After a fortune, or, The pluckiest boy in the West

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As the two ruffians forced him toward the pit, Paul recoiled from the horrible fate designed f o r him. "Dead boys tell no tales!" exclaimed Gonzalez, with an exultant laugh, as ha cast the torch into the dark hole.


Fame and Fortune STORIES OF BOTS .WHO MAKE MONEY I11ued Weekl11-B11 Subacription IZ.60 per 11ear Entered accordin g to Act of Congreaa, in t h e 11ea r 1 909 in the oJ!lce of the Librarian of Congreu Wcuhington, D. C., bl/ Fran k Touae11, Publi1her, U Union Sq u are, Ne w York. No. 52. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 28, 1906. Price 5 Cents. AFTER A FORTUNE OR, The Pluckiest Boy tn the West By A SELF-MADE rtAN. CHAPTER I JOB ROBINSON. un satisfied, for the stranger was as uncommunicative as a clam, and nobody even knew his name until Paul Cliffor d found a letter in the mail one morning to Job Robinson, Harley's Corners, Minn and, knowing nobody by that name in the place, he carried it out to the strang He was an old man and very feeble, and his name was er's habitation. Job Robinson. '!:he old man claimed the letter, thanked the boy for His features were tanned and weatherbeaten, like a bringing it out to him, and from that moment a kind o f sailor's, and his hands were horny and seamed, as if hard friendship sprang up between these two. work and plenty of it had been their portion all through The old fellow came oftener to the store after that, and life. seeme d contented to sit out on the veranda in the sunshine He carried a heavy Malacca cane to support his droop and smoke a curiously-shaped pipe that afforded him muc h ing :figure, and was often seen leaning upon it with both comfort. hands crossed, gazing out toward the setting sun, as if his Paul when he was not busy would go outside and tal k to thoughts lay in that direction. him, and they frequently carried on quite a lengthy con Looking neither to the right nor left nor accosting a versation together when no one else was by; but the mo soul, the old man moved about the immediate neighbor hood of the shabby little house in which he lived all alone ment a third party approached and chipped in Robinson became as mute as a mopstick, and as oblivious of t h e near the blacksmith's s hop. presence of the newcomer as though he did not exist. Once a week he visited the general store and purchased The gossips of the neighborhood, as a matte r o f c o u rse, the few necessaries he needed, generally pointing out what tackled Paul for information. he wanted, and uttering as few words as possible, though his bright eyes often rested with a look of some interest on They reasoned that being so often in the old man's ihe manly lad who usually waited on him, Paul Clifford by company the boy must know a good deal about him; but name, whose widowed mother carried on the store and he assured them that he was no wiser than were they themselves postoffi.ce. His advent in Harley's Corners, which consisted of a "What does he talk about?" they wanted to know. few houses, a general store and a blacksmith's shop, ere "Oh, nothing in particu l ar," replied Paul careless l y ated a good deal of speculation; but c uriosity remained.. "Well, why you draw him out? Ask him where


AFTER A FORTUNE. ame from, why he came here to live, and why he out into the big bustling world and carve a future for sn't act more sociable?" himself ut Paul refused to pry into the affairs of Job Robin"Mother and I are only just vegetating here in Harley's because he had an instinctive feeling that. if he did, Corners. We are making a bare living. I wish she'd give s new friend would terminate their acquaintance, and up the store and move to some good-sized city where I had come to like the old mtin in spite of his peculiaricould find a job that would give me a foothold in life. I'm es, though he could not exactly tell why he .:as atonly going to seed in this place. Hello, what's that?" racted to him. Something that sounded like a dismal groan had struck Paul Clifford was a bright and ambitious boy. upon the boy's ears, and he stopped short and l jstened His father, wl10 had followed the carpentering trade, The sound was presently repeated. died when he was seven years of age, and he was now six-It came from the side of the road, apparently from teen. lunder the scarred oak, whose blasted trunk shone wnitc A year nfter her husband's death Mrs. Cliffo r d came to and spectral.through the gloom. Harley's Corner s and opened the general store which, in "Cou ld that have beeJl the wind?" he muttered. "It connection with the product of a small plot of ground, sounded rather human to me. I'll--" f,u pported her and her son. For the third time the sepulchral sound was borne to Paul was first favorite in the neighborhood, esp ecially bis ears vmong the girls, who were continually casting sheep's eyes At that moment he noticed1a moving object coming to-at him. ward him up the road. Hi.s particular friend was Andy Blake, a sturdy, good"I wonder who that is abroad at this time of night?" h earted lac1, who worked for a miserly old farmer in the Paul asked himself, watching the approaching figure. "He ,-.i2inity. couldn't have made that noise, for it sounded close by, Andy had all sorts of grievances against his employer, and the wind is not blowing from that direction." the principal one of which was the foolish contract he hacl He stood and waited : for the newcomer to reach him. made with the man :to work six months at $10 a month, He was not kept long in suspense as to the person's the money to be only paid in a lwnp sum at the end of identity, for he recognized his friend, Andy Blake, by the that time, and to be forfeited if Andy left before the expeculiar battered white hat the boy was accustomed to pir'ation of his term of servitude. wear. It was now drawing close to the end of the six months, "What the dickens brings him out to-night? He seems and 'the farmer was exercising all his ingenuity to try a:nd to be heading for the store. I wonder if old Tartar has make things so hot for Ancy that he would run away, in srnt him after something?" which event he would save the $60. Andy didn't notice Paul standing in the road until our One dark, blustering spring night Paul closed up the hero hailed him. store at a little before the usual hour, and told his mother "Oh, Lor'!" exclaimed the farm boy, coming t9 a dead that he was going down the road to call on Job Robinson. stop. "Who's there?" "I haven't seen him in a couple of days, mother. I'm He look e d as if he was on the point of taking to his afraid he's sick." heels by the way he had come. "Very well, Paul. Don't stay away too long." "Don't you know me, Andy? I'm Paul," said Clifford, "No, mother, I won't." cheerfull-,.. After splitting some kindling wood for the stove in the "Is that really you, Paul?" asked Andy, doubtfully. morning Paul put on his hat and thick pea jacket and left "Sure it's me." the house. I "What are you doing out here?" asked Blake, coming It was a lonesome and gloomy walk to the cross-road cautiously forward. where the blacksmith shop stood, nearly half a mile from "What are you doing out here yours elf, Andy?" the store. "I was coming to see you, Paul." The night wind soughed through the trees along his "Rather a late hour for you to get away from the farm, path, shaking the branches violently at tiofnes. isn't it?" Some boys would not" have cared to have undertaken "I've shook the farm," replied Blake, in a tone as that walk alone. gloomy as the night. Their excited fancy would have conjured a ghost out of "You've what?" ejaculated Paul, hardly believing the many of the natural objects which stood along the road, evidence of his ears. half-concealed in the shrubbery. "I've run away from the Illeasly old place," answered It took more than a shadow to frighten Paul, who was Andy. a n ervy lad. "You don't mean it." So, with his hands stuck in his jacket pockets, he "I do mean it." trudged along, whistling cheerily, and wondering how "How came you b do that?" long it would be before he would have the chance to get i "I couldn't st Jd it no longer. I'm only flesh and


AFTER .A-FORTUNE. blood. I a wooden image would rebel at the tyranny of Simon Tartar." -"So he's done you up at last, has he?" said Paul. "Well, it's a shame. It's an old trick of his. I was hoping you'd be able to hold out long enough to get your money You 've worked for him five months so far, haven't you?" "Five months and three days. Do you think I could get a lawyer to make him stump up the $60 he owes me?" n might; but it would cost you half of it for his services, and maybe somet hing more for court fees, though I suppose he'd have to pay that if the case went against him." "I wouldn't care what it cost if I only could get back at him. He's the worst old screw I ever met in my life, and his wife ain't much better. Why, I haven't had a square meal since I went to work for him. Mts. Tartar weighs out the sugat, and measures the butter at every meal." "Did they skimp themselves as well as you ?" "Sure they did; but they've used to doing that, I ain't." "What are you going to do now?" "Look here, Andy. We'll have to store. He seems to be a sick man." "Who is he?" asked Blake. "You've heard me speak of Job Robinson, the old who lives up near the blacksmith s hop?" "Yes. I heard you say something about him.'1 "Well, this i s the ma..n. Something has happened him I was on my way to see him to-night, <;hat's hovt you happened to meet me h ere on the road. He's been calling at the sto re pretty regularly for the last month until this week. Not seeing him for three days, I started to call on him to-night to see if there was anything wrong with him. I can't imagine what brought him out here, unless he started for the store and was taken bad on the way. Get hold of his other arm and we'll raise him up." Robinson made a feeble r esista nce and then collapsed. It was easy to see that he could not walk in his present condition. "We must carry him, Andy. Take charge of his legs, I'll hold up his body." Paul picked up the Malacca cane and placing it across the old man's body, the two boys started to carry their burden to the store "I dunno," replied Andy, dejectedly. "I was coming around to see you and talk it over. I thought maybe you'd let me sleep in your barn to-night--" It was no easy job, for Job Robinson, in s pite of his "Nonsense! You shall share my bed, Andy." age and general weakness, was tolerably heavy. "I don't want to inconvenience--oh, Lor', what's that?" He groaned repeatedly during the journey, which took It was a repetition of the dismal groan, and it sounde d time, as the boys had to pause at intervals to re st so close that Andy started as though some venomous inTh h d th t t 1 t d M C l 'ff d t h d t h' ey reac e e s ore a as an rs. i or was sec a s ung rm. ; greatly surprised to see not only Andy but the burden. the "I don't know what it is," replied Paul; "but I'm going lads carried into the house and laid upon the sitting -ro0m t o see. lounge. "I wouldn't if I was you," said Andy, with a fearful She was a !ympathetic little woman and at once busied glance at the lightning-blasted oak. hers elf to see what she could do for the poor old man. Paul, however, had started for the oak, and "I' d better go for the doctor, hadnJt I, mother?" asked Andy followed him at a safe distance. Paul. Again that disquieting groan sounded upon the air. "I think you had." There was no doubt now that it came ftom foot of So Paul started for Dr. Handy, who lived a quarter of the scarred oak. Paul marched straight up to it, and soon made out the figure of a man crouched amo n g the gnarled roots of the dead tree It wasn't necessary for the boy to see hi s face, which was buried in his arms, to him-the stout Malacca cane lying across his knees showed who it was. "Job Robinso.n !" exclaimed Paul, staring down in as topishment. CHAPTER II. THE HUNTED MAN. Yes, it was Job R obinson, and he looked to be in a pretty bad way "What's the matter, Mr. ?" asked Paul with some concern. "Are you ill?'' .A hollow groan was the only response. a mile away. The physician was at home and accompanied the boy back to the store He examin e d the patient and his verdict was that Rob in s on had been assault e d by some one and badly beaten "Do you think he is seriou s ly injured?" a s ked Paul. anxiously. "I am afraid he is," replied Dr. Handy, sol emn ly. "Is there any danger that he may die?" "I don't think he will live through the night." That was quite a shock to Paul. "What shall we do?" "There i s nothing that you can do, unless you remove him to a bed where he would be more comfo rtable than on this lounge. I will give him something to r evive him, and we may be able to find out who was his asi;;ailant." "We have a small spare room upstairs,'' said Paul. "We might carry him up there first." "I think you had better answered Dr. Handy. Paul and Andy took hold of the injured man, and, as


AFTER A FORTUNE. tly as possible, conveyed him upstairs to the spare om, where they placed him on the bed . Dr. Handy then poured a preparation down Robinson's soat. "Andy and I found you stretched out at the foot of a tree along the road," said Paul. "Were you coming to the store?" Robinson nodded. In a few moments he opened his eyes and gazed wildly -'.round the room. "And someone struck you down in the road?" Robinson shook his head. He tried to raise himself up, but with a groan sank back. "I'm afraid I'm done for," he :fluttered, dismally. "What happened to you, Mr. Robinson?" asked him. "Is that you, Paul?" said the old man, in trembling tones. "Yes, sir." "Who are these persons?" "This is Dr. Handy, whom I called in to attend to you, and the other is Andy Blake, a friend of mine." Robinson groaned and lay quiet for a moment or two. Suddenly he started up in an excited way. "Where is my cane?" he asked, wildly. "I must have it. He must never get it." "Your cane is downstairs." "Bring it to me," he demanded insistently. "Go down and get it, Andy," said Paul, wondering why the old man was so anxious to get hold of it, for it certainly of no use to him in his present state. Andy fetched the Malacca cane up in a few moments. Robinson seized it as if it was worth its weight in gold, and made an effort to examine it. He seemed satisfied that the cane was all right and then laid it close beside him on the bed, but maintained a grip upon the carved head. "I can do very little for him," Dr. Handy said to Paul. "We ought to take his ante-mortem statement, for he can't live many hours." "That is tough,'? said the boy, sadly. "Where were you attacked?" "In the house," replied the old man, with an effort "In your house?" Robinson nodded again. "Would you know the man if you saw him again?" The old man closed his eyes and seemed to shudder. "Could you describe him? If you can I'll send Andy for the constable and put him on the rascal's track." Robinson made no answer to this. He appeared to be weaker again. "When I am dead," he whispered, "don't let him get this cane." "Him? Who do you mean?'' asked Paul, in some surprise. "Of course the rascal shan't have it," replied Paul, soothingly, thinking that Robinson was wandering in his head. "But I'd give something to know what he looks like." The old man lay a little while without speaking; then he whispered: "I want to-to talk-to you-alone, Paul." Paul looked at Dr. Handy. "You had better humor him," said the physician. "Take noti9e 0 all he says." The doctor and Andy then went downstairs, the former taking his leave. "Are we-alone?" asked Robinson, eagerly. "Yes," answered Paul. "Give me another drink 0 that stuff." "Now get me some warm water, a sponge, a pair of scissors, and some linen rags. He has a 0bad cut on his head which I must attend to right away." Paul poured out another dose and let him drink it. His eyes grew brighter and his voice stronger. "I'm going to die, Paul," he said, earnestly. Paul got the articles called for and the doctor did the rest. Robinson never made a move while the physician was working over him. "Now I'll give him another drink of this preparation," said Dr. Handy. "It will revive him, arid we must try and get his statement." He poured the draught down the old man's throat. It had an immediate effect. "I hope not,'' replied the boy. "Yes, yes; I'm done up for good, but be ore I. die I'm going to make you my heir, Paul. You're a good boy. I like you. You're the only friend I've made in years." He paused and steadfastly regarded Paul or a moment or t'wo. "I never told you why I came to this pla ce." 'rhat was a act, and Paul was somewhat eager to know the reason. Robinson opened is eyes again and looked intently at "I haven't had an easy hour for years," went on Robint.he boy. son. "I've been a hunted man. There's been one on my "You seem to have been attacked by someone;" said track at all times whom I've tried in vain to shake off. I Paul. settled here because it was an out-0-the-way place, and I Robinson nodded his head. thought I might end my last few years in peace. I thought "Who was it? A tramp?" maybe he'd never track me to such a lonesome section. The man shook his head and then rolled his eyes around But I was wrong. No bloodhound has a keener scent than fearfully, as .though he expected to find the person who [he.' He never gave up the hunt, and he found had struck l11m down close .at hand. me." /


AFTER A FORTUNE. Robinson shivered and glanced nervously around the. through which I forced my way, and finally came o;ut i:+iroom. "You are sure we' re alone?" "Certainly," replied Paul. "Go to the window and look out. He might even now be hovering about this house, eager for some chance to get at me and tear the secret from me. But I mean to get the best 0 him. Yes, yes; he must never know it. No one must hear it but you, Paul. You are my heir. You shall reap the reward 0 your kindness to me." He lay back and breathed heavily, much exhausted. CHAPTER III. THE SECRET OF THE MALACCA CANE. the night. I was deeply thankful for my provident escape from what I had looked upon as a living tomb, ail' I sat down to rest myself. The st range passages throu J. which I had made my way aroused my curiosity, and determined to examine hem thoroughly before leavin the locality. I made several torches 0 dried brushwooc and penetrated the place once more. I carefully threade my way back the way I had come, and iflen followed the first gallery right into the heart 0 the mountain. At the extreme end I found quartz-bearing rock, rich with gold and silver, and, having spent some time in the examination 0 the place, I realized that I had made a wonderful find. I took

AFT.ER A FORTUNE. le and passed it without making any sign; but, coming .1 a big rock, I suddenly struck the 1\Iexican to the ground md ran for my life. He was ater me, with many oaths J vengeance, but I threw myself on the ground and lipped into the hole, landing, as before, up to rny armpits '.n the water. He heard the splash ancl saw the hole in time to avoid going into it himseU: against his will. He supposed I had fallen in accidentally and called to his men. While they were comillg up with torches I crawled into the opening and lay there. When they flashed their torches down they saw the water, but no signs of me. They waited around awhile for me to appear, and as I did not, I made out from their conversation that they believed I was drowned. They were very mad over the matter, for, though they searched the locality pretty well next day, they could not find the entrance to the mine. At night they abandoned their search and set out for Tucson. As soon as they were well on their way I followed them, as I could not remain, since they had carried off all my supplies and implements. I lay low in Tucson for more than a week, and then renewed my preparations with great cau tion. For fear that I might forget my bearings I made a note of them and concealed the paper about me. The night before the morning I had selected to steal out of town I was discovered by the rascal Gonzalez, who was mightily a s tonished at my resurrection. I saw that I ruust abandon my plans for awhile, and to that end I left Tucson for Santa Fe, The scoundrel followed mei and maintained so close a watch upon ;my movements that I was unable to shake him off. I then went to Denver, and him still at my heels. I spent two years in various parts 0 Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska, but was always sure to find him sooner or later on my trail. Finally he ran me down in Cheyenne, and nearly killed me in a desperate attempt to wring my secret from me. I was laid up in the hospital for six months, and when I was discharged I gave him the slip and came to this placei a wreck of my former self. I gave up all thoughts of reap ing any advantage from my great discovery. I hoped to end my days in peace, and if I found some one I thought worthy I meant to leave him the secret of the Arizona mine. A year ago I purchased a heavy cane made of 1\Ialacca wood, and had the handle remodeled with a secret recess in it. I placed inside of this the directions and landmarks that would enable my successor to find the hid den opening to the mine. This cane I leave to you, Paul. Take it. Unscrew the handle-not nowJ but after I am dead-and the secret of the mine at Skull Mountain will with death if I refused. I did refuse. Ile then beat me nearly to death. To save my life I resorted to a ruse. I pretended I had buried the Written directions of the mine's location and offered to tell him where if he would let up on me and go. He agreed, and I pointed to the stone in ftont of the fireplace. He left me alone and started to dig it up While he was engaged thus I seized my cane and slipped out of the house, intending to come to the store here for protection. But I could get no fur ther than the old scarred oak where you found me. He has got his revenge at any rate, for I can live but a little while longer; but the secret is yours, not his; and it is up to yo}1 to see that he foiled for good and all. He will hardly suspect you unless--" A noise at the window at that moment attracted the dying man's attention, which was acutely on the alert. He sprang up with a gurgling cry and pointed feverishly at the panes. Paul, greatly startled, turned around and looked in the direction of the window. He was just in time to see a face, swarthy in color and diabolical in expression; press against the glass. Then it vanished like the fading of a dream, and when Paul rushed to the window to look out there was nothing in sight. Evidently it was the face of Manuel Gonzalez. The Mexican had climbed upon the roof of the kitchen extension, and was thus able to look in at the window of the spare room. "He's gone," said Paul to himself; after a last vain look into the gloomy night. He turned away and returned to the bed. Here a shock awaited him. Job Robinson's earthly tribulations were over-he was dead. CHAPTER IV. PAUL AND ANDY TALK IT OVER. Paul and Andy watched that night over the body of the old man. The former was rather silent and thoughtful, for he had much to ponder over in Robinson's story of the deserted mine under Skull Mountain in far-off Arizona. And he was heir to all that wealth, which might an).ount to millions. be yours. There is gold and silver quartz enough there to The next question was how was he going to prove the make you a wealthy man-probably a millionaire many truth of Robinson's strange and wonderful story, and, times over if you can take full advantage of the property, admitting its genuineness, how take possession of his which you must acquire according to law. Above all inheritance? things, watch out for this Mexican. He is a persevering "I can't understand how the old man allowed himself rascal. He never let up on me, though how he trailed me to be frightened out of his rights by that rascal of a Mexi to this place is beyond me. That he did is a sign of his can. W'by didn't he have him arrested? Or why didn't determined will. He came upon me to-night unawares, [he get up a company to work the mine? Or sell his disand demanded a half interest in the mine, threatening me covery to one or more capitalists? If it wasn't for that


AFTER A FORTUNE. = ==============================--=-== --=-.:=.: :---:-::-::villainous face I saw at the window-the face of Manuel that he dared not return to the place where the mine H Gonzalez, I suppose-I should almost feel inc1ined to put to it." the whole yarn down as a figment of the old man's dis"What did he do?" torted brain." "He traveled about from place to place trying to shak1 Paul's eyes fell on the Malacca cane. the Greaser off, but he couldn't. The Mexican nea1V He picked it up and examined the head carefully. I killed him in Cheyenne, and he was laid up for some si_ I It was carved in the shape of a dog's head and was almonths in the hospital there. Finally Robinson came td most a work of art. Minnesota wandered down here to Harley's Corners, w He tried to unscrew it. where he thought the Mexican would never be able to find It took a good bit of muscle to start it, but it finally him." y e lded, and Paul began to unscrew it with eager anticipa1 "And did he?" asked Andy, now much interested tiou of what he expected to find. iD. the story. ''.Hello," chipped in Andy, who was feeling somewhat. "He did. He found him to-night, and beat him so s l e epy, "what are you doing to the old man's cane?" severely that he is the cause of the old man's death." "Robinson made me a present of it before he died." "Did he get what he was after?" "What are you taking the head off for?" "He did not. What he has spent five years of persistent "To see what's inside." I effort to get hold of is written down on this paper." Andy wanted to sec, too, so he moved his chair closer. "Gee! Is that so?" ejaculated A.ndy, looking a.t t11e When the head was removed a hollow space presented : marks and figures with added interest. "Does this paper it. elf in which Paul found a $100 bill, a $50, a $20, two show where the mine is?" $10 and a $5 bill; also a piece of well-thumbed paper. "It shows how to find the entrance to the mine after "Gee! made qu_ite a haul::' said Andy, regardyou get upon the ground." mg the money with great mterest. llow much have you "But if you don't know "'1iat part of the country the gpt ?" I mine is situated what good is this paper?" "One hundred ninety-five dollars," replied Paul, "It would be no good to me in that case. Robinson, after he had counted it up. however, told me just where the mine lies." "What's that piece of paper?" asked Andy. "He did?" Paul nodded. "I can't answer that question until I have looked at it." Paul unfolded it and found a rude drawing of what "'l'hen all you have to do is to go there and with this purported to be the foot of Skull Mountain. paper you'll be able to find it?" A cross marked the entrance to the mine, and various "That's right, if everything is as the old man sta t'cd to landmarks and figures indicating distances were grouped me." about it. "What do you suppose that is?" asked Andy, who was looking over Paul's sho ulder. "That,'' replied Paul, "is supposed to be a very impor tant document.'; "Is that so? What does it refer to?" Paul regarded his friend a moment or two without answering. "Will you keep your mouth shut on the s ubject if I tell you?" he asked. "Sure 1 will,'' replied Andy, in some surprise. "Once upon a time Job Robinson, who was a prospector by profession, discovered a mine containing veins of gold and silver-bearing quartz." "You don' t say." / "He found the mine quite by accident." "I'd like to meet with such an accident,'' grinned Andy. "But the discovery never did him any good." "Why not?" a s ked Andy, in a tone of astonishment. "Because he went on a drunk and talked too freely to a ra s cally Mezjcan named Manuel Ganzalez." "And the Mexican got the mine away from him, eh?" "No, he didn't. He tried to, but failed." "Then why didn't the mine do Robinson any good?" "Because the Mexican shadowed the old man so closely "A gold and silver mine is worth trying for, don't you think?" ( "I do." "I suppose it's out West, ain't it?" "Yes." "Do you think of going out there?" "Not just at present. How could I? I must look after mother." "If you don't go soon somebody else might find the mine just as Robinson did, and then you'd be dished out oi. the chance of your life." "That's right, too; but I don't see how I can help myself." "I wish you could go in search of that mine, for I'd like to go with you,'' said Andy, eagerly. "I'd like to take you, Andy. I wouldn't care to go out into the wilds of the Great Southwest alone." "The mine is in the Southwest, is it?" "Yes, it's in Arizona." "That's a long way from here." "I should say it is." "What part of Arizona? That's a big State." "In the southwestern part." "It would cost something to go there."


AFTER A FORTUNE. I guess $50 in railroad fares would land one in Tue-! worth fighting for. Gonzalez found he had Robinson rattled; that' s why he followed him so closely, thinking "How far is the mine from Tucson?" that he would win out in the end." 'About one hundred miles. Here are the figures.'.' The boys continued to talk upon the interesting subject "In what direction?" of the gold and silver mine until morning when "To the westward." Andy set out for the village, a mile away, to notify the 1 "How would you locate it?" undertaker, who was also the county coroner, and the "It's under Skull Mountain .. Anybody down in that head constable. part of the country should be able to tell an inquirer where These functionaries accompanied him in a wagon back Skull Mountain is. It must be a well-known landmark. to Harley's Corners. I should expect to have no trouble finding it." I "How are you going to tell on which side of the mounJ tain the mine lies?" CHAPTER V. "The points of the compass are marked here in the corner. The mine is on the northeast side of the mounWHERE WAS MANUEL GONZALEZ? tain. The Mexican has a general idea of the position of the mine; but without an exact description he is all at sea. He has found it impossible to discover the entrance to the abandoned galleries. This paper is supposed to solve that difficulty." "You want to be careful that you don't lose that paper," said Andy. "I'll take the care that Robinson took. I'll return it to the handle of the Malacca cane. The cane will be easy to keep track of, and as long as I don't mislay it the paper will be at my service." "That's a good idea," admitted Andy. "I'd like to help you find that mine." "Well, if things could only be arrangd so that I could leave mother for two or three months we'd go out to Arizona right, away." "That would suit me immensely." "We might manage it. I'd be willing to give you a quarter interest in the mine just to have you along." "I wouldn't ask you for a quarter interest, Paul. I'd be willing to go with you for nothing. It's your mine if you find it, and I don't want to rob you of a cent. If you should be so lucky as to find the mine with that paper, and it turns out to be valuable, you can give me any old thing you choose." "Thanks for your .offer, Andy; but I shouldn't offer you Of course, it wasn't long before everybody in Harley's Corners knew that Job Robinson was dead, and that he died at the store. Dr. Handy had told his wife that the old man had been the victim of an assault at the hands of some unknown person. Mrs. Handy repeated this to a neighbor; consequently the mystery of Robinson's was heightened by the mys tery surrounding his death. Every woman living at Harley's Corners found some ex cuse to visit the store in order to question Mrs. Clifford on the absorbing topic. As Paul's mother was not one of the gossiping kind, she bad very little to say about the man who had breathed his last in the spare room. In fact, she had very little knowledge concerning the dead man, and therefore hv,d nothing of importance to impart to curiosity-seekers. Paul was the only one in the neighborhood with whom Robinson had been on anything like friendly terms, and he wasn't saying anything. The coroner felt that an inquest was in order, so he impanelled a hastily-collected jury and summoned Dr. Handy, Paul, Andy and Mrs. Clifford to appear as witless than a quarter of what I made. We're chums, old nesses. chap. I know you'd stick by me through thick and thin, The verdict rendered was, "That the deceased came to and that's worth something handsome if I should be so his death through injuries received at the hands of an fortunate as to strike it rich unknown party," though the general belief was that the '!Fix it any way you want. But what's the use of talkMexican, Gonzalez, was responsible for Robinson's death. ing about it unless you can see your way of getting out The coroner instructed the constable to hunt for the there." Mexican, and if found to arrest him on suspicion. "Well, I'm going to give the matter my earnest conRobinson received a respectable burial under the direcsideration. You mustn't overlook one thing, Andy, and tions of Paul Clifford, his remains being deposited in the that is we may expect to run foul of the Mexican, if we village churchyard. should go out there. He will probably guess that the old After paying all the necessary expenses, the boy found man passed his secret over to me. I can tell you one he had $100 of the old man's money left. thing, however; he'll find that he can't scar\! me off like Paul advised Andy to see a lawyer about prosecuting he did Job Robinson. The old man must have had a timid Simon Tartar for the wages due him. streak in him somewhere. I don't think one man in a The0 lawyer said that Andy being a minor the contract thousand would liiave acted like he did. The stake would not hold water, and that consequently he was legally


' I AFTER A FORTUNE. entitled to his $10 a month for s ervices rend e red to date. 1ooking countenance which well fitted Robinson's desc1\ For a s mall fee he undertook to collect it for him. tion of him." Farm e r Tartar endeavor e d to wriggle out of the mat"Would you know him if you saw him again?" ter, but the village lawyer thre atened him with a suit. "I gues s I would. It was a face not easily forgotten." Tartar then cons ulted a lawyer himself and was advis e d "He mu s t have seen the old man talking to you to settle. "I am sure he did." He offered Andy's legal representative $25, but it was I HThen I should think he would suspect that Robinson not accepted. bad tran s ferred the secret to you.1' In the end he had to come up with the full amount and "That is not imp

r 0 AFTER A FORTUNE . :ort distance down the road, came in and said that his "Is it necessary that I introduce myself? Have not you other was sick and wanted Mrs. Clifford to go around to seen my :face before? Did not Senor Robinson speak to 'er house and stay a little while. you of me?" Paul took the message in to the sitting-room, where ills "You are Manuel Gonzalez." other was sewing, and she came out and spoke to the boy. The Mexican grinned. "Tell your mother that I'll be right over," she said, "Si, senor. You have it quite right. I am Manuel Gonwhereupon the boy left the store. zalez. "I'm going over to Mrs. Parker's, Paul," she said, turn"Well, what is your business here?" ing to her son. "I may not return before ten." "My business!" with an evil smile. "Do you not guess "Very well, mother," he answerecf. "I'll watch out for it?" you." "No," answered Paul, desperately. Mrs. Clifford went upstairs to get her things and then The Mexican shot an unpleasant look at the boy. departed for the home of Mrs. Parker, while Paul closed "You think to fool me, young senor?" fiercely. "It up the store, barred the door and windows as usual, and shall be a waste of time. I am here for a purpose. Why then went into the sitting-room to read until his mother did I follow Senor Robin on from Arizona five years ago came back. to Santa Fe, to Denver, to-pslrnw I wherever he went to There were not many books in the little wall bookcase, escape me, who was always upon his heels, like his shadow, but there was one Paul had read and re-read many times till I tracked him at last to this spot, where he did fancy since he was nine years of age. himself safe? Is it necessary that I tell you? Did not That was the "Adventures of Robinson Crusoe," and the senor tell you everything that night he passed in h1s the boy mechanically took it down, and opening it at ran-chips? I am not asleep, young senor, that I cannot guess dom began to read. I all that passed between Senor Robinson and you that He was soon interested again in the rescue of Friday night. I was some time at the window before my presence by Crusoe, and did not hear a creaking sound in the kit-there was discovered. My ears are sharp. Who shall say cben beyond. lhat I did not hear inuch of what was said?" This noise went on for a little while in a cautious way "You are responsible for Robinson's death," said Paul, and finally it ceased. fearlessly. After a moment it was resumed and ended with a sharp "Not so. It was his own fault that he got hurt. He snap which attracted the boy's attention. was stubborn. I wanted something which he refused me. "What's that?" he said, partly closing the book, looking I had, shall I say, the whip lrnnd of him. Yet he would up and listening. not do as I wished. So I teach him a lesson-it was the Creak-creak-creak! second, and it shall be the last, as the case stands. He is Just as if somebody was moving softly across the kitdead, but that shall not matter, since he has passed to you chen floor. t.he secret I have watched and waited five years to get. Paul was now certain that an intruder had effected an You will give it to me and we shall part as friends," with entrance into the house. a ma.Jicious grin. "Should it happen that you, too, are As we have said before, he was a plucky lad and not stubborn-carramba !" fiercely, "I teach you a lesson you easily frightened. will not soon :forget, I promise you." He sprang to his feet and started for the door of the "I don't see why you imagine that Job Robinson told short entry between the two rooms. me any of his business. I was going up the road the night As he did so the sitting-room door, which was slightly you assaulted him in his house near the blacksmith shop, ajar, opened slowly inward, and there before his eyes stood and I found him exhausted and in a bad way under a tree. a fierce-eyed, dark-featured man, with rings in his ears I brought him here, as I would have done with any man in and a soft hat pulled well down upon his like condition. The doctor I sent for saw what was the forehead whom he instinctively recognized as Manuel Gon-matter with him and said he would not live many hours. zalez." He died before midnight. That's all there is to it." Paul stopped spell-bound, :for the appearance of this "It is not, young senor. Before he died he gave to you man in his own home at this hour of the night, and when the secret that cost him his life. That secret must be he was supposed to be many hundreds of miles away, was mine. You will tell me what I want to know or it shall a surprise and a shock to him. cost you your life. I am not here to waste time," thrcat-As the Mexican's eyes encountered the. boy a crafty, eningly. "I' am here for business. Do not play with m e sardonic expression flitted across his sunburned as I am not in the humor to be put off. I lrnve waited too He entered the room and closed the door behind him. long to be outwitted at the last. Come, now, speak!" "So, young senor, we meet at last, eh?" he said, in sibi "I can tell you nothing," replied Paul, calmly J::int tones. "Nothing!" he hissed. "Think well, young senor, be" Who are you, and what do you want here in this fore I put on the screws You quite alone and in my house?" demanded Paul, resolutely. power. Beware that you trifle not with me I"


AFTE R A F O RTUNE. ========================;::::========================::=================================::::;;t, He rushed upon Paul and grabbed the rungs of the Paul made no reply. He was conscious that the rascal had him at great dis advantage. The Mexican had appeared at an awkward moment for .! him. "Come!" cried the intruder, sharply. "I ha-ve not all night to wait. You have a paper in your possession with the directions I require. You will give it to me." "You seem to know all about it," replied Paul, coolly "I know that," replied Gonzalez, who did not relish the lad s nerve. "Do you also know that there is a warrant out for your arrest on the charge of murderous assault against Robin s on?" "I care nothing for that. What are yo-i\:r constables to me? I snap my :fingers at them. 11re as nothin15,'' and the Mexican griI1nea contem:ptuonsly. "Wliere is that paper Senor Robinson gave you?" "Where you are not likely to :f\qd it," re.plieq curtly. "Carramba You ilefy me?" exclaiuieq Gonzalez, fierce ly, advancing a step or two toward the boy, his eyes snap ping like coals of fire. "I want you to get out of this house, "Are you mad that you speak to me in that way?" hissed the Mexican. "Produce the paper or I shall :ill yo-q as I would a hprae that was balky." With a quick movement the rascal drew a wfoked-looking h.'!life from orw of his hoots ini,d adv&nced upo:q Pa-q.l. The boy grabbed up a chair to defend himself with. "Did you come here to murder me?" said Paul. "That is for you to say," respo:nded the l:l:exican, with a nasty gleam in his eyes. f'Y our life is of no import1uce to me-the paper is everything. To you the case is the reverse-the paper nothing, your life everything. Give me the paper and I go. I will also a promise make to you. I will send to you $1,000 out of what I get for the mine. You see that I am liberal," with a shifty grin. the boy lunged it at him. Then he made a sweep with his knife that slit a lorrv gash in Clifford's jacket. Paul was a stout boy for his years, and as he felt that hi' was fighting for his life he gave the Mexican all he coulcr. do to hold his own. ... He pushed the rascal into a corner of the room and held him there, avoiding the glittering knife by dexterous dodging. "I will kill you!" hissed Gonzalez, furiously, making another ineffectual jab. Placing the knife between his teeth, he grabbed the chair with both hands and with a sudden twist tore it from Paul's hands HI have you now!" he cried, springing at the boy. Paul tried to avoid the clutch of his sinewy arms, but failed, and was seized and borne to the floor, where the Mexican held him powerless. "Now, you will agree to give me that paper or it will be the last of you," he said, triumphantly, taking the knife from, his teeth nnd poising it above the lad's heart. "You have one minute to decide. Which shall it be? Death or the paper?" 'fNeither !" exclaimed a boyish voice behind him, and the rascal felt a vise-like grip close upon the wrist of the haI1d tlia,t helcl the kI1ife. CHAPTER VII. LEAVING HARLEY'S CORNERS. The newcomer on the scene was Andy Blake, and he had arrived at a most opportune moment for his chum, Paul Clifford "Carramba What is this?" hissed Gonzalez endeavor ing to release his wrist. "No, you don't, you villa,in I'' returned Andy, holdip.g on with a grip of steel, for his were in fil!e shape from months of h!ird training at farm work. "Drop tliat knife or I'll the lite out of yo," !ind "I wiil make no bargain with you whatever, 1 retorted the spea .\rnr t:rew his other arm about the Mexican's neck Paul, sturdily. "The paper you cannot have. Robinson ancl bent his hea\l backward. gave me the mine, and the paper is the only guide by Andy had the man practically at his mercy, and the which it may be found. I'm not to be bulldo11ed like the r!lscal, recognizin15 the fact, let go of the knife with a old man. If you should kill me it will not do you any volley of foreign oaths. good. I have hidden the paper where no one but myself Blake then pulled back off his intended victim, and can find it. Now you have my answer, and if you +..y to Paul scrambled to his feet. injure me I will defend :myself to the best of my ability." "Thanks, Andy," said Clifford, gratefully. "You came Paul spoke to tho point, not defiantly but resolutely. at the right moment. The scoundrel meant to kill me." He meant what he said, and the Mexican saw that he "Carramba You will let me go,'.' cried the Mexican, did. i;truggling to free himself. It was a new sens ation for Gonzalez to be bearded to his "Not on your life I won't. When I let you go it will be face by a stripling, and it made him furious. to march you to the lock-up. Who is this man, Paul?" "You are a fool!'.' he ejaculated angrily. "You t&lk "Manuel Gonzalez, the :r;nurderer of Job Robinson." loud, but we shall see if you talk the same when I !>rick "Then he did not cut his stick, after all. He bas been the skin over your heart with my Jmife If I get not the hiding somewhere in the neighborhood while the con paper at least I shall make sure that you do not benefit by stables were hunting for him. Well, we've got him now, it yourself." and he will go to jail his crime."


AFTER A FORTUNE. 'Ha! You send me to jail? You boys! Pahl" bundled into the wagon and carried off to the village ('Yes, we'll see that you get there. Hunt up a piece of lock-up. to tie him with, Paul. I've got a grip on him that "It's to be hoped he'll get his just deserts," said Paul can't break." to his mother and Andy as the wagon disappeared into the Paul rushed into the store and presently returned with darkness. "He ought to swing for causing the death of stout piece of soft Manilla rope. Job Robinson." While Andy held him tight Paul tied his arms and legs, Mrs. Clifford went into the store and got the yard of and when he was secure they left him to himself, cursing dress material that Mrs. Baxter sent Andy for and handed and scowling horribly. him the bundle. "This is a nasty weapon," said Andy, picking up the "It was a mighty lucky thing for me that Mrs. Baxter knife. sent you over to-night?" said Paul, as he walked down as "It looked pretty fierce to me when he had me down on far as the lane with Andy. the floor. But .how is it that you so providentally arrived I "I guess it was.' Do you think he really meant to stab when I most needed you?" 1you?" "Mrs. Baxter wanted a yard of a certain goods she "It looked like it. He seemed determined to get hold bought of your mother a few days ago and she sent me of that paper Robinson gave me. I was surprised to think here to get it for her, as the horses will all be he knew of its existence." to-morrow and for the rest of the week, and she wouldn't "He's a pretty hard customer to head off. Now that be able to come in here herself. Where is your mother?" he's behind bolts and bars there's some hope that he won't "Gone to visit a sick neighbor. I expect her back soon bother us in the future." now." The two boys parted at the lane, Paul returning home. "You ought to keep your kitchen door locked. I s'pose that's the way the rascal got in here. I guess he must have surprised you." "The door was locked and bolted. He evidently forced the door." "I'd walk to the village, hadn't I, and bring the head constable back with me?" said Andy. "You don't want this fellow in your house any longer than you can help." "I wish you would, Andy. I'll keep guard over him while you're gone." So Andy started for the village w ithout relay. "You think you have me on the hip, eh?" sneered the Mexican, when he and Paul were alone in the kitchen. "He laughs best who laughs last, young senor." "I agree with you, Mister Gonzalez," replied the boy, cheerfully. "You had the first laugh, now it is my turn." "I will yet the laugh have on you, I promise you. You are not out of the woods so long as you bold that paper. It shall yet bring you to grief. I will not lose sight of you until I get it." He said his prayers that night with unusual earnest ness, for he was deeply grateful to Heaven for preserving his life. Next morning Paul and Andy went to the village to appear at the examination of t11e Mexican. He was held on the charge of murderous assault against Paul and was sent to the jail at Bakersfield, the county seat, to await trial. That afternoon Mrs. Clifford received a letter from her only sister, who was living in Chicago, announcing the sudden death of her husband. She begged Mrs. Clifford to sell out her store at Har ley's Corners and come to the Windy City and live with her. "Well, mother, why don't you do it?" said Paul. "We've only been living from hand to mouth in this place. I, for one, am heartily sick of it." "I agree with you, Paul," replied his mother, thought fully. "The change would be greatly to our advantage. Lucy has a very comfortable home in Chicago, and her husband has .left her pretty well procided for. I shall write her that we will come on as soon as I can dispose of "You are talking through your hat, Gonzalez, for you'll the store." soon be in the county jail at Bakersfield, where you will "Write her that you will come, mother. Leave me out stay until you are brought to trial." of it for the present." The Mexican made no reply, but his wicked little eyes "Why, Paul, I couldn't leave you out here." seemed to speak volumes that meant no good to Paul "Oh, I'm not going to remain in Minnesota." Clifford. "Why, what do you mean?" Mrs. Clifford returned home beorn Andy got back with "I'll tell you, mother. Andy and I have a scheme in the constable, and she was surprised to find band that will take us to Arizona." her son standing guard over the hard-looking Greaser. "Arizona!" exclaimed the little widow in dismay. Paul explained matters to her, repressing the worst "Yes, mother." part of it in order not to alarm her too much. "And why do you and Andy want to go so far away as She did not feel easy, however, until the rattle of that?" wheels outside announced the arrival of the village officer.. "I want to locate a mine that Job Robinson told me The Mexican was speedily and with little ct!remony about the night he died." I


AFTER A FORTUNE. that night, and finally Paul won her reluctant consent "A mine!" ejaculated the astonished woman. "Yes A gold and silver mine. It means a fortune to his proposed trip to Arizona. me if all goes well." "You never sai d Plhll." The store was at once advertised for sale in the Baker: anything to me before about this, field papers, and several people came to look at it and V "I know it, for I saw no way of carrying out our plans. I could not leave you here alone in Harley's Corners, for you would never be able to carry on the store and post office without help, and it would not pay to hire anyone. Now listen and I will tell you the story Robinson told me a short time before he died. That s tory has to de with the attack made upon me last night by that Mexican." Whereupon Paul repeated, as well as he could remem ber, all that Robinson told him just before his death. The story astonished Mrs. Clifford. Paul got the Malacca cane from its hiding place, and, unscrewing the handle, showe?his mother the paper which contained the secret directions to find the old abandoned mme. inquire into its prospects. ; Mr s Clifford was not able to get her price; but she diu better than Paul had any idea that she would in such a short time. So the place was sold, and Paul and his mother packed up all their personal effects preparatory to leaving Har ley's Corners. The boy bundled into a couple of grips what he would be absolutely essential to take with him to Arizona, the balance of his belongings his mother was to carry with her to Chicago. i As it was necessary that both Paul and Andy should appear at the forthcoming trial of Manuel Gonzalez to secure his conviction, it was arranged between the boys that the former should stay in Bakersfield during the in tervening time, while Andy retained his job on the Baxter farm until the time arrived when they could start upon "I see no reason to doubt Robinson's story, and with this document in my hand s I ought to be able to go right their journey to the Southwest. t th t If th h lf 1 bl th ld Ten days before the date set for the trial of the Mexican o e spo e mme is a as va ua e as e o man . . d 't I ht t b bl t 11 't f 1 Mrs. Clifford set out for her sISter s home m Chicago, assure me l was, oug o e a e o se i or a a.rge I h t k d t t d t 1 after takmg a fond farewell of her son. sum as soon as ave s a e i ou accor mg o aw. . L G th th tl h 11 t d I She made Paul promise that he would not remam a day awyer reen, m e vi age, e gen eman w o co ec e \ . A d f h' tt 11 t d 'th longer m Arizona than was necessary for him to carry out n y s wages or im, is pre y we acquam e w1 mm"-h b" t f h' t . tt d I h d 't t' 'th h' i, e o Jec o is np. mg ma ers, an a qm e a conversa 10n w1 im on "A d "t ft d ,, h d th b t H t Id h 1 d k d n wn e me as o en as you ean, ear, s e sa1 : e su Jec e o me ow mmmg an s are mar e . I t d t d d I t k t k t f 11 h You know that I shall not feel easy m my mmd unless ou an reg1s ere an oo care o ma e no es o a e k th t th' . 11 "th ,, 'd th b' t I' t th h' d fi now a every mg is gomg we w1 you. sa1 on e su JeC ve go e t mg own as ne as can j "All ht th I'll k 0 t d b t reasonably be expected." 1 rig mo er. eep Y u pos e a ou my movements. But vou must not expect to hear regularly "But I don't like the idea of having you go so far away, from me after I Tucson for Skull Mountain. It's a with only Andy, a boy like yourself, for a companion. It i;; an unsettled country to a great extent, and you would both be exposed to many hardships and dangers. Isn't there some other way that you can get around it?" "I'm afraid not, mother. The secret of the mine, if divulged to any one else, would imperil my chance of get anything out of it. You know what people are in this world. It is everybody for himself, and God for us all. If I took some man into my confidence I would stand a good chance of b eing cheated out of my rights. There's only one way to se9ure myself, and that is to do the business in person. Once the mine is properly staked and recorded no one can steal it from me. 'l'hen if the ore assays high I can easily find capitalists to take it off my hands at a good price." "And what would you call a good price, my son?" smiled his mother. "A few millions, more or less." "A few millions!" gasped the little widow. "Sure.. It's a pretty poor mine that isn't worth a mil lion or more to the original owner if he knows bow to look after his rights." Mother and son talked the matter over for a long time kind of wilderness where the mine is, and it may be a week before I can get back to the capital and send you the important news that' I have found the mine." With that Mrs. Clifford had to be content, though natu rally she was not thoroughly satisfied. CHAP'rER VIII. ON BOARD THE CITY OF DULUTH. In due time Manuel Gonzalez was brought before the Circuit Court of Blank County, Minnesota, and pleaded not guilty of the crime he was ch. arged with. A lawyer was appointed by the court to defend him and the trial proceeded. It did not take long to bring all the evidence there was against him before the jury, as Paul and Andy were the only witnesses called. I As the Mexican refused to go on the stand in his own behalf, the lawyer did the best he could with a rocky case. The jury promptly found him guilty and he was sen tenced to ten years in penitentiary. The rascal, however, never put on the prison stripes, as he managed to escape from the deputy sheriff w;ho was taking him to the State prison, jumping from the movin%,


AFTER A FOHTUNE. in and eluding every effort made to effect his re capture. "You ought to know, Andy, as you've done a good bit :1ul and Andy, however, did not hear of this, because of plowing in the last month," the intelligence of the Mexican's escape reached "Yes, I've done my share of that work. How far is it akersfield they had already begun their journey toward to St. Louis here?" .rizona by taking a train to St. Paul, where they expected "I don't know; but I, shquld think it was between 400 , ) ship on a ste?.mboat down the Mississippi as far as St. and 500 miles by water." ouis at least. "Do you know where we stop next?" They had $150 in money between them, but they in"At Davenport." tended to save as much of this as possible by working "How fa:r is that?" their way as far as possible toward their destinatiOn. "Say, Andy, what do you take me for-a guide book?" On reaching St. Paul the boys, after getting their din"No. III: thought you knew, for I saw you talking to the ner at a started for the river front. mate just after we left Dubuque." They foun!.l several steamers loading freight for differ"Well, I asked him what was the next landing we made, ent points down the big riYer, and they made application and when we would reach it: He said and d three of the boats unsuccessfully for the chance to work that we were due there at one in the morning. I didn't their way to the steamboat'i:; destination. ask him the distance, but it's over 100 miles all right." .At the fourth, however, they caught on, much to their "Then you haven't any idea when we'll reach St. satisfaction, and, donning a pair of bh1e overhauls apiece, Louis?" they pitched in and hustled as well as any of the regular l have-i:;ix p. m. day after to-morrow." hands. "Gee! This is a long trip." The name of the boat was the City of Dulutli., and 15he "That's because we're on a slow boat. This is a freight started down the river at five o'clock. steamer, and we carry very few passengers any distance." After the steame r was well on her ymy the deckhands "I noticed that a considerable number of persons ca,rne were piped to supper in a room underne11th the mitin deck, aboard at Dubuque." just forward of the engine-room. ''They won't go any further than Burlington, where we Paul and Andy found the provender 15erved out to them are due at nme in the morning. It's a fine saili with a to pe plain but w:hole1:1ome, and there W?.S an apundant good night's rest, from Dubuque to Burlington. Many supply upon the table. persons prefer it to taking the railroad." The first stop was made at the town of Hastings, The boys hung around the steamer's rail, looking at the twenty-five miles below St. Paul. panoramic view of the western shore of the river as it They still had plenty of daylight by which to hiwdle a slipped .by them, talking abol-it their expected adventures lot of freight that was waiting for the boat 011 the end of in Arizona, until they were called to supper. the wharf. At nine o'clock they turned in for a four-hour snooze. 'rhis w&s run aboard as fast as hands and trucks could The intermittent lights of Davenport were visible ahead do it, and insiqe of fifteen minutes the steamboat was on when they were roused up at a quarter to one. ber way again down the river. A solitary passenger walked aboard at this landing. At Alma, sixty miles or so below Hastings, 15everal new He wore a soft-crowned hat, pulled down over his 6yes, wagons and some miscellaneous stuff was put on l:lo&:rd by and his jaws were bound up as if he had a big boil on his the flaring light of naphtha torches. face, or a toothache. It was just midnight when the boat hauled out from This passenger didn't go to the cabin, but hung around the wharf and continued on her corse. the lowel' deck watching the deckhands loading and disPaul and his chum then turned into the hunks assigned charging freight. to t11em, as there would be no further call for their Sddenly he gave a perceptible start and cast a pene vices until the steamer arrived at Lacrosse, Wisconsin, at trating look upon Paul Clifford as that lad wheeled a truck about five o'clock next1morning. load of small boxes up the gangway. From Lacrosse the boat made a straight rn of someAfter that he followed the boy's movements wherever thing like 120 miles to Dubuque, Iowa, where she h&uled he went. in at three in the afternoon and :remained about an hour, "Ha !11 he muttered. "If I mistake not, this boy is on and discharging freight, and taking op passengers. his way to locate the mine. He is working his way: down "Well, Paul, how do you like it as far &s you've gone?" the river, which is a sign that he shall not be flush. Good. asked Anqy,, when the steamboat was once mo:re heading It is great luck that I meet him by the way. Carramba I down the Father of Waters. I shall not lose sight of him u ntil l get that paper." "I don't think you'v!! heard me doing ;my great ;uno11nt .After the steamer left Davenport the passenger, whom oikicking, have you?" answered his friend. the reader has recognized as the escaped Manuel Gonzalez, "The mate keeps us chaps on the jump when we're wandered stealthily around the freight deck until he no alongside a landing. This is !!considerabla sight harder, ticed that the han'ds had gone to their bunks below. while it than giding a plow." ,Then he went forward 11nd sat for an hour looking out


AF T E R A F ORT U N E. on the dark river turning over various p l ans in hi s sch e m/ The r e was n ot hing the r e a s far a s he c ould i ng br a in for g etting possess ion of the impo rtant pa p er h e Then his eyes li g h te d o n P aul1s gr i ps, thr u s t under ; w anted s o badly. bunk in company wit h A nd y's va li se. At l e ngth h e got up and made bi s way cautiou s ly to t h e He pu ll ed them o ne by one from t h eir resting-pla ce, a- o p e ning which led to the deckhand s' sle e ping quarters slit them open in turn wit h the b lad e ? f a s harp poc k [ An upright iron ladd e r afford e d him the means of dek n ife scent, and soon h e was s tandin g like a shaJow, in t h e n a r-He pul led ever ythi n g out o f t h em, and examined eac row compartm ent the sides of whi c h wer e lined with rude article carefully witho u t result bunk s in ti e r s of two. T he l\fexican was now at his wit's e nd, and h e glar e d in A dull li ght was diffu sed through the pla c e from a l an 1 f eroc ious dis appointmen t at t h e s l ee ping boy. tern s u11p e nd e d aloft He rolled back t h e bl a nket a nd with a light tou c h felt All th e occ upant s of the p l a c e w e re a s l e ep, a s was at' all over Paul 's s h i r t -. teste d by th eir d eep and r e gular br eathing. I There was not the s li ghtest i ndi c a t ion of .a paper any -A.fte r assurin g himself that h e was uno bserved, the where. :Mexican b e g a n a t o ur of the bunks, narro w ly e xamining At that moment h i s s harp eyes noticed the Mala cca cane each s leep e r once the property of Job Rob i nson. At la s t he pau sed b efor e one with a c hu c kle of s atisfac "Ha! What s ha ll h e wan t t o c arr y that with h i m for ? tion. Of what u s e is a cane to a boy? It was Robin son's Paul Cliff o rd lay strctc h ecl th e r e in blissful unc on scio u s -H e pi c k e d it from i t s nesting spot at t h e b a c k o f t h e ness that hi s e n emy as s o c lose at h a nd. b unk and began to look it over with critica l attentio n His last thou ghts of Ganza l e z w e re that the rascal had A s far as he could m ake o u t it was me r e l y a stout can e alre ady begun hi s t e n-y ear sentence in the Minnesota I with a t h ick head carved to resem bl e a mas tiff s fac e State I Bah!" he muttered, impatient ly, re turnin g it to its H e did not dream tha t th e villain bad e cap e d from the forme r pos ition, never dreami n g that hi s finger s h a d bee n gra s p of th e authorities, and was now at large to int e rfer e w i t h in a quarte r of an inch of t h e pape r h e was s o eage r with his s earch for the Arizona m i n e t o o btain If s u c h a hint had reached him h e woul d have bee n He s tood in impo t ent p e r p l exi t y before the bunk, ra ck-much di s turbed, for )rn ha d abundant evid e nc e t hat the ing his fertile brain for some c l e w that w o uld s u gges t an :Mexic an was a s ubtl e and dan ge rou s fac tor to c o pe against j other s pot to s earch. B e nding down to m a k e c ertain tha t Paul wa.s a s leep, It w a s at t hat mome n t A ndy r o ll e d over a nd ope n ed h i s Gonza lez lift e d hi s ja c k e t from the peg b y whi c h it w a s eyes s u s pended, and deftly sear c hed eve ry poc k e t. He occupied t h e bunk a bove Paul's H e found several fold e d pap e rs, but non e was what he The M e xican dre w back, but the movem ent d i d n o t want ed. e s cape Andy The n he examined the boy' s poc ket-book, without s ue He rai sed hims elf on his e lbo w and loo k e d strai ght at cess, though he appropr iate d the six doll ars in bills he the intruder found in it. "Who's there?" h e dema nd ed. Finally he car e fully felt the linin g a ll ove r Gonzalez squ eezed a gai n s t t h e adjoining bunk an d h cid "Hal What 's this?" he br e athed, as his fingers encounhis breat h. t e r e d s omethin g that f elt s u s pi c iously like a f1at wad of Andy, howeve r was w id e awake n o w and saw the figur e pap e r. He reached out s uddenl y and g ra s p e d t h e Mex ican L y Sinking down bes ide the bunk. h e tore the l ining loose, the shoul der and took out the $1 5 0 in big bills Paul had s ewn up there \Yby don't you an swer?" h e aske d, s u s pi c iou s ly. 1 For a m oment the 11Iexic an 's eye s gleam e d with s atis T he intruder shook off t h e boy's hand and in doin g s o faction, as he thrust the mone y into his pocket; but it was his hat f e ll ofI. follow e d b y a l o w curse of di s appointment, for t h ough the He stoop ed, picke d i t up, and starte d for hlle i ron ladd e r. bills w e re welcome to him, they cut but a small figu r e be 1 T h e li g h t from the' swin g ing lantern f e ll full upon hi s s ide the paper. face. He searc hed eve ry inch of the lining for that, b u t was Andy tho u g h t h e mu s t be drea ming, for the sini s t e r di s appointed. countenance h is eyes r este d o n w a s the fa c e of Manu e l "Where can he have hidd e n it?" muttered Gon zales Gonzal ez. an g rily. "One would t h ink he would have car r ied i t with the m o n e y." He w ent throu g h Paul' s tro u s ers next, though withou t any great hope s of finding the paper the re Next he felt under the pillow on whi c h the b o y's head rested CHAPTER IX. STRAN D ED. It was a suspic i o u s circ umstanc e, anyway, that the intru der had re f usep t o mak e a n y answer to hi s h a il and was now hu s tling u p t h e l add e r as f ast as h e could


AFTER A FORTUNE. So Andy reached down and shook Paul into wakef"Qlpect that that money was in the lining? This is hard luck ss. for Andy and I are now practically stranded. Let "Wake up, Paul; there's something wrong." me see bow much I have left my pocket-book." "What's the matter, Andy? What are you talking When Paul opened that he found that the :few small pout?" asked Paul, springing from his bunk in a bewilbills be remembered placing in it to meet running ex ered kind of way. penses were also gone. "Get on your clothes," said Andy, jumping to the deck He stared at the empty compartment in utter di s may. and hurriedly getting into his pants. "Who do you supWhat were th e y to do now?" \ pose I saw just now?" Cleaned out of all but fifty or sixty cent s they were in "How should I kl\ow?" a pretty bad way indeed. "Well, I saw either Manuel Gonzalez or his ghost." "Andy will have a fit," groaned Paul, dis consolately. "You saw Manuel Gonzalez-on board this steamer!" "What ever was it that caused me to sew that money into gasped with a short laugh. "You mean that you my jacket when I might have left it in the handle o the dreamed that you saw lrim." cane, where Robinson carried it." "No, I didn't dream it at all. I saw him, or somebody That reflection caused him to look in almost a flutter that looked exactly like him, right here a moment ago. of apprehension for the cane itself. He was flattened up against the foot of the adjoining bunk Perhaps that had also vanished. when I woke up suddenly. I didn't know who the man No; it was safe enough where he had left it at the back was then. Thought it was one of the deck-hands, and oi the bunk. called to him. Receiving no answer, I reached out and "If that was gone I'd throw up my hands, for there grabbed him by the shoulder. He wrenched himself free, wouldn't be a particle of good going to Arizona without dropped his hat, stooped to pick it up, and then I saw his that paper. I remember I had half a mind to sew the face in the light. Well, say, you could have knocked me paper into my jacket with the money instead of bringing over with a feather, for I could. have sworn it was the the heavy cane along. Had I done so it would have dis Mexican." appeared with the money, and our name would have been "Nonsense! Gonzalez is in the Minnesota State prison." Mud. The loss of our money will make considerable c1if "I hope he is; but I have my doubts after what I saw ference with us, I'm thinking. We'll have to work our just way the entire distance, as well as put in time as we go on Paul saw that bis companion was not jesting, but thor-' in order to accumulate a few dollars for extra expenses." oughly in earnest. There was a noise on the iron ladder, and down came "I'm going on deck," said Andy, "though I s'pose by Andy. this time it will be something of a fool's errand. Whoever "I couldn't see any sign of the fellow," he said, pausing that chap was, and whatever bis mission down here, be before Paul. has had time enough to conceal himself among the freight, "Then we must notify the mate first thing in the mornor if he bas a state-room bas stolen back to it." ing, because whoever the rascal was he's a thief." Paul sat down. on the edge of his bunk half dresed, and "A thief!" exclaimed Andy. waited for Andy to come back. "Yes. He. ripped the lining of my jacket open, and The thump of the engine and the jarring of the boat stole our $150." rose above the breathing of the sleepers. "Paul Clifford, you don't mean it!" gasped Aildy, in a He had not noticed those sounds so plainly as he did blue funk. now in the silence of the early morning hours. "Just look at my jacket then. It tells its own tale." "Andy, of course, was mistaken in thinking that he Andy almost collapsed as he noted the torn lining. actually saw Gonzalez on this boat That rascal is safe "The villain has robbed us!" he groaned. "Has he enough in his cell in the State prison, and there is as taken your pocketbook, too?" much chance of his making his escape from there before "No; but he captured the six dollars I had in it." his term is up' as of 4is sprouting wings and flying. Andy "And we're busted?" saw somebody that may have looked like him in the poor "Our entire capital is reduced to 67 cents." light down here." Andy looked the picture of misery. At that moment Paul saw his jacket lying on the deck. "Hew are we going to get to Arizona now? He di3n't He picked it up and was about to hang it on the peg carry the cane off, too, did he?" he asked, turning almo s t again when he noticed a section of the lining hahging pale. down. "No. If he saw it it did not interest him." "My goodness!" be exclaimed, with a sudden sinking at "Thank goodness for that! That would have been the the heart, as be hastily examined the inside of the jacket. last straw." "Every cent of our $150 gone! How careless I was to "That's what it would." leave my jacket hanging on that peg. The fellow Andy "Say,'' said Andy, pointing under Paul's bunk, "thos e saw mu s t have been the thief. Yet how could he ever susain't your socks, are they?"


AFTER A FORTUNE. "Sure they are. How came they there? I haven't opened either of my grips since we left Bakersfield." He hurriedly pulled out his grips, and then the damage done by the Mexican was fully revealed. I The grips were ruined, and the major part of their ,.. contents thrust under the bunk. "Well, if that isn't enough to make a saint swear," cried Paul, angrily. "That chap made a pretty thorough job with my things. Why the dickens did he pick me out to practice on? Why didn't he tackle the property of some of the other hands?" "Maybe he did, and found nothing," replied Andy, gloomily. "Well," said Paul, "the must hear of this. There is a possible chance of catching the rascal." "How?" asked Andy, brightening up a bit. "He can't very well leave the boat till we reach Burling ton. As you saw his face you ought to be able to recognize him again. The captain will let you stand by the pas senger gang-plank as the people step ashore, and thus you may be able to snatch the fellow." "He might expect such a thing and go off by the freight gangway." have no right to leave the boat tliat way I'll keep my eyes skinned in that direction, and hold up anyone I don't know who tries to slip ashore that way. What sort of looking man did you say he was?" "He was the dead image of Manuel Gonzalez, in face and height." "He's got a swarthy complexion, then?" "He has. All you've got to do is to watch for a person who looks like the Mexican." "That's easy enough. I'll never forget that fellow i! I live to be a hundred." "Say, let's go upstairs," said Andy. "I couldn't sleep another wink after this affair. We might creep around through the freight on deck. It isn't impossible that we might run foul of the fellow. I don't believe he's a regu lar passenger. Passengers don't sneak down into the deck hands' berth to rob them." "Not as a rule they don't. The chap is evidently a crook who came aboard at Davenport. The purser, who takes up the tickets, may remember what persons came aboard at that landing. There couldn't have been many, for I didn't see a soul on the wharf but the watchman." Paul pinned up the rents in the lining of his jacket as well as he could, then he and Andy ran up the ladder to the main deck. They quietly searched through the freight piled all about the deck, but they did not come across any sign of the rascal who had been in the sleeping berth. CHAPTER X. PAUL AND ANDY REACH VICKSBURG. All hands were astir around six o'clock. As soon as the mate appeared Paul and Andy presented themselves before him and told their story. The mate looked at Paul's torn vest, and then down into the deck-hands' sleeping quarters and saw t ,. evidence presented by the ruined grips. There was no doubting the story that the lads told. "I'll report the matter to the captain," said the mate. "He will probably take some means to tapture the rascal." At half-past seven Paul and Andy were summoned to the captain's office, and repeated their story to the com-mander of the City of Duluth . The purser was sent for, and questioned concerning tlie passengers who had got aboard at Davenport. "There was only one, sir. His face was bandaged up m; if he had a tooth-ache. He had a through ticket to Sr. Louis." "Did he have a dark complexion?"-1sked Paul. "Yes. He looked something like a Mexican "That's the man," cried Andy. "We ought to be able to find him on board, even if he removes the bandage," remarked the captain "He didn't have any bandage on his face when I saw him in our sleeping quarters," asserted Andy. "Well, purser, keep your eyes open as you pass throug h the boat, and when you see the man with the St. Louis ticket ask him to walk into my office." 'fVery well, sir." The captain then directed the mate to allow Andy to watch the passenger gangway while the boat remained a t Burlington, and to takj:! such other measures for the capture of the thief as his judgment dictated. The steamer reached her landing about nine o'clock, and some forty people marched on shore. Andy scrutinized every one of them, but the dark-fea tured :rnan was not among the crowd. As a matter of fact, while the boat was at Burlington this much-sought-after individual was down in the deck hands' quarters making a thorough search of Paul's bunk for the paper, which of course he did not find. He paid no attention to the cane, as there was nothii:i.g about its looks to invite his suspicions. Puzzled and angry over his non-success, the Mexican remained below until the throb of the engine and the jar of the boat announced that she had resumed her journey down the river. He knew the next stop was Keokuk, about forty miles below. After considering the situation, he decided to leave the boat at that point, if lie could do so without observation. He had seen the boys that morning in consultation with the mate, and he rightly judged that Paul Clifford was making a report of his loss. He was foxy enough to guess that after the captain had learned about what had happened during the night that he would have the gang-planks watched for a person who answered his description, for he knew that Andy Blake had at least partially recognized him, and he was not sure but the boys had heard of his escape from the custody of the deputy sheriff while on his way to the State prison.


8 AFTER A FOHTUNE. H e had discarded his face bandage altogether as being! phis, and from that city they succeeded in getting free of no further use to him. J transportation down the river to Vicksburg. Watch ing his chance he left the sleeping quarters below "This ends our cruise on the Mississippi," said Paul, t he main CJ.eek, and hid himself in the body of one of the when they stepped on shore at Vicksburg. "We must wagons that were ticketed for St. Lou:ls. make for Fort \Vorth by rail, even if we have to walk the Here he felt that he was tolerably safe for the time I ties." being. 'J'hey crossed the river and wandered into the freight Whe n the boat hauled out from her wharf Andy reyards about dark. ported to the mate that the man he was watching for had Here they made the casual acquaintance of one of the not gone ashore at Burlington. yard men Paul, who had been stationed to w'atch the forward part "So you're strapped and want to reach Fort Worth?" of the boat, also made a similar report. grinned the man. "Then the rascal is still aboard in hiding," replied the mate, "for I had one of the crew on the hurricane deck on th_ e lookout that,the fellow did not make an attempt to l ower himself overboard from the port side for the purpose of swimming around the boat to the dock above or belo,v." All hands now were acquainted with the los:> the boys had sustained, and had general instructions to watch out fo r any dark-featured man whose actions looked suspicious. The steamer arrived at Keokuk at one o'clock, and the s ame precautions were adopted there. The Mexican concluded not to risk going ashore here, fo r after some cautious observations, he returned to the safety of the wagon; and in due time the boat her wharf. H e r next l anding was at Hannibal, Missouri, sixty miles or s o be low Keokuk, and her announced her to be due there at six p. m. She arrived on time. Gon zalez resolved to leave the steamer at this city at all ha zards, as he was famished H e watched his chance after the gang-plank was put out, a n d mingled in with a bunch of passengers Andy was there -t>n the watch, but he fajled after all in s in gling out the Mexican, and so Gonzalez madfl his es "That's about i.he size of it." "I might manage to help you a bit. You see that freight ori yonder track thut is being made up now?" 'lhe boys said lhey salY it. "That wilr pull out for Shreveport in about an hour. I'll smuggle you aboar

I "Tucson at last" exclaimed Paul, with a gleam of sat "Well, we'll see what we'll see when we reach t h e d i ..,., isfactio:p in his eyes. ing -r.oom," replied Paul, encouragingly ,.,. "It's about time," grinned Andy '!I tl;wught we'd The landlord was curious to learn where h i s never get here had come from, where they were going, a n d how lon g t he y '"After what we've been through trying to get here the I expected to remain at his house. l huudred miles between this place and Skull mountain "We'.re going over to Skull mountain," replied P aul. won't seem anything," said Paul. "Skull mountain!" ejaculateP. the hote l ma n in aston"That's right; it won't If we haven't roughed it eve:r ishment. "Why there? Do you know the character o f 13:ir\ce we left Shreveport to beat the ba n d I don't know the country between here and the Ajo r ang e ? It i s t h e what you call it." same as a desert. You won't fin d a dozen houses sou t h of :right, Andy, we've had a .fierce time."1 the railroad between here and Skull mountai n w hi ch is 1']'ierce! Well, say, I thought my time had come more the advance peak of Ajo range. No o n e but p rospec iha:P once W e'ye been i1p against it hard I feel as if I tors go out there, and not many of them You look too can stand anything now. That l ast jolt we got in New young and inexperienced for t hat business S o far I have exioo from the train was something to make the angels not heard that any gold o r has been found in tha t weep. I thought I was a gone goose for fair. They must district." havfl taken -qs for the India rubber twins." "How far is Skull mou n tai n from T ucson?" a ske d Paul. "They were only practicing on us, Andy, so as to get "How far? All of 100 m il es.'1 their hf.Inds in," laughed Paul. "How far from the railroad?" O l y practicing, eh? Did they tell you that? If they "The nearest point of the rai l road is, I s hould think, d id they yver11 filling you up. They went for me as though forty mi les from the mountain, but t h e r a n g e its elf run s up I had been steal i ng rides as a regitlar diversion If I to the track did n't have good long legs what they wouldn't have done Paul conversed with the landlord of t h e Oanlo n H o u s e to me isn't worth mentioning." until the bell rang for supper, which was a sig n a l f p r b ot h "W !lll, never mind thepast. .That's over and clone with of the boys to make a break for the dining room. Only a hu:ridred miles stands between us and a fortune if They were the fiTst at the table, and t h eir a p pe ti te s there's truth in Robinson's story astonished the girl who waited on them. "Don't say if it's true, Paul. We've banked pretty Supper was only a secondary meal at the hotel, so P a ul heavily on its truth. If it shoi.ild turn out to be a fake had to tip the waitress off as an inducement t o st r e t c h the yarn after all we've been through, I'd want to go and bill of fare for their especia l b e n efit. ..... drown myself "Don't worry, Andy The story of the abandoned mine i s true enough I've the fullest confidence in Job Robin son's statement. No man, unless he was crazy, would in vent such a yarn on his death-bed, and I'm willing to swear that Robinsou wasn't crazy." The boys iuquired the way to a cheap hotel, and were directed to the Canyon House, on Phrenix strnet, not far from the post-office. They registered, and were shown to a plainly furnished square room in the end of the house "Supper will be ready in an hm:ir, young gents," said the proprietor, who w11s a.lso his own clerk part of the time, when Paul and Andy downs tairs after having gotten rid of some of the grime accumulated during their roi1gh experience across the continent from Shreveport, Louisiana Andy licked his chops on hearing thi s welcome news, for neither had enjoyed a square meal for nearly a month. "Supper will be reac1y in an hour," grinned Andy. "That sounds good, doesn't it? I'm afraid the table is tQ s-qffer a s soon as I get my legs under it. I'm so himgry I co-qld eat a whole. big beefsteak with all the fixi ngs "As this .is a cheap hotel I'm thinking you'll have tc satisfy your appetite by degrees," laughed P.aul. "O:b., lo:r'I Don't sa.y tllat," replied Andy, dolefully. Even at that Andy declared when they c ame a w a y t h a t he had only had half enough to eat. After s upper Paul and Andy wandere d around town an d took in the sights. They met a number of rough characters, man y of t h e m Mexican s on a par with :Manuel Gonzalez The boys did not attract any specia l attention, as t hey would had they looked prosperous. When night descended on the town the liquor sal oons, always open, blossomed out into light and revelry, while the gambling dens began to come to life, and fill up with patrons, largely from the roug h e l ement, which formed the floating popu l ation of Tucso n Anyone could enter these p laces an d stay 'as l ong a s h e pleased Tables were provided for private games of chance, the revenue to the house coming in the shape of frequen t order s on the bar When intoxicated customers got too noisy and belliger ent, they were ejected by the who canied re volver s at their hips. Thi s 1lethod of maintaining a semblance of order ofte n led to impromptu shooting scraps, in which somebody a s a rule got hurt, even if one or more subjects were not fur nished for an inquest next day. "This i s a pretty hot old town i sn't it?" said Andy


AFTER A F ORTUNE. ter they had taken in all they cared to see, and were on "I guess we've got about everything we need, haven't teirway back to the Canyon House. we?" asked Andy, when they were sitting in the public "That's what it is," replied Paul. "I'd rather be exroom of the hotel waiting for the supper bell. c used from living here as a steady thing." "We've got about everything we've the funds to pay "Nothing short of a gold or silver mine would make me for," replied Paul. stay around these diggings, you can gamble on. that." "Then we'll start for the range in the morning," said A ltho ugh not aware of the fact, the boys were followed Andy. by 'a dark-skinned man whose soft-crowned hat pulled Paul shook his head. down well above a pair of sinister eyes: "We'll start after supper. The landlord has advised me This shadower was none other than Manuel Gonzalez, to do our traveling at night, when the air is a, deal who had been several weeks in Tucson on the watch for cooler than after the sun comes up. He said the best plan their appearance. for us is to make straight across the plain for the Quijotoa Not having been able to get possession of the paper range, sixty miles distant, which we ought to reach by sun which contained the directions for :finding tbe entrance to rise if we maintain a good pace. There we can find shady the disused galleries of the Skull mountain mine, the spots to sleep during the heat of the day. When the sun Mexican had laid other plans for accomplishing his pur-is well down we can resume our journey in a northwesterly pose. direction along the foot-hills of the range, for say twenty Now that the boys had really showed up in Tucson, he miles-that is: if we strike the range about the center, was certain that Paul Clifford brought with him the which we should do if we traved due west from this town. knowledge that would disclose the way to the mine, and Then we'll come to the end of the range with a he determined to follo" the lads to the Ajo i:ange, capmile strip of plain between us and Skull mountain, which ture Paul on the ground, and then having the boy com-we cannot miss, owing to ita .height and peculia r skull-like pletely in his power, force him to give up the secret. formation. It lies north by-west from the end of the QuiHe had arranged with a number of desperadoes of his jotoa mountains." own brand to assist him in the affair, promising to divide Andy offered no objection to this arrangement, for he a certain percentage of his eventual winnings among regarded Paul as the leader of the enterprise, and whatever them. I he said was all right. Consequently the outlook ahead of the two boys was So after supper the boys, with all their property strapexceedingly dubious. ; ped to the backs and sides of their stout animals, departed G o nzalez traced them to the Canyon House. from Tucson for the Quijotoa range. When he saw his chance he walked to the desk and ex-Unconsciously they had stolen a march on Manuel Gon-amined the register. zalez, for that rascal had no suspicion they would start at He noted the fact that Paul and Andy had arrived there night. some time that afternoon. He expected them to leave Tucson on the following "Good. They will not stay in town long, but head for morning, and had notified his crowd of desperadoes to be the range as soon as they can make their arrangements for prepared to start out at a moment's notice. the trip When they reach Skull mountain I shall treat He visited the Canyon House early in the morning for them to a nice little surprise. Carramba! This time I shall the purpose of keeping an eye on his victime. not fail." After hanging around for an hour he learned to his Stroking his jetblack mustache in a satisfied way, the anger and chagrin that the boys had left town at dark the Mexican turned on his. heel and left the Canyon House. evening before. CHAPTER XII. PHINEAS QUILL. Paul and .Andy spent the greater part of the next day there, and laid out nearly all of their little capital in southwestern section of Arizona. They hired a couple of stout ponies to carry them there, and laid out nearly all of their little capital in b lankets, provisions for a week or ten days' .stay, and cer tain mining implements that they thought they might need. They also took with them a steel measuring tape and a small compass for the purpose of laying out the claim if they were successful in :finding the exact position of the mine. He hurried to the place where his crowd was stopping, and ordered them to mount their horses, and start at once, as their quarry had left Tucson hours before, and were probably already half-way to Skull mountain. The Mexican and his gang did not lay their course for the Quijotoa range, but made a :iee-line for Skull moun tain. Paul and Andy rode through the night at a smart pace across the plain, and at dawn saw the mountains rising straight before them. They reached the foot-hills at sunrise, and kept on to the northwest until they came to a densely wooded ravine which Paul decided would make a :first-class camping spot, as there was not only plenty of shade, but a stream of pure water fl.owing through it. So they where there was plenty


AFTER A FORTUNE. of ate their breakfast of cold meat and bread, washnot quite sure which," was the reply, "though I think ed down with a cup of cold bottled coffee, and then turned the former." :, in under the trees for a good sleep. "How did it happen?" . They judged that it was three o'clock by the position of "I was thrown by my nag JI.bout an hour ago," answered the declining sun when they awoke thoroughly refreshed. the stranger, making a wry face as he moved his injured It didn't take them long to eat their supper, reload leg. their animals, and resume their journey along the foot"That was hard luck,'' replied Paul. hills. "I should say it was. If you chaps hadn't come along .. By following a course inQ.icated by the compass, they I don't know what would have become of me.'' saved much time that they otherwise would have used up "Where were you bound for?" in winding in and out through the lower mountain reaches. "The mountains yonder. I'm on a prospectin' jaunt. I It was eight o'clock when they began to leave the Quileft ':rucson a couple of days ago well fixed for a month's jotoa range behind them. trip in the Ajo range, and now look at me. My horse ha.s. "Skull mountain is about twenty miles distant," said gone the deuce knows where with my traps. I'm stranded Paul. "By keeping close to our present course, which we for a fact, not counting my injured limb." can easily do by occasionally watching the compass, we "I'm glad we came across you," said Paul, "for you should be able to sight the peak in this clear air before might have died here all alone." midnight. So you see, Andy, before many hours we'll be "That ain't any lie, my young friend. I'm mighty right on the ground where the deserted mine is." thankful you came along. I'd be glad to know who you I .... "Then we'll be able to see what that document you have are and where you're headin' for. My name is Phineas amounts to." Quill. What's yours?" "I'm in hopes it will amount to a million at least." "Paul Clifford is my name. My companion's is Andy -"A million!" grinned Andy. "That's a lot of money, Blake. We're bound for Skull mountain." Paul." "Skull mountain, eh? What's takin' you to that lord"Yes. It's quite a pile." forsaken spot?" asked the injured prospector, in surpriae. "How are you going to put a value on this mine if we "A little matter of business," replied Paul, evasively, bring it to light?" not caring to impart the nature of their journey to a com"By taking out specimens of the ore and having it plete stranger. Then I mean to get an expert miner to thorough"Well, pards, I was goin' to Skull mountain myself, so if ly examin!" the mine and report upon it. Of course, tbis you'll give me a lift on one of your horses I'll it a could not' be done until we have staked out the claim." favor. I s'pose you ain't been out here before, have you?" The bQJ!l only conversed at intervals as they galloped "No," answered Paul. across the plain. "Then maybe I can be of some use to you, if you're After a uple of hours they began to make out the goin' to stay awhile. I can point out a first-rate campin' il.istant Ajo range limned against the horizon, for the air spot." was as clear as crystal, and the night one of the brightest "Then you've been at Skull mountain before?" they had ever seen. "Yes, several times. The fact of the matter is I'm As they approached the mountains one peak, taller.than huntin' for an old mine that was worked and then abanthe rest, separated itself from the range and stood out in doned by the Mexicans more'n a century ago." bold relief against the sky. "Yqu don;t say!" ejaculated Paul, somewhat startled. "A dollar to a doughnut that is Skull cried "How did you hear about it?" Paul, pointing toward it. "I learned about it while I was prospectin' along the "I guess you're right," acquiesced Andy. State line six months ago. An old peon gave me the The boys, more anxious than ever to reach their destinastory, and assured me that it was true; but he couldn't say tion, urged their animals to a quicker pace, and the just what part of the mountain it's located in. I've been ground seemed fairly to fly under them. out here twice on astill hunt, but I couldn't find no sign Suddenly they both heard a hail to their left. of payin' dirt. I shan't give it up, though, for I reckon "What's that?" said Paul, reining in, an example folif it's there I may come across it in time, especially as the lowed immediately by his companion. old Mexican said the mouth to the main shaft is some-The cry was repeated. where along the foot-hills." "It comes from the ground a short distance away,'' said Paul looked thoughtfully at the man. Andy. "Are you an experienced miner?" he asked. They walked their horses in the direction of' the shout, "Yes, siree; that's just what I am." and presently a man lying on the ground. "Then you could size up the valtle a mine from 11n Paul dismounted and went up to him. inspection of the ore you found in it, could you?" "What's the matter?" he inquired. "Are you hurt?" I "I could. I've done that many a time for other chaps "Yes. My right leg is either sprained or broken. I'm I who were luckier than me in their finds." I


AFTER A FORTUNE. I "Have you ev'er staked out claims?" "Tliat isn't in our line, Mr. Quill." "That's what I have, pard. Hundreds of 'em, in my "I s'pose not," replied the prospector, in a tone of disappointment. "I'll allow it ain't good for boys like your" All right," said Paul. I'd like tp make you a selves, though it's handy or you to have if you get took proposition." out in this here wilderness." "I'm a-listenin'. I'm open to anythin' there's money 1 "We never thought about getting sick," replied Paul. in." 1 "We've been up against hard luck for the past month, "You say yo-q haven't the lea st. idea where this Skull and we're none the worse off for it." mountain mine is?" "What tind of bard luck? Masked tho prospector, with a "Nary idea; but I'm hopin' to find it." look of interest. "S'pose I tell you that we're pound straight for that "Beating our way from Louisiana to Arizona by rail." same mine, what woi1ld you say to going in with us on a "I see. You ain't very flush with m'.oney, quarter share of what we get oilt of it?" "We're as near dead broke at ibis minute as we're ever "What's that? You straight :for that mine?" likely to be." exclaimed the man. "Well, let me have your story, then we'll move on for "That's wl1at I said." the "How did you hear about it?'' So Paul commenced at the beginning and told Phineas "From an old prosp1wtor named Job Robinson." Quill how Job had come to live at Harley's Oor-"Job Robinson! Why, I had !"Ill old partner by that ners, an obscure little hamlet in Minnei;ota; how he had name some years ago. What did he look like?" made the old man's acquaintance; how he and Andy bad Paul described the man. found him knocked out one evening under an old oak tree ic)3y thunder! The very chap! Where did you meet by the roadside; how they bad carried him to the store, him? I ain't seen hQli for six years. He w&s the squarwhere he died that night from the injuries he bad susest man I ever met. Wl\ere is he now?" tained at the hands of Manuel Gonzalez, who had fol"He's dead." lowed him tluough many states to wring from him the "Sho, you don't say! I'm sony to hear that. Did Job secret of the Skull mountain mine. tm::; mine?" rrhen Paul repeated to their new acquaintance the story "He did, and was scared off by a villainous Mexican Robinson had told him before he died. named Man11el "So Job Robinson made you his hei:Q, eh?" said Phineas "I know the rascal. Saw him in 'rucson the day before Quill. I left there." "He did. He gave me the paper which he said contain"What!" exclaimed Paul, astonished. "Ya11 saw Maned exact directions locating the entrance to th!) abandoned uel Gonzalez in Tucson within a fow days?" mine.'' "I did. I kiww the scoundrel well. He ought to be The prospector uttered a whistle. in jail.'' "If you've got that, pard, you may consider your fortune "Why, he was convictl'ld of urnidoious assai1lt in Bakersmade if Robfoson said that he found indications of rich field, Minnesota, the day before Andy anc1 I le.ft t\lere, and ore in sight.'' sent to the stat!) prison for ten years.'' "He said so. Tn fact, he said in his opinion the mine as "In Minnesota!" exclaimed Phineas Quill. "Woon it stood was easily worth a million." was that?" "And Job allowed himself to be euchred out of that by "A bout five weeks ago." that measly Mexican? I can't understand for the life of "Then the rascal must escaped, for I saw him in I me why ho got so faint-hearted all of a sudden.'' Tucson three days ago. That I'll !>Wear to," said the pros"That rascal is a mighty tough proposition,') replied pector emphatjcally. Paul. "I was up against him myself one night. He found Paul was simply amazed. out some way that Robinson had put his secret on paper and gave it to me, and he tried to get me to give it up. CHAPTER XUI. Andy turned up the right moment to save me. I'm .A.T 8KULL afraid we'll have more trouble :from him if he's in Tucson, "T,ook here, Mr. Qqill, I gues& you're an honest man," as you say he is." said Paul. "He was there three days ago as oeJ.1tain as death,'' as"I hope I am," replied the prospector, emphatically. serted Phineas Quill, positively. "I ain "t wronged :po man that I knows of.'' "Then you can bet your life that was the rascal who "Wei, I'm going to tell yo11 the whole story of the Skull came aboard the Oity of Duluth at Davenport that night mountain mine." and robbed you of our money, Paul/1 Raicl Anqy, chipping "I'd like to hear it, pard. I s'pose you ain't got a drop in for the first time. "He was hunting for that paper of whisky in yom outfit, have yo?" las sure as you live. Look how he went through your Paul shook his head. grips.''


AFTER A FORTUNE. "As thing s look now I wouldn't be at all su rprised but 1 Quill, however, indtlced them to diverge from ti you are right," sai d Paul. "However, we have the satis-1 straight line they had intended following, and faction of knowing that he didn't find the paper. It's a around the foot-hills to the southeast, in order to reach th wonder we didu't hear from him in Tucson It must be camping-ground lie had spoken to them about. that he didn't learn of our arrival in town Thus they passed within half a mile of the spot where "Gee! I hope not,'' replied Andy. "If he saw us he'd the Mexican and his followers were waiting for them withbe s ure and follow u s out here." out the ra scals being aware that they wer e in the vicinity. "Well, he'd better not," said Phinea s Quill, in a s igThe camping-place selected by '1he prospector was a nificant tone, as he tapped hi s hip-pocket. "I'd as soon secluded nook at the base of Skull mo.ntain, seve:ral miles s hoot him as I would a s nake, and a deal sight sooner now from the place indicated on the paper as the spot where that I know he caused my old pard Robinson's death. Are the abandoned mine was situated you boys heeled?" It was an ideal camping-gro und from many points of "You mean are we armed?" asked Paul. view, having shade and a plentiful supply of running "That's just what I do mean." water at hand. < No. We didn't have the price. It took all the funds It also offered compleM concealment, both from the we saved to fit u s out half-way decent for this trip We plain around and the e l evated points behind. had to hire the hor ses at that." "Here you ar e as sn ug as a bug in a rug," laughed Quill. "We had $150 when we left Minne sota, but that M:exi-"No fear of anyone stealin' the horses or your traps, unless can s tole every dollar of it one night on the boat we w ere he knew the place or stumbled on it by accident." working our way down the on," saiu Andy. "We expected to pitch ollr camp in the open, close by "I almost caught the villain, but he managed to get away the entrance to the mine,'' remarked Paul. and hide somewhere on the boat, and he got ashore at one "That's where you would have be en foolish," said the of the landings in spite of the fact that Paul a nd I were prospector, "for you couldn't tell when some rascal might on the lookout for him. Paul didn't believe it was Gon-come that way and get away with your things while you zalez, because the ra sca l was supposed to be in prison at were both in the underground galleries of the mine, lookthat time; but I had got a good view of him when he was ing the place over Now all you have to do is to start out down in our sleeping quarters, and I thought it must be from here with your compass and whatever you need to him or his ghost." make your observations and measurements With, and leave "Well, it's too bad you haven't guns, then we could give the balance of your traps in my care till you return. When that chap and any pals he might bring with him a warm you have found the entrance to the mine perhaps I'll be r eception if he t!omes out here. However, we can keep able to use my pins and go along with you to explore our eyes skinned and not let hhh get the drop on us. I it, and see what the prospects are." can hit the ace of clubs times out of six at fifteen "That's right, Mr. Quill. You have simplified matters yards, s o it wouldn't be healthy for him to get too gay with a good bit for us. We are pretty green at this business, me." so I guess it was rather lucky that we came across yon." "If you're ready, Mr. Quill we'll give yon a lift on my "It was lucky for me at any rate, pard, that you did, horse as far as our destination." and I m goin' to do the right thing by you for it." "All right. I shan't forget it, pard. As to that propo"That's all right, Mr. Quill. You're welcome. I'm glad sition of yours, I'll. take yon up and see you through with to find that you were an old friend of Job Robinson 's. I the mine if you can hit it with that paper you have. I'll dare say if h e was alive he'd be happy to put something help you stake the claim out in proper fashion, so you can in your way. H the mine sho ul4 turn out to be worth a have it regi stered accordin' to law. If it pans out well it million, why, you w ill rake in a quarter of it, and that will be a good thing for me." ought to satisfy you for the re st of your days." Andy dismounted and helped Paul assist the pro s pector "I reckon it would, pard. I think I'd go back East to mount the horse, then they continued their journey at where I came from, and cut a ':"ide swath. I'm a hummer a walk, the boys taking turns riding the other horse. from hummerville when I get started." Gonzalez and his associates had already reached Skull The boys langh0ed at the quaint v:ay the pro s pector mountain, and were l ying in wait for the boys. made the remark. They had expected to find them there ahead of them, "A man can hum pretty loud on a quarter of a million, and the Mexican was somewhat surprised because they but he sometimes lands in the poor-house in end," siild found no trace of them on the ground; but came to the Paul. "If this mine turns up trumps I'd advise you to concl u s ion that 1:1s the lads were unfamiliar with that part soak your share where it will do you the most good for the of the country they had probably gone astray, and would rest of your days." turn up later on. "Your advice is good, pard, and I'll consider it when tbi! But for the fact that Paul and Andy liad met wlth occasion arises In the meantime I'm goin' to turn over Phineas Quill they would have run right into the trap or a S1J.Ooze, and advise you chaps to do the same so you'll pared to r eceive them. be in shape or business in the mornin'."


AFTER A FORTUNE. Paul and Andy agreed with him and in 'fifteen minutes eace and comparative silenc e reigned in the little camp. CHAPTER XIV. THE MEXIC.A.N'S REVENGE. Paui awoke at but his two companions still slept on . Not hring to sleep any longer, and unwilling to disturb them, the boy got up, ate a meat sandwich, and drank some of the bottled coffee. The cool morning air offered inducem nts for a stroll ? and Paul decided to take advantage of it. He had bonght a small leather prospecting bag in Tucson to hold the compass, a geologist's hammer, and a few o ther things. He strnng this over his arm, and also took the precious paper from its hiding place in the head of the cane, for he had some idea of walking over to the northeast corner of the mountain and taking a preliminary observations from the measurements written down by Job Robinson. He did not dream of what awaited him in that direction. The entire landscape looked so lonesome and deserfea to his eye when he left the camp, after taking careful note of its location so that he could be sure of finding it again, thaf he did not suspect there were any strangers within miles of that spot. But we all live and learn new facts from experience, which sometimes is a dear teacher. At any rate, Paul received a rude _jolt before he was more than an hour older. As he stopped to consult the paper for the purpose of making his first observation, Manuel Gonzalez caught sight of him, and uttered a chuckle of joy at seeing that he was not only alone, but that he held a paper, presumedly the document he wanted, in his hand. As luck would have it Paul put down his leather bag and commenced operations near the very hole Job Robinson had tumbled into, and which mishap had led to his dis covery of the mine. Gonzalez crept back to the little cave in the :rocks where his brother ruffians were asleep, awoke them, and pointing out the busy lad to them, told them to creep around in his rear, come upon him suddenly, and capture him. There were five besides the Mexican in the party, and they lost no time in obeying the order of their leader. At the moment Paul took up his bag to get the compass he suddenly found himself seized from behind, and looking up s,aw that he was a prisoner in the hands of as fllie a set of villains as one would hate to meet at a dis advantage. To complete his misery, up stepped the Mexican him and Paul had no reason to doubt that he was face to face once more with M;inuel Gonzalez. The villain's countenance fairly shone with satisfaction and gratified malice. "Well, Senor Clifford, we meet again," he said with a diabolical grin. "The last time it was in the court at Bak ersfield, Minnesota, a month ago, when you thought the whip hand you had of me. Oarramba! The table s now are what you call turned. Is it not so? You are s ilent young senor. You do not reli s h that I now am on top of the heap. That I have you where I want you. That, I suppose, is the paper which you so cunningly have hidden from my eyes. Ah, Senor Clifford, you are, s hall I say, a clever boy; but you are not the match for me. You have led me the long dance. Now it i s that you pay the piper." He snatched the paper from the boy's fingers and looked it over eagerly. "Aha! This is what Senor Robinson would not that I should see. At last it is mine. It will be as the key to open to us the long-de s erted mine. I thank you, young senor, for coming so far to present this to me in my hands," mockingly. "It is but fair that we repay you for this service. What shall we do him, comrades?" he asked appealing to his desperadoes. "Shall we let him return to Tucson to say that we have robbed l\im, or shall we sew up his tongue that he be forever s ilent on the matter?" "Sew up his tongue!" roared one of the ruffians who had hold of the boy's arm. And this app eared to be the unanimous sentiment of the five rascals. "You hear, Senor Clifford,'' leered the Mexican. "It would not be safe for us that we let you go now that we have the paper . You will remember I told you that night you had me on the hip that I yet would the laugh on you. You see it all come true. You thought your big pri son in the north would bold me tight. Oarramba! The prison is not yet built th!t! can hold Manuel Gonzalez. But this is waste time. Your companion may come this way, and we would have to deal with him the same as with you if he saw what would make trouble for us. It is better for him that he see nothing. Get a lariat and tie the young senor." One of the villains hurried away, and presently returned with a long rope. With one end Paul's arms :were bound securely behind his back, leaving the other end trailing behind. The Mexican walked away, and Paul saw him gathering dry strips of brush which he fashioned in the form of a torch. The gang waited for him to come back, two of them perched upon a big boulder, two holding the boy by the arms, while the fifth stood back holding the loose end .of the rope, as though he was a wild steer they were trying to manage. The ruffians amused themselves tantalizing the lad and making various mean sug ge s tion s a s to _his ultimate fate. Gonzalez came back slowly, as if he was con s idering something. Finally he paused on the edge of the brush-lined hole and peered down into it. He could not see down to the bottom, though he parted


AFTER A FORTUNE. 11. the brush at the mouth, so he drew a silver match-safe from bis pocket, took out a lucifer, ignited it on his trou ser leg, and applied the :flame to the end of the impromptu totcb. The dry twigs caught fire readily enough, and the Mexi can waved it around in the air until it blazed up freely. He thrust it into the mouth of the hole, and the glare it afforded showed him the depth of the opening in the ground. He saw there was water at the bottom, and he smiled grimly. "The sun is beginning to grow hot, Senor Clifford," he said, with a malicious chuckle. "This hole will be as a cool spot for you where you shall not get sun-burned. When you get thirsty there is water to drink below. If that satisfy you not-carramba!-you shall be hard to please. Come, Martin, you and Dalton will drop him down now, for we have no more time to waste on him." The five ruffians seemed to enjoy the plan hit upon by their leader for the lingering extermination of the lad. "You're a pack of cowards!" cried the brave boy, break ing his dogged silence for the first time. "Six against one! If you had a s:Park of manliness in you you would give me a chance for my life; but it isn't in you. You are curs, every one of you!" The gang uttered a roar of coarse laughter at his words. "At last I have got you to your knees!" grinned Gonzalez. "You shall not be quite so spunky as at Corners, when you laugh in my face, and tell me that you are the whole thing . It shall be pleasant to see you squeal. Carrambal You beg for mercy, eh? It will not do you any good. Down with him, comrades!" As the two ruffians forced him toward the pit, Paul re coiled from the horrible fate designed for him. "Dead boys tell no tales!" exclaimed Gonzalez, with an exultant laugh, as he cast the torch into the dark hole. In spite of his struggles the plucky lad was forced to the edge of the pit. "There is water at the bottom to break your fall, Senor Clifford. Perha ps it is better that you say your prayers now in case it shall be of such depth that you get not the chance after you are down there." Paul was held over the edge for the space of a single minute, then at a sign from the Mexican the two scoun drels who had hold of him pushed him in. He went down like a stone, a loud splash follow,ed, then-silence. CHAPTER XV. IN THE SKULL MOUNTAIN MINE. for the fact that the end O"f the trailing rope caught 01r a projecting rock and thus held him upright he would un' doubtedly have been drowned in a few minutes. As it was he lay back unconscious and bleeding from a cut in his head. Not hearing any sound from him, the Mexican judged that he had gone imder the surface of the water, and lay there drowning. He and his ruffians listened for several minutes, ap.d silence continuing it was their unanimous opinion that Paul Clifford was done for. "Come," said Gonzalez at last, "we will to the busi of finding this mine. The boy sball rot where he lies and no one will be the wiser." The Mexican picked up the leather bag, and started oft for the cave, where they had slept, in order to study the paper, while his associates followed at his heels. At the camp Andy woke up half an hour after Paul left the place on his early jaunt. He got up., looked around, and was surprised to see no sign of his companion. "Where has he gone?" he asked himself. While he was trying to figure the matter out Phineas Quill opened his eyes and sat up. "I don't know where Paul has got to," Andy remarked. "Oh, he's somewhere around. Get up on that rock and take a squint a.round the plain." Andy did so. "I don't see anything of him,",he shouted down. "But. I tell you what I do see-a horse with a couple of packs on his back grazing close by." "That's my nag," exclaimed the prospector, standing up and limping to a place whence be could get a view of the spot indicated by Andy. "That's the rascal, all right," he added. "I wish you'd go down and catch him. You'll have no trouble, I think. Then you can lead him here and picket him with the others." Andy cheerfully carried out Quill's directions. The stout animal allowed himself to be captured with out the sFghtest opposition, and followed Andy to the camp. "I'm as pleased as a hog on ice to get my traps again," said the prospector, with a satisfied grin. "My leg seems to be comin' around all right, too." As Paul did not show up in fifteen minutes, Quill told Andy to build a fire and he'd cook some coffee and fry some bacon for breakfast. The fire was started. "Now hand me that fryin' pan and coffee pot, and them packages, and I'll start the grub under way." In twenty minutes breakfast was waiting for the absent one. The water at the bottom of the hole was not as deep "I'd give something to know where he went off to," said as Gonzalez had believed it was, not much over four feet, Andy:, anxiously. "Maybe he can't find the camp again." so that it did not rise above the boy's armpits after he "Well, take a look: along the foot-hills and see if thera's struck the bottom. j any sign of him," said the prospector, helpi:o.g himself to The shock of the fall, however, stunned Paul, and but a share of the bacon, bread and coffee. ,,


6 AFTEH A : FOHTUNE. ---.. -----Andy returned y to say that Paul wasn't anywhere II pendicular sides of the hole as was in sight. to fly. "'' "Then eat your breakfast We'll keep his share warm Apparently he was down there for good and all, face to on tbe embers." face wiLh a slow death. So Andy, who "as pretty hungry, appropriated his share Jeither Ancly nor Mr. Quill would ever think of look-of grub, nnJ soon disposed of it. ing for me down here," murmured the boy in an almos-e Having finished his meal, the prospector took his pipe disheartened lone. "I must remain here until I die from from his pocket, filled it, and commenced to smoke, while sheer exhaustion. Then some clay my. skeleton will be Andy mounted the rock once moce ori the lookout for his found and people will wonder just how I came to my end chum It was while Paul was a prey to these dismal thoughts After Mauuel Gonzalez had gone over the paper con-that t .he of Job Robinson in just .a hole, taining the directious for locating the mouLh of the tunnel resultrng m. i.he of the Skull mountam mme, oecommunicating with the underground galleries of the mine to lum. . . he was atisfied that lie would be able to firid it. It was lucky .for lum that the hole mto which he tumWhile he was thus employed one of the gang bad pre-bled had an outlet on its side. If this was only the same d b 1 f t hole I'd have some chance of--" par e rea as 1 As soon as it was ready all hands squatted around the I As he he looked up and around narrow sides cave and helped themselves without ceremony to whatever of the hole m a desperate hope that a shce of the same they saw. kind of blind luck might happen to him 'l'he mea l over, the Mexican called on three of his fol lowers to help him in lii s search. His eyes were now accustomed to the gloom down there, which was scarcely ]1enetratec1 by the light Hbove that fil tered through the brush obstructing the mouth of the bole. They left the cave, and with Gonzalez bossing the job got down to business "The place 'that Ri'lbinson tumbled into had several feet of water at the jus' e Hs this has. Suppose this was the very same holc?''' hc exclaimed, with a thrill of hope identify a cer-Gonzalez soon ran against a snag. O ne of the marks left by Robinson to tain spot had disappeared "There's a dark patch right above my head. I'll c l imb As it was the most important one, it threw aU the other cal cu l ations out so that after an hour's work the Mexican \voke up to the unpleasant fact that the paper was abso lufe l y of no use to him, and that he was just as much at sea as h e ever had been T ime and the changes made by nature had rendered all h i s scheming and manceuvering of years abortive. Eve n J o b Robinson himself, had he been on the ground, .coul d n o t h a ve d i scovered the opening to the underground p a ssages by mea n s of his own document He could have found his way into the mine through the o rigin a l ho l e, of c o urse And it was into this very hole that Paul Oljfford had thrown by his malignant enemy. :Manu el Gonzalez, however, knew nothing about the se c ret pass a ge which opened into the side of that hole. If he had he surely never would have cast the boy down tTrnre. Gonza lez and his disappointed crowd could only com mence a c l ose search a l ong the base of the foothills on tbe ch' ance of discovering the mouth of the tunnel by good lu ck, and so we will leave them to that laborious occu lJation under the boiling rays of the sun, while we descend into t h e hole where Paul had been left to his fate, and see how the was getting on. P aul r emained unconscious the best part of an hour. When he came to his senses he saw he was standing in abo u t four feet of water, thirty odd feet below the surface the g r ound. There was as much chance for him to crawl up the per-up this rope and see what it is." '11he shock of his descent into the hole being suddenly arrested by the catching of .the long piece of rope on the rock had loosened the bonds that had bound his arms, and he easily drew them free. He pulled himself up a yard, and discovered to his great delight that t1rn black -patch in question was indeed an opening into the solid rock. Without losing a moment he climbed headfirst into it, and found himself in complete darkness. It was narrow and almost round, just as Robi n son bad described the tunnel through which he had made his es cape from the perpendicular hole. "I believe this is the identical p l ace the o l d man was in, anc1 that it leads straight to the mine galli::ry," breathed Paul, excitedly. "At any rate, I'm going to follow it up and see where I come out. I couldn't be in a worse scrape than at the bottom of the hole I've just left. So the brave lad, buoyed up with renewed hope, crawled slowly along the narrow tunnel, feeling his way as he went. After traversing what seemed to him in his unpleasant situation an endless distance, he suddenly became aware that the sides and roof had fallen away, and that there was now room to stand up. Ile got on his feet, anc1 found that he could not reach the rock above his head The Rides of his new prison be could barely touch with both of his arms extended. "Robinson said that he turned on a chance to his right," i.hollght Paul. "I'll do the same I'm almost certain now that I'm actually in the o l d deserted mine If so I ought


AFTER A FORTUNE. to come out into the brush-covered opening in the same way he did. I'll see if the matches in my safe are dry. I should be glad to throw a light on the subject." His matchsafe was a patent waterpioof one, though he did not know it. Opening it, he took out a match and struck it against a rock. It flared up at once, and from the brief survey he was able to obtain of his surroundings he saw that he was in a long, fair-sized passage clearly made by the hand of man. He no longer doubted where he was. Surely this was one of the underground galleries of the Skull mountain mine. No one not obliged to pass through it w ould thought of making the attempt. "Gonzalez will have the job of his life, trying to get in: here," thought Paul, as he bored his way t hrou g h the brush. "This is the worst thing I've ever tackled in m y life." But he never thought of getting discourage d fo r w a s not he on his road to freedom and the outer air? At last glimmerings of daylight came to him t h ro u g h the brush. "l'm getting there by degrees," he murmured. I g u ess Andy is wondering by this time where I have gone t o I'll have quite a story to tell him and Mr. Quill whe n I get back to the camp CHAPTER XVI. The light grew brighter as he advanced. THE FORTUNE woN. Flashes of sunshine glistened here and there. Paul lit an occasional match as he made his way along Then, too, the brush was less dense as he got further the passage and further from the mouth of the tunnel. Finally he came to the cross tunnel, described by Job Finally he reached the encl of the obstruction, and Robinson as the one which led direct to the opening of the thrust his head outside into the open air. mine. The air was hot and close, for it was well along in t h e The boy was now in exuberant spi;rits. morning, and the sun quite high in the sky, but fo r a!.l ''I'll be out of this in no tin;i,

AFTER A FORTUNE. ote of the surroundings, but started along the foothills toward the camp. He kept a bright lookout for Gonzalez and his crowd, and for a while saw nothing of them; neither did any om: of them observe the boy, on account of the thick brush which concealed him from their eyes. When Paul began to leave the brush behind and come out into the unsheltered open space, the Mexican saw He naturally supposed it was Andy Blake who was hunt ing for his companion, and was not disposed to bother his head about him. One of his gang happened to be sharper -eyed, and be ,' sides, was nearer Paul's line of retreat. He uttered a shout of amazement, and running up to the Mexican, told him that the boy they had cast into the hole had in some manner made his escape. Gonzalez at first insisted that he was dreaming, but the ruffian swore he had recognized the lad's face. So the Mexican, while not by any means convinced, concluded to stop the youth. Paul saw Gonzalez and two of his gang coming after him, so he took to his heels, the }\'Iexican firing after him. He set a hot pace for his foes, and consequently the chase became a lively one. One thing now began to give Paul considerable uneasi ness-he was afraid that he would not be able to find the camp under such strenuous conditions. The firing, however, attracted the attention of both Andy, who had just returned from an unsuccessful hunt after his chum, and Phineas Quill. "There's somethin' doin' yonder," said Quill, limping to a spot where 'he could command a view of the situation. "I'll bet that's your pard in trouble." The prospector drew his unfailing six-shooter, and pre pared for action. In another moment Paul came flying into sight, with the three men after him as hard as they could put, and firing as rapidly as possible. "Hi, hi, Paul, this way!" cried Andy, springing on the big rock, and waving his hat at his chum. Paul saw him and changed his course. Gonzalez, now certain that the boy he had doomed to death had in some unaccountable manner made his escape, was determined to recapture him at all hazard. Phineas Quill grimly waited for him to come within easy range. Paul dashed through the bushes into the camp, and fell down thoroughly exhausted, just as Quill's revolver rang out on the still air. The bullet found its way to Manuel Gonzalez's heart, and the ruffian threw up his arms with a sharp cry, and fell dead in his own tracks. The other rascals stopped, dumfounded. The prospector put a ball through the ear of one of them, and that was enough to send them back kiting the way they had come. Paul had a wonderful story to tell of his morning's ad ventures. "You had a pretty narrow escape, pard," said the pros pector, "and you ought to be thankful that you're alive." "I am," replied Paul. Later on, with the aid of a rope, the three descended the perpendicular hole, and entered the Skull mountain mine through the narrow passage originally discovered by Job Robinson. With torches, which Quill showed them how to make, they explored the mine just as Robinson did, and the prospector's knowledge and experience of ore bodies dem onstrated that the mine was a regular bonanza. Before they returnd to Tucson, Phineas Quill staked off as many claims in the immediate vicinity of the mine as the law allowed the three to take up, and the same were duly registered, and then the prospector undertook to dispose of the mine just as it stood to a syndicate. Eventually a number of capitalists took things in hand, formed the Skull Mountain Gold and Silver Mining Com pany of Arizona, all'd paid Paul Clifford and his associates '1 -$600,000 in cash, and gave them 40,000 slla.res of stock of 1 f $1(} a par va ue o .. Of cour se, Paul gat h.aJf of the cash and half of the shares for himself, while. the other half was divided be tween Andy and Phineas Quinn. 'l'o-day the stock is worth $25 a share, and is mighty hard to get at that figure. The company to date has divided $5,000,000 in divi, dends among its share-holders, some of which has been paid to Paul Clifford, while. Andy and Mr. Quill have each received a quarter of a million. As the prospect of getting as much more out of the mine is very bright, Paul may be considered one of the luckiest young men in America. He is worth about $2,000,000-the bulk of it in cash, the market value of his mining stock being half a million. He is married, and resides in a very swell Chicago home on the lake. Andy also lives in good style in the Windy City, while Phineas Quill has a more modest home in the East. 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This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Orac ulum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or mi sery, wealth or poverty. \' ou can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced '!'ell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es 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 instructio n for the use of duu1b beUs, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become 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 dilfer 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 without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\IE A GYMNAST.-Containing full Instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for f1ositions in fo!l ting. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of fue general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring eleight-of-hand; of trick11 involving sleight-of-hand, or the use 9f epecially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72 HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il Justrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Oontaining deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leaning conjurors and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The 'great book of magic and card tricks, contai ning full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magicai illusions as performed by oui: magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight exp lain ed by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the S()Cret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only: authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the of magical illusions ever plaGed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing offr one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. And erso n. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containil)g over of the lates, t and best tricks u sed by magicians. Also contain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE l\fAGIC TOYS.-Contajning full directions for making Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By: A. Anderson. Fully illustmted. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinc many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Andei:son. Fully illustrated. .No. 7 .5. HO\y TO .A. CONJUROR. Containin1 tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinc thirty-si'x illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete 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 boJ' s hould know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics etc. The most instructive book published. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a Jocomc>tive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive ; together with a full description of e-rorything an engineer shouldi know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to a B!llio, Violin, Zither, .2Eolian Harp, Xylo phone and c>ther musical mstruments; 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 fue Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and inventiou. Also full directions for its use and for paintjng slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW '1'0 DO MECHANICAL complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LEtTER WRITING. Ncr. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, givi ng spec imen 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, and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subject.; also givii;ig sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you bow to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everyb6dy and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every youn1 lady in the land shou ld have this book. No. 74 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-(')on taining full instructions for writing letters on a.lmost any subject also rules ,for punctuation and composition, with specimen letteai


1WILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Sto11ies, Sketehes, ate., of leste11ti h i f e. El"Y" .A.N'" C>:L:O BCC>"C.TT 3 2 PAGES PBICE 5 32 PAGES. CENTS. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of the se exciting stories are founded on facts Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories published. Read the f o llowing n umbers of t h is m ost i nteresting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES 176 Young Wild West and the Magic Mine; or, How Arletta Solv e d Mystery. 16 Young WJld West' s Lively Time; or, T h e Dand y Duck ot the 177 Young Wild W est as a Cavalry S cout; or, Saving t h e S ettle r s. Diggings. 178 Young Wild W est Beating the Bandits ; or, Arletta' s B est Sho t ; 7 Young Wild West at Hold-Up Canyon; or, Arletta's Great Victory. 1 7 9 Young Wild West and "Crazy Hawk"; or, The Redskins' Last l8 Young Wild West's Square Deal; or, Making the "Bad Men Raid. Goo d 180 Young Wild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arletta the Lariat 19 Young Wild West Cowing the Cowboys; or, Arletta and the Queen. PralrleFlre. dN j Nd Tb H tf th Hlf 1 8 1 YoungWildWeetandtbeTreacherousTrapper;or,LoetintheGreat _.>O Youn g Wild West an ava o e ; or, e un or e a -N orth Woode. Breed H ermit. 182 Young Wild West's Dash to Deadwood; or, Arletta and tne J 51 Young Wild West's Virgin Vein; or, Arletta and tt;ie Cave In Kidnappers. 1 52 Young Wild West' s Cowboy Champions; or, The Tl'lp to Kansas 183 Young Wild West' s Silver Scoop; or, Cleaning Up a Hundre d City. Thousand. J 53 You n g Wild West's Elven Chance; or, Arletta' s Presence of Mind 184 Young Wild West and the Oregon Outlaws; or, Arletta as a 154 You n g Wild West and the Flattened Bullet; or, The Man Who "Judge. Would not Drop. 185 Young Wild We1t and "Mexican Matt"; or, Routing the Rawhide 155 Young Wild West' s Gold Game; or, Arletta'& Full Hand. Rangers. 156 Y o ung Wild West' s Cowboy Scrimmage; or, Cooking a Cro w d O! 186 iYoung Wild West and the fJomancbe Queen; or, Arletta as an Crooks. Archer. 157 Young Wild West and the Arizona Athlete or The Duel t hat l 8 T ifoung Wild West and the "Gold Ring''; or, The Flashy Five of Four Flush. L asted a Week 188 :Young Wild West' s Double Rescue; or, Arletta'& Race With 158 Young Wild W est and the Kansas Cowboys; or, Arletta's Clea n D eath. Score. 189 Young Wild West and the Texas Rangers; or, Crooked Work on 159 Young Wild West Doubllng His Luck; or, The Mi n e t hat Made a the Rio Grande. Million. 190 Young Wild W est' s Branding Bee; or, Arletta and the Cow 160 Young Wild West and the Loop ot Death; or, Arletta' & G o l d 1 9 1 ,., Punchwer1 s 1 d W t d HI Part Pl! d H Cache /.Loung es an s ner s e, an ow Arletta 161 Young Wil d West at Bolling Butte; or, Hop Wah and the High-Saved It. bin ders. 198 lfoung Wild West's Buckhorn Bowle, and How It Saved His 162 Young Wild Wj!st Paying the Pawnees; or, Arletta Held for Partners. Ransom. 194 Young Wild W est In the Haunted Hille; or, Arletta and the 163 Young Wil d W est' s Shooting Match; or, The "Show-Down" at Arrow. Shasta. 195 Young Wild West' s Cowboy Dance; or, Arletta'e Annoying Ad164 Young Wild West at Death Divide ; or, Arletta's Great .Fight. mlrer. 165 Young Wild W est and the Scarlet Seven; or, Arletta's Daring 196 Young Wild West' s Double Shot; or, Cheyenne Charlie' s Life Lea p. Line. 1 6 6 You n g Wild West' s Mirror Shot; or, Rattling t h e Renegade s 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arletta and the Drop of J J7 Young Wild W est and the Greaser Gan g ; or. Arletta as a Spy. Death 168 Young Wild West losing a Million; or, How Arletta Helped Him 198 Young Wild West and the Gulf Gang; or, Arletta' s Three libots. Out. 199 Young Wild West's Treasure Trove; or, The Wonderful Luck of 160 Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers; or, Lively Work In the Girls. Utah. 200 Young Wild West' s Leap In the Dark; or, Arletta and the Underl 70 Young Wild West Corrallng the Cow -Punchers; or, Arletta's Swim ground Stream. for Life .. ,, 201 YoungWildWestandtheSllverQueen;o r TbeFateoftheMysticTen. l 1 Young Wil d West Facing the Music ; or, The Mistake the Lynch: 202 Y oung Wild West Striking it Rich; or, Arletta and the Cave of Gold. ere Made 203 Young W1ld West's Relay Race; or, The Fight at Fort Feather. 172 Young Wild West and "Montan a Mose"; or, Arletta's Messenger 204' Young Wild West and the "Crooked Cowboys"; or, Arletta and the of Death. Cattle Sta111pede. 173 Young Wild West at Grizzly Guieb; o r The Shot that Saved the 2 05 Young Wild West at Sizzling Fork; or, A Hot Time with the Claim Camp Jumvers. 174 Young Wild West on the Warpath; or, Arletta Among the AraYoun

.,, Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MAD E MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter A NEW O N E ISS U E D E Vtt;RY Handsome Colored Cover5 PRlOE 5 CENTS A COPY This Week l y contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage or passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the liv es of our successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famou s and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which m 2.kes ''Fame and Fortune week ly" a maga zin e for the home, a lthough each numb;ir is r ep lete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best ob.tainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort i s constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. A LP.E.lDY PUDLISHED. 1 A J,ucky Deal; o r The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck: or, The Boy \Yh o Succeeded. 3 A Corn e r in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. A Game of Chance: or, The Boy 'ho Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, 'l'he Young Contractor s or Lakevlew. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record or a Self-:\iade Boy. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers or Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Ilunters of Cocos Island. 32 Adrift on the World; o r \Yorklng Ilia Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wail Street. 34 Tatters; o r A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young l\'lonte Cristo; or, The Ric hest Boy in the World. 36 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Hallroad. 9 .Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wail Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, 'l'he Boys Who Worked a 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Doston Boy. 37 Beating the Rrokers; or, The noy Who "Couldn't be Doce: l\Iine. 38 A Roiling Stone; or, 'l.'he' Brightest Boy on Record. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; o r, A Brave Hoy's Start in Life 1 3 Baiting t h e Bears; \or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy h o Could r\ot be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered Ili s :\est. 16 A Good Thing; o r The Boy ho !\lade a Fortune. 17 King of t h e Market; or, The Young Trader in Wail Street. 18 l'ure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 1 9 A Itise in Lire; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barr e l of Money: or, A Br'ght Boy in Wail Street. 21 All to the Good: or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 IJow Ile Got There; o r 'l'he Pluckiest Boy of Them Al l. 23 Bound to Win; or. The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 l'ushing lt Througll : OP, The Fate of a Lucky Roy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wail Stree t 26 'l'he Way to Success; or, 'l.'he Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck 011 : or. 'l'lle Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Ris k ; or, The Young Miners of Deila Cruz. 39 .Never Say Die; or, 'l.'he Younir Surveyor of Ilappy \alley. 40 Almost a l\Ian; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Boss o f the Market; or, The G1eatest Boy In \Y::ill Street. 42 The Chance of His Life; or. The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From Beil-Boy to Millionaire. 44 Out for Business: or, The Smartest Boy In Town. 45 A Favorite of. Fortune: or, Striking I t Ulch In Wall St


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