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Standish, Burt L. 1866-1945
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i TipTop'V\Teek:ly. i Ii read I unexcelled in any part of this world to-day. Don't fail to read these stories if you have not already. 298-Dick Merriwell's Race For Life ; or, The Steady Hand and True Heart. 299-Dick Merriwell's Set-Back; or, Outplayed by the Masked Mysteries. 300-Dick Merriwell's Ride; or, Foiling the Agents of the League of Spain. 301-Dick Merriwell's Honor; or, The Sacrifice That Cost Him Dearly. $ 302-Dick Merriwell at Bay; or, Defending the Pirate Treasure of Hidden Cave. i 303-Dick Merriwell Trailing the Treasure; or, Face to Face with the Pirate Captain. 304-Dick Merriwell's Peril; or, Left to Die in the Flames. 305-Dick Merriwell s Snowshoe Hunt; or, The Hidden Hut of Blue Mountain. 306-Dick Merriwell's Disappearance; or, The Mystery of Moaning Cave. 307-Dick Merriwell's Racket; or, Who Was the Traitor? 308-Dick Merriwell's Discovery; or, The Evil Genius of the School. 309-Dick i\Ierriwell's Revenge; or, Fighting a Desperate Enemy. 310-Dick Merriwell's Life Struggle; or, The Veiled Woman of the Woods. 311-Dick Merriwell's Tramp Chase; or, The Awakening of Scudder. 312-Dick Merriwell's Nine; or, Trouncing the Regular Team. 313-Dick Merriwell's Danger; or, Solving a Strange Mystery . 3 14-Dick Merriwell Accused; or, The Life of the Nine. 315-Dick Merriwell's Trick; or, Paid in Their Own Coin. 316-Dick Merriwell's Daring Leap; or, Bound to Get There. 317-Dick Merriwell's Delivery ; or, In the Face of Desperate Odds. 318-Dick Merriwell's Nerve; or, Up Against the Real Thing. 319-Dick Merriwell as Captain; or, In Spite of His Enemies. 320-Dick Merriwell's Peril; or, Hugo Darkmore's Las t Deed. 321-Dick Merri well Challenged; or, Getting Into Fast Company. 322-Dick Merriwell's Team: or, The Young Wonders of the Diamond. 323-Dick Merriwell's Confidence; or, The Spirit That Wins. 324-Dick Merriwell's Shot; or, For Life or Death. 325-Dick Merriwell's Triumph; or, The Finish of the Season. 326-Frank Merriwell on Deck; or, Getting Into Mad River League. 327-Dick Merri well in Trim; or, The Boy Wonder of the League. 328-Frank Merriwell's Honor; or. Defying the Boss of the League. 329-Dick Merriwell's Danger; or, The Secret Order of the League. 33o-L-Frank Merriwell's Fracas; orl HC?t Times in Mad River League. 331-Dick Merriwell's Diamond; or, Fighting for the Lead in the League. I t With TrP ToP No. 285 begins the now famous Fardale Series, in which Dick Merriwell i has entered the good old school at which the career of Frank Merriwell also began some STREET & SMITH, Publishers, . 238 William. St., :******************************************'*****:********************** I years ago. Thousands of young Americans will want to read of the fine things that Dick Merriwell has done, is doing and will in the future do.


. All:Jdearff Isnud Weellly. lJy Subscription 12.$0 per year. Entwe'! as S4&1md Matter at tu N. jy STREJtT & SMITH, William St., N. T. Entered accordlnE to Act of Conp-ess in the year rqoz, 1n the Office of tu Librarian of Congress, Waslrivton, D. C. No. 339. NEW YORK, October 11, 190.l. Price Five Cents. DICK MERRIWELL'S Mt:RCY: OR, The First Game on the Gridiron. ( By BURT L. STANDISH. CHAPTER I. THE WRESTLERS, "Foul!" Dick Merriwell uttered the exclamation. A group of cadets had gathered at one side of the field during football practice. As Dick was leaving the field after practice was over he paused to watch two fellows wrestling. One.of them was the impor t ant plebe, Chester A rlington, who aspired to be the leader of his class. His opponent was Frank Reid, a yearling. This contest was creating great excitement, as there was the usual amount of feeling between the plebes and yearlings, and boys from each class were cheering for their champion. Reid was a supple, wiry fellow, and he had something of a reputation as a wrestler. Arlin_e-ton was a well-built lad / but he had an important, cynical manner that made him unbearable when he was at his worst. At his best, he was offen sive to all those he did not wish to particularly win as his friends. But Arlington knew how to buy "friends" by the lavish use of money. He was not aware that money bought friendship is ever of the most unsatisfactory sort. On first entering Fardale, Arlington had been sur prised and disgusted to find that he was not looked on with awe by any one outside of his own class. He took pains to make known to the members of other classes that he was the son of D. Roscoe Arlington, the great railroad magnate, expecting that his hearers would be quite overcome. Instead, they regarded him with slight curiosity and very little respect. One rude fellow by the name of Buckhart, a yearling, who hailed from Texas, rudely advised him to uncork himself and


TIP TOP WEEKLY. l e t the wind out before he exploded. From that time o:t Chester Arlington hated Buckhart intensely. But there was another whom Chester hated even m ore intensely, and that was the roommate of Buck hart, Dick Merriwell. The popularity of this fellow was something quite amazing to the son of the great railroad man, and Merriwell was only a yearling, at that. In all athletic sports he was a leader, and he \ was captain of the football team. Now Arlington had played football at high school, and it was his ambition to get onto the Fardale team. He had fancied he would have not the slightest trouble in this, and he had notified Dick Merriwell that he would condescend to play if he could have his regular position at half-back. To his amazement he was noti fied that he would have to come out with the other candidates and show what he was capable of doing be fore he could get onto the team. "But I a.m Chester Arlington, son of D. Roscoe Ar lington," he and he nearly fainted when told it would not make the slightest difference if he \Vere the son of the President 'of the United States. Then Arlington, who was accompanied by a young S p aniard by the name of Miguel Bunol, became abu sive. An encounter had followed, in which both Ar lington and Bunol were handled roughly by Dick Merri well. The Spanish boy had drawn a knife, only to have it twisted out of his hand and flung aside. From that day Arlington planned to undermine Dick 1Ierriwell. He knew Dick could fight when compelled to do so, but still he felt himself young Merriwell's superior in every way. He had been taken by sur prise in the first encounter. Merriwell was handy with his fists. But there were other ways to defeat him. Arlington had taken wrestling lessons of a famous wrestler, and he was confident that he could 'throw any lad of his age and bigness. Often he had thought he would like to have a go with Dick Merriwell, but th:> c:iptain of the eleven gave him very little opportu nity to get into a contest. Chester had boasted for some time that he was a great wrestler. This day during football practice he had made some remarks that had led to the contest be tween himself and Reid, the yearling. Attracted by the crowd and the cheering, Dick paused and pushed his way forward where he could watch the match. "Foul!" he cried. For Arlington had suddenly used his knee on Reid in such a manner that Frank was doubled up with pain and easily hurled to the ground. "Foul!" repeated Dick, his eyes gleaming. "Who said so?" snarled the millionaire's son, as he gathered himself and rose to his feet. "I said so!" Dick stepped out. A murmur ran round the circle as the two lads faced each other, for it was generally known that there was nothing like a feeling of friendliness be tween them. Arlington's breathing caused his chest to heave a bit, but his lip curled scornfully as he folded his hands and demanded. "Who are you?" The emphasis on "you" was most cutting. Dick seemed to pay no heed to the sneering ques tion, but he immediately said: "You know you played a foul trick! You used your knee to knock the wind and strength Ol;lt of him. He's Cloubled up with pain now. No one but a very dirty fellow would play such a game in a wrestling mat<.:h !" "That thar is plain talk, partner, but it's straight and square," cried Brad Buckhart, who had also joined the spectators. "You're insulting, Merriwell !" hissed Arllngton, his face going white in spite of his heat. "What are you doing; trying to pick up a fight with me? If so, you are too far below me for me to notice it." "That's a right good way to feel when you're liable to get thrashed good and hard," laughed Buckhart. "You're a common scrapper!" said Arlington, with his eyes still fixed on Dick-"! never fight with a -fel low like you-if I can help it." Buckhart laughed. ''No wonder!" he exclaimed. "If I were m your


TIP TOP WEEKLY. place I'd take care not to get licked right along. I Arlington. He'll show you a few things about wres would, I know !" Several fellows were bending over Reid, who was rolling on the ground and groaning with pain. "It was a dirty piece of business!" exclaimed a year ling. To this a plebe retorted, and there seemed every chance of an immediate encounter between the mem bers of the two classes present. "He couldn't win any other way," declared a year ling. "He can throw any man in your class!" exclaimed a plebe; "Dick Merri well included!" This brought a shout of derision from the yearlings "He couldn't throw a fit!" derisively declared Brad Buckhart. Freel Stark chipped in. "\Ne are willing to back him against Merri well," he said, in his soft, sneering way. "And he can throw Merriwell just about four times out of four, too!" "Oh, dear me!" sighed Ted Smart, dolefully. "T fear that is the truth At the same time, I shouhl greatly enjoy seeing him do it." Buck grasped Dick by the arm. "Say!" he exclaimed, in a low tone; "v;i.J; yott stand for that kind of talk?" At the same time Mark Crauthers was speaking to Arlington. "We all know you don't like to wrestle with him," he said; "but it won't do to fight here, and he has dipped into this thing to back you down or force you to go against him." "If that is what he is after," said C11ester, at nce, "I'll give him all he wants! I'll agree to throw him twice out of three times, and do it in a hu.rry, too. I don't fancy the job but right here is where I show Mr. Merriwell up." In truth, he had been looking for this opportunity, having absolute confidence in his ability to outwrestle Dick. "You have made so much talk, Mr. Merriwell," said Crauthers; "now let's see you take hold of Chester tling." Such an encounter was distasteful to Dick, who h@sitated. Besides, he was not in garments suitable for wrestling. The plebes noticed this hesitation and set up a great shout of derision. "He's afraid!" they yelled. "For the Lord's sake, pard," gasped Buckhart, "do get into _him good and plenty!" A dangerous gleam had flashed into young Merri well' s dark eyes. He had donned a sweater, but now he stripped this off. Beneath the sweater he wore a jersey. "He's going to was the cry. CHAPTER Ii. THE MATCH. The excited lads drew off and made a ring. Several fellows appointed themselves as guards to hold the others back and keep them from pressing on the wrestlers. Dick stepped out at one side of the ring. He was calm and cool, with his lips pressed tightly together. Buckhart was his second. Crauthers had been serving for Arlington. "Don't fool with him, Dick!" urged Brad. "Just nail him to the ground in short order. You can do it in a hurry, if you want to. Put him out of busi ness. I would, if I had a hand in this and could do it. Think what a trick he played on Reid!" "I don't wrestle that way," said Dick. "If I throw him it will be in a fair manner." "If you do! \i\Thy, say, Dick, you don't reckon there is any doubt about that?" "I shall do my best." "It is to be catch-as-catch-can," announced Elmer Dow, who had been selected as referee. "Are you ready, fellows?" "All ready," said Dick. Crauthers was whispering something in Arlington's ear. For a long time he had taken pains to try to con-


4 TIP TOP WEEKLY. ceal his enmity toward Dick Merriwell, but recent events had betrayed and he knew that further ef forts at subterfuge were useless. The son of the railroad magnate stepped out a pace. "Ready," he nodded. The two lads paused a moment, their eyes fastened on each other. There was a bit of a confident, sneer- ing smile about the lips of young Arlington, who was perfectly confident that he had now found a method by which he could demonstrate his superiorjty over Dick Merriwell, the leader of the school. Dick's face was grim unrelaxed. "At the word 'go' you will close in for a hold," said Dow. "Prepare. One, two, three-go!" In another moment the two lads were slowly circling about each other, watching for an opening. Twice Arlington made a feint to dart in, but sprang off quickly. The second time Dick followed him up with equal quickness, and Chester was forced to engage. A hush fell on the watchers as the contesting lads came together and grappled. "Dick has him!" cried a voice. For Merriwell had obtained a waist-hold, while Arlington was compelled to clasp him about the head Brad Buckhart started to laugh, but changed it into an exclamation of surprise and dismay. For he saw Dick attempt to cross-buttock Arling ton, only to slip somehow and-Up into the air went Dick's heels, for his opponent It was not all, but Dick Merriwell was not a fellow to squeal or make tame excuses. Had he the truth, he would have stated that his left leg was very lame, caused by a strain in football practice, and he had somehow brought everything to bear on that leg, which had weakened in a most surprising manner. But Dick had heard fellows make excuses for them selves when defeated at anything, and he knew that such excuses always sounded fiat and untruthful, for which reason he chose to avoid anything of the sort. Teel Smart laughed mournfully. "Oh, my!" he said. "How glad I am! I knew it would happen! \i\Thy, how could it be avoided!" "Dern my hoofs!" muttered Buckhart. "I believe Dick let him do it! It couldn't have happened any other way!" Dick's friends generally seemed filled with con sternation. Arlington was congratulated and praised by the plebes, who sought to flock about him and were kept off with difficulty. Buckhart was the first to recover. "It was an accident, partner-I just know it was!" he declared. "The galoot can't do it again in a thou sand years--not in a thousand years!" Dick smiled a little at the vehemence of the Texan. He did not seem ruffled by his misfortune. I Mark Crauthers was laughing coarsely. "Well, I guess the great-and-only got up against the had been quick to grasp the opportunity and turn the real thing that time!" he said. "Oh, he's due to get whole thing to his advantage. his falls!" Down upon his head and shoulders crashed young Buckhart started for Crauthers and would have Merriwell, thrown in a twinkling. "waded into" him at once, but Dick grasped his arm. Then the plebes gave a great yell of joy, the year-"Don't mind that, old man," he smiled. "He is not lings being silent with dismay. Buckhart gazed anxiously into Dick's face as the boy rose. He expected Dick to make some excuse for what had happened, and was plainly disappointed when young Merriwell said not a word. "How in blazes did he do it?" asked Brad, hi1skily. "He threw me," answered Dick. "I know, but--" "That's all." worth noticing, Brad." "I'd like to slam him one!" declared Buckhart. In a few moments the wrestlers were ready for the second bout. If Arlington could throw Dick again, as he had before, it would be settled. "For goodness' sake, look out, pard !" Brad had \.vhispered. "Get into him goo<} and plenty right off the reel." The boys circled about, wary as hawks, crouching a


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 5 bit, their arms swinging, watching for an opening. The spectators 'ere breathless. Suddenly, like a flash, Arlington darted in, fancying he saw the chance he wanted. But as he made a grab for Dick the latter flashed out his right hand and caught hold of Chester's left wrist. With the same movement, as it" seemed, he turned 'his back on the plebe, grasping his left elbow with his left hand. Then it was Arlington's heels that whistled through the air, for Dielflung the fellow fairly over his head, and the son of the great railroad magnate went down with such violence that it almost jarred the ground. It was an o p portunity for the yearlings to cheer and they shouted in unison, Brad Buckhart letting out one of his wildest whoops. "Well, didn't I know it!" he cried, exultantly. "You bet your boots I did!" "Dear me!" exclaimed Ted Smart. "Didn't that jar you, plebe?" Billy Bradley and Chip J olliby shook hands and thumped each other on the back. 'Ow is that for 'igh ?" cried the cockney youth. "You bub-bub-bub bet it's all right!" chattered Chip, his Adam's apple bobbing excitedly. Arlington seemed rather dazed when his friends lifted him to his feet. He had been thrown by a hold known as "the Flying Mare," something seldom at tempted by amateurs, as it requires great quickness and skill, and the least slip is almost certain to put the one who attempts the trick at the mercy of his "How did he do it?" muttered Chester, thickly, as Stark and Crauthers supported him. "It must been an accident," said Stark. But Arlington slowly shook his head. "No fellow can throw me accidentally in that fash ion," he declared. Crauthers realized that it was no accident. He had noted every swift movement made by Dick, and he felt that young Merriwell had thrown Arlingt o n b y a clever wrestlers' trick. The yearlings jollied the plebes, telling them Dick had simply fooled with their champi o n at the st a rt. The ple bes ret o rted as best they c o uld, and the fee i ing between the two classes grew heated. The yearlings told one another that something must be done without delay to relegate the fresh youngsters to their proper places and keep them there. But this wrestling match had not been settled. The plebe had secured the first fall, the yearling the second. The third fall would decide it. "Hi'll bet a 'undred dollars Dick downs him!" said Biliy Bradley. "Only a hundred inquired Ted Sniart. "\\Th y don't you make it a bet worth while? what's the use of putting up your small change?" Buckhart was laughing and patting Dick on the back. "Why, you did it right slick, pard.!" he said. "I al; lowed you could turn the trick. And you'll flop him again. You hear me shout!" It took some time for Arlington to recover from the shock of his fall. When he did so he was fierce to get at Dick for the final struggle. "He won't play that on me again!" he declared. "I'll lay him out next time!" "But be careful," warned Crauthers. 1'He knows how to wrestle, and he's full 0 tricks." "Don't you worry. I'd rather die than let him throw me again. You know how easy I threw him the first time." "Yes, I know; but he's a stayer. That's his record. He never quits." "\Nell, he'll find I'm not a quitter. He's pretty fine with his fists, but I can handle him this way." Chester was still confident when he faced Dick for the final bout This time both lads seemed more wary than at any previous time, and 1t was only after some moments of circling and feinting that they finally came together and clinched It was seen t hat they had grappled in such a man ner th a t neither seemed to have an advantage. This was to be the supreme test of their skill. Panting a little straining and seeking for an ad v a ntage the t w o sway ed back and forth within the c i rcle


TIP TOP WEEKLY. The plebes and yearlings were urging their respect ive champions on. Arlington tried the outside stroke, but Dick cleverly drew back and avoided being thrown off his balance in the slightest. At the same time he recovered so quickly and followed Arlington up so closely that he came ne!.r catching the plebe and sending him down. Arlington escaped a fall and got squarely on his feet. Dick seemed to give an opening, and the plebe closed in close to backheel him. They swayed a moment, and Dick seemed going over; but he brought Chester about with a snap, and the latter sunk to one knee. It seemed that young Merriwell might have con quered quickly had he followed up this advantage, which for some reason he declined to do Arlington was aggressive in most of his movements. His courage was good, and he still believed himself superior to Dick in wrestling. way," growled Crauthers. "It can't be done. He always comes out on top. I have told you that be fore." "I believe so!" exclaimed Chester. "I'm tired of hearing it!" "You don't believe me. v "I've never yet met a fellow I could not get the best of somehow," said the railroad magnate's son; "and I don't believe Dick Merriwell is going to prove my master." "You've not succeeded very well thus far, have you?" "I might have done better. He is a fighter." .'And he can wrestle." "I admit it; yet I'd like to try him another go: "He'd do you up just the same." "I don't believe it!" exclaimed Chester, savagely. "Things happened to go his way." "Just as they have ever since he entered this school. "Go at him, Dick!" begged Imcl{hart. "Lay him He always wins, and you can understand how it hap-out in a hurry! You can do it!" Then something happened. Arlington tried a trip that seemed to succeed at first, but Dick twisted about, and down both boys went, striking on their sides. They half struggledup, and there was a shifting of their holds. In that shift Dick secured what he wanted, for he obtained a half nelson on Chester, who was flipped through the air and landed flatly and fairly on his back. What a shout of joy rose from the yearlings! The plel:)es were silent and filled with dismay. Dick Merriwell had won, but he had found Chester Arlington no mean antagonist. CHAPTER III. 'l'HE WORTHY SON OF HIS FATHER. Sore and disgusted, Chester Arlington washed the sweat and dirt stains off his face, hands and body in his room. Crauthers was there. Arlington roomed alone, as he had been able to purchase that privilege with plenty of money. "It's no use to try to down that fellow in a fair pens that he has so much influence." Arlington was drying his face on a towel. His silk undershirt had the sleeves rolled back and the throat left open. His forearms were finely developed. In fact, although he seemed rather slender and graceful, he was an wefl-developed lad. "I'm not done with him!" growled the millionaire's SG>n. "I hope not," grinned Crauthers, showing his dark teeth. "You know the Wolves have-----:" "Don't speak of it!" exclaimed Chester, shivering a little. "As vVolves we have not made a great success in our campaign against Dick Merriwell and his crowd. I'm not fully over the soaking I got in the lake, and that's one rea:;on why he threw me to-day. I swore that he should pay dearly for that piece of busi ness, and I'm going to see ,that 1he does." "What will your next move be?" "I haven t decided, but I'll not sit down and give up. I hate him too much After he had thrown me the second time there I felt like killing him!" "There are others who have felt that way. Do you know Uric


'PIP TOP WEEKLY. '! "!"don't think so." "He's a second class man now. He came near finishing Merriwell once." "How?" "Knocked the fellow stiff in an old barn where we had taken him to haze him. Lantern was upset and the place caught fire. \Ve left Merriwell in there." Arlington whistled a little. "Ho\v did he get out?" "Oh, slipped out as we were running away. We got / sorry and went back for him, meaning to pull him out; but the fire was so far along that it couldn't be done. Scudder nearly went off his nut." "How did Merriwell get out?" "Came to as we were running off and got out. Scudder nearly lost his head, and we had to hold him. Merriwell was watching the whole performance. Wheri Scudder found he was alive, he reformed. He's one of the fellow's friends now." "Well, he's no use. I don't care to do up Dick Mer riwell that way myself, but I wouldn't cry if somebody else did." "I know a fellow who stands ready to do him up if he gets a chance. He-why you know about Vlatson. He had to run away to keep from being hauled over and expelled." "What of him?" "He's round." "Here?" "Yes." "How's that? Didn't he go home?" "He didn't dare." "Why not?" "Said his old man would kill him. He's crept back to Fardale, I know where he's hiding. I'm to meet him in the morning, and, by the way, I have to take him some money." "\J...,T ell ?" "vVell, I haven't any I can spare." Arlington knew what his companion was driving at, and he asked : "How much do you want?" "Oh, I think about twenty-five." "Will that do?" "It will do, but--" "I'll let you have it for him, but he must get a crack at Merriwell before leaving. Are you the only one who knows he is around?" "I'm the only person." Arlington went to his desk, opened a drawer and took out a handsome revolver. "Give this to him," he said, handing the weapon over to Crauthers, who looked startled and asked: "\i\Tha t for?" "He'll need it if he ever encounters Dick Merri well again. If he has plenty of sand, he will use it." "I can't swear t.o his sand, but I'm dead sure he will use it if he stays round this place. He's just that kind." Arlington laughed. "I'm not paying any one to shoot up any one else," he said; "but as I have often said before, I'd not shed bitter tears if this Merriwell were to get damaged. Is \i\Tatson feeling pretty much like squaring his ac count?" "Is he? He says l\i [erriwell is to blame for all his trouble, and he raves about killing him." "Well, here's some money for the poor devil." Arlington handed over twenty-five dollars. "You're a brick!" exclaimed Crauthers. "Don't you want to go with me to \i\T atson to-night?" "No, thank you !" was the prompt answer. "I don't care to know vVatson. Then, if anything hap pens, I can't be drawn into it. And I'm looking for something to happen. Why, I might be on the eleven now if it wasn't for Dick Merriwell He hates me, and he is keeping me off. I suppose he hates me be cause I have a rich father and well fixed in the world." "Hardly that!" said Crauthers. "You know the Merriwells are anything bnt poverty-stricken them selves?" "But they can't be very rich." "Can't they? How do you know?" "Everybody knows." "Why, old man Merriwell was known as the Ameri-


8 TIP TOP WEEKLY. can Monte Cristo before he died. And he left all his riches to his sons." Arlington was standing in the of the room and staring at Crauthers in d<; mbting amazement "Is it possible you are telling the truth?" he ex claimed. "Why, I'd never take either Dick or Frank Merriwell to be sons of a ,very rich man! They're just like ordinary fellows. Dick Merriwell doesn't even room alone here, and I've heard say his room isn t fixed up a bit better than the rooms of the other fel lows." "That's right." "It's mighty strange! If they are so rich, why don't they let peop l e know about it? I think the whole yarn is a fake." Chester Arlington had a vulgar streak in his make up, and he could not understand why any bo y w ho was the son of a rich man should be !o get along without making a show and_ "the common herd" with the l o ftiness of his position in the world. D. Roocoe Arlington, be it said to his credit had risen from the ranks. He had started in life as a poor boy, and it must be confessed that the stock from which he sprang was anything but good. But he had possessed an will and a determination to become rich some day. His one object in life had been to acquire riches and power. For this object he had striven teadfastly and he had accomplished his purpose. Instead of retaining a sympathy w ith poor p e o ple, the change in his position had led Mr. Arlington to regard them with scorn and disdain, for he was con vinced that it was their own fault that they remained poor, and they were therefore undeserving o f sym pathy. This disdain for poverty and even for pe rs ons in comfortabie circumstances had been imparted to Ches ter, who was a spoiled son, to say the least. Young Arlington was a conscienceless rascal. He had been detected in many serious scrapes, but always he was able to escape the consequences of his acts, as lavish use of money had enabled him to get off. Chester had not done well at school. He had plency G>f trouble wherever he went, and Mr. Arlingto!l had finally sent him to Fardale, having heard that the discipline of that school was of a sort to improve un ruly lads. But Chester s mother had visited the scho o l had seen that her son had better quarters than the "rabble, I and had urged upon the faculty that Chester should be treated far better than the common run of boys. It was from his mother that Chester received the money that he spent so recklessly. Crauthers assured Arlington that the story of the wealth of Frank and Dick Merri.well was absolutely true, but still the son of the great railroad magnate laughed it to scorn. "I'd have to have absolute proof of it before I would t a ke the least stock in it," he said. "I don't suppo s e it makes any difference to you," s a i d Mark. "He' s your enemy eve n if he's worth millions?" "That's right. Y e u can't understand how much I hate him, Crauthers." "Perhaps I can. I hate him a little myself." "But you might never become a leader here in this school. With me it is different. But for Dick Mer riwell I might cut plenty of ice. I realize that my chance is a slim one as long as he stays in Fardale. That is why I am perfectly willing that something s hould happen to him. " C o me with me to see \ V ats o n in the m o rning," a gain invite d Mark. "He was one of the original Wolf Gang." B u t agai n Arl in gto n declined, alth o ugh once more he hinted that W a ts o n might find it a profitable piece o f business t o sho o t a few holes in Dick Merriwe _ll. CHAPTER IV. ON THE SHORE. Mark Crauthers made his way over the rocks that lined a desolate strip of seashore. The tide was going out. Sea gulls were wheeling far out over the gray waters.


TIP TOP WEEKI .. Y. g "This m175t be pretty near the place where vVatson was to meet me," muttered Crauthers, as he paused. A peculiar whistle came to his ears, and he answered it at once. Going forward again, he soon saw a figure rise to face him. Crauthers uttering a low exclamation. "Is that Watson ?" he asked himself. The person in question was hatless and wore a tat tered cadet uniform, while his pale face seemed hag gard, and there was a wild, hunted look in his eyes. He advanced swiftly toward Mark, who had halted. "I thought you'd never come, Crauthers !" ex claimed the haggard lad, who was, indeed, Jim Watson the runaway. "\Vhat kept you so late?" "Why, I came as soon as I could. It's not late. I got your note, but I wasn't just sure where you meant for me to meet you on this shore. What's the mat ter, Jim? You look bad. "Well, I don't look any worse than I feel! Oh, Crauthers I'm done for!" "Done for ?" "Yes." "How?" "Ruined!" There was a wild light m watson's eyes, a light that made the other boy nervous. "'What do you mean by that?" "My old man has thrown me off. I \Yent home after running away from school, but Professor Gunn had sent the report ahead of me. My father drove me out of the house! Said I had disgraced him He was in an awful rage! But that's not the worst. I saw in a paper that it was suspected that I lo osened the rail on the rail road track the night Dick Merriwell re turned to Fardale and the train came so near being wrecked. Since then I have been hiding and living like a dog. I know I may be arrested and sent to pnson any I'm like a hunted animal, Crau thers I can't stand it much longer! I'm nearly mad! "I know I'm not!" grated Watson, bitterly. "Dick Merriwell is the one!" "Sure thing. But for him you would be in Fardale now. He has ruined you." "I could murder him !" Crauthers thought of the revolver given him by Ar-lington. "I've brought you something," he said. "Some money?" "No, but something else." "What. else?" "This." He took out the weapon and handed it over to Wat son, who took it with an expression of surprise. "Why, what's this for?" he asked. "Thought it might come handy for you," said Crau thers, significantly. "How?" asked Watson, blankly. "I can't eat it!" "You may need it if the officers get after you too close." Again the wild light filled the eyes of the hunted lad. "They shall not arrest me!" he declared. "I'.11 show them! I didn't loosen that rail on the track. I con fes s that I was walking along the track thinking what a fine thing it would be to ditch the train Dick Merri well was coming on, and that is how I happened to find the loose rail. But I did not disturb it in the lea st." There was something like doubt in Crauthers' eyes, which vvatso n quickly noted. "You don't believe me?" he cried, desperately. I have my doubts .. admitted Mark. Jim staggered back against a huge bowider, staring hard at the fellow who had once claimed to be his friend. "Even you believe I did it!" h e groaned, hoarsely. "If that is the case, what will others believe? They will be sure of it! I see I have no show in the world Every one and everything is against me!" "Why didn't you say before that you didn't loo sen Crauthers believed him then. the rail that night?" "It's hard luck, old man," he said. "But you are "Because I was a fool!'' whined \\Tatson. "I not to blame." wanted you fellows to think me a reckless devil who


10 would do anything to down Merriwell. You used to think me a coward; I wanted you to think something different. That's how I made a fool of myself." "It was not a very brave thing to loosen that rail," said Mark, with an undisguised sneer. "Anyhow, I didn't loosen it. It was just as I found it. The trains had passed over it before that day, and I thought the last train might do the same." "Oh-ho!" sneered Crauthers. "Then you were try ing to bluff us? You were trying to make us believe you were a devilish reckless fellow, when you had done nothing at all. Bt.tt you must have realized that there was a chance that the train would jump the track." "I did, but I felt that I wouldn't be at all to blame, as I hadn't touched the rail." Cranthers laughed, and that laugh stung Watson to the quick. "Oh, you've gone back on me!" he snarled, furi ously. "Every one has gone back on me! I haven't a friend in the world! I tell you it's pretty hard! I've almost been driven to suicide .as it is! Now what chance is there for me?" Again Cranthers laughed. "You're not the fellow to commit suicide, Jim," he sneered. "I know you too well to worry about that." Watson turned his wild eyes to"ward the revolver he held in his hand. "Why did you bring me this?" he asked again. "I believe you want me to blow my own brains out!" "What for?" "So if I am arrested I'll nofl pull the rest of the gang into it." "Pull them in; how?" "By telling in court that they were with me that night. You were there! Stark was there!" Crauthers frowned. "That's all right," he a<;lmitted; "but we didn't know what sort of business you were up to until you showed us that rail. Then you know I ran for dear life up the track to try to stop the train. I was not fool enough to wish to wreck the whole train to do up one fellow." "But yo.!!_s_ouldn't sto.12 it.': "Another fellow did, which was just as well." \Vatson was silent, the muscles of his thin face twitching nervously 11ow and then, whi1e his eyes were fastened on the ground. He to be think ing of something, and there was a hard look around his usually weak mouth and chin. "The jig is up t" fie finally muttered. "You agreed to bring me some money, Crautf'lers he exclaimed, turning qn Matk "Have you kept yam word?" "No." "Why?" "Couldn't get it;'" !led Crauthers. .,But you must get me Some tight away!,. cried the despernte lad, wildly. "I must have if, and you are the fellow I depend on. You must get me a disguise, too. I can't wear these clothes. 1 Get me an orctinary suit. Do you understand?" "Think I'm going to take orders from you?" sneered Mark. "Then I'll blow on you if I'm arrested!" snarled Jim. "I'll swear you knew all about the loose rail! I'll put you in just as bad a hole as I'm in!" A hard lo ok settled on the face of Mark Crauthers. "vVho will believe you?" he said. "Better be care ful, Jim! Instead of bringing you money, I may bring an officer." Watson's nerves wer:e badly shaken, but now he suddenly resolved on another course. He would at tempt to frighten his former comrade into doing what i1e desired. "All right!" he exclaimed, furiously. "You will be responsible for my death! You are the one who will be to 1.Jhmel You can think of that son1e day! I'll come hack and haunt you! I swear I w1il I swear it r Crauthcrs was s.mewhat startled in :;ite of his pretended ttom.:hala:Ke. "\:Vhat are yon going to do?" he asked. ''J'r.i going to blow my brains out!" dec:lared \Vatscn. "'You don t dare! You woHldn't be such a fool!" ''You'll see! you'll see!" panted Jim. He had no real intention of committing but


he was putting up a bluff and playi'ng the game to the limit. "Oh, I don't worry about that!" sneered Crauthers. "Why, you never had courage enough to take chances of being hurt, and I don't believe you've got the nerve I to commit suicide." Stung to madness by these words, vVatson lifted the revolver and placed the muzzle agaillst his head, crying: "Here goes I Good-by!" CHAPTER V. DICK'S MERCY. Dick Merriwell had chanced to see the meeting of the two boys on the beach. He had been out that morning for a walk through the woods and the fields: He felt a longing for freedoom arid a distaste for the classroom. He finally sought the coast, and thus it chanced that he witnessed the meeting. From a distance Dick recognized Crauthers, and he made out that the other lad was Watson, who had dis appeared from the school. "vVatson !" he murmured, in surprise. "I supposed that fellow far away from here. What is he doing?" He saw the lads amid the huge boulders down there on the beach, and witnessed Watson's wild gestures. "I'd like to know what's up," said Dick, as he started down toward them. Old Joe Crowfoot, his Indian tutor of other days, had instructed him in the art of stalking antelope, and now this knowledge served him well. He was aided by the abstraction oi' the two lads, who fancied them selves far from curious eyes. And thus it happened that Dick crept down behind the rocks within a few yards of the two boys, where he heard some of their conversation. Dick had fancied it possible that Watson had loos ened the rail on the track, but now he came to believe the words of the desperate young rascal, who pro tested that he had found the rai1 in that condition. He also fancied that Watson had sought to impress his companions with a belief in his reckle$sness bx his ll actions, but that all the while Jim had thought the train might pass over the loose rail in safety. Watson was a foolish fellow, and he had been Dick's enemy, but now young Merriwell was satisfied that he had been punished quite enough. Crauthers was a rascal with more brains than Watson. He had understood the peril of the train and the possible consequences if a wreck followed, and then he had sought to avert the catastrophe. But Crauthers had turned on Watson now, and there was nothing like sympathy or friendliness in his heart. Dick was crouching just behind one of the big bowlders, within a few yards of the boys, when Watson raised the revolver to his head, calling out a wild farewell to his former comrade. It did not young Merriwell long to act. Instantly he made a leap from behind the bowlder and caught the arm of the desperate boy, snatching the re volver aside and gaining possession of it in a twin kling. "Call it off!" he exclaimed. "I'll take charge of this pop gun !" Crauthers nearly tumbled over on his back. "Merri well!" he gasped. Watson reeled against the bowlder, staring at Dick with his wild eyes. "Don't be in such a hurry to blow your head off," < said Dick. "Even a poor head is better than none at all." Crauthers turned and started to run away. "Wait!" cried Dick. "I ha re this gun. Stop where you are, or I'll stop you!" Crauthers looked over his shoulder and saw the re volver poi11ted straight at his back. "Don't shoot!" he gasped, in consternation, for in that moment he felt that Dick Merriwell was a fellow who might do such a thing. "Come back here," said Dick. Crauthers obeyed. Watson was ashen pale. In all world there was no one he feared as much as Dick Merriwell. "The jig is up now!" he thought. "Merriwell will


12 TIP TOP WEEKLY. march us into town and turn us both over to the up promptly and truthfully. As it has turned out, law!" Then came a feeling of satisfact_ion in the thought that he would not suffer alone. Crauthers would be with him. "You are a fine pair of rascals !" exclaimed Dick, in deep contempt. "You know you are." "That's all right!" muttered Crauthers. "You've got the revolver, and we--" "Oh, I'd be willing to tell you under any circum stances!" half laughed Dick. That laugh had a dangerous ring that gave them a shivery feeling. "You were spying on us!" exclaimed Crauthers. "Call it that, if you like," nodded Dick. "I saw you down here and took a fancy to find out what sort of deviltry you were talking over. I found out. That is the size of it." "You heard what we were saying?" Dick nodded again. "I heard it all right, and now I know the full facts concerning that loose rail." vVatson said nothing, for he felt that his case was hopeless and that words would prove unavailing. "All right," said Mark, huskily. "But we are two to your one. We can swear to anything we like, and then let's see you prove anything against us!" Dick snapped his fingers. "You'd trap yourselves a hundred times," he de clared. "You ought to know that." Suddenly Crauthers took another tack "I didn't have anything to do with that rail busi ness, Merri well!" he cried. "I tried to stop the train as soon as I found out about it. Watson will tell you that, won't you, Watson? My only mistake was in not coming forward and telling everything after it was over. But I didn't want to get Watson into a bad scrape, that was why I kept still." Dick looked doubtful. "That may have been the reason," he admitted; "but something tells me you were thinking of your self more than any one else. You badly, for it would have been better in your case had you spoken Watson is the one who has suffered." Watson gr0aned and covered his face with his trembling hands. He was a pitiful object as he leaned weakly against the bowlder, and Dick's heart softened toward him. "vVhat are you going to do?" asked Crauthers, anxiously. "I ought to march you both into town and give you up," said Dick. Another groan from Watson. "Let me have that revolver and 1'11 shoot myself!" cried Crauthers, seeking to win sympathy by '.1is ap parent despair. "I can't stand to be arrested!" "Oh, no!" smiled Dick, his lips cuding slightly; "you wouldn't shoot yourself if you had this revolver! I know you too wel.J to think that. You are not the one who is in a bad hole, though you would be given your walking papers if all the facts came to the fac ulty at the academy. It' s watson here who is irt great trouble." Yet a third groan from Watson. "From what I heard," said Dick, "I should say that Watson made a fool of himself, and I reckon he is sorry now." "Sorry!" exclaimed Jim. "I am!" "Well, I'm glad to hear that! Perhaps I can do something for you "Perhaps you can?" "Yes." "How? What?" "Oh, I haven't decided yet, for I haven't had time to think it over." "Yau-would you do anything to help me?" asked Watson, incredulously. "I might." "I don't see why you should." "Possibly not. My natural desire is to have you punished; but I have a brother who has taught me that. mercy to a fallen enemy is sweeter than revenge. In another sense, it is the sweetest revenge one can take. It was not an easy lesson for me to learn, and I am not


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 13 sure I have learned it fully; but in this case I am willing to put it into application The faces of both Watson and Crauthers brightened a little, and the latter eagerly asked: "DQ you mean that you are not going to blow on us at all?" "That may be a part of my meaning...:.......as far as Watson is concerned. He has been bitterly punished, and I'm going to give him a lift." "How?" asked Jim. "Will you give me some clothes and money, so that I can get away?" "Perhaps so; but first I want you to come with me to Frank's house in town." The fellow looked startled and suspicious. "Why do you want me to go there?" "So that you may tell everything to my brother and we can talk over what is best. I wish his advice It is possible that you may not have to get out of this part of the country." I For the first time, a suggestion of color came to .Watson's cheeks. "\i\Thy, my father has turned me out, and I cannot go home. He has--" "If you g o t back into Fardale wouldn't he forgive and forget?" "If I got back! Why, there is no chance of that! It is no use to think of it!" "Perhaps not ; but we'll see. My brother has some influence, and he may take up your case I think your fears have led you to believe that more i s known about you than is the case. I have not heard that there was a warrant out for your arrest, and I do not believe offi cers are searchirtg for you." "Then I've been lied to!" grated Jim, turning toward Crauthers, who looked away. ( "As for you," said Dick, addressing Mark, "I advise you to keep your mouth closed concerning this affair this morning. You may succeed in keeping out of trouble yourself that way. That's all the advice I wish to give you, and you may go now." Crauthers started, hesitated, then started again and walked swiftly away. \Vatson seemed to bteathe easier when he was gone. "Now," said Dick, "we'll have to see if we can s lip into town without attracting too much attention. I know how we can do it by cutting across lots, passing through a strip of woods and coming up through the orchard back of Frank's house I hope we find him there, but I can get in, if we do not. You'll have something to eat and some clothes to wear, while we tr1y to settle this thing up." "I can't understand it!" muttered Watson. "Eh? What is it you can't understand?" "I can't understand why you should do this for me!" "Well, I don't know myself," confessed Dick. "I learned the trick from Frank, and I am satisfied that he has found it a good card to turn. I don't love you, watson, but I am sorry for you It's a brute that kicks a chap when he's down I am not going to kick you. I'm going t give you a helping hand and see if I can't pull you onto your feet." Jim Watson dropped onto his knees and caught Dick's hand, which he would have kissed; but Dick drew it away, sharply saying: "Y out gratitude will appear more genuihe to me if I see evidences of it a year from now, instead of to-day. Come on." CHAPTER VI. WATSON'S CURIOSITY. Dick and \Vatson were quite successful in reaching Frank' s house without attracting much attention. They stole up through the orchard, where a few un gathered apples lay decaying on the ground, approaching the back door of the handsome new cottage Frank had erectesJ after his home in the village was destroyed by fire. The housekeeper, a middle-aged woman, admitted them, but expressed her surprise that Dick shou l d come in that way, while looking over Dick's compan ion wonderingly. Frank was not at home, but he was expected back in a short time. Dick took Watson up to the bathroom, and the fel low looked far rnore presentable when Merry arrived.


"Hello, Dick P' exclaimed Frank, in surprise. "How is this? Didn't look for you here." Dick explained how it had come about, telling every thing of the meeting of Crauthers and Watson on the shore. Frank whistied softly, but the expression on his face was one of satisfaction, as well as surprise. "Well, what do you propose to do with the fellow?" he asked. "I don't know," confessed Dick. "I wish your ad vice. is why I brought him here. I thought--" "What did you think?" "\Vhy, that it was possible we might be able to get him back into the academy." "And you want him to come back?" "Oh, I'm not doing this on my own account!" ex slaimed Dick. "I confess that I heartily dislike the fellow, but he is down now, and he seems sorry. A year or more ago I might have been teipted to push him down still further, but you have convinced that that i.!I not always the best way to deal with an en emy." Merry nodded his head, the look of satisfaction on his face becoming more pronounced. "I am glad I have convinced you of that!" he ex claimed. "I have come to thank fortune that I was merciful to my enemies in the past, even though, in some cases, I was betrayed again and again. There are fellows in the world who are treacherous and un grateful, but it is better to go easy on one of them by giving all your enemies a show than it is to be hard on everybody and thus make the mistake of pushing down some fellows who might reform and become decent. You are satisfied that this Watson did not loosen the rail?" "Perfectly." "WeU, then he may not be such a black-hearted young rascal as circumstances have made him appear. But he's in a bad scrape. He ran away from school, and it may not be easy to get him back there. His par ents should take hold of his case." "But his father has kicked him out and has he would have nothing more to do with him unless he got back into school. "You say he is upstairs?" "Yes." "Let's go up and talk with him." Watson was downcast and hesitating before Frank, who questioned him ck\3ely, but kindly. "If you won't do anything else," Jim finally en treated, "won't you let me have some money and help me get away? I'll have to try to get a start in the world, and I'll do my best to pay the money back some day." But Frank had already arrived at the conclusion that the boy would go straight to clestrqction if cast his own resources at this period in his career. "I think it is best," he said, "for you to stay here a while and let me see what can be done. If you can get back into school you think your father will forgive ; -you?" "I am sure of it." "Then I'll try my best to straighten the matter out. I may not succeed, but it will do no harm to try." It seemed that something like tears sprang to Watson's eyes. "I don't know what I can ever do for you!" he exclaimed, his voice shaking. "I do." "Tell me." "You can try to do what is right in the future. If you succeed, both Dick and I will feel that we are well repaid for any little lift we may be able to give you." "Oh, I'll do that!" assured Jim. "I'm sick of doing underhand things! They do not pay!" "Never," agreed Merry. So Watson remained in Frank's home, while Merry set about doing what he could for the fellow. Watson, however, was uneasy and suspicious. When he thought it over it did not seem possible to him that Dick Merriwell, the fellow he had tried so hard to injure, should relax and be merciful in such a manner. Sometimes he imagined that Dick and Frank were keeping him there they could pull the toils


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 15 more closely about him. This was a foolish fancy, but it kept returning to the guilty lad. The day wore away, and that night Dick called agam. In Frank's private office the brothers held a consultation to which vVatson was not invited. Jim stole out to the head of the carpeted stairs, hav ing removed his shoes. From that position he could now and then hear the muumr of voices, but he could not distinguish what was being said. "I'd like to know!" he thought. Then he sneaked down the wide stairs and slipped to the door that had been left slightly ajar. Peering the opening, he saw Dick and Frank bend ing over some papers on the latter's desk. "That's about all we can do to-night," said M erry. ""iVell, the thing is pretty well done anyhow," de clared Dick. "Now it is up to me to put it into exe cution." Vv atson pushed open the door and glided 111. He quickly found t he electric button and turned the light on. The desk was standing open, Frank having faile

1 8 TIP TOP WEEKTY. CHAPTER VII. I haven't much time," said Jim; but he sat down on BETRAYED. the ground. '" Watson had been badly frightened by the tapping on the window and the appearance of Crauthers and Arlington outside, and he did not recover until long after he was in his own room. "What were they doing?" he kept asking himself. "vVhat did they want of me? Crauthcrs beckoned. I didn't care. I didn't go. Let them want what they like, I'm going to keep away." He heard Frank return and re-enter his office. "Hope I didn't leave anything so he'll suspect I was there," muttered Jim, as he finally undressed went to bed. All that night he dreamed that he was trying to be honest and square, and get a new start, but that two devils who resembled Crauthers and Arlington were trapping him and leading him astray in spite of himself. The following day, shortly after Frank Merriwell left the house, a boy rang the bell and handed in a note for Watson Jim wondered when this was given to him, but he quickly recognized the writing as that of Crauthers. "Meet us at noon by the split rock back of Folsom's barn if you want to keep out of the worst scrape you.. got into in all your life." That was an There was no signature, but Watson knew Crauthers' hand had written the note "I'll do nothing of the sort!" muttered Jim, fiercely. "I'll have no more to do with you now!" But somewhat later he changed his mind. Frank Merriwell lunched at one o'clock, and so Watson slipped out and appeared at the appointed place at the hour of midday. Crauthers and Arlington were waiting for him there. "Hello!" grinned Cranthers. "Began to think you weren't c oming." "What do you want?" asked Watson, abruptly. "Sit down here with us," was the invitation, "where you won't be seen, and we'll tell you." "Why didn't you come out when we signaled fo r you last night?" asked Mark. "I couldn't." "vVhy not?" "Because it was dangerous." "Dangerous?" "Y cs." "How?" "Merriwell might have returned and found me out." "What is he trying to do with you, anyway?" asked Arlington, with his usual sneer. "He has promised to try to get me back into Far dale Both Crauthers and Arlington laughed derisively. "You're a fool," said the latter, "to think he will keep a promise of that sort." "Perhaps I am," said Jim; "but I don't believe "\Vhy should he help you?" sneered Chester. "You're no friend of his. Do you know what he is doing? Well, I'll tell you. He is keeping you there until he can have you committed to a reform school. He has written your father about it." Vvatson turned white as a ghost. "What are you giving me?" he muttered, huskily. "Straight goods," said Arlington. "Eh, Crauthers ?" "Straight as a string," nodded Crauthers. "How do you know?" "Never mind that, but I found it out, and it's on the level. You are being fooled by him." Vi atson was sick at heart, and then up within him rose a feeling of intense rage. "I'll not be trapped!" he muttered. "I am going to get away!" "That's right," said C_rauthers, trying to conceal his satisfaction; "but you don't want to delay about going. Before you go, however, we want you to do something for us." "Oh, I've done enough for--" "This won't bother you much," said Arlington, per-


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 17 suasively, "and it will be worth your while. You11 "It's a great scheme," he said; "but I may not have have to have money to skip out on." a chance to copy those papers. I'm not going to staY, "Yes." here and be trapped. I am going to make a moyc "I'll give you fifty dollars if you

18 TIP TOP WEEKLY. CHAPTER VIII. TAKEN BACK. Sick at heart, Jim Watson sneaked back to the h o use. As he was about to ascend to the room he had occu pted he paused, startled to hear familiar voices in Frank Merriwell's study. Frank was theie, and with him was-Professor Gunn! "Now, what's up?" thought Watson, in fep.,r and trembling "Have they come for me? Is Merri well getting the final evidence me?" He ran quickly and lightly up the stairs, thinking to leave the house in a few minutes. Bat:ely had he reached his room when he paused and heard Frank say below : '''I'll call him rig-ht down, professor." A moment later there was a knock on Jim's door. When he opened it, pale and agitated, Frank Merriwell stood outside. "Watson," said Merry, quietly, "Professor Gunn is downstairs, and he wants to see you." does he want?" choked Jim. Merry smiled, and V./ atson fancied there was tri umph in that smile. "He will tell you vJhen you come down,", said Mer ri well, quietly. Watson felt like shrieking out that he knew all about their plot, felt like reviling Frank, but restrained himself "I'll tell them a few things when they show their hands!" he mentally vowe

TIP TOP WEEKI..cY. 19 to wholly escape punishment, you may rest assured, as that would be setting a bad example for others; but you will not be given the severe punishment you merit. W aliking post and standing guard will take most of your spare time when you are not studying, so your opportunities to be tempted will be very small for a while." The professor rose. Of a sudden, Watson grasped Frank's hand and wrung it. ''I'H never forget what you have done for me!" he promised. There was no end of astonishment at the academy when it was learned that \iVatson had returned. Some of his former companions were anything but pleased. and Crauthers was one of these. Crauthers was <.. fellow who had ne v er formed a sincere liking for any fellow. The bond between him and Watson had been their mutual dislike and hatred for Dick Merriwell. Crauthers watched his opportunity to speak with Watson, but Jim seemed to avoid him. However, Mark found a chance the following day and slipped into Jim's room, discovering the latter studying hard. "Well!" exclaimed Crauthers, turning and showing his dark teeth, after he had closed the door. "This beats all! So you are back all right?" "It looks that way," answered Jim, coldly. "How did it happen?" "They took me back." "Unprecedented! Powerful influence of some sort must have been brought to bear on them." "That is right." "Who did it?" "Frank Merriwell." "Say, you don't believe that? Why should he do anything of the sort for you?" "I don't know why he should, but I know he did, and here I am." "Well, it gets me!" confessed Crauthers. "I didn't think you had a ghost of a show." "What do you want?" asked Jim. "Want to have a little chat with you." "But I have no time for talk. I must plug till three, and then I .walk post." "Are they going to keep you walking post all the time?" "I don't know." "It looks that way. YClll are being soaked good and hard." "No harder than I deserve, I reckon." "What? What a!ls you? Are you going to turn yr:mr coat? You're not like yourself." "Perhaps not." "You're not in love with the Merriwells, are you? They caused all your trouble. But you're going to get back at them pretty solid." "How?'' "You know-the signal code and the new plays to be tried by the team. Hilsboro will wipe the earth with Mr. Dick Merriwell's great team Saturday." Watson rose. "Look here, Crauthers," he said, "I want_ you to take a message to Arlington." "\A/hat message?" "I wan't you to tell him that I am ready to give him back his money, but that he must not betray Fardale's signals and plays to any other team." Crauthers looked surprised, then laughed shortly. "You're daffy!" he said "\i\That do you take Ches Arlington for? He' s got a go o d thing, and he's going to work it. He has a meeting to-day; with the captain of the Hilsboro eleven." "What for ?" "vVhy, to put on, of course. He will give Hils boro the code and the diagrams of the plays." "He has no right to do it!" exclaimed Jim, witli seeming earnestness. "I object!" "Ha! ha!" laughed Mark. "That's all right! It's too late now. You sold Merriwell's for money, and all you can do is keep still." "I can tell Merriwell." i "Tell him! You fool! Go ahead and tell! That will finish you here for good! You'll be fired out of Fardale in a hurry, and there will be no chance of getting back. You must have sense enough to know that." "It's tough," said Jim, "after Merriwell was the one to intercede and get me back into school. I had no right to give you those papers." Again Crauthers showed his repulsive teeth in a gnn. "AU you can do is keep your face closed about it now, for you'll bring your own ruin if you whisper a word. That's one thing I wanted to see you about. You'll never be exposed if you don't talk, and yott will have the satisfaction of seeing Merriwell's great football team soundly thrashed."


TIP TOP WEEKLY. Watson snowed no satisfaction over the prospect. "It's a mighty cheap thing!" he asserted. "I'd like to undo it all now !" "You may not get out to the game," said Mark; "hut you can feel all the while you are walking po s t that you have helped in the beginning of the downfall of Dick Merriwell. I won't bother you any more. Just keep your tongue between your teeth, and you will be all right." Then he went ont and left \Vatson to his thoughts, such as they CHAPTER IX. THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN. Saturday afternoon brought the Hilsboro eleven, and a goodly crowd assembled to watch the contest between Fardale and the visitors. At once it was noted that the strangers were somewhat heavier than the home team, but Fardale had confidence in her boys. The new Fardale grand stand was filled with men, women and young people of both sexes. The bleachers to the right were crowded with Fardale cadets, while those to the left were well filled by a gathering of spectators from various quarters. The cadet band had a portion of the bleachers re served, and it gave several lively selections while the crowd was gathering. A large number of girls from Miss Tartington's school were present, and, of course, D o ris Templeton, Felecia Delores and Zona Desmond were on hand, all of them wearing the red-and-black of Fardale. The cadets sang several songs before the teams ap peared on the field. There was some betting, but it was done as quietly and unostentatiously as possible, as open betting was not permitted on the grounds. it was near 2 :30 when Toby Kane led out a goat and ambied around over the chalk-marks with the animal, which was adorned with the Fardale colors. This was a signal for general cheering, which seemed to agitate the goat, for it immediately became frisky and started to cut some figures all on its own account. "Whoa, you gentle beast!" cried Toby, as he tried to jerk the goat to a standstill. Then the animal suddenly turned on him and charged. There was a shout, for the goat caught Toby beauti fully and bowled him over. Hot satisfied with this, the creature charged again, and Toby caught it by the horns. "Help!" he yelled. "Take him off before he bites me!" The crowd was in an uproar. Several fellows started to render Toby assistance. Then the goat turned and tried to scud away, but the rope had entangled around one of the fallen lad's feet, and the latter was jerked al on g at a lively rate. When the goat stopped, Toby scrambled up. "Ba-a-aa !" observed the goat, as he charged again, lifting Toby into the air. "That's what you cah call raising Kane!" shouted some one. The goat was finally captured apd dragged off the field. Barely was this excitement over when the Hilsboro team substitutes and all, trotted out. The cheer that greeted their appearance was drowned by a roar as Fardale was seen coming at a run for the field, with Dick Merriwell leading. Balls were produced, and the two teams began warming up. Fardale stood in a circle and passed the ball swiftly from hand to hand, while the visitors began kicking and falling on the ball. While the referee and the capt ains were arranging the preliminaries both teams limbered up earnestly Fardale taking a turn at kicking and catching punts. It was just about three o'clock when the ref eree gave the signal for the contestants to line up. At that moment Chester Arlington was gleefully whispering to Mark Crauthers: "I'll make a good thing off this game Sa\Vyer tipped me off that his men has Fardale's signals all do wn fine and they are prepared for every new play. It will be a walk-over for Hilsboro." "Have you bet much?" asked Crauthers. "Only about a hundred dollars, but I'll be fifty to the good, after reckoning out what I paid for the sig' nals. And this is the beginning of Dick Merriwell's decline. Let Fardale lose two or three games straight and there will be an ;nvful howl against him. You're due to hear that howl." "Fardale is going to kick off," said Mark. "Now the fun begins."


TIP TOP W.EEKLYj 21 The two teams had lined up as follows: FARDALE. Singl e ton F B. M e rri well Darrell * R .H. B L. H.B. Smart Q B. Shannock J olli by Dare Tubbs Bradl e y K ent Buckhart R. E. L. E Morris y * R. T. R G. C E NTER. HILLSBORO. L. T. L G * Bris t o l Dunton L. H .B. Lee CENTER Sande rs Q B. Kirby F B. Farr e ll. * L. G. L. T. R G R. T. * Spa rks Loga11 R.H. B. D o e L. E. R. E Sa w yer Fardale k i cked off, driving the ball well into the enemy s territory The k i ck w as n o t returned. Lee caught the ball and started to run, but Shan nock had made a fast sprint, and the enemy's left half back did not advance five yards before he was floored. Fardale uttered a great roar, and the two teams lined up swiftly for the first scrimmage. Doris Templeton was shaking with excitement. "Oh, I have a pain in my heart, Zona!" she ex claimed. "I don t believe I can watch the game through!" "Nonsense!" laughed Zona. "Why, what kind of a sport are you? It hasn't become exciting yet." "You should have seen some of the baseball games this summer," said Felecia. "Oh, then you would have been excited!" "I don't think baseball can compare with football for real excitement," said Doris. "This is so like a battle! The fellows go at each other so savagely, and there is danger in it. There is not so much danger in base ball." "Oh, look!" The Hilsboro line had seemed to hurl itself at the cadets, and there was a swaying and straining, fol lowed by a rending asunder of the defense, while out o f t h e center shot a runner with the ball. Four great bounds he made, and he was pulled down by a tackler. But he h ad made a g a in o f almost ten yards. . -. The visiting crowd rose up and shrieked its satisfaction. Something had happened to Obediah Tubbs, who was playing center. In practice Tubbs had seemed like a stone wall, but now he had twisted his ankle and gone down, letting enemy surge over him. Tubbs was stretched on the ground. He sat up and felt of his ankle. 'vVater was brought him, and they offered to help him off the field. "No, darn my picter if I go!" he squeaked, in his high pitched voice. "I'm g o in' to play this dinged old game through." He got up and limped round a little, and then the tw o teams faced one another again. Once more the assault was made on the center, but thi s time Tubbs was braced and prep a red, and as well might they hav e battered against a mountain. The center held, and no gain was made. Rah! 'rah! 'rah! Tubbs!" screamed the cadets. The visitors 'Yere not satisfied. They lined up and hurled themselves into the center once more, thinking the big fellow so aw k ward that he would not be abl e to resist repeated attacks. "Right here, by gorry !" grated Obediah, and the center held again. "They'll have to kick!" said somebody. It seemed that a kick was contemplated. This was a blind, however, for the ball went back to Doe, who started round Fardale's right end. Dick Merriwel i got in his first piece of work and brought Doe to the ground with a beautiful tackle. "M. erriwell !" roared the cadets. "Let them !" said Chester Arlington. "They will be cursing him before the game is over." "Wait till Far dale gets the ball," snickered Crauth ers. "Then Hilsboro will give them a surprise." Fardale got the b all a moment later. Merriwell lined his team up for an assault on the enemy, and a revolving formation was driven into Hilsboro's center. This worked for four yards, but a repetition of it fell flat. Then Merriwell was given the ball, and away he went for Hilsboro's right end. Swift"'as a deer on his feet, he dodged tackler after tackler getting cle an round the end and making twelve yards before D o e floored him. The rec o rd between the men who were playing right half-back o n eac h team was eve11ed by this play on the part of Doe. N o w w e get o ne of tho se fooli s h new plays Frank


u Merriwell has devised," sa id Arlington, as the teams crouched nose to nose. They watched closely, expecting the play. The sig nal was given, and Hilsboro swung back suCldenly on the right, looking for an attack in another quarter. Right through the wing went Dick Merriwell, who had been given the ball again. The bewildered visitors had seemed to give him an opening of their own accord. The real truth was that the signals had not called for the play they had anticipated, and they were thrown entirely off their guard. Dodging to the right and to the left, Dick found a clear field and away he went. Farrell and Lee booted after him, but they had' very little chance to overtake him. 1Tne oadets rose to their feet and shrieked, while the granci stand burst into a shrill note. Mad excite ment prevailed everywhere. "They 1;an1t catch him I" "It's a touchdown!" "Fardale I Fardale !" "Merriwell Merriwell !" Over the goal line Dick and planted the yel low eg-g fairly behind the posts for an easy touchdown. CHAPTER X. WATSON'S WRATH. Dick kicked the goal, and the game was re s umed. In less than ten mimites of play the visitors had learned that they were greatly mi staken in thinking they knew the signals of the Fardale team. The captain was boiling with rage "Fellows, we've been trick ed!" he said. "Pay no further attention to their signals! vVe've been fooled! They are not using the c ode of signals we obtained." He was no less dis gusted and enraged than was Chester Arlington 'N'hat do ycu suppose the matter is?" grated the son of the great railroad magnate. "They don't seem to stop those plays at all." "Fardale hasn't tried any of the plays shown on those diagrams thus far," said Crauthers. "That's not it. They are not using the code of signals we got from Watson." "Are you sure ?" "Dead sure." Cl"he rasW. l.Qoked at cacll otlier inguiringly "You don't suppose Merri well found out that somebody had been at those papers?'! asked Mark. "Either that or--" "Or what?" "Watson has squealed." "He wouldn't dare!" "Oh, he's fool enough to do anything, that fellow is! Merriwell got him back into school. Perhaps he became repentant and let out the whole business." "If that is so," said Crauthers, "Fardale will have a snap to-clay, and you'll lose your money." "If that is so," grated Arlington, "Mr. Watson 'gets his' the first chance I have I I paid him fairly and squarely, and he--" "He wanted to give the money back." "But I wouldn't take it, and the trade stood." "There they go again !" The struggle was being continued, and the fighting was mostly in the territory of the enemy. Fardale wa playing an aggressive game. She played ordinary football, with no new turns or moves for the entire first half but it was football of the kind that wins, and Hilsboro was kept on the defensive. When the whistle sounded for the end of the first half Fardale had the ball within four yards of Hils boro' s goal, and another touchdown seemed imminent. As the visitors left the field the captain saw Chester Arlington and gave him a savage look. Arlington shook his head in a way that was intended to convey the assurance that he had been sincere, but that some thing had gone wrong. "He blames me," he muttered to Crauthers. "I don't wonder at it. Oh, say I I want to see Jim Wat son I" "Let's go see him." "Where?" "Over at the academy. He is doing stunts on post." "To-day?" "Yes. It' s his punishment. And it's likely there are not many pers o ns around." "Then this is our chance!" muttered Arlington. "Come on." Away they went. vVatson was found pacing up and down a corridor, carrying a gun. There was a resigned look of mis tery on his face. Arlington did not stand on ceremony, but, approaching \ i\iatson, he snarled: "You' re a pretty fellow 1 Now don't give us an:y,


TIP TOP WEEKLY. of your airs! There is no one round. What do you mean by playing such a trick on me ?11 "What_ trick?" a sk ed Jim, coolly. "You know." "Do I? I d o n t t])ink so." "Didn' t you sell me th e Fardale s ignals and plays?" "You know I did, don t you?" "Well, what did you do then, you cheap slob? After you found out Merriwe ll he.cl worked you back into school did you go to him ftiacl confe s s that you had betrayed him?" "Not much!" "You didn't?" "No!" "Don't lie!" "I've stood all of that I propose to stand!" exclaimed Jim. hofly. the matter witli you anyhow?" "The signals you gave us are not being used. Far-dale is playing with another code." Watson actu a lly laugl:ed. "Is that so?" he said. "It is! Now, explain it-if you can!" "I don t have to explain it. I sold you a code of signals and the plans for certain plays, and I got money. I am satisfied." Arlington clinched his fis ts and stepped toward Wat s on, hissing: "You'll get s a tisfacti o n of an other sort before I am through with you! I don't believe you when you say y o u have n o t betrayed me! Y o u are a natural born liar--" Smash !-\Va tsQn struck Arlington between the eyes with the forward butt thrust of. his musket, and the son of the great railroad magnate went down on his back, stunned. Crauthers was astounded and alarmed. "You crazy idiot !" he exclaimed. 11Do you know what you have done? \Vhy, he will have "Get out!" commanded Jim, excitedly. "You're in terfering with me while on po st! Get out, or I'll re port yon!" "Yon don't dare!" "Get at once, or you'll find out I dare. Pick up your friend, and take him along." Crauthers aided Arlington to his feet. The mill ionaire's son was dazed, and a great lump was rising on his forehead where the butt of the gun had struck. ,"I'll fix you for this!" he promised. Then Watson drove them both a>vay. CHAPTER XI. AT THE FINISH. The second half of the game was in when Arlingto n and Crauthers returned to the field. When they m a de i nquiries they were electrified at the infor mation that Hilsboro had scored a touchdown and a goal on a fluke and the game was tied. But what ele ctrifi e d them still further was the fact that the game se emed turning a g a inst Fardale, and the Yisitors were n o w the aggressors. Several new plays had been tried by Fardale, every one of which had resulted unfavorably. "What clo you think of that?" a s ked Crauthers. "I believe vVats o n wa s o n the level, after all. Hils boro stopped the new plays, and the game is going against Fardale." "But the signals-how do you expl a in it that the sirnals he gave us were not used?" ,, "Merriwell must have suspected something and used auother code, that's all. Loo k at that! There's a clean smash through Farclale's left wing for a big gain! I guess you'll win your money to-day, old man!" "If it is a tie the bets are off," said Arlington, in relief. "That is, if it ends way." But there was every indication that the game would not encl that way. Hilsboro had found a weakness in Farclale's line, and it was hammering on the weak spot. Four. yards were made, then three, then seven, then four again, and the ball was down within nine yards of Fartlale's goal. Then Dick appealed to his men. He was pale, and there was a desperate light in his dark eyes. Defeat was staring them in the face, ,and the thought of losing this first game, which he had reckoned on winning with comparative ease, was distressing, to say the least. "Ready, fellows!" he breathed. "Everybody buckle clown to it! On your toes! Watch sharp!" Slam !-again the attack was made on the weak spt)t, but this time the backs were on hand to render the de fense impregnable, and not an inch was gained. Hilsboro was working fast and hard, and barely was Fardale prepared when another assault was made. 'The li!le swaye

TIP TOP WEEKI,,Y. There was a brief pause, a quick signal, and then-Back went the ball, and Farrell lifted it with a beautiful kick for a field goal. Right over the bar it sailea, and the visifing crowd yelled like a lot of mad Indians. Hilsboro had taken the lead. And there was only three minutes more of play! The cadets were silent now as the teams lined up again for the kick-off. The seemed won. vVhat chance did Fardale have in three; minutes of play when she had been kept on the defensive almost all through the second half? Punk !-the ball went twisting and squirming down the fieUl. Instead of taking it and playing for time, Hilsboro drove it back. Dick Merriwell caught the ball on the run. As it landed in his grasp a tackler flung himself at the cap tain of the Fardale team. Dick made a great spring and felt the fellow's hands brush his hips. The tackle had failed. A shout went up from the cadets. In a body they rose to their feet. "Merriwell !" they thundered. Without a single interferer, Dick dashed on. Be fore him loomed an antagonist. He made a sharp turn without slackening his speed preceptibly and avoided the fellow. Hands seemed stretched out for him to the right and the left. They were bound to pull him down! That meant defeat! He .must go through now or the colors of Fardale wouhl trail in the dust. His heart was burning with fierce determination, but his head was cool, and it was his head that won. Somehow he squirmed away from those grasping hands, somehow he dodged the tacklers, somehow he ran through the very center of the enemy, on and on, though it seemed that he must be flung to earth. Could he get there? Nearer and nearer he drew to the coveted goal. But one man was in his way, and Dick tried his best to trick that fellow. In vain! He saw the tackler spring forward, felt his hands, and sti!l he leaped on, though those hands slipped below his hips. Down he went, and a scream of joy came;; from the visiting crowd of spectators. It was turned to a groan a moment later, for somehow Dick rolled over and over toward the line. When man after man pounced on him and pinned him motionless he lay with the ball thrust just three inches over the line and held fast. He had made the touchdown l Singleton kicked the goal, and the game was won. * * * Crauthers W3.S in his roo:n that night when the door opened watson walked in. "I have just about ten words to say to you," de clared Jim, in a defiant manner. "Fardalc won to day. You picke

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The first reason for this vast popularity is because the column appears in what is universally ad mitted to be the king of all publis;hed weeklies, The Winner of the firand Prize at the Paris World's Fair, But the second reason is just as important and cogent, namely, the high excellence of the letters written by our readers, which appear in this column. Indeed, these let ters have been so highly praised that Street & Smith, always anxious to serve and benefit their great public, have decided to offer twelve valuable prizes for the twelve letters received from Tip Top readers in the next six months. These twelve p r izes will be TWELVE GOLD FOUNTAIN PENS of the highest grade. Now, then, all our ambitious young letter writers will be anxious to win one of the se fine prizes. All y o u have to do is to follow these directions : Write a letter to Tip Top weekly, discussing any fea ture of the famous publication, its characters, plots, ath letics, contests, tournaments or anything that impresses you especially; then write across the top of it "Prize Let. -ter," and send it to Street & Smith. So that the contest may be absolutely fair, the readers of Tip Top are to :i.ct as judges, and the letters which teceive the greatest num ber of votes will be awarded the prizes. Come on now, boys and girls Show us which one of all our young Shakespeares are the best letter writers. APPLAUSE. I have read Tip Top for a lonr; time, and now I 11.lll so positively In dignant about some of the letters 111. the Appia.use Co lumn, that I cannot retrain from writing. I have 11bsolutely no p&tlence with any 011.e who say s that Dic k should marry Felecia. It ls absurd, preposterous! In the first place, F elecia ls Dick's cousin, and certainly ceusins sbeuld never marry, even if they loved each other well And, In the secon d plac e Di c k doesn' t love Felecia ln th .. t way. tte 11 attached te her a s a ceusln-almost as a sister-and every one knows bow tar that l s remove d from the kind of love tw persons should feel for each other whe n they marry. It is an indisputable fa.ct that our sweet, blue-eye d golden-haired Doris i s the girl f o r Dlok-the only ene who can make him happy. H e I s already attracted to her as to a& other i:;irl and a.s he grows olde r thi s feel!ng will be come a deep 11.nd lasting love, unless I am greatly mistaken lo my e stimate of Dick' s character. I cannot believe that he will ever be 11.ckle. And, <heugh Felecia fancies now that she loves no one but Dick, she Is .. very youni:; girl, and her feeli n g s will probably chang e with time. It would be the v ery tames t and mos t disap pointin g thing In the wuld for Dick to marry Felec i a, and tr It should turn out that way, I dozi"t ... wh7 our s weet favorite, Doris should b1.ve come Into the story a.t &11. But I have too much faith In Mr. Stlllldioh u an 1.ut'll.or te dream t'll.at aueh 1. thing could happen; s o I will c almly banish all such l.llllOYlni:; thoughts from my mind. And I want to expresa m:r plnlona about Zona. I think s h e i s fine I know from e:i:perlence that the fellows like a. girl who flirts better than one who d oesn't, and 1. pr! who, llli:e Zona, t s pretty anc l coquettis h, cannot t .. il to be dellgnttul. All.cl I don' t think she i s malicious or jealo u s-minded one bit more tl!.u mHt girls a.nd I don't blame her at all for scheming to bring Dlok Merrlwell to her feet. I am deeply In love with him myself. But I think Zona nhould eventually fall In love with Br&d Buckhart, who loves her already, and m arry hlm. I wish the stories '!VOU!d tell more about Brad and Zona, and whether Zona favors Brad at all. The :Slsle-Inze. contes t was decided j u s t rlgbt, I think, and Bart Hodge ls fine. Well, I wlll clos e and I know i t l o about time, but I hope letter Is not too lo n g to be published in the Applaus e Columns. Newport, R. I. R O SAMO m, A GIRL READER OF TIP Tor. The matte ; of thes e love affairs we mus t leave to the Juture. Let u s content of!r s e lves whlle we watc h our de&r Tip Top friends through their exciting adventures Tho future must take ca.re .of Its elf. I have just 11.nished reading No. 333 of your unexcelled. weekly, Tip Top. I can truly cay that l t l s fine, but there I s one thing that I have noticed lately that s e e m s to me dreadful. and that ts tQ.e number of Tip Toppe r s who say, In the Applaus e Column, that Dick should marry F elecia Suc h a thing surely Cflnnot b e And, of cours e I woul d not think for a moment o f fin ding faul t with Mr. Standish's work, but it s eems to ma that thero has been too muc h F elecia lately, a.nd too lit.ti e D oris. I love Doris, and she Is u nquestionably the ctr! for D ic k, and I think It Is about t !me that Felect .. was getting over her tanc y for Dick, h e r cousin. Felecia Is very a ttractive, sweet, and l o v able and I think she and Hal Darrell-who has the making of a n ob l e man-should tall In love wit h each other. Frank and lnze., Elsie and Bart, Dic k and Doris Hal and Felecia Brad and Zona. are tdoal conplos. I wish all Tip Topp&r s who read this l &ttor &nd think the s ame as I do, would say s o in their letters. I run sure "our side" will be very strong. Hoping to see this printed in the Applaus & Column 11 soon as possible, I am sincerely yours, IlORO'rHY P amen. N ewport, R. I. There s eems to be a spirited discussion arlaing over the 1.l!alrs of the h earts belonging to our young hero and his friend Hal. There seem s too many diff erent opinions, which Is I s but natura l, considering the numb e r nt one to our readers. I could not kee p quie t it you put a muzzle on me. I jus t fini shed reading the las t Tip Top Weekly. And I mus t say that Dick Merriwell is about the swiftest a rtic l e that e v e r cam e down the pike. That n e w s n a k e curve o! his Is certainly a J im-dandy. It did not surprl e o me I n the least whe n I read that h e i n v ented a n e w curve, tor I bavo hcen l o ol ting for a new t wi s t. I kne w I t was in him. But, o f course. I was n o t lo okin g for such a peculiar one I though t he might b e ahle t o learn the double shoot. But tha t ris e and drop c o mbination, and h i s f amous Jump b all will m a k e the fastest batt e r s look silly, and besides h e will b e even more famous than bis b ro t h e r Frank, and I only hope t h a t w h e n h e enters d ear o ld Yale that he will have jus t as stanc h and Joy a l true and trie d a friend a s his brothe r Frank h a d I w ould n't b e a bit ourpris e d but t h a t h e wlll b e able to mas t e r the double shoot yet. An d if h e do es, w e ll. the whole world will go cra,Zy I wis h we could h ear from Brad, Z on a and Doris while Dick Is still playing b a ll out West. Although 1 arn i u Uncle Sam's service now, I still keep reading the Weeklies and I wont to say that the Tip Top t s the mos t famous paper h e r e. Three chee r s o r D ic k Merrlwell, and the whole Yale Lodge, and may they prosp e r in a.I! their undertakings and strike t error to the hearts of their enemies, especially R .. wdoia Bradford. Yours truly, JOKN IANTll. U S Na.vy. No; we do not want you to keep quiet; nor an7 ef our rw.dera. "Hee.r me shout!" to u s e Brad' s famlllar expression, la what &11 Tlp Toppers are ontltled to say. Yes, Dick Is doing some wonderful work at be.seball e.nd proving what ls ln him tn that line. Wbe.t Frank did fo;r Yale, Dick ls doing for J"ardale, and when be allows .tho wlnnins spirit in e.11 his undert1.klngs now, It ce.n only prophesy cree.t thlnca fu hlm In the tuture.


TIP TOP WEEKI .. Y. I notice that the "latest" In the Applause Column Is a slight dispute as to whether Doris or Felecia shall win Dick. I sa.y "slight," beca.use certa.lnly most of the readers know what's what, and want Dick to marry our lovely, blue-eyed Doris. And I don't believe Dick's going to disappoint us. It seems to me that every sane person should be able to see with "half an eye" tha.t Dick and Doris a.re made for each other. .And I might make a slmlla.r statement about Hal and Felecia. Any other arrangement-at least about Dick and Doris-would be so direfully disappointing to me and most other Tip Toppers that word fall to express what we would probably feel. I hope to see this printed soon. With best regards to Burt L. Standish, Dick, Frt.nk, Bart, Hal, and the girls, a loyal Tip Topper and admirer or Doris, NORMAN H. CLERMONT. A Loyal Tip Topper and Admirer of Doris. It seems a. little early yet to forecast a.s to whether Doris shall be the girl for Dick and Felecia for Hal. There are so many things to happen yet, and tests to be 'made In thei r characters, all being so young, that It might take some time tor the wheel or fortune to spin around and make the decision a certainty, but when it does we may be sure it will be the right one. Seeing no applause Crom Hous ton, we thought we would write. We get the Tip Top Weekly every week, and think It Is the best paper publliohed for boys. We bave just read "Dick Merrlwell's New Ball," and think it a good number. We started to read Tip Top at No. 316, and have read nearly all ot the back numbers. Diqk ls a dandy. We hope to bear more or Brad Buckhart and Obadiah 'l'ubbs, the pie-eater. We think Bprt L. Standish a great author. We will be glad when Dick goes to Yale. His new combination bull w111 make bim as great a pitcher as Frank. We also read the Diamond Dick \Veekly. We do not read II.DY other weeklies but Street & Smith's because we think they &re the best. A Ul!REY EGERTON. Houston, Texas . ALFRED FISHER. You Texas boy s are most enthusiastic In favor of our young heroes, whose bes t points you cem to find at short notice, and so honestly admire. Thank you for your warm praise .for Tip Top. It mn.kes us feel tha.t our efforts to give good reading matter to the American boys are rewarded. Having read Tip Top from No. 1 to No. 828, and not seeing any applause Crom here, I thought I vrould express my opinion of Tip Top. I think Frank and Dick are jut fine. As for Brad, he Is just dandy. As tor the fellow who signed himself, "A. Wa..i:en," IC he can't stand Brad, he bad better sit down. I think Doris and Felecia are lovely. Wishing long life to Tip Top and Burt L. Standish, I remain, your devoted girl friend, G. C. La.nslng, Mich. You should be a good judge ot Tip Top, having read each number so carefully, and It Is most gratifying to hear your enthusiastic praise ef all the characters. Having read your Tip Top Weekly from No. 1 to date, I wln b to express my sentiments. Frank Is certainly a model tor the American youth. Dick, I think, will prove just as good. I am glad Inza I s the on& to marry Frank. I agree with 0. W. McN. tb!lt Bart Is no good. Has he ever proved true? The ouly goad friend Frank had was Rattles. Bart would try to knock Frank out It h e could. Remember Bart and Frank at Fardale. Burt L. Standish ls an right, but I hope that I will never hear from Hodge, Frank's false friend, again. Vermont. ANTI-HODGE MAN. Your admiration of Frank l s merited, but we cannot say a s much tor your condemnation of Bart. Remember, in many ways he was a true friend ot Frank's, and even though appearances were often against him, ho has surely been misjudged at tlmes. At last I have got started on a letter to you. I wish to do as most everybody else does, compllment you on the excellenc, ot that weekly of weeklies, Tip Top. I have read Crom the first Issue up to the last, and In some cages have re-read tl;lem. That last bl)ll ot Plc.lr's ls a dandy, as he calls It a combination. It Is on the style of the "double shoot,'' only curves t'be other way. Dick ,vm undoubtedly be a greater athlete than Frank-he seems to start out that way. Felecia, the least said about her the better, in my opinion; she I s a jealous gtl, a'l;ld eems to do all she can to make Dick miserable. Doris, well, I would take off my bat to !)er every time. I believe I could love her myself H I would, try real bard. Zona;' y. about like the average girl. Well, I will stop, fo r I don't want to ta"Ke up too much ot your room, but as this Is the fir & t time I ever wrote you, I had "to let her out some." Hal, Brad, Ted, and an the others come in for their share or the applause. Sincerely. K. Mount Vernon. Many thanks fo r your warm praise of Tip 1'op. There Is no doubt l)ut Dick's baseball is all right, and if he continues It right a.Jong, we may expect some great work next I have read quite a number of Tip Top Weeklies, and f!n

NOTICE TO ALL CONTESTANTS IN THR Tip Top All=Americait Base Ball Tournament. The four prize winners in the tournament will be an nounced in Tip Top No. 340. Read the following and see to which of the four leagues your team belongs : League No. I comprises the following States : Con necticut, Delaware Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island an61 Vermont. All team!' entered in the tournament from these States a re contestants in League No. I. League No. 2 comprises the following States: Arkansas Distr"ct of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. All teams entered in the tournament from these States are contestants in League No. 2. League No. 3 comprises the following States : Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. All teams entered in the tournament from these States are con testants in Leagu e No. 3 League No. 4 comprises the following States : Ala bama, Arizona, Californi;i. Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. All teams entered in the tournament from these States are contestants in League No. 4. Now, then, everybndy get ready to play in the annual Tip Top FOOTBALL CONTEST. Coupons for contest appear in this number. Get on the jump, managers. Take time by the forelock.and get your coupons in early and often. ti ere Are the .5cores for the Week : Parkways (Lowell, ?dass.). 11; Llbertys, O. Parkway baseball team-CRei.11lar te&m.) Liberty b&se))all teamSul11van p. ; Gallagher, e. ; Marlllaa.11, 1st b. ; McCarty, 2d b.; Provencher, 3d b ; Allen, s. s. ; !lla.clcaaa, r. t ; lDrweit, o. f. ; Barrr, 1. f Manager--C. R. Bri:;h1tm. Parkways (Lowell, Mass.), 17; Washlngten1 (Newt.n), O. Parkway baseball team-(Reguiar tell.Ill.) Wt.111o.l11gt0il loaseba.11 toa.m-Spofrerd, p. ; Martin. c. ; Mosely, 1st It. ; Bani&s, 2 b.; Badger, Sd b. ; McCoy, e. s. ; Geodwln, r f. ; !loardman, c. f. ; P.tter, I. t. Manager-C. R Brigham. Parkways (Lowen, Mass.), 14.; Work and Wlu, O. Parkway baseball team-(Re gixlar team. ) Work and Win baseball team-Hammond, p.; Dow, c.; Gage, 1st b.; Walsh, 2d It.; Richi.rda, 3d b ; Henley, s. s. ; Merrill, r. f ; Oarr, c. t. ; Kini, I. t. Ma.na1or-C R. Brigham. Parkways (Lowen, Mass.), 12 ; Hlldreths, 0. Parkwa1: baseball Regular tear;a.) Hildreth team-: Brlsell, p. Brown, c. Ha.mblett, 1st b. Tabor, 2d b Quinn. Bd b. Breck, a. s. ; Sherman, r. f.; Harrington, o. t. ; Dola.n, 1. f. Manacor--C R Brigham. -Parkways (Lewt1n, Mass.), 11; Comets, 0. Parkway baseban team.) Com&t baseball teamLester, p. ; Brown, c. ; Otis, 1st b ; Willis, 2d b. ; 01&.rk, Bd b. ; llartman, s. e. ; Alcott, r. t. ; Adams, c. t. ; Deitz, I f. Manager--<:. R. Brigham. Parkways (Lowell, l\Iass.), 29; Emmonta, O Parkway baseball team-(Regular team.) Emmont baseball team Crolgh, p. ; Mooney, c ; Fitch, 1st b. ; Seers, 2d b ; Goodchild, Sd b. ; Myrick, s. e.; Vernon, r. t.; Barker, c. t.; Livingston, l, t. Manu:er---C. R. Brigham. Parkways (Lowen, Mass.), 24.; Crimsoas, 0. Parkway baseball teo.m-(Regu!ar fer.m.) Crimson baseball team Phelps, p. ; Coolidge, c. ; Fletoher, 1st b. ; Pool&, 2d b. ; Parr. Sd b. ; Foley, s. s. ; Sumner, r. f.; :Bradt, c. f. ; Potter, 1. f. Manager-'C. R. Brlgllam. "/ Parkways (Lowell, Mass.), 7; Cresceat Jrs., 0 Pq.rkway baseball te11m-Regular team. ) Crescent Jrs. baseball team-Myron, p.; Carvell, c.; l!oule s 1st b.; Den11.von, 2d b ; C. Pat terson, s. s ; D. Pattersoa, 3d b. ; Melancea, r. f. ; Lalleur, c. f ; Adams, I. t. Manager-C. R. lilrlglum. Parkways (Lowell, Mass.), 14.; Bakers, 0. Parkway baseball team-(Regular team.) Bakers ltaseball team CheGver, p. ; Lyman, c. ; Dickey, l irt b. ; Smith, 2d b ; Kennedy, 3d b. ; G'art'.liler, s. s. ; Hlllard, r t. ; Lynch, c. t. ; Post, 1. f. Manager--C. R. Brigham. Parkways (Lowen, Mase.), i4.; Crimsons, 0 Parkway baseball team-(Regular team.) Crimson basebal1 team Su,mner, p.; Coolidge, c. ; Fletcher, 1st b ; Pcole, 2d b. ; f'.arr, Sd b.; F.ol ey, s. s.; Bradt, r. t.; Petter, c f.; Phelps, 1. !. Ma.nager---0. ll. Brigham. Ansleys (Bay St. Louis, Miss.), 20; Bay Boys, 0 Ans le;r baseball team-J. Schwall, p.; L. Delcuze, c.; O. Hill, let b.; J. Jacodl, Zd b.; E. Strong, 3d b.; J. s. s.; J. Dillman, r. f.; E. Hoffman, c t . : G. Susenenn, 1. f. Bay Boyli bt.seball team-Heue, c.; Jethro, 1st b.; LC>eber, 2d b ; lllglotr, Sd b. ; Bo::itemps, s. s. ; Mauffray, r t. ; L. Ansley, o. t.; W. Gex, I. f. Manager-Ed. C. Ansley. Ansleys (Bay St. Louis, Mis1.), 7; M 8. 0., 1. Ansley baseball team-(Regular team.) M. B G. baeel)alll:S: A. Perre, p ; Graham, o. ; Batelle.._ 1 s t b ; R. Perre, 2d b. ; 'I' hard, Sd b.; Hendersou, s. ; G. Jlllmer, r. t.; Autln, o. f.; hm.d, 1. f . Manager-Ed. C. Ausley. An>;lo;i-s (Bay St. Loul1, 1Ills1.), 10; O. Anslq b&aeb&ll &eam-(Regulu team.,). Ga b&HO&Jl


TIP TOP WEEKLY. Gex. P..i Buford, c. ; G. Schwa.II, 1st b. ; JD. Gu, 2d b. i R. Oliva.rt, 8d b. ; 1:1orda1a1 a. a. ; Colson, r. t ; Ladner, o. t. ; McDona.Ja, 1 t. Man airer-Ed. 0. Ansley. Ansleya (Bay St. Louis, Miss.), 20; Chips, 0. Anal97 ba.seball team-(Re1ula.r team.) Ohlps baseball team-La.fayne, p,; Rohmer, c.; W. Driver, let b.; Joyce, 2d b.; Byer, 8d b.; Penny, s. s.; Gerrln, r. f.; McDon Id, c. t.; Mauffray, I t. ManagerEd. O. Ansley. Oakwood A. C (Ora.nge, N. J.), 88; Nameless A. 0., 0. Oakwood A. C. baseball team-H. Grlnsted, p.; J Morgan, c.; J. Mo:l)l:e.nus, 1st b.; J. Anderson, 2d b.; F. McArdle, 8d b.; F. Burns, s. ., ; J. McGovern, r. f. ; J Rush, c. t ; B. Oats, I. t. Nameless A. 0. baoeball team-P. Odell, p,; M. Brennen, c.; W. Hill, 1st b.; C. Ander aon.1. 2d b.; P. Bradley, 3d b.; D. Denney, s s.; J. Lenard, r. t ; L. Mcvabe, c. f. ; J. Carrol, I. f. Manager-H. Grlnsted. Oalcwood A. C. (Orange, N. J.), 20; Rosebud Jrs., O. Oakwood A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Rosebeud Jr. baseball team-H. Cole, p.; F. Cole, c.; H. Toppin, 1st b.; W. Willians, 2d b.; S. Parks, 3d b.; C. Smith, s. s.; H. Carson, r. t.; E. Powers, c. t.; J. Scally, I. t. M anager-H. Grlmsted. Oakwood A. O. (Orange, N. J.), 31; Washington A. C., O. Oakwood A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Washington A. C. baseball team-L. Savage, p.; P. Pensey, c.; J. Cown, 1st b.; H. Hanson, 2d b.; E. Jackson, 3d b.; M. O'Nelll, s s.; F. Burke, r. t.; H. Clarke, c. t.; J. Miller, I. t. Manager-H. Orinsted. Oakwood A. C. (Orange, N .J.) 13; El. V. B. B. C., 13. Oakwood baseball team-(Regular team.) .E. V. baseball team i Wheeler, p. ; E. Shepherd, c. ; H. Fisher, 1 s t b. ; J. Russell, 2d b. ; McLaughlln, 3d b.; H. Tucker, s. s ; H. Wilson, r. t.; F. Mlller, c. t. ; J. Moran, I. f . Manager-H. Grinstecl. Oakwood A. C. (Orange N . J.), 14; Hlllslde A. C., 3. Oakwood baseball team-(Regular team.) Hlllslde A. C. baseball team-J. Connoly, p.; G. Green, c.; J. Qulgly, 1st b.; J. Cone 2d b.; M. Haggerty, 3d b.; J. Ham!lton, s. s.; A. Hangs, r. t.; C. Bradley, c. t.; A. Webb, I. f Manager-H. Grlosted. Oakwood A. C. (Orange, N J.), 23; Oakwood F. C., O. Oakwood A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Oakwood F. C. base ball team-Campbell, p.; Furner, c.; Morton, 1st b.; Nerllng, 2d b.; O. Porter, 3d b.; Jennings, s. s.; G. White, r. f.; A. Mason, c. t.; C. Smith, I. f. Manager-H. Grlnsted. Oakwood A. C. (Orange, N. J.), 18; Mountain Oa.ks, 3. Oakwood A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Mountain Oaks baseball tearo-F. McManus, p.; E Donavan, c.; Bun let, 1st b.; C Donavan, 2d b.; Smith, 3d. b. ; L. McManus, s. s.; White, r. t.; M. Corren, c. f.; J. Smart, l. !. Manager-H. Grlnsted. B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), 2; Major B. B. 0., 0. B. P. Stars baseball team-Towey, p.; Laugbl!n, c.; Jordan, 1st b.; Long, 2d b.; Madden, 3d b.; Carey, s. s.; Lahey, r. ; Rlelley, c. f ; Devoy, I. t. Major B. B. C. baseball team-Mallendor, p. ; Carley, o. ; Smith, 1st b. ; Dwyer, 2d b. ; Balley, Sd b. ; Harvey, s. s. ; Coyle, r. f. ; Kendall, c. f. ; Gebhart, l. !. Manager-W. Jordan. B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), 9; Mahogany A C., 0 B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team. ) Mahogany A. C. baseball team-Durke, p.; Fotherham, c.; Thomas, let b.; Josephy, 2d b.; Finegan, 3d b. ; Moore, s. s. ; Aller, r. !. ; Richards, c. f. ; Motter, l. !. Manager-\V. JOTdan. B. P. Stars (Syracuae, N. Y.), 19; Robbers, 0. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Robbers baseball team -Jacobs, p.; Harpin, c.; Freedman, 1st b.; Illack, 2d b.; Jackson, 3d b.; Tourpin, s. s.; Fr. lend, r. f. ; Webster, c. f.; Edwards, I. f. Manager -W. Jordon. D. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), 23; Young Scrubs, O. B. P. Stars baseball tearo-(Regular team.) Young Scrubs baseball team-Mallander, p., Dugan, c ; Lawler, 1st b.; Folen, 2d b.; Kaylor, 3d b.; Barrett, s. s.; Monroe, r. f.; Depau, c. t.; Green, I. f. Mauager-W. Jordan. B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N Y.), 13; Mahogany A. C., 1. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Mahogany A. O. base oall team-Thomas, p.; Fotherham, c.; Burk, let b.; Josepby, 2d b.; F. Meagan, 3d b.; Moore, s. s.; Gller, r. !. ; Richards, c. t.; Motter, I. f. Manager-W. Jordan. B P. Stars (Syracuse, N Y.), 4; Crackerjacks, O. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Crackerjacks baseball team-Chauncey, p.; Kaylor, c.; Randsomer, let b.; Barrett, 2d b.; Tobias, 3d b.; Chester, s. s.; Ashenfelter, r. t.; Raw, c. f.; Wheeler, I. f. Manager-W. Jordan. B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), H; Young Scrubs, O. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Young Scrubs baseball team-Mallander, p. ; Dugan, c. ; Lawler, 1st b. ; Folen, 2d b. ; Kaylor, ; s s. ; Mon roe, r. t ; Depau, c. f. ; Green, I. f. Manager B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), 23; Conovers, O. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Conover baseball team -Oogan, p. ; Flattery, c.; Malloy, 1st b ; Malone, 2d b.; Andrews, 3d b.; Iver, s. s.; .Johnson, r. f.; Almond, c. t.; Hooker, I. f. ManagerW. Jordan. B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), 6; Robbers, O. D. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Robbers baseball team -Jaclcson, p.; Harpin, r. ; Freedman, ht b.; Black, 2d b.; Jacobs, Sd b.; Tourpln, s. s.; Friend, r f.; Webster, c. t.; Edwards, I. f. Manager-W. Jordan. B P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.). 7; Ollcan A. C., 0. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular t eam.) Ollcan A. C. baseball team-Crecer, p.; Lowell, c.; Care w, 1st b.; Mavlew, 2d b.; Carnell, 8d b.; Willis, s. s.; Maloney, r. f.; Faber, c. f.; Montgomery, I. f. Manager-W. Jordan. B. P. Stars (Syracuse, N. Y.), 18; Conovers, 0. B. P. Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Conover baseball team -Malloy, p.; Flattery, c.; Cogan, 1st b.; Malone, 2d b ; Andrews s.; Johnson, r. f.; Amend, c. t.; Hooker, l. f. Manager B11ms (Peoria, Tex.), 7; Pickups, 3 Bums baseball team-Dlllard, p.; Allison, c.; Gage, 1st b.; Bragg, 2d Q ; Hill, 3d b. ; Dunn, ; Blacklr, r f. ; E. Ham!lton, c. t. ; I t. Pickups baseball team-Hewitt, p.; Winter, c.; F. J. i:age, 1st b. '. W. Barnett, b ; D. Barnett, 8d b .i.. A. Hamilton, a. a. : liorbes, r. f., J, Hill, c. f King, I. f. ll!!anager-.t.r. J. Page. Bums (Peoria, Tex.), 24; 0. M. A., 1. Bums baseball team-(Regula.r team.) O. M. A. baseba.11 team Chandler, p. ; Killough, c. ; Buster, 1st b. ; Marrow, 2d b. f. Burdette, 8d b. ; Rogers, s s. ; Knight, r. f.; Hughes, c. t. ; Darnell, f. Man1.ger-T. J. Page. Bums (Peoria, Tex.), 23; Sluggers, Bums baseball team-(Regular team.) Sluggers Ellis, p. ; K. Routh, c. ; G. Dunn, 1st b. ; Mack, 2d Low, s. s.; L. Bragg, r f,; King, c. t.; J, Page, I. t Page. 2. baseball te&m b. ; Hill, 8d b ; Manager-T. J. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.), 24; Yankees, O. Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-J. Conners, p. ; B. Freeman, c. ; S. Rebadow, 1st b.: H. Mayer, 2d b.; D. Dleboldt, 3d b.; H. Shannon (capt.), s. s.; J. Wende, r. !. ; A. Dleboldt, c. t. ; J. Welch, I. f. Yankees baseball team-F. Merrill, p.; C. Howe, c.; B. Whiting, 1st b.; M. Harris, 2d b.; E. Hughes, 3d b.; E. Hill (capt.), s. s.; B. Harris, r. t.; G. Anderson, c. f.; F. Simon, I. f. Manager-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.). 14 Youngsters, 0. Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-(Regular team.) Youngsters baseball team-J. Clark, p.; C. Hart, c.; P. Telhalrd, 1st b.; F. Brennan, 2d b.; J. Shlff, 3d b.; 0. Wiley, s. s.; P. Randall, r. f ; C. McFarland, c. f. ; A. Donahue, I. f. Manager-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.). 17; Maplewoods, 0. Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-(Regulat. team.) Maplewoocl baseball team-0. Koch, p ; P. Donalds on, c.; J. Creaclon, 1st b.; F. Adams, 2d b.; B. Van Den Mone, 3d b.; L. Woover, s. s.; J. Max, r. f.; C White, c. f ; Q. Hollis, l. f. Manager-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (But:ralo, N. Y .), 9; Glenwoods, 0. Oakdale baseball team-(Regular team. ) Glenwoods baseball team -J. Blackburn, p ; W. Dell, c.; D. Griffin, 1st b.; I. Kernot, 2d b.; P. Hunt, 3d b.; Horberger, s. s.; Churchill, r. t.; Alevay, c. t.; B. Getz, I. t. Manager--H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.), 25; Nine Stars, 0 Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-(Regul11r team.) Nine Stars baseball team-J. O'Connell, p.; H. Smith, c.; G. Anderson, 1st b.; J. Sweetler, 2d b. ; B. Calllp, 3d b. ; E. Hughes, s. s.; M cLaughlin, r. f.; F. Mc Farland, c. f. ; J. Endres, I. f. Manager-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.). 22; Mohawk A. C., O. Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-(Regular team.) Mohawk A. C. baseball tearu-F. Jacklltze, p. 1 P. Zimmer, c.; M. Donner, 1st b.; F. Peters, 2d b.; L. Loughlin, 3d b.; El. Hill (capt.), s. s.; J. M!ller, r. r.; T. Curtis, c f.; B. Engle, I. f. Manager-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.), 26; Yellow Kids, 0. Oakdale Jrs baseball team-(Regular team.) Yellow Kids ba.seball team-J. Skinner, p.; G. Anderson, c.; C. 1st b.; F. Creston, 2d b.; L. Blghtson, 3d b.; B. Laso n s kl, s. s.; B. Jokeun, r. t.; H. Locke, c. f ; J. Bur, I. f. Managcr-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.), 17; Dexters, 0. Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-(Regular team.) Dexter baseball tea.m M. O'Connel, p.; Joe Godfrey, c.; Ned. Cooper, l e t b.; J. Wilson, 2d b.; A. Peters, 3d b. ; .J-. Sherwood, s. s.; L. Smith, r. f.; J. Lutz, c t.; F. W enn, I. t. Manager-H. Shannon. Oakdale Jrs. (Buffalo, N. Y.), 14; L. E. A. C., O. Oakdale Jrs. baseball team-(Regular team.) L. E. A. C. baseball team-J. Hayward, p.; J. O'Donnel, c.; L. Murphy, 1st b.; W. Sllter, 2d b.; R. Jones, 3d b.; Kid Hill (capt.), s. s.; P. lllarlon, r. t.; C. Velgh, c. t.; F. Murphy, I. f. Manager-H. Shannon. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.). 24; Rough Riders, 0. Warrior A. C. baseball team-Higgins, p. ; Connelly, c.; McArdle, 1st b ; Murphy, 2d b. ; Gillbooley, 3d b.; Sullivan, s. s.; Haley, r. t ; M Stanton, c. r.; W. Stanton, I. r. Rough Riders baseball teamHanson and N &wton, p.; c.; Dickson and Hanson, 1st b.; Kimball, 2d b ; Shirley, 3d b.; Newton and Dickson, s. s.; Fletcher and Gillis, r f.; Gillis and Fletcher, c. f.; Eldridge, 1. t. Mauager Charl es Rochford. Warrior A. O. (Manchester, N. H .), 7; Rough Riders, o. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular teaIJ'.\.) Rough Riders baseball team-Hanson, p.; Currier, c.; Dickson, 1st b.; Kimball, 2d b.; Shirley, 3d b.; Newton, s. s.; Fletcher, r. f.; Gillis (capt.), c. t.; Eldridge, I. f. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 23; Buckhorns, O. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Buckhorns baseball team-Durgin (capt.), p.; Bishop, c.; Davis, 1st b.; Targett, 2d b.; Moore, 3d b.; Steven, s. s.; Conley, r. !. ; Snyder, c. !. ; Wilson, I t. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 8; Rainbows, O. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Rainbows baseball team-C. Redmond, p.; H Corners, c.; D. Jones, 1st b.; S. Morse, 2d b.; F. McCarthy (capt.), 3d b. ; L. Egan, s. s.; P. O'Connell, r. t.; A. Harris, c. f. ; R. Newton, I. f. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Mnuchester, N. H.), 20; Bushwhackers, O. Warrior A. C. baseball team.) Bushwhackers baseball team-M. Griffin, p.; F. Sullivan, c.; J. High, 1st b.; S. Moran, 2d b.; H. Kenuedy, 3d b.; D. McCarthy, s. s.; P. Corbett, r. f.; D O'Brien, c. f.; J. O'Brien, I. f. Manager-Charles RochfQrd. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 12; Sandy Hills, O Warrior A. C. baseball tenm-(Regular team.) Sandy Hills baseball team-W. Maloney, p.; C. Hartmen, c.; F. Bodkin, 1st b ; M. Carney, 2d b.; P. Moran, 3d b.; E. Stone, s. s.; L. Richmond, r. f.; P. Hennigan, c. f.; F. Kersh (capt.), 1. f. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C (Manchester, N. H.), 5; Sand Banks 2. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Sand iianks base ball team-Mohar (capt.), p.; Smith, c.; Levine, 1st b.; Fitzgerald, 2d b.; Labore; 3d b.; Carroll, s. s.; Miles, r. f.; Barry, c. f.; Moore, I. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (ManchMter, N H.),'G; Skeags B. B. C., 0. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Skeags baseball team-Corey (capt.), p.; Pickering, c.; Wingate, 1st b.; Farmer, 2d b.; Morley, 8d b.; Plummer, s. s.; Lenard, r. !. ; Levine, e. t.; Quinn, l. t. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Mat)chester, N. H.). 12; Red Stripes, O Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Red Stripes baseball team-Wilber Cc.apt.), p.; Coolley, c.; O'Brien, 1st b.; McNorman,


2d b.; Sulllnn. Sd b.; Cornish, s. ; Drew, r. r.; Helbert, c. t.; Bren nan, I. f Manager--Charl&s Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 7; White Stars, O. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) White Stars baseball team-Conway (capt.), p.; Elliot, c.; Warden, 1st b.; Healey, 2d b.; Burnham, Sd b.; Dickins, e. s.; Nevers, r. t.; Norrlss, c. t.; EJmont, I. t. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N H.), 16; Red Stripes, 0. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Red Stripes bnseball team-Brennan, p. ; Cooller, c. ; O'Brien, 1st b. ; McNorman, 2d b. ; Sulll'van, 3d b.; Cornl'';h, s. s.; Drew, r. f.; Helbert, c. t.; Wilber, I. t. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 19; Red O. Warrior A C. team-(Regular team.) Red Stripeo baseball team-Wilbe r (cnpl.), p.; Cooller, c.; O'Brien, 1st b.; McNormau, 2d b.; Sullivan, 3d b.; Cornish, s. s.; Drew, r. t.; Helbert, c. f.; Brennan, l. f. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. II.), 8; White 0. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Conway (capt.), p.; Etllot, c.; Warden, 1st b. ; Healey, 2d b.; Burnham, Sd b. ; Dickins, s. s.; Nevers, r. f.; Norrlss, c. f.; Elmont, I. !. Manager-CharleA Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 11; Red Stripes, 0. Warrior A. C. baseball tearn-(Regular team.) Red Stripes baseball team-Brennan, p. ; Cooller, c.; oBrlen, 1st b.; Mc"1orman, 2d b.; Sulltyan, 3d b ; Cornish, s. s ; Drew, r. !. ; Helbert, c. f. ; Wilber, J. r Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (111.,nchester, N. H.), 13; Golden Elagles, 0. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team.) Golden Engles baseball team-Stlnon (capt.), p.; H. \.Vasher, o.; Chambers, 1st b.; Bronson, 2d b. ; McBride, Sd b. ; Noonan, s. s.; Durpee, r. t.; T. '\\a s her, c. f ; Everson, I. f. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Mnnchester, N. H.), 20; Golden Eagles, 0. Warrior A. C. baseball team-(Regular team. ) Golden basoball team-Burpee, p.; Stinson (capt.), c.; Chambers, 1st b.; Bronson, 2d b.; McBride, 3d b.; Noonan, s. s. ; H. Washer, r. f.; T. Washer, c. !. ; Everson, I. t. Manager-Charles Rochford. Warrior A. C. (Manchester, N. H.), 12; Golden Eagles, O. Warrior A. O. baseball team-(Regular team.) Golden Eagles base ball team-Burpee, p. ; Stinson (capt.), c.; Chamber, 1st b.; Bronson, 2d b ; McBride, 3d b.; Noonan, s. s. ; Walker, r. !. ; Dammen, c. f.; Everson, I. t. Manager-Charles Rochford. Gloucester Juniors (Gloucester, N. J.), 7; Mercer A A., 6. Gloucester Juniors baseball team-L. Thompson, p. ; R. Moyer, c.; L. Lane, 1st b.; W. Balle. 2d b.; R. Baile, 3d b.; J. A. Barnas, s. s.; J. A. McAleese, r t. ; F McGulgan, c. !. ; W. H yland, I. !. Mercer A. A. baseball team-A. Pascho, p.; C. Sweeten, c.; T. Moss, 1st b.; J. Walsh, 2d b.; F. Gorman. Sd b.; R. Ryers, s s.; G. Frazier, r !. ; J. Moss, c. f.; R. Thompson, I. !. Captain-John A. Barnes. Gloucester Juniors (Gloucester N J.), 14; Hillsides, 4. Gloucester Juniors baseball team-(Regular team.) Hillsides base ball tenm-C. McMaster, p.; A. Sterling, c.; J Bell, 1st b.; I. Brown, 2d b.; J. Clark, 3d b. ; J. Anderson, s. s.; P. Moore, r. t.; J Hangey, c. t.; R. CaHahen, I. !. Captain-John A. Barnes. Epworth Guards (Penn's Grove, N. J.), 20; Scrubs, 5. Epworth Guards baseball team-Torton, p.; Layton (capt.), c ; Morris, 1st b.; Kidd, 2d b.; Biddle, 3d b. ; Bradway, s. s ; Leonard, r. !. ; Hillman, c. f.; English, I. f. Scrubs baseball team-Feninin!nlni, p.; Watson, c.; Bisbee, lat b. ; Pyle, 2d b. ; Hammit, s. s.; Leap, r. t.; Ale, c. f.; Gibbs, I. f. Manager-W. Kidd. Epwortb Guards (Penn's Grove, N. J.), 14; Orlen Juniors, 9. Epworth Guards baseball team-(Regular team. ) Orlen Junioro baseball team-Dolbow, p.; Hunter, c. ; Broson, 1st b. ; Diver, 2d b.; Corson, 3d b.; Ward, s. s.; Johnson, r. !. ; Biddle, l. !. Manager-W. Kidd. Epworth Guards (Penn's Grove, N. J.), 8; Orien Juniors, 6. Epworth Guards baseball team-(Regular team.) Orlen Juniors baseball team-Dolbow, p.; Durns, c. ; Brown, 1 s t b. ; Johnson, 2d b.; Wash, 3d b.; Hunter, s. s.; Johnson, r. f.; Corson, c. !. ; Biddle, I. !. Manager-W. Kleid. Epworth Guards (Penn's Grove, N J.), 17; Scrubs, 2. Epworth Guards baseball team-(Regular tea,m.) Scrubs baseball team-Funlman, p. ; Honiniolt, c. ; Leap, 1st b.; Pyle, 2d b.; Titus, 3 d b.; Watson, s. s.; Olla r. !. ; Burke, c. !. ; Gibbs, I. !. ManagerW. K!cld. Belden Juniors (Chicago, Ill.), 22; Green Backs, 2. Belden Juniors baseball tea.m-W. Bittner, p.; F. Seese, c.; W. Her zog, 1st b.; R. Walter, 2d b.; A. Harland, 3d b.; G. Rdlller, r. !. ; W. Schaefer, s. s.; K. Harland, c. !. ; W. Morris, I. f. Green Backs baseball team-Albert Card, p.; James Woll, o.; Berte Dunkirk, 1st b. ; Arthur Lennels, 2d b.; Charles Howe, 3d b.; Frank Jones. s. s. ; Robert Hotz, r. f. ; Harry Truepe, c. !. ; Fred Wilke, I. !. Mannger Wm. Herzog. Belden Juniors I (Chicago, Ill.), 21 : Johnies, 0. Belden Juniors baseball team-(Regular team.) Johnies baseball team-Frank, p.; John Mitchell, c.; James Douglass, 1st b.; Frank Durend, 2d b. ; Willie Cornan, 3cl b. ; Charles Conrad, s. s. ; George Hill, r. t.; Daniel Douglass, c. f.; 'Willard McKlnn, I. !. Manager Wm. Herzog. Belden Juniors (Chicago, Ill.), 12; Red Eagles, 3. Belden Juniors baseball team-(Regular team.) Red Eagles baseball team-B. Simpson, p ; L. Harban, c.; F. Reid, 1st b ; C. R e id, 2d b.; H. Smithen, 3d b.; W. Clay, s. a.; G. Fulton, r. !. ; D. Ad. a.ms, c. f.; S Daner, I. f. Manager-Herzog. Belden Juniors (Chicago, Ill.), 20; Dukes, O. Belden Juniors baseball team-(Regular team.) Dukes baseball team-J. Cameron (capt.), p.; R Livings, c.; A. HE\,inson, 1st b.; P. Alstrock, 2d b.; F. Popp, Sd b.; Art. Sherhann, s. s.; Joe Buttler, r. t. :" H. Raymond, c. f.; D. Mirsch, I. f. Manager-W. Herzog. Belden Juniors (Chicago, Ill.), 13 ; Castles, o. Belden Juniors baseball tenm-(Regular team.) Castles baseball team-John Kask, p.; Ben Lester, c.; Max Zuber, 1st b.; Henry Junck, 2d 1'.; Frank Wadton, 3d b.; Phll Gernby, s. s.; Charles Xurnere, r. t.; Robbi@ Wad ton,_ c. t. ; Daniel I. t. Herzog. Belden Juniors (Chlcll.go. Ill,). 12; De. 1 Belden Juniors baseball team-(Regular team.) Dea 1'1alnos baseball team-Charles Jeuoon, p.; Walter Durdt, c.; Oar! Steele, 1st I>.: Joe Bent, 2d b.; August Reutz, 3d b.; James Smith, a. s.; John Pall, r. t.; Walter Cnrltonby, c. t.; Frank Letz, l. f. licrzog. Ducking Broncos (O s ceola, Ark.), 17 ; Crackerjacks, 2. Bucking Broncos baseball teaM-D. Blackwood, p.; H. Weinberg, c.; G. Bryant, ht b. ; L. Cartwright, 2d b. ; M. Semmes, Bd b. ; J. Bowen, s. s.; H. Hall, f.; W. Walker, c. t.; B. Triplet, I. f. Crackerjacks baseball team-C: Hal-a, p. ; C. Lawrence, c. ; I. Deklns, 1st b. ; S. Dekine, 2d b.; J. DekJns, 3d b.; F'. White, s. s.; W McMurray, r. t. ; L. Bouregard, c. f. ; H. Smith, l. f. Manager-H. Weinberg. Bucking Broncos (Osceolo:, Ark.). 5; Jamaica Gingers, 0. Bucking Broncos baseball team-(Regular t.eam.) Jamaica Gingers baseball team-J. Holland, p.; S. Janos c.; B. Feeze r 1st b.; G. Mastern, 2d b.; B. Lovell, 3d b.; T. Hendricks, s. s.; C. Senator, r. t.; W. Prewitt, c. t.; J. Walker, l. r. Manager-H. Weinberg. Bucking Broncos (Osceola, Ark.), 24; Scrubs, 2. Bucking Broncos baseball team-(Regular team.) Scrub base-ball team-B. Walker, J. Carter, Simll', p.; A. Stallings, o.; J. Mc Garrity, 1 s t b.; B. Roade, 2d b.: A. Levy, 3d b.; F. White, s. s.; J. Blackbell, r. !. ; M. Carroll, c. f.; S. Johnson, I. t. Manager-H. Weinberg. Bucking Broncos (Osceola. Ark.), 8; Luzcra Stars, 1. Bucking Dronct>s baseball team-( Regular team.) Luxoi:a Stars baseball team-J. Buckley, p.; '\V. Hayes, c.; 0. Driver, 1st b.; J. Powell, 2d b.; N. Layne, ::Jd b.; W. Morrow, s. s.; J. Lynch, r. !. ; L. Parlmer, c. f.; D. Dudney, l. f Manager-I:!. Weinberg. Rlverviews (Waltham, Mass.)( 3; P 0 0., 0. Riverviews baseball tca.m-Roscoo McC eave, p.; Lorb1g Barlow, c.; Harry White, 1st b.; George Keyes, 2d b.; Earl McCleave, 3d b.; Soloman Fruchtman, s.; Fred Moriarity, r. !. ; Henry Shields, c. t.; Roy Stubbles, l. !. P. C. C. baseball team-Frank Burke, p. ; Joseph B:u-ret, c.; Harry Quincy, 1st b. ; Joseph Berry. 2d b.; Charles Hortma.n, Sd b. ; Howard Ootton, s. s. ; William Cutting, r. f.; Charles Bar ret, c. t.; Louis Latro, I. f. Manager-Loring l3arlow. Riverview (Waltham, Mass.), 9; Waverleys, 2. Rlverviews b'aseball team-(Regular team.) \Vaverleys baseball team-Names not given. Manager-Loring Barlow. Riveniews (Waltham, Mass.), 4; Gladons; 1. Rivervlews baseball team-( Regtllar team.) G!adona baseball tea!D -Names not given. Manager-Loring Barlow. Rlvenlows (Waltham, Mass.), 3; Malden A. A., 2. Rlverviews baseball team-(Regular team.) Malden A. A. baeebatl team-Frank \Voo

30 Riverviews (Wa.ltham, Mass.), 3; Boys, School, 0. Riverviews baseball team-(Regular tea m.) Boys' School baseball team-Joseph Thorpe, p.; Henry Kimball, c.; Willtam Gooding, 1st b.; Harry Shields, 2d b.; Rector Teek, 3d b.; Sam Steel, c. s.; Charles Caln, '" f. ; Fred Moore, c. !. ; Harry Erne, I. !. Manager-Lering Barlow. American Boys (Brunswi ck, Maine). 13; Mere Brooks, 0. Ame rican Boys baseball team-Davis, p.; Thompson, c.; Cony, 1st b. ; Clark, 2d b. ; Brown, 3d b. ; Adams, s. s. ; Roberts, r. f. ; Haskell c. f ; Cripps, I. Mere Brooka baseball team-Prince, p.; G. Sadler, c.; H. Skoetleld, lsl b.; \Yard, 2d b.; Collin, 3d b.; P. Sadler, s. s.; A. E. Snow, r. f.; Roge r ", c. r. ; E. Slrneft e ld, I. f. Manager-J. Snow. Boys (Brunswick, Maine), 18; Powder House Hill, 0. American Boya baseball team-(Rcgular team.) Powder House Hill baseball tenm-Co1\p, p. : Kittredge, c. ; Mather let b ; Purrington, 2d b.; Wheeler, 3d b.; Coffin, s. s.; Dyer, r f.; Elwell, c. f.; Prince, I. Manager-Snow. American Boys (Brunswick, Maine). 1; T. H. S., O. Ame1lcan Boys baseball team-(Regular team.) T H. S baseball team-Whitten, p.; Derry, c. ; Colby, 1 s t b.; Goud, 2d b.; Powers, 3 d b.; White, s. s.; Lang, r. f. ; Davis, c. t .; Chase, 1. t Manager-Snow. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), S; Busy Bees, 1. Fardale basebnll team-H. Randall, p.; G. Molloy, c.; F. Parker, 1st b.; T Hurney, 2d b.; Nick Murphy, 3 d b.; T. Macy, s. s.; H Parker, r. t.; C Rand11ll, c. !. ; J. Murphy, I. f :Busy Bees baseball team Gary, p.; Kraemer, c.; Moses, 1st b.; Lowe, 2d b.; Garrett, 3 d b. ; Kime, s.; Calvin, r. f.; Dubois, c f.; Nolan, l. f. Manager-S. Kreig Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 9 r :Buey Bees, 2. Fardale baseball team-(Rcgulnr team.) Busy :Bees baseball teamMoses, p. ; Kraem&r, c. ; Gary, 1st b.; Lowe, 2d b.; Garrett, 3 d b.; Kime, s. s. ; Calvla, r. !. ; Dubois, c. f ; Nolan, I. f Manager-S. Kreig. Farda les (Washington, D. C.), 8; Potomacs, 3. Fardale baseb all team-(Regular team.) Potomacs baseball teamK elley, p.; Croker, c.; Lewis, 1st b. ; Bradley, 2 d b.; Quill, 3d b.; Curtis, s. s. ; McKee, r. t ; Volte, c. f. ; Masone, I. f. Manager-S. Kreig. Farda)es (Washington, D C.), 9; Potomacs, 1. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Potomacs baseball teamLewis, p.; Croker, c.; K elley, 1st b.; Bradley, 2d b.; Quill, 3d b.; Curtis, s. e.; McKee, r. ; Volte, c. f.; Masone, I. f. Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 9; Little Rocks, 11. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Little Rock baseball teamMcWade, p. ; Bolac, c.; Widmayer, 1st b. ; Smith, 2d b.; Wldmire, 3d b.; Hall, s s.; Ruins, r. !. ; Garrett, c. t.; Neiman, I. t Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 9; Mt. Pleasants, 6. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Mt. Pleasant baseball team -Co l eman, p ; Ryan, c. ; Spates, let b. ; Birch, 2d b ; Rullo, 3d b ; Pryer, s s.; Mullen, r. t.; Fudder, c f.; Gwire, I. t. Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 16; Radtords, 5 Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Rac)ford 9 baseball teamReed p.; Tew, c.; Goddard, 1st b.; Eberly, 2d b.; Hayes, 3d b.; Woods, s. s ; Burns, r . t. ; Moore, c. f. ; Mullaney, I. f. Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.). 3; Hurons, 2. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Hurons baseball teamFlather, p.; Myers, c.; James, 1st b. ; Cambone, 2d b.; Mann, 3d b.; Parkes, s. s.; Pettit, r. f.; Warren, c. f.; Potts, I. f Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 18; Albermarles, 1. Fardaie baseball team-(Regular team.) Albermarles baseball team -Simonton, p.; Cuughltn, c.; Connoly, 1 s t b.; Bain, 2d b.; Karr, 3d b.; Sauter, I!. s. ; Dove, r. f ; Britt, c. f. ; Crole, I. f. Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 7; Meridians, 4. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Meridians baseball teamMalloy, p.; Leac h, c. ; Sweeney, 1st b. ; Lync h, 2d b.; Kanuce, 3d b.; Batch, s. s. ; Randalle, r. t. ; Croker, c. t. ; Mike, I. t. Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D C.), 9; Young Americas, Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Young America baseball team-Stevens, p ; King, c. ; Snow. lst b.; Beech er, 2d b ; T enley, 3d b.; Kacter. s. s.; Connoly, r f.; Rollins c. f.; Stelnwerd, I. t Man &ger-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.), 8; Corcorans, 2. Fardale team-(Regular team.) Co r corans baseball teamBruce, _p.; B o lland c.; Shaw, 1st b.; Witt, 2d b.; Ml nore, 3d b.; Hentz, s. e.; Phelps, r. f.; Simon, c. !. ; S h elby, ). f. Manager-S. Kreig. F arda les (Washington, D C.), 8 : Calros, 10. Fardale baseball team-(Reguiar team.) Cairo baseball team-I. Briscoe, p.; N. Briscoe, c.; R Sampson (capt.), 1st b. ; F Goode, 2d b ; C Stephenson,. 3d b ; H. Sampson, s. s. ; C. Dugan, r. f. ; J. Du gan, c f.; F. Bowlne, I. t Manag er-S. Kreig. Fardaies (Washingtol), D. C.), 8 ; Cairos, 1. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Cairo baseball teamBriscoe, p. ; Briscoe, c. ; Sampson, 1 s t b ; Goode, 2? b. ; Stephenson, 3 d b,,; Sampson, s. s.; C. Dugan, r f.; Bowy, c. f.; Richards, I. t. Mana ge!'--S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.). 9: Co rcorans, 3. Fardale baseball team-(Regular team.) Corcorans baseball teamBruce, p. ; Bolland c.;' Shaw, 1st b. ; Witt, 2d b.; Minore, 3d b.; Hentz, s. s. ; Phelps, r !. ; Simon, c. t. ; Shelby, I. f Manager-S. Kreig. Fardales (Washington, D. C.). 9; Olympias, 8. Fardale baseball team-(Rcgul a r team.) Olympia baseball teamWhttehead, p. ; Stewart, c. ; Crowe, 1st b ; Honiker, 2d b ; D. Murphy, 8d b.; G Seitz, s. s.; B. Porter, r f.; Collier, c. t.; Seitz, I. t. Manager -B. Kreig. Ansley {Bay St. Louis, Miss.), 20; Nationals, 6 Ansley baseball team-Hoffman. p.; Delleuze, c ; Thee, 1st b.; Ta IODI, 24 b.; Strong, 3 d b.; Vas3alll, s. s.; Dillman, r t.; Schwall, c. !. ; l!useneau, I. f. Nationals baseball team-Ladner, p. ; Mauffrsy, c.; Hullter, 1st b. ; Martinez, 2d b. ; Tanard, 3d b ; Seube, s. s. ; Ratelle, r. t. ; Graham, c. t. ; Hart, I. t. Manager-Ed. C. Ansley. Ansleys (Bay St. Louis, Miss.), 10; S. S. C., 0. Ansley baseball team-(Regular team.) S. S. C. baseball teamBron, p ; Bucks, c. ; Blanchard, 1st b.; Martinez, 2d b.; Hungerford, 3 d b.; Robt. Miaux, s. s.; Tucult, r t.; Donahue, c. t.; De l a Croix, I. f. Manager-Ed. C. Ans ley. Ansleys (Bay St. Louis, Miss.), 12; All Irish, 0. Ansley baseball team-(Rcgular team.) All Irish baseball teamMcGuire, p ; Lynch, c. ; Furey, 1st b. ; Cronin 2d b. ; Mu)ligan, 3d b. ; Toohey, s. s.; Fahey, r. f.; McGloln, c. t.; Stafford, I. f. .Managcr Ed. C. Ansley. White Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 15 ; Green Sox, 4. White Stars baseball team-Lannon, p.; Shefne, c.; Carey (capt.), 1st b.; Galvin, 24 b.; Alloly, 3d b.; Fitzgerald, s. s.; Coyle, r. t.; Rayson, c. f.; Nash, I. f. Green Sox baseball team-Moody, p.; Sneider, c.; Hemphill, 1st b ; Wagner, 2d b. ; Fleming, 3d b. ; Dlngan, s. s. ; B. Sneider (capt.). r t.; Everz, c. f.; Belt, I. t. Manager-Carey. White Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 7 ; Green Sox, 0. -White Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Moody, p ; Sneider, c.; Hcmph111, 1st b. ; Wagner, 2d b. ; Fleming, 3d b ; Dingan, s. s.; B. Sneider, r t. ; Evers, c. t ; Belt, I. f Manager-Carey. White Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 5; Green Sox, 1. Whito Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Moody, p.; Sneider, c. ; Hemphill, 1st b. ; Wagner, 2d b ; FlemJng, 3d b. ; Dlngan, s. s. ; B Sneider, r. t. ; Evers, c f ; Bel t, I. f Manager-Carey. White Stars ( Chicago Ill.), 6; Eagles, 0. White Stars baseball team-(llegular team.) Eagles baseball t eam --O'Hare, p.; Lane, ? j_ Jackson b.; Murphy, b.; Parke r (capt.), 3d b., Randall, s. s., ::;teve11s, r f., McVeigh, c. f., Culver, I. t. Manager-Care y White Star s (Chicago, Ill.), 12; Scrubs/" 0. White Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Scrubs baseball team -Parks, p. ; Cummings, c ; McGulrk, 1st b. ; Johnso n, 2d b. ; H Galvin, 3d b. ; Martin, s. s.; Davis, r. f.; Emmet, c t. ; Hickey, I !. Man ager-Carey. White Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 5 ; Scrubs, 2. White Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Scrubs baseball team Cronk, p.; Cummings, c.; McGulrk, 1st b.; J()hnson, 2d b.; F. Galvin, 3d b.; Martin, s. s.; Davis, r. f.; Emmet, c. f.; Parks, I. t. Manager -Carey. White Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 8; Tip Top A. C., O. White Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Tip Top A C. baseball team-Deering, p. ; Rigney, c. ; Mitchell, 1st b. ; Parker, 2d b ; Couree, 3d b. ; Hayes, s. s. ; Miller, r. f. ; Hockett, c. ; O'Dea, I. t. Manager -Ca rey. White Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 6 : Tip Top A C., 0. White Stars baseball team-(Regular team.) Tip Top A C. baseball team-Hayes, p. ; Rigney (capt.), c.; Mitchell, 1st b. ; Parker, 2d b.; Cowie, 3d b.; Mullen, s. s ; O'Dea, r. t.; Hackett, c. t.; Chopin, I. t. Manager-Carey. White Stars ( C hicago, Ill.), 12; Sluggers, O. White _Stars baseball tcam-(Regulnr team.) Sluggers baseball team -McGuire, p.; Dolley, c.; Ogc!en, 1st b.; Henry, 2d b.; Welsh, 3d b.; Barlow, s. s. ; Spoo r r. f. ; Keene, c f. ; Tanney, 1. f Manager-Carey. Wbite Stars (Chicago, Ill.), 8; Tip Top A. C., 0. White Stars baseball team-(Regular team. ) Tip Top A. C. baseball team-Hayes, p. ; Rigney (capt.), c. ; Mitchell, 1st b. ; Parker, 2d b. ; Cowie, 3d b.; Mullen, s. s.; O 'Dea, r. f.; Hackett, c. f. ;Chopin, I. f. Manager-Carey. Bachelors (Terre Haute, Ind.), 5; Grand Avenues, 1. Bachelors baseball team-Dailey, p. ; Rheinhardt, c. ; G. Breinlg, 1 s t b. : Bigwood, 2d b.; Barbazette, 3tl b. ; Bindley, s. e. ; Brown, 1. f. ; C. Breinlg, c f.; Tully, I. t Grand Avenue baseball team-Barr, p.; H. Conover, c.; O. Conover, 1st b.; Moore (capt.), 2d b.; Dorhnm, 3d b.; Van Borsum, s. s.; Shuehardt, r. f.; Smock, c. f.; Rogers, I. f Manager-George J. Breinig. Bachelors ( Terre Haute, Ind.), 9; Oolitic And., 9. Bo.c h elo r s baseball team-(Regular team.) Oolitic baseball teamMayer, p ; McDowd, c. ; Arthur, 1st b. ; C. Lemmons, 2d b ; Prow, 3d b.; Brock, s. s.; Carmichael, r. t. ; T. Lemmons, c f.; Smallwood (mgr.}, I. f. Manager-George J. Brelnig. Bacllelors (Terre Haute. Ind.), 10; Weneede Team, 0. Bachelors baseball team-(Regular team.) Weneede baseball teamDilg, p ; H. Snider (mgr.), c.; Preston. 1st b.; Powers, 2d b.; Holt, 8d b ; Daley, s. s. ; Phillips r. f. ; Clark, c. f. ; Biol, I. f. ManagerGeorgo J. Breiuig. Bachelors (Terre Haute, Ind.), 8 ; Grays, 2. Bachelors baseball team-(Regular team.) Grays baseball teamCollins, p.; Hudnut. c.: R. Walker (mgr.). l ot b. ; Herkimer, 2d b.; Sullivan, 3d b. ; Kirk, s. s. ; Mills, r. f. ; Schnell, c. t. ; Laughead, I. t. Manager-Geo. J Brelnig. Bachelors (Terre Haute, Ind.). 9; Woodward Colts, 0. Bachelors baseball team-(Regular team.) Woodward Colts baseball team-Roach, p.; F. S mith, c.: G. Woodward (capt.). 1st b.; Schaal, 2d b.: Fleming, 3d b. ; Hampton, s. s.; Curry, r. f.; Sankey, c. t.; P J\1arttn (mgr.), I. f. Mnnagcr-G. J. Brelnig. Bachelors (Terre Haute, Ind.). 12; H. L. & D. Co., 7 Bachelors baseball tenm-(Regular team.) H. L. & D. Co. baseball team-H11nter, p.; Kickier, r.; F. Kickier, 1st b.; Hayes, 2d b.; Eldred, 3d b.; Coons, s. s.; Lee, r. !. ; Dengler, c f.; Keuncke, I. f. Manager-G. J. Breinlg. Bachelor (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11; Woodward Colts, 0. Bachelors baseball team-(Regular team.) Woodward Colts baseball team-Holland, p ; Dronburger, c.: G. Woodward (capt.), bt b.; Schaal, 2d b.; Fleming, Sd b. ; Hampton, s. s. ; Curry, r. f.; Sankey, c. f.; P. Martin (mgr.), I. f. Manager-G. J. Brelnig. Bachelors ( Terre Haute, Ind.). 8; Bedtords, 6. Bachelors baseball team-(Regular team.) Bedford baseball teamEllis, p.; Dunn, c ; Wicker. 1st b. ; Lenno:<, 2d b. ; Sief, Sd b.; Kennedy, s. s.; Middleton, r. t.; Judah (mgr.), c f.; Stewart, I. !. Manager G. J. Drelnlg.


(iUE$TI _A_r-t "-Prof. Fourmen : I am fifteen years old, weigh 118 pounds, and am 5 feet 4 Inches in height Wlll you please tell me how to strengthen my neck and wrist ; also mY forearm? Following are my measurements: Neck, 1 3., inches; chest, normal, 32 Inches; expanded, 35 inches; forearm, 12 inches; left forearm, 11 % inches ; right calf, 13 Inches ; left calf, 12 %, Inches; waist, 30 Inches; right thigh, 21 Inches; left thigh, 20')-j, inches. Are my measurements good, and are my height a.nd weight correct tor my age? Thanking you in ad-vance, I remain, ELMER 1. Read my articles on the muscles, and how to develop them, which appear In Tip Top Nos. 834, 385, 836, and 337. This ls just what you want. 2. Your measurements are fair. Prof. Fourmen : Being one of the great admirers of Tip Top, I believe I am entitled to the tight In asking a few questions. I was talking to a young man who served one term at college at Delaware, Ohio. Ha said that the muscles should 4lOt be hard all the time, but soft and pliable. They should be hard only when expanded or on a strain. He also said men with muscles standing out In knots on their body a.re no good. Their limbs should be round. Now, Is this correct? I look to you tor the right lntormatlon. Another remark he made, that the ma.In muscles were those ot the shoulder, chest, legs, and forearms, and the bleeps didn't amount to much. Now, please tell me If this ls right, a s you will be doing as great a favor as I could a s k tor. I exercise tn the morning with dumbbells twenty to twenty11ve minutes; then a cold sponge bath and rub-down. Before retiring, I exercise on horizontal bar twenty minutes; then I go through some exercises they use at the West Point M!l!tary Academy about twenty minutes, without apparatus. I practke breatblng before and after exercising. Is this programme all right? Another thing I want to ask, which this young man said. He remarked that pinching and pulling the muscles without hurting them was tbo main thing that developed the muscles. Is that right? I will sead you my measurements in the near future. Hoping to see this In the next Issue, 1 will close. Your pupil, GEoBGlil M.OR!!IS. 1. This Is certainly a. correct sta.tement o1 facts. 2. The bice p Is a muscle of a.s much Importance as any your Informant mentioned. 3. Your programme ls good. 4. Massage of muscles ls good as far as It goes, but It does not begin to compare with regular exercise for developing them. Prof. Fourmen : Befog a great lover of athletic sports and pastimes, I tb,ougbt I would write you a short letter, containing_ a few of my records, which r hope will meet with your approval. Age, sixteen years; height, 5 feet, lPh Inches; weight, 101% pounds, stripped. The tollow!ng records were made with ordinary street clothes on : Running broad jump, 15 feet 6 Inches; standing broad jump, 7 feet 10 Inches; standing high jump, 3 feet 6 Inches ; running bfgh kick, 6 feet. 6 inches ; 12-pound sbotput, 26 feet; 100-yards dash, 11 2-!5 ae conds; quarter-mile run, 65 seconds; pole vault, 7 feet 6 Inches. The following record was made In Y. M. C. A. gymnasfum: Running blgh jump, 4 feet 5 inches. I play baseball as pitcher, football as left end; handball, basketball, and ice hocke y. Can swim, skate, row, box, and wrestle. Are these records up to the average of a boy of my size and age? Should I rub down with witch hazel before or after taking a batll? Thanking you In advance, yours respectfully, A TIP TOP ADMIRJllR. Your records and proportions are excellent. Prof. Fourmen: As of late I have becomo a great admirer of Tip Top and have not written you l>efore, I would bs very much obliged It you would tell me bow my r ecords and roeasu:-cments are. I am fourteen years old, 5 feet 3 inches in height, weigh 10::? .i pounds. What do you think of my mea.surements? I can do the 100-yards dash ln 12 2-5 seconds. Can do the quarter mile 80 seconds Can jump 7 feet 4 Inches In the sta.nd'lng broa the Gloucester Junior Baseball Club, and oblige. RAYMOND H. Mohi:R. This matter has been referred to me by the baseball 11dltor for my decision. As far as the ..rupture between the players ot the Gloucester Juniors goes, you must settle that tor yourselves, but In this eountry the majority rules. Oftentimes the majority ls t.ota.lly wrong. Nevertheless, the majority Is the sovereign power. Applying. this rule tp Gloucester dilllculty, I must decide that the team now comprlslni; th" majority of the original Gloucester Juniors will be recognized and con sidered as the Gloucester team. Each team ls composed of nine players, anu six Is a geneFous working majerlty. l do not for a moment w1sh to decide on the merits of the question, of which I have not all the tacts, but I am on)y anxious t<> be fair Jn the American sense, which demands that the majority shall always receive the advantage' Ill controversy. Prof. I have been reading Tip Top Weekly for ome 1J time, and wish to ask a few questions. How are my measurements? ' Age, seventeen; height, 6 fee t 1 Inch; weight, 170 pounds; chest, nor-r!; ma!, 34 Inches; expanded, 39 'h inches. I have been taking exercises for about a month, and have gained some, and exp.ect to gain m.ore. 1 How long must I exercise before I can begin t<> drop off and '.take T'" lighter exercise? A few days ago I bad a tall from a horizontal baT, which did me up for a while, for I bit the back of my head on tb,e . floo r bard. Since then I have had dizzy spells, and my mind ts wrong at times, while I have a continual headache. What' would you advise me to do? W. C. M. 1. Your measurements are good. 2. At least three months. 3. Take a rest !or several days. You will sool). come round all right.


I Foot Ball contest Tip I ii 5To5deciode the .1. to the Fifty Teams presenting the best scores at the end of the season. Each player in each one of the winning teams will receive i One Rugby Foot Ball-550 in All. 1 + The Greatest Prize Offer Ever Made in the United States for any Athletic Contest. b That TIP TOP awarded as the prize in last year's Foot Ball Contest em em er the Foot Ball Outfit for One Entire Team. That TIP TOP awarded as prizes in this year' s Baseball Tournament + I Magnificent Prizes! Four i '1>emember That TIP TOP now Offers .5.50-RUGBY FOOT BALLS-.5.50 in the .Second Annual TIP TOP Foot Ball Contest. Greater Opportunities! Better Chances! More Winners! 1+ This time than ever_ before. Get aboard when the first whistle blows and keep your plqces till you land some of the great crop of Footballs. i Now'S Your Tt'me "anagers I D on't let this splendid opportunity through your fingers. Get your team in trim at once and get Ill In your coupons for every game dunng the season. + 'l'hose teams the best scores at the close of the Season will be declared the winners. The team having the best record will be declared THB TIP TOP CHAnPIONSHIP TBAM OF 1902, and in addition to rei;ular prize will receive-An All Siik Pennant-bearing the legend which + Championship. All Official Scores will be published in Tip Top Weekly. The contest will be decided on t h e scores published In Tip Top. Don't miss a single game! A coupon for every game! I R d Th o t For making out Score Coupons: The manager of each competing team after every game should write i ea ese tree tons the names of his players ln tbe left band column of coupon in such a manner that the position of the i respective players are indicated by the letters in the middle column. He should then writ e the names of i his opponent's terun in the right hand column. In case score coupons of more than one game nre to be sent in at the same t ime, only the coupon of the first. game should have the names of the manager's team. In the left band column of the remaining coupons, the manager should write "Regular Team." Be sure to give the. name, town and State of both teams.


TIP TOP PRIZE tiALLERY PRIZE PHOTO GRAPH No. 17, entered in the Contest bv RUDOLPH SCHEER of nanchester, N. H. takes the SeCond Prize. PRIZE PHOTO No. 18 A ONE-HANDED HOLD-UP PRIZE PHOTO No. 17 OVER. THE BAR. FOR. A HIGH ONE THE SECOND rRIZE CONSISlS Of a Complete Korona Camera Outfit comprising a folding-box camera of polished cherry, all metal work of brass heavily nickle-plated, bellows of best procurable red leather, let-down, extensible front, coverings of black seal-grain cowhide, focusing apparatus, a special rack and pinion device, three plate holders, each carrying two 4 x5 plates, instantaneous lens with bulb shutter, all compact in a fine black sole leather carrying case provided with shoulder strap. -THIS IS CERTAINLY A SPLENDID PRIZE THE WINNER of the First Consolation Prize is Photo graph No. 18, entered by M W SMITH of Bluffton ,,, Ind. The character of the Consolation Prizes will be announced next week. Bear in mind that (26) Twenty-six ( 26 ) Prizes have been awarded in this Photographic Contest. I NOW. THEN. EVl::RYBODY GET BUSY FOR THE SNAP SHOT WORK OF FALL AND WINTER SPORTS The Best Amateur Photograph of any Falt or Winter Game or Sport takes the First Prize, which will be A FULL PHOTOGRAPHIC OUTFIT Our Artist Will Act as Judge in the Contest. A CHANCE FOR. EVERYBODY. corIE ONE I COf'lE ALL I


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