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CHAPTER zy mother had been Dalgren’s sister. Guy’s mother and both of Frank’s
‘THE FIRST’ BLow.. <4 i parenis. were dead, and. thus it came about that the ‘uncle. of
“Spy!” : - the boys, who was a wealthy wholesale dry goods dealer in New -
“Sneak!” York! City, had taken them to his.home to care for and look after
. Two angry boys, with heads thrown back-and -hands clinched,
stood facing each other in'the library of Noel Dalgren’s beautiful
“summer home, which twas situated about thirty’ miles from’ New =
And those boys were blood cousins, notwithstanding:
the looks of fury. and’ contempt they were bestowing on cach 3
other. ny p
Beth were handsome jads: in their way, neither being mote
than ‘seventeen. years of age. Guy Dalgren, with the shadowy
face, midnight eyes, and tavdh hair, was ‘slightly the taller,¢anid
apparently much the stronger, to judge by his muscular, build.” He
was rather, loud i in his tastes, the suit he wore being of a checker-
oard pattern, while his necktie was bright red, with a dagger pin
thrtist through. it in. the most approved. manner of wearing such
A heavy..gold chain- was strung across his vest, and
the narrow-toed, buff shoes on his feet were highly polished. » His
manner was aggressive and insolent ia the extreme, as he stood
with the open oak: secretary at his back.
‘The. face of the other youth was more-open, although it now
| wore-a look’ of mingled amazement, anger, and acensation, his
brown eyes being fixed on his cousin with reproach and repulsion.
Fronk ‘Thornton was a manly lad in every way, although this
build was much slighter than that of Guy, and his strength ap-
_ Bareilly less.”
Guy was thie son of Noel. Dalgren’s brother, while Frank's
untiL they were of'age.
Guy’s father and younger sister, while 1 in,
Mexico, three years before the opening of this story, had? ihys-
teriously disappeared, and, as no trace of them could. be obtained, -
/although Noel Dalgren had made: every. effort, it was supposed
they had been murdered by Indians or bandits.
Hot weather having come cn early. in May, Dalgren had opened
‘his summer: home, to which he retired: from the close: confines °
of the dusty city every night, returning. to business in the morn-:
ing. Frank and Guy spént a great deal of time at the country
place. although they had not been. cn particularly. friendly terms
for nearly a year.
Guy was inclined to squander a great deal of motley on fast
horses and fast men, a great many of his choice companions being
persons of sporiy-tastes and no visible means of support}. while
Frank shunned gamblers and young men who kept late hours and
investigated the mysteries of mixed drinks,
Although Guy was the son of his brother, and bore the name of
Dalgren, the old. merchant did not approve of: his tastes, and
rather openly showed his preference for Frank. /
Being of a jealous and passionate nature, Guy resented this, :
and accused Frank of trying to undermine him, in his ‘uncle’s.
and they ‘had * *
esteem. .This. brought about their first quarrel,.
never ceased to dislike each other since. ’ 2
Frank ‘often wondered where Guy obtained so much money,: ~: