Playing to win, or, The foxiest boy in Wall Street

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Playing to win, or, The foxiest boy in Wall Street

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Playing to win, or, The foxiest boy in Wall Street
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DR. THE fDXIEST BOY IN WALL STREET. @ .f'8ELF -A#IL/E I ''Sign!" demanded:>Jepson, holding, the penholder the boy. "Sign, or-" He got no further, for at that moment a key rattled in the lock, the door was suddenly slammed open, and Dick Bell. followed by two policemen, entered. the room.

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fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iaaued WeekZ11-B11 Subsd-iption $2.50 per.l/eBr. Entered a.ccordi?tg to Act of Congress, in the 11eBr 190ll. in the office of the L;brarian of C
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PLAYING TO WIN. "How d id it happen that :Mr. J e pson gave you the prefer e n c e o ver the o th e r boy who had applied for the situation, too ? noting his look of di s appointment, and drawing his head down and kissing him tenderly. "l'hats' the funn y part of it. The boy wasn't there, but ] \fr. Jeps on had a letter from a friend of his, recomm e ndin g the boy." # "And yet you got the position?" "That' s what I di d." "I don t uncle r s tand it," s aid the little woman, with a cloud on her face. "Nor I, mother, for he really did turn me down with very few word s at first." "At fir st?" "Yes. He told me that he already had an applicaiit who had been re c ommended for the position. I was getting up to leave v ery much disappointed when he suddenly asked me if m y name was Forbes. He must have seen my nam e in s ide of my hat, for I remember I held it on my lm.ee in such a way that h e could easily have seen my nam e if he had looke d that wa y ." "Well?" said h i s mother, breathles s ly. "Of course, I an s w e r ed 'yes.' Then h e asked :father's name. I told him 'George Fo rbes.' Ro looked at me in a stran g e way and then in q uir e d if h e w as dead. I s aid y es.' H e next ask ed me father's b usiness. I s aid he h a d b een ca s hi e r of a fir m i n Exc h a nge Place. 'Cohe n, Finkelbaum & Newburgcr?' he I sai d I did n o t remember the nam e of the finn, as I was .. ver y s mall w h e n my f athe r di ed. H e the n wan ted to know if m y mot h e r W M living and I told him that she was. 'Where do you liv e?' he ask e d and I gave him our address, w hi c h b e wrote down. Then he looken at m e in a friend l y way, said I s hould have the posi tion of messenger in hiR office, an d t o ld me to report to Mr. Bl a ke, the cash ie1, tomorro w m o rning at nine o'clock. Wasn t it wonderf ul how I go t t he j o b after all? Mr. Jepson mus t have known fat h er, and f o r th a t reason gave m e the prefere nce. It w a s a luc ky thing my name was in m y h at, d on't you thin k s o ?" But Mrs For bes d idn' t ap p e ar to have h eard his que s tio n. S h e was t hi nk ing, anc1 h e r thou g hts were not altoge ther p l easant ones. "Did fathe r wor k for Cohen, Finkelbaum & Newb u r ger ? " Yes, Arthur," with a cat c h of h e r breath. Di d y ou ever hear fath e r s p e a k of Mr. Jepson?" "Your father knew M r. J eps on." Then it's a ll r ig ht. Tha t s ur e l y accounts for my getting t h e position. Mr s For bes took up h e r work a g ain, bti't her fingers t remb led, h e r eyes w e r e moi s t, and it was clear, even to h er son that sh e was mu c h a gita ted. "But it does worry me, mother, to see you look unhappy." "I was thinking about your fath e r, that' s all. Mr. Jep son s name called up recollections of the past that are pain:ful to me." "Well, jus t think how much better off you're going to be after this with five dollars-that's what I'm going to g etcoming in every week. You won' t n eed to work nights now over tha.t poorly paid s tuff We'll be able to pa.y up the landlord what we ow him, and buy many things that you need badly. I ten you, mother, I b e gin to feel like a man. I'm going to take care of you after this, see if I don't." "You're a dear, goo(! boy, Arthur. I don't know what I s hould do without you." "Of cour s e you don't," answered the boy, gail y "Thia i s m y luc ky da y I've not only got a position, a.nd a good one at tha t, but I found this H e h e ld up a dirty ten-dollar bill. W hy, where did you find that?" she asked, in surprise. I saw it l y ing in the gutter on Broadway and I picked it up." "It will come in very handy," she said, with a smile. "We ll, I should remark We ought to get something substa ntial for dinner to-night, don't you, think? We've been living on anticipations long enough." You might get a small round-steak from the butcher's, and some groceries tha t we are in ne e d of." "Sure! will. Let me have a list of what you want." The list was made out, and then Arthur Forbes put on his hat and left the little tliree.room :flat on the top floor of a crowded tenement building where he and his '.l:n6ther had bee n living from hand to mouth for severl!l months. Thi n g s were muoh d.ifferetit with them wheti Mr. was ali ve, for he had been a bright man and drew a good s alary from the firm which employed him. But that was all of seven years ago, and .Arthur onl y an indi stinct recollection M the good tim 'es he had 'in those days. 1 . He r e membered that some great trouble had come upon lik e a bolt out of a clear sky; that hi.If father was Un. accountably missing; that :finally he was f..old that his father was dead, and then his mother took him way from their pleasant surroundings to a poor localify, where they had less to eat and no nfoe things to wear a.ny more. After that they moved about from place to pla ce, each time to a s habbier locality. H e had attended different public schools, and bright and studious as he was this changing around had .kept him back, so that he did not graduate until a few months before this story opens. "Mot her, what's come ove r y ou? I thought you'd be tickle d t o d eath when I told you about my good fortune. Ins t e a d of which it seem s almost as if the news hurt you. ','.'ha t is the tro ubl e ?" He was a boy who readily made friends, and was very popular among his associates, but as his mother had incul cated in him very distinct idMs of and lt.e avoided companions whose loose morals have led him a.stray. X-Jt hin g that you need +worry a.botiil, ietT," slte replied.

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PLAYING TO WIN. He had only one close f!iend, and that was Dick Bell, the son of a mead.s of it." "It's nice to have plenty of money," said Arthur, wist fully, thinking of his mother, who was obliged to sew all day for a mere pittance. "Ju.st look there, will you?" to a :money broker's windc;>w, where a clerk h1td ju.st fini s hed laying out for the day a di s play of foreign gold and sil ver coins, bills and other evidences of wealth in great profusion. "Doe s n t that make your e yes water?" "I wouldn't mind owning some of that stuff mys$lf," . said Dick, as the two pa.used to feast their eyes on the fascinating sia-ht. "Look at that littl e Japanese tray of Ena-lish sovereiins, every on e of them worth $4.84. Bet you a nickel you can't guess how much is ther e ." "I couidn t a-uess, and it wouldn t do me any iOOd if I could. Look at that bowl of G e rm a n coin-2 0-mark piece s I d be s ati sfied w ith the valu e of those in Americ an mon e y ." "I' d rath e r ha v e a handful of those 5 B auk of E n g land notes There mu s t be $600 worth th ere." "'Come on. We might look all day and n o t b e a c ent rich e r. "We ll some da y I h o pe w e ll have as m uch or mor e mone y than we saw in that w ind ow," s aid Di ck. "I mean to be a broker one o f these d ays, d o n t you ?" I haven t tho u ght abo u t s u c h a thing yet. Th e re's l ots o f tim e befor e us yet, Di ck. We'r e o nl y fou rteen." They presently rea.ched the office build ing where they were employed a nd sepa rated t ill t hey s h o u ld meet aga in at noon Arthur had been t e n days at J epson's, whei:_e hi s p o lite ma nn e r a nd a c tivity gav e p erfect satis f action, when Mrs . ;Forbes h ad: a vis itor It was about two in the a fternoon that a kno c k c ame at the d o or and thinking it might b e the lan dl o rd, lookin g af ter his arrear s s he put down her work and ha s til y went to the door and opened it. A well-dressed prosperous-looking gentl e m a n w ho had peen brought to the neighborhood in a c ab, st ood ouisicle "You don t seem to rem e mber me, Mr s Fo r bes," he re marked with what he meant to be a c heerful smile, at th e s ame time holding out his gloved hancl and w a lking into the room. The hallway was dark, in spit e o f the fact that it was at the top of the house, and the littl e widow dicl. not recogniz e her vis itor until the light from th e w indow r est ed o n bi s fa c e the n she started ba c k, with a littl e c r y !'Mr. Jepson!" "Exactly, my dear Mr s F o rbes," r e pli e d the wellgroomed gentleman. "Aren' t you ioing to s hak e hand s ? We are old friends, I think, and it must b e all of seve n years since we lost sight of each oth e r. She-timidly extended her hand and he took it and hel d it. "I am sorry to find you in su c h s traight e ned c ir c um s tances, Jes sie. I may call you that, mayn t I ? I hacl that riiht onceo before George Forbes won you awa y from m e "Mr. Jepson," said Mrs. Forbe s faintl y "I b e g y ou w ill not bring up the pas t. You went out of my life when when--" "Yes I know; when the man who became y our hu s band stepped upon the scene." A steel y flash came into hi s eyes, but it vani s hed in a moment. "Not so, sir," r e plied the litt l e w idow, wit h a fl.ash of spirit that. Mr. J e p s on had always a dmir e d in h e r ; but when y ou w e r e obliged to leave town after decei'v ing your e mployer B y tha t act y ou forf e ited m y respect and--" "Love I s uppose. You were too hasty in y our judg men t Y ou d id n o t u s e me fair. B p t n e v e r mind-:t.hA

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PLAYING 1'0 WIN. past is over ana...done with. You married George Forbes, moved to this city, where I had by that time already es tablished myself in business, and I suppose you were happy until your husband was caught--" "Stop, Mr. Jepson!" cried the little woman, indignantly. "My husb&nd was not guilty of the crime charged to him, and for which he was wrongfully sent to prison." "Well, well, we won't argue the point, Mrs. FO'rbes," re plied her visitor, s oothingly. "You were his wife, and it is natural you should defend his memory. It is quite right yon nest and man? "As I said before," continued the stock broker, seeing she remained s ilent, "I regret to find you in such poor s1.uroundingss urroundings but ill adapted toone.e>f gentle birth like yourself. It must be a sad trial for you to have to mingle with a class of people infinitely you in education and refinement." "The people in this neighborhood may be poor and of low origin, perhaps, but that i s their misfortune, not their fault," replied the little widow, with a dignity that some disconcerted Mr. Jepson. "At any rate, they seem to be hone s t, and well meaning," s he added "and I have no I fault to :find with them." "Ahem Yes, of course, but they are not like the people 1 you hav e been used to mingle with, anc1 whose.society would be beneficial to your-g.hem !-son. And that reminds me, anc1 you are probably aware. of the fact, that your Arthur is now in my employ as a messengei :.He is a bright boy, and I am very much pleased with him." This was a subtile stroke on Mr. J epson's part that was not without its effect on the fond mother. "It was kind of you to employ him," said Mrs. Forbes. "You will not regret it." "Don't mention it, Mrs. Forbes. If you will pel'lllit me also to. do s?mething for you-something tha.t will im)?rove your s1tuation-l shall esteem it as a favor." "I do not quite understand you, Mr. Jepson." "Mrs. Forbes-Jessie-you cannot help seeing that I am still interested in you. Although it is sixteen yea.rs since you broke off our en{iagement, I h.a.ve not ceased. tA> care for you as I always did. It is still the fondest wish of my heart to win you for my wife." "That is impossible now, Mr. Jepson," said the little woman, coldly. "The past can never be-" "Don't say never, Jessie," broke in the broker, catching her hand once more. "I must," replied Mrs. Forbes, firmly, withdrawing her hand from his grasp. "If nothing else but loyalty to my deaQ_ husband that woulc1 present between us an impassible barrier." "Why it? He has been dead at least :five years. Remember, you have a son whose future it is your duty to consider. I do not ask that you marry me right away. All I ask now is that you give me hopes that some time-in a year, say-you will consent to become my wife." "I cannot." "Think of what I offer you," he persisted. "A luxurious home and the gratification of every wish. Think of th.at compared to your present, almost penniless, situation in this squalid neighborhood. And your son would share in' all the benefits of your altered circumstances. He could go to college and thus prepare himself for a. superior start in life. Can you deny that this would be of immense ad vantage tO him?" "I do not deny that, Mr. Jepson," s he replied, ''but--" "Of course you don't; how could you ?" he added quickly. "He is the apple o' your eye, and I appeal to your mother love not to scorn my proposal before you have weighed all th.a advantages it will bring your boy." Mr. Jepson pressed his. suit artfully, for he was mined to win this woman, if he had to move heaven and earth to accomplish his purpose. -"But his. father s memory has claims on my heart which can never be effaced. Beside s Mr. Jepson, I can never think of you as I once did. The love I then had for you i s dead. It can never be-revived." "You only imagine so, Jessie. It is. quite a common occurrence for widows to marry again. Between us it ought to be a simple matter to join a thread that was broken in haste on vom part, but never severed on mine. You will think this thing over and. give me yolll"tanswer a favorable one, I day in the near future. May I rely on this?" he insinuatingly. "It was entirely for your sake, out of the great regard I entertain for you, that I gave him the preference over another lad whom I had been asked to take on," replied Mr. Jepson, patronizingly. "I can offer you no hope. I never intend t.p marry again." "That is a 1,'ash assertion, Mrs. Forbes," replied Mr. Jepson. "A young and attractive woman like yourself should not sacrifice herself on the altar of a dead memory. Allow me to ask does your son know that his father was a-ahem-
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PLAYING TO WIN. filwered, a spasm of pain croasing her f ea.tures. "He only knows that he is dead." "That is what I thought," said Mr. Jepson, with a look of satisfaction "It would be very sad if somebody who recalled all the circumstances of your husband 's trial and conviction was to lay the lamentable story before him "What do you mean?" asked the little woma.ll, in a startled tone. "Areo not those terrible facts buri ed in the past? My husband is dead and forgotten by all save the wife and son, whose duty it is to revere his memory. Who, then, is there to tell my boy what I have carefully con cealed from him all these years?" "Who, Mrs. Forbes?" asked Mr. Jepson, with a snaky smile : Soi:ethillg about her visitor's manner inspired her with a new-born terror. "Surely you would not be so cruel, Mr. Jepson,'' she cried, clasping her hands. "I should hope not, Mrs. Forbes, I sllould hope not; but 'it depends altogether on yourself -"On me! I dO' not understand you." ''Then.lilt me make my meaning clear,"' he said, advanc ing and looking her in the face with an expression that gave her a shudder of appreb,ension. "Years ago I had hope must meet it. The crisis, however, was averted for the time being at lea s t Next day, when Arthur came home after office hours, he brought the new s that Mr Jepson had met with a severe accident in his automobile, and that it was reported he would be confined to his house for some time. This prov e d to be true/and Mrs. Forbes breathed a s igh of relief. Three months passed awa_y, and then tli.e doctor ordered the broker to the. s outh of Europe for his health. No one could say how long.Ji. e would be away. As a matter of fact, nine months elapsed before Mr. Jepson stepped ashore in New York again, thoroughly re established in his health. During th El' interval, things went on as usual in the Wall Street office, under the cashier's management, and Arthur Forbes grew daily wiser in the routine of the Street. Long before had come to share in Dick Bell 's

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PLAYING TO WIN. ambi t ion to become 1tome day a broker him self, that end h e and his chum both the methods of the Stock Exchange and made many little v e ntures on their own accouii.t.s in the buck et-s hops," which turned out al most 'Uniformly s ucces sful: "How muoh dough have you got now?" asked Dick, one day, after they had cleared up about $80 apiece in a specu lation on a risin market. "How much? I've got $360 in the Seaman's Ba.nk," re plied Arthur, with a s mile of s a t i s faction. And I've got $240 That's $600 you and I have outsi de our wages in the last year by the exercise of our gr a y matter. Not so bad, is it?" "We've done pretty well, I "Told your mother about it?" "Not yet. I want to surprise her one of these days with a boodle." ''Well, i luck continues to run your way you'll do it all right." "It isn t altogether luck, is it? W e!ve been working these little speculations on .business principles. We 've studied the market, figured out our chance, and done oothing hap hazard. While luck certainly plays a part in most all Wall S treet ven.tures, it is not everything by a long chalk. Some of these wealthy operators 'Yould have gone to the wall long ago if they depended merely on luck." "That's right/' admitted Dick. "I've been a year longer i n the Street than you, Art, but I'm beginning to think y ou've got a foxier head on your shoulders than I. At any rate, you've made $120 more than .I have, and the proof of the puddi ng i s in the eatina-." "I'm t hin k ing of putting my profits into 100 shares <>f :\f. & N. at 32." Are you? Why M. & N ?" I heard Broker Smith tell one of his custo.mers yester day that it was a good a tock to go the limit on if he went in at once " On what ground?" "He told him a combination had been formed to boom the stock." You heard him say that?" "Yes." You were lucky. I don't see how you managed to c atch on." I carried a note over to Smith's yesterday and was waiting for an answer, when Smith came out of his private office with the party. They were talking about the stock and stopped c}gse to me without taking any notice of me. That' s how I overheard the conversation. I tell you, I'm pre t t y foxy, Dick." I call that a first-class tip," sitid Dick, enth-qsiastically. "I'm going to get my dust and take it up to Presby & Co. right away. Of CQurse, you're with me.'' No bucket-shop this trip, thank you. I'm going to i nvest with Parsoi;is & 'l'rip." "\\That's the matter with Presby's? We've done very well w ith th e m s o far." .,. [ know it; but I've heard some ugly stories about their dealings with certain people, and l'w. aioia to steer cle&J" of the m when I can. "Well, you know best. I'm to risk them, just the s ame. If they can be11,t me on a SUfe tip like this of M. & N. they re welcome to my money." "One would think you'd lots of money the you talk,'' grinned Arthur. "No; but I've lots of nerve, don't you forget it." The boys went to the bank where they kept their small bus in ess capital, a s they called it, and Arthur drew $320 whi c h he took around to Pars on s & Trip's, in Broad Street, ancl put i t up on margin for the purchase of 100 shares of M. & N. at 32. Two days after the stock wa s s elling at 33 3-8, and Arthur and Dick s hook hands when they met t.o go to lunc h "We are the people, bet your life I" said Dick, with a s ati s fied grin. "It look s that w ay, doe s n t it?" "By the way, Art, when do y ou expect boss b ack from Europ e? He's been awa y som e time, he?" "Mr. Blak e go t a letter from him this mornin g in which M r. Jeps on s ai d he would r eturn in the st. P a ul of the American line She ieaves Southampton the da_v af te r to morrow. He's been away just nfoe m onthii, and it's exa ctly a y ear s ince he was in Wall Street." "That was a pretty serious h e had wasn t it? C ame near doing him up for k ee p s " I s hould B a y it did. He's all right no w and rm glad h e's c oming back.'' If Arthur had only known a few things he wouldn t n ave been quite s o glad But then he didn't know the re!l-1 Andrew Jeps on ; n e ither did Forbes, for that matter, though she thought she did When .Arthur, with a smile on his face told her that ni ght at supper that Mr. Jepson would b e in ; New York in ten da ys, the new s gave her quite a s hock. A bout the middle of the following week matter s began to get liv e ly around the M & N. corner in the . The s tock had been going up 'Steadily but with smajl a dv a nces, which didn't seem to catch the of the b rok e rs generall y Now howe y er, the trader.s began to realize that there was a genuine boom on in M & N., and there was a ru s h tu bu y the stock, with the result that before the Exchange clos ed that day the s tock advanced from 40 7-8 to 51. Next day there was more excitement over M. & N. It ope ned at 52 3-8 and by noon was going lively at 57. Both of the boys, of course, kept tab on the stock in whi c h they were intere s ted and when they met at lunch hour they fairly hugged each other in the hall. "Say, this i s where we become multi-millionaires!" cried Di c k grinning all over his face. "Hardly that,'' replied Arthur, more coolly. ".At the present outlook I'm just $2 500 to the good, and all on an inve stment of $320 "I'v e onl y got 50 shares, so you 're twice as well off a& I;

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PLAYING TO WIN. ,, but, all the same, $1,250 looks like an awful lot of money to me, for I never owned more than $250 at one time in my life, and that was about a week ago." "Well1 I'm beginning to think it's about time we sold out," suggested Arthur. "What for? The boom has only been on since yesterday morning." "That makes no difference. It's liable to peter out so quick that it will make your head swim." "Don't you believe it," replied Dick, nodding his heaci sagely. "But I do believe it. I wa.nt to get out froni under before the crah comes." CHAPTER lV. A TIP THAT WORKED THE WRONG W.A.Y. "Did you sell?" were the first words with which Arthm greeted Pick, when they met to go half an hour later. "Bet your life J did," replied hi s chum, beamingly. "Glad you took my advice now, aren't you?" "That's wha.t I am. !l-11 to the good, A,rt, You,'re the foxiest rooster in th() Street." Thanks for the compliment. I always try to get in out of the rain." "It isn't every onethat can tell when it's going.to rain. "I'm weather-wise," Arthur. "It won't come this week," asserted. Dick, positively. "How can you tell that?" "Oh, that' s my idea." "Well, it isn't mine. I'm going to sell out to-day." "You're' a chump. M. & N. is going to 80." I ll bet you are. I 've made $1,500 off that tip of yours. Let me blow you to a hOt soda." "To what?" "Eighty." "All right, let it go. I think it's getting top heavy now." "What makes you think so?" "Because it's 'way above it's normal value now I've been looking up the record of the stock for two years back.' "Why didn't you tell me that?" replied Dick, beginning to waver. "Ain't I telling you now? Take my advice and sell out this afternoon before the,,Exchange closes." "I hate to draw out of a good thing." "The good thing i.s liable to get awl\.y from you when you least expect it. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush that's the way I look at it. As soon as M. & N. hits 60-I'm going to chance it to that point-sell is the word. YOU" can do a.s yo:u please, but if you get left don t s ay I didn't warn you." pick didp't say anything. ) Clear)y, was like drawing teeth for him to part with his fifty shaJt'eS of a stock that was going up a whole point at a time. It had jumped nearly 20 points in a day and a half, why wouldn't it g
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8 PLAYING 'I'O WIN. one, the latte r s eemed very much excited over something. f "May b e it i s What do you mean by that? I s n t it a "Hello!" s aid Arthur. "What's troubling you?" nre, c opp e r-fastened point e r on B. & 0.? What more do "Don't s a y a word, Art. I've got a tip!" cried Dick, you w ant? I thought y ou d go into spas m s of jo y over i t, fa irl y bubbling over with the information he had to com-ins t ead of which all you say i s 'Ma y b e it i s ; and rap tha t muni c ate nut of y ours with your finger s What's the matter with "The dick e ns y ou have!" cried Arthur, in s urprise you anyway?" "It's a good one, too." Well, I'll tell you re s ponded Arthm, c autiou s ly. "lt I hop e it is, for I s uppo s e y ou mean to let me in on it." ma y b e all Tight and it m:ay not A drunken man's word s Of cour s e I do. We g o 1:1nack s all these things, don t ar e not r e liable He might hav e r e ad the meaning of th e we?" note bach.-wards. But who i s Pratt? Nobody of that nam e I "That's the way I look at it. Well, what's the tip?" in y our office that I know of." "We want to buy Il. & 0. right away." "I didn t say was. Pratt i s a broker, a curb man, "What's it going at?" and a customer of ours. H e was talking to Mr. Coke, and La s t quotation 112. he asked me to take th e note to Jaffray's offic e.''. Give me the particular s How did you c ome to get the "Oh, I see Well, I'll give your tip my eon-pointer ?" s ideration." "I had a message to carry to Jaffray You know Jaffray. "I've got $1,500, and I'm going to it. all on B. & His office i s on Broadway." 0 right away "I know hirri all rl.ght. Go on." "Don't b e fooli s h old chap. Wait till I look into this He wasn't in, s o I went to the Exchange. He wasn't matter." t h e r e Finall y a D. T. messenger told me that h e saw him "Oh, look be jiggered!" C l ied Dick impetuou s l y .;oi ng into a Broadway cafe, and that h e looke d to be full "What's the use of paving a tip if y ou don' t u s e it at once?" a s a boiled owl. So I trotted over to th e c af e and found "That's right, too; out y ou don't,yant to go off half him lined u p a g ain s t t he bar all by hi s l o nesome, with hi s c o cked. 'l'o tell you th e truth, I .don't like the look s of hat on the back of hi s h e ad and humming to himself. ove r y our tip, for s everal reason s." a mint j ul e p. "Name s ome of them smart aleck." "He m ust have been feeling good laughed Arthur "I've alread y named one, that a drunke n man' s word s ' W e ll I s houl d remark. I looked hard at him a min-are not to be depended on. Another i s that B. & 0. i s high ut c o r two t o see if he was sobe r e nough to atte nd to bu s i-at n e s s 1 c ouldn t d.ecide, and finally condud e d to hand him "How do You know it is?" t h e n ote, an yway It wasn t m y funeral if he didn't know "Becau s e l noticed its s tanding three weeks ago, and it \\hat t o do w i t h it." was then 103." W e ll g o on. I'm interested. You gave him t1ie note." "'l' ha t s what I did. He balanced himself on the bar a nd tried t o o p e n it. it was no go, s o he went ove r to one o.f the window s and I followed him, thinking there might b e a n an s wer." What then?" "He was s o uns teady on hi s legs that I ha cl to hold him up w hil e h e tore the envelope open. The n h e read what was i n s id e." ' H e did ? If h e was so drunk as you s ay, I don t see h o w he did it, s aid Arthur wonderingly. O h h e r e ad it, all right." "I s uppo s e y ou heard him read it, and that's where the tip c o mes in, e h ?1 "No. I didn't hear him read it. He read it with his c yp,.;." I n ever w o uld have b e lieved it from your s tatement of condition. Go on." ' \ ft c r h e' d re a d it h e uttered a kind of mild whoop : end :1e ga n to mutte r out loud: 'Buy B. & 0., eh? Sure I w ill. Going up clear out' r s i g h t Kne w it all th e time. Fe">. fe llow tha t Know s when he s got a good a-pd willin g to s h a r e with friend. Whoop!' .That's w h at hr. i::aid. I r e m embe1;ed eve r y worc1 of it. What do y 0 u think o f it? It's all to the musta1d, i sn't it?" .Jiaybe i t if', replied Arthur thoughtfully. "Oh, it was?" "It wa s Now I'm going to look p its for pa s t year and see how it's been its e .lf. "What's th e difference how it's itself? Isn't this a tip?" .: -: :: .,,,.: "Well, I've beard of tips that let a f e llow down and made a fat roll look a s if onr of .& Bail ey's el e phant s had been standing on it or,_a wee],:.l Thi s m a y he one of those." "Oh, fudge! You 're los ing y our nerv e I'm. thinkin g ot a bit of it. I'm ju s t fox y enough to do nothinl! with m y eyes shut." .\ll rig ht. I've told y ou s o it's up fo you to mak e use of it or not. I thought I was doing you a favor." "Don' t g e t off your ba s e Dick. I thank you for t h e tip, and I'll use it if I think it's safe. I'd advise you not to ri s k i porc than a portion o f your wad on it, anyway . The y turned into a quick-lunch house and got to talkin g about s omething else.' Later on Dick drew $500 and bought B. & 0. on the stre ngth of his tip. Arthur thm1ght the matter over looked .up his quotation s, ask e d Mr. Blake, the cashier, whether he had heard 0 any developments in B. & 0., and got a negative answer, figured. the c hances out that evening at home, and finally decided not t o g o into the speculation.

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PLAYING TO WIN. 'l'bree days afterward B. & 0. a slump, and Dick was c all ed on for more margin . He came to Arthur with a long face and told him about it: "Don't put up another cent," answered his friend. "Y 6u are $500 out, and you'll be out another $5 00 if you put it up." Dick believed him and let the stock go. The next day B. & 0. was still lower, and Dick was thankful he hadn't lost any more. "That wa s a fine tip, I don't think," he grumbled, when he met Arthur again. "Well, you are a foxy boy to keep out of it. I wish I had your head." "Ps haw! I merely used my judgment. It didn't look safe to me, and I couldn't find any excuse for the stock to go up any higher. That's all there was to it. go in here and have a soda on me." And in they went, Dick feeling mighty sore over the experience which had cost him a cold $500 CHAPTER V. IN WHICH ARTHUR IS TREATED .TO A BIG Arthur decided that his mother needed a coupl e of new dresses, a bat, a warm jacket, and lot.a of other things and that a new suit would look pretty well on his own well -knit body, so be drew $300 of his capital, which now amounted to $2,800 and presented $275 of it to his mother telling her he had made a small venture in stocks and was o lucky as to win . Of course, she was both surprised and delighted to re ceive so large a, sum of money in one lump, and regarded her s ixteen-year-old boy as quite a phenomenaily smart youth to be able to make so much money all by himself, never dreaming that the lad still had $2,500 left in the bank. The idea of spending any such sum on herself was out of the question, and although Arthur assured her that he expected to make as much more in a short time, she in sisted on putting $225 in the bank, and the boy allowed her to have her own way. A few days afterward Arthur, who had been following the market very closely since his last speculating, decided that a certain stock, known as A. & L., was about due for a rise. He ha.d figured the matter out carefully from items he had seen in the different financial papers, and paragraphs printed in the daily press as well as from conversations he had had with various brokers friendly to bim, and he thought so well of the stoc k that he decided to buy 200 s hares of it, which was ruling at 81. Of course, the deal was made on the usual ten per cent. margin, and it cost him $1 610 to go in, thus leaving him in bank to fa]] back on in case the stock should go the wrong way and be should be called on to f-urnish more margin. He was working altogether on his own judgment now, and as be wasn't sure bow the deal would turn out, though he had every confidence in its ultimate success, he said nothing about his new venture to Dick Bell.. It happened that Dick had been doing some figuring for himself about the same time, as he was eager to put that $1,000 he J;iad in bank at work to double itself, and the re sult was thought that I. X. L. stock look ed to be about the best thing on the stock list to go long on, and without say ing a word to Arthur he bought 200 shares of it on margin at 45. In a week both of these stocks participated in a general rise, which set in all along the line; A. & L. going to 90, at which figure Arthur sold out, clearing something like $1,800, while I. X. L. proved a winner to the tune of $1,000 forDick. As soon as they had realized on 1tbeir little specu lations, e ach confided hi s luck to the other, and was surprised to find that hi s comp anion had been out for the wampum, too. "And you never said a word to me about your going into t he market," said Dick, in an aggrieved tone. "How about yourself?" retorted Arthur, slyly. Thereupon they indulged in a h earty laugh over the situ ation, and punch.ed each other in the ribs. "If we keep on," said Dick "we'll have. money and ex perience enougl1 one of th ese days to go into busines s for ourselve s." "I hope so," answered hi s friend'. It wa s about this tim e that Mr Jepson returned from the West and a day or two afterward he surprised Arthur by asking him to deliver a l etter from him to his mother. Of course, foe boy carried the letter home, and it J.Vas quite natural h e s hould }lave a strong curiosity to know the contents of the communicati011 He wa s sharp enough to observe that his mother changed c olor, and see med much agitated when he handed her the envelope and told her Mr. Jepson had asked him to gi,; e it to her. As she hadn't yet opened it, and therefore couldn't possi bly know what wa s inside, Arthur thought this enrntion on her part very strange indeed. What was stranger still, she put the enve lope, unopened, into her pocket and that action furnished the boy with food for thought. "Aren't you going to read it, mother?" he a s ked, c uri ously. Mrs Forbes s uddenly realized that she was placing her self in a false position before her bright-eyed boy, and s o she drew the l etter ha s tily out, with the remark: "Why, of couse I a.m. How foolis h of me!" A tremulous little lau g h which Arthur easi l y saw was forced, accompal1\ie d the wol'ds. Then he could not fail to see that her fingers tremb led as s he tore open the envelope ancl clrew out the enclosure, which was written on one of the office letter-heads.

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lQ .?LAYING 'l'O WIN. It ran thus: ".i\Iy Deur Mrs. Forbes.-You have now had tw<> years and two months in which to arrive at a conclusion in the is8ue I submitted to you at the time of my visit to your flat. Surely that is time enough. I shall, therefore, expect nn early, and I hope favorable, reply upon a matter so close to my heart. Your son is now sixteen-an age when he should prepare himself for college, whither I pro pose to send him as soon as you have made me a happy man I am having my residence in Seventy-second Street completely renovated and redecorated. It will be ready within a couple of months to receive as its mistress the lady who has never ceased to be the mistress of my heart Surely the attractions of wealth and social station ought to be a suffic ient inducement to one who is so well fitted to adorn s u c h a position in life, and t o whom the neighborhooo of Cannon Street must be well nigh intolerable. Arthur 'Wi).l als o be provided for for life, and need never learn the unfortunate truth about his father. "Hopefully yours, "ANDREW JEPSON." ."Is the letter about me, mother?" asked Arthur, to horn such a supposition was most natural, though he won dered much at the strange emotion displayed by the only person on earth whom he had to love and cherish. "You are mentioned in it," she replied, with visible constraint in her manner. The boy wasn't satisfied "It seems to affect you a good deal," he continued. "Is there anything wrong?" anxiously. '"You mean in reference to yourself?" "Yes, mother." Arthur." "Then I don't understand-forgive me, mother, for being so inquisitive, but you a re acting very strange I can see that you a'fe agitated, as if it contained news which greatly disturbed you. Mother, won't you tell me what's the trouble? I know there must be something. What can Mr. Jepson have to tell you that-" He stopped and looked at her in a troubled way. Mrs. Forbes saw that her son would not be satisfied with anything short of a full explanation, and she did not know what to do. The silence thltt followed was embarrassing to both "What shall I do?" she asked herself, flushing and trembling. Arthur looked at his mother, and the longer he looked the more certain he was that something was wrong. ":Mother," he said at last, appealingly. "I don't like this mystery. I thought we were to have no secrets from each other." His words, and the reproach in his manner, brought a flood of tea.rs to her eyes. "Oh, Arthur, my son, I am in terrible trouble The words were wrung from her almost against her will. 'rhe boy was greaiiy startled. He rose, and going to her threw his arms about her neck and laid his cheek against hers. "In terrible trouble! What do you mean? Tell me, mother. 1 am your son and it is right I should know." She sobbed for a few moments as if her heart would bre'ak. She knew she must tell him all now-at least all that re lated to herself. There couid only 'be one answer to that letter if she would keep from him the knowledge of his father's dis grace, and when that answer was given she must tell him about the change that was to take place in their condition, so it might as well be told now as later. When she had somewhat recovered her composure she drew him to her and kissed him. my dear son, Mr. Jepson has asked me'to marrj him." CHAPTER VI. ARTHUR LEARNS SOMETHING OF MR. JEPSON'S EARLY HISTORY. "Mr. Jepson has asked you to marry him?" he exclaimed, in great astonishment "Is this true, mother ?n "Yes." "Why, I did not know that you were even acquainted with Mr. Jepson." "I was acquainted with him before I met your father." "You were?" amazed. "'I was. In fact, I was ep.gaged to be married to him when I was introduced to George Forbe8." "Great hornspoons Is that a fact?" he exclaimed, more surprisBd than ever. "And you p:ever told me a Word about it. Now I can guess why Mr. Jepson gave me the preference over that other boy when he hired ine, andd can thus account for his remarkable kindness to me, and to the unusual salary I am getting at present as a messen ger Mother, why did you keep that a secret from me?" "I had my reasons, dear." "Tell me all about it. How is it you came to marry father in preference to Mr. Jepson, to whom you say you were engaged first?" "Do you really want to know, Arthur?" "Yes, mother, I do." Mrs. Forbes seemed reluctant to revive the past, but finally she decided to satisfy her son's curiosity. "I was living in Liberty Oen ter, a small New Jersey town, and Andrew Jepson was clerk in a store there. I got acquainted with him at a social gathering, after which he paid me a good deal of attention. He was quite an at tractive man; I liked him very much, and in time we became engaged to be married. One afternoon he called on me unexpectedly. He said he had left the -store, was going to New York at once, and wanted me to marry him then and there and go with him I refused to do that, but said

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PLAYING TO WIN. ,11 I would tnarry him as soon as he got a good position in even :for that he did not propose that his mother should the cit y He went off in a huff, and next day I was ass acrifice herseI:f, i:f that really was her intention. ton is hed to learn that he bad been di s charged from the "Do y ou care for Mr. Jepson enough to marry him?" s tore for a defalcation in his accounts, his employe:t not "Don't ask me, Arthur," she answered, with aver ted face. c aring to prosecute him." "Mother, you do not. I can tell that by. your manner. "Is it poss ible Mr . Jepson the rich stock brokoc could I knew you could not altogether forget the memory of my have been guilty of such a thing?" said Arthur, in surprise :father." "Yes, it is true. Everybody knew I had promised to "Don't, Arthur, .don't!" s he begged almost piteously. marry him," went on Mrs. Forbes, "and I felt the disgrace "Mother, Mr. Jepson is rich and probably able to do all of his coli.duct so keenly that when he wrote me a month he s ays he will for me, but he i s n t rich enough to bu y afterward I returned him his ring, and presents, and to Id y our love, which he once sa c rifice d Unless y ou reall y care him that our engagement at an end." for him now it would be a sin for you to become his wife "You did right, mother," s aid Arthur, ki s sing her. just for my sak!l. I don t need a college education. I "It was not long after that I became acquainted with cap. get along without one. Many of out smartest and your :fathf:lr.. He was a.t that time margin clerk for Cohen, mos t successful men did not have the advantages of a Finkelbaum & N ewburger, stock brokers in Exchange c olle ge co m sc I can make my own way in this world Place, this city, and he came to Libert y C enter to spe n d a w itho u t Mr . T e p s on s or an y one els e's assi s tanc e Shall two weeks' vacation. When h e returned to hi s work we I te ll you s omethin g mother? I did not mean to yet had become engaged to be married He was a diff e r ent_ awhil e but I feel that it i s b<'s t that you s hould know now. man altogether :from Mr. Jeps on and I often wond e r ed I have $4,300 in the sa>ing s bank thnt I have made all how I c am e to care so much for m y former suitor. In s i x m yself; durin g the pa s t y ear. months y our father and I were married and of course, I "Arthur!" c ried Mr s Forbes in great amazement. c ame to New York to live. A y ear later you w e re born." I a m tell you the truth, I will show you my Mr s Forbes paused as if she had fini s hed two bank books to proye it." "When did you see Mr. Jeps on again?" H e took them out of hi s jacket pocket for he ahva y s "Not until the da.y that y our father--" carrie d the m about with him in ease he ahould need to The little widow stopped suddenl y a.nd seemed to choke draw any of the money for speculative purposes, and handed "I'm listening mother." She opened them and saw the big entries. But s he didn't go on. "I thought you were wonderfull y smart kl make that Ins tead o:f which she began to c ry, not only at the recol$ 27'5 y ou gave me the other day, but it seems you have been lection those few word s called up, but :from fright at the keeping a secret from me for a long titne." s lip of the tongue she had almost made. Yes, mother. I meant to surprise yot'l soma day with "That i.8 all she 11obbed. the present of a hou s e and lot." "But you didn t answer me mother. When did y;ou see "Well y ou have surprised m e However did you manMr Jepson.. l!-ga.in? You tnust ha.ve seen him several times, age to make it?" probably since I went to work for him, or he would not "In the sto c k market of c ourse, mother; that's the only H a-Ye mitten yon this letter a s king you to marry him." w a y I c ould ha v e mad e so much money in so short a thne." 1'I saw him a few days after you got the situ!ttion. He "But I always have under s tood that s to c k speculation <'aile d upon me here." was a ris k y bu s ine ss, even for those with yeats of e x peri"You never told me a.word about it. ence.and pl enty of money at their comlli.and." "Forg ive me, dear. I thought it was bes t not to." So it i s." "Why ?" "Then I don t see--" "Don't me, Arthur. I had my rea:ions," s he replied I know v ou don't mother and it would take me too desperately. to e xpl;in, even if I could how Dick and I have bee n The boy looked at her thoughtfully. operating "Have you.any idea of marrying Mr Jeps on now?" he You mean Di c k Bell ?" a s ked an"iousl y "Yes. We've made it a bu si n ess to study the lli.ark e t and He f elt her shiver in his arms, and the a.ns wet c ame with make our s elves familiar with Sto c k Ex c hange m e thods. evident reluctance. Then I g ot one g ood pointer, a sure one an d it put us on "Yes." our f e et. It jumped m y c apital from $360 to $ 2 ,MO. I've Mother!" in surprise. made o n e deal s ince I gave y ou that money, and I made "Don't chide me, dear. I am d oin g i t for y our s a ke." $1 800 J e s s c ommi s sion s b y it. Now, m o ther th e r e is no "My s ake?" necessity f or _vou to marry Mr. to help m e I think "Yes. Mr. Jepson i s rich He ba s pro m ised t o s e n d yon I hav e s h own that I am abl e t o help myse lf. t o c ollege and start y ou in life und e r th e m o s t flat t e ring Y ou have, i ndceo You a r e hut a f e w mon th s beyond a u s p ices." six teen an f l yet you have more money than y our a.ther "Certainly s uch a prospect was a llurin g to the boy, but had whe n I marri e d him.

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12 PLAYING TO WIN. ":\'"ow, mother, I think you can safely say 'No' to Mr. J evs on, for I don't belie re you care enough for him to become hi s wife rich a s he is." At lunch he told Dick what he had done, and .that young man immediately followed his lead to the extent of 300 shares, for which he had to pay 52. But Arthur diJn't dream of the threat the broker held over his mother. CHAPTER VII. DICK'S UNIQUE IDEA. When the Exchange closed for the day the excitement around the C. & 0. corner was tremendous and the shares had ad"llal)Ced to 57. Next day they rose to 67, and opened Saturday morning at 68 5-8. At J 1.30 they were 75, and Arthur concluded not to take any further risk, so he ordered Parsons & Trip to sell his holdings, which they did inside of ten minutes at 75 3-8. He ran downstairs to Coke & Co. and toid Dick Business was unusually lively in the office next day, a.nd he'd better sell, too. Arthur was kept on the run. Dick at once telephoned his broker to close out the stock, In the course of the morning, Mr. Jepson sent him to which was done a minute before noon at 76 3-8. the Stock Exchange with a note for a broker. This was the closing price for the day. When Arthur got there he noticed that there was conArthur figured that he had made a clean $20,000 <>ff the siderable excitement on the floor. deal, and Dick calculated he was $7,200 better off. While waiting for the official who stood guard at the "Don't say I never did anything for you, uld man," gate to find the broker for whom he had brought the note, said Arthur, as they shook hands over the results. "This Arthur asked a D. T. messenger what the racket was about. is the second winning spec I've put you on." "Been a sudden advance in C & 0. shares," WU'S the "You're all right, Art. If I can ever rehim the favor reply. "Act like a lot of lunatics, don't they?" you may depend that I will. I'll stand by you through / "That's what they do." thick and thin, if I break a leg doing Just then doorman came up with the broker Arthur He did not dream then that the day was not far distant wanted to see, and he handed him the note. when he would be in a position to make good his words, The trader tore the envelope open and g lanced at tpe though not exactly in the way he was thinking of. writing. The office closed early, of course, on Saturday, but a "No answer," he said, turning on his heel and hurrying few minutes before Mr. Jepson went away he called Arthur off into the melee. into his office and told him that his salary would be $15 Arthur started to leave. a week frqm that date. As he stood a moment at the door two brokers brushed The boy looked his surprise. by him, going out. "You're not to run errands any more. I'm going to give "It's a corn er,'' the boy heard one say, "and the Newyou charge of my Western business :for the present," burger clique is H. That means millie>ns at its back. broker said, by way of explanation. "I've ordered a desk No one can tell where the stock will go. I've just bought to be put in the reception-room for yo.u, as there is no 10,000 shares." for it in the counting -room. It will be here sh,ortly. Then they passed out of hearing. doesn't arrive before the office is closed, I wislJ you'd wait "A corner, eh?" muttered Arthur. "I guess that is until it does, and have the men place it in a sui table spot.'! worth taking a shy at." "I'm greatly obliged to you, sir," began the_b<>y, but his He considered the matter all the way back to the office. employer cut him off. Then he looked at the ticker, which was singing a lively "You needn't thank me, Arthur," he said, with a smile.song, and saw that C. & 1 0. was going at 49, with a de"You're a smart boy, and have won your advancement. cided upward tendency. But there are better things in store for you-much better Looking back he saw it had opened at 45 3-8. he said, significantly, reaching for his hat and allowing the Examining his back quo.fations he discovered it was going lad to help him into his overcoat. begging a week before at 38. Then he went out. "There's surely something doing in the stock, all right," Arthur was delighted with his and pleased to think he breathed. "I might just as well make a few dollars out that his abilities had been recognized in no signal a manner. of it with the others. The main thing will be to sell out He might have entertained a different impression if he b e fore the slump sets in." had known that Mr. Jepson had receved the following note Having decided to go in Arthur asked for a half hour's in the :first mail frnm his mother: leaYe. which was granted and went to both his banks, drawing $2,500 from one and $1,500 frnm the e>ther. "ANDREW JE:PSON: He took th e money to Parson s & Trip, a.nd ordered them "In reply to your note of the 8th, I can only say that my to buy 800 shares at not over 50. feelings toward you have undergone no change. I do not 'rhe purchase was made at exactly 50, and Arthur relove you, nor ever can. But your unmanly threat to enturnld to the office. lighten my dearly loved boy regarding his father's mid-

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PLAYING TO WIN. 13 fortune unless I yiel\]. to your wishes and marry you com pels me to bow to your request, which I regard as a man date. I give you my hand, but remember, that is all I have to give. In return I make one request-that you will not insist on this ma1: riage taking place for six months. At the end of that time you claim all that I have to off er you. Yours, "JESSIE FORBES." Mr. Jepson answered the note by special messenger, ex pressing his Ratisfaction at having won even her reluctant assent to their union, assuring her she should never have cause to regret the step she had decided on, repeating his promise to do all in his power :for her son's benefit, and finally granting her six months' time she had asked :fbr. The fnrnitnre man hndn't brought the desk1by the Hme the rmp1oyees filed out on the way home, so Arthur had to flit for him. Dfck in the meantime, was waiting downstairs for his tfoim t.o show trp. A s he didn't do so, Dick came up to see what was the rea son therefor. "T''c got to wait for a desk that's to be brought here e xplained Arthur. "When do you expect it?" asked Dick. "It ought to be here any moment." "All right; I'll wait, too. By the way, Art, I've been thinking it would be a great s cheme if we could rig up i:oome kind of communication between this room and our reception room, directly underneath so we could signal each other-a sort o:f telegraph, don't you know." "What for ?n "Why, ii you wanted to see me you could press the button once. If the matter was important, twice. If you were ready to go to lunch, three times, and so on." "Oh, I see. You've got a great head, Dick. As it's your scheme, perhaps you'll let me know how it can be worked." "By a ;wire and a battery," and then Dick went on to explain more explicitly how such an electrical contrivance was arranged. we couldn't put a wire through the floor, even alongside o:f the window," Arthur. "Don't need w, because there's one already in. I no ticed that a long time ago. Before your firm and ours occupied these two floors there must have been a firm or company that bad both, and the wire was probably put in to establish communication between the two :floors.'> Dick examined the wall alongside one of the windows, and showed Arthur where the wires still lay, close to the floor. Just then the furniture men appeared with the desk, and Arthur had them put it down in a space not from the windows, so that it :faced the door leading out into the corridor. "Who's going to use this desk?" a.sired Dick, a.ter the men had gone. "I am. I've Deen. promoted." "You don't say. Then you've given up the messenger business." "Yes. We're going to have a new one next week." "Well, you're the lucky boy. What I was thinking o:f is this : We can get an electrician this afternoon and have him fix this racket of ours up right away. No need of your letting Jepson know anything about it. He wouldn't kick anyway. We'll have the connecting wires run to .each of our desks and a hutton arranged underneath each, where it will be out of sight, see?" "I see." "Shall we do it?" "Yes." "All right. We'll go to lunch now, and then get the electrician." By four o'clock Dick's unique idea had been carried into practical operation by an expert, and when the boy left :for home theh telegraph was in full operation, and all that remailjted was to agree on a small code of s ignals to cover the various purpose s to which they expected to put it to use. CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH RALPH LATIMER APPEARS ON THE SCENE. "Well, mother,"1said Arthur, after supper, that evening, "I think we've lived in Cannon Street long enough. I'm in favor of a change to a more desirable locality." "I have no objection to move, my son, if it is your wish to do so. Where did you think of going?" "I had an idea of buying a house in the Brol\;X." "Buying a house!" she exclaimed, in some surprise. Why not? I believe I can afford a little luxury of that kind," grinned her son, cheerfully. you are really thinking of inve s ting that $4,000 you have in bank,'' she said, with an indulgent s mile. "Did you say $4,000, mother?" laughed Arthur. "I'm afraid I'm making money too fast for you to keep track of my re s ources. I maue a few more dollar s since I showed you my bank books. H I keep on at m y present rate I shall soon be able to bu y an interest in Mr. J epson's busines s s upposing he wished to take m e in or I cared to associate myself with him, which I think would be doubt ful." His mother winced at the mention of the broker' s name, and a guilty flush rose to her for s he had kept from her boy the knowledge that she had passed her word to wed Mr. J eps,pn after "Six month s "How much have you made, Arthur?" she asked, with a look of interest. "Guess." "I couldn't. Perhaps $500." "If you added a nought, anc1 then multiplied that amount b_y :fOUl you would come nearer the right figure."

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.r'LAY.fNG TO WIN. "I suppose that is one of your jokes, Arthur," she said, smiling. days. Mr. Jepson has advanced me from messenger to clerk, and my wages to $15 per. How is that?" "I'm not joking, moth er. The other day a wealthy clique s tarted in to corner C. & 0. stock. I happened to get a hint of wha.t was going on. I drew $4,000 out of my banks and bought 800 shares of that stock on a ten per cent. margin. To-day I .closed out the deal at a profit of $25 per share. In other words, I made $20,000 this week. Not bad for a boy of my age, eh?" Mrs. Forbes easily guessed why the broker had done so. "rt is very nice of him," she replied, but without any great enthusiasm. "And he said there were better things yet in siiore for me. I guess he's taken quite a fancy to me. Why, Dick has been a year longer 'in the business than I, and he's only getting $10. "Twenty thousand dollars!" she exclaimed, incredulously. "Exactly, mother. Twenty thousand dollars." "You can't mean it." "I do mean it. I'll prove it w you on Monday, when I shall have received my check. I am truly worth at this moment something over $24,000, and I intend to put a portion of it in a nice house and give it to you for a birthday present." "Why, Arthur, I cannot understand how you manage to make so much money in, stocks-you a mere boy. It seems incredible:" "It does sound like a fairy tale, doesn't it?" "It does, indeed." "Why, Dick cleaned up over $7,000 in the same kind of dral after I tipped, him off. Re's worth $9,000, though six months ago his whole capital amounted to something less than $200. He's going to buy a house in the Bronx, too, for his mother." "You two boys are the most extraordinary--" "Yes, we are a little out of the ordinary run. But a little foxiness and a little luck well mixed iiogether sometimes })roduce great results, as our wads will testify w. The only trouble with Dick is he' s inclined to be a bit reckless once in a while. The other day he picked up a tip from an in iioxicated broker, and if it hadn't been for me I believe he'd have gone flat broke on it. As it was he lost $500 inside of three days. He jumped on me because I didn't go in and u s e it, too. But I was just foxy enough not to get caught that trip. A tip sometimes acts like a back at you in a way that make s y ou du c k quick w save yourself. At an y rate, that's the way Dick's tip served him." "I trust your good luck 'Yill continue. You must be very very careful not to a1low over-confidence to spoil the s plendid beginning you have made." "Trust me, mother. Dick calls me the foxiest boy in Wall Street. That's way of putting it. lau g hed Ar thur. "The real truth .is, I use my head. I haven't made a. mistake yet, but that doesn't prove I never will. '!'he shrewdest people get a knockdown sometimes, and I sup pose I shall when my turn comes. :But you may depend on one thing, I'm taking as few chances in that direction as I can." His mother regarded him with fond admiration Itis mother smiled, but it was a forced smile. Next day .Arthur and Dick took a trip to the Bro.nx to look around and see what they could see in the line of a couple of houses, whose cost would not ex.ceed $5,000 apiece. "'l'hey mlli!t not be iioo far apart," said Dick, "for we shall want to be within easy reaching distance of each other." "That's right," nodded his friend. "The same block would about hit the nail on the head." "The same block would suit mew the queen's taste." They called on a couple of agents, laid before them their wants and conditions, and received a number of permits entitling them to inspect divers buildings, most of which had been just erected. 'They picked out several for their parents w look at, and the afternoon was now nearly spent, they returned to Cannon Street fo r supper. It was a month, however, before two houses were finally decided on, and a deposit paid down, pending examination of title. Arthur's cost him an even $5,000, while Dick secured a less imposing one for about $4,000. Inside of another month the Forbes and the '.Bells moved into their new homes, which were within easy walking dis tance of an underground station on the West Farms branch. Mrs. Forbes had little heart in :fitting up the house hei: son had presented to her, for she knew that in months she, must leave it for the jepson mansion on Seve:ty-seoond Street, and shedreaded the day when she would be com pelled to break the news to Arthtir. Dick and his friend had great fun wjth their telegraph apparatus, and it also proved useful to the'm in many ways. Iii fact, it was such a great success, in its way, that they had a private telephone wire stretched between their two houses in the Btonx, and were thus enabled to he>ld long "' talks of. an evening without visiting each other. Thus four months pa.ssed :from the time that Arthur was promoted to a clerkship in Mr. J epson's office, and neither of the boys had made any very material addition to his capital. Arthur had nearly $20,000 lying idle, as he called it, while Dick had about $5,000. "By the way, I've more good news to tell yott, tnother." "It's about time another tip came our way, don't you think?" said Dick one day when they were on their way to lunch. "More!" "Yes. Things are my way in :retii theee "It would be very welcome i:f one alighted. in our ba.ckyt:rd," chuckled

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PLAYING T O WIN. 15 "Bet your life i t would," replied Dick, nodd i ng his head vigorously. "'l'hat money of mine is growing rusty for want of exercise "Better to grow rusty where it is than to take wings unto itself and fly away where you'd n ever see it again," replied his friend, sagely. That afternoon, about three o'clock, while Mr. Jepson was putting on his overcoat preparatory to leaving the office for the day, the door of the reception-room was opened and admitted a shabby-looking man, whose face showed pro nounced traces of dissipation and a wayward life. Arthur got up from his and asked his business. "I want to see Andrew Jepson," he said, almost roughly. The boy didn't like the visitor's looks, and said: "I. think Mr. Jepson has gone home. Gi>:e me your name and I will see if he's still in his office." "Tell him Ralph Latimer must see him, d'ye hear?" Arthur carried the message into the private office, am'. found his employer putting on his hat. Mr. J epson started visibly when his young clerk an nounced the caller's name, and he seemed undecided what answer to make Finally he said, in a husky tone: "Let him come in." "He looks as if he was somewhat under the influence of liquor, sir/' said Arthur. "Show him iu," replied the broker, curtly. The boy retired and nodding to Latimer, pointed to the partly open door The visitor walked a bit unsteadily toward the private room, entered and closed the door behind him. Arthur could hear him tall in a loud threatening way, and he wondered that Mr. J cpson woulcl stand f o r it. As the moments flew by the caller's voice became more and more excited. "I won't be quiet!" Arthur heaxd him say "I want $100, and I want it. now-now, d 'ye understand? If I don't get it I'll expooe I'll tell all I know about that Forbes affair. T will, by Jupiter!" A followed this outbreak, and presently Mr. Jep son, looking pale and agitated, came out, closed the door carefully a fter him and went to the cashier's window. He said something to Mr. Blake, and that gentleman to the safe ancl brought him several bills. With these in his hand, the broker returned to his private office. A few minutes later Mr. Jepson also left the office for the day. "Who can that person be?" mused Arthur, in a perplexed way. "Why should Mr. Jepson tolerate such a person in his office? He seemed to be quite upset over it, too. Can it be that he has some hold over my boss? He threatened to expose him Wha.t is Mr. Jepson guilty of? And what could the man mean by the Forbes affair?" The tinkle of a bell sounded under his desk. Tha.t was a signal that Dick was ready to go home. Arthur pushed his button as a sign that he would join his chum presently Then he put certain books and documents in the office safe, donned his hat and overcoat and left the office. CHAPTER IX. THE .FAMILY RIDDLE TRAT ARTHUR DETERMINES TO SOLVR. Wnen Arthur got home the first. thing he had to tell his mother was about the strange visitor who called at the office that afternoon. "I was sittihg at my desk, which faces the door, when the man came in He was half loaded, I could see that easily enough, and I told Mr. Jepson so ''hen I announced him, which I had to do, as the office b o y wasn't in at the time. He was a poorly dressed fellow, but looked as if he might have seen better days. He said his name was Ralph Latimer." "Ralph Latimer!" gasped hi s mother, turning white, and looking as if she was about to faint. "The man whose testimony convicted your--" She stopped suddenly and pressed her hand to her heart. "Moth er!" exclaimed A r lhur, in a voice of great amaze ment. "What are you talk i ng about? You speak a s ii' yon 'knew this man. What does t hi s all mean?"' She had covered her face with her hand s a n d he could see the tears trickling through her fingers. "1\fothcr, for heaven's sake t ell me what secret you arc keeping from me," the boy criefl, in a tone of earnest appeal. "No, no, Arthur don't ask me!" cried the little widow, driven into her last corner, a:, it were. "I can't tell y o u, indeed I can't." A few minutes afterward the man who had given his "You can't tell me-your son ? be cried, in a hu s hed name as Ralph Latimer came out of the room, looking tone. "What mysk y is this that I may not know?" flushed and triumphant. A hysterical flood of tears was her only response. He gave Arthur an insolent stare ancr then walked to Her agitation was so excessive that Arthur was thorthe corridor door like a landsman treading the deck of a oughly alarmed. steamer in a gale of wind. "Mother, you must tell me. I insist on knowing." Grasping the knob to steady himself he turned around "Oh, Arthur, Arthur, I would die rather than that you and faced Arthur. should know." "'Next time I come-hie-young man, show me inside "That I should know what? It is something that affects without any-hie-frills. Understand?" my father, is it not? You said just now this man He leered at the lad and then let himself 1 Ralph Latimer's evidence convicted my-and then you

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11 PIIAYING TO WIN. stopped. Wer e you going to s ay my father? Was father a.s if I could do justice to a good steak, with fried potatoes, eve r on trial charged with a crime? Answer me, motheretc yes or no:" T he litt l e w oman swayed a moment in her chair and the n fe ll ove r in a dead faint. Arthur caught her in his arms and l aid her the lounge. 'l'hen he applied tlie camphor bottle to her nose, and us e d such other mean s to r e store h e r to con s ciou s ness as are usuall y resort e d to in S'\lCh cases. At l e n gth s he reviv e d and soon as s he r e aliz ed th e cau s e which had br ought on her swoon s h e bur s t in to a paroxy s m of tears He trie d t o sooth e h e r but it was nearl y an. hour before she becam e comp o se d a g ain. In the meantime, .Arthur had bee n thinkin g deep ly. He saw c l e arl y tha t s o me t e rribl e secr e t that must be conn e ct e d with his dead fath e r w e i g h e d up o n hi s mother "Poor mother!" he br eathe d mor e than onc e "She wis he s to k e e } m e in ignorance of it, whatc"ver it i s To make h e r tell me except a s a last resort, would b e crue l. I mu s t find out for myself through other s ources. I shall never be s ati sfie d until I know the truth, b e th at what it ma.y." So when his mother grew calmer, though s h e trembled like a leaf whenever h e r e y e s re s ted on her boy' s manly young face for s he hacl seen a look in his e yes and had heard an accu s ing ring in his voice, that had almost take n the life from h e r h e mad e no further refe r e nc e t o Ralph Latimer, or the s ubject which the man's name had c alled up. He was a s tend e r and loving as he had eve r been in his life. But this change in his manner worried her almost as much a s if he had arraigned her again at the bar o:f his y oung s oul. "Oh, .Arthur m y s on, what can you think of me?" she cried piteou s ly. "Think of you! Why, as I always have-as the dearest and bes t moth e r in the world." "No, no-I mean about-" "There, there, m o ther we will drop the matter right here he replied, s oothingl y "I shall never question you further about this thing. If you think it i s best to keep thi s s e cre t from me, wh y--" "I do, I do, Arthur. It i s best you s hould nev e r know. Your father met with a great mi s fortune which led to his death, but beli e v e me, my boy, it was through no act of hi s He was i nn ocen t, he was inno cent!" she cri e d, fervently, I mising her hand s in e arnest asse rtion "I b e lieve you, moth e r. We'll let it go at that. I know fath e r was guilt y of no crime. I am sure he was an honest, upright man." H e wa s Oh, Arthur, he was!" "That i s enou g h. Let us talk abou:t s omething else. Or r a ther, is it not time that vou got suuner r e adv. I feel "You are not offended with me, my s on?" she a.llk:ed, wi s tfully, ta.king hi s hands in hers. "Offended, mother I As if I cou l d be. Ar e not you: the onl y one I have to love?" "And you trust me, dear? Yo u believe that wha.tever this E>ecret is that I am acting for the best in withh ol ding it from you?" "Yes, mother." With a sigh of relief she put her arms a'IX>u t h is n eck and s training him to her heart, kissed him fondly. 'i'hen she got up and went into the kitchen to prepare th eir e v ening meal. Arthur Forbes was a clear headed, quick witted boy, and whil e hi s mother was busy in the other room he pondered deeply upon this family secret. :, .. "It s e e m s pretty clear that my :father was brought to the bar to ans w e r for s ome crime, and that Ralph Le.timer's e vidence convicted him," mused Arthur, th.oughtitilly. How shall I get at the facts of the case? By inaking'. ap plication at the di s trict-attorney's office I should be able to fix the date of his trial, and maybe learIPall of the particu lars ; that i s, if it came off in this city which must have been the case. I was seven years old when I lost sight of fath e r, the refore I need to look up the files of the daily press nine years ba c k to get the facts of the case as they c ame before the public. Mother s ay s father was innocent, and I belie v e he wa s The refore it look s a s if he waa the v ictim of circumstances or the designing knav e r y o f s ome enemy. Which was it? This man Latimer thre aten e d Mr. Jepson wi t h some exposure. He said he would tell all he knew (llhout the Forbes affair unless he. received $100 then and there. Clearly he has a real hold over m y employer, for he got .the money, and Mr. quietly put up with his insolence In what could :Mi?' J e p s on have been implicated in the Forbes affair? : :.!fr : s ome way, apparently, that will not. bear thesearohligh t of publi city. Mr Jepson was engaged to miTy mo_ther._ before she knew father. Afterwards :she married father and came to this city. Mr. Jepson, two yeafs ago, askOOi. my mother to marry him, and s h e seemed on the eve :of doing s o even against her will, when the matter blew over s o far as I know. Can it be that Mr. Jepson engineerf!d mv father's min because he married the woman Mr. Jepson himself? Is my employer that kind of a man? If m y father was convir:!ted and sent to prison for a crime, of whi c h he was innocent, is it not my duty to leave no ston unturned to clear his memory by tracing the real facts of the ca s e and exP.osing the con s piracy of which he was the victim? It is m y duty, and I will devote every spare mo m ent from t his day to that purpose. It looks to me as if this Ralph I i atimer ho l d s the key to the riddle, therefore he is the man I must follow up and c orner, by hook or by crook, until I can wring the truth from his lips." At that moment Mrs Forbes entered the dining room to s e t the table, and so Arthur postpon e d further considera tion of the weif!htv matter until another time. I

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PLAYING TO WIN .. HOW ARTHUR GOT A POINTER ON O. & a For the first time he coUld remember Arthur 'Wanted to avoid the society of his friend Dick Bell. So when his telephone rang that evening he did not answer it. Then he went downstairs and ins truct e d hi s mother to tell Dick, if he called, that he was out. "Where were you last night, Art?" wa.s the first ques tion Dick propounded to him next morning when. they met on the -way to the subway s tation. '-"That's a secret, old man,'' replied Arthur. "So don't ask any more questions on the subject." : "I thought we were not to have any secrets from each other?" asked Dick. -." Not as a rule. This is an exception." "Sa.y, did you read about the broker that was chloroformed in hi s office and robbed?" "No." "There's a column in the morning paper about it. No-body knew anything about it for hours though there was a m.eetini of the board of directors of the company which occupies the offioes underneath. If that broker only had had a telegraphic attachment like ours as a pre ca utionar y he might have s ent an alarm to th e peopl e downst1rs, and the rascals who committed the outrage would probably have been caught red-handed. "That's right. We'd better add a danger signal to our code, hadn't we? Some day a crank might come intO eith e r of our offices and threaten to blow us up unless we coughed up : some money. I've heard of two or three s uch cases ID?d probably hold us up so we could not get to the telephone, or out of the dffice, then how handy it would b e for push the button on th e sly, and if you were in, as you:.generally:-are now, like myself, why you would under stand we were in trouble and you could telephone for the police while .! kept the ra.scal waiting until the oops came to nail him." Ylt would be fine if it worked out a s you say." harm having this signal, is there?" "Sure nol." "But remember it must never be nmg up as a joke, do y ou understand ?" "I understand. Wha.t s hall i t be?" "It must be something s hort, say one continuous ring of no particular length : If you ever hear me give that kind of signal you may know there' s something seriou s going on upstairs, and telephone for the police at once." "All right old man; but I gues s y ou ll n e ver give it. 'rhere isn't one chance in a thou s and of anything happen ing in your place that will call for it." "You can't tell. It's best to be on the safe side." As it happened, it was fortunate that thi s aJ>rangement wru:i UUlde hv the two bovs. That a fternoon :i\lr. Jepson sent Ar t hur t o the s af e de poilit c o m p any to get a package of bond s out of hi s box Re had to w ait awhi l e i n the recep tion-room, and he toot: up an af ternoon paper h e s a w t h ere to r e ad a mol\lent or two. Two richl y dressed ladie s pre s ently from the vault s and w ent to a s mall desk within e a r s hot of him. One had a packa g e of pap e r s in her hand which s h e began to sort over but li k e a woman s he k e pt up a conve rsati o n at the same time with h e r friend You d bett e r get a block o f tl ie s to c k too Edi t h s h e ' s aid. "I'm going to put up a ll of these securitie s a s col-lateral for 1,000 shares. It's selling to-da y at 59 but i n a week from now m y hus band says it will go above 70. Arthur was all ear s th e moment he got onto the subs tance of the lad y s c onver s ation. "How do you kllow it will go up?" ask e d her friend. "The director s of the road held a meeting in my hus band' s offices y e ste rda y afternoon. They hav e bought the 0 & G,. r ailr o ad which runsinto the mining b elt, and are going to cons olid a t e it th e S. & T. M y hus band says t h e r e are 2 0, 000 s hares o f 0. & G. stoc k out, which must b e bought in b efo r e t h e n e w s g e t s out, an d he is -authorized to buy the m I'm g oing t o try and g et 1 000 s hares, and th e n I'll mak e my hu s band take th e m off my hand s at an adv ance, or I ll hold them till th e rise comes. Won' t tha t b e a good jok e on him ? l a u g h e d th e s peake r who thought s he was doin g a ver y cle v er tlung "Oh my, ar e n t y ou smart, L ydia exclaim e d h er fri e nd ad miringly. R e me m b er, th i s i s a profound secr e t Edith, said t h e fir s t lad y You mu stn' t say a word abo'llt what I hav e t old you f or y our lif e I hav e given you what m y hus band c all s a tip and s uch thing s are scarcer than hen 's tee th. Dra w some of y our s avings and go t o a br o k e r a nd s e e if h e c an find y ou some of 0. & G stock. If you c an g e t even a hundred s hares you' ll b e s ure to make some pin money for your s elf, and that's s omething tha t's a lways w e kome." The speaker having sorted and wrapped up her securi ties the two ladie s started to leave ju s t as an at t en dant entered to e s cort Artlmr to the vaults. "Who i s that lady in the brown s ilk and pictur e ha t, do you know?" asked the boy of the attendant. "Oh, that's Isidoi;e Finkelbaum wife o f th e big Exchange Place broker. You know Cohen, Finkelbaum & Newburgw-, don't y ou?" "Sure." "Her hus band i s the head of the firm." "Thanks. She's very s t y lish, i sn't s he? Got lot s of money, I g uess. "I'd li k e to own half of wha t s h e's w orth in her own ri ght, without t alking about th e old m a n hims elf. 'l' h e v s a y Finkelbaum i s a multi-millionair e." "So I've heard He 's one of the dir e ctors of the S. & T. road, I've been tolcl." "Yes and half a doze n or more other

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18 PLAYING TO WIN. Arthur got the bonds Mr. Jepson wanted from his box and returned to the offic
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PLAYING TO WIN. 19 a young girl with a broken leg on the top :floor. She'd never be able to get out." "Why not?" asked Arthur. "She i sn't alone, is she? Some of her folks will be sure to look after her." "She and her father live in two rooms in front, and the chances are he's down at the corner gin-mill, half soaked by this time. I saw him go out just before you chaps came m. The boys ran to the window and looked out. A crowd was beginning to collect in the street, and every body was looking up at t]le :floor above. The tenements opposite were alive with people in the windows and on the fire-escapes, all looking over, and many of the gesticufating. The racket in the hall anc1 the cry of "Fire!" was frequently repeated, passing from lip to lip. They ran to the door, and the odor of burning wood w!IS plainly distinguishable, while the smoke came rolling down the st.airs. "We'd better get out while we've the chance," cried the printer, making a dash for the stairs and going down three steps at a time. "What about that girl on the top floor?" cried Arthur, as Dick made a break for the staircase. "If she isn't out by this time she never will be," answered Dick, excitedly. "Look at the smoke coming down. The whole floor above must be in a blaze." A piercing scream came from fa.r abQIVe. "That must be her now!" cried Arthur. "We can't leave her to perish, Dick." "What can we do?" gasped Dick, choking and coughing from the smoke that was growing denser each moment. "We must do something, man. Hark I Don't you hear her? My heaven, I can't leave her to perish without an effort to save her." "You can't get up there to save your life, Art, alfd if you did. you'd never get down again. There's the flames now all about the hall. Come on." Arthur, however, instead of following his who was already sta!"geririg half way down toward the second floor, made a rush up the smoke-covered stairway toward the blazing floor, now all alight with the fast-increasing :fire. The screams of the poor girl that came down to him with harrowing intensity, appealing to all the chivalry of his nature, urged him to attempt her rescue at the risk of his own life. But the barrier of flame and smoke wbicl:). opposed his gallant effort waa too much for him, and he was forced back, half strangled and blinded. Had he been cooler he might easily have seen that it was an uti;er impossibility for any one t,o reach the top floor by the stairs. The smoke alone would have prevented it, but now the fl.a.mes were bursting out fiercely and hungrily lapping the walls \nd floor of the hallway above. With the girl's frantic screams ringing in his ears, he made one more mad attempt to mount1 the stairs, b:ut was driven down again. "Great heaven I can't get up thei e l She'll perish in the most awful of deaths! Can nothin g be to her?" Re was now in great peril himself, for the stairs below were thick with smoke as was the passage from which he had been obliged to retreat into the room where he had spent the evening. "Ha! The :fire-escape is in front. Perhaps I can reach the top floor that way." He ran forward, threw up the window and stepped out. A roar from a hundred voices greeted his appearance He now heard. the jangle of the engine bells, and, looking up the street, saw a fire engine coming full tilt down the crowded thoroughfare. Another one swung around the corner just below. The uproar and excitement was growing with every ment. A score of voices roared at him to come down. He cast his eyes upward. The smoke was rolling in dense volumes out of the windows above, and tongues of :flames darted through them. A s they cleared or a moment he saw that smoke only was :filtering out of the top :fl.oor. With the agility of a monkey, he: darted up the escape. A ba. bel of cries went up from the street, and the tene ments around, as his foolhar
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, JO PLAYING TO WIN. the ladder through the fire and fell in a heap on the hot platform. Staggering to his knees he crawled to the opening, and groped for the second ladder. The onlookers believed he had been overcome, and !!-shud der went through a hundred frames. At.last he was seen to be working his way down through the blinding smoke to the platform he had originally left, and a cheer went up from the mob. He reached it, stood up and leaned, panting, over the edge of the fire-escape railing. Bracing his nerves for another e:ff ort he gained the next ladder and went down to the second floor platform with his burden and into the arms of two firemen, who had just pulled them'selves up there. The girl was ta.ken from his arms and passed to the street, and immediately after he was lowered, limp and in sensible, hie face scorched and blackened, a.nd his hands blistered and puffed up from the flames. 1 He did not hear the rousing cheer that greeted the suc cessful termination of his gallant act, while he was borne, under the admiring gaze of hundreds of eyes, to a neigh boring drug store, where he was followed by Dick who pushed his way in through the crowd blocking the doorway. CHAPTER XII. MABEL LATIMER . While the druggist and his assistant were bringing Arthur and the rescued girl to their senses, Dick Bell was an swering questions being put to him by a reporter. At,. that moment a wild-eyed man fought his way, madly, through the mob at tha door and got into the store. "My child! My poor little girl! W'here is she? Don't tell me she is dead! Where is she, I say?" and he glared at an officer, who had seized and held him back, strug gling like a maniac. "Your child is all right," he said. "Be quiet." "J;et me see her!" cried the man, whose disheveled hair and bloodshot eyes too clearly showed he was but half sober at that moment. "Father!" came a weak voice from the back room. You hear. She is calling me. Let me go to her. Let me go!" The officer led him around the counter and intothe small room, the shelves of which were packed with bottles, and boxes, and packages of drugs and other stuff connected. with a drug store. "Sure it's a fine-looking friend you'd make," muttered the policeman, in a tone of disgust. "The boy is outside in the store," replied the druggist. The man got upon his feet and staggered into the store where Arthur, now entirely recovered, was giving his story to the reporter. "You saved my child!"' cried the half-drunken : man, grasping his hand and squeezing it. "I may be drunk, but I'm a gentleman. A gentleman, I want to thank you for saving my Mabel. I want you to under stand I'm your friend-your friend for life." "I don't want any thanks," replied Arthur. "I'm 1 got your child out. I just managed to do it by the skin of my teeth, but what's the odds so long as I did it. She's got a broken leg, I believe, and couldn't get out by herselt" "Broken leg? You're right. You're a brave boy. Young hero. Glad to know you. Name is Latimer-Ralph Lati mer. What's yours?" Arthur stknied at the name and looked hard at the speaker. He never would have recognized him as the man who had called on Mr. Jepson the afternoon before. But after a cl0ser look he saw a certain resemblance which told llim that this was the same man, indeed. "So you are Ralph Latimer, are you?" Arthur said. "I'm Ralph Latimer. Once a gentleman, now-well, the less said about the matter the better but some people would call me a bum-a drunkard. But I drink no more. I'm done with it. Might have lost my little girl-my only friend; cause I was lushing at the corner instead of being at home to protect her. You saved her. You're a gentle man. What's your name?" "My name is Forbes-Arthur Forbes." "Your name is Forbes?. Na.me is famili.a.t. Knew a man by that name once. Hate to say it, bl'lt I sent him to prison-State's prison, understand? Too bad, for he wasn'tr-never mind. Can't interest you. You're another Forbes. Brave boy and a hero. Never forget you if I live to be hundred-never, understand? "I want' to have a talk with you when you get sober, Mr. Latimer." "Talk with you as long as you like. Name time and place, I'll be there. I'll be all right to-morrow. Sober as a judge, understand?" Arthur consider(ld how he could make the appointment. "Where are you going to take your daughter to-night?" he asked. He dropped down beside his little girl and took her hand gently in his and began to murmur broken sentences. "Don't know. Somebody 'round neighborhood will take her in till I can raise the money .to get another place. Busted now, but know where to get wad. Regular gold mine. Don't dare refuse, or make things hot. Don't mind me," with a foolish grin. "Talking through my hat. Al ways do when under influence." "I am. -safe, papa," she answered. him. "A brave boy carried me down the fire-escape through the flames and s moke." "\.\There is the boy?" cried the wretched-looking "I want to see him. I'm his friend for life." "Well, you go out and :find a place for your da.ught.er to stay, and my friend and I will help you move her said Arthur. "I'll do it. You're a gentleman. Brave bOy. o.:e you

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PLAYING TO WIN. 11 for saving my Mabel. Never forget favor long as I live, understand?" "Wait a moment," said Arthur, a.s Latimer started to go. to the assistant in the store, "can't you give this man something to sober him up a bit?" ''I'll give him something that'll help him, I guess," was the answer. The clerk prepared a drink and brought it to Latimer "What's this?" the man asked. "Give it name." "Never mind the name. Drink it down and it will liven you up." Latimer looked it "It's all right," said Arthur. "It will do you good." "All right, if you say so. Do anything for you," and he swallowed the mixture. '.rhen he., left the store, and Arthur went back into the small room where Mabel Latimer, now quite recovered, had been asking for him. She was a sweet faced girl of nearl y .fifteen years, with haze l eyes and nut-brown hair. There was an air oi' refinement about her that contrasted s trangely with her lowly position in life, and she looked to be more than ordinarily intelligent. She held out her hand to Arthur with a smile that seemed almost angelic to the boy. "You saved my hfe," s he said, in a low, sweet voice. "I thank you from my heart. Oh, you don't .know what I suf fered until you came I thought I would be burned to death I could only crawl as far as the closed door I pounded and screamed, but no one seemed to heax me. I could smell the thick smoke and feel the heat of the flames in my face, and hear the crackling of the wood. It was dreadful-dreadful. I shall never, never forget it as long as I live.'' .. -: am very glad I was at hand to render you this service," replied Arthur. '"You a,re so brave--.so noble," she said, gratefully. "You ri8ked your life for me when everybody el. e in the house ran away. Yo do not live there. You are nicely dressed, an!.l so different from the people in this neighborhood. You saw the fire from the street and came up to save me, did you not? How could you know that I was l y ing helpless on_,the top fl.oo.r ?" I up. He has been unfortunate. We were better off once, but since mother died everything has changed, and we have been growing poorer and poorer. Yoh will let me see y ou again, won't you?" "Certainly. And I want you to do me a favor, Miss Mabel." "Oh, I will do anything for yoo IV "Then don't let your father forget that he promised to give me an interview. You will remind him to-morrow, for he may forget when the excitement is over. will be around to see him to-morrow night. It is very importit to me." "I will see that he moots you if you will select a place," ho said, with just a mite of wonderment in her eyes at the boy's eagerness :for an appointment with father. "He }ijlS gone to find a place where you can removed to temporarily I will caxry you there, and it will be there I will call to-morrow night." "I understand," replied the girl, earnestly. "I shall be glad to see you, too." Ralph Latimer now reappeared. He appeared to be a good bit more sober than when he left the store "A :family down the block will take my daughter in and keep hex awhile till I can get rooms," he said. "I will carry her down there, and you must come with us,, young man. I want to talk to you." "I'll carry her for you," said Arth ur. "Or would you rather your father should?" he asked, turning to the girl. "I should like you to carry me, if you are willing. I'm afraid father is--" "Oh, I'm all right, little one!" sai d Latimer. "But he can carry you, if he wants to. He won't get away, then, before I can talk with him." "Wait for me here, Di ck," said Arthur. "I will be back s oon." Wrapping the blanket well about Mabel La.timer, Arthur raised her in his arm s and, preceded by her father, left the store, pushed his way through the curious throng of tors who were watchi n g the fire, now almost out. "I used t-0 live in Cannon Street, and was visiting a friend on the third floor when the fire broke out. I heard that a girl with a broken leg was on the top floor. I heard you scream for help. I simply couldn't let you perish without making an effort in your behalf. That' all there is to it, and I hope you won't think about the matter any ( CHAPTER XIII. ARTHUR TAKES 'rHE BULL BY THE HORNS. The family who had agreed to she lter Mabel received lier with many expressions of sympathy n10re. "Oh, but I can't help thinking about it, and about you. Yo u believe I am deeply grateful to you, don't you?" wist fully. "Sure I do. You will oblige me by 'letting it go at that." "But you will call and see me when we have a new place to live. You won t mind father. He drinks, but he is gooa to me. It would have killed him if I had been burned They were poor peop le, like the majority of those living in that district, but they were good -hearted, and were al ways eager to alleviate distress when it lay in their power to do so. Arthur bade Mabel good-night and promised to see her on the following night. Ralph Latimer followed him to the s idewalk. "soo here young man you've done me a great service, and I want you to know that I'm grateful for it."

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22 PLAYING TO WIN. "YO'll've already thanked me," replied the boy. "Maybe I have; but I guess I was not myself at the time, a .nd I don't know what I said. It won't do any haxm to thank you again. I s'pose you think a hard case. I rlon't look like a do I ?" Clothes doesn't always count," said Arthur, evasively. "It isn't that. It's drink. Drink has been my curse." "Why don't yrn give it up, then?" Why don't I :fly to the moon? Because I can't. Booze has got me down, and is holding me down. I'd do a.ny! hing in my power for my Mabel's sake, but to save my life T ca n t st.op drinking. I've tried to-tried hard, but it's no go. It fetchce me every time." "Will you go to a sanitarium if I pay your way there?" "Sanitarium t You pay my way What do you mean? You s peak as if you had money to burn. What interest can Y O U take in a man who, even if he was once a gentleman, has now sunk so low as to ha-ve to live in the meanest apart ments and slewly break .his child's heart because the fiend of has fastened his clutches into him and will not let go? No, young m!ln, I am past cure. If there wa.s any hope or chance for me my Mabel would save me. But she can't do it. I'm cursed, and perhaps I deserve it. Sup pose I told you that I swore a man's character, aye, his life, away, for the disgrace of the prjson stripes I fastened upon him killed him, and that I knew at the time that this man was innocent, what would you s ay? That I a.m only reap ing the seed that I sowed. You'd say that, wouldn't you?" You can swear that he was innocent?" cried Arthur, trembling with excitement. Ralph Latimer seemed suMenly to recollect himself, for he paid no attention to the question, but turned the matter off with an unpleasant laugh. Arthur, howeve r, was aroused, and he determined to force t he issue with Latimer then and there, instead of waiting till another time as he had arranged in his mind to do. He relied upon the man's gratitude, which seemed to be cere, to win him over. At any rate, he thought it better to work the iron while it was hot, as the saying is. Look here, Mr. Latimer, :iwu say that you're grateful to .me for saving your daughter's life." "Grateful! Young man, I couldn't tell you how grate-f u I I am if I talked all night." 'You mean that?" "I do mean it, &8 heaven is my judge. Do you dou ht it?" J believe yon, but I wan.t you to prove it." You want me in prove it?" replied Latimer, sl.owly. T do. You can do me a favor--" .. I ll do a.ny favor in my power. What is it?" I want you to tell me the true story of George Forbes -the man who was tried for a crime of which he was inno cent, and who was convicted on your evidence." Rn.lph Latimer regarded his questioner for a moment in spe e r h less consternation. ''You want to know the story of George Forbes!" he exdaimecl hoarsely. "What do yoUi, want to leaxn about him? \\'hat was he to you?" "He was my father." "Your father!" gasped the man, fairly staggered. "Yes, my father. Tell me the truth, I beg of you. Tell me what crime he was accused of. Why was he accu s ed, and whether Andrew Jepson was at the bottom of the con spiracy to ruin him." "How do you lmow I can tell you anytb4ig ?" a:sked Latimer, doggedly. "I know you can. Your own admissions to-night satisfy me tha, t you can, if you will, clear my father's memory of the stain that rests upon it. Do this in gratitude for the peril I faced to-night in behalf of your da:rtghtei: . D o it, and I will see that your future and that of your daughter is provided for." A strange expression came over face. "I know more about you than you think, Mr. Latimer, continued Arthur. "I know that you were in Mr. Jein son's office in Wall Street yes terday afternoon I threatened to tell all you knew aboot the Forbes affair_:_ those were the words you u s ed to him-unless he gave y ou $100, and you got the money. I know that were the chief witness against my father at the trial I want you to tell me, his son, the whole story. A moment ago you said you were reaping the harvest of the seed you sowed. That you deserved the cur s e which had fallen upon you. You said, practically, that the dfagrace of tbe prison stripes killed the man whose liberty you falsely swore away. Mr. Latimer, will you do my dead father justice?" Ralph Latimer listened to Arthur Forbes's impru:;sioned appeal with conflicting emotions. He saw that he was driven into a corner. That he had, to some extent, incrimina ted himself. Be s ides, he owed this boy a debt of gratitude tbat he now had the chance to pay. Bt1t if he made a clean breast of his guilty knowledge he would kill the golden goose that promised so much for the future. J Still this boy had said that he would take care of hjpi a.nd his child. He must have money then. "How do you know I was at Mr. Jepson' & office yester day?" he asked, curiously. "Because I saw you there." "You saw me?" "I did, and spoke to you." A light broke in on Mr. "I thought 11 had seen your face before. You were the clerk at the desk." "I was." "And you listened to our conversation?" "No, I did not. But I could not help hearing a few w:ords, for you spoke so loud that any one in the reception room could hear you." Latimer said nothing more for a moment or two. He seemed to be considering. At length he decided upon his line of action. "Come with me," he said, grasping Arthur by the arm. "This is no place to talk confidentially."

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PliA YING TO WIN. 23 He led the boy down a side street till they came to a vacant space that was boarded up. There was no street lamp near, and their figures were in the shadow. "Look here, my boy, you saved my daughter's life tonight; in return for that I'm going to tell you all you want to kno.w." "You shall lose nothing by, it, Mr. Latimer. You will be provided for in a more honorable way than bleeding Andrew Jepson on the strength of your ociminal hold upon him. I have a good deal of money for a boy of my age, and I would spend every cent of it to see justice accorded my wronged father." "Never mind about that. I know what my Mabel would say if she knew what you have asked me do for you. She is an angel, and I am not deserving of the love I know s he bears for me-a mere wreck of a once respectable mah. I'm going to tell you everything,. and if you bring a charge against Andrew Jepson I'll go onthe stand and swear to the truth of it, if I am sent to prison or perjury." "I hope you will never be sent to prison by me, Mr. Latimer," replied Arthur. "For the sake of your daughter, as well as the gratitude I shall bear toward you for clear ing my father's name, I will shield you from the conse quences of your false swearing. Do not fear. You will be sa.fe." CHAPTER XIV. THE CONFESSION OF RALPH J,ATIMER. "Nine yeaJ'S ago your father was cashier for Cohen, Finkelbaum & N ewburger, the Exchange Place brokers. You know the firm?" "I do," replied Arthur, breathlessly. "I was their heaci bookkeeper at the time, and a close friend of George Forbes, whom I always liked, because he was a good-hearted fellow, and as hone s t as the day is long." "You were his friend, and yet you--" "Betrayed him? Yes. I don't deny it. I helped to ruin him." "Why did you do this?" regarding Latimer with a feel ing of resentment. "Why? Because I was well pi}id for my pa;rt in the cons piracy." "You mean to say that you profited by my father's downfall?" "I did. I needed the money. I was something of a high roller in those days. I had acquired expensive habits, which my salary would not cover Besides, I had just married, and the scale on which I attempted to live got me head over heels in debt I was being pushed to the wall by my creditors. At that unlucky time I was approached by a man, then a struggling broker, but now one of the eminent lights in the Street--" "You mean Andrew Jepson?" "He was the man." "And I have looked upon him as my best friend!" cried the boy, with a shudder. "How is that?" asked Latimer, m some lilU'ptise. "No matter. Go on." "I had been speculating in the mar1'e Through him. M.v last deal had resulted disastrously, md I owed him a baJ. ance I couldn't pay. He took advantage of that fact, a s well as the knowledge of my manner of livhlg, which he had taken pains 1o investigate, to make me understand that I was under his thumb. That a word from him to my eni ployers would result in my instant discharge. ;He had me where the hair is short, and I was at his mercy. Then he conficlecl to me that he owed George Forbes a grudge-why, I have never known." "But I know," broke in Arthur, impetuously. "YOU do?" "Yes. But proceed." "It was his purpose to ruin Forbes, and he said I must help him do it. I objected,..but he turned the screws on me, and then held out a golden bait to silence my scruples. To cnt the matter short, I agreed to do as he wanted." "And that breathed Arthur. "To substitute a forged bond for a g.enuine one in a package of securities, then go to M;r. Finkelbaum with a story which would lead to an investigation that would cause suspicion to fall on George Forbes who had charge of the signed and unsigned bonds of the new railroad company, of which Mr. Finkelbaum was the president. Gtipies of Mr. Finkelbaum's signature, ana of the signatures of the vi_ce president and treasurer of the railroad company were found hidden away in Forbes's tlesk. I had put them there." "You I" cried the boy, in horror. "It was part of the evidence provided by Mr. Jepson to incriminate your father. "Then you did forge them yourself?" "No. Andrew Jepson did everything in that line, for he was a clever penman. It was well that I had no hand in it, for my evidence was impeached at the trial and a dozen speaimens of my handwriting was examined by an expert in the interest of the defense. in order to establi s h the prisoner's plea of criminal co,nspiracy against him. In the end I went on the stand and swore that I had seen George Forbes copying the from the genuin e origjnals. In his own defense he swore to the contrar y but the jury believed me with the evidence of the forg ed bond before them, and your father was convicted:" "It was infamous!" exclaimed Arthur, in a burst of in dignation. "It was, I admit," replied Ralph Lathner, with a pen i tent expression on his face. "Poor father! What he must have suffered!" said the boy, in a broken voice. "He suffered deeply, I've no doubt, but nothing to th e pangs of remorse that afterward assailed me. On the night I heard of his death I walked the streets till daylighta haunted man. Haunt by the memory

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.24 PLAYtNG TO WIN of the Judas-like a ct which had brought his ruin. From that day I took to drinking deeply in an unavailable effort to escape from myself. I broke my wife's heart," a sob shook his voice, "and I have brought misery and s orrow to my only child. '110-night I left her alone helpless as she is, in the top floor of that tenement-and I have done the same, night after ni ght-to my worthless carca s s with liquor .at a common corner gin-mill. But for you she woul d now be a blackened corpse, and I a wretched, broken h earte d mourner. Boy, do wha t you will with this confession. I am ready to put it down, with every particular, The y left the store at a brisk walk. "You haven t tol
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PLAYING TO WIN. II gi v e every dollar I own in the world to find that bond, for without it I fear Latimer's confe s sion will not avail me. 'l'hi s w as the c ondition of affai rs when two days later, )fr. Jep s on c all e d Arthur into h is pri v ate office and asked him to h e lp him move hi s desk out from the wall, as he had accidentally pushed a s t9ck certificate behind it. The boy obeye d the reque s t, and when the desk had been moved h e saw the certificate on the floor on the top of a laye r o.t. du s t which had been accumulating or y ears "Pick it up and lay it on my des k," said his employer, walking out into the reception room to take a look at the ticker. Arthur picked up the certificate. Then he noticed another document almost wholly smoth e r e d in the dus t Wondering what it was, he picked it up and knocked the dirt from it by beating it against the back 0 the desk. Opening it, he recognized the familiar appearance of a bond. One s harp g lance at the engraved name at the head of t he s heet and his heart almost stood still. It was a C. & L. B. Railroad bond. And th e number was 113 He kn elt ther e gazing upon the d o cument a s if fascinated and unabl e to stir. How long he would have r e mained in this c ondition i hi s emplo y er s voic e in the reception-room had not broken t h e charm we c annot s ay but With a start h e r e folded the b ond in ha s t e and thrust it into hi s p o ck et, jus t a s Mr Jepson re-enf;ered his private office. Then he sprang up, laid the certificate upon the desk and waited or the broker to give him a hand to lift the heavy de s k bac k to its former pos ition. again s t the wall. This done, he r e turned to his own des k in the ro()m, in a curiou s s tate 0 mental tumult. He c ould hardly believe that the fateful bond 113 was a c hially in bis posses s ion and he 1 1 ad to ta.ke it from his pock _et and waril y examined it once more b e for e h e was c e rtaip that h e really had the missing link 0 e vid e nce. That night he went clown to the neighborhood of Can.non Street to see Ralph Latimer and, incidenta.lly, Mabel, between whom and himnelf had already grown a strong bond 0 Rympathy and friendship. There wa s not a s uitabl e pla c e in the t e n e ment wher e Mabel was still sta y ing for them to indulge in c onver s a tion of a confidential nature, so they went to the s pot outside the boarded lot, where they had held their first interview. Ralph Latimer was entirely ignorant of the fact that he had been s hadowed b y two differ ent m e n in turn whenever he appeared on the s treet that day. Andrew Jepson, recognizing that hi s blackmailer was a di s agreeable a s w e ll a s aangerou s problem, had reso l ved to s quelch him. ,His plan was to kidnap Latim e r at a s uita.ble opportunity and s eque s t e r him in a private s anitarium for incurable drunkards, wher e h e would b e encouraged to drink him s elf to death and thu s wind up his worthless career When Arthur and Latimer cam e out of the teneme n t t o seek a q ui et s pot t o ta.l k they wer e foll owed down t o the fence b y one of h e m e n who h ad been em ployed b y the broker to watch the l a tter. This pe rson couldn't ge t within ea r s hot o f hi s quarr y without being o bserved. Just the same, h e w as eag er to learn what the boy had to say to Latim e r o r wl).at Latime r had to say to t h e b oj. He deci ded to get b e hind t h e board f ence, if h e coul d, witho u t his p rese nce being discovered. H e accompli s hed this b y entering one 0 the build i ngs ad jo i ning the lot, pa ss ing through the hallwa y to the r ear and climbin g o ver the narrow fence. Drop pin g i nto the v acant lot, he made hi s way towar d t he fro n t fence and foun, d a convenient knot-hol e close to the sl>ot where Arthur an d Latimer s tood. H e was thus e nabled to overhe a r all they s aid. The boy was tellin g his all y how he had found the l ong missing bon d 113, o f the C. & L. B. R. R., behind M r J epson's d esk "You a re q uite Sure it i s the right bond, my lad?" cried Latimer, eagerly . "I'm q uite certai n i t i s t he one y ou s poke to me about. However, you can see for y purself, for I brought it with me to show you "Le t me see it. I sha ll kn o w i t in a m o ment e x claimed Latimer, in a tone of consi dera ble excitement. "If it is the bond we ha ,ve Jepson in our power at la s t and with my assistance you ca n pus h h im to t h e wa ll H e will have to answ e r to the charge 0 forgery him self, and his con viction will clear your fath er's memory of the stain I helped to bring upon it. Arthur handed him the bon d which he unfolded with shaking fingers . One s wift glance over the pap er, whil e the boy held a lighted match in his fingers to illum i n e the doc ument and J,atimer wa s satisfied as 'to its i dentity. "It is the bond he s h o u ted, exultantly, handing it b11:ck. "Now, Andrew Jepson, look out f o r W all Street will s oon know you for wha t you are-a : forger and a s c oundrel." "I shall put your sworn s t ate ment aiid this bond in th e hands of a r e putab l e l awyer and l e t him a r rang e lor the pro s ecution o.f Mr. J epson thro u gh the office. " "That will be the proper w ay But b e car e ful that you s elect an honest lawyer-on e who won t sell you out. R e m e mber, Andrew Jepso n has money to burn now and he ll burn it fast enough to try an d save h i s r e pUtation and h im self from the State prison He'd give a hundred thousand dollar s to get that bond back into hi s h a nds, and ther e are liots of lawyers who woul d find it g re atly to their a d van tage to come to a private arran ge m e n t with him. "How could they? You don't s uppose I would stand for any funny business, do you?" crie d Arthur, e n erge ti c ally. "What could you do i f t h e bon d hap p ened to be re p orted as mis l aid? The b l ame would p r o babl y be sadd led o n a clerk--possibl_y a confidential one, w h o woul d rece ive a

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28 PLAYING TO WIN. slice of the boodle and then be quietly shipped off to Europe for a year or two until the trouble blew over. Yoo could make trouble for Jepson, of course. The. charge would be ventilated in the press, but Jepson would deny and pooh pooh it, and his money and reputation would save him as the incriminating bond could not be produced against him . Take my advice. Keep that document 1lllder lock and key at your home till yMt have looked over the field and se lec ted your lawyer. There is no need of undue haste. Mr. Jepson doesn't what is hanging over him so you have no cause to fear him. Go slow and make sure of y<>ur game." remarkable manner, obtained the necessary evidence to bring him to justice. "I will set on your advice. I have a safe at home to which I and my mother each have a key. Your i s there. I Will place this bond with it as soon as I get home." "Do so. When shall I see you again?" "I can't sa.y now f:lut I am pretty sure to call Sunday a rternoon, as I promised Mabel I would see her then. If you get rooms before Sunday, send a letter to me at the office, enclosmg your new address." They walked back to the tenement and shortly separated. CHAPTE.R XVI. :AT :MR. JEPSON'S MEROY. At eleven o'cl',ock next morning a smoothly shaven man of fifty called at Mr. J epson's office and asked to see the brokell. He handed tl!i.e office boy a card, and while he was wait ing to be admitted to the private office, Arthur noticed him, and judged he must be a new customer, or some out.aide aequaintance ot his employer's, for he had not seen him at the office before. The v:iairor wa8 shown into the sanctum and the door closed behind him . :S:e remained there some little time, and several of the regular customers were compelled to cool their heels in the reception-room before he came out and went away. "His business :must have been important," thought Ar thur, as he followed the stranger to the door with his eyes. It was, indeed, _o1 the greatest importance-to Mr. Jep son. The caller was none other than the man who had fol lowed Latimer and Arthur when they left the tenement to g ether the preoed.mg evening, and had afterwards played the part of bcliind the fence, drinking in every word of thir c<>nversation. He had ftJl excellent memory, that was part of his business, and he reported to the astonished and broker that morning all that had passed between his clerk and the man he and his associate had been employed to shadow. Mr. Jepson was certainly staggered to learn that Arthur Forbes was hot on his trail, and had at last, in the most But if Arthur was the foxiest boy in. the Street, Mr. Jep son was equally foxy as a m,an. He had the advantage, too, inasmuch as he was now aware of what he was up against, and like a wise general and strategist, he proceeded to plan the discomfiture of his young antagonist. Tb,efe was nothing in Mr. J epson's manner the rest of the day in his intercourse with his clerk that gave rise to the faintest suspicion in Arthur's mind that anything wai wrong. If anything, Mr. Jepson was even more suave and friendly toward Arthur than ever. The broker usually went home at abou.t three o'clock. This :particular afternoon found him apparently very busy at that hour. Four o'clock came and Arthur got ready to leave for the day. Mr. Jepson, however, came out of his office and said he would probably need his services until five. Of course, that was equivalent to a command to remain, and he did so. He signalled Dick by pushing his button, and in a few minutes his chum, ready to go home himself, came \ up to see him. "I've got to stay an hour, if not longer," said Arthur, "so you'd better go home by yourself." "No," replied Dick, "I'll wait for you. I've got an in teresting book down in the office I picked up second-hand to-day, and I'm just stuck on reading it. It'll keep me interested tlll you're ready to go. Ring me up as soon as you are done work, and I'll meet you in the corridor below." "All right," replied Arthur, and Dick returned to office, and was soon, deeply absorbed in the of three boys who had been wrecked, Robins<>n 9rusoe fM.hion, on an uninhabited island. -1 ')j An hour and a half passed away unheeded by him; the jan itor came in, swept and dusted, and went off again, and he had reached an exciting part of the story when sud denly from under his desk came a long, continuous ring of his elec;tric bell-the danger signal. Dick jumped to his feet as if some one had smote him an unexpected blow. / His book fell to the floor and he stood for an instant as if by some enchantment he had l)een transformed into a graven image. Again came that long ring, lDOre sonorous and insistent than before-like a cry for help from his comra.c;le. "My heaven! That's our danger signal, sure en<>ugh. There's something wrong upstairs. Arthur said he never would give it except in a case of dire emergency. I'll tele phone the police to come here at once. He rushed to the instrument and was soon in communica tion with the Old Sli:p station. Il\ the m e antime, let us go back a little while. 1 t fiye o'clock, when all but Arthur and Mr. Jepson were gone, lha janitor came in to clean up.

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PLAY ING T O WIN 27 Mr. Jepsc:>n hoord him enter and headed him off. W e shall be busy here till after six," he told the man, slipping half a dollar into his h!Uld. "Thank y ou, sir. I'll l e t the place go until morning," replied the janitor, who then went on upstair s . Ten minutes later the door opened and admitted the s mooth-faced caller of the morning. He was accompanied by a companion, who sported a moustache, and they went right into the private office, caJ'efu ll y closing the door b ehind them. Fi r e m inutes m o r e passed away, then the door of the pri vate offic e o p e n e d and the two men followed by Mr. J e p s on c am e into the reception-room. One of the visitor s went to the door as if about to go, but he didn' t. H e s im p ly turned the ke y in the loc k ancl then came to W!!rd Artlnn"s desk B ef ore t h e boy r e a Jize d tha t anything out of the ordinar y w a s o n the tapi s, the two men seized him and proceeded i n s pite of hi s strugg l es, to bind him to hi s chair, whi l e J e p s on threw a folded tow e l about his mouth and c hin and thtis cut off any chan c e of hi s c alling for help. His right arm was left ,mfettere d for reasons that soon and t h e cl e ar-heacl ecl boy, throt1gh wl1ose brain thought fle w with lightning-like rapidity, to o k advantage o f the fact to pu s h the electric button concealed under his desk and give the danger s ignal to his chum in the office below. The action pa ss ed unnoticed for Mr. Jepson had no \rnowledge of the contrivance the boys had arranged to es tablish communication between themselves Mr. Jepson now spoke. "Arthur, I;m sorry to have to use you in this manner, I bnt you know that self-preservation is the first law of nature. You have obtained possession of a. document in this which con cerns me greatly. I must get it back. You kno1V .what that document is, and I propose to make you give it up, or atters will take a painful and unpleasant cour s e with you He spoke and Arthur, recognizing the gravity of position, jnanaged to send in his second call for help to the office un..derneath. ou are a smart boy, Arthur, a. very smart boy, but y ou failed to measure well the man you are up against. Your object is most praiseworthy-you wish to the stain from your father's name. It would my un qualified approval but for the fact that the evidence you propose to :use toward this end is dangerous to me . I ex pect to marry your mother inside of fifteen days-I ho}d l\ e r written promise to become Mrs. Jepson within six months from date, and the six months are now almost expired. It would be cruel of you to spoil the purpose of my life for I've set my heart on marrying your mother, and I don't propose to be balked, especially now at the eleventh hour. Therefore, my dear boy, I want you to sign this paper, authorizing your mother to go to the house safe where the two documents are deposited, get them out and deliver them to the bearer of this order. It is a mere of_ and when the papers are in my hands you will be r e lie v e d from all further inconvenienc e," aiH1 Mr. J e pson laid th e order he had written down on the d esk before Arthur, and, leaning forward, took up a penhold e r dipped the nib in the ink bottle and held it toward his help les s prisoner CHAPTER XVII. CONCLUSION. Mr. Jepson had spoken very sua.vely, b tie felt that h e was master of the situation. He did not tell Arthur, however, :would happen after he got the papers. He s imply gave the boy the impressio:u. tbai he would be permitted to go free. But s u c h was not the broker's intention. If e w as no s u c h fool. 11 i s purpo s e was to drug the boy, have him taken away to ct certai n s anitarium where he would be kept a close pri s one r until afwr Mr. Jepson had married Mi;s. Forbes, whil e in the m e antime he would quiet the little widow b y telling her that he had sent her s on away on an important which would detain him maybe a month. Mr. epson calculated that a s soon as he was the widow's husband, Arthur, with the knowledge that his sole piece of evidence ha been destroyed, w<>uld, for his mother's sak e r efrain from making any useless trouble, after which the broker hoped to conciliate hlm by sending him to colleg e nncl allowing him a liberal income. It was a neat bit of scheming, but it was destined to fail as it de s erved to. "Now, Arthur, I beg you to sign," continued Mr. Jepson. Arthur, however, was in no hurry to do so. To sigri that order on his mother, who he knew w o u ld comply at once with its requirements, meant the death-blo\\' to his cherished plans. He must play for delay. Mr. Jepson, however, was in no humor to wast e ti m< over this thing. Delay was dangerous, and he wasn't taking an y rno1 C' chances than he could help. "Arthur, do not think that I am to be ti:ifled with J hate to use harsh means with you, but unless you instantly sign that paper I must proceed to use physical per s u asion of an unpleasant nature. Holding back the boy's head, he twist.eel a part of th e towel about Arthur's neck in such a way that by givin g it an additional turn a suffocating preS.sure would be brought to bear on his windpipe. As an indication of what the lad might expect, he gave the towel a turn, and Arthur, in a moment began to gasp for breath. Having illustrated his purpose, the broker let up on his victim.

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> 28 PuAYING TO WTN. Arthur felt that he would have to give in or be half strangled. H bis chum had understood his signal ancl sent for the police, help would arrive too late. "Sign!" demanded Mr. Jepson, holding the pen holder toward the boy. "Sign, or--" He got no further, for at that moment a key rattled in the lock, the door was suddenly slammed open, and Dick Bell, followed by two policemen, entered the room. Mr. Jepson and his two associates were tak e n completely by surprise, and before they their presence of mind they were in the hands 0 the officers, backed up by the janitor and Dick. I r 1 Of course, Mr. Jepson attempted to. throw a bluff, but it didn't go or a cent, or when Arthur was released from his bonds he ordered the officers to take the three prisoners to the station. He and pick went along as. a matter 0 course, and on t4eir arrival at the Arthur made a formal charge against his employer, and against the other two men as ac cessories. The boy also intimated that he had a more serious charge yet to bring against the broker-the charge 0 forgery, and subsequently he made a full statement to the reporters 0 the morning papers who visited him that e vening at his home. The result was that Wall Street had a big sensation to digest next morning. At the examination 0 the prisoners at the Tombs, Ar thur furnished evidence enough to cause Mr. Jepson be held for the grand jury. The broker's lawyei: produced the necessary bonds to se cure his release, but Mr. Jepson did not return to Wall Street. Arthur Forbes did, however, but not to his desk in Mr. J epson's office. He was done with that 'Place forever, .just as his dear mother was forever relieved 0 the CJ.'.llel neceasity of becoming the wiie of a man for whom she had entertained but ordinary and certainly no love. Arthur Forbes was the boy in the Street for many days thereafter. He was spoken to by men who had never before thought him wo;thy of their notice. Before the end of the week he made an offer 0 theblock of .J.,000 shares 0 0. & G. stock, through his brokers, to Mr. Finkelbaum. IT c asked $80 a share or it, and after some demur on broker's part the deal was closed at that figure. After the settlement had been made and the check was in Arthur's hands, he and Dick squared up. Arthur's profits were $60,000 and Dick's $20,000. The day that Arthur went before the grand jury to testify again s t Mr. J epsoh, he and Dick entered into arti cles co-partner s hip as Wall Street brokers. Mr. Jepson was never brought to.trial. He committed suicide when he realized that his con viction was enevitable. It was found, when his will was read, that he had left Mrs. Jessie Forbes the bulk 0 his property "as a partial atonement for the wrong he had done her husband and the consequent pdvation and trouble she suffered for years in consequence:" H e also left to Arthur, or whom he P..xpressed great ad miration, a written acknowledgment of his &nilf in the Forbes affair, completely exonerating the ni,'emory of the unfortunate victim of hia perfidy-George Forbes: Arthur persuaded Ralph Latimer to go to a sanitarium for the cure 0 drunkards, and while he remained there Mabel bechne an inmate of the Forbes home. Eventually, Latimer overcame his thirst for liquor, and went to work or Forbe s & Bell, stock brokers, as their bookkeeper and adviser. One night therewas a wedding at the Forbes home, the c ontracting partie s being Forbes and Lati mer and s o to their n e w-found happines s we leave them, believing Mabel will never regret having married the FoxIEST Boy rn WALL STREET. t. ,.!.: : t' THE END. 4-:. l" 'i ::.: Read "TATTERS; OR, A BOY FROM THE SLUMS,'' whic! will bee the next number (34) of "Fame and For tune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this are always in print. H you cannot. obtain them from any news dealer, send the in mo:oey or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies ybu order by mail.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These sto.ries are based on actual fa.cts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready an.d willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helpi.Dg along the gallant cause Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colored cover. 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Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the differ LETTER WRITING. ent ;positions of a good boxer. Eyery hoy $hould obtain one of the se useful and instructive books, aa it will teac h Y.<>U how to box No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com without an instructor. plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, No. 25. HOW TO BECOME full and when to u se them, giv ing specim e n letters for young and old. instructions for all kinds of gyinnutic sports and athletic exerc is es. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIE$.-Qiving Embracing thirty-five By.Professor W. Macdoll11ld. complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; A handy and useful book. letters of introduc t ion, note s and requests No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Contal-ning full in11tructlon for No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.-fencing and the use of tire b ro adsword ; also instruction in archery. Containing full for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; Described with twenty-one practical illilsfratiOns, giving the best also giving sampl e lette rs for in struc tion positions in fencing. QOmplete boolt. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little l>ook, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, TRICKS WITH .CARDS. mother, sister brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any-N\>. 51 . HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARI)S, .....eo;ntaining body you wish to to. Every young man and every young explanations of the general princj;plee of sleigh,t-ofhand applicable l ady in the land Should have t h is book to card tricks ; of card tricks w ith ordinary CIU'ds, and n9t requiring No. 74, HOW TO WRITE LETTERS <':ORRECTLY .-Con sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving Sleight-of-hand, or' the use of taining full instruc t i on s for writing letters on almost any subject; 111>4!Cially prepared cards. BE J?rofessor Baffner. Illustrated. also rulet1 for punctuation and composition, with specimen lettel'S.

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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the mC?st famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful httle book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER Contal!1ing a varied asso,rtn;ienf of speeches, Negro, Dutch ahd Irish. Also end m en s Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse inent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE :A.ND JOKl!J new a?d very .instructive. Every boy. s)lould ob tam this as it con tams full mstructions for or gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc: of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediat ely No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various charactel'.JI on the stage; together with the du tie s of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a Jlrominent Stage Manager. N!' 80. GUS WILLIAMS' BOOK.-Containing the lat est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEJEJP A WINDOW'GARDEN.--Oontaining full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flower s at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub li she d. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, men and women; it will teach you how 'to make almost auythmg around the house, such as parlor ornaments bracket1, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. Nd. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY,_..A: de scription of the wonde rful uses of electricityJnd electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty ii lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, drnamos. and many no v e l toys to be worked by electricit y By R. A.. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-CY Frank It contains full instru c tlons ID the art of ublished. MfSCELLANEOUS. ,.""' e No. 8. HOW TO BEl';Ol\1E A SCIENTIST.-'".!'. useful lild in: structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex ENTERTAINMENT. periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for: i:nakii;i.g fireworks, colored fires, and ras balloons. Thil Nd. 9. HOW TO BE(/QaIE A Harry book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret g1yen away. Every boy reading No, 1*.-HOW TO MAKE CANDY,_.A complete hi!.ndbciok for this book of instructionst by a practical (delighting multimakin g .$11 kinds of candy, ice-crea1l_!..._ etcu etc. tudes every night with nis wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84 'HOW '1'0 :RECOMEJ AN AUTHOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. ,It is the il!.forma tiver published, and there's millions ( ol fun) in it. tnannel' of preparing and stibn:iitti!lg manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN. E)VENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the rteatness, legibility and general com very valuable little book just publish ed. A c>omplete compendium p9sitioli of manuscrirtt, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diver sions, comic r e c imtions, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the NO; 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOOTOR.-A WOl1 mo ney than any book published. derful book, containing useful and. practical Information in the No. 35 .FJ:O.W TO PLAY GAMES.--:\ complet_e and useful little treapnent 'diseases Al!d common to every book, contmnmg the rules. and regulations of 1i1Iliards, bagatelle, fanply. Abounding 1n ttl!eful and oell'echve recipes for general com badcgammon, croquet, donnnoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND OOINS.-Con the lead ing conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches tainint valuable information te$ar411nr; the collecting and arrang ing and witty sayings. of_ stamps and coins. Halld!omely ilh;rstratl!d. Nb. 52. HOW TO PLAY OA.RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A Old King Brady, book, g-ivil!g the rul es 11;nd k "'irections for playing Euchre, Crib the detective: In which be lays dowQ some valuable bage, Casmo1 Forty-Five, ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules f6r beginners an4 also relate some adventures Auction Pitcn, .A.II Fours, and ii!1my other popular games of cards. and exReriences of well-known No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAJ;'HER.-Contain dred interes ti ng and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful i!lfot'matlotl the an_ d hn by Lu Sntrens, authOr o f lilow t Become with many standard readinr: s. West Pit Military Gdet."'' P!tICE 10 CENTS' E..&.C OK 3 FOB. 2i CEXT8. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisllert 24: UaieD. Sfln&Te, N w York.

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WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE STORY.EVERY'WEEK Price 5 Cents BY THE BEST AUTHORS Price 5 Cents ..-HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED COVERS ... .... 32=-PAOES.OP READING MATTER -.i -ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY ... Interesting Stories of in All Parts of the World ..TAKE NOTICE! 'W This handsome weekly contains intensely interesting stories of adventure on a great variety of subjects. Each number is replete with rousing situations and lively incidents. The heroes are bright, manly fellows, who overcome all obstacles bl sheer force of brains and grit and win well merited success. We have secured a staff of new authors, who write these stories in a manner which will be a source of pleasure and profit to the reader. Each numbl'lr has a handsome eol ored illustration made by the most expert artists. sums of money are being spent to make this one of the best weeklies ever published. :: ..... Here is a List .of Some of the Titles . No. I Smashing the Auto Record; or, Bart Wilson at the Speed Lever. B'Y EDWARD N. Fox Issued Apr. 20th 2 Oft' the Ticker; or, Fate at a Moment's Notice. BY ToM DA wsoN " 27th 3 From Cadet to Captain; or Dick Danforth's West Point Nerve. BY LIEUT. J. J. BARRY Mar 4th 4 The Get-There Boys; or, Making Things Hum in Honduras. BY FRED WARBURTON' " 11th 5 Written in Cipher; or, The Skein Jack Barry Unravelled. BY PROF. OLIVER OWENS '' 18th 6 The No-Good Boys; or a Tough Name. BY A. How ARD DE WITT 25th 7 Kicked oft' the Earth; or, Ted Trim's Hard Luck Cure. BY RoB Roy June lat " 8th 8 Doing It Quick; or, Ike Brown's Hustle at Panama. BY CAPT.A.IN HAWTHORN, U.S. N. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on 1eceipt ofprice, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FB.A.NX TOUSEY, Publisher, .. 24 Union Square, Rew York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Ordes Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'AKEN THE SAlUE AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. . ; ......... 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for wbieh please send me: . copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ....... : ...................................... '' .'' W'IDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ....................................................... " WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................... : ............... ... ...... " FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY, Nos ............................................. ; ... . " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ............................ : ..................... " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ............................ : .............. le SECRET SERVICE, Nos ....... -.'. ...................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ...................................................... ., " THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos .................................. " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ......................................... ... Name .......................... Street and No .................... Town .......... State .. ..

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A N E W ONE ISS U E D EVERY FRIDAY PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of\ passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the hews stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 4 A Gilme of Chance: .or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorke d 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 Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One 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 Wal! Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From .Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them A 23 BoUJld i:o 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 StreE:i:. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; o.-, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circui::. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Co cos Island. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wal! Street34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. For sale by all newsdealers, .or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamp>, o:;; FRANK T OUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa.re, New York .. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from n ewsdealers, they can be obtaine::l from this office direct. Cut out and tr in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by !' turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TARBN 'J'HE SAME AS MO.NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publis h er, 2Union Square, New York. .......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, No s ........ .... ................................................. o "THE WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ................................................. 00 '' '' WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ... ..................................................... o o ..... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '716, NOS ......................... 0 OO.f' "PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ........................................................... ".'' " SECRET SERVICE, NOS .............................................................. 0 Q " FAME A D FORTUNE WEEKLY, No'3 ................................................ " Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos .................... ...................................... N nme .......................... Street and No ................... Town .......... State ............


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