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Collegiate School.




j uit so. Now don't you think it would be much i more useful for you to learn the beats and signals a j little? Then you could come here anl do what you I liked, and I needn't appear in the matter." Are ye afraid, ye white-livered muff ? "Well, I'm not afraid exactly; but ye see I've no grievance at all. And there is no excuse for me to appear discontented. Now you have a reason, and if I teach you the signals and beats you can work the whole thing like a general, as you are, and throw them off the scent." "I see," muttered Sandy Sam. "Go en." I mean this," continued Collier. Here are the instruments; you can always use them, and not only now, but in future, it may be very useful for ye to know them. If you tie me up to-morrow I shall be out of it. I won't peach, you may depend, for my own sake, and you can arrange everything." And be independent of you, besides," said Sandy Sam. Who can tell whether you would telegraph correctly or net ? The proposal had evidently mot with his approval, but he would not give way all at once. "Exactly so," replied Collier, answering his last remark. I think ye may depend on me: but if ye want a thing done ye had better do it your- self. It costs no more, and will answer better, .and save my credit to help-jau in future. D'ye see, Now ? po t, Right you are," responded the striker," with a wink. "I'll put some of them into a hole. When can ye begin to tell me the telegraph —now ? Collier affected to consider, and, after a pause, he replied, glancing at the clock— Let me see. My mate will be here in an hour or so. I think we shall have time but first I must signal the goods train." "None of your larks," said Sam. "No peaching to the next box, or by the living Jingo aa sure as I see anyone coming here I'll blow your trains out. 1 have had my eye on you." George Collier felt his plan had failed so far. He had thought to give the next box a hint when the relief man was due, aad thus seeure help. But if the man were an accomplice the result would be dis- astrous to himself after all. In any case there was no help that way now. You may kill me if you please. I'm not going to wire anything but the train. Look here. We have so many beats for the passenger train, so many for an engine by itself, and so many for a goods -train. The special is five beats. Like this." Collier detached the wires from the instrument, and as he was touching them he received a smart shock that made him jump. IIHe uttered an exclamation of joy as he pretended to:fix them again. Why, here's a better plan than all," he re- marked with scarce-concealed satisfaction. Look here. But wait a minute. Let me see if the battery is full charged." He ascertained beyond a doubt that a very powerful current was" traversing the wires. Then, turning to the ringleader of the conspiracy, he .said- You can hear the beats and almost what they are saying in the next box. Listen." Gammon," exclaimed the man. "How can ye tear voices a mile away ? By wire. Can't ye hear through the trunk of a ee, or flong an iron rail r Thavs true," remarked Sandy Sam, who was no scientist, but who was well acquainted with the acoustic properties of timber and iron, though the telephone was not invented. That's true, and it will save trouble and time if 1 listen." "Just come and try; here, catch hold," said Collier, trembling with eagerness. "No larks," said Sandy Sam, threateningly. You'll not touch me, mind." "I won't go near you; I'll stand here. Now, when I tell you, put a wire in each ear, not too tight, and hold them there. I'll see that nothing interrupts the sound. Come." The man unsuspectingly took one wire from the instrument, and at the given signal suddenly clutched both, and with an expression of anger, put them to his ears. The current, permitted by Collier to flow with full force, darted through him like a flash of lightning, and he fell back senseless on the floor of the box. b "Now for the papers," said Collier, "and when my tnate turns up I'll tackle him too, and inform Six Walter. That's a good job done." The papers were soon in George's hands; the man aever moved. The electric current had done its work well. Sandy Sam lay apparently lifelesi fcaaeath. the levers and the signal instruments.