A Wall Street winner, or, Making a mint of money

A Wall Street winner, or, Making a mint of money

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A Wall Street winner, or, Making a mint of money
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.. As he swung the oor open e was suddenly seized from behind. Turning around, Elmer amazed at seeing three disguised men bending over him. "Utter a cry and it's your death-warrant!" hissed the man who gripped his arm. . . . .


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE \ Iuued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered according to Act of Congreas, in the year 1907, in the oJflce of the Librarian of Congress, Wa.thington, D. C., b11 Frank '.l'ouse11, Publisher, 24 Union Squar New Yo1 k. No. 76. A NEW YORK, MARCH 15, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. Wall Making a By A CHAPTER I. Street Winner O R Mint of Money SELF -MADE rIAN father being day watchman at one of the theaters, and lived in a neat but cheap fiat on the upper east side Hi s sis ter Kittie, a bright and pretty girl of sixteen, an AN UNKNOWN ASSAILANT. 1 expert s teno g rapher, was employed by Taylor & Co., stock brokers, whose office was a few doors above Mr. Jordan's. "Elmer," said Mr. Edward Jordan, stock broker, of When Sanborn darted out of the office and started up No. Wall street one morning, as he stepped out of his Wall s treet at a brisk pace, a tall, well-built man, who private room with his hat and coat on, "take this note had been s t and ing in the shadow of a doorway on the op to Howard Demilt, No. Broadway. It i s very importposite side of the street, crossed over in a diagonal direc ant, and requires an answer. You will find me at the tion and fell in behind the boy. Exchange. Very little of the st ran ger's face could be seen, as it "All right, sir," replied Elmer Sanborn, Mr. Jordan's was covered with an overgrowth of dark-brown whiskera, office boy and messenger, one of the brightest boys in the while hi s soft felt hat was pulled well down in rakish Street. fashion over his eyes, which were sharp and glittering He grabbed his hat and made a bee-line for the sideThere was nothing particularly suspicious about this walk, which wasn't far, as Mr. Jordan's office was on the man's actions as he plodded along behind the boy. ground floor of the big office building, and presently hi s No one could have supposed for a moment that he had face was turned toward the big clock of Trinity Church any design on the young messenger, for scores of men which looked straight down Wall street. cr oss Wall street at all hour s of the business day, and fall Apart from a certain alert air and unusually springy in behind other people goin g in their direction. step, Elmer Sanborn apparently wasn't any different from Sanborn crossed over to New street, and the bewhisthe average messenger boy of the financial diStrict. kered man did the same As a matter of fact, however, there was a g reat deal of The boy, however, did not turn down that street, but difference between him and the general run of office kept right on to the corner of Broadway, down which he boys. took his way, with the man in question close on his heel s He had been working in Wall street about two years, Mr. Dcmilt's office was in Hie same 1rnilding with the ancl during that time he had not been asleep. Cons olidated Stock Exchange, and when Sanborn reached That's why his employer considered him the prince of the entrance he darted up stairs t" o s teps at a time. mesR engers. The whi s kered man darted up after him and caught He was the s on of parents in humble circumstances, hi s him in the :first corridor I I


A WALL STREET WINNER. The hallway at the moment was empty, and the unsus pecting boy did not turn when he hedrd steps behind him, Suddenly he was seized from behind, jammed up against the wall, and a sinister voice hissed in his ear: "Give me that l etter you have in your pocket for How ard Demilt.'' Sanborn was so surprised by the unexpected assault that for a moment he was incapable of action, and dur ing that brief interval the stranger's fingers sought out his inner pockets and had got his hand on the important note. Then the boy woke up and the stranger found out that he had no easy on his hands. He got the note out of Elmer's pocket, however, and then he started to pummel the messenger into insensi bility. Sanborn found that the lessons he had taken in the noble art of self-defence now stood him in good s tead. The stranger was strong ancl active, and he had a good punch, but Sanborn was a wiry ancl slippery antagonist, and rushin g in the man's guard he grabbed him around the waist, threw him on the floor, and then tore the note out of the side of the rascal's jacket, where he had seen him place it. The fellow made a grasp at the boy's hand, and succeeded in grabbing the end of the envelope. In the mix-up that followed the envelope came apart1 the larger part remaining in Sa,nborn's hand. Several people now came on the scene and regarded the scrappers with an astonished eye. The whiskered man, evidently considering the game up, smashed Elmer in the face, knocking him back against the wall, and then brushing his way through the specta tors, made his escape from the building. Sanborn quickly recovered himself and started after his assailant, but soon saw the futility of such a cour13e. THen h e looked at the torn envelope he ht;ild in hi s hand, and he wondered what Mr. Demilt would say when he handed it to him in that condition However, he couldn't do otherwise than deliver it as it stood. "Who could that rascal be, and what could he want with this letter? How did he know that I had a letter for Mr. Demilt in my possession? I don't understand the matter at all." After standing in the passage in an undecided way for a moment, he started on again for 1\Ir. Demilt's office. It was at the end of the corridor, and pushing open the outer door Sanborn entered the reception-room. Howard Demilt was reputed to be a millionaire capital ist. He had many and extensive dealings on the stock mar ket, and Mr. Jordan was one of the brokers who carried out his orders on the Exchange. He had a very small and very saucy office-boy named W addie Whipple. Waddie had an idea that he owned the office. At leasj: he gave hat impre ssion to all people whose faces he didn't like. Waddie was sitting on a high stoo l, at a high desk, near a back window when Elmer walked in, and he was deeply absorbed in the news of a daily sporting paper. If Waddie heard the door open and shut, and knew that somebody had come in, he paid no attention to the fact. Elmer had W addie down pretty fine, and was not at all surprised at the office-boy's attitude. He simp l y walked up to the l'IJ-iling that separated the room in two sections, and said in a loud tone : "Time!" The word acted like magic on Wad die. He looked up at once and recognized Sanborn, who was one of the few callers he conde scended to be affable to. "Hello, Elmer," he said, getting down off his stool, "is that you?" "Looks like me, doesn't it?" asked Jordan's messenger. ""rs Mr. Demilt in?" "Jnst stepped out.'1 "The dickens! I've an important letter for him." "He'll be back shortly.'' "Sure of that?" "So he said when he went out," replied Waddie. "You don't know where he went, do you?" "No. He just told me that he was going out, and then he went out.'' "I'll have to wait then. What were you so interested in when I came in?" "The Daily Tipster.'' "That seems to be your favorite paper. Do you get any tips out of it?" "It's full of sporting tips, not Wall street tips," grin ned Waddie. "That's what I thought. Gives you points on horses.'' "Yes, ana ha s all the late st news about prize-fighters and baseball and such." "Prize-fighting and horse-racing i s nice reading for an office-boy, isn't it?" "Sure it is. I believe in a fellow reading what ests him." "I suppose that's why I'm always reading the Wah Street Indicator, the Financial Chronicle, and the Broad Street News, because I'm interested in the market." "I don't see how you can read such dry stuff," replied Waddje, with a grimace. "It's as bad as stl.ldying law."' "I read it to keep abreast of the market." "What have you got to do with the market?" "I hope to be a broker some day, and I'm learning the business.'' "It takes lots of money to be a broker." "And you make lot s of money when you are a broker.'' "Yes, and you go broke, too, sometimes, trying to corner a stock.'' "A few of the traders do, when they make a mistake, or get hoggish, but not so many.''


A WALL STREET WINNER. 3 "My uncle did for one. He is now on the curb trying to pull up again." "He was a member of the New York Exchange once, wasn't he?" "That's what he was. Then. he had a wad as big as a house He used to hand me out a dollar every time I came to the office to see him. Now I'm lucky to get a nickel from hirn.'1 "How did he happen to go t o a wall?" "He went into some clique to boom a certain stock, and h e got caught with the otl].ers "Did they a ll fai l?" "I don't think. He was the only one of the bunch who cotlldn't meet his engagements, and his seat was auction ed. off to reach a settlement." "That was toughfor him. "Bet your life it was, and for me." Here the door opened, and Mr. Demilt walked in. "I've got a note for you, Mr. Demilt/' said Elmer, respectfully "I hope it's all right, for I lost a part of it, and was lucky to save the biggest part." "What do you mean?" asked the capitalist, sharply. "Where's the note?" it is," and Sanborn handed him the torn envel"It is very strange," mused the operator. T h i s is a very important communication." "So Mr. Jordan said I was to bring back a rep l y and deliver it to him at the Exchange.'' "Your cashier heard him tell y o u s o, I supp o s e?" said Mr. Demilt, knitting his brows "I don't k!JOW, sir.'' "But he might easily have heard it, as you say h e was i n the waiting-room at the time.'' "Yes, sir." "And the big window of your waiting-room over looJ.;:s the street if I recollect aright." "Yes, sir. obody can look iii, though, as the blind is partly drawn." "You didn't notice the cashier go to the w indo w before you left, did you?" "Yes, sir. He went over and adjusted t h e sh ad e." "What did he do to it?" "He raised it up and let it down twice "He did that, did he?" "Yes, sir," replied Elmer, wondering why the cap i talis t laid so much stress on such a simple matter. Mr. Demilt said nothing more, but wrote a reply to Mr. .Jordan, and handed it to Sanborn. "Take that to Mr. Jordan, and be more carefu l of it ope than of the other." How did this hanpen, young man?" asked the opera-"I l 1 t tl k I' t bl '' "d t "th f .Y iope you con nn m o ame rn any way, sa1 o r w1 a rown . d ulm 1 d tl t f l l Elmer, anxiously "I did the best I coul under the eir-.1.c. er exp a1ne 1e cucums ances ot le case. 11.r D "lt t tl 1 d 1 d l cnmstances. If I hadn t put up a good fight he would m.r. ew1 ore open le enve ope an g ance at t le h t tl tl t ,, 1 ave go away w1 1 1e no e. enc osure. _''I have no fanlt to find with you, Sanborn; but here Come into my private office, Sanford," he said, and the messenger followed him into his sanctum. "Who was this man who tried to get this from you?" asked the cap i talist. "I don't know who he was. Never saw him before." "What did he look like?" E lmer desc r ibed his assailant. "Whatever was his object, he failed. The note is in tact. "I'm g lad of that, sir,'' replied the boy, with a look of relief "'How could be have known that you were bringing this n ote to me?" "That's what puzzles me.'' "Did Mr. Jordan give you that note in his private office?" "No, sir; he handed it to me in the waiting room." "Anyone i n the waiting-room at the time?" "No one but our cashier." "You mean Mr. Langley?" "Yes, sir." I "You left your office immediately, didn't you?" "Yes, sir.'' "Did you noti ce the man who attacked you f ollowing you?" "No, sir. after when you come here, or carry any communication from me io Mr Jordan, be on your guard. That's a ll. Sanborn then left the office and passed out without dis turbing Waddie, who was once more deeply absorbed i n t h e columns of the Daily Tipster. CHAPTER IL HATTIE HORNER. When Elmer delivered Mr. Demilt's rep l y to his em ployer at the Exchange, he told him about the run-in h e had had with the unknown stranger, who seemed bent on getting hold of his note to the cap i talist, and how b y great good luck he had succeeded in preventing the r asc al from getting away with it. Mr. Jordan received the story with a very serious f ace, and asked his messenger several questions that the b o y was unable to furnish satisfactory replies to. Clearly somebody was trying to get a line on M r. De milt's operations on the market, and had taken a rathe r hazardous method to get his information Mr. Jordan praised his messenger's plucky stand a gainst the rascal, and then dismissed him. 6


A WALL STREET WINNER. ----=------Elmer returned to the office wondering if h e would hear anything more from assailant. When he entered the counting-room to go to the washroom he n oticed that Mr. Lang ley, the cas hi e r, looked quite hard at him. "Do you want me, 1\fr. Langley?" he asked, pausing near his tall cl esk. "No, no, repli ed the man, a bit has tily. "I don't want you After comi n g out of t h e was hroom Elmer s topped at the ste no g raph e r 's desk in one corner of the room. "How are things coming, Hattie?" "How should they be com in g, you boy?" asked the young lady, a smile She and Elmer were great friends and to a certain ex tent confidants. He t hought there wasn't another g irl in the c ity half a s pretty, 0 1 as nice, as Hattie Horner, unless it was hi s sist e r And s he thought-well, it's hard to s ay just what an im pressionable miss of s ixteen thinks, for she irn't always giving h e r thoughts away. "I'm a foolish boy, am I, :Miss Horner? Thanks, aw fully." "I'm li stening," she replied, rattling away at the keys of her machine "Some months ago I got hold of a tip on 0. & M put up all I had on a ten-per-cent margin on 20 shares, and closed out the deal at a profit of $250. You recolle c t that, don't you?" "Oh, yes. You were very fortunate." "I am willing to admit that I was lu cky At that time you asked me what I was going to do with my moneythat i s, my original capital and my profits, amounting to a little over $400 -and I told you that I was going to make it grow some more." "Yes, I know." "You a sked me how, and I sa id that when I got another tip, or got on to a good thing in the market, I would s lap it on it, and take my chances again." "Is that what you've been doing?" she asked with some interest "That's just what I've been doing.-'' "You've put the whole of your money in stocks again?" "Not in stocks, but in a stock-M. & N." "Well?" I got a tip a week ago that the stock was going to advance. It was then ruling at 57 I bon ght 70 shares." "I didn't mean that, of cou rse," she replied, fla shing a 1 t h "I'm a fraid you've forgotten the story of the pitcher g ance a 1m. 1 f 1 h d h "Th h t d 'd ?" t d E l t iat went once too o ten to the we l;'' s e sa1 wit a en w a 1 you mean. pers1s e j mer, grasp m g .1 one of h e r busy hands and holding it captive [ sm,'. t .t b b 11 t h ? And did lie fall 1n I I h k 1 1 1 v ia was i a ase a p1 c meant t iat t e r emar was JUS t a itt e-you mow d k?" h t I ,, trymg to get a rm w a mean. "How ca n I know what you mean? r eader." I'm not a mind"Don't be f!.illy." "There you go again wit h another lops ided comp liment. "Aren't you too provoking for anything?" s he sa id, snatchjng her hand a'rny and going on with h e r work. "Oh, I don't know! B y the way, I think you r e mark e d some time ago that if I put my money into stocks again I would sure ly ge t the short end of the trans action "Well, have you be e n foolish enoug h to do so?" "I've been wise enough to do so." "'What do you mean by that?" "Ju s t what I said Nothing more, nothing less." "But I don t und erstand you." "Then I'll exp lain s o that your limited understanding may gras p the facts of the case "vVell, I lik e that. If you aren't comp limenta17!" "One can't expect a g r eat deal of a girl you know," lau ghed Elmer, mischievou s l y "The idea! Just as if a girl wasn't a s bright a s a boy any day." "You mean some girls, not a ll gir l s." "Well most boy s are abont as bright a s a blackin g bottle," retorted Hattie, mali c iou s ly. "Don't be ridiculous. You know what I mean." "You were s peaking in a figurative sense eh? This happens to be only the second time I've gone into the market. 'l'hat pitcher mu s t have go n e at l east a hundre d times to the well before it got broken, so to fit the rn u st r ation I have 98 chances yet before I go broke. I in tend to be foxy and quit at the 97th time, so as to escape my fate "'Vhat about this deal of yours? You bought 70 s hares of nI. & N at 57, you say?" "That's right, and now it's up to 66. Not so bad, i s it?" "You'd bette r sell out, then, and take your That's what I would do." "Well, I'm not going to sell out till it goes to 7 0 or over." "And s uppo se it doe sn't go to 70 or over, what then?" "I'll sell out at l ess." "And s uppose it s hould go down so quick that you can't at a profit?" "I never look on the dark si de of a picture if I can help my self." "You're an uncommonly smart boy, aren't you?" "There are others, I g uess. Yonrself, for ins tance.' Just then Mr. Jordan's bell rang "All right. Have it your own way Now, lis ten, you want to hear what I've got to s ay to you. ir l "Gee! The hoso i s back from -the Exchange," and E l mer ha s tened to answer the ca ll.


I I A WALL STREET WINNER. CHAPTER III. MR. DEMILT HAS HIS SUSPICIONS OF FOUL PLAY. Elmer's confidence that M & L. would go to 70 a.t least was verified two days later when the stock closed at 71. As he didn't care to take any further risk in the deal he ordered the shares that the bank held for him sold at the market, and this was done first thing in the morn ing It didn't take him long to figiire up about what was coming to him-namely, $950-and this added to his origina l capital made him worth $1,350. He took $150 of this amount home to his mother, as he should, and told her that he thought she and father need ed some new clothes, and that the money would come in very handy for providing the same. Of course, his mother was very much surprised, and very curious to know where he got so much money all in a bunch. "Oh, I am sure they are "You seem to know all about it." "Don't I know what comes under my eye?" she answer ed a bit petulantly. "Well, the same thing happens in our office, but that doesn t convince me that money can't be made in st o cks when you know how to do it." "Indeed," she replied sarcastically. "I suppose you think you know as much about Wall street methods as your employer." "I didn't say ,I did "Just because you've been fortunate enough to make a stake you seem to think that you have a mortgage on the Street "Just because you're stenographer to a brokerage house you think you are capable of handing out advice to your big brother, who has been twice as long in Wall street as you have." "I admit that you ought to be twice as wise as1me about the business, but I am afraid that you're not. You ought to know that the district where we work is strewn with "I made it off a little deal in stocks, mother. You see, financial wreck s The Stock Exchange is a sort of jug I caught on to a tip on the market, and worked it for gernaut that rolls on forever, and squeezes the purses of all it was worth. That's only a portion of the money I its votaries as flat as a pancake." made. The rest I am holding on to in order to use it if "It' t t "f I h 1 th d h ,, s no gomg o squeeze my purse i can e p myano er goo t mg comes my way. lf,, 'd El tt' d tt h' t . s e sa1 < mer, ge mg up an pu mg on is coa pre-H1s mother was perfectly contented with this explana-1 t t t t ll f h' f d . para ory o g omg ou o ca on one o is nen s. hon, and what satisfied her was all right with his father. "M th ,, 'd K'tt' d 'd dl ht t k . . o er, sa1 I ie, ec1 e y, you oug o ma e His sister Kittie congratulated him on his good luck, I El ll h' If d 't h '11 1 mer give you a is money. you on e ose but her knowledge of Wall street pitfalls made her doubtt 1 t,, f 1 h d b'l' every cen ie s go u of t e a visa i ity of her brother takmg any more risks in the market. The little mother was not built that way, so the boy "How much money have you really got, Elmer?" she asked him, coaxingly "Oh, I've got quite a little wad," he replied with a smile "But 1 want to know the size of your wad," she persisted "Only a man's wife has right to know the size of his pile," laughed Elmer. "A boy should have no secrets from his sister." "You don't let me in on all your secrets," retorted her brother. "I haven't any secrets." '.'Well, I haven't any, either, except my private busine s s in Wall street. It is not a good plan to let out all you kn o w "Aren't you too mean for anything?" pouted his sister. "I hope not. Just1 you keep quiet, and the next time I make a coup in stocks I'll give you $50 to buy a new dress and hat." "But you mustn't risk your money on the market any more. You've only got about one chance in ten of makin g anything I know all about it. I hear of people dropping their money every day in our office. And these people are better acquainted with the game than you are." "How do you know they are?" managed to get away with the argument. "Well, don't you dare come to me for sympathey when your money i s gone," said the girl, tos s ing her head. "I've warned you, and I wash my hands of any further respon s ibility in the matter." "All ri g ht, sis," laughed Elmer. "I appre c iate your good intentions, but when I see a good thing c oming my way I'm not going to let it get away from me." Thus speaking, the boy picked up his hat and left the house. Next morning Mr. Demilt c alled on Broker Jordan, and had a serious talk with him about the attempt made by the unknown man to get that important note away from Sanborn. The broker was surprised to find that the capitalist en tertained g rave suspicion s a g ainst his caghier. "You must be wrong," h e said, increrlulousLv. "Mr. Langley has been with me a number of years, and I have found him to be perfectly square.'' "I am making no char g e e.gainst the man," replied the operator, "but it i s very s ingular how a person on the outside came to know that you sent that note to me, unless he got a hint from someone in your office, and your cashier seems to have been the only one in a position to furnish that hint."


A WALL STREET WINNER =============T======-:::__-::=.::=-:---=-=---"But Mr. Langley did not leave the office at the time, I conseq u ently--" I "He might have signaled the man through some precon certed arrangement.'' Mr. Jordan shook his head. "I was in the waiting-room several minutes after my messenger wen out, ancl Mr. Langley was there with me." "He went to the window, didn't he, and moved the s h ade up and down?" "Now that you mention the fact I believe he did, as the sun was coming in on the i:1dicator. How did you know that?" CHAPTER IV. TRYING TO SrOT A RASCAL. After that when Elmer carried any communication to 1'.fr. Demilt he was expressly told to keep h i s :yes well about him. He did, but saw no signs of the bewhiskered man i n t h e soft, turned-down hat. The rascal, whoever he was, was not taking a second chance on the same lines, or the knowledge as to whether the notes were of special importance did not" reach him "Sanborn told me about it." Mr Jordan now always called Elmer inside his private "What made my messenger call your attention to so room when he sent him on any kind of message, no matsirnple a circumstance?" ter where, so that no clew as to its destinatio n got out in "He didn't. I brought the fact out by questioning the office. In addition to this fact, when the broker had h im anything of special importance to communicate to Mr. De "Y ou seem to be as sharp on small points as a criminal milt, Elmer, according to instructions, went to the Broadl awyer ."' way office through a rear entrance off of New street, in "It is natural for me to try to get to the bottom of matorder to throw any pursuer off the scent of his real d\s ters i;n which I am vitally interested. There are strong tination forces opposed to me in this G. B. & D. deal, and I've got Mr Demilt did not allow his suspicions of Langley; the 1 to protect myself." cas hier, to die out. "I'm sorry that you entertain suspicions against my The capitalist was a pretty shrewd man. cashier. I am sure they are unfounded." If his broker's cashier was in league with an agent of "I hope so; but when mystery veils the operations of the opposition he wanted to it. 1 S he hired a plain unassummg lookmg man a detec my opponents it behooves me to redouble my vigilance, 1 t 1 h d t" attacl1ed to the Wall treet aaency o wa c an and not let the smalle s t susp1c10us cHcum s tance escape ive 0 me." The broker silent for a moment or two. "What significance do you attach to -the fact that Mr. Langley rai sed the shade in the waiting-room window? It was an innocent act." "Its very innocence would s uggest such an act to a pair of sharp witted conspirators as an excellent medium to convey a system of prearranged signals. One lift of the curtain might mean nothing, a s anyone in the room might do it; but the rising and lo,rering of the s hade in a mark ed way once, twice, or thrice might mean a whole lot." "Did my messen g er take note of how Mr. Langley moved the shade at the time in que s tion?" "He did, though, of cour se, he did not think anything about it. He just happened to be looking in the direction of the window at the moment. He told me that your cash ier raised the shade to a certain height and lowered it again, and then repeated the operation, after which he r aised it a little and left it in that position "Any man might do that," said the broker, "if the s h ade worked loos ely." I am not saying that there was actually anything in it, but the fact remains that a man on the outside re ceived the knowledge from some source that you had given you r messenger an important note to deliver to me." H aving said all that be had come to say, Mr. Demilt rose, nodded to his broker, and left the office. shadow Langley, and the followmg facts were soon re ported to him : That Langley had no communication apparently with any stranger during business hours outside of the office. That Langley was a frequent visitor at a high-toned g ambli.ng-honse uptown-a place where no ordinary game s ter of the cashier's resources could afford to patronize. That Langley was living at a rate beyond his presumed means, yet paid his bills promptly. From which Mr. Demilt deduced the following: That Langley was receiving money from some unknown source in addition to his salary at J\fr. Jordan's, and that he went to the gambling-house not to play, but to meet s omeone for some purpose. Whoever he met in the fashionable gaming resort must be a person of wealth and standing in the community, as the house was an exclusive one. It is true that gambling was not a' lawful recreation, and it was also true that the character of the establishment was no mystery to the police, but nothing was done to interfere with the business that went on there. Mr. Demilt said nothing to Mr. 'Jordan about what he had learned about Langley but he decided to try and trap the cashier, and his confederate, too He suggested a: plan to his broker, who reluctantly ac ceded to it. Elmer was called into the conference and received su ndry instructions. I


A WALL STREET WIN;NER. 'J' The plain, unassuming detective subsequently received I Presently he raised and. the shade. bis instructions. with deliberation, after which he returned to his desk. About two o'clock that day somebody called up the quiet-looking man observed all this over the top office on the phone. of his newspaper. Miss Horner answered the call. Inside of three minutes a tall man with sharp, black "Who is it?" eyes, and a silky mustache, came into the office and went "Demilt. Is Mr. Jordan in the office?" to the window. "No, sir He's at the Exchal).ge He and Langley conversed in low tones for a momen t "I've just communicated with the Exchange and find or two, and then he but the quiet-looking man had he is not there." made a mental photograph of his person, and when he left "Hold the wire, please, and I'll ask Mr. to the quiet-looking man left also. come to the phone." In a short time Elmer came back and took his seat She went over to the cashier's desk, and told him that Soon after the clock struck three Mr. Jordan returned Mr. Demilt was on the wire. ancl the cashier followed him into his private room and "Is this Mr. Demilt?" asked Langley, putting the rehanded him the note brought by Wad.die. ceiver to his ear. The broker took it but did not open it at once. "Yes. Mr. Jordan is not at the office, I understand, As soon as Langley had gone out of the room he care-and I know he's not at the Exchange. Any idea where I fully examined the flap of the envelope. might locate him?" "It has evidently been tampered with," he breathed. "No, sir. f-s it something of special importance that "That looks bad for Langley. Can it really be that he is you wish to see him about?" a traitor to my interests? Demilt appears to be certain "It is." of it, and that man is shrewdness himself. He's a born de"You'd better send a note over, and I'll hand it to him tective. His deductions, afterwards surpris ingly verified, the moment he comes in." from the faintest of clews, have often astoni s hed me, "Very well," and the operator rang off. Well, his suspicions of my cashier must be sifted to the In a short time W addie Whipple came into the recepbottom. I cannot afford to have a person in my employ tion-room where Elmer was on duty. that I have the l east reason to distrust.'' "Hello, Waddie Want to see Mr. Jordan?" He put the unopened envelope in his pocket, drew "Is he in?" letter-pad toward him, and began to write. "No." Then he folded it and put it in an envelope, which he The cashier, who had been wa'tching f<,ir him, now came addres$ed to Howard Demilt at his house uptown. into the room. "If there is nothing in this matter this bogus will "Did you bring a note for Mr. Jordan?" he asked Wadreach its des tination without trouble. If Langley is a die. secret agent of the clique who are trying to down Demilt "Yes, sir." in his G. B. & D. deal, the boy will be followed without a "I'll take it." doubt, and a strong effo.rt made to get the letter from him Waddie handed it to him. In the latter case much will depe)ld on Elmer's actions. I "What can I do for you, sir?" asked Sanborn of a quiethave little fear but he will acquit himself well if it comes looking man who had followed in. to a pinch. He is a smart boy, and a plucky one. He "I want to see Mr. Jordan." practically saved Demilt a considerable loss the other day "He's not in just now.'' hy saving the note he was carrying to the operator The "Do you expect him soon?" present case calls rather for dissimulation than an outward "He may come in any moment." show of pluck. I should hesitate to use him in such a da n"I'll wait," and the quiet-looking man sat down and gerous mission, as it may prove to be, if I didn't know that pie ed up a newspaper. one of the smartest of Wall street detectives will be at his While this brief conversation was going on the cashier heels to protef;!t him from possible injury." retired within the counting-room, and Waddie l eft. At four o'clock he called Elmer inside. In about five minutes the cashier returned to the room. "Here is the letter you are to take to Mr. Demiit's "Take these letters and mail them at a box," he said to house. It is not unlikely that you may be followed and Elmer an attempt made to relieve you of it. How this may be Sanborn put his hat on and departed on the errand. done it is impossible for me to tell you, but you will, of As soon as he was out Langley went over to the window course, permit the person or persons to get it. Whatever and seizing the cord attached to the shade, raised the shade resistance you make must be natural, so as not to raise any nearly to the top, where he let it remain while he furnsuspicion as to the genuineness of your errand." bled awhile with the cord. "I understand, sir," replied the young messenger. Then he lowered it again low enough for him to look "To protect you against harm, as well as to run tj:iis out. presumed conspiracy down, a detective will keep you in '"


s A WALL STREET WINNER sight. Ditl you notice the quiet-looking little man who I which train became an express after leaving Brooklyn called a couple of hours ago, and asked for me?" Bridge. 'Yes, sir. I left him here waiting for you when I went While the train was speedjng between Fulton street to mail a couple of letters for lVIr. Langley. When I and Brooklyn Bridge, Elmer glanced carelessly around got back he had gone." the car for the quiet-looking detective. "That is the detective I refer to." He saw him sitting opposite. "I'd never take him for one, sir," replied Elmer in The moment their eyes met the quiet-looking man took surprise. off his hat and scratched the top of his head. . "No, he looks like a plain, every-day business man. "That settles it," thought the boy. "I'm followed. I Nothing of the sleuth in his manneT, yet he is said to be wonder who the rascal is?" one of the best in his line of business. When you leave He furtively examined the different faces near him, but this office take the subway to Forty-second street. You none of them looked suspicious enough to fill the hill. will see the detective somewhere in your car. When he "I wonder if the villain, whoever he is, means to try to catches your eye, should he take his hat off and scratch do me up in the light of day? Or perhaps he'll accost me the top of his head you will understand he has discovered at the first chance, and try to persuade me to go into that 1you are being shadowed, and you must be prepared some salodn or entry with him. Well, I'm not afraid of for any emergency that may arise." him, especially as I can count\1pon the detective to help "I'll try and give a good account of myself, sir.'' me in an emergency." "I a mnot afraid but you will. You will be suitably The car was crowded after leaving Fourteenth street rewarded for the faithful discharge of this important misstation. sion." The man with the silky mustache gave up his seat to "I don't ask for any reward, lVIr. Jordan. I consider a woman and came and stood near Sanborn. any business you may in.trust to me as in the line of my. The didn't budge till the train pulled in at regular duty," replied Elmer. Grand Central station. "Tut, tut, Sanborn, this is a special business, and as Here Elmer left the train, and so did the two such is entitled to a special pecuniary consideration. Remember, you are not doing this for me alone, but for Mr. As the boy stepped out of the west side exit he noticed a cab standing dose to the curb. Demilt as well. I guess that is all." A handsome blonde woman, of perhaps twenty-three Elmer got his hat, told the cashier that he wouldn't be years, was peering out of the cab window with an alert back again that afternoon, as he had a special message to look. deliver uptown and left the office. Langl'ey watched him go with a significant grin, and then resumed his work. A few minutes later lVIr. Jordan left the office for the day. CHAPTER V. ON THE SCENT. \Vhen Elmer reached the sidewalk and started for Broadway, the sharp-eyed man with the silky mustache, the same who had dropped into the office and conversed with Langley while the boy was out posting the letters, was standing in the entrance to the office building next door. He immediately started for Broadway, too. The quiet-looking man referred to in the preceding chapter, who Mr. Jordan said was the king sleuth of the Wall street detective bureau, suddenly appeared on the opposite side of the way, and also walked toward Broad way. Elmer went down into the subway station on the corner of Broadway, and the two men, in the order men tioned, followed him. Tbe three took the same car when a train came along, At that moment the man with the silky mustache shnn bled against Sanborn as if by accident. "I beg your pardon," he said, politely. "I didn't see you." "Don't mention it," replied Elmer, starting ahead again. "Excuse me," said the man, detaining him, "I think that lady in the cab is beckoning to you." Elmer looked in the direction indicated, and saw the lady with her head out of the window, waving her hand at him. When she saw she had attracted his attention she beckoned him over to the cab. Elmer did not recognize the lady as anyone he knew, and wondering what wanted of him he went ove Had it been a man he would have suspected the game at once, but a woman, and a richly dressed and refined-look ing one at. that, threw him completely off his guard. "Why, lVIr. Sanborn!" she exclaimed gushingly, grai:;p ing him by the arm. "Is it really you? I am delighted to see you again." "I beg your pardon,'' replied the boy, astonished beyond measure at being addressed in so familiar a way by one he couldn't place to Rave his life, yet who appeared to know him all right. "Aren't you mistaking me for someone else?" ir f J: I


A WALL STREET WINNER. "Aren't you Elmer Sanborn?" she asked, with a charmavail himself of that pleasure. He would let hc1 know i f ing smile. she would give him her address. "Yes, that is my name "I will show you where I live,'' she said. "In fact, l "And you work for Broke r Jordan in Wall street, don't think I shall make you go in for jus t a -few minutes now you?" before you go on your way to your destination "I do." "I'm afraid I haven't time, l\Iiss Slater," he said smil"There, you see I haven't made any mistake ingly "But I really don't remember ever having seen you be "Oh, you can make a little time just to oblige me, fore," protested Elmer, in some perplexity. can't you?" she said, sweetly. "Here we are now," as the "Don't you recollect calling at Mr. John Slater's house, cab stopped before an elegant residence. "This is where I No. Madison Avenue, about three months ago, with a live at present package of bonds?" She opened the cab door, whereupon Elmer stepped o u t Elmer easily recalled circumstance, but he was and gallantly handed her to the sidewalk. quite sure he had not seen this young lady there at the "You really must give me ten minutes,'' she said, seiz-time ing him by the arm and leading hi up the high stoop "Well, Mrs. S later is my aunt," said the lady. "I admit steps. "I won't ask a moment more that I was not introduced to you, Mr. Sanborn, but that At that moment the second cab dashed by, and t h e was an oversight on my aunt's part. I came to th6 door quiet looking man inside noted the number of the h o us e while you were in the room, and I was sure that you saw where the boy seemed about to enter me. I hope you will not think me too forward in thus adHe then directed the driver to turn at the next corne r dressing you; but the fact is, I took a great fancy to you, and come to a stop and was anxious to make your acquaintance. I am now living with my'Uncle Andrew, a Wall street broker, on he returned to the shadow of the stoop of tbe Mad f bl k th d f A t Sl t first house m time to see Sanborn and the lady enter the ison avenue, a ew oc s 1s s1 e o un a er s. If '. th t d. t' I l ll b l t house, the man he had followed from Wall street get down you are gomg m a uec 10n s rn e 1appy o l d th ,, 1 from the box of the other cab, ancl enter the same house 1ave you n e m my carnage w1 me. T.h 1 d 1 . t 1 1 through the area gate, and the cab dnve off clown the e a y accompamec1 t ns mv1ta 1011 wit 1 sue 1 a wmt t ning smile that Elmer did not for a moment suspect that 1 s ree . . . th. t 11 ht "Well," he said to hunself, "this affair is turnmg out every mg was no a ng . "I'm going up to Seventy-second street and Madison avenue,'' he said, "and was about to take a car." "Step right in and you shall go up with me," she said coaxingly. The beauty and vivacity of the lady completely capti vated the young messenger, and he allowed himself to be persuaded to get into the cab. The man with the sharp eyes and silky mustache, who had been waiting in the background, mounted to the seat beside the driver, who immediately whipped up his horse and., turned into Madison avenue a little different from what I expected, but neverthe)ess it looks as if I shall be able to bag bigger game than we hoped to reach at the outset. I thought that black-eyed rascal meant to get the boy into some place on Forty-sec ond street, and there relieve nim of the envelope, after which I intended to track him to his destination, pro vided I was not obliged to interfere to save the lad from a knockout. I must find out at once who lives in that house, and keep my eye on it for developments. It is hardly likely that the boy will come to any harm. At the wor.st he may be drugged and then removed after dark I shall have to telephone to Darby. He was to await a The quiet-looking man, who had also been an observer call from me at the Twenty-fifth Precinct station of all that had passed, immediately spoke to the driver of The detective to the cab and hurried to the a disengaged cab on the other side of the street, and this. nearest drug-store, two blocks away, OJ:\ the corner of vehicle was soon in rapid pursuit of the other, with the Lexington avenue, and communicated with his side-part quiet-looking man inside. ner, Detective Darby, who, according to arrangements, While the first cab bowled along at a rapid pace up the had gone to the police station in East Sixty-seventh street avenue, the lady exercised all her powers of fa8cination in orrler to be in touch with Detective Sharpley in case over Elmer Sanborn. his services were needed on the case She told him how much he resembled her young and The quiet-looking detective then returned to the neighfavorite brother, and how delighted she was to have at borhood of the house which the young messenger had en l ast made his acquaintance. tered at the invitation of the fair woman who had per "You really must call upon me, Mr. Sanborn,'' she in sisted, in a coquettish way. "I couldn't think of taking a refusal. Now, when will yon call?" Elmer said that he couldn't really say when he would suaded him to ride with her in the cab. The cab drew up near the corner, and Mr. Sharpley kept his eye on the handsome residence until he was short ly afterward joined by Detective Darby.


10 A WALL STREET WINNER. CHAPTER VI. DRU GGED Elmer Sanborn allowed himself to be persuaded to en ter the Madison avenue residence with the handsome young l aJy who said she was Miss Nathalie Slater. The inter ior was furnished and fitted up in a style that fairly dazzled the boy, who was only acCURtomed to the plain surro unding s of his own home and that of hts neighbors. His natural impression was that Miss Slater's uncle mu s t be very well off, which was not to be wondered at of a man who did business in Wa ll street. "Come right upstairs to the sitting -roo m," :;;aid the young 'lady. "That's where we receive our particular friends, and I hope you will consider yourself a particu l ar friend of mine." Elmer couldn't h elp feeling very much flattered by thi s remark, accompanied as it was with a most seductive smile, and so he followed Miss Slater, as she cal l ed herself, to the floor above, where she ushered him into the front room ove r the parlor. Elmer thought this room a perfect dream. The prevailing tint of the room was light blue, with gold trimmings. The gilt furniture was up holste red in blue, and the window curtains matched the furniture and wall paper. "Sit down, l\Ir. Sanborn," said the young lady, taking off h er hat and light The young messenger looked at a gilt chair, and think ing it too fragile to hold him, took possession of one side of a handsome lounge. "I always have my afternoon tea when I come in from a drive. Wlll you join me? Or, perhaps you would prefer a glass of wine." "Thank you, Miss Slater I do not drink." "Not even a light wine?" "Nothing except water." "We ll, :you'll have a cup of tea with me, just to keep me company, you know Of course you will,'' she continued, not noti cing bis evident She went to a gilt panel in the wall and pushed a white button. A trim-looking maid. answered the summons. Miss Slater crossed the rooi. to her and said something in a low ton e in French Elmer". h eard the last two words, "Comprenez vous ?" (You understand?), which were uttered a little loud er, and with some emphasis "Oui, madam," replied the French maid, making a bow, and retiring from the room. The young lady sat beside Elmer and talked to him in her most fascinating manner, until the maid reappeared bearin g a s ilver tray, with a tete-a-tete china tea service on it-that is, two small cups and saucers, with a teapot, sugar-bowl, and cream pitcher to match-and a plate of fancy crackers She set the tray down upon a band-carved rose-wood table, and i:etired. Miss immediately went to the table, and, with h er back to the boy, poured out the tea. "Do you like your tea sweet, Mr. Sanborn?" she asked, half-turning toward him. "Not very/' he replied. She put one tea spoonf ul of sugar in his cup, and then, taking up a sma ll vial that l ay hidden under a napkin, let a few drops of the li quid that was in it fall into the tea. Then she brought the cup and saucer to Elmer with the crackers He accepted it with a "Thank.,you," and took a cracker. Returning to the table, she picked up the other cup and saucer, with a cracker, and came back to the sofa By degrees the boy drank the tea and ate the cracker as they talked together. "I really must go now," said Elmer, rising, as she took the empty cup from him. "Not till I've sung you just one s ong,''. she said, cap tivatlngly, and while she went over to the elegant rosewood upright piano the boy resumed his seat. Miss Sl. ater ran her :fipgers over the keys, and began to play a dreamy Spanish lullaby As her rich voice joined in with the music, in a soft, languorous strain, Elme r felt a strange feeling creep ing over him. His eyes felt heavy, his brain grew befogged, and he conld not think clearly 1 "What's the matter with me?" he asked himself. He half rose from the loun ge in an effort to bani sh the feeling, wondering a ll the time what was the matter with him. The song went on, and its \lreamy cadence made him more and more drowsy. All his body began to yield to a lang uidness that was new to him. He would have made effort to leave the lounge but politeness prevented him from disturbing the singer, and he thought he would wait a bit till the feeling passed from him. Gradua ll y the words of the song ran together, and the lady at the piano seemed to assume grotesque shapes and recede from him. Suddenly the music stopped and with i t the song. Miss Slater turned and looked at him. Then she rose and came tpward him. Elmer struggled unsteadily to his feet. "I'm afraid there's-something the mat-matter with me,'' he began, looking helplessly at her. "I-I don't ever re-member feeling so-so' funny before." Ile looked around in a stupid way for his hat. Then he was conscious in a dumb kind of way that the lady had put one arm around him as if to support him.


A WALL STREET WINNER. --------------He tried to brace up, but something prevented his! easy," she replied smilingly. ".Lt was a simple matter to doing so. fascinate him." His senses were now in a whirl. "Of course it was. How could a youth of hi s years re-The room seemed to tilt this way and then thai. sist your charms, when no man who ever came into your He staggered, reached out one arm to grasp at somepresence could wholly withstand the subtle power of yom thing to steady himself, then everything grew black and Sadie, you are the lovelies t woman in New he collapsed upon the sofa, where he lay like a log. York, and I am a lucky dog to have a wife so elev---'' Miss Slater smiled serenely as she looked down at him. "That will do, Joe," she said, placing her pink palm Then she bent down, felt in the inner pockets of his jacket over his moulh, and then laying the other arm caressingly and presently withdre>v the note Mr. Jordan had written on his shoulder "Even a beautiful woman can love and in office and addressed to Howard Demilt, No. -be a slave, while yet she counts her own slaves by the Madison avenue. score It is a wife's place to aid her husband in every way She took it over to a pearl-inlaid writing-desk, the flap she can, be the risk what it may." of which she let down. The gentleman regarded her with a pleased smile, and Drawing a gilt chair toward her, she sat down, and folding her in his arms, kissed her twice. with a long thin lead pencil she separated the flap from "Go to your room now and dress for dinner. Jellico and the body of the envelope. one or two others will be here soon. This boy ought to be Then she withdrew the note and read it. 1 good for several hours at least. When he comes to you Drawing a pad toward her, s he made a carefnl copy of must lull any he may seem to entertain, and the note. ascribe his unconsciousness to the undue heat of the room; At that moment a stylishly dressed man of thirty-five or any other reason you can think of that cover the entered the room with the easy assurance of one who had case." the right to be there. "Aided perhaps by the dreamy influence produced by "Well, Sadie," he said, with a little laugh, "I see you've my Spanish lullaby," laughed the lady. worked the trick." "Well, I leave you to exercise your own ingenuity in She turned quickly, with a slight sta rt, and seeing who disposing of a delicate situatio n. No woman is cleverer it was, smiled with an air of triumph. at that than yourself." "Ah!" she exclaimed, "you have come just in time. "Thank you for the compliment. I hope that I haven't There is the note. Look at it yourself/' handing it to made a mistake in passing myself off to him as Nathalie him. "And there is the copy. Compare the two and Slater, Mr. John Slater's niece." see that I have made no mistake." "The imposition will hardly be discovered by the young The gentleman read the original carefully. man, as he stands very little chance of meeting Miss Sla-"This is most important," he said. "Most important. ter, who at present is at Lennox. Their spheres are so We-that is, Jellico, myself, and the rest of the bunch-wide apart that a chance meeting is scarcely to be ap have been off the track, it would seem from this. Demilt prehended." evidently is not as well fixed as we thought. Y onr copy is Joseph Fletcher led his wife from the room, closing perfect, Sadie. Return the original to the seal the door after them, leaving the unconscious Elmer Sanit up carefully, and put it back in the boy's pocket. De-born stretched upon the lounge. milt must never suspect that this information has leaked out into the hands of his business rivals. To-morrow We, Us & Co. will begin to profit by this little bit o! inside infor:r;nation. Perhap s we may be able to take the gron.u..1 from under the foxy Demilt, and eventually drive him to the wall." He handed the original back to the lady, and rubbed his hands with gleeful satisfaction, as if the game at which he and his partners ''ere playing against the wealthy capitalist was already in their hands. He walked once or twice up and down the room, while 'the lady was resealing the envelope and replacing it in Elmer's in side pocket where she had found it. "You are a bird, Sadie,'' he said, pausing in front of her. ';I am very fortunate in having such a clever little woman at my elbow. 'Pon my word I am. You shall have the finest pair of diamond bracelets for this that Tif fany can produce.'' "I think I have won them fairly, though the boy was CHAP'l'ER VII. ELMER SEOURES A FINE TIP. It was about half-past eight o'clock, and the room was as dark as the ace of spades, when Sanborn opened his eyes to a confnsed sense of his strange surroundings. His first thought was that he was at home in bed. Under this impression he lay still for several minutes, wondering what had aroused him from sleep, for when he went to bed he seldom woke up till the morning light penetrated his room. Suddenly he became conscious of the entry of severa l men into an adjoining room, then a thin streak of light flashed from the floor to the ceiling at the other end of the room. ...


A WALL STREET WINNER. This was followed by fairly loud ialking and laught er. fletcher's vis itors, who also read it and retnrned it to "Gracious! What does this mean?" .Elmer asked himFletcher. self. "Am I dreaming? This can't be my room at "Well," spoke up Mr. Fletcher, "what do you think home." about it?" He sa t up and then became aware that he was fully "I am bound to say ii surprises me," replied Jellico. "I dressed. think it's been our combined opinion that Demilt bad Feeling about him in astonishment, he saw that he was succeeded in cornering enough of G. B. & D. stock Lo not in a bed at all, but on a lounge. make him master of the situation, but from the text of "I don't understand this," he muttered, putting his feet that note it would appear that his hold on market on the floor. "Where am I, anyway, and how is it that I with respect to that road is rather precarious. Jordan ad am in this strange room?" vises him to unload at once unless he is fully prepared He got on his feet, but the effort caused a sensation of to purchase a block of 20,000 shares on which he has se-dizziness and weakness. 1 cured an option until noon to-morrow. Unless Demilt He sat down again until he felt better, then he rose and can take over those shares, which at the ruling figures cautiously felt his way toward the thin shaft of light that represent a cash va lu e of three million, they will be he realized must be the crack in a pair of folding -doorn. thrown on the market. That will mean a break in the He shoved by the carved table on which the tray with price of G B. & D. Possibly a panic. Where it will then the small china tea service still rested without being aware fetch .. up at no man can tell. In such an event it looks as of its presence, and he avoided a couple of gilt chairs by though Demilt would go to the wall." blind luck, arriving at last at the crack in the doors, open His three 'listeners nodded as if Mr. Jellico bad voiced about an inch, through which he had a clear view of the their opinion exactly. room beyond. "Therefore;" pursued Jellico, rubbing his sleek hands This was Mr. Fletcher's library, and it was elegantly slowly one over the other, "I think it behooves us to unfitted up with mahogany furniture. load our holdings at the market when the Exchange opens There was a handsome desk at one corner, next a winand then sell the stock short, whispering our surmises dow, overlooking a rear prospect, and two heavy bookbroadcast, and thus either force the anticipated slump, cases, well filled with handsomely bound volumes, against or be in the best position to reap a harvest when the stock one of the walls. goes on the decline, as I fancy .it is botmd to do after J or-The room was illuminated by three small electric bulbs dan's option expires, provided, of course, that Demilt canenclosed in gronnd glass shades. not take the block of shares." Mr. Fletcher and three of his close friends wr.re seated The others nodded again. in a group smoking and talking. "You've hit the nail fairly on the head, .Tellico," said Elmer knew Joseph Fletcher by sight, having seen Fletcher, beamingly. "It certainly looks as if we had De him many times in Wall street, and he recognized him milt where the hair is short. But for the infomiation at once with a gasp of astonishment. contained in this note we should have been in the dark as So far the evr.nts of the afternoon, particularly hi s ento the true situation, and have naturally believed that De counter with the fair lady who had introduced herself to milt was fully able to hold his end up." hi.m as Miss Natalie Slater, and had persuaded him to "That's right," coincided Broker Bramble, who sat enter that house, seemed to have slipped from the boy's next to Fletcher. memory. The only thing that his mind appeared to concern it.self with at that moment was the He easily overheard every word of the conversation going on between the four Illen. At the moment Elmer looked in on them Mr. Fletcher had passed to the gentleman on his right, whose name was Titus Jellico, and who was Fletcher's business pa;t ner, the copy of Broker Jordan's note made by Mrs. Fletcher. r Jellico read i.t slowly through, while the otlier gentle men watched hii=n_ in silence. As soon as he had thoroughly mastered its contents he passed the note to the man on his right, with the same gravity that the old-time Indian passed the pipe of peace to his neighbor in the circle 11bout the fire, and that gen tleman, after reading it, handed it to the third of Mr. "It is agreed, then, that our plan of operations in the r :"'.'ning will be along the line I have suggested," said Mr. ,Jellico. "Yes, yes," nodded the other three. "It will be rare revenge that we shall take out of De milt at :\tist for the squeeze he handed out to us in Southern Railway." "'That's what it will," chuckled his partner, Fletclier. "If the slump involves him in complete ruin so much the better." The other three laughed wickedly, as if such a mis fortune to their rival would give them a heap of satisfac tion. "Now that that is settled," said Jellico, "we will con sider how we are to take advantage of the information I have obtained about the Elwood clique who have neariy perfected their plan to boom D. & G.". ]] a a h t S s c a 5 v I e v t a a u v t ] s


A WALL STREET WINNER. 13 "How did yon :find this on t,, Jellico?" asked Fletcher, intereRtedly. ''Through my brother-in-law, John C. Fleetwood. He did a big favor for one of the men next to Elwood himself, and this man told Fleetwood under promise of secrecy how the cat was going to jump, and Fleetwood, who thinks the world of me, passed the news on when I as sured him that no one outside of my business partners should be made wise to what is impending." "What are Elwood's plans?" "First to force D. & G. down as low as it will go by circulating rumors that the road will pass its quarterly dividend, and default on its semi-annual interest on its 5-per-cent first mortgage bonds." "Which isn't true, of course?" said Broker Waller. "Not so far as I am aware,'' replied .Jellico. "In fact, we may assume that it bas no foundation, in fact." "The rumor is bound to be officially denied,'' said Fletcher. "Of course; but the Elwood crowd will do damage enough to practically accomplish their object. When the stock begins to recover they will be loaded up, and con sequently in a position to take full advantage of the rise. As soon as the price goes back to its normal standing they will then begin their booming tactics, and we may expect to see it go up ten or :fifteen points above its general aver age.'' "This is a valuable tip,'' said Fletcher. "It certainly is,'' interjected Broker Bramble, enthusi astically. "Between the anticipated slump in G. B. & W. and the rise in D. & G. we ought to make a couple of mil lion." "All of that," agreed Jellico. "We'll be able to clean up on the former by the end of this week, or just in time to use our winnings to buy in all of the latter we can get hold of." Elmer listened to this conversation with great eagerness. For the time being he forgot all about bis peculiar situa tion in that house, and only concerned himself about the tip on D. & G. that bad so unexpectedly come bis way. It meant another little coup on the market for him in the immediate future, and he was tickled to death. He would be able to surpi;ise Hattie Horner again as to his great good luck, as well as to show his wise little sister that be knew how to make money in Wall street without running on the shoals and quicksands strewn with the evidences of losses made by the lambs who came to the Street in the fond anticipation of making easy money. CHAPTER VIII. ELMER GETS WISE TO THE SITUATION. "You've got a smart wife, as well as one oi the hand somest women I've ever seen, Fletcher," remarked Broker Bramble, lighting a fresh cigar. "Yes, she's an uncommonly clever little woman," replied Fletcher, complacently. "She bamboozled that young Sanborn completely." Elmer started when he heard his name and like a flash memory reasserted itself, and the events of the afternoon flashed across his brain with lightning-like rapidity. "Yes, she was waiting for him in a carriage at the west entrance to the subway at the Grand Central Station. She didn't know .the boy, never having seen him, but John followed the lad up on the train, according to arrange ments, and he stopped him in front of the cab. That was my wife's cue, and she lost no time in calling young San born to her, persuading him that she was the niece of one of Mr. Jordan's customers, a Mrs. Slater, who lives a couple of blocks up this avenue, and inviting him to step into the cab and ride as far as this house with her. Then she induced him to come in, and the rest was easy." "How did she manage to get the letter out of his pocket without his knowledge, copy it, and then return it?" asked Broker W alle:r. "She gave him a mild dose of knockout drops in a cup of tea," replied Fletcher. That reply caused Elmer to understand exactly what had1 happened to him aI\d satisfactorily accounted for his presence in the Madison avenue house. "Is the boy still in the house?" asked Broker Bramble. "He is, in the front room;" "When do you expect him to recover his senses?" "Not for some little time yet." "But what explanation are you going to give the boy when he recovers to prevent him from suspecting the true state of affairs?" "Qh, that's up to my wife. You may trus t her Lo extricate herself with flying colors." "I hope she will," put in Jellico. "This might easily prove to be a serious matter for your wife, Fletcher, and probably yourself as well, if Demilt, when the boy turns up .so late, smells a rat.'' "Oh, I guess it will be all right, Jellico. There isn't a sign to show that the note has been tampered witli. De pend on it we four will come out at the top of the heap this week, and Demilt will be in the consomme." At that moment Mrs. Fletcher knocked at the door of the library. "Come in," called her husband. She opened the door, and was greeted with acclamation by the other gentlemen. "You seem to be having a good time here, gentlemen," she said laughingly. "We are trying to, Mrs. Fletcher," said Jellico. "Won't you come in and honor us with your society for a little while." "Not now. I must go into the front room and look after my victim. It is possible he may be coming around. Do you know I feel a bit sorry, in a womanly way, of course, for the deception I practiced on that young fel low."


-----------,, ... 14 A WALL STREET WINNER. "Sorry, Mrs. Fletcher!" exclaimed Jellico, raising his eyebrows. "Yes. He is a fine, gentlemanly boy, and I have taken quite a fancy to him." The three gentlemen burst into hearty iaughter. "Upon my word, Fletcher," said Jellico, turning to his partner, "if I was in your shoes I shouldn't feel easy till that boy was out of the house. H;e seems to have made an impression on your lovely wik Aren't you just a bit jealous?" "Me!" replied Fletcher. "Not at all. I defy any man or boy to steal the affections of my wife. I am satisfied that I can hold her heart against the world. And she has a soft little heart too. That's why she feels a sympathy for that boy. Nothing in the world would have induced her to have undertaken this affair but her loyalty to me. The fact that she feels sorry for the trick she played on Jordan's is an honor to her, and I respect her for it." Mrs. Fletcher flashed a look of love and gratitude at her husband, and the other gentlemen began to regard the handsome woman in a new light. Elmer, while greatly disgusted with himself at being so easily buncoed by a fair lady, although the experience happened to be in the lirie of his duty1 was also pleased at learning that the lady herself was not exactly heart less, and that it was solely to further her husband's in terests that she had engaged in her bit of deception toward him. "She's coming in to look after me," he breathed. "Well, I guess I'd better get back to the sofa. It wouldn't do at all for her to catch me listening at this door. It might queer the whole business Mr. Demilt has in view." His eyes were now better used to the gloom, and he re turned to the sofa and stretched himself upon it. And not a moment too soon. Mrs Fletcher opened the door an instant later and entered the room. She pushed a button in a panel near the door, and the room was instantly illuminated by a cluster of electric lights. The sudden lighting up of the room startled Elmer, who was not used to that sort of thing, and the movement he made attracted the lady's attention. She went over to the lounge at once and looked at him. Sanborn concluded it would be just as well to pretend that he was now recovering his senses, f].nd so he testified to that fact by sitting up and looking around in a confused way. He wasn't a bad actor in that respect,and he quite deceived the lady. "I am so glad that you are coming to yourself," she said in a tone of apparent concern, kneeling down and brushing his hair off his forehead in a caressing way that would have thoroughly deceived the boy if he hadn't been wise to her game. "You went off into sleep while I was playing at the piano," she continued, in purring tones, that would have brought most any man to her feet, a slave for life. "I could not imagine what was the mat ter with you, and was about to send for a physician when my hus-I mean my uncle came into the room, saw you, and said he guessed you must have been up late last night, and that the heat of the room, the strong scent of the flowers, to which you are unaccustomed, and the. dreamy melody of the Spanish song I sang you, probably overcame you and that tired nature asserted itself i:ri 13:tJite of you4.' efforts to keep awake." "I guess that must have been what it was," coincided Elmer, resolving to fall in with her views. "I was pretty tired when I came here, though I didn't rea,lize it at the time. Good gracious! It's after dark, isn't it? You must excuse me for making snch an exhibition of myself," "Excuse you!" exclaimed Mrs. Fletcher, deligh teq be yond words to find that the boy himself was reducing the necessity of an explanation to a minimum. you are entirely excusable. I am so glad to :find that yoi1 are all right again. You've had a most refrei:;hin g a.nd look as bright as a new dollar now. It is nearly nine o'clock, but I have had S1lpper prepared and kept on the range for you. J; ou mqst go downstairs with me and eat it." Elmer, knowing that his mission had been had no objection to accepting her invitation. In fact, he regarded it as a very welcome one, for he was feeling uncommonly hungry. "I am very much obligeq to you, Miss Slater," he said. "It was very kind of you, indeed, to put yourself out on my account." "Not at all," she replied sweetly. "Come right along now." Elmer followed her downstairs to the dining-room:, where Mrs. Fletcher waited on him herself. She spread a very palatable meal before him, and San born gave plenty of evidence that he was the possessor of an excellent appetite. The lady talked very agreeably to him, and never once referred to his supposed weariness which was premmed to have been the cause of his falling asleep. Ater the young messenger had ate al}d drunk all he wished, he took his leave by the front door, Mrs. Fletcher expressing the hope that it would not be long before she had the pleasure of meeting him again. CHAPTER IX. ELMER MEE'TS THE W AJ.:.L STREET DETECTIVE. When Elmer reached the sidewalk in front of the Fletcher residence he turned his face down Madison avenue, for, conscious that his mission was completed, he intended to go home. For the first time since leaving the subway train his thought rncurrcd to the quiet-looking man who Mr. Jordan had informed him was one of the f;martest detec tives connectcfl with the Wall street bureau. "My getting into that cab, and being carried away t .. j,flyii mm not be for wou trac cro1 'I bris F gen lar, 'I Fle1 whc the 'I star Ji the he E he him f 'I besi (( I plie I cl; you the saw "H< clrh " at r you a se Mrs " sleu du ti coul for


A WALL STREET WINNER. 16 flying, must have knocked him off my track," the boy mused. "As things have turned out he might just as well not have followed to protect me. Detectives can hardly be expected to do impossibilities, and it's a good thing for me that my life was at no time in serious danger. It would be a pretty smart detective who could ma:uage to track me to yonder house und e r the circumstances that cropped up this afternoon." Thus spoke Elmer Sanborn to him self, as he walked bri skly toward the corner His estimate of the s l euthing qua lities of detectives in general, and the quiet-looking Wall street man in particu lar, was wanting in accuracy. The moment he appeared at the outer portal of the Fletcher reAidence the sharp eyes of Detective Sharpley, who was standing watch in the shadow of a tall stoop on the opposite side of the street, spotted him. The quiet-looking man imm ediate l y left his .post and started for the corner also Reaching which he was about to cross the street to meet the boy w h e n he saw him turn and come toward him, so he waited. E lm e r hardly glanced at the figure on the sidewalk as he hurried by when a voice, callin g him by name, halted him. He stopped short and looked. To his great surprise the quiet-lookingman stepped up beside him. "You here?" exclaimed Sanborn. "Why not?" replied the detective. !'How did you know that I was in this loc ality?" "I was instructed to keep you in sight, young man," re plied Mr. Sharpley, dryly, as they walked along "That I did not do so literally was because I conld not follow you into the ho11se of Broker Fletcher without spoiling the whol e business in which you were engaged. When I saw you go in--" "When you saw me go in?" gasped Elmer amazedly. "How coul d you have seen me enter that house? I was dri ven here in a cab at a mighty quick pace, too." "Nevertheless, I was on the spot as soon as yourself "I don't see how," replied the boy, looking mystified at his words. I simp l y c h artered a second cab and followed the one you were in,'' replied the detective. "Maybe you noticed a second cab dash by as you were ascending the s t eps with Mrs. Fletcher?" "Now that you mention the fact, I think I did." "I was in that cab." "Gee! You're a bird!" cried the boy, regarding the sleuth with undisguised admiration "There a r e times in the course of my professional duties when it would be very advantageo u s to me if I could be a bird, literally speaking," smi led the detective. And have you been around here ever since watching for me to come out?" "I, have, with the exception of a short quarter of an hour after you entered the Fletcher residence." "How came you to know that is the residence of Joseph F l etcher the stock broker? And how came you t@ learn that I came in the cab with Mrs. Fl.etcher? Why, I've in the house severa l hours, and I did not know those facts myself until a short time ago, and then only through a lucky accident." "Young man, it is my business to find out everything about the case I am on. Mr. Fletcher entered the house twenty minutes after yourse lf. A little l ate r on his parf ner, Mr. Jellico, accompanied by two other Wall street men, whose interests are a llied to his and Fletcher's, also called and took dinner there. They are still there." "I know they are for I've seen the bunch in Mr. Flet cher's library." "Which is one advantage you had over me. Well, did Mrs. F l etcher get the note away from you without your know ledge?" "She did, and after copying it r et urned it t9 my pocket, a lso without my knowledge." "H'm! How did she accomplish the trick?" "She did it by drugging me. I fell into the trap, which was a very innocent one." "Ah! I suspected as much. Well, you look none the worse for your experience." "Oh, I feel pretty good, for Mrs. Fletcher, after I re covered an hour ago, treated me to a first-class dinner. .I don't hold any hard feelings against her for the knockout she gave me, for she's a pretty decent kincl of lady." "She's a fascinating one, at any rate/' replied the de tective dryly. "You did not give her any gro und for sus pecting that everything wasn't as it appeared to be, I hope?" "No. Things are working out just as Mr. Demilt wishes." "How can you know that?" asked the detective sharply. "Never mind how I know," replied E lmer, with a s hrewd smile "I may have been drugged, but I wasn't asleep all the time." Mr. Sharpley regarded the l ad with a penetrating and rather approving glance. "I guess you're a pretty smar t boy," he said "That's your reputation with both Mr. Jordan and Mr. Demilt." "I'm smart enough to hold my tongue when I think I ought to." A very excellent quality;'' nodded the detective. "I don't ask for your confidence in any matter that your judgment advises you otherwise. If you are sure that your mission has been successfu l that's all I want to know. 1\fy services are at an end for to-night, at least, and I shall be glad to go home." "That's where I am going," replied Elmer. "I shall make my report in the morning. I think it will be very satisfacto ry to Mr. Demilt."


A WALL STREET WINNER. "All right, my lad. I am going to take a Third avenue e l evated train at this station. I wish you good -night.'' "Good-night, sir." Mr. Jordan appeared at his office unusually early on the following morning. He beckoned Elmer to follow him into his private r oom "Well," he said, after both were seated "What have you to report?" Sanborn in a low tone gave him a full account of a ll he had passed through since leaving the office the previous afternoon, together with such part of the conversatio n as directly affected the case that he had overheard through the fo lding doors between the sittingroom and the library in the Fletcher re s idence He made no mention, however, of that part of the talk which referred only to the prospective operations of the Elwood clique who were about to begin operations looking to the booming of D. & G. stock. That he regarded as his own private tip, that he rneaut to avail himself of at the proper time, which he believcrl would be about the end of the week or the beginning of the next. Mr. Jordan listened to him patiently, but with a coun tenance that betrayed growing interest as he proceeded. "Elmer, you re a jewel," he said, when the boy had finished. "The smartest detective in the city could not have clone b e tter. You have done the fine s t afternoon's work of your life for your s elf as well as for Mr. Demilt, and you can rest a ss ured he will make it all right with you. He {s probably 'at his office by this time, so you had better go there right away and make your report just as you have made it to me "All right, sir," said Elmer, getting up and leaving the room Two minutes later he was on the street hE)ading for Mr. Demilt's office. CHAPTER X. CORNERED. E lmer had a very satisfactory interview with Mr. De milt The niillionaire operator praised the tact and ability with which he had carried his delicate mission to the point of success ; sympathized with him over the onii un p l easant part of his adventure, and assnred him that he should receive in a few clays a reward commensurate with it is only right that I should recompense you for your excellent work. From what you have overheard it looh as if Fletcher and his crowd are ahout to put themselves in my power. They certainly will do so if they carry out their expresse d intention of selling any considerable numbe r of shar es of G. B & D short. Mr. Demilt then wrote a note to Mr. Jordan instructing him to buy all shares of G B. & D. offered outright on the market, and sent it back by Elmer. After the boy had gone the big operator wrote notes 10 two of his other confidential brokers telling them to buy all shares of G. B. & D offered by Fletcher and his crowd after Mr Jordan stopped buying. The bulk of these Mr. Demilt, guided by information furnished him by Elmer, believed would be short sales, and if the Fletcher bunch sold many thousand shares in the expectation that they would subsequently be ahle to buy the stock in to deliver at a big profit, basing their operations on the expected s lump, they would be caught, for Mr. Demilt knew they never would be able to find the stock when the time came fo1; them to deliver it, and con sequently they would be obliged to settle with him at what ever figure he chose to exact. It would be a great and unexpected surprise for them to find that instead of having the big operator at their mercy, the boot was on the other leg. Elmer delivered Mr. Demilt's note to Mr. Jordan at the Exchange and then went back to the office. Having nothing particular to do for a little while, he picked up a Wall street daily and looked D. & G. up in the mar.ket report of the clay previous. He found that the stock was ruling at present at 56. "Well," he said to himself, "l've got. $1,200 to inve s t in it. If Mr. Demilt gives me a cash present of a hundrecl : or two I'll add that to it. don't get a tip like that every clay, and I'm going to make all I can out of it. Several cu s tomers having left orders with the cashier for the purchas e of certain stock s Langl13y bunched the memorandums and sent Elmer over to the Exchang e with them in an envelope addressed to Mr. Jordan. Although Mr Jordan now had undoubted evidence in his po s session that his cashier was working a gains t hi s interest s as far as Mr. Demilt was concerned he r efraiue d from taking any action against him until the cri s i s of the G. B. & D. matter had been passed the service he had rendered and the risk he ran in a:cHad he brought the accu sation and evidence again him, complishing the object aimed at. and discharged him, a s he intended to do shortly, the "Well, sir,'' replied Elmer, "I shall of course be glad Fletcher crowd would have taken immediate alarm, ar, d to accept any present you feel inclined to give me, but I cxt:ricatccl themselves from the net they were working did not start out on this matter with any expectations of I around themselves. a reward. Mr. Jordan asked me to undertake the affair, When Elmer got back to the office he found s ome ex-ancl as he is my employer, I felt bound to do as he wish cuf'e for going into the counting-room to see Hattie. ed." To say the truth, he was rather smitten with the pretty "That's all right, Sanborn," replied Mr. Demilt, with young stenographer, and he lost no opportunity to make an encouraging smile; .'but as the service was wholly himself solid with her. in my interest, and as it was me who suggested the scheme, The girl always greeted him with a welcome smile,


A WALL STREET WINNER. which showed that s he her s elf was rather partial to the I They asserted that a big block of the stock would be good-looking and manly meS8enger. thrown on the market before the Exchange closed, and "Well, Hattie, I thought I'd let you know that I've got they doubted Demilt's ability to accept it. hold of ahoth e r pointer. This one is worth a million to They had a talk with a clique of bear ancl the fellow who has the money to back it.'?. proposed that an effort be made to break the market by "You're the greatest boy I ever knew," replied Miss selling the stock short. Horner. You always seem to be on hand when a tip is flying around loose." "This tip wa sn't flying around loose. I got hold of it through one chance in a thousand." "Let me hear how you got it, then," she said, with an interested air. "Sorry, Hattie, but I can't tell you.'' "Why not?" she s aid, disappointedly. "Oh, there are reasons which I cannot explain." "Then you O"N.ghtn't to have said anything about it. "A determined move of that kind will make things mighty interesting for Demilt," said Fletcher. probably trying i.o raise the money now to take in the 000 shares on which his option expires at noon. If he fails to make the riffle the shares will go into the open market, and that' s sure to cause a slump." The bear leaders, having only Fletcher's word to go by, were rather wary about taking chances in advance. Time enough, they argued, when the market actually broke. You've aroused my curio s ity, and now you won't sati s fy it. I think y ou're r e al mean." "But everybody will begin to sell short then,'' per.:;iRkd "I thou ght you d be g lad to hear that I had callr;ht Fletr.her "and you'll los e the cream of the profit. Hecolanother tip that's why I mentioned it." lect we've got in s ide information about the situation, "I s uppo s e you re g oing to use it, and maybe lo s e tho and our object in interesting you gentlemen is sin1ply to money y ou g ain e d before." precipitate matters." "Sure I'm goin g to u s e it, and I'm not going to lo s e The bear brokers, however, declined to commit themmoney by it, but add to my pile." s elve s yet awhile, and s o Ffetcher and his crowd started "I hope you will; but it's my opinion you're too venture-in to sell G. B. & D. short in order to be on the top of the some.'' heap when the slump came, as they felt sure it would. "A fellow has g ot to be venture s ome these days to make .Jordan didn't offer to take a s hare from them, whfoh any money. .My s i ster s ays I'm s ure to s ink my mon e y if the y would have re g arded as distinctly encouraging but I g o in t o the marke t a g ain and I am ju s t going to prove 1 for the fa c t that other brokers stepped in and accepted to her "that there are a few things s he don't know, and their bids. that's one of them." However, they kept right on, and succeeded in pulling "Your s i ster i s a sensible girl, Elmer. You ought to the s tock down several points. take l ;e r ad v ice Noon howe ver, and one o'clock approached, arn1 "I am willing to do that in mos t things; but if a cliap still the block of 20,000 shares did not put in its ap is going to let a girl run him altog e ther he ll never amount pea.ranee. to a row of s huck s.'' Then they got unea s y and quit, whereupon Jordan At that point the cashier came along and s uggested the jumped to the fore and began to bid the stock up again. advi s abilit y of hi s g oing back to his pos t in the waiting-It jumped np a point right away. room, and the boy did so, for Lang ley was boss of the Fletcher and Jellico held a con s ultation, and decid e d offic e when Mr. Jordan wa s out. that a s crew had worked loose somehow. Sanborn was almost as muc h intere s ted in G. B. & D. as h e wa s in D. & G., and k.ept hi s e yes on the ticker wheneve r he g ot the chance. H e kne w that, according to Mr. Dcmilt's plans, some thin g was likely to happ e n to the Fletcher crowd, who had been tryin g to do up the big operator for some time, if the y c a rri e d out their project of selling G. B. & D. s h o rt. In t h e Exch a nge there was considerable excitement aro1rnd t h e G B. & D. s tandard. Fl etc h e r and hi s partner Jelli c o were both on the floor. The y had disposed of their actual holcli..ngs in the above stoc k soon after the Exchange opened, and Jordan liad taken in e v e ry s hare. Th e n they and Brokers Waller and Bramble began to cir c ulate rumor s about G. B. & D. which they claimed to have heard. "We'll have to cover our s elves," said Jellico, mopping the moisture off hi s brow, or we'll be out a big wad, for it looks after all as if Demilt will be able to sustain the price.'' They started in at once and tried to buy an amount of the shares to equal tho s e the y had already sold. To their dismay they found that there was scarcely any to be had. They were soon in a blue funk, and Brokers Waller and Bramble were sent out to canvass the Street for the stock at any price near the market. Nobody had any of it. Then they began to realize that they were caught in a tight place. That Demilt had practically cornered the stock, and was in a position to make terms.


1 8 A WALL STREET WINNER. A t l ast three o'clock came, and they threw h ands up their I The turn of affairs certainly fitted in wel t with Flet cher's suspicions. They h ad been beaten at their own game. CHAPTER XI. E L MER RECEIVES A REWARD AND GOES THE.LIMIT ON D. & G. The F l etcher crowd met in Fletcher & J ellico's otlice at 3 .30 T hey were a sorry looking crowd I don't understand this thing at all," said Jellico, un e asily. "We expected that the market would surely have gone to pieces, instead of which-" "It's more solid than ever "What are we going to do?" asked Waller. "We'll have to try and settle with Demilt,'' replied Fletche r gloomi l y. That's liabfa t'.J ruin," said Jellico, with a mut t e r ed imprecation. "It is clear that Demilt ha& more resou rces than we calculated he had. Otherwise he could nO:t ha"Vfirnised the necessary three millions to take in that b ig b l ock of shares on which Jordan secured the few h ours' opt ipn. We figured that he was np to the neck in G:" B & D as matters stood. This inside information we w e r e at so much trouble and risk to secure from that boy 'has onl y proved a boomerang to us. I wish to gracious we had let the boy a l one:" "So d o I," answered Fletcher, walking nervously up and do wn the private room. Suddenly he stopped L ookiiere, Jellico/' he said with a knit brow. "Could it be possib l e that Langley has played us false?" I n what way?" "From the look of things I'm beginning to su s pect that t hat note may have been a plant." "A plant!" exclairneq Jellico. "Yes. That Langley gave us away lo .Tordan. That Tordan and Demilt put their heads together and arrangec1 a plan to do us up. That Langley was instructed to c on vey to our man John the information that an important message would be carried to Demilt's home by that mes senger yesterday afiernoon. That Jordan wrote a fake m essage for the boy to carry, Imo wing from Langley's confession that an effort would be made by someone in our emp loy to get hold of that M:y wife told me that young Sanborn accepted the situation last night with har

A WALL STREE'.F WINNER. 10. He went around to Fletcher & Jellico's office at once Next morning he was given a note to carry to Mr. and reported that he had been discharged by Mr. Jordan, Demilt's office. giving Mr. a full account of what had been On the way he passed Langley, Mr. Jordan's former brought aga in st him. cashier, and that person favored him with no very pleasWhen Fletcher heard that a detective had been on the ant glance case1 he satisfied that in some way Mr Jordan had I He was still sore over the loss 0 his excellent position, smelt a motise, had started an investigation on the quiet, notwithstanding that he was drawing a sa lar y from Flet and that Langley had been caught red-handed. cher & Jellico or doing nothing while Mr. was That relieved the cashier 0 the charge of treachery he trying to secure him a job. had brought against him, and confirmed bis opinion that When Sanborn entered the office 0 the capitalist he the note ta)rni:i from Sanborn was a fake one. found W addie Whipple sitting at his tall desk reading the Lnngley then suggested that as he had lost his position Daily Tipster as usual. through his connection with the F l etcher crowd it be-That was a pretty sure sign that Mr. Demilt was out. hooved them to take care of him. "Hello, W addie, where's your boss?" he asked, tl:ie office Fletcher agreed to do this, or he knew that i he boy. didn't Langley would squea l, and their reputations would Waddie recognized Elmer's voice, and, swinging around s uffer. on the top of his elevated stool, 0he b estowe d a cheerful In the P'leantime Sanborn had been keeping his eye grin on the and then said : on D. & G. stock, and he noticed that it was going down "Dunno. He went out half an hour ago without saying little by little. a word to me." When the Exchange closed at noon on Saturday it was "Maybe your bookkeeper knows," suggested El.pier, who ruling at 50. was anxfous to deliver the note. He decided to buy at that figure, and had money enough "No. The boss never te ll s him where he is going. He to secure 24 0 shares. always tells me. I am the boss when he is awayJl:ic 'g'.C A pleasant s urprise, however, was awaiting him "Oh, you are? I didn't know that before." T : ;Jrd Mr. Jordan called him into his room, and presented "You brought a note or him, I suppose," said Waddle. him with Mr. Dr:imilt's check for $5,000. "You suppose right." "My gracious!" he exclaimed in bewilderment, "is this "You can give it to me, then. I'll see that he gets it." really all mine?" "All right, Waddie, the note and see that y!!lu, "Yes," replied the broker, smilingly, "and Mr. Demilt don't lose it," said Elmer, handing him the envelope. and I think you have earned it fairly "How will I lose it? I'm going to put it on his desk as The outcome of this windfall was that Elmer bought soon as you go away. 1,200 shares of D. & G. at 50, and then a.waited results. "I thought you might forget to give it to him, you are CHAPTER XII. ELMER'S FIRST BIG WINNINGS. D & G. went down to 49 during Monday, but that was ., the lowest point it toucl).ed. It closed at that figure at three o'clock, and the all 0 that single point represented a loss 0 $1,200 to Elmer However, that fact didn't worry him much, as he P.idn't believe it would go much, i anything, lower, ancl he was right in his calculation A considerable number 0 shares had changed hands that day, and transactions involving a transfer 0 the stock were even more numerous next day, the price going up to 49 5 8 Having $6,000 at stake, Elmer naturally kept a bright eye ob the ticker right along, and he was greatly encour aged to note that the price rose on Wednesday to 50 3 8 "I hope it will continue to go up now," he said to him self. "This is the first chance I've had to make a good stake. I I had not got $5,000 from Mr Demilt I would have had to content myself with the purchase 0 about 200 shares. Now I own six times as much and will make six times the profit that I anticipated so interested in that sporting paper you see m to be forever reading. Doesn't Mr. Demilt ever "Call you down for wast ing your time over it?" "Oh, he doesn't see me reading it," replied Waddie. "He's got more important things to do than me." "You. have a regular copper-fastened cinch here, Wad clie." "Bet your life I have," chuck led the boy. "You mustn't think I 'm wasting my time when I'm r eadi ng the Tipster, 'cause I ain't. I made a $10 bill out of it this week." "How?" "Oh, I played a two-toone shot at the New Orleans races on Monday and cleaned up a. tener by it. I got my tip out of this paper." "You're wealthy," laughed Elmer "I you've got a five-spot you want to risk I ean show you how to double it," said W addie, confident ly. "Thanks; but I'm not betting on horses." "That's where you're foolish. It's lik e finding ii you know how to pick a winner." "That's the way the lamb s talk when they come into Street. They bring their good little money down here and-leave it."


2 0 A WALL STREET WINNER. "What's your rush?" asked Waddie, as Sanborn started for the door. "Why don't you stay awhile and have a talk?" "Beca:qse I've got business to attend to, if you haven't. So long." That afternoon D. & G. closed at 51 1-8, and Elmer went home feeling that he was a matter of $1,200 to the good in his latest deal. When business closed on Saturday, two days later, D. & G. was up to 53 Sunday morning's papers printed rumors of a deal that would be greatly to the advantage of the D. & G. road if the matter came to a head, and this story turned attention to the stock. A good many orders to buy shares of it came into the Street on Monday mol'ning, and as a consequence the stock became quite active, the price going to 55 by noon. "I've made $6,000 since this time last week," said El mer, pausing at Hattie's desk early that afternoon. "I suppose you expect me to believe that?" she said, pausing in her work, and regarding him with an incredu lous "I expect you to have confidence enough in my word to if' without question," he replied seriousl y "Oh, come now, Elmer, you're not in earnest," she s aid, with a quizzical look. "Yes, I am in earnest. Never more so in my li f e." "But I don't see how you could make $6,000 in a week unless--" "Unless what?" "Unless you had a lot of money invested in some stock that has gone up." "That's just the case exactly." "But you told me awhile ago that you were worth $1,200, most of which you made out of your la s t deal. Now $1,200 wouldn't go very far to cover the margin on any amount of shares of a good stock. You might be able to buy 150, or, if the stock was low, 200. How c ould you make $6,000 profit off 200 shares unless the sto c k went up 30 points? I know the market has been pretty quiet of late, and that there has been no phenomenal rise in any security. So if you want me to believe your statement, Elmer, you'll have to explain the matter." / "Well, Hattit;i, I'll take you into my confidence, for I'm sure you won't say a word about what I tell you to anyone else . Instead of 200 shares I have the call on 1,200." "T, welve hundred!" exclaimed the girl in surprise. "Why, where did you get the money to invest in so many?" "I did a particular service last week for Mr. Jordan and Mr. Demilt-particularly the latter-and received from Mr. Demilt a check for $5,000 in recognition of what I accomplished." "Elmer Sa nborn, are you tellingtthe truth?" "Did you ever know me to deceive you in anything yet?" No; but this sounds so--" "Improbable, eh?" he laughed. "Well, it isn't usual for messenger boys to receive such a liberal compensation for services rendered." "That's right; but I said that this was a particular ser vice. It isn't unlikely that it netted Mr. Demilt a profit of a quarter of a million, so. you see that $5,000 a mere flea bite to him. At any rate, that's what he gave me." "What a lucky b-Oy you are!" she exclaimed, him with new interest. "It's better to be born lucky than rich, Hattie, and as I am sure that I was not born rich, I am willing to believe that I may have been born lucky." "And did you put up all that money on a stock?" "I dia, and $1,000 more. I've only $200 left in the bank." What a nerve you've got! Why, you may lose every cent of it, just like the poor lambs who come down here." "Didn't I just tell you that I am $6,000 ahead of the game?" "Then you have actually doubled your money in a week. That ought to satisfy you." "It doesn t, for I've got a good thing in sight." "It s eems to me that you always have good things in sight." "Sure I do, because I am always looking for them. Some people would pass a pocketbook, or a $100 bill, on the sidewalk and never see it lying there, while others would pipe it off in a minute." "What is the good thing this time?" "It's D. & G. It's ruling at 55 now, and I bought it at 50. I expect to see rt go to 65. That means a profit of about $18,000 altogether." "Well, Elmer, I hope you'll realize your expectations. hate to see you los e." "Thanks, Hattie. I expect to realize them. I wish I was so sure of realizing something else." "What' s that?" "Do you want to know very bad?" "If you care to tell me." "Well, lend me your ear and I'll whisper it." The girl bent toward him expectantly, and he said: "I wish I was just as sure of winning you for my wife some day." Hattie' s face turned as red a s a full-blown rose, while Elmer concluded that hi s pre s ence was r e quired in the waiting-room at that moment and hurried away. "Gee!" exclaimed the boy when he took his seat. "What a nerve I've got That was almost the s am e a s popping the question to her. Well, I don't c are. I like her, and if I can win her I'm going to do it. I ll need a wie by and by to h e lp me s pend my money, and I d it were her than anyone I know of." D. & G. continued to advance s lowly until Thursday morning, when -it was quoted at 59; then it suddenly de veloped an amazing amount of activity. Bid velopE It l opera ad van Elr an ui: broke agree week Of H( men, hew It and N mad u T and "A proJ Mm bac: ihe 1 ing fou SU] W1 is a c


A WALL STREET WINNER. Bidding for it became very spirited when the fact de veloped that it was hard to get. It seemed to be no secret now that a clique of heavy operators had cornered it and that the price was sure to advance ten points or more. Elmer on a visit to the Exchange, which he found in an uproar over the_ rise in the stock, overheard a bunch of brokers canvassing the situation, and all seemed to be agreed that D. & G. would go unusually high before the week was out. Of course that made him feel uncommonly good. He knew most of these brokers to be solid, conservative men, whose opinion was to be relied on, and consequently he was prepared to see his stock go like, don't you?" "0 course I do. I make out hundreds 0 them." "Very good, then. read that," and Elmer handed over the statement of account he had received by m4lil that day from the bank in Nassau street. Kittie glanced over it and gave a little gasp of aston ishment. "And there's the check to back the statement up," he ON THE SCENT OF A NEW TIP. added, exhibiting his check for $-,100, which included "Well, Kittie," said Elmer to his sister across the the $6,000 he had put up as margin, which was of course supper table that Monday night, "I've been monkeying returned to him in the settlement. with the market again." There was great excitement in the Sanborn household "Have you?" she replied, looking up and studying his that e vening. _face keenly. Elmer said he meant to keep his promise to give his "Yes, I have. Do I look like a shorn lamb?" sister a new gown and hat. "Did you make something again?" "I guess $100 will cover what you want to buy. You "Sure I did. This time I mad e a haul worth while." needn't spend it all unless you want to. Mother, you a11c1 His sister laughed incredulously. father can have the odd $3,000, and the $200 I'll spend on "You can laugh all you want, sis; but I think the laugh myself. That will l eave me an even $40,000 to use when is on you." the next good thing heaves in sight." "How is it?" Of course they a]] wanted to know how he had accom"You said that if I went into another deal with my plished hi s a st onishing winnings, and so Elmer told them money the chance would be ten to one that I'd lose it." for the first time that he had received $5,000 from Mr. "I say so again, whether you won or lost. If you've Demilt for special s ervices rendered, and for the fi:-st come out ahead it's because you've had more than the time, too, he explained what the service was average good luck." "What a close mouthed boy you are!" exclaimed Kittie. "Don't you allow anything for a fellow's brains?" "You never mentioned a word before about your adven"What are your brains against the more experienced ture in that house on Madison avenue." ones of seasoned brokers?" "I didn t want to righten mother with the way I liad "That question is too deep for me to answer. All I been j;reated to a dose of knock-out drops. Now that it's know is that I bought 1,200 shares of D. & G. when it was an old story it doe sn't so much matter." at 50, and I sold out Saturday morning at 81 3-8, and Kittie had to admit that her brother was many degrees cleared $37,100." 1smarter than she had ever supposed him to be, and when .


A WALL' STREET WINNER. she frankly admitted it Elmer said he'd raise the $100 he intended to give her to Several months passed away and the first of the year came around. Mr. Jordan's chief clerk left him to go into business out West with his brother, and the next clerk in line stepped into his shoes. This made an opening in the counting-room and Elmer was promoted to a desk, a new office boy and messenger being employed. One windy March afternoon; close on to five o'clock, when the office force were preparing to take their depar ture or their homes, a sprucely dressed gentleman, with jet black eyes and Burnside whiskers, entered the place, and, going up to the cashier's window, produced a package wlfich he said contained thirty $1,000 Boston 5 per cent. bonds, worth between $30,000 and $35,000, which he said he wanted Mr. Jordan to sell or him. I "Bring them in to-morrow and see Mr. Jordan about the matter," replied the cashier. "We're closing up now." 'f "Well, you can lock them up in your safe overnight, can't you?" asked the gentleman. "I don't want to carry such a quantity of valuable securities about with me. If they're in your safe I'll feel they're all right, and I'll call in the morning to arrange with Mr. Jordan." The cashier declined at first to accept them, but finally the stranger persuaded him to do so, as he said he was afraid something might happen to them if he retained them, so the cashier examined the securities to see they .were as represented, and then gave the stranger a receipt for them and locked them up in the safe. The gentleman thanked him very courteously and went away. "Here, Sanborn," said the cashier, coming over to wherre the boy stood, a few minutes later, "take this bundle of papers up to M _r. Jordan's house. It is important that he should have them this evening. You can go home first, get supper and then go to his house." "Very well, sir," replied Elmer, placing the bundle in his pocket. Five minutes later the office was empty and the janitor came in to clean up. Elmer a s u s1rnl walked up to Brooklyn Bridge and took an elBvated train or his home. / The boy, with an evening paper in his hand, took pos session of one of the corner seats next to a double seat, which was occupied by a couple of well-dressed gentle men, with their backs to him, and began to read the news of the day. Soon after the train pulled out of the City Hall sta tion a remark passed by one of the gentlemen in the double seat attracted Iris attention, or it was about a combination that was being formed to boom a certain the name of which was not mentioned. Anything bearing on Wall Street matters q11ickly took Elmer's notice, and, while pretending fo read the paper, he listened with all his might in the hope of catching on to a tip. I;le heard enough to satisfy him that ontJ Qf tha gentle men seemed to be fully informed about the impending corner, but it was rather tantalizing to the boy not to be able to catch on to the stock that was soon to be boomed. He soon found, however, tha.t the sp(}aker Wai> ignorant of the name of the stock himself. "I'll find out ip. a day or two and let you know," he said to his companion. "Then you can jump in and make a haul for yourself." "How will you let me know? I'm going out of town to night and won't be back for sever11l days. Shall I call at your house when I return?" "Do so," replied the other. Then he added suddenly: "I may have to go to Philadelphia myself o;n important business about the end of the week, in which case we'll miss each other." "How shall we manage, then?" "I'll tell you how we'll fix it,'' said the fust speaker after a pause. "If I have to leave befora you get back I'll put a personal in the"-mentioning a. well known daily"anQ. it will read like this: 'George,' tha,t'a yciu, '5 and 12. Arthur.'" "Well, what will that mean?" "The 5 and 12, or any other combination munbers, will give you the name of the stock." "I don't quite catch on." "Suppose the name of the stock should be. E. & 1." "Yes." "E is the fifth letter of the alphabet and L the twelfth, isn't it?" "That's right." "Now you see my scheme, don't you? If the stock should be M. 0. & W. the personal will read, '13, 15 and 23,' see?" "I'm on. Very ingenious, indeed. All right, Art, if you are out of town when I come back, I'll look up the personal column of the ---." it up every day anyway. It won't take you more than a minute. If you see the personal you'll know I'm out of town, and so you won't need to call at my house." Soonafterward the two gentlemen got off together at a s tation, and Elmer sat back in his seat and began to figure out the possibilities o:f this tip which had come to his notice in such an odd and unexpected way. CHAPTER XIV. SURPRISED. Sanborn rea ched Mr. Jorda.n's house about eight o'clock snd was admitted to the library, where his employer was s eated at his desk. "The cashier handed me this package and told me to deliver it to you this evening after I had had my supper, :sir," said Elmer. "I have been expecting you to call with it. Sit dow and warm yourself. It is a chilly ii I .. 0 n c I


-., A WALL STREET WINNER. 23 Elme r sat down and Mr. Jordan open e d the packag e and examined the pap e rs. Suddenly be uttered an exclamation of v e xation. "Mr. Harris on in s ome w a y ha s o v erlook e d the most important document of the m all, h e s aid. "I s uppose I'll have to go down to the office myself in order to get i t -' out of the safe, thou g h it will s e riou s l y in ccrnve nience me." "I could get it for you, sir," s poke up Elmer. "Do you think you c ould open the s afe if I gave you the combination?" replied the broker. "I think so, if you have confidence enough in me to let me try." "I have perfect confidence in you, my lad. I'll write out the combination, which you mu s t immediately de s troy a s soon as it ha s serv e d its purpo se." The broker e x plained to him what the paper was he wanted, and about where h e ought to find it in the s afe, and then Elmer starte d for Wall Street. Three-quarters of an hour later he stood in front of Mr. Jordan' s office. The street up and down was apparently deserted. But there are s harp eyes in Wall Street night and day that are always on the watch, for much dep ends on their vigilance. One pair of thes e e y e s were on Elmer when he admitted himself into the office. As he closed and locked the door behind him which admitted into the general corridor of the office, on e of the guardian s of the street, who had been conceal e d in the s hadow of a doorway on the othe r s id e of the way c ro sse d over, tried the door and found that it was fas t "What bring s that youn g s haver t o Mr. Jordan's office at thi s hour of the night?" h e a s k e d himself, a s h e peer e d in through the glass door. "I'll wait for him to com e out, and then he ll have to identify him s elf and e x plain hi s bus iness." In the meantime Elmer entered the waiting-room, pa s secl on into the counting-room and turned up the e lectric light. Then he walked over to the s af e which was n ear the cashier s desk. Unaware that his mov e m ents w e re b eing intently watch e d through a crack in the counting-room d o or by three pair of e yes Sanborn busied himself with the com bination of the s afe. As he swung the door open he was suddenly seized from behjnd. Turning around, Elmer was amazed at seeing three di s guised men bending over him. "Utter a cry and it's your death warrant!" hissed the man who gripped him by the arm. The three m e n at once seized Sanborn, g a gged him with a towel and tie d him to a chair; the n on e of them .turned out the electric light and produced a dark lante rn. "I wonder what brought the young s t e r down here to night," said the man who appeared to be directing operation s "Is h e trying to rob the s afe on his own hook, or was h e sent h e r e something?" "Ifs funny he s hould have the combination," replied o n e of the other s "Mr. Jordan must have learned to p l ace a heap of confidence in him." This man 's voic e s ounded familiar to Sanborn, whose back was to the rascal s H e wond ere d whe re he had heard it before. "Well, h e's sa ved u s a mighty big lot of risk and trou b l e," laugh e d the fir s t speaker. "Had we known he was g oing to be s o kind to u s we could have left the bag of tool s behind." "Tha t s right," chuckled the third man. "Now," s a id the leader, "let us find that package of bond s." "Here the y are," s aid the voice that the boy seemed to know. "I thought I knew where the casluer would place the m. H e r e's a s mall wad of bill s and s ome loose change. I'll tak e charge of that. It's not worth while hunting for anything e lse. Jordan keeps all his securities in the saa depo sit vault." ; o As the man uttered the last sentence Elmer recognized him in a fla s h. H e felt almost certain that this was Langley, the dis charged cas hi e r. The oth e r man made some reply that Elmer did not cat c h, and the n the three rascals, without paying any atte ntion to him mov ed over to the corn e r window. One of the m g e ntly lifted the sash a s far as it would go and l ooke d out. The coas t s eemed to be clear. Th e n h e g ot out and the others followed like shado.ws, the la s t m a n shutting down the window. Elm e r hacl s oftly moved the chair around before they mad e the ir exit and he saw them leave. The mom ent the window was shut down after them, he mad e a desp erate e ffort to fre e himself from his bonds and the gag so tha t he could give an alarm that might lead to the captur e of the rascals. As t hey h a d not tie d him very s ecurely, for want of a suitabl e m a t e rial h e s oon r e leased him s elf from the strips of towe l that held him to the chair, and tore the gag from his fa ce. Then h e r a n to the window and looked out into the area space b e tw ee n the buildings. The r e was no s i g n of the ras cals. "They mu s t have found s ome way of getting out into Pine street he muttere d. "I wonder if I could head the m off b y running around the blo ck. I ought to be able to find an office r to help m e b e fore I r e a c h the corner of Nassau stree t. But s uppo s e they get out ahead of me and turn down P i ne toward William, I will probably lose them al to gether." It was certainly a tos s -up whether they would go up or down Pine stre et. As Elmer couldn't be at both ends of the block at the


A WALL STREE T WINN ER. sam e time, the outcome of them sing l e ha n de d Jorda n, whil e the Wall Str ee t s l euth proce e d e d to notify eni looke d rathe r dubio us. the au t h o r ities of the ro b b e r y, to whom he furnished suc h At tha t m oment there came a lou d rat-tat at the front desc ription s of the robber s as Elme r h a d give n him. w h d oor The b r o ke r was v e ry much a s toni s h e d at the n ews Sa nb l e The d e t ective had seen the electric li ght ins id e g o out, born brou ght him. en and, afte r w aiti n g what he conside r ed an unusu all y lon g "You say they took a pa c kage of bonds o u t of the sa f e t ime for t h e boy t o reappear, he ha d rap pe d o n the d o or in besides a s mall am ount of ca sh?" h e s aid offi a n authoritative manner. "Yes sir; and the y see m e d to know that the bonds wer e "That mu st be a policeman," t h o u ght the lad, a nd h e the r e It looked to me a s if that was what t h ey were m o rus hed aroun d to t h e fro n t door and sa w lJ. man s tanding afte r ap j o u t s ide p eering in "That's v e r y s trange, r e plied M r. Jordan. I don t hi "Ope n," said t h e d etective bru s qu e l y kee p an y securitie s in the office safe They're a l ways d e Elm e r unl ocked the door and ad mitted him. pos ited in m y box in the s af e d eposit vaults. The rascals un "Now, y o u n g man,'' sai d the officer "wh o are you and mu s t have tak e n some package that they tho u g h t con fol wh a t ar e y ou doin g in t h i s office at this hour?" tai n ed bonds "I'm one of Mr J o r da n 's cle rk s H e sent m e down to "I don t know, sir. One of the men, who s e voice greatp a g e t an imp orta n t paper o u t of t h e safe I had jus t unl y r ese mbled that of M r Lang ley, onc e y our cashier, and br l o c k e d a nd ope n ed the safe w h e n I was set upon a n d over-who was about his h e i ght and build, took the packag e from ho powere d b y three d isguised me n who took a pac k age o f t h e safe with the r e m a rk 'He r e they a r e . I thought I pr bond s and som e money from t h e safe and ma d e t h eir kn e w whe r e the cashie r w ould pla ce the m ' d i i escap e out o f o n e o f t he back windows. I'm a fr ai d t h ey' v e "The r e w e r e 0n o b o nd s in the office wh e n I left at four got away b y thi s t i me t h ro u g h P i n e street. o'cloc k,'' r e pli e d the bro k e r "so it stand s to r e a s on the su "Let m e go in an d have a look at thin gs, sai d t h e d e -fell o w s m a d e a mistalrn and to o k a packa ge containing m t ective, who was inclin e d t o r egard the story a s fis h y some thin g e lse, though what it coul d b e I hav e n t the l e a s t E l mer l e d the way and th e officer followed him id e a tli The' boy turned o n t h e e l ect ri c light an d the fir s t thing S a nborn couldn t throw any light on the matter as he w the d e tective spied was a h and satc h e l opr n o n a c h air, t h e hadn t see n the cas hi e r take the pa c ka g e of bond s from the e cont ents o f w hi c h h e r ecog n ized as a b ur g l a r 's outfit stran ge r with the Burns id e whi s k e r s pe H e kn e w the boy h adn' t br o ught it, for h e h a d n othing Mr. Jordan communi c a te d with police h e adquart e r s by in his h a nd s whe n 11e ente r e d the office, so it gave color to t e l e phon e but didn t l earn an ything n e w b e yond the fact w, h is s tory that seve r a l d e tectiv es had b ee n detail e d on the cas e m Elm e r rapidl y s k e t c hed wha t h ad h appe n ed to him a n d Next m o rnin g the brok e r and the cas hi e r arriv e d a.t the va pointed t o the torn p ieces of towe l l y in g on t h e floor as office t oget h e r. the mean s t h e h a d u sed to sec ur e him whil e they 'I'h e n t h e fac t d e v e lop e d about the pac ka g e of bon ds th accomp l i s h e d t h e o b ject they h a d in han d lh a t ha'd b ee n l eft by the stranger at five o clock. Whil e the d e t ect ive was exa mining the w indow by M r. J o rd a n wa s r athe r startle d to di scove r that they whic h the three men h a d mad e t heir escape, and thro u g h r eprese n te d a v a lu e of over $30,000 r whi c h they h a d p robably e n tered the office ju st before t h e H e im media t e l y c all e d D e t e ctiv e Sharpley to the offic e boy arriv e d a t t h e p lace, E lm e r l ooked in to the safe; and l a i d the facts b efo r e h i m secure d the p ap e r h e h a d com e for and t h e n s hut t h e saf e "Looks lik e a putup job all a round,'' wa s the detecS and lo c k ed it. tive's comm ent. "The man who l eft the will proba b o Th e officer was no w s a t i sfied t h a t the boy h a d t o l d the b l y be i n t hi s mornin g t o see about the m. I'll b e on hand 3 truth: to get a good look at him You will of course e xp l ain H e ope n ed t h e window, and tellin g Sa nbom to foll o 'v w ha t has h a p pe n e d, and tell him that you ca n do n o t hi n g r E h im got out in to the area until the b onds hav e b ee n recover e d If h e insinuates g i They crossed t h e ope n space, a n d .fo und a door in the a n yt hin g abou t your r espo n s ibi lity in the matte r you can b b ase m e n t of t h e ther otlicc b u ild i ng w hich admitted them te ll him t h a t you d o n o t r ecog niz e y our liabilit y in the to a l o n g corr idor mat ter, as t h e b ond s w e r e practic all y l ef t by him afte r f Throu gh t hey m ade their way to .Pinc str ee t. ofi}ce h ours, and a t h is own risk, s ince y our c a s hi e r r e -d That thorou g hfar e was to all app ea r ance d eserte d. fused to t a k e the m until h e practic all_y in s i s t e d that t hey S The rascal s h a d g ot clean off w ith t hei r plu nde r. would b e mor e secur e in your sa f e than on his per s on ---Di vesti n g t h e matt e r entire l y of its c rook e d features, y our d C H APTE R XV. cas hi e r was simp l y doin g t h e man a fa vor and in t hat bi EUrnR G O ES T H E LIMIT ON K. c. & ST. J li ght i t is m y o p inio n you a r e not respon s ib l e for t h e i r s afe An ineffectua l effor t w as made t o trace t h e th r ee m e n \ k e e ping n b y Elm e r arnl t h e det ective; the n the bov l eft t h e officer The m a n with t h e Burns id e whi s k e r s dul y appear e d at c1 an d took a tra i n uptow n t o report t h e occur r ence to :\'fr.' c l e Y e n o'c lock.


fy ch n[e, re re t't eLls n. ttd m I 1r ie tg st te te ls y > , ;l-d n g s n e r y l. r t t A WALL STREET WINNER. 25 Detective Sharpley was in the waiting-room when lrn There proved to be no change in the figure when the entered and took him in from head to foot. shares -rere bought. He recognized him by his eyes and build as the man Some time during Monday Elmer went to a broker he who had followed Elmer uptown that stum-knew in the Vanderpool building, on Exchange place, and bled up against him as the boy 9ame out of the subway bought 2,000 niore shares of the same stock, which cost entrance of the Grand Central station. him $14,200. The detective said nothing of his discovery, but left the On Tuesday morning he patronized two other brokers, office. to one of whom he gave an order for 1,000 shares of the In the conidor, which happened to be empty at the stock at 72 and the other 500 shares at the same figure, moment, he made a few sma ll changes in his personal making his total investment 3,500 shares, at a cost of appearance, assuming a beard that effectually transformed $39,000. his countenance into that of an old man of 60. "I'm taking a pretty desperate cha nce in putting up all Then he went out on ti1e sidewalk hung around my money, maybe, but as r -have unlimited confidence in until Mr. Jordan's caller left the broker's office, when he my p9inter I am willing to go the whole hog." followed him up the street. Three days later he noticed that the stock had gone up The robbery of the office was duly chr9nicled in the to 75 papers, attracting considerable attention among the other "That puts me $20,000 to the good. It looks as if I brokers, many of whom called to see Mr. Jordan to inquire should make a small mint of money out of this deal. how the rascals had made their entrance in spite of the Well, that's what I am out for. Hattie has as good as told presumed vigilance of the detectives who patrolled the me that I am the white-headed boy with her, and I am district constantly. going to make a rich woman of her. Nothing will be too Sanborn heard nothing further from Mr. Jordan on the good for my wife when I get her." subject of the robbery beyond a brief remark that the When the Exchange closed next day at noon K. C. & matter was now in the hands of the police. St. J. had gone up another two points and was beginning The boy had said very little about his connection with to attract attention on the floor. the affair to his fellow employees, Hattie excepted, from On Monday afternoon things began to get interesting whom he seemed to have no secrets, although they were around the K. C. & St. J. standard, and in the flurry to extremely curious to learn something more than had appurchase a stock on an evident rise the price advanced to peared in print. 80, making Elmers profit on paper so far close to $50,000. As the end of the week approached he did not forget to Mr. Jordan occasionally sent Elmer on an errand when watch the personal column of the Daily --for the he wanted an important matter carried to its destination. important sequel to the tip he had picked up on the ele-At three o'clock on Monday he sent the boy around to vated train. Mr. Demilt's with a message that he preferred not to On Saturday morning his vigilance was rewarded with trust to his new office boy. the following: As Sanborn was returning up Broadway he noticed two "George-11, 3 and 19, 20, 10.-Arthur." men walking ahead of him, whom he soon recognized as 1 Elmer ran down the alphabet and read 11 as the letter Langley and the man who had tripped against him at the K 3 as the letter C. entrance to the subway on Fody-second street the after"K. C., that means Kansas City," he said to hiII].self. noon he had been inveigled by Mrs. Fletcher into the cab "Then 19 stands for S, 20 for T, and 10 for J. That's The back view of Langley's companion reminded him St. Joseph for a dollar. The road that is going to be very much of the bewhi s kered man who had him boomed is the Kansas City and St. Joseph. Gee What in the corridor of the Consolidated Exchange building, 1a cinch! 'I shall certainly be in on this." and as he now knew that Langley was in touch with the Elmer took the first opportunity that day to look up the Fletcher crowd at that time, and was undoubtedly the recent r ecord of that roac1, and found that it had been cause of his having b ee1:i followed that day, his suspicions gradually falling in price from its ruling figure a week were aroused, especially as he was almost sure that the before of 80 to 71. ex-cashier was one of the three men who had captured He went around to the little bank in Nassau street be-him the other night in Mr. Jordan's office. fore its brokerage department closed at one o'clock that He decided that it might be to his employer's advantage day, and ordered the purchase of 2,000 shares of K. C. & if he followed these two and ascertained where they were St. J. at the market price. going. "We will get it for you when the Exchange opens l\fon The only objection to this was that both the men knew day morning," said the margin clerk. "The margin will him well, and would naturally suspect his purpose if they be $1-1,200." got on to him. Elmer produced the necessary amount and received his How eve r, he d etermined to risk it. memorandum subject to change in case there was any I He followed them up Broadway to a four-story building difference in price when the sale was effected. in Park Row.


2 6 A WALL STREET WINNER. 1'here was no elevator in this place, which was an old fashioned building, and the men walked up the long stair way to the second floor. Elmer waited till they began to ascend the second flight and then followed. In this way they went on up to the top floor with San born almost at their heels, but when he arrived at the end of the stairs he found that the men had gone into one of the three different offices on that floor. This might have balked him but for the fact that he saw two boys skylarking at the end of the top corridor, and he asked one of them which office the two men had entered. The lacl pointed to the rear office. The sign on the door read, "John Hastings, Dealer in Postage Stamps and Old Coins At that moment a short man with a whitish beal'd came up the stairs. As he stepped on to the landing the two boys quit their fun and went into the front office. Sanborn looked at the newcomer casua1ly, and then tak ing out his notebook, made an entry of the sign on the door where Langley and his associate had entered. "That's about all I can do now," he said to himself, putting up the book "It may be of some use to Mr. Jor dan in this bond robbery matter." He started to go down the stairs when the man with the white beard stopped him. "Are you playing amateur detective, Sanborn?" he chuckled. The boy looked at him in astonishment. "Who are you?" he asked in a perplexed tone. "Detective Sharpley," was the whispered reply CHAPTER XVI. ELMER PLAYS EAVESDROPPER. "Is it really you, Mr. Sharpley ?" asked the surprised boy. "I never would have known you." "Not so loud, Sanborn," replied the detective, warn ingly "What induced you to follow those two men?" "Because one of them is our ex-cashier, Langley, whom I strongly of being connected with the bond rob bery in our office last week, while the other is the man who followed me up to Fortysecond street that afternoon that I was carried to the Fletcher house on Madison avenue, and I suspect him to be the same follow who, with a heavy beard on his face, attackr.d /Ile in the cor ridor of the building where Mr. Demilt has his office." "I think your suspicions are correct on both counts," replied the detective. "However, now that you are here you may be of service to .me. Come in here. I have hired this room, which adjoins John's office, in order to get a line on those two rascals." He produced a key, unlocked the door, and they softly entered a small bare room, which had one window opening on a prospect 0 rear roofs. The detective removed his shoes, motioning Elmer to do the same. There was a closed door between the room and John's office. Sharpley went over to it and applied his eye to the key hole After a moment or two he got up, went to the window and gently raising it looked out. He motioned to Sanborn. "Do you see that narrow board running along ab o ve the third story windows?" "Yes, sir." "Have you nerve enough to walk it to the next win dow, which is partly open? The men are seated close to it, and by reaching a position directly alongside of it you ought to be able to hear what they are talking about. I would undertake the thing myself only I have a spra'ined ankle which puts it out of the question After reaching the window you will have no difficulty holding on by grasping the projecting sill, while the board will sustain your weight." "' "I'll try it," said Elmer, promptly. With the detective's help he lowered himself out of the window and then, with great caution and dexterity, he made his way along the narrow footpath to the adjacent window, against which he braced himself. Langley and his companion were talking confidentially together within a couple of feet of Elmer's head, and he easily overheard all that passed between t.hern. "He ought to be here now," were the first words San born heard. They were spoken by the man who Elmer soon discov ered was John, the tenant of the room. Tbe words were hardly out of his mouth before a knock cam eat the door John rose, went to the door, and softly drawing back a bolt opened it. The man they were expecting walked into the room. "You're on time, I see, Tim," said John. "We've only been here about :fifteen minutes Hring a chair up here by the window." The man addressed as Tim, who was about the same build as the others, obeyed. "Well," he said, "how about the bond matter? It's a week now since we got away with them What arrange ments have you made for a settlement with .Jordan?" ((None whatever," replied John. "He declines to as sume responsibility for their loss He says the police are trying to find the thieves. When the bonds are recovered he says he will talk business with me, but not before." "Then you must sue him for their value," said Tim, impatiently "I have consulted a lawyer on the subject, but he says the issue of the case would be rather doubtful." "Then it looks as if we are to make nothing after all out of a scheme which we figured on as promising a good haul. I think you'd better sue him anyway. Perhaps he'll be willing to compromise to keep it out of court.'' "I'm afraid we made a mistake by not getting legal advice before we entered on the project. If Jordan's Cl 0' c: C< a I I t s 1


l e 1 a 11 tl 's "\, A WALL STREET WINNER. cashier had voluntarily accepted the custody of the bonds over night I should have had good grounds to hold Jordan, but as I had to practically talk him into taking them it see1lls that the broker's accountability is doubtful." "Look here, Langley, how much cash did you get away with out of the safe?" asked Tim, turning to the excashier. "Three hundred and twelve dollars and sixty two cents." "Well, I want $104 of that amount That's a fair third, and I'm entitled to it." "It was understood that I was9to keep that,'' objected Langley "No matter what was understood. I'm about strapped. Have you got any of the money about you?" "I might have $30." "Give me half, and fetch the balance up to my room to-night "I'll give you the thirty if you call the matter square,;' said Langley. "No, you won't I'm going to have $104. It's the only money that seems likely to come my way, from the looks of things." "I'll let you have $50, and Langley will hand you $30. That 0\1ght to do you for a while,'' said John. "All right. Hand it over." rf'he money was produced and passed to the newcomer. "Are you sure that the broker doesn't suspect any crooked work in the business?" asked Tim. "If he does he hasn't hinted anything to me about it,'' answered John. "Then I guess it's all right. You'd better see another lawyer and try and work up a case. I expected we'd make $10,000 apiece out of this thing. You retumed those bonds to the place where you got them, I suppose?" "Yes. The only trouble will be when they are redeemed by the owner he may offer them for sale." "What difference will that make?" "The police have a description of them, and so has every broker in the city, and elsewhere. The moment they a.re offered for sale they will probably be recognized, and the owner will be in a stew He'll naturally demand an explanation of Fletcher & Jellico, with whom he has hy pothecated them. As neither Fletcher nor Jellico has the least suspicion that the bonds have ever been out of their vauU there is bound to be trouble." "I think this is about the worst game I've ever been up against," said Tim in disgust. "We'd better drop it alto gether and try something else." "That's my opinion," coincided Langley. "I'm sorry I'm mixed up in it. CHAPTER XVII. .A WALL STREET WINNER. As soon as the men left the room Elmer made his way back to where the detective was awaiting his return. Mr. Sharpley helped him climb back through the win dow, and he explained what he heard. "I must follow those rascals,'' he said. "Put on your shoes and we'll go. Have you learned anything of impor tance?" "I have," replied Elmer. attacked me in Mr. Jordan's of bonds from the safe." "Those are the men who office and took the package "I thought they were,'' replied the detective. "You needn't be in a rush. They have gone to the corner to take a drink, and you'll be able to find them there Langley acknowledged that he got something like $312 in cash out of the safe that night. The man who came up here with him is John, whose name is on the office next door, and who was employed by the Fletcher crowd in connection with the Demilt matter of some months ago. He is the originator of this bond scheme and robbery. He must be employed by Fletcher & Jellico in some capacity, for the bonds which have figured in this matter were abstracted by him, without Fletcher & J ellico's knowledge, from their vault, and are securities hypothecatecl by a customer of theirs. He has returned them to the vault. He is the man who, with Burnside whiskers, has been masquerading as the owner of the bonds. The third man who came into the room while I was at the window listening is named Tim. He is the owner of the kit of burglar's tools found in our office after the robbery. Looks to me as if he is a professional crook." By the time Sanborn had communicated all he had heard to the detective they had reached the street. "Well," saii} Sharpley, "your evidence will be sufficient to warrant their arrest. I will go into the saloon and Si)e if they are there. There's a policeman standing in front of the post-office. Run across and bring him over here. I guess we can take these fellows into custo 'dy all right." Sanborn crossed the street and told the policeman that Detective Sharpley wanted to see him on the other side of the way. The officer crossed over and the detective, after reveal ing his id_entity by means of his badge, enlisted his ser vices, and the three proceeded to the saloon. The three men were standing at the end of the bar drinking. Sharpley walked up to them and said: "You are under arrest!" The presence of the policeman at the detective's back paralyzed the rascals, and they submitted without a strug gle. Langley and John were ha,ndcuffed together, while Sharpley handcuffed Tim to himself, and then they were marched off to the Tombs, while Sanborn was allowed to return to his office to tell the news to Mr. Jordan. It was not very pleasant news for Joseph Fletcher to read in a late afternoon edition of one of the papers that his employee, John, was in the Tombs charged with ro b bery and conspiracv to defraud. .


/ A W AI_.L STREET WINNER. F o r reasons best known to himself and Jellico he em ployed a good lawyer to defend John and Langley. When the three men were brought up for examination in the Tombs police court next morning Sanborn was present with Detective Sharpley to give his evidence against the prisoners. Mr. Jordan and his cashier were also there. Sanborns testimony was impeached by the lawyer em ployed to defend the men on the ground that it was not substantiated. The magistrate remanded the prisoners for another hearing to enable the police to find more evidence against t h em When Sanborn returned to the office from the police court he. saw by the ticker that K. C. & St. J. had gone up to 85. K. C. & St. J. closed at 90 that day, and opened next morning at 91. With over $100,000 in profits already in sight, Elmer could hardly sleep that night. From what he had heard Mr. Jordan say he confidently believed the stock would go to par, and yet he was almost tingling witfi apprehension lest something might occur to blast his hopes. One moment he was on the point of ordering his hold ings sold, and the next he was just as eager to hoid on until the 100 point was reached. When he went out to lunch the ticker reported K. C & St. J going at 95 . "I'll sell my 500 and 1,000 share lots, anyway," he said to himself, as he walked down Broad street. So he left his two selling orders at the offices of the brokers who had purchas ed the stock for him, and both lots were disposed of at 96 1-2, realizing a profit for him of $35,000. After he had his lunch he decided to sell one of his 2,000 lots. So he went to the Vanderpool Building and left his order to sell the stock when it went to 98. It weht to that figure at two o'clock, and accordingly his shares were sold at that price, netting him about $53,000 Re now felt he could afford to take chances with the other 2,000 shares, and did not look at the ticker again until he was ready to go home, when he found that the stock had closed at 99. The phenomenal rise in K. C. & St. J. brought the out Riders with money to ris k flocking to Wall street. All the stocks along the line had gone up more or less, and thousands of dollars were poured into the Street for speculative purposes. Sanborn didn't get to lunch next day till after two, and then his stock was on the ticker at 103. "I girnss as high as I'll risk it," he said. Accordingly, he took the time ne cess ary to go to i.he little bank in Nassau street, and order hi s 2,000 s ha r e s sold. They brought 103 1-2, and when he received his state ment and check he found that his own calculations were verified, that his last profit amounted to $63,500. His combined winnings out of the K. C. & St. J. deal amounted to a little over $152,000, making him worth al $192,600 That night he amazed his father, mother, and sister with an account of his coup in K. C. & St. J When he :finished his story he handed his mother $2,000 in $100 notes and his sister $500 for herself, declaring that before he was twenty-one he would make a mint of money in Wall street. A day or two aften:ard the second hearing of Langley, John, and Tim came off at the police court. All three were held for the action of the grand j n ry, which in due time handed down indictments against them on which they were subsequently tried, convicted, and sent to State prison for three years. Sanborn didn't catch on to another tip for more than a year, and then he got hold of it through Mr. Demilt. He made enough on it to double his capital, making him worth $300,000. By that time he had been promoted by Mr. Jordan to the post of chief clerk, with the promise of the cashier ship in the near future. He was now regularly engaged to Hattie, and they yroposed to get married as soon as he became cashier of the office. When he saw a favorable chance to invest in the market he did so with general good luck and safety, for he was more cautious as he grew older, and no longer plunged as he did when he was a messenger boy. In this way, and with the interest he received from his money, he gradually increased his capital to above half a million, which was the figure he could sign his check for at twenty-two when, in the month of June, he and Hattie were married, and went to live on a handsome property on Long Island within easy reach of his business in W all street. The events of which this story treats happened some time ago, and were related to the author by Elmer San born himself, though that, by the by, is not his real name, now a millionaire many times over, which is quite the proper thing to expect of A Wall Street Winner. THE END. Read "THE ROAD TO WEALTH; or, THE BOY WHO FOUND IT OUT," which will be the next number (77) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All numbers of this weekly are alw ays in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the you order by return mail. Cl'


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The Liberty Boys With Putnam; or, Good Work In the Kutmeg 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line; or, Desp erate Doings on the Dan River. 265 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip ; or, On Time in Spite of Everything. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Swede ; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 268 The Boys' "Best Licks" ; or, Working Hard to Win. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky :Mount ; or, Helping General Sumter. 270 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the Royalists to Cover. 271 The Lioerty Boys after Fenton ; or, The Tory Desperado. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls; or, The Battle of Ramsour's Mills. 273 The Liberty Boys at Brier Creek; or, Chasing the Enemy. 274 The Liberty Boys and the Mysterious Frenchman; or, The Secret Messenger of King Louis. 275 The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers" ; or, The Monmouth County Marauders. 276 Boys and Geperal Pickens; or, Chastising the Chero277 The Liberty Boys at Blackstock's; or, The Battle of Tyger River. 278 The Liberty Boys and the "Busy Bees"; or, Lively Work all Round. 279 The Liberty Boys and Emily Geiger; or, After the Tory Scouts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200-Mile Retreat; or, Chased from Catawba to Virginia. 281 The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders; or, The Treason of Lee. 282 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The Masked Man of Kipp's Bay. 283 Tb:e Liberty Boys at Spring Hill ; or, After Cluny the Traitor. 284 The Liberty Boys and Rebecca Mottes; or, Fighting With Fire Arrows. State. 298 The Liberty Boys' Revenge; or, Punis!Jing thP-'fol'ies. 299 The Libert. y Bors at Dunderberg; or, 'l'he Fall Of the Highland Forte 300 The Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring Dee d s at Stony Point. 301 The L : bl'l'tv J o ;-s as Cavalry Scouts; or, The Charge of Wasnl ngton's Brigade. 302 The Liberty Boys on Island 6; or, The Patriot of the Delaware. 303 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Stand; or. Rounding up tile Redcoa t s. 304 The Liberty Boys Outflanked ; or, The Battle of rco:t ll[iffiin 305 The Liberty Boys' Hot Fight; or, Cutting '!'heir Way to Freed o m 306 The Liberty Boys' Nigh t Attack; or, Fighting the Johnso n Greens. 307 The Liberty Boys and Brave Jane M'Crea; or, After the Spy o f Hubbardton. 308 The Liberty Boys at' Wetzell's Mill : or, Cheated by the British. 309 The Liberty Boys With Daniel Boone; or, The Battle o f Blue Licks. 310 The Liberty Boys' Girl Allles; or, The Patriot Siste1s of '76 311 The Liberty Boys' Hot Rally; or, Changing Defeat into Victory, 312 The Liberty Boys Disappointed; or, Routed by the Redcoats. 313 The Liberty Boys'Narrow Escape; or, Getting out of New York. 314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The Liveliest Day e n Rec ord. 315 The Liberty Boys In Danger; or, Warned In t h e Nic k of T i m e 316 The Liberty Boys' Failure; or, Trying to Catch a Traitor. 317 The Liberty Boys at Fort Herkimer; or, Out Against t h e R e d 318 The Liberty Boys' Dark Day; or, In the Fac e of Defeat. 319 The Liberty Boys at Quaker Hill ; or, Lively Times In Littl e Rhode Island. 320 The Liberty Boys' 321 The Liberty Boys' 322 The Liberty Boys' thing. Fierce Charge; or. Driving Out t h e Tories Hidden Foe: or, Working in the Dark. Run of Luck; or, Making the Best of Every -F o r sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address o n receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from t h is office direct. Cut out a n d fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the b ooks !ou want and we w ill .send t hem to yo u b y return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS M ONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .... ... ... ..... .......... ... ...... ........ ..... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. . . . . . . . . . . . 190 bEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ...................... ...... ......... .. 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Books Tell You These Ev erything! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Eacti boo k cons ists of sixty-four page,s, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, f!tu s t i' ated cotet. of the books are a l so profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that aJ!1 child can thorough l y u ndecstand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything abou t the s u bjecll men t i oned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS F R O M THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS li'OR TWENTY-FIVE filENTS. P OSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Unioh Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 8 1 HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap prove d methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of d iseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most approve d methods of reading the lines on the band, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By Leo H u g o Koch A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83 HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and instructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also exp l aining the most approved method s which are employed by the lead in g hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW T O HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide eve:-published. It contains full instructions about guns, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishit g, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustr ated Every boy should know how lo row and sail a boat. Full i nstru ctions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.:A co m p lete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for b u siness, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for disea ses pectiliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND' SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, f!ontaining full direct ions for constructing canoes and the most ptpular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.C!:ontaining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and c u rious game,s of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, fro m the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book g ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams together with lucky end u nlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or mi se ry, wealth or poverty. X OU can tell by a glance at this little book Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76 HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. A T HLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full instruction for the use of dumb b e lls, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizonta l bars and vari ous other methods of developing a good, h e al thy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can be come stl'Ong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this I i ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, a.nd the differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25 HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full Instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. E mbracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A h andy and useful book. No. 34. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for ft.n cing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. De sc ri bed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best position s in foll ting. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH explanations of t'he general principl e s of sleight-of-hand applicable to card t ricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring 1le ight of -hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-halld, or the use of 1Pecially p re p a r ed cards. By Professor Haf!'ner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustratiolls. By A. Anderson No. 77. HOW TO DO li'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by l eading conjuro ra and magicians. Arranged" for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MA.GIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great bo o k of magi c and card tricks, co!ltaining full instruction on all the l eading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical iilusions as pel'formed by our. magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will Loth amuse and instrnct. No: 22. 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explame d bJ'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining ho w the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The o nl y authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW '1'0 BECOi\IE A MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with car

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' WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE STORY EVERY WEEK ...-STORIE S OF BOY FIREMEN By ROBERT LENNOX Handsome Colored Covers 32=Page.s of Reading Price 5 Cents Splendid Ill u.stra tion.s ls.sued Every Friday .,TAKE NOTICE! ,_ B eginnillg with No. 41, this weekl y will contain a n e w serie s of magnificent fire stories, written by Robert L e nno x, the best author of this class of fiction in the world. They detail the exciting adven tures o f a company of gallant young fire figh te r s under the leadership of a brave bo y knbwn as Young Wide Awake. Their daring deeds of h e roism, and the perils they overco m e are intensely interesting. These storie s are not c onfined entirely to fire -fighting, but also contain many inter esting inc idents, humorous situations and a little of the lov e el ement. Tltere is a charming girl in the stories whom you will all like very much. -Tell All Your Friends About Thi.s Fine Series -.m ALREADY PUBLISHED: / 10 W e, Us & Co. ; or, S eeing Life with a Vaudeville Sho w By Ed ward N. F o x 11 Cut out for an Officer ; or, Corporal Ted in the Philippine s By Lieut. J J Barry. _. 1 2 A Fool f o r Luc k ; or, The B o y Who .i urne d Bo ss. By Fre d War burton. 13 The Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Winsto n s Start in Reporting. By A H oward De Witt. 14 Out tor Gold ; or, 'rhe B o y Who Kne w the Difl'erence. By Tom Dawson. 15 The B o y Who Balke d ; or, B o b Brisbane' s B i g Kic k. By Frank Irving. 16 Slicker tban Silk; or, The Smoothest Boy A liv e B y R o b Roy. 1 7 '.l.' h e K e g o f Di amonds ; or, Afte r the Tre a sure of the Caliphs. By Tom Dawso n. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Boy Who L oo k e d Puny. By Prof. Oliv e r 19 Won by Blufl' : or, Jack Mason's M a rbl e Face. By Frank Irving. 20 On the L o bster Shift ; or, The H erald' s S tar R e p orte r B y A Howard De Witt. 2 1 U n d e r the V en detta's Steel; or, A Yankee Poy I n Corsica. By Lieut. J J. B arry. 22 Too to Burn; or. The Luc k of B eing a Bo y B y R o b Roy 23 In Foo l' s Parndise; o r, The B o y Who H a d Things Easy. By Fred Warburton. 24 One Boy in a Million; or, The Tric k That Pai d B y Edward N Fo:<.. 25 In Spite of H imself; or, Serving the Russi a n Polic e By Prof. Olive r Owens. 2 6 Kicke d Into Lur k ; or, The Way Nate Got The re. B y Rob Roy. 2 1 The Prince of Op a ls ; or, The Man-Trap of D eath Valle y. By A Howard De Witt. 28 Living In His Hat; o r The Wide World His Home By Edward N. Fo;(. 29 All for President Diaz; or, A Hot Time In Mexico. By Lieut. J J. Barry. 3& The Easiest Ever ; or, How Tom Fiiied a Money Barrel. Hy Capt. Hawthorn, U. S N. 31 In the Sultan' s Eye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By Tom Dawson. I 32 The Crate r o f Gold ; or, Di c k H o p e s Find In the Phlllpplnes. By Fre d Warburto n. 33 At the T o p o f the Heap ; or, Daring to Call His Soul His Own. By R o b Ro y. 34 A L e mon for His; or, Nat' s Corne r In Gold Bricks. By Edward N. Fox. 35 By the l\Iik ad,o's Order; or, Ted Terrlll's "Win Out" In Japan. B y Li eu t J J. Barry. 36 His N a m e was D ennis; or, The Luc k of a Gree n Irish Boy. By A Howard D e W i t t 3 7 V o l untee r F r e d ; or, Fro m Fire m a n t o Chie f By R o b e r t Lennox. 38 Neptune No. 1 ; or, The Voluntee r Fire Boys o f Blackton. By R o b ert L ennox. 39 Hoo k L adde r and Pike ; or, The Life-Savers of Freehold. By R o b ert L ennox. 4 0 Co lu m bia's Pet; o r A Fire m a n at 17. By R o b ert Lennox. 41 Awake; or, T h e Fire B oy s of B elmont. By Robert 42 Young Wide Awake's Biggest Blaze; or, Saving a Burning City. By R o b ert Lennox. 43 Young W i d e Awak e's Life L i ne; or, The Narrowest Escape on Rec ord. 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