Young Wide Awake's boy helpers, or, The young volunteers of Belmont


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Young Wide Awake's boy helpers, or, The young volunteers of Belmont

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' Brad. stood tied to. the door, paralyzed. with fright. "I'll give ye a taste of what ftre ; s like!" roar.;. ea tile maniac; thl'\18tin-g the blazing; torch close. "We've got the fire fiend at lasti" -roared Young Wide Awake, bursting in through the.window .

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) WIDE A WAKE WEEKLY' A COJ';l'PLETE ST01lY EVERY WEEK. ftltlfCI Wee1'1J(-By Subacrlption ,2.50 per year. J!Jntered according to Act of C ongre11, in fhe year 1907, 'n the office 01 fhe Librarian of O o ngre11, :Washington, D. O., by Frank Touaey, Publf1her, 24 Union Square, New Yorll. No.44. NEW YORK, FEBRUA]:tY 15, 1907. BRICE 5 CENTS. Young Wide Awake's Hook and Ladde r Work OR, The Maniac Fire Fiend of Belmont CHAPTER I. THE FIRE FIEND'S WORK. By ROBE T LENNOX boys between the ages of fifteen and eighteen, with th sin gle exception of Ted Lest e r, fourteen years old. Tli!d was the orphaned nephew of John Lester, the richest man in Belmont. Clang! Belmont had been all but startled when it had first been "There it goes again P' mutte red Young Wide Awa.ke, proposed to add a compan y of boy firemen to the local fire springing from his seat in the High School study room. department. Clang! But under such lead e r s hip as Young Wide Awake's the At the second note of the alarm Young Wide Awake and experiment had been a success from the start. several others of the fellows were in the coat-room, on their He was a manly, all-around good fellow, quick, generolls, way out. brave, and, above all, a born fire-fighter. At the third note the swiftly movin g bell of t he Belmont In fad, fire-fi g hting seemed to come natura l to all of fire-alarm service paused briefly. them. "Three?" wondered Young Wide Awake, as, olit on the Almost any boy of the twenty-eight belonging to Wash street, he l ed his little force on a fast run toward the engine ington One could have taken command of the company house of Washington One. fairly well at a fire. Clang! clang! Hal Norton was the lieu t enant, and well-nigh as capable "Thirty-two!" rang half a dozen voices at once. as Young Wide Awake himself. Further down the street a few other youngsters ha.d raced Joe Darrell was for e man of the Jng ine crew, and T e rry out of the yard of the grammar school. Rourke, the gallant young son of Erin, with the sun-kissed Turning into the main thoroughfare of the town, these hair that was not quite rep, was foreman o f the h0ose crew. two squads of runners saw a few other boys ahead of them. At all Terry and Ydung Wide Awake were These latter were young clerks in the Main Street stores. together more or less every day, and even devoted to two All these youn gsters together, with a few more' yet to young ladies who were themselves fast friends, Kilty Lester come from the factories, cumprised the fire company known and Faith Vane . as Washington One. Hardly thirty seconds afte r the members r e acheu This company ran with its own e ngine and hose wagon. the engine house the la st members to ar riv e were there. The members, h;eaded by y oung Captain Dick Halstead, The speed was almost dizzying with which these eager almost always spoke n of as Wide Awake, were all :fire-fighters got into h e lm ets, boots and coats. I

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WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. An instan t l a ter Young Wide Awake snatched up his ing eighteen were divided between the H igh and g rammar trumpet, shouting huskily: schools. "Roll her out!" One fact that added greatly to the bitterness that Fred Cheering, as they always did, the y oung fire-fighters of P a rson s felt towa.rd Young Wid e Awake was that our hero ]3elmont r a n their engine out of the fire house. had become Fred's successful rival for the favors of sweet Pcllme ll after o l d Washington came the fellows with the Kitty Le s t e r. hose wagon "Come along faster," ord e red Young Wide Awake, slow As they turned Main Street and he a ded for Box 32, ing in his run to l e t the engine crew come up with him. which was five blocks up t he street and around one corne r, "Protective is catching up with u s." they h eard the janglit1g bell of H ook and Ladder That was e nough to rou se Joe Darre ll and his engine This was a mep's crew, commanded by big and capabl e rrom Scott. On a first alarm, like thi.,;, to which only our h ero's com pany and the hook and h.tldcr r espo nded, Young Wi de Awake was acting chief until the arrival of big, black whiskered Chief Pelton. Clang came a noi s y note from a gon g behind. Young Wide Awake knew without turning to g l a n ce over his shou l der, that Protective One w as getting away in gootl time. Protective One was al s o a boy' s comp a n y com manded by Fred Pars ons, and organized in t he interests of the fire insurance companies Fred had b e lon ge d to Washin g ton One for just one day. As his father, Banke r Parnons, who also had a monopo l y of the Belmont fir e in surance .business, had help ed mor e or less in organizin g Wa s hin gto n O ne, Fred had p l anned to be elected captain of the company. The youngsters, however, hatl p referred Youn g Wide AwaJrn their lead e r. In electing their other officers to serve 1rnder our he r o they had a gain "forgotten" Fred, who, in a rage had r e signed on the night of the e l ectio n. Late r, when Ypung \Yi<1c Awake had won fame i n B e l m ont as a fire-fighter, Fre d bad put throug h tile sc h eme of organizing a protect ive company. Besides young Parsons there were eight other boys, all of horn belonged to the rathe r wcallhier families of Bel mont. 'rhe insurance people paid Fred Parsons a. salary of a hundre d dollars a year as captain of Protective One. The other eight memb e r s receiv e d eac h forty dollars a yea r. As all the members o f Belmont 's re g ular fire department w ere nnpaid volunteer s Yonng Wid e Awak c s compa n y re f erred to the Protective s as "The Grafters But the Protectives had started the ca llin g of names by of all dubbing the Washingtons r'Th e H oodlums." This latte r epithet was app li ed for no b .etter r eason than that all of Young Wide Awake's company, with tlic excep tion of Ted Le ster, came of poo r fam ilies. They were not hoodlums in any sense of the word, for a manlier, bri ghte r, cleverE!r crowd of youn g fellow s i t would be hard to find anywhere. Six of the young Washingtons were employed in B e l mont factories, four w e re clerks in stores, and the re ma in crew Our hero himself gave a hand on the hauling rope, see ing whi c h, Hal also dropped back. "It's easy for the Protective fellows to get along over the road," grumbled .Joe. "We've got this heavy old tub to haul, while Parso n s s fellows have nothing but that little, light truck, l oaded only with rubber blankets and a few such light things." Jus t barely in ihe lead Wa shingto n One drew up. sharply at the box corne r. Young \Viele Awake, who had already leaped ahead, quickly l ocated the fire. From an open bulkhead, l ead in g to the cell a r lmrler a store, oil-laden fumes and t:mall clouds of s mok e were issu rng. Just as our hero reached the spot the proprietor of the sfore and his clerk fame up the steps with empty buckets. "Tt won't take you f e llow s long to put the tro_p.ble out," cried the proprietor "Coupl e tl1e h ose, and run the nozzle clown here as soon as you're r eady, Hal!" shouted our hero through his trum pet. Teel Lester, who u s nall y ran with our hero as aide, was at Dick's heels as the young ca ptain descended the cellar s teps "Gasoline again!" grumbl e d Ted. "The fire fiend again!" mutterccl Young Wi de Awake, a n gri l y "This i s the third attempt h e has made t(}-day Gasol in e had been sprinkled on a pil e o f rubbish at the rear of the cellar Some of the oil, too h a d been thrown on the rafters and other wo'Odwork ovcrhracl. This had been "tonchecl off" by a cunning hand. Had the proprietor of the sto r e been ten minutes later in discoYcring the fire the building must have been doomed. Prompt first work by the proprieto r and his clerk, ba c ked now by the swift, intelligent moves of the young fir e -fight tcrs, prev ented a seriou s blaze "Here's the hose! ca lled Hal, as he and Terry came clashing down the strps. 'rllTce o r four m ore fel low s came b ehind them, support ing the rubber l engths With t h e m came axemen and polemen "Just the hose now directed Young Wide Awake, him self guid ing the stream t owar d the rafte rs overhead. These timbe r s dienchecl, h e turned the stream down on the pile of rubb is h.

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YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 3 There was a sputtering, hissing protest from the flame s but 1.hey were subdued "Now, you ax e me n get in a nd see if you can find anything that's smouldering under the surface," command e d Young Wide Awake. "Don' t chop down everything," begged the store's owne r. "Our fellows are here to save property, n ot to destroy it," replied the young fire captain, drily "Humph!" muttere d Fred Parsons. "Protective's young captain had followed the fire-fighters down into the cellar to see if there was any property of value to be saved. "Not much for you to do here, captain," observed Young Wide Awalce, briefly. "I prefer to judge for myself," sneered Parsons, flas hing a look of hatred at our hero. "Please yourself in your own way," returned Young Wide Awake, shrugging his shoulders. With another snort, Fred turned his back square ly on his rival. Our hero was not watching Parsons, however, but h ad begun to note everything in the cellar, in th e hope of gain ing some clue to the fire fiend. For the work of a fire bug thi s c clla.r blaze surely was. For the third time this morning the fire d e partment lrn,cl been called out to extinguish a s mall fir e In each case the fir e had b e en kindled with the aid of gasoline. On the day before there had b e en f o ur s uch fir e s, and gasoline u s ed in all of them. Fortunate ly all the fires had bee n put und e r control promptly. Yet Belmont was now in a fer m e n t o f excit ement and dread. Surely the person who was starting all th e fires mus t be a maniac. No man w i th a sound brain could find pleasure in Lle st roying buildings all over town. Maniacs are general l y cunn in g as well as dan g ero u s This maniac, thi s fire fiend, had been c u nning e nough, s o .far, to escape detection. "You can handl e it a ll now, can't you, Hal?" asked our hero. "Any baby could," grunte d I1ieut enant Norton. Young Wide Awake ran up i n to the street, whithe r the proprietor of the store had jus t gone "Mr. Hale," said our hero quietly, "of course this is the work of the fire fiend." "Of course, Young Wide Awake." "Did you get a g li mpse of any one loiterin g aroundrwh o might be fairly suspected of doing this j ob?" "If I had," muttered Hale, "I'd have h o ll ered before now." "Were there any stran g ers in your store?" "None that I can remember." "And you saw no strangers loitering in the neighbor hood?" "Don't remember any." "You?" asked our hero looking at the clerk. "I was too busy in the store to have time to notice any thing," replied the clerk. "Does any one in this crowd know anything or suspect in regard to the fire fiend?" demande o"ijr hero, looking around at his f e llow-townspeople. "If any of you have noticed anything that would give a clue, friends, then it's time to s p e ak now. If we don't catch this fire fiend soon a good portion of Belmont is likely to be reduced to ashes." People in the crowd nodded anxiously, then looked arounQ. at each other. "Huh!" uttered Fred Parson s to his chum, Larry Downe s "When this matter has been sifted down it will be found that Dick Halstead has started, the whole thing in order to give him self a chance to s pread. He is trying to show what a fireman he is. Catch the fire fiend and make him confess, and you'll find that Halstead put him up to setting these fires." Our hero could hear every word. Inde ed, Fred Parsons meant that he should hear a.iid feel the sting of suspicion. Young Wide A 1 wake, with his back turned, waited until Fre d had ceased speaking. Then, tho ugh he turne d s lowly our hero's eyes blazed into his enemy's "What's all that, Parson s? rasp e d the young fire cap tain. "You needn't take the trouble to address me," grow led Pars ons, su lkily. "But J will address you!" thundered Young Wide Awake, taking another step toward his enemy. "Parsons, the statement you just made i s a li e !" "Wha t 's that?" blazed Fred, colorfng and starting for ward. "It's a lie," Young Wide Awake rep e ated, coolly. "There fore, you 're a liar!" "Take that back!" hissed Fred. "I'll take nothin g back," smiled Yol\ng Wide Awake, contempt uously. "You're a liar. The remark that you made was worthy only of a coward. Therefore you're a coward as ;yell as a liar!" With a gas p of rage, Parsons clenched both of his fists, as he took another ste p forward. But Young Wide Awake, without putting up his hands or making any move on the defensive, s tood smiling into t h e face of the other boy. "You're enough of a liar Parsons, to want other people to think you're brave, which you're not. You'd jump on me an d try to knock me down-only you're too big a coward to dare. Some day, Fred Parsons, you may ge t to see yourself just as other people see you now-a big bag of wind wit h an unpleasant odor to it!" It was a merciless roa s t, such as Young Wide Awake could give when stung past endurance.

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4 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. Any fellow who really deserved to be considered cour"No; he had a scraggly Leard. Just the gli m pse that I ageous would have fought then and there. had of his face, I thought that his eyes looked rather ' But Parsons, though the angry light did not fade from haunted." his eyes, muttered huskily: "Well-dressed?" "I'll see you at another time for that, Dick Halstead!" "No; just the opposite." "I h a ppens to me until you do it, whd't a long "Brad," whispered our hero, "I wish you would get just and safe life I'll live!" chuckled Young Wide Awake, then as careful a description as you can of this man from Mrs. turned on his heel, leaving Parsons and the Protectives all Callender. Then get rid of your fir e togs and skirmish writhing under a sense of public defeat and shame. around town this afternoon. Look for that man. Look As Protective One w:as not needed here, anyway, Fred for him everywhere! I you find him, try to get M:rs. Calpromptly gave the order to return the truck t o its house. lender to look him over. If she says it's the man sh e saw As the nine young fellows slowly pulled their truck over there at the bulkhead, then cail on the first citizens or through the crowd they flushed before many a laugh}ng, policeman you meet to arrest the fellow I" guying look. "Is it the fire-bug?" whispered Brad, eagerly. But Dick, glancing around, saw a woman of the :neigh"Probabl y Brad, let us see if you can catch him. Mrs. borhood cautiously beckoning him with a glance. Callender, if Brad finds the man will you go with Brad to That She had something she wished to communicate make sure it's the same m an?" quietly was "I-I suppose I ought to," hes itated the woman. Young Wide Awake made his way to her side without "You certainly ought, Mrs. Callender If this fire fiend attracting anylllttention. isn't caught, it may be your house that he burns down "I don't want to get mixed up in this matter, but I saw next." something that you ought to know," munnured the woman "Shall I get any of the other fellows to help?" whispered in a low tone. Brad, eagerly "You saw the fire fiend?" whisp e red Young Wide Awake,. He was throbbing with the importance of his new miseag e rly. s ion to trail down the fire fiend. "I don't know." "You won't even talk about it to another living soul," "Saw some one you think may be he?" retorted Young Wide Awake, crisply. "When you go hunt-"That's what I'm wondering," replied the woman. ing for criminals or lun atics you don't do it with a brass "Tell me all a,bout it." band, Brad. Remember! Not a word even to your own "Well, perhaps ten minutes before the fire alarm was family." turned in I happened to look out through one of my front "Not a word, then, from me," uttered Brad, quietly. windows," went on the woman. "As I did so, I happened "Slip!" to see a man sta nding looking down the bulkhead." Brad slipped a.way. "That -ivas before the fire was discovered?" "You won't say anything, either, Mrs. Callender," urged "It was long before the a larm was turned in." our hero. This fire fiend would seem to be so clever tha.t "Did the man you saw, madam, seem t o .be doing anywe must use silence and all our cle verness to catch him." thing in particular?" "I won' t say a word," breathed the woman. "He took what seemed to be a box of_ matches from his Th e n, rai s ing his voice, as he lift e d his helmet, Young poc ket. I thought he was getting r e ady to smoke; then I Wide Awake went on: noticed that he didn't have any pipe o r cigar." "I thank you for the idea Mrs. Callender. I'll lay it ''How long-did he stan d there at the bulkhead, ma. dam?'" before our fellows soon. I think, with you, that it will be "That I don't know, for I didn't think it was anything an excellent way to raise funds for the company." out of the usual, so I didn't stay at the window to watch Mr s Callender smiled under8tanclingly at the h a nd some him." young fire captain a s our hero walked over to where Chief "Had you ever seen the man before?" Pelton and Chief of Police Jason Sharp s tood chatt in g in "Not that I remember." 1rnc1ertones. Young Wide Awake glanced s wiftly around him. "As before, this infernal rascal seems able to get slick l y The nearest .membex of his fire company 1rns Brad away from ns. Young \Viele A wake," was Pelton's greeti ng. Thompson, one of the grammar school boys./ "I w ant to talk with both of you gentlemen about the "Brad!" call e d Young Wide Awake, s oftly and Thompmatter," replied our hero, in an undertone. son quickly joined them. Th e n he repeated to both of them the information he "Brad, I want you to l isten hard. Now, ma.dam, will had receiv e d a nd the use he had made of it you please describe that man as fnlly as you can?" "I'll send one of my officers out on the trail too, whis"Why, he looked lik e a man of fifty with a sallow, rather pered Chief Sharp, eagerly. "And I'll ferret around mys unken face. He w!lS a. tall, stooping man, and looked far s e lf. We've got to catch thi s fire fiend before many hours from well replied the woman. go by, or he'll have the town in ashes!" "Smooth face?" queried our hero. As for the re st of the townspeople, who did not k:llow

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l YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. that the authorities had a slight clew to work on, they were on t4e anxious seat that day. In any .community the presence of a fire fiend who proves himself clever enough to escape capture and determined enough to keep on lighting incendiary fires-the presence of such a scoundrel strikes terror to the heart of any town CHAPTER II. "Why, the fellow must be under cove:P for the time "Planning new rascality ?" -"I'm afraid so. But yoii and I, Terry, may have the luck to run across him if he does venture out to-night." "Where'll we go first?" "Has it struck you, old fellow, that all seven of the blazes, far, have been found on little side streets near Main Street?" A MANIAC'S DESPERATE NERVE. "I'm remimbering that very thing," Terry replied sof-That afternoon was one of anxious, dread waiting. emnly. Those of the youngsters who were not otherwise employed "What does it seem to show you?" spent most of the afternoon at the engine house, that they "Thot the spalpeen must be livin' or hidin' on or near might all the mo;e promptly respond to any alarm. Main Street, an' thot, wh'in he gets ready for another footNone came in, however. wiirmer, fie simply gets out and back again as quickly as, he Young Wide Awake hastened to after dark, and can." he and his mother ate their supper together. "That's the look of it all," Young Wide Awake nodded. Going out again, Dick?" asked Mrs. Halst e ad, as she "But, shure, the police, with all tlwir inquirin', ought to saw her son, as so6 n as the meal was over, go to the nail on find some wan thot has a lodger who'll be lookin' like our which his hat and coat hung. man," urged Terry. "With a fire fiend loose in Belmont, mother, a fire.man "The fact is, though, that the police haven't got any such can't be too close to his machine." clue y et." "The dreadful fellow!" s huddered Mrs. Hal st ead. "Dick, "Thin what do ye make av that?" my boy, are you exp e cted to run your s elf into danger try ing "Terry, it looks to me a s if the :fire fiend ha s broken in to hunt that fellow down?" somewhere for his lodging, and the peopfe o f the house he's "There isn't mu c h danger, usually, mother, in hunting in don't know tha.t he's hidin g und e r their r o of." down fire-btigs," smiled Young Wid e Awake. "AIII1f s t T erry's eyes gleamed a s he saw the rea son. apleness of this without exception :fire.bugs are great cowards. They never supposition. fight in the open, but sneak in to do their wo,rk when they "Thin Oi think, Dick tis wr o ng to b e keepin g this all feel sure no one is looking." a secret. All the folks in town ought to have the description "I wonder if you realize, Diel," sighed his mother, as of the spalpeen; every man, woman and kid in Belmont he kissed her, "how often I worry over your fire departought to be keeping two e y e s _open to cat c h th e fellow wid ment duties?" the torch." "I know how disgusted you'd be if I re s ign e d," s miled "H. e d get the alarm with th e rest, and quit town, or the youth. hide low," argued Young Wide Awake. "Oh, of course, a man must be manly and perform all "Shure, nobody'd be sorry av the cunning lunatic left his proper duties." town/' "An d :fire-fighfing is my duty, mother." "But we. don't want him to leave town, except under a.r"Young Brad Thompson was just in here looking for re s t old fellow. The folks of Belmont will n e v e r feel safe you," whispered Terry Rourke, when the young captain until the fire fiend is caught, id e ntified, and s o saf e ly locked reached the fire house. up that he simply can't get loose with his tor c h again. If "Did he leave any kind of mes sage?" he got -warning now the fellow might escape, lie low, and "All he said was, 'Nothing doing yet.'" be back Rgain later on, when the dread had been f.orgotten." "Corne on outside, Terry." As they left the more crowded part of the busines s section Young Wide Awake walked his chum slowly to the corof Main Street behind, the two young officers of Washingner of Holmes and Main streets, telling him in undertones ton One walked up and the side streets. of the information furnished by Mrs. Callender. They went softly, not talking, and ireeping as much in "Now, as we've nothing to do thi s evening, T e rry?' sugthe shadows as they could. gested Young Wide Awake, "hadn't we better take a turn So they put i.n an hour of the early eve;ning. after this :fire fiend ourselves?" Yet their trouble was not rewarded by as much as a "That's mine," responded Terry, promptly. "But have glimpse of anything or any one suspicious. ye anny idea where to :find the spalpeen ?" "Hist!" "If I had, Terry, I would have landed him behind bars They had just returned to Main Street, at a dark corner long ago. Brad is out looking, and s o are the polic e Now when that soft though sharp hail came from across the we'll turn out and add to the bunting force." street. "How d'ye figure that the fire fiend hasn't been run a.crost Then some one glided over to already, Dick?" Rourke asked. "Brad!" greeted our hero, eagerly. "Any news, lad?"

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6 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK "I'm big with it,'' panted Brad. "Oh, I'm glad you're here, captain!" "You've seen the fire fie nd, then?" "No; but I've just spoken to' a man who has. It was Mr. Curtis, walking into town. He told :me about a curious, half-wild-looking man he met up the road a little way." "A fellow who answered the description we have of the fire fiend?" breathed Young Wide Awake, grippiJ:!g arm tightly. "It must be. I was wondering which road to take after the fellow when I saw you." Main Street went straight ahead to Sagmore and Porter ville, but at the left there was one side s treet remaining in Belmont, and it went down through a neighborhood of wellto-do residents. 1 "What did you hear about the fellow? Tell me all as quickly as you can," commanded Young Wide Awake. "Well," hastened Qn Brad, "beyond answering to the de scription, the fellow appeared to be carrying some kind of a timber over his should er." "It wasn't a ladder?" "No, no!" "It II!eans niischief, anyway," went on Young Wide Awake, hurriedly. "Brad, you take the first turn to the left. Scout all through that neighborhood, and keep your eyes p eeled. If there's a fire to be started, you want to be sure to be on hand to stop the setting of it. If you run across the fire fiend, make sure, somehow, that you land him a prisoner." "Where'll you .two be?" quivered Brad. "We'll go straight on up the Main Road. There's the Lester mansion, the big Parsons house, and lots of other costly homes on the Main Road. All the houses in this neighborhood would make tempting bait for a fire fiend. Now scoot!" Off into the darkness like a shadow shot Brad. Young Wi'de Awake and his chum, crossing the street again, and then keeping as much out of sight as possibl e; hastened westward along the Main Road. Both youngsters were wonqering anxiously whether the maniac fire fiend could possibly be thinking of mischief at the great Lester mansion. For here dwelt Young Wide Awake's new and dear sweetheart, Lester. Terry's own sweetheart, Faith Vane, was living for a while under that saine roof, the Vane home being in process of rebuilding after ft bad fire. "Av we catch anny w&n foolin' around the Lester pla.ce !" growled Terry, between his teeth. "We'll try to make the shortest work of him on record,'' smiled our hero, grimly. "Wud ye favor bur-rnin., him at a stake, or boilin' him in oil?" demanded Terry, in an ugly undertone. "Wait until we catch him! Hullo! See the twin lights ahead, spinning down the st reet toward u s?" "The Lester auto," thrilled Terry. "Oi wondher av the darlin's ar-re in thot car?" But Young Wide Awake, instead of answering, suddenly jerked Terry back hard into the deeper shadow. For up the st re et, barely seventy-five yards Q.way, our hero had seen a figure dart out from trees. As shown dimly by the st ill distant light of the auto lamps, this swiftly moving carried somethi ng lon g, like a timber. Placin g it in the middle of the road he darted back toward the s hadows. 1 "Here, you scoundrel!" shouted Young Wide Awake, l ea ping out of hiding and dashing forward. Terry was at his side, sprinting neck and neck. For both felt sure that they had looked upon the wild man-the mania.c fire fiend. Whoever it was, the fellow d arte d behind the trees and was lost to view. ... Yet he had scant for haste, this s tranger, for neither young fireman cast even a glance his way. Instead, they rac e d straight toward the timber in the road. By this time the high-ge a r ed auto was all but upon them, coming straight toward them. The r e was not even time to lift the timber out of the road. Young \Vi de Awake leaped over it, past i t, and stooel in the road, his waving arms uplifted. ''Toot! toot!" came the answer from the auto's horn. Then the g reat, s peedy car veered, goin g a round and past the two young men standing there in the middle o f the road. Yet, once past them, f h e man at the auto's speed lev er s oon slowed the machine, turned and came back. The occupants of that car were in time to find Young Wide Awake and Terry Rourke carrying a timber to the side of the r oad. Chug! sounded the timber, as it fell. Then Young Wide Awake hailed: "Who 's in that car?" "Miss Lester and Miss Van e and the chauffeur," ell.Ille the answer, in Kitty's sweet, trained voice. "Thank heaven we werehere, then!" "Why, what's wrong, Dick?" "I think it might be just as well if you let me help you out and show you what s wrong," uttered Young Wide Awake, as he stepped to the side of the car. Kitty Vane, her sweet, healthy-looking fa.ce peeping out from a nest of furs, s miled down at the young fire captain as she gave him her hand and stepp ed to the ground. Terry was there, waiting to do the g allant for Faith Vane. "Was that thing in the road?" asked Kitty, her eyes opening very wide as she g lanced down at the timber. It was well-studded with small spikes, the points up. "It' was," responded Young Wide Awake. "And we didn't !:)Ven have time to lift it out of the way." "Oi'11 be back in a minut e !" breathed Terry, fie rcely, from the other side of the st({ne wa.11.

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./ YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 7 "Sing out if you get whe r e you want help," D ick ca lled after him ''IfaYe you any idea who put that thing in the track of our car?" asked Kitty Lester, her lips rather pale arid her voice trembling s li ghtly. "Yes," a,nswered Young Wide Awake, quietly. "That was placed in the :i:oad by the fire fiend who threatens to destroy Belmont." "The fire fiend I s he a murderer, too, then?" sh ud dered Faith. "If those spikes had exploded our tires it might have wre cked the machine and killed us." "The fire fiend didn't care for that-," retorted Young Wide Awake, with savage grimness "vVhat did he mean?" cried Kitty, l ooking at her beau's face search ingly. "What did the maniac want?" "Gasoline, girls." "Gasoline?" cried both in chor u s "Exactly that. Every fire that ha s been started by this maniac has been kindled wi:h gasoline He has run out of the oil ans1 doesn't dare to buy it at any sto r e The thought must have occurred to the fire fiend that if he could wreck an auto out on this road, and the people left it to go in search of help, he could then sneak out and draw off all the gaso line he need ed." "And the terrible fellow would risk all our lives that he might have tl:e means of setting more fires!" quivered Kitty. She trembled as she spoke, whereat Young Wide Awake slipped an encouraging, suppo'rting arm about her wai s t. His love affair with Kitty Lester was so new Ro recent, that he wondered how she would take this liberty o n h is part. But Kitty, if she notic e d it at all, did not resent the pres s ure of his strong young arm. Ins tead, she looked into H alstcad's fae "Do you think we had hetter turn around and go home, Dirk ? Do you 1 wish us to ?" The hint of a right to a8k h er to do something was n o ticed swiftly by the young fireman and quick e ned his pulse. "I don't see any reason why you should go home now," he replied. "If your chauffeur runs s lowl y and watche s the light ahead on the road I don't see how you c an get into any trouble. I feel sure that the fire fiend is not armed." "Can't you go with us),, queried Kitty. "You and Terry-whe n he comes back?" "Oh, I'd like to," declared Young Wide Awake, quickly; "but I'm afraid I can't. It's really a duty for us to catCh thii;; fire fiend, if h e can be caught." course, Kit," broke in Faith, qu i ckly, "for them to desert their duty in the department in orde r to tour around with a couple of girls wouldn't look exactly manly." "That it wouldn't," Kitty Lester agreed quickly, for which our hero her an instant glance of gratitude. "Blazes! What's that?" he suddenly utterea. For a yell h a d sounded acros the field i!). Terry's tones. It was a yell not of discovery but of either agony or fright. CHAPTER III. TERRY GOES AGAINST IT. "You'll have---to-excuse me!" The informati o n floated back over Young Wide Awake's shoulder as he shot forward, c leared the stone wall at a jump and r aced swiftly across the frozen field that lay unde r the pall of darkness. "Give me a hail, Terry!" s houted the young fireman. "Here, an' ye can't come too quick Young Wide Awake had the direction well by this time. He splurged forward, not asking for another hail. F,[e came upon two g reat elms that loomed up side by side in the darkness. Against one of them, rocking his body aa if in, torment, stood Terry Rourke. "What on earth--" "Ammonia," r etorte d the Irish boy, shortly. "Th' blaggard had himself hid behind this tree. Oi didn't see him until he leaned out and fl.ashed h'is ammonia gun in me eyes." "Blinded you?" choked Young Wide Awake, indignantly. "Which way did he go?" "I didn't sec," rJ'!torted Terry. "Of course not. But did you hear him?" "Oi think he wint thot way," affirmed Terry, blindly tl{rusting out an arm to indicate the directi?n. "Which way?" questioned our hero. Again Terry held out an arm, pointing in a slightly different direction "You're so blinded you don't know directions very well," spoke Youn g Wide Awake, in in stant sympathy "Terry, you give the girls a hail, or, better still, their chauffeur. Try to get back to the road. The gi rl s will take the best of care of you. I'll try to get the scoundrel." "Don''8.go, old fellow," grunted T er ry. "Oi wudn't see ye get what Oi got." "But I want to get the fellow who gave it to you, Terry -the unhung scol!l.ndrel So, get back to the road-I'm off!" Though Young Wide Awake hurried on through the darkness, he felt that it was, at best, a hopeless chase. lfe rea che d the further edge of the field, then spent some minutes in exploring "Of course, the fellow, who is favored by the and can hear the sounds of our pu r suit, has every chance that a clever lunatic would want," grunted the young fir e man. "Oh, dear, why couldn't he attack something else instead of the girls' auto, and then we would have caught him." In the meantime, T e rry, still hailing the chauffeur, guided himself as best he could across the field, without eye sight to help him, But soon the girls, scenting tha.t something was wrong, came along to meet him. What has happened?" gasped Faith, her voice trem bling.

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. 8 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK A:ND LADD E R WORK. "Oh, nothin g e xcipt thot t h' s qu i rted ammon i a in m e eye s befor e Oi.,c ud see him," .g runted T e rry. O h y o u poor, poor fellow!" I'm s o s0rry !" falter e d Faith. ''Thin y e nee dn't be," r e turned Rourke, reassuringly; "for t i s g lad Oi am." "Gla d ?" e choed Faith, unb e li e vingly. Fai th, yes," re s pond e d th e Iris h boy. "Glad for th' look of s w at e concern thot s i n yer eyes." You can s ee, then?" c ri e d Faith, eagerl y O i c a nnot ; but Oi can judge yure eyes be the swate tone av y ur e v oice." Fait h V ane in the meantime had been an x iousl y exam inin g the brimming eyes, that still smarted too much to allow o f t heir seeing anythin g . "Will it i:iase your e yes, Teny, if I bind my handker c hief ove r them?" asked Faith, eve r so gently. A nn y thing at all thot ye do will aise thim," returned Rourke, promptly. "Oh, you poor fellow!" throbbed Faith, slipping a hand s oftl y around his t e mples. "Do y our eyes hurt tothat terrible extent?" Tisn t the hur-rt th.ot' s in the eyes, Teny an s wered gallantly but the cure thot's in yure c aring a.bout it." "Oh, you foolish boy !" Y e t F aith g ave one of his arms a delighted little squeeze, while Kitty Letiter laughecl and patted one of his hands. But F a ith's anxiety grew qui ckly'. "We mu s t get Terry to a doctor's offic e," she insisted, anxiou s l y "We must have Jhese p o or, sufferin g e yes prop e rly dressed." Th e n we'll take him home with us," d e cid e d Kitty, promptl y "We might go to half a dozen doctors' offices without finding one in. But we c an quickly t e lephon e from the h ouse and get up the firs t one that' s at his home. "Dick, ye sp a lpe en, are ye poming?" sh o ut e d T.erry; who was by no mea ns opp o s e d to getting hls s m a rting, burning eyes atte n ded to as soon as it could be d o n e Oi'll wait meself. Oi' m not t hot ba d ly hur-rt thot Oi'd let ann y young l ady st a y h e r e al o n e on t hi s road, wid such a blaggard loos e s o mew her e." '"But you must g et to the hou se, Terry," begged Faith. 1'Kit, d on't you imagine that Mr. Halstead will come s traig h t t o the hous e as s oon a s he returns to the road?" "Ye-es," nodded K itty, slowly. "Then get in and ride bac_ k with us." "It ldoks almost like-like-running away from Dick," retorted Kitty, blushing hotly. Though Terry could not see the blush, he could hear that t one, and und e r s to o d it well enough. "Hurr11h !"he thought, d espite all his pain. ''Oi'll have t hot much to t ell Young Wide Awake about the sweetness a v hi s gir-rl V' Aided by the chauffeur, and comforted and petted by the two young ladies in littleway s that girls understand down to the ground, Terry found that swift return to the Lester house almost a pleasure e x cursion. They had call e d again to Young Wide Awake, just be fore starting the car, but there had been no answer. Yet our hero was much closer to them than any of them had imagined. Having reached the further edge of the field, the young :fireman, s e eing n(\thing living, nor hearing any living sound near him, had halted undecidedl y "Oh, pshaw!" he.said in disgust. "It's li k e looking for the needl e in the haystack-wors e! The r e al thing to do now is to g et Terry where his injuries can be attended to." So the young fireman turne d, making swift time across th e field. 1 He was a lmo s f ba c k at the e lm s when his foot.stubbed in a little hol e i n the frozen g round. A littl e thin g yet as h e f e ll Young Wide Awake struck his for e h e ad f a irly again s t a fro z e n knob of earth. Thump Th e re w a s a s mall outpouring of blood from the cut for e h e ad. There ras no an s wer from the black distance. The young firem a n was uncon s cious ere he distinctly Dick Hal s tead, ye spalpeen Young Wide r e ali zed that he had fallen. Awake! Hoo! hoo !" Th e n from the n e ar distance came the c alling voices of Then, after another interval of sil ence, all three of the hi s fri e nds, jus t before the y returned to the road and the young people shouted together. Ev e n the chauffeur joined auto. in, n e xt too ting his auto horn like mad. , "Young Wide Awa k e Dic k Halstead!" Y though the y listen ed, there came no response from The y were s houtin g as to th e eaxs of the dead. Young Wide Awake. Then auto' s li g hts bega n to g lide b ack over the road 'Tis a good moile or two off he is be this toime sighed b y whi c h th e car had come T erry "When he has a chase on, Young Wid e Awake niver Now, wit h friends g one, Young Wide Awake showed no wai ts for annything to grow un c ler hi s fee t." more s ign s of s tirring. "But you must have your eyes attended to quickly 1 Fro m b e h i n d a hummo c k of g round a few yards away a T ernr," insisted Faith ":].Gt, we simply mus t g et Mr. hum a n h ea.d s oon lif ted itself c autiou s ly. Rourke away from here before he has to lose his e yesight Thi s was soon followe d b y the creeping forward of the for g o o q." l o ng, l a nk, lean, s toopin g body of the m a nia c fire fiend. "Of c ourse," Miss' Lester agreed quickly. "Take Terry H e c rou clie d ove r th e young firem a n, gl a rin g d o wn with in th e cai: w ith yo-u. I'll wait h e r e until D ick r e tur;n s and a w ild g leam Of w i c k e dness in his face. the n w e'll walk up to the h o u s e togeth er." "Yo u ng Wid e Awake, th e v e r y one who would destroy "Now w,ill ye wait?" a sked T erry i ndi gn antl y "Thin m e !" g loat e d the c unnin g maniac. 'I

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. YOUNG WIDE AW AKE S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 9 ================================================================ = = CHAPTER IV. YOUNG WIDE .i WAKE IN THE TOILS. In another jiffy Brad needed all 'the h e lp he could get, for his unknown e nemy, crawling around upon him, em braced Brad's l e gs, sending the young fireman toppling A low, ho a rse, discordant chuckle c ame from betwe en the hard to the ground clos e to hi s young captain. maniac s lip s "Where are you? Hail again!" sounded a voice in the "The enemy I want most is delivered into my hands," darkne ss. he mu t ter e d in a sing-s o ng voice. "Ah, what a sacrifice to "Here!" bawled Brad, as lustily as he c ould w i th his fa.ce the fire! M e re wooden buildings-what a poor s acrifice l in the : "Come like lightnin g if you want to save But manhoQd, young and pulsing, like this-a glorious Young Wide Awake!" sacrifice I" A little feminin e shrie k answered, and the rush of feet The maniac's chatt e ring, as he still G rouched over the that follo w e d was m i ngled with the swis h of s kirts. boy, half support e d on the palms of his hands, was like the "What on earth k ind o f a rescue party i s that?" u ttered chattering of an ape. Brad, disgust edly, to him s elf. "Oh-ouch!" "How shall I make the sacrifice?" For the fire fiend, being now all for flight, prevented That question gave the wild man a good deal of hard Brad from dartin g off after him by giving that youngster thought, see mingly. an ugly blow in the small of l1is back. {le felt at his pockets. Brad h a d roll e d o v er p a infull y and was now sitting up "No gasoline!" h e cried tremulou s ly. "And I would b y t h e time that Kitty Lester and her father s c hauffeur have had so much but for the stupid m e ddlin g of this re. ached th e s pot. young enemy who is now to b e c ome a sacr ifice." "Where s the s coundrel that did this?" demanded Kitty, He ifulled out the thin rubb e r b a ll that h e had usecl wit h i ndign a ntl y as she f e ll to her knees bes i d e the unconscious such fearful succe s s again s t poor T e rry as an ammonia y oung fir e man. gun. "Just bolted off into the darkness," gritted Brad. "I "Notning left here," mutte red o r I'd tie thought I had him." this fool and then his eyes feel the s t i n ging bath thllt "Adams," commanded Miss Kitty, sternly, g et tha t the other young meddler had." sc01;mdre l if you possibly can. Don't mind s hooting, if y o A quiver ran through Youn g Wide Awake' s body. have to do it." "So! The victim-the s a crifice-threate ns t o recover Mr. Le s ter r e quiring his chauffeur alwa y s t o c a r ry a r e his senses. Then I must him quickly where he can volver at night, Adams whipped out that w e apon as h e do me 'no harm. But how?" sprinted awa y through the darkness. The maniac glanced down at the g round. But he came back just aft e r Miss Kitty h a d succe eded "Once I had a knife, a good one," he muttered. "But in gettin g Youn g Wide Awake to open h i s e y e s that has been.lost long Have I no weapon whatever "No u s e miss," rep o rted Adams regretfull y "It' s that save my poor, weak, trembling hands? Oh! ah!" dark I couldn't even g e t a glimpse at the f ellow's shadow." The fellow's tremulous fingers closed upon a rough, "You can get up, can't you, Dick?" coaxed Kitty, an.x-jagged-edged stone a little smaller than one of his fists. iously. "Why not?" mutte red the maniac. "This will surely Our hero, who had b een looking curiously into the girl 's
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10 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. periences to-night. The best thing for both of you is to get under cover, where you can be attended to. Can you Dick, of any better safe harbor than the house of the Lesters ?" "I'm sure I can't," Young "\\'ide Awake, glow ing. "Then I am going to take you there. The auto is at the road." "ls Terry at your hou se?" "Unless Faith has turned him loose within the last few minutes," smiled Miss Kitty. "She wouldn't be herutless enough to turn a blind orphan out into the cold and dark, would she?" asked Young Wide Awake, pathetically. "Come and see for your self," advised Kitty. She took Young Wide A wake's arm, as if to see whether he needed help. But Dick, with a smile, C;aptured her hand and patted it. Brad followed them, limping slightly, for his back st ill hurt where the maniac had struck him. "Won'tyou come up with us, too?" ask e d Kitty, sweetly, turning upon Brad with a smile that won that young fellow on the spot. But Brad looked at Young Wide Awake, who asked: "Aren't you going to thank Miss Lester and accept her invitation?" Brad stammeringly accepted, and was given a seat in the auto beside Adams, while Young Wide Awake and Miss Lester occupi e d the rear seat Somehow, by the time that they got started, Dick's right arm was around Kitty L ester's waist. "She did not speak, neither dicl she draw herself away Young Wide Awake's heart was beating fast, his hopes running high He had wondered whe.ther this superb giTl would object to such a lib erty If she did not, then he might himself as being reasonably secure in her regard, for Kitty Le s ter was neither a weather-vane nor a flirt. "You're making so little objection to my arm being there that I'm not going to take it away," murmurecl Young Wide Awake, in a low tone. Kitty glanced into hi$ eyes, smiling frankly, then looked away again. But she nestled a littl e closer. "Confouncl these auto cars for going s o fast!" grumbled the young fireman to hims elf, for the machine was 1;1lready. turning in at the Lester gate. Young Wide Awake felt it best to withdraw his arm now, though not until he had first the girl a brief but harder squeeze. T erry was in the little reception-room, blinking, yet see ing wit)::t his own eyes, despite Miss Faith's willingness to do all hi s seeing for him. The doctor had been there ancl bad dres s ed the eyes and bathed them. Now, Terry had a bandage tha.t he could s lip over his eyes in the colder outer air, but he was not going to use that bandage in this room and miss the sight of Faith's .l pretty face and anxrous eyes. "So Miss Kitty found ye, cap ?'l queried Terry. "Shure, as soon as we got here she insisted on turning back to look I for ye." "I went to escape being snubbecl," said Kitty, coloring. I knew that I wasn't wanted here." "Kit!" cried Faith, who now found it her turn to blush. Thi s was before Brad stepp e d into the room. When that youngster arr.lved on the scene the four young people began to wish that he wasn't ther e Poor Brad was a nice enoug h fellow, but he wasn't needed here just now. He was like the fifth wheel to.a coach, or about as useful as a snow-shovel in summer. Nevertheless, Miss Kitty was too good a hostess to let Brad see th i s . As it was his first time nt the house, she promptly took him through the rooms to show him the place. In the music-room Kittv excused herself for a moment t'<> imn back to Young Awake, some question if overing qm, her pretty.lips. While she and our hero were still chatting, a ripple of music from a piano came to their ears i.. .. That was followed by a crash of chords, next by a blend ing of harmonies that made all four : of the young people start and look at each other. "Who is playing?" asked Kitty, wonderingly, for she knew of none in the hou s e who could bring such music from the piano. Young Wide A wake looked puzzled for an instant. Then: "You left Brad in there, didn't you ?" "Yes, I did." "I've n e ver heard the la
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YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 11 the verge of spooning Wouldn't it look better in us to wander away and leave them alone for a little while?" "Undoubtedly," smiled Kitty, taking our hero's arm. They stepped into anoth er room. There, holding each other's hands, they listened until that genius, Brad, finished his second selection at the piano. Crash l ripple! Brad was just starting in on a third beautiful, spirited bit of music when there came a louder noise: Clang clang clang Those three sharp notes on the fire alarm broke the spell. darted from the piano to the hallway.' Terry snatched a kiss, without waiting to ask for it, and almost fell upon Brad. Young Wide Awake, too, was at the hall door. "Oh, surely you don't have to go to thi s fire ?'1 cried Kitty, anxiously. "But we do,'' returned Young Wid e Awake, crisply "This number is one of ours to answer on the first alarm." "But you have been hurt to-n ight." "Others may be in sad danger of being hurt at this in stant,'' return e d Young Wid e Awake, as he pulled qope:ri the door. "Peopl e' s lives may be in danger at this monienl"' "Wait," interposed Kitty, firmly, as she touc hed a ... but ton, then picked up the receiver of the stable telephone. "I'll see if I can send y-0u in by"express. You there, Adais? Can you get the car out at once] Yes? All haste, then, \ please. I want you to take the young :firemen to town." Then, hanging up the receiver, she turned upon the boys with her quiet smile : "You'll save time by waiting a moment for the auto We can improve the time by chatting." "But you're not going?" appealed Faith, looking sharply at Terry. "Indeed Oi am!" retorted Yount Rourke, with great positiveness. "With your damaged eyes?" "It wouldn'.t do to leave me eyes behoind,'' Terry ob-jected. ' "But that smoke and all the danger. Terry Rourke, it's all but criminal for you to try to answer a fire call in the condition you're in." th' matter with me condition?" demanded Terry. "Bedad, dear gir l ye'll next be thinkin' that a fire man wid a toothache or earache is due at th' hospital whin iver an alarrum comes in. For thot matter, has a fireman anny roight to go to a faire av he didn't slape well the night before?" 'IDon't let him go," appealed Faith, turning upon our hero. "How can I stop him?" smiled Young Wide Awake. "Tell Terry he needn't answer the call to-night." "Well, he needn't, then," admitted our hero. "As Terry's commanding officer, forbid him to go to the fire,'' urgec1 Faith. Oh I'm very sorry, but that's different, Miss Vane." "You won't forbid his going?" "I've no right to." "You're 'rerry's commanding officer." True; but Terry must be the sole judge of whether he's fit to answer the call." "You refuse to help me out at all?" pouted Faith. Then, realizing just what she had said, she blushed furi ously. But Kitty was smiling, and turned away. Brad discreetly stole out on the veranda to wait for that car. Young Wide Awake, having a moment of waiting that he could honestly enjoy, turned to his sweetheart, taking her hand and slipping an arm around her waist. T e rry drew Faith behind a hanging drapery nearby. On to this scene burst a small but active tornado. Tacl Lester, Kitty's young cousin, though he had turned in early, had been awakened by the alarm. K ow, about two-thirds he bolted down the broad sta ircase. At the foot of the stairs, his disgusted eyes took in two very love r-like young couples. For a moment Ted stared witheringly at them. "Oh, fudge! Pickles! Caramels!" uttered the young ster, scornfully, promptly joining Brad on the veranda. "Teel, I'll have you tried for disrespect to your officers,'' laughed Young Wide Awake, warningly. "You'd have to state the circumstances of that disrespect, wouldn't you?" clicked back Ted, disrespectfully. Kitty's light laugh showed that she was not annoyed. There was no time to say more,.for, with a glare of..l.ight and a whirr of gearing, the automobile \ stopped at the door. Four young firemen piled in in great haste. "Take good care of yourselves, and keep safe!'' cried Miss Kitty after them. "Wish us success in our duty-that covers all !" Young Wide Awake answered her. These words were spoken after the auto had started. Now it whizzed out on to the main road anc1 town ward. Between two and three minutes only were needed to take them to the alarm box on Main Street. "Good heavens!" gasped Dick, as he caught his first glimpse of the flames pouring from a detached brick block: "If this is the fire fiend:.s work, he couldn'1' have chosen a place where he CDuld be more wicked!" The flames came from the office rooms on the second floo r of the building. On the third-upper and topmost story-was a dancing academy for children. Some four dozen small boys and girls now hung out of the open windows of the dancing school. Here and there the face of a mother who had come with her little ones could be seen. A great crowd had already gathered "Don't jump! Don't faint! Don't get scared! Wait for the firemen!" bawled C'hief of Police Jason Sharp; look ing up earnestly at the scared children.

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1:&' YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. Do:.n l\Iain Stre et could be heard the bells of Washington One, but Y oun g Wide Awake and his three subordi' nates, as they from the auto and hurried forward, were the first on the scene 1 "H,as a second alarm turned in?" demanded Young Wide Awake, bounding to the side of the chief of police. "No." "vVhy not?" ' "I've just got here." "Turn in a second," directed our hero to Ted, who bounded away. "Can't those young people get down the stairwa y ?" asked Young Wide Awake. "Ko; the stairs above the second floor a re blazina hard" 0 replied the potice chie, huskily. "01 1 The fire :J'.iend again, eh?" ... "Yes ; I can' t catch him," sighed Sharp. "\'i'e caught him, but couldn't hold him," returned Y oung Wi11e .Awake .. "vVhat You--. "This is no time for telling stories, chief." "Xo--that's so." \Vashington One rolling up to the scene now, Young Wide Awake leaped forward to get into and eoat "Couple the hose, Hal," he ordered his lieutenant. "Ge t up that staircase as soon as you can. Take axemen, and pikemen, too. Fight the fire for all you're worth. I'm goi ng to look after saving those youngsters until Chief Pelto n g ets he re to r elieve me of command." ln"''t jiffy the hose was coupled and was tarted up the s ta irway Hard ly had Hal's part of the crew s tarted into the build i ng when Tom Scott came up with his crew of Hook and La 1c1cr One. C ct your longest ladders up to all the windows on the t\ird .floor that you can reach, Captain Scott," ordered our hero "As our f e lldws are lighter and nimbl e r, I think we can do th e swiftest work on the l adders, whil e your big fel lows can get in with axes and pikes and help N orion in fighting the blaze on the s tairway. A ll right," retor te d Tom Scott, c he er ily. The ladders c ame off the truck with a clatter. Tom's men and the yoi.mg W ashingtons hu s tled them up to the window-sills above. Don't let any of those youngsters come down until we ge t up tLere -to direct the work!" shouted Young Wide Awake through hi s trumpet. Then, turning swiftly upon the r e maining members of his company, our hero rapidl y s e l ected th o s 9 who wer e to assist hir,n in trying to prevent what threatened to be a tremendous loss of young li fe CHAPTER V. LTFE J<'TGHTS DEATH ON .THE LADDERS. \\'ith a rush the young life-savers s1rnrmed up the thre e lat1c1e:-s. Young Wide Awake, 'Ferry and Ted Lester led, eight others following. -. "Now, you'll soon be all right," cried the young fire cap tain, cheerily, as he reached the sill of a window of the dancing school and bounded inside. The children, tliough they were undoubtedly frightened, kept quiet. "Boys back, girls forward!" rang out Young Wide Awake's 'voice. "Obey quickly, and without confusion." Then he divided his ten followers up between two of the ladders. "String out all the way down to the ground," he "Pass the girls down, helping them. Don't let them get frightened, for there's no need. Go ahead now, little sisterfl. Down with you, and depend on the fellows who are helping you." There was a laughin g smile on t.he young fire captain's face that ca rried courage to all who saw it. "Now, then, you boys, over to this third ladder. All of you who feel big enough and smar t enough may climb down bf th'e ms e l'les. Let's see who is to g o first." Most of the you n g boys eager ly claimed that they could hmftl.11) th e mselves on the ladders, as, indeed, they could. Yet Young Wide Awake picked out five of the boys as too young to go down the adder by themselves. "Yoy. young shavers wait until the bigg e r boys are down. We'll help you There's time enoug h for 'us all." Then Young Wide g lided back to the windows where the little girls were being passed down. 'fhe rescue 'Work was going s lowl y here--as of course it ;nust, since each young fireman had to pass each girl to some other fireman below him. A .few .mo thers and the dancing teacher and the musi cian st ood by, counseling coolness. "Why, this is almost a drill," crie d Young Wide Awake, encouragi n gly "Notliing like danger in this, is there?" "That's because you're here, Y dung Wide Awake," spoke one of the di oth e rs, promptly. "Without system and dis ciplin e here, this could easily h ave been a panic." "Don't c r y, li ttle sister, and don't fight the fireman who's t rying to help you shouted our hero, down one of the lad ders, to a frantic, s truggling child. "You are almost to the ground, now, anyway, and can't be hurt. Be a brave little American girl." The child stopped her frightened antics; allowing h e r rescuers to pass her quickly to the hands of the crowd below. "I believe we're going fu get every one out safely, after a ll," muttered Young Wide Awake. He spoke to himself, not inte nding his word s for any other ears; but one'keen-eareq mother heard the words, and turned upon him, eyeing him "Had you any doubt, at any time that you could get us all safely out of here?" she demanded. "Yes," nodded the young fire capta in. "But I'm not afraid now. Discipline is making the work a cinch."

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YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. I> ti 13 Yet, a s h e glan ced down the front side of the building, from one of the window s his heart to quake a bit. "We ought to have Torrent s st.ream here now," he mut ter ed. "The fir e js making headway on the floor below. Some of us will get cut off up here if we get a second stream at work soon. Hullo Here comes Pro te c tive One. What a lot of use thos e fellows are at a fire! There was, in truth, the grav est danger that the flam e s would break out on the second floor and threaten the lad ders. "Joe!" bellowed Young Wide Awake through his trum p et. "Here. captain!" shouted back Darrell, from his post beside the hand eng in e "Get men from th e crowd to give you a h a nd on the en gine bars Hea d four or five o f the bes t ladder men up here instantly. I've g ot some littl e s havers to pass down to you -then s ome wome n In hardly a twinkling Joe Darrell and several of his engine crew came swarmin g up that third ladder. "Here!" called Y oun g Wide Awake, blithely, and out a five-yea rold boy to Joe 1 (, i/. A six-yearold follow ed, until all the little w.i:-re below. r By this time ali of the girls were down over ttvo "Now the ladies and the dancing master roared Young Wide Awake. "Kee p cool for about a minute and a half and all of you are down saf e ly." Working fast, Belm ont's y oung e r firem e n got the last of that onces cared crowd down to the ground. It had been accomplished without a single injury to any one l a rge or small, and in r e cord time. "That's the way Young Wid e Awake always does it!" shouted some man in the crowd of onlookers, and a cheer went up. Fred Parsons, leaning against the light truck of Pro tective One, scowled. "It's always Young Wid e Awake," he uttered disgust e dly. "He doe s everythin g Does n t anybody else live in Bel mont? 'rhe crowd always goes daffy on what one man does." But the crowd had a new concern to bother it. "Every one is down, but where is Young Wide Awake?" l;iawled some one. Our hero, however, now that all human except his own were safe, had turned from life-saving to his next most important duty-fire-fighting. He ran out to the head of the blazing stairway Here the h i s s of water on the flames, a nd the sputter of steam, min g l e d with the sharp, ringing blows of axes and the ripping of timbers with pikes. Hal and Tom were having a stubborn fight of it here. "I don't see that I can help you any from above!" shout ed Young Wide Awake through his trumpet. "Nothing can help us until there s another stream here.' That's what we need!" Lieutenant Hal Norton answered back. "It's me for the ladd e r route, then," decid e d Young Wide Awak e Two of the ladders were alr e ady down. Young Wide Awake s app e arance on the third wns hail e d with a s hout of r e li e f from below. Quickly and handily he s wung himself down through 1.he smoke. A tongue or two of flame licked out at him as h e dc; scended. Jangle! Torrent One w a s coming up. H e r stre am was badly n e eded on the s e cond floor. "Prote ctive One !" call e d Fred Pars o ns sh a rply. His crew of e ight report e d back at their tru ck. "Get the blankets and oth e r things loos e," he direct ed. "We'll n eed them in the stor e s on the g round floor as soon as we know whi c h way the s tre a m i s comin g." Clang! That was the gong of Fire Chi e f P e lton's bu ggy. As Young Wide Awake s1rnng down to th e ground, he ran to pos ition near Washin g ton One, in order that Ch: ef Pelton might know whe re to find him. A fringe of rescued childr e n fro m the d a ncing school stood near'th e engine, in all their p a rty fine ry. But as Young Wide Awake glanc e d at them hi s gaze fell on one little crippled girl who had been among th e res cue.cl. On account of a wit her ed. leg th e child could not 'take dancing les sons. Yet she was allowed to g o to school with her little sister and look on. The c hild looked at our hero, s tarted to come forward, then drew back, abas hed. "Were you goin g to speak to roe Martha?' ; a sked Young Wide Awake looking down at her with a more friendly smile than befor e "Ye-e s," hesitated the child. "That is-no-o !" "Why how can it possibly be 'yes and 'no at the satne time?" laughed the young fire captain. Martha tried to speak, at the same time making a brave effort to keep back a great big tear that came into either little brown eye. "Why, what's wrong, little sister?" cried Young Wide Awake, bending over and picking the crippled child up in his arms. / The tears came freely now, while from the puckered little mouth came the sobbing query : "You didn't see my doll, did you?" "Doll?" "Yes." "Where?" "Up there. You didn't bring it down with you, did you?" "What on earth!" gasped Young Wide Awake. But little Miss Martha evidently took the thing with all possible seriousness. Then my poor Hulda will die up there! Oh, s h e'll be burned tb death! It seems wicked, don't it?" ..,. I

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i4 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 1 How did you come to leave your doll there?" asked Young Wide Awake, quickly. "I was playing with Hulda--" "Where?" the ante-room." "And when the excitement came you forgot her?" "No, no, no protested ihe child. "When the fire came some one grabbed m e I had just laid Hulda down t-0 go to sleep. 0-o-o-o-oh Now she must burn to death up there!" "I wouldn't mind," Young Wide Awake started to say; but as he looked into the eyes of the crippled chi l d he saw that the little woman did mind Yery much indeed. She was now obbing as if everythi ng. in life had been lost. "The poor child," interposerl Martha's mother,,-Mrs. Curry. "She always believed that Hulda was human. It's a blow for her." "A baby's grief is as rea l as a grown-up's, you know, ma'am," our hero replied. "Where did you leave your dolly, Martha?'1 "In the ante-room." "Then don't mind, little s ist er," cried Young Wide Awake, putting down the child. "Im going up after Hulda now." "Oh, Captain don't risk your life for a doll!" cried the child's mother, in alarm. But our hero had broken through the crowd. Hands had stretched forward to take down the remaining ladder. "Here! Leave that where it stands!" cried Young Wide Awake, sharply "I'm going up again." "What's that about a doll?" cried Chief Pelton, hurrying over to Mrs. Curry. That woman told him. "That young up there for a mere doll!" uttered Fire Chief Pelton. He saw his valiant young fire captain fairly running up the ladder, while flames from the second s tor y l eaped out at its rungs. "Come down, Captain Halstead! Come down!" roared Chief Pelton. But our hero gained the sill. "Come down! I order you down at once!" roa red the chief. "I'd rather disobey orders than break the child's heart," gulped Young Wid e Awake, as he leapecl from the sill into th e smoke filled room. "The young reckless! H e's like enough to lose his life up there!" quivered Chief Pelton. CHAPTER VI. FRED SEEKS FA:!\IE AND FINDS DISGl'ST. "There's some one else g oing up to stand by him!" roared one of the Washington crew. At that Chief Pelton stepped back. "Two up there stand a better show than one," he muttered. "Why, it's Fred Parson.s," shouted some one. Ther-e was a gasp of surprise. It was not common belief that Parsons felt kindly enough toward our hero ever to stand by him in a tight place. "I'm going up to .see about that," uttered Joe. "No, you're not," retorted Chief Pelton, firmly, as he pushed young Darrel back. "Two fools too many llp there now-all to saye a doll." "That's what!" snorted Pelton. "I don't care a hang about a carload of dolls," sniffed Joe Darrell; "but I do about Young Wide Awake. Let me up that l adder, c hi ef." "Here, you men, catch hold and swing that l a d uer away, or it'll be eaten up by fire," ordered Pelton, again pushing Joe back. The ladd e r was swung back out of hann's way, just a.s Parsons sprang in through the window. Those below with the ladder watched, to place it again when the young men above c.alled for it. Parsons reached the sill just in time to see our hero dis appear through the doorway of the ante-room. Parsons leaped into the room. "I don't know what the game is,'' muttered Freel g rim ly, "but I'm tired of bearing nothing but cheers for Young Wide Awake. I'm going to have a bit of the glory and some of the cheering once in a while." He le aped across the floor. As he gained the floor of the ante -room. Parson s beheld Young Wide Awake bending over the floor in the corner "What's up, Halstead?" yelled Fred, through the smoke. "You are, it seems," r etorted our hero, wheeling "What brought you here?" "I came to help." "You?" "Why not?" "You came to help me?" "I came to help in the work that brought you here." "Ob, you did?" uttered our hero, quietly. "Good of you, Fred, but I don't believe I shall need any help, after all. I've found her-got her." "Her?" Fred P arso ns stared in great amazement. "Yes-her!" retorted Young Wide Awake;with a laugh. "I've found her, and s h e's safe and in good condition." He held a.n old, battered doll about twelve inches long. "What's that thing?" l eered Parsons. "This is the young lady I came up to get,'' retort e d our hero, with another laugh. "That thing?" "Speak more resptfully, please, of Miss Hulda!" "Stop your kidding, Dick Halstead. What are you really doing h ere?" "Why, just at this moment I'm on my way out. Come on!"

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YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 15 Young Wide Awake s tepp e d r a pidl y acros s the floor of the dancing school. "Pars on s," he c a ll e d, d id you think the r e 'was some glory b eing handed out up here? Wa s that why you fol lowed me?" "I came to see what the game was I don't know yet." "Why, there's a child down in the s tre e t c r y ing for her lost doll. I pledg e d myself to get it for her." "You did-that?" "Sui'e Why not?" "Well, of all the blank e d fools I eve r heard of!" ga s ped Fred Parsons, disgustedly. Then he added, jeeringly: "Hadn' t you bett e r let m e carry the doll clown?" What's the matter?" asked Young Wid e Awak e ironically. "Do you really want the credit, at last, of having rescued something or oth er?" "Yes," snapped Fred. "Let me have the doll." "Not on your life! It's too preciou s My word of honor is pledged to little Miss Martha Curry down below." Young Wide Awak e was l a u ghing as they gained the window, yet there was, at the s ame time, a mor e Urnn ise'llious look in his fine face. ,., "Halstead "Young Wide Awake!" The two hoars e call s cam e from b elow. Both young m e n thrus t their h e ad s out o f t h e window. Below them the s mol;e and flame \re re mor e thre a tening than eve re. "Look what a me s s your blam ed foo li shness h as got u s into!" grumbled Fre d his voic e s h a kin g a s h e g azed below "I'm re s pon s ible for my own fooli s hne s s only," retort e d our hero. "Hals t ead!" ro a red Chief P elto n's v oic e from the crowd below, "whe n w e pa ss th e l a elde r to t h e s ill s ki n down lik e li ghtning! The rungs will get a.fire." "Aye, a ye, chi ef!" As the firemen s wung the' l adde r clos er, Fre d Parson s l e aped up on the sill. He re ache d out hi s hand s as if to g ra s p the sicles of the ladc1er when .jt came close. "Look out!" gro wled Y o un g Wicle Awake, sharply. "What' s wr o ng?" d e mand e d F r e i l, stiifly. "If that la d d e r hits you--" 'But it won't!" "If it doe&---" "Mind your o wn bus i n ess, H a l st e ad!" "Get back there off t h e R ill r o ared up the chi e f. Hut Fre d s mil e d d own scomfully R e ali zing the d a n ge r th a t the l adde r wou l < l b e in from flame s Fre d had l ea ped up to the s ill fu 11 o r pur p ose Ile m eant to be the fir s t one down i.he la
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16 YOU NG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AXD LADDE R W O R K. Thus Fr e d r ested at our hero s left s ille, wit h his arms fastened securely around Dick s neck. Young Wide A wake' s left arm supP.o:rted Fre d 's body somewhat. "It' s an awkwa rd harne s s," flas hed our hero. "but it's the only one there s time for." Then, leaning out over the window-sill, he shouted: "The ladder now-whenever you're ready!" "Aye!" I With a quick swing it came back. Young Wide Awake had drawn back so far that he was not struck by it. "Quick as you can, now !" shouted Fire Chie f Pelton, while a crowd numbering more than a thousand persons held its breath. "There he is Young Awake a ppe a red on the s ill, g ripping at the l adder "Oh, if he s hould lose my son!" gro an e d Mr. Pars ons "Young Wide Awake won't, P ei.to n, hu s kily. "He' ll save both, or neither "It i s n t your son up there," g roanE!d Mr. P a rs o n s -"No but it's my bes t fireman up there." '"Ah!" "Oh!" "Of course, /hat has to happ e n !" The remarks from the o n l o oker s were in shuddering ton e s For, n o w that our hero a n d his burden w e r e out on the ladd e r, and descending, it was found that three rungs, alre ady chaned, had bur s t intoflames. Our hero saw the trouble. "Shall I come down or go up again?" he hiiiled to Chi e f Pelton. He asked because he knew that the chief was in a better position to see what could be done. "Come down-like li g h tning!" gasped Pelton "The la d d e r ll br e ak at any second!" It was not exactly possible, however, to hasten Our hero was heavily burdened, for Fred Parsons was no light load. Moreover, the young fireman was trying to carry hi s en e m y in s uch a way as not to sev erely s train Fre d 's arm s at th e s hould e r sock e ts. It was too late to send for a stream to play against the burning l adder Both l e ngth of hose were inside the bui l ding. Y o un g Wide Awake would be down to the ground ere e ith e r hose could be brought to the spot. As our h ero the burning rung s which were some fift e en or s i x teen feet from the ground, the c ry w ent up: "Quic k Careful The ladd e r's b e nding Th a t was thE:,. last the g ritty young fireman heard by way of c aution for the next in stant the burning l a dder bent und e r the weight. There was a soft hi s s as the charred flaming wood parted. The n Young Wide Awak e having nothing at which to ... I ------------... clutc h as the two halves of the ladcler fell apart p lu ngecl s trai gh t for the s idew a lk. Hi s c omrades w er e t h ere, wait i ng for h i m J oe,. T e rry and three o tlie r s r e a ched out, catchin g hi m u nd e r th e sh ould er s to s tead y him an d save him from the j a r as much a s possible. Young Wide Awake swayed, for the jar along hi s spine made his back ache and hi s head swim. "Safe chuckled Joe. But Terry, s e eing the sway, held to hi s chum. "Ja rred ye, didn't it, Dick?" h e asked. "Yes. Get Pars o n s off m y neck Half a doze n hand s r e a c h e d for w ard at once to unfa ste n Fred, who, hi s eet not stri kin g the ground, had been saved the jar. 1 "How did he come to follow you, Hal s t ead?" demanded Banker Parsons. "He thought th e re was s o m e gl o ry up t h e re, and h e wanted hi s sh.are of it," r e pli e d Youn g W ide Awak e briefly. "The fool and his glory!" bur s t in a l a ughing voice fro m a byst a nder. That S_!'mt the la.ugh around. Banker Pa. r sons flushed angrily, the n flashed whi te, b u t held his tongue as two m e n b ore hi s unc onscious son b a c k for attention. "Fre d doesn t seem cut out b e i ng popular, s ig h e d t he banker. "Wha tever he d oes, i t's gen e ral l y wrong. Larry Down e s ha.d taken comm and of t h e Prote ctives They were now busy on the ground floor cove ring up coun t e rs and stock But Young Wide Awake, after he had s te a died hi s head from the effects of the rough j arri ng, ste pp e d ove r to whe re big eyed little Martha Curr y stood "Oh, thank you ever so much-ever so much-for trying to s ave my dolly!" cri e d the chiH "Trying to?" laughed our h e ro h a ppil y "Bless you r heart, I b e lieve I did sav e doll y Here i sn't this Miss Hulda?" From an inner pocket he drew out the doll, pressing it into the arms of the little cripple. "0-o-o oh !" gas ped the c hild. Before s he could find the words to thank him, Young W ide Awake bent and kissed the littl e face then b ound ed away ere the mother could sa y anything. Torrent's stream bein g a dded t o that of Washin g t o n the work of the fir e men up b e t t er now. Within twenty min u te s "all out" was sounded. But now Chief Pelton concerned himself with tracing the cau s e of the fire He told how strongly the blaze on the stai rs had s m ell e d of oil. The upp e r hallways of this buildin g h ad been li ghted by kero s ene l amps There is where the fire fiend got h is o il,'' utte red You ng Wide Awake, di s gu s t e dl y

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YOUNG WIDE AWAKE S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 17 This -;va s b orne out b y t h e fact that fiv e coal oil lamps were foun d, u ll e mp ty. "Oh, what a blaze he was able to start with that!" shud dered our h e ro. "The worst a b out this fearful fell o w," rag ed Chief Pel ton, "is that he is indifferent to risking human life with his fires." "When we find the fire fiend," prophesi e d Young Wide Awake, "I'm willing to gamble that he believes he has a mission to destroy human lives." "We can t take any half-way measures," went on Chief Pelton, decisively. "We've simply g ot to find this fire fie nd, if we have to turn out the whole town on the cha se. You and Rourke and Thompson have seen the fellow. You must give the best description you can." "We can't give mu c h, at that," grimaced our hero. "It was dark, and the lunatic was sure clever at getting away fast." Chief of Police Sharp joined the group on the sidewalk. find out thi s mu c h in the end," d e cla red our hero, e arnestly. "This dang e r o us fire fiend is h i ding some whe re right in t own. Either he is camping in a n e m p ty house, or a flat or a stable, or else he's in some house whe re the other occupants of the house don't even suspect Ms pres ence. Mr. Sha;rp, it' s a good chance you'll be taking if you ask all householders in Belmont to s earch their homes from cellar to a t tic." "I'll do it the first thing in the morning," promised the police chief. "Why not start right now with the people in thi s crowd ? hinted our hero. "That' s right," nodded Chief Pelton. So the crowd was appealed to, and a description given of the fire fiend who threatened to destroy the town. "If we do find the rascal," came an angry roar, lynch him I" "No, no, my friends!" protested Jason Sharp, quickly. "If you catch the fire fiend, rem e mber that he's a maniaca poor f e llow who' s not right in his he a d and not respon sible for what he does. Capture him, whoever can, but no lynching!" "I'm going to ask the mayor, the first thing in the morn ing," grated Chi e f Pelton "to appoint a safety committee and to offer a reward for the c apture of thi s fire fiend." Fred Parsons, having been brought to in a nearby drug store, was now being taken home in a cab by bis father. "Wide, smiled Chief Pelton, "you want to punch the banker's memory up a bit in the morning." "Why, chi ef?" "When he kn e w his son was up there, in danger, he of fered a thousand aollars reward to whoever brought his son down saf e ly." "Well?" "You did the job didn't you, Wide?" "I wouldn'i get the money, though, sniffed our hero. "Why not? You earned it." "Ru t Fre d a nd his father would both s ay that I decoyed the lad up the r e i n the hope that he d find som e glory. Say, chief, but you ought to hav e s een that dude's fa c e when he saw what it was that I r e ally went up after." "Perhaps you ought to h ave s een my fac e when I found out," retortE>d Pelton, dry ly. "I suppo s e I would hav e g o t a sp a nkin g eh?" "You s ure would Wid e Of a ll things-to ris k a life for a doll!" "But, chi ef, that doll was just as much to c rip p led li t tle Martha Curry as the child her s elf would have bee n to lllr s Curry." Pelton did not answer in words; but he gripp e d hi s young captain's hand tightly. After the apparatus had been housed by Belmont's young firemen our hero walked home, accompani e d part of the way by Terry Rourke . "Oi'm doin' some unai s y thinkin'," confided the Iris h lad. "About what, old f ello w?" "About the toime when old Mr. Le s t e r'll be tellin' us we needn't tak e th e trouble t' come to hi s h o use s o o ften." I've been t hi nking of t hat mys elf." a dmitted Dick. "Thin what' ll we be sayin', whin he does give us the hint?" "But will he?'" "Won't he?" "It's a tou g h problem, Terry I begin to think that the y oun g ladies don t mi n d our callin g." "Ye thin k? de m a n ded T erry, 1 ri th fin e sc o m "Bed ad, I'v e set tl e d that que stion-wid h alf av i he young l a 1ies." "Me an i n g Faith?" "Now, ye don't t h ink fd be tryin' to a s k Miss Kitty too man y que stio ns, d' y e Wide ? "Mr. L e st e r seems to lik e u s w ent on our hero t alking in a low voic e as the chum s halt e d a t a street c o rner. "The most that h e could h ave a ga in s t us, I think, is that we're poor boys. As to anythin g E>l se, he ha s alre a dy received us at his house v e r y c ordiall y O f course, tho ugh, Mr. Le s ter hardly e x p e ct e d that we'd keep o n callin g." "'Tis th' young ladi e s fault thot we do,".s rnilecl T e rry, broadly. "Terry I don't know what ll h a ppen whe n Mr. Le strr does give us a hint to keE>p away Ther e 's o nly one plan I c an s e e ahead of us." "An' what's that?" "We'cl better not c ross the bridge until we come to it." "Beda d ivery toirne we git n ear Mr. Lesther's house Oi' m sh a king for fea r we' ll find th' bridge there, an' a 'nocrossin' s ign up on it." "If our being poor is our only fault, Terry, I'm going to remed y that." "How?" "By being rich myself one of the s e days." "Bedad, thin, Oi' m wid y e r e torted the Irish lacl, thumping hi s fri end on the should e r "Oi'll starrt a knk account in the morning!" "The whole thing is too big to s olve to-night," sig hed

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18 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. Dick "We'll think it over, in time, and solve it somehow. Terry, nothing bu't Kitty Lester herself can ever stop my winning her!" "Shak e !" c ri e d Hourke, his eyes beaming with a new light. Then, seeing a que e r light in Ha.lstead' s eyes, he laughed as he added: 'Tis understood, a:v course, Wide, that 'tis Faith Vane Oi'm talkin' about." "Good night, T erry!" "Good night, Wid e !'1 'rwcnty minutes after-the chums parted Young Wide A wake was i n bed. Y e t not to sleep as yet With the fire fiend, Kitty Lester and t11e details of the night's blaze a ll pas sing in review before his mind, how could tl:e young fire captain hope to get to s leep at an early hour. Until nearly midnight Dick Halstead l ay-awake, tossing from time to time, and thinking hard. "What's that?" he asked himself s u dde nly, his heaxt beating uneasi ly In anothe r i nstant he had raised his head, leaning on one elbow listening with the utmost intentness Cr-r-rac kle There could be no mistake about it: He was too much of a fireman to be fooled in the sound With a throb of p orror, never stopping to dress, the young fireman l eaped from the bed, darting downstairs in his bare feet. 'I'he kitchen wall, n ea r the end of that room, was ab laze, the wood having been 1rell soake d in coa l oil. The burning patch was not yet large As he flew down the stairs our h ero had brought with him an armful of blanket s from his beu. ThC'se h e hastily jammed over the burni:ng wooden wall, throwing his weight with the blankets In a moment he bent back, C)Vering another part of the wall. The blanket s got s lightly afire in t he Lloing of it, but the burning woo l the fireman quickly extingu i shed. Taken so quickly, the fire was put out with but little e ffort. Then Young Wille Awake started to investigate A kitch e n winvhat I'm afraid of. Shall I dres s, chief, ancl hurry out to see if I can find the fellow.anywhere ?'' "Humph l returned the ch ief of police By this time, Wide, you shou l d be well aware that you won t catch him. That fire fiend is the fastest sprinter and ghost runne r that ever hit this State. No; go back to bed ancl be ready for the alarm that's li kely to come in within the next hour. I'll have my men look for the lnnati c." Young 'Nide Awake did go up to bed, yet, tired as h e wa s it w as two in the morning before he finally dropped off into a sleep of exhaustion CHAPTER VIII. TERRY RJWISTEI:S "FRmf l\IISSOURT." Before the n ext forenoon was far adva nced B elmont had taken ifa fire fiend scare as serio u s l y as it knew how. The mayor formed a committee of safety to consider how best to catc h this maniac :fire fiend The committee s ugge sted the offering of a reward of five hundred dollars for the capture of the m a niac. At a special meeting, q ui ck l y held, the Coun ci l voted that amount as a reward. There were scores of people now engaged in looking ac tively for the mysterious wretch. In addition, every householder had made a search of his premises Yet three days pa sse d without :finding any clue to the fire fiend. The n Belmont breathed more eas il y Its human scourge had been frightened into flight, the townspeople believed. The danger was over, and the scare went with it. In those three clays there was .not a sing l e fire alarm, which strengthened tl1e general belief that the fire fiend was now favoring some other community with his presence On e afternoon, after schoo l and hmcheon, Young Wide Awake starte d for a brisk walk through the country to the south of Belmont. Yet at all times he was carefu l to keep within half a mile of Main Street, fur the r e was no telling when the fire alarm might summon him to duty. At la s t om h e ro turned and walked ba c kward. He had r eached the corner of Ellis anrl Holmes Streets, when h e espie d Terry, standing near the corner, his sturdy face crossed by s mil es and grins. "Why, T erry, man, you look as though you'd heard the greatest joke of the season." "l\f aybc Oi have, Wide," retorted Rourke, mysteriou s l y "Out with it, then." "Guess!"

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YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 19 "I lrn rnn't time;-Come out with your joke." "Tis uot mine," Terry asserted 'Tis what the ProtectiYes are doing." "Parsons's crowd?" "The same "Well, what are they doing, Terry?" "Parsouss crowd, so Oi hear, are going in for a course of study." "Stndy? What are you talking about, Terry?" demanded our hero, impati e ntly "\ ti;c science of where to put their hands," chuckled T erry. "Boxing ?" "Th' same. mrns a slugging rnill down in Tjncoln. He comeinp here now, I hear, twice a week, to teach the Protecti\es how to put up their hands." "It's fine exercise," said Wide, innocently. "So 'tis," agreed Rourke "But 'tis not exactly for ex ercise them byes is wantin' it, Oi'm thinking." Wide opened his eyes a bit "I think I see, old man. Parsons and his friends don't enjoy the story of how we cleaned them out at fistic uff s They're practicing, so as to be ready, by and by, to chan ge the score." 'Tis that very way Oi figure it," declared Terry. "An' no ixpinse spared, either. That feller Shaughnessy is one of the quickest hitters that's teaching anywhere He's full av new ideas for trick blows and the like av that." "Perhaps our crowd may as well count on being thrashed, then," suggested Young W i de Awake. "They have me guessin', anyway allowed Rourke. Then, of a sudden, g l a n cing down Ellis Street, he gripped our hero's arm. "That's the dandy!" cried Rourke, nodding down the street at a young man of twenty-eight or so, a jaunty, half swaggering, quick-stepping, alert looking and athletic young man wh o was stepping out from the door of Pro tective One's house. "The g r eat and only Shaugh nessy! breath e d Dick, curi ously. "Must be," Terry declared. "Yes, he's a boxer, be every cut of his figure I" Professor Shaughnessy, as he passed the two young fire men, merely looked at them. Yet thefe was a fl.ash in his eye as h e noted two young men who looked as if they were built to be ideal boxe rs. "D'ye remimber the thousand old Parsons offered to the fellow who saved his son at the fire the other night?" asked Terry. "Yes," replied Young Wide Awake, grimly. -"W11en ye get the money," prodded Terry, teasingly, will y_e s pend some av it in hirir. g p:ofissor to come a r ound an' give some of us fellows lesson s in the ar rt ?" "Yes, when I get the money from Parsons," our hero agreed, grimly. need to wait for the money, argued Terry, mockrngly. "You and Fred Parsons ar re that kind av friends that ye can ask Fred himself to show ye w hat the profissor is teaching the Protectiv e boys." "Oh, they mean to show us, all right, in their own t:me, and in their own fashion," promised Young Wide Awake "Figure on it, Terry, that ihose fellows are taking J e ;so::s in the hope of learning how to thump u s as -they'd lik e to." "He re come two av the new young scientists that ar-re s tud y ing the nudged R our k e g l a n cing qown the street. The two young men who were at that mome n t l eaving the house of Protective One were Fred Parsons and h i s Larry Downe s "Do me eyes decieve me, whispered T erry, "or ar-re they already walkin' straighter and holdin' themse lves bet-ter than they used to?" I belicre they are holding themselves r athe r w ell," r e pli e d Young Wide Awake, after a brief look at the p air. "I wondher av they know how to foig h t an n y b etther ? asked Rourke, wonderingly. "Terry!'' utte red our hero, sharply. "\Yell, me lad?" questioned Rourke, innocently, turn in g a pair of now mild blue eyes on Young Wide Awake. "Terry, I dirln't like the look of your eyes a second a g o "Now, didn't ye?" asked the Irish boy, wonde r i n gly "There was a look of mischief in them "Was there?" 1 "Yes ; and that, in connection with the fact that P a rs on s and Downe s are head e d this way, and that you seem to be waiting for them, makes me nervous. u "Ye look loike a lad with a bad case av nerves!" jee r e d Terry, pl eas antly. "Terry, don't you start any trouble with those fellows "Oi wudn t think av it," protested Rourke, promptly "I was afraid you might start trouble. Terry, we \ ran t to keep out of trouble all we can and let the other cro1rd make fools of thems e lves instead "They nade no insthruction in that," d ccl2 rej yoL ng Rourke "Shall we walk on up toward Main 'street?" s uggeste r. Wide "Not until Oi've seen the darlin's go by." "Terry!" "Now, lad?" "No trouble, mind you!" "Not a bit av it," promised Rourke instantly Fred Parsons, looking ahead, saw the young p::ir frorr: Washington One. "Those fellows are up to mischief," he whispered to Larry. "Let 'em be, said Down eR, indiffer e ntly. "Shall we cross the street?" suggested Fred.

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I 2 0 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. "Cross the street?" echoed Lar ry, cont emptuously "Wh at for?" S o they kep t o n nearing our youn g friends, tho u gh look in g past the l a tte r as if they did not see them "Av ye' r e looki ng for the scientist that's insthructing ye,'' g r i nn ed T e r ry, innocently, h e's ju st ca u ght the throl ley a t Main Str eet. vVe h aven't ask e d you for a n y directions,'' scowled Fred "Oh! s aid Te rry Well, excuse me for bein' inther ested i n yer l essqns in the man l y ar-rt. The manly ar-rt? H o w soon does t h e p rofissor t h ink ye'll be good and manly?" D o you k n o w a n yt hin g about minding your own busi n ess? g lar e d Larry. "Not m u ch," T er ry a dm itted. "Oi'm thinkin' av a s kin' ye for pointers " I coul d give you a l o t spoke Downs, contemptuously I w i s h ye'd give m e a fe w of the koincl that ye're having fres h every clay from t he p r ofissor," Terry went on, tanta lizin g l y "What c ould y ou d o w i t h such pointers?" sneered Larry Downes. H e h ad halte d before our young friends, and, being some two a nd a h alf inc hes tal l e r than the Irish lad, was trying to tower over him Fred's face betrayed t h e fact that he \rished himself far from t his corner, but he could not run off and leave his frien d Wha t coul d Oi do wid pointers?" repeated 'l'erry. "Iveryt hin g O i'm lately from 1\fissouri, ye know, and Oi loik e to be shown things " You mi g h t l earn too much," hinted Downes, in an ugl y ton e O h, that 's t h e beauty av gettin' yure education in Mis s ouri," con tinued Ter ry. "Ye can niver get enough av a nn ything that's new. Ye can stand bein' shown all day l ong In fact, ye have to be shown, av ye come from Missouri." 1 "One o f these days I'll take pleasure in showing you somet hing," rep l ied Larry Downes, stiffly. "I'll take you in on my r agamuffi n day T erry, much t o our hero's surprise, only gr.inned mi l d l y at the ins ult. Sti ll Young A.wake knew t hat mischief was ing DOW 'l 'erry was dou bly dangerous when he was extremely good natured with an enemy ' Oi'm womlheri ng,'' hi n ted Rourke, "whether S h augh nessy is teaching ye rale boxing, or just hand-patting "Oh, you! Bosh! g lowered Larry, and woul d have passed o n but Terry, tho u gh still smiling, took a quick step t hat l anded h i m neat l y in Larry's forward path. J ust show me wan or two things now," begged the Irish boy, smil ing ly. "F'r insta nce, whin a good-nat u red gossoon makes believe he's going to rest a hand on the tip av yer c h i n t h in shoots out his other hanc1, instead, and caresses ye o n the wind, does the profissor show ye the answer?" I Terry put out his right hand, open, and without force, as if to lay it clown on Downes's chin, then quickly with drew the hand just before Downes could brush it aside ) Instead, Terry rested his left hand ever so gently aga.inst the bottom of Larry's vest. "Have ye the answer for that, or does that problem come in a later lesson?" asked Terry, mildly "See here, don't get too gay," warned Larry, beginning to lose his patience "How can a poor, ignorant little gossoon l ike me get gay, or aven feel that he'd loike to be gay, whin he has no high priccd profissor to teach him?" queried Terry, innocently. "But av ye can't solve that problem, let me put it to you another way. Downes was fuming, raging, yet he saw that to turn on his heel and walk quick l y away would onl y make it possible for Terry to send a jeering laugh after him. "Now, suppose,'' proposed Terry, "that a gossoon that didn't know anny better was to lead out his right, thin duck, go nndher yure ar-rm anc1 land in the small av yure back, just over the kidney? Does the profissor teach ye the prescription for that?" Terry illustrated with the speed of lightning, yet without force or anger. He lande
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, YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S HOOK AND LAD DE R W ORK. ml' = But the face was not there. Neithe r was Terry. H e side stepped, ducked, !'WLmg and landed a hard, rocklike l itt l e fist just above Larry's belt. "That's what Oi said," observed Terry, side steppi n g again "You're all wind, a nyway. You can't fight,'>. fu med Larry. It stopped the talle r boy. "Ouch gasped Larry "Is .it so? Thin maybe it's good for me that O i don't have to be doing any foighting just now!" T here was a look of pain on his face, glared. though he still That was carrying things altogether too far . "You lit t l e to u g h !" h e panted . But T erry was not poor enou gh sportsman to follow up his first blow with a second, which he coul d easily have done. "That was wan av the prob l ems Oi was going t' ask ye about," grinned T erry, coolly. "Oi see ye haven't come to it yet.' It's in the man's course, and ye're still in the first l essons av the gir-rl's course av Profissor Shaughnessy's insthruction.'' "I'll show you wheth e r I'm learning anything or not!" r oared Larry He had got 'his wind back now, and his temper, under that unmercifu l chaffing, was up several degrees higher than it had been before. H e threw himself into the attituds of the boxer T e r ry looked at; h i m with eyes fu ll of mock wonder aiid a dmi r ation. "Shure, g_ot the pose a ll right-as .well as ann y gi rr l iver I saw thry it in a gym," cried Rourke "Come on, you little mick !" dared Larry. "Shure," replied Teny, generously, "Oi'd, be afraid Oi'd spoil the pose "Is there any fight in yo?" demanded Downes, aggres sive ly. "Not a bit," sighed Terry "Oi niver had the gir rls' course u ndher Shaughnessy My, my l Don't it hurrt ye to stand l oike that? Av iil" does, rest a moment, thin shift to the other foot." I 'll stand you o n your head raged Larry Downes, l eaping forward. Like most brand -new pupils in boxing, he forgot a ll the science he had been acquiring from his instructor But I1arry was no wea.k1ing. He had well-trained mus cles and possessed a good dea l of crude strength. He aimed four o r five b lows at Terry as quick l y as he coul d shoot t h em out. I t was a ll in vain h owever, for T erry ducked a n d s ide stepped ever y time Just for a teaser Terry put one in on Downes's ribs. Then, as he saw that 'Downes was growing madder, and did not mean to stop, Terry feinted, following it up with a b low that caught Larry just where it made his nose bleed. B u t, being not by any means a coward Larry again sai led Ill. "rt'a be a shame to hur-rt ye," proposed Terry, dodging two or three blows without really attempting to get in an other himself. ':Hurt nothing!" sniffed Downes, angrily. Downes lost the last bit of his temper, and all his c au t ion went with it. He darted in, trying to grapple, a game in which he might ha".,e the better of it on account of Rourke's small er size and frame But Terry objected to being seized. He made a fake side-step, went the other way instead, then foliowed up with a crasher than landed on Downes's left eye. "Ouch!" The bigger fellow staggered back dizzily. Then, realizing that Terry was no't following up h is ad vant'age unfairly, Larry put down his hands, fished o u t his handkerchief and applied it to his eye. "Is it closed, lad?" asked Terry, in a voice of so muc h concern that Larry swore angrily under his breath Young Wide Awake had stood by to see fair play, an d also to restrain Terr y if the latter's anger carri e a hi m too far But young Rourke had never been in a bette r-natu red mood in his life. As Downes's handkerchief f ent up, a mute, white flag, our hero could not help a smiling glance into Fred P ar sons's face 1 "You fellows think you're the whole earth, don't you ever since you got your fir s t invitation to Kit Lester's \ house?" sneered Fred. "Don't drag a godd girl's name into a street b rawl !" wa{necl Young W icle A wake, with a fl.ash of his eyes. "Huh! She's a pretty cheap girl_..:.to have anything to .do with your kind, Halstead!" Young Wide Awake's face went a s white as chalk. He gulped once or twice, then managed to speak "Put n p your hands; Fred Parson s No, you needn't try to back out! It won't do yc .. u a bit of good. You've got lo fight. I'm going to thump you to a standstill after that insult" to a gqod girl! Up with your hands, or you'll get it before you're ready!" Fred put up his hands, shaking between rage and fear. Then Young Wide Awake sailed into him. Terry's little amusement had passed off without out side spectators. / But just at this instant two boys up on the Main Street corner caught sight of what was going on. "Row, ro:w, row!" they yelled, and came pelting down the street. A dozen others heard the cry. "Row, row, row!" they yelled, and joined in the r u sh. Then schoolboys seemed to pour in from all sides. Yet what they saw they had to take on the jump.

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22 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. For Young Wide Awake, aroused to his ugliest by the The rough-looking pair stopped before a paint-supply taunt at Kitty Lester, was making the shortest work of the store, looked in, then entered . a'ffair that he knew how to do. "They' re strangers, sure enough," mutter ed Young Wide First came a hard tap on the nose. Awake to himself. "It may not do any harm to look after Next Fred's right eye was closed. them, either." Then a blow across the mouth cut his lips and brought . He passed the open door of the shop just in time to hear more blood. one of the pair ask the storekeeper for gasoline. Young Wide Awake measured his man now and drove "You'd have attracted attention to yourself doing that in a swinger that caught him under the jaw at the left. here a few days ago," remarked the storekeeper, as he took Fred toppled, but Wide darted forward and caught him the can. just in time to prevent Fred from receiving a cracked head "Why?" asked one of the pair. on the stone sidewalk. "There was a fire fiend in town who used gasoline. But Then Wide knelt on his chest. we have a good description of the fire fiend, which neither "You apologize, of course?" he demanded, coldly, while of you answer. So I guess you can have the oil." eager boys thronged around them in a closely packed ring. "We want it for a job of cleaning," spoke up one of the "No' pafr, quietly. "Then you'll have to get up and stand a real fight this "Oh, of course it's all right," nodded the storekeeper, time." h. handing back the filled can and taking lS money. I-can't fight any more-now!" "Oh; you're on, are you, Wid e ?" asked the storekeeper, "It's either fight or apologize, you cur!" as he encountered our hero at the door. "Then-I apologize," admitted Fred, sulkily. "But you "Just wondering whether there's anything to be on to," fo rce it from me." replied the young fire captain. "As I'm out for a walk, "I don't care how it comes," retorted Wide, while the anyway, I may as well,. follow them a little way." spectators stood looking on with grins of appreciation. "I hope they're all right," muttered the storekeeper, ne:r .. "Now, Parsqns, listen! This isn't the tenth part of the vously. thumping you'll have to stancT if you ever of. Young Wide Awake did not U1ake it too plain that he fense. I think you understand. You may get up Young Wide Awake leaped lightly to his feet. was following. t. Y e t he kept the pair within sight, from a distance. Then he gripped Rourke Uy tire elbow. Their course took them up Main Street, until they had "We've had scene enough here, T e rry. Come on." n e arl y -left th e town. The two chums walk e d off up Holmes Stre et toward Main Then off to the left the y went, toward open country. Street, while the crowd of smaller boys, after looking over ed "If U1ey have a job it's queer it isn't in town," Downes and Parsons, gave v ent to jeers of derision. \Vide .. "They sur ely will bea. r watching "Say," observed one small, freckled urchin, He fell back further behind now, though he did not allow looking at Fred, "why don't you dudes take a few lesson1' himi;elf to, lose s ight of the pair1 in scrappin' ?" "D'ye know, Wide, it wud be a shame to tell ShaughCros s ing two wine fields the pair headed up towards the nessy how badly his pupils profit by his insthruction !" bare timber of a forest on a hill slope. Now our hero struck out on anothe:v course and reached CHAPTER IX. YOUNG WIDE AWAKE SPOTS A PAIR O F "BUSINESS" MANIACS It was early afternoon of the clay following. The yo1rng captain of Washington One, having finish e d his meal after school, had just reached the corner of Main on his way for a little stroll. Two rough-looking men passed him. They were dressed like lah9rers, but it was their face s that caught the young fireman's eye. They clid not look like honest, useful members of society. (
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YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. 23 "Some trouble getting gasoline in town," remarked one of the pair he had followed . "What's the matter?" asked another of the five. "Why, there's been a fire-bug there ahead of us." "Some feller cutting into our line of business?" askecl the other speaker. "What's that?" gaspetl Young Wide Awake, listening now with an attention that was almost fierce. "Have I stumbled upon more fire :fiends-five of them, at tltat ?" "Oh, no!" answered the first speaker "Just some crazy galoot, setting fires for the of the thing 0"Huh !" "Nothing at an l ike our lay," grinned the first speaker. "Got your whole plan made for to-night?" "Yes "Let's have it, then ''Well, you know where you're to set your fire, at just midnight?" "And Jorgin knows where he's to set his, at just three minutes past midnight?" "Y.es,'' spoke another of the men. "In the meantime the three of us will be near the bank. At midnight we start to get in from the rear, just as soon as the first alarm comes in. Now, Buck, when you've set your fire and turned in your aJarm you get on your wheel and come flying for the bank. Jorgin does the same, as soon as he's started his fire good. Don't either of you send in the alarm too1soon, 'cause we want the fires to be good ones. "Oh, you do, do you?" palpitated listening Young Wide Awake. "The two alarms will pull out the whole fire department and all the police,'' went on the leader. "It's the cops, o-f course, that we want to get out of our way. Now, with two of us inside the bank, wJrking the safe, you other three out watching in the street, we'll pull the job through in record time. If any nosey citizen comes poking arom;1d, either J>efore or after the charge is exploded in bank safe, that citizen is to be shat without nonsense. We're playing for a fifty thousand dollar stake, at least, and we can't afford to save cartridges "This is wi1ere I get out," murmured Young Wide Awake, excitedly I'll mighty soon be back herewith the right sort of a crowd." He turned to ll'Oll slowly awp.y from tlrn spot without noise. Just at that instant our hero saw, not wholly with pleasure, one of his "crowd." This was Trot, the mongrel coach dog that slept at the engine house and played the well-acted part of mascot to the young crew of W asbington One. Though TTot usually remained at th<' engine house, ancl always responded to all alarms that called out the Washing tons, Trot sometimes came out for a stroll with our hero. Evidently the dog had been looking for Young Wide A wake this afternoon Plainly, too, Trot had struck the scent and followed it, for, though he did not yet see our hero, he was coming straight along, his nose to the ground. Young Wide Awake held up a warning finger for si l ence and no nonsense or ju, mping. But Tr,ot, looking up at that moment, caught s i g h t o f master and finger. With a glad yelp he bounded forward. "What's that noise?" growled a hoarse v oice,, from below. There was a rush in an instant. "Young Wide Awake leaped to his feet, turned and trie d lo sprint away for all he wall worth But in turning his foot tripped against a bared root Thump He was down like a fl.ash, and ere he coul d g et up he was pinned there by two men "Wc'Ye caught something with a l o ng nose, I r ecko n, flared the leader of the gang, grim l y . CHAPTER X A MASCOT IN eNEED. Gr r -r! Trot, not at a11 liking what he saw happerllng t o h i s young master, was showing his teeth . "Shoot the cur, J orgin," gritted one of the men w h o had hold of our hero. Young wide Awake'.s heart bounded. To have the mascot perish would be like losin g all luck in a lump. "Home, Trot!" Young Wide Awake bellowed l usti l y "Home, sir!" Bang! The shot was fired just as Young Awake was yanked to his feet. With horror he saw-the hullet clip the ground j ust past the growling, bristling dog. "Home, he commanded huskily Bang! Again the bullet zipped the ground just past the dog. But it must have zipped the tip of one of Trot's ears, too, for the dog uttered a yelp as it bounded away. Bang! 'rhe third shot went wide, for now Trot, his ta il between his legs, was traveling as fast as he knew how. "And what are yon doing here, younker ?" demanded the leader of these yeggmen. "Awai ting your pleasure, I reckon," uttered Young Wide Awake, grimly. "None of yer p l easantry growled the fe llow. "Well, you're in a position to call for what you wan t," replied Young Wide Awake, cooily. A man on either side of him held him now. But Wide had not even the slightest thought of maki n g aJ1y break for freedom at the present. These men were armed, and yeggmen of this sort, always hounded close by the police, grew so desperate that no sort of violence is past them. "Been playing the peeper o n us, have ye?" dema nded t h e leader. "I've been taking a walk throug h the woods w i t h my

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24 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE' S HOOK AND LADDER WORK. dog, if that's wha t you mean, replied t h e youn g fir e c ap tain, with a look o f g r ea t irinocenc e "Oh, y ou have, e h ? sneered t he l eade r "Your walk ended soone r th an ye t h oug h t i t would di
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' . .... YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER Wo'RK. 25 I two revolvers, while the other yeggmen were hurrying to the spot. "The kid we tied is getting away," announc e d the lef\der "But how on earth, kid, did ye ever get out of that lash ing?" "I never saw the man yet who could tie me so that l'd stay tied," replied Young Wide coolly. "Then we'll watch you, instead," declared the leader. "This way with you." Since to disobey was to run -a. gauntlet of bullets, Wide followed the yeggs back to their campfire. "Sit down," was the gruff order, and the boy sat. "Well, you re a bird," uttered the yegg leader. "I've heard that said beiore," admitted Young Wide Awake, coolly: "Tie a rop around the kid's neck and s trangle him," growled one of the yeggs. "That's the onl; thing that'll be safe for us." "Oh, you don't need to do that," urged our h ero, qui c kly. "I'm no fool. I don't want to die. Even whe n I untied myself I didn't bolt, as I might have don e R e ally, I don't want to spoil your game." "Then you admit that you know wba.t our game is?" de-manded the leader, grimly. "I do, and it's like what you said of a.bird." "And you'd cook our bird in a s e cond, if you could eh?" "Not by a long shot. I don't want to s poil s uch a pre tty scheme. Why, if !thought you f ellows would use me on the dead level, square, I could tell you bow to make a bigger haul than you're going to to-night." "What could you tell us?" "What would I get for it?" counter-que s tion e d Youn g Wide Awake. "It'd depend on how much yer tip was worth a n d whether we already knew what ye thought ye was tipping us off to," the yegg leader. Young Wide Awake pretend e d to fence ca. ution s l y at first; then he pre tended, finally, to feel mor e confidence in the good intentions of the others. At last he was talking freely, all about the bank, the post-office, the mills and other places where safes fbll of money might be expected. They don't take much stock in what I'm telling them," muttered Young Wide Awake to himself. "I'm not fooling 'em much. Still, they're in hopes they can pump something out of me that will be worth their while to know." So, since our hero's only real object was to kill time, he kept on and kill e d a lot of it. '"Yery entertaining, kid, very," broke in the yegg leader, at last. "That's, what I supposed you'd say," uttered Dick, quick ly. "You pump me dry, and then you won't turn a dollar my way, after You fellows may have nerve, but you're a cheap lot, jus t the same!" In the next instant our hero could see that his sudden display of spirit had made far from a bad impres s ion on his hearers. "Ps -s-s-st !" broke in Jorgins, suddenly. "What's that noi s e ove r there in the trees? Boys it sounds like trouble." "Prowlers!" whisp e red another unea s ily. "Jorgins," murmured the leader, "slip behind the kid." J orgins bounded to his post like a flash, his revolver in his hand. "Stick the muzzle close against the kid's head," pered the le;der. "If ye hear the least sound of trouble, J or gins, don't wait. Just blow the roof off the kid's head l" CHAPTER XI. SETTLING WITH .A LUNATIC. While J orgip.s s tood at bis post, wholly pre:g_ared to carry out orders, his four comr ades stepped forward into the woods. "Any one there?" hailed the leader, in a cool, grim voice: "Yes/' came an equally cool answer, in a tone that thrilled Young Wide Awake, for the voice was that of Po lice Chief Jason Sharp. '"Who are ye?" hailed the yegg. "The Belmont police." "Don't come forward, then!" warned the yegg. "Why not?" queried Sharp, easily. "You'll be shot if ye do!" "That's one of my as an officer," replied Jason Sharp, coolly. "I'm paid for being shot at. Now, my man, I'm coming through to you, and I mean to explain what's ahead of you. If you fire upon me it will be to your own cost. We've got you surrounded by J!lore armed men than you'd care uJ fa ce-and others are bringing up the dogs. If you try to br e ak away in an y direction you'll be fired on and brolJ,ght down-then chewed by the dogs. Now hold your temp e r s for a minut e or two, while I come through and talk with you." Wide Awake heard the crunching footsteps before Jason Sharp, alone, and with no weapon in his hands, stepped into view. Just beyond, out of sight, Trot yelped eagerly, as if he were trying to follow and some one was holding him. "You men don't want to put up any fight against the trap we've got you in,'' proposed doughty little chief, looking swiftly at each of the men. "You haven't got the show that a snowflake would have at the equator. You, there, with a gun at Young Wide Awake's head, put that gun up!" J orgi.DJ; sJo.wly took the muzzle of the weapon away from our hero's head, though he held it ready for quick use. "Now, the first thing I want you all to do,'' continued Jason Sharp, briskly, "is to put your guns down on the ground together. Over at the roots of that ash tree will do for a spot. ''You first,'' nodding at J or gins. "Not until I get the word fro!ll my own boss," retorted Jorgins. "I'm your boss now," retorted Sharp, drily. ''Take your gun over and put it at the root of that ash tree." J orgins stood sullenly still. '

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2 6 YOUNG WIDE .AW AKE'S HOOK AND LADDER WORK "ff I have to repeat that order, my man," spoke the little office r, sha rply, "I'll use my office as chief o f police to make you good for twenty years behind the bars !" With a growl Jorgins started over to the ash to deposit his revolver That broke the whole spirit of fight One after another, as ordered, the yeggs marched over to the ash tree, depositing their guns. Sharp now turned, speaking to those out of sight "I want one of you to come out of the line beyond," he said, "and take charge of the guns of these yeggs "Ue ?" proposed Terry Rourke's voice, eagerly. "Yes, you'll do, Rourke." Terry and Trot came scampering to the sccene and made a bee-line for the ash tree. "You, Young Wide Awake, can help me now," observed 1 t11e chief, !\S 'ferry picked up a pair of the revolvers. "We'll iron these chaps The chief drew out a pair of handcuffs. Our hero snapped them on the wrists of the leader. Then another pair were titted, and another. "Are they all secure?" asked Sharp, at last. ''All fast, chief Sharp s tepped ove r to the ash tree, loading revolv ers inlo his pockets "Now, you men step forward," he ordered. "And you two youngsters, when you get through shak,ing hands with each other, can help me tend this herd through to town.'; The little posse an..d its prisoners reached the fields beyond ''Say," growled the leader of the yeggs, rest of your crew ?" "C+ew ?" echoed the little chief. "Well, your posse, then ?" "where' s the "You see all there is to it," remarked Sharp, quietly. "What?" "Fact!" "Say," quivered the leader of the yeggs, "ye don't mean to tell me that ye held the five 0 us up with the hel:ii of a dog and a small boy ?" "Small boy, am Oi ?" growled Terry, resentfully. "I didn't have any gun at the time," replied Jason Sharp, more quietly than ever. "Ye didn't have any----ay, don't tell me ye pinched the wl1ole tough gang of us with nothing but your nerve?" "Why, I would have brought a revOlver, perhaps," drawled Chief Sharp, "but I found that :five pairs of' hand cuffs were all the metal I wanted to carry. More stee l have sagged my pockets and spoiled the, fit of my clothes." "And ye bagged us jus t with yer nerve?" snarled th,e yegg leader, wonderingly "With that and the iniij esty of the law behind me," all:i;nitted. the doughty littl c chief. The yeggs swore loudly and roundly bi:i.t it was too late now to sulk or balk. They were marched !nto town and jailed. Later on it was discovered that all were hard characters who were "wanted" elsewhere 'Twas me that Trot rea ched first," Terry explained to our hero. "Oi was all at the engine ho1;lse whin Trot, the doggy darlin', came bolting in. Whin Oi got star-rted on you're note 'twas me in steam shoes for the station house. "Shar-rp read the note, too, and thin he starrted. He said there wasn't toime t pick up another policeman, an', besides, we could do bettherh wud make too much noise. Shure, but the little man is the one that has his nerve in hi s pocket." Once they reached the town, a wondering crowd formed at their heels and followed. In the meantime another of Washington One had come upon some excitement all his own. Brad was passing through Davis s treet oppo site an old tenement house that had been condemned and was about to be.pulled down to make way for a more hand some structure. As l iis g l ance swept carelessly past the windows, Brad gavy a sudden gasp and a start, then stoppe d and swal lowt:t1 hard. For, for just a se<'ond or so, at one of the windows on the lop floor, he caught s i ght of a wild face. "'l'he fire fiend !" gasped Brad. The face rlid not appear there again. "Why, that house was searched all the way throu gh," qtiavered the young fireman, darting across the st reet He tried the street door, which yielded and let him in. with never a thought beyond getting within eye-range of the fire fiend, Brad >'tarted up the st'airs He wenfon tip-toe up three flights to the top floor. There h e halted, looki ng a ll around him. "That must be the door to the room that the fire fiend was in," trembled Rracl. "I wonder if he's iit there now?" With all stealth, Brad Thompson crept closer to the door Yank! The door fiew open so swiftly that e r e the young fireman could dart back he was seized by the collar and dragged into the room. "So, I've got you, :von littl e meddler, :mu mischicf make r !"chuckled a harsh voice. "I've caught you, have I?" S lam Brad was hurled to the floor so hard that it knocked him out. When he came to it was with a quiver of terror Fire was crack ling in the room where the fuaniae fire fiend had started it. Brad found his wrists and arms tied tightly, whil'e the fire fiend, chuck ling hoarsely, was ski pping about with a blazing torch. ---. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. It was still an hour before supper, and Slam Bang, who was hun gry, as he often was through the day, slipped into his mother's pantry.

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YOUN G WI D E AWAKE'.:\ H O O K AND LADDER WORK. 27 S lam was t h e cham pion eat er of the Wa.sh i ngtons -and of all Belm o n t for t h a t mat',e1-.. He ate somethi ng w h e n ever h e t h o ught of i L Ile car r i e d cookies an d sand w i c hes to scho ol wit h him. H e w as always on the hun t for somet h in g new a nd g o o d to e at. His pocket money, whene v e r h e had an y a lmost inv ar i ably pa ssed over the c a shi er's c ounter in a r est a ur ant. Tradition had,.it that Sl a m g ot up twice, at l e ast ever y night and went downstairs for something to e a t. "I n eed s omething jus t t o tide me o v er until stl pper tirne uttered Slam, as he eye d the panJ_ry shelves. Slam's delighted g a z e fell upon a mince pie, wit h de liciously browned :flaky puffy crust. "Bully!''. he ga s ped, and grabbed the whole pie up from the plate. He took a huge bite, his eyesrollin g w ith joy. But at instant he happened to g l a n c e out of the pantry window. He saw flame s corning from on e of the up p er windows of that desert e d ten e m ent ill Davis Street. "Fire!" h e chok e d He looked down a t the rest of th e pie for ju s t a s e c ond Then, it in. two pieces, h e b olted from the p an-try, stopp e d in the h allway only lon g eno u g h to hi s cap and then he bolt e d for th e nea rest fire-al a r m box. He pulled in the alarm, then glance d h a p p il y dow n at the pie. He took his tim e e at ing th e pie, r elis h i n g every morsel as only a hun g ry bein g c an Th e n carefull y w ipin g hi s mouth th a t th e r e might b e no tell-tale evid ence l e ft, he w aited fo r Wash ingto n One. The alarm had been an s w e r e d in r ecord tim e By the time that the hose was coupled, H ook a nd L a dder One was on the spot. It had been drawn by c itiz e ns, ho)Vev e r, only one o f the hook and ladder crew having reported in fame to get the You ng W ide Awa k e' s fire: hook s truck against the torch, l iashing it fro m the fir e fiend 's h a nd. L ike a flash Terry g rappl e d with the lunati c from behind T hey went ove r in a twinkling and the fire :fie nd, s ubdued o nl y t h roug h s heer exha u s ti o n was out into t h e h allway, w h e re four fellows s at on him until Chief J a son Sh a rp c ouhl b e called up f rom the s treet to handcuff him. A full minute of Was hin g ton' s prompt, ull stream put out th e last s parks of the blaze. I Th e n y oung fire m e n and citizens thronged up the stairs for a g limp s e of the fire fiend. He w a s .a rav ; ng, viole n t lunatic, pure and simple, as craz y asea March ha.re. "We ll fl.O O n hav e y o u hom e my man, in the dark cell and t h e strait -jack e t,'' mutt e red Chief Sharp, grimly. Down i n t h e stre!)t s the n ews fle w a s if by magic. th e peopl e S lll'ged away to follow th e ii.re :fiend on his mar c h tot h e s tation h o use. B y the tim e that Washin g ton's apparatus had been aga in th e streets a ll a round the s tati o n hous e were blocked bv t h e c rowd. blew, b e ll s rang, a nd tinklin g t e lephone bells all \ over Belmont s ummon e d p e ople to hear the wonderful news: "'l' h e fir e fiend-the real one--has been c a ught at last: Y oun g Wid e Awake a nd hi s fireme n g ot him!" Brad was. c on g r a tul a t erl on e v e ry s ide, and praised so th a t h i s face too k o n a blus h t h a t la ste d all the eve ning. Pe r h aps S l a m B a n g was.th e happiest of any on e :For t h a t h.ung r y young ste r l et it g e t out accidentally, how he h a p pene d to diseoverth e fire Th e n a commit tee o f delig hted c itizen s pounced upon S l a m and c ar ried him b y force, though a willing prisoner, to th e finest Tes t a urant in Belmont. It was a littl e befor e half-past s ix when Slam found him truck out. He re s ted o c casionally but it was n e arly ten o'clock when "Never mind; we've got enough to handl e th e la d d e r self a t tabl e k d y W"d A 1 "R ff tl 1 t he fina lly ros e slowly from what he fra nkl y d e clared tf) be wor cne oung 1 e w a rn. un o i e on&es ladd e r there! B e read y to follow me up wit h the hose, th e "finest and most s a tj s f y in g feed of my life.!" , The d in and the excitem ent s e emed to bring out every on e Hal Give a dand y gQod stream whe n we call for it, Joe T e rry, l e ad three or four hemen !" in B e lmont In a jiffy the ladd e r was swung in place. Jus t a s dark was coming on the great twin lights of the .. With Young Wide Awake at their head, the young fireL e st e r auto w e re seen up Main Stre e t, comin g nearer. men of swarmed up that ladder. John Lester a nd the inmate s of his house had received In the ro()m Brad stood tied to the door, p a ral yzed with th e news, e agei;ly tel e phon e d to them by Mas ter Ted. f ht Mr. Lester was in the auto c ar a s were and F1aith. rig . "I'll give ye a good taste of w h a t fir e s lik e !" roar e d the Young Wid e Awake and T e rry quickly found their way maniac, thms ting the blazing tor c h close t o the cap tive to th e car as it ilrew up befor e the post-office. fireman's face. The y were plied with questions, but soon John Lester "Hurrah I We've got the fire fiend at la st!" roar e d s topp e d them. Young Wide Awake, bursting in through the window. "Ha l st e a d Rourke," he murmured, "you've got so conWheeling, with a dog-like snarl, the maniac s prang at fu s in g iy muc h to tell that it will take an ent ire e vening to our h e ro, brandi s hing the torch. hea r it all. May I impose upon your time-or you "I'll burn your eyes out I" he growled. some o th e r ?" Clash! "If we had," our hero replied, with a swift side glance ..

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28 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S ROOK AND LADDER WORK. \ at his sweetheart's face, "it wouldn't take us long to it." "Then we'll ,whizz homG and send the car after you. You're to bring your appetites and dine with us, remem ber." The mayor and council met that evening. They assembled to discuss the paying of "the reward which had been offered for the capture of the fire fiend. It was soon settled that Brad could not oe conside red the captor, since, instead of capturing the fire fien(l., the latter had caught Brad. Nor could Young Wide Awake b e considered ent itl ed to the reward, since he had b een merely at the head of the captors. It was finally decided by 1J.ie town fathers that the rewaxd of five hundred dollars should go properly to Washington One as a company. Later tJ1e young m e n had tcr decide, by discussion and vote, how the money should be expended. At Young Wide Awake's suggestion it was decided to use it for fitting up their upstairs hall at the engine house as a more enjoyable clubroom for leisure hours. Some wanted a: pool table, others wanted other things. The vote finally pa sed, however, to buy boxing gloves, a wrestling mat, a horizontal bar and some other gymnastic1 sundries, with which the members could always keep them selves in the best condition for their fire duties. "For," as their young captain put it, "all things being equal, the best fireman is the one who's strongest." So the things were bought and the money that was left remained in the company's treasury for use at s ome other time. "However, on the evening of the cap ture, Young Wide Awake and T erry hurried to their h o mes and dressed in record time, then stepped into the Le ste r auto and were whirled away to a dinner amid the ha ppiest surroundings. At the dinner-table boys were k ept busy detailing their adventures of the day. After the clinne r Mr. Lester and Mr. Vane went away to Ehl.joy their cigars in the library. Mrs. Lest e r and Mrs. Vane withdrew to the drawing. room, while the young people, except Ted, who went back to town, drift e d into the music-room "Beclad," Terry sigl1ed in Young Wide Awalrn's ear, when he found a chance, "Oi'm wondhering how long this can lasht." "So am I," admitted Wide, his face clouding. "Where are you going, boys?" asked Kitty, lookin g around from the piano; where she had been standing beside Faith. "Will you excuse us a :few moments, please?" begged Wide, who had gripp e d Terry by the cuff of his coat-sleeve Rourke was wondering as our hero led him thwgh the hallw ay, then tapped on the library door. "Come in," called Mr. Lester. 1 "We have come, sir, said Young Wide Awake, as the young firemen stood before the two fathers, "to ask what may seem a strange question. But we feel that we had better ask it." "Shure we'd better ask the question," muttered Terry, under his breath. "But what's the question, Oi wondher ?" "Go on," urged Mr. Lester, blowing out a cloud of smoke. Young Wide Awake's face was unwontedly pale as he went on: "Mr. Lester and Vane, we've been ca1ling here on your daughters rather frequently of late. We have enjoye d it-have been happy, i:q fact. We hope we may be allowed to continue calling in the future. But we don't want to intrude where we don't belong, or where we're not wanted. We don't want to seem presuming, so we've come to ask yo u frankly and honestly your wishes in the matter. I can only say, more than that, gentlemen, that W.e sha ll naturally bind ourselve s to your answer." "Your question, as far as you've asked it, is easily an swered," said John Lester, plainly. "You are both honest, brave, gentle, enterprising and manly yoirng fellows from all that I hear. Your conduct is excellent at all times. I can find no fault with either 'Df you, and :find much 'in both of you to admire. The further deci s ion must rest with the you;ng laclies themselves For my paxt, you are always wel and more than welcome I know that I for my wife as well." "Mrs. Vane's sentiments and mine are very similar," said Mr. Vane, simply as he reached for another cigar, then turned and held out his hand to the young men. When the two young fir e men found themselves in the hall again, Terry cou.ld not keep from hugging his chum. "Oh, Wide! Wide!" he choked. "Ye've always yure nerve wid ye, and yure winning way, too!" Five minutes later each had told his sweetheart, in his own waY,. "I'm glad you went at papa so frankly," Kitty sm iled sweetly into Young Wide A wake's eyes. "Papa will respect you more for it, too." THE END. Another rattling :fl.re story by the sa1J1e great author will be brought out next week. 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These Books Tell You Everything I I COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, .in clear type and neatly bound in .lD attractive, illustrated cover. of the books are also profus e ly illustrated, and all ?f the subJi:cts treated up.o n are explained in such a simple manner that any lfultl. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified 'a.Ild see 1f you want to know anything about the subjee'al mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICEJ ON RECEIP' r OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. :POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAMEJ AS MONEY Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. M E SMERISM. N?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH OARDS.-EmNo. 81. H O W T O MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap-bracmg all of. the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il proved methods of mesmerism; al s o how to cure all kinds of lustrations. By A. Anderson. diseases by animal magnetism, or, magn e tic healing. By Prof. Leo No. 77: HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH 0.ARDS -Hugo Koch A C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. deceptive Card Tricks as p.erfonned by leading PALMISTRY and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. No. 82. HOW T O DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most apMAGIC. proved methods of reading the lines on the hand, tog ethe r with No. ? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks aud the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. om: mag1c1ans; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, HYPNOTISM. as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 83 H O W T O HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and inNo . 22 TO po SECOND SIGHT.-::--Hellei:'s seconJ sight etructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explame d bJ'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how explaining the most approved methods whi c h are emplo ye d by the the se c r e t dialogues were carried on between the magician and the 1 d S boy on the stage; also giving au the codes and signals. The only ea in g hypnotists of the world By Leo Hugo Koch, A.O. authentic explanation of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the No. 2 1. H O W T O HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete gran?est ?f illusions ever placed before the hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains fuU inpublic. Also tric ks with cards. mcantations, etc. atructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing over t ogethe r with descriptions of game and fish. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals; No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrnteJ. illustrated. Every boy should know how to r o w and sail a boat. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over FuU instructions ar-e given in this little book, together with in!ifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containetructi ons on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. mg ,the secret of second sight. Fu Uy illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full A complete treatise on the horse. Dtscribing the mos t useful hors e s directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds By f o r business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for A. And e rson. FuUy illustrated. d ise a ses pecaliar to the horse No. 73 . HOW. TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers By A. book for boys, containing full directions for constructing cano e s Anderson. Fully illustrated. and the most popular manner of sailing them. FuUy illustrated. .No 7_5. HO'Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing By o S tansfield Hicks. tric ks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. e TELLING. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com. N o 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand Containing the great oracle of human d estiny; also the true m e antogether with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson: in g of almost any kind of dreams, togetl w r wi t h charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. and curious games of cards. A complete book. MECHANICAL. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.Everybody dreams, f rom the little child to the age d man and woman. This little boo k g ives the explanation to all kinds of dre ams, together wi t h lucky and u n l ucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the bo o k of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.Evecyone is desirous of k nowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m isery, wealth or poverty. You can t e ll by a glan c e at this little b ook Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell t he fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rules for telli n g fortune s by the a i d of li nes of the band, o r the secret of palmistry. Al s o the secr e t of telli n g future events b y aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson . ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full instruc tion for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, paralle l bars, hori zontal bars and various other m e thods of developing a good, h e althy muscle; containing over s ixty illu strat ion s Every boy can ber c me strong anJ by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy C ontaining over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditferent positi on s of a goo d box e r. Eve ry boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box wi t h out an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\fE A GYMNAST.-Contain!ng full Instructions for all kind s of g y mna s ti c sports and a t hl etic e xercises. JL'mt>mcing thirtyfive illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and u se ful book. No. rl4. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing a n d the use of the broad s w orJ; also instruction in arc hery. Describe d wit h .twenty-one prac ti ca l illustrations, giving the best positions in f e ncing. A complete book. e TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principl e s of sleight-of-band appli cable to card-tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-band; of tricks involving sl e ight-of-hand, or the use of l()eeia lly prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 29. HOW TO BECOl\lE AN INVENTOR.-Every boy !rnow bow inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics pneumatics, me c hanics, etc The most instructive book published . No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons bow to proceed m order to become a locomotive engineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; togethe r with a full description of an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE INSTRUMEJNTS.-Full dire c tions how to make a Banjo, Violin Zither, JEolian Harp, Xyl<>ph.,,ne and other musi cal instruments; together with a brief de3cription of nearly every musi c al instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S Fitzgerald, for twenty y ears bandmastez: of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lante rn, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for nainting slides. Handsomel y illustrated. By John All e n. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinr complete instruc tions for performing over sixty Mechanical T r ick s By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to u s e them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinr complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects ; also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving s ample letters for instruc tion. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, broth e r, employer; and, In fact, e v erybody and anybody you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land s hould have this book No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and com p osition, with specime n l etters.

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ntE STAGE. N o 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE B O O K .-Containing a great v a riety of the lates t jok es u se d by t he m ost famous e nd men N o amateur minstrels is compl ete without th is wond erful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER C ontai!l i ng a varie d asso,rtn;i ent of titump s peec h es, N eg ro Dutch and Irish. Also end m ens J okes. Just t h e thi ng for hom e amuse ment and amate u r shows. No. 45. '.rHE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE A N D JOIUJ BOOK.Something n ew and v e ry instruc t i ve. Eve r y boy s h ou l d obtai n this book as it contains full instructions for or gan izing an amateur minstrel t r oup e No 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one o f the most o rigi n al jok e boo ks eve r publi shed, and i t is1 b r imfu l of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs j okes, conundrums, etc., of Terre nce Muldoon the great wit, hum orist, and practical jok e r of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good s u bstantial j oke shou l d o bt ain a c opy immediately No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com pl ete instructions how to make up for various characters on t he s tage; together wi t h the duties o f the S t age Manage r, Prompte r S cenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No 80 GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lates t joke s anecdotes and funny stor ies of this world-r e nown e d and ever popular G erman comedian Sixty-four pages ; han d som e colo re d cove r containing a halftone p hoto of the a utho r. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Co ntaining full instructions for constructing a window garde n e ith e r in town or country, and the most approved methods for rais ing beautiful flowers a t hom e. T h e most comp lete book o f the kind ev e r pub lish e d . No 30. HOW 'l'O COOK. One of the most instruc tive books on cooking ever published. It contains recip e s for c ooking meats, fish, game, and o ysters ; a l so pies, puddings, cakes and all kin d s of p as t ry, and a grand collection o f recipes by o n e of our most p o p ular c ooks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE. -It contains information for e verybody, boys girls, m e n and women; i t will teac h y ou how t6 m ake almo s t anything around the house, s uc h as parlor orname nte, b r a c kets c e m ents, Aeolian harps, and bird lim e for catching bi r ds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. H O W T O MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY. A de s cription of the wond erful us e s of electri c i t y and electro magn e tism ; t ogeth e r with full in structions fo r making E l ectric T oy s B atte ri e s, etc. By Geo r ge Trebel, A. M., M. D Containing o ver fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW T O MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con t aining full Jirections fo r m a king el ectrica l mac hin e s, i nduc t i o n c oils. d y namos. and m a ny no v el toys to be work e d by elect r icity. B y R A R. B ennett. Fully illustrate d. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICA L TRICKS.-Containin g a large collection o f instruc tive nnd highl y amusing e lectrical t r ic k s, toget h e r with illustrations. By A Anderson No: 31. HOW TO BECOME A S P EAKE:tt.-Containing four teen 1llustrat10ns giving tbe diffe r e n t posit i ons req ui s ite to become a good spea k e r, r eade r and e l o c utionist. Also co ntain i ng gems from all the popula r !luth o rs of prose and poetry, arrange d in the me>R s imple a nd c onclS:! manne r poss i b l e No. 49 . HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giv i n g r u les for conducting ct .. bate s, outlme s for debater qu e stions fo r di sc us s ion a n d the bell sou r ces for pro curing informat i on on t h e questions i i ven SOCIETY. No. 3. H O W TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation arl fully exp laine d by this little book. B e si d es t h e various m e thods of ha.r:.dk er chief._ fan glove, parasol, window a nd hat flir t a t ion, it con tams a full lis t of the langua ge a nd senti me n t o f flowe rs, which ii to everybody, bot h ol d a nd young Y ou cannot be happJ without one. No. 4. HOW T O DANCE i s t he title of a n e w and handsome littie book jus t is s u e d by Tousey It co ntains full instruc tions in the art of d a n c ing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties, h o w to dre s s, and full di r ections for c a llin g off in all popular square danc es. No 5 HOW T O MAKE LOVE.-A compl ete guide to love, courts h i p a n d marriage, giving s e nsible a dvice, rules a n d e tiquette to be o bsene d, with many c urious and i nteresti n g thin g s not gen erally known. No. 17 HOW '.rO DRESS.-;Contai n i n g full in struction in the art of d r essing and appearing well at hom e and a b ro ad giving the selections of colors, mater ia l a n d how to h ave the m mad e up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFU L .-One of the b r ighte s t and most valuable littl e boo k s ever given to the world. Eve rybody wish e s to know how to b e come b eautiful, both mal e and fem ale. The secret is simple, a nd almost co s tless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS No. 7 HOW TO KEEP B IRDS.-Han dso m e l y illustrated an4 containing full instructions for the managem ent and traini ng of the cana ry, moc kin g bird, bobolink black b ird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTR Y PIGEON S AND RABBITS.-A useful a nd instructi v e b o ok Hands omely illus trate d H y Ira Dro fraw. N o 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inc luding hlnt1 on h o w to catch mol e s, w e a s e ls, otte r, rats, sq uirre ls and bir.d1. Also how to cure skins C o pio u s l y ill us trate d. By J. Harrington Keen e. No. 50. HOW T O STUF F BIRD S AND A NIMALS.-' valu a ble b ook, giving instruc tions in collectin g pre paring, mount1n1 and pres erving bird s animals and insec t s No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givlng com plete information as to the manner and method of rais ing keepint, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; als o giving full instruc tions for making cages, etc. Fully explaine d b y twe nty-eight illustrations m a king it the m o s t complete book of the kind ever publi s hed. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTI S T .-'!: useful find Iii struc t i v e book giving a compl ete tre atise o n che mi stry ; also ex perim ents in a coustics. mech a ni cs, m a t hematics, chem i stry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. r e ctions for making firewo r ks c olo r ed fir es and gas balloons. Thi1 No. 9. HOW T O BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot b e equal e d. K enn e d y The s ecret given away. Eve ry inte llig ent boy r eading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook for th is book of ins truc tions. by a practical pro fes sor (delighting multim a king a ll k inds of candy ice-creaIIl._ etcu etc. t udes ev e ry ni ght with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 8 4 HOW '.rO BECOME A.N' AUTnOR.-Co ntainlng full art, and create a n y amount of fun fo r hims e lf and fri e nd s It is the information reg a rdin g c hoice of subjects the u se of wor ds and the greate s t boo k ev e r publi s h e d and there's million s ( of fun) in it. m anne r of preparing and su.bmitting man u script. Al so containing No. 20 HOW TO ENTERTAI N AN EVENING PARTY. A valu ab l e information a s to tbe n e a t ness, l eg i bility and g e ne r a l com v e r y valuab le litt l e boo k jus t publ i s h e d A co mpl ete co mpendium posi tio n of m anusc rip t es s e ntial to a successfu l autho r By Prince of gam e s, sports, card div e r s i o n s comic recita t i o n s etc., suitab l e -Hiland, for parl o r or d r awi n g-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 3 8 HOW TO BECOME YOUR O W N DOOTOR.-A WO!I m oney than any book publi s h e d. d erful b ook cont!1ining a nd infor m ation in the No. 35 .HO'\V TO PLAY G AMES.-A c o mpl ete and useful little t reatm en t of ordmary disease s and ail ments common to ever, book, containing the rul e s and of billiard s bagatelle, Abounding in useful a n d effectiv e r ecipes for general com bac kgammon. <'l'OQl]J?t. dommoes etc. plamts No. 3 6 HOW T O SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COIN S .-Con th e l eading conundr ums of the day, amusing riddl e s, curious catches taini n g valu a bl e i nformation r eg arding the co llecting and arrangins and witty say ings. of stamps and coins. Handsome ly illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY C 4 RDS.-A comp l ete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rules and :r...__ '\r ec tions for pl a ying Euchre Cribthe world kn o wn detective In whic h h e lays d ow n som e valuable bage, Cas ino, Forty-Fi ve, !\'ce, P e dro Sanc ho, Draw Poke r, and s e n s ible rul e s for begin n ers and a l so r elate s some adventure1 Auction Pitch All Fours, and utany othe r popu lar gam es of ca r ds. and exp e ri e n c e s of well-known d e tectives. No. 66 HOW TO D O PUZZLES.-Containing ov e r three hunNo. 6 0. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dred interesting puzzles and c onu,ndrums with key t o same. A ing useful informatio n regarding the Camera a nd ho w to work It; comp lete b o ok. F ull y illustrated. By A. A nder son al so how to make Phot o graphic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsomely illustrated. By Claptaln W. De w. No. 1 3. H O W T O DO IT; O R BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-lt No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A W EST POINT MILITARY Is a great life secre t, and one that ever y young man desires to know CADET.-Contain ing fu ll expianations h ow t o gain adm i ttance, all about. The r e' s happines s i n it. cou rse of Study Examinations, Duties, Staff of O fficers, Post No 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette Guard, Police R e gulations Fire Depar tme n t and all a boy s h o uld of good so c i e t y and the eas i est and mo s t approved metbods of apknow to b e a Cad e t. Ccmpil e d and written b y Lu S enare n s, author pea r ing to good advantage at par ti e s, ball s, the the a t r e, churc h and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." in the drawi ng-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAV A L O ADET.-Co mpl ete in strnctions of bow to gain admissio n to the Anna p olis Naval DECLAMATION. Acad e my. Also containing t h e course of instructi o n d escript ion No 27. HOW T O RECI'l'E AND BOO K O F RECITATION S. of g rounds and bui l dings h isto r iea l sketc h and everyth i ng a boy ontaining t h e most popu l a r selectio n s in us e comprising Dutch shou l d know to become a n officer in the U ni ted States Navy. Com "alect F r e n ch dial ec t Yankee a nd I ris h dialect pieces togethe r pi l ed and written by I.! 1 Senarens author of "How to Become 8 'th m a n y standard re adi ngs. West Poi n t Milit ary Cadet. ) -PRICE 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY"" Publisher. 24 Unign Square, New York. ..

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Fame and Fortune Weekly I STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A new one issued every Friday Price 5 -cents a copy This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on ;rue incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists, and every effort is constantly being made to make It the best weekly on the news stands. Ten your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 38 A RoJling Stone ; or, The Brightest Boy on Record . 3 A Corner iu Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley, 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy In Wall Street. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; oi;h The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 7 Winning His Way ; or, '.1:he Youngest Editor In Green River. 43 Striving tor Fortune; or, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made. Boy 44 Out tor Business; or, The Smartest Boy In Town. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking It Rich In Wall Steet. 10 A Copper Harvest; or. The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 46 Through Thick and Thin; or, The Adventures of a Smart Boy. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Baston Boy. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working His Way Up. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Bravjl Boy's Start in Life. 48 Always on Deck; or, The Boy Who Made His Mark. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 49 A Mint ot Money; or, The Young Wall Street Broker. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 50 The Ladder of Fame; or.t From Office Boyto Senator. 15 A Streak of Luck ; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 51 On the Square ; or, The i:success of an Honest Boy. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the West. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trader in Wail Street. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonde r of Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy In a Thousand., 54 Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who President. 19 A Rlae In Life; or, The Career of a Factbry Boy. 55 Heir to a Million; or, The Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy In Wall Street. 56 Lost in the Andes; or. The Treasure of the Burled City. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 57 On Hie Mettle ; or, A Plucky Boy In Wall Street. 22 How He Got There ; or, 'he Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. :.13 Bound to Win ; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 59 The Road to Success; or, The Career of a Forfunate Boy. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy In Wall Street. :.15 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphlnx of Wall 61 Rising In the World; or, From Factory Boy to Manager. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got' There. 62 From Dark to Dawn ; or, A Poor Bay's Chance. 27 Struck Oil ; or. The Boy Who Made a Million. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving H i s Way to Fortnne. 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers ot Wall Street. 29 A Sure Winner; .or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 65 A Start In Life; or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 66 Out for"' Million; or, The Yoong Midas of Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 67 Every Inch a Boy; or, Doinll' His Level Best. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 68 Money to Burn:or, The Shrewdest Boy in Wall Street. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy In Wall Street. 69 An Eye to Bnsiness; or, The Boy wno wa Not Asleep. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 70 Tipped by the Ticker; or, An Ambitions Boy in Wall Stree. 35 A Young Monte Cristo ; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 7 I On to Success; or, The Boy who Got Ahead. 86 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 72 A Bid for a Fortune; or, A Country Boy in Wall Street. 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WIDE AWAKE WEEKL A COMPLETE STORY EVERY WEEK ...-STORIES OF BOY FIREMEN -... Handsome Colored Covers 32-Pages of Reading By ROBERT LENNOX Price 5 Cents Splendid II I ustra ti on Issued Every Frida _.TAKE NOTICE! "'WJ Beginning with No. 41, this weekly will contain a new series of magnificent fire stories, written by Robert Lennox, the best author of this class of fiction in the world. They detail the exciting adventures of a company of gallant young fire fighters under the leadership of a brave boy known as Young Wide Awake. Their . daring deeds of heroism, and the perils they overcome, are intensely interesting. These stories are not confined entirely to fire-fighting, but also contain many interesting incidents, humorous situations and a little of the love element. There is a charming girl in the stories whom you will all like very much -Tell All Your Friends About This Fine Seri.es .... ALREADY PUBLISHED: 10 We, Us & Co. ; or, Seelng Llfe with a Vaudeville Show. By Ed ward N. Fox. 11 Cut Out for an Officer ; or, Corporal Ted in the Philippines. By Lieut. J J. Barry. 12 A Fool for Luck; or. The Boy Who Turned Doss. Dy Fred War burton. 13 'l'he Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Winston's Start In Reporting. By A. Howard De Witt. 14 Out for Gold; or, 'be Boy Who Knew the Difference. By Tom Dawson. 1 5 The Boy Who Balked ; or, Bob .Brisbane's Big Kick. By Frank Irving. 16 Sllcker tban Silk; or, The Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Roy. 17 The Keg of Diamonds ; or. After the Treasure of the Caliphs. By Tom Dawson. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Ifoy Who Looked Puny. By Prof. Oliver 19 Won by Bluff; or. Mason's Marble Face. By Frank Irving. 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The Herald's Star Reporter. By A. Howard De Witt. 21 Under the Vendetta"s Steel ; or, A Yankee r'>y ln Corsica. By Lieut. J. J. Barry. 22 Too Green to Burn ; or. The Luck of Being a Iloy. By Rob Roy. 23 In Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had Tblngs Easy. By Fred Warburton. 24 One Boy in a Million; or, '.1.'he Trick That Paid. By Edward N Ji'oJt. 25 In Spite of Himself; or, Serving the Russian Pollce. By Prof. Oliver Owens. 26 Kicked into Luck; or, The Way Nate Got There. By Rob Roy. 27 The Prince of Opals; or, The Man-Trap of Death V,,.alley. By A Howard De Witt. 28 Living In His Hat; or, Tl;le Wide World His Home. By Edward N Fox. 29 All for President or, A Hot Time In Mexico. By Lieut. J J Barry 30 The Easiest Ever ; or, How Tom Filled a Money Barrel. By Capt. Hawthorn, U. S. N. 31 In the Hultan's Eye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By Tom Dawson. 32 The Crater of Gold ; or, Dick Hope' s Find In the Philippines. By Fred Warburton. 33 At Top of the Heap; or, Daring to Call His Soul His Own. BJ' Rob ltoy. 34 A Lemon for His; or, Nat's Corner In Gold Bricks. By Edward N. Fox. 35 By the Mlkado" s Order; or, Ted Terrill's "Win Out" In Japan. Lieut. J. J Barry. 36 His Name was Dennis; or, The Luck of a Green Irish Boy. A. HowRrd De Witt. 37 Volunteer Fred; or, From Fireman to Chief. By Robert Lennox. 38 Neptune No. 1 ; or, The Volunteer Fire Boys of Blackton. n Robert Lennox. 39 Hook, Ladder and Pike; 'or, The Life-Savers of Freehold. Robert Lennox. 40 Columbia's Pet ; or, A Fireman at 17. By Robert Lennox. 41 Young Wide Awake; or, The Fire Boys of Belmont. By Robert Lennox. 42 Young Wide Awake' s Biggest Blaze; or, Saving a Burning City. B Robert Lennox. 43 Young Wide Awake's Life Line; or, The Narrowest Escape on ord. By Robert Lennox. 44 Young Wide Awake's Hook and Ladder Work; or, The Maniac Flrt Fiend of Belmont. By Robert Lennox. ., I For sale by all or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents.per copy, in money or postage stamps, b1' PBA?IX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, :New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS Gf our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, \hey can be obtained from this office direct. 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