A boy of nine, who had lost his balance on the window-sill, came hurtling through the air. H .is death seemed assured when, at that critical moment. Hal Morton dashed f9rward and caught him in his arms.
Fame and fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Inued Weekl11-B11 Subacriptio n IZ.50 per 11ear. Entered according to A.ct of Congreas, in the 11ear 1 908 i n the oJ11ce o f the Librarian of Congren, Wcuhington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publi1her, 24 Union Square, New York, No. 53. NEW YORK, OCTO BER 5, 1906. PRICE 5 CENTS. Winning the Do11atts OR, THE-YOUNG WONDER OF WALL STREET By A SELF-MADE MAN. CHAPTER I. CAPTAIN JOE HOW ARD. "Hello, Hal!" exclaimed Tom Hardy, messenger for Harley & Co., stock brokers, of Exchange Place, rushing up in some excitement to his particular friend, Harry Morton, messenger for Aaron Black, banker and broker, of No. Wall Street. ''.I've just heard that your boss has gone up Salt River. Is it true?" "Gone up Salt River!" replied Harry Morton, a good looking, s.trapping boy of sixteen, in a somewhat bewildered way. "I don't know what you are talking about, Tom." "Why, hasn't your employer failed?" "Failed! Not that I know of," answered Morton. "Who told you he had?" "I heard Mr. Harley tell another broker in his office a few minutes ago that Aaron Black was caught in the slump of Missouri Central this afternoon, and had been squeezed as dry as a salt mackerel." "This is news to me," replied Harry Morton, with a look of uneasiness in his eyes. "I hope it isn't true, for I don't care to lose my job." "I don't blame you. It's not so easy to pick up a de c ent job down here unless you know where to look for it." "Are you sure it was Aaron Black that Mr. Harley spoke about?" "Dead certain.' I heard the name as plain as anything." "I suppose I'll find out all about it whe n I get back," \ said Morton, in a tone that lacked iis customary sprightli ness. "Of course you will if it's a fact "It will be rough on mother if I'm dumped out of & situation just at this time," remarked Harry, sadly. "How is that?" "We need the money to meet an obligation falling due on the first of January." "Do you mean the interest on that mortgage that Squire Dalt0n holds on your cottage?" "The interest and an instalment payment." "I wouldn't worty. You haven't loot your job yet," sai d Tom, encouragingly "But if Mr. Black goes of business I'm bound to be in the soup." "Maybe he'll pull through somehow," said 'J'om. "He's about as slick as they come in Wall Street. I'd be willing to bet all my loose change that jf any man in the Street can get out of a bad hole, he's the man. This isn't the first time his wings have been clipped, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him bob up serenely in spite of what I heard. So long! I'll see you after three The two boys separated, Harry making for his o.!fice, with some apprehension concerning what the immediate future held for him Hal Morton was one of the brightest messengers in Wa ll Street Aaron Black had said so on more than one occasion,
2 WINNING THE DOLLARS. and Rrok r r Black was not a man who wasted many words "Oh, my name is Cap'n Joe Howard, of the ship Malta, or: hi s ernployes. from Melbourne, now at quarantine. I've brought a letHal Jived in the New Jersey village of Maybrook, ter of introduction from Maltby, Cusick & Co of Bourke '.vithin easy reach of New York, and he and his chum, Street, Melbourne." Tom Hardy, who
. WINNING THE DOLLARS. 3 messenger "Be quick about it, as I don't want to mis s Stimson if I can help it." ''All right," said Hal, darting 011t of the room, snatching hiti hat from its peg and leaving the office like a boy on roller skates. "Smart boy you have there," remarked the captain, after lforton had gone "He's the smartest boy in Wall Street," replied the broker, for probably the twentieth time in the last year. "Nothing lazy about him, I see." "Lazy! He's quicker than chain lightning, and never 111akes a mistake. I wouldn t lose him for a farm. Weil, captain, you'll go out to lunch with me, won't you?" "Sorry, l\Ir Black, but I've got an important call to make at the office of Thomas & Howland, owners of my ship, the Malta Shall be glad to accept your invitation to morrow, when I call on you for my bank book." "All right, Captain Howard. You've got your receipt for the money. Be careful of it, as I shall want it back when I hand you your book to morrow."' "I'll take first-class care of it, sir," laughed the captain. "It's the only evirlence I hare to show that I have de-returns from Liverpool, \\;here he goes on his next voyage Therefore I can use this just the same as if it were my own. Ah! Luc k is a great thing! It keeps many men out of the poorhouse, and many others out of jail," with a short laugh. "vVell, I must go out and change it into good American bills, s0 that I can be ready t o squa r e up with Mr. Stimson when he calls to-monow. I've no doubt lots of wiseacres think that Misso u ri Centra l p11t me down and out. vVell, they've a ll got another think M:r. Aaron Black, now in excellent humor, left hi s fffice and called in at a score of different money brokers, dispos ing of the foreign bills in small amounts at each place. After completing his business there he went to lunch. for it suclclcnly became apparent to him that he had an unu s ually good appetite. CHAPTER II. THE TIP ON M. & N posited $50. 000 with you." Harry Morton lo s t no time going down to the Mill s "That's right," nodded the broker. "If you should med Building with his importa11t message, which he had orders with an acc ident, and that receipt was not found o n you, to deliver per s onally to Mr. Stimson, if that gentleman had it might lead to complications." not gone home "I'll keep a tight grip on it, never fear," replied Captain Mr. Stimson, however, was not in his office, but attending Howard, with a grim smile. "Fifty thousand dollars isn't a directors' meeting, from which he was momentarily ex-' made every day by men in my calling. I realized that, pected to r e turn. 1'ir, out of an interest in an Australian g old mine which So Hal clecicled to wait for him. came into my possession fifteen years ago in a curious sort He took a seat near one of the windows and waited. of 'rn.\-. I'll tell you about i t some time if I get the chance. Afte r spending ten minutes l ook in g over the distant My and family haven't yet heard of :tuy good lu ck. hou setops he grew weary of that re c r eat ion and took up the I shall sutprise them when I meet them this afternoon. afternoon paper. Ah! how happy they'll be to see me again after my three There was a sensational story of a c1isastro11s earthq1iake years' abs ence! You've no idea what it is to be sepa r ate d in Chile, and Harry was soon d eep ly interested in the de from one's folks for three long years-thirtysix months tails. I'm just wild to take them into my arms, and look into Suddenly he became aware that two men had entered the thei r dear eyes, and-but, there. I'm talking like an old room and were talking in low tones near at hand fool, on a matter that can't interest you, sir," said the cap -He would scarcely have notic e d the circumstance but that tain, rising and reaching for his hat. "I'm much obliged one of them mentioned his employer's name and imme to you for taking charge of my money, and after banking. diate ly afterward Mis s ouri Central. hours, !is you say, sir. I shan't forget the favor; upon The young messenger became all ears at once. my worcl I shant." The visitors, probably brokers, talked about the afterCaptain Howard held ont his hand, which the broker noon's slump on the stock exchange, with particular refer took. ence to Missouri Central and Aaron Black. "I'll be iii to-morrow, sir, according to arrangement. One of them said that he was sure Black bad been caught What fone will be most convenient to you?" for over $100,000, and that the chances were hed go tJ "Three o'clock would suit me best, captain; but you may the wall, for it was genera.lly 1.'1lown he had been somewhat call earlier if that bout interferes with any of your other crippled by a deal in J & P. two weeks p r evious engagement9'" replied Broker Black. "He's got it in the solar plexus this time you may de"Three o'clock will suit me, sir I will make it a point pend," went tm the speaker, "for as soon as it becomes to be on time known that he's in the tureen there'll b e a run o n that "Saved at the last moment," muttered Aaron Black, as private bank of his, and then it will be all day with him. the door closed behind the captain. "This money will I feel sorry for his depositors. They'll be l ucky if t h ey just carry me over. He's going to leave it on a long derealize twenty -five cents on the dollar." posit, as be says he shan't have any use for it until he "I don't feel a bit sorry for him," rerharke d the other
4 WINNING THE DOLLARS. ====================::::::=========================-=========-======-=======::::: man. "He's a man I never fancied much. He's altogether I "By George! If I only had a hundred dollars now I too foxy for a person to trust any further than he can see 1 could make a haul in the market, as su r e as eggs are eggs." him." The chance of the young messenger getting hold of $100 "That's the opinion I've formed of him, too. There's honestly was extremely remote, however. no telling how many people he's robbed, in a business way, "It's hard luck to acquire a valuable pointer like this of course, since he opened up down here twelve years ago. M. & N., and not have a soumarkee to back it up with. I I heard a man say once that if all the lambs shorn by Mr. wonder if I couldn't sell it to Mr. Black? It ought to be. Aaron Black could parade in front of his office, the street worth a couple of hundred to him at least. It might get would present a pitiable spectacle of widows and orphans, him out of his hole--that is, if he has got funds enough to and trusting men whose savings had sunk out of sight use it. If he thought it was a su re thing I guess he could in his insatiable maw." raise the cash somehow. I don't know any otJ:ier b7oker "That's a pretty hard reputation fo give him," laughed I'd have the cheek to approach on the subject. They'd want his companion. to know just how I came by my information, and I'd feel "I guess he deserves it," said the other, with a chuckle. kind of cheap telling them that I listened to the private Harry Morton was astonished at the tough opinion these conversation of two brokers in Stimson's office. First two brokers held of his employer. thing I'd know it would be all over the Street t _hat I was a He had worked for Mr. Black two years, and had no sort of Paul Pry, and then whenever a couple of brokers idea he was any such a man. Raw me approaching they'd skiddoo so quick that the at" I'll bet Mr. Black did these two brokers up in some mosphere would sizz. No, I can't sell this tip tn any one deal once upon a time, and they feel sore against him," but Mr. Bliwk. He sent me over here, and told me to he thought. wait and see Stimson, so I wouldn't mind letting on to him Well," said the first broker, changing the subject of the conversation, ''I did pretty fair myself out of Missouri Central, for I got out in time to realize." "How much did you make?" asked his cnmpanion. "About $110,000." "Thnt wasn t so bad.'' "No; but I'll do better on M. & N." "What about M. & N. ?" "I found out the other e1ay that a syndicate has been formed to give it a boost. Harley & Co., who represent the pool on the Exchange, started in this mo.ruing to buy all the shares offered. I've been taking in small lots since :Monday. I paid 53 for what I secured, but the s lump in Missouri Centra l this afternoon, which was unexpected, has carried it down to 50. That doesn t worry me a bit, for it's bound to move up again in a few days. There's a sme for tune in it for a man with half a million, provided he can get enough of the shares." "I guess I'll buy a few thousand shares, then "You're foolish if you don't. You ought to be able to make $10 or $15 a s hare before it reaches high-water mark.'' "Thanks for the tip, old man," Fepliecl the other. "I'll do the same for you the first chance I see." "Don' t mention it. I'm giving you this in return for the pointer you handed me out last spring, on which you may remember I cleared $60,000." "Do you know I forgot all about that. Say, I guess ther e's no use of our waiting any longer for Stimson. That "'meeting he 's at must be a long-winded affair." The two brokers told a clerk they'd return in the morn ing, left their names and departed. Harry Morton had no further thoughts for the earth quake. He was very much excited over the tip he had just picked up in such an accidental way. wliat I couldn't Vry well help hearing.'' J m:t then Mr. Stimson came in and Harry delivered his envelope and then went into his private office to wait until he wrote an answer. Hal looked at the clock as he came out into the reception room and saw that it was nearly four o'clock. "I hope Mr. Bla ck won't have a fit waiting for me to 'get back. He told me to hurry. So I did. But he also told me not to leave the envelope unless Stimson had gone home for the day. It wasn'.t my fault that the broker wa.;; delayed at a directors' meeting." Hal made haste to get back to vV all Street, but all the way he couldn't get the fact out of his head that it was real mean he didn't have a few dollars to put up on M. & N. on a ten per cent. margin-the only course to small investors. Somewhat to his relief, H.al found that his employer went out soon after he started on his errand, and had not yet re turned. He sat down and waited for him to get back, for he wasn't sure but he might have something for him to do. As a usual thing the young messenger was through for the day shor tly after the clock stnlCk three; but as long as his boss remained downtown he was expected to stay about the office. Hal had forgotten all about the sea captain who had called that afternoon; but when he got back to the office something recalled the visitor to his mind. "We don't often see men of his stamp down here in Wall Street. He must have brought that big of Bank of England notes I saw on Mr. Black's desk. There was a good bit of money in that bun r:q, for I noticed the tnp one was stamped 100 pounds, which is equivalent to a $500 bill. He didn't look like a man who was rolling in wealth, either. I wonder where he got it from, and whether it belongs to him?" a d e fc E h d e
WINNING 'l'HE DOLLARS. 5 -------Hal thought it mus t !Jc a d e lightful s ensation to be worth a lot of money. "If I only had a thou sand dollars now, what wouldn t 1 do with it! Well, say, I'd just soak it into M. & N. and make that profit of $10 or $15 a share that broker spoke about. That would give me $10,000 to $15,000 profit in side of no time at all, for whe n these stocks are boomed by pools they go right up with a jump." Hal looked at the clock and saw that it was h a lf-past four. Just then the door opened suddenly and Captain Joe Howard came rushing in. The boy could see ihat he was greatly excited and agi tated. "I want to see Mr. Black," he panted, feverishly. "Mr. Black went to lunch soon after you left and he hasn't returned yet, sir,'' s aid the young messenger, won dering what ailed their marine visitor. "But he will return, won t he? ask e d the captain, eag erly. "Well, sir, I can't g uarantee that he will. Still I ex pect to see him back or I should have gone home an hour ago." The captain paced up and clown the reception-room like some wild animal restrained of its liberty. He seem e d to grow more and more excited as the mo ments pas s ed and there W'as no sign of Mr. Black coming back. The telephone had bee n ringing at intervals since Harry came in. Just then it rang again. Afte r a moment or two the ca.shier looked into the re ception-room and told th e boy that Mr. Black had ju s t a s ked if he was still at the office, and b eing inform e d that he was said that he would return in about fifteen minutes, and that he would have an errand for Morton to execute for him. \ 11 ri ght, sir, r e pli e d th e boy, who thereupon turne d to Captain Howard and told him that the broker was ex pected in a quarter of an hour. That seeme d to qui e t the captain and Harry said he'd better s t e p into the privat e office and sit down. He did so. 'rhe cashier departed for his homeat ten minutes to :five, and Cassie King, the stenographer, followed soon after. Five o' c lock s tru c k a nd the broker was still absent. The clerks put their books in the safe, and their papers away, in th eir rlesk s donn erl th eir hats and overcoats and l e ft. one by one until Harry was the only employe in the office. "If Mr. Black is coming, a i s a.bout time he s howed up I think," he s aid to impatiently. "I'll wash u; and be ready to kitewhe n h e does come The boy entered the counting-room and went back to the lavatory just as Mr. Black came rapidly into the room. CHAPTER lll. THE APOPLECTIC STROKE. Aaron Black started for his prirate office and was met at the door b.x_ Captain Howard, who approached him eagerly. "Captain Howard!" exclaimed the broker, astonish e d to see hi s nautical visitor in his office at that hour. "You are surprised to see me back so soon again, Mr. Black," began the s kipper of the Malta, in an agitated voice, "but the fact i s I have called to ask you to l e t me have my money back." "Let fyou have your money back!" exclaimed the broker, astounded at the captain's words. "Yes, yes! My $50,000. I have changed my mind about depositing it in a bank. I-I am going to buy a house." "Buy a hous e !" "Yes, yes! Mr. Thomas, of Thomas & Howland, owners of the Malta, suggested it, and-and I think-----'.Yes, yes, I think it i s the best thing I can do." "You don t expect to buy this house you speak of to-night, do you?" asked the broker, sarcastically. "No, no; of course not; but--" "But what, sir?" I should-that i s I would like to have my money to take hom e with me." "Really, Captain Howard, to say the least, your conduct is mos t extraordinary. You come here with a letter of in troduction fro m Maltby, Cusick & Co., bankers, of bourne, who inform s me that you have ten thousand pounds in Bank of F.nglancl note s that yon wish to depo sit with a r e liabl e banker, 1111d tlw.r have taken the liberty, Mr. Maltby b eing ah old fri end of mine, of recommending me to your notice. You call on me, present your letter, and d eposit your mon ev, which I obligingly accept, though it i s afte r banking honr s with the uncler standing that it is Lo r e main in my hands s ix months at least, and under this arrangement I have agreed to pay you interest on your de posit at the rate of three per per annum. Now you come back two hams later and demand that I return it to you. Upon my word, f'ir, this is incomprehensible to me." "Y011 will forgive me for giving you all this trouble, Mr. Black, but I will pay you, sir. You may retain $100 for--" "Thank you, captain," sneeringly. "I don't do business that way." "But you are entitled to s omething, Mr. Black," said the captain, eagerly. "So you really want your money back, do you?" asked the broker, coldly. "Yes, yes; if you will be so good," feverishly. "Very well. Call to-morrow, after ten, the bank opens, and I have no doubt we will arrange this matter satisfactorily."
1 c THE DOLLARS. no; I wish to take i t with me now!" exclaimed the "Well, what did you hear?" a s k e d ::\Ir. Black, interrupt-captain, excitedly. ing the captain abruptly. "Impossible! It is after banking hour:;." "I heard that-that you were in financial difficulties, and ''But, sir, you accepted my mone y after banking hours.'' that you were expected to make an n s ,;ignment to -morrow." ''I did this to oblige you. lt is now in rny big s afe, at"Oh, you heard that?' reJ_JJied the broker with a sneer. tached to the door of which is a time -l ock that will not "Yes, sir," said the captain, anxiom;ly. "And I wa,,; permit acc e ss to the vault until ten minutes b e fore ten to afraid--" morrow morning." "That you'd lose your money, is that it?" This statement "as a deliberate lie, as the broker had the "It's natural, after hearing such news, that I should feel e<]uivalent of the ,000 in good American bills in his nervous about such a large sum as the amount I deposited coat pocket at that moment. with you, so I thought I had better withdraw it. It's a forThe captain's demand for the return of his money had tune for me, sir; and if I was to lose it--" upset all his plans for using this money in his busines s as "T11t, tut! There's no danger of you losing it, my dear had contemplated. sir. It's safely locked up in my safe. Come to-morrow '110 g ive up this money, which had come to him in his morning, and if you still insist on my turning it over to hour of greatest need, like the manna to the starving Israel-you, why, of course---" ites of old, was to face absolute ruin. Captain Howard was not satisfied with this assurance. Sooner than do that he would carry out his original inSomehow or another he distrusted the broker's words. tention of taking all the cash of his depositors in the safe, There was a shifty look in Mr. Black's eyes that he did tog ether with the captain's $50,000, ancl fly from the not like. country that v e ry ni ght-this he was now resolved upon. Besides the person from whom he had got his information Howard sta g gered bac k as the impos s ibility of about Mr. Black's financial difficulties had intimated that getting his money immediately impressed itself on his the private banker and broker was a man he would not mind. trust himself any further than he could see him. He seerne
WINNING THE DOLLARS. -Angry at this demonstration on the captain's part, Mr., No one knew that the sea captain had deposited the sum Black attempted to fling the man off. of $50,000 with him. But Captain Howard was a strong, chunky individual, He had not turned the rno ney over to his cashier with an iron grip. This receipt was the only evidence of the transaction. In the tussle which ensued the broker's coat was torn, If it was destroyed--revealing the package of bills he had got in exchange for Aaron Black's crafty e yes snapped and his jaws came the Bank of England notes. together with a snap. 11he sight of them convinced the skippe r of the Malta If the receipt was destroyed no one could come forward that his suspicions were well founded, and he made a grab .;vith a valid claim to the money. for the notes. It would be his to do with as he chose. "Give me back my money, you thief!" roared the captain, his face growing as reel as a beet, under the excite ment and violence of the moment. "How clare you call me a. thief?" exclaimed Mr. Black, seizing hisantagonist by the throat, wrenching himself free a.nd starting for the door. With a hoarse cry of rage, Captain Howard sprang for ward to prevent his exit. But before he could reach the broker he stopped, threw up his hands and staggered about like a drunken man. He tore at his collar and gasped for air. Then, with a cry of despair, he fell at full length upon the carpet, squirming about in great agony, while Aaron Black, who had paused at the door, stood watching his death throes until he straightened out suddenly and lay perfectly still. CHAPTER IV. IN WHICH AARON Bf,ACK CO:NSlDERS HIS OWN INTERESTS AS PARAMOUNT TO EVEHYTHING ELSE. Aaron Black was both amazed and staggered by the tragedy which had happened in his office. For several momentR after the Rkipper of the Malta had ceaRrd hiK on thP c:arpd he remained sta11ding, with his hand on the corridor door, uncertain what to do. Then, to make rnre whetheT his visitor was really dead, he came forwal'!:l, knelt down beside the body and felt of the man's l1eart. It had ceased to beat. The captain':;; face was much distorted and not pleasant to look upon, rHpeci;:i lly by the man who was, inadvertrntly, the cau"e of hii:; death. ''He iK dead," muttereJ the broker, with a blanched face. "It is cle::i.r his excitement brought on a ;;troke of apoplexy. 1 nolif.v the authorities at once." As he ro e to bis feet sha :rp eyes detected a piece of paper on the caJpet. He picked it 11 p and looked at it. It was the receipt he had given Captain Howard that afternoon for the ,000. The captain had taken it from his pocketbook in his eagerness to r eturn it in exchange for his money. As the broker looked at it the po8Sibilities tha, t its pos session meant to him flashed across his mind. But the captain's wife and family-what of them? He would be robbing them, would he not? Aaron Black smiled sardonically. Charity began at home, and he cert a.inly needed the money more than he ever needed a like sum of money in his life before. At any rate, the opportunity was his, why not avail himself of it? No one would know but himself and-that Supreme Being which rules the universe, and Aaron Black was not bothered with any uncomfortable intervi ews with his con s cienoe. He had been guilty of many little bits of sharp prac tice during his business career that some men would have been ashamed to acknow ledg e even to themselves. Broker Black, however, never allowed such things to disturb him. He beUeved that every man's hand in Wall Street was against his neighbor, consequently everything was fair in business. So he put the receipt in his pocket, intending to destroy it at his leisure. It was at that moment that Harry Morton, who had heard some indications of the trouble in the private office, but not enough to raise any suspicions in bis mind that anything wrong was going on, appeared in the reception rbom prepared to leave the office at a moment's notice. He was parnly z ed at the sight which met his eyes. On the floor near the open door of the priva.te office lay the motionless foTm of Captain Howard, and standing be side him was his employer. "Good gracious!" ejaculated the young messenger under his breath . "\\'hat has happened?" Aaron Black looked np and observed him. The broker'" fare had hanlly recovered its normal color, but the boy had no suspicion that Mr. Black was in any v>ay responi;:ible for the visitor's cond ition. "You here, Harry Morton!'' ejaculated the broker, with a shade of apprehension in his tones, for he could not tell what the lad had seen "How long have you been in this room?" "I only just came in from the wash-room What is the matter with ihe mptain? Has he been taken with a fit?" Aaron Black uttered a sigh of relief, for the boy's words indicated that he knew nothing. "No, Harry," he replied, in something like his usual
8 WINNING THE DOLLARS. tones. "Captain Howard has had a stroke of apoplexy, and l fear be is dead." "Dead!" cried the boy, terrified. "Yes. He seeme d to be in a very excited state when I found him in my private office, and before he had utterd a dozen words he sprang to his feet in a strange, gasping way and attempted t.o leave the room. Before I could ren der him the least assistance he fell, like a shot, to the fl.om: and .hasn't moved since Hal l ooked down at the dead man, pityingly. Only a .few minutes ago the captain looked to be hale and hearty, and apparently good for a twenty-year lease of life--now he was a corpse. The change had come so quick as to be positively start ling. "What shall we do, sir?" asked the boy. "Ring up the Old Slip station for me and I will come to the booth as soon as you notify me the connection has been made." The broker wished to get rid of his messenger for a few moments in order to change his torn coat for another that was hanging in the inner office; he also wished to thor oughly compose himself before he went to the 'phone. He had barely accomplished the first when Hal came to the door and told him that the office had been connected with the police statio n. 'l'he broker went to the booth and remained there sev eral minutes. "An officer will be here presently," he said to Harry. "This will be a case for the coroner." "How about his family, sir?" Mr. Black shrugged his shoulde rs. "He gave me to understand that he had a wife and one daughter, but where they live I cannot say. He hasn't seen them for three years, he told me this afternoon." '"I1hat's ha .rd,'' replied Hal, feeling a great sympathy for the bereaved one,;, who were cloubtless at that moment eag erly looking forward for the return of the husband and father, who would never more g ladden their eyes in life. Aaron Black heard the boy's remark, but it did not affect him. H e was not a man o f feeling, though he had a growing family of his own. Constant friction with the busy world of Wall Street had calloused his heart. He never allowed sentiment to encroach on business. His main object in life was to make as much money as he could, and he expected to make a good deal of it at the expense of other people. That was the way of the world, anyway, he argued. "I'll tell you what you might do, Harry," he said, a moment later. "Get the city directory and look up the o! .fl'homas & Howland. They compose the shipping firn:i who own the ship Malta. If either of those gent l e men live in the city we ought to be able to communicate them. They probably have the address of Captain Howard's family. Failing in this, I will notify them at their office to-morrow morning of the captain's death." Hal found that Mr. Thomas, ship owner, lived at No. l'l'lad ison Avenue, and notified his employer to that effect. Mr. Black thereupon wrote a telegram and sent his mes senger out to a Western Union office, with instructions to have it forwarded to Mr. Thomas at once. When Hal got back to the office he found a policeman there. "I shan't want you any more, Harry," said Aaron Black. "You had better go home." So Hal, glad to get away, caught the half-past six train for Maybrook. CHAPTER V. HAL MORTON SAVES .A LIFE. Next morning, when Hal Morton reached the e,tation, he found 'J.1om Hardy waiting for him as usual. "What detained you yesterday afternoon, Hal?" asked bis chum "I waited over a train for you to show up. What time did you leave your office?" "Ten minutes after six, and came home on the six thirty." "Gee! You were late. But how about things &t your place? Did you find out whether your boss is going to continue or not?" "He didn't say a word on the subject." "Didn't he? Well, maybe you'll find out to-day." "Perhaps so. Have yt!u read the morning paper yet?" "I was. just reading about the slump in Missouri Central. Several brokers are reported as badly nipped. I Mr. B1ack is one of these, though no names are mentioned." "I don't know whether he has suffered any loss or not, though I think he has. You didn't read about the death of the old sea captain, then?" "What sea captain?" asked Tom, curiously. "yaptain Joe Howard, of the ship Malta. He only ar rived in New. York yesterday, after a three years' absence." "What about him?" "He dropped dead in our office yesterday afternoon a little after five o'clock." "He did what?" exclaimed Tom, looking hard at his friend. "Dropped dead from a stroke of apoplexy in our office." "He did? What was he doing there at that hour?" "Called to see Mr. Black on business, I suppose. He was there first at three o'clock. Brought a lot of money to deposit, I think. At any rate, I saw a wad of Bank of England notes on Mr. Black's desk while the c&ptain was in his private room talking to him." "So he fell d ead afterward in your office, eh?" "Yes." "Must have been a startler for you. Did you see him die?"
WINNING THE DOLLARS. "No. I was in the wash-room at the time. He Wa.'! stretched out on the floor of the reception-room wpen I came out. That was bad enough." "Tha.t's right," replied Tom, nodding his h ead. At that moment their train came in and Hal and Tom boarded it. "Tell me all about it," said Tom, after they had taken their seats "Is it in the paper?" "Ther e's a sma ll paragraph in the World, which i s the paper we t ake, but it doesn' t say much." Hal then told Tom all he knew about the affai r "Pretty rough on his family," said Hardy. "Three years awa y and then to be brought home dead." "The paper says the body was removed to the Crosby Under taking Establishment. It will remain there until the family can be heard from. 'l'he boss sent a telegram to the h ead of the shipping firm that employed the captain, so I rnppose he'll notify the widow." The boys talk ed about the sad case until th e train
10 WINNING THE DOLLARS. of people, who all wanted to know whether the child had ''Oh, come, now, I insist. I won t detain you but a few been hurt or not. minutes. Are you employed in the neighborhood?" He had not been hurt at all ''I'm a messenger for Banker Black, of No. Wall But he was about as :frightened as a boy of his age Street." could well be. "All right. I shan't keep you long." His handsome face, the face of an aristocrat, was as white-So Hal Morton followed Mr Meredith aru1 his little son as death. upstairs to the second floor of the big building. Most lad s under the circumstances, as soon as they had Mr. Meredith was general manager for the Royal Blue caught their breath, "ould have burst out in a succession Fire Insurance Company of London, England, and he led of wild yells, and have kicked to beat the band. Hal into his private office. This boy gave no such exhibition. "Take a seat, Morton," he said, in genial tones "You He whimpered for a moment or two, as if not quite sure have placed me under the most lasting obligation to you how matters had gone with him, and then he became quiet, This is my only child," he addeQ., looking :fondly at young l ooking up at the sea of faces that surrounded him and his Jack, who see,med now to have quite recovered from his p reserver. scare, "and it would have broken my heart, as well as his Hal stood him on his feet. mother's, if he had been killed. \.Ye owe his life to you, "'l'here, you're all right, I guess You're not hurt, are and I cannot let you go away without testifying in some you, sonny?" substantial shape our gratitude to you. I don't intend to "No_," replied the little boy, bravely, though he shivered pay you, for such a serrice as you have rendered us is be perceptibly. "I'm not hurt. You caught me, didn't you?" yond all price, but I do want to make you a little present." and he looked up, gratefully, into Hal's face "Well, sir, I suppose I can't object to a present.'' "Yes, I guess I Jid," smiled the young messenger. "Of course you can't," replied the gentleman, bearningly. "What's your name, and how came you to take that header He drew out his check -book and filled out a check for out of the window?" $1,000, which he handed to Hal. "My name is Jack Meredith. I was leaning out of a "There, take that and put it into your pocket." "A thousand dollars!" exclaimed Hal. "I don't think I window in my papa's office when I tumbled out." "I'd better take you up to your papa's office, then, or you might get lost in this mob," said Hal. At that moment a fine-looking, bareh eaaed gentleman was seen pus hing his way feverishly into the center of the big crowd which had collected around the chief actors in the scene. "Where is my boy?" he cried, in a voice that thrilled with apprehension. "Don't tell me he is dead! Oh, my boy, my little boy, where are you?" "Here, papa F' cried Jack, springing into his father's arms as the crowd parted to let them come together. "Thank heaven you are safe!" cried the overjoyed man, pressing the boy to his heart. "By what miracle did you escape?" "This boy caught me, papa," pointing at Hal. "How shall I ever thank you sufficiently, young man?" exclaimed Mr. Meredith, grasping the young messenger by the hand "Don't mention it, sir. I'm glad I was able to save your boy from an ugly fall." "How did you manage to do it?" "Just rushea in and caught him as he came down." "That's just what he did," chipped in an enthusiastic eye-witness. "It was a gallant act "I have no doubt it was," said Mr. Meredith. "You must tell me your name, young man." "Harry Morton, sir." "And my name is George Meredith. Come up to my offire." "I'm afraid I can't stop, sir," replied Hal. ought to accept-,-" "Nonsense! That's merely a slight testimonial of my gratitude. Now, here's my card. rn put my address OD the back. You must call and see us some evening soon. }[rs. Meredith won't be satisfied until she has had the op portunity to thank you herself. Where do you live?" "In Maybrook; New Jersey." "Perhaps it might be more convenient for you to call on a Sunday. Come and take dinner with us next Sunday, FOn't you? We shall expect to see you at three." Mr Me1edith was so insistent tha.t Hal finally promised to call. "I am very much obliged to you for so handsome a pres e nt, sir," he said. "Pooh! The obligation is all on my side. You must go, I suppose. Well, don't forget; we shall expect to see you Sunday without fail." "I will call, sir." Hal then bade the gentleman and Master Jack good-by and departed. "One thousand dollars!" he ejaculated, a.<; he ran down the marble stairs and out into Broad Street. "I'm rich. I'll pay off the mortgage on our cottage now, and take that off mother's mind One thousand dollars! Just foink of it Won't mother and Hattie go into spasms of delight; and won't Tom Hardy's eyes bulge out like saucers when I show him this check !" He fairly flew all the way back to bis office. Taking his seat as usual in the reception-room he began to congratulate himself all over again. Suddenly he stopped and caught bis breath l c ' 0 J (
l t f 1 1 W INNI NG THE DOLLARS. 11 ".Jly gracious! I never thought of that tip on M. & N. Let me see, what it's going for to day?" He went to the ticker a.ncl looked over the tape. ''Here's the last quotation-iZ,000 M. & N. at 49 7 8. I uould buy 200 shares, ancl that broker said there was a certain profit of $10 or $15 a share to be made out of it. Why, if I made $10 a share I should realize $2,000 profit. Wouldn't that be fine? I'll do it. There's a little bank on N assa n Street which buys and sells stocks on margin. I'll go the re at the first chance I get." Half an hour later, or shortly after the noon hour, the chance came. Hal was sen t to a Nassau Street stationer's with an order of printing, and on his,way back he went into the private bank and, handing his check, properly endorsed, to the mar gin clerk, asked him to purchase 200 shares of M. & N. for his account. The clerk took hi s check and told him the shares wouM be bought inside of fifteen minutes. Hal took his memorandum of the transaction and hur reid back to the office. Although the young messenger trie d to keep cool, he could not help feeling e xcited over his investment, which was the fir s t he had ever been interested in. For the rest of the day he hovered about the ticker when cnr customers were scarce and he was in the office, and when the busi ness of the day was over he was tickled to death to find that M. & had gone up one whole point At quarter past three, Mr Thomas, Thoma s & How land, called to see Mr. Black in reference to Captain Row ard's sudden death. Soon after his arrival the banker called Hal in and told him he could go home, as he shouldn't want him any more that day, and the boy was glad to avail himself of this permission to leave Wall Street. He met Tom at the corner of Rroad, "aiting for him. "Say, you look pretty gay, Hal," grinn e d Hardy. "What's up?" "Nothing replied Morton, who did not intend to blow about his deal in M. & N. until he was in the position to show hi s profit s "I guess you've found out that Aaron Black is not going up the spout after all. Is that what makes you feel so good?" "Well, not exactly. However, I think I can safely say that the oftice will not s top businest> yet awhile." "Glad to hear it, old man It was a false alarm on Mr Harley's part. The bst of us tlo make mistakes sometimes. I see the afternoon editions have spread themselves over the captain's death." "Ha Ye they?" replied Hal. "I didn't notice." "Didn't notice! Why I should think you'd been the fir s t to look them over for the story, as you were one of the actors in the affair." Orclinarly Hal would have done just that; but his M. & N. deal hael driven all other thoughts into the background. "Let me see your paper,'' he said to Tom. "You'll find it mighty interesting reading,'' said Hardy, handing it to him, and pointing out the story with his finger. It was three-quarters of a column long, with a big scar e head, the first lin e of which read: VANISHED BANK OF ENGLAND NOTES. The paper reprinted all the facts that had a ppeared in the morning papers, and, in addition, other important facts picked up by its reporters during the morning, the most important of which was the statement of the chief mate of the ship Malta, now anchored in the lower bay, to the efl'ect that Captain Howard had s howed him a bulky e n velope containing ,000 of Bank of England notes, whic h he was taking a.shore, he said, to deposit with Aaron Black, banker, of No. Wall Street. Neither the enve lope nor the bills had been found on the captain's body by the police when they took possession of his personal effects. Banker Aaron Black, being interviewed on the subject, admitted that Captain Joe Howard had called upon him shortly after banking hours with a letter of introductio n from Maltby, Cusick & Co., of Melbourne; that the cap tain produced from his pocket an envelope, similar to that described by the mate, and took therefrom Bank of Eng land notes which he (Black) counted and found to amount to ,000; and that the captain asked him to ta:ke charge of them for six under an arrangement that he (the banker) was to pay the captain's wife interest quar terly at the rate of 3 per cent. annually but at the close of tl).e inter ,view the ca.ptain reconsidered the question of leav ing 1is money in his (Black's) hands, and carried it away with him. The banker then added that Captain Howard had called agai n at his office at half-pa.st four o'clock in a state of great excitement and evident anxiety, and waited for him (Black) to turn up which, contrary to his usual custom, he did at a few minutes after five. He said he was mu c h surprised to see the captain at that late hour, but soon learned that he had missed his package of money, and had come back to see if he had dropped i t in his (Black's) office. Search of the room proved fruitless, and when the cap ta.in r ealize d that his money was gone he became so ex cited and violent that he (the banker) could do nothing with him, and he was soon taken with the stroke which ended his life. The police had now taken the case in hand to try and find some trace of the missing notes, and it was hoped that a memorandum o.f their numbers would be found among the personal effects of the d eceased "Well, what do you think about the latest phase in t h is case?" asked Tom when Hal returned the newspaper. "I think it's rougher than ever on the captain's fami ly. To lose the hu s band and father is bad enough; but to als o
WINNING THE DOLLARS. a fortune at the same time is rubbing it in pretty liard." "That's ri ght. The captain must have been a fool not to leave that money with your boss first off after arranging with him to take it and keep it for him. "It was mos t unfortunate that h e carried it away, for had he followed out hi s first intentions h e would, i n my op;nio n, be living to-day." I ll bet he would," nodded Tom They had now reached the ferry. Boa rdin g the waiting boat, they c rossed t h e river, ca ught th eir train and in due time rea ched Maybrook. CHAPTER VII. HAL'S FIRST PROFIT IN THE MARKET. "No!" "Now, I "ant to tell you something." "What is it?" "You're going to have a visitor to-night "A visitor?" "Yes. You want to put on a .few extra frill s Tom Hardy is coming to see you "You mean he's coming to see you," s he replied, with a blush "X o, he i sn't. You're the only pebble on the beach vrith hiin." "Now you know that isn't so," objected Hattie, coloring up to her hair "It is so,'' l aug h ed Hal. "Ever s ince you've been sick he's been just worried out of his boots "What a story!" she cried, growing re d de r than ever. "What are you blushing about, Hat?" ch u ck l ed h e r brother "I'm not blushing," she replied, in evident confus i o n. "\Yha(s the matter with you to-nigh t, Harry?" aske d "Aren't you, then, maybe you're catching the scarlet Hattie who had made her first appearance at the fever. Better send for Dr. Jones, mother." s upper-tab l e s ince s he was taken ill. "You mustn't tease your sister, Harry," said the little I don't know that th e r e's anything the matter with widow, smilingly me, Hat," replied Hal, evasively. vVhy do you ask such "All right. We' ll l et it go at that. I'm going out, so a ridi c ulous que stion?" Tom will have a clea r fiel d to himself." 'Ridiculous, indeed! I like that!" crie d h is s i ste r with Next morning's papers had a good deal in about the a li ttle pout. "Why, a nybody can see with half an eye dead Captain Howard and the missing Bank of England that you r e excited over something. I s n't he, mother?" notes, but it was practically a reprint from the previous Mrs. Morton s mil e d indulgently, but d id not reply. afternoon editio n s "What'll you g ive to know, Hat?" asked Hal, gaily. Hal, in reading it, found out that the captain's wife and "You g irls a r e too c urious for a nything." daughter lived in the Bronx, and that the body had been "I don't know that we'r e a n y more curious than you sent there. boys," protested Hattie "The other day whe n Madge Mr s Howard had been inter viewed and had exp res:;cd Thompson was over here, pay ing u s a littl e visit nothing surprise that h e r husband should have had such a l arge would i::ati sfy you, when we told you s h e had been here, sum as ,000. bnt we must te ll you e v e r ything s he said. If that i sn't She could not imagine how he had come in possession curiosity I don't know what is," s he conclud ed triumphof so much money, unless he had received a l egacy from antly. Rome une xpected source while he wa s away "Pooh! That was nothin g g rinn e d h er brother. As soon as the Exchange opened, Hal got interested in ''lnc1ced !" l aughed H attie "You say it well." the ticker, and soon noticed a sale of 1,000 s hares of 1\f. & "So you want to know ha t I m excited about?" N. at 513-8. "Of course I do." \ \"hen he came back from hi s first errand that morning "\Ye ll, replird Hal with twinkling eyes, "I'm excited he found that the dock had gone up to 52. OYc r rnur fir st ilppca r ance at s upp er in s i x weeks." \ "That look s good," he s aid to himself. "I'm already "T don't believe a word of that, rep l ied his sis t e r $ -JOO to the good. 1\Ioney makes money every time when "I'm not s o 1mportant as all that. It's som et hin g e lse,' you start it on the right road." nd you don't want to t e ll." He was kept p r etty busy that clay, one way or another, "You're the mos t important thin g in all the world to and didn't have a chance to get more than a flying bite at me, ne x t to moth e r the boy, gett in g up from hi s a lunch -counter. chair, runnin g a round to h e r and giv in g her half a dozen The last quotation on the tape of & N . that after -kisses r i ght on h e r pretty lip s noon was 800 shares at 53 7 -8. "Oh, you hear !" s h e c ried, making a bluff t o pu s h him Next morning it open ed at 5 and ,rent up steadi l y to 56 lnY. by noon, when it began to attract gene r a l attentio n and a Tm fl hrar am I?' h e exc l aimed, givi n g h e r a bi g bug. good ma.ny orders to buy this parti cular s tock b egan to "1\Tother s he c ri e d "do you see what he i s doing?" com e in from the outside. Th r little mother s miled. I T hi s led to a brisk upward movement and some excite "Do you want any more?-" asked Hal. !ment, during which M. & N mounted to 59. h a Il
WINNING THE DOLLARS. 13 "If a fellow had a little money to spare, now is the time he could turn it over to advantage," remarked Tom Hardy, a s the two boys were on their way to the ferry that after noon. "How?" asked Hal, inquisitively. ".By putting it into M. & N. shares." "Oh You think M. & N. a good investment, then?" grinned his chum. I do "How do you know?" "Heard Mr. Harley tell a customer to buy it, as he be-lieved it would go up to 65 in a few days." "That's my opinion, too." "Ho l What do you know about it?" "I know that it's a good thing to go into, that's why I bought 200 shares." "You did what? .Bought 200 shares of .M. & N.? You did like fun "Don't you believe me?" "Nixy. Where would you get the coin to buy 200 shares, even on a margin?" "I'm not telling all my secrets, T om Hardy," chuck led Hal. "You' re a pretty good jollier, Hal," laughed Tom. "Yes, I guess I can do my share; but that .isn't a jolly." "Oh, come off! You can't stuff me!" a point at a time, consequently no surprise was expressed when a sale was made as high as 68. "r wonder how much higher H's going?" Hal asked himself, when he saw that figure recorded on the ticker at one o'clock. "I wonder if I hadn't better sell ? If I closed out now I should clear over $3,500. It's eightee n points higher than when I bought it. It looks, though, as if it would go five or ten points more. I'm almost afraid to risk it further," he fl.uttered. "It might take a sudden notion to go the other way, and then I'd find myself. guess ing where I was going to come out." .Before Hal had decided the matter in his own mind he Wa.'l sent. down to Exchange Place on an errand. While he was waiting there for an answer to the m e ssage he hatl brought he kept a sharp eye on the tick e r, and before he left the broker's ofiice he saw a sale of M. & N. at GU. On his way back he got so nervous that he decided to take enough time to go to the little Nassau Stre e t ba. nk and order his holdings sold. "What's :M. & N. going at now?" he asked the margin clerk, when he got there. "The last sale was at 70 1-8," was the reply. "Well, sell my 200 shares right away, will you?" he said, nervously. "All right," and the clerk went to the 'phone and noti fied their representative at the Exchange to sell the s hare s It was done inside of ten minutes at 70 3-8 and Hal saw 1 the record on the ticker when he reached his own office. "All right. When I show you my profits you'll believe me, I guess." "I'm glad that is off my mind," he breathed. "I don't "Yes. When you show them." "I'll show them all right, don't you worry." believe the shares can go much higher. M. & N. never was It was clear Tom Hardy didn't believe a word that his as high as that as long as I can rememb e r. It looks top chum said about being the owner of 200 shares of M. & N., heavy to me. A good many people are going to get pinched, and Hal knew that he didn't. but as .long as I'm n.ot' one of them I don't care. Pm $4,000 Th t h M t f lt t" kl d to the good, and itl s all due to the fact that Master Jack a s w y or on e so ic e H h d 't t ld h th t d b t th 1 Meredith liappened to Jean too far out of his papa s office e a n o 1s mo er or sis er a. wor a ou e "'1 000 h k h l d d f M M d"th f window and took a tumble in consequence, just as I was "' c ec e ia receive rom 1 r. ere i or saving h l "ttl l"f coming along in time to catch him. It's better to be born 1s I e sons i e. lucky than rich, after all." He didn't mean to tell them, either, until he had realized H 1 t h th t ht f l" "f h the ki"ng a. wen ome a mg ee mg as i e was on the deal he had in hand, then he meant to surprise them of all Wall Street. good and t:trong. Next morning the excitement over the rise of M. & N. was a t a white heat on the Exchange. Brokers were falling over one another trying to secure r;ome of the shares as low as they could. But the stock was getting scarce People who had it were not anxious to se ll but were holding on to it for a higher figure, which they believed it would reach before the day was out. When the demand for anything is greater than the sup ply, the natural result is that the price of the article goes up. It was the same way with M. & N. Then, again, when people find a. difficulty in getting wb::it they want they are all the more eager to obtain pos ee;:t'ion of it. The bidding on M. & N. was so spirited that it jumped CHAPTER VIII. HAL SURPRISES .A. FEW PEOPLE. Next morning, when Aaron Black went over the mail that lay on his desk awaiting his attention, he found a letter addressed to Mr. Harry Morton. It bore the imprint of the Nassau Street bank. Mr .Black knew t1iat this bank made a specialty of buy-1 ing and selling stocks from five shares at a time upward, to accommodate small specu lators, such as office boys and cheap clerks.
H WINNING THE DOLLARS. l 'rondcr if that Loy of mine has caught the fever?'1 he mused. He rang for Harry. 'l'he lad rush e d in at once to see what he "Here's a l ette r for yon, young man," thli! broker said, eyeing his messenger sharply. "I see it's got the stamp of the Nassau Street bank. Are you monkeying with the market on the quiet?" Hal was quite taken aback. He knew that brokers objected to their employes doing any speculating, and consequently he expect e d to receive a lecture, for, being a truthful boy, he had no thought of deny ing the matter. -"\V ell, sir, I saw a chance to make a little money on the outside and I thought I'd take advantage of i t." "Oh, you did! You have been succcss.fu l in your little deal, have you?" Aaron Black didn't lo o k very seve re that morning, foi he had cleared $125,000 himself out of the rise on M. & N., and consequently he was in excellent humor. "Yes, sir," replied the boy. ff(': "What stoc k did you buy?" \ M. & N." "Oh, you got in on that, eh? Saw it was going up and took your chance. What did you pay for it?" "I bought it at 50." "At 50 Why, that was b e fore the rise," said Mr. Black, in surprise. "What induced you to buy M. & N. before it got a ctive?" "I got hold of a tip, sir," replied Hal, (lemu r ely. "The dickens you did! ln what way did you get this tip ?lol Hal told him how he h a d li stene d to the conversation of the two br oke rs in Stimson's offic e o n the afternoon Capt ai n Howard dro pped dead in the office, while he was waiting to see Mr. Stimson, who w a s out at a directors' meeting. Aaron Black winced at the reference to the unfortunate sea captain, now in his grave. "Well, you're a lucky boy," he remarked. "Haw many shares did you h ave? Five?" "I had two hundred, sir." "You had what?" a lmost gasped the broker. "Two hundred s hares, sir." The brok e r made a rapid mental calcula ti o n "On a ten p e r cent. margin it wou ld take $ 1 000 to swing the deal. Do you mean to tell me. that you had $1,000 for such a purpose?" aske d the astonish e d broker. "Yes, sir.'' "Do you mind telling me where vou got so much money? 1 understood that 'Our mo the r was lately pressed for funds on account of your sisters s i ckness. I think you mentioned that fact to me one day when you asked for an advance on your tveek's wages." "That's right, sir." "Then I don't quite understand how--" "I'll explain, sir. The morning after the captain's death you sent me down to E xchange Place to delirer a letter to Oppenheimer & Co., in the Vanderpool Building." "Well?" "On my way back, at the corner of Broad Street, a little boy fell out of a second-story window. I caught him and sa ved his life. His father, who is the manager of the Royal Blue Fire Insurance Company, an English company, made me a present of a thousand ddllars. I soaked that into 11. & K. on the strength of my tip. I sold out at 70 3-8 yesterday afternoon. My profits are $4,000." "Well, upon my word, young man, you're a wonder," said Mr. Black, regarding his messenger with considerable approval. "If the papers heard of your luck they'd nic k name you the Young Wonder of Wall Street." I hope they won t hear of it, then. I don't want to get in to print." ":i\Ioclest, aren't you? I hope you'll have sense enough to hang on to that money you've just made. Put it in some good bank, and don t risk any of it again on the market. You know brokers as a rule their em ployes doing any speculating." That was a square hint, and Hal could take it or not, as he chose. He took his lette r, however, a nd went o uside to open it. H e found a sta tement of account and a check for a little over $ 5, 000. I He asked Mr. Black to cas h it for him. During the he r ente d a box in a safe depo sit vault and placed $ !,000 of the money in it for saf e keeping, the other $1,000 h e took home that night and afte r supper presented it to his mother. ( H e then told his mother and sister how he had got the money in the first place, and how, by investing it in M. & N. sha res h e had made $4 ,00 0 additional. They couldn't realize his great luck until he showed them the statement in his name which the Nassau Street bank sent him that morning. you're a wonder, Harry!" c ri ed his sister, en thusiasti c a 11 \". "That's ju"t "hat the sai d thi s morning when I ex plain e d the ugh to clear o:ff the mortgage on this cottage. I think that entitles m e to u s e the rest of the money as my judgment dictates." His sister had nothing further to say, md soon afterward Hal went around to Tom's house to call e>n him. "Well, Tom, I've just cashed in my chips on M. & N.," I he grinned.
WINNING THE DOLLAH8. i.J "Oh, come off chum. Give me something new!" retorted his fortune, anu that it was only a que;;Lon d time when would be a rich man. "\Yell, that's new-about as new as anything I know of. He had hearstion "Do yon mean that?" cried Tom, eagc;ly. I nearly twenty brokers, no one broker getting orer $3,000 "Sure thing." 'rnrth. "Then you can count me in, b e t your boots." Fncler these circ umstances the affair gradual'y faded ont of sight, and Aa1:on Black breathed cz.sier as day by dny went by and he heard nothing more on the subject. As for Hal, he now watched the market contin uously, and stm1ied the record of every important stock carefull y, bnt CHAP'l'ER IX. though tlirre were frequent flurries, and some brief sensa tional rises, he could not find a satisfactory opening for HAL MAKES ANOTHER WINNING DEM" ON TUE MARKET. the inveRtmcnt of his little capital. In the ;neanhnc Hal had call e d on Mr. lVIeredith and was given a fine reception Hal's first investment in Wall Street made a great change bv the ag ent and his 'rife. in him. A conp l e of months passed away ahd the $-4,000 repoced He felt more like a man than h e ever l1ac1 before. pca ccf11ll y in the vaults of the safe c1eposit company. He began to realize that life probably held vast p::issibili One nay when Hal had b e en detained later than usual at ties in f'torc for him, if he his brains in the right wa:v.11 the office, he went home on the 5.30 train. Winning $4,000 right off the reel in his first venture He had to go by himself, as Tom had got off two hours gave him the impression that he was on the highway t0 before.
16 WINNING THE DOLLARS The train was unusually crowded, and Hal, not :finding a seat in the ordinary coaches, went forward into the smok ers. He found a seat alongside a little boy, who sat behind tw o well dressed men. Hal took out his evening paper to while away the time. He soon found out that the men in the seat ahead were Wall Street brokers, who lived in one of the suburban towns along the line, and that they were talking about a certain stock which was just beginning to boom. After listening awhile he found out that the cause of the rise was owing to the contemplated consolidation of two western roads, one of which-Illinois Southern-had prac tically obtained control of the other line, which had been running in opposition to it for several years past. "Illinois Central is sure to go to par inside of ten days," said one of the gentlemen to his companion. "I advise you to buy as much of it as you can afford, for you're bound to make a good thing out of it." Hal made a qui et note of the facts, and next morning when he came to the office he looked up the previous day's quotations and found that a great many shares of Illinois I Central had changed hands at prices ranging from 83 to 88. "It looks like a safe thing to take a shy at," he said to himself, after considering the situation for some time. "I haven't had any excitement for three whole months, so I guess I'll get into the swim again." ,1!16 about noon Hal went to his safe deposit box and drew out enough money to secure 400 shares of Illinois Southern for which he had to pay 90. The shares went up rapidly, and Hal watched the ticker with much interest for the next three or four days, when the stock touched 102. That was high enough to suit the young messenger, and he ordered his shares to be sold out. This was done right away. Hal had reason to be glad next day that he had dis posed of his stock, for the shares took a drop back to 94, at which figure they remained, with slight fluctuations, for 110me time thereafter. When the boy got his statement and check he found he had Il!ade $4,600, which raised his capital to $8,600. That very afternoon he accidentally discovered that a big syndicate of prominent operators had been formed to boom J., I. & C. shares. This was a road whose stock had been selling low for some time, and there was a lot of it on the market. Although Hal had good reason for believing that it was a good thing, he waited several days to see how the ball waR rolling. When he saw it had advanced from 65 to 68, he con cluded to get in, and he went around to the little N 11.Ssau Street bank and bought 1,000 shares at 68. He didn't fail to keep a wide-awake eye on the .ticker, just the same, and noted each substantial advance in the stock with greaJ satisfaction. 'l'hree days from the time he bought the shares they were going at 75, which meant that he had made on paper so far $7,000. "If I keep on at this rate I'll soon become a bloated boy capitalist. I am practically worth $15,000 at this mo ment. I wonder what I'll be worth a year from now?" That morning, when Hal stopped at Cassie King's desk, as she was beginning her day's work, she said to him: "I'm going to leave you this week, Harry." "Leave us!" exclaimed Hal, in a tone of surprise. "How is that?'; "My father and mother are going to move to Chicago, and, of course, I have got to accompany them." "I'm sorry you're going away, Cassie. I shall feel dead lonesome without you to chin to occasionally." Cassie laughed. "You'll have another young lady next week. She'll an swer as well as I." "No, she won't . It'll take time to get acquainted with her. Then, besides, she might be a cranky old maid." "You don't know but she'll be nicer than me." "She couldn't be nicer than you, Miss King," said Hal, gallantly. "Thank you, Harry. You said that very nicely indeed,'; smiled Cassie. "I hope you'll send me a picture postal with your ad dress on it after you reach the Windy City." "I certainly will, Harry. I wouldn't forget you for the world." "Thanks," grinned Hal. "You said that very nicely yourselif." Cassie had notified Broker Black the day before that she intended to leave his employ, so during the morning he sent Hal to the Herald downtown office with an advertise ment calling for a first-class stenographer and typewriter, all answers to be addressed to "A. B., Box 21, Herald Down town." After three o'clock on the following afternoon Hal went to the newspaper office and got a big stack of answers to the advrrtisement, more than a hundred in all, with as many more to come, probably. Mr Black picked out several from the bunch and sent them word to call at his office. They did so, and several of the girls were stunners, as Hal told his mother and sister when he went home Thursday afternoon. None of the beauties got the position, however, as Mr. Black hired a modest, sweet-looking girl, dressed in black, whose name was Nellie Howard. This was the biggest deal he had yet been engaged in, but he felt confident J., I. & C shares would reach 80 at least, so he attended to his regular duties at the bank with out the least anxiety as to the fate of his $6,800. CHAPTER X. THE NEW STENOGRAPHER. Miss Howard came Friday morning for the first, and was turned over to Cassie to break in. ::: S c' I J 3
WINNING THE DOLLARS. =======================-.:=====================--===================--Hal was very busy Friday and did not get a chance to see the new stenographer until one o clock, when he had a resting spell. Then he dropped into Cassie's den at one corner of the counting-room and she introduced him to the new girl. "Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Howard," said Hal, looking at her black dress, and thinking of Captain Joe Howard. She acknowledged the introduction with a quiet smile, and the young messenger took an immediate fancy to her. He remained a few minutes talking with th!} girls, who were on the point of going out to lunch together. Miss Howard had very little to say, but when she did speak her voice was sweet and musical, and rather low. "She's a nice girl," was Hal' s comment, as he returned to his seat in the reception-room, and began to consider whether he should dispose of ills 1,000 shares of J., I. & C. at 85, which was the last quotation he had seen on the ticker half an hour That would allow him a fine profit, as he had purchased the shares at GS. The reason he had some idea of holding on for a higher figure was because he had heard a couple of brokers talking about the stock that morning, and both seemed confident that the shares would go to 90. As Mr. Black was out, Hal concluded that he would go to lunch. more statements to his office, as he did not care to have Mr. Black know that he was still interested in the mar ket. That afternoon he told Cassie, on the quiet, that he had cleared about $16,000 on the rise of J. I. & C., and she was very much astonished. He had already taken her into his confidence in respect to his previous winnings, so she knew he had accumulated quite a nice little capital already; but he hadn't hinted to her that he had gone into the market again. "You're the most wonderful messenger boy I ever heard of!" she exclaimed. "How much are you worth now, alio gether ?" "Twenty-five thousand dollars," replied Hal, compla cently. "And you've made it all inside of the last three months, haven't you?" "That's what I have." "You'll be a rich man one of these days." "I hope so." "But you want to be very careful. You ought to know how easy it is to lose money in stocks." "It's a great sight easier to lose it than make it. I've been fortunate in getting hold of good things. I'm not ta.king any more chances than I can help." "Well, Harry, I hope you'll write to \Ile oecasionally, and let me hear how you are getting on. I shall alwaya be interested in your success." He met Tom Hardy couung out of the small restaurant , ,, th b th t ed dT to d t t t lk "th Thank you, Ca.Ss1e. Its too bad you re leaving us. ey o pa romz an s ppe a momen o a w1 : h' "Well, the bes t of friends must sometimes part," she im. laug-hed. "You must try and console vourself with Miss Tom knew Hal was interested in J. I. & C. to the extent J Howard. You ll find her a lovely girl. What do you think? of a thousand shares, and he had been following the fate of the stock with almost as much interest as i it was his It was her father who di ed under such painful circum own. "I see that J. I. & C. sold at 85 be!tre I left the office," he remarked to his churn. "Have you sold out yet?" "Not yet," replied Hal. "I would if I was you," suggested Tom. "Any reason for thinking that it won't go much higher?" "Well, I heard Mr. Harley tell our cashier that he guessed the brokers who have been booming the road are unloading as fast as they can in a quiet way. You must have noticed, if you've kept track of the ticker, that a great many shares have changed hands to-day. It seems to me that that would bear out Mr. Harley's ideas. If I was in your shoes I'd get rid of my holdings just as quick as I could. I have figured out that you stand to win $16,000 and $17,000 at this stage of the game. If you wait too long your profit is liable to melt away." "I'll consider your suggestion, Tom," sa.id Hal, walking into the eating-house, He did consider the matter between bites, and the result of his thoughts was that he went to the little bank in Nassau Street and ordered his shares sold before he re turned to the office. He had arranged with the bank not to send him any stances in this office two months ago." "You don't say!" exclaimed Hal, looking interested. "When I heard her name was Howard, and saw that she was in mourning, something struck me that she was related to the captain." "When she answered the advertisement she had not the faintest idea that it was Mr. Black, on whom her father called the day he arrived in New York, who wanted a stenographer. When she received hi;; letter she didn't want to come, but her mother persuaded her to do so, as they arc not in very flush circumstances. Whether Mr. Black hired her because he guessed she was Captain Howard's daughter, or whether he has no idea she is related to him in any way, she doesn't know, as Mr. Black did not mention the matter at all, nor question her about her family." "Well, she has a good job here if she can fill the bill," said Hal. "She'll do all right," replied Cassie. "She took all his dictation to-day without the least trouble . and I found her a fine Remington operator. I am satisfied that Mr. Black will be very much pleased with her. J;Ie is not a hard man to get along with. Doesn't fly at you when you happen to make a mista.ke, like some brn;ses are in the habit of doing. I hope I'll find as good an employer in
18 WIKNING T H E D OLLARS .Chicag o He is going to give me a letter to a persona l friend o f his wh o i s a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, asking h i m t o interest himself in getti n g me a sit u a tion." "That's very nice of him, said Hal. "I think i t i s It may h e l p me to a p l ace right a w ay "Well Cassi e, I w ish you luck The tw o gi rls left t h e office together, a,pparently on the mo s t frien dly terms "That's a good sign," t hought HaJ "Cassie doesn't take with e verybo dy." The n h e got to w onder i n g what had become of the U0, 000 that h e had seen on Mr. Black's desk that clay, and gloves with the professor. He's to give m e a lesson to -night." "I tho ught you'd your course?" "So I have; but thi's is 1rhat is called tl).e post-g r aduate one I'. m just aching to p u t a tin r oof over Professo r Elli ott's eye, and in order to reach t h nt hono r I've got to pick u p a few more wrinkles "'Oh, I see," grinned Torn, not disp l eased at t h e oppo r tunity to have Hattie : u to himself for the evenin g "Ma ybe I'll be here whe n you come back "Aren't you the biggest fibber in t h e worl<1 !" whispered Hattie in her brothers ear, as she went to the door with him whi c h w as the p r o perty of Captain Howard How d id the captai n lose tha.t money, and 'It's worth a kiss, anx way, isn't il ?" he saitl, giv i ng w h o hacl lier a hearty smack. found it? Why had n t the police g o t some trace of it? Would t he mystery ever be sol ved? Wh en he reached home that night'he had lots to tell his m other and Hattie. First, that he had sold h is 1,000 shares of J. I. & C. nud cleared $16,000; and ,second, that Captain Howard's Haughter N ellie had come to the office as stenographer and fyp ewriter i n Cassie King's p l ace "The l oss of t hat ,00 0 or $50,000, has made ::i big diff e renc e i n the p r ospects of the Howard family. Instea(1 of being well off, as they ought to be, they are comparativ el y p o or as I understand it. It's pretty tough Some bod y i s bl owing in a bi g wad of money that he is not entitled ro," said Hal. ":It i s very sad," answered Haltie. "Ts f'he pretty?" "You mean Miss Howard? You bet she i s I think s h e's a.bout the sweetest girl I eyer sa1r-that is," s aid Hal, c orrectin g himself, "excepting you, of course." Hattie l aughed. "It i s well for you that yon made that reservation." "Yes," grinned Hal, "1've got to mind my P's and Q 's B ut, honest Injun, )fiss Howard is an uncommonly n ice girl. I "Wish you knew heT. She's just snch a young l a d y as I wonld like to see yon chum with. She'i; rather reserved and quiet now, owing, I Ruppose, to the Tecent death of heT fatheT. T'm bouncl to Ray I feel sorry for her. " I am >:me from your deRcript.ion that she must be a nice girl.'' J ust then Tom Hardy came in, to see Hal, apparently, though real l y it was Tialtie who wa.s the loadstone which had attracted him to house. Hal knew how the case stood, and as he was aware that his sister thought a great rleal of Tom, he pretended to remember that he had an engagement for the evening, and put on his hat and overcoat. "Why, where are you off to in such a rush, Hal?" Tom asked. "I've got a date "Is that a fact?" "Yes; I've got to go down to the gym to pub on the 'fhen he fled. CHAPTER XI. RXI'I' CARSTE K!XG. morning, soon aftrr the Bxrlrnnge ope n ed, some body un l oaded a big block of J. 1 & C share.:; on the ma.r ket, and the bears took advantage of the situation to j u mp on the stock. The result "'as that af' the pek was not s u pported in v the propPr qliarter, it began to drop at an a l arm ing rate, and a kind of panic crnmrd among-those who wer e ho l di n g on in the expectation ihat it would go higher. 'I'he peculiar rapid fire ticking of the office ind i cator attrarted Hal's notice. Sales were so rapidly t hat t h e ticker didn t seem to be abl e to "keep pace with t h em, an d a p p eareu to be working overtime "I guess Friday is my lucky daJ. t h o u g h t the young mcssc11ger, as soon as he noticed how things were on the ' I sold out yest erday jus t in time The shares didn't go ove1 seven-eighths of a point highe r Now they're down to 77, and seem to be flying backward as if in a hurry to reach their old stamping g r o u nds. 1\Ir. Harley evidently told the truth when he saicl he g u essed the syndicate was unloading the i r holdings T hey m ust have made se1 eral m ill ions o u t of th is. 'Their gain, however, is somebody e l se's l oss, and I'd be w illing to bet a dollar to a doughnut that most of their profits have come out of the pockets of the outside pnb:ie The buzz of his electric bell called Hal into the priva t e offire. "Take these papers anrl have Miss Howa.r d make a duplicate copy of them as soon as she can p u t them through her machine," said Broker Black. "Yes, s ir," repli ed the boy, darting back toward the count ingroom. He found t h e new stenographe r copy ing a l ong l ette r
e r WINNING THE DOLLAlkL while Cassie was up a bunch of statements for i nearly two } cars, and I'm bound to say I haven't seen a customers nicer girl outside of my sister." "l\Iiss Howard, Mr. Black wants a duplicate of this just Cas::;ie put her hand over his mouth. as soon as you can get it done "You mustn "t believe all he says, Miss Howard, sbe "Yery well," she answered, quietly, with a sweeping said. "Harry i s the greatest jollier in the office." glance at the go$a-looking messenger boy. "Oh, come now, Cas sie, don't ruin my reputation with She instantly removed the half-completed letter from l\Iiss Howard right at the start," protested Hal, laugh her machine and started right off on her new job without ingly. the loss of a moment The new stenographer smiled, as much as to say that "She's a smart girl," thought Hal, as he watched her she guessed that Hal's reputation hadn't suffered much ie laughed and chatted together, for they one of the finest girls in the world!" saw how the land lay, and gave Hal every opportunity to "Harry Morton!" exclaimed Miss King, with a pleased ; make himself solifl with N <>llie Howard. blush. "How dare you make up such a yarn?" Ii When they had finished and were preparing to le'lve, "It's the truth, I'll swear to that. I've known you for Hal astonished the waiter with a dollar tip.
20 WINNING THE DOLLARS. CHAPTER XII. HISE OF A OILT-ETJGED STOCK. About two weeks after Cassie King's departure, Mr. Black found two picture postals in th e morning' s mailone addressed to Harry Morton, the other to Miss Nellie Howard. Both contained Cassie's new address in Chicaao and in"' formed the recipients that she was working for one of the biggest operators on the Chicago Board of Trade. Hal carried Miss Howard's card out to her. "I got one myself, too," he said. The new stenographe r smiled, and then read the few worcls on her own card. "I'm delighted to hear that Miss King has secured suc h a nice positfon," she remarked. "Same here," replied Hal. "She's a good girl, and de scnes. the best of luck." : : \Ii ss Howard, short as had been her acquaintance with Cassie, fully agreed with him, for s he had taken a great fancy to the girl. .\bout fotir weeks later a boom in Southern Railway ticleloped in Wall Street. \\" i s c ones immediately suspected that a syndicate had Let n formed to speculate in the rise. a matter of fact, they were right in their surmise a pool of the biggest operators in the Street had been an angecl by some enterprising individual on the lookout for another million. The whole thing had been worked so secretly that the members of it had bought l argely of the stock before any one suspected that a combine for that purpose was in exist ence, and the consequence 1rns that as soon as the impression l eaked out the price of the shares advanced rapidly. It \rent up from 105 to 109 before the average broker got wise to the situation. Hal got on to it aoout this time, and aiter some inves tigation decided to buy some of Southern Railway himself. He bought 1,000 shares at first, at 110, and a day or two afterward another 1,000 at 112, the whole costing him in margins $22,000. Of he told Tom what he had done. "You couldn't have done better. Mr. Harley is in this thing to the ex1tent of 10,000 shares. I found that out this morning." "Why don't you buy a few shares yourself? Haven't you any spare funds?" asked Hal. "I bought ten shares yesterday at 112." "Good Do you want to buy some more ? "I wish I could," replied Tom, wistfully. "It's a sure winner." "That's what I think, so I'm going to loan you enough to buy ninety shares. That will give you one hundred in all." "Why 90 shares would take $1,170, for it's 113 this morning." "That's all right. I'll let you have that amount. Come with me up to the safe deposit vaults, and I'll get it for you. Then you can skip around to the little bank in N as sau Street and get hold of it." Tom was overjoyed, and exceedingly grateful to Hal. Two days later the price had climbed up five dollars a share more. When Hal ancl Tom met on their way to the ferry they shook hands and congratulated each other. "We ought to make a good thing out of this," said Tom. "That stock is bound to get as high as 125 or 130, for there's a strong combination behin'd it. "That's my opinton, too. I think, however, that we had better sell at 125." "That's only Reven points more than it is now, and the 11rokers are :fighting like cats this morning to get hold of some of the shares." "W!Oll, I like to be on the safe side. It's the greedy people 1Yho generally get caught in the shuffle Remember, I have over $22,000, nearly the whole of my capital, up." "All right,'' replied Tom. "You're the doctor. I'm using nearly $1,200 of your good money myself, and if I lost it in this cle11l I never could make it good After all, it's a bad practi : e to borrow money to put up on I won't do it a1;ain, bet your life. I wouldn't ha,e clone it this trip, only I figured that the chance of making a haul was worth the risk." All Wall Street became grPatly excited over the rapid rise of Southern Railway, and next clay, when the Exchange closed, it was selling at 124 1-8. Hal found out that Mr. Black was heaYily interested in this stock, too, and he calculated that his boss would make maybe $100,000. The young messenger had got on quite familiar terms
W INNING THE DOLLARS. 2 1 with Nellie Howard, and took great delight in explaining Next morning Southern Railway opened at 125 3 8, and to her the workings of the market. as soon as Hal saw the quotation on the ticker he started "Miss King told me that you actually made $25,000 for the telephone booth to notify: the bank U> dispose o f inside of three months by lucky deals," she said that after-his 2,000 shares noon. "I don't see how a boy like you could be so successfu l His bell rang at that m oment and he had t o go t h e when so many grown people are constantly losing their private office to see what Mr. Black wanted. money in similar investments.'' His employer had two notes ready for him to delive r "It is all in going about it in the right way I never without loss of time, so Hal started off with them. buy a stock except when it's much lower than I have good One was to a broker in the Mills Building in Broad reason to believe it will be in a week h e nce Of course, Street, and the other to a lawyer at 115 Broadway I'm ljalile to make a mistake any time, and get wiped ont; On Jiis \\"HY back Hal took enough time to run up to but that misfortune hasn't happened to me yet. Xow at the bauk bat was attendiug to his business. thi s moment I 've got nearly e:very cent of my capital in-1 There ''a; a 0;g crnwcl aroullll ihe ticker in the rccep, vested in Southern Railway, which is booming at a great. tion roorn, and Le couldn't p_ct a cha nce to see the tape, rate just now. Ordinarily, I should have b een taking des -11 which ha:f a men had hold of and were scannin g perate chances in putting up all I possess in the deal, for irith g reat eagerness. if the stock happened to take a notion to go down instead He 3 ,1 0 -c hO\r Southern Rai!way was going, and the of up, as I figured, and I was called upon for more margin, I answrr 1 as 1:28. I couldn't come up, and consequently the bank where I "It's going to 130 as fa s t as it can jump," said another deal would be obliged to sell me out in order to secure man. themselves against loss. However, in this instance, South"W d 1 "n:i 11 ,i goi 1g to wait for it to get there," r eplied ern Railway is known to be backed by one o f the heaviest Hal, as he irnl.l:cl oYcr io the margin clerk's d esk and gav e monied syndicates .ever formed in Wall Street; therefore, him tbe order to sell the shares the bank held for him. I calculate I'm pretty secure up to a certain point I "They'll be sold in ten minutes" replied the clerk, goi n g expect to sell out in the morning, as the shares only need to tl t 1,, 1 . . ie c 1 p one. to nse an eighth o_f a pornt to reach the I upon "That s t d JlJC. I w ouldn't care if they were sol d i n as my selling pomt. Of course, there is every chance five," s .
THE DOLLARS. E r c r y :;ale of Southern Rail way JJ011 a decline, aud tl1C' Exchange wa>; in a turmoil. Hal in and told l::l.01n1rd how lhings were ru1rn in g. His eyes sparkl ed ll"ith excitement, and "he thought hr ncYer look e d quite so h e a1c, and waited in the reception-room for him to wash up. "\\'ell 'T'om, r can te ll by yotlr fat<' lhat you sold out before the i:;l111np."' "Bet your r lli1l," chucklc be flone to him?" the neighborhood of :-ltrcd, 1rlll'n I rnsherl foto the llattic laughed and broke away from her brother. place and found Houtlwrn Raillray 1ras l!H'll going at 1 ?S. "\Yhat do you think sis wa11ted Lo know a few minutes 1 at that figure. At l east, I llial is what thr ago, Tom?" 2,000 shares went at. Jt was a <:l o,;r ca ll l"or ml', as the "I give it up." market broke fifteen minutes late r and e1eryfhing ha:; b ee n "8he wanted to know ho11 mucl1 you made out of Southgoing to the dogs since Lots of peopl e lost money to-crn Railway. I told her slw'd have to ask you for that day." I information. You want to be careful what you do tell
WINNI NG THE DOLLARS. 23 her, for she'll keep tab on your capital, and if you lose any of it in your next deal. yon won' t hear the last of it." "The ideal Aren't you awful, Harry :Morton!" cried H attie, with a >ivid blnsh. "Good -ni ght. I'm going down to the gym. for anoth e r lesson," and Hal put on his oyercoat, grabbed his hat and was off. Three months passed away and Summer came on. Hal's $58,500 lay all this time in the rnults of the s afe deposit company undisturbed, for he saw no chance that he cared to take for putting his fund s to work again. Once h e came near buying 5,000 Rhares of a certain s tock which he had heard was abont to br boomed; but when he ca.me to think it oYer he conclud e d to stay out of it. It was lu cky for him t hat he did, f01 the after adva ncin g a coup l e of points, took a bacl slump in the other direction, and had h e been in the deal he would have lost the bulk of his capi t al. One day in the latter part of ,June, Mr. Bl ark srnt him with a package over to his home on Sta!rn Aaron Black had purchased it with the profit s he ll
WINNING THE DOLLARS. However he was more than repaid by the valuable tip he had obtained. The clerk shrugged his shoulders, and then went to the telephone to communicate with the bank's broker. He came back and told Hal what the bank would charge him to purchase 1,500 shares of Anaconda on a ten per cent. margin, but would not guarantee that they would be able to get it all right away. "I'm going to invest in Anaconda, if I can get it, just as soon as can -ge back to the city1 you can bet your life," he said to himself. "I think this is the best tip I ve got hold of yet. If it isn't a sure winner I don't know what is." "It is going to-day a t 260. We will try to get it at that him within a figure; but if it should rise a point or two before we can secure the full amount of shares you want, are you willing He boarded an electric car, which took couple of blocks of Mr. Black's new home. He found that it was a fine place. "I mean to own a home as swell as this some day," he thought. "And just to think, people thought Mr. Black was going to the wall eight months ago. Well, it only goes to show that some people are away off in their calculations at times." 'l'hus speaking, Hal entered the beautiful grounds, walked up to the house, and delivered the package his em ployer had confided to him. CHAPTER XIV. THE JUMP OF .ANACONDA. Mrs. Aaron Black received Hal in her sitting -room and thanked him for bringing over the parcel. She was so pleased with his good looks and gentlemanly deportment that she insisted on his remaining to lunch. After the meal she personally showed the young messen ger over a portion of the house and grounds, and seemed pleased with the admiration which he expressed. Hal reached the office about half-past two and found that Mr. Black was out to lunch. There was no one in the reception-room, and the ticker seemed to be taking things easy. "This is a good chance for me to see if I can get hold of any Anaconda copper shares," he said to himself. So he went to the cashier and told him that he wanted to go out on a little personal business. He was permitted to do so. He at once went around to the little bank in Nassau Street and aske
lie er Le ill d L Q e l r s WINNING THE DOLLARS. 25 ately went up to the bank in Nassau Street and left his order. Next day was Saturday, and HaJ. had arranged that his sister was to come to the office and be introduced to Nellie Howard. Then the three were to meet Tom and go to lunch to gether. About half-past twelve Hattie Morton, attired in her best clothes, made her appearance at Broker Black's office. Hal was expecting her. "Make yourself at home, Hattie," said her brother. "I'm the boss of this end of the shanty just now, as Mr. Black has gone away for the day. There's nothing doing anyway. Hasn't been this week. It has been as slow fl,'> molasses. I'll run in and see if Miss Howard is pre pared to receive you." Miss Howard was just finishing up her work, and told Hal that she would be at liberty in ten minutes. Hal returned to his sister, and inside of a quarter of an hour both marched inside to the stenographer's den. "Miss Howard, this is my sister Hattie," he said. "Hat tie, Miss Howaxd." The girls smiled and bowed, and expressed the pleas ure they felt in making each other's acquaintance. The three talked together a few moments, then Hal took his sister and introduced her to the cashier, and the other clerks in the office. It was now time to close up, so Miss Howard got her hat, and then they left the office. Tom Hardy was waiting for them at the door downstairs, and the four bent their steps t0ow11.rd Hanover Street, where the restaurant was. Hal ordered the luneh. "This isn't where you eat all the time, is it, Harry?" asked his sister. "Well, hardly," grinned her brother. "Sometimes we're lucky to get a sandwich and a cup of coffee on the wingthat's when things are humming. Tom and I eat around in a Broad Street quick lunch-room." "This is a very nice restaurant," continued Hattie. "Sure it is. You don't suppose I'd take you to anything else, do you?'' "Of course not." The lunch was a first-class one, and the four young people enjoyed themselves greatly. After they had finished they walked down to the Bat tery and took a boat for Coney Island. Here they spent the afternoon, and Hal gave Miss How ard the time of her life, while Tom laid out all his spare change on Hattie Morton. On Monday afternoon the Board of Directors of the Ana conda Copper Mining Co. met and declared an unexpected dividend of $1.37 1-2 a share. Th e news was in all the newspapers next morning, and when the Exchange opened there was something doing around the Anaconda standard. Orders fl.owed in .from all sides for the stock. There was very little to be had at the opening bid e>f 265, and consequently the price mounted like wildfire. Great excitement ensued among and the bid ding became so spirited that by noon Anaconda rose to 275 offered with no takers. During the afternoon the high figures brought consid erable shares to the surface, but the excitement continued unabated. When the Exchru:lge closed at three o'clock Anaconda. had risen 18 points since morning. Hal and Tom sold out their holdings at that figure, Hal making about $26,500, and Tom something less than $900. "We've done better than we expected, Hal," remarked the latter, as they met that afternoon on their way to the ferry. "That's what we have. You're worth over $2,000 now." "Thanks to your tip. How do you stand?" "I could pay for $83,000 worth of most anything." "How many Wall Street messengers could say that?" "Not many, if any. In fact, mighty few of them could match your $2,200 at this moment." "I'm beginning to feel like a capitalist," grinned Tom. "Oh, you'll get over that when you have ma.de a. few thousands more." "If I was we>rth as much as you I'd wa.nt to throw up my job and open an 'office of my own." "That's where you might make a chump of yourself," said Hal, as they walked aboard the ferryboat. ... CHAPTER XV. A POLO GROUND POINTER. The first of September came around and bUJinellil llega.n to pick up again in W,all Street. On Labor Day Hal attended a baseball match at the Pe>lo Grounds. He went early in order to be sure and get a. good front seat in the le>wer grand stand. He wanted Tom to him, but that lad had made a previous date with Hattie to take her to Far Rock away, so he was out of it. Therefore Hal had to go alone. He took a seat back of a couple of men, one of! whom turned out to be a Wall Street broker. They were talking very earnestly together in a low tone when Hal walked down and picked out his seat. To the average boy their talk would have been unintel ligible if he had listened to it, but it was different with Hal Morton. While looking over his score card he couldn't help catch ing a word or two of what the brokerlJ were conversing about) and the purport o.f their talk soon begm to int.er est him. One of the bre>kers was telling the oilier that a certain
WINNING THE DOLLARS. Dtxk, lrnown as M. & J., was going to be bo0-me d by a small "I will do it," replied the other enthusiastically. "What c:liq ue of operators. is the name of the man who holds the 10,000 shares?" "Are you certain of this?" asked his companion, e agerly. "Horatio Rall, room-, Mills Building. "Certainly I am, becau s e our firm is going to do the Th e gentleman made a note of the name and address booming." in his m e m orandum book, and Hal, who was an interested "But M. & J. i s a queer ro a d to boom, don't you think. list e n e r to all this did the same on his score card. It is seldom h eard from, and has n't fluctuat e d five point s "Now," went on th e broker, "if. by any means you should to my knowl e d ge in the l as t y ear or two." fail to get hold of tho s e shares belonging to Hall, call at "That's right. It's a g ooJ s tock, and ha s bee n clo s ely m y office and I can put you on to two other men who have held, that's why you hav en't seen it dealt in mu c h on blo ck s of the sto ck; but you may have to pay a fraction 'Change One of the larg e s L hold e r s ho weye r, die d about abov e the marke t price to induce them to sell." three months ago and hi s e x ecutor s are g oing to realize "All right," replied his frie nd. on his holdings. The othe r director s h a v e arranged to That was all that pass ed between them on the subject, take over hi s share s and divide the m pro rata among the m-as lhe Boston t e am came on the field at that moment, and selves. The d e al will be conclud e d next W e dnesda y 'l'hen the gentle m e n turned th eir whole attention to the diamond. the dire ctor s are going to make certain announ c em e nts While Hal watched the Hub ball tossers go through their which will draw atte ntion to the s tock. A s the re is not preliminary stunts in g etting warmed up for the game, he a great de a l on the marke t the price i s sure to go up as s oon did a good bit of serious thinking. as people begin to bid for it. At the proper tim e th e cli-H e r e was a dandy tip served up to him on a platter. rectors will unload several thou sand shares s e c r etly on the H e mu s t take immediate advantage of it. market in s mall lob:;, s o a s not to attract notice Whe n this M a king a mental c alculation he believed that he had shall have been accompli s hed a b ear mov e m ent will b e i ne n o u g h mon e y to purchase 10,000 shares of M. & J. at 80 on augurated to b eat clown the pri c e of the s to ck, and whe n it a t e n p e r c e nt. margin. gets down to a s ufficientl y low figure th e directors of th e Th e question was how was he to work it? road will buy it ba c k a gain, and the diff e r e nce between what [ can mak e a d e po sit on the purchase price and then get they s old it for and what they will g ive to ge t it b ack w i ll, t h e ban k to e n g ineer the d e al for m e," mu s ed Hal. "It will 0 course, represent the profit they will make on the trans -b e a p retty larg e trans action for that bank to handle, I'm action." thinking, but I gu es s it will m a nage somehow to do it for "I'd li_ke ,;o get hold of s ome of this stock before it be-I the s ak e of the big c ommission that is in it." gms to nse. It w as a mi()'hty bi()' d e al for a boy of Hal's years to en"That i s jus t what I w ant y ou to do. You can raise g a ge in but h".l.u tl1e nerv e to undertake anything that enough money to hanule ] 0,000 s hares at 80 if I am not see m e d to promise a good pro fit mistaken." H a l ronlcl not keep his attention wholly on lh e g;.11ne, The man nodd ed. s o w o r ke d up was he at the pro s p ec t of the ric h haul he had "Very good. l 'Jl put y ou on to a lawyer who has tha t m Vle w amount to di s pose of to do;:e up nn est a t e G o a round to "I'll hav e to ge t l e av e of absence from th e offic e some how, his ofli<:e fir;:t thin g in th e m orning and buy the block. If f o r r n e\W could carry thi R Hrh e mc through s u ccessfully you haven't got a ll th e f'ash h andy, F1Y him t e n ] JCT cent. w i t h o u t g ivin g my attention wholl y to it. It's altogeth e r down and agree t o pa y the bal a n ce in twe nty-fou r or fortytoo l a r ge a nd import ant, a n d e v e r y c ent of my money will eight hours. My s h a r e in thi s trans a c tion mu s t b e on e -b e involv e d in it, for m e to tak e any c han c e 8 I must g e t third of the profit;: ., a good look a t this gentlema11 in front who exp e ct s to pur"Thafs pretty i>
play that eyening when he got home and he hurrird down to the gym. affrr supper 1o 1ry antl work it off. He put on lhc glov<',.; 1ritl1 Proft>:<;;or 1..;!JioU, a nd tl1ey had it hot and heavy for three rounds, bel'or<' an admiring audience of the patrons of the cstabliRltmPnl. Then Hal went home and made ::;traight for Lied. It took him some time to get asleep. when he did he was troubled with all sort s of queer dreams until well toward morning when he got a few hours of real rest. He left for Wall Street earlier than usual, not waiting for his friend Tom. He was at the safe deposit Yaults promptly at nine o'clock, when it opened up to customers. He left word at his office that he would not be back for an hour at least. The cashier saw from his manner that something out of the usual order was in the wind, aml said he would tell Mr. Black that he would not be back until ten or later. Hal then started for Mr. Horatio' Hall's office in the Mills Building. That gentleman was already at his desk. He was a lawyer whose whole attention was devoted to the management of big estates. Hal obtained an interview and stated the object of his visit in a few words direct to the point. "Who do you represent, Mr. Morton?" ask e d the lawyer. "That is a matter which must remain in the background if you have no objection, sir." 27 F,yidently ht' was a fi('r the shar r s himself. 'Thi::; ii\ wlwrr 'I ltn\ l my firt
I 28 WINNING THE DOLLARS. "My gracious!" exclaimed Tom, and that was all he 11aid on the subject, for he saw that Hal did not want to be bothered. Next morning Hal sent a telegram to Mr. Black, saying he would not be able to show up for several days-giving no reason, and taking his chances of lo sing his. position. The first thjng he did in the morning was to call on the cashier of the Nassau Street bank. "I want to make arrangements with you to sell my :.M. & .J. shares immediately on the receipt of the password "liall" over the 'phone. There must be no mistake, for I stand to win or lose on the result of your action." "It shall be done, Mr. Morton," said the cashier, re garding 'the young nervy operator with a good deal of ad miration, for he recogniz ed the lad's business abilities. Hal had found out that this man's name was Brown, ancl that he had bought outright 10,000 sha res in several lot s of M. & J. When the Exchange closed at ncron M. & J. shares had advanced to 90. Mr. Brown had not made his appearance in the gallery, and so Hal figured that the stock would go higher. On Monday it rose to 98 by noon, and Hal was s o ex cited watching the uproar on the floor that he orgot to keep his ejes open for Mr, Brown. "Suddenly he saw a man on the fringe of the crowd abont the M. & J. standard give the preconcerted signal. Hal was taken quite by 'surprise. Then he turned his head around and saw the coattails of a man disappearing down the sta.irs. He rushed after him and recognized M r Brown as he ran out on Broad Street. "That settles it," breathed the young messenger. He rus h e d for the n e are s t telephone booth, and calling up the little bank, gave the pers on at the other end of the wire the secret pass word and received back word that it was understood and would be acted o at once Hal then ran back into the gallery and arrived in time to see the flurry which ensued when his shares w e r e thrown in four lots of 2,500 on the market. They were taken without trouble by variou s brokers who were after the stock. At that moment Mr. Brown' s J 0,000 shares were offered, in lot s of 2,000 shares. They would have gone off all right, too but for the fact that some big operator threw two lots of 5,000 each on the market at the same moment. _M. & J. not being s npported staggered under the impact. The bears at once perceived their advantage and jumped in. In a moment M. & J. began to tumble and a wild panic ensued. Hal watched it all transfixed With a white face he da s hed out of t he building and made for the bank. Rushing into the cashier's office, he gasped out: "The market has gone to pieces Everything is smashe d. Am I safe or am I in the soup ?" "I personally telephoned your order to sell to our rep resehtative fifteen minutes ago. I will call him up and see how things are." In five minutes the reply came back that Hal's 10,000 shares had been disposed of at 98. "You're all right, Mr. Morton. Allow me to congratu late you on your success This is one of the biggest deals we ever handled for any one not a regular broker. For a boy of your years it is simply marvelous how you managed to get out at the very nick of time. I think you ought to be christened the Young Wonder of Wall Street." Deducting commissions and interest Hal calculated that he had cleared $175,000, which made him worth a little over a quarter of a million. Flushed with victory, he walked into his office and r e ported for duty, the richest messenger boy, by long odds, in the Street. A great surprise, however, awaited him. The office was in a turmoil, for Aaron Black la y on the floor of his private room at the point of death, from a stroke of paralysis. A physician had been hurriedly summoned, and he had succeeded in reviving the stricken man, but he said. that the broker would not survive twenty-four hours. Then he dictated a statement which Miss Howard at his request took down in long hand, and its import thoroughly startled and unnerved h e r, for it accounted for the missing ,000, which had belong e d to her father. Hal Morton was callerl inside to witness his signature to the document, which was read to him by Mi ss Howard and duly acknow l edged to be the truth by the dyin g broker. Aaron Black cliecl that night at his hom e, aml wiclow made goocl the captain's money to Mrs. Howarcl Hal Morton cea se d to be a m essenger boy with Ur. Black's death, and went into busine ss for himself a short time after. This summe r h e reached hi s majority and in June married Nellie Howard, the only child. of the late Ca .ptain Joe Howard, of the ship Malta .. He is rated as being worth over half a million, and is considered the YOUNG WONDER OF WALL STREET. THE END. Read "MAKING HIS MARK; OR, T'HE BOY WHO BECAME PRESIDENT," which will be the next number ( 5-1.) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." 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