Chasing pointers, or, The luckiest boy in Wall Street

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, e scream came from the office of Colt & Co. Fred flung open the door, and-saw a -man in a .silk hat pressing his hand over Daisy's mouth, to stifle her cries. It was that there was foul play going on.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE. MONEY Isau ed Weekl11B11 S ub sc ription 12.60 per 11ear. Entered a ccording to A c t o f C ongreaa, in t h e 11ear 190I, in the oJflce of the L i brarian of Conare11, Waihington, D. C ., b11 Frank Toua e11, Publ iaher, Z4 Unio n Squa re, New York. No. NEW Y O RK, N O VEM B E R 23, 1906. PRIC E 5 C E N'rS . OR, THE LUCKIEST BOY IN -WALL STREET By A SELF-MADE MAN C H APTE R l. HON E S T Y L S T irn B E S T PO LICY. Two messenger o n e ta ll alld l anky, th e oth e r s h ort and c ompact, pop p e d out of one o f th e e l ernto r s whe n it eam e t o a s top a t the s i x th floor o f t h e Mill s B u ilding o n e mornin g at abou t L e n o'Cloc k and mad e a s i multaneou s n m down th e ernpt y corrid o r The Lall boy waH kn o wn a :; Owe n Murphy, th e s hort la.d a;; Fre d '1'i c knor. R o th w r re e mp loye d b y n e i g hb o rin g br o k e r s i n a Wall Street office b u i l di n g-the fo rmer b y S p e ncer & S ysonb y t h e latte r b y Colt & C o . B o th boys s a w a fla t uark brown obj e ct l y ing in th eir p th, an L 1 e a c h recogniz in g t hat it was a poc k e tbo o k made a q nick g rab for it. l i c kno r got i t a u d s trai ghte n e d up with a triumphant gnu. 'Halves!" d e m a n ded Murph y with a greed y di s ap pointed look. "Not on you r l ife, M urphy," r e pli e d Fre d "It' s not o ur s to cliYide. Somebody l o s t t hi s wallet, a nd i f I can find out who it b e l o n gs to I m g oin g t o r e turn it t o him "Yes you a r e ?" s n e e r e d Murphy, who had no sympathy with s u c h a proceedin g, for h e w a s accu s tomed to go on the pri ncip l e t h at fin d in g s i s keepings "I don t think. You r e j u s t givin' me that s teer t o ge t out 'of divryin' up "All right, yo u're welcome to you r o pinion," repli e d I Fred, who was a th o rou g hl y h o n e s t b oy, b oth in prin c ipl e and pra ctice. "I've t o ld y ou wha t I m g oin g to d o with it." H o w a r e you go in t o do i t whe n you d on't kn o w who it b e l o ngs to?" H e r e s the own er' s n a me-George Ba te s s ta m p ed in gilt l e tt e r s o n th e fl.a p." "S' pose it i s ? H o w a r e you goin' to find him?" Mayb e hi s adLlre s s i s in s ide t h e wall et." "Why don t you look an c l see, then ? replied M u r phy, who w as an xious t o see how mu c h money, i f a n y w a s in th e pock e tbook. I d on't b e lieve the r e's a n y mon e y i n i t an yway." "J'll ope n it and see i f I c an find the own er's a ddre sK," s aid Fre d, suitin g the a c tion to th e w o rd mu c h to his cqmpani o n 's s ati s fa c ti o n "Not a cent," c hu ckle d : Murphy, a s t h e ma in com p a r t m ent of the wall e t r eveale d m e r e l y a nu mbe r of pa p ers, and n e w s pap e r cli ppin gs Did you ever g e t l e f t in your lif e ? Ho ho h o! A s Freel o p e n ed llp an inn e r pocket, h o w e v e r t h e r e w e r e disp l ayed half d o z e n $ 500 bills, toget h e x with t h e bu:;iness card of a br o k e r o n that floo r o f the buik1ing Did you ever g e t l ef t yours elf, Owe n Murp h y ? l a u g h e d F r ed, as he exh i bited the b ill s an d to o k out th e card Murph y s t 9 pp e d g rinnin g and gaze d h u ngril y at the money. "Oh, come n o w Fred Ticknor you r e not g o in t o b e s u e h a c hump a s t o hunt up th e owne r of t hat money," r emon -


2 CHASING POINTERS. strated Spencer & Sysonby's messenger "There must be two or three thousand dollars there. Give me two of them bills and I'll never say a word about you finclin' the wall et Al l you've got to do is to take out them bills and throw the book just as it is down the first sewer hole you come to on your way back to your office: ,, "Say, Murphy, what do you take me for?" a.sked Fred, indignantly. "I take you for a fool if you don't do as I say "Well, I'm not going to do a s you say Here's the card of a broker on this floor. I mean to get the addre ss of Mr. George Bates from him or turn the wallet over to him to be returned to its owner." "Do you mean that?" asked Murphy w ith a look of disg ust. I do, and if you wait around here until I've delivered my message to Gage & :Moran you'll see me do it," replied Fred, decidedly, closing the wallet and putting it into his pocket. "You'll never get a chance like this again, Ticknor," saic1 Murphy discontentedly "A feller that'll let a streak of l uck like this get away from him don't deserve nothin'. I don't wonder that you and you r folks i s hard up. You ought to be "Look here, Murphy, you ought to be ashamed of your self to talk that way You know that if I took this money, whether I divided it with you or not, it would be just the same as stealing it, when I've got a plain clue to find the owner "Oh, rats A man that can affoTd to carry $500 bills around in his pocket can afford to lose 'cm. W e need 'cm a blamed sight more than he does You don't know but he's a millionaire. Maybe you think he ll give you one of them bills as a reward If he does I ought to have half. But I don t believe you'll get over a tenner, if you get that. These rich chaps are all stingier than blazes. I know a feller that found $10,000 in one of the ferry hou ses, and all he got for r etumin' it was thanks. If it had been me I'd fired it at him." "That has nothing to do with the matter at all, Murphy. The finder of a lost article has no right to keep it wh en he can locate the owner. It is pretty nearly as bad as putting your hand in a man's pocket and taking his money." "No it ain't. "Why isn't it?" "Because it isn t. Pickin' a pocket is stealin'." "And keeping money that doesn t belong to you wh e n you can find the owner is stealing, too," Teplied Fred, stout ly. "My mother brought me up to do the square thing by everybody, and I don't believe I'll s uffer b y c1oing it. We're pretty hard up, I'll admit, but I g uess we ca n pull through without taking what doesn't belong to UR." "You needn't hand me out none of your Sunday-school lessons, Ticknor," gTOwled Murphy, contemptuously. "I'm o nly sorry I didn't find that pocketbook myself." "You'd have kept the money, then, I suppose?" answered Fred. ''I'd kept one of tl:lc bills, at any rate, for my trouble in trying to find the owner. It's worth it." "Run on and deliver your message," sa id Fred, abruptly "I'm going in here." He opened the outer door of Gage & Moran' s office and admitted himself into the reception-room. The office boy, who knew him, said Mr. Gage wa s bu sy and couldn't be disturbed. "Well, you can take this envelope into him, can't you, and let me lmow whether there's any answer?'; ure, I can," replied the boy "Take a seat till I come back." Fred Ticknor was the son of a poor widow. He had a twin s ister, named Bestiie, who worked for :;\fand e lbaum & Co., on the fourth. floor o:f a big building on Broadway. The brother and' s i ster supported their mother, who made their humble hom e a littl@ haven of comfort for them. :Mrs. Ticknor, who had been brought up in comfort and even luxury, hacl sacrificed her prospects and estranged h erself from her family b,v marrying a poor but talented artis t. After a ten years' fight for recognition, her husband died sudden ly on the eve of s uccess, and since then the little widow had had a hard s truggle to bring up her two children arn l make both ends meet. She manage d to keep them at the public schoo l until both graduated, and then Freel f'ecured a po s ition as a Wall Street me sse nger, while Bessie got work in a skirt factory, anr1 their united wages made life somewhat easier for their mother. T11er e was no answer to the note Freel brought to Gage & Moran, so he walked c1own the corridor to Alfrecl Byron's office, which was the name on the card in the wallet. He askecl for Mr. ;Byron and w as admitted to the private office. "Well," said the broker, around in hi s e:hair, "what can I do for you?" "Do ) r ou know a .man by the name of George Bates?" asked Fred. "I do." "Did he call on you this morning?" "Ile was here about half an hour ago. vVhat is the purport of your question s young man?" a s ked Mr. Byron, re garding his young visitor sha rpl y "The fact of the matter i s, I found--" Here h e was inierruptccl by the suclden and entrane:e of a tall, goou -looking man of perhaps foi:ty years of age, who seemed to be much rxcitecl. "l beg your pardon Mr. Byron, but J have l ost my pock etbook. I thought perhapR I dropped it in your private room when I took out my handkerchief." "I have Hot see n it, :Mr. Bates You might l ook around on the carpet. By the way, h e r e i H a boy who has been inquiring about you." "About me?" asked the visitor, regarding Fred inquir ingly. "Yes, s ir, if your name is George Bates."


CHASING POINTERS. "That's my name." I ing out his hand "lam very giacl to have met you Goocl-"Then I guess this i s your wallet, isn't it?" asked the bye. boy, taking the article from his pocket. Freel bowed to Mr Byron and 11qf,t the office. "Why, yes," replied the gent l eman, in an immense ly re"We ll;'' he sa id to himself as h e1 walked along the cor li evecrtone "Where did you find it?" ridor toward t he e levator s "I think this is proof that hon In the corridor not far from the e l evators, about fifteen esty is the best policy, after all-at any rate, it's my policy, minutes ago." and I mean nev e r to go back on it." "And you came in here to return it, did you?" "Yes, si r. I opened it to see if 1 could find your address, CHAPTER IL and I discovered lUr. Byron's card. So I came in to find THE UNEXPECTED LlBE RALITY OF MR. COLT out if he knew you." "It took you a long time to deliver that note to Gage & "I am very much obli ged to you, my lad. "You are an 111oran, Ticknor," said Mr. Colt, when Fred rc honest boy, evid ent ly, for you could not help seei ng that turned to the office and told his emp l oyer that he had there w e re severa l five-hundred dollar bills in the wallet." brought back no answer. "Was the re a fire in Broad Stre et? "I saw them, sir." or perh a p s y ou st opped to have a hair cut and a shampoo," "I'm afraid some boys would have appropriated the sarc astically. money and then destroyed the pocketbook and its contents "No, sir; nothin g of that kind. I found a pocketbook The papers in this wallet are worth .a great dea l more to in the Mills Buildin g, and I l ost a little time in h an ding it me than the three thousand dollars. You have dona me back to the owner a valuable service, and it will give me a great deal of plea s-. "Indeed! You found a pocketbook did you? I s thi s ure to present you with one of these :five-hundred-dolhr a new gag, or what?" sneered his e mployer, who was in bad bi !ls. You lrnYe fa irl y earned it," said M.r. Bates, hol ding humor that i:porning and ha d been making things rather the money out to him. sultry in th e office s ince h e came down. Freel looked at it with l onging eyes, but made no effort "No, si r. I'm tell you the truth." to take it. "What was in the pock e tbook?" asked Mr Colt, sharply. "I did not bring your wallet back in expectation of re"There w e re some papers, sir, and three thousand dol Ceiving a reward, he said. "Of course, if you c hoose Jar s in bill s." to give m e somet hin g I shall accept it with thanks; but five "Three thousand dollars in bills!" gasped the broker, hundred dollars-I have no right to take as much as that lookin g a t his office boy as if he was a new species 0 ani from you." mal. "And you returned that pocketbook to the owner ?" Mr. Bates seemed to b e plea sed with Fred's attitude in I did. That was right, si r, wa sn't it?" the matter. "Of course it was right; but--H e stopped and lookell "You seem to be an uncommon boy," he replied. "In hard at th e boy. "vVl10 was the man that los t it?" he my opinion you clearly deserve a reward commensurate asked suddenly with the valu e of the serv ice you have rendered me. I beg "His name was George Bates. He gave me his card. you will accept the bill_:_I c an easily afford to give it to H e re it is." you." "That's one of the bigge s t outside operators in the Street. Fred took it with s ome hesitation. Did he give you anything?" I am very much obliged to you, sir You l iberality is "He gave me five hundred dollars, sir." unusual." Mr: Colt whistled softly. "I think the circumstances are suffici.ently unu sua l to "You were well paid for being" warrant it, my lad. What do you think, 1\'Ir. Byron?" "I didn't ask for _'.tny pa y." "I agree with you, Mr. Bates. I tl1ink you are uncom"But you expected to get Romething, didn't you?" monly lucky to get your property back intact. I believe "I thought he might give me t en dollar s." in encouraging h o ne sty when you come across it, if only "For returning three thousand dollars, eh?" on account of its rarity under the fire of temptation." "I've heard of peop l e .returning more than that and get "What i s your name, my boy?" asked Mr. B ates ting l ess, sir." "Fred Ticknor." "Oh, yo_u ha ve?" snee rin g l y .'You are employed in this nejghborhood, I pres ume?" "Yes, sir." "I am working as office and mes.senger for Colt & "We ll, I'm g lad to find I have s u c h an honest boy in m_y Co., stock brokers, No. _.:_ W all Street emp l oy," said Mr Colt, sardon ica lly. "Well, I rather think I s hould like to keep track of a boy "I thought you always considered me honest sir," r e of your caliber. H ere i. my card. Call on some time plied Freel feeling a bit depressed b y hi s man when you have l eisure I may be abl e to do somet hing for ner. you.'' "Well, there are degrees oi hon esty, y oung man. I ex: "Thank you, sir; I will." pected you were like the average run-that is, I nev e r wquld won't detain you any lon ger, T i ckno r," he said, hol d -i have y ou gui lty of theft without some good evi-


4 CHASING POINTER S. L1e nce. But when a boy of your age find s a pocketbook with "The boss has jus t rai.sed me two dollar s." m o ney in i t the t emptation i s u s u ally irres i s t i b l e t o keep "You are l uck y I unde r stand that h e is not s ubject to iL a n d say nothin g a b out it. s u c h generou s fit s How did it happe n ? Wh e n I wa s in My moth e r t a u g h t me diff e r e ntly, sir. I don t think his offic e half a n hour ago h e w as a s grumpy as a liung r y it pays to keep what Joe s n t b e l on g to you unl e s s you find b ear. it impossibl e t o discove r the owner." I noticed he wa s out of sorts H e b ega11 b y pull i n g m e "Humph! W e won t di s cuss the matter. Yo u are rath er over t h e coal s for s taying out too long o n m y errand. out o f t h e o r dinary I think I wi ll rai s e your wages two "And he wound up by raising your w ages? He i s a dolla r s a week o n the strength of your b e ing a kind of phe -strange m an." nomenon," grunted Mr. Colt "Take the s e papers t o M i ss "Yes, he's differen t from s ome peopl e D ean for h e r to copy. On the w a y o u t you can h a n d that "It mus t have bee n something out of t h e or dina ry that to the cashi e r indu ced hi m to raise you two doll a r s ?" s mil ed D a i sy, c l ear That" w as a n order to the c ashier to raise Fred's wa ges l y cu riou s to get at the reason for s o extraor di n ary a cir-from six doll ars to eight dollar s cwns t a nce. Mr. Colt was evidently a p e cu liar mana rathe r d ifficult "It was "You s ee, my l u c k 'began in the Mill s Building o n e to get along w i th. where I ca r r i ed a note to the office of Gage & Moran." Y ou had to g e t used to hirn and t hat wasn' t a n easy M i ss Dean l ook e d inte rest e d t hin g to do. "I hadn' t more than s t eppe d out of th e e l evator on the l1'r e

CHASl r G POINTERS. "That's who I m ean.'' 'You 'll have to ask him, for I'll never tell you/' ''Why wont yo u?" demanded : Murphy, aggressive ly. "Beca use I'm not tel I ing everything I know Irs poor policy." I don t b elieve you go t over a fiver," r eto.rte d Murphy, s n eer ingly, hoping to draw him out; but it didn't work. "You hav e a right to your opinion," replied Fred, ca l mly "Hand me ove r a flye r and l won't s ay nothin' more about it," aid Murphy. "I'll hand you over nothing." "Th e n I'll get :-;qu are with you," replie d the other, darkly "What for i'" "Because you r efuse to divvy." "How do you know I got anything?" "It stand to reason you ought to have got somethin' fo r return in' a wall e t wi ( h three thou sand dol l ars in it. I R hou ldn't be fllll'J1ri8e

6 CHASING POINTERS. This had come to be a regular practice with Fl'ed for of the stock, and :he said he hadn't decided yet whether h e some month s back, and when he had seen the rise of a parwould or not. ticular s tock noted he often wished h e had a few doll ars to By and by Fred was sent with a message tq a broker at spare, s o that he could take a little flyer in the market on the Exchange, and while passing in at the New Street en hi s own account and, if h e was lucky, make a few extra trance he overheard a bunch of D. T. mes sengers talkin g dollar s for himself over and above his wages. about the same stock This morning he noticed a paragraph refening to the "A good many people seem to have J. & D on their brain upward spurt of a s tock called J. & D., which had adv anced this morning," he mused "I'd like to scoop in a real four point s since the previous Mom1ay. simon -pu re pointer on the subject, now that 1 have a few The pap e r said there was a rumor afloat that a syndi cate doll ars in the office safe I might be able to double my had been formed to boom these s hares, but it could not be wad." verified. He looked at the tape when he got back to the office and When Duncan, the margin clerk, came in Fred asked found there had been quite a number of sales of J. & D. him what he thought was the cause of the rise in J. & D shares, and that it had gone up another point shares. "It was 68 Saturday morning," he said to himself; "it "I couldn't tell you," replied Duncan. "It may be a real is now 73. Somebody will make money out of it." boom, or it may only ti e a temporary boost that will peter When he went on an enand shortly afterward he met out to-day, or to-morrow or the next day. Onl y the per a messenger he knew, and they stopped to have a chat. 10ns on the ins ide hav e an y accurate knowledge on the "I wish 1 had a hdred cases," said his friend. subject." "What for?" asked Fred. "The market is rather a da.llgerou s thing for an outsider "I'd put it up on J. & D. shares." to monkey with, don t you think, Mr. Duncan?" "And lose it." "Dangerous! It's a s risky as handling a dynamite bomb. "No, I wouldn't. That stock will be selling in the eigh I u s ually advise friends of mine to keep out of it, unless ties by the end of the week." they have a good pointer." "How do you know?" asked Fred, eagerly "A good pointer is hard to get, I guess." "I picked up a tip in the office this morn in g "Well, rather. People are chasing them up and down "How do you know your tip is any good?" Wall Stre e t every day but they're about as easy to lay hold I "I heard my boss tell an old customer to & D. He of a s a greased pig." said it was good for a ten-point rise. He wouldn't have "Did you Ver catch one?" gr inn e d FTed. told him that unless he was pretty certain of the matter. "Several. I made a small wad on two of them, but the If I had a hundred dollars I'd risk it on the strength of third pointed to the poorhouse, for I landed in the soup. that, and I'd be willing to bet fifty dollars more, if I had "Then you can't alway s depend on a pointer if you land it, that I'd win a hundred dollar s." one?" Fred, whos e mind was now foll of th e prospects of J. & "Not always, because some of them are fakes You want D., thought this pointer so good that he decided to take to be s ure it is the real stuff before you risk your good the risk of buying fifty shares money on it." He got the envelope containing his money and, going "Some of the news paper s claim to furnis h good pointers around to a little bank in Nas s au Street that made a spe on the races; why couldn't they do the same with the marcialty of doing on the market for small investors, k et? put up three hundred and sixty-five dollars on a ten per "They frequently do; but you want to be wise on the cen t. margin at the market price 0 73. subject to judge of their value. If you've got any money It was his first speculation, and he felt verv nervous for to lose, Fred, you can't drop it any qui cker than by putting the rest of the day over his speculation, though he felt it up on s tock s You ou ght to lmow that by this time, if somewhat relieved when the market closed to find that you've kept your eyes open. People come in every day with J. & D. had advanced to 75. their little wads and bank them on some stock or another, "H I sold out first thing in the rooming I shou l d make and their margin s u s uall y go to swell the boss's bank acabout a hundred dollars," be thought, as he walked borne. count." "I don't know whether I'll hold on for 80 or not. It seems Duncan went to work, while Fred pondered over the to me it's too great a risk, though White' s boss s aid it was truthfulness of hi s rernrrks. good for a ten point advance, and he may have in side inLater on he heard a couple 0 Mr Colt 's customers talkformation I'll have to consider the matter ing about the probabilit y of a boom in J. & D. That even in g he told his sis ter in the s tricte t confidence One of them, who lived on Staten I s land, said he had that he had risked the of his four hundred dollars on overheard three broker s canvassing the present rise in the fity shares of J. & D. stock. shares on the boat and they were of the opinion that some "Ob, Fred!" exclaimed Bessie. "Aren't you afra i d you pool was at the bottom 0 it. may lose all that money?" His companion a s ked him if he was going to buy any "I don't know whether I'm afraid or not, Bessie," he


CHASING POINTERS. 7 r eplied. l am bound t o say that I nev er felt so funny be"I got this check of yours through the mail H1is morn forc in my life. I'm two points ahea d on my investment ing," he said to the cashier. I want to know if you will at this stage of the game, but I may be two points behind cash it a nd most of it here for me until I want to to morrow, if a screw works loose in the deal." draw it out?" ''I think it was an awful risk to take," m i d hi s sister. ",\re you Fred T i cknor?" "Four hundred dollars means so much to us. I never re"Yes, sir." m ember when we had even a hu ndred dollars at one tim e "You'll have to get some one we know to i dentify you b efore. I'm sure I shall be so nervous till I find out how "Your margin clerk ought to remember I bought fif t y this specu lation ends that I won't be worth a cent." sha res of J. & D. from him a few clays ago, and i hat I came "i'm sorry I spoke to you about the matter, i f it's going i n here yesterday about e leYen o'clock and ord e red the to a ffect you that way, Bess," said F red. "But I lik e to shares sold. Here is your sta t e m ent of the trans action take you into my confidence, as a rule, because you're s uch "\''{ell, ste p around with me to hi s desk, and if h e will a dear, sweet sister." identify you I'll fix the matter up." "And you're the bes t brother in the world," declarecl The marg in clerk recognized Fred a s the party to the the girl, kissing her twin brother, whom she dearly loved deal and the cashier was satisfied Next morning J. & D shares were in greater demand "As you are a minor we can't open an account with you, than at any time since the boom started, and by noon t he 'Ticknor," the ge11tleman; "but I can give you a cer stock had advanced to 78. l ificate of deposi t for whatever money you l e ave with us Fred '\\as waiting for an answer to a note in a Broadway "That w ill answer,'' repl ied Frer1. "Give me two hun-office w hen he saw this quotation on the ticker, and it made r lred (lollar s cash a cer tifi cate for the re st." him feel good. The matte r was so arranged. "I guess it will go to 80, all right," he said to himself. "I heard you wanted some money, mother?" grinne d "White's pointer was a pretty good one." Fred that eveni n g, as Mrs. Ticknor was removing the sup -Fred was fully determined to sell out when J. & D. per dishes reached 80, but he was kept so busy running errands that "Wl1Y, no, my son," s h e replied, in some surpris e I afternoon that he found no opportunity to get around to have the greate r part of that hundred dollars you gave the little Nassau Street bank, and so the Exchange closed I me the other day." with the shares at before he realized that business was "\\"ell, I thought maybe y ou wan te d some more, so I over for the clay. brought you another hundred dollars You can take it Bessie Ticlmor was on pins and needles to learn how her a r ound and add i t to your little account in the Bowery brother's stoc k venture was getting on. Bank H ere is the fifty dollars I promis e d you, Bess last When s h e came h ome at h alf past s i x s h e b eckone d him nigh t,'' and Fred handed the bi ll s across the table into a corne r and asked him for new s in a whi spe r, so their Bessie Hccepted her present with much satisfaction, for mother wouldn't h ear she knew her broth er had made six hundred dollars in his "I'm eight and a h alf points ahead to-night, B ess, he stock d e al, and she thought him the smartest boy in the repli ed, g l eefu lly "I'm g oin g to sell at the :first chance I city get in the morning." "You'll be g ivin g all your mone y away at this rate, my "I'm so g lacli' she replied, in a tone of great relief. "How son,'' smiled Mrs. Ticknor, 'who did not as yet, know that much do you expec t to make'?" Fred hacl maclc money in Wall Street. "How much? About four hundred dollars." "Don't you worry about that, mother I'm putting i t in "Isn't that dandy!" cried the delighted g irl. good hands. I've fifty dollars more h e re that I'm going to It was e l even o'clock before Fred got thec hance to run inwst in clothes and other thi ngs I need." around to the bank t o order the s t ock sold, and in the mean"I'll b e able to attencl a night school of shorthand a n d time there h ad been a deal of business done in the typewriting now," said Bessie. "I do so want to get out o f shares and the price had gone up to 85'g, and that wa s the working in a skirt fac tory." figure the boy realized "That's right, Bessie,'' repli e d her brother. Just as Whe1i be got his che<;k and sta t ement on the following soon as you're able to hold an office job I'll try and find a day he found his profit amounted to a l ittl e over six hunplace for you clown in Wal} Street." clred dollars. "That would b e just lovely," cried the delighted gir l. "Gee whiz!" he exclaimed. "I'm actually worth a thou"You wouldn't have to work as hard as you do now, with sand dollars." a forewoman bossing you around and finding fau l t with your work, and your hour s would b e s horter. Besides, you d CHAP1' f1;R IV. get mor e pay, too." l\IURPHY FINDS A TIUNDRl';D-DOLLAR BTLL AND WHAT COMES "I sho uld lik e the change ever so much." OF IT. "Well, we'll go arolmd after supper to-morrow evening Before three o'clock that c l ay Freel managed to get around I a nd see the man who runs the school on Fourteenth Street." to the bank in Nassau Stree t. -I Owen Murphy had been as good as h i s wor d and had n o i


8 CHASING --------notic e d Fr c t l s i n c e llu :1rt1rn oo11 o ur h ero h a d r efused to Murphy renew e d hi s offer i.o lak e F r e d to a s how, but with t e ll him what h e got !'or r eturning th e \ralle t t o 1\Ir Ba tes out r esult. or ante up even a f ive-do llar bill. They b oth s t eppe d lo the cas h ie r s ue:;k t og ether ant.I. Fred cli d not s uffer any from lhc 0 Murphy's so-Mur p hy, pushing Fre d's fifteen eenh; b a ck, t ol d the p ro c i c ty, a s h e n eve r like d h i m muc h. prie t o r to t a k e t he price of the two lunches out of t h e o n e For two w eeks t h e fre qu ent l y e;1clt ot h er iu lrnrn 1r ed -doll a r b ill. th e corridor o f t h e otlice building w i thout an y o f r ecog -The m a n l ooke d at the bill and the n a t Murphy uitiou Where did y o u g e t thi s?" he ask e d, s u s pi c iou s l y But o n e morning Fre d wati s u;priseu t o r ccei r e a tri"What's the matter with it?" ask e d Murphy with an umphant wink from Murphy a s they c am e to gether in t he a n xio u s l ook. "Isn't it good?" e l e vator "It' s go od eno u gh, but it's a large bill for a boy lo l uwc H e look e d at his former a cq uaintance narrowly, witho u t around l oose H ave n t you an y small er ch a n ge!'" s ay in g a word. I w ant t o c h a n ge tha t bill." H e thought from Murphy's manner that the boy was I w ouldn' t mind changing it if I thought y ou c ame c asti n g a bout for som e e x cu s e to s peak to J1i rn and h e w o n h o nestly by the bill d e r e d w h a t was in the wind Do y ou think I'm a thief?'' d emander l Murphy inclig -The y both s t ep p e d out of t he e l e vator to gethe r and then nantly "1\Iy n ame i s Owen l\Iurp h y and I w ork for Spe u1\Im p h y could h old in no l o n ge r. cer & Sys onb y As k him i f I ain' t all right," and h e p oint" L o ok here, Fred," h e s a i d, I w a n t to t ell y ou som e ec1 to F r e d thin'." A line of impatient p e opl e wa s b eginning to colle c t n ear "\Ye ll wh a t i s it? Got oYer your g rou ch!''' the cas h desk, s o the p ro p ri e t o r refu s ed to c h a n ge the bill ancl 1\Iu r p h y grumbl i n g l y pa i d in small change for h i s O\rn ':Ne y er mind that. I founu s om elhi n m yself yes t er d ay," h e s aid, in a m ys t eriou s \Ya)'. l u n c h a s Fred i ns i s t e d on s ettl ing hi own c heck. "W11y didn't you get 1t c h ange d at your o wn office b efore start rfl for lunc h ? aRkec1 F 'rcd "Another po c k etbook?" grinned Fre d. ''Nop e A hundreddollar bill." t h e cashier would h av e a s ked me wher e I goL "You r e luc k y Didn' t ham any on e with you to di vvy t h e hill." i t with e i t h er, I s u p p o se ?" "Nope. Found it m yself. "Where d i d y ou find it?" fTha t s t ellin's, grinne d Murphy "Wha t d id yo u s t o p m e for?" I wanted to l e t y ou know tha t y o u ain t th e o n l y pebble a t findin' thing s," replied Murphy w i t h a look of int en s e s a t is fa ctio n. Oh I see. rrhought ma.yb e yon d make m e b a d e h ? W e ll the fa c t that you found a h u nd red d o ll a r s o r e v e n a thou s a n d d o ll a r s wouldn t worry m e in t l w "Oh I jus t wante d you to kn o w-that's all. P'nip:-; you think I'm kiddi n you ? W e ll h e r e's the bill," and h e took it out of h i s vest pock e t a n d s h owed ii to Freel. lt ras a br a ndnew b ill istiu e d h y th e Nati o n a l C'ity B ank, a n d o n the bac k of i t w a R stampe d i n p en c il the name a n d b n s inei::s addre ss of s ome b ody w h o h ad h ad the bill in his possess i o n. G oing t o try and fin d the own er ?" ask e(l "What cl; you t a k e m e for ? A chump?" "'!'hat mi ght represent a s eriou s loRs t o some b o d y." "Tha t i s n t my bu s in ess. I'm g oi n g to h ave a s w e ll time out o f this bill. I'll trea t you to a s h o"' to n i ght if you ll com e with m e." "Thanks," r e pli e d F re d ; "but I'v e got an e n gage m ent." "Well, how will Saturda y JJight n ex t suit y o u ? " Can' t g o Saturday nig M." Murphy look e d di s appointed, a n d soon a f t erward the bo ys separate d. They met, however, a gain at a qui ck l unc h counter, and "Suppos e he did? Cou l d n l you h a v e s a i d y ou ounCI it!'" "'Then he would h ave want ed to k now all about the m a t -ter ano the own er m ight h ave got w i n d of it and I'd h a v e lo g i e up the b ill. H undred-doll a r bills a in' t pi c k e d u p eve r y and I mean to have the good out o f this one," Rairl Murphv, who s e con s cie n ce d i d n o t trouble h i m a s to his rightto make u s e o f the m o n ey T h e b ill, h o w e v er w as d e stine d t o ge t Murphy into t ro u h l r. 'h e hrok c r who had l o s t t h e b ill adv e r fo;cd [ or i t o n the clia u r e t hat i t might h ave fa ll e n into the hand s 0 a n h onrs l prn;on. F m s aw t h e a dv er t i sement and c all e d l\Iur ph_y'i; atten tio n to it. "That ain' t t h e bill I found," 'Said Murp h y with a re d fa c e H av e you got the bill yet?" as keel F r eel, who r e m e m ber ec1 the b ank note well eno u g h to identify it with the on e a chcrfac d for "Nope I ch a nge d it." Fred l e t the matter drop, a s h e didn' t care to exp oi;e Murph y A not h er man who lrncl r ece iverl the b ill in p ay m ent for a d ebt noticed the adve r t i s em ent a n d communicate d with t h e l oser \ n inve stig a tio n followed and the mon ey was trace d bac k to Murphy. TT e d en i ed tha t he h a d e ver see n the bill b u t the man who d ia n ged it' for him as s erte d that t h a t wa s the v er y b i ll l\I urphy harnl e d to him.


, CHAS l NG POIN'rERS. 9 Spencer & Syson m e;;sengcr, finding himself cornered, admitted the fact, and said he had fou nd the bill in the Barnum Buildin g The broker sai d h e had lost the money there, an d de manded its return, less the twenty -five dollars he had of fered as reward. As h e h ad clearly identified his prop erty the sa loon keep e r who changed it sen t for : Murphy, gave him the bill a nd got one hundred dollars back. The bill was then give n to its rightful owne r, who paid Murphy the twenty -five dollar s reward. Murphy then paid the sa l oonkeeper the t wenty -five dollar s to settle th e amount o.f his origina l debt 'rhe sa l oon man t o l d Murphy's father, who gave his son a t e rrible beating and kept him indoors every night for a month, w hi ch was even a worse punishment. After that Murphy, for a time at least, was willing to beli eve that Fred w as right in saying honest y w as the bes t policy. CHAPTER V. HOW FR E U GETS HIS SECOND POIN1'l)R Fred to l d Da isy Dean about his good luck with the J. & D. shares, and she con g r atu la ted him on his success, but at t h e same time warned him against putting too much faith in the mark et "Don't t hin k beca use you pull ed out a bunch of money this time, Freel, that you can do it every time," remarked the astute young stenographer "T'ha.t certificate of deposit for eight hundred dollars you say you have in the bank on Nassau Street had better be exchang ed for cash and the cash taken to the Seamen's Bank, on the corne r of P ear l Street, and l ef t th ere in your name. Then take the book and g ive it to your moth er to keep for you." Freel admitted that Miss Dean' s a dvice was good, but he neglect ed to avai l himself of it, and t h e certificate remained at the bank. Among ot h ers, :Miss D ean did work occasiona ll y for a broker nam ed Barclay Calcut t who had an office on the floor above. He was a tall, good looking man, with a heavy black mu stac he, who dressed as swell as any man on the Street bnt .fo1 a ll that the pretty stenographer didn't like him mu c h.' A:i long a s h e brought her work and paid for it on d e -1 ivery s he was i-;atisfiecl to have him for a customer ; but after a while lie w o uld find some excuse for lin ger in g in her den, which interfered somew hat with her work, and i.h e n the young lad y began to finclhim a rather undesirab le patron Tli e fact of the matter was that Barclay Calcutt was s mitten with the young lady's many charms, and he was trying to rnakc himself so1icl with her H e brought lwr a lot o.f typewriting that he had no u s e for ::;impl y to get a c h ance to have a talk with h e r, and :finally o n e day h e a;;ked her if she had any money for which s h e had no imm ecliute use. Daisy tho ught thi s a pretty cheeky q u estio n on his part, but before s he could make a non-committal reply he went on to say that he had come down expressly to give her a tip on the market, i f s he coulcl make any use of it. "I have made it a rul e never to risk any money in stoc ks," replied Daisy, hopin g h e would take himself off "But this i s a s ure thing, Miss Dean. I hav e it on the best of authority that a pool of big operator s has been formed to boom L. & S. shares, which are now ruling at 89. I assure you, Miss Dean, they will surely go to 110, and perhaps higher I am giving you this pointer b e cause I have an eye to your intere s t and it would give me great pl eas ure to put you in the way of making s ome extra money." . Mr Cal cutt tried to make it apparent that his motive was one of particular friend s hip for Miss Dean, and that s h e was the only one he would give such a tip to. Daisy thanked him and said s h e would think the matter over. "You mustn't waste any time, Miss Dean for the shares will begin to advanc e in a few da ys, and you are liable to lose all the cream To secure all the advantage of the in s id e info rma t ion I am giving you in confid e nce you ought to get in on th e groun d :floor." Daisy was g l ad wh en h e to o k hi s departure, for she felt gre atly embarrassed bec ause he in sis ted on putting her under obligations to him, a s it were. She tried to thin k of some excu s e for declining any fur ther work from Mr. Calcutt the reby deprivin g him of any pretext for forcing hi s presence upon her in the future. But s h e found that this would b e a very delicate matter to get aro und in a way that would not give her evident admirer offens e Whil e s h e was figuring out the matter, Fred entered with a bat ch of work from Mr. Colt, and, knowing that tl;ie young messe n ger was a friend on whom s h e could thor oughly depend, s he laid the whole trouble before him and a s k e d his adv ice. "The troub l e with Barclay Calcutt i s that h e's dead gone on you, Mi ss Dean," s aid Fred, rather bluntly. "I don't blam e him much for that, because you're an uncommonly nice girl." "Now, Fred, protested Dai sy, a lmost t ear iully "I didn't ask you to throw bouquet s at me. I want you to t e ll me what you think I ought to do. T don t wis h to in sult Mr. Calcutt, but I do want to dis pense with him a s a cus tome1. How can I d o it without hi s s u spec tin g my real mot iv e? " T e ll him yo11 are overburdened with work, and that you, are s orry you canno t take any more from him for the present, a t any rate." "But he will find out that I am taking work from oth e r peop l e in the building a nd then I'm li able to get a new cus tom e r any day." "'T'hat's all rig ht. You've had mos t of your present pa tron s before Calcutt came to you. You could give hi m to understand that their wor k ha s greatly increased of late and you c annot handl e any more."


10 CHA.SING POINTERS. "He is so per s i s tent that I fear I s hall have tro ubl e in dropping him espec i a ll y si nce he m ade it a point to come h ere a li t tle while ago anrl give m e scm e in s id e information about the market." "He did, eh?" excl aimed Fred, pricking up hi s ears, for he was on a still hunt for point e rs e v er s inc e h i s little coup in J. & D. "What did h e say?" "He told me that he knew pos itively that a pool of big operator s had been formed to boom L. & S., and that th e stock would s urely go up in a few day s "Did he tell you how he got hi s infor mation?" "He did not." "He expected you to accept hi s word W e ll, con s idering the interest he appears to take in you, I guess he wouldn't be likely to lrnnd you out anything that wa s11't the r e al thing, for if you invested any money on the str e ngth o:f what he told you, and the deal went wrong i t wou ld on l y queer him with you for good and all." "But I don't want his tip, and I wish h e h a dn't given it to me," replied the g irl, in a trou ble d tone. "If the pointer is r e ally all that he claim s for it, h e will feel that he has put me under obliga tion s to him, and will take advantage of the fact to annoy me with hi s unwelcom e attentions." Fred saw the point, and h e scratched hi s head for an idea to h e lp out. He thought as much of her, almost, as i f s he was his sister, and he was pre pared to fight her b attles if he saw any way of doing it. "Well, i f he annoy s you, you jus t te ll me, and I'll have a quiet talk with him. If you haven t an y big broth e r to take your part you can call on me every time," said "' Fred, sturdily. "You are very good, Freel Tic lm or, and I shan't for g e t it, I won t allow y ou to get yourself into trouble on my account. Mr. Calcutt would resent any interferenc e on your part, probably, and might complain about you to Mr. Colt." "If h e's a gentleman he'll l eave you a lone when he sees he isn't welcome here ; if he persi s ts in bothering you, then h e's no gentlem a n and ought to be shown up." Daisy fina lly decided tha t she would t e ll Mr. Calcutt that s he was too busy to do any more work for him, and see what effect that woul d have on the situation Fred, when he returned to his seat in the outer office, began to ponder over t he point e r Mr Calcutt had given D aisy D ean He looked up L & S on the ticke r and found that there h ad been seve r a l sales that afte rnoon a t and 89prob abl y s i x s h ares had chang e d hands at those fig ures. "There seems to be something doing in that s tock. I'll keep my eyes on it to-morrow, and then .I'll be able to t e ll b etter." N ext morning Fred kept track of L. & S and he no ticed that twenty thousand shares were traded in by noon, 11t price s ranging from 89 to 90. "That looks lik e business,'' h e said to himself. "I gue ss I'll bu y fiity s h a res, at any rate." So he went around to the bank in Nassau Stree t and drew fou r lrnndred ancl fifty dollars against his certificate of d eposit and handed the cash to the margin cle rk, with an ord e r to buy fifty shares of L & S. at !JO on ma r gin By the time F reel got back to hi s office the shares were bought and h e ld by the bank s ubject to his order At three o clock, when the Exc hange closed, L & S was ruling at 92. During the next two day s the shares fluctuated betwee n 90 and 9-, closing on Saturday noon at t he figure That morning Daisy told Fre d that Mr Calcutt h ad called with some new. work, but she had refu sed to a c cept it on the plea that s he was too busy "What did h e say?" a s ked t he boy "He i ns i s ted on l eaving it, sayi ng h e wa s in no hurry and th a t I coul d do it when I c;o uld find time He a lso asked me if I had tak e n advantage of hi s p o inter. \Vh en I sai d I had not, h e seemed di sa ppointed, m1c1 advised m e to do so befor e it was too late to re ap any benefit from it." "We ll, if you've got any money to spa re I'd adYis e you t o bu y a few sha res with me I bou ght fifty the other day at 90; the last quotation this morning was 0-!. If I had money e nou g h I'd buy fifty more a t as near !J4 1\Ionday morning a s I could get them. I'm satisfied the stock will g o to par "Mr. Calcutt to ld m e it woulcl go to 110 and p e rhap s high er." "Did he? I'm g l a d you told me. I dar e sa y h e ha s received a tip from some one on the in s ide." "I don't k now wheth e r I ought to encourage you to go any deeper inlo thi s new deal Freel, after the warning I've given you abol1t trading in s to cks," said Dai sy, doubt fully "If i t wasn t that I reall y b e lieve Mr Calcutt's t ip is a good one, which has been demon s trated b y the ris e of the s tock according to h i s pre diction, I'd scold you for bu y ing those fifty shares." "We ll don't say anoth e r word, but come in with me on another fift y I'll take thirty and y ou twenty. It'll cost you one hu ndred and e ightye i gh t doll a rs. Can you raise that much?" "Yes I'll bring it with me Monda y." "All ri ght. I'm g la d to have you for a partner in thi s deal," sa id Fred, as D aisy covered up her machine, pre paratory to s tarting for home. CH APTER VJ. I::-< THE N ICK O F TIME. On Monday morning Miss D e an b rought clown enoug h rnoJJey to make goocl the margin on 20 s h ares of L & S at 90. Fred took it aroun d to the bank in Nassau street, where he h ad more than enough to secure 30 aclcliti ona l shares of t h e stock. H e bought the 50 shares in his own name. That mornin g L. & S began to attra ct a great deal of


CHASING POINTERS. 11 attention from the brokers, who had many orders from outsiders to purchase the s tock. The re were lively times all day at the Exchange, for a buoyant feeling affected stocks all along the line, and the upward t e ndency was d e cid ed. L. & S. gradually advanced to 96, and at intervals, when he happened to be in the office, Fred carried the good news to Daisy. day the excitement was more pronounced, and when L. & S. touched 102 the broker s began tumbling ov. er one anoth e r in their effort s to get the s tock. "Look s as if it w as g oin g to tlo, all ri ght," Fre d told the s t enog raph e r on Thurs day morning, when the shares, that had closed the previon s a.fte rnoon at 105, opened at 106, and s oon jumped to lOfil a nd then 107. "We're going to make a f e w dollar s out of thi s boom, Miss Dean." 'rhe g e n e ral publi c came rus hing into the Street to in Yest, and, JI.Ir. Colt having his s hare of the bu s iness, Fred was k ept unus ually busy carr y ing note s h e re, there and everywh e re durin g bu s iness hour s Next morning L & S. open e d at 112, and Fred told Dai s y that he wasn't going to take any more chances "There may be a break in prices at any moment," he r emark e d "I'm kept on the move at such a lively r ate that I can't keep trac k of thin g s as w e ll a s if I was s ta nding ove r ihe tic k e r. I m g oin g to beg off for a few minutes, run around t o the bank and clos e out. He carri e d out hi s inte ntion s at on ce, and within half an hour he and Miss D ean h a d no further personal inte r est in the doing s of the mark e t. When h e g ot bac k to hi s c h air in the office h e occupied the few minutes of l e i sure he had in figurin g up how mu c h he and the s teno g raph e r had mad e out of the d eal. The tic k e r showe d a s a l e one hundred s h a res at 112 5-8, and he judged that was t h e fig ure their h o l dings had gone at. "On m y fift y s h a res that I bought a t 90 I m a ke a bout e leYen hundre d d o ll ars ; on the thirt:v for whi c h I gave 9 4 m y p rofit i s somethin g l i k e five hund re d a nd fif ty doll a r s That's a total of s i xtee n hun d red an d fift y dollar s That isn t so bacl o n a c api tal o f e i ght hun d r e d d o llar s Mi s s Dean has coll a r e d three hundr e d and sev enty-five dollars. Nothinfr lik e havin g a firs t-class point e r to ope r ate with." Fre d w a lked into th e ste nograph e r's d e n and s howed the results of hi s c a lcul a ti o n_, whic h w e re verifi e d n ext morning whe n h e got a statement of account and a check from the h a nk. I.f moth e r kn e w I was worth twent y -four hundr e d and fift.v d ollar s s h e'd fall off h e r c h air from a s tonishm ent, saicl Fre d with a c h uck le, t o D a isy. "Aren't y o u goin g to tel l h n ? th e g irl a s k e d him. "Not yet a w hil e I s h a ll t e ll my s i s t e r h o w e v e r. W110n I g o to l unc h i 'll get m oney, and you can t a k e it h o m e with J s u pp ose you ll h e bu y in g some s well clothes on th e s t re ngth oi it. : ,,.Wha t makes y ou think so?" l a u g h e d Dai sy. "That' s the first thing gir l s think of when they have a wad in their pocketbook." "You seem to know all about it, Fred," replied the pretty s tenographer. "Sure I do," he chuckled. "Gee! There goes. my bell. I IDJlSt leave you." Fred drew one hundred and fifty dollars that afternoon, leaving the balance on a new certificat e of deposit, and took the bill s home to his mother "What, more money for me!" excla imed the little mother as her son to s sed her the bills across the s upper table "You must have found anoth e r pocketbook ." "No, mother, but I made a little deal in s tocks with the funds I had and came out a few hundr eds ahead. You heard me say the market ha s been booming lately. I got out just in time, for things went to pieces to day, and a good many people have come out at the small end of the horn.'' "I am g l ad to know that you are one of the fortunate ones," smiled his mother "Yes, I'm abo1tt the luckiest boy in Wall Street. The re are very few messengers who hav e a bank account like me Next day Barclay Calcutt met Daisy Dean in the corrid o r. He and some equall y luc k y friends had been treating themselv e s to an unlimited number of mint juleps, and as a consequence Mr. Cal cutt's face was flu shed, hi s breath had a stron g aroma of the cafe, and hi s limb s were not as s teady a s u s ual. He s topp e d the young lad y as she was about to enter her offic e and a sked her how much s h e ha d made out of hi s tip. "I'm v e ry bu sy, 1\fr Calcutt," she answered, quite barra sse d "Ple a s e permit me to pass He dr e w back a bit, but as s he opened the door he fol lowed h e r into her room "You' re an uncommonly pretty gi rl Miss Dean," he said s inking heavily into a chair ; uncomm onl y prett I l ike p r etty gi rl s-great fai lin g of mine," and he ogled the g irl with his eyes. "Mr. C alcutt,'' cried Daisy, desp e ratel y "won't you pl e ase l e ave t h e room? I am very busy." "Ve ry busy eh? Too bad. I wanted t o talk with you I've made a barrel of money on L. & S. I'd like to take you around to Delmonico's to lun ch Understand? Rest of the boys would have a fit to see me with s uch a c harming young lad y." "Mr. Calcutt will you please go?" "Want to get rid of me, eh? All right: Pretty gir ls privil e g e d c har a cter s I've got a load of work for you up s tair s Bring it down to morrow. Charge w h a t you please. Pretty g irl s ought to make money Much to Dai sy's r e li e f, the broker got on his feet and starte d for the door. H e fnmbl e d for the handle a moment or two, turned around and s tarted ba c k to the chai r At that moment Freel ent e red from the counting-room and told Dais y that Mr. Colt want e d her in his office.


12 CHASING POINTERS. She g rabbed her notebook and flew, leaving Barclay Calleave without sce'ing him, ancl 1 am not here, ca ll rne up on cut and the boy together. the 'phone." W e ll, sir," s aid Fred, "what can I do for you?" "All right, sir," replied the boy, s tarting off. The broker looked at him in a fis h y way for he wa s sevWhen Fred reached the residence of Mr. Lynch h e found e ral u egrees mor e un s teady than when he eI\.tered the room. the gent l eman had not got home. ''You c an ge t out," he sa id thickl y "No u se for you He waited half an hour and then started back for lhe at all. Understand?" office. ''I think you'd b ette r get out yourself, Mr. Calcutt," It wanted a quarter to six when he reach e d the office replied Freel, coolly. "Your is up stairs building and walked up to the second floor. "Know who you re talking to, boy? I'm a customer of As Fred approached the door of hi s office the s uperin Dean. Got business h e re. Stay a s l ong as I tenc1ent of the building came along and the boy nodded to choose. No business of yours." him. J:i'r ecl walked over and threw open the doo r. At that moment the shrill c ry of a woinan echoed through "Miss Dean is very busy to da y, Mr Calcutt. She can't the corridor and startled both Fred and the s uperintendent. be bothered with visitors. You will oblige h e r very much The scream came from the office of Colt & Co. by leaving." Fred flung open the door and saw a man in a silk hat The broker was standing w i th his back against Dai sy's pressing his hand over Dai sy's mouth. desk, his hat on the back of h i s head, and hrs legs wobbling I It was evident there was foul play going on. under him. F r ed fel t that the attitude h e had assumed toward the CHAPTER VII. intoxicated broker was rather a de l icate one, as h e really ANOTHER LUCKY DEAL. had no right to orde r the man ou t of the stenographer's With the superintendent at his back, Fred Ticknor en -office. tered the reception-room, where the pretty stenogra ph er But he kn e w Daisy wan ted to get rid of him, and to was struggling with her assailant. oblige her he had t aken the bull by the horn s Fortunate l y for her the boy had returned in the nick of Fortunate l y for the boy, Barcla y Calcutt's thought s were time. divert ed s u ddenly wh e n he saw a fri e nd out in the corriFred sprang at the man like a young tiger, and then it dor, and he started for the door without a no t her word. was that he caught his first glimpse of his face A s soon as he was outside Fred shut the door after him I It was Barclay Calcutt and returned to the reception r oom. His eyes were b l oodshot and glaring, and h e was evident When Dai s y out of Mr Colt's privat e office he told Jy in a very ugly mood. h e i how he had managed to get rid of Barclay Calcutt. The moment Fred seized him he releasecl Dais:v and "I'm ever so much obliged to you Freel,'' s he rep lied turned his -att ention to the boy, whom he caught h,v the gratefu lly. "He seems to be intoxicated, and hi s converthroat, and, forcing him back against the ticker, seemed s ation embarrassed me very much. I hope he won't come bent on choki n g the l ife out of him. back." It would have aon e hard with Fred if the superintendent wf don t think you'll see him any more to-day. He hadn't been in room, for Calcutt was a powerful man started downstairs with an acquaintance he met in the cor and was enraged at the interference of the boy. riclor. If he doesn't take s omething to sob er up on he'll The superintendent had all he could do t o clrag the in have to be carried home in a cab. foriated broker away from his victim. I shall not do anoth e r bit of work for him," said the "For h eaven's sake, Mr. Calcutt," 110 Raicl. "arc you girl reso l ute l y "If h e does not k eep of my office I Rhall aware what yo11 arc doing?" ask Mr. Colt to ::;peak to hiru. I don't want to hav e any The brok e r g l ared at him fol' a momcnl and th e n .'!cemcd thing more to do with him." to recollect his pos ition. She passed on to h er den, and prei;ently Fred sent ''T guess I'm drunk," h e nu1t1.ered. "What's the mai.on an errand. ter ?" Daisy had H u c h a stack of w ork on h and that 8hc decided i\Iatt e r !" repliecl lhe "lt i::: a ver y to s tay in h e r office lmtil ::;ix o'clock. nmtter ::;ir. You were attacking :Mr. Colt';: R teno g It was half-pa s t thre e when F r ed got b;wk, and he wai; rapher when we came in here. Wha t explanation have you preparin g to go home, 11hen Mr. Colt call ed him into hi::; lo offer f01 your conduct?" s anctum and told him he wanted hin1 to go t o Brookl yn. 'Che brok e r appeared to realize that h e had placed hiru" I wa1J1t you to take thi s l etter to the residence of Ur. :-ielf in a bad hole, and the on l y excuse he could think of John L y n c h on Presid ent 8treet, and bring me back an was that he wa:; drunk and didn't know what he was doing. an s wer. If you are detained and l am uot here '"hen you If Mr. Calcutt was drnnk, it wa,; a. different kinr1 of inge t back, you muRt bring the r eply to my homf' '' tuxicalion to what he had b een laboring under a few hourn "If Mr Lyn c h .is not at home l wait fo1' him, si r r"; previou::;. "You had better wait a reasonabl e time and in case you l Daisy lJean was almost pro slrate d by lhe at:1sault mad e



14 C H AS ING POINTERS. He wond e red how he could fin d out something mor e ful tha t n e i t h e r of u s had him arre s t e d for a ssault. We about it. There was nobody he dared q u e s tio n on the subject, so h e b eg an to watch the new s papers, thinking s ome hint about the dea l might g e t into print. H e a l s o loo k e d up the recent r e cord of D. & G and com pare d prices for weelrn ba c k with the re sult that h e found the s to c k w as selling b e low its normal figur e I don t think D. & G. will go any low e r than it i s now nude r present condi tion s In fac.t," it s hould g o up two or three poin t s b efo r e l o n g with out r e f e r ence t o an y d e al t h a t may J;>e going on b ehind the curtain. I think I'll buy three shares, a n yway a t the presen t price, 6 5 and if m y pointe r amou n t s to any thin g I'll m a k e a g ood thing out o f it. If it doesn t pan out I ought t o make something, anyway, for the m arke t seem s ripe for som e kind 0 an ad v ance. So next d ay Fre d put up nineteen hundre d and fift y dol lars of h i s mon e y a s m a r g in o n three hundre d share s hop ing his form e r lu c k would continue H e w a s n o t di s app ointe d, for a very rapid ris e followed his purc hase. In t w o days D & G. was in great d emand a t 'II, and it k ept right on upward. Then Freel t old Dai s y about his n e w v e nture. Ins tead of s c oldin g him, a s h e had half e xp e ct e d s h e w ould, sh e as k e d him i f h e w o uld bu y fif t y s h a r e s for h e r at the m a rket pric e He s a id h e w o uld and t h e n ext m orning s h e bro u g h t enou g h m o ney down t o secure t he share s at 72, t h e price he h a d t o p a y fo r t h e m. Ne x t da y th e s toc k b o om e d to 7 8 and Fre d and Dai s y s hook han d s with eacl1 other. coul d have made it p r etty hot for him, I'm thinking. I'd g i v e som e thing t o kno w how h e fix e d thing s u p w i t h Mr. Colt." 'l'hat afternoon D. '& G cl o s ed a t 8 1, and s m all ou ts ide s peculato r s w e r e bringing their little wad s i n to the Street to go l ong on the shares. N ext" morni n g abou t e l e v e n o cl ock F re d overheard two b rok ers s a y t hat they guessed D & G wa s ge t ting top h eavy, and that the y look e d t o see i t dro p back into the lowe r se v enties a s soon a s the b ears got their w ork in. F r ed k n e w that th ese brok e r s w e re con s ider e d m e n of s o und j u dgm ent, s o h e decide d that i t wa s da n ge rou s for hi m to t a k e any further c h a nces with t h e s tock. It was then ruling at 8 7 w ith e v e r y a p pare n t c hance of goi n g high e r "En oug h i s a s good a s a fea st," h e s aid t o him s elf, start ing for the bank in Nassa u Street, "thou gh, o n t h e whol e a profit of twentytwo dollars a share i sn't a b a d b anque t wh e n you c ome to figure on it." H e o r der e d h i s sh are s and D ai sy 's to b e c l o s e d out at on ce, and it was done i n s id e of ten m inutes. Whe n h e got back t o the office h e repor t ed t h e clos e of the deal to M i ss D ean "I'll cl ear ,s omethin g over seve n hundre d d olla r s, won t I ?" sh e s aid j oyfu ll y "Tha t's w h a t y o u will." "And how m u c h a r e you ah e ad ? Y o u b o u ght a t 65, I think?" I am s i xty -five hund r e d dolla r s t o t h e good. Think of that for a messeng e r boy Am I l u c k y or n o t ?" The fin a n c ial p ap e r s g ave out vari ou s r e a s on s fo r the "You r e the l uck i e s t boy in Wall Stre e t . sh e said. ri s e in D & G ., and ever yl;Jody in Wal l Stree t and tha t neighborho o d w ere talking ab out it and wonderi n g how high i t would g o CHAPTE R VIII LAYING A T RAP. It was the latt e r question that inte re s ted Fred and Dai s y mos t of all The s teno graphe r rel i e d wholl y on the boy s judg m e n t a s she had no time no r opp ortunities to wat c h t h e trend of the market. I l e av e the fate of m y v enture who ll y in your hands Fred," Daisy told him. Wh e n y ou decide it i s time to sell your holding s sell mine too "You want to g iv e m e an o r d e r on the bank to that ef fect, then, Miss Dean. Your d e al i s i n your name thou g h I put it throug h for you." Daisy wrot e the ord e r s i g n e d i t a n d p a ssed it t o Freel. Su p p ose wh e n I collect the mon e y I s h o uld s kip out to Canada-what w o uld y o u do?" h e g rinned "I'm not wor ry in g a b o u t a n y s u c h thing l a u g h e d the g irl. I fee l t h a t m y mon e y i s as sa f e in your hands a s in the bank " I m glad y ou 've got s uch a g ood opinion of me s aid Freel. "Yoi.1 don t see a nything mor e of Mr. Cal cutt these days, d o y o u ? " I do n ot, and I'm ver y g l ad o f it, too." "He gives me the gl ass y ,eye, too. He ought to be thank-F r e d h a d k ept his l ate s t s pecul ative v enture a s ecret fr om b i s s iste r H e wanted to g i v e h e r a g ood, big surpris e in c a s e be w a s a s fortu n a t e a s h e h ope d to b e So w h e n h e w ent hom e th a t night h e sprang i t o n h e r. "You d i dn t kno w tha t I took anot h e r s h y at the marke t abo u t t en d ays ago did you Bess? he grinne d "Why, no; y o u never t o l d m e a word about it. Are n t you mea n ?" How muc h dq you t hink I mad e this time?" How shou l d I b e abl e to g uess? How muc h?" "SiA i y -five hundre d doll a rs." "Freel Ti c knor, y o u d o n t m ean t h a t s h e ex claimed, inc r e dulou s l y I cer ta inl y d o m ean it. Yo l 1 r e m e mb e r I've b e e n carry ing a c ertificat e o f d eposit on tha t little Nassau Stree t b ank for tw enty -three hundre d doll a r s around w ith. m e f o r s ome w e e k s d o n't you?" "Oh yes. " T e n days ag o I h eard .a c oupl e 0 broker s s peaking ab o u t some dea l that w a s unde r way i n D. & G s to c k. Well, I bou g h t three hundre d shares on the c h a n c e t hat t h e r e was


; CHASING POINTERS. 15 something good at th e bottom of their talk. I bought at G5 and i.his mornin g I sold at 87. Profit, sixty-five hun dr e d uollars 'l' h e r c you have it in a nutshe ll." M y goodn ess! It sounu::; loo good to b e true." "\rell, I can g uarantee it's 1.rue I'll s how you acertifi cate of d epos i t to-morrow nighL for eigMy eight hundred dollars." "Wa ll Street seems to b e a regul a r gold mine for you, Fred." "That's because 1uc k a nd me arc pulling to ge ther in the sam e boat "You ought to give mother some 0 that money." "I'm goin g to. I ll give h e r seven hun dred dollar s and you one h undr c J dollars, and I ll t reat you both to a hang up dinn e r and th e th eate r aft e rward. "Aren't you just the bes t br other in th e world!" ex claim e d B essie, runnin g i.o .Freel and g ivin g him a big hu g and a kis':l. )lrs Ti c kn e r conld har

16 CHASINU the s ame l' 1 n not goiDg to let him walk rou g h s hod over m e because he s clerk and rm only an office boy." "\Vc ll, I won't ham any scrapping in my office, Tic k nm:-uLderstancl that," said 1 the broker, turning to hi s desk. ElJer was out of humor a ll day, for the other clerk s ro asted him in a qui e t way about the violets he had bought expr essl y for Miss Dean, anc1 which s he in turn had pre-sent e d to Fred. He c oncentrated hi s resentment on the young messenger, who had been the involuntary cause of his take-down, and determined to get square with him. If he cou ld manage some how to get the boy discharged, and thus separate him from the s tenographer for good, he thought he would then have a clear field to himself. A few clays later, while Fred was out on an errand, !J. man who owed Mr. Colt t e n dollars came into the office and ha nded him a bill i n payment of hi s debt. The bill in question was noticeable from the fact that it had a red Maltese c ross s tamped on its back, and the broker saw it when his visitor placed the money on his desk alo n gside two letters that were waiting to be delivered. 1\fr. Colt accompan ied hi s caller out s id e into the corridor lea1 ing the b ill where th e man had placed it. Just as the man took his departure Mr. Spenc e r, of Spen cer & Sysonby, whose offices were opposite, came up the s tairs and s eeing Mr. Colt asked him to ste p into his office with him. As the door closed behind them, Fred came dashing upstairs, and iian into his own office. He walked into his employer's private room, for he had brought bac k an answer to a note he had carried over to Gage & Morap.. He sa w the two l etters and the ten-dollar bill on Mr. l)resently 11' r c d left U w private room aml w c 1 1 l back lo th e washroom ju s t as 1\I.r. Col e entered t h e office. Elder sa w the broker come in, foll o w ed him int o l h c pl' i vate room and handed him the pape r h e had prc 1 iou s l y la id on the desk. Then he retir e d with a cheerful grin on his countenan ce, for he thought he had fixed the office boy. "The boss saw him come out of his r oom," he chuckled. "If he will only search him when h e misses that bill w ell have a new office boy ne x t week." The unprincipl e d cle rk grinned and rubbed hi s han

CHASING P O INTERS. 1'l 'At t h is m o me n t i l happ e n s to be in .Fr e d s r ight han d "Ye::;, sir," answ ere d the bookk eepe r, g libly. "That is I j ac k e t p ocket." s aw him com e ou t jus t before y o u came b a c k. "What!" g as p e d the boy, with a look of r epro a c h at the "Did yciu see any o ne e lse in h e r e about that t i me ?" pretty s t enographe r. ' No, s ir. Fred was standing c l o s e to the uesk s o Mr. C o l t reach e d "Are you po s itive t h e r e wa s no o n e e l se in here oth e r over, put his hand into the pock e t ill q uestion and drew than T i cknor?" out t he bill with the Maltese cross on i t. Yes, sir.'' "Hum!" he s, s eve r e ly. "I'hi s l ook s b a d for y ou "How do you know that?" y oung man. " I wa s on the w ay to give you that paper n o w lying on "My grac ious H ow c oul d it have got into my pocke t?" your de s k, wh e n I saw you l ea ve the room I w e .nt to the exc l a imed the thunders truck me ssenge r in great dismay window in t h e receptionroom to wait until you ca m e b ack "Th ere see m s to be o n l y on e way it cou l d have got Whil e standing the re I sa w Ticknor come i n and go into there-you mus t have put it there in a fit of absent-your ro om. Aft e r a time h e came out again and w ent o n mind edn ess throu g h to the countingroom You came in at that mo''Ne v er, sir!" answered Fred, earnestly. m e n t ; a n d I follow e d you i n and hande d y o u the p aper. "Hum !" r eplied the broker, inc redu l ou s ly. "Tha t was t h e only time you we r e in m y pri vate roo m "I can exp l a i n h o w it got the re," said Dai sy I s aw within thC' la:;.t half hour?" -the w h ole t h i ng." "Yes, sir. "Then you saw Tickn o r tak e it, e h ? " I l eft a ten d olla r bill on m y desk w hen I we n t out w ith "No, s i r Fre d w as standing b y the w i ndow l ooki n g out t h e gentleman wh o paid it to me Whe n I returne d the into tne s tree t a t t he time Mr. E lder came in here wit h a bill wa s g one . I am t r ying to find out where it went. p apC'r i n his hand whi c h h e placed on you r desk H e H ave you ask e d your office boy ? He o ught t o k now s t arte d to l e ave w h e n h e s toppe d and lo o k ed at F red. Then s om ething ab out it a s he wa s the on l y one in your room." h e came ba c k p ic k e d that bill up, olded it, wal ked over Yo u are wrong on that point, Mr. E l der. T h ere was and dropp e d i t into F r e d's po c ke t and left the room He I anoth e r p e r s on in this room a t t h e same time Ticknor was haJ no idea I was in h e r e watching h i s actions I think, I h ere. si1:, it w as a c ontempti bl e trick to g e t Fred int o t ro u b l e If "Another p e r s on ? almost g a s ped the bookkeeper I you will c all J\Ir. E l de r i n h e r e I will repea t my s tate me n t ) d i d not s e e b efo r e hi s face, and dare him to d eny its truth. " I am qnite satis fied you did not se e her," said the B oth Mr. Col t and Fred wer e asto n ished at t h e t urn the bro ker, d r yl y "Mis s D ean w ill you kindl y rep eat i n Mr. had taken. E lder's p resence what occurr e d i n this office whi l e you w ere 'This i s a very se riou s c h arge you are making against here? :l\Ir. Elder, l\[i ss D e an, s aid the broker, regardin g the D aisy tol d her s tory, ove r a gain, and J runes E i der's face s t e n ographe r att entive l y . was a study d urin g her recital o f h is treachero u s act. I am not resp o n s i b l e for that gentleman's ac t io ns," s h e "Well, M r. Elde r this i s a serio u s accu sation. What s aid, firm l y , If h e aho se to low e r hims el by committing have you to sa.y in your o w n defense?" ; mcli an unwo rthy d eed it i s m y plac e at lea s t a s a w i t ness "The y oun g l a dy'!! s tory i s not true," said t h e bookkeeper, o f the occu r r e n ce, t o see ihat jus tic e i s done the innocent. desp er a t e l y "She i s simpl y try i n g t o shie ld Ticknor, "lTnm !" said the bro k e r "Tic kno r will you t e ll Mr. whom she thinks a g r eat d e a l o f. They have b e en v e r y Elde r that I wi s h t o see h i m thick for week s p ast, and it i s o n l y n atural that-" Freel walked into the counting room and up to the book -''M r. Colt, d em anded t h e g irl, with an indignant flush k erper's d e s k. mantling h e r c h e e ks, ''do you b e lieve m y s t o r y which I '!'h e r e wa s b l ood i n h is eye, b u t h e C'OntrollC'cl him self as I :rns ert t o b e t h e ab s olute t ruth, o r d o :vou b clie 1 e that m a n 's wC'll n R he coul d d e ni a l of th e fac t s ? Lo o k a t his face I s th a t the face of I t w o n lcl have g i vcn him a h e ap o f sa ti sfacti o n i:o i rnve I an h o n est p e rson ? C01rn rd l ikC' h e i s t rying t o g i ve y ou a C'allrcl tlw man a c o n te mptibl e e m aml hal'C s ma s h e d h i m ; o f nw fl'iC'nrlship for Fre d Tic knor. It in 1.h c face. i s qnitc t n1c th a t r l i k e Freel \'C r y mu c h ind eed. H e i s ":\e v e r m ind," h e breathe d "it' ll k e ep. t h e bri ghtes t anrl smartest boy in Wall Rtreet a nrl I a m '!'li e n out a l o u d he s a i d : "Mr. Colt wis hcR t o sec y o u." sure i s above a m ean o r r l is h o ne;;;t ac ti o n. J h ave no a po lo gy Turning h i s b a ck on the man he r eturned to the privat e to make for li kin g a b o y o f hi s manly and ge n e rou s offi<.?e, fo ll owed b y t h e bookke e p er, with a p e n b e hind e a c h n ature." e a r Daisy s p o ke with mu c h R p irit, and Freel a g r ateful "Mr. E l de r we r e y ou in m y office w h ile T wa s ou t?" g l ance at her. a s k ecl Mr. Col t, w he n the c 1erk ente red the room. S h e g a v e Elde r ;rnc h a RC'ornfnl look t h a t f h e bookkeep e r ")fo, sir, r e pl i ed E ld e r unbl u s h ingl y fairl y wilted nnde r it. "Did you see Ticknor in here during my temporary "Mr E l d e r I am son y t o s ay iha t your de nia l i s ver y l a me s aid Mr. C o lf. ''rhe oihe r clay c a m e i n i o m e


18 CHASING POINTERS. and made a complaint again 8 t Ticknor, whi c h i:;hows that you are not on a friE'nclly foot in g with the boy. Do you still deny th e trutbfulnesi; of J\li 'S Dea.,1 '8 :;ta ternent ?" "You seem to b e prejudiced agai n i;t rnr, sir," r ep li ed the a low tone "I am bound to say that I am inclined to beJi.eve the evi dence g iv e n b y Mi ss Dean, for I have no r e ason to doubt her word. Ticknor flatly denies havin g touched the bill. How then did it get into his pocket? Miss Dean offers an explanation which incri-minates you'. In your denial your face and appearance contradicts your to n g u e The pre ponderance of evidence i s c l early a gah1st you. Wh ether you admit your guilt or not, I sh all take no action on t h e matter, though it i s a very discreditable affair for any man to be implicated in, fo r it was cYidentl y not aimed at my interests, but prompte d by p ersona l feeli n g on your part against Ticknor. If you are r eally guilty it 'ould be muc h more manly on your part to acknowledge it and make an unrese rved apolo gy for your conduct to Ticknor. That i s all I l},ave to say." "I declin e to make any further statement,'' r eplied Elder, doggedl y. "Very well. You may return to de s k "I prefe r to resi g n m y position i n your office, sir." "Very 1 rell, ::\Ir. Elder. Yo u may ask tlic cashier to pay up t o the end of the w eek Turn your work over to Edwards." Jam es Elder walked out of the prirnte room, got his money and l ef t the office for goot1. "If he hadn't left I should have 11aitcd in the corridor for him this aftemoon and forced h.irn to take a lick ing or giveme one," said Fred, in a resolute tone io Daisy, later on "He's a dirty cur, and de sen-es no consideratio n "I am glad he has g one,' for I coulu harn had n o r espect for him after this," she answered "It was a good thing for me that you wer e in Mr. Colt's room anc1 saw the wh ole thing, otherwise I proba bl y would have been in a bad box I wish to thank you for the way you stood up for me, :i\Iiss Dean. It was ge nerous of you and I sha'n't for ge t it. l\I y mother and s i ster will feel grateful to you when J tell them the story." I dic1 no more than my duty Fred, and d eserve no thanks," she ans1rnrcd. CHAPTER X. THE DEAL IN D. W. & P. bination had Leen formed t o coulro l D W & P., which w as then r uling at 72. H e imm e di ately c onfid e d the new s to Daisy aml s u g ges t ed that they combine their capita l and buy a n the they could ail'ord. She con si d e r ed the matter awhile and :finally to do it. "I'm afraid you 've made a s pecul ator o f m e in s pite of all m y good resol utions," s h e laug h ed. "liTell you h ave one a drn11ta ge a t a n y rate, Miss Dean," be sa id. ''What i s that?" wy' ou will be connected with the luc kie s t boy 111 \\'"all Street," he grinned. W'ell, I s uppose there is something in that. You d o see m to be quite lucky in more. ways than one." I certainly am. I was lucky to get out of that t e n dollar bill scra p e." "You w ere indeed. If I hadn't been a witne ss in your favor, Mr. E lder might have carrie d his point." '"l'hat's right," ag r eed the young messenger. How mu c h money can you put into our pool, Mis s D ea n?" "Twe lv e hundred dollars." "And I'm go od or e i ght thousand dollar s "Ii' e ought to be able to get quite a little block of D. W. & P. a t 72." Well, you bring down one thousand and eighty dollarn tomorrow, -that will make you good for one hundred and fifty sha res. I ll put in se v e n thousand two hundred dol lars and one thousand for mys e lf. I'll buy one thou sand one hundred and fifty shares a s the deal." "Very well, Fred. I ll hav:e the mone y on hand," s h e repl ied. Next morning she handed her little roll to Fred and he made the purchase. Severa l days passed before there was any sign of a rise of more than a point in the s tock they had invested in, theh o n e clay the shares jumped unexpectedly to 77. "D. \Y & P. i s b eginning to get a mov e on at last," Fred told her, when h e came into h e r den with a bunch of work in his hand. "I am delighted to h ea r it. I wa s beginning to fear that that poiMer you got hold of was a poor one." ''.You needn't have any doubts about it, Mi ss Dean. I wouldn't risk even t y -two ht'mdred dollars unless I felt pretty sure of rny ground.'' day, ho\rever, Fred go t a pretty goocl scare The other clerks i n the office were surprised at t h e sud-A heaYy bear movement was launc h ed against D. W. & d e n departure of the bookkeepe r and as they had an idea P and the shares tumble d clown to 70, or two-points below that Fred kne w t h e reason of his exit they took the first the price at which he had purchased the s to c k. chance to corne r him and ask him questions on the subject He kept away from the sten ogra1 her's den, a s he didn't Freel, how ever, dec line d to injure his enemy's reputation, 1rnnt to alarm Dai sy and r eferred his questioners to Mr. Colt "If it goes down another p oint or two w e'll be called on Of it was absurd to think any one of them would for additional margin, ancl I don't see how we'll be a bl e approach the boss on the matter, and s o their curiosity I lo raise even one per cent. I begin to see how foolish it remained vngratifiecl. i s to put l1p. all of one's capital on a sing l e de al. It will b e Three after this affair Fred discovered that a com-tough if "\\'e lo se our money. It's bad e n o u gh for m e to lose


CHASING POINTERS 19 my seventy -tw o hundr e d dollars, but D aisy-I don't like to ''I should say not How could you make s ixty-five h un-think of it, for I induced her to go into this thing." l1red dollarR on D. & G. ?" H e was nervous and fige tty for th e r est of the day, "By being on the right side of the market, of course?" thou gh he became a bit reassured when the stoc k recovered "Where woul d you get the money to put 11p o n margin?" and went to before the Exchange closed. "You didn't k now I carried a little dough bag of my The n h e had th e courage to run in and te ll the girl what own, did you?" ha d happened. "No, I didn't know it. You can't j911Y me the first day "Neve r mind, Fred, I sha'n't blam e you if thi s dea l goes rm out of the hospital. How's on the Stree t since wrong," she said la y in g h e r hand r eassur in g l y on hi s arm I've been l aid up ?" "You' ll h ave your own troubles, you know. It i s no s ill y "We've slaughtered a few of the lambs and their fleece thin g to lose se v e n ty -two hundr e d dollars." is hangin g up in a number of the offices. Next morning D. W. & P. opened at 73 antl by noon had "Is that all you know? That doesn't interes t me." gone up to 75. "That's all, Murp hy. Ta, ta, I'm going down Bro ad, "That's better," Fred told D aisy and Fred darted off like a winged :Mercury "Perh aps you o ught to sell and l e t u s mak e wha t we can "Well, he make s me tired about his w innin' sixty -fiy e out of it," s h e said. lrnndred dollars on D. & G What aoes h e tak e me for "No,'' repli e d the boy. "I'll sell your o n e h undred and anyway? He 's a stuff, that' s what he is." fifty if you say so, 'but I'm goi n g to see thi s out, mak e or H e spoke the la st sentence aloud, and a y oung man break." s tanding n ear by, who had seen him part from Fred caught ,, "Then I won't sell. I'm wil]jn g to bank on your 'lu ck, the words, and he quick l y stepped up to him. one way or the other." "Hello, Owen Murphy,'' he s aid ina friendly way," Glad D. W. & P. flu ctuated for sev era l davs but to Fred' s to see you back again \ Vhat's been the matter with you ?" sa ti s fa ction it invariabl y closed hi g h er th;n th e day pre Murphy looked at the chap and recognized Jame s Elder. vious. Elder had never noticed 1\Iurphy before, though each When bu s iness shut clown on Saturday th e stoc k was knew the other by sig ht. ruling at 80. Murphy was therefore s urprised that the bookkeep er On Monda y mornin g he ran into Murphy who had been shou ld speak to him . in the hospital with a bad leg. H e was a lso surprised to see Elder on the st reet at that "Hello, Murph," he c hu c kl e d "you're like a bad penny, hour, l ooking like a gentlema n of l e i s ure, when he ought aren't you?" to be at work at his desk. "What do you mean by that ?"a s ked Spencer & Syson"Ain't you work in for Mr Colt any more?" he asked, by"s messen g er suspicious ly. in some s urprise. You'r e b o und to turn up "No. Left there some time ago, and all on account of You're awfull y funny, ain' t you If you had had m y that l obster who just l eft you. leg you'd hav e grinned o n the other s id e of your face." "Do you mean Fred Ticknor?" Mayb e I would. You had one at a n y r ate." T hat's just who I do mean." What was that?" "What ditl h e c1o to you?" "You didn't have to work for .three months, and y our "He did enough to make me clown on him like a cartload wages w ent o n jus t the s ame." of bricks. Now look here, Murphy, you' r e not stuck on "Who said my wages went on?" him a t errib l e lot, are you?" I say s o Spen cer & Sysonby wouldn t dock y ou for "I dunno as I am. H e kind of thinks himself a whole being on the s i c k li st." lot more than he i s." "You seem to'knowan about it." "That's right_!he does,'' assented Jame s E lder. "He "Well, i sn' t it a fact?" ought to be taken clown a peg or two. What do you think?" "What of it?" I think so, too,'' agreed Murphy. "Nothing, excep t as I remarked you got your .Jl'3.Y for "What's the matter with you and me doing it?" do"in g nothing while I had to hust l e for mine." gestecl the ex-bookkeeper. "I t hought you liked to hustle?" "Ho"' are we goin' to do it?" "So I do. B y the way;you didn't hear that I mad e sixty "You leave that to me. Are you with me in this ?'1 five hundred dollars on D. & G. about the time that leg of "That depends on what you want me to do. I don' t y our s gave out, did yoU"?" want to get in no trouble. I'd like to get sq uare with him "W1rnt a r e you givin' me?" for the way he refusedto divvy when we found a pocketbook "Givin' you noth in g I 'm only t e llin g you a bit of in the Mill s Building some time ago." n ews." I "Wouldn't he divide with you?" W e ll don't g ive m e any s u ch stee r as that." I "No. He went and hunted up the owner, and then he "D.on't you believe me?" wouldn't tell me whether h e got anythin' for handin' it


2 0 CHASING POINTERS. over. I'll bet h e got a hundred plunks I ought to have got half of that," s aid Murphy in an aggrie ved tone. "Of cours e you ought to h a Ye got half of the reward. But that's jus t like him. I know him better than you Llo. Now you stand in with me and w e' ll both get square with him togeth e r ra like to kuow what you want to do to him fir s t, said 1\lur p h y, ca uti o usly. "I haven t decided yet I'll mee t you in a day or two and let y o u know." "All right," r ep li e d the m esse n ger, starting to move off "Don' t let liim know you rnet me or he'll suspect something is in the wind. Do \'OU understand?" I won t say a word," Murphy assured him, and then they separated. ""Nothing like having a cats paw to clo your dirty work," l'h.uc kl ed James Elde r rubbing his hands together as he walk e d up Nassau Street. CHAPTER XI. _I DANDY SCOOP. After Fre d returned tlie office from his Broad Street c nanc1 h e had to hus tl e Ol'er to the Exchange with an im portant n o t e to a broker who attended t o -:\k Colt's busi n ess on the floor. When he arri rnd there h e found tha t there was a good cle al of excit e m ent around the D. W. & P: standard. Some announcement had b ee n made in r efe r ence to the rnacl that hacl caus ed a rus h on the part of many broker s to get some of the R tock whi c h sudclenly appeare d to be sca rce, arn1 as a consequence spiritecl bidding for the shares sent the price b o oming. As Fred stepped up to the rail and ask e d for the broke r he wanted to deliver the note to, one thousand shares of D. W & P. exchanged hands at 88 Fred, when he saw the quotation po s t ed on the board felt like standing on his head from very joy, for it s howed him to be something like sixteen thousand dollars ahead of the game. "Daisy will be tickl ed to d eath wb e n I tell her," he sa id lo him s elf. I r e was jus t as please d to think the girl was making a haul as he was to make one himse lf. There wa s a' sort of high jinks on the floor that morning. .\. g reat lnany of the broker s had attended th eir lodg es Lile preceding night and s ome of the m w e r e full of th e old ::\ ick in spite of their interes t in the rise of D. W & P a ncl other s t ocks. They i.n a variety of way;; that w ere childlike and hlantl but not quite. o amusing to their "They're a g ay lot, in u sed F'r ecl, a s he watc h e d some 0 the an ii cs that under hi s eyes while he was wait for an attendant to find his m a n and biing him to tho rail. "lt 11oul9be worth a s much a s his life for an out sider to ge t in on the floor this morning. They wouldn t d o a U1iog to him," At this point the broker ca111c up Fred L l clive r cd his note. "All right," wa::; the arnmer he go!, nud he l eft i.hc how ling scene behind. As soon as be got ba c k to tl1e office h e r us h e d in to Daisy to tell her that D. W. & P. had reached 88 and wa s to a11 appearances bound to go much highe r. "Isn't that grand!" she exc l aimed "Your luck clings to you I see." "And yo u're getting a s lice of it. H I wa s only five years older I'll bet you d be setting yo_ur cap for me,'1 he grinned. "You ridiculous boy!" she cried, throwing a light rule r after him as he vanished through the doorway. D W & P clo se d at 90 that clay and opened at 91-k in the morning. Half the broker s on the floor seemed to be making a p l ay for the stock, and those who held it were not letting much of it out. By no o n D W. & P. was the center of a whirlwind of perspiring traders, and as high as 98 offered with few takers. Freel dropped in with a note about half-past twelve and he cou l d not when he had ever befor e seen such an uproar outside 0 a panic. D. W & P had rea('hed lOOl and the excitem ent wa s terrific. The bo:r h irnself was th rilled not only by the sce n e but hv th e r ea lization that if h e cashe .rl in at that moment he would win a matter of $28 000 Ile wa s fa scinate d by the scene before h im. lhcn as he s toocl thcre 500 shares of the stock wer e so:!.d at l 01. "My g r acious! How high i s it going? At the rate it is jumping it will b e up to 110 or 112 by three o'clock. Will the s to c k stand it? Suppose a sc r e w would sucldenlY 1rork loose? Suppose so mebody s h ould all at once begin dumping big blocks on tl1e market, what would happen? H a panic R hou l d set in Daisy and I would be swampe d in tb e R huffie. A .

CHASING POINTBRS. 21 "I can't geL w ithin a mile u.r U1e ticker. rnul.i arouud iL" Look at that 1 "Arc you :rilit:i.S Daisy?" h e asked her, after fig uring up 11ha t was due the young lady. "You own som e shares, don't you?' "Yes," r eplie d Frcc.l. "El eve n fifty." W e ll, it's m y opinion you'll I.Jetter scll forc something happens '"l'hat's what I came here for. Herc s rn,v mem-orandum. Jus t close me out at the marke t price right away If I hold on any longer I'll go clean daffy." "They'll be sold in side of five minutes,'' replied the clerk, "Pefcctly," she replied "I am quite a capitalist now, b eing worth fifty s even hundre d dollars." "Don't let it get into the new spape r s or you'll be s wamped with offer s of m arriage and propo sitions from promoters of all kinds of enterprises who would lik. e to use your money in their business, grinned Fre d. Daisy laughed and resumed her work, which was a quiet hint to the boy to return t o his duties in the reception -going to the telephone to communicate with the bank's room. representative at the Exchange. When Fred r eac h ed the office the indicator there was CHAPTER XII. ticking prices off like mad, and an excit e d throng was FOUL PLAY. around it. "Well, Bes s," said Freel that night, when he ancl hi s sis -Every little while one of the c r owd would ru8li up to the ter w ere sitting b y themselve s in the cosy little diningmargin cl erk and order some stock sold, and then walk .. "l another pointe r to the other clay." away with a look of r e lief on his face I Did you t she mteres tecl at "I've sold out, Daisy," crie d Freel, rushing into the I r.t mm;t. have been a wmner Judgmg by your happy face this eve mncr stenographer's room. "I beg your pardon-Miss D e an, I 0 . ,, m ean," he corrected himself with a red face. Bet your hfe it wa s a wmne r. "Don' t apologize, Freel," laughed the girl. "I have no "Tell. me all about it. How did you come to get it?" b t to 11" D t Fred mformed her. o Jee ion yo u ca mg me ai sy smce we r e par ners, you know. What did you se ll at?" '.'I bought a thousand shares on the of it." "Blessecl 1'f I k 1 t l l tl l l t 1 t t 'My! That was a lot. How much did you have to put now. o c 1e c er< o c ose u s ou a th k fl l l "Seven thousand two hundred." e mar e t 1gure. T 1e .as t sa l e I h eard of wa s eight lnm--clrecl at 102." "Gracious! I don't see how you dared risk all that "Why that i s thirty

22 C HASING POINTERS. she exp ected tha t some day you d be a W a ll Street broker y our s elf." "Stranger thing s than that h ave happen ed. There are quite a numb e r of succes s ful trader s do1rn town who once were poor mes sen ger boys. Next morning when Freel was crossing Wall Stre e t toward Broad he saw Murphy on t h e corner tal king to a man whom he recognized as J a.mes Elder H e saw the ex-bookkeeper pass M u rphy something that looked lik e a pocketbook, but owing to the distance he c ouldn' t tell exac tly. That afternoo n when he started for lunch he found taurant, forci ng hi s way through ihe crowd that was begin nin g t o c o llect arouncl the b e arded man and the two boys. Thi s y om1g rascal has s tolen my pocketbook," r eplied the a c c u ser Yehe m e n tly. "I guess y o u're off your perch," r e torted Freel, angrily. "Ilow do you kn o w he took your poc k etbook," r e plied the manager, who knew Fred by sight a s a regular cus tomer "How do I know it? He s a t alongside of me, and as he g ot down off his s tool I felt him brn R h against me. I put my h and in my poc k e t and found my wallet gone, s o I know he mu s t h ave taken it. Call an officer and have him s ear c h e d." Murphy s tanding down at the door smoking a cigarette. "vY h a t kind of poc ketbook 'ras it?" a s ked the manager. "Goin' to lunch?" asked Murphy, carelessl y "It was a r e d morocco o ne, w ith my name, John Thomas, "Yes," replied F red. s t a mp e d llI )On th e fla 1 )." "Then I'll go with you." "Yo u'd bett e r turn your pockets out to sa ti sfy this man," Freel had no object i on to h i s company, as they often went . s aid th e manager t o : Fr e d togeth e r to the s ame quick lunch hou s e on lower Broad "I 1 1 tl. t ,, 1 ted tl b h" face Street. 1.1s a n .ou rage O)JeC . ie. oy, i s . blazin g with mdi g nation. "My name is Ticknor and I the y a lon ? together, domg : all work for C olt & Co., of No._ Wall Street. It is ridiculou s talkmg, and trymg to mterest Fred m l11s favont e topi c I t o charg e me with s uch a thing as s tealing a pocketbook." At last they reach e d the r estaur ant a nd '"l'hat' s ri ght, interposed Murphy at this point, "I A heavily bearde d m an, who had been s tanclmg ;for som e kn o w him and h e wouldn't steal nothin'." time in front of the restaurant, followed the m in s ide and I believe y ou're his pal," roared the bearded man "anc l squeezed himself into a seat alongside of Fred . t b d h s . are JUS a s a a s e i Murphy took th e s t ool o n the othe r s id e of lns com"I'll proYe y ou'r e a li a r said Murph y "He re';; a panion. bro k e r out s ide I know. I'll bring him in to prove who we The place was pretty well c rowded. are." There wer e table s at the back for ladies, and s oon after T hus s p e akin g 1\Iurphy made his way out o f the crowd the boys had taken their seats Dai s y Dean ente red. and starte d for the street. As she passed down t o a vacant c hair h e r s harp eyes Whe n he got th e re h e m a de tracks for Wall Street, leav-noticecl Freel and Murphy, whom she knew a s Spencer & i ng F r e d t o his own resources. Sysonby's messenger. The bear ded m a n in th e m e anwhile insi s ted that Fred be Happening to glance in their direction after s he had Eearchecl, and as t he e a s iest wa y out of the trouble the man give n h e r order s he saw Murph y take a red arti c l e from aaer u nclertook to d o that himself, feeling s atisfied that the 0 his pocket and l eaning aga in s t Fre d put hi s hand ar o und who l e thin g ;v,1 s a mis t a k e Ticknor's wai s t and drop the t hing into hi s poc k e t next t o Somebocl y notice d a policeman outside and called him in the bearded man. just as tlie manage r pull e d th e r e d m o rocco walle t out of She thou ght that was a funny thmg for Murph y t o tln, F r ed's pocket and at s u s p e cted that he was playing some joke on his I \ \'h:1t rli'ay for y ourseH, young man?" a s k e d "What clo you m e an? the surpr ised m a n ag er "How c am e this man's wall e t in "Oh, you know what I me an well enou gh,'' repliecl t h e y our pocket? man in a loud voice, which attrac ted immed iate atte ntio n I ha Ye n o id ea h o w it g ot the r e," 1 e pli ecl Freel, flu s hed "You, r e a s neak thief and I'm goin g to have y ou arreste d." ancl c o nfounded by th e u nfortunate cir cums tanc e "All I "You must be c razy, repli e d Freel, ind ignantly kno w is that I

POEf'I'ERS. 23 ========= =====---of his guilt th e moIQen t the pocketbouk was producecl and "Mur p hy!" exclaim e d Fred in some asto n is h ment. iJenti!iell Ly its owner "Yes. I was in the restaurant whil e you boys were the re. "I' ll have tu i.aJrn yon to the sta tion. voung fellow," said I sa w :Mnrphy reach around vour back and d r o p wh a t the cop. "You mu s t go along 3nd make a charge against look e d t o me like a r e d pocketboo k into the r i ght h an d him." pocket of your jacket "I' ll do it," said the a ccuser, nodding hi s h ead vigor-"That's 1.he pocket it was found in." ously "Th en I thonght 11e tapped the bearded ma n who sat "Stand ba ck lhcre !" cried the police man to th e crowd, alongsi

24 CHASING POINTERS. cletccti ves to look after Jam e s Elcler, and would help put the rasca l through. That same afternoon Fred h e ard M r. Col t tell a big cus tomer that i f he wanted to 111ake a safe d eal he would advise him tp buy L. & M. s hare s an d hold lliem for a t e n point rise. 'l'hat set the boy thinking he hadn't better buy s om e of the shares himself At the first chance he g ot l i e in and had a talk with D ai s y abou t the advisability of making use of the pointer. Wha t is L. & M ruling a t Fred?" "About 11 3 "I think it wou l d be s afe if y ou didn't u se over half your 4'tpit a l. "That's my opinion. Are you with me in this?" Dai sy made some calculati ons on a pad. ''I'll bring e nou g h money down for you to buy me three hundred shares That will leave tw e nty-three hundred d ollars l eeway t o make good any add iti ona l margin if the stoc k s hould go down a bit." "All right. I'll ris k the purchase of two thousand s h ares." H e g ot the shares for himself and Daisy next day at 113. In two days the sha re s went up to 115. Durin g the ensuing week L & M. went up s lowl y b y eigh ts until it roosted a t 120. Then Fred told Daisy that he inten d ed to sell at that :figure. "Don't you think it will go any higher?" she a s ked him. "I don't know anything about it," r e plied the boy. I think, however, that we had better get out at a fa ir profit, than risk a possible slump. I've heard more than one broker say that the marke t lo o k s weak and un s t eady "Well, do a s you plea se, Fred. I rel y a ltogether on y our judgment." Accordingly Fre d s olg out next morning at 120-S. His profit on the deal amounted to th i r t een thousand :five hundred d o llars rais ing hi s capital to fifb1one sand five hundred dollars. He took the five hundred r lo Jlar s home ancl pre s ented it to his mother as a birthday gift. A few d ays afterward he met Geor,crr B a teR, the big oper ator, on the street. H e llo, 'l'i c knor," he s a id. "I'm g lad to see you. Wh y haven't you been around to my offic e? You promi sed to call and it's more than s i x mont l1R i:;ince I had th<' plrmmr c of makin g your acquaintance." "Are you carrying message s y et?" "Yes, sir." "Well, drop in and see me between three and four some day soon." "All right, sir; I will." 'rhat evening after supper, while Fred was sitting in the dining room reading the s porting edition of an afternoon pap e r, ther e came a knock on the door. B essie a n swered the s ummon s and adm itted a lady who li ved on the floor below. She had a bundl e in he:v hand done up in old newspap e rs "I hope I am not intruding," s aid tlie l ady, who s e name wa s Parker. "Not at all," replied Bessie. "Sit right down. Mothe r will be back in a few minutes. She s tepped acros s the hall to see Mrs Smith." "Very well, my clear. The purport of my vi sit i s this Your brother, I under stand, i s e mployed in a brok e r 's offic e in Wall Street. I have some s h a res o.f minin g stoc k h e re that my husband took in s ati s fa ction of a d ebt s everal y ears ago. I don"t know whe ther th ey' r e worth anythin g or not. We haven t look e d at th e m for a lon g tim e huRband tried to dispose of th e m whe n he got the m first, but nobody "woul d buy th e m at more than a few cents a s h a re, and so we k ept them. We are going to mov e to New J e r sey s oon, and, a s we need a ll the mone y w e can get, I thougJ1t I would s e e if I can realize something on these shares if I coul d " Wh a t a r e these s hares, Mrs Parker?" ask e d F reel, politely "You may loo k at them." She t ook the string off the bundle, opened it, and handed t h e certificates to the boy. He glan ced ove r the top one. It was a certificate for one thou s and shar e s of the Para di s e Gold and Si lver Mining Company of 'l' onopah, Ne vada, pa r value, fifty doll a r s ])er share . The r e w e r e :fift e en c e rtifi c ates in th e bun c h e a c h calli ng for on e thou sand shares. "This is Western mining stock ma'am," s rud Fred. I have i:yi i dea what i t i s worth but I will try anrt fincl out for you to-morrow." "I s hall con::;i der it a great favo r if you will r epli ecl th e hHly, gratcf11 lly. Fre d made a not e of th e name of th e min e an cl its lo c a tion in hi s memorand um book and promiRe1l to atte n d to t h e matter. "I didn't want to b other you, sir, as T under s tand you're a busy man." He then rewrapped the s to c k an

POINTERS. 2 .. i} "You're n o idea whaL i L iii al lually worth,, sir?" "lt worth anylhing lo ,.;peak about, as ther e is no market for it. It wa s taken off the We s t ern exc hange s two years or more ago How many s h a res doe s the lady own?" ":::lhe hai:; fifteen thousand ::ihares." "\Ye ll, I wou ldn't give a cent a r:;harc for it." Fred a s k e d several other brokcrr:; about it, and they w ere all ag r eed that the certifica t es were little better than waste paper. 'l'he boy ca ll ed on Mrs Parker that evening and reported the result of his investigations She seemed greatly disappointed "I had calculated on getting something for it, ii onl y one hundred dollar s We reall y are in pressing' need of that amount of mone y She spoke so earnestly that Fre d J:clt sorry for her. "Well t.lrn. Parker, I'll take them off your hauds at a <.:eut a s hare anc1 run the ris k of l osing my money," h e sai d after a little reflection. "It is possibl e I may some day find a customer for them, but that i s hardly like l y, unless they should be r eliste d on the exchanges, which will not happen without some goo d reason." :Jlrs. P a rker s aid she woulcl be glad to di s po s e of the cer tificates for one hundred ancl fift y dollar s and s o next eYen ing Freel brought the money h ome with him and paid for the s tock. CHAPTER XIV. A DE S P ERATE FlX. l''recl put th e share s i n his trunk and forgot all a.bout lh ern in a clay or hrn. One afternoon he called on JI.Ir. BatcH at his office in the Vanderpool Building in Exchange Place. 'l'he bi g millionaire operator h appe n ed to be at l e i sure, and he cordially w e lcom e d the boy. In the course of t h ei r con vcr;;at i on Mr. BalcR rlr e w out t he fact that Freel had used ihat fi 1 c hundre d L l ollars which the stoc k at 65, s old at 87, and made s i xty -fiv e hundred dollars clear." Tha.t five-hundrecl-"do ll a r bill secmi:i to hav e been the cornerstone of luck for you." "Yes sir. "Was thaL your la s t deal ?" "No, s ir. -Shortly afterward I lJought one llious and shares o f D. W. & P at 72, and I h e ld on 1mtil it 11cnt tu I thirty thousan d dollar s on that s pec." Mr. Bates whistled. "It seems to me you're the young womler of Wall Street. What e l se h ave you b een guilty of in that line?" W e ll, s miled Frec1, "I bought two thousand & ir. t h e other da.y a.ncl cleared n ea rly fourteen thousand dol lars." "Say, Ticknor, this i s n t a gho,;t s tory you're giving m e it?" "No, s ir. It's the hone s t truth." "What other deals hav e you been engaged in?" "That's all." "That's all, eh ? Upon my w ord, it's enough, I think, for a boy of your years ins ide o f s ix months And all the time you w e re attending to your r egular work a s messenger for Mr. Colt?" "Yes, sir." "Marv e lou s You are a born speculator, truly May l ask how much yon arc w orth, if i l is a fair que stion?" "Something lik e fifty one tl10u:oand rloUars, uot s p e aking of about fifteen t housand s hare s of Para dise Gold & Silver Mining e h ares, whi ch have n o particular va.lue." "Have you :fifteen thousand s hare s of that s tock r" exclaime d th e o p er ator, in surprise I h ave." How came you i o get it?" Fr ed told him. Tonopah "I a.d vise you to l10lcl on t o it, yo nng man. It will be worth anywhere fro m twenly -fiv e cents to on e Llollar a share inside of six months." he Teceiwil -for returning the po c k ctho ok to t h e opeTato T in a s tock d ea l that had panne d him ont a profit of s ix hundre d clollarR. How do you know that, sir?" asked Fred, in surpri8c "l have ea sm1 to kno w that it will. Now, don't let this go any further, for I h ave given you this information in a smile; confid ence. ln three months the Paradise mine will be with th e li s ted again on the \Vest ern and at a pric e n o t "Y011 w ere J'oriunatc, 'l i ck 11or." h e s a i d, witl1 "very fortunate, indeed. A nrl what cl id you do e l eve n hunc1recl dollars?" "Well, sir, 1 two huncl r e d do ll a r s t o rny mother and fift.v dollars to my s i s ter, ancl the g r eate r part of the bal ance I shortly after invested in L. & S shares on the cus tomary margin." "With what result?" asked Mr. Bates) in an intere sted tone. '' I wa. luck/ again, s ir. You sefi, I bought fifty shares at DO and thirty moTC at 84. rrhe s to c k got a boom on and I sold at 1J clearing s i xtee n hundre d and fif ty dollars." "You certainly did r emarkably well. Diel you do any more speculating?" "Yes, sir. T h eard one clay that t h e re was going to b e a rise in D. & G., so I inv este d in three hundre d s hares of J ess than ten cents a share." "Gee! I g u ess the r e i sn't any d oubt now that I'm the luc ki est boy in Wall Street.''. "You certainly arc." "Well, I know where the r e arc ten thou sand more shares of Paradise s to c k. W oulcl you ad v ise me to try and buy them?" -"By all mean s You ought to be able to get them for a s ong. I've bought all I could finc1 in the city at less than five cents a share I'll g iv e you ten cents a s h a r e for that block you s p eak about if you ge t it, but it will pay you bet_ t e r to h old it yourse lf." "'l'hank you sir. T gues s I can afford to hold it if I am able to induce the owner to part with it.''


2 6 CHASING POIN T E RS. Next day F r e d told Mr. C olt that he t ho u gh t h e cou l d l The cashier happen e d to be out at the momen t and the find him a purchaser for h i s bl ock of P aradise stock if he visitor had to wait until h e returned to !tis den w as willing to l e t it go for a cent a s h are I rl'he man seemed to be very nervous and impati en t and The b ro ker s hook his head. clrummecl with his fingers on the window l edge "I'll accept two and a half cents a s ha re for i t but noth Freel was s tanding near the ticker, with the tape in hi s ing lower .fingers, aud the mov eme n ts o.f the m a n att racted I n a day or two Fre d bro u ght him two hundred and fifty his notice. dollar s and took the s to ck. Finally the man put his ha n d t o hi s h ip pocke t to draw It was abol.1t this time tha t o u r he ro got on to the fa c L out his handkerchief, and the boy saw the po l ished butt of that a s yndi c ate wa s b ei n g for med to boom D. & L a rernlver sticking out. Fre d spent sev eral d ays invest i gating t he tip, but h e "Gee!" breathed Fred, "that c h ap i s well hee led. H a found out hardly an ything I cop saw what I did just now h e' d run him i n and the Those on the i ns id e were not givi n g away any of their magistrate woul d soaJ hi m t e n doll ars fine for carrying a pl aus t o .the o u tsiders concealed weapon." rr h e boy had his customary confabs ,rith Daisy on the A coup le of customers came in a n d went direc tl y to the s ubject, but cou ldn't make up his mind whether to go into Li(;kcr, so Fred wiLhdrew a d e a l i n the s to c k or n ot n otwiths t a n ding the apparent The cashier now appeared, and the man with the con -value o f his pointer. ceal ed revol ver pushed the paper throug h the wi ndow to H e k ept a close e ye on D & L. and i n a short time it b egan to forge ah e ad He looked it on his .desk and w en t to the safe Afte r i t h a d jumpe d from 89 to 95, Fred concluded to Fred saw lum out a wad of bilk b u y three thou sand shares, and Dais y went in it to the exthen the cashie r called him OYcr to the wmdow. tent of five hundre d s hare s with him "Take this rnoney in to l\Ir. Colt," he sa id lo F r ed. That s am e day i t rose t o 98, and hvo days later it was "But T want that rnon e:v;' objected the visitor at the ruli ng at 105. window. "1 hand<>d yo11 an order for it." "This look s lik e anoth e r luc k y dea l," h e told the s teno g "I know you did, sir, replied the cashier; "but, as it is r a ph e r rathe r unus ua l for u s to pay out B u c h a large amount in D dd d h h d d k t "tl h 1 r cash, 1 prefrr lo sen d it directly to M r Colt, who w ill of a 1sy no e e r e a an ep on w1 1 e r wor ,, J.Or to 1 l f ,, h course pay it over you mnse s e was ver y busy t h a t day, h avmg secured severa l new -.:r l 1 l 1 fl! "G' t to t \ c r y "-cl," rep ien t 10 man, gru y ive 1 me c u s omers and J will take it in "to him. Fred went back to h is c h air in the w aiting-room and be ga n to buil d air ca s tles about h is fu t ure prospects. "I'm about thir ty tho u sa n d a h ead so far on this deal. In fact, I may ev e n doubl e my capita l and reach the hundre d thousand mark. If the bro kers k new I had taken that a moun t out of the Stree t they'd h ave a fit, and would begin pp.tting u p all s orts of ga mes on me t o tr:v and get it hack ag ain Well I mustn' t hallo a before I get out o.f Lhe wood s I haven't m a d e the hundred thousand yet." J u s t t hen a coup l e of w elldr essed m e n enterea the office. One o f the m carri e d a s m all Ru ss i a leathe r hand-bag. He asked if Mr. Colt wa s in. "Yes sir," r e p l i e d Fre d, loo kin g h ard a t the visitor, for som e how or anoth e r h e d i d n o t lik e hi s face "We'd like to see him " What' s your names a n d bu siness? "As far as our names go, w e are strange r s to l\fr. Colt; o u r business, howev e r, i s to dispose o f some United State s bonds "Very w e ll, sir; I will t ell him M r Colt, not b eing b usy, sa i d he wou l d see his visitors, anL l s o Fre d s howed them into t he pri v ate office. F re d thou ght n o t hing m ore .abou t them unt il h e saw one of the me n com e out w ith a pa per i n hi s hand which he carri ed over to the caclller's wi ndow. "Mr. C olt has b o u ght the ir bon d s," he t h ought "'That is unnccessa r:v," replied t h e ca s hi er "The office boy will take it. It is pa r t of 11is b u s i ness." As he passed t h e money th r o u g h t l1e w i ndow to Fred it looked for a moment as if t h e stran ge r inte n ded to s n a tch it. Such was probab l y h i s firs t i ntentio n b u t h e r econside r ed it ancl foll owed close l y on Fred's heel s as t he boy w ent toward the private office. Fre d opened the door and e n te r ed the roo m. A startling tableau met his gaze and par a lyzed h im for the moment. The oth e r caller, who ha d r emai n ed in th e pri vate room while his compai1ion went to the cas hi e r 's window wit h the o r der for the money the lad h el d i n hi s han d, w as sta n d ing beside the broker's de k '1-ith a revo lver poi n ted a t h is h ead H e uttere d an oath w hen h e saw : F r ed e nter t h e room, and tlw boy was about to cry out, when t h e m a n beh in d him dosrcl the door quick l y and seized h i m, p r ess ing one harnl oYer hi s rno11 th. _In the scuffle that CJ1suecl, deadened h y t ,1e thick rug on t h e floor, Fred cl ropp ccl lh c money. "Pick it up ancl we' ll be off as soon a 8 I choke t his kid into unconsciou s n ess Give your ma n a tap over the h ead with the butt of yom g u n Fred heard the words and felt the ma n 's othe r hand creeping around to his th ro at.


CHASING 27 He macle a d esperate effort to tear him self loose, but j In another moment the ma n w as overpowered and dis found the effor t futil e a gains t the ra cal's s up e ri o r strength I armed. Sudden l y h e adopt e d a c li ITerent cxpcd ient. I 'T'he Recond report, w h ich w a s l ouder than t h e firs t, wa" H e sank hi s stro ng fingers inio hi,; captor's throat. I he ard throu ghout the corridor, and brokers a n d their clerks The fellow uttered a c ry of pain and mechanically r e I came running out of t h e d i ffe r e n t offices to see w h a t w a s lea sed the pressure on the boy' s mouth the trouble Fred took instant advanta ge of the fact to s hake hi s Inside of two minutes an excited t h rong was c ro wding head free into ::\fr. Colt's office, a ll agog with ex c itemen t and curi Crack the young imp on the head before he yell s out!" osity. hissed the discomfited rascal. Daisy Dean came t o the b r as s door n ear t h e cashier' s Fred s quirmed around the man to save himself, and as "iudow in a highly exc ited condition a n d t ho r o u g hl y be he did so his hand came into contact w ith the butt of the wilc1e red. revo l ver sticking out of th e chap's hip-pocket. One of the clerks w h o had remained in the coun ting-It happen ed i,o be a self-cocke r, and as Fred's finger s room ran to the tel e phone booth and call e d for a coupl e of slipped aroum1 the trigger as w e ll as the butt, in pullin g it officers. out the hamm e r rose and fell unde r the p ressure, and the O n the spur of the moment he s aid a m an h a d c o mmi t t ed unexpe c t e d ex plo s ion which fol)owed nearl.'' the suicide in the office, and the desk sergeant immed i a t e l y sen t boy, whose head was within a few inches 0 the muzzle. hrn policemen to t h e office. The man himself uttered a c r y and fell to the floor for 'rhe news flew through the building the bullet had entered hi s thigh, whil e Fred staggere d to The corri dor filled up with a cro wd that grew den ser his knees wit h the smoking pisto l in his hand. every moment. CHAPTER XV. OONCT USTON. T he rep o r t o f the r evolver, coup l ed with the man's crv startled the entire office, and even attracted notice in the corridor out<:;ide. The cashier and two of the clerk s ran out of the count ingroom and, followed by the custo mer s in the waiting room, made a line for Mr. Colt' s sanctum. That a tragedy of s o me sort had happ e ned see med s elf eviden t The ras ca l who had been ho l rlin g the broker in subjection wit h hi s revo l ver rea l ized that the game wa s up, and now only t h ought of making his e s cape. He sprang for the door but with g r eat nerve stooped and snatc h ed the r o ll of money from the floor Brief a s was the pau s e he made to do this, it gave Fred time enoug h to recover hi s self-po ssess ion. "Stop, the boy cried "or I'll shoot!" 'T'he ra.c;cal a tartle d g l a nce over his s houlder His h and was on the knob of the door and in anoth e r moment he wonld l1ave bee n outsi de But Fre d l1ad h i m cover e d point-blank, ancl h e saw some thing in the bov' s eyes that s h owed h e meant bu s iness. H e darecl not take the risk, and while he h esitated the doo r was flun g open and the ca hi e r, with the others at hi s hee ls, appeared in the openin g-. Secure that man !" exc l a i med Fred. "He ha s a roll of money in one of h i s hands and a revol ver in the other." "Blas t you!" cried the rascal rai s in g his arm and firing at Fred. Th e p l ucky lad escaped in stant death onl y by the pres e nce of mind of the cas hier, who struc k up the scoundre l 's arm, and t h e ball buri e d itself in the wall; but, for all that, Fred a lmos t f elt the wind of the bullet as it pas sed close above his head. In the meantime things were be ing stra i g htened out in the private office. The man Fred had accidentally shot lay groaning wii.h pain on the rug. Ilis comp anion was now held safe by the two c l e r ks who had accompanied the cashie1 : into the room The cas hi er himself had recovered the money, and was srmking t0 :.\Jr. Colt, whil e Fred, with the revo l ver still in his hand, w as k e eping the mob from crow din g into the small room. "Stand back, gen tlemen," said the boy "Nobo d y has been killed. Keep back, pl ease The mob behind, however, made it difficult for those i n the front row to obey this reque s t, had the y been ever so di sposed to do so. Finall y Fred s ucce e ded in clos ing the d oor in their faces a n d putting his back again s t it. "Send for the police, exclaimed t he brok er, in a to n e that s howed h e had not quite recove r ed fro m the s h ock t o which he had been s ubjected As a matter of fact an officer wa s even then tryin g to force hi s wa y through the crowd which b l ocked the ap proaches to the office. Fred opened the door arrd let h i m enter the Toorn. H e had a pair of handcuff s in hi s pocket, and he s o o n put the s e on the uninjured ras c al' s wri s t s Ile then took llp M r ColfR 'phone, con n ected wit h the s tation, and calle d for the patro l w ago n. By thi s time there were bro r e port ers on the scene trying t o collect the facts Finall y the excite ment in the b uildin g s ubs i ded with the departure of the lJrisoners, but a s trea m of broke r s fil ed in to call on Mr. Colt to l earn the inside partic ul ars o f t he troubl e A s soon as the real facts got around F r e d was r e garded as the h ero of the occasion


28 C H ASING POINTERS. The afternoon e dition s said a lot of nice things about At that moment a man with a l ong white bea .rd, a him n n d l ong before he got home the news had been car s l ouched h a t and a h eavy <.:ane, wh o had been sLanding in a ried. to hi s mother by talkativ e n e ighbors: doorway, s t e pped out arn1 suddenly t.hru s L his cane between "You're the br aves t boy in Wall Street," Daisy told him, leg s when h e had modestly given her a fu ll account of the affair The boy "e'!'.lt down on the s idewalk: in a h ea p and the ' P shaw I only did m y duty, Daisy. bank book flew from his haml. The had c lo s ed for the d a y before he thought 'rhe white b e arded man, with an agi li'ty which belied his ab o u t his stoc k d ea l. l ook s darted at the book, scooped. it up and flew tlown the 'J'l1en he looked the tape over for t h e lates t quotations s t\:eet of D. & L. Fred recovered his feet and rus hed after him, crying, It had gone l i p 'to 110 "Stop thief I" :\f r. Colt praiRed. him warmly for his conduct, and pre -The man, however, would. probably h ave escaped up Pearl sc111.ell him with hi s check for five hundred. dollar s whi c h Street, only that he ran into I.he arm s of an officer who at h e t urn ed over to his mo t her. that moment w as turning the corner into Wall Street. Nex t day he had to go with M r. Colt and the cas h ier He struggl ed to escape, but the policeman held 0n t o to the Tomb s Police Court to give his testimony at the him examination Then Fred came up. '.!'he r asc al s, onl y one of whom was ab l e to appear, w e r e "Don't l e t ]rim go, officer,'' s aid the youn g m essenger. he l d for the action o.f the Grand Jury. "Ile jus t upset rne anJ graLbec1 t h e fir m\; b ank b ook. He A1i indictment w as in du e time found again s t them; i s a thief." the y were s ubsequentl y tried and sent to Sing Sing for a ''H e runs uncorrin'lon l y good for a n old m:tn," remarked term of years. th e officer. "See if tf1at .13eurcl i s genuine. It c1oe n't l ook so f o me '., On retnrning from the P o lice Court li'recl rlropp Pc1 into ., Freel 0aave it a b10a and of!' it cam e in hi s hands revealing t he little bank on Nassa u Sfreet. th e co1mtenance or .t i n nes 'Elder. 'l'h e tape s how ed that D & L. was tlien going at 117, . ?" . F d d l th d l 1 d t t tl J:? "We've got you at l ast, Mr. Elder, h ave we. b e srucl, rn so r e or erec e ea c ose ou a rn. .11gure. . . 1. T 1 d fift tl d a 1 1 b tl t t' I a ton e of sa t 1 sfacbon. This time you ve go ne a little too :-i.e c eare y iousan o ars y i e rans ac 1011, h ] 1 cl l .fi 1 t c1' 'th th b k t far and ha ve been snatc hed with the goods on." w IC l p ace n s nanc 1 a ,; an m g w1 e an a one . h d. a d th d cl 11 Elcler darte d a malignant look at hun. un 1:e an one ousan o "'Take h i m to the station, officer. I'll go with you and Daisy po c keted eight thou sand dollar s wh i ch made h er worth, all told, s ixteen thousand dollars. "lt';i l ike findin g mone y to h e associated w ith you, Fre d,'' s he said, wh e n he placed h e r winnin gs in h e r hand. "Be t your life i t is," h e r ep li e d. "It's !Jette r to be born lu c k y than ri c h. If you're born r i c h you m ay lose yom money but if you're lu c k y you re F mre to come ont on top in the l ong run. Daisy c oincided with thi s Rtatement, ai1il con gratul ated h e rRel f on e njoying the fri e nd s hip and coopera.tion of the l uckie s t boy in Wa ll Street a s s h e c a ll ed Freel. Fre d did not forge t what Mr. Bates, the millionaire oper ator, h a d to lr1 h i m about the prospects of the Para dis e Gold & Silv e r :Minin g Company H e choppe d into the M i n i n g E 4c h ange o c casiona ll y in oriler to see when the Paradise mine woul d be placed on the liRt of W estern securities. Three months passed, how e ver, and the min e had not yet Rhowcrl any s i g n s o f cornin g to life a ga in. "I think I'll drop in and see Mr. Bate s a.gain," he said, a s he left th e office a. little l ) efore three with the day's de pMit s that h e was taking to th e bank. H e ran again s t 1vimphy, w h o was coming u p the stairs hrn s tep s a t a time. '11he sight of Murphy put Freel in mind of James Elder, who had been cl e v e r enough to e l ude t h e detect ive Mr. Colt had p u t on his track. make th e cha1ge." So James Elder was lock e d up on a c h a r ge that landed him i n Sing Sing three month s l a t e r. Mr. George Bates prov ecl t o b e a good prophet for within the year Paradise was selling for fifty five ce nts a share. Freel i s now cashie r f o r Ml'. Colt, anr l e 'arnin g a good salary but h e i s still makin g m o ney f o r bot h himself and. Dean th e s tenographei:, ,in the market . \ s h e c ame o f age thi s year, h e i s now ab l e to keep a regular account in o ne of the big Wall Street bank s, and s ign s his name legally to c he c k s Moreov e r, h e and Daisy Dean are engaged to b e married. He still does hi s trading through t h e little bank,in Nas sau Street, the cashier of whi c h maintains that he is the LUC KIEST Bo y IN WALL SrnEET. THE END. R ead "RISING T N THE WORLD; OR F RO ::vr FACTORY BOY TO :MANAQT

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A new one issued every Friday Price 5 cents a copy This Weekly contains interesting stori es of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage pf passing opportunities Some of these stories a r e founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and s h o w h ow a boy of plu c k p e rseverance and brains can be come famou s and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone whic h make s ''Fame and Fortune Weekly a magazin e for the home, althougl;. eac h numb C hance of Hi s Life; or, 'l'lle Young l:.llot of C rystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From B eil-Bo y to i\iillionaire 44 Out tor Business; o r Tbe Smartest Boy in Town. 45 A l"a"Vorite o f Fortune; o r ,. Striklng It Rie b in Wall Stveet. 46 'l'brougb Thic k and 'l'llin; or, Tlle Adventures of a Smart Boy. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working His Way U p 48 Always on Deck; or, The Boy Who Made His i\iark. 49 A Mint uf l\Ioney; o r The Young Wall Street Broke r. 50 .The Ladder of F'ame : or.i. F'rom Office Boy to enator. 51 On the Square; or, The ;:;uccess of an Honest Uo:v. 52 After a Fortune : or, Tbe Pluckiest Boy in the West. 53 Winning tbe Dollars; Ol', The Young W onde r of W a il Street 54 Making His J\Iark; or. The Bo:v Who Became r resfdent. 55 H eit to a l\Iillion; or, 'l'h e Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 56 Lost in the Andes: or. 'l'be 'l'reasure of the Buried City. 5 7 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Vall Street. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Taking Fortune on the In g. 59 The Road to Snccess; or. The l 'areer of" Forrunnre Boy 60 Chasing Pointers: or, The Luckiest Boy in \\nil St1eet. J I ' For sale by all newsdeal ers, or will u" ,,ent to any address on receip t of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, tJy_: FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24union Square, New Y drk. IF YOU WAN T ANY BACK NUMBERS o f our Libraries and cannot procure them from n ewsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Ord e r Blank and send it to u s with the price of t h e books you 'waut and we will send them to you by r eturn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAREN '.rHE SAME AS M O :NE"L ..................................................................................... .... .... ..... FRANK TOUSEY Publi s her 2 1 Union Square, New York. ..... ..................... 1 9 0 ' . DEAR Sm-Enclosed find .... . cents fo r w hi c h p lease sead me: .... copies of WORK A D W+N. Nos ........ . ........... ................................. . .. " 'IDE AWAI\:E WEEKLY, Nos ........................................... ........... . " '"ILD WEST vVEEKLY Nos . ........... . ............... ....... .... . . .... ... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .... ......... ..................... ... ..... ....... " PLUCK AND LUCK. Nos ............................................. ......... " SECRE T SERVICE. NOS .... -. -.................. ....... ......................... ...... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ................................................ .. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos . . ....... . ............ . . ............... ... ... ... N a m e ..... ................... Street and No .................... Town . ....... S t a te. . . . . ...... . ..


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