Dick Merriwell's trust, or, Friendship true and tried


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Dick Merriwell's trust, or, Friendship true and tried

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Dick Merriwell's trust, or, Friendship true and tried
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Standish, Burt L. 1866-1945
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i ssued Week/_,. By Subscription $2.JO per year. Entered as Second Class Matter ae New York Post Office by STREET & SMITH, 238 Wzllia111 St., N. Y. No.344. Price, -Five Centso ''fH.RDNER," SAID DICK, LOOKING INTO EARL' S HONEST EYES, "I PLACE ABSOLUTE TRUST IN YOU.

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Isnud Weekly. By Subsc r i p tion $2so per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at tM N. Y. Post OjJia, by STREET & SMITH, 2.J8 Wiiam St., N. T. . Entered according-to Act of Ccnzress in the year u;o2, 1n the Office oft"4 Librarian of Congress, Washin;rton, ]) . C. No. 344. NEW YORK, November 15, 1902. Price Five Cents. DICK Mt:RRIWl:LL'S TRUST: OR, Friendshi True and Tried. By BURT L. STANDISH CHAPTER I. THE PICTURE IN THE LOCKET. Dick was m his room after the hard-fought game with the Trojan A. A. eleven, an athleti c team re garded as far above the class of the c a dets. It had been a wonderful game. Dick's enemies said it was won by a fluke, for in the last minutes of the game , after the ' ball had been kept almost con3tantly in F a rdale's territory, Did< managed to ge t through with it, dodge or bowl over tackler after I tackler, reach the Trojans' thirty-five yard line, and from there he kicked a goal, the only scoring d o ne in the game. Having taken a shower, a rub and dressed, Dick hur ried to his room. The moment he was alone with the door closed behind him, he took from his pocket a small gold locket, which was wrapped in paper. A , bit of paper had been tucked into the locket to ke e p it from closing. He drew a breath of relief when he saw it, and a ,, smile lighted his fine face. "I was afraid you'd close up and I couldn't open you aga in," he murmured. Then he o p ened the locket and gazed on the tiny pictured face of a strik ; ngly handsome girl. . "June Arlington!" he said, softly. "And she was the witch! She was my mascot to-clay, for she sat in the grand stand, although I did not see her until just after I made that run and kicked the e-oal. She was I . there all time-she was watching me. If I believed in such a thing, I'd be sure she gave me luck to-day, for never before in all my life have I seemed to h3Te s uch luck in d e tecting tricks, stopping pbys

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. and in keeping the fellows fighting against a superior team." For, although Fardale had won, Dick felt that, in many ways, the Trojans were The cadets had won by their nerve, courage and staying qualities. Had the Trojans possessed the same spirit, they would have taken the game with ease. A long time Dick looked at the pictured face, study ing it searchingly. It was a i1igh-bred, aristocratic face, and yet in it there was girlish innocence and charm, and the eyes seemed hiding a spirit of mischief that sought to break forth, yet which would not be in keeping with her dignity. Something about June Arlington attracted Dick strangely. He felt that she was a mo s t remarkable girl. Yet she was the sister of his bittere s t enemy at Fardale. Chester Arlington hated Dick with an intensity that was not equalled by another one of young Merriwell's enemies. And Chester was the most powerful that had risen against Dick at the school, for he had "Of course, he has some eneinies," said the . pro fessor. "I have found that every successful person in this world makes enemies. Petty and minds grow jealous and bitter because oi the success of another. I have had cause to investigate several complaints Richard Merriwell, and in every instance I have found that jealousy and envy were behind tho s e complaints. Now, madam, you have con fessed that you know absolutely nothing about the lad save what you have heard from your son; and I think you had better get proof of his misdeeds if you wish me to do anything about them. I shall require undis puted evidence, and if I find the 'evidence has been manufactured to harm young Merriwell I shall see that the manufacturers are properly punished. That is all. f If you wish to remove your son from the school, as you have said you would be compelled to do in c as e Merriwell is not reprimanded and punished, you are at liberty to do so, but I advise you iiot to be too hasty." Mrs. Arlington departed vowing she would take money and could buy friendship and win influence in Chester out of the school at once. June knew it was various ways. Besides, although the son of a rich man, although a smoker of cigarettes, although secretly dissipated, he was a chap with determination and no small amount of brains. Such was tl\e brother of June Arlington. Dick wondered not a little how it happened that she was in Fardale. Two weeks before she had left the town in company with her mother, who had come there because she was not satisfied with the reception her son had obtained at the academy. Mrs. Arlington had heard from Chester many things about Dick Merri-, . "ell which convinced her that Dick was a low-bred young ruffian who ran things with a high hand at the school, and she came with the determjnation of bring-ing about a change in short order. ' But the lady's visit to Professor Gunn, to whom she had hQr complaint, had lx..oen very unsatisfactory. The professor had coolly told her that young Merriu s eless to attempt to influence her mother when the lady was in such a temper, so she waited; but when the opportunity presented, she urged that Chester be left in the school and given an opportunity to show that he was superior in every way to Dick M erriwell. Chester, himself, wanted to stay. He objected strongly to leaving Fardale. "I want to snow that fellow Merri well up!" he exclaimed. His mother advised him to have whatever to do with the lad in question. "You are in every way his superior," said she. "You have position in the world, birth, breeding and wealth. Do not lo\ver yourself by having any dealings with this young monster." She went away in great displeasure, and June ac companied her. . Yet here was J unc , back again in Fardale. what well w a s o ne of the most e xemplary and best-beha v ed was the explanation of it? lad s at the academy, besid e s being highly intelligent, Dick sat by the wind
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8 game was forgotten. He was not even disturbed by off the field, and that's enough. They've made plenty the sound of cheering his window. Outside the cadets were rejoicing. They were telling one another of the remarkable work accomplished by their team against a heavier, older and more ex peri e nced eleven. They were of cleverness in getting through the line, in dodging, bowli ri.g over tac k lers and in kicking a goal fr o m the field. Dick's nemies were put to confusion. Arlington had gathered his money and placed it in the hands of a Fardale saloon-keeper to bet that the cadets would not score on the Trojans. And to his money had been added the small amount Fred Stark could muster. Both were "broke." Sta rk was worse than "broke," for he had believed the assuran c e of Chester that Fardale had not the lea s t show in the world and had borrowed money to bet. Dick had proven his ability in m
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TIP TOP WEEKI,1.Y. "Yes; Ches Arlington's mother, I mean. It was "I reckoned you would. Don't know as I blame Arlington's sister. That's on the level, partner; she you. But. you want to l?ok out." was there. I saw her just getting into a carriage to "\Vhy ?" go away. She saw me, too, and I came near dro p-"Oh, there are lots of reasons," said Brad, a twinkle ping when she up and gave me the nod. Fact! Think in his eyes. "Chester is one of them." of it! She bowed to me, and that after I gave her "Another?" mother a call down one time, which same I told you about. I opine the white chicken isn't such a snob as her brother, and she don't seem to take .after the old hen." "You should be more respectful, Brad," said Dick. who was smiling, however. "Respectful! vVho to? Not to that young purp ! Not to the old hen!" "I didn't know a hen had 'purps.' I was thinking of Miss Arlington." Brad whistled. "And I opine she was thinkwg of you. She c a lled me up to the carriage, and then what do you s:.tppo se she did?" "I told you I was a poor guesser." "Well, she asked me if I didn't room with you. When I allowed I did, she took out her cardcase and wrote her address in town under her name. She wrote something on the back of the card, too. And she asked me would I deliver it to you. Here it is." 1-Ie held out the card, which Dick took, not without some eagerness, which the keen eyes of the Texan noted. On the back of the card was written: "Congratulations! evening about eight. Dick flushed. It was grand! Please call this Have something to tell you. "THE WITCH." "Of course I'm no rubber," said Brad; "I didn't even peep at what she wrote; but say, pard, I allow you've got her cold." "The old hen. But there is another." "\Vhat's that?" "A little girl by the name of Doris." For an instant it seemed that a cloud ca!Y'e to Dick's face, but he banished it with a laugh." "I don't think I shall worry about any of your rea sons," he said. "I do not count Chester in i.t at all, and Mrs. Arlington is not in Fardale." "But Miss Templeton is." "That's all right. This is to be merely a frien
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TIP TOP WEEKLY . . 5 ter enemy, her mother
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, 6 TIP '1"101:' WEEKLY. He noted instantly her poise, her perfect self-possession and her air of refinement and good breeding. Despite her years, for she was not over sixteen, she had the atmosphere of a lady. "Mr. Merriwell," she said, giving him her hand, "I was not perfectly sure you would come." "Indeed!" said Dick. "Did you fancy I would be so rude?" "Well, I thought it might' not be convenient, and there the possibility that you had another engage ment," she smiled. "But then there was the possibility that you might get curious and wish me to explain the mystery of the locket given you by the 'witch.'" "I have already solved that mystery," he said. "Indeed?" "Yes. See." _He exhibited the locket, which was still open, a bit of paper keeping it from closing. "I must compliment you on your cleverness in find ing the way to open it." "I deserve no compliment. It happened quite by accident." He explained how the locket came open. "And you made that splendid run directly after you saw my picture in the locket?" "Yes." them. Once you looked right up at me, and I waved my little flag at you; but I don't think you saw me." "I di .dn't-not till after I had kicked that goal." "But I think I deserve some credit for that game. I told you I would be your mascot. I gave you a charm--" "And since it is open I have found it a thousand times more charming," said Dick. This did not disturb her, though it was possible that a bit of added color came to her cheek:' "I'll take it back now," she said, holding out her hand. "Would you be so heartless?" exclaimed Dick, as if amazed. "So lteartless ?" "Yes." "vVhy, I--" "You would rob me of my charm, expose me to deadly peril, leave me without protection." "Oh, you know well enough that the charm did not really give you any protection. That wa . s simply , a part of our jesting that night when I played the witch and you were the Spanish cavalier." "But no harm has befallen me since, and you will not deny that I was in danger. Perhaps I have come "Then I was your mascot! Then I did bring you to believe in the charm. If you were my mascot toluck!" "I think you did." "I'm so glad. Please sit ( down. Oh, that was a splendid game to win! And you fought so hard for it! I was afraid those big fellows would beat you." "It was the hardest game we have played this sea son. The Trojans were too heavy for us." "But you won! I was longing to see you win! It was such a terrible set-back for them. They ex pected the game would be'-easy. So did lots of others." "I knew it was generally believed that we had very iittle chance. Tbat made some of the boys fight all the harder." "But you were the one who won the game! I could hear you talking to yot:r men and encouraging day, when you are gone the charm will remain, and my luck continue unbroken. Under the circumstances, I am sure you will not deprive me of it." She bit her lip a moment. "It was foolish of me to give it to .yo u," she said. "But I did not think you would get it open, and I had nothing else to give at the moment. I will take the picture from it, and then you may keep the charm." "The charm would be gone!" declared Dick. "I must keep it, picture'and all, just as it is. If you de prive me of it something may happen to me this very night. Then you will be sorry." "\Nhat can I do?" she exclaimed. "You will think me a silly girl to give you my picture. And truly I did not mean for you to keep it!" "I shall not think you a silly girl," asserted Dick.

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TIP .TOP WEEKT""l "Far from it. I have met plenty of silly girls in my sorry you think I could do such a thing as you have time, hut you are not included in the list, Miss Ar lingintimated. I am not a fellow to boast of conquests ton." and 'mashes.' If there is anything I detest it is a They were very dignified in their . manner of ad dressing : each other. In fact, Dick had found in June Arlington a reserve that caused him to keep constantly on his dignity. "Mr. Merriwell, if I let you retain that locK:et, you must make me twatisfied, and I_ asked leave t.o come hack here for the purpose of finding out the truth. Mother consented if I would stay with friends of my father, who live here in . Fardale. , This W<.fS . arranged, and I came. l did not my brother •

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• s TIP TOP WEEKI,Y. know I was coming, and after I arrived I kept very quiet. That was how I was able to attend the mas querade at Mr. St\odd's witJiout even Chester knowing I was within Hundreds of miles." "And that was why I could not penetrate the dis guise of the 'witch,' " smiled Dick. "'What I discovered that night," June "satisfied me that my brother has fallen in with some 1ery bad company. I am to see him here to-morrow, and I shall tell him what I think. But again I want you to promise me that you will not harm Chester. He may do some things that would cause hiin to be ex pelled from school if they were know n, but that would hurt mother terribly. I want you to promise that you will not e xpo se him." Dick was fairly caught. He saw there was no way to get out of it. "I have given my word that I would promise," he r;aid, "and I do so. But I shall look out for myself. If he attacks me in a manner that' I can reta lia te I shall defend myself." scornfully. "I am surprised at you, June! I didn\ think you would really have anything to do with such a low-bred fellow. \ Vhat will mother say to this when she hears of it." June was pale, also, but there was a look of defiance in her face. "It is you who have forced me to it, Chester!" she exclaimed. "I?" he retorted, with curling lips. "vVell, I like that! I should like to know how !',. "By your actions. If you are not careful you will disgrace yourself and your family!" This made Chester Arlington terribly angry. "\Vhat rot!" he cried. "You have been listening to lies . told you by this cheap d uffer! That's what's the matter! You believe what he has told you! I didn't thi n k it of my sister! I didn't think you would back on me that way!" "I have not gone back on you, and--" "Oh, I know! I'm not a fool, June l It is you who are likely to disgrace the family "Of course," she nodded. "But I hope he will lis-"I?" ten to reason when I see him." "I hope so myself," said Dick. And then, happening to glance toward a window where the sharie was not closely drawn at the bottom, he saw the face of Chester Arlington outside. CHAPTER IV. AN ENRAGED BROTHER. "Yes, you! Who would think you would have anything to do with a fellow like this! He's not fit for you to wipe your feet on, and yet you let him call on you here! " Dick felt his rage rising hot and fierce within him, and he longed to strike Arlington on his insulting mouth. It was no small effort to hold himself in re straint. Arlington turned on Dick. Not a word did Dick say concerning the discovery "Get out of here!" he cried, con t emptuously. "And he had made. Arlington quickly drew back from the don't you dare ever speak to my sister again! If you window and disappeared. "He's spying on me!" thought Dick. "I'll bave to keep my eyes open for him." But if he expected Chester to wait outside he soon discover e d that the fellow had no idea of doing so. There came ' a sharp ring at the bell. \Vhen the maid went to the door Arlington pushed past her and walked into the parlor. His face was pale and his eyes flashing. "So I have caught you, Merri well!" he exclaimed, do--" "Chester!" cried the girl. "I shall speak to Miss Arlington wheneveli she sees fit to recognize me," said Dick, his voice not quite steady. "And I shali get out of here when I am sat isfied from her that she wishes me to go." "Oh-ho!" exclaimed Chester. "Then I'll have to look out for my sister and throw you out!" . "I wouldn't advise you to try it," said Dick, with sudden calmness.

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TIP TOP WEEKI.AV. g June caught her brother by the arm. "Please don't, Chester!" she entreated. He flung her off rudely. "I'll do exactly what my father would do if he were " here," he asserted. "It's my duty." Dick expected the furious fell ow would attack him immediately, but June placed herself between them and pleaded with her brother, about whom she cast her arms. "Think of the disgrace!" she urged. "In a small place like this it will be talked of. If you have any respect for me--" "It's well for him that you protect him!'' asserted Arlington. Dick could not repr ess a sligi1t laugh Gf contempt, and he longed to ask Chester if he remembered how several personal encounters between them had resulted; but this he would not do in the presence of June, who was in great distres s . "If he chose he could have you expelled from the academy, Chester," said June. "Has he telling you such stuff? Well, it's a lie!" "It's the truth!" "You believe it? Why, what have I done that he could hurt me? Tell me one thing I have done!" "I know all about the poison ring," said June. ''You were going to injure him so he could not play football, and that just because you did not get onto the team." For a moment Chester was thunderstruck. How did she know about the ring? '"Whyt poison ring?" he finally asked, with forced derision. "What are you talking about?" "Oh, I know everything! I was at the ma1>k party, and I heard your plot with Miguel Bunol and Fred Stark. I warned Di<;k Merriwell." "You-you were there?" "Yes." "I can't believe it." "I was the witch." witch at the party, remember ed she had avoided him, refusing to speak to him; but a moment had he suspected she was his own sister. "Well, you have been carrying on, haven't you!" he finally exclaimed. "\;vhat will mother say when I write her of your actions?" "You'll write nothing about them." "Won't I?" "No, indeed." "I'd like to know why not." "Because if. you do I shall tell her just what I learned at the party. I shall tell her how you planned with two other fellows to poison Dick Merriwell." "She wouldn't believe it." "She will believe it if I tell her face to face that I know it-that I saw you and heard your plot." "Well, I didn't think you would go back on me this way, June!" he finally said. "You forced me to it. And now I want to tell you, Chester, that I am ashamed and mortified by your con duct. You must stop it. Mr. Merriwell has acted like a gentleman, and--" He interrupted her with a harsh, sneering laugh. "Every silly girl seems to get the same idea of him," he said. "It's perfectly amazing! Oh, he is great at getting the girls broken up over him! He boasts of it; he tells all his friends about how they run after hiril. He'll be telling that about you to-morrow. That will be fine! Think of it! They will be joking at school about his mash on my s i ster. Some fools will try to guy. me about it. And I'll have to stand that! Who will be disgracing the family then?" "Miss Arlington," said Dick, "I assure you that not a word of this is tme." "Oh, so I lie, do I?" snarled Chester, as he made :i spring for Dick. Dick did not move, but he was ready. June, however, caught her brother by the arm and held him tenaciously, begging: "Please go, Mr. Merriwell-for my sake! Please!" Chester was taken aback. He remembered the "Very well," said Dick, although he longed to hit

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' 10 TIP TOP WEEKLY . Arlingt o n just o n ce; "I'll " go. B u t d on't w orry. Noth ing I s h a ll say or _ d o will c aus e you t rou b l e." T hen h e walked ou t o f the room and left the house. . The change from the lighted room t o the qarkness outside b l inded him, an d he did not see four forms crouching nea r t he gate. As he pttssed through the gate the four sprang upon h i m . CHAPTER V. THE FIGHT AT THE GATE: Dick was taken by surprise and was entirely unpre pared. But his fighting blood had been aroused , and u l ta ti on coming ov e r h im. " Now we'll make t his l i t tle affa i r far more i nteresting!" Then he waded info therri. "Stand up and take your med icii1e, you fou r fine rascals! Surely you are able to dovvn one chap whom you have caught and pou n ced upon _ in the dark! You '1ave eve r y ad v antage, and at least twoof you a re older and and you be strong_ er. You have planned to jump him, clo wn . h_im, beat him, kick him and have a grand good time ' with ' him. Don't let him spoil your plans now! It would be shameful t o hav e s uch a thing happen. His hands are No one is holding him. Now is his chance to t a ke to h i s heels. Of course, he will he wa s i n a dangerou s mood. He was struck in the try to run and get awa y from you. fa ce, one fellow l i ghted on his back ; another tried to But D ick_ had no thought of running. With his ho\d his arms, and the other two h i t him several times . "Soak him!" cried one . "It's our chance! Give it to him good and hard ! " Dick managed to get one arm free. Rtee ling beneath the ' weigh t on his back h e struck out and hit one of his assailants . But their eyes were accustomed to the darkness outside, and they had the a dvantage. He was struck agai n and again, and it seemed that he would be beaten down . This was the opportunity the four had longed for, and they were determined to make the most of it. But suddenl y the shade at one of the parlor w i ndow s was nm up, so that the light shone out . June had done thi5 in order that he niigh t see. Her picture in the locket was with him. It wa s the charm th a t was to give him luck. The light enabled Dick to see his assai l a n ts. They had handkerchicf s tied over their faces to the eyes . "Hit him! hit him!;' snarled one, who to be the le ad e r, W i th a mighty effort, Dick flung off the fell'ows who were trying to hold his arms. The iron fen c e was close behind him, and he flung b ackward upo n it. Immediately a cry of pain came from the _ chap who had jumped on h i s back , and that fellow's hold re laxed. "That's better ! " said Di ck, grimly, a f eeling . of e x blo o d leaping, be pitched into his fou r assailants. The first one he . str u ck a blow that se n t the fellow . reeling. Anoth e r came at him and struck at his head, but he dodged the blow, caught the fellow round the waist and flung him the fen ce ihto the front yard. Dick laughed. It was the same old Merriwell laugh in time of da i 1 g er. Frank Merriwell had laughed l i ke that whe n a roused, and then it was that he was t he most dang e rous. right up, you ! " be invited . "vValk right np and ' get it! That's right!" He was. like a panther on his feet. when th e y thought t h ey had him cornered he slipped away, getting i n a telli n g lick or two. They tried to follow him. h a n d ke r chief was torn from the face of one of them, a nd th e f ellow stopped to readjust it, his b!!ck toward the l i ght. Dick pitched him onto his head i n the dirt beyond the sidewalk. Out from the house ran Che ster Arlington j oin t hem and give t hem aid . Dick laughed again as h e saw . the . fellow . c ome running down the v.:alk a nd t hrough the gate. . "I'm sorry," he said, "for your sister's sake, but 'f ha ' ve to look out for Number O n e ." He mei"Cheste r , who struc k a t him savage l y . _ Dick p arrie d the blow and tried t o cou n t e r , but A r l ing'to1; •

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 11 I dodged. I They were at it in earnest for a moment, But Dick kept his wits about him, and the fight he but Dick got in his work at last, and Chester was put up filled them with dismay, as well as astonish knocked against the fence so hard that he sank in a ment. limp heap at the foot. All this happened swiftly, and but a few seconds This had given the others time to rec o ver. Truth elapsed from the time the four had jumped on Dick to tell , they were on the verge of flight when Chester in the darkne s s until the first one took to his heels. joined them, but now they braced up and went at Dick "No use, fellows I" he gasped, and fled into the dark-again. ness. Dick saw one of them, a cat like fellow, lift someChester cried out for him to come back. thing that gl t ttered in the light fro m the wind o w. Then young l'v1erriwell made a s id elong l ea p for hi s very life, whirled instantly, caught the fellow's wrist and hit him a terrible blow under the ear. "Pull a knife on me , will you! " he palp i tated. "That's a dago trick! " He hit the fell o w again, at the same time letting go of him, and down he went, the knife ringing on the asphalt sidewalk. "' A s D i ck st oo ped to p i ck it up he w a s b o wle d over. A fellow juruped to land upon him, but over and over Dick went, esc aping in that mann er. He was up like a flash and came back. "So you 're not satisfied yet!" he exclaimed. "Well, I shall try to give you all you want!" He did. Never in his life had he put up a m ore savage battle against odds . He a s tounded the m. Arlingto n dragged himself t o his fe e t a n d watc h .eel for an opp o rtunity. He fancied he saw it and sailed m. "So it's you again!" said Dick, as he met Chester. Arlington struck Dick on the shoulder, but in return he got one on the chin that made his teeth rattle. "Yah !" snarled Chester. "Get at him, !" "So these are the Vlolves ?" exclaimed Dick. "I tnought _ as much! A fine old gang, I must say! But I refuse to be the sheep in this case!" He knew he had been set upon by the Wolf Gang. It was said at school that the gang had been broken up; but here they were aga in seeking their prey. Chester tried to circle round D i ck and force him to turn so some of the others could jump on him. • He urged them on. "Yo u coward!" he r a ged. "\Ve can do him up! K eep at him, the rest of Y.OU !" The y d i d their best to obey. Dick, however, did not seem to mind blows, and he kept after them, in s tead o f g iving them a chance to force him into a corner. Never for a m o ment did he pause. Chester was followiqg Dick up ready to strike, when his wri s t wa s grabbed, he. was forward and then Dick' s knee struck him in the pit of the stomach, kn o ck i n g the w ind out of him. He dropped in a gasp ing, groa n i n g heap to the sidewalk. "That will be about all from you," said Dick. "You m a y keep quiet for the present." Three of the \Volves remained. They sought to clo s e in on Dick as he was disposing of Chester. One of them g r abbed him by the shoulder and hit him a blow that actually made young Merriw, ell reel. But that blow s e emed to make him fiercer still. He came back with a s pri n g and smashed the fellow right between the eyes. 'Too bad I couldn't hit you harder!" he grated, as he saw the fellow drop. "It's n o use!" declared one. "He's the Old Nick to fight!" "And I'm up against some of the Old imps," said Dick, as he jumped for the speaker. That fellow did not stop for anything more. With a cry, he wheeled and followed the example of the first one who had taken to flight. \Vhen Dick turned. round one of the others was helping to his feet the last one knocked down. "Only two," laughed Dick. "vVhy, there don't <1eem to be enough of you left to make it interesting."

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12 TIP TOP WEEKLY. Tney h:esitated. Arlington was down. Plainiy the fight was over, and one undaunted lad had defeated them all. It was disgraceful, but it couldn't be helped. And then, just as the man of the house, a lamp in his hand, and June Arlington, white and trembling, behind him, appeared in the door the last two fled. "What's the matter?" asked the astonished man with the light. "What's going on out here?" Dick stooped and lifted Chester Arlington, carrying him toward the house. • "There were several masked rascals here outside the gate," he said. "I fear Arlington has been injured in the encounter; but the rtlffians have taken flight." "Tramps!" ' exclaiqi.ed the man. "They're getting too thick round he'te, and something must be done about it at once." "I agree with you," said Dick. "If you will take care of Miss Arlington's brother, I'll notify the town authorities at once." • CHAPTER VI. A DECEIVING TONGU>.. Dick was not inclined to spend time in explanations. He had no intention of answering the many questions of the man. Having received a grateful look from June, he turned Chester over to them and lost not a moment in getting away. "vVell, that was a lively time!" he muttered, as he walked along. "I take it I'll bear a few marks of that scrap to-morrow, and I rather think there will be others. Arlington put up the job on me. He got that gang together and had them lay for me when I came out. But I fancy he got used up about as much as anybody. The whelp who tried to use a knife was Miguel Bunol. It's the trick of a Spaniard!" He came to a fountain where horses were watered, and there he bathed his face, applying the cool water to his bruises. At the same time he was meditating on the best course to pursue. He had said he would notify t11e authorities, ttnd he could not easily avoid doing that without being called oh for explanatiot1s. So , knowing where the vill a ge consta . ble lived, he went to the house, knocked and told how four "unknown ruffians" had attacked him. Without saying so, he mad e it seem th:it Arlitigton had been injured when he ran out of the house to give Dick assistance in his battle with the ruffians. The vi1lage constable was also of tne opinion that they must be tramps. "Them rascals are gettin' powerful thick and bold round here," he said; "but this is the fust time I've knowed of their attackin' anybody like that. I'll ar rest ev'ry s'picious character I can find in the mornin', an' Judge Miller will send them to the county jail. Vv e'll see if we can't stop this nuisance right away. I hope ye ain't hurt none?" "None to speak of," sa i d Dick; "but' it's a case of luck that I wasn't." Aftenvard he wondered if it was luck. It did seem remarkable that he had escaped so easily after Leing set on in such a manner by four fellows. Then he thought of the "charm" given him by Surely fortune seemed with him while that was in his pos s ess i on. "Great horn spoon!" exclaimed Buckhart, look ing up from the book he was cotming and staring at Dick as the latter entered their room at the academy. "What have you been up agai n st. You've got a lump on your cheek , and your lip ".ts bleeding in the comer. Don't tell me you have been in a scrimmage and I not on hand to witness the sport! That would break my heart! It would, I know!" Dick told what had happened that evening, and the Texan grew very excited as he listened. "Great horn spoon!" he shouted. "And I wasn't there to get into the rack et! Say, but I do have hard luck, pard !" "But I seem to be having good luck," said Dick. "The witch's charm is working." "Dick, you don't suppose she knew all the time tl 7at those diggers were going to be there?" "Well, I guess not!" exclaimed Dick. "She's not that kind of a girl, Brad.'' "I'm gl a d you think so, but it's plain you're hit worse than ever. I'm afraid Doris is out of the race." This caus e d Dick to frown. "Don't j o ke about her, Brad. And I wartt you to make me a promise." "Sure, pard, I'll do it." "You are to say nothing about the locket and the picture-you are not to mention it to any one." Brad grinned in an aggravating manner. "It's worse than I thought," he said, winking know ingly. "Oh, I won't say a word. But I see a ll kinds of trouble ahead for you if you fool round that girl. .You'll have the old hen in your hair, and little Chester

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TII=> TOP WEEKLY. -the dear, sweet boy !-will try to make things in-teresting." . "I shall depend on you to say nothing," said Dick, as he again bathed his face in cold water. "As for these bruises, I was in a slugging football game to-day, which will explain them very nicelx." That night Dick dreamed of two girls, one with sad, reproachful brown eyes, the other with a proud, aris tocratic face; but the sad eyes smote him to the heart and made his rest troubled and broken. The next day was Sunday. \i\Then the cadets at tended service in the morning it was noted that Chester Arlington had a beautiful bbck eye, and .many wondered how he received it. Later, however, Dick found that Arlington had will ingly permitted the report to be spread abroad that he had gone to young Merriwell's assi,tance when the latter was attacked by tramps. Monday morning Dick received a note from June, telling him how much she regretted what had taken place and how pleased she was to kn6w he had not been seriously injured by the cowardly attack upon him. "It was remarkable,'' she wrote, "that you were able to win against such odds. I believe my 'charm' must have given you good luck again . . I wish you to wear it for somehow I have a foolish notion that it protects yon from harm, as well as gives you luck." Dick was in excellent spirits after readin g this. "Oh, I'll wear it!" he murmured. "She need not worry about that." . When Di.ck investigated the condition of the various football players he was dismayed to find that Shannock had an ankle so badly sprained that he could not take part in practice, Dare was in bed and might not get out for s everal days, and Kent had his arm in a sling. Thus three of the line men were quite done up, and it seemed that all three might not get back into the game for two weeks. "And next Saturday we play Hudsonville!" ex claimed Dick, as the boys gathered about him in the gym. "We can't let those fe!Jo ws clown us!" Big Bob grunted. "If you play the kind of a game against them that you did l ast year, yon won't need any help," he said. "It was that game that put you solid. You came out in a running suit and set everybody to wondering what \\"as doing. Then you hurdled the line, ran the of the field ancl mack a touchdmvn, It was the most sensational thing ever seen here." "We play them in Hudsonville this year." "Yes." "They will make a terrible struggle to take the game at home. We can't afford to go against them weakened in any way." "Oh, we want to give them the game!" said Ted Smart. "What's the use in winning I I just love to see the other side walk off with a game now and then!" " 'Ow is that?" asked Billy Bradley,' gravely. "Hi don't think you have a very good man to 'ave hon the team if you want to see it beaten hat hall." Smart g-rinned. "You're such an astute chap, Sir William!" he ex claimed. "I believe you could see a hole in a ladder if you looked real hard." "Hi don't think it would be very 'ard to see a 'ale in a ladder," said Billy. "It might-for you." "I want all the substitutes out this said Dick. "We will give them plenty of practice, while the regular play,ers can take it easy." So the substitutes swarmed out to practice when the time came, for it was known that there would be sev eral vacancies on the team in the next game, and there were many who hoped to fill those positions. Chester Arlington, wearing a disgusted expression, \':atched the practice from the extremity of the field. "The poor fools!" he muttered. "This is the time they could show Merriwell up by leaving him with a crippled team." ' A fellow in football rig entered the gate and was passing him when Chester called: "Gardner." Earl Gardner paused. Chester motioned for him to approach. "Look here, Gardner," said Arlington, "are you going to let any one use you as a tool?" "Not if I know it," was Earl's promptl answer. "What do you mean?" . "You're in my class, and you know we have not been given a fair i;how in this football deal. With the ex cepti on of Tubbs, you are the only one among us who has permitted himself to be fooled by Merriwell." "Fooled?" exclaimed Earl. "Well, I don't think--" "\Vait," said Chester. "You played football before y o u came to Far
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. "You expected to make the team when you came here?" , "I hoped to." "And the only reason why you were not taken on was because you did not happen to be one of Merri . well's particular set. You know there are fellows on the team who never played the game before. How did they get there? Merriwell put them on because they were his friends, that's how." "But he has told me he regards me as one of his friends." Arlington's lips curled. "Taffy I" he sneered. "He did that so he could work you as a tool. He knows you are a better man than either Jolliby or Bradley, both pf whom were without experience in football-you know it, too. Bradley and Jolliby are regulars. You are only a sub. When somebody is hurt, when they cannot get along with out you, you are pulled into the game. You have been given one or two chances becatrse they h ad to do it. Yet you have made a better reco'rd so far, witn the chances you have had,"than either Jolliby or Brad ley. But they remain on the team, while you are nothing but a sub. Do you think you are being used square? Are you satisfied with that kind of treat ment? If you are, you're not the kind of a chap I take you to be." "I may get . more of a show before the season is over." Chester laughed derisively. "You're an easy mark, Gardner!" he declared. "I didn't think it of you, for you don't look it." Earl flushed, but Chester continued: "Merriwell won't give you any better show than he has to, you may be sure ef that. I suppose he told you to be sure to come out to-day?" "Yes." "I thought so! That's because his team is crippled and he could not get along without'. you. l heard him say that. I heard him say he would have to put you in, although he didn't want to do it. I heard him say you had a swelled head already just because you happened to carry the ball for a gain in one game." Gardner was an honest fellow who did not look for lying and deceit in others. "Who did he tell so?" he exclaimed, resentfully. "I'm not going to bring another party into this," said Chester, with a lofty expression. "But he said it." "Well, I'll have to show him he is mistaken." "That's not all he said." Arlington saw his chance to work on Gardner, and he quickly followed it up. "He said you conceited, and that you hung round him trying to be friendly until it made him sick." "Did he say that?'' asked Earl, paling . "Sure thing." Now Gardner had longed ' to be friendly with Dick, and the thought that Dick should say such a thing cut his sensitive soul. "He needn't worry I" he exclaim ed. "I'll not hang round him any more!" "That's right!" nodded Chester, in satisfaction. "Don't let any fellow use you as a tool." Gardner hesitated. The players were practicing, and he longed to join them. "He wants you ro fill up the team for practice," said . Chest er; "but he has no id ea of using you in another game." 'Did he say that, too?" "He did," lied Dick's enemy. "Well, he'll find I am not such a chump as he thought!" exclaimed Gardner. "He can't work me that \Vay! I'll take no part in practice. I'm going back and get into my other clothes right away." "That's where you are sensible, old man I" smiled the deceiver, in his cleverest way. "Don't let him see you at all. Don't let him know you came out." "I won't!" Gardner left the field, and Arlington laughed softly to himself, muttering: "He's one of the best subs in the school, and I have fixed him." CHAPTER VII. GETTING THE WORST OF IT. "I thought I saw Gardner come in at the gate," said Dick, as there , was a pause in practice. "\iVhere is he?" No one else claimed to have seen him. Hal Darrell was staring strangely at something he had just picked up from the ground. "Who dropped this?" he asked, at last; holding up a tiny gold locket.

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TIP TOP. WEEKLY. •' Dick saw it, and was startled. He felt for the locket, discovering it was gone. "I dropped it," he said, at or:ce, stepping forward. . "Y 9u ?" . said Hal, . incredt1lously . . Then Dick saw , the locket was open and Hal had I been looking at the picture. "Yes, I dropped it. I'll take "V,Thy: hO\v--" Darrell checked himself, although he longed to ask questions. He locket to Dick with sorne reluctance, 1a puzzle? expression on his face. Dick was sorry the locket had been dropped, but he was far sorrier that Hal had seen the picture it con tained. A singular chang-e came over Darrell. He had in sisted on taking part in the practice at the start, although Dick suggested that it migbt be well for him to rest that day; but now he seemed to take no further interest and he played with such indifference when practice was resume.cl that Dick finally asked him to lay off for , t . he rest of the day. . ...; ... "I'll have a word with him as soon as practice is finished," thought Dick, "and ask him to say nothing about the locket." \Nhen practice was over, however, Hal had left the ground. Dick was passing through the gate .when Arlington came hurrying toward him, followed by Hal. -"I want a word with . you, Merr_iwell !" exclaimed Gh<'lster, his face showing indignation. Dick stopped and. they stepped aside. Hal stood at a little distance. . "I ,want that locket!" demanded Chester. "What locket?" asked Dick. . "Oh, don't give me any of that! You know what locket! Darrell picked it up on the field, and you claimed it." "Well?" "I want it!" "Do you?" "Yes, and I am going to have it! What right have yo , u to a picture of my sister-you?" He ftltng all the scorn and contempt at his command into that final "you." It was withering in its inten sity, but Dick did not with'er before ' it. "We'll not discuss that at all," he said, with grim quietness. hand over the locket!" "No." , "You refuse?" "I certainly do." Had Chester dared, he would have attac]:<-ed Dick then and there, but he had lean1ed his lesson well, and knew better than to do an.ythfog of the sort. "vVhere did you get it?" he snarled, quivering with '";:tge. . "That of your business." "Oh, isn't it! You stole it! You're a thief!" "Be Arlington, or I sball have to give you an eye to match the one you have. I am not a fellow who fancies being called such names." "I believe you did steal it! I know my sister would not let you have it! \Vby, you're not fit for Her to wipe her feet on! I suppose you have showing the picture to all your chums and laughing over it! By the Lord Harry! you'll give it up or I'll shoot you!" Chester was almo s t frothing in his excitement and rage, Dick co n tinued quite self-possessed. Darrell noted Arlitigtor'l's condition and drew ' quickly, . taking him by the arri1, say1n.g: "Don't make a scene here-for your &ister's sake. Some of the fellows are watohing." Dick gave Hal a 'look. "I hardly thought this yot.t, Darrell," he said. "I didn't suppose you would seek to. stir up trouble.'' Hal was hot and quick. His face flushed; .and he exclaimed: "I haven't tried to make any ' trouble. I simply mentioned .to Arlington that you had claimed the.locket I found on the field." "And that makes it appear that you fancied I had no right to it." "It did seem rather "'He has no right to it!" put ii1 . Chester. "I'll find a way to make him give it kill him!" Dick was angry, but Frank had taught him to ern his tem p er, and he 'did not forget the lesson now. Darrell to ?rop tbei matte!', as a num ber of the cade . ts . had. gathered and were watching them. "All rigi1t/' Arlington, through l!is teeth. "But don't you forget wbat I said, Merriwell-I'll make yon give it up or kill Then he walked away with Darrell. , Buckhart came up. # • "Whatevei was the disturbance, pard ?" he asked. ••I that c11eap galoot was going to into

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you, and I was waiting to see you do him up. What was Darrell doing witb him?" "I don't know. Darrell is acting very queer." "Remember what I told you a while ago about him?" 4 • "What was that?" "He's struck on June Arlington sure as shooting. Arlington introduced them." "That's it!" Dick mentally exclaimed. "He was angry because I had the locket containing her pictur. e." Later Dick took Brad into his confidence, telling him how Darrell had picked up the locket and seen the pic ture. "And the galoot is sore," chuckled the Texan. "He allows he's the one who ought to have the picture." Dick regretted the whole affair very much, but he felt that he was not to blame. The very next day he received a letter from.June, requesting , him to return the locket at once. "As you are a gentleman," she wrote, "I shall ex pect you to send it back to me by the messenger who brings you this." "It's Arlington's work," said Dick. "He has told her some sort of a lie. I'll . send it back, then I'll c a ll on her and find out how I have been misrepresented." He wrote a brief note, enclosed the locket in an en velope, and permitted the boy to take it away. That evening he called at the house where June was stopping. But when the maid came to the door and he asked for Miss Arlington he was told that she was engaged and could not see him. Dick was pretty "sore" when he turned and passed out through the gate. Jus t oqtside the gate he came face to face with Chester Arlington and Hal Darrell. Arlington laughed when he recognized Dick. "Well," he said, sneeringly, "I presume you had a pleasant call! I trust you enjoyed it!" Dick ignored Chester, but stopped Hal. "See here, Darrell," he said, "I thought we were friends. If such is tl'!e case, I depend Q.t1 you to ex plain truthfully to Miss Arlington just how you came to see that locket and the picture." "Oh, yes, he'll explain!" said Chester. "Why, you dropped it on purpose for somebody to pick it up! It was a thin trick. You •had promised not to show it, but you were determined it should be known at school h o w favored you had been by my sister." .. ./ ' "We've never been such great friends, Merriwell," said Darrell, coldly. "But, at least, I took you for a square fellow. I didn't suppose you would throw ye>ur worst enemy down in an underhand way." "I've not thrown do•vn. I am not in any way interested or concerned in your affairs." Dick saw at once that it was useless to appeal to Hal. Without another word, he passed on, Chester Arlington's triumphant, scornful laugh ringing in his ears. CHAPTER VIII. TROUBLE ENOUGH. Dick Merriwell had plenty of pride, and it did not take him long to resolve to let matters take their course. He felt that he would be making a mistake if he at tempted to force himself upon June Arlington in otder to make an explanation. He might suffer another snub, and snubs were something he could not endure. So he turned his thoughts to his studies and to foot ball. Not that he c o uld entirely banish June from his mind, but he felt that he would soon be able to dG so. It seemed to him that she had not treated him fairly in declining to hear his side of the story. The football team soon gave him enough to think about, for Darrell failed to come out on the following day, sending word that he had decided to play . no more. This was a severe blow, for Hal had been a fast half-back, being quic;k on " his feet, full of grit and stam ina, and never the fellow to give up as long as there wa s the ghost of a show to win. It would be no easy thing to fill the posit i on thus left vacant. At last it began to seem that Arlington was accom plishing his object in breaking up the team. When Chester and Hal came through the gate Dick advanced at once to meet the latter. "What's the matter, Darrell?" he asked. "Why aren't you out for practice?" "Haven't you seen Stone?" asked Hal, independently "Yes." "Didn't he tell you?" "He said you sent word you were not going to play football any more, but I couldn't believe him." "Why not?"

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• TIP TOP WEEKLY. 17 "vVhy, it wasn't like you! You; re not the fellow to ;o back on old Fardale like that!" "Do you remember how I got onto the team last season?" Hal. "I had to fight to get a show. Even then, I was told that I was not wanted. Your brother told me so once." "On account of a When he found out that there was a mistake, he gladly with drew. We can't get along without you, Hal." "You'll have to." "vVhy, you must know you are leaving us in a ter rible hole! With three of the regular players out of the line, we are weakened anyhow. v V hen you drop out the very backbone is gone from the team." Here Arlington laughed softly. The day of his triumph seemed at hand, and he was happy. "It's plain," he said, 'that the athletic committee will have to take hold of the matter. Every one is sick of this one-man rule, and you'll play the despot no I • longer, Merriwell. Now, s o mebody besides your especial friends will have a chance to play football. I predict a great overtvrning of the team within a few days." Still Dick ignored his taunting enemy, his ma1'.ner being that of one who was totally unaware o f Chester's presence. "I think you have been hasty, Hal," he said. "When you come to think it over, you will change your mind: If you are offended with me you cannot afford to let that deter y o u from playing on the team. Even if you regarded me as your enemy you could not go back on the team. You would be g oing b ack on old Farclale if vou did, and you're not a fellow to do , . . that." He saw some of the color leave Darrell's face at the words, as if they had struck home. "That's all rot, Darrell!" exclaimed Chester. "You know that t.his fellow is not doing the best thing for the school by running the team as he has, and you have taken the proper course to bring about a curbing of the evil." Dick saw that Chester had somehow 9btained a strong influence over Darrell. It was possible that he had been able to make Hal b e lieve that his course in withdrawing from the team was the proper one to pursue a1:cl would finally result in a benefit to the eleven and to the school. "I want to talk to you alone, Hal," said Dick. , "Don't let him come any of his soft-s_oaping !" ex claimed Arlington. Dick could endure no more of this, and he wheeled Gn the fellow his eyes flashing and his face pale with passion. "You are doing everything in your power to ruin the team, you dog!" he grated. "You are a disgrace to Fardale ! You ought to be run out of the school! Now, if you interrupt me again while I am speaking to Darrell I'll give you the worst thrashing you ever had in your life!" There was no mistaking this. Arlington knew Dick meant every word •of it, and he had come to know 1.hat Dick could make his threat good. So he con tented himself with a scornful curl of his lips, thrust his hands into his pockets and turned away, whistling contemptuously. It seemed that young Merriwell actually regretted that he had not been given further provocation by his enemy. His blood was boiling, and the manner in which he watched Chester slowly strolling away told that he had been keyed up to a pitch where further pressure would , have brought about an explosion. Dick's voice was a bit unsteady when he spoke to Hal again. "Don't let that fellow lead you into something you will always regret," he pleaded. "Again I ask you, out of your regard for old Fardale, to come back and play your position on the team." Hal shook his head. "No use, Merri well," , he said; "I've given my word." "And y ou'll be s o rry. Ches t er Arlir;gton has brought a bout a s much discord as possible, and he hop e s to ruin the team. But he shall not succeed! I swear it! I'll keep the team together, and it shall • win! Hudsonville shall not beat us Saturday!" Dick's jaw had a squareness about it, and there was a look of determination on his face, while his voice was full of unbroken confidence. He was made of the stuff that could not be conquered by the means taken by Chester Arling:ton. Seeing it was useless to waste further words on Darrell, bick turned away. He ca s t off the heart sick feeling that assailed him. Wat211ing the squad was Earl Gardner, and Dick walked over to the plepe. "I thought you were coming out yesterday, Gard ner," he called. "You didn't show up. And you're not in your tozs to-dav. VVhat's the "matter?"

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18 • TIP TOP WEEKI..iT. Earl ul!lied and looked confused. "I-I decided not to c o me," he s aid. "Why? 'Ne need you.' : "Oh, you've never needed me m uch, and I think you can get along without me now." "We need you," Dick repeated. "The team is in bad shape. . I was much di s appoi n ted w en you failed to come out yesterday." "But I'm a plebe, you know ." "That makes no difference. You can play the gam(i." "Do you think so?" "You did i'reat w ork the last time you tried." "But that iave me the swelled headt y o u kn o w." Dick looked at Earl intently. "Who told you so? Has any one b e en lying to vrou? If so, I'll wager I can name him. It was Chester Arlington . Gard n er, h e is a b a d fell o w to lis ten to. If he told you I said you had the swelled head it was a lie!" "Was it?" asked Earl, with s ome eage rn e ss. "You didn't say so?" "No." "And-and you didn't say I hung round till you :were sick of me?" "Never!" "And that you had no idea of using me in another ecime, but simply wanted me for practice work?" ''Nothing of the kind." Gardner did not doubt Dick. He was s a ti s fied that Dick wa s a fellow who would not lie under any cir cumstances'. "Then I'll come out," he said, immediately. "I did not want to push myself in where I was not wanted. " "Get your togs in a hurry," said Dick, "and come back to the fiekL I want you to take Darrell's posi tion at half-back." It was scarcely more than ten minutes when Gard:ner came running bad< to the field, ready to go into pract ice. He was a sturdy young chap, wi.th good legs and shoulders, and Dick had noted that he was a swift runner, besides being-Clever at dodging and punting. Earl was put onto the re:ular team at left half-back, and he went into the work with a will. Sittini' on the bleachers, Hal Darrell saw the subititute put up such sharp and snappy practice that h'e soon won the ap plause and praise of the who were watching. Hal heard many qf the watchers rem.arking that Gardner was a wonder, and one fellow declared he wa s "showing Darrell up." Already Hal was beginning to regret the hasty move he had made. CHAPTER IX. IN HUDSONVILLE . . Dick kept a stiff upper lip and wore a smiling face , but in his heart he was worried. It was his hope that Shannock would be able to get into the g-ame some how, but as Saturday drew near and Sam continued to hobble about on crutch es , that h o pe died. Scudder had been substituted in practice, but he could not play the position with the end man, and he knew it. Hugh Dougla s s practiced at guard in Bradley's po sition, but Hugh, although big and strong, was too slow. On the o pp o site side of center Burro ws filled Dare' s pos ition, but Burrows was not heavy enough, and Dick did not consider him in c o nditi o n. With two new guard'!3, a new right end and a new left half-back, the Far
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. hasty in withdrawing. If you want me, I'll come back and play my regular position." "I am glad you came to me like this, Hal," said Dick; "for it shows that you are ready to right a wrong when you do wrong. But I can't take you back to ' play in your old position to-morrow." Darrell looked astounded and dismayed. "You can't?" he exclaimed. "No." "vVhy not?" "Because I have promised Gardner that he shall play that position, and I would not go back on him for anything." "Gardner? vVhy, even if he's on the level, do you regard him as a better man?" "No, I do not. He is a good man, but I had rather have you in the position." "And still you'll let him play when I am willing to play?" "I shall, 'because I gave him my word, I never broke my word to a friend-or to an enemy." "Do you consider him your friend?" "I hope he is. He seems like a fine fellow, and I prize tl:ie f;iendship . of every square fellow." "Well, you're queer! That's just what Arlington says about you! He says you are running the team for the benefit of your friends." "And lies when he says so! If you had not listened to his lies you would be playing on the team now." , "Then I am off it for good, am I?" "Not necessarily. If you "will go up into the line I'll be glad to place you at right end. I have not assured Scudder that he shall play, and ne'll take a back seat for the good of the team." "No, thank you!" said Hal, hotly. "I play in my old position or not at C\ll !" "As you like," said Dick, quietly. "Remember what I told you absnt Gardner. You're going to be beaten badly. .A:nd I don't give a rap if you are." Then Hal strode off in a great huff. \ But Darrell decided to follow the team to Hudsonville with the rest of the "rooters" on the following day, and he was on hand to take the morning train, along with about sixty others, including the eleven and substitutes. After the boys were gathered, as many as possible, in one car, Buckhart came through the train, bent over Dick and whispered in his ear: "She's going along with us. She's m the car behind, pard." "Who?" asked Dick. "June Arlington," whispered the Texan. "Darrell is with her n0w-he and her lovely brother." Dick seemed to forget this almost iI!}mediately, and he did not leave his seat. He laughed and joked with the others, seeming in the best of spirits. He wore an air of confidence that concealed his anxiety over the coming game, if he felt any. The boys sang and had a good time generally. They practiced the football songs, a_nd once or twice they broke out with the Fardale yell, whioh greatly annoyed a ' fussy old man, who complained to the conductor and wanted them all put off. • The trip to Hudsonville did _ not seem very long or tedious, and the boys were not tired out when they reached the town where they were to play. As they left the train Dick caught a of June Arlington, who was in company with Hal Dar rell. He also noted that Darrell carried a dress suit case, and wondered what that meant. Chester lington joined them, a u d the three took a carriage to the best hotel. But Chester did not carry a traveling bag of any kind. "Perhaps that dress suit case belongs to June," thought Di.ck. ''She may be leaving Fardale to-day. Perhaps she is not going back, and she decided to see this game of football." The thought that June was leaving gave him regret. She was going away without giving him a chance to make an explanation. She was going away believing him, like most boys, ready to boast of his "mashes,'' and particularly ready to boast of a mash on a rich daughter. Still Dick had ch0sen the course he would pursue, and no one even saw him glance toward June. Ap parently he was utterly unaware of her presence on the train, and did not see her . at the station. In truth, it had been some time since Dick evinced so much spirit and jolliness. He was the life of the team. He was witty and humorous by turns. He chaffed Smart and Tubbs; he jollied Jolliby; he bantered Buckhart. There was a gathering of Hudsonville boys at the station to see the Fardale team arrive. "Say, they don't look so much!" exclaimed one urchin, with an intonation o{ disappointment. not to

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TIP TO P WE.EKI.,Y. l\ay disgust, in his voice. "Are them the fellers what beat our town last year?'' "Yep," nodded q.,nother. "They done.it with a trick. Dick Merriwell, he came out in a runnin' su_it and just hurdled the line, ran the whole length of the field , and made a touchdown." "Which is ?" "That feller there, see?" "The one all them others hang around?" "Yep." "Well, he looks like a corker! Ther rest of 'em ain't such great shakes, but he's all though he ain't no .ii;;mt." "It don't ;i.lwus take a felle_r ter play football, ffommie. \Vot's ther matter with yer!" So the small boys flocked round the team and admired Dick until the team clambered onto two btlGkboards and was taken away. "Jee!" said one tall, thin boy. "That Dick Merriwell is Frank Merriwell's brother, an' I'll bet he' ll be a wondet, just as Frank is . \tVhy \yasn't I bi..1ilt like bim ! Jest looker my long legs an' arms, an' him put up for keeps! It makes rne . sick!" nd he did not know' it wa; possible for him to build up his artns and legs and whole physique 'by reg ular, systematic e xercise . ,True he might never be come so svmmetrical as another lad born with greater physical but he could vastly improve his condition and his looks , as any boy may who has the grit and determination to persist in .the right exercises for development. At the hotel the boys piled off the b;.1ckboard and asce nded the steps. Dick was . one of the first, and just as he was . about to enter the door June Arlington came out, accom panied by Hal Darrdl. Dick stepped back and looke . d straight at the girl. Darrell lifted his cap, and Dick did the same; but 1une passed without giving him a gbnce. CHAPTER X. CALLED INTO THE GAME. Farchle dressing for the game i n a big roon\ beneath the Hudsonv ille stand. "Gardner," said Dick, placing his hands on Earl's shoulders and looking into his honest eyes, "I place absolute trust in you to-day. I take no stock in anythi n g that has been sai
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 21 -"I'll l:ie on hand," promisea Hal, trotting away. "Wonder what has brought him round to that/' speculated Dick, as he again covertly glanced toward the grand stand. June Arlington was waving her colors and laughing as Hal ran across the field and toward the dressingroom. "She did it I" thought Dick. "She wants him in the game! Well, he may not get into this game!" Of a Dick almost determined to give Darrell •no chance, no matter what happened. "I'll punish him!" he thought. "He'll be . sore if he comes out with the substitutes and sees otl1er fel low s given a show while he gets none." In that moment Dick was filled with a revengeful, bitter sensation. All his old-time dislike of Darrell was reawakened Just as Hudsonville was kicking off Darrell j o ined the substitutes. The home team was very strong, five of the eleven men being players who were with the team a year be fore. The other six men were large, husky fellows. The line-up of both FARDALE. HUDSONVILLE. Scudder ........•.......... Right end ............ , ....... Fisher Joll iby .................... Right tackle ................... Tilton Burrows .....•............ Right guard ....•.......... ... Swayn Tubbs ........•............. Center. . . . . . . . . . • . . . • . . . . Glennon Dougl ass .................. Left guard ................. "Whitney Kent ...................... Left tackle ................. llicBride Buckhart. ...• , ............. Left end .................... Col s on Smart ....... ............ Quarter-back. . . . . . . • . . . . . . . . . . Field Merri well ..... , ......... Right half-back .............. Boynton Gardner .. , .............. Left h alf-back .......•........ Lapo int Singleton .......... , ....... Full-back ....... .: ... : • . . . . . . King King drove the. ball far into Fardale's territory. Gardner captured it and immediately smashed it b a ck, forcing King to take it on the run. At the very outset the plebe had demonstrated ,that he had a good leg and knew how to kick. King boted his heel in the gr0t:_nd1 then tufned and kicked from the spot. This time the wind took the ball to Merriwell, who went forward with it, leaping away from Colson. Dick reached the forty-yard line before he was brought down. There the tw9 teams lined llP for the opening scrim: magc. Smart was silei1t as the grave, but the ball was snapped and the Fardale team leaped into action. Hudson was taken by surprise by this quick action. It was evident at once that the visitors liad agreed upbn a series of plays before taking the field, thull cutting out the necessity of signals for a time. A small gam was made. Another quick line-up, and another sudden move. The ball went round the end for four yards. Then the faithful fow had a chance to cheer. The next move was a dash into center with a revolving formation. Tubbs was projected against Glennon, and the latter drove his fist deep into the pit of Obediah's stomach. The fat boy was whirled away before he could retaliate, but he had felt the blow. When Gardner came through with the ball Glewion hit him a terrible blow, knocking him down, and jumped on him. Garcltler lay still on the grouud when t h e writhing players rose from him. He was bleeding at the mouth. Ditk appealed to the umpire, but he had not seen a foul-or, at least, so he declared . A doctor hurtied out and knelt over Gardner. "This boy may be badly hurt," he said. "He must not continue in the game." . ' "I can play! I v.:ill play!" came faintly from Gardner's lips. "I'm not hurt! I'm all right!" But they carried him from the field. G ardner was out of the ga111e, an
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. opportunity, and he gave Hudsonville's center a slam in the ribs that astonished and weakened the big fel low. For the fat boy hit a terrible blow at close quar ters where he could throw the weight of his body into it. As he struck Glennon, Obediah chuckled: "Tag! You're it!" • It was some moments before Glennon recovered, but there was a furious light in his eyes when he did. As they ' crouched, nose to nose, he hissed back at Tubbs: "You'll be 'it' next time I get at you!" But the fat boy grinned mockingly. Fardale in pushing the ball clean up to the . . center of the field, but there it was lost by a forward pass. Then Hudsonville began a battering attack on the visitors, making small but steady gains. Twice Glennon tried to get in work on Tubbs, but each time the fat boy grappled him and spoiled his efforts. "I'll finish you before the game is over!" vowed the big center of the home team. "You're nothing but a bjg fat slob 1" "But I notice I'm keeping you purty darn busy!" chuckled Obediah. "You ain't hed much time to knock out anybody else." "There will be plenty of time after you are out." But Obediah seemed able to stand a wonderful amount of slugging. Once Glennon did this work so openl y that he was detected and warned by the um pire. Some of th " e spectators hissed him. "It's iike hammering a punching bag!" he told King. "\i\Thy , I don't seem to make any impression on that big fat lobster. The n1ore I thump him the better he seem s to like it." "\V e must win this game," said King, who was not averse to dirty playing. "Give your atte ntion to some. body else." "He won't let me! He gets after me all the time, and I h ave to look out for him." "\Veil, you know we're going to win to wipe out last ye ar's disgrace." It beg an to look as if Hudsonville would not find winni<1g difficult when they kept straight down the field w ith the ball, the cadets being unable to hold them at any point. In nine minutes of play Hudsonville put the ball over for a touchdown, and King kicked a goal. . .The cro;-, d cheered and cheered. Over in a little bunch the "faithful" from Fardale sang a song to en courage the team. Up in the stand sat a girl who looked disappointed, but who continued to wave the red-and-black and hope for Fardale's success. Dick realized that the thing he feared was counting against Fardale. The line was weak. Douglass was too slow, while Burrows was out of his position. Two new men as guards' were a great weakness. But the right end was weak, and Hudsonville made repeated gains past Scudder. Uric did his best, but Shannock was sadly missed. Still by no look, word or sign did Dick betray his distrust. vVhen play was resumed, he encouraged his men as if he felt confident of the ultimate result. Singleton kicked, and King took the ball. Scudder was firs t to reach him, and he made a fair tackle. Down on the two men pounced nearly the whole team. ' Scudder was writhing \IVith pain when they rose. The doctor trotted out. "Collar bone broken!" he announced. Dick's lips tightened. "Well, dern my picter !" exclaimed Tubbs. "We won't hev enough to play tag with if this keeps up!" Joe Savage, who had been practicing with the squad for a w eek or more, was called in to take Scudder' s place. It seemed that the line was still weaker. Hudsonville .seemed to realize her advaatage, and . she continued to slam the cadets unmercifully . I But every time Obediah and Glennon met the Hud-sonville center got the worst of it. Pretty soon he began to feel the effect of this constant digging from the fat boy. It took the snap and ginger out of him. He began to dread it. But still Hudsonville kept on the offensive. 011ce they lost the bali in ti1e steady march toward another goal, but recovered it in less than a minute. The cadets fought desperately in the last stand two yards from the line, but the home team pushed the ball over on the final clown. The touchdown had been made at the extreme corner of the field, and it was necessary to punt the ball out in order to get a fair position to kick another goal. .The kick was rather poor, and the ball was dropped. , ••

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• • r1P TOP WEEKLY. thing happened. A scrimmage ended with one of the players still and motionless on the ground. "It's Merriwell !" exclaimed a hundred voices. "If he's out of the game," said a man in the grandstand, "our team will win easily. He's the backbone of that other team." A pale-faced girl heard this. She sprang up. She did not seem to know jnst what she meant to do. Before she realized what she was doing she had left the stand and was running out upon the field. When Dick opened his eyes he fancied he was dream ing, for he saw the face of June Arlington bending over him. He seemed to dream that she was bathing his face and head with cool water. He seemed to dream that she was saying: "You're not hurt much, Dick-I know you are not! iY ou can play the rest of the game ! You will win it! I'll give you back the l ocket, and--" "Give it to me," he said, "and I'll win this game-or die!" She quickly unclasped it from a delicate chain about her neck. With Hal Darrell looking on, she pressed it into Dick's hand, whispering, excitedly: "Here--here it is! It is your charm-'your good fort une ! It was wrong of me to ever take if away! If I had not you would not be lying here now! Keep it!" "Always ?" "Always! Now can you play?" "Can I?" He sat up. True he was dizzy and things whirlecl round him a bit, but he summoned all bis will power. When they helped him to his feet .he flung off the we akness that threatened to clown him once more. J rn: c's face was scarlet when she left the field amid the afplausc and cheering of the spectators. She woul d ha\e given much to escape from their sight. Her brother met her at the entrance to the stand. He W:!S white to the lips. "Oh, you have disgraced yourself to-day!" he pante d . "I a:n ashamed to own you as a sister of mine!" Then she flung back her head. "I'm sorry," she said , "ibat we are both ashamed of each other. for I am heartily ashamed of you as a brother!" "Home you'll go after this!" vowed Chester. "Before all these ! And they laughed and cheered!" There J . sud
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The first r e ason for this vast popularity is because the column app ea rs in what is universally admitted t o be the king of all published weeklies, The Winner of the Grand Prize at the Paris World's fair, TIP TOP But the second reason is just as important and <:ogent, namely, the high excellence of the letters written by our r eaders, which appear in this column. Indeed, these let ters have been so highly praised that Street & Smith, always to serve and benefit their great public, have decided to offer twelve valuable prizes for the twelve b est lette r s received from Tip Jop readers in the next six months. These twelve be TWELVE GOLD PENS of t h e highest grade. Now, then, all our ambitio\.ts young letter writers will • ht> anxious to win one of these fine prizes. All you have to do is to follow these directions : Write a letter to Tip Top Weekly, discussing a ny feature of the famous publication, its characters; pl ots, ath letics, contests, tournaments or anything impresses yo u esp e cially; then write across the top of it "Prize Letter, " and send it to Street & Smith. So that the contest may be absolutely fair, the readers of Tip Top are to act as j udges, and the letters which receive the greatest num ber of v o tes will be awarded the prizes. Come on now, boys and girls ! Show us which one of all our young Shakrl\peares are the best letter writers. APPLAUSE. Having read the Tip Tops for a long time, I have fairly fallen in love with them. I snppose you a re us e d to hearing people say Tip Top i s t he best b ook a-going, but it's true, anyway. I love all kinds oi sports, and am captain of a team that I orl;\'anized. I like Di c k better than I do Frank. Good luck to Dick and Frank, and their friends, and bad luck to their enemies. Rhinelander, Wis. DoNALD VAUGHAN. Yes, it is an old story to hear that Tip Top is the best of everything, but it is a good one which can bear repetition. Let ua hear your views again . Not having seen a letter in your Applause Column from our city , I thought I would write one. I have been looking over some of the Applause Columns in the back numbers, and reading the letter s of suc h gentlemen as G. W., McNeill, C. C. B., Jacob Lev y and "Tip Top's Best Friend" ( ?) has made my hot Southern blood surge to my temples as if wishing to burst them open. It is beyond my faintest c omprehe nsion how they can have the audacity to down such a character as Bart Hodge. Of course, everybody has scattered their wild oats, and be scattered his before enterin g Fardale and a short while after. We all know he is hot tempered, but his efforts to subdue and control that tem per, guided by "Merry's" willing hand, stamps him at once aa a ge11tleman that anybody in th e land would be proud to shake , by the , hand. I know I would. Just look how he sti cks to "Merry" and listens to his advice! I know this letter is longer tha n it ought to be, but hope you w ill publish it anyhow. There is no n eed of my saying anyth in g about Frank or Dick; but just one more word about 'Dick's truest fri end," "the Unbranded Maverick of the Rio Pecos." Brad may be full of bluster, but he is also fu.ll of grit and courage, and Dick s hould stick to him. Rise. up, Brad's friends, and put his enemies to shame. Let us hear from all of you. I hope you will pub lis h this long letter. \Vi shing all of Bart's and Brad's friends good luck, I am, R. Vicksburg, Mi ss . Anothe r o f Bart's friends to champion him. He has a list of them, and when they come out for him In such strong terms it is a sure sin that they are sincere ones . You are about right in saying that Brad Buckhart is a fine fellow. I think all must agree on the many manly q u:ili ties he has so often shown, and vote him a true friend of Dick's. Just a word t o Tip Top. I do want Chester Arlingto n to fall in love with Doris. I don't think I need say any more. Of course, s h e will turn him down, every time, and stick to Dick. Oh, it will be royal! Dick couldn't plan a better revenge on him th an that. Perhap s he'll find out that "D. Roscoe'li" millions c:in ' t win this charming, blue-eyed girl for him, nor a good many other things. I think Dick will wi n sweet Doris for himself. Things seem to be going as th ey should in No. 337. Newport, R. I. . ROSAMOND. I t wo ulu be lit tle cause for wonder to ha,c Arlington fall in love with such an attractive g irl as Doris; bu t we will have to w ai t and see how things will come oul. At any rate, we would all vouch for the de e p sinceri t y of Doris. knowing that she would be true to the on e whom she loved. 1 take great pleasure in writing to you a nd let yo u know what I think of the Tip Top Weekly. 1 not 0!1ly think that it is the best but I know it, and I want to congratulate Mr. Burt L. Standish on his clever writing. He certainly does t ake the cake. Hoping for the Tip Top weekly success, I remain, a constant r eade r of the Tip Top Weekly, MAXWELL Fr.EDERICK LEMBKE.. Milwauk ee, \Vis. Thank you for your, warm praise of Tip Top. It is most gratifying to hear how it pleases all. As I have seen no applause from the "fair city o f the West," I take the liberty to write. I am a constant reader of your weekly, and I think it certainly is an "ideal p,ublication for the American youth." Dick and his ch um s are 'peaches," an d betwern Ted Smart, Chip Joll iby and the ,;Unbranded Maverick of the Rio there is no lack of fun. 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'I'IP TOP WEEKLY, to see Doris aa Mrs. Dick. Wishin& all sorts of good luck to Burt L. and Street & Smith, I remam, CHARLES PAINE. Madison, Wis. Glad to hear from your "fair city" and that one of its in pabitants is such an enthusiastic admirer of our young hero, PICK MERRIWELL. . As we have read the excellent Tip Top Weekly from No. I up to present date, we think it is the king of all papers. We think that Dick is one of the grandest boys we ever read about. For Frank's and Dick's friends, Bart, Brad, Hal, Jack, Ready and l'eddy are our choice. Doris and Felecia are qear girls, but Doris is the girl for Dick, and Felecia is the one for Hal, but we leave that to Mr. Burt L. to settle . As this is our first attempt In the Appl a u s e Column, we w ill close with three ch(;!ers for dear old Tip Top and che e rs for Dick, Frank and their rrowd. "From two of your girl admirers, H. E. and J. D. Kenton, Ohio. You make no mistake in thinking Dick a great boy. He is in rvery roepect a young wonder to us all. Hurrah! Hurrah! for the Tip Top. I say hurrah for the Tip Top weekly because it i s doing so much for the coming generation of America. Just think, whe n I fir s t comme nced the Tip Tap I cared nothing for athletic sports , and was not very healthy. But after I became a con stant r eader of the TiJ.> Top [ began to t:i.k e more interest in the sports and I can prai s e no one but the Tip Top \Veekly for the health and strength which I lm n o w enjoying, and also for my reputation a s an athl e te. J , wish to mention some of the exercises l;>y which I was benl!fited. The most important one was the wonderful double-shoot, which de sc ribed as being exe c uted by Frank Merriwell, and which [ practiced until I could control it. I first startecl pitching for the hi g h s ch ool team and by my wond erfol curves I got a posi tion in the Teko a amateur tea m, and I pitched tv e enty games, losing thre e , winning seventeen, and I am assigned to pitch next wi(h the Sal t ce team. I have als o made myself famous by prac;icirig the different plays of " Ivkrry's" football games. I h a v e J jee n ch ose n capta in of the hi g h sc hool team. Hopinl(" these fow line s w ill a id so me . one el se, I w ill close by saying Hurrah for . the Tip Top the kingo f athletic sports! T r k oa , ' V a sh. ' • GEO. BROWN. Alw a ys glad to hear from thos e whom Tip Top has especially ben<'fite d, and you seem to c o me unde r hat heading. You are evid e ntly making a strong place for yourself in the field of sport s , and it will be o ne which will do you a world of good, for what is more nec e ssary to the growing youth than plenty of outd oo r exercise? Keep up your int e r est , and you will suc c eed In many undert11kings, as you have in "l\frrry's" double-shoot. Again you are to be bothered by one of your most stanch si1pp orters, who has worried you several times before by his letters to your Applau s e Column. Since the first one oflour books was publi s hed, eagerly have I watched for and peruse their contents, wee k by w c<.'k. At that time I was a student of 16 at St. Joseph's Coll ege, Phiradelphia, and much interested in good literature; in fact, I was president of our litera ry class, and was quite often ridi c uled for reading "yellow cover e d literature," as they were cal.led. Finally, one d a y one of our professors insisted on my explaining before the literary class why I persisted in reading them. This was three years ago. I was not ashamed to explain, and foll o wing is about what I told him: At first I read them for p;istime, ih c n I got interesteq in Hodge, as I readily saw his nature and disposjtion was alike to mine, and week after week I saw him but surely bein g molded into gentlemanly form, which I kne\v was in him, but had 'been partially blinded by his mother's kindness; and next I had to fight against the two things Frank most dreaded, '\vi!J.e and cards" (my father being completely ruine d by them), as I think I inherited a long in!I for -the green-covered table . He, along with the members of the class began to open their eyes, and finally, from my steadily changing temper and disposition, my close application to studie5 and my athletic works (which I was anxious for, of all kinds, and r.t <.\ll times), led them to believe I was serious in my intentions. [ have sine<.' ldt college, and am with the Pennsylvanil). Railroad. [ h a ve never forgotten the lessons I have learned, morally and physically. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 154 pounds, and am palr\Vit!1 the P. R. R. Y. M. C. A. I have, I know, ionc far above the word limit in this, but I must add a few words as tG the different characters and 5tories. They are so clearly , drawn that one can well imagine himself as one of the characters. Bart is my favorite, even . above Frank, as he had more to overcome than had Merry, and' therefore I think he deserves the more credit. I will say nothing about those who asked to have him dropped from the flock; they did not understand him, or else they wete not old readers. Dick is perfect, accomplishing even more than did Frank against even greater obstacles. I hope to see a complete understa.nding between Dick and Doris. I am contented, as I have at !east ca,sed my mind by my yearly epistle. With kindest and sincerest wishes for your continued success; I am, yours sincerely, TEN J. \VILLIAMS. Philadelphia, Pa. A most gratifying letter which tells us what we are always anxious to hear, that Tip Top is doing good and helping our boys tp bc;come pright and strong-principled men, the one tbing which we would have it accomplish before all else. That you have g ained by it is well worth hearing-and that you arc pleased with its stories and characters, your letter shows only too plainly. Keep up your interest in an old friend which has been one, indeed, to you, and a valuable one, and you will have no cause for regret. I have just finished r eading the late5t Tip Top Weekly, and must say it is the best. of any story I have read yet. Now, as the football season is coming on, I hope ' that Dick will make a good showing, and al s o Brad, the wideawake Texan. I have no patience with any one who says that Dick should marry his cousin, Felecia. I hope that more will be said about Dick ;ind Doris. I do think that Hal Darrell should be in love with Felecia, and Brad with Zona. I will close my letter now, but hope to see it published in the Applause Column as soon as possible. Yours truly, M. H. L., S:rn Francisco, Cal. A Reader of Tip Top. Let us hear from you soon again. In reading over the Applause Column, in issue 338, I saw where a certain W. H. T . , from Quincy, Ill., expressed his opinion as though he wished Felecia would, in time, marry Dick. And he also spoke as though any one with any "common ,sense" would think the way he does. I think Dick and Felecia love each other only in a cousinly way. As for the Tip Top \Veckly, I think it is the best published. ANOTHER BACKER OF THE DICK AND DORIS QUESTION. Oelwein, Iowa. Glad that Tip Top is one of your friends. It is yet too early in the day to make any prophecy as to the Doris-Felecia ques tion, but in due time, when it is settled, I am sure that all will agree on its being the right decision. Have just finished reading No. 340 Tip Top. I would willingly give $1 for a copy of next w.:.r ek's issue just at present. "): am interested in the new cl"l:lrf.er, June Arlington; can hardly wait till next week. Mr. t r ' ish is a genius, daring and most able writer. I have been one a. bis most earnest readers since No. 1 was issued, and expect to I die--0r Mr. Standish ceases te write. I am the night tick.:t agent and operator at C--, a little place situated on the D., L. & W. R. R. It is now just 2 :45 A. M., Friday morning. , As I said before, I have just finished reading this week's issue, and am so interested . in June Arlington I would give $1, and consider it cheap at • that, for a copy of next week's issue, just to sec how June Arlington feels toward Dick. Mr. Standish is introducing one of the finest characters, in June Arlington, considering the family. I can plainly conceive June has not her mother's dis position. I would say, probably, her father's. He makes no boast of his riches; on the other hand, Chester is a conceiteq fool, like his mother, all because she married rich. She, in all probability, was formerly poor. J unc !ms the gentleness of an angel, proud and independent, loving and kind. As bad as llhe knows her brother is, she asks Dick to do &omething for him. I hope to see June develop into pne of the Tip Top's best As little as I know of her, if I had the authority f would say "God bless you, etc.," right now. Have taken an exceptional liking to June. Pardon long letter. F. H. S. June is a beaufy, and of the first watctr. You at:c likely to 1rnat a iOOd deal more of her and. you will !i!Ce her more: and more.

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Tl ALL T u FULL F'._i'.\RTICULAR.S Of Tt.E GREAT ALL AM RIC ll URNAi11! T AfU> WILL OTHilR FOOTB LL Fl!ATURES BE:i TGP SSO REGULATION .A W.e' D liltl &AT&ST PREZ f!Vl!RV WE!EK IN LY RUGBY FOOTBALLS ... ,-: AS P IZ&$ OFFER . EVER MADE .... MEMUrfi!MitWi•& S d it42JiRamur@i$Q ii &Q=ft WWA liiB FOOTBALL EAST AND V/EST. (Reported especially for Tip Top Weekly.) TWO VETERAN TEAMS. Wisconsin and Michigan, the institutions which unqnestionably led the West last season, both are fortunate in having practically veteran teams as a nucleus, beside a wealth of new material. FQr the past week Coach King and his assistants have been working with over thirty candidates, and, while Larson, Cochems and Curtis were stars whose places it will be hard to fill, from the present outlook this season's team promises to be as strong or stronger even than tlie great Badger team of 19or. Almost the same may be said of Ann Arbor. While Snow, Shorts, White and Wilson were all star men-the first two per haps the strongest of last year's team-the many new men who have been working at Whitmore Lake for the past week should furnish excellent material to fill in the four vacant places. Michigan, in fact, according td report, has more ''beef" than ever so early in the year, and it is possible that some of the old men may be pushed to retain their places. "With two tackle positions to fill, however, it is likely that this will be a comparatively weak place for the \IVolverines, at least on one side of the line, this year. At the same time that the partisans of Michigan and Wisconsin, -arguing from last year's form, figure the game between these colleges which is to be played in Chicago, November 1, as the crucial contest of the year and look upon the championship as a certainty for one or the other of last year's leaders, the wonderful prospects at other colleges make an upset not at all unlikely. And Stagg and Chicago seems to be one of the most likely combinations to upset present calculations. Last year the ma roon coach was handicapped by a woeful lack of material. Chi cago has never had as many candidates on the average as Wisconsin or Michigan, but with the actual opening of college at the Midway still more than a week away the outlook is unusually bright. The squad is already a large one, and while a number of the men on last year's team are missing. one Yeteran of 1899 is back, a number of candidates of experier.ce on other college teams are among the raw recruits and the "prep" school veterans are out in great profusion. As a coach, Stagg stands as one of the greatest of the country. He is particularly strong in training his team to take advantage of his opponents' weaknesses. This year all the maroons' games are home, and while the team may be slow in developing, before the end of the season Chicago bid s fair to have an eleven which will put the Midwzy college again among the foremost leaders. HOLLISTER SHY OF MEN. Out at Evanston Coach Hollister is confronted with a dearth of veteran material, but a fairly large number of ambitious can didates. to some reports, Coach Hollister does not in tend to give up his much-talked-of tandem play, but it is likely that this formation will not be his main reliance this year, as in seasons past. With Trainer Hemphill to look after the physical condition of the men and Johnson to assist in the coaching, Hollister will have a better qpportunity than ever before to gi;re Northwestern a winning team. While the Jack of material robs the purple of as bright an outlook as some of the other colleges, a strongteam should be developed before the end of the season. Coach Williams of Minnesota starts the season in about the same relative position as he finished it last year. He has a team of veterans, with a wealth of new material. He has men of weight and experience, and if he can give the eleven speed the Gophers will again be a serious factor in determining the championship. Iowa, weak last year, has practically all of its 1901 team back and a great number of new men. Last sea.son Coach Knipe planned for this season, and the Pennsylvania man may bring out another such as he uncovered in 1900. ILLINOIS MAY ?lE STRONG. Illinois, while it defeated its old rival, Chicago, as well as Iowa, was not a championship contender last year, but this season Coach Holt has more heavy men than ever before. The Illini have always had speed, and with the proper weight behind Holt's Princeton formations, the Champaign men may surprise the critics. The Illinois alumni are already counting on a strong team, and from the present outlook they seem to have little chance of a disappointment. So far the reports from Perdue and Indiana have been com paratively meager, but at present the outlook at these institu tions , as well as the Notre Dame, Beloit and other colleges not in the so-called "big nine," are correspondingly bright. Al together the first week of practice bids fair to ' make the coming season as successful as the rosiest of early season predictions promised. Eastern football candidates have been getting down to real hard work during the past week, and the wise ones have been busy forecasting the chances of the several groups of material on hand and wondering what will be shown in the forthcoming games. The outlook is nowhere, with the exception of Yale, es pecially promising. At Harva,rd, especially, there is the feeling that the crimson is to be woefully short of men of bi:awn,.

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At Ithaca elirht of the old men are back, and with thi1 to start on not much difficulty in org-.m!iing a good team !a ex pected. Princeton expects to make this a year of devt:lopment, bankinr more on a good te am next season than In BUVAllD'.S CEKTD RUSH IN JIM JEFFRIES' CLASS. The new Harvard center candidate, is a man who is only 5 feet Inches tall, but who weighs, stripped, 242 pounds. He la not as tall as Jim Jeffries by five inches, but weighs about 30 pounds more than the fighter, when the latter is at ring. weight. King1 iudging from description s , has a huge trunk-"he's a frog,' 1s the way a noted athlete expressed it. For instance, King has a chest measurement of 43.3 inches, a waist measurement of 43.5 inches, and hips measurement of 48-4 inches. He is fully as big as Jeffries about the body, and, indeed, much bigger in some portions of his anatomy, as the following measurements of Jeffries show: Chest, inches; waist, 34 inches; hips, 42 inc11es. The calf measurement of the football player and the pugilist is the same, I6Y, inches. Jeffries has sliR'htly the bigger forearm, his being J3 inches to King's I2, but the latter has the bigger biceps, his me asuring 16.1 inches to I5Y, for Jeffries. These measurements of J e ffries were taken in 1899, just before he fought Fitzsimmons. TWO BIG MEN FOR PENN'S RUSH LINE. Pennsylvania's football team was greatly strengthened yesterday afternoon by the appearance of Brenton and Baird for the mst time thia season. Baird has played guard and tackle for two 1years and Brenton played tackle in several of the big games last season. Baird is weighing I87 pounds and Brenton 205. The weakest part of Penn's defense, as shown in the first two games, has been at tackle, and the arrival of these two heavy men is encouraging. The coaching yesterday afternoon was devoted entirely to the defense 1 and the work will probably be thus limited until the 'varsitys defensive work h as greatly improved. Head Coach Williams and Coach Bull, for the first hour of the practice yes terday, had the line men apart from the rest, instructing them in the art of quick and effective charging. For this purpose they were lin ed up ag ainst each other, and at a signal charged to put each other out of the play. While the line men were at this work the ends and backs were running down under punts, heeling catches and kicking goals. In the scrimmage the scrubs k ept the ball all the tim e and directed the majority of their plays at tackle and center. The line men were closely foJlowed by Bull, Hedges and \Villi ams , and as soon as a man did the w;ong thing he was immediately corr ected. The scrub were unable to make any consistent gain ing, but at times found a weak spot and made good distance. Brenton played on the scrub, and not only carried the ball well but generally made a big h ole for the backs to plunge through. Baird was only in the play a little while, and was given a long run to develop his wind. ends were coached .about getting down the field. Coach Richardson is favorably impressed with Kirkhoff, who will play guard. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weigh11' pounds, and he will be a very strong opponent for Rolle-r, whe n Pitts-1!>:.irg meets the Philadelphia eleven later. There is a f eeling at Princeton that the team this year is one of considerable possibilities, depending, of course, on the de velopment of the individually ai1d as a team. There is bi g, strong and scrappy material on hand. A Yale graduate who is just back from New Haven expresses hirr1seli thus regarding Princeton: "Princeton always does her best when there is a green kam to develop, a:1d while the out lo ok at K Haven is for a pretty fair t eam. Yale looks for Princeton to give her considerable football this fall." There is a chance that Reynolds, the half-back and capable punfer of last fall, may get back on the Pennsylvania team . He is out of the game just now on ,account offos studies, but hopes to be in good standing by the time the hard games are due. At Yale the three positions that will require the greatest amount of eoaching and drilling to fill properly are the two ends, and one back of the line position. The 'varsity and scrub squads at the University of Pe1;msylvania have been portioned .off by Captain Gardiner and will henceforth live at different quarters ''PUSH BALL" The Latest Game Pla;yed b;y Athletic Men. Push ball is the latest pme to be introduced into Canada. Having gone nearly to the extreme of smallness of the ball in the ever popular ping-pong, the other extreme is rca,ched in this newest game, for the ball is a monstrous thing. Imagine an in flated sphere eighteen feet in circumference, weighing one and a half hundredweight, and covered with stout horsehide leather. That is a push ball. Its chief recommendation is that a dozen men can easily play with it at the same moment. One of the advantages of the game of push ball is that it has practically no rules. As recently played, it seems to combine science and hard work-extremely hard work-more effectually than any game yet designed. A push ball team consists of eight players, four oi whom cor respond to football forwards. There are goals, as in football, but without the crossbars. A goal counts four points, but one point is also awarded if the ball passes the goal line outside the posts. Beyond the method of scoring, the players are almost entirely untrammeled by vexatious rules. Their one object is to get the monster sphere over their opponents' goal line. Kicking the b a ll i!\ not penali ze d save by the ball itself, which frequently damages the toes of those who assault it in this fashion. An ill-considered charge, toci, is likely to result in the player being hurled five or six yards away , when there is a chance of the ball bounding on the prostrate form of the "charger." The most interesting and scientific parf of the game is the "hand dribbling,'' and it is by this maneuver that the neatest scoring is d one . Hand dribbling bears some relation to the scrimmage in Rugby, with the important difference that here the ball is above the players' heads instead of beneath their feet, and it was this feature that has proved most popular. The two teams in the match crowd round the ball, and raise it above their heads on the palms of their hands . It is a most thrilling sight to see the . huge sphe re dancing over the players, whom it could apparently • crush if it feil. Tapping, tapping. t11-pping at the huge sides, the players work hard to get the ball to tum round by pushing it upward with their hands. First one and then the other seem to be getting the sphere to turn in the direction they desire, until finally one side manages to give the ball a slight rotary motion. It is very slight, but gathering momentum, th!! great plaything bounds over the hands of the opposing team, and starts for their goal line. . . Once started, it is a rno!f difficult thing to stop the heavy ball if the attacking side do their duty. Vainly their opponents throw themselves at the ball; it hurls them right and left. Just within .a few yards of the goal line, h ow ever, the side that is on the defensive usually gives up the attempt to check the ball 's progress. All that can be qone now is to prevent a goal (counting four) 1 and to get the ball to cross the line outside the post ( countmg only one point). Royal (Milwaukee, Wis.), 37; All Stars (Milwaukee, Wis,), o. Royal-J. Burns, r. e.; F. Mueller, r. t.; R. Ramstacl<, r. g.; J. Hammer, c.; E. Frano, I. g.; E. Kosalosky, I. t.; J . Maloney, I. e.; G . Juba, q.; R. Fuelleman, r. h. b.; L. Kaufman, I. h. b.; L. Ferries, f. b. All Stars-G. MiJler, r. c.; E. Smith, r. t.; W. Mc Can, r. g.; F. Williams, c.; J. Scott, I. g.; R. Wilbur, I. t.; A. Gil ligan, I. e.; E. Chapman, q.; C. CaJlahan, r. h. b.; F. Voss, l. h. b.; G. Anderson, f. b. Manat!(er-G. Anderson. Fardale (Lorim, Alameda Co.), 49; Southwest (Alameda Co.), o. Fardale-Morrison, r. e.; Dow, r. t.; McGrcer, r. g-.; Mincher, c.; Murphy, I. g. White, !. t.; Thomas, I. e.; Young, q.; Trinnehan, r. h. b.; Streil5, I. h. b.; Banner (capt.), . b. SouthwestHansen, ) r. e.; Harman, r. t.; Heman, r. g.; Street, c.; Jones, !. .g.; Hannay, I. t.; Thomas; !. e . ; Campbell, !l.; Henry,. r. h. b.; Thanks, !. h. b.; Thom;1s, f. b. Manager-Thomas Streib. •

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Gladiato r (Merc hantv i l l e, N . J .) , 12; lnvinc. i ble ( C ollinstract Camp), 5. Gladia tor-Lewis, r . . e.; Gehler, r. t.; Stafford, r. g . ; B en Bent ley, c.; Wrigh t , I. g.; H o p e , I. t . ; S tuart , I. e.; Stinso n, q . ; Ever t , r. h. b.; Snyde r , I. h . b . ; Robert s , f. b . Inv in c ible-B e n so n , r. e.; \ Vile y, r . t.; Bennett, r . g.; C r yder, c . ; G. Horne r, !. g . ; Simmonds , l. t. ; Dunn, 1. e.; vVats on, q.; Larned, r . h. b . ; Mason, I. h . b.; R e ide, f. b . Manager-D. Dunn. Monaka C l ub (Chicag o, Ill.), 40; Webster (Chi cago, Ill.), o. Monaka Club -B. R oy, r. e.; D o ck Schram, r . t.; J. Barr.ow, r. g . ; Chas. H offm an, c . ; H . T h o rpe , I. g . ; C. Heyer, I. t.; W. B e cke r , I. e . ; E. B a rron, q.; F . Sulli a n , r . h. b . ; H. Freulich, I. h. b . ; G. Erby, f. b. Webster-]. Smi th, r . c.; A. Henry, r. t.; R. Ri eman, r. g . ; A . Kruger , c . ; B. Ennis, I. g . ; R. M c Ginnis , I. t.; E. K e nnedy, I. e.; J . l3rown, q.; H. J ohn s o n , r . h . b.; B. Keely, I. h . b . ; W. Waddle, f. b. Manager-Bert H e rbert. Fairdale (Tr oy, N. H.), 5 0 ; Tigers (Troy, N . H .), o. Fairdale-Duprey, r . e . ; Keyes, r. t . ; Mitch e ll, r . g.; Pelkey , c . ; Cengdo n, I. g. ; Eastman , 1. t. ; W a rd , I. e . ; Bt oo m intho ld , q . ; Sebast i a n (capt.), r. h. b.; Maso n, !. h. b . ; Si m m o n, f. b. Tige r s Dupey, r. e . ; Smith, r . t . ; Duprey, r. g.; G ove (capt.), c.; Eas t m a n, I. g . ; Saniman, I. t . ; Randall, I. e . ; Randall, q.; H all, r. h . b.; Hill, I. h. b . ; Venn, f. b . C. S eb astian . West End A. T. ( C onnell sville), 5; E ast End A. T. (Connells ville) , o. West End A . T.-Tho m a s Sill e r, r . e.; A ll. Friel, r . t . ; Elme r Whaley, r. g . ; Geo . Shoe nbe r ge r, c.; J o e S carry, I. g . ; Fred Scarry, I. t.; John King, I. e.; Hmvard K ropp, q.; Ray R odge rs, r . h. b.; Sam Jones, I. h. b . ; William K ro pp, f. b . Eas t E nd A. T.-Bernard Stillwagon, r . ('.; Rodger Morie tta, r . t . ; William Scridifield, r. g . ; Mart Ringer, c.; Ray McC o r mick, I. g . ; Rudo lph J.\fonk, I. t . ; P e t. M a r i etta, I. e.; L e w Jema s , q.; K en n et h M ill e r, r. h. b.; Harry Rinacr, I. h. b . ; T e d Butte rm o re, f . b . M a nage r Bernard Still wago n . M ontford A. C. (Baltimore: Md.), 34; Picked Team (Baltimo re, Md.), o. Montford A. C.-(Re gul a r team ) . Picked Team-Berny Hoo per, r . c.; Buck Murray, r . t . ; "Happy" K erna n, r . g.; Peat o w , c.; R o y H a tton, l. g.; Gus H ooper, I. t . ; R o b erts , I. P..; Flahe r ty, q . ; M ay, r. h. b . ; H i l be rt, I. h. b.; V oiel, f . b. Manage r -H. H o fm e i ster. Montford A. C. (Ba ltimore, Md.), 18; Sha wnee Tigers (Wallb rook, l\Id.), o. Montfor d A. C.-(Re!l'ul a r team). S.hawnee Tig ers Pippe n, r . e . ; Doxen , r . t . ; Harns, r. g.; McAllist e r, c . ; Colem a n, I. g.; Harms, I. t.; H . Moser, I. e.; F ields, q . ; Far rell , r. Ii.. b.; L. Moser, I. h . b.; Ri e nan, f . b. Manager-H. Hofmeister. Fenway (Bo ston, Mass.), 48; B. C. A . ( Boston, Mass.), o. Fenway-(Regular team). B. C. A.-Potter , r . e.; r . t.; Randa ll, r . g. ; Stewart, c. ; E v ans , l . g . ; Wade , I. t . ; Daly, I. e . ; Ril e y , q . ; Blis s , r . h . b . ; Gilb ert1 I. h. b.; Cramme r , f . b. Manag e r L. G. Foste r . Fenway (Boston, Mass.), 27; D evotion (Boston, Mass.), o . F enway-Endless, Mill e r , r. e . ; Watts, r . t.; McDowell, r. g.; Houlton, c.; Nol a n , I. g . ; Bar k e r, I. t . ; R i ch, I. e.; Endless , Souther, q.; Souther, Miller, r . h . b.; Powe rs, I. h . b . ; F o ster, . b. Devotion-Clarkso n, r . e.; Wade, r. t . ; Dndey, r . g . ; Palmer, c . ; Jacobs, I. g . ; Cullen, I. t. ;, Quigl ey, I. e.; Rogers, q.; r. h. b.; Dillin , I. h. b.; Fogg, f. b. Managcr-L. G. Foster. 0 . H . S . (Os ceo la, Ark.), 33; Scrub s (Osceol a I;Ii g h Schoo l), o. 0. H. S.-(Regular teal\1). Scrubs-J. West l ake , r. e . ; N . A yers, r . t.; ] . Dunh am, r . g.; S . Deki ns, c . ; F. White, I. g.; W . McMurray, I. t.; H. Smi th, I. e.; J . D ildy, q . ; R. W h ite, r . h. b.; W . Wal ke r , I. h . b.; P . T h o m a s , . b . M anagerH . Weinberg. Osceola H igh Schoo l Ark.), 21; Vanderbllts (Osceola, A r .), o . O s c e ola High Scho ql-M. S emmes, r. e.; H. Wein be rg, r. L ; G. D i ll ahun t,;. g .{ A . B rick ey , c.; D. Nico ls , I . g . ; F . C a rtwright, I. t.; M . Pamck, . e.; G . Bryant, q.; J. Bowe n;. r . h. b . ; J. M c Garrity! I. h . b . ; G . Lasley, f. b . Cas sidy, r . e.; J . Wal er, r . t . ; J . P a n c h, . r . g.; L. Cartwnisht, c.; R. Wa.lke r , I. g. ; C . Brag,, 1. t.; J. Sbe ddan, I. e.; B. Qumn, q.; A. Sulllvan , r. h . b.; C. Hale, I. h. b.; W. Prewitt, f. b. Manager-II. Weinberg. Chester (Cheste r, P a.), 'o; Rich mond ( P hilad e lphia, Pa.), Z.J. Ch ester-Young, r. e.; R oge rs, r . t.; M iller, r. g . ; W a lke r , c.; Carey, I. g . ; Davi s , I. t.; N ills, I. e.; Cla:-k, q.; Brown, r . h. b.; Steele, I. h. b . ; Little, f. b . Ri ch mond -Jee Smi th, r . e.i Joe Bre an, r. t.; v Vil lie T ee, r. g.; John O'Bryne, c . ; Frank uean, l. g. ; J . R o m e y , 1. t . ; Stanto n T u mey , I. e . ; B ob b y Jackson, q.; Thomas G o r man, r. h . b . ; F rank O'Hare, 1. h. b.; J ohn Gorman, f. b. M an age r J o hn Gorm an. C a mden (Camde n , N. J .), o ; Ri chmon d (Philadelphia , P a.) 1 36. C a md en-Ja m es L a ncl c , r. e.; Joe Higg ins, r . t.; Carl Miller, r. S'; ]. Brinto n, c . ; C. M o rris, I. g . ; T . I. t.; J. Burke, I. e.; C. Runne r, q.; M. B e1111e t, r . h. b.; W 1 lhe Flarney, I. h . b.; D av e C o n e , f. b . Richmond-Joe S mith, r. e . ; Joe Brean, r . t.; Willie Tee, r. g . ; John O'.Bryne, c.; Frank Dea n, I. g.; John Roney, I. t.; Sta n to n Tumey, I. e.; Tho m a s Gor ma n, q.; Bobb y J a cks o n , r. h. b . ; Frank O'H a re, I. h. b.; J o hn Gorman, . b., Ma n a g e r--J olm G o r ma n . Meda llion ( Los A ngeles, C al.), 27; G a rd ena.s (Gardena), o . M c d a lh on-Burnett Steve n s , r. e.; Walter R o b e rts, r . t.; B ert Hays, r . g . ; A . Lebrand, e . ; G. Finch, I. g . ; Eddie Morris, I. t.; Eno R iddie, I. e.; Winnie Page (capt.), q.; Ed. Macy, r. h . b.; Wayne, I. h. b.; R . Page, f . b . Gardenas-Dave Burg, r. e.; Cy . Lyo ns, r. t.; Bert McGrat, r . g j B uck Bog g s. c . ; Levy Hog a n, !. g.; H e rb Browo , I t.; L o u i s i;urg, I. e.; F. Rayes , q.; Darner , r . h. b . ; Scheer (capt.), I. h. b . ; Martin, . b. Mana ger-R. Page . Farme rs (Bre llwood, P a.), 5 2 ; Tyrone A. C. (Tyrone, Pa.), o . Farmers-Ralph T h o m pso n, r . c . ; R. L. Hart, r. t.; J . C. Sh a n e r, r. g. ; Burt Mc Coy, c.; F r ed M y ers, I. g.; James Miller, I. L ; Clyde Carr oll, I. e.; Gr ant Hilse!, q.; F rank Weaver, r. h . b.; L. W e n tzel,!. h . b.; Ca rl M cCoy, f. b . Tyrones-C. Woods, r . e.; J . G a rm a n, r. t.; C h arle s M ill e r, r. g. ; R. L ea hm an, c.; C. Ress l e r, I. g.; F . Kuh n, l. t.; J. McKeiss e n, I. e.; L. Mye r s, q . ; Frank C o h e n, r . h . b.; J a mes TP.y!or, I. h. b . ; James Templeton, f . b . M a n age r-Frank W e a ver. M e dalli o n Aniitlee, C:;i.I.), Los Angeles, Jra. (Lo s An&"elea, Cal.), o . • L o s Ange l es-Burnett Ste ,e ns, r. e . ; waiter Roberts, r . t.; B e r t Ro be r ts, r. ! ; A . Lebrand larisino, c.; G. Finch, I. g . ; E. I. t . ; E. R id der, I.e.; Win nie (capt.), q.; C. Mac y, r . h. b . ; W e:yne, I. h . b. ; R. A . P '4!' e a nd 5nyder, f. b . Los Angeles, ]rs-Ma rtain, r. e.; Lewis, r. t . ; ?'hillips, r. g.; Hayes, c . ; Fis h e r, I. g.; D illo n , I. t.; I. e.; Pitts, fJ..; Smart, r. h. b.; T h ras he r, I. h. b.; William! and Ortle pp, f. b . Manager-R. A. Paie. F a r mers (Bellw oo d , 1'a .), 2 2 ; Sec ond H . S . ( Al too na, Pa.) , o. F a rm c r s-R. T h o mp so n, ' r. c.; R. Hart, r. t.; J. Shaner, r . g . ; J. M ill er, c . ; F . My e r s , l. i;.; T. Mille r , J. t.; C. V. Daniels, I. e . ; G . Hilsi e , q.; F. W eave r , r . h . b . ; L. Wentz el, l. h . b . ; C. Mc C o y , f. b. S e c ond H . S.-W. D a vis r . e.; C. L m dis, r. t . ; J . Laff e rty, r . g. ; R. Crum, c.; F. Shu ltz, I. g.; R. M y ers , I. t.; C. Lamb, l. e . ; J. Deen y , q.; R. Piper, r. h . b.; L. Howard, I. h . b . ; A . McKi5 se n, f . b. Man11ger-F. Weaver. Messer ' (Providence, R. 1.), 12; F. S. (Provide nce, R. I.), 10. Messer-] oseph E . Ri l ey, r . e.; Thomas R. Corcoran, r . t . ; Fred H . Otto , r. g.; A ibert P. Hayward, c.; Fred L. Wesley, I. g . ; Bay a r d F o gg, I. t . ; Jo5ep h Conle y, I. e.; R ichard H i ggins , q . ; J o hn M . Burns , r. h . b . ; Ches t e r E. E d dy , I. h. b . ; Willie L. Cook, f. b . F . S.-H arry Griswold, r . e.; Fred V. Dun ba r, r . t . ; Harry IC. Ga r dner, r. g.; J ohn V. Brown, c.; R a lph Coo k. I. g . ; W L. Bosto n, J. t . ; Har old S e ni o r , I. e.; H a ro ld Cu l be r t , q.; Har ry Perkham. r . h. b.; Homer B r own, l. h . b . ; Sim s Jones, . b. ManagerRussell R. Higgim. . Boys of America (Ogde nsburg, N. Y.), 31; Big Eleven (Ogdensburg, N . Y .), o . Boys of America-Larry Locklin (capt. ) , r . e.; Lee Maverick. r . t.; Chi p Conway, r . g.; Grim e sy, c . ; Dick Carr , I. g.; Dic k Dan gerfie ld, I. t. ; C a le b Spauldi n g , I. e.; Little Grit, q.; Buc k Badger, r . h . b.; J oe Rockw o od, I. h. b.; Dart Keenan, f . b. Bis Eleven-\Vm . Me i s s n er, r . c . ; F r ed Kruser , r . t.; M. Jemiso n , r, it; L. Hoffman , c.; J. Duttwei l er, I. g. ;Geo. Dolan, I. t. ;M. K r a ft. I. e . ; A . Billi'b, q . ; J ohn Huber, r . h. b.; Chas . L ay he, I. h . b.; E. J. Cook, f . b . ManagerD art K eenan .

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Prof. f ourmen : I am about to start in training and I will be very thankful to you if you would kindly answer these que stions for me: I. Is one-half ho ur, morning and evening, sufficient exercise? 2. Should I stop eating bread (in large quantities), cakes, pastry, etc.? Is there anything else I should stop eating? 4 Do you thmk three cups of coffee a ciay would hum me? 5. Would fruit harm me? 6. Should I cat two or three meals a day? 7. Should I eat meat? Hoping to see these questions in print soon , I remain, A. CoNSTANT. I. A half-heur exercise, m orning and ev e ning, is enlilugh. 2. Y cs; too much bread i s not good, and but a little cake and pastry should be ea ten. 4. Stop coffee al toget her. It is very injurious, especially for one who is young . 5 . Fruit is very good. 6. Eat three meal s a day. 7 . Yes, cat meat moderate!) Prof. Fourmen: Will you please forward me information as ho w to secure ''Timely Hints to Tip Top Athletes;" also, as to the prices, or if you ha v e catalogues with full information that will do. The b ooks I want are "Curved Pitching and' How to Do It,'' "Scientific Batting," "Boxing, Parts First and Second." HARRY BANKS. You can procure the articl es you wish by sending to Street & Smith. You will find "Pitching and How to Do It" in 266, Boxing in 275, 276, and Batting in 270. These articles cost five cents ap iece. Prof. Fourmen: Would you please tell me how to get fat? I am so thin that I am getting ashamed of myself. Here are my m easurements: Height, 5 feet 5y,i inches; wrist, 6 inches; chest, normal, 33 inches; expanded, 35Y, inches; right thigh, inches; left thigh, l*Y, inches; right ca lf, 12 inches; left calf, n:ya inches; weight, IIO pounds, and am 16 years o ld. Ple ase tell me what to do to get fat and strong A TIP ToP READER. F o llow my course of "General Training for Young Athletes," to be found in Tip Top 2Q5. This will be most beneficial, and in following sys tematic exercise your muscies will become strong and hardened. Get plenty of sleep and good, substantial food. Prof. Fourmen: Wculd you kindly answer a few questions for me? I. 'What can I do for a weak ankle? 2. What can I do to strengthen my ch est and arms? 3 . Will bag punching help me in training for the track events? 4. Are milk and coffee bad for the w:nd, G. C. S. r. For a weak ankle wear a rubber bandage, rise on your toes, and rub with. a liniment after exercising. Omega oil is good . 2. Use dumbbells and chest weights and the punching bag. 3. Yes. 4-Coffee is bad at any1 time. Milk is good, as a rule, but there &tt exceptions. Prof. Fourmen: I am 13 years 4 months old, and my mea!urements are: Chest, uninflated, 37 inches; inflated, 29Y, inches; , :wa:ist, :z5 inches; right thigh, inches; left thigh, 17 inches; right calf, 12 inches; left calf, 12 inches; right arm, 9)4 inches .i. left arm, 9 inches; right forearm, 8Y, inches; left forearm, is inches; n eck, II Y, inches. I. How are my measurements? 2. Would you plc:ase tell me at what price a rowing machine could be obta ined? FRANK T. REITER. r. You r measurements are good. 2. Write to A. G. Spalding & Co., Nassau street, New York City, for information as regards machine. Prof. Fourmen: As I am a reader of Tip Top, I take the liberty to ask yo u a few ttuestions, which I hope you will answer at the earliest possible m oment. I. How are my m easurements? Age, IS; h e ight, 5 feet 5 inches; weight, I ro pounds; bicep s, 10 inches; forearm, 9 inches; calves, r2Y, inches; chest, normal, 29 inch es; expanded, 31Y, inches; waist, 26Y, inches. 'What are my weak points? 2. Are one-pound dumbbells right for me? 3. What do you consider the hardest place to play on a football t eam ? 4. What is the best time for exercising-before or after breakfast, and how long? Thanking you in advance, BROOKS FoRD. I. Your measurements are fair. 2. One-pound dumbbells are the things for you. 3. Quarter-back. 4. Before breakfast; half an hour is a good time to exercise. Prof. Fourmen: Having r ead your famous Tip Top weekly from No. r to the la s t number, I would like to rec eive an answer as to my measurements. Am 17 years of age; weight, I95 pounds; 5 feet roJI, inches high; right arm, normal, Ir inches; expanded, 14Y, inches; foreann, II inches; chest, normal, 31 inches; ex panded, 34 inches. I rise at 5 a . m.; retire at S p. m. Please answer in next week's issuems to how much I should weigh and how to exe rcise so as to reduce . weight. Hoping to sec answer in next week' s issue and thanking you in advance, I am,z. A TIP TOP CRAZE. You are overweight, an4 the 1o1nly way to reduce is to go into training and be careful as to your diet. Avoid starchy and 1ugary iood&. Take plenty of exercise and as much as you can in the open air. Your measurements are fair. Prof. Fourmen: I. What is the best exercise for strengthening the muscles of the legs? 2. How are my measurements? Age, 14; 4 feet 3 inches tall; weight, 85 2-3 pounds; my chest m easureme nts are 27 normal, and 30 expanded; biceps, IO inches{ arid I can liit 6o pounds. 3. Which is the better game, bas
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TIP TOP WEEKT.iY 81 running jump,. 12 .feet 10 high jump, standingi 3 feet i rnning, 4 feet 6 inches. a. ttow are these records f 3. What muscles arc developed by bag punching? 4-Is my chest expansion all 5 . Is a mile in 7 minutes good or bad for me? I have catarrh of the nose and can't breathe through it very well when running-. 6 . What would you advise concerning it? You will greatly oblige an ardent admirer of your exc ellent by answering the ab o ve questions. Yours forever, TED SMART. l . You should weigh about 125 or 130 pounds. 2 . Your records are good. 3. Arm and back muscles, as well ;is those of chest and neck. 4-Your chest exl'ansion .ls good. s. V e ry good. 6. Consult a physician. Prof. Fourmen: answer the followin g questions: I am S feet 874 inches in height, 21 years past. I would like to know how to get larger muscles in my arms and legs, and my wei ght is IS3 pounds, and I would like to increase in weight about S pounds. W. B . C. Use chest weights, one-pound dumbbells and bag punching for your arms, and bicycle riqing, running and skipping the rope for your legs. You will increase your wei$'ht as your miiscles improve. Prof. Fourmen: I have just begun to read Tip Top and your notes . I was rs last week and am S feet 8 inches tall and weigh about 130. Do you think I am too tall? I would like to be an athlete, but have had no practice . ram sorry to say I have never played baseball, etc., but I can run fast and jum?. higher than my friends. Please give me advice through 1 ip Top. Yours truly, , A. B . C. You are tall for your age, but if you go into a course of traiping and follow it carefully you will find that your weight will correspond, and you will become an aspirant to the athletic; field. Play baseball if you can; it is &"OOd exercise. Prof. Fotirmen: I have been a reader of Tip T@p. Weekly for four years, and I )lave aken qui t e an in phy sical culture, nnd I will try to make myself more of an athlete'-tha,t is, a would-be o ne. I have not h'ad much chance in training, because I have worke d since I was 12, but now I wi\l start in. fly records now are in standing broad jump, 8 feet 2 inch es; running hi g h jump, S fe et. My m easurements are a s follows : Age, 18 years 6 months; weight, 140 pounds; height, 5. feet inche s ; che s t, normal, 32 inch es; expanded, 36 inches; waist, 29 inches; neck, inches; right biceps, 14Y, right forearm, 12 inches; left forearm, 12 inch es; feft bicep, 14!4 inches; wrist&, iH inches; right 21 Y, inche&; right calf, rs inc11es; left thigh, 21 y, left calf, 1sr8 inches. l. How are my m easurements? 2. Which do not correspond P 3. How ant I to improve them?. + Bow arc my records? ' I will close " how, with my best wishes to Prof. Fourmen and Tip Top, hoping to see this in print. Yours truly A WouLD-BE ATHLETE. r. Your measurements are gooJ. 2. The are about the average. 3. Follow my course of general training, to be found in Tip Top No. 26s. • 4. Your records are fair, and I especially commend you in v iew of the fact that you have had so little opportunity. to im prove your athletlc abilities. However, keep it up and you will have Prof. Fourmen : As I have read W cekly for over two years, I' thought 1 would ask you a few questions : How are my proportions for a hor of my a.s-e? am 16 years 1 I months old; am 5 feet mches tall and weigh 154 p0tJl)ds . Neck, chett. 11ninflatcd, 35 inc.1les; inflated, 31> inches.; biceps, ar.1d 12 inches; and 11 inches; 3::1 inches; thighs, 21'4 1md !It rneliei;; an inches. I am a lover of all outdoor sports, and I will give a few of iny records, In skating I ean jumv. 15 feet i iHehet. I can put a large sack of fl.our over my head with my rtght arm; can vault 8 {eetJ inehcs: my broad jump is IS feet 2 inchea. J . play tennis, baub l end f,eo\ball o &u.r .high. achofll team. Io ba..W.11.-batting average i$ .562 pet' cent., and stand iecond in fi:cldin&: I would like t6 ask one question in particular, for in 0tsr second foll>tball game I hurt my right thigh in some way, and It pains me very much when I kick the ball, and when I wake up in tho morning it bothers me some. Will you please tell me what ls a good remedy for this, for I do the kicking for our team. I take a regular course in the gymnasium, and some day I intend to play on the 'varsity of our State Univcr$ity. Thanking you in ad-vance, I remain, sincerely yours, A LciVER OF ATHLETICS. I. Your proportions .are good . 2. Your records are good. 3. For the pain in your thigh use lead and opium wash. Prof. Founnen: As I am an admirer of your Physical Culture Department, J wish to ask a few questions. I exercise from 30 to 4S minutes every evening, after working ten hours in a tin shop, but I don't notice much ' improvem e nt. Do you think I s h o uld get more outdoo r exercise? I am years \ 6 months old, S feet inches tall, and wei g h 142 pounds. Is that all right? My m easurements are as follows: Right arm, 10Y, inches; left arm, 10Ya inehes; forearm, ro7t inches; left forearm, inch es; chest, normal, 32Y, inches ; expa\:iied, inches; waist, 29 inches; right thigh, 20Y, inches ; left thigh, 20 inches; ris-ht calf, I4Y
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: ............... ................ .............. .......... ... .. i 550 Foot Balls Given Awayll • • i Foot Ball Contest Tip cr;p .. w;kly i i To decide the Scholastic and Amateur Club Ch.ampio.nship of America. : .. : 5 Regular Rugbv Foot Balls Awarded as Prizes J "' to the Fifty Teams prcsenti nr; the bes t scores a t the end of the season. Each player in each + i of the winning teams will receive + i _ ,___ One Regulation Rugb,,-Foot Ball-550 in AU. ! + T j e Greatest Prize Offer Ever M ade in the United States for any .Athletic Contest. : : b That TIP TOP awarded a s the prize in last y e ar's Foot Ball Contest : :. em em er the Complete Foot Ball O u tfit for One Entire Team. i That TIP TOP awarded as prizes in this year's Baseball Tournament ! Four Complete Baseball Outfits for Four Entire Teams. i + Magnificent Prizes ! Splendid. Opportunities ! + : . + 'D b That TIP TOP n e w Offers 550-RUOB Y FOOT BALLS-550 in the 4> : I\,emefn er Sec o n d Annual TIP TOP Foot Ball Contest . t l Greater Opportunities! Better Chances More Winners! + This time t han ever befo r e. Get aboard when the first w h istle b lows and keep your places till you land some of the : "' great crop of Foot balls. : + Now's Your Ti' m e Managers! p o n't l e t this splend i d opportunity .slip through you r fivgers. G e t your t eam In trim a t once and get > • • 1u your coupons for every game dur111g the s ea!'on. x i • : _ Tho•e teoms_ b8'\iug the best sco:es at the c l ose of the will be declare d the winners. The team.having t h e best re.cord will b e declare d + THE T I P TOP T bAM OF 1902, and 1u addition to pnze will All Stlk Pennant-b.cann g t h e lege ucl w h ich i a nnounces-Their Championship. All Officia l Scores will b"'published 1ll Tip Top Weekly . The contest will be decided o n the scores p u blis h e d in T i p Top. D o n't miSs a singl e game! A coupon for every game! R d Th D • t• For making out Sco '\-e Coupons: The mannger of each c o m p e ting team a f ter e v ery game s h o u l d write i • ea tree t o n s the names of his playe r s 111 the l eft h n n d column o f coupon i n s u c h a manne r tha t tbe p osition of the • 'WI respective players are indicated b y the l etters in the middl e colu mn. Be shoul d then wrik t h e names of i his oppon ent's team i n the righ t band column. I n case score coupons of more than one game are t o b e sent in at t h e same tint e, only the coupon of t h e rirst ga1ue should ha'\ e the names of the mnnager's teanl. I n the l eft hand column o f the remaining coupons, the mnuager should write +: "Reg ular T e a m.'' Be sure t o give t h e name, town and State o f both team s . + Score Coupon or TIP TOP FOOT BALL CONTEST. (Cut out on dotted lln•.) , ---............................... ..................... .......... .. . .... --------------------------, I . ne _ _ ---T M __ _ _ :::__ I i ! i + I R ll I • I ----------------------------. -------------. + i RT ! c : ! --------------------l -------------------------------------------------------------LO --------------------------LT LI! ------------------------------------------------:-----------------Q • i i : i 1. --"H ----== 1 1 i L. ................. ----------........................................... ----...................................... . ... -------.. ... ..J i I : FIFTY FOOT BALL P OSTERS FREE! SEND FOR THEM. ! .. ..

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Tip Top Prize Gallery " The Victor " A nnual Pbotoeral>hic 'tl' .H Full PHOT06RAPHIC OUTFIT OIVEN a PRIZE for the Best Amateur Til> Toi> Photogral>b of Any Athletic lvent or Athletic Team ••••• Prize Photogral>h No. I I "Waiting for tbe Signal" ON, 801'8! OET YOUR -AT WORK If you want a Fine and Complete Photographic Outfit, here is your chance. All you have to do is to get a good, clear picture of any of the following subjects : : : Prize Photogral>b No. 12 " Ready to Line It Oot " 1. A Baseball Game 2. A Basketball Game 3. A High Jump 4. A Hurdle Race 5. A Pole Vault 6. A Swimming natch 7. A Shot Put 8. A Hammer Throw 9. An Athletic Team 1 O. An Athlete 11. A Bicycle Race 12. A Wrestling natch 13. An Ice Hockey Game 14, A Skating natch ALSO SEND A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THE PICTURE REPRESENTS Pri z e Photog r aphs Nos. 10, 11, 1 2 and 13 were ente r e d in t h e Contest b y Harry Moetzel, Des l\1oines, lo,va. OUR ARTIST WILL ACT AS JUDGE IN THE CONTEST The Best Photograph Wins the Prize=== Prize Pbotoeral>b No. 13 " Ao lasy Catch "

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