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"Carter!"

"Kilgore!"

Each man uttered the name of the other, as if with the same breath. The meeting came so suddenly that, for the bare fraction of a second, both men were nonplused.

Then both whipped out a weapon.

Crack!

Bang!

They fired together, and both missed, Nick's usually accurate aim being spoiled by the gloom of the cellar.

Kilgore instantly sprang further away in the darkness, and aimed again.

The hammer of his weapon fell as usual, but there was no report. In his recent fight at the Venner house he had emptied both of his revolvers, save the one bullet that had just missed Nick Carter.

Then Kilgore, failing to have found Nick at his mercy, thought only of making his own escape. He turned and ran toward the open door by which he had entered.

At that moment Chick's ringing voice sounded from outside.

"This way! this way, Patsy!" he cried, louder than the rolling thunder overhead. "I've found the rat hole!"

"I'm with you," yelled Patsy.

They were already at the door.

By the frequent flashes of lightning they had, after the fight at Venner's, succeeded in following Kilgore across the meadows, and they well knew that he was headed to get even with Nick.

Now Nick's voice rang through the cellar.

"Look out for him, Chick," he commanded. "He's coming that way. Look out for his gun."

"Hurrah!" roared Chick, the moment he heard Nick's voice. "Let him come, gun and all!"

Kilgore saw his flight cut off in that direction, but he knew every inch of the house. He turned like a rat in the darkness, and made for the stairs leading to the floor above. Up these he hurriedly scrambled.

Nick heard him through the gloom, and followed him, pitching headlong at the foot of the stairs just as Kilgore opened the door leading to the hall above.

There the dim rays from a hall lamp revealed the man for an instant, and showed Nick the way. He was up again and after Kilgore like a hound after a fox.

Kilgore dashed through the hall, but dared not take time to unlock and open the front door of the house. He had a profound respect for the revolver in the hand of his pursuer, who already had reached the hall.

It was a flight for life, and Kilgore knew it.

He turned like a flash and darted up the stairs, making for the second floor. Three at a stride he covered, and succeeded in reaching the corridor above before Nick could get a line on him.

Nick followed, gun in hand.

On the second floor Kilgore darted into a dark chamber, and then through that to one adjoining it, where he waited till he heard Nick plunging into the one first mentioned.

Then Kilgore slipped out into the hall again, hoping to retrace his steps downstairs and escape by the front door.

In the way of that, however, Chick and Patsy were now in the lower hall, the former shouting lustily up the stairs:

"Run him down, Nick! Run him down! We'll cover this way of escape!"

An involuntary oath broke from Kilgore's lips, and at the same moment a vivid flash of lightning from the inky heavens illumined all the house.

From the chamber in which he stood, Nick again caught sight of his man, and was after him in an instant.

Kilgore heard him coming, and again fled through the hall and up another flight of stairs.

"You'd better throw up your hands," roared Nick, as he followed.

The answer came back with a yell of defiance:

"Not on your life!"

"You're a lost dog," cried Nick, hoping to keep him replying.

"You'll not get me alive!"

"Then I'll get you dead!" cried Nick, as he mounted the stairs.

"You haven't got me yet!"

"Next door to it, my man."

This brought no answer.

In a moment Nick reached the second hall, where he briefly paused to listen. Save the rain beating on the roof of the house, only one sound reached his strained ears. It was like that of some one hammering against the side of the house with some heavy object. For a moment the detective was puzzled. He could not fathom the meaning of such a sound.

Then a gust of damp night air rushed through the hall and swept Nick's cheek.

"Ah! an open window!" he muttered. "That's easily located."

He groped his way into one of the rear chambers. There the night air was sweeping in through an open window, to the sill of which Nick quickly sprang.

Now the noise he had heard was instantly explained.

Cornered like a rat, yet viciously resolute to the last, Kilgore had, in order to make his escape, resorted to a means from which a less cool and nervy scoundrel would have shrunk on such a night as that.

He had, by reaching far out of the window, been able to grasp an old-fashioned lightning rod with which the ancient wooden mansion was provided, and by which he proposed to descend to the ground. Under the swindler's weight, the beating of this swaying rod against the side of the house was the sound Nick had heard.

Kilgore, whose courage was worthy a far better cause, already was halfway to the ground.

Yet Nick had no idea of letting the knave escape thus, and he raised his weapon to fire.

There was no need for a bullet, however, for the hand of the Almighty did the work.

From the black vault of the heavens a bolt of liquid fire suddenly shot earthward, with a crash of thunder that seemed to rend the entire firmament.

The fiery bolt reached the earth-but it reached it through the rod to which Dave Kilgore was desperately clinging.

Not a sound came from the doomed man as he went down-or if there was a sound, it was drowned by the deafening crash and successive reverberations of thunder.

Before Nick had fairly recovered from the blinding light and terrific concussion, he heard the voice of Chick yelling loudly from below:

"Nick, Nick, come down here! The house is afire. The whole house is afire!"

Nick heard and darted for the stairs, at once realizing how well the lightning had done its terrific work. Before he could reach the lower hall, dense volumes of smoke were pouring through the house, and one entire side of the fated dwelling was in flames.

Nick thought of the woman in the cellar below, and, with Chick and Patsy at his heels, he led the way to the diamond plant. The electric light had been extinguished by the lightning stroke, but Nick soon located the body of Cervera, and together the detectives brought her out and laid her upon the ground some rods away from the burning dwelling.

"She's done for, poor wretch!" muttered Nick, as he looked at her bloodless face.

He was right.

Se?ora Cervera had danced her last dance-a terrible one it was! She had lapsed into a merciful unconsciousness, from which she never emerged.

Next came Kilgore, and they easily found him. He lay stretched upon the ground, dead and scorched almost beyond recognition, at the base of the metallic rod through which he had met his fate.

"Lend a hand here," said Nick. "We'll place him with his confederate until we can have them properly removed."

"So be it," said Chick, gravely. "It's about the last we can do for them, and this nearly ends our work on this job."

"You've got the others?"

"Every man of them."

"Well done!" nodded Nick, as they raised the lifeless form between them. "Behold the way of the transgressor."

"Hark!" exclaimed Patsy. "There goes the fire alarm. In three minutes there'll be a mob about here."

"Much good the firemen will do," rejoined Nick. "That house is doomed, and all that's in it."

He was right. With the passing of the tempest, and the first sign of a star in the eastern sky, all that remained of the house above the diamond plant was a heap of red, smoldering embers, filling the cellar and the secret chamber-and blotting out, though perhaps not forever, the secret art of that misguided genius, Jean Pylotte, dead with a bullet in his brain, on the floor of Rufus Venner's hall.

There remains but little to complete the record of this strange and stirring case.

Before morning Nick had lodged Venner and Spotty Dalton in the Tombs, and had Garside arrested at his residence. The lifeless bodies of their three confederates,-Cervera having died at dawn-were taken to the Morgue.

Early the following day, Harry Boyden, the young man arrested for the murder of Mary Barton, was discharged from custody, and hastened to the home of Violet Page, to make her happy with the news of his release and his story of Nick Carter's extraordinary work. Both called upon Nick a day or two later, and expressed their gratitude and affection in terms which here need no recital. Incidentally it may be added that they were married, as planned, the following summer.

How strangely the circumstances and experiences of life are knit and bound together. But for the vicious crime of a jealous woman, Nick might have labored long, and possibly vainly, to run down the Kilgore gang and their extraordinary criminal project, in which Cervera so strongly figured. It was as Nick said, the two crimes seemed bound together as if with links of steel.

In the trial which preceded the conviction and punishment of the three living members of the gang, Nick learned all of the facts of the case.

Venner & Co., it appeared, were on their last legs, and went into the game to square themselves, the design being to market vast quantities of the artificial diamonds. With this project in view, Venner had purchased the house at the rear of his own, under the name of Dr. Magruder, and there had established the plant. How well the scheme would have succeeded, but for Nick Carter, will never be known.

At all events, in the stock of Venner & Co. were found numerous stones which only the most proficient experts could prove to be artificial; and even to this day it is intimated that, among the bejeweled women of New York there are some unconsciously wearing the manufactured diamonds of Jean Pylotte. What matters, however, since where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise?

Jean Pylotte: His art died with him, alas! For in the ruins of the diamond plant there could be found no evidence sufficient to reveal his great secret.

Surely it had opened the way to a great swindle, the possibilities of which can hardly be conceived. But, fortunately, in the way of it had come-

Nick Carter.

THE END.

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850-Wanted: A Clew By Nicholas Carter

851-A Tangled Skein By Nicholas Carter

852-The Bullion Mystery By Nicholas Carter

853-The Man of Riddles By Nicholas Carter

854-A Miscarriage of Justice By Nicholas Carter

855-The Gloved Hand By Nicholas Carter

856-Spoilers and the Spoils By Nicholas Carter

857-The Deeper Game By Nicholas Carter

858-Bolts from Blue Skies By Nicholas Carter

859-Unseen Foes By Nicholas Carter

860-Knaves in High Places By Nicholas Carter

861-The Microbe of Crime By Nicholas Carter

862-In the Toils of Fear By Nicholas Carter

863-A Heritage of Trouble By Nicholas Carter

864-Called to Account By Nicholas Carter

865-The Just and the Unjust By Nicholas Carter

866-Instinct at Fault By Nicholas Carter

867-A Rogue Worth Trapping By Nicholas Carter

868-A Rope of Slender Threads By Nicholas Carter

869-The Last Call By Nicholas Carter

870-The Spoils of Chance By Nicholas Carter

871-A Struggle With Destiny By Nicholas Carter

872-The Slave of Crime By Nicholas Carter

873-The Crook's Blind By Nicholas Carter

874-A Rascal of Quality By Nicholas Carter

875-With Shackles of Fire By Nicholas Carter

876-The Man Who Changed Faces By Nicholas Carter

877-The Fixed Alibi By Nicholas Carter

878-Out With the Tide By Nicholas Carter

879-The Soul Destroyers By Nicholas Carter

880-The Wages of Rascality By Nicholas Carter

881-Birds of Prey By Nicholas Carter

882-When Destruction Threatens By Nicholas Carter

883-The Keeper of Black Hounds By Nicholas Carter

884-The Door of Doubt By Nicholas Carter

885-The Wolf Within By Nicholas Carter

886-A Perilous Parole By Nicholas Carter

887-The Trail of the Fingerprints By Nicholas Carter

888-Dodging the Law By Nicholas Carter

889-A Crime in Paradise By Nicholas Carter

890-On the Ragged Edge By Nicholas Carter

891-The Red God of Tragedy By Nicholas Carter

892-The Man Who Paid By Nicholas Carter

893-The Blind Man's Daughter By Nicholas Carter

894-One Object in Life By Nicholas Carter

895-As a Crook Sows By Nicholas Carter

896-In Record Time By Nicholas Carter

897-Held in Suspense By Nicholas Carter

898-The $100,000 Kiss By Nicholas Carter

890-Just One Slip By Nicholas Carter

900-On a Million-dollar Trail By Nicholas Carter

901-A Weird Treasure By Nicholas Carter

902-The Middle Link By Nicholas Carter

903-To the Ends of the Earth By Nicholas Carter

904-When Honors Pall By Nicholas Carter

905-The Yellow Brand By Nicholas Carter

906-A New Serpent in Eden By Nicholas Carter

907-When Brave Men Tremble By Nicholas Carter

908-A Test of Courage By Nicholas Carter

909-Where Peril Beckons By Nicholas Carter

910-The Gargoni Girdle By Nicholas Carter

911-Rascals & Co. By Nicholas Carter

912-Too Late to Talk By Nicholas Carter

913-Satan's Apt Pupil By Nicholas Carter

914-The Girl Prisoner By Nicholas Carter

915-The Danger of Folly By Nicholas Carter

916-One Shipwreck Too Many By Nicholas Carter

917-Scourged by Fear By Nicholas Carter

918-The Red Plague By Nicholas Carter

919-Scoundrels Rampant By Nicholas Carter

920-From Clew to Clew By Nicholas Carter

921-When Rogues Conspire By Nicholas Carter

922-Twelve in a Grave By Nicholas Carter

923-The Great Opium Case By Nicholas Carter

924-A Conspiracy of Rumors By Nicholas Carter

925-A Klondike Claim By Nicholas Carter

926-The Evil Formula By Nicholas Carter

927-The Man of Many Faces By Nicholas Carter

928-The Great Enigma By Nicholas Carter

929-The Burden of Proof By Nicholas Carter

930-The Stolen Brain By Nicholas Carter

931-A Titled Counterfeiter By Nicholas Carter

932-The Magic Necklace By Nicholas Carter

933-'Round the World for a Quarter By Nicholas Carter

934-Over the Edge of the World By Nicholas Carter

935-In the Grip of Fate By Nicholas Carter

936-The Case of Many Clews By Nicholas Carter

937-The Sealed Door By Nicholas Carter

938-Nick Carter and the Green Goods Men By Nicholas Carter

939-The Man Without a Will By Nicholas Carter

940-Tracked Across the Atlantic By Nicholas Carter

941-A Clew From the Unknown By Nicholas Carter

942-The Crime of a Countess By Nicholas Carter

943-A Mixed Up Mess By Nicholas Carter

944-The Great Money Order Swindle By Nicholas Carter

945-The Adder's Brood By Nicholas Carter

946-A Wall Street Haul By Nicholas Carter

947-For a Pawned Crown By Nicholas Carter

948-Sealed Orders By Nicholas Carter

949-The Hate That Kills By Nicholas Carter

950-The American Marquis By Nicholas Carter

951-The Needy Nine By Nicholas Carter

952-Fighting Against Millions By Nicholas Carter

953-Outlaws of the Blue By Nicholas Carter

954-The Old Detective's Pupil By Nicholas Carter

955-Found in the Jungle By Nicholas Carter

956-The Mysterious Mail Robbery By Nicholas Carter

957-Broken Bars By Nicholas Carter

958-A Fair Criminal By Nicholas Carter

959-Won by Magic By Nicholas Carter

960-The Piano Box Mystery By Nicholas Carter

961-The Man They Held Back By Nicholas Carter

962-A Millionaire Partner By Nicholas Carter

963-A Pressing Peril By Nicholas Carter

964-An Australian Klondyke By Nicholas Carter

965-The Sultan's Pearls By Nicholas Carter

966-The Double Shuffle Club By Nicholas Carter

967-Paying the Price By Nicholas Carter

968-A Woman's Hand By Nicholas Carter

969-A Network of Crime By Nicholas Carter

970-At Thompson's Ranch By Nicholas Carter

971-The Crossed Needles By Nicholas Carter

972-The Diamond Mine Case By Nicholas Carter

973-Blood Will Tell By Nicholas Carter

974-An Accidental Password By Nicholas Carter

975-The Crook's Bauble By Nicholas Carter

976-Two Plus Two By Nicholas Carter

977-The Yellow Label By Nicholas Carter

978-The Clever Celestial By Nicholas Carter

979-The Amphitheater Plot By Nicholas Carter

980-Gideon Drexel's Millions By Nicholas Carter

981-Death in Life By Nicholas Carter

982-A Stolen Identity By Nicholas Carter

983-Evidence by Telephone By Nicholas Carter

984-The Twelve Tin Boxes By Nicholas Carter

985-Clew Against Clew By Nicholas

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986-Lady Velvet By Nicholas Carter

987-Playing a Bold Game By Nicholas Carter

988-A Dead Man's Grip By Nicholas Carter

989-Snarled Identities By Nicholas Carter

990-A Deposit Vault Puzzle By Nicholas Carter

991-The Crescent Brotherhood By Nicholas Carter

992-The Stolen Pay Train By Nicholas Carter

993-The Sea Fox By Nicholas Carter

994-Wanted by Two Clients By Nicholas Carter

995-The Van Alstine Case By Nicholas Carter

996-Check No. 777 By Nicholas Carter

997-Partners in Peril By Nicholas Carter

998-Nick Carter's Clever Protégé By Nicholas Carter

999-The Sign of the Crossed Knives By Nicholas Carter

1000-The Man Who Vanished By Nicholas Carter

1001-A Battle for the Right By Nicholas Carter

1002-A Game of Craft By Nicholas Carter

1003-Nick Carter's Retainer By Nicholas Carter

1004-Caught in the Toils By Nicholas Carter

1005-A Broken Bond By Nicholas Carter

1006-The Crime of the French Café By Nicholas Carter

1007-The Man Who Stole Millions By Nicholas Carter

1008-The Twelve Wise Men By Nicholas Carter

1009-Hidden Foes By Nicholas Carter

1010-A Gamblers' Syndicate By Nicholas Carter

1011-A Chance Discovery By Nicholas Carter

1012-Among the Counterfeiters By Nicholas Carter

1013-A Threefold Disappearance By Nicholas Carter

1014-At Odds With Scotland Yard By Nicholas Carter

1015-A Princess of Crime By Nicholas Carter

1016-Found on the Beach By Nicholas Carter

1017-A Spinner of Death By Nicholas Carter

1018-The Detective's Pretty Neighbor By Nicholas Carter

1019-A Bogus Clew By Nicholas Carter

1020-The Puzzle of Five Pistols By Nicholas Carter

1021-The Secret of the Marble Mantel By Nicholas Carter

1022-A Bite of an Apple By Nicholas Carter

1023-A Triple Crime By Nicholas Carter

1024-The Stolen Race Horse By Nicholas Carter

1025-Wildfire By Nicholas Carter

1026-A Herald Personal By Nicholas Carter

1027-The Finger of Suspicion By Nicholas Carter

1028-The Crimson Clew By Nicholas Carter

1029-Nick Carter Down East By Nicholas Carter

1030-The Chain of Clews By Nicholas Carter

1031-A Victim of Circumstances By Nicholas Carter

1032-Brought to Bay By Nicholas Carter

1033-The Dynamite Trap By Nicholas Carter

1034-A Scrap of Black Lace By Nicholas Carter

1035-The Woman of Evil By Nicholas Carter

1036-A Legacy of Hate By Nicholas Carter

1037-A Trusted Rogue By Nicholas Carter

1038-Man Against Man By Nicholas Carter

1039-The Demons of the Night By Nicholas Carter

1040-The Brotherhood of Death By Nicholas Carter

1041-At the Knife's Point By Nicholas Carter

1042-A Cry for Help By Nicholas Carter

1043-A Stroke of Policy By Nicholas Carter

1044-Hounded to Death By Nicholas Carter

1045-A Bargain in Crime By Nicholas Carter

1046-The Fatal Prescription By Nicholas Carter

1047-The Man of Iron By Nicholas Carter

1048-An Amazing Scoundrel By Nicholas Carter

1049-The Chain of Evidence By Nicholas Carter

1050-Paid with Death By Nicholas Carter

1051-A Fight for a Throne By Nicholas Carter

1052-The Woman of Steel By Nicholas Carter

1053-The Seal of Death By Nicholas Carter

1054-The Human Fiend By Nicholas Carter

1055-A Desperate Chance By Nicholas Carter

1056-A Chase in the Dark By Nicholas Carter

1057-The Snare and the Game By Nicholas Carter

1058-The Murray Hill Mystery By Nicholas Carter

1059-Nick Carter's Close Call By Nicholas Carter

1060-The Missing Cotton King By Nicholas Carter

1061-A Game of Plots By Nicholas Carter

1062-The Prince of Liars By Nicholas Carter

1063-The Man at the Window By Nicholas Carter

1064-The Red League By Nicholas Carter

1065-The Price of a Secret By Nicholas Carter

1066-The Worst Case on Record By Nicholas Carter

1067-From Peril to Peril By Nicholas Carter

1068-The Seal of Silence By Nicholas Carter

1069-Nick Carter's Chinese Puzzle By Nicholas Carter

1070-A Blackmailer's Bluff By Nicholas Carter

1071-Heard in the Dark By Nicholas Carter

1072-A Checkmated Scoundrel By Nicholas Carter

1073-The Cashier's Secret By Nicholas Carter

1074-Behind a Mask By Nicholas Carter

1075-The Cloak of Guilt By Nicholas Carter

1076-Two Villains in One By Nicholas Carter

1077-The Hot Air Clew By Nicholas Carter

1078-Run to Earth By Nicholas Carter

1079-The Certified Check By Nicholas Carter

1080-Weaving the Web By Nicholas Carter

1081-Beyond Pursuit By Nicholas Carter

1082-The Claws of the Tiger By Nicholas Carter

1083-Driven From Cover By Nicholas Carter

1084-A Deal in Diamonds By Nicholas Carter

1085-The Wizard of the Cue By Nicholas Carter

1086-A Race for Ten Thousand By Nicholas Carter

1087-The Criminal Link By Nicholas Carter

1088-The Red Signal By Nicholas Carter

1089-The Secret Panel By Nicholas Carter

1090-A Bonded Villain By Nicholas Carter

1091-A Move in the Dark By Nicholas Carter

1092-Against Desperate Odds By Nicholas Carter

1093-The Telltale Photographs By Nicholas Carter

1094-The Ruby Pin By Nicholas Carter

1095-The Queen of Diamonds By Nicholas Carter

1096-A Broken Trail By Nicholas Carter

1097-An Ingenious Stratagem By Nicholas Carter

1098-A Sharper's Downfall By Nicholas Carter

1099-A Race Track Gamble By Nicholas Carter

1100-Without a Clew By Nicholas Carter

1101-The Council of Death By Nicholas Carter

1102-The Hole in the Vault By Nicholas Carter

1103-In Death's Grip By Nicholas Carter

1104-A Great Conspiracy By Nicholas Carter

1105-The Guilty Governor By Nicholas Carter

1106-A Ring of Rascals By Nicholas Carter

1107-A Masterpiece of Crime By Nicholas Carter

1108-A Blow For Vengeance By Nicholas Carter

1109-Tangled Threads By Nicholas Carter

1110-The Crime of the Camera By Nicholas Carter

1111-The Sign of the Dagger By Nicholas Carter

1112-Nick Carter's Promise By Nicholas Carter

1113-Marked for Death By Nicholas Carter

1114-The Limited Holdup By Nicholas Carter

1115-When the Trap Was Sprung By Nicholas Carter

1116-Through the Cellar Wall By Nicholas Carter

1117-Under the Tiger's Claws By Nicholas Carter

1118-The Girl in the Case By Nicholas Carter

1119-Behind a Throne By Nicholas Carter

1120-The Lure of Gold By Nicholas Carter

1121-Hand to Hand By Nicholas Carter

1122-From a Prison Cell By Nicholas Carter

1123-Dr. Quartz, Magician By Nicholas Carter

1124-Into Nick Carter's Web By Nicholas Carter

1125-The Mystic Diagram By Nicholas Carter

1126-The Hand That Won By Nicholas Carter

1127-Playing a Lone Hand By Nicholas Carter

1128-The Master Villain By Nicholas Carter

1129-The False Claimant By Nicholas Carter

1130-The Living Mask By Nicholas Carter

1131-The Crime and the Motive By Nicholas Carter

1132-A Mysterious Foe By Nicholas Carter

1133-A Missing Man By Nicholas Carter

1134-A Game Well Played By Nicholas Carter

1135-A Cigarette Clew By Nicholas Carter

1136-The Diamond Trail By Nicholas Carter

1137-The Silent Guardian By Nicholas Carter

1138-The Dead Stranger By Nicholas Carter

1140-The Doctor's Stratagem By Nicholas Carter

1141-Following a Chance Clew By Nicholas Carter

1142-The Bank Draft Puzzle By Nicholas Carter

1143-The Price of Treachery By Nicholas Carter

1144-The Silent Partner By Nicholas Carter

1145-Ahead of the Game By Nicholas Carter

1146-A Trap of Tangled Wire By Nicholas Carter

1147-In the Gloom of Night By Nicholas Carter

1148-The Unaccountable Crook By Nicholas Carter

1149-A Bundle of Clews By Nicholas Carter

1150-The Great Diamond Syndicate By Nicholas Carter

1151-The Death Circle By Nicholas Carter

1152-The Toss of a Penny By Nicholas Carter

1153-One Step Too Far By Nicholas Carter

1154-The Terrible Thirteen By Nicholas Carter

1155-A Detective's Theory By Nicholas Carter

1156-Nick Carter's Auto Trail By Nicholas Carter

1157-A Triple Identity By Nicholas Carter

1158-A Mysterious Graft By Nicholas Carter

1159-A Carnival of Crime By Nicholas Carter

1160-The Bloodstone Terror By Nicholas Carter

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21-Frank Merriwell's Secret By Burt L. Standish

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31-Frank Merriwell's Opportunity By Burt L. Standish

32-Frank Merriwell's Hard Luck By Burt L. Standish

33-Frank Merriwell's Protégé By Burt L. Standish

34-Frank Merriwell on the Road By Burt L. Standish

35-Frank Merriwell's Own Company By Burt L. Standish

36-Frank Merriwell's Fame By Burt L. Standish

37-Frank Merriwell's College Chums By Burt L. Standish

38-Frank Merriwell's Problem By Burt L. Standish

39-Frank Merriwell's Fortune By Burt L. Standish

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59-Frank Merriwell's Phantom By Burt L. Standish

60-Frank Merriwell's Faith By Burt L. Standish

61-Frank Merriwell's Victories By Burt L. Standish

62-Frank Merriwell's Iron Nerve By Burt L. Standish

63-Frank Merriwell in Kentucky By Burt L. Standish

64-Frank Merriwell's Power By Burt L. Standish

65-Frank Merriwell's Shrewdness By Burt L. Standish

66-Frank Merriwell's Set Back By Burt L. Standish

67-Frank Merriwell's Search By Burt L. Standish

68-Frank Merriwell's Club By Burt L. Standish

69-Frank Merriwell's Trust By Burt L. Standish

70-Frank Merriwell's False Friend By Burt L. Standish

71-Frank Merriwell's Strong Arm By Burt L. Standish

72-Frank Merriwell As Coach By Burt L. Standish

73-Frank Merriwell's Brother By Burt L. Standish

74-Frank Merriwell's Marvel By Burt L. Standish

75-Frank Merriwell's Support By Burt L. Standish

76-Dick Merriwell At Fardale By Burt L. Standish

77-Dick Merriwell's Glory By Burt L. Standish

78-Dick Merriwell's Promise By Burt L. Standish

79-Dick Merriwell's Rescue By Burt L. Standish

80-Dick Merriwell's Narrow Escape By Burt L. Standish

81-Dick Merriwell's Racket By Burt L. Standish

82-Dick Merriwell's Revenge By Burt L. Standish

83-Dick Merriwell's Ruse By Burt L. Standish

84-Dick Merriwell's Delivery By Burt L. Standish

85-Dick Merriwell's Wonders By Burt L. Standish

86-Frank Merriwell's Honor By Burt L. Standish

87-Dick Merriwell's Diamond By Burt L. Standish

88-Frank Merriwell's Winners By Burt L. Standish

89-Dick Merriwell's Dash By Burt L. Standish

90-Dick Merriwell's Ability By Burt L. Standish

91-Dick Merriwell's Trap By Burt L. Standish

92-Dick Merriwell's Defense By Burt L. Standish

93-Dick Merriwell's Model By Burt L. Standish

94-Dick Merriwell's Mystery By Burt L. Standish

95-Frank Merriwell's Backers By Burt L. Standish

96-Dick Merriwell's Backstop By Burt. L. Standish

97-Dick Merriwell's Western Mission By Burt L. Standish

98-Frank Merriwell's Rescue By Burt L. Standish

99-Frank Merriwell's Encounter By Burt L. Standish

100-Dick Merriwell's Marked Money By Burt L. Standish

101-Frank Merriwell's Nomads By Burt L. Standish

102-Dick Merriwell on the Gridiron By Burt L. Standish

103-Dick Merriwell's Disguise By Burt L. Standish

104-Dick Merriwell's Test By Burt L. Standish

105-Frank Merriwell's Trump Card By Burt L. Standish

106-Frank Merriwell's Strategy By Burt L. Standish

107-Frank Merriwell's Triumph By Burt L. Standish

108-Dick Merriwell's Grit By Burt L. Standish

109-Dick Merriwell's Assurance By Burt L. Standish

110-Dick Merriwell's Long Slide By Burt L. Standish

111-Frank Merriwell's Rough Deal By Burt L. Standish

112-Dick Merriwell's Threat By Burt L. Standish

113-Dick Merriwell's Persistence By Burt L. Standish

114-Dick Merriwell's Day By Burt L. Standish

115-Frank Merriwell's Peril By Burt L. Standish

116-Dick Merriwell's Downfall By Burt L. Standish

117-Frank Merriwell's Pursuit By Burt L. Standish

SPORTS

There is a greater appreciation of athletic sports among Americans than among people of any other nationality.

We have had definite proof of this in the correspondence occasioned by our publication of the adventures of Frank and Dick Merriwell. These two boys are active athletes. They are proficient in every line of sport, and they play fair or not at all.

This last feature of the Merriwell stories fills our daily mail with letters from readers who say that they appreciate the integrity and fairness of the Merriwells more than words can tell.

These books, while of greatest interest to the right-thinking boy are educational and make for the development of a character which will enable the average boy to meet his fellows fairly and squarely in the battle of life.

STREET & SMITH CORPORATION

79 Seventh Avenue New York City

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Bill Cody

At a rough estimate there are 400 million civilized human beings who have heard of Bill Cody, not under his real name, but by the name everybody called him, "Buffalo Bill."

His character made him an outstanding figure during a period of the development of America when a strong character was a matter of vital necessity.

We doubt, however, whether the man's work is fully appreciated, or ever has been. In the rush and bustle that followed the introduction of the railroad to the West, the results of Buffalo Bill's work were more or less overlooked, but a time is coming when this remarkable man's achievements will be fully appreciated.

This is the character whose adventures are dealt with in Buffalo Bill's Border Stories.

Read them. You will find them of true historical value.

STREET & SMITH CORPORATION

79 Seventh Avenue New York City

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