A born speculator, or, The young sphinx of Wall Street


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A born speculator, or, The young sphinx of Wall Street
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N225 5 DR, THE YDUNG SPHINX or WA ... efy Jf' r$.<<..F-;A(,f"/JE_#/j'. ;'. . ::,;:. 'i.' I\ Frank saw his danger as a revolver fiashed before his eyes. He dashed forward and struck the weapon from the cashier's hand just as the offi.ce door swung open and a policeman, followed by Daisy Lee, appeared upon the scene.

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Fame, and Fortune Weekly STORIES. OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iu11.ed Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.llO per year. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 19<11, in the oJl'lce of ) the Libraria n of Congress, JViuhington, D. C., by Frank Publish er, 24 Union S quar e, New York No. 25 NEW YORK, MARCH 23, 1906. Price 5 Cents A BotTn SpeeqlatotT; OR . By A SELFMADE MAN. ,CHAPT E R I. WHA'l' HAPPENED TO BHOKER MILLS. "Mr. Bangs is going out of town over Sunday, I guess," remarked Frank Cole, messenger for John Mills, stock and bonds of No. Wall Street, to Daisy Lee, the office s tenographer, one Saturday morning about half-past nine. Lawrence Bang s was the cashier of the establishment, and had been acting boss for the past four weeks while Mr. Mills was confined to his home by a severe illness. The banker, however, was expected to be back to business on Monday of the coming week, and this report was ha.ilecl with joy by all the employes, for the cashier, who hacl never been a farnrite with his office associates, had succeeded in making himself cordially disliked during his brief reign of authority "What makes you think he is?" asked the girl, who was pretty, bright and sweet seventeen, looking up from her machine, at which she had been working steadily since she Rat down to work, twenty -five minutes before. "He bad his suit-case and umbrella with him when he came in ten minutes ago," replied the boy. "I wish--" then s he stopped and looked down at the keys of her machine. "That he'd never come back, eh?" grinned Cole. "I didn t say--" she began. "But you thought it just the same," he interrupted "How do you know?" she answered, fl.ashing him a s au cy look. "Oh, I'm a go. od guesser. Besides--" "Besides-what?" "The same thought occurred to me." "The same thought? What do you1'mean ?" the office wouldn t him if he were to forg e t to return. I know I shouldn't "Yes, you would," she smiled, tantalizingly. "How?" "You'd mis::; the daily laying out you've been acc u sto med to get .from him." "I shouldn't grieve over the omiss,ion." Daisy laughed. "He does give you fits on the sl i ghtest pretext "He certainly seems to have it in for me. l can't ac count for it, for I attend to my work right u p to t h e handle, just the same as when Mr. Mills is here." "I am sure you do, Frank.'' "You're about the only one in the office he hasn't pull ed oYer the coals since he took temporary charge I g uess he must be sweet on you, Daisy," ch11ckled the messenger

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A BORN SPECULArl'OR. "'l'he idea!" she excl aimed ihdignantly. I it seemed to Frank as i:f Bangs was sc era! degrees crankier "I don't blame him. You're about as pi-eHy as they than usual that 1nt>r1ling. c ome I "I wonder what he had for breakfast?" muttered Cole, "Frank Cole, do you know what you're saying?" I as he returned to the reception-room. "Thank goodnesi;: "Sure thing. Telling the truth, which is a weakness I the boss will be back Monday. l 1 had to put in another h ave week with Bangs I think lid resign." Buzz! went his bell "You mean you're jollying rtie, as you usually do." "Doesn't your looking-glass coyfirm my statement?" The messenger answered the summons. Miss Lee pouted and was silent. "Here's a letter and a package to take to the Bowling "There. I knew you couldn't deny it." Green building, do you understand?" said the cashier, "I think it's time you went back to your post in the re ourly. . I "Y ception room." es, su. "Thanks for the hint. 1 came in to tell vou somethi n"' I "Don't be all day about it, like you usually are," replied '" M B d. . h. but since you're so eager to get rid of me, of course--" r. angs, ismissmg mi. "I'm not anxious to get rid of you if you will only talk This was hardly a fair remlirk, Cole was one of the sensibly smartest n:ie.sse n gers the financial district. "Don't I always talk sensibly?" No delay m the delivery of a message coulcl, ever be traced "Not when you utter such ridiculous r emarks as the one to him. you were just guilty of," she answered, with a demure look. Many Wall Street whom Mr. Mills did busi "What did you come in to tell me?" ness had r emarked l11s movements,. and had con"\.Vhat will you give to know?" he said, tantalizingly. gratulated the broker on havrng s uch a pnze "Oh, I'm not at all curious," she r epl i ed, making a bluff Y es, Frank Cole was .undoubt.edly a boy to resume her work. -one who seemed c1esbncd to make his way m the world . by hi s own efforts "I'll rriake a deal with you. Prorthse me you'll go to the \ th t th th' ait d I'll tell ,, He hail ed from the small town of Sayv1lle, m New ea er wi me is ernoon an you. B 1 C d runswic ,, ana a. "But mamma won't know wh e re I am," she obJected. J "W t t d d I'll 1 't h Two vears b efo r e a 'I oronto express tram had dropped n e a en-wor message an senc i w en we go i 1 . t 1 h ft tl ffi 1 f tl c1 ,, 1 um mto New York at the Grand Central Station. o unc a er le o ce c o::;es or 1e ay. ; H 1 c1 't f 1 t 1 1 l th tr 1 \ V 11" 1 ed to h'. h d th b \ e ia n a nenc o 1e p nm m e great me opo 1s e s 1e answer m a ne w 1 c assure e oy . 1 th. t t t ll ted as, gnp m hand, he s tepp ed out mto Forty-second Street t 1a is mvi a 10n was prac ica y accep \ "Th t ttl d I'll k t f tl t that clay; but before the week was out h e had Recured the a s se e now eep my par o le agreemen t f 'th J hn M ll d had b 'tl I h t t 11 th t th t l'ttl fl I t k I pos 1 10n o messenger wi o i s, an een w1 1 came m ere o e you a a 1 e yer oo on 1 him e ver since. the market two weeks ago, and whi c h vou were so smc C 1 J d t d t N 1 B J ht 1 o e maCLe goo ime own o o roactwa y cau"' would do me up, has turned up trumps." : . . 0 "'" r h t h d tl ? Wl t 1 k b 1 his man all nght anc1 received an aJ1Swer to brmg back. .1.ou ave come ou a ea 1en. rn a uc y oy i un.. h t ed to th ffi h ;. d M B t 1,, v1 11c n e re urn e o ce e roun r. angs a are: . . . his desk in the counting room and handed him the envelope. Don t call it luck, Lee Give me ciedit for a little I He took it without a word to r e it open ancl r e ad the en foresight, please I told you the stoc k would go up. You closure. laughed at me. I let you laugh, for he laugh s best who By the time he had masterec1 its contents Franl< was l aughs last. I backed my opinion with tny entire cash capi 1 in his accustomed cirnir outside, absorbed in the tal of plunks 11 bought ten sha:es of! X. & L. at, 49. 1 niorni n g's issue of the Wall Street News. J closed out the deal by tel e phone thirty mmtttes agb &t 65. Customers came in at intervals from that time on Profit, $160. How's that?" In about twenty minutes the cashier ca.me into the outer "I 't .bl ?" s 1 possi e 1 offic e with his hat on and told Cole to follow him. "As evidence of good faith on m y pa .rt you sha ll see my ; 'I'h ey w ent t o the National Safe D eposit anci Trust Co., broker's check when I receiYe it on Mbnclay 1 c lown ii wide s tafrwa y to the vaults, where Mr. Bangs got "Oh, I beli eYe you, Frank." the box in which Mr. Mi11s kept his sec urities. "Thank you. toic1 you I'd blow you to lunch and the 1 The cashier hande d the box to the boy to carry, and they theater if I won, and I am going to be as good as my word returned to the office. "You're a good boy." I P erhaps half an hout late r Frank was given a package to At that moment the door of the outer office opened and a deliver, with a l ette r to a gentieman who had an office in customer entered Exchange Place Cole hastened to meet hiJ1!, and took his name into the This person's excl u sive business was tb 1end money on private office, where Lawrence Bt!ng s was going over the ca11. mohting rrtail. I Cole received from him an envelope which he handed to "Show him in," saifl. the c ashiet, in the crusty torl e h e the cashier on his r e trlrn ancl a f e w minutes afterward Mr. was accustomed to u se when addressing the messenger, and' Bangs put on his hat and went out.

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A BORN SPECULATOR. He came back in a little while and went immediately to his desk. Frank was kept on the trot until a few minutes after twelve Then the office was closed to the public, though the clerks did not get a way until o'clock A few minutes before that hour 1\fr. Bangs paid all ha}'.lds their wqges for the week, and, clo:sing the big safe, put on his hat and went out. "Gone to get a sta .rting on hi!'I trip," thought Cole, noticing that the cashier had left his overcoat and s11it-case in j:l1e pri offipe. Wh i le the boy was waiting for Paisy to get her things on, a ring came at the telephone q-qd he answered it. "That you, Bangs?" <:ame a voice over the wire. "No, sir. Mr. :Rapgs is not here," replied Cole "Not there!" 'I'1ien fp-llowed a smothered imprecation "Who are you?" . Mills's messenger." There was a pause . "Do J'O'l-1 know where Bangs has "No, sir; but I think he will be back shortly, as his over coat and other thirigs are here, tho ugh theoffice is closed for the "All right. That's all." Co l e hung up the receiver and returned to the reception roorn, where he found l\Iiss Lee waiting for him "Somebody wanted Mr. Bangs on the wire," Frank re marked, as they walked out of the door When they reached the sidewalk a cab drew up to the curb, the driver dismounted and opened the door, and to their surprise out stepped ]\fr. Mills They greeted him politely, expressing the pleasure they felt at seeing downtown once more. f s l\fr. Bangs in the office?" asked the broker. "No, sir; everybody is gone away. I think, however, that Mr. Bangs will be hack, as he left h i s overcoat, um brella and st1it-case in yoiu private room "I '"ill go up ancl wait awhi l e." The broker told the driver to wa.it, and entered the build ing, whi l e Frank and Daisy went on to a restaurant on Broad Street ../ It was halfpa:st one o'clock when they came out, and were starting for the Hanover Square elevated sta.tion when Cole st1dcfonly recol]ected that he had forgotten a small package at the pffice he intended to tqke home "We'll gq back, he said, turriing around "It wor.'t take but a minute for me to get it." So thf)y their to the office building. "The boss is still here, I see," said Cole, as they noticed the cab stii.cllflg in the frqtit of tbe entrance "I'll be dow; in threi:i sha kes of a lamb's tail." "I'd ratl'J,er wa}t npstai1s in tJie conidor," replii::cl Daisy, and she follo'fed afti::r Mm. Mr. ills's offices w e re qn tni:i second floor, in the rear, ap.d frfillk i11de a bee fine for thei as :fas t as he could walk. He expeC'tcd to find the door of the general office unlocked, but when he l aid h i s hand on the knob he di s cov ered it was :fast He looked through the keyho l e and n oticed tliat Mr. Bangs's suit-case and umbrel l a had bee n removed to the middle of the room. "I wonder if Mr Mills ad the cqshier are inside? he thought. "If so, they are probab l y the privat e office. I'll jpst slip in, get my and sneak." He had a key to the office, so he flu:ietl y u n l ocked the door and entered The door of t h e priYate roo:r was wide ope n a n d Col e gjanced in a& he crossed the reception room. What he sqw brought him to ii-fi1ll stop a n d :fair l y stag gered him. Mr. Mills was lying back in bis c hair in front of h is desk with his head l olling he l plessly to one side. His face was as white as a sheet of paper, and b l ooq was flowing from an uglylooki ng wound a pove h is temple "Good gracious!" gasped boy "What h a ppene d to him?" )Ie clashed into the room, seized. t h e broker and str aightened him up. "This looks like h e breathed, excit-edl y He put his ear down to the broker's heart. "It beats. He is not dead!" he cried, joyfully. I mus t get help for him at once." The boy clashe d out of the pri vate room, c r ossed th e outel office hurriedly ancl l et himself o u t into the corrid or, closing the door softly after hji He almost ran into Daisy, who had b een wal king s lowl y toward the .office. "What's the matter, Frank?" she asked, i n surprise "You're as pa l e as--" "Don't ask me, Daisy Something terrille h as h ap pened to Mr. Mills." "Why, what do you mean?" s h e exclaimed, ag hast. "I he has been struck clown i n b is office by a villain Run downstairs, will you, and send the j anitor u p. Then look out on the street and if you see a pol i cema n i n sight bring l1im here. I'm going to tel ep h one to t h e nef).r est hospital." Leaving the astonished gir l to follow h is d i rections, he ru s hed back into the office, intend i n g to ring u p the Chambers Street Hosp i tal. His hand was on the knob of the counting room door when it was opened from tlJ.e othe r 13i de a n d Lawre n c e Bangs confronted h i m C H A PTER II. LAWRENOE BANGS EVAD ES THE I SSUE "You here!" his.sed the cashier, flS lte bac k ip. consternation at the unexpected appearance of the qffice rness!"nger on the scene Cole was struck dprpq wit)i i:;urpri se for the momeP,t, as

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A BORN SPEC1.JLATOR. Jw b acl s nppo s ed the plac e d e serted by all s av e the stricken br o k e r, In an instant a h o rrible irni:;pi e i o n flas hed through his brain. H e ha'Shl in C olt ',, car, hr e n clc avor e d 'to get a hold on th e boy's throat. Bnt Frank. was a stout :.md a thl etic y outh, a .nd h e put 11p a vigorou s resi stance. The p oliceman now took a hand in the proceedin gs but found it diffi cult at fir s t to s eparnt e the m. Finally he s ucceeded in getting a firm grip on the ca.shier, and held him s o that Col e manag e d to r e l e as e himse lf. "Don't let him go!" cri e d the youn g m esse n ge r, e x cite dly. "Some one has made a murde rou s a ssault on Mr. Mills in his private _office and I s uspect this man of the deed." Daif-iy, had now advanced into the office, glanced into the inner room At th e s i ght of the d e ath-like c ountenanc e o f th e brok e r sh e utte r e d a low scr e am and cove r e d h e r fac e with h e r hands. "Who i s thi s man? Do you know him?" a s k ed the officer of Frank. "Know him? I s hould s a y T did. He'R our c a shie r. "Tlrnn you are---"' "I am Mr. Mill s s m esse n ge r and thi s youn g lad y i s h i s s tenographer.''. At this point the janitor, who had take n his own time to r e a c h the sc ene appeared H e was very much a s toni s h ed a t the animated tabl ea u wlu c h met hi s gaz e . "What's the trouble?" h e inquir e d, curio u s l y Murd e r to be th e t r o uble," repl ie d the policeman, as h e for ce d Bangs to enter the priv ate ro o m whe r e the un c on s ciou s brok e r reclin e d in hi s c h air in the s am e positi o n h e h a d been pla ced b y C ole, the blo o d formin g a broad red snrnd ge down on e s id e of hi s face to the r i m o f his c oll ar. Y o n hatl b ette r tel e phon e to t h e C h a mb e r Street Hos pital for an ambulan ce, h e a d d e d t o the janito r. P r ank, however, was attending to that di1ty at the m o ment, and afte r h e had fl.as h e d his r e que s t over t h e wire h e c all e d up th e Old Slip poli c e sta. tion expl ained. the r-:i t uation and s u g gested that anoth e r officer b e sent at once The n h e r e join e d th e tre mblin g girl in t he outer office in time to hear the policeman s a y t o Bang s : Have y ou any e xplanation to mak e about this ? The c as hi e r how e v e r s ull enly r e fu s ed t o op e n hi s m outh. "Oh, Frank!" exclaim e d Daisy, r egarding with fri ghte ned eyes I sn't it a.wful? Is Mr. Mill s d e ad?" H e wasn t a few mom ents ago wh e n I came upon him fir st. I think h e ha s o nlv been struc k sen se less b v t hat -. r asca l Bangs "Oh, I Jo hop e h e won't die!" s h e cr i e d tea rfull y D o n t b e alarmed, Daisy. I g u ess h e' ll c om e a roun d all right. An a.mbnl a nce s m ge on will b e h e r e a n d the n w e 'll und e r stand hi s c onditi o n b e t te r. H e left h e r for a mom ent t o infor m t h e officer that. h r h acl communi cate d with b o th the hospita l and the p olice s t a ti o n. All ri ght, r e pli e d the p o l iceman "As soon a s t h e surgeon pa sse s judg m e n t o n the ca se I'll take t hi s man aro und t o th e s tafion a.nd make the charge a g airu;t him." 'l h e r e v o lver F rank had ]mock e d o u t of the cashi er':-< hand ia y all thi s tim e whei e it hir. falle n n ear the chair on whi c h its owne r 's h a t and c oat l a y a.nd n o on e paicl a n y attention to it, at lea s t no one but Bangs him se lf. A s s oon a s that r asc al noticed its positi o n h e deci de d that if he could onl y rea c h it qui c k enoug h h e migh t be able to cove r his r etreat from the building with it. Judg in g from his manner, he seem e d to hav e gi ven up all thought of offering further resistance, and the officer seren e in hi s strength and importance relax e d his h o l d s omewha.t.

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A BORN SPECULATOR. 5 The janitor sudden ly remarked that the broker seemed "No, I g uess not," replied Frank, brushing the dust from to be coming to his senses, as Frank was washing the blood his clothes. "He is trying to escape the consequences a from his face with a water-soaked towel. murderous deed. Come inside and look at Mr. Mills." 'rhis caused the policeman's attention to be turned from The s urgeon followed the boy into the private office, his prisoner for a moment, and Bangs seized the chance, where Miss Lee was holding the towel about the broker's quick as a flash. head. He wrenched him self free by a s udden movement, and 'Mr. Mills had revived s omewhat and seemed to be trying'. before the officer could stop him, sprang through the door. to collect hi s senses Stooping, he snatc h ed up his revolver and presented it The ambulance man looked at the wound and declared it at the policeman. was not r ea lly as serious as it appeared to be to the unprac"Stand back!" he cried, in a menacing tone. Don't ticed eye. attempt to stop me, or by heaven I'll shoot you down like It had been made b y some hard implement coming into a dog!" glancing contact with the sh.-ull. Then he grabbed his coat and hat and dashed for the "Half an inch lower the blow if given with sufficient door. force would probably hav e brought about a fatal result." The policeman, recovering himself, rushed aftet him. "The n he will recover?" asked Cole, with a feeling of At. that moment the office door opened and the ambulance satisfaction. surgeon appeared. "Surely," replied the s urgeon, wa shing the wound with "Stop him!" cried the officer; an antiseptic liq1ud. 'rhe surgeon, however, was an undersized young fellow, "I am so glad," flutt e red Daisy wiping the moisture aiid stopping wild-eyed men of the size and weight of Lawfrom her eyes. rence Bangs was not in his line. The ambulance man ti.en deftly bound up the cut in 'l'ben the request had come at the very moment the cash -true hospital fashion, and after that prepared a mixture ier was '8.lmost upon him, so that he didn' even have time which relieved the broker of the faintness which bad. op to. think before he was sent whirling against the opposite pressed him. wall of the corridor. "I should advise you to tak e a cab and go home right Bangs, who knew the building like a book, didn't go toaway. You will feel better by to-morrow morning, when ward the Wall Street entran ce, but dashed into an adjoinyou should send for your regular physician and let him ing corridor which l ed to a window overlooking the firerlress the wou nd. It ought to be attended to twice a day escape. until the inflammation entirely subsides. Throwing up the window the moment he reached it, he Thus spoke the surgeon, as he picked up his satchel and passed through and fairly slid down the iron ladder to the prepared to talce his departure. open space behind the otlice buildiJig which connected with "I will follow your dir ect ions," replied the broker, with a narrow passage l eading to the rear of a row of buildings a faint smi l e fronting on Hanover Street. Then he handed the young chap a bill, with his thanks, When the officer, who had followed him as quickly as for his expert attention. possible, reached the point where he had seen the cashier "Now," said Mr. Mills, turning to his messenger, "per disappear, he fo1md no trace of him, and many valuable haps you will expla.in what you know about this affair. minutes was lost before he discovered the door through How is it that I find you and Miss Le e back in the office? which Bangs had passed info clne of the builJings, and so J thought you had started for your home s Who found me on through into the thoroughfare beyond. here unconscious?" When he finally came out on Hanover Street he could "I did Rir," began Frank, and then he told his story. not tell in which direction his mflll had vanished. "It was Mr. Bangs who struck you down, was it not?" conThcre wasn't a soul on the short and narrow block to give eluded the boy, hardly deeming the broker's confirmation him a clew and the result was the rascal got off entire ly. necessary, so certai n were appearances against the cashier. CHAPTER III. AFTER THE ORIM:E Cole, who had made a fruitless attempt to head Bangs off, reached the corridor in time to assist the ambulance surgeon to his feet. "What's the matter with that man? Is he crazy?" sput tered the disciple of Escu lapius, as he ginger l y felt of his back where he had come into collision with the wall. "Yes," replied Mr. Mills. "That man is a scoundrel." "He has s hown himself to be s uch," an s wered Cole, em phatically. "Anu to think I have trusted him implicitly. The fel low has been robbing me systematically and had arranged to clear out to-clay with everything in the way of cash and negotiable securities in sight. But," eagerly, "you say you came in upon him at the last moment, after he had struck me down in my chair?" "Yes, s ir. He intended to shoot me, but I was too quick for him. Then we had it out on the floor, and the appear ance 0 the policeman, brought in by Miss Lee, helped me out of a bad box, for Bangs meant to do me up if he could

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6 A BORN SPECULATOR. have brought such result about. I found him to be an customer." "How did he manage to escape after the officer got his hand s on him?" asked the broker. "He broke away somehow while the policeman's atten tion was diverted by signs of returning con in you, sir. The officer, however, pursued him at once and has probably caugb,t him by this time." "l3Ht he surely could not have carried off that suit-case with him. It contains thousands of dollars worth of money and valuables belonging to me," said the broker, eagerly. "No, sir. He got away with nothing but his hat and coat, and what may ha.ve been on his person. The suit outside. I will bring it to you." Frank walked into the reception-room, picked up the casP.ier's su it-case and umbrella., which had remaied un disturbed there during all of the excitement, and carried it in to the banker. Mr. Mills gazed upon it with a look of great relief and thankfulness. "If it hadn't been for you, Frank, I have no doubt he would have s ucceeded in making his escape with the fruits of his thieving game. I feel I am under great obliga tion to you, and believe me I shall not forget it." ''If I have saved your money and other valuables I am vocy glad to know it, sir. But it is no more tl1an my plain duty tyn in the assignment book and a reporter in due time was sent ou,t to get the com1Jlete story, if :p01sible. Mr. Mills was interviewed at his residence. Frank Cole was located at his boardilj.g place on West Twenty-third Street, and pumped of all he knew about matter. As t4i:i boy had taken a prominent part, in which a pistol

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A BORN SPECULATOR. 7 had figured, an artist accompanied the reporter to get a sketch of him in case he didn't have a photograph to loan. rrhe result of it all was, as wc have said, ill the Sunday morning papers, and Cole had to stand a lot of que s tioning and chaffing from his follow boarders On Monday morning broke1 friends of Mr. Mills began to drop in to l e arn how he was getting on. Every one of them had something complimentary to say to Cole. Most all of them knew the bright boy, either personally or by sight "Say," laughed a fat broker nam13d Winslow, 1'how does it feel to have a gun pulled on you?" "! hardl y rememb e r the sensation, it was all dver so quick," replied Cole. "I'll bet yot1 had springs in your shoes to get at him sci it1pidly," chipped in Broker Harlow "Some chaps would have sprinted in the other directitltt;" grinned another stock operator. "That doe.ini't always pay," replied the young iriessert ger. "Jjead travel s fnuch faster than shoe leather "I'll bet it does," coincided Broker Winslow. "The only thing to do under the circumstances is to take the bull b y tl;ie horns as I did, but you must do it quick, before the other fellow gets the drop on you," argued Frank. "It takes nerve to do it, all right," nodded Harlow; vig orous ly. "Well, Cole, you've succeeded in making a new reputa tion for yourself in the Street I suppose Mills will rai .se your wages now." "I'm satisfied with my present wages," replied the boy, wishing to sidetrack any allusions to a possible reward in the perspective "You mu s t be an uncommon boy if you are," laughed the brok er. "Now my messenger seems to be a regular money sieve. Every time I raise him he seems to look for more. Wl1at he does with all his coin gets me, for he is forever borrowing something in ::dvance of my cashier." "Maybe h e has expensive habits," laughed Cole. "What right ha s a boy to have expensive habits, eh? Youth is the time to save money, if you expect to become a financial Vanderbilt or Astor As a matte r of fact, Frank Cole heid something of a levee before ten o'clock, and also later on in the day when the broker s were not busy on the Exchange. Ail of them were delighted to learn tl1at Mr Mills had not su ffer ed very severely from the shock, notwithstanding the fact that he had been previously confined to the house for a monti1. The police were severely criticised, first for permitting Cashier Bangs to get away after ha ving been once caught, anci scc:ondly because they didn't catch him afterward Probably Bang s had one or more confederates who ilshim to cover up his tracks. ,, Brok er Mills secured a new cashier on Wednesday, on which nay his physician reluctantly permitted him to visit Wall Street and look after his handicapped business affairs On Monday an expert accountant had been hired to go over the late cashier's books After taking possession of the contents of the suit case, it was discovered that there was altogether a shortage of securities, but an overplus of money From this showing Mr. Mills correctly concluded that ::\Ir. Bangs had pledged some of his collatera l. Frank was able to throw some light on this He reported the visit he had paid to the gentleman in Exchange Plac e The boy WM at once sent there with a note asking for information on the subject The answer showed that Lawrence Bangs, on a note bearing the presmnecl signature of John Mills, had de posited so many shares of such and such gilt edged stock, and had received a check, to the order of Mr. Mills, for so much money on call at the prevailing market rate. The bank on which the check had been drawn had paid the money over the counter to Lawrence Ba .ngs,. who wati personally known to the paying teller, as the check bore the endorsement of the broker-a clever forgery on B angs's part. When everything was cleared up, Broker Mills found, thanks to his messenger's unexpected appeaJ"ance at t he office in the nick of time, that his loss was comparatively insignificant. At three o'clock on Wednesday afternoon Mr. Mills called Frank into his sanctum and motioned him to a seat beside his de sk. "I wish to say that your wages hereafter will be $12 a week, and I shall advance you to my counting-room at the first chance." "Thank you, sir. I shall to earn the raise "I am satisfied you a .re worth the money, Fl'ank. This is merely a general expression of the value I put on your as an uncommonly good messenger. Now here," he said, taking up a package of bills, "are $1,000 T ake it-it's yours." "Sir!" exclaimed the astonished boy. "I said it was yours," pushing the package toward his messenger. "Excuse me, Mr Mills, but I don't quite understand." "ATen't you as bright as usual to day?" asked the broker, with a smile. "I hope so, sir." "Well, then, when I say this money is yours don t you understand plain English ?" "I understood your words, but I don't understand j us t how this big sum of money happens to be mine "You have saved me a matter of $50,000, young man Isn't that worth $1,000 ?" "But, sir, I don't want any rewal'd for that," objected the boy, earnestly "Nonsense! Put it in your 'pocket and say nothing more unless you wish to offend me," replied Mr. Mills, in a tone which showed that he meant every word. Cole put hi>i hand on the money, but tire magn i tude o f the present took away his breath, as it were.

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, .'.., '"'-I .A, lo 8 A BOHN SPECULATOR. "It's not going to bite you," laughed the observ in;; t:rn gingerly way he handled the package of bills. o, sir, but I want fu try to get used to the fact that I hav e suddenly become a bloated capitalist on a small scale." "It's a pleasant sensation, isn't it?" smiled Mr. Mills. "Yes, sir, but kind of funny when a fellow isn't used to it." "I hope that one of these days you'll be accustomed to handling many thousands of your own money, my lad." "Thank you, sir; I hope so, too. It won't be my fault if I don't." "There's no reason why an ambitious, energetic boy like you, with no bad habits that I know of, should not come out at the top of the heap in due course of time." "Will you please put this in your safe till to-morrow?" "Certainly. Get a big envelope, put it into it and seal it, then write your name on the outside and tell Mr. Briggs,, our new cashler, to put it away until you ask for it. Are you going to put it in the savings bank?" "Yes, sir." "That's the best place for it. 'l'he banks are paying from 3 1-2 to 4 per cent. Your deposit will therefore begin to earn a semi-annual profit of say $20 right away, com pounded every six months." This bit of information wasn't new to CO'le, but he said nothing. "I think I've made a bigger per cent. to-day than any operator in Wall Street," he remarked with a grin, as he took the money up. "Hpw. do you make that out?" "I have made $1,000 out of nothing, haven't I?" "I'll have to concede the point since you put it that way," laughed the broker. "I must have been born lucky, sir." "You mean under a lucky star?" "I suppose so--if there's any such thing." "Lots of people believe in such a thing. Well, that's all. I must be getting home. I have already overstayed my physician's directions." "Well, sir, I am very grateful to you for this money," iaid Frank, rising. "You may be sure I will put it to good use." Then he left _the private office feeling like a millionaire. CHAPTER V. :MR. REGINALD CATES AND HIS FRIEND PYLE. When Cole came downstairs to supper that evening he found a new boarder at the table. The landlady had installed him in a chair next to the young Wall Street messenger, and as soon as the boy had seated himself she came forward and introduced his new neighbor to hi:qi as Mr. Cates. "Happy to make your acquaintance," said the new boa. rder, glibly, offering his hand, which was singularly soft and white, the nails perfectly manicured, as if it had never been tarnished by such a thing as vulgar toil. "My first name is Reginald," he added, looking inquiringly at Cole, as if expecting him to oblige in kind. Frank, howe>er, wouldn't take the hint. The fact was he didn't fancy Mr. Cates, and first im pressions went a long way with the Wall Street boy, who, in the last two years, had run against pretty much of all sorts of the human family, and his guided him a great deal in forming friendships. The new boarder had red hair and thin, straggling reddish whiskers, and Frank had a personal aversion for the color, though this of comlle could not be considered as a refiectiO'n on the tint, for people have no voice in nature's selection of their scalp coveri Another thing which jarred on the boy's feelings was that the new b?arder was altogether too familiar 'on first acquaintance. He was unduly confidential, and in turn tried to draw out a similar confidence from his table partner Now Frank was known to be uncommonly reserved in his manners. He never started a discussion at the table or elsewhere, but he quietly took in all that went on around him. This fact had become so noticeable at the boarding house that many of the boarders alluded i;o him as the Sphinx. The general impression was that he had a wise head on his y oung shoulders. After all, this is an excellent feature in one's make-up, foi: you wiJl never regret what you never say, but very o:ftlm a foolish expre s sion will lead to embarrassing results. Mr. Cates had hal-f finished his dinner when Frank came down, but he prolooged his stay at the table until Cole :finished the meal, and then he followed him upstairs and invited him inro his room, which was a larger and much better furnished one than the messenger boy's. "You will have to excuse me, Mr. Cates but I have an engagement this evening." "Five minutes one way or the other won't make any difference," insinuated the new boarder, as he threw open the door of hls apartment. "Five minute s make s a considerable difference some times," replied the boy, making no movement to enter the other's room. "When a man is going to be hanged-yes," laughed Mr. Cates, softly. "Come in a minute anyway," added the new boarder, linking his arm in Cole's, and, much against his desire, Frank was ushered into the large and airy square room which adjoined his own modest hall sleeping den. "Take a seat, Cole, and make y<>'urself comfortable," in dicating the easy chair. "I s'pose you smoke? IIere's some of the best Turkish coffin-nails on the markt1t-reaJ im ported from Smyrna," and he offered Frank a fancy box of gold-banded cigarettes. "Thank you, I don't smoke," replied the boy, politely refusing to indulge. "Oh, you mean you don't smoke cigarettes. I don't know

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A BORN SPECULA TOR. 9 a s I blame you. rrs a might y bad habit. Allow me t o s ub stitute a prim e H e nry Cla y c igar. "I don't s mok e at all an s w e r e d Cole, 'firmly. "Do you mean that?" asked Mr Cates in some "Yes, sir "Do you drink?" do not." "May I inquire if you a r e a member of t h e You n g en' s Chri s tian Association?" with a covert s neer. "I am; but I don't think that has anything to do with it." "That's right," replied Mr. Cates, turning the matte r off. "You work in Wall Street, don't you?" Yes." "Brok e rage firm, eh?" continued the new boarder, c a re lessly. "What nam e did you s a y ?" "I didn't s ay," rep l i e d the boy, grim l y . "Oh, yes, good joke Ha! ha! ha!" chuck led Mr. C a tes "We ll what i s the name of your respected employers?" The question wa s too dir ect to b e parri e d and as t he r e was no parti c ular reason why h e s houldn't an s w e r it, other than an indi spos ition to gratify the new boarder's c uri osit y h e an s w e r e d : B ot h reac hed the s tation a t the s ame time, but ascended by different sta i rs, Cates car e full y kee ping in the back gro u nd until t h e t rain c ame along when he boarded the car behi n d t hat ta ke n b y Col e He kep t hi s eye o n the boy and noted when he got up to l eave t11e train at Forty -second Street. R e d id tlle same, and f ollowed tlie y oung messenger to t h e street and s o on to Bro a dway, wher e h e obs erved Colr t ake his sta t ion o n t h e s outhwest c o rn e r "Evidentl y h e expec t s t o meet som e bod y," thought Cates, taki n g s h elte r in a c onv e nient doorway. I wonder wher e he's b ound for?" T hat q u estio n was presently settle d for friend came alo n g insi d e of five minute s and the n Oate s s hadowed them t o the theate r Wh a t time i s th e s h o w over?" he asked a s mall, uni-formed clarkey in the ma i n e ntranc e '.'E leben o'clock, sir." Mr. Cates spe n t the inte r val at a w e ll-known billiard and {ool room i n comp a n y wit h a s pruc e ly dressed individual who join e d him t h e r e T hey l eft the est a bli s hment a few minute s elev e n and s trolled along t o ward the N e w Amsterdam Theater. "John Mill s." "Mills, eh?" and once mor e Mr. Cole s aid Tiothing The peop l e were beginning to come out when they got Cates laughed, s o f tl y near the p lace, an d i t was n t long b e for e Cates singled out Frank Cole an d hi s fri e nd and poin t ed him out to his "Wher e about s on W all Stre e t i s your office?" "No. -." companion. "Does your employer deal in bonds as well as s tocks? "He does." "Well a friend of mine has some Third Avenue R a il road 4 's he i s about to sell. If you think you could make a c ommission on the trade I'll s teer you n ext to him "I'm much obliged, Mr Cates, but it would be be t ter if your friend ca ll ed on Mr M ill s dir ect." This answer s eemed to disappoint the new boarder, and he didn t say anything for a min u te ot two. Cole took advantage of his silence to ris e and say he real l y had to go or he wouldn't be able to keep his engagement "Ve ry well," answered M r Cates, als? risi n g an d goi n g with him to the door "I'll see y ou in the m o rning at b r eak I s uppo s e "Ve ry likely," replied th e boy, politel y and then the d o or closed behind him and h e went to hi s own room to get read y to go out. H e had to go to the New Amst e rdam Theater with a Wall Street friend, a messe n ge r empl oyed b y Win s low, t h e fat broker. They were to meet at ha lfpast seven at the corner of Broadway a n d For t y -secon d Street, and Col e m a de it a point always to be p rompt l y o n time 'Before he .was q uite ready he heard Mr Oates's d oor open and shut and the new boarder go downstairs R e followed in five mi nu tes, and did not observe t hat Mr. Cates was standing on the oppos i te side of the way, s moki n g one o f h is Henry Clay perfectas. Cole started for the e l evated station at a brisk pace, a n d the new boarder k ept time wit h him on the other s ide w alk. Col e's fri e nd got on a north-bound Broadway car and Cates jud ged that hi s fellow-boarder intended to take a south-bo und o ne, in s tead of walking ro the elevated station. Cates and hi s frie nd immediately hurried forward ro p revent this 'I he fir st t hin g Cole kn e w h e felt a hand on his arm and the n h ea r d a voice which sounded familiar in his ear. "Upon my w qrd, Cole, this is an unexpected pleasure." The boy turne d and found himself face ro face with the new b oar d er. "Allow me t o m a k e you acquainted with a friend of mine. Pyle, this is Mr. Cole." "Happy to know you, Cole, responded Mr. Pyle, graci ous l y, extendi n g hi s hand. F r ank bowed poli te l y and shook hands with the gentleman "Bou nd home, eh ? said Cates. rrhe boy said he was. "So am: I. "Oh, com e now, w hat' s your hurry?" interposed Pyle. "Come over t o the corner and have something with me." "Sorr y," r e pl i ed Cates, with a wink "but I've had two al r ea d y to-ni gh t and that's m y limit. Be s ides, Cole doesn't drink, and I respect his s cruples." "We ll, i f y ou w or(t ; I suppos e you won't," replied Pyle, wit h ap p a rent r e gr e t. "At any rate, you'll come as far a s Forty -seventh Street with me." "Sure and h e linked arms with Cole. "We'll go as far as that with y ou. Frank was n t particularl y ple a sed with this arrangement, but d i d n't see how h e could well back out.

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1 0 A BORN SPECULATOR. "This is the gentleman I was speaking to you about who 1ias some Third A venue Railroad bonds for sale," said to the boy as they started up Broadway. "Yes," chipped in Pyle, "I have several that came to me by the will of my late uncle. I was thinking of disposing of them. I believe they're selling at 94." "What's the matter with letting Cole them?" ;mg gested Cates as if the idea had just struck him. "He works for a stock and boi;id broker in Wall Street, and might get a better price for them through his emp l oyer than you could as an outsider." -I ""l'hat' a goocl idea," replied Pyle. "He could make a rake-off for himself Cole was about to assure Mr. Pyle that he could do fully as well himself with the bonds if he took them to a reput able broker, when a man, apparently intoxicated, o ut from a dark hallway and stopped in front of the pa.rty. "Shay," he articulated, thickly, "gin1me price of a whiskey, will yer ?" Give you nothing," replied Pyle, making a motion._to p us h the fellow away "Get ont of the way, you bum!" said Cates, making a s imilar motion. "Whaz zat? Me a: bum?" The fellow suddenly drew something from his pocket and made a b low, not at Cates or Pyle, but at Frank, who had not opened h i s mouth at al l. T h e boy was taken so completely by surprise in the dark ness of the night that the s lungshot caught him alongside the head, and he sank to the pavement senseless I guess I fetched him all right," said the supposed drunken man, with a chuckle "You did, for fair l" laughed Cates and Pyle, in a breath "Well, pick him up and carry him inside. I'll settle my score by and by." It was the voice of Lawrence Bangs, though it was ap varently not his face . CHAPTER VI. w JT AT CQLE SA w AND IIEArrn THROUGH THE TRANSOM Wl1en Frank Cole recovered his senses a couple of hours later he became conscious of two things : first, that he had a racking pain on one side of his head, and, second, that he was lying upon a lounge in a dark room 'fhe inevitable "Where am I?" darted through his mind, aml he began to wonder, in an unconnected kind of way, what had happened to him, and whether he was really in po;;session of his senses, or in the meshes of an unpleasant dream He lay some little time' without stirring, b r ing order out of chaos, as it were. Then he sat up and brought his feet to the floor. "Tf this is a dream, it beats anything of the kind I've ----ever been up against," he muttered, trying to pierce the shadows which en,eloped him "Gracious! What a pain I've got in my heac1 !" He got on his feet and walked to what he guessed to be a window with closed -in Venetian blinds. He was not wrong in bis surmise. Opening the blinds he looked out on the night and upon a scene strange to his eyes-a succession of back yards ex tending for a full block "I'm certainly not in my room on Twenty -third Street,'' he breathed, in some perplexity. "Then, where am I ? &id how came I to be here?" The dim light showed him a pitcher full of water stand ing in a bowl on its stand. He poured some of the water out and began to bathe his feverec1 head. "Why, there's a lump half the of a hen's egg above my ear," he ejacu l ated in great surprise. "How did I get that?" Suddenly, under the soothing influence of the cold water, the events of the evening began to crowd into his brain. As recollection asserted itself the unexpected meeting with Reginald Cates, the introduction to his friend Pyle, and the walk up Broadway, culminating in the encounter with the drunken man near the corner of Forty-seventh Street, unfolded themselves like a panorama before his mental viaion. "I remember now the fellow shuck out at me, something seemed to crnsh in the side o.f my head, I saw red fire and bright stars without number, and-then I woke up on that loupge. Cates and his friend must have brought me in here to revive me, and :finding the job beyond them have gone for a doctor, perhaps. This mqst be Mr. Pyle's room. Still, why am I left alone in the dark?" / Cole thought tl:e proceedings rather strange, but hacl not yet reached the point of suspecting Mr. Cates and his friend Pyle. 'l'he boy walked up and clown the room a couple of times, ancl then it occurred to him that he might just as well leave the room anq the house and return to his boarding place. "What's the use of staying here?" he argued. "Practically I'm all right. I wonder where my hat is?" He felt around and fo1md it on a chair. Then he wal ked up to the door :md, much to his sur prise, found it locked. a So fm l ocked in," he said, scratching his chin reflec tively. "I don't faney this state of \1-fiairs for a red cent." Just then he heard a door bang downstairs and presently there were steps on the stairs, coming up. Apparently there were two persons ascend_ing, and Cole jumped to the conclusion that they were Mr. and his friend Pyle, coming back to look after him. They speaking together, and when they reached the landing outside the door one of the111 in a peculiar way . 1 , Col e expected to hear the rattle of the key in the lock ancl see the door swing open, but nothing of the kind occurred.

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A :btJ:ii:N SPECULATOR. li -A key, however snapped in an adjacent door l:t.nd the two give something to know what's on his mind, but isn't ;nen, whoever they were, entered the riexl room. much chance that any outsider will get a 1ine on t.he work The boy heard the scratch of a match, 3.n.d theri the ha.D.ings of his gray matter. Come now, let's see the size of the som above another door, which he had not noticed before wad you lifted because it stood behind sl.de of the bed, was lit up, and Mr. Pyle put his hand in his pocket and drew forth a he heard the newcomers walking around the chamber. black pocketbook Cole on the edge of the bed, which tilled o?e He opened it up and took from a compartment a sma ll side o:f the room, and hardly had he done so when he dis pile of biils tinctly heard his own name mentloned l.n the next aP.arl Pushing the wallet aside he proceeded to count the ment. . money, while the excashier watched him like a hawk. lie jumped up as if he had sat on a hot stove, and listened. "Six hundred and thirtv dollars," announced Mr. Pyle, intently. in a tone of "That's three hundred and The men next door had apparently seated themselves, fifteen dollars apiece, I believe. Not so bad," and he -dibut he could only hear an indis tinct hum of words. vided the amount in two piles, one o.f which he rolled up Finally, overcome by curiosity, and for want of some-and thrust into one of the pockets of his vest, while the thing better to do, the boy softly placed a chair on the bed, other he shoved over toward his companion. leaning against the wall, and mounted to the transom. Mr. Bangs picked up his share and stowed it away in He found that the button which held it in place was on his clothes with the air of a man used to handling money his side so he ttuned it so that he could open the swl.nging in quantity. glass pane an:l look in upon his neighbors ,. Then he replenished the two glasses from the decanter . he hadn t been a lad of nerve and presence of "Here's luck," he said, tossing off his liquor, a n exit lS more than that he would have ample followed by Mr . Pyle. presence as an eaveedropper to the occupants of the ad.JornTh ex-cashier set down his glass and took up the pocketing apartment, so great was his surprise on recognizing one l k e of the individual s as Lawrence Bangs His companion was Mr. Pyle, the friend or Cates. They appeared to be enjoying themselves, for a small, polishec1 table stood between them, on which was a decanter containing a dark -red liquid, two small giasses, and a box partly filled with cigars of an expensive brand. Although the hands of a handsome bronze clock on the mantelpiece :P?inted to fifteen minutes of one, neither gen tleman showed any disposition of r e tirl.ng for the night. "What are you going lo do to the boy, anyway, Bangs?'; Mr. Pyle was saying, when Cole first got his eyes and eru'S upon the tw.o, as he pack in his chair and sent a couple of smoke rings toward the ceiling "What am going to do to him, eh?" replied the excashier, exposing his even row of reghlar white teeth through the silky folds of his mustache, :In a way that re minded one of the snarl of an angry hyena. "Say, Fyie, what would you do to a measley young p:ionkey who step ped in and spoi led a carefully prepared programme that would have netted you a cool $50,000 ?" "Well, upon my word, I clon't know what I should do to him. s hould feei like getting back at him some way." "Exactly. You would.Ii't rest contented unti l you hacl got satisfaction." "Tbat's about the s ize of it." "Very we1i, we'l1 say no more about it. You and Cates have performed your parts satisfactorily. The boy is in my power, laid Ol1t in the next room. Re's safe untJi morning. After .that it's up to me to squaJ:e my debt with him. Now let's talk about something else. About the money, for in s tance, of which you relieved Broker Harlow in the cafe fo-nigbt, where we found him as drunk as a loon. When Harlow goes on a night's spree it is a certain sign he is on the eve of engaging in some big deal. I'd boo "I wondet if there's anything else of value here?" He pulled out divers slips of paper, cards and such l ike, arid proceeded to examine them with some interest. One by one he tossed them aside as amounting to noth ing, until he came to the last-a-piece of note paper fol ded into quarters. He studied the writing on this sheet with peculiar atte n tion. "Pyle," he said, and there was a riote of excitemerlt i n h i s voice, "here is the chance to make a haul on the market if we only had enough of money." "What do you mean?" asked his companion, bendi n g forward. "I mean I have here a dead open and shut pointer on p. S. & A.-a stock that has been selling 'way down in the twenties for more than a year. This is a persona l note from the president of the rtad to Mr. Harlow, advising him to go the limit on the stock, as developm e nts will be made public in a few days that will boom the above the half century mark. This information is a cinc h for a speculator with money who ca.n ad on it at once Pyle . we must not 1et it get by ns, if we have to rob a bank. "Excuse me, I'm not a 'high toner' of that kind, and I don't think you are either." "I merely spoke in a figurative sense, Pyle We mus t raise some money, anyhow, for this tip is something t h a t only comes to a man once or twice in a lifetime. Now $5,000 even, invested on the strength of this advance knowledge, on a ten per cent. margin, should bring llS in any where from $15,000 to $30,000 profit. Think.of that, P y le. We could live in clover for some time to come." "That's what we could," replied Mr. Pyle, eagerly

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12 A BOR SPECULATOR. "The question is, how are we to raise $5,000 right away," don't see any other chance of raising the money within the said the excashier limited time it woul be of use in this D. S. & A. deal, why, There's those Third Avenue bonds Cates and I got I'll agree to let you have your way and see how you come hold of last Monday." out," said the ex-cashier. 'Where a.re they?" "All right. We'll lose no time, then, for it's half-past "Up in my room. Cates and I were figuring on getting one now. I'll go out and hunt up a cab, while you take a this young Cole to take them down to his office and work look at the boy." them off through his boss, that is, of course, if you were Cole, from his post of observation, saw that the confer willing to stand for it by letting up on him for awhile. ence was over, and lest he be caught napping, descended You see, if we could put such a deal through, when the .from the fanlight, removed the chair and threw himself bonds were traced afterward, suspicion would fall on Cole, on the lounge in an easy position, closing his eyes and and it would be up to him to explain how they came into feigning to be still unconscious when he heard the sound his possession. We would be out of the city by that time of the key turning in the lock. with our boodle, and Cole would find it a hard job to prove how he was taken in. That would be an easy and safe way for you to get square with him. What do you think of it?" "I'm afraid it wouldn't work. Cole isn't an easy boy to CHAPTER VII. hoodwink. I'.ve had some months' experienee with him, and ought to know him pretty well. He's smarter than WHAT COLE DOES WITH HIS POINTER ON D. s. & A the genera.I run. If I thought he was likely to bite I'd say go ahead." Mr. Bangs entered the room, struck a match and looked ''I don t see any other way of raising the money you at the young messenger attentively. want," said Mr. Pyle, lighting a fresh cigar "We could "He's good for another hour or two yet," he muttered, get a cab and take the boy to his boarding house before he loud enough for the boy to hear. recover s his sense s, and Cates would explain to him in the Then he went out, locking the door after him. morning how a drunken chap laid him out with a slung"So I've been the victim of a put-up job, engineered by s hot and how we brought him hom e and put him to bed. that rascal Bangs for the purpose of getting me into his That ought to make us kind of solid with him. Then, ro: power so he could do me up somehow in revenge for the morrow night I could call around there with the bonds, spoke I put in his wheel the time he struck down Mr. Mills Cates would get him into his room and we would try and in his office and hoped to skip with a bag full of money 1alk him into negotiating the bonds for u:.s." and securities. The obj ect of our new boarder, Mr. Regi "How do you propose t-0 account for the securities being nald Cates, is clear enough to me now. He took the room in your possession?" asked Mr Bang s. on purpose to get fa with me. Looks as if that apparently "I told him to-night, when we were coming up the street, accidental meeting with him and his friend Pyle was ar that an uncle of mine willed 1 them to me," sn i ckered Mr. ranged beforehand. They must have got wind of my move P yle. ments. Very likely Cates shadowed me from the boarding "He might want some proof of that before acting in the house to the theater, then reported the fact to Bang s, who matter. I tell you again that boy is not a soft proposition." arranged the plan which was afterward canied out. And "You leave that to me, Bangs. There are fifteen $1,000 now Bangs is going to let me go so that Cates and Pyle can bonds in that lot worth, at the market price, $14,000 work the bond matter through me. Well, I won't do a thing There isn't hard'ly a chance they will be missed by thfilr real to the tbree of them when I get out of this. I'll give them owner for a couple of months:. at least. With this Cole as a surprise that will make their hair curl. Bangs evidently a go-betweef!, I think we stand a fair chance of realizing lives in this house under an assumed name. No doubt but on the securities Otherwise I'm afraid they'll prove a he wears a disguise when he goes out. I must try and dead loss. I advise you to let the boy go under these ciridentify the house when they take me away, so that I can c um stances, and trust to Cates and I to make capital out of tip off the police and have our late cashier taken into cus him. If we fail there are more ways than one of killing a tody As for Cates and Pyle, they'Jl.qe easy to catch, since cat." they will have no suspicions that I am on to their little Bangs, h_owever, was opposed to giving up the advantage game. I could almost.lavgh.w.hen I how taken aback he had, but after further argument Mr. Pyle succeeded in those thr1ee rascals will be. Bangs wasn't wrong when he winning him over. told Mr. Pyle that I wasn't :m easy proposition. They'll "Revenge is all right in its way, Bangs, but cold cash is find I'm a mighty hard on e ]Jetter. By resigning Cole to us there is a very fair chance Cole was so tho;oughly tickled at the idea of turning the that we shall be able to bring $14,000 instead of $5,000 to table on the three rascals that he quite forgot about the bear on this stock deal you have in sight, and that would pointer in D. S. & A which he ha.Q.. overheard from the mean three times the profit you had in mind, wouldn't it?" lips of Lawrence Bangs. "I'm not_ over sanguine that you will succeed in bring-It wasn't likely that it would entirely s lip his attention. ing the bond issue to a satisfactory focus, Pyle; but as I When he got to thinking over that litterview between

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A BORX SPECULATOR. 13 Bangs and Pyle again it would not fail to eiectrify his at the D. S. & A. revelation be had oyerheard in the house on tention and set him to :figuring how hecould make use of upper Broadway. it himself. It came to him like a flash, and he wondered how it In the course of perhaps twenty minutes a cab stopped in could have escaped his attention until that moment. front of the house into which Cole had been taken three He hastened to look up the previous day's record of the hours before, and Mr. Pyle got out and went upstairs. stock. Five minutes afterward he and Bangs carried the apSomething like 2,500 shares hacl changed hands at 20 5 8. parently unconscious messenger boy downstairs, out on "At that .figure I have money enough now, thanks to the and deposited him inside the vehicle. the thousand Mr. Mills presented me with yesterday, to Then they got inside themselves, after Mr. Pyle had buy 600 on a ten per cent. basis. I think I'll make a :few given the driver his directions, and the cab turned around inquiries and see what I can lea rn First, I want to dis and rolled away downtown. cover if the president of the D. S. & A. and Mr. Harlow are "Cates agreed to wait for me at the 'Criterion,' which warm personal friends. If they are I may safely conkeeps open all night," said Mr Pyle. "He has a night-key elude that is a genuine pointer, in which case I will vento the boarding house.;' ture my little boodle, sink or swim, on the probability of "All right," replied Bangs. D S. & A. getting a boom on. At any rate, I want to get They picked up Cates at the place in question, and there in on the deal on the ground floor and make a ten strike was no further stop until the boarding house was reached. while l'm about it." Then Cates and his friend Pyle lifted the inert form of As luck would have it, Harlow himself came in just Cole between them and carried him lip the stoop to the before ten to i::ec if Mr. Mills had come downtown yet. :front door. He looked rather seedy, as if he had been drinking C'ates's night-key admitted them to tho houRe. heavily. After that it was a simple matter to convey the boy to his "No, sir," replfod :Frank, in amnrcr to his inquiry, "he room, lmdress him and put him to bed in the dark. hasn't arrived yet, but he is likely to call {1-llY minute." 'T'his businei;s having been satisfactorily concluded, Pyle Hardly were the words out of his mouth when in walked alone returned to the cah and drove away uptown with Mr. 1\fi.lls. Bangs. "Hello, Har]o\1'," he said. cordi ally greeting the visitor, As soon as Cole liad been }(.>ft to hi mscl f he chuckled "glad to see you. What is the matter with you? You look grimly. as if you'd been pulled through a knothole. Been celebratThen he starteo to lay his plans for the morrow with a ing something?" feeling of imm.em;e satisfaction, but in the midst of the ."A little quiet toot, Mills, that's all," replied the broker, operation he fell asleep. with a sickly smile. "I'll be all right as soon as I get to He wa8 dressing himself next morning when Cates the Exchange." walkeo into his room without knocking. "WeJl, come into the office." "Well, Cole," he exclaimed, with apparent cordiality, Ten minutes later Mr. Harlow came out and left the "how do you fee] this morning after the knocKout you got office. last night from that drunken loafer? Upon my word, he Then, buzz went the boss's bell ancl Frank hastened to fetched yon an awful crack on the nut. You dropped as if answer the summons. a horse had kicked you, and while we were trying to revive "'rell Mr. Briggs to give you those certificate.5 of D. S. you the old soak disappeared. We carried you to a doctor, & A. stock he'll find in the safe, wrap them up and take and he worked on you awhile without making impresthem with this memorandum over to Harlow's office and :;ion. Finally he told us to take you home and put you to hand them to his cashier." beCI, that you probably would be all right by morning. I'm "Yes, sir,'' replied Cole, promptly, hastening to obey : jolly glad to see that he was right." instructions. Mr. Cates reeled off his tissue of lies as glibly as though Evidently, Harlow was beginning to gather in D. S. & A., it were gospel truth, and Cole, in pursuance to his plans, and the fact struck the messenger boy as a significant conpretended to accept the situation as set forth by the firmation of the pointer he had in mind schemer. vVhen he returned from delivering the stock at Mr. Har"Pyle is a good fellow,'' went on Cates, enthusiastically. low's office, message awaited Frank, and so it was "J never saw him take so much interest in the welfare of almost without intermission until noontime, when there anybody as he did in you last night after you were laid out. came a breathing spell to him. Treated you just as if you were his brother. Seems to Ascertaining that Mr. Mills was in his office, and not have taken a shine to you. You'll find Pyle all to the engaged with a vi!:itor, he made bo1c1 to enter and ask for good." a few minutes of his employer's time. Then they went downstairs to breakfast, and after the "Well, Frank, what can I do for you?" asked Mr. Mills, meal Cole took the elevated train for Rector Street. with a smile. It was while he was eeated in his customary seat in the reception-room of office that he suddenly thought of "I want to consult >'OU on a very imvortant matter, sir." "Indeed. Well, I will listen to y011."

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1 4 A BORN SPECULATOR. "In the first place, I want to tell you that I have dis covered the hiding place of Mr. Bangs The broker looked at him incredulously "That's more than the police have succeeded in doing, though I understand there are several dete ctives on the case "Can't help that, sir. night with my own eyes, evidence." I saw Mr. Bangs my seli last and I think that' s pretty good "It to be; but might you not have b een mistaken? A similarity in appearance may have dec e ived you One can't be too carefu l when identifying a person wanted by the authorities." "If you will permit me to tell my story, about a curious and rather unpleasant adventure I had last night, you 'vill be better able to judge how correct I am in saying that it was actually Mr. Bangs, our late cashiet, whom I saw." "Go on, Frank. You interest me. I would give $500 to see that person pul behind the bars." "I hardly think it will cost you 500 cents to sati s f y that desire, unless Mr. Bangs is clever enough to give the police th,e slip a second Thereupon the boy told his story of his night's experi ences, beginning with his introduction to Mr. Cate s at the supper-table of his boarding house, and winding up with his return to that domicile in the cab at three in the morn ing. To say that Mr. Mills was a s toni s h e d would be putting it very mild indeed. "It is a very pretty little game these peopl e ex pe c t to work through me, but it should be a simple matter to catch them with the goods them. Pyle intends to brihg tho s e stolen Third Avenue Railroad bonds to our house this even ing and hand them over t o me, after he and Cates have suc ceeded in persuading me ro make the attempt to dispose of them through this office. I would s uggest that a detective be on hand to take charge of both the bonds and the ra:s cals themselves." "The matter s hall be attend e d to at once. I will com municate 1 immediately with the Wall Street Detective Bu reau, and have a man sent her e at once to confer with us. Now are you sure you could point out the house in whic h you say Mr. Bangs is keeping under cover?" "Yes, sir, I can." "On Broadway, near Forty-seventh Street?" "Yes, sir." Mr. Mills seized his desk 'phone and rang up the bureau in qt1estion, which was located at No 13 Wall Street. The answer he received was quite satisfactor y "A detective will be here in a few minutei:; he said to Cole. "Why do you a s k? Mr. Harlow is a personal friend of :Mr. Slocum's." "I jus t wanted to know if they were acquainted," re pli e d Frank, car e lessly. At that point the d e tective came ih. Cole went all ove r his s tory again for his benefit, and answered frankly whatever questions were put to him by the sleuth. A plan of operations was then d e cided on for the even ing, after which the detective took his departure and Cole went to his lunch He took with him the env e lop e containing the $1,000 re c e ived from Mr. Mill s ancl then he drew $26b, practically his entire s avin gs from t he ban1c He hurrie d to the office of Broker Win slow and ordered the margin clerk t o purc hase 600 shares o.f D. S. & A., at 21, on a ten p e r c ent. inargiri, depositing to secure the broker again s t lo s s Then he went to a restaurant, con s cious he was in to win big money or go flat broke. C ft.APTER VIII. REGINALD CATES AN"D iri s FRiEND PYLE ARE R.ouNDED UP. Directl y afte r dinner that evching a s harpe y e d m a n, dressed li.ke a prosperou s per s on of business, called at the boardin g house and inquire d for Frank Cole H e was s hown up to the boy' s 1oorn. Fifte en minute s later Cole knocked dh brlt es's door, in a c cordance w ith atl iiivit d tioh e x tciiRed by the hew boarder, and acc epte d b y Frank, ti:rtcl was tcild to ih. Oates wa s reading an evenillg papet and smoking a Turk i s h c i gare tte. "Sorry you d o n t s moke, Cole, h e said, a s he threw dow n th e paper. "It's s o m1tc h more sociable don't you \ kn ow." I don t think it i s abs olut e l y netes s ary to s moke in ord e r to b e i::ociabl e," repli e d Frank. "I regard it a s a mighty bad habit,-espe c i a lly for boy s." "I won't s a y it i sn't, btlt do you know I lak e a heap of comfort out o.f a c i garette," grinne d Cate lighting a fre s h one, wi t h gr eat r e li s h. "I'm willin g you slioulcl bnt a s for m y s elf 1 re e l jus t a s c o mfortabl e without the articl e." "I'm afraid the c i garette trrn:;t w o uld g o out o f business if it had t o r l e p e nd on abs tain e r s like y ou." "The re'd h e o n e trust less, then, for the paper s to ki c k at." While they were waiting, Frank took down a copy of Poor's Manual of Railroads and looked to see who was president of the D S & A road "Do you know ther e w e re scverai billions of cigarette s sold la s t y ear, and it was an oil' y ear at that." "We ll, I'll take y our w o rd f o r it. I kno w I didn't bu y any .of. the m t h e statis tics Clo n t intereRt m e It was John Ward Slocum "Did you ever hear Mr. Harlow speak of John W. Slo cum, president of the D. S. & A Railroad?" the boy asked Mr. Mills "I bought m y share, and s mok e d 'ehi, too and y ou can see I'm still ti'! in g to ke e p m y end up. B y the \\" a! ham you th o u ght any about tho se Third A venue :Railroad

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A BORN SPECULATOR. 15 bonds whic h P y l e i s g pin g to sell? You m i g h t jus t as w e ll "There, Cole, wha t did I tell you ? N othi n g mea n about make a f e w dolh 1 r s b y liandlin g the m a s n o t Your bos s m y 1fri enc1 P y l e D i d you b r ing the cop y of your uncl e' s will sure l y apow y ou a small rake off for putting a deal will fro m the R egistry Office ?" o f that kind .in hir:i w a y "By Jovel If I didn't g o and forget it, m ay I be-" "He rpight that's true," r e pli e d Col e t)1011ghtfully "Do n t s wear, Pyl e Cole will forgive you but you m ust "Sure h e wou l d R aid Cates, in a tone of s ati sfa c tion, ge t it, yon l mow . It's all right, of course, h q t t here s thinking the )Joy wa s corpi n g aro 1md. The n t o clin c h the nothing like t h e proof of t h e p u dding, ain't tha t right, m atter h e a d d e d : "I'v e no d o ubt hut P y l e will mak e it Cole?" an object for you to take t]1e rpat ter off h is hands P y le, Frank nodded, highl y amused at the efforts o f the tw o y ou see, i s a poor pu siness man. H e s afraid these W all rasc a l s to throw him off h i s gua r d Street b r ok e r s will s kin hi1n some how, of "They mus t think I'm soft to be s o easi l y take n in, h e him, you know Now you b e in g conn e ct e d with a broke r thought. "'l'alk abou t confide nce ga m es, t h e s e c h a p s a r e can sell his securiticfl tr> the best ad v antag e, and h e's s ati s tr:vin g to put it a ll over me. l bel ieve Cates h as made up ti e d he'll ge t all that's c omin g to him if you eng ine e r the hi s mind that I'm a ya:rr after a ll. s ale." A fter som e mor e light and airy talk, M r P y l e pro d uc e d "I'll guarantee h e'll ge t all that's comin g to him if he. the fif te e n $ 1 000 Third Aven u e 4: per cent. bon ds puts the bon ds in m y hands," re plie d Cole, I wouldn t mind if one of my r elatives l ef t m e s om!'l "Then you ll ag ree to t a ke the m and d o the best y ou can of that s ame s tuff," r emar k ed Cat es, w ith o n e o f his chee r with them?" ful g rin s ; "but I'm afrai d there's n o s u c h luck in s tore "Yes, if your friend Mr P y l e will ass ure m e that they're fo r m e all ri ght." "They look g o od don't t hey?" said P y l e, s preading the "Of cour s e h e wil l and I ll guarantee whp t e v e r h e says b o nd s out on the tab le. i s all ri ght." You mi ght p resent a fellow with on e of the m to r e That i s safo: factory. Y o u see, 1\fr. Mill s o r othe r membe r y ou by, s aid Cates p l ayf ully. broker will not purc hasE:i bond s unless h e haR a reaso nabl e Y ou' r e altog ether too modest, a a tes. Would on e be a ss urance that th e p e r s on offe rin g the m for sale h as a eno u g h ?" ri ght to do s o "T think one wou l d be amp l e s uffici ency." "Py le will b e abl e to c onvin c e y ou of hi s ri ght to those I sh ould dre ad the effect upon yo u o f c omin g into po s hond s H e s ays h e'll f etc h an attest e d c opy of hi s un c l e's ses s i o n of a who l e thou s and p l unks all at o n e time. You will. CJ' h a t ou ght to b e evi d e nc e e nou g h f pr any r e a s onabl e might d rop de:+d, Cat es, and the n I should neve r for g ive p e r son." myself. "You expect Mr. P y l e this t::vening you s a y ?" "Com e in!" shouted Col e at this point. "Sure thing "Wha t 's the matter? I didn't h ea r a n y o n e Jmoc k s aid "And \\'.ill h e brin g thos e Cates, a s b o th h e and h i s fri end gl a n ced at the d oor "Of coursE:i h e will." The d oor ope n e d jus t the s ame a n d t he shar p-eyed "What i s the total marke t val11e qf the b o nd s h e w ants pro s pe r o u s l o oki n g man who had been shown t o Col e's to se ll ? r o om, wal k e d i n to th e apartm ent as if jrn r e all y had a right "Fourteen thou sand on e d o ll a r s t h e r e "And do you think h e wou l d ailow me the odd hundr ed "Gentle men s aid Frank, smothering a giin "le t m e d ollars for m y i;ervi c e s ?" i n t rod uce y ou to a friend of mine Mr. C a t es, this i s "Snre a s you live he wou l d Mr. Sha w." At that ppint t h ere was a tap on door "Glad to meet you M r. S h aw, s aid Cate s a bit doubt Come in Oates. fully .' Wher e upon in h i s friend Mr ,/The p leasure i s m utual, sir, rep l !ed the vi s itor, gri m i y "Glad tp se e you, C o le," he s aid ge niall y How do Mr P y l e Mr. Shaw contin u ed Frank. y ou fee l afte r the knock you had on the h e ad ? "Happy to know you sir," s aid P y l e with an inward "I fe e l a s i f I'd like to get b ac k at the chap who handed curs e i t out to rpe " T he happineHs i s mutual, Mr. P y l e," in a tone that "I'm afraid y ou'll miss that p l ea sure," Jau g h e d P y l e Oat e s's fri e n d didn't r e l is 1 1 with a wink at his friend "What do you -think, Cates?" "1 thought y ou wou l d be p leas ed to know Mr. Sha w " I sq, too with a g rin, he li g h te d anoth e r w ent on Cole wit h a quiet chuck le. c i garette, and then offer e d the box to P y le. "Did you O f cours e," s aid Cates, with apparent cordiality "Any b ring thos<1 bol}ds with you ? Cole and I have b'een tal king frie n d of you rs, Cole, i s as welcome as the flowers in over the matter of their sa le, and he say s i: you 'll give spring. him op.e doll ars--" "r. Shaw i s a gentleman of s ome local celebrity," said "Why, certainly," rep l ied P y le, in an offhanded way, Cole, c heer fu ll y "an d .if that i s,'t e nough I don t mind doubling that :figre "Ah a pol itician, p e rhap s, r emarkep. Pyle. I can afford it." 1 Frank shook h i s h e ad.

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16 A BORN SPECULATO R. "No," he said, "not a pol itician "Not an actor?" a,,'. rang the bell and was admitted, while Cole and the other officer remained outside. ln;;irll:' of five minuteR the detective rejoined them with the information that he had rented the room in question and had notified the landlady that he would occupy it that night. "Our bird is evidently out, for the adjoining room is dark," he remarked to his associate "We are very much obliged to you, Mr. Cole, and shan't want you any more until we send for you to identify the gentleman himself after we have taken him to headquarters .r ext morning Cole dropped into Winslow's office ancl was told that the 600 shares of D S. & A. had been duly purchased, and was held subject to his order. Frank had hardly taken his seat in the reception room before Mr. Shaw appeared and told him he would ha.ve to appear at the Tombs Police Court that morning to give evidence against Messrs Oates and Pyle. "How about Bangs?" asked the boy. "Has he been arrested ? '.Phe detective shook his head. "Not yet; but it's only a question of a few hours Cole apperu;ed at the court in due time and was joined there b); the Wall Street sleuth Reginald Cates and his friend Pyle were held for the action of the grand jury and remandetl to the Tombs prison in the meanwhile. The day, however, wore way, as did the next, and Sun day came again, and still the ex cashier evaded arrest. He must have received warning in some mysterious manner that his retreat hac1 been spotted by the police, for he uid not show up there again A detective was constantly on the watch in the hall room beside the one he had occupied, but surveillance was kept in vain, and was fin ally discontinued. This failure on t h e part of the police to catch Lawrence Bangs was a disappointment to Mr. Mills, as well as a source of some uneasiness to Cole, who was kept on the alert against some new scheme of the ex-cashier's to square the old account. Ofher matters, soon engaged the young mes senger's attention-especiall y the steady rise of D. S. & A. It closed at 24 1 8 on on a strong market. Sunday's papers printed a confirmation of previous ru mors of the purchase 0 the controlling interest in the atock of a. ri.va l li ne whose competitive freight rates had fong operated against the interests 0 the D S. & A. The result was the beginning 0 a boom in the road's securities which sent the price of the stpck to 30 by Wednes day The b r o ke r s were over one an other to get hold of some 0 it to fill a sudden rush of orders from the

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A BORN SPECULATOR. 1'2'. laml.ici who invad e d the Street whenever the market got Jiyely. You seem to be i n remarkably good humor today, l rank," i-emark e d Daisy, a s the boy, humming a merry ail', pau sed besid e her desk for a moment. "Sure thing. I s n t it better to be happy than sad?" "But ther e's some r e a son for your nnusua.J flow of s pir i ts," s h e p e r s i s ted. 'That 's as much a s to say you want me to tell you all a ,bout it. Don t you !mow what curio s ity dicl for MotheT Eve?" he grimi,ed G o along you fooli s h boy." '"W e ll I ll tell you what I was thinking of-the anni-versar y our landlady i s going to hold Saturday night." "In honor o f what ? s he asked curiously. Our cook hHing been with u s two weeks." "Wha t a fib. T ell m e thr truth now. What 'lllakes you feel s o g ood?" I feel good because I bought some shares of D. S. & A. at 2i' and the broker s a t th e Exchange e are trying their prettiest to boos t it above 30 this morning." "Re all y? "Fac t I assure you. I e xpect it will go to 50, and that I s hall make enough mone y to go into business for myself and hire you at advanced wage s a s my private stenographer." "Will you ple ase talk s ens e Frank Cole?" she said, with a pout "Ce n ts I don t deal in anything so s mall; I'm talking dollar s at pre ent." "You mean y ou re talking through your bat." "No, I'm talking through my mouth, like any other human b e ing," he grinned. "I s uppo s e you think you're witty. The little children in my Sunday School clas s would make you look like thirty cents. They're the brightest little thihgs I ever came a cross." "How?" "Why, last Sunday I was telling the class about the rhino ce ros family. They seemed to be so interested that I s aid 'Now children, name some things that it is very dan gerous to get near to and that have horns.' 'I know, teacher,' said one dear little fellow in knickerbockers. 'Well ?' I a s k ed. 'Motor caJs,' he cried in great delight. Waan't t h a t ju s t cute?" Daisy," r e pli e d th e boy, with a pained expression "I take m y hat off to y ou." "Why, what s the matter?" she said, in surprise. I wouldn't tsll that story too often if I were you." "Why not? I think it was real clever of little Johnny Jones." "Sure. Is he any relation to 'Little Johnny Jones' they used to sing about?" "Frank Cole, you're too mean for anything, :so there!" and Dais y L e e resumed her typewriting. You hav en't a s k e d me how, many shares of D. S. & A. I control," he said. "Now you're mad, aren't you?" he snickered. No answer. "I've got 600 s hare s," he persisted. "Wlrnt !" she exc laimed stopping and looking full in hi11 face "Six hundred shares,'' he repeated. "Thafs another." "Thanks All the same it's the truth." "Why, where would you get the money to buy six hun dred shares of D S & A.?" "Mr. Mills presented me with $1,000 n couple of weeh ago, didn't he?" "And have you put all that into s tock?" she gasped "Yes, and $260 i;nore on top of it." "Frank Cole, have you gone crazy?" "Not that I'm aware of," he replied, coolly. "Nobody but a crazy boy would do such a thing as thnt: "It's a good thing to be crazy once in awhile, then. Didn't I tell you I bought it at 21 and that it opened at 30 this morning? I'll bet it's 32 now. Bet you a box of best. candy against a crooked nickel. Take me up?" "Yes," she replied, mischievously. "All right. Come out to the indicator and we'll see who's won." She followed him out into the reception room and he caught up the tape . "I guess you win," he said, with a comic. expression of resignation. "It's only reached 31 7-8." "I knew I'd win she cried, gleefully. "You'll have to buy the candy." "I'm willing, for I'm about $6,500 ahead. I guess I can afford it." "You're not joking, then?" she said, looking at him with wonder in her eyes. "Not on your tintype, Miss Lee. But remember, Daisy, the word, for I am called the Young Sphinx of Wall Street, and I don't. want to lose my reputation. This luck of mine mustn't get out. As soon lis I cash in you are good for as many matinees and glasses of ice cream soda as you'll stand for. There, now, are you satisfied?" "I'll tell you better when the matinees and the ice cream sodas materialize," she replied, with a laugh, as she ran back to her machine. "They'll materialize all right," he grinned, fOr at that moment the ticker recorded a s ale of 2,000 shares of D. S. & A at 32. CHA PTER X. COLE GETS OUT FROM UNDER IN THE NICK OF TIME. Frank Cole follo-yved the market closely while attending as strictly as ever to his regular duties as Mr. Mills's "I don't want to the keys. know," she replied, clicking away at messenger. The stock in which he was now interested mounted sev-

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1S A BORN SPECULATOR. eral point s e v e r y day, but the b o y was a s s toi c al a s an Ameri c an Indian. Some boys would hav e g iven a whoop o r turne d a flip flop e very time the stoc k a chanced a point, for s u c h advan c e meant $600 to the good in Cole's case. At any rate, mos t boys c ouldn t have kept their good fortune under control. They would have told ever y body the y knew how mu c h they were making how mu c h they s till to make, and what the y propo sed doing with it whe n th e c a s h came into their hands. Tu fact his boarding hou s e nickname of the Sphin x was b e ginning to ; be applied to him by several brokers. Brok e r Win slow, who ha,d become aware of the invest ment he had made through hi s office, was the man who started the ball rolling. H e s topped Frank on the s treet one day anti congratu lated him on bis fore s ight in buying D. S. & A. "You must b e $10,000 ah e ad on that deal, Cole. How came you to pick out that stock?" "Nothing doing, Mr. Winslow," Frank replied; with a wink. 1 That means you won' t tell, eh? laugh e d th e broker. "A still tongue makes a wis e h e ad, sir." "Well, I never knew you to be v e r y la v i s h with word s,'' replied the fat operator. "No u s e a s kin g you how you ca.me to have money enough to tak e advantag e of y our op portunity, I su ppooe ? "Hardly a fair que s tion, i s it, sir?" "I thought maybe you rec eive d a legacy or something of that kind." Cole grinned but remained mute "I suppose y ou 've been r e ading s tories of how boys make money in Wall and you ar e n o w mak i n g a pra c tical demonstration of your knowl etlge "Hardly, sir." "It isn't every boy who make s in a week or two the way you have." "If they did there wouldn't be messe ng e r boys e nough in the district to go around." "I'll bet there wouldn't. Th ey' d be off c e lebratin g their good fortune. I haven t noticed that you 've exhibit e d any symptoms of hysterics that way." "No, s)r," answeretl Frank, coolly. "Say, you've got a wonderful nerve." "Think so, sir?" "You t;lke your great luck as cool a s the oldest operator in the Street." "Why not, sir?" "I s hould think you'd feel like blowing oft: steam." "Maybe my s afety valve i s clog ged up," grinned the boy. "Mus t be. It doesn't s e e m natural. There 's a.bout as much chance of getting words or e xpression out of you as ont of a sphinx." And from that day the fat brok e r, whe n he referr e d .tq Frank Cole, called him the Young Sphin x of Wall Street. At length Cole decided he had mad e enough out of D. S. & A H e was beg inning to b e a fraid that the stoc k would take a tumbl e a g ain. H e hear<4 some brok ers talk ing a b o11t tlt e road one clay, and fr o m th e ir conv e r s ation h e jud g that afte r all th e r e was some hitc h a b out the s to c k con trol the directorat e of D S. & A. hacl been r e p orte d to have obtain e d } n th e ri v al road. Su c h whi s p ern w e r e bad things to get afloat. "lt's a s well to b e o n t h e safe s ide,'' h e argued, and lie walk e d ovei: to th e fat b roke r 's office and o n 1 er c d hi:-; holdings to b e dis posed of a t once at th e mark e t fig ure o f 4 1 3-8. Mr. Winslow was in hi s office a t th e tim e q d it was to him Cole g a v e the ord e r. "What's th e matte r, Col e ? Hav e you los t your nerve?" "No, sir." "What ar e you selling 01.1t for when it's the talk of tl1e Street that D. S. & A. will sure ly r e ach 50 ?" "Bec ause I don t believ e it will." "You don t, e h ? What do you know about it, anywa y ?" c hu c kl e d the fat brok e r. "Not mu c h sir; b1it a little caution s ometime s goe s a good way in Wall Stre et "Don't you know it i s s aid that a little knowledge is a dan g erou s thing ?" "Yes s ir. That's why f'm g etting out from i.fnder." "The n in y our humbl e opi n ion D. S. & A. is going on t h e tobo g gan b e for e it r e ache s th e half c entury." I didn't s a y so, sir. "But you think so. H y ou didn't you d hold on to your stoc k to win anoth e r thou s and or two " I know whe n I v e got e nou gh." "Lt} c k y boy. If th e majorit y of the lamb s who flock to th e Wali Street fold kn e w wh e n they hacl e nough s ome o f u s peopl e would g o out o f bu s iness." "Ve r y lik e ly, s i r I think Mr Jordon, ne x t door, would l e ad off the bunch." "This i s the third time I've heard you rap Mr. J ? rdon. Why do you always r egard him with s u spic ion?" asked the fat man, curiou s ly. Well every tim e I s e e him he ha s a diff e r ent umbr e lla." "That's pretty g oocl, ancl Mr Winslow laugh e d heartily. "I'll have to t e ll th a t around." "I wouldn t t e ll it a-round s ir. That wouldn't be s quare." "I see y ou re s omethin g o f a pun s t e r, if you are th e Sphin x o.f Wall Street g rinn e d th e fat brok eT, a 3 he wrot e clown Cole s or c l e r to sell and then r e a c h e d for hi s hat, pre par a tor y to s tartin g for the Ex c l:iange "How did m a t ni c kel-in-th e s lot investm ent tu r n out, sir? The one y ou w ent into three month s ago." "Badly." "I thought you s aid you g ot in on the g round floor?" "I did, but it looks a s if some oth e r fellows had s neaked in throu g h the cellar window. Goo d-by. Will mail y ou a s tatem ent and che ck ip. th e morning Th e fat brok e r crossed Br o ad Street, and Cole continued I on to Wall.

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A. BORN SPECULATOR. 19 Next morning he showed his check to Daisy. ness of one so young and comparatively inexperienced in "And you have made $12,000 in less than a month?" she the pitfalls of the stock market ris king his savings iIJ. the exclaimed, in surprise. uncertain maelstrom of speculation. "That's what I did." But Mr. l\Iills Temained in ignoranc e of his messenger's "Don't you feel the need of a larger hat?" she asked, operations and so the boy missed the lecture roguishly Frank spent an hour or two nearly every night of the "Why, does my head 1ook sweliecl? I hadn't noticed it." week now stuclying reports of Wall Street transactions. "No, :B'ra:ak, it does not. I think you are the most senOne of the boarclers coming into his room unexpected l y boy I know." one night caught him working away at a page full of "Thank you, Daisy. Small favors thankfully received, figures. as the frog said when he swallowed the fly." "What are you delving into now?" he asked Cole. "Don't "I suppose matinees and cream sodas are now in order?" you get enough of that kind ot thing all day?" she remarked, demnre1y. "I'm figuring how to turn one dollar into five," grinned "Your supposition is quite correct. Ne:-..'i Saturday we:ll the young messenger. go to--" "That's as interesting as searching for the philosopher's "There's your bell. Mr. fiills wants you." stone. How are you making out at it?" Cole hustled into the boss's sanctum just as if he was 1 "All right." an every-day $12 a week messenger, and the fact that he "What's the secret?" was now worth something over $13,000 co1c1 casi1 dicl not "The secret is to know when to catch hold a n d when to prevent him from making bs best time to Broker Harlow's let go," the boy replied, enigmatically. office. "What do you mean by that?" 'That afternoon there was a small riot around the corner "If you can find out when a certain stock is goi n g t o g o where D. S. & A. interests centered on the floor of the up, you want to jump in and buy some of it. Then when it Exchange. booms you want to keep your eyes skinned lest the bot t o m Unfavorable news about the road had started a flood of fall out of it and your profits go up in smoke seliing orders on to the market, and when HaJ:low dropped "Oh!" ejac ulated his visitor, not much wiser than befo re. two blocks of 5,000 shares, each in rapid succession, in his "By following the market closely you can very often tell eagerness to get in out of the rain, the bottom fell out, and wh e n a stock has rea che d rock bottom and is clue for a r e a small panic set 1n which didn't stop until a number of unlucky holders of the stock had been ruined CHAPTER XL COLE llIAKES ANOTHER TEN-STRIKE. On the day following his succe8ofol <:oup on the market, Frank Co1e was summoned before the grand jury to give his evidence against Reginald Cates and hi s friend P:)r le, who were still in the Tombs, no one ha ving come forward to bail them out. A true bill was found against the rascals, and the case went to the district attorney's office. verse movement. T'ben there are certain genera l rules tha.t regular traders keep in mind." "What are inr1uired the other boarder, with i n terest. "After an extreme weak market it is in order t o bu y stocks." "Oh, is it?" "Yes. You see, when prices close weak, witho u t sup port, a ra1J.v be expected pext morning." This explanation Reemed like so much Greek to 11is visitor, who was a clerk in a dry goods store at $8.50 per) though were one to judge from the sty l e he put on he might be reckoned. as an insurance company manager "When there is much excitement, anc1 high prices pr2 vail the market should be sold for a go'oc1 turn," continued Cole. No trace yet had been found of Lawrence Bangs, so it was presum e d that he haL1 sk ipped the town. ,Tns t F
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2 0 BOHX SPEU"GLATOR. "A fe llow has got to dress, you know, when h e goes into socie t y 'I don't see bow you do it if you aren't making money." "It takes a lot of close figuring to clo it but it helps you i n t h e long run. Appearance s go a l ong wa:y in this .world .. Lots of people take you at your own valuation You may carry a big wad in your po c k e t, but if you go around look ing like a bum you'll get the frozen countenance "That's no lie," admitted Cole "You can bet it isn't. I'd hate to tell you what my wages really are, but I can assure you I am received at homes w h ere I am rated as a manager or a buyer at le\).st, while I'm only a p l ain counter manipulator." .. Aren t you taking desperate chances?" ''You've got to take 'e m, or be looked upon as nobody. That wouldn't agree with my constitution. I suppose you get as much as $8 a week yourself?" "Well, I don't get any less." "Might I infer from that that you get mor e? "I have no objection to you inferring anything you choose "I suppose I couldn't louch you for a dollar, could I?" ".Do you wanl it very badly?" "lf l were to talk for a week I couldn't tell you i10w badly I need it." "All right, I'll lcl you have it, but please r emember I'm not in the money-lending business,'' ancl h e hand e d out a bil l. "Thank you, Cole, I s han't forget thi 8 fayor "Don't let it won.y you any." The boarder having obtained what he came after, with drew, and Cole was glad to get rid of him even at the price. Next day the boy heard that a syndi cate of brokers was bein g organized to corner a cer tain stock He couldn t find out who the brok e r s wcrr, but he k e pt his eye on the stock, which had bee n flu ctuating around 65 for some time. I It was a good s tock, and on comparing prices months back h e found that the securities seemed to be below their normal a verag e However, he wasn't taking too many c hances he waited to see what wou ld develop . CHAPTER XII. A ClIA.SE OVER THE ROOFS. About a week later the trial of Oates and P y l e came on, and Cole, who had been served with a s ubpmna from the distri c t-attorne y's office, was one 0 the chief witnesses for the prosecution. The trial didn't take long, and the jury promptly con victed the rascals The judge sente nc ed them at once to three and five years re s pectively in the State Prison and that wound these dap per crooks up as far as the young messenger was con cerned. On the following morning Cole received a check for $500 through the mail. It came, with a polit e note of thanks, from the owner of the Third Avenue Railroad bond s, who thus recognized thP hoy's instrumentality in the recovery 0 his property. Tt was a part of Frank's daily duty to take the checks, and whatever cas h came into the office, to bank just before three o'clock. He performed this journey as regular as clock-work, u$ing a small leather hag whene, er lie harl a ronsirlerab l c quantity of bills, which was not often, as most of Mr. Mil h ;'s c u s tom e r s ett.lerl their balance : or deposited their margin, in c h ecks One day, how ever, a big W estern man, with a heavy rn u s tac he and goatee, and a cowboy kind of hat, walked into the office and b011gl1t a number of United States bond s, paying $25,000 in big hi1JA the same; consequen tl:v, when Ool e went to tlrn hank that afternoon he carried the bag ancl was more than ordinarily car eful to sec that no b ody who look ed at a n : suRpi cio u s got near eno qgh to 11im t o make a snatch at i t.H e br catl1cd whrn hr r eached he rloor of the bank, aml congratulated himsrlf that i ill cla11gr1 waR ove r now It happenccl that a man who knew all about Frank's methoclF, and who had been watching him at this particular timr for more than two weeks -pa8t, was close at 11is hePl s when th e to ente r the bank. Ins ide of the week the s tock, which was known as Texas Central, auvanced two points. Suc1c1en!y h e rnadr a clart forward, R h ook Romething_ in the facr, whi ch made him cry out with s udden pain, aml then snatched the bag out of his hand. On the strength of that Cole bought 1,500 shares at 67, putting up something ove r $10,000 in margin s Two days l ater i t was selling at 70. During the following wee k it climbed s lowl y to 80. By that time i t had attracted attention, and there was a rush by outside brokers to buy it in. Fin a lly, when it reached a fraction above 85, Cole tele phoned Mr. Winslow to sell. The order was exec uted inside of five minutes, and the boy quit winner of $27,000, which raised his ba:nk balance to A few days later Texa s Central was slaughtered by the bears and Cole patted himself o:n the back because he had gon e 011t with the other lucky ones. The thi ef turned about to make his escape, ancl rnn s mack into the arms of the fat hro!cer Win s low. Tl1e s hock upset the brok er :;incl t11e rascal went down with him. He was up in a mom ent, however, and took to his heels. The s toppag e enabled Cole to partly recover himself Thou g h his eyes s marted as if the!)' had been exposed to coals of fire for the man had thrown a handful of fine. cinnamon dust into face, only a very small part Qf which, fortunately, had lodged around his eyes, he saw the -fleeing rascal plainly and started after him at his best speed. The cry of "Stop thief!" s oon attracted others to join

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A BORN SPECULATOR. 21 in the chase, and the scoundrel, seeing he was certain to A short ladder led up to the roof. be overhauled, darted in at an open door of a fo,ur-story The thief had noticed it, fled up the rungs and opened office building and ran upstairs, evidently bent on reaching the scuttle. the roof. Once on the other side, he slammed the cover down into "Drop it!" its place and fled ovet the housetops. It was Cole who uttered the m:y as he made a spring for Cole was up that ladder like a monkey. the door. He slammed down ihe lid and sprang on to the roof in Slam! went the door squa re in his face. time to see fugitive scurrying across the third building. A bound, a crash, and the door flew in again as Frank's Then he gave chase again. weight came against it. The thief, looking over his shoulder, saw him coming and Half way up the first flight of stairs Cole saw the :fleeing went quicker. thief, with the bag swinging by his side, darting up toOnce or twice he stooped down at a scuttle cover and ward the landing. tried it, but in each case found it fast. "Stop, you rascal!" he roared up at the fellow, taking He lost half his distance by these ineffectual stoppages, the flight three steps at a time, but the scoundrel never and Frank felt like laughing outright, especially as he saw slackened his speed, nor even looked behind. the fellow couldn't run much further, owing to a sudden Another moment and he had disappeared above, but the drop of a full story between two buildings. boy kept right on and caught a glimpse of his quarry as Confident he had the rascal in a trap, Cole reduced his the fellow turned at the head at the next flight of steps. speed to a wal}c "You can't get .away, so you'd better give up!" he The fugitive soon became aware of the predicament he shouted after him. was in. He fancied the thief would be forced to make a stand He might jump, it is true, but then he would be caught somewhere, or would go into one of the upper offices. for fair, as he couldn't shin up the bare brick side of the The bearded face of the fugitive, turned back for an far building. instant, was flushed, but he didn't stop, being determined to He took refuge behind a thick chimney and waited for get away if possible. Cole to come up. Cole, being the younger and more active of the two, The boy stopped a few feet away. gained rapidly. "Well, are you prepared to surrender?" he asked, with a The rest of the pursuers s topped s hort below at the grin. door, leaving the burden of the capture to the brave boy "No." who had started the hue and cry from the door of the bank. "How are you going to avoid ca.pture?" "Are you going to give in?" asked the boy when the last "None of your business." flight of stairs was reached. "I rather guess you'll find it is my business." The thief was at the head, Cole at the foot. "Why don't you catch me, then?" "No!" snar led a voice that had a familiar ring to Frank. "I'm going to in a minute." "I've got you cornered." He walked close up to the chimney and made a sudden "You think you have." grab for the bag which stuck out on one side. Both, as if by mutual consent, had paused to take breath "No, you don't!" hissed the fellow, it out of after their stre nuous exertions. reach of the boy's :fingers. "You can't have it." "I don't see how you're going to get away,'' replied Cole laughed. Cole. "Better come down and s urrender yourself, and save "Can't, eh? Why, I have you cornered for fair." me the trouble of going up after yo." "Don't you fool yourself." l':Bah If you think you can catch me, come up and Frank, however, soon found it was a case of dodge, ancl try it!" jibed the fugitive. he didn't dare jump all around the chimney as it would It was rather dark up where he s tood, and Frank began have opened the way :for the rascal to double on hi s tra cks, to s u spect that the fellow was armed with a knife or some which it was evident was what he counted on to get out of other weapon, he seemeJ} to be so confident. his trap. But the boy didn't mean he should get away with that "Well, why don't you catch me?" he grinned, malevo-bag containing over $25,000 in cash and a bunch of checks, lently, dancing back and forth like a monkey on a hot stove. too. 1 "Oh, I'll catch you, don't you fret," replied the boy, in a He began to ascend the la s t flight. determined tone. "Keep back," cried the man, "or it will be worse for "I,et me know when you do." you!" "You'll know it all right. The longer you hold me off "I'll take my chances with such scum as you!" replied the harder I'm going tO l1'1ake it for you." the resolutely. The man was flushing and perspiring but as defiant as The fugifivc vanished. ever. A Cole s trck the top of the stairs there wa.s a sudden Cole now noti'ced there was something out of gear about inflood of light above. his full beard which hid the larger part of his face .

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. 22 A Botrn si:>:8ctJtATOR. "He's disguised all r!ght," he though "If, I grabbed himself mtlier and further away by fhe mere strength him by the wh1skers they'd away in my hand. I wonalone of his fingers. der what he looks like without them?" "Come back, you fool!" Frank shouted after hlm. "If The fellow put his hand up anC!. readjusted his hairy face one of those supports gives way you'll be dashed to certain covering. "What's the tl!!ittet with ydur bea!cl ?" chuckled Frahk. "It doesn't seem to :fit light." "Yah !" snarled the rascal. "Com._e now, don't be foolish! The jig is up," said the boy, watching his quarry like a cat does a mouse. The fugitive blinked hack at wrathfully. Suddenly he mb.de a bluff as if about to dasi1 around the chimney, and Cole jumped to head him off, his foot caught in a projecting bit of tin; and down he went, sprawling, on all fours. The thief, quick to take advantage of his pursuer's plight, darted the other and started back alofig the roofs. CHAPTER XIII. CAPTURED .AT LAST. death." The fugitive paid no attention to him, but kept right oh. "Well, it's up to me to follow him if I expect to get that bag back. I hate to trust myself to that gutter, but I don't see any other way." He had the advantage of being several pounds lighter than the th!ef, and if the gutter supported the fellow's weight it certainly ought to sustain him. The gutter was composed of joined sections, three or iotir feet long. "It won't do for both of us to strike a aection together," thought Cole. He swung himself out into the air and commenced his dangerous trip. The sensation was far fi-om agreeable, swinging at such a height in mid-air by the hands alone. "By George!" thought Frank, all of a sudden, the per spiration coming out on his forehead at the thought. "When that chap arrives at the other end and steps on to the roof he'll have me dead to rights. He cai;i. push me down, if he's strong enough." But Cole recovered himself in a jiffy and was soon in To try and. avoid such a catastrophe, supposing the rasfull chase of the fugitive again. cal thought of it, he hastened his movements, and was Frank was pretty mad by this time, and he took the low within a few feet of the encl when the fugitive obtained a brick extensions between the buildings at a flying leap, foothold on the roof beyond. and never paused in his effort to overtake the inan before he "Now I've got yon, Frank Cole," cried. the disguised reached the open scuttle. man, as he swung himself to safety. "I'm going to settle Much to the hoy's surprise til.e feliow mad e no attempt "Scores with you!" to return down the scuttle, but flew past the opening at He tmned about and reached forward to tear the boy's full speed hearest arm away from the gutter, when, like a flash, Frank Right ahead one of the buildings ro s e half a story higher swung his .foot upward and fetched him a kick in the side than the others. An a<;tive man might reach the gutte r ledge, but it would be beyond him to scale ihe flre wall. The fugitive made straight for the building as if he pro posed butting right into it. Then he veered his course toward the teal". Reaching the extreme end he slung the ;,,er his arm, jumped up and chtight hold of the frpu glitter, and began to work himself along. It was a daring and feat, requiring great nerve, for there was a clear drop of five stories almost to the back space below. Cole gazed after him m astonishment. "He almost deservel3 to escape," he breatiied, as he came to a stop withil:i a yaid of th.a fugitive, who wa.s pulling which staggered him. Before he could recover his former ad vantage, Coie had secured a partial foothold himsel:l' and fairiy forced him self on to the roof and grabbed the villain by the arms. In the struggle they went down the roof, perilously hear the edge, which had ho protecting 9oping For a moment it was totlCh and go with both o:f tliem. It looked as though t:b.ey would go over the edge anel. meet a horrible death, locked in each other's arms. But fate willed it otherwise. They rolled the other way and Cole leaped upon the thiet's back and held him down. "I guess I've got you now, mister :inah," he said, grimly. The fello-w stn1ggled vainly to throw his captor. "Curse you! I'd like to kill you!" he yelled, furiously.

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A BOHN SPECULATOR. 23 ''I have no doubt but you have the will to try it if you chief from hi s pocket and told him to hold his hand s so he I had the opportunity." could tie them. "I ha d it a moment ago." "You did, but you missed it." "And I'll have it again. I'll do you up yet." "I don't think you will. By the way, who are you, anyway? You ca lled me by name a minute ago; that shows you know me. Come now, off with that :fake beard and let me get a square look at you." Cole grabbed the beard and yanked it away :from the rascal's :face. The revelation almost s tag gered him. He found himself gazing down in t o the scowling face of Lawrence Bangs. "So it's you, i s it?" crl.ed the boy, as he recovered from his surprise The excashier gave him a look of extreme hate. "You've got me on the hip, but don't fancy you ll esc;ape "I object to that," the rascal said "You've got to do it or take the consequences," replied Cole, raising hi s clenched fist. "Bla s t you "Save your breath. Curses, like pigeons, alway s come home to roos t. Hold up your hand s." Bangs yielded with very bad grace, indeed. Then Cole let him up. At this point an adjacent scuttle was opened up and a workingma n stuck hi s head up through the opening. "Hello!" he asked, "what are you fellows doing up there?" "I've caught a thief, that's all. Now I want you to help me get him to the s idewalk." "Don't you believe him!" cried Bangs. "He's the thief himself, and has overcome me. That's my bag he's got in me in the long run. I 've sworn to fix you for spoiling me hi hands that day at the office, and I'll do it if it takes years to The auqacity of thi s s tatement took the boy's reach you." breath away. "You're a vindictive rascal,'' replied the boy, in a tone As for t he workman, with his body half in, half out of of disgust. "You know you deserved all you got, and that the scutt le, he seemed unable to comprehend the true state you ought to be in jail in stead of being where you are. of the sit uation. But I guess you'll get there now all right." "Don't be so sure of that." "It won't be my fault i:f you don't reach a cell before daTk." Bangs, with a sudden squirm, tried to Cole, but the attempt was a failure "Well, you've got a n erve, T1awrence Bangs,Z' cried Frank. "Look h ere, sir, h e's trying to pull the wool over your eyes," to the newcomer. The man, however, looked doubtful. "T demand that you set me free, and hold this fellow for the police," persisted Bangs. "I've got a strangle holq on you, Lawrence Bangs, and "I'll tell the boss and l et him settle the matter." I don't mean you s hall escape me." "But this chap will escape over the roofs," said the ex" It won't do you any good. We're alone up here. You cashier. dare not let go of me for a minute. We're likely to stay Cole, thoroughly disgusted, grabbed Bang s and forced this way till you get tired," said Bangs, with an evil laugh. him toward the man at the scuttle. "You'll get tired first, Lawrence Bangs," said Frank, grabbing the l eather bag and wrenching in from his arm "Now I'm going to pound your face to a jelly unless you give in, see?" Col e raised his fist, and the look in hi R eyes showeL1 tl1e excashier that the boy meant bu s iness. A m Jther s truggle ensued during which Frank managccl to get in a coup l e of hard whacks on nose, and the fellow weak;ened. "Hold on, I'll give up." "I'm a broker's messenger," he said to the workman. "This bag cqntains and checks I was taking to the bank when this scoundre l s nat c hed it out of my hand and lec1 me a lon g chase You go downstairs and have some one ring up or' Slip police s tation anc1 a s k that a couple of officers be sent her e tb take charge of Bangs, a t!rooked cashier who has been wanted by the police for two months past. You clo that and you'll assist the cause of justice." "I'll do it," said the anxiou s to get out of the "Do you mean that?" dilemma, one way or another. "I can't help myself." "That was a very dodg e you trie
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A BOHX SPECUL1\..TOR. Bangs sa.w the game was up and he remainea sullenly what he had llone and asked him to come up to his house silent. after dinnel' and repeat to him his s tory. In Tifteen minutes two policemen appeared, Cole explaineil the situation, and gave the ex-cashier into their cus He went ulOng and made the charge, and had the satis faction of seeing his enemy locked up, then he returned to the office with the bag and its valuable contents. CHAPTER XIV. '\ THE POIN'.fER THAT DAISY CAPTURED. "Why, where have you been, young man?" asked cashier Brigg8, who was in the act of locking safe preparatory I ,Cole promised that he would, and be kept his wor
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A BORN SPECULATOR. tor s of New Street? Well, they were in here this morning my little boodle whether you have me or not. But whether to see Mr. Mills. While waiting in the reception-room I you believe me or not I tell you right here that I'd sooner overheard them conversing about the deal in which they win you than the money, and that's straight from the are e ngaged. Mr. Halstead and s ome of his friends are trying to secure control of the Louisville & Midland Rail road. He told Mr. Mills to bny it as low as he could, but to buy it without fail. He said there was just about enough s to ck held in ew York 1:o fill the bill, the reflt is held by the present officers and direcrors and their friends. He told Mr. Mills that a block of J 0,000 shares was about to shoulder." He said it so earnestly that the fair girl watched him with glistening eyes as he walked away. "He's the best and nicest boy in the world," she said to herself. "I'd sooner marry him without a cent than than--" The rest of the sentence was lost in the click of her typebe offered for sale by the e s tate of a certain Louisville bank writer. president. 'l'he executor was opposed to the present man agement of the road, and had sent the s tock to Harris, Morganstein & Webs ter, of Exchange Place, to be disCHAPTER XV. po sed of here. '!'he ruling price at present is 40." Dai sy, that's a good tip. I've already heard that those brok e rs were engineering s ome mysterious deal, with a h;ap of capital at their hack I'm going to hgy in that block of 10,000 s ha res if I can reach it.''. "The id ea Where would you get $-!00,000 ?" "I've got s omething over $40,000, anGl that will secure an option on it. If that block should happen to represent the balance of power afte r th e other stock has been ac counted for, yo u and I, Daisy, could make our own terms." "And how much could we win?" "How much? How would a quarter of a million strike you?" "Frank Cole, are you crazy?" "Yes, I think I am. I feel one of my periodical fits com ing on. They always do just before I make a lucky strike." 0 "You talk s illy. I'd be glad to make $1,000." "Gee whiz! You're easy. I'll tell you what I'll do with you." "What?" "I'll promise to marry you if we don't make $250,000 on your tip, and if we do make that much or more, you must agree to marry me. How's that?" "Will you ever s top teasing me?" she said, blushing rosily. "I want to know if that is a go?" "No, it isn't." "Then I don't work tip." "Oh, yes, you will!" I "You seem to know all about it." ,. "I know you wouldn't miss a good thing." "That's right. That's why I don't :want 1:o miss you." "Aren't you simply horrid!" "Well, never mind, Daisy. If you think as much of me as I do of you you'll accept me as your future slave when the time comeR. I'm going to try to make you rich with BIDDING FOR A STOCK. "Good morning, Mr. Winslow," said Frank Cole, walk ing into the fat broker's office next morning about a quar-ter to ten. "Good morning, Cole," replied the broker, extending fingers, as was his custom. "What can I dolforryou? Going into the market again?" "I want you to execute a commission or me, sir." "Willing!, my boy, willingly." "There's $2,500 in this for you at least if--" "How much?" in surprise. "I said $2,500." "It must be something of an order." "It is. I want you to go, personally, to Harris, Morgan. stein & Webster, of No. Exchange Place, and buy me a block of 10,000 shares of Louisville & Midland at 40, which they have for sale." "The dickens you do!" replied Mr. Winslow, with a low whistle. "Have you got $400,000 in your stocking that you're anxious to put into circulation? "No, sir; but I can deposit the sum of $40,000 with you as security that I will see yon through the deal:" "Say, young man, you're a peacherina, for fair!. You' seem to have the m112uma. Have you got it with you?" "No, sir. I want you to come around to the bank with me now and I'll hand it over." "All right. Of course you've got a tip. That's plain as pie crust." "Mr. Winslow, you mustn't suppose anything. I am giving you an order." "AU right, my boy. !'hope you won't miss that $40,000 if you happen to miss fire on this little deal." "The risk is mine, sir. You'll never hear me squeal i luck fails to nestle o my shoulder." "You're a nine days' wonder with me, Cole," replied the

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!6 A BOR SPBC ULATOR. fat broker, rising and getting his hat. "I feel it in my ably for a clique. I am lookin g for some of the s tock and bldou that you re a sure winner on every count." will give 41 for the block in question. Yours, "MILL S ." They went ttJ tlil:l bank together and the s um of $ 4 0,000 was transferred to the stout opera.tor' s account. Wheh bole went to lunch hl:l dropp e d into Mr. Winslow's office and learned that the purchase hatl been mad e Wherl lie got back to the office he whispered his s uccess to Daisy. "Oh, Frank, did you rea.lly put up all your money?" "Honest injurl." "You've made me so nervous. Suppose-" "Suppose what?" "Anything should go wrong with Louisville & Midland?" "Don' t worry "But I will worry." "Daisy, you D:tt1st let the senior partner do that." "I'm almost sony I told you what I heahl. "Where's your nerve, little girl? S ay nothing and saw wood. I'll attentl to the rest "Biit if yotl should U:ise your mone y Frank," s h e cri e d desperately. "Will yott hitike it up by becomitlg Mts Cole wheh I ge t a new start?" "Oh, Frank!" "Yes, or no?" and he took her ti:hri:ls isting hlihd itt his There was a pause. He bent down over her. "W1iat is it, little girl r" "Y-e-s," she :fluttered He snatched d hasty kiss flew. Frank had barely got seated in the reception-roo m again befdre his eniployer's bell summoned Him td tli e private office. "Nay nay, Pauline," replied Cole. "My Louis ville & Midland i s not for s ale at present." "All rig ht, y ou r e the doctor laughed Winslow, and he r eturned a n e gative ans \ver to John Mill s whi c h Col e d e livered. Next day Loui s ville & Midland was up to 4112, and whert Frank s howed the r e cord bn the tape to Dai s y, she f elt much e asi e r in her mind. Although Mr. Mills wa s much di s appointed in having failed to secure th e block of s tock in question, he succe ed e d in gathering in a.bout all there was in sight at figure s vaty ln g from 40 1-8 to 45. Th e n h e and hi client had anoth e r c on s ultation, and th. e result was that Mr. Mill s offe r e d 46 for the 10', 000 s h a res, throu g h Brok e r Winslow who repli e d that hi s cust'6me.t would not sell at that figure Mr. Hals t e ad and hi s friends want e d the s to c k b a dl y that the y raised the ante to 5 0, but didn't get it at that. '!'hat gav e th e m the impression that the opposition had got po ssess ion of it. To mak e sure a l ette r was sent to Mr. Win s low asking lf the s to c k was for s al e and, if so, would the bwn e r name hi s Th e fat broker sent for C o l e who responded at the fir s t chance he had. "Have y ou set a figure to y our Louisvill e & M i dland, Col e ?" Mr. Win s low a s ked the boy "No, s ir, not y et. The bro k e r s howed him t he l ette r h e had received froth Mr Mill s "Take this letter to Mr. Wirl slb--. H b e i s n t at his "You've got the chanc e to do it now h e r e marked. office look him up lit the Exchang e Brifig tiack an an s wer." "Xfave you heard from Mr. Btickmaster, the president "Yes, sir," atld dole depatted on his errand of th e road? The fat broker was at the Exchange, s o the y oung mes"Not yet. senger went oh there "Then tell Mr. Mill s that the own e r of the s to c k wi 1 1 Mr. Winslow was suni:tnoned to the railing and Frank con s ider hi s p ropo s ition and ma y !tiak e an offe t in a tlay d e livered the note to him. After he l11itl read it He smilet1 s ignitl.carltly and turned it ove r to the boy "Ydu'll have W tlicht.te the atlswl:!t, Cole." This is what Frank read: "'l\fr DEAR W1NsLdw: .... 11J-ld+ris, :M:citgiihs t ein & Webstel: inform me that y ou purcha s ed a block of 10,000 shdres df & Mic1ianc1 frtHh thetH this fhor:Hing lit 40 the rulihg !igure, presumor two "How muc h do y ou e x pect to make but of this, bo l e ? You've alr e a dy r e fused a clean $10 000 profi t. "I exp ect to mak e all I can. !'11 te11 b ette r when I h ear wh ethe r the oth e r s ide wan ts the stoc1<: or not." That a f t ei-noo n a r ep r esentative of the Buc kma ste r i n te rest s arrived in Y ork and inad e ti ca11 on Bro k e r Win s low. '' H e had c ome to negoti a t e ior the purcha s e of the i0,000 s hare s of touis ville & Midland.

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A BORN SPECU+.A "It is up to you to make an offer," said Mr. Winslow. said there wqfl 15entleman ip,. the parlor who to "The ow:qer of the stock is alfeady ponsidering an offer see film on im:pprfant business. m11-de througq a. rvelt-known broker." "What's his n11w.fl?" "t all} authorized to offer 60 fpr the shares," W!:JS the "He didn't say." r eply. Frapk, wonderjng: ho his, f isip>r lff!-S, went psfah:s to "J11st make your offer iq wptip.g fl,nd I will see it reaches see hir the right party." He found a hip six -foot not pvn int'he of the present cpntrolljng fP.teresta of dividual, who as if he might hr f.jward politlcian, Jhfl roacl diq so, and :M:r. Winslpw prpmised hiw. ap. early or of that sq.rt. r ep ly. "Are you Prank Cole?" he asked, *fl kind PHAP'j:'E XYI. W:j:NNlNG A FORTUNE Frank Cole dropped into the fat broker's office after three that day and was asked to pass upon the $60 per share offer which had come from Louisville ' "Write to l\!r. Mills and tell you have received a big offer from Western people for the block of stock, and that if his is ready to pay $75 per share for the 10,000 shares the deal will go." "Say, Cole," whistled Winslow, "you're. modest in your of way. "That's my name," replieP. b pr, cqqlly. "But you have the advantage of me "My nrune is '.firr:othy J. McFac1den," rep li ed hi& c aller, gruffly, twirling pig blo/!k "Well wp.at can I do for yol[ ?" "You are messenge r Mr. Mills, of Street?" continued the big rpan "Yes, sir." "You are the most importallt witness Bangs, aren't yov ? "I think Ml'. Mills i s the most important one. Wl)at about it, sir?" "Suppose we' go down to the corner a.nd taHc ml:J.tter i:i.ren't you?" over?" "I've figured my profit, l ess your commission and in"What matter?" t erest on the money necessary to swing this deal, at $350, "The question whether it wo't be to piterest to 000 If I can get it I'll be perfectly satisfied." leave the c i ty for a while before the yo'l to George should think you ought to be. All right, appear them to tell what you know about the case I'll submit this offer to l\fr. Mills, and let you know what against Bangs." comes of it at the eatliest possible mo1?ent." Col e was rather astonished. "Very well, sir." "Are you l1ere as a of Mr. "Are you goi n g to continue as after you "I represent hi s interei;ts. you 'fiH tP t4e pocket the profits of this deal, or do you think of going corner, where we can talk f will into some businesg for yourself?" make you a propositiqn which wpl P'!lt your "I haven't thol1ght about the matter at a ll s ir. No need pocket." to be in a hurry." "That's so; but a Wal} Street messenger worth a quarter of a million or so would be something of a curiosity." "You'll be the only man in the Street who will possess that knowledge, so I don't think I s hall attract any atten tion." -"Well, I hope you willhave as nwcli luck in holding on to your fleece as you have had in winning it, my lad." "If anybody can get it away from me in the ordinary way of business he's welcome to it. I mean to keep my eyes wide open and not get caught if I can help it. Good aftf!+noon Before Cole was quiUl tprough his s11pper tpe front door" I suppose you w i sh me tp go to a ?" "Yes, Bamey G a lla.gher's." "I s h all have to decline both your to go tq the saloop., and also tp cqnsider tq the sidetrack ing of my evidence against f -plied the boy, re11pl11tely. '"l'here is a thousand dollars in it .Por you," pei;si8t'."1 t I the visitor. "I don't care if there ten Ea;1:-. is guilty of a mmderous attack upon my employer, as \re; as an attempt to hifll of a of money JT ") has got to face the CO!J.seqpeces. Besides, he snatc h eu from me at the door of the Blank National Bank th e 0!]1cr bell rang, and presently the servapt girl came fo.1 him and day a bag pver $2q,QQq in. mojley 3.lfd a

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A BORN. SPECULATOR. large amount represented by endorsed checks. The man is a rascal and deserves all that's coming to him." The visitor was clear,ly surprised and disconcerted by the boy's uncompromising attitude. "You will get into trouble, young man,", said the big man, darkly, "if you persist in appea ring against Bangs." "In what way, sir?" asked Cole, sharply. "Bangs has friends, friends who have a pull, and they will make it hot for you if you don't accept the proposition they have to offer." "I suppose these friends have delegated you to offer me this bribe at which you hint." "Young man," retorted his visitor, in an aggressive tone, "you are using a wrong word when--" "What else do you call it. You say there $1,000 in this thing for me if I agree to leave town so that I need not testify before the grand jury. What do you call that but a bribe? Now, Mr. McFadden, I wish you to thor oughly understand that I refuse this offer, or any other offer of the kind, I shall appear before the grand jury when legally summoned to do so and tell the exact truth. Mr . Bangs may have a pull, but it won't work in this di rection. I think there is no need t-0 discuss the matter fur"You." She blushed vividly and put one of her hands in his. On Saturday she tendered her resignation as stenographer to the office, and Mr. Mills said he was very sorry to lose her. Next week Cole appeared before the grand jury with his employer. Their evidence settled the fate of Lawrence Bangs, who, in due time, was tried, convicted and sent up the river to. join his friends, Reginald Cates and Hector Pyle. Clearly, the ex-cashier's pull wasn't strong enough to save him. About this time Frank Cole was promoted to a respon. sible position in Mr. Mills's counj;ing-room, and he soon proYed his value in that department of the business. No one but Mr. Winslow, the fat broker, and Daisy Lee, to whom he was engaged to be married in the spring, knew that he had a balance of $185,000 in bank So far as his own private affairs were concernedi he might be truly called the Young Sphinx of Wall" Street. He continued, through Mr. Winslow, to make occasional ventures on the market, and was nearly always successful, so that before Daisy sent out her wedding invitations her ther. As I have an engagement for this evening,. I hope you prospective husband was worth a quarter of a million, which will excuse me that this interview come to an with her own $145,000 was quite a tidy sum to begin houseend." "You haven't heard the last of this, young man," re plied Mr. McFadden, taking up his hat. "Maybe not, but the friends of Mr. Bangs will save time, breath and shoe leather by leaving me out of their calculations in the future." Cole then showed his visitor to the door, and the man, as he took his departure, favored him with a un friendly look, which, had no effect on the boy. Next afternoon, when Cole called at his broker's, he was shown a com.Ip.unication in which his offer of the Louisville & Midland stock was accepted. keeping with. She wantecl Frank to quit risking his money in stocks lest some unfortunate venture should sweep away the re sults of all his previous good luck, but the boy could no more keep his hands off the market than he could fly, be cause he was A BORN SPECULATOR. .THE END. Read "THE WAY TO SUCCESS; OR, THE BOY is satisfactory," he said. "Send the block over I WHO GOT THERE," which will be the next number (26) to Mr. Mills." of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." So the deal was closed and Fra.nk reported the fact to Daisy next morning. "We have cleared something like $290,000, Daisy, half of which is yours." "Why, that would be $145,000. You can't mean it!" she cried, hardly knowing whether she was dreaming or ' SPECIAL NOTICE. All back numbers of this weekly are always in print: If you cannot obtain them from any not. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by Frank soon convince.cl her that it was a solid fact. "I have won something better than money out of this," mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION he said. "What is that?" in su.rprise. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you wm receive the copies you order by return mail.

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rHE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end meu. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No .. 4?. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Contai?mg a vatied of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOK:l!l Bver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner o.f preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By P r i nce of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc .. suitable .Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOi'.IIE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.A won w oney than a,ny l)ook published derful book. containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every \look, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general comb ackgammon croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUl\IS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW 'TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Conthe leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. '" No. 52. HOW TO PLAY rJ. A.RDS .-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rules and f..:.: 'lrections for playing Fluchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays clown some valuable bage. Casino, Forty-Five, If:'- ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventur e s Auction Pitch. All Fours. and many other popular games of cards. ancT experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO Pl ZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Conta in dred interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderso n also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. No. 13 HOW TO DO EI'; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life se<'ret, and one that every young man desi r es to know a ll about. 'rhere's happiness in it. No 33 HOW TO REITA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most appro,ed methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W De W. Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containi11g full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Stuil:v, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regulations. Fire DPpartment, and all a boy shou ld know to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63 HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADF.T.-Compl ete in structions of how to gain admission to thP Annapolis Naval I:) ECLA M ATI 0 N. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descriptio n No. 27. HOW TO RIOCITE AND BOOK OF RECT'rATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sket<'h. and everything a b oy -Containing the most popular sele-::lions in use. comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Com d iale<'t. French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How t o Become* with many standard r eadings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 2 5 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, P ublisher, 24: U n ion Squa1e, New York.

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WORK AND WIN. The .6.:Lt. 'l'HZ READ -W-eekly N'U'M::Sm:as A:am AI.WA 'Y'S IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM Published. Best P:RIN'l'. ALL. LATEST ISSUES: 314 Fred Fearnot and "Red Pete" ; or, The Wickedest Man in Arizona 315 Fred Fearnot and the Magnates; or, How he Bought a Rall road 316 Fred and Uncle Pike"; or, A lilllck Chap from Warsaw. 317 F earnot and His Hindo Friend; or, Savi ng the Juggler's Life. 318 Fearnot and the "Confidence Man" ; or, The Grip that Held Him Fast. 319 Fred 1 rearnot' s Greatest Victory; or, 'l'he Longest Parse In Wall Street. 320 Fred Fearnot and the Impostor; or, Unmasking a Dangerous Fraud. 321 Fred In the Wild West; or, The Last Fight of the Ban dits. 322 Fre d Fearnot and the Girl Detective; or, Solving a Wall Street Mystery . I 323 Fred Among the Gold Miners; or, The Fight for a Sto len Clai m 324 Fred l,'earnot and the Broker's Son; or, The Smartest Boy In Wall Street. 325 Fred F earnot and "Judge Lynch"; or, Chasing the Horse Thie\' e S 326 Fred Fearnot and the Bank M e ssenger ; or, The Boy Who Made a l 'ortuue 327 lt' red Fearnot and the Kentucky Moonshiners; or, The "Bad" Men of the Blue Grass Region. 328 Fred Fearnot and tbe Boy A crobat ; or, Out With His Own Circus / 329 Fred Fearnot's Great Crash ; or, Losing His Fortune In Wall e Street. 330 Fred Fearnot's Return to Athletics; or, His Start to Regain a Fortun' e 331 Fencing Team ; or, D efeating the "Pride of Old 332 Fred li'earnot s "ll'ree For All ; or, His Great Indoor Meet 333 Fred Fearnot and the Cabin Boy ; or, Beating the Steamboat Sharpers. 334 ,Fred Fearnot and the Prize-Fighter; or, A Pugllist's Awful Ml1take. 335 lt'red l'earnot' s Office Boy ; or, Making Money in Wall Street. 336 Fred Fearnot as a Fireman ; or, The Doy Hero of the Flames. 337 lt' red Fearnot and the Factory Boy; or, The Champion of the Town. 338 Fred Fearnot and the "Bad Man" ; or, The Blutl' from Bitter Creek. 339 Fred Fearnot and the Shop Girl ; or, The Plot Against An Or phan. 340 Fred lt'earnot Among the Mexicans; or, Evelyn and the Brigands. 341 li'red Fearnot and the Boy Engineer; or, Beating the Train Wreckers. 342 Fred Fearnot and the "Hornets" : or, The League that Sought to Down Him 343 Fred Fearnot and the Cheeky Dude ; or, A Shallow Youth from Brooklyn. 344 Fred Fearnot In a Death Trap ; or, Lost In The Mammoth Caves 345 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Rancher: or, The Gamest Lad In Texas. 346 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Driver; or, The Man Who Understood Horses. 347 Fred Fearnot's Change of Front: or, Staggering the Wall Street Brokers. 348 Fred Fearnot's New Ranch, And How He and Terry Managed It. 349 Fred Fearnot and the Lariat Thrower; or, Beating the Champion of the W est. 350 Fred Fearnot and the Swindling Trustee: or, Saving a Widow s Little Fortune. 351 Fred Fearnot and the "Wild" Cowboys, And the He Had With Them 352 Fred Fearnot and the Money Queen : or, Exposing a Female Iii harper. 353 Fred Fearnot' s Boy Pard: or, Striking It Rich In the Hills. 354 Fred Fearnot and the Railroad Gang ; or, A Desperate Fight for Life 355 Fred Fearnot and the Mad Min e r : or, The Gold Thieves of the Rockie8 . 356 Fred Fearnot In Trouble: or, Terry Olcott'a Vow of Vengeance 357 Fred Fearnot and the Girl In White; or, The Mystery of the Steamboat. 358 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Herder; or, The Masked Band of the Plains. 359 Fred Fearnot In Hard Luck ; or, Rough ing It In the Sliver Dig gings 360 Fred Fearnot and the Indian Gulde ; or, The Abduction of a Beau -tiful Girl. 361 Fred Fearnot's Search for Terry, and Terry' s Faith In Him. 362 Fred Fearnot and the Temperance Man; or, Putting Down the Rum Sellers . 363 Fred Fearnot' s Fight for his Life ; or, The Cunning that Pulled Him Through. 364 Fred Fearnot and the Wild Beas t Tamer; or, A Week With a Circus. 365 Fred Fearnot and the Fiddlers' Convention ; or, The Music that Puzzled the Musicians. 366 Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Game ; or, Beating the Brokers. 367 Fred Fearnot and the Wild Mustang ; or A Chase of Thirty Days. 368 Fred Fearnot and the Boasting Cowboy : or, T e a ching a Brag gart a Lesson 369 Fred Fearnot and the School Boy ; or, The Brightest Lad In New York 370 Fred Fearnot' s Game T eamster; or, A Hot Time on thl! 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Fame and F tune 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 f a m e and fortune by their ability to take advantage or 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 be come famous and wealthy. Every one of this serie::i 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 b es t obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being m a de to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALllEADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luc k ; or, The B oy 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 Cleve rest Boy in Wall Street. 6 BuHding a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lake-view. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River: 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The R ecord of a S e lf-Made Boy . 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Coflper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or. The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start In Ufe. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A GolG Brick; or, The Boy Who Cou l d Not be D ow n ed 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The B oy Who Feathered His N es t 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, due Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From C a ll Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be :ient to any address on r eceipt o f price, 5 cents per copy in money or postage stamps, lly !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New .. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from n e wsdeal ers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fl.11 in the following Ord e r Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books yo u want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h er, 24 Union Square, New York. .. .. ...................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed :find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of VORK AND WIN, Nos .................................................... : .......... ; " " " " VILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos . ....... ............................................ .. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7'6, Nos .................................................. !'LUC K AND LUCK. Nos .......................................................... SECRET SERVICE. NOS ........................................................... Y'S Nos .................................................. NE WEEKLY, No<> ............... ............................... -ETE'S WEEKLY,. NOS ............................................... " Ten-Cent and {S N0s ........................ ........................... Name . . . . . . . . . ... Street and No .................... Town .......... State ............


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