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“This reminds me,” said Lieutenant Hale, “of the time I was out in the ‘Bunch Grass’ country, herding “The soil in sheep for my brother—your Uncle Holman, boys.” the ‘bottoms’ Lieutenant Hale was stopping in Northern Georgia is rich, and the with a sister, during the holidays, and his nephews, pioneers generwith two or three of the neighbors’ boys, had been on ally settle so as a hunt—a successful to control as much one it proved—after river as possible, for a wolf which had the scarcity of water in been committing that region is one great many depredations drawback to settling for among the poultry, cultivating the land. There lambs and sheep is scarcely any timber, eiduring the year. ther; no forests in the valThe creature had leys, save scrub birch and hawthorn been wonderfully on the creeks. Fire-wood and lumexpert in eluding all ber are hauled from the mountains, pursuit, but at last a distance of from ten to ﬁfty miles, had been captured according to the situation of the after a long and bafranch. ﬂing chase. “My brother’s range ran along “I was seventeen the Fork for some distance, and then,” continued then back among the brown hills. Lieutenant Hale. Quantities of bunch grass — a tall, “My brother was coarse, but sweet and exceedingly ﬁfteen years older nutritious herbage, growing in “AT THE FIRST THRUST, THE ANIMAL LEAPED OUT, than I — he being tufts, and taking its name from this UPSETTING ME COMPLETELY.” the oldest of a large peculiarity — made ﬁne grazing. family, while I was It is a synonym in the West for all the youngest. He had at ﬁrst gone to Kansas and taken up that is strong and good and rich. Bunch-grass beef is considland, accumulating quite a property. Then being possessed ered the tenderest, bunch-grass ponies are the ﬂeetest, and a to become a wealthy ranchman, he grew discontented, and bunch-grass man is superior in every respect to his less fapulled up stakes, as the saying goes, and moved on to Orvored brother pioneer. egon, taking up a range on the West Fork of Fall River, whose source is in the neigh boring Cascade Range. continued on page 45...
“This section of country lies in low ridges, their southern extremities being far down in the Blue Mountains and Cascades, and ending only with the valley of the Columbia. Between these ridges, in the ‘bottoms,’ run quite rapid streams, though fordable at almost any place, except at seasons when the snow is melting from the mountains, or during freshets.
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Tom Swift and His Wireless Message
or The Castaways of Earthquake Island
by Victor Appleton
Author of “Tom Swift and His Motor-Cycle,” “Tom Swift and His Motor Boat,” “Tom Swift and His Airship,” “Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat,” “Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout,” Etc.
CHAPTER XI. - A Night of Terror
Here is another Tom Swift adventure. He is already starting out with an enemy, Andy Foger. And Tom is up ﬂying again when oh, they realize they are over the ocean and the craft can’t turn around, or land right now. They have plenty of food on board to keep the craft up in the air till the gale goes away. So they may be okay…
After the ﬁrst shock of Tom’s announcement, the two men, who were traveling with him in the airship, showed no signs of fear. Yet it was alarming to know that one was speeding over the mighty ocean, before a terriﬁc gale, with nothing more substantial under one that a comparatively frail airship. Still Mr. Damon knew Tom of old, and had conﬁdence in his ability, and, while Mr. Fenwick was not so well acquainted with our hero, he had heard much about him, and put faith in his skill to carry them out of their present difﬁculty. “Are you sure you can’t turn around and go back?” asked Mr. Fenwick. His knowledge of air-currents was rather limited. “It is out of the question,” replied Tom, simply. “We would surely rip this craft to pieces if we attempted to buffet this storm.” “Is it so bad, then?” asked Mr. Damon, forgetting to bless anything in the tense excitement of the moment. “It might be worse,” was the reply of the young inventor. “The wind is blowing about eighty miles an hour at times, and to try to turn now would mean that we would tear the planes loose from the ship. True, we could still keep up by means of the gas bag, but even that might be injured. Going as we are, in the same direction as that in which the wind is blowing, we do not feel the full effect of it.” “But, perhaps, if we went lower down, or higher up, we could get in a different current of air,” suggested Mr. Fenwick, who had made some study of aeronautics. “I’ll try,” assented Tom, simply. He shifted the elevating rudder, and the Whizzer began to go up, slowly, for there was great lateral pressure on her large surface. But Tom knew his business, and urged the craft steadily. The powerful electric engines, which were the invention of Mr. Fenwick, stood them in good stead, and the barograph soon showed that they were steadily mounting. “Is the wind pressure any less?” inquired Mr. Damon, anxiously. “On the contrary, it seems to be increasing,” replied Tom, with a glance at the anemometer. “It’s nearly ninety miles an hour now.” “Then, aided by the propellers, we must be making over a hundred miles an hour.” said the inventor. “We are,--a hundred and thirty,” assented Tom. “We’ll be blown across the ocean at this rate,” exclaimed Mr. Damon. “Bless my soul! I didn’t count on that.” “Perhaps we had better go down,” suggested Mr. Fenwick. “I don’t believe we can get above the gale.” “I’m afraid not,” came from Tom. “It may be a bit better down below.” Accordingly, the rudder was changed, and the Whizzer pointed her nose downward. None of the lifting gas was let out, as it was desired to save that for emergencies. Down, down, down, went the great airship, until the adventurers within, by gazing through the plate glass window in the ﬂoor of the cabin, could see the heaving, white-capped billows, tossing and tumbling below them. “Look out, or we’ll be into them!” shouted Mr. Damon. “I guess we may as well go back to the level where we were,” declared Tom. “The wind, both above and below that particular stratum is stronger, and we will be safer up above. Our only chance is to scud before it, until it has blown itself out. And I hope it will be soon.” “Why?” asked Mr. Damon, in a low voice. “Because we may be blown so far that we cannot get back while our power holds out, and then--” Tom did not ﬁnish, but Mr. Damon knew what he meant--death in the tossing ocean, far from land, when the Whizzer, unable to ﬂoat in the air any longer, should drop into the storm-enraged Atlantic. They were again on a level, where the gale blew less furiously than either above or below, but this was not much relief. It seemed as if the airship would go to pieces, so much was it swayed and tossed about. But Mr. Fenwick, if he had done
nothing else, had made a staunch craft, which stood the travelers in good stead. All the rest of that day they swept on, at about the same speed. There was nothing for them to do, save watch the machinery, occasionally replenishing the oil tanks, or making minor adjustments. “Well,” ﬁnally remarked Mr. Damon, when the afternoon was waning away, “if there’s nothing else to do, suppose we eat. Bless my appetite, but I’m hungry! And I believe you said, Mr. Fenwick, that you had plenty of food aboard.” “So we have, but the excitement of being blown out to sea on our ﬁrst real trip, made me forget all about it. I’ll get dinner at once, if you can put up with an amateur’s cooking.” “And I’ll help,” offered Mr. Damon. “Tom can attend to the airship, and we’ll serve the meals. It will take our minds off our troubles.” There was a well equipped kitchen aboard the Whizzer and soon savory odors were coming from it. In spite of the terror of their situation, and it was not to be denied that they were in peril, they all made a good meal, though it was difﬁcult to drink coffee and other liquids, owing to the sudden lurches which the airship gave from time to time as the gale tossed her to and fro. Night came, and, as the blackness settled down, the gale seemed to increase in fury. It howled through the slender wire rigging of the Whizzer, and sent the craft careening from side to side, and sometimes thrust her down into a cavern of the air, only to lift her high again, almost like a ship on the heaving ocean below them. As darkness settled in blacker and blacker, Tom had a glimpse below him, of tossing lights on the water. “We just passed over some vessel,” he announced. “I hope they are in no worse plight than we are.” Then, there suddenly came to him a thought of the parents of Mary Nestor, who were somewhere on the ocean, in the yacht Resolute bound for the West Indies. “I wonder if they’re out in this storm, too?” mused Tom. “If they are, unless the vessel is a staunch one, they may be in danger.” The thought of the parents of the girl he cared so much for being in peril, was not reassuring to Tom, and he began to busy himself about the machinery of the airship, to take his mind from the presentiment that something might happen to the Resolute.
“We’ll have our own troubles before morning,” the lad mused, “if this wind doesn’t die down.” There was no indication that this was going to be the case, for the gale increased rather than diminished. Tom looked at their speed gage. They were making a good ninety miles an hour, for it had been decided that it was best to keep the engine and propellers going, as they steadied the ship. “Ninety miles an hour,” murmured Tom. “And we’ve been going at that rate for ten hours now. That’s nearly a thousand miles. We are quite a distance out to sea.” He looked at a compass, and noted that, instead of being headed directly across the Atlantic they were bearing in a southerly direction. “At this rate, we won’t come far from getting to the West Indies ourselves,” reasoned the young inventor. “But I think the gale will die away before morning.” The storm did not, however. More ﬁercely it blew through the hours of darkness. It was a night of terror, for they dared not go to sleep, not knowing at what moment the ship might turn turtle, or even rend apart, and plunge with them into the depths of the sea. So they sat up, occasionally attending to the machinery, and noting the various gages. Mr. Damon made hot coffee, which they drank from time to time, and it served to refresh them. There came a sudden burst of fury from the storm, and the airship rocked as if she was going over. “Bless my heart!” cried Mr. Damon, springing up. “That was a close call!”
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Tom said nothing. Mr. Fenwick looked pale and alarmed. The hours passed. They were swept ever onward, at about the same speed, sometimes being whirled downward and again tossed upward at the will of the wind. The airship was wellnigh helpless, and Tom, as he realized their position, could not repress a fear in his heart as he thought of the parents of the girl he loved being tossed about on the swirling ocean, in a frail pleasure yacht. CHAPTER XII A DOWNWARD GLIDE They sat in the cabin of the airship, staring helplessly at each other. Occasionally Tom rose to attend to one of the machines, or Mr. Fenwick did the same. Occasionally, Mr. Damon uttered a remark. Then there was silence, broken only by the howl of the gale. It seemed impossible for the Whizzer to travel any faster, yet when Tom glanced at the speed gage he noted, with a feeling of surprise, akin to horror, that they were making close to one hundred and ﬁfty miles an hour. Only an airplane could have done it, and then only when urged on by a terriﬁc wind which added to the speed produced by the propellers. The whole craft swayed and trembled, partly from the vibration of the electrical machinery, and partly from the awful wind. Mr. Fenwick came close to Tom, and exclaimed: “Do you think it would be any use to try once more to go above or below the path of the storm?” Tom’s ﬁrst impulse was to say that it would be useless, but he recollected that the craft belonged to Fenwick, and surely that gentleman had a right to make a suggestion. The young inventor nodded. “We’ll try to go up,” he said. “If that doesn’t work, I’ll see if I can force her down. It will be hard work, though. The wind is too stiff.” Tom shifted the levers and rudders. His eyes were on the barograph--that delicate instrument, the trembling hand of which registered their height. Tom had tilted the deﬂection rudder to send them up, but as he watched the needle he saw it stationary. They were not ascending, though the great airship was straining to mount to an upper current where there might be calm. It was useless, however, and Tom, seeing the futility of it, shifted the rudder to send them downward. This was more eas-
ily accomplished, but it was a change for the worse, since, the nearer to the ocean they went, the ﬁercer blew the wind. “Back! Go back up higher!” cried Mr. Damon, “We can’t!” yelled Tom. “We’ve got to stay here now!” “Oh, but this is awful!” exclaimed Mr. Fenwick. “We can never stand this!” The airship swaged more than ever, and the occupants were tossed about in the cabin, from side to side. Indeed, it did seem that human beings never could come alive out of that fearful ordeal. As Tom looked from one of the windows of the cabin, he noted a pale, grayish sort of light outside. At ﬁrst he could not understand what it was, then, as he observed the sickly gleams of the incandescent electric lamps, he knew that the hour of dawn was at hand. “See!” he exclaimed to his companions, pointing to the window. “Morning is coming.” “Morning!” gasped Mr. Damon. “Is the night over? Now, perhaps we shall get rid of the storm.” “I’m afraid not,” answered Tom, as he noted the anemometer and felt the shudderings of the Whizzer as she careened on through the gale. “It hasn’t blown out yet!” The pale light increased. The electrics seemed to dim and fade. Tom looked to the engines. Some of the apparatus was in need of oil, and he supplied it. When he came back to the main cabin, where stood Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick, it was much lighter outside. “Less than a day since we left Philadelphia,” murmured the owner of the Whizzer, as he glanced at a distance indicator, “yet we have come nearly sixteen hundred miles. We certainly did travel top speed. I wonder where we are?” “Still over the ocean,” replied Mr. Damon, as he looked down at the heaving billows rolling amid crests of foam far below them. “Though what part of it would be hard to say. We’ll have to reckon out our position when it gets calmer.” Tom came from the engine room. His face wore a troubled look, and he said, addressing the older inventor: “Mr. Fenwick, I wish you’d come and look at the gas generating apparatus. It doesn’t seem to be working properly.” “Anything wrong?” asked Mr. Damon, suspiciously. “I hope not,” replied Tom, with all the conﬁdence he could muster. “It may need adjusting. I am not as familiar with it as I am with the one on the Red Cloud. The gas seems to be escaping from the bag, and we may have to descend, for some distance.” “But the airplanes will keep us up,” said Mr. Daman. “Yes--they will,” and Tom hesitated. “That is, unless something happens to them. They are rather frail to stand alone the brunt of the gale, and I wish--” Tom did not complete the sentence. Instead, he paused suddenly and seemed to be intently listening. From without there came a rending, tearing, crashing sound.
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The airship quivered from end to end, and seemed to make a sudden dive downward. Then it appeared to recover, and once more glided forward. Tom, followed by Mr. Fenwick, made a rush for the compartment where the machine was installed. They had no sooner reached it than there sounded an explosion, and the airship recoiled as if it had hit a stone wall. “Bless my shaving brush! What’s that?” cried Mr. Damon. “Has anything happened?” “I’m rather afraid there has,” answered Tom, solemnly. “It sounded as though the gas bag went up. And I’m worried over the strength of the planes. We must make an investigation!” “We’re falling!” almost screamed Mr. Fenwick, as he glanced at the barograph, the delicate needle of which was swinging to and fro, registering different altitudes. “Bless my feather bed! So we are!” shouted Mr. Damon. “Let’s jump, and avoid being caught under the airship!” He darted for a large window, opening from the main cabin, and was endeavoring to raise it when Tom caught his hand. “What are you trying to do,” asked the lad, hoarsely. “Save my life! I want to get out of this as soon as I can. I’m going to jump!” “Don’t think of it! You’d be instantly killed. We’re too high for a jump, even into the ocean.” “The ocean! Oh, is that still below us? Is there any chance of being saved? What can be done?” Mr. Damon hesitated. “We must ﬁrst ﬁnd out how badly we are damaged,” said Tom, quietly. “We must keep our heads, and be calm, no matter what happens. I need your help, Mr. Damon.” This served to recall the rather excited man to his senses. He came back to the centre of the cabin, which was no easy task, for the ﬂoor of it was tilted at ﬁrst one angle, and then another. He stood at Tom’s side. “What can I do to help you?” he asked. Mr. Fenwick was darting here and there, examining the different machines. None of them seemed to be damaged. “If you will look and see what has happened to our main wing planes, I will see how much gas we have left in the bag,” suggested Tom. “Then we can decide what is best to be done. We are still quite high, and it will take some time to complete our fall, as, even if everything is gone, the material of the bag will act as a sort of parachute.” Mr. Damon darted to a window in the rear of the cabin, where he could obtain a glimpse of the main wing planes. He gave a cry of terror and astonishment. “Two of the planes are gone!” he reported. “They are torn and are hanging loose.” “I feared as much,” retorted Tom, quietly, “The gale was too much for them.” “What of the lifting gas?” asked Mr. Fenwick, quickly. “It has nearly all ﬂowed out of the retaining bag.” “Then we must make more at once. I will start the generat-
ing machine.” He darted toward it. “It will be useless,” spoke Tom, quietly. “Why?” “Because there is no bag left to hold it. The silk and rubber envelope has been torn to pieces by the gale. The wind is even stronger than it was last night.” “Then what’s to be done?” demanded Mr. Damon, with a return of his alarmed and nervous manner. “Bless my ﬁngernails! What’s to be done?” For an instant Tom did not answer. It was constantly getting lighter, though there was no sun, for it was obscured by scudding clouds. The young inventor looked critically at the various gages and indicators. “Is--is there any chance for us?” asked Mr. Fenwick, quietly. “I think so,” answered Tom, with a hopeful smile. “We have about two thousand feet to descend, for we have fallen nearly that distance since the accident.” “Two thousand feet to fall!” gasped Mr. Damon. “We can never do it and live!” “I think so,” spoke Tom. “Bless my gizzard! How?” fairly exploded Mr. Damon. “By vol-planing down!” “But, even if we do, we will fall into the ocean!” cried Mr. Fenwick. “We will be drowned!” “No,” and Tom spoke more quietly than before. “We are over a large island.” he went on, “and I propose to let the disabled airship vol-plane down to it. That is our only chance.” “Over an island!” cried Mr. Damon. He looked down through the ﬂoor observation window. Tom had spoken truly. At that moment they were over a large island, which had suddenly loomed up in the wild and desolate waste of the ocean. They had reached its vicinity just in time. Tom stepped to the steering and rudder levers, and took charge. He was going to attempt a most difﬁcult feat--that of guiding a disabled airship back to earth in the midst of a hurricane, and landing her on an unknown island. Could he do it? There was but one answer. He must try. It was the only chance of saving their lives, and a slim one at best. Down shot the damaged Whizzer like some giant bird with broken wings, but Tom Swift was in charge, and it seemed as if the craft knew it, as she began that earthward glide.
CHAPTER XIII ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND Mingled feelings possessed the three adventurers within the airship. Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick had crowded to the window, as Tom spoke, to get a glimpse of the unknown island toward which they were shooting. They could see it more plainly now, from the forward casement, as well as from the one in the bottom of the craft. A long, narrow, rugged piece of land it was, in the midst of the heaving ocean, for the storm still raged and lashed the waves to foam. “Can you make it?” asked Mr. Damon, in a low voice. “I think so,” answered Tom, more cheerfully. “Shall I shut down the motor?” inquired the older inventor. “Yes, you might as well. We don’t need the propellers now, and I may be better able to make the glide without them.” The buzzing and purring electrical apparatus was shut down. Silence reigned in the airship, but the wind still howled outside. As Tom had hoped, the ship became a little more steady with the stopping of the big curved blades, though had the craft been undamaged they would have served to keep her on an even keel. With skillful hand he so tilted the elevating planes that, after a swift downward glide, the head of the Whizzer would be thrown up, so to speak, and she would sail along in a plane parallel to the island. This had the effect of checking her momentum, just as the aviator checks the downward rush of his monoplane or biplane when he is making a landing. Tom repeated this maneuver several times, until a glance at his barograph showed that they had but a scant sixty feet to go. There was time but for one more upward throwing of the Whizzer’s nose, and Tom held to that position as long as possible. They could now make out the topography of the island plainly, for it was much lighter. Tom saw a stretch of sandy beach, and steered for that. Downward shot the airship, inert and lifeless. It was not like gliding his little Butterﬂy to earth after a ﬂight, but Tom hoped he could make it. They were now within ten feet of the earth, skimming forward. Tom tried another upward tilt, but the forward planes would not respond. They could get no grip on the air. With a crash that could have been heard some distance the Whizzer settled to the sand. It ran along a slight distance, and then, as the bicycle wheels collapsed under the pressure, the airship seemed to go together in a shapeless mass.
At the ﬁrst impact with the earth, Tom had leaped away from the steering wheel and levers, for he did not want to be crushed against them. Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick, in pursuance of a plan adopted when they found that they were falling, had piled a lot of seat cushions around them. They had also provided some as buffers for Tom, and our hero, at the instant of the crash, had thrown himself behind and upon them. It seemed as if the whole ship went to pieces. The top of the main cabin crashed down, as the side supports gave way, but, fortunately, there were strong main braces, and the roof did not fall completely upon our friends. The whole bottom of the craft was forced upward and had it not been for the protecting cushions, there might have been serious injuries for all concerned. As it was they were badly bruised and shaken up. After the ﬁrst crash, and succeeding it an instant later, there came a second smash, followed by a slight explosion, and a shower of sparks could be seen in the engine room. “That’s the electrical apparatus smashing through the ﬂoor!” called Tom. “Come, let’s get out of here before the gasoline sets anything on ﬁre. Are you all right, Mr. Damon, and you, Mr. Fenwick?” “Yes, I guess so,” answered the inventor. “Oh, what a terrible crash! My airship is ruined!” “You may be glad we are alive,” said Mr. Damon. “Bless my top knot, I feel--” He did not ﬁnish the sentence. At that moment a piece of wood, broken from the ceiling, where it had hung by a strip of canvas came crashing down, and hit Mr. Damon on the head. The eccentric man toppled over on his pile of cushions, from which he was arising when he was struck. “Oh, is he killed?” gasped Mr. Fenwick. “I hope not!” cried Tom. “We must get him out of here, at all events. There may be a ﬁre.” They both sprang to Mr. Damon’s aid, and succeeded in lifting him out. There was no difﬁculty in emerging from the airship as there were big, broken gaps, on all sides of what was left of the cabin. Once in the outer air Mr. Damon revived, and opened his eyes. “Much hurt?” asked Tom, feeling of his friend’s head. “No--no, I--I guess not,” was the slow answer. “I was stunned for a moment. I’m all right now. Nothing broken, I guess,” and his hand went to his head. “No, nothing broken,” added Tom, cheerfully, “but you’ve got a lump there as big as an ostrich egg. Can you walk?” “Oh, I’m all right. Bless my stars, what a wreck!” Mr. Damon looked at the remains of the airship. It certainly was a wreck! The bent and twisted planes were wrapped about the after part, the gas bag was but a shred, the frame was splintered and twisted, and the under part, where the
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“Bless my gizzard! Did you feel that, Tom?” cried Mr. Damon. “The whole place is shaking!” Indeed, there was a stronger tremor now, and it was accompanied by a low, rumbling sound, like distant thunder. The adventurers were swaying to and fro. Suddenly they were tossed to the ground by a swaying motion, and not far off a great crack opened in the earth. The roaring, rumbling sound increased in volume. “An earthquake! It’s an earthquake!” cried Tom. “We’re in the midst of an earthquake!” CHAPTER XIV A NIGHT IN CAMP The rumbling and roaring continued for perhaps two minutes, during which time the castaways found it impossible to stand, for the island was shaking under their feet with a sickening motion. Off to one side there was a great ﬁssure in the earth, and, frightened as he was, Tom looked to see if it was extending in their direction. If it was, or if a crack opened near them, they might be precipitated into some bottomless abyss, or into the depths of the sea. But the ﬁssure did not increase in length or breadth, and, presently the rumbling, roaring sound subsided. The island grew quiet and the airship travelers rose to their feet. “Bless my very existence! What happened?” cried Mr. Damon.
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“It was an earthquake; wasn’t it, Tom?” asked Mr. Fenwick. “It sure was,” agreed the young inventor. “Rather a hard one, too. I hope we don’t have any more.” “Do you think there is any likelihood of it?” demanded Mr. Damon. “Bless my pocketbook! If I thought so I’d leave at once.” “Where would you go?” inquired Tom, looking out across the tumbling ocean, which had hardly had a chance to subside from the gale, ere it was again set in a turmoil by the earthtremor. “That’s so--there isn’t a place to escape to,” went on the eccentric man, with something like a groan. “We are in a bad place--do you think there’ll be more quakes, Tom?” “It’s hard to say. I don’t know where we are, and this island may be something like Japan, subject to quakes, or it may be that this one is merely a spasmodic tremor. Perhaps the great storm which brought us here was part of the disturbance of nature which ended up with the earthquake. We may have no more.” “And there may be one at any time,” added Mr. Fenwick. “Yes,” assented Tom. “Then let’s get ready for it,” proposed Mr. Damon. “Let’s take all the precautions possible.” “There aren’t any to take,” declared Tom. “All we can do is to wait until the shocks come--if any more do come, which I hope won’t happen, and then we must do the best we can.” “Oh, dear me! Bless my ﬁngernails!” cried Mr. Damon, wringing his hands. “This is worse than falling in an airship! There you do have some chance. Here you haven’t any.” “Oh, it may not be so bad,” Tom cried to reassure him. “This may have been the ﬁrst shock in a hundred years, and there may never be another.” But, as he looked around on the island, he noted evidences that it was of volcanic origin, and his heart misgave him, for he knew that such islands, created suddenly by a submarine upheaval, might just as suddenly be destroyed by an earthquake, or by sinking into the ocean. It was not a pleasant thought--it was like living over a mine, that might explode at any moment. But there was no help for it. Tom tried to assume a cheerfulness he did not feel. He realized that, in spite of his youth, both Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick rather depended on him, for Tom was a lad of no ordinary attainments, and had a fund of scientiﬁc knowledge. He resolved to do his best to avoid making his two companions worry. “Let’s get it off our minds,” suggested the lad, after a while. “We were going to get something to eat. Suppose we carry out that program. My appetite wasn’t spoiled by the shock.” “I declare mine wasn’t either,” said Mr. Damon, “but I can’t forget it easily. It’s the ﬁrst earthquake I was ever in.” He watched Tom as the latter advanced once more toward the wreck of the airship, and noticed that the lad limped, for his right leg had been cut when the Whizzer had fallen to earth. “What’s the matter, Tom; were you hurt in the quake?” asked the eccentric man. “No--no,” Tom hastened to assure him. “I just got a bump in the fall--that’s all. It isn’t anything. If you and Mr. Fenwick want to get out some food from the wrecked store room I’ll see if I can haul out the gasoline stove from the airship. Perhaps we can use it to make some coffee.”
By delving in about the wreck, Tom was able to get out the gasoline stove. It was broken, but two of the ﬁve burners were in commission, and could be used. Water, and gasoline for use in the airship, was carried in steel tanks. Some of these had been split open by the crash, but there was one cask of water left, and three of gasoline, insuring plenty of the liquid fuel. As for the water, Tom hoped to be able to ﬁnd a spring on the island. In the meanwhile, Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick had been investigating the contents of the storeroom. There was a large supply of food, much larger than would have been needed, even on a two weeks’ trip in the air, and the inventor of the Whizzer hardly knew why he had put so much aboard. “But if we have to stay here long, it may come in handy,” observed Tom, with a grim smile. “Why; do you think we will be here long?” asked Mr. Damon. The young inventor shrugged his shoulders. “There is no telling,” he said. “If a passing steamer happens to see us, we may be taken off to-day or to-morrow. If not we may be here a week, or--” Tom did not ﬁnish. He stood in a listening attitude. There was a rumbling sound, and the earth seemed again to tremble. Then there came a great splash in the water at the foot of a tall, rugged cliff about a quarter of a mile away. A great piece of the precipice had fallen into the ocean. “I thought that was another earthquake coming,” said Mr. Damon, with an air of relief. “So did I,” admitted Mr. Fenwick. “It was probably loosened by the shock, and so fell into the sea,” spoke Tom. Their momentary fright over, the castaways proceeded to get their breakfast. Tom soon had water boiling on the gasoline stove, for he had rescued a tea-kettle and a coffee pot from the wreck of the kitchen of the airship. Shortly afterward, the aroma of coffee ﬁlled the air, and a little later there was mingled with it the appetizing odor of sizzling bacon and eggs, for Mr. Fenwick, who was very fond of the latter, had brought along a supply, carefully packed in sawdust carriers, so that the shock had broken only a few of them. “Well, I call this a ﬁne breakfast,” exclaimed Mr. Damon, munching his bacon and eggs, and dipping into his coffee the hard pilot biscuit, which they had instead of bread. “We’re mighty lucky to be eating at all, I suppose.” “Indeed we are,” chimed in Mr. Fenwick. “I’m awfully sorry the airship is wrecked, though,” spoke Tom. “I suppose it’s my fault. I should have turned back before we got over the ocean, and while the storm was not at its height. I saw that the wind was freshening, but I never supposed it would grow to a gale so suddenly. The poor old Whizzer--there’s not much left of her!” “Now don’t distress yourself in the least,” insisted Mr. Fen-
wick. “I’m proud to have built a ship that could navigate at all. I see where I made lots of mistakes, and as soon as I get back to Philadelphia, I’m going to build a better one, if you’ll help me, Tom Swift.” “I certainly will,” promised the young inventor. “And I’ll take a voyage with you!” cried Mr. Damon. “Bless my teaspoon, Tom, but will you kindly pass the bacon and eggs again!” There was a jolly laugh at the eccentric man, in which he himself joined, and the little party felt better. They were seated on bits of broken boxes taken from the wreck, forming a little circle about the gasoline stove, which Tom had set up on the beach. The wind had almost entirely died away, though the sea was still heaving in great billows, and masses of surf. They had no exact idea of the time, for all their watches had stopped when the shock of the wreck came, but presently the sun peeped out from the clouds, and, from knowing the time when they had begun to fall, they judged it was about ten o’clock, and accordingly set their timepieces. “Well,” observed Tom, as he collected the dishes, which they had also secured from the wreck, “we must begin to think about a place to spend the night. I think we can rig up a shelter from some of the canvas of the wing-planes, and from what is left of the cabin. It doesn’t need to be very heavy, for from the warmth of the atmosphere, I should say we were pretty well south.” It was quite warm, now that the storm was over, and, as they looked at the vegetation of the island, they saw that it was almost wholly tropical. “I shouldn’t be surprised if we were on one of the smaller of the West Indian islands,” said Tom. “We certainly came far enough, ﬂying a hundred miles or more an hour, to have reached them. But this one doesn’t appear to be inhabited.” “We haven’t been all over it yet,” said Mr. Damon. “We may ﬁnd cannibals on the other side.” “Cannibals don’t live in this part of the world,” Tom assured him. “No, I think this island is practically unknown. The storm brought us here, and it might have landed us in a worse place.” As he spoke he thought of the yacht Resolute, and he wondered how her passengers, including the parents of Mary Nestor, had fared during the terrible blow. “I hope they weren’t wrecked, as we were,” mused Tom. But there was little time for idle thoughts. If they were going to build a shelter, they knew that they must speedily get at it. Accordingly, with a feeling of thankfulness that their lives had been spared, they set to work taking apart such of the wreck as could the more easily be got at. Boards, sticks, and planks were scattered about, and, with the pieces of canvas from the wing-planes, and some spare material which was carried on board, they soon had a fairly good shack, which would be protection enough in that warm climate. Next they got out the food and supplies, their spare clothing and other belongings, few of which had been harmed in the fall from the clouds. These things were piled under another rude shelter which they constructed. By this time it was three o’clock, and they ate again. Then they prepared to spend the night in their hastily made camp. They collected driftwood, with which to make a ﬁre, and, after supper, which was prepared on the gasoline stove, they sat
about the cheerful blaze, discussing their adventures. “Tomorrow we will explore the island,” said Tom, as he rolled himself up in his blankets and turned over to sleep. The others followed his example, for it was decided that no watch need be kept. Thus passed several hours in comparative quiet. It must have been about midnight that Tom was suddenly awakened by a feeling as if someone was shaking him. He sat up quickly and called out: “What’s the matter?” “Eh? What’s that? Bless my soul! What’s going on?” shouted Mr. Damon. “Did you shake me?” inquired Tom. “I? No. What--?” Then they realized that another earth-tremor was making the whole island tremble. Tom leaped from his blankets, followed by Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick, and rushed outside the shack. They felt the earth shaking, but it was over in a few seconds. The shock was a slight one, nothing like as severe as the one in the morning. But it set their nerves on edge. “Another earthquake!” groaned Mr. Damon. “How often are we to have them?” “I don’t know,” answered Tom, soberly. They passed the remainder of the night sleeping in blankets on the warm sands, near the ﬁre, for they feared lest a shock might bring the shack down about their heads. However, the night passed with no more terrors. CHAPTER XV THE OTHER CASTAWAYS “Well, we’re all alive, at any rate,” announced Tom, when the bright sun, shining into his eyes, had awakened him. He sat up, tossed aside his blankets, and stood up. The day was a ﬁne one, and the violence of the sea had greatly subsided during the night, their shack had suffered not at all from the slight shock in the darkness. “Now for a dip in old Briney,” the lad added, as he walked down to the surf, “I think it will make me feel better.” “I’m with you,” added Mr. Fenwick, and Mr. Damon also joined the bathers. They came up from the waves, tingling with health, and their bruises and bumps, including Tom’s cut leg, felt much better. “You did get quite a gash; didn’t you,” observed Mr. Fenwick, as he noticed Tom’s leg. “Better put something on it. I have antiseptic dressings and bandages in the airship, if we can ﬁnd them.” “I’ll look for them, after breakfast,” Tom promised, and following a fairly substantial meal, considering the exigencies under which it was prepared, he got out the medicine chest, of which part remained in the wreck of the Whizzer, and dressed his wound. He felt much better after that. “Well, what’s our program for to-day?” Mr. Damon wanted to know, as they sat about, after they had washed up what few dishes they used. “Let’s make a better house to stay in,” proposed Mr. Fenwick. “We may have to remain here for some time, and I’d like a more substantial residence.” “I think the one we now have will do,” suggested Tom. “I was going to propose making it even less substantial.” “Why so?”
“Because, in the event of an earthquake, while we are sleeping in it, we will not be injured. Made of light pieces of wood and canvas it can’t harm us very much if it falls on us.” “That’s right,” agreed Mr. Damon. “In earthquake countries all the houses are low, and built of light materials.” “Ha! So I recollect now,” spoke Mr. Fenwick. “I used to read that in my geography, but I never thought it would apply to me. But do you think we will be subject to the quakes?” “I’m afraid so,” was Tom’s reply. “We’ve had two, now, within a short time, and there is no way of telling when the next will come. We will hope there won’t be any more, but--” He did not ﬁnish his sentence, but the others knew what he meant. Thereupon they fell to work, and soon had made a shelter that, while very light and frail, would afford them all the protection needed in that mild climate, and, at the same time, there would be no danger should an earthquake collapse it, and bring it down about their heads while they were sleeping in it. For they decided that they needed some shelter from the night dews, as it was exceedingly uncomfortable to rest on the sands even wrapped in blankets, and with a driftwood ﬁre burning nearby. It was noon when they had their shack rebuilt to their liking, and they stopped for dinner. There was quite a variety of stores in the airship, enough for a much larger party than that of our three friends, and they varied their meals as much as possible. Of course all the stuff they had was canned, though there are some salted and smoked meats. But canned food can be had in a variety of forms now-a-days, so the castaways did not lack much. “What do you say to an exploring expedition this afternoon?” asked Tom, as they sat about after dinner. “We ought to ﬁnd out what kind of an island we’re on.” “I agree with you,” came from Mr. Fenwick. “Perhaps on the other side we will stand a much better chance of speaking some passing vessel. I have been watching the horizon for some time, now, but I haven’t seen the sign of a ship.” “All right, then we’ll explore, and see what sort of an island we have taken possession of,” went on Tom. “And see if it isn’t already in possession of natives--or cannibals,” suggested Mr. Damon. “Bless my frying pan! but I should hate to be captured by cannibals at my time of life.” “Don’t worry; there are none here,” Tom assured him again. They set out on their journey around the island. They agreed that it would be best to follow the beach around, as it was easier walking that way, since the interior of the place consisted of rugged rocks in a sort of miniature mountain chain. “We will make a circuit of the place,” proposed Tom, “and then, if we can discover nothing, we’ll go inland. The centre of the island is quite high, and we ought to be able to see in any direction for a great distance from the topmost peak. We may be able to signal a vessel.” “I hope so!” cried Mr. Damon. “I want to send word home that I am all right. My wife will worry when she learns that the airship, in which I set out, has disappeared.” “I fancy we all would like to send word home,” added Mr. Fenwick. “My wife never wanted me to build this airship, and, now that I have sailed in it, and have been wrecked, I know she’ll say ‘I told you so,’ as soon as I get back to Philadelphia.”
Tom said nothing, but he thought to himself that it might be some time before Mrs. Fenwick would have a chance to utter those signiﬁcant words to her husband. Following the beach line, they walked for several miles. The island was larger than they had supposed, and it soon became evident that it would take at least a day to get all around it. “In which case we will need some lunch with us.” said Tom. “I think the best thing we can do now is to return to camp, and get ready for a longer expedition to-morrow.” Mr. Fenwick was of the same mind, but Mr. Damon called out: “Let’s go just beyond that cliff, and see what sort of a view is to be had from there. Then we’ll turn back.” To oblige him they followed. They had not gone more than a hundred yards toward the cliff, than there came the preliminary rumbling and roaring that they had come to associate with an earthquake. At the same time, the ground began to shiver and shake. “Here comes another one!” cried Tom, reeling about. He saw Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick topple to the beach. The roaring increased, and the rumbling was like thunder, close at hand. The island seemed to rock to its very centre. Suddenly the whole cliff toward which they had been walking, appeared to shake itself loose. In another instant it was ﬂung outward and into the sea, a great mass of rock and stone. The island ceased trembling, and the roaring stopped. Tom rose to his feet, followed by his companions. He looked toward the place where the cliff had been. Its removal by the earthquake gave them a view of a part of the beach that had hitherto been hidden from them. And what Tom saw caused him to cry out in astonishment. For he beheld, gathered around a little ﬁre on the sand, a party of men and women. Some were standing, clinging to one another in terror. Some were prostrate on the ground. Others were running to and fro in bewilderment. “More castaways!” cried Tom. “More castaways and, he added under his breath, “more unfortunates on earthquake island!” CHAPTER XVI AN ALARMING THEORY For a few seconds, following Tom’s announcement to his two companions, neither Mr. Damon nor Mr. Fenwick spoke. They had arisen from the beach, where the shock of the earthquake had thrown them, and were now staring toward the other band of castaways, who, in turn were gazing toward our three friends. There was a violent agitation in the sea, caused by the fall of the great cliff, and immense waves rushed up on shore, but all the islanders were beyond the reach of the rollers. “Is it--do I really--am I dreaming or not?” at length gasped Mr. Damon. “Is this a mirage, or do we really see people, Tom?” in-
quired Mr. Fenwick. “They are real enough people,” replied the lad, himself somewhat dazed by the unexpected appearance of the other castaways. “But how--why--how did they get here?” went on the inventor of the Whizzer. “As long as they’re not cannibals, we’re all right,” murmured Mr. Damon. “They seem to be persons like ourselves, Tom.” “They are,” agreed the lad, “and they appear to be in the same sort of trouble as ourselves. Let’s go forward, and meet them.” The tremor of the earthquake had now subsided, and the little band that was gathered about a big ﬁre of driftwood was calmer. Those who had fallen, or who had thrown themselves on the sand, arose, and began feeling of their arms and legs to see if they had sustained any injuries. Others advanced toward our friends. “Nine of them,” murmured Tom, as he counted the little band of castaways, “and they don’t seem to have been able to save much from the wreck of their craft, whatever it was.” The beach all about them was bare, save for a boat drawn up out of reach of high water. “Do you suppose they are a party from some disabled airship, Tom,” asked Mr. Fenwick. “Not from an airship,” answered the lad. “Probably from some vessel that was wrecked in the gale. But we will soon ﬁnd out who they are.” Tom led the way for his two friends. The fall of the cliff had made a rugged path around the base of it, over rocks, to where the other people stood. Tom scrambled in and out among the boulders, in spite of the pain it caused his wounded leg. He was anxious to know who the other castaways were, and how they had come there. Several of the larger party were now advancing to meet the lad and his friends. Tom could see two women and seven men. A moment later, when the lad had a good view of one of the ladies and a gentleman, he could not repress a cry of astonishment. Then he rubbed his eyes to make sure it was not some blur or defect of vision. No, his ﬁrst impression had been correct. “Mr. Nestor!” cried Tom, recognizing the father of his girl friend. “And Mrs. Nestor!” he added a moment later. “Why--of all things--look--Amos--it’s--it can’t be possible-and yet--why, it’s Tom Swift!” cried the lady. “Tom--Tom Swift--here?” ejaculated the man at her side. “Yes--Tom Swift--the young inventor--of Shopton--don’t you know--the lad who saved Mary’s life in the runaway-Tom Swift!” “Tom Swift!” murmured Mr. Nestor. “Is it possible?” “I’m Tom Swift, all right,” answered the owner of that name, “but how in the world did you get on this island, Mr. Nestor?” “I might ask you the same thing, Tom. The yacht Resolute, on which we were making a voyage to the West Indies, as guests of Mr. George Hosbrook, was wrecked in the awful gale. We took to the boats and managed to reach this island. The yacht sunk, and we only had a little food. We are almost starved! But how came you here?” “Mr. Fenwick’s airship was wrecked, and we dropped down here. What a coincidence! To think that I should meet you
here! But if you’re hungry, it’s the best thing in the world that we met you, for, though our airship was wrecked, we have a large supply of food. Come over to our camp, and we’ll give you all you want!” Tom had rushed forward, and was shaking hands with Mary’s parents, so unexpectedly met with, when Mr. Nestor called out: “Come over here, Mr. Hosbrook. I want you to meet a friend of mine.” A moment later, the millionaire owner of the ill-fated Resolute was shaking hands with Tom. “I can’t understand it,” Mr. Hosbrook said. “To think of meeting other people on this desolate island--this island of earthquakes.” “Oh, please don’t speak of earthquakes!” cried Mrs. Nestor. “We are in mortal terror! There have been several since we landed in the most terrible storm day before yesterday. Isn’t it awful! It is a regular earthquake island!” “That’s what I call it,” spoke Tom, grimly. The others of the larger party of refugees now came up. Besides Mr. and Mrs. Nestor, and Mr. Hosbrook, there was Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Anderson, friends of the millionaire; Mr. Ralph Parker, who was spoken of as a scientist, Mr. Barcoe Jenks, who seemed an odd sort of individual, always looking about suspiciously, Captain Mentor, who had been in command of the yacht, and Jake Fordam, the mate of the vessel. “And are these all who were saved?” asked Tom, as he introduced his two friends, and told brieﬂy of their air voyage. “No,” answered Mr. Hosbrook, “two other boatloads, one containing most of the crew, and the other containing some of my guests, got away before our boat left. I trust they have been rescued, but we have heard nothing about them. However, our own lives may not long be safe, if these earthquakes continue.” “But did I understand you to say, Mr. Swift, that you had food?” he went on. “If you have, I will gladly pay you any price for some, especially for these two ladies, who must be faint. I have lost all my ready cash, but if we ever reach civilization, I will--” “Don’t speak of such a thing as pay,” interrupted Mr. Fenwick. “All that we have we’ll gladly share with you. Come over to our camp. We have enough for all, and we can cook on our gasoline stove. Don’t speak of pay, I beg of you.” “Ah--er, if Mr. Hosbrook has no money, perhaps I can offer an equivalent,” broke in the man who had been introduced as Barcoe Jenks. “I have--er--some securities--” He stopped and looked about indeﬁnitely, as though he did not know exactly what to say, and he was fumbling at a belt about his waist; a belt that might contain treasure. “Don’t speak of reimbursing us,” went on Mr. Fenwick, with rather a suspicious glance at Mr. Jenks. “You are welcome to whatever we have.” “Bless my topknot; certainly, yes!” joined in Mr. Damon, eagerly. “Well, I--er--I only spoke of it,” said Mr. Jenks, hesitatingly, and then he turned away. Mr. Hosbrook looked sharply at him, but said nothing. “Suppose we go to our camp,” proposed Tom. “We may be able to get you up a good meal, before another earthquake comes.”
“I wonder what makes so many of them?” asked Mrs. Nestor, with a nervous shiver. “Yes, indeed, they are terrifying! One never knows when to expect them,” added Mrs. Anderson. “I have a theory about them,” said Mr. Parker, the scientist, who, up to this time had spoken but little. “A theory?” inquired Tom. “Yes. This island is one of the smaller of the West Indies group. It is little known, and has seldom been visited, I believe. But I am sure that what causes the earthquakes is that the whole island has been undermined by the sea, and it is the wash of great submarine waves and currents which cause the tremors.” “Undermined by the sea?” repeated Tom. “Yes. It is being slowly washed away.” “Bless my soul! Washed away!” gasped Mr. Damon. “And, in the course of a comparatively short time, it will sink,” went on the scientist, as cheerfully as though he was a professor propounding some problem to his class. “Sink!” ejaculated Mrs. Nestor. “The whole island undermined! Oh, what an alarming theory!” “I wish I could hold to a different one, madam,” was Mr. Parker’s answer, “but I cannot. I think the island will sink after a few more shocks.” “Then what good will my--” began Barcoe Jenks, but he stopped in confusion, and again his hand went to his belt with a queer gesture. CHAPTER XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK Tom Swift turned to gaze at Mr. Barcoe Jenks. That individual certainly had a strange manner. Perhaps it might be caused by the terror of the earthquakes, but the man seemed to be trying to hold back some secret. He was constrained and ill at ease. He saw the young inventor looking at him, and his hands, which had gone to his belt, with a spasmodic motion, dropped to his side. “You don’t really mean to say, Parker, that you think the whole island is undermined, do you?” asked the owner of the Resolute. “That’s my theory. It may be a wrong one, but it is borne out by the facts already presented to us. I greatly fear for our lives!” “But what can we do?” cried Mrs. Nestor. “Nothing,” answered the scientist, with a shrug of his shoulders. “Absolutely nothing, save to wait for it to happen.” “Don’t say that!” begged Mrs. Andersen. “Can’t you gentlemen do something--build a boat and take us away. Why, the boat we came here in--” “Struck a rock, and stove a hole in the bottom as big as a barrel, madam,” interrupted Captain Mentor. “It would never do to put to sea in that.” “But can’t something else be done?” demanded Mrs. Nestor. “Oh, it is awful to think of perishing on this terrible earthquake island. Oh, Amos! Think of it, and Mary home alone! Have you seen her lately, Mr. Swift?” Tom told of his visit to the Nestors’ home. Our hero was almost in despair, not so much for himself, as for the unfortunate women of the party--and one of them was Mary’s mother! Yet what could he do? What chance was there of escaping
from the earthquake? “Bless my gizzard!” exclaimed Mr. Damon. “Don’t let’s stand here worrying! If you folks are hungry come up to our camp. We have plenty. Afterward we can discuss means of saving ourselves.” “I want to be saved!” exclaimed Mr. Jenks. “I must be saved! I have a great secret--a secret--” Once more he paused in confusion, and once more his hands nervously sought his belt. “I would give a big reward to be saved,” he murmured. “And so, I fancy, we all would,” added Captain Mentor. “But we are not likely to. This island is out of the track of the regular line of vessels.” “Where are we, anyhow?” inquired Mr. Fenwick. “What island is this?” “It isn’t down on the charts, I believe,” was the captain’s reply, “but we won’t be far out, if we call it Earthquake Island. That name seems to ﬁt it exactly.” They had walked on, while talking, and now had gone past the broken cliff. Tom and his two friends of the airship led the way to the camp they had made. On the way, Mr. Hosbrook related how his yacht had struggled in vain against the tempest, how she had sprung a leak, how the ﬁres had gone out, and how, helpless in the trough of the sea, the gallant vessel began to founder. Then they had taken to the boats, and had, most unexpectedly come upon the island. “And since we landed we have had very little to eat,” said Mrs. Nestor. “We haven’t had a place to sleep, and it has been terrible. Then, too, the earthquakes! And my husband and I worried so about Mary. Oh, Mr. Swift! Do you think there is any chance of us ever seeing her again?” “I don’t know,” answered Tom, softly. “I’ll do all I can to get us off this island. Perhaps we can build a raft, and set out. If we stay here there is no telling what will happen, if that scientist’s theory is correct. But there is our camp, just ahead. You will be more comfortable, at least for a little while.” In a short time they were at the place where Tom and the others had built the shack. The ruins of the airship were examined with interest, and the two women took advantage of the seclusion of the little hut, to get some much needed rest until a meal should be ready. One was soon in course of preparation by Tom and Mr. Damon, aided by Mate Fordam, of the Resolute. Fortunate it was that Mr. Fenwick had brought along such a supply of food, for there were now many mouths to feed. That the supper (which the meal really was, for it was getting late) was much enjoyed, goes without saying. The yacht castaways had subsisted on what little food had been hurriedly put into the life boat, as they left the vessel. At Tom’s request, while it was yet light, Captain Mentor and some of the men hunted for a spring of fresh water, and found one, for, with the increase in the party, the young inventor saw the necessity for more water. The spring gave promise of supplying a sufﬁcient quantity. There was plenty of material at hand for making other shacks, and they were soon in course of construction. They were made light, as was the one Tom and his friends ﬁrst built, so that, in case of another shock, no one would be hurt seriously. The two ladies were given the larger shack, and the continued on page 46...
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- Sam Gives Himself Away.
“Six dollars a week,” said his nephew. “Then Benjamin shall have the same. He has no knowledge of the business, to be sure —” “I will have soon,” said Ben, conﬁdently. “That’s right, my lad. Make yourself useful to us, and you won’t have cause to regret it. Henry, assign Benjamin to the proper apartment, and let him come to you for advice when he requires it.” Mr. Porter returned to his writing, and Ben understood that he was dismissed. He was set to work dusting books, and young Porter went to his own desk; he was chief book-keeper. “When the store closes,” he said, “come to me. I shall take you to my room tonight, and in a day or two I will ﬁnd you a suitable boarding-place.” In the evening, at his friend’s room, Ben wrote the following letter to his friend James Watson: — BOSTON, July 18, 18—. DEAR JAMES, — Though I have been only a few hours in Boston I have a good deal to tell you. You remember my showing you the letter from Jones & Porter, which induced me to come to the city. Well, it was a hoax. It didn’t come from the ﬁrm at all. Somebody wanted to play a trick on me, and wrote it. I think I know who that somebody is, and I think you can guess too. I have no doubt Sam Archer was at the bottom of it. You know what a mean fellow he is, and that he would like nothing better than to injure me. But I am glad to say that he has not succeeded. By great good luck I got acquainted with Mr. Porter’s nephew on board the cars. I showed him the letter, which he pronounced probably a forgery. But he took me to the store (he is head book-keeper) and introduced me to his uncle. It seems that there will be a vacancy at the beginning of next month, and, as I was on the ground, they engaged me. So Sam’s mean trick has been the means of obtaining me a position. He will be provoked enough when he hears it. Now I will tell you what I want you to do. Don’t say a word about the letter being a hoax. Merely tell the boys that I have got the place I expected. If Sam wrote the letter he will certainly betray himself. Keep mum, and lead him on. Then let me know what you ﬁnd out. I will write again soon. Your affectionate friend, BEN BRADFORD.
Ben Bradford went to Boston to pick up Emma, a young girl who will be the charge of Ben’s Aunt Jane. Boarding and taking care of Emma will help to pay the bills for Ben and his aunt and cousin, since Ben has been laid off of work. Ben decides in his time he will go to school and he became a very good scholar. He was one of the two who were going to get a prize, and the two boys who were rivals were Ben Bradford and Sam Archer. Ben was warned not to win, because it was Sam Archer whose Dad owned the mill Ben worked at and he was chancing not getting his job back if he won. Ben was not slack in his test, trying his hardest to win. Ben was the winner and he was right, he was denied working at the mill again. Sam Archer, not being satisﬁed forged a letter from Boston saying a store, Jones and Porter, wanted to hire Ben right away. It seemed ﬁshy to Ben but he headed off to Boston. On the way there Ben meets another young man and they begin talking. It turns out the young man is a nephew of Mr. Porter of Jones and Porter and knows nothing of Ben being hired there. At this time Ben realizes it was Sam who forged the letter, but Henry Porter tells Ben to come with him anyway to the bookstore… BEN was looking with interest at a row of new books when he was summoned into the private ofﬁce. He was not prepared for the good news that was in store for him. “My young friend,” said Mr. Porter, Senior, “we are not responsible for the letter that brought you here.” “No, sir,” said Ben. “I am sorry to have troubled you, and taken up your time. I’ll go home this afternoon.” He looked sober enough, poor Ben, for it would not be pleasant facing his aunt and friends in Milltown, and explaining matters. Even the “licking” which he fully determined to give Sam Archer, if he should, prove to be the author of the decoy letter, would be a poor satisfaction. “On the whole, you may as well stay,” said Mr. Porter. “My nephew thinks we can ﬁnd a place for you in the store.” “Will you really take me?” asked Ben, ﬂushed and eager. “We will try you. My nephew thinks you will suit us.” “Thank you, sir,” said Ben, warmly, addressing himself to Henry Porter. “Your friend, who wrote the letter, will be rather disappointed, eh?” said young Porter, smiling. “Yes,” said Ben, who could smile now. “I should like to see him when he learns that his malicious letter has procured me a situation.” “There is one thing we have not referred to— the salary,” said Mr. Porter. “What do we pay young Robinson?”
“It’s a mean trick, and just like Sam,” ejaculated James when he read Ben’s letter. “I’ll follow Ben’s instructions. Sam will be coming round making inquiries pretty soon. I’ll manage him.” James was right in his supposition. Sam eagerly awaited the upshot of his trick. He concluded that Ben would come back Monday night depressed and humiliated, and he was on the street near Ben’s house when the afternoon train got in, ready to feast his eyes on his rival’s unhappiness. But he waited in vain. “He’s going to wait till tomorrow,” he thought. “He don’t like to come home in disgrace. He might as well come back at once, for it must come to that in the end.” All the next day Sam was expecting Ben. Finally he got impatient. “What a fool he must be to stay in the city on expense!” he thought. “I suppose he must be making a desperate attempt to get another place. Ha, ha! How miserable he must feel!” The next morning, about ten o’clock, he met James Watson on the street. James had received the letter from Ben the evening previous. “How are you James?” said Sam, with unusual cordiality. “I’m all right,” said James, rather coolly. “Have you heard from Ben Bradford?’’ Sam next inquired. “I heard last night.” “What does he say?” asked Sam, eagerly. “He hadn’t been in his situation long enough to tell how he should like it,” answered James, ﬁxing his eyes intently on Sam. “Is he in a situation?” demanded Sam, in evident surprise. “To be sure. What do you think he went to Boston for?” “Where is he working?” asked Sam, incredulously. “He is with Jones & Porter, of course. Didn’t you know they sent for him?” “Ha, ha!” laughed Sam. “I’ll bet he is fooling you. I don’t believe he is in their store at all.” “I’m on the track,” thought James; “I’ll draw him out.” “I don’t know what you mean,” said he, quietly. “Jones & Porter sent for Ben, and he is in their employ. I don’t see anything strange in that.” “I’ll bet you a dollar Ben Bradford will be back here within a week,” said Sam, in a tone of great conﬁdence. “I don’t believe Jones & Porter ever wrote him a letter.” “I saw the letter.” “Suppose you did; it might have been a hoax.” “Then whoever wrote it did Ben a good turn, for he has got a place at Jones & Porter’s.” “I don’t believe it,” said Sam, uneasily. “Ben writes me that he is there, and he would have no object in telling a lie.” “Will you let me see the letter?” “No, I won’t.” Sam nodded his head in a satisﬁed way.
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“That convinces me that it’s all a humbug. Ben hasn’t got a place any more than I have.” “You think the letter a hoax?” “Yes, I do.” “What reason have you for thinking so?” asked James, sharply. “I decline to state.” “Who do you think wrote it?” “How should I know?” “As you know so much, I don’t mind telling you that you are right. The letter was a hoax.” Sam laughed heartily. “I thought so,” he said. “And I know who wrote it.” Sam didn’t laugh now. “Who?” he asked, uncomfortably. “You did it.” “What do you mean?” blustered Sam. “Exactly what I say. Otherwise you would have had no reason to suspect the genuineness of it.” “Does Ben Bradford charge me with it? Just wait till I see him.” “That will be some time unless you go to Boston. Jones & Porter happened to have a vacancy, and Ben stepped into it. Your letter got him a place.” “I don’t believe it,” said Sam, faintly. “It’s true, and it’s lucky for you. If Ben had been obliged to come home he would have given you the worst licking you ever had.” Sam made an angry reply, and walked off sad at heart. He had tried to injure Ben, and had only helped him. “Just my luck!” he muttered. “I wish I hadn’t written the letter.” CHAPTER XXVI. BEN FINDS A BOARDING-PLACE. HENRY PORTER had a ﬁne suite of rooms at the south end of Boston. Ben spent the ﬁrst night with him. “You’ve got a nice home, Mr. Porter,” said our hero, admiringly. “Yes,” said the book-keeper. “My rooms alone cost me ﬁfteen dollars a week.” “Without board?” ejaculated Ben, opening his eyes in amazement. “Yes,” said the young man, smiling. “Why, that is almost eight hundred dollars a year.” “Quite correct. I see you think me extravagant.” “I was wondering how you could afford it,” said Ben, candidly. “Your surprise is natural. If I only depended on my salary, I certainly should not hire such expensive apartments. But a good aunt left me twenty thousand dollars, two years since, and this being well invested yields me about fourteen hundred dollars a year.” “I wonder you don’t go into business for yourself, Mr. Porter.” “I have thought of it, but doubt whether I should manage a business of my own judiciously. If not, I should run the risk of losing all my money. I like keeping books for my uncle, and he pays me a good salary. With this and the income from my
property I can live as well as I wish without incurring any risk at all.” “I don’t know but that is best,” said Ben, thoughtfully. “Now let me speak of your own plans, Ben. Your income is six dollars a week.” “Yes, sir.” “You must regulate your expenses accordingly.” “I want to do so, Mr. Porter. How much board shall I have to pay?” asked Ben, anxiously. “I cannot tell without inquiring. There is boarding-house on Harrison Avenue, kept by a worthy lady of my acquaintance. She may have a small room that will suit your means. How much do you feel able to pay?” “I should like to have enough over to buy my clothes,” said Ben; “I don’t want to have to call on Aunt Jane.” “We will see if we can manage it. Get your hat, and we will go to the boarding-house now.” It was a three-story brick house, such as is common in Boston. It was unusually neat for a boarding-house of medium grade, Mrs. Draper being an excellent house-keeper, with a horror of dirt. “How do you do, Mr. Porter?” was the landlady’s greeting. Mr. Porter had once boarded with her, before his legacy fell to him. “Very well, thank you, Mrs. Draper. How is business? Pretty full, eh?” “Yes, sir; I’ve got only one small room vacant.” “Where is it?” “On the third ﬂoor.” “May we see it?” “It won’t suit you, Mr. Porter.” “It may suit my young friend here.” “A relative of yours?” inquired Mrs. Draper, with interest. “No, but he is a young friend in whom I feel an interest.” “I shall be very glad if the room suits him, then.” Mrs. Draper led the way upstairs to the vacant room. It was small, but neatly carpeted, and provided with a good bureau, washstand, and all that was needful in a chamber. ‘’How do you like it, Ben?” asked the bookkeeper. “Very much,” said Ben, in a tone of satisfaction. Mr. Porter walked to the other end of the room and discussed terms with Mrs. Draper in a low voice which Ben did not hear. “What is your price for this room with board, Mrs. Draper?” “I have generally got six dollars a week.” “I want you to let my young friend have it for four.” “I really couldn’t do it, Mr. Porter. You have no idea how much I have to pay at the market for meat and vegetables. Then my landlord won’t reduce my rent.” “You don’t understand me, Mrs. Draper,” said the “bookkeeper, smiling. “You are to charge him only four dollars a week; but I propose to make up the difference.” “That is, of course, satisfactory,” said the landlady, looking relieved. “One thing more. My young friend is not to know about this arrangement. He is to suppose that four dollars a week is payment in full.” “There is only one objection to that, Mr. Porter. If my other boarders suppose that that is all he pays, they will make a fuss, and want their rate of board reduced.” “Then he shall be cautioned to keep the price he pays secret.
Ben! “ Ben walked over to where they were standing. “Mrs. Draper agrees to take you at the very low price of four dollars a week for room and board.” Ben looked delighted. “Then I shall have money enough from my wages to pay all my expenses without calling on Aunt Jane.” “Yes, if you are economical. As this price is extremely low, you are not to mention to any of the other boarders how much you pay.” “I will be sure to remember it,” said Ben, “and I am much obliged to Mrs. Draper for favoring me.” “I suppose you will want to come to-morrow,” said the landlady. “Yes,” answered Ben. “I suppose I may as well come to breakfast.” “Very well. We have breakfast from seven to nine.” “I will take an early breakfast, as I am to be at the store at eight.” As they were leaving the house Mr. Porter said, “Don’t suppose, Ben, that I am anxious to get rid of you. I had half a mind to keep you with me a week or two. But one thing deterred me. You are a poor boy, and have your own way to make in the world. You can’t for years afford to live as I am doing. If I accustomed you to living expensively it would be harder for you to accommodate yourself to your means and the home you are able to pay for.” “I understand you, Mr. Porter, and thank you. I consider you a true friend,” said Ben, earnestly. The book-keeper looked pleased. He felt more and more satisfaction in having procured Ben a place in his uncle’s establishment. “I see you are a sensible boy, Ben. You are right in looking upon me as a friend. I hope you will come and call upon me often.” “Thank you, sir. I shall consider it a privilege to do so. And I hope you will give me any advice that you think will beneﬁt me.” “I will, Ben, and I will begin now. We have a large Public Library in Boston, of which we are very proud. It is one of the two or three largest libraries in the United States, and it is free to all residents of the city. I advise you to enter your name there, and draw books from it.” “I should be glad to,” said Ben, eagerly. “Come round, and I will show it to you.” Together they entered the handsome building on Boylston Street, which is occupied by the Public Library. Ben, who had never seen a large library, or, indeed, any library containing over a thousand books, was amazed at what he saw. “I didn’t suppose there was any library in the world so large,” he said. ‘’ There are libraries much larger in London and Paris and some other European cities; but I doubt if there is any which does more general good than this. Here is the Reading Room, where you will ﬁnd hundreds of papers and magazines. You can come in here any evening. It will be much better than to spend your time where many boys and young men do, — in billiard and drinking saloons.” Ben’s eyes sparkled with pleasant anticipations. “I shall enjoy living in Boston very much,” he said.
“I think you will. While a large city has more temptations than a small town, it has also more privileges and opportunities for improvement. I hope, Ben, you will start right, and prepare the way for a useful and honorable manhood.” “Thank you, Mr. Porter. I mean to try.” The next day Ben took formal possession of his room in the boarding-house on Harrison Avenue. He found a pleasant class of boarders there and a good table. Though not luxurious, it was better than he had been used to at home, and he felt himself fortunately placed. CHAPTER XXVII. SAM ATTEMPTS STRATEGY AND FAILS. THE more Sam Archer thought of the favorable effect of his letter upon Ben’s fortunes the more he felt provoked. “I wish I hadn’t sent him to Jones & Porter,” thought he. “How could I tell that they had a vacancy? I hope he won’t suit them.” But Ben seemed to stay in Boston. When a fortnight had passed Sam managed to meet James Watson. “Have you heard from Ben Bradford lately?” he asked. “Yes,” said James. “What does he write?” “That he likes his place very much. The book-keeper is very kind to him, and assists him with advice. Then he likes being in a bookstore.” Sam was not overjoyed at the news. “How kind you are to take such an interest in Ben!” said James, slyly. “I don’t take an interest in him,” returned Sam, resentfully. “I never liked him.” “Then what makes you ask after him so particularly?” “I expected he’d be discharged by this time.” “What made you think so? Did you think he wouldn’t be faithful?” “He didn’t give satisfaction at the mill. He was discharged.” “So was I.” “But not for the same reason,” said Sam, “It was because times were dull.” “I rather think Ben’s work was satisfactory enough, but you inﬂuenced your father against him. However, it doesn’t matter. He’s better off where he is.” “How much pay does he get?” inquired Sam. “More than he received at the mill. He is able to pay his board and all other expenses.” “I wonder whether all this is true,” considered Sam, as he walked slowly away. “James Watson is Ben’s friend, and he may represent things better than they are.” An excellent plan suggested itself to Sam. He would ask his father’s permission to go to Boston and pass a day or two with his friend, Frank Ferguson. This would allow him to drop into Jones & Porter’s store, and judge for himself how Ben was situated. Sam had no trouble about obtaining the requisite permission. On reaching the city he decided to call at the store before going to his friend’s residence. Ben was dusting books, when a glance towards the door revealed the entrance of Sam. The latter had cherished a faint hope that James had deceived him, and that Ben was really not
employed. There was no chance for doubt now. “How shall I receive him?” Ben asked himself. He decided to treat him coolly, but not to quarrel. “Good-morning, Bradford,” said Sam. ‘’ Good-morning, Archer,” was the return greeting. Sam didn’t quite like this familiarity. It was all very well for him to use it, but he felt that Ben ought to treat him with greater respect. “How do you like working here?” “Very much,” answered Ben. “Much better than in the mill,” he added, signiﬁcantly. “I shouldn’t think they’d have taken a green country boy,” suggested Sam, pleasantly. “Perhaps they wouldn’t if a friend hadn’t written for me,” said Ben, with a meaning glance at Sam, who colored in spite of himself. “How much pay do you get?” “I would rather not say.” “Because it is so small,” said Sam, with a sneer. “On the contrary, I look upon it as liberal; but it is my business. I am doing better than if I had remained at Milltown.” This was bad news for Sam. “I am really obliged to the person who wrote the letter which secured me the position,” Ben added. This was a subject upon which Sam did not care to speak. “It isn’t much of a business to dust books,” he said, after a pause, desiring to depreciate what he could not take away. “I sell books sometimes,” said Ben, smiling. “Can I show you something this morning?” “No, I don’t want anything. Where do you live?” “I board on Harrison Avenue.” “In a cheap boarding-house?” “There are some very nice people who board there. I have a good room, and I think myself very well off.” Sam came to a sudden decision. He had succeeded in preventing Ben from obtaining a place in the mill, but he would much rather have had him there than in a place in Boston. Would it be possible to induce Ben to give up his place, and enter the mill again? He could be discharged after a while, and cast adrift. It was rather foolish to suppose that Ben would snap at such bait, but he decided to try it. “I think you would be better off in the mill,” he said. ‘’You could board at home, and help your aunt. You would soon be promoted too.” “I thought you didn’t want me to enter the mill,” exclaimed Ben, amazed. “Your father told me that my record was not good;” and Ben looked indignant. “Father was feeling out of sorts,” said Sam, smoothly. “He will take you on if you’ll come back.” “What does the fellow mean?” thought Ben. It didn’t take him long to guess. If he should return to the mill he would be once more in Sam’s power. Now he was quite independent of him. “You really think your father would employ me?” he asked. “Yes, he would if I asked him to.” “And are you willing to do that?” “Yes,” answered Sam. “I would thank you, Sam Archer, if I thought your offer was a friendly one.” “What makes you think it isn’t?’
“The feelings which I have reason to think you entertain for me, and your conduct in the past.” “You are too suspicious, Ben.” “If I ﬁnd I am, I will apologize to you. As to your proposal, it would be foolish for me to give up so good a position in order to accept a poorer one, which is not at all permanent.” “Well, Bradford, I must bid you good-morning. Just think over what I have said, and write to me if you decide to accept.” “If I decide to accept I will.” “He’s getting very impudent,” said Sam to himself. “If I could only get him to give up this place and go into the mill I could ﬁx him. We’d let him stay two or three weeks, and then ship him. But he won’t do it. Stay, I think of a way.” What the way was may be conjectured from a letter which Ben received three days later from his Aunt Jane: —
She did not suspect Sam of being malicious in his information, but concluded that he was mistaken. CHAPTER XXVIII. SAM GIVES BEN A FIRST-CLASS CHARACTER. THE same mail that carried the book-keeper’s letter to Mrs. Bradford also carried a letter from Ben to Sam Archer. It ran thus: — SAM ARCHER, — You might be in better business than telling lies about me to my aunt. If you think I look dissipated your eyes deceive you, and I advise you to wear glasses the next time you come to Boston. If you choose to come to the store, it is none of my business; but you need not take that trouble in order to see me. I am always glad to see my friends; but I don’t consider you one of them. I quite understand your anxiety to get me back into the mill. There was a time when I should have been glad of a place there; but now I have a place that suits me better, and don’t care to change.
My DEAR NEPHEW, —I am feeling almost heart-broken. It is reported by one who saw you lately that you are looking very dissipated. I was afraid the temptations of the city were too much for you. You are too young to go away from home. I won’t blame you too much, for I feel that you are weak rather BENJAMIN BRADFORD than wicked. But I shall not feel comfortable till you are at home again. Don’t hesitate to give up your place. I am assured When Sam received this letter, he looked and felt provoked. that they will take you on again at the mill, and it will be much better for you to be at home with us, till you are older, and bet- Somehow or other Ben was always getting the better of him. ter able to resist temptation. I hope you will at once notify your He wanted to injure him, but there seemed no way. But there is an old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” and I worthy employers that you can get a place at home. don’t know but this is as true of mischief as anything else. Suddenly it occurred to Sam that he might prejudice Messrs. Jones Your anxious aunt, & Porter against our hero. He sat down at once and wrote them an anonymous letter, of JANE BRADFORD which this is a copy: — . Ben read this letter in amazed indignation. MESSERS. JONES & PORTER,—I hear that you have “Sam is at the bottom of this,” he concluded. “It is he that has reported that I look dissipated. He wants to deprive me taken into your employment a boy named Benjamin Bradford, of my place, and get me into the mill, where I shall be in his from this town. You probably are not aware that he has a very power. I can’t forgive him for frightening my poor aunt. If I bad reputation here. He was employed in the mill for a time, but was discharged because he was idle and lazy. He keeps bad were at home, I should certainly punish him as he deserves.” Ben took the letter to his friend, the bookkeeper, and showed company, and none of the respectable boys here cared to associate with him. I don’t like to see an honorable ﬁrm imposed it to him. upon, and that is why I warn you of the character of your new “What do you think of that?” he asked. “This letter was written at an enemy’s instigation,” he an- clerk, though I have no personal interest in the matter. swered. “You are right, Mr. Porter.” A FRIEND Then Ben told his friend of Sam’s call, and the effort he . made to have him resign his situation. “That ought to make trouble for Ben,” said Sam to himself. “Will you do me a favor, Mr. Porter?” he asked. He put the letter in an envelope, directed it to Jones & Porter, “Certainly I will, Ben.” “Then, will you write to my aunt, and assure her that my and took it at once to the post-ofﬁce. The next day Ben was summoned to the counting-room. habits are good, and that her informant has wilfully lied? It will “Ben,” said Mr. Porter, “have you any enemy in Milltown?” relieve her anxiety.” “Yes, sir,” answered Ben. “With pleasure.” “One who would like to do you a mischief?” The next day Mrs. Bradford received a letter, very enthusias“Yes, sir.” tic in its tone, which completely exonerated our hero from the “We have just received a letter warning us against you, as charges brought against him. “Your nephew,” it concluded, “bids fair to become one of unworthy of our conﬁdence.” Mr. Porter smiled, or Ben might have felt uncomfortable. our best clerks. He is polite, faithful, and continually trying to “May I see the letter?” he asked. improve. You need have no apprehensions about him. It would The letter was placed in his hands. be very foolish for him to resign his situation.” “It is Sam Archer’s handwriting,” he said, looking up. “I On receiving this letter Mrs. Bradford was much comforted.
hope, sir, you won’t let it prejudice you against me.” “I would not allow myself to be inﬂuenced by an anonymous letter. It is a stab in the dark. No one but a coward would write one.” said Mr. Porter, warmly. “I want to show you how inconsistent Sam is,” said Ben. “He was here a few days ago, and urged me to give up my place here, and take one in the mill. He said his father, who is superintendent, would take me back at his request.” “That is rather strange, if he is your enemy.” “No, sir; he don’t like it because I have a good place here. If I should go into the mill I should probably be discharged in a week or two, and cast adrift. That is what Sam wants.” “Are any boys as malicious as that?” “Not many, sir, I hope; but Sam is an exception.” “I sympathize with you in your persecution, Ben; but I can assure you that no anonymous letters will change my opinion of you. If this enemy of yours sends another letter, I really shall feel tempted to increase your wages.” “Then I hope he’ll write again,” said Ben, laughing. “If we continue satisﬁed with you, we shall probably advance you on the ﬁrst of January.” “Thank you, sir,” said Ben, warmly. “May I answer this letter, sir?” “You may say that we have shown it to you, and that we despise such malicious attempts to injure.” The following day Sam received a letter from Ben, the whole of which need not be given. This is the way it concluded: — If you write another similar letter to my employers, you will be doing me quite a service. It will probably cause them to raise my salary. As I owe my place to you, you now have it in your power to increase the obligation. How bad you must feel, Sam, at your inability to do me harm! I can’t say I exactly sympathize with you, but I certainly pity you for harboring such malice in your heart. I am sorry I can’t oblige you by going back to the mill; then you would have the great pleasure of seeing me every day. I don’t know how to express my gratitude for all your kindness. If ever you want a situation in Boston let me know. There is a peanut woman on the Common who wants a smart, active salesman. I shall be very glad to recommend you. BEN BRADFORD. Sam was stung by the cool indifference and contempt which appeared in this letter. Ben did not take the trouble to be angry. He evidently despised his enmity, and deﬁed him. Sam felt that he hated Ben worse than ever he had before. “What’s that letter you are scowling over, Sam?” asked James Watson, who was standing in the post-ofﬁce when he was reading it. “It’s a letter from a miserable puppy,” hissed Sam. “Is it? Do you correspond with miserable puppies?” “I can’t help their writing to me. If you want to know who it is, it’s your friend, Ben Bradford.” “How long have you corresponded?” asked James.
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“I wouldn’t demean myself by writing to him,” said Sam, wrathfully. “I’ll show you what I think of his letter.” As he spoke he tore the letter to pieces and scattered them on the ﬂoor. James shrugged his shoulders. “You’re a strange boy, Sam,” he said. “Why am I?” “Haven’t you been working hard to get Ben back to Milltown?” “I wish he’d come back.” “And yet you can’t bear the sight of him.” “No, I can’t. I hate him worse than any fellow I know.” “Come, now, Sam, just listen to a little sensible advice. If you had always treated Ben right you would like him as well as I do. Why should you cherish malice against him? He has good qualities, and so I am sure have you, if you’d only give ‘em a chance to show themselves.” “That’s all gammon,” said Sam, impatiently. “What, about your having good qualities?” interrogated James, with a smile. “About my ever liking Ben Bradford. Before I’d make a friend of him, I would go without friends.” “You may think differently some time.” Sam shook his head. ************************************************* On the ﬁrst of January Ben wrote to his aunt – “My dear aunt, - congratulate me on my good luck. Mr. Porter, this morning, called me into the counting room, and informed me that henceforth my wages would be eight dollars a week – two dollars more than I have been receiving. I owe this partly to my good luck. I am a favorite with the book-keeper, who is Mr. Porter’s nephew; otherwise, if I had been advanced at all, it would have been only one dollar a week. Don’t you think it would have been rather foolish if I had come back and gone into the mill, as you wished me too?” “After all, I think Ben did right to stay,” said Aunt Jane,
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********************************************* About this time there was a great commotion in Milltown, and the person who caused it was Mr. Archer, Sam’s father.
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or The Story of a Brave Boy.
BY JOHN RUSSELL CORYELL.
Author of Cast Adrift, Andy Fletcher, etc.
Harry, worked in a mill and was told he could no longer see his sister, because his aunt, Mrs. Mortimer did not like Harry (because he resembled his father). So Harry was working and one day there was a bridge ready to collapse and Harry took someone’s bike to go across the bridge and stop the oncoming train from going over. Harry became the hero, which his cousin did not like. The bike was ruined in the race to save the train so Harry promised to replace the bike. When Harry went to replace the bike (which was his cousins) he met his little sister who was the charge of Mrs. Mortimer. They talked and Mrs. Mortimer did not like it. She did not want Harry to have any communication with his sister. On Harry’s spare time he had invented something and was making a model of it. He had one trusted friend a man at the mill. On the way home from Mrs. Mortimer’s house he saw that his boarding house was on ﬁre. While he runs in the burning building to ﬁnd his model, he bumps into someone, ﬁnding out that man stole his model and Mr. Mortimer put the man up to it, a man who just was released from jail and Harry confronts him about it…
“Well,” queried Mr. Dewey, when Harry returned to his machine, “are you discharged?” “No,” answered Harry, with a short laugh. “He wants to send me to college.” Mr. Dewey stared, and Harry repeated what Mr. Mortimer had said to him and he to Mr. Mortimer. Mr. Dewey listened attentively, dismay showing on his face as the story progressed. “Why Harry,” he said, at last, “you’ve frightened him, tobe-sure, but you’ve put him on his guard, too, and now he’ll never rest till he’s safe.” “Well,” rejoined Harry. “I know I’m a big fool; but it can’t be helped now. I will be on guard against any trick of his.” “If you take my advice,” urged Mr. Dewey, “you’ll leave the mill and the place until you have made sure that he can’t do you any harm.” “Why,” asked Harry, looking startled, “you don’t suppose he’d really try to do me any harm, do you?” “I’m ready to suspect anything of him,” was the emphatic reply. “Don’t you believe that a man who would set ﬁre to a house to get the plans of an invention would be capable of almost anything bad? I do.” “I suppose he would,” admitted Harry. “Then think of what I’ve said. I’ll think of it, too.” But while they were thinking of what had taken place, Mr. Mortimer was thinking also. He had been terribly frightened, and, as Mr. Dewey had surmised, his one determination was to make himself safe. He had gone too far to recede now, however, and, even if that had been a safe plan, he was not disposed to adopt it. He would go on as he had begun. He had a vague notion that to go on would take him into the commission of crimes he had not yet contemplated, and that Arthur Hoyt was the worst possible counselor in such a case; but he would not think of turning back from the course he had chosen. Hoyt was to come to his house that night. Under other circumstances, he would not have dared to have him come there. This time he told Mrs. Mortimer that he had invited the young man. “He must not come, Mr. Mortimer,” she had said, in her cold, peremptory fashion. “What can you have been thinking of?” “I do not invite him socially,” answered Mr. Mortimer, with the nearest approach to deﬁance he had ever shown to his wife; “but he is necessary to me in getting rid of that boy.” She put up her hand hastily. “I do not wish to hear any detail,” she said. “Let the man come.” Hoyt came and was taken into the library, where he found Mr. Mortimer uneasily pacing the ﬂoor. “Well,” began the young man, with a short, sneering laugh, “I got the papers from the boy’s room.” “I don’t understand you,” replied Mr. Mortimer, turning pale. He did not wish to have it appear, even between them, that he had any knowledge of the crime that had been committed. “Yes, you do,” asserted Hoyt, coolly. “You know that I burned that cottage night before last in order to steal the description of your nephew’s invention.” “My nephew!” exclaimed Mr. Mortimer, in a startled whisper. Hoyt laughed. “Did you suppose I was going to do such a thing as you
wished me to with my eyes shut?” he demanded. “It wasn’t very difﬁcult to discover that you were the brother-in-law of the boy’s father. I only wonder the thing hasn’t been discovered before. Well, I have the papers, and will copy and send them to the patent ofﬁce.” There was a smiling wickedness on the face of the young man that frightened Mr. Mortimer out of his ﬁrst intention of pretending ignorance of the crime that had been committed. Besides, it entered his mind at once that some sort of understanding would be best for the prosecution of any plan against Harry. “Well,” he said, drawing a long breath, like a person who is about to plunge into very cold water. “let it be so. You are right.” “That is better,” responded Hoyt, a sardonic smile curling his thin lip. “We shall get along better together, if we understand each other at the start. And, anyhow, you know, we must see this thing out to the end.” “What do you mean by that?” asked Mr. Mortimer, quickly. “The boy saw me as I was leaving his room, night before last.” “And knew what you had been there for?” “Of course, I can’t say that; but he is an extremely bright boy, and I suspect that he knows why I went there.” “Yes,” said Mr. Mortimer, bitterly, “and he knows that I was concerned with you, which is worse.” Again Hoyt laughed, in his low, evil way. “So much the better!” he said. “Now, you see, you must work with me. What do you propose to do about it?” “I don’t know. I have no plan- only in a general way, that the boy must be rendered harmless.” “And, in the meantime, I can’t make any use of the invention,” continued Hoyt; “And he will be able to make new plans, send them in, and then sell his patent for so much money that, if you have any reason to be afraid of him, he can make a very hard ﬁght against you.” Mr. Mortimer furtively glanced into the searching, beady, black eyes of the other, and answered, in a low tone: “He has discovered in some way, that I had something to do with the disappearance of his papers.” “Is that all?” questioned Hoyt, with a short laugh, that suggested the possession of some knowledge by him. “What do you mean?” asked Mr. Mortimer. “Oh, nothing!” laughed Hoyt, as if the whole affair was the best of jokes. “Well, what shall we do with the bright boy?” “I suppose we must get rid of him,” replied Mr. Mortimer. “Rid of him in what way?” was the slow query. “Frighten him out of the place.” “Pshaw!” said Hoyt, contemptuously. “You don’t suppose you can frighten that boy, do you? I fancy you don’t know him.” “Well, what can we do?” “Tell me, ﬁrst, how much he really knows about you,” asked Hoyt, in a tone he made seem very commonplace, though he was eager enough for the answer. Mr. Mortimer was too cunning not to see the trap laid for him in the seemingly simple question. Hoyt was trying to surprise some of his secrets. “Oh,” he answered “I don’t imagine he really knows anything! I can’t tell what for if you know abou the matter you
know that it doesn’t amount to anything.” Hoyt smiled like a man who has been beaten at his own game, but has sufﬁcient sense to keep his temper. “Oh, yes!” he rejoined, ironically. “I know it is a mere nothing; but we will assume that he knows everything, and act accordingly.” “Very well,” agreed Mr. Mortimer. “and what would you suggest?” “I would suggest that even if you succeed in frightening him out of the place, it would do us no good, for, as long as he knows what he does, he is dangerous to us. I don’t suppose you would care to go to prison for a term of years. I am sure I don’t. I have had a short trial of prison life, and I assure you it is not pleasant at all, and I saw the easiest side of it.” “No,” said Mr. Mortimer, hoarsely, “I don’t wish to try prison life.” “Then we must do something that will make him powerless,” was Hoyt’s grim reply. “What?” demanded Mr. Mortimer. “Well,” answered Hoyt, with a sort of diabolical slowness and calmness, “if he would only die now!” “No, no, no!” cried Mr. Mortimer, in a whisper of horror. “Dear me, Mr. Mortimer,” said Hoyt, his thin upper lip curling in a sneer, “how quick you are to take alarm! One would almost think you had thought of the same thing.” “Hush, hush! Don’t talk of it,” cautioned Mr. Mortimer. “Very well,” retorted Hoyt, “we won’t talk of it’ we will only think of it. In the meantime, it might do to make him a fugitive from justice. What do you say to that?” “Can it be done?” “Most anything can be done, if you only have the wit to know how to go at it,” was the answer. “Let us consider the case. He has a great deal in his favor, hasn’t he?” “A very great deal.” “He is a hero, and the railroad company is going to have a gold medal struck in his honor.” “Yes.” “The people of the whole town, aristocrats and mill-hands alike, are very proud of him, eh?” “Yes.” “He is honest, straightforward, and an unusually good workman, besides being a ﬁrst rate inventor.” “Yes, yes,” admitted Mr. Mortimer, with increasing uneasiness, as for the ﬁrst time he has presented to him the advantages which Harry was possessed of. Hoyt laughed in his peculiar way at the gloomy expression of Mr. Mortimer, and went on: “Did it ever occur to you that the time when a person is most likely to fall is when he has reached a high place?” “I suppose that is so,” replied Mr. Mortimer, looking with a sort of wonder at the man who was so young and yet so evilly shrewd. “Of course it is so. Everybody is ready to be envious of a successful person. Only give them a fair chance to believe ill of your nephew-“ “Don’t speak of him as my nephew,” interrupted Mr. Mortimer, testily. Hoyt sneered. “Very well. Give the people a chance to believe ill of Harry-that is what everybody is calling him now- and you will
see how quickly they will do it. I know that from my own experience.” “But your plan?” said Mr. Mortimer, impatiently. “This is it: Let Harvey and his friends tell their story more loudly and persistently than they have done.” Mr. Mortimer shook his head doubtfully. “If Harvey were a boy of more courage there might be some chance of that being believed,” he said. “That’s of no consequence,” assured Hoyt. “Give Harvey lots of money to spend and all the boys will believe anything he says; and if the boys believe it and repeat it, the story will soon gain ground. Then will be the time for the boys to get up a sort of memorial to the railroad company, telling the story in the true way. See?” Mr. Mortimer brightened. “Yes; I begin to see daylight there. Gene Morse is just the boy to take charge of the matter. Well?” “It will only take a day or two to accomplish that, for that sort of work half accomplishes itself when once fairly started. Then you must discharge him from the mill.” “But all the mill-hands will strike if I do.” “Of course; and that is precisely what you want.” “Indeed it is not. We are not ready for that quite yet. Besides, the men in the other mills would go on working and we should be very much out of pocket by the operation.” “Quite a mistake, Mr. Mortimer. The men in the other mills have been treated just as yours have, of course. They have been kept just on the verge of striking for some time, haven’t they?” Mr. Mortimer smiled as he thought of that stroke of policy and answered: “Yes; but we are under agreement not to force a strike until a certain time- about a month from now.” “What do you care about the agreement so long as you are safe? Besides, it would not be forcing a strike. How can you be expected to know that the discharge of a boy will cause a strike? You must do it.” “But if I do, the boy will make some disclosures about the ﬁre, perhaps.” :No, we won’t. You leave that to me.” “Well,” said Mr. Mortimer, uneasily; “but don’t take any risks. You may ruin us both by one slight mistake. But I don’t understand your plan yet.” “You will in a minute. First we lose him the sympathy and regard of the richer people and the railroad company; then we discharge him, and the men show their sympathy by striking; then he burns down the factory to get even with you, and the men will be angry with him for it, and he won’t have a friend left.” Mr. Mortimer stared at the young man as he so quietly declared that Harry would burn down the mill. “But he won’t burn the mill,” he said. “Oh, yes, he will! I will see to it that he does, and will arrange it so that he will be put in prison if he remains here, or will have to run away and never return. Don’t you see that he will never dare to accuse us of setting the cottage on ﬁre, if he is shown guilty of setting the mill on ﬁre? I suppose your insurance is good?” “The insurance is good,” replied Mr. Mortimer, slowly. “How are you going to induce Harry to do the thing?”
“I’ll tell you if you wish to know,” responded Hoyt, with his puzzling laugh: “but I should think a careful man like you would rather not know too much.” “You are right,” said Mr. Mortimer, hastily. “It will be better if I know nothing about it.” “Yes, I think so,” agreed Hoyt. And it did not occur to Mr. Mortimer until he was thinking it over afterward that it was very peculiar for Hoyt to wish to spare him anything. “Then we must wait two or three days,” continued Mr. Mortimer, after a short pause. “It will be necessary; but you can set Harvey and his friends at work immediately- the sooner the better. And don’t forget that Harvey is to have plenty of money. And, by-the-way, speaking of money, I wish you would let me have twenty-ﬁve hundred dollars.” “But you haven’t the patent yet.” “I want the money, nevertheless,” said Hoyt, coolly. And, after a glance into the beady, black eyes, Mr. Mortimer took oat his check-book and wrote a check for the amount. CHAPTER XII. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday went by, and, quite unknown to Harry or to Mr. Dewey, a revolution had taken place in public opinion. Arthur Hoyt’s plan had worked to perfection. After the ﬁrst few days of enthusiasm over Harry’s brave act, the people who did not know Harry personally began to forget him, and were quite ready to listen to the story which the boys began to tell about Harvey. A plenty of money, freely spent, under the direction of the astute Gene, produced the result of making the boys think that any story told about such a generous person as Harvey must be true. They did not know Harry. He was only a mill-hand, and anyhow they had grown a little tired of hearing his praises sung so much. On the third day the memorial had been prepared, saying that Harry had done a brave enough thing, no doubt, but that there had been other boys equally willing to cross the bridge, and that, in fact, the boy who had owned the bicycle that had been used had been on the point of crossing when the millhand, being stronger, had knocked him off his bicycle and taken the credit. At least ﬁfty boys signed this untruthful paper, most of them without having the faintest notion that they were wronging a friendless boy. The paper was sent to the railroad company, and created a great deal of consternation there. The managers looked at the names of the boys, and knew that they were the sons of the wealthiest and most inﬂuential citizens in Dennsocket. Then they countermanded the order for the medal, and not knowing what else to do, determined to take no notice whatever of Harry. The plan had worked so beautifully so far, and with so little sign of the hand that had projected it, that Mr. Mortimer was tilled with triumph, and was decided to send Harry his discharge on the following day, Friday. Arthur Hoyt, in the meanwhile, had done nothing but wait.
On Thursday night, however, he knew that it was time to put more of his plan in operation. It seemed to him that fortune had taken a very decided turn in his favor, and he was of the opinion that he should take every advantage of the turn. Mr. Mortimer was already in his power, and it only remained for him to rid himself of Harry. After that there stood nothing between him and wealth. “Five thousand dollars’” he exclaimed, jeeringly, to himself, as he sat smoking in his room that Thursday afternoon. “’Nothing less than half of all Mortimer has will satisfy me; and perhaps that won’t. And only that boy in the way!” That evening he left his lodgings and sought the cottage where Harry lived. He had studied Harry’s habits until he knew almost to a certainty what would happen; he knew that Harry was in the habit of taking a walk about eight o’clock. This evening he did so, and Arthur Hoyt followed after him in a silent, stealthy way, that would inevitably have put Harry on his guard if he had seen him; but the last thing he suspected was that he was being watched, and had been watched for days. He walked briskly, as his custom was, passed the Mortimer house, and looked anxiously at it, in the hope of catching a glimpse, of Madge, and then went on out the road into the more open suburbs. After he had come, to that part of the town, the stealthy shadow behind him became more bold, and made no effort to hide himself in case Harry looked behind: and when Harry turned to go back, his follower stood by the roadside and waited for him. It was a bright, starlit night, but the motionless ﬁgure gave Harry a little feeling of uneasiness, such as will very naturally come to anyone walking by night in a lonely place. He had no real fear, however, and showed none as he walked briskly toward where Arthur Hoyt stood. “I beg your pardon,” said the latter, in so mild a voice that any one might well have, been disarmed by it. Harry tried to distinguish his face, but could not, though Hoyt drew nearer, as if to give him that very opportunity. “What do you wish?” asked Harry, stopping. “I have followed you out here because I have something to say which I must tell you at once. Do you know me? Please look at me.” Extremely puzzled, Harry tried once more to distinguish the features of the stranger, and this time with some success, for he started back, exclaiming: “You?” “Then you do know me?” said Hoyt, in a mournful tone. “I am not sure,” answered Harry, guardedly. “Is your name Hoyt?” “Yes. Do you remember where you saw me?” Harry hesitated. It seemed odd to tell the young man to his face that he had seen him coming out of his room in the burning cottage. “Please tell me.” urged Hoyt, in the same low tone of sadness, as it seemed to Harry. “Didn’t I meet you coming out of my room the night of the ﬁre?” asked. Harry, in response to him. “I am sorry to say you did,” afﬁrmed Hoyt, in the same low tone. “It was about that I wished to see you. Are you not
the son of Henry Wainwright, who was once a mill-hand and afterward a millionaire?” “Yes,” replied Harry, wondering what sort of revelation was about to be made to him; for there was something in the manner of the other that led him to expect something. “Harry Wainwright,” said Hoyt, suddenly, and speaking with difﬁculty, as it seemed to Harry, “here are some papers I took from your room that night of the ﬁre. I set the cottage on ﬁre on purpose to steal these papers. Now do what you want with me.” And he covered his face with his hands, and appeared to shake with emotion. Harry took the papers like one in a dream. It seemed so impossible to him that he had heard right, that a person who had done such a thing would come to him and deliberately confess the crime. “I – I don’t understand,” he said. “No. How should you?” cried Hoyt, a little bitterly. “You are too honest to comprehend it, while I – I am a criminal. But do not condemn me until you have heard all of the facts. Will you hear me?” Harry was terribly distressed at the situation he found himself in. He had learned to dislike and distrust the man before this: but this candid and unhappy confession wrought so upon his generous heart that he was all sympathy in a moment. “Certainly I will hear you. But why did you do such a thing?” “Yes,” said Hoyt, sadly, “it cannot but seem strange to you that any temptation could lead me to it. But I will tell you everything, and you shall judge.” “But why do you come to me with these papers and this confession?” asked Harry, perhaps with a lingering distrust. “Why,” repeated Hoyt, solemnly, “because I am not ungrateful, however bad I am in other respects. Your father saved my mother from starvation, and would have saved me, if he could, from the evil courses which have led me to where I am.” “My father?” repeated Harry, with an instant forgetfulness of all doubts. What was more natural than that his father should have done the very thing Hoyt spoke of? What more natural than that anyone who had known his father should love and respect him? “Yes, your father,” said Hoyt. “I did not know when I wronged you that you were his son, or nothing would have induced me to consent when Mr.—” He hesitated a few moments, and then went impetuously on, “Yes, you have the right to know. All I ask is that you will do nothing against the man until I can put the proofs into your hands. As for myself, I ask for no mercy. If I must suffer when you bring him to justice, then let it be so. Mr. Mortimer hired me to do as I did.” “I suspected it,” answered Harry. “You did? Then, even my attempt to right you is wasted. I have not even that small satisfaction.” “Oh, yes, you have,” assured Harry, quickly, “for I really knew nothing. I only suspected.” “I am grateful for that,” said Hoyt. “Perhaps, then, you do not know of the other wrongs he has done you?” “No,” cried Harry, eagerly, “I do not know anything. I suspect a great deal. Can you tell me about what he did to my
father?” “I can tell you a great deal,” declared Hoyt. “Tell me what you suspect, and I will tell you all I know.” “It is very little, after all,” answered Harry. “A year before my father died he was a rich man. He entered into speculation with Mr. Mortimer, and died poor. Mr. Mortimer is richer than ever he was. All father had when he died was some worthless stock in a California gold mine.” “Which he had purchased at Mr. Mortimer’s solicitation?” queried Hoyt, eagerly. “I do not know that. It is the Tiny Hill Gold Mining Company.” “Ah,” said Hoyt, mentally repeating the name so that he should not forget it, “I know nothing about that; but I can tell you enough to turn your worst suspicions into certainties.” “But can you give me such proofs as will make him yield without resort to the law?” “I cannot now, but in a few days I can. And—yes, you are right; I ought not to say anything without those proofs. Wait! You can meet me any night, can you not?” “Certainly.” “Then let me be silent until I can bring you such proofs as will make him confess the whole truth. I can do it in less than three days. Will you wait?” “I would like to know something now,” persisted Harry. “But I shall feel better if I bring you the proofs to support my word,” said Hoyt. “Please let the matter rest, and say you forgive me for what I have done to you.” “I forgive you with all of my heart; and if you need money, let me give you or lend you some. Please don’t do anything wrong again, will you – for father’s sake?” “I won’t – I promise you I won’t. But, before we separate, let me tell you that Mr. Mortimer intends to discharge you tomorrow.” “Indeed!” exclaimed Harry. “I thought he had given up that idea.” “So he had; but he has taken it up again, because he knows that the men will strike if you are discharged, and he wishes the men to strike.” “What a wretch he must be!” cried Harry, indignantly. “He is, he is. But you can foil his intentions toward the men, I think.” “How?” “By going to the men when they are discussing the strike, as they will be sure to do, and telling them frankly not to do it for your sake, since you will be able to square your accounts with Mr. Mortimer in another way. Don’t you see?” “Yes; and, at the same time, I will be doing the men a real service.” “Certainly you will. Oh, one more thing. I do not ask any leniency when it comes to the last and you are dealing with Mr. Mortimer, but I would like if you would promise me not to speak of this to anyone until I have submitted the proofs I have spoken of.” “I will not speak of it to a soul: and, as for leniency, Mr. Hoyt, do you think I would ever betray you? Do not think it. I would rather let Mr. Mortimer escape with all his ill-gotten gains than risk injuring you.” And Harry meant all he said. “Oh, thank you, thank you!” faltered Hoyt. “You are far
too good to me.” “Will you let me help you in some other way, Mr. Hoyt? Won’t you take some money?” “Not a cent, not a cent. I could not. But bless you for your kindness. Let us separate now. There is another thing, however. These proofs that I have are written in chemical ink, so that without the test they would seem like blank sheets of paper. You see he took great care to hide his tracks.” “Yes, yes. But do you know the test?” asked Harry, eagerly. “Oh, yes! It is a mixture of equal parts of kerosene oil and alcohol. Do you think you could get say a quart of each and give it to me here tomorrow night? I would get it myself, but—well, I cannot afford the money.” “I will get it, of course,” promised Harry. “Then good-by, and tomorrow night at this spot I will meet you and tell you when and where I will meet you with the restored writings. Would it be too much to ask you to shake hands with me?” Harry for answer gave him his hand and grasped his with a hearty kindness. Then he went his way in a strange perturbation of spirits. Arthur Hoyt watched him until his hastening steps carried him out of sight; then the heartless villain laughed his evil, sneering laugh and muttered: “Ah! let him tell the hands that he will get even with Mortimer in his own way; then let him buy alcohol and kerosene for some mysterious purpose, and then let him meet me where I shall designate, and I think he will be done for, and Mr. Mortimer will be in my power alone.” CHAPTER XIII. When Harry was away from Arthur Hoyt, and had had time to think over all that had been said, he was sorry that he had promised to say nothing to anybody of the conversation, and he determined to ask for permission to tell Mr. Dewey. A promise was a very serious thing to him, however, and when he went to the mill, the next day, he did not even hint to Mr. Dewey that he had learned anything new, not even to say that he knew his discharge had been determined on. He tried to work as if he suspected nothing; but, in spite of himself, he could not help watching every boy who came into the room from down stairs to see if he had a communication for him or for Mr. Dewey. Perhaps, too, there was a little feeling that he would be glad to have, his discharge come as a sort of conﬁrmation of what Arthur Hoyt had told him, on the principle that if the truth of a part were established, the truth of the whole would be made more probable. Not that he had any real suspicion that Hoyt had told him anything but the truth, but, unconsciously to himself, there may have been a hidden distrust of the young man who had lent himself to so many wicked performances. The discharge did not come until nearly noon, and then it was taken directly to Harry, instead of being sent through Mr. Dewey. One of the ofﬁce boys brought it to him. Harry could not help smiling at Mr. Dewey as he took the note and opened it; and Mr. Dewey could not resist walking over to learn the nature of the new communication from the ofﬁce, not in the least suspecting what it was. “Read it,” said Harry, after having run his eye quickly over
it. Mr. Dewey took it. It was addressed to Henry Wainwright, at his room, and in the general department, so that there could be no ground for misapprehension. “You are hereby discharged from this mill. The discharge to date at once on the receipt to this notiﬁcation. Upon application at the ofﬁce, you will receive pay for the full day. “james W. harms, General Manager.” “Well!” was all Mr. Dewey could say for a moment. “Maybe it’s in order to force me to go to college,” laughed Harry. “What does it imply?” said Mr. Dewey, indignantly. “And after the way Mr. Mortimer talked to you, too! Well, he may take the consequences. The men will be sure to strike.” “The men mustn’t strike,” answered Harry, earnestly. “I can’t stop them,” declared Mr. Dewey. “Then I must try,” said Harry; “for I have reason to believe that one object in discharging me is to cause the men to strike.” “What reason, Harry?” “That I cannot tell you yet, Mr. Dewey; and please don’t ask me. Tell me how the men will go about it to strike.” “They’ll talk it over at noon until they are mad; they will think it over during the afternoon until they are madder; and then they will have a meeting tonight and pass the resolution.” “Do you think they would let me be there—at the meeting, I mean?” asked Harry. “Certainly. What will you do there?” “Beg them not to strike. I shall tell them that I believe the owners wish them to strike, and that it will be helping them instead of me, for the reason that I have a way of settling my own quarrel with Mr. Mortimer.” “You have learned something new, then, Harry?” “Yes, but I have promised not to speak of it yet, so please don’t ask me.” It all happened just about as Mr. Dewey had said. The men no sooner learned of the discharge of Harry, and gained some inkling of the circumstances leading to it, than they talked it over angrily as they ate their dinners, and, when someone proposed showing the general disapprobation of it by striking, there was a general agreement. There was so much work on hand that the men felt quite safe in striking. They did think it over during the afternoon, as Mr. Dewey had predicted, and did become more indignant the more they thought of it, and the meeting was called, and promised to be a very full one. Harry went with the utmost good nature to receive his money at the ofﬁce, and was handed over a full day’s pay for the half day he had worked. He counted his money, took out a half-day’s pay, and pushed it back to the clerk. “I have worked only a half-day today, and shall take pay for only that time,” he said, and was going away, when the clerk called after him: “I advise you to take it. You’ll need it before you get another job, I’m thinking.” The other clerks laughed, as people will do even at a mean joke, and Harry stopped and looked around. For a moment he was disposed to be angry; then it occurred to him what a different appearance things would have in the eyes of the clerks if he should prove his right to what Mr.
Mortimer now owned. He smiled pleasantly and answered: “Oh, I think I can get along without it. Perhaps you gentlemen had better divide it among you in case any of you should lose your employment.” They supposed he referred to the strike, the rumors of which seemed to have reached the ofﬁce at almost the ﬁrst word among the men. But as the strike would not affect them, since they would be retained just the same, they could afford to laugh at Harry’s words, and they did. During the afternoon Harry bought the alcohol and the kerosene, as agreed upon with Hoyt, and in the evening took them with him to the place where he was to meet that scoundrel. Hoyt was waiting for him, and cried out; as soon as he was near to him: “Did I not tell you you would be discharged? Did you bring the oil and alcohol?” “Here they are. Yes, I am discharged; but I hope not for long.” “No,” said Hoyt, exultantly, “not, for long. You have told nobody what I revealed to you last night?” “Not a soul.” “That is right. How can I ever repay your kindness to me?” “You will repay it when you have put it in my power to force Mr. Mortimer to return what he has robbed me of.” “It is very good of you to say so, when in truth I am only doing my plain duty toward you. I beg your pardon,” he added, hesitatingly, “but you offered to lend me some money last night.” ‘’Yes, yes. Will you let me?” his generous nature responding in a moment. “I did not wish to do it,” replied Hoyt, hypocritically; “but, in order to carry out my plans to successfully help you, I must have money—more, I am afraid, than you can procure for me.” “I have three hundred and ﬁfty dollars in the bank,” said Harry, eagerly. “I needed ﬁve hundred, but, if you could let me have the three hundred and ﬁfty, I will contrive somehow. Believe me, not a penny of it is for myself. No, I would not touch it for my own use.” “When do you wish it?” asked Harry. “It will take at least half a day to get it. I shall have to draw through one of the banks for it, and even by telegraphing I could not get it before tomorrow afternoon.” “That will be in time. Indeed, I don’t expect to be ready with the proofs until Sunday. Will you meet me here tomorrow night at the same time, so that I can tell you how I am getting on?” Harry answered “yes,” and excused himself for hurrying away, saying that he must get back in order to attend the meeting of the mill-hands, who were going to consider the strike. “I hope you will be able to persuade them not to do it,” said Hoyt, with every appearance of sympathy. “I know that if they go out now, they will not get work again for three months; and I have discovered that, if they remain at work, there is an agreement among the mill-owners to keep the mills going for at least two months longer, so that the men would then be thrown out for only a month.” “I shall do my best to persuade them to remain at work,” assured Harry.
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“If you can only convince them that you will get satisfaction some other way, I have no doubt of the result,” said Hoyt; “for they are very fond of you. But don’t give any notice of how you expect satisfaction, or you will put Mr. Mortimer on his guard; and it is in his power to escape us yet. Why can’t you say that you have your own way of balancing your accounts with Mr. Mortimer and the mill, and that you only ask them to wait until Monday?” “Next Monday? So soon as that? But won’t that put Mr. Mortimer on his guard ?” “Oh, no!” replied Hoyt, with a smile that might have put Harry on his guard, if he had seen it. “Mr. Mortimer is too sure of his safety now to have any fear, unless you hint at the nature of your plans.” “Very well,” concluded Harry, turning to go, “I will take your advice.” Hoyt watched him out of sight and laughed softly, as he muttered: “What a gudgeon you are! You swallow hook and all, and will be surprised to ﬁnd yourself landed high and dry on Sunday night. See? You have bought oil and alcohol; you will draw all your money out of the bank; you will publicly threaten Mr. Mortimer, and—you will disappear. A very good case against you, I think.” Harry hurried away from his betrayer without the faintest premonition of the web of evidence against him in which he was to be enmeshed. The meeting of the mill-hands was already in active progress when he put in an appearance, and, being recognized at once, he was invited to take a seat by the chairman. He could see that the feeling of the meeting was very strong, and he knew that it was not alone because he was a favorite with the men, but partly also because the circumstances of the case roused their antagonism against the oppression of the money class toward the labor class. They had all heard the claim that Harry had prevented Harvey doing the act that had saved the train, and they believed that he was discharged to gratify a private spite. Harry could do nothing but sit and listen to the speeches— some of them very angry and violent—until the motion was made to strike until he was taken back; then, feeling very awkward at the notion of getting up to make a speech, he stood up, blushing and confused, until the ﬁrst murmur of surprise was over and the chairman had said: “Harry Wainwright has the ﬂoor.” “I know,” began Harry, stammering at ﬁrst and speaking too low to be heard, but gaining conﬁdence at the sound of his own voice—”I know I have no right to be here, or to say anything, because I am not a member of the organization; but, since I am the cause of the meeting being called, I hope you will excuse me.” “Go on!” “Hear, hear!” “Let’s hear what you have to say!” and similar cries encouraged him, and he began to feel that it was not as difﬁcult as it had seemed to make a speech. “What I wished to say was this: I’m not so vain as to suppose it’s all on my account that you think of striking. I know that it is because you don’t wish any injustice done to any workman, though I can’t help believing that you all like me just as I like you. My father was a workingman, and was always proud of it. He was so proud of it, and always taught me
to be so proud of it, that when he died poor”—Harry’s voice faltered a little, but grew strong again, the men shaking their heads sympathetically—”when he died poor, I say, I was very happy to know that I had such a liking for his old work that I could go at it with a whole heart.” The men applauded enthusiastically, and murmured to each other that Harry was a chip of the old block, and would be rich himself some day, he was so smart. Indeed, he was making a very good speech— much better than he had any idea of; though, to be-sure, he found he had no difﬁculty in talking, and in coming at what he had to say in a gradual way that carried the conﬁdence of the workmen with him. “I only say this,” he went on, “to make you feel that all my sympathies are with you, and that whatever I say is with you in my mind. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you for thinking of doing this on my account, and if it was going to end in anything good for you, I would not say a word against it; but I assure you it will do you no good, and it won’t even do me any good. If you strike, the owners will be glad, for it is just what they wish you to do. You think you will be doing it to serve me, when, in fact, you will be playing right into the hands of the owners, who discharged me because they had heard a rumor that you would strike if I was discharged.” There was a great uproar at this, and everybody seemed to be speaking at once, each, however, asking pretty nearly the same question— “How do you know this?” “I can’t tell you how I came to know it,” said Harry, when there was quiet enough for him to be heard; “but I did hear it, and am sure it is the truth. But that isn’t all. If you go out now, you will have to stay out for at least three months, and you know you can’t afford that. If I wasn’t sure of this I wouldn’t say so. And then there is another thing: I don’t need any help. I know that Mr. Mortimer doesn’t like me, and I know why a great deal better than any of you. And what I want to tell you is that I have my plans laid, and that he will be the sorry one. Perhaps he will be sorry on Monday. Wait until then, anyhow, and if I have nothing to tell you then, you may do as you choose, so far as I am concerned.” Harry sat down in the midst of a sensation that was natural enough, considering the things he had said and the mysterious manner in which he had said them. Mr. Dewey immediately jumped to his feet, with a resolution that the meeting adjourn to Monday night, and as there seemed no good reason for not doing so, the motion was carried, the meeting was adjourned, and Harry was at once surrounded by a curious, questioning crowd. CHAPTER XIV. The ﬁrst thing Harry did the following morning, as soon as the banks were open, was to go to the bank he had used when he sent for the money to buy the bicycle for Harvey, and there made a draft on his home bank for the three hundred and ﬁfty dollars he had there to his credit. The bank promised to make use of the telegraph — and, in fact, it did — and when Harry called again, in the afternoon, the money was handed over to him. In the meantime, however, he had received a piece of news that was as unexpected as it was unwelcome. A letter came from Mr. Harmon, saying he had been called on most important business to Europe, and would be gone a month or six weeks. Then there was a post-
script, which made Harry wonder: I have received a letter from Mr. Mortimer’s lawyer asking about the shares to stock in that Tiny Hill gold mine. I think there may be something in the mine, after all, or Mr. Mortimer would not be inquiring after it, though the lawyer makes a plausible excuse. The shares are in a safe deposit vault, and cannot be touched in my absence. I tell you about this in order that you may be on the alert to pick up any information. When I come back I will have an investigation.” It was particularly annoying to Harry to have Mr. Harmon gone at just that time, for he had depended on him to look after the matter of Mr. Mortimer’s rascality toward his father, as soon as Hoyt had put the proofs in his hands. He consoled himself, however, by thinking that, after all, the proofs were the important things, and, with them in his possession, he could either wait or ﬁnd a lawyer in whom he could trust. Later in the day he received another letter which caused him even more surprise than the ﬁrst, though it was in few enough words, “Meet me at the mill on Sunday night at eight o’clock. I promise to satisfy you. “Richard Mortimer.” Harry would hardly have been more astonished if a piece of the heavens had fallen. His ﬁrst impulse was to show the letter to Mr. Dewey; but, reﬂecting that his friend could give him no valuable advice unless he was made acquainted with all that had taken place during the past few days, he decided to show the letter to Arthur Hoyt only and take his advice on it. So that night, when he met Hoyt, he told him about the receipt of the letter from Mr. Mortimer and asked his opinion of it. “He is frightened,” said Hoyt, conﬁdently, “and I am glad he is; for it falls in precisely with my wishes. I ﬁnd by the papers I have been able to get hold of that the full conﬁrmation of everything relating to the patents and the mill property is at the mill. Nevertheless, I know enough to frighten Mr. Mortimer into a full confession, and, if you will trust to me, I will promise that he shall deliver over to you tomorrow night all the papers necessary to prove your rights.” “Then you would advise me to go?” questioned Harry. “Assuredly. But not quite as he expects. My feeling is that it must be a case of diamond cut diamond. Let us do nothing to be ashamed of, but let us not do anything to give him an advantage.” “Well?” said Harry, doubtfully, for sharp practice was not a thing he relished. “You get there a quarter of an hour ahead of the time set by him, and I will do the same. We can get into the mill by the back door, which is always open, you know. The watchman need not see us; for he walks around the building regularly, and we can slip in when he has gone around the building.” “But what for?” demanded Harry, uneasily. “In order that I may show you the copies of the papers which I have treated to the test, and which will not be ready until then. You should have them during your interview with Mr. Mortimer.” Such stealth was very repugnant to Harry, and he made a great many demurs before his wily companion could induce him to promise to do it. Then they separated, Harry ill at ease and wishing he had
some advice on the subject, and Hoyt full of triumph. “Oh,” said he, as if he had just thought of it, “will you let me have the note Mr. Mortimer sent you, so that I can compare it with some of the documents I have, and which are supposed to be in his handwriting? I am familiar with his writing, but I would like to be sure.” Harry gave him the note without hesitation. “Thank you,” said Hoyt. “We meet then near the mill a little after half-past seven.” “Yes,” rejoined Harry, unable to rid himself of an uneasy feeling about the proposed visit to the mill, and quite forgetting the money he had until he had taken some steps away, when it suddenly recurred to him, and he turned and called out, “Oh, I had quite forgotten the money! I have it in my pocket.” “Never mind it now,” answered Hoyt. “I don’t wish to take it until the last moment. Bring it with you tomorrow night.” That night and all of the next day were ﬁlled with very unsatisfactory thoughts for Harry. He had promised to do a thing he did not approve of, and yet could see no good reason why he should not do it after having promised that he would. Sometimes he was on the point of going to Mr. Dewey to tell him everything, and as often checked himself with the remembrance of his promise to Hoyt. When Sunday evening came he was glad, because it would put an end to his doubts and waverings; and he walked over toward the mill and made his way to the rear of it, without making any great concealment of his movements. Behind him, though he did not know it, stole Arthur Hoyt, who did not approach him however until he was near the mill. “At least ﬁfty people,” chuckled Hoyt, “have seen him coming this way. Oh, these very honest folks, how they do play into the hands of the wicked ones! If I had told him what to do, he could not have suited me better.” He seemed innocent enough, however, when he hurried up to Harry and stopped him, in the shadow of some of the smaller outbuildings. “I don’t like this at all,” said Harry, energetically. “Nor do I,” agreed Hoyt, no less warmly; “and, if it were not too late, I would say turn back. But it is too late, as I will explain as soon as we are inside of the mill. Thank fortune, everything has turned out beautifully, and you will never be troubled by this thing again. Now,” he exclaimed, purposely giving Harry no opportunity to speak, “run across to the door. You know the waste room. Go there and wait for me. I won’t be two minutes behind you.” He pushed Harry, and the latter did as he was bidden and ran quickly across the yard to the little door that was always left open for the watchman. The man had just turned the corner of the building, and Harry was not seen. He entered the dark and gloomy mill, and, knowing the way perfectly, hastened to the waste-room. The waste-room was an iron-clad, ﬁreproof little room, in which cotton-waste that had been used, oil and other combustible things were kept when it was necessary that they should be in the building. On this night, being Sunday, the regulations insisted that the room should be empty of any dangerous article; and it was empty. Harry heard the footsteps of someone approaching, and
then a whisper: “Are you there, Harry?” “Yes.” “Go in, and I will follow you. I have a candle in my pocket.” “Why do we come here?” asked Harry, uneasily. “Safest place,” was the whispered answer. “Nobody can hear us, and no light can be seen. Have you gone in?” It seemed to harry that Hoyt’s voice had a peculiar intonation, but he laid it to the fact that he (Harry) had entered the room, while Hoyt stood outside. “Yes, I’m in,” said Harry. “Then stay in!” cried Hoyt, and the door clashed shut, even while Harry was taking note of the changed tone of the voice, now unmistakable. Whether joke or earnest, and though Harry’s heart beat rapidly in his breast at the thought of passing the night in that ill-smelling, close room, he could not believe it other than a joke, he yet threw himself instinctively against the door, reaching it almost before it was quite shut. But it shut, and he could hear the bolt shoot while he pressed against it with all his weight. What did it portend? What sort of a joke was it? There came an answer to him, but his mind seemed of a sudden to spring to a comprehension of the nature of the man who had led him there. “Let me out —let me out!” he shouted, and began to kick on the door and beat it with his ﬁsts. “Oh, no!” came the response, so mufﬂed that he could scarcely hear it. “You are in there to stay. Can you hear me?” “Yes. Let me out, or it will be worse for you when I do get out!” “I suppose it would be if you ever got out,” was the answer, as if from faraway.”Would you like to know why you are there, and what is to become of you?” “Let me out,” demanded Harry, the terror of the situation overcoming his courage for the time. “Don’t you wish to know?” asked the voice outside; and it seemed to Harry that it was full of mockery. He checked his inclination to cry out, and beat the door again, and replied, as quietly as he could: “Yes, tell me. What have I ever done to you? You can’t keep me here forever.” “Yes, I will tell you. Do you remember that you threatened to get even with Mr. Mortimer, at the meeting of the men the other night?” “On your advice,” reminded Harry. He could hear a mocking laugh from the other side. “Yes, I advised that; and I advised your buying oil and alcohol, which you did. I also advised drawing all your money out of the bank, which you did. Now, see what happens. The men were to know by Monday what you were going to do. Sunday night—that is, tonight—the mill takes ﬁre and burns down; Harry Wainwright has disappeared. Come to investigate, and it is learned that he has threatened to be square with Mr. Mortimer by Monday; he is known to have bought oil and alcohol; he has been seen going toward the mill on Sunday evening ; he is nowhere to be found, and somebody discovers that he has drawn all of his money out of the bank.” “Oh, you scoundrel!” screamed Harry, beside himself with
the realization of the terrible wickedness of which he has been the victim. “I know it,” was the answer; “but I don’t intend that the world shall know it. Why, I have even provided against the impossible chance of your escape. The ﬁre will not break out here for about ﬁfteen minutes. By that time I shall be with some very good friends, who will testify for me in perfect good faith.” Even in his half-mad state, Harry could comprehend how very completely the net around him had been woven. Nothing he could ever say would relieve him of the burden of guilt. If he escaped, it would be as a criminal. Escape! Could he escape? He thought, in his extremity, to appeal to the cupidity of the scoundrel. “If you will let me out, I will give you half—I will give you all the money my uncle stole from me.” There came no answer, and he knew he was alone—alone !—and in a few minutes he would be surrounded by ﬁre. The ﬁre would creep around the little room, heating it hotter and hotter. He might shriek and shout, and pound the door with his poor hands, and never be heard! CHAPTER XV. It is not often that a boy is more brave or self-reliant than Harry Wainwright was, but even his superior in those respects must have succumbed at ﬁrst to the terrors of the situation. There was a little while, certainly, when Harry seemed quite out of his head. He knew he could not be heard, he knew he could neither kick nor beat the iron door down, and yet be emitted cry on cry till he was hoarse, he kicked and beat the door until he was sorely bruised, before weakness and despair combined to tell him that if he ever escaped it would be more by the use of his wits than muscles. Then he stooped down and crept in anguish all over the little room, searching more eagerly for some weapon to use against the door than ever miner searched for gold. But there was not a thing in the room, excepting a small piece of waste, and, having taken that in his hand, he threw it away from him with a loud wail of despair. “Oh, must I die here?” he moaned. “Is there nothing I can do? Let me think.” He grasped his head in his hands as if to compose the maddened brain. “ If I cry out no one will hear me, but if I do not make some noise and any one should come in before I am suffocated, I shall lose my chance. I will kick the door with my heel, and never stop while strength remains.” Sometimes the hopelessness of it overcame him and he would moan and cry and call for help; then fear of losing what slight chance there was would urge him on again, and, with his heart throbbing madly, he would constrain himself to keep up the regular thump, thump, thump with his heel. And all the while, the moments passing with leaden stride, he would snuff the close air for the odor of the smoke or of ﬂame, knowing that when they once had ﬁlled the mill his hope of life was gone. “Will no one help me? Must I be left to die here?” he wailed. “Harry, Harry!” Surely that was the voice of someone calling him; or was it his imagination fooling him? He stopped kicking.
“Harry, Harry! How do I open it?” It was a human voice. Yes, yes, it was! Someone had heard him. “It’s only bolted. Quick, quick! I am going mad in here.” Indeed it seemed so. The agony, the stress of awful fear, followed so suddenly by hope, had set him crying and laughing and trembling, till he actually believed he was going mad. Then all at once there was a rush of cool air, and he staggered out of the open door and lost consciousness in the arms of some unknown person, who wavered under the sudden weight and kept his feet with difﬁculty, but did not lose his senses. “Harry, Harry,” he cried, shaking him, “ the mill is on ﬁre! Come, stand up! The mill is on ﬁre, I tell you.” Harry was recovering himself almost as quickly as he had lost his consciousness, but the other, not knowing it, had begun to drag him out of the building, when Harry struggled to his feet. “Who are you?” were his ﬁrst words. “Bill Green. Come, or we’ll be burned up!” Harry shook himself to recall his scattered senses. “Yes, yes,” he said, “we must get out. That isn’t the way. Come! I’m all right now. Follow me.” Even then, odd as it may seem, he was full of curiosity to know how Bill Green, of all persons, should be the one to ﬁnd him there and rescue him. However, it was not time for conversation of any sort, for the building was alight and blazing in a dozen places at once. Stumbling now and then, but making his way unerringly, Harry led Bill to the little door he had entered at, and was out of it with a rush. He wondered why no one was there, but guessed at once that the watchman must have just discovered the ﬁre and gone to give the alarm. The alarm! The thought recalled to him that he would certainly be suspected, as Hoyt had said. What should he do then? Remain and take his chances of refuting the evidence? Or should he hide himself somewhere? At any rate, he must hide until he had made up his mind what he should do. “Come, Bill,” he said; “let us get away from here before we are seen.” “Why?” asked Bill, very naturally. “If I am seen, I shall be suspected of having set the place on ﬁre,” replied Harry, “and you may be mixed up in it too. Come! I’ll tell you about it when we are out of the way.” There was no time to lose, for it could not be many minutes before the ﬂames would break out and call the whole town around the mill. Bill ran by the side of Harry toward a wooded hillside not far away, that seeming to be the best place of concealment. “I don’t see,” panted Bill, “why you should be afraid. If you’d set ﬁre to the place, you wouldn’t have gone in the waste room, and, if you had, how could you have locked the door on the outside?” There was so much force in what Bill said that, when Harry thought it over more coolly than he had been able to do at ﬁrst, it seemed to him that there really was no need for running away. Perhaps he could turn the tables on his wicked enemies. “That’s so, Bill,” he agreed; “but we’re not far from the woods now, and we may as well go there to talk it over.” They were both out of breath when they reached the woods,
and so they sat and reﬂected while they regained their breath. “How did you happen to ﬁnd me, Bill?” said Harry: “and I thought you didn’t like me.” “You’re wrong there,” responded Bill, emphatically. “You mean ‘cause I didn’t shake hands with you the other night? Well, I’ll tell you about that. I was ashamed to do it, I was. You see, you’d been generous and square with me all through, and I’d been underhand. Then you saved Beth’s life, when I’d have let her drown, not knowing who it was; and the more I thought of it, the more mean I felt; and I just couldn’t shake hands, that’s all there was about it.” “Shake now,” said Harry. The two boys clasped hands heartily. “How it happened tonight,” went on Bill, “was this: I saw you going through the streets, and while I was watching you—for I liked to watch you and wish I was like you —I saw that fellow, Hoyt, following you. I was so sure he was following that I just up and went after him. Well, you don’t know how surprised I was when I saw him push you along and you run into the mill. I looked and looked, for I knew that fellow never was up to any good. The only thing was, I knew dead sure you wouldn’t do anything that wasn’t on the square, and so I waited to see what come next. Then he followed you, and I came pretty near going away; but something—maybe it was only to see you again —made me wait, and I did till I saw Hoyt come out without you.” “There comes the crowds,” said Harry, interrupting. “Go on! I didn’t mean to stop you.” “After that I waited and waited, and you didn’t come, and I began to feel uneasy, knowing what sort of fellow he was; and then all of a sudden I saw the ﬁre. I can’t tell you just how I reasoned it out, but I knew you must be in there somewhere, unable to get out. Then I ran in and found you. That’s all.” “Well,” said Harry, simply, “you have saved my life. And I tell you, Bill, it was awful to be in that room and know the place was on ﬁre, and might burn me up any time.” “Oh, you knew it, did you?” asked Bill. “Yes, I knew it, and I’ll tell you all about it; for there’s nobody else to advise me, and you must.” “I’ll do the best I can,” assured Bill. So Harry, in sight of the blazing mill, now a mass of towering ﬂame, and with the roaring noise of the crowd in his ears, told Bill all the story of his intercourse with Hoyt. And when he was through, he said: “There! That’s why I wanted to get away from the mill. What do you think?” “Well,” said Bill, slowly, “I’ll tell you. If I had as good a name as you’ve got, I’d say let’s go right up there and tell the whole story just as you’ve told it to me; but, Harry, I ain’t got a good name, and when it come to depending on me, I wouldn’t be there.” “Not got a good name, Bill?” questioned Harry. “No. After you saved Beth that time, I made up my mind to do different. So I got mother and Beth to come here with me, and I’ve been as steady as anybody; but before that, I belonged to that Hollow Gang at Pelham—you know ?” “Yes, I know.” “Well, I belonged to that lot, and it was a hard lot, Harry, as I don’t need to tell you. And one time there was a house set on ﬁre at Pelham Centre, and the Hollow Gang was arrested—
the whole lot of us. I had nothing to do with it—mind, I don’t say I wouldn’t have had if I had the chance—but, anyhow, I wasn’t in it, and I was given a couple of months and warned.” “I see,” said Harry. “And now, if I was to stand up a witness for you, the ﬁrst thing they’d do would be to ﬁnd out my record. Then you’d be done for, don’t you see?” “Yes,” admitted Harry, sorrowfully. There was silence between them for some time, Harry looking listlessly at the burning building, and Bill looking at Harry. “I say, Harry,” resumed Bill, presently, in a troubled voice, “you believe me when I say I hadn’t anything to do with that ﬁre I told you about ?” “Of course I do.” “You didn’t say anything, and I was afraid maybe you were sorry you’d shaken hands with me.” “Sorry ! Bill, shake hands again,” replied Harry. They shook hands, very much to Bill’s satisfaction, and Harry went on, “No, I was thinking that there was nothing for me to do but to run away somewhere, until I could think of
some way of straightening this thing out. And I tell you, Bill, I don’t like running away.” “I know that,” answered Bill. “Running away isn’t your style.” “And I don’t know where to go, or if I did how to get there. I’ll be suspected for sure. Hoyt’ll make certain of that, and I’ll be followed and searched for.” “Hand bills out,” said Bill, remembering his own experience, “offering a reward. I suppose they’ll have your description pat.” “Of course. Hoyt will be sure to know everything I have on.” “Got any money?” queried Bill, who had an intensely practical mind and was already planning Harry’s escape. “Don’t you remember, I told you about the three hundred and ﬁfty dollars?” “Well, that’s a stroke of luck, anyhow,” said Bill, cheerily. “Then I’ll tell you what you do. Undress yourself and put on my clothes. They won’t ﬁt like your own, and they’re nowheres near as good; but you’ll look like a gentleman in anySUB SCR
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thing, so it won’t matter much.” Harry believed the plan a good one and began to undress at once. Bill did the same, and in a few minutes the boys had exchanged outer clothing. The money and other contents of the pockets were also exchanged. “What’s the next thing?” asked Bill. “The next thing is to decide where to go.” “Have you any place in your mind?” “No, not a place.” “I’d go to New York; and I’ll tell you why. They will be most likely to look in Boston for you, don’t you see? Besides, you can hide in New York. I’ve been there, and I tell you it’s a big place.” “I suppose that is good advice. Yes, I will go. But how shall I get there?” “That’s so. No trains run on the Valley Road now. You’ll have to walk over to the main line and catch a train there. You can do it, I’m sure.” “How far is it?” “About twenty-ﬁve miles straight. Good road.” “Phew!” said Harry. “But I can do it, and I will. They sha’n’t catch me, if I can help it. Don’t tell a soul about this, will you, Bill?” “You didn’t need to ask that,” said Bill, in a hurt tone. “I know it, Bill. The truth is, I wasn’t thinking so much of you as I was of Mr. Dewey. I’d been thinking I would get you
to tell him; but I guess you’d better not, for he’s such a friend of mine that he’d never be able to keep still, with everybody saying I was a rascal.” “Yes,” said Bill, who was showing himself a very shrewd fellow; “but if he likes you so much as all that, won’t he be for making a row when you don’t turn up? That would spoil all your plans.” “That’s so, too! You will have to tell him, Bill. Tell him everything, and beg him not to say a word, no matter what is charged against me. I think I see a way of getting out of this scrape; but I’ll have to wait until my father’s lawyer gets home from Europe, and that won’t be for six weeks.” “I’ll tell him everything,” said Bill; “and I wish you luck. And you know, without my telling you, that if there’s a thing I can do for you at any time, you’ve only to let me know it.” CHAPTER XVI On Monday morning after the ﬁre there were four hundred men, women, boys and girls out of employment. If they had been out of employment because of a strike, they would have been quiet and sullen, but in a measure contented, and Harry Wainwright, as the cause of the strike, would have been a sort of a hero. Being out of employment by reason of the ﬁre, they were all in a state of the utmost excitement and were bemoaning the fate that had thrown them out of proﬁtable work; and Harry, instead of being a hero, was roundly denounced and execrated
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“Now, Mr. Mortimer,” interrupted Hoyt, “I don’t see the use of playing the innocent with me. Of course, I don’t know positively what you have done with the boy, but I can make a pretty good guess.” “What I have done with him!” repeated Mr. Mortimer, staring at the young man, and shuddering a little as he noted the peculiar expression of his beady eyes. “I don’t understand you.” Hoyt shrugged his shoulders. “Oh, well! just as you please. Only I would say that a man can’t be too careful how he writes letters.” Mr. Mortimer began to have a strange feeling of fear, as if there were something threatening him that he could not comprehend. “What letters do you talk of?” he asked. Hoyt drew a letter from his pocket and read it. “Meet me at the mill on Sunday night, at eight o’clock. I will promise to satisfy you. “Richard Mortimer.” “I wrote that letter at your bidding, Hoyt; you know I did. Come, Hoyt,” and he changed his excited tone to a good-natured one, “let us end this nonsense and come to business.” “Certainly,” answered Hoyt. “Only I ought to say that, if it had not been that I assisted at the search of his room, this letter might have fallen into other hands, and you would have been ruined.” “Well, give it to me, now that you have it,” said Mr. Mortimer, putting out his hand for the letter. Hoyt folded it up again and quietly put it back in his pocket. “I am sure it will be safer with me,” he said. “Just suppose,” he went on, as if he could not help expostulating—”just suppose the body of that boy should be found in the ruins of the mill, where would you be, with this letter in evidence against you? You ought to be more careful, Mr. Mortimer.” Mr. Mortimer clutched the arms of his chair and his eyes half-closed. “What do you mean? Tell me, Arthur Hoyt, what you mean by what you do and what you say? The boy’s body! He has run away.” “Very well; I don’t wish to have your conﬁdence, if you don’t wish to give it,” replied Hoyt, in the same even tone he had used throughout the remarkable interview. “We will say he has run away. Only remember this, in case trouble should come from it at some future time. It is known that the boy did go to the mill at eight o’clock, and there are those who say he never was seen coming out.” Mr. Mortimer passed his trembling hand across his brow, as if to sweep away the fearful thoughts that had taken possession of him. “You are a monster, Arthur Hoyt,” he said, at last, in a hoarse whisper. “I understand now. You have killed that boy, and you bring that letter up as a proof against me. I will not bear it. I had nothing to do with his death, and I will not admit it even to you. You think to have me in your power; but you shall not. I will denounce you. I have proofs enough that I could not have been there at that—” “I don’t wonder that you stop there,” sneered Hoyt. “ Where were you on Sunday night at eight o’clock?” “Where was I?” repeated Mr. Mortimer, a look of horror
coming into his face. “Oh, wretch, wretch that I am! I was waiting for you from half-past seven to half-past eight, in your room.” “And of course you can prove that?” said Hoyt, his eyes seeming to draw nearer together as they were bent ﬁercely on Mr. Mortimer. “No!” whispered he, shrinking away from the gaze of the young man who held him in his power. “No, I cannot prove it.” Then he recovered courage for a moment, or it may have been desperation. “What do you want? How much money for that letter?” “Ah!” said Hoyt, drawing a breath of relief, as if the battle had been won. “Now you are talking of something that interests me. How much money? That will depend upon several things. Of course, in fairness, not a penny of what you took— I won’t use a harsher word—took from Henry Wainwright, ought to remain in your hands.” “Don’t try to rob me!” pleaded Mr. Mortimer. “I have done too much to get that money, to part with more than a fair share of it.” “Then it all depends upon your notion of a fair share. You see you have me at a disadvantage. You know precisely how much you are worth, and I can only guess at it. Suppose you make me an offer. I won’t be hard on you, if you treat me halfway right; but of course I must be generously dealt with. How much shall it be?” Mr. Mortimer, now that it had come to a bargain, began to recover strength. He hesitated, then said: “I will give you ﬁfty thousand dollars.” Hoyt smiled, and drew his chair up to a table and began to ﬁgure on a piece of paper. Presently he looked up, and, under the smile that sat upon his face, Mr. Mortimer could detect that expression which had carried dread to his heart before. “Fifty thousand dollars! Now, isn’t it singular that the only difference between your ﬁgures and mine is nothing? It sounds like a bit of foolishness, does it not? And yet a naught is nothing, unless, indeed, you put it at the right hand end of the row; and, now I look at my ﬁgures, I see that the naught does come at the right hand end. What do you make of it?” And he passed the paper over to Mr. Mortimer. “Five hundred thousand dollars!” exclaimed Mr. Mortimer, looking at the paper. “It is far too much. I will give you one hundred thousand.” “Mr. Mortimer,” and there was an evil look in the black eyes, “I am tired, and I don’t wish to waste any strength on this matter. I will compromise. These are my ﬁnal ﬁgures, I wish you to understand. I will take four hundred thousand dollars and all the stock you hold of Tiny Hill Mining Company.” “You know of that, too?” gasped Mr. Mortimer. “I know of everything, Mr. Mortimer, so you may as well give up at once.” “No,” said Mr. Mortimer, “I will not give you all the stock I hold. Since you demand it, and I must yield to your demands, I will give you four hundred thousand dollars: but I will give you only half of the stock.” “If I were not so tired I would insist,” replied Hoyt, with a grim laugh: “but let us be partners. But what shall we do about the stock that belongs to the Wainwright estate?” “I have offered to buy it.” “And you will divide with me if you get it?”
“Yes.” “And when will the money and the shares be ready for transfer?” “I suppose it will take a week,” answered Mr. Mortimer, in a low tone. Hoyt stood up and took his hat. He went toward the door a few steps and then turned back. “You may have some notion of trying to play me a trick, Mr. Mortimer ; but I assure you it will be useless. I have every precaution taken. I came into this affair at your solicitation, and if fate has made me the master instead of you, you ought to be willing to accept the result. Besides, if it had not been for me, it is not alone a small part of your fortune that would have gone, but the whole of it; for the boy you—” “Don’t dare to say it! You shall never taunt me with that. I warn you do not try. I pay for the letter, but I accept no burden of that crime. You do not know me if you think you can urge me that far.” Hoyt laughed. “Let it be, then,” he said. “The boy knew everything, and would have relieved you of every penny. And then there would have been the disgrace.” A week later the transfer was made, Mr. Mortimer pale and haggard, Arthur Hoyt pale and smiling. “Now,’’ said the latter, when he was fairly in possession of the money for which he had risked so much, “do you know what I am going to do?” Mr. Mortimer looked at him with hollow eyes, thinking, perhaps, he would be glad if he could name the place he must go to. “I am going,” said Hoyt, “to look at that Tiny Hill gold mine. I enjoy travel, I think I have earned it, and the mine ought to be looked after.” ******************************** A wearisome walk and a ride full of dread fell to the lot of Harry on that Sunday night of the ﬁre: but he did reach New York in safety, and found there a hotel where he could lodge for a small sum daily. The papers the next day and the next had something to say about the ﬁre, and descriptions of him were published; but they reassured him rather than frightened him, though he did not go about much, and had a terrible feeling of shame because he trembled at the sight of every policeman. “If I were guilty I could not be more wretched,” he said, indignantly, to himself. But, try as he would, he could not relieve himself of the feeling of being a criminal in hiding. He wished for Mr. Harmon to advise him; he thought of writing to Mr. Dewey for advice; he thought of going to some New York lawyer. The latter plan he rejected as too dangerous, for the oftener he went over the points in his favor, and those against him, the worse the case against him looked. But remain in New York, afraid of every footstep, watching every policeman, trembling every time anybody was touched, he simply could not; and so, one day, after a deal of worried thought, he suddenly brightened up and exclaimed; “Why didn’t I think of it before? I will go to the Tiny Hill gold mine, and ﬁnd out if there, is anything in it. I will go tomorrow morning.” to be continued...
and they raced up and down the Fork for miles, howling and greatly nonplused. Then the herders thought that the old fellow must have ‘doubled’ his track back to where it made a circle off in another direction, but by following it they found it only led to the river some distance below. “They were now persuaded that the wolf had swum to the other side, and gone to the mountains. Their boats were all down river, so we gave him up for that time, and, as he did not troublous immediately, we took no further notice of him. “He foraged off in another direction, as we could hear complaints coming from the different ranches. He seemed to be an old settler, and knew the country well. “But along in autumn, after the ﬁrst fall of snow, there was fresh cause for another hunt, and this time I took a boat, and, with one of the dogs, rowed to the other side of the Fork, and followed up the river, while one of the herders, a Scotch boy, tracked him up on the opposite shore. “We thought there could be no mistake this time. When about two miles up, the track was lost on the river-bank, as usual, by the Scotch boy’s dog, and now I thought my dog would be sure to ﬁnd it on our side, and we would soon have the creature in his lair. “It was a hopeless puzzle, however, for old Nap, my dog, ran up and down that side for an hour without getting scent, and at last he sat down on his haunches, with his tongue lolling out, looking fairly beaten and disgusted. “We concluded that the wolf had drowned this time sure, for he was neither one side nor the other, and there was not a crevice nor tree-root on either bank that we had not examined carefully, we thought. “Here we were mistaken again. The old fellow was not drowned, and was at Bird’s ﬂock not ten days after, and again a party of lumbermen, saw him on the Cascade foot-hills—a powerful, blackish-gray brute, that looked as if he had ﬁgured in many hard battles. “The snow soon fell to the depth of several inches, but we used to take the sheep out on the range every day—the cut of hay that season being small—and let them ‘rustle,’ as digging for the bunch grass is called; and it is a very odd sight to see two or three thousand little merinos all digging industriously in the light, dry snow- and gnawing the grass snug to the ground. We herders traveled back and forth to keep ourselves warm, while our dogs trampled themselves nests in clumps of sage and curled up like hedge-hogs. “Toward the latter part of February there was a terribly cold spell; then all at once a ‘ Chinook,’ or hot blizzard, the people called it, rushed in from the southwest, and in a few hours nearly cleared the ground of snow. That made it easier feeding for the sheep, and taking advantage of it they strayed in an aggravating way. “It was then we had another visit from our old enemy, who had not been near us since the fall. That was a sly way he had. After fairly raising one neighborhood about his ears he would coolly take himself off to another locality till the besieged section had time to forget his depredations. “One day, toward night, some of my ﬂock had wandered down toward the river to nibble birch, and leaving the dog on his sage bunk I went off in an opposite direction to overtake a part of the ﬂock that had gone across the ‘bottom’ toward the higher land. I had not proceeded far when I heard Nap break
THE OLD WOLF OF WEST FORK
“Among these tall tufts buffalo grass covers the ground in a thick mat, excellent for sheep except during January and February—the months of snow. In summer the rankest grass along the river is cut for hay by the careful ranchman and deposited in stacks, or under sheds, to tide over the stock during the worst months. “On ﬁrst starting out, Holman invested in cattle, but ﬁnding it less proﬁtable than sheep, he changed to the latter. Then he sent for me to come out and herd for him. “Father did not at ﬁrst think favorably of my going out there to the rough, hard life of a herder. But I was enthusiastic to see the new country, and after much reluctance on his part, and a good deal of coaxing on mine, he consented. And I never shall forget the morning I started. I could scarcely wait for the old red stage which ran between W and the station, four miles beyond my father’s. That was in Maine, boys, the land of potatoes and snowdrifts. “To herd sheep is not very hard work, but terribly monotonous. The herder is expected to stay near the ﬂock, and try to keep within sight, for fear of coyotes. “These fellows will steal right from under one’s very nose; but it is difﬁcult to keep the sheep in sight—they are such creatures to stroll about, and are always scudding into some out-of-the-way place. “There were nearly two thousand sheep on the range, mostly merinos, and they were divided into several ﬂocks, each ﬂock having its own herder. At night they were driven up near the ranch, and secured in corrals, or yards, fenced about two or three feet high with scrub birch, so that generally there was no need of a guard through the night. “During the spring of the year that I went out, the ﬂocks had been more or less molested by a wolf, as they thought by the track seen on several occasions, for it carried on its depredations so slyly that no one had been able to get sight of it. A good many sheep had been taken while straying when out on the range – always the best, too – and once or twice a lamb from the corrals, right in the teeth of the dogs. “It was useless to watch for the creatures about the corrals nights. For its sense of smell was so keen that it always seemed aware of the presence of the herder, and never approached. Some thought that his den might be among the foot-hills of the Cascades, a few miles to the west, for his range was a large one, the brute visiting several ranches besides our. Others scouted the idea of his crossing the river. “He was very fastidious, too, and only ate the choicest morsels of his victims, so it took a good many sheep and lambs to carry him through the year. Many were the hunts the herd-boys had after him, with their dogs, but they always lost track at the Fork, sometimes at one place, sometimes at another. “In September the wolf became so mischievous that another hunt was instituted, two of the herd-boys of the Bird ranch, next to ours, joining, with their dog. It was early morning, and his track was quite fresh. The dogs set off, almost wild with excitement, but the wolf led them a long chase. Then all at once they seemed bafﬂed. They had lost his trail,
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out into a ﬁerce growl, and then bark and rush forward, while the sheep dashed hither and thither wildly. Then I saw a large, blackish-grew animal leaping off toward the birch thicket by the river, with Nap in hot pursuit. On they went out of sight, but the dog soon came back, looking as though he had met with more than his match. He limped and his ears and neck were badly torn. Evidently the old wolf – for by the lumberman’s description it must have been the same one seen on the mountain – was no mean antagonist to encounter. “But that was his last visit to our ranch. One day early in June my brother gave me a holiday to go out on the river. It was lowering and rather dark, just the kind of day for ﬁshing. I took a canoe and rowed leisurely up river to where a hawthorn thicket grew upon the bank, supposing that here I might ﬁnd good ground; but trying my luck up and down for some time and not feeling so much as a bite, I reeled in my line and rowed up river, looking for a favorable locality to throw in my hook. “When about two miles from the ranch, I came to a place where the left bank was high, with overhanging cliffs and scrub birch leaning out over the river. Here the water was quite deep and dark and still, and rowing in under the cliffs, I was about to tie my canoe to a projecting rock, preparatory to giving my whole attention to sport, when a low growl saluted my ear, seeming to come from somewhere out of the bank. I hastily pushed out, and listening some time for the sound to be repeated, that I might locate the beast, I gave it up and thought perhaps it might have come from the bank overhead. I again rowed close in, but the moment my oar grated on the rocks the growl sounded louder and harsher, threatening my approach. “I felt sure now that there must be a cave in under the cliffs, and ducking my head, pushed my canoe under the shelving rocks. It was dark enough in there; but from out the gloom the ﬁery glint of two bright eyes shone at me. “I was unarmed, and had no desire to crawl into that hole empty-handed, with a creature of whose genus I had no knowledge, but of whose savage nature I had no reason to doubt. “I let discretion have the reins and backed out, paddling down river as fast as I could toward the ranch for help. “Before I had gone very far, I espied Jack McKenney, a gentleman of leisure in that section, who paid the most of his attention to hunting. “The prospect of an encounter with game gave me a willing assistant, and taking Jack in the canoe, we rowed back to the cave under the cliffs. “Cautiously backing under the projecting rocks again, we were sainted by the same ominous growl. The animal had not stirred from his den. “Getting in as far as possible, guided by the sounds, we made an examination of the place. The cave in which the animal had made his den was far beneath the projecting rocks, so that it could not be seen from either bank, and he could not get down to it from the rocks above. The only way he could have reached it was by swimming across the river and scratching up into it. “Pulling out, as the beast would not show himself, we cut some long birch-poles, and again working up to the den. I prodded down into it, while Jack held his riﬂe ready. “At the ﬁrst thrust, the animal leaped out, upsetting me completely, and throwing me over the side of the boat.
“But Jack was ready for him, and the brute had scarcely touched the water, when the report of the riﬂe rang out. “It was the veritable old wolf that had troubled us so long. “The situation of the den now accounted for the dogs always losing scent at the river-bank, though generally anywhere but near this place. He must have approached it by swimming sometimes a long distance. “The den had been most cunningly chosen to evade pursuit; but how he ever happened to discover it remains a mystery to me!”
men divided themselves between two others that were hastily erected on the beach. The remainder of the food and stores
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was taken from the wreck of the airship, and when darkness began to fall, the camp was snug and comfortable, a big ﬁre of driftwood burning brightly. “Oh, if only we can sleep without being awakened by an earthquake!” exclaimed Mrs. Nestor, as she prepared to go into the shack with Mrs. Anderson. “But I am almost afraid to close my eyes!” “If it would do any good to stay up and watch, to tell you when one was coming, I’d do so,” spoke Tom, with a laugh, “but they come without warning.” However, the night did pass peacefully, and there was not the least tremor of the island. In the morning the castaways took courage and, after breakfast, began discussing their situation more calmly. “It seems to me that the only solution is to build some sort of a raft, or other craft and leave the island,” said Mr. Fenwick. “Bless my hair brush!” cried Mr. Damon. “Why can’t we hoist a signal of distress, and wait for some steamer to see it and call for us? It seems to me that would be more simple than going to sea on a raft. I don’t like the idea.” “A signal would be all right, if this island was in the path of the steamers,” said Captain Mentor. “But it isn’t. Our ﬂag might ﬂy for a year, and never be seen.” His words seemed to strike coldness to every heart. Tom, who was looking at the wreck of the airship, suddenly uttered an exclamation. He sprang to his feet. “What is it?” demanded Mr. Fenwick. “Does your sore leg hurt you?” “No, but I have just thought of a plan!” fairly shouted the young inventor. “I have it! Wait and see if I can work it!” “Work what?” cried Mr. Damon. Tom did not get a chance to answer, for, at that mo-
ment, there sounded, at the far end of the island, whence the yacht castaways had come, a terriﬁc crash. It was accompanied, rather than followed, by a shaking, trembling and swaying of the ground. “Another earthquake!” screamed Mrs. Nestor, rushing toward her husband. The castaways gazed at each other affrighted. Suddenly, before their eyes, they saw the extreme end of that part of the island on which they were camping, slip off, and beneath the foaming waves of the sea, while the echoes of the mighty crash came to their ears!
nearly covered it, and if there are other big rollers, the wreck may be washed out to sea.” “I can’t see that any great harm would result from that,” put in Mr. Jenks. “There isn’t anything about the wreck that we could use to make a boat or raft from.” Indeed, there was little left of the airship, save the mass of machinery. “Well, it may come in handy before we leave here,” said Tom, and there was a quiet determined air about him, that caused Mr. Damon to look at him curiously. The odd gentleman started to utter one of his numerous blessings, and to ask Tom a question, but he thought better of it. By this time the earthquake had ceased, and the castaways were calmer. Tom started toward the airship wreck, and began pulling off some broken boards to get at the electrical machinery. “I guess you had better give Mr. Swift a hand, Captain Mentor,” spoke the millionaire yacht owner. “I don’t know what good the wreck can be, but we owe considerable to Mr. Swift and his friends, and the least we can do is to aid them in anything they ask. So, Captain, if you don’t mind, you and the mate bear a hand. In fact, we’ll all help, and move the wreck so far up that there will be no danger, even from tidal waves.” Tom looked pleased at this order, and soon he and all the men in the little party were busy taking out the electrical apparatus, and moving it farther inland. “What are you going to do with it, Tom?” asked Mr. Damon, in a low voice, as he assisted the young inventor to carry a small dynamo, that was used for operating the incandescent lights. “I hardly know myself. I have a half-formed plan in my mind. I may be able to carry it out, and I may not. I don’t want to say anything until I look over the machinery, and see if all the parts which I need are here. Please say nothing about it.” “Bless my toothpick! Of course, I’ll not,” promised Mr. Damon. When the removal of most of the machinery of the wrecked airship had been completed, Mrs. Nestor exclaimed: “Well, since you are moving that out of harm’s way, don’t you think it would be a good idea to change our camp, also? I’m sure I’ll never sleep a wink, thinking that part of the island may fall into the ocean at any moment in the night, and create a wave that may wash us all out to sea. Can’t we move the camp, Mr. Swift?” “No reason why we can’t,” answered the lad, smiling. “I think it would be a good plan to take it farther back. We are likely to be here some time, and, while we are about it, we might build more complete shelters, and have a few more comforts.” The others agreed with this idea, so the little shacks
Stunned, and well-nigh paralyzed by the suddenness of the awful crash, and the recurrence of the earthquake, the castaways gazed spell-bound at one another. Succeeding the disappearance of the end of the island there arose a great wave in the ocean, caused by the immersion of such a quantity of rock and dirt. “Look out!” yelled Tom, “there may be a ﬂood here!” They realized his meaning, and hastened up the beach, out of reach of the water if it should come. And it did. At ﬁrst the ocean retreated, as though the tide was going out, then, with a rush and roar, the waves came leaping back, and, had the castaways remained where they had been standing they would have been swept out to sea. As it was the ﬂood reached part of the wreck of the airship, that lay on the beach, and washed away some of the broken planks. But, after the ﬁrst rush of water, the sea grew less troubled, and there was no more danger from that source. True, the whole island was rumbling and trembling in the throes of an earthquake, but, by this time, the refugees had become somewhat used to this, and only the two ladies exhibited any outward signs of great alarm, though Mr. Barcoe Jenks, Tom observed, was nervously ﬁngering the belt which he wore about his waist. “I guess the worst is over,” spoke Mr. Fenwick, as they stood looking toward where part of the island had vanished. “The shock expended itself on tearing that mass of rock and earth away.” “Let us hope so,” added Mr. Hosbrook, solemnly. “Oh, if we could only get away from this terrible place! We must hoist a signal of distress, even if we are out of the track of regular vessels. Some ship, blown out of her course may see it. Captain Mentor, I wish you and Mr. Fordam would attend to that.” “I will, sir,” answered the commander of the ill-fated Resolute. “The signal shall be hoisted at once. Come on, Mr. Fordam,” he added, turning to the ﬁrst mate. “If you don’t mind,” interrupted Tom, “I wish you would ﬁrst help me to get what remains of the airship up out of reach of any more possible high waves. That one
CHAPTER XVIII MR. JENKS HAS DIAMONDS
that had been erected were taken down, and moved to higher ground, where a better outlook could be had of the surrounding ocean. At the same time as safe a place as possible, considering the frequent earthquakes, was picked out--a place where there were no overhanging rocks or cliffs. Three huts were built, one for the two ladies, one for the men, and third where the cooking could be done. This last also held the food supplies and stores, and Tom noted, with satisfaction, that there was still sufﬁcient to eat to last over a week. Mr. Fenwick had not stinted his kitchen stores. This work done, Captain Mentor and Mate Fordam went to the highest part of the island, where they erected a signal, made from pieces of canvas that had been in the life boat. The boat itself was brought around to the new camp, and at ﬁrst it was hoped that it could be repaired, and used. But too large a hole had been stove in the bottom, so it was broken up, and the planks used in making the shacks. This work occupied the better part of two days, and during this time, there were no more earthquakes. The castaways began to hope that the island would not be quiet for a while. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Nestor assumed charge of the “housekeeping” arrangements, and also the cooking, which relieved Tom from those duties. The two ladies even instituted “wash-day,” and when a number of garments were hung on lines to dry, the camp looked like some summer colony of pleasure-seekers, out for a holiday. In the meanwhile, Tom had spent most of his time among the machinery which had been taken from the airship. He inspected it carefully, tested some of the apparatus, and made some calculations on a bit of paper. He seemed greatly pleased over something, and one afternoon, when he was removing some of the guy and stay wires from the collapsed frame of the Whizzer, he was approached by Mr. Barcoe Jenks. “Planning something new?” asked Mr. Jenks, with an attempt at jollity, which, however, failed. The man had a curious air about him, as if he was carrying some secret that was too much for him. “Well, nothing exactly new,” answered Tom. “At best I am merely going to try an experiment.” “An experiment, eh?” resumed Mr. Jenks, “And might I ask if it has anything to do with rescuing us from this island?” “I hope it will have,” answered Tom, gravely. “Good!” exclaimed Mr. Jenks. “Well, now I have a proposition to make to you. I suppose you are not very wealthy, Mr. Swift?” He gazed at Tom, quizzically. “I am not poor,” was the young inventor’s proud answer, “but I would be glad to make more money--legitimately.”
“I thought so. Most everyone would. Look here!” He approached closer to Tom, and, pulling his hand from his pocket, held it extended, in the palm were a number of irregularly-shaped objects--stones or crystals the lad took them to be, yet they did not look like ordinary stones or crystals. “Do you know what those are?” asked Mr. Jenks. “I might guess,” replied Tom. “I’ll save you the trouble. They are diamonds! Diamonds of the very ﬁrst water, but uncut. Now to the point. I have half a million dollars worth of them. If you get me safely off this island, I will agree to make you a quarter of a million dollars worth of diamonds!” “Make me a quarter of a million dollars worth of diamonds?” asked Tom, struck by the use of the work “make.” “Yes, ‘make,’” answered Mr. Jenks. “That is if I can discover the secret--the secret of Phantom Mountain. Get me away from the island and I will share my knowledge with you--I need help--help to learn the secret and help to make the diamonds--see, there are some of the ﬁrst ones made, but I have been defrauded of my rights-I need the aid of a young fellow like you. Will you help? See, I’ll give you some diamonds now. They are genuine, though they are not like ordinary diamonds. I made them. Will you--” Before Tom could answer, there came a warning rumble of the earth, and a great ﬁssure opened, almost at the feet of Mr. Jenks, who, with a cry of fear, leaped toward the young inventor.
“Help me save this machinery!” yelled Tom, whose ﬁrst thought was for the electrical apparatus. “Don’t let it fall into that chasm!” For the crack had widened, until it was almost to the place where the parts of the wrecked airship had been carried. “The machinery? What do I care about the machinery?” cried Mr. Jenks. “I want to save my life!” “And this machinery is our only hope!” retorted Tom. He began tugging at the heavy dynamos and gasoline engine, but he might have saved himself the trouble, for with the same suddenness with which it opened, the crack closed again. The shock had done it, and, as if satisﬁed with that phenomena, the earthquake ceased, and the island no longer trembled. “That was a light one,” spoke Tom, with an air of relief. He was becoming used to the shocks now, and, when he saw that his precious machinery was not damaged he could view the earth tremors calmly. “Slight!” exclaimed Mr. Jenks. “Well, I don’t call it so. But I see Captain Mentor and Mr. Hosbrook coming.
CHAPTER XIX SECRET OPERATIONS
Please don’t say anything to them about the diamonds. I’ll see you again,” and with that, the queer Mr. Jenks walked away. “We came to see if you were hurt,” called the captain, as he neared the young inventor. “No, I’m all right. How about the others?” “Only frightened,” replied the yacht owner. “This is getting awful. I hoped we were free from the shocks, but they still continue.” “And I guess they will,” added Tom. “We certainly are on Earthquake Island!” “Mr. Parker, the scientist, says this last shock bears out his theory,” went on the millionaire. “He says it will be only a question of a few days when the whole island will disappear.” “Comforting, to say the least,” commented Tom. “I should say so. But what are you doing, Mr. Swift?” “Trying an experiment,” answered the young inventor, in some confusion. He was not yet ready to talk about his plans. “We must begin to think seriously of building some sort of a boat or raft, and getting away from the island,” went on the millionaire. “It will be perilous to go to sea with anything we can construct, but it is risking our lives to stay here. I don’t know what to do.” “Perhaps Captain Mentor has some plan,” suggested Tom, hoping to change the subject. “No,” answered the commander, “I confess I am at a loss to know what to do. There is nothing with which to do anything, that is the trouble! But I did think of hoisting another signal, on this end of the island, where it might be seen if our ﬁrst one wasn’t. I believe I’ll do that,” and he moved away, to carry out his intention. “Well, I think I’ll get back, Tom, and tell the others that you are all right,” spoke Mr. Hosbrook. “I left the camp, after the shock, because Mrs. Nestor was worried about you.” The place to which the airship machinery had been removed was some distance from the camp, and out of sight of the shacks. “Oh, yes. I’m all right,” said Tom. Then, with a sudden impulse, he asked: “Do you know much about this Mr. Barcoe Jenks, Mr. Hosbrook?” “Not a great deal,” was the reply. “In fact, I may say I do not know him at all. Why do you ask?” “Because I thought he acted rather strangely.” “Just what the rest of us think,” declared the yacht owner. “He is no friend of mine, though he was my guest on the Resolute. It came about in this way. I had invited a Mr. Frank Jackson to make the trip with me, and he asked if he could bring with him a Mr. Jenks, a friend of his. I assented, and Mr. Jackson came aboard with Mr. Jenks. Just as we were about to sail Mr. Jackson received a message requiring his presence in Canada, and
he could not make the trip.” “But Mr. Jenks seemed so cut-up about being deprived of the yachting trip, and was so fond of the water, that I invited him to remain on board, even if his friend did not. So that is how he came to be among my guests, though he is a comparative stranger to all of us.” “I see,” spoke Tom. “Has he been acting unusually strange?” asked Mr. Hosbrook suspiciously. “No, only he seemed very anxious to get off the island, but I suppose we all are. He wanted to know what I planned to do.” “Did you tell him?” “No, for the reason that I don’t know whether I can succeed or not, and I don’t want to raise false hopes.” “Then you would prefer not to tell any of us?” “No one--that is except Mr. Fenwick and Mr. Damon. I may need them to help me.” “I see,” responded Mr. Hosbrook. “Well, whatever it is, I wish you luck. It is certainly a fearful place--this island,” and busy with many thoughts, which crowded upon him, the millionaire moved away, leaving Tom alone. A little while after this Tom might have been seen in close conversation with Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick. The former, on hearing what the young inventor had to say, blessed himself and his various possessions so often, that he seemed to have gotten out of breath. Mr. Fenwick exclaimed: “Tom, if you can work that it will be one of the greatest things you have ever done!” “I hope I can work it,” was all the young inventor replied. For the next three days Tom, and his two friends, spent most of their time in the neighborhood of the pile of machinery and apparatus taken from the wrecked Whizzer. Mr. Jenks hung around the spot, but a word or two from Mr. Hosbrook sent him away, and our three friends were left to their work in peace, for they were inclined to be secretive about their operations, as Tom did not want his plans known until he was ready. The gasoline motor was overhauled, and put in shape to work. Then it was attached to the dynamo. When this much had been done, Tom and his friends built a rude shack around the machinery shutting it from view. “Humph! Are you afraid we will steal it?” asked Mr. Parker, the scientist, who held to his alarming theory regarding the ultimate disappearance of the island. “No, I simply want to protect it from the weather,” answered Tom. “You will soon know all our plans. I think they will work out.” “You’d better do it before we get another earthquake, and the island sinks,” was the dismal response. But there had been no shocks since the one that nearly
engulfed Mr. Jenks. As for that individual he said little to any one, and wandered off alone by himself. Tom wondered what kind of diamonds they were that the odd man had, and the lad even had his doubts as to the value of the queer stones he had seen. But he was too busy with his work to waste much time in idle speculation.
it would be the very thing,” sighed Mrs. Nestor. “Oh, how I wish I could send my daughter, Mary, word of where we are. She may hear of the wreck of the Resolute, and worry herself to death.” “But it is out of the question to send a message for help from Earthquake Island,” added Mrs. Anderson. “We are totally cut off from the rest of the world here.” “Perhaps not,” spoke Tom Swift, quietly. He had come up silently, and had heard the conversation. “What’s that you said?” cried Mr. Nestor, springing to his feet, and crossing the sandy beach toward the lad. “I said perhaps we weren’t altogether cut off from the rest of the world,” repeated Tom. “Why not,” demanded Captain Mentor. “You don’t mean to say that you have been building a boat up there in your little shack, do you?” “Not a boat,” replied Tom, “but I think I have a means of sending out a call for help!” “Oh, Tom--Mr. Swift--how?” exclaimed Mrs. Nestor. “Do you mean we can send a message to my Mary?” “Well, not exactly to her,” answered the young inventor, though he wished that such a thing were possible. “But I think I can summon help.” “How?” demanded Mr. Hosbrook. “Have you managed to discover some cable line running past the island, and have you tapped it?” “Not exactly.” was Tom’s calm answer, “but I have succeeded, with the help of Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick, in building an apparatus that will send out wireless messages!” “Wireless messages!” gasped the millionaire. “Are you sure?” “Wireless messages!” exclaimed Mr. Jenks. “I’ll give-” He paused, clasped his hands on his belt, and turned away. “Oh, Tom!” cried Mrs. Nestor, and she went up to the lad, threw her arms about his neck, and kissed him; whereat Tom blushed. “Perhaps you’d better explain,” suggested Mr. Anderson. “I will,” said the lad. “That is the secret we have been engaged upon--Mr. Damon, Mr. Fenwick and myself. We did not want to say anything about it until we were sure we could succeed.” “And are you sure now?” asked Captain Mentor. “Fairly so.” “How could you build a wireless station?” inquired Mr. Hosbrook. “From the electrical machinery that was in the wrecked Whizzer,” spoke Tom. “Fortunately, that was not damaged by the shock of the fall, and I have managed to set up the gasoline engine, and attach the dynamo to it so that we can generate a powerful current. We also have
The castaways had been on Earthquake Island a week now, and in that time had suffered many shocks. Some were mere tremors, and some were so severe as to throw whole portions of the isle into the sea. They never could tell when a shock was coming, and often one awakened them in the night. But, in spite of this, the refugees were as cheerful as it was possible to be under the circumstances. Only Mr. Jenks seemed nervous and ill at ease, and he kept much by himself. As for Tom, Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick, the three were busy in their shack. The others had ceased to ask questions about what they were doing, and Mr. Nestor and his wife took it for granted that Tom was building a boat. Captain Mentor and the mate spent much time gazing off to sea, hoping for a sight of the sail of some vessel, or the haze that would indicate the smoke of a steamer. But they saw nothing. “I haven’t much hope of sighting anything,” the captain said. “I know we are off the track of the regular liners, and our only chance would be that some tramp steamer, or some ship blown off her course, would see our signal. I tell you, friends, we’re in a bad way.” “If money was any object--,” began Mr. Jenks. “What good would money be?” demanded Mr. Hosbrook. “What we need to do is to get a message to someone--some of my friends--to send out a party to rescue us.” “That’s right,” chimed in Mr. Parker, the scientist. “And the message needs to go off soon, if we are to be saved.” “Why so?” asked Mr. Anderson. “Because I think this island will sink inside of a week!” A scream came from the two ladies. “Why don’t you keep such thoughts to yourself?” demanded the millionaire yacht owner, indignantly. “Well, it’s true,” stubbornly insisted the scientist. “What if it is? It doesn’t do any good to remind us of it.” “Bless my gizzard, no!” exclaimed Mr. Damon. “Suppose we have dinner. I’m hungry.” That seemed to be his remedy for a number of ills. “If we only could get a message off, summoning help,
CHAPTER XX THE WIRELESS PLANT
a fairly good storage battery, though that was slightly damaged by the fall.” “I have just tested the machinery, and I think we can send out a strong enough message to carry at least a thousand miles.” “Then that will reach some station, or some passing ship,” murmured Captain Mentor. “There is a chance that we may be saved.” “If it isn’t too late,” gloomily murmured the scientist. “There is no telling when the island will disappear beneath the sea.” But they were all so interested in Tom’s announcement that they paid little attention to this dire foreboding. “Tell us about it,” suggested Mr. Nestor. And Tom did. He related how he had set up the dynamo and gasoline engine, and how, by means of the proper coils and other electrical apparatus, all of which, fortunately, was aboard the Whizzer, he could produce a powerful spark. “I had to make a key out of strips of brass, to produce the Morse characters,” the lad said. “This took considerable time, but it works, though it is rather crude. I can click out a message with it.” “That may be,” said Mr. Hosbrook, who had been considering installing a wireless plant on his yacht, and who, therefore, knew something about it, “you may send a message, but can you receive an answer?” “I have also provided for that,” replied Tom. “I have made a receiving instrument, though that is even more crude than the sending plant, for it had to be delicately adjusted, and I did not have just the magnets, carbons, coherers and needles that I needed. But I think it will work.” “Did you have a telephone receiver to use?” “Yes. There was a small interior telephone arrangement on Mr. Fenwick’s airship, and part of that came in handy. Oh, I think I can hear any messages that may come in answer to ours.” “But what about the aerial wires for sending and receiving messages?” asked Mr. Nestor. “Don’t you have to have several wires on a tall mast?” “Yes, and that is the last thing to do,” declared Tom. “I need all your help in putting up those wires. That tall tree on the crest of the island will do,” and he pointed to a dead palm that towered gaunt and bare like a ship’s mast, on a pile of rocks in the centre of Earthquake Island.
and asked all manner of questions. Mr. Fenwick and Mr. Damon came in for their share of attention, for Tom said had it not been for the aid of his friends he never could have accomplished what he did. Then they all trooped up to the little shack, and inspected the plant. As the young inventor had said, it was necessarily crude, but when he set the gasoline motor going, and the dynamo whizzed and hummed, sending out great, violet-hued sparks, they were all convinced that the young inventor had accomplished wonders, considering the materials at his disposal. “But it’s going to be no easy task to rig up the sending and receiving wires,” declared Tom. “That will take some time.” “Have you got the wire?” asked Mr. Jenks. “I took it from the stays of the airship,” was Tom’s reply, and he recalled the day he was at that work, when the odd man had exhibited the handful of what he said were diamonds. Tom wondered if they really were, and he speculated as to what might be the secret of Phantom Mountain, to which Mr. Jenks had referred. But now followed a busy time for all. Under the direction of the young inventor, they began to string the wires from the top of the dead tree, to a smaller one, some distance away, using ﬁve wires, set parallel, and attached to a wooden spreader, or stay. The wires were then run to the dynamo, and the receiving coil, and the necessary ground wires were installed. “But I can’t understand how you are going to do it,” said Mrs. Nestor. “I’ve read about wireless messages, but I can’t get it through my head. How is it done, Mr. Swift?” “The theory is very simple,” said the young inventor. “To send a message by wire, over a telegraph system, a battery or dynamo is used. This establishes a current over wires stretched between two points. By means of what is called a ‘key’ this current is interrupted, or broken, at certain intervals, making the sounding instrument send out clicks. A short click is called a dot, and a long click a dash. By combinations of dots, dashes, and spaces between the dots and dashes, letters are spelled out. For instance, a dot and a space and a dash, represent the letter ‘A’ and so on.” “I understand so far,” admitted Mrs. Nestor. “In telegraphing without wires,” went on Tom, “the air is used in place of a metallic conductor, with the help of the earth, which in itself is a big magnet, or a battery, as you choose to regard it. The earth helps to establish CHAPTER XXI the connection between places where there are no wires, MESSAGES INTO SPACE Tom Swift’s announcement of the practical comple- when we ‘ground’ certain conductors.” “To send a wireless message a current is generated by tion of his wireless plant brought hope to the discoura dynamo. The current ﬂows along until it gets to the aged hearts of the castaways. They crowded about him,
ends of the sending wires, which we have just strung. Then it leaps off into space, so to speak, until it reaches the receiving wires, wherever they may be erected. That is why any wireless receiving station, within a certain radius, can catch any messages that may be ﬂying through the air--that is unless certain apparatus is tuned, or adjusted, to prevent this.” “Well, once the impulses, or electric currents, are sent out into space all that is necessary to do is to break, or interrupt them at certain intervals, to make dots, dashes and spaces. These make corresponding clicks in the telephone receiver which the operator at the receiving station wears on his ear. He hears the code of clicks, and translates them into letters, the letters into words and the words into sentences. That is how wireless messages are sent.” “And do you propose to send some that way?” asked Mrs. Anderson. “I do,” replied Tom, with a smile. “Where to?” Mrs. Nestor wanted to know. “That’s what I can’t tell,” was Tom’s reply. “I will have to project them off into space, and trust to chance that some listening wireless operator will ‘pick them up,’ as they call it, and send us aid.” “But are wireless operators always listening?” asked Mr. Nestor. “Somewhere, some of them are--I hope,” was Tom’s quiet answer. “As I said, we will have to trust much to chance. But other people have been saved by sending messages off into space; and why not we? Sinking steamers have had their passengers taken off when the operator called for help, merely by sending a message into space.” “But how can we tell them where to come for us--on this unknown island?” inquired Mrs. Anderson. “I fancy Captain Mentor can supply our longitude and latitude,” answered Tom. “I will give that with every message I send out, and help may come--some day.” “It can’t come any too quick for me!” declared Mr. Damon. “Bless my door knob, but my wife must be worrying about my absence!” “What message for help will you send?” Captain Mentor wanted to know. “I am going to use the old call for aid,” was the reply of the young inventor. “I shall ﬂash into space the three letters ‘C.Q.D.’ They stand for ‘Come Quick--Danger.’ A new code call has been instituted for them, but I am going to rely on the old one, as, in this part of the world, the new one may not be so well understood. Then I will follow that by giving our position in the ocean, as nearly as Captain Mentor can ﬁgure it out. I will repeat this call at intervals until we get help--” “Or until the island sinks,” added the scientist, grimly.
“Here! Don’t mention that anymore,” ordered Mr. Hosbrook. “It’s getting on my nerves! We may be rescued before that awful calamity overtakes us.” “I don’t believe so,” was Mr. Parker’s reply, and he actually seemed to derive pleasure from his gloomy prophecy. “It’s lucky you understand wireless telegraphy, Tom Swift,” said Mr. Nestor admiringly, and the other joined in praising the young inventor, until, blushing, he hurried off to make some adjustments to his apparatus. “Can you compute our longitude and latitude, Captain Mentor,” asked the millionaire yacht owner. “I think so,” was the reply. “Not very accurately, of course, for all my papers and instruments went down in the Resolute. But near enough for the purpose, I fancy. I’ll get right to work at it, and let Mr. Swift have it.” “I wish you would. The sooner we begin calling for help the better. I never expected to be in such a predicament as this, but it is wonderful how that young fellow worked out his plan of rescue. I hope he succeeds.” It took some little time for the commander to ﬁgure their position, and then it was only approximate. But at length he handed Tom a piece of paper with the latitude and longitude written on it. In the meanwhile, the young inventor had been connecting up his apparatus. The wires were now all strung, and all that was necessary was to start the motor and dynamo. A curious throng gathered about the little shack as Tom announced that he was about to ﬂash into space the ﬁrst message calling for help. He took his place at the box, to which had been fastened the apparatus for clicking off the Morse letters. “Well, here we go,” he said, with a smile. His ﬁngers clasped the rude key he had fashioned from bits of brass and hard rubber. The motor was buzzing away, and the electric dynamo was purring like some big cat. Just as Tom opened the circuit, to send the current into the instrument, there came an ominous rumbling of the earth. “Another quake!” screamed Mrs. Anderson. But it was over in a second, and calmness succeeded the incipient panic. Suddenly, overhead, there sounded a queer crackling noise, a vicious, snapping, as if from some invisible whips. “Mercy! What’s that?” cried Mrs. Nestor. “The wireless,” replied Tom, quietly. “I am going to send a message for help, off into space. I hope someone receives it--and answers,” he added, in a low tone. The crackling increased. While they gathered about him, Tom Swift pressed the key, making and breaking
the current until he had sent out from Earthquake Island the three letters--”C.Q.D.” And he followed them by giving their latitude and longitude. Over and over again he ﬂashed out this message. Would it be answered? Would help come? If so, from where? And if so, would it be in time? These were questions that the castaways asked themselves. As for Tom, he sat at the key, clicking away, while, overhead, from the wires fastened to the dead tree, ﬂashed out the messages. to be continued...
received, and remained where he was, unnoticed by his townsman. The boat touched the pier and the passengers disembarked. Ben was two or three rods behind the squire. Our hero inquired the way to the steamer, and had no difﬁculty about obtaining the necessary information. To his additional surprise Squire Archer seemed to have the same destination as himself. In fact, he crossed the gangway only a little in advance of Ben. “What can be the squire’s business here?” thought Ben, in surprise. It never occurred to him that the mill superintendent might be going abroad. He had received a letter from his aunt the day previous, and she had written nothing on the subject, as she would have been sure to do, had she known of any such intention. Ben halted on deck, and looked around for some ofﬁcer to whom he could intrust the package. At this moment Squire Archer turned and saw Ben for the ﬁrst time. He started and changed color, as Ben could see. For an instant he looked irresolute. Then he approached Ben, and said, roughly, “What brings you here?” “I am here on business,” answered Ben, who did not quite like the superintendent’s brusque tone. “On business! What business?” demanded Squire Archer, suspiciously. “I have a package of books for one of the passengers.” “Oh, I see,” said the mill superintendent, seeming to be relieved. “You are working in a book-store,” he added, more graciously. “Yes, sir.” “What ﬁrm is it?” “Jones & Porter.” “Oh, yes, I know. I have often been in their store. How do you like your place?” Squire Archer’s tone was quite genial and friendly, though there was an uneasy expression on his face. “Very well, sir.” “If you ever get out of a place, come to me,” said the squire, in a friendly tone. “I will take you on at the mill any time.” “I thought you said my record was not good, Squire Archer,” Ben could not help saying. “So I did,” said the superintendent; “but I was mistaken. I was thinking of another boy at the time.” Ben did not believe a word of this; but the explanation was worth something to him. He could quote it if at any time his rejection should be alleged against him. “I am glad to hear it, sir,” he answered. “I felt disturbed about it at the time.” “Of course. I believe you and Sam had a little difference.” “Yes, sir; but I don’t think I was to blame.” “I don’t care to inquire into that. Boys will have their
continued from page 27 “Can you send them to the Cunard steamer at East Boston? I sail for Europe today, and have bought these to read on the way.” “Certainly, sir. When does the steamer start on her voyage?” “At twelve o’clock. Don’t fail to have them there on time, as I shall be greatly disappointed to miss them.” “We won’t fail, sir.” When the gentleman had left the store, Ben was summoned. “Ben, do you know the Cunard Wharf in East Boston?” asked the book-keeper. “I can easily ﬁnd it.” “Here is a package of books to be carried there.” “All right, sir,” said Ben, rather glad of the chance to be out in the open air for a time. “They are for Mr. James Parker. If you don’t ﬁnd him leave them with the steward. They will be safe with him.” “Very well, Mr. Porter.” So Ben took the package, and made his way towards the East Boston ferry. On board the boat he looked around him, thinking it possible that he might recognize some one of his fellowpassengers. Considerably to his surprise he noticed, at some distance, a face and ﬁgure with which he was quite familiar. They belonged to Mr. Archer, superintendent of the factory at Milltown, whom he had not seen since the latter declined to take him on again at the mill. “I wonder what brings Mr. Archer here?” thought Ben. His surprise, however, was only momentary. There was nothing strange in the superintendent’s having business at East Boston. Ben noticed, however, that Mr. Archer wore a travelling-suit, and carried a knapsack. ‘’ He looks as if he were starting on a journey. Shall I speak to him?” Ben would have liked to inquire if Squire Archer had seen his aunt lately, if they had been on friendly terms; but he was very doubtful how his advances would be
WAIT AND HOPE
little tiffs. You and Sam will laugh over it when you become a little older.” Squire Archer had never seemed so kind and pleasant. Ben began to think he had misjudged him. “I would like to be friends with Sam,” he said. “I shall be ready to meet him half-way.” “I will tell him so tonight,” said the superintendent. “By the way, I suppose you are rather surprised to see me here. You didn’t think I was going to Europe?” he inquired, with a forced smile. “No, sir, I didn’t think that. I suppose you couldn’t be spared at the mill.” “Quite true, my boy. I can’t be spared for so long. I wish I could. I have long wanted to make a European tour; but I am tied down at home by business. However, that doesn’t explain why I am here.” “Don’t tell me sir, unless you like. It is none of my business.” “To be sure. In fact there is a little secret about it; but I don’t mind telling you,” said the squire, conﬁdentially. Ben felt more and more surprised. Was this the proud Squire Archer, who carried his head so high? How did it happen that he should unbend so far as to speak so conﬁdentially to him? “If there is a secret about it, perhaps you had better not tell me,” said Ben. “Oh, I am quite willing to tell you; but you must not say anything about it till after the steamer has sailed. The fact is, a man, who owes the mill a large sum of money, it is suspected has taken passage on board this steamer, with the intention of going to Europe and evading the payment of his debt. I can’t tell you his name, as that might interfere with my plans. I am here to intercept him, and prevent his departure.” “I hope you will succeed, Squire Archer,” said Ben, who never thought of doubting this statement, which seemed plausible enough. “Thank you, Ben. You see, therefore, that it is essential for me to keep my presence here secret till the steamer sails. I will go downstairs now, and place myself on the watch. Whom do you wish to see, — the steward?” “Yes, sir.” “There he is now.” Squire Archer pointed out a man near at hand. As Ben started towards him, he said, “ Don’t forget to come and see me if you ever lose your place.” “Thank you, sir.” Ben delivered his parcel, and prepared to leave the steamer. As he made his way back to the ferry he could not help thinking over the details of his interview with Squire Archer. “He spoke very kindly, and seemed very friendly,” thought Ben. “My feelings towards him are quite
changed. I wonder if Sam will ever come round in the same way. I hope so. I don’t like to be enemies with anybody.” It was ten o’clock when he got back to the store. He did not mention there that he had met anyone whom he knew. He felt bound to respect Squire Archer’s secret till after twelve o’clock at all events. In the afternoon he had so much to attend to that the meeting did not occur to him. At the close of the afternoon he was walking up Washington Street with the book-keeper, when the latter bought a copy of the “Evening Transcript.” He glanced casually at the ﬁrst page, read intently a paragraph which he found there, and then turned to Ben. “Ben, you are from Milltown, are you not?” “Yes, Mr. Porter.” “Do you know a man named Archer living there?” “Certainly; he is the superintendent of the mill there.” “Well, here is a paragraph about him. It seems he has left the town, with ﬁfty thousand dollars belonging to the corporation. His ﬂight has made a great sensation. The police are on his track, and it is thought that he will be arrested and brought back.” “Good gracious!” ejaculated Ben. “That explains it then.” “Explains what?” “I saw Squire Archer this morning, on the Cunard steamer. He told me not to mention having seen him till after the steamer had started.” “Is it possible!” exclaimed young Porter, surprised. “Did he give you any explanation?” “Yes; he said he was looking out for a man who owed money to the mill, whom he suspected of taking secret passage for Europe.” “What a sly old fox! He is the man that owes money to the mill.” “I’m sorry for the family,” said Ben, soberly. “Poor Sam!” “Isn’t Sam your enemy?” “He has been, but I am sorry for him all the same.” “You are a good boy, Ben. I like you all the better for not exulting over the misfortunes of your enemy.” “I am not so mean as that, Mr. Porter.”
MR. ARCHER’S ﬂight made a great commotion in Milltown. He had been supposed to be a man of large means. No one entertained a suspicion of his integrity. He had for some years, it appeared, been appropriating the funds of the corporation to his own use, being treasurer as well as superintendent. When exposure was inevitable he ﬂed. The discovery was made before he could leave the country; but he had covered his tracks,
CHAPTER XXX. SAM IS IMPROVED BY ADVERSITY.
and, successfully evading pursuit, was on his way to Europe before he could be captured. To Sam and his mother it was a great blow, not only on account of the disgrace, but also because it involved poverty and a narrow style of living. To persons of then- pretensions this was heavy to bear. They were not altogether penniless. Mrs. Archer had property of her own, to the amount of four thousand dollars, which was unimpaired. But, even at a liberal rate of interest, this would not support them. The absconding superintendent left a letter for his wife, concluding in rather mysterious terms, informing her that he was called away suddenly on important business, and could not tell deﬁnitely how long he would be absent. He had not dared to tell the truth, lest it should serve as a clue to those whom he had wronged. Mrs. Archer was not long left in doubt as to his meaning. When she heard the truth, she was quite overwhelmed; Sam, too, was covered with humiliation. He did not think so much of the wrong done by his father as of the consequences to himself. He would be as poor as Ben Bradford, he thought, and Ben would doubtless exult over his downfall. It was natural for Sam to reason thus, for that was precisely what he would have done under similar circumstances. So he remained in the house, dispirited and resentful against the father who had brought this upon him, till he got tired of the conﬁnement and walked out, seeking the most unfrequented streets. He hoped to meet no one whom he knew, but at the corner of the street he fell in with James Watson. “He is one of Ben Bradford’s friends. He will rejoice at what has happened,” thought Sam, and he tried to hurry by. But James stopped him, and said in a friendly tone, “Are you out for a walk, Sam? Let us walk together.” “I didn’t know as you’d care to walk with me,” said Sam, half sullenly. “Why not?” “After what’s happened.” “It’s nothing that you are to blame for, Sam. I hope you don’t think I am mean enough to rejoice over your misfortune.” “I didn’t know but you might. You are a friend of Ben Bradford.” “Ben will feel just I do.” “No, he won’t.” “He will be very sorry. He won’t think of any little difference there has been between you.” “I don’t believe that,” said Sam, shaking his head. “You will, as soon as you see him. You mustn’t lose courage, Sam. I know it’s bad for you, but —” “I don’t know what’s going to become of us,” said
Sam, despondently. “We shall be poor.” “That isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.” “It’s pretty bad. You know how we have been accustomed to live. Now I shan’t be any better off than Ben.” “Ben is happy enough. He has to work, of course, and so I suppose will you. But it won’t be as bad as you suppose. It will make a man of you.” “Father has treated us very badly.” “He has done wrong; but he is your father, and it is better for others to blame him than you. Remember, Sam that I am your friend, and if I can do anything for you I will.” Sam’s better feelings were touched by this unexpected sympathy from a boy whom he had supposed hostile to him. “Thank you, James,” he said. “You are a good fellow, — much better than I thought. I supposed you would be glad I was down in the world.” “You won’t have such a bad opinion of me again, Sam?” “No, I won’t.” Sam was destined to be still more surprised. The next day he received the following letter from Ben Bradford: — DEAR SAM, —I am very sorry to hear of your misfortune. Of course, no one can blame you or your mother. I believe I was the last acquaintance to see your father before he left Boston. I had occasion to go on board the Cunard steamer which sailed on Wednesday. On the deck I met your father, and had a little conversation with him. He did not tell me that he was going to Europe; but he was in a travelling dress, and, no doubt, he was. What has happened will, no doubt, make some difference in your plans. If you wish to get a situation in Boston, I may be able to help you to one. At the beginning of next month there will be an opening for a boy in an establishment on Milk street. The wages will not exceed ﬁve dollars a week; but it would be difﬁcult for a beginner to do better. If you wish, I will try to get this place for you. At any rate, I hope you will regard me as a friend who wishes you well. The little quarrel there has been between us is not worth remembering. Your sincere friend, BEN BRADFORD. To say that Sam was surprised to receive this cordial letter from a boy whom he had so persistently tried to injure will hardly express his feelings. He was over-
whelmed with astonishment, mingled with shame. How could he have treated Ben so? “Ben is a great deal better than I am,” he was forced to admit. “I don’t deserve such kindness from him.” As to the offer to obtain him a place in Boston, this was quite acceptable to Sam. He understood that in his altered circumstances he would have to work; but he didn’t care to go into the factory. Indeed, it is doubtful whether those at present in charge would be willing to employ the son of the defaulting superintendent. He was anxious to get away from Milltown, where his father’s disgrace was known to all. He had always fancied that he should like to live in Boston, and this would give him an opportunity. He showed Ben’s letter to his mother. “I think I had better ask Ben to get me the place,” he said. “To think my son should be indebted to the widow Bradford’s nephew for a place!” moaned the proud woman. “Ben’s a ﬁrst rate-fellow, mother. I am sorry I ever treated him as I did.” “It is very humiliating to think we are dependent on him for a favor.” “I don’t know about that, mother,” said Sam, upon whom adversity was having a salutary effect. “That’s the way I used to feel; but I made a mistake. If Ben were not a good fellow he would not have written such a kind letter. We must not be too proud.” “We have no right to be proud now. We shall have scarcely enough to support us in the humblest manner.” “ My wages will help, mother. I shall get ﬁve dollars a week. That will be two hundred and sixty dollars a year.” Even Mrs. Archer was surprised at the change in Sam. He spoke manfully and hopefully. “Do you think you will be willing to work?” she asked, doubtfully. “Of course I shall; that is, if I can work in Boston. I don’t want to stay here.” “Nor I,” said Mrs. Archer. “After what has happened it will be very unpleasant to meet the people. Besides, we should have to leave our ﬁne home and live in some humble tenement.” “Suppose we both go to Boston, then. We can get in at some boarding-house.” “I am afraid our income won’t be sufﬁcient.” “For two or three years you can spend some of your principal, mother. By that time I shall be getting higher wages, and it may not be necessary.” Mrs. Archer was cheered by Sam’s words, but could not conceal her surprise. “I didn’t expect that you would take it so, Sam,” she
said. “I did not suppose you would be willing to work for small pay.” “I think I have been a fool, mother. Yesterday I felt bad enough. I thought everybody would rejoice in our ruin. But I met James Watson, and found him kind and ready to help me. Then I have got this letter from Ben, who is also ready to be a friend. I am going to see if I can’t do something. Shall I write to Ben, accepting his offer?” “If you think best, Sam.” Ben received the following answer to his letter: — DEAR BEN— I thank you for your kind letter. I feel very much ashamed of the way I have treated you in the past. I didn’t know what a good fellow you were. I am afraid I shouldn’t have behaved as well in your place. As to your offer I accept it thankfully. I shall be very glad to get the place you speak of. Mother and I intend to move to Boston, as it is no longer agreeable to stay here. Do you know of any boarding-house where the prices are reasonable, for we cannot afford to pay high rates? If you do, please ﬁnd out on what terms we can be accommodated, and let me know. There was more, but this was the essential part. Ben was gratiﬁed to ﬁnd his offer received in good part. “Sam has improved,” he thought. Not to dwell upon details, it may be said that by the ﬁrst of the succeeding month Sam and his mother were comfortably established in a boarding-house on Harrison avenue, near Ben’s, and Sam had entered upon his duties in Milk street. Ben had been successful in securing the place for him.
Ben felt that he and his aunt were fortunately situated. He was in receipt of a salary of eight dollars a week, of which he had to pay but four for board, his friend, the book-keeper, making up the balance charged by his landlady. From the time when his salary was raised he had regularly laid aside two dollars a week, which he had deposited in the savings-bank on School Street. His aunt, having no rent to pay, easily got along on her income from work and from the liberal board paid for little Emma. She, therefore, needed no help from Ben. “I am getting on,” thought Ben, complacently regarding his bank-book, at the end of three months. “I am worth twenty-six dollars already. Whenever my pay is raised I can save faster.” But Ben did not take into account that circumstances might change. He took it for granted that his aunt would need no help from him; but here he found himself unhappily mistaken.
CHAPTER XXXI CLOUDS IN THE SKY.
Little Emma, his aunt’s boarder, was a child of pleasant disposition, and had given as little trouble to Mrs. Bradford as could have been expected of a child of her age. Her health, too, had been excellent, until all at once she became pale and thin, and her strength was evidently diminishing. Mrs. Bradford felt it her duty to report this to Mr. Manning, the child’s guardian. By his direction a skilful physician was consulted, who gave it as his opinion that the best thing for the child would be a sea-voyage. This was, of course, communicated to Mr. Manning. “Fortunately,” he responded, “I shall be able to give the child what she needs, — the opportunity of trying the effect of sea-air. My sister starts in a fortnight for Europe. She will be absent six months. I have prevailed upon her to undertake the charge of Emma, during that time. If, as I fully anticipate, she returns in good health, I shall be very glad to place her again under your charge. I feel that she has been admirably cared for. Certainly she has been happy and contented. Early next week I am to visit Boston on business. I will extend my journey to Milltown, and will be glad if you will have Emma ready to go back with me.” Mrs. Bradford read this response with mixed emotions. She was glad that the little girl, to whom she had become quite attached, would have a chance to recover her former health and bloom; but she felt her loss doubly, on account of her society, and on account of the loss of income which her absence would involve. It was not until after Emma had actually gone that she felt the full force of the last consideration. As has already been said, Mrs. Bradford could earn but a limited sum by the needle, not more than two dollars at best, and this would not, of course, defray the expense of the little household. So the poor woman wrote a doleful letter to Ben, in which she mournfully predicted that Tony and herself must soon go to the poor-house. “I am glad that you are able to provide for yourself, Ben,” she concluded. “It would be a pity if we all were forced to subsist on public charity. I felt that our prosperity would not last. ‘Boast not thyself of to-morrow.’” When this letter reached Ben his duty was set plainly before him. The savings, which had given him so much satisfaction, must be appropriated to the use of his aunt. They amounted now to forty dollars. From his regular income he could spare two dollars a week, and, taking two dollars weekly from his reserve fund, he would be enabled to allow his aunt four dollars a week, which, added to her own earnings, would maintain her and Tony in comfort. “My dear aunt,” he wrote, “don’t talk of going to the poor-house just yet. You forget that you have a rich nephew in Boston, who is unwilling that any of his relations should live at public expense unless they get into public ofﬁce. I don’t suppose there is any chance of your
getting elected member of Congress from your district. If so, you would not need any help from me. As it is, I shall send you every week four dollars, which I hope will provide you with your usual comforts, added to what you generally earn. Don’t think that I shall deny myself anything. A part of this only comes out of my weekly salary, the remainder out of a sum I have in the savings-bank. I can keep up this allowance for twenty weeks, and that will carry you nearly to the time when Emma will return to you; then all will be right again.” This letter cheered Mrs. Bradford a good deal. It surprised her, also, because it was the ﬁrst intimation she had that Ben had any money saved up. It also furnished an assurance that he did not spend his money in dissipation; otherwise he certainly would not have been able to lay any by. She wrote to Ben, expressing her gratitude to him for his generous help, and seemed to be in so much better spirits that Ben felt quite repaid for the little sacriﬁce he had made, — I said little; but I will change that. It was a considerable sacriﬁce, for he was ambitious to get on, and this agreement which he had made would set him back where he started. In spite of this, however, Ben strictly fulﬁlled his engagement. Regularly every week Mrs. Bradford received a letter containing four dollars, and thus the poor-house, which she so much dreaded, was kept in the distance. Ben began to save a dollar more from his salary. He wanted to prepare for the time when his little fund would be exhausted. If by that time he had twelve dollars more, he would be able to continue to his aunt her regular allowance, till the six months were at an end, and little Emma would again be an inmate of his aunt’s household. The thought that he had arranged matters so satisfactorily made Ben quite cheerful. He realized the advantage of the habit of saving, without which he would have been much embarrassed. He was encouraged also by some help which he received from the book-keeper. “Ben,” said the latter, one evening, “do you spend all your salary?” “Yes, Mr. Porter, I am obliged to.” “I should think you could save something out of eight dollars a week, as only four goes for board.” “So I could,” answered Ben; “but I have to help my aunt.” “I thought she was provided for,” said Mr. Porter, who knew about Emma’s boarding with Mrs. Bradford. “Doesn’t she get seven dollars a week for boarding a little girl?” “She did; but the little girl is now in Europe.” “How is that?” So Ben told the story. “I suppose you cannot send much to your aunt,” said the book-keeper, thoughtfully. “I send her four dollars a week.” “Four dollars a week!” exclaimed the young man,
in surprise. “Why, that allows you nothing after paying your board.” Then Ben told his friend about the little fund he had saved, and how he had made it available at the present juncture. “Doesn’t it seem hard to have your earnings used up in this way?” asked the book-keeper. “No,” answered Ben, cheerfully. “I am very glad that I have it to give.” “In a few months your fund will be quite exhausted.” “It will have been well spent,” said Ben. “My aunt has always been kind to me. I am glad to be able to return the obligation.” “Not many boys would do as you are doing, Ben.” “Oh, yes, they would, Mr. Porter. I am young and well. There is plenty of time for me to save up money. Probably this is for only six months. Then I can begin to save up again.” “You are an excellent boy, Ben. Of course you have done just the right thing. I am glad you are so unselﬁsh.” “I am afraid I am selﬁsh as the majority of boys; but I am not mean enough to let my aunt and little cousin suffer.” “I believe you consider me a friend of yours, Ben.” “I consider you one of the best friends I have, Mr. Porter,” said Ben, warmly. “Then you must allow me a friend’s privilege. You must accept this towards the help you are giving your aunt.” As he said this he drew from his pocket-book a twenty-dollar bill, and put it into Ben’s hands. “Thank you very much, Mr. Porter; but ought I to accept so much?” “Certainly. Remember that my means are considerable, and that I have no one dependent upon me.” Ben felt that his companion derived pleasure from his gift, and he did not see why he should make any further objections. He added the twenty dollars to his savings-bank fund, and said to himself, ‘’There will be no trouble now in tiding over the six months.” But it is said misfortunes never come singly. The very next day his aunt received a lawyer’s letter, which plunged her into the deepest despondency. She communicated the contents at once to Ben. Her letter will be given in the next chapter.
CHAPTER XXXII. THE BLOW FALLS.
[The letter enclosed was from Solomon Brief, attorney, of Montreal, informing Mrs. Bradford that, as executor of the estate of the late Matthew Baldwin, of Montreal, he begged to remind her that for ﬁve years she had failed to pay the rent on a tenement owned by the deceased, and which he now found it to be his duty to demand. At sixty dollars per year, without interest, this would now amount to three hundred dollars, which he hoped Mrs. Bradford would see the propriety of paying at once.] Mrs. Bradford continued: — I don’t know whether they will put me in jail or not; but you know that I cannot pay this money, and couldn’t if I had ﬁve years to do it in. What will become of us all I don’t know. “Man is born to trouble as the sparks ﬂy upwards.” Your sorrowful aunt, jane bradford. P. S. — I am sure your Uncle Matthew never intended that I should pay rent. He once wrote me a letter to that effect, but I can’t ﬁnd it. Even Ben, hopeful as he was, looked sober after reading this letter. “Aunt Jane has reason for feeling blue this time,” he said to himself. “It is very strange that we received no notice of Uncle Matthew’s death. I wonder to whom his money goes.” In his perplexity Ben went to his friend, the bookkeeper, upon whose advice and knowledge of the world he placed great reliance. Mr. Porter listened to Ben’s story with attention. “Have you ever seen your uncle, Ben?” he inquired. “No, sir.” “What was his reputation?” “He was considered wealthy, but unwilling to spend money.” “Rather miserly, in short?” “Yes, sir.” “Yet he let your aunt occupy her house rent-free?” “Yes, sir, on the understanding that she should pay the taxes.” “That was considerate.” ‘Yes, sir. We always felt grateful for what was a real help.” “What heirs was your uncle likely to leave his property to?” “I don’t know. I always hoped that Aunt Jane would be remembered.” “How old was your uncle, or rather great-uncle?” “About seventy. He might have been a little older.” “It is a pity you could not visit Montreal, and make some inquiries,” said the book-keeper, thoughtfully. “Of course I can’t do that.” “Then it will be best, ﬁrst of all, to write to this lawyer, and inquire the particulars of Mr. Baldwin’s death; and next, how his property is left. Then make him acquainted with the terms on which your aunt has occupied her house. This will do for the ﬁrst letter. You can be guided by the answer in what you write afterwards.” This advice seemed reasonable, and Ben adopted it.
This is the material portion of Mrs. Bradford’s letter to Ben : — Dear Benjamin, — The blow has fallen at last. I felt that our prosperity was not lasting, though I never could make you believe it. I have always expected the worst, and it has come. Benjamin, we are ruined; I shall end my days in the poor-house, after all. If you want an explanation, read the letter which I enclose.
He wrote the letter at once; but it need not be given here. While waiting for an answer he made an acquaintance who may be mentioned. As Ben left the store at six o’clock, one evening, he brushed by an old man with a bent ﬁgure and apparently feeble. The latter, at the moment Ben’s eye rested upon him, stumbled and would have fallen had not Ben sprung forward and held him up. “Thank you, my boy,” he said, in a tremulous voice. “I should have fallen but for you.” “You seem feeble,” said Ben, compassionately. “Yes, I am not strong.” “If you wish it I will accompany you to your house; you might fall again.” “I am a stranger in Boston. Do you live here?” “I board here, sir. I am employed in that book-store.” “What is your name?” “Benjamin Bradford.” The old man scanned Ben closely. “Were you born in Boston?” he asked. “No, sir, I was born in Milltown.” “Where do you board?” asked the old man, abruptly. “At No.—, Harrison avenue.” “I want to ﬁnd a comfortable boarding-house. Do you think I could get in there?” “Yes, sir; I know Mrs. Draper has a vacant room on the second ﬂoor.” “Is she reasonable in her charges?” asked the old man, cautiously. “Yes, sir. If she were not I could not afford to board there.” “I’ve a great mind to go there,” said the old man in an undertone. “I wonder if he has money enough to pay his board regularly,” thought Ben. He did not like to introduce a boarder by whom his landlady might lose money. His new acquaintance was dressed in an old-fashioned suit, which bore marks of long usage. Still he had an air of respectability, and Ben decided to risk it. Just then a grandson of Mrs. Draper’s, Charles Hunting, a boy rather younger than Ben, who was in a stationery store on State Street, came up. “How are you, Ben?” he said. “All right, Charlie. Do you know if your grandmother has let the bedroom on the second ﬂoor?” “Yes, I know she hasn’t. She was saying only this morning that she would like to ﬁnd someone to take it.” “Would you like to go round and see it, sir?” asked Ben. “Yes,” said the old man. “Is it far?” “About half a mile; but we can take the horse-cars.” “No, I can walk, if you will walk slow enough for me. I am not so young as I was.” “Certainly, sir. Charlie, if you are going home, just tell your grandmother that this gentleman is coming to look at her room. You needn’t wait for me.” “All right, Ben.” “You are very kind to an old man; what did you say your name was?”
“Ben Bradford.” “Have you parents living?” “No, sir, only an aunt and cousin.” “And they live in Milltown?” “Yes, sir.” “Are they well off?” Ben shook his head. “Not very, sir. They got along very comfortably till lately, but now something has happened which makes me feel anxious. But I won’t trouble you with it, sir.” “Tell me about it; I would like to hear it.” “For ﬁve years my aunt has occupied a small house, rent-free. It belonged to her uncle, who lived in Montreal. She has just got a letter saying that her uncle is dead, and demanding payment of rent for the last ﬁve years.” “Dear me, that is bad!” “Yes, sir, it is quite unlucky.” “What are you going to do about it?” “I have written to the lawyer, telling him on what terms my aunt occupied her house,—that is, rent-free, on condition that she paid the taxes regularly.” “Has she done that?” “Yes, sir.” “What was the uncle’s name? I am a little acquainted in Montreal. Perhaps I may have heard it.” “His name was Matthew Baldwin.” The old man shrugged his shoulders. “I have heard of him. He was a miserly old man.” “I don’t know about that,” said Ben, “for I know very little of him. He was kind in letting my aunt have her house rent-free.” “To whom has he left his money?” “I don’t know.” “Perhaps he has left some to you or your aunt.” “I don’t think so. We should have heard of it from the lawyer who wrote to my aunt.” “Who is the lawyer?” “Solomon Brief.” “It seems to me you ought to look after the matter. Why don’t you go to Montreal?” “I can’t spare the time or money,” answered Ben. “Besides, we should certainly have heard of it if any property had been coming to us. I have written to the lawyer, and expect to hear something soon.” “Let me know what he writes you, I have a little curiosity on the subject. Solomon Brief does not stand very high in his profession. I wouldn’t trust him very far.” When they reached the boarding house on Harrison Avenue the old man appeared pleased with the vacant room. He higgled a little about terms, but ﬁnally agreed to take it at the price set by Mrs. Draper. He gave his name as Marcus Benton, and took immediate possession. The next day a small, shabby trunk was brought to the house, and was carried to Mr. Benton’s room.
to be continued...
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* I started taking Cellulife products to keep me from getting pneumonia and bronchitis which I had gotten for the last 5 years. Since taking these products, I haven’t gotten either. All the pain on the left side of my body that kept me awake at night from a kinked intestine, irritated sciatic nerve and adhesions in my groin is gone. I can sleep at night. I recommend these products - they work. I thank God for letting me ﬁnd these products. Rita, Fayetville, PA * Cellulife has given me some much needed energy. I can now enjoy being with a group of people without getting a headache. It has really helped my sinus problem that I’ve had since I was a little girl. MM - Fredericksburg, OH * My husband has Parkinson’s Disease and I feel that he’s getting better all the time. At one time, he hardly did anything. He was very depressed and often cried. He is a lot better now and he walks with a walker. He is making rugs again with a loom and also ties them. We have a quilt store where he does a little bit of this and that. Sometimes he sits in the store and takes care of the customers. I feel it really helps. Anyone with Parkinson’s should use this. - Mrs. Neil Hershberger, Fairbanks, Iowa. * I’ve been on Cellulife for 3 months, and I’m having good results. I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was stressed out all the time. I couldn’t do my own work. Now, I’m doing the wash, cleaning, cooking, and most everything. I still get tired easily, but not like before. It’s hard to believe how this has worked for me. Thanks for a great product. - DJY, Indiana. * We have been using Cellulife, and have had great success with more energy and stamina. We have 2 boys with acid reﬂux disease, but now they are sleeping better and are more active and healthy. We also don’t have problems with Thrush anymore. Eddie and Edna Miller, Fredericksburg, Ohio * I was taking Cellulife for a year, and I lost 20 lbs. I have more energy, fewer colds and Flu and less tooth ache. Also, no more irritable bowels. I used the spray for headaches and sore throat and it worked. Easier to get up in the morning now, and my overall health seems to be better. Thanks for Cellulife. C.M., Ohio * I’ve been using the Cellulife products for 1 month and can tell a big diﬀerence in bowel regulation. Also, I have more energy; no more “Oh so tired in the morning”. I would not want to be without the product and would highly recommend it. Thanks, and God bless you! RM, Virginia. * I have been using Cellulife for about three months and am having good results. I have had joint pain in my knees and hips for years, and within 10 days after starting with Cellulife, I was pain-free. I have also experienced a total change in my intestinal health which has amazed me. I have had problems with Irritable Bowel Syndrome since I was a child. Within 2 weeks after using Cellulife, this condition has cleared up. I want to say: “Thanks for this product”. It has changed my life. - Mike Miller, Berlin, Ohio.
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