Dick Merriwell's ability, or, The young gladiators of the gridiron

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Dick Merriwell's ability, or, The young gladiators of the gridiron
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----i:. :.u • U W eek ly. By Subscription $250 p e r yea r . Ente r e d a s S e c o n d G ass Matier a t New Y ori:? /-'osl O ffice b y .:.1 REET & SMITH, 238 f V m zam St. , .ti. Y. No.342. Price, Five Cents. --. -----. . ,-. 'rou;; OF TI( . . DICK LAUNCHED HEADLONG THROUGH THE AIR, A:>D BROUGHT THE TERROR CRASHING TO THE GROUND. #


I Tip eekly. i : . (LARGE SIZE. ) . . : * . * * * * * t If yo u have n o t read them, look over this ca t al ogu e a n d you will r ead a list of s to r i e s t i : unexcelled in a n y part of this world t o-day. * * D o n ' t fail t o r ea d thes e sto ri es i f yo u have not already. t **$ 3 ro-Dick M;e n'iwel l' s Life Strug gle ; or, T h e V eile d w o m a n o f the Woods ti * 31 I Dick Merriwell' s Tramp Chas e ; .or, The Awakening of Scudder. t 3r2-Dick Merriwell's N i ne ; or, Trouncing th e Regular Team. * t 313-Dick Mer r i well's Danger; or, S ol ving a Stran g e Mystery. t 3 r 4-Dick Merriwell A ccu sed; or, The Lif e o f t he N i n e . i . i 315-Dick Merriwell' s T r ick ; or, P a id in The ir Own Coin. *i* 316-Dick Merr iwell ' s Daring Lea p ; or, Bound to G e t The re . 317 Dick Merriw ell's Delivery; or, In the Face o f D e sp e r a te Odds. f 3 18-Dick Merriwell's N .erv e ; or, Up A g a inst the R ea l Thing. m mt* 319 _ D ick Merriwell as Captain; or. In Spite of H i s Enemies. I 320-Dick Merriwell's Peril; or, Hugo D arkmo re ' s Las t Deed. 321-Dick Merri well C h al lenged; or, Getti n g Into F a s t C o mpany. t 322-Dick Merr iw e ll's Team; or, The You n g w o nd e r s o f t h e Di amond. . tr: I 323-Di ck Merr iwell's C6nfidence; or. The Spi rit T hat \i\Tins. 324-Di ck .Mer riwell's S hot; or, For Life o r Death . * 325-Di ck M_erri well' s Triumph; or, The Fini s h o f th e S eason . l * 326-Frank Merri well o n Deck ; o r , Getting Int o Mad R iver Leagu e . "' * $ 327-Dic k Merri well i n T rim; or, The B,oy, \i\T onder o f the League. f 328-Fr ank Merri well's Honor_ ; or, D efying t be Bos s of t h e i * * . t 329-Dick Me r riwell's Danger; o r , T h e S ec ret Order of t h e League. t 330-Fr ank Merri well's Fracas; o r , Hot T i mes in Mad Ri \ rer Leagu e . * 331-Dic k Merri wel l' s D iamond; or; Fighting)or t h e Lead in t h e League. $ 332-Fra nk Me r r i well's Turn; o r , The G r ea te s t Game of the S easo n . 333-Di ek Merriwell's New Ball; or, The at H i s Best. ! 334-Fra nk Merriwell's " Ginge r ;" o r , \i\Tinning a n U p hill Ga me. * 335-Dic k M e rri well's S tro ke; o r , U n mask in g th e M a n o f , t 3 36-Fra nk Me rri well's \,Yin ne rs; o r , Landi n g on T o p i n Mad Ri, e r League . $ 3 37-Dic k Merri well's R eturn. : or, B a ck Agai n t o th e Ol d Sc h ool. * 3 38-Dic k Me rri well's Diffi c ulti es; o r , Mak in g U p the E leve n . i 33 9-Dic k Me rri well's Mer cy; o r. The F ir s t G am e o n th e G ritlirot 1 . 340-Dick Me r rrwell's Dash ; o r, Play i . n g Fas t and F a ir . t 341-Dick Me rriwell 's S e t : o r , F riend s a nd F oes at i 342-D,ick M e rriwell's A bility; o r , The Y o un g G l a di a t o r s o f th e Gridiron . l 343-Dick M erri w ell ' s M as c o t ; o r , B y Luck o r P luck. :$ With TIP ToP No. 285 begins the now Fard a l e Series, in which Dick Merriwell i l has entered the good o1d schoo l at wh ich the career of Frank Merriwell also began some year s ago. Tho usands of young Ameri can s will want to rea d o f t h e fine things tha t Dick, i Merr iwell h as i s doi n g and will i n the futa.re do . ' i STREET & SMITH, Publishers, . . 238 William St., . New York: i


Jssll4d Weekly. By Su/Jscri p tion $2 . .Jo per year. Entweli as Sec ond Class Mattw at tlie N. Y. Post Office, /Jy STREET & SmTn , 238 William St., N. Y. Entered accordingto Act of Conp-ess in Ike year 1qoz, in tlie Office of 1111 Librarian of 1-Vasllinzton, D . C . No. 342,. NEW YORK, November 1, 1902. Price Five Cents. DICK Mt:RRIWt:LL'S ABILITY: OR, The Young Gladiators Qf the Gridiron. By BURT L. STANDISH. CHAPTER I. NEW SIGNALS. "104-92-56--27-44-190." The quarter-back called the numbers dearly, qui ckly and sharply. The players formed, how ever, with some confusion and hesitation. There was a turning twi s ti ng, forward movement, and the left half-b a ck shot out of the revolving formation as if plun g ing aga inst.,he center of the enemy's line. "That's bet t er," commented Dick Merri well , c a ptain of the Fardale ele ven; "but we were rather slow about it, fellows." The team was practicing on Fardale Field, and a new and revised set of signals was being used. Treachery and the exposure of former signals had made it necessary to adopt a new code, and the . team had not yet acquired familiarity with the new, so that all tne players worked together swiftly and without hesitation. "Ding my picter I" exclaimed Obediah Tubbs, tJ1e fat boy , who played center, wiping the sweat off his fore head . "I can't always seem to k e tch 011 whether the old ball is goin' through or round the end." "Hi hallow," said Billy Bradle y , the Cockney youth, "that hit bothers me somewhat, don't you know." "Aw, a w w eally !" mocked Ted Smart, the little quar t er-b ack. "Hi ham surpri sed!" " S t o p t hat joll ying!" commanded Dic k , who ob ject e d to fooling on the field, for he fully belie v ed that s e rious, steady work was required by any team that meant to reach the highest point of success. "Get round here, fellows, and I'll try to make it so plain you can't misunderstand." They gathered close about him. In the distance a number of loyal followers of the te a m were huddled


011 the seats, where th _ el' tws, but thei::e. is Orne reason why he won't tell." r . barrel! did not seem to '"The bad -in, . .Qtit: . y;ar:;; ••• ./... . . . J . , -went on, 1'w11-s the use of a letter to d a player, instea? of a nu.mber. drop that year. Still it seemed best to have a co<;le of signals simple that we could all learn it easily and make no mistake!! in becoming c:onfused on the field by failing to nder1>ta11d what was called for. Now, the signals we an: trying to-day are perfectly simple.'' "Are they simply perfect?" inquired Smart, who could not keep still; but Dick paid nq attention to him. The are designated by a series odd num bers, beginning with eleven and running up to twenty nine. Now, for instance, Kent, what player is sented by the ninuber thirteen?" "Right tackle/' answered Don, promptly. "That's mum-mum-mum-me!" Jol liby, the lank boy. Bub-bub-bub-but I'd like to have the nun-nun-nun-number changed. Thirteen is un unh.u:ky.'' "What's nineteen, Tubbs?" asked Dick, quickly. "Eh--eh-nineteen is-is left guard," answered Obediah. "Hi am hit," saicl Billy l?radley, , ''.Yes, you're 'it,' ;, agreed Smart. "You're 'it' all the time, though you may not suspect the fact." "There is no reason why you should have the least trouble in understanding this set Qf signals,'' averred Captain Dick. "We begin with the right end of the line and so straight across. Right end is eleven, right tackle thirteen, right guard fifteen, center s eventeen, left guard nineteen, left tackle twepty-one, left end twenty-three. . Then comes the . quarter-back as twenty-. five, the right half-back as twenty-sevetJ, Jhe left , half back 11-s twenty-nine, . a,nd the ull-b;i.ck a:; -• . . . • ., . t These p4mbers are the, only odd qumbers to be used in our code of signals, and odd Galle, d de?ignates a player. All ' numbers desfgnat\l plays, or are meani'ngtess", peing in t<'>. the enemy and p . revent . I _ sn't thj.t; p)ai ; 1 e . nough ?" ,. , _ .. "I s'pose so,'' said Tttbbs; why didn't se begi1; with one an' run up -Qn odd it.i{:)tid at . . . . ._, '-'-' . -'--_, that . would . h;ive been . ve.;y . ti1at -it m . ight invited . of n _ umfrom eleven to thirty-one cannot be hard to re" member, and they are all the 0dd numbers you will be called cm to remember. Next you have to remember


8 'ther players,. whitli call for other numbers. ''That ought to be clear for any ex claimed Buckhart. "You 'ave a great 'ead on you!" exclaimed Bradley,1 with a surprising effort at sarcasm. , "Look out!" squeaked Tubbs, grinning all over his "This is serious busine5s, fellows," said Dick, in a m a nner that checked them and again brought them to full attention. "The report from the White-Fairport game shows us that we have a big job on our hands Saturday when we go to Fairport, and we can't waste a single moment of precious time fooling. Vve barely defe a t e d White in the last few minut es of play, and tlut by considerable good JucR--" "Not by a blamed sight!" exploded Bra d Duck hart. "There w as no luck whatever ab out it I Don't try to rob yourself of the glory of that dash, captain, for we won't stand fon it. You hear me chirp I You won that game by one of the handsomest runs through center that was e ver made." "Well, I'd never made it if it hadn't been for Obe diah's great interference," confe s sed D i ck. • J ' • Whereupon the fat boy flushed and grinned. with delight , for pr_ ai _ s e : fr o m Dick was something to fill his soul with exceeding -great joy. ' ' . "Oh, I jes' done all I could to knock 'em over," he said , modestly, although _ modesty had not seemed to be o n e o f h i s prominent qu aliti es ,., hen he first arrived at Fardale. '.'That was :enough," nodded D i ck. "It gave me the opening and pre v ented me fr o m being tackled and brought d

4 . get back. They went to see it, and had to stay over, as there was no Sunday to bring them home." "It couldn't have been anything like a flukey game," said Singleton; ''and so it seems, judging from our exhibition with White, that we are not in Fairport's class." ''That's the way it seems," said Dick; "but I don't believe anything of the sort. We defeated Fairport last year, and we'll do it again. But we must get down to work. We must work like dogs. 'N.e must be absolutely perfect on signals and plays before Satur day." "One . thing," said Shannock. "Why do you use three numbers to designate a through the center play ?'l Gorman was not the most popular man who could have been for the responsible position he held; but he had been considered a hard worker, and his se lection had rather met the approval of the faculty. From the very first there had been more or less fric tion between Gorman and Dick Merriwell. Abe had starte . d out to run things , his way, and it was some time before he could realize that his authority was not absolute , that he was not in command of the men on the field and that he was expected to look out for the finances and business end of affairs much more than anything else. This was a great disappointment to him, as he was a fellow who thoroughly enjoyed being "the whole show." "We don't use three numbers. V\T e use any one of ' three numbers, twenty-two, forty-four or eighty-eight. In case of repeated attempts to buck center it enables us to vary our signal, ?o that;,the enetl)y not be In his heart Gorman was jealous of Dick Merri well, although he " tried, to conceal the fact. At the start, he had been delighted in tHe thought that his position would enable him to order Dick about; but he soon found that, while the captain of the eleven was willing and ready to listen to he did not take kindly to outright orders or to being called down in the least. likely 1o catch on. That's a,ll." . "Here cuc-cuc-cuc-cuc--1 ' • cackled J olliby, excitedly. advised Smart. "Here cue-cue cue-comes Gorman and chattered Chip, pointing toward the gate. "Now we'll hear about the game between _ and Fairport," grunted Singletpn. The boys were eager enough to hear, and im mediately flocked ' toward the newcomers. '" CHAPTER II. MANAGER AND CAPTAIN. Abe Gorman was the manager of the Fardale foot ball team. I Joe Savage was interested in athletic sports of ail kinds, having managed various athletic teams at dif ft:rent times dming his first two years in the school. However, as he was inclined to be something of a "sport," and had wa&'ered mone)' on re sults of . contests in \yhich Fardale took , part, he had . . . --... -fallen beneath ban of faculty, the fiat going forth that he was to have nothing further to do with handling Fardale teams. • Gorman had fancied he could put any one he chose on the team , and . this had considerable friction; for Dick had insisted that the candidates should come out for trial and approval, and that no man could be given a regular position on the eleven who could not prove by demonstration that he was the best a:\'ailable chap for the place. The manager had grown "sore," but he found j , t pol icy to try to hide his feelings. It is not certain . that he would have felt disappointment had Fardale lost some ' . of her opening games, for in that case he could have criticised Dick and claimed that he had made mistakes by not taking advice. Indeed, there were a few to whom Gorman expressed doubt concerning Dick's "ability" to carry things through as they should be. When the previous year was spoken of, A be immediately called to _ mind the fact that Dick had not been captain of the eleven. True, Dick had captained the baseball team while, and had seemed successful; but Gorman averred that


. ' TIP TOP WEEKLY. 5 his success came more from his wonderful ability as a pitcher who could make monkeys of batters than from his 'Capability as captain of the nine. Gorman was clever in argument up to the time that he lost his temper. When he lost his temper he be came perfectly unreasonable. But he was wise enough nearly always to hold a tight grip on his temper, know ing that he generally did himself an injury when he flew into a passion". One thing that am1oyed him more than anything else was the fact that Dick Merriwell to read his thoughts" and understand his motives. He was uneasy beneath Dick's searcl;iing black eyes." Abe had chosen to witness the game between White Academy and Franklin in preference to remaining home to see Fardale play ! He said he wished to watch the work of the Franklin team to get points on them. He would try to -discover their weak spots, so that he could prepare his own team to make the most of their weakilesses. -' Now _ he was back, and Savage, who had accom panied him, followed him onto the field where ' the Far dale team was practicing. Eager to hear about the game between Fairport and • Vv'hite, the members of the team, together with several substitutes, gathered about Gbrman arid Savage. -It was noticeable that Gorman ' s face wore a rather downcast, discouraged 1ook; w hile Savage • smiled cheerfully and greeted one of his friends on the team with the whispered information that he had "gathered tw e nty bones" through Fairport's success. "\\Tell," was the q uestion asked by somebody, "what about the game?)' "Fairport h a d e v erytliing her own ' wa y ," said Gor man, gloomily. _"And White go.t it where little Willie had the ton silitis," put in Sa v age. "That Fairport te a m is a corker, " s aid "Is it p r ett y fa s t ? . " asked Dick. I • the ball on Fairport's ten-yard line once and lost it by a fumble when every play for the 1ast ten times had been a good gain." "That's all right," said Gorman, shaking his "They were boupd to slip up. Besides, Fairport was making a stiff stand." "The trouble was," explained Savage, "that White . lost its courage early in the gatne." "The trouble was that W J 1ite was outclassed,'' declared Abe, positively. " Fairport played fast from the very start, and White was taken by surprise. Why; those fellows from White thought they had a snap. They we,re ready to bet artything they had that they would take the game with ease. Several fellows did be.hat-Fairport wou1d not •-score.-That's r ight !" . "Got their heads swelled because tney came so near beatin ' g 'sa-1 d Buckhart. "Well, the swellirlg \Vas reduced;'' laughed Savage. "But tliey have the greatest fullback I ever saw," said Gorman. "Great! He's a giant!" " I thought you meant that he was a great player,'' said Dick. "I did mean thatfor one thing. He' s a terror! wcis the fellow :Who raised hob witH White." "If he ' d tak-en otit of tfie-.game, " asserted Sav age , ' f White would ha v e stood an even show." "What's ' his name ?'" asked Darrell. "Belden. He is o.ver ..six feet tall, though they say he ' s only sixteen .. years . old, and he's built for hrs r .:;, .; ' height." "Is he swift?" " Wait till you see him ! He can run ' 1ike a deer, and he ' s so strong that he carried half . the . Whi'te te a m more than twelve yards on hi's back be fore he went down. And when ii comes fo kicki-ng, ha s an y bod y I ever saw skinned to death. He made the vVhite like a. kid."?' D ic k Merriwell frbwne'd ; but said : "Pretty fast!' exclaimed the m a nager q f the_ Jrardak , " Then '-it seems that he is' the backbone of the Fairteam. aYou should have s een it \"'.'alk thr q ugh Whit.er port ; temn ? Take " hJrrn -Out;'..::arla the teafii would not '' ' V hite nev er h 'a d a . •r be' so v e t'i fisf:f•Jl,,r___ '. ::.-v. ::i , " Oh, come off!" exclaimed Savage: "White had "Oh, yes it would!" -'-exdaimed Gorman. "Take '


6 TIP TOP WEEKLY. him out and put a fairly player in his place and Fairport wifl beat anything in the way of a school team in Viis State." Dick frowned more than ever. "It's plain you have a poor opinion of your own team!" he exclaimed. "I like to hear a manager talk like that to his team! It is excellent!" "Might as well tell the truth. You asked me ques tions. Did you expect me to lie?" Dick did not answe ; this que s tion, but turned to Savage. "What do you think?" he asked. "Oh, we've got a show!" laughed Joe. "If we just set our teeth and go right into it, we may win. Of course we 've got show !" "But it's a mighty slim one," averred the manager. "I'm not so sure of that," said Savage. "You know what happened last year. We those tinct. "I have tried to avoid this, but I see that it is impossible. You and I cannot get along together as manager and captain of this team. You have done everything possible to balk my efforts to bring out a winning team. \Vhy? Simply because you are sore on me for not putting a personal friend of yours into the team. You--" "You have filled it with your personal friends!" panted Gorman, quivering with rage. "You can't deny that! That's what ' s the matter with it! It's made up from your set! Everybody knmvs that!" "I have taken the fellows who proved themselves most capable. Singleton is playing his old position. Shannock has been retained. Darrell made good last year, and he is doing well this year. Kent was in line last year. Dare qualified by good fast 'vork, Tubbs is a plebe. Buckhart, J olliby, Bradley and Smart are doing pretty well. I have a, friendly feeling for every teams that were expected to down us, and we made a fellow on the team. But the assertion tha? . I have clean record. We've made it clean thus far, and--" made the eleven up from my particular friends because "The season's just begun. Besides, we have no such team as we had last year. The best men, like Cogswell, Blair, Munn and Burrows, are out of it or they were my friends is maliciously false, and any fellow who makes it knows it is false." Gorman had often imagined himself smashing Dick gone, and we're seriously weakened." Merriwell, hitting him in the face, knocking him down, Dick was nervous, but he let Gorman finish. Then and then knocking him down again when he got p . he slowly and distinctly said: He had rejoiced in the thought of doing such a thing -"You are the first manager I ever knew to make as tl1at, and now-such talk . in the of his team. It's a firstclass way to take all the ambition apd . spirit out of a team . . It almost seems that, for some reason, you want to discourage the fellows-that you would enjoy seeing them beaten." "You know better than that!" snapped Gorman, Tiushing hotly. "You know I want to see the team win, and if you hint at the opposite you lie! That's plain enough! ; ' ' Dick started as if an electric thrill had . passed through him. Some of the color left his face, and CHAPTER III: A NEW ENEMY., He tried it I Quick and hard he struck at Dick's mouth, snarling: "Take that, and see if--" But he missed. Dick had been watching him narrowly, and be knew just the instant when Abe became infuriated that he was going to strike. Quick as the manager laqnched into his dark eyes there came a dangerous gleam. He out his fist, Dick was ready, and he ducked to the right, stepped a bit nearer Gorman. avoiding the blow. "Pe_rhaps this i , s as good a time as any to say what I Up went his right hand, he caught Gorman's left have to to you, Mr. Gorman," he observed, in a wrist, swung Abe onto his back and with a heave flung tone of voice that was even, low and singularly disthe fellow over his head.


• ' The scattered as they saw Gqnnan's heels sweeping through the air, and Abe came down with a thud flat on his baek on the ground, There l:ie lay staring up at the blue sk_y,, wondering what .,.had hap pened to hirp. "Why didn't you soak him, Pd ?" oanted Buckhart, in Dick's ear. Dick simply shook his head. 7 _ team ... wipe you off the map! Don't you forget that." Dickstood quite still, maki q g PQ reply. On hi$ face there was a strange lo?k. "It's good riddan "ce to bad rubbish, pard," said Buck hart. Still Dick said nothing . Some one laughed , causing the captain tQ look The boys looked . on without making a move as Abe round. It was Chester Arlington, who had c9me Gorman sat up and glared at Dick. Gorman realized that he was no match f qr the youn g athlete. He had anticipated taking Dick by surprise and getting in a blow that way. The shock qf his fall took all the desire to fight out of him, but it left his . . heart JUst as full of rage as ever , ln a he had been converted into a bitter enemy for Dick MerriwelL Before that he had simply disliked Dick beca?se there was a misunderstand ing and di s agreement over the handling of the eleven ; but now he to do anything in his power t o hurt the yo_ ung captain of the team. . . ' down from the . bleachers when the encounter took place . "That's right,''. Cl,iester. "Now we'll see how Mr. Merriwell can run a team when he has everything ' his own way . " The color to Dick's face. He took two swift steps toward the fellow, his hands clinc ed. ' . ''Get off this ' field!" he commanded, sharply. "You have no business here!" auth6rityl"2sneered Arlington. :bicl.< would seize him, but the young captain hela 'fiifuse iJ ill hand , "Go or;: " "You know you _ are not pi;rmit ted on the field when the team is practicing." it was practicing at present.;' _:•we a re going to resume practice right away." " "Oh, all tight! I'll go, then. Come on, Jet's leav e the earth t 6 the great and migbty MerriGorman got up without a hand being e-xtended to a.jd him . The w ho had bee n sitting on th e bleachers wern gathered about now . An::iong them were several chaps who were Di c k ' s enemie s , but (; o r _ man had never shown any particular: toward and so they did not offer to aid . . w ell." The manager ' s face was very pale when he stood on-,-' A " l gt. s t' k.,,, d-, c th . lk t . . . _ r m on, ar an rau ers wa e away p-his feet before Dick. For some moments he was m J.' : h -1 t .. t. ; l . . . .. -, get er, aug mg mg y. such a state of mina that he could not speak. When : < "Deri i • . , groWletl Buckhart. "I'm going he did speak, hi s vo ice w as hoar-se--and shaking. __ 10 _ , ; --: . " . .-. "----' _., _"It' s all right! I've put up with all kinds o"f-inso"Y:ou. ' re goin g to pl,"actice. with the rest of us," said "1ence from yott; ou t -thi s busit1es s e:ids it . .--D ick; ciii ting short. " D 6n't. spend any fort er We're done! As long as you remain on the elev:Q. fellows. We've got to hustle have nothing further to do w i t h I'll-m r fa g et a "g'ood af t e . rriootl: We need the practice." "po sition a s maha ge'f: at 011ce.-" : . ' . . -.: -.: . . " I guess right,'' said H

, • 8 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "Perhaps so; but it doe'sb ! t took like it . . Gorman said--" "Lots of things that . he should n

I 'r!P TOP WEEKLY. "Oh, i s it a . man?" . "No; a chap about nineteen." "How are you going to manage it ? " Gorman was . asking questions at last, and smiled got a slick scheme." "Unfold it." "Merriwell . has been taking billiard and pool lessons J at odd times from his brother." "Has he?" "Yes; and he's pretty cle v er for a youngster, they say . " "\\Tell, what of it?" "He will receive an invitation to-morrow to attend an exhibition of trick billiard and pool pla ying to be given in the clubroom back of Casey's "vVell ? " "He'll go." ,' "How do you ,,. "Oh, I've found out he's been waiting fo r a chan _ce to ' see __ c work. He's said so. Wants to see how the shot s are made." " W hat if he does . go?" "He'll get the wors t thrashi n g he ever received .in all his life." " W ho ' l L give it to him?" : ; I we'll fi.X it so M erdweil \V-ill not . be likely to play football Saturday, y o u bet. To-morrow is Friday. He' ll get mixed up with Rapp to-morrow night, and Rapp will put him out of c-0mmission for a few days. 'He won ' t be to explain . He won ' t care to confess that he's been fighting, and it will loo k bad for him. Oh, I tell y ou, Gbrman , this is the beginning of Merriwell' s downfall!" , Now , A be Gorman had never thought much of schemes of this sort, but )lis hatred of Dick made him ready for "I'llhave nothing to with it," he said; "but--" "You' d like to see Merriwell get his medicine?" ' "Yes, it would give me great pleasure to see him ' g e t a good gruelling." "Come to the e x hibition of trick billiard and pool playing . You shall be one -of those inv ited. I'll see ) to that. The re will b " e _ plenty. .of fellows there who'll enjoy seeing Dick d one up proper?'' "I'll come," nodded-A.be. CHAPTER V. TWO DLOWS. ' Rapp." , . "1fy next shot, gents , " said Profess o r Rapp , "will "Who is Professor R.a pp ? " . .._ shootin ' trough ten balls. Youse all kno w how ' ;Ti::, and J?OOI _ e xpe rt. __ '. Ife. is . a cork;ing har.d j t is te r freez e t'ree ball s , t a ke .out d e r ' middle one fig ht e r , Gorman. I know all about hi m . He can do w it , Qn,t w.i-gg lin' der odder s , an ' den sh oo t d e r cue ball Dic k up in les s than three minute s."' ::-: t'rough b e t w een der two ba lls left. A i n' t on e in fifty ''.v Vell, wh y should he put himsel f out to get into a can do it. I.'m going ter freeze . up der w hole fif teen fight witl 1 :1_1erriweH . d9 him !IP?'' • balls in t'ree lines of five each , lik e you s e see me doin ' . Arlington and grinned. , _-, . , t Pc_g.. I'll x emove der middle balls . witout movin' cler "Profes sor Rapp didn't stumble jp.t!) tfiis . town: by : . . ' Dat leaves an opetiin' right down t'rough det accident," he e x plained ,-'"' _ :_-. middle. n v e balls on each side-like d at. Now, "Wl]y , y , ou -.. -_ : gents, I pla ces one of der balls taken of der middle "He \:vas sent for." :pn der sp dt, like flt for him to come here to get into a fight "Derned if it can be done!" muttered Brad Buckwith MerriweH and do him t:p ?" ,) . hart. --, "That's what I did," laughed Arlington. "And "Wat's dat ?" e.xclaimed Professor Rapp, who was •


, 10 TIP TOP WEEKLY. -..... '• ' nothing more than a boy, though he . ):1ad. unusual shoulders and a huge neck. "Who said f the . vil lage, or wei::e such fellows as c;authers,_ Hogan, Stark and Watson ' from the 'chest er .. Arlington v:. -. ':', .:;: c: -was there. Also Abe Gorman ) although Abe kept --4, - • ,_ c-.part by himself, watching and waiting. ? , . . ..... , Rapp had been carrying on his exhibition for nearly half an hour, and Dick Merriwell had not made a com ment in all that time, rriuch to his regret. :He. was waiting for Dick to say something, which he meant to pick up at once and thus draw the Fardale lad into an ; t ;! , ' ( ,. . I encounter. _, Having placed th. e balls, the feilow V:r ho was giving . . . • . . . . .. I . the exh1b1tion struck the cue ball a sharp draw-shot Dick saw in a twinkling was I'<::>oklng. for "trouble," and he half suspected . the trap. "Say, come off!" exploded Buckhart. "Wh.at's the matter with you? Go _ on with your exhibiting. _ I was the one who said you _ couldn't rneke .. the shot, : 'i . '.' "No, I do mean . fo c all you anything af ' "Well,_ I I a pair of _ guns!" thought Bu&: _ .......... • ', r ....... ,,..., \ • ...._ ,-_.-... . ,.......... ..... .... --r') -.... "\.Yell, I . done it, jest as I can do youse !" hart. "Then I'd see that Dick got fair play . "


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 11 "If there is going to be a little difficulty , " said the low-browed man who ran the billiard room, yQu will ha v e to retire to the next room, gents, where you ' ll not be likely to disturb any one passing on the street." "Come on, Mer r iwell ! " said Crauthers. "If you've g0t sand enough to meet Profes s or Rapp, just eome • • i nto the next room. Had Dick been able to ge t out without fighting it is not at all certain that he would have remained; but he realized that the doors had b e en locked and that the I only thing he could do wa s to meet the thick-necked young chap \Vho had challenged him. Dick saw through the whole trick. He had sus pected something all along after arriving and seeing the crowd that had assembled. Now his suspicions were con y ictions. / -' . "If they don ' t gi v e y o u a fair show, pard," Brad, "they'll-i.iave this old maverick at 'em!" said Dick soon found himself in the rear room. . . Professor Rapp had stripped off his vest and rolled up his sleeves, showing a pa i r of muscular arms. "\V here a_re the gloves?" asked Buckhart. "'vV ot gloves?" the "professor." "Dere ain't goin ' ter be no gloves in dis business." "Go into h i m, partner! " urged Buckhart. "Give ., him the hustle of his Dick di v e s ted himself of h i s outer garments and m(,lde preparations. He was quite cool outwardly, though inwardly raging because he had permitted him self to l.1e drawn into such an affair. <;asey, the proprietor of the place, had come in from the bar, which was in front. "I'll jest referee this, young gentlemen," he said. "I am quite satisfied," said Dick, who had heard that Casey admired fair . play in a fight , although he might descend to crooked actions in other things. "Come on, . young _ dude!" cried Rapp, as he stepped out. "I'm waitin' fer yousc." Dick walked out to meet h im, the excited and eager sp e ctators havingbeen forced back to a certain line on every side. Merriwell caught a glimpe of Chester Arlington, who was whispering 1n the * ear of Abe Gorman, and through his brain flashed the thought that these were the fellows who had put up the _job. "All right," he mentally said. . "Let's see how it pans out. I am going to do my best to prove a match for t11is fellow. " Rapp was confident. He belie v ed himself easily more than a match for the somewhat slender-appearing young cadet, and he fancied he was about to earn his money with great readiness. ' iAre ycr ready?" he asked. . "Hold on!" growled Casey. "I'm doin' this!" So he took charge and gave the word that serit the two boys at each other. Rapp had skill enough, and Dick remained on the defensi v e for some time, watching the work of the other and leaving no opening. This led tlie fellow to grow careless , . and he made , several attempts to get in and begin earning his mo n ey. Once he hit Dick on • t , the breast, and once a blow on the cheek. But the foot \vork of the cadet and his cleverness with his hands was a revelation to the hired ruffian. He grew angry to think he could not force Dick into a corner, and with his increasing anger his carelessness also increased. Dick seemed afraid to make an offensive move, and this added to Rapp ' s contempt for him. all the young Mer)."iwell was looking for his opportunity. It came at last. He landed fair and hard on Rapp ' s and then smashed him a terrible blow on the point of the jaw. Those two blows were the only ones deli'vere

12 TIP TOP WEEJKIN. "Aw, git up an' slide , ppter' here!" said Casey. Ye' re a mark, that's what you are! He done you easy!" Then Rapp, struggling to his feet , saw Chester Ar lington regarding him with contempt and disgust. He hurried to Chester, crying: "Where is that feller? It was an accident! I de mand anodder go wit him!" "Go die!" said Ar ington. "I warned to look out. I told you what he was; but you thought your self too good, and you let him do the thing I told you he might do. You're a big bluff!" ' . "Gimme my money!" snarled Rapp. "You agreed ter pay me . ter dis job--" ".If you did it, but you failed. Merriwell did you up." "An' you won't pay?' "No." "Nutting?" "Not a red." I'" ' ,_ ,. "Den it's up te.r me ter wit yoseJ'." cried the Jo. ,.-:! •II• ,.,.. A young thug, as he sailed into Cliester and proceeded to give him the thrashing he liad failed to give Dick Merri well. , CHAPTE R VI. HE . G A M E B E G I N S . FARD A LE. F Anu'ORT . Shannock ...• , •.•.......... R ight end , ............... . . . ... L , ittle J olli by ........ : • : ....•.... Ri ght t a ckle .. : : .•..• : -. .•• ' ..... Smi t h Bradley, .. ' ............. : .. Ri ght guard ...... _ ..• , •• . . .... Tapley Tubbs ..•.•.•..••••.••...... C enter ...........•• , ... , .. Vickery Dare ...................... Left guard .....•• : .. ". •.. .' .... . Well s Kent .. : .... ........... ; ... Left tackle . ................... V i nal Buckhart.., ................. Left . .' .................. ,.F a b e r S m a r t .......••.......... Q11arter b a ck . . ... -. ....••..•. Call ahan .............. Right half-b a ck .................. B olles Darrell ..... ., ............ Left half back ... .' ... _ ........ Atwoo d S ingleton ............. '. . . . Full-back ....... : .. _ ......... B e lden It was thus the two teams lined up on Fardale Fie ld o n the day o f the great ga 1ne betwe e n Fairport an stop .. a runa w a y horse , but th ere w ere thos e w h o knew well en o ugh h ow it wa s t ha t he h a ppened t o be in such a pitiful c o ndition. A rlin g t o n wa s in a n yt hing but a pleas ant fr a me of mind, but he had he a r d e n o u g h fr o m A be G o r man t o m a ke him l ong t o wi tn ess this game, in which. F a r d a le was to be s hown up as wea k and no match for its an tagonist. To see th a t C h este r had ventured out, for all of the fact that he kn ew he might be he object of no small amount of cha ffing . He h ad n o t b elieved Dick M erri w ell would b e in c ondition to play this d ay , for it had been his s e ttled con v iction that the you n g thl}g he had engaged would put Dick o ut. Somet h i n g quite different had h appe n ed. Arlingt o n _ stoo d b y him s elf at one s id e o f the field a s he s a w the teams pr e pa r ing to b e gin pl ay. He saw them sca tter ov er th e field for the ki c koff, and heard the che e ring o f the c ade t s . The ba. nd wa s playing a livelY, air, and e v eryb o d y seemed in fine spirits except Che s ter. • . For Abe Gorman, who touched Arlington the shoulder at this moment , was grinning. " Hello! " Abe . "So you ' re out. My, but th::it fellow . did-.-" "Don't speak of that!'. sn a rled Chester, savagely. "How about this game? I s it g o ing all right?" " Fairport will win in a walk." " A re you sure ?" "I, kn o w it!" . / Something remarkable about Fairpo_rt wa s the "I h ope so! " t h a t not one o f the m en . who played on her team the • "Just you keep watch. They are ready to s tart. I pr evi ous. . season op this._occasion . . The . team.. want you t _ o watch t he work of that big fellow yqu can W<1S new and strange throughout . to Rardale ... . see away . there on Fairport's side. He is a


• •• ' TIP TOP WEEKLY. l.3 bunch. Just see how he tears things to pieces. That's opposing team, had the ball, and he went tearing right 'Buster' Belden, Fairport's terror, and he'll make some -of these fellows who go against him look like straw men." A sharp whistle sounded . "They're off!" panted Arlington." Fardale had the kick-off , and Darrell was the man through the center of Fardale' s line. Like an irre sistible force, he hurled tacklers aside. They were bowled over one after another. On he went; while the Fairport crowd rose up and began to scream. It wonderful how that giant tore his way through and darted out from the midst the players. selected for the work. He slowly on the ball, He seemed to have a clear field before him, and off then lifted it with his toe, it sailed through the he sh o t for Fardale's goal. atr. Faber was the man who returned the kick, for it was returned promptly, and he drove the ball past Darrell into the hands of Singleton. Big Bob took time to smash it handsomel y , and it seemed that he singled out Belden, for the yellow egg sailed straight at the giant fullback of the opposing team. Belden returned the kick, but the ball went out of bounds, where Dare fell on it. Then it was brought in fo_r the first scrimmage, and the two teams lined up. "Now you watch close , " advised Gorman. "There is going to be something doing in a very few minutes." Fardale slammed into Fairport's center, a gain of only a yard. Theri a try was maderound the right encl, which resulted in a gain of three yards. Then another bucking of center, which gave the necessary yard to secure a first down. "What's this?" exclaimed Arlington. "That doesn't look right P' "Wait," advised Gorman. "\Vait." Encouraged by this success , Fardale c o ntinued the battering tactics until forced to try a kick. That kick was a failure, and it came near proving disastrous, for Wells came through and blocked the ball, which flew off into of another Fairport man. A mixup followed, and out of the scrimmage shot a huge figure. "They'll never catch him now!" said Gorman; con fidently. "It is a for Fairi,)ort at the very--Look at that!" The whole pack was after Belden, but one fellow was overhauling him. The giant could run wiftly, # but one there was on the field who could make better speed. Li . ttle by little Dick Merri well drew closer and closer. With distended nostrils and flashing eyes, he bore down on the big fellow. Nearer and nearer to Fardale ' s line cat:pe Belden. Then Dick launched himself through the air in a headlong plunge; a flying tackle from the rear, and brought the 'terror of the gridiron crashing to the ground. CHAPTER VII. O N E INCH FROM THE LINE. Wha t a mad roar of joy went up from the Fardale bleachers! A moment before the great mass of cadets had been dumb with suspense and dread; now it was wild with relief and admiration for Dick Merriwell's magnificent flying tackle. The terror of the gridiron had fallen w ith a . mighty shock to the ground, for Dick had him down instantly. But the ball w as close to Fardale ' s goal-so close ' this grand tackle seemed but a temporary check ing of Fairport's progress. . The Fairport rooters cheered Bekkn' s great run. A nd so the rival clans barked and bellowed at each o ther from sides of the field. "Look!" cried Gorman. "There he goes. Belden "Pard," panted Brad Buckhart, as the mass unhas the ball!" tangled and ros e , "that there was the greatest work I It was true. Belden, the giant full-back of the ever s aw! You hear me whispet ! "


. ( • • TIP TOP Dick did not seem . to ' 4ear. H<:;. was watching Belden; he noted that the big fellow did not rise readily and easily; he noted that he was pulled to his feet. ''How much is he shaken up?" Dick asked himself. "If he's not winded or hurt, it will be hard work to keep them from pushing the ball ever." • Fairport was rcsolYed not to give the cadets a chance to recover. . There was no delay about lining up. Fardale had failed to make a delay by pre tended injury of one of her players. But Dick hoped , Fairport would defeat her purp ose by their very eagerness . Belden, the giant, was the strongest man to hammer the . ball over in , a case like this, and he had been thrown hard. would he be strong enough and fresh enough to the needed gain? Dick seemed to read the thoughts and plan.s of the enemy. Fairport belie ved there would be no trouble in pounding right thro ugh the line of the home team. Belden himself invincible. He be sent in. Now, Dick gave a signal hin i self, and it warned his team to look out for what was ahfi6st ' certain to come. They \vere ready. Two lines of grim young gladi ators c1: ouched with their noses almost touchin . g. They glared at each grimly, their jaws setting, their arms rig_id, their muscles taut. And then--Slam !-into the Farclale line went Belden with the ball. . Bolles and Atwood pushed him. Vickery, wells and Tapley were tryin ' g to tear ope n a 110le for the big back to get through: In that savage impact players s eemed to shoot up into the air. There was a slight swaying, followed by a sudden yielding-a recoil! -.. But it was Fairport that swayed back, and tbe at tempt to pound a hole through center had failed. vVors e than that, a yard had been lost! A sound like the hissing of rockets and the booming of cannon came from the Fardale bleachers. The. erf tire mass of cadet s were tip and roaring. The grand . stand , where sat the girls and ladies, was fluttering with red-and-black, anrl it added its shrill note to the volume of sound that swept across the field on the clear, cold air. The pclets had , held the enem y in check. The mighty Belden had failed to hurl his massive body that line. His interferers had opened up no hole for him. Those pushing against him had pushed in vain. It was something worth cheering for, in truti{ This was the w ork that sent thrills running over every witness. This was the work bnought out the ' best mettle of the young athletes engaged. Could Fardale hold fast again? "All right, boys !" cried Dick : "Thaf s the stitff ! That's the way! Do it again!" Belden was disappointed and disgu _ sted. " \Vhat's the matter with yon fellows?" he grO"\. vled at the forwards who had failed to make opening for him. "Get into the game!" They did not answer him, although Vickery mut ter ed to himself. Vickery was a big fellow, but Tubbs was larger. Vickery had looked on the fat boy with scorn. "A big, flabby dub!" he had mentally decided. "They've put him there for his size, and he's all fat. He hasn't muscle enough to play cats-cradle." But now Vickery was wondering if he had not mad e a mi s take about tf1e fat boy. Obediah was de ceptive in the extreme. , But one thing he demon s trated, whi c h was that he seemed as immovable as the eternal h ills when he planted himself with the intention of staying on a certain spot. He was like a mighty tree with its roots deep planted in the ground. Vickery said something to the captain of the team. The captain nodded, with a quick toward Obe.: diah. . "They won't try him again," decided Dick, although it seemed that such a plan was jnst what was medi tated. "They have found out. what he is.;' If they did not try agairi the attack must come at one s _ ide or the other. with the ball so near, it was . not probable Fairport would mak _ e an effort to carry it round the end as long . as she believed a weak spot could be found in the cadets' line. But Dick was watching closely. He knew the eA.-pectecl might be attempted, and it would not do to, be caught narping. Agai n they crouched, again the ball was snapped and passed, again there was a rush and an impact. • Smith and Tapley had jumped into Dare and Kent, • trying to force them apart. Bolles dashed himself in between the forwards of his own line, seeking to aid them in making the opening, and-thud !-:Belden went • J into Bolles. But Darrell was there, little Smart had his shoulder


TIP TOP WEEKLY.-i.. :"\ •'• ... . . . : -.... . . fo Dare's back, Merry came over like a flash and backed them up. The line swayed, and this time it wa"s in wroT)g direction. Only for a moment .. It steadied agai;{, ai:id the ball was down. But Fairport was cheering wiloly. Fardale silent. Was the ball over? ' it Seemed so fro11J the wild demonstrations of joy rising ffom tbe side of the field. \Vait a minute; it is. best not to be "too previous." There was measuring, a pause, and then a signal from the linesman. . . Then it was that . the Fardale bleachers roared again, for it was a third down, and the ball yet remained on the right side of the line. But the yellow egg was down just one inch from the line. One little inch, and -that was a.if! Fairport had another chance, but the needed gain must be made. What v.; ould she do? Was she con fident? The quarter-back seemed to hesitate, and the captain said something. "Oh, ' dear! I'm so frightened!" sighed Ted Smart, who was crouching in readiness, fairly trembling to get the scrimmage. For Ted was a little scrapper, in spite of his size, and he enjoyed the clash and excitement of the game. fo this moment, 'as Fairport prepared for this desperate effort to make a touchdown, the visiting crowd I broke out into an encouraging cheer . ' Then-. from the . Fardale bleechers rose . a mighty :t chorus. The cadets were singing 1'Fardale's Way;'' ' "It' s no use trying, it's no use It's rio use raising Cain; We don't fear you, we ' ll be near you Wheri you comeagain ; When yoi. bump us, what a rumpus l . Plant ourselv e s to stay; Then we ' ll ram you, buck and slam you In the good old Fardale way . " • This was Yet there were many who feared that Fairp ort would make the desired touchdown. Once more Belden was given the ball, but as ' he ' . . I seemed about to plunge into the line be passed it to Atwood , Fairpqrt's left half-back went i . nto Ken(-Agalrl-'it seetried "that Dick Merriwell the trick. Beld en. was permitte3 totear through between Bradley and Tubbs, while the backs supported the left wing of the line. And the ball went down without a gain! . No wonder the Fardale blea:chers seemed covered with a lot of lunatics!. This was the kind of fighting to inspire them . . Fairport had lost the ball on downs. Dick Merrh\felf wasted _ no time in preparing for Fardale's pla y . It '*ould not do to take chances. A slip or a fluke might prove disastrous; so a kick was resorted to immediately. The backs of the visiting team , knew what com ing, ancr they ran back fc;ir the kick. Still Merriwell came near driving . . the ball over Belden's head, and the giant was compelled to take it on the run. Buckhart made a dive for the big fellow, but Belden. showed himself amazingly nimble and avoided the Texan . .,..,_. Right, left, in, out and went the giant, Two f . .. other would-be tacklers he bowled over. He was a terror, indeed. he . got fairly in motion it " seemed almost .. impossible to stop _ him. No wonder he was known as Belden. Dick saw what .was happening. It was the , unex pected, and such a thing could not happen very often in a game between two teams that were somewhat near evenly matched. Belden was coming like the wind. This time he . I was bound to make a touchdown. Captain Me _ r!iwell his teeth. Every muscle in . • his body was strained, every nerve at its highest ten sion. As Belden come down, Dick clos:ed in on him. -The giant saw him. He knew Dick had stopped him before, but now he vowed that nothing of the kind should happen. But try as he might he could not dodge that panther ish youth. Again Dick shot through the air, tackling lo .w, and again the terror crashed to the ground . But Belden had carried the ball through almost the Fardale team; and the writhing mass of players were on both sides of the line. Was the ball over? . No!" . \ f - • r Again it was aowfi just


TIP TOP W 13: R:KI,Y. CHAPTER VIII. seemed rather weak in tacklirg swiftly and bringing D E s P E R A T E w o R K • down a runner on a broken field. A second time had Dick Merriwell baffled the terror Dick \.vas watching every move. In Fairport's next of the gridiron, and there was every reason why the formation the tack,es were left in the line. The half Fardale cadets should ' cheer for him. They did cheer. backs and full-backs grnuped themselves behind the Thinking of the great stand the team had made a few line. Plainly the ball was going to 0ne of them, but it minutes before, they sought to give the players enwas hard to tell which one. 1 couragement to repeat the performance. Something, however, led Dick to suspect that Bolles But this was the very first d

.. i ' • I TIP TOP WEEKLY. t 17 compa!iy with "Professor" Rapp and two other sporty looking strangers, he had been watching the game, standing in the crowd at one c:;,nd of the seats. "It beats anything how that fellow Merriwe11 always . seems to bJunder into the right thing!" he said, pee vishly. "Now at that play." "Say, .it was a bird!" declared Rapp. "Dis Merri well is der real t'ing. If yer don ' t belieye it , look et me mug an' see. He's aer first kid wot ever left a mark on me." "\,Yell, you'll have a chance to even it up," said Ches t e r. '"Vile can't stay. here longer. The half will be up 1 pretty soon, and we must be ready.'1 Rapp seemed to he s itate. "It's a rough deal ," he s

\ lB ,. TIP.TOR WEEKLY. I • -Hist hands were caught, but his feet were free, and -Dick could use his feet in a most ..liv ely manner, as he immediately demonstrated. He_ k i cked ou t in all directions, and with such rapidity that it seem ed imposs1ble to avoid his hfavy shoes. -,-. Twice he landed fairly , and to hi s ears came a muffled cry that was half . a groan. This happened befqre he was dragged off his feet, but as he went down J:ie partJy tore asid th t blanket, catching a glimpse of the room. I{e saw that he Had b _ een set upon by several persons, , and then , one of them jumped on ' his head, spreading out the bfanket and crushing him to the flo'or. "Grab his legs!" heard the 'word!. Again his feet flew, and again some one was struck by' , them. This time he heard and felt a thud on the floor , as if the person hit had gone down. .. _ Dick succeeded getting or e hand <;!ear fr o m thy bli-nket. With it he reached over and grasp ed the . fellow who was holding his head down and sm o thering hi .m. / . . . In that moment the strength of Dick Merri\rell seemed concentrated .in-his He pulled the fel low over with a s11arp jerk. Other han _ ds wete on Dick, but all of . thelh not hold him then as be came q ut from beneath that blanket. .He had 011e fellow Two others were on his back. A fourth was <;Ioubl. ed up a few feet ' away, as if he had reccivecl a blow in the stomach. All of those fellows had handkerchiefs tied over their faces. "Look out!" Of!e. ."Jump on him again! ' Pull the blanket over his head! He's getting away!" "Oh, yes!" grated Dick. "Jump on me! done it! . I'm going to do a little jumping! ha!" You have : Ha! lia ! His laugh rang out strangely. time for him to laugh like that. Tt seemed a peculiar Be had turned on his hand s and knees, pinning down one twisting chap. Another was on hrs back. Dick ti-pped his head forward and then suddenly flung it. far hack The back of. his head struck the fellow in the rnouth who had leaped on him and lo ose ned ' his teeth, besides cutting h i s lip. That fellow dropped off • as if stunned . . "Four to one!" panted D\ck. "vVell, :haJf a .. and I'll hold niy own ''iifh: an cif yoti!" ..,. ' ' They expected he would raise an outcry mo- • ment his head was. free from the blanket, but he , did not seem to think of doil,!g anything of the . sort. -He might have shouted for help, and it is almost certai-n he would have brought some one 'hurrying to that . r oom. I Bui all of his fighting blood ' \vas aroused. He to think they had attacked him in such a way . He woukf sho.w them that four cheap ruffians we . re not enot;gh to handle one fellow with honest fighting blood in his body. So he thumped the fellow who ' had tried to smother him with the blanket, and got up for all of anothe1 fellow. who . clung to him and sought to trip him after he had butted the one on his back in , the mouth. Somebody struck him a glancing blow with a weapon that seemed like a It would have floored him had it hit fairly . As it was, he staggered and was dazed for a momen.t. Iri that moment his feet was clutched by the fell _ ow on the floor. Another fellow gave him a push, and down he went. Yet a third pounced upon him . . But Dick kicked in ' the face the chap who had grasped his feet, and he was put out of the scrimmage for the time. The one on Dick's back slugged him several times , and he did not strike a baby blow, either. "It's getting interesting!" grated young Merri well. As if it had not been interesting enough before! In some manner he suddenly hurled the fellow off his body, and then he was up again. "Now, sail in!" he cried. "Come on, the whdle of yciu !" They seemed dazed by the wonderful ' fight he had made , and they hesitated. "Well," said Dick, "if you won't sail in, I'll. hive to'. ' And he proceeded to do so. He had decided that he could handle them all with anything like a show, he in to demonstrate , the correctness of this belief. "He's der !" said one of' the fellows. Dick laughed again-that wild, reckless . laugh that came fr6m hii> lips when he was thoroughly aroused "Thank yot\ !" he "Under the circum _ stances I don't mind being called that by a chap like you: But, if ram the devil, I wonder you are. " "Keep off!" snarled the chap, ?-S Dick pinned hihl u 1rail

TIP TOP WEEKLY. The . handkerchief seemed to bother him, but he handled his fists rather skillfully. "You ought do better with that thing off," said Dick ; as he closed in, made a snatch, and tore the . . . hapdkerchief from the face of his antagonist. "Hello; Professor Rapp!" he exclaimed. "I had an idea that it must be you. \ V hy, you had a fancy you <.:ould eat me up alone last night; but now you come at me with three friends to You must have <.:hanged your mind ,_ professo ." . t "I jest said you was der devil!'.' returned Rapp. "Ye' re der greates' scrapper wot I ever seen." . "1fhanks !" laughed Dick. "Take my advice, pro fessor, and s tick to your fancy pool playing. It will--" Then one of the others came up behind Merriwell and smote him o ver the head with the slung-shot. Dick pitched forward, and Rapp caught him as he foll. . The fellow who had struck Dick lifted the weapon to strike him again . ' , \ . "bat's the limit!" came from Rapp. "Wot yer want? T'ink yer goin ' ter kill ?" t ".It's the only way to keep him down." ' ' Weli', youse 'll out it out.' ' "\Vhy, you--" "He' s seen me mug. T'ink goin' inter dis fool any deeper? \Vell, I gticss nit!" "You don ' t get your money if-0-" "Mo ney! 'You go ter-blazes ! I ;ll make your old man fork ter keep dis t'ing quiet, if you won't come down wid der dough. I can tell how yer put up d e r joo , an '

1• ,, He was rather weak from the effects of the blow, but his head was bathed with water, and he lost little time in hastening away to the field. The game had been delayed for him to return, Fair-port generousJy agreeing to the of time. The crowd had wondei:ed what it mean.t. They saw Dick had not returned fo the field with the Fardale team, and all sorts of rumors flew from moutrt to mouth. . • ""VV e're done for!" said one chap. "The d o ctor has tel.ken Merriwell out of the game. Says he can't1play any mor e for a month." "\Vhat's the matter?" asked an o ther. "Don ' t know y et, but they say it'i seri o us." Then came one who told a vague yarn of an attack being made on D ick, who ha d b een seriou s ly, perhaps fatally, hurt. , This created doubt, excitement and c o nsternation. The cadets sought further information, but they asked one another the questi o ns , v.: hich added to their doubt and uncertainty. Then there was a stir, a murmur, a sh o ut , a grea t cheer. For Dick was seen hurrying onto the field in his football suit, accompanied by sev eral fellows. They greeted him han d somely. He joined his men. who had been wondering o v er his ab s ence , spoke a few words to them, and the t wo team s s prea d out • on the field. The second half began. Dick was sore on himself for being led int o a trap. and he felt that it was fortunate he had c ome out a s well as he had. vVhen the game was over he v /oul

TIP; TOP WEEKLY:. 21 But they were surprised when Fardale seemed to swing right into the same play for the next Dick outside of the wedge, which struck the line an.d was .tom to pieces quickly. Vino! looked after Merriwell this . time, being to tackle him..,the moment the ball was passed out. Right. where Fairport was fooled again, for the baJl was tossed out to Darrell on the other side of the wedge, and Hal made fifteen yards before being ' downed. ' . This was the kind of work to arouse excitement, lor now the ball was down only fifteen yards from Fairport's . goal. Twice had the visitors . been tricked, and it pretty certain they would not permit themseives to be deceived again by the same kind of a play . "On the jump!" called Dick. "On the jump!" repeated Smart. It was the signal for the old "ends aro und " ,J?lay of the previous seflson. Fardale had won most of her important victories on that play, which had surprised and fooied the opposing teams; but now, the end . s began t0 s\ ving back, the Fairport got in swiftly and hurled them and left, up the formation in a a11d spoiling the play. , . "That worked loyely !" exclaimed Smart, as the ball was downed without a gain. Dick made no remark, but he realized that . Fairp or t had been eoached to break i.ip that play , a thing that could be easily done if it was attempted in the right manner. Dick was thinking swiftly. . Time " ' as precious, and false moves w . ere costly. Would it do to try the ' wedge again? He saw that Fairport:J<:n , ew how''to break up that formation readily. The J?a. ss as the wedge had gone ' to pieces had proved effective twice, but Dick was satisfied that it would not But that was not enough to be satisfactory to Dick. "Everybody at it!" he called, as the players pre pared to form again. It was the signal agreed upon for tl}.e "center-back" play that had worke

TIP TOP WEEKLY. CHAPTER XI. /C' L ' M 0 S T -N 0 T Q U I T E • ''Vv'hat's the m atte r with old Farda,le? Slle's all right! ' 'She ean fight l She's always in the game, And her work is never She'll get there, just the same; So-. What's the matter wifh old Fardale ?" The cadets were singing one of their songs of the gridiron and the diamond. It was a thrilling mot11ent. :With scarcely more than a yard to make, the Fardale team was ready for the assault. Could Fairport stand up to it and make a sensa tional "last ditch" play? THe "center-back'' had worked even better than Dick had dared hope. It had taken the enemy by sur prise; but there was a strong probability that it would not prove so successful on a repetition. For all Ci>f this, Dick was determined to try it. A gain of four feet meant a touchdown. "All together now!" called Dick. "Get right into it! is where we srnre !" "You bet your boots!" exclaimed ,Buckhart, who had been fighting silently up to thispoint, but who now woke up. "Here is where we slam her right over I ;you hear me chirp!" Vickery leaped at Smart like a flash the ball snapped. Ted went down, but the referee und charge. St1ddenly Darrell went at. the haTI, his leg swung back, his foot went forward and-plunk !-away sailed the oval. Some of the Fairport forwards leaped ahead and up ward, their hands stretched into the air; but it rose above them, and they could not stop it. "It's o v er I" A cry of joy from the Fardale seats; a groan of dis may from the opposite side. As it rose, however, the wind caught it and bore it swiftly to one side. "A miss I" bellowed somebody from the Fairport side . Then a hush. The ball struck one of the uprights above the bar, glanced off and dropped. It was a failure, and the cadets were filled with undismay, while the visitors shouted for joy. One there was who wore a Fardale uniform and who could not repress his satisfaction, ' though he hacf professed to be friendly with Darrell. It was Chester Arlington, who had reappeared among the spectators. Hogan and Crauthers were with him. "The jig is up-!" said Chester. "They'll not get another chance like that. A goal would have tied the score." Somebody touched him .on the arm. "I have a little business wit' youse !" sai ' d a ve1ce that made Chester ' start. "Rapp!" he gasped. '"Why, I thought you WC1'e gone I" "Not yit," answered the fellow. "You' d better get out lively!" "I w'en I have settled wit' youse.'' "Settled ?" "Dat's wot." Arlington glanced round nervollSly, discovering that several _ persons in the immediate vicinity were watching them wonderingly. "You' re a chump!" he whispered, touching a bruise on his cheek. "I think it's pretty well settled." tlie first opportunity. "I guess not!" returried the bruiser, instantly. A wind had risen and waJ sweeping across the field. _ c"Dere's $Omethin' comin' ter me." .... x / ..


"I don't want to be seen talking to you," said. Ches ter. "Den.., come outside," invi _ ted the fellow. "Tell yer wot, if ye don ' t come I'll stay right here." "You'll be. arrested." "Dat's all . right. Can' t sc a re me off wit' dat. I ' m g oi n ' ter see Dick Merriwell arter der g a me is over." That brought Chester to terms in a hurry. "Go ab.ead," he muttered. 'TB follow you out side." CHAPTER XII. THE BITER BITTEN. "I want dat hundred plunks wot you promi sed me fer comin' here," said Rapp, as he faced Che s t e r o u t s ide the grounds. Arlington was pale, but his .face w o re a nasty look of determination. "See here , Rapp, " he said , "you kn o w the agree ment we made." "Sure." "You were to knock the fellow out so he would be in no condition to take part in the game." "Well?" "You fizzled-you didn ' t do it." " I done r n e be st." "That makes no diff e rence i you fail e d in your p art. of the contract, and there fo re there is no reason why I should p a y y ou money." "Is dat so?" "It is." '. 'Say, you to . le me

TIP TOP WEEKLY. "There!" he grated, flinging it on the t ab le ; "that's every cent I have ! Take it and go!" The other coolly picked it up and ran it over. "Twenty-nine dollars!" he said, in a contemptu-ou.s way. "\iVot d1yer take me fer?'' "It's an I have, and SG yeu'll have re be satisfied." "Is

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The first reason for this va s t populari t y is because the column a pp ears in what is uni v ersally mitted to be the king of all publi s hed weeklies, The Winner of the Cirand Prize a t the Paris World's fair, I . TIP TOP But the second reason is just as important and cog e nt, namely, the high excellenc e of the letters written by our readers, which appear i n this column. Indeed, th ese letters have . been so highly praised tha Stre et & S m i t h, always , anxious to s e rv e and b e n efit their great p u blic , have . decided to offer t\velve valuabl e prizes for the twelv e best .letters received from Tip Top readers in the next six mo n ths. Thes e t welve prizes will b e TWELVE GOLD FOUNTAIN PENS of the highest grade . Now, then , all our ambitious y oun g l et t e r w riters will bt-anxious to win one of th e se fine prizes . All you h av to do is to folloy ; th e s e dir e ctions : W r it e a lett e r to Tip .Top Weekly , discussi n g any. f ea ture of the famous p ublic a ti on , it s c haract e rs, pl o ts, ath letics, contests, to u rnaments o r a nything that impr ess e s you especially j then w r ite across the top o f it ;'Prize Let ter," and send it to Street & Smith. So t ha t the cont e st may be absolutely fai r , the read e rs of Tip Top are to .ct as judges, and the l e tters which receive the greatest ber of votes will be awarded the prizes. Come on no\v ; b oy s and g i rls! Sho w us which on e of all o u r you n g Sliakcripeares are the best lette r write r s. I I • APPLAUSE. PRIZE LETTER NO. 5. I thi n k that Tip T o p i s t h e best weekly publi s hed. 1J a,lso thin k a great deal o f th e chara cters , a nd a m greatly interested in the spo r ts , and als o th e sch ' ool s tories, a s t h e y remind me gf th6 d a y s wh e n Fra n k went ther e . G reat cr e dit b e g ive n lo Bu r t L. S tan d is h and Street & Smi t h fo r t hi s wonderful w e e kl y , as it h a s d o n e a g reat d ea l of g o o d for b oys a nd g i rls. I close w i s h ing s u ccess to all who read this we e k l y , and especially to Burt L. S ta n d ish a n d S t r e et & Smith . ALBERT ERNY, Eli za b eth, N . ]. H e r e i s anoth e r one o u t for a prize. G o od luck to it. PRIZE L ETTER NO. 6 . I h av e be e n r e adin g the Tip Top Weekly for years, and I find i t th e mo st int er esti n g a nd entertai nins book I hM' e evar r e ad. A n d I w ill say th a t B. L. Sta nd.sh i s one of the best au t hors I eve r re ad, and als o t h a t Street & Smith print it in a good type, whi c h d oe s n ot strain the e y e s in reading. The plots and athletic c ontes t s arc t h e best eve r heard of. Mr. Ilradford, the rascally preside n t, got his just due s \Vhcn l\Iad Mose put an end to him. Fran k and D i ck Me rriwcll a re the finest boys ever heard of. W hen F r a n k and l nza get m arri ed I hope he won't for g et his old sc h o o l d a y s a t F a rd a le . J ac k Read y s t ill k ee p s up hi s mi rt h a nd w o u l d make anyb o d y s plit fr o m lau g hing at him . I think Frank ' fight for the p ennant w a s . at great odds, but our old friend s c a m e out on t op. G . B. DEGANT. W h eeli n g , W. Va. Anot h e r c o mp et itor. G oo d l u c k t o y o u when !:tie vote is taken. I P RI Z E LETTER N O . 7. I have been readin g Tip T o p about a year, and find it the best book I eve r r e ad. Ther e i s n o tras h nor any t h i ng b a d in it. Fra nk and Dic k are all r i ght, and so is Bart and Brad. I l ik e to re a d about a t hlet i cs, as I am a good athlete. Some contes t s are close o n es, but t he Merri w ells al wa ys pla y fair and win. F oot ball w ill soon be ou t a nd I'll b e g l a d , for I pla y left end. Dick wiU b e a d a ndy pl a y er. I ho'Pe Dick will cap t ain the F a rdale team . W i s h ing suc c es s to Tip Top, all i t s fri en ds and mostly to the c ele br ate d au t h o r , Burt L., I rema i n, JoHN J . McCABE. W e stfie ld , Mas s . H e r e i s an o the r priz e l e tt er. W e thi nk it i s one. How large a vo t e w ill it d r aw? PRIZE LETTER N O . 8 . I only " d isc o v er e d " Tip Top a f ew weeks ago , and my great regret is t hat I d i d n't do so J o n g be fo r e . I buy ea<:h numb e r a s it c omes ou t , an d I a m getti n g all the bac k nu mb e r s that I c a n . 'In fact, I h o pe to g et every one of t hem , fr om th e ve ry b eg in nin g , befo re I am t h r o u gh. I I1a.-e j ust finis h ed rea d in g th e ia t es t, No. 336, a1'd a m v e ry g l ad t o see t h a t my h e r o nnd fworib!, D ic k M e rriwell, is g oing b ack t o dear o ld F aida le. I a m l o oking forward to No. 337 mo s t ea g e r l y . I g ot sc vefal more ha ck n um b er s yes te rd ay, a nd them w as No. 293-" El s i e a nd Inza m the Hands of K id nap e r s.' I think it is perfectly fine, o n e o f the v ery be s t t h a t I have read y et. Jt cotnb i n e s a l m os t all th e Tip T o p qu a l ities in a mo s t d elig h tful way, and I a dv ise a ll T i p T o ppe r s w h o h ave n ' t r ead that number t o d o s o ri g h t a wa y . So t h e r e is t o be a do u ble wedding soo n ? • W h a t a g l o ri o us time t h a t will b e ! It is J o t s o f p l eas m e to an ticipate it b efor e h and. I think t he couples are beau t ifully m a tched-fie r y temp e r e d and h ot-hea d e d , bu t nobl e Ba r t , w ith de a r , s w e et, g e ntl e Els ie ; an d Merr y, well-c ontrolle d , calm, and cool , with d a rin g , s p i rited Inza . I th ink Efs i e i s my favor ite, but I l ove Inza, too, for sh e is a n o ble, b e autiful g irl , and I would n o t h av e t h ings any d i f fer e nt. Besides, is n o t Elsie perfectl y happ y with Bart? I hope that Doris Templeton , Fel i cia Delor es , a n d Z o na Desmond will be bridesmaids at the wedding . And per . haps i n a few y ear s there will be another double wedding. wh e n Dic k will be uni te d to th.e choice of his heart. l ovely, g olde n-hair e d Doris; and b i s sw e e t l it tle c o u s ia, F e l ec ia, to Hal Darr e ll. W h y can ' t Hal and


Felecia learn to love each other? I think it would be a lovely match, and lot5 of other Tip Toppers aay the same thing. I ahould like to see handsome, "apple-checked" Jack Ready intro duced to Zona Desmond, for I think they would be charmed with each other. I know Brad is supposed to be "smashed" on Zon;l, but dQesn't care anything ab9ut him, anP, even he doe not seetn to care (:ttough to let it worry him any. It seems to me that Jack would be better to her . I see that Tip ' fop is offering prizes now for the best letters. To be "in the sw i m," I'll have to mark this aa a "prize letter," but , of course, I haven't any idea of its ever taking a prize. Yours forever, HELEN B., Newark, N . ]. An Enthusia.stic Admirer of 'fip Top , To be in the swim is to be with Tip Top, and you are with heart' and soul. Being a prize letter, we wish to compliment you on it. Please send your street a.ddress . PltlZE LETTER NO. 9 . W el1_ as this is my first time, I will close with best wishes for the lip Top and Burt L. G. E. DELANO. Leighton, Ala. That is right. Let every town be in the Column. You . !mow py now that D.ick is back again, wori{ing hard for dear old Fardalc. Let us see wh,.t he will do on the gridiron . I see there is another "swell head" by the name of Jack Levy, of Appolo, Penn., who thinks Bart ought to be put out of Merry's flock. He would not tbink so if his brain were on a balance, but I am sorry to I . think there must a screw loose in his coco. Well, as I am wasting too much time and space on such an insignificant Bart Hodge hater as the honorable J. L., I w'il! close, wishing sucaess to Bart, Frank, Dick and Street & Smith. Nashville, Tenn . E. D. M;. Another gf llart's staunch friends heard from. The anti , are \ 'trong in their opinions, but with such good friends as ' you and on side !'wis most secure . I Ciin let you know that l l!ave read a few copie:S of the Tip Top Weekly, and it i$ all right. I like Frank, but Dick is just as good . Snowflake Charley is my hero. Please publish this in Tip Jgp. I wguld to it in print , Cr.:.\ s , DA1Y, Ash t abula Harbor, Ohio. Foreman Hanna Dock. Thank you fpr your Tip Top enthusium. . Keep . it up and you will not be disappointed. • I have been reading the Tip Top ' for some time . I take the privilege of writing, llnd to tell you how much I like your week:ly. l th ink i t' s 0 , K. ,1\11 American boys ought to read it. As to the girls, Doris is for Dick and Felecia for Hal. Three big , long cheers for Frank a119 Dick, and friends. I remain,. Springfield, Mass. DANIEL HARTMAN. Glad to hear Y,Our of Tip Top . That is what they 1111 say. 0 . K. stands for Tip Top. I wiJh to the Prize Letter Contest. This is my opinion t\le 'T'ip 'fop Weekly . I have read the Frank Merriwell stories elnce the fir&t number was publish e d. I remember how, when Praiik first came to Fardale, he found Bart Hodge beating a little fellew, who was selllng stuff at the station, and how they became enemies. How Frank, by his fairness in all things, won Hodge for his best friend , I have followed Merry through school, until he wept tr;wejing with Profes:;or "Hot" Scotch. How, traveling and going to college for some time, ProScotch Frank's money . Fra nk goes to work on a railroad as an engine-wip e r, and raises himself to be an en$ineer. . Then, leaving this, he becomes an actor in a dramatic OJ11pany, and he writes a play callc4, "True Blue .'' Afterward, he enters c.ollege, nn'd is first in everything, baseball, football, and on the orcw , Ile from college and fids his i)rother, Dick, who enters Fardale after a season of excifing adventures. Then Frank and Dick go out West to the Mad River region, and play with their team, representi'llg Tip Top . After a hard struggle crpokedness aqd dishonesty, they win pen np.nt, as t,ee!'l in No. J.36 of the Tip Top Weekly. I wish to say that I havll read otller weeklies, !Ind &Ollle were geod yrt none of them can compare with Tip Top . None of them have such good characters, nor is any I have been reading your publication since Frank Merriwell aior:y ioJd in the way that Tip Top tells it. I think of the got into the Mad River League. I had begun to think that Snowin the stories, J'.rank, of course, is the best, though flake Charley was '! gopd boy and was Urprised to find out that tlart is n9t fai: behind. Piel!: is a good c;hitracter, but we have not he was Black Bob. I am sorry he was killed, for I thought that seen very much of hi!ll yet. The girls pl'!Y an importapt pjirt he would have come out to down ltawdon Bradford, in the end. in the stories, as do Frank's and Dick's fri e nds, tqo numerous ' Hans Dunm:rwurst is the most aomical one in the bunch. Bar to men'tl6n. Taken as a whole, I think the Tip Top Weekly is, ney and Bruce ar!) all right1 but Bart, Dick and Franlo are the and il!ways was, and always :vill be1 an ideal publication fpr the Burt L. Standish is_ a goo.d writer. , Ready, the American :):'Outh. ' RoBERT HARDING. beautiful baby that can be easily spoiled, I t thmk. I would Palmer, Mass. like to see some Southern bo_Y become Dicks true friend at Far. . . . _, dale, when he returns . . Hop mg you will put this in print, I re. !fere 1s a fine, clear.,cut, dever of Tip Top and its leadmain, yoqr ' W. E. mg Who can do better . .;_ Mei nphis, Tenn. Yes, You have chosen the right boys for your heroes. There PRIZE NO. 10. are none th<1n Franjc and . Dick, surrQunded, . as they I think Y?Ur Tip Top :Weekly is t.he . best fllPCr .l. b . Y so many friends, with sterlir:g 9ualities, is re;id it for son:ie time, will . read . as . Jong it is , it an:>'. w onder ?that Tip Top !orms . an ideal . publtcatlon for . the My are Elsie , Doris , Felicia and Inza, . but, American boys . Y would hke to have a Souther of cour se, it is understood th a t I mean Frank and Bkk als o . I .. at Fardale.. What 1s the matter with Brad .. Of course, lte 1s a t n trying t o be l ike Frllnk in my every-day life, and' find i . t is the . i rom the Southwe s t, but, neverthele . ss, he. b a1!5 from that fine best way , to live . He and his brother are good examples. Wish-. country south of the Mason i!Ud D1x9n !me. ing Tip Top hearty success, a lso Burt L. and & . Smith. ... .: -. . , _,__ New Orleans La, Om MEINE. . , . . ' . . I ha.ve been a. reader pf the Tip Top f ,or two years, and admire A New Orl e ans letter for the list , and a good tao. the book " greatly. . I have learned a great many thin:s thrQligh Plea s e s e nd your s treet addre ss. "" this ' publication. Ne;x:t week L will send you a . picture of the I ha y e b e en a reader of :Tip T QP W C!!kly ' for 9.uite a '\'ihil'e, a11d ilS l hq,ve seen any lef ters from here m y-0ur ApPJ1us . e <;:olumn, I Vl'.rite &hort OIJi; to let what I " t!lmlq>f Tip Top and it s ;i.1,1thor, Mr, Burt L , I th111k Mr. Stan dish i$ a great writer, and is d oiM a',great deal Of good : I like most all oi the Tip Top characters. l3ut Pick .and . Brad are my Wliert will Dick r eturn to Fardale? I think Doris is Young ' lnc!ians baseball team. Hoping you will give this your . kind attenti9n ; I remain, JAKi;; Si:.urZKY. Manager . Y.. Indians, Indianapolis. ; . Delighted to hear that you have benefited by .. fjp Top. It is what wjsh for all our readers. By a.II means send tis picture of YO\lr team. We will bl\ to have it. . the girl for Dick and Felecia for Darrell. I like Elsie " bett e r Ha.ving your i;l.ear, ood in Tip Tq,> Weel\ly for tha:n I do Im:a. I aot glad1 that the wolf gang was . broken up. , about three years, I ain gomg to write a few lines in your • r


.TIP TOP WEEKLY. 9 7 plausa Column to let all J'J1Y friends know what I think about the grand characters in ilie Tip Top. J;lick can't be beat. He will be rrresid ent of th-e Uni t e d States befor e Jong, and poer Snowflake Charity had to di e at last, aqd al s o Pis e n Bi111 He wps all r i ght. He had the real stuff in him. I think Dic k s hould ka v e Doris. I wou l d like to ask you a que s tion : Have you got back numbers on hand. I w o uld like t o g e t the firs t mimb e r s if y o u h a ve them. Please let me kn o w . Gre a t success for Tip Top and Burt L. I remain, yours truly, A. N. NELSON. Rolfe, Iowa. After three years' experience with Tip Top you should indeed be a comp etent judge of i ts g oo dn e ss. Y o u can procure th e back numbers b y wri t ing to S t r eet & Smith, 238 William street, N e w York City. I enclo s e you h e r e w it h twenty-five cents in po s t age , for which you will p l ea se s e nd me five c opie s of the Tip T o p W ee kly , '' a n ideal publ i cation for th e Ame r i c a n youth," beg inning with No. 330, entitled , "Frank Merriwe ll' s Fraca s ; or, Hot Times in ]\fad River League." I was so del i ghted with the last Jot of w e ekli e s I purcha se d of you some time ago that I feel und e r obl ig:it ions t o resJ'ond in tok e n of my appreciation of same. \Veil, Frank and Dick are c e rtainly leadtng Rawdon Bradford a hot pace, and the teams ' in the league, why they ' re not in it! I a m an x ious to know how Frank and Snowflake Charley are getting al ong. I don't fancy the duck, somehow , but I guess he w ill prove to be all CJ. K., by and by. I wislt the Tip Top would be publi s hed twice a week ins tead of once. Well, well , I see a great many of the readers express their desire to see Dick and Fel e cia marry. Well, s.ince the lnza-Elsie question has been settled contrary to my wish I arn unable to make any choice, as I fear if I did it Y,guld turn up like the abo ve quest ion; therefore, I will act w is e and not express my thoughts any further. Wishing a long and happy life to the Tip Top, its author and !treet & Smit h, I beg to remain an ardent reader, FRAN K WooDRING. Vine Cirove, Ky. • • We have sent you the copies you r e que s ted. I am glad you are so ple a s ed with the stori es, and you do show wisdom, indeed, in waiting to see the Fel e cia-Doris question s e ttled without • fo,rming an op i nion no w . I t i s too e a rly t o defin i t ely d e termine, and when it is a eertainty y o u can rest assure d it will be the ' best thing. :rtave read a great matiy of your wonderful Tip Tops. I am very fond of all the characters, bt1 t mo s tly so of Bart Hodge. I take the liberty to say that I tlfink Bart would make a good hero, su c h as Frank and Dick , o nly of a p Weekly to read. I rea4 it, and have e•cry one I could get ho l d of since . I have read both Frank Merriwell at'd Di'1c Merriwell, anli think they are, both tip t op . I like " Dick Mer• riwell at Fardale" best. I have rend all of the Tiv Top Weetdie; o . ut West, and shall 9e glad when Frank and Dick get back to Fardale again . Hoping to see this in print in the next paper, I rcQlain, yours truly, R. RAY BAKER. Petos...1

Tl P TOP FOOT, BALL ALL APl ERICA" . TOURftArlErtT FULL PARTICUL A R S OF THE . GREAT ALL AM,ERICAPf TOURrtAHErlT AHD OTHER FOOTBALLF&ATURES WILL BE POUND EVERY WEEK ltt TIP TOP waaKLY REGY.LATIOft . RUGDY t=OOTBALL S AWARDED AS 'PRIZES TME. GREATE:ST P RIZE OFFER EVER MADE FOOTBALL RULltS O F 1902 . . FIELD, ETC. The game shall be played upon a rectangulllr field , 330 feet in Jengt)1 and 160 fe , et in width, jntlosed by heavy white Jines marked in lime upon the g.round,. The lines at th e two ends shall be termed goal lines. The side lines shall extend beyond their , points of intersection wit h the goal line. The goal shall oe placed in the middle of goal line, and shall consist of two upright posts exceeding 2 0 f eet in height ' and placed 18 feet 6 . inches apart, with horizontal crossbar IO feet from the ground. The game shall be played by two teams of eleven men . each. The officials of the game shall be a referee, an umpire and a linesman. The football used . shall be . of leather, inclosing an inflated rubber b!ader . The ha.JI. shall have the shape of a prolate spheroid. sid,e in possession of the ball commits a foul which would giv e the baU to the opponents behind the offenders' goal line; als o when the ball, kicked by a man behind his goal line, crosses the line extended behina_ the goal line. ' A scrimmage takes place when the holder of the ball places it upon the.'ground' and puts it in play by kicking it forward or snapping it .,back. The scrimmage does not end ' until the ball is again declared dead. The ball is always put in play from a scrimmage, except in cases where other specific provisi o n is made by the rules. If, after the snapper-back has taken his position, he should vo!Untarily move the ball as if te snap it, whether he withholds it altogether or -0nly momentarily, the ball is in play, and the scrimmage has begun. ... A fair cati:h cons i sts in -catching the ball after 1t-" has been kicked by one of the opponents and before it touches the ground, THE VARIOUS KICKS. or in similarly ' catching a punt-o u t by another of the catcher's A drop-kick is by letting the ball drop from the hands own side, provided the player while i,iaking catch, makes a and kicking it the instant it rises from the ground. A place-kick mark with his heel and takes not more than ohc step tliereafte r is made by kicking the ball after it has been placed on the It is not a fair catch if the ball, after the kiek, was touched b y ariother of his side , before the catch. Opponents w h o rare off ground. A punt is made by letting the bali drop from the side shal) not . interferF i'.1 a_ny way with a . P!. ayer who . an hand s and kicking . it bt!fore it touches the ground. A kick-off opportumty _ to make a fair catch, nor shalf he be thrown to the is , a place-kick from the center of the field of . play, and cannot ground 'after such catch is made unless ne ha s advaneed beyond score a goal. 'A is a drop-kick, place kik or punt his mark. " If a side obtains a fair catch, the ball must be put made by a player of the side which ha s made a saf'ety or a touchin play by a punt, drop-kick, or place-kick, and the opponents back. A free-kick is a term used to designate any kitll: " when cannot come within ten ya:rds of the line on which the fair catch the opp9nents are restrained by rule from advancing beyond . a " was ' made; the ball must be kicked Jrom sqme point directly c e rtain point. . behin.d the spot where the . catch was made, • on a line parallel SCOlllNG . .:to the side line. A touchdown is made when the ball in possession of a player A goal is " made by kicking the ball in any way, except by a i . 5 decla red dead by the referee, any part of it being on, over or punt; from the field of play over the crossbar t1f the opponents' behind the opponents' goal line. The point where the touchdown g:I. ball passes directly over one of the uprights it is marked. however. is not where the ball is carried .across the .V,ne, but where the ball is fairly held or called .. "down." A touchback is made when the ball _ in pos sess ion of a player guard ing his own goal is declared dead by the refj'!ree, any part of it being on, over or behind the goal line, provided the impetus which sent it to or across the liqe was given by an opponent. A safety is made , when the ball in . the po,ss. ess,ion of a player guatciing his own go::il is declar:ed dead by the referee, any part of it on, over or behi , nd the goal line, provided .the impetus which caused it to pass from 01.itside the go;;tl to or . behind the goal' linl' was given by the side defending the goal. Such impetus could ccme: ( r) from a kiclh pass, snapback, or futl).b.Je; a . . kl

.. 1. I , ,. THE BALL IS DEAD : Whenever the referee or umpire blows his w,histle or declares a down. ., . ' ' W.hen the referee has declared that a down, totfehdown, touchback ; safety or goal has been made . ,. When a fair catch has been heeled. When it bas been downed after going out of bounds . When the ball goes out of bound s after a kick before touching a player who is on side. LENGTH OF GAME. The length of the game shall be 70 minutes, into two halves of 3 5 minutes each, exclusive of time taken out. There shall be ten intermission between the two halves. Time shall not be called .for the end of a half until the ball is dead, and in ca s e of a touchdown1 . the trya t-goal shall be al lowed. Time shall be taken out wnenever the gameis unnece s sarily delayed or while the ball is being brou ght out for a try at-goal, kick-out or kick-off , or when pl a y is f6r any rea s on sus pended by the referee or umpire. Time shall begin again when the ball i s actually put in play. No. delay aris ing from any cause whatsoever sllall continue more than two miuutes. Any d e lay thereafter shall be penali z ed. TO ;;TART THE GAME. The captains of the opposing teams shall t os s up a coin before the beginning of a game, and the winner of the to s s shall have his choice of goal or The shall be kicke d off :it the beginning of each half, the kick-off at the beginning of the second half being made by the side that did not first kick off at the beginning of the game. 1lhe teams shall change goals after every try-at-goal following a touchdown, and after every goal from the field, ana also at the beginning of the second half . Whenever a goal following a touchdown has been tried or a goal from the field has been kicked the side defending that ' goal shall kick off , the two teams changing goals before this _ is done. Be mre to notice this change of mies. . At kick-off, if the ball goes out of before it is touched by an opponent, it shall be brought back and kicked off again . [f it is kicked out of bound s a secortd time it shall go a s a kick-off to the opponents . If either side thus forf e its the ball twice, it shall go to the opponents, who shall put it in pl a y by a scrimmage at the center of the field . At kick-off , if the , ball is kicked across the goal l i ne, and is there declar e d dead when in the possession of one of the side defending th e goal , i t is a touch back . If the ball is not declared de a d, th' e side def e nd i ng the goal . may run wit)l it or kick it the same as if it h a d not cro ss ed th e line . If it is deciared d e ad thu s in p o s sess i o n of the attac k in g ' side, it is a touchdown. At kick-off and . on a punt or drop ki c k frol)l a fair catch, the opposite side must.sta nd at l e ast ten yard s in ' frcmt .of the l;>all nt!l it 1s kicked . On a kic k o ut, _ the opposite sid e cannot stand nearer the goal than the 25yard hne, except o n a kick-out ma4.e after a drop-kick upon a lirst down in s ide the 25-yard lint, when _ the JO-yard line i s the restraining mark. BUCKING. Charging is lawfol, in case of a punt-out or kickoff. as s oon as the ball ts kicked; and the opp o nents must not charge until the ball is kicked. In ca s e of any other fre e kick , .i;harging is • lawful: ( 1) When the player of the side having fr e e kick advances beyond his restraining line or mark with t he b a ll in his possession : (2) when he h a s allowed the ball to touch th e ground by accident or otherwise. If such lawful charging takes place, and if the side having the free kick fails to kick the ball , th e n the opponent s IT)ay line up five yards ahead of the line which restrained them before chargmg. In that case, the side havin g the free kick must kick the ball from some point directly behind its mark, if the free kick resulted from a fair catch , and in other cases from behind the .-new restraining line. • INTERFERENCE. Before the ball is put in play no player shall lay 'his upon, or by the use of his hands or arms, interfere with an opp o nent in such a way as to delay putting the ball in play. Any suc h interference shall be regarded as delay of game. After the ba11 is put in play, the I>layers of the side that has possession of the ball may obstruct the opponents with the body only, except player runninli with the ball, who may use his hands an<:! arms. '. The players of the side not having the ball may use their hands and arms, but only to get their opponents out of the way in order to reach the ball or stop the player. carrying it. Before the ball is put in play in a scrimmage, if any player of the side which has the ball tiJ.kes more than one step in any direction, he must come tp a full stop before the ball is put in play. At least five players of the side having the ball n: ust be on ..the line 0: scrimmage. H five players, not rncluding the quarterback, arc behind the line of scrimmage, they must occupy one of the three following posi tions, viz . : (I) All five of such players may be inside the posi tions occupied by the players at the ends of the line of scrim mage, in which case two of the s e players must be at least fiv e yards back this line; o r (2) if one of the said five players be 'outside of the position occupi e d by the player at the end of said line, then only one other of these 1).ve players must be at lea s t five yards back of this lin e ; but (3) all five of these players may be nearer tha n five yards-to the line of scrimmage, pro vided two of them b e outside the positi ons oc;.<;upied by the play e rs at the ends of s aid line . In this rule "outside" means both feet out s ide the outside foot of th e play e r at the end of the line. D:JW NS. If a havmg the ball is tackled, and the movement o f the ball stopped, or if the player cri e s " down , " the referee shall blow his whistle, and the s i de holding the ball shall put it down for a scrimmage. As soon a s a runn e r attempting to go through is tackled and goes down , b e ing h e ld b y an opponent 1 or when ever a runner having the b all in his _ p oss ession cries o r if he goes out of bound s , the r e f e ree s hall blow his whistle and the ball shall be consid e red d own at that spot. There shall ' be no piling up on the player after the referee has declared the !)all dead . • ff, in three consecutive downs ( unles the ball crosses the g o al line), a team ha s neith e r advanced ball ' five yards, nor taken it back tw enty yard s , it shall go to the opponents on tbc spot of .the fourth d

' • , Prof. Fourmen: I would consider it an everlasting favor if you would suggest to me what means-if any-could I employ in order that I may grow a little more. I am only 5 feet J inches, and am twenty years and three months old; my weight is IJ8 pounds. I constantly work indoors, and outside of my-, height I am in first-class condition. I would like to see an answer in Tip Top, if an answer is possible, and forever oblige, , . A -SOUTHERN READER. You probably will not grow very much more after having r:eached that age, but exercise and following a general course of !raining will do all for you that can be, expected. _ , Founnen : ' l am a reader of ;Tip top Weekly, and think I will ask a few questions in behalf of my brother, Philip, wbo is seven year,s old, and wishes o correct a fe.w weakne s ses. I. He wants to know how to strengthen his neck, and reduce his waist. Here are his measurements: Height, J f et inches; age, seven years three months; reach, 45 inches; height to sternum is ' J6Y, inches; height, sitting, 25 inches; biceps, 7 inches; forearm, inc;hes; calf, IO inches; thighs, inches; waist, 2JY, inches; weight, 55 pounds; nec1$, ' ro inches; • shoulders, I2Y, inches; circumference of shoulders, 28Y, ihches; chest, contracted 25 , inches, normal 25Y, im:hes, expanded 26 inches. 2. How are these measurements ' for a seven-year-old boy? J. Philip wishes to know what diet and exercises ' he should take. Please answer in the Tip Top columns. With many -thanb for your time, we are, H. ]'. AND PHILIP ELLIS. 1 Your brother is a well-developed boy, and bids fair to be on the high road to becoming ;t good young athlete . Have him follow my instructions in . Nos . 265, 266, 268, and 269 of Tip Top, for ' Prof. Fourme'n: I have be.en interested in Tip Top from No I to date: ' l w , ish to know if there are any special .ilefec\s rn my and if so how , to r emedy th em. l\lly , meas: urements follo\v: Age, sevent_een,.ycars; \ yeight, IJ7 po\l.nds ; height, 5 feet l0,;4 inc!;es; calves, right lJ!4 inches, left IJ ..


. , inches; thighs, right l8Y, inches, lefr 18 inches; waist, 28 inches; chest, normq,l J1r inches, expanded 37 inches; shoulders, around inches, breadth 15,Y 8 feet, run the hundred-yards dash in 12 seconds, and run the fifty yards dash in 6 3-5 seconds. Do y6u not think these records very good? Yours truly, s. F. BONNER. .Your records are very good. Keep iq training, and you will 5ucceed in bell? and Whiteley exercisers are good, the latter especial.ly SQ for broadening the chest. 2. Increase time gradually from 12 minutes to 20 o 25. 3. Get my article on jumping, published in Tip Top. Fourmen: I am. thirteen years ten months . old, and weigh 105 po . unds, and am 5 feet ro inches in height. Would you pleasci tell me what pound dumbbells I ought to use to develop a st,rqng and healthy muscle.? Please would you tell me what I col<;l 4o for my arms and legs after an exercise. I feel so sore in , rny arms and legs I can hardly stand. Th.anking you for your. 3.dvice, I remain; -yours truly, GEORGE SCHWARZ. I. Pse one-pound dumbbells, and daily. . ll. Always ru)? your arms and legs with lcohol affer exercis-1 ing, a.ncl you w.ill find the .soreness leaving you. ' Prof.: Fourme11 . : I have read your books. I will kindly ask ypu to answer a few questions: I am 5 feet tall; arms are 24 long, 34 inches around waist, weigh 135 pounds, and I .am fourteen years old. I practice morning and evening a _ t jumph1g. Do you think I am foo heavy? . What will reduce a persoi1's weight? Will candy make a person fat? !'lease tell ine what ki11q of food to eat. If you wlll these questions, I will be . obliged, _ Yours ,truly, Atwood, Ill. , :You are sonfi! too heavy for your height. To r . edijce ypur weight, go into a reg1,1l_ar cours e .of trah1ing. S\vaets .:tend to one fat. Eat gcod, substantial food , a".oidi]lg starchy foods, crea.tn. and fat meats. Prof. Fourmen: -yon _ S .-I work. in a tobacco . shop . Does it harm me? P. M. L. You are about the average. Use dumbbells and chest weights to strengthe n your arms, and chest wei ghts with special head harness attachment for neck exercise . To straighten your legs, run on your toes, drawing your ' knees up in front as far as you can on each stride. . Pro: Will you answer . .the folfowing questions? l . am sixteen years old, wetgh. . I.JO pounds, am 5 feet 8. inches high, can stand and jump 9 feet,_ run .ind jump 16 feet; can jrop 4"'feet 2 inches high; lying on my _ back, I can ' lift 75 pounds ai:n:i:>, How are these measurements? I have never taken any regular trainiu_g, except bicycle riding. How can I _my. conditiol}? . Whe n training should you gain or lose in weight? . walking 6n the hands, turning handsprings and airset, good Yours J. L. R. r. Your measurements are fair. 2. Follow the course of training I have prescribed in Tip Top No. 265. 3 . Some athletes lose, while ot)1ers gain weight. 4 . This will strengthen the muscles of the arms.


! .................................................. ............................... . . 0 . I Foot Ball Contest Tip ': t • i To decide the Scholastic and Amateur Club Championship of America. I i • 550 i one of the winni n g teams will receive t i One Regulation Rugby F9ot Ball-550 in Alt. f i The Greatest Prize Offer Ever M ade i n the United States for any Athle_!:ic Contest. i + b That TIP TOP a warded as t h e priz e t n las t year's Foot Ball Contest ; . i em em er t h e Complete Foot Ball Outfit for One Entire Team. : I That T I P TOP awarded as prizes in this :i.::ear's Baseball Tournamen : . • • Four, Complete Baseball Outfits for Four Entire Teams. : Magnificent Prizes! Splendid Opportunities! : : 'Demember That TIP TOP now O ffer s 550-RUOBV FOOT BALLS-550 in the : + , Second Annual TIP TOP Foot Ball Contest. : • t I G reater Opportunities ! Better Chan,ces More Winners ! ; This time t han ever before. Get aboard when \he first whistle blows and keep your places till you land some of the ., . • grea t crop of Footballs . i Now's You r Tllll" e Managers I pon•t J e t this spl e ndid opportunity ,sli p t h rough your fingers. Get your team i n trim at once and get .... 1 n you.r coupons for e very game dunn g the seato:ou. i + T hoi;e t eams having t b e best scores at the cl ose of the Sea•on will be declared the winne r s . The tea lil' havin g t h e b e $ t record will be declared i . THE TIP TOP C HAnPIONSHIP Tt:AM OP 1902 , and I n addition to rei:nla r prize w ill reccl\e-An All Silk P cnnant -l>earing the legend which + ann ounces-Theil C hampionsl 1 ip. All Officia l Scores will be pul>Jished Ill T i p Top W"ekly. ' fhe contest will b e decide d on the score s vublished i n Tip Top. Don't miss a single game I A c o upon for every game! • R d Th n t• For making out Score Coupons: The manaR:cr o f each c o mpetit1g team after e very game should write I • ea ese tree tons the names of h i s 11! L h e left hand column of coupon i n such a manner that the positio n of.the • re spectiv e players are tt1

TIPTOP PRIZE GALLERY SECOND ANNUAL PHOTOfiRAPHIC CONTEST PRIZE PHOTOGRAPH No. 3 PRIZE PHOTOGRAPH No. 5 " 'PUT 'EM OVER" I PRIZE PHOTOGRAPH No. 4 .. OETTIN' FITZ" A FULL PHOT06RAPHIC OUTFIT For the Best Amateur Tip Top Photograph of any Athletic Event or Athletic Team a/VEN as a PRIZE COME ON, BOYS! 'fiET YOUR CAMERAS AT WORK If you want a Fine and Comple t e Photoiraphlc Outfit, here l s your cha n ce. All you have to do Is to get a good, clear picture of snyolthe following subjects: 1 . A Baseball Game 4. A Hurdle Race 7. A Shot Put 10. An Athlete 2. A Basketball Game 5 . A Pole Vault 8. A Hammer Throw 11. A Bicycle Race 3. A Swimming Match 6 . A High Jump 9. An Athletic Team 12. A Wrestling Match , 13. An Ice Hockey Game 14. A Skating Match ALSO SEND A DESCRIPTION Of WHAT THE PICTURE REPRESENTS Pr ze P hotogr aphs Nos . 3 and 4 were e ntered i n t h e Contest b y W. G . Dryer, o f '''a.k e fi eld, P l'ize Photogr aph No. 5 was entere d in t h e Contest b y Elbert Watkins, of G reeu ville, Ill. Our Artist Will Act as Judge". Jn the Contest THE BEST PHOTOGRAPH WINS THE PRIZE




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