Heir to a million, or, The boy who was born lucky

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"Lift him up gently, fe ows," said Jack, bending forward to give them a hand. "The poor fellow seems to be about done up." "He's nothing but a wreck, and is as light as a feather, almost," replied Tuttle, raising the sailor up.


Fame and Fortune Weekly1 STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuvea Weekl11-B11Subscription 12.5<> per 11ear. Entered a;coraing to Act of Congres, in the 11ear 1 90S in the o tfl.ce of the Librarian of Congre11, JVarhin g ton, D. 0., b11 Frank Touse11, Publiaher, 24 Union Square, New York. I No. 55. NEW Y O RK, OCTOBER 19, 1906 PRICE 5 CENTS. HEIR TO A MILLION OR, By A SELF-MADE M AN CHAPTER I. THE BOY WHO WAS BORN LUCKY, "It's better to be born lucky than rich," grinned Joe Tuttle, who had just picked a nickel off the ground, ex hibiting his find. "That's right," replied Jack Ward. "It's a wonder I didn't find it instead of "why so ?" "Because I was born lucky." "\Vho said you were?" "Severa l people." "Who for instance?" 'l "The first was an old Southern negress, who worked fer us when I came into the world. Befor e I was an hour old she told mother that I had been born under a lucky star, and would be rich before I was twenty-one." "She said that, did she?" "So mother told me." "Do you take any stock in the yarn?" "I've got four years ahead of"me to make it good "Who e lse hand e d you out the same fairy tale?" snick ered Tuttle. "A gypsy woman." "The gypsies are famous for telling fortunes. Did thi s one tell you rs?" asked Joe with some i n terest. "Yes " What did she have to say?" I "She read the li nes ill my hand and told me that I was born lucky." Did she tell you y ou'd be rich before you wer e twenty one ?" "She lopped off three years, and made it e ighteen "She was real good, wasn't she? chuckled Tuttle. "If if will only come true I'll consider her all to the mustard." "Any other per s o n tell you the same gh o st story?" gri nned Joe. Sure, Old Mother Hubbard, you know her, she r ead my fort une in a teacup." "She s aid you'd be rich, too, I s'pose? " That's what she did. Said s he sa w me s urrounde d wit h money." "I'd like to see myself s urrounded with money; but I don't think I ever will," s nickered Tuttle. "Go on. Wh o else handed you out the same chestnut?" "Professor Gregory." "Our mathemati c a l teacher?" exclaimed Joe, m s ome s urprise. Jack nodded "He said you were born lucky?" "He did." "When did he tell you so?" "Yesterday." "What does h e base his pre d ictio n on?" "The stars." "Th e w hat?"


HEIR TO A MILLION. "I mean the planets." "What would you do, with a million in Joe, if "Say, what's this you're giving me?" asked Joe, increduyou got it?" lously. -"What would I do wHh it? Say, don't make my mouth "Professor Gregory is an expert in the science of astral-wate r Jack. I c ould figure up five hundred different ways ogy. He's also up in palmistry-the art of reading your of getting rid of some of it. In the first place I'd take Sue past, present and future by the lines and marks on your Rankin down to the ice cream parlor and fill her up to the palms, like the gypsies. He looked at my hand the oth e r neck with frozen swee tne ss. Sh e told me this morning clay, and it intere s ted him so much that he said he would tha t if th e re was anything s he doted on it was ice cream and like to cas t my horoscope." spong e cal

HEIR TO A MILLION. 3 skilled mechanic in one of the three shipyards of North whenever the chance occurs. He likes the water so well cliffe, and Jack for many y ea rs had the run of t he yard. that I call him a water-M e llon." He was thoroughly familiar wit h the build and rig o f "Don't get o:ff any more like that. It's enough to make a every sort of c r a ft, from a yaw l to a full-rigg e d s h ip) though fellow 1\Ielloncholy ." a three-mas te d schooner wa.s about the largest kind of a "That i s n t bad for you, Joe I see you're something of a vessel that w as turned out of the yards those days punster yours elf." Jack could handle a fore-and-after about as good a s an "It's catchi ng, I guess. Constant association with you is experienced sailor, but his experience was confin e d to the having a bad e ffect on me, you see." thirty-footers and under. By this time they w e r e within earshot of Smiley, and Squire Wilcox employed him as sailing master of his Joe asked him where Dick Mellon was. son Waddie 's sloop-yacht, Will o the \\"isp, a ve ry pr etty "He went on an errand for Wacldic," r eplie d Sam, with little boat, thirty-two fee t long. a grin. He received $10 a week for this service, during the time "Then I s 1 1 ppose he'll be a long dire ctly," s aid Jack. the boat was in commission, and .the job was a sinec ure. "Anybody goi ng out with Waddi e to-day?" Joe Tuttle Dick Mellon and Sam Smile y maclc up the "Yes. His sister and a couple of c ou si n s from. New crew of the Will o' the Wis p, the two l atter being particuY.ork." lar friends of W addie's. "He re comes Dick," inte rj ecte d J oc. "Seems to be takN one of them had known anything to speak of about ing his time." sailing a boat until Jac k Ward took them in hand a nd "When he ca rrie s his hands in his pocket like h e does drilled them in their duties. now, you can gc1 mble on it t here's somet hing wrong," As for Waddie, he steered the yaclit, unde r J ack's g e nI volunteer e d Sam S m i ley. eral supervision, whenever he felt so dispo sed. "Maybe something he ate for lunc h doesn't agree with Wadclie like the only sons of many ric h fathers, wa s a him," l a u g hed Jack. s elf-assertive youth, and wanted to have hi s own way on 1 Dick stro ll e d up as though he had l e ad attached to his all occasions; but he didn't always get it just the same. feet His father was a s ensible man who knew bett e r than to "Hello Dick," c ried J aek, "what's troubling your con7 spoil hi s son, though it is true that t11e squire was r at her science this afternoon. You look as happy a s a d og on pompou s in his manner and often abrupt and offen s ive to F ourth o f July with a pack of lighted c racker s tie d to his his social inferiors as he regard e d them. tail." Squir e Wilcox also had a daught e r of fiftee n years "You chaps can g o home if you want. The crui s e is named Nannie, who was looked up o n as on e of the prc toff," repli e d Mellon. tie s t, as well as sweetest g irls in N orthcli:ffe. "Did Waddie send y ou down to tell us that?" asked Jack. Although heiress to half of h e r fath e r 's comfortable for "That's h a t he did," answer e d Dick, kicking a stone tune, s he did not assume a haughty a nd excl us ive deportinto the 'Tater. ment toward her neighbors, or in fact a nyon e with whom "Why this s udd e n change in arrangements?'' .she came in contact 1 "Wad di e's high-toned relatives pTeferred to go out in the She was very partial to boat sailing, consequ ently a fre o ld man's automobile, and what they want goes, see!" quent passenger on the Will o' the Wis p and Jack Wa.Td "Oh, all r ight What's t he difference?" thought her the nicest girl he had ever met. "Well, it makes a diff e r e nce with me. I had set my mmd She treat e d Jack with g reat c ourtesy a nd consid on a s ail and now I'm di s h e d out of it," grumbl e d Mellon. eration, often smoothed oveT little difficulties that rose be"Same here," chipped in Smiley. I want to go out the tween the young sai lin g -ma s t e r and th e owneT of th e yacht, wor s t way." and was regarded by our hero as an a n gel in disguise. "I wouldn't mind going myself; but we can't take the On the present occas ion Wacldie h a d n otifi ci! Jack that yacht without Waddie's permission said Jack he and Joe Tuttle must r eport at the barf a t two p. m., I "What's the matter with you running over to his h ous e prepared for a c ruise down the bay, and they expected to and asking his permission?" sa id Sam, bright e ning up find Mellon and Smiley waiting for them. "Too late," groaned Dick. "W addie and hi s c ousins are off by this time." "There's the squire at the head of the next wharf talking CHAPTER II. to the s uperint e ndent of the yaTd. He might let us take th e boat," saicl Tuttle. THE CRUISE ON THE SOUND. "Go over and ask him, Jack, that's a good fellow," remarked Sam, eagerly. "There's Smiley now," sai d Joe, as they caIIJe in sight "All right. Anything to obli g e," r e marked Jack, startof the wharf, "but I don't see Mellon ." in_g off on his mission. "Dick is more often late than no t," r e plied J ack. "It's Squire Wilcox authoriz e d the young s ailing-master ti) use a wonder, too, for he is s tuck on going ,aut in 1.he yacht 1 the Will o' the Wisp that afternoon, mid he waved his


4 H EIR TO A MILLION. at hi s companion s in a way they took to mean that his ap-"If you were born under a lucky planet like Jack you'd plicati o n had been succes sful. be s ure to get the yacht all right," chuckled Joe. The frown clea red away from Dick Mellon 's brow and he "Born under a lucky planet!" e x claimed Dick. "Ho; became him s elf again. What do you mean by that?" "We 'll ju s t have the time of our live s to-day," he said. "Ask Professor Gregory," repli e d Joe. "He can tell "Wa ddi e won' t b e aboard to bos s thing s and say where we your fortune by a s trolog y He cas t Jack' s horoscope snd s h a ll g o and where we sha n t go. If I 've got anything to told him that he was heir to a million ." say w e' ll go out on the Sound." "He did like fun an swere d Dick, in c r e dulou sly. W e' ll g o wher e the real s kipp e r of the boat takes us," "He did for a fact. Ask Jack if you don't b e li e v e me." r e plied J oe. "What s this rot about Professor Grego ry casting your "We ll h e can take us out on the Sound just a s well as horoscope whate ver t hat i s and te llin g you that y ou were n o t, r e t orte d Dick. "It's a dand y afternoon on the water. h eir to a million?" a s k e d Di c k, t urnin g t o Ward. Ther e's a s panking breeze, and it will s end the y a cht kiting. "It ma y be rot, of cour s e," r e turn e d Jack "for I haven't If w e a ll s tand out for the Sound I g uess we'll g e t th e re." the s li g hte s t idea where the million i s goin g t o come from, Th e Will o the Wisp was a nchor e d a s hort dis tanc e

' HEIR TO A MILLION. "Another good guess," s ni ckered Mellon. "By the way, Ward, when are you going to come into this million that the professor promi sed you?" ".Some time this year." "I'm glad he has made it s o soon," grinned Dick, "it'll give me the chance to prove what a big liar he is." "Hello!" exclaimed Joe Tuttle, jumping to his feet. "There's an empty boat right ahead CHAPTER III. THE PAPER WOR'l'II A MILLION. Joe's announcement attracted the attention of the others to a weather-beaten rowboat that was bobbing up and down on t h e surface of the Sound about thirty yards ahead. It appeared to be empty as far as they could make out. "It's some old tub that's broken loose from its moor ings," remarked Smiley. Just then something that appeared like a man's arm rose out of the boat and fell across the side. "There's a man lying down in tha.t boat," said Jack. "He's just lifted his arm." "Some chap who went out :fishing w i th a bottle of booze/' grinned Mellon. "He took a drop too much, like they often do, and he's knocked o u t." "Then we'll have to take him aboard and let him sleep it off in the cabin," said Jack. "If you do, he'll scent the cabin up wit h rum and then Waddie will be mad," replied Dick. "We can't l eave him :floating around on the Sound in this r eck l ess way He is liable to lose his life," answer e d Jack, h eading the yacht so as to r each to the windward of the rowb oat. "Oh, well, you're the doctor," intimated Mellon. "If you say pick him up, we' ll take him aboard." "Certainly we'll take him aboard." As the Will o' the Wisp ran close to the :floating boat the form of a man, stretc hed out at full l ength in her bottom, \ras dearly to be seen "He look s as if he had a first-class jag on," snickered Mellon Jack threw the yacht up into the wind anc1 allowed the boat to come alon gside of its own accord "He's dressed like a tramp-all tatters and rags," said Tuttle. "Here, Smiley," said J l\ck "Take the tiller and hold the yacht just as she is." He walked forward to where Mellon and Tuttle were standing on the covered deck. "That c h ap looks lik e a wreck," remarked the young sailing-ma ste r gazing down into the boat, not over a yard away. "Looks more lik e a sta rv ed man than a. drunken one. I ) ll bet there's something wrong with him." His companions beg11n to agree with him. The strange r l ooked like a m ere skeleton, and seemed to be in the last stage of exhauston." His s howed that he was a sai lor, though not a commo n one "I wouldn't be surprised if he belonged to some vessel that has been wrecked and that he has been floating aroun d for days in that boat withou t anything to eat or drink," said Jack. "You'd better step into the boat, Mellon, and help him out." Dick Mellon did so, eyeing the man curiously. He caught the sailor by the hand. The stranger opened his eyes, groaned feebly and shut them again. Dick put his arms under the man and raised him to a sitting posture, while Joe knelt down at the edge of the yacht's deck and inserted his hands under hi s armpits. "Lift him gen t l y, fellows," sai d Jack, bending forward to give theni a hand. "The poor fellow seems to be about done up." "He's nothing but a wreck, and as light as a f eat her, a l most," replied Tuttle, raising the s ailor up. The poor man seemed to be at his l ast gasp, and Jack hurried him into the cabin. Dick an d Joe laid him on one of the lockers, which was supplied with a rnf t cus hion, and a pillow was pulled out from the locker underneath and p la ced under his head. ,Jack went to a smal l c upboard where spirits and vari ous restoratives were kept for a n emergency, a nd pouring a portion of brandy into a small glass placed it to the man's lips, allowing it to trickle down his throat. He revived at once, but h e was so weak that he could scarcely raise his arm. "He ought to have a d oct or said Jack; "but it'll take us more than two hours to go back to Northcliffe. However, it's the best we can do, and I only hope t h a t he won't die befor e we teach home." Jack went into the coc kpit, followed by Dick and Joe, and put the yacht on the re turn tack. Then leaving Tp.ttle at the tille r he returned to the cabin to see what he could do for the st r a nge sai l o r. He remembered having read somewh e r e that piscuit soaked in wine was a good thing to g ive to a starving per son when nothing better was a t hand, so he got out a decanter of sherry and a few light bi s cuits, and proceeaed to try and feed the poor fe llow. The sai lor seemed to unde r stand his m o tive and sm iled g r atefu lly. It was wit h grea t difficulty that he swallowed a portion of one cracker, for his thro11t a lmost r ef u sed to d o its office. The wine sti mulated him however, an d after a f e w minutes he was able to speak in low, uncertain tones. "I thank yon, my lad he whispered, "hut I'm afraid that I am past all h e lp." "I hope not," replied .Jack. "We're hurrying" as fast as we can to get vou to a doctor." "It's no answered the s!l..ilor shaking his head dis mally; "I'll never get well again. A few hour s more or l ess


6 HEIR TO A MILLION. and all that will remain of David the undertaker I "Not fri e ndly to you?" will bide a\vay in the gro und." I "No. They united against me in the boat, 8.Ild gave me "That's a bad way to look at said the ,boy. scarcely any of the provisions and water we put aboard the "What you want to do is to try and brace up. Here take boat before we abandoned the brig." anoth er drink of this wine." "Why that was outrageous treatment," exclaimed Jack, The man who called him.self David Dabney sipped a indi g n a ntly. little of the sherry and then lay back on the pillow breath"They didn't mean that I should ever get ashore a.live." ing heavily. "Why not?" asked the astonished boy. Jack went to the cabin door, which was l ower than the "Give me anoth e r drink and I will tell you." cockpit by three brass-covered step s and looked out. Jack poured out half a glass of sherry and put it to his He could see that the yacht was making good time on h e r lips. return course and he was satisfied. "Put your hand along the inside edge of my jacket and "I dare say a doctor will be able to bring him arolIDd, if see if you find anything like a paper sewn up there," Dabney I can keep hi s strength up until we get within reach of one," said. stJ.id Jack. "This is the first time I ever saw a man that Jack did so and soon discovered that the lining had been was nearly s tarved to death." ripped open. He reti;irned to the sailor and found him sfating fixedly "There is nothing like that there, sir. The lining is all at the swinging tray of cut glass goblets under the s kylight, ripped." through which the golden rays of the declining sun was "I thought as much," replied the mate grimly. "Take shining. off my right shoe." "What craft is this?" whispered the sail o r. The young s ailing-master followed his directions, and an "A small pleasure yacht," answered Jack. oblong piece of paper fell out on the floor. "Are you the owner?" "Is this what you want?,, he asked the man, showing it. "Where are we?" "Yes Thank heaven I have outwitted them after all." "No, I'm only the sailing-master. The o w ner is ashore." He took the paper in hi s fingers and tried to open it, but "On the end of Long Island Soun d." had not the strengt h to do so. The sailor seemed surprised. "Open it," he s aid to Jack. He appeared to be repeating the words from the motion The boy unfolded the paper with no little curiosity. <>f his lips though they gave forth no sound. It was very much soiled and s potted, but the writing on J fl.Ck pressed him to take another drink a nd he did so. it was legible, though written by an uncultivated hand. He wanted him to eat another cracker but the sa ilor shook Jac k did not try to read what was written down, but his head. placed the opened s heet in David Dabney's hands. "Wasn t there two others in the boat?" he aslred feebly. He looked at it s everal moments in s ilence, handling it "No. You were the Ol'lly one." ginger ly, as if he was afraid it might come to pieces in his "Strange," he muttered "There were two with me when ha .nds. we left the brig just before s h e went down. That was many Then he ]ooked up at Jack. days ago. How lon g I couli! not guess. The brig was You'll hardly believe me I suppose," he said, with a ghost caught in a heavy gale, within twelve hours sail of the o f a smile on his drawn features; "but this paper is worth Bahamas, and she foundered ." -... a million dollars." "What was the nam e of your vessel?" "Anthony Wayne, Char Jes Hubbard, master; from Rio to New York. I was second mate." "From Rio de Janeiro to New Yorlr, you say," said Jack, making a note of the word s in his memorandum book. "And your name is David Dabney?" The sailor nodded. 'CHAPTER IV. HEIR TO A MILLION. "You claim that there were two other men in the boat "A million dollars!" exclaimed Jack fu1ly persuaded with you when you left your vessel?" that the man was out of his mind, a conclusion not lID-"Yes. A foreme.st hand named Bill Dacres, and the carreasonable considering Dabney's physical condition. penter, Gabe Sherlock. "A million dollars," replied the mate, with s olemn ear" You have no idea what happen e d to them ?'' nestness. "You have heard of the famous pirate, Captain "No. The last I remember distinctly they were in the Kidd, haven't you?" boat with me." Had Jack ever heard of him? "They must have fallen overboard, for if the y had been Well, what American boy hasn't heard about that rerescued by a passing vessel, you would have been also." markable buccaneer? "I don't know, replied the mate Dabney: "They were There have been many notorious pirates who have not friendly to me." skimmed the seas in their day, such as Morgan, Blackbeard,


HEIR TO A MILLION. L afitte a n d ot h ers, b u t in reputation, at leas t, William I m e to say. He looks b ad, thoug h muc h b r ig hte r than whe n Kidd is hea d a n d s h o u ld e r s above t hem. we re s cued him from the boat A t an y rat e I feel sure A nd yet how m u ch did Jack Ward, or any othe r boy to h e ll last long enoug h for us t o get him ashore, and that's whom t h e name of Captain Kidd was a househol d word, what chi efly c oncern s m e now." know about t h e rea l adv e n t ure s of the rasca l ? "What ha s h e to s a y about himself?" i n q uired Smiley. Prac tically n ot h ing "We heard him talking to you. In spi te of that fact, when David Dabney a s ked Jack i f "He told me that h e was second mate of the b r i g An t h o ny he h ad h ea r d abou t Capta in Kidd, the very mention of that Wayne, whi c h foundered i n a ga l e somewhe r e n ea r t h e rover's name quickened the b loqd in his veins. Bah a ma I s l a nd s "Yes," r eplied J ack, "I sho ul d think I have heard of "You don t say, s aid Mellon, in som e s u r pr ise A nd hi m." has h e float e d in that little boat a ll t h e way fro m that lati"You have h eard a l s o I s uppose, that h e buri e d a lmos t tud e t o the S ound?" the w h ole o f the p lu nder i n different places?" "It seems that h e ha s H e says he had two companions "Yes, and w ith t h e exception of a quantity that was with him mos t of the time, but hati no r e c ollect i on o f h o w discover e d on Gard iner' s I s l and soon after h e was cap h e caJn e to lose the m." t urecl, it has a lwa.ys been a mys t e ry where he hid the r e st "Went m a d maybe for lack of water a n d jumped o ver of i t boa rd r e plied Dick. "I've read abou t such t h ings m o r e H e hid the b ul k of his treasure in a certain cove on Lon g t h a n onc e." I sland, and it i s there at t h is moment, repli e d the m a te, Mayb e so. It doesn't look likely that they were rescu e d in a tone o f conviction. a nd h e allowed to s tay adrift "How do you know?" gaspe d Jack, thor o u g hly amazed at "I s h o uld say n o t That w o uld be th e l imit." t h is revelation, in which, to say the truth, h e t ook but "I shall r e p ort them a s lost," s aid J ack "Ono was a litt l e stock s a i l o r and the o th e r th e c arp e nter of the brig." How do I know?" s aid the man with a w a n s mil e "It "You 'd bette r get their names if h e hasn't already told i s a long s tory, and I have not the stre n gth to t e ll you. If you said Tuttl e I was not sure I am about to die the secret I am goin g to "I've got th e m wri tte n down in my note book." confide in y ou for I like you, boy, ancl I sec no r e a s on why "Row abou t the capt a in and the rest of t h e crew?" asked I shou l d n ot put you in the way of becomin g a ric h m an-Mell on wou ld not pass m y lips. 'Thi s paper, when read ar i ght, will "He d i dn t say anythin g about the m I took it for g uide its po s sessor to the s pot whe re a mill ion dollar s worth g r ante d t hat they escap erl in the ot h e r boa t s They may of Captain Kidd's trea sure lies for g otten in tHe s and s of a l read y h a v e been rescued, and have r e port e d the los s of the the s hor e undi st u rbed for two whole bri g "M,v graciou s cri e d Jack, impressed by the man's "That's ri ght, nodded Tuttle. manner, in s p i te of his incredulity Did t hi s m a n say where be lives w h e n o n shore?" He l ooked at the remarkab l e docu ment with eyes that No I d on't believe he has any h o m e o r r elati ves. If he almost bulged with curio s i ty. had h e would have tol d m e some t h i n g abou t them; I s hould At that moment Dick Mell on poked h is h ead in at the think door and call e d to hirn "What a r e you going to d o wit h h i m w h e n we r e ach the "We're off t h e bay," h e s aid "Joe wants to know how wharf?" close he can sha v e Anchor Rock." "Se nd for a doct o r to look at hirn f o r t h e first thing." Jac k w ent outside and took the hel m himself. "And a f te r tha t ? H e put th e yacht throu g h the pa ssag e b e tween Anchor "I don't know ju s t n o w 11hat can be don e w ith him. I Roc k and the N eek, thus s aving something over half a s uppo s e W addie won' t objec t to his rema i n in g abo ard the mile. y a cht until h e' ll b e ii1 s h a p e to b e removed." T o o n e famili a r with the d epth of wat e r and other navi "He s likel y to put up a. kick said Mell o n, with a wag gabl e point s ?f the n arrow channe l it wa s a s imp l e thin g to \ ?f h i s . H e won' t want the cabi n of hi s boat turned car ry the s ailboat safely through. mto a hoi:;p1tal for stra nger s ." Joe T uttle, however was afrai d to t ry i t, and t h at's why "It's m e r e l y a quest ion of common hum a nity," replied he w an ted his chum to take the respons ibi l ity off hi s Jack, with a trace of indignation in hi s voice. shoulder s "That's all ri ght; but y ou know what a little crank "Well h ow's the s h i p w r ecked ma r i n er?" aske d Dic k, wit h Waddie is," retorted Dick. a sli ght gri n "If he objects I s ha ll appea l t o hi s fa.ther." "Pretty feeb l e," r eplied the youn g sailing -master, wi t h "Then Waddie would be down on you like a thousand ot his eye o-n a c erta ip_ landmark ahead. br ick s," grinned Mell on. "Do yo:ii t hin k he' ll p ull thr ough?" a sked Joe. "I can't help that. Right is right." "I:f I was a doctor I m i ght be abl e to an swer y our ques''W e ll you can get out of it by p u t tin g it up to the doc-tion, a nswered J a.ck. "Not bein g o n e it i s i m possbl e for tor, said Tuttle. "If h e said i t w a s da nger o u s t o r emove \


8 HElR TO A MILLION. the man for a day or two it would take responsibili Ly off you." "Take the tiller, Joe. Y want to make a short leg over toward Groton's and a long leg down to Maple cove. Then shape your course due east by the compass till you're off the harbor when a s hort tack will carry you in. After that it's plain sailing up to the .wharf. "All right," replied Tuttie confidently. "I can manage it without any trouble Going into the cabi n again, are you?" "Yes," replied Jack. He found their passenger in the same position he had left him, with the paper in his hand. His eyes were closed and he was breathing as if asleep. It was only a cat-nap hewever, for Dabney opened hi s eyes when Jack approached the locker on which he lay. "Feel any better, sir?" asked the young sai lin g -ma ster "A little," the mate an s wered wearily "Wili you give me another drink ?" "Sure I will. As much as you want. Can't you manage another cracker?" After taking a quarter of a glass of the s h erry, the man tried to swallow some of the Wine soaked cracker, but the effort was not very successful. "What you want is some warm broth I should think," said Jack. "I'm past wan\i ng an y thing," answered the mate. "That's all nonsense," replied the boy. "You mustn't give up so easily as all that Peopl e worse than you have pulled through and got "I'll never get well." "Oh, say, don't talk like that. Cheer up, remonstrated Jack. "You mean well, my lad, and I wish I could look at it in the same light; but remember you're stro n g and h earty, while I-my in s ides have all given away from lack of nour ishment. The wine you have been giving me only just keeps me up. It can do me no benefit." "If it keeps you up till the docto r sees you I'll be satis fied," replied Jack. ":He'll know how to d ea l with your case." Dabne y mane no reply. Apparentl y he had little faith that any doctor would be able to help him. J l}C!< offered him another drink of s h erry and he took it. "You were telling me that paper contains a clue to Cap tain Kidd's treasure," said the boy, who had not forgotten the mate's r emarka ble statement. "How did it come into your possession?" "It is an accurate tran s lation of the original paper, which was writt e n in Portuguese by one of the crew of the San I Antonio the vessel in which Captain Kidd brought the treasure to Long I s land waters. The man l eft the paper to a prie s t on hi s d eat hbed. Th e priest apparent l y placed no faith in the document, or was unabl e to make use of the secret. He must have attached some value to it as a. curi osity, for it was kept in the museum of the convent at Seta.- bal, Portugal, for more than 150 years, and may be the re still. 'J'his copy was made by the mate of an. American bark who had occasion to visit the convent, and while in specting the museum saw the original and obtained per mission to make this translation for his own use He was morta ll y wounded in a :fight in a Rio wine shop. I st ood by him in his last moments, and he gave me the paper and an account of how it came into his possession, together with the history of the orignal as he heard it from the lip s of the monk who had cha rge of the convent treasures "And you really think there is something in that docu ment?" "I do. Only a small proportion of the booty amassed by Captai n Kidd has ever been sat i sfactori ly accounted for. This was the ] 4,000 in money., besides a quantity of valuable goods, recovered by the Earl of Bellamont, the English Governor at that time, of New York. That was an absurd l y smal l amount of treasure when it i s known that Kidd plundered a score or more of rich Spanish gal leons, whose combined wealth in coin and ingots must hav.e amounted to millions, without considering their other ar ticles of value. Kidd hung around Long I s land Sound many weeks in the San Anto nio before he finally land ed in Boston and was arrested. He had ample opportunity to dispose of his treasure at his l eis ure, and there is no doubt in my mind but h e did so. This paper bears all the ear marks of truth to my eye. It was my intention after the Anthony vVayne arrived at New York to go to the spot in d i cated by this paper and by following the directions, make a carefu l search for the treasure Heaven ha s willed other -' wise. The r easure i s not for me. Sooner than that the secret go to waste I have decided to turn it over to you, my lad, for you have been very kind to me since you found me drifting aimlessly about on the Sound. I have no kith or kin in this world. I am utterly alone. To you, then, I confide this secret. You shall be my heir-the heir to a million." CHAPTER V. CAPTAIN KIDD'S TREASURE Heir to a million Jack Ward caught his breath as those words struck upon his ear. They were the very words used by Professor Gregory when h.e had :finished reading over his horoscope. The coincidence was nothing less than remarkable Was he really going to obtain a million through thi s poor half-dead sailor-David Dal:iney, the second mate of the lost Anthony Wayne? It didn't seem possible, and yet-the professor had sai d with an air qf conviction that he would come into possession of a million before the year was out, and now the instru ment that was to realize that prophecy seemed to be within his g ra sp I


HEIR ro A MILLION. 9 It was truly wond e rful, and the boy was almo s t stunne d by the c ombin a tion o f circ um st ances. "You s a y that p a p e r s hows whe r e t he Kidd trea s ure lie s buried ?" s aid Jack, with great e a g erness "It does," replied Dabney. "And it i s written in English?" "It is." "Then I ought to b e able to und e r stand it, I s uppose." "Perhaps not." "Why not ? "Well, try and see if y ou c an ; was t h e an s wer, as Dabne y feebly offered him the pap e r. Jack took it e agerly and cast hi s bri ght eyes o ver the writing. This is what he saw: Firs t there was a rud e dra win g o f a cap, t h e n a four footed animal that look e d som et h i n g like a goat b y r ea son of a s hort b e ard that p r ojected from i ts c hin the n what seemed to be a pile of money. Then in writing: "Cove L o n g I a Lt. 3 i.I, S b y W Gar din c r s I At hi g h T 1 8 P fro m S i n L w i t h Coffin lid .Spy g las s bearing S S W D ig 6 F. s kull 2 F ." That was all, and to s ay the trut h it was not ver y cl ear to Jack. "What clo those pictures s tand f o r ?" h e aske d "That o u ght t o b e easy for a br ig h t boy like you, re plied th e.mate "Thefir st i s a c ap, th e second i s s u ppose d to be a youn g g oat, or kid and the third a pile of money. 'Dig s ix feet i s plain enough, but what does 'Skull two feet' mean?" "I have thou ght it out to mean that after you dig six f e et y ou will find a skull, and two feet below that the trea s ure." "But why the skull?" "To inqicate that the digger is on the right track prob ably." Jac k was going to ask some more questions, but he saw that the man was too exhausted to answer them. In fa c t he had already displayed marvelous vitality with onl y the wine as a s timulant. F e w m e n in his condition would have been able to carry on any conversation a t all, much less the lengthy one he had gon e through with. It was due probably to his eagerness to put Jack in the way of :finding the alleged treasure. Jack gave him anoth e r good drink of the sherry, which was the fines t medicinal brand in the market, and provided by Squire Wilcox only for emergencies similar to the pres ent one While Dabney l a y back on the locker with closed eyes, Jack proceed e d to sh1dy out the meaning of the paper in d e t a il. The following is what he arrived at: That th e treasure in question was buri e d in a certain cove at t h e .em;tem end of Long I s land a bout three miles s outh b y west fr o m Gardiners I s land. Th a t th e sear c h e r must go down to the water line at the hi g h tid e mark and, having placed him s elf in lin e with the e d ge of a certain rock whose fl.at face re s embled the lid of the sty l e of coffin known at the beginning of the eighteenth "Captain Kidd 's m o ney," crie d Jack eage rly. "That's wha t it m e an s." Jack s tudied over the fir s t lin e s of writin g for moments th e n s aid : "It read s this way I guess-'Cove, Long I s land, three mile s s outh b y west Ga.rdin e r s I s land .' "That's ri g ht. Try the next." "l'!en tnrv, and making s ure that a certain other rock or a few natura l formation that looked something a spyglass bor e s outh s outh-we s t by compass, he must measure off 18 about paces fro m th e water line when he should come to the spot whe r e h e s hould dig for the treasure. 'At high T,' that m e an s tide doesn t it?" "Yes." "'At high tide 18 P'-what does P m ean?" Paces." "'At hi g h tide 18 paces from S' I'm s tu c k aga in. No, I m not,' he spoke up again quickl y "S mean s shore, don t you think?" "So I take it, and it's a natural c onclu s ion.'' 'In L with Coffin lid.' What do you mak e that out to b e ?" "In line with a ro c k or s ome natural formation that r e s emble s the lid of an old fa s hion e d c offin, r e pli e d Dabn ey. "That's the w a y I figured it out." 'Spyg lass b e arin g s outh s outh-west. Di g s ix fee t. Skull two feet.' Not v e r y clear afte r all. What does it mean b y 'Spy glass bearin g s outh s outh-we st?' "Probabl y some n atura l object that look s lik e a s p y glass, and which point s in that direction when you stand in line with th e coffin lid." "It l ooks e a s y on paper now, but oh my what a job it will be t o locate e x actly that spot w118re one must dig six feet to find the s kull. Supposing all this is really true it doesn t foll o w that after the lap s e of two hundred years that the coffin lid rock, or the spyglass rock, are still standing to point the way to the tre a s ure. If it wasn't for the i s hing c oincidence between thi s matter and Profe ssor Greg ory' s prophecy that I s hould come into a million this year, I'd c o n s id e r m y cha nces of eve r finding Captain Kidd's treasure t rove v e r y s mall indeed. But somehow or another I feel i t in my bones that I'm up again s t the chan c e of my life A t an y rate I mean to try and y e rify thi s document. if I a c tually find the coffin lid rock and the spyglass curi o sity on the g round I s hall make a pretty tall effort to unearth that s kull. If I find the s kull the other two feet will be mi g hty inte resting digging." J a q k put the paper very carefully away into an inner pock e t of his jacket and after a g lance at Dabney, who seeme d to be s leeping, he rejoined his companions in the cockpit.


10 HEIR TO A MILLION. It was now half-past seven, the sun had set some little time and the shadows of coming night were beginning to settle upon the landscape. 'I'he yacht was well up the harbor and would be at her anchorage in a very short time. "Row is the mate of the Anthony Wayne now?" asked Dick. "Sleeping, I guess." "You've been a regular good Samaritan to him, haven't you?" "I haven't done more than I ought to do/' Jack. "W eU, you've lost half the fun of our c ruise." "I'm not kicking." "I never thought you was such a g ood-hearte d fellow, Jack," went on Mellon. "You ought to have a medal. I know I couldn't have stayed down in that cabin feeding the chap on wine and what not to keep lif e in him, all by my lonesomeness, while the rest of the chaps were out here enjoying themselves." "I guess you could if you thought it was necessary. To try and save a human life is worth an effort, don't you think?" '!Yes, it is, if you put it that way." replied Dick. "Then don't say you wouldn't have done what I did if it was up to you." "Oh, I wouldn't let any man die for the want of doing Romething for him, of course," repli e d J?ick. "Only in this case I should have called on all hands f;o take turn and turn about. I would onl,v Jrnve been fair. Tf you'i! called on me to help you I should have stood my spe11 with the r est." "I am sure you would, Dick. W ell, what have you fellows been talking about while I was in the cabin?" "A whole lot of things That game of 11 for one thing that we're going to play with the village galoots ne xt Ratnr cby. I'Ye got a wl10le dollar to bet that we make 'em look like cents." "Those village galoots, as vou ca 11 tl1em, put up a pretty stiff game, let me tell vou. Y 011 know they beat th e Green port team last bv a rlose score, and the Green porters ate not such easy mark s e ith er." "That's right, they aren't c hi pped in Smile,v. "I saw them play last spr in g against a Brooklyn nine, and they made the visitors eat dirt." "I think with Jack in the box we could give them all that's coming to them," grinned Dick, who was the short stop of the N orthcliffe Academy nine. "I'm not so sure we could," returned Jack, quietly. "They've got a good battery themselves, and several slug gers who know how to nail the ba11 on the trademark in a wa,v to make a pitch e r feel s i c k." "Oh, I don't know," persisted Dick. "I understand that when the term opens up, and our foll team will be on hand, that we're to have a try at them." "That's true. A game has been arranged for September 15," replied Jack. "Here in N orthcliffe ?" "Yes." "That's fine. It's funny we didn't hear about it before You're mighty close mouthed, Jack." "I only learned about it myself last night. Now I 'll take the tiller, Joe, and bring the yacht up to her moorings. You'd better take the boat, Joe, and go and get Doctor Gale. The rest of us will stay aboard until you come back." In a few minutes the Will o' the Wisp came to anchor, and while Dick and Sam were stowing the mainsail and jib, Tuttle started upon his mission. CHAPTER VI. GOING OUT WITH THE TIDE. Jack went into the cabin and lighted the swinging lamp. Then he looked to see how Dabney was. The mate was lying as passive as ever, but his eyes followed the boy around the cabin. Jack gave him another dose of the sherry. "We've reached our moorings," he said, "and I've sent for the nearest doctor." Thi s bit of information did not appear to interest Dabney much. R e motioned with his finger for the boy to bend down. "Take good care of that paper," he whispered. "It ought to mrtke you rich." "I'll not lose it you may depend,' replied "One thing more, my lad. Beware of and Sher lock. They've been on the track of this secret some time and tried to wrest it from me. I foiled-them at the last moment by substituting a bogus paper for the genuine one in the lining of my jacket, which I felt sure they intended to search at the first chance." "Do you mean the two men who were in the boat with Yon?" asked Jack. "Yes," "Wh,v, I thought they were lost overboard." "No; I am satisfied they managed to escape somehow and l ef t me to my fate." "How could they have done that without your knowing of it?" "I cannot tell you, my lad; but that they did it I feel certain. Look out for them. They are a desperate and dan gerous pair of rascals, and would stop at nothing to ac complish their purpose." "What do they look like?" "The carpenter is tall and thin. Dacres is short and c liunky." "And they're after the treasure, too, you say?" said Jack, not relishing the prospect of a run-in with two such hard characters as Dabney represented Sherlock and Dacres to be. "They are." "What do they know about it?"


HEIR TO A MILLION. 11 "They know a good deal about it; but they cannot locate it without the 'information contained in that paper I gave you." "Then they have a general idea where the treasure is sup posed to be buried?" "They have." "If they escaped from that boat, leaving you to perish, there is a chance that I may meet them?" "I fear so." "They will never suspect I have the paper. Why should they?" "If they should catch you at the cove they will be sure to watch your movements, so you must be very careful when you begin your investigations." "I'll keep a sharp lookout for those rascals," notfded Jack, more than ever satisfied that there was goo cl ground fu believe that the Kidd treasure was a real thing. Dabney had nothing more to say. In fact, he did not utter another word until Joe Tut tle returned to the yacht with Dr. Gale. The physician, who had already been informed by Joe of the circumstances of the case and had brought with him certain remedies which his fudgment suggested, examined the mate and treated him as well as he could under the again, and then took his departure, promising to send the liquid nourishment within half an hour. "I will have one of the boys waiting at the wharf in the boat," said Jack, as the doctor stepped into the boat. The doctor nodded, and then Tuttle rowed him ashore. When Joe came back to the yacht, J a.ck stated the case to the boys and asked which one of them would remain with him during the night. He evidently expected Joe to volunteer, and was not dis appointed. Dick and Sam were well pleased that he did, for the job did not appeal much to them. "I'm much obliged to you, Joe," said Jack. "Don't mention it," answered Tuttle, heartily "If you chaps are going to stay aboard all night," said Dick, "how are you going to manage a.bout your supper?" "I was going to ask you to go to my house before you went home and tell my mother the reason why I won't be home, asking her to send someone down to the wharf with a little lunch for me," said Jack. "You, Sam, can do the same service for Joe, as his home is right on your way." "We'll do it," replied both boys in a breath. "Do you want me to call on Waddie and tell him about the matter?" asked Dick. circumstances. "I wouldn't bother him to-night. Time enough in the "If you think he can stand removal I will have him carmorning to tell him." ried to our house," said Jack. "We have a spare room, and "A 11 right," answered Dick. I know my mother will be glad to do what she can for him." "Yon might as well row Sam and Dick to the wharf now, Before the doctor could make a reply, Dabney, with a 1 Joe," Jack. "And remain there till the doctor's grateful look at Jack, said: 1 senger comes with the man's nourishment." "It's not worth while. IJet me stay here. I feel I have j Joe was ready to do as he was told, and he soon landed only a few hours to live, and I would rather die on the water their two companions on the dock. than elsewhere." I Jack passed the next thirty minutes between the cabin Dr. Gale nodded, as much as to say that it was best to and the cockpit, at the end of which time Joe reappeared humor the. patient, and then took Jack aside; with a can of broth for the mate. "It's better he should remain here, as he hasn't one chance It was now dark and Joe, while Jack was in the cabin in a hundred of living out the night," he said to the boy. ministering to the d,Ying man, lit the yacht's red lantern "He is too far gone. You and one of your companions ha cl and hoisted it to the top of her mast. better stay on board with him until the end comes. I will Tuttle having nothing else to do rowed to the wharf to send a can of nourishing broth by a messenger which you wait for their expected lunches. will feed to him as often as he will take it. Give him the His own was brought by his younger brother, while stimulants between times. If he should be alive in the Jack's came a few minutes later-the messenger being morning send me word." Mrs. Ward's next door neighbor's son, as it was too dark The doctor's statement was something of a s hock to Jack, and lonesome a trip for Daisy, her daughter, to make at that wl10 had hoped Dabney would ultimately recover hour. "You are sure there is very little hope for him?" he The two boys ate their suppers ou1 in the cockpit under replied. the stars, and rather enjoyed the novelty of the al fresco "So little that I shall be very much surprised if he meal, though the circumstances which had given rise to it outlives the night. He has been a man of great stamina; kept their conversation and spirits rather subdued. but no constitution can withstand what he has evidently David Dabney took his sustenance and the tonic between gone through with. You will notice that he will begin to times as meekly as a little child, and spent the balance of the sink, slowly perhaps, but surely, after midnight; and at the time dozing, for he appeared to have no further inclination hour when human vitality is at its lowest ebb, probably to talk. between two and four, his life will go out like the snuffing Jack said nothing to Joe a bout the 'jia per which made him of a candle." heir -to a possible million or something less, as he wanted to "It is too bad," responded the young sailing -ma ster. consider the whole thing carefully at his leisure, and make 'rhe doctor looked at the mate once more, felt his ,.pulse his plans looking 'toward its verification.


HEIR TO A MILLION". Even while conversing with his chum on different sub jects he couldn't avoid letting his thoughts dwell on the matter, and Joe remarked once or twice upon his abstracted manner. Jack had many a time heard about the efforts, in years gone by, of residents of Long Island, as well as entire strangers, to. ferret out the hiding place of a part of .Cap tain Kidd's gold. Hundreds of spots had been visited and dug over in this doubtful search, but in no instance was it definitely shown that any treasure had ever been recovered. In the end it came to be generally regarded as a fact that the money and goods found by the agents of the Earl of Bellamont in 1699, after Captain Kidd's arrest in Boston, was the sum total of all the treasure which the rover had in reality buried on the shore of Long Island. Many have been the stories written about this phantom booty, in which Old Nick himself always seemed to play an important part as the guardian of it. W Irving was one of the most fascinating or all narrators on the subject, and Jack had read his "Money one o'clock. "I feel I am going. If I live an hour or two longer it will be the most I can pull through. It is a waste of effort to try and hold me back from what is in evitable. I shall go out with the tide. Aye, aye; I shall go out with the tide." Jack knew the tide was falling in the harbor, and it struck him that David Dabney had unconsciously indicated the hour of his death. Those were the dying man's last audible words, for after pressing the boy's hand feebly, he relapsed into a stupor from which he never rallied. At half-past three the tide was at its lowest ebb, and it was then that the :fluttering soul of David Dabney, second mate of the ill-fated Anthony Wayne, passed away to meet his CHAPTER VII. THE LA.ST OF DAVID DABNEY. Diggers" with a great deal of interest. The first thing in the morning Jack Ward notified the These tales now recurred to his mind, and he began to Northcliffe authorities of the death of David Dabney, secwonder if, after all, he was the one lucky person destined by ond mate of the brig Anthony Wayne which had gone down fate to fil).d and put into circulation for his own advantage in a gale off the Bahamas. the treasure accumulated by the famous Kidd. He told the story of picking the man up in the Sound on It seemed almost too preposterous for consideration, and the afternoon previous he with his three companions yet did not he hold at that very moment a document which were on a s hort pleasure cruise in Waddie Wilcox's sloop pointed to that very result? yacht Will o' the Wisp. Had not Professor Gregory's prophecy that he was heir Th e y had brought the stranger into Northcliffe harbor to a million, which was to come to him that year, been and had sent for a doctor to attend him. singularly verified in part by David Dabney's gift? Dr. Gale had responded, but found Dabney at death s Was he indeed the boy who was born lucky? door. Jack attended faithfully to the mate ns the homs went by. He had died .at the ebb of the tide, just as the doctor said About eleven Joe grew so sleepy that his chum advised he would. him to turn in on the other locker and go to sleep. It was up to the village to see that this poor derelict of "If I should want you I can call you. There isn't any th e sea was decently buried. reason why you should remain awa. ke," said Jack. Jack Ward took upon himself the duty of chief mourner, So Tuttle lay down on the locker opposite the dying and he also his three companions to act as a sailor, and soon his deep breathing showed that he was guard of honor to the pine coffin which contained all that asleep. was mortal of the second mate. It was now a lonesome and rather solemn vigil Jack had, Jack, after the body had been lowered into its last home, but he found no fauL with the part he had taken upon him-read a short prayer out of an old-fashioned book that be-self to perform. longed to his mother. He owed something to this man. The clods were then thrown in upon the cheap coffin, Whether or not he evtr realized anything out of the paper and the four boys left the cemetery and the sexton and his the mate had given him, certain it is Dabney thoroughly assistants to finish the job. believed in its va-lue, and in bestowing it on Jack he beI This event took place on Saturday morning. lieved in his own mind he was putting the boy in the way of That afternoon all the village and the majority of the a valuable heritage. summer visitors expected to be present at a base ball game Therefore Jack accepted the will for the deed, let the on the N orthcliffe Oval between the Academy nine and outcome be what it might. the Northcliffe team. Just as the doctor had said, David Dabney gave sigi;is of The Academy boys could only present a patched-up team, increasing weakness after the hour of midnight had passed. as half their regular players were enjoying their vacation He refused all further nourishment, and would only take elsewhere, and their had been filled by the best talent the tonic. the summer colony afforded, but they expectd to win just I "Why bother with me further, lad?" he whispered about l the same.


1 t t HEIR TO A MILLION. Jack Ward was the twirler on whom they relied, and he The of the Anthony Wayne, the paper said, had alwas a cracker-jack you may well believe. \. ready been reported a few days before by her captain and a He had the spit-ball down fine, and a fade-away drop remnant of the crew, who had arrived at Baltimore on the that gave opposing batsmen a crick in the spine every time three-masted schooner Antietam, which picked them up at they reached for it. sea on the morning of such a date. Pitcher Jack was expected to make up for the team's r All were thus accounted for except carpenter Sherlock shortcomings in other directions, and Joe Tuttle, his and foremast-hand Dacres, and as they had bee n in the backstop, confidently assured all listeners that what his boat with Dabney, the inference was that they were lost. side partner wouldn't do to the N orthcliffe team wasn t "I wonder if they were lost?" mused Jack. "Or did they worth mentioning. manage to get taken off in the night by some pas s ing vessel, There was a small grandstand at the head of the oval, leaving Dabney to his fate? If they did their arrival in one and this was reserved almost exclusively for the ladies. of our ports had not been announced. Maybe s ome vessel Squire Wilcox, however, had perempted the solitary pribound to foreign parts rescued them, and it may the n b e vate box for himself and his family, and as he was the most many weeks before they will show u;p on this side of the important personage in that locality, no one felt that there Atlantic. Their fate does not interest me except so far as it was any reason for a kick. is mixed up with this treasure matter. I certainly don t Probably the reason why the squire had announced that care to see them butting into what I now consider no one's he would honor the game with his presence was because business but my own." Waddie, his son, was down on the score card as right field, Jack cut the article out of the newspaper and filed it and the great man expected Waddie would cover himself away for future reference. with glory. By that time dinner was on the table and Jack sat down Some people, who thought Waddie put on altogether too with a good appetite to partake of it. many airs for a small youth, were mean enough to hint that "I'm going to see the game this afternoon, Jack" said about only thing that W addie would cover himself with his sister. "Do you expect to win?" that aftennoon was dust. "Sure thing, Daisy. Why not?" Nannie Wilcox had also given out that she wouldn't miss "I guess there'll be a big crowd on the Oval." the game for-all the ice cream in the village. "Bet your life there will." Whether it was the attraction of her brother 's debut as "I suppose Nannie Wilcox will be there," she said with an Academy :fielder, or because handsome Jack Ward, the a sly look at her brother. sai ling-ma ste r of the Will o' the Wisp, was to be in the "Sure she will. Her brother is going to play on our pitcher's box, is something the reader must judge for himself. At any rate Jack was ticked to death when he heard she was going to be "among those present," and he forthwith resolved to do himself proud. On the way home from the cemetery after assisting at the burying of David Dabney, Jack stopped at the postoffice tei!m." "Is that the reason she's going?" roguishly. "That's one of the reasons, I guess." "Is that the chief reason?" "How should I know?" "I imagined she was going to see you pitch." to get the family mail. "What makes you think that?" asked Jack, flushing up. "A girl is generally more intere s ted in somebody else's The Wards subscribed to a New York daily and that, if nothing else, was always in their box soon after the arrival of the first morning train. This time, in addition to the paper, there was a letter for his mother. While waiting for the dinner to be put on the table, Jack opened the newspaper and interested himself in its con tents. Among other things he noticed, with much interest, that some enterprising newspaper probably the editor of the N orthcliffe Clarion, had sent to the New York paper an account of the rescue in the Sound of David Dabney, second mate, etc., who had sbsequently died on board of tf1e 'Nill o' the Wisp, and was to be buried at the expense of the county. The writer gave due credit to Ward, the young s Dilingmaster of the yacht, and a resident of many years o.f R orthcliffe, intimating that he had attended the dying mariner up to the last. brother than her own." "Are you, sis?" asked Jack quickly, and with a grirri chuckle. "Of course not," replied Daisy, in some confusion. /'Honor bright now, Daisy; isn't it because Harry Case is on our team that you are going to see the game?" "What nonsen s e !I' she exclaimed, blushing ros ily. "What red cheeks we have," laughed Jack, mis c hievously. "Mother, will you make Jack stop teasing me," cried Daisy Ward. Mrs. Ward smiled indulgently, but didn't say anything. "I'll be real angry with you, Jack, if you say another word," said his sister: "All right, I'll be mum." He winked so significantly at her that she threw a nap kin at his head. "If I told all I think about somebody and Nannie Wil cox you'd have a red face too, so there!" c ried Daisy, trium phantly.


14 HEIR TO A MILLION. "Ho exclaimed Jack, "don't you believe it." "But I do believe it. I can always tell when you expect to meet Miss Wilcox on the yacht." "How can you?" asked Jack, looking at her sharply. "I know "Then why don't you say what you know?" : "You're always extra particular about your uniform. And you wear your Sunday tie." "Is that so; little smartie ?" "Yes, it's so. And you put essence of Jockey Club on your handkerchief." "It seems to me you keep a sharp eye on my movements," grinned her brother. "Anybody can see all that, it's so plain to be observed," laughed Daisy. "You make me extremely weary, sis. By the way, I'm glad that you reminded me about my Jockey Club, I must hide it away, for ever sinee Harry Case has got into the habit of calling on you it's beep. disappearing at an alarming rate." "What a fib! I've got my own perfume if anybody should ask you." ._,"That isn't saying but you :find mine the better of the two," snickered Jack. "Mother, did you hear that? He says I take his Jockey Club. Just as if I would do such a thing." "Oh, I don't care; only please leave the bottle so I can get it filled again," chuckled the boy, rising from his chair. He went to his room to put on his base ball suit, while Daisy helped her mother clear away and wash the dishes, after which she went to her own room to put on her prettiest gown for the afternoon, and also because she expected to meet Harry Case after the game. The contest on the Oval that afternoon was like any well played amateur base ball game. Jack Ward, with the knowledge that the eyes of pretty Nannie Wilcox was upon him, pitched the game of his life, and held his opponents to half a dozen scattered safe hits. The opposition pitcher was scarcely less successful, so that, as the general play was good, the score was low a.nd dose. It took ten innings to reach a conclusion, and then Jack Ward's home run drive after two had be_en put out broke up the game in the Academy's favor-the final score standing 3 to 2. .Jack then had the pleasure of accompanying Nannie Wil .. cox home, and that, with the honors of the game thick upon him. was satisfaction enough for one week. CHAPTER VIII. THE STORY OF CAPTAIN KIDD. ,Tack slept like a top night, for he hadn't closed his eyes the previous night at all, and he had worked like a young Trojan that afternoon to win the game for the Academy team. Sunday morning was well advanced when he awoke to eat a late breakfast and to find his sister and mother already dressed' for the morning services at church. He attended Sunday School as usual, and after it was over had the pleasure of walking home again with N anuie Wilcox, who looked uncommonly lovely in a new gown and rakish little hat to match. On his way home he got thinking about the paper given him by David Dabney. "I wonder where I can get some information, about the career of Captain Kidd," he mused. "I should like to get hold of something definite about the treasure he i:nust have accumulated. Seems to me he must have had a great deal more than was recovered by the English governor.'' From what source could be get the information he wanted? While considering his problem he thought of Professor Gregory, with whom he was a great favorite, and he de. termineu to call on him tha.t very afternoon and broach the subject. He found the professor in his study, surrounded by his books, his curios and his pets-a black dog, a white cat, a parrot and a squirrel. "Glad to see you, Jack," exclaimed the learned gentle man, "take that armchair and make yourself at home. It's a remarkably mild day for the last of August, isn't it?" "Yes, sir," replied the young visitor. "I havft called in quest of a little infm;mation, professor." "I shall be very happy to furnish it if I can," was the cheerful response. "I am not so sure that you will approve of the subject, sir," went on Jack, somewhat doubtfully. "I can tell better when I hear what it is," replied the professor, blandly. "That's right," admitted Jack. "Well, don:t fall out of your chair when I tell you that I want to learn something of the career of Captain Kidd, the pirate." "It is not particularly surprising that a lad of your nautical turn of mind should develop a curiosity about that marine freebooter. I will try and satisfy you as far as my knowledge of the redoubtable individual extends. It may surprise you to learn that he was the son .of a Scotch minister; but he isn't the only son of a divine who has turned out in the end a great rascal." "I have heard that rema.rk made before, sir," grinned Jack. I "Very little, I believe, is known of Kidd's life before he came into historical prominence as the official instrument of the B ritish crown for the extirpation of piracy on the high seas. It is said he was selected for this job because he had traded for many years among the pirates, in a little, rakish vessel that could sail into all kinds of waters. He knew all the haunts and lurking places of the rovers, and was always engaged in some kind of a mysterious voyage."


HEIR TO A MILLION. 15 "He was a dandy individual to send out pirate hunting," "Then when Captain Kidd left England for the Americhuckled Jack. can provinces he was an authorized agent of the English King William of Orange, who sa t upon the English government?" remarked Jack. throne at that time, and who gave him his commission, prob"He was. He arrived with his ship at New York on the ably acted upon the good old maxim of "setting a rogu e to fourth of July. As he brought with him a French mer catch a rogue." c h an tman h e had captured on the way, he met with a warm "The maxim doesn't appear to have worked very well reception frotn the Colonial authoritieS. On the sixth of in Kidd 's case," grinned Jack. Sep tember of the same year," continued the professor, "It seems not. When Kidd sailed from Plymouth, Engafte r taking a volume from one of his book shelves and conland, in the spring of 1696, or it may have been 1695, I am s ultin g it, "he sailed from New York in the Adventure with not sure which, in an armed vessel called the Adv e nture, h e a crew of 156 men. It would appear from the account of his carried with him two commis s ions from the king-one life which I have h e re that while in New York he shipped authorized him to suppress pirates; the other constituted his crew on new terms and enlisted a number of his old him a privateer, for it was a remarkable year in those comrades-lads of the knife and pistol, which would go to times when England was not at war with either France or show that he h a d already d e termined to branch out for him Spain, or with both at the same time, for that matter. The self as soon a s he got into blue water once more." rich Spani s h galleons from Mexico and Sou th America "He must have had an awful n e rve," said Jack. offered a tempting bait for Briti s h maritime e nterprise. In "The maritime freel ances of that time s uffered from no those times it was but a s light step from the privateersman lack of nerve you may well else they had stayed to the pirate; both fou ght for the love of plunder; only ashore From captain clown to cook they were a reckles s, that_ the latter might be considered the b r avest, as he swaggering set, as the drawings of those days show. We dared both the e nemy and the gallows." have only a very slight account of what Cap ta.in Kidd was "I always understood that a priv atee r was sent out as doing between the day he left New York and the first of much from patriotic motives as for the purpose of raking July, 1 699, when he landed in Boston. It seems to be gen in prize-moneJ_'," said Jack. e r ally understood, however, that i n s tea d of cruising against "I guess profit and patriotism mingled in about equal pirates, according to the terms of his commission, he turned proportion s in a privateer's breast when the business was I pirate himself; steered to the Madeiras, to Bonavista, and at its most respectable height, but in Captan Kidd's day Madagasca r and cruised about t h e e ntrance to the Red Sea. it was little better than l icensed piracy ." Here; among other maritime robberies, he captured a rich "How did the pirates manage to dispose of their plun Quedah merchantman, manned by Moors, though com der?" asked Jack. "Unless they could get rid of it what mantled by an Englishman. After scouring the seas pretty good was it to them? I've heard a lot about them burying thoroughly, and changing from ship to s hip Kidd had the the money and valuable trinkets, but I've never heard much hardihood to return to B osto n laden with booty, with a about them s pending their profits." crew of swaggering companions at his heel s." "Your question practically l eads u p to the reason why the "You say his vessel was l aden with booty. I s that rea.lly Engli s h government hir ed Captain Kidd to drive the buca fact?" asked Jac k eagerly, for that was the keynote of his caneer s out of busi ness. The easy access to the harbor of visit to the professor's sanctum. New York, the number of biding places about its waters, "It says so in this book, and is quite a natural supposi and the laxit y o f its scarcely-organized government, made tion after three years of maritime depredation. He cer a great rendezvous of the pirates, where they might tainly ought to have had somet hing handsom e to show after dispose of their ill-gotten gains, and arrange new depredaall his plunderings." tions. "I should think so; yet I h ea rd that onl y a little more As they brought to New York wealthy cargoe s of all than ,000 in money was recovered aft er hi s capt ure." kinds-the luxuries of the tropics, and the s umptuou s "That seems t o be t rue; and it always has been a great spoils of the Spanish province s-and disposed of them at mystery what the bold captain did w ith his plunder, unless half or quarter price tci the wary merchant, they were wel-he buried it, as common report has it, which is quite probcome visitors to the thrifty trade rs of the town. To the in-able. When Captain Kidd turned up at Boston he found habitants at lar ge however, they proved themselve s a great times were changed. Buccane e r s could no longer show a nuisance, for it was their practice to squander their money whisker in the colonies with impunity. Th e new governor, in taverns, drinking, gambling, singing, swearing, shouting Lord Bellamont had signalled himself by his zeal in extir and di s turbing the neighborhood with midnight brawl and pa.ting these offend e rs; and was doubly exaspe rated against ruffianly revelry. These excesses rose to such h eight as to Kidd, having .been in st rum e ntal in appointing him to the become a scandal to the provinces, and to call loudly for the trust he had betrayed. No sooner did the captain show him interposition of government. Measures were accordingly self in Boston than measures were taken to arrest him. taken to put a stop to the widely-extended e vil, and among The daring character which Kidd had acquired, however, the agents employed to execute this purpose was the notoriand the desperate fellows who followed like bulldog s at his ous Captain Kidd!' heels, caused a little delay in his arrest. It is probable, in


16 HEIR 'fO A MILLION. view of the small amount of his plunder afterward found, "Oh, no. He never lectures me,'' rep1ied the boy. that he took advantage of this to hide the greater part of ''You're one of the lucky few. I've heard some of the his treasures in some safe spot." boys call the professor an old crank." As the professor uttered these words Jack's eyes fairly "They don't know what they are talking about." glistened with excitement, and his blood quickened in his "That's what I thougl).t, for I've always found Professor veins. Gregory to be a perfect gentleman." "He was finally arrested and thrown into prison," con"That's what he is," replied Jack, rising from the table tinued Professor Gregory, "together with a number of his and going to his room. followers. Such was the formidable character of this pirate Our hero had quite a little library of his own, and ampng and his crew that it was thought advisable to despatch a h1s most treasured books was a set of Washington Irving 's frigate to bring them to England. Great exertions -were works. made to screen him from justic e, but in vain; he and his After lighting his student lamp he went to his bookshelves comrades were tried, condemned and hanged at Execution and took down "Tales of a Traveler." Dock, in London. Kidd died hard, for the rope with which In the back part of this book was. a short series of stories he was first tied up broke with his weight, and he tumbled under the general title of "The Money-Diggers." to the ground. He was tied up a second time and more It was prefaced by some remarks about "Kidd 'the effectually; hence came the story of Captain Kidd having a Pirate," and Jack was soon dee:ply interested in the said charmed life, and that he had been twice hanged." introduction. "You never heard, did you, that any large amount of Practicafly it was a repetition of a part of what the boy Kidd s treasure, other than what was recovered at the time had learned from Professor Gregory that afternoon. by the Earl of Bellamont, was ever found?" inquired Jack, After a brief outline of Kidd's history from Irving's anxiously. point of view, the author went on to speak about the booty "Never. Had such been the case it certainly would have that rascal was supposed to have collected throughout his become known. The report of his having buried great treathree years' course of crime. sures of gold and jewels before his anest set the brains of "Some reported the treasure to have been buried in soli the good people along the coast from New York to Bos ton tary, unsettled places, about Plymouth and Cape Cod; but in a ferment. For a long time there w e re rumors on by degrees various other parts, not only on the eastern rumors of big sums of money found here and there-some-coast, but along the shores of the Sound, and even of Man times on Long Island, sometimes along the shores of Conhattan and Long Island, were gilded by these rumors. In necticut a.nd Cape Cod Bay-but I fancy they had no fact, the ridiculous measures of Lord Bellamont spread foundation in fact. If Captain Kidd really did bury the sudden consternation among the buccaneers in every part bul.k of his spoils in some solitary, unsettled place, it is of the provinces; they secreted their money and jewels in there s till." lonely out-of-the-way places, about the wild s hores of the "You really think so, professor?" rivers a.nd seacoast, and dispersed themselve s over the face "Undoubtedly." of the country. The hand of justice prevent .eel many of "And some day it will be unexpectedly recovered." these from ever returning to regain their buried treasures, The professor shrugged his shoulders as if he thought which remained, and remain probably to this day, objects the chance of such a thing was very remote indeed. of enterprise for the Jack saw that he had obtained all the information about Jack after reading that paragraph closed the book and the notorious Captain Kidd that Professor Gregory could brought forth the mysterious paper which had come to him give him, and soon afterward he got up thanked the learned in such a stra,.nge wa.y. gentleman for his kindness, and took his leave. He studied it carefully to see if he could distingui s h any of the earmarks of a hoax in it, but he could not. The longer he pondered over it the more certain he be-' came that the document was intended to convey genuine CHAPTER IX. information. "Well," he said, refoldfog it and putting it away at the THE UNEXPECTED THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS. bottom of a drawer, "I mean to look into this cove which lies three miles south by west of Gardiners. If I find the When Jack returned home to tea his mind was full of coffin lid and the spyglass I'll know I'm on the right tTac;k." Capt:i.in Kidd and buried treasure. That night Jack's slumbers were invaded by fantastic In fact, he could think of nothing else, and both hi11 dreams. moth er and s i s ter remarked the s trangeness of demeanor. First be thought he was aboard of the Will o' the Wisp "What's the matter with you,'Jack?" asked Daisy. "You salling on the calm, moonlit surface of the Sound, with have h:uclly spoken a word since you came back from ProNannie Wilcox as his only passenger and companion. fessor Gregory's house. Has he been giving you a lecture That was a very pleasant dream1 indeed. that you are so serious?" It wasn't so pleasant, however, when Nannie s uddenly


HEIR TO A MILLION. 17 turned into the form of David Dabney, more skeleton-like 'rhe dreamer seemed to identify them at once, though he than ever, and he found the yacht sailing into a little sandy had never seen them before. cove that looked as lonesome and barren as a desert island. Their names-Gabe Sherlock and Bill Dacres-formed The seemed to sail right up on the hard, yellow unspoken on his lips. shore, and then Dabney pointed shoreward with his long, They were wicked-looking chaps-each with a sailor's skinny finger and Jack saw a coffin-shaped rock which knife in a sheath slung about his waist. slowly swung around until its narrow end was in a line They appeared to be industriously hunting for some with his eye. signs that baffled them. A short distance to the right he perceived another singuAnd while Jack watched them he awoke and found it had -lar looking rock that rose out of a dense mass of brush and all been a dre1;1m. wild vegetation. It was some time before he fell asleep again, for his fancy A long, attenuated, ribbed arm of stone shot out from it, almost peopled the dark, silent chamber with phantoms of pointing across its landscape, and it looked for all the world the pirate Kidd and his crew, while he hal expected to see like a gigantic telescope. Gabe Sherlock and Bill Dacres start out from behind some As Dabney nodded at those landmarks he seemed to melt piece of furniture. away gradually until Jack found himself alone, no longer During the remainder of the night his slumber was on the yacht but beside a gaping hole in the upper part dreamless, and when he next awoke the morning sun was of the beach. shining brightly in at his chamber windows All 11t once he was conscious that he was not alone. His sister pounded on his door to tell him that breakfast Seated on a stone hard by was a medium sized man was ready, so he popped out of bed and hurried on his dressed in the old style of a gentleman's costume, somewhat clothes. modified by sailor's patterns. Just before he started to go downstairs he glanced out of A great cocked-hat covered his head; his full-skirted coat the window. 1 Jiad enormous pocket-flaps and buttons as large as a silver The houses were well scattered in that section of North half-dollar; his waistcoat was long; short trousers, cli:ffe, and directly opposite the VJ ard cottage was quite a reaching only to the knee, were not confined there, butj vacant plot of were full at the ends and hewore lonostockings and low A big oak tree stood on the road line and its spreading 0 J shoes, with large, square, silver buckles. 1 br11nches afforded she1ter from both sun and ram. This old-time mariner wore a cheerful grin smoothly shaven face, which showed the impress time and constant exposure to the elements. on his Jack had taken the liberty to build a seat partly around of both the tree, and his sister and mother frequently went there do their sewing on a hot afternoon. Somehow or another Jack seemed to understand that he was gazing upon the redoubtable Captain William Kidd. Close by were several sailors in the outlandish costume of the end of the Seventeenth century. They had spades in their hands and were in the act of up the hole. At the edge of the beach was an ungainly-looking boat; and a short distance from the shore was anchored a small fore-and-aft vessel, whose name J acli appeared to realize rather than see was the San Antonio. A black flag flapped from her jibboom, bearing a horrid picture of a skull and crossbones in ghastly white. It all looked very real to J a.ck-as real as anything he had ever seen in his life. Suddenly the scene underwent a perceptible change, though the locality still was the same. Captain Kidd, the hole, his crew, the boat, and the dis tant vessel, with its piratica.I emblem, all had vanished. The water and the shore remained the same; the coffin lid and the spyglass seemed less distinct in shape; the vege tation looked d:i:fferent. As Jack was trying to account for the transformation l)e saw two men in tattered modern seaman's attire step out from among the bushes and look around them. One was tall and thin; the other short and square-built. As our hero glal).ced across the way he saw that the seat was graced by a pair of trampish looking characters. His eyes had hardly rested on them before they atood up, turned their faces toward him for an instant, and t}len slowly sauntered away. A thrill of dismay went through him like a galvanic shock, for these two men, in face, figure and dress, were the exact counterpart of the ngnres he had seen in his dream and identiTied as Gabe Sherlock, the carpenter, and Bill Dacres, the foremast hand, of the ill-fated brig Anthony Wayne. CHAPTER X. ON THE TRACK OF THE MILLION. "Well, I call this hard luck for those to turn up just at the moment when I was going to investigate that treasure for myself," :i;nuttered Jack. "I can easily guess what has brought them down this way. They are on a tram p to the eastern end of the island to try and locate that cove for one thing, after which they intend to go on a still hunt for the treasure itself. And they might possibly hit upon the right spot by accident, although they are not so for tu-


18 ... HEIR TO A : MILL ION. nate as I am to possess the real dir ect ion s that point the way to the trove. I have no time to lose, if I am going to get ahead of them. They 've got all of a seventy-mile tramp ahead of them. That'll take them two days to cover. I'll get Joe to go along with me and we'll take a train down to Hicksville this morning, where we can mal'e connection with the south-shore line at Babylon for Sag Harbor. We'll tak e our wheels along and rid e across to the southern shore of Gardiner's Bay. From that point we can begin a sea rch for the cove in the n eighborhood of which I expect to find Coffin Lid and Spyglass rocks. It will be quite a littl e excursion for u s and will just suit Joe immensely. If Waddie Wilcox wants to go out on his yacht while I'm away he can hire a boatman down at one of the wharves." Jack went to breakfa s t full of the idea he had in his He couldn't help betra ying his excitement to a certain ex tent, and Daisy wondered what scheme he had outlined for the day 's enjoyment, for she knew that her brother had a fertile brain for originating plans that genera ll y ensured a good time. "What's in the wind to-day, Jack?" she asked curiously. "Nothing that would interest you, Daisy," he replied. "How do you know it wouldn't?" she retort ed in piqued tone "I know it wouldn't." "I think a good brother should give his siste r a little of his confidence. Are you going to take Nannie Wilcox somewhere?" Jack shook his head. "Perhaps it's a stag party. Some little expedition you and Joe Tuttl e a nd some of the other boys, are bound on. Am I right?" "Only partly'. The fact of the matter, sis, is that I am going right over to Tuttl e's house to try and persuade to go down to Sag Harbor with me." "Sag Harbor! My graciou s That's a lon g distance When do you expect to get back? I suppose not till after tea." 1 "I don't expect to return before to morrow night at the earliest." "What's taking you do'Yll to Sag Harbor?" "I expect the train w ill take us there," r eplied Jack, with a grin. "Are n't you horrid!" Daisy cried, with a frown and a pout. "You oughtn't to b e so curious, Daisy. Little girls should be seen and not heard." "The idea! Aren't you complimen tary?" "Well, do you want to go along with u s to Sag Harbor?" snick e r e d Jack. "Cerainl y not." "Then what are you kick ing about?" "I'm not making any fuss that I know qf. I don't care where you boys go. "But you're just dying to know what object I have in going down to the eastern e nd of the island "Isn't it natural I shou ld, you good-for-nothing boy?" "That's right. A girl wouldn t be a real girl if she wasn t blessed with a big bump of curiosity." "I like that. I s uppose you boys are never affiicted that way?" "Not to the same extent as girls." "You think yourselves young lords of creatio n, don't you?" "Well, aren't we? Man was created first. Woman was an afterthought." "Afterthought or not, it i s a s ign man could not get along without u s," t riumphantly. "You tell it well, s is What does Rudyard Kipling call y ou? 'A rag, a bone, and a hank of hair.' What have you to say to that?" "I think Mr. Kipling wa. s no gentleman to write such a thing," she r esponded indignantly "I'll bet you wonldn't a ddress s uch a comparison to Nannie Wilcox. You'd just fa ll all over yourself to r each h e r side if she whistled for you. Boys are just too conceited for anything." "Does that apply to me?" "If the -ap fits you are at liberty to put, it on," she responded with some dignity. "How about Harry Case?" grinned Jack. "There are exceptions to every rule." "Just consider me one of the exceptio n s then. Sorry, I've got to leave thee, sis; but time and opportunity wait for no or boy eithe r I suppose you remember my telling you that Prof essor Gregory when he read my horo scope sai d I was heir to a million?" "I remember, and I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard. I am surprised that Professor Gregory should make such a statement." "I presume you also recollect tha1' he said I was going to get the million before the year was out?" "More nonsense!" "Maybe you' ll have cause to change your mind before many moons The cause of my journey to Sag Harbor is rhy earnest desire to get on the track of that million. It is not improbable that before I get back I sha ll know some thing more about that million than I do now. Good morn ing, sis, and a pleasant day to you." Jack walked deliberately out of the room, leaving hi s sister very much mystified over the climax of hi s remarks. He went to his room, made all his preparations for th e trip he had in mind, then got his wheel and rode to Tuttle's house, where he found his chum in the yard. "Turned carpente r have you?" grinned Jack. "What do you call that thing you're putting together?" "This is a house for my rabbit s," replied Joe. "Nearly done?" "Yes. Anything on the card s for to-day?" "I'm going down to Sag Harbor. Will you come?" "Sag Harbor!" exclaimed Joe in surprise "What's going on there?" "Nothing that I'm aware of." "Then why are you bound down there?"


= 't d t s r e T HEIR TO A MILLION. 19 "Ca n you keep a secret, Joe?" "Sure I can." ''Then I'll tell you. I m on a still hunt after that million Professor Gregory promised me." "Come off. What are you giving me?" "I'm not joking," protested Jack, without a smile. "I want you to help me find it. I'll give you one-tenth of the spoils if you stand by me. If they pan out as they ought to you'll find yourself worth $100,000." "One would think money was no object to you," grinned Joe. "A fellow can afford to be liberal when he's heir to a million." "Are you going to stand the expenses of this trip?" "Certainly." "Then I'm with you provided you let me pa.y half. You don't imagine I'lJ.' let you stand for everything, do you?" "I've invited you, therefore it's my place to pay the dam-age. I've got the price all right, don't you worry." "But I want to put up my share," protested Joe. "Oh, forget it, Joe. Get your wheel and come along." "Do you mean to pedal down to Sag Harbor?" ''Oh, no; we're going by train." "Then '\vhy --" "Our wheels? Well, there's a ten-mile or more jaunt ahead of us after we reach the town." "All right," said Joe, starting for the house. "Tell your folks where you're going, and that you may not get back till to-morrow," shouted Jack after him. In a little while Tuttle reappeared with his bicycle, and the chums started for the station together. They caught the first train for New York, and rode to Hicksville Junction, where they changed for Babylon, and were so as to make direct connection with the morning express for Sag Harbor. They reached the terminus of the line a little before one o'plock, and went to a restaurant for dinner. CHAPTER XI. '.A. RELIC OF CAPT.A.IN KIDD. "W1rnre are we bound now, Jack?" asked Tuttle, as the two boys came out of the re sta urant on the principal st reet of the curious old town of Sag Harbor which lies at the head of Gardiner's Bay. boy wanted to learn, and the lads mounted their wheels and rode there. The sto rekeeper looked to be one of the oldest inhabi tants. He was short and square built in stature, sported a tangled white beard with a few hairs of similar color lying lonesome like on the top of his head. His store wasn't much larger than a good-sized packing box, and his stock in trade was chiefly made up of fishing outfits He also sold bait and general information. Jack invested a quarter and found out all he wanted to know. That it was about twelve miles to a point on Gardiner's Bay bearing west by south of Gardiner's Island. That the best way for the boys to reach that point on the s hore was by the way of the quaint old village of East hampton. "Say," said Joe, when they left the shop, "what do you want to go over to that part of Gardiner's Bay for anyway?" "To look up that million that's coming to me." Tuttle looke d at his chum quizzfcally. "That imaginary million seems to have turned your brain, old fellow," he said. "W11at do you really expect to find on the bay s hore?" "A treasure worth a million." "I wish you'd quit kidding me," grumbled Joe. "I'm not kidding you, Joe," replied Jack, earnestly. "Then I don't know what you mean by talking such non sense." "Just wait till we're out of the town limits and I'll explain the whole thing," replied Jack. "I wish you would, then maybe I'll be able to see what you' re driving at." Fifteen minutes later they were pedalling along the high road toward Easthampton. "Now," c9mmenced Jack, "I'm going to tell you a re markable coincidence in connection with Professor Greg ory's assertion, based on my horoscope, that I am heir to a million, and th;tt I am going to come into that million very soon." "I'd like to hear it," grinned Joe. "I want you to promise never to breathe a word about what I am going to tell you unless you have my permission to do so." "I promise," answered Tuttle, his curiosity ftllly aroused. "This coincidence is connected with the fate of the late David Dabney whom we rescued on the Sound last week." "You don't say." Sixty-odd years ago it was a leading whaling s tation, but its maritime importance has lon g since ceased, and it would be. altogether dead to the world only that summer travel sets in its direction. "Strange as it may seem, he possessed a document which pointed out the spot where he confidently believed a million or more dollars' worth of money and other valuables have "I'll let you know just as soon as I've made a few inlain buried in a cove of Gardiner's Bay for two whole quiries," answered his companion. / centuries." The restaurant proprietor had directed Jack to a certain j W11ispering whiskers Is that a fact?" gasper Joe, his store, the owner of which was familiar with the points the eyes bulging like those of a lobste r.


20 HEIR TO A MILLION. I have that paper in my pocket at thi s moment, for feel ing sure that he was going to die, and consequently that it would be of no use to him, he made me a present of it, or in his own words, made m e heir to a million." "This begins to look interesting," said Tuttle. Going to l e t me see that paper?" "Certainly. I'm going to take you in partnership in this matter to the extent of one-tenth of whatever we may find. Are you satisfied with that division o:Jt the possible s poils?" "Sure I am." 1If it should really turn up a milli o n you would be en titled to $100 000 worth, don't you see? "Hopping bullfrogs! A hundred thousand dollars! That's a mint of money." "It's enough to start a bank with." "I should snicker! Let 's have the particulars." Ther e upon Jack confided to hi s chum the story of the clue to Captain Kidd's buried treasure as related to him by David Dabney while the yacht was rf)turning to her anchorage in N orthcliffe harbor. Joe was thoroughly and not a little excited by the narrative "Looks as if there might be something in it," h e said. "I've heard a heap about treasure buried on this i s land by Captain Kidd, though I've never l earne d that any great amount of money was ever found. My father told me that when he was a boy he discovered some mysterious marks on r:t big tree near the north shore wl1ich he pointed o ut to the farmer he was working for, and that it led to a l ot of useless digging in the n eig hborhood on the sup position that the marks indicated the presence of buried treasure sorne wher 0 Hbout there Nothing was found, however. "Well, Joe, the object of this littl e j o urney i s to try and find the cove and the rock s which resemble a coffin lid and f\ spyglass If we find them that wili be some evidence of the truthfulness of the document, for it was copied from the original paper writt e n 200 years ago, ar.rd which has eve r incc remained as a c urio s ity in an old convent in the town of Setabal, Portu g al. I looked the place up in my atlas a nd found it was on the Bay of Setabal, acros s a penin suh from Lisbon." "I'm a s anxious to reach the southern end of Gardner' s Bay now as you are," said Tuttle, with a glistening eye. "Now, I'll tell you about s omething else in connection with this trs:asure and it' s the unpleasant part of it." "What's that?" aske d Joe, an x iously. "There are two rascally sailors who have their eye on it a lso." "How do you know that?" Jack told him what little he knew about Gabe Sherlock and Bill Dacres. "Maybe they were drowned, for they were not in the boat when we picked her up." "They are not drowned." "What makes you think they're not?" a s ked his churn, in some surprise. "Because I saw both of them this morning sitting und e r the old oak tree in front of our house." "The dickens you did !" gas ped Joe, much astonished. Then Jack related his dream of the previous night, and how when he was dressing himself that morning he hap pened to glance out of one. of his windows a nd saw the very rascals resting themselves under the tree. "Gee; This looks like business. Seems to confirm the whole yarn." "It does that." By this time they were in sight of Easthampton, and ere long were spinning up the wide main st reet of the village, with its double border of great overhanging elm trees. Some of the houses in this place are of modern Queen Anne build, but most of them are old homes of a century ago, with the quaint old gables and shingled roofs. The boys continued straight on to Amag.ansett, two miles east, and then turned off northward towards Gardiner's Bay. Within half an hour they caught sight of the distant waters, and made a spurt in their eagerness to reach their des tination. Finally they reached the smooth, hard beach and after traveling perhaps a mile along it, they came to a cove which somehow or another looked familiar to Jack's eyes, thou g h h e had n e ver been in that neighborhood in hi s life. "I'll bet thi s is the very spot we've come to find," he sa id, with eagerness. "Wbat makes you think so? I don't see any coffin-s haped or spyg lass rock around h e re," returned Joe. "I kind of feel it in my bones." "Does it look lik e what you saw in your dream?" "By George! That's it! It seemed as if I had been h e r e before," cried Jack, excitedly. "Well, then let' s sit down and re s t awhile. I'm tired said Joe, suiting the action to the word by dropping his wheel on the beach and s quatting down himself. Jack followed s uit, while his eyes roamed all around for a sigh t of the curiously shaped rocks h e confidently expected to find. As far as he could see from his present line of vision no s uch things were in view. It was a calm, still afternoon. Gardiner's Bay lay spread out before them without a wave or even a ripple. "It's like a big isn't it?" remarked Joe, picking up a pebble and tossing it upon the surface of the water. It fell with a light splash. "I'll bet you couldn't find the hole that dropped into if you sea rched for a month," h e grinned, while they both w atched the ever widening circle caused by the stone. After a time Joe got up and walked down to the water's edge. "We ought to take a swim before we start to hunt for those rocks We'll feel ever so much better after it," he said longingly. a l


HEIR TO A MILLION. 21 "I'm with you," replied Jack. Inside of three minutes they had their clothes off and wete enjoying their bath ill great shape. They stayed in ten minutes and then as they started to wade ashore Joe uttered a sudden howl. "What's the matter with you?" asked Jack. Joe was standing on one foot in a few inches of water while he was holding the other up and feeling of it. "I stepped on something sharp," replied Joe. "Thought a crab had nipped m e." He looked down into the water, then bent down and hauled up fantastic looking object. It was a long pistol of very curious and outlandish fashion, which from its rusted condition, and its stock being wormeaten and covered with barnacles, appeared to have lain a long time under water. "Gee whiz!-'' cried Joe. "Here's a real relic of Captain Kidd." CHAPTER XII. THE COFFIN LID AND THE SPYGLASS. The name of the mak er, coup l ed with the word "Cadiz," seemed to show that the weapon was of Spa ni sh workman ship. "It couldn't have been in the sand all these years or it wouldn't have got all those barnacles on it," said Joe. "That's right. ,It has been washed in shore recently from somewhere out in the bay," replied Jack. "Do you think it belonged to the Kidcl crowd?" "That i s impossible to say, 0but I think we may take it for granted that it did if we find the Kidd treasure buried in this vicinity : quite a curiosity anyway. I mean to carry it home." "You ought to present it to Professor Gregory. It will look well in his collection of antiques." "I'll think about it." They donned their garments and were then ready to hunt for the oddly-shaped stones. "I'll see how this cove bears from Gardiner's Island," said Jack, taking a small compass from his pocket. He placed it on the beach. "South by west," he added. "That's just what the paper says." At what hour is the tide at its highest notch ?'r asked Joe. "It varies about an hour every day. To-day it will be high tide at 4 :34. To-morrow at 5 :40," answered Jack, after consulting his memorandum book. "It must be half-past four now easy enough replied Joe. "It is twenty minutes of five," answered Jack, looking at his watch. Joe stuck a stick into the sand to mark the water's edge. Then he walked hundred feet away and stuck another one down. After that he fixed a third one further on and then re joined his companion. "That ought to be something of a guide if we find those stones," he said. "In my dream I could find the Coffin Lid and the Spy glass from the beach/' remarked Jack. "Maybe they're behind that shrubbery on the bluff;'' suggested Joe. "Then we'll go up there and look." What Joe alluded to as a bluff was only a low bit of rising ground at the head of the beach. The boys soon clambered up its face and pushed their way through the tangled mass of wild vegetation. "Hurrah!" cried Joe, cutting a caper. "There's your spyglass or I'm a liar." He pointed out a tallish rock from the top of which a long arm shot out at right angles. It also bore some resemblance to a railroad semaphore signal, or a stretch of the imagination might have con verted it into a rude imitation of a gallows with the brace missing. "That's the Spyglass, sure enough, nodded the delighted Jack. "Then the Coffin Lid can't be far away." They looked first to the south, but there wasn't a large rock in sight. Then they turned in the other direction, but a line of trees cut off their view. They walked along till they passed the trees when they came upon the Coffin Lid rock with startling suddeness. It was a tall rock, narrow, except where it bulged out near the top, forming the likeness of an old-fashioned coffin, and was not over five inches thick. It scarcely looked like the work of nature. "How much would you take for your share of the tre&Sure now, Jack?" asked Joe. "I don't think I'd care to sell out," was the answer. "Let's get in line with the Coffin Lid and walk back to the beach. It will be neces sa ry to cut away a part of that rank vegetation in order to make our pearings exact," said Joe. "Our bearings will have to be exact or we'll only waste time digging in the wrong place," put in Jack. They paused on the edge of the tangled growth which rose between them and the beach. "From this point we are looking straight at the edge of the Coffin Lid. Now how does the Spyglass bear by com pass?" asked Joe. Jack walked straight to the rock from where Joe stood. "Sou'-sou'-west," he said on his return. "That's how it should point according to the paper, isn't it?" "Exactly." "Then the paper doesn't lie even in one detail, which proves that somebody many years ago took those bea r ings for some purpose."


22 H EIR TO A MILLION. "I agre e wit h you." "Now t hen, mar c h ahe ad a s stra i ght a s you c an and we will be able to g e t an id e a about whe r e the hole was dug two hundred year s ago," s aid Jo e They pushed through th e v e g e tation, walked down th e shelving bluff and stood on t h e beach more. "Now s tand where you ar e Jack, and I'll pace off th e ground to a line with the stakes I drove down by the water'11 edge." Joe carried out his plan and counted off tw e nty pa ces. "Walk two paces ahead, Jack. That's right. Now if w e could s e e the edge of the Coffin ...Jid from here y ou would be s tanding exactiy above the trea s ure, provid e d m y pac e s correspond with tho s e of the man who made the original measurement. I'm going to jab a s tick down here anywa y in order to see how near I have come to it when we return here to-morrow better prepar e d to g et the bearing s ." "You've got a great head Joe laughed Jac k, a s hi s companion drove a s ti c k into the s and and then roll e d a piece of decayed log a g ain s t it, the bett e r to m a rk the s pot. "That's what my father says, only h e qualifies it b y add ing there i sn't much in it." "Your father does you an in j u s tice," chuckle d hi s chum. "That's my opinion, and I'm g oin g to prove it to him some day." "We 've done all we can do to-day said Jack, a nd it's b een very sati s factor y in m y o p inion s o w e m a y a s w e ll go back to Easthampt o n and s ta y t h e r e all nig ht. Th e n in the morning, we'll tak e the fir s t train for B a bylon and home "What for?" asked Joe, in s urpri se. "Are n t you going to try and get at that tre a s ure whil e w e 're on th e gr ound? 1 We can buy a sharp axe to cle ar awa y the v egetation and a shovel to dig with, at Ea s thampton, and come out in the morning." "Of course we can but what's the u s e? Suppo s e w e get the exact bearings and un e arth a box or c he s t i s n t it likely to be too heavy for us to brin g to the s urface? And even if we managed to break it open in the hole how could we carry its content s away with u s ? "Gee! I never thought of that repli e d Joe, hi s coun t e nance falling. "What fl.re w e g oin g t o ilo th en?" "My plan is this said Jack. "We 'll g o home, borrow Tom W e ath e rbee's catboat put aboard of h e r s uch tool s a s we think we'll need, als o eat a bles :or seve ral davs, and s ail around h e re I s hall aJs o take my shotgun and a r evolve r that b elonged to mv father to b e pre par e d to s fand off Gabe Sh e rlo c k and Bill Da c re s if the y show up while w e're h e r e Th e n if w e fin d th e treasur e w e can loail it abo ard th e boa t a nd carr y it h o m e and no on e n eeil b e th e w iser "That's fir s t c lass," a g reed Joe ; "but d o n t you think we ought to bring some body e l s e alon g to h e lp U R out in case thoRe rascal s s hould atta c k u s ?" "No. I don't b elie v e they'll have any ot h e r arm s th a n sailo r s knives. Our s hoot e r s will keep t h e m at a dis t a nce if the y should try to int e rfer e ." "But they might come dow n o n u s in an a p par e ntly fri e ndly way. In that case we couldn't shoot, and then be fore we knew where we were they could close in on us sud denly, and do us up." Jack hadn t cons idered that phase 0 the situation, and t h e possibility of s uch a thing happening rather interefered wit h hi s c alculations. "I'll hav e to think it ove r, Joe," he s aid. "Come on, l e t' s get a move on. I am feeling hungry, and we ca.n't get back t o Ea s thampton a.ny too soon to suit me." They walked their wheels up the beach to the point where t hey fir s t s truck tl).e shore, and then mounting them started off bac k the way they had come at good clip. CHAPTER XIII. BEGINNING OPERATIONS. The boy s reached home by noon the following day, and Jack los t no time in making preparations to return in pro p e r s hap e to r e cover Captain Kidd 's trea sure if it reall y ll'as buri e d where the document indi c ated that it was. Ile induced Tom Weath erbee to loan his catboat, Ann, and anchored her off the point, within a quarter of a mil e of the Ward c ottage. Joe h a d c ontributed a sharp hatc het and an axe, whil e Jack furni s h e d a p a ir of s h o v e l s Eac h provid e d a l antern; also a fair s hare of provisions. Th e n the re was tackle and three s tout pieces of wood to a ttach the main pulle y to after the form of the three-cor n e r e d upri ghts of a witch's kettle. Eac h of the pulle y s had threewheels s o as to make work easi e r on the mu scles of the boys, though slower in execu tion and the lowe r pulley was fitted with a hook. Aft e r a n e arly s upper at home the boys pulled out to her, a nd set s ail out of the harbor. B y s undown the y were out on the Sound heading east. They had a v e ry f air wind to push them along, and the cat boat carri e d a s mall bone in her teeth, heeling well to s tarboard At thi s rate we ought to be into Gardiner's Bay by sun rise," r e mark e d Joe. Jack, who held the tiller in his hand, nodded. "Do you think those two rascals will get there a.head of u s ?" s aid Joe. "Not if they're obliged to walk the whole distance," r e pli e d Jack. "They may, howeve r get a lift now and then in a farm wagon, or they may be a.ble to steal a ride on a fr e i ght train to Greenport." / "Tha t would tak e them out of their way." "They could cross on the ferry to the Pros pect Hou s e wharf on Sh e lter I s land walk to the other end of the i s l a nd, a n d get s omebody to row them across the strait, from whic h point they could e asil y walk to Sag Harbor. From t h a t town the y would, of cour se, take the most direct route across the eastern end of the i s land to Gardiner's Bay.


HEIR TO A MILLION. 23 However, I hardly think they'll go that way. I'll wager they're a cute pair of rascals, though I must admit that their presence in Northcliffe shows that they branched away from the most direct route to their destination." "How do you know but they saw that account of David Dabney's rescue and subsequent death in the newspaper, and that they came to N orthcliffe on purpose to see if they could find out what had become of the document he hood winked them out of?" "That's right. It is quite a reasonable supposition. I'll bet that's just what brought them to Northcli:ffe." "You saw them in front of your cottage, didn't you?" "Yes." "Well I wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to see you." "To see me!" exclaimed Jack, a bit startled. "What put !hat in your head?" "Why your name was in the paper as having attended Dabney up to his death. They might have suspected that the mate may have turned the paper over to you when he found he was dying, just as he actually did. Did your mother or sister tell you that any one called to see you while you were away?" "Why yes. Sis told me that a seafaring man called at the cottage and inquired for me soon after I left yesterday morning. She said he was a stranger, who didn't leave his name, and I didn't bother her about particulars, as I was so eager to get off on our trip." "That was one of those chaps, you may depend on it. They missed you, however, because you got away from the village so early." "It's a wonder, then, they didn't hang around waiting for me to get back." "How do you know but what they did? How do you know but they watched us load the stuff on this catboat and guessed the errand we were about to embark on? How do you know but they are hurrying after us, by train, per haps, if they have the price, and that we may find them waiting on the ground ready to pounce on us when we land at the cove? I tell you, old chap, we can't be too much on our guard." "You're putting it pretty strong, Joe," said Jack, evi dently much impressed by his chum's suggestions. "We'll have to keep our weather eye lifted for fair. I almo s t wis h now that I had pressed in a third party I would have done so, only the fewer you have in a project of this kind the less chance the secret has of leaking out." The boys continued to discuss the probability of a meet ing with Sherlock and Dacres at the cove, and the they would adopt to avoid a run-in with them, until ten o'clock, when Joe turned in for a two-hour snooze, as it was arranged between them that Tuttle should stand watch and steer between midnight and four in the morning. The wind held fair and the night was fine, so that Jack had no trouble holding the catboat down to her course during the two hours he remained alone at the helm. His thoughts, ail a matter of course, were largely employed in speculating upon the treasure he confidently expected to unearth in the cove. "I wonder if there is really a million dollars' worth of coin and valuables hidden in the sand there?" he asked himself. "A million seems a lot of money even at this day, but Captain Kidd could easily have acquired several mil lons in coin and pieces of eight, as they were called in those days, when one considers the chance he had at those rich Spanish galleons. I haven't the least doubt but he kept the larger part of the booty intact, intending to get away with it for his own private advantage. When he came back to the colonies here, and found that his actions in foreign waters viewed with suspicion, it would only have been a natural precaution on his part to have hidden the bulk of his treasure where his enemies were not likely to find it. It will be a great :find if Joe and I secure it." When twelve o'clock came around Jack aroused his companion to take his spell at the tiller, and then lay down on one of the narrow bunks in the cuddy. He was asleep in :five minutes. Joe found his lonesome watch anything but entertaining. He also made a mental calculation as to the amount of the treasure supposed to be buried in the cove, and wondered what be would do with his shal'e if it amounted to any very considerable sum. Several times be caught himself nodding at his post and recove red himself with a start t9 find the mainsail flapping and the boat s lightly off her course. When he called Jack at four a. m., the boat was approach ing Orient Point, the easternmost end of the northern arm of the i s land. Jack stee red the Sally Ann through the passage known as Plum Gut, which lies between Orient Point and Plum I sland. This brought the boat into Gardiner's Bay, and then Jack held a course almost due south for the southern arm of Long I sland. The cove he intended to reach was about ten miles away. The s un rose at twenty minutes past five, by which time he was close to their destination. According to the almanac the morning tide was at its highe st point at 6 :15. At a quarter to six Jack ran the Sally Ann into the cove, cast overboard the anchor and then awakened his companion. The fir st thing they did was to row ashore in the small boat and take a good view of the neighborhood, with an eye to Sherlock and Dacres. There were no signs to show that those individuals had found their way to that locality, and the boys felt greatly relieved. By this time it was high tide, and Joe examined the water line with much interest to see how it corresponded with an imaginary line drawn through the three stakes he had planted thirty-seven hours before, and found that they practically filled the bill. "By running a line from one of the outer stakes to th.e_


24 HEIR TO A MILLION. other, Jack," he said "we will have the high tide mark, so we can begin operations when we choose without further reference to the action of tb water." Jack nodded, and suggested that they return to the boat and have their breakfast. He rolled up the line and returned it to the boat. "Now mark off eighteen paces, Joe, between the high water line and the stake on the bluff." Joe did so, and found that the mark he had made on Monday afternoon lay four feet to the right of the true There was an oil stove and sundry kitchen utensils aboard spot. which Tom Weatherbee carried with him on his fishing He then transfened the tree stump to the right place. cruises, and the boys utilized these to cook a pot of coffee an fry some fish which Jack had secured on his sail across the bay. They enjoyed their meal irrlmensely, and while Joe was washing up the p8.Ds and dishes, Jack put axe and hatchet into the small boat, and made other preparations looking toward the beginning of their day's campaign; CHAPTER XIV . THE MEN ON THE BE.A.CH. The b6ys rowed to the beach, took another survey of the vicinity to see if anyone was around, and then started in with a will -to clear away that p ortion of the vegetation on the raised ground which cut off the view of the Coffin Lid. It was hard work, and some boys would have tired of it. Not so Jack Ward and Joe Tuttle. The prospect of reaping a huge rewa1d for this labor stimulated them to persevere, though the morning sun was growing warmer every moment and the perspiration gath ered on their foreheads and trickled down th eir cheeks. "If the treasure is here I guess we've got it now," said Joe, in a tone of great satisfaction. "That's right," replied Jack. "Now we'll go aboard the boat and get the shovels." '\ They pushed off from the beach, boarded the catboat and sat down in the cockpit to ta.ke a rest. As the sun was decidedly hot they made a sort of awning with the loose folds 0 the mainsail. Underneath this they sprawled, looking shoreward, while the seab reeze fanned their warm cheeks. "It's going to be a hot job digging an eight -foo t hole in the shore," said Joe . "I'm bound to say that nothing but the anticipation of what we expect to find at the bottom of it would induce me to tackle it." "I've just been considering the matter," replied Jack, "and have decided to put the work off until after dark." "After dark!" "Yes. Then we should hardly be interefered with by casual visitors, and the work would go on much and more pleasanter in the cool night air." "That's right," nodded Joe, with satisfaction "We've got a couple of lanterns aboard that will furnish us with all Every once and awhile one Of them would cease work the illumination we will need." and take a look around. And so it was decided to postpone the work U1l,til after 'l'here was always a possibility of some summer re s ident wandering out that way, even if Sherlock and Dacres them selves did not show up, and their actions would undoubtedly have attracted the curiosity of any straggler. It was after nine o'clock by the time they had blazed an open way to the edge of the little bluff. sundown. There was a small island about a mile away which lay to the south of Gardiner's and Joe suggested that they sail over there and see if they couldn't find a shad ier anchorage than where they lay. Jack agreed. "That will do now," s ajd Jack, wiping his brow. They hoisted Eiail, :pulled up the anchor and made a line "I'll drive a stake here directly in line with the Coffin Lid, for it. then we'll run a line between the outermost stakes and pace It offerd no shady mooring but there were inoff the required distance. After which we have a nice viting nooks ashore that tempted them to land. little job of digging before us." Jack planted the stake on the edge of the bluff. He placed the compass beside it and noted how the edge of the Coffin Lid bore. "Sou'-east and nor'-west," he said. They went to the boat, got the long line and stretched it from stake to stake on the bluff, and marked it with three small stakes placed close together. They slept for the greater part of the afternoon under the trees, and then returnd to the cove about six o'clock "Hello," exclaimed Joe, a.fter they had dropped anchor, there's a couple of men stretched out on the beacli yonder." Jack looked in the direction he pointed and saw two fig ures lolling n6t far from the spot they had marked as the site of the treasure. to an Jo hu of he Tl id trc ov saj bo: ap sai tfo he asl vie ret thE Jae sau


;hon ue r ;he .nd ing tile in but of lCk, by and e've tall fter lay sail rage line innder r each fig3 the HEIR TO A MILLION. ==================================================-=================== "I can't identify those chaps from here, but I'd be willing was tall antl spare, while the other was short and square to bet a dollar to a doughnut those chaps are Gabe She1)ock built. and Bill said Jack, a look of disgust Fashioning his hands into a sort of speaking-trumpet the "Well, if that wouldn't make any fellow mad," growled tall man hailed them. Joe. "Don't pay any attention to them, and maybe they'll go away when they get rested "I can't see what those :i;escals expect to do out here any way," said Joe. "You say they can't locate the spot they're hunting for without that paper you got _from Dabney. And even if they could how do they expect to dig for it without shovels? and what means have they for carrying away a lot of moneJ and valuables if they came upon it?" "Ask me something easier, Joe. I imagine they are out here for the purpose of looking about in a general way. They may know more about those signs than we have any idea of. If they should be able to get the bearings of the treasure, such chaps as they would think nothing of going over to Sag Harbor and stealing not only shovels, but a sail15oat to carry the stuff off in if they found it." "They're taking a sight of us now," said Joe. "They're welc9me to take as many sights as they choose. Get the stove out, Joe, and we'll cook our supper." Three-quarters of an hour passed away, during which the boys cooked and ate their evening meal. without taking any apparent notice of the two men on the beach. "They don't seem to be making any start that I can see," said Joe at length. "As the case stands we're bl,ocked until they get out of the way." This was a fact that Jack could not deny. "1\faybe they're waiting for us to hoist sail and depart," he said. "If they are they'll be disappointed." "I'm not so sure of that," replied Jack. "We can't go ashore to do anything while we have any idea they're in1 the vicinity. T think the best thing we can do is to throw a good bluff." "How?" asked Joe. "Hoist our anchor and sail off toward Sag Harbor. Then return an hour or two after dark." "That isn't a ba d scheme." "It ought to work unless those rascals mean to camp out there all night." "Let's get busy, then." The boys hoisted their sail, and then tackled the anchor. While Joe was turning the little drum-windless forward Jack saw the .two men get up their lounging spot and saunter down to the water line. There was little doubt now as to their identity, for one "Boat ahoy!" CHAPTER XV. THE SITUATION CHANGED. Joe stopped turning the drum and the boys stared across the short stretch of water between the Sally Ann and the shore. "Ahoy yourself!" returned Jack. "Where are ye bound?" asked Sherlock. "Sag Harbor," ref lied Jack at a venture. "Carry us around there, will you? We're replied the tall man. Jack and Joe stared at each other blankly. stranded," "Tell them we're not taking passengers," said Joe, re commencing the operation of lifting the anchor from the bottom. "We've got no accommodation for passengers," Jack. "We'll sit forward out of your way," roared Sherlock. "Why don't you walk down to Amagansett? That's only about two miles away on the sQuth shore," answered Jack, hying to shake them off as politeiy 'as possible. "We want to get to Sag Harbor." "You can walk tlrnre quicker than we can sail there," said Jack. "It's only ten miles or so across country almost due west. It's more than double that distance by water." "We're played out. You'll do us a big favor by taking us around on your boat. If ye don't we'll have to lie out here all night." "If they stay there a II night,'' said Joe. "We're dished for twenty-four hours more. It would be a good thing for us if we could them out of the way for a few hourssay till to-morrow morning." "But I don't want them aboard this boat," objected Jack. "No more do I," admitted Joe; "but I don't see any better way of getting rid of them than to carry them to Sag Harbor." "It would take us all of three hours to clo. that, and three more to get back here again. By that time it would be after one in the morning, and the best part of the night would be wasted. Besides you can't tell what designs those rascals


26 nEm TO A MILLION. hav e in their minds It would be much safe r to waste an 11 "Now, you young s on of a seacook," exclaimd Sherlo c k, other twenty-four hours t han to give those chn,ps n, chance advancing threateningly on Jack, "we'll see whether you'll . to do u s up." take us to Sag Harbor or not." "Are ye goin' to take u s aboard?" asked Sherlock, im"You've no right aboard this boat if we don t want you," patiently. replied Jack doggedly, rising to his feet Bver s inc e Joe had got the anchor off bottom the boat "Shut up, you young monkey !" replied Sherlock, pushing h a d been drifting nearer the sh ore, and they were now ;:i.ble him back on his seat. "We're boss of this ranch now. to see the faces of the two me:ri more distinctly. Just tie up these chaps, and we'll run this hook e r "We'd rather not," replied Jack, letting the sail fill with to please ourselves." the li ght breeze and the boat stopped drifting and began to Dacres looked aroun d for a suitable line to carry out his for ge off shore companion's directions, and his eyes lighted on the coil the Sherlook saw there was no further use parleying, and sent boys had used to mark off high tide with. a volle y of oaths after the retreating boat. He pounced upon it and then made a grab for Joe J ack paid 110 further attention to him, but se ated himself Tuttle. on the weather s id e of the tiller. Joe, however, presented a. belligerent front, whereupon Joe secured the anchor aboard and joined his companion in the cockpit. Sherlock and Dacre s seemed to be co!sulting together on the beach. Presently the boys saw them turn a round, walk up the sho re and disappear among the bushes. We may as well go back to the island and spen d the night there, and to-morrow as well," Raid Joe. "If we started for it now that would kind of give the lie to my assertion that we were bound for Sag Harbor. We'll f!lllow the shore line until it gts dark then we'll tack and run over to the island." "All right," replied Joe. "You're the skipper." The breeze was li ght aBd they made way s lo w ] v Gradually darknes s closed in upon the land and waterscape. It was quite dark by the time they r eached a little head land t hat projected a hundred feet or so into the bay. The Sally Ann's course took her within a dozen yards of the extreme end of this point. "I guess we'll come about now said Jack, putting the tiller hard down. ,Th e boat r esponded slowly, imd the boys craw led under the boom as it swun g over close above their heads. As they resumed their seats on the other side of the cockpit two pair s of wet hands grasped the lee side of the boat, two heads bobbed above h e r inclined rail, and two leg s were sim ult aneously thrown inbo ard The boys did not notice these things in the g loom until they s udd en l y saw two figures rise out of tl:te wate r and scramble aboard the Sally Ann. Before they thoroughly grasped the situation, Gabe SherDacres drew his sai lor' s knife and s&d: "If you give me any trouble, you young whelp, I'll slit Cr wizen." 'L'he odcfa were so clearly against him that Joe gave up and allowed the man to secure him. "Now trice up the other chap," ordered Sherlock. Jack saw it would be useless to re sis t so he yielded to stern necessity "You didn't gain a heap by r efusin' to take u s aboard, did ye?" grin n ed the carpenter of the lo st Anthony Wayne. "There's more ways than one of killin' a cat, and old birds like me and Bill know a thing or two I reckon. Now who are you chaps and where d'ye hail from?" Neither of the boys made answer to this question. "Oh, you're su lky are ye?" said Sherlock, savagely. "I g uess I kin make ye speak if I want to. Dive into the cuddy, Bill, a nd see what ye kin find to eat." Dacres obeyed and fell ovr the pieces of wood and tackle which lay on the floor. He swore like a trooper. "What's the matter with ye, Bill. Have you lost your sen. legs all at once?" The place is full of dunnage," roared back Dacres, with an oath. "It is, eh? Can't ye find a match to st rike a light?" re plied Sherlock. "Where d'ye keep your lucifers ?" he de manded, turning on Jack Without waiting for repl y he comm e nced to fumble in the boy's pockets, and soon came across his match safe. "Here ye are, Bill," he said,. and Dacres came out and got the matches. The rascal soon spie d out one of the lanterns and lighted lock and his pal, Bill Dacres, were standing in the cockpit it. before them. With this to h e lp him he found the provision box, and i t i I t l B l v a t e ,, v v 0 a


l l HEIR TO .\. :JIILLION. 27 soon he and Sherlock were filling up on meat sandwiches I Hauling the rowboat around he told Dacres 'to throw in and a whole fruit pie. I the two shovels. They ate like famished and made a big hole i n the Then the rascal ordered the boys into the boat. supplies the boys had fetched along. I After a short consultation he and Dacres followed with As soon as they had satisfied their appetites, Sherlock the lantern. took the lantern and looked into the cabin. Pushing the boys ahead they marched to the spot Joe had When he reapperu.ed ih the cockpit he held up t11e lantern marked off as the site of the treasure. before the' faces of each of the )Joys. "Now," said Sherlock, holding up the lantern and draw"What's your name?" he asked Jack. "It won't do you any good to know," replied the boy. "How d'ye know it won't," replied Sherlock. "I reckon I know anyway. You're Jack Ward, the chap that helped rescue second mate Dabney, of the brig Anthony Wayne, in ing his knife, while Dacres drew his, "I'm goin' to cut you chaps loose. But don't ye attempt to run away. If ye try it on ye'll find a knife in your back in the twist of a pig's tail. Ye were goin' to clig for that treasure, warn't ye? Well, ye sha'n't be clisa pp'inted," with a cruel grin. the Sound last week. He told ye a yarn about some pirate "Ye s hall dig, and dig hard, d'ye understand? It'll save us treasure buried down this way, and he gave ye a paper that the trouble, and maybe if we find a good haul we'll give ye p'inted out the spot That's what brought ye down this somcthin' :for your trouble." way. Ye came to hunt for it. Ye were in the cove afore He cut the boys free a .nd pointing to the shovel s ordered to-day, for we seen where someone had cut down the shrub them to get busy. bery, and marked a spot on the beach. You're a couple of Mnch agairn;t their inclination s .Tack and .Toe had to fall clever coves, ye are, but not clever enough to hoodwink me and Bill. We've been stud yin' them marks, and puttin' our heads together. We saw where ye'd tramped in a straight line from three small stakes down near the water. I reckon we don't need that paper ye've got about ye. Ye've done all that's necessary except dig; and ye intended to do that to-night. That's what ye came back for, but when ye seen us ye changed your minds. When I hailed you, ye said ye to, for there was no escape for them The two rascal s kept a s harp eye on them, anfl ,;Lirred them up w11en they lagged in the work. Aft e r they had dug a trench four feet square and five deep, and seemed ready to drop from fatigue, they were permitted to r est for halt an hom in the hole. "This i s tough luck!" muttered Joe, as he wiped his forehead. were goin' to Sag Harbor, which was a lie, wasn't it? Ye Jack nodded, but didn't express this thoughts in words. hadn't no intentions of goin' to Sag Harbor nor anywhere "Pass up that paper you got from Dabney," said Sher-else. Ye told us that to throw sand in our eyes. Ye lock, looking down into the hole. we're on to your little game." Jack handed it up to the rascal. "And you were bluffing us, too," said Jack, desperately. "Dig six feet, eh?" he muttered. "Skull, two feet. Well, "You didn't want to go to Sag Harbor, either. All you if ye've s truck the right s pot ye ought to be close upon the wanted was to get aboard this boat." chest, or whatever it is. Get a. move on, you chaps, and let "That's jest what we wanted," grinned Sherlock. "And us see what ye kin turn up." wrJve done it." So Jack and his chum started in again with the s hovels and made the sand fly. "We are down more than six feet now," said Joe in a low tone, "and there's no sign yet of that skull." CHAPTER XVI. The words were hardly out of his mouth before his shovel struck something hard. THE TREASURE FOUND. In a few moments they exposed a grinning skull. "What have ye got there?'.' called down Sherlock, flashing During all this time the Sally Ann lay almost stationary the lantern's light into the excavation. "A skull, eh? Toss on the water. \ The carpenter had thrown her up into the wind. He now headed her back to the cove, only a short distance away. When she was close to the beach he threw out her anchor. it up." Joe did so, and the carpenter it up and looked at it. "Keep on diggin' down there, and don't ye dare stop till ye strike somethin'."


28 HEIR TO A MILLION. The boys now felt that only a couple of feet of sand intervened between the treasure; and they were not wrong. Their shovels soon met with another obstruction, which proved to be a small iron-bound box, and alongside of it were three others. Sherlock sent Dacres aboard the catboat for the tackle and the wooden uprights, and the two sailors soon had it rigged in shipshape fashion. The carpenter threw down a s ling to the boys and ordered them to put it around one of the boxes. This accomplished, the hook block was attached to it and Jack and Joe ordered to hoist away. In this ten boxes and a small chest were lifted out of the hole and landed on the beach. That appeared to the whole treasure. The boys were ordered out of the hole and compelled to haul the boxes down to the water's edge. They were then transferred a few at a time to the sail boat. The chest was the last taken aboard. The boxes were taken into the cabin, and one of them smashed open by the impatient carpenter in his eagerness to see the character of the treasure. A stream of old fashioned gold coin fell on the cuddy floor. The sight of the money as it flashed in the light of the lantern threw Sherlock and hi s companion into a fever of excitement, and for the time their attention wa s entirely distracted from the boys. Jack was quick to perceive their advantage. He was standing close to the locker in which he had placed his revolver when he first came aboard. Slowly and with caution he pulled the locker open and dre w out the weapon. He nudged Joe and point e d at the knife Sherlock had incautiou s ly laid down on one of the boxes. Joe reached out his arm and seized it. The action attracted Dacre s' attention. 'Drop that, curse yer !"he cried, making a lurch at Joe with his own knife. Quick as a flas h Jack raised his revolver and fired at him point blank. Dacres c lapped hi_s hand to his breast and sank down with a groan. Sherlock looked up astonished and startled to find the tables were turned on himself and his comrade, and the two boys ma ste r s of the s ituation. "Throw up your hands !I' cried the boy, "or I'll shoot you down like a dog." Jack meant bu siness, and if Sherlock, after a string of oaths, had not yielded he would have disabled the rascal with a ball. "Tie him, Joe," ordered Jack, a.nd Joe soon had the car:. penter well secured. They lifted Dacres up and laid him on one of the lockers. He was evidently severely wounded, but just how bad they couldn't say. While Joe stood guard with the revolver at the cuddy door, Jack hoisted the sail and then the anchor, and steered for Orient Point. It was noon next day when the Sally Ann pointed her nose into the bay which communicated wi_th N orthcliffe harbor. 1 An hour and a half later the boat came to anchor off the point near Jack's house. The first thing they did was to rovl Sherlock and the wounded man ashore, and turn both over to the head con stable of the village, making a charge of assault against them. The former was locked up and the latter wa.s placed in a doctor's hands, who declared him to be dangerously, though not fatally, wounded. He recovered in a month, and subsequently both were tried for attacking the boys in their boat, and got a year sentence. Jack had the chest and ten boxes conveyed to his house, where they were opened and found to contain gold of Spanish, French and even English coinage. The chest in addition contained mll.lly trays full of valuable rings, watches, small church ornaments, as well as handfuls of unset diamonds and other precious stones. The enti re value of the treasure was found to be $1,200,000, after it had been turned into American money. Thus Joe got $120,000 in the end for his share, while Jack came into bis million, and in due time married Miss Nannie Wilcox, thus proving that he was A BOY WHO WAS BORN LUCKY. THE END. Read "LOST IN THE ANDES; OR, THE TREAS URE OF A BURIED CITY,'! which will be the next number (56) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you. order by return mail.


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Everything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I These Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. M<_>st of the books are also p1ofusely illustrated, and all of the subjects t r eated upon are explained in such a simp l e manner that any ch1ld can thoroug'hly undecstand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjediil mentioned . THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY l\IAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIP'l' OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS l\IONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism ; also bow to cure all kinds of diseas es by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize,'' etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most approved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By Lo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and instructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also expl aining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPOf:?TING. No. 21. HOW TO HUN'l' AND FlSH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide eve r pnblished. It contains full instructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illu stl'ated Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, togethe r with instructions on swimming and riding companion sports to boating. No. 47 HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Dtscribing the most useful hors e s for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseas es pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'I'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stans.field Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAi\IS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'fhia little book gives the el;planation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oracnlum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowin g what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO 'l'ELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full instruction fo r the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good healthy muscle; containing ov e r sixty illustrations. Every boy can b ecome strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the diifer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box wi thou t an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\fE A GYMNAST.-Containlng full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Eml.>l'acing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and nseful book No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen cing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO 'TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of t'he general princi ples of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tri cks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sle ight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of l&Jeeially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIX'I'Y TRICKS WITH GARDS.-Em bracin!i all of the latest and most dec eptive card trlckg, with illustrat1ons. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY 'fRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arrange d for amusement. l!'ully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2 HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and eard tricks containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the day, also most popular magical illusions as performed by our: mag1c1ans; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, a;; 1t will both amuse and instruct. No., 22. HO)V TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed bJ: his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the sceret dialog u es were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of s ec ond sight. No. 43. _HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. .Also tricks wi t h cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW 'l'O DO CHEMICAL TlUCKS.-Conta.ining over one hundred highly amusing ad instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the lates t and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontainmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No., 70. HOW '.J.'O i\1<\KE i\IAGIC full directions for makmg i\Iag1c Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By .A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. RO\Y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a. com. p lete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy shoul?how inv entious originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Contalning full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomoti v e en gineer; also directions for building a model l ocomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 'I'O MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, lUJolian Harp, Xylo ph .. ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIO LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE tOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to g entlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53 HOW TO WRITE LE'l'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters. No. BOO:E most this VI No. Con ta and I ment No. AND boys! ganizi No. joke I con ta 'l'erre the d ob ta ii No plete stage Sceni No est j< ever color' No full i or cc fl.owe lishe Ne on c fis h, past1 cook1 Ne everi mak1 brae] N1 scrii: toge I etc. lustr N1 taini coils By: N larg toge N K en this tnde art, greB N of I for IDOll N boo I bacl 1'i the and 1'i boo bag AU< 1' dre COil is I all of pea in


l l-'9 l d ; s Y Ii:, i t w 1 e l y 1 0 ie e r s. e r n n 111 ly g 1g IIl t d i n oy i m "' cs, e d. ull 1er u ll le>-deo r t ld, ing o n. ely ing ks. 1m-era, >ld. ing -ts ; 1.-:ts ; ttle ler, n yLing :ct; e rs. THE S TAGE. No. 4 1 THE BOYS O F NEW YORK E N D MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containi ng a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famo us end me n No a m ateur minstrels is complete witho u t this won derful little book. No. 42 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER a v a ried asso,rt9ent of i;tump speeches, Negro, Dutch and I ris h. A l so end men s Jokes Just the thing for home amuse ment and a mateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AN D B\)OK.:--Something new a?d very .instructive Every boy s hould obtam thi s book, as 1t contams full mstructions for organi z i ng an amateur minstrel trou pe. No. 65 MULDOON'S JOKES.-This i s o ne of the most original jok e ever published, and it is brimfu) of wit and humol'. It contams a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc of 'l' e r rence Muldoon, the g reat wit, humorist, and practical joker of the da y. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke sho uld obtain a copy immediately No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com plet e inscruct i ons how to make up for various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompter S ce n ic A r ti s t and Property Man. By a _prominent Stage Manager'. N o 80. GUS WILLI.A'MS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latest j okes, a necdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popu lar German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored c o ve r containing a halftone photo of t he auth o r. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16 HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Ct>ntaining full i nstructions fo1 constructing a window garden either in town or cou n t r y, and t h e most approved methods for raising bea u tiful flowers a t h ome. T h e mos t c o mp lete book of the kind eve r pub lis h e d. No. S O H O W '.l'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cookin g ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fis h game, a nd oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes antl all kinds of pastr y and a g rand collection of recipes by one of our most popular co o ks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for ever y bod y, b o ys, gir l s, men and women; it will teach you how to m a k e a l most anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets ce m e n ts, A eolian harps, and bird lime for catching bi rds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW T O MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de ecr iptio n of the wonderfu l uses of electricity and electro magnetism; togeth e r with fu ll instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. B y Geo rg e Trebel A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il-lustr ations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRIOAL MACHINES.-Con tai ning full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils dynam o s. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R Bennett. Fully illustrated No. 6 7 HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks, tog e ther w ith illustration s. By A Anderson. N o 31. HOW T O BECOME A SPEAKlDR .-Containing follf'o teen illustrations, giving the different posit i ons requisite to a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also cont a ining gems from a.ll the popular of prose and poetry arran ged i n t h e molt simple and conc1s3 manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conduct in g d .. bates, outlines for debatefl, questions for discussion and the ben sources for procuring information on the questio n s g'iven. S OCIETY No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-"l'he arts and wiles o f flirtation are fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of hap

/ WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A 'COMPLETE STORY EVERY W"EEK P rice 5 Cents BY THE BEST AUTHORS Price 5 Cents ,.-HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED COVERS 32-PAGES'OF READING MATTER ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY.._ Interesting Stories of Adventure in All Parts of the World 1 TAKE NOTICE! ..._ This handsome weekly contains _intensely interesting stories of adventure on a great variety of subjects. Each number is r eplete with rousing situations and lively incidents. The heroes are. bright, manly fellows, who overcome all obstacles by sheer force of brains and grit a:nd win well merited success. We have secured a staff of new author s who write these stories in a manner which will be a source of pleasure and profit to the reader. Each number has a handsome eol ored illustration made by the most expert artists. Large sums of money are being spent to make this one of the bes t weeklies ever publi s hed. ; ..... Here is a List of Some of the Titles .. 1 Smashing the Auto Record; or, Bart Wilson at the Speed Lever. By Edward N. Fox. 2 Off the Ticker; or, Fate at a Moment's Notice. By Tom Dawson. 8 From Cadet to Captain; or, Dick Danford's West Point Nerve. By Lieut. J. J. Barry. I T h e Get-There Boys; or, Making Things Hum in Hon duras. By Fred Warburton. g Written in Cipher ; or, The Skein Jack Barry Unravelled. By Prof. Oliver Owens. 6 The No-Good Boys; or, Downing a Tough Name. By A. Howard De Witt. 'l Kicked off the Earth; or, Ted Trim's Hard Luck Cure. By Rob Roy. 8 Doing it Quick; or, Ike Brown's Hustle at Panama. By Captain Hawthorn, U. S. N. 9 In the 'Frisco Earthquake; or, Bob Brag's Day of Ter ror. By Prof. Oliver Owens. tO We, Us & Co. ; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudeville Show. By Edward N Fox. 11 Cut. Out for an Officer; or, Corporal Ted, in the Philip pines. By Lieut. J. J Barry. !1.2 A Fool for Luck; or, The Boy Who Turned Boss. By Fred Warburton. 13 The Great Gaul "Beat"; or, Phil Winston's Start in Re porting. By A. Howard De Witt. 14 Out for Gold; or, The Boy Who Knew the Difference. By Tom Dawson. 15 The Boy Who Balked; or, Bob Brisbane's Big Kick. By Frank Irving. 16 Slicker than Silk; or, The Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Roy. 17 The Keg of Diamonds; or, After the Treasure of the Caliphs. By Tom Dawsop.. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Boy Who Looked Puny. By Prof. Oliver Owens. 19 Won by Bluff; or, Jack Mason's Marble Face. By Frank Irving. 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The Herald's Star Reporter. By A. Howard D e Witt. 21 Under the Vendetta's Steel; or, A Ya;nkee Boy in. Corsica. B y Lieut. J J. Barry. 22 Too Green to Burn; or,. The Luck of Being a Boy. By Rob Roy 23 A Fool's Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had Things Easy. By Fre d Warburton. 24 One Boy in a Million; or, The Trick That Paid. By Edward N. Fox. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents p e r copy, in money or postage stamps, by FB.A.NX T OUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and 1111 in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to 7ou by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'AKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY. ': e ; FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ... ........... ................ 190 DEAR SmEnclosed find ...... cents for whieh please send me: .... copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ......................... . ... . .. ............ .-..,."' " " '' WIDE A WAKE WEEKLY, Nos ............... -.""' '' WORK AND WIN, Nos .. . .-.,, ...... 1 .,,, WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos . .. . ..... '' PI Ju CK AND LUCK, NOS ".!.... .... ,.,,.,,....,, ....... ..... .. . . ..-... .. -. '' SECRET SERVICE, NOS . .......,..11 .... ' . " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos -.-.,. .-. ...... ...... " Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos ....... .... . . ... . .- ................ : ............... .. Name ..... -_ ........... Street arid No . -.-.. .ll'own ....... State ............


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Tell your friends about i t. ,:\LU EADY PUBLfS II.ED. 1 A Lucky Deal; o r, The Cutest I:oy i n \\'a ll S tie e t. 29 A Sur e \\"inner; or, T h e Boy Who \\' ent Out With a Circus. 2 Born to Good Luck; or. The Boy \\"h o Succeeded. [ 30 Golde n Fleece; or, The Boy Brok ers of \\"all Street. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did 'the Trick. 31 A Mad Cap Sch e me; or, The B o y Treasure Hunters of Cocos Is1'lr.d. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy \\"ho \Yo n Out. I 3 2 Adrift o n the W orld; or, Workin g rii s \Yay to Fortune. G Hard to Beat ; or, The C leverest Boy in W a ll Street. i 33 Playin g to Win; o r The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad ; or, The Young Contractors of Lake \ iew. :l4 Tatters; o r, A Boy from the Slums. 7 Winning His way; or, The Youngest Editor in Gree n Rive r. i 35 A Young Monte Cristo; o r. The R .chest Boy in the W orld. 8 '.1.'he Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a S elf!\Iad e C:oy. J 36 Won by Pluck: 01', The Boys ."ho Ran a Railroad. 9 Nip and 'l'uck ; OI', 'l' h e Young Brokers of W all Sti ee t 3 7 Beating the Brokers; or. The Boy \\'ho "Couldn't be Done." 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys \\"ho \\" orke d a 1 38 A R olling Ston e : or, The Brightest Boy o n R eco rd. 11 A Lucky P enny ; o r. The Fortune s of a B o ston H o y. 1 39 N e v e r Say Die: or. The Young Sur v eyor of Happy \"alley. 12 A Diamond in the R o u g h ; or, A Brave Boy's Start i n Life. 40 Almost a l\lan; or. Winning n:s Way to the Top. 13 Bi:lfting t h e Bears; o r The Ne r v iest Boy in \Ya ! Stre et. 41 Bo s s o f the Marke t : o r, 'l'll e Gieatcst Boy in W all Street. 14 A Gold Brick; o r The Boy "ho Could l\"ot b e D o w:1ed 42 The Chanc e of H!s Life : or. Tile Young Pilot of Crystal Lake 15 A Streak of Luck; or, h e Boy Who Feathe r e d II i s :\e st. 43 Striving for Fortune ; o r Fro m B ell-I:oy to Millionaire. 16 A Good Thing; or, Til e B o y \\" h o Made a F ortune 44 Out for Busi ness: or. The Smarte st. B o y in Town. 17 King of the l\larket; or. The Young T r a d e r in Wall S t r eet. 45 A Favorite o f F ortune; o r Striking lt Hie b in \\'a ll St!:eet. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thous atod. 46 Thro ugh Thic k and Tllin: or, The Adve:Jture s of a Smart r:oy. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Car e e r of a Factor y Poy. 47 Do in g His L e v e l Best: or, \\"orking His \\"ay l:p. 20 A Barrel of Money: or. A B right Boy in \\" all Stre e t. 48 A I ays o n D eck; or, The B o y Who l\lade H's 21 All to the Good: or, F rom Call Boy t o Manager A Min t of Money ; or, The Young ""nil Stred Broke r. 22 How He Got There; o r 'l'he Pluckiest Boy of The m All. 50 'l'h e L adder of Fame : or, FrJm Office Hoy to Senator. 23 Bound to \\"in: or, The Boy \\'ho Got R: c h. 5 1 On t h e Square; o r The S uccess \)f n n Hones t Boy. 24 Pushing It Througll; or, The Fate of a Lucky R e y. 52 Afte r a Fortune: or, The Pluckiest Boy in t h e \Ye st.. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Yonng Sphinx of \\" a ll Stree t 53 \\-inning t h e D ollars; or, The Youn g \Vonder of Wall Str ee t 26 The \Yay to Suc c ess: o r The Boy \\' ho Got The r e 51 Making His ilfark; or, '!'he Boy \\" ho B ecam e Pre s id ent .. 27 Struck Oil: o r. The Boy \Yh o l\lade a Million. ;5 H eirtoai\lillion:or.TheBoy\VhoWn.sBornL11cl" 28 A Golden Risk ; or, Tile Young Mine r s of Della Crnz. : 6 Los t in t h e Andes; or, The Tre"asure of the Buried city. . F o r sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, in money o r p ostage stamps, byt l'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of.,ur Libraries and cannot procure them f rom n ewsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Ord e r Blank and send it to u s with the price of t h e books yo u want and we will send them to you by r e-turn mail. POSTAGE STAMP S 'l.'ARBN l'HE SAME AS M ONEY .. j FRANK TOUSEY, Publi she r, 2 Union Square, New York. ............... ......... 191); DEAR Sm-Enclosed find . ... cents for which please ee::id me: ... copi<)s of WORK AND WIN. No ..... . .... . ........... ....... . : ........................... .. 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