Hook, ladder and pike, or, The life-savers of Freehold

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Hook, ladder and pike, or, The life-savers of Freehold
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Lennox, Robert
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-----N!2 3 Q ... ,""' ---' ---. ... .. "' Ruri for your .. very Uvea!'' 'roared ... P'oreman enson, leading the mad 1ght. Crash! DoWn. came the walls, sending up .a volcano or dame and sti1ling fumes "I won't desert a helpless comrade!" gritted Tip KarstoJi. The Aery avalanche ca.ught them both.


WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY . A CO/tf'PLETE STORY EVERY WEEK. l1111e1J Wee1dv-Bv Subscription f2.50 per 11ear. l!Jntered according to Aof of Congresa, in the 11ear 1907, In fhe office or flle Ulwarlan of CongreH, Washington, D. c., b11 Frank Touae11, PubHaller 24 Union Square, New Yori:. No. 39-. NEW YORK, JANUARY 11, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. HOOK, LAUDER AND. PIKE OB, THE LI FE=SAVERS. OF FREEHOLD By R.OBER.T LENNOX CHAPTER I. WHEN THE MEN WENT A.WA. Y. "It'll be kinder tough, Mr. Mayor, if we can't go away," pleaded big, brawny Joe Lantry. He was fOll'eman of Drench No. 1, which company com prised a hand engine and a hook and ladder truck, n.ll there was of the fire department of the little town of Freehold. "I know you men want to go," hesitated the Mayor. the hook and ladder compa:ey who s to o d banked behind big Joe. "I know you ought to have the trip," agreed the Mayor. "Then why don't you give it to us?" almost shouted o:ne of the volunteer firemen from the back of the group. "If only you could fix it so that half of you go, while t h e other half remain at home--" began the Mayor, thinking he saw his way out of the fix. But big Joe gave a positive, well-nigh angry shake of his. head. "Of c ourse we d o," broke in Foreman Lantry, el!gerly. "That won't do, either, Mr. Mayor. We've talked that "All work and no p l a y t ire s a f elJQw out. Here' s the big all over, dozens of times. Either all of us go, or all Fir e m e n' s Fair and P a rade coming off at Mont clair, and us stay at home." all my fellows have been 'lotting' on going for the last "Would you be any b e tter off with us away than if we month." stayed at home and dispanded ?" call e d one hot-tempere d "I'd like to see you go, too,'\ protested the -Mayor, unman from the rear of th e fire company easily. But big Joe wheeled upon that speaker, his eyes glowing "You've only got to say the one word of permit, Mr. at the kicker. Mayor, and off we go," affirmed the big foreman. "I reckon we want less talking in the ranks," remarkecl "But don' t you under s tand, Joe Lantry--" Joe, significantly. ''Of course, Mr. M ayor, I understand that there may be "You see, men," explained the Mayor, "it isn't what a fire while we' re gone. But, Lord save us, Mr. Mayor, I want, or what the people of the town want, eith e r. The there are men e nough in this town to put out any fire that citizens of Freehold are all your neighbors, and they all gets started. And r err{e mber, Mr. Mayor, we're a volunappreciate what you do for their safety the year around. teer fir e d epa:rlm e n t W e don't g et p aid for our services, As far as the "folks O'f this town go, they'd say to let you but just t h e same we turn out wint e r and summer, good go, and they'd take tlie chances." weathe r a nd bad, nig ht o r cla y a nd ri s k our lives a dozen "Then what's to hinder, Mr. 'May or?" insi s ted big Joe. times a year "The insurance companies." Ther e w ere l o ud murmurs from the 1two doze' n men of "The fire insurance comEanies be blowed !" uttered Joe


HOOK, LADDER AND P IKE. JAmtry, exp l osively "They don't pay us anyth i ng, and they don't own us We're not bound to give up everything in l ife to please the fire insurance companies." : ,Toe sa i d this with the pos i tiveness of one who wou l d n ot be disp u ted From a ll around there were m urmurs o f eage r app roval. T he Mayor, about t o o pe n h is mouth, p a u sed and m o pped hi s for ehead It was h o t, anyway It was j ust abou t at t h e close of what had been a very h ot summer d ay T h e peop l e in thi s l ittle group, which had swelled until it n umbered abou t a hundred i n all, had had their suppers and were out in the las t few minutes of summer daylight in searc h e i t h e r of cool o r e xcitement wh i chever offered. Ait this p resent moment it was p l ain eno u g h that a ll the c r owd were on the side of the men of Drench O ne, w h o want e d to get away for a week to a big meeting of firemen a t fifty miles a,way. "I hear all you say, and it's right, too," p l eaded the Mayor, looking big Joe full in the eyes "Yet list e n to th.e othe r side as well. Suppose there's a rea l fire or two while you're away? Of course, there may b e m e n enough to put it out But suppose they fail and a goodly building is gutted? The own e r 'll want his insurance, won't he? Now, what woul d the say? They'd say they had given thi s town a low rate on fire insurance because we main tained here a trained volunteer fire departm ent. The fire i n su r ance people might sfly, that as the town had allowed all the firemen to g9 out of town the companies w ere not obliged to pay the in s urance money. That's the law, .Toe Lantry, and ju s t because you were away the companies could get out of paying a blessed cent of insurance. That'd be tough in the case of one building burning down. But what would it mean if a fire swe p t away the buildings on 01,ir business s treet, and there was not a cent to be paid on the lo sses of all our business men?" Now a murmur of a different kind ran around, for the bu s iness men who were pre s ent in the crowd sa w the forci;i of that argument. "We don't want to ris k having the town ruined," murmuref l one to another. "I see the point," muttered big Joe, dis g u s tedly. 'I'he Mayor again mopped his perspiring brow. "Fellows," announced .Toe Lantry, "I gtiess all the firemen's fair we'll see will be held in the little shanty right ba.;k of you." Freehold's firemen turned antl glared s ulkil y at the trim l ittle house behind them, in which rested the hand engine, D rench No 1, and its companion, the hook and ladder truck. At one side o.f the crowd a dozen lads between fifteen and eighteen had bee n doing some talking in undertones Now one of them stepped bol dly forward T ed B e nson was anyt h i n g bu t a swaggerer, but he was a boy who knew his own mind, and he was prepared to speak it. This was one of the times As he stepped forward the other b0;ys crowded close around him, but their glances were mostly on the Mayor Ted Benson presented a strong picture of self reliant, manly, honest and fear l ess youth as he steppe d forward at the head of his fellows. He was seventeen, the son o f the keeper o f the lo ca l livery stable. As_ the people of Freehold were not over-given to hiring horses, Ted's parents were very far, indeed, frotn being wealthy. Ted was in the High School at p resen t In another year, when he graduated, it r emai n e d f o r him to show whether he was equal to working himself thr ough college. Ted was of s lender build, as a boy o"f seventeen shou l d be Yet there was depth to his chest, strength in his li mbs, and' a fair broadness in hisesh0iulQ.ers that betokened the promising young athlete. He was in fact, captain this summer of the Freehold nine, as he had been captain, the winter before, of the High School football team. Lighthaired, almost to the color of tow, Ted's ruddy, healthy skin and clear, light blue eyes made him l ook the picture of health While exactly a handsome boy, as the word is used, he was fine-lookin g. < Almost at hi s s ide, as our hero step ped forward, was Tip Marston. Tip, who was alsp seve nteen, w as about as dark as Ted was fair. The t\vo boys contrasted well when together, which was about all the time They were known as "Damon and Pythias" on account of their fast friendship for each other. It was jokingly said that Tip, who was more cut out for a busi!le s s life, wou ld try to work through college, too, sim ply because T ed was h eaded that way. At this moment, from the looks that the other boys fas tened on the Mayor's face, it would seem plain that Ted had been delegated to act as their spokesman "Mr. Mayor," began Ted, r espectl'.ully, "can I have tnc fioor for jus t a minute?" "Certaihly. Of co:urt!e," nodded Mayor Scott. "Well sir, we'd like to see the crew of Drench O ne get away to their good time." "And so would I, Ted-no one more than I." "And all that seems to be keeping them back, sir, seem!' to be that there is no fire company to take their place." "Exac tl y, murmured bot h ered Mr. Scott. "The n Mr. Mayor, on behalf of my friends, I ha'.IB to propose that we boy s of Freehold will organize a hook and ladder company right on the spot." "What! Schoolboys gasped the Mayor "Yes, si r."


HOO K P I KE. "But--" "There' s no law against boy s making up a fire company, is there, Mr. Mayor?" "N o -o-o, I believe not. But--" "And Joe Lantry will tell you, sir," went on Ted, inter rupting the speech of the City Fathe r, so eager was th e boy to press his plan, "he'll tell you that at every fir e lots of us fellows have given a good, strong hand and some good service." "That's so," nodded Joe quickly. "In fact, Mr. Mayor," went on Ted, "I b e li eve that I can claim, without brag g in g th a t the r e are many of us who can truthfully say that w e' re good juni or firemen." '"That's so_..:by the great horn spoon!" d ecla r e d Joe Lantry, approvingly. At that there was a yell from the fire c rew, foll o w e d by a cheer. 'red, a born lea der. was swift to follow up thi s advan tage. "So you will see, Mr. Mayor that you can allow the young men of the town to or g anize a hook and ladd e r company, and that the fire in s urance people will s imply have to be satisfied." "There you are Mr. Ma. yor," endo r sed Joe h eart ily. A good many nodding, murmuring approval s were heard in the crowd. Ther'e were many peoplf) in Freehold who h a d good caus e to know what Ted Benson could accompli s h when he set his heart to it. "Mr. Mayor," broke in an excited, a lm o s t trembling voice from the out s kirts of the crowd, "I have the honor to propose that I myself will rai s e and c ommand a fire company of boys for one week!" "Who's that?" demanded some on e who could not see the speaker from where he stoQd: The query was heard by all pre s ent. So was the answer: "George Snyder!" At that announcement there was a round of laughter which nearly half of those pre sent indul ged. Several of the boys behind Ted joined in th e laugh. George Snyder, a tall rathe r s lim .bo y of e i ghteen, w e ll dre s sed and almo s t foppi s h-looking, had starte d to pre s s his way through the crowd. Now, at the soundt0f th e lau ghter which t he m e ntion of his name caused, Snyder halted., his dark eyes flashing angrily. "Well," he demand e d looking haugptily around "isn't my proppsal in line with the s cheme that is being di s cussed?" "But you didn't get up the scheme!" shouted one boy. "You're stealing Ted Ben s on' s thunder!" "Go and think.up s omething that's original with yourself!" "' "Go home and soak your head!" "Yes-in coal oil, and then touch a match to it!" ''Think up something for yourselfi" "Don't other people's brajns !" "Do n' t try to hog all the glory, either!" Geor g e Sn y der looked an g ry and humiliated, as indee d he w as, until one of his friends-for Snyder had' his friends in town-calle d out: "Say, what 's the matter witl:r George?" "He's all right!" came back a hearty chorus from you ng Sn y der's friends. The re was a pause, broken, in another second, by a voice slightly tinged with brogue, which broke in: "From his feet down-thot is!" At that there was another laugh, followed by derisive y e lls that made George Snyder's face tuq scar l et. Yet George tried to swallow the choke that Denny Burke's deri s ion had l;irought to his voice. "Mr. Mayor," in s isted Snyd e r, with what pompousness he c ould, "I am waiting for your answer to my proposi tion." "Thin-all together wid yez !" hailed Denny. "We--don't-want-Snyder !" came the slow, regular, dinned-out chorus. Snyder flushed yet more deeply and stood glaring arou nd him. "Then .whom do you want?" asked Mayor Scott. Back came the answer, in a torrent of sound: "Ted Benson At that the cheering started up again, big Joe La!ltry leading in it as be strode forward, clapping one heavy hand on our hero's shoulder. "The Benson men seem to have it," proclaimed Mayor Scott, as s oon as he could make hirh s elf heard. "Then you accept our propo s ition for a boy's fire com parry f o r one week, sir?" hailed Ted, delightedly . "Fo r one week-yes," nodded Mayor S c ott. "It seems to b e th e bes t possible way of giving the men the chance they want." Then the re was cheeriug, indeed. But George Snyd e r, having seen the wreck of bis own daring hope, felt consumed with ra ge, disgust and mortifi cation. What could the boys find in 'l'ed Benson to go "crazy'' about? .. Wasn t he (Snyd er) th:i son of a man who, forty years ago, h a d owned a c res and acres of land where the town now stood? Hwn.'t old man Snyder made a fortune out of selling building lots that some ancestor had left him? Weren t the Snyder s therefore, the real aristocrats of th e town? And George had bee n turned down in favor of the son o f an almost p e nniles s hos tler," as young Snyder termed 'reel' s father in his own mind. It was galling. George Snyder felt almost suffocated as h e pu s h e d hi s way angrily through the crowd. He went s traight up to one of the prettiest visions of that had ever been s een on the streets of Freeholcl. She was Della Foster, the of a ll!an who had m ade his s nug fortune in Wall Stre et, and who now lived


4 HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. on the outskirts of Freehold in a handsome colonial r themselves in such of the firemen's shirts and helmets as house. I had been found to fit these younger :firemen. Della, with her deep-brown hair, her sweet, laughing I Ted, in fact, even had the foreman's trumpet in his eyes, her pearly teeth in a rosebud of a mouth, her trim, hand, standing near the doorway, a little while before dark, dainty little :figure, and all the surpassing qualities of beau. tiful girlhood, turned to George with sympathy showing in her eyes. \ "Wouldn't that jar a statue?" growled George, as he lifted his hat on joining her. "It was a great disappointment, of course," agreed the girl; sympathetically. "I'm very, very sorry, George, that they made so much fun of you." "And in favor of such a-such a-young jackanapes !" ground out 1he disappointed candidate for honors. "Oh, yo. u don't quite mea. n that?'' coaxed the girl. "Who? Ted Benson? He's an upstart-a nobody-the son of a hostler," retorted George, explosively, as the two drew away from the crowd. 'Oh, now, you're unjust, George," reproved the pretty girl, mildly. "Ted Benson .is really a fine young fellow in lots ofways." "Huh!" sputtered Snyder. "I remember last :winter how noble he was when he plunged through into that air-hole out on the ice and brought Kitty Ford out to safety when no one else dared go in after her." "Huh!" sneered George. "Why, you were there yourself, and saw the splendid, heroic deed," urged Della. "Huh!" "And you didn't offer t'o go into the icy water after Kitty, either. I had lroped that you would." George Snyder swore, but not loudly enouth for Della to hear him. The boys' fire company was formed that night-for. med for one week, to serve as substitutes for the regular :fire department. Ted Benson was immediately elected foreman, while Tip Marston was fust as promptly declared assistant foreman. In all, twenty-four of Freehold's brightest boys were en rolled. Denny Burke proudly carried off the honor of being chosen captain of the crew that drew the tub .. as the hand engine was known, while Jack Preston was selected for the captaincy of the special crew that was to drag the hook and ladder truck in case an alarm came in. The next day Ted Benson had his fire company out three times on false alarms. But each time they went through their duties with a snap, zeal and vim that promi sed well if there should be need for their services. On the day after all this drilling Joe Lantry and his firemen went away on the train. That evening Ted :J3enson and every member of his company gathered at the fire-house, full of eagerness for duty if any call should come. In their youthful enthusiasm they had already arrayed when there came to their ears, from some distance, a fled but tremendous-Bal}.g "What on earth is that?" gasped Tip, starting up. "We'll know mighty soon, in case it's a fire," smiled Ted. "Fires don't begin with a bang, do they?" laughed Jack Preston. "Sometimes-when there's an explosion, for instance. But what are you fellows crowding arou' nd the doar for? Back to the apparatus you run with, every one you: Boys, we want to be ready to start on the second if an alarm really should--" Ding-dong! Th e clapper of the fire-alarm was really sounding. "Whoop!" All the pent-up enthusiasm of the youngsters was in that eager yell of joy. "On the run, Drench One!" bellowed Ted. He himself set the example by leaping across the walk and into the street. Whirr! clatter! jangle! Drench 1, the old hand engine that had seen service, was right behind the young chief. Close in the wake of the engine came the sturdy old hook and ladder truck, with which much of the best fire-fighting in Freehold had ever done. There was no need to wait for t}le alarm to sound through. Every one of them knew from about where the explosive sound liad come. That was clue enough to take them straight to the scene. CHAPTER II. THE FLAMES THAT MEANT DEATH. Men and boys-and dogs-joined in the m ad scamper as these young firemen of Freehold raced their hook and ladder apparatus through the streets. They had nearly half a mile to go. Yet, with so many willing hands pulling at the ropes, the apparatus was whirled almost as swiftly as the boys could have sprinted there without a drag behind them. As Ted, some yards in the lead, whirled around a cmner and got a good look down the business s treet of the town, he understood where the fire was. The :fire was in a irame building at the further end of the business part of the town. In that wooden building an eccentric character, an old man known as "Old Joe Miller," lived and worked. He called himself a chemist, but that was going beyond the truth. Old Man Miller had invented a fairly good fireproof paint that he sold to farmers.


HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. 5 Here Joe worked and made the paint, and he was believed to be at work on another, better fireproof paint that he hoped the railway companies wo. uld buy of him. Naturally, being a.maker of fireproof paint, Old Man Miller had none on his own building. Now, as Ted raced forward, he saw heavy, thick flames pouring out of the ramshackle building. "We can't save that crazy old place!" he uttered. "We'll do well if we can save the busine$s section from g e tting in flames. Whew! This i;; the fix Mayor Scott talked about before the regular fire company went away!" It was, indeed. Any siowness, any blundering, or any bad luck would doom the business section, the way the fire looked now. "All the better!" quoth Ted to himself. "It puts u s on our mettle at the outset, and we'll show the folks!" Even as swiftly as the boys moved to the fire_, there was a crowd there ahead of them. "You'll have to drive the crowd back," panted Ted, to Chief of Police Brown, who was already on the scene, flanked by his one night poliqmian. "We've got to all the room possible, Chief, for our work." The police began to drive the people back, while Tip saw to the coupling of the hose with hydrant and engine, and the hook and ladder men got ready. "Get on to the bars there, lively!" rang out Ted's sharp command. "N ozzlemen, throw the firs t stream right around the doorway Don't waste a drop of water I Play 11.way, Drench One!" Then Ted turned to the Chief of Police. "How did it start, Mr. Brown?" "Blessed if I know. One man who was near here said the explosion sounded like one of gas.I' "And Miller l1ad a gas plant in his cellar," replied Ted, swiftly. ''.Perhaps there was a leak, and he went down there-with a light, of course-to look for the1leak." "That does sound natural," agreed the Chief of Police. Jack Preston was now hi:\s y1 handing down the pikes, poles 11.nd axes. "Come on, now, you hook and ladder men!" roared Ted's bellowing voice through the trumpet. "The 'iJ&b' (engine) vill do what it can, but" this is a hook and ltdder job of the first order. Get in there, .Jack with th e hooks, poles, and axes Tear down everything that'll come down! No use trying to save this building, but we mus t save the others!" He watched the boys sally in against the firs t fire that they had ever fpught on their own account. The stream was playing well, under good pressure, but the nozzlemen were all but blistered at such close range to the heat. ''Where's old Miller?" Ted suddenly demanded, turning to the chief. "Don't know. Haven't seen him," replied that official. "Yet the explosion came from the celJar?" "Yes." "Miller may be down there yet." "Good heavens! Do you think so?" "I'm not going t<,> think," gritted Ted. "I'm going to know!" "What--" But the question was wasted, for 'fed had darted for ward to where Jack Preston was directing the fellows who had poles and pikes. I "Follow me,. Jack; as far as you can. I want yo to watch to see whether I succeed in getting back." "What--" But Jack's question met the same fate as had Chief Brown's, for Ted had once more sprung f9rward. The people who were only looking on gave a gasp when they saw 'l'ed dart through the flame-lit doorway. But there was not, as yet, any danger of his clothes catch ing fire in this pa.rt of the building. The barrels of oil and tubs of mixed paint that were blazing so furiously at the rear of the store were sending up all the smoke, making all the smudge and heat, and reflecting the red light that had seemed to fold itself around the young foreman as he dashed inside. But the flames were thick and suffocating. Ted bad to bold bis breath as, aided by the glow, he hastened to the open doorway of the cellar. He was down there like a flash. Down here, too, it was light, for oils and alcohol were burning toward the rear of the cellar. Yet, by the flames, Ted saw the body of old Joe Miller lying there on the :floor, two yards from the line of fire. Again holding his breath, Ted darted forward. He gathered up the somewhat light form of the old inventor in his arms, lifted it, and wheeled around to escape. As. he did so, our hero saw the wrecked remains of the gas plant. There could be no doubt that an explosion of gas had given the blaze its first start. Probably the force of the explosion had torn tbe lamp fro:rn the old man's hands and had hurled it to a distance, cau sing it to explode. But all this Ted guessed in a flash, now, for there was no time to stand gazing. A sudden change in the air-currents through the burn ing building drove the flames down and thickened the smoke. Left thus in the dark, and strangling in the smoke, de. spite his closed mouth and stilled breathiJ:?,g, Ted groped his yay back to the cellar stairs. His head began to sw'im, yet he held to the huma,n bur den in his arms. Up on the next floor he made a dash in a straight line for the street door. Watching Jack Preston saw liim and ran forward to guide his all but blinded young chief from the building. As Ted staggered out a : cheer went up from the specta .. tors back of the police linQs. "Bully old Ted!"


6 HOOK, LADDER A.ND PIKE. "First rescue for the kids!" "Who says the boy volunteers ain't all righf?" 'rhere were more cheers, amid which could be heard Tip Marston's voice calling: "No time to rubb e r, fellows! Keep on pumping!" Ted bore Old Man Miller straight to the :fire lines. "Here, some of you, take this old man and see that he 's looked after,'' Benson direct e d briefly. Then, as he felt hbn self r e lieved of his burden, he wheeled and ran back. There stoo d Jack, again directing the fellows, who were working like beavers with pole and pike. Jack seemed dizzy. "Here, old fellow, you go back an d boss the tub outfit," Ted ordered swiftly. "I'll bring Tip over here He hasn t got a pair of lungs full of smoke." The change in assistants was quickly made, but Jack, l e aving the work of the pumping crew to Denny Burke, saw to it that the nozzle was kept turned at the point s where the water could do the most good. "Tip, that wl).ole front wall can be pulled down almost at any moment n ow," shouted Ted in hi s chum's ear. "Get the fellows to trying it. With the walls down we'll have a su re thing on stopping the sp re a d of the fire Valiantly polemen and pikemen s a llied in, under Tip Marston's close direction. It was too hot, as yet, for the axemen to be able to get in at close quarters. Their time would CQme when the burning walls were down. For two or three minutes the pikemen tugged at getting that front wall down. They were greatly ai ded the polemen. Tom Gerald, working with Tip at thedoorway, had just succeeded in s tarting a bit of the blazing framework o ver the door. But the smoke pouring from inside proved too much for Tom. Suctdenly, without warning, Tom swooned and went d own in the stifling air of the doorway. Ah The front wall was giving! Here it came-top. pling "Run for your very lives!" roare d Foreman Benson himself leading the mad flight. Crash Down cam e the walls, sending up a volcano of flame and stifling fumes "I won't desert a helpless comrade!" gritte d Tip Mar ston, wheeling and seizing Tom Gerald back of the shoul ders. The fie ry avalanche caught them both. Down came the blazi ng embers, but Tip squared his shoulders to keep them off of unconscious Tom's body. Some one else was suddenly battling with the falling embers For Ted, seeing his chum's peril, had s natched a pole out of another fellow's hands and raced back, fencing off the blazi,ng bits of wood fo r instant. Then tossing the pole back of him, Te.d seized hold of Gerald, shouting : "Off with him,. on the r u sh I" They got away. Tip's shirt was blazing, but Jack Presto n saw that, and for an in sta:q.t the st r eam. of hose played a ll over Tip 's back They got 11-way just before there came another crash, and the main portion of the front wall fell. "It's time to drag the hose around and play agai nst the wall of the next building now!" b e llow ed Ted thi:ough his trumpet He had not attempted to follow Tip and the uncon scious Tom Gerald, for he knew that they would be well looked after now that they were out of the crowd. Hardly had the st ream began to play on the threatened ne xt building than Ted l e d a few of the fellows in as close as they could go to tfi:e steam and the heat. Here they worked hard at pu llin g over the walls of the end of the blazing buildin g This they soon succeeded in pulling over backward into tl:\e flames. For a few minute s the stream was cha nged in its coill'se so as to play o ver the new pile of embe r s Then back again the dren ch went on the burning next building. At the time of the first fall of the walls there had been a ladder in place against old Miller's doomed s hop This ladder had been dragged back out of the fire and now Ted ordered it against the wall of the building that was now threatened. "Up on the roof two of you hook and l adder men!" roared direc ti ng Ted. "Others on the ladd er Let some of the crowd through the lines to pass buckets of water to the hook and ladd er men!" In a minute more a con stant lin e of buckets was being pas s ed up to the roof of that next building. The young hook and ladder men worked like beaversj "'' dripping more with p erspirati on than from the water the31 were passing. Thanks to the work of these and ladder men that roof was soai most thoroughly drenched. One final crash, and the rest of Miller s building was down. From that on the work was easy, for the next building was now so thorou g hl y well drenched that there could be little cha.nee for any of the flying s park s to c atch. Panting, perspiring, out, yet glowing with sat i s faction, Ted Benson stood back to look at the fire and see if anything more could have been done. "It's all right now, young fire chief!" sound ed the friendly voice of Mayor Scott. "But I want to thank you anc1 your company for a mighty swift, clever bit o f work." "It wasn't so hard protested Ted. "Wasn't, eh?" cried the Mayor, warmii;tg up. "You've had two men hurt, and you yourself riske d your life get ting old Joe out of that cellar."


HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. 'i ================::::::c::=== ===::.. "How are Tip and Tom ?" asked Ted, in sudden c onI cern. For a few moments he had forgotten them. "Oh, Tip is a bit blister ed, but otherwise allright. The doctors are still working over Tom Gerald." "Is it as bad as that?" choked our hero. "Oh, they re going to bring Gerald all right, I im a gin e He has had his eye s ope n, but his lungs are s o full 'of smoke that he has great trouble getting any air down tht;Jre." Tip, in fact, came back a few moments later to report for cluty . He h:').d two s m all bli s ters on his back that smarted a good d e al. "Why-why?" s tamm c re

8 HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. "I wanf to congratulate you,-lllr. Ben son," she mur mured . ".M:e gasped Ted. "On what?" "On the splendid -way you and your fire company be haved last night. I was in the crowd and watched your work. It was splendid." "I'm glad it pleased you, Miss Foster,'' Ted replied, flushing, for he knew t4e eyes of many of the curious throng along the street were now turned on him. "I saw that splendid rescue of yours," D e lla went on. "When I saw you come out, bearing that old man, I felt glad for Snyder stood two or three paces off, scowling impatiently. have to do a lot of that sort of thing," Ted replied. "But no one ever thinks anything about it." "I know I shall," smiled the girl, eaxnestly, and looking into Ted's eyes with a very friendly look in her own eyeR. She admired modesty as much as she did courage. "Well, I hope everybody is 'satisfied with the way we did last night,' Ted went on, feeling somewha t embarrassed for it was the first time that be had ever stopped on the street to chat with Della Foster. Then, by way of changing the subject, he said qui,ckly : "I have heard that you are to be congratulated, Miss Foster.," "On what?" ;'Why-er:-I understand that you have become an heir ess." "Oh, yes," laughed the girl. "Well, it will become tim e enough later on to get excite d over that." Thi s second will had been found in the safe of a lawyer who had done some business for the laie Mr. Eastman. The will had not been opened, but, sealed in its envelope, had been forwarded to the office of Lawyer Southcomb in Freehold. Mr. Southcomb was to open the will in probate court and offer it for filing "So Della Foster doesn't get that million, after all!" was the new word that floated around the gossipy town. "Well, small loss it' ll mean to her. She didn't need the money, anyway." Della, of course, heard this second bit of news. Yet no one would have been able to discover that it in terested her any. As the day was fine she chose to walk down to the post oflice for the mail, instead of sending one of the men servants. George Snyder, watching for her, as he often did, fell in at her side, the two strolling into town together. "To-days's news is very unpleasant, Della," remarked Snyder, sympathetically. "It hasn't spoiled my joy in living," laughed the girl, li g htly. "But it won't change the feelings of any of ycmr friends toward you," the young fellow went o?, with a clumsy attempt at being sentimental. "Of course it won'{," cried the girl. "Why should it? "But it's such-such a stunning blow-it must be,'' stumbled on 1 Snyder, confusedly. '' Stunnir.g ?" asked the g irl. "Why, not in the least. Yesterday, I supposed that I was h e iress to a million dollars that I'll never need. To-day I learn that a later will has been found, and that I'm not an heiress at all ." "Just the same, Miss Foster, I would like to be ainong those who do congratulate you most heartily on your good fortune." "But it certainly is too bad to lose suc h an awfully "Thank you, Mr. Benson." big lump of money," muttered Snyder. "I say, i sn't it time we were going on?" broke in Snyder, "It might be to some people,'' replied the girl, uncon impatientl y . cer0nedly. "To me it doesn't seem at all like bad luck." ''When I ha_ve :finished spea king with Mr. Ben s on,'' re. Snyder looked at her out of the corner of his eye. plied Della, quietly. ( Th l t h He thought, s urely that s he must b e trying to "bluff" en, g ancrng up o see t e scowl on George's face she 1 11m. added: B t D II "t h h t h .d u e a was qm e onest m w a s e sa1 "But don't let me detain you, Mr. Snyder, if yo\t wish to Never havin

HOOK, LADDER AND 'pIKE. 9 1 dows was composed of more than fifty people, and others were s till joining the group. Some gossipy people, more "nervy" than the re st, had gone up into the lawye;r's office, on a pr e tence of business, and sat there waiting to see him. Th e r e were seven or eight of t hese ext rac uriou s ones, in addition to the lawy e r, hi s clerk and hi s office-boy. southcomb, a quiet, middle-aged man, knew well enough I why these peopl e bad invaded hi s office. He had t h e will b ef ore him on his desk, s i mply sealed in a plain lon g e nvelope. There wer e other enve lopes on the desk that looked jus t about the same. But Southcomb sat back, looking over one of hi s books and paying no heed to ihe curious ones At la s t, la ying down the book, 11e ro s e aml e n t to the window. Looking down directly b eneath him h e rnw 'I'c d Benson passing on the sidewalk. "Oh, Benson!" called th e lawyer sudden l y thinki n g of something. "Yes?" asked Ted, l ooking up. "Are you going by Page's grocery sto r e?" "Yes, s ir. "Do you mind coming up a moment?" T e d came up quickly enough, halting b eside the l awyer's desk. "I've been drawing up a l ease for P age," expl ained the lawyer in a low voice.' "He wants to look over it. As you're going by, will you just drop into his store and hand it to him?" "Certainly," replied obliging Ted. ; "I'll be ever so gratefu l to you," went on the 'lawye r. He reac ed out for the envelope. But two of the waiting people in the room, unable to hear the lawyer's low voice, rose and came forward on tip toe, their curiosity overcoming their last remaining good sense. Lawyer Southcomb turned to them with a scowl as his :fingers closed upon the envelope. "Here it is, Benson," murmured the lawyer handing out the envelope that he had picked up without looking at it. "And I'll be greatly obliged." "You're very welcome," murmured Ted, dropping the envelope into an outer jacket pocket. Then he turned and left the room quickly. Page' s store being on the other side of the street, Ted crossed as he came down from the l awyer's office. "Hullo, Ted!" hailed some one. "What did he have to say?" "Who?' asked Ted without stopping. "Why, Lawyer Sou!hcomb, of course. What did he say?" "Seems to me you had better go and ask him," smiled Ted back over. his shoulder. There were several grunts from the dissatisfied ones as Ted ?lade his way through the crowd. As he l eft the crowd behind h e sa w Della Foster and George Snyder ahead up the str eet A dozen more steps our hero had gone, when L awye:c Southcomb bur st into the street, moving about as f ast as hi s lon g legs would carry h im. "Ted! Ted Benson!" s hout e d tlie lawyer hoarse)y, as he c ut diagonally across the street Ted halted, in some s urpri se. And crowd, scenting the fact tha t s omething was up came ru s hing along. I "Give me back t h at envelope!" panted the lawyer, as he caught up with our hero. "I-I gave you the wrong one." Ted' s h an d s hot to his side pocket. Then a look of dis may came into his. fac e "Give it to me!" in s i ste d the lawyer. "I-I haven t got it!" altered Ted, who, after look ing at both of hi s jacket side pockets, discovered that both were empty. To Ted 's own amazement, and to the tl).robbing, wild excite ment of the crowd, Lawyer Southcomb caught the boy. by the throat. "Don't you try to tell me that, boy!" raged the lawyer taking a st rangling grip and holdin g on for all he was worth. "Give me that envelope this minute or you'll wis h you h ad!" But Ted, unused to being handled in this sort of f\lshion, began to ge t hi s own dander up. With a wrench he twisted him s elf free of the lawyer's clutch. Then as the excited man tried to get a new hold, Ted dodging hi'm, flared back: "Careful, sir-or I shall eel bound to knock your head off!" "Don't you threaten! Don't you bluster I" warned the lawy9. "Give me that envelope and what it contained." "But I can't find it," protested Ted. "I thought I had it in my side pocket. It isn't there." "Let me search you, then I" raged the white-faced lawyer. "You're forgetting yourself, Mr. Southcomb I" vented the boy. "Am I?" raged the man of law. "Perhaps I am. The enve lope that I handed you b y mistake contained the late st Eastman will !" There it was! The crowd had its fill of excitement now, and gasped with the new thrill that was in the air. "The Eastman will?" quaked Ted. "Yes! J ,et me search you, you young scoundrel I" "Take back that word, and (will let you search me," blazed Ted "I-I take it back," choked the lawyer. "Then, if you s uspect me of anything like trying to make off with a will, go ahead and search me!" quave!ed the boy, indignantly. He threw his jacket wide open and stood up the lawyer, white, but not shaking. I


10 HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. Swiftly the lawyer's fingers flew over the boy's cloth ing. Snyder and Della had come upon the scene and stood looking on in astonishment. "I can't find rt," wailed the lawyer "Oh, B enson Ben son! Tell me what you did with it!" "I lost it, from all appearance," muttered Ted. "It was in my side pocket I left your office. But you told me it was Page's lease." "And I thought that was the envelope I had given you," panted the white and trembling lawyer. "Therl. it mu s t have dropped out of my between your door and here," suggested puzzled Ted. But a dozen eager searchers h ad already run back ove r the short route, and word came that the envelope could not be found. "Benson," :flared the lawyer, whose face had grown ashen in the last few moments, "I'll make you a heap of trouble if you don't in s tantly turn over that document." "I've told you already, and I tell you again," blazed Ted "that I haven't the least notion where your old en;elope is. And Pm mighty sorry that I agreed to do you a favor." "But that will? The re are millions at stake !" panted the lawyer desperately. "Find it, if you want it!" flared Ted, s tun g by these accusations. "What's up?" asked Snyder, in a low voice, of the man who stood neare s t to him and Della. Jn eager sentences the man told what had happ ened, left them, pressing forward closer into the crowd. "That fellow, Benson, is playing a desperate game," sneered Snyder. "What do you mean by a game?" asked Della, anxiously. "\Vhy, in doing away with the new will, or hiding it."' "But he says he didn't do anything of the sort," tended Della. "Oh, of course he says s o," jeered Snyder. vVhat object could he have in doing anything wrong?" uemand-ed Della . "Why, girl; don't you understand that, if the new will is gone for good, then the old will holds?" "Well?" "And, in that you'll get the million that you lost und er the new will?" "But what influence could that have on T e d Benson?" "Why, Della, don't you see? You noticed the young bogby yesterday, and it has turned hi s head. He gets a chance to do a sneak trick and help you. O.f course you'll be grateful-as grateful as Ted Benson expects. And of course you'll reward him for saving your million for you! Heaven only knows how far the young booby expects your gratitude to go!" Della flushed, whitened out, then became dizzy for an instant. "George," she demanded, angrily, "are you parting with your senses?" But in the meantime, Lawyer Southcomb vvas saying -hotly: ( ''Benson, for the last time, either you turn over that I missing will, or I s hall go to court on the jump and get out a warrant for your arrest!'.' CHAPTER IV. "YOU THIEF OF A :M:ILLION !" "But I tell you," prote ste d dumbfounded Ted, "that II honestly don't know where your envelope is, and honestly don't know how or where I los t it." "Then I'll get the warrant out for you," quaver e d the lawyer. "There's no use.in wasiing time with a thief." "What's that?" cried Ted, starting forward under the smart of this taunt. "Well?" quivered the lawyer. "You 9alled me a thief, I believe?" retorted Teel. "I did! You thief of a million! A million that belongs to other p e ople you never even saw!" "Come," said T ed, crisply, wheeling. The lawyer eyed the boy in astonishm e nt. you mean, Benson? Where are you going?" He clutched at the boy's sleeve, nor did our hero attempt to shake him off. "'Where are you going?" repeated the lawyer. "To court," said Ted tersely. "You? To court? What for?" To be on hand when you get that wanant !" Ted's eyes were flashing now., There was a hard, re s olute look around his mouth that was not pleasant to see. "See here, Bensop," whined the "if you'd only use me right--" ,. Stop that baby talk!" cried Ted, indignantly. "It's you who've got to use me right now. You've lled me a thief before all this crowd. Now, you've got to prove it or-well, I believe there' s a law that p rovides a punishment for slan der, i sn't there?" "Don' t talk law to me," 'Sneered Mr. Southcomb. "Some lawyers donJt like law, except when they can blus ter oth er people with it," retorted the boy. "Now, then, I'm ready to go to court Are you?'" "No," said Lawyer Southcomb, shortly, as he turned away. "I'm going to take time to think out my plan." "And s o will I," Ted called after him as the lawyer started away. "I'm too hot to think out the right plan now." With that the boy turned, making his way homeward. "Good boy, TeQ. !" "Sock it to him!" That cheering advice came to him from the juvenile part of the crowd The older people did not speak their minds until both lawy e r and young fireman were out of ear-shot. Ted did not happen to see Della and Snyder in t11e crowd as he started hurriedly homeward. "If that Benson boy is trying to fool the lawyer, he'<;


HOO l\:, L A DD E R L ND P I K!::. 11 doi ng it w e ll. Tha t 's a ll I've got t o say r e m a rke

. HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. This horse, a gray mare, he led outside and tie\} at the corner of the stable doorway. Next he came out with an armful of hay, which he dumped at the mare 's forefeet. "If an alarm of fire should come in," he mumbled, "I'll be ready to jump for it." Then, after rolling up his sleeves and fastening on a long rubber apron, he ran out the buggies, and proceeded with his work. He was engaged in this fashion when Tip Marston ar rived. Tip had just heard of the happening of the morning, and eager to discuss it with his chum. But he, too, took a mild view of the advisability of prosecuting Southcomb. "He was just naturally mad, and, under the circum stances, you can hardly blame him, Ted. Wait until Mr. Southcomb has had time to cool off." "Instead of that," smiled the boy, "Southcomb may be getting and madder, a.nd he may get that war rant for me before the afternoon is over." "If he does," answered Tip, solemnly, "he'll know where to find you. That 's a cinch he wouldn't have with some folks." Tip got a piece of harness a nd a sponge, and pitched in to help. Della Foster, after luncheon that afternoon, ordered her saddle-ho'rse and went off at a canter. It was her intention to find Ted, if possible, a nd express her sympathy for the trouble into which he had gotten on her account. -George Snyder, always watching for a chance to go abroad with Della, had guessed that a saddle ride might b e on the girl's programme. His own horse, a new and rather :fiery mount, was saddled and waiting in the stabJe. Leaping into saddle, Snyder was quickly riding at the side of his sweetheart. "You can't guess where I'm going," hinted the girl. "Won't have to guess, if you'll tell me," he replied. "'I'm going to try to find Ted Ben s on." "What?" George's jaw fell instantly. "What?" her admirer. "Just what those men are doing." "And what is that?" "Honest, manly work," replied Della, coolly. "George did you ever do any honest, inanly work?" "Well-er-er-not exactly the kind they're doing,'' re plied Snyder, disdainfully. "T. hat 0kind of work is for ho st lers, not for gentlemen!" "Oh,'' said Della, very drily. '.'Della, you're the queerest kind of a girl!" "Am I ? Just because I thlllli that all men ought to be brave, honest and fond of work?" Snyder was wise enough to answer only by a laugh. But he tho ught to himseH: "What on earth is getting into this dear girl? For the last two or three days she's been as contrary as a mule." Ted, when he looked up and realized that Miss Della was reall y riding into the stable yard, felt a 13udden pounding at the heart. First, he turned pale, then rapidly reddened. His first impulse was to tear off that old rubber apron. But he suddenly recollected that the clothes under the apron where not much better looking. "D<:m't take off that apron, plea,se, Mr. Benson!" called, laughingly. "If you do, I shan't enjoy my visit half as much." "Visit!" That word made Ted's pulses jump. D!')lla Foster paying him a visit-and yard! in the stable But the girl's easy manner, as she rode up and drew rein put our hero quickly more at ease. "Don't make any trouble on our account," begged the girl, bending forward and offering a gloved hand. "Can't," muttered Ted, shamefacedly, as he looked at his own hand, streake d with mud from the buggywashing. Della lau ghed and drew her hand back. "Con s ider that we've shakep hands, won't you, Mr. Ben son? And you too, Mr. Marston?" Then, noting that Geor ge had halted a few paces back and showed no disposition to be sociable, she added laugh ingl y: "What do you want to see that fellow for, if I may ask?" "As for Mr. Snyder, I must expl ain that he isn't yet old he queried. enough to know how to shake hands. He's still in the nurDella explained. sery, you know. He'll be coming out next year." "All right," he sighed, but gritted his teeth when he had Which jibe caused Snyder to turn quite red in the face. :finished speaking. He bit his lips in s ilent anger. "If Della keeps on showing so much attention to that "What I came especially for, Mr. Ben son," Della went clod-hopper," flushed Snyder, angrily, "she'll turn his head on, more seriously, "was to expre s s my regret that, even -sure!" partly on my account, you should have been mixed up in Della elected, first of all, to go to Ted's home. such a disagreeable scene as that of this morning. Of And there, as she drew nell-r, she espied both boys, in course, I hadn't really anything to do with it, but I feel their rubber aprons hard at work. 1 very sorry that my name should have even any part in your "There's a good thing for you to ponder about, George," annoyance." smiled the girl, in an undertone, as they slowed their horses "It won't annoy me a bit, Miss Foster," Ted answered, down to 3 walk. . quickly, "if you don't believe the absurd idea that I'd de-


HOOK, LADDER ANU: PIKE.' 13 liberat ely steal legal papers like those, or have any hand in destroying them." "Of course I don't believe that," replied the girl, warmly. "If I did, I wouldnit be here." "Tip tells me that some mean people are saying that I did something with the papers just to curry favor with you, Miss Foster "Then they don't know either of us, do they, Mr. Ben son?" asked Della, :flushing a little: "Why, if I thought you knew anything at all about that will, I'd beg you to help Mr. Southcomb by telling him the truth.", "I know you would? Miss Fo ste ,r." The n from that they chatted of other little matters. Miss Della, though she did not dismount, looked about the stable yard quite a bit, and asked Ted many tions. George Snyder, in the meantime, sat in saddle some dis tance away. Two or three times he hemmed and hawed, wheeling his fretsome horse around. But to him Della paid no heed just then. "Oh, I say, Miss Foster," called the scowling escort, at last, "we don't want to spend all afternoon here, do we?" To emphasize his displeasure, Snyder brought his riding whip savagely down on the flanks of that unruly mount of his. The horse plunged and reared. Then, like a streak out of 1 the yard it shot. her for only a couple of seconds, and then forged on ahead. "Hold on, Snyder!" shouted the youngster. "I'll try to catch up with you. Don t let yourself get unhorsed." Then the race began in earnest. Had it been a real race, with each striving to distance the other, Snyder must have won in a romp, for his mount was far the better of the i:wo. But Ted was urging his animal for all the speed there was in it. George Snyder, besides shouting frantically at his run away brute, was making some scared, almost feeble efforts to slack l.t in. Foster, though she rode well, was soon left well behind. Ted, with hh; gaze only on the fugitive horse ahead, had the satisfaction of seeing that he was gradually overtak ing it. "Pull harder on your bridle, Snyder, and keep your head!" shouted Ted, but it is doubtful if the frightened youngster ahead heard or understood. An automobile that came whizzing down the road was narrowly dodged by both :youn& rid e rs. Della, having fallen more to the rear, had plenty of time to get out of the way of the auto. 'q believe I can overtake him," thought Ted. "That is, if the fellow doesn't get scared and jump. That'd kill him, sure!" A foot at a time Ted and his gray mare gained on the frantic beast ahead. George Snyder, holding on frantically, and shouting hoarsely at the top of his voice, looked like anything but an expert horseman. "Stop, you brnte !" he screamed. "Oh, help! beast i s runn ing away with me!" The "Try to pull in more on your rein s bellowed Ted, in his loudest voice. Indeed, the la st glimpse the young people had of the terrified Snyder, he was in momentary danger of being un horsed and dashed to death. "I'm afraid he'll be killed," cried Della, wheeling and urging her own horse away at a gallop. But Ted Benson, taking all in swiftly, had snatched off that apron. In another; twinkling he was going out of the yard like a whirling Arab, urging his father's gray ma.re on tp its best effo.rts. CHAPTER V. HOW TO LOSE A GIRL. Just as he whirled out of the yard, and wheeled to the left, in the direction taken by Snyder's animai, Ted got sight of the chase. Truly, Snyder's excited, chafing mount was travelling fast. For the most part, it was only a cloud of dust that Ted saw. But be knew bi s own gray mare perfectly. Urging her on with voice and heels Ted bent low and rode hard and fast. Our hero caught up with Della, rode neck and neck with Soon he was ranging alongside. But Snyder, his face white with fear, shrieked out: "Keep away! Don't scare my horse any worse." "Bosh!" muttered Ted, under his breath. He tried to ride in so that the beasts would be s hould er to shoulder. After a bit our hero succeeded Far over to the right he leaned. Ted B enson's right arm shot out, passing around Sny der's shoulders "Come on, George! Don't st ruggle! Easy now!" With a strong jerk Ted pulled the other squarely out of saddle and over the back of his own gray mar e It had all been done in an instant. Too-oat toot Two hundreds yards ahead was the railroad crossing. Snyder's late mount, still galloping wildly, raced upon the tracks just as the gates were closing. Caught there, the animal clashed against the farther gate, then recoiled, s norting with fear. Ill another twinkling the express had caught the luckles:; animal, throwing it a score of feet and killing it outright. But Ted, the instant that be felt Snyder's weight before


14 HOOK, AND PIKE. him, spoke to hi s gray mare a n d b r o ught her i n, quiverrng d Slicle to tlie ground Snyder! There, y ou're all r ig h t, old fellow!" Snyde r r eaching his feet on the ground had backe d spec uily away from the gray mare. Stagge rin g for he was still trem bl i n g Geor ge re ac hed a stone -wall an d sat d own o n i t. "Too bad abou t you r h o rse,; cal l ed Te d st ill sitting in s add le, for he saw that the other youth was in condition to take care Of himself "Huh!" Snyder muttered, weak ly. "What happ ened?" T ed ca ll ed o u t as he raced up to her. He could see smoke coming out of one of the kitchen w i ndows. "The gas o l e ne stove explo ded, w h e n I wa s n t in tl:" kitch e n 'red took a swift l ook i nside Jangle clash cling! The a pp a ratus was sto pp i n g at the gate "Hurry a l ong a c o u ple of axes bellowed Ted, making a trumpet of hi s hand s "And run th e s tream in he r e too." 1 ip l\Iar sto n an d Jack w e r e th e fir s t io r e ach him, the: fir s t brin ging the a xes while the l atle r came, more s lowly, wit h the hose. Della came up now, riding at an easy cant e r, and l ooking r esolut e l y away from the mangl e d horse beyond. "Tl "Quic k, or the pl ace' ll burn up w a il e d Mrs Jenkin s 1at was sp l endid l y clone, Ted Ben s on .cried the gi r l, "I think not," r e tor t ed rred, coolly, as he j um p ed t o h e r cheeks g l owi n g a nd he r eyes flash i ng the s pirit of w hat she had seen. . catch the no zzle with Jack. "Play away, out there "Ther e ' 'as th h d b t t M" F t ,, A s t eallly swas hin g stre am c am e throu g h the h o s e as no mg very ar a ou 1 1 s s o s e r smil e d our h e ro. ' T eel an d Jac k ran th e nozzle in throu g h the kit c h e n door. "Nothi"ng b t th f d h d ti The n th e r e c ai.ne a as d e nse clouds of s team u e pre s e nce o mm per ap s-an ie Colllage et d th 1 d .1 r o ll e d out throug h that o ne ope n window r urne e gir n y I think M s d bl t tak f h" I f 1 1 It h a d to b e a s tubborn figh t fo'r a few moments r ny er 1s a e o e care o 1mse a . / . right n ow," Ted went o n so--" That kitc ? e n was an addition to the roam an d T ed C l ang T h fi t t f 1 f th b 1 1 was d e t ermme d t o s ave the res t of the house . e rs n o e o an a arm rom e e o n the distant fir e hou s e Soon the flames were in check. In an i nstant the whol e .look and attitude of the you n g "Tip, y ou and one of the other fellow s get in there with fir eman was c h ange d axes We' ll see if anything i s s mouldering in wall s " "Don' t chop the hou s e down, boys !" cried the woma n That cal1s me h e cried, with one s wift g l an c e a t M i s s Fo s te r. excit e dly, a s the boys ran in. The n, without even s topping to lift hi s hat, Te d Bens on T e d l a u g hed b y wa y of reply, then turne d to hi s fellows. Som e o f the charr e d wood, and some of the s till wheel e d and gallop e d awa y, c ountin g t h e alarm a s h e rod e The box, seventeen, w _as locat e d on one of the less e r wood, w e re c hopp e d awa y sid e street s of Freehold, the box its elf standing a t the Main Anot h e r full minute with the hos e pipe and Ted turne d to t h e woman. street corner w i t h the smaller street. I w on der if there are f e llows e nou,gh at the fire h ouse?" tho ught the boy, as he rode. "There the y go Oh, gracio u s D o n t that sound good i To h i s ea r s there had come the j ang li ng, c l a n g ing bell on old Drench One. That b e ll r a ng wit h e very turn of the wheels. From the s ound of the b e ll, even b e for e h e c a ught sight of the en gine T e d Bens on tha t the r e wer e boys enough at the pole and the ropes to make the hand e n gine fly through the streets "The y don t need me, then," br e athed t h e young fir e chief "I'll ride straight ahead and s e e what the b laze i s At a gallop T ed reache d the corn e r where the box was l o cated, the apparatus b e ing y e t s ome distance behind "Where 's the fire?" shouted Ted, a s he drew u p and d i s mount ed "Down i n Mrs Jenkin s's kitch en," an s w e r e d the man w ho h a d t urned i n t h e a l arm. I "Hi tch the mare, then, whi l e I take a lo o k Toss ing the bri dl e to the man, T e d ran on until he r e a ched t he gate of the J enkins yard Throu g h tha t yard h e streak e d t o the back door w h e re Mrs. J e n kin s h erself was standing. "Be qui ck, or I ll lose my h ome screamed the woman "It' s a ll out Mrs J e nkin s I don t b e lieve the loss will b e forty doll a r s But, if you' d discover e d it t e n minute s l ate r y ou mi ght h a v e lo s t y our hom e." Feelin g afe a bout h e r home, Mrs J e,nkin s th e n .did what so m a n y o t h e r p e ople wiH do. She found fault with the young fir e m e n f or the "muss" the y h a d m a de "I'm sorry that w e h a d t o m a k e s o m uc h dirty work h e re, 1'J r s J en kin s," r e pli ed T e d, and turned a w a y with a smile in hi s eyes. M a ny peopl e f a il to r ea li z e how muc h they owe to the fir e -fighte r s Y e t, b r i e f as th eir ta s k had bee n, it had b ee n quick work a nd the a f t e rnoon was hot Teel, lead i n g th e g ray mar e w a lked beside the hand e n g i ne as the youn g fir e men dre w it away. Arrive d at the c orner and turne d into Main Street, whe r e the g reat trees c a s t a grateful s had e T e d gav e the c omm a nd to halt. "You' d b ette r s top h e re in the sh a d e and rest a f e w min utes, f e llow s," announced the young fir e c h ief I don't want an y o{ you kno c k e d out b y heat, for we may n'.eed you at s om ething bigg e r than this Of cour s e eve n so sma ll a fire had d rawn out a c rowd


IJ:OOK, LADDER AND PIKE. 1 5 and most of the crowd still followed tlie members of Drench One. Now, with the haJt, the crowd stopped, tqo, clu s tering on t h e sidewalk The re wel:e ma.ny sly looks at our hero. Many a word was whi s pered as to the disappearance of the S u ddenly one mischievous small boy at the back of the crowd piped o u t : "Whatcher do with the million?" There w3f; a. tittering laugh, next a craning of many necks as the crowd waited to hear what Ted BensQlll would say. The young fire chief started slightly, loojrnd swiftly for the one who had uttered the words, failed to locate him then looked over the crowd with a slight flash in his eyes. "iify friends," he began, "that envelope containing the will was either dropped \o r snatched from my pocket this forenoon. I now believe that it was stolen That is every bit I know about the affair I hope you will believe me after this "Oh, you're all right ; Ted cried a friend l y voice from the crowd. There was a ripple of applause at that. Flushing a bit, Ted went on: "Furthermore, my friends, believing that that impo rtant document was stolen from me, I mean to catch the thief and make him give up that will. Tills I shall do if there i s any possible way of doi. n g it." Meanwhile, De ll a Foster, still sitting on h e r horse, was looki ng at George Snyder with an expr ession of some wonder "Are you hurt, George?" she ask ed, at last. "N 0 0 -0," replied that youth. "I guess not." "Then what are you going to do about that unfortunate horse?" "The railroad killed the brute replied Snyder, dis g usteclly. the railroad look after him. You saw what h appened, didn'.t you?" "Yes, of course," replied the girl. "All that happene d ? "Yes." "I'm going to do my bes t to make Benson's father set tle for the loss of that hOrse. If it hadn't been for that fool boy's meqdling, both the and myself would have got te n over the track safely Into Della's eyes there flashed a l ight of great indig n at ion. "Woul d you enough to say such a thing a that?" she gasped "It's the truth," muttered Snyde r "The k ill ing of my h orse i s to b e b l amed to Ted Ben son." "The saving of your l ife, you mean " I mean j ust what I say," retorted S n yder, d oggedly. "And I s h a ll rely a good deal upon your testimo n y D e lla, i f the matte r has to be taken to law. "You d bette r not ca ll me as your witness, George S nyder returned the girl i:q a tone of contemp t "I would be a bad witne s s for your side." ,,. Without another word she touched h e r h o rse l ig htly with the riding whip, star ting homeward "I'll walk along with you," proposed Geor ge Snyd e r getting up to walk beside her horse "You'll have to prove yourself a good walk e r then!" flashed the girl. She ur ged her own mount into a t rot, the n into a canter, and swept onward with never a l o o k at t110 fellow. "Now, what on earth has gotten i nto the girl?" de manded Snyder, halting in dumbfounded surpr ise. For three or four minutes after his word s to the crow d Ted allowed his young firemen to l ounge i n the c ool s h ade. Then he gave the word to resume the ma rch t o the :fire house. Just as he had turned, and was speak ing there came the s harp crack of a fire arm. Whizz -zz chug! A bullet passed one of hi s e a rs within an in ch, and buried in the tree beside whic h he was standing. In a.n instant there was confusion "Where did that come from?" qu iver e d T e d, s taring around But no o.ne seemed to know. Most of the crowd, in fact, took to its heel s and got away from the dangerous spot as rapidly as poss ibl e The sharp report and its echoes had been so b l e nd e d and confused that no one felt q-iiite sure from d irection t h e s hot had come. "Oh, it must have bee n an acci dent," came t h rp u g h Tip Marston's bloodless lips "I'd like to bel ieve that it was," was Ted B e n s on 's quiet answer Chief of Police Brown was soon on the spot He questioned everyone who had remained, but n o l ight was shed on the affair. "Oh, well, back to the fire-house for u s," spoke Ted at last. His manner did not betray the excitement tha t rag e d beneath For he felt certain that someone had fir e d that bull et with deliberate intent and purpose CHAPTER VI. THE MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT. "I wish I had a lot of money I" breathed Tip Mar s ton m:athily. "What wud ye do wid it, av ye had it?'\ dema n ded Denny Burke 1 "I'd offer the biggest kind of reward to find out who fired that shot at Ted," retorted T ip It was after dark, and the young fire fighte r s o f Free hold had gathered outside the fir e house j ust because tha t place made a hantly club-house. "I'll put you on the trai l T i p," smi led Ted, gi'.i mly. "What do you mean, o l d fellow?


16 HOOK LADDER A r D PIKE. "Why, ju s t thi s Tip. You find t h e party who h a d the bigge s t interest in the stealing of that will thi s forenoon, and you.'ll find th e p arty who !mows th e mos t about that s hot this afte rnoon!" "You believe it?" d e manded Tip, e a g e rly. "Believe it? I might almo s t say tha t I know it," af firmed Ted. "I wish we could find that party/ mutte red Tom Gerald, who had recovered enough from his burn s s o that he was able, to drag him s elf around to the fir e -hou se, though he was not back on duty. "What would y ou do with him?" demand e d Jack Pres ton. "Do? demanded Denny Burke. "Sure, we' d ta-aka him to all the hydrant s in town and test the flow av the water on him. Thin we'd ta-ake the s coundrel to the nixt foire and u s e him to bate the flii;mes out wid !" Say, a l y n c hin g wouldn t b e in it with th at," agr eed Jac k with e nthu s iasm. T e d l a u g h e d a t t h e n o n s ense, but n o n e t h e less hi s mind clung to th e h a pp e nin gs_ o f th e day. "The folks are 'su s p e ctin g m e of m a kin g way with the will. Ne x t th ey' ll b e accu s ing D e lla Fo ste r of putting me up to it," h e g roan ed. Oh, t h e r e mus t be some way to find that will, and I mu s t b e the o n e to :find it." A s h e s tood th e r e li s t e nin g t o the a imless chatter of .( the oth e r young fir e m e n T e d heard a wagon s top around on the s id e str' eet To his mind ther e w as s omething st ealthy in the way the wagon stopped. He was on the point of speaking of it to Tip Marston, but thought better of it. "Pshaw If I get to guessing every time there's a sound. of anything stirring, the fellows will soon think I'm bug-house!" muttered the young fire chief,. Neverthele s s, the notion that he would like to investi gate that wagon around the corner, and which had not moved since, grew s o s trong upon him that Ted at last de cided to have a look. Really, he felt uneasy about letting the fellows know what a foolish notion was running through his mind. So, by degrees, he edged over to the corner of the fire' house. He stood there, looking on at the group, until he saw that Denny Burke had, at la s t, drawn the attention of all in the other direction. Then around the corn e r Ted. I Yes, there stood the wagon, drawn up to the curb in the Clark. There appeared to be no other human being near it as Ted took in the rig that caused him so much uneasiness. Ted went nearer. A hedge served as fence for the yard in front of which lthe team had been stopped. "Bosh! I wonder if I am _gettin_g weak-minded. bothering m y h e ad about s u c h an eve r y -d ay thing as this? muttered the 0bf>y. Y e t he s trolled nearer. He did not r e cognize the w ag on. In the darkness h e b ent for ward, to peer f o r a lic e n s e number or a bu s iness name. ;}' u s t a s Ted b ent over, a figure s tol e through the hedg e There was the s wift mov e ment of a falling arm. Then Ted toppl e d forward, curling up in a heap on the sidewalk. His .assailant bent over him for an in s tant. There was a s mell of chloroform a s the prowler s traightened up partly. For a few moment s that my s teriou s prowler tugged hard, but at la s t s u q ceeded in laying the limp boy in the back of the wagon, drawing a canva s over the silent form. Rumble! The wheels of the wagon b e gan to move slowly, then at a slightl y b ette r pace From the driver s seat came a satis fied chuckle. All unheeding of what had happened in hardly more th a n a hundr eP. yard s from them the young members of Drench One talked on until Tip, s ome minutes later, turned to r e fer a que s tion to the young fire c hief. "Why, where is Ted?" asked Tip, in surprise. "Right there at t4e corner a minute ago," spoke one of the fellows. "I thought so. Oh, Ted where are you?" There was no an s wer. Then two or three of the fellow s stepped around the corner, but of cour s e found no sight of their young leader. Others stepped into tJ;ie fire-house, and even went up stairs. It was all a useless search. "Oh, Ted went off for a little walk," suggested on e pf the fellows. "Without saying a word to us { retorted Tip, indig nantly. "Don't you believe it! Ted Benson is too much of a fireman at heart 'to leave this fire-house without a word." "Pshaw! Nobody has eaten him." "Nobooy hinted at such a thing," retorted Tip. "But it's certainly strange what has become of Ted." "Do you suppose he went home?" hinted Jac,k. "Without saying good night to any of us? No, sirree "Then probably he s gone down the s treet a way, for a s troll, or to buy something that he wanted.' ( "Perhaps," a s sented Tip, anxiously. "But I'd feel a heap better if I just knew." "Why, what harm could happen to Benson?" demanded another of the crew. "What harm was it that came with an inch of happening to Ted this afternoon?" vented Tip. "What strange thing was it that did happen to the old fellow this morning?" "Oh, pshaw! He's all right. He'll Be back here in a few minutes." "I'll you what I'm going to do," anntmnced Tip, des perately. "I kl!ow better than to send you all away from the fire-house. But, Jack ,' I want you to hurry to Ted's


HOOK, L ADDE R AND PIKE. hom e a nd see if he 's the r e Sam, I want you to run down Main S treet and see if you can get on Ted 's track. If either of you g e t any n e ws, hu s tle back!" Ted Ben s on, in the meantime had l a in wholly unconsci o u s i n the b o ttom of the wagon. A long the q u ietest st r eets of the village thll.t driver p assed, the n ou t in t o the farming country bey ond. Finding the b ars down at one of the fields tha.t driver dr ove in, s t o pping besid e an old barn. It was an eas i e r m atte r to get T e d Ben s on out of the wagon tha n it h a d been to get him in F earing that senseless T ed, a s he lay on hi s back on the ground, woul\l rou se, thi s mys terious p e r s on of the night admini s tered mor e chloroform by mean s of a bottle and handkerchief. For some minute s the grew s ome s pectre of the night sa t bes ide the senseless boy E v e ry timethat Ted s eemed likel y t o rouse a littl e more o f the c hloroform was u sed. The n at la s t wit h f e v e ri s h e nergy, thi s prowler went into the b arn with Ted 's body. Down c am e an avalan c he of ha y over the boy from the loft. C rackl e A ma tc h was s putt e ring a g ain s t the woodwork outs ide. Chu c kl e The old wood blaz e d up over uncon s eious Ted B e n s on a s the prowler of the night fled away. CHAPTER VII. "THIS IS MY FIGHT!" Clang! "There goes the alarm, fellows!" cried Tip Marston, starting up. "And Ted not nere," he added, as he rushed into the fire-house. The :fellows were quickly in their pla7es all except Jack Pres ton and S a m Howe who were absent on the sea rch :for the y oung fire chie:f. Tip waited patiently until the first round of the alarm was through ringing. "Twenty-seven!" he shouted. "Come on-make he:i; l ;rnm I" The hand engin e went out of the hou s e a s fast as it had e v er gone. After it came th e truck, with its bulky weight of lad ders, its poles p ikes a nd axes. The chas e l e d the m to the outskirts of the town, and here a man a c companied b y t w o women and, a girl s tood wait ing to give the y oung fir e man the word. The blaze is over in Page s hollow," bawled the man. But P a ge s hollow has n t any buildings but an old b a rn uttered Tip, who hacl left the engine to run up to hi s informant. "The r e 's a big blaze over that way, just the same. There g oes a no t h e r j e t of flame. See it?" Thank y ou." Tip had b e en swiftly debating, in his own mind, whether the rules o f t h e fir e dep art m e n t requ i r e d the y oung s ters to turn out for a bla z ing barn I He concluded h o w e v e r to t a k e a c h a nce and an s wer the summons-. T e d in the m e antime, whi le hi s a ssai lant h a d driven s wiftly a w a y in the wagon, had lain und e r th e hay, his nos e re s ting on a handk e r c hi e f that s m elle d of c hl0troform. Brightly th e woodw ork outsid e blazed up Ted c ough e d with the firs t gus t of smoke that hi s mouth. The flame s had not yet r e a c h e d the inte rior of the barn. They probabl y woul d, however Cough wheeze! The young fire c hi e f with his s tron g lungs arid fine cons titution, was rap i dl y c oming out from under th e effects of the chloroform. Else he might not have coug h ed. A s it was h e cou g h e d again a nd ope n e d hi s eyes He a c ra c kling, s m e ll e d s moke a nd coughed agaht. That was enough t o pull a born fire man like Benson out of the la s t o:f hi s doze. Yet he did not s pring up. He merely rolled partl y out o f th e hay. In doing s o his fing e r s clutc hed in th e s oaked handker chief. "There's a fire!" he utte r e d s tupidly. H e re, Drench One Play away-live ly now! You hoo k and l a dd e r men, s t a nd at your pos t s ready to move ? n the jump!" As if the last two w:ords h a d put some e nergy into his own brain and body, Ted rolled away from the hay and sat up. He felt the hea.t of the clos e flames, thou g h his skin was not badly scorched. "How on earth did this start?" he muttered, springing to his feet-though he still felt a trifle diZzy from the after-effects of the chloroform. For the first time he noticed the soaked handkerchief in his hand. He sniffed at the cloth, then quickly thrust it away in one of his hip pockets. "There's been something wrong here! What I wonder?" But now, his mind c oming rapidly o.ut of the trance, he ran around the barn looking for a way out. One s ide only was blazing s o far. "Shame to s e e so much good propert y go to waste," blazed the boy. In ano.ther twinkling he was hard at work, pulling over the hay on the s ide of the stack that had fallen against the door hiding it. 'rearing off huge armfuls of the li g ht-w e ight stuff, he fell swiftly back with each load, dumping it a few feet from the blaze. "Wind's blowing the sparks the other way," muttered Ted, whose brain was now working with ap the instinct of the youth who saves life and property at ap times. Jangle clang clang


. \ 18 HOOK, LAD:pER AND PIKE. "Why, that's the bell on g o od old Ho o k and Ladderand she's comin g t h i s way! m u tte r e d t he y.oung fire chief. "How d i d the fe ll o w s h ea r, I w o nde r ? For Ted Ben s o n h a d bee n s till u nde r the influ e nce of the chloroform i n the mom e n ts w h e n t h e a l arm was sou nding over the to w n. ''For that matte r, how did I co.me to be h e r e ?" wondered Ted. He worked with new energy in t earing away a s much of hay a s n e could. His task was s oon over, for he found the door and ran outside He could pass the work on to the youths who w e re coming poundi1J1g along the road as faithfully a s if responding to a third-alarm call. Illumined by the blaze, Ted stood and waved his arms to the fellows as soon as the apparatus was near e nough. Several of the fello :ws-Tip among them-left the ap paratus and came racing across the field. "Ted-that you?" "0 course it's me.'; "But what--" j "I haven't had time to think it out, Tip. Pitch in and bundle hay away as long as there 's a c hance to save an y The rest of you do the same. Form a line and pass it from the old barn." Benson had his hands up to his lips, in place his trumpet. "Two of you fellows bring hooks to pull the hay with!" he bellowed Within sixty seconds Ted had a score of young fellows at work. In three minutes more they had done a ll that could be done. They had saved rather more tha n half of the big lot of hay in the barn. Now, there being no water at hand with whi c h to drench the glowing portions of the burnin g barn they ;humpe d in, using 'their hooks and pike s to pull down the burning boards, and they beat out the flames with their rubber blankets. "Page will owe us a vote of thank s in the morning for saving him about twenty dollar s worth of hay," gritted Tip. "But, Ted, what on e arth happ e n e d to you?" "I've been trying to think that out during the la s t u te," quoth the young fire chi ef. "Then there's sdrne mystery?" "I guess there must be," Ted lau g h e d p e rplexedly. "See here, fellows, I came out of some kind of a tra nce, to find the barn burning over me. I was t a n g l e d up in it s ome way "What are you telling us?" demand e d Tip nervou s ly. Jack Preston, who had a long, h o t run all by himself, c ame up just in time to hear the answer: "Chloroform! Great Scott!" belched Tip. "See here, fellow s the last I remember, I thought I heard a hor s e and wagon movin g s tealthily on the s id e stre et by the fire-hou se. 'I'hen th e rig s topped. I thought it was qu e er and I wanted to inve s tigate it. But I thought you fellows would think I was ge tting dotty, s o I watched my chance to slip off when you weren t any oif you looking. Well, I came upon the hor s e and wagon, and remember. bending forward to see if I could see any name on the wagon. That's the last I remember." "Then somebody struck you down from behind pt quiv ered Tip, indignantly. "Oh, if we could only catch that ruffian! I b e h eve we'd try Denny Burke's programme." "Sure, Oi d do it mesilf, and no hilp from anny av ye!" uttered Dinny, savagely. "The same treatment would do for both of your ene mies to-day, Ted, old fellow. In fact, of course they're one and the same." "Must be," Ted observed drily. "And until to-day, I didn t know that I hacl even one enemy." It was a puzzl e r, indeed, that the young fire fighters of Free hold had to talk over as they walked back, dragging their apparatus. By the time the truck and engine pad been housed there was a w;. ry general movement among the young firemen toward Main Street. 'l'hey wanted to get away and talk over the strange news with oth e r town s people. "Hold on just a minute, fello:ws," called Ted. "I've got s9mething to say This seems to be a night of queer hap p e njn gs Until you fellow s g o home to turn into y our beds, I'd ad v i s e tha t y ou keep wit hin a block or two of the fir e hou se. The n, if an alarm s hould come in, you'll be able to ge t here by the time that the fir s t round of the alarm i s in." Ted afte r his g:riming e x p e riences with the burning barn, r e m a in e d b e hind to wash up a bi.t. Turning, he saw Tip and Denny Burke standing in thf' doorway. "You f e llow s not going to Main Street?" he asked. "Not unless you do," Tip an s w e r e d crisply. "Oh, I'll be ove r in a few minutes." "That' ll b e about the time we' ll get there, too/' Tip ans w e r e d drily. Ted lo.eked up sharply. "See here if y ou fellows are waiting to escort me over to Main Stre et, I appreciate it, but I won't have it. I'm not s u c h a c old-foot that I want a body guard." "See ing what 's happened to-day," Tip r e joined, "it won t b e a bit out of the way for yo.u to have one "The truth, Tip, as well as I c a n remember it. And w hen I woke up I found this handk_erchief under my nose." "You fellows mosey right alon g,'' Ted ord e red, griruiing, th o u g h he felt g rateful for their attention "Just remem ber, pl e ase, that I'd feel in s ulted if y ou thought I wasn't to be trusted to go one block to Main Street alone." "We'd rather wait," urged Tip. He passed the bit of cloth over to his chums. "And I'd rather not have you wait. Who wins ?1


) HOOK LADDEll .'I.ND P I K E . 19 "Oh, you do, if you' r e goin g to come out s o s tro n g for 1 m a r k," quiver e d S nyde r "Wha t i s thi s-an ama te u r p l o t it,' uttere d 'l' ip Marst o n, halfs u lki ly. t o assass inate m e? H e turne d to g l a nce a t D e nn y Burke. Th e n ra ther r e: "No, a plot to mak e you show some decency!" vibrated lu cta ntly, thi s p air of fri e nd s starte d awa y withou t the i r Ted Benson; "thou g h I'm afraid any such plot as that y oun g fir e chief. must fail. Th ere i s n t much d e c ency in your w orthless The s t a rtling news of the mys teri o u s atte mpt on T ed's carcas s I mi g h t treat with contempt what s o lo.w and life h a d fa i rly flown up and down Main Stre et. w o rthless a f e llow a s you are, Snyder, might say a bou t me. G e orge Snyd e r and two of his fri e nds, Prince Hub b ar d But y ou 've just s landered a young lady who always had and Arthur Holwell, s tood at the corner a s Tip and D e nn y e v e ry reason to think you her friend came s oftly along. Don t d rag h e r n a m e into thi s," s narled S n yder. all t h e bald, trumpery fakirs!" the y heard Sn y der "I don t inte nd to. It will be you who does, Sny d e r if conte mptuou s ly. "Ted B e nson d id t h a t j ust to k eep a n y on e Bu t I hur l the c hall e nge into your te eth! A fight th e folk s t a lking about him. Mys t e riously chloro f ormed r i ght now, a nd to th e flnish !" and c arrie d off. Bos h I Perfect rot!" "Do y()4i, think I'm afraid of you?" raged S ny d e r, turn" It does s ound fishy," Hubb a rd agreed ing pal e r for a t hea.rt he was a coward, though li ke man y "Why, jus t think over the day 's bus iness," w ent on Sn y cowar d s he could b e g o a d e d on to a s how o f brav e ry der. "Firs t, Ben s on swipes an d hides tha t importan t will B eside s he was b igg er a nd presumably stronger than the and makes b e li eve it was stol e n from h i m The n whe n youn g fir e c hi ef of F reehold. he fiD;ds it hard to mak e that s tory wash, h e g e ts one of hi s friend s to fire a s hot tha t doesn t go w ithin y a rd s of him. And then, f e aring that that isn t d o i ng e nou g h, h e works thi s fake about bein g carried off and s e t to broil in a burning barn." "But what s Ben s on s object in all thi s ?" querie d Hol w e ll. + "Jus t to make the whol e thin g fit a nd was h togethe r," r e tmted G e org e Snyder. "Do you think he 'lost' that will jus t to curry favor with Della Foster?" "Huh! SuI"e thing! And D e ll a's .a foo l or s he d see t hrou g h such a flim s y fakir as T e d Ben s on "I you've sa id about e nou g h, Snyder,'' r e m a rk e d Tip, in a qui e t but dan g erou s tone, as h e s t e pp e d forward out of the shadow. "Eve ry word you've utte r e d was a lie. You r e a liar all the w a y thro u g h an d a fool li a r a t that, wit hout brains enough to i n v ent a li e t h a t soun d s st r aight." Tip' s voice was still quiet, but he was working himself up ins ide. "See here you pup, stop that s ort o f t alk!" cried Sny der, angri l y, advancing with clenched fists. "Oh, don't try t o scare me out with a sho.w of fight," w a rned Tip, coolly. I want you to fight. In fact, you'v e got to fight-you skulking liar I" "Don't say an o ther to him, Tip, me bye!" begged Denny Burke, darting in and brushing Mar sto,n a s ide a s he himself confronted Ted s s landerer "Sny d e r, ye black hear-rte d liar, ye're a thafe a s well.. Yure father is a lia r a nd a thafe, and w a n av the wors t s hcoundrels aloive H e's the only mimber av yer decayed family thot I know, or Oi' d in sult thim all! Now will y e z :foight, ye dirty, s neak i n g--" "Stop!" ra:p.g a stern voice behind them, and T e d B e n s on almo s t lea ped to the fro n t. "This is my fight! No one e lse can have it!" ,.., Geo r g e Sn y der paled and recoiled a s h e found him s elf c o n fron te d by this grim-faced blaz e -eyed youn g fir e chi e f "You' re a ll making a heap of fuss about a li ght re "Think yq u 're a fraid of m e? d e manded Ted, tense ly. I don t take t h e troubl e think It doesn t cut any figure a t all. You v e g ot t o :fight m e or e l s e sta n d cower i n g tak e the h a rde s t thumping that I am goin g te> give you!" H urr o o roared D e nny. The Oirish kings have comet' earth!" "Come, come brok e i n Pri nce Hubbard. "This is no time, occasion or place for fight ing. " Keep s till, y o u flashed T e d over hi s s houlder.. "Thia w hol e affai r i s w i t h this whit e -livered cu r, Snyder, unles s othei:s c hoos e to butt in." "But don't have a row here o n M a in Stre e t and di s grace ever ybody,' urged 1 Arth u r Holwell. "No need to," proposed T e d on the instant. "Dow n back of the fire-house t h e r e's a lot big e nou g h to pull this off in. Come down at o nce, o r befor e the ni ght i s over fol k s w ill be t a lkin g a bout Sny d e r s funking b e fore a chal l e nge t hat he ha d n t t h e sa nd to meet "Lead t h e way!" quavere d Snyde r. Bow ing stifily, T e d li nke d hi s arm throu g h Tip 's and toge th e r t hey whee l e d and went back down the side street toward the fir e -hou se. "Me t o come a fth e r yez all and make sure thot not hi n gets a way," g rinned D e nn y droppin g to the rear of 1tll. They were soon in the vacant l o t, whither they had got t e n witho u t attra ct in g the attentio n of any oth e r s D e nn y pull e d off his jacket, rolled up hi s sleeves and spa t on hi s hands It was h a rd for young Bl!_l'ke to rea lize t hat this was n t hi s own fig ht. He c e rtainly hoped there w ould be. s ometh i ng doing for him before this soci a l occa s ion was over. Ted simply and quietly stri pped d o wn t o h i s s hi r t, tight e ned his b elt a bit a round the waist, and stood wai t in g Geor ge Snyder's p repa r a tions s e e m e d to tak e lon g er. H e strip p e d to hi s und e r s hirt, which, bei ng s leeveless, showe d a p air o f v e ry well d e v e lop e d arms. "Now, g entlem en,'' b e gan Princ e Hubba rd, in mos t


20 HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. formal tone, as the .two combatants faced each other, "wha.t are to be the rules ?" '.'We'll just fight until one fellow is either knocked out, or so well licked that he knows it," retorted Ted. "But the length of the rounds?" "Let it be all one big round. Are you afraid of that, Snyder?" "One scheme is as good as another," growled George, sulkily. I "G e t ready, then! Look out yourself!" Ted aimed a vicious lunge, but that was a feint, only intended to put Snyder on his guard and start the mill at once. Ted was a little w:alking bunch of boxing science: Sny .der had not been badly taught, but he was rattled at the outset. He came pounding in, raining blows that Ted, with his nimble ftwork, had no trouble in getting away from. "Don't use your steam all up, Snyder,'" cautioned young Benson. "Mind your own business "Oh, all right. But I don't like to see you foolish. It makes it too easy for me." "Does, eh?" quavered Snyder. that!" But Ted didIJ.'t. He dodged 'nimbly, and countered, landing thumpingly on Snyder's nose and bringing a spurt, "That's what I was cautioning you observed T'ed, coolly, as the two again sparred and watched each other for an opening. "Shut your mouth!" growled Snyder. Ted's right landed smackingly on Snyder's lips, again drawing the blood. Snyder was getting rattled. He backed away, and Ted, :r.esting with his hands on his hips, allowed him to get . away. "That's just to spit out a few teeth, if you have to," mimicked Ted. "I'm not through with you yet." "Nor I with you!" trembled George Snyder, passion. ately. He now came in more blindly than ever. Thump! bi:ff Ted led with left and right, closing both Snyder's eyes and sending him to the ground. "0-o-o-oh !" gulped and groaned the beaten one. Ted turned coolly to Hubbard. "Is your man ?" "Doesn't he seem to be?" demanded Hubbard, stiffi.y. '-'He's got to say s o then!" "Don t carry this thing too far!" warned Hubbard, harshly. "He's got to say he's whipped, or else get on liis feet again." "We won't allow that," quivered Hubbard, turning to his friend Hol well. "You'll find you've got nothing to say about allowing it," broke in Tip, s harply. "Whoop!" from Denny, as lie spat on his hands again. insisted Ted, turning to his vanquished slanderer, "either say that you've had enough, or stand up for another try. ,And I won't repeat this demand. If you're not prompt I'll. wipe ground with you." "Oh! I've got enough!" wailed Snyder, as he saw feet moving his way. "Then get up and go into the tire-house to tidy up," advised Benson, himself lifting Snyder to his feet. As he did so, our hero whispered in the other's ear: "Don't forget, what b!ought this on you!" Denny Burke was trerrtOling with something very much like despair. "This can't be all!" he rasped. "It ain't over so soon! For the love of hiven, some wan pull me nose!" But Denny's request failed to set anything more doing. CHAPTER VIII. "THEy'VE DONE FOR HIM." That was the end of notable happenings for that night. But the next day Freehold had its fill of exciting topics. The further story of Ted's near call to death in the barn was going the rounds. While some of the townspeople felt inclined to smile a bit at that, the great majority of folks knew Benson well enough to be sure that he was not a liar. Then, too, of course, the story of Ted's fight with George Snyder got around. It was even known that Snyder was not showing himself upon the street to-day, but that a druggist had gone up to the Snyder house, pres umably to "paint out" a pair of black eyes for the unhappy young man. Naturally,. what George felt sorest about was the new attitude of Della Foster. For a year or more he had felt absolutely sure of her as his girl. Her turning upon him yesterday had been marked by something still more1 plain to-day. Fr6m a window, through his more than half-closed eyes, Snyder had seen Della walk by into the village and home again. Neither time did she even look at the windows of the Snyder place. "Of course she's heard that I got laid up," muttered the young fellow. "I wonder why she doesn't run over a min ute or send some message? Can she be in earnest about giving me the shake?" Ted Benson did not have even the pleasure of seeing Della from a distance. She had been very kind to him, and he appreciated it, but he did not intend to force himself on the notice of a girl in .Miss Foster's wealthy class. Much of the time through the day Ted spent in trying to puzzle out the meaning of the two attempts on hi s life. "It has something to do with the stealing of that will, and it must come from some one who i s afraid I may get on the right track," he mused. "But who is the party? Blessed i;f I can think of a soul who'd do such a thing!"


HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. 21 It was such a puzzle, in fact, 'that a whole day o! thinking over it brought him no nearer to the truth. "Call it a and let it go at that," he said smil ingly to Tip, as the two met at the fire-house that night. They were the first two arrivals. "bet nothing go," murmured Tip, indignantly. "All I'm waiting for is the first sign of a clue. But it's that first clue that I can t get, nor even imagine." "Same case here," sighed Ted. "I've been thinking about it until I got tired of the puzzle. I've got a new way of getting over the difficulty." "What's that?" Tip ask d d won:deringly. "I'm going to call the whole thing a bad dream, and let it go at that." "That'll never satisfy me," grumbled Marston. "Say, do you think George Snyder could have had anything to do with it?" Ted shook his head. "Not for a minute," he replied. "But Snyder hates you li ke poison." "Maybe, but he hasn't the brains to think up anything deep, nor the courage to carry out a bold scheme." Tip remained silent, looking down the street and watching the approach of Jack Prescott and Denny Burke, to gether. One by one, and sometimes by twos and threes, most of the other fellows of Drench One dropped around. The evening being warm, they had brought down settees from the hall above and sat around in the spacious fire yard. "Say, this is a great place to meet nights," observed Jack. "It is, in summer," smiled Ted. "But in winter it'd be all right, too. There's a heater upstairs, and a roomy hall." "The dream is not for u s," sighed Tip. "Almost any day the regular fire d e partment will be back, and then we retire to the background, lucky if the town government thinks even to give us a V"Ote of thanks." "Wouldn't it be jolly," propo sed Sam Howe, "if we c ould only get the to provide quart e r s for a regular. boy's company in the fire department?" "Wouldn't it be fine if we could all inherit a million?" mocked 'fom GeralP.. But that word "million" seemed too close a reference to the stolen will. The fellows, most of them, shot warning looks at Gerald, who quickly bit his tongue. "Wonder if we'll have one more good fire before the grown-ups get back and kick us Jack behind his hand. Then the boys were silent, most of them glum, for they had grown wonderfully to love this fascinating life of the fireman. "What time is it?" asked some one, finally. "Quarter-past nine." "I'm going home sool}, then." "Can't the chickens get along without you?" jeered Jack, At the mention of bed, on this warm; dull evening, several of the fellows began to yawn. Ted, whose thoughts were much too active to allow him to think of sleep, rose, stretched and strolled down to the curb. At curb, right in frGnt of the fire-house, was 01;1e of the town's street lamps. The light streamed down on Ted as he stood there, erect, and wearing his helmet.'jauntily. "Isn't he a fine-looking fellow?" whispered Jack to Tip, and nodding toward their yopng chief. "Say, he iooks just like a soldier, or-or--" "Or a fireman," finished Tip, drily. "'l'hat's just whab he is-a fireman from his soles to the crown of his head!" Crack! The report was so near ana so loud that it made Freehold's young firemen jump. In another instant their excitement was changed to horror. Fqr they saw Ted Benson spin around, reel and fall to the pavement. ' It seemed as if every fellow jumped at once, but Tip was first to reach his fallen chum. Ted's helmet had dropped off as he fell. From a hole in the center of the top of his forehead the blood trickled. "Whoever the villains are," vibrated Tip, "they've done for him this. tiine !" CHAPTER IX. A DOUBLE Swift as thought Tip Marston straightened up. His face was white, his eyes dry and tearless. "Jack," he panted, "you and Sam streak it in two di'f ferent directions. See which can get a doctor here first! You fellows"-pointing to four others-" get Ted into the house and make him as comfortable as you can." Tip leaped to hi s feet. "The rest of you follow me--and sprint!'. He was running by the time that the words left his mouth. Followed by tho s e who had not other duties, Marston rushed straight for the corner left b elow, from which the shot had come. "If we can catch the scoundrel," panted Tip, "we may furnish ourselves with some. practice in lynching." But down at the corner below all was quiet, and no one else in sight, save the widow who lived in the nearest house. She, with her window up, was tremulously demanding what the shooting meant. But Tip, who could not suspect this woman of the cowardly deed, only snorted,_ as he called out: "Some of you run straight on. The rest of you follow me to Main Street!" Yet, prompt as the pursuit had been, and swift as the chase was, the person who had :fired that shot had succeeded in losing himself.


2 2 HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE, The only result of the frantic inquiries of the young "Now, l\f you note the pesitions of the holes, it will be firem e n was to gather a crowd that grew every minute. quite plain to you that the bullet must have passed nearly Almost at once the crowd began to throng toward the two inches above your young foreman's head." fire house, for a was no usual thing in Freehold. "Then how about that blood-spot?" per sisted Jack. The little fown was excited to the utmost. "See i-his unevenness, this roughness in the seam of the In the meantime, Ted .Benson, according to Tip's orders, sweat-band in the helmet?" Dr. Tisdale a sked. "No,w, when had been taken into the fire-housfJ and made as comfortable a bullet travels it goes with tremendous force. This helmet as possible on a pile of blankets. is made of tough material, too. So the bullet in tearing Bert Allen knelt over him, while three other young fire-its way through the helmet would do so pretty roughly-. men stood sorrowfully by. with a big shock, in fact. Now, when that shock came this "Fellows," murmured Bert, "he seems to be breathing lump in the sweat -band was forced back against Benson's yet." forehead s0 that it st ruck him a really savage blow in the Ted opened his eyes. forehead. It also broke the skin and brought the blood." He looked at the quartette wonderingly, then asked: "'fhen I'm still alive?" asked T ed, s miling quizzically. "What's the row?" "To the best of my belief, you arc," laughed the doctor "Do n't you know, old fell ow?" asked Bert, in a hushed Th e n he added, more seriously: voice. "But you had a mighty close escape, Benson. You came Ted i;;31t up very near being killed. It was a scoundrelly shot, and the "Here, don't do that!" protested ;Bert, while one of the fellow who fired it meant to do for you!" other fellows kuelt behind Bensqn's back, supporting him. "A miss is as good as a mile, .I've heard," quoth Ted, "Why not?" queried Ted. lightly and coolly "Don't you bow, old fellow? You-you've been-shot Then he sat down, for he was still rather weak from the through the brain!" effect of the stunning. "Shot-what?" echoed Ted, in bewilderment "Go on, By this time a very fair-sized crowd had gather e d in Bert Don't talk fo!)lish !" front of the fire-house "But you have," per s isted Allen, holding the young chief Some one, however, took the trouble to run to Main u p as Ted got to his feet somewhat weakly / Street with the news. "But you have been s hot," prote sted Bert, in a scared That brought the young firemen, most of them, back on tone "I wish you'd lie down again, old until the the run. doctor gets here "It's the biggest puzzle in the world," muttered Tip There was a rush of wheels and hoofs out in the s treet. Marston, savagely. "We lost hardly a second in getting 'fhen a buggy stopped outside, and Jack, leaping to the off after the scoundrel, bu, t we couldn't catch s ight even of ground, cried : the shadows of his coat tails." "Hurry up, doc! I want you to tell us whether there's "Has it been reported to Chief Brown?" asked some one. a n y chance."

1100.K, LADDEJ1 _, D PIKE. Then he settled back, white and trembling, as Dr. Ti8dale b r ought the lash down on the flanks of the "That box is the neare s t one to Mr Foster's home gasped the boy, as they rode on through the night "Does tQ.is mean s6me new ras\a lity-another of the night?" "What do you me,an ?" "Has the same person, or persons, tried to dest roy Mr. Poster's houser" Dr. Tisdale, who knew a ll the local happenings of the l ast two or three days, was silent for some moments Then he answered : "We shall soon know what to think." The physician was driving as .fas t as he could, trying to get to the scene as far as pos sible in advance of the ratus As the horse turned down the street on which the box was l ocated, Ted cried out, in great "You see, it is Foster hous e It's on the top floor, too-the fourth story "That woul d be a queer p lace for a firebug to get to work, muttered Tisdale "Nevertheles s it may be the work of a firebug." Ted was whiter than ever, gripping the edges of th e seat as the doctor drove furiou sly into the Foster grounds. As they drove up at a ga llop, Teel caught sight of Mr. and Mrs. Foster and the servants out in the yard, run n ing exci tedly about'.' "Dell a! Della Some one, find Della s houted Mr. Foster, white-haired and feeble, who was running about anxiously as Ted sprang down from the buggy. "Isn't your d a ughter out with the rest?" quivered T ed, as he raced to the old man's s ide "We can't find her!" "Papa! papa Here I am! hailed a voice from a win dow on the fourth story "The stairs are blazing and I can't get down!" "Keep as cool as you can, Miss Foster We' ll get you o u t sa.fely !" Ted b ellowed up, but his voice shook. "Stay right there at the window, wher e you can get air!" Then Ted turne d to race into the house Thou g h h e did not know it at the moment, Dr. Tis dale was close behind him, whil e old Mr. Foster brought up a faltering r ear His heart thumping, T e d gained the third floor of the house ,,. He stood at the bottom of the stairs leading They were b l azing. That stairway was a roaring fur nace. "Firebugs, sure!" panted Dr. Tisdate, behind him. "Smell the coal oil in the smoke!" Ted turned with a sickened heart away :from the b l azing staircase. "Where are the other stairs to the next floor?" he demanded of D e lla's fathe r who had just reached them. "This is the only staircase, Benson " T hen we can do no good hare. We mus t use the l ad ders faltered Ted, as he w heeled. Down the st airs he r aced, ii-hile Dr. Tis d a le s tayed be-hind to h e lp the anguished fathe r down. As Ted gained the open air, he h eard, with a thrill of thankfulness, the jangling bell of D rench One as it t urned / into the grounds at the gateway "Hus tle, Dr e n 9 h !" the young fire chief roar e d through his trumpet "'l'here's big work to be d one h e re Next he turned his tru mpet towar d t he hi g h window a t which the white faced gir l cowered. "We' ll reach you like l ightning, Miss Foster!" The girl waved her hand back s il e n t l y to show that she heard. Then Dr. Tisda l e appeared, suppo r ting M r. Fo st er. "Tip," roared the young chief, "get that hose coupl e d like lightning Run into the house, u p t o the thir d stor y Play like mad on the fir e that you)ll fin d on the s tairs. Jack, the hook an d l a d ha s t o p lay t h e biggest p art here-the saving of a precious life! You and the f e ll o w s get off the longest l adde r i n the shortest t ime y ou know how to do it! All was coolness as t hese youn g heroes worked, o b eying every order as soon as it was u ttered But Ted) g l anci n g upwa r d with a sin k i ng hea r t, saw the smoke bur st ing out below t h e win d o w at w hic h D e ll a hud dled. "If we don't get he r down f rom there soon t h e smoke ancl hot air will kill her," gr o a n e d Ted, h i s knees t hr ea t e ni n g to give JNay under him i n h i s anguish The longe s t l adde r was off a n d bein g ru s h e d towa rd t h e house. With desperate energy T e d h e lp ed to rnn i t up t h e sid e of the hous e Th e n the young fireme n looked at each ot her, r eady t o groan For the l adder was st ill some feet short of reachin g near enogh to that window to be of service. "Run up the truck shou te d Ted, h o a rsely. "We' ll try to sta nd the ladder on that Th e n, seeing that T ip had the hose cou p l e d a nd r eady, B e n son roa red : "Polemen, pikemen and axemen, follow t h e hose. \York lik e e nd s Old Mr Foster, follmved by h i s sobbing, reelin g wife, tott e r e d c l ose to T e d "Save my daughter B ring D e ll a down alive t o me! he sobbed, "and you shall have any r ewar d you name "I'd save any life that coul d be saved," Ted u tte r e d hoarsely "but your d;ughter's twenty times over!" Then he leaped forwar d to take charge o f placin g the truck. A l most in a twinkling it was in p lace. Then, slowly, for it was tick l ish work, the great l a d d er was lifted so that its bottom ends rested o n the platform of the truck. "Is i,t steady 1" asked some one, q ui c kl y "No time to guess about t h at," uttered Ted, as h e snatched up 'his ru bber c o a t and drew it on.


24 HOOK, LADDJ!.m AND PIKE. .. Then, stooping once more, he snatched up two rubber blankete. Tongues of flame were spurting out around the ladder as Ted glanced swiftly upward. "Bring Della down with you!" quavered the old man. "Any reward! Any reward at all!" "I sha'n t come down alone, at all events!" gritted Ted. Then he starte d his nimble run up the ladder. All went well until he reached a oint just above the third floor. Here the tongues of flame leaped out at him. "He can't make it!" groaned Jack Pres ton. 'rhey watched, shudderingly, as Ted leaped upward through the first line of fire. 'rhe flames beat against his s tout rubber coat By a miracle only, a s it seemed, did his feet, unpro tected by rubber, e s cape being licked up by the scorching tongues of red. But he had yet anoi\ier zone of fire to go through on the upward climb. Those below shuddered, and many turned their away. Were those who peered upward through the smoke and flame destined to witness a double tragedy? CHAPTER X. TED DECLARES HIMSELF AMID THE FLAMES. Ted Benson himself felt the hopeles s ness of it all as he ne ared the second line of flames. Yet it was all over in a second, and passed through, the :fire beating against stout rubber. One of his feet got slightly scorched by one short jet of flame, but it did not cripple him. And now he was at the top of the ladder. It did not reach to the sill, yet it carried the young life saver's hands to the sill "Stand back!" he cried, and tossed the rubber blankets up and in. Then drawing himself up by sheer strength, he stood in the room, face to face with the girl. The room was a studio, with a skylight overhead. It was a room in which the girl often painted, and was her den in general. "You have taken a terrible risk!" she shuddered. "Risk is the firemen's lot," replied Ted, as he gripped one of her hands li ghtly, then turned swiftly back to the window. "Come here to the window with me, and keep here," he commanded. There was no time for explaining. All around them the fumes were beginning to be stifling. Even if Tip an d his nozzlemen were making any progress in the hall below against the actual flames, their stream of water was at the same time adding to the fumes. As Ted looked down and saw the flames bur !'ting out below, thicker and heavier than ever, he could not repress the anguished groan: "We can never go down through that now!" "Oh, why did you come up here to save me?" grCJlaned the girl, wringing her hands. "Why?" asked Ted, hoarsely. "Well, one thing, because I'm a fireman." "I heard you say that we cannOlt get down through the flames." "Honestly, Della, I believe we would be roasted alive in the effort:" "Two lives to be lost, when o.nly one needed to be sacri ficed!" shuddered the girl. "Oh, why-why-did you come up here?" "Della/' he mumbled in a strange voice, "shall I tell you the greatest reason for my coming up here?" "What?" asked the girl, wonderingly. "Because I love you if I can't get you down to the gropnd then I'm ready to perish here with you." "You_:__ you--" "I love you, Della," finished the boy promptly. "There, now you know it. If it had not been for this certainty of death right before u s you never would have heard this." A strange little cry broke through the girl's lips. Ted did not under s tand until one of her hands sought his and rested on it. He turned to look at her in amazement. "Della!" he gasped, "do you mean that-that-you--'' "I never knew it until this mpment," she nodded, tears that were not of terror s hinig in her eyes. Foolish as it may have been, trembling Ted Benson straightened up, drew back from the window, and drew the girl after him, both his arms around her now. "Della," he quivered, "since we can't get out of here alive, it-it. can do no harm." She understood him, nor, in that awful moment, did she even pretend that she did not. Her lips met his, frankly and freely; her arms pressed him. Thus they stood, forgetful of all for the moment. But then, with a hoarse cry of despair, Ted Benson darted back to the window1 once more drawing the girl with him. Down into the flames and the smoke he peered, his eyes smarting. "Jack!" he shouted frenziedly. "Hullo!" came Preston's voice through the trumpet. "Send for Tip and the hose. Try to pla.y around the laqder." "I've just sent for him!" bellowed back Jack. "Here comes the hose now!" There was a hoarse, stifled cheer from the crowd as four of the young :fire-fighters appeared, dragging the length s of hose a.round the corner of the building. I For a crowd, at suc h an awful moment, will grasp at any hope. "Any orders?" came up Jack's strident voice through the trumpet.


HOOK, LADDER AND PIKE. 25 "Yes; play all over the flames, and let me see how it goes." Tip himself was number one at the nozzle as the stream came swishing and swirling again s t the black and red mass of death below the window. Yet to the angui s hed on e s looking on it look e d plainly like a drawn bat tle b e tween fir e and its destroyer. Teel watch e d in angui s h for a f e w seconds. Then again h e s houted, while the crowd below stood hushed, that his voice might c arry b e tter. "Jack!" "On deck here!" "Have the hos e play again s t me, -strong and heavy, as soon as you see me on the ladder!" "Aye, aye chief!" "And p1ay the stream on m e and on Miss Foster 'all the way down the ladder!" "Aye, aye, chief-and Goel be with you!" Ted him s elf was wordle s sl y uttering a prayer as he turned to the girl. She was calm now, ready to di e if that c ame to be her lot. For ju s t one in s tant T e d dr e w her head bac k so that those below could not see. He kissed her again, then began to wrap one of the rub ber blankets around the upper part of her body. "Hold this tightly around you when we get on the lad der," he begged. "Yes-dear "And I shall wrap the other a.round you as you come into my arm s Remember to keep y our mouth s hut, and don't even breathe throu g h your no s e if you can help it." "I understand Ted.'"" "Now, be readJ, sweetheart!" Ted's own face looked brave as he stepped through the window. The truth WM, he believ e d the re was not one chance in ten for them. He was out upon the ladder now. Della crouch e d on th e windows ill. "Come!" he call ed. Cautiously, a s if s h e und ers tood even in that awful mo ment, the penalt y of a false s t e p, she lowered herself. Then s he felt h e r h ero's s tron g arm s around her body. He drew her clown, wr a ppin g th e lowe r part of her body in the other rubber blanket. Swirl came the str e am a g ain s t them. "There's one c han c e in a thou s and now," whispered Ted in her ear as she la y on one o f hi s arms, while his other hand gra s ped the rung Otf the ladder. "If we don't get through--good-bye, Della!" "Good-bye dear!" Then he starte d downward. Below, th e crowd cau ght it s breath a s it saw the two youn g people pa s s through the fir s t line of fire. Then what a c heer went up For Ted was safel y throu g h the second line of .resafel y as far a s those below could see. Yet, a s he went through, the young fire chief realized that the ladder itself was s t e amin g hotly. Now, inue ed, the cheering b e came almo s t frantic. For Ted, taking hi s time, was slowly coming down the rest of the ladd e r, wit h Della nestling on his arm, both her arms hi s neck, her fa c e clos e against his. And so they reached the truck 's platform, where a half-doze n young fire m e n leap e d to their ass istance. "Mr. Foster!" cri e d Ted Bensd'n. "Aye, lad!" came the old man's hoarse, joyful shout, as Della stood forth from th e blankets, one of her hands hold ing to T e d's. "Here' s your daughter, saf.e, sir." "And all I 've got can n e v e r repay you!" sobbed the old man jo yous ly, as some one help e d D e ll a down to 1.he ground, and h e r fa th e r a nd mother cla s ped th e girl in th e ir arms Th e n they turne d to Benson. But Ted was not ther e The had become 1.he fireman again, and there was a cos tly building to be saved. "How's tli.e blaze insid e ?" our h eco demanded, rushing over to Tip. "We were getting it fairly well under when Jack sent for us." "Then keep on playing here, on the outside. I'll go inside." Jack, in the meantime, was superintending the work of getting the ladder down. It came clown just in time to save it from catching and being destroyed. "Friends," shouted Ted, turning to the crowd "help our f ellows to form the bu c ket line up s tairs. Come on-all who' ll help!" There was a rush to follow the young fire chief. Twent y minutes of desperat e work got the flames under in s ide. It took the buc k e t bri gacie, backed b y axe, pole and pike, and all und e r the s tmcl y dir e ction of Ted B e n son. But at la s t th e fire was out; t h e d a m age to thi s c o s tly man s ion a .mount e d to h a rdl y a t h o usand dollar s Going out s i de, T e d s t eppe d over to Mr. Fo s t e r, who, turn in g grip p e d at bolh his hand s eage rl y "I b e li eve I c an assure you, s ir that the fire is out, and th a t yol:lr h o m e i s saved althou g h dama ged, announced th e youn g fire c hi e f What do y ou s uppose I ca r e a bout th e home?" quiv e r e d the old man. "My family ar e sa v ed-that's lh e only news that c ount s." "That blaze was s et by a fir ebug," Ted w ent on. "But how could it hav e happ e ned?" "We were out on th e por c h and the s ervants were all out at the s ide of the hous e brok e in Mr s Foster, tremulously. "A firebu g c ould have crept in through one of the entr a nces. It w a s easy enoug h for h-im to g et U.P s tair s and

26 HOOK, LADDER .AND PIKE. "Then the firebug must have watching. He saw her go inside, and formed his purpose in a jiffy," breathed Ted But he spoke to himself, and this other thought was i;unning through his mind : "For some reason th,at I can't make out, the who tried to shoot me down was the same who set that fire. I can't understand it at all, but it is all connected with the mystery surrounding that-stolen will.'' Della, seeing Ted had left her parents, walked quickly to him, touching him on the arm red turned,a look of torment in hi s eyes. ':Did you,.-did you tell my parents what you said to me up in the studio?" she inquired tremulously, h e r eyes glistening as she looked at him. "Why-whyno, Della," Ted responded with an effort. "You have my permission to tell them as soon_ as you wish, Ted," replied the girl, in her simple, straight.forward way. "Why, why, Della-you don't think-you don't ima gine I'm going to take adva_ntage of what was said we both thought we were in death 's grasp?" choked the young :fire chief. 1 "Were yop-were you deceiving me, then?" gasped Della, drawing quickly back, her face flushing with shame. "Deceiving you--" Clang! It was the fire alarm, sounding another call for the v illage. Ted Benson had to jump at the call of duty. Yet, first of all, he turned to say a brie5 word to this girl who had meant more than life to him. "Deceiving you?" h e repeated. D e ll a--" But the girl had vanished. Running to the neare s t clump of shrubbery, she stood behind it, panting, one hand clutching over her heart. CH.APTER XI. A MADMAN ON THEIR HANDS Clang! Duty's calls were coming fast to-night .A :fireman 's first duty is .to fight fire. Even with Della s cruel words ringing in his ears, Ted Benson had to think first of all of his work. He turned, darting over to the apparatus, and giving or ders that resulted in the quick getting ready of the ap paratus. "Forty-two !" breathed Ted, as the first round of the alarm came in. "Main Street," clicke.cl Dr. Tisdale. near my home. So jump into the buggy and I'll drive you to the new. :fire. Whew! but they're coming fast to night." Ted s prang into the buggy but asked the doctor to wait until the apparatus had started. That happened in good record time, though Freehold 's young .fire-fight e rs were beginning to feel the wear and tear of the night: Then 'fed was whirled into town. On Main Street a little crowd had already gathered Le fore a building in which fire had been discovered. "The flames are coming out of a back window on the second floor, chief," reported one of the citizens to Ted "Flames ?" echoed our h e ro. "Well, smoke, I mean "What room i s it? .Ai:td why has no one gone in?" The citize n told him where the room was, adding: "And no one went in because the door is locked tight." "We'll soon attend to the door! Follow me!'' commanded yonng Benson. With a dozen citizens at his heels, he raced up the long flight of st air s The r e was little trouble in locating the room, for already smoke was pouring out around the sides of the door. Calling to two of the more powerful-looking men in the c rowd, Ben son asked them to hurl themselves, with him, against the door. The third assault broke the door down. The wall, a wooden mantel and part of the floor were burning. It was tOQ.. mu c h of a blaze to fight without water and tools, so T e d sprang back to the door. "We'll get that out in a jiffy when Drench One gets here," uttered Ted, in the h a llway. Th ere he stood, with the citizens who had followed him, until the jangling of good old Drench One's bell was heard. "Run down and t e ll 'l'ip Marston that we need the water and some axes up her e," begged turning to one of the men. Soon Tip was on the spot. Sta nding in the doorway, h e heavily the burn ing spots. ow come on, axemen," ordered Ted He pointed to the wooden wall, charred and still smok ing. "Rip thin gs away there!" he ordered. "There may be some fire b e hind tho s e boards. One, two, three--mash !" "Stop!" screamed an voice from the doorway. An old man, hi s long hair flying wildly, his eyes glaring, stood framed in the doo rway. "Take those a..\'.es away with you!" he shouted fran tically. "I forbid you to chop h e re. Away-all of you, or you shall kn o w the meaning of my wrath!" "Go on chopping," said Teel, calml y "Keep it up until vou find that t here's no spark behind the wall s." "Stop s hrieked the oid man, rushing to Bert .Allen, the neare s t of the axemen, anc1 pushing t hat youth back. "He's the queer old c odg e r who live s in this ro om,'' explained one of the ci tizen s . "Jack, lead this e xcited old gentleman out of the way,'' commanded 'Ted. But the old man nimbly qpdged away from Preston, then hurl e d himself against the wall


HOOK, LADDER A ND PIKE. 27 He stood t he re, that old man g l a ring at the a x e m e n who stood > r e ady to demoli s h as much of t h e wall a s might b e necessar y w a s not born to die a poor man I shall beat you all yet, and you, B e n s on s hall yet di e for your interference." old mai1 made a e ffort to break away from thos e who were holding him. Ted Ben s on r e alized the fa c t that he ha.d a madm a n on his hands. But Jack and Sam held on stiffly. "What's this I feel in bis clothes?" demanded Jack, CHAPTER XII. s uddenly, and made a dive. In a twinklin g h e h a d fla sh e d up an automatic gun, little CONCLU S IO N long er than a belt revolver, y et having a magazine of ca. r-"Jack," ordered the young chi e f, y ou and Sam How e t ridges and allihe p e n e trati v e powe r of a bigger rifl e get hold of the old c h ap and t a k e h i m out of t h e r o o m B e "That's the the shoqting was done with!" ven te d .careful that you don t hurt him T i p, the n br e ath e d a sig h of great relief at realizing th'at "Don' t you dare to u c h m e !" s hri e k e d the wild-eyed m a.n, now with this mania c safely locked up, all dangel", to his as Preston and Howe ap proach e d him. c hum would b e pa s t. "You' ll h a v e to s t e p outside for a few minutes, uncle," Th is i s some one you want, I giiess, chief," said Ted replied J ack ,. and laid a st ron g h a.nd o n the madman. as Mr. Brown head of the Freehold police department "I won't, I tell you!" c am e t h e scr e amin g answer. c ame up the stairs. ''Oh, suppo s e we g o out s ide and talk i t over?" urged It was quickly e x plain e d to the pOtlice official just why Jack. he s hould be intere s t e d in this queer old man. Sam had cau ght hold o f t h e m adma n a t t h e o ther si d e As soon a s he was down on the sidewalk, Ted seht one Easily, for th e e x cite d old'man was l ight of w e i ght, the y o f hi s fellow s on the run for Lawyer Southcomb, who soon lifted him and bore him, despite hi s st ru gg lin g kickin g a rriv ed, oiut of breath. and c lawing out into the hallwa y "Come in here, Benson," urged the lawyer; leading the "Rip away that wall now," Ted direct ed. w a y to a drug s tore. "I see this envelope has been open e d Under the sharp pingin g blows o f t h e a x e s the w all by that maniac, so we may a s well look at the contents." boards came away in a jiffy. A s the lawyer drew out the will and looked it over, a "Why, what s this? cri e d Tip d a rtin g forward and queer s mile came into hi s face. s natching up a lon g e nv e l o p e that w as revealed in i ts hid"Tha t p o or maniac r e all y is, I believe a relative 0 tho ing-place b e hind the partition. late :Mr. Ea s tman explain e d the lawyer. "I didn't know H e examin e d it b y th e li ght of hi s fir e m a n 's l a ntern. i t t hou g h, unt il I talked wit h Chi e f of Police Brown just "Wha t s this? gas p e d Tip. n ow. It seem s that the m a niac has bee n talking a.bout The n, in a. torn a d o of excite m ent, h e b l e w out : self. H e s a c razy fellow who m Mr. Eastman paid to have "Te d! T e d! Thi s e nv e lop e i s l a b e l e d L ast Will and tak e n c ar e of for life. But thi s poor old man, Merrill, Te s tament of George P. Eastm a n escap ed fro m the asylum a. f e w da ys ago. H e ca.me right "What's that?" c hok e d our 4 ero, leapin g forward and h ere, conv inced t h a t h e wonld have a. cha nce to get hold s natching at the envelop e a s a w a il came from t h e c a ptive of a will that would leav e him a. rich1 man. Jus t before madman out s id e he e sca p e d Merrill s t o l e a lot of mone y from the d e sk of "You found it! You fou;cl i t again! I f eare d you t he s up erintendent of the asylum. Yet thi s same Merrill would!" s hri e k e d the m a ni ac "But i t s h a ll br i n g y o u was craft y e n o u g h t o dress him s elf in the poore s t of clothes, nothin g but ill lu c k a nd desp air-as i t has alrea d y come s o as not to attra ct a.tte nticm to himself. And s o he watch e d near to you y our life !" hi s chmJce and s tol e the will as it l e ft m y office in y,our "Oho!" T ed. "So y ou a re the ge ntl e man who pock et. Poor M e rrill! Little good thi s will would do shot at me who tri e d to burn m e up in a ba.rn and who set. him the fire at Mr. Fo s t er's to-night? "Why ?" asked T e d "What of it? quav e r e d the old rna.nla.c. "Y.ou can t "'W ell, the fir s t will l eft a million to Mi s s Della. Foster, punish me! You can't s to p m e M y deed s are ord e r e d a nd a noth e r million to be divided a mong the distant rela. by h eave n its elf! And I am one of th e r e l a tives, one o f tives o f Mr. Eastman. This s econd wiH, which was reputed the defrauded h eirs of G e orge Eastman. Ye s I stol e the t o leave out the million to Mis s leaves her two mil will from your poc k e t t h inkin g to save my s elf a. s hare of lion s inst e ad." the fortune but--" T e d gas p e d The room seemed to whirl around him. Here the mania c c heck e d himself s wiftly, leerin g cun"And I cam e ne a r engagin g myself to that lucky girl!" ningly. h e g a s p e d "We were engaged, in fa c t. I s uppo s e we still "How did y ou know i t w as th e w ill tha t I had in m y a.r e but D e lla will find that I haven't the cheek to try to ) poc k et?" d e m a nd e d T ed. hold her to anything 0 the s ort." "I saw the law y er make the mi st ak e in p ic kin g u p t h e Southcomb folded up the will and plac e d it care. J\'ron g e nv e lop e to h a n d to you. But you haye n o t b eate n full y in his me!" p ried the old man s hrilly. "I s hall triumph y et. I "So that now Miss Foster becomes heiress to a.bout two


,. 28 HOOK LADDER AND PIKE. million dollar s," werri. on the man of the law. "No w o n der that poor lunatic, Merrill, h id thi s will b e hind t h e wall after he had read it. R e sa w tha t it wou]d be b ette r to stand under the fir s t will t han under this one." "But Merrill, b e ing a lun a tic, c ouldn t inherit amd han dle the money, anyway could he? a s ked our hero. "Did you e v e r see a lunatic questioned the lawyer, smiling, "who r e alized that h e was c razy? Merrill un doubtedly believes that h e 's the s ane s t man in this State to-day." "And so, in hi s crazy way, he tried to destrqy me after he had heard me d e clare that I would find a way to recove r the s tolen will," murmured Ted, thoughtfully. "And it was-must have been-from a front window in that same lodging-house that he fired at me yes t e rday." "Be comforted," s miled the lawy e r. "He'll never fire at .you again if the asylum people do their duty." Ted heaved a great s igh. "Of course, I'll have to get a hor s e and buggy and go out to see the Fosters at once," rattled on the lawyer. You ll come, too." "No," answered Ted. "You'd better think again," s miled the lawyer. "You'v e been a hero out there to-night, and you' ll be a hero again when you show up with thi s wond e rful will." By the time that they reached the B e n son hoone South comb had succeeded in persuading our hero to go along with him to the Fo s ters. Though it was rath e r late, the Fo st er s on account of the evening's excitement, were s till up. Della had risen rather has til y whe n s he saw who the callers were. H e r face was flushin g and s he s tarted to retreat hastily. But Ted met her face to face, at a little di s tance from the others. "Won't you give me a moment?" he a s ked pleadingly. Dellr hesitated; then, without a word, turned and walked to the farther end of the porch. There she halted, facing him. "Della," began the boy, "that was an awkward thing that happened to-night." "Very awkward she admitted stiffly. "You accu s ed me of decei v ing y ou." "At least, you betrayed me into a dmitting that I love d you," rejoined the girl, her e y e s on the flooring of the porch. "But, Della I didn't imagine that we'd either of us geli 011t o f that alive. So I didn t see the.ha.rm then, of telliJ?-g y o u how I loved you." "Love d me then?" s he a s ked. Then and all the time, Della. But now you see how He looked at both the y oung people keenly for a mo .. ment, Then that wise old g e ntl e m a n began to understand how matters lay H e ques tion e d them directly. Ted told the whole story with manl y dir e ctness. "Benson, you're quite right," announced Mr. Foster. "But do you remember that to-night I offered you a.DYJ reward in my power for saving my daughter? That re w a rd s hall come in the s hap e o f e nou g h of the world's goods to m ake you feel in de p e nd e nt. Be s ides t h a t, I s hall see y ou well starte d in a pro s p e rou s business. Now, are y ou going to slight my daughter, after having won her love?" Ted could not answer at first. A great sob choked up in his chest. "Della," said her father, don't blame Ted Benson. Honor him, instead, for feeling the way that he did. He loves you, and one of the s e days he shall be in a position to claim you. The engagement ha s my full consent, and I am sure that it will have your mother's. 'rhat's all, for the present. Now, you two young people take a. stroll under the trees while I talk with the lawyer." Ted is, indeed, a prosp e rou s m a n in the s e days, and he has claimed and wedded Della Fo s ter. George Snyder little to hold him in Freehold aftei: that. He i s abroad in the world so mewhere. Tip Marston is a partner Qif Ted's in these days. Jack Preston is mlUl.ager of a big mill that the partners own, while Denny Burke has found his place as their mas ter machinist. 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Y le ar 421 Edgewood No. 2; or, The Only Boy In the Fire Company. By 385 From Newsboy to President ; or, Fighting for Fame and Fortune. By H K Shackleford. 386 Jack Harold, The Cabin Boy; or, Ten Years on an Unlucky Ship. By Capt. Tbos. H. Wilson. 387 Gold Guieb ; or, Pandy Eilis's Last Trall. By An Old Scout. 388 Dick Darlton, the Poor-House Boy ; or, The Struggles of a Friend, less Waif. By H. K. Shackleford. 389 The Haunted Light-House ; or, The Black Band of the Coast. By Howard Austin. 390 The Boss Boy Bootblack of N e w York ; or, Climbing the Ladder of Fortune. By N S. Wood (The Young Ameri can A ctor). 391 The Silver Tige r ; or, The Adventures of a Young American in India. By Allan Arnold. 392 General Sherman' s Boy Spy ; or, The March to the Sea. By Gen'!. Jas. A. Gordon. 393 Sam Strap, The Young Engineer; or, The Pluckiest Boy on the Road. By Jas. C Merritt. 394 Little Robert Emmet; or, The White Boys. of Tipperary. l!y Allyn Drape r 395 Kit Carson' s Kit; or, The Young Army Scout. By An Old S cout. 396 Beyond the Aurora ; or, 'l'be Searc h for the Magnet Mountain. By Berton B ertrew 397 Sev e n D;amond Skulls; or, The Secret City of Siam. By Allan Arnold. 393 Over the Line ; or, The Rieb and Poor Boys of Riverdale Schools By Allyn Draper. 399 The Twenty Silent Wolves; or, The Wild Riders of the Mountai ns. By Richard R. Montgomery. 400 A N e w York Working Boy; or, A Fight for a Fortune. By How ard Austin. 401 Jack the Juggler; or, A Boy's Searc h for His Sister. By H K Shackleford. 402 Little Paul Jones; or, The Scourge of the British Coast. By Capt. Thos. H WU.an. 403 Mazeppa No. 2, the Boy Fire Company of Carlton; or, Plucky Work on Ladde r and Line. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 404 The Blue Mask or, Fighting Against the Czar. By Allan Arnold. 405 Dick, the Apprentice Boy; or, Bound to be an Engineer. (A Story of Rallroad Life. ) By Jas. C. Merritt. 406 Kit Carson, Jr.L In the Wild Southwest; or, The Searc h for a Lost Claim tsy An Old Scout. 407 The Rivals of Round Top Academy; or, Missing from School. By Allyn Draper. 408 Jack Mason's Million; or, A Boy Broker's Luck In Wall Street. By H K Shackleford. 409 The Lost City of the Andes; or, The Treasure of the Volcano (A Story of Adventures In a Strange Land. ) By Richard R Mont gomery 410 The Rapidan Rangers; or, General Washington' s Boy Guard. (A Story of the American Revolution. ) By Gen '!. Jame s A. Gor don. 411 "Old Put" ; or, The Fire Boys of Brandon. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 412 Dead Game; or, Davy Crockett' s Double By An Old S cout. 418 Barnum's Young Sandow; or, The Stronirest Boy In the World. By Berton Bertrew. 414 Halsey & Co. ; or, The Young Bankers and Speculators. By H K. Shackleford. 4lli Alow and Aloft ; or, The Dashing Boy Harpooner. By Capt. Thoe. H Wilson . Ex-Fire-Chief Warde n. 422 Lost on a Raft; or, Driven from S e a to Sea. By Captain Thos. H. Wilson. 423 True as Steel; or, Ben Bright, the BoyEngineer. By Jas. C M erritt. 424 Eld, the Errand Boy; or, Working His Way In the World. Ry Howard Austin. 425 Pawnee Bill in Oklahoma; or, Fighting with the Wh >te Chier. By An Old Sc out. 426. P e r c y Greville, the S cout of Vall e y Forge. By Ge n '!. Jas. A Gpr don (A Story of the Ameri can R evolution.) 427 Bulls and Bears; or, A Bright Boy s Fight With the Brokers of Wall Stree t By H. K Shackle f ord. 428 The Dead Shot Rangers ; or, The Boy Captain of the Home D e fenders. (A Story of the American Revolution. ) By Ge n'J. Jas. A Gordon 429 Lost In the Grassy Sea; or, Three Years In the Sargasso. By Capt. Thos H. Wils o n 430 Tom Porte r s Searc h ; or, The Treasure of the Mountains. By Richard R. Montg om e ry. 431 Through Smoke and Flame; or, The Rival Firemen of Irvington. By Ex-Fr re-Chiet Warde n. 432 Exile No. 707 ; or, The Boys of the Forgotten Mine. (A Story or Russi a and S iberia.) By Allan Arno ld 433 Stee l 'Blade, The Bo:y Scout o f Fort Ridgely; or, The War Trail ot the Sioux. By An Old S cout. 434 From Engineer to President; or, Working His Way Up. By Jas. C Merritt. 435 Lucky Luke; or, A Bright Boy's Career In Wall Street. By H. K Shackleford. 436 The Prince of the Prairie; or, The Boy Who Owned It All. By An Old S cout. 487 Herman, the Boy Magician; or, On the Road With a Variety Show. By B erton B ertre w 438 Tom Barry of Barrington; or, The Hero of No. 4 .. By Ex-Flre Chicf Warden. 439 'The Spy of Spuyten Duyvll; or, The Boy With a Charmed Life. By Gen Jas. A. Gordon 440 Two Yankee Boys Amon g the Kaffirs ; or, 'rhe Searc h for King Solomon s Mines. By Allyn Drape r 441 The Arctic Crusoes; or,. Lost at the World's End. By Howard Austin. 442 Rob Ralston's Run ; or, The Perilous Career of a Boy Engineer. By Jas. C. Merritt. 443 Jac k Dacre's Dollar, And How He Made It Grow. By H. K Shackleford. 444 The Boy Fire King; or, Barnum's Brightest Star. By Berton Bertrew. 445 Fea rl ess Frank, The Brave Boy Fireman, And How He Won His Fame. By Ex-Flre-Cplef Warden. 446 Und e r the Black Flag; or, The Burled Treasure of the Seven Isles. By Capt. Thos. H Wilson 447 The Rise of Elddle Dunn; or, The Boy With a Silver Tongue. By Allan Arnold. 448 Little Lariat, The Boy Wild-Horse Hunter; or, The Dashing Rider of the Staked Plains. By An Old Scout. 449 The Boy Railroad King; or, .Working His Way to the Top . By -Jae C. Merr!tt. 450 Loyal to the Last ; or, Fighting for the Stars and Stripes. Dy Gen !. James A. Gordon For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per In money or postage stamps, by FBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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' ,.These Books Tell You Everything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each b oo k consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in .Jn attractiv e, illustrated cover. -lfost of the books are also profu!iely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any l!hild. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjeclia mentione d . THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SAI,E BY AT,L NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MA I L TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT 011' PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY '.l'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS POST.A.GE ST.A.MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y Mf!SMERISM. No. 81 HOW Tb MESMERIZE.-Containing the mo s t ap p rove d methods of mesm e ri s m ; al so how to cure all kinds of d iseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic h ea ling. By Prof. Leo H u g o Koch, A . 0. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMI ST.RY No. 72. HOW TO DO S I X T Y TRICKS W ITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the. latest and JilOSt deceptive card tricks, with illustrations. By .A.. Anderson No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive -Card Tricks as perfor111ed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arranged fo r home amusement. Fully illustrated. No. 82. HOW 'l'O DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most apMAGIC. p roved methods of reading the line s on t h e h and, together with No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great boo k of magic and a full of their m ean ing. Also exp laining phrenology, card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks and the k ey for telling character by the bumps on the head. By of the day, als o the most popular magical illusions as performed liy Leo Hugo Koch, A C. S. Fully illustrated. om: lea?ing magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, HYPNOTISM a.sit will both amuse and instruc t N 8 No .. 22. HO!\' '.l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight o 3. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuabl e and inexplame d b y his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how s tructive information r egar ding the science of hypnotism. Also the secret dialogues were carried on betwe e n the magician and the ex p l aining the mos t approved methods whi c h are employed by the boy on the stage ; al s o giving all the codes and signals. The only lead ing hypnotists of the world. By L eo Hugo Koch, .A..C.S. authe n t i c explanation of second sight. 'SPORTING. No. 43 HOW '.l'O BECOME A IM.A.GICIAN.-Containing the No. 2 1. HOW TO HUNT .A.ND FISH.-The moiit complete of magi cal illusions ev e r placed before the hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inpublic. Also tricks with cards. incanta t ions, etc. structions about guns, hunting d ogs traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TlUCKS.-Containing ove r together with descriptions of gam e imd fish. o ne hundreq higbly amusing and instructive tricks. with chemicals. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD .A. BOAT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. illustmted. Every boy should know 'how to row 8 nd sail a boat. No. 69 HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing ove r Full il)str u ctions are given in this little book, together with in!lfty of the latest and b!lst tricks u se d by magicians. Also containstructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to booting. mg the sec ret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A Anderson. No. 47. HOW '.1'0 BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. No . 70. HOW '.J'O i\fA:KE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full A co m p lete treatise on the horse D"scribing the most us efu l horses directwns for makmg l\Iag1c 'l'oys and devices of many k inds By for bus i n ess the best ho1ses for the road; also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. disea se s p ecaliar to the horse. No. 73 . HOW. TO J?O TRICKS W ITH NUMBERS.S h owi n g N o 48 HOW 'l'O BUILD .A.ND SAIL C.A.NOES.-A handy many curious with figures and the magic o f n umbers. By A book fo r b o ys, containing full directions for constructing canoes Anderson. Fully illustrated. and the most popular manner of sailing tbem. Fully illustrated. .No 7_5. HO'Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing By c. Stans field Hicks tricks w1tb Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-s ix illustrati ons. By A And e r son. fORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK .A.RT.-Containing a com. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S OR.A.CULDM AND DREAM-BOOK.plete descl'iption of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand Con t aini n g t h e great orac le of human destiny; also the true meantoget h e r with many wonderful e.xperiments. By A. Anderso n : ing of a lmost any kind of d re am s, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. and cu rio u s games of cards A comp lete book. M E C No. 2 3. HOW '.1'0 EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, CHAN I Al. from the little child to the aged ma n and woman. '!'his little book No. 29 HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.E very boy gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with l uc ky how originated. This book explains them and unlu c k y Jays, ad "Napoleon's Oracu lum," the book of fate all examples m electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, No. 28. IJOvV TO TELL FOR'l'UNES.Everyone i s desirous of pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or No. 5?. HOW 'l'O BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full m ise r y wea lth or poverty You can tell by a glance at this little mstruct1oos how to procee d in order to become a l ocomotive en bookBuy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. T ell gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together the fortu ne of your fri e nds. with a full description of everythinf nn engineer should! know No. 76 HOW TO 'l'ELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.-No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUS.CAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full Containing rule s for t e lling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, directions how l:o make a Banjo, Violin, Zithe r, lEolian Harp, Xylo- or the secret of palmistry. A l so the secret of te llin g future events ph.,ne and other musical ins truments; together with a brief de by a i d of moles, marks, scars, etc Illustrated. By A And erson. scription of n ea rly every musical instrument used in ancient o r modern t im es Brofusely illustrated. By Algernon S li'itzgerald, ATHLETIC. for twenty years bandmaste r of the Royal Bengal Marines No. 6 HOW TO BECOME AN ATIILETE.-Giving full inNo. 59 HOW TO M AKE A MAGIC LAN'l'ERN.-Containing struction for the u se of dumb bells, Indian clubs, paralle l bars, a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. horizontal bars and various other m e thods of deve l oping a good, Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomel y h ealthy muscle; conta ini ng over sixt.v illustration s Every boy can illustrated. Ily Jobn Allen. b ecome strong and healthy by following the instructions contained No. 7t. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing in this little book. complete instruct ions for p erforming over sixty Mecha n ical T r ic ks No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The .art of self-defense made easy By A. AnderS'On. Fully illustrated. Containi ng over thirty illustrations of g uards, blows, and the dilferLETT E R WRITING. ent positioRs of a good box e r. Every boy should obtain one of these u seful and instructi v e books, as it w ill teach you how to bo.x No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVEJ-LET'.l'ERS.-A mOflt com wi t hout an instru cto r. plete little book, containing full directions for writing l ove-letters, No. 25. HOW TO BECOi\JE A GYMNAST.-Containing full and when to use them, giving specimen l ette rs for young and o l d. instru ct!ons for all kind s of g ymnastic sports and athletic exercises No. 12._ lIOW _TO LETTERS TO. E.lmbracmg thirty-five illustrat ion s By Professor W. Macdonald comp l ete mstr1;1c tions wr1tmg letters to ladies on all s u bJects ; A h andy and us ef u l book. a l so letter s of mtroduct1on. notes and requests. N o 34 HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for No . 2_4. HOW. TO. WRITE 1:il!lTTERS TO GENTLEMI!lN-:fen cing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. 1 Conta_m,mg full directions for. wr1tmg. to ge)ltlemen on all subJeCts; D es c ribed with twenty-one practical illustrations giving the best also g ivin g sample letters for ms\ruct1on. positions i n fe n cing A complete book. ' No. 53. HOW TO W RITEJ LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how ,to write to you r sweetheart, your father, TRICKS WITH CARDS mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and anyNo. 51. HOW T O DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing body you wi s h to write to. Every y oung man and every youn g explanation s of tbe general principles of sleight-of-band appli c alile lad y in the land sh ould have this book. to card t ri c ks; o f card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring No. 74 "HOW TO WRITE I,ETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con1leight o f -h and; of tricks invo l ving sleight-of-hand, or the use of taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; llK!Cially pre p ared cards. B y Professor Haffner. Illustrated. also rules for p unctuation and c o mpos i tion, with spe c ime n lette r s.


=THE STAGE. No. 41 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S J OKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. N o amateu r minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book No . THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEJAKER. a varied asso,rto;ient of speeches, Negro, Dutch and Insh. Also end mens Joke s Just t h e thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. '.rHE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J new a?d very instructive. Every b oy should obtam this book, as 1t contams full instructions for or ga nizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, t h e great wit, humorist, and practical joker of t h e day. l!Jvery boy who can enjoy a gocid substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-eontaining com p lete instructions how to make up for various characters on the with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manage r. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat e s t jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever :popular Uerl)lan comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome co lored cove r containing a half-tone photo o f t h e author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. H O W TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containi ng full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the tnost approv e d methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub li shed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, Caires afid all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO kEJEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRI C A L No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses of electr icity and e l ectro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries: etc. By George Trebel, A M., M D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con fnll 1lirectiobs for making electrica l machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity By R A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67 HOW 'l'O DO ELEdTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks t ogether with illustrations. By A Anderson. . :t N o 3 1. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Co n t a ining fo111"' teen illustrations, giving the different p ositions req u isite to become a good speaker, reader and e l oc u tionist. A l s o conta ini ng gems from a!l the popular ?-nthors of prose and p oetr:, arrange d in t he dl.olt simple and conc1s] manner poss i ble. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules f o r conducting it bates, outlmes for debate(', questions for discussion a nd the bed sources for procuring info;:-mation on' t h e q u estio ns g iv en. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The and w il es o f flirtation art fully by this little book. Besides the various method s of ha.r.dkerch1ef,_ fan, glove, parasol window and hat flirtation it con tarns a full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, w h ic h 11 in.teresting to everybody, both old and young Yo u cannot be happJ without one. No 4. HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title o f a n ew and handsome little book jus t issued by Tousey It contains full i nstruc tions in the art. of dancing, et?quette in the ball-,room and at part iet, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in a ll square dances. No. 5 HOW TO MAKE LOVE.A complete gu i de t o Jove, courtEhip and marriage, giving sensible advice, r ules and etiquette to be obser> e

Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A new one issued every Friday Price 5 cents a copy This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most succeBBful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly a magazine tor the home, although each number ls replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the lllustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about It. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy In Wall Street. :I Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. S A Corner In Corn ; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. A Game ot Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. r; Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 8 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors ot Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record ot a Seif-M:i.de Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston .Boy. 12 A Diamond In the Rough; or A Brave Boy' s Start In Life. 18 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy In Wall Street. H A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak ot Luck ; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 A Good Thing; or, 'l.'he Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trader In Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy In a Thousand. 19 A Rise In Life ; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy In Wall Street. 21 4ll to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest; Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win ; or, The Boy Who Go"t Rich. 24 Pushing It Through ; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx ot Wall Street. 26 'l'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got 27 Struck Oil ; or. 'he Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners ot D ell a Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. SO Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 81 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way_ to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win ; or, The "Foxiest Boy Jn Wall Street. 84 Tatters: or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest BOJ' In the World. 116 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers: or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 38 A Rolling Stonet; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Va.Hey. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning Hie Way to the Top. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy In Wall Street. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune ; or, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. 44 Out !or BuslneH ; or, The Smartest Boy In Town. 45 A Favorite of Fortune ; or, Striking It Rich In Wall st-t. 46 Through Thick and Thin; or, 'l'he Adventures of a Smart Boy. 47 Doing Hie Level Best; or, Working Hl1 Way Up. 48 Always on Deck; or, The Boy Who Made His Mark. 49 A Mint of Money; or, The Young Wall Street Broker. 50 The Ladder of Fame; or.t From Office Boy to Senator. 51 On the Square; or, The i:mccess of an Honest Boy. 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy In the West. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonder ot Wall Street. M Making His Mark : or, The Boy_ Who Became President. 55 Heir to a Mllllon; or, 'rhe Boy. Who Was Born Lucky. 56 Lost In the Andes; or, 'The Treasure of the Burled City. 57 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy In Wall Street. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy In Wall Street. 61 Rising In the World; or, From Factory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark. fo Dawn ; or, A Poor Boy's Chance. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 6 5 A Sta.rt In Life; or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 6 6 Out for" Million; or, The Young Midas of Wa.11 Street. 67 Every Inch a Boy; or, Doing His Level Beet. 6 8 Money to Hurn: or, The Shrewdest Boy in Wall Street. 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