There was grim determination uppermost
in his mind.
Magee was on hand early, and they went
down to the river for an early spin on the
"I heard it last night," said Magce, “that
Deckrr has it in for you."
“All right," said Charlie, contemptuous-
Iy, “that cannot frighten me."
“He says that even If you win the silver
cup this time, you will never be able to
“To defend it?"
"Yes. don't you know that it is s. chal-
lenge cup, and to keep it one must meet
all comers. He has written to the chain-
pion skater of Holland, who is coming in
3.few days to rate our men in this coun-
try. They say he is already in New York."
.“Inclced!" cxcladmed Charlie. “That will
make things busy for me."
"So it will, but I'll tell ye one thing,
boy!" . . ‘
"If ye keep on developing, I doubt it’
there is 3 skater in Holland or the world
that can beat you.” , ,
-“Pshaw!" exclaimed the boy skater.
“You uccrestirnate my ability."
."No, I don't. I've trained many a good
one!" declared Ma-gee. “Larony is an ama-
teur-alungside of you.- Why. )'0u’d have
‘beaten him twenty yards if that skate
"Is Inrcny as good a man as the average
in this country?"
.“Wh;v', hc‘s the best, lad, next to you.”
“Do you rum: to say that by defeating
. - .
Fighting Fred Fay
(Continued from page 7)
This was all in French. The chauffeur
looked to be a German.
Instantly a great light seemed to dawn
What if these were the Kaiser's two
French ladies? -
Ile sr-rang out of the car and stepped up
alongside Madame Roylaune.
“Does your chaurreur
French?" he aske .
“Not a word. Iie.is Gcrman. Why?"
said Adrle. '
“I'll rrplain later. Are you traveling in
Germany under a special pass issued by
“Yes, we are. How did you know?"
“That I will also explain later. Now
listen. I am to‘ be your escort to Rotter-
“You! Oh, how fine!" criod Adele, clap-
1 am’in the greatest
danger here in ".Vs.rburg. I am liable to
be arrested anyuinstant, and arrest will
surely mean death. If instead of -going
to the hotel you will order your chauffeur
to follow me to some town, say twenty or
tliirty miles away I shall be safe. I'll ex-
plain all vb we get ‘there. Tomorrow
we can cont! ue our journey quietly and
N1 r.-ii1'b' ’
ert iv,” assented Madame Itoyiaune.
"We won't lose on instant, although I am
more than curious to know how it happens
Larony I become champion of America?"
asked Charlie, in surprise. '
‘ “Th:it‘s what, my boy. You are too mod-
‘ like a whirlwind. Let
them get these D ts-h skaters! Yau’ll hold
them even!” ,
A corpuient figure appeared just then on
the clubhouse piazza. It was Walton
.IIe was joined by some other club mem-
bers. One of them shouted to Charlie and
“Co:ne over here. We want to see You."
. hinges and Charlie exchanged glances.
Then the trainer muttered:
"What's in the wind now‘? I'll bet it's
another monkey trick of old Docket-'s."
They skated up to the landing. The men
with Decker were the executive committee
of the club.
All looked serious as Decker ed an
accusing eye on Charlie and held forth a
"Look here, young man." he said, sternly.
“There have been suspirlons that you have
not been using fair play in your races with
Larony. It has not yet been clearly demon-
strated that he was not tripped by you in
that first heat. But that is past. I can
only as. .c you that another such game
will meet with punishment."
Champion Charlie was for a momenrtoo
atunnml to s sak. Then it seemed to hint
as if ovary nerve in his body was tingling
with fire . ,
“I'.'I:ocvcr dares to make such a charge
against me utters a falsehood," he cried,
with Ila.-‘-hing eyes. '
“Indeed!” sneered Dcckcr. “We have
here a bit of evidence which it will not be
quite so easy for you torefutc. This was
picked up in the snow near your training
quarters. It cxplains itself."
.Deckcr tendered Charlie the.bit of note-
papcr. lie took it, and with amazement,
read as follows: , V
“Dan: Smrrr: Something must be done.
I don't believe I can beat Larony out fair-
ly, so we must try and put him out of the
game some way. Can’t you bribe his train-
er, or slip a little (lope in his ten. or cof-
fee? See to this at once.
so dumfoumled was Champion Charlie,
that he could not speak. Mazes read the
letter over his shoulder. The trainer
clenchcd his hands and idoketl at Decker.
"That's :1 forgery!" he cried. "This boy
wouldn't cheat anybody."
" deed?" sneered Decker. "You
would assume, I suppose, that somebody
wrote that, signed I)eland's name to it and
dropped it there on purpose?’
“That is just the explanation!“ cried
Charlie, hotly. “And I mean to expose
the scoundrel who did It."
“ you?” said Decker, coolly. “Well,
E0 be it. or stand disqualincd as A contest-
ant for the silver cup.”
> (To be continued.)
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St. Paul, ZtIinn., derived its uaniefrom
that of a log chapel dedicated to St. Paul
by a Jesuit missionary in 1841 It was
only an Indian trading post for several
years. It was laid out into village streets
that you are to be an escort.’
She then gave her ifeur ordsrs to
follow Fred and a start was.rn9.cle.
It was time, for they had already at-
tracted attention, and before they could
get out of the mar!-:ct-place they were
halted. ' . .
But the Kmscfs pass, which read
"Colonel Krause, ladies and servant,” did
the business. - ,
An apology was made and theywere al-
lowed to proceed. - -
Not until they had left Warhurg“thirty-
five miles behind them did they halt again
at an obscure inn where the remainder of
the night was passed. p
As it was impossible to specially guard
the trunks, Fred made no such attempt.
e was relieved in the morning to find
At the breakfast table he told ltladanie
Iloylaune and Adele the whole story, feel-
ing that it was the onl:-‘ way. -
‘‘It is most remarkable, Fred," said the
former. “Certainly that wretch richly do-
served his fate, and I cannot feel too
thankful that we are to be spared having
him for our escort. Certainly your ad-
ventures have been very, very strange".
“It reads like a romance," added Adele.
ttle dreamed when we started for
take a personal interest in you?" inquired
Fred. . -
A shadow passed over the handsome fea-
tures of the French lad)‘. .
For a moment she h.esita.ted and then re-
“Frerl, I am going to ask you-to excuse
me. I know ‘how strange it must all seem
to you that we being French should. have
0 run away from France and make our
way through Germany, but then, my boy,
my whole life has been a strange one, a.
series of tragedies, in fact. I cannot-
must not explain. Enough to say that I
am fleeing from France because I fear for
Adele's life. The Kaiser knows nothing of
us pcrsorr ' happen to possess pow-
erful intlueur. in Ccrmany, that is all. Let.
it rest there."
I course Fred as a gentleman could not
do otherwis . , .
He never learned the story of Madame
“And now, Fred," continued that lady,
"I advise you to tag your trunks with m
Are they so packed that the gold
“Indeed they are not,” replied Fred.
"Neither one is anywhere near full."
“Then at the next large town we come
to you better buy stuff tovtlll them up,
something not dutiable if possible."
Fred laughed and assured her that he had
no idea what was dutiabie and what wasn't.
adding that as far zu he knew there was
a duty on almost everything going into
the United States. -
“We will buy clothes for one trunk and
you buy for the other. and we will pay
the duty, then,” said I-Iadauie Roylaune,
and this they did when they ran into Treves
later in the day. The trunks were then
so packed that the rattle of the coin could
no longer be heard.
Madame Roylauue now proposed that
they engage a new chauffeur as an ad-
ditional precaution, nnd Fred with some
diinculty succeeded in securing the services
of an elderly man, who proved very satis-
factory. - ‘
Madame Roylaunc settled with his pre-
decessor on a. liberal basis and he went
away satisded. , V
Their next halt was at Cologne. From
there they made 3 quick run to the Dutch
border and were allowed to pass into Hol-
land without question. "
are safe," declared Fred.
already feel as though I was in ChIcag0-’
" w we were," sighed I-Indame Roy-
"I shall not feel sale until I have
Adele under my brother's roof.’
“What art of Chicago does your brother
live in?" asked Fred.
“He lives on Wabash avenue. lie is
my half-brother. llis name is Flot:1rd,l'
was the reply.
“Is he in the dry goods business?
drpartunent store on State street?"
“Yes, that is his business." ‘ .'
"Why, then he is one of the richest men
in Chicago!” cried Fred. V .
, “I suppose he i very rich,” replied
Madame Roylaune, indltferently. "I am
not poor myself if I can only hold on o
what belongs to me.” " "
Rotterdam was reached in safety.
Luckily Fred was able to secure passage
n a steamer zust about to sail for New
or . K . .
It was an immense relief to them all as
they Watchedthe low shores of Holland
vanishing in the distance. '
I-‘red's ‘only regret was that General Spen-
cer 1r.lght'put‘him down as treacherous
and hngrntcfu ‘
age, which was an un-
e. I‘. J became very well a.-
quaintcd with Adele. '
In talking with him he denied it to us,
but we still feel that this acquaintance may
some’zi9.y ripcn into love.
Be that as it may, the whole party are
now safely in Chicago, and his adventures
‘in Europe seem to Fred like a dream.
But there is the gold! .
It was safely banked.
' ‘It is real!V ’ V .,
The amount proved to be something over
red is a rich man to-day.’
Aud.such were the adventures of‘oue
Yankee bay in the big war.
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ms" BOY RANCHER,
HOW I'iE HELD HIS OWN!
By JAS, D. MONTAGUE
Author of “On the Texas Border." “The
- Boy Trappers," “The Young l’ntb- .,
finder," etc. ,
II.-XI.’-3 HARD FIGHT AGAINST ODDS.
Ozrhearing the report of the two cow-
boys when they returned from following
the trail of the cattle thieves, Mr. Mat-
thews turncd and looked at Hal.
‘(My boy," he said, “you certainly put up
a. gallant fight against odds. ‘ f
men are certainly wiped out and the third
one is wounds ."
“Well, just look here, Mr.
they made it pretty hot for me." nud he
showed him the bullet holes in his cloth-
“Well. a miss is as good as a mile. You
had a. close call, but.you came out all
right. I will send a. cowboy back for a
wagon to take the wounded man to town,
and bring a pick and spade to bury the
other one." . . V
"Where will you bury him?" Hal asked.
“Right here where his body lies. There
is no other place. Bury a cattle thief
right where he falls."
"Well, I did not mean to kill him: Hal
explained, “and I am sorry that I did."
“Look here. my boy, you want to look at
things in A different light. It is 21 rule out
here to kill cs.ttle,thievcs as soon as you
are sure of their guilt, but‘ your plan is a
better one-to shoot them on sight."
“I did not shoot them until they shot,at
“Well, whenever you see 2. cattle thief
stealing, blaze away at him, don't wait for
‘in to shoot at you. Don't have any
qualms of conscience about it We cannot
stand cattle thieves and horse thieves out
here where there are no sherids or con-
stables to arrest them. You had better
go to the house now, for your mother is
When he reached there, he found her
still alone. but she had barred the cabin
cor. ' >
she opened it quickly when she heard
He explained to her e's'erytMllg that Mr.
Matthews had done. '
Her face poled when he told her that one
of the men was dead, and the other badly
wounded and that Mr. Matthews was go-
ing to send him to Branchville to some
“Hal, Hal," she gasped. “I can never get
over it that you killed a man."
“Why, mother, they were all shooting at
me, what could I do?“ ’-
She sat down and wrung her hands like
one almost overcome with horror.
“Mother; Mr. Matthews said that I did
right, and that it was the rule out here to
shoot horse or cattle thieves." .
“Oh, I wish I had never come out here,"
she moaned. " -
never had better health in
we are going to mark .1 for
The cattle are increasing rapidly.
other year, We will have double what we
have now. We will get fixed 1313 Comfort-
ably." ' .'
“Yes, but I live in constant dread that
you will meet some bad man and get shot
;‘Don't worry about that. mother. Mr.
Matthews and Benson himself says-that
they do not bother a man that is able to
take care of himself.”
the wagon. - .
When he drove up to the gate, Hal went
out to help him in with the purchases.
The sharp-eyed cowboy saw the bullet
holes, one in his trousers and the other in
his blue flannel shirt. V . ‘ V V
"What have you been doing, Hal? Hang-
ing your clothes up on the bushes and
shooting at them?" . -
“No, I’ did not make ‘theso holes, but
some cattle thieves did while I was in
I ‘got two of them and two get
away, one limping and leaving a trail of
blood behind him.”
“Great coyotcs!V What are you giving
“The straight truth,” said Hal, and be-
fore another package could be carried into
the house, he had to recite the particulars
for Benton. ‘ .
Benson grasped his hand and shook It
vigorously. saying: . ,
"You did just right. Sorry I was not
with you so that none of them could have
gotten away. Now,'you want to take that
riiie and practice with it in the morning
at targets on trees at different distances.
If you had been a. good shot, you could
have had all those fellows. Always be sure
of your aim before you pull the trigger."
“Well, I don": like to shoot a man.”
“Neither do I, but when a fellow is shoot-
ing at you, it is your duty to you sell to
shoot him quickaud be sure of your aim.
Out here, the man that draws the quickest
and aims the truest, lives the lo'figest. You
don't want to forget that in a. hurry."
He then lifted a heavy package and car-
ried it into the house, and as he sat it
down in the corner, he said: '
“Mrs. Ilawlzius, that son of yours is good
grit clear through. You ought to be proud
of him. I am as proud of him myself
as one man can -be of another- He is just
i‘ but it is a pity that any
To-morrow I am going
to take a couple of hours on’, teaching him
to send 2. bullet: right where it ougbtgto
"Mr. Benson, please don't encourage him
in such things."
“Wliat are you talking about? Do you
want him to get shot? The fellow who can
send a bullet the straightest lives the long-
est out here. It is 3. rule of ours to shoot
or hang every horse or cattle thief caught
at their thicvish work, but they will keep
away from here after this for they have
found out that Hal Burns‘ nephew is a
dangerous youth. It is thebest thing that
ever happened for him. It will stop cattle
thieves coming around this way and foul-
ing with him. They will and cut that he
can hold his own and let him hold it.”
wagon and Benson quit talking.
lie went out andiput the horses in the
lot and the wagon under the shcd, for it
looked as though it might rain during the
night. , ‘
Benson and Hal in this way tool: :13
much labor elf Mrs. Hawkins’ bands as
Aftcr supper, Benson said that he would
ride over to the Matthews place to see if
any of the cowboys recognized the dead or
“One of the cowboys said that he recog-
oLher to Branchville.”
“Well, can't I be of any help?"
“Yes, to your mother. Take my advice
and go to her. She is not used to this
sort of thing and there she Is all alone."
I-lat mounted his horse and struck a trot
for the house. ,
I will bury this one and send the,
nized the dead man, but I did not catch the
I name," said Ilal. . '
“All right. I will find out all about it."
“How long will you be gone, ‘Mr. Ben.
son?" asked Hal. ‘
; “Oh, probably two hours. I just want, to
get the news."
' As soon as he was gone, Mrs. Hawkins
i"WeLl,-I am glad we did, mother. You '
A little later he saw Benson coming with ‘
Hal came in with a pa.ckage<fro:n the.