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Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 48. Baby's Heroism--Conclusion Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 48. Baby's Heroism--Conclusion

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 48. Baby's Heroism--Conclusion
CHAPTER XLVIII. BABY'S HEROISM--CONCLUSIONAll night the search for Bascomb continued, the cadets carrying on the work in relays. Hodge had convinced Lieutenant Gordan that Bascomb had suddenly become deranged, and had succeeded in having the search instituted without telling the real cause of the disappearance. The joy of the boys when they knew Merriwell was safe in his own tent had been boundless, but they were forced to keep it suppressed, fearing that too much of a demonstration would arouse suspicion, and create an investigation. Davis wept for joy. At first he could not believe such good news could be... Long Stories - Post by : sirtony - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1490

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 47. Alive! Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 47. Alive!

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 47. Alive!
CHAPTER XLVII. ALIVE!"I don't know but suicide is his easiest way out of this scrape," said Hodge. "It is the only way he can escape hanging!" came from Fred Davis, who seemed to be aroused to a point of relentless hatred for Bascomb. "Merciful goodness!" came faintly from Reynolds, who seemed to be weakening. "What a dreadful affair this is! I'd give anything in my power to give if I were well out of it!" "An' ye'd be gittin' out chape at thot, me hearty," declared Barney Mulloy. "If I'd ever dreamed what would come of it, horses couldn't... Long Stories - Post by : sirtony - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 3110

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 46. Result Of The Contest Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 46. Result Of The Contest

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 46. Result Of The Contest
CHAPTER XLVI. RESULT OF THE CONTESTFor a moment the horror-stricken witnesses stood and stared through the darkness at the place where the foes had disappeared over the brink of the bluff, and no one seemed capable of making a move or saying a thing immediately after those blood-chilling words came from the lips of Bartley Hodge. Fred Davis was the first to recover. Down upon the ground he flung himself, peering over the verge of the bluff, and calling: "Frank--Frank Merriwell!" Immediately there was a faint, muffled answer from near at hand. "Thank Heaven!" Fred almost wept. "He has... Long Stories - Post by : sirtony - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1542

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 45. Another Kind Of A Fight Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 45. Another Kind Of A Fight

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 45. Another Kind Of A Fight
CHAPTER XLV. ANOTHER KIND OF A FIGHTIt had already grown quite dark. The fun for the time being was over, but there was an engagement of quite a different nature to take place. Barely had the Dutch boy disappeared, with the Vermonter at his heels, when Frank and several others of the party slipped away into the shadows and made for Black Bluff. Bascomb and a large number of his friends were waiting when Frank arrived, and Merriwell heard the big fellow sneeringly observe: "He has really come at last! I didn't know but he was going to take water.... Long Stories - Post by : sirtony - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 2510

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 44. A Comedy Duel Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 44. A Comedy Duel

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 44. A Comedy Duel
CHAPTER XLIV. A COMEDY DUELBoth Hans and Ephraim were ghastly pale. The Dutch lad's teeth were chattering, and the Yankee boy's knees shook beneath him. But both tried to put on a bold front. "Are ye ready, jintlemin?" demanded Barney Mulloy, who had been chosen to give the word. "Vait a moment," commanded Hans, waving his hand frantically at Barney. "I vos goin' to gif dot feller a shance to safe his life. Uf he vants to abologize now I vont shood him drough der heart mit a pullet." "Hurry up this business!" blustered Ephraim, waving the big... Long Stories - Post by : sirtony - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1838

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 40. For The Under Dog Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 40. For The Under Dog

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 40. For The Under Dog
CHAPTER XL. FOR THE UNDER DOGIn an instant every lad save Davis was on his feet, for all knew what naturally followed an act of this sort. But the natural order of events did not take place. Davis slowly and carefully wiped the water from his face with the napkin. His hand trembled a little, and his cheeks were pale, the color having fled from them in a moment. Frank had taken a quick step forward, ready to see fair play. Although it was generally known that Davis was a peaceful sort of a fellow, who would not get... Long Stories - Post by : salesmch - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 2229

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 39. An Open Insult Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 39. An Open Insult

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 39. An Open Insult
CHAPTER XXXIX. AN OPEN INSULTThe spirit of mischief seemed to break loose in the camp that night. A dozen times were some of the plebes hauled out of bed and slid around the streets enveloped in their own blankets, ridden on a tentpole, or an old wheelbarrow, tossed in tent flies, or nearly smothered with smoke that filled their tents from the burning of some vile-smelling stuff. Time after time was the guard turned out to capture the perpetrators of these tricks, but still alarm followed alarm, and not one of the jokers was captured. Every inspection seemed to show... Long Stories - Post by : salesmch - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1730

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 38. Sport With A Plebe Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 38. Sport With A Plebe

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 38. Sport With A Plebe
CHAPTER XXXVIII. SPORT WITH A PLEBE"Merriwell----!" Bascomb's face showed he was little pleased by the appearance of Frank. "I believe you were about to tell Mr. Davis what you would do in case he declined to bring a bucket of water for you, sir," said the yearling with chevrons. "Pray, proceed!" "This--this is an intrusion!" grated Bascomb. "Really so?" And Frank's eyebrows were uplifted in mock surprise. "I presumed I would be welcome to the tent of a classmate." "Well, you are not welcome here," growled the big fellow. "What are you going to do about it?" "Nothing.... Long Stories - Post by : salesmch - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 2188

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 37. 'Baby' Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 37. "Baby"

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 37. 'Baby'
CHAPTER XXXVII. "BABY"A year had passed since Frank entered Fardale Military Academy--a year crowded with events and adventures such as made its memory both pleasant and painful. The time of the June encampment had again arrived. Frank was no longer a plebe, and the glistening chevrons on his sleeves told that the first year in the academy had not been wasted. He was now Cadet Corporal Merriwell. The graduates had departed, and the furlough men were away at their homes. A new squad of plebes had been admitted to the school, and the yearlings, mad with joy at being released... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1760

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 36. The Secret Of The Ring Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 36. The Secret Of The Ring

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 36. The Secret Of The Ring
CHAPTER XXXVI. THE SECRET OF THE RINGAstonished and horrified though he was, Bart Hodge realized that Frank had been stabbed. At that moment, with the lack of resolution that was characteristic of him on occasions of peril, and not through fear, he stood quite still and did nothing. Without a shout or a sound, the man in black leaped toward the end of the station a saddled and bridled horse was hitched to a post. One slash of the knife set the horse free, and the desperate man leaped to the creature's back, riding rapidly away. Frank had swiftly... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 3132

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 35. More Danger Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 35. More Danger

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 35. More Danger
CHAPTER XXXV. MORE DANGER"Gone!" Bart staggered as if he had been struck a heavy blow, and his face grew ghastly pale, while his eyes stared at the spot where he had last seen the ring. It was truly gone. In some surprising manner it had disappeared from the room while he was in pursuit of the paper, astonishing though such a thing seemed. For a few moments Hodge was quite overcome by this discovery. He sank weakly into a chair, wringing his hands and breathing hoarsely. How had it happened? It did not take Bart long to decide that... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 747

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 34. The Ring Disappears Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 34. The Ring Disappears

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 34. The Ring Disappears
CHAPTER XXXIV. THE RING DISAPPEARS"Bart!" The exclamation of mingled surprise and reproach came from Frank's lips. Hodge had made a move to conceal the cigarette, but discovered he was too late. His face turned crimson, and he hung his head with shame. Frank closed the door, and came to the side of his roommate, on whose shoulder he gently placed a hand, as he asked: "How does it happen, Bart?" Bart started to say something, choked a little, and then forced an unpleasant laugh. "Oh, I'm a liar!" he burst out, hotly. "I have broken my pledge at the first... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 2972

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 30. Frank And The Professor Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 30. Frank And The Professor

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 30. Frank And The Professor
CHAPTER XXX. FRANK AND THE PROFESSORFrank Merriwell was right in thinking he had not seen the last of the man in black. On the third day after his first meeting with the mysterious stranger he was astonished, while ascending the stairs, to see that individual come out of Professor Gunn's room. Frank paused on the flight that led to the "Cock-loft," and watched the man hurriedly descend the stairs. "Great Scott!" muttered the young cadet. "That is remarkable. I wonder what he was up to in the professor's room? He saw me, but he hustled away... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1789

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 29. Bart Makes A Pledge Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 29. Bart Makes A Pledge

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 29. Bart Makes A Pledge
CHAPTER XXIX. BART MAKES A PLEDGEThe following day Frank obtained permission to look at the ring through the powerful microscope belonging to the academy. Bart accompanied him to the experimenting room, and they were soon taking turns in looking at the marked stone. "What do you make of it, old man?" asked Bart. "It looks like a map," said Frank. "Right!" exclaimed the other lad. "It looks like a map, and I believe that is what it is." There is a river, or road, and mountains, something that looks like a lake, and then a tiny cross. The... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 3317

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 28. The Marks On The Black Stone Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 28. The Marks On The Black Stone

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 28. The Marks On The Black Stone
CHAPTER XXVIII. THE MARKS ON THE BLACK STONEFrank fancied he heard pursuing footsteps behind him, but the mysterious man might have spared himself the effort if he tried to overtake the lad, for Merriwell almost flew over the ground. The lights from the windows of the barracks soon appeared through the trees, and Frank felt relieved when he was safely within the grounds with the academy buildings looming before him. A short time later he entered his own room in the "Cock-loft," to find Bartley Hodge sitting with his feet on the table, smoking a cigarette and perusing an exciting detective... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1544

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 27. Attacked On The Road Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 27. Attacked On The Road

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 27. Attacked On The Road
CHAPTER XXVII. ATTACKED ON THE ROADIt was in truth the mysterious man who was lingering on the opposite side of the street under the deeper shadows of the elms. That he was watching Frank quickly became evident, but he slowly walked away when he saw he was observed. "What a villainous-looking creature he is!" said Inza, in a flutter of alarm. "How could you tell at that distance when it is so dark?" half laughed Frank. "Oh, it was his general appearance--his black clothes, and that strange cloak and cape." To himself Frank confessed that the man had seemed rather... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1925

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 26. The Mystery Of The Ring Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 26. The Mystery Of The Ring

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 26. The Mystery Of The Ring
CHAPTER XXVI. THE MYSTERY OF THE RINGFrank did not glance back till he turned onto another street, and then he saw the man in black standing quite still where they had parted. The reddish glow of the sunset was behind the man, on which his black figure stood out like a silhouette, the cloak and cape making him slightly resemble a gigantic bat. The boy shivered a little as he passed beyond the view of the mysterious stranger. "That man makes my blood cold," he murmured. "There is something decidedly awe-inspiring about him. Somehow, I do not believe I... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1175

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 25. The Sinister Stranger Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 25. The Sinister Stranger

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 25. The Sinister Stranger
CHAPTER XXV. THE SINISTER STRANGER"Boy did you get that ring?" Frank Merriwell started and looked quickly at the man who had hoarsely hissed the question in his ear. At a glance he saw that the man was a stranger in Fardale village. The stranger was dressed in black clothes, wore a cloak, with a cape, and had the brim of his hat slouched over his eyes, which were coal-black and piercing. He had a heavy black mustache and imperial, which gave him a rather savage expression, and, withal, he made a somewhat sinister figure. The night mail at... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 944

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 24. Skating For Life Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 24. Skating For Life

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 24. Skating For Life
CHAPTER XXIV. SKATING FOR LIFEDuring the entire first half of the course there were four of the seven contestants who made a good showing. These were Rains, Merriwell, Hodge and one of the village boys. Through it all Rains kept the lead, but the village lad was second until the turning point was nearly reached. Then Merriwell settled down to business and took second place, while Hodge pushed the village boy hard. Rains' heart was full of triumph. Over and over he told himself: "At last I have found something at which I can defeat Merriwell fairly!" Rains... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 2132

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 20. Bascomb's Mistake Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 20. Bascomb's Mistake

Frank Merriwell's Chums - Chapter 20. Bascomb's Mistake
CHAPTER XX. BASCOMB'S MISTAKEPaul Rains was struck with dismay and confusion, which threatened to turn to anger. He saw the crowd gathering round Frank, and congratulating him. Paul was left quite alone. Not even Bascomb approached him, for the big plebe was too dismayed to say anything or do anything. Wat Snell simply muttered: "I knew it!" His tone expressed his hopeless disgust. Frank's hand was wrung till his arm ached, and he was told over and over that he would make a new record for Fardale Academy if he chose to enter the athletic contests in the spring.... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq - Date : May 2012 - Author : Burt L. Standish - Read : 1732