The Bradys' silent search, or, Tracking the deaf and dumb gang

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The Bradys' silent search, or, Tracking the deaf and dumb gang
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Secret service, Old and Young King Brady, detectives
Doughty, Francis Worcester d. 1917
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Frank Tousey
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The old detective' s hee l caught on the coping and h e went backward, and, with a crash, through the glass. F o r a n instant h e seemed to hang to the s h a ttered sash, then vanished. Herford and Haines y elled.


) 1 .. SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES Weekly -By. S ub&criptfon $2.50 vei: y e a r . Ente r ed acco r d ing to A.ot o f Congre s s, i n the ye a r 1 913, in the office o f the Libr

2 THE BRADYS . SE.\TICH. =============== -------==== But a young man of modest ways and a desire to be-"Xernrlhe lcs s the y exist. Thry arr Urn most adroit come a clctecfo-e had won his way into the o,ld detecti,c's of rnscal5 that rYe r inrnclcd Xew York." heart. I "lam ihe chief. :,You have brougl1t Harry J3racly, iliough he bore the name of Brady, was me more rnformat ion tnan anybody yet. no near relative of the o!J detective . '1l s this all you wi::hed to sec us auout ?" a o kcd Old King The similarity of. names was a pure coincidence . He Brady. I was taJrnn in hand by Old King Brady and gi,'en many "Quite all. . , of the most valuable points iu. regard to detective " ork. "Then I hare lo say i.hat ,re hare been for rnrne time Harry caught these up readily, and had many 011 the tracks of the Deaf aud Dnrnb Oaug. \Ye shall con-original ideas. tinuc to watch tlwm, and as s oon as any ncli d erelopmcnt This latter foct pleased Old King Brady greatly. o ccurs il'e will acqmlint yon 11ith the foc:t." He liked anu admired the young detecfoc. though they "[ r-an a 3 k no more,'' r e plied the chi ef. '•Arc you ofi'? aia not agree on an points. 'l'his very rac:t, howernr, only I what is your hurry:" auclecl , to .Harry's rnlue in the e stimation of Old King "\Ye lrn,c hot iro r k before ns,• said CJl d King Brady. Brady. "J3ut mind do not let an inklin..,. i:et ont that \r e arc on . n "'l'he boy will win out," he would sny, with a chuckle; the case . The Deaf Dumb (Jang i s itself. \ Ye "he it .in him." s)iall h:wc to purrne a shrewd ancl ::ilent search." So, being seen together so much, they 'rnn the appe!la-".-\ oilent search,'' said the chief. tion of tbe two Bradp. . "Yes, sil ence iisclf. \'i'e must be reritaLle And wh ercYcr the two struck a blow they earned c oming and going, but nerer l'nn gih1e . \\' c shall drop out terror to the heart of the cnmrnal. of sight. You nor any one r ls0 will h ear from us again . The chief now p _roceedcd to gire the hrn Bradys an out-until we have the game c o rralled. " lme of the case which he w1shed them to undertake. The chief drew a dee p breath. T11ey listened patiently. He knew that Old King Brady ncrer faile d. WJ1en the chief had finished, Old King Brady said: He 'II-as asrnred at oP-ce that the clay s of the Deaf "I think I can see through it all." Dumb Gang were numbered. It \\"Ould be only a qucsti0n "Eh?" exclaimed the chief. of time. Old King Brady repeated his r0m:uk. The mystery of the strange thefts aud rouberies woultl "I should be glad to hare you show me the inside of be correctly solved. game," said the chief. detective in New .York Old King Brady arose. is .at sea, and yet you come 111 here, and after hearing a j The hio detectives shook bamb with the chief, am1 were bnef statement of the case, Y ery coolly say you can ex]Jreparinrr to lcare \rben there came a hasty rap on the l . •t " 0 p am l . door. 'l'he Bradys exchanged glances . "Corne in," saicl tlte chief. "I can give an opinion,'' saitl Old King Brady. "Is not An officer entered. that so , Harry?" He was excited. "I share your opinion,'' said the younger detee:tire. "Chief," he said, "'re \Tant d e i edive,, a t once." 'l'he chief looked mystified . "What is the matter?" "That doesn't do me any good," he said. "I'm sti ll "A strange crime and robbery bas occurred on an cle-at sea!" vated train of the Sixth Avenue Line." "Pickpocket and sneak thief game. Fliin-flam and con -The chief bowed si]cntly. fidence; all sorts of things have been going on?" / The two detectiv e s liste n e d atten!.irely as the officer tolu "Yes!" the story. "And not a cl e w can be gained as to the method of the thieres ?" "None!" "Humph!" sa i(l Old King Brady. Briefly it was 3 8 Mr. Hamilton Ward, au aged m ember of the Stock Exchange , h a d boarded the train &t Park Place to go to his . home in Sixtieth street. He took: a big plug of tobacco from his pocket and bit He s eate d himself in one of the middle scat:; of the car off a hunk. "Thars the easiest lhing l 'Yc come acros. yet. It's as plain as the nose on yo11r face that the Deaf and Dumb Gang is at " -ork in Se"' York. " The chief lookell a s tonished . "Deaf and Dumb Gang!" he exclaimed. "Just so." "\\'ho are they?" "I don't know the names of all. But they're wrigglers in their line . Eh, Harry?" "Well, rather,'' agreed Young King Brady. "You me," eaid the chief. "None of our detec tiv es have made report of the existence of s uch a gang." next the window. lfo held n, uew::;paper in his lap he f'eemed to be re11di11g. His 11cad "as be11t fonrard until hiti chin r ested on his Xe.xi. him ;;at a man 'rith a full r e d b eard. _\era s.: and faci n g !.hc;;c f'a t two m ore men, \rhos e appeara n c e conld not be de;; cribed by the train guards , as they had for gotten them. But it was remembered that they appear ed to be ac quainiecl . . and nil three chatted rnlubly until the train reach e d 011e H unclrcd a]]([ FourLh street, when they got out. Mr. \Yard Hamilton did not move.


• T H E BRADYS' SILE\l"'r SEAR CH-s ----------------------' T he lrain r eac h ed t he encl of t L e line. and the g llard cried: " _\JI out' sintion !" But \\\ml did llfJ t m ore. lnvestigation r el'et1led the dartling f::-:ct that h e wa s dead. L ctwee n T'ark P laec and the en d of thr line, death had overtaken him. 'l'he ant h mit ic s weie no tified and an a rnbnlance called . Then :m es:1111ination rt:n• alccl another startling fad. H e h!!d J li:c; potkets 1\'Cl'\' Cl1l}}l}. In hi::-inne r coat pocket h e hall carried n l eather -v.-alle t contaip ing o v e r i l'n tho u sand dollars in Lank notes . 'l'hcse and e1 e n hi s watch and e;liain were gone. "'7' --------------------------"Y<'s." " 1 will he gl::ic1 i f you ao so." 'Hamilton \Yard i.s not the first 1 idirn." cl eel a red Old King Brt1Jy. '':\ow, in order to cfl'0dual!y t he nffair l wil l ,it beside chief . " "Yer y well!" . Old E:ing Brady drew a chair a l ongside the eliief. He Eeated himse lf. The n he continued: "You are H amilton \V:ird . I am your.compan io n in ihc se:i t and one of the D e:1J: an cl DmnL Gang. Now il ha s be e n stated that the three m e n in that e:ar who faced Pach other c hattccl all the way. fll wager lll}' life that i s n o t trn c." "Ilow i s it, office r?" asked the e;b icf. 'l'his was the story. 'l'li e ch i cf Mld the bro Bradys listened to it all . the c-11 i e f said : 'l'hc office r l ooked at the notes h e IHHl brought to de liv e r 'l' h cn to the chief. "\\'hat w as the ca u se of d eath?" "Heart diEC!lf'e ! " rep! iecl the oflice r . "The pl 1yEi cia n s said that?" '.!' h e chief turne d ancl :-iskecl : "\\'hat do yo u think of it, Bracly ?" 'l'hr old detectirn '::; eyes fia,;hc d in a grim fashion, and he promptly replied: " ' J'he man was murder ed, and then r o bb e d by the m a n lrho :0at n ex t to him. " CHAPTER IL . 'i.T PUT.TOK P .F.J.UlY. . \more l"hutling-declaration con l d not be .ima g i n ed . ' l 'lte ch i d n ca rly lcc1pec1 .from his chair. The officer Jook rcl daz e d. " \ [urcl el'ed !' ' lie "Do you rca lly think that, Emely:" "'I'ltc facts see m to warrant that." "But the p h ysi cians say it was heart failure. " Old King Brady smiled in his pec uliar way . H e said: "The man was m urdered. 'l'he metho d u se d was such as to baffic the doctors." "It does riot say that they ehatted," h e replied. "It sa y s that they see med to be r.cqnainted." "'l'hat i s it," said O l d 1\:ing Brady . triumphan t l y . "Bo1recl and smjl ed, Lut that w as all, I'll wager on it. " "It docs not specify here. " "\\'ell, )"OU will find that what I say i s true when t h e affai r is finally b rought out in conrt," de clared the ol d detective. "But we will drop that for the pre:;ent." "We will a ll o w that," sai d the chief. "Precis ely ! Now we are si tting t ogctJic r i n the c a-r seat. You are readin g your paper. I bold i n m y h and so-in the palm, a s m all syringe with an i nfinitesimally small inj ec to r . It jus.t proj ects thro ugh my fingers a n d onto a lev e l with the back of my ha n d . Very good . "N"ow, I suddenly and with rarelcmmess throw my hanr1 hack and agains t the arm or knee or some part of Mr. \\'arcl" s body. It i s enough. '!'he lea s t tou c h, the slightest puncture. ' rhc little tube hai; cutrreJ the :Acsh. ' J' he clcacll y poison i s injected. "'l ' h e victi m f e e l s har d l y anything, a little pri ck . Does not eve n wince . You bow and smile i n a p o l ogy. It i s all over. " T h a t deadl y p oiso n i n a few s e conds has do n e its work. Swift as the passage of the bl ood thr o u g h the arteries , death i s carried to t h e h ea r t . Young rejoined: "It wa s a s il ent murder." "Nowher e in the world i s so swift a n d dead l y a po ison "Just that," affirm e d Old King Brady. "A silent mur-k nown. I t i s the sec ret of lhe gang. 'l' he man is d e ad . der, and the Deaf a n d Dumb Gang i s respon sib l e for it." 'l' h e r es t is easy . It w as a si lent murder, a s ilent r ob b ery "'I'his i s astounding," de clared lhe chief. "'l'he r obbery by a si lent gang!" is crime enough, but when yon cou p l e it. with a murder I The c hief and the o ffice r l istened with s t range interes t so mysterious-why, there has been n o case lik e i t i n the a n d fascina tion to t h e old detective's story. a nnal.. of this oflice . " 1 " And you s a y othe r murders have b ee n done in this Ol J King Brady said nothin g . I way ? " T ho chief made a not e of the case . "This i s not the fir st." . "Old King Brady, " he s a i d finally , "I want you t o take "T4is is horrible and almos t beyond b elief," d e cl a r e d hold of this ca se." the chief. "But are th!l se murderer s really d eaf and Yery wel l. " . . dum b ? " "I want you first to establish the fa c t of murder. G o " B y no m eans," r ep li e d Old King Brad y, "bu t t h ey con-to the coron e r and ha\'e an autops y performed. I will pro-duct their b usin ess i n that way." cure the n ece3sary papers fo r that . This a utopsy must "Well," said t h e chief, earnestl y, "the y must b e roo t e d b e p e rformed at once, for we mus t know the metho d o f ] out . They are a menac e t o New ' York. One more ques murcler." tion. How will the auto p s y prove murde r where the ".[ can tell you tha.t n ow , " d eclared t h e old d etec tiv e . wound is so slight? " "You can? " "Easily enough," r eplied Old _ Kin g Brady. "You w ill


4 THE BRADYS' SEAR C H . find that the Yictim's Yeins and flesh will be full of the I One was short and thickset in build and had a deadly !'Oison. It will be in evidence . " type of features, receding forehead and chin, and qmte ."The autopsy shnll b e held at once," decla11ed the chief . prominent nose. "nieanwhile, I approve of you;' : methods, Brady. Go out The other was tall and gaunt, with cadaverous features on the scen t, but keep dark. You two men can catch t he and hollow chest. gang. I am sure of it." 'J'hcy were not engaged in conversation. " \Ye will try," said O l d King Brady. Yet there seemed to be a perfect understanding between "Ay," echoed Young King Brady. them and they went aboard the ferry boat together. "You will not hear from us again until we have some -The man at the end of the slip watched them with a thing to report." curio u s light i n his eyes . ""With this the two Bradys l:ft_ the office. A fe ''.' hours 1 Sudden!y a young man ':i th side whiskers and glasEcs later the new spapers we : e tlmllrng New York with the and carryrng a russet travelmg bag came along. part:culars of the mysterious death and rob bery of HamilAs he pas sed he made a few queer motions with hia t on \V ard. fingers. All sorts of them ics were advanced. The man at the end of the slip answe r ed them. D etec t i ves were at work. Translate d the interchange of d eaf and dumb language But the real sensation came when it was discovered was : that i\Ir. Wan1 had been murdered. "'l'he birds are ahead of me." EYerybody felt a thrill of tenor . "Yes . 'l'hcy are on the boat." ' W ith such a silent band of murderers and "All i s well." t hieYes at l arge, no one's life ' or property was safe. I "Keep c lose." Ko man could be sure that he v;as not to be the nc;xt ! 'l'h e young man with the traveling bag passed on to v ictim . i the boat. Almo s t a reicrn of terror ensued. I 'l'he man at the encl cf the slip followed. Strangers viewed each other with susp ici o n . I n crowded ; In the carriage way and an unobserved spot they met. cars or cafes every person \Y::ts ?11 his guaJd . j "Well. Harry,'' said the man with goggles, "you haYe T he doi ngs of Jack the Hipper, Jack the Slasher, or brought the birds out at last." ot hers of t he list of deadly were put in the shade r "It has been a hard game,'' said Young King Brady. b y t his new rcYel a tion . ' I "I t e ll you they are the hardest gang we ever struck." One man di<.1 all tbe other c1jmes. "I agree with you," rejoined Old King Brady,. who was But h ere w a s an organiz e d gang of nobody knew how ' the man with the goggles. "But we must bag them." . m any. . ! "i::lnrc ! \Ye will do it, too." They had secret s i g n,,, durn b s i gna l s and s ilent methods . : "\Yho are the s e rascals?" They might be lrnnclred s in number . I "Two of the ringle!-:ders of the ;:ar.g . The short n:an Many strange \\ere c; .. eL1itec1 to them . : wiE1 the funny is 'Beak Smith. 'l'he other is H ollo I ndce d, any mysterious crime whi ch failed to nc1 ready Jenks. arc both expert crooks." s olutiqn at once laid to-the Deaf and Dumb Gang. ; "lt i s io arrest them here." rrhus matters we1:c when lhc two Bradys under took the ' "Of conrsc n o t. \\' e mud shadow them until \Ye locfltc c ase . the re s t of the gang." As they purpo s ed, the two det ectives van i shed com'l'he b o cletccli1es now separated . • 1 pleteiy. Old King Brady went into the cabin. Kothing was seen of them . He saw Beak Smith sitting in one of the sc'1t'. \,•:o•.; rrhey w ere on a s ilent search. . the c abin sat H o llo J enks . / For a whil e t he myste r ious crimes laid to the Deaf and i They were conversrng. Dumb G ang fell off in numbe r. i 'l'hat is by m e an s oi their sign talk. rrhey, too, seemed to be lyin g l o w . . 1 Of course eYcrybody else about them was obliYious of ' l'be c hi e f of the Secret Sen ice ca r efully watched all this fact . t he phases , hoping to see sonw,rhere the hand of the For the a lphabet they u se d wa s totally different from. B i adys.' ' the usual deaf and dumb code . They used words in pluc e But he could not.of letters, and all signs were made with inconceivable If they were making headway it was unknown to him . rapidity with the fingers a l one. But one day a man stood at the entrance to the slip o f [ The Bradys hac1 gained a smattering of this sign lant he Fulton Ferry between N cw York and Brooklyn. i g u age in the course of their shadowing of the gang. It was the Brooklyn slip . I 'l'he adYantage of this sys t e m employed by the crooks H e w as a mun of quite ordinary appearance, and w o uld could easily be seen. h ave been taken for a clerk or a small merchant. H e wore 11 They need n ever be seen toether. a p air of gogg l es . It would never be assumed that they were acquainted He affected not to notice any one who passed in or out l with each other. Yet they were i n c l ose communication. o f the fer r y house . But the fact was h i s half-shut eyes : They could give each oth e r points a.nd warning" unsee1 l . took in every p erso n. -j Never speaking aloud their work was cleft , silent, end S u d denly tw o me n came s aunt e r ing eas ily down toward ; ther efore a l ways sure. It w as al mos t imposs ible to track the b oat. l o r trail s u c h a n ad r oit g an g of evi ld o ers.


THE BTIADYS' SILEN T SEARCH. 5 OHAYl'ER III. A STRANGE CRIME .. ' J f.s stated, the B raJys had acquired a sma ttering of their sign talk. Tho old detective entered the ca bi n. He sat in a corner n e a r the door. Young K ing Brady entered. H e sat in the opposite corner . Instantl y the dete c tives exchange d s i gns . " You kwe them locat ed?" as k e d Old K i n g B r ad y . "Yes ! " wa s Young King Brad y's a n s w e r. "Do y o u see that they arc s igna llin g?" "Yes!" " i \'a tch the Beak arn1 I will obs erve J enks." "All right!" Old King Brady, wi t h hi s h alf sh u t l y n x -li ke eyes w a toll e d Jon ks. Ho \\'atcl1od the m in a pec uliar way . Ho clicl not look straight at h im . His h ea d was avert ed . J3u t in t h e palm of his hand h e h eld a s m a ll folding m ll'ror . 'l'he minutest "Y'e s !" Old Kin g Brady g ot no 1nore. The alphabet was cha nge d, and h e was obliged to give it up. At once , he , signalled Young KingBrady: "No u s e !'J "What!" "The ga m e i s up. The y know us . " Y o un g K ing Brady was a g hast. "Are you sure?" "Yes!" "Wha t can w e d o ?" "Keep ri ght alon g , and trus ( to a chance to tum the l ead into our h ands again . It' s no u s e to g ive up!" " G o o d ! t hat i s best!" By this tim e the b oat h a d begu n to ente r the New York s lip. The t w o cro oks now a rose ::md w ent out on the forward deck. Old K i n g Brady n ot iced in a cur s or y way that a man sat n ext to Beak w h o was of the type of sea captain or ship ma s t e r see n a lon g Front or vVe st stre et s . H e noted n othin g furt her. : Whe n the boa t ga tes w e r e o pe n e d the croo:;:s w ent out wi t h th e crowd. The d e tectiv es follow e d. In it w as the face an cl figure of J enks . motio n could b e see n . Y ct Old King Brady's bac k w as a l most But in goin g throu g h th e turns tile seve ral of the pasturne d to the sen ge r s g o t w e d ged , and a brie f de l a y was caused. crook . 'I'he olcl dete c tive w atched i n te n t l y . What ho saw intereste d him . 1t als o gave h i m an ast oun d in g surprise. rrlrns J onks s i g n aled. "You th i n k I'm right?" :l\fo1 ing the g l ass a bi t , Old K i n g Brady c au ght the an s w e r from the othe r crook. "Yes! " T he n fo ll owed som e unintelli gibl e si gnaling >vhic h the could not follo w . And then: " Are y ou o n t o the m ?" "Whot he detec tiv es?" "Yes!" " I see one of the m o ve r in t h e c o r n e r there now. 'l'hey e vidently don ' t k now tha t w e are onto them." Old King Brady gave a gas p. H e ne arly lost h i s se lf-po ss e s sio n. He had n o t heretofo r e the s li ghtes t id ea o f the fa c t that the c rooks k n e w the dete c t ives, and w e re onto th e fact that t h ey 11ere b e ing shadowe d. " \ \'ell, I never ! " mut t e r ed the d e t e ctive . " How d id they di scove r that fa ct?" " When d i d it h appen?" H e cou ld not a n s 1 ver these qu est ions. H e s a . \r at o n ce that h e and Young King :Brady must ch a nge the d e a l a n d that a t once. The l ea d was in their O])ponen ts Jian ds . B u t the old detecti v e w atc h e d . ca r hey a r e foo l s!" "Sure! " "We o u g h t to trap thrm !" "Xo t im e for that!" "Xot no w." "Th e y a re t h e two Bradys r " It was v e ry bri ef. But it w as enou g h . The de tectiv es w e r e on one . s ide of the s tile. on the oth e r. Wh e n the d e t e c tives got th e v a nish e d. In vain they se ar c h e d. ' The y could not g e t th e scent a g ain. The crook s crook s had 'I The y might hav e jumpe d into a cab or they mi oi1r have b . dod ge d into s ome n earb y doorway. But they could not be found. " Of c ours e the d e tect ives were chagrined., , But while they w e r e scourin g the fcny house and the v i cinity, Old King Brady h eard a clan ging gong and saw an ambulanc e coming. A gre a t c rowd had gath e r e d in th e waiting room. "What's up?" a s ked Youn g King Brady. "Le t us see , " cri e d the old detective . The y rus h e d into th e feny house . Pushing the crowd a s id e they savr a ,man 1ying on the floor. His upturned fa c e was that of a corpse . Old King Brady gave a violent start. H e had se en that face b efore . Where? Recoll ec tion c ame to him lik e a flash. It was the face of the man w h o had sat next to Beak Smith on th e ferryboat. Wa s there anything sig nifi cant in that? He pusl1ed the throng a s ide and bent down over the man. Then h e notice d a l ong slit cut in the man' s coat an d ves t adown the s ide . It left t h e inn(or pocket exposed . That pocket was empty . What had b een in that pocket could only be guesse d


THE BR • .\.DYS' SILE:J'r SEARCH. lt mi ght have been a larg e sum of mon e y . V e ry like ly it wa s . 'L'hi . .; was the 1 r o rk of the D ea f nml Dumb crooks. And ri ght under the no,:es of two oC lhe world' s Lle tedi ve . . Tbe ambulance surgeon rushe d in. He made a brief exarn in ntion. --------------A n immense thron g was surging up lhe great tl10TOughLirr . on their way home from work aud l 11 th:1l conemr::"e to l11<.1k for the crooks \1as l iJ;c l ooking for one pari icular Ll1 op ol' wnt e r in the' o cean. "This is a case for the morg u e;' he said . "The It rni glit be sren, !Jut it was only one of many millions I of d1a11r-e" . man '['lie ddeetirn s knMr tli r y could clcp encl only upon ) s cleacl .. , "What iti the ca use?" asked Oll1 King Brady. "lTeart failure, I "lionld sa y. "So." "What?" "jforder The surgeo n stared. "Who are ,you?" h e a s ked. it?" "What do you k!low about clurnce. , S o f'l1ey rninglcL1 1rith lhr cro1rcJ, watched r 1 cr.v passing faC'l ' , l10i:l'(1etl street Cal's 1rnd roll c IJloe:k" i n tJ1cm, looking for the scud s ignals of tl1e Dear and Drn .nb Gang. And

'T'JlE BR.\DYS' SlLEXT 7 -----i "There is n o other c::pLwntion','' Fnid Ok1 King Bracly , C:tL\PTEH IV. DISPO:"l.\"Q O.F A SlL\DO\\". 1 po,.:itiYcl.1. ' '1.'hat \\o ulcl exp l ain it. \\"ho the sliallo.1?" " \ Y e flnd out." Old King Hrac1.1 "m( TJ1at onC' of the gang of c rooks " as pcni:=:tcntly s hado w -H e could han.ll y beli en' it. ing tlw whil0 thry ll"Crc i n turn shado w ing th e How had the c:rook:; hec:ome cogn izan t of the iad lhat n ook;:. "ns a remurkaLlc fac-t, and .r for to ,],now _tl1e iclenliiy o f Olcl I\ Brad y c011ltl not bclie rc that fhc y had pene-1 !he m 11 . hate1er d1sg1mc tney might adopl an d traiecl the Yd ho11 else "a s it clone? kePp their The old d etectiYe s!;rnal ccl: . 'rhe Deaf.and Dumli C:ang 1..-ere ::lirc1rr1 enough to reitliz e '"I'hcy arc onto 115 ! " i that tl1e Emch,.; \H'rc i10t to h e de. H e "alkecl s teadily a l o n g until almo s t up t o Old King The bro dete c tives lookec1 lon g and silently into eac h 1 Bn1d y . The old d etectiYc affected not to notice him until other" eYrs. Eacli 11 a:; that this 11as the trut.h. I within rea c h. "'Why, of course," ) oung l\.ing Brady, slo wly; EYen then the old detect1Ye di d n ot t ou c h lnm. . "wbJ, O'L course. Why di d I not think o f it?" I H e a llo w ed him to p ass.


8 THE DR ,\DYS' SIL EXT S.-R.\RCIJ . It 1v'ns not the gilinc o( the

THE DTI.\DYS ' SILEXT SEARCH. Tha t th e y rnc ani to im:1dc tl1c b r oker's shop and Lre a k Old Kiug. B r auy '"ilited silently for s omething .t() turn hi s sale w:cs n o r lau b t true . up. It w as l i k ely t hat a la rg e s um in mon e y and diamond s H e liad not' long to wait . 1rns know n to b e t h er e . : H atters look e d exc i t in g . did ' t u rn up. The old t lctec1.i Y e now wis h e d heartily that Y o un g King A faint g limmering li ght wavered in th e darkn ess Brncly w a s wit h h i m . th e court. It waYe r ccl and th e n vani s hed. B efore h e was thro u g h with thi s case, b e r e a liz e d tl ia t It 1n1s the faint flas h o f a match. h e might i ' e c d a s s i s t a nce . 1ras no time to summon Then there follow e d a creaking noi s e and the strain o f l oca l det e ct ives. iron a g ainst wood. There was a rus tling . sound and a ll H e d a r ed n o t l e av e the s cent a mom e nt. was still. S o m e time pa2sed. The deteciive felt a cnrrent of air strik e hi s face. Olcl K i n g Brady looked at his ' vatc h. Stra w s s how whi c h la y the winLl blows . It 1ra s OT

THE BRADYS' SILEXT SE. \ROH. -----===== He crept catlik r throu g h ronidor nnlil he renched j H e hnd vanisheil. t he uoo!'. The:-i !1c 5:1\Y n glrs a frw moments lat c r he : r eaclicd th e Bowery . snr ; forms bending mcl' h im, a J,1,1tcrn flush ed into his I .\t thif: ti1 :1e ll'as l o c::ltccl lierr fl chc:i p hall l'iwc. I and l'cso r t for the habil11c:; of tiiat :-e d i on kn own as '' \\"c\c t he burglar,'' war:: t!ie cry . "Herc he i s : ":\J'c-C'ii e,.,. ,, tanczlctl np in thr wir:,,: _ . j .\i " }[rC' nc s Sporti n g Tl Hsc," as the sign read, many "Xot liy :1 ' ' ' r oarer l Olcl 1\.rng Brncly , trying t o ; qnrs tion:1hl e c haiaders ga tb crc d flt n i ght. to his fe9t. "'J'h c lrnr gla r s h a;c escnpccl. ' L et j ] [ ere th e:v met bv appo intment or chance, ta lk e d o,er m e ont of h e r e till I get al't c r th em." . tlieir affa ir s and drank beer . lt too i , while for thr clrtcctivc to co1win ce the i i 1Icn an d womrn both fre qu ente d the pbce. p oliccn:en 11-lio held h i m thr.t he w:

TJIE BR '\DYS' STLEX T SEA.RCH. 11 That remnin er l t o h e : ecn. He hnrl no aFsn rnn c e i Jrnt D eaf and D11mb Gan g . But he meant lo 11at c h lier. '1'im e pnsi:;ccl. S h e tr1o k a s ip o f the b eer. Then h e r fa c r 1 i r up. o h e w a s conne ct e d with the Bu t d es pite this he had found the money to buy them. It i s ca::;y to ima g ine how . H cctor Jbs hcd a glance &bout the place as he entcreil . I-le ins l a ntly starte d fonrnrd Lo the tab l e where 1\Iaud c"L 'here was a pl ea;:cd expres s ion on bis focr .. Hal it dark ened a trifle as he her companion. H e rliil not know Srniih, nor bad he ever see n him be. The door 0pe n ecl :ind n m an r nt c r c d t he plac e . sight of J1im Youn g K i n g J 3rady ga, c a start. At for e . r t a rc:u;:cr l his jcal o u Fy. J t . \\"il. Bra k S mith. The c r ook sa " t he ,1oman a t on c e . H r \1ent ha s til y lo hrr tnhlr. "Ah, ) iaud,'' King .D,.atly h c a n l h i m say , " y c're right on lime. " "Ahrad o r i t , B eak,'' r cpltcr1 th e \ romn u. '"Ho w i s eYcrythi ng ?" '' .\Jl eer en c." Then i.heir Yoices f el l. Y oung King Bra d y h eard n o mo re . B eer was b rou ght to i hc two croob. They si pp ed i t and co1wrrscc1 in an nnclcrton e . :\t time s th e gla11c ed toward lhe d o or as if ex p ecting . som e one . Sudde nly a p e r s on er.te1ecl. The \lomau a fa c e lit up ancl the man s m i l e d . She ejacnlatcd: "Here he is!" Young King Brady saw that the n e wcomer w as a youn g man, well dres0e d and. w i th r egular op en features . He was o f th e type that com e from the c ountry to see k employm ent in the city counting-r o c m nnd ollices . In oth e r word s, h e 'ras an accou n i.aut or c l erk. But the temptations o f a c i l.v life ha d allurec1 him l o late hours, \vin e and the c ompanion J 1ip o f questioua b l c \\ omeu. Tl1is could be ::;ecn in th e c agrr, rc.nlcs s li ght in hi s heavily underlined eye s . The pallor of h i s handsome Inc e ancl the aff ectation of his dress app eare d to be i.ha t of a would be sporting man. Hector Gardner h i s name 11 as. H e was bookkeeper for , 'mar t & Gay, who le s aler s and m e r chants in L eonard st r e e t. He was their mo s t t ru s t e d man. Little did the imporling firm kn o w what wer e the of their c l erk. If it hacl occurre d to th e m tba t h e m : s keeping lalc hour and h olding out in B o11 cry r esorts , t h ey would hav e t enninaicd Mr. Gnr dn er s con trac t 1 L 'ry quickly. But tbe clerk was slire'', which lier iul'atu M e d a h e rrl a nce c l at Smith. ' "Pc r lwps 1 am intruding," h e rather rude ly. "Pardon me!" sa i d :Maucl. ".'.\llow we to introduce this gcntlernm1, who is the :Mr. Smith I told you a bout . " G a rdn er ' s fa c e cleaT e d . ' ' Oh! " h e exclaimed . "I undc r s land. I am ple;iscd to kn o w y ou." H e sh o o k h ands with Smith. Then he s e ated h1mself at th e tabl e . He g lanced at Youn g King Brady. But the dete c tive affected to be asleep. suspi c i o n . There was n o "Bah! thi s beer is nasty, " sniffe d Maud, pushing the away. "I can ' t drink anything so vile." ' "I sheuld say i t was," cried Hector, signaling a waiter . "\Yliat s hall I order?" ) Lrnd s mil e d bewitchin g ly. ' You dc:w sh e s imp er e d. "You know champagne i m y \ re a k ncss . ., ' 'J \ rn quarts of champag ne, " ;:ai d Hector to the 'miter, i.hro 1rin g clo 1rn a bank n ote o f g o o d s ize. ' l 'hc c hampa g ne was b rouo-ht. Smit h' s face \•;o re a sard o ni c s mil e , and. he studied. the youn g cle rk through half shut eye s . To Ji i m h e was a l amb, with nic e, soft wool, ready for the shearing . :i\l and scarcel y noticed Smith now . :'he \1 a s c n .; a g ing and almost gns hino to young Gardner . th e " in c flowe d, th e youn g mnn's face flushed, and h e l'l ' Y e l cLl in i.hc charn1 s of the moment. s ul1tlc nl y , anoth e r ma:i entered the place. H e w:Js d a rk and s w a r t hy, ancl seemed to be o f a f ore ig n i.y pe, of Italian e xt rnction. j [ i;: na me was Jack CtH:;t r llo . J l e was a thoro u ghbred crook and saf e -break er of t he mod Lbugcro u s and. de sperate cla ss . ; \ t s i ght of him :Maud g ave it sbarp cry. "He r e i s C a si.e llo , " she cri e d . " Now .we are all her e nncl c an talk buf'inc ss . " toward them. Smit h look ed about him and. said in an undertone: " l s t his a safe plac e ?" ":'.\o," :::gree d )faucl "We must only talk behind close d Ther e a re rooms ups ta i r s \rhi c h are safe." " I \\ ill gd 0112,'' saiJ H ee-tor, s p r inging up. "Here, \mi ler!" They were of a valne whi c h lii s small s a!:iry hardly warra.nt, 1 u a fe1-r momen t s the waiter brought a key. Caste llo, Jin the meanwhile, had been iutroduced t o Gar d ner.


rn THE BRADYS' S ILEXT SEARCH. t he ro om an d v a ni s h e d up a s tairway. CHAPTER Yll. Y oung King Brady aroused h im elf. H e felt t h a t he had hit u po n a g reat l ead . H e shrugged his ' s h o ulders. " P o o r fo o l ! " h e excln imcd . "That young Gardner i s i n baJ lianJ< . " 'J'hc det ective now began to make plan s as to h i s next b e s t moYc. H e 'r'.ls a n xio! 1 S t o know what sort of plotting go -ing o n in the roo m u p;:tair s . It di;l not take him l o n g to hit upon a plan. }fr c n ll e r l a ' m iter . h ::i s lc011y ya wn , h e s a i d : ''I'm a bo u t clone u p , ! E ,in ye giv e m e a r o o m fer the night, ('happie ? " '.L'h r 1raitcr grinne d . "l "11 see." h e s a i d. "Her c , " . s a i d Young K i n g Brr., dy. " I want a room nex t to 1 lwm peopl e what has jus t g on e up. The y 're frie n d s of mine. S ee?" H e flipperl a silYe r d ollar o n t h e t nh le. '11hc 1 n1i tcr p u r vey e d it to h is own p oc k e t . "l"ll p:o y e ! " h e repl ie d : "\!" o. 5G i s t he o n e . I"ll h aYe the key for yo u in t w o s hakes . " Anrl h e q ui c kl y cam e bac k wit h the k ey . "No. 5 G," the dete c tiv e said. "All right, J ohn. Goodnight! I'll find it!" J\nd l1c lumber ed l a z i l v u p th e stairs. At t h e hea d o f the stairs t h e dete ctive lo o k e d abou t h i m . H e saw a d i m l y l i ghted corrir l or. It w e n t t o t h e r i ght and t o the l eft. rl'h e numbe r s 5 6 w ent t o the r i ght. The y oung dctcctiYc tnrncd i n that dirc .ctio n. J n a few m ome n t s he h a d rea c h e d Ko. 56. H e s a w a l ii:rht oYcr th e tramorn of No. 57. H loo k c r l up' a n cl clown the corridor. J\o b ocly wa s in s i ght. Y ou n g King Brady ch e w n ea r to the cloor of No. 57 and listen ed attentivel y . 'I'h e hum o f Y oi ce s came fr9 rn b e y ond. T he yonng detecti v e l i s te ned lon g , b u t cm1lc1 not d i s -tingu is h the w ords . H e tri ecl to l o ok th ro u g h the k ey h o l e . Bnt h e co u l d see nothing . H e l ooked up a t the h an s om. It 1 rns jus t w ithin reac h. H e d i d a daring thing. R e a ching up, h e grippe d the l e dgt. H e dre\v himself silentl y up o n his arms. '!.'h i s " as risky. If any body s h o ul d co m e i n to t h e corrido r .and s e e him h e might b e spotted for a thi e f. Or the door of 5 7 might open. . But Young King Brady wa s alwa ys r eady to t ake chances; s o h e did not h e s i tate. u p h e dre w hims elf until hi s chin wa s on a l e v el with the l ed g e of the trans om. 1 H e could se e th e interior o f t h e roo m quite plain n ow. What h e saw did not fail t o interest him. Y O U X G KING BR.AD Y D OES so:i.rn C J , lff.ER \\" O H K . H e al s o h eard footsteps on the stairs. Young K i n g Brady kn ew t h a t he c o uld not support himself long in h i s p r e sent po;;ition. . H i s arms 1roulcl soo u p:il"c Ol1 t b eneath tbc stram . But whi l e h e hun g the r e h e took a g ood Yiew of th e room and its o ccupa nts. T h e y sat by a s m a l l t able . a ncl the w om an, : M a u d Wil s o n , had s om e papers 8pr c ad u p o n it. In vain Y oung King J3rncly trie d t o catc h a 11o rtl oE the c onv e r sati on . H e w as u n a bl e t o clo ;:o. It was conducted in a m on o t o n e. H e was n ow c om p c ll ccl to l o w e r him;:elf. H c al s o hear d fo o t s t e p s o n t h e tair s . Som e b ody wa s coming . The r e waR n o ti m e to l 08C. H e d o d ge d into the room he liacl h i r e d . H e r c h e p l ac e d h is ear again s t the ,i, all and l istcn ccl. But h e h eard only a so un

THE BRADYS' SEARCH. , 13 He saw that the g l ass was cracked clear across . He instantl y lmfastened the willdow and raised it. He eYen sprang out on the fir e escape . But nobody was there. / "vVhat wa s it?" asked Caste llo. "Somebody must hav e thrown somet hing and broke the g l i!rn,' ' d ecla r e d Smith. "Some boy, probably." said Gardner. "Not mnc h !" cried Maud, not to be d ecei ved. "\Vh at?" "I do!" ii: ... "Look here!" saicl Young King Brady, puffing . at his cigar. "You're a New Yorker?" "Yes!" . "Well, I'm a strange r here . Chicago is my bent. I'd like to make somebody's acquaintance that k1•ow s this town . I'm will in' to pay the bi.lls . Can you . put me onto a good party?" 8rnith looke c l in sc rutable. "Can I ? Cnn a cluck la y eggs? I'm your oys ter, cu lly . "I heilrd somebody ou t siclc this window. gone up or clown. " He may have I sa y, I've taken a s h ine to you . " "There's nobody tv be seen," said Smith. T hen he saw that the next window was open. "Ah!" he exc l a imed . "Now we haYe it!" He peered .into 56. Young King Brady was just li ght-ing a cigarette. Smith stared at him. Young King Brady returned the s t are. "What do you want?" he ask ed. "Who are you an' "hat arc ye doing in there?" aske d Smitl1 . "None of your business . Who are you and what are you cloi11g out there?" "I'll s how ye if I come in." "If you come into my Toom I 'll break your ba ck," said Young King Brar1y, p uffin g a big clo u d of smoke. "Is this your room?" "Yes." did you cum in?" "That's 11othin' to you." "Ain"t it? W e'll sec . vVas you out on thi: escape jus t now?" "I "What wns yer doing?" "Taking tlie evening air. What d'yer think?" "I think you was trying to get into my room nex t door. Someb ody broke the g lass." "\'\'"all, I'll pay for it. I hit it ::.ccidental like. You kin go on ba ck to your room, fer I'm gain' ter bed." Smith l ookecl keenly at the fellow. He could see no'thing slispicio u s . H e saw that it might be all right after all. • "Straight goods?" he a s ked. "In cou r se . Ask the pro;prietor . " "Then I apo logize. I didn't know crookecl work . " but it might be "Aw, that's all right. I ofte n go out on the fire escape to g i t t he air. Didn' t know there was anybody .in that room. Have a c igar?" Young King Brady handed out se veral. Smith stepped down into the room . "Sarne here!" "All right! M eet me in hnlf an hour t h e bar . Sec?" "It's a bargain." Smith went bac k to the fir e escape. As he dropped back into 57, his companions chornsed: "Well, what did y e fin cl?" _ "I found an old friend," sa i d Beak. "Ifs all straight." "Are you sure?" asked l\1aurl. "You have nly \1orcl.'' " All right." "Let's finish up!" \Yit h thi s th e low -toned cm1ferencc was re s umcrl. For a half hour l onger the gang talkecl. Hector Gardn e r rigreed to all plans. The woman , Mm1 d Wil son, see m ed to hav e him a hypnotic s p e ll. '11hcn the party broke up. Maud Wilson and Gardner went out for a walk through the Bowery. Castello l eft for lii s home. But B e ak Smith halted i11 the banoom. S t eele , the Chi c ago traveler, stood at the bar. "All right?" he Dskcd. "Sure!" agreed Smith. "What are y ou having?" " Whi sky straight." "Brandy and soda for me." The bartender put up the drinks. The two men sipped at them and chatted. Young, King Brady played the part of a fl.ashy crook to perfectioi1. Slowly and insidiously h e worked himself into Smith's confidence. "Are there many goocl pocket lifters in Gothnm now?" he asked. , Smith sh o ok his head. "It's a hard field," he replied . killed out. " "Sha! you don't say!" "Yes, it's true." "The business ha s been "How do you explain it?" , "Well, there's n host of peelers . around. There two men who have done more than anybody else to hur t tbe "Have a chair," said Young King Brady. "My name biz." i s Steele." "And they-" "And mine i s Smith." "Can't ye guess? The Bradys.". "Glad to meet yer." " T he Bradys?" They shook hands. "Yes, the Bradysdetectives, ye know-Old and Yo ung Smith lit his c igar. King Brady.'' H e appeared inclined to be E.vcial, but Maud's voice was , Young King Brady, i n his guise of Steele, the crook , heard calling him, so h e said: smiled broadly . "I'm got a little bizne ss in there . I'll be downstairs "Pretty k een, are they?" he asked . later, and I'd be glad to haYe a drink with ye." "Wall, you b et . " "D-0 it?" " Humph! I g u ess I'd better go bnck t o Chicago.".


14 THE lH L\.DYS' SILEX T SSATICH . . ' Smith l o o k e d curionsly ?.t Steele . "Th a t \T ilso n wom n n i s w orkin' him for all h e ' s 2 o t. "They may d 0 tl i i ngR d iffcre11t ou t t lie r r,'' h e s a id. to bleed l 1im , a n him ove r . ! " "'\Yha f s y 011r l ine?" ",.,o h e i:' . . , "Anythin g p:oes . " I lc1nrd 0 1 e r th e iab! e . ".EH: r clo anything " i U 1 dyna mite?" i " D ' y e k now, " he sa i d , in a maudli n way , ".[ c u m from ' S afe work?" the eo11.ntry rnyseif , a n j r s t s i c h a 11oman p u l m e off the "Yes . " lra c k ?.n d m ar 1 e rnr what J am . H an g the 11 ornen, I s a y . "\Ye l l , L don't want to b r a g , " Y o llng King B rady , The y ' r e worse t ! 1an the m e n . " with a s q u i n t , "but l're o pen ed m o r e s afe s in m y d ay I " , \ hacl w o n rnn i s a dange ro u s object," admitte d S te el e . t han y e con iii stnml tl,-i xt here ;111' B rook lyn Bridge. " 1 ' ' Wa 1 1 , I g11c:::s s he is . " "Wall, I'm blo1n :tl ! ' ' 'Tb e best Urnt Y ou n g King Brady c o u ltl d o , h e c oul tl 'But com e on. Have ano lh e r Sit do\\ n here n o t Fret Jll•) r e o u t o f Smith i n r egard i o the pro jcd i11 au' t e ll me so ;ne o f yer l;e;t job2, an' I"li do tl; e s ar:rn . " I " hi ch he wm : inlere f't e d wii h Wil so n a n d the o thers . ' ' l don't :mnd,'' agreeu S rn1th. " H a n g m e , I v e taKcrr a h e had l earned s omcth10g . shiu e to y on! I believe yve cou l d t ra:r el." J H e knr11 thr:t r t s h arp game 1Ya s afoot ancl y o ung Hector "P' ra ps so. What'll it b e?" Gardner wa s i n it. "Uocktai l thi s time. " B u t just at this mom ent, a m a n i n ragged ga rb , and The 1rniter took the order. s i tting in a c h a i r oppo site, caught Young Ying Brady's Pre t t y so on the liquor wa;:; s erved , and drank it e ye . at a g ulp. H e wns m a k ing qn ce r s i gnal s with his fbgers. The y 1 ye;c b ette r drinks tha n be was in the hal.Jit of T h e y o ung cletect i Y c w a ' n s t o unded . indul g ing in. ' H e caught the m a t on ce . H i s w hole sys t e m r es isted the stimulant a n d his t o ngue Interpre t e d, they r ead: bc c nm c loo sened. He fel t hilariou s . 'Wha t ha ve y ou got ho l d of, Harry ? " This wa s jus t what Young King Brady wa n t e d . The old man in rags wa s Old King Brady . " l reck o n yo n "re a topnotcher at t he s afe-breaking bu s in ess?" he a s ked. I "Am I?" s ai d Smith, with maud l i n grin. "We ll , you CHAPTEH VIII. ought t o s ee me!" WOilKI X G T OGETHER . "l wou l d iike to!" I O l d Kinrr Brady . after t he fia sc o at P o u ghkeep sie, had "Wo u ld ye?" i dro pped ant of si ght, a s 1 rn s a w in a p r eYio u s c hapte r . < Yes." I T h e two vill a i n s . H e rford and Hal n cs, bad g o t " Wa U , b y t h e h o oke y , you shall!" crie d Smith, b r ing-1 wi t h their b o o t y a fter t he r o b bery of Simpson' s stor e i n i n g hi s fis t do1rn with a cras h on the table . fin e s h a p e . T h e n h e whispe r ell : I The old d e t e c t i v c cl 1c1 not 1ras t e t i me looking fo r t l 1 e r n . ' i t a 1ray .. I'm in tbcr d e al eYer made in Poughkee p s ie. m N cw J: ork. You w1ll see m e w e arm drnmontl s a fter it H e knew tha t h e h a cl b ee n d efe a t e d. i s OYer . " He mus t pic k up a n e w thread and begin all o ve r again. Y oung King Bra d y' s e ye glistene d . So he chan ged . h i s d i sguis e, av o i de d the P o u ghkee p s i e " I hope so,'' h e said, cooll y . "I wish I wns m a dea l poli c e , and too k the nex t b a c k t o New Y o r k. o f som e kin d. " Anive d there , h e h a d trie d to ascertain 11 here Y oung Smith see m e d to s obe r a bit. H e had for a moment K in g B rady forgotten h imself. F a il i n g i n this, h e buri e d hims e l f i n the B o wery, a n d "Ye se e I c a n ' t have my o wn 1rny," he said. "If I it was t h erefore b y t he m e r e s t chance that h e happ e n e d i n t o c o uld I'd t ake ye in. " M cC n e ' s . " Oh, that' s the w a y o f it?" H e stu d i e d Young King Brady ' s d isguis e and r e cogni ze d '"" res' " I . i I him . " W ell , I'll h av e to stay ou t, or start somethi n g on my' H e s aw that h e hn d B e a k Smith ' i n tow a n d w a s d e own hook." ' li g hted . "I'm w i t h ye o n anythin g else." He f elt sure the y o u n g detecti v e rnust h ave h old of " rncle ecl ! I suppo s e yo u r mates are thos e 1.f00pl e I saw. t h i n g important. yo u t a lkin g w ith i n the ro o m D cxt t o mine." I H e n c e h i s q u e s tion: " Yes, ye s ! " a s sente d Smit h. j " \ Yhat have y o u g o t hold o .f, H arry?' ' < < A H _right . I'm not i n terested. One o f your part y j 'Ill e dete?tive ma'.1a ge d to ans11er by the tleaf l ooked h ke a g reen horn. " and dum b signa l w ithout bemg s e e n by Smith. "The you n g j ay?" i "I h av e a good l ead . " "Yes. " ! " H ave you s e en H a i nes a11d Herford?" Smith sna p p e d his fingers. "No!" "He'B wo r s e t han t h a t . " "YVher e i;; J enks?" " A h!" 1 " H e i s ont of i t a t present. 1 a m o nto otl1c r "He i s a fool." ; of t h e gan g. There is a woma n in t h e c ase." "Ind e e d !' ' l "Ah, d o I know her?"


THE BRADYS' SEAR C H . 15 ------")faud \Vil so n !'' Olil King Br::idy gave a start. "T know her ! ., "Sl1c i;: a "harp o:1C ... "\\' ell, rather.,. "I am hanging to fellow. trying to ge t dctuil s . " "I h ope will rncc:oeu. l shr.l l ke e p in touch with )'Oll." "Ye r y well." Smith y;f:!'\ no" quite hilarious . H e in:i ster l on haYin g another drink wi t h new acquaintance . Hu t Young King Brn<1y refused. , " \Ye hare had cnougl1." h e sa id. "Xow, T'm going to becl. T'll me t yon here agn in u:iy time you sny. " '"l'o-tnOITOW ni gl1t." ",.\ ll right. .. They r ose from thr tabTc. Y o u ng King Bra up at the window of No. 57, j u s t a s Smith hnd Mt it. 'l'h e \rhole inte r }or or the roo m co u l d b e seen . The delcctirc took it in with interest. He saw two m c11, who were r emoving their whic h had br e n hrnfn p d about their faces. A glance was s ufficient. 'l'he young d etccti ve wns thrilled. 'l'lwy were t h e h rn safeb r e ak e r s, Haines a n d H erford . A forge l eather bag wa s on the b e d. 'l'hat it contained the burglar s swag o r booty, there 1rns no douut. ::Jow, Olc.1 King Brndy " as at Young K ing Brady's shoukler. '"l'!:c old d etec ti,e "as muc h excited . I e has brought them herr, ' h e said. "Hight into our h:rncl s !" " Y es'" "\\'e could bag them nor; antl recoYer the booty easily." 'J'his 1Tas trne . Bn t the two d c t ecti ves now were obl i ge d t o bea t a r e trca t. The crooks l1ad notice d that t h e c:irtain w as up, anll Haines stnrtcc1 to !)U ll it down. "Shall I lock the window, Al? " he "Xaw ! \re .re safe enough .here. Leave lier u p a few in ches . \ Ye 1rant some air. Ifs stuffy in this room." "All right. " D o\rn came the curtain. .Bnt the window wa s not clo;;cc1 nor l o cked. A mom ent. later the d e tcctin's w e r e aga in crouching o n the fire esca pe. .E1 r:ry \\ord c arn e to their ears. "1'11. bet that old cletediYc ha s got a sore h ea d , Jeff." "\Y a l I , h e oughtcr have." "I hit him u swingt>r. He went down like a g l ass bottle. H c s a slick old rasc a l. H e'll b e after us agin. " "Yo u t hi n k so?" "Sure." "Wall, n ext t i m e we'll fin is h him. Bnt that w as a. cl o s e c::ll. 'l'hcre wasn't muc h time io git the l"tuff out." "You're right." 1']t's a haul." "1 sbonlcl s:ay so . " "\Yhcrc we put tlic s wag .for to-n ight?" The re \ras ::i moment's R ilence . 'l'hc n H e r ford said : "Swing ther bag on lop of ther. wnrdrobe, bo[:_v will think of lo o k in' fer i t there." "Thefs rigltL" 'l'P.e hrn burglars now disrobed. J eff . No -P rcsc!ftly they got into be d and the light went o u t. Th1:. t11 detedives r emained o n the fire escape no l onge r . Thr.y 11 cnt b a ck into their room. Yoiecs sonrnled in -:\o . ;/i, and the room door \rith a bang . g-ncsts had arrired. T he detecti H • s ex:e:hangec.1 glance . closetl I "\rc!l/' 11hispe red Young K ing Brady, "it lo o k s like a c inch , don't it(" ' r should s ay so. "


TIIE EW.DYS' SILE::\T SEATICH. "\Yhnt shall w e do?" must be considered . " I bag. LcaYe your coat at 1.he foot of the ladder for a bl ind, to distract suspicion from me. " 0 1<1 l3rac1y pulled out his notebook and fell making dia;nams. to "And you--" "I will stay here." 'l'l1i s w::is his peculiar wr.y of aniring at a conc ln sion . Jt tliL1 not tnkc liim 1on6" Then he saill: "\\'e can't anest them yet. " ".Ah, how is that?" "It will spoil the other game." "\Yhich ?" "Yom game Smith." Y onnp: T\:ing Brady was refiectiYe. " T hr.t is t _ rne . " he agreed . "1t is yet too early to nip fel1011s. But there i s one thin g we ca n do!" "Yes?" "We can recoYer th e sto l en property. " "And res.tor e it to Simpson?" "Yes." "\Ye w ill do it." It did 1 1ot take them long to d ecide how to d6 this. T liey waited until they were sur e the crooks \Yere a s l eep . 'l'hcn Old King Brady crept out onto the fire escape. H took fully half an hour, by s low, patient work , to rai se the window high enough to admit an entrance to the room. The mca::ured breathing showed that the two crooks y;c r c n sleep . Old King Brncly, witl1 utmos t care a n d s i lence, entered tl , c room. 1 \ 11 was darkness. IT c orenccl the slide of h i s lante rn'. H e was careful not t o flash it upon the faces of the sle ep e r s. He knew that it would a\Yaken them. But he Yery quickly located the bag of stole n money and c1i,1mo11

TI-IE BRADYS' S ILEXT SEARCH. 1 7 "Al Herford/' he said, hoarsely, . fooling about this . Whar's ther swag?" : . , . ,. "Don't ye know ycrself," fla shed Herford. " Yo u put it up thar. Now take it down." "It is gone,'' said Haines, in a ho llow voice. "It is not here! " Jile r fo r d turne d l ivi d. "Gone?" h e his sed . "Ther e ' s wh e r e I put i t . You know!'" "I saw ye I" " Wall, it's gone!" "Gone!" The two villains renewed the search. 'l'he room was r a nPackccl. Then they look ed out the window . The coat lay on the fire escape . . H a i nes picked it up. "Here's a legacy the thief l e Et,'' he cried . "Our swag went out of this wi11dow." "But who 's the thief?" "I don't know. Gimme yer dark lantern." Haines stepped out on the fire escape . Jenks and H erford follow e d him. The dark l :mtern was fla s hed about, and then the crooks saw the window of No. 56. They saw it wa s open . Haines flashed his dark lantern through it. He saw the bed and the form of r oung King Brady i n it. Re saw the Has hy clothes across the back of a 1 . c.rn1r . "Thar's onr man," h e said, grimly. "Come on, boy s." All three stepped into the room. Young King Brady aiTectc d to wake. H e pulled a r evo lver from under his pillow for a bluff . "What's this ? Go back!" h e cried . "I'll shoot any thief \'\ ho comes in h e r e . " "Any thie f, ch?" gritted Ilaincs. "Put up ycr gun; \\c want to talk to ycr. We Etop in the next room . " "\Vell," said Young King Brady , blankly, "what's that to me?" "What time did you go to bed?" " About t"clvc o' c lo ck." " You hain t been up s ince?" 0 . " "See n anything?" "IIc nrcl an y thin g unusua 1 ?" "Xot a t h in g . " ":J[ighty que e r. H ave ye val u ab les "l\Iy watch and some 1noney ?" "Tha.t all?" "Yes:" in your room?" "Humph! Thc r sneak \ms mighty tli:;crimiiiating. H e cnm c into ou r ro orn an' tool;: a :v:dlcr bag \1 i th s ome money an' Yalu ablcs in it. Hain t seen i !tni. yal!c.-bag, liaYe ye?" "I mus t say I l rnvc not." s:1i d Y o nn g King I?-. atly, ris in g and pulling on hi:; c-lol11cs. ' Js it frn c ye w e re robb ed!'" ' 'Eruc ?" thunde r ec1 H a ill es. "Y c know ifs tru e . \Vhar' that yaller ba g . Gi1e it np, I say !" Young King Brady lo oked blank. "Arc ye madrncn," he criccl. "\Yhat right have ye to inrnde my room this way? I'll ring fo r help!" "Hold on!" interposed H e rford. "He ain't t h e t h i e f, Jeff. That's pooty certain. P'raps our 'man went d oi vn t he fire escape." . " Yo u better before accu se me,'' said Y011 ng King Brady, quietly. Grumbling and swearing, Hai nes turned to t h e wi n dow. Turnin g the lig h t of the lantern downward, they sa w the empty bag at the foot of t h e fire escape ladder. Dumfounde d , H ai nes h e l d t h e lantern focused o n the bag . " T he r e i t is, " crie d R ollo J e nks . "Go dow n and get it. " It took H er ford but a few mo m e n ts to recover the bag . It was empty. Of course, suspi c ion was diYc rtcd from Young K ing Brady. The crooks apolo gized to the young cletective. "That's a ll right,'' said the detcctiYe. "Only be sme of yer game next time." The three villa i ns made all the s earch and investigation po ss ible . But it yielded no clew . Steele, which was the name Young King Brady went by, now pretended to go back to bed. When the three villain s came up from the bottom of th e fire escape, he ask ed : "Why don't ye notify the landlord . Git the police or d o somethin'." They made an evasive r ep l y . Then they \Yent back to their room. Young K i n g B;acly heard tt w m to This p u t him to thinking. l\Ii ght i t not profit him better, afte r a ll , to track them, than to wa it for hi s ap poin bpent with Beak Smith. ' H e decided to clo so. So he ha..,til y thrc'1' on his clotl!cs . Yi' hcn t he three Yillains slid clo1rn the fire escape, fo r they departed i n that way, Y oung King Brady Jeff ' nlc-Cu e' s by the -front entrance . He knew that the villa i n s ":oulcl by nieans ' a narrow a l lcv . ' ' ' ; H e \raS qui c k to r cl!ch a point from wh ence he co1iJct se e 1 them come out. I The n he sa w th e m sli p away down a s ide street towa r d the E ast River. Youn g King Bnicly fo]Jowccl t11 c m li ke a s hadow. 'J'h c youn g cl'ctectiYc tr:;r:kcd th e m to a point " h ere a l:u;.>:e field o-f luml)('r was l ilr:cl up. Here he lost track of the m . They c1isa ppca; cd as completely as if the earth hao swallowed the m up. The ilelccti re was ba 'fflecl. ' '' Afrcacly the aai:kncFs wa s gi, ;ill.s>; way nn ' d the sun soon s how i ts rays. The gnrnc v ;a3 up. ' rl'hc night' s \\'Ork ,r;ii:; OH'J'. O f conr;;e 'toung King f3rnr \ wns disappointe d lostn1 c k of the thre e Hc 1 ras now un clccidecl \rlin t 1o llo. II i s rlirnppoinlmcnt 1rith 8 mil h 1ras r.ot e e n in g. H e tlccidefl to rejoin Okl King Hrndy . ' J' h cn t hey coul d p erfect new plans . Young Ki11g B, acly dcciGed now to g ive his att,cnt i o n to t h e job which Maud \ Yilso11 and the gang Y7er e putt ing u p t h roug h young Hector Gardner.


18 THE BRA DY S' SEAR CH. "Thursday nig h t," h e murmured . " W e ll , I 'll try to be o n hand. " So h e w ent t o t h e private l odgings w hic h he mainta ined with Old King Brad y . True to his e x pect a tion s , he fou n d t he old d etective t here . Old King Brady had alrea d y n rndc preparatio n s to re tum the recover e d v alu ab les t o Pou ghkeepsie . It w as certainly a vi cto ry for the d etect i ves . CHAPTER X . I N LITTLE ITALY . Y o un g King Brady d isc u sse d matters with the o l d de tecti v e . Old King Brady agre ed t h a t it was b etter t o le t Hain es and H erford alon e for the time . It w a s wiser to carry out the l e ad with B e a k S mith , an d if a p ossibility follow up Maud w ilson and h er g am e . Ol d King B ra d y n o w went o n t to d e l iver u p the val u a b l es to a banker , and to sec that t h ey w ere returned to P o n ghkec: p s ie. " \\'hen he came b ac k , Young King B ra d y was r eady to g i out. H e had c1ecided t o d o some s h adowing around Leonard s t rec:t and t he ' w holesale h ouse wh ere H ector Ga rdner wor ked. "All right," agreed the old d etective . " P i tc h i n and good l uc:k t o you. I may turn u p a r ou n d ther e myself later.'' Y ou n g King B r a dy wen t ou t. T he m orn ing h a d s l ipped rapidl y by. It was past the hour of noon . You n g K ing Brady proceeded clown B roa d way . Xow L eann rd street i s one of the crossto w n thoroughfares belo\\ C':.mal ,treet. . The yonng detective turnerl leisurely into that street. He lookel1 kceniy at the sig11s u n til final l y h(l saw one S M A R T & GAY . Gre::lt vans w e r e loa d ing before the door of this estab l ishment. H ector Gardner w as somewherq in that building at tlrnt You n g King B r ady knew this . H e passed do wn the street. P:!11:;in g at. the canter of anoth er i;lreet he looked had;. An d as he did so he saw fl man hmriedl:v emerge a n d strjl;e o u t to w a r d B roadm1y . IL was G::irclncr . The young d etect ive Jost 110 time. He hurried afte r th0 clerk . H ector tnrned into B road1ray . A short c1i sta nce from the corner i.herc was hung out a s i gn : Bun'ET AKD Roo:1r. Ga 1clner turned into this place. H e stop p e d at t he bar and pmchased a glass of liquor . Then he p ass ed on i n to the lunch room a n d sat dow n at a tabl e . H e ordered a r epast. While Gardner w a s e atin g it he kep t h i s eye o n the doo r . A man ente r ed and without eYen l ooki n g at Ga r d n e r seated hi m self at a n earby table. Jt w as You n g Fing BrarJy . 'l'lie yopng dete c tive ordered ri. salad . Wh e n i t was lie p rocc:c

THE BRADYS' SILENT SEARCH. 19 The d etective followed him i'lto Little Italy and across I The purpose of the murderer was not clear. His motive park wh ich the wisclom of the city fathers had pro-I i.o Young King Brady was a mystery. nded for the benefit of the poor. j He was one of the Deaf and Dumb Gan g . . on the other side, a11d opposite this park, ;yas an l \ Vas it ordered by them that he should die? Had he re-Ita lrnn restaurant. I veal cd a n y of the secrets of the cabal? Over the dooT hung the sign: Of courne the affair might have been purely personal 'TONY ABACIO ; between Castello and Smith. \\Il\ES AND \ In any ewnt murder had been committed in Little 1taly. It a farnrite resort for the denizens of Little Italy.! One of the Deaf and Dumb Gang would ply his vocatio n lnto this place Castello "ent. I no longer. Young King Brady sat down on a sea j -in the park. But Young King Brady remembere d one thing. . Young King Brady did not think it best to follow Cas Castello was due to meet Gardner s om ewhere that mght t e llo into Tony Abacio's place . I at 2 :30 . -He was not an Italian. To again r egain track of Castello it was therefore only He could not disguise himself cffeclually there. 1 necessary to shadow . . So he decided to remain outside. J . So . the y .oung detective not thmk it best to He waited for two hours. I tnne m trymg to find the Italian. Then a man crossed the park. _ He left the search to the officers and made his way back At sight of him Young King Brady &ave a start. It was toward Broadway. Beak Smith. 0 11 The offices in Leonard street generally close at five Rmith walked j0auntily and cast an ogling glance at one . . . of the Ttahan signorinas. 'l'hen he went boldly up to 'l'ony , " ' hen Young Kmg Brady got there it was JUSt a Ab acio's and entered. quarter of five . The clerks were gettmg ready to l eave . Soon the door opened and Smith and Cas tello came out. Hector Gardner presently came out and looked up and They walked '.eisurely around the park. dowrn the . . In a short wh1le, however, they separated. Smith struck Young Kmg Brndy kept m the shadows . out toward the Bowery. Then Gardner struck out for Broadway. He leaped "He is going to McCue's," thought Young Kiug Brady. upo:i . a car. . "Probably he expects to find me there." J: onng Kmg Brady did the same . . Now, the young detective was in a quandaTy . Wbat He was now shoulder to \nth Gardner. should he do? Which man ought he to shadow? But the clerk dtd not know h1m . While he "as trying to de c ide an ustomiding thing hap-dropped off at Irving Place. Here were his penecl . Caslcllo started after Smilh on foe run. It was lodgmgs. Young King Brady's first inkling that they had quarre led, Young King Brady _him as as the door. but the Italian's face was hideous in its expression . He Then he ,, as content to wait outs1de for lmn to appear. brandished a keen l[nife aloft and buried it in Smith's Xinc o'clock came and pssed. back. Then ten, eleven, and half alter. The door of .the lodg----ing house opened. CHAPTER XI. Gardner, in a dark muffied coat, came down the steps. Young King Brady followed Gardner out t o Broadway. IN J,EONARD STREET. Aga in both boarded a Broadway car, but this time a down-Tbe crime was so unexpecte d and had been committed town car. so hastily that the bystanders even were spellbound ' and At I..eonard street Gardner got off. Young King Brady could not moYe. -dropped :from the other side of the car. Beak fell upon his face . He kept back in the shadows as Gardner struck into Castello stood over him an in stant yelling an Italian Leonard street. execration . Young King Brady knew that it would not do for Gard'J'hen excitement filled tlte i::quarc . nrr to see hirn. Policemen came rnnning across the park. So he was obliged to keep a good ly distance in the rear. Young King Brady i:;et out aFtcr Castello like a hare, 'l'herefore, when Gardner suddenly vanished, he was un-bnt the Italian, giving a pe c 1tliar cry, clove into a th r ong able t o judge whether he had entered the building where oi llie sons of Ita 1y. he was employed or not. 'l'l1c cry went up from lip io lip. Young King Brady now hastened forward until ho Jt was lhe cry of the Ycndett a Castello had uttered. reache d the spot where he was las t seen . Inslantly his colleagues ancl countrymen closed in about It was just in front of the building occupied by Smart him. & Gay. Jn vain the police tried to beat their way through. But how had he entered the pl are, if at all? .-\ Jio,d ing . > 'elling mob blocked thern . yielding stuh-The

20 THE BRADYS' SILENT SEARCH: He saw the detective. I Satisfied at length that the coast was clear, he drew a Young King Brady walked rapidly toward him. He 1 dark lantern from his po c ket. p ulled out a cigar and tried to light it. I He pulled the slide gently. As the man app r oached he stopped. 4 He saw that the storehou se door wa s op e n. He stepped "Beg your pardon," said the detective, bluffly . "HaYe into the basement and flashed li ght about. you a match?" He saw that the plac e wa s fill e d with a great number "Yes!" was the reply. "Here ye are." of larg e packing case s and barrels. The detective took it and hurried on. There were narrow aisle s betw ee n the m. He followed He had received a great start. one of these. It was Castello. It brought him to an e l evat or door. The car itself was What was Castello doing here? some feet above. Had he gone to meet Gardner? The detective turned and follow e d another aisle, which The young detective look e d ove r hi s s houlder. He ga, e bro u ght him to a flight o [ stairs l eading upwards. a start. I Ile had no cloubt that this wa the route pursue d by Caste llo had disappeared. all thos e whom he had Reen en t e r the pla ce . "Humph!" he muttered. "'rlrnt is quick work, I must. , He b egan to R ilcntly c limb th e s t airs . say!" H e h eard nothing . As quickly a s possible he returned to the point where he I 'l'hc building m ight have b ee n d cserle d for all he could h ad seen both villains di s appear. • : s e c or h e ar. Young King Brady cro s sed the street and hovered in H e c ame t o the lun cling a nd cn<:ountercc1 a clo se d door. shado"' S of a doorway. . . . . J The d ctcctiY? place d his ca r to i t . He watched the upper wrndow s of the bmldmg. S o me1 The n h e s1lcnLly turnec1 lh c kn o b. how he felt sure that the two m e n were in the place. I The c1o or \': a::: n n lockccl. And a s the young detective watc h e d he saw a faint glim-i • H e ope ncc1 it ciuirtl y and e n te r ed . H e wa s now on the mer of light. I stree t floor o f the jo b b i n g h o nsr. It was vis ibl e onl y . for a fow mom ents , and seemed l o I Thc . lip:ht f ro m tlw Rtrrct shone d irnlY tluou g h lhc place. c ome from the rear offices 'on that floor. The c l c t rclivc looked caution s l y aro u n d. It satis fied Young King Brady that his birds in the place . But how had they entered? CH ,\PTKR XlI. This was the puz z le. O N . B AGA I :'\S T l'OUn. The youn g detective f elt that it wa s for l:irn Y n un g l in g P,;acly sai \ t ha t lhc p l ace was muc h like t o also enter the pla c e . rnfe-brcakmg was go m g otl w r plncrR o f bus in ess of lhr k in c l . o n he ou ght have a hand m it. . I T he r e 1ycrc c o untrrs o n 1 \ hi c h were sprea d samples After awh i le he went back .acrn F s the I of th e goods caa1ed hy th e firm . Then he began to make mmutr examinations of the ' The officef'. how<>vcr. n s hr knc\\, were o n t h e floor aboYc. d oor s , and eve n of the pavem ent b e fore the building. I Ile liac1 n o doubt C a slcllo a n d Gardner were up And this brought a revelation . , there . As is the case with many of the jobbing hou s es in that; '!'h e li ght from the illu1ninatecl s t r eet w as eno u g h for part of the city, a freight elevator on a lm el with the him to se c way ab out, s o h e pd u p his dark lantern. sidew.alk connected with ba sement. I Young King Brady lookcr1 about for the stairs. This elevator platform i s faste n e d " h e n up, and i s on a ,i\t fir s t h e rl1d n o t sec t h em . l evel with and u s ed as a part of th e s id e walk . I H e a door 1d1ic h h e t h o u ght m i ght lead. to them. For the lifting of h e avy ca s es or barrels from the cellar He op ened i t and g a ve a start. it served a useful purpos e . ' I A yawning pit was at his fe e t. Smart & Gay's elevator was no diff erent from others' It was an elevator well. o f the kind, save instead of bein g cov e r e d by hinged iron' The car 1 v a s down . d oors, it was protected by a metal s lide . Far np the shaft h e s aw a n e lectric lamp burning. It This slide was unlocked . was an incandescent light, and h a d probably b e en forgotten The detective pushed it back. in clo sing up. So 1Yell was it oiled that it moved noisele s sly. The ele' B11t it illumined the shaft. vator p latform was rev e aled. Young King Brady stepp e d Down the c ente r of the s haft the r e dangled a rope. upon it and touched the spring. 1' It was vart of the fixture o r the c _l.entor. It hung down It began to d escend gently. to within a foot of whe r e You n g Brady stood . When a few feet down, he stooped and pulled the metal The n the young d e t ective unde r sto od what it meant. curtain into place. Then the elevator silently sunk to the 'I'he elevator wa s not in working order. bottom of the well. I It had been let down for repairs . Young King Brady f elt that he was in a way now to He clo se d the door sil ently a nd turned away. Then he solvthe mystery. saw the stairca se . When the elevator touched the bottom of the well, the lt was a spir.1 l stairway, l eading up around a column. yo ung detective remained a long while in a listening atti-, The young . detective listene d again at its foot. tude. I He h eard nQ sound.


THE BRADYS' SILENT SEARCH. 21 ] Ie was satisfied that the coast was clear, so he began to This he proceeded to do. a scend the stairs . Up he went. An hour pas sed . j_ 1110lllCnt later he was Cm the SCCOnd floor of the build-Jt Was now two o 'c lock. I i ng. Suddenly a low tremulou s whi s tl e was hearcl . It seeme d Young King Brady looked cautiously about. Th en he to come from the rear of the building. sank do•rn behind one of the lon g coun ters . "I wonder what that means?" Young K ing There was reason for this. Brady. 'l' he answer was at hand . Between him and the front windows of the building Haine s turned quickly. stood a man . He answered the signal. His back was turned. rrhen he walked to the right and Herford wen t to the Ile was evident ly looking out upon the stree t. Who l eft . From the rear of the store came other forms . w as he? As they came into the light from the Young The detective could not very well guess . It might be King Brady saw that one wa s Gardner and the other was Castello. Castello. He coulcl affoTC1 to take no chances, so h e sought the Where had they been all this while? co1 er of the counter. Young King Brady maintain e d his rrhis was a problem. watch. It was to be explained, however, l ater on. The hur The unknown did not move . crooks met silentl y and then began a whi s p e red conversa -He kept his position as silent as n,, statu e . An intermin tion . able l engt h of time, as it rnemed to the detective, passed. " I s the coast clear?" a s k ecl Raines. Then there was a mornment in a distant part of the • " I think it i s," replied Gardner. "We watched the fire buildin g . , ilently there g l ided through the shadows the escape over an hour." figure -0f another man. "And you saw nothin' ?" H e came clown to a point opposite the first. "No." Then Young King Brady heard a faint whispering. The "Queer. I kin swea r that old detectiYe followed u s inter y o un g detective began to creep nearer. th i s place . " He st ill k ept behind the counter, though . Nearer he "Old King Brady?" drew. "Yes." The two men, he had no doubt, wer e Gardner and Oas-Young King Brady gave a violent start. He was agree t ello . ably surprised. He was anxious to hear what the were saying to each So the old detective was near . Thi s 1ras a pleasan t re".. oilier. J-lec:tion. So young King Brady kept on until he got to the end ' 'Well, what are we goin' to do?" hoarsely whispered of the counter. Cas tello . "Is it business or not?" From his po;;ition now, he could easily see the profile of "Business!" said Haines . "You've done business t1i.e two men. He gave a great start. pnough to day." As their faces wer e rev ea led in the li ght of the street "Perdieu I What is that to you?" asked Caste llo , in so-lamp s b elo\Y, he saw that neither was Castello nor Gard-"I tell you he was a traitor." n er. "Do ye mean B eak Smith ?" asked H erford. One was R aines and the other was Herford. Here was Castello nodd ed in reply. a surprise . "I do.'' Where had they come from? Herford closed hi s teeth with a click. Wer e tJ1cy in the job, too? "I'm not so sure,'' he said . "He may have beeri, but Truly, the detective felt that he was grnppling with a you made a mess of it in putting hini through. Why, great my ste r y . it's a wonder you didn't get caught and min u s all." If safe-b r eak ing was th e purpose of the g ang, they did Castello grinned hideouRly. . n ot see m to be in a hurry to 9arry it 9ut. , "Signo r, you are a fool," he said, blandly . "' o one The offices with their glass partitions, through whic h c:ould be safer than Castello just then in the hands -0f n1s could be seen the big safes , were si l ent and untenanted. friends." Young King Brady watched the crooks awhi le, "But what of us?" H e could on l y hear what pas sed between them . "You talk in riddles." But he presently reached a trite conclusion. They were "We are all on edge now . There's not a detective but E entries . is on your tr-ack. We are apt to be hit for your cr ime." It " as plain that they were standing on guard . They "I am my own master." s e emed to be watching the street . may be. But you sho w no sense in Why was t his? a man in s uch a conspicuous way . " The young detective> asked himself the question . Where Castello's eyes :flashed . wer e the others? He did not like criticism . Where was Gardn e r and Castello, whom he had seen e n-'"l'hat i s a ll r ight , signor,'' he said, harshly. "The joo ter the place? is clone. The manner was my choice. Let it drop.' ' The young detecti , : c knew that only to fintl an l o. w e won't. l et it drop," said with an u gly answer t o these quest10ns was t o p atiently wait . . l eer. "You 've killed one of my best fnenda. He may


22 TIIP. RTI.\DYS' SIT.EXT SEARCH. barn been guilt y and he may n o t. But you're the mu r derer." "En0 up:h of Lhat k i n d of talk !' ' rlcrlnrcd Oarnncr. "\Ye arc h e r e toni ght t o do bminrcs . Lcfs start it u p." "\\e arc r c ;1cl)"." 1 l a in cs . "Ila Y e nm Q:ot your tools!' " "Yes ... " "Arr the wir<'s cn t ?" "Y cs; and I hfl\r jw;t rome from Lhc roof.'' ".\)! right, tfw n ; w e"rc \rilb you." Young K i n g Hradv no1r untlcrnlood where Castello and Gardn e r h ad bee n fo r f:O l o n g . 'l'l wv h ad cut al l wires which r n te r cd the b u i lrlin g . H eclor Gnrc1ne r kn e w that there w as c l e Y c n t hous and flo l.Jar s in t he hig s a fe . And this gang 0 crncks m c n wer e t o break op e n the safe and sec ur e i t. Jt was t o he d i v id e d amo n g th e m all prop ortion ate l y . SrJ 1 • :c l I. 1rils the g-arne p l a nned that it w ould n o t hav e been to i mplicate H ecto r h i m se lf. Hi s .. was lo be pl ac e d in t he hands of \\'i l son . So m e day she J1ad pro mi s e d him t hat she would m a rry him a n d they would g o to P aris . But t hey m u s t have m oney . nd this l';a s w h a t H ect o r wa s after. 'l'h c s u s pici o n of Haines that Old King Brady was on tlrnir h a ck t his night, wa s not s e e mingly well warranted. Tl1e watchm a n who should have be e n on hand to disput9 the pass was b eas tl y drunk in a n e arby saloon. This was the s lick w o r k 0 Gardner, who had put a drug in h is beer. ' [ ' b e two crac k sme n , Haines an d H erfor d , entere d t h e office. They s tucli e d t he com bi n a ti o n o n the sa fe door a while , and the n began \\Ork. The noi;;cl ess stee l d r ill s wer e bor in g the s a fe in a numbe T o f pla ces . Young King Brady k new tha t something must be don e at once. There wa s no way to si gnal the police . He hit upon another idea and proceeded to execut e it. CHAPTER XIII. ENTRAPPED. Young King Brady pulled a rev olv e r from his po c ket. He c o cked it and aimed at the plate glass partition b e tw een the offices . ITis plan w as to fir e throug h these a numbe r of shots . The shots and th e c ra shing of g l a s w ou l d c on f u se and fri ghte n the gang ancl they would no doubt flee . ....\ powerful hand stole over his shoulde T and gras p e d his wri s t . A sibilant whisper sounded in his startled ears. "Don' t fire, HaTry ! 'rhat would be a mistake." It was Old King Brady. A touncl e d , the young dete ctive refraine d from pulling the t rigger. He looked up into the old detective ' s fa c e . "Whe re did y ou come from?" he whisper ed. " I traile d Haines and Herford her e . " "Yo u h ea r d of the murder?" ' Beak Smith-yes!" '"l'hat Cast e llo is in here now. He i s one o f the g an g a t th e s afe. He must not escape." " H e shall n o t , " 1rhisprr P d Old King Brady. "He is yonr rnn n . But you 1Yo uld fri g h ten them all away by firi n::-." ' " r nll n lonr, c:o nclopl cd t hat n s tJ'ie only m ea m o f prPYrn ting the robbery . " "Thr r 0 is a b ette r 11ay," said Old King Brady. " Hriglio ! w ha t is U rn! ? " L ou d exc lamn t i ons nnd oaths and the sound of b l o w s 1rerc Jie:ncl . 'J'wo men 1 rcnt r eeling ab out the office i n a de a t h cm brnce . II D i ncs a 11(1 rastc llo h a d fall en o ut. T he y w e r e u etc r rnin e d Jo cttl c the sc o re . l

. THE BRADYS' SEARC H. 23 Immediat ely below in front of the stee l door were two othe r s . rrhey were in the uniform of the X ew York police. Gardner gasped with apprehension. What were they doing there? Why did they remain in one spot as if watching and listening? Did they know what going on inside? }lad there been freachery? A n awful sickening se nse of horror came ove r Gardner. Drenched in cold perspiration, h e hasteneu back to the office where the two burglars were at work. "Boys," he said, hoarsely. "It's all u p. We're trapped." Haines and Herford sprang np as under electric springs. Both were ashen hued. "\\'hat!" 'It is true." "How ao ye know it?" ' "rhe building is surrounded by po lice." The burglars dropped thei r tools . For a moment they sto . od trembling, midccidcd how to D\t. Then i.he young detective thought of the roof. Doubtless they had gone thither. H e shouted this possibility to 01<1 King Brady. But the old detective had already gone thither. Young King Brady's next thought was to follow. Up the s tairs he sped. And behind him crept a wiry and stealthy foe . It was Castello. The Italian liad in some way se vered his bonds and go t free. The plan s uggested itself to him of assassinating the detectives. if he could. This would insure the safety of himself and his pals. So it was with this purpose i.hat h e c rept after Y oung King Brady. To the top story of the building they went. Here Young King Brady, unsuspecting the pursuer, saw the stairs l eading through the roof trap and sprang up through them. CHAP'rER XIY. Young King Brady was fully as surprised himself. ' A CLOSE CALL. "How is i.hat ?" he asked in a whi per. Young King Brady was just in ti 1ne to witness a start-" lt my work," replied Olcl King R rnent another wav an cl Herford a different ll'rnt hackwarcl, and, " ' i th a <"rash. through the glass. conrsc. The detccti\'CS started in pmsu i L J.'or an instant he seemed to hang to the shattered sash , ' Shall we give the s ignal?" asked Young King Brndy. an cl the n vanished from ::;ighL yd,'' replied the old dctcclise. "rrlwy cnn"i; get Herford ::ind Haines lf't out a yrll oi' triumph and fled and w e mrnt the 1\m of putting on the handcuffs ornr ihr roof. ourse lYes. " Young King Brnator well , C'a;;tcllo Rlid b:ick out oC f'ight. Olcl King Brady spnrng for 1 he spiral n inraY. '11l1c ] tal ian ',; curiosi t:v was p111rcl'fo I to sec what had Tlic next moment he 11 as out of sight. ill'cn the ft1tc o( Old King P.rndy. Young King Brady explored the otlicC' floor oC the: bl:i!rl-I fc slid OlllC rcnso11 or other i t !incl left oprn. C'as lf'llo ru.-'11et1 to thi s nnd look e d down . He gRye a a t the ::-izht ll'hieh m e t g;1zc. '!'hr t1nng l ing !'Ope O Ul' C ))(' iore 111rn tioncd as hanging in the was taut. To i t :i point a few feet below the. lc1el oi' tile door hung Old King Bracly. Tiu' old

THE B R ADYS' SILEXT SEARCH. I Instantly h e g r aspe d it and slicl dow n or more , 'l'hc roof s aml the aClj oining lmiluiDgs 1rcrc 1;e:: m:hcLl. It f eet . T he r e h e hung. 'I was now daylight. A fierce li ght crept into Oaste ll o's eyes. 'rhe crooks hacl ese:1pcd. . • In his hand h e h e l d the k n ife wi t h whi c h h e h ad tried . Ent the murderer Castello was i n li mbo. IIis cnptnre k i ll :gai n es. I c r eated a sensation in New York. He looke d at the rop e and the n got down o n h is knees. He was at once incarcerated in the Tombs. He crept to the threshold of the door . I E.ffor t was made to intluce him to But he was Nearer to the edge of the elevator pit crept the villain . surly obd urate. . Old Kin g Brady was sixty feet in air whe n Castell o I Ther e w as now n othing left for the Bradys but to t r y reached out to cu t the rope. and get on the scent of the gang once more . That act would have p recipitated the o l d detective to cer. Of course, H ecto r Gardner went with them. bin de a t h . That h is fir m were surprised and shocked goes withou t But i t w a s never p erforme d. say ing. Young King Brady had himself c om,e down from the For several day s the dctcctiYes in min scoured the city . roof . He dreaded to lo o k into the shaft, fearing to see '11he crooks had dropped completely cut of sight. Old K ing Brady's mangled r e m ains. But Old King Brady h ad carcfo lly made his clccluctions . But , rea l izing that the old detec tive might by som e "They " ' i ll try skip the he chance be alive and nee d h elp , he felt it his duty t o d o so. T h e Bradys got the dates o-f sailing of a 11 outgoing H e ther e fore glanced toward the elevator door . steamers for a month ahead. H e saw that i t was open. Then t h ey watched the wharves for an attempt to cle-He s a w the cro uching form of Castello, the taut , swing-part b y m eans of a sailing vesse l. in g r op e, and to o k in the situation at a glance. F o r seve r a l clays no t a clew of any kin cl could b8 fo u n d. A fierce yell burs t from Young King Brady's li ps. 'l'he detective l ooked the front of the building oYer. It arrested the villain, and that instant's d e l a y s ave d Old Then incidents of an exciting natmc occurr e d i n s11i(t King Brady' s lif e . s u ccess1011. The next mome n t the y oung detective was upon the Once again the d etect i ves parted company. Italian like a tiger. Young King Brady bad long hacl a suspicion th:i.t I -faines He hurle d him back from the door , and a fie rce strugg l e and Herford were frequenters of a low sailo1: resort in " \ \'e:;st en s u e d. st r eet. Q k l " ht h d fi t t th t f Here tliey were kept under cove r , ancl so long as they m c as ig mng e rov e one s m o e p 1 o . . . the villain ' s stomach. Then he gras p e d .him by t h e c oll a r ' remamed mdoors we_re comparative l y . . and gav e him a terrific swing against the corn er of a The yo ung d etec tiv e. got the cl.ew m a lodgmg pile of packing ca s e s . house where he spent a d ay and mght. , . , He proceeded t o watch the place. t h s head struck the sharp corner of the box, and It w as presided ove r by a notorious characte r known a s e g wa s T om M cGurk . He drop p e d m a sen se l ess heap. f . r Y K . B d h d ff d h " McGurk was a n ex convict and a armer pnze Hghter . oun g m g ra y an c u e im. H 1 o h t T h h h d t th 1 t t e was a rnrct c arac er. en e r u s e o e e eva o r p1 . I t c t tl t l ld d 1 1 1 0 1 o B d h d l"d o th t tl b tt w:i.s sa.te o assume 1a rn wou o a m 11s powe r CL .1.\..rng ra y a s i CtOWn e rope o 1e o om t t t tl of the well I o pro ec le gang. •• n • • • • • _ 1 , One night a slender young man c1rove up to the He wns JU<:>i c h rnbrng m at the lower door . He l oo,,ed 1 doo r of McGurk s m a cab. " , . . His fcatnr rs coulc1 not be seen, for his :oat collar was . \ ll right, Hm1}, he c11ea. I 11 be w ith you m a u p ancl his hat pul l e d closely clo1Yn mcr l11s eyes . moment." But a glance at his fine c lothe s and 11hite ]mud;.; "\\as "It \"\'as a close call." eno ugh to show that be 1rns Yastly out 0 place at lllc " Well, I should say . wait there t i ll I gi v e the p o li ce! Gurk's. s ig n al." He passed into the littl e b:uroom, nodded to t he pro-The ol

THE BRADYS' SILENT SEARCH. 25 Ofoern w ere above those stairs. j There was a narrow a pe rture through which he could S omet hing w as going on up there . IIc must know what: see the whole room . it v:as . It gave him a thrill. In order to do that he m ust find s ome way to get up The sight was int e resting . there. 'j'he simplest iclea occured to h i m . I n the room wer e two p e o p l e . JTc lOlmQ'ccl l1p1to the bar. Hector Gar dner was one. "I s:1y. Lios,:,'; he saicl to :1IcGurk, "I want a room fer I Jfaucl Wilson was t he o ther. fac ni,:.:ht.., The youth held a blue phial m his hand. H is face The hpr ietor l eo!:e J at him keenly . sho 1 rnd intense pa ssion. "Eh?" 11c "rrn rnrry to my thct t here ain't The woman was laughing u proariously. a rocm in this house n:cant j est now." The detective heard every wor d. " "I t ell you I will end my l ife, " the young c le r k w as CHAP'l'ETI XV. saying. "I cannot l i ve without your love." "Pshaw! I can live quite comfortably without yoms,'' AT ).(\:'S-TllE .EKD . laughe d the woma n. Yom1g King i\'uS clrngriec1. "You promised to beconie my wife . " He bad cou ntcr l npon e a sily securing a room . . 'l'hen the "Promises don ' t hold i::owadays, you11g man," s coff e d would uc I l\Ia ud . "What's the u se o f you talkin'? Yo u aint got H e moved away from t!w bar. He \rent_ to the d o or j a sou to your name. How are ye1:' goin' . t o support ancl Jook8cl 011t. 1 a l ady hke me? Why , I want my .::arnage and my ser -'lr est . street 1ras a sea of 1Yet mucl and filth . It had rnnts, I do. Ha, ha, ha!". . been raining . I "You shall have them, i f I have to kill to get t hem for The young detecti1e tried to think of a plan to reach the you." upp8r story ' or the rnmshacklc struch:rc. I "Whew! what a fe r ocious declaration . W110 w ould yer He w ondered " hat the oi1tsil1e of the building was lik e, ! kill? Oh, come down off yer perch. You're a real fine and i f th e r e was a fire escape . He opened the door and! little dude, you a rc, an' t h ere's lots of nice girls would like w cnt• o ut. I yon. But you ain't heavy enough for m e . And then you're McGurk's Hotel was a tw o-story bric k and frame struc-dead broke. tnrc. O n either side of it w ere builclings of the s am e I "Whe n yer ain't got no money, j Y e r n eedn't come around," she san g. The winc1o"s upstairs 1rere lit up. But the curtains Gardner held the phial up. Y:crc pull e d do 1rn . j "This contains m erc u r ic a cid, " he s aid, desperately . "I II01YeYer, . silhouetted against one of the3e \fas a figure . will encl my life here a n d now if you don't kee p you r 'l' hc detective s aw it seYeral times. 1 promise." It was a " oma n's figure . The woman looked at him. H e g ave a start. "Why sho u lcl I marry yer ?". s h e as ked . H e thought 0 U aud \Yiloon. "You promised to. " l\IcGurk's H ote l hr.eked u po n a nariow a!le } ' 1vhe r c t here "'l'h e n things " ere differ ent." \\er e some stab l es. • . "How different?;' The d . etcctire made hi s way around to the of tlic I "\\"ell , you h a d a g ood job and a c ha nce to work the buildin g . firm for a heap of mone y." H e ex p crieuced a thrill. 4 "_\.ml rd barn had it to-day only for the burglary that There "ere outsidl,, Ftain: leading up to the second dory. I didn't 11ork,'' sai d the youth, bitterly. The roof of a shed e;-.;tcndcd around Li1is s i c le. "\Yell, it fa i led . Y ou couldn't liYe up t o your prom i ses :N" obody wa s in the vicinity . to me, so you can' t expect me to live up to mine." The dctectiYe did not hesitate. "But I will " ork for you I will d ie for you! 'l'ruly, K othing v enture, no t hing have . ::llancl, I cannot live without you! I Ion you ! " Jie crept silently up the stai rs. The \\"Oman l aughe d s cornfull y . A wood en aiming C);tendccl :,11 along _ the front of ::Ile-"Oh, don't be soft!" she crie d . Gmk's bu1lc1ing . A narrow heb1 cen tbc brn l;nilcl -I don't want an old woman l ike me . ing::; lecl to it. I 0\\'11 1ray an d bother me no more . " "You're young; you G o on ancl make your 'l he detective tried the door. Gardner' s eyes flashed. lt was locked . I "Perhaps you will give me bac k s ome of . t l1e mon e y I H e h eard faint voices beyond it, so be clicl i:ot consider stole to gi Y e you pl e a sure?" he sa id, bi tterly. i t safe t o attempt to pick t he lock. I :i\faucl g r ew purple in the face . But he crept along on the roo f of the shed , and pa ss -"'Vhy, you fool,'' sh , e cried, angrily, " I ol1ght t o have ing between t he buildings, reached t he awning. I taken more! I've treated you well, but I dont wan t any-It was able to eas il y sustain his wei g ht. He could not i thing more to do w i t h you. Now get out! " b e seen in the g loom fro m the s treet. . I She poi nted t o. the door. Young King Brndy crawl e d o n his stomach snakelike I Gardner's face was swollen with rage. t o th e w ind o w . i H e clas hed the phi al of poison to the flo or. He had The curtain was not qu i te ilush with the window le d g e . ! not meant to take his own life , anyw ay.


THE BRADYS' SILE.NT SEARCH. H e wa s too great a coward. It was simply a threat to bring Maud Wilson to terms. She was keen enough to sec it. "I will live/' he said, hotl y, "and I will have rC\enge . Y o u shall pay for all the injury you haYe clone me." "Jeff," said the woman, haughtily; "Jeff, throw thi. fool out!" 'l'he curtains screening a door into the next room parted. Jeff Haines appeared. Behind him was Herford, and after him came J euks . All the gang was there. "L'Jok here, young feller,''. said Hainef:, in a concilia tory way, "it won't do you no good to make a mus s now . " "You're in trouble as well as we. Youd better lay 10\1', work in with us, and give up lovemaking. See?" "'l'hat's what," said H erford . "Praps you don't know that Maud is Jeff' s wife, an' has been married to him for t wenty years." "'Married!" gasped Gardner. '"l'o you? Fool that 1 have been. You have wrecked m:v li fe, woman. Ol1, it is too late to go back. I am lost! What a fool I ham b een!" Gardner's sorrow was genuine now. Haines took a step for war d and saic1: "There, there. my boy ! I like ye as well as I cou kl like anybody. W e'll stick by ye an' theres lots of trouble ahead." "Trouble!" exclaimed Gardner. " :\J y trouble bas only begun . Think of me! Ostraci7.etl by good society, hunted by the law, a common criminal." "Well, ye've got to make the lJe:'t of it,"' said }[and. "We'll be out of Kew York to-n ight, anywn.' ' " "That's right," cried J enks. "H that schooner's cap-tain don't disappoint us . " "Where are you going?" askcc1 Gardner. "To South America." "On a sailing Yessel ?" J "Yes!" "When do you go a boa "In half an hour. 'l'hc skipper i: lo Eencl us 'rn.::d. His boat h e at the wliarf opposite here ready to row us out to his ship." Gardner hesitated a mom ent. Then he cried : "Well, I'm with you. Hang it, I'\'e got to go . 'l'heres no other course." "Spoken like a man," said Haines. "tou'd better not go out of here again . lire yon not all read}:'" "Yes. I have nothing eL;e in the world but the clothes I have on." So the compact wa s made. !-"' oung King Brady had listened to all this "ith tingling vern s . He knew that shrewd action on his part now would bag the whole gang. His plan was to go to the nearest patrol box, break the gla8s and call up the headquarters for a of men. 'l'h is must be done quickly . So the detectiYe wai ted no longer to ' play eavesdropper. H e crept along the awning. It was a llrop of twehe feet to the pavement. But he could make this easy. H e re a che d the edge o f the a wning. And as he lay flat on h is stomach looking o ver, he was g iven a mighty start of snrprise. A man was just passing under it. H e walked s lowly. Rnt thnt :figure \ras familiar to Young :King Brady . The tall, straight figure, the dark @l.oak, the slouch hat, aml the strong, resolute features he hacl :een many times b efo r e . "Old King Brady!" '1.'he exclamation escaped his lips . The old detecti 1e heard it. Ile> l ooked up. "Harr)!" h e exclaimed, "is that you?" "It is!" replied the young detectire. "\Yhat are you doing there?" '''l'he whole gang are in this house." Old King Brady gave a start. "I thought so," he said. "I trackec'I that young Gardner in the cab down l1ere so mewhere. rrhey ure all inside?" "Yes!" Youn()' King Brady dropped down from the awning to the pavement. Thou he tolcl his story to Old King Brady . The old detective listened "ith eage r interest. " H arry," he said, "the case is ended." "H they do not esca p e!" will not!" The olcl detective placed a whistl e t p his lips and blew a shrill blast. From the shado w s about dark forms sprang. they came uudcr tlie lamp-light, their uniforms could b e see n . Thry were police . Old King Brady had . urroundecl with them shortly after Hecior entered the place . The " hole gang was captured and taken to headquarters ancl :\IcOurk 11 ith them. The D eaf and Dumb Ga:Bg were run to carUJ. It wa a great triumph for the Bradys and add.ed to the ir fame as clctecti ves. '1.'he country was stirred Ly the details of ihc case. On Hccount of hi youth H ector Gardner was not dealt 1riih as har sh ly as the others. Castello and Haines expiatel! i heir eri mes in the e lectrical chai r. l\Iaud Wilson and. .lt>uks arnl H erford went to prison. Thus the murders o f Hamilton \Yarcl and Captain iHart were atoned for. Bnt ihc rnemol'y of the Deaf and Dumb Gang will liT e long in Golharn, as well as the dela,ils of "The Brady"s 8ilcnt Search." Kext weeks will contAin "THE ".\1A:L\IAC DOCTOH; on, OLD ASD YOUXG KING BRADY IN PEHlL." SEND POSTA L FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE. SPECIAL KOTIOE :-All bac:k of this weekly, except the follo1.-ing, are in print: 1 to 75, Sl. If you cannot obtain the ones you want from any ne\\sdealer, send the price in money or po,,,tage stamps by mail to FRAX K 'l'OUSEY, Publishel', lGS \\'est 23d stre et , New York City, and you will receive the copies you order by return Jnlil.


SECRET SERVICE. 27 THE }IAD B y Co,!. Ralph Fenton. lucklPs:S cowboy 1111s l!llamwcl <1lld unhorsNl. Two men had ig divide. tcr look up tlinl go!cl daim eri<'rl OllC oi' tl:e m e n n:1rned T i w the facit opportunity to decamp Logan. "!f \1e c:uuld fo1d it, llic11 ire might gi\'c up hcrd -1'10111 his mtLive to ' wn, and leaving the o lt1 fa\m without in g cnl tlc, go and get'mat'l'ied 1:' c:ompnnct i on, actually reached the J)lains of :rexas, "\Vhonp-ln sho ut ed I "Oo in and win , :!Jltl th e r e h i s ambi tio n for<\ l ite or atlv cntnre found fo l l Lognn. oltl purcl . l'll b e bc"t ]ll;lJ] for )C, clnrn me i1 I :•cope. Jt i s saf'l' to say that the or a cowboy's life don"t." nl that iirnc were such the could 110L , \ g e110rnl laugh followed. Hul the reporJerl gold m ine fiucl fault wit.Ji. 110 myth, a s 'J.'!rn 1 rcll knew. \\' hat wit.11 Na vnjoc::i and A pnc h e Indians to stampede I Years previous gold hac1 been found in great n ?:ggds rh e l!ercl.>, and scorpions for bedfellows, blind in a small in i.lic hcaTt of tlic hilk The !ra!ls and s tarYation for the man from hi8 fel-! precious rnetnl sermcd confo ierl ton spot n r10;1,en lo1rs on the Yast plains, Lucking bronchos, sarnge long -I >'Cji1a1e. and 11as e:dractcd in nu gget.; of 3izc. and other minor i tems, the cowboy was continually I . Four Jmrcly from T1:cson !rncl 1 rnrked _ the.c l:tim such .a guunt lct as _ tt:c human mmd would not a week. Tl1ey liad taken out fo!Jy f.iflr thousand rlo!lars' beli eve i t possible to nm und live . worth oE preciou s m etal when a maramling haud o f It_ was n?t l ong had a good deal of the A puchcs descended upon 2.nd 8l c w i hem a !l. sentiment m !u s comnosifaon d1splaccc1 to make room for Si' tl t t' 1 ofl 1 ., 1 t -1 i t tl 1 11 . ' . _ nee ia -ime no J , v lhC vrn l1rec o CIJ er .w 11 practical common sense, aEd mamy a time he would hav e 'l'im l1ad heard the st.01',Y. nnd bad seC'rrth dctern1i11crn. ln try i t . ra1Jitlly mad e friend,; with l1im. u 1 J l n<' imp:nic•< pl

2 S SEC RET SERY IO E. -================= our cattl e," growl e d T om L a rk. their trail." "I want fo h a v e a look a t , L e a v ing their ponies in the copse, t h e two cowboys ad v a nc e d a fe w hundre d fee t to t h e footprints in the s o f t soil l eft by t he s a v a ges . 'l'om L ark made an examina tion of the m in a cri t ical manner, and the n sa i d : "They' r e h e ad e d for the l ower can y on . I'll bet they'll run up a g in our boys down t h e re." "The n the re ' ll be a fight," venture d Tim. Tom L a r k gave a l eap in the a ir. It r e quir e d but a brie f g l ance for 1 ' im t o als o r ecognize the c au se of his comr a d e ' s a la I'm. T here " as a tre m endo u s c r ; : shing in the unde r g rowth, a h oarse bellow, and out in t o the ope n came a huge black s t eer , with lon g lanceE'.:e horns , and an attitude of ang e r and defiance . "The mad steer! Cut for it! " yell e d T o m L a rk. In that in s tant of tim e t h e t w o cowbo ys cou l d o n l y act upon impu lse . A tall live oak tre e with an i m m e n se girth was the nearest p oin t of s afet y . S traight for it they ran, and ha d j u s t time to r ea ch it and place it b etwee n t h e m an d t h e madd e n e d s teer . F o r a n ins tant the y w e r e sa f e . But the mad s te e r was e qua l to the situatio n . L ike a fla s h he starte d with lowe r e d horns a round the tree. Tom L a r k ran in a d vance and 'l'im stum ble d afte r him. What a rac e that w as. R ound an d r ou n d the live o a k t hey ran, the mad s teer close u pon th em. It was n i p and tuc k , and yet i n the ex c i t cment o f t h e moment any other d e\ ice was los t s i g h t of. "Gre a t h ea vcn s , Tom ! " ga s ped Tim, as t h e persp i ratio n r a n d own h i s face, "what's to be done? \Ve can't keep this up foreYe r . " But the m a d r ace coukf . not la s t for e Y e r. 1 ' i m bad abo;ut m a d e up his m ind to make a break for the c op se, when he chan c ed to g la nce u p and s e e a sm all limb above his h e ad. The impulse seize d him , and h e made a l e ap and grab be d i t. Up h e swung himse lf, an d all m i ght h ave been w e ll, but t h e tre ac h e r ou s l i mb was rotten and broke b e n eath h i s wei g ht. A s lu c k w o u l d h ave i t , the blac k s te e r was jus t u ndei him, a n d Tim fe ll astride the brute ' s back. Of course, his natm a l imp ulse was t o c ling on . The anim a l see med take n by surprise, made a b olt fro m C 1 e tre e and trie d to shakie his r ide r off, b u t Tim clung to l1is p e rc h . Round and round the ' clearing t h e s urpri s ed and madilc ned anima l wal tze d and l e a pe d an d plunge d . The n, with a tremendo u s bellow the stee r put his h e ad down an d full ti1t , down the hills i de. Over rough ground, t h rough cop s e and thi c ket he mad l y plu nged, and alon g t h e b row of a fiv e hundre d foot preci pice, wh e re a si n gle misstep would h ave insured death to b o t h . But Tim J ones never los t his g rip', and hi s kee n inte ll ect was at work devisi n g some m ethod of esc ap e . S ud den l y t h e mad steer burst out of a de nse chapaHal and o nto a plat eau . As chance had it, a band of Apache s , a scor e' numb e r, w e r e the r e s itting on the bac k s of the i r ponies. Without t h e s}jghtes t warning and lik e a n avalanche the mad stee r burs t amoDg t h e m . The effect was treme n dous . Indians an d pon ies w e r e oYcrturnecl an d scattere d ri gh t and l ef t. It \\'aS a terrific collis i o n . Yells or a larm and t error esc aped the supe rst:iti ous savage s , \rho fanc i e d it a Yisitation o f a demon, for t h e sight of the fac ed man clinging to the b ac k 0 t hat m a d steer was a w e i r d and unre a l spectacle . T he ma d stee r w as out 0 s ight almost as q u i c k l y , going into the beyond t h e plate au . lt i s n eed l ess to s a y tha t the Apac hes did n ot pursue . Their supe rstition , l u cki l y for ' l'im , for b ade their doing 1 ' h c m ad s teer con t in ued on fo r some d ista nce furthe r into t he hill s until com i n g out into a little glade Tim s a w t h e blood g u s h i n a torrent from t h e a n i mal's nost ri l s . Tli e n i t s t agge r e d a n d foll. T h e mall ride was at a n enc l. T h e s t e er in i ts mad n ess and o verexerti o n h a d burs t a blood vessel. T h e anima l now lay dying upo n the g ree n s w a rd, \rhich w as crim s oned w ith its l ife blood . 11i m took a t umb l e o n t h e soft g r ass a n d sprung to hi s feet, n o t m u ch the worse for h i s fall and h is rid e . J3ut h e w as a t h a n k ful m a n for the o u tco m e 0 t he aff a ir . Nea r by was a sma ll , swift-running brook. Tim wen t clo w n t o i t and scoo ped up a ha nd.ful o f wa ter t o ass uage h i s thirnt . .t\s h e d i d so he gaYe an e l ectr ified start. In the bed of th e strea m lay t h e frame of a min ingc pa n. Beside i t 11as a g li sten ing rock . With a thrill Tim he ld i t u p to t h e l i gh t . " G old ! " h e gas p e d . It was a p ri nce l y n ugge t worth several t hou s and d o 1lar s . In a mom e n t i.h e fcrer h a d seized Tim Jones . Y et . h e w ent t o , \ , or k cooll y an d collectedly . A n exa m in a t i on of the vi c inity proved, beyond all donbt, that this was the lost gold clai m of such r epute d ric hness. W ords can not de pict Tim Jones' great joy. H e di d n o t find an y diffi culty in followin g b ack alon g the trail m a d e b y the mad stee r. H e bl aze d trees a n d rocks t o m ark hi s way, and jus t be y o n d the pl ateau wh ere t h e A pa c hes h a d b ee n h e m e t Lark. It did not r e quir e muc h t ime for an e x planation. To make a lon g s tor y s hort, the two luc k y c owboys m a de their way back t o cam p . The r e they oYerjo ye d to find that the c attl e had been a ll s a fely corralled, a battle hnd been fought w i t h the Apache s , an d they h a d r etreate d b e y ond the Ri o Pecos Hills. 'I' his l ef t t h e gokl cla im safe t o b e \YOrked. T i m told hi s story fra nkly, e ; d1 ibitcc1 hi s fin d, and " Now, J'm no hog . I don't wan t it a ll , but I w ant my s h a r e as t h e finde r . The T e a r c twe n ty -i.wo of us, u n d I g uess t h e r e's e n o n g h gold t here for t h e who l e 0 Ancl bra v e Tim got h i s 'Th e cowboys t ook • ont oveT three rn1lli ons from that l iltlc cbirn, and som e of t h em gave 11p h e r ding, w h ile other s \rcntextensi re l y in t o t h e c attl e business. But ' l ' i m Jone.;; w e n t back t o i\fninc, marri e r 1 the girl o i his c hoice an d there he i s li ving hap p i ly to-day.


GLllo T SAV' PCZZLE. . This puzzl e coiltai n s twenty-one pieces o r wood nicely finished; take them apa r t and p u t them together B a m e as illustrated. Ever y body wou Id like t o t r y it, as it l s very fas clnallng. Price, b y m a il, p ostpaid, 2 5 c . each. C c ntl'e St., B 'kly n , N . Y. A inar:Ic litti e }?ox i n thre e p a r t s that ls very mysllfy i n&' t o thos e not In the t rick. A coin placed on a piece o r pape r disappear s b y d ropping a nickel ring a round it trorn the rna.g l c box. Made o t h a r d wood t w o Inches In diam e t er. Price, 1 2 c . GALLIG A..._., 419 W . 56th S t . , N . Y. Sure Fire Accuracy Penetration The World's Record Holders Remingto1'-UMC . 22 cal. e a rtridates hove broken two recorl!ls in two yean. fio lo•l•ll••llBC cobs •oh 1 II•• POWDER. Gee w hiz! \.'\b a t run y o u can ha, e with thJs atutt. M oisten t h e tip o r you r t l n&;er. tup it on the contents o t the box, and a little bit will ntic k . Then 8hake hands w ith you r !rien tl, o r drop speck down nls back . I n a minute h o w tll as H he had t h e The .present world's 100-.,hot fallery record, 2484 ez 2500, held by Arthur 1-lub alek was made with theH hard hittin& .22'1 . T hey will help you, too, to break your best 1hoot'lo& record1 . Remington-UMC .22 ' s are made, too, with hollow point bullet1. Thia inCJrea ses their ahockio& and killing power. Remi n1:ton -UMC-the perfect combination l!EUlNGfON ARMSUNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. 299 Bro1dw1r. Now Torl CU1 seven years' Itch. It wll1 tna.kd him •cratch. aqulrtn n n < ! ln&ke !&c e1. But It l o p e r!ectly harml eas, ns OIA P , Ule Throat Fits roof of m o uth; alwuys lnvilibJe; • rcatat thlni' yet . Ast o n is h and m ys t i f y your frlenda. t h e f ield and fores t . Loed• o f fun. Woader fut i n v c A tl o n . Thous.,.nds s o ld . Price: only 10 c ents; 4 for lS cents. or 12 for SO ceai.a. . Doubl e Throat Co.Dpt. K Frenchlown, N .J. ,b= no w and learn 1 oruethtn( 1n marto. ldaglc tau1ht b y m all. ci&talosue ten en.ta. Wdte t1>-da7. SILBERT NOYELTY CO. , l1r11n Puk, II&,


GOOD LUC][ BANKS. Ornamental n a well a a usotul. Mad e o f alghly nickeled bran. Jt hel d • . just One D ollar. When tille d . t ope n • ltaelt. Remo.In• locked until refilled . Can be u •ed a s a w atohcho.rm. Money refunded if n • t &o..U.afted. Price, !Cc. bJ mall. L. lileoaren•, U7 W inthrop St., Brooklyn. N . 1'. NAIJ, PUZZ L K J\Ia d e o! 2 F.le t a l nails linked together. Keep• t otlt. s guesai:-ig; eaSy t o take them apart when you know how. Directions with every one. Price. 6 c . , poslj>nid. W O LF'l' 1'0\'El,TY CO., 2 9 W. 26t h :St ., N . Y. V A NISHJNO CIGAR . T his cigar is m ade in exact t mlta t!on ct a. r;ood one. It I s held by o. rubber cord which, with the attac hed 1 a.t ety pin, i s rastene d o n the Inside o t the al e e v e . When offered to a f r i e n d , a s It I s about to be t aken, I t wlll ln•tantl y d i sappear . Price, l O e . by m a1! , p o st1 1ald. C . BJUUI, 1 5 0 W . 6 2 d S t .. N e w York CHy. GOOD LUCK PUZZL E . I t c o n s i s t s or thre e hor9 e .. ahoes tn.iotened t o g e the1. , Only a very clever per3011 can take o !r •he c l o sed horseshoe t r o m t h e two link e d horseshoes . B u t It can b e done i n a moment when the s e c r e t ts k n own. Price, b y n1ail. lOc. each. If. F . LANG. 1815 Ccntr" St,. B ' k l y n , N . Y . ROUGH N I D E R l> I S C PISl'OLS. !\fad e ot nicely col-1re d w oo d 5a lnch eo long. T h e • : furnished b y rubb e r bando . T e n discs o r cardboard with each p i s t o l. P rice, 6c. each , ;>o•tpal d . WOLli'l•' NOYELTY C O .. . W . 26th St. , Y . IUr.rATION GIAN T DIAM O N D S . Diamond rings 9 r stud• o t ho.It-inch and one inch 111 Y are h e ard ot In s tories We hnve t h em. oy p rodfgious epark-11,lg which will the g lance o ! any epcctator. •lze, :?Ga. small K. l ". LA..."llG, 18JG Centre S t . • B'k lyn, N . l'. MAGIC l'UZZLI> KEYS . Two key 1 Int e r l o c k ed t n such a manne r It seem• lmpoulble to fie. pa. rate t hen1 , b u t w h e n lea rned 1t i a eusllY done. Price, 6 c ., p ootp a t d . WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 29 W. 2 6th S t ., N . Y. THE JUMPI N G FRO G. This little n ovelty creates n. wor l d o r laugh t e r . lls chjP.t' attractivenes s i s that ' it tz kes a few seco nds before leaping high I n the alr, s o t hat when set, very innoc e ntly a.lo ng-side or an unsuapeclinJ;" person , be la 1uddenl y startled by tho wonder f u l activity o f till• frog . P rice, 15c. e a c h by mail pootpald . l<'. L A.,"fl, 1 81 5 Uentre St., B'klyn , N. Y. A.LUllllNUM DRINKL."G CUPS. T heeo m e little cups are fj very hn.ndy J n sf . z e , d o not lealc and. v.r e Satin llnl s h od. W h e n 'c ompressed, b e carried I n t h e vest pock et. T n o y hold a good q uanl!ty ot and a:-e very strong, li g ht, P rice , 14'l. eac h , post-'WOLF F NOVELTY C O ., !'!9 W . 20th S t .. ?{. Y . EIUR Pl!.IS E PERFUME B O TTLE. Thos e I n t h e Joke may freel y sme ll tho p e rt'un1e In the b ottle, but the uninitiated , on re:novtng t h e c o r k wlll recei v e the c ontont1 In h i s h ands. 'l'hl• ta a •lmplo a n d cleve r joke. P rice , l Oc. ea.c h by mall, po•tpald; 8 t o r 25c, H. Ji', LA.NG, 1815 Centre St., B 'klTa, N. Y. THE MAGJ/'1 CIGA R O!'!SE . A heautl!uJ a n d perfect cigar ce. se., mada o t Imitatio n alligator and sealskin l e ather; worth a. quar t e r as a ciC'lU' caro alone. It can be shown tun o f cigar & and lnS:tantly handed t o a p e rson, w h o , upon o pening lt, fin d s only an empty cnse. The box has ei secret and a double , a.nd cn. n b e operated o n l y b y one i n t h e secr e t. F ull printed instructions s e n t with each case . Eve r y :;im o lcer should h a v e one. P r ice, 20c. ; 2 tor ll5c. b y mall, pustpald; New Y ork City. NORWEGIAN M OUS}1;. A vory larse &"raY m o u s e , measuring 8 incftt'ti from U p of nose t o end or tail. T h e bcdy ot mous e is h o llow. P lacs your ftrst fi! r ln h i s body, n n d then by tnoving your fi\1ger u p and down, the n1ouse there are la.dies, with 0 1e mouse runn u p your sleeve, and you wUl s e e a rapid Scat tering of the fair sex. Many practical jol {es can be p erpe trated with this s mall rodent. Price, IOc.; 3 for 2 5c. rnnl!P.d , p o R t pald. 11. F . L A.NG, 1 815 Centr e S t . , B'klyn, N. Y. A clever and p u zzling effect, I easy t o do; the a .pparat\1s l"an • be minutely ex;i..mined. Effect: I. marbl e can be t nado to paiu I . t beautif u l i s :ll. Price. 20c. M . Y . 419 W . 56th St., X. Y . ' LINK THE LINK P UZZLE. The sensation o ! t h e day .. Pro nounced by all, the tnoat baf!ling and sclentlflc n o v elty out. 'rh o usands have w orke d a t it tor hours without m:i.::1-tering it, still it can be d o n e in two seconJs by giving t h e lln k s the proper t w i st, but u n less you l cnow how, the harder you t wis't them the tig hter they i:row. Price, 6c.; 3 for 15c.: OJ?-e dozen, 50c . • b y n1a1l, postpah. L \\ NO\ 'lL 'l'Y CO .. 2 9 W . 2Gt h S t . • N. Y. WINDOW S lUA S U EUS. 'rh e sensation, just f ro1n Paris. A wonUer-1'ul effect ot a sn1ashlni;, brealc!11g, falling p ane o r glr.2!i. It w11l electrify ev{>ry body. Whe.n you come ho1 n c shun t h e door shut and a.t tbe same thnc t hrow the cliscs t o the floor. Eve;ry pane o f c l ass i n the house will at once sec1n t o have been s he.t by i n aH, .. , a set If. F . L A:SG . 1 8 1 5 C e n t r e St.. B'kly o . N . Y . THE :E' l G}('.rIN G R O OSTEnS. DEAD SHOT SQUIRT PISTOL. If you Ghoot a man wit h thi" "gun" h e will b o too 1nad t o accent 1J:le ancient excuse-":t U1dn't lcnow it' waa l oaded." It l o adb easil y with a full d1arg e o r wc.t-er . and takJn g altn, press the rubbe r bulb a t tho butt o! the Pistol, when a sma lt strea?n or water is squirted into his face. 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., Latest Issues "WORK AND WIN" 721 Fre d F earnot and the Breake r B o y ; or, F u u r Day s r 'lghtiug a Burning Mine. 722 Fre d Fearn o t ' s C bawpiona ; or, Grea t Sport o n •.rrack. and 723 Fred Fearno t ' s Boy Trappers; or, Lo•t I n the Big Wood s. 72• 1 !<'r e d Jj' earnot ' a Footba ll Game ; or, Work On the Grldll o n . 7 2:> F r e d i.•earnot and Daring Dick" ; o r , The Boy Who Cou l d Do Things . 7:0!6 F red r 'earno t ' s Winning Kic k ; o r , T h e RI v a l Elevens of Hock port. 7 2 7 Fre d Fearnot a n d the Ri ver Men; R o ugh L ite o n t h e Jl!lasis s lppl. 728 F r e d F earnot and M essenge r 10 ; T h e Grea t A . D . T . Mys t ery. or, 1734 Fre d F e a r n o t ' s Daring R escue; o r , A H ero, rn Spit e of Himse lf. or, 735 • • E s c a pe; o r , The 729 Fred Fearnot a n d the I•'l r e Wu.It; or, Brave W ork I n t h e Flamea. 730 Fred 1 rearno t a n d the M arke d Card; or, Beatln& the Steamboat Gnmblera. 731 F r e d Fea.rnot and Mall T r a i n M att ; or, 'l'he Boy Eng ineer o f N e r ve. 7 3 2 F r e d F e arnot a n d t h e M ountain M en; o r , The Secret of the tiilve r Mine. 733 F r e d F earno t , Dete ctive; or, Balkln11: a Desperate Game . 736 Fre d Fearnot a t Avon Again ; Second 'l'erm a t Sch oo l . 787 Fre d F'earno t ' s Pluck; o r , His Save a Life. or, Bi• R a ce t o 788 Fre d Fenrn o t as an A ctor ; or, Fame Before the l • ' ootllghts. 7 3 9 F red U ' e arnot a t ::lea ; or, A Chase Across the O cean. 740 F r e d fo'earnot Out W est; or, Adventure & Wit h the Cowb oys. "THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76" 619 The Lib erty B oye' Luck; or, Fortune 626 T h e L ibert y B o y s at Bay ; or, The 6 1 2 The Liberty B oya o n t h a Border; or, FaTors the Brav e. C l o sest Call of All. to Many Perlla . 620 The L iberty Boy s ' Trap; or, What The y 627 The Liberty Boys o n Their Mettle; or, Gl3 The Liberty Boys ' N erve ; or, Not Afraid C au11:ht In H. M aking It Warm f o r the Redcoa t s. of the King' s Minions . 6 2 1 The Liberty Boys Puzzle d ; The 628 The Liberty Boy.;' Dou ble Victory ; or, 614. Tb Lib B D ti C t h c or, D o wnin g tbe R e d coats and 'l'orle s . • e erty oys e a n c e ; or, a c T orie s ' lever Sch e me. 629 The L ib e rty Boys or, Take n and Hang U s i! You Can." 622 Th L i b B G S f o r 610 L IL>erty Boys to the lle s c u e ; or, A e erty o y s ' reat troke ; or, -Host Within • 1 ' b e ruse lves. Capturing a British M a n o r War. 630 Tho L i b e r t y Boys' Clever T rick ; or, 616 '!' h o L i b e r t y B oy s ' Narrow E s cape; or, A 623 The Liberty B oy s Trap p ed; or, '.fhe T e a chin g the Redcoats a Thin& or Neck -and-Neck Hac e With D eath . Beautiful 'l'ory. Two. ()17 The Lib erty Boys ' Plu c k ; or, Undaunted 624 T h e Liberty J:loys ' Mistake; or, W!:.a t 631 'l' h e Liberty B oys' Goo d S p y W ork; or, b y Odds. Mi ght Have Bee n . \Yl t h t h e R e dcvats rn Philadelphla. 618 L iberty Boys ' l:'erll; or, T hreatened G25 '.l.'he Liberty boys l!'ine Work; or, Doi n g 6 3 2 L i b erty Boys' H attie Cry; o,.-, With === l ="=ro:..w...; All U p ._Brown . ---------------Wasl1111gt o n _ __ ".PLUCK AND LUCK" 756 A City i n the Clouds ; .or, The B alloon 761 Governo r G u s ; o r , The War on No-Man' s 7 6 1 Dave and t h e D iawo n d ; or, '.rhe B o y W h o Came h 'rom llriu:il. lly B erton lle r t r c w . That C a m e IJ own on the l.<'arm. lly Island. By Allyn Drap e r . Berton He rtre w . 762 Lost on the Pirate's Isle; or, The S h i p 7157 A Boy W h o Wou l d ; or, F r o m New s bo7 That Sailed on Friday . By Cap't. t o Merchant. B y H lchard R . Mont'l'bos. H. " Wil s on.. 762 The Boy Ma)l or; or, Building U p a Town. ' B y Hlchard R Montgom e r y . gomery . 763 .A Wizar d o f W a ll Street k or, The Career 758 Sandy and Slim ; o r , T h e Boy 1.Jetectlvea ?f. Boy irnker. By ti.. 7 ti3 T h e Cape Nom e Boys; o r , I n Charge o r -.i u ,uuv,uuu in U o1<1. liy A l lau Anc1old . Caliphat. B y Howard Austin . 764 Littl e J;;. J:s. ; or, The Boy With the B ear. 759 Captain Jim and l 'liot J o e ; o r , T h e l:ly Ally n Drap e r . 754 765 '!'he 11'1oating B a d A U Bttn. S c h o ol; or, !Jr. Bircllaw' s 1'1 v a l Ste ambo ats of Crooke d Lake. lly 765 the i • 'ouuory Boy ; o r , Fighting the A c a d emy. l:ly Howiud Jas. C . M e n ltt. Iron Krngs. By lt1 ch111 d it. . u vJJc D octor Dick; or, Ten Weeks on Lunatic lil a n d . .By A ll a n D1 aper . 7 G O Peter, t h e Wild Boy; or, L o s t o n the g omery. Mountains of the M o o u . " lly Al11u 1 7 6 6 'l' h e White \ Norld; o r , 'l'he Sl aves of Arnold . :Sl bena. lly l:i u w ard A ustrn . ----"FAME 6' FORTUNE W.EKL Y " 866 T h e Missing B o n di:>; or, A Lucky B o y l n Wall Street. 372 373 374 375 376 3 77 378 A r , u ck y Risk; or, T h e Nerve o f a Wall 1 Street Office Boy . '.l.' h e Uac e for Gold ; o r , After an Aztec ' l 'reasule. 3 79 380 A Gol d e n Treasure ; or, The : Mystery of A n O l d 'l'r u n k. Hal's Busi n ess Venture ; or, Making a S uccess ol' H imself. I 867 868 869 870 an Bunting F o r Tre a sure; o r , The Pirate" • C hest O f G o l d . $ 10,UUU K eward ; or, The l!'ortune O r a . Hank Cler k. Bouent at Auction; or, 'l"he Bid 'Chat L e d t o Ui c hes. ' l ' h e :loullg coppe r King; o r . The Bo1 Who \ i " ellt t il e L i mit. Ralph, the He p orte r ; o r , 'l'be Mystery o t Assi g n m ent !So . lU. "WILD w::t:ST WEl::K !.. 'l."" T ippe d to \Vin; or, T h e Wall S tree t M esse n g e r Who M a d e >< Fortune. The Boy Salesman; or, Out o n the llOad l•'or :Suc cess . A Y oung M o n e y Broker; or, Striki ni: Luc k ill Wall ::ltreet. The Way to J "ame ; o r , T h e Success o t a :l o u u g JJramatist. l o the Money u a ui e ; or, T h e Luc k o! 'l'w o \\

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Marsh. 6911 The Bradys Tracking the Cab C rooks; or, Working for a Wall 717 T h e Brady s and the Bronze Idol; or, Tracking a Chinese rre&sure. Street Bank. 718 The Bradys and the Sales Girl : or. A Six-days Sear1 h Ii. the 696 'l'be Bradys' Bmss Buckle C l e w : o r . Solving a Seven Year s Secret. Rlnms e97 The Bradys and the Queen o f Hearts; or, T'he Mystery o f the 719 The Bradys' H eadless "Terror"; or. The of the HauntPO Maske d Ball. Miii. 698 The Bradys' Chinese Trap: or. The Opium Smuggler's R evenge. 720 The Bradys and t h e Gunmen; or, Breakin_ U p an 1 ,ast S•dlo 4199 The Bradys and Captain Brown : o r , Exposing an A rmy Myster y . Feud. 100 The Bradys' Singular Search, o r , The Mystery of a Mississippi 721 The Bradys in Peril: o r . Solving a Strauge Case Steame r . 722 The Bradys' Y e llow Foe: o r , In the Tunne l s or Chinatown. TOl The Bradys end the S k e leton Club; or, The Secrets o f t h e Silent 723 The Bradys After t h e Loan S harks: or. H elping a l'oor Boy. SIL 724 The Bradys and the S py: o r , Trapping a False Inspect o r . TOSI The Bradys Afte r the Bridge Burners; or, W orking for a. Hallroad , 725 The Rrnd)'s' Battl e for t,;old; or. Exposing a Dead Man's S<>rret fOll 'llle ll1 aay1 Cyclone ,\u•u: or, After tile King or tile Moon 1 726 The Brncly• and t h e Tige r Tumer: o r , The C l e w in the Green Hux. .... 5hlner• J 727 Told by the ' J'i c k er; or, The Two King Brndys on a Wall St "'"' The Rredys and the Chlneae OetectlTe: or, The Order of tbP Case. Yellow Dra11:ou . 1 7'>8 The Bradys After a )1illio n : or, Their Chase to Save An TbP Bradys Rndles• Trail: or, Tbe Mystery of tbP Voodoo Queen. 1 729 The Bradys Great B lull' : or, A Bunc o Gam e That ! •'ailed. fvv 'l'be Bradys and t ile Mi811ing Miae r ; or, A Hot F'lirht for Million• 1730 r n and O ut: o r. The Two King Bradys o n a Lively C hase. f08 'l'be Bradys and the False Key; or. The Secret o f the Safe Oepoelt 7 3 1 The Bradys' Hard Fight: O J'. 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