Young wide awake's bucket brigade, or, Trapping a fire bug

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Young wide awake's bucket brigade, or, Trapping a fire bug
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Wide awake weekly
Lennox, Robert
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With Joe, Terry and Trot close at his heels, the firebug dashed down the alley. "We'll put the fire out for him! ' thundered Young Wide Awake. Hal soused the wretch, but Young Wide Awake dropped bucket and water together on his head.


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2 YOUNG WIDE A\YAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. "Swing in there by the hydrant, Joe, and couple on," shouted our hero. "Hol d your stream until I see what we're up against." With a rush the young fellows o"t the engine crew took their p laces at the pumping bars on either side, while Terry Rourke's crew rapidly unreeled the hose and helped Joe to make the swift coupling "Follow me, Hal," directed Young Wide Awake, as he li ghted a lantern One other sprang to our hero's side. He was Ted Lester, fourteen years old, and the youngest member of the company But he had the good luck to be the cousin of Miss Kitty L este r Young Wide Awake's sweetheart. Many peopl e imagined that that fact gave Ted much prominence in the Washington company, but it did not. Young Wide Awake never played a favorite in the comp any He liked Ted's work because it was good. Ted usually ran at the side of his young chief, serving a s aide and carrying orders. The store was dark and deserted. Its door was locked. "Hand me that axe, Ted,'' ordered Young Wide Awake. Seizing the implement, the young captain struck a few vig o ro u s blows on the door around the lock. The door gave under that treatment, and the three young fireme n rushed in There was some smoke already in the store, coming up between the floor boardings "Smell anything but snioke ?" queried Young Wide Awake, as they made their way hastily to the rear of the store "Gasoline," returned Lieutenant Hal, drily. "Smells like it." Young Wide Awake had found what he sought-a small trap door at the back of the store. 1 He bent and raised this, only to be greeted by a rush of smoke that came up through the opened trap. "Go back and tell Joe to have the hose ready to hand in through a cellar window when I call for it," directed our hero, and Ted sped off on his errand. Young Wide Awake and Hal ran down the narrow fligh t of steps, held their breath and darted forward through the s tifling smoke. The smoke was the dense, rasping kind that comes from the burning of cloth "Here we are cried Young Wide Awake. "It's going t o be easy, too." He stopped before a pile of packing boxes, so arranged that they reached from the floor almost to the ceiltng. The l owermost of these wer e burning 'Yith fair brisk ness. The boxes in the middle of the pile were just be ginning to burn. Those on top had not yet caught. "Call for the hose, Hal." Crash I With a splintering of glass the hose c:ame through. Our hero and his friend grabbed the nozzle, holdin g it on the top of the b laze. "Send down three or four axemen!" shouted Young Wide Awake. "Now, play away, Washington One!" The stream came with a spurt. Hiss! whizz-zz It struck the burning wood with a sharp s putter. Down the cellar stairs ran four of the yol1ng firemen, led by Terry Rourke, Young Wide Awake's gallant, good natured, yet pugnacious chum . "Roll those top cases off, Terry! Get 'em out of the way I" Terry and his fellows bent to the work with a .will, never minding the occasional splash they got from the stream. The second layer of boxes, that had just begun to burn when the stream started, were soon only smoldering. These, too, Terry and his fellows now hustled off the pile. Three minutes more, and the lowermost b9xes, half burn!:'d, were reduced to smoldering. Calling Ted to take his place with Hal at the nozzle, Young Wide Awake stepped over to where Terry and his fellows now rested. "Tap some of these cases open, Terry commanded Young Wide Awake, drily. "I want to see what's in them." Rmash smash A case was opened, almost reduced to kindling wood, in fact. "Rxcel s ior !" gnmtrrl Trrrv R01nke. Our hero said nothing, merely pressed his lips a little more tightl y Then another packing case was laid open. "Straw,!" growled Terry. Two more were opened. contained nothing but hay. Our h ero now stepped to the boxes that had been the base of the fire. The flames now being out, he took a lantern and to examine them more But one thing that attracted l1is atte ntion particularly was the badly char r ed, almost destroyed remains of a box a little l arger than an ordinary soap-box. Inside of the charred l' ieces of this lay an old tin pan, not large nor very deep. Drawing on his rubber gloves, since the tin was prob ably hot, Young Wide Awake picked up the tin and looked it over. In the bottom a little liquid still remained. "Hold out yonr hand. Hal," ordered our hero then poured into his lieute n ant's palm the few drops of liquid that remained in the tin pan. "Gasoline, by George! No doubt about it, either!" ejac ulated Hal. "I thought muttered ciur hero. "What does this pan business make you think of, Hal?" "Of the fire we had this morning at-the house of Sam Shilden, the groggery man." "And now we nd the same thing in the cellar under Himple's store."


Y10UNG WIDE A WAKE'S B UC K E T B RIGADE. 3 "What do you make of it, young gentlemen?" askecl a "Uan you make an arrest, anyway?" asked Young Wide quiet voice beh incl them Awake, as the two stood a.part, tal k ing in t h e lowes t tones. T hey turned to look into the face of Belmont's l ittle but "Of course I can; bu t afte r that I've got t o prove. I very resol u t e police chief, J a.son Sharp wouldn't want Rimple suing me af t erwards for false ar" W h a t do I make of it?" repeated Young Wicle Awake, rest dril y "We fin d here the evidence of the old game. A box "IIimple didn't set fir e to his own store, anyway," de that i s p l aced n ea r othe r inflammable material has placed clared Young Wi y ou will find, w ill be able to pro v e that w i ck that affo r ds only a tiny b l aze That's all I make of he was a l o n g way from her e after closing-time thi s even -it, c h ief The res t be l ongs rather to the police." ing." "But you sa i d you found something like this this morn "Then--" ing i n the basemen t of the tenement occupied by Sam "Ii there has been a rson c hief, the n the same man set Shilden t he saloon man both fires. If the own ers a r e r espo n sib l e for the fires the n "We fou n d a pan. We d idn't notice so much gaso li ne, both hired the same man to d o t h eir d i r ty work for them. however, for t he o il was pretty well burned o u t Shilden d idn't h ave mqc h of a ny furnitu re in hi s tenem e nt. C hi e f J a.son Sharp l ooked thoughtfu l. Himpl e's stock in t he sto re, as we h a v e seen was very low. H e c ould jump whe n he wanted, and goo d and hard, but Yet, if you look it up, you w ill p r 9 babl y find that both men h e di d n ot car e ab out j umping at conclusions. had big insurance poli cies Had the fires been complete, Yes, I g uess it bel o n gs to the police--to do something," they woul d have c a shed in nodde d Jason S harp r eflectivel y "Then a r e w e t o do, Young Wide Awake?" A rson, eh? F i re-bu g ? aske d Bra d Thompson, eager l y, "Wh y, fin d t h e fellow that they both hired t o set t he as he l eaned forward. fires "You fe llows a ll keep q uiet," warned Young W ide Bu t how ? Awake. "Don't go t o t al king, e i t h e r here or when you get "Well, if you want to tak e the chanc e chief, y o u can u p into t he street." arrest both R i mp l e a n d Sh ilden. The n question them At tliat, those who had p r essed a.round

4 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. "Do what you can to clos e your store, Rimple. Then go up to the station-house with thi s officer, and he'll take down the report of the fire, the amount of e t c., for the r e gular police report." :For just an instant the fat little man gave the c hief of police an uneasy look. But J a.son Sharp's tone and look were so bland and reas suring that Himple's fright vanished. "All right, chief," he replied. The W ashingtons, in the meantime, under Hal's direc tion were putting the apparatus in apple-pie order. "I' ll have to go down alone and get that fellow Shilden," confided Sharp to our hero. "And Shilden will put up a fight if he thinks he's under arrest." "No one ever heard before that Chief Sharp was afraid of a fight,,'' smiled Young Wide Awake. "Nor am I, my young friend. But if I should happen to have to do some shooting I might like a witness for myself. The kind of a crew that hang out around Shilden's gro g g e ry would be likely to try to swear my life away if I had to do any shooting." "I'll go with you," proposed Young Wide Awak e coolly. "Will you?" demanded Chi e f Sharp e ag e rly. "And take as many mor e of the f e ll o w s a s you would like, chief." "Only one more, then. Too m a ny would only advertise our business "Oh, T e rry !" sang out Youn g \Vide Awake. but in a ton e which implied that it was no bu.,:ncss o ut of the ordinary. Terry came, and hea rd quietl y "Me to help the officer s is it? Jn a tough p lac e ? Where there's a chance av a s c rap or a shoo tin ? Shure that's Oirish enuff to spe ll Terry Rourk e !" "Dump your helmet and rubber c oat on th e engine truck, then, and get on your cit. dud s Our hero next OTde red Hal to sec to h o u s ing the appa ratus on the return. Rimple, after fastening up the stor e with the police man' s help, start e d che erfully up the street with that officer. Now Washington One had s tarted to follow Hook and Ladder One up the street. "Now we'll get Shild e n, and the quick e r the better," br e athed Chief Sharp, setting the pa ce, 1 1 hil e Y oung Wide Awake and Terry Rourke stepped in on either s id e of the chief. They stopped for a moment in front of the lowest grog gery in Belmont, a one-story little place of cYil r e pute on a s i c le street jus t off Majn, at th e water-front. From inside c a m e the s ound of c linking g lasses ai1d the voice of an intoxicated man who was trying to sing. Late as it was, theTe were at least thirty men in the place, and mos t of them hard-lookin g charact e rs. All in the saloon turned as Chief Sharp thre w open the doo r and s tepped briskly inside, followed by the two well known young firemen. The plac e reeked with the smell of rotton liquor and stale toba cco smoke. Young Wide Awake, who hated th e smell o f of any kind, felt himself almost gag ging. Shilden, a tall, powerfully built man, \\'ith :i bloat e d fac e small, sharp, black eyes, stood behind th e b n r r e sting hi s big hands for a moment. At the lower end of the bar stood hi s helper, un under sized young fellow, who bore a tough r e putation. "Rullo, chief!" growled Shilden when h e saw who his visitor was. "Good evening, Shilden. Full house, I see." "Yes; but that ain't what brought ye her e," growled Sam Shilden. "No ; a little matter of business Already some of the worst of the p a trons of the place had edged away toward the further end of the room. At least a dozen there believed the chief might have come to arrest them. "It isn't much, Shilden the chief went on easily. "I just wtJ.nted to ask you to step up to the station-house t o supply some facts about your fire at home this morning Shilden's :face underwent a slight but quick change. "I can t go with you to-night he replied. "I'm sorry, but it will be necessary to you go." "What's that?" flared Sam Shilden. Then as s uddenl y stopped, his small eyes closely regarding Sharp's face. "It's necessary for me to make up the report to-night the chief went on coolly. Sam Shilden leaned forward on his arms oveT the bar. "Jason t.Sharp," he uttered, thickly, "I won't go with ye." "Sam Shilden, you've made a mi s take. You will go. "I tell you I won't-not unles s you arrest me "Oh, then I will arrest you, replied Sharp as quietly as before. "On what charge?" snarl e d Sam Shilden, fixing his now wholly un easy eyes on the poli c e official's face. "Not exactly on a charge, Shilden-not yet. But upon suspicion, as it were." "Suspicion of what?" roared the keeper o:f the grogger y "A suspicion o:f arson." The little chief's voice was as cool and quiet a s if h e were only talking of the weather. "I'll not go with ye, Jason Sharp!" "Then I'm sorry, but I'll have to tak e y o u by forc e Shilden." With an oath, and grabbing up a heavy bun g -starter, Sam Shilden vaulted over the bttr. Raising the bung-starter, he towered over the little chi e f o:f police, staring down with an evil glare. "Boys," roared Shild e n hoarsely, "are ye g oing to s e e this little toy cop try to make me go with him?" "No, no!" came an ugly answer from the l a t e drinkers. "Then throw him out, and the fellers with him! Start in and mttke rough-house I" 'Chere was a sullen growl :from the little, ugl y crowd. Then, indeed, did start to make rough-house!


,YOUNG WIDE AWAKE S BUCKET BRIGADE. 5 CHAPTER IL YOUNG :.WIDE AW AKE BRINGS TWO CROOKS TO BOOK. "Drop that bung-starter, Shilden, and put up your hands!" Little Chief Sharp did not wince when he saw that trouble was starting in earnest. Belmont's chief of police was one of those gritty men who never seek trouble, but who are always ready for it when it starts. Young Wide Awake was standing at his right, Terry, snorting, at his left. "I'll drop it!" roared Shilden. "On your head!" t He started to make good, but Young Wide Awake leaped upward, both his hands upraised. Swift as Shilden's move had been, Young Wide Awake caught that descending arm, forcing it over to one side. Shilden swung his heavy right arm for a crushing crack at our hero's head. But Chief Sharp struck upward, with a blow that seemed to land all over Shilden's face at once. With a roar the bully turned to pounce on th e little chief. As he did so he relaxed his hold a bit on the bung-starter. Young Wide Awake wre nched it away. "Where are you feJlers, and what are ye doin ?" snarled Shilden. That brought several of the toughs swarming to his borne to the fl.oo r by three toughs, while two more tried to get at him. "Surrinder? Niver, on yure loife !" Young Wide Awake l e aped up from senseless Shilden and jumped into i:he heart of the erowd around Terry. Crack thump biff Lusty blows with that bung-starter made many a bo ne sore and aching. Before those fierce blows the toughs fell back enough to permit of Terry's leaping to his feet. "That's right, Sail into thim !" And Terry was again in the thick of the fight, as was also Chief Sharp. But it was Young Wide Awake, between them, within that clumsy but awe-inspiring mallet, who caused the greate s t havoc and dread. Disheartened, the toughs began to fall back toward the lower end of the room. "Get your prisoner, chief," muttered our hero, as he and Terry halted, seeing no need to pursue into the tough crowd. Sharp turned, and .in a jiffy rolled his ma.n and hand cuffed him. Then the chief stepped back to glare at the toughs. "I see three men in the crowd that I want," announced Sharp. "I'll name them now. If they're in town to-mor row I'll run them in for six months apiece." "Young Wider Wake," growled one tough who had not rescue. yet had enough, "ye're the biggest stiff of a fighter that But Terry sailed past the groggery-keeper hittihg out ever down Main Street. With that sledgehammer right and left, and went into the center of the .reinforce-ye think ye can fight. Ye wouldn't dare tackle my small men ts. brother without ye had a weapon like that." Many a hard blow Terry took on his head and else"You're a liar!" retorted Wide, promptly tossing the where, but fought on like a d emon. l fi h mallet over the bar, where it fell on the floor. "I'l g t Yet there was hardly anger in Rourke's heart. you right now, and to a standstill." He was fighting because he to fight. "Don't pay any attention to him, Young Wide Awake, Sharp tripped the big fellow, and Young Wide Awake urged Chief Sharp. fell upon Shilden's breast, holding the bung-starter over the fellow's head. "I've got to, chief," replied our hero, coolly. "I can't "Sail into 'em, chief!" roared Young Wide Awake, awaklet any fellow like that call me just because had to fight ening in earnest to the fracas now. a crowd with a weapon." Then to Shilden he added warningly: "Oh, ye'll fight, will ye?" demanded the tough, coming "You make a single move, you big bully, and you'll get forward. He was a head taller than our hero and broader of shoul this thing across the top of your head as hard as I can lay it on." der. He looked far more than a match for the boy fire There was lightning in Young Wide Awake's eyes, thuncaptain. der in his voice. "Yes, I'll fight you," agreed Wide. "But not in this Shilden kept quiet for an instant, while wondering what low groggery. Come out into the open air." to do next. "And then get pinched by the chief, I suppose, after I've Beyond, Sharp and Terry were having a fight against thumped you?" asked the tough ; with sud?en c:rntion. overwhelming odds. "I won't arrest you," said Sharp, "if Young Wide Then Shilden gave a sudden, cunning twist. challenges you." He meant to roll our hero off and get on top himself. "I do," r.i\peated Wide. "This is a sickening sort of But Young Wide Awake was watching for that move. thing to have to fight with, but I won't stand for being t o ld Crack! He brought the bung-starter down with all the that I'm afraid to use my hands." force he had threatened. Through the whole fracas, even when it seemed a s if one Shilden, with a sigh, was still. or more of the arresting party might be killed, Sharp bad "Surrinder, is it?" yelled Terry, who was now down, not drawn his revolver. I'


6 YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. He hated to use one, antl it was a rare occasion, indeed, I Then, after feinting with his right, he suddenly let go on which he did pull a gun. 1rilh his left to land it on the tip of the young fireman's But the crowd believed that Sharp had his weapon with chin. him, all right, and now that their leader lay on the floor, But Wide ducked under and came out at the side, landing handcuffed and just beginning to come out of his daze, on one of Jake's eyes with such ease that it did not seem they wanted no more trouble with the police. like work. But the fight proposition caught them. Jake groaned and dropped his hands, thait eye pained so. That seemed to promise some chance !or a species of Wide stood coolly waiting for the big fellow to get his revenge. nerve back again. If one of their number could thump one of the arresting "What's the matter with ye, ?" growled Shilden. party royally, and without dread of arrest, then the sight "Are ye becoming putty instead of iron. Can't ye see anywould be seeing. thing? Can't ye hit anything? Man, ye're a miss!" So the crowd poured out, after having stood back long Thus egged on, Jake came back into the mill. Yet he enough to enable Terry and the chief to force Sl;lilden as if he had lost most of his nerve. through the door. He sparred for half a minute without once trying to "Now you fellows all stand over there, and keep your land. distance, without interfering, or there will be trouble," Nor did Wide try to, either, contenting himself with warned Sharp. keeping well enough out of the way of .T ake's fist. The now tamed though expectant crowd stood where or"Come on," jeered the young fireman. "Don't be afraid. dered. I ha.ven't got the mallet here. That wasn't what hit you." Young Wide Awake in the meantime had stripped off Shilden swore at Jake. coat, vest and hat and had passed them to Terry. Thus stung, Jake tried a final spurt of steam. The tough, too, had partly stripped, and now he stood Just when he was not looking for it, though, a blow came eyeing our hero cun.ningly. on the side of Jake's jaw that sent him to the sidewalk. "Step out here," commanded Young Wide Awake, ad"One, two," counted the young fireman, and vancing. "We don't'neea any referee or any one to keep so\on up to ten. the time. Start in as quick as you and we'll keep at "He's out, all right," nodded our hero, coolly. "When it to the finish." Jake comes to he'll know that I can fight without a mallet." "Or until I caU a halt," interposed Sharp, grimly. beside the tough, :feeling at his pulse. "Soak the kid two or three hard ones for me, Jake," "The pulse is going all right," continued Wide. "He begged Shilden, hoarsely. isn't ba.dly hurt, and his friends can look after him "We'll see if he can do it," spoke Young Wide Awake, "Come along, then," urged Chief Sharp. quietly. The three and their prisoner started toward Main Street, "Lookout, then!" while a cowed crowd gathered up Jake flnd bore him back With that .Take rushed in. into the groggery. He was a crafty fighter, of the gutter type-that is to Shilden, after the fight, had not a word to say. say, tricky. He submitted sullenly to being led up the street, and He aimed a blow with either fist, in quick succession, for within a few minutes was marched into the station-house. Young Wide Awake's face. A policeman came forward. Both blows were feints-and Wide guessed it. "Take this fellow down into a cell," ordered Chief Sharp, Then the tough's hands :fell like a flash, flS he tried to turning his prisoner over to the bump into Wide's wind. ''And see that he doesn't get a ghost of a chance to talk But Wide was not there. with the other prisoners," added Wide, meaningly. He side-stepped and came back with a left-hander that As soon as Shilden was gone, Wide turned to the chief caught Jake on the side of a rather big nose. with: T:b.e blow landed, sideways, with such force as to all but "Now, wouldn't it be a good idea to have Rimple brought remove that nose from Jake's face. in here?" Jake leaped back with a roar like that froin an angry "All right, Wide, and you question him." bull. "It might scare the fellow more if you did the talking, "You're doing well for the first off," jeered our h e r o "Keep it up and you'll be all right. That brought Jake's anger to the fore. He leaped in again, but cautiously, lightly and cunningly, and tried to provoke our hero into le a ding. Yet that he could not do. Wide, in fact, sparred so cautious ly that Jake soon began to feel himself master of the spot. chief." "I'll put in a word when it's neeessary," agreed Sharp. As the policeman came back from locking up Shilden, he received the chief's order to bring in Rimple. The :fat little storekeeper was very pale. He was .FOr ried-looking and haggard, while the look in his usually cunning eyes now kept shifting "Now, Mr. Rimple," said Young Wide Awake, briskly, I


YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 'l "you might as well tell us what you know. Tell us all, for there's no use in concealing anything." 'Y3ut, for the love of heaven, what can. I tell you about?" groaned the little man. "Oh, yo)l needn't bother telling us why you wanted your store burned," pursu;d Wide, taking out the pocket note book in which he kept his own record of fires. "You wanted the store to be burned so that you could get more insurance than you were entitled to. We understand that, of course." "Burn-my-store?" repeated Rimple. His tone and manner suggested that he ttying to show himself overcome by bewilderment. "Come, come;" smiled Wide. "It's terrible, of course. But you ought to ha-e thought of that all befor,,e you went into the scheme to have your store burned." "But I didn't! I didn't! I didn't, I tell you!" screamed Rimple, looking with frightened eyes from one face to another. "It's too late now to tell us that," went on Young Wide Awake, remorselessly. "The statement of the fellow you hired will be enough for us, since there is some other proof, t90. The only thing to ask you is whether you have any statement that you wish to make before we confront you with the fellow you hired to do the job." "But I didn't hire any one. I don't know anything about any job!" shrieked Himple, his face, under the influence of his great fright, looking like anything but human. "Oh, very well; just as you please," nodded the young fireman. ""\Ye will read you your accomplice's statement about the matter; then we'll have him brought before you and you shall hear his statement." "It's a lie-all a lie!" wa.iled Rimple. But Young Wide Awake, who .was slowly turning the pages of his note-book, acted as if he did not hear. "It's all here," went on the young fireman, "the whole story, just as told us by-what's the fellow's name?" "Parks," suggested Rimple, in a scared voice. He had fallen right into the cleverly laid trap. In a second more he realized it, too. "I didn't say that!" he shrieked. "I don't know. I didn't say anything!" But Young Wide Awake, looking sternly into the eyes of the affrighted, went on mercilessly: "Rimple, you might as well stop all nonsense. Your fooiish denials can't fool any one, and they can't help you. They'll only hurt you. The more honest you are with us from this moment the safer it will be for you. Any at tempt at denial or lies will only draw the rope m13Ye tightly around your neck." "Arson isn't a hanging crime!" cried Rimple, faltering and looking as if he would fall to the floor. ... "Who told you so?" queried Wide, coldly. "Now, Rimple, what first name did Parks give you? Your answer will show us whether you are dealing straight with us?" "Gregg," faltered the wretched little man. "Gregg Parks, eh? Gregory Parks?" "I don't know his full name," faltered Rimple "I don't know anything but Gregg." "Well, tha( stands for Gregory," went on Wide, coldly "Now, Rimple, tell us, without reserve, just how you came to go into this terrible business of setting fire to your store -setting fire by proxy, that is?" Poor, scared little Rimple, his nerve wholly gone now, b'roke down and all he knew. years before Gregg Parks had lived in Norwich, the town across the river from Belmont. Trouble with the Norwich police had driven Gregg away to other localities, where he bad taken up with the danger ous, wicked trade of fire-bug. The fire-bug, when he follows his calling for a living, seeks out people who want to collect their fire insurance money, but who have not nerve enough to set their own fires. The fire-bug starts a fire in a store or a home from which most of the insured property has been slyly removed For the fire-bug to be a success) his fires must be so well started that the building will be quickly burned to the ground. Thus the insurance people are unable to prove that all of the insured stuff was not in the building at the time of the fire. Incidentally, the owner who hires a fire-bug to do the work for him is always able to prove' that,,.he was a long distance from the fire at the time that it broke out. The fire-bug must be a man of much cunning. When he goes to a new town he must be able to pick out, as by in stinct, the people whom it will be safe to approach. If he goes to one honest man, that honest man will in form the police about the rascal. During the confession Young Wide Awake artfully drew out of Rimple: Gregg Parks was about five feet nine in height, weighing about one hundred and fifty pounds. His hair was dark and he wore a slight mustache. His clothes were poor, though not absolutely seedy. He wore a derby hat and sack suit, without overcoat. Under Parks's left ear was a noticeable scar that he had received in some fight with knives. His eyes were quick and alert, and his face not wholly bad to look at. He was. a desperate rather than a sneaking fel low. He would undoubtedly kill his opponent if driven into a tigh t corner. Chief Sharp wrote down the con_ fession. Wide and Terry signed it as witnesses. Then Rimple, sobbing in a dazed way, was led off, his doom settled. "Now let's have a try at Shilden," proposed our hero. The big, defiant keeper of the groggery, still handcuff d, was led into the police station office. Wide held up Himple's confession, a,lso another document that might be some one's confession. "As confessions are all the style this evening, Shilden," announced Wide, "we just wanted to see whether you care d


' / 8 Y OUNG WIDE AW AKE 'S BUCKET BRIGADE. to add anything in that line. Here we have John Himple's confession, all made and signed, a nd here"-holding up the other paper-;-"we have Gregg Parks's." "Parks!" stammered Shilden, his face going white. "ls he that white-livered? Did Gregg Parks--" Here Shilden suddenly bethought himself and closed hi s mouth. But he had gone too far, and he knew it. Under clever questioning by Young Wide Awake, with a few artful questions thrown in by Chief Sharp, Shilden, though he did not break down, finally growled: "Well, you gents seem to have got the goods on m e some how." "So you may as well tell us what we want to know," urged Wide. After some urging, and swearing at a round rate, Shild e n admitted that he had planned to make fifteen hundred dollars through burning his tenement. He had paid Gregg Parks the latter's price tp undertake the job. "But now that Gregg Parks has squealed on me," said Shilden, "I'll kill him at the first chance!" "That'll be a long time away," observed Chief Sharp. "You won't either of you have any liberty for years to come." "And to think ye star-rted it all on a guess and bluffed the whole game through!" exclaimed Terry Rourke, in won dering as the two young firemen l e ft the police station behind. "Ye've shown yureself a wondher Wide." "A lot fellows pass themselves off as wonderful who only keep their eyes open," laughed our hero, as he and Terry parted at a corner. Wide walked bri s kly along, for it was in the early hours of mormng, and he wanted as much sleep as he could get. Just as he reached the last corner before home, Wide drew back with a gasp that was almost a yell. For a man had darted out of -the shadow and was holding a revolver aimed at the young fireman's belt-line. And knew the fellow in an instant from the de scriptioJ!. "Don't do anything foolish, Parks," he advised quietly, though his face was white and his voice none too steady. "lt's you who did something foolish," growled the firebug. "You got two people jugged and butted into my business. Do you s'pose they'll guess why it happened when they find you lying here dead in the morning?" "No!" shouted Young Wide Awake, suddenly leaping to one side, then closing in and gripping the pistol wrist. Fighting with despair, he wrenched the revolver away. Yet, intent on getting that pistol, Wide forgot another point. Flop Gregg Parks tripped the young fireman. Then, not waiting to try to get the pistol, the fire-bug took wise refuge in flight. Wide was up within two or three seconds. But the fire-bug, having gotten that much of a start, darted down an alleyway. By the time that Wide-got in there, and to the end of the alleyway, the fire-bug had vanished. For some ten minutes the young fireman hunted, but in vain. "All I've got is a souvenir," he smiled, glancing down at the revolver in his hand. Going now straight home, Wide called up Chief Sharp over the fire department telephone and stated what had hap pened. "And now (yawn) me for (gape) bed," murmured Young Wide Awake, stretching. "I feel (gape) as if I hadp.'t been there for (yawn) a month." CHAPTER III. A PLOT GOES WRONG. 'Tis quare that the police can't find Gregg Parks," mused Terry Rourke. "Especially whirr the whole1town of Belmont has been aroused an' presinted wid the description av the scoundhrel." "Queer!" retorted Wide. "Not at all. Parks has left town-left town in the hours of darkness after the failure of his attempt to do me." "Thin ye're sure he' s left town?" demanded Terry. "Sure? Of course not. But it looks reasonable to sup pose that Parks would skip town f hen he had nothing but captu re to gain by staying here." The chums were at Wide's home, the next afternoon, after school. Wide's mother, Mrs. Halstead, being away daytimes at her typewriting office on Main Street, the young firemen had the house to "Oi'll be almost sorry, av the fire-bug has left town," muttered Terry. "You will?" echoed Wide. "Not I, though. I've no no tion for being called out at all ho" to fires that ought not to be burning." Jingle! The telephone was ringing. "That you, Richard Halstead?" demanded a voice that our h ero at once recognized. The speaker at the other e nd of the wire was John Lester, the wealthiest man in Belmont, who lived in a handsome place just out past the town proper. Moreove r, John L ester was the father of bright, mer ry, lovely Kitty Lester, who had given Young Wide Awake his coveted oppor tunity to win his spurs as her sweetheart. "Yes, this is I, Mr. Lester," answered our hero. "Can you hear me plainly?" "Yes, sir." "I've got some strange news for you, lad." "Nothing wrong, s ir, I hope?" asked Wide co::icern quickly appearing in his face for he feared for bad news of Kittv-an accident or something like that. "Rather wrong, I'm afraid," came the dry answer. "I've just received a threatening letter from a scoundrel who signs himself 'Fire-bug.'


Y OUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 9 "'Ehe deuce you have?" gasped Young Wide Awake, then quickly aide of the bank, for that matter. Look as worried as you can, Mr. Lester, and grip the satchel all the time as if it were something precious." "I see through your plan, my boy. It's a good one, too! Well, then, I shall depend on you." "You won't be sorry, sir." "Good-bye, Halstead." Terry Rourke, who had been standing close to the telephone, had heard every word. "Well, av all the adventures!" glowed the Irish boy. "Think we can handle it?" smiled Wide. "Do Oi think a duck c!fn swim?" demanded Terry. "But we'll have th' foine toime jumpin' l\{r. Fire-b11g. Oi feel loike laughing, as'the Oirishman did whin he stooc11ooking into the field and thinking how he'd take the bn 11 hr the hor-rns and toss Mr. Bull about." "Don't," grimaced Young Wide Awake. "Yn11 k111w, that Irishman went into the field, after he'd har l h11vh. and tried to throw the bull about. Bn,t tlw hull tlirrw hinJ o\'er the fence instead. Then tllP Trishrnan felt glacl onl:v because he had had his lnugh first, anyway. This rn11st1i"t be any bull to-night." "It won't be/ declared Terry, soberly. "It can't be." At precisely thirty minutes after eight o'clock, John Les ter, carrying a small satchel, walked down the road. He halted under Ford's elms, wiped his brow, as if the excitement made him peri

10 Y OUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. Terry sprang at the same instant, the two young firemen darting at the wretch on either side. "Treachery!" snarled Parks,,reaching for his hip-pocket. But 11truck him a blow on the right arm that made the fire-bug cry out with pain. "Hold on I" he muttered hoarsely. 'H surrender!" He held up his hands, aJl(l Young Wide Awake stepped forward, taking a revolver from the fellow's hip-pocket. Terry looked on with tremendous interest. So did J olrn Lester. Thus it happened that none of the trio of captors Raw two men crawl stealthily out at the back of the wagon nnc1 creep forward, each with a bludgeon in his hand. Crack! Young Wide Awake went down to the ground, senseless from a blow struck from the rear. Terry toppled over in the same instant as badly done for. Parks, thus reinforced by his pals, turned to the startled Mr. Lester with a sneeringg ri:. "Your plot didn't work,. Mr. Lester," he jeered. "Now, since you've tricked us in one thing, probably you have in . another. You have brought no money in that satchel. If that proves to be the case we shall wind up your life for you, sir, on the instant!" CHAPTER IV. THE PLOT THAT WORKED. John Lester had uttered a cry of dazed despair when he saw the two young firemen struck down beside him . Yet, now that he was himself threatened, he did not lose either his wits or his courage. "You fellows are mad," he uttered contemptuously, glaring at the three crooks. "You're right," clicked Parks. "We are mad-and we're going to prove it." "Have you stopped to think what murdering me would mean?" hoarsely. "Pound his head to a jelly. 'rhen, after. tlial, make sure of these two kids. Quick, now!" Parks rnaung firemen started off in pursuit. It was useless, though, as they soon discovered. For the three scoundrels, besides 1rnving a good start for such a dark night, went in three different directions. Young Wide Awake stirred at the crashing noise of the "What?" guns. "Well, do you understand that I am a very wealthy "What's up?" he asked, wonderingly. man?" "We haven't seen any of your money yet," growled Parks, at which grim jest his two pals swore. "But plenty of my money be used if you fellows kill me," warned Lester. "My family will place a fortune .at the disposal of the biggest detective agencies in this coun try. You fellows will be hunted from town to town until you are caught and punished. Have you any idea what money can accomplish in punishing scoundrels like you?" "Oh, your family will be busy en'.(\ugh in taking care of itself against us," sneered Parks. "But--" "Shut up I" Then Parks turned to his pals, who still gripped their bludgeons. ( "You a .re-thank Heaven!" cried" John Lester, and, giv ing his arm to the young fire captain, helped him -to his feet. "I got the worst of that, didn't I?" demanded Wide, ruefully. "Rather," nodded Mr. Lester. "Yet let us be thankful that it was no worse. Your friends with the guns are off now in full chase. I'm praying that they may get the scoundrels." "To get 'em with the gun would be better than making prisoners," muttered Young Wide Awake, vengefully. "Then you knew there was more than one?" queried Mr. Lester, eagerly. "I guessed there was another, for I heard steps. But the blow on my head came before I had time to dodge or "Jump on him and soak him!" ordered the fire-bug, turn."


YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 11 1"There were two more them," corrected John Lester. Two more av thim ?" demanded Terry Rourke, who had just opened his eyes. "Thin, bedad, Oi understand how it was Oi got me crack, too!" "Terry," said Wide, glumly, as he bent over his chum, "I told you it was a bad plan to have your laugh beforehand. We've lost the game:" "Here come your friends back-and no one else with them," announced John Lester. "They dodged us in the darkness," growled Joe. "'Twas no use going further looking for them. We were afraid they might double and work back on you." "There's the pistol I took from Parks," grunted Wide, bending over and picking up the weapon. "Kape it," advised Terry, earnestly. "Maybe ye'll have the chanst t' use it on him yet." The wagon in which Parks and his pals had reached the spot still stood there. "Some rig they stole from some one," said Wide, mood ily. "We'll take it to my stable," suggested John Lester, "and then telephone the police tacome and get it." "I'll drive you home, Mr. Lester," proposed Wide, with a grim smile. He helped the old gentleman up to the seat and picked up the reins. Terry got in at the 'rear of the wagon, while Ha.I and Joe walked on just ahead, keeping their eyes open for any further trouble that might show up. "We will call the police to the house now," suggested Mr. Lester, in a low tone. "I wouldn 't," suggested Wide. "The fellows probably will be hiding close enough to your house to know it when the police show up." "But what harm will it do to have them know that the police have come?" "Just this harm," hinted our hero. "Since Parks has pals, which we didn't know before, he undoubtedly had one of them in the bank this afternoom" "True enough," muttered John Lester. "Now I think of it, I am sure that one of that pair was in the bank this afternoon when I drew the money." "Of course," nodded Young Wide Awake. "And now they know, as well as you or I do, that you have five thou sand dollars in your house-in the big safe, most likely. Mr. Lester, those fellows are desperate enough for any thing." "I believe that now, my dear boy." "Therefore, unless the gang finds that the police are at the house, they will undoubtedly try to break into your house to-night. Very likely their plan is to wake you up at the muzzles of guns and compel you to go do. wnstairs and open the safe for them." "Then sending for the police will scar e them off, if they should be watching my house." "And also, Mr. Lester, it would des troy our last chance of catching the desperadoes. Now, why not let them come? You have your chauffeur and men-servants, who can reinforce us. You have weapons at the house. We shall have a formidable party for their capture." "If they try to break into the house, that will be, I sup pose, our only hope of effecting their capture," replied Mr. Lester, thoughtfully. "They must be captured, sir," urged Wide. "Until those rascals are behind the bars your life will never be safe. Neither will that of the members of your family." "I think you are right about that," nodded Lester, thoughtfully. "When they suspected that I didn't have any money in the satchel to-night they had seized me to kill me. Your young friends ahead appeared just in time to stop that." "Then you agree to'my plan, Mr. Lester?" pressed Wide. "Most heartily. If the scoundrels come,to-night we will have every preparation made to give them a warm time of it." Young Wide Awake tingled, for this was just the kind of talk he loved to hear. "Don't let the girls know that we have come," urged our hero, though his heart sank at the prospect of not meeting Kitty. ''You can get us quietly up to Ted;s room until later in the night." "Yes; though only Heaven knows whether that young urchin is at home to-night," uttered Mr. Lester. "Still, as the lad never gets into bad company, I don't refuse him permissioh to go out evenings." They reached the house, and Mr. Lester fet the boys in to go quietly up to Master Ted's room, while Mr. Lester called a stableman to take charge of the horse and wagon. "Hello, you fellows!" was Ted's eager greeting. "But what you look so funny? And why are you carrying those guns?" "Keep quiet, youngster, and let us in without rousing the town," whispered Young Wide Awake. Then they told the youngster, at which Master Ted was royally glad that he had remained at home this evening. At eleven o'clock all except the regular night lights were out in the Lester house. Down in the library, where Mr. Lester's big safe stood, Mr. Lester and his chauffeur, Adams, were present, with the five members of Washington One. Mr. Lester's men-servants, all armed ; were stationed where it was believed they could do the most good. I All was dark in the library, and Mr. Lester, in grim hospitality, had left two of the library windows unfastened, in order to make it easier for Gregg Parks and his pals to get in, should they choose to come. The minutes dragged slowly with people who wanted so much to happen. Down below in Belmont the big public clock struck the hour of midnight. After amither age of waiting the clocks recorded the hour of one.


12 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKErr BRIGADE. Then, after what seemed an all nightof waiting, came two o'clock. Young Wide Awake, who began to despair of seeing the crooks this night, felt of the lump on his head to assure himself that it was not a dream. Click! It came suddenly-something touching at one of the windows The watchers thrilled, then stiffened, on the alert. They could dimly make out two heads at one of the win dows. Then the window began to rise softly. A m a n came in at the open window, then turned to help his pal in. "All quiet enough in the house," muttered one o f the pai 1, in a v e ry low tone. "Too q11 iet,'' grumbled the other. "We heard going up the stairs." "No clange r. Sleeping p e ople don't 1rake as easily as that. Here's the safe What a big affair." "Oh, old Lester will open it quickly enough when we wake him up with a gun at hi s head." "Don't stop to talk," called in Gregg 's whispering voice, as the fire-bug looked in at tl:e 1rinc1ow. "Get up stairs on your business." "No need to!" rumbled Young Wicle Awake's heaviest, deepe s t voice. "Throw your hands up you fellows. We see you and you can't see us. This means a killing if you balk." Crack! A shot rang out, for Ivl'r. Lester seeina Parks 0 outside, start to bolt, fired straight after him But the shot must have missed, for, in that awed silence of Parks's trapped pals, they could hear the fugitive's s till running steps. Then other shots rang outside, for Ur. Lester had men posted th e re in h icling. One of the scound:r:els trapped in the librar y had prompt.: ly put up hi s hands. But the other reached for his revolver. "Is Hickey badly hurt?" demanded Mr. Lester, anx iously. ''.Nothing but a little hole in the leg, that'll be all right soor., sir," called "We got two out of three, but not the fellow we wanted most," grumbled Young Wide Awake. The two that had been capt ured were now bound secure ly and guarded vigilantly, while Mr. Lester telephoned for '.1 cloctcr to come and attend Hickey, and for the police to come and attend to the prisoners. In the meantime Mr. and Mrs. Vane, and Faith, and l\Ir s Lester and Kitty, aroused by the shots, had dressed and come .scurrying down the stairs. "Well, of all the st ra,nge surprise parties I" gasped Kitty, staring at the armed men and boys. "It didn't work quite as well as we could have wanted, Miss Kitty," replied Young Wide Awake. "We have two guests,. but the third and most highly valued got away." "What on earth can you be talking about?" demanded Faith, staring in amazement. "Oi'll take pleasure in tellin' ye the whole story, Miss Faith," volunteered Terry. "Will ye be pleased to take a sea t wid me at wan side, thot we may not disturb the talkin' av the rest av the people at this party?" "It looks more like a tragedy than a party," shuddered Kitty. "Yes, it was. Hickey has been shot, though not badly "Shot?" gasped the girl, again staring at the weapons. "I guess we'd better follow the example of Terry and Faith," suggested Young Wide Awake, passing his arm under the girl's and drawing her to one side. Doctor and police came and attended to their several duties. When the prisoners had been taken away, and Hickey had been put to bed, Mr. Lester came into the reception r oom, where he found Wide and Terry and their sweet hearts. "Do you young ladies understand it all now?" asked Mr. J, e ste r, drily. Young Wide Awake, who was to him, saw move, and leaped forward, holding a pistol against fellow's stomach. the "But, papa! Never to h ave told u s a thing aboul it in foe advance!" pouted Kitty. "Now, what good could you have done har1 you known?" "Don't try for a weapon, or you're a r1ea-l 0:1e :ang laughed her father. the young fire captain's voice. "Up with your h a nds, or I "But we would have been so interested," protested Miss won't wait a second about blowing the miclclle out of vo11 !" Kitty. that crook's hanr:ls went up, too, and h r stoorl. th e r e "And would have lo s t your night's rest, child . As it is, tremblmg, for the bravest man flinches at thonght of a hulvou 've gotten half of it. Now you can go back and get the l t t . th h h. e earrng roug im. remafocler of it as s oon as the young men go." "Take this fellow," commanded our hero. turning to "Rad we better go and leave the house to -night?" asked Joe. "I want to get outside to see what they've clone with our hero. Gregg Parks." "Why not?" John Lester wanted to know. "I shall have And they've "They're coming now," called Ted from th e op e n winmy own men around the house, watching. dow. "They are bearing a wounded man with them. Oh, only one scared fire-bug to watch against." pshaw! It's Hickey, the stableman!" So the young men took their leave, though not until Mr. "The scoundrel got away from w, sir," called ant .Mr. I,ester had declared his gratitude to them in unmistakable Lester's gardner. "Hickry wns nearest to h;m and tried terms. to stop him, but got a bullet for his trol:b l e." "You'll have the house guarded day and night for the


YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 13 presen t, won't you, sir?" urged Young Wide Awake. "I danger, if you don't." "To-morrow," replied Mr. Lester, "I shall have private detectives here to watch over us. They'll remain until that fire-bug is caught or chased out of the country." By morning Belmont was excited from one end to the other. Almost every citizen was a.iding the police by keeping an eye open for a possible glimpse at that now lone fire-bug, Gregg Parks. CHAPTER V. THE BUCKET BRIGADE'S DESPERATE VENTURE. Clang! "Washington One!" bellowed Young Wide Awake from the gateway of the High School grounds. It was at all but the end of the forenoon recess when the :fire alarm commenced to toll in. In a twinkling the young :firemen had turned and were sprinti ng out of the yard. Before the running young firemen had reached Main Street they had counted the alarm : It came in from a new section, known as "The Hill," to the northward of Belmont In record time the youngsters had the,ir engine and hose cart out and went tearing northward. "It'll be. a stubborn :fire, up there on the hill, if it once gets well away from us," muttered Wide to Hal, who ran at his s ide. "Why?" asked Hal. "Poor water pre : ssure--the hill is so high." "Poor pressure--or none at all," grunted Hal. As they raced clear of the town they saw the :fire itself. The smoke was coming, in rather a thin stream as yet, :from two windows on the upp e rmost floor of a four-story house. "Oh, of course it had to be s ome house like Allen's, and at the top," grunted Hal. "It means no water on that top floor," declared Wide. "So-what?" "'The buckets, of course." "They'll be a sor ry lot of use by the time we get there," quivered Hal, for already the y could see tllat the cloud of smoke from the upper A.Hen windows was increasing in volume. "Buckets hav e got to win!" uttered Young Wide Awake, Yet without slackening speed they turned at the gate and ran into the Allen grounds. Mr. Allen, busy superintending the work of his family and servants in removing furniture from the ground floor, stopped long enough to run to meet Young Wide Awake as the two machines were stopped beside a private hydrant. "You've got a tough job here, Young Wide Awake," panted the owner. "I know it, but we're going to win, if it's possible. Un reel that hose--lively there! One l e ngth will do!" "One length?" gasped Mr. Allen, a middle-aged, rather portly man. "Yes-enough for our clicked Young Wide Awake. The length was unreeled and coupled by the time that Hook and Ladder One, led by Tom Scott, turned into the yard. "Off with the buckets now!" shouted Young Wide Awake. Then, to Scott: "You're just in time, captain. Off with a ladder that will reach to that window up there." Scott and his men rattled off ladder, raising it with some help from the Washingtons. "Captain Scott, your men can just as well get into the line, too," ordered Young Wide Awake. Hal, you see that the line is formed right. Terry-along with rn"e.'" Young Wide Awake was already mounting the ladder swiftly. Terry sprang after him, and Ted Lester, too. Thro"Qgh the window these three leaped. "Come on, Brad-you and Slam Bang. The rest stay outside on the lin e ." Young Wide Awake had taken but a flying glance at the flames raging in the room he turned to see that the bucket line formed swiftly and capably. There were sixteen young firemen on the ladder-all it would hold. They were so close together that they cduld pass buckets without any high-reaching. "Juggle those buckets along now Joe, keep the pump ing going. Hal, fill and start the buckets yourself. Re member, fellows, that every drop splashed out of a bucket is one drop less to fight the fire with. Steady, now!" Terry was at Young Wide Awake's elbow as our hero turned back. "A bucket at a toime won't be doing much here," gritted Hourke. doggedly. "We can't lose a :fine, costly home like that. It "Exactly; you and I will each empty a bucket at the same would disgrace us." time, at the same spot. Stick close to me, old fellow!" Then, falling back aJong the line, our hero shouted: The wall separating this room from the n ext was crack" Fellows, we've g ot to form the brigade and make a ling with the intense heat, seething with the flames which bucket fight up yonder. Don't any of you feel that you leaped forward. can't do it. We've simply got to do it!" The two connecting walls and the floor near the back They were darting up the hill now, panting a little from wall were well ablaze, too. the run and from the hard work of hauling the machines Owing to the dryness of the burning material the smoke over the up-grade. was not as dense as might have been expected, yet there


14 Y10UNG WIDE AWAKE S BUCKET BRIGADE. was smoke enough to set the young firemen to sputtering and coughing. Ted Lester, having nothing to do for the moment, made his way to another window to get air. "Here, shut that window! Don't feed air to the flames rang Young Wide Awake's voice, sharply A yell outside, anu the first buckets of water were arn v mg. Young v\ride Awake seized one, Terry another. "Now, together!" They swung, throwing the water true. It went against the back wall, di:enching it for a moment. Then the water went up in steam But the two young firemen, after tossing their buckets through the open window, clear of the heads o:f the passers, seized two more and darted back. Working together, they were able to deliver twenty buck of water or more to the minute. Young Wide Awake was soon able to see that the fire at They had drenched all of the woodwork so thoroughly that, though the fire still s puttered and s moldered, the walls would no longer ignite and break out in fresh places. "A few more buckets here, Terry, and we can give our attention to the floor below." "The flure's getting hot be this toime," grunted the Irish lad. Underneath them they could hear lusty blows with axes. ETidently Scott's hook and ladder men had borrowed axes from Washington and were at work down there. "There !" muttered Young Wide Awake, pausing, bucket in hand. "I reckon we've clone for the flames on this floor, Terry." "Then, for the love av Heaven, let us get out av here," proposed Rourke, earnestly "Be the feeling, me sh .oes are bur-rning off with the fire that's in the "Come on!" They turned, starting side by side for the window. Cr-r-rash Just under their flying feet the floor gave the back wall was being checked. "Now for the side wall at the left!" he shouted. \. way with a tearing, splintering sound. For a full minute and a half they dashed on water here, then turned to the side wall at the left. "Ar-re we doing much?" shouted Terry. "As much as possible. We're s lowl y getting the better of the flames. It isn't spreading any more-this fire." This Wide jerked out while busily engageu in dashing on more water. It was the fastest work that he and Terry h!ld done in many a day. Ted Lester had stood by, prepared to handle buckets if there should be need of him. But, though the lin e on the ladder was passing buckets as fast as they could be filled from the hose, Young Wide Awake and his chums were handling the buckets as fast as they came. "Why not take the hose off the hydrant and get the water direct?" grunted Terry, as they toiled. "Water pressuTe isn't heavy enough to make any differ ence," replied Wide, between splashes. "Besicles, with the hose, we save losing or slopping any water." "Can you hear me?" Hal bellowed up, as our hero ap peared at the window. "Yes. What is the matter?" "Floor underneath you is catching. You'd better come down." "Not until we get the flames stopped up here. Pass ahead." Again the buckets came flying, aml again Wide and Terry dashed the water on the flames. Out of the window Wide had caught side of his enemy and rival, Fred ;parsons, who had just come up with the Protective company that he commanded. The '.Protectives were now busy saving furniture from the parlor :floor. "We've got the fire about out down here," chuckled 'l'erry, three minutes later Wildly the young firemen caught at the hot timbers around them. But everything was yielding and giving in that doomed Hooring. With lwo distinct yells they fell througl1, pitching to the floor below. Wide fell on his side, but saved himself injury. Terry came down on his knees, and groaned a bit. "Glory be! 'Tis a volcano falling on u s !" roared Rourke, while Torn Scott and his men dariecl :forward to raise them. Fier:v showers were certainly falling around them from 1.he caving flooring. But the young firemen had performed the excellent ser ice of bringing down with them in their fall all of that part of the flooring that had caught fire. Coughing, patting out s moking smold ering places in the boys' clothing, the hook and ladder men dragged them to s aiety. "'rhank you, men," said Wide, politely. "We didn't mean to butt in on your work in that fashion 'vVe couldn't help it." "You did the best. thing you could do for us," grinned 'rom. "We were having hard work reaching that blazing ceiling." had limped to the window, shouting: "Captain orders you to get a shorter la Cider and form the line to this window instead. Lively now!" "Where's Ted?" demanded our h e ro, darting forward, tl10ngh he went a bit lamely. "Got down the ladder," explained Terry, briefly. "He wasn't fool enough to stay in a room with the floor going." The line, re-formed, passed water to this lower floor. Ten minutes more saw a costly home saved, with a loss of but a few hundreds of dollars. Chief Pelton, who had sprung up the stairs in time to


WIDE AWAKE S BUCKET BRIGA D E. see the :finis h of the \\'ork, laid a heavy hand on our hero's into the grinning, mis c hievou s fac e of Te d I ,este r who s!to nld e r. was Kitty' s cous in c;:pl e ndid work, Youn g Wide Awake !" Fred, who hope d to w i n liis way back into K i tty's fa vor "Ha rd, but not difficult to think out" chief," answered did not want an y trou blc with the impi s h l i ttle cou s in i.hc y o un g fire "Oh, hullo, T ed!" g r cetecl Fred, wit h a sheep i sh grin. "I didn't know your f e llows had had drill with the fire The n he and Downes hurried away. bucket s." "Huh!" r e marked l\Ia s ter T ed. "We have, though, chief." No public atte mpt was m a d e to call clown" You ng W ide "So I knew I saw the splendid dis c iplin e of the Awake, who, now thal his duty was done, was supe rintendpas s ers ing the "trimmin g up" of the Washington One appa r atus "That's what we tho11ght the buc k e l s w ere f o r, chie f," for its return to th e eng ine house explained Young Wid e Awake, innoc e ntl y Th e re w e re no mor e alarms through the dayti me, though A dripping, s1uoke-sme lling lot o f fire m e n, bolh boys a nd Wide and. Terry, who had reported to Chief Pe lt o n a s soon grownups, tlesL:ended the s t a irs to the y a rd. a s they found chan ce, that they had smelled gasol i n e on "Hustle, now, and get e v e ryt)1ing o u t of t h e par l o r floor," first reaching that upper floor, ca used a good d e al of e x cite-shon ted Freel Pars ons, loudly. m ent in Bel mont. He was standing by, lifting not a finger, b u t exhorti ng Again a determined hunt for the fire-bug started. h is boys of the Protectiv e cr e w to h a rd e r wor k Allen, the owner of the burned premises w a s a man so "Is it safe to go up to the s econd floor, c hi ef ? que ried wealthy that he was past any susp i cio n o f having set the Fred, as our friends came clown. fire himself. Chief Pelton, not hearing, had turncJ am1y with o u t an"Who, the n b u t the fir e-bug w oul d have done such a swer i ng. thing? "I guess you ll find it s af e e nou g h Cap t ain P a rsons," Th il t t ttl e town seemey o s 1 on ne es. returned Wide, smiling. "The chie f has d e clar e d the fir,e People who thought they smelled smoke o r h e a rd a cracko ut." l d ling noise thought at once 0 Gregg Parks, tie h a te "Then what are we packing all thi s truck out for, and dr e adea, fiendi s h firebug. sweating like hor s es?" demanded Larry Downes, one of the Had Parks been caught on Main Street that da y h e Pro!ectives, would have been lynched ere the police coul d have g otte n 1.oung Wide Awake laughed. out for his protection. "Exercise won't hurt any of you Protectives, I guess," 'rh t t f lt th t th t ht h h t b k h 1 l l e exc1 emen was e m e own a mg e s o ac over is s iou c e r. FreJ Parsons turned to look blackly afte r hi s rival, the young fire captain. "Now, what does he mean by s aying that?" gruffed Fred CHAPTER VI. TED SHOWS MORB SPUNK THAN JUDGMENT. "What's the matter?" d e manded Larry, in a low to n e "Wide getting fresh?" "Does he ever g e t anything else?" l e ered Parsons. "What's he say ing this time?" "He said exercise wouldn't hurt us." "Confound him!". "I've a good mi nd to call him down-hard!" growled Fred, who hated Young Wid e Awake, above a ll for having beat e n him in the race for Kitty Le s ter' s favor. "It'd be all right to call him down," growled Larry. "But how?" Aye, there's the rub Wide, so far, had shown a compl ete ability to turn the tables on his haters among the member s of Protective One. "Curse him!" uttered Fred, clenching his fists "That's the easiest thing to do-and the safest, too," uttered a dry, piping voice behind them. Fred turned with a start, to find himself l ooking down Hundreds of people were on the streets t h o u g h some members of every family was l eft at home to look out for fire "What are the police doing?" was a q u estio n heard o n every side But the questio n that tormente d the police was: "What on earth can Parks be doing? W h e r e i s h e hi d ing that we can t find him? And how does the scoun d r e l manage to get about from p lace to p lace w i tho u t bein g seen aud caught?" Ted Lester was abroad that n ight, as he o f t en w as, in search of any excitement that might up Y e t, tiring of a ll the fir e bug talk that h e hear d on Main Street, he cut across, at last, into Ellis Street for a bit 0 r e lief from the topic that seemed to be on every one e ls e' s tongue. So, as it happened he ran into Fred P arsons and L arry Downes on their way to house of P r otective 9 n e "Oh, hullo, Ted!" was Fre d's friend l y greet i ng. "Hullo to yourself," rep l ied Ted, wit h o u t en t h u s iasm. "Whe re have you been keeping you rse l f l ate l y you ngster?" a s ked Fred, in what was meant to be a fr i end l y ton e "In good company, mostl y," rep lied T ed, coolly. "You always did, didn't you?" "Oh, I d on't know. But I find that I'm gett i ng more particular every day


16 YiOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. And Ted started to edge off, with a meaning that was altogether too plain. "Oh, don't let us say sharp things to each other, Ted," wheedled Fred, who was angry inside, nevertheless. "You and I used to be good friends, once in a while." "Yes," admitted Ted, in a tone of mock regret. "I sup pose I haven't always been as careful about my company as I should have been." "Fresh little imp!" muttered Larry Downes, in a low voice. But Fred gripped his friends' arm-a i:dgn for peace. "How's Kit, Ted?" asked Fred. "Why don't you go up and ask her?" challenged Ted Lester. "Why, that would be a good idea," Fred replied, brightening. ;'Huh! Just try it!" "What do you mean, Ted?" "You go up and ring our front-door bell, and--" Ted paused wickedly. "Well?" persisted young Parson, rashly. "The front door'll hit you in the face," replied Ted, serenelJ.. Larry grir : med, in spite 9f himself, brit Fred darkened. "See here, Teel, what do you mean?" he demanded, a little more har s hly. "Go up and ring the bell-that's all," retort e d Ted. "Do you think your cousin wouldn't w elcome me, Ted?" "My cousin hasn't asked rpe to elo her talking for her but I don't believe she'd look at you if you were in the same room with her." Fred flush e d, then went white. This talk was hurting him a good deal more than he was willing to show. Kitty Lester's sweet face had been haunting him a good deal lately. He had once felt so sure of her, too. "I think I may call up at the house this evening," said Fred, smiling at the youngster in what he meant to be a friendly way. "Then it's me for home on the jump," uttered Ted, drily. "Why?" "I want to be there to see what happens. I wouldn't miss the sight for a farm." Fred's face showed a worried look. "See here, Ted, you don't really think that Kit is forgetting all her old friends, do you ?" "Does that mea.n-you ?" qu.eried the urchin. "It means me, for one." "Well," replied Ted, slowly, as if thinking it over, '. 'from the two or three words that I've heard Kit say, I think she has formed my dislike for bad company. Good night!" Ted started to dart away, but Fred sprang forward and caught him by the s houlders. "Let go of me-you loafer!" panted Ted, indignantly. "Not until you beg my pardon for what you've been say ing to me," cried Fred, in sudden fiercenes s "You're spoiled, too, by that hound you call Young Wide Awake. got him on the brain just now. You'll all of you b e sorry, one of these days, for taking up so thickly with that hoodlum. It won't do a girl like Kit any good to be known as Dick Halstead's girl." But Ted had broken free by this time. He drew back, his cheeks blazing, his eyes :flashing scorn fully. "Y ou-grea t-big--stiff shot out .. d. "Here, I won't have any of that talk, even if y<:m are cousin to Kit-who doesn't do herself any too much honor by the company she keeps--" What else Fred might have said he didn't anyway. For Ted shot forward, bounced his little fist up and landed it smartly over Fred's mouth. "You little hoodlum! You--" "Oh, shut up calling names, and fight, like a real boy!" mimicked 'l'ed, tantalizingly. He had put up his fists in a way that would have done Teny Rourke proud. "Fight-you?" gasped Fred, looking down in amaze ment at this little David d efyi n g a Goliath. "Yep, if you've got the sand," nodded Teel. "I'll spank you-that's what I'll do!" roar e d Fred, an grily, as he made a leap forward at the little tormentor. But just at that moment four boys, walking abreast, turned the corner. "Here, stop that!" vibrated Young Wide's angry voice. "What does this mean Fred Pars ons? Haven't you got any more pride than to waylay follows half your size?" Wide had caught hold of Ted and, though the latter s truggled, held on to him. "The kid's got to keep his fresh little mouth shut, then," growled Fred Parsons. "Shame!" cried Wide. "Every one in town knows that you can't fight a fellow your own size, even though you do take fancy-priced boxing lessons every day. If you want to fight, here's Terry, Hal, Joe or myself. Which one do you choose?" "Say, Wide, don't pleaded Ted, almost tearfully. "Let go of me I I want this big stiff to mys elf. I can thump him-can thump daylight out of him, I believe. Let go of me. I want to try." "Well, let go of him, then," snarled Fred. "The first time I ever saw you reall y willing to fight," sneered Young Wide Awake, scornfully. "Let go of me," almost howled Ted. With another wrench and a twist he s ucceeded in jerking himself free. Then he danced up in front of Pars ons. "Come on, now-hit me!'' begged Ted, while his four friends, seeing that he was bent on fight, crowded close to make sure that he got fair play. But Fred, beginning to realize how foolish it all looked, was loath to do anything. "Sissy!" sneered Ted, dancing in and landing a stinging one on Parson s's face.


Y10UNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 17 With a roar, Fred leaped forward. Then the fight was on in earnest. Tecl, his little fists moving like parts of a perpetual motion machine, managed to land a sharp one close to Fred's wind and another on the left side of his jaw. But Fred, his anger up now, d ove in a hard one that made the little fellow's nose bleed. "See if you can do it again!" challenged Ted, doughtily. Fred had to take two blows himself. Then he swung and drove home a blow t)lat sent Ted down to the earth. But the little fellow was up in a jiffy, looking for more. Clang! "Stop!" shouted Young Wide Awake. "We've all got our fire duties to attend to now!" Teel, devoted little fireman, and under his captain's or ders at the instant the alarm sounded, dropped his fist at once. Fred thought he saw a chance to drive in a parting blow, and a hard one. He struck out, but watchful Terry jumped in between them, taking the blow on his own strong, bull-like neck. ""Thank ye, Par-rsons. Ye're a gendernan. Oi'll kape that blow and return it to you whin we both have leisure." Then, as Young Wide Awake grappled with Ted and bore him off, all of the Washingtons took the bee-line for the engine house. The Protectives, too, had their own "machine" to get out in response to this alarm. Young Wide Awake was the first at the engine house. He unlocked the big doors, swinging them open with a bang. Then, as the fellows arrived and piled into their fire togs, they ran engine and hose carriage out and started for the hill. For this alarm came from the same section where the morning's fire had been. "The fire-bug! Is this more of his work?" That was the thought uppermost in the mind of every one of the young firemen, as it was uppermost in the minds of most Belmont people when they heard the fire alarm come pealing in from the hill. Washington One was away as swiftly as ever it had start ed for a fire. They made the hill in good time. Against a dark sky the fire stood out, guiding every one who ran up the hill. The flames were coming from the third, uppermost floor of the handsome new house of Manahan, a wealthy con tractor. "Water pressure can't carry the hose stream up to the top story here, either!" groaned Young Wide Awake. "More bucket work cut out for us. I hope "there's a private hydrant in the yard." There was, as Manahan, meeting them near the gate, informed them. Puffing, Manahan ran with the boys to lead them to the hydrant. "Know how the blaze started?" demanded our hero. "No," puffed Mr. l\fanahan. "It's a mystery to us." "Then it isn't a mystery, I reckon," retorted Young Wide Awake. "The fire-bug again. He's burning now for revenge." ''Oh, I got a letter threatening this/' gasped Manahan. "And what did you do?" "Turned the letter over to Chief Sharp." "This is the fire-bug's answer, then," returned the young fire captain. The hose having been attached, and the buckets slung off and distributed, Young Wide Awake turned to Scott, whose men were just racing up with the hook and ladder. "lrp with a ladder, quik," directed our hero. "I'll go up a.ncl see what needs be!ng done." In a twinkling the ladder was off the truck. Washing ton's boys aided the men in running it up. "It's placed and firm, captain," reported Scott. Gtipping the rungs, Young Wide Awake mounted nim bly, Ted Lester just at his heels. The crowd saw Young Wide Awake at tbe top of the ladder. From there he jumped inside, his body standing out a:r:i instant sharply definerl against the red glow of !he flames. Boom! Up in that blazing region there was a tremen dous explosion. What ha cl hnppenecl to Young Wide Awake not one of the startled spectators could gnes,;. But they saw a bl;rst of flame and smoke leap out through the window with a force that hurled Ted Lester from the ladder. CHAPTER VIL PAST THE FACE OF DEATH I Downward Ted's body came through the air, hurtling and turning as if he had been shot out through the window. Terry, standing just below, saw the little fellow coming. With a cry of horror, Rourke leaped forward two steps, then stood with arms outstretched. As Lester's body past him Terry made a grab. Safe catch! Terry leaped up in the air at the second of the catch, then landed lightly. He set Ted down on his feet. ""More scared than hur-rt, little 'one!" cheered the Irish lad. "Aw, who's scared ?j' demanded Ted, his coolness coming back in a flash. "I knew you was there!" "But what happened?" demanded a dozen at once, while the crowd thrpnged around Ted. Terry left them there, he and Hal mounting the ladder so fast that it looked like a race. Terry was first to leap into the room wherf;) the explosion had occurred. But Hal was only a second or so behind him. "Dick!" "Wide."


YOUNG .WIDE AWAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 'rhere was a gaping hole in the floor. The flames had gained since that explosion, as if fed by it. That room looked like the inside of a furnace. Young Wide Awake came groping toward them on his hands and knees. "Are ye that badly hur-rt ?" demanded Terry, leaping toward his chum. He bent over him, gripping him, trying to raise him. "What happened?" demanded Young Wide Awake, almost stupidly. "That's what we'd like to know," burst out Hal. "There wa,s an explosion, wasn't there?" "Was there?" agreed Terry "Something seemed to blow up in front of me-over in that corner," Young Wide Awake went on,

YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 19 ing, macle his way clown the uncler side of the ladder1 with"I'm going to toss you clown into the n et," Young Wide out hindering Young Wide Awake's bucket line. Awake explained to the little iianahan boy. "You won't But Pelton, on his way down, had a narrow escape from be hurt. Don't be afraid." flames beginning t o leap out through the cracked window "I'm not afraid, if you ain't," re s ponded the little fellow, on the floor below. lookin g up bravely. "It's hot up there, ain't it, W ;:ishington ?" bellowed Chief "Goocl enough, little man!" Pelton. As the net stood spread, Wide leaned far out from the "Pretty hot, sir," Slam Bang answered. window, 1Joising the boy in his a rm s "You can't stand it two minutes long er. Pass my order A good throw and a straight one! With just one little to Young Wide Awake and Rourke to come down at once. yell of cliFmiay the little fellow landed in the net and was Tell 'em it's my order!" fished out uninjured. "Oh, well," choked \Viele, disappointedly, as he and "Now, then,'' cried Wide, cheerily, as be turned to the Terry emptied their buckets and started toward the window. girl. "You see, your brother was not hurt." The bucket line, under the chief's sharp order, was al"Yes, he was! He yelled," protested the little girl. ready clearing from the ladder. "Don't throw me down ihcre-oh, please don't!" "You first, Ted," ordered Young Wide Awake. The chi ld began to shriek wildly, and Wide muttered to Lester ran down as nimbly as a monkey. himself: 'Now you, Terry!" "Poor little thing, there's no use saving her one way, Rourke sprang to the ladder. only to scare her to death." Wide was about to follow, when he remembered the fireSo he said soothingly: axe that he had brought up with him. "There, there, little sister! We won't throw you. You As he bent, our hero heard a shriek. shall see how safely we'll get down. You and I will go It was followed by another. together. See how easy it will be!" Then up from the ground came an awful shout. Wide, had calculated on jumping himself, after It was from Mr. Manahan, who, in agony, tossing the girl, now yanked off his rubber coat. was trying to break loose from four or five men who held He did the child up in that protecting coat-a sng, safe him. bundle. "My two babies are up there!" he screamed hoarsely. "No, no-not the ladder!" bawled up Chief Pelton, "The nursegirl told me the babies were safe out of the hoarsely. house . Let go of me! Let me get up lo my children!" "I've got to-the child's scared to death!" shouted back But Young Wide Awake, who had located the cries on tlrn young fire ca. ptain . the other side of one of the walls of the room, clashed to the He went rapidly down the ladder, the folds of rubber window. pro{ecting the liltle girl from the flames. "Let no one come up! I'll get the children out if I live!" He reached the grouml, amid wild cheers, and turned He turned, rushed at the wall separating him from the the little gir l over to its parents. Manahan children, and swung his a xc with all the strength Then Wide walked stiITTy it Way. there was in him. "Hur-rt, a,r-ren't ye?" whispered Terry, anxiously. A few lusty, hard-hit and the wall of plaster and "My legs got a little singed arnl scorched-the tendons lathes crumbled before him. probably," Wicle whispered back. "Don't say anything Two children, a boy of seven and a girl of five, crouched about it." near the opening in the wall. Reinforced by Torrent's bucket line, the W a.shingtons "Come on, youngsters," hailed Wide, l eaping through now reached the top story by other windows. the hole in the wall and getting one with either hand. "Fol Passageways were chopped through walls, and two steady low me and don't breathe, or you'll clraw in a lot of smoke'. lines of buckets were passed in. Here we are, now!" Young Wide Awake was still on hand, directing his crew, The children, left there by their crimina lly stupid nursethough he did not do any more water-throwing. girl, had slept through all of the excitement up to a mo-Then, when the fire was out at la st, and when Chief ment ago. Pelton had just announced that he was satisfied that this They were coughing ancl strangling from the smoke now fire was more of the mysterious work of the fire-bug, there as Young Wide Awake piloted them to the window, telling came another cause of excitement. them to lean out for better breathing. Young Wide Awake, without warning, tottered and fell The ladder had been left there for our hero's final escape, over on the ground in a dead faint. but now, as Wide glanced clown, he saw the fl.a.mes licking at four of the rungs. "Get out the life net there!" he called down sharply. But Hal Norton had already raced for the net, and now many eager hands were spreading it. CHAPTER VIII. FAIR PLAY! For three days they kept Young Wide Awake at home after that.



YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. Jar, jerked him back and swatted him in ihe face until Fred lu:stily cr:c(l for quitti. "Then come wid me, ye well-dhress loafer," ordered Terry .. "Come back till we .see what 'twas all about. Protesting, Fred was dragged back to the spot of the fight. Young Wide Awake, white and rather weak, was leaning against the fence, smiling grimly. Our hero quickly e xplained what the trouble had been. Lal. Downes, who had first gotten to a sitting posture, now reached his feet and tried to slide away. "Don't take the throuble to sneak away, Larry, bucko," warned Terry, ominously. "Av ye do, the coming back'll be l oikely to hur-rt !" Larry halted, uncertain what to do now. But Terry had turned to our hero with: "Now, Wide: what's to be done?" "Let the loafers apologize to Miss Lester," replied our hero. "Ye hea .r1>" demanded Terry, giving Fred a shake by the collar "I've nothing to apologize for," glowered Fred, sulkily. "Thin ye've a lot to lear-rn, and ye'll begin lear rning it now," warned dangerous Terry "Let them go. I clon't want any apology from such cacls," announced Kitty. "I'm tired of the scene and of their presence Let them go." "Oi won't, thin, craving yure par-rdon," retorted Terry, doggedly 'Tis apologize-or eat a bit of the sidewalk. Now, then, Par-rsons, ye worthless cad, what'll it be?" He shook Fred so hard that that worthy surrendered. "I offer Miss Lester my apology," he stammered Kitty merely nodded, coldly. "An' say," prompted Terry, "that ye'll be careful, after this, to act as much loike a gentleman as ye can when Miss Lester is by." Fred repeated the promise "Now, yure turn, Downes, ye illigant loafer," called Terry. "You feel like a big man, don't you, now the two of you are together_?" scowle(l Downes. "Well," demanded Terry, "t1Yo to two is fair fighting, ain't ii? with that apology, or ilie Oi'm coming for ye." He let go of Fred, moving toward Larry. There was that flashing in the Irish lad's eyes that made Downes hasti'ly decide to apologize, which he did in the same terms used by Fred Pa1:sons. "Now, off wid the two av ye!" choked Terry. "Off a.t wanst, before Oi forget meself and do something that'd be rude!" As the two discomfited rivals slunk away, Terry ex plained: "Now, 'tis glad Oi am that Oi called at yure house, Wide, in sayson. Some one told me ye had come down this way, and I came afther ye, meaning not to butt in, but to keep to the rear and be handy at need." CHAPTER IX. '.iRICKED Two days later Wide felt so much like himself agai n that he was at school and in the engine house. But Kitty had called him up on the telephone to ask: "Don't you feel strong enough now-"Why, I feel as strong as ever I did," he broke in. "Don't you think, Dick, that a saddle ride would do you good?" "A saddle ride? I can't imagine anything better.': "You can't?" "That is, if--" "Well, Dick?" "I'm going to make conditions now," warned the b o y, eagerly. "I'm listening "A saddle ride all alone would be a dead, fiat failure. But if I had company--" "What company do you want?" "You, and you alone, Mistress Ki tty "Oh!" came in a tone of pretended relief. "I was afr aid you were going to speak for Faith." "Kitty!" "Then I'll suit you, will I?" "As if you didn't know," cried Young Wicle Awake's earnest voice. "Then our carriage will come clown for you right away." "Thank you, but a fellow who's strong enough to go off in saddle is strong enough to walk." "If I'm to go with you, Dick, the carriage will call for you. On no other condition will I ride this afternoon Now, then?" "Oh, well," a.greed the young fireman, meekly. "Then the carriage will be at your house inside o.f fifteen minutes And it was. It found Dick ready and eager, as did it find Miss Kitty at the other end of the route. Then hro handsome saddle ponies were brought around to the front door. Kitty insisted that a groom, not Wide, should help her to mount. She would have bad Wide helped in the same fashio n but he, disdaining such help vaulted np into the saddle "Now, only an hour of this, mind you," warned Miss Kitty, as they turned out at the gate "I wish it could be forever," murmured the young lover Kitty laughed, then flecked her pony into a gentle canter. Young Wide Awake rode to her side, then asked: "Was that man near the gate one of the .detectivCS" guard ing your father's place against the :fire-bug?" "Yes, though papa believes we've heard the last of th e fire-bug, and for good. I hope we have." "So clo J. Mi8s Kitty," rejoined the young firema n "Still, it's hardly a safe gamble."


22 YOUNG WIDE AW AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. "I wonder your father wasn't afraid to l et you come out this afternoon in this fashion." "Mamma suggested that, but dt.d replied that he 'wasn't afraid to trust me anywhere-well, anywhere that you are, Dick." "That's mighty good of your father, Kitty," glowed the young fireman. "Papa said his view of you was based on experience," replied the girl, quietly. "That's also good of him." it isn't, Dick. It's fact." "Wh.ere are we going this afternoon?" asked Wide, red dening and ready to change the subject. "Ont on the country roads will be best, Dick. Then we 1rnn't have so many autos or carriages to dodge." "You still treat me as an. invalid, Kitty!" he cried reproachfully. "No, indeed I'm just treating you, Dick, as a young man whom the town can't afford to lose through any form of carelessness on my part." Wide laughed good-naturedly. It was a mild, end-of-the-winter day, with the sun out bright. To Wide it seemed that the very breeze breathed happiness. He mentioned as much to Kitty, who r e plied demurely: "One's company has much to do with that." "That's just .what I meant to say," declared the y oung fireman. Kitty looked at him with a flashin g, teasing smile in her merry eyes. She often looked at him in that way when h e tried to say something unusually gallant. Wide could never quite decide, at suc h times, whether she was plrascd, or whether she was laughing at him in dul ge ntly for hi s c n1de attempts at gallantry. "I'd like to know just what you think of me-what you really think of me, Kitty," he went on, after a moment. "W oulcl' you ?" "I'd prefer knowing that to any other knowledge on earth." "Oh, what a silly young boy!" "But I woukl really like io know, Kitty." "Some time, perhaps, I'll tell you," s he half-promised. But was looking at him again witb that tea.sing smile, which macle him clecicle to postpone pressing the qu est ion. Rather than ride through the pretty littl e town of Sag more, .i\fiss Kitty seemed to prefer turning off along a lonely hut prett.v road to the left. Their course took them between woocls on either s ide. "Hullo," muttered Young Wide Awake, lookin g ahead, "there's 80me one who wants to speak to us." Both g lan ced down the road, to see a shabbily dressed, elderly man. He h eld a handkerchief close to hi s fnce and dabbed his eyes as if he had been weeping. But now, seeing the young people approaching on hor se-back, the old man held up one hand as if to attract their attention. He surveyed them through blue goggles as ap proached and reined in. "Young people," he hailed, "have you just a little time to be goocl to the old ?" His voice was thin piping. Wide promptly thrust his hand down into his trousers pocket for one of the only two silver quarters that he owned. "Not that," spoke the old man, quickly. "Not money. But my wife and I have been.tramping to reach N orwich, where we have friends. Ten minutes ago, while we were coming through the woods, my poor wife fell, and I couldn't get h e r to speal( after that. Will you come back a little way with me to see if you can tell me what is the matter with her?" The old man's voice shook tremulously. There was more than a hint of sobs in his speech. "Why, of course I'll go," uttered Wide, leaping down from his saddle. Kitty, too, slipped to the ground. "Follow me," begged the old man, turning eagerly. "You can lead your horses in there." He led the way with faltering, uneven, yet eager steps. Wide and Kitty followed. At last he halted. "There!" he whispered tremulously. "Can here, in there, lying on the ground?" Ile stepped behind them, petinting. Suddenly Young Wide Awake was hurled to the ground with force. Kitty, uttering a shriek of terror, was thrown to a seat at hi s side. "Don't you try to get up, Young Wide Awake! Don't you stir, or I'll kill the girl!" roared the man in a hoarser voice, as lie clrew a revolver and menaced Kitty. 'rhcn with his other hand he tore off wig a.nd goggles, and stoo d forth-Gregg Parks, the fire-bug! CHAPTER X. KITTY LESTER'S GRIT. Kitty Lester looked up a t the fire-bug with wide-open, frightened eyes. ThC'n a flash of d e fiance crossed her face. She moved as if about to riRe. "Stay where you are," hissed Parks. "Yes, stay where you are," repeated Young Wide Awake, hoarsely. He cared little what might happen to himself now, but all his thought, all his effort, his cunning, must be used to get the gir l out of this frightful predicament. "I wish old n1an Les te r could see us now," uttered Parks, grimly. "My, what a scare it would give him! He'd be g lad to call off the detectives, who don't catch any one." " the young lady start back for the road," begged:


Y OUNG WIDE A WAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 23 Wide. "Then, Parks, you and I can settle with each other -for I suppose you have a score that you want to s ettle with me." "Y cs; but Miss Lesler remains," r e pli e d Parks, roughly. "I shall do the planning now, Young Wid e Awake. All you will have 1.o do will be to listen." But, surely, you' don't intend to keep this young lady a prisoner?" "Something wrong with your plan, then," retorted Wide. "I won't go and leave Miss Lester." "She will be safe with me. I can ass u re you of that." "Since when," demanded Wide, mockingly, "do y o u think I haYe been foolish enough to take the gua r antee of a fellow like you?" "You' ll have to take it i n this case." "I simply won't.'; "Just what I do intend to do "But lo what end?" demanded the young fireman. being a prisoner here can do you no good." "It'll be Miss Lester's o n l y c h ance for safety, or even "Her her life." "Iler being here can help bring old man Le s ter to terms, can't it?" demanded the fire-bug, harshly. "How?" demanded Wide. "He'll pay for her freedom, won't he?" "Still harping on blackmail, eh?" cried c\1 e young fire man. "Yes, still harping on blackmail," gritted Parks. "But I shall call for more money than I demanded befor e ." "And you expect to get it? You have no idea of the fight there is in John Lester "Humph! He cares for his daughter, doesn't he?" "Of "And he is a very rich man, isn't he?" "He is said to be." "Then would he let twenty thousand dollars stand in the way of his daughter's and safety?" "My father won't stand for being blackmailed," broke in Kitty, coldly. "If you're figuring on that, you as well stop." "We shall see," laughed Parks, coolly. "Miss Lester, either your father will part with twenty thousand dollars, or he must lose you. Did you ever hear how a cornered rat fights? I'm cornered-and I mean to get out of the corner. If yoil don't get out of your corner safely, it will be because you and your father and this young man are too obstinate about meeting my terms." "Soak him, Terry!" burst from Young Wide Awake, as he glanced eagerly b e hind Parks. The fire bug did not start or turn. He merely laughed. "That's too simple, Young Wide Awake. Your friend isn't behind me I got caught tha.t way the first time I was sent to prison. I don't fall into that trap these days." "You'll fall into one trap or another," predicted Wide. "No scoundrel succeeds in keeping at large forever "Now we must set about getting this money," went on Parks "I 1must be far from here by midnight." "About as far as the Belmont police station," mocked Young Wide Awake. "I am going to send you to Mr. Lester to tell him the terms on which he can have his daughter safely delivered to him," went on Parks. "Me? I thought I was a prisoner." "I am going to let you go, Young Wide Awake. I shall have sufficient pledge of your g ood behavior, for I shall keep the gir l here "I won't leave her here." "You'd rather be shot?" asked Parks, ho1ding the weapon s o that h e could bring it into line in an instant. "Yes," said Wide, calmly. "Oh, come, s top this nonsense If you don't go to Mr. Les t e r, Young vVide Awake, how is he ever to know of his llaughter's plight? How is he to buy her s afety? How is he to know where to come with the money?" "'it's your job io think that out," retorted the fire man. "Then you are going to throw away the gir l 's only chance?" "I'm not going to leave her here with you. "Not even to save her life--the only chance?" "I won't leave Miss Lester here with you-for any rea son whatever!" Young Wide Awake retorted, with cool energy. "I won't leave her un less she commands it. Do you so command, Miss Kitty?" "No; do not leave me," replied Kitty, in a voice that ran g true. with grit Parks swore under his breath. "You see," jeered our hero, "there's no possible way of g etting your message to Mr. Lester "I shall find another way, then," gritted Parks, whose face had gone dead1y white. "First, Young Wide Awake, I shall have to kill you. '.I'hen I will hold the girl as a close, safe hostage. Her father will pay the money in the end. If he tries to rescue her from me, he will only see her shot down at the moment of attempted rescue. Young Wide Awake, how can you figure that you are saving or protect ing this young lady by remaining here?" "I don't have to figure," retorted the young fireman, dog gedly "I am only obeying Miss Lester:'s wish by remain ing here. So remain I shall." "Are you going to allow this, Miss Lester?" demanded Parks, eyeing her keenly, coldly, like a man who is pre pared to carry out all his threats. "vVill you lose your own life and break your father's heart?" "You needn't look for any help from me, fellow," re torted Kitty, with a contempt in her voice that made t h e fire-bug wince. "So far as I am concerned, your plan will fail. 1\Iy escort will remain with me, too, at my own re quest "Remain? Re sha'n't remain!" raged Parks, giving way to sudden fury before this obstinate thwarting of his plans "Young Wide Awake, on your feet! Face about and start toward Mr. Lester's. If you don't, I shoot to kill Tell.


24 YOUNG WIDE AWA.KE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. Mr. Lester to be here within two hours. Tell him he must once he has formed his plan for getting other people's raise the full sum of twenty thousand dollars, somehow. Tell him to bring only you with him. 'rell him if he fails to be here within two hour s he will find only the dead body of his only child." Wide sat on the ground, looking up at Parks, his young face a study. "You heard me!" uttered Parks. "Up and start" Wide kept his seat, without a word. "Oh, you are going to go on defying me, are you?" quiv ered the fire-bug. "Then your death will, al lea:;t, be a lesson to the girl!" The hammer of his self-cocking revolver, under a slow but steady pressure, began to rise. When that hammer rose to its fullest height it. would slip B.nd fall, hurling a bull et into Young Wide A.wake's brain. "You have until I count three!" warned Parks. --"two, three! Shoot!" dared Wide. There was a swish of skirts, an instant spring. a scream. Kitty Lester, overlooked for an instant, had asserted h e r grit at the first chance. Now she sprang upon Parks ere the fire-bug could turn. She grappled with that pistol hand and wrist. Young Wide Awake was at her side in the lifting of an eyelid. With one hand he gripped the fellow's throat, while his other hand went to Kitty's aid. A wrench and they had the pistol free, Kitty swift l y l et ting it go to Young Wide Awake. But Parks, with a scream of rage, had l eaped back, draw ing another revolver. "Don't try to shoot," he warned, retreating. "If you do, I'll be sure to kill the girl!" Young Wide Awake, with his left arm free, thrust Kitty behind him. But he was forced to stand there, s heltering her from harm with his own body. Parks; with a sudden cry, turned and dashed through the woods. Wide's first temptation was to dash after the fellow. "Are you going to try to catch him?" asked Kitty. "No; if I do, and he should happen to get me instead, you, Kitty, would be at his mercy. No, no! I'd like to get him, but my first move must be to get you safe l y home. Kit, take the bridles of both ponies and lead them toward the road. I will keep close to you, but I must have my whole mind and both eyes clear to watch that that s coundrel doesn't ambush us on the way to the road." Kitty Lester promptly did as she was asked. Wide followed just in the trail of the ponies, keeping himself alert every instant. They reached the roa ,d, however, without sign of Parks. "He's only biding his time," muttered Young Wide Awake. "He is the kind of scoundrel who doesn't give up, money." X ow that they had reached the road, Kitty, as she halted, \ms found to be trembling. She was white, too, and her voice shook as she said: "Dick, papa was righ); when he said that he felt safe about me where you were." "Poor girl!" muttered Wide, looking at her. "This has been a terrible experience for you." "Xo, a happ y one,'' she disputed, forcing a smile. "I knew you were brave and ma.nly, Dick, but I have never had such a splendid proof before." Young Wid e Awake devoted an instant to giving the girl a hand up 0 her saddle Then, vaulting into his own saddle, he became instantly alert again. H e had an uneasy belief that Parks was not by any means at the end of his villainies. "Canter!" Wide called to Kitty. She urged her pony forward. He riding at her left to be between her and possible harm kept just at her side. "Now, gallop !" cried the boy. They went swiftly down the road. Crack! As Wide had feued, Parks had dashed through the woods bent on further mischief. Whizz-zz-zz The bullet sped before our hero's face. It went past Kitty Lester' s face, too. With a little cry she shrank back for an instant, then smiled bravely. Wide, as he rode at a gallop, had swung in hi s saddle. Raising the pistol he and Kitty had captured, he fired twice. Between his own shots came another shot from the wooqs. The bullet sped just behind their heads. "Ride faster!" cried Wide, and an instant later he adaed: "We're out of revolver range now, but keep riding fast." Then he bent anxiously over toward her. "Neither bullet touched you, Kit?" "Oh, no!" "Honor bright?" "I wasn't harmed, Dick." They kept to the gallop until they reached the Main Road. "We ca.n slow up now," counseled the boy. "Even at a trot we can keep ahead of that villain all the way to your home." Kitty had regained her color. Her face was bright now, her eyes sparkling. "You don't th. ink you hit him, Dick?" she asked. "No such luck!" grunted the young fireman. "I couldn't even see him-nothing but the smoke." Ere long they tt1rne'd in at the Lester gate. "You can keep your eyes open for the fire-b ug," Wide


YOUNG WIDE A\\-AKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 25 calletl to the man. "We've just met him and exchanged CHAPTER XI. shots with him He's on the warpath now and no deed is too desperate for him THE TRAIL GETS HOT. The detective came running after them. As the young people dismounted at the door Mr Lester Young Wide Awake halted in front of the post-office. threw it open. He stared curiously, meaningly, at Terry Rourke, who "Something has happened," he guessed quickly returned the look with interest. "Yes, sir, nodded Young W itle A wake. It r:as the next morning. I Then he turned to help Kitty to the ground, whi l e a These two young :firemen, and Hal and Joe, had secured groom bounded up and took charge of the ponies leave to stay away from school for the day in order that Inside, with the detective present, the young people de-they might job in the hunt for the fire-bug. tailed what had happened. Hal and Joe were away somewhere together. "Disguised, eh? And as a feeble old man?;, asked the But it was Wide and Terry who had secured the first clue detective "No wonder our men haven't been able to find to Parks the scoundrel." "The fellow is not only around'this part of the country .Young Wide Awake looked at the detective as if he still," throbbed Wide, "bnt he's even lurking in the town." thought the wonder of it was that detectives ever expected For they had just secured important news. to catch a criminal. First, they had learned that a feeble, shabbily dressed "Your people must get on the warpath again," urged old woman, her face hidden behind a thick green veil, had J ohn Lester, "and stay there." been begging on the streets of Belmont The detective left them, to hasten out and find the deSo far as the boys kllew, she had succeeded in obtaining tective who had command of the squad the total df cents from charitable passers-by "It would be better for my peace of mind," muttered Mr Then and there the old woman's begging operations had Lester, whose face was uneasy and white', "if I settled with ceased. this sco undre l and sent him away. But I can't do it. It Next she appeared in the light of a purchaser would be cowardice. Every time a man of wealth pays She had gone to one of the Main Street stores, where she money to these fellows for safety he encourages all the other had invested her quarter in a bottle of gasoline. vicious men in the country to think up similar plans." "That tells us who the old woman is/' muttered Young "No, you really can't give in and buy the fellow off,"' Wide Awake. "Yesterday Gregg Parks was disguised as replied Young Wide Awake an old man, to-clay as an old man. Whew! But the fellow "But I think I must send you and your mother away, for must be getting at the end of his cleverness when he can the present, Kitty," pursued her father. "Then you two think of no better disguise." will be safe." ''But he ain't at the ind av his thricks, bedad !"muttered "Do you think, papa., we would run away and leave you Terry "Buyin' gasoline again! Yet why should he have here a l one?" demanded the girl, spiritedly "You have a to beg? Shure, Himple and Shilden must have paid him poor opinion of us, it seems. Don't make cowards of us, money enougli to keep him in funds for a while." sir." "Chief Sharp told me the other day how criminals do "We can't fail much longer to catch this scoundrel," when they make a good haul," replied Wide. "Of course urged Young Wide Awake. '"For one, I'm going to get right after committing a crime they live in constant dread out on his trail. Terry, Hal and Joe will help me. It will that.the police will overhaul them. If they're caught, they be right to their taste. And I can call on others of our don't want the money caught, too, as they will need that fellows, if need be. Then there is the Belmont fotce." in hiring lawyers. So a crook, when he g ets his ill gotten-"A lot of good the Belmont police have done us, so far!" money, buys post -office money orders, or bank drafts, and muttered John Leste r mails them somewhere else where he can get them and cash "But Chief Sharp has been a.t work, sir, and vigilantly," them as soon as he finds out that he's safe from the police protested Young Wide Awake, wa. rmly. "I know that this time. The money that Himple and Shilclen paid him much If he has failed to find Gregg Parks, it has been beParks must have sent off in that fashion, saving only a few cause the fellow has been too shrewd, so far. But no scoun dollars for himself. Having used his money up, he was drel is shrewd enough to keep forever ahead of the honest forced to turn beggar But he wanted more gasoline; there men who hunt him down. D

YOUNG WIDE AWAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. l\Iost of these people had not noticed particularly which way the old woman had gone. Yet, in fifteen minutes our hero had worked down as far as the corner of Holmes and Main streets. Here, presently, they learned from a housekeeper that the old woman had turned down Holmes toward Ellis. From here they followed her trail clown Ellis Street. Here she had turned eastward, keeping along the erly side of the street. 'She' can't have gone much further, without falling into the river," declared Young Wide Awake, as the two young firemen followed along Ellis Street. "There's Fred Parsons sitting up there at the window in the Protective house," nudged Terry. "Let's ask him if he saw the old woman." "Yes, let's," returned Wide, drily. "If he really did see her, he'd si;eer us off on the wrong track, and then go on a glory hunt himself." "The party we're after may have gone into one of these houses ahead," suggested Rourke. "And most likely did, but which house?" They were going through the poorer portion of Ellis Street, the part that lay near the river-front. "There's hardly anybody along here that'd be likely to hire a :fire-bug," whispered our hero to his friend. "''Few of the people along here have any household goods that they'd be able to insure for as much as five hundred dol lars." "He may have friends down here in the poorer houses," suggested Terry. "It wouldn't be healthful for any one who was discovered to be Gregg Parks's friend. The Belmont people are in such a frame of mind these days that they'd be likely to lynch any one who tried to shelter the fire-bug." They halted at uncertain. "We can't enter houses and search," grunted Wide. "Terry, I think we'll have to telephone the police and let them lead in the hunt from this point. Of course 11e can go with the pq_lice." "Oi'm thinkin'," muttered Terry, suddenly, "that we'll have sooner need av the fire depar-rtment than av the police." He pointed ahead, and from one of the houses Young Wide Awake saw smoke coming. It was pouring through an open parlor window on the ground floor, the open window letting in air that was feed ing the flames rapidly and helping them to spread. "Run to the box over there, Terry, and turn in an alarm. Then jump in front of the house and stay there. I'm going in to investigate." Wide dashed down the street. As he darted up the steps of the house he heard the first clang of the fire alarm. Our :hero jerked the door-bell violently. No one answering, he rang again and hammered on the panels. But still no one came to answer the summons. "}"ou stay here, Terry," shouted our hero. "Me for the back of the house, to see if I can get in. I believe the folks are all away." There was an alleyway at one side of the house. Down this alley Young Wide Awake raced, to find the back of the house protected by a high board fence. Scrambling along the top of the ence, he looked inside. It was too hot for him to attempt to get in there without help. But a big kettle standing on the kitchen stove, and a strong smell of burning fat, told the story. The housekeeper had set a big kettle of fat on the stove to melt. In her brief absence it hacl run over and gotten a fire. The stream of qnrning fat, creeping across the kitchen floor, had started a blaze in the nc:\:t room. As he could do nothing yet, our hero took time to look around. There was a pump under a small shed in the back yard. Leaping c1own to the grounrl, Wide tried the pump. It gave forth a good stream of water. "It's the hose at the front window, and the bucket bri gade here, then," he decided. Out in the street, still some distance away, he could hear the jangle of good old Washington's bell. He climbed the fence again, running around to the street. As the apparatus came gallantly up, Wide leaped for his fire togs. He had them on in a jiffy, while giving his orders. "Terry, you and Joe stay here and work the stream in through the front window. Hal, you follow me to the back yard. It'll be the buckets there." Hastily the young fire captain named six others who were to go to the back yard, too, and fill and pass buckets. "Whenever you get the blaze down in front," wound up Wide, "work your way through the ground floor with the stream. But we'll do what we can with the buckets." Hal and the chosen six had already darted down the alleyway. Now the bucket brigade i:;caled the fence. There being a big packing case in the yard, Wide and I{.al dragged it up under one of the kitchen windows. On this they stood. "Fill the buckets and pass 'em lively!" shouted Wide. Splash! 'l'he first water was going into the blazing kitchen. Meanwhile, Terry had sent two of the fellows up with the hose on a short ladder to one of the parlor windows. The strenp1 was playing there in lively fashion. Terry, finding little that he could do now, stood back by the hand engine talking with Joe. Suddenly the basement door flew open. A man took a startled look outside, then, drawing a re volver, dashed out. "Joe! Joe! Here's Gregg Parks . the fire-bug!" yelled Terry. He knew the fellow in an instant from the description.


\\'IDE AWAKE'S BUCKET BRIGADE. 27 CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. For just an instant Parks halted before the basement door, white, scared, desperate, deadly, like a wolf at bay. Then he dashed forward, aiming his pistol at Terry, who had leap e d forward. Terry drew back, watching to see how he could grapple without getting shot. Gr-r-r-r That savage, bristling growl came from Trot, the coach dog mascot of Washington One, who turned out at every :fjre. Trot, not even knowing what a pistol was, was not afraid. The dog made a grab, but gathered only a mouthful of trousers cloth, for Gregg Parks, with an oath, turned and darted down the alley1ray. As he ran he thrust the revolv er back into his pocket. "There goes Gregg Parks, the fire-bug! yelled Terry, hoarsely. With Joe, T erry and Trot close at his hee ls, the firebug dashed down the alley. "We'll put the fire out for him!" thundered Young Witle Awake Hal soused the wretch, but Young Wide Awake dropped bucket and water togeth e r on hi s head. Flop! Gregg Parks was down-half-s tunnetl. It looked as if his race had been run. Yet desperately he shook hims elf free as Terr y and Joe piled upon him. Bump l Young Wide Awake was down over the fence, Hal following him. "We won't let him get away this time!" quivered the young fire captain. But Parks, thrusting bac k hi s would-be captors, drew his revolver, sighted instantly for Young Wid e A wake's head, and pulled the trigger. Bang! But Trot had gra.bbed hard at the wretch's leg, causing Parks to fall backward in pain. At the same instant Terry h a

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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 Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 3 A Corner in 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. IS 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; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake: 7 Winning His Way ; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. 8 Tho 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, 'l'he Young Brokers of Wa!Jll Street. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking It Rich In Wall Street. 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 Boston Boy. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working His Way Up. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boy's Start In Life. 48 Always on Deck; or, The Boy Who Made His Mark. 18 Baiting the B .ears; or, The Nerviest Boy In Wall Street. 49 A Mint of 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.z. From Office Boy to Senator. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 51 On the Square; or, The ;: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 Wall Street. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonder of Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy In a Thousand. 54 Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became President. 19 A Rise In Life; or, The Career of a Factory 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 Buried City. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 57 On His Mettle ; or, A Plucky Boy In Wall Stree t 22 How He Got There ; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Tll.klng Fortune on the Wing. 23 Bound to Win ; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 59 The Road to Success ; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 24 l'upbing It 'l'brough; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy In Wall Street. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 61 Rising in the World; or, From Factory Boy to Manager. 26 'l'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Wbo Got There. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor Boy's Chance. 27 Struck Oll; or. '.rhe Boy Who Made a M1llion. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 28 A Golden Risk ; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond ; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 65 A Sta.rt In Life; or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 66 Out for" M!llion; or, The Young Midas of Wall Street. 81 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 67 Every Inch a Bgy; or, Doing His Level Best. 32 Adrift on tbe World; or, Working His WBJ'. to Fortune. 68 Mon eytoBurn:or,TbeShrewdestBoyin Wall Street. 88 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy' in wall Street. 69 An Eye to Business; or, The Boy who was Not Asleep. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 7 0 Tipped by the Ticker: or, An Ambitious Boy in Wall Street. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 71 On to Success; or, The Boy who Got Ahead. 86 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 72 A Bid tor a Fortune; or, A Country Boy in Wall Street. 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WIDE.AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE STORY EVERY WEEK .,.. STORIES OF BOY FIREMEN -.r By ROBERT LENNOX Handsome Colored Covers 32-Pages of Reading Price 5 Cents Splendid Issued E very Friday --TAKE NOTICE! -.i Beginning with No. 41, this w eekly wm II contain a new series of magnificent fir e stories, written by Robert L ennox, the best author of this class of fiction in the world. They detail the e x citing adven-tures of a compa n y of g allant 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. T ell A ll Your Friends About This Serie s -wl.lJ AltREADY PUBLISHED: 10 We, Us & Co. ; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudeville Show. By Ed30 The Easiest Ever; or, How Tom Filled a Money Barrel. By Capt_ ward N. Fox. Hawthorn, U. S. N. 11 Cut Out for an Otficer; or, Corporal Ted in the l'hilippines. By 31 In Eye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By Tom Lieut. J J Barry. 32 Th C 12 A Fool for Luc k ; or, The Boy )Yh o Turr:ed Doss. By Fred War-e rater of Gold; or, Dick Hopes Find In the Philippines. l!y burtou. Fred Warburton. 13 The Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Wlnstons start In Reporting. 33 At the T o p ot the Heap; or, Daring to Call His Soul His Own. By By A. Howard De Witt. Rob Roy. 14 Out for Gold; or, The Boy Who Kne w the Ditrerence. By Tom 34 A Lemon for His; or, Nat' s Corner in Gold Bricks. By Edward :-<. Dawson Fox. 15 The Boy \Vho Balked; or, Bob Brisbane' s Big Kick. By. Frans: 35 By the Mikadas Order; o r, Ted Terrlll's "Win Out" In Japan. By Irving. Lieut. J J Barry. 16 Slicker fhan Silk; or, Tl;le Smoothest Roy Alive. By .Rob Roy. 36 His Name was Dennis; or, The Luck of a Green Irish Boy. L y 17 The Keg of Diamonds; or, After t h e Treasure of the Caliphs. By A Howard D e Witt. Tom Dawson. 3 7 Vo lunteer Fred; or, From Fireman to Chief. By Robe rt' L ennox. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Boy Who Looked Puioy By Prof. Oliver 38 Neptune No. 1; or, The Volunteer Fire Boys o f Blackton. Uy owen&. Robert L ennox. 19 Won by Bluff; or. Jack Mason's Marble F a c e By Frank Irving. 39 Hoo k Ladder and Pike; or, The Life-Savers of Freehold. By 20 On the r.obster Shift; or, The Herald' s Star Reporter. l:ly A Robert Lennox. Howard De Witt. 40 Columbia's Pet; or, A Fireman at 17. By Robert L ennox. 2 1 Under the Vendettas Steel ; or, A Yankee la Corsica. By 41 Young Wide Awake; or, The Fire Boys of Belmont. By Robert Lieut. J J. Barry. L ennox: "2 Too G r ee n to Burn; or. The Luc k of Reing a Jloy Py Rob Roy. 42 Young Wide Awake's Biggest Blaze; or, Saving a Burning City. By 23 In Fnor s Paradise; o r, The Boy Who H a d Things Easy. By Fred Robert Lennox. Warburton. 43 Young Wide Awake' s Life Line; or, The Narrowest Escape on Rec24 One Boy in a Million; or, 'l.'he '!'ri c k That Paid. By Edward N. ord. By Robert Lennox. 25 In of Himself; or, Serving the Russian Police. B p f 44 Youn!l' Wide Awake's Hook and ::.adder Work; or, The Maniac Fire Oliver Owens. Y ro l '1end of Belmont. Bk Robert Lennox. 26 Kic k e d Into Luck: or, The Way Nate Got There. By Rob Roy. 45 Young Wide Awake' s Bue et Brigade; or, Trapping a Fire Bug. By Robert Lennox. 27 The Prince of Opals: or, The Man-Trap of Death Valley. By A 46 Young Wide Awake Smoke-Bound; or, Daring Work With the Lire Howard De Witt. Net. B.Y Robert L ennox. 28 Living In His Hat; or, The Wide World His Iiome. By Edward N. Fox. 29 All for President Diaz: or, A Hot Time In Mexico. By Lieut. J J Barry. 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