King of the market, or, The youngest trader in Wall Street


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King of the market, or, The youngest trader in Wall Street
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6CENT$. STORIES DF B DYS WHO MAKE MONEY. As Rex raised the man in his arms a dark face, partially concealed by a black mask, appeared at the opening where the bars had been removed. Then, noiseless as a shadow, the man himself stepped out of tb.e window.

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2 K I NG OF THE MARKET. he too, l eft the scene of the disturbdce. "Maybe they'll know enough to let me alone in the future, especially Sau l Gr uber who is a t the bottom of the whole trouble." Hex Richmond was one of the best known me s senger boys ;n Wa ll Street Ile was also one of the most popu lar among the brokers. They admired his straightforward, breezy style; his gen t l emanly deportment and winning ways. He was in the employ of Sackman, Withers & C o., a pr ominent Wall Street firm Mr Sackma n was the capitalist and manager, while Mr. Withers executed the orders of the firm and did it with snap and sp)rit. Rex never took any li berties with the senior partD.;er, whose spotless linen and general air o f :financial responsi bility somewhat awed the boy. But with Mr Withers, who was a m u c h younger ma n an d who, not being so wealthy as Mr Sackman, naturally ar rayed himself in l ess costly apparel, Rex was on a kirid of hail fellow-well met footing. Rex had been two years or more with the firm; had won the good opinion and confidence of both the partners, and was an especia l favorite with the junior member He lived in Harlem with his mothet and tnree sisters in a neat, fiveroom flat, and enjoyed life as all boys natur ally do who are healthy and active, and have a good dige s tion "What d i d you do? " I side stepped and le t drive at the m, o ne afte r the other, as quick as I coul d work my fists O ne got a paste in the neck, ano fuer a sockdo l ager i n t h e jaw, w h ile I rammecl Saul in the l eft optic Every on e of t h e m went down on the as if he had been s hot." enough chuckled S am. You mu s t hav e as to n ished them "I gueS3 I did It took al l the fight right out of them." "What then?" "Nothing. 'rhat is al l ther e was to it." "B'gee I wish I'd been the r e." "I wish you had, too." "I don't soo how you managed to l ay the three of the m out al l at once Gruber is stouter than you are "He's nothing but a bag of gas I'd l ike t o have a fair slap at him al l by himself f o r just about five minutes There'd be a vacancy in the service in this ing for a day or two "I'll bet there wou l d If I was you I'd look for a chance, and then thump the stuffing out of him for keeps He de serves it. That fellow is a regu lar snake in the grass. He's down on you like a tho u sand of bricks . He never misses an opportunity to run you down to t h e janitor, the ele vator men and even the superintendent of this building; but it's little good that does. H e couldn't hurt you with any one who. knows you if 1\.e tal ked himself deaf, dumb and blind." Rex was just skipping up the stairway which led to the ::;e>c ond floor of the office building in which were located the "He's a pretty bad egg, and I often won der he doesn't get offices of his firm, when he ran into the arms of Sam Rickey, fir e d from his job." his particu lar friend and a s sociate, who was coming down. "His cousin, Bentley Hitchcock, is cashier for the firm, Sam worked for Boomsby & Co., stock broker s on you know, and I guess that accounts fo r him ho l ding on same floor in the rear "Some clay he'll get all that's coming to h im. Give those "Hello!" exclaimed Sam, with a grin all over his rather l ank countenancd. "Say, you ought to see Saul Gruber. kind of lob s ters rope enough and they'll hang themselves i n the long run." He passed me just now with one of his eye s looking like seven days of rainy weather. Somebody's been doing him "That's what they will. But I mus t b e off. -up, or else--" "Run along, then, sonny. I'll see you r ound luncittime." "Yes, I know all about it," grinned Rex The two boys parted, Rex taking the stairs, two steps at "What, did you see him p11 a time, and gliding into Sackman, Wit h ers & Co.'s recep I rather think I did." tion-room as if he had ro ll e r skates on h is feet "Do you know what happened to his. eye?" He hung his hat up near the indicator and then took a "He r an against something look at the tape, no custo m ers being i n t h e room at the moment "Oh he d id ? W hat was it?" "Uy fist." He was interes'ted i n a certai n stock, L & M. preferred, "Go on; you don't mean it pr cried Sam, in astonishment. on which he was l o ng t o t h e tune of 20 shares, which he "I don't mean anything e l se You know he s.been threat had bought at 60, o n a t en pe r cent ma r gin, paying $120 ening for some time to do me u p to secure his broke r ag a i nst a drop in the p rice. Sam nodded This was the first time h e had bought mor e than ten "The coward hasn't sp unk enoug h t o fight his own bat shares of any stock a t a time, as h i s entire available capital, tles, so he got two D 'I' messengers to help him They lay before he went into h i s presen t dea l h ad been $150, which for me a little while ago at the corner of Nassau Street. I he had accumulated from sma ll bucket-s hop ventures during saw the three of them, as .I came along, standing near the the past yea r. Sub treasu r y steps, but never dreamed they i ntended to Rex's one great ambition was to b e a broker some day attack me." himself, and to that end he was making a carefu l study of "And they did, eh?" asked Sam, eagerly the market, and Stoc k Exchange methods "Well, I should smile. They came. at me in a bunch, as I Mr. Withers was his ideal of :vhat a broke r s?ould be, i f t hey mean t to sweep me off t h e sidewa lk." and there were many other men m the Street, with whom

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KING OF THE MARKET. he had a speaking acquf!.intance, who also commanded his admiration. They all seemed to be jolly good fellows when not fighting one another on the floor of the Exchange, and those were the kind of men Rex wanted to be on terms of in timacy with when he grew up and had made enough money to hang his own shingle out, and let the :financial world know he was ready to chase eighths and quarters, premiums and discounts, through the labyrinths of :finance. Whether the boy realized the fact or not, he Was natur ally adapted to the line of business which most appealed lo his fanoi. "Some day," .he op.oe remarked to Mr. Withers, "I meafu to be king of the market, like Jay Gould or Commodore Vanderbilt were in their and the junior partner laughed, slapped him on the back and said that if pluck, perseverance and ceaseless activity would do the trick he was willing to believe Rex would get there. So with a five-dollar bill the boy received about a year previous from Broker Hazard for some special service he had rendered him, Rex hunted up a bucket-shop and began operations on the stock market, keeping the fact from his employers' knowledge. After varying of success, he :finally folmd himself with a savings bank balance of $150, and then he quit the bucket-shop atmosphere for good One day he found tha.t :i;,. & M. was going up, and he bought the 20 shares, to which we have referred, of his friend Hazard, and then lay back on his oars to see how he was going to come out. Apparently he had made no mistake in buying L & M., for the stock ;ad risen slowly and steadily until now it was printed on the tape at 80-tha.t meant a profit on paper to Rex at that moment of $400, so it will not be wondered at if he took his customary seat by the window, feeling like a bird. And while he was patting himself on the back, so to speak, he heard the buzz of Mr. Sackman's bell, and he hastened into the senior partner's private office. CHAPTER II. A CHAPTER OF .A.CCIDBJNTS. "Take to Mr. Withers at the Exchange," said the senior partner of the firm to Rex. "Get there soon as possible, as it's important." "Yes, sir," answered the boy, and he darted out of the door. "Always fa a hurry, aren't you, Rex?" said pretty Fanny Forbes, the stenographer, who came the reception-room with several typewritten letters in her hand she was taking into Mr. Sackman's office for that gentleman's signature. 1That's what I am," replied Rex, reaching for his hat. "I'm the winged Mercury of this establishment, and don't you forget that interesting fact." Fanny smiled coquettishly at him as he crossed to the outer door, while he, in return, kissed his fingers to her. She and Rex were on excellent terms. In fact, the boy thought she was the nicest girl on earth, next to his sisters, of course, and there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for her. ViThat she thought of the stalwart, good-looking young messenger was her own secret. Rex pulled open the door quickly and rushed out. He didn't see that somebody-a fat, pompous-looking bank director-was just in the act of entering. The first intimation he li.d of that fact was when be butted right into the portly gentleman. Of course the bank director was unprepared for such an unexpected and violent assault on his sacred person. The result was, he went down with a grunt and a good deal of undignified haste. Rex couldn't stop himself and went down with him, turning a clean somersault, with his head pressed against the big man's stomach, taking the wind out of him. "Ouch!" howled the bank director; as the boy's head in dented his corporation. But that wasn't the worst of it. Bentley Hitchcock, cashier for Sondheim, Leisberger & Co., a big brokerage firm on the same floor, on his way to an early lunch, came along just as Rex's legs were circling in the air over the body of the stout director. Hitchcock was always dressed with scrupulous care, wore a big diamond on his little :finger and another in his upto date scarf. In fact, so far as personal appearance went he outshone every other employe in the building. It happened that he reached the danger zone at an awk ward moment. Catching sight of the lad's feet, he tried to avoid them. Rex's heels struck squarely in the center of Hitchcock's silk hat Of course, the shiny headgear came off second best. Both the bank director and the cashier used considerable liberty with the English language for a moment or two, during the flow of which Rex Richmond picked himself up, secured his hat, and then politely started to assist the stout man, whom he recognized, with some dismay, as one of his firm's most influential cmitomers. "What in thunder do you mean by running into a.nd up setting me in this fashion?" sputtered the fat m3.?, in a towering rage, after the boy helped raise him to feet. "I beg your pardon, sir. It was an accident," protested Rex. "You young villain, I believe you have injured me internally!" cried the bank director, feeling the region of his white vest, which had suffered the most. "I'm very sorry, sir." "Sorry I" roared the stout man. "You jackana.pes, I've a great mind to have you arrested!" "But, sir, I couldn't--"

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4 KING OF THE MARKET . He didn't get any further, for at that moment Bentley Hitchcock took a hand in the proceedings. The angry cashier reached fot Rex, gi;abbed him by t.h. e collar of his jacket, yanked him back a foot and gave him a heavy box on the ears. The messenger boy, recollecting he had already lost valu able time, wriggled himself free from Hitchcock's clutch, darted for the stairway and was soon on the sidewalk, mak ing for New Street and the back entrance to the Stock Ex change as fast as he could go. "Gee!" he muttered as he ran, "I'm afraid I'll catch thunder when 1 get back. T14at was Hamilton Whitehouse, of the American National Bank. He'll put it all over me to the old man Well, it'll be the first time I've ever been called down, so I guesR I can stand it." 'rronble, however, still pursued Rex. ln his hurry he made a close shave of the New Street corner. Saul Gruber was also ma.king a close shave of the same corner, only he was coming from the oppy the incoming creamy surf. "Gee!" thought Rex, "Mr. Withers has got his hands full these days, for a fact. I wish I was in on Great Western myself a few thousands." Just then a couple of well-known brokers passed out that probably after a hasty bite, and Rex heard one remark: "I'm going to throw my 10,000 of L. & M. on the mar ket when I get back. You do the same, Abbott, and I'll bet you the boom will go to pieces." They passed out of hearing. "Great Scott I" breathed Rex "I gues!l it's lucv I heard that. I'd better get out from under myself with my little 20 shares or the :first thing I know I'll be in the soup. I intended to hold o n a while l onger, but I won't chance it now." So he stopped at Broker Hazard's on his way back and ordered his stock sold. CHAPTER III. A POINTER ON D. & G. When Rex reached the office he found that Mr. Sackman had gone to his lunch Fanny F.orbes was eating hers in the little nook in the counting-room where her machine stoud. "You've got yourself into a nice scrape, Rex she remarked, when the young messenger stopped before her table. "For upsetting Mr. White ousein the corridor, you mean?" replied the boy, with the suspicion of a grin on his face. "Yes; and doing all sorts of things to Mr. Hitchcock." "Has he been in kicking about it?" "Yes." "Did you hear what Mr. Sacldnan has to sa.y about the matter?" "No." "Well, it wasn't my fault. I didn't see Mr. Whitehouse in time to avoid him. I was in a hurry, and he happep.ed to come in at the door just as I was going out. When I tumbled over him I struck Hitchcock, who was coming by at the time. When Hitchcock got up he grabbed me and

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KING OF THE MARKET. hit me in the face. I wouldn't stand for that and butted him in the stomach." "Did you, really, Rex ?" cried Fanny,' bursting into a merry laugh, for she positively disliked the cashier of Sond heim, Leisberger & Co., for he had a habit of annoying her with his and she had no use for him. "I did, really. I gave him all that was coming to him, bet your life. I don't allow any one to pound me in the face and get away uninjured." "What a boy' you are!" she cried, admiringly. "I'm not worrying about what he said to the boss. It's different, though, with Mr. Whitehouse. He's one of our solid customers. I suppose Mr. Sackman will feel compelled to investigate th!;l case, but I don't see where I m to blame." "He'll advise you to be more careful in the future; that's about all there'll be to it,'' said Fanny, confidently. "I caught a knockdown myself up at the corner of New Street," grinned Rex. "Why, how was that?" The boy told about his contact with Saul Gruber. "What a mean boy to kick you when you were down," said Fanny, indignantly. "I got square with him all right," and he went on to tell .bow had tripped his enemy up, and left him settling conclu s ions with another boy he had tumbled against: "I hope he got it good," replied the girl, in a tone of sati s faction. "I never could bea,r that Gruber boy. He's too disagreeable for anything. And uses awfully bad lan guage sometimes in my presence. "I'd like to catch him at it. I'd make him look two ways for Sunday." "I don't want you to get into any trouble with him on my account. By the way, Rex, how is that block of stock you own?" s he asked, with a smile. "Do you call twenty shares a block?" he snickered. "Wl1y not? What have you done with it?" "I've just sold it." much have you made on the venture?" "I made a profit of $21 1-4 a share, less commissions." "That' s over $400, i!!n't it?" "If you don't put that money in the bank I won't speak to you again." "Won't you?" "No," she answered, decidedly. "I thought you was a friend of mine." "You don't seem to appreciate my friendship. I don't want to see you lose your money." "You seem to have very little respect for my judgment." "Would you call it good judgment to invest all your money in a lottery ticket? Well, stock gambling is just \ aio much a game of chance." At this point Sam Rickey stuck his head in at the count ing-room door. "Going to eat, Rex?'' "Sure thing. By-by; Fanny. When I get rich a.nd buy a house on Riverside Drive I'll ask you to marry me," said Richmond, with a chuckle, as he made for the door. "I wouldn't have you if you offered me a pouted the girl. "Do you expect me to believe that, Fanny?" laughed Rex. "I don't care whether you believe it or not." "Well, I don't believe it. You wouldn't be able to say Yes' fast enough." Miss Forbes took up a newspaper and threw it at him Richmond picked it up, it back politely, and then left the office with his friend Sam. That afternoon at two o'clock, L. & M. broke under a bear attack and a good many people lost money. ) Rex, however, congratulated himself on the fac t that luck had run his way and he had come out at the top of the heap. Next morning he got his check and statement of account from Hazard. He got the check certified and then deposited it in a bank Later on he showed his pass-book to Fanny. "You'd better let me keep that book," smiled the girl, "or when the temptation qomes along you'll draw out all that money and invest it again.'' "Look here, Fanny, I'm going to marry you some day, and I want to make enough money to pay for your clothes." "That's what it is." "What a cheek!" exclaimed the girl, with a blush. "How lovely! I could buy several new dresses, hats, and "Didn't I tell you I wouldn't have you if you were made of other things with that if it had been my deal." gold dollars?" "So you could. Why don't you take a flyer once in a "What a girl says and what she means two different while?" things," he replied, with a grin. "I wouldn't know what to buy. Besides, I dcm.'t think I t Boore she could make one of her spunky replies, Mr. can afford to lose." Sackman's bell rang, and as it was Rex's signal he was off "Save a few pennies and I'll let you in on my next like a shot. "Rex Richmond, don't you dare invest all that money "Take this letter to Mr. Whitehouse in the Mills Buildagain in stocks!" ing. l{ecollect, I expect you will offer him an apology for "Why not? Do you want me to give up all hope of your rudeness yesterday,'J said the head of the firm. coming king of the market some day? I'm surprised at Rex promised to apologize. you, Fanny Forbes." Mr. Sackman had already accepted his explanation of the "You ought to put that $400 in the savings bank, where little affair, and excused it on th. e ground of zeal, but had it will be safe." warned him to be more careful in the future. "I'm worth $550 now, and I mean to make it $5,000 just When the boy presented himself before the portly Mr. as soon as I can,'' said Rex, wilfully. Whitehouse, that gentleman regarded him se11erely.

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6 KING OF THE MARKET. Rex hastened to express his regrets over the unlucky en counter in the corridor. "I'll forgive you, Richmond," replied the bank director, who was in unusually good humor that morning, "but don't let it occur again "No, sir; I'll be more careful." Mr. Whitehouse opened the note, read it and wrote an answer. I \Vhile he was thus employed, the boy had accidentally noticed an open letter lying on the edge of the handsome rug, near t4._e waste-pape):' basket It was not typewritten, but inscribed i n a large hand There were only a few words, and the boy read them without thinking. The writer informed Mr. Whitehouse that a pool had been formed to boom D & G rai l road stock and adv ised him to go in heavily. I As the director handed Rex the envelope to take back to :'.\Ir. Sackman, the boy reached clown, picked up the letter tlllcl banded it to Mr Whitehouse. "This was lying on the floor, si r Per haps it s li pped off ;our desk." The big man glanced at it, turned it face down on his desk and thanked Richmond for picking it up. Then Rex left the office. "I think I'll keep my eye on D & G. and see what hap pens," he said to himself. "I wouldn't be surprised i f I have got hold of a first class tip.'I At the office he looked up the standing of the stock and found it had been selling low for a long time. Consulting the tape, he saw there bad been several sales that morning around 35 During the afternoon he noticed there were many more sales of the same stock, and that its unwonted activity had sent it up to 36. "I think I'll risk ilJ" he concluded, just before he left the office for the day "I can buy 150 shares on a ten per cent margin. If it should go up seven points I would be able to clean up $1,000 Wouldn't that be great?" He found Sam Rickey waiting for him at the street en trance, a .nd they started off together for the Hanover Square underground statio n CHAPTER IV. IN THE SUBWAY. The two boys had just reached the corner of Pearl Street when a particularly ripe tomato struck the corner of Rex's right ear and then went to smash against one of the pillars of the elevated road "Whew Where did that come from ?" exclaimed Sam. They both turned around quickly, but there was no one in sight whom they could accuse of sending the over ripe missile in their direct ion "I might have got that all over me," said Rex, with an air of disgust, as he looked at the damaged pulp and flow of red juice which was running down the iron post. "It would have made you look like thirty cents," laughed Sam. "I wonder who could have firecl it?" "I might expect just such a trick as that from Saul Gruber," said Richmond. "But I hardly think he'd dare monkey with me in that way. He knows what he could expect if I caught him at it." "What's the matter with his doing it and then into one of the doorways? That would take him out of sight in a moment." "I've a great mind to go back and investigate," said Rex, in a determined tone. "I'll tell you a better way We'll turn the corner and hide. Maybe he'll come along., We can tell by his manner whether he's ,guilty or not." Rex agreed to adopt that stratagem. "Thel' e he is now on the other side of the street He's just tllrned up Pearl," said Sam, taking a peek from the shelter they occupied. "Well, had we better go for him?" "It isn't worth while. There isn't any evidence that he threw the tomato." "Did he look this way?" "Yes; but that doesn't prove anything." "Well, let's go on, then. If he really is up to such tricks as that tomato business, I'm bound to catch him, sooner or later, and I'll him a dressing down he won't forget in a hurry. The boys caught a local and got out at Brooklyn Bridge to wait for a Lenox Avenue express. The train came in, crowded, and quite a mob was wait ing to board it. "Push snickered Sam, as the door of the first cai' was opened, "or we'll get left." A regular jam occurred at the doorway. Rex got his foot on the step when a big boy suddenly squeezed in from one side ahead of him, treading on his feet "You've got an awful nerve cried Richmond, indig nantly, giving the boy a dig in the ribs. "What did you do that for?" snarled a familiar voice, as the boy turned his head around and revealed the unpre possessing features of Saul Gruber "It's you, is it?" said Richmond, angrily, for the sus picion that Saul had thrown the tomato was strong in his mind "Want some more of what I handed you out yes terday morning, do you?" "YahY' snorted Gruber "Step lively there!" bawled the conductor "Don't block the way." Just then somebody behind Sam gave him a shove, and the three boys were squeezed into a pretty small compass, while the conductor closed the door. The passengers were now packed in the car like sardines. But they didn't seem to mind that.

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KING OF THE :MARKET 7 They were used to it from: long experience on the elevated roads before the subway came into operation. The first stop was made at Fourteenth Street, where another crowd was waiting to board the express. "Suffering jcw's-harp s !" groaned Sam, as a big man, wishing to get out, pushed him hard up against Rex, who, trying to make room, trod on Sa}1l s toes "Wow!" roared the boy with the lobster eyes. "What's troubling you now?" chuckled Richmond "You did that on purpose," snarled Gruber, with a vin dictive look. "Did what on purpose?" asked Rex, innocently. "You know well enough. I'll get square with you for that." I wouldn't try if I was you, sonny," rep l ied Rex, ban teringly. / "Yah I hate you!" "Thanks. Tell me something "Who threw the tomato?" gurgled Sam, as he ga,ye Rex a ha.rd squeeze against hi s enemy. "Oh, oh, oh! You're knocking the breath out of me!'' cried Gruber. "What's the matter with you? That's the crowd trying to get on." "No suc h thing," answered Saul. "The door is closed." "Well, itr wasn t me, anyway," said Rex, with a grin. "Then it was the stuff that's with you." "What are you calling me?" roared Sam, putting Ill8 arm ovffi' his friend's shoulder allcl catching Saul by the ear "Leave my ear alone, will you?" howled Gruber, viciously kicking around R ex's legs, and lan
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8 KING OF THE MARKET. CHAPTER V. REX :a;EARS SOMETHING ABOU'r THE GREAT WESTERN SEOURITIES 'oo. DEAL. ways," said Sam. "The idea of him jumping on us the way he did, as if we were responsible for the disaster." else can you expect from a hog but a grunt?" replied Rex, rubbing his head, which tingled from the shock it had received. Unfortunately,. wh'en Mr. Hitchcock's heels came down again they landed on the edge of a banana cart, presided over by a dark-skinned son of Italy, which was standing close to the sidewalk The consequence was the cart tipped up and the air was for a moment or two filled with a cloud of flying bananas, to the great dismay of their owner. Of course the horde of messenger a nd newsboys in that "You've got a pretty hard head,' old fellow," said Sam. "I thought for a moment' that my sconce was fractured." "Hitchcock is a brute, that's what he is. He and his cousin, Gruber, are a good team. One of these days when I get bigger I won't do a thing to that cashier ou've done one or two things to him already," grin ned Sam. "You've kicked him in the chest, butted him in the stomach, and now you've knocked his legs from under him." vicinity made a grand rush to secure a share of the fruit. "Well, he hasn't received any more than he deserves, nor The Italian chased the marauders with a long stick and half as much as he's liable to get if he \doesn't haul in then began to recover as many bananas as he could find in his horns." the street. Hitchcock didn't show up at his office till two o'clock. He shook his mahogany hued fist at Bentley Hitchcock Rex..met him on the stairs as he was going down, and the when that gentlema!1 picked himself up out of the dirt. cashier scowled ominously at him, but made no belligerent The cashier of Sondheim, Leisberger & Co. was a sight move on the boy. for fair. He had a new hat and new frock coat on, and his trousers His elegant tight-fitting frock was split half-way had been cleaned as well as circumstances permitted. up his bac,k. That afternoon when Rex and Sam started for home they As for his $10 they were plastered with samples kept a wary eye out for Saul Gruber, thinking they might of various kinds of refuse which had gathered near the catch him trying to play some cowardly trick upon them; gutter. but they reached the underground station unmolested. The new silk hat he had bought to replace the one For the next two or three days Rex was kept on the run, smashed by the red-headed office boy at the time Rex had and had very little time tab on D. & G. stock. upset him in the corridor of the office building, went skat-But that isn't saying that he lost track of his investment. ing the wheels of a passing cab and became a ruin. He had plenty time after three o'clock to study the mar-That innocent banana peel had completely wrecked the ket report, and he found that his stock was slowly but personal appearance and temper of Mr. Hitchcock, and he steadily advancing. was mad enough at that moment to chew a steel toothpick A good many shares changed hands day, and it into sections. was evident that the stock was in demand. It was bad enough to realize that his spotless apparel When the Exchange closed at noon on Saturday, D. & G. was completely spoiled, but it was even worse to have been had reached 41, which indicated a profit to the boy of $5 made the butt of general ridicule per share. He glared at the grinning throng on the sidewalk, and, "I believe that thousand I've been counting on is in sight. as luck would have it, he spied the laughing countenances What will Fanny say if I can shake that much profit under of Rex Richmond and Sam Rickey. her nose as the result of this new deal?" he chuckled as he This was the worst of all, for they would certainly carry studied the day's report of the proceedings on the Ex the news and circulate his disgrace throughout the building change. "Mr. Withers still has his hands full with Great where he was employed . Western Securities Co. I wonder how the firm will come The very thought of such a thing raised his temper to out? It must be taldng a pile of money to swing that deal. fever heat. If Mr. Sackman is furnishing the sinews of war he must He was in the humor to do something desperate. own a private gold mine somewhere. Sondheim, Leisberger Therefore, he did a very foolish thing. & Co. are putting up a great fight to down us. But they've He rushed onto the sidewalk, seized Rex and Sam before got a syndicate of capitalists at their back. I'd like to be they knew what was coming, and knocked their heads toa big broker, and be able to take a hand in a big opera gether. tion like Great Western. Bet your boots I'd make things "How dare you laugh at me, you little jackanapes !" he hum, just like Mr. Withers." cried, in a rage. That afternoon he went to Jersey City. Then Rex and his chum, to avoid further complications, The superintendent of the building had given him a slipped away through the crowd, leaving Mr. Hitchcock to ticket for the matinee performance at the Academy. his own devices. / He was standing by the rail on the ferryboat after she "That banana peel must have knocked his brains sidestarted out from her slip, when a couple of well-dressed men

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KING OF THE MARKET. 9 sauntered out of the cabin and paused within earshot of him. The fact that they were talking about the Great Western Securities Co. attracted his attention. He listened and heard one of them say: ''Withers has boomed that stock well above par, and all on the strength of something favorable that is going to happen. What the dickens do you suppose it is?" "Ask me something easier, will you; Judson?" "I can't see how he manages to eep his grip on the mar ket in the face of such opposition as Sondheim has de veloped." "Withers is not a man easily downed," replied his companion. "That seems true enough. A man less aggressive and resourceful would have been snowed under before this. He's still predicting higher prices, but it's my opinion that a crash is about due." "What makes you think so?" "Because Sondheim is a bad man to be up against, par ticularly when he has a barrel of other people's money at his back." "Withers seems to be able to show up all the money necessary to carry on the deal so far." "Sondheim boasts that he will put Great Western down to 50." "He does, eh? And it is now 110." "When Sondheim talks that way I've looked for something to drop, and have not been disappointed." "And yoU\ really think he'll be able to get the best of Withers in this deal?" "It's my impression that he will. He's capable of any sort of dirty move that would enable him to make a profit able turn in the market." "What do mean by a dirty move, Judson?" "Something underhanded, of course. If he doesn't see bis way to downing Withe:rs in the ordinary course of business I shouldn't be surprised if he put up some outside job on him. He is suspected of just such tricks in the past, though nothing has ever been proved against him. Sond heim is a sly old fox. He knows how to cover his tracks." "That may be true, but I'll bet he'll find Withers a tough proposition to hatidle from any point of view. That ;JTian is a born :fighter." "No one will deny that; but every man, like Achilles of old, has his weak point. If you can only discover it you have him at a disadvantage." "If Withers has a weak point his opponents haven't found it out yet." "Sondheim will have to make good his prophecy of a big drop in prices soon or he and his crowd will go to the wall. They have been on the short side from the start, and noth ing but a wholesale slaughter of Great Western will let them out with whole skins." The boat was now approaching the Jersey City slip, and the two men walked forward. "Sondheim seems to be a bad man, according to the ideas of Mr. Judson," thought Rex, as he, too, went towq.rd the head of the boat. "And Leisberger is probably a bird of the same feather. Well, I don't wonder they have such people as Hitcheock and Saul Gruber working for them. The whole office is probably tarred with the same brush. I'll bet Mr. Withers isn't afraid of the whole bunch. I'd feel sorry for them if he caught them at any real dirty work. He'd be down on them like 34 thousand of bricks." Then the ferryboat tied up and the passengers started ashore, Rex following the two Wall Street men up Mont gomery Street until they turned up a side street, when he continued on to the theatre. CHAPT 'ER VI. FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED. On Monday morning a new excitement started in. the Exchange, 'before which the Great Western :fight, which seemed to have suddenly come to a temporary standstill, faded into insignificance. Something had come out about D. & G. stock since the Exchange closed on Saturday, and orders came pouring in from the outside public to buy it. The lambs were the :financial district in shoals, and the frisky brokers were lassoing them at a. great rate. Of course, D. & G. was booming to beat the band. The :first Rex knew of this was a brief conversation _he overheard between Mr. Sackman and a customer, about eleven o'clock. This gentleman left a big order for D. & G. After he had gone away the hea.d of the firm called Rich mond into his room. "I want you to take this note to Mr. Saulbmy, No. Broadway." "Yes, sir," replied the boy. "And this one to Platt :& Cooper, Exchange Place. Rush !" Rex was off like a shot. He went to the Broadway address :first, delivered the en velope to Mr. Saulbury, and received a package. 'rhen he steered for Platt & Cooper's and ran afoul of Saul Gruber in the main entrance 9f the office building. Saul seemed to be in a great hurry, and hardly noticed Richmond. They went up the same elevator together and both got out at the tenth floor. I Gruber, in his rush to get out, gave Rex a shove. That's where he made a mistake. Rex put out his foot and Saul went sprawling on the floor of the corridor. "You beast you!" cried Sondheim's messenger, picking hjmself up. "What do you mean by tripping me up?" "What do you mean by shoving me?" retorted Rex, calmly. "I'd like to kill you!" cried Gruber, rushing down the corridor.

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10 KING OF THE MARKET. "Here, come back; you've dropped something Rex called after him. Saul pa.id no attention but disappeared through the same ground-glass door Rex was aiming for, namely, Platt & Cooper's. Richmond stooped and picked up an envelope The gummed end had been insecurely fas\ened and the enclosure, a business card of Sondheim, Leisberger & Co., came out in the boy's hand. Written in bold characters on the back of the card were these words : "We've got a plan il!view to squelch Withers If it works G . W will go to pieces. Call at my house to -night without fail. (Signed) S The envelope was addressed to Marcus Flommerfelt Rex knew that this party was a big broker in that build ing. He decided that Mr. Withers ought to see that card. "This looks like a bit of that dirty work hinted at by that man Judson on the ferryboat last Saturday Fore warned is forearmed It is my duty to look after the interests of my firm." Ra'C put the envelope into his pocket and entered the office of Platt & Cooper Gruber was holding down a chair in the reception room. He scowled at Richmond JRex asked to see Mr. Cooper. "Mr. Cooper is engaged," replied the office boy "Tell him "there is a here from Sackman, Withers & Co., and that the matter is important." 'fhe boy Mr. Cooper's private room and delivercreek, don't you think?" grinned Sam, calling for a plate of browp.ed hash. "I should hate to be so reckless with my funds," replied Rex, as he told the waiter to bring him stewed kidneys. "The brokers are having a regular harvest, aren't they?'' said Sam, with his mouth full "I guess so. We have quite a fe"\7 new customers our selves." "Some people profit by the mistakes of others." "Yes. Like the ministers who married all these people who were divorced yesterday. Judging from what I read in the paper this morning the divorce rnill was working overtime." "What sort of people are those who are continually seek ing divorce?" asked Sam, hunting. in his vest-pocket after change to settle his check. "Married people, principally," grinned Rex, as he fol lowed his friend up to the pay desk. "Thunder!" gasped Sam. "You're uncommon bright. Where did you pick up all your smartness?" "I was born so. I suppose your father made you smart, didn't he ?" "How?" "Didn't you tell me he used to spank you regularly when you were a little ldd? That must have made you smart," snickered Rex. "I s'pose you think that's an awful witty remark?" snorted Rickey. "But I've heard i>omeihinglike that before." "Maybe you saw it in a theatrical programme. That's where all the jokes fetch up when they get too old for 1.he almanac "That's where you're mistaken. 'fhey all land in the musical comedies, after their whiskers have been b:immed. ''

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KING OF THE MARKET. 11 When Hex got back to the office he looked at the tape :first thing. D. & G.'s last quotation was 51. That meant a profit of $2,250 then in sight for him. Mr. Wither s soon came in from the Exchange. Rex handed him the envelope Gruber had dropped in the Exchange Place building. "How came you by this, Rex?" he asked, in surprise. "It's addressed. to Marcus Flommerfelt." "I wish you'd read the card inside and then I'll explain." Mr. Withers did so, and his brow clouded. "Saul Gruber, Sondheim's messenger, dropped it in the Blank Building. I picked it up, intending to give it back to him. The card fell out in my hand and I couldn't help reading it. Then I thought you ought to sec it. Did I do right?" "Yes," answered the junior partner, with compressed lips "All's fair in love and stock operations. But on your life don't mention this matter to a living soul. I've been ex pecting something of the kind to emanate from the Sond heim end. lle's a dangerous foe, and a man can't be too much on guard against his methods. I'm much obliged to you, Rex. I shan't forget you." "I'd like to tell you something else, sir." "I'll li s ten to you." Wher e upon Rex repeated the substance of the conversation he had overheard on the Jersey City fertyboat. "That man Judson has a pretty clear idea of the situa tion," said Mr. Withers. "Sondheim isn't popular on the Street. His record is a bit shady. Well, I've laid out to drive him and his backers into a hole and make them squeal good and hard, and I'm going to do it. I hold the whip hand, and he knows it, that's why he is contemplating some crooked business. Thanks to you, I've learned that Marcus Flommerfelt is in the ring against us. I may now be able to spot the rest of the pool. I'm going to give 'em cause to remember Sackman, Withers & Co. to the end of their natural lives." Thus speaking, Mr. Withers entered his own private office. CHAPTER VII. AUNT MILLIE. Two clays after D. & G. touched 76. R e x concluded to sell his 150 shares. "I'll drop in at Hazard1s when I go to lunch and tell him to let the stock go." Five minutes after he had formed that resolution he was called into Mr. Sackman's office. The broker was bending over one of the lower drawers of his desk. Whil e the boy waS' waiting for him to straighten up he noticed a brief memo. on his blotting pad from Hamiltor1 Whitehouse, whose messenger had only just left. It instructed Sackman, Withers & Co. to sell his big block of D. & G. at once. Richmond's sharp eyes often saw things he shouldn't have seen. It wasn't always his fault. He wasn't a nosey boy by any means, and he didn't in tend to read any of the firm's private corre"]?ondence In this case he simply couldn;t help it. It didn't do any harm any way, while it proved a matter of peat benefit to the boy _, When Mr. Sackman resumed his normal position he told Rex to go into the counting-room and bring him a certain book the head bookkeeper would hand him. The boy did the errand in a jiffy "That is all," said the senior partner. "Whitehouse is getting out from under, I see Well, then, it's time for me to get rid of my stock just as, soon as I can. I guess I'll use the office telephone for a few minutes." The instrument was not far from Fanny Forbes's table. Rex went there and called up As soon as he had made the connection he ordered his stock sold at once "All right," came back the answer, and he hung up the receiver. He saw Fanny regarding him with some suspicion "What's the matter, sweetheart?" he said, with a laugh. "What's that you're calling me?" she asked, threatening_ him with her ruler. "Oh, nothing! I thooght you were about to speak to me." "What are you doing at the telephone?" "Attending to a little private business, Mi15s Forbes "That means you are buying stocks again in spite of what I safd to you. It shows how mucli influence I have with you," she said, tossing her head. "No, I'm not buying stocks just at present," he answered with a grin. "Oh! Excuse me; I thought you were Everybody seems to have gone mad over the market again, and I wa.s afraid you had got another tou;ili of the fever." "I wasn't buying stocks. I was doing the other 'thingdisposing of my 150 shares of D. & G "What! Do you mean to say that you have had D. & G. stock and never told me a word about it?" "I plead guilty. You told me you wouldn't speak to me again for ever so long if I bought another share of stock of any kind, and as I didn't feel as if I could worry along under such a heavy penalty, I concluded to keep you in the dark." "Rex Richmond!" "bon't say a word, Fanny, I've cleared $6,000 o n this last deal, for I guess my D. & G. holdings are disposed of by this time." "Six thousand dollars What kind of a fairy tale is this?" "It is no fairy tale. It's the solid fact. I put up $540 as margin on 150 shares of D. & G. some eight days ago a t

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12 KING OF THE MARKET. 36. lt is now 7G. Profit, $-10 per share Figure it out yourself." ".You don't really mean it !"'she fairly gasped, amazed at his statement. "I'll be able to furnish you with the evidence to-morrow, hen I get my check and statement of account." "Six thousand dollars she repeated. "Yes. Sounds good, doesn't it?" Fanny didn't seem quite able to grasp the fact. "You'll want to be thinking about your wedding trous seau," be continued, with a grin. "It won't be so long before I ha.ve that Riverside Drive house ready for you. Remember, I'm taking lessons from Mr. Withers, and he's a hummer from hummertown." "There now, you're wanted," said Fanny. "That's Mr. Sackman's call." Re;x responded to the summons and a few moments later was on the road to the New Street entrance to the Ex change. Before Rex got back a break in D. & G. had been re corded on the and when business was over for the day the stock had dropped to 61. "I got out just in the nick of time, Sam," he said to his chum, as the two boys started for home. "And how much have you cleared?" asked Rickey. "Six thousand." You're picking up money fast." "'ou didn't do so bad with your ten shares." "I'm satisfied. I scooped $260. I am now a capitalist to the extent of $300. When you hear of another good thing l et me know, will you? I'm out for an even thou." ''I won't f?rget you, Sam." Next day Rex returned $400 to the bank, after cashing his check for $6,502.50, then be hired a small box in the American Safe Deposit Co. and stowed $6,000 cash in it, while the $90 odd he proposed to take home to his mother. "If I was only of age I could deposit Ill-Y funds in a big bank and be able to draw my check like any man of means. However, there is no use in. kicking. I can't change the law to sui t my particular case." Rex ate his lunch alone that day, and when he returned to the office he heard an uproar in the corridor leading to Sondheim, Leisberger & Co.'s. Curious to know what the trouble was, he went in that di1ection. He found Saul Gruber slapping and booting a boy almost hnlf his size. "Why don't you get out of here when I tell you?" de manded Sondheim's messenger, giving the boy a. shove whic h sent him to the floor. Saul then returned to his office and shut the door. "l\1r. Hitchcock wouldn't talk to me. I heard him tell that boy to put me out." "And you have business with Mr. Hitchcock?" "My mother sent me down to ask him to give her back her money." "Give her back her money?" repeated Rex, in "Does he owe your mother money?" "Yes, sir. He's got all of mother's money. Mother keeps a boarding house, and he boarded with us for six months. Mother let him have her money to put in Mr. Sondheim's bank, and now he won't give it back." "There's something crooked here," thought Rex. "Sondheim, Leisberger & Co. don't receive deposits." The boy began to cry again. "What is your name, sonny?" asked Richmond. "Johnny Davis." "Where do you live?" "No. West 27th Street." "Well, you'd better go home and tell your mother to come down herself to-morrow. It isn't likely Mr. Hitchcock will put her out like he did you. If he owes your mother money she probably can make him pay it. He can afford to, I gues s." The boy went away and Rex went into his office. Next day, while Richmond was waiting in the corridor for Sam to join him and go to lunch, he saw a neatly dressed, heavily veiled little woman come out of Sondheim, Leisberger & of?ce. She seemed to be cryip.g, and Rex guessed she was some customer of that firm who had got caught in the market, and be felt sorry for her. As she passed him she dropped her pocketbook. She didn't notice the loss and was going on, when Rex picked it up and hastened after he'r. He saw the name "Davis" printed in gilt letters on the flap, and immediately he recalled the incident of the little boy the day before, and wondered if this was his mother. "I beg your pardon, ma'am," he said, politely, stepping up alongside of her, "but you dropped your pocketbook.'' She stopped. "Thank you," she said, in a sweet voice. As her eyes rested on his clear-cut, boyish face, she gave a little gasping cry. "Tell me," she cried, in an agitated tone, "are you Rex Richmond?" ma'am, that's my name," he replied, regarding her in unfeigned surprise. "'\Vhat's the trouble?" asked Rex of the little fellow, "I-I am your Aunt Millie!" she cried, throwing up hei; thick veil and revealing a pretty, tear-stained face, which Rex instantly recognized, though be i;ad not seen her for five yea.rs. who was crying. "He put me out of the office and hurt me," blubbered the lad, who was neatly but plainly dressed. "Why? Did you have any there?" "Yes. I wanted to see Mr. Hitchcock." "Wouldn't he let you see him?" "Good gracious!" exclaimed Rex, fairly staggered by the discovery. "Is this really you, aunty? And in New York?" "Yes, Rex. It is really I, your aunt. How is Laura, your mother, and your sisters? Are they all well?" she asked, eagerly.

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KING OF THE MARKET. 13 "All well, aunty, and all of us have wondered where you have been hiding yourself "I have been in this city nearly a year." u A year, aunty!" exclaimed the boy, "and you never hunted us up "I tried more than once to find you, but could not What is your address? I w ill cal l on my sister this very after noon." Rex wrote his address o n one of his firm's business cards and handed it to her "How big and handsome you have grown, Rex!" she said, regarding him admiringly "You were only thirteen when I saw you last." "That's right," laughed the boy. But I don't thjnk you have changed much, Aunt Millie." "Haven't I?" with a sad smile. I have never felt like my old self since your Uncle John died. But I mustn't detain you, Rex. I h o p e to b e at y!)ur house when you get home after business then we will have talk." "Indeed we will, au nty," he sa.i,d, and then she hastened away. I CHAPTER VIII. REX TAKE'A FALL OUT OF BENTLEY HITCHCOCK. When Rex reached home that afternoon he fou n d his Aunt Millie and her little boy Johnny the center of attrac tion in the little family circle. It was a happy reunion for the two sisters so long sepa rated. Rex was the on l y member of the family who had seen his aunt since her marriage to J ohn Davis, an engineer on the Lake Shore Railroad. Mr. Davis had not been favorab l y regar d ed by t h e R ic h mond side of the house, an d this l ed to a partial estrange ment between the sisters. Five years before, Millie D avis had paid a flying visit to New York with her husband and little boy, but when s he cal.led at the Richmond home everybody but Rex hap pened to be away From tha.t time on the sisters lost sight of each othe r Their husbands died within a year of one another-J ohB Davis b e ing the last to go, as the result of a terrible head on collision on the r oad. Some months after Millie came to New York, and though she made an effort to locate her sister, Laura, she was not successful, as the Richmonds changed their abode several times since the death of the husband and father Millie started a boarding house on West 27th Street, and that was where she was living at present. "And now," s aid Rex, "I want to understand about this Hitchcock matter. And that reminds me I'll have to give Sondheim's messenger a dressing down for the rough way he treated my little cousin yesterday afternoon when you sent him down for some money which Johnny, whom, of course, I did not recognize, told me Mr. Hitchcock owed you, or had got from you in so1t1.e way to deposit with Sond heim, Lei s berger & Co. Now, as I know that firm. does no t do a banking business, they are simply stock brokers and nothing else, I judged some crooked businesl'l had been pra c ticed on you by Hitchcock. In my opinion he is capable of it. "Mr. Hitchcock came to board with me six months ago," said his aunt. "He alway s seemed to have plenty of money and paid his board promptly. I rather liked him.. He represehted that he was the junior partn e r in th e firm." "He did, eh? Well, if he ha s n t a nerve cried Rex, astonisl:ied. "He's only an employee--the cashier of th e es tablishment. It's a pretty good job, of cour se; but that's a long way from being junior partner Aunt Millie turned very pale at this plain statement. "A month ago," she said, with some agitation, h e tried to persuade me to invest in the stock market, after telling me many glowing s tories about the fortunes mad e in Wall Street. I was timid about taking chances, as I had of ten heard of many people losing their all in s to c k s He assured me that he would mak e it a per s onal matte r to look after my intere s ts him s elf, but I hadn t mad e up m y mind to do it, when he chang e d about and s uggest e d lshould deposit my spare money with hi s firm Tha t h e would b e respon s ible for it. I was induc e d to l e t him h al"e about all the money I had-$500. A week after h e l e H my house suddenly and I did not see him again unt i l t o day I sent Johnny down three times. The fir s t t w o times he sent him home with some excu se, but to-day h e wouldu 't see him at all, and finally had that big boy put him out o t the office." "Hitchcock deserves to be kicked," said Rex indignantly; "and I was big -and old enough I'd do it, too Well, you say you saw him to-day What did he ha:ve to say for him self?" "He said he had invested my money in some s tock, tl:c name of which I cannot recall; that it went up a s h e e x pected it would, and just when he was about to realize a. big profit for me the market took a sudden unfavorabl e t urn and everything was lost, including the original amount 1 gave him.." "He told you that, did he?" "He did. He promised to make it all up to me some day, but he could not say when. I a s ked him for $100, as T need the money, but he said he didn't have it to spare." "Mr. Hitchcock has evidently been telling you a fairy tale I am satisfied that he never invested a cent 0 your $500 in sto cks. :More likely he has s pent it on himself, for he is the best-dressed man in the building where we are both employed Well, you have it in your power to send him to prison for what he ha s done. I hope you will do it, too." "I think he ought to be punished severely for deceiving me," replied Aunt Mi ll ie, with righteou s indignation; "but I would gladly agree not to prosecute him if he could be induced to return to me my money "Very well," said Rex, after thinking a mome nt, "I'll tell

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KING OF THE MARKET. you what you can do. Give me an order on him for the money you placed in his hands, and I think I can make h i m give it up "If you only could," she cried earnestly. "I'll try; but you must agree to put him through if the screws I turn upon him do not bring him to terms. I am resolved to get your money back, or send him up the tiver. That's the only way to deal with such rascals as Bentley Hitchcock." Aunt Millie agreed with some reluctance, as she dreaded the publicity of going 'into court and testifying to her own foolishness Rex comfOTted her somewhat with the assurance that he didn't believe Hitchcock would be such a fool as to let the matter get that far He wrote an order which she copied and signed. You are very good to me, Rex," she said gratefully "I t h ope I shall be able to make it up to you some day." "Nonsense, Aunt Millie! It's all in the family, you know. I assure you I am very happy to be of service to you "He is a lovely boy," said Millie to her siste r Laura Rex's mother, later on in the evening. "A perfect little gentleman And he grown handsome?" Of course Mrs. Richmond agreed with everything that her sister had to say in enthusiastic commendation of Rex, and for the first time in many years the two sisters realized the true meaning of the phrase, "Blood is thicket than water Next morning Rex met Hitchcock face to face in the conidor as the latt.er was coming to work. The cashier looked as if he had jus t stepped out of a glass case He swung a natty little cane in one hand and had a choice Havana between his lips. He favored the boy with one of his melodramatic scowls, for ever since Rex left the impress of hi s hee l s on his cam bric shirt front, and his head in the region of his stomach, Hitchcock hated him as much as a certain nameless gentle man with horns and hoofs does holy water. "Out of my way, boy!" he said roughly, as Rex stopped in front of him. / "I should like to speak with you a moment, Mr. Hitch cock," said Rex with cold politeness. exhibition you made of yourself was not to your credit I am here to talk business with you; and--" "Talk business with me, you little monkey cried the cashier, almost white with rage at the cool way Rex was handling him. "I'll talk business this cane," he added,. raising the implement and giving the boy a smart b low with it over the shoulde r s In a twinkling the cane was snatched from h i s grasp broken in two and cast upon the floor of the corridor "Don't you dare strike me again!.'' cried Rex, with fl.ash ing eyes, "or you won't get off so easy. You'll find out I'm no baby, if you are older than I,. as well as half a head taller.'1 "How dare you talk to me that way! ejaculated Hitchcock furiously "If you were a gentleman I wouldn't But you are not. You're a cut, a coward, and a thief, and I can prove it. The cashier, wild with anger, struck at him but Rex caught his arm and held it. Then, with his other hand, the boy took from his pocket Aunt Millie's order "There," he said, flashing the paper in Hitchcock's face, "is an order I 1\old on you for $500, which you obtained froni Mrs Millie Davis, of No. West 27th Street, under false pretences I'll give you until three o'clock to day to pay it or I'll have you in the Tomb:s, as su r e as you are standing here." 1 ) The cashier started back aghast. "What do you mean?" he gasped. "Just what I sai.d. You are trying to defraud that lady out of the money you enticed from her pocket." "It's a lie," snarled Hitchcock "What business have you to butt into the matter anyway?" "All the business in the wo.rld. She is my aunt. "Yout amnt?11 "Yes, csir, my aunt She has sent to yorl three tirrtes and called upon you once, wi.thot receiving any sat i sfaction. The matter has now been turned over to me fo1' collection. I hold her order, as you can see, for the sum you owe her Pay up or go to jail. You have unti l three o'clock to de cide which you will do Hitchcock was th-e very picture of consternation He was co.mered, and he knew it. "You can't speak to me, you little jackanapes, unless you want to apologize in a very humble way for your recent con in which event I will'take your case under consideratio n. What I ought to do with you is to boot you down stai rs." "I'll pay," he said in a clogged tone. "See that you clo," answered Rex, shortly, t urning oii his heel and leaving him "Yes, I'll pay," muttered the discomfited cashie r g l ar ing after the boy; "'bu t I'll make you pay doubl y dea r for it, as well as for your impertinence." You would make the mistake of your life if you tried t o do it," said the boy coolly. "I don't allow people to boot me around promiscuously, however much satisfaction the e xercise might afford them I am like a can of dynamite you want to handle me. with care, or something is liable to happen." Then Bentley Hitchcock walked on and ente r e d his own office. C HAPTER I X. REX BUYS 1,000 SHARES OF 0 & 0 "Why,, confound your--" Just before three o'clock that afternoon Saul Gruber "Now, don't get too gay with the English language, Mr. walked into Sackman, Withers & Co.'s with an envelope in H i tchcock. I've heard you before, and I assure yJu the his hand

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KING OF THE MARKET. 15 It had a bulky look and was addressed to "R. Richmond." Rex was sitting in his chair reading a market journal. He came forward. "I want Mrs. Davis's ,order and your receipt for $500," said Saul in a sulky tone. "You shall have them,'' answered Rex cheerfully. He tore open the envelope and counted its contents carefully in presence of Saul. The amount being Richmond went into the count ing-room, wrote the receipt for the sum, and handed same, with his aunt's order, to Gruber, who received it without a word, turned on his heel and quitted the office. "Well, I brought Mr. Hitchcock to his knees all right," said Rex to himself in a tone of satisfaction. "He'll think twice, maybe, before he tries to rob another unprotected woman out of her little savings. I never liked the man, but I didn't think he'd do anything quite as mean as that." After business hours, Rex called on his Aunt Millie, at her house in West 27th Street. "Here is your money, aunty," he said, after she had expressed the pleasure she felt in his call. "Please count it, and see that it is all there." "Why, Rex Richmond!" she cried joyfully. "Did. r. Hitchcock really give it to you so soon?" "The best evidence of that fact iF: that you hold ithe $500 in your hand.!' "And I believed I should never see that money again." "I'm afraid you wouldn't if strenuous measures ha\ln't been adopted to show Mr. Hitchcock the errQr of his ways." "Why, what did you say to him?" she asked curiously. "Not much; but what I did say was right to the point. I simply gave him tha alternative of cashing up or going to the Tombs." "What a boy you are!" cried his aunt in great delight. "Boys are not quite so useless as some people are inclined to think, are they, aunty?" "Not when they are like you, Rex. And now you're going :to stay to dinner, aren't you?" "I don'-t know as I ought to, as mother won't understand what has become of me.'' "I won't keep you after dinner, so you'll get home early anyway," said his aunt coaxingly. So Rex stayed, and was intro
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16 KING OF THE MARKET. "You ought to find no difficulty in getting all you want," replied Withers. "I believe there is an immense number of the s catter e d through the district." If it went the other way, the outlook would wear a totally different complexion, but as he never looked for trouble, he put all such unpleasant considerations behind him. "So I believe. That' s why I struck you." "You might try Gess ler,'" said Withers. "l understan.d that he has a big block of it." "Thanks : I'll go right down and see him." Later on Rex fou:qd that C. & 0. was going at 52. upon a time it had sold at 80, but that was many months ago. CHAPTER X. A WALL STREET HERO. At any rate for a year or more it had been hovering There was a quaint little old woman named Mrs. Quill around the half-century mark, and Rex wouldn't 'have had who was a familiar figure in Wall Street at certain times. any confidence in it as a speculative element if he hadn't Where she lived no one, not even Boomsby & Co., through got wise to the situation that was in process of develop whom she transacted all her business, seemed to know. ment. Her ventures were always of the bullish order, and as Still he wasn't taking any more chances than he could she was almost always successful in her deals, from which help. she realized a considerable profit, it was believed that she He waited awhile to see what would really come of it. was very wealthy. The rise of a point in price and Sam's word that Booms-Report even had it that she owned Chemical Bank stock, by & Co. were still buying it right and left determined the most valuable securities on the market. him to get in on the ground floor while the chance reShe invariably appeared on the eve of some general a.d-mained. vance in stocks. Rex had sporting blood and never did things by halves. Then for days at a certain hour she might be seen com-Wis er heads would have frowned down the chances he ing down Wall Street from Broadway with her familiar took when he set his mind on a thing. handbag by her side. He went to his safe deposit box, drew out $5,300, took She always wore the same plain dark dress, or at least it around to Hazard's and told the surprised broker to buy an exact duplicate, and the same little old-fashioned bonnet. him 1,000 shares of C. & 0. She had sharp, black eyes, which peered out in front of "I suppo s e you know what you are doing, Richmond?" her as s"!J.e walked. he a s k e d the boy, feeling a slight hesitancy in accepting She never paused at a crossing, except to avoid a passing the lad s money, as he had no confidence himself in the vehicle, and never looked to the right or the left, but kept stock. straight on till she came to the office building in which "I g e nerally do," replied Rex, in his off-hand way. "At Boomsby & Co. were located, when she walked up the single any rate, you n e edn't worry about the matter, Mr. Hazard. flight, passed dow'h the corridor as noiselessly as some old I think I told you I intended to be king of the market one castle spook, and disappeared through the ground-glas ; of the s e days and I am using you as a stepping-stone todoor leading into the reception-room of her brokers. ward that e nd." She was never seen to speak to anybody but Sam Rickey, "Thank s for the honor," laughed the broker; "but when when she would ask for Mr. Boomsby. I see a boy of your size, for whom I entertain a considerSam had a. standing order to show her int<> the private able liking, getting reckless with his dough, I feel called office when he was certain the senior member of the :firm upon to restrain his misplaced enthusiasm." was not engaged with a caller. "I am much obliged to you, Mr. Hazard, for your good Rex, in common with all the other messengers, telegraph intention, lmt I'd prefer you'd treat me as a man, and not boys, newsboys and bootblacks of the Wall Street district, as a kid." knew her by sight. "Then you insist that I buy 1,000 shares of C. & 0. at He and Sam had mlny a joke over her. 53? Is that it?" On the morning following Rex's purchase of 1,000 shares "You're not obliged to accept the order, sir," replied of C. & 0. at 53, he was returning to the office from a Rex independently; "but I'd prefer to do business with visit to the United States Trust Co., when he spied Mrs. you than anybody else. One of these days you may con-Quill bobbing along ahead of him down Wall Street, bounil sider it a privilege." of course for Boomsby & Co. "I admire your nerve," smiled Hazard. "Well, I'll fill "That settles it. We're going to have a rising market your order. I sincerely hope you will come out ahead, but as sure as my name is Richmond. It's a good omen for me I have my doubts on the subject." and my new deal. I'm just superstitious enough to So Rex put up his money like a little man, and got his that. She must have some mysterious inside source of inmemorandum of the transaction. formation of what's about to happen. You never see her Then he went back to work with the knowledge that he here after stocks begin to tumble, nor when the market is would be $1,000 winner on every advance of a point in quiet, or has only temporary of exhilaration. Sam C. & 0. says she's considered as clever in working up, a deal as the I

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KING OF THE MARKET. 17' shrewdest operators. That, she has never been kn.own to make a mistake, or to change her mind once she starts out on a thing. She must have a great head." While Rex was fast overhauling her from the rear, Saul Gruber was coming towards her from the front. Mrs. Quill started to cross Nassau Street at an inoppor tune moment. It was an error she had never till now been guilty of. Usually she seemed to have a sort of second-sight knowledge of the approach of (Langer. The little old woman must have let her mind dwell too intently on the deal she had in view. At any rate, whatever the reason, she stepped right in the path of an automobile which was on the point of dash. ing around into Wall Street. A score of startled pedestrians saw her danger and raised a cry of warning. She looked up a moment too late to save herself by any act of her own. But a kind Providence, which notes even the fall of a spa.now, stretched out His protecting hand and snatched her from, perhaps, a fatal injury. And the agent He employed was the bravest, brightest and manliest boy in all Wall Street-Rex Richmond. He was hurrying along but a few feet behind the little old woman, when his keen eye saw the imminent danger in which she had placed herself. There was no hesitation about what followed. He sprang forward, like the noble boy he was, grasped her around the waist and essayed to reach the further curb A score of pairs of eyes watched the daring act. A s core of throats were about to voice their united ap proval of the fea't when-Rex tripped and went down with his burden, and a hush seemed, for an instant, to fall on the horrified onlookers. "He's lost!" exclaimed a big brl'>ker ;to a friend as the auto bore down and slipped around the corner, in spite o.f its ponderous brakes that had been applied to stop the machine. There was a rush for the scene of the disaster. But he only disaster that had occurred was the destruc tion of Mrs. Quill's handbag and the scattering of a bunch of stock certificates and many yellow-backed bills in the street. Rex and the little old woman had escaped death by the narrowest of margins. The boy stood her on the curb as gently as he would have handled a baby, then he turned and exclaimed: "Stand back, gentlemen, please. Stand back! The lady has dropped her bag." He began to gather up the money within reach, and so did others, including Saul Gruber, who seemed unusually active in a good cause. Once he bumped against Rex in his professed eagerness, then he over a handful of bills to Mrs. Quill. The stock certificates and apparently all the money were handed to the little old woman; who then and there sat .right down on the curb and counted her property before iohe thought of thanking the gallant lad who had reni'iereii her such a. signal service. Rex had himself recovered most of the monc:Y 1U1.d handed it to her. Then foreseeing he was likely to be made a hero of by those present, suddenly he made a dive through the increas ing crowd and started for his office. He was already many yards away when Mrs. (Juill screamed out that some of her money was missing. "Haven't you got it all?" asked a bystander, as a police man forced way forward to investigate the cause of the crowd. "No, I liaven't," replied the little old woman, sharply. "I have been robbed." Thereupon Saul Gruber, his lobster eyes squinting mali ciously, chipped in: "I saw that boy," he said, pointing to the retreating form of Rex Richmond, "put something in his pocket when he was picking up your money. Maybe he has got it." A newcomer who had not seen the rescue immediately formed conclusions of his own and ran after Rex. "Here," he said, laying a detaining grasp on the lad's arm, "you're wanted back there." "I'm not going replied Rex, shaking off his clutch and keeping on. "Hold on. You've got to go back," said the man, catching hold of him again 1 "Who says so?" demanded Rex, much annoyed. He didn't mean to be dragged back to the scene of ex citement. He had done his duty, and he couldn't understand why he should not be left alone, if he preferred it. "I say so," replied the man resolutely. "G-0 on, you're dreaming!" replied Rex impatiently. While they were disputing the matter, the little old woman, led by the officer, came up. "Have you any oi my money, young man?" asked Mrs. Quill of Rex. "Any of your money ejaculated in surprise. "No, ma'am, I handed you all the money I picked up." "A boy," and she looked around f.or Gruber, but he had vanished, "said you put some of my money in your pocket." "What!" exclaimed Rex, dumbfounded. "Search him!" cried a voice, very like Gruber's, on the fringe of the crowj.. "This is all nonsense!" interposed the big broker who had witnessed the daring act of Richmond's. "This boy is a hero, not a thief." "That's right," chimed in other eyewitnesses. "Why did he run away?" cried the voice again. "That looks suspicious," said another person on the edge of the crowd. "Sure it" does,' said the voice. "Why don't you search him?" "Officer!" spoke up the broker. "This boy is all right. My name is Westcott, and I'll stand by him. He shall not be searched like a petty thief. That would be a'.tl. outrageous

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18 KING O F THE MARKET. act after what he has done for the woman. He saved her life, and I never saw a more gallant act in my life Several others also took Rex's part "But I have lost over $300, Mr. Policeman," iooisted Mrs. Quill. "I am willing to turn out my pockets," said Rex, "but I don't think it's fair to ask me to do so." "It isn't fair," said the broker "If the boy is willing, let him do it," said the officer. "Stand back, please "Well, then, it mustn't be done here in the street," objected the broker "Let the lad and the lady come to my office and I will see fai:r play." "Bring him along to Mr. Boomsby's office," interposed Mrs. Quill. "I am going there." "Let it go_ at that," said Rex to Mr. Westcott. "I work in that building, for Sackman, Withers & Co." The officer began to the big mob which had, by this time, congregated in the vicinity, and opened the way, for t h e little o l d woman Rex and Mr. Westcott to pa.ss. CHAPTER XL BLOW IN THE DARK Quite a J.arge part of the crowd followed the chief actors of the thrilling incident we have just na:i.rated to the door of the office building, where the officer took his stand and prevented ll.DY of the curiously-disposed from entering the building. Rex, Mrs. Quill and the big broker went at once to & Oo.'s. ""' There was nobody in the reception-room at the time but Sam Rickey, and he was surprised to see his chum enter t he r oom with the little old woman. "Now, young man," said Mrs. Quill, "I didn't a.sk you to come here because I expected had the missing money in your pocket. I don't believe you have. You have the face of an honest boy. You saved my life, and I want1to thank you for y our effort in my behalf. Further, l am going to present y oq_ with my check for $10,000, as a small token lilf my gratitude Both Rex and Broker Westcott listened with some aston ishme n t to the matter-of-fact way in which the little old woman expressed herself. From her manner on the sidewalk they had: been led to expect a different and, perhaps, unpleasant scene in the reception-room. Both were much relieved, Rex particularly, to find their fears groundless. I am very happy to have rendered you a service, ma'am," said the boy, with a frankness which increased Westcott's admiration for him; "but I must beg to decline any money consideration from you. If I risked my life it was solely to save you from injury, and I should have a very small opinion o myself ii I took pay for doing that which I look upon as my duty." Mrs. Quill regarded Rex intently with her keen gray eyes while he was speaking. "Young man," she said, "I should like to know your name." "Rex Richmond." "Are you employed in Wall Street?" "Yes, ma'am. With Sackman, Withers & C o., stock brokers, in this building "Young man, you shan't regret what you have done for me. On the whole, I am pleased to see that you value a noble service above mere money. Such a sentiment commands my respe9t. I am an old woman and have seen much of life. It is refreshing to meet with a young man whose aims are high. Money is, perhaps, the least valu able of life's blessings, and yet the most sought after. I shall expect to know you better, Master Richmond, and to be of service to you hereafter." She held' out her hlind, encased in a lace mitt, to Rex, with old-fashioned courtesy, and the boy took it with a polite bow. Then she 'turned to Sam Rickey, who had been regard ingtM proceedings with no little wonder, and said: "I wish to see Mr. Boomsby." "Yes, ma'am," answered Sam, promptly, and ushered her into the senior partner's sanctum. "I am very much obliged to you, Mr. Westcott," said Rex, turning to the big broker. "You were very kind to accompany me to this office." ''That's all right, Richmond. The old lady seems to be reasonable enough, only a bit odd. I can see you've got on the right side of her, and as she is accounted wealthy, if she should happen to remem-Oer you in her will you may come into something handsome one of these days." "I'm not looking f'1r anything of that kind, Mr. West cott," replied Re;. "Well, if such a thing should happen, my boy, I don't suppose you'd object to accept it. I know I shouldn't." With that the big broker shook hands with him and went away. "Say, Rex," asked Sam, "what the dickens have you been doing for Mrs. Quill?" Richmond informed his friend how he had saved the little old woman from being run over; how her bag had been smashed and her money and stock certifi.cateJ> scat tered on the street, and how, after everything had seemingly been recovered, she found $300 missing, and some boy had told her he had put it in his pocket. "Just as if I would c1o such a thing," he said, with a trace of indignation in his tones. "Why, there were people in the crowd who wanted to have me searched on the spot You can't imagine how embarrassing it was to me." "Sure it was, old man. I suppose some fellow managed to get his hooks on several of the bills and got away with them." "'I'm not saying anything, Sam, but Saul Gruber was there and very officious in piaking up the old lady's prop-

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( KING OF THE MARKET. 19 erty. I don't say he s the guilty party, but I haven't very high opinion of his honesty, to tell you the truth." a' "Having an important engagement to-night, I can't use 1 this, so I send it to you, hoping you can avail yourself of "Nor I either." 1 "The voice of the fellow who wanted me searched sounded very like Gruber's." "He'd do anything to make you look small." "What would they have found if they had searched mlJ? Both of my jacket pockets are empty to begin with," and Rex illustrated his words by turning them out. A couple of bills dropped on the carpet. "Hello I" cried Sam, picking them up. "Do you call these nothing?" and held up two $100 tlank notes. "You don't mean to say those out bf my jacket pocket?" "They didn't come from anywhere else, old man. Didn't you know were there?" in surprise. "Certainly not. How they came there is a mystery to me," said Rex: with a puzzled look. "Do you think they are a part of the old htdy's missing money?" 1 n I don't see how her money could have got foto my pocket." "It have been put there." "Put there!" exclaimed Rex. "Who would put two $100 bills in my pocket, and why should any one do such a crazy thing?" J "How do you know but Gruber dropped them in, seein g a chance \o do so while he was helping recover the scat tered money? He'd do anything to get you into trouble. Maybe it was he who sH6uted that you ought to be searched. You said a moment ago, you know, that it sounded like his voice." "I'm beginning to smell a large-sized rat," said Rex, with sudden suspicion of the true state of affairs. '1 Mrs. Quill did say on the street that a boy told her he had seen me put. of her money in my pocket. I remember now the rp.scal bumped into me once or twice. I'm sorry I can't bring the matter home to him. If I could, well, say-I'd knock the daylights into him." "He's a mean little beast, and I believe he put that job up on you. Well, what are you going to do with this money?" 1 "I guess it belongs tJ Mrs. Quill, all right. At any rate, I know it isn't my property. Therefore you'd better give it to her, and say it was left in your hands to to her." "All right, if you say so." Then Rex left the room and rushed around to his own office, where he explained the ca.use of his lengthy absence to Mr. Sackman. the cha.nee to see 'The White Oat.' "X. Y. Z." "Who the dickens is X. Y. Z ?" wondered Rex. "This must be a joke somebody is pl aying off on me. And yet the ticket looks to be genuine. Some friend of hiine, I suppose, wants to mystify ine by those ridiculous initials. Well, I'll use the ticket, anyway. I'd like to see 'The White Oat.' They say it is great. there aren't two tick e ts, so I could take Sam along." Rex put the ticket in his vest pocket, and after supper started for the Amsterdam Theatre. The family entrance was on 41st Street, and after climb ing several flights of stairs he found no difficulty in pa ss ing the doorkeeper. The seat was a good one in front, he enjoyed the show, and it was a few minutes after eleven when he came out o.n the street again. Forty..ifirst Street is not particularly a lighted thorough fare at night, but it was only a few steps to f:leventh Ave nue, up which he proposed to walk to the Times Square undaground station. He had nearly reached the corner when a man, with a s louch hat, who had been following close behind, stepped up and struck him a powerful blow on the head. Rex s taggered up against the building on his right and the n sank into a doorway unconscious. CHAPTER XII. IN "HELL'S KITCHEN." The gray light of early dawn was struggling through the closed shutters of a miserable-looldng room in the "Hell's Kitchen" district of New York City. There wa s a wmshackle bed, a rickety chair and a small deal table ,in the place. The soiled wallpaper was peeling off in patches here and there, and the plaster underneath was lacking in spots. A great piece of the ceiling plaster was also missing, ex posing the laths. On the bed la y a boy, fully dressed, whose garments and general appearaince looked strangely out of place in that unsavory room. The light, as it grew stronger, brought his clear-cut fea tures, now of a d eathly white, into strong relief "Rgainst the :filthy gray blanket on which he was stretched. For some hours he hi}.d lain there, silent and motionless When he came out of the private office the cashier called as a corpse. him into the counting-rooln and handed him an envelope Twice an unshaven, blear-eyed, slovenly-dressed man, of addressed to him in an unfamiliar hand. perhaps sixty years, had unlo c ked .the door, entered the H e opened it and found one family-circl e seat check room with a dirty lamp and looked at the boy. for the Amsterdam Theatre for that e v e ning's performHe remained but a moment and then retired as he had ance. come, leaving a taint of bad whiskey and vile tobacco in Also a few words scribbled on a blank card as follows: the air.

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20 KING OF THE MARKET. \ Finally a straggling ray of sunlight forced its way into the room through a break in the shutters. By degrees it lengthened out and swung around until it crept over the face of the unconscious lad. As if there was life and warmth in its contact, a faint glow of color began to chase away the lividness which here tofore had rested on his cheeks. At last he sighed, raised one arm, -turned over a little and finally sat bolt upright. "Why, where am I?" he breathed in amaze, and the voice was the voice of Rex Richmond. There was no one there to answer his question. Rubbing his eyes to make sure that he wasn't dreaming, Rex swung around and put his feet to the floor. As he essayed to stand he was overcome by a momentary sensation of faintness. He was conscious, too, of ai dull pain in the side of his head. Pulling his wits together he tried to think what this all meant. "How came I in this room? What sort of a place is it anyway?" Steadying himself, he got' on his feet and walked, lite a sick person, to the door. Turning the knob, he tried to open it. He couldn't, for it was locked and the key was in the lock on the outside. "What does this mean?" he muttered. Then a wave of recollection came to him. After he had come out of the theatre last night, someone had crept up behind and struck him down near tbe corner of Seventh A venue. Then he must have been brought to that room. But why? He put his hand in his pocket and found that the little money he had with him was gone. His gold scarfpin and a ring he always wore also missing. Clearly he had been robbed. But that fact did not account for his being in his present situation. Well, the matter was quite beyond him. He could only wait and see what would happen. He lay down o n the bed again to see if that would ease his head. And while he lay there thinking he fell asleep. An hour after the key was turned in the lock, the door opened and the same disreputable man, who bore every token of being a confirmed bum, entered the room for the third time and looked at him. He gave a satisfied grunt and shuffied out again. In a short time he returned with a plate of cold meat, two slices of buttered rye bread, and a small cracked jug of water. He placed these things on the table and retired. Rex awoke feeling much better. The pain in his head had practically disappeared. He sat up, and the first thing he noticed was ,the food. "That was not there when I went to sleep," he said, ap proaching the table. The fare, such as it was, proved welcome, for he was hungry, and he made no bones about cleaning up the dish and swallowing half of the water. "It is evident I am a prisoner, though I fail to see the object of it all." He went to the window and tried to open it, but the frames were nailed at the side. Through the interstices of the shutters he caught a bare glimpse of a big brick building in the rear; but whether it was a factory or a tenement he could not tell. Rex waSn.'t a boy tq sit down and let things take their course, if he could see a way to better them. He was in that room against his will, and if he could get out of it 'by his own efforts he was going to do so. As he couldn't imagine why he was detained in the place he soon gave up trying to find a solution to the problem. While he was considering the advisability of taking a slat from the bed, smashing the glass and shutters, and thus make a bold break for liberty, there came a noise at the door. "I s'pose I'm going to have a visitor," he breathed. "Maybe he'll let a little light in the subject. I'm willing that he should." The door opened and a hard-loqking man entered the room. He had no hat on, and his hair was closely oropped to his head. His face was smoothly shaven, with mass'ive, bulldog-like jaws. He only needed the prison stripes to stamp his character beyond a doubt. "Well, young feller, how are yer feelin' ?" he said, with a faint grin. "I'd feel much better if I was outside on the re plied Rex. "P'raps you would, but yer ain't goin' out to day, I'm thinkin'. "Why not?" asked Rex sharply. "Because yer oot, see?" "I'd like to know what I was brought to this place for." "Yer was brought here 'cause it suited our an:angements." "What arrangements?" "Yer askin' altogether too many questions, young feller. : "I don't see what interest you can have in keeping me a prisoner here." "Yer don't need to know. That's our busin,ess." "Then you don't mean to tell me anything?" "That's about the size of it." "What did you come in here for?" "I come in to take a look at yer." "Is that all?" "And to see if yer was comfortable,'' with a grin. The fellow lo<>ked around the room, with a half-suspi cious stare, and then took his departure, leaving the boy

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,, KING OF THE MARKET. 21 a s much in the dark as ever as to the intentions of his jail e r s CHAPTEH XIII. Sometime during the afternoon a dish of beef stew, some bread and butter, and a bowl of coffee, evidently SHANGHAIED. from some cheap restaurant, were brought to him by the blear-eyed man. Twenty minutes later the man with the bulldog physi-Rex was hungry and he ate and drank everything in ognomy entered the room and noted the appearance of sight. things with satisfaction. He had given up the idea of trying to escape by the win-He raised the boy's head and looked at him closely. dow, for he found out that he was on the third floor of the "He's safe enough," he muttered. building, with a clear drop of over thirty feet to the yard He left, locking the door after him. below. In the course of half an hour a nighthawk cab was driven The door offered no chance, as he discovered, by peerup to the door of the building. ing through a crack, that the blear-eyed man was on guard A few moments after the man carried Rex downstairs outside all the time. and placed him in the cab. "Mother and the girls must be worried to death about Then he gave the driver certain directions and jumped me, but I don't see how I can help myself the way things into the vehicle, taking his seat beside his victim. are. Whatever game I'm up against, it looks as if I've got The cab was driven downtown at a rapid rate to a cer-to see it-through." ta.in low sailors' boarding-house on South Street. Time hung pretty heavy on the boy's hands as the day The man with the bulldog face went into the groggery crawled slowly away. which was on the ground floor and spoke to a short, thick-He was used to an active, outdoor life, with plenty of set individual behind the bar. excitement in the air about him, and to have to remain The fellow nodded and jerked his thumb in the direction cooped up in a small, filthy room all by himself, not to of a back room. speak of the mysterious nature of his confinement, was The other man returned to the cab, lifted Rex out and, excessively galling to him. supporting him with his arm under his shoulders, half car-But there wasn't any help for it. ried and half dragged the boy into the place, taking him He had to await the pleasure of his enemies. through a door in the rear, and setting him down on a Finally the light in the room began to grow dim by imbench in the dimfy-lighted room, already occupied by three perceptible degrees. intoxicated sea.faring men. Night was coming again. Then he left, boarded the cab and was driven aw&y. What developments would it bring in his situation? Several hours passed, during which three other maudlin He had given up consideration of the matter and was sailors were added to the company in the room. lying half-drowsy on the bed in the now dark room when About this time the effects of the drug, only a portion of the blear-eyed man appeared with a lamp and more reswhich the boy had swallowed, owing to the upsetting of his taurant provender-a small, tough steak, some friecl pota-coffee cup, began to wear off, and Rex became dimly contoes, bread and butter, and a cup of coffee. scious of his new surroundings. As Rex's appetite had not been affected by his captivity, In a dreamy sort of way he saw two men approach him. he got up and made short work of the meal. One was the short, thick-set proprietor of the house; the It was his habit not to drink much until he had finished other, with a slouch hat pulled low down over his eyes, with the solid part of his repast. was Bentley Hitchcock. About two-thirds of the coffee remained in the cup when They stopped in front of the half-conscious boy. he put out his hand to finish it. "Bill Jarvis hocussed him before he brought him down At that moment a. big roach dropped from the ceiling here," said the crimp, with a grin. "You want to have onto his fingers. him shanghaied, eh?" He always had a grea,t aversion to these pests. "Yes," replied Hitchcock. The nervous movement he made to shake off the roach "All right. I put him aboard of the Stanhope, with cased him to upset his cup, and the coffee ran over the other chaps here. She sails with flood tide, abov.t three the edge of the taible the wall and dripped to the in the morning, for South Africa." floor. "Good," said Sondheim's cashier. "The dickens tltke that roach! He's done me out of "As the chap is a greeny, I can't get nothin' for him, my coffee, I wanted a good drink. 1rhat's my hard so you'll have to stump up fifty bones for my trouble and luck." risk." Ah If he had onlJknown! "You are touc:hing me rather stiff, Meiggs. Make it Even while he looked at the dregs in the cup, a $25. drowsy feeling crept over him, and then with a yawn he "Can't do it. You're a gent and can easily afford fifty. dropped his head on his arm dnd was soon in a profound If you're anxious to get the lad out of your way, you won't slumber. 1 haggle over a dollar or two."

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22 KING OF THE MARKET. Hitchcock pulled out his pocketbook and reluctantly counted out the amount demanded. "I depend on you to see that there's no mistake in this affair. Between you and Jarvis I'm out a cool hundred, and I want the goods delivered." "Don't you fret. 'rhe boy will be miles at sea before he wakes up to his new surroundings. He's booked for a two years' cruise unless he cuts the ship at Cape Town. And if he does he'll haYe no. funds to bring him home. You'll be clear of him for some time, in any ca5e. "I don't care so much for that. If the captain of the Stanhope is the kind of man you say he is and will put this young monkey through a course of sprouts, I'm satis fied he'll get all that's coming to him on the trip out. That boy is altogether too uppish. He's handled me without gloves, and I'm going to get square with him. He'll never guess I'm at the bottom of this business, so it won't make any difference to me when he gets back." By this time Rex was fully sensible to his surroundings and the ticklish situation in which he was placed. He had heard and unclerstood every word spoken by the fo-o men, and what .had been a mystery before was now as clear as the noonday sun. Bentley Hitchcock was evidently a bigger rascal than he ever had any idea of. It was plain that the crimp and the cashier believed him thoronghly under the influence of the drug administered to him, otherwise they wouldn't have talked so freely in his presence. Realizing this fact, Rex was careful not to undeceive them. He maintained his inert, lifeless appearance, while his active brain, now as alert as it had ever been in his life, was :figuring upon the chances of successfully frustrating the scheme to ship him off to Africa on the Stanhope. And if he succeedocl Well, he rather guessed he would hand out to Mir. Hitch cock the surprise of his life---a free pass to Sing Sjng. The before withdrawing from the room, gave Rex a bit of a shaking, in order to satisfy himself that the boy was thoroughly stupefied. Richmond was equal to the test, submitting to the rough handling as if he had been a sack of corn "Oh, he's good until morning," laughed the crimp, as he watched his patron pull his victim about. "You're only wasting time on him." "I'd like to see him when he comes to himself," chuckled Hitchcock. "It would give me a heap of satisfaction. He was dead easy to be tricked by a theatre ticket. He really isn't as smart as I took him to be." With another chuckle the cashier walked out of the room with the proprietor of the sailors' boarding-house, Rex watching them out of the corner of his eye. "Now," thought the boy, "how am I going to make my escape? I haven't the least idea where I am; but I can easily guess I'm in a tough part of the city, and probably near the water front." Rex cautiously raised his head and looked around the ill lighted room. He saw and heard the half-dozen snoring sailors who were sprawled about on the benches and floor of the place, which, from the long table in the center, with its score of chairs, he rightly judged to be the dining-room of the establishment. Several beer and whiskey glasses lay upon the floor near some of the drunken mariners, showing they had wound up their debauch in that room. There were two windows in the apartment and a back door leading to some unkn.own region in the rear. A big-faced clock, noisily timing the fleeting moments, showed Rex that the hour was a little past midnight. "I wonder if I dare investigate those windows," he mused. "Somebody might coi:e in here any moment and catch me in the act, and then my name would be mud. But I must make a move before I'm taken aboard the vessel." He wis on the point of taking a shy at the nearest win dow, when a side door was suddenly opened, and the crimp, followed by three husky ruffians, entered the room. The proprietor held the door open while his brawny as sistants picked up the intoxicated sailors, one by one, and carried them out through an adjacent hallway to the street and tossed them into a wagon, already loaded with their bags. Rex was the last to go, and he was piled on top of the others. The crimp mounted beside the driver, two of the others followed, seating themselves with their feet hanging out at the back of the wagon, and then the outfit drove off. Rex saw, by the tophamper of the numerous shipping on the other side of the way, that they were headed down South Street. Somewhere in the vicinity of South ferry the vehicle drew up a boat landing; the live freight, Rex in cluded, were tossed into a waiting boat, their bags after them, and then the crimp's two companions took a hand at the oars, and the boat shot out into the stream and headed for Governor's Island. They pulled through the strait between the island and the Brooklyn shore, and then out into the bay beyond. Rex gazed around in the darkness as well as he could, though careful to make no move which would betray him, and he began to experience a sinking the heart, as if he felt that the inevitable was going to happen anyway. They passed by several dark objects that Rex judged to be vessels lying at anchor, and finally drew near a big shadow some distance from shore, whiclr presently loomed up in the gloom as a big, iron ship, with some of her sails partially unfurled, as if a?out to start on her voyage, as indeed she was. The rowboat bumped against her side and the rowers hauled in their oars. "Boat ahoy sang out a voice from the rail above in a loud whisper. "Jenkins!" was the answer, given in the same cautious tones.

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' KING OF TIIE MARKET. 23 "All right," replied the mate of the ship. "I thought you never were coming. Stand by, there, one of you, to catch the painter," he said to the sailors on deck, and one of them caught the rope which the crimp sent whirling up to him. The boat was drawn up to the ladder that was quickly lowered over the side. Jenkins and his assistants made no effort to arouse the fellows they had brought along, but, lifting them in their arms, one after the other, carried them up the ladder and laid them in a rowi on the deck, as if they had been dead men. Rex was the last to be put on board the vessel, and he was deposited at the end of the row. The captain now appeared on deck with a fountain pen and a roll of paper in his hands. "What's this man's name?" asked tha skipper, stopping at the head of the row, and pointing with his pen toward the first of the prostrate sailors. "John Smith," replied the crimp, "a.nd he is an able seaman." The captain wrote Smith's name and rating on the ship ping articles, and then, kneeling down beside him, placed the pen between his nerveless lingers and, seizing his hand in his own, made a cross with it upon the shipping articles. This done, he passed the pen over to his mate, who signed his own name opposite Smith's as a witness to this piece of iniquity. Althou.gh tl e whole proceeding was outrageous, the form was according to law, and Smith, had he recovered his senses at the moment, would have been held, in spite of his remonstrances, for the cruise. While the mate was signing his name to the articles, the captain produced his pocketbook and counted out a certain amount of money in bills, which he placed in Smith's hand, closing his fingers over them Then he went on to sign the next unconscious victim in the same way. And while he WU$ doing it, Jenkins, the boarding-home man, coolly unclasped Smith's fingers and put the money in :qis pocket. The same procedure he followed in each of the other cases, the captain and mate paying not the slightest atten tion to him. Rex saw all this, as he was lying on his side, facing the head of the line, and wondered greatly at the knavery of the whole thing. But he soon had something else to think about, for pres ently the skipper and his mat; stopped in front of him. "That chap is Bill Jones," said Jenkins, indicating Rex, "ancl he is an ordinary seaman." \\"ell, he doesn't look it," said the captain, sharply. "What is this you're palming 'off on me, Jenkins?" "You kin have him for $20, and no wages, and make what you can out of him." "But I don't want any landlubbers aboard this ship," objected the skipper Then Jenkins took him aside, whispered something in his ear, to which the captain gave a reluctant assent, and tlum Rex was signed and Jenkins got his $20. CHAPTER XIV. CAUGHT IN THE ACT. "Turn to and take that dunnage into the fo'k's'l," saiu the captain of the Stanhope to two of his sailors, who im mediately grabbed hold of the bags belonging to tlie newly shipped seamen and canied them forward. Then the men themselves were carried after their prop erty, Rex, as usual, being the.last of the bunch to be lifted and conveyed down into the vile-smelling "sa.ilors' parlor," as it has satirically been called. He, like the others, was tossed like a log of wood into an unoccupied bunk and left to recover his senses, as they supposed, later on. For a moment or two Rex lay in the bunk, a prey to despair. / "It's all over, and I'm booked for South Africa sure enough," he groaned. Then his young manhood asserted itself, and he sprang from the bunk with a look of resolution on his brave coun tenance. "No. I won't go to South Africa, if I die for it I'll try to swim ashore first." He ran swiftly and silently on deck, no one observing him in the dark. Going to the side of the forecastle deck, he looked over the bay to see if he could make out how far from the near est shore the Stanhope lay. She was at a considerable distance from the Brookly n docks, which could not be made out through the gloom. "I'm afraid swimming is out of the question," breathed the boy disappointedly. "That is, unless Lean find some thing which I could rely on to keep me afloat At that moment his hand rested on a rope hanging over the side. Mechanically he pulled on it and found it offered some resistance, but still yielded to his arm. Glancing down sharply, he saw that it was attaehed to a dark, moving object .. "B'gee I believe that's a small boat," he muttered with a thrill of hope. "Yes, I'm sure it he added a moment later, as he hea11d the shadowy thing bump gently against the vessel's side. "Here goes for liberty," he said launch ing himself over the Stanhope's side and sliding down the line. His feet touched the boat and he sprang into it. Then, :finding that the ln:iot resisted his efforts in the dark, he drew his jack-knife, which had not been taken from him, and with one of the sharp blades soon severed the painter, when the ebb tide seized the yawl and carried it away from the ship and diagonally out into the bay toward the distant shore of Staten Island.

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KING OF THE MARKET. As soon as the ship faded into the night Rex got out the oars and began to row toward the Battery. He soon saw that he made no progress against the strong tide, which was drawing him toward the Narrows. "I shall have to land on Staten Island," he said to himself, so he began to row leisurely across the tide, without any definite idea where he would hit the island when he came down to it. An hour later Staten Island was well abreast of him, and he had managed to guide h1s yawl within one-eighth of a mile of the shore. He now rowed for the island in earnest, and under hi:; muscular arms the boat shot speedily along until he beached her on the suburbs of a town. Abandoning the yawl, Rex struck out for the trolley track, knowing that a car would come along sometime, which would take him down to the ferry. He judged that it must be after two o'clock. After a while he recognized the place as Stapleton by cer tain landmarks he had seen a number of times before. Mr. Sackman, the senior partner of his firm, lived in Stapleton, and Rex had, on several occasions, been sent to his home. In fact, on this occasion, the boy found he was walking up the very street on which Mr. Sackman's suburban resi dence was located. Pretty soon he reached the broker's house, a good-sized, substantial mansion, built right upon the street line, with an extenshw lawn surrounded by an iron fence on one side, while on the other was a :flagged yard protected by a tall brick wall. There was a door in the brick wall, and a street lamp stood nearby opposite it. It was through this doorway that all tradesmen delivered their merchandise. It was always kept closed and bolted against intruders. Rex knew of this rule, consequently he was greatly sur prised, as he came along the walk, to observe that this door was partly ajar. He probably wouldn't have noticed the fact but for the light of the street lamp shining full upon it. The circumstance struck him as being somewhat sus picious. He stopped and looked at it. "William, the gardener, told me that that door is always kept bolted, even in the daytime. Errand boys and others have to ring the bell for admittance. I don't like the look of its being ajar at this hour in the morning." Rex decided to investigate. He believed it was a duty he owed his employer. So he walked up to the door, pushed it half open and peered into the yard. The light of the gas lamp flashed through an d rested upon one of the barred side windows of the dining-room. The boy's gaze followed the light and he was startled to see that below the cross-bar three of the vertical iron bars had been sawed out, and lay upon the :flagging underneath the window. "There's been something doing here for a fact," he breathed. "I'll have to give an alarm. But if there are burglars in the house now, they will probably able to escape. If I thought I could find a policeman, or the police station, I'd try to bag the crooks, in case they are still here. But I wouldn't know where to look for a cop if my life were at stake. It's dollars to doughnuts that if I started out to search for one, I'd have my trouble for nothing. Now, what had I better do? Hello !" There was good reason for this sudden exclamation on his part. His gaze wandering around the enclosure, he observed a man gagged and bound, lying on his back, in the center of the court. His hat and coat lay a few feet away on the flagging. "Good gracious!" cried Rex. "Who is that? Can it be William?" He stepped inside the enclosure and approached the h e lpless :figure. The unfortunate individual saw the lad and began to squirm and moan to attract his attention. "Why, William, is this you?" said Richmond, kneeling by his side. The gardener made some inarticulate sounds through the thick bit of cloth which covered his mouth and nodded his head. As Rex raised the man in his arms a dark face, partiall y concealed by a black mask, appeared at the opening where the bars had been removed. Then, noiseless as a shadow, the man himself slipped out of the window. But Rex felt his presence and looked up. The burglar was in the full glare of the street lamp, while the boy knelt in the shadow. The fellow, a well-built man with a moustache, was dressed in rough and somewhat ragged attire, with a slouch hat pulled down over his mask. He saw that he was observed, and, with a low impreca tion, started for the open gate. But Richmond, on the spur of the moment, dropped the gardener, sprang to his feet and rushed after him. They came together at the gate and clinched. Then, as the boy's face was reflected in the gaslight, the burglar started back with an oath. Rex took advantage of the chance and struck the fellow a heavy blow in the face. Hait and mask were swept away and he stood revealed to Richmond's startled gaze as-Bentley Hitchcock. CHAP'.PER XV A FOUL BLOW. Rex's hold on the ragged coat relaxed, he could do nothing but stand and stare in stupefied astonishment at the well-known feature& of the cashier of Sondheim, Leis berger & Co., who, of all men in the world, was the last

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KING OF THE MARKET. the boy expected to encounter either at Stapleton at that hour in the morning or under the guise of a housebreaker. The surprise was mutual, as may be surmised, for Hitch cock believed that Rex Richmond was on board the British ship Stanhope, the victim of a strong drug. The boy's appearance here in Stapleton, on the very spot where the cashier was engaged in some nefarious enterprise, was a startler to the Wall Street employee. It was lucky for him that he was the first to recover from the shock which, for the moment, had .(la.zed them both. He clutched Rex by the throat and forced him down on the flagging. "Curse you I'll kill you I If you live I can never face Wall Street again." But Richmond was no easy proposition to handle. He also realized that he was fighting for his life. The struggle that ensued was a fierce one. Hitchcock soon found out he couldn't have things his way, although he was the bigger, stronger and, perhaps, the more desperate of the two. Failing to choke Rex, he tried to pound him into insen si bility. Had he succeeded, the chances are he would afterward have brained him with one of the broken iron bars. But fortunately for the boy a newcomer appeared on the scene at this critical moment. It was a Stapleton policeman. He had heard the racket going on in the Sackman yard and came up to see what it meant. Hitchcock noticed his shadow before he got within teach of him, and, giving Rex one terrible blow, which failed to be decisive, he jumped off the prostrate boy, sprang through the gate, and, brushing by the astonish'ed officer, ran down the street and was lost in the gloom of the night. Rex staggered to his feet just as the policeman thrust his head into the yard. "Hello!" exclaimed the officer. "What does all this mean?" "Has he got away?" asked the boy, UR against the wall almost exhausted by the fight he ha
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26 KING OF THE MARKET. 'l'he three entered the house through the broken bars, after bolting the gate, and took their way upstairs, look into each room as they passed along and noting that nothing seemed to have beendisturbed. Mr. Sackruan's bedroom door stood wide open, and the offij:!er entered boldly, followed by' Rex and the gardener. 1 What they saw took them all aback. The wealthy brobr lay, encumbered by the bedclothes, face down on the carpet. Blood was oozing from a nasty wound in the back of hig head, and the weapon that had inflicted it lay bei;ide himone of the iron bars sawed from the window belom ,Is he dead?" gasped the gardener and Rex, in a horri fied breath. "No," answered the officer, after a momentary "He is not, but I am afraid his condition is very serious. Get a doctor at once, Beard. This is a bad piece of busi ness." C HAPTER' XVI. THE KING OF THE MARKET. A t seven o'clock that morning Rex was home in the arms, alternately, of the little mother and three sisters who had been almost distracted over his unexplained and lill accountable absence "I can't tell you anything now, mother," said Rex in a tone and manner which commanded their silence on the subject. "Something dreadful has happened to Mr. Sack man at his home on Staten Island, and I've got to notify Mr. Withers at his apartments at once. Only my duty to you, mother, brought me home now. Now that you see I am al l rigl1t you will try to curb your curiosity until I return again and make the whole thing clear to you." "Well, Rex, I am sure you know what is best. Go, my son, and come back-to us as soon as you can "I will mother, you may depend." He kissed them twice each, and was off like a shot. At eight o'clock Rex, after a light breakfast in a res taurant, was pounding on Mr. Withers's door in the ele gant bachelor apartments a.t the "Cremorne." 'The broker w as just turning out of bed when the sum mons came "Who's there?" he demanded through the door. "Rex Richmond. I must see you o,n a very serious matter. "Wait a moment." Two later Rex was admitted to the sitting room. "Where the deuce were you yesterday?" asked the junior member of Sackman, Withers & .Co. "One of yom siste.rs was down at the office in the morning looking for you. She said you hadn't been home all night. Then your mother telephoned late in the afternoon that you were still absent. Where were you?" .,. I can't tell you now, sir I've got something more im portant to communicate." Mr. Withers stared at him. "What is it?" he asked. "Mr. Sackman was struck down by a villain in his hl'.lrne eatly this morning." "W11at ?" gasped Withers. "Is that the truth?" "It is, sir, unfortunately." "He isn't dead, is he?" "No; bnt the doctor says he is suffering from concussion of the brain." "My heaven!" ejaculated the broker. "This is awful neiws, ?Jld a,t such a moment, too. How did it happen?" Rex gave him a brief outline of the affair, suppressing Hitchcock's identity for the time being "Terrible! Terrible!" s aid :M:r. Withers, i,n an agitated way. "But how came you to be there at that time, Rex? what business carried you to Stapleton?" is a part o.f my own story, which must wait for the present," answered the boy. "I must see l\1r. Sackman at once," said Withers, begin ning to dress with feverish haste. "You can't see him, sir. His condition is too serious Besides, it would be useless, as he is unconscious The doctors say he may die without recovering his senses.'' Mr. Withers stopped and lookecl at Rex like a man who had received a sudden and overwhelming blow. "If l'l1r. Sackman's condition is as you say," he said in a strangely altered voice, "the firm will go to pieces to-day on the Exchange." "Why, what do you mean, sir?" asked Richmond in sur prise. "I mean that Great Western Securities Co., which the bear clique has been battering away with greater vio lence than ever since Monday, will .go down with a.crash, and, with our enormous holdings in the company, that spells absolute ruin." "Why should Mr. Sackman's conclition cause this? Are not you the head ancl front of Great Western on tlie floor? Haven't I heard Mr': Sackman say that you alone know all the ins and outs of this clcal? That you held the helm and was running the thing?" "That's true enough; but I depend on Mr. Sackman to furnish the money necessary to meet our engagements. The funds of the firm have already been swallowed up in the fight, ancl lately Mr. Sackman has been advancing the money from his private resources He is already in over two million It will take another million, perhaps, to force the opposition to a settlement. Without Sackman at my back to-day I cannot sustain my position The bear syndi cate knows this. The moment the news gets out, and it will be in all the early afternoon editions of the city papers, f:)ondheim will jump on me like a thousand of bricks, and thep. nothing can sav.e Great W cstern. And, further, the crash in the Securities Co. is bound to precipitate a gen eral panic on the floor." "Great Scott!" murmured the boy. "Well, there is nothing to clo but face the inevitable;" said Withers in a tone of resignation. "I will hypothecate the last of our securities this morning, and when the ma'.:-

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KING OF THE MARKET. 27 ket opens at ten I will endeavor to stem the tide of disaster until I see if I can get help from certain outside interests If these fail me, all is lost." "Then it is simply a question of money, sir?" "Simply a question of money a paltry half-million might turn the tide and win the fight. Yes, it will take all of that to save us, but where it is coming from at this critical hour, heaven alone knows; I do not." "A paltry half-million," muttered Rex as he left the "Cremorne" a few minutes l ater "Surely, Mr. Withers ought to be able to raise that among his business friends, especially when it's a case of life or and Mr. Sack man is good for every cen t of it." But Rex forgot that cautiou s business men might hesitate to advance so large a sum, when the only security was thr. indefinite possibility of Mr. Sackman's recovery. In the event of hi s death, his estate could not be held liable for any act of Mr. Withers, as the partnership was a limited one. As Rex stepped out of the Hanover Square underground station a sudden and terrible idea occurred to him. Was Sondheim, Leisberger & Co. responsible for the condition of Mr. Sackman? That firm was the head and front of the coalition op-posed to Great Western. He remembered what Mr. Judson haSl remarked that Saturday afternoon on the ferryboat. That Sondheim was a bad man to be up against. That unless Sondheim could break Great Western he and his associates would be ruined and forced out of the Street perhaps. Well, who had struck down Mr. Sackman? Who but the confidential cashier of Sondheim., Leisberger & Co., in the guise of a housebreaker. "Great Cresar !" gasped Rex. "Is it possible that these men would stoop to absolute murder to accomplish their object?" He went to the office in a daze. At ten o'clock Withers left for the Exchange with hiR u su al promptness. He had raised $100,000 as a desperate effort to save the firm from the threatened Waterloo. It was his only hope. Rex stood by the ticker as nervous as a girl making her social debut. T!ie fight of the day was on, and he watched it from afar. For an hour Great Western Securities Co. held its own, then came the first tokens of disaster as the price began to drop by fits and starts. At that moment the ponderous Hamilton Whitehouse rushed into the office. "Great heaven, boy!" he cried, grasping Rex by the arm. "Is this true what I have seen in the extra about Sack-man?" "Yes, sir; it is true." "Then heaven help the market to-day!" and he stag gered to the door. rrhe boy rushed after him, thinking he was going to fall, but he didn't. And as Rex watched him from the door, he saw Mrs. Quill cuming along the corridor. The same old dress and bonnet, only a new handbag. And while the boy looked, there came into bis head a startling idea. Only a paltry half-million was needed, perhaps, to save the firm, and here was a woman who was reputed to havfl that much many times over. He had saved her life-yes,. there was no doubt about that. She owed him a debt of gratitude, and had promised to do something for him. He would ask her to save Great Western for his sake. It required a great nerve to do it, but the rapid-fire ticking of the indicator in the reception-room spurred him on. He rushed out and begged her to walk into the officehe wanted to talk with her-on a matter of life or death. She was surprised, but yielded to his earnest solicita tion. He took her into Mr. Sackman's private office and then, without any preliminaries, he told her what he wanted her to do for him. "It is in your power to save the Great Western Securi ties Co., Mrs. Quill, from absolute wreck at the hands of a clique of scoundrels who appear to be gentlemen, yet are actually guilty of a deliberate attempt to murder the of this firm. In saving Great Western you will save the market, now on the verge of collapse. If you are long on stocks, as I believe you are, you will save yourself, and you will save me, too, for I have nearly $6,000, the profit of all my previous ventures, up on margin ... on a thousand hares of C. & 0. I want your check for $500,000, and the security I offer is the debt of gratitude you owe me for sav ing your life." The little old woman listened intently to Rex's appeal. "The seeurity is good for a million," she said, and then s he wrote check the boy had asked for. "The bank will certify it. Use it as you think best. If you require the rest of the million, call on me at Boomsby's." ":M:rs. Quill, you have done all I could have asked of my own mother. Permit me to say you are an angel. You will excuse me now, for I haven't a moment to lose.' Rex rushed around to the bank on which the check was drawn and had it certified, and then, like a winged Mer cury, flew to the New Street entrance to the Stock Exchange. He was about to send in for Mr. Withers, when he saw that gentleman stagger away from the Great Western cor ner with the stamp of defeat and ruin on his manly coun tenance. The bear forces, led by Sondheim, had battered down his last defense and were now bowling the prean of victory like a pack of jackals over a freshly slain corpse. The great, the indomitable, the hitherto unassailable Withers was down and out, and the whole mob of rampant

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28 KING OF THE MARKET. bears, big and little, were snapping and snarling, eager to be in at the death. It was the turning point of the battle which had; for weeks been fought over the destinies of the Great Western Securities Co. 1 A block of 5,000 shares, the last decisive card of Sond heim's, which he and his agents had been gathering for express purpose for many days past, had just been thrown on the market at the precise moment when they saw that their opponent was weakening, and Withers couldn't take it. Then the slaughter began. And it was at that crucial moment Rex appeared on the scene with his check for $500,000. Brushing the doorkeeper aside, he rushed out on the floor ancl seized Mr. Withers by the arm. "Here, sir, is a certified check to my order for half a million, which I have made payable to you. Take it and use it to save Great Western. If it is not enough, you can call on me over the 'phone for another and it shall be handed to you within fifteen minutes. Not a word, J\fr. Withers. You have only got just time enough to jump in and snow Sondheim under." Withers couldn't understand it, but he knew that every second was precious, and he didn't try to understand it then. He grasped his young messenger by the hand, muttereil a husky "God bless you, Rex," and rushed again into the thick of the fray. One minute more and the whole floor knew that Withers hacl received unexpected help and was himself again. Sondheim was His last trick was taken, and he was forced to give up the fight. A s the arrival of Blucher brought defeat and ruin to Napoleon at Waterloo, so the arrival of Rex Richmond at the Exchange that morning wiped Sondheim, Leisberger & Co. from the Wall Street map, and many erstwhile w e althy men who were identified with their interests went d oll'n to ruin with them. Jn seconds Great Western Securities Co. had leapt o nc e more above par, the entire line recovered and the bulls were triumphant on all sides. And though no one but Withers recognized the fact, the I r e al king of the market that day was a messenger boy of \Yall Street-Rex Richmond. And that afternoon he sent Rex around a handsome gold watch and fhain. "I say, Rex," said Sam Rickey that evening, "I)ve had to buy a new hat." "I thought you bought one a week ago," said his friend. "So I did, but," with a grin, "the honor of being the chum of the King of the Market has so enlarged my occiput that my old hats won't fit." Whereupon Rex threatened to chase him out of the house. "Well, what have you to say about the ma.tter, Miss Forbes?" said Rex next morning. "Everybody but you seems to have had bis little word. I'm listening." "I've nothing to say, Rex-now." A year or two later, when Rex was a broker on his own account, and a very successful one, she said "Yes," and Richmond considered that covered the whole ground. Two weeks after the red-letter day in Rex's calendar, he sold his C. & 0. stock at the high-water mark of 92, clearing $40,000 profit on the deal. After all settlements had been made in the Great Western deal, Withers handed Rexhis check $100,000 as his share in the profits which came to the firm by reason of the final rise in price on the day of victory. Mr. Sackman did not die, but eventually recovered to thank his young messenger boy for saving him at least two and a half millions of dollars. Bentley Hitchcock took time by the forelock and escaped from the country. He was subsequently killed in a drinking-saloon in Brazil. As for Saul Gruber, when Sondheim, Leisberger & Co. went out of business, he found it impossible to get an other situation in Wall Street; and became a ticket chopper on the Elevated railroad. When Rex went into business for himself, Boomsby & Co. lost a good customer Mrs. Quill transferred her patronage to Richmond, the y OUN GEST TRADER IN w ALL STREET. THE END. Read "PURE GRIT; OR, ONE BOY IN A THOU- But the real state of affairs soon came out. SAND," which will be the next (18) of "Fame Yi' ithers tolcl the story next day and aclmowledged uho and Fortune Weekly." it was who saved both Great Western and the entire market. And the story flew all over the financial district in no time, bringing brokers by the score to the offices of Sack man, Withers & Oo., that they might see and speak to Rex Richmond, the hero of the hour-the King of the Market! "I am proud to take you by the hand, young man," said Hamilton Whitehouse, the fat bank director. "You saved me $100,000, and I shan't forget the fact." SPECIAL NOTICE : A.11 back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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WORK AND WIN. The Al:.J:. 'l':S:JD READ Published. -W-eekly N'C'MB:l:B.S AB.JD A:t. WAYS ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM Best IN PB.INT. ALL. LA'.rEST ISSUES: 339 305 Fred Fearnot and the "Cattle Qu .een"; or, A Desperate Woman's 340 Game. 306 Fred Fearnot and the Boomers ; or, The Game that Failed. 3 41 307 Fred Fearnot and the "Tough" Boy; or, Reforming a Vagrant. 301 Fred Fear11ot's $10,000 Deal ; or, Over the Continent on Horse 342 back. 309 Fred and the Lasso Gana; or, Crooked Work on the 343 Ranch. 310 Fred Fearnot and the Wall Street Broker; or, Helping the Wld344 ows and Orphans. 345 311 Fred Fearnot and the Cow Puncher; or, The Worst Man In Ari-346 zona. 312 Fred Fearnot and the Fortune Teller ; or, The Gypsy's Double 347 Deal 313 Fred Fearnot's Nervy Deal; or, The Unknown Fiend of Wall 348 Street. 314 Fred Fearnot and "Red Pete" ; or, The Wickedest Man In Arizona. 349 315 Fred Fearnot and the Magnates; or, How he Bought a Rall350 road. I 316 Fred Fearnot and "Uncle Pike"; or, A Slick Chap from Warsaw. 317 Fred Fearnot and His Hlndo Friend; or, Saving the Juggler's 351 318 Fred Fearnot and the "Confidence Man" ; or, The Grip that lleld 352 Him Fast. 319 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Victory; or, The Longest Purse In Wall 353 Street. 354 320 Fred Fearnot and the Impostor ; or, Unmasking a Dangerous 355 Fraud. 321 Fred Fearnot in the Wild West; or, Tbe Last Fight of the Ban-356 dlts.1 322 Fred Fearnot and the Girl Detective; or, Solving a Wall Street 357 Mystery. 323 Fred Fearnot Among the Gold Miners ; or, The Fight .for a 358 Stolen Claim. 3"9 324 Fred Fearnot and the Broker's Son ; or, The Smartest Boy In u Wall Street. 325 Fred Fearnot and "Judge Lynch" ; or, Chasing the Horse 360 Thieves. 326 Fred Fearnot and the Bank Messenger ; or, The Boy Who Made 361 a Fortune. 362 32!1 Fred Fearnot and the Kentucky Moonshiners; or, The "Bad'" Men of the Blue Grass Region. 363 Fred Fe1m1ot and the Shop Girl; or, The Plot Against An Or phan. 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===-=====================================================i=============================================:::::::::::::::;;::' THE STAGE. No. 41. THID BOYS OF NEW YORK END MIDN'S JOKE BOOE:.--Contain i ng a great variety of the latest jok es used by the m ost famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this w onderful little book. No . THEl O:u' NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Con tarnmg a val'l e d a ssortment of t:>tump spe ec h e s N e gro Dutc h and Iris h. Also e nd m e n s jokes. Just the thing for home amuse m ent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOK:l!J new and very instructive. Every boy. o b tam this book a:s 1t contains full instructions for or gamzmg an amatellr min strel troupe . No. 6 5 MULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbis is one of the most original Joke ever and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contams a large collection of songs, joke s conundrums e tc. of T erre n c e Muldoon, the great wit1 humorist, and practicai of the Evel'y boy .who can enJOY a good substantial joke should obtam a c opy 1mme d1at e l y No . 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete m struc t1ons how to make up for various c h aracters on the s,tage.; wi t h the duties of the Stage. Manage r, Prompter, Scemc and Property l\!an. By a promment Stage Manage r. 80. G U S WII1LIAMS JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est Jok e s, anecdot e s and funny stories of t his world-r e nown e d and eve r popul a r
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THE ,LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the. American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful a ccount of the exciting adventures of a brave band of A m e ri c an youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the g allant caus e of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colore d cover. LATEST ISSUES: 197 The Liberty Boys at Budd' s Crossing; or, Hot Work In Cold Weather. 198 The L iberty Boys' Raft; or, Floating and F ighting. 199 'he L iberty Boys at Albany; or, Saving General S chuyler 200 'l'he Liberty Bo y s Goo d Fortune; or, S ent on S ec r e t S ervice. 201 The L iberty Boys at Johnson' s Mill ; or, A Hard Grist to Grind. 202 The Liberty Boy s' Warning; or, A Tip that Came in '.rime 203 The Liberty Boys with Washington; or, Har d Time s at Valley Forge. 204 The L iberty Boys after Brant; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 205 The L ibert y Iloy s at R e d Bank; or, R outing the Hessians. 206 The L iberty B oys and the Rifl e m e n ; or, H elping a ll They Could. 207 The Liberty Boys at the Mlschlanza ; or, Good -by to General How e 208 The L iberty Boys and Pulaski ; or, The Polish Patriot. 209 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock ; or, The Carolina Game Co ck." 210 The Liberty Boys on the Pedee; or, Mane u vering with Marlon. 211 The Liberty B oys at Guilford Courthouse ; or, A Defeat that Prove d a Victory . 212 The Liberty Boys at Sanders' Creek ; or, The Error of General Gate s 213 The Liberty Boys on a Raid; or, Out with Colone l Brown. 214 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek; or, For Liberty and Inde-pend ence 215 The Liberty Boys' Skirmish ; or, At Green Spring Plantation. 216 The I ,lberty Boys and the Gov ernor; or, Tryon' s Conspiracy. 217 The L iberty Boys In R hode Islan d ; o r D oing Dut y Down East. 218 The Liberty Boys Afte r Tarleton; or, B othering the "Butcher." 219 The Liberty Boys' Daring Dash ; o r Death B e f o r e D efeat. 220 The L iberty Boys and the Mutineers; or, Helping "Mad Anthony." 221 'l'he L iberty Boys Out West; or, The Capture of Vincennes. 222 The L iberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washi n gton' s Narro w Escape. 223 The LibertyBoys Heartbroken; or, The D e s ertion o f Dick. 224 The Liberty Boys In the Highlands; or, Working Along the Hud-son. h 225 The L iberty Boys at Hackensack; or, B eating Bac k the Brltls 226 The Liberty B oys' Keg of Gold ; or, Captain K idd' s Legacy. 227 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown ; o r Guarding the Stor e s 228 'l'he Liberty Boys' Best Act; or, The Capture of C arlisle. 229 The L iberty Boys on the Delaware ; or, Doing D aring D eeds. 230 The Liberty Boys' Long Rac e ; o r B eatln the Redcoats Out. 231 The Liberty Boys Deeelved : or, Dic k Slate r s Double. 232 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young, But Dangerous. 233 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, B eate n B a c k at Brandywine. 234 The Liberty Boys' Alliance ; or, The R eds Who H elpe d 23;; The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 236 The L iberty Boys Afte r Cornwallis; or, Worryi n g the Earl. 237 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell ; or, How They Saved It. 238 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wonderful Woman' Warning. 239 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy ; or, Franklin' s Tory Son. 240 The Lib erty Boys and the Midg e t ; or, Good Goods In a Small Package. 241 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort ; or, Routing the "Queen'1 Range rs 242 The Liberty Boys and General Lacey ; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Billet." 248 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete ; or, Frightening the British With Fire. 244 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 245 The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River ; or, Campaigning In North Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict 9'nold; or, Hot W-.k With a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. , 249 The Liberty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who Helped. 250 The Liberty Boys ':Stumped" or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. 251 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay; or, DU!icult and Dangeroua Work. 2 5 2 The Liberty Boys' Own Mark; or, Trouble for the Tories. 25 3 The Liberty Boys at Newport; or, The Rhode Island Call)palgn. 254 The Liberty Boy,s and "Black Joe"; or, The Negro Who H elped. 2 55 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After the Marauders. 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Shlrtmen" ; or, Helping the Virginia Riflemen 257 The L iberty Boys at Fort Nelson: or, The Ellza6eth River Cam paign. 258 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betti; or, Trying to Down Tryon. 259 The L iberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to Beat Bur goyne 260 The Liberty Boys and the "Little Rebell" ; or, The Boys Who Bothe r e d the British. 261 The Liberty Boys at New London ; or, The Fort Grlawold Mas sac r e 262 The Liberty Boys and Thomas Je!rerson: or, How They Saved the Gov ernor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or Sent Away by General Howe 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line ; or, Desperate Doings on the Dan River. 285 TM Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip; or, On Time In Spite ot Every thing. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins and Torlee. For sale by all newsdealers or will be sent' to any addTess on receipt or price, 5 cents per copy, in money"Or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, a4 Union Square, New York. IF YOU W AN'l' ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and au tn the f o llowing Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. / ............ .................. .................................................................... \ FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. I et e e e e e e e e e, 190 DEAR SrnEnclo sed find ...... cents for whieh please send. me: .. copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY,. Nos .................................. ... .... ... " WORK AND WIN, Nos ............. r " " " FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY, Nos ................................................... 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-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 wealthy. 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 efl'ort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who 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 Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning HisWay; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucy Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, 'rhe Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wal1 Street. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made 18 Pure Grit; or, On e Boy in a Thousand. Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from n e wsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and All in the following Order Blank and send it ro u s with the pri ce of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POSTAGE :STAMPS TARBN 'l'f:IE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TO USEY, Publi sher, 24: Union Square, New York. ......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of vVORI\: AND 'VIN. Nos ............................................................... " WILD "TEST '''EEICLY, Nos ............................................................ " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7'6, Nos ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............ " PLUCK AND LUCK. Nos ........................................................... .,. " SECRET SERVICE. NOS ..................... : ............................................ " FRANK MANLEY'S WERKLY. Nos ................................................... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .................................................. " THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WHEKLY Nos ............................................. . " Ten-Cent Hand Book s N . Name .......................... Street anf! No, ................. Town .......... State. . . . . .......


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