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FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
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Dime Novel and Popular Literature
The Youth's companion
The Youth's companion, v. 73, no. 34, August 24, 1899.
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The Youth's companion, v. 73, no. 34, August 24, 1899.
21 January 2015
Boston : Perry Mason & Company
Dime Novel and Popular Literature
An inland wreck.
Children's periodicals, American.
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i i c Copyr zht, revs. i-,-, F “ >’L'l’.l‘0SI:‘. I must come to it-beg or starve! Why’ did I ever mine West?“ Tom Ilalsey, sailor in every int-,h of his sturdy body, halted in his ptwiiiiz the rain- soaked planking of the little Western citygvit dimly reininded him ofawet devk,-riiul stared loii;.:in;.zly at the brightly lighted ltlll('lt-[4)0lIt. Two-,nty miles of hard tmmping in liloat; Hay VtelItlIPt‘, mud and wi.Ii(l and min, and not it bite to eat! Truly‘ a hard pin(-hl “'hy lutd he eve given up his snug: borth its unite of the Eli ilt Sandliam tostart West on u fours ‘ ) rrnn . [hit here he was, nith no nionr-y, mid no way to earn any, at least live liiiiiili-M llIllt‘S imni iiitter big, enough to float any t'(‘ts’N‘l sliapelier than 8 river StPaiiIl)uttt. lle fliouulit l‘Pi.(l"t‘tIl)l.l)’ of earlier 41' ‘s atloat, of his ti1ll(‘<l vxpx-rienot>s on the cruiser llaxton, of rnlvor turoiis voyages to Rio, and nothingz, not Pi‘i‘lI ‘ the wildest gale he had ever (’It('0llIIIA‘t”l’4I, M-'4-lIIP(l half so perilous, hall so lrnpelvss. its his presmit position. For when a iiiuir i t’oi1y years old and without eiiiployniviit, tho, world is not likely to look bright. “‘ pose I must come to it," he l‘I']h11IlA'1l, digging his hands deeper into his pook sum shifting an iniaginaiy quid of minim. “Ilt‘;;‘,'IllS are no clioosers. Still I'll t'lIiIIsi’:.I hit, I revknii. ‘Vim shall I hail for ha-lpi’ That kid in kneebreeclivs? No; he rivals all his lII0ll9)‘. That girl tinder the urnlin-lla? l'iira1‘ia’d I‘d scare her, and I w t sure That old man with a thin hiunl? IIe‘s tight-lipped as a bariinrle and as cm. '. No ait, ll try this one. II:-re goes with a signal of distress 1" it was a slender yoiuuz fellow, 1-Jylislily . I. with a familiar dash of soiuotliiii;.: in his air that took Torn . lie slviiinail forirard with hand to his hat. “If you plmrw, sir," he liegan-and then stopped, dumb uith niiizm-iinniit. The man hurl brushed by nithout El glaiioe. ‘ .t habitual ix-gizar uould hare eV[ns('tvVI this, lnit 'l'oin liaise-y was not a lizihitual liogirrr. 'I'lie sight lII1Iiltlt‘.IlPlI him, miiiiiigz as it did after hours of lninger and eiild. Ile hlltilk his list at the fi‘tr?'.‘ttlIIi‘,' Iiirure and lirokn out into a fury‘ of abuse. A gmiip giitlieitvl ahnut him. A polit- In-lnict ll]>]>t>AIe<l hi the distame. 4I:tni:er. stopped. and turnlniz, iiiiII;:lwl with the crown . His heart was hitter within him. He twiit stninliling down the street, ])Ilt1>0.’Wll‘24:4, l-d E 5. I. dr t that loads a sailor ‘l . 0! a creek. milruad - tracks, straiitze freight, eonfronted h'uu. Ono lui;:e vihittuurapped package he noted ;llllItlIll't'llI;.Z niintiy in the dark, At the side of the lust tnurk the mud (>‘llII&‘I, iraiiisliiiig hi ll brown owl-, of swift, oily water. By the upntteriiiiz olw ' tvuld see fragint-iits of a dviiiois Stll.)Sif.liI'lg into the SIIll4'lt tide. t was tie “ ' llIP(llt:ltllIg iiilscliiv. lie lookul ut it, half- loiigzingly. A few stops iiinm and the whole mid iuisery of it unuld end. A li;:im> mnie loitering out of the lltllf-4.l1t.l'l(llPSS, tall and miii.:hly Clail. “llising fast," he said lazily to the sailor. in. lt‘ll be drier home. 'l'hey"Il lie lo:-lty it they're not drowned out to-nii.:lit." Ilalsey gmnted xulleiily. “I wish I had any linnie," he said, (ll."LVlIt>‘A)l:Il(‘l)'. “IIa.rd luck?" iiitiuiml the iieniaoiiiei‘. Toni Halsey‘ im-ldul. “'.Xnywliere to sleep?" Ilalsey sliook his liead. “Psliaw, and in a rain like this, and gettiiig eolderl Any sup her ?" ‘ Again Ilnlsey sliook his ln-ail. His new eoinpzuiion g‘i‘aSpe-(I him by the min. “See here." he said, “I'm not any hody. You can see that. I'm just a squattor, out of a job by pmfexsimi. I've no work and niiizhty little money, but I‘ve it little lziiorkedup shark down here, and you're iv alt-oiiw to all there is in'it. Coniennl"- no pow:-r to refiise. He followed back across the nrilimnl-tint-ks. At the huge white piwkatze he stopped. “What's that?" he asked. “’l'liat‘.‘ He's l)0tlL'ltt it for his piirk. lle's Uhll-‘rt’<l so-veral. 'I'liey' say" th e liotiiitios. liut Loiueoii! Nipper‘s “'BltllI‘ " lie ltVl the may l]li)llll a iiiuildy pzith to a .sliupeh>ss structure. lle oiitnml and llL'lItP1ltt ‘rude lamp. llalsby follmu-d. It was a rough czthin, liiiilt of any Innt(>i‘i:Il that (':tIIIl‘ to hand. A lioine-iiiade out stood iii ono side,a pine table on thaotln-r. A litth-, i-hire nits in one l1lI‘Il(>'l", wltli a box of o-his mid (‘Kills of lll(-‘l lJt!RilIt! it. The sqliiltter poiiiaai to the mt, ii line he set Uh, Lliat‘s l!:iitruli's new boat. airs. erry Mason Ar Company to work [.41 kindle i1It‘tl;,".II fire in illelliltsslltll swve, twat a aim of oolh-e, and uanii up f iiivitiiig stmv. "liabliit," he said. “Killed it rnysmlf. 'I‘lrei1:‘sinyi:uii, a miizzle-lo:idt>r; I<:m't aflurd tridgesl" While the supper wanried he qnes tioiied Ilalsoy‘ about his work and told l others. his own story His nirnie was Bodleyz As to his liiisiiiesa, it is doubtful if he hurl (‘lltA'l'Q<I wry dwply llltll any‘. lie was one of the Wt-st4-i'ii “squatte-rs." the idle, SltlItI(‘.'&’i people that live, after a fashion. on the rlt'('l'>lIrtIAilltS, and pick up a living by any nit-axis that oliersl l(in4lly, simple, nut t-apet-iully disooii- “We must be l[tll(‘l( about it. Why riu(>.<ii‘t of uir- tliuse nnizry N-its. ith Qilill Vowue 73 NUMBER 4. $1.75 A Yam-. SiN<.Le Coma: S CENYS. M]ltrIl[t‘f’.M Tlivy ueie ii:-ll-lvuilt hon. fAirllIt'ltw>l )i:tl‘L not the“. uuts"o( sin-li Iii-'(-ulmuolls lb lloillvy ; but not built In endure the uiiIlo'i'iniiiiii-,: and liainnieriin: of Alrmily those it. viinii. ‘l ward had collapsed, and what “as left ui than lu.tTni‘de<l, for the in...-iit, willie no in tin- ‘ It viiis fiviu tln-so uollapscd lioiises ‘ that Intist of the u l'l’('l;ll;:(! liiul (IVIIII . ‘ (lit the roofs oi tltIIN' that still rviiiaiired, Iiuddlasd tAI’,!t‘tIll‘l‘ for ]Il'4rlt’(1i(tII front the cold wind and the llyiui; spray, oould be soon gmups of gioiiplv. uaitini.’- for rescue or 1l(‘2It.lt. “'hiL-h “mild it in-'.' “>liu‘s brv-altiiiu up fusil" said Ilalsey. teliiul “ith his life, he Iitlt4’l‘r'1Itlll‘Utl‘,'lt it some one iiinii a limit?‘ from day today. “What's tli0Iise‘."' he said to Hill “Wliy llti you try‘ to not ] and live I15 I .1... jobs WIIPII you mu lumrir IIl0ltP)', but Even as ho spolm. ll;.'llrt's‘ on the root’ ivuved their h.'1uds' ap]w:iliii;:ly, and dmiu the viiiid ya st? May he-re ‘ minea blown sliml of their cry, like the far-oil 'I‘li(>t'(-Va plt-my of odd wail of a gull. Halsey tnrntd s:ii'm,'t-ly' to the crowd about most of the time you don't. '1 doirtlhiiii. “ll'liat are ye gdlltlilllll here for, you kiiow as I ever nmit a Wlirk again. I‘d mui.-r gipsy it, likethis." But Ilalsuy aliook his head. Never- tlielt-ss. the .“k‘lV' was delicious. and the l near in. coffee better than that of many a fore- cziatle; and as he wi'apped'liiIiiself in job of regular lublx-rs‘."' lieslioutml. l “Don't you see they're (Il'K)WlIllltZ yoiidoi 1' “here's a boat?“ “ltoot!" aimioiul l.l stalwart biakeniaii “ti hy. man. yoir'll find no boat h("l'?. ext!-pt that punt ut lltviiiii=tt's. And the Wotft rim Tiio nn-ii trial to go out in her. and t. Bodley‘s soiled but iiann l.-laul-tets, hei,tliey're hriiiuiiu: them to in the station non-. found hiiiw-it “'l)ll(ll‘IllI‘,; wlietlior, after‘ We don't keep boats horel" all, it would not be it-tn-r to give up, to S4ltle iiitn mine uisy miitmitiiieiit like this. and let aiiiliitioii and aut1'9>S take care of Clll’lllN.’It‘(‘K. tlinuulits in his iiiiinl that he fell aslwvp. . llis sleep in as ItlIt’:l.8y. Ile dnauiic-d of battles Int the Iloiilon, viith the great guns roariiu: iihove him, then of bt0l‘1IlsA Kt4ii'iIis with the Iiiiulx hltilttl-'l’Illg and the tiiiilit-rs giwaiiiiitt. lie woke at last with i lay‘ on her side a start, to llltd the crazy roof are-rliead edge of the u was ii ith these ‘ IIt> spoke with an iiijured air. It was thi- air of tho “hole ti.s>4?nllJly. They uiiifroiitul with it mltilstroplie for Bliitzll they (amid not he t-‘xpuit-(I to provide. There was nothini; to do but to “air-h out the spectacle. They hhlnl Vt ith their hats pulled down, their l.iands in their pm-t;<>ts, glooiny Sl>t‘<1iliAJl‘.! of the sniilid, IlI?tilnl)l(‘.ll1I;.'9<l -. liaise-y i:l:IIIn-.l ttt ii.-mietrs “ptIut." siie lmlllfull of water. at the outer rwkir,-re-. one look was eiiough. rattling and on-iikiiig in the [(t‘.I>]t of a bhe would luiidly mriry one person in the sailor like liiiri stare with wuiider. He rose and stole to the little pane of Let's not uuny fmin here. iliii;:y‘i.'l:1.sstIi:it st-ri'i'4l as ii M inrluiv. and . . “A nil ‘ rising, (no. r "' lie ‘“tlt('ll(‘d a nionn-nt IIIll;.'l‘f‘. “I wonder why everybody is ninnini: down the strwt," he thoiiglit. “tziioorl lt must he a tire, or I building hlowii dovi iil l'll wake Bodley." Bodley vrim itt the “ indow in it nioirient, and the two men start-d, ]N‘l]>lt'X('<l, ut the excited people hurrying tlttvtll the street. Bodlt-y's face hrii.-lit:-ind. “(‘onie onl" he cried. “It's the creek! It‘s out! Ilurryl Something‘: wmni;."' and the two, fiargt-ttiiu; every tiiiiig else. daslied down the mud toward the watt-r-froiit. It “as now a “at:-r-in-iit in eniriest. Illstifftd of the sluggish ('l‘t>('l(, Vt ith, beyond it. a stretch of hroa ii l)(VtiA)ll>-l1IlIlIs',tll(‘)' saw'be1'oie them a wide and sionny stretch like a sea. Iletwaeii tiieui ‘mini the faitlit-r tiion.-iuw hills that fomied no shelter from the tz-ale-lay’ six miles of water, lashed by the viiinl liiln tiying foam and irothiiig crests. A buy but a few miles wide may lxuiiiie terrible in a hi-,:h galo. llustnri learned that in the autumn of lxfix. Tux: captaiiis iii the upper bay of New‘ York know it, and take hwd to theiiiselvu.-x ii hon IllIl1.lWt't':‘5tEli tome roaring down over the iiniiige Mountains But the people of the piairie, city (it Fll.lIlIUI'9 did not know it-not till that riizid May iiinniing iii lat’; iiln-ii ilood zuid teinpest joined hands in the “Oil: of <l!’."U'tl(’tlUll. when railroad t?!ttl)al1lt'illPIILS lIIl’lIA‘d like salt, when cars friundened iii lireiikn-rag and when buildings collapsed like paper l)l'IIil‘E the lll:.t5L Staoping ioriianl lltlfllllht the wind. oliiigilig to each other for support, the men tirade their way to the algo or the water. Already a crowd had izailn-ml, st.-u'iiig all in one direction across tho w:m>s. Directly in front. of tlu-iii, at the edge of the water, lay a heap of iinizled riiiiis,-oi‘eitunie<.l fenctklunrvls, stairs: of liouses. trunks. chairs, Wftilltll-lJ01lll’& bits of liouseiiall,-ei'en :1 broken‘ (1IlIlIIl't onmii bohhliig disnially iii drift still nwie I'I0lltIi’.M ipt. llal.u=y'gareniie look at it, and thou t‘ulluwe<l the gaze of the crowd. "Wrorkinze!" uiwk?" (hie look sdimied. There it lily‘, I half I mile to wlndvxaiil. the tm,-zic 0I'lIt.l‘Q' of the stonny st-one not in siiikiiiix h iip. but a [ouiidi-rliig village, the little st-ttleiiieiit uf the he ci-lo-l. "lt'liort>‘s the the hmvui mllera, all riiinglal with minute: ed the timid that (Il’Ut'L! tum the slay. cruvul. ‘ fl le-such a pile as niade Et‘t‘It an old ‘ t-ulniest of water, It's no rise," he said to Ilodlvy, “no use. I ain't stand it.“ Just than :1 new IlL.'lll'E appeared in the it was the young in-an of the eveiiini: before, “ho had trmtml Halsey‘ with sliuli "Liiii. II;Il.s< HI him suiniiully. taking in er:-ry iinzh oi [min his dainty slioes to his neat iniistaclio. "llefd l)i'“A'I' slay Ilt Imlile," said the sailor, Lfllllly. “)laiiiinn'a boy ilomirt Ix-long lit-re!" But the young: man was not goiiiiz lioine. Ile ]il(.'l(l'll his wiry daiiitily through the mud and (5llllIl)HI out nvor the iloatiiig wreckage. There vuu iwiiii-lliiiiz in his pose is lit’ did so that Ilalst-y found xtraiigr-ly Inllllllltt’. Ile, scrutiniml the-. “2Itt’I‘, the liouses, the V! nzckage. the (1lli.xlIHI skill, all the time ke<-ping his balaiiw on the ullilmitly heap. Then he Clalllll-'l'tlI quit-tly batik. As he pimeed the crmwi, ho s]IIltP quietly‘ to tltnse who ii'e'm litl.tt1’:t. “I “am. smite of you toooiiie with nie," hi- Said]. “I Inwl in-ipxg The whole iovnl followed. curious. lit- led the way hen-I: Jl1't'4>&‘i the tracks in ‘IIIHI’, on its tint. lay the grout white soinethiiuz that Halsey had tinted t , iiiizht before. Halsey clelit-lied his list. “The boat!" he slimitizd. ““'hy' didn't I t ’ bofore?" The young man leaped lightly tn the car, took out his knife, cut the lashings of the r-arivas. threw it oil’. and sliowed boiieath the boat-a tiiia new skiff. large, trim and shzipeiy. The cmxxd linike into a mar of app:-ui'a.l. II3lS,i‘)‘ IllI(l;.'l‘(l his minpanioii adiiiiriiiigly. “bhe's a lit-iiiili 5" he said. “lint iihat's he talkilul alloiit ?" ' The yoniii: rii.rii iias sayiiig soinetliiiur, speakiiii: in that Sillll‘ aiiilioritative tone that Halsey had lwanl hetorv soiuenliere. He found llllttSl"lI li.st4-nin-,: aizaiiist his will. line," Lilli yoiiiii: telluw was saying, V sa those pmple. It wedon‘t.. 9 'll drown iiitliiu the hour. I’m giving tn take this hunt. and row out to thorn. The Owner mu;ht to ho glad. If he ixii’t -" Ile “Well iuake hiui son)’ I" (’3lit() I write from the cm“ . “Exam . iiizfll innkiz, hiiu sorry". Now 1 “ant, iirst, to get this boat to the water. And I want. rnwt. to gvt >i0ItII'l)lII)' to row out uitli me. I “ant ll i'oliiIitex>r."' A dozeii pnsln-d forward, but he imtlontvd tliein liewlz. “Wait a moiiwiit," he said. “I‘m not tlimrizli. I am itlatil to see so Iiiuiiy willing, hut nit-m willinizin-as won‘t do. 1 niust have the innu that It do It. Is there any man here that has ever pnllisl in a sea like that. or in a 00"“, J3“3“Iq i2iuul';[i. -s .,., -.