Dick Merriwell's determination, or, The courage that conquers


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Dick Merriwell's determination, or, The courage that conquers
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Jutlld W11R/y. By Subscription $z. 50 per year. Entered as SeJnd CltUs Matter at the N. Y. Post Office, by STREET &: SMITH, ZJ8 Wr1/ia,,. St., N. T. Elltered accordingto Act of Conz,-ess in the year z902, in the Office of the Librarian of Cong-ress, W asl:inrton, I>. C. No. 346. NEW YORK, November 29, 1902. Five Cents. DICK MERRIWELL'S DETERMINATION; OR,. The Courage that Conquers. By BURT L. STANDISH. CHAPTER I. ARLINGTON RETURNS. "Here he comes !" A carriage, dr;awn by a handsome pair of horses, was approaching the academy. In front of the academy was a great gathering of plebes, nearly the entire class seeming assembled there. On their way from the gymnasium to their room, Dick Merriwell and Brad Buckhart paused. "What's up?" exclaimed the Texan, in surpri se. I "What are the plebes doing?" "Here he comes!" cried some one in the crowd. Dick's keen eyes surveyed the approaching team and the occupants of the carriage. "I believe I know what is up," he said, a peculiar look on his face. "Enlighten me," urged his companion. "Chester Arlington is returning to the academy, and his class is out to give him a reception. You know this is the day he was to come back." "Well, blow me if I don't believe you're right!" burst forth Brad. "I opine that he's one of those in yonder carriage. But who would have thought he could pull such a stroke, even with his own dass ! So help' me, I believe nine-tenths of the plebes are here to give him a greeting! I do, I know!" Dick nodded. "It looks that way," he said. "Arlington has made himself pretty solid with his class." "How did he do if?" sniffed the Texan, wonder ingly. "They must be a lot of snobs ! Just because he happens to have a father who is a big railroad magnate-'' "No fellow who ever came to Fardale has spent half the mOiiey Chester Arlington has spent," said Dick

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2 TIP. TO,P WEEKLY. "That's right. He's bought his by blowing himself on them. Well, I'll allow I don't care for that kind of friendship. It's all off when the money plays out, you bet! Partner, the. old hen is in the carriage with him." dressed in a . tasty an9 manner, and she W quite near the • acg.d-. --. emy. As it swm1.g r . ound the drive and , stoppeq the plebes thronged about it and greeted Chester Ai;:lingJon with . cheers.... < . . . .. ,and , 1-lis hand • •. , • ,./ L .J --./ • • ' . .).-' ' _ $:.." at the.:1-n. He turned .tp his J:riother and : _ .. : , • . • I ).. •• ,_ j f ,_, . . "Yo1;1 can see how po.pular l am . here. N 9w . you .cah it . .;-011ld if I dear boy!" she . sai.f!. "It is plain enougl;iJ . r' ,, • June Arlington was lookin& . arond. She . . . s o soon, but, 'Y
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 3 Dick had declined to take Chester onto the football team unless he proved his efficiency and fitness for a position. And, therefore, it was not long before Arlington became Dick Merriwell's bitterest enemy. Then it was that Arlington set about the task of win-11ing as many friends and followers as possible, and he began on his own class. The plebes wanted a leader, and Chester soon secured the position, which he determined to hold at any cost. Dick Merriwell was generous to a fault, but, not be lieving in bought friendship, he did not sow his money with a lavish hand. He was more like the general run of boys, and from his behavior no one would have dreamed that on arriving at age he was to come into a fortune of mammoth proportions. On no occasion, however, did Chester fail to impress on his friends and companions the fact that his father was one of the richest men in the country. Chester's little speech brought forth a storm of ap plause, and the boys pressed around him to shake his hand as he stepped down from the carriage. Mrs. Arlington had seen June looking in the direc tion of two lads who stood beyond the crowd. She adjusted her spectacles and looked in the . same direc tion. "Is it that young Merri well?" she asked. "Yes, mother," answered June. "You said you were going to thank him for what he did . " Chester Arlington's mother heaved a sigh of min gled regret and resignation. Her haughty face seemed to say that it was an unpleasant duty she had to per form, but that she would try to go through it bravely and with the dignity becoming a woman of her sta-"Trust me, my son," she said, and her face hardened somewhat as she saw Dick Merriwell advancing toward the carriage. CHAPTER II. MASTER OF HIMSELF. "Wants to speak to you, does she, pard !" exclaimed Brad Buckhart, when Dick was told of Mrs. Arling ton's request. "\:Vell, I allow it's time she opened up that stony old heart of hers and said a thankee. But don't let her do the high and lofty turn. If she tries that, call her down good and hard." Dick made no reply, but . walked toward the carriage. . The plebes made room for him to pass. He re moved his cap and bowed with grace and politeness to both Mrs. Arlington and June. June spoke, giving him a smile. Arlington seemed to hesitate a moment, and then she began, with that same haughty, chilling air that was offensive, to say the very least: "I feel it my duty, Mr. Merriwell, to thank you for your action in assisting my son to escape from the burning hotel. Without Chester would been able to descend the ladder alone, but the fact that you rendered him some aid makes it necessary to thank you." Her words were like a slap in the face. Dick saw June turn pale, and he knew she had not anticipated this graceless act from her mother. Now Dick Merriwell was not always cool and re strained, but on this occasion he was master of himself, even though he felt that the thanks he had received tion in life. She leaned over the side of the can-iage were as much an insult as anything else. He bowed and touched her son's shoulder with her gloved hand. again. "My dear boy," she said, "I--er-ah-I perceive that-er-that young man, Merriwell, yonder. Will you have one of your friends invite . him to step over here to the can-iage." Two or three of i:he plebes heard her and hurried toward Dick at once. "Be careful, mother," warned Chester, in a low tone: ''Hemustn't think lie has dohe too much." "If I rendered Mr. Arlington any assistance," he said, "I am glad I was able to do so, for the sake of" -he looked at June-"those who are attached to him." Chester Arlington saw that glance, and it enraged him. He knew Merriwell had not helped him from the hotel because of a feeling of regard or liking for him, and he believed Dick did it purely for the purpose bf playing the hero0before June>

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4 TIP TOP WEEKLY. What he did not know was that Dick Merriwell assure you that, in the future, as in the past, I will kt would have done exactly the same had June not been him alone if he does not trouble me." concerned in any way. In such an emer9ency Dick "But he is ambitious, and his ambitions here will would not have hesitated to go to the aid of any unbe readily attained, I am sure, if your influence is not fortunate human being caught in the fire trap, casting brought to bear against him." aside all thoughts of friendship or enmity. "Oh, I know the fellow!" thought Chester. "He can't deceive me with his mock heroism." And he did not dream that he was a most ungrateful fell ow to entertain such a th7:,ught. "I trust," said Mrs. Arlington, "that in the future there may be no further misunderstandings between you and my son. It seems that at last you must be aware of the fact that Chester is a young gentleman and that it will be to your advantage to treat him as such. I am willing to overiook the past." "vVhich is exceedingly kind of you!" said Dick, who could not entirely hide the sarcasm in his voice. "I think you should be equally generous," declared the woman. '1You can see how exceedingly popular my son is here at the school, and it must be plain that it will be to your benefit in the future to consult the wishes of one who has such a following." Buckhart had drawn near, and he fourid it hard to keep from informing Mrs. Arlington that where her son had one real friend at Fardale Dick Merriwell had twenty. HBut it's not my funeral," he muttered; "and I opine Dick won't thank me for mixiHg in, so I'll keep my tongue between my teeth." Dick said nothing. It was . impossible for hirri to speak the words he longed to utter, so he chose to remain silent. "I have entertained thoughts of taking my son out of this school," continued Mrs. Arlington; "but have finally concluded to let him remain, even though his superior abilities have not been properly recognized I understand that you are in a class ahead of him, and, having been here longer, you are able to nse your power to retard his advancement. This I regard as quite unjust1 and I hope you will cease to interfere with him in the fit!Url!." ' "Don't worry about tha,t, madam," said DiGk (II "As long as he seeks to do me no injury, I shall let him quite alone, you may be sure of that." "Then I see no reason why there 'should be further trouble. As for this matter 'of football, of course Chester will be unable to play this season. In fact, I do not wish him' to play at all; but he has set his heart upon it, and I never deny him anything." For that very reason she had spoiled her son, al, . I though she was not aware of it. "Next year," she went on, "he may wish to play. If he remains here, I am sure that, by that time, his superiority will be so apparent that any jealous enemy will be quite unable to balk him." In plain words, she meant that Dick was jealous of her son, and the idea made young Merriwell smile. "Here, madam," he said, '1no one ever gets on the football team without proving their fitness." "I am sure my son could have shown you that he has played on excellent teams in the past." "What any one has done before coming here does not count; if\is what he proves himself able to do here. :Mr. Arlington could have come out with the other candidates and tried for a place on the team; but he seemed to think he could be taken on anyhow, for some reas,on . or other." "And why not?" exclaimed Mrs. Arlington. "I am sure I do not understand why Chester should be re quired to take the same chance as any common fel low." "This is the common fellow's country, madam. If he proves himself worthy to rise he rises, and no power can hold him down. l3irth or wealth cannot place one on top and keep him there unless he has the brains and ability to stay." "I hope you do not mean to insinuate that my son hasn't brains?" exclaimed the indignant woman. "I am not given to insinuating remarks. If I have anything to say, I say it plainly." ..

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 5 She was offended, for this youth looked her straight in the eyes and spoke without the least symptom of cringing or fawning. Her wealth or social position did not awe or overcome him in the slightest degree. This was something to which she was not accustoit.ed, and, therefore, it gave her great displeasure. Chester was angry, too, and he said: "Do not waste further words, mother. You have thanked him, and that is all that is necessary. Good by, mother. Good-by, June. \i\'ait till you come back to Fardale again, and you'll find out how things stand. There will be a change." 1 He said this with an , insolent look toward Dick, who seemed quite unaware that he had spoken. "Mr. Merriwell," said June, leaning from the car riage, "I hope you w111 accept my sincere thanks for your many brave and generous acts. I feel that--" He lifted his hand, smiling. "Don't overwhelm me with thanks, please!" he ex claimed. "It places me in an awkward position." "Then I will say no r:nore. I know you are not one to seek praise and thanks. We may not meet again for a long time, so I will say good-by." She held out her gloved hand. "June!" said Chester, quickly, "I wish to say a word to you." He stepped between Dick and his sister instantly, preventing Dick from taking the proffered hand. \Vhat he said was spoken in a low tone, and Mrs. Ar lington immediately directed the driver to start. So the carriage rolled away, and all Dick received was a smile and parting wave from June's hand: Inwardly he was boiling, and he longed to knock Arlington down. Chester looked at him, laughed and turned tQ his classmates, who once more gathered about him. Brad Buckhart came striding up. "For the love of heaven, pard," he in Dick;s ear, "let me soak him for you, if yol.l can't do it! I'll make him think he was kicked by a . ! You hear me!" 13\Jt Dick was a. complete master of ' and he took Brad's arm, turning once more toward the acad emy steps. "We'll go to our room," he said, in an unruffled tone of voice. CHAPTER III. TROUBLE BREWING, A number of Dick's friends had gathered m his room to discuss football matters. There was consid erable excitement on the team. "Hi say has 'ow it's a blooming mistake!" excitedly declared Billy Bradley, striking an attitude in the mid dle of the room. "We 'ave no business to play with those 'owling toffs, don't y' 'now!" HOh, dear me!" piped up Ted Smart, who was sit ting on the table. "How can you talk so, Sir Will iam I I am surprised at you I Why, they are perfect gentlemen! Think how finely we were used the last time we were in Uniontown! It makes my heart thrill with pleasure to think of that occasion!" "Huah !" grunted Big Bob Singleton. "I suppose you mean the only time we ever were in Uniontown, and that, was when we played the U. A. A. that game of baseball last spring." ' "That was a fuf-fuf-fuf-fuf-fuf--" spluttered Chip J olliby, and then he stamped on the floor and made wild grabs at the air in his desperate endeavor to get hold of the word he trying to utter. "Whistle, Chip !" cried sc;veral, laughing at his comical contortions. "Whew!" whistled Chip. "That was a fuf-fqf-fuf -whew !-fino old time! \Vhy, they dud-drugged Dick, and we had to fuf-fof-fuf-whew !-fight for our lives. \Ve all we'll never go there J again." "They're coming here," squeaked Ol:)ediah T\lbbs, the fat boy, whose voice <;lid not fit him at all. We'll jest wipe 'ern all over the fi.eid_, see if we don't. Dern my picter ! you w;tteh me sail inter 'em!" _ "I'd like to play one elean game of P' grunted Singleton, his face wearing a look of dia" gttst. "I'm getting . sick .of this rough-house business. What do ' you say, Captain 1\fertiwelt?" '\

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6 TIP TOP WEEKLY. Dick had been keeping quite still, as he listened to "We beat them," said Big Bob; "but think of the the talk of the others. He was standing with his el-fight we had! Uniontown is full of gamblers who bet bow against the corner of the mantelshelf. "Fellows," he said, "we are in for it, as the athletic committee has decided to accept Uniontown's offer to fill Rivermouth's engagement. We'll have t o play the game." "But that's not saying what you think about it," said Big Bob. "Why were you not consulted about this change?" Dick shook . his head. "I presume they thought it wasn't "You're the manager of the team." "But I do not arrange the schedule, you know." "All the same, you should have some say about a change of this sort. What?" "It's settled now," said Dick, "and we'll have to make the best of it. We trounced those fellows at baseball last spring, for all of their tricks." "Bub-bub-bub-but it was a close sus-sus-sus-shave, " put in Jolliby. "They !played all kuk kinds of dirty tricks to beat us." "And this ain't no school team," put in Tubbs. "It's a so-called athletic club team, and they kin be as dirty as they please. I'm agin' playing 'em." 'And I!" repeated several others. "It's too late to bat:k out flow," said Dick. "If I had known there was any talk of making this arrange ment I would have gone before the committee and fought against it." "The committee knew what it was doing," put in Big; Bob, grimly. "It knew all about our trouble with the U. A. A. baseball team, and it knew we had de-'on their team. The Union Athletic Association is not a straight amateur organization, no matter what it claims. It rings in professionals. Its members and office;s make money betting on their teams and their men. That is a well-known fact." Dick nodded. "No one denies it," he said. "They expected to find us easy, but there was one fellow who took a fancy to put me out of the game, thinking that would make it a sure thing for Uniontown." "Sus-sus-so it would," asserted Chip. "You were the only pup-pup-pup-pup--" "The other feller was the 'pup,' " laughed Obediah Tubbs. "He! he! he! Wasn't that a funny joke!" "The only pup-pup-pitcher we had," stuttered the lank boy, completing the sentence after a terrible strug gle to give it utterance. "Well, his thug failed to knock you out," said Sin gleton. "His drug was taken by me by accident, in sfead of you. And thefi\--" "And then," said Smart, "he sprinkled Captain Dick on the field with one of those buttonhole bouquet ar rangements that squirts water in your eyes." "Only his arrangement was not filled with water," said Dick. . "Hardly!" exclaimed Singleton. "He" had some thing in it that made you blind, and you pitched the last inning when you could scarcely see the batter." "And cuc-cuc-cuc-cuc--" "Cut-cut-cadawcut !" cackled Smart. "Cuc-cue-whew !-caught a hot liner right off the clared we would never have anything further to do bat, putting out the last man," said J o lliby. "That with that association." was what bub-bub-broke their hearts." "For years," said Dick, "Fardale has desired to enter "No; it was giving up the biggest share of the gate into cQntests with U. A. A. because of the money there money that broke their hearts," laughed Dick. is in it. Eaton has had the privilege, and this school has been very jealous of Eaton. Last spring Union town gave us a baseball game to fill in an open date, and we beat their team." "Wasn't a shame!" exdai:iped Sip.art. "We were so sorry to do , it !" • "V./e can do 'em again!" piped Obediah Tubbs. "I think we can," nodded Dick; "but, as Singleton said, this business of playing with dirty teams is be coming tiresome. Franklin had a lot of ringers, for I have learned beyond . a doubt that their man Gray, as he was called, was Plover, the . professional. xhe Tro-

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 7 . jan A. A . . tried to defeat us by roughing it, and we been up against that kind of business generally. It be a pleasure to . play one good, clean game with a school team in our ' class. It is this slugging, kicbng and general , playing that makes so many persons down . football. At bes ' t, it is not a l a die s' game, rmt it brutal when properly pla y ed." "It will be a fight from start to finish with U. A. A., " said Singleton. ''Th9se fellows will want re venge for their defeat at baseball , and they will try to get it by knocking the stuffing out of us." "It' s likely you are right about that," nodded Dick; "but we must be ready for anything. We must go into the game determined to win, anp I feel confident we can do it." we A . o . win," "it does not excuse the athlet .ic_ blunder in arranging this game. How in the world they came to do it is what I cannot understand." "I 'eard as 'ow they were divided hon the matter," said Bradley. "Warwick was against hit." ' 1And he isn't sore a bit!" grinned Smart, as usual meaning exactly opposite what he s aid. "He's de lighted over it." "It may be a saiCl Big Bob; "but the report has leaked out that the committee was divided on tne matter, and the chairman, was com pelled to vote . to decide it." . There came a knock on the door. "Come in," called Dick. Earl. Gardner entered. " ""Have you heard ' the latest ; boys?" he asked. "The latest . joke?" , "No; the latest ' hews.'' Warwick has resigned from the athletic committee." ' "No?" they exclaimed, iri astonishment. "It's straight fellows," asserted Gardner. "He. has taken off the and says he will have nothing further tC? do with it. He has made ' his resignation in writing, too." it -may be was very sorry to know that John Warwick had done such a thing. "It has been accepted already," said . Earl. "Why , even now the fellows ar\:! beginning to discuss who shall fake Warwick' s place on the commit t ee." i
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8 TIP TOP WEEKLY. • b ear aga in s t him," declared Brad. "He'll do any-"Warne is chairman of the committee. Is Oli thing to make th e position. He'll spend money like Stone?" water, and he seems to have a barrel of it to spend." "But it cue-cue-can't be the fellows here will be bub-lmb-bought !" exclaimed Jolliby. "\Vait and see!" said Brad. "This galoot, . Arling ton, is mighty slick, and he1ll pla y his cards fine." "If he ever gets onto the committee," said Singleton, "the re is going to be trouble for this football team. He i s s o re because he did not make the eleven, and he will r a i s e thunder. Merriwell, it is for your interest to see th<.!t Chet Arlingto n i s defeated in th i s scheme of his." "No." "Stone is on the committee. Is Had Burrows?" "I don't think so." "He's on the committee, and . he was chairman last year . " "But it is different with Chester Arlington." "How?" • "He is a thoroughbred cad." "Sure thirig; but you saw how he stood with his own clas s." "The plebes alone cannot elect him to the commitStill Dick was silent. He was thinking of his tee. " promi s e to Mrs. Arlington not to interfere with the ambiti o n of her s o n, a promi s e that had been mad e in th e pre s ence o f June and the gathe ring of plebe s about the carriage. The keenly interest e d boy s decided t o go forth im mediat ely an d find out "what was doing." They soq n left the room, only Buckhart remaining with Dick. Merriwell sat on a chair , gazing at the floor, a strange look on his handsome face. The Texan walked over and dropped a hand on Dick's shoulder. "Pard." Dick looked up. "\V ell , Brad?" "This yere is no time to squat on your haunches. You want to get right up and hustle." "What for?" "What for? Whoop ! Great horn spoon! Didn't you h ear me say that Chet Ar)ington is laying pipes to get onto the athletic committee in place of Warwick, who has resigned?" "Yes." "They won't be alone." "He has no popularity out s ide his class." "But he ' s got money, and he ' ll use i t . " "I decline to believe, " sald Dick , "that the fellQ._ws here a t the academy can be bought." " Say, when congressmen and senators can be bought at Was hington you don't want to bet your pile that ) fell o w s h e re at school are much different." "Still I will not believe it," said Dick. "I don't care to take any part in this affair, Brad. I have enough to think of without dipping into this. If my friends oppose Arlington they may work against him; but I am g bing to keep out of it." "That's where he wins! \V11y, you can go out and defeat him in an hour! Just you go to work against him and you will carry things as y o u like. But if you sit d own and don't do a thing, the fellows will i)1ink you are indifferent, and he'll carry them." Dick was strongly tempted to take a hand in the affair, but again he thought of his to Mrs. "Well, burn my hide and bramd me deep! Are yoti A rlington, and that held him in check. going to squat and let that onery varmint get on?" "I don't think he will succeed." "Then you don't know him as well as I thought you did," "He's not a truly popular fellow." "Is Phil Warne?" "No." "If Chet Arlington gets on that committee," said the Texan, "he'll have you in a step all the time. You hear me shout! He will work against you in every possible way, and he'll have power to hurt you. Why, you know that fellow has tried his best to injure the team! . Do you regard him as a fit man for -the com mittee?"

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-"You know I do not .regard hir 1 as . fit," came in stantly from Dick. "Then it's your duty to get out and hustle to keep him off!" exclaimed Bt1ckhatt. "What keeps .you 9 that she might be defeated by trickery or treachery was far from agreeable. But to have Chester on the athletic committee-that was what troubled , him more than anyfrom it?" thing else_, "My word," said Dick, in a low tone. "I cannot "He can't get there!" Dick finally exclaimed. "It a promise." "Is that it? Well, if you made any promise that keeps you from doing your duty now you ought to be lynched! That's good and plain, if I have to fight you for it! Why, maybe your promise will lead yqu to stop your friends f.rom working against the dog?" "No; I shall not interfere 'Yith my friends if they choose to try to defeat him." "I'm glad . to hear it!" exclaimed Brad, scornfully. "Then I'm going out and get into gear. I'll work like a tiger, and it won't be my fau _lt if he gets there." Brad strode . out, .. -.slamming the door and leaving • • '#, •• ' --j . • Dick to his reflections, which were not entirely pleasant. , ! "It w as a foolish promise!" he finally _ exclaimed. "I should not have made it _ , but I did not think at the time that it might put me in a situation like this. I was thinking she meant his honest ambitions, and I would be the Iast fellow in the world to try to crush a chap who had sincere ambition to get along. I wonder if that prnrnis e reaily binds me." But when he had thought upon it for some time he conck.ded that he was bound and coulcl11 not exert his influence to defeat Chester Arlington in thi's matter is not p9ssible the boys here at the academy will per- • mit'it. I'm not going to worry about it any more." Then he picked up a book and began studying. However, try as he might to fasten his mind on the text, he caught wondering if there was a possibility that Arlington would succeed. vVho would run against the fellow for the position? [t was important that whoever did so should be a popular man. Would the right fellow go into the contest? -•At . last, Dick flung the book aside and sprang up. "I've got to go out and learn what is being done!" he exclaimed, seizing his cap. '10h, June Arlington, why did you ever have such a brother! If you were ' not his sister it would be differerit." CHAPTER V. A WARM MEETING. There was excitement enough that night when the meeting was called in one of the classrnoms to elect a member to fi.H the place made vacant on the athletic committee by the iesignfltion of John Warwick. Not all the students at the academy took an active without breaking his word. interest iii athletics, but the crowd that pressed into No wonder Dick was displeased and troubled over the room filled it to an uncomfortable degree. the way things were going at the academy. He "felt The friends of Chester Arlington had been hard at that the committee had made a big blunder in agreework that day, and they were confident that Chester ing to take the U. -A. c A r eleven to fill the place of would win. He had resorted to the methods of a poli Rivermouth, and he could not help being nettled be_ tician, tnany of which are . questionable. He had cause he had not been consulted at all in the matter. money, and he knew how to spend it to make an effect. He knew the Uniontown team would fight like a lot of His most formidable rival was George Hardy, and tigers for the game, which they would be satisfied Hardy had ne v er been a popular man at Fardale; Still to win by foul means, if they could not by fair. In it was saicl that Hardy would carry the in case his heart he was satisfied that Fardale vvonld have to Dick Merriwell cat:rre out openly and took sides with put up a fiercer strnggle to hold her own than she had him. against any team for the season thus far, and the fear_ This Dick had been urged by . his friends to do . .

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• r IO TIP"}'oP WEEKLY. "No," he said, shaking his head. "Alread:x say I _:un the team as I choose, that I have worked all my friends onto it, and that it is not fair. I am going to keep out of this affair and let the boys settle it as they like." Brad Buckhart pulled hard Jor, but found it difficult to unite Dick's friends , on _that candidate. It was only by convincing them that Chester would surely win if they did not unite that he succeeded. There was a third candidate who entered the field late in the day. I(;;; Joe Savage. Now Savage was known tp be friendly in his talk toward Dick Merriwell, and many of .pick's friends regretted that he had not sooner to take a hand in the struggle. As it was, the most of them had been pledged to Hardy by the energetic ancl wiley "Gentlemen," he said, quietly, "I think it will be far better to sel on that committee those who are not too closely connected with the eleven. For that reason, I must beg you to exct1se me from serving." "No! no! no!" roared the cadets. "Merriwell ! Merriwell !" the y stormed. The Arlington crowd seemed silent. Chester had not failed to note that Dick had not openly entered into the contest against him , although he had ex pected something of the sort. However, he did not wish to see Dick on that platform. The outcries showed that the meeting insisted on having Dick serve as chairman of the committee to count the votes. "Mr. Merriwell," said Dow, "I think you had better reconsider. You can plainly see that you are wanted on this committee, and you will do a favor to the meet-(. , Buckhart. . ing by serving." Brad had grown confident as the time for the meet-"Merri well! Merri well!" came from every side ing drew near. of the room. "If all the fellows who have talked favorable stan
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TIP TOP WEEKLY, I I When he called for the contrary minded it was seen that Brad had won, and he was called to the platform. He was given a round of applause as he took his seat with Merriwell and Stanton. Then Dow got up and made a brief speech, in which he the advisability of getting as good a man as possible for the position. A few moments later, amid the greatest excitement, the balloting began. "Here are your Arlington votes !" cried a fellow climbing on the seats near one. isle. "Right this way for your Arlington votes." "Arlington! Arlington!" shouted another fellow, standing on the seats near another aisle. "The entering class must have a man on that committee. It's no more than fair. Vote for Arlington . • Here you go!" In fact, it seemed that fellows with Arlington votes were everywhere, and these votes they urged on every. one. Those who favored Hardy were not as well prepared . ' with votes, and Buckhart grew uneasy as he sat and watched the workers for Chester Arlington getting rid of their ballots. "If that galoot is elected Dick can blame Himself,;' thought the Texan. "He might have crushed Chester Arlington with a word, but he would not say that word." Dow the voters closely as they filed past the ballot box. He had a sharp pair of eyes, and he was looking for "stuffing " and for "repeaters." "Hold on!" he suddenly exclaimed, closing the box with . a snap. "You have voted before, Macomber! That kind of work will not go here, and I want every body to understand it!" Macomber tried to pass it off as a joke. "I believe in voting early and often," he said. ""Y 1 "k ou may vote as ear y as you Ii e, but once on a ballot is the limit," said Dow. Macomber passed on, and the ballot box was re opened. "How is it going, do you think?" asked Stanton, of Buckhart. . . . "Blowed if I . know !" confessed Brad, in a low tone: .r "But I'm a . fraid Arlington will carry it." "Too bad!" said Stanton, and the ' Texan knew for the first time just how the third man on the committee stood. The entire C'ilunting committee was unfavorable to the plebe who sought a position on the athletic board. Arlington's friends knew this, and some of them commented on it. "What kind of a show has Chet got with those fel lows to count the votes!" said one. "He wouldn't have a show if Merriwell was not on the committee," said another. "Merriwell is square, and you can bet your life Chet will get the position if he's elected." The voting took some time. When it seemed all over Dow rapped on the table beside him and asked • if the votes were all in. "Hold on!" was the cry from the rear. Into the room a fellow was dragged by three Arling ton workers and rushed down the aisle. He was red in the face, but cast his vote, laughing as he did so. "Here comes another!" shouted a voice. Another fell ow was marched down the aisle by an Arlington worker. "Bad!" growled Buckhart. agaiust the fellow like that! "And no one working Bad! bad!" At last there seemed no more to vote, and the polls were declared closed. A few moments later, amid breathless silence, the counting began. Would Arlington win? CHAPTER VI. THE RESULT. Ted Smart, Billy Bradley, Chip Jolliby, Bob Single ton and Hugh Douglas were in a group at the rear of the room. "Dear me!" said Ted. • "How slow this is! Why, there's nothing interesting about it!" Singleton was watching Buckhart's face. "I'm afraid Arlington has won," he said.

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12 TIP TOP WEEKLY. . "Wliat mum-mum-makes you . think so'?" chattered Jolliby. "Buckhart looks worried." "Hi 'ave an idea it is very close, don't y' 'now," said Bradley. The votes had been sorted into three piles, and the committee went over them a.gain. The gathering was pretty quiet now, as it was a time of great anxiety. Chester Atlington seemed confident. He was smiling and serene. Buckhart was seen making some figures, but Dick Merriwell, who watched him, shook his head and . I seemed pointing out a mistake. Brad nodded, and then the slip of paper with the figures on it was passed to Dow by Merriwell. Dow rapped for order. "Gentlemen," he said, "you will to your vote. \Vhole num . ber of votes cast 238. Necessary for choice, I 19. George Hardy has 102; Chester Arling ton, 97; Joseph Savage, 39. Therefore there is no choice, and another ballot--" The rest of his speech was drowned in the roar that rose. Chester Arlington had not won. Hardy led him by five votes. "Fraud! fraud!" cried somebody. Instantly there was a surging mob round the fellow who uttered the accusing cry. Arlington's friends were disappointed. They had anticipated throwing at least a hundred and fifty votes. "Shut up that fool who is crying fraud!" com manded Chester. "If you don't we'll get it in the neck sure." So the one who made the cry was choked off imme diately. Another vote would have to be taken, and now the disappointed Arlington crowd set to work with re doubled earnestness. Chester went among them, as suring them that he believed the count had been fair. "Then how can you account for our failure to poll the number we expected?" he was asked. "Simply by the fact, as it seems, that a number of those wlio took votes and promised to support me ' failed " o do so." A large nur;Jber of cadets had remained away from the meeting, but now the workers rushed away to vari ous rooms, determined to bring out every one who could be induced to come. Many a fellow who de clined to come, or tried to beg off, was brought along by main force and rammed into the crowded class room. "It's going to be a heavier vote this time," said Dick. "You bet," no!=1ded Brad, who still looked worried. "I opine Arlington will carry it on the next ballot." "What makes you think so,?" "I'll bet he has twenty fellows pulling 'em in. If he doesn't make it I shall be relieved." "If he doesn't make it this time," said Dick, "his chance will grow slimmer." "What makes you think so ?" "His friends have secured this vote for him by their hard work, and have trouble to hold the fe11ows they have dragged in here. Arlington is not really popular." .But Brad grew more and more nervous as the voting continued. The Arlington crowd made lots of noise, and it seemed that the 171ajority of those present must favor him. As . before, Elmer Dow was keenly on the alert to prevent fraud, and "repeating" was not attempted. One "call down" was not attempted. One "call down" had been given, and that was enough to make the tricky fellows wary. After a while the voting decreased. Three times Dow asl
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. The gathering watched the counting of the votes, seeing them singled out into three piles. Then there was some figuring on paper, and Dick :M:erriwell was heard to say, "That's right." The chairman rapped, but the meeting was silent and anxious already. "Gentlemen," said Dow, "listen to the vote. Whqile number cast 253." "Fifteen more than before," said Smart, to his com panions. "Necessary for choice," announced Dow, "127. Chester Arlington has I I I;. George Hardy, IOI; Jo seph Savage, 41. Therefore--" "No vote!" was the shout that went up. Arlington had taken the lead on this ballot, but had not received a majority over both his opponents. Hardy had lost one vote, Savage had gained two, and Chester Arlington fourteen.. "Arlington!" was the cry. "If Savage would withdraw in favor of Hardy," said Ned Stanton to his companions on the commit tee, "it would settle things in short order and knock Arlington out." Dick Merri\vell said nothing, but he had seen a fel low he knew as an Arlington worker approach Joe Savage and say something to him. He had seen Savage shake his head, and then the fellow said sqmething more, upon which Savage looked startled and seemed to remonstrate. At this, the fellow snapped his fingers and walked away. "Something doing there!" thought Dick. He was right. "Gentlemen," said Elmer Dow, "the polls are again ' declared open. Bring in your votes." Dick was siill watching Savage. He saw Joe falter and look round; then, of a sudden, the fellow steppec1 up onto a bench and crittl: "Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the meeting, as there seems to be a deadlock, and as it is plain I have very little chance of being elected, I rise to withdraw from the field. At the same time I wish to suggest that those who have cast their votes for me now throw ihem for Chester Arlington, as I believe it fair and right for the entering class to have a representative on the committee." Then he stepped down, but he had exploded a bomb shell, and there consternation in the meeting. Brad Buckhart had shot to his feet as he heard Savage speak Arlington's name, and now he dropped back, gasping: "I'll-be-shot!" "Arlington! Arlington!" was the mad cry that went up. Brad turned to Dick. "Partner, am I dreaming?" he asked. "Did I hear straight? Did that onery galoot say Arlington?" "That's what he said," nodded Dick. "And he pretends to be your friend! ought to be lynched like a horse thief!" Well, he Dick had been astonished, but he was master of himself, and he did not show his surprise. "It was worked somehow," he said. "I don't be lieve Savage really wanted to withdraw in favor of Arlington, but he was driven into it." "Driven? Driven how?" "I can't say." "He's just an onery two-faced--" Dick's hand fell on Drad's arm. "Careful l" he said. "Don't raise your v01ce, old n1an." "Give . me a gun," growled the Texan, "and I'll sure go out yon and shoot him up some!" The balloting had begun, and Arlington's friends were working harder than ever. "We've got them now!" they joyously. The voting was rushed along at a lively rate, and ihere was no delay to drag in any one. In a short time the chairman declared the balloting over, and then the counting of the votes began. As the members of the committee separated the votes into two piles it soon became apparent that the vote was nearly a tie. Not all of those who had voted for Savage had swung to Arlington on the recommendation of Savage. Finally the votes were sorted, and a recount was made.

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14 TIP TOP WEEKLY. Brad Buckhart was pale. "He's got it, pard !" he whispered. "Got it by one vote! No, by thunder! He shall not have it!" Then Dick saw Brad, in running over Arlington's votes, ck. .. 1erly slip two of them into his palm. Ned Stantqn, however, did not detect the trick. "What do you make it, Stanton?" asked Dick. "One hundred and twenty-three for Arlington." "That's right," said Buckhart, huskily. "An
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TIP TO}\ WEEKLY. 15 to0 make his own act seem . less heinous. "That is why -I was determined that Arlington should not win if I could help it. I could have prevented it." "Dishoii.estly ! Look here, Brad, I don't think you realized just what you were db'ing:" Dick attempted to place a hand on Buckhart's shoul der, but it was brushed asidm. "Yes I did !" he declared, grimly. "I knew I was cheating-I kne\.v it r I meant to cheat! I meant to beat Chet Arlington at his own game!" "Which would have placed you on the same level with him." "No! I would have beaten him! Look here, Dick, when you go against a slugging football team, when the other side plays rough-house, how do you meet them?" "I try to call the attention o'! the umpire." "\Nhat if the umpire will not punish them?" "Well, as a last resort, I give the boys instructions to make the game hot in the same fashion as the other fellows." "As a last resort! That's it! Do you think I'm a fellow to choose to do a dishonest thing?" know you would not choose. it because your in clination was that way." "But, in a case like this, I would choose it as a last resort. It was the resort! It was the only way to . keep Arlington fror1'.1 winning." "Then, Brad, if a man robs your chicken coops per sistently, you know he robs it, yet you cannot get proof to punish hi.m by the aid of the law, you think , it just that you should turn about and rob his chicken coops, thus making yourself a hen-thie( just to "I don't know about that. " "You'll find it is." "I don't believe any fellow can afford it, Brad.'' "Afford it?" "Yes." "vVhy, what--" "Ev'ery little ' dishonest . thing a chap does weakens his moral It is not often a burglar becomes a burglar at a single step. He descends to that level by degrees. He does s ' om e little crooked act in the first place; then he does something worse, and step by step he goes down the hill, until at last he is a thorough criminal." "Great goodness!" exploded Brad. "You didn't fancy I was taking my first step in crime, did you ?" "No; but I knew it was . not right, even to defeat an enemy. I knew you would regret it afterward.'' "Not by a blamed You were plumb wrong there, Dick!" Dick shook his head. "I was right," he with positive assurance. "I sought to save you from the secret shame you must have felt in future : when you thought of it." "Secret sharue. How do you know I--" "I'll tell you how I kno\v. Any fellow is liable to slip once. I di
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16 TIP TOP WEEKLY. This confession from Dick's lips made Brad feel bet ter. Why, here was Dick, who had detected him on the point of filching the votes-Dick had been tempted and had fallen. Dick was not holding himself coldly above Brad as his moral superior; instead he freely acknowledged that he had stumbled. I Buckhart's feelirigs about the affair began to undergo a change. A little while before he had been thinking of his roommate as looking down on him in pity from a moral height far above him; but now Dick had made it plain that he had no thought or desire to exalt himself in the least. "You may be right," said Brad. "I know I am," came positively from Dick's lips. "You will see it in the same light when you are cooler. Besides, there was another reason why I could not afford to let you get rid of those votes." "What other reason." "I saw you-I knew what you had done." "'vV ell ?" "With that knowledge, had I permitted you to work the scheme, I have been just as guilty as you. It was .to save myself from regret and shame, as well as you, that I told you you must put the votes back." This confession drew Brad still closer to his friend. In all these things Dick was perfectly honest .with his companion, and the Texan trusted and relied in him. "I never thought of it that way," he said. "But you see I am right," said Dick. "I was com pelled to ask you to put t_he votes back in order to !'ave my own feelings." "Then, if you had not seen me--" Dick interrupted with a laugh. "Why, I should have known nothing about it. But," he added, soberly, "I am glad I saw you, even though Arlington won." "Well," acknowledged the Texan, brought round at last, "I believe I am glad of it, too; but it was a howlshame to have that greaser get onto the commit1 It was, I know!" CHAPTER VIII. ARLINGTON SHOWS HIS HAND. The football team soon began to feel the han d of Chester Arlington. He sent men out to practice and directed that they should be tried on the regular team. And he seemed to have the athletic committee behind him, for they backed up his demands. Two of these men, Hicks and Rufus Hoyt, knew something about football and played fairly well. Dick chafed, for he saw that serious trouble was brewing. He saw that Arlington would try to man age the team through the committee, and that was just what Dick determined he should not do. "It's a fight, pard," said Brad Buckhart. "Mark what I say, you'll have your troubles with that galoot right along." Phil Warne was chairman of the committee. In the past he had permitted Dick to run the team on the field just about as he pleased. Now, however, he advised a shifting about of the team and trying them in other positions. Dick felt that this was more of Arlington's work, for Warne was not the fellow to dip in like that with out being put up to it by another. A feeling of uncertainty and restlessness attacked the team. Dick feared the men were lacking confi dence. They had relied on him in the past, and now they saw that he was being ordered about. They had talked over the game with U . A. A., and were almost unanimous on the folly of playing it. What was there to gain by it? The committee had arranged to have the game take place in Fardale. If it had been arranged to play in Uniontown on the same terms as the baseball game was pulled off, they might have urger! that winning the game would bring in a large amount of money. But they . had agreed to pay U. A. A. a sum of money to come and play the game, which made it almost a settled thing that it would be a financial failure. U. A. A. had vowed to get revenge on Fardale for defeat in the baseball game. Now it was said that

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 17 the Uniontown men were anxious to get up against the cadets and "soak 'em." Jt was not to be a game between . schools, and so the school spirit was lacking. Neither team regarded the other as a rival in its class. There was no rivalry a friendly nature. Some of the boys threatened to rebel, but D'ick talked to them and c;nvinced them that it was best to play the game. Be knew Arlington would make a _great to-do about it, saying he was a,fraid to play, if the Fardale boys declined to meet the chaps from Uniontown. Saturday came, and an early train brought the Uniontown players into Farclale. Some of the bo ys from the academy were at the ' station to see them arrive and to size up their antagonists. Buckhart was one of these, and he hastened back to the academy, Dick, whom he found in the gymnasium. "Pard," he said, "guess who's in town?" "I thought you . hailed from Tex;as ?" "VI ell, so I do." "But this gi..tessing racket is a Yankee trick." "You can't, guess." "I don't think I can. Who. is it?" "Fred Kennedy." "Kennedy? Who is--. " "Why, parcl, you mu s t remember him . He is--" "Not the dirty whelp who eloped Singleton and blinded me when we went to Unionto"wn ?" "The same." They were looking for bets, and they hailed the appear-' ance of Dick Merriwell. "Tell us where we can get some of our good money up,;' said one of, the team. "We're' betting two to one on U. A. A. Have you children at the academy got any dough you wish to lose?" "No," said Dick, quietly. "Few of us bet on these ' games. \Vhen we do bet it is for sport, not for ,rrofit. Can any of you gentlemen tell me where I can find Mr. Kennedy?" • "Kennedy? Kenn edy ? \Nhat Kennedy?" "Fred Kennedy." l !'From our place? Oh, he isn't with us." Kennedy was not found, but Buckhart was still cer tain he had arrived in town , even after they turned back toward tbe academy. "He' s here, pard," asserted the Texan. "I never "" make a mistake in faces. That onery whelp stepped off the train, or I'm a . Chinaman! :You hear me chirp!" "I should like to meet him!" said Dick. "And I'd enjoy being with you, pard. There would be something doing, you bet!" The gamblers from Uniontown found takers for • their bets in Fardale, as the villagers had great confidence in the academy team, which had not met defeat while L'lnder command of Dick .Merriwell. Odds of two to one seemed like a good thing ai1d were g obble d up. At one o'clock P.fyL Dick ::vi:erriwell r eceive d a shock "Where i s he?" He was sent fo:i: by committee, which wa$ "At the North Hotel." in session at the time. when he appeared before them, Five minutes later Dick was on his way to town, Phil "\iVarne said: accompanied by Brad. They went direct to the North "Mr. Merriwelf; we . have c6nclu decl that, while yo u Hotel, which did all the hotel business of the place have clone splendidly with the eleven, you have not now that Fa.rclale had been gutted by fire, been playing the men i n ' just . the right positions. Bethere they sought Kennedy. sides-/' he wen t on swiftly, not permitting Dick to speak, "there are two men on the team who are not strong men, and we have concluded to drop them off His narne was not on the register . He did not seem to be with the strangers from Un-, , for this game and try the e}i:periment of supplying their iontown. places. We do this now be . cause this is not a game Those strangers were the followed the witfFa we caii to U. A. A games a1}
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18 TIP TOP improved the team, we shall be very glad. -But, we had you dared ! I believe you did try 'to! l believ@ insist that the team be given a fair trial as we have arranged it, no changes ' being made until we give ycm permission1 save on account of Here is the • line up of the team; with the names of substitutes to be used, if substitutes are required." There was a strange look on Dick's face as he took the paper from Warne's hand and glanced over the line-up of the team. His cheeks flushed and his eyes gleamed. "Gentlemen of the committee,'' he said, his voice tintt but low, "I peed not say that I am surprised at your most stirprising action. I think you are makiqg a big mistalrn and are exceeding the bounds of your authority. It is not to call attention to the fact that Fardale has not lost a game this seaso n . Up to this time the making up of the team has been left almost _ wholly to me. In taking this privil e ge out of my hands you have handicapped me grea tly, making it impossible for me to work to the best advantage. I think the mistake is liable to prove fatal. The shift ing about of these players I consider ill advised; the dropping of Kent and Dare weakens the line; and, on the whole, the team as given here will go onto the field to-day greatly weakened." Chester Arlington had listened, h i s lips curling and his eyes ' expressing contempt. When Dick finished, Chester turned to Hadley Burrows, observipg loud enough for the captain of the eleven to hear:' "Didn't I say he could insult the com!nittee ! He has had things his own way altogether too long." Instantly Dick's anger flashed l i ke powd e r to which a match has ' been touched. "You, Arlington, are the . cause of it all!" he e x claimed, pointing straight at Chester . "And you are doing it not for the good of the eleven, but to annoy and injure me! I know you, and I know your methods . Yet but for me you would not be o'n that committee now!" _, you did get rid of some of my votes on the first two ba llots. Y GU knew you were watched too c-losely for it the last time, and you didn't dare try it." Dick actually laughed. "\Vhy, you poor, mistaken duffer I" he exclaimed, '-unable to fully control his tongue. "It's surprising how little you really know about the truth!" " Duffer!" snarled Chester , springing up. "Gentle men , are you going to permit this? It's an insult to the entire committee!" "Mr. Merriwell," said Warne, severely, "your guage is offensive to us all. If you are not satisfied with what we have done, if you do not care to follow our instructions thoroughly--" "What then?" "You may resign from the team. Another captain will be appointed in your place." In his intehse anger Dick cai;ne ne a r making a take and playirig into the hands of . Arlihgton. It wa s on the tip of his tongue to utter his resignation he saw Chester leaning forward, breathless, ex pectant, eager. Instantly the rush of blood to Dick's head ceased, his he art s eemed . to stop its wild hammering, his pulse dropped back to normal, and he was master of him s elf. "No, Arlipgton !" he exultantly thought, "I'll not do it! You have ailed in this." . "I'll stick by the team;'' he said. "I could not think of deserti,ng it now . " Warne seemed relieved , while Arlington was plainly disa ppoint ed . " V ery well,'' said the chairman, dismissing him with a gesture. "You have your instructions." -CHAPTER IX. D E T E R M I N E D -D ! 1 C K • 1"What ?" cried Chester, astonished. "But for The fir s t ' half of the game was over. The at you?" th e end of the half stood U. A. A. 18; Fardale, 6. "Exactly." " -_,, Faf"dale' s one tottchdown and goal had been made . on a fluke . .. "Bah! You \.VOtild ha v e kept me off the committee

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. The teams had lined up as follows: J olliby .................... Right end .................. Mc Elroy Hoyt ..................... Right tackle ................... Kerns Gardner .................. Right guard .................. Seaton Tubbs ..................... Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Redmond Shannock ................. Left guard .................... Hicks Bradley ................... Left tackle ................... Clack. Lewis ...................... Left end ....................... Iott Smart .................. Quarter-back.............. Loppinger Merriwell. .............. Right half-back ........•...... Waldron Buckhart. ............... Left half-back .....•............ Chase Singleton .................. Full-back ..........•....... Durkee This was a great change about on the home team from the regular order. Buckhart had been taken off left end and given Darrell's position at half-back, while Darrell was dropped entirely. Lewis, a plebe, "The jig is up, pard," said Buckhart. "They've got us! And it is all the work of that dirty dog Arling tpn ! He has ruined the team! I swear it would have ' been better if i had cheated and kept him from getting onto the committee!" Dick did not seem to hear Buckhart's words. He was thinking swiftly just about then. "We must win this gamel I am determined to do ' it!" he muttered. "No matter how determined you are," said "you can't do it with this team as she stands." Dick heard this, for he nodded. Brad, Reaching the gym., Dick found two fellows ready to give him a rubbing if he wished it. had been substituted for Buckhart. Merriwell, Single-"We'll cut it out," he said. "You fellows go for ton, Smart and Tubbs were the only men ,;ho held , Hal Darrell. Bring him here." their positions. Bradley had been shifted from right Then he turned to Brad, asking: guard to left tackle . . Shannock had been removed from "Dare, Kent and Bradley are v\'ith the substitutes, right end to left guard, J olliby had moved over from are they not?" right tackle to right end, Earl Gardner had been given Bradley's position as right guard, and these things had served to break the team . up completely, quite taking the confidence out of it. Gardner had made the run with the ball, which he secured on a bad pass and a fumble, and his had been the glory of Fardale's only, touchdown. It seemed that Uniontown had the game "on ice." The visitors had played a rushing, thumping, rough house game. At first the cadets had met them in this business, but they lost spirit when Uniontown kept the ball in the territory of the home team nearly all the time, seeming altogether too heavy and strong. Dick was desperate. He was determined to do something to bring about a change. With the team as it was, he had small hopes of winning. Strangly enough, all through the first half, for all of the rough tactics of the visitors, no man was knocked out so that he was forced to retire from the game. Brad walked off the field by Dick's side when the half was over. The gym. was near enough for the men to run over to it, and this they did. "Sure." Darrell was found 111 a minute or so, and brought into the gym. "Hal," said Dick, "do you want us to wm this game?" "Sure thing," said Hal. "Well, I want you to know that I , did not drop you from the team. I was given orders by the committee to play the team just as it lined up to-day. Arlington is the man who did this." Hal shrugged his shoulders. Chester Arlington had once extracted from him a promise that he would not play with the eleven, but, at the solicitation of Cheste1.-s sister, Hal had broken his promise and played. Now Chester was punishing him for it by throwing him off. "I want you to get into your rig," said Dick. ''Will you do it?" "Ar, e you going to play me?" "Yes." "In defiance of the committee?" "Yes!" "I'll be on hand."

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20 TIP TOP WEEKLY. Dick sent for Bradley, Dare and Kent, with a11 of whom he talked. , Just as the team was leaving the gym. for the field Arlington and V!arne came hurriedly into the place .. "Just in time!" exclaimed Warne. "Go on, fellows," said Dick. "I wiU be with' you in a moment." At the same time he made a gesture to Buckhart. Brad was surprised. He did not quite understand, but he hurried the others out and followed them. "In this final half," said \!Varne, "there is one thing we want you to do, Merriwell. Of course, you can't expect to win, as that team is much older and heavier, but---" "I must have dropped it in the shower room," said Dick, pretending to be searching for something. "I've got to have it. And I must be out on the field in two minutes . . If you fellows have anything to say, come on and say it while I'm searching." . He ran into the room where the boys took their shower baths. There was a plunge in the same room. \!Varne and Arlington followed. Dick seeme to be searching, looking swiftly about, his eyes on the floor. "As I was saying--" resumed Vvarne. He got no further. Out of the room darted Dick, . C)nd the heavy door banged, shutting in Chester Arlington and the chairman of the athletic c d mmittee. Outside there was a heavy bolt, which Dick shot into place. "Say on, Warne!" he exclaimed, exultantly and de fiantly; "J:rut I can't stop to listen. I can't afford to be bothered by this committee during the last half of the game" • I He hurried from the now deserted gymnasium. As he was leaving he heard his astonished caRtives bang . ing on the door of the bathroom and shoutmg for him to open it. "Pound away! Yell away!" he said. "I think there will be sufficient noise on the field so that your ries will not be heard for a time, at least." He ran from the gym. toward the field, and was just in time to go out with the team. CHAPTER X. THE WIND CHANGES. When the disappointed cadets sav". the team go onto the field for the second half they started up and showed interest, for there had been a big change. With a single exception, the old p1ayers were back in their regular positions. Kent, who had not entirely recovered from injuries received in a previous game, was not at left tackle, although he was waiting among the substitutes. Gardner filled his place. Gardner was not. qujte large enough for guard, but he was so very fast that Dick had decided to retain him in the line. Shannock and Buckhart were again on the enqs. Dare and Bradley were the guards, J olliby was at right tackle, and Darrell assumed his old p o sition at left half-back. Three members of the athletic con1mittee stared and wondered. "\i\!hat does it mean?" asked Anson, Day. "Why, I thought Merriwell had been given orders to--" "\i\!here' s \i\!arne ?" asked Oliver Stone, excitedly. "Where's Arlington?" exdaimecl Hadley Burrows. "We must see about this?" But they looked in vain for either \Varne or Arlington. The cadets were cheering w ith new life now. Everywhere the red and black was waving. \\That a difference there was! Confidence seemed restored. There was a lull as the spread -out teams waited for the kick-off. In that hush and pause 'Dick keen e a r s seemed to catch the sound of faint, muffled sh ou ts coming from the direction of the gymnasium. and he smiled grimly. Fardale went into the game with a whirl and a rush that almost swept Uniontown Dff her feet. The home team had snap, ginger, vjm and go to it. Every man was in the game. They played together, ancl they were out for victory. Getting the ball, Fardale began hammering against the enemy at their thirty-yard line . The funnel play was tried, and Singleton hit the left wing of the enemy, going through for five yar-ds. The same play was repeated, the funnel seeming pointed in the same direction. Single.ton rushed ahead until near w -hat seemed the point of assault, then suddenly darted out througJ1 the side of the fun nel, where an opening had been made for him, and went through the left wing of the enemy for seven yards. Well, this was the kind of stuff! This was playing football ! A third time the ball was given to Big Bob. And now he went forward . Protected by a wedge that hit

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 21 tne line In the center. Tlie wedge pressed on steadily until the opposing team began to tear it to pieces. Bob saw • a tackler coming through, and, with a deft move, ment, he tossed the ball out to Dick Merriwell,' who had been keeping just back of him on the outside of the edge. The next moment, Singleton was dragged down. But the ball was gone. Dick had it, and he was away like a flash. To the right ran Dick, darting past Iott, who tried in vain to reach him. He circled the end and started down the field. When Chase brought him down he had male full fifteen yards, and the cadets on the seats were mad with delight. The Uniontown team was startled and ncrt a little dismayed. Instead of coming out weak in the second half, the cadets we-re stronger and faster than they had been at the beginning of the game. The ball was ' carried into Uniontown's territory and steadily driven down toward the goal line of the visiting team. Fardale hammered into the enemy with a dogged persistency that was admirable and told of the sand possessed by the academy lads. . Several times through the game Uniontown had re sorted to slugging, and now she tried it again. Jolli-' . by was thumped and Dare was kicked in the stomach. The umpire detected the fellow in the act of kicking and gave him a warning, but the kicker said he had not meant to violate the rules. • . Still Fardale . would not be stopped. Time after time she made her distance, and the ball was forced down to within ten yards of the goal of the visiting team. Then the cadets were set back for holding, and an offside play lost them the ball when they had the taste of success on their lips. It was hard, but Dick stiffened up his team, and they prepared to hold the enemy. Uniontown seemed to prepare for a kick. Instead of kicking, however, Uniontown gave the ball to Waldron, while her line buckled down to hold Fardale. Waldron shot forward, rose into the air, hurdled the line handsomely and made six good yarrJs before Darrell pulled him down. It was a very hand s ome play, and the visiting crowd had good cause to cheer. Now Uniontown began to push ' Fardale back stead ily. Now and then, when it was necessary to make a yard or two without fail and Fardale seemeCf to fiold fast, waldron hurdled. Repeatedly he was successful, , . and Fardale was driven back to her forty-yard line. Dick saw that the hurdling was counting against them, and he determined to stop it. He watched closely, and the next time Waldron came flying at the line the captain of the cadets charged from the oppo site side. With a flying leap, Dick shot upward and met the hurdler in the air above the line. Waldron had not expected this, and he was flung backward for . a loss, Dick coming down upon him. The cadets roared their delight at this. Twice after that Waldron was stopped in the same manner by Dick, who completely ruined the success " of his hurdling. when Fardale got the ball again she marched straight down the field and pushed1 it over for a touch down without being checked at any point. A goal was easily made. Dick had a word to say to his men as they spread out for the next kick-off. He was determined to waste no time. Thus it happened that Fardale did not return the kick. Darrell caught the ball and ran sixteen yards with it before being grassed. The signal was given for the center back play. The Uniontown players were surprised to see little Smart take the place of the ponderous Tubbs, while Tubbs retired to full-back and Singleton became tem porary quafter-back. When they started to walk over Smart, hO'wever, Singleton backed Ted up, and then Tubbs, with the ball, came smashing into the line and bored his way 01.long. They seized him and tried to drag him down, but he kept on for full ten Y.ards before they could stop him. "Great work!" laughei;l Dick. "On the jump now, fellows !" I "On the jump!" cried Ted Smart. It was the signal for the old "ends around" play. Fardale had never met Uniontown on the gridiron fore, therefore the visitors were not onto the cadets' little play of the previous year. When the ball was snapped the ends and sides of the line seemed to melt backward before the assault of the enemy. The center held fast, while the ends swung round, followed .by the opposing men, who were push ing. As they swung round they . came in behind the

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22 TIP TOP WEEKLY. man who had tne ball, and he was thrust forward, a portion of the visitors working against therpselves without knowing they did so. Dick kept this play up, working it once or twice by I pulling Tubbs back and letting him slam into the line, until the ball was driven down to within six yards of the goal line. There Uniontown made a stand and held for three downs. But Dick himself went through on the last trial, and he managed to squirm forward after being dragged down so that the ball was six inches over the line when the piled up men untangled. Dick was pretty badly hurt, but he succeeded in getting onto his feet, turning the ball over to Single ton. Darrell held the ball and Big Bob kicked the goal, tying the score. CHAPTER XI. A FINE PAIR! Uniontown was dazed. The remarkable change in the cadets they could not understand. It did not seem that they were playing against the same team at all. In vain Durkee talked to his men. They were rat tled and sore, and they could not stop the gritty ca dets. Fardale made another touchdown and goal, and when the game ended the ball was once more within three feet of Uniontown's line. Again Dick Merriwell was triumphant. 1 But now he felt that he was on the verge of an ex plosion. The. two captives in the bathroom of the gym. would be discovered directly. Then what would happen? • Buckhart reached Dick's side as soon as possible when the game was finished. "Dick, did you see him?" he asked. "See whom?" "Kennedy." "No." "He was here." "Are you sure?" "Yes; I saw him over there by the gate. I reckon he has taken leg bail by this time." Together they looked for the fellow, but Kennedy, if present, had lost no time in hastening away. The cheering of the cadets at the of the game had drowned all other sounds, but Dick pricked up his ear as they drew near the gym. He expected to hear a racket coming from within the It was silent as the members of the victorious team entered. Dick wondered if Arlington and Warne had found some method of escaping, but he discovered that the door of the bathroom was still closed. He walked straight over to it and flung it open. The out, Warne pale with rage, while Arlington's eyes gleamed vindictively. "I beg your pardon !" exclaimed Dick, in apparent surprise. "Diel I accidentally lock you gentlemen in there? It's too bad! But I am sure you will be pleased to'iearn that we won the game." He expected a terrible outbreak from both of the fellows, but in this he was disappointed. Arlington, however, stepped close to him and hiss ingly whispered: "I'll have your Ii fe for this piece of work!" "Thank you," said Dick, loudly enough for those near to hear. "I am glad you accept my apology. The score was twenty-four to eighteen." Arlington passed on. Warne had not spoken. "Vv' ell, I'll be hanged!" muttered Brad Buckhart, the truth dawning upon him. "That takes the prize! Why, he shut 'em up so they wouldn't bother him dur ing the last half !" It was plain that Arlington and Warne had decided that it was best for them to avoid making a scene, but Dick knew well enough that they were not the kind of fellows to forego a chance for revenge. That night the talk of the academy was the football game. It had become known that the athletic com mittee were responsible for the shifting about of the players in the first half of the game, and not a few of the students criticised this interference with Dick's part of the business. He had demonstrated beyond a doubt in the last half of the game that he knew the positions to which the men were adapted and that he could run the team suctessfully if not interfered . with. In the evening Dick and Brad went into town. As they approached the post office, Dick suddenly grasped his companion's arm and drew him into a doorway. "\ii/hat is it?" asked the Texan. "Look across the street." "\ Vhere ?" "See those two fellO\YS O\ "Yes. Why, one of them is-it's Arlington!" ''Sure.''

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I TIP I TOP WEEKLY. "i\nd the other is--" ."Fred Kennedy!" "Right!" exclaimed Brad, triumphantly. "That is Kennedy! I knew I wasn't mistaken! Come, Dick, let's go over there and tackle' them! You can do up Kennedy. I'll take care of Arlington while you even the score with the fellow who blinded you in Union town." But Dick held Brad back. "Don't be too hasty," he warned. "\!\!hat are they doing together? I'd like to understand that." "It is right queer." "I should say so! Chester Arlington is a member of'the Fardale Academy athletic committee, and is as sociating with this Kemiedy, who is a crooked gambler. \i\Tithout doubt Kennedy came here to-day to bet money on the football game, and you may be sure he did not bet on Fardale." "Arlington is a traitor!" growled Buckhart. "Pard, you can throw him down hard, and it's up to you to throw!" "I want to find out just what is doing between tl1ese two." "They'll get away!" " -No! I'm going to follow them." "I'm with you." But Dick knew he could shadow the two far better without the aid 'of Buckhart, so he insisted that Brad stay back and him from a distance. From the main part of the town Dick . shadowed Arlington and Kennedy over that portion know11 as , The Harbor. Buckhart saw him take that direction and then lost sight of him. But Brad was satisfied that Arlington and Kennedy had made for Tl;i.e Harbor, and he followed cautiously. Dick was peering in at the window of one of . the wretched saloons of that quarter when he heard some one approaching. He stepped back, hugging close ' to the corner of the house, and 'Brad would have passed. : "Here, you!" whispered Dick. "Hold up, old man. Come here." Brad -stopped . in surprise. "Is that you, pa rd?" he asked, , in a low tone. "Sure thing: Come here where you'll not be seen if any one comes along." Brad joined him : "Vvhat are you doing?" he asked. "I've follow eel those fellows here," said Dick. "They are inside." "vVhat are they doing ?n "That is what I can't make out." ''And why dicHhey come here?" "To get away where there would be little chance that they would be seen together by any one they did not wish to see them, I fci,ncy." "Ent the whole thing is a mystery to me, pard," con fessed Buckhart. Dick touched his arm and cautioned him to keep still. Somebody was approaching. The street ran close by the corner of the house, and, from their place of concealment, they saw a person passing. "Great Scott!" whispered Dick, who seemed to have eyes like an owl. "Did you recognize him, Brad?" "Too dark. Did you?" "Well, if it wasn't Joe Savage I'm greatly mistaken!" "Joe Savage?" "Yes." "Here?" "Tliat's what." "Well, this thing 1s growmg thick. Where is he going?" Dick peered round the corner and watched the dark figure pass down the street and vanish in the gloom. "I may have been mistaken," he admitted; "but I know he had a walk like Joe Savage, was just about the build of Savage, and looked to me in every way like Savage." , Then he slipped , to the window and again peered into the s:;iloon. He was just in time to see a man with a lamp in his hand conduct Arlington and Ken nedy into a back _ room. After a few moments, the man came out and closed the door behind him. "If there is a window to that room we mnst find it," muttered Dick. CHAPTER XII. ARLINGTON'S DOWNFALL. There was a window, and they found it. Further, there was a broken pane of glass in the window. Inside the window some shutters had been closed, but in one of the shutters was a broken strip, and through this crack Dick peered and saw Kennedy and Arling-. ton seated with a table between them. Buckhart stood on gqard while Dick watched those " ithin the little back room of the old saloon.

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TIP TOP WEEKLY . .. The broken pane enabled Dick to hear the conversa-' t!un of the fine pair inside. "It was hard luck!" said Arlington. "Hard luck?" exclaimed Kennedy. "Is that what you call it? Hang it! you told me it WC\S certain UnioIJtown would win!" "That's right!" "But Fardale pulled out and won the game. I dropped three hundred dollafs." "And I dropped every blooming cent I have made playing cards in a week, besides what money my mother left me when she went away: I have been skinning a sucker, and all I have left to show for it is his I. 0. U's . . " "You said you had fixed it so it was a sure thing." "And so . I did. Didn't Uniontown have a walkover in the first half?" "Look here, Mr. Arlington, if you had not given me the cold cash to bet on our team I' cl be dead certain 'you threw me down. Where did you go when the first half was over? You vanished, and you were not again by me. Then Merriwell switched the team round and walked into us." I It was plain Arlington did not care to reveal how he and vVarne had been trapped by Dick. He hes i tated a little, and then told an improbable story about being called away by one of the professors. "You see I've been : in a little trouble here," he said, "and they have been investigating the affair. I was wanted justabout then to answer some questions, and I had to go." "Fishy!" exclaimed Kennedy, suspiciously. "It was a queer time for the faculty to be carrying on an in vestiga ti on." they do queer things round that old academy. I tried to get away and hurry back, but they wouldn't iet me. I thought the game was Uniontown's anyhow, and so I didn't worry about it." Brad Buckhart could hear some of this, and ,now he was grinding his strong teeth together. "A fine chap to have on the athletic !" he hissed. "He ought to be lynched!" "There is just one thing led me into this deal," Chester explained to his companion. . "That is my hatred for Dick Merriwell. If he were not captain of our team you'd never catch me betting against it. . If he were off the team I' cl work for it as hard as I could. But I am going to down him if it takes a leg! I'll . stop at nothing to do it! I have the athletic commit-:. tee just where I want them. Some of them have played right into my hands, and they don't dare do anything but what I tell them to do. In short, I am the whole committee." "Very interesting information," commented Dick, in a low whisper. Arlingtori was smoking a cigarette. Kennedy had lighted a cigar. Both had ordered drinks, but had not touched the stuff brought them. "If I hadn't been called away," Chester went on, "the result of the game would have been different. Merri well could not have changed the team round again had I remained on the field." At this moment, as Dick peered through the broken shutter, the door of the room was thrown open and Joe Savage appeared in the doorway. Savage was pale and excited. "Oh, here you are!" he exclaimed. "I passed this . place once. Didn't think this was the place you meant when you made the appointment." He came in and closed the door. "I was right!" thought Dick. "It was Savage I saw." Neither A rlington nor Kennedy offered to get up Che s ter motioned toward a broken chair. "Sit down," he said. "I don't care to stop here," said Savage. "I don't like the looks of the place." "You're fussy, my friend," said Kennedy, with a short laugh. "vVhat have you got to say about it?" exclaimed Joe, frowning a t Kennedy. "I have no business with you. If Mr. Arlington wiil kindly hand over those I. 0. U's., as he agreed, I will g e t out of here and bother you no more." Chester languidly lighted a fresh cigarette. "Sorry, Savage," he drawled, "but I didn't bring them with me." "You didn't?" ''.No." I "You agreed to-you promised ! Confound you, Arlington! are you tricking me? You won my money from me, and I gav e yon those papers when you con tinued to stick me. You knew I had sworn off gam bling when you coaxed me into it. You knew my father had said he'd disown me if I played cards any more. And so; when you found your opportunity, you made me play into your hands. At the meeting yo sent that you would forward those I. Q. ,U's:

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. to '!fly father if I did not withdraw and do my best to give you my vote. If I did so, you would give them over to me. • You have not kept your word to give them up. You promised to do so to-night if I would meet you here. Now, do you mean to keep your prom ise?" "No," answered Chester, coldly. The next moment Savage had Arlington by the throat and was choking hini. Kennedy sprang up, caught the bottle and struck Savage over the head, dropping him to the floor. Then Dick Merriwell smashed the window, burst the shutters open and went into that room. But the rascals did not wait for him. With the first crash of breaking glass, they leaped toward the door, through which they disappeared. . Dick lifted Savage, whose head was cut and bleed ing. Buckhart followed Dick into the room by the win dow and was on hand when the proprietor of the sa loon came hurrying in. "\Vhat's happened here?" asked the man who ran the place. "Where are those fellows who were here?" de manded Dick, who . was tying a handkerchief about Savage's bleeding head. "They dusted out. But who are you, and where did you come from? My window is broken, and--" "I'll pay for the window," said Dick. "The entire damage isn't more than two dollars. Here is five." The man took the five-dollar bill Dick extended. "Can you stand, Savage?" asked young Merri well. "I-I think ;i: can," said Joe. "But that r2.p took the nerve out of me. I'm limp as a rag. They ran! Arlington got avvay ! I-I didn't get what I came for." "But you'll get them all right," said Dick, grimly. "Don't worry about that." "You bet!" growled Buckhart. "We must get you to a doctor who can sew up yom scalp . wbere it was cut by that bottle. You're bleeding pretty ' freely, and that must be stopped. Take ' hold, Buckhart. We'll get him out of this quarter if we have to carry him." Between them they got Joe out of the saloon and started for the respectable portion of the village. "We didn't get a crack at those galoots!" said Brad, "I opined we'd have a lively time when you . smashed the window and went jumping in there." Savage grew stronger after getting out into the open air. "That devil!" he muttered. "Dick, I know you must think me a pretty cheap fellow. I can't help it. I believe I am pretty cheap. But is slick. He got me into a bad sc1:ape. I had an idea no one could beat me playing poker, but he's the slickest thing in the business, and he skinned me clean to my eye teeth. He had my I. 0. U's., and he was going to use them against me. That's how he forced tl)e to with' draw and permit him to get onto the committee. He has no right there!" / "Don't worry about that," said Diek. "He'll not stay on that committee. He will resign Monday, and you'll get your I. 0. U's on the same day." * * * * * * * , It came about just as Dick had said it would, for, to the surprise of all, Chester resigned Monday morning, positively withdrawing from the committee. George Hardy was chosen without opposition to fill_ the place made vacant Savage received his I. 0. U's. Monday. Dick had threatened to expose Chester, and fear of the consequences, disgrace, shame, expulsion from school, had compelled Arlington to do exactly what was demanded of him. For June's sake Dick let up then and bound Brad Buckhart to silence. Would June ever know what he had done for her sake? THE END. The Next Number (347) Will,Contain .DICK MRiUW[ll'S RADI NESS; OR, "'\ZV'"ho Stole th .. e Papers? Well, here is a case of wolf eat wolf for you! It's the low clown limit as far as low down work goes. But the question is, "Who stole the papers?" Somebody's in for it hot and heavy, and if you Tip Toppers don't feel mad . as hornets when you read this last piece of treachery we will oe surprised. At the same time it shows what a clean, nervy, daring fellow like Diel< M . erriwel1 cari do when he's up against it. fail to read : 347.

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26 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "' NEW YORK, November 29, 1902. 'l'erma te Tip Top Weekly Mall !lubacrlbei."a. (POllTAOJll FREii.) llasle Jfl•a or Back Numbera, Ge. Each. t m•ntha •• ••••••• 66o. I One yea.r ...................... • .$2.6' 'montla •.•••••••• , ••••••••••• 86c. S copies one year .••••••••••••• 4..09 I month• '- ••••••••••••••••... $1.:/fi 1 copy two years •.••...•.••••• t.Oi How TO SEND MoNEY.-By poet-otfice or express money order, retristered letter, bank check or dratt, &t our risk. A.t your ow • It aent by currency, coin, or postaiie atampa In ordinary ttifii:c11:1PT11.-Recelpt ot your remittance Is a.cknowlediied bJ' . proper ohan&e o' number on Y'()Ur label. It not correct you have 11ot been properly' credited, and should let us know a.t once. ltTREE'l' & 81UITH'8 TIP TOP WEEICLY, 238 William St., New York City. APPLAUSE NOTICE. It been truly said that the Applause Column is read . the world over. The first reason for this vast popularity is because the column appears in what is universally ad mitted to be the king of all published wee)dies, The Winner of the Orand Prize at the Paris World's Fair, But the second reason is just as important and cogent, namely, the high excellence of the letters written by our readers,' ' which appear in this column. Indeed, these let' ters have been so highly praised that Street & Smith, always anxious to serve and benefit their great public, have decided to offer twelve valuable prizes for the twelve best l e tters from Tip Top readers i'.n the next six months. These twelve prizes will be tWELVE GOLD FOUNTAIN PENS of the highest grade. Now, then, all our ambitious young letter writers will be anxious t ' o win one of these fine prizes. All you have to do is ' to follow these directions: . Write aletter tq Tip Top Weekly, discussing any feature" of the famous publication, its characters, plots, ath letics, contests, tournaments or anything that impresses you especially; then write across the top of it "Prize Let ter," and send it to Street & Smith. So that the contest , may h e absolutely fair, the readerrof Tip Top are to act as judges, and the letters which receive the greatest num ber of votes will be awarded t _ he . Come . on now, J:)Qys and girls! us which one of all our young Shakc:;peares the best retter wrfte;s. -APPLAUSE. PRIZE LETTER NO . . H5. A preacher's son about thirteen years old, was caught reading a Tip Top by his father, a very prominent preacher of the gospel. The boy shook and trembled, for he had been caught at the same thing once before, and told if he was caught again he would regret it to the last day of his life. The father took the Tip Top away from the boy, but did not destroy it, as he had done on a previous occasion, but, instead, he sat down and read it, just to see what it was like. About an hour later Mr. Preacher called the boy to his study, and said: " Albert, I did not think you would disobey me in regard to reading novels, but I am glad you did. If you will ' only take ' Dick Merriwell for an example, you surely will not go astray and become a black sheep, but be an ideal, honest American boy." Albert was astonished as he left his father, but still more astonished when a week later his father took him down the basement to an old storehouse which now was a well equipped home gymnasium, the idea of which the preacher got by reading Prof. Founnen's advice to young . athletes. Albert's father told him to make good use of the "gym," and if he (Albert) wouldn't mind, he would come down occasionally and help him. Wishing good health and long lHe to Burt L., Detroit; Mich. WILLIAM F. PROEFKE. Well, . this is the spirit that conquers and ought to have great weight with . all Tip Top readers. PRIZE LETTER NO Various reasons have been assigned why the Tip Top is far in advance of all like publications, but one, and that an important one in my estimation, appeals to me more than all the others, and that is the vivid accuracy with which Mr. Standish describes all sporting events from a billiard game to a boxing contest. Nothing so disgusts the well-posted is, one who clearly understands . the various games ,. than a description that so woefull.y displays the ignorance of the writer, and reads more like a sto ry of a fashionable . wedding, or some other society event. In reading of a baseball game, under Mr. Standish's influence, for the time the reader is seated in the stand, he watches 'the pitcher "unwind," sees the hit, and wants to rise and cheer as the ball clears the fence, and the runnel' circles the bases. It is the same with a football game or other contest. Mr. Standish clothes his stories in such entrancing laT;lguage, that the reader is transported from the prosaic stand of a mere onlooker to that of a participant, becoming so imbued w . ith the spirit of the occasion that everything seems most real. Tip Top contains many points of excellence; in fact, there is nothing in it with which fault can be found, but this reason that I have given, the one that appeals most to boys and young men deeply interested in healthy indoor and outdoor sports, is the rea_l rea son for Tip Top's marvelous success. . JOHN F. CREMEN. Excellent! There never was anything said more to the point ,than what you have said. . A poorly described athletic contest is.'like a glass of milk three-quarters water. But Mr. Standish i ' s an accomplished himself, loves sport for sport's sake, and writes about it in the clear est and most vivid style of. any athletic writer of the day . ' I have been a qevoted reader of Tip Top, for ti . me. .Btirt L. Standish is all' right; his stories are fine, finer, finest. I ' like Frank, Bart, Dick and all of their friends, but I like to see:.Dick and his friends taking the lead, but I also 1ike to hear of Frank and his friends again. I am devoted to our new• friends in Tip Top, but I do not want to forget old ones for the new. This is my fitst letter to you in praise of your weekly. Hoping you will not think me too forward, I remain, Dunlap, Ind. VIOJ..ET ,CLAYTON. Glad to hear from you and that bot!). old . and-;D.ew Tip• 'Top characters , are pleasing to you. Dick's school , days-. 3,re great to everybody, just .as Frank's , were before .Dick's day, I

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Ii TIP TOP ALL AMERICAN TOURNAMENT FULL PARTICULARS OF THE GREAT ALL AMERICAN TOURNAMENT AND OTHER FOOTBALL FEATURES WILL BE FOUND EVERY WEEK IN TIP TOP WEEKLY 550 Regulation R.ugb7 Footballs Awarded as Prizes .e .e .a .8 .a THE GREATEST PRIZE OFFER EVER MADE! "1 t?he F 0 L L 0 W I N G A RE TH E S C 0 RES F 0 R T H E WEE K 1 -r!I Boys of America ( Qgdensburg, N. Y.), 24; Independents ( Ogdensburg, N. Y.), o. Boys of America-Larry Locklin (capt.), r. e.; Lee Maverick, r. t.; Dick Dangerfield, r. g.; Grimesy, c.; Chip Conway, I. g.; Caleb Spaulding, I. t.; Buck Badger, I. e . ; Dick Carr, q.; Joe Rockwood, r. h. b.; Little Grit, I. h . b.; Dart Keenan, f. b. Independents-E. Lubeck, r. e.; John Post, r . t.; B . . Smith, r. g.; M. O'Neill, c.; Ed. Snell, I. g.; Willie Kurtz, I. t.; J. T. Mitch e ll, I. e.; E. Lyon, q.; Matt. Gibbord, r . h. b.; Fred Skillman, I. h. b.; J. Schweggenburger, f. b. Manager-Dart Keenan. Young Michigans (Detroit, Mich.), 5; Military (Detroit, • . . Mich.), o. . Young M1ch1gans-W. Mcintyre, r. e . ; M. Fmly, r. t.; Bert Antis, r. g.; E. Ball, c.; Roy McCarty, I. b.; H . Graham, I. t.; C. Antio, I. e.; G. Batt, q.; F. Fisher, r. h. b.; G. King, I. h. b.; Joe Kelley, f. b. Manager-E. Batt. Military-W. Morr.el, r. e.; J. Livingstone, r. t.; J. Standard, r. g.; W. Evans, c . ; E. Welch, I. g.; L. Nulfer, I. t.; F. Buckbery, l. e . ; L. Forcyth, q.; D. Forcyth, r. h. b.; M. Minhan, I. h. b; C. Genshaw, f. b. ManagerF. Buckbery. Y. C. C. (York, Pa.), o; Y. C. I. (York, Pa.j, (). Y. C. C.-Goodrich, r. e.; Bortner, r. t.; Miller, r. g.; Eisenhart, c.; Jacobs, I. g.; Tauser, I. t . ; Dodson, I. e.; Hawkins, q.; Peters, r. h. b.; Bailey, I. h. b.; Smithers, f . b. Y. C. S.-Yost, r. e.; Tifern, r. t.; Smith, r. g.; Barnett, c.; Baur, I. g.; James, I. t.; Henck, I. e.; Rupp, q.; Cuest, r. h. b.; Shearer, I. h. b.; Katz, f. b. Y. C. C. (York, Pa.), o; Y. C. I. (York, Pa.), IO. Y. C. C.-( Regular team.) Y. C. I.-Yost, r. e. ; Tifean, r. t.; Smith, r. g.; Barnett, c.; James, I. g.; Love, I. t.; Baur, I. e.; Rupp, q.; Cuest, r. h. b.; Shearer, I. h. b.; Katz, f. b. Brunswick (Brunswick, Me.), 18; Little Fa11s (Little Falls, Me.), o. Brunswick-(Regular team). Little Falls-Jones, r. e.; Eaton, r. t.; Hargrave, r . g.; Paige, c.; Holly, I. g.; McGriff, I. t.; Ritch, I. e.; McGuire, q.; E11is, Cumber, r. h. b.; Moore, I. h. b.; Avant, f. b. Manager-Peele Brunswick (Brunswick, Me.), 18; Olivet (Mere Point, Me.), o. Brunswick-( Regular team). Olivet-Leggett, r. e.; Roher, r. t.; Su11ivan, r. g.; Roach, c.; Troutman, I. g.; Squire, I. t.; Tousley, 1. e.; Clay, q.; Lichliter, r. h. b.; Bronson, I. h. b.; Radley, f. b. Manager-Peck. Brunswick (Brunswick, Me.), 51; Little Falls (Little Falls, Me.), o. Brunswick-(Regular team). Little Falls-Jones, r. e.; Eaton, r. t.; Hargqtve, r. g.; Paige, c.; Holly, I. g.; McGriff, I. t.; Ritch, I. e.; McGuire, q.; Cumber, r. h. b.; Moore, I. h. b.; Avant, f. b. Manager-Peck. Brunswick (Brunswick, Me.), 23; Blaine H. S. (Blaine, Me.), o. Brunsw'.ck-(Regular team). Blaine-Hewes, r. e.; Arnold, r. t.; 11us s elman, r. g.; Powers, c.; Tompkins, I. g.; Brent, I. t.; Rump, 1. e.; Cook, q.; Finlay, Potter, r. h. b.; Stewart, I .h. b.; Carley, f. b. Manager-Peck. Brunswick (Brunswick, Me.), 6; St. Cloud (Bowdoin, Me.), o. Brunswick-( Regular team). St. Cloud-Zerher, r. e.; Walters, r. t.; Wade, r. g.; Crocker, c.; Morris, I. g.; Lasciter, l.' t.; Hanerbach, I. e. ; Gallonay, q. ; Cittenden, r. h. b. ; Ringer, I. h. b.; Ayres, f. b. Manager-Peck. Brunswick (Brunswick, Me.), 57; Brainerd (Lisbon, Me.), o. Brunswick-(Regular team). Brainerd-Reilly, r. e.; Pierceall, r. t. ; Rourke, r. g. ; Danahey, c. ; Clarkson, I. g. ; Egan, Mc Govern, I. t . ; Jacobs, I. e.; Mullally, q. ; 'Wade, r. h. b.; Maher, I. h. b.; Dillon, f. b . Manager-Peck. Merriwell, Jrs. (St. Louis, , Mo.), 56; Bayards (St. Louis, Mo.), IO. Merriwell, Jrs.-H. Schemmohorn, r. e.; Robert Holcomb, r. t.; E. Chappell, r. g.; George Obenmider, c.; F. Hoffman, 1. g.; G . I. t.; A. Bradsha'Y, .!. c.; Fred Obeminder, q.; Shelby Tierney, r. h. b.; Wilham Schaffer, 1. h. b.; Arsen Hartman, f. b. Bayards-Charles Smith, r. e.; James Mack, r. t.; William Lupper, r. g.; Edward Ryan, c.; James Smith, I. g.; Guy Stimpson, I. t. ; Harry Deboy, I. e.; Eugene Parker, q.; Chas. Kennedy, r. h. b.; Chas. Bland, I. h. b.; Seal Hatten, f. b. Manager-Ferd, Obeminder. Merriwell, Jrs. (St. Louis, Mo.), 25; Fountain Pk. Rounders (St. Louis, Mo.), 16. Merriwell, Jrs.-(Regular team). Fountain Pk. RoundersRoy Farland, r. e . ; Elmer Brady, r. t.; Tom Brady, r. g.; James Schoonover, c.; Hayward Challiss, I. g.; Harry Levi, 1. t.; Geo. Morton, I. e.; Robert Humphrey, q.; George Smith, r. h. b.; Frank Miller, I. h. b.; C. Cunip, f. b. Manager-Ferd. Obeminder. Warriors (Manchester, N. H.), 38; Crescents (Manchester, N. H'.), o. :Warriors-Higgins, r. e.; Kearns, r. t.; Rochford, r. g.;

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. I z8 I TIP TOP WEEKLY.,;' nol!\i Crane1 I; g, ; Mc.t\rdle, !. t ; :a;i.r?1.. e. 1 . q. ; Park, Ill.), o. J. ttaley, r. h. b., Stanton (mgr.), I. h. M.urp1y, f. b. Lres-Buena Park 3d-(Regular team). Eugene Field School-Jahn cents-McCitrthy,. f. e.; Bennett, r. t . ; Malone, r. g.; Tibbitts, Rayn, r. e.; Richard Gross, r. t.; Clarence Martin, r. g.; Frank c.; Cresmore, 1. g.; Sullivan, I. t.; Noonan, 1. e.; Sincere, q.; Williams, c.; Hugo Johnson, I. g.; Miller, I. t.; E\i. La Bonty, r. h. b.; Elliott, 1. h. b.; Simpson, f. b. Manager-Frankentall, 1. e.; Henry Witbold, q.; Frank Cook, r. h. b.; M. Stanton. Butler, 1. h. b.; Fat Williamson, f. b. Manager-Fred Cottrell. War:riors (Manchester, N. H.), 23; Washington 'st. (Manchester, Arlingtons (Chicago, Ill.), 40; Monarch, Jrs. (Chicago, Ill.), o. N. H .), o. Arlingtons-Cairdoff, r. e.; M. Holzer, r. t.; W. HolzeF, r . g'.; Warriors-(Regular team). Washington St.-Mas9n, r. e.; S. Anderson, c.; Newton, I. g . ; L. Siff, !. t.; Ringer, . I. e.; N. Carroll, r. t.; Hurley, r. g.; White, c.; Freshett, 1. g . ; Walker, Rosen, q . ; Goodheart, r. h. b.; Engle, I. h. b.; Harry H. Liff, I. t.; Donnelly, 1. e.; McDonough, q.; Casey, r. h. b.; Wjllet I. f. b. Monarch, J rs.-L. Andersons, r. e.; Carter, r. t .; Black, r. b. b.; Horace,. b. Manager,--M. Stanton. g.; Blumenthal (sub. for Williams), c.; HermaLln, 1. g.; Carle, vVarriors (Mancheste r, N. H.), 21; F. G. S .•. o . 1. t . ; Johnson, I.e.; M. Andel s on, q.; P. O'Leary, r. h. b.; Marks, Warriors-(Regt)lar team). F. S. G. S.-l\forrison, r. e.; -1. h . b . ; J. O'Leary, f . b. Manager-H. H. Si(f. Trembly, r. t.; Huggins, r. g.; Tiller, c.; Swinson, I. g . ; Brise, Regular Team (Placerville, Cal.), 42; Eldorado (Eldorado, I. t.; Johpson, I.e. ; Andrews, q.; Cannon, r. h. b.; Crowley, I. h. Cal.), o. b.; McMara, f. b. Manager-Martin Stanton. Regular Team-Worden, r. e.; Bass, r. t.; Davis, r. g.; CraigCliftons (Charlestown), II; Victors (East Boston), o . , head, c.; Flurshultz, I. g.; Houx, I. t.; Barker, I. e.; Hessell, q.; Cliftons-J. Sheehan, r. e.; M. Finei:an, r. t.; W. Monagle, Benson (capt.), r. h. b.; \Voodwai:d, I. h. b.; Pierce, f. b. El-r . g.; J. McNama, c . ; F. Tolad, I. g.; W. Lewis, I. t.; J . Brady, dor;ido-M. Sh eny, r. e . ; Stone, r. t.; Bathers, r. g . ; J opes, c.; I. e.; R. F . Neagle (capt.), q.; J. Hayes, r. h. b.; C. Doherty, S. Hill, I. g.; Alderson (capt.), 1. t.; Allen, I. e.; Blake, q.; Ro . de[. h. b.; T . Lyons, f . b . Vi ctors-W. Jordan, r. e.; F. Curtis mark, r. h. b.; Chalders, I. h. b.; Walling, f. b. Manager-Hugo (capt.), r. t.; J . Todd, r. g . ; A. Scott, c.; H . Leonard, I. g.; Benson. E. Milroy, l. t . ; B. McCallon, l. e . ; B. McKay, q.; J. Walker, Regular Team (Pl acerville, Cal.), 33; Grammar (Placerville, f h. b.; E. McDonald, l. h. b . ; E. C a llahan, f. b. Managcr-R. F. Cal.), o . Neag;le . Regular Team. Grammar-E. Hale, r. e . ; J. Mell, r. t.; B. Cliftops (Charlestown), 5; Peanolia (Charlestown), IO. Davie s (cap t.), r. g.; C. Dascomb, c.; G., Flurschultz, I. g.; E. Cliftg,ns-(J,\eglllar tciJ-m). Peanolia-G. Lewis, r. e.; W. Horn, I. t.; M. Watt, I.e.; L. Rich;irds, q.; L. Westlake, r. h . b.; Harrington, r. t.; C. Brown, r. g.; L. Lee, c.; J. Burns, 1. g.; J. J. Woodward, I. h. b , ; C. B.al'l, . b . Ma11ager-Hugo. Benson. Flynn, I, t.; G. Sullivan, I. e.; R. Mitchell, q . ; F. Kenefick, r. h. Amat eurs (Middletown, 0.), 6; Hamiltons (Ha\Ililton, 0.), 6. b . ; M. Donovan, I. h. b . ; ' E. Davis, f. b. Manager-R. F. Neagle. Amat e u r s-F. Bonnel, r. e.; H. Hughes, r. t.; B. Thompson, Clifton (Charlestown), 22; Peanolia (Charlestown), 6. r. g . ; W . Conklin, c . ; D. Davis, I. g.; J. Sheldon, I. t . ; G . Clifton-(Regular team). P eanolia-G. L e wi s , r. e . ; W. Har-Sh e ets , I.e.; H. B a chm a n, q.; C. Fre eze, r. h. b.; G. Wills, I. h. rington, r. t.; C. Brown, r. g.; L. Lee, c.; J. Burns, 1. g.; J. Flynn, b.; F. Smith, f. b. Hamiltons-Welliv er, r. e.; R. Sohngen, r . t.; I, t.; G. Sulli van, I. e.; It Mitchell, q.; T. Kenefi ck, r . h. b.; M. Rinersen, r . g.; Rupp, c.; Skinner, 1. g.; Buthoff, 1. t.; M. SohnDonovan; I. h. b.; _ E. Dav i s , f . b. Manager-R. F. Neagle. gen, I. e.; Townsend, q.; Dodge, r . h. 11.; Eberhart, I. h. b.; Cliftons (Chadestown), 25; St. Joseph, Jrs. (Boston), o. Hawley, f. b.. Manager-John C. Sheldon. Cliftons-(Regular team). St. Joseph, Jrs.-W. Brophy, r. e.; HiHwood A. C. (Providence, R. I.), 10; White Stars (Provi-E. Callahan, \. t.; J. Powers, r. g.; W. Brongsky, c.'; J. Leonard, d e nce, R. I.), o. I. g . ; W. J o n es , I. t . ; T. Moore , I. e " ; W. Hicke y, q.; H. Harri-Hill wood A. C.-W. Cu s hion, r. e . ; F. Columbo, r. t.; K. Sher-gan, r. h. b.,; J. B e rn s tein , 1. h. b . ; P. McCarthy, f. b. M anager-w o od, r. g.; L. Lippman, c.; W. Swanson, 1. g.; E. Horton, I. t.; R. F. Neagl e . . W. Ryder, I. e . ; A. Adams, q.; W. Hurley, r. h. b.; W. Baacke, Cliftons (Charle s town ) , ro; Lincoln Grammar School (South 1. h. b , ; J. l(elley, f. b. White Stars-G. Schean, r. e.; W. GardBo ston), o. ner, r. t.; C. Young, r. g.; {\. Allen, c.; F. Cahill, I. g.; E. BaldClifton s-(Regular t eam). Lincoln Grammar School-G. Salwin , l. t.; E. Proctor, I. e.; H. Myers, q.; L. Crandall, r. h. b.; amano, r. e . ; W. Gibb s (ca pt.), r. t.; E. Gardne r, r. g.; J. Le A. Cook, I. h. b.; B . Stanley, f. b. Manager-W. Baacke. Sarge, c.; L. M o rgan, I. g.; T. McCue, I. t.; J. Toland, 1. 9.; T . High Flyers (Davenport, Ia.), 20; Giants (Moline, Ill.), 16. Maloy, q.; W. M c Dermott, r. h. b.; B. Co s grove, I. h . b.; H. High Flyers-H. Young, r. e . ; W . Thompson, r. t.; H. Grell , Smith, f. b. M'anager-R. F. Neagle. r. g.; B. Lucas, c . ; D. Maurer, I. g.; W . Bennings, I. t.; W. Orth, Wallace A. C. (New Ca s tle, Pa,.), 25; School (New Castle, 1. e . ; H. Gerotts, q.; I;I. Hennings, r. h. b.; A. Young, I. h. b.; J. P;i .), 2 . , , Fries, f. b. Giants-A. Bartell, r. c,; G. Rolls, r. t.; B.. Foster, Wallace A. C.-Foulke, r -e.; flarlan, r. t.; Knox, r. g . ; r. g . ; L. Kimball, c.; R. Putman, I. g . ; W . Bowling, I. t.; C. Gard-Meredith, c.; Overbeck, I. g . ; Ingham, I. t.; Connery, J. e.; Edner, I. e.; M. Hunt, q.; H. Newburg, r. h . b . ; H. Thoma,s, I. h . b : ; munds, q.; Bart (mgr.), r. h. b . ; Spen s er, I, h. b.; Rcmly, f. b. J . Burre ll, f. b. High School Broadbent, r. e.; Boughman, r. t.; Hill, r. g.; Wy-High Sclrnol (Scranton, Pa.) 6; School 32 (Scranton, Pa.), o. coff, c.; McCQtln e ll, 1. g.; All e n, 1. t . ; Woods, 1. e.; Johnson, q . ; High School-Ralph Williams, r. e.; Roy Deihl, r. t.; George A ike . n, r. h. b.; Bowser, I. h. b.; \Vatson (mgr.), f. b : Manager Frans ue, r. g . ; Joe Gibbs, c.; Rob Daniels, I. g.; George Hughes, --Walter S. Hart. 1. t.; Edward Jenkins , I. e . ; Newton Rob e rts, q.; Allen Beddoe, W. AC. (New Castle), 5; N e wton A. C. (Midc!letown) , o. r. h. b.; John Williams, I. h . b.; Hiram Antrim, f. b. Manager-'N. A. C.-(Regular team). Newton A. C.-Reark, r. e.; Hiram Antrim. School 32-:Edward Brown, r. e . ; Herbert PC!n>e, r. t.; Rke, r. g.; Conn e r;)[, c.; McGuffm, , !. g . ; Bright, I. t.; James, r . t.; William Toby, r . g . ; Ros coe Alvin,' c.; George Evan, Horner, 1. e . ; Rice , q.; Holbroo k, r. h. b.; Andrews, 1. h. b.; I. g.; Earle Smit h , !. t.; Edw;trd Davis, I , e . ; Cromwell Oliver, Hemphill, f. b. Manager-Wa lt e r S. Hart. q.; Jack Davis, r. h. b . ; Albert E v ans, l. h. b.; Fre derick Jones, Buena Park (Chicago, Ill.), 5; Scrub Team (Chicago, Ill.), o. f. b. Manager-Cromwell Oliver . Buena Park-(Regular team). Scrub team-Ph.ilip Bolander, Liberty Boys of '76 (New York City), 28; Yanbas (New York r. c.; Joe Ehret, r. t.; Art. Colberg, r. g . ; Waltc;!r Stern, c.; John City), o. Larsen, I. g.; Harry Miller, I. t.; Carl Peterson, L e.; Walter Liberty Boys of '76--=Srnallpox, r : e.; Preyzuso, r. t.; Focorillo, Daily, q.; Dick Ben, r. h. b.; Ralph Peterson, I. h. b.; Ralow r . g.; Fonso, c.; Pushcart, I. g . ; Barber Tony,!. t.; Michael, I.e.; Timpone, f. b, Manager-Fred Cottrell: Nigger, q.; Stolfi, r. h. b.; John Scocillo , 1. h. b.; Big Tony, f . b. B uena Park (Chicago . , Ill.) , 15 Ravenwood (Ravenwood; Chi-Yanbas-Reggio, r . e.; John Reggio, r. t.; Ernest, r. g.; Flowe r , cago), o. . c.; James, I. g.; Dalguss, I. t . ; Hugh,!. e.; Smith, q.; BtJcena Park-(Regular team.) . Ravenwood-Harold Hurlbut, (capt.), r. h . b.; Frankie, I. h. b.; Farrel, f. b. John W. , . f• c , ; Holbrook,, r. Burt Clews, r. g.; John Flanagan, Scotillo. t ; Charles McCabe, I. g.; waiter Cahill, I. t.; Frank Chambers, 'O;tk.lan,d !\.. C. (Bayside, L. I .), 17; Brooklyn F . . C , (Brooldyn, . _ ::c _c..:,;_ q.; M;irtin Sn1i_th, r. b.; N. Y.), o. h. b . , K.il.owles, f. b. Manager-Fi ed Cottrell. Oal
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Prof. Fourmeii: I am an admirer of Tip Top, and a l s o of a ll the re s t of Stree t & Stnith' s books. Hearing and b e lievin g th a t you inform all the readers of your library on any question r e lating to athletics, I make bold to ask of you a favor. Pleas e send me advice as to how to form a football team; how to se t the team at practice; duties of the captain, and how to place the players accordin g to th eir abilities. By s o doing you will o blige one of your most f ervent readers, L. RosEN BERG. You will find everything you wi s h to know in regard to football by reading my article on that subject in No. 341 of Tip Top. Prof. Fourmen: I would like to ask you a f ew que s ti o ns. My face is quite pale, and I would like to know h o w to g e t some color into it. I do not have many headache s any m o re afte r following your advice. I have a good physical d e velopm ent in the legs and arms, but I am rather hollow betwee n the neck and sh o uld e r s . Please tell me how to develop thes e parts. I pla y fo o tball and bas e ball. Are these good exerci ses? My a ge is fourt een and my height is 5 feet . I can expand my ch es t n ea rly four inches . Are these records about the average? Hoping to see this in print soon, I am, yours, AN ATHLETE. Go into a course of training and you will find that exercise will bring color to your face. For the neck and shoulders, u s e chest weights, dumbbells and Indian clubs. Yes both baseball and football are good exercises. Prof. Fourmen: Please send me one of your books of information on playing rugby and football. I am a reader of !he Tip Top Weekly. }AMES SINGLETON. Read Tip Top No. 341 for all suggestions in regard to football. You may procure it by sending to Street & Smith; charges, five -:en ts. Prof. Fourmen: Being one of the great admirers of Tip Top, I believe I am entitled to the right to asking a few questions. Please name and tell me akiout other academies such as West Point where you do not have to pay to enter, or that are supporte d by the State or the government; or tell me of some one to whom I can write to secure the desired information. And please tell me the cost of che s t weights, dumbb e lls and s winging dubs. Please write soon, as I am very much interested. Thank-ing you in advance, yours truly, FRANK BUBEN. I know of no othe r academy such as you speak of bt the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. To find all information in regard to sporting goods, write to A. G. Spalding Co., Nassau street, New York City . Prof. Fourmen : As I am very much interested concerning physical culture, I would like to ask a few questions. Is 5 feet 20 inches tall enough for a boy who is nearly sixteen? Is 30 inches normal and 32)1, inches expanded large enough for a lad of my age and height? I can do the 35-yards dash in 5 1-5 seconds, the 25-yards dash in 3 1-5 seconds; standing broad jump, 7 feet 3 inches; can lift a 25-pound dumbbell from the fiom and over my head with one hand, and can jump over a frnce 3 feet high in a standing jump. These records were made without training and with ordinary street on. :: H o w are they? I exerci s e regularly for t e n minutes with Indian clubs and fif t een minutes with dumbb e lls at night just before retiring, and for ten minutes wi t h Indian clubs and five minutes l e g exercis es the fir s t thing in t he m o rning. How is my course of training? I hurt my arm at th e elbow from putting the shot, and am u sing witch h az:el. I clo s e w i th cheers for the Tip Top. WOULD BE. You are not tall, but you most probably have not attained your full g rowth. By taking much exercise, re g ular living, and no bad h a bit su c h a s smoking, you will probably grow. Your meas urem ents oth e rwise are a1•era ge. Your records are good your course of exerci ses will be most beneficial, but I advise you to take plenty of outdoo r exercise as well. Be careful of your elbow, and afte r exe r c i sing rub well with alcohol. Prof. Fourmen: As a reader of Tip Top, I would like to you a few que s tions . r. Is exercising at about four o'clock good for on e ? 2. Kindly recommend to me a good book which tells how to reduce weight. \ishing Tip Top succe s s. I remain, yours, BILLY BRADLEY. r. Yes, but before breakfast is a better time , though if afternoon i s more convenient, take as ml!ch as you can then. 2. Exerc i s ing and dieting w ill reduce wei g ht. Avoid starchy and fat foods, and read my article, "Training Table for Young Athletes," to be found in Tip Top No. 26g. Prof. Fourmen: Will you please advise me t -hroug h Tip Top weekly ho w I can increase my weight? I am thirteen years old and only weigh 8a pounds. I am trying for right guard on a football team, but am a little too light. Thanking you in advance, I remain, A. K. Follow my " General Advice to Young Athletes," to be found in Tip Top No. 265. Take plenty of good exercise and sleep, and your general good condition will help increase your weight. Prof. Fourmen: I am thirteen years old, and I weigh 68)1, pounds. I do not take many exercises, only box and ride a bicycle. I am not very strong. How can I get stronger and he avier? Hoping you 'll answer. FRANK O. Follow my "General Advice to Young Athletes," to be found in Tip Top No. 265. By judicious exercising and care of your self, you will become stronge r, and in forming good h a rd muscles and b e ing in fir s t-class condition , you will soo n find y our weight increasing. ' Prof. Fourmen: Being a constant reader of Tip Top, I will ask you, as many.others have been doing, to answer in next week's issue, the following questions: I am sixteen years three months old, weigh in clothes, II5 pounds , am 5 f eet 5Y, inches tall; forearm, ro0 inches; calf, 12 inches; wrist, 6 in1:hes; ankle, 8)4 inches; reach, 27 inches; chest, normal, 28 inches; chest, ex panded, inches. I have never taken any exercise other than baseball, bicycle riding, and overs. I. What is the quickest way to enlarge my calf to 14 inches? 2. What exercise should be taken to do so? 3. Is one-half hour In the morning, and ten minutes in the evening long enough to show much development

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 1 in six weeks? 4. What is a good lung exercise? How do my measurements compare with the average boy of my age? Thank-ing you in advance, I am, respectfully yours, NEW I. Your measurements are fair. 2. Running, skipping the rope and bicycle riding. 3. Yes. 4 Try the breathing exercise in open air. Prof. Fourmen: I have been a constant reader of Tip Top Vleekly for a long time. I think I can easily say that Tip Top Weekly is the best ever published, although I have read a good many. Please excuse me for taking the privilege of asking a few questions. I. What do you think of my measurements? Age, thirteen; 5 feet 3 inch es tall; chest, normal, 32 inches; chest expanded, 34 inches ; neck, r4 inches ; biceps, normal, r r inches ; forearm, rr Y, inches; calves, r3;/, inches; waist, 27 inches. Can jump 8 feet standing broad jump, rrY, feet running broad jump; can run a mile in r4 minutes. 2. My left arm is weak. What would you do to strengthen it? 3. I have a pain in my side when 1 run hard. What would you do to remedy it? Hoping to see this in print, I remain AN ADMIRER. I. Your measurements and records are good. 2. When you notice the pain stop exercising. Don't let 1 it worry you. COMPARISON OF THE BIG TEAMS. With the big games so near at hand, the critical period of the training of the big Eastern college football teams has come, and it should soon be possible to get some sort of a line on their relative strength. There is no good basis for prediction on the football scores already made, and it is not safe to say that because Harvard made only 6 to o against Brown, Harvard has a team greatly inferior to that of last year, when the Crimson scored 48 to o against Brown. Nor does it follow that because Yale beat Brown ro to o two weeks ago, the Blue will have an easy time against the Crimson. Brown went to Cambridge prepared to play the m6st desperate game of the season, and the fact is that while the Providence men kept Harva1d from running up a big score, Brown did not once get within striking distance of the Harvard goal line. Theoretically, therefore, Harvard played quite as good as did Yale. But theories do not win football games, and no one knows this better than the coaches. Harvard's faults were fumbling, high tackling and failure to gain distance by line bucking. These fauits h a ve now to be corrected. Yale's victory over Syracuse of 24 to o is not as great as it should have been , according to opinion of experts here. A team that beat Brown ro to o should have run away from the Syracuseans, and a 24 to o score is not an overwhelming one under the circumstances. The fact seems to be that Harvard is improving more con sistently than Yale. Brown, playing as she did against Yale, would at least have scored if not won from Harvard. Yale, however, to-day has a team unquestionably superior, in nearly every respect, to Harvard's, and if the New Haven coaches improve the time remaining before the great game, as they, of c o urse, will. Harvard is likely to be defeated. The Yale-Princeton game i s likely to be a hard b1ttle, for Princeton is sho\ving much of the same consistent improvement that i s apparent at Cambridge. However, Yale should wm. Of the Harvard-Pe nnsylvania game, there is not great doubt. On the face of Pennsylvania's showing thus far, Harvard ought to win eas ily, but Captain Barry of the Brown team, who has played against both Harvard and Pennsylvania, told the Cambridge coaches that Harvard would not win easily. The practict, and the games scheduled, will go far toward de ( t he probable outcome of the so-called '"big games . " Dan Hurley, who played back of the line for Harvard, was considered one of the best line buckers in the interscholastic and preparatory !eagl\es. He piaycd for Boston Latin two years ago, and was prominent.on the freshman team at Cambridge last year. The Harnrd-Brcwn game gave neither col!ege much to boast of. Harvard expected to run up a larger score, and Brown expected -to wiii. --. . . The smaller college teams are performing all kinds of queer stunts this year. Apparently weak teams are defeating st-rang ones. All things considered, Brown has about as hard a schedule for the season as any college team, with the possible exception of Carlisle. Besides games with Pennsylvania, Harvard and Yale , Brown has Columbia and Lafayette to meet. The college football season has progressed to the period when the big football teams are gradually coming into their real strength. George Brooke, in his review, says: "The writer remembers distinctly the development of Penn's '94 eleven. After narrowly escaping defeat in at least three of the early games, the team in the last month gained nearly fifty per cent. in strength and finished the season with signal victories over its strongest ri va ls." The victory over Bucknell should have a good effect, and ? the Quakers pull out of the ruck and improve as a big team should, they will win deserved praise. Says George Brooke: "I saw Columbia play Princeton, and as the former come down to Franklin Field I will watch them closely. If the brace of the Quakers is real they stand a fighting chance of winning. If they play a stubborn first half and hold Weeks and Smith, then they may win out in the second." The Columbia men went up in the air badly against Princeton when they found that they were up against real football. They have a smooth, cool-headed quarterback in Billy Erb, ex-Stanford, but their right end is weak. Gardiner should go around there. Columbia has no kicker at all. There is one thing that Penn must do to win against Columbia, and that is to send her line men through and knock down the opposing kicker after he punts. He kicks so short that it is easy for him to put his ends on side. IMPORT ANT GAMES OF THE SEASON. TIGERS WIN. It was Princeton's day. Princeton 2r, Columbia o. So stood the final score of the first important game that Princeton has played this There was an attendance of 7,000 persons on Princeton Field, many of whom were among the educational and other prominent men invited to attend the inauguration of President Wilson. From early morning special trains poured in their loads of passengers decorated with the Orange and Black and the Light Blue and White colors. The Columbia team arrived in Princeton shortly after noon, and after a light lunch went to the field immediately. The Columbia shouters had most of the sections on the new benches on the east side of the field and here the Blue and White flags waved in triumph every time the visitors gained an advantage. McClave of Princeton made the most spectacular run of the game and made a touchdown. Weekes of Columbia was much in evidence, making several good runs. There were a number of changes on each eleven on account of injuries, none of which, however, are thought to be serious. HARVARD, 6; nkowN, 0. The strong Brown eleven met defeat at the hands of Harvard on Soldiers' Field, by the score of 6 to o. Fully 25,000 interested spectators were in attendance. The grounds were in excellent condition and the day could hardly have been improved upon. Brown lived up to all that had been said of her, and particularly in the fast, snappy game, while Harvard went ibout in that old, slipshod method which the team has constantly this season. Brown kicked off to Harvard's twenty-five yard line. There was a beautiful fumble, but Marshall succeecied in pulling the ball out of the mix-up. On a subsequent fumble by Harvard, Brown got the ball, but was downed. Graydon then gained fifteen yards and Knowlton took the ball. He made good for thirteen yards and Kernan duplicated the trick. Then in two rushes Knowlton placed it over the line. Barnard kicked the goal. In the second half, after the kick-off, the ball was kept about Harvard's twenty-yard line until Knowlton took it around left end for fifteen yards. Scudder of Brown made the prettiest tac!de e>f the day, catc4ing Graydon through Harvard'!> center, for a loss of ten yards. Harvard lost the ball on a fumble and

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 31 Brown punted to the twenty-yard line, whereupon Marshall ll)ade good for thirty-five yards. This was duplicated bY Marshllll the second time, but Harvard was eventually stopped without gains. Harvard made further gains of thirty-five yards on five plays when time was called. Final score: Harvard 6, Brown a. OLP PENNSY WINS. 'The . UI?iversity of Pennsylvania broke her streak of bad luck by wmnmg from Bucknell by a score of 6 to 5. Pennsylvania put a weak team against the strong Bucknell lads, and the absence of Captain Gardiner and the early retirement of Dale, for Tiner, because of old injuries, almost resulted fatally to the Red and Blue. Neither side scored in the first half, but after ten minutes of play in the second half, Bucknell by con tinued short gains, carried the ball for ninety yards for a touchdown, but Johnson failed to kick the goal. Pennsylvania played a plucky, aggressive game, and, though they Jost the ball three times within the five-yard line and also lost a good chan<:e of a score by touchback, it was not until five minutes before the end of the game that they shoved Marshall over for the only touchdown. Mitchell kicked the goal that won the game. YALE WINS EASILY. The Yale football team defeated the University of Syracuse on Yale Field October 25 by a score of 24 te o. The Blues were in the best form they have exhibited this fall. When Syracuse did get possession of the ball, she put up a fast article of football. Yale's goal was in danger but once, Brown, Syracuse's captain, got in a pretty run of fifty yards, landing the ball on Yale's ten-yard line. Glass, on the next play, got through and forced the visitors back for a Joss. Syra cuse then tried Morris for a field goal, but he did not make good, and it was Yale's ball on her twenty-yard line. The work of Glass, Yale's big guard, was phenomenal. Time and again he broke through and cq.ught the visitors for losses. Wilhelm and Coffin also showed up well. CORNELL, 57; OBERLIN, 0. Cornell had little trouble in piling up the big score of 57 to o against Oberlin, the final tally representing the comparative strength of the teams. Oberlin rnade the first down only three times in the game. This was in the second half, when Cornell had practically a substitute team in the field. Lakin, left end, for Cornell, played a star game. After a substantial gain in score was obtained the Cornell regulars were taken out and saved for Princeton here. The game was devoid of sensational plays. SOLDIERS WIN WITH EASE. In the football game between West Point and the team from \Villiams Cellege the soldiers won, 28 to o . Williams was clearly outclassed, and West Point's score would have been larger but for the fact that in the second half West Point substituted several new men of inferior ability. The \Vest Point g.oal was at no time in danger. The only striking incident of the game was a touchdown by Bartlett after a sational run of eighty yards. THE NAVY DEFEATED. Dickinson beat the Navy at Annapolis in a one-sided game, by a score of 6 to o. The Navy was outclassed, and the score does not indicate the fine playing of the visitors. Both teams were penalized for off-side play frequently. INDIANS, 63; MEDICS, 0. The Carlisle Indians viayed the Medics of Philadelphia in Carlisle, and were vil!:tonous, 63 to o. The medical men were heavy, but the Indians were too quick for them. The Indians made five touchdowns in the first half. In this half Williams made the longest run ever seen here, 105 yards. In the second half the Indians started with a lot of substitute,<;, who found the medical men easy m11rks. Jn this half the Indians made five touchdowns and kicked a goal from the fifteen-yard !me. Final s.core: Indians 63, Medics, o. WISq:JNSlN BEATS KANSAS. Wisconsin met Kansas with all the regulars in the game, and defeated her to the tune of 38 to o. The Kansas team came down twenty-four str.ong, with their coach, A.rJ:hur Curtis, captain and right tackle of last year's Wisconsin team. The first score was rpade by Juneau by a drop kick from the fifteen-yard line after eleven minutes of play. Kansas held Wisconsin for downs on the five-yard line once, and was forced to punt on Love's kick-off. Bush made a sensational run of thirty yards to the center of the field. Wisconsin then pushed the ball down the field to the goal line, but Vanderboom fum bled the ball and Kansas punted from the twenty-five-yard line. Juneau made the second touchdown by ;:i plnge through tackle after several Jong gains by Haumerson, Juneau and Vanderboom. The Kansas team put up a strong defens-, breaking through Wisconsin several times. CHICAGO, 6; ILLINOIS, 0. Orange and Blue, the colors of bruises, were very appropriate to the University of Illinois for the 2,000 Illinois rooters returned to Champagne with bruised hopes and a battered team. The Maroon had triumphed to the tune of 6 to o. It was a dismal day for football, and 10,000 spectators sat in a driving rain to watch the , prettiest struggle of the year so far. Chicago's new play cons . isted of a variation of its usu ' al form ation this year. It differed in that the end was placed behind one of the backs, two men plunging into the 1ine, the third man taking the ball and following. It did not prove particularly effective. KANSANS IN FAIR SHAPE. The Kansas University football team leaves here for Chicago. The youngsters from the Sunflower State are anxious to line up against Chicago Maroons and it is probable that the two teams will line up to-morrow afternoon on l\farshall Field for a short scrimmage. The Jayhawkers are in fair condition after their hard game, and, while they were considerably bruised up, it is thought all will be in condition to play against Knox College at Galesburg, Ill. Center Rush Richardson is still sick and Peters is troubled with lame shoulders as a result of Wisconsin's magnificent interference. The visitors are satisfied with their show ing as a whole ag!linst the Badgers, and with the game, except ing the last seven minutes, when Wisconsin scored I7 points. The muddy ground was a great advantage to the heavy Badgers and Kansas was unable to make use of their fast-team work exhibited in their signal practice. The critics here all agree that the youngsters gave the Badgers their hardest game of the season and the visitors are very popular here because of their clean, manly sportsmanlike football and the popularity here of Coach Curtis. Despite the fact that Knox College de feated Northwestern by a score of IO to o, the general opinion is that the fast, consistent playing of Kansas will win them their coming game. The Knox line weighs I83 pounds, or about eighteen pounds more tlian Kansas, while the backs are about equal in weight, and the contest should be one of the hardest the little fellows wilJ have this season. Captain Vin cent is playing .left guard as a result of Ackerman's absence from the team. In the coming game against Knox the members of the team real . ize that again they will be up a,gainst more matured and heavier players, but have a confidence born of de termination to win. The Knox players have gained quite a reputation this fall for their ability in the slugging line and well-known officials will probably be selected in Chicago, so this part of the game will be eliminated. MANAGER'S COUPON. Managers Name ........................... . Address ......•••• .. .............. , •.••.•• ,. 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