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LAROE.ST WEEKLY ... CIRCULATION IN AMERICA .lssuea" Wee/Uy. By $2,so fer yt!tir. Ent end as S econd Class Matter a t New York Pos t Office by S TREET & S MITH, 239 1Plmiz111 St., N. Y . No.355. Price ; Five Cents. 1'TH.LT ' S ' YOUR MAN, BARK&Rl" II.II: WllISPIUUl:D , TOW..u\D J'llANK KURIW.ll:LL1S R&TR.ll:ATING J'OlUL


i (LARGE SIZE.) t If you have no t r e ad t hem, l ook over thi s catalogue and you will read a list of s t ories j unexcelled in any part of this world to-day. Don't fail to rea d thes e s to ries if y o u have not already. 322-Dick Merriwell's Team; or, The Young Wonders of the Diamond. 323-Dick Merriwell's Confidence; or, The Spirit That Wins. 324-Dick Merriwell's S hot; or, For Life or Death. 325-Dick Merriwell's Triulnph; or, The Finish of the Season. 326-Frank Merriwell on Deck; or, Getting Into Mad River League. 327-Dick Merri well in Trim; or, The Boy Wonder of the League. 328-Frank Merriwell's Honor; or, Defying the Boss of the League. 329-Dick Merriwell's Danger; or, The Secret Order of the League. 330-Frank Merriwell's Fracas; or, Hot Times in Mad River League. 331-Dick Merriwell's Diamond; or, Fighting for the Lead in the League. 332-Frank Merriwell's Turn; or, The Greatest Game of the Season. 333-Dick Merriwell's New Ball; or, -The Boy Wonder at His Best. 334-Frank Merri well's "Ginger;" or, Winning an Uphill Gaine . 335-Dick Merriwell's St_roke; or, Unmasking the M :tn of Mystery. 336-Frank Merriwell's or, -Landing on To_p irr Mad RiYer Leagu e . . 337-Dick Merriwell's or, Back Again to the Old , School. 338-Dick Merriwell's Difficulties; or, Making Up the Eleven . . 339-Dick M erriwell's ,l\{ercy; sir, The First Game on tl\e 340-Dick Da:sh; oi:., Playing Fast and Fair. 341-Dick Merriwell's Friends and Foes a t Fardale. 342-Dick Ability; or, Young Gladiators of the Gricliro ' n . 343-Dick Mascot; or, By or Pluck. 344 Dick Merdwell's ,Trust; or, Friendship True and Tried. 345-Dick Merriwell's Success ; or, Bound to be a Winner. 346-Dick Determination; or, The tourage that 347-Dick :tY.!;erriwell's Readiness; or, Who Stole the Papers? 348-Dick Merriwell's .Trap; ot, Snaring a $pook : 349-Dick Merriwell's Vim; or, The Greatest Game of All. 350-Dick Me r riwell's Lark; or, Beaten at Every Turn. 351-Dick Me r r i well' _ s Defense; or, Up Against the Great Eaton Five. ' . ' 352-Dick or, Hot Work to the Finish. 353-Dick P uzzled; or, The Mystery of Flint. 354-Dick Merriwell's Help; or, Flint's Struggle with Himself. 355-Dick : Merriwell's Model; or, Frank Merriwell 's Fight for Fortune . . i T oP No. 285 begin s the now famous Farda1e Series, in which Dick Merriwell * has entered t h e g ood old s cho o l at which the career of Frank Merriwell also began some I yea r s ago. Thousa nd s of young A mericans wi11 want to read of the fine things that Di ck M e rriwell h a s do n e , is d oing and w ill i n t h e fut u re do. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, . . 238 William St., New York. t...***************************************'******************************************


lsnt.ed B v S u!isc..Ttflion .lz. 1 0 fer year, E1Stered w s . ) ec o m l Ctus.s . i h zt!e r a l ll!e .V . V . Post Offi c e, /J\• STREET & SMll'lt, zy 8 i V illzQm St. , N . Y. En/er-e d acctJrdnt,y ttJ Ari of C..Onp ess i" t h e y e&J.r 'J. i'n tlie Offi ce of Ill e of lOn)ress, l-Va.r/Jt'n;rtcni , D. C . No. 355. NEW YOR K . J a n u ary 31, 1qo3. Price Five Cents. DICK MERRIWELL'S MOD[L: OR , ' Frank M erriwell.'s F i ght for Fortune. By BURT , L. STANDISH. CHAPTER I. FRANK DECLINES AN OFFER. Frank Merriwell was met in the lo bb y of the Metro pole Hotel, Denver, by a thin, wiry , nervo us man, who had a huge, blue, beak-like nose and a pa i r o f r est less eyes, in which lur k ed the cunning of the fox. "Ah, 11r. Merri well !" exclaimed this man ; "you're the very p erson I'm looking for." Frank paused and surveyed the man with a pa i r of cool, calm eyes , lifting his eyebrows slightly. He had but lately arrived in Denver from the South , and he still wore the unconventio n al plain clot hes of t he part of the country from which he had come, having on h i s head a i wide-brimmed hat. His hands and face were brown, as if from exposure to burning suns. "I beg your pardon, sir," he said, in a quiet way. "I think you have the advantage of me. I do not seem to remember you, and yet I am one who sel dom f o rgets a face." The stranger rubbed his blue beak nervously the ti p s of h i s fingers . " Quite lik ely, quite likely," he admitted, in a voice that had an unp l eas a nt, raspy sound. "But I know you, sir, and I have important business with you." "Ind eed? Might I inquire--" "Let's retire to a quiet spot, where we may talk without dange r of being overheard. My business with you is quite i mportant, I assure you . " " A s you know my name, it seems but fair that you should introduce yoursel ." "My name is Dodge-Eliot Dodge." Merry shook his head a bit. "Don't remember it," he confessed. "Don't think I ever heard it before."


2 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "Possibly not. There is a little room right off the bar, where we can drink and talk. Will you come?" "Mr. Dodge, my time is very limited. In other words, while I am in Denver I have no tim e to waste. I am on my way East--" "To obtain certain papers ;vhich you fancy will aid you in establishing your claim to the Queen Mystery and San Pablo mines." Frank Merriwell did not start or show surprise, although in truth he was vexy much astonished to learn that this man knew so much cf his business. However, Merry had perfect control of his nerves, and that was why he did not betray his feelings. Eliot Dodge gazed at him keenly, and' seemed a trifle disconcerted by the young man's failure to betray emotion of any sort. This seemed to pique him, and he hastily added : "You see that I know something of your business. I know why you were lately in the Devil's Range of the Mountains. And I know all about your troubles." ' "Mr. Dodge," said Merry, "are you aware that some men have made fortunes by minding their own business?" "vVith me," returned the wiry individual, with a cold smile, "it is different-I make my money by minding the business of others. Possibly you will find it to your advantage to talk with me. I may be able to aid you in settling this trouble into which you have fallen." Frank took a few moments to consider, finally ob serving: "I think not, sir; but I am willing to hear what you have to say, if you will come to the point at once." He fo!lowec! the man into the little smoking and drinking room near the bar, where Dodge pushed a button. When a waiter appeared, Dodge turned to Merry, asking: "What's yours ?" "Nothing," was the answer. "I do not drink." "Eh? Don't drink?" "Nq, sir.'' "Well, have a cigar. We'll both have a dgar and smoke as we talk this matter over." "I have never acquired the habit of smoking, so you will have to excuse me." . "Don't drink or smoke? Well, you're a rare bird I I should think you might find it necessary to take a drink occasionally down in that part of the country where you have been. When a bad man walks up to the bar and offers to shout it is rather awkward to re fuse, as he may take it as a personal insult and shoot you up." "As far as possible, I keep away from bars, having no business in them. But this matter you were speaking of--come to the point at once, please." Dodge ordered a cigar . and a drink for himself. when the waiter had departed, he said: "You have found yourself involved in a very serious tangle in regard to the Queen Mystery and San Pablo. You fancied your claim to those mines was indisput able. They were left you by your father." "They were left to my brother and myself. He is not yet of age, but he will own a half interest in those mines when he arrives at twenty-one!' Eliot Dodge smiled icily, and shook his head. "My dear fellow," he said, "he will not own a foot of . either mine six montJ1s from to-day-:-nor will you." Frank's calm eyes continued to rest on the face of the beak-nosed man in a manner that seemed to indi cate a power of reading his very thoughts. "What is your game, Mr. Dodge?" he asked, I calmly. "You may as well lay it bare at once." "Do you know you are up against the most powerful mining combination ever known in the history of the world? The Consolidated Mining Association of America is--" "A gigantic trust that is seeking to combine the en tire mining interest of the country-I know that." "That is right. And this consolidation will be come an accomplished fact within a year or two. The C. M. A. of A. will have its grasp on every valuable mine in the United States. There will be no great mines owned by individuals."


J I TIP TOP WEEKLY. 3 "Another demonstration of the growing trust evil, but the people of this country will not--" "We are not here to talk pGiitics, Mr. Merriwell; it is business," interrupted Dodge, glad of an opportunity to appear haughty and snubbing. Dut Frank did not mind, and his quiet manner made it seem that the effort of Dodge was a complete failure. "You are somehow interested in the C. M. A. of A.?" asked Merry. "I presume you arc one of their agents?" "You are right, sir. I am a lawyer, employed by them. I ha,-e authority to m ake you an offer." "It is quite useless, sir. I do not care to ha v e any dealings whatever with them." "You are making the mistake of your life. You think your claim to those mines will hold." "I do." "But you are dead wrong. Your father was hon est in believing he owned them frre of all claims , but he was seriously mistaken. The C. 11. A. of A. has investigated this matter fully . I had charge of the investigation, and I declare to you, Frank f\1erriwell, that your claim to the mines will be shown utterly worthless if the matter comes into court, and you will find yourself ousted." A look of calm determi n ation settled over Merry's face. ""\Ve'll find out aoout that in due time," he said. "Then you mean to fight this great company? Young man, you are mad I" "I am pretty mad," admitted Merry, grimly. "It makes me mad to know that a consolidation can be so insolent and overbearing. Just because of its power it has an idea it can crush me and rob me of what is ' rightfully mine. But I shall fight to the very last gasp. I am not poor, and I'll spend the last dollar I -. have in tlJe world fighting this trust, if necessary!" "That is because you are young and foolish. \Vere you older, had you more experience, you would agree to take what you can get-what I have to offer." "What have you to off er ?" "Ha I That's the talk I" exclaimed Dodge, rub-bing his blue beak. "Now you are coming to your senses . \Ve have discovered some old Spanish claims to those mines, and we have bought up the claims. Therefore the mines are ours." "\Vhat have you to offer?" repeated Merry. The wiry lawyer seemed seeking to read Frank's thoughts. He hesitated, and then said: 'Tll make you a top notch off er at the very start." "That's right." "For tbe Queen Mystery, or for your claim to it, we will give you $100,000." "Then you do consider that my claim is worth something I" smiled Merry, but his manner did not re assure Dodge. "For the San Pablo we will give you $150,000, making $250,000 in all for your claim to the two mines." "Very liberal!" commented Frank, and he laughed outright. "Indeed it is," nodded Dodge, "considering the fact that, by fighting you in the courts we can ol>tain pos session of those mines without paying you one dollar. Do you accept ?" "No!" Merriwell's answer was most decisive. CHAPTER II. A VERY SET YOUNG MAN. "You're foolish-you're crazy!" exclaimed Eliot Dodge, in anger and dismay. "\rVhy, you are ruining yourself I You'll not get a red cent!" "You think so." "Besides, it will cost you a lot of money to fight the company. It will cost you--" "I not dependent on those min'es, Mr. Dodge, I have other interests." "I know your father was said to be very wealthy when he died, but I have heard that he was not nearly as wealthy as reported, also that he left you some railroad securities which have since proven worthless. He may have been one of the richest men in the world at one time, but it is said that his mind was disordered,


I 4 TIP TOP WEEKLY. and that he made numerous disastrous investments before his death." "I decline to discuss this matter with you, sir," said Merry, sternly. "It concerns you in no way what ever." "But I wish to show you that I understand your folly in refusing to accept the magnificent offer of our "You may as well look for i t. How can you hope to win against such a consolidation? Even if you were as . rich as you were supposed to be when your father died, this company would have dollars to your cents . It is made up of a combination of rich mcnnot two or four, but thirty or forty. And all of this wealth and this p o we r will be arrayed against you. company. If you fight us it will cost you a large sum It will crush you, J\Ierri w ell." of money; and, if you are beaten, as you surely will "And this is free Amer i ca I" exclaimed Frank. "I be, you may be left poor, ruined." will not beiieve such things can be in this country I" It was possible that Merri well paled a bit, but his "You a r e still obstina te?" lips were pressed together and there was firmness in his face and defiance in his eyes. "Do not worry about me, sir. I understand that your concern is entirely for the robber trust that you represent. I am not an easy mark, Mr. Dodge, al though you may think me such.". Eliot Dodge scowled and shifted uneasily in his seat. The waiter had brought a whiskey and a cigar. The whiskey sat at his elbow untouched, while the cigar had gone out. "You are young and reckless," said the lawyer; "but I advise you to think this matter over-to consider the magnificent offer of the C. M. A. of A." "I shall not give the offer anot h er t hought, sir. Those mines are t w o of the richest in this country to day, and I propose to hold on to them." "All right I If you are bound to bring ruin on your own head, so be it. But you shou l d think of your brother. You have no right to throw him penni less upon the world." Frank smiled . "He will not be thrown on the world, Mr. Dodge. I think I can take care of him, if necessary; but I have confidence that, in a pinch, he can take care of himself." \ "But he is at school. Should you be ruined he would have to leave school." "Not necessarily. I have faced the world myself without a dollar to my name, and I succeeded in get ting along. I think I can keep my brother in school if the worst comes. But I am not looking for anything of that sort." "I have spoken; you have heard my answer." "Wait; I will go still further. I have offered you $250,000 in cash; I wqI now add to that a like amount in the common stock of the C. M. A. of A. Think of that-$500,000 in all I Surely you will not be crazy enough to refuse now I It is the limit. Beyond it I ' cannot go . The company will never Taise another dollar. If you decline now, the offer will be with d1awn entirely, and it w ill be a fight to the finish, which will mean your destruction. What do you say?" Frank smiled . . "The v ery fact that the mining trust is willing to make me such an offer proves that my title to the prop erty is good, and the trust may find it impossible to rob me." "On the contrary , I am instructed to settle this matter with you if possible; but to push operations against you at any cost in case you decline." "Then you will have a chance to go ahead with your pushing . " Eliot Dodge was extremely annoyed. "It doesn't seem possible that you can be so foolish I" he exclaimed. "\IVhy, mines worth more than those you claim have been sold many times for far smaller smns." "And the original owners have been don e out of thou s ands they might have had by holding onto their property. In some instances circumstan c es compel owners to sell. My case is not such . " "Now, look here," said the lawyer, " you want to take time to think this matter over. Think-think that you are putting yourself against one of the most


fIP TOP WEEKLY. s powerful combinations of capital in this country, or Dodge followed. Outside the door he signaled to a in the world." bulldog-looking man with one eye, who seemed to be "You cannot frighten me that way. I shall give the loitering near for some purpose. mining trust a fight to the finish, and I rather enjoy a fight sometimes." Eliot Dodge felt that he had met a young man who was quite unusual, and he began to understand that argument and persuasion would fail to move Frank Merri well. "All right!" he rasped, harshly, his thin lips flattening back against his teeth. "In a year's time you will be bare-you will be a beggar! See if I am not right t . And I warned you-I gave you an opportunity to escape with a comfortable fortune." "Thank you for nothing!" "You put your reliance entirely on certain papers in your possession, which you are going East to obtain." "You think so." "Is that not so?" "I see no good reason why I should answer any of your questions." "It's true-it's true! If you were to lose tlfose pa pers you would not have a leg to stand en-you would be defeated at the very start." Frank felt that this was true enough, but those pa pers were safe in the safe deposit vault of a bank in 1\ ew York, and he did not worry about them. "You do not

6 TIP TOP WEEKLY. ''Oh, if those are not enough," said Dick, "I'll send out and have the whole bakery brought in." "Now don't you bother. I think there's enough for a small lunch here." "Why should wear a checked vest?" asked Smart. "To keep a check on his stomach, I think,'' answered Dick, laughing. "Go up to the head of the class," returned Smarl "But I have another one. 'What's the best way to kill time in the winter?" -"Sleigh it," was Dick's prompt answer. Tubbs looked sad, while the others laughed. "Oh, no!" muttered Ted; "these are not chestnuts I've been cracking!" Then he turned on I3ra

TIP TOP WEEKLY. 7 "That will do very well,'' said Dick. "You must have been preparing for this occasion, Ted." "Dear me!" said Smart. "I can ' t help those things. They are just as easy for me I For instance, why does a squirrel run up a tree?" "Oh--<:hestnuts !" exclaimed Dick. Ted gave him a sad, resentful look. "Perhaps," he said, "you can teil why a cat walks softly?" "Oh-rats!" cried Dick. The manner in which he said it: caused the girls to utter little screams of alarm and has t ily jump upon their chairs, to the great amusement of the boys. "I think y o u're horrid, Dick Merriwell !" laughed • Zona Desmond, as, with her face very red, she stepped down from the chair on which she had so quickly self in without attracting the notice of any one. He heard Dick's words, and his blood leaped. He had thought of presenting himself at once, but now he drew back quietly and retreated to the little room which had been fitted up like an office. There he closed the door and turned on the electric light. "Dear Dick!" he murmured, a look of pride on his face, a loGk of unspeakable satisfaction in his eyes. "There is a brot b er to be proud of! He has said that I am his and forever must I be in everything a fit model for him to pattern after." He took some legal-looking papers from his pocket and glanced at them. From the dining-room came the muffled sounds of laughter. "These are the documents," said Frank, "witl{ which I shall defeat the powerful mining trust. I have sought refuge. "The way you said it made me think taken the m from the bank where they were desposite d . you saw one." There was more of this joking and laughter. Then came some t o asts , all of which, h o wever, were drank i n water. It \.Vas Hal Darrell who rose and pro pose d : "Here is to Dick Merri well, a royal go o d fellow, and t he greatest football captain Fardale ever h a d . " At this there was a cheer , and all sto od up, holding their glas s es aloft. "Drink it down!" shouted Brad Buckhart, enthusi astically . "It' s the sentiment of every o ne of us, you bet your boots!" When they were again, Dick stood up and said: "My friends, I thank you. I am happy to have you here to-n i ght, and to feel that y o u my true friends, one and all. But one thing I wish to say: Whatever I ain, whatever I may become, I owe it all to my brother Frank. He is my model. I am trying my best to be like him, though I often feel that the task i s a hard one and there is lit tle chance of being his equal." At that very moment Frank Merriwell, who had ar rived in Fardale on the evening train, delayed by the storm, and had hurried straight to his house, was standing just outside the dining-room, having let himfor the purpose of returning to fight out the battle , which I mu s t win , else both Dick and myself will b e p oo r. B u t I have no fear of the result. With the s e d o cuments I can defeat the trust. I felt that I must see Dick before r eturning to Arizona . " He knelt before the heavy little safe. which h<' opened after . a time. Then he placed the precious papers in the safe, closed the door and locked it. CHAPTER IV. ENEMIES. Frank remained some time in his office. Occasion ally he noted the sou n ds which told him the boys and girls were enjoying themselves to the fuIIest extent. There was music and singing. The boys sang the songs of Fardale. Then some of the girls sang. One of them had a wonderfully sweet and sympathetic voice, and Frank opened the door of his room a little • that he might hear the song better. After many weeks spent in the wild Southwest amid rough men, far from the enjoyments of civilization, this seemed like paradise to Frank. He thought of Inza. She was traveling in foreign lands with a party of ladies, and he had letters from her frequently. And


8 TIP TOP WEEKLY. then he thought of returning soon to Arizona, shrugged his broad shoulders a little and smiled a grim smile. : Frank \Vas a man of action. To such men repose seems doubly sweet when they take it. The. loaf er cannot enjoy repose; he has so much of it that it brings nothing of change and S\<,;eetness to him. It is the worker, the pusher, the energetic fellow who feels all the happiness of rest when the time comes. that he can fession, I always think of yo as Dick, not as Mr. Merriwell. I have ever since-since the day we met, when you saved me from those terrible dogs." • "And I-I think of you as June," he confessed. "Shall it be Dick and June?" "Y cs-Dick I" "I am gbd of that-June!' They both laugheJ a little. There seemed nothing take it. to laugh about, but they just laughed with the ex-Finally he arose and left his room, walking quietly ul;erance of happy youth. Then a cloud flitted over to the parlor. He pauseJ at the door. By an alcove her face. wino/>w two , persons were . standing. One was his "\Vhat is it?" he asked, quick to note the chan _ ge. brother, and the other was a very striking girl of six-"I was thinking," she said. "l hoped Chester would teen, with a most refined face. Instantly Merry decome to his senses and cease to be your enemy, but his cided that it was this girl who had attracted his at-letters to mother show he is bitterer than ever against tention by her singing. Dick was talking to her in a low tone, and she smiled at him. "The same old story," thought Frank, again drawing back, and thinking of the old days at Fardale when he had murmured low w ordc; in the ear of inza Bur rage. "But who is that girl? She is a stranger to me. Felecia is here." He was given proof of that by the of soft laughter from the next room. Felecia was there, and evidently she was happy. Frank was glad of that, tor he had feared that Felecia's attachment for Dick would continue to make her miserable if she saw him with another girl. They were cousins, and Frank believed in cousinly affection between them, but nothing more . June Arlington was the girl with whom Dick was talking, and he was saying: "I am so glad, Miss Arlington, that you let me know you would be in town, so that I was able to invite you here to-night. I didn't know that you would come, but--" "I was very glad to come and meet your friends, Mr. Merriwell," she said. "\Ve have not known each other long, but don't you think it has been long enough and well enough so that you may call me Dick? vVe are very stiff and formal." She laughed. ''That is true," she agreed. "I will make a conyou. And now my father is coming here." "Your father coming?" "Yes. He has been vVest on important business, but mother insisted that he should come here when he returned home. He had to go to New York first, but he will be here to-morrow. That was how it happened that I was permitted to come a day in advance. And I think I deceived them. I suppose I should be ashamed. I pretended I was so very eager to see my brother.'' "You have seen him?" "No; I have not even let him know that I am here. If he knew I was in this house he would be crazy with rage.'' There came a ring at the doorbell. It was Frank ' who stepped out of his office and opened the door. A boy in a long cape overcoat, white with snow, brushed past Merry without a word. Frank put out a hand to stop him, but decided he must be one of the guests who had arrived late. Straight into the parlor strode the newcomer, and there he found himself face to face with Dick and June. The girl cried: "It is Chester I" "Yes!" he said, hoarsely. "Get your wraps and come with me! You shall leave this house instantly!'' Then he turned his wrathful eyes on Dick, and his lips curled:


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 9 "You-you sneak!" he grated. June grasped Dick's arm, which she felt grow tense and hard beneath her fingers. She knew young Mer riwell was thirsting to strike her brother. "Please!" she entreated-"for my sake!" He understood her, and his muscles relaxed, but he said: "He has no business here!" "Oh, yes, I have!" declared Arlington, savagely. "I have Lus i ness to take my sister away. I have business to keep her away from a fellow like you!" To June he said: "If mother had not wired me I'd. not known you were here. Since I received her message I have been looking for you. And now I find you with this low bre'1 whelp!" That was more than June could take. "He is a g e ntleman l" she declared, with flashing . eyes. "\Vhich, I am sorry to say, is more than I can claim for my own brother!" This enraged Chester so he grasped her, uttering an angry excl a mation. Instantly he felt his hands torn from her and he w

10 TIP TOP WEEKLY. sary to fight the trust to the last to retain possession of their property. "And the head of this trust, the president," said Merry, "is D. Roscoe Arlington, the railroad magnate. Therefore, he is the most powerful enemy I have in the world." "It is fate!" cried Dick. "But you say the trust cannot beat you-you are bound to win?" Frank unlocked the safe, and took out the little bunate of precious papers. "With these I shall win," he said, smiling calmly. "Without them, I should have no show at all. The trust would be able to wrench the mines from us and leave us. poor, for those mines are almost all that is le.ft of father's great fortune. His investments have proven disastrous in almost every instance. Even in his last years his mind was somewhat unbalanced. \Vithout doubt he once possessed a fabulous fortu ne, but it has me lted like snow before the sun. But those mines are eno ugh. They are the richest in all the great South west. That is why t[l e mining trust has fastened its greedy eyes upon them. That is why 1 was offered $z50,ooo ca sh and a like amount in the common stock of the C. M. A. of A. to relinquish all claim . to them. Bu t I will not be robbed, and I propose to fight D. Ros coe Arlington and his robber band to the finish." "That'.s the talk, Frank!" c ried Dick. "You know you are right, so fight it out. June Arlington's brother hat es me, her mother despises me, and I have fancied it pos sible that somehow I could some day prove to her father that I am not the low fellow they think me; but n ow I know nothing of the kind can ever be " "She seems like a remarkably fine girl," said Frank. "She is I she is I" nodded Dick, eagerly. "It is s trange that she should have such <'brother, such a mother. I thought her father must be different, but it : s plain I am mistaken." "It is unfortunate to have such a friendship broken," ' ai d Merry; "but you are still very young, Dick, and y()u should not form a deep attachment for any girl. Y ou understand me?" like Felecia; she is my cousin. I like Doris Templeton, for she is a splendid girl. I have fancied I liked June Arlington more than any other girl, but I knew I was yet far too young to think of any of them seriously . I hope I am not silly, Frank I A fellow can admire girls without being silly , can't he?" " Oh, surely!" laughed Merry. "That is natural. Lots of young fellows fancy themselves in love several times before they meet one with whom they tru ly fall in love. You will meet hundreds of fine girls before you pass through school and college, yet I sh;tll not look for you to become seriously attached to any one until you r college course is end ed." " But wha t if I am not able to go through college?" "What if you are not able? Why shoul

TIP TOP WEEKLY. I I Dick ascended the stairs and retired. For a while he lay in bed thinking of his brother, whom he loved and admired. whom he had taken as his model. With pleasant thoughts in his mind, he drifted off to sleep. He awoke with a start from an unpleasar.t dream. Sitting up in bed. he thought of the dream, recalling that he had seemed to see his brqther stretched help less on the ground, while on his breast knelt D. Ros coe Arlin'gton, his fingers fastened on Merry's throat. choking him to death. And nearby Chester Arlington slightly. The horror of the thing was on him. He had seen his brother, whom he loved, stretched silent and motionless on the floor. And these men, who had murdered him, were escar>ing 1 They were gone when Dick dragged himself to his hands and knees. He knew they had been given time to get out of the house. With the aid of the wall he staggered to his feet and entered that room, where Frank still lay before the open safe. He called his IJrother's name, he knelt and lifted Frank's head, staring wildly into his face. Then he felt for the beating had stood and looked and laughed. of his heart, and a great cry of relief broke from his Dick wondered how late it was. It seemed that lips. hours had passed and still Frank had not come up from his cJffice. He listened, and could hear nothing down there. Could hear nothing? Yes, he seemed to hear a sudden heavy fall, and then all was still again. In a moment Dick was out of bed . He wore pajamas, and in his bare feet he slipped swiftly and si. lently down the stairs. The office door was partly ajar, and a light shone out from a crack. He heard a rustling inside, as if Frank was moving abouL Then came another sound like a husky whisper. Dick was at the door in a moment, and he thrust it open. The sight he beheld turned him for an instant to stone. Stretched on the floor, where he had been struck down in front of the little safe, lay Frank l\lerriwell. Two armed men, wearing masks, were in thai room. Those men saw D i ck. One of them uttered an oath and leaped at the hoy, a sandbag uplifted. Dick was unarmed, unprepared, helpless. He was taken so by surprise that he collld not escape. The sandbag fell and he tried to dodge. It strnck him glancingly and knocked him against the wan. Another blow dropped him to the floor, although he was not wholly unconscious. "Skip lively, pall" grated one of the men. Dick tried to rise as they rushed past him. He sought to fling himself at them, but he was robbed of for the time and he could move but Dick's strength came back with a rush. He dashed away and returned with water, with which he wet Merry's face , moistened his lips chafed his wrists. "Frankl" he called. "Frank-brother I" At last Merry opened his eyes, gazing at Dick won-deringly. "What is it?" he asked. "What has happened?" "You are not killed was the joyous answer. "Not killed? No. I was . kneeling before the safe. putting the papers away, when it seemed that the whole house fell on my head-and I remember nothing more." • "You were sandbagged." "Sandbagged I" • "Yes, by two masked men. I found them here. They have escaped." Merry sat up, with a great struggle. "Two masked men I" he repeated, huskily. "What were they doing?" "They must have been burglars.." "Burglars? burglars? Let me seer• Excitedly he looked into the safe. When he turned, Dick saw his face waa pale a.a death. Yet he spoke with icy calmness. "Dick. the papers proving our right to those mines are gone I We have been robbed of them r' "Gone? Robbed? Then, Frank. "We are beggars I" declared Frank Merriwdl


TIP TOP WEEKLY. CHAPTER VI. SOME ARRIVALS IN FARDALE. Chester Arlington was wa i ting at the stat ion when the train came in. It had been snowing to the west, and the engine and cars were covered with snow. There was a special car . attached, and toward this car Chester made his way at once. This special car was different from t he others. It I was handsome . externally, with large windows, while within it was fitted most luxuriously. It was the pri vate car of the president of the road. The door of this car was opened by a colored porter in a spotless uniform, his black face shining lik e a polished kettle. When he saw Chester at the steps, the porter lifted his cap and bowed . "How do yo' do, sar I" he said. "Yo' mother says fo' to come right in, sar." Chester mounted the steps and entered the brilliant!:>' lighted car. His eyes took o note of its magnificent furnishings. He was familiar with all this, and it did not impress him in the least. A white maid was assisting a grayhaired lady to don her furs. "Hello, mother I" drawled Chester. "My dear boy!" exclaimed the woman, her cold and haughty face lighting with a look of affec;tion. "So you rece i ved my telegram? and you came to meet us I" She took the hand he held out. He made no demonstration of affection, but he permitted her to kiss him on the cheek. "Yes, I received the telegram, and I brought a car riage. I have your suite ready at the hotel." "How well you are looking I" she exclaimed, looking at him with critical fondness. I feared you were de ceiving me when you kept writing that you were per fectly well. It is most satisfactory that you have recovered thus from your injury. Do you not feel it at all now?" "Oh, none to amount to anything. Once in a while a little." "Of course it is right that my son should fully re cover. I knew it could not be that you were to lose the use of your limbs. That might happen to any ordi nary boy, but not to you." A man came out of another compartment of the car. He was rather stout, with a prominent stom a ch, thin gray hair, and a bristling wh i te mustache that was clipped on a line with his strai g ht upper lip. The mustache did not hid e his mouth, which was firm and close. He had a square chin and the he a d and carriage of a plain business man. He wore an ordinary bus ine s s suit , and was followed by a colored man, who carried an overcoat. "Hello, young man!" he exclaimed, heartily, as his eyes l i ghted on Che s ter. "So you ' re on hand I Well I well!" "Helio, governor!" said Chester , and he permitted his father to gi v e his unresponding hand a warm, firm pressure. As they shook hands Chester critically surveyed his father's necktie. "That's a hot tie you have there, dad;' he said, dis approvingly. "I am glad you spoke of it," declared Mrs. Arling ton. "I asked him not to wear that tie. I . regard bright red as very common and vulgar." "Confound it I" excla i med D. Roscoe Arlington, frowning until his bris t ling gray eyebrows met above the upper extremity of his nose. "What's the matter with that necktie? I like a red necktie, but she always growls and fusses when I put one on." He had a way of speaking of his wife as "she." It was very irritating to Mrs. Arlington, who had tried in vain to break him of the habit "It is plebeian," asserted the lady, loftily. "It de-notes common and vulgar instincts." "Paugh!" said p. Roscoe. "Carriage ready, Ches r• Mrs. Arlington shrugged her shoulde . rs. "Chester, please, Mr. Arlington I" she said. "He is too old for Ches now." "Carriage is waiting , gove'rnor," said the boy. Mr. Arlington laughed shortly. " 'Governor!' " he said. " 'Ches I' We can't always stand on our dignity when we're not under can we, young man? I presume I ought to demand


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 13 'father' and 'sir' of you, but hang me if I don .'t rather like 'goven.or.' Come on; let's go to the hotel." " Y o ' co at, aar ?'' said the colored man. "Will you put on yd top c oat , sar ? " "I believ e I will, Henry. All right; give me a lif t : That's the ticket. Now we're off. Have the baggage s ent right along, Henry." As they were passing from the car, Mrs. Arlingt on murmured in his ear: "Yo u a r c too free and easy with that c o lored man. Take care or he'll become familiar with you." D. Rosco e Arlington said nothing, but be made a . rebellious gurgling sound in his th roa t. Two colored men assisted them down from the car. A strip of carpeting had been unroll e d along the plat form to a waiting carriage , the fin est i n the to wn. The plain villagers stared as the wife of t he great railroad man walked slowly and haughtil y to the car riage, which sh , e was aided to en t e r . Her husband and her s on entered also, and the carriage departed from the station. Thel a dy shivered for all of he r warm furs when she was within the carriage. "Oh, I detest this cold weather!" she murmur ed, peevishly. "It is a grea t misfortune that I am com pelled to endure so mttch of it this wi n ter. I did not anticipate it, but circumstances have kept me in the North. I had planned to spend the winter in I taly, but decided to give that up at the last moment. Then I was going to Palm Beach, but the unfortunate acci dent to you, my dear boy, stopped me then. Now, however, I have made arrangements to leave for Mex ico next week, and I shall accompany your father as far as Arizona, where . he is called in connection with some mining business. There is trouble down there about some of the mines of the C. M. A. of A." "There' s trouble somewhere all the time," said Mr. Arli n gton, gruffly. "But it's no use fo r the little fet, lows to kick. This is the age of con s olidation in e verything, and the small concerns are bound to go to the wall." When they arrived at the hotel, which was the Farda le House r.epaired, reconstructe

14 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "You're too smart, sir-altogether too smart!" growled the man, puffing hard at his cigar. Mrs. Arlington coughed. "The horrid smoke!" she said. "I wish you would sto}' I" "I'll go out," said Mr. Arlington. "Hold on, dad," said Chester. "I think mother can stand a little smoke. I have something to tell you. Give me . a light, please." He removed a cigarette from a gold-mountehc would be here


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 15 last night. The fellow was holding a p-arty, to which a lot of his chums, cheap chaps in his class, had been invited; Some of the very ordinary girls from the Lakeside School were also present. When I received your dispatch began to search for June. I finally found her in with him at that party." Mrs. Arlington uttered a little cry and half started from her chair. She sank back, lifting a lace hand kerchief to her lips. She was very pale, but there was more of anger than any, other emotion e.xpressed in her face. "Terrible!" she declared. "June deceived me! She led me to believe she wished to come in order to have an extra day with you. She came in order to see that lmv-born fellow! And she was there-at his party?" "Yes; but she did not stay there. I took her away." "Do you hear, Mr. Arlington?" said the woman, turning to her husband, who had ceased to puff at his cigar. "I have told you of this fellow. I have brought you here to see that your son has an equal chance in this school with his low enemy. And now the scoundrel had led June to deceive me--June, whom I trusted l" "\Vell, we'll have to look into this," said D. Ros coe, gravely. "It is plain that the time has come when June must be guarded more closely. But I can hardly believe she would deliberately deceive you, Esther." She shivered a little at her own Christian name, which she disliked very much. "But she did deceive me! You can see l You can not deny it l She is treacherous! She is--" "St.op!" exclaimed the man, rising sturdily before her. "June is not treacherous! She is a good girl I I am proud of her I I always have been." "And you have petted her and spoiled her!" flung back his wife. His eyes shifted until they fell on Chester, still sprawled carelessly on the chair, his half-smoked cigarette held in his discolored fingers. In that moment he perceived a change in his son. Chester had not always been like this. Once he was more manly, more like other boys. But his mother had indulged him in everything. In that moment Mr. Arlington was tempted to call her attention to her work; but he felt that she would be unable to recognize the change, and he knew it would be rather cruel to both of them. He was not a man of fine grain, yet he did not speak out, for all that the words rose to his lips. "June has always been a good girl," he repeated, stubbornly. "I cannot permit you to call her treacher ous, or ungrateful, or sly, Esther. " Mrs. Arlington tos15ed.her head. "Oh, very well!" she ' sneered. "I knew you would stand up for her. She has given me trials enough of late. You see very little of her, and so you do not know what she has become. I think she should be placed in a convent. Go on, Chester; you took her away from that party?" "You bet I did! I hustled her out of there in double quick time. I didn't know it then, but Frank Merri well, the fellow's brother, was there. I was so angry • that l did not notice him." "Eh?" said Mr. Arlington. "\.Vhat name was that? Did you say Merri well?" "Yes." "Not a common name. Is that the name of this boy who is your enemy?" "Yes." "And you spoke of a brother i'" "Yes; Frank Merriwell." "Really quite an extraordinary coincidence; yet I don't suppose it can be anything more." "Wha t are you talking about." "It won ' t interest you. I have been informed that the C. M. A. of A. is in trouble with a certain Frank Merriweil, who has been working some mines to which we have obtained clear titles. That is what takes me to Arizona next week. I have to go there to see about the affair." Chester Arlington straightened up in his chair, as if electrified. "What's this?" he cried. "Why, I'll bet anything it is the same fellow I There is no doubt of it! Frank Merriwell owns mines out West somewhere. They were left him by his father, who was known as the Monte Christo of America. He and Dick Merrlwell own them together, but Frank carries them on until Dick comes of age." • "Well, if two of his mines are the Queen Mystery and San Pablo, he'll find himself minus some property he fancied he owned, for we are going to take them and hold them, and he cannot fight the Consoli dated Mining Association of America. We win our battlels at any cost." The woman also arose.


16 TIP TOP \IVEEKLY. "1s it possible this can be true?" she sa id. "If it is, my opportun i ty to strike the enemy of my son has come, and he shall feel the blow I" CHAPTER VIII. THE STOLEN PAPERS. June Arlington was surprised when s he learned that her father and mother had arrived in Fardale and \Yere at the hotel. A carriage was sent for her, and she was conveyed to the hotel. , Arlington met he;" cold l y and s e verely. Not so Mr. Arlington. He was alm o st roughly affectionite. He kissed her and held her out at arm's length, shaking her a little and gazing at her admir ingly. "\Vhy, girl, you're handsomer than ever!" he de clared . 'And you look just like me I Ha! ha I ha! Your mother thought I was going to say you looked like her. That's a joke on her. But truly you are looking fine!" "You will spoil the child with flattery!" said Mrs. Arlington, icily. "You can see what the result is! You know what has happened I She is--" "So Chester has told on me?" exclaimed June, flush ing . "He said he would I He said f'd be sorry I And that after I let him know how much I've done for him!" "What have you done?" asked Mrs. Arlington, in mild derision. "What have I done?" June exclaimed. "But for me he'd not be in Fardale school now I . But for me he would have been forced to leave that school!" "Indeed? i-Iow ?" "Pick erriwell could have forced him out. You don't know all the things Chester has d o ne since com ing here. He has not told you of the scrapes he has ' been in. If Dick Merriwell had exposed him he'd heen expelled more than once. Anyhow, he w o u l d have been s hunned and ostracised by the other "You have listened to the lies of ' that fellow J\ferri well ! I do not bclreve there is one word of truth in them!" "I kno:w he has told me notl1ing but the truth. Be sides, he has not tol d me m;.ich-he would not tell. I have found out through other sources. I saw an

TIP TOP WEEKLY. tered, but he did not look up for fully a minute, as his mind was concentrated on his work. Vv'hen he lifted his head he saw a . man standiiag a short dis tance away, oe.p iu hand. Arlington surveyed this man keenly. The fellow had one e y e and looked like a ruffian. "\Vell, sir," said the president of the miniI)g trust, "what do you want?" "I have some business with you, Mr. Arlington," decla r ed the man, stepping forward. D. Roscoe Arlington frowned. "State y our business," he commanded. "My time is valuable." "You'll find it worth your while to listen. I come from Eliot Dodge." Immedi ately the magnat e turned so that he faced the stranger squarely. "Ah!" he s a id. "vVhat is your name?" "Luther Barker, sir." "State your business, Mr. Barker," aga in directed Arlington. "Mr. Dod ge employed me about ten days ago for a certain purpose." "\Veil?" "I have acc o mplished that purpo s e." "That is good. But you will have to explain fully in order that I may understand." "You are anxious to get hold of certain papers relati n g to two mines in the Mogollon Mounbins, " "Am I?" "At least, the C. M. A. of A. is anxious, and you are the president of that con cern." Still D. Roscoe Arling i on was not committing him self. He was discreet. Let the man talk; he could ask questions and listen. "\Vhat about it?" "Mr. Dodge offered considerable money for those papers." "Did he?" "You authorized him to do so." "Possibly." "Frank Merriwell refused to sell the papers." "Go on." "Then I was called on. I was instruct e d to follow Mer riwell, to watch him consta n tly, to di sc over w her e he bad the papers in his possession, and to obt ai n then1. " . "\V hich you did?" "I have a way of obeying orders, sir . " "You have tbe papers?" exclaimed Arlington, showing doubt and eagerness. ;'I followed Merriwell," said Barker. "I knew when {le took the paper:s from the bank where they were kept. I watched for an opportuttity to get hold of them. :.Bodge said to get them by fair means or foul. I follow e d him to this town. The night that he arrived here, with the assistance of a friend, I entered his hous e. I found him alone in his office, studying the pe.pers. We watched him until he started to lock them in his safe. Then we put him to sleep with a sandb a g. My pal has le? the detectives on a false trail. I am here. I hav e the papers." Arlington arose and looked at the man in a strange w a y. "You are a --burglar!" he exclaimed, harshly. "Has the C. M. A. of A. been forced to resort to such methods?" "I followed instructions," said the man. "Eliot D o dge told me to bring the papers to him; but I dare not keep them on my person. If I should be cap-tured with them in my posse!l.Sion it would go hard with me. I want to get rid of them at onc!l, and fore I have brought them to you." "You have hn.rnght me those stolen papers?" "Yes, sir . Mr. DQ

18 TIP TOP \VEEKLY. much trouble and expense. Take them. Send them at to the headquarters of the association." "But you must understand that this man has com mitted a crime in breaking, entering and ste-c!.ling papers. You would make me a party to his crime." "Ptish l The law will not touch you. With your power, you can buy judges and juries. One-hali of these mines are claimed by a hoy who is the worst enemy your son has." "That makes no difference." "Now, you shall not be unreasonable l You shall take tlie papers." "If I do, it will be to restore them to Frank Merri well." The woman .:idvanced to the desk and caught up the package. "Then I will take charge of them!'' she cr i ed. "I will se.e that they are sent without delay to the head quarters of the association. I will see t h at they never pass again into the hands of the Merriwells." "You are crazy I" hoarsely said D. Roscoe Arlington. "Not in the least. I am determined . " ''Mr. Arlington," said Lute Barker, "give me a re ceipt for those papers. With it I can proYe my claim to Eliot Dodge and collect from him the money he promised me. I waited an hour for an opportunity to slip up to this room unobserved, so that the papers might not be traced to you, in case I am suspected. Give me the receipt." "You'll receive no receipt from me." "I will give yon the teceipt !" cried Mrs. Arlington, as she seated herself at the desk. "Stop I" exclaimed the magnate. "Be careful what you do." June Arlington had listened horrified to all this, re maining until now in the adjoining room: Now she rushed into the room, pale and trembling. "Mother, don"t-please don't I" she entreated. "You have no right to the papers I Let father give tht"I11 back !" Not a word did the woman speak. She had torn off her right glove, and the pen she held flew over the paper. She wrote a few lines, then signed it and used a blotter . "There," she said, giving the ' paper to the one-eyed man, "there is your receipt. If Eliot Dodge does not honor it, I'll see that you paid every dollar he agreed to give you. You may go, but leave as quietly and u and get out of Fardale in the g:reatest haste. Go!" The man took the paper, folded it and thrust it in to his pocket. Mr. Arlington seemed turned to stone. June sank down upon a chair \veeping. "All right, lady," said Barker. "Thank yer. I'll go. Dodge told me the sy;;dicate would back me up in anything and see that 1 did not get lodged in the stone jt:g; but I'll feel easier with those papers out of my hands. Good-day, Mr. Arlington. Good-day. ma'am.'' He slipped out quietly and was gone, having closed the door softly behind him. June lifted her tear-wet face and gazed in horror at her mother. "Gi rl," sa i d 11rs. Arlington, icily, ''you must never ,.. breathe a \.\ord of this, unless you wish to see your mother arrested . Do you understand?'' . June choked ::i.nd bowed her head again. She understood too weil-she understood her mother then as she had never understood her before, and the knowledge was crushing love, affection, re spect from her heart. I "Esther," said D. Roscoe Arlington, regretfully, "you are making a terrible blunder I Give me the papers and let me restore them to Merriwcll. vVe will fight him for the possession of those mines, but we'll not rob Him in this manner.'' "No!" cried the woman. "The papers shall not be returned. This Richard Uerriwell has dared assume that he was the equal of my son. He even looks down upon Chester. If it is in my power, I'll strip him of every dollar in the world and leave him a pauper! Then we'll see if he'll be so proud and carry his head so high!" . CHAPTER X. A LITTLE PISTOL PRACTICE.. Lute Barker stole from the hotd and hastened away, satisfaction in his heart. "The old lady is a corker I" he muttered, with an evil smile. "She has more nerve than Arlington. But perhaps Arlington was afraid of me. Perhaps he thought he would not place himself in my power by ac ceptingthe papers from me. I have heard that he is a hard man who stops at nothing to gain his ends. He has that record. He has wrecked railroads for his own purpose. He has robbed small stockholders.


TIP TOP WEEKLY. He has committed crimes enough of that sort, but he pretended to balk at breaking and entering. Bah 1 He was faking I" Barker went dire c tly tg a livery stalie, where he tilg:tged a team with which to drive to Viewland, twenty-eight miles away. He paid for the use of the . team in advance . The stable keeper had an arrangement with a liveryman in Viewland to return teams. Barker called for a fast horse and a good sleigh. \Vhen the man drove out of the stable Frank Merriwell was passing. Frank had been working hard to trace the stolen papers. He had engaged detectives, and local officers were engaged on the case. Barker's companion had been traced to a small city , fifty miles away, and there the trail was lost. Merriwell saw Barker as that individual drove out of the stable . He obtained a fair view of the ruffian's face, noting the of one eye. Like a Merriwell remembered having seen a faee like that in Denver. Once afterward, in New York, he fancied he had seen it again. "Hold on a minute!" he cried, starting toward Barker, who had turned his head away. Swish--crack ! The whip cut ' the air and fNf upon the horse. The animal made a leap, and away went Barker. Frank Merriwcll rushed into the stable. "Fifty dollars for the use of the fastest horse you have, Allen I" he cried. "Hitch him into a sleigh! I must overtake that man I If I hurt your horse, I'll pay damages I" Allen , the keeper of the stable , knew Frank well. He did not stop to ask queitions, but gave an order to an assistant, wh9 dash e d into a stall and had a black horse out in a minute . Meantime Frank took a revolver out of his pocket and examined it. He made sure every chamber was loaded and that the cylinder worked properly. "\Vho is that man?" the stabl eman ve n tured to ask. "I've never been introduced to him," answered Frank; "and yet I think I have had some dealings with him. Quick, hitc? that horse in there! " I le sprang into the sleigh, flung a robe over his caught up the reins and was off . He had noted the street taken by Barker, but, in order not to be deceive d by the fellow , who might deu ble on him, he was compelled to make inquiries until he had passed out of town. As he passed beyond the outskirts of the town, ht saw far away, climbing a hill, a rig occupied by one man. The rig looked like that hired by Barker, the man resembled Barker. Frank used the wiUp and went ahead. It was and, loeking back near the top cf the hill, he saw the pursuer. Then he seized the whip and lashed his horse, the animal passing from Frank's sight on the gallop. actions convinced Frank that he was on the right track. The fellow was afraid of him and wanted to escape being stopped and questioned. It is not necessary to describe the pursuit in detail Barker tried to lose Frank by turning onto another road in a strip of woods; but Frank hag a pair of eyes which . seemed able to follow the trail like the nose of a dog on the track of a rabbit. No use for Bark"er to twist and turn. Frank had the bette_r h()rse, and he gained steadily. At last they came out an open stretch of country, and no great distance separated them. Barker heard the ring of sleigh-bells behind him and looked back. Merriwell was bearing down on him swiftly, th' e black horse covered with foam. , "Vl ell, what if he does catch me?" thought the oneeyed man. "What can he do? He might have me arrested, but what of that. I haven't the papers." Then . he thought of the receipt. Thai might be evidence against him. He would destroy it. But if he did that he would have absolutely nothing with 'vhich to convince Eliot Dodge that he had carried out his work. -That would not do. Now Lute Barker was a desperado of the worst sort. Originally he had been a burglar in the East; later he had been a rustler in the West. Western life had made hjm reckless. The persistence ef the pursuer annoyed and angered him. In a burst of rage, he' drew a revolver and turned about with it in one hand, holding the reins with the other. "Hold up I" he roared, flourishing the revolvu. "Hold tip, or I'.11 fill you full of lead I" The black horse came ''I'U frighten him !" thought Barker, whereupon he leveled the pistol and fired over Frank's head. Merry b.ea.rd the "ping I" of the bullet aa it went . /


... zo TIP TOP WEEKLY. singing past, but he did not duck. Instead, he used the whip again, a n d the black horse continued to close the gap. "You inferna l fool I" grated Barker. "I'll get the next one nearer to your ear, and we'll s ee if that won't check you a little." A puff of white smoke leaped from the muzzle of his revolver, obscuring his e vi l face and single gleaming eye from view for a moment. This time he really fired n_earer to Frank, but there was not even the flutter of an eyelash on the oart of the grim-faced youth in pursuit. Barker muttered some fierce words. "He's a fool!" he snarl ed . "He doesn't seem to know I'm shooting at him!" The bells rang out merrily. Fields of snow, scrub bushes, rocks and fences flew past. Nearer and nearer drew the black horse. Barker looked round and a terrible glare came into his single eye. "I reckon I'll have to stop that horse," lie said to himself. "It's the easiest way. when the beast gets a little nearer, I can hit him fair and full in the brain, and that will put an end to this business." He waited. The head of the bl a ck horse came nearer and nearer. It was not over a rod away, it was still nearer , and then, by reaching far back, Barker could almost touch the animal with the muzzle of his revolver . . ' He thrust out his hand to shoot. As he did so, Frank rose to his feet. The road was smooth as a toboggan slide at that point. He stood up easily, and he saw Barker 'swing back with his revolver to shoot the horse. Then it was that Frank lifted his free hand. He did not seem to take aim, but the revolver he held barked as the hand came to a level. The bullet struck Barker's revolver with such cra shing force that the desperado's hand was paralyzed and the weapon fell ' upon the road. CHAPTER XI. THE SUCCESSFUL ROAD OJ!' Run-:. There was a strange look on the face of the presiaent of the Mining Trust as be sat there before his desk. He was not a man to waste time in idle day dreams, yet he was staring straight ahead with eyes which s eemed to see something far beyond the w all at which he was looking. Beneath his gray, b ristling mustache his mouth was p r ess e d together rigidly. His square chin see med squarer than ever. A c ertain un speakable somet hing about his face i ndicated that within there was a struggle. In his so u l a battle was taking place. This man, for all of his reputation, for all that he was noted as a "grasping monopolist," for all that he was at the head of a mighty trust that was said to be lawless because of * power , for all that he was cursed by many a ruined man, for all that rich men feared him and poor men execrated him-this man was not all bad . He loved his daughter. He had loved his wife. He might have loved his son. D . Roscoe Arlington had started in life a s a poor boy. It had been a hard sttuggle. He was iron, and he would . not yield before the forces which sought to push him back, or, at least, to hold him in check He had known bitterness and suffering; he had known de feat. But def eat only spurred him to another and more determined attack, better planned, more forceful, fiercer. In the end he had conquered. This man had said to himself, "I will be rich!" He had not said it once or twice and forgotten; he had said it every day of his life. He had formed a habit of saying it often. He was not content to say it; he set about working toward that end. He fixed his eyes on the goal of wealth, and h e refused to let his gaze wander for a single moment. He turned his feet toward that goal, and nothing, no pleasure, no peace, no happiness, no hope of any other earthly reward, no h ope of heaven, could induce him to turn aside for a single day, a single hour, a single moment. If walls of stone or iron rose before him, he scaled them , or he demolished them; if great gulfs yawned in his course, he paused only to fling across a bridge that served to let him pass. His philosophy of life taught him that it was a mighty battle , tlie hand of every man against every other man. In this battle the weak must fall, while the strong triumphed. Hundreds must go down t o let one man climb up and up. So, as he advanced, behind him he left a trail of devastation. At first the ruin did not seem so bad, only a poor devil crowded out of a position obtained by him, other poor devils brushed aside as he strode on, while still others fell and were tra mpled. But his feet were shod with spikes of iron, and those spikes began to leave a bloody trail. Behind him r o s e a faint


TIP TOP WEE.KL Y. 2 I. sound, a moaning that swelled in volume as he con tinued to mount upward and onward. The moaning became a shriek, the shriek a terrible scream, as of thousands o f maimed a nd blee ding victims, with helpless hands stretch e d tow _ ard a pit i less heaven. He shut his ears to the sound. He ke p t his eyes on the glit tering g o al. His soul to iron. Thus h e had lif ted h i mself to his present position. He had changed, for he could gi v e no thought to anything n o w save that w hich co n cerned him or his. W h en he thought of the start he had made, or his humble birth, his hopeless boyhood, it seemed like an unreal dream. He w a s worth mill i ons. He hoped some day to be the richest man in all tbe world. It seemed prob a ble that he might. Was it possible that his father had been a poor stone ma s on, and that he, himself, when a b o y had envied as fabulously rich men he would now look upon as poor! There are crimes which the laws do not punish; every day they are committed in Wall Street. For t heir own ends men wreck commercial houses, rail roads and banks. One man makes a fortune through the rui n of scores or hundreds. He has planned it all with consumma t e craft and sagacity. He knows that to carry out his plan will cause distress, poverty, wretchedness, possibly death in some instances. Yet he stands with his bar under the stone that shall start the landslide. When the mom ent comes, he flings his shoulder against the bar, starts the stone to rolling, gets away to his place of sa f ety and watches the r o aring avalanche rush down upon the victims-. D. Roscoe Arlington had started more than one avalanche. Yet th1s man was not all bad. Few men are. In his heart he had held . an ideal. He had married a girl once poor, like himself, He had given her everything the heart could He had known her in childhood. Sometimes he thought of the day they had waded in the Meadow Brook and she had cut her foot on a stone. He had tied it up with his hand kerchief.. And when she had cried at the sight of the blood that stained the handkerchief and turned her head away, he had lifted her in his arms and carried her acros s the rough pasture, the field and down the brown road to her home. He had told her that some day he would be a rich man. He had as ked her if she wot1ld marry him then, and she had laughed and blushed and turned her head away and murmured that it was not riches she wanted; she would be satisfied with a little cottage-..and him. This was under the lilacs one sweet night in June. This girl he had married; she was now his wife. She h a d been his ideal. But time had wrought a greater change in her than in him. She had seemed s>veet and gentle--almost angelic. She was now cold and formal and pitiless. The contrast between the girl and the woman was shocking. But as he sat there before his desk, staring with unseeing eyes at the wall in . front of him a terrible thought came slipping into his brain. Was he ' not responsible for this change? Was he not the ene who had brought it about? Would it not have been better for her if he had remained poor and they had lived, as she dreamed, in the little cottage? For the first time in his life D. Roscoe Arlington halted on the cruel path he had trod and shivered. For the first time he paused, shivered and looked backward, !J strange regret and longing in his soul. Too late! There could be no turning back. The road was blocked w i th corpses; even the past it.self was dead. He shrugged his shoulders . He thought of Little Esther and her bleeding foot, and it did not seem po,_ siu'ie that she had become the unyielding, pitiless, re vengeful woman who a while before had stooped deal with a housebreaker. And then he knew that, although he had set his hand on. the priz'e of wealth, he had lost forever the greatest prize of all. And June-what of her? Again he shivered as he of ] une seeing and knowing all. Mrs. Arl,ington and June were in one of t11e rooms beyond. They had left him alone. There came a knock on the door. "Come," he said, in a mechanical manner. A boy entered with a qrd. The card name that made . him start. It was-"Frank MerriwclL" Behind the boy a young man strode into the room. 1 Frank Merriwell had not waited to be invited _ ; was there. CHAPTER XIL FACE TO FACE,. Their eyes met. Frank stood there, bareheaded, calm . He had lost his hat in the pursuit of Lute Bar ker, and he had not stopped to obtain another one fore calling 011 D. Roscoe Arlington.


f TIP TOP WEEKLY. Arlington had a stern, steacly way of looking at any one that was quite disconcerting to most persons; but the calm eyes of this young man gazed back at him with a steadiness and intensity such as he had never before encountered. The boy departed, and in silence those two men looked into each other's eyes. nut it seem e d that the younger man looked still furthef' straight down into the soul of the elder man, and with a feeling of surprise and gui lt Arlington let his gaze fall /again to the card he held. "Mr. Merriwell ?" he said, inquiringly. '•Yes, sir." The voice was full, and rich. and suppressed. That • voice denoted maturity and power. It told of confidence and reserve force. "What can I do for you ?" "I have called to see you on a very serious matter, sir." "\Vill you sit down?" "I will stand. " Arlington looked at the youth again. and again he found those eyes turned on him as if they were reading his secrets, as if they saw the stains on his soul. For the first time in his life that man was annoy.et that Eliot Dodge was acting uncler your instructions." Arlington smiled a cold, dry smile that imparted nothing of pleasantness to his grim face. "I came East," continued Frank, "to obtain the papers with which I propose to prove my rightful ownership to those mines. I took those papers from a safe deposit vault in New York. 13cfore g-oing back, I here to see my brother, who is attending the Military Academy in this place . " "\Vhat do I care aoout all this, young man?" fretfully interrupted Arlington. He was becoming irritated. not a little to his surprise, for he had a habit of letting nothing irritate him. "\Vhat do I carer" he repeated. "Your movements do not interest me in the least, an

TIP TOP WEEKL Y . 23 Arlington sm i led again, as if t o say, "So y ou've even lost the poor claim you had to the min es4" "I lost no time in putting detectives on the case. When I heard that you, the president of the Mining Trust, had arrived in town, I felt that the paper s would cQme into your hands before long . To-day I saw a man with one eye, who had hired a turnout and was driving out of town. This was but a short time ago." There was a rustle behind the portieres that led into one of the adjoini n g rooms of the suite. Behind those curtains stood a white-faced woman who was listening anxiously to Frank's words . As Merry told of the one-eyed man driving out of town her face expressed relief and satisfaction. "I pursued that man in another team," Merriwell conti n ued. "I ran him down." "YOU di

TIP TOP \VEEKL Y. "June," said Mrs. Arlington, glancing at a jeweled watch, "I believe there is a train that leaves the sta tion here in less than fifteen minutes. Am I right?" I She held the watch up for June to see. "Yes, there is such a train," answered the girl, in a low tone. "We will take that train I" "\Ve?" "Yes. Dress-put on your wraps." "Shall I call the maid?" • "No." "Shall I speak to father?" ''No." / There was something awesome in the manner of the woman, whose face was white and strained. The girl moved to obey. "Quick I" hissed her mother, in a whisper. "Lose not a moment l We must not miss that train." "What is it, mother? Why are we to rush a way like this? Why--" "Not another question I Obey!" So June obeyed, but when she was ready to go out she found her mother waiting. The girl was not per mitted to speak to her father. They went out silently by another door and descended the stairs. Mrs. Arlington asked for a sleigh to take her to the train. "I'm afraid you can't make it, madam," said the clerk. "The carriage for the train has gone." "I must malle thing had nearly happened to her. Then came the thought that it was not right for such a thing to happen. Had it been some other woman it would not ha \'e been so bad, but for her to be mangled beneath those wheels would be mon strous. "Thank you!" she said, faintly. "You were very kind." Then she recognized her rescuer, and a thrill passed over her. Her strength came back with a rush, and she stiffened all her body and drew away. "Let me go I"


TIP 'TOP WEEKLY. "If you thiqk you can stand, Mrs. Arlington," said Dick MerriwelL \ He had sa\• ed her-this boy whom she despised with all her soul because he was Chester's enemy 1 Dick had been watching the trains. He was aiding Frank in the search for the ruffians who had stolen the papers. He had been there on the platform when that sleigh whirled up, and he had seen Mrs. Arlington spring out and try to board the moving train.' Fortunately he had Leen near enough to leap forward and grasp her when she slipped, and he had drawn her from beneath the iron wheels. Again a feeling of faintness assailed the woman and she reeled. But she put out her hand in rebellion as he once more offered assistance. She recrossed "Wait_;,h, wait I" cried June, as she ran into the room. "Mr. Merri well, here are the papers I Take them and remember your promise not to let any one know. She is my I" D. Roscoe Arlington rose with a hoarse exclama tion, but he made no move to interpose. He saw June hand the papers over to Frank Merriwell, who flushed and bowed as he accepted them. "You can depend on me, Miss Arlington," said Frank. "I thank you. Good-day, Mr. Arlington. Good-day, Miss Arlington. You have done well I" When he was gone the girl stood there shaking. Her father looked at her with a great tenderness. Ho stretched out his arms. "June!" he said, huskily. "My dear child!., the platform and steppe

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The first for this vast popularity is because the appears in what is universally ad mitted to be the king uf all published weeklies, The Winner of thll 6rand Prize at the Paris World's Fair, TIP TOP But the second' reason is just as important and cogent, namely, the high excellence of the letters written by our readers, which appear in this column. Indeed, these let ters have been so highly praised that Street & Smith, always anxious to serve and benefit their great public, have decided to offer twelve valua b le pri zes for the twelve best l etters received from Tip Top readers in the next six months.. These twelve prizes will be TWELVE GOLD FOUNTAIN PENS of the highest grade. Now, then, all our ambitious young letter writers will bi> anxious to win one of these fine prizes . All you have to do is to follow these directions : Write a letter to Tip Top Weekly, discussing any feature of the f a mous public a tion, its characters, plots, ath let ics, contests, tournaments or anything that impresses you especially; then write across the top ot it "Prize Let ter," and send it to Street & Smith. So that the contest • ma y be absolutely fair, the reade r s of Tip Top are to act as judges, and the lett ers which receive the gteatest num ber of votes will be awarded the prizes. C.ome on now, boys and girls I Show us which one of all our young Shakespeares are the best writers. I have finished reading the Applause column of No. 342, and m readmg the letter -of a white-h o t Doris champion he said that Felecia could not bt co m pared with Doris. I fe1t !hdt Was too much. Felecia can be compar e d with any girl, Doris m c lud.:d . I send s o me verses in Fel e cia ' s defense. Oregon City, Ore gon. 0 queen! Our queen I What is it they say, That the Dori s itcs are gath e ring their men To trample you clown And get you out of the way? Come now ye all, Ye F eleciaites , and gather behind our And we will meet th e m h al f w ay, And drive them off the field. 'Th en back we will come And lay at h e r feet The t ro ph i e s we have gathered that day, 'And we will m a ke her a crown Of th e enemi e s a r ms, A n d t h e y will never get it away. ROBllIB ADAMS. W ell sa i d, an d 1hi s s h o uld draw the Fel eciai te s p raise t o y o u for ha v ing a p oet a m o n g thcir nu mber. I d o n ot s ee tha t Doris can be much in t h e lea d, with s uc h a stro n g c ha mpion a s you to answer "The White;-Hot Doris" man. what say you, r eaders? I have been re a din g Tip Top s ever sinc e they came into Bren h a m , a nd I a dmire t he m v e r y much , b e caus e it c o nt a i n s ;uch ins t o r ies of D ick ;\lerri we ll, T ed S m a rt, a n d las t of all, big B ob Sin g l e t on . I a lso admi r e J u ne A rl ing t on , but h e r brother Ch e s te r i s t oo hig h-ton e d for me . If he th inks he c a n e ver ou t do Diel< M erriwell, why he h a d better go away back and take a front se at. Well, h opi n g Chestrr A . will get o ve r his a c c i d ent, and Chester and Mrs. Arlington will like Dick from now on, I am, a Tip T o p rea de r . 'N. Brenham, Tex. Tha nk you for your enthusiastic praise of T i p Top and its characters . Just a word to Tin Top. I have read every weekly from No. r to th e very latest wi t h the gre ate st ple a s ure. I o r ga nized a dub, nami n g it "The Tip Too, }rs .. " a n d I a m very interes te d in June. a nd in Do ris w h o will surely marry D i c k . H o ping to se e this m p r i n t, I remain, a gir l r eader , F. D . F . Here i s to t h e succ e s s of your club. !.\fay it have a lo n g and prosp e rous exis ten c e . As I have read quite a number of 'P i p Tops I will let you know how I like th em . Fra n k is t!ie on e I like best, Dick i s next, and then comes Bart. Brad and the rest of the boys . wit h the excep tion of his en e mies . I think C he ster A rlington will b e D i c k ' s friend in the end if Dick will have him. Now I will close, with three cheers for Burt L. Sta n dish. Your c onstant reader, New York City. DIEDRI<:H DEINO. V(e all join in those che e rs for Burt L., and we add an other for hi s admirers anc) reoiders . Having just fini s hed the latest ' issue of Tip Top, I wish to say a few words m rega rd to the Di c k and Doris question. What I say is, Doris i$ not the girl for Dick, but June Arlington is . Doris ma} be all right for Bal Darrell, but she will not be for Dick. T don ' t think I have missed ten issues of Tip Top since they came out. and I can cheerfully bay that ! think June Arlington is tht: finest girl that e ver appeared in print in the Tip Top Library. I do not like her brother Chester so very weil , only he will de, to keep the excitem ent up in regard to "scraps" like the one in front of the where June was stopping. Four of the , ..... . . _, --:cl.-. ?


TIP TOP WEEKLY. Wolf Gang assailed Dick, but he got the best of them all. Why? simply because he had the charm with him. I notice in some let1• rs in the Appl ise say that Doris is the girl for Dick, but I differ wkh them. a she is the girl for Hal and I hope we shall htar more from June every week, as she is my favorite already. 1 would like the bd any for a long t ime. I have a rnnstant rcadtor of Tip Top since Frank first beipn his brilliant carC'er al Fardale and while Dick is now makmg one. Bart Hl'ldge is the "true as steel" kind that I admire first, last and alwitys . Dick is a great character and is gradually making him self equally as poinilar as Frank, but never ca n be surpass him. As for Chester Arlington, I can but say l admire him though he has bccu guilty of some very diny tricks. I feel tkat there is a great dt:al of good to come from him yet and I long for the day to come when he an

28 .TIP T O P WEEKLY. Applau1e Col umn and a lsC1 forgi ve me for writing suc h a l e ngthy letter, I am, Be s s m Ross, • A G i rl Admirer of Dick. M o r e tha n glad to h ea r fro m you ar, ai n, and d o no t let it be the la s t time. Re a d e r s suc h a s y o u , who t a ke s uch a interest in all t h e i n T i p Top , we alw ay s want r<.'rcsentc:d in our Appl a u se Col u mn. , H urra h I for D ic k Merri w e ll , Our h ero brave r:nd true, for a n oble cause, tie 'II win the victo ry, too . Al t hough e n emies beset h i s path, He wins th em as h e goes. H e fights an d dow n s their vile plots: ::\ 1.akes stanc h friends out of foes.. I In foot b all he's a dandy; Ne v e r r esorts to fou l p l ay. On the griditon he is h an dy, And for Farda le wins the day. E ve r y baseba ll game h e's in it, with his fine new r.ising curv" . H e says , "Come b oys, w e've g ot to wi n i t, F o r this game w e do d e s e r ve . " Ri s e up , y e true frie n ds of ou r he ro, Make k n ow n your woes and j oys; w rite a l e lter to t he Appl a u s e C ol umn, Thu s h elp out the Fardale boys. R.omc, N . Y. T . Il. T . Your verses are m os t pl e as in g and you h a ve chos e n a g oo d the m e . As o n e of t h e "Tip Top" p o e ts we shall h ; \i! you , so l e t m hear from you again. T his being t h e fir s t 'tim e I have ev e r writte n to the A pp lau s e C o l umnu, I d esire to s ta te that it i s the b est wee k lv pab! ished. I )ike t he Dick ;\Ie r riw cll se ri es th e bes t , and n n ha r dl y w a it for the books that will t ell o f him at Y ale . 1 t h i n k June is t he girl for Dick, and Dor is for H al. I wo uld ,Ek e t o t h e W o lf gang get their just de serts. Hopi n g t o ;;e c t hi s i n the ap nla u sc . I w i ll close. with three cheer s for Fnmk , Bart, Di ck. Bn

Prof. Fourmen: We &re constant renders of Tip Top Weekly, and take the liberty to ask a .lot of ques t ions, winch I hope you will kindly answer. We are two brothers, A. and E . Ruttkamp, who go to school, and want to become good athletes. V'/ e don't use tobacco. Here arc our measurements, etc.: A. R.-Age fourteen years tWo months height feet 3 inches; weight, 9B pounds; neck, I:a inches; thigh, 16 inches; forearms to middle finger, 1471i inches; chest, normal, 26 inches; chest1 infiatcd. 27 Inches; chest, uninflatcd, 25 inches; calves, IO incnes, wrist, 7 inches; IOO-yard dash, 14 seconds; runnin$" broad jump, 10% feet: high jump, 4 feet; high iump, feet; standing broad Jump, 6Y.I feet; can hold IO pounds from shoulder ; can bold 30 pounds above head, one arm. E. R.-Agc, ten years two months; height, 4 feet 2YS incheg; weight, 58 pounds; neck, IO inches; thighs, 13 inches; forearm to middle finger, II inches; chest, normal, 22 inches; chest, inflated1 24 inches; chest, uninflated, 22 inches; calves, 8 inches; wrist, Sh inches ; 100-yard dash, 18 seconds i runnin!'! broad jump, 8 ie et; running high jump, feet; standinghigh iump, 2r4 feet; s t anding broad j t:mp, 5 feet; can hold 5 pounds from s houlder; can ho l d 20 pounds above head, one arm. Quest ions: 1. How to strengthen arms, legs, ankles, wrists, and mu s cl e s , a lot of g ood daily exerdse for athletes, and a cure for catarrh. How to play hockey. Good diet for athletes. ls c o ffee a good beverage; if not1 what is? h too much exercise harmful? How to obtain Jong wind? W c want to become good athletes, and, thanking you in advance, and hoping to hear from you soon we remain, yours truly, Two \tVouLn-BE ATHLJITES. Your measurements are fair, but you are under weight. 1. Go into training. Follow my "General Advice to Young Athletes," to be found in Tip Top No. :265. Do not o•.-erdo, as y o u arc both young. Your records arc very good. To strengthen arms and wrists, use dumbbells, chest weights, and Indian clubs; for legs and ankles, ride a bicycle, run, walk, and sk i p the rope. For catarrh, I advise you to consult a physician. React my article in Tip Top No. 269 entitled "Training Table for Y oung Ath letes.' Stop the use of coffee; it is net good. Try milk or cocoa. To obtain long wind, try running and bre-.i.thing cxc:-ciscs. Yes, too much exercise is harmful. Read Professor Fourmen's article on hockey in Tip Top, ioon to appear. Look ou.t for it. Prof. Founnen: Would you please tell me the measurements of a boy of 14 years old? Hoping to see this i n print soon , I am yours, A CANADIAN TIP ToPPER, That is a hard question to answer, as there is such a vast difference in boys as regards their growth :md development, and it would be hard to set a standard. Send me your measure ments and I shall tell you in what they arc lacking. Prof. Fourmcn: Beins a constant reader of the Tip Top, I would like to uk you a few questions. ( l) How mueh should a boy of fifteen and a half years weigh who ls 5 feet inches (2) My ankles are very weak. Rising on my toes does not seem to help them. Can you sugge11t a remedy? What is the best rubbing atuff to use? After I run a short dis tance I seem to give out; they get stiff, and sel!m to need oil or aomething. (3) How Joni should a perSOII who is tninill,i for an event "lay off" before tne event comes off? Thanking you advance, I remain, A TIP Top ATHLET:L (1) Ab o u t 125 pounds. Ridini: a bicycle, rising on tho t()('S and skipping the rope, will bcnetit you. Begin gradually, and increase time .as you progress. After exercising, rub brlskl7 with alc0hol, or use some good liniment, such as Omega Oir, or a mixture of lead and opium, which you can procure a.t a druggists. (3) One day. Prof. Fourmcn: I wish you would please let me know If m:rrecord s are good: Standin g j ump , 8 feet 9 inches; pole vault, 7 feet 8 in c hes; high jump, 4 fee t 6 inches; throw eight-pound ham mer, 100 fee t ; chin b a r, IO t i mes ; put six-pound shot, 36 feet. My weigh t is 140 pounds, and height is 5 feet inches. I am a reader oi Tip Top, and like it-T. W. S. Your rernrds are very good. Prof. Founnen: As I have been reading tl1c Tip Top for the la s t s i x months, I would like to ask a few qu e stions: I am 1::1 ;years old, • veigh 75 pounds; he ig ht, 4 feet IO inches; I can, standmg, broad jump 5 feet: runnin g. jump 12 feet. Yours truly, ]AMES WVEN. Your measurements and records arc good. Prof. :Founnen: I have Just finished rtading No. 344 of Tip T op. It is a fine story . I want to f:r.d ont what part of me needs d e vclopinl{ mo st. Hue are m y measurements: Age, 17: height, $ foet i nches; weight, 128Y, pounds; chest, normal, mches; exp a nded, 37 i nches; wa i st , z9Y, inch es. : neck, r3y.j inches; b i ceps, ro inch es ; forearm, inches; wris t , 6:14 inches; thighs, 20 ; { inches i calf, 13)-:j inches. I h ave.., a football, and take a walk every mornmg that is pleas a nt. I like to p l ay football and baseball. Hop ing t o see thi s in print, I remain, ]ORN LuTZ. You are w e!J proport i oned , but a little unde r wei g h t. Keep up your footb:ill playing, and other outdoor cxercii;;e, and do all you can to harden and nrenizthen the muscles. Prof. Founncn: As I have read Tip Top Weekly for &ever.al years, I take the liberty of asking you some questions. Are my measurements good? I am 13 y ears -old, and w e igh 91 pounds; hoight. 4 feet II inches; chest, uninffatcc , 27)1:, inches; inflated, 30 inches; waist, 25 inc hes; right arm, 9}!,; inches; left arm, 9)4 inches. By answering in Tip Top weekly wo!.lld be a favor to REED K1LDONERY, JR. Your measurements are fair. Go into a course of training, and by the time you have reached eighteen you will be a well-de veloped boy. Prof. Fourmen: As I am a great lover of th.e Tip Top Weekly, I ts.kc the liberty of you a few questions, which I hope you will answr. v.>hen you find I am only fifteen years of but y ould take m

TIP TOP WEEKLY. an& a9t grow so much. I h ave no t taket1 much lately, as I hardly knew what kind t o take, so I t!1ought I'd ask you. I would fike to become a n athl e t e . I can r i de a bicycl!li and bo'K, and pla1 baseball . I do nst smeke, or drink tteping you will furnish information e nough so t hat I can be an all-ann .,d athlete, and thanking you in advance for your adv ice, I am, yours truly, \VILLit.M F . K.RosN. Follow "My General Advke to Young Athletes," to b e found in Tip Top No . 265. You want plenty of outdoor and indoors use che-st weights, and Indian dubs. You are wise not to smoke or drink, and let it become a firm pri!1c iple :md habit with ynu. Wit h your physi que and judic ious training, you should in time be!=Ome an athlete. Prof. Fourmen: Being a constant re ad e r o f Tip Top Vv'eekly, wifl take th e libert of asking you a few quest.ion s . l. A m seventeen years old, weigh 134 pounds. ls that an axerage weigh t for a beginner of the dumbb ells ? 2 . Use 3 pound bell s 20 minutes bdore retiring and IO m inutes on rising in the morni ng. Do y o u think them too heavy , and how about time of p ractice? 3. A m tall and thin . The calf o f my leg is thin. Will ygu pkas e i n form me what is best to g ain flesh and m a ke my body ro und an d develop it. + Sh ou ld I eat three meals a d ay, and what should I eat? 5. My sho ulders are very broad; t hink they a re too b l'o ad. What exercise is best for shoulders and arms? fi. Do yon think too mnch clothing is injurious? Hoping you wlll pardon th is rather lengt . hy epistle, and wishing a reply at your earliest con ven1ence, and also hoping greatest success for Tip Top, I remain, sincerely, Wou1 .D-EE ATHLETE. x. As I do not know your height, cannot tell if your weight is proportionate, but I think you may b e under weight . 2. One-pound dumbbells o nly should be used n ight and morning. 3. Riding a bicycle, running, and walki ng, an d skipping the rope are all good exercises to develop the calf . For all-around development, use chest weights and India n club s also, and go into training. 4-Yes. Substa ntial fo@d. 5. Your shoulders cannot be too broad. Develop your ches t and arms by punching the bag and using other appliances t o be in proportion with your shoulders. 6. Each one must be his own judge as to how much h e can stand. Prof .. Fourmen: read nearly all the Tip .Tops so far, and seemg so many quest10ns asked and answere d m a cheerful way, I want to ask a few questions my se lf. They are: I. "What are my measurements, in your estimation, in regard to becoming an athlete? Wein-ht, 145 pound s. stripped ; height , 5 feet 7>1: Inches; nt.><:k, 15 inches; chest, normal, 37 inches; inflated, 4 0 inches; waist, 330 inches; thigh, 23 inches; forearms, II Y. inches; biceps , 12Y, inches; calf, 13 inches, and s houlders, across back, inches. 2. To make a good pitcher, one nec essarily need long fingers? 3. I am about to join a club; what exercis es do you recommend for mu s cle de velo pm ent? I have not trained with dumbbell s, ch est weights, etc., but am considered a pretty good athlete around here. Hoping to see this letter as fully answered as asked in your next lfip, I remain, a fri en d to Tip Top. MoLINER. I. Good. 2. No, it is not. 3. That is a question whi c h covers many points . Take a sys tematic course of training, and use the dumbbells, chest wei g hts, and get .Plenty of outdoor exercise. You no doubt in a short time become a skillful athlete, u you seem to have a good phy-&1que. I Prof. Fourmen: As I am an admirer of your Physical Culture Department, I wish to ask a few questions. I exercise from an hour to two hours a day. I 3.lll fourteen years old; s feet 5 inches tall, and weigh 120 pounds. Is that all right? I play quarterback on a football team, and am pitcher on a baseball team. I can jump 7Y:2 feet on a standing jump, and 16 feet on a running'-jumv. My measurements are as follows : arm, hes ; left arm, inches; right forearm, lOY:i inches; left lO}il inches; normal, 33 inches; inflated, 36 inches; waist , z8 inches; rigllt thigh, 20 inches; left thigh, 20 inches; right calf, u 1-3 inChcs, left calf, 12 1-3 inches. I can run a mile in 6 min-utu. I exercise with p unching-bag, dumbbe!ls1 che;;t weights. Are m:y measuremeuts and exerci!es good. I sllall hope to see this i n Tip Top. Your m easurements are very goed, as well as your records.. I see have the rigk t id eas as r egards exe rcising, and, if you keep it up, you will be well rep a id. !'ref. Fourme. n : My measnr-ements a:-e as follo ws : Age, rou.rteen years; weight, 103 flOUnds; height, 4 feet II }ii inch e s ; ches t , normal, 30 inches; exp and e d, .32 inches; inches; tric:eps, 9Yi inches; right thigh, '7 mches; left thigh , 17 i nches ; right c.df, IZ inches; lei1 calf, I.a i nc h es; ne ck, I2Yz inches; hips, 317"2 im;hes; w a ist, JO inches. r . What do you think of my me::isure rne uts r 2. :Mow is the best way to de v e lop 1 h e cal r of t h e leg? 3 . A(e !Gmg walks g o od for the calf of the leg? Hoping to see my m easure ments and thos e questio n s an s were d in the Tip Top so o n , I r ema in, AN Al\DEN"T TIP ToP READER. I. 'i1 1 e y a r e fair. . 2. Walking, running, and riding a b icyd:.:, also skipping the rope ls good. 3. Yes. Prof. As T have always been a render of the Tip Top Weekly, and have always su n g its praises whe n ever I had the chance, I take liberty to ask a few questions, and would like to see the m answe red as soon as p ossible. I a m s hort-wind ed, a nd, in trying to gain lun g power by d ee p breathi n g, I b'Ct p ains in the left side. These p ai n s also come after eating fast, smoking, and rapid exerci se . I also ha ve catarrh ef the head, and would l ike to k n ow a rem e dy for both. An ardent Tip Topper, W . D . W . Yon n o doubt have i ndi gestio n , but I woul d a dvis e you to consult a phy s ici a n immediate ly, and have your heart examin!'d. Vi;ir nasal cat a rrh, a good, simple reme d y is to snuff salt and water; but, if long standing, you n ee d m ed ical advice. Prof. Fourmen: Allow me to ask you a few qtte8tions abcut myself. My age is fourte e n years three months, m y height is 4 iect 9y. inch es. I measure 32 inch es around my chest without my c:lolhes. How can I brnaden m y chest, and h ow can I rn, winded? I do not think I a m as strong winded as I '3ught to be. Hoping to h a ve an a n swer in your next week's i ssue. I r em a i n , yours t ruly. WILLIAM SENEY. Follow "General Advice to Young Athletes," to h e found in Tip Top No. 265 . I t covers all p o ints i n regard to C'xcrcising the v a rious parts of the body. To become stronger winded, try run-ning and breathing exercises. Prof. Fourmen: I am fift ee n yea rs , eight months old, am 5 feet weigh about 8o pounds. I smoke cigaret tes quite heavily; I have tried eve ry way to stop it, but cann ot. If yo u know any mean s of stop-ping the habit, I would be very thankful to you to tcll me. I have a great d esi re to become a baseball pitcher. Hopmg you will give me an answer, I remain, G . P . L., A Lover of You are very much under weight , and, no wonder, when you are addicted to the fiendish habit of smo1cing There is no help to stopping the habit but strength of will and purpose . Begin immediatel y. or your heal t h and development will be ruined, and you will soon hav e cause for regret. Prof. Fourmen: Seeing so many other letters from young men in Tip Top Weekly I thought th a t I wo uld write and ask you what you think of mv measurements, and if they are good o r bad for a youth of my age. I am I6 years old, 5 f eet 9 inches tall. and weigh 146 pounds. I have never taken veiY much systematic exercise; just a little work in the high school gym. My c h es t measureme nts are: Normal, .31 inches; inflated, 3574 inches; I can run 100 yards in seconds; running high jump. 5 feet 9 inches; standing high jump, 3 feet 7 inches; running broaa jump, 14 feet ro inches; standin,.g broad jump, 7 feet 9 inch es. I play half-back on the high s chool football team here. We have played eight g:am"S with diff e rent t eams and have not lost a game this season. Please print what you think about my mea s uremt>nt s and records and greatly oblige. Yours truly, H. R. B. Your records are good and measurements fair. Improve them by taking a regular course of training.


-TOP FOOTBA ALL AMERICAN TOURNAMENT FULL PARTICULARS O F THE GREA T All AMERICAN. T OURNAM[NT AND OTHER FOOTBALL F EATURES WILL BE FOUN D EVERY WEEK IN TIP TOP WEEKLY 550 Regulation R.ugb:y Footballs Awarded as Pri:E.,s .e D 8 .e 8 THE GREATEST PRIZE QFFER EVER MADE! .. .Announcement of Winners in Tip Top All-American Football Contest = === =============, = 0 F' l. 9 0 9 Messrs. Street & Smith take pleastire in announcing the following winners for l 902 : I --MonUorcl A. C., Baltimore, Md. Henry Hofmeister, Mgr. II-Brunswick A. C., Brunswick, Me. H. Snow , Mgr. . IU-W11rrlor A. C., Manchester, N. H. Martin Stanton, Mgt• IV-York C:>lleglate Institute, Y&tk, Pa. D. A. Rupp, Mgr. V-Pl.strlct A. C.. Washington, D. C. ]. E. Rohl, Mgr. VI-centrals of Buena Pa.rk, Chicago, Ill, Tom Graham, Mgt. VIl-Amphlons A. C., Brooklyn. N. Y . G. Gompertry, Mgi. VIIl-Ster!ini A. C.. San Francisco, Cal. Earl C. Cartot, M&f. IX-Young Sports, Ithaca, N. Y. . Bea Burn.."t Mgr. X-0.nttal A. C.. of Waltham, Mm. 'Erllei.t Berrio, M,gr. XI-Midwest A. C.. Springfield, Ill. S. T. Dowd, Mgr. XIl--Star and Crescent .A. C.. Jackson, Mo. S. Thompson., Mgr. XIlI-Madir>on Centrals, Madison, Wis. R. Noose, Mgr . XIV-Summit A. C., Chicago, Ill. K. Hillyer, XV-Beaven A. C., Savannah, Ga , " F. l>.styu, Mgr. XVI-Golden Gate A. C.. Sacrame.tito, Cal. G. Vernon, Mtr. XVllS. S. A. C., L:>s Angeles, C al. XXXIV -Invlocib!ea. Paterson, N. ], W. Goode, Mgr . E. D. Pietce, Mer. XVIlI-Go!den Dome A. C., Har tford, A. Buffalo , N. Y. Con11. R. Post. Mgr. B. A, Christy, Mgr • XIX F. F. V. A. C., Richmond, Va. XXXVICr oton A. C., Cincinnati, Ohio. B. M. Benni:;, Mg r . D. S. Het'mans, Mgr. XX D. M. A. C., Moines . Iowa . XXXVII-Ctc:scents, St. Louis, lVIo. D. Willlams, Mgr. H. Donald, Mgr. XXI-Capitol A. C., Albany, N. Y. X XXVIII-Twe ntidb Centt1ry A. C., T. R. Simon&, Mgr. Trenton , N. J . R . Wenzer, Mgr. XXII-St. Mary'g A. C., S t. Paul, Minn. XX.."{fX-H. L A. C., Harrisoorg , Pa, T. B,\h:a, Mgr. . R . S. Chapman, lVIgr. XXIIJ--Q. A. C., Rut land , V t . XL Young Bloods, N ew York Cit y ; S. S. Shaw, Mgr. B. Gaylord, Mgr. XXIVP . A. C.. Co lu mbus, Ohio. XLI-Ludern. Je fferson, M o , , R. M . M anu. Mgt. K. Wet.tel, Mgr. XXV-Pruton A. C.. Lowell, Ma_., XLll -D. R. A.C.. Ra!dgh, N . C. S. Ste wart , Mgr. -Tom Day, Mgr. XXVl-Rr.d S hirt;;, Pro v! dwcc, R. L XI.m-Smoa.k A. C., P ittsbu rg, P;i., ;R. S . D.iy, Mgr. R. Crawford , Mgr. XXVll-X. X. A. C.. D allas, Texaa. XUV-Roundus, T roy, N. Y. D. S. Dingle, Mgr . &Barker, Mgr. XXVIII -Jc11y Rog.us, Jer:iey_Q ty, N. J . XLVBe!lwood A . C., Nas hville, Tenn. , A. K. Jones, Mgr. ' C. T. Llrtea wca.Ver, Mgr. XXIX-Peo n. State A. C., VI <:a&t A . C., Annaf,oll. ; M<;f. . Ii. Hmiso11, ' Mgt. . N . A . Sm yth, Mgr. Men A . C., Co ncord , XL VU--0,;kland, Milwa u ke e . • Wls. N. H. Ed S!reet. Mgr. W. S. Price, Mgr. XXXIExuls!or A. C.. Cl!lcago, Ill. XL V'III-Qo akers, . W. P ugh, Mgr. R. T. Mgr._ DOOl-L. P, A. C., Allegheny, Pa. . XLIX-Pui Atnerlcw of B!&falo, N. Y. Adama, Mgr. A. P !ncbot. Mgr. xxxm-Moo!!Shinets, Louf8v!11e, Ky. L-Llbet1y Boys, Cle v el a nd, Ohio. L. Gtifprd, Mgr. I Wlrt :QaVb. Mgr. THE MONTFORD A. C. FOOIB.4LL TEAM 1s aod


.. TIP TOP'S INTER SilORTS BASKET BALL ICE HOCKEY Can You Put Up a Winning Team This Year? There Are Good Reasons why You Shoul d Try. \Vhat Are These Reasons? By winning the Jlp Top Ch:unpionsblp your name By winning the Tip Top Championship you wln becomes famous throughout the oountry. one of the Tip Top Cllamplonship Pennants. TiPtOP MSKH .. :fr. ChaEttpions of 1905 . ... -... . . . --.. . . ..... -. -;.-.-... ,,. .. TIP TO? ICE HOCKEY Champions cf 1903 Do you see tt1ose dotted Une.s on tho pennants? Is the name of your team to fill one or those honored places this year? IT'S UP TO YOU! = d Remember our old battle cry: BREKA CO-AX, CO-AX, YALE f TliAT'S THE SPIRIT THAT WINS! REMEIVlBER Tf-IAT TIP TOP A\VARD..5 IN ADDITION TO PENNANTS TO TIIE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKET BALL TEAM 1 Bashet Ball 5 Pairs Run:ntng Tru:nlt.s 5 Pairs Running Shoes 5 .t-\.rn&less J erse7s 5 Pairs Stockings TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ICE HOCKEY 7 Pairs of Ice Hoche,,-Sitates 7 Pairs of lee Hocli.e7 Shoes 7 Sweate1""s 7 Ice Hockey Ca.pg 7 Icie Hocltey Sticks fON'T MISS A WINNING YHROW. DON'T LE:.:T 1"HE SCE SLIP FROM UNDER YOU. FIRST-Cnt ont and fiil In one of followi1tg coupons as y<>nr team is an re .. HO<;key or BM.ket Ball Team. out on paper a list of the \)tayers of your tea;m and those of your oppanent's. Wdte on one sido of paper only. THIRD-Pin fue coupon to your written report. FOURTH-Give a concise accounh of tho game, and send t o STREET & S)fITH, 238 William New York City. TIP TOP WEOOY will publis!i all the scores. Therefore keep your tc1tt11 con•t""'tly before the athletic world by sending in 4U. YOUR SCORf.5. ,....... ____ ,_..,..,,_ ____________ B.ASHET BALL COUPON ICE HOCKEY COUPON /Vam.e of Team ... , , , , , , , • , •.•••. , , •••.•••••••••• , Town .........•.•••.••••••••••••••..••••••.•.••. State .....•..•.........•....•......••.•••........ Winner .•.......•••..•.....•........•...•.•.•.... Flna.JScore. ••.•.••••..•.•••.•••.•..•.• ..•.•.•••.. Date ...................... , .............. , •..•..... M11nager .•...••••••••...•••...••.•.••••..••.•.••• Name of 1'esm ................................. . Town ..........••.•.•.•...•.•..••.•••.••••••••.•• State ............................ , .........•...... Winner .......................................... , Final Scoro ..................................... . Date ......••...••.....•..•...•••••..•.....• , ••••. Maaaaer ....••.•.•..••.••...••.....••• .•.••••.•.


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Come-a=Flying ! Come a=Sliding ! -Along! • Get your Basketball team into Tip Top's Second Annual Basketball Contest. TO THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL TEAM OF AMERICA, TIP TOP Wlll AW ARD A COMPLETE BASllTBALL OUTFIT, CONSISTING OF ./. .;& ./. J. ./. ./. One Basketball. Five Pairs of Running Trunks. Five Pairs of Armless , Five Pair& of Basketball Shoes. Five Pairs of Stockings. IN ADDmON TO A TIP TOP CHAMPIONSHIP PENN.ANT .J& .J& .J& .J& J. .;t. J. Get Your Ice Hockey Team into Tip Top's Second Annual Ice llockey Contest TO THE AMATEUR CijAMPIONSHIP ICE HOCKEY TEAM 01" AMERICA, TIP TOP W:Ill AW ARD A COMPLETE OUTFIT, CONSISTING OP Seven Pairs of Ice Hockey Skates. Seven Pairs of Ice Hockey Shoes. Seven Sweaters. Seven Ice Hockey Caps. IN ADDITION TO A TIP TOP CHAMPIONSHIP PENNANf J. J. J. ./. J. J. J. DON'T FAIL TO ENTER YOUR TEAM AND STAY TO THE FINISH


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