Four of a kind, or, The combination that made Wall Street hum

Four of a kind, or, The combination that made Wall Street hum

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As the angry one raised an umbrella to strike Sid, Sam and Fred interfered. The former's hand fJ.Ccidentally collided with the alleged lady's hat. A surprising thing happened. Off came hat and hair and the visitor stood revealed as a man.


'j Fame and/Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BQYS WHO MAKE MONEY llNeli Week lt1-Bt1 Subacription IJ.60 per flear. Entered accordin g to Act of Congrus, in the flear 1909, '" the oj/ke of CM Libroriclll of CongreB1, Waahin g t on, D C., b11 .l!'rank 7'ouse11, P ubliaher U Union S quare Ne111 York, No 214 ... NEW Y ORK, NOVEMBER 5, 19 09. PRICE 5 CENTS. I FOUR OF A KIND OR / THE COMBINATION THAT MADE WALL STREET HUM By A SELF -MADE MAN CHAPTER L FOUR OF A KIND. 7 "Hello, chappies !" said Sid Sands, as he took posses sion of a chair at a table in a lunch on Pine Street where three other messenger boys were already seated eat ing, and laying down a cup of coffee and a plate holding a sandwich and a piece of pie for everyone waited on him self in this establishment.' "Hello, Ed," ejacJ!lated the other three in chorus. The hour was half past three in the afternoon and the boys were off for the day. "Y 011.'re behind time," said Sam Stark, munching a cruller "How's things?" "Rather strenuous," replied Sid. "I've just been bounced." "Bounced!" cried the others, looking astonished. "Fired r igh t off the reel," replied Sid, with a cheerfulness tha t seemed surprising under the c,ircumstances. "What for?" asked Fred Farnham, curiously "What do you suppose?'? "Haven't the least idea," said Ed Engle. "Well, you see, Higgins told me a while ago that if he caught me speculating again he'd discharge m e," Sid. "Yesterday I noticed that D. & P. was going up like a house afire, and I couldn't resist the temptation to take a flyer on it." "And your boss heard about it?" said Sam. "Somebody must have piped me off going into the little bank when I made the deal. I suspect it was Ralph Rug-' gles, the sneak of our office. He hates me worse than thunder, and what I think about him would fill a big book." "We know him. He's the meanest lobster in the Street," said Fred. "If he got what's coming to him he wouldn't be able to work for a month," put in Ed. "If I was sure it was he who gave me away I'd make him mighty s ick," said Sid. "I've a mind to do it anyway now I'm out of the office." "Well, go on," said Sam "Higgins called me into his office this afte rnoon and went for my scalp. He wound up by giving me the G'. B., and so--" "You're out of a job," said Ed. "I am; but I ain't worrying much as D. & P. is up ten points above what I paid for it and I'm $500 ahead of the game, so I don't care whether school keeps or not," said Sid, proc eed ing to get away with hi s piece of pie. "I s'pose you'll look for another job. Higgins isn t likely to give you a reference though," said Sam. "Higgins can go bag with his reference. I expect t o sPll my D. & P. in the morning, maybe at $12 a share profit, and then I'll be worth $1 ,2o'o easy enough. That is a bunch of money, so what do I care for Higgins?" "I wish I'd gone into D. & P.," said Fred; "but' didn't have a chance "Me too," said Ed. "And I wish I'd bought some of it a l so," chippE:d in Sam. "You're the only lucky one of the bunch, Sid, even if you di d lose your jo"&. You'll make a year's wages out of


FOUR OF A KIND. it any way, and you're bound to get another job before long. I'd exchange with you in u minute if I could." "Well, if you fellows have got through let's get out of here," said Sid. The boys paid their ch e cks at the cashier's window and walked outside . They hadn't walked many yards up toward Nassau Street wlien a windo w yvas thrown up almo s t above their heads and a man lean e d out, g esticulating wildly. "Help! Help! Muracr Thieves!" he shouted. His cries attracted attention the .. on the street and in the offices opposite. -"Hello !' exclaimed Sid. "What's in the wind now?" "There's something doing," said Sam, as the four came to a sudden halt. The man who was uttering the cr ies was jerked back and silenced. "Let's go up and see what the trouble is about?" sug gested Sid, starting for the entrance of the office building. His three comrades followed him up the stairs to the third landing. The corridor was deserted, the brief disturbance at the window not having aroused the notice of the tenants on that floor. "Which office is the one from which the man cried out?" Ed. ''Give it up," said Sid. "We'll have to investigate." "All eeems quiet enough now," said Fred. "Maybe the man had a fit." "I don't believe he had a fit," said Sid. "I there is something wrong." 1 "What shall we do?" asked Sam. "We'll look into the offices facing Pine Street. We can say we heard the shouts for help and came up in answer to them," said Sid. He thed the handle of the door nearest to him, but it was locked. Then he tried the nelt one and found that locked, too. He. dropped on his knees and looked through the keyhole. What he saw s ent a thrill of excitement through his veins. The man who had called from the window was bound to a chair near the safe, and gagged with a towel. Two well-dressed men w r1e going through the safe, putting money and papers into a satchel which stood on a des k within their reach. "Look, fellows, and see what 's goi:q.g on in there," he whispered, excitedly. Sam stooped and took a look. "The office is being robbed," he said. "Let me see," palpitated Fred. Sam gave him the chance, and he, in turn, yielded place to the impati ent Ed. The four boys looked at each other. """ r e must give the ale .rm," said Sam, "and rJiave the ra s cals cau ght. "What's th e matter' with catching ther:1 ourselvesthere's only two of th em?" m id Sid. "It'll be a f e ather 'in our caps and our nar.rn s will be printed in the paper s." "But the door i s loc ked and we can't get in," said Sam "That doesn't make any difference. They've got to come out and then we' ll naL them." I I "I'm with you," said Sam,'with a determined look. "You and I will tackle the first chap," said Sid. "Fred, you and Ed down the other one, understand?" The boys understood and got ready for business. They did not have long to wait, as the thieves were in a hurry to be off. of a couple of minutes the door was opened and the two darted out, the :foremost carrying the satchel. The boys w er e drawn up in pairs on either side of the door, and the men did not notice their presence until with a rush Sid sprang forward and dealt the man with the satchel a heavy blow on the head which sent him stagger. ing forward. Before the fellow could recover Sid and San;i had hold of him. At the same moment Fred and Ed sprang on the other and stuck to him like a pair of leeches. Both of the crooks put up a desperate struggle to get free, but the boys had taken them at a disadvantage and they couldn't do much. Sid settled the chances of tbe first chap by tripping him up and then he and Sam got astride of him. "Now, you rascal, you'd better give up," said Sid, reach ing for the satchel which he knew contained the plunder. "You'd better let me go," hissed the crook, glaring into Sid's face. "We'll let you go when the cops come to run you in," replied the boy. "If I'm pinched I'll get square with you both." "You'll be pinched all right, and your friend, too. We'll take the chances of you getting square with us." The rascal swore and threatened but to no purpose. At that moment a policeman and several persons who had heard the cry for help, but had not the courage to invl!sti ga.te on their own hook, came upstairs and' appeared on the scene. 1 "We've got them., officer," said Sid. "They've robbed the safe in room No. 65, and we caught as they tried to make their escape." "It's a lie!" replie!'l the crook. "Examine this satchel and that will show whether statement is a lie or not," answered Sid. "I saw them stuffing it with money and papers taken from the safe in the office, and so did my three friends here." The policeman took the satchel from Sid's hand an cl looked' into it. '. The jumble of bank notes and papers convinced him of the truth of the boy's assertion. He pulled out a pair of handcuffs and snapped them on the rascal's wrists. "Now you can let him up," said the officer. Sid and Sam released him and got up. "There's a man bound and gagged in the office. We'll release him," said Sid. The officer placed his hands on the arms of both crooks and them into the office after Sid and his com panions, while the small crowd of onlookers followed behind. Sic1 y a nked the towel off the bound man's face. "We've captured the two rascals," he said "Now, while we are releasing you, how thing hi:tppened."


FOUR OF A KIND. s "Go into the private office atrd h elp :Mr. Ftr ley," said the bound man who was the bookkeeper and cashier of the office. "He's in as bad a fix as I am." "That so?" said Sid. "Ed, you and Fre d untie this gen tleman. Come on, Salfl. We'll attend to the boss of the office." They entered the inner office and found a thin, spare and well-dressed man with spectacles bound and gagged in the same way as his bookkeeper. Sid took the towel from his mouth. "Thanks, my lad. Have the rascals gone?" "No, sir," replied Sid, as he and Sam proceeded to re lease the gentleman, "they di

FOUR OF A KIND. dent, and showed them the $100 check Mr. Farley had given him. "I congratulate you on making such a nice little sum so easily," said his sister Fanny. "Thanks. You won't congratulate me when I tell you I have lost my job." "What!" gasped both his sisters in a breath. "You don't really mean that ?" "If I didn't I wouldn't tell you." "My gracious!" ejaculated Fanny,. "How came you to lose it ? Why, you've been two years with Mr. Higgins." Sid explained the cause of )lis discharge. "Why did you speculate again when you were told not to?" ":Because I saw a chance to make a good haul in the market." "Did you make it?" "I haven't cashed in yet, but I expect to do so to-mor row. At this moment I am $500 ahead, and I may see my way to make another hundred in the morning." "You are fortunate in making money out of your ven tures at any rate, and money always Gomes in handy, par ticularly if you happen to be out of work. Do you thin k you'll be able to get anothef position soon?" "I may have some difficulty for want of a reference, for it isn t likely Mr. Higgins would give me one if I ask e d him. However, you needn't worry about me. It will be a cold day when I get left." "Mother won't be pleased to learn that you have lost your pos ition." "Don' t tell her, then." "But you won't be able to turn in your money as u s u:il after this week, so she's sure to find out." "Why won't I be able to turn it in? You forget ab<; mt the dea;I I'm ahead on. 'I'll be able to turn my money in to her right along, just as if nothing had happened." Upon this JlSSurance his sisters agreed that the newt s should be kept from their mother, who at that moment was busy in the kitchen. Next morning's papers had the story of the robbery, and the capture of the men by four Wall Street messeng e r boys, whose names were given. It was the first time that Sid's name had ever been in the public prints, and he felt rather proud over the fact. He started for Wall Street at the usual time, although he had no business to attend to outside of his own private matters. He remained on the train till it reached South Ferry, and then he walked leisurely up to the financial district. The sight of the oth er messengers flitting around made him feel somewhat like a fish out of water, for he was so used to carrying messages himself that he felt as if he ought to be busy, too. He nodded to a couple of messengers he knew and kept on up to the little bank. . The reception room was open and half a dozen cus tomers were seated in the rows of chairs facing the big blackboard at the end of the room on which the previous aay's quotations were posted up. Sid took a chair, opened his newspaper and finished read ing the news. The room slowly filled up with the customers loun gers wh'o made the bank their headquarters. The boy who had charge of the blackboard made his ap pearance as ten o'clock drew near and cleaned the board of the quotations to have it ready to mark up the fresh ones when business began at the Exchange. The room by this time was comfortably full, and the aii.r was filled with the buzz of conversation and tobacco smoke. At length the clock struck ten and soon after the first qu otations began to come in. D. & P., which had closed at 90 the day before, con tinued to show a rising tendency, much to Sid's satisfac tion. The first sale was 1,000 at 90s and fifteen minutes later was going at 91. Sid had intended to sell out as soon as the Exchange opened, but as the stock appeared to be strong he held on for figures, every point that it advanced meaning $50 more profit to him. He watched the board with g reat inte r e st, but gave lit tle attention to anything but D. & P. At half past eleven it reached and he concluded n o t Lo ri s k holding it any long e r, s o h e went to the margin c l e rk's window and signed an order for the sale of his fifty s hares. Then he left the bank. 1 He wondered who was carrying me s sage s for h i s late boss that day, and guessed that his enemy, Ralph Ruggles, who had been the messenger before he took hold of th e job, was doing it till a new boy was engaged. He walked into the messengers' entrance of the Exchange to see if one of his particular friends was there. Standing at the rail among the c r owd of boys he saw Ruggles with an envelop e in hi s fingers He seemed to be annoy ,ed by the pushing and monkey business of the lads who took him for a new messenger, and were having some fun at his expense. As Sid came in the boys, on a preconcerted signal, sud d e nly shoved Ruggles away from the rail, and a small lad on the outside stuck a pin in his leg. "Ouch!" roared Ruggles grabbing his leg. He detected the boy who had used the pin and was trying to look innocent. He grabbed1. him by the ear and pulled it The boy set up a howl and kicked Ruggles in the Ruggles dropped his envelope as he stooped to rub his shin bone and the crowd took advantage of his position to shove him on his back. Then one of them kic ked the envelope into a corner. The boy whose ear had been pulled rushed over, picked it up and shoved it into his pocket. Then he rnn out s ide, dropped it in the gutter and went on about his business. In the meantime Ruggles was having the time of his life with the other messengers, who shoved his hat ove.r his eyt>s, jostled hill_ around and made life pretty s trenuous for him. Sid stood back and enjoy e d the fun, for he laid his dis charge from the office to Ruggles who he had learned was out to his lunch at the time he (Sid) went to the little bank to make the D. & P. dea'.l, and had no doubt seen him go in, and afterward reported the fact to Mr. Higgins. I


FOUR OF A KIND. The boys made so much noise that one of the attaches ''Nonsense! He wouldn't dare do that. If you dropped interfered and drove several of them out of the Exchange. it on the floor it must be there. Why don't y ou look Ruggles, freed from them, tried to find his envelope, out around for it?" said the broker, impatiently. couldn't see any signs of it anywhere. "I have looked and it isn't anywhere abou t." That gave him a cold sweat for he knew it contained an "Where did you drop it?" important message. "About' here. If Sands didn't pick it up it be in As he looked around he caught sight of the grinning sight." countenance of Sid. "Where is Sands?'" "What are you doing :here?" he snarled. "He left just as you came up. That's a sign that he's "That's none of your business, Ruggles," replied Sid. taken it." "Did you pick up my envelope?" asked Ruggles, sus"Then run after him and see if he's got it. Let me know piciously if he took it and I'll make it hot for him." "No, I didn't pick up your envelope." Ruggles rushed out fully satisfied that Sid had picked "I believe you did. You want to get me in trouble," the note up and was holding it back to get him in trouble. snorted Ruggles, with an angry look. Looking up and down the street he saw Sid a few yards "Don't tell me I lie or I'll 1.'Uock your block off," reaway tal king to Sam Stark, whom he had just met. torted Sid, who was looking for a good excuse to get back He rushed up to the ex-messenger. at his enemy. "I want that envelope, Sid Sands," he said, in a grouchy "I'd like to know where the message is that I brought tone. here." "Make a, noise like a hoop and roll away, sonny/; re How do I know where it is? if you've lost it go and plied Sid, with a chuckJ,e. look for it. How do you like doing my work, eh?" "If you don't give it u p Mr Higgins will make it hot "Yah! Shut up! I'm going to tell Mr. Higgins that for you." you took the message I brought here for him." "Forget it. I haven't gQt your envelope "You're sneak enough to tell him anything." "I. say you have got it," snarled Ruggles. "How dare you call me a sneak?" demanded Rugg les, "Did you see me pick it up?" in a rage. "Yes, I saw you pick it up,'' hazarded Rugg les, who "Because that's what you are. You told Higgins that thought that would make the late messenger ret urn it to you saw me going into the little bank the day before yes-h im terd!!y, and that got me the bounce." "Well, you're a l ia r I didn't pick it up. The boys "Serves you right. I'm glad you're out of tM:e office." kicked it around on the floor, and if you'd hunted for it "Then you admit that you did tell Higgins that I was you'd have found it. Now take a sneak. I don't want s_peculating ?" said Sid, in a threatening tone. to talk to you. "Yes, I did tell him. What are you going to do about Ruggles gave him a black look and went back to the it?" Exchange to have another hunt for missing envelope, '"This," and Sid gave him a slap in the face that at for he wasn't really sure that Sid had taken it after all. tracted general attention Sid told Sam about the rough house treatment the mesIII. THE FOUR ARRANGE THEIR FIRST DEAL. I "Here, here, no fighting," said an attache of the Ex change Sid, not wishing to get into trouble, for he knew the rules forbid rough house tactics, walked toward the door. At that moment Mr. Higgins came to the rail. "I believe you brought something for me, Ruggli!s," he said. Then he noticed the disturbed state of his clerk. "What's the matter with you?" he inquired. "I've lost the envelope I brqught you, sir," replied Rug gles. "Lost it? How came you to do that?" asked the broker, sharply. "It fell out of my hands when I started to rub my where one of these messengers kicked me." "How did he come to kick you-by accident?" "No, he did it on purpose I believe Sid Sands put him up to do it." "Sid Sands? Was he here?" "Yes; and it's my opinion he picked the envelope up and walked off with it to get me into trouble." sengers had given Rugg les, which led to h i s l osing the message he had brought for his boss. "Served him right," said Sam "I'll put the fellows I know on to him and they won't do a fhing to him if they meet him there." As Sam had a message to deliver down the block he couldn't tal k any longer, so Sid was left standing on the sidewalk by himself wondering how he woul d put in his time.' Finally he decided to go down to the Curb Exchange and watch the brokers who were doing business there. He was standing on the edge of the curb watching the proceedings when Ed came a l ong and caught him by the a rm. "I see you're taking things easy, Sid," he said ".N,"othing else to do," was tha reply. "How; about that deal of yours? Did you sell?" "Yes, about half an hour ago. I held for 95 a fraction, and I've made a profit of $750." "Gee! As much as that?" "Every cent of it." 'You're lucky. You can afford to loaf around awbi1e on your money "I guess I won't do much loafing. As soon as I get my


' :/ 6. FOUR OF A KIND money I'll look out for another chance to make it grow more." "Going to speculate for a living?'' "That depends on circumstances. If I don't pick up an other job soon I'll think seriously about it. When a fel.: low has luck in the market he might as well make the most of a good But I say, we've all got to be at the Tombs Police Court at noon, to testify against those crooks we captured yesterday afternoon. Did you speak to your boss about it?" "Yes, but he didn't like the idea of my b eing away from business." "You told him that you had to go, didn't you?" "Yes." "It's time we were starting. Sam and Fred are going to meet me at the corner of Pine and Nassau Streets at twenty minutes to twelve, and it's close on to that now, so you'd better huiT y back to your office and get off." Sid walked with Ed as far as Wall Street and then left him. Two minutes after he reached the corner of Pine and Nassau, Sam came along, and Fred presently joined them. They had to wait several minutes for Ed, and then the four went up to Center Street to the Tombs Building. Mr. Farley and his bookkeeper were there,, and the boys sat near them. The rascals were called to the bar soon after the boys arrived and pleaded not guilty. With six witnesses against them they stood no show whatever, and the magistrate remanded them the Tombs to await the action of the grand jury. Mr. Farley thanked the boys. for their attendance at the court, and then the young messengers started back for Wall Street. They had lunch onthe way, and Sid left his three friends on Wall Street and went down to the Exchange to pass the rest of the afternoon in the gallery. He left just before the Exchange closed As he was passing the messengers' entrance he met Sam coming out. "Say, yoo're the chap I want to see," said Sam, grip ping him by the arm. ''Well, what have you got to say?" asked Sid. "Cqme along with me and I'll tell you. About an hour ago I got on to a dandy pointer. It's a sure winner." "That so? Let's hear what it is." "It will be just the thing for the four of us to get in on. Ed has money enough to put up the margin on twenty-five shares; Fred can go thirty, and I'm able to stand for thirty-five. You can buy as many as you want up to the limit of your capital. As you're doing nothing we'll leave you to work the deal." "That arrangement is all right provided your tip is a winner as you say Tell me about it." "About an hour ago I carri _ed a note to Broker Barnes in the Anchor Building," said Sam. "I had to wait as he was busy and couldn't be disturbed. He had two men with him and when they went away I was allowed to go in. While Barnes was reading my note I happened to look on his desk and there I saw an order, signed by Gordon-he's one of the big moguls of the Street, you know-authorizing Barne s to buy every sh3:re of S. & T. he could find at any figure within two points q_f the market. That means that the Gordon crowd is going to corner S. & T. and boom it, so it behooves we, us and company to get in on the ground floor and make hay with the insiders. What do you think of it?" "I think it's all right. I'm on," replied Sid; enthusiastically. "We'll make a good haul, the four of us, especially you, for you've got more coin than the rest of us put together," said Sam. "If I had $10,000 where I could lay my hands on it l'd put every cent of it on S. & T., and I'd expect to more than double my money." "We must meet Ed and Fred before they go home and let them know about it. They'll come up Wall Street so I'll lay for them on the steps of the Sub-treasury." "That's right I'll look for you there myself," said Sam, who then hurried off to his offiqe. Sid took his stand on the Nassau Street end of the s teps and about twenty minutes past three he saw Ed coming along. 1 He hailed him and Ed joined him. While he was telling Ed about the tip on S. & T. Sam had picked up, Fred approached an:d he, too, joined the conference. Finally Sam appeared and the four went over the mat ter together. Ed and Fred were ready to put up their last nickel on the deal, so it was arranged that they an d Sam were to bring their funds to Sid next day and he was to buy all the stock in one bunch in his own name, and then manage the deal for the crowd. The matter being decided the four boys started for their homes. CHAPTER IV. THE FOUR BOY SPECULATORS WIN. At different times next day Sam, Ed and Fred turned their money over to Sid when they met him in front of the Stock Exch8.nge. The three put up moJiley enough to buy 90 shares between them. Sid decided to buy 110 shares himself, making 200 alto gether. So he went to the little bank and asked if he could get a settlement of his D. & P. deal, as he wished to put the money up on another venture. The margin clerk said h could, and told one of the bookkeepers to make out Sid's account. This was forthcomtng in a quarter of an hoi,u, and a check for $1,250 handed to the boy. He endorsed it and turned it in with $7'50 cash as margin on 200 shares of S & T. at the market, which was ruling at 77. This l eft him with $350 of his own capital uninvested. The four boys met at the lunch house on Pine Street at about half past three. "Did you put the deal through?" asked Sam, eagerly 1 "There's your answer," replied Sid, showing his memo randum of the deal. "Good enough,'' said Sam. "This is \Vhere we make a bunch of dough, fellows.';


FOUR OF/ A KIND. j "You mean we will if I don't make the mistake of holding on too long," said Sid. "We'll take the chances of that," said Fred. "I guess your luck will pull you through all right," remarked Ed. "I'll do my best, but remember, you fellows mustn't hold me responsible if anJthing should go. wrong." "Of course we won't," said Sam. "You're bound to do your best, for you're in on 110 shares yourself, and you're not going to take any desperate chances of losing the $1,100 you've got up." "I should say not. If this deal should go wrong for us I'll be the greater loser, so you can take it from me that I'll do my best to win," said Sid. The boys ate their light lunch and left the restaurant fully satisfied that Dame Fortune was about to do them a good turn. While this new deal was on Sid had no thought about looking up another job. In fact, if this deal panned out as he expected, he wouldn't want another position as messenger for any broker. "I ought to be worth $3,000 when I cash in for the crowd," he mused. "With that amount in my jeans I guess there isn't a broker in the Street who could hire me to carry his messages for a measly eight or ten dollars a week." "" There was nothing doing in S. & T. the following day, but the day after the price dropped two points. Ed and Fred looked a little g lum when they noticed the drop on the ticker in the offices where they were em ployed. Later on when they met Sid he told them not to worry about a 1 little thing like that, and as he seemed as cheerful as usual they plucked up their courage. On the next day S. & T. dropped two points more. Sam looked kind of serious at that. It wasn't that he began to doubt the winning abilities of his point-er, but he judged that the insiders w e re depressing the price to shake out the stock on the market so they could gobble it up as cheap as possible, and he was afraid that they might send it down too far for the interest of the four speculators. "What do you think about it?" he asked Sid when they met about noon. "I think we'd have done better if we hadn't bought quite so soon," replied the ex-messenger, "That's right/' nodded Sam. "We were too anxious to get in on a good thing. It would have made a difference of $800 if we had waited till now to buy. If it should go down four points more things will look kind of rocky for us." "I hope it won't go down any further for I'm $440 shy on the deal myself at this stage of the game," said Sid. S. & T. went down another point that afternoon, but fortunately for the four boy speculators that was as low as it went to. On the folJ.owing day it began to recover and three days afterward was a point above what they paid for it. After that S. & T. advanc e d s teadily and the brokers began fallin g over in tlieir efforts to get bold of some of it, either for th e ms e lves or their customers. The newspapers spoke about it and hinted that a boom in. the stock was on. That brought hundreds of lambs to the Street, anxious to wager their little boodles that it would go out of sight. "We are the people, fellows," said Ed, in a tone of glee as the four met one afternoon after work in the lunch house. "S. & T. touched 88 just before the Exchange closed." "'i'ell us something we all don't know," replied Sam. "I looked at the tape before I left the office and saw the quotation." "So did I," said Fred. "Things are coming our way in great shape," remarked Sid. "Eleven points to the good means that we have dou bled our money with something to spare." "Tl1e question is bow much higher will it go?" said Sam. "I judge tha> the combine back of it will carry it up to 95 at any rate." "You can't judge anything in Wall Street. Stock spec ulation is simply a game of chance from-..start to finish. I am trying to catch on to the moment that the insiders begin to sell and follow suit." "How can you catch on? They are not going to shout the intelligence from the housetops. No outsider will learn when they start to unload." "I'm watching the sales of the stock," said Sid. "As soon as I see an unusual amount changing hands I'll begin to have my suspicions, and that means I shall sell right away." "Well, it's up to you. You're running the deal. What ever you do w e'll vote is all right. Won't we, fellows?" "Sure we will," replied Ed and Next day S. & T. bounded up to 95 by noon, and S i d thought it was nearly time to sell. ;Hundreds of lambs were holding on to their stock with a mighty clutch because they believed it would surely go to par. Although Sid saw nothing to give him the idea that_ the combine was closing out he suspected that the memb r rs were quietly unloading on a gullible public. The was like a seething cauldron those day s for S. & T. was not the only stock that was up. The boom had e){tended more or less to all the goo d stocks on the list, and as a consequence business was rush ing in all of them. The board room floor presented a very animated picture with :five or six hundred brokers gesticulating and making Rome howl. When S. & T. reached 95 Sid deserted the Exchange gal lery and walked up to the little bank. When he reached it a quotation of 96 went up on the board. "It's top-heavy and I'm going to close out the deal," he said to himself. "It may go to par, but I doubt it. At any rate I'm going to be on the safe side. I've taken considerable risk as it is. I couldn't have been blamed if I sold out at 90." So Sid put in his order for the sale of the 200 s hares, and was told it would be sold right away. Then h e sa t down in a seat just' vacated by an excited customer, and watched the blackboard for an


8 FOUR OF A As there was no s lump in that t ime he felt satisfie d tha t tlic d e al had g one through all right. H e d e cided t o g o to lun c h. 1 Hardly had he left the bank whe n S & T., which had t o u c h e d 98, got on the toboggan and the price began to drop a point at the time. It was the bea rs who had turned the trick, and they found the job e a s y as the s yndi cate had alm9st sold ,out and bad no interest in su s taining market any longer. When Sid came from lunch he found the Exchange in an uproar o v er the slump. ., Hundre ds of outsid e r s were badly bitten, and a few brok e r s also had burn e d th eir fing e rs. B y the time the 'Exchange clos e d S. & T. was down to 80 Owin g to the rus h of bu s iness the four did not come t o geth e r until four o clock, although Sid was waiting for th e m nearly half an hour. S am w a s the fir s t to s how up and h e and Sid s hook han ds, and s l ap p e d e a c h oth e r on the ba c k whe n the ex messen g er t o ld him that he had sold out neariy at the t o p of th e market an hour before the decline set' in. Fred and Ed both di s played anxious fa ces when they join e d Sam and Sid, for they did not know as yet that things had culminat e d in their favor. Since the slump s e t in the y h a d been on the an x ious sea t, and th ey w e re ver y e ager to learn whether Sid had s old out in time. Tbe y were a s deli g hted as Sam when they found out that h e had, and that a profit of about $19 a share was coming to them. When Sid got a settlement with the bank and divided up the winning s he foupd hirr.self $2,200 richer, or worth $3 600 altogether, while Sam had made enough to raise hi s capital to a little over $1, 000 As f9r Fred and Ed, the former ow found himself worth $870 and the latter $725. CHAPTER V. SID SECURES A SNAP. "Say fellows," said Sid wh e n h e m e t his three ass ocia tes at the lunch room a f e w da y s afte r the conclusion of their su c cessful deal in S. & T., ''I've caught on to the greate s t cin c h of the c entury." "The dic k e n s you have!" ejaculated Sam. "What is it? A new pointer?" "No. It' s a job . "Ob I thou ght you wasn't going to run any more e rrand s," s aid Ed. "Neither am I." "Then this i s n t a messenger's job?" put in Fred. "Not much it i s n t. You don t call a messenger's job a cinch, do you?" "I should sa y not r e plied Sam. "What is the, job?" "Boss of the coop. "What d o you m ea n b y that?" "I'll explain. This morning I met Mr. Farley on Broad Street, and he as k e d m e if I h a d anything in sight ye t. I said no. The n he said be knew of a place that I would like. A parti cula r fri e nd of hi s n a m e d Morton, who r e p re s ent s several minin g intere s t s of Paradise, Nevad a want e d a boy to t a k e charge of his office in the Rud-son Buildin g, while h e i s away in G e rmany t aking the bath s a t a cer t ain t o w n for bis health. " 1.'ake cha r g e of hi s office, e h ? Gee That will be a snap if y ou can fill the bill," s aid Ed. "Mr. Farle y scfibbl e d off a note of introduction for me on a pad and I took it up to Mr. Morton, who i s a fine looking old ge ntle;man of about s i x t y, w ent on S id. "I had a very pl e a sant inte r vie w with t h e gentle man, and he fina ll y e.ngage d me. H e will pay m e $10 a week t o look after his office b e tween t e n and four and attend tQ such vi s itors as may call. He explained about ever ything he expect e d me to do, w hi c h i s n t much, and I told him I guessed I could ,fil l the b ill all right. At any rate, he thinks I can and I'm to start in n ex t week." "Then you're t o be y our own boss while the gentleman is away?" said Fred. "That's the ticket "How long does be expect fo be in Europe?" asked Ed "About six months." "Lord! That job would suit me first rate."' "It would suit 'mo s t any on e that w as s ati s fied to get along on ten cases a week, or could use the office as tem porary headquarters for bis priv a te bu s iness." "How do you get your money? Who will pay you?" "His law yer, who h as an office at 115 Bro adw ay I'm to call there every Saturday noon for m y wages." "I suppose all you'v e g o t t o d o is t o put in y our time between ten and four on five d a ys of the w e ek and two on Saturday in the office to earn your wages," s aid Sam. "Gee! What a s inecure." "I'm to have an hour for lunch, too, if I want to take it." "Hold me, I shall faint, grinned Ed. "How do you expect to put in y our time?" said Sam. "Studying the marke t and k e eping track of things. There's a ticker in the office, and a t e lephone. What more do I want?" I "If you wa:p.ted anything more you'd be a hog," said Fred. "You chaps can com e up and see me any time during office hours and you ll be as welcome as the flowers in May." "We'll come," said Sam. "B. e t your life we will," said Ed. "I'm going to make it our h e adquarters. It will be just the s ame as if it was our own office." "That' ll be great, sa id Fred. "Mr. Morton expect s to ge t a way on one of the steamers s ailin g next Wednesd ay m orning. I dare say he'll take the American Line to S outhampton." Sid's associates congratulate d him on his good luck, and the n the four left th e restaurant together. congratulat e d him, too. When Sid told bi s s i s t e r s wha t a snap he had g ot they Nothing was said a bout it t o h is mother as s he did not know h e h a d lo s t hi s position w ith Broker Higgins and the y thought it best n o t to un dece ive h e r for the pre s ent'. Sid ap p eare d at M r. Mor to n 's office o n M o nday morning, and r e c e ived some a d d i tiona l instruc tions. The gentle m a n away after and did not re turn till a b out noon of t he f

FOUR OF A KIND: arrangements were made to depart with his wife for next morning. "Some things are likely to crop up which you will prob ably be unable to handle," he said. "In that eveJit you must either telephone or call on Mr. Snow, my lawyer, for advice." "All right, 'sir. I'll see; that everything goes on all right while you are away. I've had...enough experience in Wall Street to handle mining matters in good shape." Mr. Morton then bade Sid goodbye and took his leave. "It's fine to be your own boss and get paid for it," said the boy to himself, looking around the w ell-furnished office. "I can sit by the ticker and keep track of prices at the Exchange. There is nothing to prevent me from look ing after any deal that I may get interested in. I can receive my friends here just as if the office was mine. Oh, this is the snap of all snaps for me." "Does Mr. Farley know how you lost your job at Hig gins'?" "I don't think so. He never asked me anything about it, and I didn't volunteer the information. I have to turn over all checks and money to Mr. Snow, the lawyer, on the morning after receiving payments. That's the only tab that's kept on me th\lt I know of." "Catching those crooks has turned out a lucky thing for you," said Fred. "Yes, I never would havei got this job if I hadn't made the acquaintance of Mr. Farley." At that jupcture there came a knock on the door. "Come in," said Sid, and to his surprise in walked Ralph Ruggles. CHAPTER VI. A WlNNING MINING DEAL. When half past twelVe came around he put on his hat and went to lunch as leisurely as any big mogul, first putting a sign on the door that he would be back about one. Ruggles stopped and looked with surprise at Sid and the On the following afternoon his three associates visited three messengers. him in a bunch. He knew Sid's friends by sight. .. Sid was seated at Mr. Morton's desk, and he swung "Well, Mr. what can I do for you?" a sked Sid. around in his pivot chair to greet them as they filed in. "Are you working here?" asked Ruggles, in an ungra" Help yourselves to chairs and make yourselves at cious way. home," he said. "I have that honor, Mr. Ruggles/' replied Sid, in his "This is what I call reposing in clover," said Sam, tablandest tones. king possession of the chair next to the desk. "Half an "Well, I want to see Mr. Morton. Is-he in?" asked Rughour more and you'll be through for the day." gles. "I'm through now for that matter. Half an hour more 'No. He is some distance from here. I represent him; or less doesn't count for anything in this office," replied. however, so if you will tell me your business--" Sid. "Tell you my business? I guess not. I don't do busi'. 'Done any business to-day for your boss?'; asked Ed. ness with boys," replied Ruggles, with a sneer. "Yes,): had several visitors. I sold 5,000 shares of Key"All' right. I'm not aching to do business with you," stone Mining & Milling stock at twenty cents a share returned Sid. and got the money for them-a check for $1,000-which I "When will Mr. Morton be back?" shall turn over to Mr. Morton's lawyer to-morrow. Mr. '"In about six months, more or less." Morton's commission out of that is $50, which is equivalent "I want a straight answer," demanded Ruggles, angrily. to five weeks' wages." given it to you." "Then your boss does a brokerage business in mining' "I shall report your conduct to Mr. Morton I see stock?" him." "Not to any extent. The Keystone mine is one of the "You are welcome to do so, Mr. Ruggles." companies that he represents. He doesn't buy stock, he se1ls "Will you tell me when he will be back?" it. If a:ny of his customers brings him mining shares to sell "I have told you. He went to Europe yesterday morning for them he obliges them and pockets the commission, but and he does not expect to return much before six months. he does not make a business of doing it." Now are you satisfied?" "Have you much on hand of that kind of stuff?" asked "Who represents him while he is away?" Sam. "I do." "You mean mining stock? There's a safe full of it"You! In a horn you do. You're only hjs office boy." mostly unsold shares of the mines Mr. Morton represents. "Look here, Ruggles," said Sid, losing his patience, "if There's a lot of other stock-some of it old and almost you've g;ot any business with this office I wish you'd state worthless that he took in exchange at one time but doesn't what it is or get out. I represent Mr. Mort .on until he gets any more, for he found it was a losing proposition-the back. -Now if you've got anything to say please say it." rest is stock left by customers of his to be disposed of Ruggles glared at Sid. 1 when the chance offers. I'm going to make an effort to "Are you in charge of this office while Mr. Morton is get rid of some of it'. Nothing like doing business if you away?" he asked, in an incredulous tone. can." "I am." . "Mr. Morton must have taken quite a shine to you to "Have you authority to sell any Keystone Mining & trust you with so much stock that can be turned into Milling Co. stock?" money." "I kave." "He had to trust somebody, and Mr. Farley assured "Well, Mr. Higgins sent me for J ,000 'sliares. Herc is him I could be relied on:" his check for $210. The $10 is Mr. Morton' s commission.''


-.. -....... / 10 .FOUR OF A KIND. ( "Yo' u mi ght have said that in the fir s t place. Take an-f visi tor appea !ed up to the time he began to consider what other chair, Sam, and l e t Mr. Rugglessit down he should ha v e for his lunch. Sid went to the s af e opened it and took out a certificate "There seems to be nothing doing to-day," he said to of the Key s tone Mining Co. for 1,000 s hares. hims e lf. "I might as w e ll g e t my lunch early, and then I'll It was signed by the names of the President, Vice Presi-be ready for any afternoon v is itor s who may call." dent and' Trea s urer. So he locked up and went down to a little restaurant on "In ;hose name will I make it out?" he asked. Beaver Street. Ruggles handed him a slip of p a p e r c ontaining a name. It was a gathering place for curb brokeri, and Sid found Sid wrote it in on the blank space l eft for that purpose. many of them in there when he arriv ed. He then took a book from the safe and entered the name He a seat by himself at a table in the back part of in it with other particulars of the transaction. the room. Placing the c e rtificate in a long manilla envelope he Two brokers were seated at the next table, and while he handed it to Ruggles and took the cheek, the receipt of was eating Sid heard them di s cussing a pi e c e of news one which he ent e red in a cash book. of them had received from a friend out West in the mining "How long have you had this position?" asked Rugdistrict of Nevada. gles, curiously: "Fox wouldn t put me on to this thing if it was n t so, "Ev er s ince Mr. Morton hired me," replied Sid. and he's in a position to know about what s going on in the "Did Mr. Morton know that you were fired from our Little Giant," said one of the gentlemen. office?" s aid Ru gg l es, in a di s a g reeable tone. "He says that a rich vein of ore has been discovered ill "No, I don t thj nk he did Perhaps you'd better t e ll the mine, eh?" him when he g e t s back. You might feel better after it." "Yes, and that the news will not get out to the public Ruggles made no reply, but concluded that it was time for a week." for him to go, so he. got up and walked out of the office week from the time he wrote you the l etter?" without say ing goodbye. "Of course. We've got three days in which to buy as "Lord, he looked sour enough to curdle new milk," said much of the stock as we can find. It's going at a quarter a Sam, going back to his original s eat. share now, but Fox says it will jump to a dollar at least "Some peopl e are born that way, and he's one of as soon as the str*e becomes known. Before g o ing into I guess," replied Sid. the market for it we must pick up all we can find on the "If I had his di s position I'd try to...raffie it off/' chuckquiet." led Ed. "D'o you know anybody who has any of it?" "You wouldn't be able to get any one to inve s t in a "No, I c an t sity .that I do. I haven t seen any of it ticket," said Sid. "He won't be satisfied till he trie s to get b e in g offer e d lately; but I know there is quite a buncp. of me out of here." it around the di s trict. Old Morton ma y hav e some of "He' ll have a sweet time doing it with your boss in it on h a nd I'll call on him some time to-day and see." Europe." \ The broker s talked the matter over awhile longer, and "He'll keep it in for me till Mr. Morton g et s back anq, then having their meal they-left the table and then he'll get word to him somehow that Mr. Higgins fired soon after the restaurant. me for speculating." "I guess I've s truck a good tip," thought Sid. "Looks as "What do you care? You don't expect to stay here after if Little Giant mining stock was a good thing to get in Mr. Morton gets back." on. I b e lieve there's some of it in the safe at the office. "That's rig ht I hope I'll be ab1e to hire an office_ o f my I mu s t see when I get ba c k and look up the owner in the own by that time." s tock bo9k. It mi ght b e lon g to Mr. Morton himself, in "I wish we could all hire an office and go in business which event it will be my duty to get all I can for it-.together," said Sam. that i s if rm authorized to sell it." ' "That would be great, wouldn't it?" put in Ed. As soon as he return e d to the office he went over the "StI;anger things than that happen in this world," anbatches of s tock in the safe and found a certificate of Little swered Sid. "We are worth $6,000 between us. If we Giant for 5,000 shares mad e out in Mr. Morton' s name. could add another nought to that amount we' d be able to "According to the mark e t that is worth $1,250. If a do something." rich vein of ore has been found in the mine, as that broker "If we could get hold of a few more tips like the one has advance of, why M:t. Morton will mak e Sam picked up w e'd make the riffie," said Fred. money .on thi s At any rate I won't sell it if I have a cull "Then you'd better hustle and get hold of one," laughed for it-in fact, I have no right to s ell any of Mr . Morton's Sid. "I think it is your turn."stocks unless I have instructions froin his lawyer to do so. "I wish I could," replied Fred. I think I'll buy some Little Giant on my own hook, and "Well, fellows, I gue s s it's time we started home. I'm put the bunch on to it, as a good thi:p.g." going to lock up," said Sid. He took up the afternoon paper and was reading the A minute later all hands filed outside. news of the day when the q.oor a nd a man, who Sid found he had lot s of time to kee p track of the marlooked as if he came from some place out of town, walked ket and a br e a s t of thin g s in Wall Street, and collect reg' in. rilar w a g e s at the same time. "Is Mr. Morton in?" he inquired. He turned up at half past nine next morning, but not a "No,' sir; Mr. Morton is on his way to Europe," repli e d


FO U R OF A KIND. 11 Sid, politely. "I am attending to hi s bus i nes s ti ll he gets back. Can I do anything for you ?" "Perhaps you can." "Take a seat, Mr. --" "My name is Jenkins. About six month s ago I nought 10,000 shares of Little Giant mining sto c k from Mr. Mor ton at fifteen cents a share. He told me that any time I want e d to sell it he would find a purcha ser for me at the market rate As I'm in need of some money to pay for a new hou s e I'm haVing built I have call e d to get him to sell it for me. Can you tell me what it i s w orth now?" Sid looked up the latest Goldfield quotations to make sure that the price the broker had m e ntioned in the restaurant was correct, and found that it was "It's quoted in Goldfield at twenty-five cents, Mr. JenkinL" "GOQd. Can 'you get that for it?" "I gue s s so." "What will you charge me to sell it?" "Our commission on 10,000 shares will be $100." "When can you sell it?" "Right away if I can fuid a purchaser. Call back ill an hour." I "I'll be back at about two," said the man, rising. .One mom ent, Mr. Jenkin s You'll have to give me a written order to sell it. I'll write it out and you can sign it." The visitor signed the order and then left. Sid put on his hat and went to the safe deposit vault where h e kept his money and took out $2 500 of his lilon ey. When Jenkins r e turned at two o'clock Sid handed him $2,400, and took his receipt for the money After the man w ent away he made an entry in the cash book of the $100 commission and put the money in the safe to hand ove r to Lawyer Snow, to whom he had already car ried the two checks he received the day previous. The Little Giant s tock lfe put in an envelope address e d to himself, and placed it in the safe. Fifteen minutes later the gentleman who h;d spoken in the re staurant about the discovery of rich ore in.the Little Giant mine made his appearance tnd asked for Mr. Mor ton. "Gone to Europe sir." "Indeed! And who represents him?" asked the visitor. '"I do "Then perhaps you can tell me if he has any Little Giant stock in the office?" "There is a certificate for 5 000 shares in the safe, but it i s the p e rsonal property of Mr Morton." "Isn't it for sale?" "I couldn t sell it without in s tructions from him." "I would like to bu y it. If you will send him a cable message I'll pay for it." "It won' t be neces s ary to do that, as I could see his law yer about it. What are y o u offe ring for it?" "I'll give a cent a share above the market, which is twenty-five." "Leave me your address and I will let you know in, the mornin g whether you can hav e it for that or not." "Can't you telephone him? "I wouldn't be able to reach him now," r e plied Sid 'l'h e g entl e man, who gave his name as Law r ence looked di sappointed. "What time can you l e t me know?" he ask e d "About e l even o'clock," replied "All right replied the brok e r and t o o k hi s leave. When Sam and the other two dropp e d in at half past three Sid told them what h e had hea1: d about the Little Giant mine a nd the y agre e d to bring their money around in the mor n ing to put into the stock. Sid called on Lawyer Sno w at t e n o'clock and told him about the offer he had had for the 5,000 shares of Little Giant in the s afe. Then he told him what he had heard about the strike in the mine. "I think it is advi s able to hold on to 1t," he said. "I think so, t oo. I couldn t authoriz e you 'to sell it anyway, without communicating with Mr. Morton," said Law yer Snow. "All right, sir .' I'll tell the broker that it is not for sale." "Do so." Sid then told him he had sold 10 000 shares of Little Giant the da y previous for a cus t o m e r o f Mr.. Morton s a t the market r a te, a nd turne d over the $100 c o mmissi o n on, the transaction "Whoever got it will pr_ o babl y m ake a good thi.rig out of it if what you heard turns out to be true," said the lawyer. Sid r eturne d to the office, wrot e a note to the broker and sent it to 'him b y an A. D. T. messeng er, then he went out and gave a c u r b br o ker h e was with an o r der t o bu y him 14 000 s h a r e s of Littl e Gian t at the m a rk e t. An hour lat e r the shares w e r e d e l ive r e d t o him. He now had 24,000 share s of the s to c k in his posses s ion of whi c h 14 000 belonged to and the r e m a ind e r to hi s thre e associates. .. In thre e da y s the n ews of the or e s trike came out and the price of Litt1 e Giant jump e d to fifty cents at once. A week l a t e r i t was selling readily for a dollar. In. a n othe r week it up to $;1..50, and at that pri ce the boys sold out, cl e arin g a pro fit of $30,000, divided a s follows: $17, 500 to Sid; $5,000 to Sam, and $3,750 each to E d and Fred. Th e boys s hook hands over the transaction and voted the mining deal a great success. CHAPTER VII. SID RECOVERS A STOLEN BAG. "By gin ger!" cried Sam looking at his wad of $6 000, "I never thought I'd b e worth as much as this. This mi ning deal was jus t like finding money I put up $1,000 and I've got $6,000 back. Can you beat that?" "Beat it, I s hould s a y not/' r e pli e d Ed. "Fred and me w ent in $ 7 50 worth api ece and w e v e each made $3, 750 profit. I feel like going out and paintin g the town red." "How mu c h did you make, Sid?" a s k e d Fred. "Jus t $17 500," replied Sid complacently "Altog e ther the four of us are worth something over $30 000," said Sam. "That is half of that $60,000 Sid mention e d a c oupl e of w eeks ago." "Say, if this thing kee ps on, we'll be able to rent an of'


FOUR OF A KIND. fice and go into business together when Mr. Morton gets back," said Ed. "That's what we will," said Fred, enthusiastically, "if all hands are willing." "Nothing would suit me better, chappies," replied &d. "We could put in the same amount all around and divid e our profit evenly. Or, if we needed a larger capital, I could put in more money and take a proportionately larger share of the profit. However, we. won't count our chickens before they're hatched. We may go broke on some deal before the time comes we are figuring on.'; "Get" L hope not," answered Ed. "I don't know what to do with all this money," said Sam. "I think you'd better keep it in your safe for me, Sid." "I'll put in my safe deposit box if you wish." "All right; do so," and Sam banded him bis roll of bills. "Put mine in,' too," said Ed. "And mine with l tbe others," put in Fred. Sid put each o f his friends' money in a sepa rate en velope, on which he wrote the amount and the owner' s name. "There now, any time you chaps want to draw on your boodle let m e know and I'll band you out what you ask for/' said Sid : He put his own money in another big envelope and ta king the four to the safe deposit vaults, put them in his private box and locked them up. 'Ilhat afternoon Sid went up to the retail dry goods dis trict to make a purchase for his mother at a Sixtlr Avenue department store. He bought what he was after and ordered it sent to his home. Sixth Avenue was thronged with people, the majority of were ladies, most of them out shopping. As Sid stood on the corner of Eighteenth Street, under the shadow of the e levated station, he noticed a very pretty girl, accompanied by an elderly lady who appeared to be her mother, coming toward him. Struck with the young lady's go9d looks and vivacious manner, Sid kept his eyes on her She had several small bundles in her arms, while swing ing from her fingers by a thin chain, she carried a hand some little bag which doubtless contained her purse. A tall w e ll-built and well-dressed woman brushed against her, and Sid saw her snatch the girl's bag from her hand like a flash and pass it across to a dapper-looking man be side her. He whisked it out of sight under his coat and walked straight on up the street "Great Scot!" breathed Sid. "What a nervy theft!" The girl uttered a low scream and seized the woman by the arm. "You've taken my bag," cried the girl, excitedly.' "Give it back to me." "What's tbat1'' replied the woman, glaring furiously at her. "How dare .you accuse me of such a thing?" "Because I know you took it. Give it back to me or I'll call a policeman," the gir l, spiritedly. A crowd began to gather around them. Sid, who knew the woman thief had not the bag in her possession, stayed to hear no more but started after the dapper young man wl10 be knew had it. He walked fast so as not to lose sight of the woman's accomplice. The man cTossed the avenue at Nineteenth Street and kept on down that s treet. Sid crossed to the other side of the way and shadowe d him to Seventh A venue The fe1low walked up a couple of blocks and then entered a saloon. Sid looked up and ,down the avenue in search of a po but none was in sight. rn have to go in after him," thought boy. "It's up to me to get the young lady s bag back. I'm glad the ras cal i's not too big for me to handle. If it comes to blows between us I'll bet I can knock several kinds of daylight into him." Sid walked into the saloo n and saw the dapper young man drinking at the bar. Th e boy saw the end of the girl's bag sticking out of the fellow's side pocket where he had shoved it on entering the place. H e determined to take the bull by the horns at once and ri s k the consequences So he approached the chap froni behind as his arm was raiRed, h o lding the glass to his lips. Gra sp ing the corner of the bag he yanked it out of the man's pocket. The fellow turned on him at once. "Here, what are you about?" he demanded. "Give me that bag. you young crook." His words and action attracted attention at once and drew all eyes toward him and Sid. "You are a crook yourself," said Sid, stoutly; holding the bag out of his reach. "I saw the woman you were with snatch this bag from a young girl on Sixth A venue and pass it to you, and I followed you here to recover it. Now that I've got it you won't get it back." Sid spoke loud enough for all in the saloon to hear. With an exclamation of anger the dapper young man sprang at Sid. The boy dodged and backed toward the door. "Don't let him cried the woman's accomplice, making another attempt to seize Sid. The Wall Street lad struck out and floored the crook with a blow under the jaw, and without waiting for him to recover darted out into the street. The dapper young man picked himself up quickly and chased him, followed by half the customers in the saloon) who did not know what to think of the affair. Sid shoved the bag into his side pocket and ran up T 'wenty-second Street toward Sixth A hoping to find the young lady who had been robbed. The dapper young man chased after hinl at full speed, hoping to catch him half way up the long block. He did not dare shout "Stop thief!' for he was afraid of attracting too much attention, and preferred to risk losing the booty than have to make an explanation to a policeman, who would probably take him and Sid to the station house together. As Sid didn't run very fast the rascal soon came up with him.


FOUR OF A KIND. 13 -======================================;,===========================-"Keep your hands off me or I'll smash you in the jaw," "He advised the young lady and her mother to go to the cried the boy, stopping and facing him. Thirtieth Street police station and report their loss_.'' he "I want that bag," replied the crook, doggedly. concluded. "You'll take it out in replied Sid, resolutely. "Did they go?" asked Sid. "It's a lucky thing for you that there isn't a cop in sight "They started in that direction," replied the news man or I'd see that you were pihched." Sid decided to go there and see if be could meet them. "If you don't hand that bag over I'll fix you," hissed So he walked up to Thirtieth Street and turned down the rascal. toward Seventh A venue . "I'll chance it. Now if you don't sheer off I'll knock your 'l'he station was' in the middle of the block. bead off right here in the street and take the risk of being Half way there he saw the girl arid her mother coming arrested for it." toward him. The fellow thrust his hand into his breast and the next Wheri he came up to them he raised his hat and stopped. moment fl.ashed out a stiletto. "I beg your pardon, ladies, but I have a few words to "Give me that bag or I'll carve you up!" he gritted. say to you," he said, politely. Sid didn't fancy the idea of running against -a knife, but They looked at him inquiringly. just the same he did not intend to give up the bag to the "You, miss, had a small bag stolen from you on Sixth man. Avenue near the corner of Eighteenth Street," he went on. A swift look around showed him an express wagon stand"That is true," replied the girl. '"A woman took it, ing c lose by. I am positive, but when an officer came up she apparHe made a dart for it. ently did not have it in her possession. What she did Springing up on the wheel he grabbed the whip, rewith it I've not the least idea. The officer seemed to think versed it and brought the handle down on the rascal's head, I had made a mistake in accusing her8 while she herself as he raised bis arm to stab him in the leg. appeared tO be very indignant. I didn t like her face, any Owing to the position of the boy the blow was not hard way, and I could swear it was she who stole my bag notenough to hurt assaila;i.t greatly, and the fellQw recovwithstanding that it was not found on her" ered in a moment and came at him again. "You are right, miss. She took it, for I saw her do This time Sid swung the whip to better effect. the trick," said Sid. 'rhe fellow dodged his head, but Sid's blow was aimed "You saw her?" exclaimed the girl in surprise. at his arm. "I did." The butt struck his wrist and sent the knife hurtling "Then why didn't you come forward and t e ll the officer through the air. so?" ' The man uttered a cry of pain and jumped back as Sid "Because the woman passed your bag to a man confedmade another demonstration with the whip. erate who walked away. I knew that the only chance y;ou B y this time the rumpus had attracted quite a lot of had to get your property back was for me. to follow the man attention from passers-by and persons in the buildings. and try to get it away from him." Sid dropped the whip, sprang down from the wheel and "You followed him?" sailed into the dapper young man with his fists. "I did, to a saloon on Seventh A venue, and there I got A crowd quickly gathered, but made no attempt to inthe bag away from him. I had a running scra p with him, terfere. and he finally drew a knife on me. I sprang on a wagon, Finally Sid smashed the fellow on the point of the jaw, took the whip and knocked it out of hi s hand. Then I knocking him clean out. pitched into him with my fists and settled him." "He's a crook," said the boy to the crowd, "and ought "Didyousaythatyougotmybagawayfromhim?" to be run in, but there never is a cop around when wanted. "! did. Here it is," and Sid drew ,it from his pocket The rascal drew a knife on me, that's why I put it all over and handed it to her. "See if what you had in it is still him." there. I don't think he had a chance to take anything out Thus speaking, Sid pushed his way through the crowd of it. If he did he wouldn't have made such a fight to with an unconcerned air and no one attempted to stop him. get it bask." As he walked away he saw the knife glittering on a doorThe girl examined her bag and declared that everything step. ,, she had in it was safe. He picked it up and shoved it up his sleeve. "I'm ever so much obliged to you, Mr. --" After he got some distance from the scene of the scrap "My name is Sid Sands. I am employed in Wall Street." he put it in one of his inside pockets. He handed her his card which read as follows: Turning into Sixth A venue he hurried to the corner of Eighteenth Street, but the thoroughfare had re s umed its customary appearance, and there was no sign of the girl who had been robbed and her mother. He asked the man at the news stand near the corner if he had noticed the trouble that had occurred over the theft of the young ladJ's bag. He replied that a policeman had come up, but refused to arrest the woman accused of taking the bag, for sh e showed that she did not have it on her person. SIDNEY SANDS With Room 526, Hudson Building, THOMAS MORTON, Easte;rn representative of Keystone M. & M. Co., and other Paradis e mines. Wall Street, New York. "I'm awfully g lad to know you, Mr. Sands," she said with a smile. "My father is a Stock Exchange broker.


FOUR OF A KIKD. Perhaps you know him? ton." I His name is Alexander Arling1 "It i s necessary, he said, and she1reluctantly handed it over After he had made a memorandum of the bag and it s contents, he signed it and handed it to Miss Arlington. "You will wait a few minutes, young man," said the her ac-officer, who called a up and told him to call "I'm not acquainted with him, but I know him by sight." "This is my mother," Miss Arlington said. Sid bowed and said he was pleased to make quaintance. "I think we had better return to the police station, mother, and tell the officer in charge that we have recov ered our property. Will you accompany us, Mr. Sands?' Sid said he would be pleased to do so, and explain mat ters to the satisfaction of the police. The ladies then retraced their steps under Sid's escort. Detective Grady. Sid was told to tell his s tor y to the sleuth, and did so, and the man at the desk banded him the written descrip tion of the man, another detective had already been sent out to find the woman. The detective got the location of the saloon where Sid had recovered the bag, and the part of the block where he had bis :final scrap with the dapper young man. Sid was then permitted to leave the station. He went away with Miss Arlington and her mother, who SID AND MISS ARLINGTON. had waited for him. CHAPTER VIII. They lined up before the desk and the officer looked at "I am so sorry you got into trouble with that man from them inquiringly. whom you recovered my bag," said Miss Arlington. "You "I have recovered my bag," said Arlington, holding might have been serioualy hurt when he drew the knife on it up. "This gentleman took it away from the thief after you." following him some distance. We just met him coming "As long as I wasn't hurt it i s all right, Mfss Arling this way. He recognized us and restored my property to ton," replied Sid. me. I thought weought to comeback and tell you." I am ever so much obliged to you for what you "I thought you were positive that it was the woman you have done in this matter, and I hope you will not be much described to me \vho stole your bag?" said the officer. inconvenienced if you have to come to "So it was," spoke up Sid. "She passed it to a young "I'm not worrying about that," laughed Sid. man who was with he.r and he walked away, her to "I trust you believe that I am very grateful to you for face the music, and she seemed to be one of those women putting yourself out on my behalf said the girl, earwho can do that to the queen's ta s te. I'll bet she's an ex-nestly. perienced professional. I saw the whole thing and followed "I have no doubt you are. I am pleased to feel that I the man to a saloon on Seventh Avenu-e where I recovered was able to be of service to you." the youn g lady's bag by stratagem and then held on to it "I s hall always remember you with gratitude." by force." "That's alf right, Miss Arlington. Shall I put you Sid described the trouble it had led him into and showed' aboard a train, or do you intend to remain down town a the s tiletto while longer?" The officer took it and laid it on his desk. "We through with our shopping and were about to "You should have grabbed the man on Sixth Avenue, take the elevated at the Eighteenth Street station when that near the scene of the theft, and held him till an -officer woman snatched my bag." came," said the man at the desk. "Now he's at large and "Then I will see yon to the Twenty-eighth Street sta we'll have the trouble of looking him up. Describe his tion, and will rid e up with you if you have no objection, for general appearance." I am o-oing home." Sid did so pretty accurately. will b e pleased to have your escort. We live on Th e officer wrote the description down. Seventy:second Street." "What's your name?" he said. So Sid put them into a car and took a seat beside Miss Sid handed him one of his cards. Arlington "Where do you live?" They became v e ry friendly .by the time the train reached The boy told him. the Seventy-second Street station where the ladies alighted. "We will probably catch both the woman and the man Miss Arlin g ton even promised to call at hi s office and see .md you will have to appear against them jn the Jefferson him the next time she went down to Wall Street to call on Mark e t Police Court." her father. "I'll\ do so." Sid bade mother and daught er good-bye and continued "You can be found at either of the addresses you have on home, where he had quite a sto).'y to tell his mother and given me, I suppose?" sisters. "Yes, sir. I'm at the office from ten till four. I leave "You ought to be a dete ctive, Sid," laugh e d hi s s i s ter my home about half past eight in the morning aAd get Fanny, "for you seem to be making a business of back about five in the afternoon." crooks lately." "You, young lady, will have_ to appear as GOmpfainant. "A couple of swallows don't make a sis," You must leave your bag with me to be used as evidence. laughed the boy. "This may be the last time I 'will fig-I will give you a receipt for it and its contents." ure in s uch a strenuous performance "Must I leave it?" she replied, evidently not liking to "I hope so," said Mrs. Sands. "You might have been do that. stabb e d by that man this afternoon."


FO U R OF A KIND. 15 "I admit it, though I took good care to keep out of reach of his knife." "I trust the lady and her daughter appreciate what you did for them." "They appeared to, mother." "Well, supper is ready, so sit up, children." Sid was reading the market report next morning in his office when the door opened and a fine-looking gentleman walked in. The boy recognized him at once as Broker Alexander Arlington. "I believe you are Sidney Sands," said the visitor. "Yes, sir. ;rake a seat." "My name is Arlington. You rendered my daughter a great favor yesterday afternoon, and I have called to thank you for it." "Your wife and daughter have already thanked me, Mr. Arlington," replied Sid. "Of course, and I wish to add mine, also. You had quite a time, I understand, with the woman's accomplice, who attacked you with a knife." "Yes, sir; I had rather a strenuous scrap with him, but I knocked him out in the end. I regr e t that the n o n appearance of a policeman prevented me from landing him at the station house. Still I suppose I could have held him till an officer was sent for if I hadn't been so anxious to return the bag to your daughter." "You probably acted as your judgment diotated, and once more I thank you. Yo'u are employed by Mr. Morton as his clerk, I believe." "I am in charge of his office while he is in Europe, sir. The position, I think, is only temporary." "This is not your first situation in Wall> Street, i s it?" "No, sir. I worked as a messenger two year s for Broker Higgins. W-e had som e difference ab out a month or more ago and I left him. The trouble was about a deal I made in the market. It was against orders, but I sa w a sure thing ahead and I took the chances He heard about it and hauled me over the coals. In fact, I may as well admit that he told me to leave. As I made $2,200 out of the deal I didn't worry much over our separation. Since the n I've made about $15,000 more_, so, all things cons idered I've done a whole lot better than i I had remained with Mr. Higgins." "You have been fortunate Sands; still I cannot say that I approve of your line of action, for it is against the regu lations of the Street for employees to dabble in the. market. However, I don't wish you to think that I am finding any fault with you. I am glad to know that you have made money; but the chances were very much against you. I dare say you are unusually smart. At any rate you look so. If I ever can be of service to you at any time, don't fail to call on me, and I will do the best I can for you," said the broker, rising you, sir; but I hope it may not be necessary to ask you to do me any favor. I am ambitious to make my way to the front entirely by my own exertions." "The, sentiment does you credit, young man. Still, it is ver.y useful sometimes to have a friend to call upon when you need a little help." The broker theri wished him good morning and took his departme. Soon after Sid returned from lunch a policeman called and told him his presence would be required at ten o'clock ne x t Morning at the Jeff e rson Market court. "I'll be ieplied Sid. When he met his three as s ociates that afternoon he sur prised them with the account of his second thiefcatching adventure. "Say, you're all' right, Sid," replied Sam. "You ought to join the polic e force. You'd mi;.ke a goo

16 OF A K I ND. -"What wou ld have been the use?" replied Sid "The operations of the syndicate behind it, Sid told his asso-bag had passed out of her possession." ciates that he intended to wait a few probably before The defendant was called to the stand and denied the buying, even at the risk of having to pay a higher figure theft in positive terms. than 88, rather than run the chan9e of getting caught by The man was called and denied that the woman had an e arly slump, which might wipe their $30,000 out. passed him the bag in question or anything else. "Most of these corners begin by the insiders depressing The lawyer asked the woman be discharged on the the price to shake out the stock as as ground that the evidence against her was not sufficient to Sid. "That is likely to happen in this case, just as it did establish her guilt. in S. & T., when we all got something of a scare." ; The judge ahook his head. "That's right," nodded Sam. "Better be sure than "I have here this woman's picture, No 09999A, in the sorry." Rogue's Gallery, and a statement from the detective bu: "Yes . A smaller profit is better than no profit at all reau that she has twice been convicted of the same offense and a loss tQ boot," said Sid. "We are going into a mighty and served two terms in Auburn penitentiary. I shall hold big deal this time Thirty thousand represents pretty near her for trial." ly all the capital '-we have acquired and we can't afford to Sid was the only importint witness against the man, and lose it. Therefore, chappies, I'm going to be cautious'. This he told his story of how, after seeing the rascal receive the is our opportunity to get enough for us to start in business, bag from the woman, he had followed him to the Seventh and it would be fierce to slip up on it." Avenue saloon, and there took the bag from him i'Bet your life it would," replied Sam. Then he described what happened afterward up to the "If we win this time you three will be able to tell your mqment he knocked the fellow out by a blow on the point bosses that you have got tired running errands at steen of the chin doll ars a week." The stiletto was produced in evidence, but was objected "We won't c u t loose until Mr. Morton comes back and to by the lawyer for the defendant on the ground that, as relieves you of your job," said Ed. the witness's testimony was uncorroborated, there existed I expect 'he'll be back in less than three months," re a reasonable doubt that the person whom the witness alplied Sid 1 "I had a l etter from him this morning in which leged had drawn the dagger on him was the defendant. he said he was coming around a ll right at the German waSevera l witnesses, however, were brought forward by the tering p lace where he is stopping He complimented me on police who swore that the defendant was the man the wit the good report his l awyer had sent him of my manage ness had had trouble with. ment of his office, and said he congratulated himself on The barkeeper of the substantiated a part of Sid's having secured such an excellent representative as myself." testimony, and several eye-witnesses of the trouble on "If your friend Rugg les knew you were doing so well Twent i eth Street corroborated another part of his story he'd have a fit," chuckled Ed "He likes you about as well In addition it was shown that the fellow's picture was as the O l d Scratch does holy water Ne. 08809A in the Rogue's Gallery, and he had served a It five o'clock when the conference of the four broke term in Sing Sing for highway robbery. up and the boys went home. The judge held him for the action of the grand jury. About half past eleven the door opened and an A. D. T. Broker Arlington, his wife daughter and Sid left messenger walked in. the court room and walked to the nearest elevated station "I have a package for Sidney Sands,'' he said. After leaving tii:e. l adies at the of the uptown side "That's my name," said Sid and the broker' c.rossed the street and mounting the The messenger handed him a small package, took a restairs of the downtowri side took a train for Rector Street, ceipt for it and left. from whioh they walked to their offices in Wall Street Sid wondered what the package contained and who had During the day Fred Farnham accidentally l e arned that sent it. a hig syndicate had been formed tocorner 0 & N shares. Taking off the wrapper he found a dainty little envelope Meeting Sid on his way to lunch Fred told him about addressed to him in a female hand, and under it a small the pointer box with the imprint of Tiffany, jew e ler. "Well, you'll probably meet Sam and Ed at the lunch Opening the envelope Sid pulled out a card with Miss room this afterp.oon after you are off for the day. Fetrh Arlington's name and address engraved on it. them up to my office. I'll wait for you and we'll talk the On the back of it was written the following: pointer over, and decide what we'll do about it," said Sid. "I consider it just as good a tip as Sam'{l," said Freel "I hope it will prove so. Good-bye tiil later." At four o'clock the four young speculators were as sern bled in Mr. Morton's office chock fu ll of confidence in Fred's pointer It was decided to buy 3,000 shares of 0 & N. Ed and Fred to take 400 each, Sam 500, and Sid 1,700. The combination had to put up $30,000 to cover the margin; but they had the money and a few thousand over. The stock was going at 88, but mindful of the drop which had taken place in S & T. at the beginning of the "Dear Mr. Sands: Please accept the enclo sed watch charm as a s l ight token of my appreciation of your service to me in recovering my bag. Yours sincer e ly, GRACE ARLINGTON On removing t he cover of the box Sid saw a gold enam eled watch charm, encrusted with numerous small dia monds In the center of it were his initials "S. S entwin ed, monogram fashion. On the reve rse, in very small characters, was "G. A to S. S."


FOUR OF A. KIND. 17 It was a very han dso m e ornament, and Sid was delight e d "Be cau se I'm s h y jus t ,the m eas l y s um of $375 of being wit h it. / worth $50,000," r e plied Sid. H e i mme diat e l y a ttached it to his w atch chain. "What's the diff e r e n ce? Y o u ll mak e tha t $375 some "This looks swell, h e "It wa s ver y kind of Mi s s other time, and mor e too. You 've been pulling in most of Arlingto n to send me this So h e r n ame i s Grace? That' s the profit right along because you had more capital to a p r etty n a m e a n d s h e s a mighty pretty girl." put up." B efore going to lu nch h e wr o t e the fai r d o nor a l ette r "That's all but I t ook a larger ris k 'than you chaps. of t hanks for h e r handsome p reS"ent, assuring h e r that he This time I had $17,000 at s tak e while you had only w o ul d al ways w e a r it in r ememb r a nce o f h e r. $5,000." 1 Addr essi n g t he n o t e M iss Grac e Arlington," h e po s ted "My $5,000 meant as muc h to m e a s your s take did to it o n his way t o the aura nt. you. Well, w e've won out and we have enough dough to Wh en t he boys c a me together again tha t afte rnoon Sam go into bu s iness w ith. L e t it b e s oon, and the sooner the pip e d the ch arm off at once. b e tter. How shall we go in? We three will put up $10,000 T ha t s a p each," h'e said "Been inv e st in g in jewelry?" each, and you?" No it's a pre s ent from the y oung lad y whose b ag I' "I'll put in eithe r $ 2 0,000 or $30,000. If the latter, recover e d. half of the profit s will come to m e and the other half will "Tha t so? It's a ll t o the mustard. I gu e s s you deserved be divided among you three. If the form e r, I ll take twoit, a ll r i ght." fifths of the profit s and you f e llow s one-fifth each. WhatT he three boys admir e d it greatl y, and then began to e v e r y ou s ay g oes. W 'il h ave a c o uple of months ahead of twi t Sid ab out the girl, a s king whe ther she was pretty us to make our arrangem ents." a n d n ume r o u s othe r q uestio n s about h e r. "If we have losse s ins te a d of profits you'll come in at Wh e n they got tire d of that 't hey began to talk a0out the s mall end of the horn ins tead of the big erid as you the p r ospec t s of 0. & N. have just figur e d," said Ed. Nex t morning S id devot e d his attention to the qu o t a "Yes, I'll be either the largest gainer or the largest tio n s of 0. & N., s i tting b e s ide the tick e r and re a ding -the m loser, according t o how the cat jump s," s aid Sid. off a s .the y appea r e d o n the t ape. The thre e turned their money over to Sid to put away During the ne x t thre e days the pric e of the s tock steadin his s afe deposit, and :P,e wrote the new amounts on their il y declin e d t o 8 1, and Sid refrained from buying it. env e lopes. Then it b e ga n goin g up s lowl y The total amount contained in the four envelopes footed When it reach e d 8 4 Sid judge d he h a d b etter bu y, and up $86,475. did so. 'Who'd have thought we'd eve r be worth so much?" said That afte rnoon he notifi e d hi s associates that he had put Ed. "Why, when we captured tho s e two crooks about four the de a l through. m onths I was only worth $150, now I can lay claim -The reaft e r Sam Ed and Fred b ega n to take great inte rto $11 000 more than that." e s t in t h e i r office i n di cat ors, and in the bla c kboard of the "And I've made $49,0,00 since then," said Sid, complaS toc k Excha n ge every time they c arrie d a mes s ag e there. centl y In t h e c ourse of a wee k 0 & N was up to 90, "If you keep on at that ratio you'll be worth a million On the followin g w e e k it r o s e to 9'8, an d a bi g scrambl e b e fore y ou're tw e nty-on e," remarked Fred. en s u e d o n the p art of a ll s p e culators to g e t hold of some 'I hope we'll all be millionaires one of these days," said of it. Sam. Eac h o f t h e boys l m e w that the c o mbin a tion wa s about "What would you do with a million if you had it, Sam?'' $ 4 0 000 ahe ad and the y were so tickled that they n e arl y s aid Sid. g ave t hemse lves away. -"Use it to make another million," replied Sam, promptA t t h e e n d of. the week the boom was at its height, with ly. 0 & N a littl e over pa r. "I I made a million, I'd retire from business, buy an On Monda y Sid c ame t o the concl u s i o n that the boom automobile and tour the country," s aid Ed. was s h owing s i g n s o f t o p-h eav iness so he sold out at lOll "After you had toured the country, what then?" said Th e combin e d profit to the four he figur e d out at Sid. $ 5 0 ,2 00. "I'd go to Europe and spread myself." Sid's own s h a r e amounted to $28,475; Sam's, $8,375 ; "And afte r that?" and Ed's and Fre d's, $6,700 each "Oh, I'd ha v e to consider," grinned Ed. That raised their combin e d capital to $86,000.' Next day was Saturday and Sid was sitting in his of-fice waiting for twelve o'clock to come around, at which hour he was due at Lawyer Snow's office, when a gentle CHAPTER X. SID HAS A CALL FROM MISS ARLINGTON. tap came on the door "Come in," said the .boy, and in wa1ked Grace Arling ton, arrayed in a fetching gown and hat, and looking pret ti e r than ever. Sid jumped up and walk e d over to greet her. "It's too b a d tha t we d idn't mak e a few m ore doll a r s a ll a round sa id S id a few days afte rward, when h e h a d settle d with the littl e bank and divid e d the profit of the d ea l amon g himself and hi s associat es. "This is a delightful surpris e," he said, in an animated I'm tone. "It's very kind of you to call, Miss Arlington. a seat and make yourself at home." "Why so?" a s ked Sam. "I think we've done fine. worth $14,000 now." )


18 FOUR DF A KIND. "I promi sed to c a ll, you know,'' s he said;smilingly, "and I always keep my word." "I appreciat e the honor you have paid me,'' he replied. "Do you? It's very nice of you to say so." "Well, it's an honor to have a charming young lady call upon you." "Dear me, how complimentary you are." "If it's a compliment, you certainly deserve it." Grace smiled and blu s hed a little. "So this is your office? It's a very nice one." "It's Mr. Morton's office, but I expect to have one of my own shortly." "Are you thinking of going into business for yourself?" "I and three friends, who style ourselves Four of a Ki11d, will open up on our own hook .in the course of three months, when Mr. Morton returns from Europe." "Indeed That will he nice. I wish you success." "Thank you, Miss Arlington. We hope to do well. Four months ago the four of us were worth just $1,100, now we are wo:rcth over $80,000.'; "Is it possible?" she exclaimed in surprise. "And what's more, we made every cent of it through lucky speculations in the mark e t. "You and your friends mu s t be awfully smart,"' she said. "Say :!'sther that we're awfully lucky." "But I'm sure you're smart, t o o." "It's to be hoped we are, for we need to be up to snuff to follow the business successfully." Sid and Miss Arlington enjoyed quite a tete-a-tete, and when the clock pointed to :five minutes of twelve Grace said she'd have to return to her father's office to go home with h I I Im. Sid bade her good-bye, invited her to call again, and then locked up went up to Broadway to call on Lawyer Snow. It was about this time that the trial of the two crooks who had almost succeeded in robbing Mr. Farley's safe came on, and Sid and his three friends were subpoenaed to appear as against them The case was quickly dispo sed of, for not the slightest doubt of the men's guilt was in the jury's minds after the various witnesses had testified and they brought in a verdict of "Guilty." The men were sentenced to several years in Sing Sing. A few days afterward Sid was summoned before the grand jury to testify against the man and wom11-n impli cated in the robbery of Miss Arlington's bag. When he got there he found Grlfce and several other wit nesses present. After bearing what Sid and Miss Arlington had to say thcgrand jury, though pretty well satisfied that the woman was guilty, refused to hand down an indictment against her on the ground that the testimony would hardly con vict her, as it was uncorroborated. The man also escaped because, though Sid swore he took the bag from him, and had seen him receive it from the woman, his statement could not -be substantiated. About a week later L. & M. stock began to boom like a house afire. -It took the Exchange by surprise, and there was a great rush to buy by the speculative brokers as well as the general public. Sid got his :first knowledge of the rise from his office ticker. The price was rising a point at a time. ....._ "Too bad that _we chaps ai:en' t in on this,.'' he said to himself. "We could make something out of it though, I should .tbii:J.k, if we acted right away. There's little chance of my seeing them befote business is over for the day so I suppose I'll have to play a lone hand this time." At that :i; noment the door banged open and Ed. dashed in. "Say, Sid, I've only got a moment to stay. Have you beard about the rise in L. & M. ?'-' "Do you think that would escape me with a ticker at my elbow?" replied Sid. "Don't you think we'd better get in on it?" "Yes. I was just going out to buy some shares for myself." "Why not for the bunch?" "I have no authority to touch the other chaps' money." Oh, it would be all right." "If I should win, of c;ourse; but if I lost--" "None of us would blame you I wouldn 't, anyway." ''That's all right, but it i sn't busine ss. I don't intend to use any of .tlie fellows' money withou.t orders." "Well, I give you leave to use mine-any part or all." Sid d rew a pad toward him, wrote something on it and told Ed to sign it. He did so. "Now you're in this with me, and have got to take your chances,'' said Sid. He and Ed left the office together. L. & M. was then going at 91 and a fraction. Sid went to the safe deposit vault and drew $10,000 of Ed's money and $20,00.0 of liis own. He went to Mr. Arli.Ilgton's office, but the broker was at the Exchange. He gave the cashier an order to buy 3,000 L. & M . for him at the market. The order was quickly e xecuted, but tlie stock cost Sid 92. He rushed back to his office a:nd gave his attention .to the ticker. The price k ept on advancing till at half past two it was up to 102--. Sid decided that was high enough for him, so he ran over to the broker s and ordered the shares sold. The order was transmitted to Mr. Arlington and he f?old the stock in a few minutes. At quarter past four Sam; Ed and Fred came tumbling into Sid's office. "Say, Sid, is it true you've bought L_. & M. or your seli and Ed and not f01; me and Fred?" asked Sam breath lessly. "It's true as the Gospel," replied Sid. "Why didn't you include us?" asked Sam, in an injured tone. "Didn't Ed tell you why?" "Yes, but that's nonsense. We expected that you would treat us all alike use our money whether you had an order or not." "Couldn't think of it, sonny."


FO.UR OF A KIND. "I think it' s pretty mean for Fred and me to be left out of a good thing. "Well, I wasn't sure it, was a good thing whe n I tackl e d it. I was willing to take the chances for myself, and for Ed, after he had given me a written order to use his money, but I wouldn t touch your funds without being authorized to do so." "L. & M. is up to 103i now. That's what it closed at. How much did you buy?" ".One thousand sha res for Ed and 2,000 for myself "You have made over $11 a shar!l so far, and may make more." "No. I sold out at 102 and a fraction. Ed wiU clear $10,000 and I'll mak e d o ubl e -th at." "While Fred and I are l ef t, r e plied Sam, with a growl. "That's your luck. If the stock had gone up five or six points and the n went on a slump, as it was liaqle to do, Ed and I would have been lo s ers while you chaps would have been all to th e good." Sam, however, felt tha t he had been ill used and looked grouchy. In his opinion he had lost $10,000. Fred, however, took the matter good naturedly. In the e nd Sam r ecove r e d hi s good humor again, and wrote out an order authorizing Sid to use his money any time he saw proper to do so, and Fred signed a similar order: CHAPTER XL SIDNEY SANDS & CO., STOCKS AND BONDS. The four young speculators w e r e now worth $117,000 between them, of which Sid own e d the far larger portion, or $70,000. When Mr. Arlington's cashier. brougbt him in a check made out to Sid's order for something over $60,000 he was surprised and asked his employee about the deal. He retained the check and carried it over to Sid s office personally that afternoon, the one following the deal. "Glad to see you, Mr. Arlington," said Sid. "Sit down." "You made quite a big deal in my qffice," said the bro ker. "I congratulate you on doubling your money." "A third of that check belongs to one of my friends, who went in with me." "Well, you made $20,000 at any rate." "That's right." l "You seem to possess the knack of sp e culating success full y ; but for all th a t !"would advi s e you to be vocy cau tious. Had L. & M. taken on a s lump you might have lost the greater part of your margin." 1 "That's the chance a chap has to take who speculates on marg ins." "It's a dangerous game." "I won't deny it, but it's an exciting one." "Do you intend t o follow this thing up?" "S.Uch is my intention." The bfoker shook his head disapprovingly. "You are liable to lose all your money quicker than you made it." "Perhaps so." "I advise you to go sl.ow.'' "I intend to be cautious,'' "I think you ought to put the money you have won into something stable-something that will turn you in a steady inc o m e." "Your advice is good, Mr. Arlington, but I'm afraid I wouldn t feel sati sfie d to do that, at least not yet awhile." The broker saw there was no us e in continuing the argu ment so be turne d the conversation in another direction. "Mrs. Arlington, my daughter and myself would be glad to have you call on us some eve.ning when you are not otherwise engaged." "I will be pleased to do so. If you will set an evening I will consider it an engagement." "Suppose you come up next Thursday?" "All right. Next Thursday suits me as well as any other." After some further talk the broker weht away. When Thursday evening came S id put on his best clothes and made his appearance at Mr. Arlington's home on West Seventy-second Street. He received a warm greeting and spent an enjoyable evening, the larger part in Grace s company. The young lady laid herself out to entertain him, and Sid was more than ever impressed by her beauty and vivacity. She invit e d him to call again s oon, he said he would. During the next two months he called several times, and the young people became very much interested fa each other. During that time Sid and his friends did not get in on any other stock deal, so their money remained safe in the deposit vault. At the end of the second month Mr. Morton returned, fully recovered in health, and after a talk with Sid, wanted him to remain with him, as he had some thought of en larging the scope of his business. Sid, however, said he was going into business on his own hook with three of his friends, and so the mining man had to look around for some other assistant. A few days later the four boys met at Mr. Morton's office after hours, with that gentleman's permission, and arranged their partnership agreement. The capital of the new firm was to be $80,000, contrib uted as follows: Sid, $40,000; Ed, $20,000, and Sam and Fred $10,000 each. , Their interest in either profits or losses was to be in pro portion to their illvestments. The :firm was to be known as Sidney Sands & Co., and its business was to deal in stocks and bonds on commission, and speculate when a good chance offered. Sid two rooms-a small one and a good-sized one, in the Norcross Building on Wall Street, and he rented it, giving Mr. Arlington as bis reference. He fqrnis hed it up in proper style for business while his partners were working out' their last week with their bosses. On the following Monday morning the boys all came down at half past nine, and gathered at Sid's desk to con sider their plan of operations for that day. "One of us must remain in the office all the time. We can take turns doing that. Ed, it will be your job this week. Sam you will go to. the gallery of the. Stock. Ex change and put in yaur time there. You, Fred, station yourself at the Curb, and take note of what's going on, ,,


20 FOUR OF A KIND. there. I w1ll walk around among the brokers and see what I can learn. That will be the program for the day." Sid being the head of the firm and manager, whatever he said went. That had been decided on at the time they entered into their partnership. "Now, chappies, we've got to make a reputation for ourselves in the Street. We are four of a kind and the combi nati q n ought to make Wall Street hum, even if we are only boys. It's young blood that tells in thei>e up-to-date days. Pas te that fact in your hats and see that you don't forget it. If we don't show the old fogies some new kinks I s hall be much disappointed. This i s our first day in business. Let us try and make it a red-letter one in our calendar by doing something." "That's the talk;" said Sam, enthusiastically. "Bet your boots," said Ed. "There wo.n't be any flies on us." "I hope not. Now then it's five minutes of ten. Get a move on Sam, and you too, Fred. The exchanges will be open ?Y the time you get on the ground," said Sid. Sam and Fr:ed put on their hats and depart ed. Rid was about to follow suit when the door opened and a beard e d man walked in. "Is Mr. Sands in?" he inquired. "I am Mr. Sands," replied Sid. "I mean Mr. Sidney Sands." "That's my name." "You can't be the head of the firm here?" "Why not?" "Why I should say th. at you are rather too young looking." "I'll be older one of these days if I live. What can I do for you Mr.--?" The visitor appeared to be rather undecided what to say. "So you are the head of this firm, eh?" said the gentleman at length. "Yes, sir." "Is that young man your partner?" "One of them." "How many have you?" "There are four of us." "Four f" "Yes, of a kind." ''What do you mean by that?" "That we are of one mind in whatever we do." "Oh, I see. This is a boy firm of brokers, I should judge." "We're hardly men as yet. But you haven't told rile your name, or how I can serve you." "My name is Jenkins. I'm a broker and have an office on this floor. As to serving me, I don t know as I can do any business with boys. Being und e r age you,,are hardly re sponsible. You must hav e funds to hire and fit up such an office as this, but I don't see how you are going to make it pay." "That's our funerai, Mr". Jenkins. We are starting out rath er early, but then it's the early bird that catches the worm." "If any worms' come its way.'' "Of course. You're our first visitor, and we shall in scribe your name in our day book in red ink, even if we don't do any business with you. Some day when we are a firm of some consequence in the Street will, if you're alive, no qoubt look back with pleasure to the fact that your name heads the list on our books." "Upon my word you're a good talker, and you have no lack of nerve to start out as a broker." "Nerve is a good thing to have, especially if you have money to back it up with." "Are you doing anything in the speculative line?" asked the visitor after a momentary pause. "We are open to consider any proposition that promises to pan out." "Then I think I could put something in your way." "What is it?" "I have a few thousand shares of Powhattan Consol idated, a mining stock great promise, in my safe If you'd like to buy the block I'll l e t you have it cheap as I need the money." "How long have you had it in your safe?" asked Sid, who knew through his experience in Mr. Morton's office that Powhattan Consolidated was a scaly Nevada mine which had started with a flourish of trumpets and then dropped almost out of owing to the poor quality of its ore assays. long. It's a good mine." "Good for nothing you mean replied Sid, coolly. "Why do you say that?" asked the broker, looking at. him keenly. "Just what I said. I wouldn't give a cent a share for all the Powhat_tan Consolidated on the market." "I'm thinking, young man, that you are not very well acquainted with mining stocks." "Maybe not, but I had an idea I was for I've been studying the Western mines pretty closely during the last s ix months under circumstances that enabled me to find out the truth about the m ajority of them." Broker Jenkins was rather taken aback. He saw that Sid appeared far from being an easy mark. He had nothing more to say about Powhattan Consoli dated, and presently took his departure. But after he got on the street he began to circulate the news of the firm of boy brokers in the Norcross Building, and the facts were soon known to an extensive number of traders, who were more or less astonished at the intelligence. CHAPTER XII. SID GETS HOLD OF A TIP AND MAKES AN OPTION DEAL. In the meantime Sid walked iaround the brokers, drop ping into offices here and there, with his ears jlnd eyes wide open. A shower of rain cam e up about noon, and as he had no umbr e lla he took shelter in the c orridor of an office build in g As he l eaned against a big round pillar watching the rain outside two men came to a s top on the other side of the pos t. "You are certain that the Gordon crowd is going to cor ner D. & H. ?" said one. "Positive. I got the tip from my brother-in-law, who is Gordon's secretary, and he wouldn't have put me on to it


-.._.....,, 1 FOUR OF A KIND. 21 if there was any doubt about the matter," answered the other gentleman. "D. & H is going at 85 now, and any bouy who gets it at that, or near that figure, and holds on to it, will make a profit of anywhere from $15 to $20 a share It will be just like finding money I want you ; to go in with me and we'll buy as much as we can afford bn margin, and then we'll stand to make a small barrel of money "Al) right. I'm with you. I can put up $50,000." "I'll have that much, too, by the morning. Drop in at my office by half pa s t nine 1 with a certified check, and I'll guarantee we'll divide $150,000 between us." '!'hey talked the subject over till the rain let up and then they left the building. Sid, who had heard word, followed the gentleman who Jiad received the tip and that he was the New York representative of a big Western car-wheel works Before returning to his office Sid had his lunch, and got back to -the office in time to let Ed go to his. "I've captured Ii fine pointer," he said to Ed, as his partner reached for bis hat. "Good. What is it?" "It will keep till you g e t back. If you see Fred down at the Curb send him up. And drop in at the Exchange -gal lery and tell Sam to come back. As this promises to be a big t,hing I want to hold a consultation before I do any thing," said Sid. "All right," said Ed, and he went out. A short time after Ed's departure Sid had his second visitor of the day. This was another broker named Rutgers, who had heard about the four boy brokers from Jenkins, and was anxious to make a visit of observation "Mr. Sands in?" he inquired, looking at Sid. "Yes, sir. I'm Mr. Sands Take a seat." Rutgers sat down beside his desk. "Mr. Jenkins, who has an office on this floor, told me that this was a firm of boy traders who had started out to see what they could do in the brokerage line . I thought he ;was joking so I came up to see whether there was any truth in his story;" "It's true enough He was inhete himself investigating the firm and incidentally trying to unload on us a bunch of Powhattan Consolidated mining shares." '";rhat's pretty good stock," said Rutgers, with a solemn wink. "Yes, to sell if you can .nd a purchaser," replied Sid "And to buy as an investment, for it's sure to go up." "Up Salt Creek, yqu mean." "Why do you think that, young man?" '.'Becau .se I know what tl).e mine is. Its ore is of so pdor a quality that it hasn't paid the cost of mining." "Hum! You seem to be in touch with mining matters." "It's my business to be. If I didn't knqw the good mines from the bad what use would it be starting out in this business?" "You are making a specialty of mining stocks, then ?0 "No, sir. We are ready to deal in all kinds of stocks on a commission basis, just as you do, for I believe you are a trader yourself, .though you haven't introduced yourself." "Pardon me for the omission My name is Rutgers, and my office is in the Anchor Building." "Ple&sed to make your acquainta.ace, Mr Rutgers." "1 understand there are four of you, all boys, in this firm." "You understand right." "I suppose you've all picked up your knowledge of stocks in Wall Street?" "Yes, sir." "It takes considerable capital to do anything in the bro kerage line Sid nodded and looked hard at his visitor. It struck him that Rutgers was trying to pump him. "You have a nice office here, and even a small suite like this costs money in this neighborh ood, s a i d the caller. "Yes, rents are steep in Wall Street and vicinity." "You'll have to do business to pay your expenses." "Naturally." "Tt may be some time before you do anything "Well?"" I hope you have capital enough ro carry you over." "We're not worrying about that." "Then you have the necessary capital, eh?" "We didn't start in on wind." "Hum I Perhapa I could put you on to something that would give you a little lift." ,. "You are very kind to suggest it," replied Sid. , "Not at all. I have always taken a great interest in young people who are trying to get on in the world. It's a weak ness I have." Mr. Rutgers at that moment looked as if the milk of hu man kindness was bubbling over in his breast. Sid made no reply. He was satisfied that his visitor was trying to lay some trap for the new firm "I would suggest that you buy D. & H." said Rufgers, with a benevolent smile. Sid gave a start of surprise It. was the very stock he had the tip on, and which he was satisfied s a good thing. ' Why D & H. ?"he asked. "Because it is almost certain to go up soon." "How do you know that?" "I got the tip on the quiet." T he truth was Rutgers had heard that D. & H. was like ly to go qown, and he thought he would try and sell 500 shares that he had to the boy .rm. The syndicate which had started in to corner the stock had circulated a report around the Street to the effect that a big bear pool had been formed to push the stock down The object of this was to bring about a decline so that the syndicate's brokers could buy in the stock as cheap as possible. Sid was rather puzzled that Rutgers, who was practically a stranger to him, should actually h and him out a real pointer. "Then you think D. & H. is a good thing to go in on?" i he said. "Nothing better. I have loaded up on it myself. .As the stock is rather scarce I don't mind letting you have 500 shar e s at the market n s I ne e d the money. I find I went in a bit t o o h eavy." Sid looked o v er the tape at his elbow and found that the last sale of D. & H. had been made .at 83i. ,..


FOUR OF A KIND. Even as he looked another quot a tion came out at 8?!-, and "Rutge rs thinks we are easy, but if things go right he ll still another at 83l find out his mi s take, s aid Sid. "Now, you chaps can He saw that the s tock was going down. ba n g ar o und the offic e or go out, as you choose . I m going "The l a t e s t price i s 8 3 i,'' h e said t o t h e broker. over to Bro ker Arlin g ton to buy 5,000 shares of D. & H. As :&1tge r s had n o tic e d that the price w a s 85 when be J don t think it will go much lower-at any rate not ten left his own office ,he saw that he mu s t do business quick points." if be expected to mal c e an y thing. Sid put on bis hat and departed. "Well, I'll let you. hav e 500 at that," he said. He stopped in at the safe deposit vault and took out Sid bad no inte:ntion of buying D. & H. outright. $50,000. T4 e re was no money in it for the firm, as they did not With this in his pocket he entered Mr. Arlington's ofhave capital enough to operate on that s afe and sane prin:lice. ciple. The broker was in and welcomed him in a very friendly Five h u ndr e d share s at would c o s t $41,562.50, and way. that was half of th e ir capital, while 500, bought on margin, "I've brought you an order, Mr. Arlington, from the would tak e only $5,000. new firm." Of cour se, in the latt e r cas e there was the risk as w e ll "Much obliged. I'll try to reciprocate some time." as the inte rest on a matt e r of $36,000 to be considered, but "We want you to buy for us 5,000 shares of D. & H. that was a part of the game. at the market on the usual margin," continued Sid. "There "I'm much obliged to you, Mr : Rutger s but I don't care is $50,000 to cover the deposit." to make s u c h a h eavy If y ou'll s e ll me an op-Mr. Arlington took the order and Sid took his leave. tion on th a t 500 shares, or even on a thousand or two, I I That afternoon D. & H. closed at 78. might cons ider the matter." Broker Rutg e r s shook hands with hims e lf, and regarded "An option, eh? Wliy that way would c 6 st you more the $8,000 deposit he had received from the boy firm as money." good as so much profit. "In the end, yes; but if the price i s g oing up, as you say, He told Jenkins about the deal he had made with the we could afford to pay for the accommodation," replied young broker, and that trader f elt jealous of his success. Sid, with an innocent e xpression. So much so that he made a call at the office of Sid Sands ''Well, I'll sell you a five -day option at 83 on 1,000 or & Co. right away and asked Sid if he wanted to buy any 2,000 shares if you WP.nt to t ake it th a t way . You'll have more D. & H. to put 11p a deposit of five per cent. on the current value "I don t know that I do. It's gone down to 78, and Mr. of the shares." Rutgers told me it was going up." "Five days is too short. Make it ten and I'll go you,'' "It won' t stay down any length of time." said Sid. "Will you sell me a ten-day option at 80 on 2,000 "You' ll have to give 85." shares?" "Couldn t think of it. That's an advance of four points." "I will," said Jenkins, in his eagerness to get hold of "It's likely to be up ten points in ten days," said the some of th e boy's capital. broker. it out. At 78, the closing price, 2,000 shares is Sid b e lieved him and wondered why he ias willin g to worth $156,000. Five per cent. of that is $7,800. I'll get sell the option when he professed to have a tip that the stock the money." wa8 going up. Sid went to his safe and got it. He i m mediat e ly jumped to the c onclusion that Mr. RutJenkins handed him the option and he handed Jenkins g e rs had no knowl e dge of what was in pro s pect, but was the money. figur ing on the present decline. The broker departed quite satisfied with the transaction. H e look e d at the tape. Next day D & H. dropped steadily down to 73, and both "D. & H has declined to 80l I'll gi v e you 83 for the Jenkins and Rutgers rubbed their hands togetherand felt option." good.. "I'll give it to you for 84. That' s the b e st I can do." Just b e for e the Exchange closed D. & H. rose to 74. Si d :finally accepted, and the br o k e r sat down at his desk On tbe following day it went up to 75. and wrot e out a ten-day option on 2,000 shares of D. & H. There"it stopped for two days. 11t 84 the d eposit to be five per cent. of the current value, On the fifth day of the options it went to 76i. viz., 80! which amb unted to $8,050. The boys watched it with deep interest, which was natSid handed him that amount and he departed. ural. options have five more days to run. By that time I hope it will be well up in the 80s, said Sid to his partners. "It give me a whole lot of satisfaction to get the best of those two gentlemen who think they have played it on us." CHAPTER XIII. D. & H. PROVES A BIG WINNER. In a :fe w minutes Sam, Ed and Fred came in together. Sid c a ll e d them into the private room, l e aving the door ope n s o the y could see if any one entered the main office . He the n told them about the pointe r on D. & H. he had got hold o f and also about the option he had bought from Broker Rutgers. "Bet your life," replied Ed. "I'd rather do them than eat at Delmonico's." "There's some one at the door," said Sam. The boys looked out into the big room and to their surprise saw Ralph Ruggles. -


FOUR OF A KL D. 23 "I wond e r wha t he wants?" s aid Fred. Sid l e f t h i s desk and went out to see. "He llo, Ru gg les, wha t can I do for you?" he said. "Nothing. I ju s t caI!fe around to see if it was true that you had gone into bus iness for yourself." "Well, you see it's true." "I suppose you e xp e ct to make money?" "That's wha t w e' r e in bn s iness for." "Business l Healthy lot of business you chaps will ever do." "Look here, Ruggles, did you eat something for your lunch to-da y that di s a g reed with you?" "No, I didn 't," snorted the clerk. "I'm going now. I'll be up h e re to attend your funeral when it comes off," he add e d with an unpleasant grin. "Thank you. We' ll let you know when it's to come off. Good-day." Next day D. & H. continued to go up and closed at 78. On th e following day, the s e venth of the options, it went to 79, and Broker Jenkins began to fear that the good thing he thought he had wasn't so good after all. He hadn t bought the stock to cover his own option, thinking it wouldn't be necessary. He decid e d he had better do it now. When lie tried to do it he found that it was scarcer than hen's teeth. He had a lot of trouble in getting hold of 2,000 shares, and was forced to give Sl for it. His deal, therefore, stood him in a los s of $2;000, ai i d he was as mad as a hatter to think Sid had got so much the better of him. He sent word around to the boys' office to know if they wanted the share s but Sid replied that he was not yet ready to call for it. Rutger s hadn t bought the 1,500 shp.res he needed to cove r his option, and made no effort to do so, as he b e lieved the ri s e would not reach 84, but that the stock would slump at any mom e nt. On the eighth day D. & H. got a move on and went to 85 amid _some excit e ment in the board room. Rutgers 'had a fit when he saw the advance, but comfort e d himself with the refl e ction that D. & H. would go down next day. Instead of going down it went up to 95 with a rush. A tre mendou s d e mand for it e n s u ed, and Rutg e r s who realized that an actual boom was op, hustl e d to buy in 1,500 shares. He got it, but the stock cost him 92. That meant he was $16,000 out on hi s deal, and consequently he was in mighty bad humor. The following day was the last of the run of the two options. Ins tead of calling for the stock, which he knew the firm didn't ha v e the capital to pay for h e c a ll e d on Mr. Arling ton, told him about the deal s and asked him to help the firm out by taking the options off_ his hands at a small discount. The market price of the 4,000 shares at 95 was $380,000. The boy firm owed $328,000 on it, less their two deposits, amounting to $15 ,850. Their profit, th e refore, amounted to $67,850. Sid offe red the opti o n s to Mr. Arlington for $65,000. "I won' t t a k e any ad v antag e of you, Sand s," the broker said. "I' ll g i v e you $67,000, and keep the $850." "All ri g ht, sir. Much obliged." The broker dr e w his check for the sum and Sid trans ferred to him the options. Mr. Arlin g ton immediately sent a clerk to Jenkins with his check and the option that broker had signed and a demand f o r the s tock. Jenkin s turned it over. The c lerk the n paid a similar visit to Rutgers and got his 2,000 shar es. By that tim e D. & H. was up t o 97f, and Broker Arling ton sold th e 4 ,000 on the :floor for that price, making a profit of $6,000. When the price reached 98 Sid sent word to Mr. Arling ton to sell th e 5,000 shares he held for the boy firm on mar gin and he did so. The result of the D. & H. deals was that the young firm cleared $90,000 on the 5,000 share s and $67,000 on the two options, $157,000 altogether, which raised their capi tal to $237,000, or over a quarter of a million. CHAPTER XIV. RUGGLES GE'.l'S IT IN THE NEOK. "I guess WI} are the people, after all," said Sam, trium phantly on the day that Sid r e ceived his check from Mr. Arlington in settlement of the option deal. "Nothing surer," chuckled Ed. "You and I have a $30,000 interest in the firm now, in s tead of $10,000," said Sam to Fred. "Doesn't that tnake you feel good?" J "I s hould say it does," replied Fred. "I feel like a s mall capitalist." "Bette r than running errands, eh?" said Ed. "Well, 'r guess," responded Sam. "Sid is in great luck. He has over $100,000 in the firm." "And I have nearl y $60,000," said Ed, complacently. W e ll all b e millionaires some day," said Sam. "Hello Here's a lady visitor," said Ed. "I'll see what she w ants} A closer inspection of the visitor showed that she wore a thick veil and her figure was not exactly sylph-like. "Is Mr. Sands in?" she inquired in a voice that sounded somewha t masculine. "No, madam," replied Ed. "He is over at-oh, here he is,'' as Sid unexpectedly walked in. "Are you Mr. Sands?" asked the visitor. "Yes madam. What c an I do for you?." asked Sid. "Why, you're only a little boy." Sid looked disconcerted while his partners chuckl ed. "Do you pretend to be a broke-.:;? Why, the idea!" con-tinued the caller. "I would be afraid to do bu s iness with you. Are these your partners? Dear me, this mu s t b e a kindergarten for brokers,'' and the speaker laughed u nd er her veil. "I beg your pardon, madam. We are just a s respon s ibl e as any brokerage house in jlie street," said Sid, annoyed at the propo s ition he was up against. "Responsible! The idea! Why, I wouldn't tru s t yon


24 FOUR OF A KIND. with a nickel. It's an imposition on the public to "That will do. Release him," said Sid, "but don't let little boys to pose as real brok e rs." i him go." ";Madam, i think you'd better go,'1 said Sid, decide4ly 1 They released Ruggles from his. undignified position and disgusted with the caller. then held him :firmly by the arms. "Go! Is that the way you address a lady?" cried the Sid walked to the door. visitor, angrily. "I shall have to teach you a lesson.I' "Sam, you're the strongest. Grab him by the collar and As the angry one raised an umbrella to strike Sid, Sam the seat of his pants and run him down to the elevator and Fred interfered. Got a good hold?" The farmer's hand accidentally collided with the alleged "Bet your life I have.' lady's hat. "Start; then," and he opened the door. A s urprising thing happened Sam gave Ruggles a push and made him walk Spanish" Off came hat and hair and the visitor stood revealed as in great shape. a man. Through the doorway they shot and down the corridor Not only that but Sid and his partners recognized the Sam shoved the demoralized cl e rk in hi s w omanl y attire. man as Ralph Ruggles. / Reaching the elevators Sam tripp e d Ruggles up and "So it' s you, is it?" said Sid, surveying the discomfited the clerk fell with a bang on the marble :flooring. clerk with a st e rn look. "Thought you'd play a nice little Then Sam walked back to the office joke on us. What have you got to say for yourself?" Ruggles picked hi:!nself up and hast e n e d to get out of "Nothing," replied Ruggles, doggedly, for he realized sight where he could divest himself of his apparel. now that he -was disc6vered, that t,he joke was rather on He was furious again s t the four boy broker s and swore him. he would be revenged on but hi s amount e d "Then I think it's our turn to have something to say to nothing, for he didn't have the n e rve to tackle them You've come in our office and under the protecting guise again after the strenuous lesson he l}ad recei ved. of womanly attire, delib e rately insulted us. What ought In their the four traders held a jubilation meeting to be done with him, fellow s ?" over the affair. "Make him get down on our knees and beg our pardon," I hope it will prove a lesson to him sa id Sid "Throw suggesfed Fred. that hat and veil into the closet and then come into the "Fire him out into the corridor on his ear," said Sam, private office, I want to talk busin e ss." starting to roll up his sleeves. Five minutes later the four were holding a serious pow"Tie him acr oss the railing and paddle him proposed w o w in the inner room. Ed. "We'll. d o all three," said Sid. "He's a beastly little sneak, and deserves a good taking down. Down on your marrow bones and beg our pardon, you lobster, or we won't do a thing to you." "What do you take me for?" replied Ruggles, defiantly. Sam and the other two seized Ruggles, and despite a desperate resistance on his part forced him upon his knees and held him there. "Now beg our pardon," said Sid. Ruggles wouldn't, l!nd swore he'd get square with them. "Get square with us, will you, you sneak!" cried Sid "You haven't cause enough yet so we'll have to give it to you." Sid went .to the closet and fetched out a rope. "Now, chappies; lay him across the railing with his head clo wn." His three partners did so, though Ruggles kicked and squirmed to prevent them While they held him Sld bouna him tight "Sam, I appoint you executioner No. One," said Sid. I G e t that piece of board in the closet and take a whack at Mr Sneak." Sam was on the job and he l aid it on t o Ruggles in a way that brought a roar from the c l er k "Now it's your turn, Ed." Ed grabbed the board and raised it in the air. Whack and the board brought another h owl from Ruggles. Th e n Fred took his innings, and there was a thi rd smack that brought tears of pain to the visitor's eyes. CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. The early days of summer wer e now coming on and the four boy speculators took thing s eas y as they pould well afford to do with the big bunch of money they had stowed away in Sid's safe deposit b ox. In the latter part of June Mrs. Arlington and her daugh ter went to their seaside cottage for the season and Sid re ceived an invitation to visit them on Saturday afternoons and stay over till Monday morning. Every other Saturday he wetlt there and enjoyed him self greatly with Miss Arlington. He and Grace were now very warm frfends indeed) and couldn't see too much of each other. At length summer passed away and Wall 'Street resumed its wonted aspect Now that the Arlingtons were back Sid visited Grace every Wednesday evening regularly. Occasionally she visited him at the office, and his three partners thought her a perfect peach. It was along about middle of October that Sid called on the young lady for the second time that week in re, sponse to a note he had received from her. L ast evening there were several gentlemen here to see !l1-Y father," she said in explaining why she had asked him to call. "Father was out when they came and they waited for him in his library. Quite by accident I overheard what passed between them They were talking about some syn dicate in which they were interested, and I heard them say that everything was ready to corner a stock which they


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' 26 FOUR OF A KIND. "Say, w:e're making money so f11st it makes my bead Out came the last bunch, 10,000 shares, of the boys' swim," said Sam. holdings. The boys bung around the ticker all day, talking and That was the last straw and the syndicate couldn't take watching the quotations. it. M. & 0. advanced slowly, but it got up to 80 by tbe time The broker threw it on the market, and broke the price. the Exchange closed, and the boys went home feeling they The bulls made frantic efforts to su st ain the market, but had made $40,900 that day. despite their best efforts stocks began falling, M. & 0. leadBy this time the stock had ,begun to attract attention ing in the van. in the board room, and many brokers were hustling around A big panic set in, during which the broker managed to trying to get some of it. get rid of the shares belonging to the boy firm at an aver-' The newspapers spoke about the probability of a -boom age price of 95. in it, and that started the lambs down town on a tour of Hundreds of speculators and many traders lost money investig ation. that afternoon, but after the smoke of battle bad cleared Next day the activity in the caused it to go up away Sidney Sands & Co. found they had made a clear h ro p o ints more. profit over all expenses of $450,000 raising their capital Outs iders began to take a hand in the game, which was almost to $700,000. \rhaf t he members of the syndicate were looking for, as they In a few days the news leaked out that the foJlr boy ex p e ct e d to make the larger part of their profit out of the brokers in the Norcross Building bad broken the market general public. and busted up the syndicate which had tried to corner 'rhe brokers alw ays welcome the public, because no mat-M. & 0. and failed to do it. ter whether their customers win or lose they are sure of The news created a sensation, and could hardly be cred-tbeir commissions and interest charges. ited. The boy firm,, by the way, were up against a pretty stiff The breaking of the syndicate rnine d Broker Higgins, interest charge, for the 20,000 shares of M. & 0. repreand he had to go out of business, consequently that threw sented a purchase price of a million and a quarter dollars. Ralph Ruggl e s out of a job. Deducting the $200,000 they had put up as security Reporters, after investigating the matter, learned that they were charged with the interest on a little over a milthe boy firm had indeed made things hum in Wall Street? lion. and there was a great deal printed about in the pa" They didn't mind that, however, with the price adpers. 1 vancing steadily, every point representing a profit of $20,This gave them a big reputation, and brought customers 000. I to them, so that they had to hire an experienced head book Ten

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Thousands of the humming-birds had attacked him, and wounded him in hundreds of spots on his face and neck. When rescued he was streaming with blood. In connection with the excavation's of the great Roman camp at Caersus, Montgomeryshire, Wales, Professor Bosan quet, who is in charge of the exploring party, has succeeded in opening up the western portion of the camp, unearthing a complete hot air system situated beneath the floors of the rooms. The :ll.eors were supported on a number of stone pil vision before it. passes me! "I'm seriously, Joey," said Mrs. Henpeck, during a repentant moment resulting from a slight cold "of getting made a phonogr-aph record of my voice-something for you to r e member me by when I'm gone, you know." "It isn't at all necessary, my dear," declared Mr. Henpeck, "that's one thing a bout you I could never forget!" "What shall we do with the boy?" they asked the woman. "Let him finish high school and then go to college, or put him in business now?" 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28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. JOHN W. MARSH & CO. By Paul Braddon. A curious case of counterfeiting will soon be brought before the United States i:;ourts in New York, the particulars of which are given in the following sketch, which is, in reality, a re sume of the experiel\ces of a United States Treasury detective, taken from his notebook, which will before long become pub lie in an official form. The writer hasn't permission to give the exact localities just now, but that does not matter so much, since the whole business will be before the world before the remembrance of the story will become cold or lost in the various other sen sations of the day. Nearly a year ago an old mill situated upon the borders of Connecticut, upon one of the many tributaries of the "New England Mississippi," and which had stood idle for five or six years preceding, was hired by some parties, and the story soon got afloat in the little village that the old-time prosperity was again to return to them. It was some time befor e the villagers could find out what sort of business was to be carried on in the old mill; bu t the firm of John W. Marsh & Co. let it be understood that a patented article was to be manufactured there, and that no admission to the mill after it was got into working order would be allowed under any circumstances, which, of course, exc ited much comment and speculation1 as to what that pat ented article was. Some said it was one thing and some another; but those speculating villagers who read this sketch will learn for the f!rst time what that patented article was. Quite a large amount of curious-looking machinery was shipped from New York, and a large force of men was em ployed in setting it up and repairing the water-wheel that had gone somewhat to the bad on account of remainingidle so long But finally everything was got into working order and business began. A sign, painted in large letters, w arned all those not con nected with the' establishment that they would not be allowed inside on any consideration, and so the wonder in the village grew. whatever it was that was manufactured there, there was evidently a good sale for it, for large shipments were made nearly every day in boxes, marH:ed "John W. Marsh & Co., No. -Canal Street, New York." And what might have been (and what proved afterward to be) the same boxes came to the factory at short intervals, the old address planed off, and "John W. Marsh & Co.," to such a st11tion, put on in its place. 'rhis made business look lively, although the village people derived very little benefit from it, save in th e matter of a few dollars which the dozen or so workmen paid for board. And their ..mouths were sht provokingly close, for not a particle of information would they give regarding t he business of the concern, further than what had been given at first, that there was a patented article manufactured there, the secret of which it ,was very essential should be kept from a ll foreign eyes. But this, of course, did not in the least satisfy them. Ind eed, the villagers voted them a queer lot, these work men, anyhow. They seemed very little like ordinary work men, or even skilled mechanics. They were smart, ed\.l<;ated men, so far as they could see, but altogether different from the class of men who might be expected to work much with 1their hands. But still the waters ran, the old mill wheel turned, and the machinery rattled and thundered every day, and laborers and teamsters were busy all the while shipping goods and receiving material. Finally the people living around came to the conclusion that it was none of their business, and gave the place the name of the Queer Mill, but without knowing how nearly they hit the nail on the head. The head of the firm of John W. Marsh & Co. was a man about sixJ:y years of age, tall and rather fine-looking. But after the factory had got to working he was seen there only at intervals, and even then had little or nothing to say to anybody o11fside of the workmen in the factory. In fact, it came to be said that he was as queer and as unapproachable as his factory was. Some three months after his factory got to working the Southern and Western States began to be flooded with counter feit Gov ernment bills, but of such rare workmanship in every respect as to deceive experts almost. Indeed, thousands of them went through the banks without arousing suspicion. The Government Secret Service detectives were at once set to work t o trace out the source of the spurious currency, and went to various parts of the South and West, expecting to find that .a gang of counterfeiters were located somewhere about the lines of the Missi ssippi Vall ey But afte r weeks of investigation they seemed no nearer to the fountain-head of the mischief than ever, although they arrested several "sh overs," who refused to squeal, but which did not stop the ill e gal issue and circulation. Then the counterfeiters sudd enly appeared in the Eastern States and created much trouble and anxiety, at which one of the detectives came North and began hunting up the source of the trouble. Never before had so successful and long-continued mischief existed in the currency of the United States, and the Treas ury Department was very much exercised on account of it. But this Detective Drummond was no amateur at the busi ness he had set himself about. He thought he knew every counterfeiter and nearly all of the shovers in the country, but this wholesale business puzzled him for a while. He located every "stamper" in New York and soon found that the most they had to do with it, if anything at all, was' shoving the s t uff. Not one of the experts seemed to be engaged in it, but still it continued to come. Finally he disguised himself one day, and followed a shover for two o r three hours. He was evidently out of the qu eer, and wanted to get loaded up again, anl yet was exceedingly cautious. He tra:ced him to a house on Canal Street, into which he dis appeared, and Drummond qui etly walked along to pipe off. Just then a dray drove up with several boxes marked to "James W. Marsh & Co.," and he concluded to know all about them, as there appeared to be something strange about the place, althou gh the drayman, when spoke n to on the subject, said he believ ed the firm dealt in some sort of felt goods. Drummond watche d the shover, and saw him come out and go away. H e also saw that the firm was doing a large business by. mail. Following the shover, he caught him in the act of passing a counterfeit ten dollar bill on one of the city banks, and a t o nce arrested him. But do what h e might he could not make the fellow squeal in any respe ct, and it was evident that he, as well as the others he had arreste d for shoving the queer, had a good backing somewhere and did not fear the result of arrest.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 He watched the place closely, and one day ventured in, disguised as a country merchant. "I want to find S. W. Low & Co.," said he, as though lost in his search. "Are they in this building?" "No, sir, I think not," said the head of the house of John W. Marsh & Co., quietly. "I'm a country merchant, and-well, what is your line of business?" he asked, looking around. 1 "Felt goods, used in the manufacture of skirts," he replied, busy writing, but not as though anxious to sell the stranger at all. "Oh!" said Drummond, and after gawking around a mo ment, he went downstafrs, where he saw a porj!er assisting a carman in loading some boxes marked to John W. Marsh & Co., at the village in which the mill was located. "That seems all straight enough, only I have seen that man somewhere," he mused, thinking of the head of the house. "Where is it that I have seen him-and is he crooked? He is older than any crook that I know who is a stamper. But I may as well find out about this thing first as last,"ne added, and in two hours from that time, still disguised, he arrived at the village. Nothing could be found out from the villagers that has not already been spoken of, but the idea of there being any patent or any secrecy attending the manufacture of felt was prepos terous, and he resolved to see the inside of that mill He telegraphed for six good Government detectives in New York. He waited around the village tavern two days and arranged his men so that they would be ready at a moment's notice. One night W hen the workmen came o'ut he watched their dress, and one of them he knew very well, an old stamper. He watched them closely, and found that they had been paid off that night, and that without doubt the man who had been driven to the mill that afternoon was the head of the firm, and the man he had seen on Canal Street. This was the night he had set to work his way into that mill by fair means or foul, and after everything was quiet Drummond and his men went by different routes and met at the mill. It was a warm night, and the watchman was smoking out side the old mill door; and it must be understood that every body connected with the mill in any capacity was a crook. Coming suddenly upon him, Drummond seized him by the throat, and his men coming promptly to his assist ance, the fellow was handcuffed and gagged before he recovered from his surprise. Then with the watchman's lantern he went through the mill and soon learned enough to fully convince him that it was an extensive printing establishment, and the most complete manufactory of counterfeit money that he had ever seen out side of tlfe Treasury at Washington. The whole night was spent in going over the place; ai;id leaving his men there to arrest the workmen when they came in the morning, Drummond hired a carriage and drove ba:ck to New York in of the head of the concern, who had somehow elude1d him. He waited until time for the store to open, and then taking an officer with him, made up precisely like the porter for the place, he arrested him, leaving the officer at the foot of tbe stairs in the fellow's place, while he marched him away to the station house and had him locked up. returning, he learned that the man he was after had gone up to his office half an hour before; he proceeded to go upstairs himself, but now without disguise. He knew now whom he was going to arrest-a notorious New Orleans coun terfeiter who had given the Government much trouble at vari ous times, but who hil.d somel!ow esca.ped arrest. And he had organized this band, established this mill, and flooded the country with millions of spurious bills. H was early yet, and all quiet. The detective had no ticed on his first visit that the place was elega;ntly fitted up, so far as the offices were concerned outside of what appeared to be .the main salesroom, and also that the head of the house attended to all the sales himself, the porter being the only other person about the place, and a sort of outer guard who could communicate with him by means of a signi\.l bell. The. outer guard being removed, and in the entire absence of any signal, Drummond had no trouble in reaching the "pilesroom." There was no one there; 1it was too early for business to commence, but the. head of .the "house" was there in his private and luxuriously fitted up office, counting over his ill-gotten gains in good money, while the center-table was covered v.rith thosands of dollars in spurious bills. Cautiously approaching the door leading into this private room, Drummond and then peering !around the edge of the lintel, caught sight of the who le business. He heard the o}d man speaking to himself, and listened. He stood with his hands on the table, seemed very "Yes, t!tis settles the business," he him say. "I have succeeded in milking the million I set out to make, and now I will away td Europe and leave the whole thing. to Jerry. The authorities are oa the scent, and--" "You are right, Tom Bowlan; they are on the scent," said Drummond, marching into the room with a cocked revolver in his hand. "Drummond!" gasped the old man, starting back with astonishment. "Yes, Drummond." "What do you want?" "You, the head of the firm of 'John W. Marsh & Co.,' other wise known as Tom Bowlan." "It is false! he cried. "It is true, Tom. The game is' up, but I caugllt you just in time. I have been out to your 'felt mill.' where you manu factured a patented article, and your plates are all in possession, and your skilled workmen as well." "Great God!" he exclaimed. "Don't call ori strangers, Tom, but hold out your hands for the rufiles that have been awaiting you these many years," said he, producing a pair of handcuffs. "Bill!" he calied to the porter, for he had an idea that they could overpower the detective. "Bill is here," said Drummond, as the officer came in and quickly removed his disguise. "Lost!" exclaimed the King of Queer, as sank back into his chair. "Yes, and this is the last of the house of 'John W. Marsh & Co.,' the felt manufacturers," said Drummond, laughing. "Northwestern Canada still is full of big game," said Louis Raymond, of Montreal. "In Alberta and other provinces the woods are f ,11 of moose and timber wolves. I have seen moose killed in thllt country that were as large as a big horse, with a spread of more than seven feet. A wounded moose can travel all day at a breakneck pace, and when cornered will fearlessly charge the hunter . Hunting the big gray tim ber wolves is tamer sport, but requires more strategy and en durance on the part of the hunter. These animals grow as large as a mastiff and are of incredible fleetness of foot. It is impossible for a horse or a dog to run one down, and the biggest dog has no chance in a fight with one. Deer are plentiful in that country, but are little botqered by hunting parties except when the latter desire fresh meat."


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Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 41. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND' DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise <>n the\ horse. Dtscribing the most us efu l horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By O. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORA.CULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true 1 '.ea.D ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremo nies, and curious games of cards. _,A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'I:O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 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HOW 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained bJ: his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing th& "' grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TltICKS.-Containing one hundred hi gh ly amusing anu instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLElIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE l\IAGIC TOYS.-Containing full dire ctions for making Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic o.f numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO"\.Y TO A CONJUROR. -Containinc tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. -!IQW TO DO 'l'HE BLACK At:iT.-Containing a com. plete descr1pt10n of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instruc tive book published. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en gineer; also di rections for building a model locomo ,tive; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. 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