Out for a million, or, The young Midas of Wall Street

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At that.. moment Hal unexpectedly entered the office. For an instant he stood aghast at the sight that met his eyes. Then he darted forward and dashed his grip in Lippett's face. A shower of coin inundated the rascal.


. Fame and FortuntWeekly STORIES BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Isaued WeekZ11-B11 Subscription IZ.:W per year. Ente1ed according to. Act of Congres a in the year 190tl, in the o.tflce of the Librarian of Congress, Wahington, D. C., !>11 Frank Touse11, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 66. NEW YORK, JANUARY 4, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. Out fotT OR, THE YOUf4G ffiIO.AS Of WAI.tli By A SELF MADE MAN CHAPTER I. THE YOU N G :MIDAS OF WALL STREET. T w o boys m e t abruptly one moming at the c orn e r of Wall and Bro a d Streets Bo t h were bright specimens 0 Young America, and y e t the r e was a wide difference between them in more ways than on e The lad who come up Broad Street, with a quick, e la s tic ste p, had a noti c eably alert look that showed he was uncommonly wideawake, and ready to grasp opportunity on t h e win g ; while the other, though smart looki n g enough, lacke d in that ess e n tial particular. To make the compari s on more striking the latter, on this occa s ion, looked quite down at the mouth as if something o f a discouraging nature had happened to him. "He llo, Jack cried the alert boy "Where are you b ound? Not in a hurry that is evident Why, what i s the m atte r with you? You look as i:f you'd l ost t h e o nly frien d you had in the world "I feel about as I look, then," replied J ack, gloomily. "What's up, old chap?" "I'm on the outs." "On the what?" "0-u-t-s." "How is that? E x plain yourself "Bus t e d a ll to smas h was the reply "What's bu s ted a ll to smash?" "My boss." The di c k e n s he i s "Sure as you liv e H e was in A. & W or all he was worth g ot cau g h t in th e s lump 0 the market yes terday afte rnoon, and lo s t every penny." "How do you kn o w?" "Because it's all around the office. "It i s ?" "Yes; and I and the rest of the offic e help got fired fifteen minutes ago." "You don't say." "That's right." "And you're out of a job now, eh?" "That's what I am." "What d o you expect to do?" "Live on s no w ba ll s till I find another "Not aver-JI. fattening diet," chuckl e d th e al e r t boy. "I should say not. "Well you certai1:ly looked discourag e d." "I feel so. I've g o t a m o the r and a sick si s ter to sup port." "Too bad. Then of c01Urse you' re open for an offer." "I'm o pen for anything with a small salary attached to it." "How would you like to work for me?" "For you?" opening his eyes in surprise. I "Sure thing. I'm looking for a bright boy as messenge r office boy, confidential clerk, and cashier-to-be, all rolled into one. I think you'll fill the bill. I'll give you six per to begin with, and r'.1-ise you as the business booms."


OUT FOR A MILLION . n Do you mean to say that you've opened up dn your own account as a broker?" "You'Ye struck it right first gue Hal Fisher, Stocks and Bonds. How docs that sound?" "It sounds first rate," replied Jack W cbstcr, in a hope ful tone. "Got the money to back it?" "Of course I have. Do you suppose I'd hire you if I couldn't pay you your wages? :Ooo't you know I'm the Young Midas of Wall Street?" "I've heard you called so by several brokers; but l didn't quite understand what they meant by it." "They meant that whatever I touch turns into gold. Didn't you ever hear the legend about that indiYidual ?" "Never. What was it?" "Well you see, Mid;;is was a king o.f a place called Phrygia . "Phrygia Never heard of it." "A country in Asia l\Iinor." "Asia l\Iinor, eh? That's so.me distance from here," grinned J a.ck. "Rather," replied Hal Fisher drily. He had been a studious chap when at school, and wa.o:; well \up in both ancient as well as modern history. "Midas," he continued, "was a king of Phrygia. Having shown hospitality a party by the imme of Silenus, who was a kind of college professor .to Bacchus--" "Bacchus! Isn't that the .chap who was always drunk?" asked Jack. "Oh, I don't know. Ile was called the god of wine, because he taught the cultivation of the vine and prepared intpxicating chink from the grapes." "Well, he made other people drunk, then. I heard rny boss say one day that broker Fassett was a disciple of Bacchus. That he could put more mint juleps under his vest than any other man. in the Street." "I guess he can. If l\Ir. Fassett was to sign the temper ance pledge, half the cafes in Broad Street would go into bankruptcy "Bet your boots they would," snickered ,Jack. "\Yell, let's get back to Midas," said Hal. "For showing hospitality lo Silenus it appears Midas was permitted IJ.i the god Bacchus to choose whatever recompense he pleasccl. Being somewhat avaricious he had the nerve to demand tlrnt whatever he touchd might be turned into gold." "Did be get his wish?" "He did that." "I wish I\l been in his shoes, then." "Don't you fool yourself, Jack. Remember he wished that everything he handled might turn into gold. Well, everything did. Even the very food that he attempted lo eat turned to gold in his mouth." "The deuce it did." "So the legend states." "He must have starved to death, then." "Such would have been his fate, nQ doubt, only he got frightened and begged Bacchus to take away so fatal a gift." "Did he talrn it away?" "Yes. He ordered Midas to wash himseH in a ccrlain river, whose sands were turned into golcl by his touch." "Do you mean to say that whatever you touch turns inlo gold?" said Jack. "l\fetaphotically speaking such has been the fact wilhin the last year or so." "l\Ietanhorically speaking is good," chuckled W cbsler. "I'd like you to explain." "Well, you see ever since I took to dahbling in slock:; every deal I engaged in turned out lucky. That's why the brokers nicknamed me {he Young 1\1.idas 0 Wall Slreet." "Oh, I see." "Yes, I've been pretty lucky. I've caught on to a tip or two that turned out to be the real things, and I figured the chances so close that I got out from under just when highwater nu1rk was reached. Olhers got pinched while I collared lhe cash every time." "I wouldn't mincl being a. yo1mg Midas myself or awh ile,'l ,grinned W cbster. "Well, you come to work for me and maybe you will dis cover how I c1o it." "I'll come to work all right. 1 can'! afl'o.rd to turn clown six per the way I'm fixc

OUT FOR A MILLION. "\V e il, you may come to-morrow m o rning nt nine. Don't forg e l the number of my office. IL'::; Room 20fl, on the fourth floor." "Bullion Building." "Right you are." On the following morning Jack Webster appeared at the Bullion Building promptly at nine o clock. He took the el e vator and got off at the fourth floor. Walking down the corridor he tagged off the numbers till he came to 209 The boys parted, Hal going Webster went up Nassau Street. toward Broadway, while H ere he saw Hal Fisher's nml)e on the frosted glass of the upper half of the door, with the words "Stocks and Bonds" underneath. Harry Fisher, the hero of this story, was, as we have already intimated, an unus uall y smart boy. He lived at a boarding-house on W est 2-!th Street, for his parents had their home in Rochester, and Hal was alone iq New York. He came to. the m et ropoli s tliree yea r s before to begin his business career as errand boy and messenger for a \Vall Street broker, named Hutchinson. In less than a yea r his abilities aclvancecl him to desk work in the counting-room, and in another six months h e was attendin g to all the margin business of the house. It was then he began to specu l ate a liltle on his own account. He was uniformly s ucc essfu l in his ventures, which he cQllducted on some sort of system that ha d originated in his own head, and he soon had quite a l ittle fund of his o w n. He did not confine his trading to any particular broker, with the result that a dozen or more Stock Exchange m e n got on to the fact that he was making money. 1 Finally his employe r got wind od: hi s operatio ns and called him down. He told Hal that he must quit monkeying with the mar ket or send in his r esig n ation . Hal took the matter under consideration and then resigned. Fifteen dollars per week did not compare in his mind with the profits he was drawing out of his fortunate ven tures. His first idea was to r ent desk room somewhere and con fine himself to private trading on his own account. He turned this plan down in favor of hirin g an office aml setting himself up as a regular broker. He did not expect to paint the Street red with the busi ness that might come his way; but still it 0would be a be ginning at any rate-he was young and could afford to wait for things to grow So he hired a good -siz e d office in the Bullion Buildin g, wl.th a small private room attached, and had his nam e painted on the door 1ike the other tenants of the building. He intended to hire a small lad as office boY.. : but on meeting Jack Webster, who was a particular friend of his, and finding, as we have seen, that he was out of a job, h e decided on the spur of the moment to take him on, for h e lrn.ew Jack cquld not afford to remain idle. He did not have anything particular for J ack to do; but that didn't worry him. He was willing to pay six dollars a week just to have him around. "That looks like business1 he muttered. Then he tried the door. It w as lock ed, for Hal hadn t arrived yet. Ins ide of ten minutes however the young Midas appeared, looking as fresh as a daisy after a rain stQrm. "I see you're on time, Jack," he said, approvingly. "That's one of my failings," replied Webs ter. "It's a good one. Some people are alway s the other way. They forget that promptness is oiie of the virtues which points the way to success." "I doill't see that it has done much for me so far," re plie d Jack. "I never was late at Mr. Sherman's, and yet I wound up in the soup." "That wasn't your fault," said Hal, unlocking the door. "Here's a duplicate key. You can open up after this." "Where do I sit? In that chair by the window?" "Yes. That will do for the present. Your task at present will be merely to try and kill time." "That isn't very stren uou s work." "Not for some people, but I don't class you with them. You may find it harder than you think, for you aren't used to it." "When visitors call I'll take their names into you, of course?" "To be sure. I'm afraid we are not likely to ha.ve many unless you go into the corridor and run them in whether they want to come or not." "That wouldn't be a bad way to drum up trade. I'll do it if you say so." "Thanks, but I don t want to have the trouble of bailing y ou out of the Tombs." "I might watch the ticker and keep you posted on the market." "I'm not interested in the market to any great extent as yet. I'll let you know as soon am I am." At that moment the door was opened, and the rubicund fea tures of Broker Fasseit was thrust into the room with an ii?.quiring sor t of look on his face. "Hellow, Fisher," he said, as his eyes lighted on the boy broker and his rotund body filled th e opening, "is this you sheep shearing den ?" "Yes, sir; come right in," replied Hal briskly. Mr. Fas sett accepted the invitation and gazed around t he rooms in sOJ111e curio s ity. "So you've actually gone into business for yourself, my boy," be chuckled. "That's what I have, sir. Can't you drive a few lambs this way to kind of give me a start?" "Well, I don't know. What commis s ion will you allow?"


4 OUT FOR A MILLION. "That depends upon the yield of wool." Mr. Fassett laughed and said if he could be of any service to Hal he would be glad to give liim a boost. "I was just abO!Ut to give a little eommission to Wagner -you know Wagner, dont' you?" Hal shook his head. "I haven't that hooor as "Well, I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll let you have the commission I want 5,000 shares of I\Iichiga.n Northern, and I don't want to be identified with the transaction. Understand ?" "I think I do, sir," replied Hal, with a significant smile. "Very good :Michigan Korthcrn is going at 91 this morn ing. You go out and see if you can get the stock, or any part of it. Arrange to have it delivered 0 0. D. at the Manhattan N ati.onal Bank. Understand ? Then send me a statement of the transaction and I will send you my check for your commission." "I will attend to the matter at once, sir. I am greatly obliged to you. This is my first 0irder, and I sha'n't forget that I owe my start, so to speak, to '"rhat's all right, boy. Oo_me out and have a mint julep with me." "Thank you, sir; but you'll ha Ye to excuse me as I do not drink." "You mean you don't drink mint juleps, eh? Well, you can take something else." "I mean I don't drink anything but--" "Bu t what?" "Adam's ale-plain cold water I promised my mother that I would not touch anything in the intoxicating line while I was away from home, and I feel in honor bound to keep my word Besides, I think it a bad pra.ctice for a boy anyway "That's right," agreed Mr. Fassett, whose purple nose was crossed and recrossed by little threads of reel, "stick to it. Drinking is a bad hobby-a very bad one If it wasn't for niy legs I'd sign the pledge to-da : y." "Why, what has your legs to do with that, Mr. Fassett?" "Everything, my boy. I can't pass a cafe in the street but those legs of mine carry me right inside and up fo the bar in spite of myself "Well, sir, that's too bad; but your legs can't compel you to drink. "Yes they can." "How is that?" "They've got a private arrangement with my right hand ancl my mouth. I feel impelled to call for a mint julep just as soon as the barkeeper looks at me. My fingers seize the glaRs, my elbow crooks, and the deed is clone. I can't help mys elf to save my life." 1\lr. Fassett spoke solemnly, and with apparent earnest ness. Hal kept a sober face, but Jack, who was listening, had to cram his handkerchief into his mouth to keep from laughing outright. "Well, I must be going, my Young Midas. I feel very much in need of a mint julep to brace myself up for the strenuous affairs of the day. Good by, my boy. Get thos e shares as soon as you can-the sooner the better. 1\lr. Fassett, who had already stowed away six juleps under his vest that morning ma.de a bee-line for the ele vator with his thoughts on the nearest cafe. CHAPTER III. HAL TAKES A SHY AT THE MARKET. "Jack," said Hal, after the portly figure of Broker Fas sett had faded from the room, "I'm going out to attend to my first order." "All right, Hal. I'll look after the office while you're away. Any idea when you'll get back?" "No. It all depends on what success 1 have in finding those shares of Michigan Northern. l may be an hour, or I may be two or three." "It was a lucky thing that Mr. Fassett bobbed in here -that is lucky for you and unlucky for Mr. Wagner, who lost a good prospective commission." "That:s right," said Hal. "If my luck only sticks I'll soon have things humming up here." "Well, I hope it will stick then, and that you'll be obliged to get some help to vary the monotony. A nice, good look ing stenographer would add greatly to the business aspect of the office. "And keep your tongue from getting rusty, I suppose," replied Hal, with just the ghost of a smile. "I don't think you need worry about that. When you have work enough to hire a typewriter I guess you'll have business for me on t11e outside. At any rate I hope you will. I prefer to keep on the move--it's healthier." "Well, I look to y0iu to put up a good bluff if any lamb wanders in here by mistake," said Hal, with his hand on the clqor knob. "I won't let him escape, bet your life." Hal chuckled and walked out of the office. He had pretty good luck in picking up the necessary shares of Michigan Northern, and secured the whole 5,000 by eleven o'clock. Then he returned to the office, wrote a note to Mr. Fassett acquainting him with the fact that all the shares would be delivered at the Manhattan National Bank be fore three o'clock, and sent it over to the broker's office by Jack. As it was too early to go to lunch yet, he took up a financial paper and began to study the pulse of the market. He was as familiar with the current stocks as any broker in Wall Street, and the reading was quite interesting to him. Presently he saw a paragraph about Michigan Northern. It stated that a rumor was going the rounds of the financial district that this road was about to get contr<>il of


OUT FOR A MILLION. 5 th e 1\f., P. & C., a compe ting lin e that paralleled its track an d by reducing freight and pa s s e ng e r rates had proven a thorn in its side. It hinted that for more than a year the Michigan North ern interests had been quietly absorbing the stock of the rival road wherever they could :find it, and had at last, it was believed, obtained a majority interest. At any rate it was expected that something w01Uld be doing at the annual election of directors and officers of the M., P. & C. road, which would take place in a few days. If the Michigan Northern people succeeded in electing a majority of their own friends on the Board, there was no doubt that would end the opposition between the roads, and that M. N. stock would take a boom in consequence "I guess Mr. Fassett is buying in Michigan Northern for a pool of insiders who mean to reap a barrel of money through the rise that is certain to come if there is any real truth in this paragraph. The chances are that the crowd for whom Mr. Fassett is doing business have a pointer on the situation. It looks good enough to me to take a chance with. I always like to get in on the ground floor with the big bugs if I can. Michigan Northern has heap. selling low for more than a year. Before the M., P. & C. went into operation i-t used to sell at 115 and over. I see no reason why it shouldn't get up to that point again if the road gets control of. the opposition line. I have money enough to buy 2,000 shares at 91, on a ten per cent margin, so I think I'll take the chance." When Jack returned from Mr. Fassett's office he had decided tO get into Michigan Northern. So putting on his hat he went around to the safe deposit company where he kept bis funds oin tap, drew $18,200 out of his box, and then repaj.red to Broker Hapgood, who had done some. business with him before. 1 He found the broker and was admitted to the private office. "Hello, Fisher," greeted Hapgood. "Glad to see you. I hear you've taken an office in the Bullion Building, and that you've a brand new pair of shears in your desk on the lookout for stray lambs who manage to get away from the rest of us." "WhQ told you tha,t, Mr. Hopgood?" "Why, Mr. Fassett told me an hour ago when I met him swallowing one of his mint juleps in the Alhambra cafe." "Well, I suppose whatever Mr. Fassett says is so/' smiled Htl "I generally :find him to be pretty accurate in his re marks. I may take is as a fact then that you've branched out on your own hook." "Yes, sir. Drop up and see me when yOIU happen to be in the Bullion Building. Here's one af my cards," and Hal laid a bit of pasteboard on the broker's desk. "Thank you, I will. I suppose now that we are to have you for a business rival you'll soon be absOO'bing all the cream and leaving only the crumbs to the rest of us." "How do you make that out?" "You know you have got the reputation of being the Young Midas Qf Wall Street. If your good luck continues you' ll be doing a land office,_b:us iness before long, with the rest of us looking on, and picking up what you don't want." "I guess it won't be quite as bad as that. It is a good deal more likely that you brokers, as soon as y0iu learned I had opened up, got out all your extra sheins and had them sharpened up in expectation of dipping a little of my wool to decorate your bank books with." "Oh, you wouldn't suspect us of having unfriendly designs toward you, would you?" laughed Mr. Hapgood. "Well, l'-d hate to offer you gentlemen too much of a chance. The temptation might prove too much for you." "You seem to. have a poor opinion of us." "I hope not," replied Hal, with a chuckle; "but I believe in keeping the stable door lqcked when the horse is inside. I've only been in Wall Street three years, it is true, but I've been here long enough to learn a few things "For example?" asked Mr. Hapgood with a smile. "Well, I've noticed for one thing that everlone of you gentlemen make it a point to find out just how much money your best friend has got, and when you've sized up the pile, begin devising some plan to get possession of it. If you succeed then y0iu take him by the hand, tell him what a good fellow he is, and how sorry you are he got pinched.:' "Great Jerusalem Is that your opinion of us?" Mr. Hapgood a,sked. "Why, yes; isn't it correct?" "Oh, come now, Fisher, you''e just a trifle to0i hard on us. You know we don't do any guch thing." "Don't you? Now you and M:r. Fassett are the best of friends, aren't you?" "I admit we are." "Very good. He ma.y be bulling a stock to-morrow, and you, seeing a chance to win by bearing it, it becomes a. struggle between you two as to who shall get the other's pile. Isn't that right?" Mr. Hapgood scratched his head with a quizzical smile, but said nothing. "I ruay be wrong, but it always struck me that you brok ers were watching each other like hawks watch chickens in a barnyard; and whenever you get a chance to swoop down and get away with other's pile you do so." "It's always a fair speculation, isn't it?" asked Mr. Hapgood with a bland smile. "A month ago you made quite a snug little sum by buying a certain stock on margin that a syndicate was booming, sticking to it till it reached high water mark and then selling out just in the nick of time to save what you had made. What you stowed away in your clothes somebody else lost. It seems to me that you did about the same as some of us are doing every day." The broker loQked at Hal with a twinkle in his eye. "Well, Mr. Hapgood we won't argue the point any lo_nger. I didn't come in here to waste your time but to get you to buy 2,.000 shares of Michigan Northern for me on a ten per cent. margin. The stock is ruling at 91. There's my margin," and Hal laid the bills on the broker's desk.


6 OU'r FOR A MILLION. Mr. Hapgood did a little figuring on a pad, then he luck. No wonder you're called the Boy Midas of Wali counted Hal's wad. Street. Every stock you hpmUe turns up a winner." "That's correct," he said, writing a memorandum of the "You should put it the other way. That I never handle transaction on a slip of paper and ringing for his office boy. any stock but a winner," laughed Ilal. "Take this money and paper to Mr. Green," he told the "It doesn't make much difrerence how you put it I guess boy. Well, got any customers yet?" The youth carried it away into the counting-room and "I've had one. This is my first day remember." presently returned with a memorandum which the broker "Then I'll be your second. Buy me 1,000 shares of M. handed to Hal. & N. at 72, and have it sent 0. 0. D. to my Oiffice as early "Thank you, Fisher, for the order. I presmpe I may expect to see you have your customary good 111ck with this deal?" "I hope so., sir. I'm not in this thing for fun." "I presume not, no more than the rest of us. It's a big game of chance all around, ihough you appear to be one of the uncommonly fortimate ones. You haven't been nipped yet, I believe." Not yet." 1 "Then that is a pleasure to come," chuckled the broker. "It is a pleasure I'm willing to defer as lo.ng as possible," replied the boy, taking up his hat and bowing himself out of the office. CHAPTER IV. 1\IR. ELMER BISHOP. In a few days the announcement was made that Miqhigan Northern had gaineu a majority of the stock of the M., P. & 0. road, and there was an immediate boom in the former, the shares rising steadily from around 91' to 99 the first day. as possible to-morrow morning." "Thank you, Mr. Hapgood, I'll eecute that commission. with pleasure." The broker gave him a memorandum order which Hal laid on his desk, and soon afterward toOik his departure. Next morning soon after Ilal ieached the office the car rier delivered to him a registered letter for which he signecl. He tore it open, wondering who it was from, and some bank bills dropped out. He counted it and found it amounted to $610. The following letter accompanied the money: "0.A.RLYLE, N. J., Oct. 5, 19-. "MR. HAL FISHER, Stock Broker, "Room 209, Bullion Building, Wall Street. "DEAR Sm-I enclose herewith $610 as a ten per cent. margin for 100 shares of 0. & V. stock at 61. I saw your advt. in the Financial Ticker. .Please use your own judg ment about selling the shares should they go up, as I expect they will. Y 0iurs truly, "MISS EDNA HARLEY." Jack, of course, knew that his boss was in on the deal in Hal entered the order in his book and then wrote a note Michigan Northern, and he spent a good part of his time to Mr. Hapgood, who had agreed to divide commissions watching the quotations on the ticker. with him on all bonificle outside business he got, alllking him Eight points rise meant a gain of $16,000 for Hal, and to buy 100 shares of 0. & V. for Miss Harley, subject to when the Exchange closed at three Jack hastened to ccmhis (Hal's) order, and sent the message over by Jack. gratulate him on his luck. "Business is beginning to rush," said Webster as he "This yarn about you being the Young Midas of Wall seized his hat to execute the order. "Two messages to carry Street is no fiction, bet your boots," said Webster, emphat-in a little over a day isn't so bad." ically. "Run along, sonny, and don't make any remarks," Hal laughed. laughed Hal. "It's a fine thing to be born lucky, isn't it?" He put on his own hat, locked the office and went out on "Tha.t's what it is. How high do you think l\fichigan the curb to buy the 1,000 shares of M. & N. at 72 for Mr .N" orthern will g0i ?" Hapgood. "That's too deep a question for me to answer; but still Before he left he glanced at the ticker and saw that I believe it will go to 110 at any rate." Michigan Northern was quoted at par. There was a knock at the outer door :md then in walked He bad no difficulty finding a broker who had 1,000 Broker Hapgood. shares of M. & N. for sale, and he al'ranged with him to "Good afternoOIIl, 1\Ir. Hapgood. Pleased to welcome send it to Mr. Hapgood's office. ;rou to my sheep f:ltearing den. Take a seat." When Hal got back to his office, Jack told him that there "You're pretty well fixed here, my young friend," rewas an old gentleman in bis private room waiting to see plied the broker, seating himself, and looking around. him. "Where did yoi1 pick up those water colors you've got on the "An old gentleman, eh? What's his name?" wall?" "Bishop." "I got them in Nassau Street." "I don't know any person by the name of Bishop," re"You seem to have some taste in the artistic line. By plied the young broker. "Maybe he's some one who saw the way your stock has gone up eight points. Same old my 11.dvt. in the Financial Ticker."


OUT FOR A MILLION "Ile doesn't look prosperous enough for a speculator," I uForty years, sir?" exclaimed Hal, regarding his calle r said Jack. with much interest "You can't always tell by a person's outward appearance what he is worth. I've seen people come into Mr. :S:utchin son's who looked like tramps almost, and yet they had fat wads in the bitnk to their credit." Hal walked inlo his sanctum, and there saw a small, plainly attired old man, with white hair and fiorid com plexion. He had a pair of very bright eyes, that peered out from under bushy, beetling brows, and he carried a -stout cane with a carved handle. "Good morning, sir," said Hal, politely, as he placed his hat on the top of the desk "What can I do for you?" "I wish to see Mr Fisher," said the old gentleman, look-ing at Hal sharply. "That is my name, sir." "Mr. Hal Fisher, the broker?" "Yes, sir." ''Well, well," said the old gentleman, "you seem very youn g for a broker." "I'm eighteen, sir; but I'll be older alter awhile," with a smile. "Of course, o. course," replied his visitor "How loog have you been in business, Mr. Fisher?" "This is my second clay, sir," replied Hal, frankly. "Indeed. May 1 ask if you were recently employed by Mr. George Hutchinson, of No. --Wall Street?" "Yes, sir "Then you arc the young gentleman the newspapers have referred to as the 'Young Midas of Wall Street?" ''Yes sir; they have called me that." "You have the rcputatiOiil of being very fortunate in the speculative field "I have been lucky, sir, up to the present t;me." "You have a very bright and honest face "Thank you, sir, for the compliment." "I am not often deceived in faces I can easily see that you are much smarter than the average boy of your years "I hope I am smart enough to make a million in the Street, for that is what I am out for ",You hope to make a million some day, eh?" "I do." The little old gentleman regarded him for a moment in silence. He seemed to be studying the boy carefully. "Well, Mr. Fisher," he said at length. "I presume you have not many customers as yet?" "Not many, sir I hope to accumul ate a number in time "I am a strong believer in the old saying, 'Nothing suc ceeds like Success." You have all the elements of it in your make up. You are, I may say, a born winner I con sider mys elf an excellent judge of human nature, for I have been dealing with men and conditions in Wa ll Street for the past forty years." "Yes. My name is Elmer Bishop." A great light sudden l y broke in on Hal. When Jack said his visitor's name was Bis ho p, the young broker did not for a moment assoc i ate him with the well known Elmer Bishop, a millionaire operator, who m h e had never seen, but had heard a great dea l about Now he woke up to :find his little office hono r e d by th e presence of one of the most successful speculators in the Street-a man whose name was a in the :financial dislrict. "I am very glad to know you, Mr. Bishop," said Hal, feeling a certain reverence for the monied mogu l before him, though the little old gentleman clidn't l ook as i f be had $100 in bank "And I am very much pleased to make yon r acq u a int ance, young man. I have had a curiosity for some t i me t o meet you. Before the newspapers printed that par ag r aph about you I heard a dozen or more brokers speak about a certain Ha:l Fisher who had been nicknamed the Young Midas of Wall Street. I questioned severa l as to how you had acquired this singular title, and all agreed tha.t it was clue to your phenomenal success on the market. How came you to leave Mr Hutchinson?" "Well, sir, he objected to me continuing to spec ul ate, and I gave me the choice between dropping it or leavi n g his employ I left Instead of looking for another positio n I opened this office with an eye to the future "Mr. Fisher, I suppose you woul d not object to. exec utin g a commission for me once in awhi le?" sai d the o ld gen t le man, with a twinkle in his eye. "0 bject I should only be too deli ghte d t o do s ome bu s iness for you," said Hal eagerly "Very well I will add your name to my list of b rokers I have a little order to give you now. I want you to go out and buy Ii1e 30,000 shares of Southern T exas, if you can g e t it. Have it delivered 0. 0 D at the Chem ical Nation a l Bank. And try and get it before to morrow noo n "Thirty thousand shares, sir," replied Hal quit e tic k l e d at the size of the order "Yes. There is my card Send your statement to me as soon as you have completed the order, and I w ill send you my check for your commission," said M r. Bi s hop, ris ing from the chair. "All right, sir. I am very m uch oblige d to you for this order. You show a good dea l of confidence i n m e even if I am on l y a boy. "There are boys and boys, j ust as the r e are m en and ml:!n. You understand me I have sized y o u up a nd feel confident you will not be foun d wanting Good day." Hal accompanied his visito r to the outer door an d bowed him out Then he walked over to where J ack was read ing a morn ing paper "That little o l d gentleman, whom you tho ught t o b e as poor as a c hu rch mouse, has j ust left m e an o r der to pur-


8 OUT FOR A MILLION. chase for him 30,000 shares of a certain stock," he said io his messenger. "Thirty thousand shares exclaimed Jack, looking as tonished. "You're joking, aren't you?" "Does that look lik e a joke F" said Hal, showing Jack Mr. Bi s hop 's signed order. "Jerusalem He must be some nabob in disguise. Who il:! he any way?" "One of the bigge st operators in the Street." "What! That little old man?" "Yes. Didn't J.OU ever hear of Elmer Bishop?" "Sure, I 've heard of him You don't mean to say that is Bishop ?" "That's who he was." "Then all I've got to say is that you're the luckiest fellow in the Street to get in with him. He can make your for tune as sure as your name is Hal Fisher .... CHAPTER V. MISS EDNA 1-IARLE.Y. Hal put on his hat and went out to buy the Southern Texas shares He picked up about 10,000 among the curb brokers, and then visited different brokerage firms to get the rest. Among others he went into :.Mr. Fassett's office. "I haven't a single share," replied the broker to his query. "Who are you buying it for?" "You will have to excuse me answering that question,., answered Hal. "Ah, I see," said Mr. Fassett, closing one eye and re garding Hal with the other. "How many shares are you lookjng for? Perhaps I can get you sO!IIle." "If you know any one who has some for sale at the mar ket price I shou ld consider it a favor if you would dl.rcct me to them." "You Jnight try Hallowell & Kent. I think they have some. Also Bentley & Davis, in the Vanderpool Building "Thank you, Mr. Fassett. I will try them." That afternpon Michigan Northern closed at 105. Miss Harley's C. & V. stock also showed an advance of two points. The late mail brought three l etters to Hal. One contained Mr. Fassett's check for commission on the purchase of the 5,000 shares of Michigan Northern. The other two were from people out of town who had seen Hal's advertisement in the Financial Ticker. They enclosed postoffice orders for money to cover mar gins on small purchases . Small speculators were invading the Street as the market was buoya .nt and promi s ed profits. B y eleven o'clock next day Hal had secured the 30,000 shares of Southern Texas and he then sent word to Mr. Bishop to that effect, enclosing his statement of account. That day he received several more artswers to his adver tisement in the Financial Ticker, and next morning he got Mr. Bishop's check covering his commission and a brief note conrmending him for his promptitude in executing the order. Two days later Michigan Northern jumped to 112. At that figure Hal decided to sell. When he figured up his pro.fit o.n the deal he found he had made $41,000. He still held on to the C. & V. shares, as an unexpected boom had sent them up to 69, and they promis e d to go higher. A few days afterward, when the stock reached 75, Hal heard something on the street that induced him to close out Miss Harley's deal in a hurry. It was a lucky thing he did so, for the very next morning the bottom dropped out of C. & V., and the stock went down to 49 Hal wrote a letter to the young lady, informing her that he had sold the stock at a pro.fit and held $1,900 subject to her order. He gave the l etter to Jack to post. That young chap instead of carrying it in his hand put it into his inside pocket when he went o.ut, and when he came to the first letter box dropped it in. That is he thought he did. As a matter o.f' fact he posted another letter-one he had himself received that morning, and which repoped beside Miss Harley's letter in his pocket-in place of the right one, and did not find out his mistake for two days, when he mailed it witlrnut saying anything to Hal about the mat ter. That same afternoon a very pretty, neatly dressed young lady, with a rosy complexion, entered the outer office. Jack hastened to :find out what she wanted. "Is Mr. Fis"er in?" she asked in a sweet voice that quite captivatec1,J ack. "Yes, Miss. What name shall I tell him?" "Miss Edna Harley," Jack nearly collapsed . He had posted the delayed letter to her only a couple Otf hours before. Of course she could ngt have received it. Hal would find that fact out, and he would be asked i he had mailed it promptly. As Jack was an honest, straightforward lad, he would eel obliged to own up that he had carried the letter two days in his pocket before posting it. Then Hal would have something to say about his care lessness and so oo. Such was the tenor of Jack's thoughts as he carried tha visitor's into the private office. "Ask her to walk in," said Hal. The young broker was much impressed by his air cal ler's loveliness. "Please take a seat, Miss Harley. I am d e li g hted to meet you."


OUT FOR A MILLIOX. 9 "Are you Mr. Hal Fisher?" she asked doubtfully. She had expected to :find a man of some years instead of a boy as the broker to whom she had sent her $610. "Yes, Miss." "I saw your advertisement in the Financial Ticker about ten days ago," she began, "and I sent you a registeted letter containing $610, with a request that you would buy me 100 shares of C. & V. stock at the then market price of 61." "That' s right, Miss Harley," replied Hal. "I bought the shares at 61 and sent you a memorandum receipt as evi dence of the fact, which I presume you received." "Yes," she answered. "I watched the quotations in the paper and noticed that the stock went as high as 75." "That is quite right." "Two days ago I saw that it had suddenly declined to 49," she said, tears springing to her eyes. "I left it to your judgment to sell the shares if they went up, as I confidently believed they would, but I suppose I had no right to expect you to interest yourself in my little deal. So, as I have not heard froo:n you, I thought I would call and see you, though I dare say I have lost all my little savings." She looked down in her lap and seemed to be greatly de pressed. "Didn't you get my letter? I mean my second letter, Miss Harley?" asked Hal. She shook her shapely head sadly. "No. I only received one letter from you. The one containing the memwandum to which you have just re ferred." "Why, I sent you a statement of account on Tuesday. This showed that I had sold your shares at the top of the market, namely 75, the day before the slump of the stock. I informed you that I had $1,900 in my hands subject to your order." The visitor looked at Hal as if she thought she must be dreaming. "Nineteen hundred dollars!" she said, in a bewildered tone. "I don't think I quite understand you. I did not get such a letter. Did you really sell my stock at 75 ?" "I did, Miss Harley, I am pleased to say. You made a profit of $1,300 on the deal. Will you take it with, you now?" The sudden of her feelings q"Qite overcame Miss Harley. She looked at Hal with swimming eyes, and t hen she broke down and actually cried. She couldn't help it, though when she began to recover her composure she was heartily ashamed of herself. "I hope you will excuse me, Mr. Fisher," she said a.t length; "but I thought I had lost all my money. I knew it was foolish 9f me to invest every cent of my savings in the stock market. If I had really lost it I should have only had myself to blame. You were indeed kind to take care of my little investment, and I shall never forget what I owe you as long as I live." She flashed him a grateful look, and Hal thought she had the loveliest eyes of any girl he had ever met. After that they got upon quite friendly terms. He found out that she was an orphan, and that she taught school in Carlyle. The $610 she had sent Hal represented the greater part she had saved since she began to support herself. She told him that she had had a dream one night about the stock market and that in the vision she was told if she would buy C. & V. shares, a stock she had never heard o f before, she would surely triple her money. "And I have done that, haven't I?" she said, with a bright smile. "You have indeed, Miss Harley," replied Hal. Edna Harley remained an hour in Hal's office, and the young people seemed to be mutually taken with each other. Finally when Hal placed the $1,900 in her hands he said that if she cared to leave a part of her winnings in his hands to invest as his judgment dictated he would be glad to accept the commisE)ion. She readily agreed to this suggestion on his part, handed him $900 and placed the balance of the money in her bag. "I cannot promise you when J will be able to place your money to the best advantage," he said, when she rose to go, "but you will hear from me when I do." "Thank you, Mr. Fisher. You are very good to interest yourself in me." "Not at all," he replied; with a look that caused her eyes to droop., "I am very glad to be of service to you." He escorted her to the elevator, and saw her safely aboard one of the descending cages. Then he returned to his office with a new and strange sensation that was intimately associated with the charming young girl who had just left him. CHAPTER VI. HAL MAKES ANOTHER GOOD HAUL. Quite a little business began to come Hal's way now. Some newspaper reporter had got hold of the fact that the Young Midas of' Wall Street had gone into business as a broker on his own account, and after interviewing Hal published his story in. one of the big dailies. The reporter said that all the boy's customers were get ting rich through trading w!th him, and as a consequence a lot of people began dropping in at Hal's office, largely out of curiosity to see and talk to the lucky boy. Those smitten with, the speculative fever left orders with him to execute, on the principle th.at nothing succeeds like success. They all wanted to gain through connection with the for tunate boy broker. Hal concluded he could afford to hire a stenographer, who was also a good bookkeeper, so he advertised for such 11. person in the "Help Wanted-Female" column of a big


10 OUT FOR A MILLION. daily, and next morning when Jack arrived just before nine o'clock the cor:ridor in the neighborhood of the office was almost blocked by an array of y oung womanly loyeliness that quite staggered him. "Are you all after the job?" grinned Webster, as he pushed his way to the door. "Yes-yes," came in chorus from the applicapts. "Well, the boss won't be h e re for fifteen or twenty mil\ utes yet, but yo-u may all walk in .and stand around till he comes," said Jack. "But I was here first," cried one pretty girl, who sto od next the door. "All right," answered Jack, you can go into the private office and wait there. That will give you the first chance at Mr. Fisher's ear." "I was here second," exclaimed another girl. "I'll remember you," chuckled Jack. "Isn't he good looking!" said one girl to a companion. So the girls all trooped into the out s ide office, while Jack showed the fortunate first one into Hal's sanctum, and told Number Two to stand near the door. Within twenty minutes Hal appeared and was rather astonished at the: crowd of young l adies who were waiting for him. There must have been thirty at least, and the job of selecting one out of the lot seemed quite formidable. However, the Young Midas was equa l to the occasion. He had an interview with every applicant, tal;:ing clown their names and addresses and listening to their qualifica tions for the position. As Hal was a good looking boy there wasn t a girl in the crowd but was eager to work for him, more than one loppin g off a dollar or two on h er wages in the hope of catching on. He made no Slection that morning, but said he would communicate witli the fortunate applicant in a day or two. He finally hired a pretty and modest appearing girl named Ruth Benson, whose talents seemed to quite fill the bill, and he wrote her to come to work on the succeeding Monday at nine o'clock. As the days went by business continued to grow with Hal, and he divided his commissions with brokers Fassett and Hapgood, foT not being eligible to membership in the Stock Exchange he was necessarily debarred from doing business direct. It was about this time that Hal discovered a corner was being formed to boom D. & G. shares. He accidently overheard two brokers talking about the deal in the safe deposit v;rnlts where he kept his money, and it made him keep his eyes on D. & G. fur the next few clays. He soon noticed that a great many thou s and shares of the stock were changing hands at the Exchange, and that the price was gradually going up from 72, where it had been ruling for some time, to 75, with every indication of a boom in prosp ect. "I gue;;s I may as well get into this thing," he mused. "It looks like a good thing, and I don't like to let good things get away from me, for they 're not so plentiful in Wall Street these days." Accordingly he drew $15,000 from his safe depo sit box and took it around to Mr. Fassett' s office. "I want you to buy for my personal account 2,000 s hares Of :b. & G. at 75, Mr. Fassett. Here is my margin." "All right, my boy. I'll accommodate you. Going into D. & G., eh? Jus t bought 10,000 s hare s myse lf. It's good for a ten point rise, my Young Midas." "That's what I think, Mr. Fasset, or I shouldn't be put-ting my good money into it." "Ilow much money do you want to make, young man? Do you expec t to clean out the Street?" out for a million. I guess that will satisfy me," replied Hal, smiling. "Out for a million, eh? You're quite modest. I haven't made a million yet, and I've been fifteen years in busine ss." "I hope to have my million by the time I'm twenty-ooe." "Well, I hope you'll get it, but I have my doubts. One of these fine clays you may get a jolt that'll surprise you. Remember you're in a mighty risky business." "It's ri sky enough; but I'm not asleep at any stage of the game. I'm looking out for number one all the time." "We're all doing that, Fisher; but that doesn't prevent us from getting it in the neck once and awhile. No matter how smart a man is, or how often he's been up against the game, he i s liable to be cleaned out down to his la s t dollar in a single ho.ur by an unexpected turn of the market." ''That's true. The woods are full of busted brokers, as well as buste d lambs. But that's because the unlucky one s took too many chances to make the mighty dollar. Some people aren't satisfied unless they reach out for everything in sight." Mr. Fassett took up Hal's wad, counted it, and finding it all right sent it in to his cashier with a few words on a bit of paper torn from a pad. In a few minutes the office boy returned with the usual memorandum of the transaction, and Hal took his de parture. Two days afterward D. & G. began to rise in good earnest. It hopped from 76 to 84 in. a day. On the following afternoon it closed at 89. The brokers and the general public woke up to the fact that a live boom was on and everybody made a scrambl e for some of the shares. Of course that made matters liv e ly at the Exchange where the principal interest centered around D. & G. standard. Many people were optimistic enough to insi st that the stock was going to par, and backed their opinion with money; while others had the contrary idea and wouldn't touch a share with a ten-foot pole. Hal kept his ears wide open wherever he went, drank in all he heard, made notes of what the big brokers said about


OUT FOR A MILLION. Jl D & G and finally when the s hare s reached 95 he sent 1 c ate of Grand Pacific stoc k for fifty shares whi c h I wi:.1 t w ord t o Mr. F as sett to close out the deal. Mr. Fis her to sell for me at the market price, which at His 2 ,000 shares were sold at 95 1-2, and he found himpre s errt is 210." s elf a winner of $40,000. He drew an oblong envelope from his pocket and showed H e now 1!ad s omething over $100,000 in the safe deposit the sec urity to .Jack. box ove r $80,000 of which he had made since he started "You see I haven't got much moce than enough time to out for him s elf. catch the 11.10 express for Washington, where I have busAs it w a s the accepted opinion in Wall Street that Hal iness of importance awaiting me which will engross my athad accumul a ted quite a good-sized wad, several unscruputention for several days, that's why it will be impossible for lou s broker s trie d to put up jobs on him to try and get me to return here in an Ii.our." s ome of hi s money away from him. "Well, sir1 if you would care to leave the certificate I They w e r e not very succes s ful in their underhand can hand it to Mr. Fis her when he comes in. I'll give you s ch e mes as Hal was too wide awake to be easily caught a receipt for it." n a pping. "I'll do that," replied the caller with alacrity. A c urb broker by the name of Jiwob Lippett was the "What is your name, sir?" asked Jack. m ost stre nuous of the s e schemer s "John Darley." It an ge red him to think that a mllre boy should be so "And your address?" s uc c essful when a man of his wide experience was com"No. 16 Sun s et Terrace, Brooklyn." p e lled to scratch about at a livel:t rate to meet his engage"Take a seat and I'll have a receipt for the stock made m ents out in prop e r form." "It' s about time this Young MidltS of Wall Street was Jack went over to Mi s s Benson and asked her to typetaken down a peg or two," he told a crony. write a receipt for Certificate No. 600, fifty shares, of "That's right," replied his friend. "If we only could Grand Pacific Railway. think of some way of doing him up." She did so. "Oh, he isn't infallible," snorted Lippett, with a sneer. The n he told her to typewrite an order directing Hat "We'll re a ch him yet." Fisher to di s pose o.f the certificate of stock at the market "He s e ems to be a wise youth," laughed the other. price. "The re are more ways than one of killing a cat," replied "Here i s your re c eipt," said Jack, handing it to the genLippett, turning away with a wicked laugh. tleman. CHAPTER VII. .A. GAME TITAT DIDN'T WORK. J\fr E lm e r Bis hop was s o pl e a s ed with the way Hal Fish e r execu te d the :first commis s ion he had entrusted to h i m that h e s oon gave him another one of equal importance. H e also sent him seve ral good customers, and, in various w ays, s h o w e d a friendly feeling toward the young broker. H e al s o t o ld Hal if at any time he was badly caught by a s lump in the m a rket, to come to him and he would see what h e c ould do to extricate him. Th is s h owed that Hal stood pretty high in the little old gent l e m a n 's good graces. One m orn i n g jus t after Hal had left the office to hunt u p a b l ock o.f certain stoc k that Mr. Bishop wanted, a s m a rtly dr e ssed man entered the waiting-room and asked for him. "Mr. F i s h e r has jus t stepped out," said Jack. "Whe n do. you e x pect him back?" asked the caller. "In about an hour, sir." A n hour," r e pli e d the man, drawing out his watch and l o okin g at it. "Too bad, I m afraid I can't possibly come back in an h o ur. I was recomme nd e d to Mr. Fis her, by 1 Ir. Burl i n g o f the Vande:tpool Building. I have a certifi"Thank you," h e said, s tarting to go. "One moment," s aid Jack. "Kindly sign this order directing Mr. Fisher to sell the certificate." M:r. Darl(;ly took the paper grudgingly and read it over. He didn t seem to reli s h the idea of signing the docu ment, and h e ld it for s e veral moments in his fingers "This i sn't necessary, is it?: he asked. "Yes, sir. I don't think Mr. Fisher would accept the commission without it." "Very well," replied the gentleman, drawing out a lead pencil and writing his name apparently at the bottom of the paper. Handing it back to Jack he hastily took his leave. "If that's his s ignature it's a beaut," muttered Jack, looking at the unintelligible scrawl Mr. Darley had made. "Blessed if I can rea d it. It looks as much like John Darl e y as I look like Hal Fisher, and I'm willing to swear I don t resemble my boss even a little bit." When Hal returned about an hour later Jack carried the envelope containing the certificate of Grand Pacific stock into the private office. "Here' s a certificate of s to c k that a man named J ohu Darl e y left here for you to s e ll for him, and here is hia ord e r to do so." Hal look e d at the order and couldn't make head nor tat l of the s ignatUre. "What did y ou s ay his name was, Jack?" "John D a rl ey. He live s at 16 Sunset Terrace, Drnoklyn.


12 OUT FOR A MILLION. A Mr. Burling, who bas an office in the Vanderpool Buikl-a Hold on, Mr. Lippett. I can't sell that certificate y e t ing, recommended him to you." i awhile." "Mr. Burling," said Hal, thoughtfully. "I don't know "l\'hy not?" asked the curb broker sharply. the gentleman However, it was very kind of him, who"Because the owner failed to leave me a proper written ever he is, to send me a customer. But why did this Mr. authority to sell the1stock," Darley leave this certificate with you?" continued the "I thought you said he left it for sale." young broker. "Why didn't you tell him tor come back later "My office boy says he did, but that is practically all the -say in an hour or so, when I would be here?" authority I have." "He said he couldn't come back its he had only just time "Oh, if he told your office boy that he wanted you to to catch the 11.10 train for Washington, where he has imsell it that is good enough." portant business that will keep him several days "No, sir It isn't good enough for me. I don t do bu s Oh, that was it?" iness that way." "Yes. So I told him he could leave the stock if he Mr Lippett looked disgusted. wished with an order for its sale, and I would hand them "What's the use of splitting hairs about a small matter to you. I had Miss Benson typewrite the receipt and the like this. I want the shares. You've got them for sal e order. I can't say that I admire his signature much." Why don't you let me have them?" "Why it's nothing but a scrawl. That won't do at all. "I have told you why, Mr. Lippett." That would stand for about anything under the sun but a "Then I can't buy them from you?" he said with a disman's signature. I guess I'll do nothing with this until appointed air. Mr. Darley gets back from Washington." "No, sir. Not to-day." Hal took the certificate of Grand Pacific stock out of the "I am sorry to say that I think you're a fool in some enve lope and looked at it. things, Fisher," said Lippett, getting up from his chair It was made out in the name of George Baker and seemed with an angry frown. to be all right. "You are welcome to your opinion, Mr. Lippett," re" A few hours more or less can't make any difference to plied Hal, who didn't like the curb broker any too well. Mr. Darley in 'the disposal of this certificate. I dare say "Good day," replied the man shortly, walking out of the I can sell it in an hour after .[ have seen him personally. room Grand Pacific hasn't fluctuated anything to speak about for As he slammed the outer door behind him Hal called the past week or two, so the price is likely to remain sta-Jack and sent him out to buy some pens tionary for several days to come." In fifteen minutes Webster came back with the pens and Hal returned the stock to the envelope and it into his a look on his face that showed he brought news. safe "Say, Hal. Who do you suppose I saw Mr. Lippett talk-In about twenty minutes Jack came into the room and ing to on the corner of Nassau Street?" told Hal that Jacob Lippett, the curb broker, wanted to "How should I know?" laughed the boy broker. see him "I saw him chinning to Mr. Darley, the man who left "Ask him to step in," said the young broker. that certificate of Grand Pacific shares here a couple of Lippett, a tall, well built man, with a saturnine counhours ago." tenance and Galway whiske r s entered the private office. "Yes? I thought from what you said that he was on his "'Morning, Fisher," he said, in a free and easy style, way to Washington by this time to attend to. important taking a seat beside the desk business." "Good morning, Mr. Lippett.' What can I do for you?" "So did I. That's why I was so surprised to see him replied Hal. talking to Mr. Lippett within half a block of this building. "I am looking for some shares of Grand Pacific," said He didn't s\)em to be in the least bit of a hurry as he s tood Lippett. "Know anybody that has some?" there with his hands in his pocket and his hat on the back "Grand Pacific, eh?" said the boy, thinking of the cerof his head." tificate in the safe "He must have changed his mind about leaving the Grand Pacific," replied Mr Lippett, with his city. I suppose he'll be up here to see if I've done anything ferret-like eyes on Hal. with his stock certificate." "How many shares did you want?" "Look here, Hal," said Jack, with some earnestness, "Well, fifty will do if I can't get any more,'"the man "you may think I'm pretty cheeky, but I'd like to know replied in an off-hand way. what business brought Mr. Lippett to this office awhile "I've got a fifty share certificate ih my safe that was left ago." here this morning for sale, but-" "He wanted to buy some shares of Gra)ld J:acific," re" I'll take it," said Mr. Lippett, briskly "It's ruling plied Hal. now at 210. That will make it $10,500. I'll give you my "I thought so," said Webster with the air of a boy who check for that amount," and he put his hand in his pocket thinks he has made an important discovery. to get his book. "Why?" asked Hal, in surpri se.


OUT FOR A MILLION. "It's my opinion there s something crooked about this G rand Pacific matter." "Crooked!" exclaimed Hal, in astonishment. "What makes you think so?" "Well, I passed close behind Lippett and Darley as they s tood on the corner of Nassau Street, and I heard Lippett say, 'I'm afraid it' s no go, Jackson Fisher wouldn't sell me that certificate because--' That's all I heard, but it set me to thinking that some kind of a job connected with tho s e shares has been put up on you. Why should Lippett c all Darley by the name of Jackson? That'i;; what I want to know. It's my opinion that somebody is trying to do you, and that somebody, I'll bet, is Jacob Lippett "'l'here may be something in what you say," said Hal, thoughtfully. "It certainly does begin to look suspicious to me. This man who was in such a hurry to go to Wash ington that he couldn't find time to call on me personally to arrange about the sale of his Grand Pacific certifi cate-" "And who said his name was John Darley, while Lippett. calls him Jackson," interrupted Jack. "Exactly. :S:e is now seen two hours later within half a block of this office talking to a broker who had just called on me for t:fie purpose of buying some of the very stock the other left with me for sale. It does look funny." "It looks decidedly shady," said Jack "Especially when you consider the words I overheard "That's right," admitted Hal. "I'll have to think it over. In the meantime I guess I'm ahead of the game. I've got the certificate in my safe. If Mr. Darley, or Jack son, wants it back-and I should imagine he would, for its market value is 10,500-he'll have to call and demand it of me. When he does I'll have a little conversation with him on the subject." J a.ck retired to the outside office, wondering whether the whole thing was simply a coincidence, or whether there was a plot at the bottom of it. Soon afterward, Hal took the envelope from the safe, put on his hat and left the office after telling Webster that he would be back in half an hour CHAPTER VIII: H A L PUTS MR. DARLEY THROUGH THE THIRD DEGREE. Hardly had Hal got out of the building before Mr. J <>hn Darley, as he called himself, walked into the office. "Mr. Fisher in?" he asked suavely. "No, sir. Just stepped out. He'll be back in half an hour," and Jack looked inquiringly at the visitor, wonder ing if he really wanted to see Hal, or had watched him leave the building and then called as a bluff. "Gone out, eh? I suppose you remember I called here a c ouple of hours ago and left an envelope with you contain ing a certificate for fifty shares of Grand Pacific stock?" "Yes, sir. I handed it to J\Ir Fisher when he cam e back. You said you were in a hurry to go to Washington on important business and couldn't return here for several days "That's right," said Mr Darley. "I got a telegram which changed my plans. I hope Mr Fisher hasn't gone out to sell that stock, as I have changed my mind about disposing of it." "He told me he wouldn't sell it until he had seen you." "He did, eh? Well, it's just as well. Can you let me hav e the certificate back. Here is your receipt." "No, sir. It's in the safe You'll have to call and s e e Mr. Fisher yourself about it." The man looked very much disappointed at hearing this. "Then I can't get it now?" "No, sir. The safe is locked and Mr. Fisher carries the key himself Mr. Darley took a turn or two across the room in an un decided way and then said: "All right. Tell Mr Fisher I'll return for the certificate this afternoon or to-morrow morning." "All right, sir," and Mr. Darley departed. Hal was out an hour "Mr. Darley or Jackson was here after hi s certificate of stock," said Jack with a grin as soon as the boy broker re turned "Was he? Did he seem anxious to get it?" asked Hal, with a chuckle. "Looked as if he was. Said he'd come bafk this after noon or to morrow morning for it." "Perhaps he will," replied Hal quietly; "but I doubt it. "But you said it's worth $10,500. That's worth coming for, isn't it?" "I said se>-yes; but that was because I didn't know as much as I do _now. "Well, what is it worth?" "Nothing "Nothing !" cried Jack in surprise. "It isn't worth the paper it's printed on." "How is that?" "It was cancelled by the company six months ago." "How did you find that out?" "It occurred to me that there might be something wrong with that certificate," replied Hal, "so I made it my bus iness ta communicate with the secretary of the Grand Pa cific the offices of which are in Chicago, over the long distance 'phone. I told him that certificate No. 600, made out in the name of George Baker, had been offered to me for sale The secretary told me that that certificate had been stolen from Mr. Baker, with other securities, a year aga>, and that not having been rec;overed within six months a new certificate with a different number had been issued to that gentleman I was instructed to hol d on to the cancelled certificate and have the person who had presented the same for sale arrested unless he was able to offer a satisfactory explanation of how it came into his possession


14 OUT FOR 4 MILLION. Gee! I\lr. Da r l e y i s lik ely to b o up ag a i n s L it hard if Darl e y, it's up to y o u whe ther you seltl e this little matter he comes bac k alte r the c e rtificate." with me or Lhe authoritie s." "As the articl e ha s no real valu e I think he won t call." Hal's vi s itor look ed du mbfounded. "'.I'h e n the visit he made whil e you w e re ouL was simply "This is not a jok e Mr. Fis h e r, i s iL?" he a s ked a t a bluff." length. Possibly it was. Still he may have some strong r e ason "No, sir; far from it. It i s a very seriou s matte r. I for wanting to get the certificate back He might turn up hope for your own s ake you can expl ain tha t you came by i t and demand it, not dreaming that I have found out the honestly." truth about it." "Why I got it from Mr. Lippett," blurted out Mr. "That' s right," nodded Jack. "I hope he does,'' Darley. "If he should do so, and I am here, show him in and "Do Y'rn mean Mr. Lippett, of the Mills Building?" then turn the key in the lock. I'll put it on the outsid "I do," replied the visitor desperately. for that purpo s e." "All right," s aid Hal, with a twinkle in his eye, "if you "But you' ll be locked in with him, and he might try to can prove that it will clear you of any s u s picion."

OUT FOR A MILLION. 15 CHAPTER IX. HAL GETS EVIDENCE AG.A.INS'r JACOB LIPPETT. "I wouldn't be in a hurry, Mr. Jackson," said Hal, wit11 a chuck le. "What do you mean by having me l ocked in this room?" roared the pseudo l\fr Darley. "Merely a precaulion on my part to prevent you from leaving before )'OU had made a .full explanation of this little con s pira c y in which you arn1 Mr Lippett are involved." "Corn:piracy !" s narl e d the visilor "We ll, ii } 'OU know any olher word that fits the case better you may substitute it." "You shall pay for this outrage as sure as my name is--" "Jacks on," interrupted Hal, pleasantly. "Now, look here, sir, you re in a hole and you !mow it," continued the boy broker, in a different tone that showed he meant bm; iness Make a clean breast o.f this affair Tell we why this job was put llp on me Then perhaps 1 may see my way clear to letting you down eas y Refuse and I s hall tu.rn the matte r ove r to the police. 'rake your choice J f the latter;'' pulling his desk telephone toward him, "when you le ave this office you will do so in charge of an officer." Mr. Jackson glared at Hal as though it would have give n him great pleasure to choke him, and for a moment there was silence in the room. Then he threw up the sponge. "Well, )'Ou've got the whip hand 0 me," he said, s ulkil y resuming his chair "What do you want to know?" "Do you admit that you r name is Jackson, not Darl ey?" asked Hal. "I do," replied the visitor, sullenly "Do you admit that this whole matter was a put up job on me?" "It was." "Engineered by Jacob Lippett ?" "Yes. "Bo you know what his object was?" "I have an idea." "Well?" "He wanted to squeeze you out of $10,500, and to hurt your r e putation in the Street." "Why?" "He's sore on you." "For what reason?" "Be cause you got the better 0 a deal with him." "I only had one bu s iness transaction with him, that was about s ix w e eks ago." "That' s it. You wanted some J. & D. shares. He sold you 1 000 at 68." "Th at' s right." "He didn't have them a t the time. As he had three days to deliver the s hare s in he exp<'cted to be able to buy them at 6 2 or thereabout s before the time limit expired. That --would have given him a good profit. The market, however which had been feeling a bit offish suddenly brac.;d up and J & D. went to 75 with a rush Ile los t $7,000 in the deal, and as you made that much out of him he cttn't get over it." ''I am not responsible for :Mr. Lipp eit's errors of judgment," said Hal. '1Je has it in for you ju st the same." h e put up this job to get square?" "That's about the size of it." "He gave you that worthless certificate of Grand Pacific and instructed you to call at my office, when I was out in troduce yourself as J olm Darley, and under pretence th at you were in a great hurry to. go to Washington, l eave it with one of my ernplo)'ells to hand to me with \ erba l directions if possible to sell it and have the money ready for you when you got back to the city." "That's right," 'llodded the visitor. "Th en Mr. Lippett's plan was to buy that certificate from me, W3fn't it?" "Yes." "In a day or two you would turn up and ask for a set tlement with me?" "Exactly." "As soon as you got the money what did you propo s e to do to avoid any possible unpleasantness that might crop out of the climax?" "Go west. I have business in California." "After you had got a fair start on your way to the Pacific, it was Mr. Lipp ett's intention to 'discover' that the certificate I had sold him was worthless." "That's correct." "He meant to denounce me for having swindled him out of $10,500, and to demand his money back." "Right." "As a matter of course i t would have been up to me to refund, as well as to try and explain how the worthless cer tificate came into my possession." ''That's what he figured on." "Then what did he expect m e to do?" "Put the police on the hunt for John Darley." "While Mr. Jackson would be safe by that time in San Francisco." The visitor nodded. "Very clever But one of these d ays Mr. Jacltson might return to New York." "I had no idea of returning for several years, otherw ise I shouldn't have taken the risk even to oblige Mr. Lippett." "I sec. How much did you expect to make out of this thing?" "I was to get whatever you paid me for the certificate." "The $10,500, less my commission for selling the fifty s hares?" 'rhat's correct "Then all Mr Lippett was lo oking for himself was re venge?" "That's right. He\; down on you like a thousand of bricks."


16 OUT FOR A l\HLLION. "Do you know how he came to get hold of that stolen certificate?" "I do not. I unuerstand that it was worthless, but did not know it was stolen. Had r kno ;Wn that I should not have gone into this affair," said Mr. Jackson in a tone that Ghowed he was telling the truth. "I shall have something to say to Mr. Lippett on this head that he won't like," nodding his head meaningly. "Now, Mr. Jackson, I want you to.sit right down at my desk, put this whoJe matter in writing, and then go before a nota,ry with me and swear to its accuracy," said Hal. "I don't want t.o do that," objected the visitor. "It will incriminate me." "I promise not to use it against yo;u if I can bring Mr. Lippctt to his knees without making the paper public. That however, is a chance you will be obliged to run." "Jt is a chance I prefer not to take." "I should think you'd rather take it than compel me to cause your immediate arrest, which I would be under the necessity of doing if you refuse to draw up and sign the paper in question." "I'll do it," replied Mr. Jackson, choosing the lesser of the two evils. Hal resigned his chair to his visitor, and while Mr. son was preparing the important document that was to bring consternation to the soul of Jacob Lippett, the boy broker stepped to the door and signalled Jack to open. it. "Go into Mr. Gay's office and telephone to the Wall Street Detective Agency to send a man here at once," said Hal, in a low torle to his messenger. Jack left the office while Fisher paced up and down near ihe doo.r. When the paper was :finished, Hal read it over carefully and found that it met with his approval. Then Jack appeared at the door and told his employer that a gentle.man was waiting to see him. "Excuse me a moment, Mr. Jackson," said Hal, leaving the room and closing the door behind him. "I am from the Wall Street Agency," sa.id a small, s hrewd-looking, dark-featured man, as Hal appeared in the outer office. "My name is Spencer." "\;vell, Mr. Spencer. I want you to take good notice of the gentleman that will presently come out of my private office. I want him shadowed until further notice. If he attempts to leave the city he is to be arrested." "On what charge?" "Trying to sell a st.olen certificate of Grand Pacific stock." "All right, Mr. Fisher." ''You can depend on me to pay you wel1 for your work." The detective nodded, stepped out into1 the corridor, and began moving about like one who had to wait there by ap pointment. "Now, Mr. Jackson," said Hal, when he returned to his private room, ''we will go to a not ary on thi s floor and finish this little matter." l\Ir. Jackson accompanied the bQy broker to the notary's office, and the de tective mhde a note of his face and personal appearance as he passed along the corridor. When the paper had been duly executed, Hal put it in his pocket. "You can go now, Mr. Jackson," he said, when they st.ood once more in the corridor. "I have only one piece of advice to give you. You must not attempt to leave the city until you hear from me." "How long will that be?" "Probably two or three days. Should you disregard this request you will find yourself in the TOIIIlbs." "Then I suppose you mean to have me watched?" said Mr. Jackson, indignantly. "That fact need p.ot woxry you if you keep within bounds." "I should think that after giving that paper--" "That's all right, Mr. Jackson; but for all that I want to know where to find you if your presence is needed. Good day." Hal re-entered his office while Mr. Jackson, followed by the detective, entered the elevator for the street. CHAPTER X. HAL GETS HOLD OF A TIP ON D. & W. That afternoon before going to his boarding place Hal bought a narrow gilt picture frame just large enough to hold the sworn statement made by Mr. Jackson. He laid the incriminating document face down on the glass, placed the thin wood back against it and tacked it into place. "Now, Mr. Lippett," he chuckle'd, "you won't be able to destroy this piece of evidence when I hold it before your eyes to read." Next morning he sent a note to Mr. Lippett, reque sting him tO call at his office on business of importance. The curb broker, who had not seen his confederate, Jackson, since it was arranged between them that he should call at Hal Fisher's office and recover the worthless certificate, was curious to h."llQW what the boy btoker wanted with him, ancl so he appeared at Hal's office with unusual promptness. .. Jack showed him into the inner sanctum and the Young Midas pointed to a chair. "I'm glad to see you, Mr. Lippett," began Hal, pleai antly. "Humph!" grunted the brok e r. "What do you want?" "I want to know where you got that certificate of Grand Pacfiic stock that you sent to my office yesterday morning by your friend Jackson for the puspose of getting me into a nasty trap." Mr. Lippett s tared at H a l as if he couldn't believe the evidence of his ear s 1 "What" are you talking about?" h e roored at. last.


OUT FOR A MILLION. 17 "You ought to know without any explanation from me, Mr. Lippett. You tried to work a crooked game on me, but you have made a bad failure of it. Mr. Jackson has confessed the whole scheme to me, and I hold this sworn statement, which if made public would put you in' a mighty bad light in the Street." 'l'he curb broker swore a deep oath, and denounced Hal in unmeasured terms. The boy rose from his chair, went to his safe and pro duced the framed affidavit, which he laid on hi; desk where Mr. Lippett could easily see it. "Read that and then let me know what you have to say about it." The curb broker read it through and then swore that it was a lie. "All right," replied the boy. "I've go' that certificate of stock in my safe. I've received word from the secretary of the company that it was stolen from lllr. Baker, its owner, one year ago, and I have been instructed to have the man arrested who presenteu it to me for sal e Your friend, Mr. Jackson, presented it. I shall have him ar rested at once and taJcen to court, anu I shall send this affidavit to the District Attorney"s oLlice, for him to use as he sees fit. I hardly think it will pay :Mr. Jackson to go back on his written words. It is more likely that to clear himself he will repeat his evidence in court. If he does that you will find youself obliged to tell where you got that certificate. As I presume you came by it honestly, you should have no trouble in showing that fact. But what you will have trouble in doing is to set yourself right in people's eyes for this contemptible job that you put up on me. Unless you are willing to maJrn some reparation now for you r conduct, I shall prosecute you under an act of the Criminal Code which applies to your case." Mr. listened tG Hal's words in speechless rage.' He raised the cane he carried as though it was his inten tion to strike the boy down wjth it. Hal pushed back his chair so as lo be out or r eac h of the infuriated man. If the curb broker left his chair lo assanlt him he knew what to do. It was some moments before Mr. Lippett could articulate hi!> words plain enough to be understood. Then he made a vigorous effort to browbeat the young broker. He might have saved his breath, for his words had no more effect on Hal than water on a duck's back. When he sat back in his chair exhausted by his tirade of abuse, the boy said: "Mr. Lippett, I can see you're all broke up. I'll give you until three o'clock to decide what course you are going to adopt. If by that hour you fail to do the right thing, Mr. Jackson will be lodged in the Tombs, and the papers to-morrow will have a mild sensation that will great! y interest Wall Street." "What terms do you demand to hush up this ------------asked the curb brok e r at la st, for he now realized what a tight box he was in. He had dug a pit for another and fallen into it him self. "Excuse me, Mr. Lippett, I think this thing is up to you. At any rate you had better go back to your office and con sider what reparation I am entitled to. You have until three o'clock. I am busy nOIW, so I will excuse you until that hour." Hal clearly indicated that the interview was over, and so Jacob Lippett rose from the chair, like a man dazed by an unexpected blow, and walked unsteadily out of the office. The young broker, not bothering to return the framctl affidavit to the safe, placed it on top of his desk, and busied himself with a bunch of correspondence the letter carrier had left that morning. In a few minutes he called Miss Benson into the. room and dictated a dozen replies to as many out-oif-town cus tomers, and several more to up-town clients, who had in trusted their business to his care. As soon as he had looked over and approved of a number of statements of account that were to be mailed to people whose little deals he had closed according to instructions the day before; Hal put on his hat and went out. As he was waiting for the elevator cage to c00ne down from the regions above, he noticed a card lying on the marble floor near his foot. It bore an embossed monogram in several colors, the de sign of which was so odd that Hal picked up the card to take a closer look at it. There was some writing on the card, and although the boy had no interest in that, it was written in such a bold, open hand that he couldn't very well help reading it. It ran as follows : "JOE-The pool is now complete and will begin business immediately. I have discovered that D. & W. is the stock that is to be boomed. Go the funit. "GEORGE." .T ust then the elevator stopped at the floor, so Hal dropped the card in his pocket and got aboard. On his way up the street he began to consider the in formation conveyed on the card. "Looks like an A-1 tip from George Somebody to his friend Joe," he thought. "George appears to have got hold of some valuable inside news and was generQus enough to think of his chum. So D. & W. is going to be There is no reason why I shouldn't avail myself of this pointer, too, if it isn't some fake that a joker got up and dropped on purpose to be found. At any rate it's worth while looking into." Hal dropped into Mr. Fassett' s office and asked the ruby nosed broker if he had heard of anything doing in D. & W. lately. "About 20,000 shares of it changed hands yesterday,


18 OUT FOR A MILLION and th e price rose from 6e to s aid Mr Fassett. "l anoth e r 5 000 thi s afternoon, and I guess I'll invest Miss thoug h t you k e p t track o f the mark e t." Har ley' s $900 in it, too!" "I do as a u s ual t hing, but I had an important matter He was ba c k at th o office in half an hour and a g l ance o n my hand s yest erday and I l et the quot11.tio ns s lide." a t the t i cker showed. him that D & W ha.cl. a vance d t o "I notice the stock is qui te lively t hi s me>rning to<>/' 69. a dd e d the brok e r "The l a s t quotati o n o f D & W was At two o 'cloc k h e cl.ecicl.e d to make a purchase Otf a sec ond 6,000 shares at 67-!." 5 ,000 sha r e s "Might be a bomn on," grinn e d H al "I'll buy thi s lot of Fassett," he s aid to hims e lf. "It "I wouldn t bet on it." w ill cost me about $ 3 5 000 to cove r my mar gin thi s time "We ll, I've brought half a dozen orders for you to e xe-I think I'lf play a joke on old m int julep," he c huckl ed. c ut e for cu s tomer s of mine," said H a l app a r e ntly dismiss"I'll get a thou s and Jolla.rs worth o.f s il v er h a lf d o ll ars ing D. & W. from bis mind. and I'll put it loos e in my bag, and have th e foILof seein g "All right, my boy. The more t he m e rrie r You s eem him count it. If the r e' s one thin g he hates to handl e i t's to b e get tin g your s hare of bus iness f or a new bro k e r and silv e r a boy at that." Ho Ha l took his small alli g ator gTip and s tart e d f o r "I haven't any kick coming." the sll.fe deposit vault s aft e r telling Jack that he'd be back "I s hould think not after making $40,000 e>ut of D. & G. i n about half an hour. the day." 1 He got th e mone y he want e d from hi s box in th e v a ults, "You didn't d o s o bad yourse lf, I gues s," laughed Hal. put it into his s atchel and made a bee lin e for a m o ney "You had t wice as mu c h o f th.e s tock as I and if you broker's held it long enough you probably m11.de twice as much a s He chan ged two $500 bills for $20 roll s of s ilv e r fifty! did." c ent pieces, and s urprised the money broker by br e akin g Mr. Fassett winked hi s e y e 11.nd looked wise. the roll s and emptying the silver loos e into hi s ba g "I m ade enough t o pay for all the mint juleps I s hall "What are y ou doing that for?" a s k e d th e a s toni s hed drink for some time to come." man "You' ll have the trouble of counting it all over." WWell, I hope y<>u' ll li v e long enou g h to make the pro"Don't you worry ai:.ut my counting it. Th e o t her f el-pri e tor s of all the Bro ad Street c afes r ich," c huc k l e d Hal a s low will do that. I am j ust p l aying a joke on a fri end of h e rose to go. mine." I hope I will, too. M int jul e p i s a refined l uxu ry that The satch e l was pretty weighty now as he carr ied it over you have yet to become a cquainted wit h." t o M r Fassett's office. "Tha t s right, Mr. Fassett; but I hope mint j u leps a n d Much to his disappointment Mr Fassett was out. I will always remain strangers You know my sentimen ts T h e office boy, however, said he'd be back in twenty minon the subject." utes. W ith tho s e words Hal walked out of the office. "All right. I'll take a run over to my offic e and b e ba c k He went up into t h e visi t o r's galle r y of the Stock Ex-in s ide of half an hour." cha nge an d took a bi r d 's -eye view of the floor, where several H e look e d at the and saw that D & W. was last hundr e d brok e rs were m ak in g Rome howl. quot e d at 69f He soon noticed tha.t things were li v ely around t he "It's gone up two whole points sin c e I found that tip D. & W. s tandard. I wo.nde r what it will do tomorrow It ha s all the earAt least two brokers were buying l arg ely e> that s tock. H a l then w ent into Hap good's office an d w atch ed the iick e r for a littl e while, n()ti ng the fact tha t .the re were m any sales of D. 81 W quot ed &nd tha t t he price h ad gon e up to 68-k. I g uess that tip about D. & W. is all right mu s e d Hal as h e w alked out o n t he s treet ag ai n. "I'll. g o over to the safe deposit and take out e nough cash to put u p a s m a r gin on a few thousand s hares." H e decided to. get in on 5,000 s h a res, and whe n h e c ar ried hi s money into Hapgood' s office he found that the s tock was rulin g at 69. Then he wen t back t o t he office, w he r e he found s ome more mail m atte r awaiting h i s attention. When he went to lu nch he looked a t the tick e r and saw that D. & W. was selli ng at 69f. "I wish I h ad bought 10 000 shares instead of 5, 000 he though t "If t h e ri s e keeps o n a s s teady as th i s I'll buy marks of a boom about I woul dn't be at all surprised i f it went to 80 or ove r. It has done that oofor e I hop e I'll make one of my customary l ucky hauls out of thi s A s I'm out for that million I spoke to Mr. Hapgood about, it's high tim e I made another addition to my pil e." With the s e thoughts in hi s mind, Hal s tepped into the nearest elevator in the Bullion Building and was c arrie d to the fourth :floor in a few seconds. CHAPTER XJ. .AN EXCITING TIME IN HAL' S OFFICE. Hal bad been gone about fift e en minutes with hi s alli ga to r hand-ba g in his hand when the th e offic e doo r o pe ned and J ac9b Lip pet t loo kin g h agg ard and s ull e n e n t er e d the outer room a nd asked for him.


OUT FOR A MILLION. 19 "Mr. Fisher is out,;; repiied Jack. Once more he swung bis grip, regardless of the money "When will he be back?" demanded the curb broker in it contained. an ungracious tone. Smash "Fifteen or twenty minut,es." It struck Lippett on the side of the head, and am i d a n" Then I will wait for him other avalanche of silver the curb broker meas ur e d hi s Jack pointed at a chai r and turned away. length on the floor, where he lay half stu n ned Mr Lippett, instead of seating himself, walked right into Hal tossed his grip aside and bent over J ack, who w a s Hal's private office. bleeding freely from the gash inflicted by L i ppett's c ane. "Well, if he has n't go t a nerve," muttered Webster, Seeing that Jack was unconscious, Hal rushed to t h e looking after the visitto r. I guess I'll keep my eye on water cooler, and filling the glass with ice water, da s hed i t him Any man who woul d be g u ilty of playing a trick like in his messenger's face that Grand Pacific certificate affai r would rob a safe-if The shock of the cold liquid had a salutory effect, and he got the chance He won't rob our safe, however, for Webster began to revive. its' locked and the key is in the boss's pocket Still, I don't Hal got a second glassful and started i n to bathe the like to have him all alone i n the private room. He isn't boy's face. abav e poking in the l etter cabi n et to see what he can find Jack opened his eyes in a dreamy way and presentl y out. I'll have business in that room until Hal shows up sat up As he started for the door of the inner office he was "Did that rascally Lippett hit you wit h h is cane?" a s ked startled by the sound of fractured glass llal. Jack threw open the door anJ aw Mr. Lippett with the "Did he?" replied Jack, who was rapidly recovering. frame affidavit, sworn to by Jackson, in his hands. "I should say he did I thought my hea d was He had seen it on the top of the desk where 'Ral had in. Did he get away?" qrgotten it, and an ungovernable desire to JesLroy this "Not much he didn't I laid him out with a couple o f piece of damaging evidence came over liim blows of my grip He smashed the glass and was in the acL of tearing the "You got back just in the nick of time T l fat fellow affidavit out of the frame when Jack eon.fronted him. had murder in his eyes when he went for me "Here, I say, what are you doing?" cried the boy, "What was the cause of the troub le?" snatching the frame out of his hands "He was trying-to destroy the framed affidavit you got Lippett turned upo.n him in a burst of fury and struck from Jackson. I interfereJ and snatched it out of his ha nd s him a heavy blow with his cane. after he had oken the glass Then he struck me alon g J ack, half stunned, staggered back into the outer room, side the head with his cane Tho blow dazed me, a n d and the curb broker, wild with rnge, started after him. before I could reoover myself, he hit me the sec0tnd c rack He raised his cane and aimed another vicious blow at the that knocked me out." lad "That settles Mr. Lippett's hash with me, sa id H a l, Miss Benson saw the desperate look in the man's eyes, tensely. "He'll go to jail for this assult on you and I'll and as the cane descended on Joaek Webster, she half rose have no mercy on him for the certificate affair now Tha t in her chair, uttered a suppressed scream and immediate l y will setlle him for good and all in t he Street H e s a fainted. scoundrel and deserves all that's coming t o him." Jack threw up his arm to save himself, and the framed Jack got on his feet affidavit flew behind the ticker. "Gee! Where did all that silver money come f rom? h e The cane bore down the boy's arm and inflicted a stun almost gasped, as his eyes took in the piles of ha l f doll ars ning blow on his head. that lay around on the floor. Jack dropped like an ox stricken in the shambles, and "From my grip," rep l ied Hal. "I had $1, 0 0 0 in loose lay quiet and motionless upon the rug at the curb broker's silver in it. feet "You don't say Then the man seemed to realize that he had gone too far, "It fell out when I struck him with the b ag a.nd without looking to see where he had killed Jack or not "You must hav(j hit him a good whack, for he look s he started' for the door. groggy." At that moment Hal unexpectedly entered the office. "I woudln't care if I had smashed his face in-t h e rasFor a moment he stood aghast at the sight that met his cal!" eyes. ''He deserved all he got, for he gave me a coupl e o f Then he darted forward and dashed bis grip in Lippett's nasty clips My head is aching to beat the ban d I s ay, face .._ Hal, look at Miss Benson Blessed if she has n't fainte d A shower of coin inundated the rascal. Hal glanced at his stenographer, whom h e h a d not His cane fell from his grasp and he staggered backward thought of until that moment, and saw her l ean in g back "You scoundrel!" roared Hal. "What have you been unconscious in her chair I domg ?" "My gracious I" he exclaimed.


20 OUT FOR A MILLION. He grabbed up the gla s s, ran for mor e ice wat e r, and was soon b-athing her face and forehead, whil e Jac k c a ught up h e r hands and began chafing them. Between them they brought the girl to h e r s em ; e s For some moments she looked around in a daz e d sort of \rn.v, as though not comprehending what had ha ppened to h e r. "Feel better now?" asked Hal, sympath etic ally 'Yes. What is the matter?" _Then she saw the blood on Jack's face, turne d white again and s eemed about to go off into another faint when Hal dash e d the rest of the water in her fa c e She burst into a flood of tears and buried h e r face in h e r hands "Better go into my private office till you come around," sai d H a l gently assisting the weeping and unne rved girl on h er feet and leading her into his sanctum, wh e re he pl ace d her in his chair and closed the door on h e r. Whe n he r eturned Jack was gathering up the coin from the rug and returning it to the handbag. H a l helped him Clean up the stuff, and then they turned their attention to M:r. Lippett, who, though not a c tually i njur ed, was utterly incapable of getting on his fee t. "I believe the fellow is half drunk," remarked Hal. "Look at his eye s He must have been eith e r drunk or c r azy to attack you the way he did." "What shall we do with him?". "Run into Mr. Gay's and telephone tothe s tation for an officer to take him away "Shall I charge him with assault?" "Sur e We' ll finish him up for good and all in Wa ll Street when I get through with him." So Jack, after washing the blood from his fac e went to Bro ke r Gay's office and tel ephoned fdr an officer. When he arrived Jacob Lippett was s e ated in a chair, loo king the picture of hard l uck. H al gave him in cha r ge and told Jack to go along and m ake t h e com p l aint. Lippet t h owever resisted arre s t and the officer had to handc uff him and send for the patrol wagon. It to o k tw o po l icemen to get him to the s treet and into the wago n. As soon as quiet had been restored to the office, Hal went i nto bis private room to see how bis stenographer was get t in g on. But this time she had quite recovered h e r customary com posure. She t ol d H al why she had fainted "I though t the man crazy, and that he was about to kill both Mr . Webster and my s elf. I nev e r was so frightened in all my l ife beiore "He was under the influenc e of liquor to a certain extent," replied Hal, "and that makes some people look and act more or less d r azy." "It was fortunate for you I tl'iink that you were not in t he office when he first came, for he might have attacked y ou," she said. "I ha.rdly think be would have clone so. H e w ouldn' t have laid Jack out if he hadn t caught him off b is guard. "I hope Mr. Webster i s n t injure d mu c h, she sa id, with a little shudder. "Oh, no. He's all right again, barring a fie r ce headache the blows gave him." The girl smiled and was about to re s ume h e r work wh e n Hal told her she could go hom e as h e wouldn t n ee d h e r any more that afternoon. Fifteen minutes after she had gone Jack r e turned w Hh word that Mr. Lippett was locked up in a c e ll and would be taken to 'the court in the "He'll soon see his finish," repli e d Hal, taking up his g rip and starting to return to Broker Fassett's office CHAPTER XII. HAL BUYS MORE SHA.RES OF D. & W "Well,' Mr. Fassett," said Hal, when he walked into his office, "I have concluded to take a shy at D. & W. I want 5 ,00Q s hares. It closed at 70, so we' ll :figure it at that price. "Have you $35 000 in that bag, my boy ?" said ther broker, lifting the grip from the fl.oOll'. "Great Scott ( What makes it s o heavy? Got s amples of pig iron in there?" "No," laughed Ha 1, "but I have a couple of thousand samp les of coin silver." "Silver, eh.? What are you carrying such a quantity as that around for?" "Silver has gone u p, y<>u know, and I' tho.ught probably you d appreciate a little of the article by way of a change. Hal opened his bag and displayed the whole interior of it filled with loose coin There were $34,000 in notes at the bottom, but they were bidden from view by the flood of silver. "Say, Fishei:, what kind of game i s thi s ?" a s ked Fas s ett, with a look of disgust. "Do you expe c t m e to c oun t this stuff ?" "Why not?" grinned the boy "I imagine that count ing money is quite a p l easure to most people ''Well, if the recreation appeals to y ou, y o u d b etter start in now and count it," replied Fassett, s ardoni c all y "I' d sooner watch you do it, sir." "This seems to be one of your little jokes, Fts h e r ; bu t I object to being a victim. If you won t c ount it, I 'll c all in one of my clerk s to do it." "Suppo s e we both count it?" suggested Hal. "Ho. w much is there of it?" "One thousand dollars." "I never knew before that you were a practical j o k e r my boy," replied Fas s ett, glancing a s kance at t he coin as Hal ladled it out on his desk with both hands "I don't make a regular business of it," answere d the


' OUT FOR A }.fILLION. 21 boy; "but o.n this occasion I thought you needed some exercise, and so I brought ihe silver along." "Is that the way you got it? It generally comes in twenty dollar rolls." "It fits into a small bag better this way," said Hal. Finally J\fr Fassett consented to take a hand in the counting, and while they were thus employed Hal enlivened the proceedings with an account of the stirring affair that had happened in his office that afternoon. "Lippett must have been drunk," was Fassett's comment. "No man in his sober senses would have acted as he did. Are you going to press your complaint against him?" "My messenger is. But that isn't the worst that Lippett has got to face." "What else is against him?" "Listen and I'll tell you." Hal thereupon related to Mr. Fassett all the details of the Grand Pacific certificate job that Lippett had tried to play upon "I've got the most conclusive evidence against him, and I'm going to put him through," said Hal. "I intended to let him off if he had come up like a man this afternoon, made an apology fo.r his conduct, and promised to act like a gentleman in the future. That's the kind of repara tion I was looking for. Instead of doing that, he came up in a fighting mood, saw the affidavit that was lying on the top of my desk, and attempted to destroy it. Then when my. messenger interfered he attacked the boy in a brutal manner with his cane, knocking him senseless to the flo. or, and sending my stenographer into a fainting fit. I don't know what else might have happened if I hadn't sliown up at that identical moment and flung this grip, with its weight of silver, in his face. That laid him out until a policeman came to arrest him Then he had to be handcuffed and sent to the station in a patrol wagon." "This will ruin Lippett in the Street," said Fassett. "That's his funeral, not mine. He meant to ruin my reputation if he could, and his little scheme recoiled like a boomerang on his own head. I'll bet he won't get much sympathy when all the acts are generally known "I know the man by sight, but I can't say that I ever fancied his face," said Mr. Fassett "There are some people in this world one can never get real friendly with Hal fully agreed with this sentiment. Then he bought one hundred shares of D. & W. for Miss Harley's account, and soon afterward left Mr. Fassett's office. Next morning's papers printed the account of Jacob Lippett's arrest, and \he charge 0 that Jack Web ster brought against him. Wall Street read the article and put it down as a drunken spree 0 the curb broker's. The graver charge was brought out at the examination, and the afternoon editions sent the news of Mr. Lippett's crooked behavior broadcast, and then the stock brokers of the financial district woke up to their associate's iniquity, and the feeling was almost wholly against him. Lippett had his lawyer in court, and that legal gentle man tried to make light of Hal's charge, but he didn't succeed in impressing anybody with the innocence of his client The curb broker was held to await the action of the grand jury, and was subsequently liberated under five thousand dollars bail. Mr. Jackson, who was compelled to testify against Mr. Lippett in the police court, was released .from detel.:tive surveillance after he had furnished good and. sufficient bonds for his appearance when wanted in the case. When Hal got back to his office after the court proceed ings were finished he found .iiat D. & W had gone up to He was now decidedly interested in this stock, which he was satisfied was being manipulated by a clique of oper ators, and he dec:ided to buy a_nother five thousand shares if he could get them He went to a third brokerage house, with which he had formerly done business when a clerk for Mr. Sherman, an d bought the shares at 72. The bulk of his ca' pital, or one hundred and five thou sand dollars, was now invested in J). & W., and he stood to make or lose a pretty tidy sum. The question as to whether he really was the Young Midas of Wall Street was practically at stake, for if his good luck now deserted him it wold mean even more than a monetarv loss to him-that is, in his own estimation, for he had ac'tj_uired a sort of superstitious confidence in the name which the brokers had jokingly tacked on to him, and his faith in ;his lucky star was so real that he was w ill ing to back that feeling with his last dollar. That afternoon D. & W. closed at 73k, and it promised to open higher in the morning. When the Exchange began business next day at ten o'clock all doubts as to the of the boom in D & W. seemed to be set at rest by the rush that was made by the brokers to fill outside orders for the stock. 1 Wall Street men almost tumbled over one another in their eagerness to buy the stock, which began to jump up ward in a way that made Hal, who had stationed himse l f in the visitors' gallery, uncommonly happy "It must be really that everything in the way 0 stocks that I touch yields a golden harvest," he thought to himself, as he looked down on the paipitating mass of struO'g-linO' brokers around the D. & W. standard. "Every -o J body appears to want the shares this morning, and tha t means higher prices all around." Hal hurried back to his o.ffi.ce to find it filled with the bulk of his regular customers and a host 0 new ones. He and his bright employees had their hands full attend ing to the business that came in during the day. "This is like old times," grinned Jack, when he came in from his fifteenth errand. "My shoes are beginning to


12 OU'l1 FOR A MILLION. show some signs of busines s at la s t. I thought i a never wear them out. "Why, I thought you wore them out the day you bought them," chuckled Hal. I -"How do you make that out? asked Jack, in a puzzled way. "You wore them out of the store, didn t you?" Jack dropped into the chair beside the desk. "I say, Hal, don t do that again,'' he said "I'm subject to heart failure, and I might drop dead at one of your -jokes." "Heart failure, eh?" laughed the young broker. "The only time a fellow of your healthy appearance has an attack of heart failure is when he wants to ask a pretty girl to 'iihare his salarY. for life and he hasn't got the spunk to ask her." "Look here, Hal, I guess you're on the sunny side of the market, aren't you ?" "Just at present l am. I have fifteen thousand shares of D. & W., and the price is going up like a hot-air bal loon." "I might have guessed that, you're so awfully jolly to day." "I am merely trying to sustain my reputation as the Young Midas of Wall Street-that's all." CHAPTER XIII. HAL CALLS ojs LAWYER JUDSON There were busy and exciting times in Wall Stre e t during the n ext ten days. D. & W. rose in bounds to 89 before it showed any signs of weakening, and all the other stocks participated in the bull movement. Everybody seemed to be making money hand over fist, but what they made would in the end appear on the wrong side of somebody e l se' s ledger Hal had almost more customers than he c ould attend to, but he managed to get through by hiring an unusuall y bright little boy to carry hi s messages and promoting Jack to desk work. When D. & W hung around 89 for the good pa.rt of an afternoon, as if loath to go higher, Hal decided it was time to sell out. He sent a note to Hapgood first to let his block of shares go, and Hapgood sold the five thousand, which Hal had bought at 69, inside of ten minutes at 89l This meant a profit of nearly one hundred thousand dol lars for the Young Midas. Inside of half an hour he sent his young messenger to Fassett with directions to sell the block he was holding for him, and also Miss Harley's one hundred shares. They went at 90, and Hal up another hun dred thousand dollars, altnost, while his fair customer net ted a profit of almost two thousand dollars. Finally, fifteen minutes before ilic Bxchange clm;etl, he sent word to the broker who held his last loL to close him out, and they went at 90 also. Hal sat down and began to figure out his total profits. "I've made about two hundred and eighty thousand dol dars on this deal, he murmured, with a sigh of exulta tion, as he sat back in his chair and contemplated the fig ures he had jus t made on the pad. "That w'ith my capital and recent profits make me worth four hundred thousand dollars. I sha ll make that million I'm out for before I'm twenty-one if my luck hold s out." He then wrote a note to Miss Harley informing her of her good luck. Just as he sealed the envelope Jack rushed into the private office without the formality of knocking. "I say, Hal," he cried excitedly, "have you sold out your D. & W. yet?" "Why do you ask, Jack?" "Because the market has taken a slump, and prices seem to be going to the dogs." "I sold out my last share fifte e n minute s ago," replied Hal, with a smile. "Good for you !" shouted Jack, cutting a mild caper on the rug. "You're safe, then? "That's a bout the size of it." The Exchange closed while ihe boys w ere talking, amid a wild pandemonium, which was resum e d next morning, when hundreds of brokers rushed on the floor to liquidate their own and their customers' holdings of D. & W. The cause of the panic was the throwing of two lots of ten thousand each on the mar ht in succession by some man who had b ea rish sympathies. Other Bears :flocked to his aid, and markcl broke badly in consequence. It was hard to say how many people lost money irr the slump but there was no doubt that the number was not small. Probably several hundred were cfoaned dut to their last cent, but as a warning to others it didn't amount td much. Two days afterward Hal received a reply from Edna Harlev, in which she thanked him for what he had ddne for and calling him her best friend. 1 / P erhaps Hal wasn't pleased to death About a week after the D. & W. panic Hal fdund a letter from a Nassau Street law y er in his mail asking him to c a ll at his office on important business. "I have no business that I know df with this man. If he wants to see me he ll have to call at my office." So Hal dictated a reply to that effect and had it mailed to his legal correspondent. Next day he received a nother lett e r from the law yer, who stated that he could not very w e ll call upon Hal at his office, nor could he state in a letter the nature of the busi ness he had in hand which required Hal's presence at his own office. He said was very important and the boy would find it


OUT FOR A MILLION. to his interest to shaw up at the Nassau Street address at five o clock that afternoon Hal was puzzled to understand what it all meant, but :finally concluded there could be no hnrm in dropping in at the lawyer's office at the hom m entio ned. Accordingly at five o'clock he reached the address o.f Benjamin Judson, Attorney and Counselor-at-Law, No. --Nassau Street. It was an old-fashioned four-story brick building, with out an elevator. The stairways were dark and narrow, and uncommonly dirty, so far as the meager light pei'mitted the caller to see. "Mr. Judson can't be a very prosperous legal luminary ," thought Hal, as he carefully mounted the stairs, "or he wouldn t have a sky parlor near the roof in such a miser able old building as this." The building was filled with little, dark, cubby-hole rooms, occupied by postages tamp dealers, rubber stamp .::md stencil works, an advertising agency, and similar busi nes ses. While it was a hive of industry, it did not wear the air of a hive of prosperity, and by the time Hal had struck the third floor landing, which looked uncommonly dark and unattractive, he had half a mind to turn about and give up the interview that Lawyer Judson was looking for ward to. Having gone so far, the boy thought he might as well see the matter through, th01Ugh he couldn t quite under stand what kind of clients were willing to come away up there to get their legal business attended to. The last flight of stairs quivered and shook under Hal's tread. "I'd feel sorry to see a fat man come up here. I'm afraid these stairs never would hold his weight. They feel as if they were on the point of giving way any moment. One of these days there'll be a crash, and maybe somebocly will get hurt." Nothing like that happened on this occasion. The stairs were Teally stronger than their wobbly ap pearance would lead one to think. Hal stepped upon the top landing and saw a cloor, the upper half of which was 6f opaque glass, right before him. Painted as if with lamp black upon i this glass were the words: "Benjamin Judson, Attorney and Counse1or-a.t-Law." "This must be some unpopular lawyf!r," thought Hal, and he deliberated once more as to whether he should call upon the man or not. While he was standing in an undecided way at the head of the stairs the door of Judson's office opened and a square-built, tough-looking man came out. He left the door open, .a.nQ. Hal caught a glimpse of an uncarpeted floor, a table and two chairs, and a vista" of housetops through a rear window. The prospect was not an C'nlicing one ancl Hal decided that he wouldn't make the call. As he turned to descend :.\ h a nd was laicl on his shoulder and the tough, srno. oth-faced chap asked him if his name was Hal Fisher. "That' s my name,'' replied the young broker. "Mr. Judson is waiting for you inside," said the other. I was just going downstairs to see if you were corning, as Judson is in a hurry to get away." Hal hesitated, for he didn't like the outlook. "Are you connected with Mr. Judson?" he asked the tough individual. "Yes. I'm his clerk." Hal thought be looked like anything but a lawy er's clerk. "Do you know what Mr. Judson wants to see me about?" he asked. "It's important business, that's all I know," was the reply. "He'll tell you all about it as SO!Jn as you go in lhere." To say the truth, the boy dic;ln't relish the interview that appeared to be ahead of him. He was sorry now that he bad come up there. But he couldn't frame any reasonable excuse for backing out, now that he was within a few steps of his destination. So he turned around and walked toward the open door, followed by the tough-looking clerk. There was no one in the poorly furnished receptionroo.m, the walls of which were covered with a cheap grade of paper, whose original color was a matter of some doubt, while the ceiling evidently hadn't seen a whitewash brush in unnumbered years. There were a number of unframed sporting pictures pasted against the walls, and several overflowing spittoons on the bare floor. Hal heard conversation going on in an adjoining room as he paused on the threshold with a feeling of gust. The clerk behind him shouted out: "Here he is, Mr. Judson,'' and as Hal stepped into the room the fellow closed the door and with his back against it. The face of a heavily bearded man was thrust out of the inner door, and a pair of deep-set, black eyes looked Hal over critically. "Are you Mr. Fisher?" he asked. "That is my name, sir." "I am Mr. Judson. Please step into my office. Hal crossed the unattractive reception-room, while the touO'h clerk walked to a window and seemed to be iritent b on an inspection of the adjacent housetops. As the boy entered the inner room, Judson waved his hand at a chair near a cheap-looking desk, behind which he seated himself. Hal took possession of the chair and then glanced at th(' other occupants of the room. He was surprised and rather disturbed to identify one of them as Jacob Lippett. The other was Jackson.


24 OUT FOR A MILLION. CHAPTER XIV. TRAPPED. "What did you want with me, Mr. Judson?" as)ced the young broker, curtly, turning to the man who represented himse1f as a lawyer, though there was nothing about the two that would lead one to suspect that any kind of legal business was transacted there. "I wanted you to meet this gentleman," indicating Mr. Lippett, on a little matter of business.'' "I have no whatever with that man," replied Hal. "If that is all you brought me here for you might have saved your postage stamps," ancl the boy rose indig nantly from his chafr and walked to the now closed door. No one in the room made a move to detain him, but Jacob Lippett gave an audible chuckle as the boy turned the knob and found the door locked. "What is the meaning of this, Mr. Judson?" cried lfal, in anger. "Why is this door locked?" I "To prevent intruders from entering," suavely replied the "lawyer." "I request you to unlock it, so that I can pass out," de manded Hal. "Pray take a seat, my young friend, and let us proceed to business," said Mr. Judson, with grim politeness. "I have no business to transact with yo1 u or any one else that includes Mr. Lippett," replied Hal. "I ask you again to open the door." -"But Mr. Lippett is very anxious to come to some ar rangement--" "I don't care how anxious he is. I refuse to have any dealings with him." "That's hardly fair, young man, considering the bad light in which you have placed him." "In which he has placed himself, you mean." "Not at all. You are the cause of his present unen viable situation. You exposed him in open court." "I think Mr. Jackson did that," replied Hal. 1 JYir. Li ppett does not hold Mr. Jackson responsible fol' what he was obliged to do under compulsion." "I presume you think I am to blame for Mr. Lippett's outrageous conduct in my office. too, when he almost killed my messenger?" "No, I do not." "I suppose I ought to be extremely gr ateful to Mr. Lip pett for his forbearance in that respect," replied Hal, sarcastically. "Tliat, however, is a side issue. 111r. Lippctt was under the influence of liquor then and should Le accorded cer tain degree of leniency." "I don't think he is entit1ed to any consideration what ever," replied Hal. "I am sorry you take that uncharifa:Qle view of the mat ter, young man. However, let us get down to business. I am instructed by Mr. Lippett to odler yo-r{ the sum of :five thousand dollars cash if you will withdraw your charge of crooked business conduct on his part in reference to the matter in which a certain certificate of Grand Pacific stock as the principal exhibit. What do you say?" "It is impossible for me to accede to your proposition, Mr. Judson. The matter is now entirely out of my hands. In any case, I wouldn't do it for ten times five thousand dollars. Had Mr. Lippett called at my office that day in a sober and penitent attitude, offered me a full apology and his regrets that he permitted himself tn engage in such a disreputable piece of business-if he had put all that on paper, signed and swore to its truth before a notary, that I might retain it as a guarantee against a repetition of such tricks, that would have closed the incident. No one would have been the wiser, and Mr. Lippett would to-day be doing business at the same stand, instead of standing in the shadow of a prison wall. That's all I have to say on the subject, and any further talk on your part in the interest of your client, Mr. Lippett, is simply waste time." "Then I understand that you positively refuse to enter tain any proposition in the nature of a compromise between you and Mr. Lippett?" asked Mr. Judson. "That's the size of it, exactly." Judson looked at Mr. Lippett as if he had finished his part in the proceed\ngs and wanted further instructions. The curb broker's countenance wa.s black and threat .. ening. He turned upon Hal with a glare of rage in his blood shot eyes. "You'll come to some arrangement with me in this room," he thundered, "or you'll not lel'!-ve this place alive." That was a startling intimation to Hal of what he might expect if he maintained his defiant attitude, and he now realized that he had walked into a trap prepared expressly for him. He was a plucky boy, however, and not easily He saw that he couldn't escape from the room by tha way he had entered, since the door was locked and the key missing. "Mr. Lippett is prepared to make it all right with the young man in question if he will withdraw the charge of assault." After a rapid glance around the room he coolly walked back to the chair he had occupied for a momen: on coming into the room and sat down. "I presume you have the key to that doo.r, Mr. Judson?"' "What do you mean by all right?" "Well, I believe Mr. is willing to pay him one thousand dollars in full for the injuries which he sustained on that o.ccasion." a Indeed !" replied Hal. he said, looking the lawyer in the eye. "I have. It is in my pocket." "I request yo:q to open the door and let me pass out." "I am sorry, but Mr. Lippett desires to conclude this business before you go."


OUT FOR IA MILLION. 25 "Then you refuse to let me ou L ?" "For the present-yes." "What position do you occupy in this matter, Mr. Jackson?" asked Hal. "Are you a party to this attempt to bulldoze me into doing something that I am opposed to?" "I am mereTy a spectator," replied the man, evasively. "This talk is all noosense, and we are only wasting time, Judson," roared the curb broker. "Let us get down tQ business. Bring that document out of your desk, with pen and ink. Let Fisher read it. If he will sign it right here, well and good. You can then open the door and let him out. If he refuses-however, we'll speak of that after ward." Mr. Judson opened his desk, by raising the flap, to get the paper. Hal, glancing in that direction, saw a revolver inside. Mr. Judson. pulled out the paper, an 'ink bottle and a pen-holder He handed the :former to Hal, and placed the other ar ticles on the outside of the desk. The boy broker coolly opened the paper. It was a statement exonerating Mr. Lippett froon all in tentional \vrong-doing in connection with the Grand Pacific certificate, and expressing the signer's regret that he had been so hasty in bringing the matter before a court of jus tice before he had thoroughly investigated the case. "You want me to sign this, Mr. Lippett?" said Hal. "That's what you've got to the curb broker, with a significant nod. "And you propose to pay me five thousand dollars for doing it?" "I am willing to do that, if you will guarantee to appear in court and help me quash both charges "Mr. Judson, allow me i.o sit at your desk a moment," said Hal, through whose head an idea had suddenly flashed, reaching for the pen-holder The impression his words and action conveyed was that he had yielded to force of circumstances and was about to sign the paper exonerating the curb broker. Mr. Judson accordingly jnmpcd up with alacrity, while a satisfied expression i.ook 1.he place of the sulky frown on son looked visibly disturbed; while Mr. Lippett uttered an imprecation and put his hand to his hip pocket. The boy coolly observed the effect that the weapon pro duced. ."You appear to have a gun in your pocket, Mr. Lippett," said Hal. "Oblige me by throwing up your hands.'' The curb broker hesitated. "Gentlemen," said the young broker, laying a sarcastic emphasis on the word, "I hope you understand that the law is on my hand, and that you won't attempt anything rash. I don't care to hurt you, but, remember, you have tricked me into coming to this place, have locked me in here against my will, and have threatened me if I did not do something that appears to be of vita l consequence to you, but which is clearly .illegal. Under such circumstance;; if I should disable one or all of you, or even kill you, if I am obliged to do so, I don't think the law would hold me responsible. So once more I must order you to open that door, Mr. J uQ.son. As Hal spoke he covered the lawyer with the weapon,, while he kept a wary eye on the baffied curb broker, who had prudently removed his hand from his coat tails. Mr. Judson hasteni:id to do as he was bid, and while ht:1 was unlocking the door Hal folded the document he had been asked to sign and put it in his pocket . When the door was open the lawyer jumped outside and out of sight . Pointing the revolver at Mr. Lippett, the boy moved toward the door he got near it he sprang quickly into the rece ptionroom, for fear that Mr Judson might make an effort to strike him down if he passed out slo ,wly. The lawyer, however, had disappeared. 'l'he tough clerk stood near the window, but made n o effort to dispute Hal's retreat, and so the boy walked t o the outer door, pasRed through, shut it behind him, and started for the stairs. At the top of the flight he lit a match to illumine the darkness and to discov _er if Mr Judson was lying in wait for him ;mywherc on the landing below. That was not in sight, so Hal descended the Mr. Lippett's face. 1 Hal, however, had not the slightest intention of signing stairs. the paper in question. In another minute he was on the sidewalk and safe f rom He made the bluff of spreading 1.he paper carefully out further interference on the part of his enemies on the to p of the desk, then dropping the pen, he deftly "Well," he breathed, "that was a pretty close ca ll. It lifted the lid, snatched the revolver, and, cocking it, turned serves me right for being such a chump as to walk into that to Mr. Judson and said: trap. Well, I'll know better than to accept such an invita"I'll give you just one minute to take the key out of your pocket and throw that door wide open." CHAPTER XV. A GOLDEN POINTER. The presence of the revolver in Hal's hand completely altered the situation Mr. Judson uttere d a g asp and started back; Mr. Jacktion next time." Next day Hal visited tlie District Attorney's office and handing in the document Mr. Lippett had expected to in duce him to sign, told one of the assistant district attorneys what he had been through the evening before at No. Nassau Street. He furnished a description of Mr. Judson and his toug h so-called clerk, and the police were soon instructed to loo k for those persons.


26' OUT FOR A MILLION. One day not long afterward a well known broker entered Hal's office and asked to see him. As the boy happened to be in his visitor was shown into his sanctum. On the following afternoon Hal had occasion to .go to Jersey City. A couple of gentlemen, whom he recognized not only as solid Wall Street men, but as members of the syndicate he "I am glad to know you, Mr. Partridge," said Hal, who had been invited to join, preceded him a.board the boat and knew his caller by sight and reputation. I "The pleasure is mutual," replied the caller, beaming upon the boy. "What can I do for you, Mr. Partridge?" "There is quite a number of us who are forming a poOll for the purpose of booming a certain stock. We already have about $10,000,000 pledged, but some of the people 1rant you to go in for luck, for yon seem to be one of the most fortunate speculators, for a beginner, the Street has ever knowti. So I have been sent to ofl'er yon a chance to come in. It will cost" you a qt1arter of a million, but you will easily double your investment, I can guaranlee that." 1What stock are }'OU go.ing to boom?" asked Hal. "It wouldn't be prudent for me to tell you that until you have pledged yourself to be one of us. Nobody outside the syndicate will learn our secret." "Who are the gentlemen that have agreed to go in?" The broker named over several of the solid men of the Street. "A quarter of a million is a lot of money, Mr. Partridge. How clo you or the other gentlemen know that I can too the mark to that extent?" "We don't know; but you would not sign our agreement unless you could make good." "That's right. Without saying whether I am or am not worth a quarter of a million I will have to ask you to excuse me from going into your syndicate. I clo noL fancy c.om binations any way on general principals in spite of the fact that many of them make large profits for their members. Aside from that fact I have determined not to go into any pool to control a stock until I am old enough to buy a seal took a seat in the cabin just a.head of him. Hal noliced they were talking "shop," and he kept his ca.rs wide open. "We couldn't have selected a better stock than P. & W.," remarked one of them to his friend. "It is selling lowmuch below what it is really worth, and we shall have no trouble in sending it higher." "Who did you say was going to do the buying and booming for us?" asked the olher. "Morris Jacobs and Ben Thompson." "When do they begin buying?" ".Saturday morning. I look to see them get hold of the bulk of the shares before the price begins to go up to any extenl." They continued to lalk on the subject until the boat ran into the Jersey Cily slip, and they mingled with the crowd, as did Hal. "By George!" cried the boy broker, "Talk a.bout luck! Here I've got right on to the name of the stock the syndi cate I was asked to join is going Lo boom. And the infor mation comes to me from the best of all sources-the months o.f men dircclly connected wilh the deal. So their brokers are going to begin buying on Saturday, eh? Well, I'll begin buying right away-to-monow morning. If I don't make half a million out of this wit)l my capital I ought to be kicked. That will bring me close up to the million mark. I guess I'm the Young Midas of Wall Street all right. Wl1y if I continue lo be such a favorite of fortune I ought to become a multi-millionaire before l reach thirty." Although outwardly calm, Hal in reality was greatly in the Exchange, when one is put up at auciion." cited over the proRpect that he saw within his grasp. Mr. Partridge did not press him to reconsider his deter-He knew that if he could manage to buy a considerable mination, but after a little side talk he got up and left. amount of P. & W. at prevailing low figures, before the synAfter he had gone Hal sat at his desk and reflected on clicate brokers became aware of his purchases, he would not the subject of the interview. only make a big pile of money, but make matters eventually "That's a pretty wealthy crowd that will be identified exceedingly uncomfortable for the combination. with that combination. I'd give considerable to learn what In fact he was to prove the most important :factor the name of the stock is they're going to boom. It would in the situation. mean a fortune to me. Well, I'm going to keep my eyes open. The trend of certain stocks on the market may give CHAPTER XVI. me a hint, or I may find out 1n some other way. It pays OUT FOR A MILLION'. to keep wide awake in Wall Street. In fact if you don't Hal could hardly get to sleep that night by reason of the you'll soon see your finish." bu:;y thoughts that surged through his bra.in, for his mind


OUT FOR A :MILLION. 27 was fully engrossed with ihe p l an,; he had in view for accomplishing his object. When he reached his office in the morning he found an attendant of the 'l'ornbs waiting to see him. "You arc wanted by the Warden for the purpose of id e ntifying a pris oner suspected to be Benjamin Judson. Oan you go up right away?" f'I can accompany you in fifteen or twenty minutes," replied Hal. "I must attend to my mail first, and look after any commissions that require immediate handling." f'Very well. I will walk down io the Battery and be back in hal.f an hour." The official departed. In forty minutes he was back again and then Hal went with him to the Tombs, whe1;e lie was shown into the war den's office. After a wait of fifteen minutes, the boy was brought out into one of the eonidors of the jail where perhaps twenty men-prisoners and attaches intermingled-were drawn up in line ready for inspection. Hal passed slowly down the line, but it did not appear to him that Judson was in the bunch. One man in. the center look e d suspiciously like the "lawyer" about the eyes, but he had only a natty little moustache, whereas Judson hacl worn a heavy beard. Hal told the warden that he could not identify Judson, though he indicated the man with the moustache as being something like him. "That is the man who was brought in last night by the detectives on suspicion that he is Judson. He was probably disguised with a false beard when you saw him in Nassau Street. Your partial identification will be enough to hold him for examination .. The detectives will try and find out more about him." When Hal returned to Wall Street his :firs t business was to fill his handbag with money from his safe deposit box, and start out to buy in P. & W. shares on the quiet. The stock was ruling at 58. He stepped into Hapgood's and ordered that gentleman to purchase 10,000 sha res for him on margin. He placed a similar order with Mr. Fassett. Then he visited a dozen different brokers and lelt small orders aggregating 30,000 sha r es, all of which he got for 58. Next morning he ga .ve boih llapgood and Fassett orders to buy 5,000 more s hares apiece, for whicl1 he had to pay 59. Next day was Saturday, and Hal made it his business lo find out if brokers Morris Jacobs and Ben Thompson were buying P & W. according to programme. They were, as fast as they could get it. Hal then gave a third order to Hapgood and Fassett to him 5,000 more sha res apiece, and these shares cost him 60. That took within a few thousands of every cent he had in the world. "It's going to be a million or bust with me this trip," thought Hal as he sat at his desk after the closed at noon. "I've got 70,000 shares of P. & W. which the syndicate can have if it will pay me enough for it. It is up to me to saddle it on the pool to the best advantage. If the combination gets hold of all the shares it wants before I am ready to se11, I may find some difficulty of unioading at the profit I arri looking for. I must also look out that I don't break the market at the final stage of the game, at least before I am on easy street." On the following Monday P. & W. was largely traded in and the price went up to 61, at which figure the syndi cate brokers corralled quite a bunch of the stock. Their efforts to get more on the next day drew more at tention to their purposes than they liked. Brokers holding the stock made no effo.rt to let it out, owing to their suspicions that Jacobs and Thompson were acting for a pool, and as a consequence the price of P. W. stiffened, and sales were recorded at 62, 62 3-8 and 62 7-8. When Messrs. Jacobs and Thompson found it going at 63 they withdrew for a consultation with their principals. Hal in the meantime was watching the market like a hawk. Even al! the present advance he was over $300,0 00 ahead He expected to see it go to 70 at any rate. The pool started a bear raid on P. & W for "the purpose of upsetting any existing theory that an organized scheme was under way to boom the shares. By this means the operators interested in the stock hoped to shake out a goodly number of shares which a new lot of brokers were instructed to buy in as low as they could He also placed an order for 500 shares in Miss Ilarley's get it. interest, having just enough of her money to cover the This move proved success ful. margin. After that he stopped for the day, having 50,000 shares and laid out $270,000 in margins: P. & W. declined to 59, at which figure many thousandil I acquired of shares changed hands. Hal, howevm', was not frightened into parting with


28 OUT FOR A MILLION. of his holJings, for he was wise enough to expect some thing of this kind to eventuate from the too rapid advance of P. & W. at the start. As soon as t he combination had got all the s hares it out somehow, and it became generally known that the Young Midas of Wall Street had made all the money and had handed out a lemon to the millionaire combination. Then it was that all Wall Street took off its hat to Hal could buy at 59, the brokers bid a higher figure and the Fisher, and for many days thereafter the brokers talked of shares gradually advanced to 65, many sales taking place little else than his wonderful coup in the market. as the stock rose. The papers that printed an account of Hal's triumph The public now began to bite; and a hundred brokers also printed an account of the trial and convictiom of-Jacob came on the floor with buying orders in their pockets Lippett, and that of Benjamin Judson, both of whom were This created a demand for the stock which started up sent to Sing Sing. ward with a rush. When Edna Harley received the letter and a statement The pool then ceased to buy and watched its opportunity from Hal informing her that the young broker had made to unload. $6,000 more for her, she came on to New York at once to It was now up to Hal to get busy, and see that in the personally thank him. excitement which began to accumuiate around th e P. & W. that he got rid of his stock before the syndicate men got tl:ie best of him. Hal was delighted to see her, and after a lengthened in terview, invited her to go to lunch with him. He took her to Delmonico's, and treated her like a Accordingly, he gave orders to the various brokers who queen. held of his shares, and also Miss Harley 's 500, to After that Hal found an excuse to go to Carlyle, N. J ., sell out .at around 70. The shares went off like hot cakes, netting Hal a matter $300;000 and Miss Harley $6 000. He then gave Hapgood orders to sell his two 5,000 lots, ancl. they went at 71, by which he cleared nearly $100,000. Later. in the day Fassett received similar instructions, and sold his two 5,000 lots at 72, on which Hal cleared a little over $100,000. With a half a million already made Hal still had two blocks of 10 000 s hare s-one block in Hapgood's hands, the other in Fassett's-rcad y to be clumped o n the market. and pay his fair customer a visit. These visits were repeated at shorter inte rvals, and finally one afternoon, when they were out walking together, H al asked her to be his wife. She gave him the answer he wished for, and to.day s he is mistress of one of the s:wellest residences on Riverside Drive, New York. The newspapers printed a full account of his marriage at the time, with pictures of Hal Fisher and his fair young bride. On the Sunday following that event, one big daily pubHe let Hapgood's out next morning, and the syndicate lished in its magazine pages an illustrated life history to b1:okers had to take it in to save the market from going to date of the meteoric and successful career of Hal Fish e r, pieces. the Young Midas of Wall Street, who was out for a million Hal's profit on this lot, sold at 74, amounted to $150,000. and got it with a margin to spare. Precisely at noon Fassett threw the other 10,000 on the market at 75. The syndicate staggered under the load but the millions in the pool ena!;iled the brokers representing the combina-THE END. tion to take it in, and when the stock after dropping to 73 Read "EVERY INCH A BOY; OR, DOING HIS bo' unded up again to 76, Hal rubbed his hands with delight BEST,' which will be the next number ( 67) of and started to count up the money he had made on this "l!..,ame and Fortune Weekly." gigantic deal. He found he had cleared a profit of over three-quarters of a million, and tha.t he was now worth all told1 one and a quarter million dollars. The syndicate had tried in vain to find out who had been flooding the market with thousands of the P. & W. i::hares just before its own brokers w ere preparing to unload. When the smoke of the battle was over the secret leaked SP.EOIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will rec eive the copies you order by retum mail.


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ALRE A DY PUBLISHED. l A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy In Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succee d e d. 3 A Corner In Corn ; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The C lev erest Boy In Wall S t reet. 6 Building a Railroad; or, 'l'h e Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor In Green Rive r. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or. The Boys Who Worke d a Deserted Mine 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough ; or, A Brave Boy's Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy In Wail Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, 'l'he Boy Who Could Not be Downe d. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, 'l'he Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who l\lad e a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trade r In Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise In Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of l\loney or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How H e Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. !a Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich :H Pushing It Through; or, The of a Luc ky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. :n Struc k Oil ; or. '.rhe Boy Who Made a Milli o n. 28 A Risk; or, The Young !11iners of D ell a Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy "ho Went Out nith a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece: or, The Boy Brokers of "all Stree t. . 31 A Mad Cap Sch e me ; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island 3 2 Adrift on the World; or. 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