Nip and Tuck, or, The young brokers of Wall Street

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Nip and Tuck, or, The young brokers of Wall Street
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' t S C!!:NTS. sTORl!S OP BOYS WHO -MAKI! An open coal hole in front of a big office building lay directly in Savage's path. Before he could save himself he dove into it, a,nd disappeared like a sprite in a pantomime from the sight of 'Tuck and the spectators ..

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Issued Weekl11-BY Subscription 12. 50 per year Ente1 ed according to Act of Cong r eas, in the year 1905, in the o ffi ce of t h e L i brarian of Cong1ess, iva.hing ton, D C ., b11 Frank 2'ous e y, Pub lishe1 24 Union Square, New York, No. 9 NEW YORK, DECB MBER 1, 1 9 05. Price 5 Cents I OR, The Y oun.g Brokers of W a.II Street. By A SELF=MADE 11AN. "Nip!" 'Tuck!" CHAPTER I. NIP AN:r> T U CK. "Put it there, par d !" "Shake, old man!" Two uncommonly bright, good-l o o king, curly-head e d lad s betwe en s eventeen and eighteen years of age, each 1rth a dresss uit cas e in one hand, had run against one another a s they w e re coming out of the ferry house at the foot of Cortland street. They might have been taken :for b rothe r s a t a roug h guess for their height build, and genera l al ert ai r was mar kedly s imilar; but th e guess would have been wrong, for one was Ni c hola s Nip who hailed from the Bronx, whe re he re s ided in a boarding house, while the other was G eorg e Tu c k who lived with his parents in Harlem. They were old friend s and once upon a time had been next-door neighbors, when they attended the ame gram mar school a nd g raduated toge ther each attaining ninety e ight per cent in his class e xaminations. They enter e d Wall Street as messenge r boys on the s ame day-Nip in th e e mploy of Billings & Co., and T uck with Bloodgood, Shipley & Co. at once became interested in the worki n gs of the market, and began to speculate i n a s m all way a t a bou t the s ame time; but, c u rio u s to re l ate, in a ll t h eir li t t l e dealings never were they once on the same side of t h e :f'encfr--if Nip was buying a s tock for a raise, Tuck w a s certain to be s elling short, or vice versa. And now, after an e x perience of three years in t h e Street, both, unknown to the othe r had b r a n c h ed out as a budding broker on his own account Each had left town independent l y on a vacation, in te n d i ng on his return to surprise the other with t h e i n for mation that h e was now his own boss. A l t h o u gh the and tru est of friends from a senti menta l point of view, they had always been red hot riv al s o n t h e q u estion as to which of them was the better m an. B ot h claimed the distinction, and it would have take n a Solomon to decide the knotty question w ith perfect j u s tice If N i p g o t the ad vantage of Tuck he did not hold it any l onge r t ha n it took George to get busy to retaliate, a n d it was j ust the s ame the other way. So it waR a constant matter of Nip and Tu c k b['tween the two in more senses t h an their names woul
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/ 2 NIP AND TIJCK. "At the doctor's repeated Nip, with a mystified ex"No," said Nip, shaking his head solemnly; "I won't pression. "VVhat for?" do a thing to you." "For a weak back." "I'm certain you won't," laughed Tuck, "for I shall "Oh, rats! That's a chestnut with whiskers on it," keep my weathe1:..eye lifting when you're around I give answered Nip, with a snort ofdisgust. "Give me someI you fair warning now to keep your wool in the safe, or it thing new. will v anish befo're you can say Jack Robinson." "Sure," responded Tuck, taking a bright dime from I "Think so?" retorted Nip, sarcastically. "Don't you his vest pocket and tendering it to his friend. "Here, fool yourself, George Tuck. I've cut my eye teeth." take it." "Glad to hear you say so. I shouldn't have thought so "What's this you're giving me now?" asked Nip, sus piciously. "What you asked for-something new. Just from the mint." from your face." "What's the tnatter with my face?" "Nothing much, only it looks easy, that's all "This is a nice way to treat an old friend, isn't it?" "Think you're smart, the dime in his pocket right." don't you?" sniffed Nip, putting asked Nip. "Well, I'm ten ce'i:its ahead, all "Come in here and have a cream soda. That'll be treati,'Which i;:ho,vs you're a sens-ible chap," chuckled Tuck. 'So Billings gave you a week off, did he?" "No." "You don't mean to say you've been out of town on busi-ness, do you?" said 'ruck, opening his eyes. "No." "Then explain yourself." "I gave Billings & Co. the shake." "No!" exclaimed Tuck, in surprise. "Fact," repli e d Nip, with a s mil e 0 triumph "I be gin business on my own hook to-morrow." "You-don't-say!" whistled Tuck, looking at his companion with a serio-comic grin "So do I." "What?" exclaimed Nip, taken all aback. "You?" "Precisely. I've sacked ::Bloodgood, Shipley & Co., and I open an office at the New Era building, on Wall Street, to-morrow." "Where?" gasped Nip, almost dropping his suit case. "New Era building,'' r epeated Tuck. "Why, I've taken an office in that too." "You don't say! It doesn't seem possible for us to shake one another, does it? I'm on the third floor." "So'm I!" "Third floor back." Same here." "My office is No. 34. "Mine is 33; that's next to yours. have thought it!" Gee whizz Who'd "Look here, Nip; you never let on yon were going into bus iness for yourself," said Tuck, with an injured air. "And you never told me you meant to branch out for yourself," retorted Nip. "Oh, I intended to surprise you, old chap," grinned Tuck. "Well, you have, all right "And you've surprised me, too. at last, eh?" So we're business rivals "But we're not less friends, are we, Tuck?" "Sure not. And you won't have a pair of specially sharp shears in your desk waiting for a chance to slip my wool, will you, Nip?" asked Tuck, with a wink ing you better Tuck led the way. into a big Broadway drugstore. "I had a fine time while I was away,'' grinned Nip, as they slowly drank their sodas. "So did I-.ne as silk." "I met one of the nicest girls that ever wore hoe leather "She isn't any nicer than the one I met where 1 was." "How do you know s he isn't?" ."I'm judging from the girl I made myself solid with." "Well, this girl 0 mine has money,'' said Nip, with a triumphant grin. "So has the one I met," replied Dick, maliciously. "I mean a great deal of money-s he's an heiress." "Same thing with my charmer Nip looked hard at his friend to see if he was joking, but Tuck was as solemn as an owl. "Well, I'll bet my young l ady is smarter yours, anyway," snorted Nip. "How much will you bet?" asked Tuck, yanking 011t a roll. "How are we going to rirove the question?" said Nip, pulling out his wad. "You might mention some bright thing she said or did, and if it b e ats anything I can offer on my dai sy's account I'll haul in my horns." "I'll go you," replied Nip, briskly. "The day before she left--" "Oh, she left before you did, eh?" interrupted Tuck. "Yes; she was there before I arrived, and left on Wednesday night-I did pretty well for four days of her society." "We're even up, then," answered Tuck. "My young lady arrived Thursday morning, and I left her at the ho tel when I came away this morning Go on with your yarn "The clay before she left," went on Nip, "an English dude stopping at the hotel butted in on us, and was soon bmgging about himself and family. Finally he remarked that he only associated with his equa ls, and what do you suppose she said to him?" "How should I know ?" "She said: 'Indeed, Mr. F o xglove, you should aim

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!NIP TUO:K. 3 than thaV Bright, wasn't it?'? said Nip, rub'Qing hii hands. "Pretty good, lmt nzy girl could beat that with her eyes shut." "Well, show up," sn orted Nip. "This morning one of the boarders at our table re marked: 'I wonder why the Japanese soldi ers carry a sew ing outfit in their campaign kit?' and looked. at my young .lady. 'I should judge they use it to hem in the enemy with/ she answered sweetly. How's that?" Nip looke d as if he was going to have a fit. "Say, George, what's your young lady's name?" "Ob, she's got a lovely name. It's IJaura." "Laura? Laura what?" "No( Laura What, but Laura Joyce." "Sufi'erinji jewsharps !" gasped Nip, staring at his friend. "Is she a blonde?" "Sure she is. How did you guess it?" ,'And she has a maiden aunt for a chaperon?" "Why, how did you know that?" "Don't say a word," said Nip, in a hollow voice. "We have both been mashing the same girl." CHAPTER II. NIP AND TUCK TAKE POSSESSION OF TREIE OFFICES. On the following morning i;iome of the tenants on the third floor of the New Era building, Wall Street, noti ced an unwonted activity at the rear of the main corridor. "$omebody is moving in," said Brok er Green to Broker Brown, as they met half way down the corridor and were obliged to step aside to allow a couple of men bearing a new roll-top desk to pass them. "Evidently," answered Brown. "I wemder who it is?" "I couldn't tell you. Let's go back and see." The other broker was easily persuaded to accompany the speaker, as he was just as curious as Green to learn who his new neighbor was. 'rhe doors of both Nos. 33 and 34 were ajar. Glancing into 33, the brokers saw only a small hall room with one window. It looked out on the open space, or well, in the center of the building, provided to admit light and air to the inside offices. A man was tacking down a red carpet of a neat pattern. A desk was in position three chairs were huddl ed to gether in one corner, and three or four stee l engravings were suspended against the wall. A painter had just finished l etteri ng the frosted g l ass in the upper part of the door with the legend: "Nicholas Nip, Stock Broker." "Nichola s Nip!" exclaimed Broker Green; "never heard of him Rave you?" The other broker shook his head and remarked: "There seems to be two of them," and pointed at 34, where a painter was just completing the "k" in "George Tuck." Bolh of the ocokers then looked into room 34 as the men came out who had jus t left the desk, and they saw that it was fitted up in a. somewhat similar style, except that a rug took the place of the carpet; the pi ctures were wate r colors inste!ld of steel engravings, and there a +evolv i,ug bookcase be11ide the desk. By this time the pa.inter had finished the capital "S" and begun a small "t" under the tenant's name, which led Green to remark : "Another stock broker. Newcomer s to the Street, I apprehend. We must make their acquaintance, Brown Per haps we can give them a few wrinkles in the business, an d incidentally coax some of their dollar s in our direction," with an intelligent grin, which his companion evidently appreciated. "Not a bad idea, Green. I've got a few thousand ::ihares of a stock I'd like to get off my hands. None of the boys seem to want it, so perhaps I can induce Nip--" Or Tuck." "Precisely-to take the stuff." The brokers laughed and then walked away to attend to their own business. Hardly had they disappeared down a side corridor before the elevator dumped a young fellow as chipper as a two-year old colt, out on the third floor landing. It was Nicholas Nip, and he started down the corridor as if he had springs in hi s soles. He stopped in front of 33 and regarded the s ign on th e door with great satisfaction. ,' Then, as hi s attention was naturally attracted to 34 by the presence of the painter, he frowned disapprovingly at the sight of the name of his particular friend and rival. "Seems to me Tuck imitates everything I do. I wonder how he tumbled to the fact that I was going into busi ness on my own hook? He mu s t have done so, else how comes it that he hires an office for himself in this build ing, and ri ght alongside mine._ I wouldn't. be surprised if he was to bore a gimlet hole through the wall to see if he couldn't worm out some of my secrets. Tuck is a mighty good fellow socia lly, but when it. comes to busi ness--" "Hello, Nip!" exclaimed a cheerful voice at his elbow, and the young broker whirled around to fincl himself face to face with Tuck. "Admiring my sign, eh?" "Not by a jugful!" growled Nip, with a frown. "I was admiring my own." "I don't see much to admire about it," r et.ortc d T uck, with a grin. "Nip is a rather in significant name when you come to think of it displa yed in gilt letters on a,n office door." "Is that so?" snorted Nip. "l s'pose you think Tuck is ever so much better, don't you?" "'110 be perfectly frank wit h you, old f e llow, and with out the lea st desire to hurt your feelings, I am compelled to say I do," chuckled Tuck. "I'll bet Nip, signed to a c heck, will commana more respect and attention than Tuck any day "Namft the amount, and I'll sign you," epoke up Tuck briskly, flas hing out his wad

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NIP AND TUCK. "Ho! This is one of your tricks to find out how much capital I have. Well, it won't work." "Your capital won't? Well, I don't imagine it will till after you've tak e n a lesson or two from me. Now, my capital is already at work. I bought one thousand shares of--" "Yes," cried Nip, becoming suddenly interested. "A certain stock on a first-claBs tip I got. I'm in for a rise." "What did you say the name of the stock wa ?" a1>ked Kip, innocently. "If I were to tell you. You woulrl know as much as T do about it, wouldn't you?" 'Oh!'; said ).lip, much disappointed at his failure to catch 'r11ck off his guard. "H I had a sure tip on a stock I wouldn't think anything of sharing it with an old chum like you, George." "Sure thing." returned Tuck sarcastically. "You could not get into my office quick enough to divide it up. Say, \ ip, do I look like an easy proposition?" ''Tuck." !'aid ::\l"ip. solemnly, "once upon a time we swore t hnt our friendship would be as firm and lasting as that of Pylaf!es and Ore tes.'' "Or Damon and Pythias. Cert! If anybody but George Tuck attempts to do you up, let me know, and I'll be down on him like a thousand of brick." With these word s Tuck marched into hi s own office to "eo how far advanced the furnishing of it was. Apparently everything was satisfactory. f{e unlo cked the desk, opened several small packages of account-book stationery and printed blank and procr0ded to put things in shape for a possible customer. .\.nd Nip was going through the same sor t of a performn nee in his office. "All I need now is a safe and an office boy," mused Tnck," and s imilar thought s were at the same time cours ing through Nip's mind. Puck made a memorandum of the fact that h e had IJought that morning one thousand shares of P. D. & Q. at -. "I collared the stock because I saw Astorbilt, who is a uirector of the P. D. &. Q., go into Broodgood's and stay awhile. Then I followed Bloodgood to the Exchange and saw him start in to buy P. D & Q. right and left. I've worked long enongh for Bloodgood to under stand some of his tactics. That stock is going up, as sure as my name is Tuck. I never knew Astorbilt to call on my old boss but something was doing in his We stern road." To buy one thousand shares al 10, on a ten per cent margin at his bank, Tuck had to put up $4,000 cash and his ability to clo this showed that George Tuck, while a messenger, had been succc sful in accumulating a small bank account through hi s little plunges on the market. Singular to r elai.e, Nip was into busines s with exactly-the same bank account. Which of the two bright young fellows would come out nhead the long run was a question time alQne could :innl'er. Before noon several brokers who had office in the builil ing, and who had got wind of the new arrivals, stepped into the little hall rooms on the third floor back on one excuse or another, and made the acquaintance of Nip and Tuck. 'l'hey were much surprised to .fiml that the new tenants were mere boys, and they mentally wondered how the young ohav0rs, as they termed them, expected to do any busine i:: in Wall Street. One of the callers, named J aru R eds tone had done con siderable business with Billing s & Co., and therefore recog nized as a former clerk of that firm. He mentioned the fact. "Yes," nodded the boy. politely. "I was employed with Billing for a matter of three years. I began as messen ger, and had worked my way up to a confidential po ition when it occurred to me to branch out for myself-so hen I am." "But you look very young for a full-flcc1gec1 broker.'' "I'm not so young but what I know how to use a wool clipper," retorted Nip. who rather resented allusions to his age. The broker laughed heartil y at this, and then r e marked: "I see you have a next-door n e ighbor who i s also ne" to the business. Know him?" "You mean George Tuck?" The vi. itor nodded, and then said., with a palpable sneer: "If there are any more of coming into the Street it wouldn't be a bad id e a for the Exchange to start a kindergarten to teach amateur brokers the business." "Think so?" asked Nip, nettled at th e brok e r 's rude rc mark. "Well, let me give you a bit of advice, Mr. R ed stone. and that is, don't make any mor e cracks lik e that in the future when you happ e n to drop iJi to see either me or Mr. Tuck. It is not preci sely what I would call gentlemanly on your part, ancl we might happen to resent it in n. way you wouldn't approve of. Good-day," and Nip turned to his desk. "Touchy, are Y;ou ?" snorted the broker, who was a big, red-faced man of the belligerent type. "You'll soon have that taken out of you
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'.NIP A.ND TUCK. 5 who knew Nip when he was a messenger for Billings & Co., thought it would be fine fun to guy Nicholas. So three days after the new brokers had opened up shop Totten, followed by a couple of his cronies, employed by Green and Brown, respectively, taking advantage of the absence of their bosses, knocked at Nip's door, and in an swer to "Come in!" walked olcmnly into Nicholas' sheep shearing d e n. "You're J\Ir .l ip, aren"t you?" a8ked Totten, with a sly grin that at once put the yomig broker on his guard. "''Yes, my name. What can I do for you?" "You're a Rlock broker. T brl ir\'<' wrnt on 'T'ottcn. with n slight sneer. "I guess that's the way my :-;ign rP;Hl;;." l'l'plie
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6 --and iihted down the cQrridor just in time to see Nip catch the elevator down. .A second elevator came shooting down a moment later and he boarded it as quick as wink. When Tuck reached the street entrance of the oftice building he saw Nip steering for Broad street as fast as he could go. Tuck shadowed his friend up to the busy and noisy group of street brokers who stod about on the opposite side of the street from the Eichange. Then he watched him tackle several of the curb cleaJers, until he saw one make a memorandum on his pad, motion to a messenger boy, and send it off to his office. "He's buying stock, sure enough," murmured Tuck; "but what stock is it ?n He made a mental note of the broker who had made the deal, and then continued to watch Nip's movements. The boy did business with several of the brokers, and finally Tuck observed him in conversation with a par ticular friend of his. can gobble. And it's eq11ally he's acting fgr & Oo. Now, Billi11gs & Co. 11re brokers for Hoffman Howes, who is president of the 0. O. D. I read in the Sun a week ago that the road had been ma.nellvering i;ome time to get hold of the X. Y. & ;?;. line, which would give them a direct connection with this city. It looks as if the consolidation was about to materialize I'll just keep my eye on 0. 0. D for a clay or two ancl see what hap pens. If there's an upward movement I'll sell out my P. D. & Q., which is uow ;;ix point s to the good, arnl go i.he whole hog on C. 0. D." Thus s oliloquizing to himself, 'l'uck returned to hit' office, c hu c kling softly to himself as he glanceq at Nip \; name on room 33 while he was inserting the key into hi s 01rn door. "Nip would certain l y have a fit if he knew I've got on to his li ttle business." CHAPTER IV. This young man also made a note of some transaction IN WHICH TUCK BUYS c 0. D. STO C K AND GETS INTO and sent it off by a messenger. MIX-UP WITH BROKER SAVAGE. As soon as Nip had made the rounds of the various That evening Tuck came down from Harlem to Procgroups he started for Wall Street. tor's Fifth Avenue Theater, and as he was approaching thP Then Tuck slid up alongside his friend. entran c e he saw a cab stop in front of the playhouse, and "Heilo, Mason," he said. "Haven't seen you in a dog'
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NIP Ar D TUOK. "Have you a 'phone in your office?" asked the broker "No, sir; but I intend to have one put 1n withil} a few days," answered the boy. "You had better call around in half an hour, then," s aid Goodwin, making out a memorandum of the transac tion. "I'll have the stock by that time Tuck dropped in at the appointed time, and found that the stock had been secured at even 65. Well pleased at this, he returned to his office. Instead of entering his own den, he rapped on Nip's door, and entered in response to the usual invitation. He found Nicholas contemplating with a great deal of satisfaction Billings & Co.'s check for $2,500, which repre s ented the amount of his commission for C. 0. D stock purchased by him for that .firm. "Been doing some business, I ee," said Tuck, taking a seat. ''A little," replied Nip, putting the check out of sight. "So have I," grinned T11ck. "Got a safe, haven't you!" ''Yes.; I wanted a safe place to put my valuable papers ")fine was moved in yesterday, but I haven't anything lo put in it yet 'How did you know I was in, Tuck r' ,, "Heard you," chuckled his friend. "I wasn t aware that I was making any noise," replied Nip, in surprise "You forgot that new scarf of yours is loud enough to be heard up on the next floor." "Oh, get out!" "S'pose we both get out and have some lunch. I'll let you stand treat, as you appear to be making all the money." As the v left the office Nip told Tuck about Augu s tus Totten, Rcdfltone's clerk, and his two friends calling upon him the previous day for the purpose of having some fnn at his expe nse, and how he had taken the wind out of their Tuck laughed heartily at the take-down his friend had given them "You let them down good and hard Serve them right." "Totten threatened to get back at me for it." "Did he? I guess you'll survive "Redstone was 1n to see me the day we moved into the building," continued Nip. "He seems to think you and I are too young for the Street. Told me he thought it would be a good thing for the Exchange to establish a kindergarten for amateur brokers like us. What do you think 0 that?" "He said that, did he?" "That's what he did. And I give him a shot for it that sent him out 0 the office looking like seven clays of sto rmy weather." 'fhe two boys soughL a qi.1ick lunch house on Broad s treet. After they had eaten all they wanted they came out again and headed for Wall Street. they were passing the Exchange a big man, with a 11air of fierce burnside whiskers, ancl weighing something like two hundred and .fifty pounds, came rushing out, ap parently in a great hurry. The two boys happened to be right in his path; but the man, instead of trying to avoid a coll ision, deli2e r ately butted int9 Tuck, sending him sp r awling on the sidewa lk. The incident; 1-i'owever, resulted in further complications, which caused much amusement to the passersby and g r adu ally drew a crowd to the spot Tuck, in falling, got his legs tangled up with the stout man'-s pedal extremities in such a way that the big fellow plunged headforemost into the gutter. "Serve you right, you big stiff!" said Nip, as he helpe d his friend to his feet. "Better sneak, young fellows," whispered a bystander, with a broad grin. "What for?" retorted Nip, not pleased with the sug gestion "Your friend has up8et one of the biggest guns in tho Street, and he'll be raising merry thunder around here in less than five seconds. That's Broker Savage." "I don t care who he is," said Tuck, brushing off his clothes. "He's nothing better than a loafer to knock me down in that fashion and then try to walk over me. Does he imagine that he owns the sidewalk?" "'l'hat's right, Tuck; I'll stand by you," said Nip, encouragingly. Broker Savage had been assisted to his feet by a couple of the spectators, and he looked as mad as a bull in a china shop. "Where"s that young ruffian who tripped me up?" he sputtered, glaring around. "I'm right here," spoke up Tuck, defiantly. "Do you want to apologize?" "Wlmt ?" gasped the stout broker, almost foaming at the mouth with rage. "What's that?" "I asked you if you wanted apologize for :vour un ge ntlemanly conduct in running into and upsetting me on the dewalk ?" repeated Tuck, coolly. "You--you whippersrtapper What do you mC'an ?" A roar of laughter went up from the crowd at this sally, and the broker's face crimsoned with fury. "You young villain! You threw me into the gutter, and I'm going to have you arrested." "Just try it on, anfl I'll bring a dozen witnesses who saw what you did to me; that'll make you take water." "Do you know w h o I am?" thundered the broker, seri ously. "I understand your name is Savage and judging from the exhibition you are making o-1' yourself now I shoul d say it .fitted you like a glove At that moment a newsboy, who had chased the stout broker's hat half way across Broad street, recoveri n g it after a passing horse had put his hoof through the crown, now pushed his way forward and offered the man his bat tered headgear. The sight of his mutilated property so angered B roker Savage that he fetched the kid a slap across the face with

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8 NIP AND TUCK. his big hand, and that act removed every vestige of s}rm pathy from his side of the ca8e. The boy, in revenge, kicked him on the shins and then scooted out of sight, while the spectators jeered and made various uncomplimentary remarks concerning the stout broker. A policeman was DOW seen approaching the crowd, which was growing bigger every moment. "We'd better get away .from here," whispered .rip. "Herc comes a cop. Tuck thought prudence the better part of valor under the circumstances, and so both of the boys began to worm their way out of the crowd. "Don't let them get away!" roared Savage, reaching out to grab 'fuck. But the spectators being now against him to a man, for many of them had witnessed the whole occurrence, they closed in between him and the boys; so that by the time the officer reached the spot Nip and Tuck had extricated themselves and were walking of!' as iI nothinrr had hap pened, while the bareheaded brok9was making the air tingle with expressions that would not have sounded well in polite society. CHAPTER V. lN WHICH NIP AND l'UCK l\IAKE THEIR FlRST BIG IIAUL. Some clay,; pas:;ed before the announcement, expected by Tuck, was made on the Exchange that the C. 0. D road had gobbled up the X. Y. & z. line, and thereby secured an entrance to New York City. Of course, when it was at last made, the stock of the former road began to boom at once, and there was a scramble among the brokers to get hold of some of it. It was soon found to be very scarce on the market, those on the inside having quietly got hold of about all that had been floating arounc! This fact sent the stock kiting par, and ihe whole li st was sympathetically affected, so that the bulls were having things pretty mnch their own way Nip, whose tendencies were generally o.f the bearish order-having discounted the sihrntion in adYance because of the knowledge which had come to him through his con nection with the deal-changetl front and bought D. & G. to the extent of his pile, on the recommendation of Mr. Billings, whose know ledge 0 the Hoffman Howes syn dicate p l ans enabled him to jur1ge what other roads woulcl be most favorably affected by the advance of C. 0. D. Thus both of the boys were interested in the rise. though neither said anything on the subject to the other. The papers were now full of the good things to be picked up in Wall Street while the boom lm;Lcd, and consequently the public, or "lambs,'' as they arc facetiously called by the brok ers, :flocked in droves to the financial district with the savings of months, out of which many of them .ex pected to realize easy fortunes. This made business lively and prosperous in Wall Street. 'l'housands of shares exchanged hands every day now. meant extra clerks and overtime generally After dark electric lights glowed from hundreds of win dows that heretofore haa shown no signs of life at that hour. in the genera l prosperity Nip and Tuck came in for a .small share outside o.f their o\\'n particular little vcntlll'es. Both had a standing advertisement in two or three New York dailies wllich hacl an extensive out-of-town circula tion, and in con8equcnce many commissions came their way from which they executed with an honesty noL allrays to be found in \\'all Street. "If things keep on this way, 'l'uck," said Nip one even ing, as he ran against his friend in the elevator on his return from supper, "I'll have to get a larger office and em ploy my own stenographer. l'hings arc getting prettv cramped with me 1fy office boy is such a fat little monkey that between us both we quiic fill Lhe room. I.f I had two customers call at the same time," he added, with a grin, "I'd ha'Ve to place a chair for one oI them out in the corridor." "Glad you're doing so well, Nip. You can have my room next week, as I have taken Jochum's suite out front from the 13th insL.," said 'l'uck, looking patronizingly ai. hif' companion. "You haven't," gasped Nip, stopping stock-still in the c.:orridor and looking at his friend as if he believed he must be joki "Ask the janitor i.f you don't believe me,'' replied Tuck, wilh a cheerful smile. "Business is simply piling up on me at such a rate I had either to move or be swamped. You needn't send your typewriting upstairs after this. I've engaged a shorthand artist and Remington manipulafor that will Clo 'it for us both." This was a bitter pill for Nip. The very idea that Tuck was forging ahead of him wa,: a disquieting reflection. He really could not understand it, but he put the best face on the matter he could. "I'rc been looking around a week myself for better quarters in this building, but there didn't seem to be anything vacant. How did you.. happen to get J ochum's room?" ".T ust as soon as the announcement of his death was cir cu la terl I interviewed the janitor to see if the rooms would be vacated or not, and wl10n T found they would be T grabbed them. Since then there's hccn a score of appli cations for the suite, and when it came out that I ha.cl them engaged I had a dozen ofl'ers for my option; bui of conrse 1 wasn't letting a good thing like that slip." "Well, as there's a door between your present office and mine I'll take your place until I can do better. After aJl, it isn't the show one makes so much as the busines one does, ch Tuck?" "Is that a crack at me, Nip?" "Not at all, unless the cap fits," laughed Nip, as he entered his den, l eaving Tuck to do likewise.

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.. NIP AND TUCK. 9 Next morning Nip found a letter in the mail from his country girl, Laura Joyce. Not only wqs he delighted to. hear from her, but an enclosure gave him great satisfaction. l t was an order for him to invet>t $500 for her to the best t\dvantage in stocks, and it was accompanied by a chcck signed by her aunt, who was her guardian. Jle would not have felt quii.c so frnppy if he had known that George Tuck, next door, had received a similarly 1iorded letter with a like enclosure, requesting the hand some _young broker to invest the amount of the accompany ing check as his judgment dictated, also signed "Very >
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il.O NIP AND TUCE:. "Aren't they just too handsome for anything?" she mused. When things are panicky sales are made with great ra pidity, and the tickini is nervous and without cessation. But just then the bell for supper, and so she left the question undecided for the pre sent. Tuck watched the tape in hopes that the slump might be only a tempora ry one, but as time vrent on there did not seem to be any improvement in the outlook. OHAP'l'ER VI. He rushed over to the gallery of the Stock Exchange, IN WHICH NIP LAYS A TRAP FOH BROKER REDSTONE. and when he got there he found a crowd of more or less After Tuck got rid of his 0 0 D stock it still conexcited spectators looking down upon a seething mob of tinued to rise slowly, until it finally touched 121, and the howling on the floor, who seemed to have all at boy :figured that he might have easily made $15,000 more once gone rnaL1. if be had held on a week longer. "B'gee cried the boy, "I believe the bottom has really "I don't care," he remarked to himself, as he scanned dropped out and that things are going to the dogs." the high water record reached the previous day by 0. 0. T110 excitement had extended to the street brokers D.; ''I've made a good haul out of it. The man who is Tuck offered his one thousand shares of A. B. & 0. at and reaches out for the last cent generally gets 64, then 63k, and so on clown to 60 before he got a buyer. caught when the bottom falls out, and then he has nothing "By George! I guess I'm lucky to at that," he to blame for his ruin but his greed One hundred and ten said, as he handed a memorandum to the other broker and is a pretty good figure for that stock to reach, even under then hurried back to his office. the circumstances, ancl I could not afford to run any more And Nip risk of it on the toboggan and slid in g back." What had he been doing the past week? During the week the continued strength of 0. 0. D. Don't mention it! around 121 held the market good and stiff, and the lambs Nip was in his glory. cavorted around the financial district in a state of high He had scooped in $102,000 on three cl0als, which had glee, for most of them bad made money in the recent rise. resulted il: a loss of $35 000 t o J :n1s l1cchto:1e ::ind $23,-Wbat the syndicate at the back 0 0. 0. D was doing 000 between Brolrnrs Green and Bro11 n, that gentl eman'::; no one seemed to know, though many of the wise ones be-particular friends lieved the members of the combination were quietly unNip was simply tickled to death over the transactions, load ing on the public at an enormous profit. not only because he had more than doubled his capital, but ,, Tuck himseH the boom was good for a couple because he had been successfu l in getting back at Redstone of weeks at any rate, took a flyer at A. B. & 0. at for the kindergarten insult to himself and Tuck the day 60, buying one thousand shares outright, for which, of they moved into the building and began business as stock course, he paid the full sum of $60,000 brokers. "I've no margin to be wiped out, at any rate; that's one And this was how the scheme worked itself out: satisfaction," he said, as he put the stock away in his safe The morning of the day C 0. D. touched 110-at which "The market is too high for me to take any desperate figure Tuck sold out his holding in the stock, Nip was comchances for a big winning. As soon as this stock goes up ing up in the elevator 0 the New Era building along with five points I'll sell out." Brokers Green and Redstone, neither of whom had been It went up to 64k by Monday, and Tuck was standing by very friendly with him after they found they could not his indicator with his hat on, waiting for it to go up the unload on him a lot of stock that remained a dead issue remaining fraction of a point, when the :first signs of the with them, he heard the former say to Green that in his impending s lump of tl'ie stock market began suddenly to opinion 0. 0. D. had reached its limit, and would surely appear on the tape in the shape of a sha rp decline in go down, at least to the neighborhood of par within a day 0. 0. D. or so. 'rhe instrument began to click furiously. "Gee!" muttered the boy, as he walked into his office. Other stocks also began to show a falling-off, and the "Redstone seems to be mighty positive that 0 0. D. is next quotation of A. B. & 0. indicated a drop to 64l going to take a slump. I wonder if somebody on the in-'' Gee!" exclaimed Tuck; "I'm afraid this looks squally." side has given him a tip, or whether he's simply, figured It might have been fancy, but from that moment the the matter out in his own mind. If I bad something sharp click of the indicator seemed to have taken on a definite to rely on I'd like to call him on that. I'd give different tone. something to do him up to the tune of a few thousands As a matter of fact, it is asserted that there is a differjust to let him see that a kindergarten broker isn't such ence of tone in the little instrument between a rising and a an easy proposition after all." falling market. The more Nip thought about it the more eager l1e waf' One accustomed to notice it can tell the tendency of to get at his more experienced adversary. prices by the sound alone, without exam ining the tape. "I think I'll run over and see Mr. Billings. If anyWhen prices are advancing it has a sort of joyous tone. body should know about the prospects of 0. 0. D he is Quotations are made with frequent pauses between, but the man, seeing he's on the inside and is the confidentia] the ticking is C0'1fident and pleasing. broker for the clique that has been booming the stock The

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NIP AND TUCK. 11 old man likes me pretty well. Perhaps he ll give me a pointer on the situation." Nip, after he had attended to such business he bad on hand, put on his hat and went over to Billings & Co.'s office, a quarter of a block away. Broker Billings was just on the point of st arting for the Exchange. He called Nip into his sanctum and asked him what be could do for him. "Mr. Billings, I'd like to ask you a question about C. 0. D. stock." "All right," answered the big broker; "I'm ready to listen to you." "po you think! the stock will go much higher than pres en t quotations?" "Are you thinking of buying some of it at this stage of the game?" asked the broker, looking hard at his former employe. "To be perfectly :frank with you, Mr. Billings, I'm on the war-path for the scalp of a certain broker who offered a gratuitous insult to me and my friend Tuck the first day we began business. He intimated that if any more amateur brokers like us came into the Street to try and buck against the regular fraternity be thought it would be the proper thing for the Exchange to start a kinder garten school for our benefit." "He said that, did he?" laughed Billings. "Yes, sir; and it would do me a heap of good to show him that an amat e ur broker, as he reck ons us, can take a fall out of him, with all his years of experience in the market." "Do you object to telling me the nam e of the broker who made this remark?" a tip, eh, Nip?" he said, with just the suspicion of a smile. "It is a pretty valuable article to give away, don't you think; and some people might consider you bad a good nerve to come in here and ask for such information." "That's right, sir," admitted the boy, looking a bit foolish as he began to consider the matter in the proper light. "Look here, Nip; I've taken a great interest in you and would like to see you get along. If you solemnly assure me that whatever hint I may give you will go no further than yourself, I don't mind furnishing you with a little ammunition to fight your friend Redstone." "You can depend on my word, Mr. Billings." "I think I can," replied the broker, confidently. "You were the best junior clerk I ever had. It was against my wishes and advice that you branched out for yourself; but, since you have done so, I wish to encourage you all I can." "Thank you, Mr. Billings." "Then if I were you I'd risk a seven-day option on C 0. D.; but not a day longer. Do you understand?" rising to his feet. "I'm very grateful to you fop the hint, sir." "Don't mention it. Good-day." 1'It is clear that things are not fully ripe yet in c. 0. D.," said Nip to himself, as he walked back to his own office. "It's good for a week yet if some screw does:g.'t come loose in the plans of the bull clique back of it. I'll call on Redstone and' see what I can do with him, Oh, if I can only catch him napping! Won't it be a good joke for Wall Street?" With his hat on the back of his head Nip entered Broker Redstone's office. "Certainly not. It was J arus Red stone, who has on He was invited to enter the private room. office on the s ame floor with me." "Well, my little man, what can I do for you?" asked the Mr. Billing s putsed up his lips and st roked hi s musburly broker patronizingly, as he looked at his young visitache. tor like a big, fat spider might at a pool" little fly which He knew Red s tone Yery well, indeed and he c1ic1 not had entered his web. like him. To call Nip a "little man," as if he were a child, 'vas Well, what are you thinking of doing to get s quare, j adding insult to injury, and the boy's eyes flashed for a as you ca ll it?" moment; but be curbed his resentment, trusting that the "Redstone told Green thi s morning in the elevator, as they were coming up-I wmi in the cage just back of them -that he was positive C. 0. D. was gettinO" top-heavy at 110, and it was his opinion that the slbck would go no higher, but rather wo'nld slide back to ahout par at the end of the week." "E'.e thinks so, does he?" said Billings, with a b>inkle in his eye. "So I shou ld judge," from his remarks," replied Nip. .N"ow, if I ha, d a good idea that C. 0. D. would go np a hit further, instead of going down during the next week, I'd try to purchase a seven-day option on the stock from him, and if my calculations proved correct Red stohe would be apt to come out at the small end of the horn." Broker Billings regarded the bright boy for a minute o r two without speaking. "And you think this is the right s hop to come to :for opportunity was at hand for him. to square scores with the big man. "I came in to inquire if you have any C. 0. D. stock on hand?". "Not a share; but I guess I can get some for you if you want it vety bad. Do you want any?" "That \vill depend on the price." "It's a rather scarce article nowadays, but I guess I can accommodate you with a thousand shares at 111." "It closed at 110 last night on the Board," said Nip. "I know it did, but I guess it'll go higher to-day," he replied, craitily. "Well, I don't want any to-day, Mr. Redstone; but I'll tell you what I'll do: I want a seven-day option on five thousand shares at 110. What ll you charge me for it?" "Fife thornianC, shares exclaimed Redstone, raising bis eyebmws in surprise.

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1 2 NIP AND TUCK. "Yes, sir." "And you want to buy a seven-day option?" "That's what I said." '"Well, my little man, pay me $2,500 cash and you shall have it," said the broker, looking at Nip as if he regarded him as a good thing. "Very well," replied the boy, quietly, rising from the chair. "Please write out a receipt for the money and pre pare the option. I'll be back with the cash in a moment." Redstone nodded and watched the boy out of the corner of his eye as he retired "This is a chance .I've been watching for," grinned the broker to himself. "In seven days, or less, C. 0. D,. will be nesting around par. What a cinch!" CHAPTER VII. WHAT NIP CAUGHT IN HIS TRAP. Nip paid Broker Redstone $2,500 for the privilege of buying :five thousand shares of C. 0 D. at 110 any time within the next seven days that he chose to call for it, and the boy locked the paper in his safe with a smi le which boded ill for the big operator if the market weJ'.).t up in i;tead of down "He'll never call for the stock," laughed R edstone to himself in high glee, as he hapded the wad over to his cashier, "for C. 0. D. will never see 110 again this trip. $2,500 to the good I'd like to meet a few more know-it-alls like Nicholas Nip." And it did look, for the moment at least, as if things were coming his way, for the tape just then recorded a decline of one-half point in C. 0. D., the :first setback it had had in three weeks Broker Redstone felt so good over having enticed $2,500 of Nip's money into his own pocket that b e could not help telling his friend Green about it when he met l1im on his way to lunch. Broker Green laughed heartily and rather envied Red stone his good fortune. "I wonder if I couldn't sell hin1 a smal l block of C. 0. D. on the same terms?" he remarked, avariciously. "Search me," replied Redstone, complacently. "You had better ask him. That's about tl;e onlY. way I h.ll.ow you can :find out." 1 "I guess I will," replied Green, who was quite an x ious to poke his :finger in the pie So after lunch he made a call at Nips sheep-shearing den with the amiable intention of getting some of that young man's wool himself. He was disappointed to find that the boy broker was out. "Ask hin1 t.o drop into my office when he returns. will }OU?" he asked of the pretty stenographer. "Yes, sir," she replied, and the broker rehuned with hopes. ;I'en minutes later Nip came back from his own lunch. "Mr. Green wants to see you in his office," said Miss Parker. "Did he say what he wanted to sec me about?" "No, sir." "All right," tiaid Nip, and he wheeled about and sought Mr. Green 's office in the adjacent corridor. "Glad to see you, ip," said Green, in an effusively friendly way men often assume when they have an ax to grind. "Sit down." "What did you want to see me about?" asked the boy, c uriously. "I understand you're looking for C. 0. D. stol ?" began Broker Green pleasantly. "Who said 1 was?" replied Nip, almost sharply. "Well, the fact is, I met Redstone a little while ago, and he said he sold you an option, which expires next Monday noon, on :five thousand shares of the stock at 110. which is a shade above the last quotations. I thought maybe you might want a little more at the same :figure," and the broker moistened his lips with his tongue in a covetous way habitual with him when angling for the wad of a client. "I hate to take advantage of yom good nature, Mr. Green. C. 0: D might happen to go around the 120's by this time next week; then where would you be?" "Oh, don't wony about me," sm iled Green, cunningly. "I've got lots of wealth. and T'il rather enjoy the novelty of handing over a wad of it to such a bright lad as you." "You're e..'Ctremely kind, 1\rr. Green," replied Nip, sar castically. "Since you're so anxious to get rid of some of your money, I'll tell you what I'll do: I ll g ive you $900 cash for two thousand sl1arcs of C. 0. D. at 109i. the last price on the ticker, for a seven-day option on the "Come now," expostulated Green; "that won't clo. T want 110." "Sorry, sir, but you'll either have to take it or lC'ave it,'' and Nip took up his hat . "Don't be in a rush. Let me sec," and he began making :figures on a pad. "S'pose we cal1 it 109} ?" "No, sir," replied Nip, dccirlec1ly. "109! or nothing." Green, who was really cager to make lhe cleal--'ior Red stone had converted him to the opinion that C. 0 D. had reached high-water mark and must inevitably decline to, or even below par before the close of the present wcekclosed with the boy, and in exchange for $900 in money gave him his signed option on two thousand shares of C. 0. D. at 109-!. Nip's face wore a satisfied expression as h e deposited Green's obligation beside that o.f R e d$tone's "in his afe. "I wonder if there arc any more Qf these people l ying in wait for my wool? If there arc, I shall be glad to accommodate them to i.he limit of my pile." It happened that Brown, Green's parti cular friend, heard about the snap enjoyed by Green and Redstone; and he, too, hankered to get some of the pickings. So it turned out that Nip' had not more than got settled in his revolving chair before Brown was announced by Clarence, his messenger. "Show him in," said Nip, anc1 in walked Brown with the air of one who had come to confer a favor on hi s young n eig hbor.

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NIP AND TUCK. 1 3 Good-morning, Mr. Brown," said Nip, courteously. "Good-morning, my young friend,'' respon(j.ed the broker, taking a seat beside the boy's desk "I suppose you have dropped in to borrow a hundred tho u sand or so to carry you over the day?" said Nip, with a clJcerful grin. "Well, hardly,'' replied Broker Brown, as if he thought that a Aood, joke "The fact of the matter is, I under ,;tand are buying options on C. 0. D., and--" "You thought you'd like to be in the wim, too, is that it?" smiled Nip. "That's about the size of it. Can I do any business with you in that line?" "I don't know," answered Nip, doubtfully. "I hardly s lept last night thinking what an easy thing I had of it with Mr. R edsto ne anc1 Mr. Green "That's a fact," laughed Brown, highly amused at what he took to be the boy's nerve; "they're noted for being ea y marks "Are you one, inquired Nip, with a grin. ot as a rule. my little man,'' chuckled Brown Little man again! That settled it. Xip shut his teeth with a snap and said: ''Ho\\' much do you want for a s ix-day option on C. 0. D. at 109 ?" "What?" gasped the broker "Why, the stock closed last night at 109! ." "That's right," admitted Nip; "but you know you ex pect it to go down, or you wouldn't make a deal with me." "If you in d on 109,'' sa id Brown, after some little thought, "I shall have to ask you $800 cash for one thou sand shares, or I'll let you have two thousand for $1,500. TT ow docs that strike you?" ")fake out your document ancl a receipt for $1,500,'' said Nip, so briskly that it almost took the broker's breath away. "Do you mean that?" he asked, doubtfully "Sure thing," replied Nip, going to his safe "Here's the notes. Count them and sec if they're all right." Brown did so, found they were, and handed the option and the receipt for the cash to the boy. "I guess you must have been doing well during this boom,'' said the broker, inquisitively "I have,'' responded Nip, Rhortly; "that's why I'm so liberal with you ehaps. When I get through with the three of you I think it will do you all good to take a short c;pell in the Stock Efacbange kindergarten Mr. Redstone rccommcndecl to the attention of Mr. Tuck and myself. Gooc1-morning I s hall be happy to see you again, Mr. Brown, when you feel lonesome and wish to get rid of some of your wool." "Well, you've got a nerve, man!" "Yes ; I think I have severa l of them." Then Br01rn retired from the field, feeling almost guilty at the thought of taking $1,500 of the boy's money away with him. Three days later Red sto ne, Green and Brown met un expected ly in the corridor. Their faces were a study. "Talk about hard luck!" roared Redstone, his face the color of a boiled lobster. "Did you ever see the like of it! That measly kid in the little room yonder has actually singed me to the tune of $35,000 on that internal option I gave him. Why, I had to pay 117 for those five thou sand shares I've engaged to deliyer at 110. I was afraid to wait any longer, for C. 0 D. seems to have acquired new life, and I couldn't tell but what it might go clear out of sight. Then where would I have been?" "And I':i;n out $11,000, for I gave 115 yesterday in order to cover my two thousand shares of the beastly stock," groaned Green. "I'm a thousand worse than' you to the bad," kicked Brown, mopping his face furiously and feeling as if he'd like to go to some secluded spot and kick himself good. "I bought in at 115, too ." "If this thing gets out in the Street we'll never hear the last of it," said Red s tone. "The boy 'll all say we've been bitten at our own game by a mere boy, and that we're entitled to no sympathy." "Well, it's all your fault," growled Green to Redstone. "You were so plagued sure C. 0. D. was going down to par in two or three days." "And I was chump enol1gh to rush into that boy's den and bite like a famished hyena. Well, it serves us right, because \ve actually believed we were robbing that infant out of bi s cash.''Just then Nip stepped out of the elevator and came along the corridor. / 'l'he three brokers fairly glared at him. "Glad to see you, gentlemen,'' he chuckled, for be knew \Yhat they were thinking about. "Oh, you go to glory!" growled Redstone. "You've crone me up $35,000 worth, you little monkey. I'll be read y to d e liver that s tock to yo.u to-morrow morning." "Thanks, Mr. Redstone, but I shan't need it so soon. I will call on you when 1 want it.'' "Do you mean to say you're going to make me hold it till Monday?" roared the irate broker. "It is possible,'' smiled the boy sweetly. "You jackanapes !" howled Red sto ne, haking his fist at him. "Don't lose your temper, Mr. Redstone. You can stand the money loss all right.'' "None of your business whether I can or not." "Won't you take those two thousand shares off my hand:;, Ur. Nip?" beggecl Green, pathetically "I've got them ready for y
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14 NIP :A.ND TUCK. With that he walked off, leaving them as mad as a nest of hornets. "Allow me to introduce you to Miss Clarke," she inter rupted, with a roguish glance at him. "Myra, this is Mr. On the following Monday Nip borrowed the necessary money from Mr. Billings to call in the options, and imme diately disposed of the stock at 121, making a clean profit on the three transactions of $102,000, raising his bank account to $150,000. George Tuck." Myra Clarke acknowledge the introduction with a smile and a bow, while Tuck expressed himself as highly delighted to make Miss Clarke's acquaintance. Somehow or another-we do not say it was Mr. Billings who gave it away-the story got on the Street, and for the next two weeks every broker who met Redstone wanted to know how his scheme of getting the Exchange to estab lish a kindergarten for amateur brokers was getting on. "When did you come to town?" asked Tnck, after the girls were seated. "Oh, aunt and I came back last Saturday," replied Laura, with a smile. And perhaps J arus Redstone did not have it in for Nicholas Nip after that! "Well, I must say it's like a ray-I should say, a couple of rays--0f sunshine to have you young ladies honor my office with your presence," said Tuck, gallantly. Well, I guess yes. "How poetical you are!" laughed Laura, with dancing eyes. As for Nip and Tuck-for Nicholas did not lose a mo ment in acquainting his friend with the facts of the case -they sat in Tuck's office Monday afternoon, the day of the slump in the market, and roared for all they were worth over the discomfiture of Messrs. Redstone, Green and Brown-Redstone in particular. CHAPTER VIII. IN WHIOH TUCK HAS A PAIR OF INTERESTING CALLERS. As we have seen, the market had enjoyed a steady rise for several weeks. Then came the break in C. 0. D., which, however, stopped around par, for the stock was too good an invest ment to get very far down the scale. A great many timid speculators, many with shallow purses, were frightened or forced out of the Street by the bea. r raid; but, notwithstanding this, there was some very good buying on the decline. Neither Nip nor Tuck took a hand in this on his own account, nor in the interests of Miss Joyce, whose capital and winnings remljined in their hands. The boys, fully satisfied with the profit they had made out of the boom, were contented to lay on their oars and wait for something better to come up. About eleven o'clock one morning Peter Cline, Tuck's messenger, knocked on the door of his boss' private office. "Come in," said the boy broker, who was lazily reading the previous day's Stock Exchange quotations and making sundry comparison of prices on a pad at his elbow. "Two ladies, sir, to see you," said Cline, with a slight grin on his usually solemn countenance. "Ask them to step in here," requested Tuck, wondering who his visitors were. A moment later Cline ushered a couple of handsomely dressed and decidedly pretty girls into his sanctum. "Why, Miss Joyce!" exclaimed Tuck, leaping from bis chair as if propelled upward by a spring. 1'This is cer tainly an unexpected pleasure." "Are you really glad to see me?" she replied, with a tinkling as she extended one of her daintily hands to him. "Am I? 'Say--" "Isn't he?" smiled Miss Clarke. "One can't help feeling poetical when he comes under the bewitching influence of two pair of lovely eyes, you know," responded the young broker. "\Vorse and worse!" rippled Laura. "I'm afraid you're an awful flatterer, Mr. Tuck." "He certainly is very complimentary," smiled Miss Clarke. '--"It's a gentleman's duty to be complimentary to the ladies, isn't it?" asked T11ck. "Don't you like to be ad mired, Miss Joyce?" "Well, now," blushed the charming miss, "you're bring ing the subject right home to me, aren't you? I believe it's a weakness of our sex. But I think we might talk about something else--the weather, for in stance," and 1she shot a sly look at the handsome young broker. "Pshaw! Anybody can see it' s a pleasant day, and it is made all the brighter by your--" "Now!" and Laura held up one finger warningly. / .'rI beg your pardon," Tuck ha ste ned to say. "I quite forgot that compliments are tabooed. By the way, did you call on Mr. Nip?" "Mr. Nip!" exclaimed Laura, looking just the least bit confused. "Sure. Nicholas Nip. H e's a particular friend of mine. Told me he met you at Orangetown during his week's vacatfon." "Is it possible? And you know him! How very funny!" Miss Joyce looked at her friend and giggled. "It must be funny if you say so," said Tuck. "But, really, 1 don't see the joke mysell." ''In answer to your question," replied Laura, merrily, "I will say that I haven't seen him-yet." "From which I infer that it is a pleasure yet in re serve for hi.m ?" "Well, yes, i you put it that 'vay." "He's a lucky boy." "You don't seem to appreciate the fact that we have called on you iiret," said Laura, demurely. "If you only knew juet how much I do appreciate it, why---'' t'Now don't get conceited, Mr. 'ruck. Ilow do you know

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.. NIP AND TUCK. 1 5 "but I juit tossed a penny to ilee which of you two gentle men should have the honor of the first call?" "Well, if you did that, Miss Joyce, I certainly have reason to bless my luck for turnin( you in this direction :But I'd rather think you called on me fl.rat of your own accord." "I'm not making any confession, Mr Tuck, s<;> I won't tell you whether it was by luck or design that we came to see you first. You have a very handsome little officehasn't he, Myra?" "Yes, indeed,'1 replied the young lady, and both the girls gazed around the private office with an approving eye. "This is my sheep-shearing den," explained Tuck. "Your what?" exclaimed both Qf the girls in a breath. "My sheep-shearing den," repeated the boy broker, in an amused tone. "Pray, what do you mean by that?" asked Laura, open ing her eyes very wide with womanly curiosity. "Well, you see, when the lambs come to Wall Street they always bring their fleece with them It is a point of honor among the brokers to relieve them of their superfluous wool, as a lesson for them to stay away in the future Of course Tuck was only jollying the girl, as a fellow will do sometimes when it happens to hit his humor. Laura, however, looked much mystified. "I can't quite see the point, Mr. Tuck," she said. "I wasn't aware lambs were brought to Wall Street to be shorn We didn't see a single one on the street, did we, Myra?" Miss Clarke shook her head, while Tuck snickered quietly. "Now, Mr. Tuck," pouted Laura, "I am sure you are just making fun of us. Won't you please explain the joke?" "Well, Miss Joyce, outsiders who come into Wall Street to speculate are called 'lambs,' and the money they bring with them to invest in margins, or in other methods look ing to their enrichment, is facetiously termed 'fleece.' See?" "Oh!" exclaimed both of the girls together. "That is certainly much more intelligible, Mr. Tuck," added Laura, smiling. "I suppose I'm a lamb, then; for I sent you $500 to invest for me in stock, and it seems I've turned out one of the lucky few." "That's right. You will understand how lucky you have been when I say that it is clearly understood among brokers that of their clients who put up a margin for specu lative purposes, ninety per cent of them will lose it." "Is it possible?" ejaculated Laura, in surprise. "It is a fact. It's not an unusual practice, therefore, for brokers to 'copper' the transactions 0 their customers, by which I mean that i you were to order a broker to buy for you a hundred shares of a certain stock, he would sell a hundred simultaneously at the same price. Instead of using his own judgment, he would depend on your want 0 judgment-;-'"that is, he would bet on the folly of the person dealing with him, and the wisdom and the profit of it are 11hown in the frightful percentage that menaces all who depo sit a speculative margin in Wall Street "That is cert a inly :fi.attering to the customer. Did you do that way with my $500 ?" "We ll, n o Miss J o yce; I did not. I used your money to the best a dvan tage my judgment dictated, for I did net want you to l ose it if I could help it; but, for all that, the chances were decidedly against yqu." "I am very much opliged to you, Mr. Tuck, for the in terest you took in my poor little investment," said Laura, gratefully. "Don't mention it, Miss Joyce I did the same by you as I woul d have done by a dear sister, if I had one, which, I regret to say, I haven't "You are very good to say so," she replied, at him in a way that threatened him with a slight s.ttr.c k of palpitation of the heart. "I assure you that it was a great pleasure to clo you a favor, Miss Joyce; especially as the result was so salisfactory Laura smiled, but did not say anything. "I think Wall Street is a very interesting place," spoke up Miss Clarke. "Undoubtedly, to an observer." "It seems to me that the business done down here is very like gambling," went on the young lady. "If you sift it down, that's about what it is-that's what all speculation is In Wall Street it is a game of chance in nine cases out of ten You bet your money 1.hat a certain stock goes up. It goes the other way, and you lose. It always seems to go the other way with most people "But you have been very fortunate, Mr. Tuck," said Laura. "You told me that you bad cleared up a good many thousand dollars on the recent rise." "']'hat's right; but I was fortunate in capturing a tip at the very beginning." "And I understand Mr. Nip has made a good bit of money, too, recently?" "I believe he has done so. Did he also write you to that effect?" "Now you want to know too much," Laura said, laugh ing and blushing at the same time. "Well," said Tuck, with a slight twinge of jealousy, "I s'pose I haven't any right to complain. It is quite pos sible you may also have given him a little commission to execute, the same as you favored me with. If you did, I hope it turned out equally as lucky Laura smiled, but did not say whether she had done so or not. Tuck then proposed to send for Nip, and, after a slight demur on Laura'spart, he was permitted to do so. Nip appeared in about five minutes, and to say that he was surprise L 1 at seeing Laura Joyce in Tuck's sanctum would but feebly express his feelings. He was duly presented to Miss Clarke, and seeme d to be much impressed by her beauty and sprightliness.

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!NIP A.ND TUCK. In the course of half an hour Tuck proposed that they all go over to Delmonico's to lunch together. 1 Miss Joyce at first declared that she could not think of such a thing; but Nip had made such progress with Miss Clarke that Laura's objections, if she really had any, were overruled, and the quartette set out for the famous restaurant. CHAPTER IX. TUCK TAKES ANOTHER FALL OUT OF BROKER SAVAGE. After a pleasant walk down Broad street they turned to the left and presently entered Delmonico's. There were probably forty or fifty brokers and other business men in the place when they arrived, and the two girls attracted immediate notice. Uncommonly pretty girls always do, you know. Some girls would have felt very much embarrassed un der the circumstances, but neither Laura nor her friend appeared to be ruffled by the attention they attracted. Tuck ordered a first-class lunch. A few of the brokers were on speaking terms with the boys, and these. nodded in a friendly way at the young fellows; they no doubt wondered who the lovely girls were. "Do you come in here often?" asked Miss Clarke of Nip. "Well, hardly. It isn't because we can't afford it, you know; but Tuck and I haven't got weaned away from our o ld-t ime quick lunches yet "I've always heard there was a great deal of money made in Wall Street, and I did think of making a little venture myself, after hearing how successful Laura has been in her dealings with you and your friend; but after what Mr T'l.1Ck eaid about some of the methods in vogue down here I'm not quite so anxious to become a l amh as I was." "What did he say?" inquired Nip, curiously, believing his friend had been quizzing the girl. Myra told him as near as she could remember, and her companion laughed. "You mustn't believe everything Tuck says," he an swered with a grin. "Still, I won't say he didn't hit the nail on the head when he said speculation in Wall Street is a pretty risky matter. Why, I've known old brokers, who have spent most of their lives in the Street, to go broke in a sing l e hour in the Stock Exchange." "Is it possible!" exclaimed Miss Clarke, much aston ished. a heap of luck in it. Why, I myself cleared $102,000 a couple of weeks ago by working a pointer for a ll it was worth after I received it from a certai n person." "My! How fortunate you are; and you are only a--" She was going to say "boy," but caught herself in time and blushed vividly. Nip easily supplied the missing word; but, though he was not any too well pleased at the s uppres sed allusion I to his youthfulness, he laughed it off. "The gentlemen all seem to be jolly around us. They don't look as if they had lost any money lately," remarked Myra, observing that most all of the faces wore a cheerful expression. "It's the way they have. You can't always tell whether they've lost anything or not. I know one broker who was hit for $60,000 in the recent s!ump, who, when asked how he had come out, declared he had simply coined money on the decline Indeed, it was several days before even his most intimate friend found out that he had been a heavy loser." "I should think he would have been so upset over such a loss that he would have s hown it in his face," said Miss Clarke. "Not at all. It pays better to prytend you're a winner than to go about kicking on your losses. You don't gei any sympathy when you're out and injured, so what's the use? Every broker is trying to get his hand into your rocket, and it behooves a fellow to keep his eyes and ear8 open and all his wits about him in order to avoid the traps spread to catch the unwary. See the stout man over at that table-I mean the gentleman with the burnside whis kers who is talking to the little man in the frock coat?" Miss Clarke said she did. "They seem to be the best of friends, don't they?" "Why, yes; .:r should judge they were." "I wouldn't like to bet the big fellow isn't angling for the little fellow's bank account at this moment." "Why, what makes you think so?" "That's Broker Savage, and I happen to know some thing about his methods. That reminds me about the run in Tuck had with him a little while ago," and he told Myra 11ow Savage had butted into his friend in front of Exchange, and how in falling he had accidentally tripped the stout man up and sent him sliding into the gutter. "He must have been dreadfully angry," smiled the girl. "Well, say, he certainly was. But it served him didn't it? What right had he to bump into Tuck the way he did?" "Perhaps he didn't see him." "Oh, he saw him, all right. And now Tuck is just lying in wait for a chance to get back at him. We always pay our debts; Tuck can tell you that." He started to tell her how he had avenged the kinder garten insult perpetrated by Broker Redstone, when the waiter appeared with the lunch; and after that the con versation became more general, Tuck and Laura, who had been enjoying a quiet tete-a-tete of their own, taking part in it. They spent more than an Hour at the table, and the lunch was a very enjoyable one. Nip and Tuck escorted their fair companions to the Broadway cars, the girls promising to come down and see them soon again. "It isn't poss ible that you've actually shaken Miss Joyce, is it, Nip?" asked Tuck fairly beaming upon his friend. "What do you mean by that?" .. "Well, you've been so wrapped up in Miss Clarke ever

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!NIP AND TUCK. since you were introduced to her that Laura didn't appear to stand a show." "What do you care, old man?" asked Nip, winking his eye. "You'd rather have Miss Joyce all to yourself than to have me butting in, now, wouldn't you?" "Oh, I ain't saying a word," laughed Tuck. "It's a case of spoons between you and Myra, isn't it?" "How about yourself and Miss Joyce?" retorted Nip. ''Oh, I'm Miss Joyce's broker." "Pooh! So'm I, if it comes to that." "But you'd sooner be Miss Clarke's broker, wouldn't you, honest Injun ?" "No; I'd sooner she woulcln't monkey with the market." "Ho That gives you dead away, old man." ... "How does it?" snorted Nip. "Well, if you can't see how, I'm not going to tell you," and 'l'uck commenced to whistle. "So I've caught you at last!" shouted a stentorian voice in Tuck's ear, as a heavy hand fell upon his shoulder and he was whirled about on his pins like a teetotum. When the boy recovered his equilibrium he found him :;elf ace to face Broker Savage, who was somewhat llnder the influence of Delmonico's champagne. "You're an impertinent little puppy!" roared the big operator, glaring at him fiercely, as if it would have given him a great deal of satisfaction to have wiped the side walk in that particular locality with the youthful broker. "What do you mean, you big coward?" cried Tuck, angry at this assault upon pim in so conspicuous a place as lower Broadway. "Hey!" exclaimed the big broker. '.'You're the jacka napes who upset me in front of the Exchange a few weeks ago. I've a good mind to hand you over to a policeman." "Well, why don't you? And then I'll have you pulled in, too, for deliberately knocking me down in front of the Exchange on the same occasion "What's that?" roared Savage, furiously. "Who do you think you are, anyway?" sneered Tuck. "You don't own the sidewalk in front of the Exchange. You're nothing but a big stu.ff; do you know that?" "li\'hy, you pestiferous little monkey--" began Savage, making a clutch at the boy's collar; but T'uck avoided him by stepping back. "You make me sick!" cried the-boy, as a crowd began to collect, attracteu by the belligerent attitude of the man. ''You think because you "re a wealthy broker that you can treat a young follow like me just as it suits you. But I want you to lmderstand that I have just as many rights as you have. I'm a Wall Street broker myself; but if I had shorn as many trusting lambs as you have in your time, or had on my conscience the curses of the widows and orphans whose savings have gone into your pocket, I'd go down to the Battery and jump off into the bay Broker fairly frothed at the mouth while Tuck was speaking. Then he macle a furious dive at the boy, intending to annihilate him on the spot. Had he got his hands .on Tuck it would undoubtedly have gone hard with him, for the broker was a powerful man. But Tuck saw him coming in time to sidestep and let him shoot past. Clutching only at the air, the broker tried to stop his progress and turn about. He only succeeded in tripping himself up. As he fell to the idewalk the momentum his huge 'frame had acquired shot him ahead. An open coal-hole in front of a big office building lay directly in Savage's path. Before he could save himself he dove into it and disappeared, like a sprite in a panto mime, from the sight of Tuck and the spectators. CHAPTER X. TI-lli1 RISE IN READING .AND ERIE. "Good gracious!" exclaimed Tuck, as he witnessed the catastrophe "Come, :N"ip; let's see if he's hurt." The two boys rushed into the building, en route for the basement, as the crowd on th<:t sidewalk closed around the coal-bole and looked down into the space below. Broker Savage had fortunate1y alighted on top of a bag of cotton waste, and this broke :his fall. But the shock was a pretty se"l"'ere one to a man of his weight, and he rolled off the bag on to the asphalt :floo:c unconscious. When Nip and Tuck reached the extension of the first cellar they found the fireman and assistant engineer pick ing up the big operator. "He appears to be severely hurt," said the fireman, wiping away the blood from a cut on Sange's head. "Bet ter telephone for an ambulance." The assistant engineer ran off tothe superintendent, who was on the ground floor at the time, and the Cham bers Street Hospital was communicated with. '-"How came the man to fall down that hole?" asked the superintendent, when he arrived downstairs and looked the unconscious broker over. He glanced up at the opening in the sidewalk, which was now surrounded by a fringe of curious faces. "Where are the guards?" he demanded. "I only opened the hole a moment ago, and the man came shooting down before I could adjust them,"' replied the fireman. A wagon containing a couple of tons of coal stood close to the curb, which showed why the fireman had opened up the iron shutter which ordinarily covered the hole in the sidewalk. "I'm afraid there'll trouble come of this," saiGl the superintendent, in a tone of annoyance. "Lift this man and carry him up to my office." Tuck took advantage of the first chance to explain the cause of the accident "It was all his own fault," be concluded, "and if he had been strictly sober it would not have occurred." "Give me your names and addresses, young men," said the superintendent. "There will be an investigation, and I shall want you both as witnesses."

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1 8 NIP :AND TUCK. Nip and Tuck handed him their business cards just as of the :financial district should take the trouble to call the ambulance drove up. on him. The youngdoctor who accompani.cl the vehicle exam"I am Du.ucan Jarrett, and you have my address corined Broker Savage, and said that, though he was not rect rterioudy hurt, it would J.e advisable to take him to the "I am glad to know you, Mr. Jarrett/' said Tuck, with hospital, and so the broker was put into the ambulance and his usual politeness. carri d away "So you're the boy broker who got the best of Roger "Savage will try to make me sweat for this," said Tuck, Savage, are you?" a11 he and Nip c o ntinued on their way to :Wall Street. "Well, I admit we had a little scrap. In the first place, "Don't you care," replied his friend, encouragingly he upset me in front of the Exchange, because he hap "My evidence will pull you out, all right I guess he'll pened to be thinking at the moment that he owned the have a claim against the owners of the building for clam-sidewalk there and no one had any right to be there at that for the iron guards ought to have been in place the time but himself." moment after the cover of the hole was rai s ed." Then Tuck told Mr. Jarrett the history of the trouble 'Ihe late editions of the afternoon papers had a story with Mr. Savage, including that portion of the difficulty about the accident, ancl then the boys learned that the which subsequently led to the belligerent broke r almost broker, after having been patched up by the house surgeon breaking his. neck by falling through the coal-hole on of the had been taken to his home in a carriage. Broadway. It turned out that when Savage recovered his senses he "Served him right," declared Mr. Jarrett, in a decided had no recollection of his scrap with George Tuck, and the tone "I have no sympathy for him He's a slippery first he learned about the matter was the rather uncertain proposition at the best He squeezeu me once or twice by statements made to reporters by eyewitnesses of the ocways that are dark and tricks like those of Ab Sin. I'm occurrence. clone with him Now, young man, I rather like your face He did not get downtown for nearly a week, but when and manner I think I'll give you a commission I want he did he had Tuck arrested for assault. $50,000 worth of Reading stock, to be paid for on delivery His own testimony amounted to nothing before the When can you get it for me?" magistrate, while Tuck's and that of his friend Nip easi l y "I may be able to get that amount to-day; if not, I cleared the boy, and the case was dismissed will have it all delivered by tomorrow," replied Tuck, Savage then consulted his lawyer, and brought an action overjoyed to receive such a good order from s uch an imfor damages against the owners of the office building portant operator as Duncan Jarrett. The case was put on the calendar of Part I of the Su-"Very well. I'll expect to see you before three o'clock," preme Court, and both Nip and Tuck expected to be subsaid Jarrett, rising. prenaed as witnesses when the case came to trial; but it "I'm very much obliged to you for the commission, Mr. never did, as a compromise was effected out of court. Jarrett." The Redstone incident had brought Nip prominently "That's all right," replied the operator. "If I find that to the attention of the Street, and incidenta lly proved you can really do business, young man, I'll put you on my something of an advertisement for Tuc k also. I list of brokers.:' Lots of the brokers wanted to know the boy broker who 'fhen be stalked out, just as Broker Redstone was pass had so cleverly outwitted three such operators ing on his way to the elevator, and that gentleman, who as Redstone, Green and Brown. knew the millionaire operator by s ight, and had often And now the Savage affair brought Tuc k into the limewished for a slice of his business, wondered what so im l ight, and quite a number of brokers, especially those who portant a personage was doing in the boy broker's office. ha d suffered in the market through the craftiness of the Tuck managed to get the shares of Reading for :Mr. stout man with the burnside whiskers, managed to find Jarrett before three o 'clock, and delivered them at that time to drop into Tuck's office and make themselves known gentleman's office personally. to the boy wh
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NIP AND TUCK. 19 Erie and five thousand of Reading if he could, on a ten per cent margin. It took Goodwin two days to get the stock in sma ll lots, and he had to pay more and more for each block, so that it cost Tuck 78 on the average for Reading and 40 for Erie. He had to put up nearly his whole capital-about $80, 000 in margins. It was a heavy risk for the boy broker, for he no idea who was at the back of this bull movement, nor what the plans of the clique were He found, however, in a day or two that Nip had bought some Erie, but how much he could not guess. Tuck intended to rli:alize on Erie if it advanced five points beyond the price he gave for it, for he had little faith that it would be forced much higher, for never in the memory of the oldest operator had Erie reached 50. Neither had Re adi ng bee n known to touch par in pre vious booms. So Tuck kept his eyes skinned and his wits on edge for the auspicious moment when he calculated he would un J load A week later Erie closed at 44i and Reading at 88t. "I guess I'll turn the trick to-morrow," considered Tuck, as he Wf,;ilt hom e that afternoon. He l1ad not been feeling well for several days, and was not in a parti cu l a rly c:heerful humor. Nip called at his home that evening and wanted him to go to a show, but Tuck declined on the score of a bad headache. "I hope :you're not going to be ill, old fellow," said his friend, with some concern. "You look bad enough to be in bed. I'd turn in if I were you. A stitch in time saves nine, or, in other words, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Tuck thought Nip's advice good and acted on it; but next morning he could not get up, and when the doc tor came he declared he had a bad attack of bilious fever. It was over a week before Tuc k was in any s hape to think of busines He had been out of his head most of the time, and his talk rambled upon R eading and Erie. So much so, inde ed, that when Nip called to inquire about how hi s friend was getting on the sick boy's mother asked him about the stock "Well, Mr s Tuc k, if George bought any, and is hold ing it, he's all right up to the present time On the seventh day of his illness Tuck was permitted to see a newspaper, and the first thing he did. as a matter of course, was to turn to the financial news. He scan ned the list of quotations on the pre1ious day and was nearly paralyz ed to find that Erie had advanced to 52. Then he ran his eye vere in bed I cleane d up about $200,000." "Wen; I beat you by something over $100,000, an d I wasn't down h ere, eitliJ:l'r. Financially considered, it was a lucky illness for me, as I never would have had the nerve to hold on to those stocks as long as I had to on account of being unconscious Now that I think of it, eight hundred shares of Erie belonged to Miss Joyce all her boodle with my own, and she has made a profit of $9,400." "She's lucky, for I also put her little stake in with m i ne, and she came out a winner to the tune of $10,000. I guess you've made yourself soli d iu that direction, and I wish you luck." "How do you make that out?" asked Tuck, eagerly. "I judge so because after I sent her a statement of her account she thanked me warmly and then directed me to turn her balance over to you, as slrn thought one broker was enoug to handle her little business "Is that re11lly a fact?" ejaculated Tuck, in a tone of great satisfaction. "Fact, I assure you. Tf you will give me a receipt :for the sum of $12,900 I'll give you a check for that amou nt, and you can add it to what you already have of the young lady' s in your possession." Tuck did so, and that afternoon dictated a mte to Laura and enclosed a statement of her account with him to date, thanking her for the confidence she reposrii in his honesty and business sagacity, ancl hoping to be able to call on her at her residence at an early date. That day he had another visit from Duncan Jarrett.

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2 0 NIP AND ruuK. "I heard you have been linder the weather for a week or ten days, Tuck,'' said the millionaire operator. "Yes, sir; bad attack of bilious fever." "Well, you do look a little white under the gills," an swered the capitalist. "I s'posc you don't feel just in shape for doing business yet, eh?" "I shouldn't refuse a commissi'on if you have come around to give me one. I guess I could manage to execute it all right," said the boy broker sturdily. "Well, if you think you're able to go out and buy me .fifteen thousand shares of M. K. & T. at 34, the market price, why make a note of it. I will pay you on delivery of the stock." "When must you have it?" asked Tuck, making a memorandum of the order "By noon to-morrow, if possible "Very well, sir." Then Duncan Jarrett left, and Tuck put on his hat and went out to hunt up the stock. He dropped in on Nip "I suppose you haven't any M K. & T stock, have you?" Nip shook his head. "You might try Redstone, if you care to go near him," suggested his friend. 'ruck walked into Renstone'R office ancl waR receiYcd with a frown. "I called to see if you had any M. K. & T. s tock," s aid Tuck, politely. "I have eome. What are you paying for it?" Thirtyfour "I want 34i for two thousand shares," said Redstone "I can't give over 34 "Then I'm afraid we can't do business." "Very well," answered the boy, and walked out. He picked up six thousand shares from various brokers with whom he was acciuainted, and then to his office for a rei::t. for he felt the effects of his recent illness. "Mr. Green as in here to see you,'' said his stenog rapher. "Said he heard you were looking for M. K. & T stock, and he has a small blo(;k he will sell you "He didn't say how much he had, did he?" "No, sir." ''I'll bet that"s Redstone's stock,'' muttered the boy, as he entered his private room. "He wouldn't sell it to me, b11t he got Green to come around and offer it." The boy reasoned it out because he knew Redstone and Green were hand in glove, and he could not sc any good reason why Renstone should have refuser! to Rell him the stock. at the market figure, except fo;>m a persona l dislike to do business with him. After a little while Green came in again, and was shown into Tuck's sanctum. "I can let you have two thousand shares of M:. K. &. T. at 34," said the broker. "Are you selling that for Mr. Redstone?" asked the boy. "For Mr. Redstone! Why do you ask?" ".Just happened to have an idea you were "Well, er-no. I've had this for some days Of course Tuck knew Green woukl not lie to make a sale. Brokers never do--of course not! All the same, the boy refused to buy the stock-though he wanted it-and Green left his office clearly dissatisfied. However, Tuck felt better next morning and was able to hustle about, so he got the balance o:f: stock for his rich client and delivered it personally on the stroke o:f: twelve .\.bout this lime an architect, who occupied a suite of offices similar to lhat of Tuck's, on the same floor and just across the corridor, decided to move to Broadway Nip, who had feed the janitor for that purpose, got the tip and snapped the rooms up, thus putting him elf on a par with his friend Tuck. "Once more we are shoulder to shoulder, old man,'' grinned Nip, when he told 'I'uck he was going to move up beside him. "This is the chance I have been waiting for for the last three months "Now you've got it, I hope it will make you happy," answered Tuck, good-naturedly. "Oh, I guess yes," replied Nip. Next day he moved, and the occasion was signalized by a pitched battlr in the corridor between Clarence Pratt, the fat boy, aucl Peter Cline, the thin, solemn boy, from which each retired with a black optic ancl several facial blemishes "He called me an animated scarecrow,'' explained Cline to Tuck, when his boss called him to account for the mix up, "so I just sailed into him aJ1d made him look like two cents." "Clarence gn,ve you a damaged eye, all right," smiled Tuck. "I s l ipped on the tiles and his elbow ran against it,'' was Cline's excuse "Well, if you two don't quit scrapping whenever you meet one another,"said Tuck, severely, "in all probability both of you will be hunting another job." "Well, sir, when he says his boss is smarter than mine, and can give you cards and spades in the business, I can't stand it. So I've got to go--" "That's all, Cline," grinned Tuck, behind his hand. "You may take this letter over to Goodwin's, only don't let this thing occur again." At the same time Nip was giving his own messenger a raking over on account of the scrap in the corridOT. "When you go up against Cline you .always get the worst of the argument. Why don't you steer clear of him?" 'Cause he's always cheeky to me,'' replied Clarence. "If you gave him the sLony face, and said nothing, he would soon let you alone." "Well, he makes me mad. He said today that you was not in the same class with his ooss, and that you only moved in these quarters for a big bluff." "He said that, did he?" g_rinned Nip. "Yes, sir." "And what did you say back?" "I said he was a liar," answered Clarence, rubbing his tender eye.

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NIP AND TUCK. 21 "Then he hit you, eh?" "That 's what h e done, and I punched him back; but he's got arms lik e the sai l s of a windmill, and they seem to be in the air all t h e time." "Well, Clarence, you'll have to cut this exercise out in the future, or there'll be a sudden vacancy in this office, and a boy about your size will find himself unexpectedly with a lot of time on his hand s Do you understand?" "Yes, sir," said Clarence, with apparent penitence. 'Then the next time h e says you're only a second fiddle to Mr. Tuck I'm to take my hat off to him and let it go at that-is that what you want, sir?" "Clarence, go outside an d sit down," answered Nip. And Clarence went. CHAPTER XII. 'l'CT('K OVERHJ!;ARS NOT INTENDE,D FOR HIS EARS, WHTCIT LEADS TO A BIG DEAL I N CHESAPEAKE ,, .A.ND FAIRLEE STOCK. It was a dark November morning, a few minute s after seven, that the Mountain Express, on the Erie road rolled into the station in Jersey City, and George Tuck, with a Rmall grip in his hand, steppe d off on the platform and hurried down to the Chambers Street ferry slip. The boat was not yet in, s o the boy walked leisurely to ward the end of the s lip, and finally sat down in the lee of one of the spiles. He had been up to Montgomery, in Orange county, to attend the wedding of an old f;riend, and had boarded the express at Goshen While looking across the cblcl stretch of the misty river he heard the steps and voices of two men approaching. 'f'hry d i d not observe his presence in the gloom which rm-eloped the ferry s lip, and paused close behind him. To their eyes there did not seem to be any one within earshot. '\Yell, how did you succeed Dexter?" said one of the men, in a low tone which seemed to have a familiar intona tion for Tuck. Ile thought he had heard it before and, as it turned out, he was not mistaken. "Fine,'' was the reply. "I sa w Judge Benson, and, just as I thought, he's an old classmate of mine. That m'ade things easier "Well?" said his companio n, impatiently. "I found that two of the five judges are ,against the road and that Benson himself has not yet come to a deei s ion-practically, he is st ill on the fence." "Cut it short,'' grow led the other. "Did you make him see matters in the right light?" "I did," replied his companion; "but it will cost you and. your friends $10,000, Mr. Savage .. Broker Savage I ''I thought I k new that voice,'' was t h e reflection which paf'scd through Tuck's mind when he heard the name uttered. "You shall have the money." "All right. I thought you' d agree, so I arranged to telegraph him the sum before eleven this morning." "You did right. You are certain, then, that his d e cision will go in favor of --" "The Chesapeake & Fairlee? Yes, sir. He will hand down a written opinion against the Virginia Coal ancl Iron Company at two to-morrow." "Good!" "The railroad will then get complete control1 0 tlw property." "I am sure they will." "Unless--" "Unless what?" demanded Savage, impatiently. "They carry the case to the Suprem e Court of the United States." "Do you think the coal company will do that?" "I think it likely they will." "No matter. The decision will be of immense valu e io us just now in any case. I have an option on 20,500 shares of C. & F. at 16! with Bloodgood, Shipley & Co., which expires at ten-thirty to-morrow. This is the block of stock I told you Duncan Jarrett has been trying to get hold of so long, but could not. It would have given him the con trol of the road; but it will now do that for the opposition I s hall be elected president and one of the schemes of my life will be realized.'' "I congratulate you, Mr. Savage. As for my fee for the service I have rendered you, I leave that to the gener osity of the gentlemen composing the clique," said the lawyer, rubbing his cold hands briskly together. "You shall be suitably rewarded, Mr. Dexter-take my word for it." "Thank you. Of course you'll lose no time in taking up that option?" s.uggested the lawyer. "It wouldn't do oi that s tock to slip through your fingers now." "No fear of that. If I should happen to be a few min utes late Bloodgood will wait. He knows me, and the price closed this afternoon at 15!. There'll be nothing doing in C. & F. until after the decision is known, so we are safe enough." "I dare say you know best "Well, here comes the boat. You'll dine with me, of course, Mr Dexter?" The ferryboat bumped against the slip, and aft e r the passengers had landed Mr. Dexter and Broker Savage brushed past the indistinguishable f.orm of G e orge 'l'uck and boarded the boat. Tuck, observing that they crossed to the ladie s' saloon. took the men's side, so as to a.void a possible recognition. "This looks like a case of bribery, unless I am much mi>-taken," muttered Tuck to himself. "I shall have to sec Mr. Jarrett. If I could only forestall Mr. Savage arnl prevent him getting posses,sion of that block 0 stock 1 should be doing my wealthy patron a favor he will prob ably remember to my c redit and advantage. But I am afraid Mr. Savage will be on hand bright and early to take up his option." Next morning at t e n o'clock be was at Duncan J arrctt's

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22 NIP AND TUCK. ollice, only to learn that that gentleman was out of town, and no one in the office could say just when he might be ex pected to return. "Too bad,'' mused Tuck, as he descended the steps to the s idewalk. "I guess I'll go over to Bloodgood's and see if Savage has taken up his option; it is nearly eleven o'clock." So Tuck crnssed Wall Street and entered the office of his former boss. "Hello, Tuck," said Bloodgoocl, genially, as the boy broker was ush ered into his private room. "How is business?" "I can't complain." "Made your fortune yet?" the broker inquired, with a smi le "Not yet,'' grinned 'l'uck. "l'iu shy about $600,000 of m y first million yet." "Do yoo mean to say that yon arc worth $ ,1:00,000 asked .Oloodgood, in astonishment. "Yes, and ten or twelve thousand over." "You don't seem to have lost much time si nce you left our employ." "I don t think I lost much time while I was in your employ, either." 'No, Tuck; you were one of our gilt-edged clerks. We were sorry to lose you. But our loss seems to be your ga m. Can I do anything .for you this morning?" "I don't know, Mr. Bloodgood unless you can sell me some Chesapeake & Fairlee. I should like to get hold 0 about twenty thousand "Should you, indeed? Well, I have a block of 20,500 on which I have sold an option, expiring to-clay : I expect the gentleman in any moment after them." "Then the option hasn't expired yet?" "Yes; it expired half an hour ago, but I always like to giYe a man a cha.nee." "llJ o s t broker$ would be apt to take on a new custo mer, if one 'appeared after the time limit had passed." "That's right enough," nodded Bloodgood; "but the option calls for lo!, a .nd the lasL quotatiou was 16, so you sec it wi il pay me to give my client a chance to come to the front if he wants the stock badly to pay the .fraction. T'w thii:; adrnntnge-I"rn got the.only l arge block of C. & I ? on ll1L' market.'' "Well, "ilr. Bloodgoocl, l 1rant tho e shares badly enough to be willing lo pay vou I 6i for the lot. '11he option hav ing run ont. 1rln not r-loBc with me. lt's spot cash." ''That ccrta inl.1 the situation Tbe s tock is yours, rl\1ck." "Deli\ er it at 1 n1 office. It will be paid for just as i:;oon as I l:Hll gpt the money from the bank." I will nm oYer to vour bank with you an
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NIP AND TUCK. 23 Mr. Savage turned on his heel and walked out into the reception-room, followed by Mr. Bloodgood, after he had put his hat and coat on. CHAPTER XIII. IN WHICH TUCK WALKS IN' A THAI'. The irate broker walked up to Tuck, who was stand ing by the window, waiting for Mr. Bloodgood to join him. "Did you buy that block of Chesapeake & Fairlee stock?" he roared in the boy's ea r. "Yes, sir," r e plied 'l"uck, wheeling about and looking him squarely in the eye. "What did you want with it?" "Excuse me, sir; I don't think it's anybody's business but my own." "You don't, don't you? I say it's rn:v business, yon little j aokana pes "I have no wis h to talk to you on the subject, Mr. Sav age," answered Tuck, coolly. "But I propose to talk with you, you little monkey! Who did you buy it for?" "I decline to tell you." "I insist on knowing!" howled Savage, in a tone which caused every clerk in the place to get interested in the discussion. "Mr. Bloodgood, are you ready?" asked Tuck walking up to hi s old boss. "I want you to answer me, confound you!" roared Broker Savage, catching the boy by the arm. "Take you r hand from my arm, please!" demanded Tuck, in a tone which uncon scious ly had its effect on the stout broker, for he released the boy. "Will you sell me that stock at a quarter adrance on what you gave for it?" Savage said, though it was like pulling teeth for hlm to make this offer. But he had sen se enough to see that the boy had the best of the argu ment. "No, sir; I will not." "Don't y ou know that's a full point ahead of the market price?" "I am not denying but it may be." "What will you sell it for?" "It is not for sa l e at this moment." "W'hat do you mean, you whippersnapper!" roared Broker Savage, with a venomou s glance at the boy. "I said it was not for sale, and I think that's all that it's nece ssary for me to say." "You mean you won't sell it to me?" "I'm not offering it to anybody," replied Tuck, turning away. "Look here, young man; I offer you 17 i for that block of stock, and I want it delivered at my office not later than two o'clock. If you fail to be on hand with it, I promise you this will be the worst day's work you ever did in your li.fe." "Broker Savage uttered this threat in no uncertain tones, and the malignant look which accompanied the words showed that' he was not to be ttified with. Clearly 11fr. Savage was determined to get the stock in his possession, or there promised to be trouble. George Tuck, however, was not a boy to be easily frightened into doing something against his will. "Look here, Mr. Savage," retorted the boy broker, in a low, tense tone, intended for the stock broker's ear onl y, "you had better not threaten me ; do you understand r I happen to know why you want that block of s tock so badly. Those shares would give the clique you represent control of the company and pave the way to your e lection to the presidency. You expect that a certain judge, of the Vir ginia Court of Appeals, will hand down a decision at two o 'cl ock this afternoon, favorable to the railroad compan y in its suit against the Virginia Coal and Iron Cmpany Perhaps you are not aware," sarcastically, "that somebody has sent the judge in question $10,000 for the purpose of influencing his decision. That looks very much as if there was bribery in the background, and I wouldn't be at an surprised if a New York lawyer by the name of Dexter could throw some light on the subject i.f the matter should happen to be investigated." To say that Broker Savage was fairly s taggered by this unexpe c ted revelation on the part of the boy he hated would be telling nothing short of the truth. With bulging eyes and parted lips, he watched T'uck and Mr. Bloodgood leave the office, and then, with a snarlnot unmixed with a cold shive r as to possible future developments-he followed them and went directly to his own office. For the next fifteen minuiles he was busy calling up diver s parties on bis telephone. Later on he had a number of rather excited callers, who were closeted with him for some time in his private room. Then the conference broke up, the gentlemen were dismissed by a private door intcr the main corridor, and Mr. Savage, with a look of determination on his face, put his hat and overcoat and left the office himself, leaving word that he would not be back again that day. In the meantime Tuck paid for ana got possession of the 20,500 shares of Chesapeake & Fairlee stock, took them over to his office, and put them in his safe. It had taken the greater part o.f his bank account to the d4ilal through; but he felt reasonably sure that Duncan Jarrett would g ladl y take them off his hands at the price he paid for the s hares, plus his commiss ion. In any case, he believed that as soon as the decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals was known to be favorable to the Chesapeake & Fairlee railroad the price would ad vance on the Exchange. That afternoon he was honored by a Yisit from Miss Laura Joyce and her friend Myra Clarke .. They spent a very pleasant half hour with him, and then the three walked acro s s the corridor and surprised Nicholas Nip in bis new ::mite of offices, which the girls declared to be just lovely. Miss Clarke had been persuaded by Laura to try her luck in Wall Street, and she had brought with her $1,000,

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NIP :AND TUCK. which she asked Mr. Nip to invest for her as he thought best. Of course Nip was delighted at this bit of confidence on the part of his fair charmer, and he resolved he would see h e r through successfully if it cost him a pretty penny himself to do it. This meant that Nicholas Nip was rather smitten with the pretty young miss. That evening, when Nip and Tuck closed their offices and started uptown by the underground railway, they were followed by a couple of well dressed but rather hard look ing individuals. "rhat Nip had no share in their attention was shown by the fact that both of them alighted at One Hundred and 'Pwenty -fifth street and Lenox avenue, where Tuck left the they shadowed him to his home from there Making sure they would know the house again, they passed on up Seventh avenue and walked down to One Hundred and Twenty-fifth street, where they entered a :;aloon near the Harlem Opera House. Taking seats at one of the polished round tables, they ordered a succession of drinks and cigars, and put in an hour in a manner apparently agreeable to themselves. About this time a carriage stopped in front of the sa loon. The driver dismounted from his perch and entered the place. He called for a drink at the bar, and then looked about the saloon, as if in search of some one. He looked at the two m en who had been so long seated at the table and made a sign to them, which they evidently understood, for they followed him out to the sidewalk. One of them mounted beside the driver, and the other got into the carr iage. Then the vehicle drove off. It came to a halt in froot of the brownstone house where Tuck and his parents lived. The man got outside, went up the steps, and rang the bell. "Mr. George Tuck in?" he inquired of the girl who answered the ring. "Yes, sir." "Please hand him this letter." "Will you ..step inside, sir?" The man did so, and waited in the hall while the girl was absent. Tuck came upstairs from the basement, where he had been nishing his supper. 'l''he open note he held in his hand read as follows: "My Dear Tuck: I wish to see you at my house this cYening on a matter of the greatest importance, and send my carriage fo fetch you. I have only just returned from Philadelphia, and expect to go to Boston by the midnight train. Sincerely yours, "DUNCAN JARRETT." "Mr. Jarrett will only detain you half an said the man who stoocl in the hall. "The carriage is out side." "Very well," replied Tuck; unsuspicious that anything was wrong about this invitation from the millionaire oper ator, whom he was eager to acquafot with the information that he had bought the block of Chesapeake & Fairlee stock which would give him control of the road. "I will be ready in a moment." He took his hat and overcoat from the rack ancl put them on; then he ran downstairs and Lold his father he had an engagement with Mr. Jarrett, handing him the note by way of explanation 'fhen he rejoined the man in the hall above, who, with a covert smile of satisfaction, led the way to the carriage and held the door open for him to enter. CHAPTER XIV. NIP'S UNEXPECTED INTRODUC'J/ION INTO AN OLD HOUSE IN TIIE BRONX. It was one o'clock in the morning, the night was dark blustering and cold, and Nicholas :tf ip, who had attended a "smoker" of the Trident Yacht Club on the Harlem River, was returning home on foot up One Hundred and Sixty-first s treet, expecting every moment to be overtaken by a car, when, as he was passing a big, gloomy building, his attention was attracted to a glittering spark which scintillated on the doorstep of the house. He stopped, looked mor e keenly at the object, and tbrn, filled with curiosity, walked over and picked it up. "I believe it's a diamond ornament," he exclaimed to himself. "It's lucky to find anything on the street-the more valuable the object the more luck y you are." He took out bis pocket match-box, extracted a match, took a couple of steps along the front of the building, and extended bis hand to strike a light so as to examine his find "Good gracious exclaimed the boy broker, as the flick ering flame revealed a handsome gold and diamond en crus ted watch-charm. The initials "G. T." were enameled on one side "This is the counterpart in every way of Tuck's. The same initials, too. What a coincidence!" Then, as the match gave an expiring fl.ash and went out, something happened. Nip stepped on the flap which covered the opening into the cellar, the rotten wood gave way without the slightest warning, and the boy shot down into the dark depths below, alighting on an earthy. floor all in a heap. Although not injured in the he was pretty badly shaken up, and for a moment it almost seemed to him aR if the house had fallen upon him. "Gee whizz !"he ejaculated, when he had pulled himself together. "Where am I at? I could not have done that slicker if I had been acting in a pantomime and had gone> through a star trap in the stage. It's lucky I didn't break my neck." Calling his match-box into requisition once more, he struck a light and looked about him. Nip found himself in a moldy looking space directly beneath the wooden sidewalk, which connected with the (

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NIP AND TUCK. 25 ba::;ement of the building through a couple of mildewed It was a small enclosure, not over eight fed square, alarches. most as dirty and littered with rubbish ati the more open The break through which be bad fallen was more than part of the cellar. ten feet above his head, and there appeared to be no means A common, wide-bellied oil lamp stood on a box, and thi s at hand by which he could get within reaching distance of served to light the hole fairly well. the hole. Seated on a box beside the far wall from Nip, with "This is a nice predicament, I must say," grumbled Nip, hands bound behind him and secured to an upright beam, a s the unpromi sing conditions presented themselves to his was George Tuck, cool and defiant. Facing him, in the mind. "I must find some other way of getting out." middle of the room, was the burly figure of Roger Savage, "'l'he onl y ot h er way seem e d to mean that he would have the Wall Street broker. to penetrate the cellar and try to reach the ground floor "You don't seem to realize, young clan, that I hold all above. the cards in the deck. Not a sou l who has any interest This accomplished, he would probably manage to break in you can ever glean the slightest knowledge of your out th:i:ough a door or window. whereabouts as long as you remain in the basement of thi s He put the plan into practice at once. building. I doubt much if even the police cou lrl trace you The basement was littered wi11h all kinds of debris, over here, as I can easily send them on a false scent. Yon had ;vhich' he stumb l ed with the aid of lighted matches-not better come to terms. All I ask of you i s the Chesapeake a very satisfactory kind of illumination, it must be ad& Fairlee stock at the price mentioned in my option giYcn mitted, but certain l y better than nothing. by Bloodgood, and your solemn promise never to mention The dust, the grime and cobwebs of months, perhaps your suspicions concerning Mr. Dexter or Judge Ben s on, years, confronted him at every step. who wrote the decision sustaining the verdict of the Vir" A beastly place was his comment, and it was, for ginia Supreme Court in the case of the railroad against a fact. the coal company, or the action I have been forced to take Accidentally stepp ing on a stout hoop which had once against you to.night in behalf of myself and 'Other gentle upon a time enci rcled a big barrel, it flew up and gave men to whose interests you are a menace." him a rap on the hands, s kinning his knuckles. "I decline to make any terms with you whatever, Mr. "Wow!" he exclai med, as the match in his :fingers flew Savage," said Tuck, resolutely. a yard away. "You had better think again, George Tuck," said the AR he paused to nurse his injured digits he fancied he broker, grimly. "This won't be a pleasant place for you heard the sound of voices not far away. to put in the winter; but here you'll stay till you agree He listened intently in the darkness, and soon became to do as I wish." assured that he had not been mi taken. "I'll s tay here, then," retorted 'I'uck, stubbornly. "I "I must be cautio u s," he muttered. "Persons making may be in power now, but I doubt ml1ch if I will free with an old building at this hour of the morning are long remain so." not to be clcpenclecl on. I shouldn't want to run against a "You are a !" snarled the broker, angrily. gang of crooks. They might handle me roughly, not to "Not hal the fool you are for what you've done tospeak of their getti ng away w1th my watch and other night, for this will be enough to demoralize what little vahiab les. r e putation you still have in the Street." Nip picked his way into the pasage at one side of the "What do you mean you whippersnapper! Do you dare cellar, and every step he took brought the soundi:: more dissay I don't stand as high as any broker in Wall Street?" tinctly to his ears "I'd sooner have the little .reputation I've acquired in Then be sa" a dim light s hining through the space at the last few months since I branched out as a broker than the bottom of what he judged to be a doorway on the other all the credit you've established for yourself as a tricky of the passage. operator since you came into the Street." "I don't think I'll bother to find out what's going on "How dare you talk to me in that fashion, you littl e in there," he muttered. "It's none of my business, and monkey!" cried Savage, furiously. I'm not looking for trouble ju st now." "Because you can't prevent m e from telling the truth." He cautiously struck another match on hi s trouser's leg, It looked for a moment as if the burl y broker intenclecl
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26 NIP AND TUCK. With a glare of hatred, Broker Savage picked up the lamp, turned on his heel, and left the place, leaving the boy broker in solitude and darkness. "If that doesn't tame him I shall be mightily sur prised," growled' the broker to the man who had come downstairs with the candle "Put the padlock on. I'll come aga i n in the morning. You and Blazer can make yourself comfortable for the night here, I guess. It isn't likely you'll be troubled by visitors." "Not likely,'' replied the man, with a confident grin. I'd like to know come here?" "That's right," nodded the broker. "He's safe enough. f'll break his spirit before I've done with him." 'I'he worthy pair then ascended the stairs, and pref:'ently X ip heard them walking around overhead. But it was not mooy minutes before silence fell over the house. CHAPTER XV. NIP HELPS TUCK OUT OF ..I. TIGHT PLACE. What Tuck's thoughts were after the door was pad locked upon him, and he heard the teps of his enemy die away up the sta.invay, may he better imagined than deThey certainly could not have been of a cheerful char acter. He did not dream for an instant that there was help at hand within a few feet of him. That Nip, his business -rival, but staunch friend for all that, was within hail he would have regarded as a ridiculou supposition, had such a thought occurred to him. He believed, as any one in his circumstances would have believed, that he was alone and quite helpless in the power &fa desperate man, whose business reputation and security, cven from arrest, depended on the silencing of the young "bi:oker, either by forcing the boy to give his solemn promise to remain silent on a matter which implicated him, or by keeping him in indefinite confinement. Tuck, however, was madeof stuff not e asily bent to suit other p@ople's purposes And especially was he antagonistic lo Broker Savage, for whom he had had but little respect since the man had 1 ried to walk over him roughshod in front of the Ex change; and now he had fur better reasons for despising him. While Nip hac'l no plan at all looking toward the release of his friend, he determined to commence operations by opening up communication with him. Putting his mouth to the opening, he called, 'There was a Rudden movement inside, as if the pris oner had been ;:;fartled by the hail and was wondering whence it came. "Tuck!" he mildly shouted again. "Who's that ?Z' came back the answer. \ "It happens to be yom old friend, Nip." "What!" ejaculated Tuck, in utter amazement. "Say that again." "I'm Nip, all right; but, unfortunately, there's a stone wall between us." "Great Scott! Is it really you, Nip?" "That's who it is "I recognize your voice now; but for heaven's sake, how came you to track me here?" "Didn't," replied Nip. "If you hadn't 10st yom watchcharm on the doorstep or this building I should not have been here now, but home in bed." "I wasn't aware I had lost it, but I see I have." "I was out to a smoker at the Trident Club, and wa \valking up the street, there not being a car in sight, when I saw the ilitter of the diamonds in your charm I stopped to investigate, picked it up, and while examining it I broke through the opening into this cellar, and here I am." "Well, Nip, how are yot. going to help me out of here? I'm bound to a tanchion, and the door is' padlocked." "Probably the best thing I could do, as there i no in telltion on the part of your enemies to molest you again to-night, is for me to make my way out o[ here myself, go to the precinct "iation on Third avenue, and report the fix you are in. Officers 1rill be sent here to relca e you at once and arrest whoeYer is found in the building." "All right, Nip. Do as you think best. Now that I have a friend on the outside who knows mnredicamr.nt i: don't mind the darkness and confi.nement for a cent." 'Td rather get you out myself, if I could find any way to accomplish the job." "I d"on't see how you can get over the padlock." "J am going to take a look at the door, at any rate." "N"ip left position under the staircase and went around to the door. The space within which Tuck 11'as confined was formed by a plain wooden partition. 'I'he door was made of four lengths of the same material, 11cld together by two crosspieces, and worked on a couple of big hinges. It was secured by a hasp and a common padlock. "If I could find a stout bit of iron I could easily force the hasp off,'' said Nip to himself, as the second match expired in his fingers. "It is a i:limsy affair." He made a torch of a part of an old newspaper he saw lying on the floor, and returned to the main cellar to see if he could find anything shong enough to answer his purpose After a patient search he discovered an o l d ax handle. Using all of his strength, after he had inserted one end of the handle between the hasp and the door, he gradually forced out one of the staples-a feat he could scarcely have accomplished if the sharp ends had been bent on the in side, as is generally the case. As soon as the hasp fell to one side there was nothing to hold the door, so Nip promptly pulled it open and walked into Tuck's prison yen. 'I'hen he sti:uck another match, yanked out the stout jack-knife he always carried about with him, and in a mo ment more Tuck was fre e.

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}{IP AND TUCK. 27' The match wept out and the two boys clasped hands in the darkness. "Next to a kind Providence, Nip,. I owe my release to you." "Don't Jet the fact wony you, T11ck," replied Nip, heartily. "\\'ell, I shan't forget it, you may depend on that." "Let's be jogging along. f dont ,;ee any inn remaining down in this filthy cellar." "Well, I hope we won't be by the two fellows whom I suppose have been left to Ree that r did not get nwav." "Aren't we a match for any two ordinary men, Tnck ?" "l gues.' we can put up a pretty fight with our ti ts; but those chaps are probably heeled-such men usu all.v I don't fancy running agains t a bullet. if there is any way of avoiding it." '"l'hat' right. Besides, you want to get the chaps pulled in, and then go for Savage for all you're worth. You ought to be able to put him out of the trect for good, not to speak of landing him in the Tombs for this night' work." The two boys ascended the cellar stairs and reached a of corridor, where they paused a moment to recon noiter. "Are you l\fr. Rog er Savage, of \Vall Street?" aske:ha 11 haYP to ask you to accompany me to the "What!" exclaimed the stout broker, in a blu:;tering tone. "I you've made n mil'ttlke iu your 111tm." "No mistake at all, ::\fr. "nid the rni<:e or George 'fuck. 'l'he operator sLaggercd bnck ai< if ill' lwd IK'l'll :-;trn<:k a blow. "You-here!" "Yes, sir," replied the boy cheerfully. "Xow 1 think l'll treat you to a.dose of your own medicine. sa uce for the goose is sauce for the gam1er." The detective drew out of his pocket a pair of steel "" bracelets, and at the sight of them the haughty broker c0l lapsed completely. Fifteen minutes later he was in a cell at the station. Subsequently he was taken before a magistrate and r e manded and later in the day he wa;: doll"n to the Tomb. The soun<;l of heavy breathing out of the darkness to one side was pretty good evidence that Broker i-:lavage\ ; Next morning he was brought up for l'X that to the police of the precinct." With that be squatted down and removed hi8 footgear, and Tuck followed his example in si lence. They crept toward the front oi' the building, but found the street door locked. They were hardly surprised at this. "Come up to the next floor," suggested Nip. They went, found a window in the back without pane or sas h, and let themselves drop to the ground outside. Resuming their shoes, they made their way with al1 haste to the precinct station on Third avenue, and the re sult of the interview with the man at the desk was that three officers were sent with the boys to the old building. Entrance was effected from the rear, and the sleepers were aroused in no gentle manner and taken to the station, where they were locked up in the cell below. CHAPTER XVI. NIP AND TUCK COMBINE IN BUSINESS. The first thing Tuck did the next morning was to visit a magistrate and swear out a warrant for Roger Savage. Accompanied by a plainclothes man, Tuck went to the neighborhood of the deserted building and waited for the broker to make his appearance, as he had intimated he would: Between nine and ten o'clock Mr. Savage was seen coming clown One Hundred and street from the direction of Third avenue. The afternoon papers had a 8tory of the kiclnapping of George Tuck, though the young brok e r made no :,:tat'ement as to the stout broker's object. The affair et Wall Street to talking, and T uck held a sort of levee at his office after the Exchange closed for the day. The legal victory of the Chesapeake & Fairlee railroad sent the stock Qf that company up to 20. 'I'here was little of the stock on the market, chiefir small lots which passed from hand to hand. The bulk of the stock was in the hands of either the Savage clique or the Jarrett combine-neither, ho\\ever, having actually acquired control. Both had been alter the block of 20,500 shares. now in Tuck's possession, which had been held for a long tim<' by an old gentleman narned Davis, whose death had thrown it into the hands of Bloodgood, Shipley & Co. for sale. This fact having been discovered early by l{oger Savage, he had bought an option on it, pending the decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Four days later Duncan Jarrett returned to New York, and Tuck called at his office and offerE>d him the block of Chesapeake & Fairlee stock at the market price, which was now 26. It is needless to say that, though the price had gone up a matter of eleven points s ince Mr. J arrctt had left the city-and this advance represented nearly a quarter of a million dollars-he was delighted to get hold of the share". He and his asrnciates would now come into control of the

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28 NIP AND TUCK ro ad, as well as a val uabl e concess ion which had been claim ed by the Virginia Coal and Iron Company. The sale netted 'ruck $205,000, raising his bank balance to $GG5,000. :Nip, on Tuck's advice, had bought all the Chesapeake & : Fa irlce stock he could get hold of, something like five thousand s hares, at an average price of 22, and held on to it for a further rise. Tho clay after 1 uck sold the block of s tock to Mr. Jar rctt t lie grand jury handed in an indictment against Roger Sarnge for kidnapping and assault, and he was rearrested and compcllccl to give much larger bail, pending his trial. two accomplices hacl also been let out on bail, fur nished thrnugh business associates of Mr. Savage; but when the indictments were found against them they could not lie located. w hen their name,; were called in court they failed to respolld. Consequentl:v, their bail was forfeited, and c1etrctiws were sent out to look them up. The Christmas holidays came and passed. On the third of January it was .announced in the news paprn:; that at the annual meeting of the Chesapeake & Foirlee Railroad Co. a. new board of directors had been chosen, who in tum elected Duncan Jarrett president of the road. Next clay Nip unload e d his C. & F. holdings at eight dollars a share, clearing something ove1: $40,000 on the deal. The combined profits of and Tuck, the boy brokers, since they had gone into business on their own hook now amounted to over $1,000,000-a very handsome showing, when it is considered that their combi n ed capi tal at starting was less than $10,000 cash Soon after the change of management in the C. & F. Xip and Tuck simultaneously noticed a stiffening of Chesa peake & Ohio stock on the market. 'rhis stock had been depressed by a bear clique some little t ime b efo re, and was selling around 49. Both the boys put on their thinking caps, and the re sull of their deliberations was that both of them, without the other's knowledge, began buying C. & 0. at 50. 'l'hcy harl eac h accumulated about fifteen thousand shares on a m argin deal, when the news came out in the public prints thai the C. & 0. had leased the Chesapeake & Fair lee roau, and that an arrangement had been entered into with the 1rginia Coal and Iron Company by which further litigation would be avoided and the C & 0. would come into possession of valuable privileges. This announcement, even before confirmation, caused a boorn in C. & 0. stock, and brokers on the floor of the Exchange fought each other to get some of it. C. & 0. rapidly advanced from 52 to 60, with every inclic ation that the price would run much higher. Otl1er rumors regarding the advantages of this arrangement between the C. '& 0. and the V. C. & I. Co. sent the stock toward 70, and both Nip and Tuck saw another rich haul in sight for them. About this time the trial of Roger Savage came on, and of course George Tuck was the main witness against the broker. Savage had been confident of breaking down the evi dence of the boy for want of corroboration. He and his lawy ers, eminent counsel, by the way, had not the slightest s uspi c ion that Nichola s ip bad any con nection with the case. 'ruck had been exceedingly close-mouthed with the rl' porters, and the fact that Nip had gone ,befor e the grand jury was not .h."Tiown outside of the District Attorney',.; office. The result was that after Tuck had gone on the stand and testified, had been badgered and bullyrag ged by the lawyers for the defense-without, however, materiall:v weakening his evidence-Nip was produced, and what he had to say under oath was a complete surprise to the pris oner and his counsel. The jury was not Jong in returning a verdict of guilt_\' against the stout man, and he was ent to a cell in the Tombs. Bail was plac ed at a l arge amount, but he got it, pending an appeal from the trial comt. Enough came out at the trial to make very unpleasant 1 reading in the report of the case in the papers, for Lawyer Dexter and the Virginia judge both had their integrity Eventualiy the verdict wai:: sustained and Brok er Savage had to go to ing Sing; but money and a powerful pull got him pardoned insid e of a year. Nip and Tuck cleaned up half a million dollars between them out of the 0. & 0. boom, beside s making several thousand dollars for the Misses Laura Joyce and Myra Clarke. That the two girls appreciated the smartness, as well as the personal advantages of the young brokers, may be as-f sumed, for it shortly afteTward became known among the friend s of each that Tuck was engaged to Laura and Nip to Myra. After the trial of Roger Savage, Tuck propo se d to Nip that they go into partners hip. 'To this proposal Nip immediately agreed, and one week later the offices were combined, and the new s ign which at once appeared on the bulletin board of the New Era building read, "Nip & Tuck, Stocks and Bonds." THE END. .. Read "A COPPER HARVEST; OR, THE WHO WORKED A DESERTED MINE," which will hr the next number (10) of "Fame and Fortune Weekl y." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. H you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the pric e in money or po stage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION" SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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SECRET E VICE OLD AND YOUNG IiING BRADY, DETECTIVES. PB.ICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY LA'.r.EST ISSUES: 324 The Bradys and Admiral Brown; or, Working for the United State s Navy. 289 The radys and the Bandits' Gold; or, Southwest. Secret Work in the 325 The Bradys and "Madame Millions"; or, II'he Case of the Wall Stree t Qu ee n. 290 The Bradys and Captain Thunderbolt; or, Daring Work in Death V alley. 326 The Bradys and the "Prince" of Pekin; or, Called on a Chinese Cle w. 2 9 1 The Bradys' Trip to Chinatown; or, Trailing an Oplum Fie:id. 2 9 2 h e Bradys and Diamond Dan; or, The Mystery of the John Stree t Jewe ls 327 The Bradys Facing Death; or, II'rapped by a Clever Woman. 328 The Bradys' Rio Grande Raid; or, H o t Work at Badman' s Bend. 329 The Bradys' Madhouse Mystery; or, The Search for Madame Mont-ford. 20 3 The Bt'E.dys on Badman' s Island; or, Trapping the Texas "Ter-r o r. 330 The Bradys and the Swamp Rats; or, After the Georgia Moon 2 9 4 The Bradys and the Hop Hitters; or, Among the Opium Fiends shine rs. o f "Frisco 331 The Bradys and "Handsome Hal" ; or, Duplng the Duke of Da-295 The Bradys and "Boston Ben" ; or, Tracking a Trickster to kota. Tenn essee 332 The Bradys and the Mad Financier ; or, Tralllng the "Terror" of 206 The Bradys' Latest "Bad" Man; or, The Case of Ida h o Ike. Wall Street. 2 0 7 The B r adys and the Wall Street "Wonder"; or, The Keen Detec-333 The Bradys and the Joplin Jays; or, Three "Badmen" from tlve s Qui c k Case Mis so uri. 2 98 'he Brady s Call to Kansas; or, The Matter of Marshal Mundy. 334 The Bradys and Capt. Klondike; or, The Man from the North 290 '!'h e Bradys a n d Old Blll Battle; or, After the Colorado Coiners. Pole. 30 0 The Bradys and the !>Ian fro m Wall Stree t ; or, The S t r a nge Dis335 The Brady s and the Wall Street Club; or, Three Lost "Lambs." a p pearan c e of Captain Carew. 336 The Bradys' Lightning Raid ; or, Chased Through the Hole in 301 Tbe Bradys a n d B ig Bart Brown; or, Trapping the "Terror" of the Wall. 302 To'I yer." Orleans. 321 The Bradys and t h e Man With the Barre l ; or,, Workin!? for the 356 The Bradys and Alderman Brown; or, After the Grafters or P r ine<> o f Wall Stree t Greenville 32?. The Bracl;n and "Bedroc k Bill" ; or, The D eadmen" from Dead-357 The Bradys In "Little Pekin" ; or, The Case of the Chinese Golcl w oo d King. 3211 The B r a d y s and the "King" of Chic ago; or, The Man Who Cor-358 The Bradys and the Boston Special; or, The Man Who was Mlssnered Corn. ing from Wall Stree t For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy in money or postag e stamps, by FRANK T OUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our lib r a i:ies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and flll In the fo llow:ng Order Hlanl t and s end it to u s with the price of the books y o u want and we wili send them to you by return m a il. P OSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOU SEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .......................... 190 D EA R SmEnclosed find ...... cents for whieh plea s e send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .................................................................. " FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY, Nos ................................................... " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos .............. -................. .................... ... " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .............. .. .. ...................... : ..... " SECRET SERVICE, NOS ............................... ...... . ........................ " 'J'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ...................................................... " THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos ............................................... I " Ten Cent Hand Books Nos . ........... .. ......................... Name .... ... ... ......... . .... Street and No .................... Town .......... Stat.e ......... -

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Fame and 'For.tune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A S E L F-.MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealtliy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists, and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky D e al; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy \Vho Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Clcverct:t Hoy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worked a De serted Mine. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on r eceipt of price, 5 cents per copy in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New Y or k I F YOU WAN T ANY BACK NUMB ERS of our Libraries an d cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send ic tr us with the price of the book s you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POST AGE ST A.MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ......................... 19 0 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of \VORK AND WIN, Nos ........................ ....................................... " F .. AND FORTUNE Nos ................... : .............................. .. " FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... '' '' WILD WEST WEEI

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