Dick Merriwell's trap, or, Snaring a spook

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Dick Merriwell's trap, or, Snaring a spook
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Standish, Burt L. 1866-1945
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. issued Weekly. By Subscription $z.50 per year. Entered as S.cond Class Matter at New York Post Office by STREET & SMI1'11, 238 ?Vtl/iam St., N. Y. No. 348. Price, Five Cents. PORTER JUMPED AT DIC K WITH B OTH FEET, INTENDING T O PUT HIM. OUT OF THE GAME. --"'---------------------------


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;i-Wujly. Jly Sul>scrtpti;Jn pw ,,_r. En/wed tis S-ecnd Oass Mattw ill 1114 N. Y. Post Office , STREET & SMITH, ]8 Williatll SI., N. T. EtStwed acctff'ditSgto Act Pf Conzru& ,.,. Ille year 1qoa, i1' the Office Pf tlu Librarian of Congreu, Was1"ilrton, I>. C. No. 348. NEW YORK, December 13; 1902. • Price Five Cents. DICK MERRIWl:LL'S TRAP: OR, Spook . . . , By BURT L. STANDISH. CHAPTER L CHESTER FINDS A MASTER. Migt. tel Bunol was waiting for Chester Arlingi:on in the corrido r. Chester started and hes itated when hi! saw the dark shadow skulking in the g l oom by the door of his room. "What do you want?" he ask e d. "To s ee you!" returned the Spanish lad, :n a low tone that chilled Chester's blood. "You had better g et out!" excl a imed Arlington. "I clo not trust you." He was afraid of Bunol, even though he knew Dick IVIerriwell , !1a_d captured and retained the knife the young Spaniard generally carried. Miguel knew Chester was afraid, and he laughed i n a low, cold manner. "You come," he comma;1ded. "I want to t:il k to you. I have some few things to say, and I say them. If I not say them to you, then I go to Professor Gunn, and I talk to him. You take your choice, you talk to me in you r room where nobody hear us, or you let me go to Professor Gunn." "You had bette r pack up an,d get out of here in a hurry. If you go to Professor Gunn, it is likefy the professor will have evidence enoug h to ca use you to I be placed unde r arrest. You know what has happened. Capta in Thor, of the Springvale team, has betrayed you, ancl--" '"\Ve will not talk of it out here," said Bu1101,. sharply. "In your room we talk. Either that, or I go t o Professor Gunn and tell him a big lot of many things." "Confound it, Bnnol ! I'm not to . blame for the scrape you a r e in! You brought it on yourself, and new-"


2 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "All ri ght!" excl a imed Buno l , turning a w ay . "I g o to the He seemed in earnest, but Arlington's heart was suddenly filled with apprehens i on , an d he called to this dark faced lad, whom he had brought to Fardale, an act he now .greatly regretted. "\Vait !" he said. "If it is only to talk to me, ;you can come in t o my room." " A s you like," said Miguel , pausing. . "If you like it better for me to talk to profes so then I go to him." have to make some so r t of a bargain with him!" thought Chester. "He can make i t very un comfortable for me if he goes to old Gunn and tells all he knows." So he put aside his fear of Bunol, unlocked ' his door and as k ed the young Spaniard in. A rlingt o n hastened . to light a lamp and removed the s ha de, so that the light fell on Bunol's face. He wished t o w atch that face, thin king it would be the E.afest thin g to do. Bunol clos ed the door , carefully. He came and stood by the open fireplace. " N ow , w hat do you wi s h to s ay to me?" asked Ch este r . "I a m in bad scrape/' said Bunol. "That' s right," nodded the o the r lad. " Yo u shall help me out of it." "I?" "Si, Chester Arlington; I say you." "vV ell, you must think me a very forgiving chap I" e;aid Che s ter, with a sneer. "You know how you got into th i s scrape . You did it trying to hurt me . You ders . But i t di d n o t work, and yo u found y o u r s elf in the s o up when 'llhor con fr on t ed you a few minutes . ago in Merdwell's room and swore that you gave h i m the papers. "The jig is up, Bunol. B y this piece @f business you hav e ruined yourself here at Fardale, and you will have to leav e the academy. Dick Merri well gives you until morning to depart. He" will let you go without punishment i f you ge t o u t quietly. You' ll have to go." B u nol leaned against the side of the fireplace . "If I go, " he said , "you go with me." Chester ' s heart lea p ed. "Why, hang it!" he exclaimed; "what do you mean? " "I mean t h e thing that I say. You bring me here to Fardale, I take yo u w ith me when I go from here." "I guess not I You'll go, and I shall stay." "Then soon you will be expelled in disgrace, which will . please your mother, which will give your sister great' happ in ess, which . will m a ke your fa ther proud!" I . "I say it, for I s hall go to Professor Gunn, and I shall t ell him all the many things you do , of which \I know. I s h all tell him how you do so many things to injure Deck Merriwcll. How you cut down the bridge, so that Mcrriwell and the girl come so near t o drown . I shall tell who was there, so they be ealled to prove my word. I shall tell how--"" See here, Bunal, what's your pricel I will . pay .. m i sjudged Thor, for you thought he would gladly use the plans on the papers you stole. 'You stole those "Now you talk sense I" said Bunol, in satisfaction. p a pers from Dick Merriwell's room and turned them "You know well I can ruin you quick. You should o v e r to Capt a i n Thor. If h e u s ed them, of course he not think my price it is small. If so you think it is wou1d not t hink of betraying you. You had no doubt to fool yourself." about his using them, and so you placed yourself in Chester was desperate. Already . he had drawn so his hands . But . he . did not use them. Instead, he heavily upon his mother that he feared to ask for more turned the papers over to Lawyer Bradbury, who sealed . money. His mother had confidence in ' hi:n; she bcthem up and delivered them to Dick Merriwell . In lievcd him the finest lad alive; it would not do to let the meantime, ' you had made arrangements to have her know that he must have money in order to hush the bla me of stealing the pa.pen thrown on my shoul-the tongue of thi1 fellow who mi2'ht dia,KTaee him. . /


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 3 "If you ask for much," said Arlington, desperately, "you will not get it , for I cannot get it myself." "You get all you want." . Chester explained how imposs i ble it was for him to pull another large sum, but his words did not seem to impress Bunol, who grimly said: "It is one thousand dollars I will have if I go." "And you know I can't get it! Confound you! you're crazy!" The Spanish lad shrugged his shoulders. "It is the 'price," he said, coldly. Arlington paced the ro om, his face pale and his eyes gleaming. His hands were thrust deep into his pockets. "I was a lunat i c to place myself in your power!" he nally snarled. "I have seen you use your power on others," said Bunol. "I know how you have no pity. I know how you make the mernbers of the athletic committee do just as you say, because you find out some of th e ir secrets and y o u threat en to expose them. I know what you do to Joe Savage when you ha v e the I 0 U p a pers he giYe y o u and he is afraid you send them to h i s mother. Now I treat you just as I see you treat them. You have to come to time." Arlington threw up his hands. "I'll 'quit!" he groaned. "I'll get out of Fatdale ! It's all I can do!" " No," said Miguel. "There is one thing other you can do." "\:Vhat ?" "Deek Merriwell make to your mother a promise not to do some thing to injttre you." "Well?." "You go to him; you tell him it ruin you if Migticl / Bunol must leave the school. You do that, so that head. "You ask me to go to Dick Merri well and beg -beg, beg! I can't do that!" "Oh, a ll right!" said Miguel, coolly rolling a ciga rette. The fellow was not for he felt that he had conquered. He saw that Arlington was wavering and ready to surrender. It was g all and wdrmwood to Chester to be forced into appearing as a• supplicant to Dick Merri well , whom in his heart of hearts he still hated as much as ever. But there was no other escape for him. He must humble himself before Merriwell or get out of Fardale. If he defied Bunal the fellow would disgrace him; he had not the least doubt of that. "I'll p a y you the thousand d o llars," he suddenly said. Bunal lifted his heav1 black eyebrows in surprise. _ you say you cannot get it," he observed. and it was plain that he felt disappointment in this deci sion of Chester. "I can't-all at once." "Then--" "I'll get part of it-say a hundred dollars at first. I will p a y you that. You leave the academy. I will get the rest as fast as I can and send it to ybu." ' Buno! struck a match and lighted his cigarette. "I am not so much a ' big fool," he said. "I take it all at o nce. That is the only way." "But you'll get it! I can't pay you all at once. It will be hard to rai se the hundred. I shall have to sacr ifice many things. I shall have to let some of this stuff here go. But I will do that. It is ail I can do." Bunal had not taken three whiffs from the cigarette, but he flung it into the grate and turned toward the of his promi se. Then y o u say td him that if he does door. not mean to be to you the ruin he must keep it still about Miguel Bunol. He must not make it so that Bunal m us t lea ve the sch ool. You do that, so that I can stay, and I will be still about you." J "Great Heavens!" groaned Chester, dropping on a chair and passmg a trembling hand across his fore-"Where--'where are you going?" asked Chester , un steadily. "To Professor Gunn," was the answer. "Come back here-come back!" cried Arlington, jumping up in the greatest agitation. Bunal paused.


4 .TIP TOP WEEKLY. "Why back?" he asked. "It is no arrange ment we can make." "Yes we can!" declared Chester. "I'll go to Merrivvell and sec what I can do!" He had surrendered. CHAPTER II. ARLINGTON ASKS "" FAVOR, .It was the hardest thing in the world fqr Chester Arlington to humble himself to Dick Merriwell, but he realiz ed that it was . t he only thing he could do to save himself. Chester was proud, and the thought of disgrace at Fardale galled him terribly. He had held his head high here at school, had regarded him -far better than the "common herd," of which Mer riwell was one, and had felt confident of final triumph over the lad he hated. ' To leave Fardale Academy in disgracc--he could not think of it! But Bunol had made it ' necessary for him to go to "See here," Chester suddenly exclaimed, "I'm com pelled to ask a favor of you, Merriwell. I don't like to do it, you may be sure of that, but I have to do it, regardless of my feelings." "Go ahead," said Dick, suppressing a smile. "You know Bunol ?" y "I should say so I" "You know the fellow came here with me. My father and his father wer e friends, that's how it hap-' pened," lied Chester. "I'm sorry I suggested to him that he come here. He's a treacherous rascal." "Which he pro ved in stealing those papers and trying to put the theft on you. Evidently he wishes to . . ,, m1ure you now. "Yes. He's ' sore on me. That's just it He wishes to injure me, and he'll do it, I'm afraid. You know every fellow gets into some pranks. Well, I'm no saint-never preten ded to be. This snake has found out everyth in g I have done. You know about that bridge trick, Merriwell. I cut the bridge, but I did 4t to duck you, because you ducked me before that. Dick Merriwell and beg a favor in ord er to save him -,1 wanted to get even. I didn't mean to throw Doris self. He could not force h imself to it at once. That Templeton into the water." e venin g Dick went over to the village,. and Chester "If I had fancied that you did," said Dick, grimly, waited for him on the road. "you'd not be in Fardale now, I tell you that! If you The moon was shining clear and cold as Dick came out of the village and strode briskly away toward the I academy. His shadow kept close beside him, gliding along over the ground. Beneath a leafless maple tree just on the outskirts of the village Arlington waited until he saw Dick ap pear. He had been kicking his heels together and moving about to keep warm. to meet Merriwcll. At once he stepped out ! "Hello!" exclaimed Dick, in surprise, for he rec ognized Chester. you would be along.soon," said Arling ton. "That's why I stopped here and waited." "You were waiting for m e?" "Yes. :' Arlington walked at Dick's side. He hesitated and choked as he attempted to speak . ":\'Vhat' I his game now r thought Mcrriwcll. had not done your best to save her after she was s wept into the pool , I should have carried the matter before the faculty. The fact that you nearly lost your life trying to save her caused me to hold my hand and let you off without further punis hment." "That was kind of you," said Chester, humbly, <\!though his heart was seething wi t h rage at the thought of being humbled before his ' enemy. "I appreciate i t now, even if I haven't before. Then y ou know about that little joke of shutting you in the old You go t squar e for that, too." Chester shivered as he thought of the ducking stool rigged up by Dick and his friends. Arlington and his ' four companions were all ducked in the cold waters of Lily Lake . " Yes," laughed Dick, "I be liev e little piece of business was beautifully squared up." "In fact, you have evened up for about everything.•


TIP TOP WEEKLY. s "Perhaps you arc right." "And you have not been the fellow to blow on me; I give you that credit." "Thanks!" said Dick, with a touch of sarcasm. "But now here is this snake Bunol who swears he will go to the faculty and tell all he knows before he 'eaves Fardale !" "Well, that' s rough !" "Rough I vVhy, he'll ruin me I " "He may, that' s a fact." "If he does it I'll be hauled over coals and ex-1 • pd led from the school." looks that way." "Now, sec here, Merriwe111, you're not such a ba

6 TIP TOP WEEKLY. Even at this moment he carried her locket, in which was her picture. Arlington was wise enough to give Dick time. "Hold your hand until I can pack up and get away," he finally said. "I'll leave sometime before Monday night:" After a few minutes, Dick observed: "I'll think this matter over, A : rlington. Perhaps you won't have to go." "I've won!" thought Chester, exultantly. CHAPTER Ill A L<\NG WORD. So Miguel Bunol triumphed for the time and re mained in Fardale. He smiled over his success and felt that his power over Chester Arlington was com plete. At the same time, he chuckled at the thought that Chester had been ab .le to sway Dick Merriwell, and Bonol was shrewd enough to understand how this had been accomp l i s hed. He knew all about Dick's admiration for June Arlington, and he had counted on that to win for him in case Chester could be made desperate enough to humble himself before Di ck. Chester felt mean enough. The fact that Dick had held his hand did not make him, in his heart of hea::-ts, any friendlier toward the captain of the football team. He had been to ask a favor o'f Dick, to al most beg for it, to let Dick know he could cause h i m to leave Fardale ! Ah! that was bitterness! Of course Merriwell chuckled over it to himself. Of course he would put on superior airs. Oh, it was hard to endure! Such thottghts as these made Chester satisfied that he hated Dick more than ever before. "But I must . not let him know it-now!" he said . "I've got to pretend that I have changed to a friend! That is a part of the game. Some day, when I have crushed him-and crush him I will !-I'll laugh at him and tell him I always hated him. My day of trito escape may bring about your further entanglement. Already your plots and tricks have brought you to a point where you have seen disgrace staring you in the face. , Already by way of punishment you been compelled to a favor of the lad you hate so bitterly-have been compelled to humble yourself to him. The plotting, crafty, wicked fellow may seem to succeed for a time. His pians may seem to go right, and his prosperity may cause those who know of his crookedness to wonder; but surely the day comes when he finds his plotting has brought about his undoing, when he realizes at last that his scheming has wrought disaster and disgrace for him. But Chester Arlingt o n was young, and he had not learned this great lesson of life. He fancied that luck h a d brought about his present misfortune, not that it was the direct result of his own bad acts. Of c o urse Bra d Buckhart expected Dick to drive Mi g uel Bunol from the school, and he could not un de r stand it at all when Dick decided to hold his hand . and let the Spanish lad remain. For once Dick did not ma k e the e x pl a nation full and complete. He did not confess to the Texan that the departure of Bunol from Fardale meant also the departure of Arlington ; that Arlington's departure meant that his sister 'lvould come to the village no more, for which reason Dick did his best to hush the m a tter up and let it drop quietly. "I allow I never . reckoned he was qui t e that easy," muttered the "Westerner, regretfully. "When I first knew him he had a temper like cold steel, and he was froced to hold onto it all the time . . \Somehow he has . changed. Holding onto that temper has become easy for him, an

• TIP TOP WEEKLY. mastery over h i s quick temper and unreasoning > dis position without a struggle, and he / admired him for it. The agitation over Arlington's fight to get onto the athletic committee and his sudden and amazing nation from it had died out. No one save a certain few understood ' why Chester had resigned almost im m ediately a fter being elected. Sometimes the boys . . talked it over a little and wondered at it. But things were moving at Fardale. Football game followed football game. The hockey team had been organized and was making ready for a n active season. The basketball team had been in practice some tinie. Ther e was talk of an in-door baseball team . Of course athletics and sports were not the only things to take up the time a t the school. The boys had their stud i es and drills. 'I'he members of the football team had been excused from drilling during the season, but the others were put through their paces regularly. 9f these drills, and inspections, and parades little need be said her;e, for those characters in whom we are most interested had made up the football team and took no part in the exercises. But there were studies and lectures they could not miss. Profesor Gunn might be easy witp them; not eo Professor Gooch. He demanded their attendance and attention in the classroom. He was opposed to athletics of all sorts, and he took delight in detaining members of the football team to listen to some dry as-dust talk of his when they felt that they should be out on the field getting in some pract ice. As Gooch, his spectacles on his nose, droned away one day about the Punic Wars, and Hannibal and Rome, and the destruct i on of Carthage , Ted Smart noticed that Billy Bradley, who sat next to him, was napping. Ted thrust his elbow into Bradley ' s ribs . "Ouch I" grunted Billy , with a start and a snort. Professor Gooeh looked at him seve r ely and continued in his droning voice : "Of the general character and history of the Carth aiiniana,. from the foundinr of the citY. down to the wars with Rome, less is known than of any oth e r gre;it r nation of antiquity." "I'm glad to see you arc so interested, Sir Will iam." whispered Ted, as Billy was dozing off again . "Eh?" grunted with another start. "Er-'Cr-hum !" snorted Gooch, glaring at Billy over his spectacles, while Ted sat up very strai ght and looked supremely innocent and interested . Billy was flustered and confused. He fanc i ed Gooch had asked him a question, and he retorte d : "Ya-as, ya-as, Hi quite hagree with you, sir. " Whereupon there was a suppressed titter, and t he professor, thinking Billy was trying to be "smart" a nd make sport, said: "This is a matter of history, young man, and it makes little difference whether you agree or not." "Hexcuse me!" gasped Billy, almost collapsing. Gooch continued : "With the exception ?f a few on medals and coins, a score of verses in one of the comedies of Plautus, and the periplus of Hanno, not a solitary relic of has been preserved." "How sad!" whispered Smart. Then he snuggled over closer to Bradley. "Say," he whispered, "what's the longest word in the English language?" "Hi dunno," confessed Billy. "But Hi'll bet hany thing Professor Gooch uses hit hevery day." "Not so bad for you!"admitted Ted, for, as a rule, Billy was extremely dense and slow to see . the point of , a joke. -"But you'll be surprised when I tell you . .. The longest word in the English language ia smiles . " ' Billy showed interest at first, then looked doubtful, mildly surprised, absolutely astonished, and finally pos itively rebellious . "Go hon!" he hissed back at Ted: "Hi know bet-• tcr ! . Hare you taking me for a fool ?" "Oh, dear, no I " said Ted. "I wouldn't think of such a . thing I" Ted had a way of saying exactly opposite what he meant . "Hi know a 'undred bother wordt that hare lonrer .,. whi$percd Bradlq,.


8 TIP TOP WEEKLY . "I'll bet you a treat you name one word longer than sm iles," returned Smart, with great earnestness. "I-Ii'll 'ave to go you._ . Hit's dead heasy. Hi'll give you the first word Hi think of. Hit's transubstantia tion . 'Ow is that?" .,, "It i sn't a patch," asserted Smart. "Look at the short distance between the first and last letters in that word." "Hey? \"JV ell, look at the shorter dist . ance between the first h an d l as t letters hin your word. Hi 'av e got you!" "Not on your tint y pe! There is a mile between the fir:, t and bst letters in smiles," Bi;ly gaspe<.l for breath and grew so excited that there was danger of his aga in attracting the atten tion of th e droning professor. "A mile?" he gailled. "You h2.re a blooming hidi o t ! 'Ow do yo u tha , t hout ?" "It's easy," assured Smart. "If you don't believe it, just knock off the first and last lett ers of smiles ancl spell what is left. I'm s ure you will find it a 'mile.' " Billy frowned, glared, wrote "smiles" on the margin oi a leaf in the book he carried, drew a line after the first "s" and before the last "s," and found that there really and truly was a "mile " between those two let ters, wh er eupo n he had convulsions and Professor Gooch paused and stared at him in wondering amaze ment. "Woo! woo! woof!" came in a series of explosive grunts from Bradley, who was d o ing his best to "hold . " lll. "Really, sir," said Gooch, severe ly , "if you feel as bad as that you may leave the room at once." "Woo! woo! Thank you, sir!" said Billy, and he hustled out to have further c onrnlsio ns in the a nte room. .. CHAPTER IV. BILLY BECOMES DISGUSTED. Billy was waiting for the others when they filed ou t of the classroom . He took great delight in r epeating a ny story that he heard . 10n t h is occasion he seized o n C hip J olliby as a fit sub ject to try the story on fir st . • "Hi say, hold fellow," he said, lock i n g a r ms with the lank c11ap. "What i s the longest word hin the Henglish language?" "Ru-ru-ru-rubber," said C hip, promptly . I "Hi ham hin h earnest," declared Bradley. . " W hat his the longest word?" "Ru-ru-ru-rubber," stu t tered Chip, once more . "That's the l ongest wo r d." • " 'Ow do you make that bout?" "Why, if it ain't lul-lul-long enough you can sus s u s s tretch it, " said J olliby, with a grin. But this did not s a tisfy Bradley . "Yon can't stretch hit long henough," he sa id. "Hi know a word with a mile between the first hand last letters." "Now you sus-sus-stop !" cha ttered Chip . "Hi can prove hlt, .. insis te d Billy. "What's the word?" demanded Joliiby. "It's laugh s," declared Bradley, triumphantly, giv ing the lank l a d a poke in the ribs . " 'Ow is that for 'igh? Hisn't that pretty good, eh?" To his surprise, Chip lo oke d blank and puzzled. "Well, hif you ain't a chump!" exploded Bradley, in disgust. "Just spell between the first and last hand see hif hit hisn't a mile!" With which he rele as ed Jolliby and turned away, c om plet e ly dismayed over his ill-success . Smart, who had kept near enough to hear all this, was forced to pre ss his hand over h i s mouth to prevent a shout of laughter. "Hi wonder what the matter was," thought Brad ley. " 'E didn't seem to s ee the point: Hi'll try hanother fellow." He sidled up to Brad Buckhart. "Hi say, Buck'art," he said, "wha t is the longest word hin the He.nglish language. Give hit Imp?" "I reckon I'll have to, vVilliam," said the Texan . "'Nhat is the longest word?" He looked at Billy in such a way that the Cockney youth was confused, and stammered : "Hit-hit's giggles. I-Iif you don' t believ e hi t , j us t spell betw e en t he first hand last letters hand y ou ' ll fin d a mile. 'Ow h i s that?"


TIP TOP vVEEKL Y. 9 , The Texan looked Billy over. "You hare a lot hof blawsted th.ick-'eaded Yan-"Whatever kind of loco weed have you been eatkees !" he raged. "Hover hin hold Hengland--" ing ?" he exclaimed. "You're plumb loony for sure." Then he strode away, leaving Billy scratching head and looking puzzled and bewi!dere

IO TIP TOP WEEKLY. "My dear Bradley I" exclaimed Dick, u if alioc:ked. lonr I stayed there, but when I rubbered out the spook "It's not proper to speak that way of your parents I., At this the others shouted with laughter, while Brad ley was utterly at a loss to comprehend the cause of their merriment. "You re a 'ole lot of hiddiots !'. ' he cried, his disgust br eaking all bounds. "You heven laugh at a fool!" "Don't-don' t cast reflections on yourself!" sai'cl . Smart. Billy reached for him, but Ted knew better than to fall into those muscular hands, and he dodged away. "Hi'll 'ave nothing more to do with you!" declared the Cockney lad , a s he turned and stalked out of the room. A nd the laughter him added to his disgust as he clo sed the door. CHAPTER V. THE SPOOK APPEARS. Teet. Smart saw it first, but no one believed him whe n he told about it. Ted declared that he turned over in bed and beheld a white, ghostly form . floating slowly and silently across the room about two feet . fr o m the floor. He also declared that he could see thro u gh the white form and discern solid objects on the further side. But every one knew Smart was given to exaggeration, a\id so they laughed. "Did you really see anything at all?'' asked one. ''Oh, no!" exclaimed Ted, derisively; "I didn't see a thing. I am stone blind, and I can ' t sec anything." "But it was dark." " Oh, the moon didn't shine in at the window at all!" retorted the little fellow. "It was dark as pitch! I can see better in the dark than I can in the daylight I" All of which meant exactly the opposite. "Well, what w a s the spo9 k doing in your room, Smart?" "Ask m e ! J ust floa ting round , I . fancy. But when the o ld thing floa ted my way I jus t sat up and said, ' Sh o o!' like that. The thing stopped and stretched out a h an d to w a r d me. I said, ' Oh, Lord!' and went righ t down un der the bedclothes. I don ' t know how was pie." "A pretty bad case of nightmare," was the verdict. But Ted did not accept it. He insisted that some thing ha .cl been in his room. True his door was locked when he got up and looked around, and the "some thing" ,.,as gone. Ted wa s t he la s t fellow at Fardale to be able to impre s s any one with such a story. They guyed him at ever y opportunity about it. One after another the boys came to hhn and asked him to tell them about the "spook." They \

TIP TOP WEEKLY. I I to make out the white figure, which had the general semblance bi a human being. . . Joe thought of Smart's spook story. "Rot!'! he told himself. "That's what's the, matter. I must be dreaming." He delibera t ely pinched himself, discovering that he was ,ery wide awake. The thing seemed to be looking straight at him, and a feeling of unspeakable queerness froze him stiff in bed. He tried to convince himself that it was a case of imagination, but the longer he looked the plainer he collld see the ghostly figure. After a while he became convinced that there really was something white there at the foot Qf the bed. Then through the room again sounded that long, low, tremulous sigh. It was expressive of unspeaksadness, and about it there was something in human and spirit like. Savage felt himself getting cold as ice. He began to shiver so that the bed shook. In that moment he was ashamed of himself, for he was not a fellow who believed in such nonsense as ghosts. Summoning all his will power, he set up in bed, expecting the thing would vanish, in which case he be satisfied it was an hallucination of some 5ort. Instead of v a nishing , th e ghost st r etched out a hand toward Joe as if to grasp him. Immediately Savage lay down again. The thing slowly mo . ved away, disappearing from VlC\V. Joe lay there, hearing Gorman still breathing regu larly and stentoriously, but straining his ears for some other sound. The door leading from his room to the corridor not in view. Joe had remained silent thus a full minute or more. At la s t he forced himself to get out of bed and step out of the alcove into the room. He was still shaking, but he lod ked about in vain for t he spook. The thing had vanished frorp the room. He crossed the floor quickly and tried the door. It was locked. -"Well," said Savage, to himself, "I wonder if I really did see anything I I'm almost ready to swear I did, and yet--" . He lighted a match and looked a.round as well as . he could. Lights were not permitted in the rooms at that hour, but he did not believe any one would ob serve the light from a burning match. The striking of the match broke Gorman's slumber. He choked, started and sat up. He saw Savage in the middle of the room, holding the lighted match above his head. "What's up?" grunted Abe, rubbing his eyes. "I am," answered Joe. "What are you looking for?" "The spook." "Hey?" "I saw it," said Savage. "What's the matter with you?" growled Gorman, in deep disgust. "Come back to bed." The match . burned Joe's fingers and he dropped it. "I sa"".'. something," he declared. "Been dreaming," mumbled Gorman, lying down. But the darkness seemed to convince Joe that he had really and truly seen something. "No," he declared, grimly, "I know saw some thing at the foot of the bed." "Pooh!" ejaculated Abe, and he got into a comfort-,, able position and prepared to sleep again. After returning to bed Joe lay a long time thrnking the matter over. not a fool," he thought, "and I am ready to bet my life that there was some kind of a thing in this room." The impression settled en him so he found it almost impossible to get to sleep. As he lay thus 1a sudden wild yell echoed through the corridors, followed by a commotion. had left the bed at a single bound as the yell rang out. Another bound seemed to take him to the door of his room. He found some difficulty in un locking the door, as the key was not in the lock, and


12 TIP TOP WEEKLY. ' • he was compelled to It from t n e fiook where it hun g and u s e it to unlock the door. . By the time he got outside , w ith Gorman at his heels, t he corr i dor was swarminewith exci t ed cadets i n t h eir nigh t garments. "What ' s t h e rac ket?" asked Sav age, o f the n ear est fello w . " J i m \i\Tilson saw a ghost,' ; was the laughing ans w er. "Wouldn't that jar you!" But . immediately Savage was eager to question W ilson. Thi s was prevented, however, at this time, as the boys were hustled intq their rooms. "What do you think of that?" asked J oc, When he Gorman were pack in their ' room. "Jim Wilson ' s a scare-baby ," returned G o rm a n . . "If any o t her fellow had yelled like that I'd thought it a j ok e t o get up a sensation . . Wilson would never think o f such a thing. " " But I saw something here i n this very room a while ago . " . "Don' t tell anybody that," sneered Abe, as he again prepared sleep. "They'll take you for a b i g chump . " . Gorm a n was a fel10w who liked to sleep , and he d eclined to make any further talk. During t he r emainder of the night all was qui e t about the academy. CHAPTER VI. I THINGS MISSING. "Hey , Sava ge !" sa i d G orm an, as they w ere rusJiling through dressi n g in order to be present at roll call ; " where's my watch?" "How do I know? " returned Joe, as he buttoned h i s shirt. "Where y ou put it, I " No it isn ' t . It' s gone." "Well, I think you'll find i t if you loo k for it . " "But I can't find it)" snapped Gorman. "I left it right here on the tab l e la s t nig h t, where I leave it e v ery night. It's gone now. " "Well, yo u needn't loo k t o me for it!" flung bac . k S avage, wh o s e t empe r h a d b ee n ruffled b y t he to n e assumed by , his room m a te . "I hop _ e y p u don ' t thin k I took yo u r o l d w atch ? I h ave one of m y ow n , a n d H ey ! w he re's my knife?" Sav a ge was very neat an d trim i n his habits . a nd h e always cleane d h is m orn ing s w he n he ' reached a certain po i nt in h i s d r ess i n g . It w a s shortly after washing his face and fiands , as tnat was tli e t>cst time to do so. Just now he had thrust his hand into his p ocket for his knife , 9nly . to that it was go ne. Gorman p a id no atten t ion to Joe; but continued to loo k around for his watch, a sco w l on h i s face. Sav a ge felt hastily thro ugh his pockets, then tegan to look around him s elf. "Seen my k nife?" he dema n ded. "No!" snapped Abe ; " but I'd like to see my w a tch. It's mighty strange w here t hat wa tch has di s appe a red to." Joe stood still, hi s ha:nds in his pockets, thinking ; "I had that knife l a st n ight ," he muttered. "I s ha rpene d a pencil wit h i t . I was s ittin g righ t there b y the table. I pu t i t back int o m y pocket. Funny w h ere it's gone . " Then the t w o b o ys found t h em selv e s s tarin g sus piciously at each other. "My watch is va lu ab l e," s a id Gorman. "My knife was a pre s e n t from my mother," said Sav age. "I thought e v er ything of it." "My w atc h was a pres ent from m y father. It was wo r t h a ne a t littl e bit. " " I c a n't help that. I know it is a good watch . I You'll find it--" " I don ' t kno w abou t finding i t. I had it la s t ev:en ing. I woun d i t u p just t h e s a me a s u s ual before go ing t o bed. I remember ve ry dist in ct ly winding it." ''.Well, your wa t ch d idn' t walk out o f t hi s room, did it?" "How a b out y our knife?" T her e w a s l ittle s a tisfact i on in the s e q ue s tions, and t hey suddenly realized that they would hav e to hustle if they were to be on hand at roll call, whereupon they hastily completed preparations and scudded out of the roa>m, both in a v ery bad temper. After roll call and morning service there were a few i homents before breakfast. Savage came upon a group g ather e d a bout Go r man, w ho was telling of the m ys t eri ou s d is app earance o f hi s w atc h , Just as he c a m e up , Ji m \iVi. lson join ed th e group, "Los t you r watch t ig h t ou t o f y o u r room?" h e said . "\Vell, I l os t mine last n i g h t , s o I'm in the sa m e scr ape , " "Perh aps your ghost loo k it , J i m ," l aughe d one o f t h e g ro u p of lack "Ghost?'' e xcla i m ed Gorm an . "\i\Th y , c on fou n d it! S a v a ge sa i d s om ething a bout a gho st. I w o k e up in


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 13 the night and found him standing in the middle of the floor, holding a lighted match over his head. He was w hi tc as a sheet." "How about that,, Savage?" demanded several of • . the boys, who had noted the approach of Joe. I Savage shrugged his shoulders. "I wasn't going to say anything about it," he declared; "but I did see something in our room last night." Jim Wilson grew excited. "\iVhat was it like ? " he asked, wildly, much to the amusement of some of the boys. "Was it tall and white, with long arms, and did it just seem to float along without. making a sound?" "I couldn't see it very plltinly. It stood at the foot of the bed . But it was white." "Did it groan just awful?" "No; but it uttered a doleful sigh." "My ghost groaned. Gosh! It made my hair i:;tand right up. Then when the thing lifted its arm I just gave a yell. It vanished quick enough. I got out of the room. Don' t know how I got out there. Don't know how I opened the door. Perhaps it was open. I can't say. Laugh, you fello\vs ! I don't care! I tell you there was something in my room!" "I suppose you fellows know," said a tall, solemn lad, "that a chap committed suicide here at the academy once?" "No?" cried several. "Sure thing, " nodded the. tall fellow. ''Cut his throa t. He was daffy." "Dear me!" murmured Ted Smart, who had just strolled alo n g in company with Dick Merriwell. "What a delightful way to kick the bucket I I admire his taste !" "But was there a fellow who really committed sui cide here?" "Yes," nodded Dick Merriwell. "My brother told me about it. His name was Bolt. The room he killed himself in was closed for a long time. Some of the fell o ws used•to sneak into it nig hts when they wanted a little ra<;ket. There was a sto ry about the room being haunted; but, of course, that w a s bosh." "Was it?" said the tall fellow, in a queer . way. "Perhaps it is the ghost of Cadet B olt that is romping around here once more," suggested a mocking lad. "What do ypu think, Smart?" questioned a boy with squinting eyes. "I have found it a bad practice to think," Ted, evasively. "It is wearing on the gray matter, don't you know." But they observed that Smart was not as lively and jocular as usual. "This spook seems to be a collector of relics," said Dick. "He has collected something wherever he has appeared. First he got away with Smart's comb and brush, then Gorman' s watch; Savage lost a knife, and ' Wilson is also out a watch." "Well, what do you think of it?" was the point blank question put to Dick. "It's very remarkable," confessed Merriwell. "Oh, there ' s nothing in the ghost story, 1of course!" said a bullet-headed boy. "Perhaps there is," said Dick. "\Vhat ?" cried several, in surprise. don't believe it?" said one'. "You don't take stock in spooks?" "I might not take stock in this one," admitted Di . ck, "if it were not that he has taken stock wherever he had vis i ted. In other words, the fact that he has carried off some valuable leads me .to believe in him . " "But how--" "Why--" "YOU don't--" "I can't s _ee--" "You mean--" "It seem s likely that somebody, or something, has been prowling round this building," said Dick, cutting them all short. "There gqes the breakfast bell." There was a general movement to form into ranks t . o to the dining hall _ by classes, as was the cus tom, and the subject . was dropped for the time being. CHAPTER VII. RATHER STRANGE. The mystery of the "spook" that had so suddenly appeared at the academy grew with every night. S trange sounds were heard in the corriaors, sentinels were frightened, and little articles and things of value continued to disappear from the rooms of the . cadets, "I wonder if thi s yere spook has visited us, pa .rd?" said Brad Buckhart, one morning. "Why?" asked Dick. "My knife is gone now. The critter seems to take to knives and such things as a duck takes to water,



. -1"IP TOP WEEKLY. have been eager for . Fardale to win. him on it, I hated him so much that I was more than eager for the other side to win. Fardale secured victory after victory; b t tt that simply made me all the more confi dent thatt h e t id e m us t turn and she must lose. What's the res ult? I'm flat. Of course, 'I can get more mo q ey, but re a lly, old ma{i, I'm as hamed to call for it." Thinking_ of the mo ney Ch es ter had lost and had squandered in foi<>lish ways , Hal did not wonder that he was ashamed. Truly, it was astonishing that a boy of Chester ' s years could have so much money to fling about without thought or reason. "That's the nodded Arlington. "I must get on my feet somehow." don ' t see how you expe c t to do it 'by--" "This t i me I'll back Farda le." • , "VVhy, you can't find any one t o bet on New Era." ' "Oh. y e s I can! Those N e w Era fe llows 1 have sent some c hap s into town loo kin g1 for b ets." "Why; great Scott! w e dow11ed the Trojans, an d the Trojans buried N ew E ta!" • "All the ' same, the s po r t s who are looki n g for bet s seem cqnfid en t that New E r a will m a k e Fardale look l i ke thi rty c e n t s . " "But yo u sa y you'.re brok e . How are you goi n g to--" "I've raised money on everything I could hook. I've borrowed some. I want to borrow ten of you, Hal. You know I'll pay you if I lose, but I won't lose. Vlill you let me have a s a wbuck? It' s my chance to get e"e n , and I'm: going to make the best of it." "vVhy, yes, I think I can out a tenner," said Darrell. "But you will be in up to your eyes if we happen by any chance to d rop this game." gradually dressed and wandered out. A few were left when a little incident occurred that must be recorded. Again Arlington was working over Bradley. Sweq.ting, he paused to pull out his handkerchief and wipe off his face : As he removed the handkerchief from his pocket a knife dropped to the f!6or. ,He picked it up and then paused, staring at it. D i ck noticed this, and he saw Chester st o p and stare at the knife . He also note _ d a frown on Arlington's face, a puzzled e xpression. Suddenly Dick showed interest. . "Let me see that knife, Arlington," Chester surr-?.ndercd it. he demanded. "Is this your knife?" asked Dick, with something l i k e accl ( sation in his voice and manner. "No, " a d mitted Chester, "it is not." "But it came-out of your pocket?" "It dropped to , the floor when I took my handker chief out. I never saw it before." Di c k stood looking straight at Chester. Somehow Arl i ngto n 's manner seemed truthful. In a moment, however, he grew angry beneath Dick's persistent gaze. "'vVh a t do you mean by staring at me that way?" he 4emanded, h o tly. "Do you think I'm lying?" "No, " said Dick, turning away and puttirig the knife in his pocket. "I know the owner of this knife, and I'll gi v e it to him." Then he walked out. C hester s t a r ted as if to foll o w him, but stopped and turned back, saying to Bradley : "I think you're all right now." "Here's your knife, old man," said Dick, as he handed the knife over to Buckhart in their room after supper. "Hey?" exclaimed the Texan. "Why, why, 'where--" "If Fardale loses, I'll have to make a clean breast to . . "It is your knife, isn't it?" mother and get her to put, me on Easy street again. "Sure as shooting. But where did it come from?" But Fardale's riot going to lose. That's one thing "I saw Chester Arlington pick it up from the floor I'.m sure of. And I want every man in the best posin the gym. " sible condition. That's why I'm working so hard "\V h e n ?" an_ the fell o ws who will let me polish them up. See?" "To-day. " f Hal saw, but still i t s e emed strange that Chester Bracr l o oked surprised. Arlington, proua, haughty. independent, should do "Whv, it coul dn't h ave been there ever since I lost . ' what he was doing. ii," he said. "Somebody would have found it before The following day was Frid ay. After practiCe Ar-thi s." lington a g ain st'rippe d in the g y m and gave his atten-"It seem s th:tt w ay ," sa i d Dic k ; and he d i d not ex tion to those who \\ ; ou ld hav e h im . plai n B ra d th a t t h e k n i i e h a d fa llen first from Ches-The re w a s more or less football talk, and the boys te1"s pocket as he p u lled ou t his h an dkerchief.


16 TIP TOP WEEKLY. Why Dick chose to keep silent on this point he hardly knew. He was mystified over the knife inci dent. Chester Arlington did not seem like a fellow who would resort to petty robbery. Surely he would not steal an. ordinary pearl-handled knife, worth per haps three dollars, . when he spent money lavishly? And yet Dick had heard it hinted within a day or two that Chester was hard up, and that his parents had declined to advance more money for him to squan der until a certain time had passed. Strange thoughts were flitting through Dick's head. Placed in a desp erate situation, would Chester be tempted to pilfer? The "spook," the missing trin kets and articles of value, these things Dick thought about. Then he wondered if there was not some way for him to solve the mystery and clear up the whole affair. But, in the meantime, the football game with New Era took his attention. CHAPTER VIII. A SLIPPERY TRICK. F A !tDALE. NEW Eu A. A. .:Shannock ........•...•.... Right ci;id .................... Porter J olliby .....•••••.••...... Ri ght tackle ....••••••••••..... Ki nter Bradley ..•.••••••••••••... Right guard ....••••••••••... : She ehan Tubbs ....••••••••••••••••.. Cent e r . .....•••••••.•.•..... Roukc Dare ......•••••••••••.••.. Left guard .....••••••••••... .l\llahoney Gardner ....•.••.••••.•••.. Left tackle ....••••• : •••••....... Reed Buckhart ....••• -. •••........ Left end ......••••••.•••..•. Buck ley Smart ......•••••••••.... Quarter-back ......•••••••...... Eyster Merri well ...•.••••••.... Right half-back. ....••••••••... Sampson Darrell . . .......••••.•... Left half-ba ck. .................. Nelson Singleton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Full-back ........•.•.... ' ..... Au s tin In th i s manner the te a ms faced each other on that d ark, wet , dreary Saturda y a f ternoon. A snow storm had been t h reatenin g , b u t it had turned to a rai nstorm, the we a ther becomi n g milder. It w as not a do wnpour-just a weak, unpl e asant drizzle. ' But a drizzle could not keep the cadets from turning out to witness the g ame. T h ey packed the seats re served , for them. There wa s n o t the . usual large gathering of spectators from t he village and surrounding cou nt ry, although the attendance was not light. The visitors were the first to c o me trotting out th e field. They \:Vore s o me s or t of leathery-l p oking suit s , an d in t he rain t hose s uits gli ste n e d stran g ely. They did not resort to the p ract ice of fa lling o n the ball in warming up, but p as s e d the ball from hand to hand and did a little kicking. The Fardale team came jogging out in their wel! worn suits. They went at the preliminary pract.icc in the usual manner. Brad Buckhart squinted at the New Era players, a peculiar expression on his face. "Whatever sort of suits have they got on?" he said, turning to J olliby. ' "Ask me sus-sus-sus-somethin . g I cue-cue-can an swer," stuttered the tall boy. "This rain makes . ' em shine like grease," said Brad. "They're a queer looking bunch.'' The cadets had given their team a cheer on its ap pearance. The band was not out. But the boys were prepared to sing and root in earnest. / Dick Merri well had looked the enemy over. •One of the fellows attracted his attention. When he drew with the re f eree and the captain of the visiting team, he said: "Ca p t ain Buckley, there is a man on your team wh o m I know to be a slug g er , as well as a profe s sional. His n ame is :ijorter. I h ave played base ball against him , and know what he i s." " Porter?" sai d Buckley, not at all pleased. "I think you must be mistaken about his character. He's all right." , "Then he has changed greatly fot the better,'' said Dick. "Pie has no great liking for me. I had some trouble with him once." "Weli, you can't ask me to break up my team ji+st beca use you happened to have some trouble with one of the men on it." "I d o n ' t ask you to br e ak the team up; but you may find it a go o d plan to . give Porter warning to play straight footb all. Those fel lows up there on the seats w6 n ' t s t an d for crookea work." "That's all 1 ' i ght," came wi t h a sneer from Buckley. " W e'll have a snap w ith your little team to-day, Cap tain M erriwell. There w on't be any need of our res or ti n g to anyt h ing but t h e simple s t kind of foot ball." "That remains to be demonstrated. Perhaps you may . change your mind later." "Time is passing," said the referee. "The game will begin late now." . " \ V e're ready," anno u nced Dick, grimly. "Flip the c o in. Mr. Buckley m a y call it." "Heads," said Huckley,' as the coin spun in the air. "Tai ls ," anno unced the . referee. "Your choice, Captain MerriwelL"


TIP TOP WEEKLY. There was not much wind, and Dick decided to kick 'off. So Fardale took the ball and the eastern goal to defend. Singleton kicked, but, in spite of the fact that there was no wind, the ball flew off to one side and went out of bounds. when if was brought back the big fel low took plenty of time and smashed it hard and fair. Up into the air and away sailed the ball. Over the muddy field raced Buckhart. and Shannock. Sampson caught the ball. He made no attempt . to return the kick, but leaped forward. Buckhart seemed to have the fellow foul. He tackled, but somehow he failed to hold the fellow, his hands slipping ' off in a most,surprising way. Sampson dashed onward. Gardner fancied he saw his oppoptunity. He closed in on the runner and made a beautiful leap for a tackle. "He's got him!" cried the cadets. But, although Gardner's hands fell fairly on the runner, he was unable to ho1d Sampson, who slipped away from him and still kept on. Darrell was the third man to tackle the ' runner, and he brought him down, although Sampson nearly slipped from his grasp in the struggle. It But New Era had car.ried the ball back to her forty-yard line. "Whatever have those galoots got on?" growled Buckhart, as he hurried to get into the line-up. "Why; I tackled the fellow all right, but he went out of my hands like grease." Garclne11 said nothing. ' He felt chagrined over his failure to stop Sampson. There was plenty of <:onfidence in the New Era players as they lined up for the scrimmage. There was a sudden signal, a single word spoken, and the ball was snapped and passed to Sampson. The runner went straight into Fardale's center, which was the strongest point of the home team's line. Those fellows in the s hiny suits hit the line " hard, and Sampson came through on the jump. It seemed that a dozen hands grabbed him, but he twisted and squirmed and slipped away and kept on for ten yards before being stopped. :\Ierriwell was in the scrimmage, and he made a startling discovery. "Boys," he palpitated, as they prepared to line up agaii1, "their suits are greased I" It was a fact! The leather suits, suit made in one piece, were greased! That explained how it was that the tacklers had been unable to hold the man who carried the ball even when they clutched him with their hands. That explained how Sampson had been able to slip through the center of Fardale's line when many hand& were placed upon him to restrain him. If anything, the dampness added to the slippery con dition of the leather suits, and the New Era player1 were like a lot of greased pigs. ' • Merriwell was thunderstruck. Never had he heard of such a trick, and when the truth dawned upon him he felt completely nonplused. New Era gave Fardale little time for thought. She had the cadets "going," and she meant to keep up the work. Again a word was spoken as a signal, and ii-gain the ball went to Sampson. There was a rush toward center, but Sampson circled to come around the right end. Dick dashed to ll;J.eet the fellow. He doubted if it would be possible to hold Sampson if he made a fair tackle. Therefore, Sampson came round the end Dick charged him at full speed, plunged into him heavily and bowled him over. The ball flew from Sampson's hands. Dick had expected the shock, and he recovered in . a I most amazing manner. With a dive, he caught up the ball and leaped away. A New Era man grabbed for him. He thrust out his hand, caught the fellow under the chin and pushed him off with a thrust that actually lifted him off his feet. "" . Another came down on Dick, but Merriwell wa$ like a cat on his feet and dodgea away. "I must do it!" thought Dick, as he darted toward the enemy's goal line. They were after him. They sought to pen him in. He flew through them. _ The cadets rose on their seats aIJ.d roared. "Go, Merriwell l" they shrieked. "Go on, Merri well !" Considering the condition of the field, considering the fact that there were pools of water and the ground was wet and slippery, Dick's speed was stvprising . His dodging was even more surprising. It seemed that Dick was certain of getting through fo:: a t0uchdown. •


.. -18 TIP TOP WEEKLY. ., Austin cut down on him from oce direction. -Dldr rot put the yiaiting full-back. Then, with a clear field before him, he turned to make atraight for $e gofll. The other phtyera, 1$prcad out ar1d atnmr out, were coming after him. . In: that moment, when success certain, Dick slipp ' ed. He had kept his feet in turning, twisting and dodging, btJ. t now he sli pped and came near going down. I:Ie was up and away again, but Austin was close upon him. "He'll make I" "No he won't I" "Austin has him!" It was true that Austin had made a beautiful tac..1<:1e. catching Dick about the legs and ' bringing him down 10 near the goal line that allother bound would have carried the ball over. Then the pursuing players ca ine pouring down upon them. In the lead was Porter, New Era's right end. Porter jumped into the air to come down on Dick with both feet, evi de ntly hoping to put Captain Mer riwell out of the game. Aa Porter jumped into the _air Dick rolled to ot1e ,11de, seeking to break Austin's hold on his legs . That isaved him from serious injury. Porter struck him with one foot only, and then, as he reel ed to fall, Brad Buckhart booted him with all the s trength of a . muscular leg, lifting him clean o ver the goal line. ':HA.PTER IX. ALL .ONE WAY. Therewas a mad roar of rage fro'm the cadets who had witnessed Porter's dastardly act. Another roar of satisfaction as they saw Buckhart lift the fellow with a swinging kick. Then it seemed that those watching lads would rush down from the seats and come pouring onto the field. "Hold them back!" c ried , Professor B r oad, the ath letic instructor and master o f the gym. Thirty or forty lads, many of them wearing chev rons on their sleeves, joined with Professor Broad in restraining the excited witnesses. _ On the field . it seemed that a fight was imminent. . Sorne of the New Era men wanted to tackle Buck hart, and he promptly in vited them to come on. "Sail right in, you galoots! " he cried, swinging his clinched fim in the air. ,.If that's the kind of game you want to play, you'll get all that ia oomine-to you! Y oti bean me shout I" Captain Huckley restrained his men. "The whole thing was unintentio n al," h e said. "Not o ' n my part," promptly confessed Brad. "I kicked the one ry skunk, and I meant to do it , you bet I He tried to stamp out my pard, and I'd shot him full of holes if I'd had a gun!" . From behind the ropes, where he was being held in chec k, Chester Arlington cried: "That's the stuff, Buckhart! Get at him again I" . The excited cadets had been checked, but they wuc standing, looking black enough as they glared through the rain at the mud-bespattered players. "Put him off the team I" Somebody raised the cry, a dozen caught it up, it louder and louder, it rose to a mad roar for the removal of Porter. "Put him off I Put hiin off! Put him off I" . "Are you all right, captain?" Big Bpb Singleton, who had pulled Merriwell to his feet. "All right," assured Dick, squirming a little. "Nearly lost a rib, b\lt I'm all right." , ' "Porter jumped you with both ' feet. It was lucky you rolled just as you did." "Porter, eh? \\' here's Captain Huckley r' "Here," was the answer . " You know what I said about that fellow. He-" "No use to fuss about him now," said Buckley. "The umpire disqual ifie d h im . He's out of the game." This was tnie, and a substitute had been called to take Porter's place. The game went on, Fardale lining up with the ball within two yards of New Era's goal. ' ' The ball was snapped and back to Darrell. In a most surprising manner, two or three of New Era's forwards slipped through Fardale's line and had Hal before he could make an advance. Down ht: went. A loss of three yards I This was bad work. "Hold fast in the line," urged Dick. "Don't let them through like I" ' "Talk about greased lightning!" grumbled Harry D are. "Can't hold them," said Gardner, despera tel y. "Hands slip right off I''


TIP TOP WEEKLY.. HJ "\Vhatever sort of a game is this?" growled Brad Buckhart, in deepest disgust. "Are they allowed to wear suits like that? Are they allowed to grease themselves so a fellow can ' t get hold of them at all?" The New Era players laughed in the faces of the Fardale lads. "There are s.0me things about this game you chaps do n 'ot know," sneered Durban, who had taken Porter's place. "\Ve may be able to teach you a trick or. two before the game ends," flung back Buckhart. But Fardale could not seem to do much with these slipprry fellows, and she failed to advance the ball, failed ii1 trying for a field goal, failed so dismally that the watching cadets groaned with dismay. New Era took a turn at rushing the ball along the muddy field. Se plowed into Fardale, and s o on it seemed that the cad ets had no show at all Chester Arlington, his rain hat slouched over his face , was pale to the lips as he saw those greased play ers slip through Fardale's line for steady gains, saw the ball carried along the muddy field toward Fardale's g:oal, realizing in his heart that the home team wa s playing against a terrible handic ap. I "Just my luck!" he thought. "Here I've been bet-ting against Fardale and losing right along; to-day I bet . on her, and these duffers come along with a tn: that makes our team look like a lot of dubs. I'm beaten again! Lord have mercy! the old lady will have to cough up now, and that's . a fact!" He groaned alo1:i.p when he thought of the dreadful condition financially that he would be in if Fardale l ost that game . If Farclale lost! There seemed no ' doubt about that, for New Era walked straight along to a touchdown and then kicked a goal. Fardale kicked off again. Nelson caught tlie ball and ran, slipping from the hands of three tacklers who got hold of him fairly. It was awful I Dick Merriwell brought Nelson down at last, but the ball was a t the center of the field. "Bub-bub-blame this greasy business!" chattered Ch ip Joll iby, in deepest disgust. "There must be sus some kuk-kind of a rule against it." He was cove red with mud to the e yes, presenting a comical, as well as a wretched, spectacle. "Hi don't like this kind of football, don ' t y' 'now!" wailed Billy Bra?ley. "Hit1s hawfuL--simply haw ful !" "Brace up !'1 squeaked Obedia.h Tub):>s. "I wish to thutteration I could git some dry dirt on my then I guess I could hold onto one of them 'tarnal critters.'1 Buckhart was blustering, but bluster did not amount to anything in this game. New Era had Fardale on the run, and she kept the work up. Again the ball was rushed down to Fardale's line, the cadets being tihable to hold the greased players. This time, however, Austin failed to kick a goal. Dick talked to his men. , "Hold 'em, fellbws," he urged-"hold 'em as well as you can this half. I have an idea. \iVe'll get after. them hard in the last half. They're not our match. Vv e can clown them handily on even terms.'' Dick was satisfied from what he had seen of New Era's playing that the team was not a match for Fardale on even terms. Had the suits of the visitors not been greased they could not haYe held their own with the cade ts. Having arrived at this belief, Dick to think swiftly, and an idea soon flashed through his head. So he urged his men to hold New Era down as well as possible in the first half, promising a change in the final half. The boys responded as well as they could under such discouraging conditions. Covered with dirt and grease, they stuck their toes into the mud and fought every inch of the ground. But New Era p ushed her advantage, and before the half ended she had made three touchdowns, failing, however, to kick bqt one goal. And the whistle blew for the end of the half with the ball again less than seven yards away from Fardale's line CHAPTER X. GORMAN'S WATCH-. Sympathizers with the cadets crowded al:ibut the gate as they passed out to over to the gym. "Too bad, fellows!" "Go for them next half!" "Don't give up!" Some of them shook hands with the players as the iatter passed out. '"X ou're all right, Captain Merriwell I"


• io TIP TOP WEEKLY. ''W c'rc bett i ng on you y et I" Dick laughed . His h arid was grasped once or twice . He felt som ething le ft in h is pa , lm. Lookin g down, he discovere d a fo ld ed b i t o f p aper . As he t rotted toward t he gymnas ium Dick unfo l de d the paper . On it h e r ead, w r it t en wit h a lead pen cil: ,,. "To solve the m y stery of t h e spo o k , l oo k at C hest er Arlington's watch. Ask h im t o let y o u see i t . A sk Abe Gorman has . he seen it b efore. . A F RIEND . " The wri ti n g was lab o red , a s if the person who di d it had found it a g rea t t a s k , and the spelling wa s not correct. , Dick thrust the pa per into a pl ace an d k ept o n t o the gym . Chester Arlingto n w as t he re. He had h i s coat and vest off , his slee v es rolled up, a nd he w a s re ady t o give attent i on to any o ne who n ee ded it. Dick seized E lmer D ow a t the d oo r of the gymna sium and said someth i n g to h i m in a low ton e . "Have to go to the v ill age for the stuff," said El mer. "No, " decl are d Dic k. " I bou ght a lot to use on rainy da y s w hen w e h ad to p la y ball." The n he t o ld Elmer wh er e to find w hate v er it w as that he wanted , and D o w hurried a way . Bradle y's s ho uld e r had been tw isted a g a in , and Arlington w a s at work o n hi m . Abe Gor man wa s o nc e m or e t aking i n t er e s t i n the eleven, and , as he h a d managed t he tea m , he w as pres ent in the gym. "What t i me i s it, Arlington ? " asked Dick o f Cbes t cr . ''Don't know. T here's my c oa t a nd ves t on that peg . Loo k at m y w a tch." seemed so b us y that he sca rc ely rea l iz e d who had a s ked . to know the time. Dick over to the wall a n d too k a watch fro m C he ste r 's po c k et. He h ad n oted t ha t Gorman was close a t hand. In a low t one , he said: " L o ok here , Gorman; do you kno.v t his watch?" Abe looked at it , started, gave a j u mp a n d "1T?bbe.d it. , "Do I kno w it?" he cried . excit ed ly . "It' s m in e ! \iVhy, wh er e did you--" He stopp ed sho rt, seeing that th e w atch w as at tach ed t o a chain t h a t w a s ho ok e d into the v e s t hang i n g o n the wa11. "vVhose ..,,nd vest are these?,.,.. he ask ed . harshly. Olcster had been attracted by Abe'• words. He le f t B r ad ley and s t epped over, ''What's the matter?" he asked . " D o es thi s coat and ve s t b clo n g to your• demanded Gorma n . "Snre thing," nodded A rlin gton . " W ell, will you explain how you happened to have m y w a t c h in your pocket?" " Y our watch?" " Yes." "Wh y--" "Here i t is! I saw Merriwell take it from your poc ket. It's attached to t h i s chain . " '1 Arlington seeme d thunderstruck. Dick was wat ch . ing Chester close l y , and he thought: " T h e fe ll ow is amaz ed , or he's a n e xc ellent actor." "What' sort of a j ok e i s this?" A rlington d emanded. "Where is my watch?" " I don' t know about your watch," sa id Gorm an, coldly; " b u t I do know that this w atch , found in your pocket, i s m y watch. I wish yo u t o expla i n how it came t h e r e ! " Che ste r had turned pale. Now t he color rus h ed to his face. " vVhy, confo u nd it! I hop e yo u d o n' t thi n k I stole your old watc h , Gorman ? " h e s aid , h o tly . "I have not s t opped t o think m uch about it. I know it was from m y roo m, an d I know it w a s found in your pocke t." O th<'r fellows w ere gathering around . A r l ington grew indign a nt. "I' cl have yo u under st and, " he s a id, fiercely , "that my fa t he r i s D . Ro sco e Arli n gton, and I do not have t o becom e a pe tty thi ef! I c a n have a do z en watches, i f I need the m . Somebody put that watch there . to injure me I Mer ri w e ll, you-you aske d wha t time it was ! I t ol d you to look a t my wa tch. You-y ou are the one w h o too k it out of that p o cket! You," he ' al mos t s houted-"you h av e put up this j o b on me!" In his great e xcitemen t, Ch est e r seem ed almost r ea dy to hurl hi mse lf at Dick , " S t eady I'" flung back the ca ptain of th e e le v en . " No fello w e ver k new me to put u p a dirty job on a n other . I foun d tha t watch i n your pocke t, Arling ton ." "Ready fo r the field!" cried t he time-keeper. "Everybody hu s t le I . Just time to get b a ck." T he foo tb all players hurr ied toward the d o o r , Dic k


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 21 . with' otnen, leavln'g Gorman and Arlington -to settle the matter. Elmer Dow came panting into the gym. "Got .it?" asked Dick, anxiously. . For reply Dow thrust into Dick's hands a large paper bag. Dick opened it quickly and peered within. The bag contained a glistening white powder. "That's the stuff!" exclaimed the captain of the eleven, exultantly. i'Now we'll see if there is no way of holding onto those greased New Era ch aps !" And he hiJrried to o v ertake his men. CHAPTER XI. T H E ' M A G I C P 0 'f D E R • the Fardale• team went onto the field for the second half it was observed tl1at across the breast of each man was a strange broad white streak. From a distance it looked like a broad chalkmark, somewhat wider than a man's hand. New Era was confident. She expected to use Fardale in the second half than she had in the first. The shiny suits of the New Era men looked shinier and more slippery than ever. ' . The ra'.in had stopped; but the field was a muddy spectacle. ' ' , After the the . two teams went at each other in earnest . As they lined up for the scrimmage, the Fardale men were seen to rub their hands across their chests where the white streak could be seen. When the crash came Fardale went into the enemy with ginger, and New Era found difficuity in slipping through afte r the fashion set earlier in the game. Somehow, for all of 'the greased suits, the Fardale lads were able to grasp the enemy and ding to them. N Era was surprised by her first repulse. The two teams lirted up again. Signal. Back went the ball to Sampson. He was the man to make a gain in an emergency. A revolving formation smashed into Fardale's right wing. Sampson was shot out of it with the baII. But not u ntil the ca.dets had . begun in the most surprising manner to yank the formation to pieces. There seemed an opening between Bradley and J ol . liby, and through this Sampson tried to plunge. Dick Merriwell met him. Dick's hands fell on him. Sampson ' gave a wrenc .hing twist and sought to slip away. He did not slip. Dkk held the feilow fast and ' flung liim oacl

22 TIP TOP WEEKLY. New Era, in her excitement, started with an off-side her possession and kill time, knowing that would en-play that set her back half the distance to the goal line . able her to win. On the very next play there was holding in the Hne, But Fardale .was fierce, and a fumble gave Ted and the ball went to Farclale. Smart his chance. He dropped on the ball, with six The cadets signaliz e d their recovery of the ball by or seven fellows on top of him. pushing it over fo r a touchdown at the very first at-Fardale had the ball, though Smart was carried from tempt. the field for the first time during the season, being re-Singleton kiCked for a goal, but with the stopping of placed by Toby Kane. the rain a wind had risen, and he did not take it into Fardale went into the enemy with such fie r ce rushes c o n s i de rati o n , w ith the result that the bail was de -tha t New E r a was beaten b a ck ward y ard by yard, fle eted so that it struck one of the uprights and fighting eYer y foo t _ o f the d is tance. b ounded of1. E v e r y spectato1 was standing now, for all under-Score: New Era, 16; Fardale, 5 . s t o o d v v h a t might h a p p e n . ' Fard ale's c hances looked desperate, but she was Fardale could tie the score with a touchdown. . right i n the game w it h vim and ginger at the next kick-With a touchdown and goal she could win the game. off . Pla inly she was playing to win, if such a thing Wit h iess than a minute to pla.y, Fardale was still was possible . / nin e y ards fro m the goal. By this time New Era h a d fathomed the s ecret of "A kick fro m the !" cri e d somebody. "She's . Fardale' s succe s s in seizing and holding the visiting g oing to try to tie the score!" players in the greased suits. I t see m e d like a kick for a fie ld g oal, b u t th_ e move-It was resin-powdered resin! m en t h a d been m a de to deceive :t\ ew Era. Dick Merriwell had sent Elmer D o w for a bag of The ball was p a s s e ' d t o Dick, who went into New the stuff, which he had used whi le pitching h andl e Era's center dire ctly behind O bediah Tubbs. a wet and slippery baseball. This powdered resin had The fat b o y walked in with his arms swinging, and been a c ross the breasts of the Far

TIP TOP vVEEKLY. 23 fit the doors of a number of rooms. He can open the ordinary lock on th. is door, for he came here ahd carried 'off your knife, which Chester Arlington afterward ''What for?" "A spook/' "What?" The Texan was astonished. It was three days after the game with New Era. . The mystery of the spook remained a mystery. Nor had . Chester Arlington been able to explain l\ow Abe Gorman's watch happened to be found in his pocket. Chester was under a cloud. It was known at the school that he had spent money so freely that his reeklessness had left him "broke." It was known that money had been refused him by his parents. It was known that he resorted to desperate measures to "raise the wind." He had pawned clothing and trink ets to get money to bet on the game between Fardale and New Era. Had New Era won his condition would have been worse than ever; but the victory of the home team had eased the strain somewhat. Arlington realized that he was suspected, but he carried his head high and proclaimed his innocence. Buckhart became interested in Dick's work. "What sbrt of a trap is it?'' he asked. "I am fixing the door so that it will swing to whenever it is opened." "What of that?" "I am to put an extra spring lock on it." "Oh, I see; you're fixing it to keep the SPook out." "No; I'm fixing it to keep the spook in!" "Hey? Great horn spoon I What-what if-I don't understand, anyhow." "I'll explain." "Go ahead." "I shall put the spring lock on the door, but it will not be used in . the daytime. I shall fix it so that it will work at night." "Still I don't see--" "Wait. When we go to bed at night I shall leavt: the regular lock on; but I have a method by which I can cause the spring lock to work if the door is opened and closed during the night. If Mr. Spook takes a . fancy to come in here, the spring in the hinges of the door will cause it to close behind him, the spring lock will ' fasten it, and Mr. Spook will be trapped." dropped." "Arlington is the spook." "Perhaps so. It seems that way. I did not tell you that, after the New Era game, while the crowd was pawing me over, another note was thrust into my hands, did I?" "No." "Vvell, that was what happened. Of course, I couldn ' t tell who pqt it there." "What cltd it say?" "It said 'Search Chester Arlington's room and sec what you will find if you wish to clear mystery of the spook.' " "Great tarantulas! And you-what did you do?". "I waited. Since then several articles stolen from fellows here ha v e been returned them in a mysteri ous way." "Which makes you think-what?" "Arlington returned them. Perhaps he became frightened. Perhaps he felt that he didn't need them any longer after Fardale New Era and he won his bets." "He's a skunk, pard I I reckon he's a regular klep tomaniac." "But the robberies have started up again. I want you to help me spread the report that we think it strange we have not been robbed of anything valuable. r"want you to say that we take much stock in it, as we leave things lying around every night that are • worth taking. I will say the same things. Get the fellows to repeating it. I want the spook visit us." "I see, pard," nodded Brad. "I'll do it." This plan was carried out by them, and two nights later the "spook" paid them a visit. Dick it was who heard him moving with a sound in the room. As Merriwell sat up the spook went rustling toward the door. Dick jumped out of bed and saw a white form at the door. "But you think--" "Hey, Brad I" he shouted. "We've got him I Come "I think our spook ia iame fellow who has keys to on l"


TIP TOP WEEK!L Y. The TeXan rose, utteririg a snoi"t. The white object seemed trying to open the door, but it resisted his efforts. "No use/' declared Dick; triumphantly. "The trap i s sprung,' and you are caught!" He advanced on the spook, who tqrned, uttering a low snarl. . Dick an uplifted hand, dodged, cl utched a very real wrist, held fast and closed with _,.. t he . fell ow . "Light up, .Brad!" he cried. Buckhart s truck a match and lighted the lamp. The spook fought desperately , and Buckhart has te ned to a i d Dick to subdue him. They smashed against the furniture and walis, overturning chairs and making a great racket. The nojse aroused othe r s , and there came a heavy knocking at t heir door, while many voices demanded admi t tance. "Vve've--roused-the whole-'cad emy i" pa n ted Buckhart. "All r ight," panted Dick, as he skillfully tripp ed tJ1e spook and they all came crashi n g ' to the flo or. "Fool!" he hissed. "I g i ve you chance to. your worst enemy and you do it not! Y Olll hate him; I hate him. I want you to disgrace him, but I' do not understand that you be such a fool." Then he was marched away. * * * * * * * Bunol w a s and turned out of the schoo l in disgrace. He tried to strike Arlington before leaving by s eeking an Gpportunity to tell things against him, but no one w _ ould listen to him, and his revenge failed . Chester Arlington breathed easier when Bunol _;-vas gone. He k new the young Spaniard had tried fo brand him a thief, and he realized that it was Dick M erri well who h a d saved him fr.om . that disgrace. Yet he .gav e Dick no thanks. In his heart he still hel d hatred and jealousy for Dick. THE END. The r\'!ext i"'&urrtbe , r \349) Y.Ji!I Conta!n They pinned him clown and s ub d ued him. He was covered b y a sheet. MRRIVLl'S VIM; Having secure d the fellow, Di c k directed that the door be opened, and Buckhart ? p en e d it. Ir. to the room c a me a dozen c a dets. "Dear me!" said Ted Smart. arc ! I can ' t sleep, it' is s o stiil !" "How qui e t y o u "'What i s it?" was the gen e ral question. "It is t h e s pook!" triumphan tly said Dick. "Take a look at h im. W e him , but he lively for u s . H e tried to stick me with that knife there on t he floor." "A fello w with a s heet over h im!" grunted Bob Sin gleton. Dick the sheet off and got up, permitting the c aptive to rise . Miguel Bunol st o od b e fore them! 'The spook was unmasked at last. "To the guard houo:e w ith him!" cried Dick. "His h ash will be sett l ed in the morning." .. Bunol lo oked a t D ick with intense ha t red. OR , I . .T h e Greatest Game of All. \Vell,_ w e ll, w e ll! How are vve all this fin e morning? You h a ve jus t finished Tip Top 34: 8, and wasn't it,an, A No. 1 0 . K. st ory? Don't make .any mistake, we always tell e x a ct ly what is s o in these announcem e nts . You recall what we said about this story? You found it trpe to the letter, and now you're up on your toes to hear what we've got to say about Tip Top 349. Here it is a word, "Superfine!" In it you will read ab out o n e of the greatest class fights ever waged, one of the m o st s tartling wrestling matches ever put up, and one o f the fiercest, fas t est football games . that ever came across the striped _ field. Here is a st9ry for you, and we, as will you, salute i t with a hearty old B reka Co-ax Co-ax I


TIP TOP WEEKLY . NEW YORK, December 131 1902. Ter111• t o Tip T o p Wee"kly ftl1tll !lubscrlbera,. (POBTA GI!: F REE. ) .!llnsle Coplea or Dack N umbere , lie. EacJa. I m•tHhs ............ . .... .... soc . I Un e year . ...................... . $Z.5' i montlu! ......... ; ....... ..... 8,;c . 2 copies one year .............. t.ot 6 month• ......• . .... ....... . . . $1.26 l c o p y two years ... ... . ...... . .how T O SE.ND M oNET.-.l:ly poa t -onic e or ex11rnss mone y order, r e&ist e r e d l etter bank check or draft, at our rls k. At yvu r ow ll rla k i f a ent b y " c u rrency, coin. or •tam p s in ordlnar., lettit'icE I PT•.-R e celpt o! your remittance Is ackno w ledge d D., proper o! number on v our l abel . If not c orrect you nav• not bee n pro p erly c r edited. a nd s houl d l e t O s k now at once . & 'l'IP TOP \V.ll:EKLY, 2.38 \\IUUaw St., Ne1'f \' ork City. APPLAUSE NOTIC E . It has b eerr"truly sa id that th e A p plau se C o lu m n is rea . d t h e wo rld ov er. The first r e a s on fo r thi s v as t p o pula r ity i s b e ca u se t h e c olumn ap p ears in wha t i s u n iversally ad mitted to be the king of all publi s h e d wee klie s, The Winner o f the Grand Prize at the P aris World's Fair, But the second reason is ju s t as important an ' d co g ent, n a mel y , hi g h ' excellence of the l etters ' written b y our r ea d e r s , which a pp ear i n t his column. Inde e d, the s e l e t t en; have been so hi g hl y p rai sed that Str e et & S m i t h, al w ay s a n x iou s to s e rve and ben e fit their great p ub l . ic, have d e ci de d t o offe r t we l v e v a lu a b l e prizes for t 11e twel ve b est l ette rs r e c e i v ed from Tip Top r e a d e rs in the ne x t six months . The se twelve p ri zes w ill b e T WELVE GOL D FOUNTAIN PENS of t h(' hi g he s t grade . Now, the n , all o u r a m b it i ous young l e tt e r w rite r s wiil b P a n x i o us t o win o n e of t h e s e fine prizes. All y o u ha v e t o do i s to fo ll ow t he s e d i rec ti o n s : Write a l ette r t o T ip T op Week l y , discu ss in g an y fea ture o f the fam ous publ i cation, its characte rs , pl o ts, ath l et i cs, c ontests, t ou rname n t s or an y thing tha t y o u then write acro s s the t o p ot it "Prize L et ter," and se n d it to S tre e t & Smith . So th a t the cont e st m ay b e abs olut e l y fa i r ; the rea ders o f Tip T op are to act as judg es, a nd thi:: l etters which r e ceive t he gre ates t num ber of votes will be awarded the , p r izes . C ome on now, boys and g irls! Sho w us which on e o f all ou r y oung Shakcr;peare s are the best l ette r writer s. APPL AUSE . P RIZ E L E TTE R NO. 26. Not having s e en m any l e t te r s from P ortsmouth, Va., i n the Appl ause C o lumn of the T i p Top, I t hou ght I w0uld .write and t ell y o u tha t th e boys h e r e think i t is the b es t w ee kly publish e d . Mr. Sta ndi s h is certa in l y a fine a u t h o r, and the publis hers of the Tip Top Weekl y o u ght t o congra tul a te t hem s elves upon securing him as t h e a u th o r o f this fine wee kly, as I d o n ' t think they could h ave gott e n a be t te r one. Whe n Dick Merr iwell was fir s t broug ht b e fore the public I kne w right the n that t here was g o ing to be "so m et hin g d o ing " ere J o n g, and has n ' t t here b een? Well, I s h o uld smi l e if the re hasn't. I look forward wit h grea t pl easure, as I suppo se d o a ll Tip Top reade r s , to the ti m e when Dick e n t e r s Yal e . The wa y h e w ill fa n H a rv a rd batters will b e a ca ut ion . I s h o uld h o p e tha t Brad Bu ckhart goes there, too, to cat ch fo r D i ck. W o n ' t th a t be a batter y that will equal Frank and B art? W e ll, I must s ay go o d-by, with best wishes to author and publis h ers , GROVE:l C. WRIGHT. Ports m out h, Va. Somebod y els e l oo k i n g for a p r ize give! his view s on Tip Top. The y a r e v e ry flattering ones, too. Please send your s t r eet add re ss . PRIZE LETTER NO. 27. I H urrah fo r Frank and brother Dick. They are tht> id eals wi t h o u t n G kick; In m oral ch a r a ct e r a nd i dea l w ay, B ette r bo ys ca nn o t b e found I dare to s a y , And R a ttl e s o u r s t u t t ering m o n o logu e , Convul s e s you w it h l a u g h te r a t his funny dialog11c. 2 Bruce B r , ow in g, o

26 TIP TOP WEEKLY. h i m. He w as h ono rable and upright in . a ll t hings; he pever fought of America, and m;r admiration of Dick Merrlwell is bestow e d in an unde r hand ma n n e r. Honor was as precious to him as gold. on what a fair, upnght American youth can be . Time and time His s e n s e of j ust i c e enabled him to set tle di s pu t e s w hen others ag;iin Mr. Standish has proved that he is the greatest novel h a d fa i l e d . His m a gnificent de v elopm ent m a de him the athletic writer in the world. Who will s . ay to me, No? He surely is id o l o f Y ale, for whom he won the greates t v i c tories in her great in the portrayal of characters like Hans, Smart, Brad, Rat r ec ord. Unde r hi s g u i danc e an d l ea d e r s hip eve ry form of a t ht leton, Barney, Ephraim, Gunn, Bart and Frank. I.:ast, but n o t le t i c s ' lea st, Dick. Thanking Mr. Standish and Street & Smith fo r \ V ho co u l d b ut love him? Very few , and some o f thes e few p le asures received, I will say T l p Top forever . afterward b e c am e his friends. He graduated witW all hon or fro m P rovidence, R I. REU!IEN OuNGE.. t h e colle g e i n N ew Haven. H i s thou ghts turne d to other things. One more looking for a prixc. How many votes will he get? He becam e e ngaged , and then Jived for so m e t ime in the tow n tha t he lov e d , Farda l e . Ba$ eball a gain app e a led to h i m, and once more h i s a11d determin a ti on bro ugh t v ic to r y to the team which he c apt ain ec;I. Why sho ul d h o t all a dmi re and h onor him? W hy not all t r y to e m ul a te hi m ? T h e re i s on ly one Fran k Merri w e ll-on ly o n f i deal. Long may he live l Broo klyn. EJUc H. P A LMEI. A fine l etter with Frank Mcrri wcll as the inspirat io n . A sub ject w ell w ortl) y o f enthu sias m . How m a ny vot e s will t his draw? draw? . PRIZE LETTER NO . 29-. J saw tbr ottg h y our noble p aper, Tip . Top, tha t you have of f ere d pri%c s for the b e s t l et t e r. Well, 1ip T op is al wa ys spring in g a n e w surprise o n i t s r e ad e rs. T here is no p lace to be fo und whe r e a better p a p e r t . h a n Tip T op i s publi s h ed . It con t a i ns m ore moral a n d h ygie nic prin c iples than I , o r an y body, ev e r r e ad . lf e very boy and girl would liv e up t o t h e thin g s b ro u gh t o ut, the rising ge n e ration wou ld s urpass all pre ced ing o ne s in mo ral, ph ysica l a n d m ental p erfe c t i on. Burt L . Sta ndish, in my e s teem, a nd I kno w in a ll othe rs who r ea d his work, is ranke d among the h ig hest wri te rs, and ev en su r pa s s es them. Prof. F ourmen is a perfe c t tra i ne r . J h a v e r e a d his w orks and I think t h e y arc perfect. I think Burt Sta n dis h has d o ne pricel e ss good i n brin g i ng o u t b is i d e as in t h e cha r ac t e rs o f Frank a n d Dick Me rriwell, a n d B a r t Hodge. P ro f . Fourme n h as done in est imabl e go od in h i s ph ysicai culture wri tings. Stree t & Smit h h a ve done m o re g oo d a s publish e r s t h a n any goo d m en . T he y ha ve em p loyed m e n s u ch as Mr. Standi sh a n d P rof. F oui:_m e n , and ha v e con trib utc-d pri zes to j)e compe'ted for by manly p l ay i ng. I will ciose w ith bes t w i shes to Tip T op , Mr. Standi s h a nd P rof. Four-m cri. ' ViRGIL BRUSCHI, JR. S a n Dieg o , Cal. Anot h e r good l etter. This c ontes t h a s brq n g ht m a n y fine wri te r s t o t h e fro nt. T h e y are u nanimous in th e i r v i ew s on Tip Top. L et all th e r e a d e rs ' be o f the sam e spi r i t . in s e l ect in g the c a n dida t e for t he prize. T h e b est must win i t. PRIZE L E 'ITER NO . JO. H e r e 's to tlte l o n g lif e of t h a t peer of all p u bli ca t i ons , the Tip T o p ' Weekly. Ever m ay i t c onti nue o n its chos e n pa t h , a nd b e the gmdin g star, leadi n g young America to t h e pinn acle' of he alth 2nd h a p pin e ss . What . t he Tip T op W e ekly has alrcadY. done for th e At n'!rica n y o uth, thr o ugh its a thlet i c tourna m e n t s , that youth a l o n e wil l be able t o t ell , wit h . a dva n cing years. I t has been the m ea n s o f h is training his m us cl es s ystematically. It h a s i n s pir ed him w i t h the sp i r it of honest conqu e st, thus laying the . fou ndatiori, of a goo d and u s e fu l career, and good, ripe old age . N o t till the n will h e realize what co n sti t u tes g ood health. But whe n he see s men , y o unge r tha n he is, t rotti n g to the ever-ready grave, t hen will h e join me i n t h e cry: Long l if e to the Tip Top ' \ V eekly; may it e v e r p ro v e the b alsa m o f healt h and happiness . Annapolis{ M d . G . WIRT' CARLETT. A g reat l ette r, t ellin g of the g o od work T i p T op is doing for the A m e r ica n b oys . 'Who can s ay any t hin g m o re any better than th i s admi r e r ? Pleas e sen d you s t r ee t address. -PRIZE LE'l'TER NO. JI. I h ave l ong wished t o write a letter for the Applause Column, h ur 1 -hav e never do n e 10. Now you h :iv e offer e d a prize I mu$t Etr he fo r om I h av e read all the numbers of Tip Top Weekly, from I to I think that I a m o n e of the lucky ones. First, I m uet pnmc the author . I think B ur( L . Standish 11 'the best; t he way h e works the 1torie1 up i1 amazing . I shall be IOrry w h e n the y a rc no more, which I hope is a long time yet. Let ua a ll s o . I use d to read o t hers, but now I read Ttp Top only, for it ii the bcu o f them all lt la the only wcekl1 for the routill I have Just finished reading No. 341 of Tip Top Weekly, and happened to glance over some of the testimonials in the ba c k o f it, and seeing opinions from people of so many different occup a tions, I thoujiht I would like to give you m i ne. I am a sold ie r in the Guard of Pennsylvania, and I never appreciated It more than I . do now since I am in the scr_vice. I have read many novels , bht I think' Tip Top contains the best all around good lit erature of any that I ever read. Yours, Roy B. KEFFE!t. Co . . D, Tenth Regt., Infantry, S ' econd Brigade, N. G., Pa. , Shamokin, Pa. M an[ thanks for your praises of Tip Top. You give the g e n era verdict when you say it is the best weekly published. I have read nearly all the Tip Tops published and think it the best pape r of its kind. I liked the J o urneys of Frank in foreign l a nds bes t . My five fa vorite Ti\> T ops arc: Frank i n Ne w York, F r ank Mernw ell m France; Frank Mcrnwel! 's Ba cker, F r ank M erriwell o n the Desert, andFrank Merriwe ll ' s S port. Will y ou k i ndly send me the fifty foo t ball post e rs a s we a r e organizing a team arc:mnd h e r e . The n a me is the Mt. Morris F. C. Hoping I have not annoyed you by this wre tch e d le tter, I r e m a in, your d e li g htful reader, JULIAN BLUM. .New York City. ' Ann oye d us, no; most d e cidedly no. Glad to hear from you, and writ e aga i n . T he p osters ha v e been sent as yo u r e quested . I have read the Tip Top Weekly for two years, and cer tainly the be s t ever. I thought Frank and h i s " Flock" we r e gre at, but Dic k and his chum s arc almost a little bit better. I wo uld l i ke t o hear something about Dick Starbright and his s w e et heart, a)s o Winnie and Buck. In fact, I would su g gest a reunion of all the members of the flock. I think Doris is the gi rl for Dick, and I h 0 pc h e will not fall in love with June Arlingt9n . Hc:r brother' i s certainly the lim i t. I must not forget to menti o n how much I admire Buck, Hal, Ted Smart and Ob e d i ah. Hoping to sec this in print, I remain forever, ' A TIP ToP ADMIRER. Many thanks for your enthusias t ic praise of Tip Top. Dick ' s lo v e affairs seem to cre ate the greatest interest in all his fr i ends, w hich is but natural, when everything which concerns our young hero is in quest i on. I have read eo many Tip Tops that I thought it was about time for me to write. M y opmion of TiP. Top i s that it la the best bo y s' weekly ever publi s hed1 and w i ll always have that record if tkcy k e ep on with these kmd of atories. I wish Mr. Standish luck, a)so all of Dick'• friends. I will clo s e now, hoping I will se e t h i s in print. ZUNDT. Brooklyn N. Y. Glad t o hear from you, and your views on Tip Top. Many thanks. . Havingjust finished the last edition of the Tip Top I thought I would write and tell you how much the book 1s appreciated by me, and other club members, who read it each week as soon as it come s out. By way of comparison I will say that we also have many others in our library, but none that can come within a mile of Tip Top. I would also wish to know . which number it is that contams the proposal of Bart Hodge to Elsie. I will look for the amwer in t he Ai>J?lausc Column ol the Tip Top in the near future. hopmg to hear of all the old characters of this, "Best Boya Book of America/' and with good luck to Burt L. and &: Smith, I am f4way1 a Merriwell admirer, FuxJt WurrworrH. Pittaburs, Pa. It la !llOlt antifyinJ to hear of t1tc interut and enthwi.um wkicla Tip Top calla foitil GD all ai4a.


ALL AMERICAN TOURNAMENT FULL PARTICULARS OF THE GREAT All AMERICAN TOURNAMENT AND OTHE R FOOTBALL FEATURES WILL BE FO.UND EVERY WEEK IN TIP TOP WEEKLY 550 Regulation Rugh,,. Footballs Awarded as Prizes .a .D .a .D .a THE GREATEST PRIZE OFFER EVER MAD E ! _., .,, .., f;"h• F 0 L L 0 W I N G A R E T H E S C 0 R E S F 0 R T H E W E E K 1 _., "1 _., C ycl op s (Ch i cago), ; Maple w o od T igers ( Ch icago), . C yclu p s-\V m . E mhdcy, r . e.; PC'ter Han son, r. t. ; F . Osterh o lm , r . g.; F. Horan (capt.), c.; C. S clikcu n , I. g . ; A . l\IcFagan, L S ; A lgu r A.ik cn (mgr.), I. ' e.; Wm. Wagn e r , q.; A . n . l.i. ; L. ll 11ler , I. h. b.; Frank L u n g, f . b . l\laple woo d l 1gers -(No li ne up g iven.) Cll, Jrs .-C. G ol d t hw aite , r. c.; B. Stmdc1m:m, r . t.: II. Quin n , r . g . ; J. Healy, c.; E . R o ss, I. g.; H. R o ss , I. t.; ]. Keato n, \. c.; V . Carr, q. ; E. Oakes, r . h . b.; F . Sar ge n t, : . h. h.; G. G ol d t hw:i.itc , f. b . .Managc r G . G oldt h waite. L ooko uts-\V. F u rn iss , r. e.; C. Bo w e n s , r. t . ; H. Hansen , r. g.: J . Cahill , c . ; B . H ans rn, I. g.: J . G r ey. I. t.: K K iley, I. e.; S. Foley, q.; F . Ch an dckr, r. h. b . ; W. l\!cCormack, I. h . b.; C. Ga han, f. L. l\ianagcr-\V. F u rn i ss . Bnm s wick s (Bruns w ic k , Me.), 5; Al m a ( Li nco l n , Mc:.). o. Brunswicks-(Regnla r tea m.) Alma-Rader , r. c.; Qui g l e y , r . t. ; Cu ts h aw, r. g . : Spi ce r, c.; Ferguson , I. g.; Williams , I. t.; E t !war ds, I. e . ; llr issca n, q.; H arris , • h . b.; Ra inw ate r, I. h. b. ; L o n c ks , f. h . M anag c r P c c k. Brunswick s (Brunsw ie k . M e.), o; U nio n s (L'nity, !lfe .), o. Rrun"Owicks-(Regular te a m.) U11io ns--R. Case, r . c . ; Ric ar.>b re, r . t.; M e ck , r. g.; A. C as e , c . ; Kirnb al!, I. g . : Kra t z , I. t.; Denman, I. e. ; You n g, q.: Deckrr, r . h . b . ; She dd, 1. h. b.; Peters a n d Ch i lds, !. 'b. Manager-Peck. Brur:swick s ( Rrunswck, 2•J; Ypsi l a nti ( P ejl' p s co.t, Me.), 5. t ea m. ) Y p si!a n tis-1.allagher. r . c.; Aus• in, r. t., Ki r khuff, r. g . ; K('n ny , c.: l\far;1n d 1ew, 1 g . : Parvi n , I. t. ; U r ca n , :. e.; C r.van

.. TIP TOP WEEKLY. Bobb1 Jackson, r .h. b. t Stanier Tunner, 1. h. b.1 John Gorman, I. b. Manager-] ohn Gorman. ' M'arrlora (Manchctter, N. H.), 18; Orients (Manchester, N. H.), o. . Warrlon-HlRl!ina, r. e.; Crane, r. t.j Rochford, r. ;. ; Arnold, 8.; Fiahsti'nger, r g . j_, McArdlc, I. t.; Connelly, I. e.; Gillhooley, . g.; Haley, r. h. b.; ::>tantou, !. h. b. ; O'Donnell, f. b. Bum1, r. e.; Sweeney, r. t.; Danley, r. &' ; Clark, c.; G1lhskey, 1. g.; Corri don, I. t. ; Lane, !. e. ; Baxter, q. ; Cramer, r . h. b.; Jenldna, L h. b.; Parsons, f. b. Manager-M. Stanton. ;\Varrlora (Manchester, N H.)iJ6; Young Eag-les (Manchester, N . .ti .), o. Warriors-(Regular team.) Young Eagles-Foster, r . e.; reagen1 r . . . t.; McCarthy , r. g . ; Sha':", c . ; Mahoney, I. g.; Pierce, !-; S1mkms, I. e.; Connors, q.; F i sh e r, r. h. b.; Marston, !. h. , Hunt, f. b. Manager-M. Stanton. 1Warrlors (Manchester, N. H.), 22; Rough Riden (Manchester, N. H.), o. Warriora-(Regular team . ) Rough r. c.; Dickson, r. t . ; Gillis, r. g.; Turner, c.; Hanson, I. g.; Fletcher, I. t. Shirley, !. e.; Watts, q . ; Newton, r. h. b.; Davis, I. h. b.; Kimball, . b. Manager-M. Stanton. M' arriors (Manchester, N. H.), s ; Raymond A. C. (Manchester, N. H .), e . Warrion1-(Rcgular team.) Raymond A. C.-Chase, r. e.; Harvey, r. t.; r. g.; Bailey, c.; Stewart, I. g.; Bichford, !. t.; Goodman , I. e.; J-'lummer , q.; B u shey, r1 h. b.; Carter, !. h. b.; Brentwood, f. b. Manager-M. Stanton. .Warriors N. H .), }4; Picked Team (Manchester, I N. H . )1 o. Warrlon-(Rcgular team.) Picked Team-Skinner r. e.; Damery, r. t. ; O'Brien, r. g . ; Gage, <=;; Stewart, I. g.; :f!.astman, L L Stevens, !. e.; Southworth, q.; Riley, r'. h. b.; McCabe, !. h. b., Trembly, f. b. Manager-M. Stanton. Warriors (Manchester, N. H.), 11; Wildcats (Manchester, N. H.), o. Warriora-(Regular team.) Wildcata-Morrisson, r. e.; Ca.r-17-ey, r. t.; O'Leary, r. g. ; McDonald, c.; Smith, !. g. ; Weathers, . l, t.; Torraman, I. e.; Sutton, q.; Donnelly, r. h. b.; T. Barry, Reaolute A. C. (N. Y. Melton!ona (Jersey City), o. Reaolute-Regular team. Meltoni:ma-Stdfens, r." e. ; Wil-r. t. ; talhoim, r. i ; oyle, c. ; Robbins, !. &' ; Dunhamb 1. t.; Munier, !. e.; McCall, q.; Edwards, r. h. b.; Rollman, I. h. . ; Leopold (capt.), f. b. Manager-F. Nethercott. Resolute A. C. (N. Y. City), 33; Yale, Jr. (Whitestone, L. I.), e. Resolute A. C.-(Regular team.) Yale, Jr.-Levinsky, r. e.; ?amucla, r. De Meschelle, r. g.; Sacks, c.; Brady, !. g.; Nevms1 1: t. i Hirsch, 1. e. ; Carter, q. ; Heglcmcn, r. h. b. ; Meyer•, I. h. I>., 0 Connor, f. b. Manager-M . . Cohen. (Brunswick, Me.), 28; Hillsdale .; Rothwell, I. h. b . ; Browning, f. b. Assistant Manager-Peck. Farmer (Bellw,oodJ.. Pa:.). 51; and Third Ward ..; L. Wentz:el, L h. b.; C. McCoy (capt.), f. b. Manager-F. Weaver. First and Third Ward-L. Bowden, r. e.; C. Hanner, r. t.; E. Zike, r. g.; J. Houser, c . ; Chas. Mulligan, I. g.; Harry Reiley, !. t.; E. Zack, . !. e.; M. Walker, q.; A. Miller, r. h. b.; R. Cramer, I. h. b.; F. !. t.; B ill Jones, !. e . ; Arthur Pose, q . ; Joe Dubras key, r. h. b.; A. P. Hauschild , I. h. b. ; Arthur Belfonse, f. b. Manager-Arthur Pose. Erokoy-Tuelear, r. e.; Hemley, r. t.; Fernkamp r. g. ; C. Austin, c. ; Detman, 1. g . ; Duning, !. t. ; Gibert, I. c.; Ste vens, q. ; H. Hilman, r. h. b. ; J. Dinsie, I. h. b.; A. Austin, . b. Manager-]. H. Kilun. Bu1!dogs,_ 5 • West End o. Bulldogs-(Regular team . ) West End-Risley, r . e.; Hogartcl, r. t.; Morton, r. g. ; Collins, c. ; Page, .1. g. ; Groset, I. t.; Frokey, 1. e.; Jensen, q.; Daiveson, r. h. b.; Everson, I. h. b.; McKee, f b. Managcr-F. Daily. Resolute A . C. (N. Y. City), 21 West End, Jra. (N. Y. City), e. r. e.; Reuther, r. t.; Edwards, r. g.; Oakes, e.; !. g . ; Bo_na;:, I. t.; Brendan, !. e.; Block, q. k. , r. h. b., Bell, I. h. b., Diaz:, f. b. Manager-Edward Bloc . Lmcoln-Delvin, r. e.; Hasbrouck, r. t.; RosCi r. g.; Wagner, c.; Nuger, I. g.; Stanton, I. t.; Read, !. e.; Stemheart, q.; Alber, r. h. b.; Riverre, I. h. b.; Burns, . . b. Manager-Burns. Resolute A. C. (N. Y. City), 17; Bradley Co. (N. Y. City), e. Resolute-(Regular team) Bradley Co.-Kane r. e.; Murphy, r. t. j Turner, r. g . ; Christman, c.; Gobel, I. g.; Blanchard, I. t.; Whitman, !. e. ; Jelley (capt.), q. ; Bums, r . . h. b. ; Harrison, I. h. b.; McDonald, f. b. Manager-A. Harrison. Resolute A. C. (N. Y. 6; Sterlin& F. C. (Jeney City), e. Reaolute-(Regular team.) F. C.--O'Hara, r. c.; reirce, r. t.; Slocum, r. g.; Nichol, c. i_Leary1 I. g.; Henderson, '-; McCormack, L e. j S. Collin.a, q.; .ti. Colhna, r. h. b.; Friedman, L h. b.; Maren L b. Manaaer-H. Collini t. , b. Anclr.wa. .# Cross (capt.), f . b. Fanner (Bellwood, Pa.), 30; B. A. C. (Bellwood, Pa.), o. Fanner-(Regular team. B. A. C.-B. McDermott, r. e.; W. D. Thomas, r. t.; M. L. Wentzel, Wagner, r. g.; H. Cannon, c.; L. Bowser, !. g.; D . Bell , I. t.; T. Raugh, I. e.; D. Raugh, q.; H. Tho mas, r. h. b.; C. Smith, I. h. b.; J. Osgood, f. b. ManagerFrank Weaver. Central (Buena Park)., 5; Kenmore (Bllena Park), o. Central-Jim --, r. e.; Dave Fox, r. t.; E . Stern, r. g.; G. Whitman, c.; W. Simen, I. _g.; J. Ryan, M. Strasburger, !. t.; B. William, !. e.; B . Elie!, q.; T. Strasburger, r. h. b.; T. Graham, I. h . p. i L. A1'derson, f. b. Kenmore-D. Reid, r. e.; R. Fox, r. t.; P. O Grady, r . g.; P. Lower, c.; H . Algeo, I. g.; V. Graha:m, I. t.; B. Stern, I. e. ; M . Green, q. ; A. Anderson, r. h. b . ; H. Hme, !. h. b. ; C. William, f. b. Manager-Graham. Central (Buena Park), 5; Melrose (Lake View), o. CentraJl-(Regular team) Melrose-Bertie Dechent, r. e.; G. J ohruon, r. t.; --, r. g.; W. Daly, c.; J. Earet, !. g.; --. I. t.j_ W. Johnson,!. e.; H . Beaderstock, q.; G. Johnson, r h , b.; R. .l:'uhel , I. h . b . ; Cooney, f. b. Manager-Graham. Central (Buena Park), 17; Bradley, Jrs. (Lake View), 5. Central-( Regular team.) Bradley, Jrs.-D. Bishoff, r. e.; J. Ryan, r. t.; Fredricks, r. g.; Daly, c.; Miller, I. g.; Niemz, I. t.; E. Daly, !. e.; McGov e rn, q . ; J. Earet, r. h . b . ; H. Williams, I. h. b. ; Schuko, f . b. Manager-Graham. Central (Buena Park), 5; Ravenswood (Ravenswood), e . Central-( Regular team.) Ravenswood-H. Hurlbut, r. e.; H. Holbrook, r . t. ; B. Ocur, r. g.; Flanagin, c. ; C. McCabe, !. g. ; W. Cahill, !. t.; F. Chambers, !. e . ; Steavens, q.; M. Smith, r . h. b. ; H. Smith, I. h. b. ; C. Knouta, . b. Manager-Fred C. Cottrell . Century (Salt r.a'n, Utah), 10 Robben (Salt Lake, Utah), 7. Century-I.. Piper, r. t..j S. Hartj..s, r. t.; _ ]. Evans, r. &'; E. Solomo' c.; H. Buckley, L f ; W. wilds, 1. t.; W. Reade, L c.; G. Miller, q.; H. Crane, r. h. b.; T. Cracroft, L h. b.; V. MP.cley .(c:a,pt.), f. lrian&&a--Bucklq. Robben-B.. Willi.am.a


TIP TOP WEEKLY. (capt.) r. e.; T. Anderson, r. 't.; A. Cameron, r. g.; W . Fuller, c . ; R. johnson, I. g.; F. Cameron, I. t.; M. Thompson, I. e.; H . Quine, q.; T . Claypool, r. h. b.; R Poll, I. h. b.; E. O'Brien, f. b. Manager-O'Brien. Century (Salt Lake, Utah), 1s;.,>Vebsters (Salt Lake, Utah), o. Century-( Regular team.) w eb sters-T. Holme s, r. e. ; C . More ton, r. t.; A. Taylor, r. g.; R. Gilnich , c.; W. Carlson, I. g.; E. Taylor, 1 t.; W. Shade , I. e.; W. Fulle r , q.; E . Linberg, r . . h. b . ; G. White. I. h . b. ; M. Craber, f. b. Manager-Cr aber. St Jude's (Borough Park, Brooklyn), lO; P. S. 128, (Van Pelt Manor, Brooklyn), 6 . '. St. Jude's-vValter Kress, r. e.; Elmer Baker, r. t.; Howard Murphy, r. g . ; P e rcy McCarthy, c.; Joe Baker, I. g.; B ert F .er guson, I. t. ; Howard Voshell, I. e. ; Fred B. Dechon, q. ; Irving Brown, r . h . b.; George Weekes, I. h. b . ; George C l inton, f . b. Manager-George Trav i s . P. S. 128---John Mcintyre, r. e . ; Henry Griffin, r. t . ; George Stiles, r. g.; F red. Fothler , c.; Frank Otenhead, I. g . ; Ernes t Hawt horne, I. t.; John I. e . ; Ches ter Patterso n , q.; Fred. Cooke, r. h . b . ; Alfred Sp u1t, I. h. b.; Rob ert Spier, f. b. Spier . St. Jude' s (Borough Park, Brooklyn), 18; Sterling (East New York) o. St. J ude's-(Regula r team.) Sterling-Harry Willis, r. e . ; Lloyd Rendals, r. t. ; James Herr, r . g.; Frank Stevens, c.; Arthur Carlson, I. g.; Vincent Meyers, I. t.; Alb ert Pitt , l. e . ; Percy Higgs, q. ; Michael Conn e ly, r. h. b. ; N eil R oge rs, I. h. b . ; Walter Youngs, f. b . Manager-Bert Vostell . Crescent (Washington, Pa.), 6;' B. A. C. (Tai lorstown, Pa.), o . Crescent-Kelley, r. e.; Mullen, r. t.; r. g.; Carson , c.; Weaver, I. g.; Bennett, 1. t.; Williams, I. e.; Pack, q.; Kane, r. h. b.; Chambers, 1. h. b.; White, f. b . Manager-H. M . C a rpen t e r . B . A. C.-Stone, r. e . ; H. Bowan, r. t. ; H u bart, r. g.; K e n n edy, c.; Miller, I g.; B . B o w a n , J. t.; Dunn, I. e.; B a ne, q . ; Dunla p , r. h . b . ; Leach, I. h. b . ; Hughes, f. b. M anagerM . K. Bec kl ey. Crescent (Washington, Pa.), 34; C. A. C., Jr. (Carne gie, P a .), o. Crcscent-(Regular t ea m.) C. A. C., Jr.-T illic, r. e.; Bicham, r. ! ; Park um, r . g . ; Schra ntz , . c . ; G e arl ock1 I. g.; f'.orter, I. t.; Skmne r, I. e . ; Conn e r, q.; ]. H1ggans, r . h. t>.; H. H1g gans, I. h. b.; Bradford, f. b. M a n a ge,r'-G. B. Clemons . Cre sc ent (Washingto n, Pa.), 46; W. A. C. ('\\'heeling, W. Va.),o. Cre scent-(Regular tea m . ) W. A. C.-Ne ls o n, r. e.; Stev e ns, r. t. ; Cl a rk, r. g . ; Fish e r, c. ; Steel, 1. g. ; J o hn s , I. t. ; Crane, I. e.; Young, q . ; Tailo r , r . h. b.; Crow hard, I. h. b.; vVin.ters, f. b. Manager-0. B . Bla c k. , Empire Can.), II; Brune ts ( M on t real, Can .), o . Empire--G. Christ ie, r. e . ; G. Aronson, r . t.; R. Brown, r. g.; A . M o rris, c.; G. Sp u rba, I. g.; R. Silver, I. t. ; A. W ill ia ms, I. e . ; W . O'Neal, q.; I. Tannenbaum, r . h . b.; H . Me ndels , I. h. b.; Z . Levinson , f b . Brunets-H. Lafleur , r. e . ; P. Ch a mplane, r. t. ; M. B axter, r . g.; L. Mart in , c . ; vV. H o rn, I. g . ; R Knee l a nd, I. t . ; G. Rich dson, I. e.; L. Fuller, q.: S . Lamb, r. h. b.; G . Wright, 1. h. b. ; H . Bruce, f. b. Manager__:]. A. Rowell. ' E mpire (Montre al, Can.), 29; N a tionals (Montreal, Can.), o. E mpire-( Regular 'team.) Nationals-L. Martin, r. e.; T. H orn, r . t . ; S. Tas low , r. g.; A. Williams, c.; D. I. g.; J. L a mond, 1. t.; T . Hollra n, I. e.; H. Brown, q.; F. Savage, r. h. b . ; M. Rowat, 1. h. b.; P. James, f. b . Manager-]. A. Rowell. Empire (Montreal, Can.), 2.3; Maple (Montre al, Can.), o. Empire-( Regular tt'am.) Map le-A. Patterson, r. e.; G. Scott, r. t.; B. O s ler, r. g.; A . S t rachan, c.; F. Miller, !. g . ; P. Murphy, I. t.; G . Smith , I. e.; A. Rams ey, q . ; P . Dona thy, r . h. b.; T . Henders on , I. h. b.; F. Hill, f. b. M a na ger-J A. Rowell. Emp ire (Mo n t r ea l , Can . ) , 14; R e d Sta r s (Montreal, Can.), 4-E m p ire--(Regula r t eam.) Red Sta r s-P. Black , r. e.; A. Di onn e , r. t. ; P. H a milt o n , r. g . ; M. C a ssidy , c.; E . Harris on, 1. g. ;L. Jackson; 1..t.; S . J . Mulloy, I.e.; D. R ich ardso n, q . ; A. M a c Dougal , r. h . b.; C. Johns on, I. h . b.; D. Varney, f. b . Manager]. A. Rowell. Empire (Montreal , Can.i 20; ' Beaver (Montrcal, Can .), o. Empire-( Regular team. Beaver--H. Kean , r. e.; C. Dar-ling , r. t.; :B. Price, r. g . ; Davison, c.; C . Mackenzie, L g.; F.'. Hag?e , I. t.; P . Dickson , l. c. i G . q.t. L. King, r. b.; S. Fort1aq-1 1. h. b.; D. Ltach, f. D. Manager-. A. Ro we ll . E mpire ( M(.mt r u l , Can. ) , 4Gi Lta.dcn ( Can.), a. team.) wdef*-M. RandoJ.pn e.' F'. i:nmc11 , r. t. ; P. D rew., r. H . Lawren ce, c. i ] . Phll1p1, {. S': C. L t.; ll. :tr1&rtm, l. e.; S. '-; A. Henry , r. b. b.; W. Spcyser, 1. h. b.; P. Macpherson. f. b. A. Rowell. Tip Top Terrors (Valley Falls , R I.), 48; Emmet• (Attleboro, . Mass.), o. Tip Top Terrors-D. Tucker, r . . e.; F. Bourgotte, r. t.; A. Dugas, r. g.; H. Dugas, c.; J. Fabe r, I. g . ; :rvlorol , 1. t.; ] . Herbert, I. e.; J. Laurel, q.; D oyle, r .h. b.; Bannon, I. h. b.; A. Tucker, f. b. Emmets-Bruce, r. e . ; F a rrel, r. t.; Atwell, r. g.; Horner, c.; K e nny , I. g.; Lei s he r, I. t.; Russ e ll, I. e.; Monast, q.; O'Brien, r. h . b . ; W alter.s, I. h. b.; Sweet, f. b. Manager-George Ban non. Tip Top Terrors (Valley Falls, R. I.), 36 ; . Rosemont (Pawtucket, R. I .), o. Tip Top Terrors-(Regular team.) Rosemont-Baker, r. c.; Simmons, r. t.; G a ffney, r. g.; Co n nors, c.; James, I. g.; Earle, L t . ; Lee, I. e.; Murphy, q.; Hagan, r. h . b.; Campbell, 1. h . b . ; Ma rtin, f . b. Tip Top Terrors (Valley Falls, R. I.), 36; Crescents (Pawtucket, . R. I .), o. Tip Top Regul a r team.) Crescents-Hart, r. e.; W a rd e ll, r. t . ; Gre e ne, r. g . ; Ch ris t i an, c.; F ourni er, I. g ; cBurns, I. t.; S m i t h, I. e.; Mu llig an , q.; Wright, r. h. b.; Beech, 1. h . b.; Ande rson, f . b. Manager-George Ba n n o n. C o lum b ia (So. Boston, Mass.) , 44; Elmore (Cambridge, Mau.), o. C o lum bia-Levins, r. e.; B a r r ett, r . t.; Mullin, r. g.; Connefley, c . ; H.um ey, 1. g.; Green , I. t.; Mur phy, I.e.; McVey.(capt.), q.; S u ll i van, r. h. b.; Murray, I. h. b.; Reilly, f. b. Elmore-Ward, r. e. ; Loh mes, r. t. ; r. g . ; Freedman, e.; Hayes (capt:), I. g.; Ford, I. t.; Merriam, I. e . ; N el, q.; Leavey, r. h. b.; GOOkin, , I. h. b . ; Delaney , f. b. Manager-John Levins. C o lum b ia (So . Boston , Mass . ) ,I7j Union (So. Boston, Maes.), o. C o l u mbi a-( Regul a r _ team. ) lJni on-Davis, r. e.; Linsky, r. t. ; Canfie l d, r. g . ; Golden (capt.), c. ; Howard, I. g.; Flynn, l. tl Lydo n, I. e.; Poullam, q.; Bulair, ;, h. b.; Rand, I. h. b.; Ba.rr, b . Manager-Jo hn Lev ins. C o lumbia (So. B os ton , Mass.)J.S; Utica (Boston, Mus.), e. C olumbia-( Regular team . ) Utica-Cleary, r . e.; Curran, r. t.; Hopk ins, r. g.; Hines, c.; McDevitt (capt.), I. g . ; Daly, 1. t.; C alla h a n ; I. e . ; Haberlaine, q . ; Locke, r. h . b. ; McArthur, L h. b.; Downey, f. b. Manager-John N. Levins. C o lum b ia (So . Bosto n , Ma ss.), 78; Scrubs (So. Boston, Mass.), o . C o lu m b ia-( R egu l a r t eam. ) Sc rubs-Kane, r. e.; Ferris, r. t.; O'Brien , r . g.; W e lch, c.; Edge wood, I. g.; Frost, I. t.; Herman, !. e . ; Harre ll, q.; Mann, r. h. b.; Morrison, I. h. b.; Kelly, f. b. M a nage r-Jo hn N . Levins. Co lu mbia (So. Bos t on, Mass .), 36; Colton (Roxbury, Mass.), o. C olumbia-( R e g u l a r t eam . ) Colton-Foley, r . e.; Long, r. t.; May s , r. g . ; Church, c.; Kil e y, I. g.; Cole, I. t . ; Mahon, I. e.; Pritze ll, q.; Ma l one, r. h. b.; Martin , 1. h. b.; Stanhope, f. b. Mana ger-John Levins. B. 0 . A. (Ogde n s burg, N. Y.), 38; Barnes A. C. (Ogdcnsburr, N. Y.), o. B. 0 . A.-Larry Locklin, r. e.; Lee Maverick, r. t.j, Dick Dan-. gerfield, r. g. ; Grime sy, c. _ ; Dick Ellis, I. g . ; Cal eb ::ipaulding1 L t . ; B u ck Badger, I. e.; Dick C a rr, q . ; J oc Rockwood, r. h . 1>.; Nick :arke.!J I. h. b. ;. Dart f. b .. Keenan: A . \....-A F1 ey, r. e . ; Chas. Sm 1th, . r. t., V. Ryser, r. I, J. Harris, c.; Wil l iam Jenkins, I. g.; P. Van Dyke, I. t.; E. Nevett, I. e.; J. Rosenburg, q.; ]. Fottrell, r. h. b.; M. Long, 1. IL b.; J. Fitts, f b. . F e nway (Boston), o; Dwight (Bo ston), o . Fenway M oulton, r. e.; Aye r s , r . t.; M cDo w ell, r. g.; Houlton, c.; Nol a n , I. g.; Briggs, I. t . ; Fredricks, I. e.; Lonther, q . ; Mahon e y , r . b. b . ; Powers, I. h. Fos t e r, f. b. Dwight-Young, r. e.; Collins , r. t.; Ryan, r . g . ; D odburg, c.; Sleeper, I. i'; Bridges, I. t.; Miner, I. e.; Boal , q.; Crompton, r. h. b . ; Riley, L h. b. ; Sava g e , f. b. M anager-L. G . F os ter. F c nway Oioston), 24; Devotion (Brook line , Mau.), a. Fenw:i. y--(Ro!fUlar team.) Devotion-Quigley, r . e. Cullen, r. ' t . ; P o wera, r. g.; c. j 03good, I. g.; l. t.J l!roadd, l. c.; Peck, q . ; Riley, 1. h.. b.; Mooney , 1. h. b.; JOrnell, f.. b. G. Fester. u; T . A. Oin p tnan (Milwaukee), e, 1 U.,yal-.Fucikman, r. e.; I{ u!lma n, r . t.; tr. Keller, r. I; Al;mcth, c. ; S c hafter;n, I. g. ; Briedenbach , 1. t.; Man:an, I. e. • Mll loer , ; Vozs , r. h. b . ; Dani.els, 1. h. b.; Silittmburg, 1. h. b.; R. llu ellemill1. T. A. Chapuw.u-:--Schindhelm, r. c.; M"ick, r. &.;


TIP TOP WEEKLY. Koso lsky, r. g . ; Cooke , c.; Richter, I. g.; Ramstac k, !. t.; Van Dyke, 1. e.; La Praie , q.; Young, r. h. b.; Peacock, I. h . b.; McKay, . b. ManagerE. McKay. Amphion (Brooklyn), 25; Greenpoint (Brooklyn), o. Amphion-S. Mill e r . r. e . ; C. Murphy, r. t.; F. r . . g.; W. McCarthy, c.; F. Ni e lthing, I. g.; C. Hesse, I. .t.; B. Miller, !. e.; W. Weill, q . ; H . i.Vloore , r. h. b.; B. Henderson, 1. h. b.; C , G asken, I. b . Greenpoint-Charles Goodman, r. e.; J. Cha pman , r . t.; N . Wilson, r. g.; P. Williams, c.; M : Haggerty, I. g.; A. Hilderseck s, I. t. ; J. !vkGrane, I. e.; C. O'Callahan, q.; W . Huntington, r. h. b . ; G . , White n , I. h. b.; C. Raven, f. b. Ma nager-'George Gomp e rt. Amphion (Brookiyn). 33; Ignasius (New York), o . Amphion-(Regu!o.r t eam.) Ignasius-W. Lindsay, r. e.; T. M cCaffe r ty, r. t.; J. M anney , r. g . ; S. T e llerman, c . ; I. Tcllerrnan, I. g.; Mur ray J a c o b s, I. t.; L. Smit.hin, I. e.; J Goldberg, q.; W . Jasie. r. h . b.; M. G i nsberg, I. h. b.; Fred. Prager , f. b. Manager-Geo rge Gomp crtz . Arnphion (Brooklyn), 28; Vesuvius (Staten Island), o. Amphion-(Regular team.) Vesuvius-E. Glen , r . e.; G . Birch, r. C; A. Mas o n , r . g.; L. Biby, c.; C. La Fetra, I. g.; M . Josephs, I. t.; C. Cunn in g h a m, I. e.; D. Willlamson, q.; F. Nitrog, r. h. b.; B. Welling, I. h. b.; H. Tanne rs, . b. Manager-George Gompertz. Depot (Bake r City, O re.), 16; Stars (Baker City, Ore.), 6. Dcpot-\Nhite (capt.), r. e . ; J ett, r. t.; Willer, r . g . ; Looney, c.; Duckworth, I. g.; H. Murr ay, I. t.; Enberg , I. e.; Wilson, q.; McKim, r . h. b.; Parker, I. h . b.; Halley, f. b. Jett. Stars-Cramberry, r. e.; Ols e n, r. t.; Sturgiss , r . g.; C. B e nn e t , c . ; Scott, I. g . ; Fre sh, I. t.; Gre e n, I. e.; A. Murray, q.; Durgan, r. h. b.; M. Bennet, 1. h . b.; Little (capt), f. b . Manager-Durcan . Old Dingbats (Tacoma, Wash.), 6; Whitmans (Tac o ma), o. Old Dingbats-Carl White, r. e . ; Torn Sadler, r. t.; Ch:tr le y Martai11; r . . g.; Earl H u tfie, c.; Chai. Carl s o n , I. g.; Ed. Carlson, 1. t.; Joe Nannary, I. e.; Grover Lamo nt, q . ; Harr y Lamont (capt.), r . h. b.; B ernard Burnes , I. h. b.; Rod. M a rtain, f. b. Manager-Bernard Burnes. \Vhi tmans-Jas. Corkery, r. e.; Howard Scheniro, r . t.; Walter Sinith, r. g . ; Foran, Ch ri s t orian, c.; Frank J o hnston (capt.),!. g. ; Otto Shoke, I. t.; Mike Fonc k, 1. e . ; Vivian Parke r. q.; Ed. Nels o n. r. h. b.; August Schwartz, I. h. b . ; J as . B a ker, f. b. Manager-Ed. Nelson. St. J a m e s (Philadelphia). 12; Ricl1mond (Philadelphia), 26. S t . Jam e s-Hess. r. e . ; Wrig ht , r. t.; Campbell, r. g.; Tracy, c ; Kelley, I. g . ; Brusacher, I. t.; G a rbers, !. e.; Matthew, q.; Marco, r. h. b.; Dunion, I. h . b.; Gra dy, f. b. Richmond-Joe S mith. r. e.; Joe Brown , r. t.; J ohn R o ney, r. g . ; Joh,n C. Brown, c.; Vllilli e Tie, I. g.; F rank Dean. I. t.; Frank O'Hara, I. e.; Thomas Gorma n, q.; B. Jackson, r. h. b.; Sta nley Tunns, !. h. b.; J olin Gorm a n , f. b . Manage r-John Gorman. Eastems (Toronto, Ont.), 14; S h am.rock (Toronto. Ont.), o . Eas t ems-H. Harcourt, r. c.; C. Dunn, r . t.; R. Johnso n, r. g.; D. Burk, c.; F. Burk, I. g.; H. M. N i c hol , !. t.; J. Morison., I. e.; S. Elliott , q.: F. H arcourt, r. h. b.; G. Oasler, I. h. b.; H. J a ck m a n, f. b . Manager-D. Burk. Sharnrock--R. Adamson, r. e.; G. O'Brien, r . t.; A. Hanna, r. g.; J. Baordell , c.; M. Wolfe, I. g.; W. L ucks, I. t.; B. Taylo r, I. e . ; B. Cooney, q.; G. Whalen, r. h. b.; T. Foste r, I. h. b.; J. Wrig ht , f. b. Mana ger-D. McCa llmn. Eastems (Toronto, Ont.), 17 Normal (Toronto, Ont.), 4 . E aste rns-( R egular te am.) N ormal-Hodgins, r. e . ; Heath, r. t . ; R utherford. r. g: Beatty, e.; Hassa rd , I. g.; Smith, 1. t.; Slade, I. e . ; _ i esbi t , q.; McD o n a ld, r. h. b.; Smith, 1. h . b.; Wark, f. b. MauagcrT. B1.1tche r . E asterns (To r onto . O nt. ) , 27; G e orges (Toronto, Ont.), 3. Easterns-(Regu lar t eam.) •Geor ges-Johns t o n, r. e.; Mara, r. t.; Burns , r. g.; P a rkins, c . ; A r m s t ro . ng, I. g.; Roberts on , I. t:; Wallace. i. c. ; J a m e s , q. ; W ii so u, r. h. b. ; Vv' ats on, I. h. b.; Hort on , f. b . Manager--P . W i lliams on. ( Ce da r HilL I i \ cw Haven, C o nn.), 5 6 ; Biack Hills ( N ew Haven, C o nn.), o. Hilbv Vm. Neumanr\ , r. e.; H. Fowler, r. t . ; J. Can avan. r . g . : J . Hug h e s. c . ; H. M ill e r. I. g.; Wm. Fitz g e rald, I. t.; Wm. Forslund. I.e.: W. Hicks , q . ; J . Durso (ca pt. ) , r. h. b . ; J. Mesk ill. i. h . b.; f . Roc he . f. b. Bl ac k Hills Jos. W i lli a ms, r . e . ; John Harrie tt. r. t.: C. Gogg in s . r. g.; F. Bush, c.; M . . Simp s on, 1. g.; J. Mill e r. I. t . ; F. Rt>dr.i on d, I. e . : S. q.; F. Sush ter, r. h. b.; M. Mil!s, I. h. b.; J. Wi l bur, f, b. Manager-Tony Durs o. Cedar Hills (New Haven, Conn.}, 39; Lakewoods (New Haven, Conn.), o. Cedar Hills-( Regular team.) Lakewoods-J. Hackett, r . e.; J. Smith, r. t.; W. Campbell, r . g.; C. Benn ett, c.; N. Gregori, 1. g.; J. Duggan, I. t.; J . Hugo, I. c.; W. Sloan (capt), q.; G. Basse tt, r. h . b.; J . Street, 1. h. b.; G. Mathews, f. b. ManagerTony Durso. B. and B. (Fredericton), 35; Squash Settlement (Squa, s h Set-• tlemcnt), o. B. and B.-MclAod, r . e.; Wandless, r. t.; Adams, r. g.; Bab• bit, c.; Hopgood, 1. g.; Chri stie, I. t.; Clynic, I. e.; Allen, q.; McLcllan (capt), r . h. b.; Allen, I. h. b.; B a b b it, f. b. Man:i.ger -Thos. Winters. Squash S ettlement-Harrison, r . e.; Brown, r. t . ; All e n, r. g.; Allestor, c . ; Dole, I. g . ; Cockrane, I. t.; Dunlap, I. e.; Estey, q.; Ever ett, r. h. b . ; Mallet, 1. h. b . ; Finnamore, f. b. Manager-Me rrihew. B. and B.' (Fredericton, N. B., Can.), 23; Cotton Kings (Marysville, N. B.), o . B. and B.-(Regular team.) Cotton Kings-Jones, r. e.; Day, r. t.; Gorman, r . g.; Ro wan , c.; Smith, 1. g.; Hazen, I. t.; Cub bins, I. e.; Slipp, q.; Rolan

• Prof. Fourmcn: As I have been exercising for about a month, and think I see a little impro.vement, I send you my measurements, so that you may give me your opinion of them. I am sixteen yeai;-s old; 5 feet 8 inches high, and weigh 137 pounds ; neck , 14 inches; chest contracted, 30 i .nches; chest in fiated, 35 inches; waist, 30 inches; biceps, II inches; forearm, pY, inches; t high, 20 inches; calf, 13 inches. I rise at 6 A. M. My exercise consists of the setting up exercises used in the army, mixed in with a few more exercises ; then I breast the bar three or four times and follow by punching the bag for about ten minutes . I end this with a cold sponge bath and rub-down, which puts a glow over the body . I 'have breakfast at 7, dinner at 1, and supper at 7, and usua _ lly retire about 9 P . . M . Before retiring I exercise with clubs and bells and punch the bag, following with a sponge bath and rub-do wn. At first I didn't like the sponge bath, but now I couldn't get along without it. I would like to know what you think of my system. I live about a mile and a half from work and ride m,y wheel back and forth or walk in good weather, as I know you recommended those exercises for the legs. I hardly expect to become a crack athlete, but I do wish to have a good, healthy, well-developed body, and I am anxious to know if I am do ing all right . . Hoping to hea'I' from you soon, lo-re mai n, CLARENCE TENNEY. You are on the right road to becoming a good athlete, for yoti . a.re exerci sin g in the right \Vay, and thereby improving and developing all parts of your body. Your system is a good ope, and your measurements arc fair also. Keep up the gt>o d work you have begun and you will not regret it when you sec the vast 1mp rovement in ' yourself in every . respect. Prof. Fotinnen: Havif\g read the letters ' you received from other boys, and seeing them pushed forward, I think it about time for me to w.rite also. I am thirteen yey.rs sbc months old, 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weigh 95 pounds, stripped. I. !{ow are those measu r ements r I go . to gymnasium twice a week , am strong. and healthy for my height and age, but do not know wh:a.t to use in gymnaa iuln, to make me stronger and healthier. 2 . What would you advise me to use? I go to high achoo! dow:n home , and am tryinahnrd for a position on th. c baseball and basket ball teama , understand and can play both pret ty fair . Plea.se ans':\'er my questions and I'll be very thankful to{ou, Dick, the fiocli:, the girls and Burt L . Standi sh. I thin k . ha. ve written enough and thanking you in advance will close with very siricere friendship. R ack-e-ty-cax, co-ax, co-ax I Rack-e-ty-cax{ co-ax, co-ax I Hullabaloo l Royal Blue I Fanlale I al l : . . LEONARD !!.. UNOEll. I. Your measurementa are fair. :;i. Horiz:ontAI bara, dumbbells and plenty of. outdoor u:ercb .. regular hours for ea ting and cleepbg wd fol-1ow tI1f CQUrH o1 "C..enenl Tnlninll! iolir Younti Athletet;." tl> be found in Tip Top, No. q. Prof. Four-mm: I em tlxtClelll ;rean old. am 5 hot 9Ji 11teket In helibt, weigh 135 poundt. .tripped. I can lift 150 pounds with eue, or pull 300, or 75 cm either ahopld•r I am r the ameklnJ and chewing habit, and wowd deslro to atc;p both. tab llO &thl.-.dc ucrcll'll whatever, but Q1.ll b..x vcq welL Po you think that my quallftcatlons to be a very ta.It and hcavy-1et m a n arc good? Please let me know of sqme way to cure a smoking habit. Thanking you beforehand, I am, very trul1 AAR As regards the smoking and chewing habit, the only thing to do is to stop right away, and for good. is a most dangerous habit, and wqen chewing is included a vile one. Have cnou&h strength of character to down it at once. Take a good course of training, and try by every means . to overconte any ' bad effects the smoking may have caused. Your measurements are fair,, and s hould, with plenty of gsxxl cxerciH, help you to become a well-developed man. ., Prof. Founnen: I am quite eager to learn how to ' play football. I belong to a boy's club called the Lincoln . Cfub. If you have any books that . tell how . . play football1 plea.!!e write and let me know. We have a stnkmg Indian football and baseball outfit. l thillk Tip Top a all right. , vick' is a bra'Ve boy . Youi:s truly, GEORGE WHORJ! • • Provin cetown, Mass. . , . . Re?d my article on football in N<>. 342 of Tip Top, for rules . and a ll infom1a t ion. , Get i n . t he Tip Top tournament, 'and 1ec what you can

t••••••••,•tttt••,•ttt•tttttttt•tt•tt•ttHtttt•ttt .. tl ..... tt••, .............. . : 550 Foot Balls Given Away! I . Foot Ball contest Tip i Annual Second All Ameri(!an to the Fifty Teams presenting the best scores at the eni of the season. Each player in each. one of the winning teams will receive One Regulation Foot Ball-550 in All • The Greatest Prize Offer Ever Made in the United States for any Athletic Contest. • : i b That TIP TOP awarded as the prize in last year's Foot Ball Contest the Complete Foot Ball Outfit for One Entire Team. em em er That TIP TOP awarded as pri;es in this year's Baseball Tournament Four Complete Baseball Outfits for Four Entire Teams. Splendid Opportunities I Magnificent Prizes I I 'Demember That TIP TOP now Offers .5BO-RUGBV FOOT BALLS-.5.50 in the .4'-. Second Annual TIP TOP Foot B a ll Contest. Greater Opportunities ! Better Chances ! More Winners I This time than before Get aboard whe n the first whistl e b lows and keep your places till you land some of the . . , . great crop of Footballs. i Now'S Your T i ' m e Mani1uors ! pon' t let tills splendid oppo rtun ity _ s li p through your fingers. Get your team in trim at once and get 1u y our coupon s fQr every g ame d unng the sea,on. Tho'e teams havin g the best s cores at tbe close of the S ea,o n will be the w inners. The tenm hav i n g the bes t record will be declared THl:l T I P 1 OP Ct• A ni>IONStHP T E AM OP t 90:2, and in addition lo p r iz e will r ec eive-An All Silk Pennant-bearing the legend which anno uncesT h eir Championship. All Official Sco res will be p u blished lll Tip Top Weekly. The contest will be decided on the .cores published in Tip Top. D on't miss a single game l A coupon.for every game l . R d T , h o• t" For 11;1•kln1r out Scoro Coupons: The manaR"er of each co mpet lna-team a fter e very game •houl d write ea ese tree tons the na':"H of his pla:ycn Ill the le.f t hand column coupon In such a manner that the position of lhe respective players nre by the letters In t h e m iddle column. He should write: the names o f hia opponent's team In the rii:ht hand col n m . In cue BCQre coupons of mor e t han one a-am e arc to be 1enl I n a t the s ame time, only the coupon of the first g a m e should ha'\•c the name• of the manager-'& team. I n the left hand c olumn of the remaining coupons. the manager should write "llep\a.r Tea m . " Be 1ure t.o Kive the name, town a.nd State of both team s . .Score Coupon. Eor TIP TOP FOOT BALL CONTEST. (C .. t •ut •n dott•d Un•.) . The _________ F. B. Team Score____ The . . _______ F. B . T eam Score __ _ Of .. --= -----------R RT RO c . L 0 LT Le i l RH II ' i I : ! I L H II . r i ---------------------: . . . . -... ..J : ' FIFTY FOOT BALL POSTERS FREE!, . SEN D FOR THEM. i ' ' ... ... +++...+ .. ••••••••++• ... ..


' Tip Top Prize . Gallery . PRIZE PHOTOGRAPH No. 16 "Nlinneapolis vs • . Columbus" NOTICE to Tip Top Athletes and Photographers Second Annual Photogr.aphic Contest A FULL PnOTOGDAPnlf OUTtll Given a: PRIZE For the Best Aniateur Tip Top Photograph of' Any Athletic . Event or Athletic Teani . COME ON, BOYS ! GET YOUR CAMERAS AT WORK If you want a FINE and COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPHIC OUTFIT, here is your chance. All you have to do is to get a good, clear picture of any of the follo-wing subjects : 1. A Baseball Game 2. A Basketball Game 3. A High Jump PRIZE PHOTOGRAPH No. 17 4. A Hurdle Race 5. A Pole Vault 6 . A Swimming natch 7. A Shot Put 8 . A Hammer Throw. 9. An Athletic Team w. An Athlete 11. A Bicycle Race 12. A Wrestling natch 13. An Ice Hockey Game 14. A Skating natch Also Send a Description of What the Picture Represents Here are two exceptionally good photographs rerresenting a hot' game between Minneapolis and Columbus, i n which Minneapolis won by s to 3. They are e ntered in the Contest by Hartwell Morri. son, of Minneapolis, Minn. Our Artist will Act as Judge in the Contest The .•• BEST PHOTOGRAPH WINS THE PRIZE " Dan Lally beats it out for a homer "


Breka-Co-ax-Co-ax YALE! • . Get into the . • TIP TOP FOOT-.BALL CONTEST Go in to Win BREKA-CO-AX-CO-AX • . Get into the . • TIP T . O P FOOT-BALL CONTEST • (SEE PAOE J2.) The chance of a life• time I You won't let it slip if you're primed to the brim with YALE!


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