On his mettle, or, A plucky boy in Wall Street

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On his mettle, or, A plucky boy in Wall Street
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Fame and fortune weekly : stories of boys who make money
A self-made man (J. Perkins Tracy)
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Fame and Fortune Weekly 1 1 STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Wee1'Z11-B11 Subscription IZ.50 per 11ear. Entered according to Act of Congresa, in the year 190fl, in the ojflce of the Librarian of Congreu, Wa..hington, D. C., b11 Fran1' Touse11, Publisher, Z4 Union Square, New Yo,.i.. No 57. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2, 1906. PRICE 5 CENTS. A ON {-1.IS lVIETTltE OR, PL U C KY BOY IN WALL 'STREET By .A SELFMAD E MAN CHAPTER I. I The boys had got into the habit of addressing her by that name, and as she took it in good part a majority of the deni-OLD MOTHER HUBBARD. I zens of the financial jungle came, at length, to believe that Some months ago in one of the early stories of this se-her name really was Hubbard, !nd that the word "Mother" ries, called "A Barrel of Money," we set before our readers was a natupl addition, by reason of her age. many of the incidents in the youthful career of one of the Mother lrubbard was, as we have said, coming slowly up brightest brokers doing business to-day in Wall Street. Broad Street prepared to do business in the same old way It is again our good fortune to be able to present certain she had done it for years. true events which happened in the early life of another of As she started to cross the east side of Exchange Place the foremost traders in New York s financial district, whose three messengers employed by the Maritime Exchange came name, if we were permitted to use it in print, would be imskylarking up that narrow thoroughfare. mediately reco gn ized by a host of our readers who are faThe sight of the old woman started a new vein of mis miliar with Wall Stre e t affairs-needless, therefore, to say chief in their heads, and they immediately sunounded her that the name of our hero, Bill y Moss, is an a s sumed one. and brought her to a standstill. One morning about ten o'clock a of years ago a Mother Hubbard was often bothered by the boys, but little old Iris hwoman in a faded gingham dress and a never seriously so. thre adbare shawl over her bent shoulders, was coming up They liked to tease :er when the humor was on, yet there Broad Street with a good-sized basket of apples and cheap was no record of any one of them trying to cheat or rob candy on heio arm. her. / She was a familiar character in that vicinity, and was Pixy Shattuck was the ring leader of the Maritime mespatronized not only by the D. T. and other messenger boys. sengers. who were always on the wing in the distriCt, but by many l He was an impudent youth who, if be possessed any good pas s ing brokers who seldom gave her less than a dime, and qualities, was very careful to hide them. often a quarter for a single nice rosy-cheeked apple. It pleased him to maintain his supremacy of "Cock d':f No one seemed to know, or care for that matter, what the the Walk" over the tribe of youngsters who carried nautical little old woman's name was, but, for all that, she had come information broadcast from Bureau. to be recognized as "Old Mother Hubbard"-a title origi No one :felt like disputing his leadership, for he had nally bestowed upon her by some :facetious messenger boy tough little fists and seemed to know how to handle them. and which stuck, like nick-names often will Pixy was one of the three boys who gathered the


2 ON HIS METTLE. old woman on the present occasion, and we are s orry to that Pixy was l ooking for trouble. He was a tough kid and was about fourteen years of age. "Well, olcJ. woman, wot's yben Pixy upset 1l'!:other Uubbarcl, ns we have seen In an instant down went the bundle of newspapers on the sidewa l k, anq the boy made a bee -line for the fleeing Shat tuck. "Hold on, fre s hy, you don't do the sneak act like that," he crjed, seizing Pixy by the a.rm and detaining him. "Wat's de matter wit' youse ?" snarled the Maritime mes senger, aiming a blow at the newsboy's head. 'l'he other lad ducked nimbly, but clicl not release his grip. "Le t me go, will yer, or twill be worse for youse," roared Pixy. on your life I won't," answered the newsboy, sturdily. "Den rll knock de s tl1ffin' out of yer." Pix:v s wun g himself loo se and started in to clo up the braYe boy. H e had always claimed to be a fighter, and the boy before him looked easy. But appearance s are sometimes deceiving. Such proved to be the case in this instance. say cha l k it u p, yer wants ter do it." Pixy lunged viciou s l y at his opponent's face. "Give me that other apple directly," c ried Mother Hub-The other boy ducked in the most approved fa s hion, and bard, shrilly. "An d pay me four cents for the one you're then something happened. e atin', or I'll ca ll a cop." Pixy's jaw came into contact with his antagoni st's hard "Yer'11 call not'in'. If yer open yer mouth ag'in I'll little :fist, and his head went back with a snap d ump yer and yer basket inter de gutter," he sa id, threateni n g ly. Then, before the messenger could recover himself, he caught a sockdoliger in one eye that made him sec a "How da r e you talk to me that w ay? you sha ll pay me ho s t of stars and not a few planets. foq r cents t his instant, or-, -"-"Wow!" howled Pixy, starti:g back. "Or wot?" grinned Pixy. I "nr t ;m k d t'h J... f 11 d t I ll h t cl,, , an any as e +le I\ewspoyi u y prepare Q ave you arres c 1 t i t "A"h r.Jl ,,, 1 cl p . cl resme 10s 5 ong rep ie i xv, g1vmg her a ru e shove. "I'll 1 .11 )n d Sh tt k fl t th i n yer. roare a uc ymg a e spea,.er, The old wqman tnppcd on the edge of tl\e cur b and went clown backward, her basket dropping to the 11a lk, spilling hlt l f C?f its Mothflr Hubbard uttere d a s mother e d shrie k, while Pixy Shattuck ancl his companions s tarted to make themselves scarce Ih1t Pixy discoYE1rccl i.1H1t the way of the transgressor is not stre11n with rose s ).,_ rohust, rather unclcr -sizecl Loy of fourteen had come upon the scene in time to overhear a part of the conversa tipn between Ph::y and the f\pple woman :flc was a h!:ight, alert-larking lad, whose well-worn and well-patched showed that he was not suffering frm11 a cp:pdition of. over.prosperity He had a bundle of the ear l y afte-rnoon edition, as it iti cal,ll'Jd, of a big daily newspaper unde-r one arm, ancl this \ \'as sufficient to distinguish h i m as 011\:l of the gref:\t army of newsbo>'S who make an ho n est, thol1gh often precarious, l iying Relling papers. He had stopped to watch the o utcome of the argument be t,rorn Pixy and the old woman, whom he knew well by fie was growing indignan t over the imposition he f'aw mad with rage. Biff The newsboy had ducked again like ch!lin Jightni:i:ig !\nd planted another blow on the me ssenger's chest. Swat! fixy's mouth got it that time, and first blood went to his opponent The lUflSSeDger' was now arous e d to fury. He reached the newsbp,y with a clout alongsicl'.l of the he1.1(l.. "Yah I'm gettin' yer now That is, he thought he was, but he wasn't, just the same. Smash Bi ff Swat! The smaller boy de l ivered three blows in rapid succession and Pixy went down in the street. "Had enough?" again inquired the newsboy. No, Pixy hadn't had enough; but he got it a few minutes later when he staggered to his feet and the other boy, with flashing eye, put it all over him so quickly that the tough youth thought a cyc l one had stmck Broad Street at that particular moment. Of course a crowd of boys a n d passe:rs -b y h a d gath ere d


00 HIS METTLE. 3 in a ring about the scrappers and were enjoying the impromptu mill. "Cheese it! A cop is comin' !" shouted a boy on the outskirts of the crowd At. that moment Pixy was on the ground with his vic torious opponent straddling his chest The newsboy made no effort to dismount and s l ip away, as boys usually do when an officer is approaching He held his ground until the policeman appeared "Here, what is all this?" asked the officer, reaching for the boy and yanking him to his f eet. "Dori't let him get away !" cried the newsboy, as Pixy scrambled up anu tried to dive through the crowd. The poJiceman reached for and secured him. "It's the station for both of you he said. "Hold on," protested the newsboy. "This chap upse t :Mother Hubbard and her basket, and I only interfered to stop him from getting away." "That's right, officer," spoke up a well-dressed gentleman in the crowd "I saw the whole occmrence. That boy is not guilty of any trouble. The other boy ought to be arrested fo r what did." "Where is the old woman?" inquired the policeman. "She's here, picking up her apples and stuff," voluntee r ed a spectator "Make room, please," said the officer, pushing the two boys ahead of him. "Here, Mother Hubbard, did one of these boys upset your basket?" "That's the boy," she said, pointing a skinny finger at Pixy. "The other pitched into him for.it." "Thilt settles it," said the policeman, releasing the new s boy. "Now, Mother, will you go to the station-house and make a charge against t hi s young rascal?" -'If he ll pay me eight cents for the a pples he t ook I'm willin' he should go," she answered. I ain't got no eight cents," said Pixy, s ullenly. "I'll pay yer "Where do you work?" asked the officer. "At de :Maritime Exchange." "I ought to take you in, anyway, for fighting," said the policeman. "I'll let you go, on conditio n that you pay the old l ady for any damage she's sustained through you." "All I want is me eight cents," said Mother Hubbard. "Well, if he doesn't pay you to-morrow, old l ady, I'll go down to the Exchange and file a charge against him with the manager and run him in on top of it," said the officer, givi n g Pixy a push, which he took advantage of to hurry from the scene of his tribulations. lrhe crowd melted away, l eaving only the newsboy, the po liceman Mother Hubbard and the well-dr essed man, who had come to the boy's aid when the offi<;er collared him, on the corner. CHAPTER II. :BILLY MOSS GETS .A. SITUATION IN WALL STREET. "You're a fin e boy, and I'm much obliged to you for whippin', that little villain," said Mother Hubard to the n ewsboy "Just h elp yourself to some of me b est apples. Yo u r e welcome to 'em." "I'm much obliged to you, ma'am; but I don't want any just now," replied the boy. "I'll remember you Whenever' you want an apple just come and take one, and it shan't cost you a penny." said Mother Hubbard, as s h e started off in tho w n ke of 1.he po liceman. The boy picked up his new s pap er s, which had r emained o n the edge of the curb all this time, and was about to re sume business when the well-dressed gentle1nan, who had some purpose in view apparently, spoke to him. "Look h ere, my lad, wha.t's your name?" "Billy Moss, sir." "Where do you live?" "1fadison Stre e t sir." "With your parents?" "With my mother and sister." "Your business is se ll i n g papers, i sn't it?" "Yes, sir "How do you make out at it?" "I'm not kicking; but I hope to do better when I get a cha nce. '"I'hen you wonlcl be willing to make a change, eh?" "Yes, sir; if I could better myself." "How would you lik e the of office-boy and messenge r in a broker's office?" "First-class, only I don't see any chance of getting such a job." "Well I'm a \Ya ll Street broker, and I want a boy in my office. I 've sizecl you up ancl am disposed to give you a chance, to see if you can fill the bill. H ere is iny card. Call around after three o'clock and I'll have another talk with you." "All right, si r. I'll be there. And I'll do my best to make good if you hire me." "V c ry well. I s hall expect to see you after three, remem ber." With those words the broker walked off, leaving BVly 1Ioss l ooking at the card and wondering whether his ears had deceived him or not. "Washington Hooper Stocks and Bonds, No. -Wall Street," was what Billy read on the card. "Gee whiz I This mus t be my lucky"Bay," breathed Billy, putting the card carefully away in his pocket. i'If I connect with that job it will be the finest thing I ever struck in my life Office-boy and m essenger to a stock broker. It's just what I've always wi s hed to b e Won't mother and sis t er be glad to hear that I've got hold of something steady, with regular wage s attached to it? Maybe I'll get as mch as five dollars. That will be a great help to mother. She hav e to work so hard if she's sure of :five cases a week." Suddenly a cloud came over hi s young face. "What am I going to do for clothes? I can't work in a


4 ON HIS ME'NLE. broker's office in this s uit, and it's the best I have. I won-I and I shall exp e ct you to be livel y in delivering my mes der if Mr. Hooper would buy m e a s uit and take it out of s age s and prompt in returning, wh e ther y ou h a v e a n answer my wages? I'll have to stTike him if he hires me." I to bring back or not. I have no use for a laz y boy, or on e After s tanding a moment in thought the boy started in prone to loit e r on the way. It oft e n h a pp e n s that the Uite to f?ell his papers. of some busines s transaction dep e nd s upon the agility and Billy Mos s was the son of a poor widow, who also had a faithfulness of one's office boy; therefore, I r e quire a lad on daughter of twelve, named Agnes. whom I feel I can depend under any and all circumThe three lived in the upper floor of a cheap tenement s tances on Madi son Street. "You'll be able to rely on me, sir," replied Billy, ear-'rhe husband and father, George Moss, had been dead five nestly. year s and s ince his death the little mother had had a hard The broker regarded him a moment or two attentively stru g gle to s upport her s elf and her two children. befor e g oing on. She had been a dressmaker before her marriage, and she "When you come here morning s; and whe n y o u r eturn was forced to take up with it again when her protector and from e rrands afte r delivering the answer, if a ny, to m e, provider had been taken away. you are to take your seat in the chair yo\1 were o c cup y in g It had been and still was a serious problem with her to when I call e d you in here, and when vis itor s come and as k manage to make both ends meet, for she did work only for if I am in you are to take their caxds or names, and brin g people in ordinary circumstances, and consequently was them to m e in this office. I will let y ou know or s end word but poorly paid for her service s out to the m wheth e r or not I am busy, and can or cannot She had kept her children at the public school, in spite see them. Do you under stand?" of adver s e c ircumstances, for it was her ambition to give "Yes, sir. them both the best education pos sible. "I want you to b e p olite and respectful to c all e rs, unde r Bill y howe v e r, s eeing how things were, had in s isted on all c ircum:.::tanccs. You will find that a g reat many peopl e leaving at the clos e of last term in spite of the fact that he are abrupt and perhap s uncivil in their d e portment, e s neede d only one y ear more to graduate. peci a ll y whe n laborin g under the e xcit e ment of the s to c k Failing 'to g e t a satisfactory job as soon as he expected, market. You mu s t learn to keep an eve n di spos ition and he took to s elling papers and was doing fairly w e ll at it. a smili.n g face When callin g on other brok e r s with notes His sis t e r continued at school with the intention of it i s my wis h that you shall conduct your s elf lik e a little graduatin g two y ears from the previou s June. 'gentle man In spite of the fact that self-denial was the order of the "Yes, sir." little household, mother 8.Ild children were very happy in with respect to other mes s enger boys whom you one another's society. will oft e n mee t, I hope you will a void getting into rows The mother was always planning for the future of her w ith them. While I do not object to a boy d efe ndin g him. dear one s while they were just as con s tantly l o okin g fors elf from a g gression, and I hav e had some evid e n c e this ward to the time when they expected to be able to take te morning that you are able to hold y our o w n wit h boys of burden from h e r shoulders and give her a good rest. your age, and probably bigger one s I do not want a boy Promptly at three o'clock Billy Moss ascended the single who looks for trouble, for he u s uall y finds all that's com fl.ight of stairs which led to the corridor on which Washing to him, and s ometimes a great d e al mor e." ington Hooper's office opened. "I'm not a scrapper, sir; but I couldn't s t a nd by and He felt something like a fish out of water when he opened see an old woman pushed down and h e r s to c k i n trade up the door of the reception-room and entered, for he was conset, by a mean little rascal like Pixy Shattuck. If an y one scious that he presented but a poor appearance in his old did such a thing to my mother I'd e x pect some one to de and often-mended garments. fend if I was not there to do it my s elf s aid Billy, with A clerk a s k e d him what he wanted, and he replied that an aggr e s sive not e in his voice. Mr. Hooper had told him to call about three o'clock. "I am not finding any fault with you for what y ou did The clerk went into the private office where his employer this morning; in fact I rather admire your cour ag e in tack was, and soon came back to tell Billy that Mr. Hooper would ling a boy who seemed to be stronger than y ourself, considsee him in a few minutes. ering the circumstances. I merely wis h to impress on your In a quarter of an hour the broker came to the door of mind that I di s courage fighting amon g boys on a slight prehis private room and called the boy inside. text. Now write your name and address on that pad "Now, Billy, I want an office boy," began Mr. Hooper, Billy did so, and the broker wa s both s urpri s ed and "one who will do exactly what he is told, nothing else. pleased to see that he wrote a neat and legibl e hand A boy with a still tongue and a wise head. Do you under"You live with your mother and sister, I think you told stand?" me this morning?" "Yes sir, replied the lad, promptly. "Yes, sir." "I shall keep you on the move pretty much all the time "How long since you attended public school?" during business hours, carrying notes to different offices, "About four months, sir."


ON HIS ME'l'TLE. "What grade were you in?" "I would have been in the fiTst grammar had I gone this term. Mother wanted me to remain and graduaLe next June, but money was so scarce with u s ancl moth e r hacl to work s o hard to keep the pot boiling, that I was afraid she'd get sick and perhaps have to go to the hospital. That would mean the breaking up of our little home, so I decided to do something myself to help her out. I got one job, but it wasn't satisfactory, and while l ooking for another I've been selling papers "Well, I will give you a fair trial, Billy. If you make good, as I trust you will, this will be a good place for you, with a future to look to, for eventually I shall advance you to a clerkship in my counting-room You may commence to-morrow morning. You must be here promptly at nine o'clock. Report to M r. Bradshaw, my cashier You have a better suit than the one you a.re now wearing, I supp ose?" "No, sir," replied Billy "Well, then, you must get yourseLf a new suit this afte r noon. I will give you an order on a tailor, and you can fit yourself out." "Thank you, sir. Y ou can deduct the price from my wages." "That isn't necessary. I will make you a present of the s uit. You can make it up by faithful attention to your duties." "I am very much obliged to you, sir," replied Billy, grate fully "That's aH right. I can see that you are a smart, intelli gent boy, and I think you will make a first -cl ass office boy. That's what I am after. Your wages will .be five dollars to start with. I shall raise it as you sho'w your :fitness for the position. That will be all. I will write you the order for the clothes, and you can taJ;;e it to the tailor's on your way home. You wi11 also need a new hat, a new tie, and some collars, and probab l y other things Here's five dollars to get with. It all goes with the suit." Mr. Hooper handed him the order for the suit, and Billy l ef t the office a very happy boy. CHAPTER III. BILLY'S FIRST EXPERIENCE AS A MESSENGER. Wh en Billy went home that afternoon he felt sure he look ed as swell as any Madison Street elude on Sunday. He had a nice suit of clothes on, the tailor having agreed to send the old suit to his home next day. He had also a new hat, a new pair of shoes a new neck tie, and severa l other necessary articles in a bundle under his arm, all of which he had obtained in Bowery stores, where the $5 had g r eate r purchasing powers than in Broad way. Wh en he entere d the Moss apartments his mother and sis ter hardly knew him, s o changed for the better was he. "\Vhy, Willie," cried his astonished sister, where on earch did you get that suit of clothes? And you've a new hat, and new shoes, and a new necktie, too I Do tell us what has happened to you." "'l'o begin with, I've caught on to a swell job at five dol lars a week, and it's up to me to hold on to it." I m s o glad," said the hard-worked little mother, beam.. ingly. "What is it?" "Gue ss," answered Billy. "Judging from the new clothes I should say it was in a bank," laughed Agnes. "Well, it's next door to it. It's in a stock broker's office in Wall Street." it possible!" exclaimed Mrs. Moss, almost incredu lously. "Yes, mother, it's true. As I couldn't hold the position in my old d_iids, the broker ga .ve me an order on his tailor for a suit of clothes, which fits me like the paper on the wall, doesn't it?" "Turn around and l et me see you Yes, it fits you very well." "He also gave me a five-dollar-bill to invest in a hat, n ecktie and whatever else I needed. I stretched it so ha.rd that it produced a new pair of s hoe s at $1.75." "He was very kind to advance you so much money," said Mrs Moss. "He advance d me nothing. He made me a present of this outfit." "Made you a present of all those things?" exclaimed his aston ished mother. "Sure as you live he did. That's the kind of boss to have, mother." "Do they always do that down in Wall Street?" asked his siste r. "No; I don't believe they do. But Mr. Hooper seems to be a liberal sort of man. He handed me the five just as some people would a nickel. He 's all right." "You're a lucky boy," smiled Agnes. "How did you secure the situation, dear?" a s ked Mrs. Moss. "Well, you see, I got into a scr ap with a tough named Pixey Shattuck, who's a messenger in the Maritime Ex change He upset an old woman named Mother Hubbard, who se lls apples and candies on the street, and I went for him. He thought he could wipe the sto nes with me, but soon found out his mistake, for I put it all over him in le ss than five minutes." "Oh, Willie!" cried his sister, "did you actually get into a fight?" "That's what I did, and I polished Pixey off to the queen's taste. I was sitting on his chest when a cop came up--" "You were not arrested?" screame d his mother, apprehensively. "Not much I wasn't. The gentleman who afterward hired me to work for him chipped in and told the officer that I was not to blame for the mix-up, and he let. me go.


6 ON HIS METTLE. When the trouble was all over, the gentleman spoke to me; l asked me my name and where I lived, and if I'd like tQ take a job as office boy in a broker's office. Well, say, when he said that, I nearly dropped. Would I take it? Would a duck swim? I said I'd be glad to get such a place, so he told me to call around at three o'clock to his office, handing me his card.' I went around, you can bdt, and I got hired on trial. It will be a cold day if I don't make good, for it's just the kind of posish I've been yearning for." "It is certainly a very respectal)le situation," said his mother. "The boys. around here won't know you in tha.t suit, Will," said Agnes. "I'm not worrying ab out that, sis." "When do you begin, my son?" asked Mrs. Moss. "To-morrow, at nine o'clock. And I quit between three and four." "My goodness!" cried his siste'l', "those are bankers' At half-past nine Mr. Hooper came in. He nodded pleasantly to his new messenger. "Your new suit makes a great improvement in you, Billy," he said. "Come into the office. I've got several errands for you." Billy helped the broker off with his coat, and hung it up in a closet. Mr. Hooper put his hat on the top of his desk.' "I suppose you a.re well acquainted with the :financial district, Billy?" "Yes, sir." "Know where all the big office buildings are, I suppose?" "Yes, sir." "Where's the Bowling Green Building?" "Down Broadway, near the Battery." "Well, this letter goes there. Know where the Corn Ex change Bank is?" hours.'' "Yes, sir William Street, near Wall." "You will deliver that letter to the cashier, and bring an "Better. Bank clerks work till five, as a rule, and often later." answer back. This note goes to the V a.nderpool Building." "In Exchange Place, sir." "You'll be getting so high-toned by-and-by that it will "Right. And this goes to the Mills, in Broad Street. be a privilege to spea k to you,'' smiled Agnes "Don't you believe it. Prosperity won't swell my head. N0Bw_'11let soonk'youdc antget back." Th. h t t th th ld ,, i y got is a and s ippe ou is new a is JUS e same size as e o one. "I' ,, a "F' a 11 k b t th' f I m gomg to make a new record f-0r that office, he sa1 ive o ars a wee wi ea grea mg or us. may I b bl t d 11 t f 't f d ,, 'd M to himself, as he started up Wall Street toward Broadway. e a e o save a o ar ou o i or a ramy ay, sai rs. I :ti.ft t h b k th ffi aft t k' M I n y mmu es e was ac in e o ce, er a mg m oss. the four places. "I hope you won't need to work qmte so hard as you have . been doing, mother. That will be the greatest satisfaction He brought back two replies, and Mr. Hooper comphto me." mented him on his agility. It was a very happy little family that sat down to supdid you m_anage cover the ground so quickly, per that night in the Moss apartments. Billy. he asked, with a smi le. The future looked brighter than at any time since Mr. "I use a pair of boots, s ir, whe n I'm in a Moss died. hurry," grinned the new messenger boy. Billy was on hand at Mr. Hooper's office next morning "I am glad you are so well provided. I hope they won't promptly at the stroke of nine. wear out soon,'' laughed Mr. Hooper. He. was the earliest arrival, but the others began coming "If they do I'll have them soled and heeled, so they'll in directly after. be as good as ever again." 'rhe cashier, Mr. Bradshaw, appeared at 9 :15, and the "It look s as if you would hold your job, Billy." first thing he did was to ask Billy if he was the new boy. "I hope so, sir. It-won't be my fault if I don't." "Yes; sir." take this l etter down to Clinton, Everett & Co., "Come inside a moment. Your name is William Moss, No. I believe," he said, after taking off his hat and coat. Billy took the envelope and hurried ?ff with it. "Yes, sir; but I'm generally called Billy." At this place he ran against the office boy, who was quite "Do you prefer to be called Billy to Will or William?" a fly young chap. !' I am more used to Billy, sir; but I don't care what you "Mr. Clinton is engaged," he said, looking Billy over call me." from top to toe. "Where are you from?" "Well, I'll call you Billy, I guess," said Mr. Bradshaw, "Mr. Hooper's." with a smile. "It seems to fit you pr-?tty well. Where do "What's the matter with Hooper's other boy? Got the you live, Billy?" bounce?" "_:ro. Madison Street." "All right. Now you may go back to your seat in the outer office. I presume Mr. Hooper gave you instructions as to your duties." "Yes, sir." Billy went into the reception-room and took his seat. "Give it up," replied Billy. "Well, I owe him a li cking. He was a fre s h kid. a seat, and I'll take this in to Mr. Clinton." P:rksently he came back. "There's no answer. What's your name?" "William Moss, Esquire." Take


ON HIS METTLE. '1 "Eh!" exclaimed Clinton's office boy, but Billy was off like a shot. "I think I 'll have to transfer that licking to the new kid," grunted the lad. "William Moss, Esquire. Well, I like that I wonder if h e thought that was funny. I hate fresh kids." By that time, however, the elevator was carrying Billy to the sidewalk. CHAPTER IV. stocks are formed nearly eyery day in Wall Street, and that nearly all the boomers come to grief." "That's so, too. They're small fry boomers, who have not the necessary cash to carry them over snags. The pool that's going to bull C 0. & F is made up of big capitalists-men worth millions-and they're almost su re to win every time." "Well, if you had $100 I'd much rather have you give it to mother than put it into stocks, even if you did have a tip," she said "That's where you'd be foolish, Aggie. However, there's no use talking about it. I haven't got $100, so the tip is no use to me." BILLY PROVES EQUAL TO .A.N EMERGENCY. "I've heard you say that tips are often sold in Wall Street "Say, Aggie," said Billy Qne evening, six months later, "That's-right; but I wouldn't risk a dollar on one unless when the litUe family was around the s upperI knew the source it came from." table, "I wish I had $100 "Why can't you sell yours, if it's a good one, in stead of "Why, what would you do with $100 ?'1 asked his sister, letting it go to waste?" with a smile. l might if I had the time to look up a custome r for it." "I'd buy C. 0.& F. stock with it,v he rep lied. "There's lots of people come into your office. Why not "And lose the $100.' ask one of them to buy it?" ro, I woulfln't. I'd double it in a week." "lt wouldn't do, Aggie. Mr Hooper might not like it." "Why, Will, you've often told me that a speculator in "I'd like to see you make money, Will; but I don't think Wall Street didn't ham onC' chance in ten of coming out you' re wise enough for Wall Street yet. You've only been ahead on a deal.' working there six months." ":Most of them don't, here they take the u sual chances "But I 've been keeping my eyes and ears wide open all It's different in my case.'" the time. Some people learn more in s i x months than oth" How do you make that out?" she asked, with some in-crs do in six years." terest. "Some people get big heads, too, and think they know it "We ll, when a chap is going around to different brokers' all," she replied, rogui s hly. 1 offices all day long he somet ime s manages to pick up a good "Well, I haven't got a big head," protested Billy; "but tip." I'd like to have a chance to show that I do know a thing or "Have you pickeS]up a tip?" two. C 0. & F. closed at 71 this afternoon Just make "That's just what I've done. I found out today that a a note of that fact, Aggie, ancl ;ve'll see what it rules at a combination of severa l big brokers ha s been formed to boom week from now." C. 0. & F. That means the sha re s are going to rise in a His sister jotted the figures ctown on a back page of h e r few days. The outside public don't know that, and consecopy-book, with a little l augh, ar1d in a few minutes had quently won't be wise in time to get in on the ground flo or, forgotten all about it. which is the only thing to do if you want t1 maJ

8 ON HIS METTLE. \Yithout a moment's he:;itation Billy sprang into the "I am very grateful Lo you, indeed," :mid Lhe young lally, street to inten:eJ_Jt the runaway. after they had got free of the mol.>. \\' hat is your namer As he reached for the s winging bridle, the animal swerved "Billy Moss, miss." to one side, struck an I talian fruit vender 's cart and upset "Here comes my father, now," she cried, hastening her it, together with its owner. s teps. The collision stopped the onward rush of the cab for an "Then you don't need me any more," said the boy, glad instant, just long enough for Billy to get a firm hold on of the chance to attend to the business Mr. Hooper had the bridle. despatched him on. He threw his weight upon the horse's head and the ani "Don't go, please. My father will want to thank you for mal stumbled and almost came to his knees. what you did for me." The boy followed up his advantage and brought the horse "I don't want any thanks," protested the boy. to a standstill at the corner of Broad Street, jus t as half a Wheth er he wanted them or not, it was evident he would dozen spectators ran up to help him. have to wait and receive t h em, or make an abrupt departure The young lady was helped out of the cab, while the from the scene. scared driver quickly descended from his perch and ran He was rather doubtful as to the propriety of the latter, forward to soothe his frightened animal. and, while he stood con s idering the matter, the girl's father By this time quite a crowd nad gathered around the rig stepped up and, ta.king her in his arms, embraced her--so and the actors in the short, but thrilling, accident glad was he that she had escaped injury. "You're a plucky boy," said a big stock broker, slapping "This boy, his name is Billy Moss, stopped the horse and Billy on the back. "You stopped that runaway in great saved my life father," she said, earnestly. shape. I think I've seen you in my office . Who do you "Young man, I am deeply sensible of the serv ice you work for?" have rendered my daughter and incidentally myself. You "Mr. \Vashington Hooper." will let me do something to testify my appreciation of your "You're his messenger, then?" gallant conduct. Come to my office with us." 'Yes, sfr." "I have a message to deliver at the Mills Building, sir," "I knew I'd seen you. What's name?" sa id Billy, more than ever anxious to get away. "I'm afraid "Billy Moss; but I must be going. l 've a letter to deit's a very important one." l iver at the Mills Building right away." "Well, then, here is my card. Call and see me as soon "Hold on," said the broker, detaining him. The young I as you can," said the gentleman, pressing something in the l ady wants to see you." lad's hand, and then walking off with his daughter. "Can't wait,'' declared the boy, trying to make his escape Billy, without waiting to look at the card, dashed for from the crowd. Broad Street and shot down that wide thoroughfare as hard The broker, however, r eached out, grabbed him by the'. as h e could run. arm and marched him up to the re s cued girl. Whe n he r e ached the Mills Building he caught a,n eleva"Here's the young lad that saved you, miss," he said. tor, and was soon being carried to the eighth story "He's s uch a modest chap that he didn't want to wait for He had now a breathing spell, and he took advantage of you to thank him it to look at the gentlemaJl's card. "How brave of you to rush out and si.op that horse," ex-He found that something else lay in the palm of his claimed the pretty girl, who had now recove red her self -hancl beR idc the carcl. possession. "You probably saved my life." It was a hundred-dollar note. "You're welcome, miss," replied Billy "Now don't run away," she said, as the boy began to P.dge away. "I'm in a hurry, miss "You can escort me as far as my father's office, can't you?" she said, smiling ly. "Yes, miss, if you wish me to "I shall consider it a favor if you will," she said, ear nestly "I should like to get out of this crowd." "Follow me, then, miss." Billy began to push his way through the mob of disposed people who had flocked to the scene of exciteme nt. The people made way for the hero of the occasion and the girl who might haYe been a victim of a Ferious, if not fatal, mishap. \Vhile they were getting away at one end of the crowd a polic e man was making his way into it at the o ther CHAPTER V. BILLY SELLS HIS Til' ON C. 0. & F. Billy stared at the bill in surprise. By the time h e had recovered himself, the elevat9r reached the eighth floor and he had to get out. "One hundr e d dollars l" he cried, as he hurried along the corridor, to the office of the firm his l etter was addressed to. "I suppose the father of that girl put that into my hand along with the card. Well, he'll get it back again I'm not taking money for such a thing as that." He reached the door of Brown & Co. and entered. Mr. Brown was engaged, and he had to wait while tl:ie office boy took his note inside.


ON HIS METTLE. 9 Taking' possession of a chair, thrust the $100 bill me to pay you, even if I gave you every cent I'm worth. I into his pocket and took a look at the card the gentleman value my Constance as my choice st possessio;n." had given him. "Well sir, i you are so anxious to do something for mJ It read as follows: "Horace Colt, Banker and Broker, benefit, I ll tell you what I'll do. I'll sell you a first-class No Wall Street tip on the market-I consider it a sure thing-and you can "I shall call on Mr. Colt just as soon as I can and repay me whatever you think it's worth." turn his money. I wish he hadn't given it to me. His The banker smi led indulgently. daughter is a :fine-l ooking girl, all right. I am glad I saved "I will buy yoUl' tip with pleasure-what is it?" her from a possible smash-up. With all those men strung Billy immediately gave him a full account of how he along the sidewalk it's a wonder none of them made an efcame to l earn that a pool had been formed to boom C. 0. fort to jump out and try to stop that horse be.fore the ani -& F. mal reached me. I guess they were afraid of getting hurt: Mr. Colt, who had not imagined that the boy's pointer I never thought about that until it was all over, and then was worth anything, but who saw that by buying it he I wondered how I had had. the nerve to do it. If I had would be able to induce the fad to accept a handsome sum mis s e d getting a good hold on the bridle I might have been that he wished to bestow on him, was surprised to discover knocked down and run over. If I was to tell mother what tha.t the tip was a really valuable one, and one that he I did I'll bet she'd have a fit." would certain ly take advantage of. At that moment the office boy brought an answer from He asked Billy a few questio ns, and then said: Mr. Brown for him to carry back to Mr. Hooper, so he hur"I'll give you $1,000 for that tip, Master Moss, or, what ried out of the office, caught a descending elevat or-cage and I think would be more to your advantage, I'll buy for your was soon hurrying up Broad Street. account 100 shares of C. 0. & F. s tock, which is ruling at "May I go out a few minutes, Mr. Hooper?!' he asked his 72 this morning. I sha ll buy a thousand or more shares employer, after laying the message he had brought on his for my own benefit. I will carry your shares with my deal, employ er's desk. and use my own judgment, ought to be better than "How long do you expect to be away, Billy?" yours, about selling it later on. When I have closed out "Fifteen minutes, sir." the deal I will render you a statement of account, just as if "Very well. You may g9." you were a regular custome r, and the $1,000, together with Billy hurried o:ff io call on Mr. Horace Colt. whatever profits you have r ea lized on your 100 shares, will He found the banker and broker in his office, and was be subject to your order. How will that suit you?" admitted at once. cried Billy, enthusiastically. "I'm glad to see you, young man," said Mr. Colt, effu"Very well,'' said the bank e r, making a memorandum on sively "Take a seat." a pad. "I've only a minute to stay, sir I called to return you \ Then he took out his check-book and filled in a check for a bill that I suppose you placed in my hand by mistake $1,000 payable to the order of William Moss. when 'you handed me your card," said the boy, producing "Just endorse that, please/' he said, handing Billy his the $100 note and laying it down on his desk. fountain pen "By George! That's right," replied Mr. Colt, feeling in The boy did s o his vest pocket. "I did not intend to offer you such a pal-The n Mr. Colt rang for his office boy.-try sum of money as pay for the invaluable service you "Take that to Mr. White, and bring me a memorandum rendered my daughter this afternoon. The bill was in my of the transaction pocket, and in my hurry I gave it to you with the card. I m The boy took the check and the banker's memo to the glad you came back with it, for I certainly would not want margin clerk in the counting-room and presently returned you to think that I valued my child's life at such a small with the required paper. consideration as that. In fact, my boy, I could not possibly "There you are, Master Moss," said Mr. Colt, handing pay you for what you did for us." the document to Billy. "You have purchased of me 100 "That's what I thought, sir. I was sure it was a misshares of C 0. & F. at '12, on a ten per cent. margin. I take on your part." will protect your investment, so you need think nothing "Now that the is set right," said the banker, "will more about it till"you hear from me later on." you let me testify my appreciation of your brave conduct "Thank you, sir," exclaimed the delighted boy. "I a.m: by giving you a little present?" very much obliged to you.''. "If it's in the shape of money I'd rather not take it,'' "Don't mention it. The obligation is all on my side. replied Billy. Now here is my home acldress. I want you to call on us "I'd like to star t a small bank account for you-say [some evening soon. Constance will be very glad to see you, $1,000. It will come in nicely after you have grown up." land so will m y wife and my other little daughter, Edith. "I'm much obliged to you but it would look like paying Have I your prom i se?" me for Baving your from injury." I "Yes, sir. I will call Sunday evening next if that will be "Not at all. As I said before, it w ould be impossible for satis factory."


ON HIS l\lET 'fLE. It will be." Billy then bade Mr. Colt good day and r eturned to his own office, where he found a note waiting for him to de liver. WheJ?. he got back to the office he found a reporter of a morning daily waiting to see him about the runaway, in which he had figured in such a promin ent way. The reporter, a bright y oung f e llow of nineteen, pro ceeded to interview him. "Oh, I say," object e d Billy. "i don t want to get into the papers over that affair. I only did wh a t an y other per son would have done unde r the circumstance s." "You performed a mi ghty plu c k y a ctio n from what I have heard, and as you have the r e b y got y our self into the limelight of public noti c e you wani t o m a k e the If\OS t of it. If you can only mana g e to di;;t i u gn i s h yourself in this way a few time s you will probably secure a niche in the newspaper graveyard." "What do you m e an by that?" "I forgot that you are na t urally n o t familiar wilh the in s and outs of a big m e tropolit a n dail y A ne w s p a p e r grave yard is different from an ordin a r y graveyard ina s mu c h a s it is a place where the y ke e p foe peop l e on t ap-not dead ones." "I don't understand it a n y bette r no w than I d id b e fore," replied Billy with a pnzzled e xpression "Every big daily has a s e r ies o f pigeon h o les in whi c h are depo s ited each day clipping s from oth e r p ap er s r e l a tin g to people famou s and otherwise, who b rcom e s ubject s of gen eral intere s t. Other cli p pinrs relatin g to matte r s of cur rent interest are also d epgs itcd in al p hab et i c al rotation in separate holes. The graveyard in a word i s a sort of ready-reference bureau, a vailabl e at a moment' s notice. F o r instance, when a public man die s s uddenl y, the duty of writing him up for the morning or evening e dition th e n under way, is as s ign e d to a m embe r of the s taff. Of s u c h a per s on the writer can always expe c t to find a fund of in formation collected in advance in the proper pi ge on-hol e All clipping s relating to his s nbject are handed over to him to u s e in his story By this mean s he can turn out a suitable biography in s h c r t orcler." "I see the point," grinne d Billy. "Whe n a g r eat man i s reall y d e ad he leaves the new s pap e r g r a v eyard for the real one." "That's about the s ize of it, r e pli e d th e r e port e r. "Now let me have your s t o ry of th rnn a way and I won't c harge yon a cent for the information rhav e g iven you." Billy gave the facts, the r e porter thanked him, put up bis note-book and went away. The late afte rnoon e dition s had th e s tory in a cond e nsed form, while the morning paper s gave a little more s pac e to the incident. When Billy went home he told hi s moth e r all about the affa ir, though he made no m e ntion about the 100 s h a res 0 C 0 & F., that the grateful broker had purcha s ed for hi s account He looked upon that as a purely busine s s transaction be tw e en him ancl Mr. Co}t, having no r efe rence whatever to rescue of Mi s s Con s t a nce Colt. "Why, y our n a m e will b e in the p a p e r s Will," cried his s i s ter, as soon as he told her that he had been interviewed by a reporter. "I can t h e lp that," ans wered Billy. "The reporter told me that it ... was one of the penalties of b e coming famous." N ex t mornin g when Aggie w ent to school, s h e carried a c lipping to show h e r s choolmate s what a brave boy h e r bro t h e r w as and she let everybod y kn o w how proud she wa s of him. Of cour se, the incident was known all over Wall Street b e for e t e n o'clo c k. Frie nd s of Banker Colt cal1e d to congratulate him over the narrow escape of his charmin g dau ghte r. Quite a numb e r of brok e r s fri e ndl y with :Mr. Hoop er, call e d on one exc u se or a no t h e r to Ree th e messenger boy who had s o di s tinguished him s elf under try ing circum s tances. Mr. Hooper called Billy into his private office anc1 intro duced him to the diff erent brokers when they dropp e d in. "The little rascal never said a word to me about the afl'afr when he came back ye s terday afternoon said the broker. "The fir s t I le a rn e d about it was when I saw the' item in l as t ni ght's paper. You're a s l y clog, Bill y." "We ll, s ir, wh e n you hired me s i x month s a g o you told me y ou '\"anted :! boy with a still tongue and a wi s e head. I'm try in g to make good." "He s got y ou there Hoop e r s aid one broker, and all laughed heartily at the boy' s apt reply. .CH.APTER vr. HOW BILLY CAME OUT ON 0. 0. & F. A f e w cla y s late r Billy called hi s s ister's attention to the s to c k marke t r eport in the mornin g paper and asked her to loo k for C 0. & F. "It's quot e d at 79," she s aid afte r s he had located it in th e lis t. "That s ri g ht. What wa s it the othe r night when we w e r e talking about the c ombine which I said had been formed to boom it?" A ggie got her copy book and found the figures she had writt e n clown. "You t old m e it was 7J_ and I wrote it down here." "That's an advance of $8 a share i sn't it?" "Yes." "If I had bou ght t e n s hare s as I wanted to do I should be $ 8 0 ah e ad wouldn t I?" "Yes." "So you see I w as right about that boom." "You were inde ed." "By Monday, C 0. & F will be at 81 or highe r .All who bought the s tock at 71 will then have doubled their


ON HIS METTLE. 11 money. Aren't you sorry now, that I didn't have $100 to invest at that time?" asked Billy with a grin. / "Yes," admitted Aggie. "Now, Aggie, l'm going to tell you a secret. Will you promise not to tell mother?" "That depends," replied the girl, doubtfully. "On what?" "Whether I ought to keep it from mother or not." "I'll let you be the judge of that." "'l'hen I promise," replied Aggie, with not a little curiosity. "I own a hundred shares of C. 0. & F., on a ten p e r cent. margin which I got at 72, therefore at this moment I am $700 ahead on the deal." Moss, what are you talking about?" exclaimecl his sister increqulously. "That's the solemn truth, Aggie." "Why, where could you get the money to buy 10 0 shares of that stock?" "I sold my tip to Banker Colt, father of the girl I saved in the runaway, and he allowed me a ten per cent. interest }. 1n the 100 shares, which he considered worth more than $1,000 cash." "Did you really?" asked the astounded girl. "I did really." "And y ou actually received that intere s t in 100 s hares of C. 0. & F. stock?" "Yes, Aggie.11 "My goodness It doesn't seem possible. When are you going to sell out?" "I have nothing to do with it. Mr. Colt is attending to the matter. It's a regular cinch, for I feel s ure C. 0. & F. will go up to 86 or 90." "And how much would you mak e if it did?" "If it went to 90, I should make $18 a s hare profit, or $1,800." "Eighteen hundred dollars!" gasped A ggie "Sure thing Then to that you must add my investment c;if $1 000 that I got for the tip, that would make me worth $2,800. I'll be satisfied, however, if I make, say $2,500." "I s hould think you would. I never heard of such luck. MtJther will just go crazy when she hears about it." "She mustn't know until the deal is concluded, then I'll work a little surprise on her. I'll bring her home $500 and throw it in h e r lap, just as if I was an Astorbilt or a Rocke feller." "Won't that be fun!" cried Aggie, clapping her hands. "And what are you going to do with the rest of the money Will?" "I'll consider that que s tion when it's in my hand." an swered Billy, g ivin g his sister a hug. Next day Saturday, and C. 0. & F. closed at 81, with every prospect of continuing its upward march when the Exchan ge opened on Monday much to Billy's satisfaction After tea Sunda y evening, Billy went to hi s room to put on a few extra frills for his visit to the Colts'. "Going to visit some new girl, Will?" laughed Aggie when he reappeared in the sitting-room. "Haven't got such an article, Aggie," he replied. "Oh, what a story," she cried, incredulously "No story at all. I am not quite fifteen yet, so wha t s hould I want of a girl?" "Some boys have sweethearts when they're only ten." "I don t belong to that order at all," said Billy, making a line for the door. "When will you be home, my son?" asked Mrs Moss ''About ten, mother I'm going to call on Banker Colt and his family." "Oh, "my; aren't we some!" laughed Aggie "Going t o call on a banker." "Don't you wish you were going, too?" he smi l ed. "Never mind, Aggie, some day I'll introduce you t o my swell friends. Until then, ta, ta. 1 Billy received a cordial reception at the Colts'. Mrs. Colt thanke d him for saving her daughter's l ife as she put it, and Constance, herself, declared she i;hou l d never forget him as long as she lived. Then Billy was presented to her sister, Edith, a golden haired little beauty of thirteen, who took an interest in him at once Bill y thought her the prettiest girl he had ever seen and was tickled to death that she took so much notice o f him. Constance played very charmingly on the piano, and Edith sang a song especially for him Billy had the time of his life until half-past nine o'clock, when he took his leave, promising to call again at an ear l y date Billy's exploit of stopping the hansom cab in Wall Street, seemed to have made a good many friends for him, because whenever he carried a message around to an office, the broker generally had something pleasant to say to him. "It pays sometimes to get into the newspapers," he said to himself one day of the following week. "Nobody ever noticed me before; now the brokers can't do enough for me." That aternoon he was sent by the cashier, with a note to Mr Hooper, who was at the Exchange. 0 course he presented himself at the New Street en trance, and asked for his employer. Mr. Hooper came to the railing and took the note. There seemed to be a lull in business at that moment. A stout broker, to \vhom Billy had been introduced in Mr Hooper's private office, spied the boy . He rushed up to the railing and grabbing Billy, lifted him bodily on to the floor of the Board roo.!11. Then he rushed him into the middle of the floor, and began calling the attention of the other brokers. "Hear ye! HeRr ye!" he warbled. "I have now on ex hibition for a few moments only, the famous Wall Street phenomenon, Billy Moss, the hero of the hansom cab af fair. Step up and accord him the honors of the Exchange Immediately a score of brokers rushed towards them.


12 0 N HIS METTLE. Joining hands they began to circle around Billy and the stout broker in the fashion of the opening rally of the Clown, Pantaloon, Harlequin, Columbine and Sprite in a harlequinade. Other brokers joined in the fun, and soon another ring was formed which circled in the opposite direction. At a given signal all ru s hed in, and Billy was hoisted on the shoulders of two brokers, then, with the stOut broker at the head, a parade was formed marched around the room. At the height of the fun a broker came on the floor and began to make bids for a certain stock; two or three other brokers also, began shOuting, and in a moment the hero of the occasion was dropped like a hot potato in the middle of the floor, while business was resumed around several of the standards Billy was glad to make his escape, and he never stopped running until he struck the office building where he was employed. Next morning, a big daily had a story about Billy Moss's reception in the Stock Ex;change, and as a consequence, all Wall Street was laughing a bout it. "If this thing keeps on I'll soon get into that newspaper graveyard," chuckled the boy, as he read the article. "You're becoming famous, aren'i you, Billy," sa id Kittie Armstrong, the pretty office stenographer, when he carried a letter out to her den for her to copy. "I certainly am," he smiled. "I'm a humm e r from H ummerville." "Dear me," she replie{:l laughingly. "It be quite an honor to speak to you by and by." "Oh, no, Miss Armstrong. I never go back on my friends." "Well, I'm glad to hear that. I was afraid you might contract a big hea d." "Don't you believe it. My head never expands." The girl was about to say something else, when Mr. Hooper's bell summoned Billy into the private office. On the following 1\ionday, there was great excitement over th1:1 shares of C 0. & F., which had risen to 90. The great army of Lambs flock. ed into the Street, all eager to buy on a general rising market. The brokers worked like good fellows to fill their orders, and their help had to put in overtime to keep things moving along smoothly. By noon C. 0. & F. was quoted on the ticker at 95, and the uproar on the Exchange floor resembled a small Niagara Falls broken loose. "I'll bet it'll go to par," chuckled Billy, as he got a look at the tape. But it didn't. A screw came loose somehow, and before one o'clock tho stock began to tumbl e at an alarming rate. "Gee whiz!" gasped Billy. "I wonder where I am at in all this?" Before three o'clock he took the first chance to run d own to Mr Colt's office. He was admitted to the private room. "What's the matter, Billy?" laughed the banker: "You look excited." "Sure I'm excited. C. 0. & F. has gone to smash." "Well, that needn t worry you," replied Mr. Colt placidly. "I sold out our holdings this morning at 92. You have Cleared $20 a share on your hundred. Your statement would have been mailed to you in the morning, but I dare say I can get it made up for you in a moment or two." He rang his bell and sent word to his head bookkeeper to prepare a statement for William Moss and send it into the office. This was done in' a few minutes, and while he was wait ing Billy tried to realize the stupendous fact that he was worth $3,000. When the statement was placed on the banker's desk, he asked Billy if he would have a check for the amount com ing to him. "No, sir, I want you to keep most of it for me. Give me $500 in bills, I want to take 'em home and su rprise my mother. And give me another hundred for my sister. And I'll take another hundretl fo;r myself. I want to buy a few things I need." ,. Billy got the cash, and a credit slip for $2,300, and he felt as big as a Vanderbilt when he walked out of Mr. Colt's office and returned to Mr. Hooper's. Perhaps Mrs. Moss wasn't treated to the surprise of her life that evening. Well, say; you couldn't hold Bill y in when he dumped those bills into his mother's lap and saw the look of amaze ment that came into her careworn face. He grabbed his sister and waltzed about the little sitting room. You may be sure there was a high time that night in the Moss home. CHAPTER VII. KITTY ARMSTRONG REFUSES A SURE THING. I Six months passed away, and Billy's $2,300 remained to his credit with Banker Colt, who treated it as a time d eposit and paid him three per cent. interest on it. He had called a number of times s t the Colts' residence, where he always enjoyed himself immensely. He was especially partial to the society of Miss Edith, and that little fairy returned the compliment with interest. One morning when Bill y got to the office, he found a dainty little letter add res ed to himself in the mail left by the carrie r, which it was his duty to place on Mr. Hooper's desk. "I might as w e ll take possession of this now," he sa id, taking his letter and opening it, wondering who it could be from. He found it was an invitation from Miss Edith Colt, in which he was asked to attend her coming birthday party.


ON 1118 METTLE. 13 The invitation included his sister. capital on a deal. If M. & G. should happen to go down, "Don't ail to come, and be sure and bring your sister," after you have bought, instead of up, you would stand a was' written at the bottom of the invitation. good show of being wiped.out altogether:" When Billy got home that afternoon, he showed the let" I expect to take that chance, sir." ter to Aggie, and asked her if she'd go. ''All right, little man, you are the doctor. Don't say tha t Billy had already introduced her to the Colts, and she 1 I didn't warn you was delighted with Edith. "If I lose you won' t hear me say a word." She said she'd like to go very much, but had nothing So Billy made the deal, just like any other customer, to wear. and was quite independent about it. "That's the first thing you girls say, that you've nothing Banker Colt admired his pluck, but rath e r frowne L l upon to wear. 'IV e ll, go buy a nice dress, a new hat and other ra s hness fixings and send the bill to m e," s aid the boy, throwing out "Well, Master Billy, you might as well have a lesson now his chest. as later on. It will make you wiser to th e ways of Wall "If you want me to buy all thos e things you ll have to Street," he said as Billy put on his hat and wis h e d him give me the cash, Willi e dear," laughed his sist e r "The good day. storekeeper won't send bill s to boys, even if they are worth III. & G stock, however, showed no tendency to get a $2,300 like yourself." slump on, but on the contrary advanced steadily every day "411 right, Aggie, rll bring you $50 home to morrow un t il one morning Billy telephoned Mr. Colt to sell him He was as good as hi s word, and Mrs. Moss took Aggie out out and bought her a nice party dress, white shoes, a n e w The banker was glad to do so, as he had been fearing hat, gloves, and othe r necessa r y articles. his young friend and customer would hold on too long i n Bill y got himself another new sui t especially for this his eage rness to pile on profits. occasion, consisting of a pair of black trousers, a iow-cut Bill y's profit all expenses was $10 a share, and he vest, and a. Tuxedo coat. now had a balance in Mr. Colt's hands of $, 700. He l ooked so swell and s o did hi s sister, whe n they. came "That's a smart boy," the banker said to himself. "He'll out of the Madison Street tenement, that all the boys in make hi s mark .in Wall Street yet, or I'm no prophet. I'm the neighborhood flocked about the carriage Billy h a d sent bound to say that I take a great deal of interest in him, for to carry them up to Madison Avenue. quite apart from th<:! obligation I feel under to him." When they recognized Billy and Aggi e they nearly had I Il1r. Hooper was nlso satisfied that Billy was a smart boy, a fit all around. but he hadn t the least idea that his young messenger had They all ran to their homes lo spread the news that the \ marle oYc>r $15,000 in the market. Moss family mu st have been left a gol d mine somewhe r e ''Well, Bill y," said Mis s Armstrong, the ste nographer, out West, and that they w e r e putting on as much style as: one morning, "I haven t seen your name in the newspapers if they had join ed the Four Hundred. l a t e ly. What's the matter? Can't you find any way to Billy and Aggie had a fh1e at the party, an d came distinguish yourself?" home at two o'clock in the morning. "Things a.re rathe r slow in Wall Street these days," Aggie had met a fine young fellow, the son of another plied th e boy with a grin banker. "Are they?" laugh e d the young lady. I didn't notice Altogether, they declared they hacl nevrr enjoyed them that they were any different from the usua l run. I find selves so much in all their lives before. enough work all the time to me pretty l:Jusy." About t" o weeks iJHer this a{l:air, Billy learn e d that a "So clo I, for that matter," replied Billy. "The boss pool was being formed to boom Ilf. & G s hare s keeps me on the jump about all the time As he wasn't any too Rurc about th e sonrce from whic h "'l'hen what do you mean by saying things are slow in the he got hi information, he was in no hurry to ru sh in and Street?" buy the stock. "I don't find any more young ladies putting them s elves H e kept a s harp eye on it, howewr, until he Raw that it in situations I can jump in and save them, and thus had aclvancccl from H l to 82, and then went clown to Mr. get my name before the public again," replied the boy. Colt's office and asked him lo buy him 250 s hares on a ten "Oh, that's it, eh? W e ll, you hav e my sympathy. Isn't per cent. margin there any oth e r way by which you can attain the same ob4 He had more than enobgh money on deposit to make ject ?" good the margin. "Yes ; but they don t come my way either. Perhaps you "What's this, Bill y ? Another tip?" s mil e d the banker, could suggest something that I could do that would bring when he put the propo s ition befor e him. me into the lime-light, as that reporter who interviewed me "I'm not su re, sir; but I've got an idea M & G. i s going called it." to keep on risin g :for a few days, and I want to take ad"Well, you might walk to the central s pan of the Brookvantage of the fact l y n Bridge, climb over the railing and jump into the river," "I don't think it's a wise thing for you to risk all your laughed the stenographe r


14 ON HIS iYIE'r'l'LE. "Thanks. Why don't you think up something original? .That's altogether too common." "You'd get into the newspapers if you did that." "And into jail, too, which I object to." "I'm afraid you're hard to please, Billy." "Well, I'll tell you what I'll do. If you'll go out on the Brooklyn Bridge and jump off yourself, I'll jump after you from the highest span and save you. Then we'll both get in the papers. That's a fair proposition, isn t it?" "I'm not looking for notoriety, Billy," replied Kittie. "What are you looking for? Money?" "Well;'' laughed the giri, "I think we're all looking for that." "Do you want to make some?" asked Billy, suddenly. Kittie looked at him in surprise. "What do you mean?" "Just what I said. If you want to make a few dollars I can put you in the way of it, provided you've got a dollar or two saved up." "Oh, I suppose you've got a tip on the market and want me to go in with you," smiled Kittie, warily. "I'm not such a fool." -"Oh, very well, Miss Armstrong. It's your loss. Don't say I didn't offer to give you a lift in the world." "Why, you foolish boy! Don't you know that if you were to risk your money on stocks there isn't one chance in fifty of you winning out?" "No, I don't know it." "And you've been fourteen months in Wall Street." "That's right. I've been here long enough to know a good thing when I see it." Kittie smiled incredulously. "I'm afraid you're catching the fever." "What fever?" "The speculative fever. It carries off more victims than consumption." "That's no lie, Miss Armstrong; but I'm not afraid of it." "Well, I a.m. I've been working in Wall Street for five years, and I am pretty well posted in the wreckage of the Street. Nobody but the brokers make money down here. And it's no unusual thing for one of them, with all their inside knowledge, as well as money, to go to the wall. If I really wanted to find some good swift way to get rid of my money I'd put it into the market." "You wouldn't lose it if you operated on a sure tip, pro vided you didn't reach out for the last dollar, like so many you in on two s hares. I can guarante e you 'll doubl e your money in s id e of ten days." Kittie s hook her head. "I can' t afford to lose $10," she said. "But you won't lose it. In fact I'll agree to make your $10 good if anything should go wrong. That's fair, i s n t it?" "I wouldn't want you to do that, Billy." "Then I can't induce you to accept a sure thing?" "No." "All right, Kittie. I'm sorry, for I'd like to hf1ve you s hare in my good luck. I'm going to buy 500 shar e s of L. & 1\1. when I go out to lunch, and I exp ect--" "What' s that?" exclaimed Kittie. "You are going to buy 500 shares of L. & M.? Billy, you make me laugh. Where would you get the money to buy 500 shares of any stock, even on a ten per cent. margin?" "I've got the money all right." "Billy," said Kittie, severely. "I never knew you to tell a whopper like that before." "Then you don't believe me?" "No, I don't. Do you know what 500 shares of L. & M. would cost you on a ten per cent. margin?" s h e a s ked, pick ing up a stock list and running clown the names till s he reached the Lehigh & Monongahela road. "It's ruling At 49 7-8. It would cost you $2,500." "I know it," replied Billy, coolly "You do know it," she answered in surprise; "and yet you've the che e k to tell me that you're going to buy 500 s hare s ? Billy Moss, are you getting crazy?" "I hope not. A boy can own $2,500 wjthout being crazy can't he?" "Billy, I don't want to talk to you any more at present. When you are ready to talk in a rational way you can come back., Now run along. There's your bell." Billy made a line for Mr. Hooper's private office, and a few minutes afterward was rushing up the street with a letter to deliver at the Vanderpool Building in Exchange Place. CHAPTER VIII. BILLY MAKES A BIG HAUL AND HELPS KITTIE TO A SMALL SLICE OF IT. speculators do, and get tripped up." Billy Moss did not tell Kittie Armstrong a whopper 11 Outsiders very seldom get sure tips, Billy." when he said he had a good tip on the market. "But they do get them occasionally," insisted the boy. Hehad picked it up that morning in a broker's office "For instance I've got one myself at this moment." in the Mills Building, where he had carried a note from "You mean you think you have," laughed the girl, withMr. Hooper. out pausing in her work. He had been admitted to the private room of the br o ker "I know it." while that gentleman was in the act of dictating a letter to "What kind of a tip is it?" another broker ; and Billy could not fail to hear a portion "Oh, come now, Miss Armstrong, you don't expect me 1 of the l ette r. to give away all I know. If you want to put up $10 I'll let 1 What he found out was that Lehigh &Monongahela, in an


ON HIS :MBTTLE. dl'ort to get control of the Lehigh Valley Coal & Iron Co., had bought out the rival road t o Scranton and would raise its freight tariff on the fir s t of the coming month-four days off. When this news got out on the Street, there was little doubt but that L. & M. stock would experience a boom. Billy immediately saw the chanc e to m ake s ome money, aILd decided to improve it. He resolved to buy 500 shares of L. & M., at any rate, and perhaps another hundred or two on top of that l ater on. He felt so certain that he had a snap in this that he tried, as we hav7 seen, to induce the office stenographer, whom he greatly to take a few shares with him. Kittie, however was a wary bird where the market was concerned. She had seen too many people lose their all in the spec u lative mae lstr om, and made it a rule to keep her hands off. That's why she'd have nothing to do with Billy's honest proposal. About one o'clock that afternoon Billy called on 1\Ir. Golt. -"Glad to see you, Billy. What can I do for you to-day?" ;!f. "You can buy me 500 shares of IJ. & M. at 50," replied the boy, in a business-like way. "L. & 11., eh? I haven't noticed any particular li fe in those shares for some time. Are you sure you're not making a mistake this ,time?" "No, sir. I'll give you the benefit of the tip if you wish without charge." "If it's worth anything I certainly will insist on p aying you a fair remuneration for it," replied the banker. "Just as you like, sir. You have been very kind to me and I'd just as soon you took it for nothing." Then he told Mr. Colt what he had l earned about the road and how he came by his information. "Billy, I think your pointer is a valuable one and worth $1,000 to me. I'll give you my c h eck at once And he started to fill out a check to the boy's order for the sum in que stio n. "I guess I'll change my order now to a thousand shares I'll. turn in your check as a part of the margin. The bal ance you can take out of what I have on deposit with you." "All right, Billy. Just sign this order and write you r name on the back of the check." When the boy had complied he sent the documents out to his margin clerk, and in a few minutes a memorandum of the deal was handed to the yeung specu l ator "'I'his is the biggest deal you've been in yet, Billy," said the banker, with a smile. "Do you think you can handle it all by yourself, and attend to your duties as messenger and office boy for Mr. Hooper?" "Yes, sir," replied the boy, confidently "YouJre a plucky lacl," replied 1\Ir. Colt, admiringly. "I am really anxious to see how much yo\1 will make out of this thing. I am going in myself to the tune of severa l thousand shares. Now I'm going to put you on your mettle. L et us see if you can do as well as I expect to do in proportion to your holdings." "All right, sir. I 'll match you. You've got the most money and exper i e nce, but I guess I have nerv e enough to work this deal to the limit, and prudence enough to judge how far I can go with safety." Billy took up his hat and left Mr. Colt's office. "Kittie," sa id Billy that afte rnoon, "I chang e d my minJ about buying 500 s hare s ot L. & M." "I thought you would," she laughed. "You co'uldn't make me believe any suc h nons e n se as that." "So, Kittie, instea d of buying 500 shares I purcha s ed 1,000." "Billy, I told you not to speak to me until you could talk commo n sense." "I'm talking common sense now," protested the boy. "You're fibbing jus t as hard as you can." "I clcny it. I can prove everything I sa.y." "Why, Billy Moss, how can you stand there and tell me such a story ?" "Well, the proof of the pudding i s in the eating, Miss Armstrong. Just cast you eyes over tba.t little memoran dum from Horace Colt, banker and broker. You 've been long enough in a broker's office to the meaning of that document. That's bona-fide evidence that I paid j\fr. Colt the sum of $5,000 this afternoon as margin on 1,000 shares of L. & M. at 50, isn t it?" Unless the William Moss m e ntioned in the memo. was some other person than Mr. Hooper's office boy, Billy ap peared to have told the exact truth, and Kittie couldn't get away from it. "Billy Moss, will you kindly explain what this all means?" asked the astonished stenographer. "Have you come into a l egacy of $5,000 lately, or," as the idea s ud den l y struck h er, and her face began to clear, "did r. Colt make you a present of that money for saving his daughter's life?" "You are wrong on both counts," laughed the boy. "Then where did you get all that money? Why, $5,000 is a littl e fortune." "I can on l y say that I got it by the exercise of my gray matter, together with a stroke or two of lu ck. "Do you mean that you made it all yourself?" she a s k e d in amazement. "I do." iYhy, a few months ago you were telling me how hard your mother had to wo1'k to make both ends me et, and what

l u ON HIS :ME'l"l'LE. "l did. And now that I have been frank with you l don't want it to go any further. I llon"t want Mr. Hooper t o hear about it until I am ready to tell him myself. You won't say a word, Kittie, will you?" "Certainly not, if you don't wish me to Now tell me how you came to go into L & M. Your tip m ust be a good o n e if you are willing to back it $5',ooo worth." "That's my opinion, a n d that's why I wanted to he l p you make a few dollars." Miss Armstrong suddenly became 'very thoughtful. She was considering whether she ought to break her cast i ron rule and invest a $50-bill in L. & :M. on the strength of Billy's deal. Mr. Hooper's bell cut the interview short before she reached a decision in the matter, but she thought a good bit about it during the rest of the afternoon and that night. Before leaving home next morning she had clecicled to take a chance on Billy's phenomenal luck, and she brought $50 with her to the office. "Get me ten shares of L. & M., Billy," she said, when she saw him, handing him the money. "L. & M. is quoted at ,51 3-8 this morning, r.Iiss Arm strong," replied Billy, quietly. "You ought to have taken me up yesterday." "Isn't that provoking!" she exclaimed, petulantly "Now I'm out of it, I suppose." "No. I'll let yon have ten of my shares for what I gave for them." "But that isn't fair to you, Billy," she said "Don "t you worry about that. I've 990 shares l eft. B e sides, I'm only making you a present of about $13.50 of my pre s ent profits-that is, one per cent." "No, Billy. If I make anything out of this deal you must deduct the $13.50. I sha ll insist on that," replied Kittie, :firmly. "Don't be foolish, Kittie T ake what's coming to you always and say nothing." "I am willing to do that, Billy, but I won't take m ore than is honestly coming to me." After that, for the first time in her life, Kittie Armstrong began to take a strong personal interest in the officeticker. Next morning L. & M. had advanced to 52 5 -8, and the girl was delighted. So was Billy, for his profits were now $2,625, less com missions and other expenses; but, of course, that was o nl y on paper. The brokers hadn't yet begun to take speci a l notice o f Hie gradual rise of L. & M. It wasn't the onl y stock that was going up on the list. Business wa' s brisk again, and Billy was kept o n the jump from ten to three, whe n the Exc h ange closed with L & M. quoted at 54. On the following Monday morning the news came out about the ) urchase of the opposition road by L & M., and then there was something doing around the stand of that stock. 'There was a sudde n rush to buy t h e shares, which wer e discovered to be scarce, and i.he spirited bidding that en sued sent the price up from 55 to 60 in time at all. Kittie being very busy that morning, she wasn't aware of the jump of five points in the stock until Billy ran in and told her about it. "I am ready to give you $150 cash for your shares, Kittie, at this moment, but I wouldn't advise you to take me up. "My gracious!" she cried, in delight, nhave I actually made $100 on that stock?" "That's what you have. You made $50 in the last two hours." "Why, I'm rich, ain't I?" "I am $10,000 ahead of the game so far, and I hope to double that before I sell out "My, what a lucky boy you are I" "Well, see that you keep mum about it," he said, as he hurried away. Three days later L. & M reached 70 and Billy concluded that was high enough for him. He sent word to nir. Colt to sell him out at the market price, and the banker, who had disposed of his holdings the day previous at 67 3-8, clid so, and on Friday morning the boy got his statement and a check for $24,700. He showed it to Kittie with a grin of triumph. "There is $250 of that coming to you, Kittie." "Less $13.50," she said, smilingly. "Less nothing." "But you're not deducting the expenses, Billy." "Never mind the expenses. Can't I afford to pay those for you? Look at what I have made myself." Kittie had nothing more to say. CH A P TER IX., A. RED-HOT CHA.SE. One day about a month after the close of the h & M. deal Billy was carrying a note into the New Street entrance to the Stock Exchange when he ran smack against a boy somewhat bigger than himself. The other lad, who was dressed in an A. D. T. messen ger's uniform, lost his balance and went down on the sidewalk. Two other messenger boys coming out o f the Exchange at the moment gave him the laugh The fallen boy scrambled to his feet with a snarl of an ger, and then Billy found himself face to face with Pixy Shattuck, whom he hadn't seen for nearly a year. "You done dat on purpose," roared Pixy, doubling up his fists. "No, I didn't. You're as much to blame as I am. How ever, I'm sorry I upset you," replied Billy, bn1shing by him and entering the vestibule of the Exchange. When he del ivere d the note to the broker he was in search


ON HIS ME'l'TLE. ] '7 of h e c am e ou t on the s treet again. Pixy was still there, ing his head, caught a glimpse of a boy resembling Pixy an d s o were the oth e r two boys to whom he was talking. disappearing around the corner of New Street. A s B i lly started up the s idewalk, Pixy stooped, picked up As the broker's clerks rushed to the door, Billy dashed a decayed apple and threw it at Moss. across the street in pursuit of the boy he guessed had flung It w ent to pieces just under Billy's ear, and Pixy and the stone. his companions laughed. One of the clerks rushed after him shouting: "Stop Billy was mad clear through in a moment. thief!" "Did you throw that apple at me?" he said, walking When Billy turned into New Street the boy that looked s traight up to Shattuck. like Pixy was half a block ahead, running at top speed. "G' wan, yer dreamin', replied Pixy, insolently. Moss put on steam and hustled after him. I asked you a plain question, and I want a plain anHe was rapidly overhauling the boy ahead, when a stout s wer," demanded Moss, aggressively. broker came out of a doorway right in his path. "S'pose dat I did t'row it, wot did yer get in de way Billy couldn't stop himself, to save his life, and he f er?" butted right into the gentleman. Bi:ff Both went .down in a heap on the sidewalk, the boy on If a horse had kicked Shattuck he couldn't have gone top. down quicker. "I beg your pardon, sir," said Billy, breathlessly, as he Billy had given him a s oaker right on the side of the started to assist the stout man to his feet. chin "How dare you run into me?" gasped the broker, who Pix y picked himself up in a dazed kind of way, as if he couldn't see the boy very well, as he had lost his glasses. wasn't certain what. had happened to him, while the other "It was an accident, sir. help it." boys look e d their surprise. Billy handed him his hat, and then resumed the chase They bad b e en expecting a different result. of the boy who had thus got a fresh start. Billy stood hi s ground, fully prepared to defend him"Hold him! Stop him! Don t let him get away !n cried self from the attack he supposed tha t Pixy would make several voices close behind. on him. I These cries were directed at the confused broker, who was Pixy, however, seemed to be in no hurry to mix things 1 looking around for his glasses. up. 1 If Billy heard them they made no impression on him, The blow he had received was a bard one, and he stood for he kept right on after the lad ahead, who turned the rubbing his jaw and glaring viciously at Moss. corner of Exchange Place and made for Broad Street. "Wot did yer clo dat fer?" h e asked at length, in a sulky Billy arrived at the corner in time to see him disappeartone. ing into the latter thoroughfare, "To pa y you for throwing that rotten apple at me," reThere were lots of persons on the street, and they turned plied Billy. "If you want any more, step up and toe the to look after the two runners, wondering what was up. mark As Billy reached the corner of Broad Street he saw the "I'll get square wit' youse fer dat, see if I don't," an-boy he was chasing crossing the street half a block ahead. s wered Shattuck, vindictively. Just at that moment the young rascal looked back, and "Well come on and s quare it,'\ replied Billy. "I licked Billy recognized him as Pixy Shattuck. :vou onc e more than a year ago. and I gues s I can do it "So it is you, you little villain!" breathed Moss. "You again." tried to brain me with that stone, did you? Well, I won't "Yer a Har. Yer never licked me." do a thing to you when I get hold of you." "All ri g ht. Have it your own way. Do you want to Down on the other side of the way ran Pixy, and after have it out now?" him darted Billy, bent on summary vengeance. "And g e t pinched by a cop? Jest wait till I get youse It was a mighty lively chase, and attracted considerable s omewhere else dat's all," he said, darkly. "Den I'll put notice. it all over yer." Pixy vanished around' the corner of Beaver Street. "You're w e lcome to try it," replied Bil1y, walking off Bi11y was afraid he might get out of sight before he towa rd Wall Stre et. reached the corner but, when he got there, Shattuck was Two clays after that, as Billy was going home for the just disappearing into an open doorway. day, he stopped in front of a money-broker's window, where Moss noted the spot, and put on a fresh burst of speed. there was a big display of foreign gold and silver coin and As he dashed into the same doorway, where a flight of paper money display e d upon a black velvet background. stairs led to the next floor, the money-broker's clerk, folH e was looking at a tray:ful of English golden sovereigns lowed by a big crowd of people hot on Billy's track, dashed with much interest when a stone whizzed by his ear and from Broad into Beaver Street, and made the air palpitate smas hed a great hole in the glass. with their excited shouts. He staggered back as the glass about him, and, turn-Moss, unconscious that he himself was the object of pur


1 8 ON HIS METTLE. s uit also, kept on up the stairs, and, seeing no one about the corridor, continued on up the next flight. The third hallway was also empty, and so Billy started up the l ast flight of the old fashioned brick building, which was one of a long row of similar ones This led to a kind of low attic, from which a short lad der communicated with the roof Billy was just in time to see Pixy's legs vanishing through the scuttle onto the roof. The little rasca l slammed the scttle cover down and fled 1ver the house-tops. Moss flew up the ladder like a monkey, dashed open the 3cuttle and jumped out on the roof. At first he could not c--: any sign of Pixy, but, after a few m i nutes, he saw hiding behind a chimney six houses away Billy was pretty well winded, and, having spotted the lad he was after, he pretended at first that he did not see hipi, in order to gain time to recover his breath. Wh il e he was resting, a head out of the scuttle near by. It was the head of the broker's clerk, and he saw the boy at o nce. "We've got him now," he said to the man behind him. Then he jumped out on the roof, rushed up to Billy and s eized him roughly by the shoulders. "I've got you at l ast, you young scoundrel," he said, an grily. "You l ed u s a hot chase, but it didn't do you any good." What do you mean?" demanded the astonished boy, a s the pursuers popped out of the scuttle one by one, and sur r ounded him. "Take your hands off m e !" "I'll take my hands off you when I hand you over to a p oliceman," replied the exasperated cleric "Hand me over to a policeman? What for?" "What for? Why, for smashing our plate glass window w it h a stone, you young sneak thief!" "You must "be crazy cried Billy, indignantly. "I've j ust been chasing the boy who threw that stone He's hid ing behind one of tbe chimneys yonder." "That' ll do now. Don't try to lie out of it." "Did you see me throw that stone?" demanded Moss, an grily. "No; but I saw yo u running away, which amounts to the same thing." "'Does it?" replied B illy, sarcastically "Then you never made a bigger mistake in all your life. A young rascal named Pixy Shattuck, a district messenger, threw that stone at my head. It missec\ me and cracked through the money broker's window. I was l ooking in at the money at the time. I turned and saw Pixy running into New Street, and I started after him as fast as I could. I've trailed him to these roofs. He's hiding behind the chimney on the sixth house from here. If you'll let me get out of this crowd I'll nai l him in about two seconds." Billy to l d his story i n s u ch a straightforward way that more than half of the crowd ?elieveu that they had been cha.sing the wrong boy. The broker s clerk was not of that opinion He believed this was a ruse on the boy's part to give them the slip, so he refused to release Moss "That's a lik e ly story of yours," he said, sneeringly. I don't see any other boy on these roof s ." "He's hiding behind one of the chimneys, I tell you," as serted Billy, earnestly. "Which chimney?" Moss pointed the chimney out, though he could not see Pixy now. A search was made of every chimney on the roof, but in vain'. Pixy had taken advantage of the excitement to make his escape CHAPTER X BILLY BRINGS TO LIGHT A NEW SYNDICATE. "I knew you were lying, yon little reprobat e! cried the brok er's clerk. "Yqu are the only boy on the s e roof s." "The n he made his escape while you were wasting your time over me,'' replied Billy, angry because he was cheated out of the whipping he meant to give Pixy. At that mom ent a police -officer app e ared on the scene. "Here, officer," said the broker's clerk. "I give this boy in cha rge. He smashed our show-window on Wall Street ip.te nding to steal some of the foreign money we have on ex hibition. I have no doubt but he i s a r egular little sneak thief." The policeman was one whose regular beat took in Broad Stre et and Exchange Place, and he knew Billy Moss quite well, and was aware that the boy was Mr. Hooper's mes senge r and office boy. Officer Daly looked at Billy and scratched his head in a comical fashion. "I guess there's some mistake here, isn't there?" he said, doubtfully "No mistake at all. I want you to arrest this boy and take him to the station house," said the clerk, briskly "What's the trouble, Billy?" asked Policeman Daly "This man is off," said the boy, with a look of disgust. "A boy namec1 Pixy Shattuck broke in the g l ass of his boss's show-window on Wall Street with a stone, and h e's trying to put the blame of it on me, because he saw me chasing Pixy. If they'd let me a l one I should have caught Pixy. Now he's got clean off." "Offic e r, this boy is try ing to hoodwink you." "I think not. I know him well. He's Washington Hoop er's messenger boy, and one of the smarte t in the Street." The broker's clerk was somewhat taken aback by the po liceman's s tatement, but he still maintained that Billy was the guilty one I


ON HIS METTLE. 19 The boy then made a full explanation of Pixy's enmity 1 Billy carried Mr Willcutt's name to his employer, anrl for him and his presumed reasons for throwing the stone. brought back word that Mr. Hooper woul d be disengaged "I know that boy Shattuck," remarked the officer. "He's in a few minutes. got a red head and is a quarrelsome fellow generally Accordingly M r Willcutt took a sea t near t h e ticke r and You'd better get a warrant out for his arrest, and have this amused himself with the perusa l o f some l etters an d papers affair sifted out in court," he said to the broker's clerk. he took from his pocket. "You can summon this l ad as a witnes s I'll gua r antee In ten minutes Miss Armst r ong came o u t with h er n oteyou'll be abl e to find him -any time you want him." book in her hand "I'll go back with you to your office," said Billy, "and She told Billy to send the gent l eman who was wai ting make a statement to yo1:1r employer into the private room, whic h the boy according l y d id. That was satisfactory to the clerk, and so Moss accom Mr Willcutt had called to get Mr. Ho o per t o go i nto a panied him to the money broker's office, whern he told his syndicate to boom a certain stock, the n ame of whic h h e story, and established his identity as Mr. Hooper's office didn t mention. boy. Mr. Hooper was disinclined to e n te r blind pools, as a The broker believed his story and sent his clerk to swear rule, and he excused h imself, on t h e ground that' he was in out a warrant against Pixy Shattuck. no financial condition j ust the n to put up the $ 100,000 that T he officer who t r ied to serve the war rant n ext day would be required of h im. cou ldn't find Shattuck. "We won't need to call on you for a fortnight y e t, Mr. That young rascal, knowing what he had to expect, had Hooper," urged the visi t or "We c an t begin buying before m a de himself scarce that time B illy had $25,200 to h i s credit in Banker Col t's hands, Mr. Hooper, howeve r woul d not go int o t he deal. and he conc l uded that the Moss family had lived about long I p;efer to con t ro l my own money, a nyway, when I go e n ough in a Madison Street tenement into the market o n my own hook," h e said. "We can afford to do much better," he said to himself "But I can guarantee you a profit o f n early a quarter of o n e day. "The next dea l I go into might prove unfortua million if you go in with u s," wen t o n M r. Will c utt. nate. I may be w iped out of the bulk of my money. It is He rattled off t h e n ames of five other broker s who, he a c o mmon occu rrence down here in the Street I think I saicl, had already ag r eed to take an int eres t in the pool. w ill s how good judgment by giving mother enough mqney Their combined wealth w a s estimate d at ove r to b uy a good home, then wha.tever h appens to my bank ac 000. count we' ll be something ahead anyway. Mr. Hooper shook h is h ead B illy's argument was a good o ne, and he dete r mi n ed to The prospect of making a q u a r te r of a million wa s no act upon it at once. inducement for him to risk $ 1 00,000 in a bl ind pot. When he got home that night he told his mothe r he was He hadn't been there befo re,. b u t he knew o f o t her s who going to give he r $5,000 to buy a home with. had, and got cleaned out down t o almost t heir last doll ar. "Then you won't have a n agent coming around prompt l y Mr. Willcutt was evidently disappointed at hi s failu re o n the first of the month looking for his rent." to secure the broker as a member of the combina tion, and "Tha t w ill be very nice, rep l ied Mrs. Moss, in a p l eased he said so . t o n e "I dare say you' ll find ot h e r s w h o ca n b et t e r afford to "It w ill be just sp lendid!" cried Aggie, in de l ight. take the risk than I," sa i d Mr. H o o pe r. "Then I will be able to have a nice room a ll to myself." "But there isn't any risk in this dea l M r Ho o p e r. It's "Sure you will We'll ea.ch have our own room So a sure thing." don't lose any time, mother, in hunting up a house." '.'My dear sir, the best laid schemes of mice an d m e n of Shall I look up in the Bronx? We couldn't buy a ten go astray, and this is particular l y tru e of Wall Str eet. h o u se anywhere in Manhattan for $,000," said Mrs. Moss. I've had an experience of twenty -five years in t h e Street, I don't care where you buy it, as long as it is in a good and I've more sure things go up Sa l t Rive r than I n eighborhood where proper t y is likely to go up in time, and could mention in a week." within easy reach of Wa ll Street," rep l ied Billy. "I'm afraid. you' ll regret :r;tot goi n g h to t his d e al,/' s a id In the days of whic h I write, one coul d get a very fine Mr W ill cutt, taking up his ha t. piece of property in the B r onx, with a good house o n it, or At that moment Billy rapped o n the door. built for you to o r der, for $10,000 "Corne in," said Mr. Hooper Mrs. Moss promised to attend to the matter at once Billy entered with a card which he handed to him. It was about this time that a broker named Willc utt "I'm to understand, then, that you won't come in with came into the office one mornirtg and inquired for Mr. us?" s aid Mr Willcutt, moving oward the door. H ooper. "Yes, sir replied Billy's employer. "You will conside r "He's in, sir; but I don't know whether he'll see you or 1 me out of all kinds of combinations of nature." not. _I'll your to He's looking over the I Mr. Willcutt l eft, and then Billy showed in the next mormng mail, and d1ctatmg replies to the stenographer." visitor.


2 0 ON HIS METTLE. ".i\Ir. Will cutt want e d m y boss to go into some pool, I suppose,'' mus e d the b.oy, a s h e took hi s s eat again "I wonde r wha t stoc k i s going to b e boomed now? If I only could find out I might be abl e to get in on the ground floor and corral a few thousand s more." As he look e d r efle ctiv ely at the c arp e t h e s pi e d a she e t of pap e r fold e d lying on the floor n e ar th e tick e r He pic k e d it up and, taking out hi s pencil, began to draw a l ikene s s of Mr. Willcutt as well a s he could r e member it. Then he turned the paper over to find a fresh s pot for his tal ent, whe n his eyes fe ll on a penci l e d memorandum. l t r e ad as follows : "Dear W .-We only need two more to compl ete th e pot Try Hooper for one. It ha s practically been arra n ged that you and I will do the buyi n g booming. We ought to make a good thing out of this, no matter how the game comes out in the end You r s t ru ly, D "Dear W.," mused B illy T hat must be W ill cutt I'll bet he dropped that out of his pocket w hen he was looking over his papers just before he went inside to see Mr. Hooper. 'We onl y need two more to compl ete the pot. T ry Hooper one.' plain e nough to me. Pot means pool, and he ha s just tried Mr. Hooper and failed to connect. It has been arrang e d that he and the writer are to do the buying for the syndicate Good enaugh. 'l'hey are hardly likely to begin operations for a week or ten day s I must, then, try and find out what s tock Mr. Will cutt is buying largely of. That's the way I'll spot the road th e y're trying to boom. Billy grinned s lyly to himself and then picked up a copy of the "'all Street Indicator ; to look over the p reviou s clay's quotations. CHAPTE R XI. BILLY AND KITTIE MAKE A NOTHER HA ur, IN THE MARKET. Billy Moss watc hed the market prett y close aft e r that, o n th e a l ert for som e indica ti ons that the new pool was begin n i ng to do b\.1 s iness A week passed by and a l tho u g h severa l s tock s had ad rn ncccl s h a rpl y for a day or two in succes sion, and thus at tractc d t h e boy's attention nothing came of them a s boorne r s One m o rnin g h e walked into Kittie' s den before she had begun h e r work for the day . "Ho w are you fee ling this mornin g Kittie?" he asked, in his c hipper way. Li k e a l a rk, Billy," smiled the y oung lady Y ou look it. A June ro s e i sn't in it wit h you." "My, that' s quite a compliment "We ll I s han't charge you anything for it. By the way, h ave you s pent all of t h e $250 yet you made on L. & M ?" "Oh, no. I'm not so ext r avagant a s all that." "l'm glad to hear it. I'm thinking of giving you a c h ance to double it in a few days.;' ".Are you, rea lly?" she l a ughed "Honest Injun." "What stock a r e you intere s ted in thi s time?" "I'm waiting to l e arn the name of it, and when do I'm going in on the ground floor with the bi g operators." "You mean you ar e waiting for a tip?" s h e aske d "Oh I've got the tip already. That i s all but the name of the stock that is going to be boomed, and tha t i s t h e most i mportant point of the whole thin g ." "I shou l d i magine it was. How do you expect t o find it out?" "1;3y watc h i n g both the ticke r and the E x chang e-es p e ciall y the l atter, if I get sufficient chance "It takes a p r etty smart boy to do that and attend prop erly to his business at the same time." "Oh, boys can do a heap if they only put their mind s down to it and keep o n their mettle, in s t e ad of going to s leep, l ike t he m ajority do. To tell you the truth, Kittie boys don't, as a n1le, understand what the y a r e ofte n c a pable of. R ussell Sage did when he was a boy, and look what he was in hi s da y." "Do you hope to become anoth e r Rus s ell Sag e ?" "No. I'm not ambitious to be jus t like him, even for the privi lege of becoming a millionaire. I exp e ct to make my millio n right here in Wall Street." "I hope you will, Billy, but you'll hav e to b e mi ghty c ar e ful for every broker in the Street has a s harp pair of s h e ars waiting to cut off any fleece that comes in s i ght. "I know they have, and I'm on the bright loo kout for them. Now; about w hat I started to tell you. Wh e n I find out the name of this stock tha t is going to be boom e d I'd advi s e you' to l et me have that $250 of yours, and I'll try to double it up with my own. I wouldn't do th a t for any one e l s e but you, Kittie." "I'm awfully obliged to you, Bill y R e all y I am t e mpt e d to try my luck again, when it' s m such good hand s as yours." "No flowers, Kittie, please " T here s your bell, Billy Mr. Hooper wan ts you T hree day_ s afterward Billy noticed that J. & D s h a r e s wer e cha n ging hands at at pretty liv e l y rate, t houg h the price did n ot advance anything to spe ak of. That afternoon Mr Hooper sent him to the Exchan g e with a note to a certain broker. Whil e waiting for the atte ndant to find th e brok e r a nd bri n g h im to the rail, Billy'E? bright eyes wand e r e d ove r the floo r in search of Mr. Willcutt He spotted him, at la s t in the n eighborhoo d of t h e J. & D s tandard His hat was on the back of hi s head ancl h e ms bidd ing for that stock at a lively rate, and seemed to b e gettin g all he called for. He gather e d in s !x or eight thou s and s hares w hil e Bill y stood at the rail, and was appar e ntly hung r y for m ore


ON HIS METTLE. 21 "I'll buy a thousand at 82," he called out in a strident voice. "One thousand at 82." At this, several clamorous hands were raised and shaken at hirn furiously. Again his voice was heard. "Any part of a thousand at 82 1-8-82 1-2-82 5-8." A big broker broke into the circle with his hand upraised. "Done!" cried Willcutt. Both men now made an entry in their tablets. It was impossible for Billy to hear the bids that were made, but twice again an ent ry in Willcutt's book seemed to indicate that he had accepted offers. Then the broker for whom the boy brought the note stepped up, and Billy handed it over to him, and left the Exchange. The boy was almost certain that he had spotted the stock the syndicate was trying to gather in before the boom got fairly started and the price went up. That night J. & D. bad advanced to 84 from 81 5-8 in the morning. Next day he had another note to take to the Exchange, and he found out that Willcutt was still loading up with the same shares. The stock had gone to 85 1-8. "Kittie," he said,. when he got back to the office, "I am almost sure I've got onto the stock. Willcut is buying it to beat the band." "What is it?" "J. & D. It was 80 la s t week. It is now 85 1-8. You'd better bring your money over in the morning if you're go ing into this deal with me." "All right, Billy. If I decide to do so, I'll have the money on hand." Moss found out enough that afternoon to set his doubts at rest. He was satisfied J. & D. was the stock the syndicate was buying in. Three days later it was on the ticker at 96, an advance of $10 a share. "We've more than doubled our money so far, Kittie," he said, gleefully. "See what it i s to be connected with a lucky partner." "You are lucky for a fact, Billy. Just to think, you are $20,000 to the good inside of four days. It's a wonder you don't give up the business altogether and take a little office for yourself in one of these buildings. You need do nothing but watch the market and buy once in awhile for yourself whenever you caught onto a good thing." "I'm afraid good things wouldn't come my way then." "Why not?" "Oh, I run against lots of things as a messenger boy that I'd never hear of if I was on the outside. I'd remain Mr. Hooper's office boy if I was worth $100,000." That very afternoon he overheard two brokers talking in front of the Exchange, one of whom, from s omething he said, he had reason to suspect was a member of the J. & D. syndicate, and from what he heard he came to the conclusion that the stock was getting top-heavy. So at the first chance he ran into Mr. Colt s and ordered hi s s hares sold. Inside-.of ten minutes it was accomplished at 98 1-2, and was one of the la st s ales of the clay. Then Billy sat down and :figured up what he and Kittie had made out of the deal. He found that he had cleared $24 000, and l{ittie $350. They were both highly delighted over their good luck. CHAPTER XII. BILLY CARRIES A MESSAGE FOR KITTIE ARMSTRONG. Kittie apparently had got a touch of the fever, in splte Billy was so tickled over the fact of winning $24,000 on of all her good resolutions, for she handed Billy her $250 one investment that he kept awake half the nights of the when she came into the office next morning. following week trying to figure out how he could make The young messenger boy wrote a note to Mr. Colt ask$24,000 more. ing him to buy 2 030 shares of J. & D. at 86 on the usual He wasn't very successful, and finally gave up the efmargin, taking the necessary money out of hi s balance. fort. He rang for a messenger boy and sent the note by him. About this time his mother found a house that suited "Now Kittie," he said, when he w ent back to her den, her, the price of which was $4,800, and she asked Billy to "I've got $17,200 up on this deal a,nd you have $250. Let go and look at it. us hop e that J. & D. will go to par." He did so, and found it sa.tisfactory. "Do you think it .may go as high as that?" she asked, It was located in the more settled part of the Bronx, not eagerly. far from an elevated railroad station. "I couldn't say how hi g h it will go; but I shouldn't be Accordingly, he gave hi s mother $500 to pay down on surp rised if it went to par, for the market i s a buoyant one the contract, pending examinl:!,tion of title. these dayR, and the bears are all under cover." As the title proved to be all right, she paid the balance To Bill y's astonishment J. & D. went up more rapidly at the end of thirty days. than any other s tock he remembered since he came to the Then Billy handed her $1,200 to furnish it with, so that Street. when they finally moved into their own home it stood him Every other broker seemed to be after some of it, either in $6,000, which he felt he could easily spare, as he had on their own account or for customers. $-13,000 left on deposit with Banker Colt.


22 ON HIS METTLE. The banker, when he learned what he had done with the money, praised his good sense, and advised him to give hi s mother the odd $3,000 for an emergency fund, which the boy promptly did. "Now," Billy; "if I should happen to lose my $40,000, mother will have a home for us all, free and clear, as well as $3,000 in the bank to boot. A boy's best friend is his mother, and I mean to do all I can for mine." It was about this time that one of Ki'ttie's admirer s and she had quite a number of them, gave her a tip on the market. She wanted to tell Billy about it, for there was nothing mean about the girl, but she had given her word of honor not to breathe a word about it. "What' makes yot\ so interested in N. & L., Kitty?" he asked, curiously. "I jus t to know," she replied, in an off-hand way. "All right. I'll try to do. so, but I can't promise you that I'll be successful." That day he went down and asked Mr. Colt if he could t e ll him anything about N. & L. The bank e r looked at Billy sharply. "I can t e ll you this much about it, that if you're think ing of buying it you want to leave it severely alone. I give you that advice as a friend." "But it' s gone up from 60 to 63 in three days." "And it will go down below 60 in three days more, mark my word." She wondered if there was any way she conld get around it without actually breaking her word. "Is that all you can tell me about it, sir?" "I could tell you more, but I think that's all you need to know to keep your hands off." The name of the stock was N. & L., and she had given her $600 to the man who had given her the tip to inve s t for her. "I had no intention of buying the stock, sir, unless I got hold of favorable intelligence. I certainly will have noth ing to do with.it after what you have said about it." '!'he shares were going at 60, and, cons equently, she ac. d 100 h He thanked the banker, and when he got back to the ofqmre s ares. . fice he told Kittie what Mr. Colt told him. The stock went up to 63 m a few days, and then she "I ld t t 1 th t t k lf tl t f t . wou n ouc1 a soc myse w1 i a en-oo asked Billy 1f he thought the stock was gomg to boom. 1 ,, 1 d ."What makes you think it is?" he asked her. po e,. .ie sai . "I h d d th th ht,, h b Kittie tmn,ed white, and looked as if she were gomg to a a ream e o er mg s e egan. f t "I often have dreams myself, lrittie, and I don't take am "Why, what s the matter, Kittie?" h e a s ked, with some any stock in them." concern. "If you dreamed a stock that was going at 60 had gone She dropped h e r face in her hands and began to cry. up to par, wouldn't you take a chance with it?" "My gracious What's come over you, Kittie?" he said "Not unless I had some better evidence than that." again. "Well, suppose after you had dreamed it and the pries Then she sobbed out what she had done with her $600. went up to 63, wouldn't you think there was something in "Who is this man that induced you to buy a hundred it?" s hares of N. & L. ?" "I might, and I might not. If I did anything, it would "He is bookkeeper for Casey & Pratt." be to try and find out the reason for the rise. If I discov"And you gave him your $600 ?" ered that a syndicate----" "Yes." "That's just what I found out, that a s yndicate was at "Where is your memorandum of the transaction?" the back of N. & L., and was going to boost it into the "He is keeping that himself, just as you did when you clouds." u sed my money with your own." "Yon found that out, did you?" replied the boy in sur"Are you sure he is to be trusted? How long have you prise. "How?" known him?" Kittie looked confused, for she had said more than she "About a year. He calls at my house." intended. I "To see you?" "That was in the dream," she answered, laughingly. "Yes." "Oh, it was. A good many syndicates are started that "He told you that you would dear $25 a share on are not a bit more substantial than a dream." N. & L. ?" "Don't you think N. & L. a good stock?" she a s ked, "He did." anxiously. "Told you a syndicate was going to boom it, eh?" "It's good enough when the speculators leave it alone." "Yes. I promised not to say a word about it, but I just Kittie began to get nervous, and to wonder if she hadn't couldn't help it." been foolish in investing all her money in the stock, jus t "Did he say how he got hi s information?" becauRe her friend, Mr. Smith, hac1 advised her to do so, "No." and assured her that she would make $25 a share clear "Wait a moment, Kittie." profit. Billy went out into the reception-room and looked at the "I wish you would find out something about that stock tape till he came to the last quotation of N. & L .. which for me, Billy," she said, earnestly. was 63 1-8.


ON HI;:; i\lET'l'LE. 28 He returned to the stenographer. "Is Mr. Casey or Mr. Pratt in?" he inquired "You gave 60 for your stock. It is now 63 1-8. You'd "Mr. Casey is in. Do you want to see him?" better write a note, telling your friend, Smith, that you "I do." have decided to sell your 100 shares at the market price "What's your business with him?" I'll deliver the note for you "Tell Mr Casey that William Moss, messenge r fro m Kittie agreed to do so. Washington Hooper, No. Wall Street, wishes to see She typewrote the note and signed it. him." Billy put on his hat and carried the note to Casey & The boy looked doubtfully at Billy, but nevert h e less car Pratt's office. ried the message to his employer. "I'd like to see Mr. Ferdinand Smith," said Billy oi the Billy was admitted to the inner office. office boy. "Well, young man," said Mr. Casey, ''what can I do for "Take a seat and I'll call him. What name shall I say?" you?" "Just say I've brought a message from Miss Armstrong." "Mr. Casey," bega n '.Billy, "your bookkeeper, Ferdi Mr. Smith, a sleek, sandy-complexioned chap, came out nand Smith, bought 100 shares of N. & L. at 60 for Mr at once. Hooper's stenographer, Miss Armstrong, she paying him Billy didn't like his face for a cent. $600 as margin The stock is now quoted at 63 1 -8, and "Well?" asked Mr. SlI)ith. Miss Armstrong sent me over with a note to Mr. Smith The boy handed him the note without a word. requesting him to dispose bf her shares at price at The bookkeeper read it, and it was evident that he wasn't I gave him the note, and when he read it he looked as if pleased something had disagreed with him. I asked him if he in" Tell Miss Armstrong I will see her this evening at her tended to do as Miss Armstrong wished, and he called :n:ie home," he said. an impertinent jackanapes, and said if I didn't get out o f "All right. But I have been instructed to get an answer the office he'd kick me out I've been Mr Hooper's mes from you in regard to the sale of those 100 shares of N. & L. senger for a year a half, and never was treated that that you bought for Miss Armstrong at 60, on a ten per way before. However, I didn't come in here to compl ai n cent. margin a few days ago. The shares now rule at 63 1-8, about that. I came in to ask you to see that Mr Smith which gives her a profit, less commissions, of $312. She does the right thing about those shares. '['m sorry to say doesn't care to hold the shares any longer, as she has been 1 so, but it's my opinion he _intends to do our stenographe r told that the price is liable to go down at any moment. out of her money She is entitled to $312 profit on the deal She expects you to sell them at once, and wishes an answer les s commissions, at the present ruling figure, and I am from you to that effect here to see that she gets it, or find out the reason why n ot," "Do you know who you are tal king to?" cried the booksaid the boy pluckily. keeper, angrily "You are an impertinent jackanapes Mr. Casev heard Billy through without interrupting him Get out of the office, or I'll kick you out!" After ashlng him a question or two, he sent for his book" I wouldn't a dvise you to attempt to kick me, Mr. keeper. Smith; might no: be healthy for. r e plied Billy, Mr. Smith appeared scowled when he saw Billy. coolly. Are you gomg to comply with Miss Armstrong's "Did this boy bring a message to you from Miss Arm -d 't ?" or er, or aren you. strong, Mr. Washington Hooper's stenographer?" "None of your business," answered the bookkeeper, turning on his heel and leaving him in the middle of the room. "I think I see through your little game, Mr. Smith," breathed Billy. "I'll bet nine dollars you haven't bought that stock at all. You're just playing our stenographer for an she's worth. you've taken advantage of her confidence in you and you intend to skin her, if you can. well, I'm going to put a spoke in your wheel right now. You've in sulted me with out cause, and I'm g o ing to get back at you CHAPTER XIlI. BILLY GETS SQUARE WITH FERDINAND SMITH, AND KITTIE COMES OUT ON TOP. Billy walked over to the office boy, who was furtively watching him. "Yes, sir." "He complains that you insnlted him Did you call hi m an impertinent jackana .pes, and tell him that if he didn't get out of this office you would kick him out?" "I did. He was impertinent "In what way was he impertinent?" Mr. Smith explained that he had read the note and given the boy a verbal answer to take back to Miss Armstrong, whereupon instead of leaving the office he had addressed him (Smith) in a saucy way relative to a matter that was entirely of a private nature, and which concerned only him and the young lady in question. "Mr. Smith," said Mr. Casey, "did you take an order from Miss Armstrong a few days ago to purchase for her 100 shares of N. & L., at 60, accepting $600 from he r te cover the margin on same?" "I beg your pardon, Mr. Casey, but that is a private m?.t ter between Miss Armstrong 11.nd myself."


24 "Did the lady send you a request by this lad to dispose "I can give you a hint where Smith is likely to be of that stock at the market :figure at once?" found," he added. "Excuse me, Mr. Casey, but I cannot disclose the n ature "Where?" asked Billy, eagerly. of that communication." "At Nagle's, corner of 127th Street and --th Avenue. "Mr. Casey," spoke up Billy, "Miss Armstrong told me There's a pool-room in the rear, and Smith, who liYes on herself, that your bookkeeper induced her to go into this 127th Street, goes there nearly every night to place money deal with the assurance that the stock was to be boomed by on next day's races, and collect his winnings if he s been a syndicate, and that she would realize a pro:fit of $25. p e r lucky." share. With that under sta nding, s he. gave him the $600, "Thanks," replied the boy. "I'll remember Lhe place." all the money she has She found out that her inBilly on his return to the office with 1\lr. (Jasey' s letter; vestment was a precarious one, and being advised to sell sai d nothing to either Mr. Hooper or Kittie about what out as soon as possible she sent me around with instruc the clerk had told him tions to that effect to Mr. Smith. I was expected to bring It was clear to the boy that Smith was a race-track gamb her back a de:finite answer, but Mr. Smith refused to give Jer, and that the money he had obtained from lllis,; Arm me one, and when I insisted he insulted me as I have told strong had probably been lost on the races. you." It made Billy mad to think that the money he had w0u "I told him to tell Miss Armstrong I would call on her for the girl on the market, s hould have bee1{ t,>acriiicctl m this evening," said the bookk eeper s ulkily. this manner. "Miss Armstrong would not consider that a satisfactory As soon he left the office for home he hunted up Ofanswer," Billy. :ficer Daly, and found him on Street. "It is not your business to decide that question," said He gave the policeman an outline of the case, and asked the book.keeper, angrily. him if he could s uggest any way to make Smith disgorge "All right," answered Billy. "I. to tell right I any part of the $600 he might have left. here in Mr Casey's presence that Miss Armstrong will hold "You could have him arrested, of course, but as the you re spo n sible for the sale of those hundred shares of N. young lady has no evidence to show that she gave the fel & L. at 63 1-8, so it's up to you. If you don't pay up you low the money, if he chose to deny the fact in court, his may expect Mr.Hooper to lodge a formal complaint again s t word is as good as h ers, and the chances are he would be you with your employers. That is all I've got to say I am discharged by the magistrate. Now, you say he's a nightly very much obliged to you, Mr. Casey, for li ste ning to me, hanger on at Nagle's, on --th Avenue? I'll give you a and I will now bid you good day." note to John Mulligan, a ward man and particular friend With those words Billy :marched out of the office, and of mine. You'll find him at the 125th Street Station. He'll took his way to Wall Street, to report the result of his mis get you inside of the pool room, where you can point out sion to Kittie, and let her und e rstand what he thought Smith to him, if he's there. Mulligan i s a good hand at a about Mr. Ferdinand Smith. bluff game. Maybe he can intimidate Smith into giving Casey & Pratt's bookkeeper did not call at Kittie Armup the money if he has it. strong's house that night; neither did he s end any statement Officer Daly wrote the note and gave it to Billy, who fo her next day relative to her inve st m ent in N. & L. stock, thanked him. which advanced in the market to 63 1-2. Early that evening, Billy came down from the Bronx, At three o'clock, Bill y insisted that Kittie tell Mr. and called on John Mulligan, who, after reading Dal y's Hooper about the matter. communication, agreed t o take a hand in the matShe didn't want to do it, but the boy said he would tell ter. the boss if she did not, as he was bound that Ferdinand They went together to Nagle's, where Ferdinand Smith Smith shouldn't do the girl up if he could help it. was discovered at the bar treating several of the habitues, So Kittie told Mr. Hooper, and the broker sent a stateand in a particularly jolly mood. ment of the case by his messenger to Casey & Pratt. Mulligan found out from the barkeep er that Smith had Mr. Casey returned word that Ferdinand Smith ad made a ten-strike that afternoon. failed to show up at the office that day and that he had He had backed a horse heavily and had won $800. decided to dis c harge the man unless he returned Miss Arm He had the money in his clothes at that moment. strong her $600 investment, and effected a compromise in Mulligan and Billy followed Smith up the street to his relation to the $312. lodgings, and as he was about to enter the house, the ward While Billy was waiting for Casey & Pratt's stenographer man stepped up and told Smith that he had a warrant for to typewrite this reply, one of the clerks, who apparently his arrest. had no love for Mr. Smith and who seemed to have learned Smith was paralyied, and wilted at once when he saw that the bookkeeper had got $600 from Miss Armstrong, Billy, whom he recognized came out into the reception-room and told the boy that he "Can't this thing be squared?" he asked in a tremulous guessed Smith had thrown up his job. tone.


ON HIS METTLE. 25 .Mulligan s aid i t could n ot-he would h a v e to loc k him u p The n Billy, a s it had been a rrang e d b e forehand, inte rposed. "If you ll come up with $600 plu s $275," s aid the boy, "I'll see tha t you g et off, Mr. Smith." Mulligan o b jected stre nuou s l y to any s uch arrangement, a nd threat e n e d to l ock Bill y up too. Smith offe r e d Mulligan $ 2 5 if he would permit him to set tl e with Bill y on the t e rm s propo sed. The w a r d m a n finally r e lu c t a ntly yie l ded, when the boy r e m a rked t h at S mi t h would lose his job if he was brought int o court, even if h e was d is cha .i:ged. So the m atte r was arrang e d and Smith paid down a ll the money h e h ad-$900. The n Mulli ga n an d M r. Hoop er's messenger went off c hucklin g a t t h e success of t h eir littl e ruse. Next m ornin g Billy hand e d Kittie $850 r e tainin g $25 to present wit h the girl 's complim e n ts to Officer Dal y CHAPTE R XIV. BILLY MAKES A DANDY SCOOP. of up, I s hall feel bound to come to y our re s cue, b e cause I don t wa n t to see you los e your mon e y "Mr. Colt," replied the boy firm ly, "this i s simp l y a matter o f bus iness betwe e n you and and I shall n ot allow your friend s hip to inte rfer e i n the matt e r. l I shoul d los e my m o ney it's my own !ookout. I h ave made the mone y mys elf, and I expect to make a million yet out of the m ar ket It takes some nerve to operate a s I am doing. I am cultivati n g it with a view to the future, therefore I d on' t wis h you to s poil it. I don't want to own a dollar that I haven't made by my own efforts I m ay b e l ucky in getting n ext to good pointe rs, but the y would not amount to muc h if I did n ot use the r ight judgment in working t hem u p Unless you w ill a llow me to carry on m y bus ine s s along my own line s I s hall feel obliged to r emove my custom from your offic e I s ay this 'with all due re s p e ct Mr Colt, and I don t wish you to think I am ungrateful to you for your advic e and your fri end l y intere s t in my affai r s I am o nl y a boy it is true, s i r, but I think I have a l most proved that I have a man 's head on my s hould e rs I cons ider that in every dea l I und e r take that I am on my mett l e t h a t i t i s u p to me to show what I can do. I try not to bite off more t h an I can chew, but, of course, I am l iable to mak!3 a mis take once in a w hile. t!lf the r e is a n o perato r in Wall Str eet who doesn t, he's a p he nomen on, a n d ou g h t to b e put on e xhibition." Kitti e A r mst r o n g was ver y grate ful t o Bill y Moss for r e The bank e r was not offend e d by the l ad's p l ain talk c overing h e r money, b u t in s i s t e d th a t t h e boy mus t r eturn In fact he admired his grit and d e t e rmi n atio n m o r e tha n t h e $250 to Mr. Smith, a s she did not car e to ben efit by e v e r the deal. H e s aid to him s elf tha t thi s boy was bound to succeeq i n S h e sa id s h e was ver y much di s appoin ted i n t h e m a n a nd i.he e nd, in s pi te of r e verses that come to every on e i n some was don e with hi s treach e rou s frie nd s hip for e v e r point 0 th e ir c areer. Bill y t h e r e for e p roceed e d to the office o f C asey & Pratt So Billy h a d his own way. to give t h e money to S mi t h but found that the boo kkeeper H e a l s o bought s ixty s hares of D. & G for K ittie, on a h ad been discharged. sepa r a te d e al, handing h er the memorandum furnis h e d b y The onl y thin g h e could d o t h e n was to e nclose t h e $250 Bank e r Colt in an enve lope, with a bri e f note of explanation, a nd send H e 1to ld her it was mor e bu s inesslike, and that he p r e -it by' regi s t e r e d m a il to E)mith 's address. erre d to hav e i t that way, aft e r h e r unfor t unate experience In a few d ays h e received a card with the bookkeep e r 's at the hand s 0 Ferdinand Smith s i gnat u re, an d h e h a nded it to Kittie as evid ence that Thre e d ays lat e r D. & G. s hares took a s udd e n rise, going S mith h a d received t h e mon ey. from 91 to 96 in a coupl e of hour s and many brok e r s were A b out a mont h afte r t hi s affair Billy discover e d that a to b e seen running to and fro O'l1 th e fl.oq r of the Excha n ge combinatio n was bein g forme d to boom D & G. s hares. try ing to secure some of the s tock. He h ad got hi s i nformation from a r e liabl e s ource, but By the follo w ing, the s hare s had l eaped up to h e Wai ted till h e saw some indication of the move GD the 102, and the r e was great excit e m ent in the market t ape. The majorit y of good s tock s advanced s e v e ral poi n ts Th e s h a res had been g oin g at 87 and ther e abouts for some some more than oth e r s in s ymp a thy with D. G. as the boy found out b y consulting the past recor d s The b e ar s made a bold raid that da y and the quotatio ns of the Exc h ange fluc tuat e d all around D. & G dropp e d to 97, and fina ll y A week from the tim e Billy got ho l d of hi s tip it bega n going back with a ru s h again to 103 jus t b e for e the Ex to rise, a nd w h e n it r e a c h e d 91 the young messenge r j udged change closed for the d a y it was time for hi m to get in. "You're the luckie s t boy in the Street cried Kitti e t hat It cost t h e boy $ 36,400 t o meet the margin on 4,000 afternoon when Billy dropp e d around to see her f or a s h a res, a nd the m ag ni tude of the d e al s urprised Mr Colt, moment or two. "You' r e n e arl y $50,000 ah e ad o n t h is who r e m o n stra ted w i t h him for t a kin g s uch chance s deal. And I'm a l ucky girl to b e associat e d with you f o r "You ought n o t to ri s k over half of y our capital at the I have made $720 on my 60 share s more than doub lin g my ou ts id e," he s aid to Billy. "If this stock goes down i nstead little cap ital. Whe n are you going to sell?"


26 HIS :METTLE. "Haven't decided, Kittie. The market s lron g y e t. 11 Billy li :;te n ecl lo their and noticed that they The moment I find it' s beginning to wobble, I'll get out so Wl.)l'C a ll clistrnslful about lhe s tate of the ma.rket. quick that it will make your head swim." The y s aitl it had a decidedly unhealthful look, and that ''I don't see how you can keep track of it, whe n Mr. L hey look e d fo r a bre ak in prices at any moment. Hooper keeps you on the move almo s t all the time The y w e re all m e n of a ge and experience, and Billy put "Every office I go in I get a sight at the tape and tha l a goo( [ deal o f confid e nce in their opinions. e.nables me to keep up with things. Then I keep my eyes A s a con se quen ce, befor e he r eturned to the office, he and wide open. Brokers are alway s discu ssing the sits topped at Mr. Colt 's bank and ordered the margin clerk to uation, and figuring on how the market is likely to go. I s ell hi s s tock and Kittie s at on ce. h ear them constantly throwing out their gues s e s and their It was don e inside of fifteen minutes at 110 5-8. reasons therefor, :tnd I form my opinion on theirs using \\'hen Billy got back to his own offiCfl, he went in and told my own judgment in addition." Kittie what h e had done. "I never saw a boy like you. You aren't nervou s or ex-"I'm s o glad, she e x claimed with a s igh of : relief. "Realcited a bit. Why, if I stood to win $50,000 or lo e it, lik e ly, I've bee n frightfully n e rvou s all morning. I'm s u c h a you do at this moment, I couldn t keep s till in my chair. fidg ety thing that I think I ought not make more ven Even as it is with my poor little $720, I'm so e x cite d and tures on the market." worked \lp, lest the ma. :rket go to piece s in the morning, and "Oh, nomens e You want to keep next to me and I'll I might lose all that profit, which means a great deal to make your fortune. Let' s see whe re w e s tanp. me, that I don t believe I'll s leep a wink to-night." They figure d it up togeth e r, and Billy found that h e "Pshaw! Learn to take it cool, Kittie. l I was to g e t had won a trifle over $75 000 whil e Kittie had mad e $1, 100. rattled over a deal I don t kuow where I'd come out. Why g oodne ss !" Kittie crie d "I'm $1 700 now. some months ago I heard that Broker Elliott los t n ea.rly a And ju s t to think, moth e r doesn t know a thing about it. on a sto.ck inSide of an hou:r1. Ever y b o d y I'm g oin g io surprise h e r with $1QO." knew it, too, and expectep to s e e hini throw up hi s handa "That's right, Kittie, don't forg e t your moth e r She's and go to the wfo. They began to s y mpathize with him the ,.,..h o l e thing with me." over his losse s he was a good f e llow, aucl all the "I b elieve th a t's why you' r e s o lucky-you're s o good to other proJrnrs liked him, and r e ally felt s orry after a fasb-y our moth er," s h e s aid admiringly. ion pecawse he'd peen hit so ha.rd." "It always pays to b e good to your mother, Kittie. Jus t "Did he fail?" a s k e d Kittie. conside r what a f ellow 's mothe r does for him when he i s n t "He did not, though it afte rward c a m e out that h e ha d able to t ak e care of himself. No boy can be too grateful. lost every dollar h e owned in the 1'1. orld and was mor e th a n I h ave h eard of pretty tou g h boys, and m e n too, who wer e $100,000 in d e bt on top of that." sa v e d from crime becalls e the y h a ppened to think of the ef" How did he manage to me e t his e n g ag e m ents.? i fee t it wollld hav e on their mother.11 "By keeping hi s mouth s .lrnt, and pi1ttiu g up a big bluff. "Boys are ge n e rall y mor e thou g htles s with re s pect to He gave the sympathizer s the lau g h. Said h e was n t down t h eir moth e r s than girl ," s aid Kittie; "but they love the m out yet, in spite_ f' H e' d have som e of jus t the s am e." their scalps yet danglmg m his wigw am, and s o fo r t h. 'l' h e "I love mine all right, don't you forget it; and si s ; and result was, everybody beli e ved he was still w e ll off, ancl wh e n I g u ess I d lov e you, too, if I was older than you, instead he went around to rais e a loan among his particular frie n ds, of .voun gei:-' they chipped in without saying a word about securi ty. If Kittie lau g h e d and blu s h e d, and s aid she guessed she they had known the truth.-that h e r e ally w as fia i brok e wasn't old enough to be his grandmother yet. 'yitji only his seat on the Exchange tu offset d e bt s of twice its value--they would never have co:me up with a cent, and he wolcl have peen forced out of the Stree t Three months from that time he didn t owe a cent, an d had m o r e than a h\1n!lred thousand to his credit in bank. That shows you the advantage of a still mouth and a wis e h e ad as Mr. Hooper said he wanted in a boy when he took me on here." Kittie agre ed that there are ad v antage s in knowing whe:u to 1-eep one' s mollth shut, and whe n to op e n it. Next mornin g D. & G. opened at 10-1-a-8, and k ept on g.'l,ing iw the wihlest e xcitement of the y e a r. When it 110, Billy was waiting for a reply to a nqte he had brought to a broker in Exch a n ge Place. There were three brokers ga t hered around the indi cator at thr. time, waiting for an interview with the h e ad of the firm. OHAPTER XV. Scarcely more than an hour after Billy had closed his deal, the market went to piece s with an uproar that found echoes nll over Wall Street. Bank e r Colt was in an Exchange Place office when he h eCJrd of the panic. H e .had gon e into D. & G. on the strength of Bill y' s deal, for he was certain the boy was operating on a bona fide tip and he had sold out that morning and had clea.red ove r $200,000, for he had bought 10,000 shares.


ON HIS METTLE. Not having received an order from Billy to sell, and unrapher enthusiastically. "I must have caught a hundred aware of the fact that the boy had visited his office while fish, and of them were as big as that," and the boy he \\as out, he was afraid the young messenger hacl over-1 indicated with his hands, a. space of about ten inches. stepped the mark this time in his eagerness to make a big what kind o:f fish did you catch, Billy?" profit. "Bluefish mostly." He ran to a telephone and called up Mr. Hooper's office. "Did you catch any crabs?" One of the clerks answered him. "Oh, _yes. I caught a number of them while trying t o "Is Billy Moss in the office?" he asked row the boat," he grinned. "Yes,' sir. Just came in." "vVhere did you and the gentlemen go?" "Call him to the 'phone, please." "Great South Bay. We went out every morning in a "Hello! Who's this?" asked the boy when he went into good-sized catboat, and stayed all day the booth "I rather envy tho good time you had, Billy." "1\fr Colt Is that you, Billy?" "Say, Kittie, don't you wish you was a boy, sometimes?" "Yes, sir." Kittie smiled and cocked her head on one side "The market is on the slump. How about your shares "You want to know too much," she said, turning to he r of D & G ? Shall I call up our broker in the Exchange machine and beginning to tap the keys. and have him throw your stock on the market for what it Billy took that as a sign that she had nothing fur t h e r will bring?" to and he returned to his post in the outer office. "I haven't any D. & G. left, sir. I told your margin Towards the end of that week business began. to pic k clerk an hour ago to sell my holdings and Miss Armstrong's again, and Billy kept pretty wide awake on the lookout sixty shares at the market price, and I suppose he attended for another good thing to the matter At any rate it seems to be up to you," and Nothing turned up that he thought safe enough to tackl e Billy laughed. until early in September, when be accompanied Mr. Hooper "I'm glad to hear it. I was afraid you had been caught. or.e morning to a safe deposit company. Good-bye. He sat down in the reception-room to wait for his boss, ''That's one on Mr Colt," grinned the _boy, as he left the who had gone into the big vault to get a package of secur i. booth. "But it was very kind of him to notify me. ties out of his box. After the slump in the market, which had affected all He pi.eked up a copy of a morning paper, and was gett i ng stocks alike, there was a lull in Wall Street affairs, and interested in the baseball scores, when three l a di.es came i n some of the brokers took advantage of the fact to leave While waiting for an attendant to come, one of them told town for a few days the oihers in confidence that her husband had prom ised her It was l ate in June, and the warm days were coming on. tlie finest seaJskin jacket in the city Banker Colt told Billy that he'd like to have him go on a "He is going to make a barre l of money out of a pool fishing trip with him for a week if he could get away. he's gone into to boom & Nashville. He told "Well, sir, I'd like to go fishing very much, indeed, me last night they expected to start in buying right away, though I'm not an expert at the business." and that I might expect the money for my jacket inside o f "Few are," responded the banker. "I think you'll be able ten days." to extract en o ugh fun out of it to pay you." That was all Billy heard, but it was enough to set him on "I guess I will, sir. Where are you going?" the watch for early development in L. & N. shares. The banker mentioned the place Next morning be noticed that 10,000 shares 0 that stock "What kind of fish can you cateh there?" asked the boy. had changed hands the day previous at 86. "Well, bass or one thing; and trout; and several other On Monday, L. & N. had gone up half a point by noon varieties." and when the Exchange closed it was quoted at 88, with '"rhat will be fine," replied Billy, g l eefully "I was 30,000 shares recorded as having been sold since morning clown to Sheepshead Bay last Sunday, all da.y, a friend "That begins to look like business," said Bi1ly .to hini of mine. We had new lines and first-class bait, but a ll we self. "It looks like a safe proposition for me to tackle. l caught wer e a few flounders." must see if Kittie is game for another p l unge "That was a waste o f good time, Billy," laughed the The pretty stenographer hes i tated w h ether to go into the banker. market again or not. "I guess it was, Mr. Colt," replied Billy, picking up his Billy drew such a glowing picture of what she might exhat. "I'll ask Mr Hooper to-morrow morning, if I can have pect to make this trip with her $1, 700 capital, that she was a week off. I'll let you know the result over the 'phone." persuaded to yiel d to his request, and next day she drew Billy got his week off, and went with Mr. Colt and anher money from the savings bank and gave it to him other banker, for a week's fishing up Long Island Sound. Billy took the first chance to call on Banker Colt. When he got back to Wall Street again, he felt like a "What is it this time, Billy?" asked the bank\!r, when the new boy. boy took his seat by the side of his clesk. "I had the time of my life, Kittie," he told the stenog_-"It's 10,000 s h a res o f L & N., at the market price for


2i ON HIS l\1ET'l'LE. nie, and 200 share s of ditto for 21Iis s Armstrong," replied the young speculator serenely. The broker whistled. "There's nothing slow about you, young man," he said. "Evidently you are taking th e roa d to e ither Salt River, or a quarter of a million. I am bound to say I admire your I n erve There isn't a speculator on the 81.ree t, no matte r what his age and experience, tha.t has mor e You are al ways on your mettl e : I hope you will w in out again, Billy; but don t forget the fable of the pitch e r and the well, or the proverb that it's a long road that has no turning." Billy handed the bank e r Kitti e' s $1,700 cas h, and signed a n order on his own account for $88,000 to cover his mar gi n. Then h e returned to his office ready to run errands .as u sua l as unconcerned apparently a s though he had not a doll ar at stake in the greatest game of chance that America can produce Bi1ly knew that L. & N. was a gilt edged stock in its way, w hich owing t o some manipuration of inside operators had been depre s sed of late. It was a sae thing to buy even in the lower nineties'. Two da y s ater he had mad e the deal the shares were quoted at 92, whlch r e presente d a pap e r profit to him al r eady of between thirty and forty thou s and dollars Kit tie, of course, was delighted, for her own winning s wer e above $700 "Nothing s ucceeds like success, does it, Kittie," re ma r ked the boy to her. "Here I am running for B roker Hoop e r at $7 per, and at the s ame time earning thousands of dollars a day on the outside." Next day J.J. & N. was b e ing much sought after by the brokers, and when they found the s hare s hard to get hold of, the y began a lively bidding that in two more days car ried the price to 102 Billy ordered 2,000 of his shares sold at that figure, on which he made a profit of s omething over $27,000. Next day he dispo s ed of 2,000 more !lt 105, c l earin g iJ)33,000. He now felt perectly safe, for he had $l22,000 cash in the banker's hands. On the following day h e let 3,000 shares more out at 108 and the n sold Kittie' s holding at 108 3 8, on which the girl netted about $4,000, making her worth altogether $5,700 She couldn't bold the secret any l onger from her mothe r and when Mr::i. Armstrong re c over e d from her surpr ise, s he was the most delight e d woma n in Brook l yn Next day the s hares had mount e d to 110 at which price B illie told Mr. Colt to l e t go the re s t of hi s hold i ngs o:q the market. The 3.,000 shares w e re gre e dil y s napped up as soon a s offered, and the young messenger-speculator aqded $65,000 m ore to his account Altogether he had made $183,400 out of L. & N., which a d ded to his ca p ita l m ade hi m w orth $298,0 00 And h e was only sevent een year s old, and had been in Wall Street jus t two years and five month s "Papa say you re worth ove r a quart e r of a million, Will," said Edith Colt, on the occasion of hi s n ext vi s i t And that you made it all your s elf. 1 What your father s a ys mu s t b e true," laughed Billy, who was on the m o st i n t im ate terms with the millionaire banker' s y oiln ges t daught e r. "You' re a smart boy, aren't y ou?" she replied, admir ingly "Don't a s k me to blow my horn," !ie an s wered. "If am as s mart as you are pretty, I s hall b e p erfe ctly s ati s fied with myself "Aren' t you complimentary!" s he cri e d, with a pleased look. "Papa says you are makin g a lot of mon e y for a l\1iss Armstr o ng in your office. Who i s she ? Do you like her a g r eat d ea l ?" I like he r very much indeed, Ec1ith, but not a quarter a s much as I like you "Oh, I don't believe that," with a pout. "I hope to prove it some day if you'll let me. I am out for a million for a particular purpo s e." "What is it? Tell me, won' t you? Do, plea s e." "I'll tell you when I've coll ared the million." "Won t you tell me now," coaxingly "I want to know." Billy shook 4is head. !'I promise to tell you some da y e v e n if I fail to g e t the million." H e told her five year s from that night, whe'n he was twenty one y e ar s of age, and she twenty, and at the same tim e he asked her a very important question. She s aid "Yes to it, but said he'd have to s peak to h e r fat h e r and mother Bill y interviewed Mrs Colt fir s t aft e r getting Cons tan c e to s mooth the way for him, and the r e ply was s o sati s fa c tory that the boy p l ucked up coura g e e nough to bring the s ubj e ct before the banker. Mr. Col t said if Mrs. Colt had sai d y es, he had no obj e ction, and s o two y e ar s later Edith b e came l\1rs. Billy l\1oss, notwithsta n ding he had not yet acquired the million, though he was well on the road to it. Nea r ly ten years have elapsed sin c e that happy event, and though Billy has made several million s in Wall Street, he is still just as muc h as ever ON H I S METTLE. THE END. Read LUCKY CHANCE; OR, TAKI NG FORTUNE ON THE WING, which will be the next number ( 58) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL N OTICE: back numbers of this weekly are always in print. 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Wood (The Young American Actor). 391 The Sliver Tiger; or, The Adventures of a Young Ame rican I n India. By Allan Arnold. 392 General Sherman's Boy Spy; or, The Mar c h to the Sea. By Gen'! Jas. A. Gordon. 393 Sam Strap, The Young Engineer; or, Tbe Pluckiest Boy o n t h e Road. By Jas. C. Merritt. 394 Little Robert Emmet; or, The White Boys of Tipperary. By Allyn Dra p e r 3 9 5 Kit Carson's Kit ; or, ,The Young Army Sco ut. By A n Old Scout. 396 Beyond the Aurora; or, T h e Search fo r t h e Magnet Mo untain By B erton B ertre w. 397 Seven Diamond Skulls; or, T h e Secret City of Slam B y Allan Arnold. 398 Over the Line ; or, The R ic h and Poor Boys o f Riverdale S c h ools. By Allyn Draper. 399 The Twenty Silent Wolves; o r The Wild Ride r s of the Moun tains. By Richard J;t. Mo ntgomery. 400 A New York Working Boy ; or, A Fight for a F o rtune. By How ard Austin. 401 Jack the Juggler; or, A B o y's Searc h for His Sister By H K Shackleford. 402 Little Paul Jones; or, T h e Scourge of the British Coast. By Capt. Tbos. H Wllson. 403 Mazeppa No. 2 the Boy Fire Company of Carlton; o r P lu cky Work on Ladde r and Line. By E:s:F'l r e Chief War de n 404 The Blue Mask or, Fighting Against t h e Czar. B y Allan Arnold. 405 Dick, the Apprentice Boy; or, Bound to be a n Engineer. (A Story of Railroad Life. ) By J as. C M erritt. 406 Kit Carson, Jr., In the Wild So u t hwest ; or, The Search for a Lo s t Claim. By An Ol d Sco ut. 407 The Rivals of Round Top Acad e m y ; or, Missing f r o m School. By Allyn Draper. 42 0 The Boy S ultan; or, Searching for a Lost Diamond illine lly A ll a n Arnol d. 421 E d gewood No. 2 ; or, The Only Boy I n the Fire Company B y Ex-Fire-Chi e f Warde n. 422 Lost o n a Raft ; or, Driven from Se a to Sea. By Captain Thos. H. Wilson. 4 2 3 True as Steel ; B e n Bright, the Boy E ngineer. By Jas. C. l\Ierrltt. 424 Ed, t h e Errand Boy; or, Working Bis Way In the World. B y Boward Austin. 4 2 5 Pawnee B iii In Oklahoma; o r Fighting with the White B y A n Old Scout. 4 2 6 P e r cy Grevllle, the S cout of Valley Forge. By Gen'I. Jas. A. Gor d on. (A Story of the American Revolution. ) 427 Bull s and Bears; or. A Bright Boys Fight With t h e Brokers of Wall Stree t By FI. K Shackl e ford. 428 The D ead Shot H angers; or, The Boy Captain of the Home Defenders. (A Story of the American Revo lution.) By Gen Jas. A. Gordon. 429 Lost In the Grassy Sea; or, Three Years In t h e Sargasso. B y Capt. H. Wilson. 430 Tom Porter s S earc h ; or, The Treasure of the Mountains. B y Richard R Montgomery. 43 1 Through Smoke and F lame ; o r T h e RI .val Fir e m e n o f Irvington. By Ex-Fir e-Chie f Warden. 432 Exile No 707 ; or, The Boys of t h e Forgotten Mi n e. (A Story of R ussia and Sib e ria.) By Allan Arnol d 433 Stee l Blade, The Hoy Scout of Fort Ridgely; or, T h e War Trail of the Sioux. By A n O ld Sco ut. 434 F r o m Engineer t o P resi d e nt; or, Working H i s Way U p By Jas. C. Merritt. 435 Lucky Luke: or, A Bright Boy's C areer in W&ll Street. By H.K. S hackleford. (36 The Prin ce of the Prairie; or, The Boy Who Owned It All By An Old Scout. (37 Herman, t h e Boy Magician; or, On the Road With a Variety Show. By Be rton Bertrew. 438 Tom B arry of Bar rington: or, The Hero of No. I. B y Ex-Fire-Obief Warde n 439 ThA Spy of Spuyten Duyvil; or, The Boy W ith a Charmed Life. Gen. J ae. A Gordo n UO T w o Yanke e Boys Among the Kaffirs: or, The Search for mon's Min0.F1. B y Allyn Draper. For sale by all newsdea l ers, or will b e s ent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, In mon ey or postage stamps, -FBA1'TB: TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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These Everything I .!. COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. Host of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroughly unde.rst\\nd them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjedll mentioned THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE DY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL EE SENT BY MAI;L TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE O.N UECEIPl' OF PRICE, TEN CEN".rS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS 'l'WENTY-FIVE CENTS. POST.A.GE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address TOUSEY, PublishE1r, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap p roved methods of mesmerism; also" how to cu,e all kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82 HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap proved methods of reading thelines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology,' and the key for telling character> by the bumps on the h ead By Leo Hugo Ko c h, A. C. S. Fully illu strate d. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in structive information regarding the science of hypnoti sm Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the l eading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koen, A.C.S. SPORTING. No . 21. HOW TO HUN'r AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about guns, bunting dogs traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row s .nd sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together w ith in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boo.ting. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse Describing the most useful hors es for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for a iseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A. handy bo ok for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By O. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORA.CUL UM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together witb. charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A comp lete book. I No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, f rom the little child to the aged man and woman. 'l'his little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky ,lays, and "Napoleon's Oraculmn," the book of fate. No. 28; HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of k nowing what his future life will bring 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 TELL FORTUNES BY THE HA.ND Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es of the h and, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. N o 6. HOW TO BECOME AN A'.rHLETE.-Giv ing full in struction for the u se of dumb bells, Indian c lu bs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various o ther methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing ov e r sixty illustrations. Every boy can b ecome st ; rong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10 HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations cf guards, blows, and the diu'er ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an in structo r. No. 25. HOW .ro BECOl\JE A GYMNAST.-Containlng full instructions for all kind8 of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises Embracing thirty-five illustrations By Professo r \V. Ma cdonald. A bandy and useful book. No. 34 HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for f encing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. 1 Describ e d 1'ith twenty-one illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Conta.ining explanations of rhe general pri nciples of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not r equiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involv i ng sleight-of-hand, or the use of 1119Cially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks. with il lustrations. By A. Anderson No. 77. HOW TO DO 1<,0RTY TRICKS WITH OARDS. deceptive Card 'l'ricks as performed by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-Tbe greal book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the al so most popular magical illusions as performed by oui: mag1c1ans: every boy should obtain a. copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruc t. No .. 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed b}'. bis form e r assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on b etween the magician and the boy on .the stage; .also giving all the cod es and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MA.GICIAN.-Containing the ?f magical illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEl\IICAl. TlHCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT 01<, HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and tricks used by magicians. Also contain m g the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW l\IAGIC TOYS.-Conta.ining full directions for makmg. l\1ag1c 'l'oys and devices of many kinds By A. Anderson. Fully illustrnted. No. 73._ HOW, TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbera. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated .No 7_5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR Containing tr1.cks Domm?s, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, eth. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Oontaining a com plete description of' the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN IN VENTOR.-Every boy )!:now how originated. This book explains them all, m electricity, hydraulies, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. 'l'he mo s t instructive book published. No. 5?. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Oontaining full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en also dirE'.cti.ons for buildi.ng a model locomotive together with a full description of everythmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INST!WMENTS.-Full directions 'how to make a B,anjo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Harp, Xylo ph,,ne and other musical mstruments; together with a brief de 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. .. HOW TO l\IAKE A a description of the lante rn, together with its history and mvention. Al s o full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illu strate d. By John All en No. 71. HOW 'l'O DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVELETTERS.-A most co m plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to u se them, giving specimen l etters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LA.DIEJS .-Giving complete instructions for writing ktters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRI'l.'E LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE wonderful little book telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. young man and every y6ung lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Containing full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and c o mposition, with specimen letters.


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