A mint of money, or, The young Wall Street broker

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A mint of money, or, The young Wall Street broker
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e was a. ventable walking mint. n each han:d he carried an open satchel while bills of all denominations stuck out of his pockets. "Here's the cash, Mr. Smooth," he said, coolly. "Now cough up that stock.n


. Fame and Fortune Weekly I STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Weekl11-Bv Subcription l:Z.50 per.11ear. Entered according to A.ct of ConqreH, in the 11ear 190fl, fa the o.l71ce of t he Librarian of ConqreBI, Wadnnat

" ,, A MINT OF 1\IONEY. While tl1e sign painter was putting the word' on the thing. I don't care what, as long as I can get the lucre to door he told Eddie of the short conversation he had oversntisfy my landlady. She's the worst old screw you ever heard between the pair of inquisitive brbkers who had saw She had the nerve to ask me for this week's board, stopped to look at the sign and to wonder who the new I and me not working What do you think of that?" broke r was. "I think she was right," chuckled Eddie. "I wish l knew whd they were," replied the boy. "You think she was right?" "I can tell you their names. One addressed the other "Sure, I do. What do you expect her to do? Live on as McGt1ire, while he called his friend Robinson." wind?" "Thanks. I'll remember them. No doubt I'll hear "I'm living on wind myself just now, so it wouldn't hurt from the1!1 before long. I think they both have offices on her to try a little of the same diet. I think it would do this floor." her good." ".They came from that end of the corridor," answered "You're unreasonable. However, I can put you in the the painter, indicating the direction. way of squaring yourself with her. I want an assistant As soon as Ruggles finished his work, Eddie paid him, here. A sort of combination messenger, officer boy, clerk, 11-nd he went away. and bouncer." "Well," remarked Eddie Nott, looking complacently "Bouncer!" about him, "I am now a full-fledged broker, at least in "Yes. Every broker ought to have one, but they doo't." name I hope soon to make my presence felt in the "What for?" business. If I don't it won't be no fault of mine. I know "Well, when a fellow pulls off a successful corner, you the ropes pretty well, for I served as mafisenger and marknow, somebody who has lost money in the deal is liabl e gin clerk for Dudley Smooth long enough to get the run to catl on you with a club, pistol, or something of that of the Street. As soon as the brokers who know me, and sort, and try to force you to ante up part of your profits: there are a swell lot of them who do, hear that I have I once bounced a fellow of that sort out of Mr. Smooth's branched out on my own hook they'll be putting out office. If I hadn't been on hand at the time Dudley would feelers i n my direction to find out how much capital I've have given the undertaker a job." If they find out they're good ones, for it isn't busi"I didn't hear about it:" ness to let other people, particularly Wall s treet men, "Oh, there are lots of things happen you don't hear of. know all your affairs." It was in the papers at the time At that moment there came a knock on the door. "When was that?" "Come in," said Eddie. "A year ago." A pleasant-featured youth of seventeen walked in. "Did Smooth come up liberally to you?'' "Hello, Bob. Glad to see you. Take a seat and make "Oh, yes. He gave me ten dollars." yourself miserable." "Ten dollars! Was that all?" replied Bob, in a tone of r'Thanks. I generally do,'' grinned Robert Hawkins, disgust. depositing himself in a convenient chair. "You wouldn't hav e had him go out of business, ,vould "qot a job yet, Bob?" you?" "Nary job." "He ought to have given you a thousand dollars." "Any prospect of one?" "Smooth isn't built that way." "Not the ghost of a prospect." "Then he puts a very sma ll value on hi s life." "The brokers don't seem to be aware that so vali.rnble "Oh, no. He values his life as much as the next person; a person as yoi.uself is at liberty." but he was .af raid to squander too much money on his "That's right,'' replied Bob, with another grin. "They messenger boy. However, he raised me to the post of mardon't know what they are missing gin clerk." "You ought to make a tour of the Street and leave "And why did you cut loose from him?" your card,'' chuckled Eddie "I cl.idn't. He cut loose from me." "Thanks. I'll think about it-that if I can find a "Did he fire you?" printer I can stand up for the cards "He told me that he didn't want me any more." 1 Are you strapped already?" "What for?" "Already! Why, I've been out of work a whole week." "He said I was making more money than he was.'' "Then you wouldn't mind accepting a job if it was hand"How is that?" asked Bob, curiously ed to you on a silver plate." "Well, you > see, I 've been taking flyers in the market off "I'd accept it if it was handed to me on a coal shovel," and on for the last two years, and I had mamrged to pile said Bob, wagging his head in a decided way. up quite a re spec table wad in a small way. Weli, some"I haven't a coal shovel, but I can offer you il job if you body roped him into a combination or blind pool to boom will accept it." a certain stock. He expected to make ha if a million or "I'll take it,'' replied Bob, promptly. "I came up here j so. I heard about the pool on the outside, though I didn1t to see if you give tne something to do. Any old know that my' old boss, Mr. Smooth, had any connec-


A M I N T O F M ONEY. i i tion with it. I w ent i1}. to th e limit, a nd was l u c ky en011gh to s ell ou t befor e the r am c whic h s oak e d Mr. Smooth in the solar plexu s t o t he tun e of a cool hun c h e d thou. I clear e d $10 000, fl TI cl Smoot h h rarcl ubont ii. He was a s mad a s a h omet ove r hiF own loRf', and i t ll'fl R lik e rubbin g it in for a beardlef's c l erk of hi s to come o n t ah e ad of him on th e s ame deal. So h e r ead mc> the riot a ct, and I q uit. "And now you 've s tarted in bn,:iness_ for yom s elf and a c tually hired t h e office adj o inin g hi,11. You 've got a n e rve." "I've g ot a lot of thell), if anybody s hou l d ask you, E o b "Lots of what?" "Nerves, s illy Boh grinned, p ull e d a from bis vest poc k et, and lit it. "Is that your last cigarett e ?" \ "No. Want one?" "No, s iree! But I want to inform you if you expect t o work for me you mu s t draw the line at c i garettes whe n you're in th e office." "Oh, all ri g ht. I'll drop this out o f the window re pli e d Bob, cheerfuriy "It i sn't nece s sary. You're not at work at pre sent. But don t for get your s elf after to-day You r office ho u rs w ill b e nin e until three or four Your pay --" "That's a word that s ounds good." "Your pay will be six until further notice It's lo w but s ure, a s they put it in the New York Flipper." "'It w ill leave m e a cas e to s pare after I pa y th e board in g missu s Howev e r, walk i ng will be good until the snow flie s and s ixty cent s will pay for my lunches " Don' t worry, Bob I'll treat you white I expect to m a ke money and I shan't for get you when I do. " I m n o t worrying I'd s ooner work for you at six than another person for nothing. No, I mean I'd sooner--" "Don't s ay it again, Bob. I don't lik e to see boys ove r exert them s e l ves with tiifie s," said Edd i e, coolly. "So I start in to mor row, do I?" "You do, and here's $5 to settle with your landla dy," re pli e d Eddie, handing him a b ill. "Jus t for get aboi1t it, so tha t I won't rememb e r i t when I pay you off on Saturday "Do y ou mean to s a y that you're making me a p r esent of thi s ?" "That's ju s t what I mean. Now, skiddoo, p l ease; I'm g oin g t o lo c k up Bu s in ess begins to-morrow Bob put the money in hi s pocket an d followed his new bos s into the cor rido r. CHAPTER II. He had served Dud ley Smooth in t h at c apa c ity for a year, and had then been promote d to ma r gi n clerk and general office factote m for M r Sm ooth, t hou g h he did a g ood bu s iness i n s tocks and bond s was always s h o rt-handed in his c l e rical force, a,nd gener all y s u ccee d e d in making one clerk do the work of two. Eddi e h ad p r oved himself a va lu a bl e ass i stant, but Mr. Smooth neve r apprec i ated t h e boy's ser v ice s at their full value. Besides E d d i e and a bookk eepe r-ca s hier, Mr. Smooth .. kept a typew r ite r an d stenog r apher. Her name was Car rie Thorn t o n, and she and Eddie were great frien d s She used to h ave t o wor k a n h our lon ge r, and for les s pay than. any other girl in the Stree t and E d d i e often de r ed w h y she rema i ned w ith M r. Sm ooth. B u t the n he d idn't know that hi s boss had a mortgage on he r serv i ces owi ng .to some fav or he had done for her mother Sudd en l y an d w ithout w a rnin g Mr. Smooth cut Eddie off his pay ro ll for t h e r e ason g i ven in the p revious chap ter. T he n E d die con clu d e d tha t he h a d worked long enough for a s a l ary, and determ i ne d to vary the monotony of it by becoming his own boss H e bad a n idea t hat havin g assi s ted Mr. Smooth .so long in getting rich t h a t h e ought to take a s hy at the s ame t h ing him s elf. H e be l ieved h e was e nou g h t o make hi s own way. At any ra te, h e was goi n g to try to for he was bright and ambitious, and had acquired a g o o d p racti c al knowl edge of Wall street methods and ho w t hey do things on the Sto c k Ex c h ange H e lived with hi s widowe d mot h er a nd a s mall s ister in a cos y flat in the uppe r sect ion of Manh attan I s land, and ha d large l y s u pported t h e li t tle household during the la s t t hree years. H avi n g dete r m in e d to s tart in for himself, h e had the n erve to h i re the two sm all v acai t offices a djoining his l ate employer. H e didn't kn o w what effect t h i s would have on Mr. Dud ley Smooth but he did not m u c h c are, a s he did not con s i de r it was a n y of M r. Smo oth's bu s iness. He starte d in, and furni s hed the offices, a nd w a s now for any business t hat m i ght come his way E d die had give n Bob H awk in s a dupli c ate key to the office, and wh e n he got down n ext morning at half-past nine he found Bob seate d by t he w indo w in the outer room waiting for something to do. T he new broker wen t into his privat e office, and taking up t h e morning's copy of the Wa ll street Indicator, for EDDIE'S FIRS'r ORDER . which he had s u bscribed, and which Bob had placed upon l his desk, began to st u dy the quotations o f t he previous A s a me s sen ge r hoy Eddie Nott had become w e ll known I days' bus iness on the New Yo r k Stock Exchange. to many prominent brokers, as well as to many others no t H e m i g h t have been e n g aged half an hour in this man p romi nent, ] n e r w h e n Bob rappe d at his door, and on being told to


A MINT OF MONEY. come in, popped in his head, and said there were two gen"The dickens you have. McGuire and myself only tlemen in the outer office who wanted to see him. moved in here a week ago. McGuire's office is right across "Show them in here," replied Eddie, without inquiring the corridor from mine, around the turn.'' their names. "I was sure you were both new tenants or I should have Accordingly Bob ushered in the two brokers who had recognized you myself. I was employed by Dudley Smooth, made remarks about the new broker in the painter's pres.who occupies the adjoining suite, until a few days ago, ence. when I started in for myself." Of course, Eddie didn't know who they were until they "Oh, I see," replied Robinson, with a shade of disapintroduced themselves. pointment on his face. "Are you Mr. Nott?" inquired Robinson, who was in the He began to suspect there was nothing in Eddie Nott. lead: Tliat the boy liad little capital, and was probably work"Yes, sir. Please take a seat, gentlemen. May I ask ing solely on his nerve. who I have the honor of addressing?" McGuire had suspected that from the moment he saw "My name is Nick Robinson, and this is a friend of how young the new broker was, and he let his friend do mine. Mr. Nott, Mr. Jack McGuire." all the talking, though he rather liked the bright, manly "Pleased to know you, Mr. McGuire," said Eddie, who young fellow who seemed to be bent on forging to the was rather taken by the man's good-looking and good-front if he could in the treacherous whirlpools of Wall humored countenance. "Glad to make your acquaintance 1 street also, Mr. Robinson. Brokers, I believe?" I "I guess we'll have to be going," said Robinson, rising "Oh, yes," replied Robinson, glibly. "McGuire and I 1 1 and looking at his friend as much as to say there was nothhave offices on this floor. Saw we had a new neighbor, and 1 ing doing in this locality. thought we'd drop in and ourselves friendly, don't j "Don't be in a hurry, gentlemen," said Eddie, genially. you know." 1 "Oh, we only dropped in for a moment. I've got to get "That's right," smiled Eddie. over to the Exchange. As for McGuire, I believe he has "Faith, we couldn't do less," chipped in McGuire. an important engagement." "Sorry I can't offer you cigars, gentlemen, but the fact "Well, come in again when you have the time," said is, I don't smoke." Eddie. "Pleased to see you any time.'' "D"n't mention it. I was just about to offer you a "Thanks, Nott," said McGuire, holding out his hand. weed. I've got some prime Havanas in my pocket." I "Drop in and 1 see me." "Then you are welcome to smoke just the same. Don't "I will some time," answered Eddie. stand on ceremony. I like to see my visitors enjoy themRobinson, however, did not fender a similar invitation. selves even if I can't join in." He was rather disgusted with the situation,. and was "Thank you, we will," said Robinson, pulling out a in a hurry to get away. couple of cigars and offering one to his friend. Eddie laughed after they had departed. Eddie produced a silver match-case and tendered .it to "Robinson was disappointed," he grinned. "He came them. in here for some purpose, that's evident. No doubt he was "You carry matches though you don't indulge in a going to angle for some of my fleece, but has come to the weed," remarked Robinson. conclusion I'm not worth the game. I don't care much "Sure. They're handy to have around sometimesfor him. Some day, however, I may surprise him. Mcwhen I want to touch 1off the electric bulb, for instance." Guire, now, is a different kind of a man. I like him. He Both of the brokers laughed at this sally. is a gentleman. If I can put anything in his way I'll do "Might I ask where you are from?" asked Robinson, it." blowing a cloud of smoke. Bob knocked on the door again, and entered without "Certainly-I hail from good old New York," replied I waiting to be told to do so. Eddie. I He bad a letter in his hand. "The deuce you do," replied Robinson. "I 1had an idea "The postman just left this," he said, handing it to bis you were from Chicago, or Boston, or perhaps Pbiladel-boss. phia." The young broker tore it open read as follows: "No, sir. I have lived on this island ever since I was a little boy." "Cornwall, N. Y., May 6, 190-. "Then I suppose you have been employed in the Street "Mr. Eddie Nott, Stock Broker: for some time," went on Robinson. "Strange I do not "Dear Sir.-! enclose my check for $1,000. Please inremember" your face." vest it for me in P. W. & C. on a ten-per-cent margin, and "You would had you been in this building very long." oblige, "How is that?" "Yours truly, Gregory Grant." "I've been in the Barnum Building for four years," said Eddie. "This is evidently one of the results of my adverti se-


A MINT OF MONEY. 5 1 ments in the Indicator and Chronicle. P. W. & C. is senJ "What capital have you got?" ing around 60. I'll go around and see if McGuire is in.11 "Oh, I've a few dollars I managed to make in the last PerhaI?s he'll divide comml.ssion with me." year or two." He reached for his hat. ''Ruhl" snorted Mr. Smooth. "A few dollars! You're "I hope this will turn out lucky for Mr. Grant, as this a young fool." is my first order." "Thank you for the compliment. Is there anything I / can do for you to-day? I presume you did not take the trouble to come in here merely to abuse me." The old broker glared at him rather savagely for a CHAPTER III. moment, then turned around and left the office. Eddie grinned as he heard Mr. Smooth slam the outer EDDIE GOES INTO KEN\r'UCKY CENTRAL. door after him. "It galls him to see my name on the door next to his Eddie found that McGuire was in. own office. It will gall him a good deal more when he sees The important engagement Robinson had referred to me doing business." was a mere fiction on that broker's part. 1 Lunch time came around, and Eddie went out to get a The boy broker told McGuire the object of his call. bite at his customary quick-lunch house on Broad street. "Sure, it will give me the greatest pleasure in the world Then he went around to the gallery of the Stock Exto allow you a part of my commission 'on this or any other change to see how things were stirring on the floor. deal you may favor me with, Nott," said McGuire, heartMatters were rather quiet, so he didn't stay long. ily. "You're just starting out, a:Wl I'll be glad to help you On his way back to his office he stopped in l).t the safe all I can." deposit vaults where he kept his money to get a paper he "Thank you, Mr. McGuire. I shan't forget it." wanted. 1 "Don't mention it. Just that check, and I'll While for a chance to get to his box he overbuy 165 shares of P. W. & 0., and hold it subje ct to your heard a couple of well-dressed gentlemen talking about a order. You can then notify your of the transcertain stock. action in the usual way. When you get your instructions They did not seem to notice his presence, probably en to close out the deal we will divide up the commission." account of his youthful appearance, and went on talking Eddie thanked him, and then the broker handed him a 1 just as if he wasn't there. memorandum of the transaction. Eddie couldn't very well help hearing all they said., The young broker returned to his office, entered his though he did not appear to be listening to them. first order up in his book in regular shape, made out a He .soon learned that the name of this stock was Kenstatement, and mailed it to his customer. tucky Central, and that a combination of capitalists had "Well, that's a beginning, at any rate. I hardly exbeen formed to buy as much of it in at the low price then pected to do anything at all for a week, and maybe not prevailing as they could, and then manipulate the market then. I'm beginning to feel encouraged." so that the stock would soar thirty or morepoints, when Just then Bob made his appearance, and said a gentlethey expected to dispose of their holdings at a big pr .ofit. man wanted to see him. I One 9f the gentlemen mentioned the names of several "What's his name?" operators who were interested in the scheme whom Eddie "I forgot to ask him." recognized as millionaires, and wound up by advising his "Never mind. Show him in." friend to take advantage of this chanc!l to make a. good In another moment Mr. Smooth, the next-door broker, haul, assuring him that he couldn't lose if he didn't hold appeared in the doorway. on too long after the stock got well up in the market. "So, so," began Eddie's former emplo:ter. "You've set The conversation came 'to an end when one of the gen yourself up as a broker, have you? A pretty broker you tlemen was admitted to the vaults, and while awaiting his are," he added, sarcastically. "And a great you turn Eddie did a good bit o:f rapid thinking. have to locate yourself along side of me." This is a tip I can't afford to let get by me," he "Well, Mr. Smooth, I guess there's business enough in mused. "When I see a chance to get in on the ground 1Wall street for another broker, and as these offices were floor of a deal I'm there with both feet. I'll just yank my vacant, why, I took them. I hope the fact that I'm your little $15,000 out of the box and soak ,it into Kentucky nearest neighbor does not annoy you." Central right away, before the syndicate gobbles up all the "It does annoy me. You had no right to rent them. stock in sight." You s hould have gone to some other building." So as soon as he got access to his box he took out his "Well, sir, as I've taken a lease for a year I don't see entire capital, which was in big bills, and hastened back to how the matter can be remedied now." his office. "Do you expect to do any business?" The first thing he did was to look up Kentucky O'entral, "Yes, sir. Why not?" and he it was ruling at 49, and referring to past


6 A MINT OF MONEY. I transactions of the stoc k noti ced it had not lJeen higher I Carrie smiled sweetly at the young broker when h e than 53 in a month. entered, and Eddie said: "I can buy 3,000 shares on a ten-per-cent. margin. I "Good-afternoon, Carrie." ought to make a good thing out of thi s It is a chance not Then Mr. Smooth interfered. to be s ne e z ed at. Some men could easily make a million or "Did I understand that you wanted to buy some s to c k of more on the point e r I was so fortunate as to get. Mr. me?" he growled like a surly beas t who has bee n awak Smooth, I'll bet, would jump out of his shoes to get in on I ened from a sound slumber. such a thing as thi s I've a. great mind to give him part "Yes, sir. As you're my old employer I thou ght I of my orde r ju s t to make him feel bad whe n the stock might just as well put something in your w a y a s to go t o a goes '\:>oomfog. He doe sn't deser v e the commission from perfectly s trange broker." the way he has tre ated me, but it will b e worth tiliat to see Mr. Smooth expressed no gratitude for Eddie's app a rthe look he'll have o n that s haven phiz of his when I ent generosity, but merely grunted out: start in to realize at a high profit." "What stock do you want?" The idea tickled Eddie so that he determined to "I want you to buy me 1,000 shares of Kentu cky C e ncarry it out, s o h e put on hi s hat a nd went into the office tral at 49 on a tlln-per-cent margin." next door. "It'll cos t you $4,900. Where's your money?" "Is Mr. Smooth in? h e inquired of Tommy Ropes, the He counted out ten $500 bills, and laid them before the office and mes seng e r boy, with whom he was, as a matter old man. of course, well acquainted. Mr. Smooth fingered them suspiciously, and then looked "Sure thing," grinned Tommy "Do you want to see at the other bunch of bills Eddie held in his hand. him?" 1 "You seem to have 1Ienty of mone y young man h e "That's what I'm h e re for, Tommy. Just take my said, with a hungry expression, a s if h e hat e d to s e e s o name in, will you?" much money going to was te. '!'I've 1,500 s hare s of K e n'tCert. I see you're a broker yourself now." tucky Central on hand. Bett e r take the lot," he add e d "That's right." insinuatingly. "I'll do it," Eddie, so promptly that it almo s t "Got a seat on the Exchange?" chuekled T01:pmy. took the old broker's breath away, and he suddenly became "Hardly. I don't think there's one for sale at present. I may buy Mr. Smooth's when he gets ready to retire." quite polite to his former margin clerk. The sight of money had a potent influence over Mr. "Maybe that's what you've come to see him about now," Smooth. snickered Tommy. "Don't get funny, sonny. Just glide along and let your boss. know I'm here." So Tommy knocked on Mr. Smooth's door, and was told tci come in. 'rhe broker was dictating a letter to Carrie 'rhornton. "What's that!". he roared, when his office boy delivered his message. "Eddie Nott is outside, and wants to see you," '.repeated Tommy. "I won't see him. Tell him to get out and stay out," howled Mr. Smooth, loud enough to be heard all over the place. Of course Eddie heard and chuckled at the old man's anger. "Tell him I want to buy a thousand shares of a certain stock, and that I've got the money in my clothes to pay for it," said he to the office boy when the lad came back to in form him what Mr. Smooth had said. Tommy hardly relished the idea of going back to the office, but finally consented to do so. "Wants to buy stock, doe s he?" bawled Smooth, prick ing up his ears when he heard there was business in the wind. As the old man never under any circumstances neglect ed a chanc e to scoop an honest dollar, he told Tommy to send Eddie in. He would have been willing to s hake hands with his deadliest enemy if he saw the chance of making a dollar by it. He hastily drew up a memorandum of the transaction and handed it to Eddie. Then he counted the bills his young vis itor tendered him, and went out into the outer office to hand them over to his bookkeeper, and get $150 change. He chuckled to himself over the deal he had made with the boy. He didn't consider the chances of Kentucky Central going up worth a hill of beans. In fact, from what he had heard that day he believed it would go the other way, in which plea s ing event he would have the satisfaction of wiping out Eddie's margin If he had really thought the boy a fool,_ as he had s o expressed himself in the young broker's office a short time before, he was now certain of it. So, while waiting for hi s bookkeeper to count the mone y and hand him the change, he rubbed his withered hand s together, and chuckled to himself. CHAPTER IV. EDDIE MAKES A HAUL. While Eddie was waiting for Mr. Smooth to r eturn w i t h his change he turned around and spoke to Carrie Th o rn ton.


A MINT OF MONEY. 1 "Well, Carrie, .)' Oll can't lose me, although Mr Smooth did give me the G n I 'm anchored within bailing dis tance of you, and I hope you'll drop in and see my office." "Thank you, I wlll, Mr. Nott,'' she replied, with a s mile. "Oh, come nowJ call tne Eddie, a s yott always did I ain jt a bit proud! l hl1ve gone into business for myself." Carrie laughed. "I'm g l a d to see you getting ahead, Mr. I '!tlean Eddie. and I hope y ou will be very successful as a broker "Thank you, Carrie. It won't be ttiy fault if I c on't." "I'm s ure it won't," she tettuned sweetly. "You're the sm

8 A MINT OF MONEY. I Exchange on the lookout for further developments in He thereupon forwarded a statement to his initial cus-that stock. tomer which showed that he held $2,650 subject to his The i-oad jumped to 57 at the first bid, with no sales. order. Excited brokers gathered around the standard and tried That noon, when Kentucky Central touched 80, Eddie to get the stock. ordered his other 1,500 shares sold. Those who had it held on to it, and consequently the This good fortune would have turned most boys' heads, price kept soaring upward while the uproar and but Eddie took his win.nings as coolly as if such a thing soon the floor became a scene of pandemonium. was an every-day occurrence with him. Other stocks began to feel the bull tendency of the Inside of a week almost his capital, by this bold venmarket, and a steady upward movement set in all along the ture, had grown from $15,000 to $98,000. line, and soon Eddie saw that P. \\. & C. had gone up to The first thing he did was to present Bob Hawkins with 66. a brand new suit of clothes, and other things that he really "My customer is nearly $1,000 to the good. If it goes needed, and to advance his wages to $8. up one point further, and it's safe to do that and more, Somehow or another it .got aro .und the building that the he will have doubled his money over all expenses." new broker had cleaned up a small fortune in the recent At that moment someone tapped him on the shoulder. rise of Kentucky Central, and the result was that Broker He turned around and saw Bob at his elbow. Nick Robinson began t9 feel a new interest in the lad. "Here's a letter that just came for you," he said. "All right," replied Eddie, taking it. He had told Bob where he could be found if anybody called at the office, and wanted to see him on business, so CHAPTER V. as Bob saw the Cornwall postmark on the letter he judged that it was of sufficient importance to be brought to Eddie BROKER ROBINSON ASKS EDDIE TO GO IT BLIND WITH; at once. The young broker read the communication, which was A few mornings after Eddie's coupe in Kentucky Cenfrom Mr. Grant, authorizing him to close out his P. W. & tral there came a timid kind of knock on the outside door. C. as his judgment dictated, and keep the money on de-Bob went to the door and opened it. posit subject to i\uther orders. A very pretty and stylishly-dressed young lady of perBob went back to the office, and Eddie decided not to haps twenty-twp stood outside. order the stock sold as as the present advance seemed "Is Mr. Nott in?" she inquired. on. "Yes, miss. Please walk in and I will tell him you want When the boy broker turned to the quotation board to see him. What name shall I say?f' again he saw that Kentucky Central had gone up to 63. "Miss Grant." He stayed in the gallery until he got hungry, when he Bob knocked on the private door. went out to lunch. "Come in," said the boy broker. Kentucky Oentral \vas then 71, and P. W. & C. had "A lady wishes to see you. Her name is Miss Grant." reached 68 1-2. "Show her in," replied Eddie, wondering if she had A short time before the Exchange shut down Eddie deany connection with Mr. Grant of Cornwall. cided to close out the 1,500 shares Mr. Smooth held for The young lady walked into the new broker's sanctum. him. "Mr. Nott," she asked doubtfully, as she took the chair The stock was then going at 74, consequently he would Eddie pointed at. make a profit of $25 per share, less commissions and in"Yes, that is my nar_ne. What can I do for you?" terest charges. E)he seemed a bit embarrassed how to explain the object When he walked into Mr. Smooth's private office and, of her call. not ified that gentleman to close the deal at the market To say the truth, it was the youthfulness of the broker figure, the old mari was intensely disgusted at the situawhich rattled her. tion. She had not expected to find that Broker Nott was a He knew that Eddie would clear over $35,000, and that boy. fact made him feel exceedingly sore. "My father sent you a check for $1,000 a short time ago, It was like drawing teeth when his bookkeeper with instructions to invest it on a margin in P. W. & 0. him the boy's statement of account next morning, and he stock," she said, in a hesitating tone. had to draw his check to Eddie's order for something over "Yes. Are you Mr. Gregory Grant's daughter?" $44,000, which, of course, included the $7,350 margin the "I am. The investment he intended for my benefit if boy had put up in order to hold the stock. the market went the right way." That morning also closed out the P. W. & 0. with "Then, Mis s Grant," said Eddie, with one of his winning McGuire at 70 5-8, giving Mr. Grant a clear profit of $1,"I must congratulate you, for of course you know 650. by this time that the market did go the right way. Act-


A MINT OF MONEY. 9. ing on your father's instructions, which I received in a sure that my interests will be perfectly safe in your second letter, I held on to the stock till it reached 70 5-8, hands." and then s old it out. Your profit was $1,650, which, to"It is an equal pleasure on my part to have met so geth e r with your margin of $1,000, makes me indebted to charming a customer," said Eddie, gallantly. "And I will you to the extent of $2,650. Shall I hand you the moncertainly take more interest in the fate of your money now ey?" that I know you personally." "No, no," s he replied hastily. "I wish you to keep it I The young broker escorted her to the outer door, and reinve s t for me on your own. judgment." i bade her good-by. I hardly h.ke to take an order rn that wayl Miss Gral\t. 1 "She's a peach, isn't she?" grinned Bob. I would certamly do the very bes t I could for you, but I 1 "She is a very pretty and inte resting young lady," ad could not guarantee that my judgment would prevent you mitted "and I am glad that she is a customer of from los ing your money. If I made an unfortunate deal mine." it would be rather embarrassing f01: me to have to write At this point the 'door opened and Broker Robinson ento you to that effect." tere 'd. "I am sure I Gan trust you fully, Mr. Nott. You look "Hello, Nott," he said, strik"mg Eddie familiarly on the very young, it is true," she added, with a little smile, back, "who was that handsome young lady who just left "but you must be very smart, for I saw a paragraph in the your office?" Chronicle which stated that you had cleared something "A customer of mine," replied the boy, coolly. lik e $100,000 in Kentucky Central a few days ago, and "She's a stunner . Sorry I didn't come in sooner; then you could not do that unless you were uncommonly you could have introduced me." s hrewd." Eddie didn't say anything. "I am much obliged to you; Miss Grant, for your excelHe tqought Mr. Robinson had a good deal of cheek to lent opinion,'' replied Eddie, laughingly. "Afte r s uch an sugge s t s uch a thing. expression of confidence I suppose I ought not to refuse to ",17'1.. t I d f M R b" ?" h k d 1 1 ua can o or you r. o mson e as e m a e x ecute any commission you may see fit to give me. If you b l'k h h I ill h t ill d usme ssi e way. w i s t en, w try to put your money w ere i w o "I t d d t 'f I Id d t 1 th t d t 'f t ,, 1 JUS roppe m o see 1 cou m uce y<>u o poo too 'JU S I 1t was.:y t f 'f I issues with me in a little venture I have in view." an you. s a cons i er i a grea avor i you i "Thinking of cornering some stock,'' grinned Eddie. will. I am so utterly ignorant about the stock market "Hardly that. I leave such things to men who have a that I should be afraid to pick out a stock myself. Perhaps large bank account behind them. No, it's something else. under such circumstances I ought not to speculate," she You see, I've got hold of a tip on a certain stock." added with a smile; "but I rather like the idea of having "What stock is it?" something at stake, with the prospect ahead of perhaps doubling my money." "Excuse me, Nott. That is hardly a fair question. You "Or losing it all," smiled Eddie. haven't said yet whether you will join me or l\ot." "Well she said, shrugging her pretty shoulders, "I "How can you expect to ,!o join you unless suppose one must take that chance if one will s peculate." tell me what have m the wmd? "It is a common expression, Miss Grant, that nothing I. But then. you d know as much as I do .. You might ventured nothing is gained. Your firs t ess ay, through your refuse to go m, and then make use of the pomter your father, has turned out quite fortunate. You are $1,650 I own hook." ahead at this moment. If you carry that off with you "Well, Mr. Robinson, if you can't trust me I don't see you are sure of it. If, on the contrary, you leave it with why I s hould run the chance of putting my neck in a noose m e to reinve s t in the market you are once more embarked simply to accommodate you." in a game of chance, with the odds, I will frankly admit, "But you won't put your head into any noose, iny dear, all a g ain s t you." fellow. I've got a sure thing, and being a little strapped tcr think I will run the risk," she replied, after a mo-for money, and knowing you have a good wad--" mentary hesitation. I "How do you know got a good wad?" "Very well, Mis s Grant. Please take this chair and "Why, didn't you just clear a cool hundred thousand on write an order authorizing me to use your money in the Kentucky Central?" market as my judgment suggests.'' "Who says I did?" She changed seats with him, removed one of her gloves, "I've heard several brokers say so. there's a and writing the necessary order, signed it. paragraph in the Chronicle which states--" "Thank you, Miss Grant. I will advise you by mail, "Oh, you mustn't believe everything you see in print." care of your father, as soon as I have made an investment "But you did make a big winn\ng in Kentucky Central, for you.'' didn't you?" persisted Robinson. "That will be quite satisfactory," she said. "I am very "Come now, Mr. Robinson, is that a fair question to glad to have made your acquaintance, Mr. Nott, and feel'. ask me?" I


A MINT OF MONEY. "Why, what's the matter with the question when every"I'll take care to let you know as soon as it's too late body knows--" for you to get any good out of it." "What everybody seems to know amounts to nothing. "Thanks, Mr. Robinson I'm not at all interested in 1\Iy business is my own, and I assure you that I haven't the matter." told a soul that I made a dollar on Kentucky Central or "A week or ten days from now you'll feel like kicking any other stock." yourself for turning my proposition down." Broker Robinson seemed to be taken aback. "I think not." "But it is is the general impression--" "Look hero, Nott, you make me tired. The trouble "I am not responsible for what people may say. Brok\\ th you is that like all boys, you imagine you know the ers say a good many things other than their prayers. So whole game from A to Z. You've probably made a lucky let's drop that part of the subject. You came in here to haul out of Kentucky Central, and your success has given tell me that you have a sure tip on the future of a certain you tlie big I like to see chaps like you taken down stock." off your perch." "That's right. It's a dead open and shut game .for a "Thanks, Mr. Robinson, for your kind wishes, but I man with the money to back it. wasn't aware that my head was any bigger than usual. "Then why don't yoll back it without--" At any rate, my hat fits the same as usu;l.'' "Didn't I just say I was in a tight hole for ready money. "Bahl" snorted Broker Robinson, dashing out of the I'm tied up on one or two other deals office. "Then I'm to understand that your proposition is I'm to the money, or a good part of it, in exchange for the advantage of getting in on your pointer. Is that it?" "That's about it. You can't lose, I assure you CHAPTER VI. "But I've only your word for that. Unless you give me the name of the stock so that I can see where I stand I'll \llfXI' llROKRrt ROBINSON'S LITTT,E GAME REALLY :WAS. be investing in a sort of blind pot.'' "I'll tell you everything as soon as you agree to go in' "I'd give something to know what Mr. Robinson's little with me and give me the assurance that you will come up game is," said Eddie, to himself when he returned to his with say $50,000." private office. "Did he really tell the truth when he said "I can't agree to any such proposition as that, Mr. Robhe had a tip on a certain stock, and was strapped for inson. When I go into a deal I want to handle my own money to work it; or was he putting up some job on me in money," said Eddie, in a decided tone. order to annex part oi my winnings from Kentucky Cen"But you ought to have sufficient confidence in a broth-tral? The moment a fellow scores a point on the market er broker, especially when he is older and more experi-it seems everybody knows it, or think they know it. I'll enced than you are." qet Dudley Smooth gave the news out about my success in Eddie laughed Kentucky Central, and that's how it got i11to print. Ile "I have confidence only in myself when I am doing busi wants to set the sharks after me. Very likely I'll hear '.Q_ess in Wall street, then if I go up against hard luck I have from him, too, before long, as soon as he hatches up some nobody to blame but my little bunch of gray matter. Exscheme to try and get at my boodle. It hurt him way perience is all right in its way, but it does not always count down to his boots, as I knew it would, to have to draw in the stock market. I have heard oi old graybeards down that big check for me He waR so sure at the start that here, who have been thirty or forty years in the Street, my margin would remain right in his office that his dis and might be reasonably expected to know it all, get wiped appointment was simply heartbreaking to hini.'' out in a single hour on the Exchange." Eddie got his second customer that afternoon. '"l'hen I can't get you to go into this deal with me?" A respectable looking old gentleman walked into his said Robinson, in a disappointed tone office about one o'clock and asked for Mr. Nott. ":No, you cannot. If you've got a good thing you ought "He's out at lunch," said Bob, wondering who lhe t o make a special effort to raise the money somehow to visitor was. put it thiough and make the lion's share yourself. 'rhat's "Will he be back soon?" what I should do." "I couldn't say, sir. He may be back in a few minutes, "You'll probably regret your refusal to join me," said or he may stop in at the Exchange." Robinson, "I haven't time to wait for him,'' replied the visitor. "1n what way?" asked Eddie, sharply, for he fancied "I'll leave a note which you can hand Mr. Nott when he Robinso.n's words veiled a threat of some kind. comes in.'' "Oh, when you discover that you've let a good thing "Very well, sir," answered Bob. get away from you "May I use your desk a moment,'' asked the old gentle"How will I discover that? I don't know what your man. scheme is "Sure you can. Sit right clown." I


A MINT OF MONEY. 11 ;he visitor wrote an order directing Eddie to purchase l here and there, and he got hold of another thousand from 10,000 s hares of Nashville & Memphis at 95, andJ:iave the the Broa,,d street curb brokers. same delivered C. 0. D. at his office before noon next day, Then he went into the Empire Building, but couldn't if pos sible. find a share. "I need scarcely say," he added, "that this order ia "I ought to be able to get the other 3,000 in the morngiven in the strictest confidence. Make the purchases as ing," he said to himself as he headed back for [lis office. quietly as possible, aml get the stock in small lots from difWhen he reached the fourth floor of the Barnum B'aild ferent brokers if you can. If you are able to pick the stock ing he decided to run in and see if Mr. McGuire had any. up outside of the Exchange I should prefer that you do so. He found that this young broker had gone home. I will send my check for your commission as soon as I re"I'll try Robinson, just for fun, but I don't believe he ceive your statement after the stock has been delivered to has any." me. Very truly yot!.rs.-Gale Whitney." "Mr. Robinson is engaged," said the small office boy who The old gentleman enclosed the order in an envelope, sat in the reception-room. "He will probably be able to which he sealed and adclressed to "Mr. Eddie Nott, Stock see you in a few minutes." Broker." "I'll wait a short time," replied EdP,ie, stepping over to "Hand this to Mr. Nott when he comes in," he said to the open window which looked out on a well. Bob, and !mmediately took his leave. As he stood there inhaling the air he plainly heard Mr. He hadn't been gone more than :five minutes before EdRobinson talking in his private room. die came in. '11 tried my best to get that young monkey to go in "There's a note on your desk," said Bob. "Who from?" "Give it up. }le was an old gentleman, and wrote it at my desk. He asked to see you when he came in, and when I said you were out, and couldn't tell just when you'd come back, he said he couldn't wait, and wrote the note." "What did he say his name was?" "He didn't say, and I forgot to ask him. I guess you'll :find it inside the note." "Thfn you never saw the man before?" "Never." At any rate, "And he didn't state what his business was?" "Not to me." with me, "He wouldn't bite, eh?" interrupted his visitor, with a short laugh. "No, he wouldn't," growled Robinson, in a tone of disgust. "Said that he didn't fancy a blind pot, wanted to handle his own money, and all that. He makes me sick. The Exchange ought to start a kindergarden for embryo brokers like him." "What's the use of talking that way, Robinson? Why don't you admit that the boy was too smart for you?" "Oh, rats! Why, he doesn't know enough abqut the business to go in when it rains." .. "He seemed to know enough to keep out of your c)utches, at any rate," chuckled the other. "What stock was it that you were going to load him up with?" Eddie went into his private room and saw the note lying on his desk. "Oh, I've got a lot of N. & G. in my sa.fe. I want to get rid of it in the worst way. I intended to make wash. sales with you to cover the whole batcJ;,if I could have "An my hands on $50,000 of his good coin. We could have Who managed somehow to have forced the price up on mar ket for a day or so, which would have carried out my idea Re took it up, tore the envel0-pe open, and read the com-munication. ''Whew!" he exclaimed, in great astonishment. order to buy 10,000 shares of Nashville & Memphis .. is this chap?" He looked at the signature. _of the tip I had-see?" "Gale Whitney!" he ejaculated, in amazement. "One "I see." of the biggest operators in the Street! What brought him "Then when the stock dropped, as it was bound to to me, I wonder? The commission for buying that stock do, for nobody wants it, I could have squared myself by will be over $1,200. That's a mighty big order for a young telling him that somehow or another a cog had slipped in fellow like me to get from a man of his standing, especially our calculations, and that the deal unfortunately was a when he doesn't know me from Adam. I don't understand failure. That would have left me just $50,000 ahead, and it. I'd think there was some mistake about it, only it is plainly written to me, and to nobody else. Somebody mu s t have him up here. I wonder who my good friend is?" Eddie finished the note. "I'll go out and try to get some of that stock right away. I haven't anything better to do." He put 0n his hat and started to make a tour of the brokers' offices on the Street. He succeeded in purchasing 6,000 shares in small lots would have furnished a lesson for the young chump to ponder over." "A very clever scheme, Robinson, and it's a pity it did n't work, for you need the fellow's dough to enable you to buy T. I. & P., which is bound to go up before the week is out. As it is, how much can you raiser" "Oh, perhaps $25,000 or $30,000." "I've got $60,000, you know, and I can easily raise an other $15,000 You must get $50;000 more somehow if you're going in with me. The stock is selling now at 90,


12 A MINT OF MONEY. and will surely go above 110 as soon a s the boom sets in, which it is liable to do in a couple of days. That would give us money enough to buy 17,000 shares margin, out of which we ought to clear over $150,000 apiece in a week." "That-would be a fine haul," said Robinson. "I should remark. If you can't raise the money by morrow, why, we'll have to go in independently. I'll buy the stock to the limit of my capital, and you can do the same. With $30,000 you'll be able to get 3,000 shares, anyway, on which you ought to mak e $60, 000." "You are certain that your information i s reliable?" "Positively. I got it straight from my brother-in-law, who is one of the directors of the road. The company has bought out the P. A. & N., which has been a thorn ih its side for six years. As soon as the news gets out, which it will by Monday, you'll see something doing on the Ex change. There is a lot of the stock floating around the Street, and the people on the inside have already begun to buy it in as fast as they can. So you see, we have no time to lose. I shall begin buying a.t noon to-mor;ow for mys elf, if not for our joint account." "All right; Benson," said Broker Robinson. "I'l) see what I can do toward getting enough money to match you by to-morrow nbon, and will let you know by eleven o'clock. I'm afJ,"aid, however, "that I won't be able to make the riffle." "Then don't fail to go in on your own hook." do that, you may gamble on it. I'm not letting such a chance as this get away from me." That ended their conversation, every word of which Eddie had heard. He was now fully alive the intended treachery of Mr. Robinson toward himself, and it didn't improve his feel .ings toward that gentleman. CHAPTER VII. EDDIE GOES INTO T. I. & P. STOCK. As Mr, Robinson's visitor seemed to be on the point of leaving, Eddie moved away from the window and took up his stand near the ticker. A moment later Broker Robin son came out with his caller. "Why, lrnllo, Nott," he exclaimed in some surprise, "bow Jong have you been here?" "Only a few minute s," Eddie, in an off-hand way, "I'll talk to you in a moment he said, and then he ac companied his visitor to the outer door, said a few words to him in a low tone, and then bade him good-by. "Now, what can I cfo for you, Nott?" he inquired, re turning and standing before the boy. "I came in to s e e if you had any shares of Na s hvill e & Memphi s." "Not a s olitary share. Got an order for some?" "Yes." "I can get some for you. How much do you want?" "Never mind," replied Eddie. "I c a n get it on the outside. I thought if you had some I'd take them off your hands." "What are you paying for the stock?" asked Robinson curiously. "The market price-95." "Sorry I can't accommodate you. Is that all?" "That's all. Good-day," and Eddie returned to his own office. "So I've discovered what Robinson's little game was," mused Eddie, when he was alone in his private office. I'm glad I've found out that gentleman's tnue character; it will put me more than ever on my guard against him. Some day maybe he'll wish he had not entertained crook ed schemes against me." Eddie found three letter s on his desk when he came down next morning. Each contained a comparatively small order, accom panied by money orders, from out-of-town people who had no doubt seen his advertisement in either the Chron icle or Indi c ator. He turned these over to McGuire to execute for him a c cording to their private arrangement. Then he went out to hunt up the 3,000 shares of N asb ville & Memphis he was still s hy of. It was nearly noon before he succeeded in getting all of the s to c k. It was all delivered, however, and paid for before the clock s truck twelve, much to Mr. Whitney's satisfaction. Having attended satisfactorily to his important coIDipis sion, Eddie now was able to attend to a little matter of his own. He had decided to avail him s elf of the pointer on T. I & P. s tock whi c h he had accidentally got hold of in Biroker Robinson' s office the afternoon before. The firs t thing he did was to go to hi s safe-depo sit box and get hi s money. Then he dropped in at the broker s offices who had atte nd e d to half of hi s Kentuck y Central deal and left an ord e r for them to buy 5,000 s hare s of T. I. & P. at 90. Thi s was a big deal for the boy, involving $450,000. It cos t him $45,000 in margin and made him re s pon sible for the interest on the balance of the money advanced by the firm for as many day s the y h e ld the stock sub ject to hi s order. Befor e three o'clock he concluded to ri s k the pur c hase of anoth e r 1 ,000 shares and he s tepped into Mr. Smooth' s office for that purpose. The broker was in and greeted him with a surly e x pression. "How do you do this afternoon said Eddie, cheerfully. "I hope you are enjoying your customary good health."


A MINT OF MONEY. 18 I a m. What do you want now?" "You h av e no objection s I suppose, to buying 1 in which she thanked him for advancing the extra $50, 1,000 and enclosed her father's check to cover same. shares of T. I. & P. for me, have you?" "Is thi s for yom:self or a cu s tomer?" W ill tha t mak e any difference in your charges?" "Not a b it," replied Mr. Smooth, \ ungraciously. "Th e n I don t t hink I c are to answer your question." T h e o ld m an g lared at him. Where 's your money? It will cost y9u/' after con s ulting the late s t quotations, "just $9,000 for margin." "That's right. Here's the cash." Th e d e al w a s con s ummated, and Eddie left_the office with hi s me m o randum of the tran s action. T hen h e m a d e s traight for McGuire's office. "Mr. McGu i re, I want you to buy me 300 shares of T I. & P. for a c u s tomer at 90. Here's your margin." "All r ight m y boy Bu s ines s seems to be picking up your way. T hat's four order s you've turned in to me to da y "It's abou t tim e s omethin g was doing if I'm going to pay my office ex p e n s e s "Fai t h I'm o f t h e opinion that your office a r en t wor ry in g y ou much. You have the reputatibn oi having ma d e a good thing out of Kentucky. Central the othe r day I guess you won' t g o to the poor-hous e if you don't get a c u s tomer for a y e ar." Don't b e to o s ure that I mad e a haul in Cen tral, M r McGuir e I have not told a soul that I made a d olla r ou t of that s to ck." "Thh's right, Nott. A s till ton g ue makes a wis e head," l a u g h e d the g ood-natur e d brok e r I s uppo s e you g ot your id e a from that paragraph in the Ch ronicle?" "Well, y e s And I've heard a doze n brok e rs speak about it, a nd w ond e r who you were. I told them that I had the ho n or o f your acquaintance, and that you were a fir s tc lass c ha p, th_ ou g h rather y oung for a trader." "Yo u were very kind to speak well of me, Mr. McGuire "Don't mention it, my boy. Would you have me bur den my s oul with a lie?" Y ou r e a ge ntleman Mr. McGuire, whi c h is more than I can s a y of every man in the street who wears good clot hes a nd holds his head high," s aid Eddie a s he rose to go. On hi s return lo hi s office he wrote a note fo Miss Grant, tellin g h e r tha t lie had inve s ted her money, plu s $50 ad d i t i o n a l w hich h e had at his own risk, in order to secure her the full 300 s hares of T. I. & P. s tock which he h a d g ood reason to believe would shortly advance in SM said 1s he would follow the quotations with great in terest now that she was once more involved in the whirl of Wall street speculation. "It will kind of astonish her if taat stock goes up 15 or 20 points," thought the young broker. "I -guess such good luck would make pretty solid with her in spite of my beardless upper lip." CHAPTER VIII. lIDDIE AVOIDS THE SLUMP INT. I. i P. On Monday it was reported about the Exchange that the T. I'. & P. road had got control of the P. A. & N., and would raise its freight and passenger rates at once. There was an immediate rush made for the T. I. & P. s tandard, and for an hour there was some lively bidding for the s tock, which bounded up to 102. At that figure a lot of it was dumped on the market, and price receded to 99. It re(!ove red, however, and advanced again under the support of the broker s who r eprese nted the combine that was try ing to advance it to 110 at least. About noon a rumor prevailed that there was some hitch about the purchase of the controlling interest in P. A. & N., and the bears took advantage of it to assail it with selling ord e rs. For the next hour the s tock fluctuated between 101 and 105. Eddie was one of the earliest of the spectators in the vi s itors' gallery of the Exchange that day, and he kept his attention strictly upon the movement s of stock in which he .was so vitally interested. He didn't like the s trong fight the bear s were making a gainst the stock and was afraid they might yet win out. Finally, close on to one o'clock he heard some of the new spectator s talking about the rumor of trouble over the cons olidation of the two road s fle thought this was merely a fake report that the bears ha d sent out to s erve their own purposes. Nevertheless, he decided to get out from under right away for he had too much money at risk to take too many chan ces. Be s ides, h e did not want to endanger the venture he had made for Miss Grant. price. So h e hurri e d a round to hi s broker s and told the mar-He a lso ma il ed a s t ate m ent o f a ccount to Mr. Gal e WhitI gin cl erk to clos e ont hi s holdings at the current figure. ney's c h eck, and a note tha nkin g him for s uch prompt Tli.en h e telephoned McGuire to di s pose of the 300 service, an d p r omi s in g him furthe r c ommission s shares h e had bought for Miss Grant, and received a reply The t i cke r tha t d ay s h o w e d an advan c e of one point in that it would be done at once. T. I. & P H e al s o telephoned to Mr. Smooth to iell his 1,00Q Next morning Eddie received a reply from Miss Grant shares of T. I. & P.


14 A MINT OF MONEY. These transactions were all carried out at a fraction I to grab him tripped over his own feet and went sprawling above 105. down on the marble floor of the corridor. The brokers supporting the stock took them in fo save Eddi e took of the chance to run into his office the price from going down, and put up such a stiff fight and close the door. that T. I. & P. to 107 3-8 before the Exchange He fonncl statements and checks from his regular brokclosed. ers ancl al s o from Smooth. When Eddie saw figures on the ticker afterward While be was examining them Broker McGuire came in he wondered if he hadn't made a mistake in allowing himwith his statement and check, and Eddie asked him inself to be frightened off too soon. side. "Never mind," he comforted himself, "I've made a; "I don't mind telling you, Mr. McGuire, that I have just profit of 15 a share, or about $90,000. I'm satisfied. Miss I cleared $90,000 out of T. I. & P.," showing him the Grant has come out $4,500 ahead, and I guess she'll be checks. more than satisfied." "Upon my you're one of the few lucky How Next morning all the papers printed an account of the did you come to buy that stock? Anybody give you a tip?" failure of T: I. & P. to buy out P. A. & N., after au: and "Well, yes. I accidentally heard that the road had stated that the premature advance in the price of the stock bought out the P. A. & N." of the former road was due to a gigantic bull scheme to "But the deal didn't go through." squeeze the public. "So it seems. I thought it was all right, however, and The result was that when the Exchange opened at ten invested on the strength of it." o'clock T. I. & P. was seen .to be on the toboggan, for it "It has proved all right for you, for you got out in time. had dropped overnight from 107 3-8 to 101, and though a How came you to sell out so quickly? Half the brokers frantic effort was made to hold it even at that figure by in town believe T. I. & P. would go as high as 115." its supporters it kept on down so quick that the ways "Well, I heard the rumor that there was a hitch in the seemed to be greased, and before noon was marked at 87. deal, so I thought I would get on the safe side." Later on it jumped back to 92, but in the meantime "You couldn't have acted with better judgment if you'd scores of brokers and outsiders. had been badly squeezed in been an old and seasoned operator. I guess you're about the mix-up. as smart as they come." Eddie had reason to congratulate himself in his good "Thanks, Mr. McGuire. I try to keep abreast of the luck on getting out at nearly a top figure, and he won-1 timei:;." dered how Broker Robinson and his friend had come out of "Faith, you made a very pretty picking, so you jlid. I the scrap. haven't made $90,000 in a dog's age." On his way back from lunch be ran against Robinson in l\fr. McGuire took his leave and then Eddie drew a letthe corridor. ter-head toward him and wrote his fair customer as folHe looked like a man who 'ijad just been tearing his lows: hair out by the roots. Eddie couldn't refrain from getting back at him. "New York, May 27, 190--. "Congratulate me, Mr. Robinson," he said, stepping up "Miss Bessie Grant, Cornwall, N. Y.: to the broker. "It is with much pleasure I write you that the 300 "On what?" snarled Robinson. shares of T. I. & P. I bought for your account has brought "On my luck. I bought 6,000 shares of T. I. & P. at 9 ,0, you in a pTo:fit of $4,500. I sold the stock at 105 yester and sold out yesterday at 105 before the frost came on. I day afternoon, in connection with 6,000 shares I held my I'm just $90,000 to the good. How did you come out? I I self. This morning the stock tumbled to below 90. As heard that you had invested $25,000 or so in the stock." you have probably seen the slump in the papers, you may "Who told you I had put $25,000 into T. I. & P.?" be feeling nervous over the situation; but this will reassure cried Robinson, in a rage, grabbing Eddie by the arms and you. I now hold, as per enclosed statement, $7,200, subglaring at. him like a mad bull. ject to your order. Hoping that my successful efforts in "I he.ard it." your behalf meet with your full approval, I beg to "I want your authority." "Very truly yours, Eddie Nott/1 "You'll have to want, as I never disclose the names of people who tell me things. Isn't it true?" "If you don't tell me who gave you that information I'll shake the life out of you," cried Robinson "No, you won't, Mr. Robinson," replied Eddie, wrig gling out of his grasp. "Maybe you think you can do as you please with me; but you can't, just the same." Robinson, white with anger, made a. dash at the boy, but. Eddie stepped quickly aside and Robinson in his effort CHAPTER IX. OA.RRIE THORNTON WARNS EDDIE. A :few days afterward Eddie re ceived a very nicely word ed letter :from Miss Grant thanking him fr the interest he took in investing her money to such good advantage.


A 1\IINT OF "You have done so well by me that I would like to lea vo my mone y with you for you to reinvest in the mark e t as y ou see fit,." s he added; "that is, if I am not imposing on your good nature. I assure you that I s hall not forget your .k i ndness to me even if my next venture s hould prove un fortunate. I do not expect you to win alway s for me. If you will p e rmit me to remain a s your cus tomer, you may s end me the $200 and retain the $7,000 to put up as a margin on any stock that you think i s worth the risk." Eddi e was willing to k eep her on hi s li s t on h e r own term s and that afternoon he sent her a draft for the $200. The y oun g brokerhad not seen Robinson since the lit tle scrap in the corridor, but Broker l\IoGuire told 11im that Robinson was pretty sore on him, and had threatened to ge t even. A ll right,'' replied Eddie. "This is a free country, but he' d better look out that he doesn't get it in t!J.e neck himself People who go around looking for trouble gen e rall y find more than they want." A s he was coming back to his office from a vist to the E x ch a n g e Eddie saw Robinson come out of Mr. mooth's office. H e h e ld back until the broker had di s appeared around into the next corridor where his office was, and then en t ered hi s own. E d di e didn't l e ave for home that day till after five, havin g F>orne writing to attend to. As h e "as locking the outer '1'oor CaTrie Thornton, with her h a t a nd j a cket on, came out of Smooth's office. Of c our s e the y .saw eachootber at once. "I'm s o g lad to s ee you, Eddie,'' s aid Carrie, rushing u p to him with outstre tched hand. "Sam e h e r e Carri e Come in and see my office. You p romised t o do s o you know." She accept e d the invitation, s o the young broker un locked the door again and e s corted his fair visitor inside. "This i s the next room to ours, i sn't it?" she said. "And that door--" "Open s on l\Ir. Smooth' R reception-room. Come inside anrl' see my private den." H e l e d h e r into the smaller room You have it real nice here. I wis h I were your stenog r a ph e r in s tead of Mr. Smooth's," s he R aid brightly. "I wis h you were, too, Carrie. Maybe some day I'll hire you away from him, but at present I haven't enough work t o kee p one of your little fingers busy." "But you're making lot s of money, aren't you?" "Wh o told you that, Carrie?" "Oh, I overheard Mr. Smooth s ay s o Besides our book k ee p e r s aid he believed you were panning out first-rate." "We ll I'm in no immediate danger of going to the poorhouse," l a u g h e d Eddie. "I'm very glad to know that you are succeeding." "Thank you, Carrie. I know you mean that." "I do; indeed. Now, I want to tell you something." "Do you? What is it? That you are ready to say yes if I s hould a s k you to marry "The idea!" she exclaimed, blushing crimson. "Well ,' what is it, Carrie? I'm listening." "I don't know whether it's right to tell what one hears in one s own office," she began "Not as a rule it isn't,'' replied Eddie. "But thi s concerns you very much,'' she said earnestly. "Then I think you should tell me about it." "l\Ir Smooth doesn't like you, Eddie." "That's no news, Carrie,'' chuckled the boy broker. "He intend s to do you some harm if he can." "That doesn't surprise me, either. It makes him sick to think I am getting on at all." "Why is it you have been doing business with him,. then?" "Oh, to show him I had no ill-will on my part for the bounce he gave m e and to let him know I could make a few dollar s as a broker as well as he." "Re was very angry over the way in which y ou came ou, t ahead in Kentucky Central." "I have no was. He looked it the next time I saw him." "The n the other day you made $15,000 on T. I. & P. s tock throu g h a deal in our office." "Yes but I made $75,000 out of a larger deal in the same s tock at another firm, Carrie." "You did!" she cried, opening her eyes wit h astonishment. "I did "Why, that is $90, 000 profit." "You'vigot it right." "If l\Ir. Smooth lmew that he'd have a s pasm." "Well y ou can tell him if you want to. I don't care how many R pa srns he has." "No. I wouldn't think of telling him. He's sore enough on you now." "\Yell, w'Hat i s this matter you were about to tell me?" "Are you acquainted with a broker in this building named Robin s on?" "Yes and I don't lik-e him for a cent." "Ile was in our office thi R aftern oon, and was talking to l\[r. Smooth in a very confldential way. I over heard your name mentioned once or twice, so I judged they were c onversing about you." "We ll,' F>aid Eddie, very much interested, "did you hear anything they said?" "I heard Mr Robinson remark that he thought you ought to be an easy proposition, as you had had s o little experience as a broker." "Re s aid that, did he?" grinned Edd ie. "Yes." "Re ought to know better t han that, for it is only the other day he came into "1-Y office with a proposition which I turned down. Re intended to rope me into a little squeeze game he had all ready cut and dried. He expected me to bite at it at once, but I didn t That sam e


A MINT OF MONEY. afternoon I accidentally got on to Robinson's game. It was the meanest kind of trick he meant to work off on and so I mean to fight mighty shy of him hereafter." "I think you are right to be on your guard against him, and Mr. Smooth as well. I am sure they are getting up some scheme to put you out of business. I haven't any idea what it is, for they spoke in very low tones, I was only able to catch a word here and there." "Well, I'm much obliged to you, Carrie, for the warning. I shan't forget your kindness." "That is all right, Eddie. I'm only too glad to be of any service to you," replied the girl with a smile. "I hope the time will come when I can be of service to you, and then you may depend on me away down to the ground floor." "You are very kind to say that, Eddie." "Not at all, Carrie. We've always been friends, you know, and I trust nothing will prevent our friendship frorrL growing, for I think more of you than any girl I ever knew." Carrie blushed and lo' oked down. "Well, I won't detain you any longer. You are an xious to get home, I know, for Smooth keeps you at your desk longer than any other broker in the Street would do. I'll see you as far as the bridge cars if you don't mind." They left the office together, and walked up Nassau street to the Brooklyn Bridge entrance, where Eddie left her, and then boarded an underground express for Har lem. CHAPTER X. . THE BOSTON & MAINE SITA.RES. Next morning there was some excitement on tb e Ex change over the sudden rise of a certain stock, and Eddie left his office to go to the visitors' gallery to see what was on the tapis. He hadn't been gone over a minute or two before a man walked into the office and asked Bob if 'Jfr. Nott was in. "No, sir. He just went over to the Exchange." "\Yell, that's too baa'. I wanted to see him about sell ing some stock for me," said the visitor, taking a big envelope out of his pocket. "I was told by a friend that Mr. Nott was one of the smartest young brokers on the Street, and so I thought I'd call in and see him. You don't know when he'll be in, do you?" "I don't expect him to return for half an hour at least. Can't I take your order?" "I'm afraid not," replied the sandy man, in a doubtful tone. "I. have some shares here which I want Mr. Nott to sell for me," and the speaker showed Bob the contents of the envelope." "Then you bad better call in an hour, sir. If you will leave your name-" "It will be impossible for me to call again to-day," said the visitor, "as I am going to Philadelphia by the noon train. However, I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll l eave the s e shares of stock with you. Give them to Mr. Nott when he comes back, and tell him I want him to sell them for me at the market price. I'll write a receipt for them, and you can sign it. I will call to-morrow noon." "All right," answered Bob, who signed the receipt after seeing that it correctly stated the name and number of shares in the envelope. It was all of an hour before Eddie returned, and then Bob handed him the eIJ,velope containing the stock left by the sandy featured man. "The nian who left this stock wants you to sell it for him. "Who was he?" "I don't know." "Didn't you ask hi:rit his name?" "Yes; but he didn't give it to me." "Well, where is his written order for me to dispo s e of this stock?" "He didn't leave any." "But he ought to liave known that I couldn't offer this stock for sale without an order." Eddie opened the envelope and took out the certificates. There were ten 50-share certificates of Boston & Maine railroad, made out in the name of George Deering The young broker scanned each one carefully, and a s far as he could determine they appeared to be all right. There was no writing on the envelope that would give any clew to the owner's name or address. "When did the man say he would call again?" "To-morrow noon. He said he had to go to Philadelphia to-day on the noon train." "What sort of looking man was he?" asked Eddie. Bob described the sandy featured man as well as he could. "It may be all right, but I don't like the looks of it," said Eddie. "That chap may have stolen that stock somewhere for all I could tell. I must know more about him before I'll handle the stock." He put the envelope containing the certificates in his safe to await the reappearance of the presumed owner About one o'clock a gentleman walked into the office and asked to see Mr. Nott. "If you will give me your name I'll take it in to him," said Bob. "It isn't necessary," replied the visitor, glibly. "Mt. Nott doesn't know me. I just want to see him on a little business." Bob went into the private offil:)e and told Eddie that a gentleman who wouldn't give his name wanted to see him on business. "All right. Tell him to step in." When his caller appeared his face seemed a trifle familiar to the boy.


A MINT OF MONEY. tt "I've seen him somewhere," thought Eddie, "but I can't place him at this moment." "Mr. asked the stranger. Yes, sir. Take a seat. Your' name 1s--" "Benson," replied his visitor. "Well, I may be in to-morrow if I can't fill my order to-day and my customer is willing to wait," said rising, with a disappointed look. "Very well. You will probably find me in all the after noon." Mr. then took his leave. Ins tantly Eddie recalled under what circumstances he had met this man before. After he had gone Eddie began to ponder over the situa-He was Robinson's friend. tion. 'rhe man to whom Robinson had explained the trick he "Th' B t & 11.r b b t 1 ok the r . 1s os on J.uame usmess egms o o ra had hoped to work off oh Eddie, and who had furnished\ funny to me. What induced Robinson's friend to conie in tip which had resulted rather disastrously to i here looking for the very amount of stock that was left himself and Robinson, but had proved a $90,000 wmner \ h t b d' d f 1 f h rr ? He ere o e ispose o a coup e o ours or so a00. tq the .boy broker. . I acted al if he knew I had some of the stock in my possesEddie had only got a glimpse of his face as he was leavsion. Is this a put-up job of some kind that is being ing Robinson's office, but he now knew it was the same\ worked on me by Robinson and my next-door neighbor, man. . Smooth? If so, what kind of a job is it? I really can't The fact that Benson was an avowed friend of Robmmake head or tail or' it. Perhaps the stock was left here to s on's put Eddie on his guard. see if I would dispose of it on a mere verbal order to my "What can I do for you, Mr. Benson?" he asked his visi-office boy. If I had sold the stock to Benson the man who to:: . ,, left it, when he comes to-morrow, might say that he had Im lo?,kmg for some Boston & Mame stock, said Mr. never given such an order, but merely left it here on de Ben s on. I want to gat hold of 500 or 600 shares to fill posit until he returned to reclaim it. If that's the game a n order. s eems to be very scarce on the .. Have the originators of it will be disappointed, for I'm not sucli you any of or do you know who Im willing to a chump as to sell anything belonging to another person pa y half a pomt above the market price if I can get some without i have written authority to do so. I think I'll go r ight away." in and consult McGuire about this matter. He's a decent "No," r e plied Eddie. afraid I cannot acco. mmoman, and no particular friend of Robinson's." d a te y ou. If y ou will come back to-morrow afternoon, any :McGuire, however, was at the Exehange and Eddie time afte r noon, I may be able to furnish you with what you are looking for." couldn't sec him just then. "That :will be too late," replied Mr. Benson. "I must Finally he decided to submit the thing to the broker with whom he did business. have the stock now." So he called on Mr. Gibson, the head of the firm. "Then I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere for it." ".I'll give you a point above the market figure if you That gentleman listened attentively to the circumstances of the case. c an find me some right away." "Give me your office address and a signed order that "The person w_ho left tliat stock at your office is either you will pay for them O. O. D., and I'll go and see unused to Wall street methods, in which case be may be what I can do for you." a thief; or he is the agent of persons who are trying to "No," replied Benson. "I can perhaps pick them up put you into a hole for some reason. Eternal vigilance is my s elf on the outside. I made you this special offer on the price of success down here, man. You can't the s upposition that you had some of the stock in your go to sleep and still expect to hold your end up. :Niy adoffice." I vice to you is to hold that stock in your safe until after "What made you think I had any in my office?" the hour the man who left it with your office boy said he "Oh, I thought from your manner maybe you had some, j wo. uld call. If he shows up make it plai1t to him that you and was holding back for a better figure than I offered at have s ome referei;ice before you can do business with first." \him. If he doesn't show up get your office boy to sign an "If I had any for sale I should have taken you up at affidavit s howing how the certificates came into his possesonc e, answered Eddie. session, and take that and the shares to the nearest police "Then you haven't any to sell me?" station. It is not impossible that the stock may be forged. "No, sir. I have not a single share of Boston & Maine However, what concerns you is to get it. off your hands." to sell you." Eddie thanked Mr. Gibson for his advice and decided to "But you said that you might have some to-morrow, didact on it. n t y ou?" The sandy featured man failed to turn up next day a t "I did.," noon, and after waiting a reasonable time for him Eddie "W'b.e re do you expect to get them from?" prepared the affidavit, and Bob signed it in the presence of "I am s urpri s ed you s hould ask such a question as that, a notary. Mr Ben s on," s aid Eddie. Then the young took it with tl!e envelope -l--


tl.8 A MINT OF MONEY. taining shares to the Old Slip station, and handed them to the officer in charge CHAPTER XI. EDDIE GETS THE BEST OF THE CONSPIRACY. Seve1al days passed, and still the man who had let the stock did not appear to claim it, neither did Mr. Benson show up again. On the afternoon 0 the fourth day Eddie was to receive a visit from Robinson, who was accompanied by another man. "Well, Mr. Robinson, to what am I indebted or this call?" asked the young broker. "Have you any Boston & 1\laine stock in your sae ?" Robinson, abruptly. "No, sir," answered Eddie, promptly. "Why do you ask?" "Because I have reason to believe you have." "What reason?" "That's my business. Officer, produce your search \varrant." The man, who proved to be a detective, showed his au thority from a magistrate to search Eddie's office for certain specified certificates 0 Boston & Maine stock. "You are lookiifg for that stock, are you?" asked Eddie. :.l'he detective nodded. "You may save yourself both time and trouble by applying at the Old Slip police station for those shares "What do you mean?" demanded Robinson, flushing red in the ace. "I mean that those shares were let at this office by a stranger to be sold. He promised to come back next day to see me about them. He hasn't showed up since. Thinking there might be something crooked about the matter I turned the certificates over to the police with a sworn statement 0 how they came into my possession." "You did?" gasped Robinson. "I did." "I think that story i s very fishy. I insist that you open your sae so that this officer can search it." "Very well," replied Eddie. "I have no objection. But what have }'ou to do with that stock? And why do you suppose the shares to be in my possession?" "That stock belongs to me. I have missed it ever since the afternoon you were in my office, when I laid the en velope containing the certificates on the ticker where you were standing." "Do you mean to insinuate that I stole tbJ;l.t stock?" de manded Eddie hotly. "I mean to say that there are grounds for such a sus picion." "You have said enough, Mr. Robinson. You will have :to prove your words, made in the presence of this detective, whom I shall hold as a witness, or ycu will have to answer for the consequences I have already got some evi dence that this whole affair is a put-up job:. and I am going to make the guilty parties sweat for it." "A put-up job," exclaimed Robinson, turning pale. "Yes, sir-a put-up job. The. safe is not locked, officer. Please make your search with as little delay as po ssible. You may then examine my desk. Ater you are satisfied the stock is not here then you had better do what I ad vised you to do at first-go to the Old Slip station." Robinson looked very white under the eyes -Jhile the was making his useless search for the Boston & Maine shares "They do not appear to be here, Mr. Robinson," he said at last. "Then I must have made a mistake in supposing that this boy took them," said the broker, weakly. "That won't do now, ::\fr. Robinson," retorted Eddie, who sa1v tlrnt he had his enemy on the run. "You have practically charged rne wit!1 i.he theft--" "I'll apologize," interrupted Hobinson, hastily "Sit right clown at rny desk the_n, and write a retraction of your

A M INT OF MONEY ti "I'll see y o u j iggered first," howled the broker, n.shing "All right," replied Benso n appreciat in g the hole Rob-from the room, followed by the detective inson was in "All right muttered Eddie to himself. "I'll see if Next morning Robinson received a l ette r from t he N a s I can give b oth y o u and Mr Smooth the scare of your sau lawyer which stated that unless he m ade a comlives." plete retraction and amp l e apology procee dings would at He put on hi s hat and wen t u p to Nassau street to call once be begun against him on the c h arg e of cons piracy on a well-known lawyer. and that this charge would involve othe r s In the meantime Robinson and the detective wenUo the That letter gave the broker an awf ul sh ock. Old Slip station about the Boston & Maine shares He could not guess how muc h E d di e had found out, The captain of the p1ecinct confirmed Eddie's state-but taken in connection with the attitude of the chi e f of ment, and then told Robinson that he had turned the cer-, :golice, and his own guilty conscience, he wilted at once tificates into police headquarters. He rushed around and talked to Du dle y Smo oth about The broker hurried up t o 300 Mulberry street to see the it, telling the old man t hat Eddie had t h r e a t ened to brin g chief of police. charges of conspiracy against them bot h. That official acknowledged that the stock had been sent The was that Smooth to l d him to make a full r e there. traction of his words agai n st the boy and to m a k e an "It is now in the hands of the property clerk." r abject apology if necessary to h ush t he mat ter up. "Will you give me an order on the property c l erk so that I This was a b itter pill for Robinson to swallow; but the r e I can recover it. I was no way out of it, and so he wrote E ddie a c o m pl ete "No, sir; this. matter will have to be investigated :first., refutation of his statement that he ha d s u s pected the You say the bonds were stolen from your office. I must young broker of stealing the Bosto n & M ain e s hares from make an effort to catch the thief, who seems to he the his office, and begged the boy to let t h e w hole matter drop. man, or his accomplice, who left the certificates at that\ Eddie was satisfied that he had giv en the t w o rascals a young broker's office for sale I have a partial description hard shake-up, so he was willing to ca.Ut he thing off, more of the fellow in the report of the captain of the Old Slip especially as the police failed to fin d Carter, who was station. I shall get a more complete one by having that shipped to Canada by Robins on 's f ri end. broker's office boy questioned." The chief's words threw Robinson into a mild panic, for the sandy featured man was a friend of his own friend Benson, and he was sure that if the man was identified and arrested that he would give the whole game away to save CHA PTER x n \ EDDIE ARRANGES TO TAKE A LIFE PAnTNEB. The stock was the property of Mr . Smooth, and was Three months passed away, a nd the hot month of Auworth $61,000, and Robinso n was anxio u s t o get it back gust had the city in its gras p. s o as to return it to him. Things had been pretty slow i n t h e Street since the He tried his best to persuade the chief to give it up, first 9f July, and Eddie, although he h ad secured a couple but he wouldn't, so when he l eft headquarters he hurried of dozen new cilstomers, mostly thro u g h his oard in the to his office and telephoned to Benson to call on him at financial journals, hadn't done any b u s iness to sp e ak of. once. He spent a good part of his time w i t h Carrie Thornton "You must get Carter to leave t h e c ity a t once," he sa id, at the nearby seaside resorts, a n d the t w o enjoyed them-as soon as Benson appeared. selves immensely together. "Why so?" asked his friend in surprise The young broker wrote Miss Grant tlia.t lie liad not s o "Because he is in danger o f arrest at any moment, and far seen anything that be cared to ri s k her money in, but you know it will be very awkward all around if he is when he did she would hear from him pulled in." This letter hr.ought a renewed expression of Robinson then told Benson how the Boston & from the Cornwall young lady, a n d s h e promised not to Maine scheme had failed of accomplislJing its object. be impatient as to results. "The worst of it all is. that the police have possession of The police having failed after a reaso n a bl e time in :findthe stock. The chief refuses to give it up until after be. ing any trace of the sandy featured man, l e t t he case g o by has investigated the case and his first move he told me default, and returned the stock to Robin s on, who duly will be to try and arrest the man who left the stock at turned it over to Mr. Smoot h. N ott's office. That is Carter, ybu know He has a partial, The two rascals, however, had lea r ne d a lesson, a nd w ere and expects to get a more complete des cription of him very wary of coming up against t he s hre w d boy broker from N ott's office boy Now, it won't do at all for Carter. again to be arrested. Re must be sent out of town until this One morning Eddie heard two brokers t a l ki n g together thing blows over: I'll that all his expenses are paid, in low tone s about a certain stock, the name o f which they so I wish you'd attend to the matter right away. 1 did not mention.


' A MINT OF MONEY. They appeared to be members of a syndicate which had I house up the Street, otherwise I'd sent my orders to you," been formed to boom it. was the way Eddie placated McGuire. "Smooth is with us in this, and will do the buying and An hour afterward Southern Texas had gone up a booming," said one. "He will be assisted by a man named point. Robinson, and also by Benson, another young brokEddie got $62,000 more from his box, went to another er. We are certain to make a good thing out of this deal brokerage firm, and bought 10,000 additional shares of the all around." stock. "When do we begin operations?" asked the other. When the boy went to lunch at one o'clock he found "Next Monday. Nobody will suspect that anything is that Southern Texas was ruling at 64, an advance of three in the wind until we have gobbled up all the shares in points since the Exchange opened. sight. Then, after we've forced up the price, we'll com; After some deliberation he resolved to go the whole hog rri.ence to unload in a quiet way, and takJ? our profits." on the stock, so he drew $64,000 from his box, leaviJ!g a At this point the speaker observed Eddie close 'by, and meager $3,000 in the vault, and put it up with a third nudging his companion, they both walked away. broker as security for another 10,000 shares, making 30,-"So," mused Eddie. "Smooth is in the syndicate, is he? 000 shares in all that he held of Southern Texas. And he, Robinson, and Benson are going to do the boom-Evidently Eddie Nott was a boy of nerve. ing and buying? I must get in on the ground floor, to .o. "If a screw should happen to work loose in Southern I wish I knew the name of the stock they're going to hanTexas I stand an excellent chance of being completely dle, .Oh, well, I ought to find that out easily enough, since wiped out; but just the same I wouldn't be the only one I the men who are to do the buying . All I who would be crippled." need do is to watch them and note the stock they are gath-That afternoon Eddie wrote Miss Grant that he had ering in." placed $6,100 of her money in 1,000 shares of Southern He said nothing to Jiyone, of about what he had Texas, and that slie might look to see it rise. heard. He waited around till Carrie left Smooth's office, and On Monday morning promptly at ten o'clock he was walked with her to the bridge cars. up in the visitors' gallery of the Stock Exchange, looking "What's new in your place?" he asked her, as the y down Qn the brokers on the floor. turned into Nassau street. Dudley Smooth, Nick Robinson, and George B'enson were all there, and it wasn't long befo re Eddie saw that they were bidding in all the Southen Texas they could get hold of. As soon as t)le young broker had made sure of their programme he left the gallery and started for his safe deposit vaults to get money. He took out $61,000, hurried with it to his brokers, and or<'lered 10,000 shares of Southern Texas to be bought for him at the market price of 61. Then he returned to his office, took $6,100 of Miss Grant's money, and went in to see McGuire. "I want you to buy me 1,000 shares of Southern Texas for a lady customer at 61, which is the ruling figure," he said to the broker. "Faith, it will give me great pleasure to do that for you, Eddie#' McGuire replied, "for business is plaguey dull. the lady wants 1,poo shares, does she? Quite a plunger in her little way." "Oh, she knows a good thing when she sees it," grinned the boy. "Then you wisli me to understand that 1Southern Texas is a good thing?" "I think it is." "Are you buying any xourself on the outside?" "Well, yes; I have bought a few shares, just to keep abreast of the times." "It's t9o bad that you never favor me with any of your personal orders.,, "Well, you see I have a special arrangeme1ilt with a big "Mr. Smooth seems to be very busy with some new deal," she answered. "Yes, I know," grinned Eddie. "He's booming South ern T exas just now." "How do you know that?" she asked, wonderingly, as she hadn't heard a word about the stock herself. "Oh, I'm not asleep, even if it is the good old summer time," he said, with a wink. "I also know' that Robinson and Benson are helping him keep the ball rolling." "I never saw such a smart boy as you are," she said admiringly. "Oh, I'm l : the only pebble. There are lots of others." "I'd bet anything you're in on the stock, Eddie." "You might lose, Carrie," he said, with a laugh. "I'd risk it," she replied, with a knowing shake of her head. "Well, perhaps fve a few shares; but that's between you and I." "Oh, I won't tell anyone about it. Why should l?" "That's right. I don't want Smooth to know that I've any Southern Texas." "Has it gone up since you bought it?" "It's gone up three points since I bought the first lot." "The first lot! Then you've got a bunch of it, have y-ou ?" she asked. "You are asking too many questions, Carrie," laughed Eddie. "Am I?" "However, I'll tell you all about tlie matter if you will


A MINT OF MONEY. an swer one question the right way that I want to ask Broker Eddie was certainly not letting the grass grow you." under his feet. "I'll agree." But you don't know what that question is? Look out t h a t I don't spring something on you that'll take your breath away." "Why, what do you mean?" "I know you take a great interest in my business, Car rie. Well, I'm willing to let you in on the ground :floor on one condition." "What's that?" That you agree to become Mr s Eddie Nott some day." "Oh, Eddie!" exclaimed Carrie, blushing violently. "There now, it's up to you. Say yes, and 1'll consider y ou a sort of s ilent partner in my business." It was several minutes before the girl opened her mouth. Eddie didn t hurry her. He. was hopeful, for he had reason to believe that her a nswe:u w ould be favorable. A s for Carri e Eddie's proposal had taken her by sur pri se. Not but that s h e had long s u s pected his feelings toward her but becau s e he had sprung the delicate question upon her ri ght in the open street. She h a d given the young broker plenty of encourage ment of late to b e lieve that she thought a whole lot of him, a nd h e was in the habit of the iron while it was hot. Eddie s h e s aid s lowly at la s t, "you should't have aske d m e s u c h an e mbarra s sing question on the s treet." I ll admit t hat,. Carrie. I was rather too impul sive. Howev e r, s ince the damage is done, are you willing to answer i t ? "What do you want me to say?" ' You know what I want you to say. Just one little w ord." "No i s one little word,'' she replied demurely. I know it i s ; but the word I want to hear has three l etters in it, not two." "The r e ar e lot s of word s with three letters. How am I t o know whi c h one you are thinking of?" she asked, tan talizin g ly. "Ask y our h e art, Carrie, what the word is," he earnestly "Is it Yes ? s he answered with some hesitation. "That's the word. Do you mean it?" "Yes, Eddie." "You prc:imi e then to be my wife some day?" I Yes, if you want me to." Of c ourse I w ant y ou to, s o w e 'll conside r th e matter as sett l ed. I s that und e r s tood between u s ?" Yes, Eddie. You may speak to m y mot h e r whe n e ver y ou w i sh." "I w ill come ove r to-night for I want t o get you a hand some engagement ring to-monow." CHAPTER XIII. EDDIE BE90MES .A. MILLION .A.IRE. As a splendid diamond ring appeared on Carrie Thorn ton's engagement finger a day or two afterward it is to be presumed that Mrs. Thornton had accepted the boy broker as her future son-in-law. Carrie also began to take an unusual interest in the office indicator, and was following the upward tendency of SoutJ:ien Texas with intense s ati s faction, not unmixed with some anxiety as to the ultimate outcome, for she now knew that Eddie had practically every dollar of his capital' staked on the stock. Eddie now waited every afternoon for Carrie's knock on his door, which told hiri:J. she was ready to start for her home. On the day following that on which she had ri.ceived her beautiful ring, of which she was very proud, the gfrl en tered the boy broker's office with her hat on. "All ready to go home, Carrie?" he said, drawing her toward him and imprinting a kiss on her blushing cheek. "Yes." "I suppose you know that Southern Texas closed at 69 to-day?" he asked. .Oh, yes. I'm keeping close tap on it now," she smiled. "If I was to give the order to sell now I'd clear Marly $200,000." "Why don't you sell, then?" "Because it will be worth more to-morrow." "I hope so, Eddie; but I'm so nervous lest the bottom drop out when you aren't expecting "Oh, no. It i sn't high enough to be top-heavy yet." "Well, Eddie, you know best." "I look for it to go to 80 before there is any danger of a slump." "Do you really think it will go as high as that?" "I do. Perhaps higher. It is exciting a great deal of attention now on the floor of the Exchange." Next morning when Eddie approached the Exchange he saw Dudley Smooth and Nick Robin son standing outside talking together. They wore the air of men who areperfectly satisfied with themselves. Apparently they were firmly convinced that, so far as Souther,1 Texas was concerned, they were masters of th.e s ituation. .. As Eddie passed them unobserved he heard Smooth say: "It's s ure to g o to 90." "I dar e say you're right,'' a!J-s wered Robinson. "There is Httl e offering." "The re may be some dump e d on you,'' breathed Eddie, a s h e hurried up into the vis itor s galler y "I'm goin g ro jump on you two with both feet if I get the chance, and I think I will. I owe you a little balance for that Boston & M a in s cheme, and I'd like to square it."


22 A MINT OF MONEY. That day Southern Texas climbed up to 75. "I told you last night that S. T. would be worth more to-day," he said to Carrie, when she met him as usual at four o'clock. "Yes, it closed at 75. That makes you worth ever so much more, doesn't it?" "On paper I have made $180,000 to-day." "And your profits up to last night were $200,000 ?" "That's correct." "My goodness! What a lot of money! I do wish you'd sell out to-morrow.'' Eddie shook his head. "Too soon. I heard Mr. Smooth say this morning that it was sure to go to 90." "I don't see how you manage to find out so much about Mr. Smooth's affairs. I never saw a closer man about busi ness." "Oh, he and Robinson were talking in front of the Ex change as I was passing, and I couldn't help hearing a word or two that they said." Next morning when the Stock Exchange opened the excitement over Southern Texas rose to fever heat. The stock was so scarce that the pricti rose steadily to 85, with few sales. Eddie stood in the gallery as it went up point Ly point, each advance meaning a gain of $30,000 for him. When he left to go to lunch he was as cool. a s a cueum bel, although he had made $300,000 that morning. If he had closed out at that moment he would have made on the deal about $680,000. He decided to sell out Miss Grant's holding

A MIN'l' OF MONEY. 13 shares had oeen forwarded to Wall street the day before Mr. Smooth and his assistants, howeve r s u cce eded in its brokers commenced their buying, and that the brokers allaying the panic when the stock got dow n to 75. who did the buying for the boy operator happened to be At that :figure they managed to unload t h e greate r p art wise to that act, and consequently knew just where to go of their shares, but they lost more than half a m illion in for ,the stock, the transactions consequently not appearing profits, owing to the heavy price they had been comp e lled on the Exchange records to pay Eddie Nott or his 30,000 shares. Smooth showed Eddie's note 'to Robinson, and that 'rhis was a bitter reflection or them, and t h a t afteryoung man swore a great oath noon the three 0 them gathered in Robinson's office a nd "He's a lia-r," roared Robinson "He's got no more swore to leave no stone upturned to ruin the b oy and d r ive shares." him from the Street. "Then we'll call his bluff," replied Smooth, grimly. "How can we do itr" asked Robinson, wit h dark e n e d He did, and Eddie sent him in an order on bis regular brow. brokers for the original 10,000, to be delivered to Mr. "It must be our business to study up some plan to catch Smooth at 90 him off bis guard," said Dudley Smooth The old man nearly fainted when he saw it. "He mu s t have IQade a mint 0 money off ttose 30,00 0 "He has the stock," he gasped, with a livid \ce, turn-share s of Southern Texas We had to give him almost ing to Robinson "My heavens! When will this end? the top :figure for them, and the chances are he bought Another block 0 any size at all will send us to the wall. them as low as 60 or thereabouts," gritted Robinson "I We'll have to buy 0 him and begin to unload at once never heard of such luck as that little monkey is having . Robinson fairly gritted his teeth with rage He's got the gift 0 Midas-everything he touches tur ns To think of that boy being in on that deal anJ getting ii;ito gold." the best 0 them in such a high-handed way! "Never you mind, Robinson. Every man or b o y alive He felt at the moment as if he could have murdered the ha s bi s weak point, whatever that is, and if you can disyoung broker. cover that point he is at yo1ir mercy." Accidently looking up at the visitors' gallery there he "Jus t a s Achille s was vlnerable only in his heel," re beheld grinning down on them both with evident pli e d Robin s on, with a sickly grin; "and when a spear satisiaction. I head pun c hed him there it lain him out for keeps So "Curse him! Curse him!" gritted Robin s on through his, you think Eddie Jott has a weak point? I'd give $10,000 clenched teeth. I to know what it is. If I could get on to it I wouldn' t d o a Then be shook his :fist at the boy, smiled back in re-1 thing to him, blast him!" turn and lifted his hat with the utmo s t politeness. But. "\\' e mus t try to find out what his weakness is." he and Smooth to save themselves from ruin bought an d I "C'an't \Ve furnish him with a fake tip some how, an d paid for Eddie's 10,000 shares of the stock. then scoop hi s little roll?" suggested Benson When the Exchange closed Southern Texas had gone I "Well, it you're smart enough to do that I'll give you llp to 93, and Smooth, Robinson, and Benson were unloadmy check for $10,0BO," replied Robinson. "' ing the stock ]n small lots to prevent suspicion of theii; "I'll hold you to your word, Robinson," said B enso n real movements coming to general notice "for I'm going to do my best to win your money." Next morning they continued operations on a little "But it must be understood that the bet is off u nl ess larger scale, as everybody seemed crazy to get hold 0 the :r ott makes use of the tip after h e gets ho l d 0 it," said shares, and they were beginning to recover their former Robin son, ha s tily. "Otherwise it would do us no good." good humor when the news of their plans got about the "01 c our s e,'' replied Benson, and soon afterward the floor. three broker s separated A wild panic ensued, the s tock dropping ten points in \\'bile this three-cornered interview was progressing, a,; nwny minutes Edcli e was in his ofrlce reading a note he had receired Eddie, however, was not there to see it. from M-is s Grant of Cornwall. He up in his office :figuring up the profits repreShe \\'as. simply in ecstasies over her extraordinary win sented by the statements and checks he bad just received. nings in Southern 'l'exas, and said she could scarcely be-He had cleared $810,000 011 the Southern Texas deal, lieve her wonderfol luck which together with the amount he had deposited for "I am coming to the city in a day or two, and wilt call margins, which was returned .to him, and the $3,000 cash and see you, my best of friends," she concluded. ]n his s afe deposit box, made him worth exacHy one milA few days later she walked into Eddie's office, dresse d lion dollars. like a little queen, and looking altogether as pretty a s a CHAPTER XIV. MISS GRANT'S GRATITUDE. 'rhcre were wild scenes on the floor or the Exchange that day picture. Broker Nott was very glad to see her, and they spe n t a very pleasant half hour together in his private office. "Don't you want s ome of your money?" Eddie aske d lier


24 A MINT OF MONEY. "How much is it you owe me?" The boy was delighted with this expression of his "How much? Why, $34,000." original customer's good-will. "I never thought I should be worth so much,'' she said, "I have something fine to show you, Carrie," he said to pursing up her pretty lips. "Do you think I had bethis sweetheart that afternoon, when she came into his ter risk it again in the market?" 1 office after working hours. "Well, Miss <}rant, much as I should prefer to keep such 1 Then he displayed Miss Grant's present. a pretty young lady as yourself on my books, especially as I "I hope you won't be jealous when I tell you that I got you're my first customer, I frankly say that a bird in the : that from a very pretty young lady-my first customer." hand is worth two in the bush." 11 "ls she really pretty?" asked Carrie. "Then you advise me to get out of Wall street?" "Well, say, yo just ask B'ob. He thinks she's a perfect "You can leave the $4,000 with me for reinvestment, if peach." you wish to go on, but I certainly advise you to take "It's a wonder then that you didn't pick h e r out for $30,'000 with you and invest it in real estate, or something yourself instead of taking little plain me." more stabJ.e than a game of chance." "Little plain you!" laughed Eddie, grabbing her in his "Very well. I will act on your Mr. Nott. you 1 in of her resistance. may give me yo\lr check for the $30,000." i I that. I tlunk you re the loveliest girl m all Wall "I can't give you a check, Miss Grant, as I am a minor street. as yet, and cannot carry a regular bank account, altho ugh ::Do you really?" a s ked, plea sed. I am actually worth a million at this moment." Of course I do. Miss Grant is a stunner, all nght; but "Is it possible you are worth all that money?" she cried she isn't you, Carrie. You're my girl, and I wouldn't have in astonishment. any other for a farm." "It is a positive fact." "I am awfully glad to hear it," she cried, with such ear nestness that Eddie laughed. "Why are you so glad to hea:r it," he asked. "Because you have so good to me. I hope you will always permit me to be your friend, Mr. Nott." "I shall be only too delighted t'o have you for a friend, Miss Grant." "Thank you," she replied. "How, then, will you give me the money?" "I will get you a check for $30,000 from my regular brokers. Now, I want you to lunch with me at Delmon"I'm glad you think so, Eddie. You make me feel very happy." "That's the way l ought to make yo feel, sweetheart. Isn't that right?" "Yes. You deserve a little," wee kiss for saying that so prettily." ".All right. I'm a willing victim." .Accordingly she gave him two kisses for good measure, and then they left., Wall street together for the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. CH.APTER XV. EDDIE WALKS INTO A TRAP. w.ll d ?" ico s. you 0 so. Several weeks passed away, and the general business of "C t l if h t er am y, you w1s me o. Wall street began to as the summer was now a They went to that noted restaurant, and Eddie ordered thing of the past. a substantial repast. I One day, while Eddie was in his private office, his teleThe place was well filled with brokers at the time, and phone rang out, and he put the receiver to his ear. Miss Grant's beauty and modest manners attracted general "ls this you, Mr. Fox?" asked a strange voice. attention. I Before Eddie could say that he was not Mr. Fox the More than half of the brokers would have given a good voihe hurried on : deal to have made her acquaintance, but the opportunity "That consolidation of the P. E. & N. road with the was not permitted them. C. & N. W. which I was speaking to you about the other .After the lunch Eddie got her the promised check, and day is now an accomplished fact, and will shortly be made she took her leave, saying she expected to remain with a public. You will have three or four days in which to make friend in the city for a few days. the most of this otip before anyone ou. tside of a select few Next day Eddie received a package from Tiffany's. can get a whack at it. It isn't necessary for me to advi s e He wondered who could have sent it, and what was in it. you what to do, as a nod is as good as a wink to a blind Both questions were answered when he opened the horse. Good-by." The man at the other end had cut himself off, and so Miss' Grant had sent it, and it contained a magnificent Eddie had no way -of telling him, even if he had wis hed gold watch and chain, and a: diamond-studded charm, the to do so, that he had been letting a valuable secret out to whole being easily worth $1,000. the wrong party. The donor hoped :Eddie would accept her present as a "So the P. E. & N. has been consolidated with the C. & very slight token of her esteem for him, and her gratitude N. W.," said Eddie, noting down that fact on a pad. "I for what he had done for her in a business way. haven't heard the slightest rumor about any such thing.


A MINT OF MONEY. I 211 It must have been kept mighty secret. Usually some I "How much do you want?" he asked his visitor. "I hint of such a deal being in progress gets out even i it is can get you.100 shares now." denied by the interested parties. I must look this thing "I want to get 10,000 shares i I can," replied Mr. up. I may have got hold 0 a very valuable pointer." .Stewart. "However, 100 will answer for a certain purpose Accordingly Eddie put on his hat and went out to see this afternoon." what he could find out about the deal in question. "They will cost you $9,500.'1 Necessarily he had to prosecute his inquiries in a very "Very well. I have the cash with me to pay or them." cautious manner, so as not to give the snap away i ,it Eddie sent Bob in to get the 100 shares, and handed really was a snap. them over to the man, who paid for them and took hi He made application for information at the offices of leave. both the Financiai Chronicle and Poor's Railroad Manual, The young broker then called on Mr. Smooth and paid but at neither place had they heard the slightest hint upon him cash for the shares. the subject. When he returned to his office he saw a card on the floor Then he went around to Moody's railroad publishing which he picked up. house, but they were as much in the dark as the others. It had some writing on the back of it. He then carried on his quest in other quarters, but n

\ A MINT OF MONEY. mer the stock down as low as possible, compelling him to 1 "1 fonnd out that Robinson, Smooth and Benson are in ante up right along or lose a ll h e has put into the deal." a scheme to do you up i[ they can." "That'll be great," s aid Robinson, rubbing his hands with glee. "I think it would be a good idea to force the price up a point or so at first so as to encourage him,. We might get him to buy another 10,000 bunch, and then we'd have him doubly in our clutches." "I agree with you, Robinson. I don't believe he's got more than $250,000, or maybe $300,000 altogether." "Don't you fool yourself, Smooth," said Rohinson. "He has got double that. He must have cleaned up half a mil lion in the Southern Texas deal. You know ho\\' he soaked us on those 30,000 shares If we can get baek half what the syndicate lost I ll be satisfied, though I 'd like to break him up altogether and force him out of bus in cos." "Well, you, I and Ben son will figure this mntler on t later on this afternoon. I must get back to my office now so as to complete the deal." When Eddie returned with $95,000 in his pocket he found Mr. Smooth waiting for him, like a spider in his de n for an un::;u::;pec:tin g fly The boy paid over the mon ey, and got his memorandum of the transac tion. The fir s t act of the drama had been successiully played by the conspirators, and Eddie was unaware that he was enacting the role o.1'. an innocent lamb. CHAPTER XiVI. THE BES'f-LAID SCilEMES OF'r GO AS'l'HAY "Oh, they are? I thought they had had enough of that kind of business. Well, let me hear the particulars." "Robinson and Benson seemed to be sure that they were going lo s u cceed this time. Their sc h eme is to squeeze you on 0. & N. W. stock." "On what stock?" asked Eddie, stari n g at his office as sistant. "O. & N. W. Have you re ceived a tip by phone about tha l road? Benson said he sent it to you. It is all a fake to get you to go in heavily on the stock. They expect you \rill Toad up with lhe ;;hares, aud then they intend to eomrncnce selling the stock ;;o ar:; to force the price down and oblige you to pul up more irtargin to save yottr s111I. l unden:d .ood Hobiuso11 to say that you hatl all'eady boug h l JO,OOU sban.!t1 of 8muolh yestetc1ay aHetnoon, arl.d they expect lo gel you l o lake as 11111ch more. Smooth doe;;n 'i i nlentl lo buy the stock to fill yout oi'c1t31', as they hope lo manipulate the market so as to eventually wipe yol1 out and divide ltp your margins between.. them." This was startling news for .Eddie. But forewal'netl is forearmed. He thanked Bob for the interest he hacl shown in his affairs, and then proceeded to consider how he should save the $95,000 he had put up with Smooth the previous afternoon ao margin on the 10,000 shares of C. & N W. "Now that I am on to the game I can get out with a whole skin and a little to lhe gobd by going right in to Smooth and ordering him to close out the deal at the oneTwo days lat e r C. & N W. had advanced a point, and t th t k h 1 d d th k t . porn aovance e s oc as a rea y ma e m e mar e Eddie commenced to congratulate himself on his good 0 I f 1 t t d b th h f k r can orce 11m o go ou an uy e s ares or imluc mediate delivery. I have the $855,000 to pay "I've a great mind to buy another 10,000 shares, if I can for them. That would treat him to an unpleasant sur-get them. That will double my profits when the time pri se, for I don't think he has anY. idea I have s o much comes to unload. Yes, I'll do that. I'll get the money ready money. Come to think of the matter, I don't see when I go to lunch." I how tl'ley can force the price clown unless they have or can An hour later he sent Bob on an errand to the Empire get control of the stock, anc1 that would take a lot of monBuilding. ey. It is possible these rascals are working this game in B'ob was away an unus ually long time, and when he r econnection with their inside knowie.dge of the purposes of turned he was much excited. some synd i cate to depress temporarily the value of C. & "What's the matter, Bob? Where have you been so N. W. I guess I am safe for a day or two at any rate. long?" asked Eddie. I'll make a few more inquiries about the roacl, and I'll state "I carried that note to the Empire Building. There was no answer to it." "Well, it didn't take you nearly an hour to do that, did it?" "No, of course not. On my way back I stopped in a Broad street cafe to get a drink of water, and whi le I was there Robinson and another broker named Benson came into the place and began talking about you." "About me, eh?" "Y:es. I heard a good part of their conversation. I know Robinson has got his dagger in you, and so I con sidered it my duty to find out if I could whether there was anything in the wind that was against your interests." "What did you dis a over ?" grinned Eddie. the case to Ur. Gibson, my broker, and ask his advice." Eddie put on his hat and called on Mr. Gibs on first. He was shown into the big brok er's private office. "Well, Nott, what can I do for you to-day?" "I calledfor a little advice, Mr. Gibson, as I am again the subject of a conspiracy on the part of Smooth and Robinson." "Those gentl emen seem determined to wipe you off the earth if they can," said the broker, with a smi le. "It would seem so; but I'm going to give them a run for their money." "Let me hear the particulars,'' said Gibson Eddie laid the facts as he knew them before his broker.


A MINT OF MONEY. Mr. Gibson li ste ned attentively once or twice as ihe boy :iihly deliver unless they get them from the brokers of the told his story. pool, nncl you know what that will mean to them. The reMr. Smith sold you 10,000 s hare s of 0. & N. W. a t suit will be that 1\1r. Smooth will have to make terms 95 two days ago?" you if he can As 0. & N. W. is almost certain to go as "Yes, sir." high as 125, or even more, in less than a week, I think you "It is now quoted at 96, therdore you seem to be ahead would be foolish to let you r enemies out of their predicaof the game at this moment." ment for a cent l ess than $300,000." "Yes, s ir; but I'm afraid that's part of the scheme." 1 Eddie was fairly dumf9unded by the revelation, and for "Hum! I suppose you know that if you prC'sentecl Revernl moments he could not find his tongue. yourself before Mr. Smooth to-clay with $855,000, and Then he realized that he had Dudley Smooth and his called for t):i.ose shares he'd have to deliver them to you at asseciates under his thumb. 95 or take t he consequence!! "Yes, sir. I rather think that would be a disagreeable CHAPTER XVII. surpri se to him." CONCLUSION. "I think he'd find it so before he got through." When Eddie returned to his office after an hour's ab"I had some idea of doing that, sir, instead of m erely sene:e there was a smile a yard wide on his features. closing out the deal and taking my smalf profit." Eddie went o'n. into his private room, sat down at his "Why, have you the means of raising as large a sum as dc.k, and wrote the following note: that?" asked Mr. Gibson, apparently astonished at the "Mr. Smooth: boy's resources. "Yes, sir. I had exactly $1,000,000 in cash in my safe deposit box before I took out the $95,000 to put up to se cure those shares I have a balance of $905,000 in my box at this moment." "Then you have the game in your own hands, my boy," said the broker, knowingly. "You can right back at "Dear Sir.-I shall call on you at three o'clock for the delivery of those 10 ,000 shares of C & N. W. at 95. Please have them ready for me, as I s hall bring the $855,000 balance due with me to pay over to you. "Very truly yours, "Eddie Nott." :l\fr Smooth in a way that will make him a very sick man." He placed the note in an-envelope, sea led, and addressed "You mean I can save myself by paying for the shares it to Dudley Smooth. outright and then di sposing of them right away at the 1 'l'hen he called Bob. slight advance, and th us euchre the conspirators out of l "Take this note next door, Bob. Deliver it to Mr. their anti cipated plot." 1 Smooth if he is in. I am going out now, and will not "Listen, young man, and I will put you wise to a secret, return before three o'clock." but you must promise me on your word of honor that you i When Mr. Smooth read the note he nearly fainted. will not breathe a whisper about it, nor use it yourself i Re rushed in to Robinson'R office and showed it to him. except to checkmate these rascals, for so they have proved l Robinson uttered an oath. themselves to be." : "We shall lose him, after all," he snarled. "It can't be "I promise, sir," r ep lied Eddie, what was 1 possible that he is worth so much money. He has found a coming. backer somehow who has advanced him the money he "I accept your word. Now, I will show you that these lacked to buy the sha re s outright at fir s t. But what the people ha_ve over-reached themselves trying to dmrn you ; deuce can be his object in taking over this stock instead of. They do not suspect 1.he real situation They are ignorant ; c l osing out the deal as he had a right to do, but which of of the fact that two weeks ago a pool was formetl to con: course we did not for a moment s uRpect he would cro on trol 0 & N,. W. for the purpose of booming the price, and snch a tip as we put in hi s way? I was looking for him that the s li ght advance of one point since Tuesday is one 1 to buy another 10,000 shares." of the inevitable results of the tightening of the stock I "We seem to have the hardest kind of luck getting back This syndicate bad practically got hold of nearly all the 1 at him. This is onr thfrd failure. We'll lose almost $20,shares that ha ve been floatin g about the Street. You 1 000 in this fiasco, for 0. & N. W. i s quoted on the ticker couldn't go on the Exchange this morning and buy even at 97. I'll have to run out and buy those s hare s now be5,000 shares of 0. & N. W. to save your life. Mr. Smooth I fOTe they go any higher. He'll be after them at three sold you something he did not possess, under the impreso'crock." sion that it would be an easy matter to depress the price, "Well," replied Robinson, g loomily, "I. never thought and buy the s to ck later at a lo wer price, or not at all if anything lik e this would happen. I was sure we had him you failed to s u stain your margins under the bear opera dead to" rights." tions which he ex.pected to put in play. Instead of con"I'm beginning to believe that he's altogether-too smart spiring toward your ruin as foey intended, Mr. Smooth to be trapped," said Smooth. and his associates in villainy have actua ll y played into you r "Oh, we'll reach him some time if we keep on trying." hands. They have s old you that they cannot pos"I don't know about that. .It to be expensive I


28 A MlNT OF MON;EY. '. amusement," replied the old man, turning un his heel and it? I'm prepared to pay for the stock. I've got $855,000 leaving the office. right here in hard money." He got his hat and started for the Exchange to buy the "I've been trying to get that stock ever since I got your 10,000 shares of C. & N. W. he had to deliver that afternote," began the old man in an humble manner for him. noon at three. "But the most I could get was 5,000 shares." He was greatly surprised to find that the stock was so "All right," replied Eddie, "there's nothing mean about scarce that the most he was able to pick up was 3,000, and me. I'll give you till three to-morrow to get the balimce." for a portion of this he had to give 98. Smooth drew a breath of relief. Then he began a tour of the big -offices, but not a share Surely he would be able to get it by then. could he find until half-past one, when he got hold of He found that he wasn't the only man trying to get the another thousand, for which he had to pay 99. stock next day, and unsuccessfully at that, and to his He called up both Robinson and Benson on the teleabject misery the price of C. & N. W. rose steadily to 110. phone, and explained the situation to them. He returned to his office and sent for Eddie. "I am still shy 6,000 shares of the amount I stand "I can't get the of this stock. I'll 'deliver half, pledged deliver at three o'clock," he said to each. and pay you the present market figure on the balance." "You must get out and hustle for the stock, for that boy That would have meant a loss of about $100,000 to the will be able to hold me down to hard terms if I can't make conspirators, but Eddie wouldn't have it. g-dbd my contract, and we are all "in the same boat. Your He was entitled to his pound of flesh, and as Smooth share of the loss on this thing may put you out of busiand Robinson had done him dirt he was going to have it. ness." He finally agreed to settle for $350,000, when C. & N. They elj..ch grabbed their hats and .dashed out to hunt the W. reached 125, and Smooth 'was only too glad to accept stock. the boy's terms. They had no better luck than that whlch had followed As soon as the old man had paid him over that amount, Mr. Smooth. a .part of which he realized from the sale of the 5,000 l At quarter to three Smooth returned a rattled shares in his possession, he called on Robinson and Benmii'n : to his office. son to make good their share of the loss. He had just. 5,000 shares of C. & N. W. in his posse&Benson 'was just able to do so, but Robinson was cleaned sion. out, and had to leave the Street, a financial wreck. At five minutes to three he got word from both RobinBy this time Eddie was worth $1,350,000, and had gathson and Benson that. they ha_d been unable to get a share ered about him quite a lot of customers. at any price. He moved to more commodious offices in another build-In the meantime E

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Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to baating. No. 47. HOW TO BUEAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.:A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW '1'0 BUILD AND SAIL OANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for corlstructing canoes and the most pop_lllar manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By Q, Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1 NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREA?lfS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the exp lanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what'11is future life will brmg forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rillLL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for t1>!ling fortunes by th e aid of lines of the hand, or the cecret o f palmis t ry. Also the sC'cre t of telling future events by aid of mo les, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN A'l'HLETEl.-Giving full in struction for the us e of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, hori zoutai l:>n11 and Vl\l'lOUs other methods of developing a good, h ealthy m1sc iP; con taining owr sixty illustration o Every boy ca n becoir.e al'l healthy by following the instructions contained in this little : 1 0 0 !; No. 10. HOW TO ROX.-'l'he art of self-defense made easy. C ontaining over thirty i!lustrations of gua!'ds, blows, and the dilfer ent positi ons of a g ood boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful ::>nd ins t ructive books, as it will teach you how to box without c.n i ns i rnctor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full in structions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Bmbrac ing illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and usdul h o ok No. !!4. HOW .ro PENCE.-Containing full instruction for f encing and the ue of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. De scribed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the !test positions in fencing A aomplete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WI'.rH explana tions of tlie g e neral principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks ; Of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring 1leight-of-hand; of tricks involvin g sleight-of-hand, or the use of ll)eeially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner Jllustrated. -Nok of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all thl! le11ding card tricks of the alse> most popular .Jngical as p0rfo11ped by ouz: magicians; boy should obtain a. copy of this book, a{l Jt will both amuse and mstruct. No: 22. HOW TO DO SlllCOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed bJ'. his former Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the irecret dialogues were carr1ecl. on betw een tl1e magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW 'l'O BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est assortment of magical illusions ever plac41d before the public Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO 9IIEllfI9AL over one hundred highly amusmg and mstruct1ve tricks with chemicals By A. Anderson. Handsomelv illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLE.IGHT O.F H.A.ND.-Oontalning over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain ing r tbe secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. B_y A. Anderson. l'Jo._ 70. HOW '.J'O MAGIO TOYS.-Oontaining full d1rect1ons for makmg. Magic Toyil and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully 11lustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TltICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbera. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A Containine tricks with Dominos, Dice, Cups and Ballil, Hats etc. Embracine thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete descr1pt10n of the mysteries of Magic and. Sleight of Hand togethe r with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BEJCOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy how This book explains them all, m electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. The most Instructive book published. No. 5f?. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Contalningfull mstruct1ons how to proceed In order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a. model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 'l'O MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, .2Eolian Harp Xylo phone -e.nd other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO llfAKE A l\IAGIC LANTEJRN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71, HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Oontainlng complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanica,1 Tricks By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete in structions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; al so letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS. TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. 1 No. 53. HOW TO WRI'.rE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, s i ster, brother, employer; ano, in fact, body and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should hav e this book. No. 74. UOW TO WRITEl LE'lvrEJRS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructione for writing letters ()n almost any subject also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters'.


THE STAGE. No. 41. TH}i) BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Oolltnirtlng a g 1 variety of the Ill.test jokes used by lhc most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderfnl little book, No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK S'l'UMP SPEAKEU. Contai!'.1ing a val"ied assortmen t of speeches, Negro, Dutc h and Irish. Also end m e tt's jokes. Just the thing for hottle attJ.11sement attd llhllltPUt shtJWs. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEJW YORK MINSTRlllL GUIDE JOKllete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the sFage ; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, t:lcemc Artist _and Pro_perty Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80. G"CS WlLLlAl\IS' JOK!D BOOK.-Contnining the lat est jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Yerman comedian Sixty-four pages; h n h dsome c olored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-dontaining full instructions fo1 constrttcting a Window garden either in town or cotlntry, abd the trlost approved m et hods for raising beautiful flowers at ho1Dc. The roost complete book of the kind ever pub lished. N6. 30. HOW 1'0 COOK.--One of the most instructive books on cooking ever pnblishec;l. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game. and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes .hnd all kinds of J>astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO \CEEP HOUSE.-lt contains information for evenybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, C:ements, Aeollan harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELE CTFl lCAL N o 46. HOW TO MAI\E AND USE EJLECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with f!Jll lnstrudtions for making mtectric Toys, Batteries etc. Bly George Trebel, A M M. D. Containing over fifty u'. lustrat No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Coht a!ning full uire ctlons for making electrical mac hines, indllction coils, dynamos, and lll!u1y hovel toys to be woi'ked by electricity. By R. A. R B en nett. Ful)y illustrated. No. 67. HOW '1' 0 DO Et..EdTRICAL TRtdKS.-Oontaining a .large collectjon of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. "-No. 31. HOW 'l'O BECOME A SPEJAKE R.-Conta inlng foaP reeu illustrations, giving the dill'etent positions requisit e t o become a good spruker, render and elo c utionist. Also cont a ining g e m s from a.II tile popular !J-Uthors of prose and poetry, arrang ed in the most sm1ple nnd eonc1se manner possible. i o. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for cond u cting de bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the hen sources for procuring information o n the q uesti on s .1tiv eu. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wil es of flirtation are fully by this little book Besides t h e vari ous method s of hnLdker ch ief, fan glove, parasol window and hat fHrta t ion i t contains a _full list of the language and sentiment of flowe rs 11 mterestmg to everybody, both old and young. Y o u cannot be happy without one. !io. 4. H_OW .'1'0 DANCE is t h e title o f a n e w and handsome book Just issued by Frank Tou sey. It cont a ina full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-r oom and a t p a r tie s, how to dress, and full directions for calling oJf i n all dances No. 5 HOW TO MAKE LOVEJ .-A co m plete gui de to love, and marriage, giving sensible advice, r u l es a n d e tiq uette to be observed, with many curious and interestin g t h i ngs not gen erally kno'Yn. No. 1i. HOW .ro DRESS.C ontainin g full i nstruc tion it;t the art of d1 essing and appearing well at home a nd ab road, g ivl hg 'the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18 HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL .-One of tl::i brightest and most valuable little boo k s ever g ive n to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beauti ful bot h male. female.. '.r:ee se cret i s simple, and almost c ostle s s. Read this bOok and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y ill ustrated ancJ containing full instruc tions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, pnroquet, pnrrott.etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illlJ8o trated. By Ira Drofraw. No 40. HOW '.rO MAKE .A.ND SET TRAPS.-I nc lud i ng hint. on how to cat.;h moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and b irds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously Illustrated. B y J Harrington Keene No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND A N I MALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collect i ng, prepar i ng moun tina nod preser ving birds, animals aud insects No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raisi ng, k eeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; a lso giv ing full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty e ight illustrations, making it the most complete b o o k of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS iio. 8. HOW TO BECOME .A. SCIENTIST.-A useful and in structive book giving a complete treatise on chemistry; als o es ENTERTAINME NT. periments in acoustics, mechanics, lnnthematics, chemist r y and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, a n d gas b alloons Thie No. 9. HOW TO BECO:\IE A VE:N'fRILOQUIST.-By Harrv book cannot be equaled. Ke,'nedy. The sectet given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW 'l'O l\IAKE CANDY.-.A. comp lete handbook for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimnldng all kinds of candl etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), <'!I.ti master the No. 84. HOW .ro BillCOME A1y AUTuOR.-Contain ing full art, and create any !Lmdtlnt of htn for himself and fr! end!S. It is the Information regarding choice of subjects, the use o f words and the greatest book i-ver pub l ished. apd there's millions (of fup) in it. manne1 of preparing and submitting manuscript. A l so co ntaining No. 20. HOW ro ENTE11TAIN AN EVENING PAR.TY.-.!. valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and genera l com very valuable little book jus t published. A complete compendium position of m anuscript, essentia l to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic re<'ilations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BiJCOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than an:v book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in the No. 85. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary, diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, ff!mily. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combaekgnmmon. croquet domino es etc. plaints, No. 36. HOW TO SOLVID CONUNDRUl\fS.-dontaining all N&. 55. HOW TO C OLLECT STAMPS AND COIN S .-Co nthe leading conundrums ot the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecti n g a n d arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW 'tO PI,AY CARDS.-A comp l e te and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVEJ.-By O l d King Brady, book, giving the rules and foll directions for playing Euchre, Crib-the world known detective. In which he lays qown so m e val u able bage, Casino, FortyFive, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, braw Poker, and sensil.Jle rules for beginners, and a l so relates s om e adventures Auction Pitch. All l!,ours, and man:v other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW '1' 0 DO PUZZLES.-Oontnining over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.Con t aindred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful inf<,Jrmntion regarding the Oamera and how to work it; complete book Fully illustrated. By .A.. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUE TTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR1 BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life sec ret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in It. No. 33. HOW '1'0 REHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette o f good society and the easiest and most approv e d methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties1 balls, the theatre, church, and m the. Transparencies. Handsomely ill ustrated B y Captain W. De W. Abney. No. e{. -,.OW TO BECOME .A. WEST POINT M ILIT.A.R't CADET.---..... 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! SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. PBICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLOBED COVEBS. ISSUJ:D WEEKLY LATEST ISSUES: 827 The Brady!! Facing Death; or, Trapped by a Clever Woman. 828 'l'he Bradys' Rio Grande Raid; or, Hot Work llt B1tdman s Bend. 829 The Bradys' Madhouse Mystery ; or, The Search for Madame Mont ford. 830 The Bradys and the Swamp Rats; or, Afte r the Georgia Moon-shiners. 831 The Bradys and "Handsome Hal" ; or, Duping the Duke of Da kota. 832 The Bradys and the Mad Financier ; or, Trailing the "Terror" of Wall Street. Th "B d f 883 The Bradys and the Joplin Jays; or, ree a men rom .111lssourl. 884 The Bradys and Capt . 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Solving a Klondike Mystery. 353 The Bradys and "Dr. Doo-Da-Day ; or, The Man Who wa. s Lost on Mott Street. ,,, 854 The Bradys' Tombstone "Terror" ; or, After the Arizona Mine Wreckers. 855 The Bradys and the Witch Doctor; or, Mysterious Work In New Orleans. 856 The Bradys and Alderman Brown ; or, After the Grafters of Greenvllle. 857 The Bradys In "Little Pekin" ; or, lrhe Case of the Chinese Gold King . 858 The Bradys and the Boston Special ; or, The Man Who was Miss ing from Wall Stree t 859 The Bradys and the Death Club; or, The Secret Band of Seven. 860 The Bradys' Chinese Raid ; or, After the Man-Hunters of Mon tana. 361 The Bradys and the Bankers' League; or, Dark Doings In Wall Street. 362 The Bradr,s' Call to Goldfields ; or, Downing the "Knights of Nevada. 363 The Br.adys and the Pit of Death; or, Tragped by a Fiend. 364 the Boston Broker; or, T e Man Who Woke up 365 The Bradys Sent to Sing Sing ; or, After the Prlson Plotters. 366 The Bradys and the Grain Crooks; or, After the "King of Corn." 367 The Bradys' Ten 'rails; or, After the Colorado Cattle Theve s 368 The Bradys In a Madhouse ; or, The Mystery of Dr. Dar ke. 869 The Bi:ad;rs and the Chinese "Come -Ons" ; or, Dai;k Do ings In Doyers Stree t 370 The Bradys and the Insurance Crooks ; or, Trapping A Wall Street Gang 871 The Bradys and the Seven Students; or, The Mystery ot a Medical College. 372 The Bradys and Governor Gum ; or, Hunting the King ot the Hlghblnders. 873 The Bradys and the Mine Fakirs; or, Doing a Turn In Tombstone 3 7 i The Bradys in Canada; or, a Wall 8tre e t Wonde r. 375 The Bradys and the Hlghbinders League ; or, The Plot to Burn Chinatown. 376 The Bradys' Lost Claim ; or, The Mystery o f Kill Buc k Canyon 377 The and the Broker' s Double ; or, Trapping a Wall Stree t Trickster. 378 The Bradys at Hudson' s Bay ; or, The Search for a Los t Explore r 379 The Bradys and the Kansas Come-Ona ; or, Hot Wo r k on a Green Goods Caae. 880 The Bradys' Ten-Trunk Mystery; or, Working tor the Wabash Road. 881 The Bradys and Dr. Ding; Dealing With a Chinese Mag i cian. 382 The Bradys and Old King o..;opper"; or, Probing a Wall Street Mystery. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY '. By A SELF-MADE MAN \. 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A NEW ONE ISSUED EVIRY F'RIDAY PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys who win. tame ancl fortune by thir ability to take advantage or passing opportunities Some of these stories are found e d on true incidents in the live s of our mo s t successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluc k, perse v e r a nce and brains can becom e famous and wealthy. Every on e or this series contains a good moral tone whic h rnak s '"F ame ancl Fortune Weekly'' a magazine for the home, although eac h is replete with exciting adve:1tures. .The stories are the v ery best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort i s constantly being made to m ake it the best we ekly on the n e ws stands. T ell your fri ends about it. ALRBADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in W a ll Street. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out \Yilh a Ci r cus. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 1 30 Go lden Fleece; or, The :,3oy Biokers of Wall Street. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who W o n Out. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working Ills Way to Fortune. 1 : ; 5 Hard to Beat; or, The C l everest Boy Id Wall Street. 33 Playing 'to Win; or, The F@xlest Boy ln Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors o f Lakeview. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 7 WlnnW:lg Ills Way; or, The Youngest Editor in G r ee n River. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 8 'l'he Wheel. of Fortune; or, The R ecord of a Sel f Made Boy. 36 Won by Pluc k ; or, The Boys Who R a n a Railroad. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 10 A Coppe r Harvest: or, The Boys Who Worke d a D e s e rted Mine. I 38 A R olling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy o n I:ecord. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Il appy Valley. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boy's Start In Life I 4 0 .A'.lmost a Man ; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy In \Vall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downe d. 42 The C hance of His Life; or, Tl.le Young Pilot or Crystal Lake. 1::; A Streak of Luck ; or, The Boy Who Feathered His X est. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From Bell-Boy to l\11llionalre. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who i\Iade a Fortune. 44 Out for Business: or, The Smartest Boy in Town. 17 King of the Market; or, The Trader in Wall Street. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking It Rich In Wall St1:eet. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand 46. Thro ugh Thick and Thin; or, The Adventures of a Smart Boy. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working Ills Way Up. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 48 A lways o n Deck; or, The Boy Who Made His Mark. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 49 A Mint of Money; or, The Young Wall Street Broker. 22 IIow He Got There; or, The Pluc kiest Boy of The m All. 50 The Ladder of Fame; or, From Office Boy to Senator. 23 Bound to Win : or, The Boy Who Got Ric h 24 Pushing It Througll: o r. 'l'he Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of W a ll dt:eet 26 'l'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. f 27 Struck Oil: or. 'l'he Boy Who Made a Million. / 1 28 A Golden Risk ; or, The Young Miners of D e ll a Cruz. r f For sale by all newsdealers, or will b e sent to u..iy address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in mdney or postage stamps, bl' PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New 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 Ml in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the book s you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS TAREN 'l'HE SAME AS MO.NEY . . . ............................... ... ......................................................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h er, 2-1 Union Square, New York. ...................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ... ... cents for which please se:;,id me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN. Nos .............................................................. 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