lane. Dick was over the sill, Ted after him. Then young Lester leaned out again, to bawl: "Play away, Washington One!" The stream filled and b'Ulged the hose. Deputy Chief Lane leaped from his buggy, intent on scaling that ladder to see how well the water was being served. But again he saw Ted's head at the window. "Cap'n says send up four axemen, two pikemen!" bawled down Ted. ' Lieutenant Hal Norton heard and oheye

12 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. "The fire can be checked here," declared Young Wide while the police had driven the throng of citizens down Awake. almost to the next hlock. "My idea," explained Lane, "is to blow up the house nex t to that blazing one." "Blow up a house that isn't on fire yet?" demanded Halstead. "Deputy, that seems a waste of property." "But what else can we do?" "Blow up the house that's on fire." "And spread blazing timbers all over th e adjoining houses?" "It won't spread"'the fire; it will check it," argued Young Wide Awake. "Touch off the dynamite on the parlor floor, and the house would simply cave in. So much of it is burn ing now that it wouldn't take much to bring the blazing structure down." "The argument sounds goo

YOUNG WIDE AW AK.E'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 13 /"Here's the dynamite, Ted. Take it and rush with it away from the flames," ordered Captain Halstead. Ted obeyed like a flash. Dick, who had hardly paused, now turned and made his way up the stairs. The first flight was not so difficult, but on the second flight of stairs the smoke was so fotense and the heat so high that Young Wide Awake barely got through that zone of suffocation alone. On the third :flight it was a little easier, though the as cending hot air all but strangled him. "No woman could live through that," quivered the boy, as he reached the top of the third flight. "We'll have to get down some other way." In a front room he found the woman crouching by the sill, leaning her head far out for air as she shrieked "I'm here, madam," said Young Wide Awake, quietly, as he touched her on the shoulder. "Now we've_ got to find a way out." The woman turned, sprang up and uttered a cry of joy. "You can save me?" she cried breathlessly. "Can you carry me down the stairs? I'm too weak to walk." "Madam, the stairs are impassable now. It would be death for you to try to take you down that way." "Oh, then, what--" "Wait. I must see what I can do." Leaning out at the window, Young Wide Awake brought his trumpet to his mouth as he roared down: "Have you got any ladders near?" Lane was there, and so were the Belmont boys, who had come closer, dragging their apparatus with them. "No ladder near," bellowed up Lane. The woman heard. She had been standing at our hero's side, looking rather hopeful. Now, as she heard the deputy chief's answer, she sud denly reeled, then plunged and fainted on the floor. Dick heard her fall, but paid no heed at the moment. "You'll have to bring the life net, Hal," he shouted. "And hurry up! It's stifling up here!" With a whoop the Belmont boys sprang for the net, which was fastened to the rear of the hose-cart. Every one of them ran to place as 'it was spread. Then Young Wide Awake turned to flash a swift look at the woman. "Can't bring her to here, and without water, either," he grumbled. There was but one thing that was possible. He could not hurl her frO'Ill the window alone. "I'll have to jump with her in my arms," muttered the young fireman. He picked her up. rejoicing to find how light she was. The woman, who must have been near forty, did not weigh more than a hundred pounds. But suddenly Dick Halstead put her clown again. "It would be a shame to forget the thing that she risked her life to get," he muttered. Picking up the steel -bound box, he yelled down: "Let this drop in the net. Then get it." He s:>.w Terry's hands close upon the box and bear it away. Once again our hero picked up the little woman. Then he appeared in the window-way, stepping out on a coping below. For only an instant did he stand there, but Hal saw and guessed that their captain meant to make the jump double. "Hold on for all you're worth!" bawled Young Wide Awake. "We're coming-now!" He made the leap, after carefully judging the distan.:!e. Down they shot, and as they fell Dick turned over so that he landed in the net upon his back. He held the woman away from him. She did not get the jar that came to this splendid young fireman. Then tender hands reached her out of the net, bearing her hastily down the street to some place where s he coull be attended to. To one of the woman's friends Terry handed the box. Then from the crowd, kept back by the police, came the wildest cheering. It was for Dick Halstead, though he hardly heard the racket. "Now, sir," he said to Deputy Chief Lane, "I'll go back and place another charge of dynamite. . "I reckon I can go with you, if you've got the nerve left for that," retorted the Lincoln fire official. Together they made the journey into the house, groping through the smoke. The charge laid, they retreated in hot haste. Nor had they gone two hundred feet from the house when a dull boom sounded. The blazing house swayed, tottered, then caved in, coming down in an almost formless mass of ruins. "Forward with Washington One!" roared Young Wide Awake. "Hustle it forward and get the stream turned on the ruins. Pump like mad, you fellows on the bars!" "You see, sir," Dick was able to say to Deputy Chief Lane, five minutes later, "\1-e 'rnre able to saYe a good house and the spread of fire is checked in this direction." ' "You've sure got a genius for fighting fire at railroad speed/' admitted Lane, with honest adn1iration. The clanging of a gong drew their attention to an on coming buggy. "Here's Chief Bascom coming himself to eee what we're doing," announced Deputy Lane. Bascomb, a portly, keen-eyed man of nearly sixty, lis tened and looked attentively while Lane and our hero ex the spread of the fire had been checked at thi s point. "You've done well, Lane," commented the chief, briefly. "Chief, JOU can safely give most of the credit to young Halstead. He is so boyish-looking that I was afraid of his help, but he has proven himself ahead of most older fire men."


14 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE' S BIGGEST BLAZE. "We're going to save the re s t of the resid ence section Rourke had a dministered a good thrashing to the p air for now," went on Chief Ba scomb, hurri e dl y "I am groupin g annoy in g Kitty Lest e r and Miss Faith .Vane most of the fire compani e s in the bus iness section two blocks At oth e r fires Dick had had thi s pair thrown outside the east. We've got a tough, hard fight on our hand s h e re. fire iine as su s picious chara c ters who might be look e d upon Captain Halstead, are you and your young s ters fagg e d to rob burnin g houses. out?" For more r easo ns that one Slin e y Gamp and Rack Evans "We don't know what the word means," laughed Dick. w ante d to even up things with Captain Dick Hals tead. "Bring them over, then, Lane," ordered the chief, and The slim youth who had jus t s poken to Evans was none gave a brisk direction. other than Clare nce Putney who had r e turned to his home Seating himself once more in his buggy, Deputy Lane in Lincoln. led the way, Belmont's boys dragging their machines at a "You hate that fellow, Halstead?" whispered Putne y, trot. eagerly. Now they found thems e lves halted on one of the p r incipal What's that to you?" demand e d Evan s looking over the business streets of Lincoln. w e ll-dr e s sed on e s u s pi c iou s l y Three store buildings had caught fire from the rear. "It m a y be some thing to y ou," returned Clarence, coax-As all of the stores contained valuable property, it was ingl y "I, too, have a grudge against that fellow, Hal highly important to save them ; if this were not possible, stead." then the goods must be got out. From that moment Rack and the dude got on well to"Pardon me," muttered Lane in our hero's ear, "but you g ether. 1 trust to the honesty of all your fellows don't you?" "Sure I c an do i t-trus t m e," whispered Rack, after a "Of course," repli e d Dick, flushing. moment more of conver s ation. "But I need a fireman' s "I want to send you into that jewe lry store. It wouldn't helmet, or s omething lik e that, to g et through the lines." be the place to trust fellows who ar e not hon e st." "There' s y our c hance whi s per e d Putney, pointing to a ''I'd almost stake my1soul on every one of our fellow s," fireman o f one of the local companies, who was being carrejoined Young Wide Awake. ri e d thro u g h t h e fir e line s uncon s cious. "Sail in, then. That's the propri e tor, Sawburn, s tandRac k n o dded a nd j umped. Jus t as the uncon s cious fir e ing in th e middle of the s tr e et in fron t of hi s s tor e H e' ll m a n 's h e lm e t dr o pped from hi s h e ad Ra c k s nat c hed it up. go in with you. There ll b e another company here in a For a few ste p s h e follow e d those who w e r e c arrying the jiffy to help out." injur e d fir e m a n. The hose being coupled, and axemen and pikemen pro Then s udd e nly seein g that no one was watching him, vided with their tools, Di c k g ave the word to get into t h e Hac k s tuffed hi s cap into o ne of his pockets, qui c kly placing store. th e h e lm e t on hi s head. Sawburn, who had been waiting, unlocked the front door, Wit h a s mirk on his e vil face, Ra c k Evans strolled back and Belmont's fire boys went in with a rush. to where Putney stood. The police, few in numb e r, were keeping straggling fire "Take thi s," whisper e d Putney tuckin g some money lines. qui etly into Rack' s hand. "There' ll be a lot more if you At one side stood a s hort tough, evil-e y ed young fellow d o a good job who watched the Belmont boys enter with an u g l y s neer "Trus t me," w hi s p e red Rack, and made for the fire-lin es. on his face. He pas s e d throu g h a nd made hi s way into the jewelry "Confound that young Halstead! he grunted. "I hope s t ore. something falls him big enough to pin him down for good!" He had spoken more loudly than he realized, for a well dressed, slim young man right behind him heard and looked sharply at him. "Pardon me," s aid the slim young man ; touching the tough young man on the shoulder. "But hav e you any objection to coming back a little way? I'd like a word with you." "Cert," grunted the tough. He was Rack Evans, side partner of Sliney Gamp. These two were a pair of toughs who made their head quarters in Norwich, the little town across the river from Belmont. Both Gamp a nd Evans had bad trouble with our hero before. For one thing, Y6ung Wide Awake, aided by Terry CHAPTER VI. WASHIN GTON ONE'S DISGRACE. Youn g W i d e Awake and hi s :fire-fighte r s had struck an oth e r hard tas k In these three s tores the blaz e had alr e ady gained con siderable headw a y a t the rear. Another hande n gin e had come to th e r e li e f of the young W a s hin g ton s whil e on e of Lin c oln 's s team fire engines had been sent for. One of Lincoln's prot e ctive c ompanies had been in the s tore ahead of the B e lmont boy s and had covered the show-cases. Protectiv e c ompani e s are found in nearly ever y city.


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 15 These protective compani e s are hireu haven't some better man to take the command." "From what Lane tells me, and from what I see myself, I'd rather have you in command lwre, Captain Halstead." Dick turned to IIal. "Take command here, old fellow. I've go,t to go :mtside with the chief." With that, Young Wide Awake followed Mr. Bascomb. But some one else followed our hero : Ted Lester caught at his arm, whispering hoarsely: "Take me along as yonr a icle, will you?" I "Captain Green," called Ba s comb loudly, and the cap-tain of the other hand-engine company came up at a run. "Captain Green, I am leaving Captain Halstead here in charge. He's a boy, but I :find that he's the one to be in command here. Kindly take your orders from him." Captain Green, a lanky man of forty, looked astonished, but nodcled. And now the steam fire engine company came up .at a gal!op As the men piled out of the patrol following, Bascomb passed the word for Captain Sommers. "Sommers, this is Captain Halstead. I'm leaving him here in command. Report to Captafo Halstead until re lieved from this spot." Another surprised fire captain there was, but Sommers nodded stiffly, then turned to our hero. "Captain Halstead, I have two lines of hose. Where do you want them?" "One through on the ground floor of that clothing store," Young Wide Awake answered pro mptly. "Send men wjth the other line of hose up through the second floor and back. I'll go with them to show them what ought to be done." Bascomb nodded approvingly, for this was just the dis position he would have made of the services of the steam fire engine. By the time the chief was driving away, Dick was lead ing the men with that second line of hose up to the second story. He was just in time here, for the fire was breaking through the floor. For half an hour Young Wide Awake flew from one part of his command to m10ther. Wherever he appeared the battle against the flames went on harder. Then at last he had the satisfaction of finding that the spread of the fire at this paint had be.en checked. He went back into the street, followed by Ted, who in that short time had discovered three different points at which the walls were hot, an

j 16 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. course, I left the rounding up of suspicious characters to the police." "None but :firemen got into that jewelry store. I know that," broke in the policeman with Sawburn. "I'll turn out my company and have 'em searched," ut tered Dick, gravely. "And I'll stand the first search my self." "That's right!" screeched a voice from the crowd beyond. "Search Halstead first!" Then the owner of that voice kept quiet to escape detec tion. "Searc me now," begged Dick, turning to the police man, who stepped forward. "Ted, get half of the fellows out now. When they've been searched we'll send 'em back to relieve the other half." "Thunder! But if any of our fellows have touched any of the jewelry I hope they'll be discovered," blazed Hal, seriously The policeman was going carefully through Dick's cloth ing. "This anything of yours, Mr. Sawburn ?" asked the officer. He< held out two cards, to which were fastened diamond pins. Dick Halstead gasped in the sheerest amazement. Then his brain whirled as the office r produced three rings handsomely set with jewels. J "Halstead! You! Good heavens!" gasped Deputy Chief Lane. "This is some infernal put-up job," shuddered Dick, his face first blazing, then ghastly white. ''I never placed those things in my pockets. I didn't steal that jewelry. Why, almost any one in Belmont would swear to my honesty I -I can't understand it." His brain swam so that he reeled. Hal caught him, supporting him. Ted came back, supported by several of the fellows. "You identify those jewels ns your property, Mr. Sawburn ?" demanded the policeman. "I certainly do," quivered the jeweler, blazing angrily with his eyes at Young Wide Awake. "So this splendid Young :fireman is at heart a thief, eh? He wears the fire man's uniform only that he may steal?" "That's a lie confound you !" roared Dick, steadying himself and striding forward, his fists clenched and raised. "Take that back, you hound, or I'll make you swallow your words whole. I'm no thief!" "You bet yure loife he ain't !') snarled Teddy Rourke, bounding in at our hero's side. Angry protests came from other Belmont boys, as they crowded around. Had not tp.e policeman acted quickly, the jeweler might have been harmed, for the Belmont boys were now mad all the way through. Deputy Chief Lane pulled Terry back, while the police man, stepping between our hero and the jeweler, pushed Dick roughly back. "See if he has my ruby necklace," appealed Sawburn. "That's the most valuable piece of all-worth five thou sand dollars." "Stand still while I go through the rest of your pockets," ordered the policeman, grufily. For an instant Dick had a wild notion of pitching into the policeman and knocking him down. Then, realizing the absurdity of such a row, he stiffened, drew himself np erect, and .,replied: "Go on with your search, officer, and have done with it. I don't care what you find now, for it's all a put-up job, anyway." Dick's other pockets were quickly turned inside out, but no other jewelry was found. "What's the value of these articles, Mr. Sawburn ?" de manded the officer, drawing out note-book and pencil. "About three hundred and fifty dollars." "I'll have to take the property to court, Mr. Sawbmn," went on the officer. "Come along, Halstead." "Where?" quivered Dick. "To the lock-up, of course," retorted the policeman, grimly. "You didn't think I was going to take you to the theater, did you?" Dick stood still, trembling. "To the lock-up?" he quavered. "But I never took those things." "You can tell that to the court. Come along!" "You'll stop here just a bit, officer, I guess," interrupted Deputy Ohief Lane. "I don't believe you quite dare to arrest a commanding officer of the fire department-at a fire like to-day's." "This young fellow don't belong to the Lincoln Fire De partment," protested the policeman. "Not regularly, no," replied Lane. "But he came on a call to-day, and he's serving under Bascomb's orders and mine. Until he's here he actually is a commanding officer of the fire department. Take him away from here, officer, at your own risk." "Oh, if that's the way you look at it!" grumbled the policeman. "You haven't searched the others," nudged the jeweler. Two other policemen up to help. Deputy Chief Lane, too, was impressed into the work. Every fireman on duty at this spot was searched, but no more of the jewelry was found. "There's some big mystery here," groaned the jeweler. "I've recovered only a trifle of the stolen stuff. There's the ruby necklace, the diamond cross, the pearl and emer ald--" "And I'm cocksure that somebody has put up a job on the young :fireman who has done moTe than any one else to save the city of Lincoln to-day," broke in Deputy Chief Lane, indignantly. "Why, see here, Halstead has had plenty of chance to hide those little trinkets if he had known they were in his pockets. I believe, with him, that it was a put-up job."


YOUNG WIDE .A\YAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 17 "That'll be a good story to tell the court," muttered the pQ).iceman who had found the jewelry. "Of course, Dick, old fellow," spoke up Hal, loudly and clearly, as he held out his right hand, "you don't imagine for an instant that any of your own crowd could believe you guilty for a second I" "Those who think Dick guilty won't cheer-the rest will cheer like blazes I" shouted Joe Darrell. Every Belmont boy on the spot at the moment joined lustily in the volleys 0 cheers that followed. Captain Green and his men joined in the cheering, or they had been won to our hero in that stubborn fight against the flames. Captain Sommers and his men came in a little late, but they got in the noise the instant that they understood what it was about. Hal an hour later Chief Bascomb arrived on the scene. The fire was now s ubdued. Here and there were piles 0 blazing embers, but to these the Lincoln firemen COlllld at tend. "The visiting fire companies are now dismissed, with all the heartiest thanks 0 Lincoln's citizens," announced Chief Bascomb. The officer who had searched Dick now came again to our hero's side. r "You hear that?" demanded the bluecoat. "Yes," Dick acknowledged. "You're in my hands now. Come along!" CHAPTER VII. CAUGHT WITH THE GOODS. It was a mournful procession that left the scene of the fire. head was up, and there was a look of defiance in his eyes. Yet that did not prevent him from being, inwardly down cast. Hal and Ted, Joe and Terry, walking by pairs, kept just behind our hero, who walked between the policeman and Deputy Chief Lane. Sawburn, the jeweler, preferred to go on by himself. Dick was taken to the nearest police station. Here, amid silence from his friends, he was formally booked. By the time this was done a justice for whom Bascomb, at Lane's request, had telephoned, arrived at the station house. "I wish to go on the bail-bond," remarked Lane to the justice. "I own a couple of houses that I'll give as security." "You?" echoed Young Wide .Awake, drawing back. "Why not?" challenged Lane, smilingly. "I've been watching you at your duty for hours. I know that you're no coward, sneak, thief or shirk." "But I didn't expect you to do this, Mr. Lane," the boy objected, "Why not? Did you think the city of Lincoln would owe you such a debt as it does to-day, and no one in Lin coln step forward to prove the city's gratitude?" Sawburn arrived at this moment. He was just in time to see our hero being admitted to bail. "And I want to say right here and now/' remarked Dep uty Chief Lane, "that I know this to be an absurd charge. \Ve never had a more splendid lot of young fellows within our borders than this same fire crew from Belmont, and Halstead is the best of 'em all. It's impossible for him to be a thief It was dark as they came out of the station-house. There on the sidewalk all of the young men shook hands warmly with Mr. Lane, then turned their faces toward the railroad tracks. The other fellows of Washington No. 1 had hauled their machines down to the tracks. There they sat or stood around, the most dejected-looking lot of young fellows imaginable. But what a whoop they sent up when they saw Young Wide Awake walking briskly toward them. In their first burst of joy they believed that be bad been set free. But even his being out on bail was something for which to be mighty thankful. Yet after the first outburst of pleasure the old dejection settled down on them once more. Their train was s oon ready. The hand engine and the hose-cart were speedily loaded on and made fast. And now, stretching, Trot, their mascot, appeared at one of the doors of the caboose. Plainly the dog had imagin e d that when they left the train behind it was his bounden duty to guard it. Now, however, without a word of command being spoken, Trot sprang nimbly down to the g round, next raced up the runway and took his post between our hero and the hand engine. It was a cold, chilling, gloomy ride back to Belmont. They had done their duty nobly, and would have gone home in all happiness had it not been for this outrageous mishap to their captain. But now they could not help feeling that Dick Halstead's humiliation meant the disgrace of the whole fire company. Nor had they been in the fr e ight yards at Belm001t two minutes ere the boys discovered that some one had tak e n the trouble to telegraph or telephone the whole story to Belmont. .As the dejected young firemen hauled their machines through the streets at a walk the people stared at them curiously, rather than with enthusiasm. As the machines were housed Joe Darrell stepped for ward. "Dick," he said huskily, "you know that we aU stand with you to find out who put up that dirty job on you, and why?"


18 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. Young Wide Awake thanked th e m with resolute, smiling eyes but his heart ach e d undern e ath. At home he found a not e from hi s mother stating that she would be busy at the office until lat e in the evening: She told him where to find his supper. Supper I Dick had not felt as if he could eat anything until now. But now he sat down and fell to with a splendid appetite, for he was fagged out in body and needed "ne w strength." By the time that the meal was over, Hal Norton ta pp e d at the door. "You going up on the street to-night?" queried Hal. "Going? Of course I am. I don't want p e ople to think I am afraid to show myself.'' They were soon joined on the street by other members of the company. And now, very qui c kly Di c k discovered how many friends he had in Belmont-more, by f a r, than he had ever supposed. Men and women came forward to him, some of them shyly, to express th eir sympathy and their positive convic tion that he had not don e any wrong. "I wis h some of thes e people were going to hear my case over at Lincoln," he smiled wistfully to Hal. "You've got friend s i.he r e too, and you'll have more the next time you go back there Hal repli ed. Joe and Terry lurked ne a rby. Other s of the company were above and below on Main Street, and some on the opposite side. "It seems as if all our fellows were around to-night," observed Young Wide Awake to his chum. "I guess they are," nodd e d Hal. "The y r e out waiting to hear some one say a word against you. Then there'll be a riot!" "Why, there he is now, papa!" called a s weet voice in a low tone, yet loud enough to r e ach Di c k Halstead's ears. He started and tingled with plea s ure as he saw the well b.own Lester carriage turn and come in toward the curb. Kitty Lester sat there, with her father and mother, and at Kitty's side on the front seat was Faith Vane. A good many people in the neighborhood stared curi ously as the carriage drew up and Mr. Lester leaned for ward, thrusting out his hand. "Halstead, my boy, we all want to s hake hands with you! We have just heard from T e d of that non sense over at Lincoln. Of course you know that we don t believe a word of it." "I thank you for that, sir," replied Dic k gratefully, as he took the proffered hand. Then he shook hands with Mrs. Lester, with Kitty and with Faith. "Don't let it worry you 11. bit," urged Mr. Lester, cheer ily. "We are under a great debt to you, Halstead, and now we shall have a chance to pay off a small part of the debt. Counsel of the best, and detectives if you need 'em, will be at your service. We' ll knock that Lincoln matter higher than dynamite could." Young Wide Awake tri e d to s tammer out his thanks, and an a s surance that he didn t want any help. But Mr. Lester cut him short. TI\en Faith inquired : "It seems to me, Captain Halstead, that I see a lot of your men out to-night. Is it only young Mr. Rourke who s tays indoors to-night?" "Is it me ye're askin' about?" demanded Terry, softly, s tepping out of the shadow of a doorway and lifting his hat. "Sure, Oi'm out I" "How much?" ask e d Faith, blandly. But Terry was not to be caught napping. "How much am Oi out, is it?" he d e manded, with a gal lant look at Faith. "Sure, it's out most av me sleep Oi a m for thinkin' av the pretty eyes Oi've seen lately!" "At Lincob ?" demanded Miss Faith. "At Lincoln," said Terry, solemnly "Oi had no toime to look at as much a s an e yelas h on annything but a foir e man." Faith leaned back, as if not deeming it wise to carry the questioning any further. But Terry, who had h a d hi s invitation, st e pped to the s ide of th e c arriage s haking hands with all, his go.Hant Irish heart showing in his b e aming eyes. Dick chatting with Kitty [\nd her moth e r, became con s cious of another pair of eyes. He half turned, to find Rack Evans stealthily regarding him. Something jumped through Dic k's brain at that in s tant. "Why, c onfound it, I saw that fellow a t Lincoln to-dayunder a fir e man's hat I I know I did! I'd have th01Ught of it at the time if I hadn't bee n so infernally busy That fellow's looks were a good bit changed by having his face under a helmet, but now I'm ready to s wear that Rack Evans was \n that j e welry s tore, playing fireman." "Your thoughts seem far away," remarked Kitty. Dick sa' v Chief of Police Jason Sharp approaching. "Pardon me just one moment," begged our hero, and turned to meet Chief Sharp. In a quick, flashing whisper Dick said enough to Mr: Sharp to make that active little man cast a swift look to ward Rack. That worthy, seeing the look, and beholding the chief coming toward him, turned and maqe a frantic bolt. "After that fellow and catch him," roared Dick. With tlie boys of Washington One on all sides, Rack had, indeed, a poor show to get away. Yet before any human being could reach him, Trot, the mascot coach dog, darted out of the darkness somewhere il). full, growling pursuit. Trot made a spring, a nip, and caught firmly at the trous ers by one of Rack's heels. The catch threw Rack. Before he could get :up, Chief Sharp was standing over him. "Rack," spoke the chief, quietly, "we don't care about seeing you here in Belmont."


' YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 19 "I'll go home to Norwich, then," whifued Rack. "Just before you go," mocked Sharp, "would you mind stepping into one of these stores and letting me look you over?" "What for?" demanded the tough, uneasily. "Just for my own satisfacti on," replied Sharp, coolly. Had there been any show at all for him, Rack would have bolted, or fought. But this little chief of police was not a man to be fooled with, besides which about a score of Belmont's fire boys were grouped around him, while Trot kept growlingly alert just behind the tough. "I suppose you've got me," uttered Rack, a ghastly pallor overspreading his face. "Come," said Sharp, shortly. He led Evans into the nearest store, Dick, Hal and J o.e following. "Don't let any more folks in," whispered Dick, and Joe stood on guard at the door, politely pushing back the eager throng that wanted to crowd into the store. Sharp's movements were few, brisk and to the point. He laid out on the counter a ruby necklace, a diamond cross and many other costly articles of jewelry. "So you're the real thief?" demanded Dick. hotly. "You sneaked into that jewelry store, under a fireman's helmet, and made a haul?" "It wouldn't do me much good to deny it, with the stuff found on me, would it?" demanded Rack, trying to grin cheerfully. "And you st\]ck some of the "jewelry in my pockets?" in sisted Dick, his face hot with wrath. "I s'pose I may as well acknowledge all that's coming," agreed Rack "Do you admit that you put those things in my pocket?" insisted ou hero. "Well, yeE:." "Hurrah!" quivered Hal. "Why did you do it?" Dick belched forth. "Why, er----r--" Rack stammered. "Who put you up to it?" Dick fairly thundered that question. Rack looked as if about to make a deniAl. But, his courage oozing, the detected tough faltered: "I don't know hi s name." "Describe the party-and do it right!" Rack stammered out a description. "N O\I', fellows," demanded Dick, turning to his friends, "both together. Whom does that description fit?" "Clarence Putney!" answered Hal and Joe in one breath. Dick, glancing swiftly out of the door, saw a cab that had been standing across the street starting to move away. "Washington On e !" bellowed Young Wide Awake, "don't let that cab get away until the fellow inside has shown himself!" With a whoop .the boys darted off, surrounding the cab, while the driver reached for his whip to bring it clown over the horses. "Driver, don't you try to get away until we've seen \Yho is inside that cab!" roared Dick Halstead. "If you don't stop, we'll call the chief of police to look into this matter for you." The driver hesitating, Terry and Slam Bang seize 1 th e bridles of the horses. Then with a rush and a roar the youngsters pullc ( l l:::th cab doors open. A tall, slim figure recoiled backward on the rear seat, a!) if trying to blot himself out of sight. "Who is it?" called Dick, sharply. "That dude, Putney!" came the chorused answer, in deep disgust. Then, without waiting, the boys piled upon Pntncy, dragging him, shrieking with fear, out into the stre e t. "This fellow and Rack Evans put up the Lincoln jo!J on me," shouted Dick, indignantly. "Evans has just bccn caught with a jewelry store about him, and has confesseLl that this fellow, Putney, put.him up to the whole thing." "Shall we march the elude to the lock-up?" deman

20 YOUNG WIDE A WAK.l!?:::l BIGGEST .BLAZK He bad sense enough left for but one thing-running. How he did run! He had never made his long legs fly so before. Once he was through the gauntlet, from which he re ceived a fearful number of kicks and blows, Putney was by no means out of trouble. Most of the fellows followed him, throwing any missile th a t came to their hands. But at last they gave llp the exciting chase in order to come back to the scene of the main excitement "Seither Evans nor Putney could keep away," Dick was explaining eagerly to the occupants of the Lester caniage. "Both had to come here to see how I stood my shame. F'.rst the sight of Rack Evans's face set my remembrance at Work. Then, when he confessed, I guessed who must be in t!1e cab across the street." "The main point is," glowed old John Lester, with honest enthusiasm, "you're cleared of that miserable charge the same day it was made against yo11. No court could hold you now." "X o court will want to, in view of what I can testify to," put in Chief Jason Sharp, quietly. 'l'here was no happier boy in America that night than Young Wide Awake was. Beyond a question, there was no sorer dude in the coun try than was Clarence Putney by thetime he reached home that night. CHAPTER VIII. A COW ARD AND THE OTHER KIND. The next day-Sunday-such machinery was put in motion that the ca8e against Young Wide Awake was promptly at Lincoln. Jeweler Saw burn came over and identified his property. He had now recovered all his missing jewels, and was happy. Later in the yesterday. ReallY, Linco ln people giYe him the credit of saving the city from a fire that came near wiping us out." "Heard anything about that fellow Putney to-day?" asked Dick. "Yes," retorted Lane, with a snap of his jaws. "Hal stead, it may surprise you to know it, but Putney's folks are really decent peqple. Putney's father heard of the affair-perhaps I may have dropped a hint to the old man about it. At all events, Putney's father, who owns a couple of mines out West, ships his son West to-monow to work as a laborer in one of those mines. The old gentleman says he's going to see whether it's too late to make some thing like a man out of that boy. And I believe the old gentleman intends to make something like a cash payment to you for the harm his son tried to do you." "Oh, I don't want Mr. Putney to do that," protested Dick, coloring. "Now you let old Mr. Putney have his own way," urged Lane. "He's a mighty decent old man, and he won't try to do anything that isn't dead right." Dick was at school bright and early Monday morning. It was a clear, cold winter day, and every boy in town knew that skating was at its best on the Fraser River. Early as the t ime was, while Dick stood at the gate of the High School yard, T ed T_.1ester, who was in his year at the grammar sch'.ool, came by. "Here's a note Kit asked me to give you," announced Ted. "From your cousin?" asked Dick, his face tingling red with pleasure and surprise. "Yep. Don't believe there's any answer to it," replied -Ted; "leastways, not for me to take." Dick hastily broke the se&l on the envelope. It was the first time he had ever seen Kitty Lester's fine, pretty handwriting. But it was not the handwriting but the words that set Dick Halstead 's blood to tingling. For the brief note read : Dear l\Ir. Halstead : "Faith and I have received permission to go out on the river skating this afternoon, provided we can obtain the escort of young men who are reliable skaters and good com pany. "Should you hear of two young men who answer to that description, would you mind telling them of the opportunity that is open for them to have their afternoon's sport spoi led by having two young ladies on their hands? "l' ou might telephone me if you shou ld find two young men who are gallant enough to allow themselves to be im posed upon in this fashion. In any event I shall t,rust to hear from you. Very sincerely, "CATHERINE LESTER." remarked Ted, who couldn't help noting the delighted flush on our hero's face. "Eh?" asked Dick, looking at the boy. "Huh! You seem tickled about something." "I am, Ted."


YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 21 "Huh! That' s a ll I'm got to say aibout getting letters no fire alarm would come in to spoil th e afternoon's happifrom girl s." "You don t get a ny, eh, T e d ? "Huh! I'd lik e to see an y girl who'd dare send me a note." "Perhaps you will som e day, Ted." "Huh l Hope not. I hain t got much u s e for girls," admitted Ted. "That's a queer remark from a fellow who has such a pretty and delightful cous in as y ou have," r e buked Young Wide Awake. "Huh! If you eve r see K i t g e t m ad--" "Stop that!" warn e d Di ck. "If you don t, I may tell her what yt>u say?" "Who cares?" muttered th e young reprobat e e dging off a little. "If you do, I ma y b e abl e to think up something to tell her about you! This was getting to be a bit too muc h. Dick made a bolt afte r the li t tl e scapegrace, but Ted kept his distance well. "Say, Dick," his la s t s hot came, don t g o g ettin g mixed up with girls. K eep away from 'e m and you' ll find you're a. heap smarter." Then Ted broke and ran in e arn est But Dick, lookin g up at th e cloc k on th e school, found that he had just about e nou g h time to t e l e ph one This he did, reaching hi s desk j ust a t the st r o k e of the bell. It was not until re cess th a t h e found c h a n c e to s a y to young Rourke : "Terry, I've bee n c heeky e n o u gh to inv i te l\Iiss Lest er and Miss Vane to g o skat in g wit h us o n the river thi s aft e r noon." nes s Both ate in a hurry, then s pent much car e in attiring themselves in their Sunday best. Long before two o'clock the two young firemen met at a corner on Main Street. From there they hurried down to the appointed place, near the great steel drawbridge "They're comin'-the darlin's !" exploded Terry, as, up the street, he c aught sight of the Lester carriage. Kitty and Faith were soon b e ing h e lped to the ground, their skate bags b e ing promptly taken c hiuge of by their r e spective e s cort s "It was so good of y.pu to ask us," murmured Kitty, as she r e st e d a hand on Dick's arm and started toward the ice. "So good of-us!" g asped Dick. "Now, ple ase, Mr. Halstead, don't remind me that the first hint had to come from u s." "But we wouldn t have dared--" suggested Dick, can didly. "Do you think you'll grow in courage some day ?" asked Miss Kitty. Her tone, as well a s the question s e t Young Wide Awake's blood to dancing through bis vein s The y found a s eat outside a boathouse just at the edge o f the i c e Dick Hal s tead' s heart was beating s trangely as he went down on his kn ees and Kitty thrust out one perfectly boote d littl e foot. Terr y too, was having hi s own troubles with his pulse, as one of Faith Vane's tiny boot s rested across his own devotPd knee. At last they were s teels hod and ready. Terry's face went a lmo s t white Pardon u s jus t one moment, will you, young ladies? "Come, come, now, y e s palpeen h e q uiv e r ed.. "'Ti s begged Dick, as h e ro s e "Terry and I want to try the ice, g o o d-n a thured Oi am, but Oi w o n't sta n d too m u c h aven a nd als o to m a ke sure of ourselves on our own skates. It's from a frind." for your own F:afet y and c omforl, you know." Then you' re g oing to bac k out, Terry?" He arts boundin g, the two youn g gallants sl{immed away How c an Oi back out av what Oi' m n o t in ?" d e m a nd e d over th e ice. Rourke. They wer e out o f s ight a round the corner of the boat"But s urel y y ou're in this unless you s kulk a nd d isgrace house whe n Fre d Parsons cam e scr a mbling down to the ice, me.'! a skate -bag s win gin g from o n e h a nd. Thereupon Di c k pulled out the note, whi c h h e p assed to the a s tounded Iris h boy. "Pinc h me, said Terry. Shure, Oi' m dramin g "It's a very r e al dream the n, T erry." But shure, thim foine girls mu s t be pokin fun a t u s," remarked T erry, lookin g almo s t despondent. "They c an t mane to g ? thra v e lin' aro1md wid u s We haven't g ot th e shto y le "But y ou r e go in g, T e r ry? ask e d Dick. Going i s it?" r epeate d Rourk e Wud Oi g o into Heaven av S t Pete r h e ld the doo r ope n for m e ?" Perhap s neither fare d quite a s we. at his re c itation s that morning Certain it is that both fairly raced home praying th a t Really, I am lu c ky girls," Fred his face glow in g with ple as ur e "I s a w y our carriage going down th e street and--" W e s h a ll se. e you on the ice this afternoon, then, shall we(" a sked Miss Kitty See me o n th e i c e? Why--" Fre d c ame to an amazed puzzled stop. Faith got up and s kimmed a s hort distance over the ic e What do you m e an Kit?" br e ath e d Parsons You look as if y ou wer e g oing s kating Fred." Why, of course I am, Kit, whe n you a r e "We hav e escorts thi s afte rnoon said Kitty v e ry quietly. "Escorts--" Fred looked at her s harply, turning a little pal e


22 YOUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. "Yes. Mr. Halstead and Mr. Rourke have been kind enough to invite us out on the ice this afternoon." Dick Halstead and that-that-Irish boy?" "Yes; they have gone off to try their skates. I think I hear them coming now." "Kit," said Parsons, desperately, as he clutched at her coat sleeve, "is Halstead going to supplant me?" "Supplant you?" cried Miss Kitty, tossing her head, a.s she rose. 'i'You are speaking strangely. I have a right to accept any escort that I please." "But is he going to be your escort after this, Kit?" "That's rather more, I think, than l\fr. Halstead himself would dare to ask me," retorted }\[iss, Kitty, gliding away. "Kitty," cried the disappointed young fellow, gliding after her, "are you cutting me out after this?" "W-hat nonsense!" uttered Miss Kitty, taJ

YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. CHAPTER IX. PLANNED BY A FIEND. "I'm going in," Dick replied swi:ftly. "Terry, stick a stick, a pole, or something down throngh tlic air-hole, so that when I find Miss Kitty I'll know in which direction to bring her." "A pole, is it?" uttered Terry, glancing swiftly around. "Nothing doing! There's around. I'll keep me legs through the ice. Look for 'cm when ye're comin' back." Splash! Dick was through the air-hole, under the water, and looking frantically around. Terry calmly went through the air-hole, clutching at the edge of the ice, while he let both his legs hang down. Faith, skating faster than she.had ever done before, came flying to the spot. She came too close, in fact, to please her young admirer. "Faith, darlin'," beggJd Terry Rourke, "keep back! We don't want more folks under the ice." It was darker down there unJer the ice than Dick Hal stead could have believed. He saw something dark and shadowy and pulled for it with strong strokes. As he moved. it vanished. Only a shadow! Groaning, Dick halted and looked around. Next he perceived Terry's legs sticking down through the water and swam toward them. From there he took a fresh start in another direction. A rlozen strong strokes, and he found something floating. He went closer. It was Kitty, quite unconscious, and floating with her face upward, touching the ice. With an inward groan, Dick gripped one hand tightly in her ulster. Again he sighted Terry's hanging legs, and started to ward them. As he reached, he gave one of Terry's legs a shove, then bobbed up with the senseless girl on his left arm. "Hurroo !" yelled Terry. "No; keep back, Faith, darlin'." "Get out cautiously, so as not to breakmore ice," di rected Dick, gaspingly, while he trod water to keep the double burden out. Terry was soon out on the ice, lying on his stomach and reaching forward He seized Kitty by the collar, supporting her with her face above the water. "Keep her so," directed Dick, briefly. Then, at the opposite side of the air-hole, he worked him self carefully out. Now, throwing himself on his stomach, he worked his way to Terry's side and took another grip in the _girl's ulster collar Thus they got her out and on to sounder ice. "Oh, that was splendid!" glowed Faith. Terry, without looking, called back: "Faith, r1arlin', do us th' gr-reatest favor. Pick up our skates fo:r us, will ye?" Vane obeJ.ed whhout question, while Dick and Terry got on to their feet, supporting Miss Lester between them. "To the factory-that's the best place to get help!" di rected Dick. Ile and Terry bore the girl at a trot across the ice, Faith skating close to them. Fifteen or twenty men, Parsons with them, now leaped from the factory yard to the ice. They brought with them ladders, boards and ropes. But they halted when they saw that other party coming toward them. "Oh, Halstead l Of course he hacl to get in this and play the star part again-with my girl!" groaned Parsons, feeling sick inside. "Some of yon folks run back and telephone for a coupl of doctors. And fincl Leslcr carriage and sencl the Llri ver for clry clothing," called. Dick. He and Terry carried the still unconscious girl into the engine-room. Some of the men brought a long box and coats and made up a couch swiftly, on which Kitty was laid. Faith had already taken off Miss Lester's ulster. Dick went promptly a.t work on such tricks of restoring the drowned as he had heard of, Terry helping. "Here's a doctor!" shouted some one, and at that mo ment Kitty Lester opened her eyes, smiling at Young Wicle. Awake. "Good work, lad," said the doctor, approvingly. "You've brought her out. There isn't much to do, except to get her into dry clothing and home." Blankets being brought, the men and boys present stepped from the room, leaving Faith to her friend and roll her in the blankets. Thus Kitty Lester was resting comfortably and feeling bright by the time that her father and mother arrived with dry clothing. In the meantime one of the boys employed at the factory had been dispatched after dry clothing for Terry and Dick. So our young friends were reclothed and comfortable again by the time that John Lester approached them. "Boys," he cried huskily, "I don't know what to say, so I'm not going to say much now. I'll wait until later. But I shall never feel uneasy about my daughter's safety, Halstead, when vou are with her." Parsons the words going through him like a knife jab. He hurried from the factory, which was as well for him, for when Miss Kitty sent for the boys she took Dick's hand and remarked: "There wa3 a coward and one of the other kind on hand, Captain Halstead." 'rerry in the meantime was doing a lot of quiet talking to Miss Faith in one corner of the engine-room. ""'ell, the carriage is on hand to take you home, child," said Kitty's father.


4: 1 i .. r 'f YOUNG WIDE A WAKE S BIGGEST BLAZE Clang l clang! The fire alarm was reeling off its call. "Duty!" cried Dick, and no other word, as he sprang through the doorway. Terry at his heels. As the two boys raced up Main Street they saw good old Washington No. 1 turn the corner two blocks ahead of them and head up Main Street. Hal Norton, who was in command, was not sparing the young firemen. Dick and Terry were not able to reach the machines until they had been halted just around a corner. The blaze was alre a dy a furious one. It was on the ground floor of a doctor's home. The doctor, with a bottle of ether in his hand, had gone too close to a flame. There had been a fla sh, a quick explosion, and burning ether was s cattered all over the place. At first unconsciou s the doctor, by the time that his sen ses came back to him, was jus t barely able to drag him self out of the blazing room. A gallon bottle of alcohol, cracked by the had taken fire, too, and here was a first-clas s blaze, fed by the hotte s t :fuel. The house was an old wooden s tructure. "If the fire once get s much gast the back room utte r e d Dick, as he thrust open the street door and look e d in "th e re won't be anything left of thi s place." "Shall I turn in another alarm and bring Torr e n t One here ?" asked Hal. "No; there's the hose coupled. Rush it in h e re, boys! Axemen and pikemen, follow! We've got to fight fir e hand to hand, and mind burn s !" Young Wide Awake him s elf darted out to get an axe. While there he halted to urge tho s e at the e n g in e b a r s to pump h a rder. The c rowd sur ged all about the young firemen for there were yet no police on hand to e s tablish fire lines One young fellow, with r a ven-black h air and a s mall black mustache, brushed close to our hero. As he did so, this unknown made a s wift move of h a nd and arm that i s well-known among pickpockets. But this stranger took noth i ng from Halstead's p o cket. Inste ad, he dropped something in, the n backed away. "Come on, and get busy there, you iixemen !" s h o uted Dick. "I'll he a d you into it. N e ver mind a few burn s !" Our hero had sprung at the head of hi s little squad First the hosemen played a. drenching stream into th e see thing room. "Now, axemen and pikemen, come in with m e and scatt e r some of this blazing wood!" called Dick. Into their work they sailed. Crash; smash l rip l Panels and blazing walls yielded quickly und e r those hard blows and shoves. Blazing embers litter e d the floor and were played upon. Then those in the crowd outside heard a deafening ex plosion from the house 1 CHAPTER X. MASCOT TROT MAKES A FIN D. Ted, with a wrench on t h e h y drant, regulating th e wat e r pressure und e r Hal' s ord e r s saw that Llack-haire d s tranger brush clos e to our hero. For an in stant Ted looked and was thoughtful. The n came a sharp ord e r from Li eute n ant Norton, and Ted s mind was carried back wholly to hi s duties. Trot, the mascot, which h a d slept lat e ly at the :fire house a nd had been fed by variou s membe rs of the company, had kept in the background. Y e t that knowing dog was at the fire, a s if he f elt it his duty to be. Mov ing in and out of t he cro w d, s niffing at people r s legs in an inquiring way, Trot s uddenly stopp e d short. His spotted hair bri s tl e d and a g rowl c ame from b etween bi s t e eth as hi s nose d e t e c te d the pre s ence o f cliSguised R ac k Evans. "Gr-r-r-r-r !" h e u t t e r e d s o savagely that Rac k jumped back several feet a nd b ump e d into some bod y e lse. In a jiffy Ted aba nd o n e d w r e n c h and h y drant. "Se nd somebody e lse to t h e hydrant he demand e d of Hal, a nd das hed up th e s tep s into the hciuse. "Where's the capt a jn ?"he demanded, up at the d o or of the blazing back room. "Here!" an s wered Young Wide Awake, from near on e of the windows "Oh, Dick, I saw a fell o w in the crowd thrust something i nto y our po c k et-I'm s ure I did! And Trot's growling s omething awful at t he fellow now." "Which pocket ? d e manded our h ero, s t e pping back with a li v el y recolleotion o f the Lin c oln a ffair in hi s mind. "Tha t o ne nodd e d Ted, layin g a hand o n the pocket. Young Wide Awak e thru st hi s hand ins ide. Then both he and Te d Le s t e r chan ged color in a twink ling. F o r o ne brief in st ant both y oun g fir.emen glared at a s tick of e x plo s ive in Captain Di c k H a l s t e ad's hand "Dynamite I" gas ped Young Wide Awake, in a voice that could barely be heard. Then he toss e d it out into < the yaxd through an ope n window. At the oth e r window of the room Terry and three oth e rs h a d h o isted a burning lounge. "Out wid it! ordered Terry, and the loun g e w ent he aving through the window. Loung e and dynamite s truck some feet ap art, but from the burning article of furniture a s hower of sparks went up and settled. Some of them touched the d y namite. Boom! That was the ex,plosion that t h e folk s outside of the house heard. "For hiven's sake!" gasped Terry falling b a ck "what was it?"


IHD E AWAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE. 25 ===================-================================= "Dynamite," said Young Wide, quietly, going through his other pockets, while Ted Lester quivered speechlessly. "In thot lounge?" demanded Terry, while ireveral of the fello\TS ma L le a break to get out. "Come back, you f e llows, and get to. work," rang the young captai11'.s voice, sharply. "No, Terry, I threw that stick out. There isn't any more in my pockets. The danger's over, fellows!" The explosion even of that unconfin e d stick had worked havoc to the ground in the yard. It had scattered ihe lounge in many fragments and had shattered window glass. Had it exploded in Halstead's pocket, the dynamite would either have killed him outright or wrecked his fine young body for life. "Sail into your work lively now," he ordered. "I'll tell you about the thing later. Ted," he whispered, "dash out side and show that fellow to Hal. If the police are here yet, have the fellow nabbed." By the time that T e d reached the street there was new excitement on out there. Disguised Rack Evans, hearing the explosion, had started to walk briskly away. Trot objected, with a growl. That made Rack break into a run. As one of his feet flew back, Trot buried his teeth in the trousers leg by the heel and held on. That threw Evans. He landed on his face, but rolled over in his effort to get up. As he did so, Trot, qui c k ns a flash, sprang at the fellow's throat. Gr-r-:r-r-r Trot held on firmly nor did Ev a n s dare stir. This lively scene drew most of the crowd away from the fire on the run. "Somebody get this dog off l" yell r d Rack Evans. Chief Jason Sharp steppeJ o v e r th er e nimbly. As he reached the sp o t, Rac k's little black mustache became loosened and lay cro ss11 i s e over his mouth. friend," observ e d Chie f Sharp, grimly, "your mus tache doesn't seem to be a good fit." "Get that dog off of me!" squirmed Rack. "I guess I can get the dog off, chief," broke in Ted, ex citedly "But I re c kon you want nippers to put on this fellow. He put dynamite in Captain Halstead's pocket. That:s what the dog is mad about." "Dynamite!" gasped the chief of police. "That's what caused the explosion you heard," an nounced Ted. "It didn't hurt anybody, though." "The kid lies! I didn't do nothing of the soJ.-t !" yelled Rack. "Take this clog off!" "Why, my friend it s eems to me that I know your v,,ice," s aid Jas on Sharp, ''You 01'e been paintin g your hair, but I re c kon you're the s ame old R :1ck Evans. Rack, my boy I'm mighty glad to see you a g ain !" "Take the dog off; he's eating a hole through me," ap pea,led Rack. "I guess I can get the dog off," uttered Ted Lester. "But I hadn't orter." "With a little patting and coaxing, Ted managed to draw the growling, bristling Trot away. The marks of Trot's teeth were visible on Rack's neck ; that was all. "Let me see your wrists," requested Chief Sharp, and click! snap the handcuffs were on, and Rack was yA.nked' to his feet, a very crestfallen prisoner. Sharp turned the fellow over to one of his policemen io hold. In the meantime, Young Wide Awake, by bringing hie crew back to their work after the instant's very natural panic, had succeeded, between the use of axes, pikes and the stream in the house, in getting the blaze in the doctor's office under control. But the crowd, which had found far more excitement than it had looked for, was at fever heat outside. For Ted had told the whole of the story of the stick of dynamite, and now, with a crowd of several hundred indig nant people, and only three policemen on hand, it looked very dangerous for the prisoner. "Hustle him away to the lock-up," ordered Chief Sharp to his two policemen. "Friends, let the law take its course. You 11 l l know me, and I tell you that I am determined that, no mattPr what happens, you shall not take the prisoner away from my officers!" That speech, which carried with it an understood threat of trouble, quieted the crowd until Rack's two conductors had disappeared with him. But Di ck, as he came out, had to make a little speech, in which he assured the crowd that, thanks to Ted's and prompt action, no harm had been done by the dyna mite. "And our thanks are also due to this four-footed friend of Washington One," added Young Wide Awake, with a s mile as Trot forward and thrust his cold nose into Halstead's hand. CHAPTER XI. AT BAY! Supper over, left by himself for a moment, while his mother went upstairs, pulled out a note and looked it over happiness shining in his eyes. This note, which had come an hour ago, was the second received that clay from Miss Kitty Lester. "I am now quite all right again-thanks wholly to you and your brave fri end," ran the note. " has asked me to beg you to come up thi s e v e ning. I would command, if I had that right. At all events, unle s s you do comeyou and l\Ir. Terry Rourke-the r e will be two very indig


YO-UNG WIDE A\YAKE'S BIGGEST BLAZE nant young ladies who will demand explanations later, and who will not be satisfied with easy ones, either In any case, our carriage w ill call for yoll. 11his note had been delivered by the Lester driver. Dick, after only a moment's thought, had sent back a 1 1 0 c accepting the invitation, but begging that no carriage be sent, as he and Terry felt much more at home on their feet. While Dick sat there, there came a knock at the door, and Terry bounded in. "Y c're going?" he asked. "'rhat reminds me," l aughed Young Wide Awake, "of yonr question as to whether a fellow would step into Heaven if he had the chance." "Oi'm exeiled--thot':; what got hak1 av m e," complained T e rry, dropping into a cha ir "Yon 've got brand-new clothes on, Terry!" accused Dick "Shure, Oi ha ye, an' th' hist Sllit Oi ive1 owned. Shure, Oi persuaded me mother that, av Oi was gain' oi1t into so ciety, I oughter be dressed in a manner becomin' to her son. So the mother shoved her hand clown in the crockery jar here she hoides her eavin's-ancl here Oi am." I "That makes me think of my best," smiled Dick. "They pretty wet this afternoon, and they've been drying since. I think I'll find them ready to press now." / He rose and passed into the kitchen, followed by his friend Fred Parsons, with his easy life, would have sent the suit to a tailor Dick had been brought up to do these things s turdily for himself. Dick was the one to go in under the ice ; Parsons was not A 11 in good time the pressing was finished, and Young \Vide Awake vanished up the stairs to dress in his room He came down, looking almost dudishly neat. He cer tainly was at his best. "Shure," uttered Terry, "Oi wish Oi had yme looks an' style along wid me likin' or talking to the gurrnls." "You'd better not repeat that speech to Miss Vane," laughed Dick. "Come on, old fellow." For a Terry was very si lent as they walked up Street. He greeted his friends and acquaintances as he met them, bnt beyond that the Irish lac1 had mighty little to say. It 1vns only when the two friends reached the lon e lier stretch of the road beyond Belmont that Rourke mnbur tlenecl himself. "Dick," he began, "Oi'm a wondhering." "iniat about, Terry?" '' \ Y ill it lasht ?" "vYill what lasht ?" "Our seein' the blessed gurruls ?" "Why, "e can't stay there forever,), laughed Dick. "We mnst t11ke our learn decently early .'' "Tain"t thot, an' ye know it,'' retorted Terry, impa tienj] "B11t thi:; is (h" sicornl toi1ne \ re' re goin' to the house, au to-day we had the youug ladies out on the ice. 'Tis moighty often we're seein' thim, an' the young ladies don't seem io m0i11d it, ayether. But whafs troublin' me, is this just a passin' notion, or will they always be g l ad to sec us? J s it politeness, or do ihey really enjoy seein' us?" "There':> only one way we could settle that," l aughed Dick. "How?" "By asking (he111." "Bedat1, Oi hclaYc Oi'll do it! "Terry, if you do, I'll lhump your head off when we get away from. there to-night!" They were passing a deep field now. Near the road this field was bor dere d by a row o f g r eat trees. Unobserved by either of the boys, they had been slyly trailed from Belmont As soon as the one doing the trailing wa.<; abl e to guess where the two were going, he bounded off down a Slde road and ran until he was able to get close to the road again, and ahead of them. Now this figure crouched behind one of the big trees "Did you ever look int9 Faith's eyes much?" T erry inquired "Meaning Miss Vane's?" asked Dick. "Av coarse!" "I've tried to two or three times," lau ghed Young Wide Awake, slyly, Hbut I've a lways found your eyes ther e ahead of me, Terry." 1 "Quit your foolin', now What Oi was gain' t' say is thot, ordinarily, Miss Faith's eyes aTe as quiet and gintle as a dove's But sometimes, wanst in a whoile, there's a flash--" Just at that instant there was a flash, to a certainty It came from the side of a tree just ahead of them It was accompanied, too, by a sharp crack and the sing of a bullet that flew between Dick's head an. d Terry's For just an instant Dick and Terry bot h halted, stag gered by surprise. Then Young Wide Awake bounded forward, straight for the tree, nor did Rourke wait to be called The fellow who had done the shooting, finding the young sters almost at arm's length, turned and bolted across the .field. "After him!" roared Dick. The two young fire)11en sprinted hard "You might a:; well stop!" s ang out Dick. "We're over taking you, and we mean to catch you if 1re have to chase you all the way to China!" The .fugitive kept on running, though the distance bet.ween pursuers and their game was lessening. "Blazes ejaculated Di ck. "What's wrong?" queried sprinting Terry "I know the fellow! I recognize him." "\Ybo is it, thin?" "Tt'K Sliney Gamp, Rack Evans's pal. "The murtherin' scoundre l !"


YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BLAZE. 27 "Sliney, you might as well stop and give up," roared Dick. "You can t hop e to get away." Looking over his shoulder, Gamp saw thiR st a tement to be true. Then, quick as a flash, the tough halted. He wheeled about, crouching low, holding his revolver straight out before him. "Think you've got me, do you?" he leered. "Come and get me I I've got five bullets left for you!" CHAPTE. R. XII. Dick halted swiftly. So did Rourke. CONCLUSION. "Spread out I Get away from me, Terry," ordered our hero. This injunction Terry obeyed to the extent of making a wide berth around Gamp, on the jump, and getting behind the fellow. Sliney snarled, wheeling so he could present a side to either one. "Don't try to get any closer,'.' he ordered in an ugly voice. "I've got a killing temper on to-night." ":Maybe we have, too," uttered Dick, very quietly. "Get out of here, both of you, or I'll shoot one and then the other." "If you try it, one of us will be jumping on you while you're blazing at the other," promised Dick. "Then you' d be captured, anyway, and your clock would be run down, Sliney." 1 Ere the words were out of our hero's mouth Terry leaped and bore Sliney down to the ground. Bang! The revolver was discharged, but its bullet went harm lessly into the frozen dirt. Terry was pummeling the fellow for all he 'i1'as worth. Yomig Wide Awake, too, leaped forward, striking re peatecU.v. Sliney, crying for mercy, let the revolver slip from his fingers. Dick leaped to his feet "breaking" the and drop ping the cartridges into his hand, thence to one of his pockets. "Now stop and let him up," directed our hero. "Gan;ip,' if you afo't as meek as a lamb and as obedient as a dog we'll hammer you quiet the next time we tackle you!" Sliney got on his feet, a limp, mis e rable, s piritless object. "Terry, walk beside him, holding on to his arm," directrd our hero. "I'll keep behind him. Gamp, don't try to make any breaks, unleRs you want to be hammered into a cripple! Our patience is out with your kind of folk s ." They marched Sliney back to the nearest house that ha a telephone. From there they telephoned for Chief Sharp, and waited until that official came out in a wagon. Sliney was thereupon promptly handcuffed and tied down to the seat. "You boys going to crowd in and go back with me?" in quired Jason Sharp. "Not unless me have to, chief," responded Young Wide Awake. "We-we've got an appointment for this evening." "A ver-ry impor-rtant wan," chimed in Terry Rourke. "Oh, you needn't come, then," laughed Jason Sharp, chuckling quietly, as if he guessed in what direction the appointment lay. As soon as Sharp had driven away, Rourke begged anx iously: "Look me over, Dick-look me well over. For the love av hiven, tell me, did Oi get a speck av dir-rt annywhere in that scrimmage ?" The two young firemen fell to brushing each other off and making their toilets in the street as well as they could. Then they turned their faces resolutely westward again. A servant admitted fhem at the Lester door, and was taking their hats and coats when Kitty and Faith came into the hallway, looking prettier than ever. "We feared you had forgotten," cried Kitty. "Or backed out," added Faith. "'Ve had a bit of business to attend to on the w_ay," re 1 plied Dick, with rather a grim smile. "Perhaps we'll tell you about it later. When we do, you may find it in your hearts to forgive us." The girls led theni into a drawing-room, where five older people were assembled. Four of them were the Lesters and the Vanes, but the fifth, a stoop-shouldered, elderly man, was presented as Mr. Putney. "Now, will you young ladies leave us for a moment?' asked John Lester, with a smile in his eyes. Quite obedietitly Kitty and Faith turned and filed out, closing the door after them "Now, then," began Mr. Lester, "I told you to-day, Hal stead, that I couldn't think, then, what to say by way of thanks." "I hope not going to try now, sir," interjected Young Wide Awake. "We'd much rather let such a simple thing be forgotten." "Thai we would," Terry agreed solemnly. "But I can t let it be forgotten," c ried Mr. Lester. "Now, hear me through. After to-day's exploit I recognize, more and more, the great debt I'm under to yon. "Mr. Putney here, who is the father of Clarence, feelsand I agree with him-that he owes you a great deal of r e payment on account of the injury that young man did io you. "So we've both determined, Halstead, to do our plain duiy. That duty lies to Rourke as well as to yourself. For tunately, we both havethe means to do what is right. Young Wide Awake glanced quickly at his friend's face. Then. our hero spoke. "Mr. Lester and l\1r. Putney, we both think we realize your kindness and generosity."


28 YOUNG WIDE A.W AK.E'S BIGGEST BLAZE. I "It's nothing of the sort," cried Mr. Lester, warmly "We thank you both," Young Wide Awake went on, "but we don't feel that you owe us any debt of any kind "You two have your way to make in the world. "We have, Mr. Lester, and I believe we'll both get a good deal further if we travel on our own efforts, with no one to boost us. You will never know how grateful we both are to you at this minute, Mr. Lester and Mr Putney, but we both decline, with our greatest thanks, your wonderfully kind offer." "We ll for independence, you boys get me," murmured John Lester, sinking into a chair "But can't we leave it this way, young gentlemen-that we'll drop the subject now and take it up at some other time?" "It'll hurt the feelings of two of your friends," retorted Halstead, smiling, "if you ever try to take the matter up again." "Give it up John. You can do nothing with them," broke in Mr. {r ane "On the whole, I think I'm pleased with the boys for the independent stand that they've taken." Shaking his head and sighing, John Lester rose and went to call the girls back. Then followed a general conversation, in the course of which Dick and 'rerry gave a brief account of their meeting with Sliney Gamp, and of the latter's efforts to avenge the taking of RackEvans. "I am afraid you young people are going to find it dull if we old folks keep you here much longer," smiled Mr. Lester, at last. "Kitty, suppose you ask your friepds if they would like to go into the music-room?" To that room the young folks promptly adjourned. Faith, after a few minutes, drifted to the piano to play, while Terry, who had a quick eye and ear for music, stoo d her to turn over the pages. Kitty sank back upon a divan, Dick sitting on a chair beside her. "Are you comfortable, Mr. Halstead?" asked Miss Les ter, looking up with a smile. "Comfortable?" echoed Dick, in a low voice. "I was just thinking that I am times more than that." "But you don't look comfortable on that straight, st iffbacked chair. There' s room h e re if you would prefer it." She move d over on the divan, tucking her skirts beside h er to make more room. What could Halstead do, then? Just what he did do "I have heard of your talk with my father," Kitty mur mured in a low voice. "Onr talk to-night, you mean?" Dick asked, flushing uncomfortably. "Yes." There was sil ence then until our hero murmured: "It was very kind and generous of him and Mr. Putney." "It wasn't intended to be,'' Kftty replied gently. "At least, not that alone. It was meant as an offer of simp l e justice." "You weren't displeased at our reply, were you?" he asked softly "Displeased?" replied the girl, looking down. "No. I \ras proud of you!" "Wlten you say that, Miss Kitty, I wouldn't swap places with any king or fina.Ilcier on earth!" "Don't laugh at me," she pleaded "I meant it." "I'm not laughing at you, and I meant it, too," Halstead assured her. He glanced over at Terry, whose head was very elose to Faith's as the lad bent forward to read the words of a new song. "It seems nice for us to be here," Kitty observed. "Nice?" echoed Dick, with a simplicity that was better than flattery. "It's heaven!" Miss Kitty flushed a little now, but she replied quickly: "I mean, when you're here, with the light and music and comfort, you're safe. You've been in so many awful dan gers that I shudder when I hear a fire alarm ring "Do you?" Then there was more silence. It came time to go at last, and the boys reluctantly real ized it. "After this," invited Miss Lester, frankly, "you two ) 1oung men won't make your calls mere, occasional duty calls, will you ?" "After this?" Those two words rang in both of the boys' minds as they made their way rather silently homeward. Sliney Gamp and Rack Evans both got their just deserts behind the bars. As Clarence Putney, who was out Wes t working as a day laborer in one of his father's mines, naturally did not claim the money that Dick held, Washington One had its new banner, while Mr. Bill Stikes had the time of his life. The Belmont fire boys, with their recent splendid ex ploits, were now on the high pinnacle of local fame. THE END. The next alarm called forth the Belmont boys to greater, braver, more thrilling fire deeds than ever l W ashingtOIIl No. l's crew proved, las"tingly, the fact that boys often make the best possible firemen. R ead all about their s tirring new deeds, and the humor, adventure, romance, and the laugh ter, sunshine and manliness that into their lives, in. Robert Lennox's magnificent new story, "YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S LIFE LINE; OR, THE NARROWEST ESCAPE ON RECORD," tvhich will be published complete in No. 43 of "The Wide Awake Weekly." Out next week! 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Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A compl ete treatise on the horse. [)escribing the most useful hors es for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l' O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy boo'k for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most po pula r manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containin g the great oracl e of human destiny ; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams together with charms, ceremonies, and curiou1t games of cards. A comp lete book. No. 23. HOW '1'0 EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the ag e d man and woman. 'l'his littl e book gives the explanation to all kinds of. dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Orac ulum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what bis future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or pov erty. You can t ell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '!'ELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rules for t elling fortunes by the aid of lines of the band, or the secret of palmistry. Also the sec r e t of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECO:iIE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the u se o( dumb bells, Indian c lubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various' other m'Hhods of developing a good, healthy musele; containing ov e r sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions containe d in this littl e book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the did' er ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these us efu l and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructo r. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Contain!ng full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athl etic exercises. l!Jml:imcing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdona ld. A handy arid n sPful book. No 31. TJOW 'l'O FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen cing nnd Ille use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Des c ri brd \r 1 h tw e nty-one practical illustrations, giving the best position s i:l A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanati ons of rbe general principles of sleig11t-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of mrd tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring 1leight-of-hand ; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of llPfJCially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. N?. 72. BOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card trickti, with nlllBtrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. decep t ive Oard Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, contai ,ning full instruction o all the leading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by oui: lea?mg magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruc t. No . 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed bJ'. bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues werf;! carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOl\lE A l\IAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magi ca l illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW '1'0 DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magi c ians. Also oontain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW '.1'0 l\IA;KE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for makmg l\lagic 'l'oys B,nd devices of many kinds. By A. And e rson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO 'l'IHCKS WITH NUMBERS.-Sbowing many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. H'Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tr1.c ks v:itl?-Domm?s, Dice, Cups an.:! Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illu strat10ns By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete de sc rip t ion of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiments. By A. .Anderson'. lllustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy )'now bow inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive published. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full d escriptio n of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW '1'0 MAKE MUSmAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions 'how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, A!lolian Harp, Xylo ph .. ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de of nearly evecy musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, togeother with its histocy and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John All e n. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty echanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOYE-LETTERS.-A moi1t com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to u s e them, spec imen l etters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introdu ct ion. notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRI'l'El LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving samp le letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW, TO WRITE LE'f'TERS.-A wonderful little 1'ook. telling you bow to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and anyhody you wish to write to Flvery young man and every young lady in the land should havP this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LE'I'TERS CORRECTLY.--Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and compositi6n, with specimen letters.


--===-======================;========================== THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS Oll' NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of t!i e latest jokes used by the m ost famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this \VOnderful little book, No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER Contai?ing a varied of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Insb. Also end m ens Jokes. Just the thing fo,: home amuse m ent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE Bllt simple and c onc1s 3 manner po s sible. No. 49 .. HOW TO D1'JBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting de bates, outline s for debate!!!, ques t ions fo1 di sc uss i on and the ben sources for procuring information on the questions g'iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation art fulJy by this little book. B e sides the various methods of ha.r::.dkerch1ef,_ fan, glove. parasol, window and bat flirtation, it con a full hst of the language and s entiment of flowers, which ia m.te r estmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without on e No. 4. H0W TO ,DANCE is the title of a new and ha11dsome little book jus t i ss u e d by l!'r ank 'l'ous e y. It c on tains full instruc ti o n s in the art of d a n c ing, etiquette in the b allro o m and at partie1 how to drrss, and full dire ctions for calling off in all popular square danc es. No. l? HOW TQ LOVE.-A C?mplcte guide to love, courlEh1p and marnage g1vmg s e n s i b l e adv i ce rules and etiquette t o b e ob s erv e d, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. f!:OW .ro DRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing w e ll at home and abroad, giving the sel e <'tions of colors, material. and how to have the m mode up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOl\IE BEAUTIFUL.-One of the b ,rightes t and. most valuable lit.ti e books ever given to the world. E v e r y body wish e s to know how to b e c ome b eautiful, both male and fem a l e The sec r e t is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convin c ed how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mo c kingbird, bobolink bla c kbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A u se ful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inclnding hints on how to cakh m o l es, wease ls, otte r, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANil\IALS.-A valuable book, gi v ing instru c ti o n s i i\ c oll ec ting, preparing, mountin& and preserving hirrl s, animal s and insects. No . 54. TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-;-:Giving com plete mformatio n a s to the man n e r and method of ra1s mg, k e eping taming, bre eding, and managing all kind s of p ets; also gi vfog fuli instructions for m aking cages, etc. Fully explaine d by twentv-eight illustra tions, making it the most complete book of the kin'd ever published. MISCELLANEOUS . together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 8. HOW TO BIWOi\IE A S CIENTIST.-A useful and in structive book, givi9g a compl e t e treatise on chemistry; also ex ENTERTAINMENT. periments in a c ou stics, me c h a n ics, mai h ematics, ch e mi s try, and di re ctions for making fireworks, color e d fires, and gas ball o ons. Thi1 No. 9. HOW TO BFJCOME A VEN'.rRILOQUIST.-By Harrv book cannot b e e qu a l e d. Kennedy. The secret itiven away. Every boy r eading No. 14. HOW '.rO l\IAKE CANDY.-A compl e te hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimaking all kinds of candl, i ce c r earr.!_,,_ s yrup?. es se n ces. etcu etc. tudes every night witq his wonqerful imitations), can master the No. 8 4. HOW .ro B.i!.iCOl\IE AN AU'l.'.qOR.-Uonlaining full art, and create any 111nount of fun for himse lf and friends. It is the information r egarding c hoi ce of s u b j ec t s the u se of w o rd s a n d the greatest book ner publi s hed. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manne r of pre p a r ing and s ubmi t ting m11nu sc ript. Al so containing No. 20. HO'Y TO AN EVENING PARTY.-:--A val1;1f\ble informat i o ? as t o l eg i b ili t y and g e n eral c;om very valuable httle book Ju s t publi s h e d. A complete compendmm po s iti o n of m anuscript, e ssential to a s uccessful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, c omic re citations, etc., suitable -.Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOl\lE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won m oney than any boo\;: puhlished. d erful b o ok containing u se ful and prac ti cal information in the No. 35. HO'V TO PLAY GAl\fES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary di se a ses and ailments comm o n to every book, the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in use ful and effective recipes for general com ba c kgammon, c roquet. dominoes, e t c pl aints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUl\IS.-Oontaining all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT $TAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valua ble information r ega r ding t}1e c oll ecting and arra nging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsome l y illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY (1.ARDS .-A co\Dplete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, \.book, giving the rule s and 'i_rections for play ing Euc hre, Crib the world-known d etective In which he lays d o wn so m e valuable bage. Casino, FortiFive, ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for b e ginners, and also relates some adventure .Auction Pitch, All J:1 ours, and mli.ny other popular games of cards. and exp e riences of w e ll-known d e t ec tiv es. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over thre e bun-No 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dred interesting puzzl e s and conundrums. with key to same. A ing use ful information r egarding th e Camera and h o w to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic l\Ja g i c Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsome ly illustrated. By Capt aiQ w De w. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT i\IILITARY ls a great life se c r e t and on e that ev e ry young man desires to know CADET.-Co n taining fulJ explanations how to g:i i n adm i t tance, all about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post No. 33. HOW TO BERA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette Guard, Poli c e R egnlations, Fire Department, and all a b o y should of good society and the easiest and mo s t approvE!d m e thods of apknow to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled and written by Lu S e n a r e n s author pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and of "How to B ec ome a Naval Cad e t in the drawing-room. . No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Comp l ete in structions of how to gain admission to the Annapo l i s N a val DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the cours e of instruction. d e s cription No. 27. HOW TO RFJOITE AND BOOK OF REOITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, sketch and everything a boy -Containing the most populan sele ctions in use, comprising Dutch should know to beC'ome an officer in the United States Navy. Co dialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and writtC'n by I,u SE>narens, author of "How to with many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY2 Publisher. 24 Union Square, New


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