Frank Merriwell's venture; or, Driven from Armenia

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Frank Merriwell's venture; or, Driven from Armenia
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, [$8t",d Weekly-By Subsetiptwn $2.50 per yeM .E!ItUI'ed as Second aSs Matter at theN, Post Office. SrREE T & SMITH, 29 Rose St. N. l .E!Itte>ed Aceording to Act of ()ongr ess, in the Yea 1896, in the 0.1/!oe of the .Libm1ian oj 0on(l1ess Washington .D. G. Nove mbei 28, r896. Vol. 1. No. 33 Price Five Cents. FRANK MERRIV\'ELL' s VENTURE OR, DRIVEN FRO M ARMENIA. By the Author of "FRANK MERRIWELL. CHAPTER I. FRANK IS AROUSED. of responsibility in the matter! How 'can the;re be a rebellion and a r-ace war when "It. 1 s bl .1 . d h the Armenians are not armed, but are bea ot on c1v1 1zat1on an t e h 1 1 d F k mg plundered and murdered and outraged nmeteent century. exc a1me ran . bl 1 bb' h M 11 h h d b d' 1 1 m every conce1va e manner. Ru 1s I ernwe w o a een rea mg a Itt e say!" paper:covered book. "Eh? What's that?" asked Professor "Sh! Easy, Frankeasy! Remember Scotch, looking up from a copy of the that you are in England-in London-London Times, which he was .perusing. and may be overheard." "I say these Armenian outrages are a "What do I care if I am! Not all Eng-blot and disgrace to our boasted civilizalishmen are hacking Lord Salisbury. In tion. Why England does not intervene fact, I doubt if the majority of them agree and save the wretched Armenians is more with him. They know he is wrong." than I can understand. "You are getting beyond your depth, "Now you are getti ng excited, Frank. young man," said Scotch, severely. T4is question 1 s something you do not "England knows her business." understand. Lord Salisbmy in his speech "And England will be forced and here reported explains why England does shamed into crushing the detestable Sui not interfere.'' tan she is now supporting on his tottering "Oh, he does, does be? Well, what throne," came warmly from the boy's does he say?" lips. "England is responsible for this "He says Great Britain is unde r no bloodshed in Armenia, for Hamid II. obligation t o declare war against the Suiwould be powerless in Turkey to-day if tan of Turkey simpl y because t here is a it had not been for England rebel1ion and a race war going on i n that "You are as hot-headed as ever. When country." you get stiqed up over anything, there Frank leaped to his feet. does not seem to be any reasoning with "A rebell ion and a race war!" h e cried, you." scornfully. "What rubbish t h at is What "Reasoning, professor why, I feel a con temptible crawl i n orde r to get out certain I am right. Listen to these words /


/ 2 FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. from one of great Hear murdered and homeless andlleft what he has to say of Armenia, her dead, starve? Do you thmk a fe.w uhnruUy s.u d-d f E 1 d J. ects would be treated thus m t e mte an o ng an Then Frank read from the little book States?'' ''Those final words, my boy show you in his hand: "Heaped in their the breeze are not well posted in this matter. The ghastly gJ:aves they lie, Armenians are not a few subjects in Turkey. They number hundreds upon hundreds of thousands .'' Sickening o'er fields where others vainly wait For burial; and the butchers keep high state In silken palaces of perfumed ease. The panther in the desert, matched with these, Is pitiful; beside their lust and hate, Fire and plao-ue-wind are compasSionate, And soft the"' deadliest fangs of ravening seas. How long shall they be.., borne? Is not the cup Of crim_ e yet full? Doth d-evildom still lack / Some consummating crown, that we hold back The scourge, and in Christ's border s give them room ? How long shall they be borne, 0 England? Up, Tempest of God, and sweep them to their doom!" "That is admitted, but what I do not admit is that more than a few of them could have b een unruly in any wa y and yet the Turks have murdered hundreds of thousands, and left over five hundred. thousand homeless and destitute." '' Oh, well, it is no use to talk t o y ou. You have been reading thos e perniciou s iie"'wspaper stories and the verses of an excitable poet, and y ou think you kn o w it all. Lord Salisbur y acknowledges th a t he the Sultan's government impo. tent, but he says there is no ground for believing the Sultan instigated the mass!} cres. '' "How doe s he know. ? The Sultan i s a Mohammedan, and all true followers of the Prophet hate Chri stians with a fier c e and unrelenting hatred. It i s a p art of ''That's good rhythm and rhyme," com-their religion. They are taught t o h a te ,mented the professor, coolly, "but the all who do not b e lie v e the same as t he mpoet was excited when he wrote it. It is selves and they b elieve i f they kill a plain he did not regard the matter in a Christian do g it as sures them a p lace in cool and calculating way.'' Paradise.'' "Cool and calculating! Great Scott! "Oh, that is what the Armenians say." How can anybody regard it in a cool and ''It may be what' the Armenia ns s a y ,-, calculating way? Murder and all name-but there is no doubt of its absolute truth. less outrages are not things for anybody The priests go t o the mosques and preach with the heart of a human being in his to the Turkis h worshipers that they mu s t body to cool and calculating over." love their fellow-believer s but hate a nd "In many ways, without doubt, the kill all others who are Giaours heathen Armenians themselves are to blame for dogs, filthy hogs. B y the Sulta n s orders, what has taken place." they are c a rrying out the precepts of their "Professor, I am ashamed to hear you religion in Armenia." make such a statement!-You are a "Tut, tut! You forget what General scholar, and you have read, studied, Lew vVallace, who is not an Englishman, traveled. Even if the Armenians have but an American, said of the Sultan. He been unruly. which I do not admit, does asserted tl1at the so-called atrocities were that excuse the Sultan in having them exaggerated, and dec1ares the Sultan a \ ,.


. FHANR l\iEURIWELL'S VENTURE. 3 "What is it?" -good man, __ who is incapable o such things." "Let's go and find out about "Which goes to show how General these things for our own satisfaction." Wallace was hoodwinked by the Sultan, Scotch flung up beth hands in norror. who is full of craft and guile. What did "Are y6u crazy?" he cried. "Such a he see of Ar-menia? Did he 'go to the scheme is impossible!" country where the massacres were taking "Why impossible?" asked Frank, with place and are still taking place? No. He strange calmness. was invited to the palace by the "We would have to s e cure passports, crafty old villain, he was feasted and flat-a:nd they would not be given us. We -tered, and Mrs. Wallace was decorated would not be allowed to enter Armenia." with jewels. The Sultan wore the mask, "And why? Simply because the Turks and the general was fooled, that is all.'' would be afraid to have us know the "Well, well, well! You seem to be truth. That is proof that what have ready enough with an argument, but it is said is right. -But I believe we can get plain you do not kno: w what you are talk-into Arm e nia for all of tlie Turks.'' ing about." "How?" "That is no argument at all, professor. I ''By not attempting to1 pass through It the same as acknowledging that you Constantinople. Travelers visit Jerusalem have the worst end of it." and the Holy Land every year by thou "Nonsense! What is the use of wasting sands, and so enter Turkey. I believe the breath and energy in arguing with you? country may be entered three hundred / It will make no difference. You must reand fifty miles north of Jerusalem, at Mer-' member the American minister has said sina, from which place there is a railroad the reports of the situation in 1\rmenia to Adana.'' are distorted and exaggerated." "Even then one would not be in Ar"And the American minister was hoodmenia." winked exactly as was General Wallace. "By traveling tW"'; hundred miles over T11e Sultan is playing the game for all it land .. the vicinity of the atrocities could is worth. He means to wipe the 1\rreebe reached.'' nians off the face of the earth, and then "It is a wild and impossible scheme." he will sa_y there is no trouble in that "Why so?" country, as he has succeeded in restor1ng "'rhe roads are said to be wretched and order." difficult everywhere." "You seem to think everybody easily "What of that? We would not travel in fooled who does not believe as you do on carriages, but on horseback. 'I believe it this point.' can be done.'' "Men who will not believe absolute "The, Turks would nqt allow it. We proof must desire to be fooled.'' would be turned back a score of times ..., "But I de'ny that absolute proof has "Possibly so, if we allowed ourselves to been given out. I have no doubLbut if be turned back. Armenians are not alwe were tO'" to Armenia we would find lowed to leave the country unless they things entirely different from what they deposit a sum of money s:1fficient to pay have been represented to be by the sensa-the tax imposed upon them as long as tiona] newspapers.'' they shall live, but still they find a way Frank struck his clinched right hand to escape by thousahds. All my scheme into the open palm of his left. requires is nerve and determination. "That gives me an idea, professor." Come, professor, are you in it?" \


FlUNK MERRIW ELL' 8 VEN T URE. "Nevei!. This 1s like other wild "Wonders never c ease, old m an," de-schemes. But I will not countenance it. clare d Frank. "I am sure I did not dr e am We will visit Italy nex t /but we will not o f meeting y ou in London. I s upposed go near Armenia." you back at the military scho ol in F a r Which shows that you yourself do not d ale." believe the Turks wi h the truth known "It's him-it's Frankie! burs t from about the situation in that wretch ed the othe r boy as if he had been in dou b t country. You are not consistent, profe s -up to tha t mom e nt. ''Come h ere, ye r as c a l sor. ' -com e these arms, y e ould d arlint "Have it as you like. If I am not con-And then, for all of the wond e rin g sistent, I h a v e a little s e n se. Give up amusement of the p e d e s t r i a n s o n e very thinking of suctr a wild sche me, Frank." hand, Barne y Mulloy, one o f Frank's "I sha ll not give it up, profe ssor; but most devoted f r iends at Fardale, clasped I cannot force you to go there if you re-Merriwell in hi s arm s and gave him a fuse to go. I am going out for a walk, to genuine "bea r hug." see if I cannot cool off a little. This dis"It's a soight fer sore oies ye a re!'' cussion has stirred my blood." cried Barney, j oy full y "It's mesilf as Frank took his hat and l eft the room. were thinkin' a v ye z not tin minutes a gv, "Confound that boy mutter e d th e an' wishin' y e wur h e r e Drame av professor. "He i sn't afraid of any thin g a ngel s, an' y e'Il hear th' rustl e av their H e would wade t 1-rough fir e and bloo d if wings.' h e took a fancy to do s o I'll have to get "Bu t how i n th e worl d does it happen t his n o tion of going to Arme nia out of that you are h ere -in London?'' his h ead s ome way " O i h ave b een v isi tin' me relatives in ___ th' O ul d D art, an' Oi came to London to CHAPTE R II. see me s i s t er, Mrs. Marderos. '' SADUKH MARDER O S 1 STORY. Frank w e nt i nto town and stroii ed dow n Piccadill y At Leicester Squa r e he suddenly stopped and utte r e d a n excl ama tion of astoni shme n t "Can I b e l iev e m y eyes?" he muttered, staring h ard at another boy, w ho w as staring back at him. A mome nt lat e r the two boys m o ved toward eac h other, and then they sprang forward with out s tr etched h a nds. .''Am I dre a min g or i s i t Ba rn ey Mulloy?" crie d Frank. "Be me soul, it's Frank M e rriw e ll the othe r bpy almo s t s h oute d They met and clasped h ands, la ughing out their pleasure and astonishme nt. "An' is it yersilf ?" cried t h e Irish l a d ) with a rich brogue. "Did yez dhrop from th' skoy, Frankie? or h o w do e s it h ap pen ye're here at all at all?" "Marderos? That is an odd name." ''So i t i s fer it's a furriner Biddy mar ried-wan av thim Armenian gintlemin." "What's that?" cried Frank, in aston ishment. "Married an Armenian?" "Thot's pwhat she did, me b'y. Av course Oi'd rayther she'd married a son av th' Ould Sod, ur even a Yar. kee, but she didn't ax me, an' love will go pwhere it's sint, ye know. It don't same thot she's done so bad, for Sadukh Mardtros is a clane broth av a b'y, an' a good Catholic h e has become." "Well, this is i nteresting,'' said Frank ''I hope you r sister has done well.'' "She shtands a fo ine chance av bein' a widdy before long "How is that?" "It's a to uchin' Sadu kh rec aved fro m his own sister last wake an' now h e I 1 s f e r goin' bac k t o A rmenia a n bri n21n h her away wid h im.''


FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. 5 "What's that you tell me?" cried MerBarn ey to take him to Sadukh Marderos riwell o-ivinothe Irish lad a shake. with out delay. r h h d ''Going back to Armenia?'' Soon the boys were seate on an omm"Don't be afther s h a kin th' tathe out bus and bound for tl1e East End. av me head, lad 1 YisJ h e i s goin' back Frank questioped B a rney about matters f er hi s sister to bring her here to LGnat Farda!e, and they chatted on as bo y don." friends will who have b _eeri separated for k 1 B I t som e time. "By Jove, this 1 s Iuc a rney, wan you t o take me to Sadukh Marde r os im-Finall y they 'left the omnibus and made their way on foot into a thi ckly settled medi a tel y." quarter of the East End. "I'll do thot; but pwhat is th' m atte r A t len gth they came t o a little coffee wid yez, me b'y? Ye same pl aze d about house, into which Barney Jed the way. something '' d h Frank was surprised to fin everyt mg "Pleased I am d e lighted! I w ant to neat a nd clean about th e pl ace, for a ll that h ave a talk with your sister's husband. the h o us e 'as located in a decidedly dirty Barney, I am thinking o f going to Ar-d quarter of Lon o n m enia myself. '' Barney was g r eeted by a rather buxoll) The Irish bo y fell back a step, staring young Iri sh woman, and he then intra-at Frank in astonishment. duced Frank. "Is it crazy ye are?" he g a s p e d. "Whist, Biddy! pwhat do yez think?" "I think not. I want to know about "Oi dunno, Barney. Pwhat is it?" this Armenian affair This very day I have ''Have ye oies in yer head?'' been talking with Professor Scotch about "Sure an' Oi have, you t'asin' rascal. it, and he insists that th e atrocities have "Thin jist take a look at this young not been so bad as reported by the news-gintlema n Oi have wid me." papers." "As if Oi could kape me oies off a "An' i s thot pwha t he says ? Thot h andsome young gintleman loike him!" s hows he don't know pwhat he i s talkin' cried Biddy, in a way that brought the about, for they have been so bad th' news-color to Frank's cheeks. papers have not been able to print the "An' can yez guess who he is?'' truth in language dacent people could "How can Oi do the loikes av thot ?" racle. Wait till yez hear S aduk h tell about "Will yez give it up?" thim. Th' blood av yez will run cold wid "Sur e an' Oi will. He may be a duke horror. It wur by a miracle he escaped wid or a lord for all Oi know." hi s loife at all, at a ll. Th' Grand Mogul '"Ee's av more importance than all th' av Turkey, th' bloody ould Sui tan, put a I dukes an' lords in England, darli nt. proice on his head. Aven 1::,9w he is "An' do yez fen me so! It's his name safe, for an inimy av his, Hassan Isnick, I Oi'm wan tin' to hear." folleyed hin: 1 an' th' soam.e rascal. is "Well, thin, this. is Frank somewhere m London, havm' twmce Merriwell, pwhat 01 have wnt yez about troied to kill Sadukh, but m ade a bad job so many toimes." av it both toimes, bad cess t o th l oikes av "Saint Patherick save us!" cried Biddy, th' b l oody spalpane!" with uplifted hands. "An' Oi nivver Frank was greatly interested. For some dramed Oi 'd see th' Ioikes av him in all time he had desired to meet and t alk with me loife. It's deloighted Oi am to see yez, a fugitive from Armenia, a nd he had M i sther Merriwell. It's cords an' tons av found the opportuni ty at last. He directed l .etthers Barney has writ me about yez.


6 FRANK MERRIWELL'S ,VENTURE It's great friends he said ye wur a t Far-being very beautiful, was carried off to dale.'' become a captive in a Turkish harem. He Frank shook hands with Biddy, who had two children, a boy and a girl. Both seemed tempted to embrace :Aim. After were butchered like lambs. they had chatted a while, Barney asked "We did not know the truth about the for Sadukh, and Biddy said he was taking massacre for a long time after it took a nap in the back room. place. We heard all kinds of stories, but "It's seldom a bit av does he git even we in Armenia could not believe th' whole noight long, poor man!" she things were as bad as represented. declared. "It's twoice thot bloody spal"Then my brother in Dalvorig wrote pane Hassan Isnick has troied to murther me, a!ld he said there was no doubt Lut him in th' no!ght, an' he don't dar: slapejour b.rothers at were. both dead, now. Av 01 could get near th' 1mp av1and that he was a fug1t1ve, hav1ng escaped Satan, Oi'd do me best to scald him, so by a mir;:tcle from the terrible butchery Oi would!" that took place there. As she was speaking, a young man ap-''He had seen the people kille d in the peared at a door that led into the back most horrible ways by the Kurds and the room. He was a strong, well-built young I Turkish soldiers, and his blood was fellow, rather good looking, with an bolling with fury. But what could he do? honest face. He swore to be avenged. He would kill _... "Here he is," said Barney, and then te n Turks for each of our brotbers who Frank was introduced to the Armenian had been slain. fugitive. "That wa s worse than folly. A short When Sadukh knew Frank was one of time after he wrote that letter he, too, Barney's particular friends and wished to was murdered. This we did not know for learn something of Armenia, he invited some time, but we knew it at last. Merriwell into the back" room, which was ''Then came another horrible blow. My also a living room. sister in. Aliantz sent me word that her Frank was not a little surprised to find husband had been tortured to death, and the Armenian spoke English with scarcely she had been treated in the most inhuman any foreign accent. and brutal manner. "It's more than a year now since I ''Can you knbw what I felt ?" escaped from Armenia and Mousa Beg," _cried Sadukh, his eyes blazing and his said Sadukh. "Mousa Beg is a Kurd whole aspect being one of terrible fury. chief, and a perfect devil. He has mur"I was nearly mad with the terrible dered hundreds upon hundreds of Chris-wrong of it all. I was for hurrying to my tians, and carried their wives and daugh-sister, but I was not allowed to leave ters into captivity. Samsat. In Armenia we are forced to prohad heard much of the massacres, cure passports to trave l from one place to but it was not thought we would be another, and the country was such a troubled at Samsat, where I lived with condition that no passports could be my father and sister. My father was a secured. merchant, and we were rich. I had t"'O ''And thI 1 k n en 00 ed at my sister brothers at Sassoun, another at Dalvorig, Lucine. She was sixteen, and, in my and a married sister in Aliantz. Both of eyes, the most beautiful girl in Armenia. my brothers at Sassoun were killed in the I was not the only one who thouo-ht so horrible massacre that took place there. for the fame of her beauty had One of them was married, and his wife, from Samsat.


\ FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. 7 "Mousa Beg heard of her. He sent to Midhad !snick, a Turk, who lived in our town, and. told him to take Lucine by force and send her to him. Midhad !snick tried to do so, but I ran a knife through his h eart, and saved my beautiful sister. ''But I was m a rked for torture and death, and Mousa Beg swore tha t Lucine s hould be his. In the night I fled from Samsat, and I hid in a cave, where Lucine brought me food at fearful risk to herself. Then came Hassan !snick, the brother of the man r had kilJed, and aroused the Turks to murder all the Armenians :ln S am sat. "My father was warned in time, and he succeeded in escaping with Lucine from the town. Hassan Isnick searched ever y where for them and for me. He did not find us, but we nearly starved there in the cave. "When we dared, we started out totry to reach the coast, more than one hundred and fifty miles away. I wm not try to tell you the horrors of that tramp. We were hunted like beasts, barefooted, halfstarved, nearly naked, weak, disheartened, willing to die. "Mousa Beg pursued us, and Hassan Isutck was with him. They tracked us like bloodhounds, and they had two hnn dred bloodthirsty Kurds witl1 them. "At last, when Lucine could go no farther, being worn to a shadow of her for mer self, we found shelter beneath the roof of a good priest. None of us were Catholics, but, when he had heard our pitiful tale, he fed us and cared for us. "Then Father O'Hara told me that he would try to hide us and shield my father and my sister, but he thought that I had better go on and try to escape from the country. My father and sister might be able to join me later. "I did not want to leave them in the jaws of the wolf, but Father O'Hara argued with me, and he convinced me that it was best. I did as he wished. I embraced my poor old father, once a rich man, but then a beggar. I kissed my beautiful sister, and leit her to the care of God and Father O'Hara . "I will not make the story too long. It is enough to say that Hassan Isnick seemed to strike my trail again as a blood hound finds the scent. He pursued me to th e coast, but I escaped him, and got out of Armenia with m y life. "I did not think it possible I should ever see Hassan snic k again, unless I returned to Armenia; but even the Med iterranean did not seem to break the trail. He was thirsting for my blood, and, in some way, he traced me here to London. It took him many months to do so, and, in the mean time, I met and married Biddy, who had already started in this business. "I have been trying to save money to return for my father and my sister. In this I have dpne very well, for it is said that Armenians have a way of making money anywhere. But Hassan Isnick came, and twice he has tried to kill me. Even now he may be--There he is!" CHAPTER:III. AN APPEAL FROM ARMENIA. As he uttered those last thrillitig words, Sadukh Marderos whirled and pointed toward a little back window, at which the face of a man had appeared : Frank Merriwell saw that face, and it was photograped on his memory in the fraction of a second. He believed he would never forget it. Then the face disappeared. "Bad cess to the spalpane !" cried Barney Mulloy, springingup and dashing 9ttt of the little shop by the back door. Frank followed. They reached the back yard, but saw / nothing of the man who had looked in at the window. He had succeeded in escapI


8 FRANK MEimiWELL'S VEN'.rURE. I ing by one of the two dirty alleys that led ''Then they took you for your brother -from the yard. in-law?'' B and I Wl'll ''That's pwhat they did. And Oi'd not ''Take that one, arney, take this," directed Frank. been in condition to tell yez a boutit now ''All roight, me hearty." av ould Isnick hadn't sane the difference Into the alleys they darted. an' made them let me alone. Thin they Frank ran through till he came to a heard you co min', an' they took to their crooked street, but he saw nothing of the hales. Oi wur knocked out, an' so Oi man he was after, and so he turned back. couldn't folly.'' As he reached the yard he fancied h e ''Had you no weapons?'' heard a 'racket down the other alley, as if "Ounly me fists." some kind of an encounter were taking ''Then you have quit carryi!lg a revolpl ace there. ver since you ceased traveling around He lost not a moment in rushing with me?'' foward the point from which the soun ds "Yis. proceeded; but the noise stopped before "In knocking aoout over the world I he reached the spot. have found a brace of revolvers handy As he came up, he saw Barney picking things to have. If I had been with you himself up from the ground, and the Irish '' boy was in a sadly battered and tattered "It's nivver a thing we'd done to th' condit ion. His coat was split up the back, spalpanes! But Oi'll be aven wid ould he was covered with dirt, and there was a Isnick, av Oi ivver meet th' divvil 's broth cut on_ one of his cheeks, as if he had again I Oi '11 lay this ba' tin' up ag'in been struck with iron k "nuckles. him, an' Oi may square th' account some "Great Jupiter!" cried Frank, in a s -doay." tonishment. "What have you been up The boys returned to the little coffee against?'' shop. ''The divvil's own gang, Frankie," ''I kne w b ow it would be," said said the Irish la d dolefully. Sadukh. "I have followed him twice, "Did yot.:,l see the Turk?" but he escaped me both times. If I were "Yes, but he saw me, and wint me to kill him in London, it is almost certhray-ur: f uur better." tain I would be arrested for murder, and "You have been in a fight?" yet he is determined to kill me. Wait! Jf u Oh, no! Oi have been to a foive he continues to follow me, we w ill meet o'clock _tay !" in Armenia before long.'' "Did Hass a n !snick do the trick Biddy washed the blood from Barney's alone?'' face, and then placed some sticking-plas-'' Nivver a bit av it, me b'y. He had ter over the cut, drawing the edges to-his gang wid him." gether. "How many of them?" ''There, ye scapegrace a v a rascal!" she "Four ur foive." said. "Its not hurt at all, at all, ye are, ''And they jumped on yon?'' s0ide av gittin' yer head cracked wid a "''Oi should soay so! It wur a plot to shillaly at Donnybrook fair. gt up Sadukh." "An' Donny brook fair is nivver a mar'"Howwasthat?" ker to a football game in th' United '"Th' bloodyonld Turk thoughtSadukh Shtates, Biddy," laughed Barney, as he folly him, he had th' gang caught her about the waist and gave her wa1bng to do up B1ddy's better half." a kiss.


FRANK1\'IERRIWELL'S 9 "So you really intend to return to Ar-so much. He is bent and feeble, and his menia, Mr. Marderos ?" asked Frank. hair is white as the snow. "I must,'' he said. "Father O'Hara "My poor father! I have tried to, care for him and cheer him. I have toldifhim has protected my sister and my father all that some time you would come for us and these many months. H e kept them hidtake us to the country where you have den, and Mousa Beg gave up trying t o gone; but he said that this was his own find them. Then they -thought they were country, and he would die when he left it. safe, and it must be that they became "And now Mousa Beg has heard that Father O'Hara has sheltered us. He is car e less. I sent all my letters to them to yet far away, but he has sent men to Father 0' Hara, and their letters to me watch us till he shall come. They mean were directed to a London gentleman to kill my poor father, but they have no who has been very kind to me. Here is such mercy as that for me. But Mousa the last letter I received from niy sister. Beg shall never touch me with his vile Let !fle read it to you." hands. I have found a knife, which I He took the letter from his pocket, and have sharpened, and which I carry all the time in my bosom. I have prayed that unfolded it carefully. It w::ts already well-my hand may be strong, and when there worn, showing that he had read it over is no more hope of escap e that hand shall and oyer many times. drive the blade to my heart In that way The letter ran as follows: I will escape them. "MY DEAR BROTHER :-I fear we may never see each other again, and, oh! I have hoped so much that you might return for father and myself and take us far from this blood-stained land where Christians are not butchered like cattle Your letters have been so eagerly longed for, and so eagerly read. We have been so glad to know that you have done well in London, and it is to your wife, whom you say is so brave and good, that we send our deepest love. I have hoped that some time we might come to London and see dear Biddy ; but I fear now there is no hope of. that, and it is almost certain this "Oh, my dear, good brother! how I would love to see you once again before I die! Father 0 'Hara bids me of good cheer. He hopes to hide us in yet another place, and keep us a while longer from our enemies; but I think he will fail in this, as we are so closely watched. "Farewell, my dear brother. Father sends his love. God pity the people of our wretched country! They are perishing by fire and sword, and their cries go up to H eaven! Can no one save us? l\1 ust we all perish and be vyiped from the face of the earth? Farewell, farewell! "Your affectionate sister, ''LUCINE. '' will be the last letter you will ever receive T o the end of this Father O'Hara had from your unhappy sister Lucine. adde d a few lines. "Father O'Hara has b een so 'good and kind to us. He is a o-ood man. He has "If you have money and can come to fed us and sheltered and for long it the aid of your father and sister, do not was not known by our enemies where we delay. I know not what day they may be had hidden. They seemed to gi" e up the taken from me. shall do my best to search for us, and we had begun to think shelter them yet a httle longer, but there that they would trouble us no more. is no knowing when the blow may fall. "For all that we were not molested, If yon cannot save your father, it is your father's health continued tt> fail as he duty to save your sister from the horrible thought much of the great wrongJ:bat has fate so many beautiful been done our people, and how our family Armeman guls. was so nearly destroyed by the bloodthirsty Kurds and Turks. And the tramp and exposure and hunger had w eakened him so that he has never been himself since. You would not know him, he has changed "There!'' cried Sadukh, when he had reacl. the letter; "what do you think of that?" Frank had been fired by the letter


10 PRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. "It is terrible!" he exclaimed. "And' Sadukh was the guide. Not that he still there are those who claim the Arme-kne w that particular section of the conn nians have suffered no wrong save what try any better than did his companions they have brought upon themselves." hut he spoke the language of the Ann e Such ones do not know,_ and it cannot nians or the Turks, and h e was a b le to be that they wish to know. They believe learn the p r oper course t o be purs n e d by the lies of the Turks, and they woul d making inquiries hbld back the hand s which are out-Several times h a d the trio been s topp e d stretched to save my suffering land." and warned to turn-back. Twenty times ''When do start for Armenia, Mr. had they bee n in d anger of arres t becau s e Marderos ?'' they had no passport s "On' the day after to-morrow. All is They had elud e d all who sought to dearrangtd." tain them, and still pushing f o rward "I shall go with you," declared Frank, toward the Euphrates and the little vii suddenly. "I am determined to know the lage in which g ood Fathe r O H a r a had entire truth." sheltered Sadukh's father and s i s t er. "Whist, l?'Y! are yez crazy?" cried They had see n m a n y fugitives w ho Barney, excitedly. "Th' profissor will were hiding in the mountains and Jl y in g n ivv.!=r allow it." from the destro ying Turlfs. They h a d "I have money enough at m y com' hear d horrible tale s of m a ssacres a nd p ilmand, and the professor will not be able laging, and the y had be e n w arne d a hun t o stop me. Will you go along with us, dred times that the y wer e going to certa i n Barney?" death. "' "Will Oi? Soay, Frankie, do yez mane Still nothing could turn the m back, it?'' nothing d aunted them, not h i n g m ade "Certainly. I will pay the bills, and them falte r. They had come more th a n you will be m y traveling companion, the two thousand mi le s for the purpose o f same as before." finding and rescuin g an old, w hite-hair ed "Frankie, me jool, Oi 'm wid yez to th' man and a beautiful) dark-e y e d gir l and ind, an' here's me hand on it. We'll nothing but death itself could stop soave Sadukh's sister, ur hu'st_ our su s -At last, after much trouble, thro ug h a pinders troying." friendly Turk, they s u c ceed e d i n obta in'rhe boys clasped hands. ing und e r false name s P rov i e d ---with these th ey w e r e not det ained s o CHAPTER JV. often. B y "putting up a stiff bluff TIDINGS FROM KALGORE. Some weeks later a party of three per sons were making their way along a wretched road that led between two Ar menian villages. all occasions when necessary, t h e y were able to get a1ong very w ell. But as they into the int e rior they saw more wretched fu

' FRAKN MERRIWELL'S VEN'rURE. 11 Original1 y, the wily Turks had confined their work to the interior, far from the coast of the Mediterranean, so that the truth concerning the massacres should not too quickly be spread broadca_st over. the world. But now that the burning and butcher ing had been carried on without inter ruption, now that it seemed certain that not one of the great powers of Europe dared lift a hand to interfere, the Sultan was becoming bolder, and the edict to "exterminate the Christians root and branch'' had gone forth,. Those nearer the seacoast, who had at first fancied themselves secure, were be ginning to realize that they, too, were marked for destruction. ''To morrow,'' said Sadukh, ''we will come to the village of Diargat, where a hundred Armenians, men, women, and children, were killed one week ago. The Turks say the Armenians there attempted an uprising, and they were forced to kill them in self-defense. Not a single Arme nian whc/has not embraced the Moham medan faith has been left alive within the limits of the village. T!le old man with whom I talked at the dividing of the roads told me this. '' "It will not be exactly healthy for us to enter such a village, will it?'' asked Frank. "We shall not enter it. We will go round it, and take care that we are not seen by the inhabitants. I fear trouble there. It is certain that Hassan !snick has sent word that we would enter Armenia and try to reach Father O'Hara. I think the intelligence has been carr.fed in ad vance of us. '' "Begorra cried Barney, "thot will mane a bit av a shindig, Frankie, me b'y. It's a roight lively toime we may have before we gi t out av Armenia. '' ''We may not get out of Armenia at all," said Frank, who was imp;essed by the grave peril of their situation. ''Professor Scotch may wait in Jerusalem in vain for me to join l1im." "Sof(y, Frankie. '-"What is it, Barney?" "Pwhoy don't yez have yersilf pointed as the profissor's guar.dian? It's yersilf thot do as ye plaze, an' th' pro fissor does as ye till him to. It's not yer guardian he is at all, at all.'' "It is necessary for me to have a guar dian in name, whether I have one in fact or no. The professor fills the bill very well.'' "An' h towld ye couldn't come to Armenia? .'' "Yes. '-"An' yez had to give him th' shlip an' run away?'' "Yes." "He wanted yez to visit Jerusalem a

1 2 FRANK MERR IWELL'S V ENT ORE answer. H e i s riding hard, a n d will 'Begbrra! Oi guess he is dafe," said overtake us in a s h ort time. He may be a Barney. courier o f so m e sort." They awaited t he approach o f the horseman with some anxiety. As the man came nearer they saw he was dressed like the of the coun try, with a turban about his head, and yet it was plain that he was mounted on a very fast horse. He soon up, sa luting them with a gesture, but without speaking. Sadukh addressed him, but he was looking at Frank, and he made n o reply to the Armenian, acting as if he did not hear. Three times Sadukh addressed him, raising his voice each time, but still the man failed to reply. The boys looked at one another in won derment, and then Frank spoke to the man, who was plain l y a Turk, telling him that Sadukh was addressing him, and motioning toward the Armenian. The stranger observed the motion, and turned toward Sadukh, who spoke to him in the l anguage of the Turks; but the man shook his head, touching his ears his mouth with the tips of his fingers. ''He mean s tha t h e is deaf and dumb,'' said Sadukh. "He is a loier by th' clo ck!" dis t inctly declared Barney w h o was direct ly behind th e man's b ack. The Iris h lad p re pared to meet the fel l ow i f h e shou ld turn a t this, but by no movement-no t the faintestdid the stranger bet ray t hat h e heard Barney speak. But t h e Irish b oy was not sati sfied, nor was Frank Merr iwell who dro:eped bac k a t Barney' s s ide, a n d l o u d l y said: Now, B a rn ey draw your revol ver, and we will both s hoot him in the back.'' They m a d e n o m o v ement to draw a weapon, but w a tched closel y t o see wha t result F r ank's words would bri n g about. The str a n g er did n o t start or t u rn abo ut. ''It seems so," said Frank, who was not satisfied, however Sadukh tried to converse with the fel low by means of signals, but he could make out no more than that the mute had come from the West and was traveling toward the East, which had seemed evi dent enough from the first. They would have permitted him to go alon.g by himself, but he seemed to desire their company, and signaled that he had seen them far ahead of him and had rid den hard to overtake them. The three drew aside and held a consul tation. They a]] agreed tl1at they had much rather go along without the company o f the stranger; but it would not be an easy thing to get rid of him, and they finally decided to let h1m accompany them for a time, keepiqg watch of him constantly. So when they went on the mute was with them, but they took care.that one o f them should ride behind him constantly, and keep a wary watch upon him. Ahead of them lay a rough and wooded section of the country, and Sadu:kh told them that Kurdish bandits often hid among the forests and fell upon trave l ers who were passing along the roads. ''When more than one or two persons pass alot1g at the same time they are sel dom molested," the Armenian explained. ''As there. are now four of us, we may ge t t hrough all right, but we must hasten t o get out of the forests before nightfall." A s they rode forward, a number of per so n s issued from the first strip o f woods a n d came toward them There were two me n on foot, one of m iddl e age, and one muc h younger. Be hind the you nger man walked a girl, and behind the girl was a woman, mounted on a sorry-look i n g horse On eac h side of tqe horse was a la rge basket, and from eithe r basket pro truded t h e head o f a


FHANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. 13 child. The baskets were suspended by uprising of the Armenians?'' wide straps across the horse's back. "No, no-of the Turks, assisted by the Frank and Barney bad alre a d y discov-Ham idieh Cavalry, or the mounted Kurered that the people of the country often dish soldiers It seems that some of the traveled in this manner, so the sight did Armenians in Ka-lgore had obtained and not create wonderment. hidden away some weapons When the As soon as the party, which was evi up rising took place, they tried to defen' d dently a family consisting of husband, their homes, their wives, and their wife, and children, saw the f our horsemen daughters. did not fire a shot till before them they were thrown into a state after several of them had been suddenly of very evident consternation. slain, and then an old, Turk, who was try"They Armenian fugitives," said ing to carry off this young girl here, was Sadukh, "and they are afraid of us.'' shot dead by her brother, who possessed--a He rode forward, making signals, and pistol. Up to this time, the Kurd soldiers, crying out something in the Armenian who were supposed to be there to protect language; but it was plain the fugitive the town, had looked on and laughed. feared deception, and were still badly When the Turk was killed, the chief of ---1'figbtened. the Kurd_s gave a signal, and the soldiers They were in no condition to escape joined in the work 'of murder and destrucfrom the horsemen, however, and so they tion. A frightful battle followed, but it waited for our friends to come up. w as all one-sicied, as the Armenians were Sadukh drew up before the elder man outnumbered five to one, and the Kurds and began talking with him. were armed with Martini rifles. In the As Frank and Barney came up, they midst of the fighting, Gojaki Musseigh saw that the girl was very pretty, but succeeded in -getting all his family t o there was a hunted light in her eyes that getber and escaping from the town to the was not pleasant to see. She turned her hills, whe re he concealed himself and his face and Frank saw that she was family for many days. At last, when startrembling. vation had driv n him out, he sought The old man was greatly excited, and f ood. He found Kalgore in ruins. The he was talking wildly to Sadukh, while Kurds were gone, but the Turks held the the young man stood near his sister, as town, nearly a third of which h ad been if ready t o defend her to the burned. He did not dare venture into the In a few moments Sadukh turned to place. He secured some grapes, with "'tr1e boys. He was also pale and excited, which he returned to his family. Then ,. and his voice shook as he said: they started to flee, the father and the son "This good man, Gojaki Musseigh, is carrying the small children. Fortunate'Jy, from far beyond Diargat, which he passed Gojaki Musseigh had tq.ken as much wit hout entering by going round it. He money as .he could carry -about him -when comes from Kalgore, the home of Father driven from his home, and they found an O'Hara, and the place where my sister opportunity to buy this horse and the and father have been so long." baskets They have succeeded in coming Sadukh paused, and Frank quickly thus far, but they are filled with fears, said: and have little hope of finally escaping." "Something has happened. T ell us the "It is h orrible!" muttered Frank, truth." hoarsely. "But, Sadukh, have they told "There has been an uprising in Kal-you anything of Lucine, your sister?" gore." "Nothing. But I have lit tle hope. It


. H FRANK MERlliWEJJL'S VENTUltE. is almost certain that the Kurd soldiers were sent to Kalgore by Mousa Beg, a nd the attack was mainly for the purpose of carrying off Lucine. Her only escape was the knife which she hidden in her bosom .'' "Satan floy away wid such haythen b'astes!" cried Barney, fiercely. "It's the divvil's own seurn all Turks and Kurds must be." "What will vou do. Sadukh ?" asked Frank. "Go on!" was the savage answer. "I will know the trnth concerning Lucine. If she is dead. I may be able to avenge her.'' At this moment, the mute was noticed quietly riding away. They called to him to stop, but he paid no heed. "After him!" exclaimed Sadukh. "If he can hear at all, he has heard too much! Do not let him escape!" CHAPTER V. 'fHE ENCOUNTER IN THE FOREST. Away they went 111 pursuit of the mute. Without turning his head, the man urged his horse to a swift gallop. Again and again they called on him to stop, but he did not seem to hear them, for he never once looked back. It was not long before they found their horses were not equal to the task of overtaking the man. ''He will escape to tell our enemies that we are coming!" cried Sadukh. "He heard quite enough so that he knows me now, and knows why I am here. He will rouse them against me . There is a price on my head, and five hundred ravenous numan wolves will be after it.)) "I think not, in case it depends on him to arouse them.'' With those words, Frank Merriwell drew a long-barreled revolver. Barney, hoarsely. "Bring th' spalpane down! Wiug th' thafe av th' wurruld !" Frank lifted the revolver. With a cry, Sadukh reined close to the boy, grasped him by the wrist, and dis concerted his aim. Frank had pulled trigger, but the bullet intended for the fugitive's horse flew wild. "What is the matter 'Nith you?" he cried, turning rather savagely on Sadukh. "Do you want that rascal to escape?" "No; butwemust not kill him. It would arouse hundreds of murderous men against us. It would be a fatal move.'' "I had no idea of shooting him," de clared Frank. ''I meant to wound his horse, so we might overtake l1im. Relea::.e my wrist, and see me do the trick.'' "No, no!" "vVhat is the matter?" "How could you be sure of shooting the Riding over this rough road, and firing at a moving target, yon would be as likely to hit the man as the animal, if you touche d either.'' "Go on wid yez !" burst forth Bamey. "Ye have nivver sane Frank l\1erriwe1l shoot, man. It's a wizard he is with any kind av a shootin' iron. Oi 'd wager me shirrut that he hits th' horse firrust pop But Sadukh would not permit Frank to shoot, and the mute soon disappeared in the forest They followed. The afternoon wa passing, and no time was to be wasted if they wished to get beyond the woods be fore nightfall. Sadukh 's face was dark and gloomy, and it was plain that he was oppressed by sombre thoughts. Barney tried to be lively and cheerful, but Frank, naturally jolly and rollicking, was scarcely less grave than the young Armenian. It was plain that Sadukh was thinking of his wretched relatives who had fallen "That's the shtuff, me b'y !" cried before the lust, greed, and murderous hate


FRANK MERlUWELL'S VENTURE, 1 5 of their foes. He was wondering if his At this moment the chief of the bandits poor old white-haired father, a corpse, cried out something, and the Kurds menlay rotting beneath the frowning sky, aced our friends with their guns and pisand if the sharpened knife carried by his tols beautiful sister had found her heart, or if, ''They will not dare fire for fear of she had faltered at the Jast moment, and shootir.g those behind us, n came quickly was now being carried to a terrible fate as from Frank's lips. "Ready! Out with the captive of Mousa Beg. your shooting irons! Follow me, and The road through the woods was far shoot any man who tries to stop you !n worse than it had been in the open coun-Then a wild yell broke from his lips, try. In one or two places trees had fallen electrifying the horse he bestrode, and across the way, and, instead of removing causing the animal to leap forward them, those who traveled in the spring-Sadukh and Barney followed. less wagons of the country had made a "Clear the road!, detour and passed around them. Bang! They passed through the first strip of One of the Kurds fired over Frank's woods, and entered another. The second head, hoping to intimidate the boy in that -----was denser and darker than the first, and manner. just where it was densest and darkest they "You '11 have to shoot better than that, found the way blocked by a hand of wild-old man!, half laughed Merriwell, who looking men, mounted on tough Arabian seemed to be suddenly possessed by his horses. old reckless, dare-devil spirit. They were Kurds, wearing turbans, Then he threw up both hands, each of bagging trousers, decorated jackets, and. which held a revolver of the very latest sashes of silk or colored webbing. About II and most approved pattern. their clothes were many colors, and they It is safe to say that till that day those were decidedly picturesque and savageI Kurds had never seen any shooting like looking fellows. J what followed. Frank fired twelve shots All these men were armed, and everY in less than six seconds, and scarcely a man held a weapon in his hand. l bullet was wasted. were seven of them blocking the road. He shot a pistol from one man's hand, Sadukh drew up in alarm, starting to shot another through the leg, dropped rein his horse about, but Frank caught three horses, wounded as many more, and the animal's bit, crying sharply: went through that line of Kurds like a .._ "vVe cannot turn back! There is a still cyclone, such ear-splitting yells larger party behind us! We are am-that it seemed :1s if a whole tnbe of Sioux bushed!, Indians had been let loose there in the "Begona! that is the truth!, shouted Barney Mulloy, who had looked back. "They're on both soides av us. Who be they, Oi dunno?n "Kurds! Bandits!, grated Sadukh. "They have no uniforms, and so they have no right to stop us. n "Then we will not be stopped!, ex ploded Frank Merriwell. "We will go through them like a charge of shot! Are r you ready?" Armenian forest. Barney also did a little yelling and some shooting, but, being behind Frank, he had to be careful how he fired, and he afterward confessed that he did not be lieve he did any damage with his bullets. As for Saclukh Marderos, dazed and as tounded, he permitted his horse to carry him along. He saw horses and men falling, saw other horses rearing and snorting, saw the red flares of pistol flashes burning ..


r FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. 16 s bricg and will through the smoke that qmckly gathered, square a a k and smelled burnt powder, heard Frank Mer-friends through thic stick by his thin. Eh, riwell whooping wildly, and the Barney?, crying out in terror and consternatiOn"Roio-ht ye are, me lad. It's good and then it was all over. Ol.r1'sh 0blood Oi have in m ebo d y but d d Amer1 'ca is me home, an' av Oi iver git The barrier of bandits was passe an they were fleeing through the forest, with married an' have choilders, Oi'll tache Frank Merriwell loading his revolver s thim to shtand by America, foight fer -d 1 h' h l'pped Amer1'ca, an' doy fer America av nades once more an aug 1ng as e s 1 fresh cartridges into the emptied chambers. A few bullets were sent after them to cut the leaves over their heads, or clip bark from tree limbs ,and trunks, but, remarkable though it seemed, not one of them, nor their horses, had been harmed. "An' is it thim fellys ye call bandits an' robbers?, cried Barney, derisively. "It's aisy fruit they are. Whoy, a gang av kids could do a betther job than thot !'' "They were not up to the mark, were they?'' chuckled Frank, who to have recovered his spirits by means of the encounter. "And not one of them all seemed to know how to shoot. If th-ose are the. desperate Kurds, the Armenians ought to be able t9 match them., "Never before have I seen anything like that!, muttered Sadukh, who could not immediately recover from his amazement. "It was most astonishing." "Oh, thot wur nothing," declared Barney, boastfully. "But such fearlessnes s, and such shooting-bv a boy." "Thot's jist a taste av pwhat Frankie can do." "But where did he learn it?" "Out West in the United States," replied Frank. "You should see a Western cowboy shoot, Mr. Marderos. I am not a marker beside a skilful cowboy." ''Are all American boys like you?'' asked the wondering Armenian. '' Oh, I presume there are American boys who are cowards, but they a;re almost as scarce as hen's teeth. The average American boy has sand to spare, is be.'' "Ah !"sighed Sadukl); "my people are dying for Armema. "But they're doin' moightly litthle foighting fer Armenia." ''How can they fight? They are not armed." "Well thin they should be. A v they ) f have lived so long in th' miast av t!1' in: emies av thim an' have not ar rumed it's th' fault av thimsilves., ''You do not understand. They haYe not been allowed to have arms;-When they have obtained any, they h ave been arrested and disarmed." "An' h. ave they allowed th' Turks to do thot? They should av known all th' toime pwhat wur loable to take place, an' they should have prepared fer it. Out side av th' big places, there seem to be mqre Armenians in this country than Turks an' Kurds. Av th_ ey were well arrumed, the y moight roise and lich th' shtuffin' out av th' bloody spalpanes." "Oh, you do not understand,, declared Sadukh, wearily. "Begobs! thot's roight. Av th' Oirish had Turrukey to foight against, they'd be free in a wake." -"You do not understand," Sadukh repeated. "Listen!, warned Frank, suddenly drawing up. They did so, and far behind them they heard hoof-beats. "Horses!, cried Barney. "The Kurds!" exclaimed fearfully. Sadukh,


' .., .. } FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. 17 '"We are pursued, c ame quietly from nian. In some things, Sadukh seemed Frank Merri well's lips. ; brave enough, but in others was ut"That is right," said the Armenian, terly lacking in nerve. He seemed to fear "and now they are enraged and aroused the Kurds to such an extent that l:Je was against us. They will destroy us.', opposed to making any offensive move "They would haye destroyed us if we against them. had submitted and fallen into their A l:Jout Sadukh there were some things hands," said Frank. "We did the only the boy admired, but, at the same time, thing there was to be done. Let them there were other things which stamped come. If they crowd us too closely, we him as being weak and lacking in energy will give them another dose of medicine. in certain directions. Eh, Barney?'' Frank wondered if the whole Armenian "That's pwhat, me b'y," nodded the nation could be judged-by this one Irish lad. "N ixt toime we '11 use thim men. If so, he believed he understood worse than we did th, firrust." why the Armenians had seemed to submit "It is useless to fight them. They will like sheep to the slaughter. arouse others, and the whole country will .,;he up in arms against us." "Well, what are you going to do-...ltbout "I am going on," came firmly from Sadukh "I am going to try to find my father and sister; but I advise you to turn back.'' "Turn back?" "Pwhat's thot ?" "What do you take us for?" "Is it cowards ye think we are?'' "No, no! But you are going to certain death.'' "Oh, I don't know about that," said Frank. "We'll take our chances with you. Come on." Away they went through the forest, riding as fast and as hard as the nature of the ro ad and the condition of their horses would permit. At intervals they stopped and listened, and still they continued to hear the sound of oncoming horses behind them. Frank was for halting in a favorable place, and giving the pursuers a volley, but Sadukh would not hear of it. "It is useless," he declared would make them all the fiercer. now the y will follow us like "We Eyen It aroused him when he remembered that there was a leading paper in New York city that was doing its best to preju dice its readers against the Armenians by endeavoring to make the readers believe that the Armenians were the aggressors, and that the Turks had simply retaliated in self-defense. Frank wondered that there were not more accounts of Turks being killed by Armenians He wondered that the Ar menians who. knew they were doomed did not form themselves into offensive bodies to slay as many of their murderous foes as possible before they were destroyed. And yet he saw how such an act on the part of th e Armenians would be playing into the hands of the Sultan, who could claim with some show of truth that revo lutions were going on in Armenia, and he could continue the butchery under the pretense that he was putting down the rebellion. In the meantime, the great powers of would stand back with a show of bared teeth, growling at each other, and not one of them would dare intervene to save the wretched people who were being swept from the face of the earth. hounds.'' Fr-ank could not understand So the tw o boys and the Armenian rode ttft Armeonward through the forests, hearing the


18 FRANK Z..IERRIWELL'S VENTURE. sonnos ox pursuit occasionally, but never catching a glimpse of their {'Ursners Night came. Tlle forests were left behind, and then the lights of the town of Diargat gleamed before them. They ha1ted, undecided on the proper those behind him. "Stop for nothing. We must go through the tow!)" in a hurry." They urged their horses to the fastest pace, nor did they stop in the least be cause a number of persons seemed to block the street before them. course to pursue. Into the town, through the town, on As they sat talking and speculating, they went. once more they heard the beating hoofs Voices called to them, the inhabitants of their pursuers' horses. fled to either side of the streets to avoid "There are scores of them," said them; they were ordered to halt, and Frank, who could tell by the sound Sadukh heard some one cry out that they "The Kurds, with whom we had the enwere known. counter, have b e en joined by others, and And then, when it was seen that noth-now they are pressing us hard." ing else would stop them, bullets were "As I knew they would," came from sent after them. Sadukh, with a wearied, hopeless ac .cent.l The leaden balls whistled about their "We cannot escape. The people before ears and sanoover their heads but still >:> us have been told that we are coming, they clattered onward. and the Kurds are behind us. We are in "Ha, ha, ha !" laughed Frank Merria trap." well. "Those fellows waited too long be "Begorra! we'll have to be moving fore they began to s hoot. Is any one loively, ur th Kurruds will be on us," hit?" said Barney, who was listening to the "Beo-orra! Oi 'm all roio-ht assured swiftly approaching hoof-beats. "But some av bits av lead "That's so," agreed Frank Merriwell. fled moio-hty near me head "We have no time to make a detour and "Are all right, Sadukh ?" asked go around this village." Frank. "What can we do?" asked Sadukh. "Go through it! Come on! Follow me!" Down the road toward the twinkling lights galloped the horse that bore Frank Merriwell, and his companions were close behind him. As they rode, the boys felt for their weapons. CHAPTER VI. THE FALL OF THE WHIP. Straight into the town Frank Merriwell led the way. The sounds of clattering hoofs were heard by the inhabitants, and, as if awaiting something of the sort, they ran out into the streets. ''Straight ahead!" Frank called to There was no answer. Frank turned about and peered through the darkness. At their heels galloped the riderless horse of the Armenian. Sadukh was gone. Frank drew up, catching the animal by the bit, and to Barney: "Hold hard, old man! Sadnkh is gone Stop short. '' "Pwhat's thot?" hoarsely demanded the Irish lad, reining his horse back. "Where th' blazes could th' crayther have gone?'' "That is what I would like to know. He must have been killed outright by a shot, he did not cry out when he fell from the saddle."


FRANK l\IElUUWEL L'H YEN' I 'UHE. "It'sSatan,sowulucK this is. Pwhat,ll we do now r) "vVai t a bit. Give me a moment to think.,, Frank did not take more than ten sec onds, and then he said : "vVe must know what has become of Sadukh. vVe cannot go Oil from this place while there is a doubt in our mind.,, past, of seeing a blur of moving forms against the sky, of watching them swiftly vanish along the road, and of listening till the hoof-beats died out i n the distance "So far everything is working finely,,, said Frank, with intense satisfaction "Now we must hide these horses, and then we will go back into Diargat. We will find ont what has become of "Roight ye are, me hearty. Sadnkh is Sadukh. ,, me brotherin-law, yc know, an, Biddy "Av he has been killed, what thin?,, made me promise over au, over that Oi 1"vVe will our plans when we find would bring him back soafe to her. God out what has happened to him.,, bliss her blue oies! It,ll break her all up "Av course we,ll have to turrun back?, in business av Oi fail to kape me "Without making an attempt to save worrud.,, Lucine Marderos, or at least to Jearn what "Listen!,, I has befallen her? I don ,t know. I am in-From the town came wild shout an-terested in her, and I feel like doing swered by fierce yells which Frank Merri -everything poss i ble to save her. Kalgore wdl fancied he understood. is not over thirty miles away. We could "The Kurds who Jere pursuing us ha, e arriyed, ,, he said. "They will come on in pursuit directly. vVe must give them the slip., 11 How can we do it?,, "That is easy. Follow me.,, He dismounted, and Barney followed his example. Then Frank led his own horse and Sad ukh ,s from the road into a barren field, and the Irish lad followed. From the town came other shouts, immediately followed by the sound of horse men coming along the road toward the boys. ":\fake haste,,, came in a whisper from Frank. "Get as far away as possible, for it is said those Kurds have sharp eyes.,, They urged the horses along till they saw a line of low brushwood. This they approached. Then Frank suddenly said: "vVe must be still now, for they will be passing in a moment. Hold your horse by the nose, so he will not neigh. Keep hi head and your own down, if possible, so no more than this line of bushes may be seen. ,, A few seconds later, t hey h a d the satis faction of hearing the horsemen gallop reach it to-morrow.,, "vVe moight av we wur a11owed. ,, Both boys were greatly affected by the sudden and somewhat singular disappearance of their Armenian companion. Frank felt a if they had been struck a crushing blow, but he did his best to con ceal the true state of his feelings from Barney. On the other hand, Barney was greatly discouraged, for, although Sadukh had not seemed a man of great resolutio n and unquestioned courage, he was in his own country, and he had acted as gui de for them. That Sadukh would be:: missed beyond measure both l ads knew. It cannot be truthfully said that Barney entertained any strong feeling of affection for his brother-in-law, although he was inclined to think Biddy had not done so bad in her choice of a husband. It must be acknowledged that the I rish lad would have been far more satisfied had his sister seen fit to marry a "son av th, Ould Sod.,, No matter how much the boys telt the l oss of Sadnkh, they felt that there was


/ 20 FRANK !lffiltRIWELL' S VENTURE no time for them to sit down and mourn ''Look!" he whtspered. ''There is Sadukh!" It was true. The Armenian was in the "They must be up and doing" all the midst of th e c r owd, and that he was a t i m e captive they instantly saw. about it. Leading the horses along the line of One side of hi s head was covered with bushes, they found a place where they blood, showing that he had been wounded. could pass throu g h, and then, down in a Sadukh 's hands wer e bound b e hind little hollow, they hitched the animals to him, and it was apparent that he was a some trees prisoner. His hat was gone, his coat was gone, Whe n this was accomplished, Frank and his vest had been stripped away He led the way tow ard the village. stood in his shirt and trousers, and the All seemed quiet in the place. former was ripped and torn in a manner The b oys moved forward swiftly and t h a t seemed. to he had struggled cautiously reachitw the road along which fiercel y before to capture. '. There was a deJected, hopeless look on they made thetr .way, lookmg. for t h e un.fortunate fellow's face, as if he f e lt comrade, and calltng softly tp hun a t tn tha t his case was hopeless. All the spirit tervals. seemed gone out of his body. -They c ould not be certain he h{ld not "Poor divvil !" muttered Barney. "It's "> been wounded and had f alle n from his a bad shcrape he's in.'' 4_orse after which he might have crept ''That's right," whispered Frank. ''We must find a way to get him out of ou t beside the road somewhere, and thus it. ._ esca.ped detection when the pursuing "How can we, Oi dunno ?" Kurds clattered along. "Nor do I know, but we will try to But they saw nothing of him, and no fin d a way. But look there! See th a t voice answered their calls. m a n with the pointed beard and the cruel Into the village they crept, each witli a eyes! I know him!" "Ye do thot ?" revolver clutch e d in his hand, ready for , I do.,, any horde that might suddenly rise up ''Who i s th' spalpane ?'' around them. "Hassan I snick, or I am a chump!" In many of the houses the li g hts had '' Roight ye are! It is th' ould whi l p gone out, and the places were dark. But how in th' name av all th' They came to a quarte r where the satnts. th'-ould divvil git here? We h . left htm 1n London.' ouses were tn rums, havtng been pulled ''He must have followed u s He must down and de s troyed by fire. have bee n ahead of u s for it seems certai n They knew this was where the Anne-he was in thi s town when we attempted nians in Diargat had lived. to dash through." At last, they fancied they heard shouts "An' now Sadukh has fell inter th' coming from a brightly lighted house at a ould skunk's hands. That is harrud luck . distance, and they made their way toward Look, Frankie they're shtrippin' th' it, going forward with renewed caution. shirrut off Sadukh." This was true. Several of the laughin(J' As they came nearer the house, they T k h d d "' ur s a setze him, and were tearinoheard coarse laughter and loud voices. the shirt from his back. "' There were no curtains at the windows When this was done, his hands. wer e of the house, and the boys soon reached a suddenly freed and bound together in position where they could look into a front of him, the -cords being tied a bout room which was well filled with bearded his thumbs. To these a stout rope was Turks. attached, and the rope ran over a beam above the head of the unfortunate Arme-Frank caught Barney by the arm. ntan.


FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. Ill Hassan !snick, his face showing the tell what I do not know. Kill me most malignant hatred, gave an order, quickl y, a-nd have it over!" and several caught hold of the rope and "Oh, no, dirty Christian! You are not drew upon it till Sadukh was pulled u pan to escape so! You killed my brother, and his tiptoes. I swore by Allah that I would never rest 'As Frank Merriwell witnessed this, till I had tasted your blood. The time for drops of cold perspiration broke out on me to keep that oath has come, but you his face, and he felt himself quivering all shall die a hundFed deaths in one. You over. shall be lashed till yciu faint, and then "Steady!_'' he muttered, controlling his your toe nails and finger nails shall be nerves by a great effort. "This is no time drawn. After that you shall be pierced to-get broken up.'' by red-hot wires, and then we will skin Hassan !snick gave another order and you alive. May all Christians meet such h h h' l 1 h' a death'" t en a man w1t a raw 1ne w 11p 1n 1s I "All Ch . -11 t h hand approached. nstlans w1 not ;11ee sue a It was the mute who had ridden with death, nor all Armemans, th th t d Sadukh, who was already suffenng tern-em a ay. bl f h 1 h b 1 k 1 e torture rom t e stram on 11s t um s. Howly Sam t Pat 1enc gurgled "The end is near for the murderous Sul-Ba!n,ey '}'h' bloody bastes are tan, Abdul the Condemned!. The blood gom wh_1 P hun; of thousands -upon thousands of murdered Frank sald . Christians cry out to God, and soap the Hassan Ismck took a posltlon 111 nations of th.2 earth shall rise and sweep of th.e and tortured Armeman. him from power to destruction! Then the Leenng evllly at Sadukh, the vengeful hour of shall come and the Turk demanded: followers of the false Prophet,' the mur"Where is your sister, dirty dog?" derers of tlJe Christians, shall repent in made no reply. tears of blood! As they have destroyed by "Speak!" screamed the Turk, wrath-the sword, so they shall be destroyed by fully-"speak, heathen dog! or by the the s word! And then in all this land the of the Prophet, you shall be lashed religion of Mohammed shall be no more!'\ till you faint! Even then, you shall be Isnick fairly writhed with rage. and lashed again!" "Liar!" he snarled, again striking Sadukh lifted his head. There was no Sadukh in the face. ''Such a thing can hope in his eyes, but Hassan Isnick be-never be! Aziz, lay on!" held defiance there-beheld a determina-Then the whip in the hands of the tion to die rather than give the grinning mute cut through the air, and the lash Turks the least satisfaction. fell across Sadukh Marderos' bare back! "I do not know where my sister is,'' ;:;gid Sadukh. "Liar!" cried Hassan Isnick, striking him in the face with a clinched hand. "You know where that dirty old wretch called. Father O'Hara has hidden her. You are going to find her, or you were going till we stopped you." "That is true, but till you told me with your own tongue, I knew not that she had -escaped the fate of other beautiful Arme nian girls. I feared she had fallen into the hands of the beastly Kurds. I feared .Monsa Beg had triumphed. You must know that you have given me some satis faction by telling me_that she is safe yet a little longer. You may torture me to death, but you cannot make my tongue CHAPTER VII. THE WORK OF TWO BRAVE BOYS. The flesh quivered beneath the cruel blow, and a long, bloody-blue welt showed where the whip had fallen. A hoarse gasp of unutterable pain came from the Armenian's lips, and his body swayed convulsively. I His eyes started from their sockets, and his dry lips were drawn far back from his clinched teeth. His jaws hardened on either side, and deep furrows seemed to cut curving tracks down his cheeks in a fraction of a second. Swish! Again the whip fell across the shrink ing flesh. Again a rasping gasp for breath


22 FllANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE, and cursed. They. came rushing out of the house, but were confused in the dark-came from bet ween those g l eaming teeth. Again the wretched victim started convulsiyely, and then his bodY: swaye.d and ness. whirled about, while the stram of h1s full Frank and Barney darted around a weight came upon his thumbs. house, drawing Sadukh along. They A white froth that seemed th1ck as cot-stumbled over something, and fell spraw ) ton forcea itself through his teeth and flutinointo a ditch. When the Armenian tere d with his breathing. His eyes bulged to get upon his feet, he uttered a more and more, anq his face became as groan. bloodless as the face of a corpse. "What is the matter?" asked Frank, The assembled witnesses within that with great anxiety. room laughed harshJ.y. "My ankle," replied the man. "Some" Lay on, Aziz !" snarled Hassan !snick thing has happened to It:" -"lay on till the cries of the dirty dog "It's Satan's own luck!" growled Bar-make music for our ears!'' ney. "But nivver mind, me b'y. Brac e The whip was lifted again. up 'an' we will rache th' horses." It did not fall. i'The horses? Where are they?" Outside th e window there was a flash of ''Down bey ant a bit av a wa ys. fire, the crack of a pistol, and the mute Shtiffen y er back, ould man." fell to the floor with a bullet in his brain They dragged the Armenian from th e Barney Mulloy had fired the shot; and ditch, but he limped painfully a:w his aim had been true. o-roaned a bit when he tried to walk. A second later a second shot rang out, o "I am hurt bad," he said. "Every st e p and the bullet cut the cord above Sadukh seems like driving knives through my Marderos' hands. ankle. I'm afraid I'm done for." Then there were two other reports, and ''Whist, mon! Ye make me toir e d the two lamps in the room were shattered, growled the Irish lad. "It's a bit a v plunging the place into total darkness in' shtick-to-it ye lack. Had y ez rayther b e a moment. shkinned aloive, nr will yez walk on yer Crash !-the window was broken by fut loike a mon ?" heavy object. "Wait a moment," directed Fra nk. "This way, Sadukh !" cried the famil"I have dropped my revolver." iar voice of Frank Merriwell. "It's your Back into the ditch be slid, and ther e only chance. Make a break." he felt around for the weapon, which he Dimly the Armenian seeme._d to realize could not see. what had happened. He knew the boys ''Come on, ye slowniss!'' hissed Bar had come to his rescue, and he could see ney. "It's surrounded we'll be in a min-the window from which the sasl1 and ute! Look aloive, Frankie!'' glass had been smashed. He ran toward The cries of the enraged Turks showed the window, leaped, and landed on the they were spreading out and hurryiug ground outside. through the village, seeking to find the In a moment he felt himself seized on rescuers of Sadukh Marderos. either side by strong hands, jerked up-"I can't afford to lose this revolver," right, forced along, while a voice hissed muttered Frank. "I am liable to need it in his ear: the worst way." "Run, Sadukh-run for your life! It "It's yer loife ye nade more, me b'y. is our only chancE;!" Come on!" He did run. Gathering all his energies, "All right." he usld his legs as best he could, allow-Frank uttered the words with satisfac-ing those hands to guide him. tion, for his hand ,had encountered the He was still bewildered, but he knew missing weapon, and he scrambled out Frank and Barney had come to his rescue. o f the ditch with the revolver in his That they dared do such a thing seemed grasp. marvelous to him, but they were there, By this time, however, the Turks were and hands were guiding him close about them, and, as they started Behmd them the baffied Turks yelled 1 away, with Sadukh limping between


.... FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE;,. 23 them, a number of men came around the suit, seeming to give tongue like a pack building, and they were seen. of hounds. Then a mad yell went up-a cry that --"We'll have to keep you from crowdtold all hearers that the fugitives had ing.. too close,'' muttered Frank, as he sent been dic;covered. T.hat cry was answered a bullet over his left shoulder. from all parts of the village. It was purely a chance shot, but it Sadukh caught his breath. found a living target, and another of the "It's no use!" he said. "You cannot pursuers felL get away with me! Let me go! Save Such shooting as this seemed marvelous yourselves! Just free my hands, and give to the astonished Turks, and they fell me a knife! I will kill one of them, at back a little, again discharging their least!" weapons in a fruitless fusillade. "Not on yer birthday, ould man!" Although groaning at ever y bound, cried Barney. Sadukh was forced to keep up, for the"We are not built of that kind of bo ys literally dragged him along. stuff," said Frank. "We will all get Frank felt sure he could make his way away together, or we 1will all croak right directly to the spot where the horses were here." hidden, and Barney left everything to This kind of nerve was something the him ..-Armenian could not understand. True For all that Sadukh was lame, they Barney was related to him by marriage, made good speed, and kept their pursuers but he had known that fathers deserted at a distance by stopping to fire an occatheir children, and children fled and sional shot. abandoned their parents in time of deadly But the entire town was aroused, and danger. In Armenia since the outrages it seemed that every man in the village began it had seemed that every man and was in pursuit of the trio. every woman looked out for himself or At last, Frank came to a sudden halt. herself, regardless of relatives or friends. ''The horses are down there in that And Frank Merriwell was in no .way hollow, Barney,'' he said. "I will try to related to Sadukh. hold these yelping curs back while yon "Keep back!" shouted Ffank, to the get Sadukh mounted and prepare for the approaching Turks start. Be lively.'' The y gnswered with a yell, and rushed "Thot I will, me lad." toward the trio. The Irish boy was in the habit of doing "I think\ve will have to l et them know exactly as Frank directed, without pans-we're here,'' said Frank. ,, ing to question or remonstrate ; and he He whirled about and fired two shots, hustled the Armenian down inte the hoi shooting low, hoping to hit the legs of low. the pursuers. Frank crouched behind some rocks, There was a cry of pain, and one of.sthe and fired three or four shots at the pur-Turk s fell. suers, bringing them to a halt. That brought the others to a halt, for Then, in the darkness, he fancied he they remembered the wonderful shooting could see and hear them spreading out to that had cut Sadukh Marderos free and surround him. extinguished the lamps in the house. He waited coolly for a signa l from With angr.x cries, they fired a perfect Barney. ofShots, and the bullets whistled It came in a few moments, and, as the all about the fugitives. sharp whistle rang out, Frank fired two While this was taking Barney more shots, crouched low to the ground, had freed Sadukh 's hands. and dashed down into the hollow. Fran. k whirled about, and once more "Here ye are, me b'y," called Barney. the boys urged the Armenian on, each He was quickly mounted, and then, grasping an arm, and fairly carrying him with yells of defiance, the three fugiti\\'les over the-ground. made a dash for the road. As soon as the Turks saw 1 he trio was The pursuers were furious. They in flight again, they started in hot pur-howled with rage, and fired a score of


24 FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. wild shots into the darkness, but they 1 "If I had so," said Frank_, "I knew further pursuit was useless. :>hould ktlled a times Frank Merriwell laughed his defianc e 111 my hfe. It IS the never-say-d1e sort of "Such an adventure as this makes one pluck that pulls a fellow though." feel some satisfaction in life," he said. "I do not think I un?erstand you "Our only mistake was in waiting till boys," admitte d the Arm.ema n. Sadukh had been lashed twice. We They were tired and hungry, but did should have be gu n operations before th. e not feel like stopping, for they did not first blow fell." 1 know at what minute they might hear The Armenian seemed unable to be-pursuers behind them. lieve his boy companions had actually res-; Somewhere in advance were de cued him from the clutches of half a hun-ceived Kurds whom they had tncked, dred Turks who had started to torture and they knew there was danger of run him t o death. ning into the blood thirsty bandits at any "If all the Irish and Americans are like time. you two, tho se nations com bin e d ought I Still they rode onward. to whip the world," he sai d. 1 Barney gave Sadukh his coat, for the "Hurro!" cried Barney, with enthusi: night air cut the unfortunate fellow to asm. "It's thot soame Oi have said a the bone His ankle pained him con hundred toimes! Th' Unoited Shtatesand stantly, and he wa s conscious at all times Ould Oireland ag'in th' worruld !" of the welts across his back, where the They reached the road, along which lash of the whip had fallen. they their horses at the best speed After a time, they came down into a the aniinals were capable of making. ferti'le little valley, where there were "We will ease up after we ge t away some houses and vineyards. from the vicinity of the village," said They dared not arouse the people of the Frank. place, but they entered the vineyards and "Do yez think we'll be able to shake ate g rapes till their hunger was appeased th' spalpanes so aisy ?'' asked the Irish to a certain extent. boy. I This done, they led their horses through "I scarcely fancy it will be an -easy the valley on the grass by the roadside, job, although I am pretty sure they will which was a bitter task for Sadukh, not crowd u s hard for some littl e time. 1 whose se t teeth sometimes failed to hold By to-m orrow the whole country berea-back the groans that came from his throat. bouts will be aroused to the fact that we Having passed through the valley, they ar<:_ making things rather lively. We'll mounted their nearly exhausted horses, bave a pack of yelping hounds constantlyl and went forward again. on our track." They were finally forced to halt and "And you might have escaped if you 1 give themselves and the horses a restin a had left me alone, '' said Sadukh. spel "' that? We saw you s trun g up J The animals cropped the grass, while by yonr thumbs, and under the l ash Do the boys and their Armenian companion you fa ncy we could. have left you to be slept. As they had stopped some dis'tance tortured to death 111 such a manner?. from the tregular road they were in 110 .Well, I s hould guess not!" 1 great danger of discove'ry "N t k 1 . o av ';; n<;>w ours! ves, an we The night was far spent when Frank thmk we do, put 1n Barney. awoke feeling stiff in every joint and .''I decided my time had come,'' i chilled to the bone. said the Armeman. I By his s ide Barney slept h eavily. A seemed on bei_n' kilt anyhow. 1little farther away, Sadukh was groa nin g Ye didn't fale l01ke at all, at all. and muttering, occasionally calling hi s Is .thot th' way th' Armenians do _whiu 1 sister's name. tb; get afther thim,

FRANK MEHRIWELL'. S VENTURE. 25 thousands of blood-stained Armenia were calling to the world for v>ngeance. Two of the tired horses were lying down, but they got up as soon as Frank stirred. They moved as if stiffened and beaten by the jaunt of the day before. "And there is no means of knowing what may lay before them to-day," thought the boy. He shook Barney, who sat up and grappled with him, fiercely grating: "It's mesilf thot's a match fer any bloody onld Turruk that--Is it you, Frankie?'' snatched out a revolver and covered the fellow. . "Don't shoot!" cried Sadukh, catching Frank's arm. "I know him!" CHAPTER VIII. THE DYING ARMENIAN. ''Begorra! it's lucky fer th' chap thot ye do, said Barney, who had also drawn a rev olver. "In wan sect>nd more he'd been so full av holes that he'd nivver cast a shadder again. '' "Tell him to come forward," directed Frank. "Sure," said Frank. "It is near Sadukh ... did so, and the man ran ing. We must arouse Sadukh." quickly toward them, holding out his "Oh, me stomach!" groaned the Irish aims to the Armenian, and saying somelad, pressing his hands to the part men-thing that caused the boys' companion to tioned. "It's impty as Mother Hubbard's show no small amount of excitement. begobs !'' Wo rds flew fast between the two for "We must find some means of obtaining some moments, and then Sadukh turned food. We cannot go without something to the boys, saying: to eat. I am faint myself for the need of "This is Terrzi Gobra, a good neighit., bor of ours. He aided my father and sisThey aroused Sadukh, who sat up and ter to escape when Kalgore was sacked. 'l. stared at them in a bewildered way, "By Jove!" exclaimed Frank. "This finally asking: is interesting. Does he bring you news "What is _it? I was dreaming. I ofyoursister?" thought I had found her-dear little "Yes He says she is in a cave with Lucine !" my father, some miles from here. It was "If "'e --find her at all, we must be found impossible to proceed farther on moving." account of the condition of my father, The man groaned. who is verv low.'' "My back-it feels as if it had been "Well, it's dead hick we're in to meet cut in two., this gintlemon!" cried the Irish lad. "How ivver did it happen?" "You will have to forget your back for "Father O'Hara heard I was on the the time. Come on." They grasped him and drew him to his way to Kalgore, and he sent word to feet. When he attempted to step he topPled over, crying out with the pain from faithfully. his ankle. -It seemed somewhat remarkable to The boys saddled the horses, and then Frank that the man should have seen assisted Sadukh to mount. them a t that hour, but Sadukh knew him Soon they were upon the road, riding well, and so there could be no danger of slowly onward again. deceit. The stars paled, and dawn approached. Terrzi Go bra. took the lead, and they Had their hunger been appeased, they followed him. would have felt much betterfor their The two Armenians rodt2 in advance although the chill of the night lingered conversing earnestly in their own in their bones. At last, as they were passing through a thin piece of woods, a man suddenly appeared before them, crying out something, and flinging up both hands. In a twinkling, Frank Merriwell had guage. It was not long before they left the regular road and passed through t-he forest by means of a narrow path, where they were obliged to proceed one at a time. The country became rougher, and they


26 FRANK MEURIWELL'S VENTUHE. soon found themselves in a mountainous eyes. She was dressed in the picturesque region. costume of the country, and they did not The sun rose and they still pressed mind that her clothes were torn in places. forward. She was as graceful as a gazelle, and as At a clear stream they drank and dainty as a delicate flower. Her cheeks watered their horses. had been pale, but the color was in them The animals were in a bad way, but as she gave a hand to each of the boys, they continued to urge the m onward. saying slowly, and with so m e effort : At last they came to a small and nar"My brodar he tell me all 'bout yon. row v alley, where there w ere grass and Oh, I lofe you for you be so good to him! water. In this va1ley the horses were Brafe, brafe boys!". left, each of them hitched with a line of Barney Mulloy nearly fainted on the considerable length, so they could graz e spot. He pressed a hand over hi s heart, From this point the region grew wilder bowing profoundly, and stammering: still, but they were not forced to advance it's nivver a worrud Oi kin more than a mile before the cave was say." reached. Sadukh seemed nerved in are-Frank was far more collected, but he markable manner, and he managed to felt his hear t flutter as her hand rested limp along. within his own. Turrzi point mouth ofthe cave, "We have do11e our best to reach you, and Sadukh hurried forward, his heart Miss Marderos, '' he said. "And now w fluttering wildly. are ready to do our best to get you back The others followed him. t o the coast and out of the country.,, When the opening was reached, "Fadar!" she suddenly exclaimed, as if Sadukh paused to call: struck by a thought. ''We forg e t him., Lucine !" She grasped Sadukh andled him into A faint, joyful cry was his answer, the cave. The boys decided to rem a in and, a moment lat&., a young girl ran out outside till the meeting between f ather of the darkness and threw herself into his and son was ov er. arms. He strained her to his .breast, and ''Be me soul!'' gasped Barney, his f ace kissed her again and again, while she expressing his deep satisfaction, "it's a wept for joy. pache she is, an' no mistake! Oi niv.ver "Begorra !" muttered Barney, turning saw her all me loife." his back on the brother and sist e r, "it's a She is certainly a remarkably pretty foine bit av sanery we have hereabouts, girl," agreed Frank. "I can understand Frankie." why a Kurd chi e f like Mousa Beg should "That's quite true, Barney," said make such great efforts to obtain possesFrank, who had already turned arolt'nd. sion pf her." "This is very picturesque." "Begorra! no Moosa Beg shall iv er "It's reward enough to pay us fer have her as lon g as Oi am able to raise comin', Oi think." me hand to foight! Oi'll foight fer her "I am well satisfied." till Oi. doie, av Oi don't git killed!" After some minutes, Sadukh sp oke to Frank s miled. them, and fbey turned around, hats in "It seems that you are hard hit, Barhand. ney." "Friends," said .Sadukh, proudly, "Thot's pwhat Oi am, me b'y,, con" this is my sister, of whom I h ave told fessed the Irish lad, with perfect candor. you so much-this is Lucine. She can "It's niyver before wur Oi shtruck loike speak English quite well f or Fathe1; his. An' now let me give ye a bit of O'Ha1a taught her. Lucine, this is Frank advoice., Merriwell, the brave American boy of "Go ahead." whom l have just told you; and .this is "Ye have girruls enough av yer 9wn., Barney Mulloy, the brother of Biddy, my "Well?" wife." "Kape off me presarves." They saw that she was, indeed, very "In other words--" beautiful, for all of the lool< of f ea r in her "Oi want a free field. It's Inza Bur-


FRANK MERIUWELL'S VENTURE. 27 rage, Elsie Bellwood, an' tin ur twinty stantly comprehended that the death-chill other girruls. are shtuck on yez, an' now wa s on it. Oi don't want yez to be after making love Barney knelt on the other side, taking to this wan. '' the hand in turn. "All right," laugh ed Frank. "What Th e father spoke earnestly to Sadukh, yon say goes. I am not in the habit of who listened, and then turned to his making love to so many girls, as you very youthful companions, saying: well know." "Ke has seen a vision, and he feels "Sure an' Oi do, Frankie. Don't take confid ent that we will escap e from Arme offinse. It's the girruls pwhat fall in love ni a and reach a land of safety. But that wid yez, au' nivver a bit to blame the y is n ot alll1is vision told him. He has seen are at all, at all.'' a great upri sing in America-an uprising "I will give you all the chanc e you ask of Chri stian men and won1en who de with Miss Marderos and may luck g o m a n ded ju stice for the Arme nians. He has s een Christian America arous e d and with you.'' / / calling to other Christian nations to join "Thank yez, Frankie. Av Oi could g e t her in throttling the corrupt Turkish that girrul, Oi dun no as Oi would i ver g o power. He has seen America sending her back to Fardale. Oi'd git married an' wars h i ps to the Bosphorus, while laggard settle down." Engla nd held back. He has seen Abdul .Then Barney suddenly clapped his hand the Condemned in his hour of woe and -over his mouth, and turned aw ay in grea t retribution. He has seen Turkey torn c o n sternat ion, for Lucine had appeared at and divided, but the Armenians s e t free. the mouth of the cave. H e has see!J spectral armies of murde:Jied She called them in, and Barney pre-tho usands rise from their graves to rejoice t e nded to be yery much eng-rosse d with over the downfall of th e vile Mohamthe surrounding scenery, till Frank gave medan power. And in the end justice trihis sleeve a pull. umphed. You may say it was a dream; "Do yez think she hearrus pwhat Oi but he claims that he has seen a vis ion." said?" anxiously whispered the Irish lad, The boys were greatly impressed. as they moved toward the cave. "Tell him," sai d Frank, "that I l1ope "Oh, I g ues s she didn't notice," smiled all he has seen may come true. Tell him Frank. that the Americans sympathize with the They entered the cave, stooping unfortunate Armenians, and s t and ready slightl y to do so. It was rather dark in t o help them when the time comes to do there and they could not see very well. so.'' As the y groped their way forward, Sadukh repeated the boy's words, and Lucine's h ands touched and guided them. the old man listened with an expression In a few minutes their eyes became bet-of s a tisfaction. ter accustomed to the gloom, and they Then th e boys drew away, leaving could see an old white-haired man, who father and son together. lay on a bed of gras s, with Sadukh kneel-Lucine brought some bread. It was ing b eside him. A short distance away, hard and dry, but the boysweresohungry Terrzi Gobra was 5it ting on a stone. that it tasted very good. They washed it looked up. down with some spring water from a .t. "This is my father," he said, wooden bucket. "my poor old father!" Lucine explained how Father 0' Hara The old man feebly lifted a withered managed to send th6!m food, and how he hand, holding it toward the boys, and had informed them that Sadukh and the speaking t o Sadukh, who said: boys were coming. "He wants to take the hand of both of Terrzi Gobra seemed tired, for he lay you, and he thanks for being such down on the rocks, curled up, and fell true friends to his son.'' asleep Frank knelt beside the bed, and grasped The boys were also tired, a11d they the old man' s hand in both of his. That found a fairl,.v comfortable spot after they hand was cold as ice, and the boy mhad satisfied their hunger in a measure,


? -28 FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. and lay down. In a remarkably brief The boys rushed from the cave, with space of time they were sleeping sound ly. Gobra close behind them. It was hours later when the boys "Where is he?" asked Frank, looking awoke, and the old man on the bed of around for the peeper. grass was breathing his last. "Gone!" gasped Barney. "Wur he _Beside the bed, Sadukh, Lucine, and 1 at all, Oi dunno ?" Terrzi Gobra were kneeling in prayer-.. The Armenian caught Frank by the Sadukh was praying aloud in his arm and pointed. Then. the boy caught a language, and the appeal to God glimpse of the spy skipping swiftly away the lads, although they could not under-behind some great rocks. stand a word he uttered. "Come on!" grated Frank. "We'fl tr y Suddenly the old man sat up. The af-to run him down." ternoon sun was .strea:tping into the mouth A way he leap ed, and Barney followed. of the cave, and a golden beam fell on the The ground was rough, but Frank was wan face of the dying Armenian, who was a sprinter, and he was as sure-footed as a a hunted outcast in his own country. It mountain goat. He-felt confident of over lighted uphis features with a beautifu l taking the spy. halo, and a smile of hope, joy, and peace The man darted into some bushes and made that face seem almost saint-like. H e Frank found the double task of watdhincr stretched out thin arms and_ bloodless the fugitive and watching where he placed hands to the l!ght, and. then, w1th a great his feet was not easy. _ cry that was hke the Joyous shout of _a Of a sudden, he slipped, and fell amid weary wanderer who had reached h1s some rocks. The fall stunned him for a home a t last, he fell backward into few seconds and when he recovered the S d kl 1 ' u 1 s supportmg <: asp. spy had escaped. The young Armeman gently lower e d Frank was disgusted, but he said: h1s father to the bed of grass, took a long "It will not make so much difference look into his face, and then said: for we must l e ave that cave anyhow and "It i s over!" the sooner we do so the better." ---He was relieved to find he had not CHAPTER IX. I:?roken any bones by his fall, and did not FLIGHT AND AMBUSH. They buried him in a crevice in the cave, rolling great stones up about the opening, so that it was entirely inclosed, and he was entombed. prayed. Frank and Barney knelt, with their heads uncovered. Lucine was weeping, and every sob seemed like a knife-thrust in the heart of the Irish boy. It was ended at last, and th ey turned away. Then it was that Terrzi Gobra uttered a shout of fear, and pointed toward the mouth of the cave. There they saw the face of a man who was peering in upon them. It was a bearded, evil face. ,! Frank whipped out a revolver, but the man dodged back and disappeared before he could fire. "It is a spy!" cried Sadukh, in great alarm. "Out and after him! He must not escape! Stop him some way!" seem to be badly injured. They hurried back to the cave, where they found the three Armenians in a state of great excitement. "Mousa Beg or Hassan Isnick will know where we are as soon as the spy can carry word," declared Sadukh. "Then by the time Mousa Beg or Hassan Isnick arrives here we must be far away," said Frank. To this all agreed, and they were soon hurrying from the cave Sadukh's ankle was in bad shape, although he had been treatingitwithcloths dipped in cold water. In order f or t o get along it was -necessary for some one to assist him constantly. The horses were found where they had been left in the valley. The animals were much rested and refreshed. When they bad been watered from a little brook, they seemed in fair condition. "We shall be followed," said Sadukh. "In which case we will try to bother


FRANK MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. 29 our observed Frank. "We must make for the coast, but we cannot go back over the route by which we came." -Sadukh felt that the boy was dght; another route must be chosen. He sulted with Terrzi .Gobra, and they decided on the best course to pursue. '"Instead of going directl y back to Diargat, we will make toward Chemstan," said Sadukh. "In Chemst a n there are many Armenians, some of them b eing relatives of Terrzi Gobra H e thinks we may obtain fresh horses there." "Then head for Chemstan without delay," directed Frank. ..... Sadukh and his sister rode two of the horses. Terrzi Gobra, who seemed tireless, was afoot. The boys took turns in riding th e third horse. Gobra acted as guide, and led the way to the road. This they l eft soon as possible, taking to a faint path that ran through the forests a nd across the barren lands. .. Before reaching thi s path, however, they had passed a trav e l er who regarded with great curiosit y but saluted and pa ssed on his way. Sadukh was fearful that thi s man might c ause th em trouble by reporting that he had seen them. To Frank the forests seemed 'gloomy and forbiddin-g. Now that Sadukh had f o und his sister, Merriwell was eager t o get out of the country, knowing full well that they were in grea-t peril, and must be so until the coast of Turkey was left far b e hind. Lucine's face was ma rked by a mingled look of sadness and joy. She was sad when she thought of her poor father in his cav ern tomb, and she was joyous when she beheld at her side her brother whom she h ad scarcely expected to see again. Brother and s ister talked togethe r. Lucin e told how kind Father O'Hara h a d been, and how he had thrown Mousa Beg off the scent. The bloodthirsty young Kurd ha-d been l ed to believe that Lucine and her had escaped from the country. Then she explained how the old priest had received a warning in a dream of the massacre that w as to take place in Kalgore, and had conveyed Lucine and her father to the house of Terrzi Go bra in the night. Gobra knew of the cave, and thither he took them. When the Kurds demanded of Father O'Hara that he lead them to Lucine, he was able to truthfully assert that he knew not where she could be founil. Night came on, and they were making their way across an open country, headed toward some mountains, amid which was the village of Cheinstan. Then it was that, far behind them, they saw a party of horsemen. \' Pursuers, I think," said _Frank, coolly. The Armenians were greatly excited, but the two boys seemed wonderfully calm. "We'll have to give them a rustle," observed Frank. "That's roight, me b'y," noddep Barney. "There don't same to be so minny av thim. Oi think we can make it moighty warrum fer th' whilps !" ) 'Oh we must not stop to fight them!" came in shaking tones from Sadukh's lip s "We must hurry onward as fast as possible." "And let them follow us in r b Chemstan? Well, I guess not. Look here. I have been watching those fellows for some time, although I have said nothing about it. They are mounted on horses that can run us down, and they will overtake us shortly after we reach the mountains yonder. We will be forced to fight." "Thot's roight,'' agreed Barney. Sadukh was in a state of great agitat ion. "Poor Lucine !" he said, huskily. "If you want to save her, you mus t be ready to fight at any and all times. Now I have a scheme. You are to give your weapons to Gobra here, and then you will go on with your sister, while the three of us stop behind to get a crack at those fel lows. There are not so m any of them but what I think we'll be able to send them to the right about in a very brief space of time. J'hen we' 11 hurry to overtake you.'' 1'bis plan was communica t ed to Gobra, who agreed to it, saying tha t h e knew of a favorable spot to lay in wait for the pursuers if they could reach th e mountains. The pursuers Game on swift l y,-.and they


30 MERRIWELL'S VENTURE. hurried forward as fast as possible. When they entered a narrow pass that led into t h e mountains the enemy was so near that they could hear them yelling through the evening twilight. There was no time to go far. Sadukh gave his pisto l s to Terrzi, and then he went on with his sister, while Frank, Barney, and the Armenian crouched be-hind some rocks. The pursuers came galloping into the pass and bore down on the hidden trio. Terrzi knew he was not to fire till Frank Merriwell ga\e the signal by discharging the first shot. Frank waited till the enemy was close at hand, and then he opened fire. Barney difl likewise, and the Armenian began shooting as fast he could. It was a great surprise for the enemy, of whom there were not more than ten or a dozen. Nothing of the kind had been expected, and the ambush utterly demoralized them. Some were shot from their horses, some were wounded, and all were frightened, believ ing from the rapidity of the firing t hat they had been attacked by a large force. Without delay, they whirled about and took to flight. Then the triumphant trio hastened on after Sadukh and his sister. CHAPTER X THE DOOM OF CHEMSTAN. was past midnight when Chemstan was reached Terrzi Gobra led the way to the house of a cousin, where the entire party was welcomed and fed. In the morning, it was said, they would be provided with fresh horses and assisted on their journey, so they remained in Chemstan the rest of the night. With the first hint of day, Frank was astir. Together with Gobra ancl his cousin, the boy went out to look for the required horses Frank had some money, and he engaged that the horses should be swift and strong, and he would pay for the extra animals and make good the difference between the ones that should be exchanged. Gobra's cousin took them to see a wealthy Armenian in the village. This man was aroused, and admitted them to the house after being assured that they were friends. But barely had the bargaining begun when there were alarming sounds outside. First galloping horses were heard, then shots and shouts. Then men ran to the windows and looked out. "The Kurds!" screamed Terrzi, in Armenian. "They have taken the ton !" Barely had the words left his lips when there was a shot from the street, and he fell with a bullet through his body. The other Armenians fell on their knees and prayed. Frank leaped to Gobra's side, turned him over, and looked into his face. One glance was enough. The poor fellow was breathin&.his last. For one moment Frank Merriwell was somewhat dazed. It had come about with such appalling suddenness. Then the dead man's cousin, who could speak some English, said: "It is our turn They come to kill us all! But we have some few weapons. \Ve have been to prepare for this." "Then get your weapons and fight for your lives!" cried Frank. "You have no time to lose!" He rushed out of the house. As he reached the steps, a bullet p l owed along the side of his head, and he fell in a heap beside the steps. What followed always seemed like a horible dream to the boy. He lay there in the corner, benumbed, yet unable to move, yet with sense of sight and hearing. He saw Kurds galloping about and shooting down the men and women who came running from the houses in their nightclothes. Children were not spareo He saw the Turks in the village join with the Kurds, pointing out the Christians who were to be killed. He saw aged men and women caught by the hair of the head and cut down. He saw dying persons writhing in their gore. He saw the murderous horde batter their way into houses and chase t he inhabitants into the street, where the fiendish work of butchery was completed The shrieks and prayers of the victims were drowned by the hoarse shouts of the


FRA NK 1\'lEltR IW E LL' S VENTU R E. 3 1 Kurds and Turks, who we r e continually crying: "Padi s h a hum c hock yasa (Long live the Sultan ) He saw a gang of blood s t ai n ed wretch es who forced e ight crying, trembling c h ildren to stand in a llne, that one bullet might be shot through them all. H e saw half-naked and half-dead girls drag ged through the dust by their inhuman captors. And there were horrors which he beheld that cannot be described Then he was left with the dead and dying all about him, the butchers hurried away to a part of the town where fighting seemed to be taking place. After some time, Frank's strength came back to him. He staunched the flow of blood from his wound with a handkerchief pressed upon it. Over this he drew 'fis hat. Then came a terrible thought that gave him new life and energy. "Lucine-they are after Lucine! Have they found her yet?'' He hastened toward the place where the fighting was taking place, finding his revolvers were 1eady for use Suddenly he beheld a number of K11rds and Turks who were in hot pursuit of a girl who was running for her life. He saw her face, and recognized Lucine! Like a deer Frank Merriwell bounded forward. The girl was rnnning toward a little church, as if she hoped for refuge and safety there. Not far from the door she sttun bled and fell. A moment later, and the American _youth was between the quivering, help less fugitive and the hounds on her track. His revolvers were turned on the pack, and be w a s ready for work as long as he could stand and shoot. "Stand back!" cried Frank, commandingly. "Not one of you shall lay a hand on her!'' They halted in amazement, astounded by the daring of one boy. At their head was Hassan !snick, Sadukh 's deadly foe. He urged the others on, and they pre pared to make a rush upon the boy. Onl d Oireland for i ver! G i ve it t o th' bloody spal panes, Frankie! W e a r e w id yez!" Barney M ulloy, at the head o f a large body of Armenian s, the latter a r med wi t h old muskets, axes, clubs, and any sor t of a weapon they could get hold of, c a m e charging around the church. "You're my mate!" cried the I ris h boy. He fired two shots, and Hassan !snick fell forward on his face, writhing in the dust. Then the Turks and Kurds began to shoot, and Frank Merriwell a l so com-menced firing. For a short time there was a fierce battle, but the Kurds were outnumbered, and they finally fled from the spot. "Hurro !" cried Barney Mulloy, once more. "It's the di vvil 's own toime this is, to be sure; but we're sht ill aloive Frankie. Then he caught up Lucine, who had fainted, and they retreated to a house which the Armenians had been able to hold against the assaults of -the enemy. Frank was sick at heart. "Oh, that the world at large could have seen the things I have witnessed this morning!" he grated. "The Mohammedan butchers would not long hold sway in Armenia.'' "Frankie," said Barney, "we must git out av this. Tb' bloody Turruks have been beaten off fer a short toime; they '11 not be satisfied. place is done fer, me b'y." Frank felt that this was true, but he wondered how they could get out of Chemstan. There seemed but little pros pect that they would be successful in the attempt. All the forenoon there was fighting in the place; but the Armenians, finding they were to be butchered like sheep, had arisen at last and were doing their utmost to defend themselves. They were desperate, and the butchers did not relish being killed in turn, so they withdrew for the time, waiting till their numbers should be swe1Ied so they could sweep everything before them. Then came a cry that was music in Frank's ears. Then Frank and Barney spent the time in making arrangements to get out Unoited Shtates and I of Chemstan that night. "Hurro! Tb'


32 FRANK J\.IERRIWELL'S VENT URE. Sadukh seemed hopeless. He believed If so, he would not acknowledge it. He they were all doomed. Lucine, however, declared that Frank had been dreaming was hopeful, a nd she encouraged th em as best she could. They found some h orses for which they exchanged the ones they had ridden, and, when night came, they made the despera te venture. * * * Ever afterward it seemed to Frank Merriwell th a t their escape was nothing short o f marvelous, but they succeeded in getting out of the doomed town and getting away. 'When the Kurds and again attacked the Armenians in Chemstan on the next day they expected to find Lucine Marderos and the :fighting foreign lads still there. But the three were miles away, ancL.Sadukh was with them. The flight to the coast was fraught wit h terrible perils, but Sadukh found Armenians who were glad to shelter and b efriend th e m, so that they finally succeeded in reaching Mersina. From there Frank proceeded southward to Jerusalem, while his old companions turned their faces t oward England. They were fortunate in getting out of Turkey At parting Sadukh embraced Frank over and over, declaring that h e never could have reached his sister and l.Jrough t her in safetv t o th@ coast if he had not been by the boys There were tears in Lucine's beautiful eyes as she gave Frank her hand. "You are so -brafe-so brafe !" she whispered. "You safe me from HaEsan Isnick. I n ever forget." "Be c a reful, you thafe av th' wurruld !" whisperedBarney, inFrank'sear. "Don't yez be aftlier troying to sta le her affictions. '' "I will l eave her to you, Barney, smiled Frank. ''I think I may trust you to care for he r '' "Oi'll do it wid me loife, b'y," was the earne s t return. ,, When Frank joined Professor Scotch he was able to !ell him some things about the atrocitie s in Armenia, for he had been there and seen a few things with his own eye s And the professor-was he convinced? [THE END.] ''FRANK MERRIWELL IN INDIA j or, HUNTING HUMAN LEOPARDS," by the author o f "Frank Merriwell," w ill be published in the 1;ext number (34) of the TIP ToP LIBRARY .. BOOKS FOR EVERYBODY. TEN CENTS EACH. The following lis t of books will be found useful, entertaining, and full of instructive information for all. They are Lmudsomel.r bound in attractive covers, printed on good quallt)r paper, illu s t tated and are marvels of excellence. These books have never before been offered at such a low figure. The price, 10 cents each includes postage. USEFUJ, AND D'STRUCTIVE Album Writer's 1ssistant. 81wrt Jiand for Everybody. How to Do llusines;. Boys' 0\111 Book of Boats. The Book of' Knowledge. J<;verydny Cook Book Amateur's Manual of Photography. :Uills' Unive rs a l ),etter\Vriter. The Taxidermist :Uanual. Good Uonsekeelling. GAMES AND SPORTS. The Hunter and Angler The Compl e te Angle The Internn.tionnl Crirket Guide. Amateur and Oarsmnn's :M:mu:ll. Complete 'fraJning Guide for Amateur Cnrnpb ell'R J1awn Tennis. Dunn's Fencing Instructor. 'l'lte ComJllete Checker Player. Gltpt. Webb's Swimming Backgammon and J!ngatelle. Instructor Ont Door SJlOrts. Aquatic Guide; or, Yachting and The Io>mg Gymnast Sailing. l'ORTUNE-'I'ELLIXG Xapoleon's Book of Dream Book. Cuvid's Dream Book Herrman's Black Art. The Way to Do Magic. TRICKS. Heller's Hand Rook of !lagie. Herrman's Trkks with Cards. RECITA1'IONS AN]) RE.AJHXGS The Peerless lleciter. The. Young Eloc utionist. Select Recit:ttious nud Readings. The Standard lleciter These bookswilll>e seutprepai.d upon receiptoflO ench: 'Vhen onlering, please be particular to send tlJe full title of thP book desired, also your full name and address. 'l'be books are 10 cents each, postage free Address iUANUAJ, J,IBRAitY, Rose st., l\w York. AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY. l\!auy people imagine that a photographer's camera i s a difficu l t machine to handle, and that the \vork isdilty a.nd disagreeable. All thi s is a mistake. Photography is a clean, light, and pl eas a n t ac within the reach of e.ll. r .rhe camera will pro v e a f riend, and helper. 'Vltb a ver y inexpensive camera any boy or g1rl can now learn not only to take geod pictures, but pictur es that there is everywhere a demand for at remunerative prices. A complete guide to this fascinating art, entitled AMAT.EUR MA:SUAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, will be sent on receipt or tPu cents Address MANUAL LIBRARY, 25 Rose street, New York. HOW TO DO BUSINESS. s book i.s a guide to. in life, embrnctng Principles of Bus1ness, of Pursult, Buying and Selling, Genera l Manage ment, Trades,_ Manufacturing, Bookkeeping, causes ot and Fat lure, Bus1ness Maxims and Forms. etc. It also contains an appendb of complete business forms and a dictionary of commercial terms . No young man should be without this book. It g1ves complete information about tmdes, pr

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