On the wing, or, The young mercury of Wall Street

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On the wing, or, The young mercury of Wall Street
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"You young rascal! Is this what I am paying you for?" exclaimed broker Dubois, angrily, seizing his messenger by the and shaking him as a terrier would a rat. The boy's satchel flew open, discharging a shower of coin


STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luved Weekl11-B11 Subscription 12.50 per year. E11te,.ed according to .4ct of Congreaa, in the year 1907, in the oJflce of the Librarian of Conu,.esa, i\Tahington, D. C., by Frank 7'ousev, Publuher, Z4 Union Squar, NetD York, No. 78. NEW YORK, MARCH 29, 1907. PRICE 5 CEN'I'S. oN THE WING OR The Young Mercury of Wall Street By A SELF-MADE rlAN. CHAPTER I. BOB HARKER AND OTHERS. "Bob, this is Miss Havens," said Mildred Snow, the office s tenographer. "Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Havens," s aid Bob Harker, Mr. Northrup's messenger boy. Eva Havens, a pretty brunette, smiled and nodded at the good -lo oking boy. She was stenographer for Old Mudgett, as he was call ed, a W a ll Street trader whose office was on the same floor of the Building with William Northrup, stock broker, with whom Bob and Miss Snow worked. 8he had dropped in to get her lunch with Mildred, for the two girls had lately become quite chummy. "Bob Harker is one of the lucky boy&," laughed Mil dred. "Indeed,'' said Miss Havens, with an air of interest. "Yes. He's been saving up his money for some time, tc see how much he could gather together, I suppose, when the other day he got an idea in his head that 0. & S. s tock was going to rise. So he bought ten shares on a ten per cent. margin, which I should call a very risky operation for a messenger boy, or anyone else for that matter whose capital was very small like Bob's. You bought the stock at 72, didn't you, Bob?" "That's right," nodded Bob. "Well, wlmt do you think, Eva? If that stock didn't I actually go up nearly twenty-six points, and Bob made $250." "I congratulate you, Mr. Ha.rker," sa id Miss Havens, smilingly. "Thanks; but please don't call me Mr. Harker. Plain Bob is good enough. You see, everybody calls me Bob. This is the first time I've been addressed as Mr. Harker in a dog's age." "Pray what is a dog's age, Mr.-I mean, Bob?" laughed Miss Havens. "A dog's age? Well, now you've got me. I suppose it's the age of a dog." "But what is the age of a dog?" persisted Eva. "I give it up. A dog's age, I judge, is the length of time he lives, which depends on his luck. I simply used the expression because my friend, Freddy Parks, uses it." "Is Freddy Parks a messenger boy, too?" asked Miss Havens. "Yes. He works for Dunston Dubois, No. Wall street. Freddy is a smart boy." -"I'll bet he isn't as smart as somebody I know," put in Mildred, with a roguish smile. "Who is that?" asked Bob, looking at her. "Oh, you want to know too much, Bob." "I don't believe anybody can know too much," retorted Bob. "Don't you? I think they can, sometimes." "Well, I want to know who this person is who in your opinion is smarter than Freddy Parks. I've got a dollar to bet that he isn't."


ON THE WING "Bet your small change first, Bob." "How much do you want to bet? A nickel?" "I don't want to bet at all." "I tholight I'd make you back down." "I'm not backing down. The boy I think smarter than )'t)ur friend Ftec1cly spells his name Robert Harker." "Come now; no jollying, Mildred." "I'm not jollying you. I'm only telling the truth. Can't I have my ?" "You only say that because Miss B:avens is here." "No such thing. I've always thought so." "You ought to feel flattered, Mr.-Bpb," smiled Eva. "Oh, she's just giving me a close of taffy." "Why, the idea!" ejaculatecl Mild1ec1. "Now, Bob, be a good boy ancl take these cups out into the other room." "I clon't mind doing .that for you," replied the boy, tak ing up the two cups the girls hacl been clrinking tea out o:ll ancl canying them off. "Bob is one of the nicest boys in the Street," remarked Miss Snow as soon as the young messenger was out of earshot. "Mr. Mudget wouldn't like to hear you call him by that name, Mr-, that is Bob," laughed Miss Havens. "Why, that's what everybody him. He's ancient enough, even if he does dress like a elude." "I never see him but I think of a baboon," chuckled Freddy. "Aren't you ashamed of yourself, Freddy Parks?" cried Mildred. ''No! I'll leave it to Miss Havens if I ain't right. If she works for him she ought to know." Eva Havens, however, remainecl discreetly silent. "What brought you over here, asked Bob. "Want to see me?" "Yep. I want to tell you something good." "I'm always 'ready to hear something good. What is it?" "Come outside and I'll tell you." "Can't you tell me be.fore the girls?" "Nope. This is something that mustn't get around." "Why, clo you think we' cl tell, Freddy?" asked Mildred. "A girl couldn't keep a secret to save her life," replied Freddy. "Yes, I think he is very polite ancl-good looking." "Shall I tell him what you have said?" smiled Milclred. "I like that," exclaimed Miss Snow. "We ought to feel ;'Oh, no, no; not for anything," criecl Miss Havens in a highly complimented, oughtn't we, Eva?" {lanfo. "He'd take it as quite a compliment, coming from you." "So you've got a secret to tell me?" said Bob. "Yep." "But I don't want you to tell him. I wouldn't have "R 1 B b,, 1 h 1 M.ld cl "W cl 't h I d th t f tl ld ,, un a ong, o aug ec I re e on care nn know sm a or 1e wor t 1 F ddy' t . o 'now 1re s secre "'rhen I won't tell him, of course. So you really thmk he's nice?" "I'll bet you'd like to know all right," grinnecl Freddy, "You can't trap me into any more confessions, Mil-as he and Bob walked away. dred," laughed Eva. "Well, what is this mysterious communication?" asked "Why, I'm not trying to trap you into anything." Bob, as soon as they were in the waiting-room. "I don't know about that. I'm afraid you're very art"I've got a tip at last," whispered Fredcly. ful." "A tip on the market?" asked Bob, with some interest. "The idea l Me artful? Just as if I was," repliecl Miss Snow, assuming an injured expression. "What are you two scrapping over now?" askecl Bob, returning at the moment. "Yep. A real Simon-pure, Al copper-fastened pointer. You've got $75 or $80, haven't you?" he asked. Bob hadn't told Freddy that he had macle a haul of $250 in o. & s. "We're not scrapping," answered :Milclrecl. "Girls don't "Yes, I've got that easy enough," nodded Bob. do things." "So have 1. I've got as much as $100." "Oh; they don't, eh? I've seen some pretty good "You're lucky. Most messenger boys haven't a hundred then. Hello, there's F1'eddy now. Corne in, Parks, cents between pay days." and show yourself." "Well, I want you to go in with me on L. & D." Freddy Parks, a sprightly young lad, a year Bob's ju"What is doing in L. & D. ?" asked Bob, curiously. nibr, came grinning down to that corner of the counting"Nothing yet; but just you wait. It's ruling at 55 toroom. clay. Next week it will be--" "What you doing in here, Bob? Can't you leave the "What?" girls alone?" "It will be higher; all right. Perhaps, 65." "Miss Havens, this is my friencl, Freddy Parks," said "What makes yo11 think it will?" Bob. Freddy gave an expressive wink. Freddy bobbed his heacl with another grin, and then "I've heaTd something." winked at Miss Snow, whom he knew pretty well. "What did you hear?" "New stenographer?" he asked. "I heard that a syndicate has been formed to boss it." "Noj Freddy. We've got all the stenographers we want "Oh, you did?" in Miss Snow. Miss Havep.s works for old Mudgett on "Yep," replied Freddy, confidently. this floor," said Bob. "liow did you come to hear it?"


ON THE WING. 3 I "The members had a meeting in our office this mornI He was an orphan and lived with his only sister, a ing." dressmaker in a small Harlem flat. "S'pose they did. They didn't call you inside and tell He had been born and brought up in New York, and you what they were going to do, did they?" had never been further away from the metropolis than "I guess not." Newark, New Jersey. "Then how did you find out?" Mr. Northrup considered him an unusually bright boy "Oh, I've got ways of finding out things/' chuckled and a smart messenger, and placed implicit confidence in Freddy. his integrity. "I suppose that's none of my business, eh ?'i "Bob" said Mr. Northrup on the morning following "It do you any to As long as I l l!'reddy 'Parks's r evelation of' the tip he claimed to have the tip that ought to satisfy . acquired, "take this note to the office of Bailey & DempHow can I tell whether your tip is worth anythmg Ob: sey, and hand it to Mr. Bailey. There may be an answer." not?" "Yes, sir," replied Bob, promptly. "You can take my word for it." He put on his hat and departed on hts errand. "That's all right, Freddy. You may mean well enough, B & D ffi th 1\..B d ,, a1 ey empsey s o ce was m e lh1 s m mg, but you may be foolmg yourself. and Bob made a beeline for Broad street. "I'm not fooling myself, don't you worry. I'm going to 1 He took the elevator for the fourth floor as soon as he buy twenty shares of L. & D. on margin right away. reached the / Mills Buildin" and a minute later stepped That'll cost me $110. That's nearly the e;...i:ent of my out on the corridor. 0 pile. You don't suppose I'd risk all my money unless I A h t t d f N 1 t d l'ttl ld k l t I d ?" s e s ar e or 10om o. -, 1e no ice a i e Q new w 13 was omg. . ] al d "W. h d th h 1 t k W 11 gentleman walkmg m a somewhat unsteac y manner iea JSer ea s an yours ave mace mis a es m a f 1 Street, Freddy." 0 Hum. tl b t l l tt d I d I 't h "Th t' th t d 'th d th t' W'll e was nea y u p am y a ue 13 snow w u e air, a s no mg o o w1 me an is ip. 1 you f 1 f ld . ?" and appeared to be rather eeble, eit 1er Tom o age or come m on 1t. I b a fi t "I'll have to think about it." 8ome 0 1 Y 111 rm1. Y "If you don't think mighty quick, you'll be out of it, I I _Just before Bob came up to him the old can tell you that." i slipped on the marble floor and went down heavily. "All ri"ht Freddy then it will be my funeral not : He lay there perfectly helpless. yours." 0 ' 'l'here was no. else in the corridor at the time, and "If you miss it I'll bet you nine

ON THE WING. "You are working in this vicinity, I presume-a mes senger perhaps?" "Yes, sir. I work for William Northrup, stock broker, No. Wall street." They were now opposite the door of Wil:forc1 Staples's office. Bob the knob anc1 ushered the old gentleman inside. '"I suppose I can't do anything more :for you, sir," sai d the young messt)nger, preparing to take his leave. "Don't go for a few moments," said the old gentleman, detaining him. "Is my son in his room?" he asked the office boy who came forward. I ''Yes, sir." "Is he engaged?" "No, sir." and I hope you will oblige him by calling on us whenever you can make it convenient to do so." "Thank you, sir. I will if Mr. Wilford is really anxious for me to do so." "I am anxious, Robert," said the old gentleman. "You have done me a great service, and 1 don't want to lose sight of you. It is not improbable that I can be of assist ance to you in the future, and it would give me great pleasure to c1o you a favor some day. I your face. You are a bright, energetic and capable lad. The time may come when a little influence at your back would be of great advantage to you." "I am much obliged to you for your suggestion, Mr. Wilford; but I hope I shall be able to push mysel ahead without any help from others. I am ambitious to succeed through my own efforts alone. I think there is more "Come inside with me," he said, turning t B b "T 0 0 satisfaction in that." want to intro_duce Y?U my son.''. The old gentleman noclcled approvingly. So Bob assisted him mto the private office. "The sentiment does you creuit, Robert" he said "but .. :atber_!" a m_an of. perhaps nevertheless it is of advantage to any man have fifty, nsmo hastily from his desk. What brmgs )OU down a friend to call upon in the moment of need." here in your condition? Really this is very imprudent on "Where are you employed, Harker?" asked Wilford your part." Staples. He took charge of the old gentleman and led him to a Bob told him. leather-uphol stered lounge. I The broker made a note of the fact. "I had a fall in the corridor," said old Mr. Staples. "A fall!" exclaimed Wilford Staples, anxiously. "I Then Bob took his leave and delivered bis note to Mr. hope you didn't hurt yourself." I Bailey, whose office was at the further end of the corridor. "I' shall be all right presently, Wilford. This young' Mr. Bailey scribbled a reply and handed it to the young messenger, who then le.ft. man, Robert Harker, was so kind as to come to my aid at rurning into the main corridor, he ran against another once. I don't think I could have reached the office but for messenger with such force that both went to the floor and his strong arm. I want you to thank him and remember their notes went flying. him.". Wilford Staples turned around and grasped Bob by the "What did vou do that for?" snarled the other messenhand. ger, an ill-natured looking boy named Ben Pixley, who "You have conferred a great favor on me by assisting worked for the brokerage firm of Blumstein & Co., whose f th ,, I office was in the Vanderpool Building, in Exchange Place. my a er. "Don't mention it, sir," replied Bob. "It gave me "I didn't see _You," retorted Bob. "I think it's as much great pleasure to be able to do what I did for him." your fault as Bob's answeT, as well as his bright and cheerful de, "I believe you done it on purpose," said Pixley. "I've meano'r, produced a very favorable impression on the stock a great mind to punch you in the eye." broker. "I wouldn't try it," replied Bob coolly. "I hope I shall be able to do something for you in re"Do you think you kin lick me?" asked Pixley, belliger-turn, Harker," he said. ently, as he stooped and picked up the envelope nearest to "I am much obliked to you, sir; but I don't think there him. is anything you can do for me at present." "I'm not thinking anything about it," answered Bob, "In the future, then. Here is my card. I shall be very walking over toward the other envelope, which lay a happy to have you come and see me, if only for a few mincouple of yards away. utes, once in a while." "You not," replied Pixley, who then started off "Give him our address, Wilford," put in the old gentleand presently disappeared into a nearby office. man. "I don't get downtown very often. I should like to "This isn't my envelope," said Bob, as soon as he had have him call and see me occasionally." it in his hand. "It's addressed to-why, the flap is open "You hear what my father ?" remarked the broker. and there's nothing in it." "Let me hav;e that card a moment." / He. look ed arou'i'tc1 on the :floor anc1 sa.w a white card Bob handed it back to him and he wrote something in lying there. pencil on ,theof it. . \ that dropped out of it," he said, stooping and "There, that is where we hve. Father re sides with me,. pickrng it up.


OX TllE Wl"N"G. On the card, written in Htrge legible handwriting was the following : "Friend Ed.-Have just learned that the McAlpine Crowd is about to corner L. & D. That means a boom. Our firm is going to do some of the buying and booming. Get in on the ground floor. Tom." "It's good for a ten-point rise as far as I can see, for it ought to go back to 65 anyway when the market gets bull ish. This syndicate scheme, however, is sure to hasten matters and cause it to rise five or ten points above that point. Yes, I guess I'll buy at once and get the cream. Let others have the skimmed milk who get in on the deal late." Bob, however, didn't have a chance to go to a certain Bob read the brief communication. little bank in Nassau street that made a specialty of engi "L. & D.," he muttered. "That's the stock Freddy was neering deals for small investors until after the Exchange telling me about. This seems to confirm his story. Gee! had closed for the day. What have I been doing? I have no right to be reading 'rhe brokerage department of this bank was open until the confidential communications o.f 0U1er people. I didn't four o'clock for the accommodation of customers who were think what I was doing. That collision must have knocked unable to place their next day's orders during Exchange my senses enclwisc. However, it can't be helped now. I business hours. / can't say that l'm not glad to have Freddy's statement As Bob had only lately closed his first deal at a profit backed up." with the bank, the margin clerk recognized him when he He hastily returned the card to the envelope and manpresented himself at the window in the reception-room. aged to s tick the flap. I "Back again, I see," he said with a business-like smile. "I must return this to that messenger and my own "What is it this time?" envelope. What office did he go in anyway?" "It's fift.v shares of L. & D.," replied Bob, promptly. As if in answer to his question, he heard a door slam "Expect you have another winner, eh?" and foot s teps hurriedly approach. "Sure, or you wouldn't see me here." In another moment Pixley bounced around the corner I "Let me see," said the clerk, consulting a printed sheet in a rush. of the day's transactions at the Exchange. "L. & D. The moment he saw Bob he rushed up to him. closed at 55 7-8. Our representative may have to pay 56. "Here you, you've got my envelope. Why didn't you We'll figure it at that. It will cost you $280 margin." pick up the right one?" "All right," replied Bob. "Here you are." He snatched his own out of Bob's hand, tossed the other The clerk counted the money and handed him a mem-at Bob and retraced his steps. orandum of the transaction. "He's mighty polite, I don't think," said Bob, picking Bob put it in his vest pocket, left the bank and took the up the envelope which had dropped on the floor. "Some elevated trainfor home. day I may have to teach him good manners." Next morning he told Miss Snow in confidence that he With the s e words, Bob left the building with his had gone into another speculative venture. thoughts engrossed upon the coming boom in L. & D. "I'm sorry to hear it," she replied. "You've got the CHAPTER III. Wall Street fever by winning that $250. You will proba bly lose your money this time." "Don't you believe it, Mildred," replied Bob, confident ly. "I'm going to win more than $250 this time." "I should like to think so, for I take an interest in you, BOB GETS A FALL, BUT SAVES A LITTLE GIRL FROM A WORSE Bob, and don't want to see you drop your money in the ONE. hole where thousands of hopeful people have lost theirs; After delivering Mr. Bailey's reply to Mr. Northrup, Bob came out into the reception-room. There were no customers in the room at the moment, and so the boy took of the fact to look at the tape in the ticket basket. After going back a yard or two he came to the latest quotation of L. & D. The last sale was 800 shares at 55 3-8. "I've money enough to buy fifty shares," he mused. "I think I'll take the risk, for it looks like a sure thing." He looked up the record of the stock for a fortnight pai:it and found that L. & D. had been going down steadily from around 65, which, on further investigation, seemed to have been its normal value. but the chances are all against you. You ought to know that yourself without me telling you so." "The chances are not so much against me as you may thi'nk. I heard fr6m good authority that there is going t.> be a boom in L. & D. and I am willing to risk my money on the reliability of my information." "Who told you that L. & D. was going to rise? The market has been very unsteady since the recent slump in values right after you realized that $250." "Never mind who told me, Mildred. The pointer was all right, for I had it confirmed yesterday in a singular manner. Just keep an eye on L. & D. I bought it at 56. That's a very low figure fo,r the stock. My principle is to buy low and sell high, and the difference between is what I rake in, see?"


6 ON THE WING. "l sec,'' laughed the girl, ''and it would be very nice if 1 ''l'll remembe'r you the first chance I get," he said, it always worked out in the right way. But it doesn't, angrily. thafs why so. many people leave their money with the "Why don't you punch him in the snoot, Pixley," said brokers." Ben's companion, who was evidently a boy of his own Here Bob heard his bell ring in the reception-room and stump. he hurried into Mr. Northrup's room to see what his em"You kin remember me if you want to," replied Ben, player wanted. flippantly. "I'd just as soon lick yon as anyone else.'' He had several letters he wanted Bob to deliver, so the "You'll talk in a different--" boy got his hat and was soon on t!1e street. That's as far as Bob got, when Pixley suddenly shoved One of the letters was addressed to a man in the Bowlhis smaller companion against him, causing Harker to ing Green Building and Bob got rid of the others stagger back, slip and fall on the sidewalk. he started for the foot of Broadway. The other boy tripped over his legs and pitched As he was hurrying past the upper end of the railed against the end of an apple vendor's pushcart drawn up enclosure known as Bowling Green Park something sudalongside the curb. denly struck his hat and sent it flying into the street. The concussion tlislodged the stick that supported the Before he started to recover his headgear he looked to end of the two-wheeled vehicle, the cart tipped, carrying see who had thrown the missile, and saw Ben Pixley's i.he boy with it, and the apples at the other end were pro homely face grinning at him from the walk inside the pelled into the air and ell in a shower against the heads railing. of a pair of horses attached to a basket cart in which a Now Bob had never seen Pixley to his knowledge until handsomely dressed little girl was seated. the day previous, when the two boys had collided in the The horses were frightenetl and began to back around, corridor of the Mills Building; but Ben's manner had been tilting the carriage over the curb. so offensive on that occasion as to cause Bob to take a disThe child screamed and was thrown out. like to him. Bob, however, had scrambled to his feet just in time to When he found that it was that disagreeable youth who catch the little girl and save her from an ugly fall. had shied a rotten apple at him that had hit his hat he was considerably nettled, and, being a plucky youth, he determined to have it out with the chap then and there, I though Pixley was larger than himself and looked fairly tough. PiHey, however, didn't wait to see what would happen, for as soon as Bob turned to get his hat he.hastened away. Bob looked after his reheating figure and concluded not to follow him. As he was evidently connected with the Wall Street dis trict, Bob gured that he was bound to see him again. So he went on and delivered 11is last letter on the third floor of the Bowling Green Building. On his way back up Broad street he saw Pixley talking to a boy in front of the Cable Building. He walked right up to him. "What did you throw that apple at me for?" he de manded, with a resolute air. "What's the matter with you?" retorted Ben, glaring at Bob. "You know what's the matter with me. You knocked my hat off with a rotten apple down at Bowling Green Park a little while ago. What did you do it for?" "Oh, rats!" replied Pixley, with a derisive grin. "If it wasn't that I didn't want to have a mix-up right here on the street I'd make you apologize." "Apologize nothin','' replied Bob, insolently. "I owed you that for bumpin' into me yesterday mornin' in the Mills Buildin'. You ought to be glad I let you off so easily. I ought to knock the sfoffin' out of you." Bob's eyes :flashed fire and his fists unconsciously clenched. CHAPTER IV. BOB MAKES HIS FIRST $1,000. Pixley, aghast at the havoc he was responsible for, and tlreading the consequences, ran into the basement of the telegraph building, while the Italian vendor grabbed the boy who had upset the cart and began to belabor him with his nsts. A crowd quickly collected, and in the midst of the con fusion the basket-cart team dashed off down toward Beaver street. I To add to the general confusion a lady who had just appeared at the entrance to the Cable Building uttered a shrill scream and fainted on the steps. "Mamma, mammal" cried the frightened girl, strug gling in Bob's arms. "I'll take you to your mamma," said Bob, setting the child down and taking her by the hand. "That was well done, young man," said a stout broker, stepping up and clapping the young messenger on the back. "You saved that little girl from a bad fall. Dear me,'' he added, "I believe thast is Mr. Staples's grand daughter." "Do you mean Broker Staples, of the Mills Building?" asked Bob in surpris.e. "Yes." "Take me to mamma/' interrupted the child.


ON THE WING. "All right," said Bob. "I suppose that's your mamma \ ment that a couple of men, in response to the lady's reon the steps." quest, started to look around for Bob. There was a small crowd around the lady who was reOne of the a.fternoon papers had the incident well discovering her senses. played in its news columns, printing Bob's name in full, "My child!" she cried frantically, struggling to rise. and giving a part of the cause that had led to the little "Here she is, ma'am," said Bob, pushing a passage girl's mishap. through the people on the steps. From this story, which the young messenger read later The lady saw her daughter instantly and grabbed her on, he learned that the name of the little girl he had in her arms. saved from a fall was Bessie Wood, daughter of Ferdinand Then Bob turned away, intending to return to his office, Wood, an architect. but was stopped by a newspaper reporter who happened to Freddy Parks also read the on his way home, and be on the scene and had observed the whole occurrence. his eyes opened very wide indeed when he saw that Bob "Will you oblige me with your name, young man?" he Harker was mentioned as the hero of the episode. asked, drawing out his notebook. "Why, he never told me anything about his having a "What for?" asked Bob. hand in it. There must be some mistake, or else-just "I'm a reporter for the---." wait till I see him to-morrow. I'll give him Hail Columbia "I don't want to get into print," objected the boy. for keeping me in the dark." "That won't hurt you," laughed the reporter. "I'll And he did, but before Bob saw him two gentlemen, one treat you well." of whom he recognized as Wilford Staples, entered the Bob gave him his name, occupation and place of busi-office about half-past nine next morning. ness, and one or two other particulars, and then the newsThe broker rushed up to him and seized him by the papet man let him go. hand. At that moment Fr.eddy Parks c ame along and caught "Robert Harker, how shall I thank you for saving my Bob by the arm. little granddaughter yesterday from what might have "What's the excitement around here?" he asked. proved a serious accident?" "A boy upset an apple cart for one thing," replied Bob, "I hope you won't--" began Bob, when the other "and there was a runaway for another. Then a woman interrupted him. fainted, I believe, and-that is all, I guess." "Robert, this is Mr. Wood, my son-in-law and Bessie's "I heard someone say that a little girl was thrown out\ father. He has come to express his thanks to you also of the carriage-that's her, isn't it, with the lady on the Ferdinand, this is the boy who saved--" steps of the Cable Building?-and that a boy saved her." "I can't thank you enough, my lad, or your presence "Yes, I believe sotnelhing like that happened." of mind," said Mr. Wood, feelingly. "My daughter might "How did the runaway occur?" have been seriously hurt, or even killed, but or your "The upsetting oi the apple cart frightened the horses." timely interference in her behalf. Words can't half ex "How came the boy to upset the cart? Did he do it on press my gratitude to you." purpose?" Both gentlemen fairly overwhelmed Bob with verbal he couldn't help it." evidences of their appreciation of the signal service he "Why couldn't he help it?" had rendered them and assured him that they were his "He trippBd over another boy's legs." I friends for life. 'iYou saw the whole thing, did you?" Bob declared afterward to Mr. Northrup, when that "I saw most of it." gentleman spoke to him about the affair, that he didn't "I wi h l'd seen it. I'm on the street about half my j mind doing anyone a service, but he hated to be thanked time, and I never see anything.'' I so much for it. "Don't worry. You'll sec an account of it in the paper. On the following day Bob received an elegant diamond There was a reporter arottrtd here a moment ago." scarfpin from Mr. Wood. "Wa<; that the reporter you were talking to?" j During the next few. clays there wasn't much doing in "It was." the stock market, although a great many shares of L. & D. "I thought so. He had a notebook in his hand. Were I exchanged hands and the price went up to 58. you giving him points?" On Monday morning, however, the market took a brace, "Yes." all of the prominent stocks advanced a little, and L. & D. "I think I'd rather be a reporter than a nlessenger." went to 61. "You'd make a good one." (!What did I tell you," said Freddy, beamingly. "Don't "What makes you think I would?" you feel sorry now that you didn't go in with me on that uyou can ask more questions in five minuteR than anystock?" one I know. Come on, are you going back to Wall street?" "How do you know that I'm not in on it anyway?" said "Yep. Bob. The two boys started up Broad street at the "i/ery mo"Did you buy some shares?"


I 8 ON THE WING. "I did." "How many?" "As many as I could raise the margin to cover." "Then you got ten or fifteen." "I didn't get over 50." Freddy took his reply as a joke. "Well, hold on or a fifteen-point rise anyway," he said. "That's what I am going to do, and yo_u'll make a good haul." "I'll hold on till I think I'd better sell," he said. "Your tip was a pretty good one, Freddy. I wish I had a thous and to put into it." "Bet your life it was a good one. I wish ..I had five thousand to put into it." Next day things began to get lively around the L. & D. 8tandard in the Exchange. 1 umbers of brokers had buying orders for the stock, ancl in their endeavors to get it the bidding raised the price to 66, much to Bob's and Freddy's satisfaction. 1 Bob called the stenographer's attention to the rise in l he stock he had bol\gh_h "I told you 1 was going to make more than $250 this trip. So far I'm $500 ahead. I wouldn't be sm;prised if I cleared $1,000." "I'm glad to hear it," replied Mildred. "You seem to be a lucky boy.'' In fact, as he afterward told his sister, he had a swell time and enjoyed himself hugely. He showed her a valuable diamond ring that Mr. God frey Staples had presented to him in grateful apprecia tion of the service the boy had Tendered him that day in the Mills Building. Eva Havens ancl Bob Harker had taken a great shine to each other, though neither was willing to admit the fact. Bob couldn't very well call in to see her at old Mudgctt's office, as he had no business there, but Eva managed to come to Mr. Northrup's office with growing frequency, ostensibly to lunch with Mildred Snow. The young messenger usually managed to be present while they were eating; that is, unless business called him out of the office, and it was soon patent to Mildred that Eva was the great attraction. Old Mudgett was considered a crank by his half a dozen employees. The only way they could get back at him was making i ;un at him behind his back because of his dudish appear ance. It certainly did look funny .for a man of his seventy years to dress as he did, but then that was his business. He had been in the Street as long as anyone could remember. Some of the traders said he was the oldest active memaway. ber of the Exchange. "Ifs a good thing to be lucky," laughed Bob, walking At any rate, he was the most remarkable figure on the On "'ec1nesday the excitement connected with the rise incrcaocd anu L. & D. was quoted at 72 at the close of the day'o proceedings. Next day it went to 80. On Friday Freddy sold out at 82, clearing over $300, but the price kepi on going up. '\'hen it reached 86 Bob ordered his shares sold. floor. He was reputed to be worth a number of millions and loaned a good deal of his money out on call. He was known to be very conservative as to his private operations. He always refused to take part in any clique to corner a stock, though his funds would have made him a desirable partner in such an enterprise. They fetched 86 3-8, and he realized a trifle over $1,000. His sole and emphatic answer to all such invitations Then he told his sister about the deal and astonished was that he made it a practice to always control his own her with a present of $100, which was a very welcome money, and that he did not propose to involve himself in addition to her small income. the financial problems of otheT people. CHAPTER V. THE MISSING BROKER; Bob Harker was now worth something over $1,200, all made within a couple of months through two lucky. deals in the stock market; and he felt proportionately elated. The next clay was Sunday, and he had promised to call at the home of Wilford Staples and take dinner with the family. Taken altogether, he was a pretty foxy old trader, and when he tlold any stock short, if the fact became known, others followed suit, for the market was pretty certain to take a slump on after. Bob hacl had a run-in with him once in the corridor on which their offices were located, and Mr. Mudgett had since entertained a standing dislike for the boy. That furnished an additional reason for Bob to give the old man's office a wide berth, no matter how anxious 'he might be to make a sly call on Miss Havens. Mr. Mudgett had one excellent business feature-he never failed to keep an engagement of any kind unless he was confined to his home by illness. When he arrived there he found Mr. Ferdinand Wood, his wii'e and little Bessie. On the Monda.v following Bob's visit to the home of the Staples Mr. Mudgett failed to show up at his office, al seated though he had a very important engagement wiLh a firm I that hoped to borrow half a million from him. He was warmly welcomed, ma

ON THE WING. As interest rates happened to be high then, it was pretty been reported long befor!:J this. He has simply disap eertain that the old man wouldn't have stayed away from peared, as if he had vanished off the face of the earth." his office that day if be could by any means have got there. "Lots of people have done that," remarked the stenogMr. Mudget t was one of the few brokers, probably the rapher. "Sometires they turn up again weeks or months, only one of his dass, who did not have telephone connecor not till years afterward, and then it is discovered that tion between his house and his office. they suffered from a temporary loss of memory which He declared that he had no use for a private wire, for caused them to forget their own identity until recollec it was only at rare intervals that he was forced to remain tion returned -and they were astonished to find themselve-s away from his office, and on such occasions the messenger living a different life, maybe in another part of the coun service was good enough for him. try. Many such cases have been reported from time to He didn't liketo talk over a wire anywa3;-he couldn't time in the newspapers." hear very well, and he didn't want anybody else to hear. "Mudgett is old enough to go off his mind that way," for him, even his niece with whom he lived, and who rereplied Bob. he is suc'h a remarkable looking old port said had been made his heir because she was willing gentleman that I should think he would be noticed any t6 remain single and minister to his wants and eccentriciwhere if he was wandering around The papers to-morrow ties. will be sure to publish the story of his disappearance, and The gentlemen who were anxious to bo.rrow the half then maybe news will come in from the provinces, that is million even at a high rate of interest called at the apthe country." pointed hour and were told that Mr. Mudgett had not The afternoon papers had a brief paragraph. to the come dow.ntown yet. effect that the old broker was unaccountably missing since They waited an hour in vain and then said they leaving his home that morning. would return later. 'rhis was repeated in the next morning's papers, one of They came back in an hour, but received the same anthe "yellow journals" giving some space to the case under swer as before. the caption of "Mysterious Disappearance of a Wall Street As time was precious with them, they had to look up the Broker." loan elsewhere. Several of Wednesday's papers contained an advertise-In the meantime some other business exigency obliged I ment offering a reward of $500 for information leading to the cashier of the office to send a messenger to Mr. Mud-! the present whereabouts of Broker Mudgett, and the fact gett's house. was noticed and commented on in the news columns of all He brought back an answer from Miss Henderson, Mr. the afternoon papers. Mudgett's niece, that the old gentleman had left the house The reward was offered by Miss Henderson. for the office at the usual hour. Nothing came of it and the reward was raised to $1,000 The cashier, thinking naturally that something had on Friday. happened to his employei-, communicated with the police, The police of all the nearby cities had been instructed and, subsequently, to make sure that no accident had hapto look out for the dudish-looking broker, whose picture pened to him, with the hospitals. had already been published in the daily press. The blotters at none of the police stations indicated any There was little doubt but that a great many people intelligence concerning a person answering to the descripwere on the lookout to win the reward, for the New York tion of the old trader. papers carried the news far and wide, while the press of The same was true with respect to the hospitals. other cities reproduced the story and the offer of reward. Finally a general alarm was sent out from police headThe entire week passed away, and still nothing was quarters at the cashier's request. heard from or of Mr. Mudgett. Of course every person in the office knew that someAs a consequence business became slack at his office, thing 'unusual must have happcne

10 ON THE WING. They met by arrangement at the Desbrosses street ferry "Don't join the militia, Fre1e!f by that time." Their destination \1as Barnegat Bay, which they did not "It is possible," laughed Bob. "I wonder i( that's the expect to reach until some ti me :Jionclay morning, after liauntenclosod the building was gone to ruin, They arrived at Barnegat village next morning at ten, and back of that was a dense wood. i)ut up their wheels and got a boalniun to row them over One of thci piped at the corner of tho house connecting to the lighthonse. with the gutter running urnfor tho cave:; was broken in They returned to the village in time to have dinner at the center, nnd a length of tho pipe was missing. one ancl then started to ride aronncl the irnmetliate neigh-The lower windows overlooking the road were boarded borhood. up, and the blirnl s of the npper ones were closed. ''Let's see if we can find that haunted hou se tho land-There was a tall chimney on the outside of a rear corner lorcl was telliug u::; about," said Bob, a::; they rode leisurely of the building, al1l1 midway between it and the front along the lonely rood beyond the village. were two winc1ows--0ne a sas hless opening in the garret, "I'm not on haunted replied Freddy, not with its shutter hanging by a solitary hinge, the other, his proposal with 1m:ch j .which light ed a room on the second floor, was filled by ou aren t afraid of a haunted house m the daylight, broken sashes. are you?" laughed Bob. Clearly the house J1ad not been inhabited, at least in a "I

ON THE WING. 11 "He wants u s to keep away. starting for the front gate. Let' s go," said Freddy, 1 Squirming hi s head around he found a heavily bearded face within a few inches of his own. Hold on.'! Bob thought the person in the house wanted to say something to them, s o he went closer to the side of the building. A s he did s o s omething white fluttered out of the per son 's finger s The breeze caught and carried it toward the rear of the hou se "It's a paper-a message of s ome kind, I'll bet," breathed Bob, das hing after it. It was caught by a patch of rank weed and the boy soon s ecured it. By that ti;me .Freddy was standing wheel in hand in the road. f Bob opened the paper and saw something scrawled in pen c il on the inside. This i s what he deciphered; "I am h e ld a pri s oner in this house by a. couple of ra s cal s and a Get assistance, come back here and liberate me, and you shall be well rewarded. I am a New York broker, and my name is Andr e w Mudgett." "Gee whiz!" ga s ped Bob "Andrew Mudgett here in ibis hou se! Can it be po s sible?" He look e d up at the window, but lhe arm was gone, and the re was no s ign there of anyone. Mr. Mudg ett," he called out, "are you there?" No an s wering s ign came, though the boy looked sharply at the broken pane s The n he read the note again lo f'l.eC that there could be no mi s take. He didn't know the broker's writing, but in view of 11Ir. Mudg ett's my s terious dis appearance from New York, it Reemcd a s if the key to hi:s unaccountable abs ence was in bi s hand s "I'll get. back to the village right away and ;;how this to the cons table if I can find him. H would be a fine thing if I could earn that $1,000 reward." Thus f:peaking, afte r a last glance at the window, he turne d and starte d for .the gate. 'l'hen it was that he saw what s eemed to b e a stout boy s n e akin g alon g under the cover of lhe fence the 8pot where his companion stood by the side of his wheel. The chap'R a c tion s were so suspicious that he shouted to Freddy to look out. Fre dd y didn t seem to comprehend him. However b e fore he could make a move, the creeping figure made a s udden rush, darted out at the gate and grabbed the a s toni s hed Parks. Tha t aromecl Bob to a ction. He was n t g oing to stand by and see his friend attacked without making it inte re sting for the a s sailant. Before he could go two feet further he himself was s eized fron1 behind by a pair of stout arms and held a prisone r. Of course he struggled to get loose, but he couldn't. "Take it easy, young fellow," said the man. "I've got you dead to rights." "What do you mean by grappling me in this way?" de manded Bob, aggressively "What do you mean by nosin' around where you ain't wanted?" asked the man. "I don t know that it's any of your business," replied Bob. "You don't own this house, I guess." "It makes no difference whether I do or not. Possession is nine points of the law." "What has that got to do with me?" "It ain't got nothin' to do with you." "Let ie go, then." "Not much. You've put your foot in it comin' here, and here you've got to stay till we let you go.'' "I don't know about tl.ornt," retorted Bob defiantly. "I do. I'm runnin' things to suit me and my pard, not to suit you. There are reasons why it ,\rouldn't be healthy for you to go back to the village just yet." "What reasons?" "One of 'em i s in your hand," and the man snatched the slip of paper which had come .from the window. "Jest a s I thought," he muttered, holding Bob with one power ful arm, while he glanced over the writing. "You've been in c ommunication with the gent in the upper story. That settle s your ha s h for awhile. When we're done with him we'll be done with you and your friend outside. Come along." Bob resisted, but he was like a child in the iron grip that encircled him. The man husUetl him along toward the end of the hou s e, while the stout boy did the same with Freddy. There was no help for it, so Bob yielded to the inevita ble. CHAPTER VIL 'IN THE CELLAR OF THE HAUN'rED HOUSE. He was forced to enter a back door of the reputed haunted house, and was then pushed forward across the floor toward a door, which on being opened by the man looked clown into a dark void. Bob, noi liking foe looks oi the prospect ahead, tried to hold back, but was unable to withstand the force that pro pelled him ahead. He was lited off his feet and pushed downward. His feet came into contact with a stairway which he couldn't see. "Walk ahead," cried the man in his ear, and he felt obliged to obey the mandate. Down he marched much against his will until he came to a board flooring. Across this he was forced until the man, who seemed to


ON THE WJNG. know the way p e rfectly well in the dark, came to a stop a boy c re e pin g up on you. I halloed t o you, uut you didn't and tripped his leg s from under him, compelling him Lo seem to und e r s tand me. slip to the floor. l didn't know what y ou w e re tr y ing to get at." "Lie s till," ordered his captor, kneeling on his che s t. "T)len the boy rus h e d out and grabbed you. 1 was The .fellow fumbled around a bit and finally uttere d a g oing to your assi s tance when a big, s trong man came up grunt of s ati s faction. behind and grabbed me. l tried to get away, but it wasn t Turning Bob over on his face, he began to bind his a bit of use. lie' s as strong as an ox, and I was a baby in' hand s behind hi s bac k with a soft cord. hi s grip. You ought to know the rest. We were brought Then he treated his ankles in the same way. into thi s cellar and bound, and here we are like two pig s "You're s afe enough now," he .said, getting up. really for the mark et." There was a noi s e on the s tair s at that j unclure a s the "What arc w e going to do?" palpitated hi s companion. stout boy forced Freddy Parks into the cellar in the same "I give it up. We'll have to grin and bear it for the way Bob had bee n treated. pre sent." "Fetch him ove r h e re," said the man. "I've got rope "Are they going to leave us alone in this haunted enough to trice him up, too." hous e?" s hivered Freddy, who was terrified at the very So Freddy was presently lying helpless beside i1is com-idea o.f s uch a thing. panion in the dark. "Haunted grandmother!" s coffed Bob, impatiently. The man and the boy then leftA:he cellar, slamming the "This hou s e i s no more haunted than any other building." door after them and placing a heavy billet of wood again s t "But lhe landlord of the hotel said tJ1at it was," per-it as an additional precaution. s i s ted Parks. "Oh, d e ar," groaned Freddy in a frightened voice. Pooh! What does he know about it?" "What i s going to become of me?" "Ile ought to know all about it, for he live s within a Bob, in spite of his own unfortunate predicam e nt, alc ouple of miles of it." most laughed at the dismal expression uttered by hi s com"Give a dog or a hou s e a bad name and it will s tick to panion. them." "Don' t give up the ship, : Freddy. We aren' t dead yet," AL that moment a mys terious rustling noi s e at the other he said cheerfully. e nd of the room broke in upon their conversation. "Are you there, Bob? What 's the reason of all this ? Oh, lor What was that?" exc laimed Freddy. Why didn't you come away when I told you to, then this "A rat no clpubt. I'll wager there's more than one in wouldn't have happened." thi s cellar." "Maybe not but I wouldn't have found out a very im"I'm afraid of rats," faltered Parks nervously portant fact," replied Bob. "I don t .fanc y them mys elf. Th e only thing we c an d J "What do you mean?" asked Freddy, curiously. is to scare them away if they come nos ing around u s." "I mean that I have discovered something that would Durin g thi s talk Bob hadn't been idle. be probably worth $1,000 to us if we could reach the vilIle had b e en working away at the rope that held his lage." hands. "Worth $1,000?" said Freddy, in surprise. Although the knots were well secured, and would of "Yes. You know that Broker Mudgett has been miss themselve s have defied hi s mos t persistent effort s had he ing for a week, don't you?" been able to reach them the rope was soft and yielding, "Yes." and a s the boy had a small hand he at length managed to "And no trace has been discovered as to his whererel e ase one, whe n the rest was easy. abouts?" "Freddy, my boy, don't say a word. I've got my hands "Yes." free." "And that $1,000 reward has been offered for informa"Have you?" cried his companion, hopefully. "Then tion about him?" you can get me loose, can't you?" "Yes." "Sure I can, but I'm nqt going to yet awhile." "Well, old Mudgett is a prisoner on the second story of "W11y not?" this house." "I have my reasons, so keep quiet "He is? How do you know?" Bob fumbled in his pocket for his match safe. "That was his arm you saw out of the window." Pulling it out he extracted a match and lit it on the "How do you know it was?" stone wall behind him. "He dropped a piece of paper down to me." When it blazed up they caught a view of the outlines "He did?" of their dingy prison. "Yes. I picked it up and read it. He asked me to go to The cellar extended un4er the entire house, but was the village, get help and rescue him." divided in the center by a stone partition, in which was an "Is it possible?" asked the astonished FredG1y. ar

ON THE WING. 13 opening, but .Bob was of the opinion that the other half couldn't be much different from the one in which they lay. rrbe floor beams above their head s were thick with the dm;t and cobwebs of many years. 'l'here were severa l dilapidated boxes and light barrels scattered around, as well as a lot of miscellaneous debris. On the whole, it was not a cheerful place to be confined in, even for a brief interval. It took several matches for Bob to satisfy his curiosity concerning the place, and then he lay back against the wall and began .to consider how he could extricate himself and his companion :from their unenviable situation. His reflections were several times interrupted by Freddy wanting to know why he would not set his hands free, too. "Because I expect we shall have a visit from our captor before lon g, and I don't want him to get on to the fact that we have a single chance to help ourselves." "But he'll sec that you've got your hands free." "No, he won't. .At least I don't mean that he shall. When he comes I s hall put my hands behind my back, and reintroduce them as well as I can into the rope. He'll never suspect, and when the house gets quiet in the course of time 1 intend to make a break for liberty and take you with me, of course." Freddy was obliged to be satisfied with that explana tion, though the idea of remaining tied when it was in Bob's power to release him was not at all to his liking. Bob maintained a steady flow of talk after that in order to keep up his companion's spirits. Occasionally Freddy would get back to the subject of ghosts, or rats when there was a rustling among the debris of the cellar, so that Bob wondered what would have been his companion's mental condition if it had happened that he alone was shut up in that cellar. It seemed to them as if they had been there many hours when the door leading to the short flight of steps was opened, and two pair of legs, followed by the rest of the persons' bodies, preceded hy a lantern, made their appear .. ance. "I knew we s hould have a visitor, though I didn't count on two," said Bob, hurriedly putting his hands behind his hack, and leaning, as if half asleep, against the wall. CH.APTER VIII. A VISIT FROM THEIR CAPTORS. Bob now had a better opportunity to observe the gen eral appearance of the man who had eaptured him, and he was not in the least" s urpris ed to observe that he was an individual of formidable physique. He might eas ily have passed for a heavy-weight pugilist. His features were hidden under his heavy beard, which might have been false, though it looked natural enough. His companion was smoothly s haven, and his counte nance was by no means a prepossessing one. While the chief rascal carried only the lighted lantern, the other bore a ""battered japanned tray with a couple of plates of food on it and two cups filled with a dark-color e d liquid resembling coffee. The man with the pulled a box forward, aml upon its inverted bottom he motioned his associate to place the tray. "Loosen that chap's arms, Benson," he saicl, indicating Bob, at the same time putting the lantern on the floor, while he proceeded to attend to the same office for l!'redcly. Bob feared that the looseness of the bonds about his wrist would be at once noticed by the man, and would lead to his being tied much tighter after they had eaten the frugal meal brought to them. To dispel this idea as much as possible he twisted hi s wrists around the rope, which made it appear to be tight to the man when he started to untie the knots. Thus the fact that he had got his hands out of the rope escaped the fellow's attention, much to the boy's relief. "Now, then, youngsters," said the leader, sharply, "look alive. W c can't stay down here all night." .As Bob and Freddy were fairly hungry they proceeded to get away with the rude fare on the plates and to drink the coffee. "I'd like to know what your intentions are toward u s," said Bob between mouthfuls. "Our intentions are to keep you right where you are for the present," replied the chief rascal shortly "It's a pretty tough thing to treat us this way when we haven't done anything to warrant it," replied the boy. "You'd no business to come buttin' around the house." "I can't see the harm in that," protested Bob. "The landlord of the Barnegat Inn told us this was a haunted house and we wanted to see what it looked like." "The landlord of the Barnegat Inn is a fool,'' growled the man. ".And you were fools to take stock in what he said." "We wanted to see t11e sights while we were down in this neighborhood. That's what we came here for." "I reckon you've seen more than you bargained for," chuckled the man. "I s'pose you're from New Yor.k. What did you come so far from the city for?" '. 'We came down on our wheels and we expected to go back by a late train this afternoon." "You'll be disappointed then. The train is gone." "I don't see what you're going to gain by keeping us prisoners here. You'll only get into trouble in the end." "Think so?" grinned the man. "I s'pose you know that you've learned somethin' that we don't care to get out." "What's that?" "You know well enough. You put your fopt in it when you picked up that note the crazy man above tossed dowl! to you." "Crazy man!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, he's daft as a loon. We're keepin' him here for


14: ON THE WING the good of his health. He escaped from an asylum a little while back, and we don't want to send him back again yet awhile." The man rattled off the lie quite glibly. Clearly he was unaware that the boys actually knew \ndrew Mudgett. But it was equally clear that he wasn't taking any chances on the subject. "Oh, if he's crazy," said Bob, foxily, "then that note I picked up amounted to nothing." "That's right-it didn't." "Then what's the use of keeping us prisoners here?" "Because we don't want the fact to get out that we've got a crazy man in this house." "Suppose we promised not to say anything about your having a crazy man here?" "We can't take the chances, young feller." "Are you going to keep us here until you send him away?" "That's about the size of it." "When will that be?" "Dunno when it will be. It might be several days, or a week, or it might be a month." "That's hard on us," objected Bob. "It ain't our fault. l you hadn't come here you wouldn't be in this pickle." "We're liab1e to lose our jobs in New York if you keep us prisoners here." "That isn't our funeral. We'll treat you as well as we can afford to do, for we ain't got nothin' ag'in you." "You aren't treating us very well if you keep us tied up like we've been since you put us down here." The man made no reply to this, but seemed to be con sidering. "Suppose I let you stay loose, will you promise to make no attempt to escape?" Bob didn't intend to commit himself to any parol, so he said: "That's a foolish question. How can we escape from this cellar? It seems to be a stone one." "That's right, it is. You could try and get out by that door at the head of the stairs." "I'm afraid you wouldn't give us much of a chance to do that. It's kept locked, is'n't it?" "Sure it is," replied the man, though this was another lie, as the men had no key to lock it with. However, they could easily fix it so that it could not be opened from the cellar side "Well," said the rascal, at last-, "we'll tie you up at night and leave you loose durin' the day. That's tho best we can do. Are you through?" As the dishes and cups were empty by this time the question was a superfluous one, and so the rtngleader ordered his companion to retie Bob, while be did the same for Freddy, and, after this was done; to take the tray up stairs. .. 'vVe' ll :;ce you in the rnornin ," he said, ta.king up the lantern. "Is this the best thing in the way of a bed we're going to have?" a:;ked Bob, referring to lhe bare floor. a:hfaybe I can find a blanket for you; but, you see, we didn't look for lodgers; so you may have to make the best :;hift you can." 'rhus speaking, he followed his companion, leaving the two boys once more in the darkness. CHAPTER IX. THE ESCAPE FROl\1 THE CELLAR. "This is fierce," grumbled Freddy, when they were once more alone. "It's not over delightful," replied Bob, starting in to try and release his hands again. In this be had not much trouble, because when the man tied him he had held his wrists in such a way that by reversing them it would loosen the rope. "I don't know what Mr. Dubois will say when I don't lurn up to-morrow." "Don't worry about your boss. He can get along with out you for a clay." "A day! Why, we may remain here a week or a month." "Not iI I can help it we won't. There, my hands are loose again." "Gee! You're a peach. How do you manage to do it?" "By a little ingenuity, .Freddy," laughed Bob. "I can't get my hands out to save my life." "That's the disadvantage o! having elephant's feet for hands." "Oh, my hand:; aren't so large," said Freddy, objecting to the reflection cast upon their size. "I've seen bigger." "So have I, but not much." "Yon get out. I'll bet my feet aren't as big as yours at any rate." "We wont argue the matter. Now, Freddy, we must soon make a move to get out of tl1is cellar if we can." "I'm ready whenever you are. I wouldn't stay here for a farm if I could help it." "Those chaps, of course, have taken possession of our wheels, and if we.get away we'll have to walk back to the village. However, it's only two miles." "I'd be willing to walk ten miles if I could get away from this place." "No use making a move for some time yet. Not until the ras<;als upstairs get to sleep," said Bob. "They may stay up half the night drinking and playing cards." "We've got to chance that." "Do you think we can get "Ask me something easier. All we can do is to ma.ke an effort in that direction."


ON THE WING. "And if it doesn't amount to anything, what then?" I thi::; moment his father came to the door above and shout"We'll have to accept free board and lodging until they e

16 ON THE WING. factured rough torches, and t,Uus supplied Bob piloted his companion to the hole under the foundation of the building. Lighting one torch, Jack with his jack-knife attacked the crumbling mortar of the stone foundation, and in fifteen minutes was able to detach a stone. Then he allowed Freddy to try his hand. After an hour's work they had four stones displaced, and all that remained was for them dig the earth out side away with their hands. This did not take long, and the way to freedom lay before them. Bob brought a couple of boxes to the spot to aid them in getting out. In a few minutes they were standing outside. "Now, if we only could rescue Mr. l\Iudgett we should be doing something worth while," Bob, looking up at the window where the arm had appC'ared. "What'fl the use of talking about that?" replied Freddy. who was impatient to be off. "We're mighty lucky to be able to get away ourselves." Bob, however, was thinking. He noticed that there a big tree near the corner of the house almost denuded of foliage, the upper (;lnd of which hung over the sloping roof of the house. He bellevecl that if he could reach the roof he could lower himself over the eaves and enter through the open garret window: Once inside he thought he might be able to communi cate with Mr. and perhaps help him to escape. He outlined his plan to Freddy, but that lad kicked vig orously against the risk involved. "Well, I'm going to try it anyway," said Bob, decid edly. "I want you to walk back to the village while I'm doing it, and tell the landlord of the inn where we had dinner all the facts of our adventure. Get him to hunt up the constable and his assistants, and steer them back here as soon as you can. If I'm caught you and the vil lagers will be able to rescue me with Mr. Mudgett. If I'm not caught, and fail to get tne broker out of the house, I'll meet you somewhere along the road. Now, get along and hustle for all you're worth." Freddy was willing to carry out Bob's plans, for it took him away from the scene of danger, and promised some excitement for him. So, telling Bob to be careful of himself, he started off at a jog trot for the village of Barnegat. CHAPTER X. BOB RESCUES OLD MUDGETT. Left to himself, Bob walked cautiously to a rear window through which he saw a light shining, and peeked in. Ile saw a room fitted up with a stove, a table, and four chairs. There were also other evidences of occupancy. Around the table were seated Ben Pixley, his father, and the other man. They were playing cards and smoking. The illumination was furnished by the simple device of a candle stuck in the neck of a tall bottle which stood in the center of the table. There was also another bottle that looked as if it con tained whisky, and two glasses'. There was some silver money in sight, which showed that the game in progress was not altogether for mere fun. Bob watched the occupants of the room for a few min utes, and then turned his attention to the tree. He slowly shinned up the trunk till he reached a crotch about ten feet the ground, where be stopped to rest. Then he continued on up. At a height of thirty feet the heavy branch grew sma.11er, and be,15an to sag toward the house under bis weight. The higher he went the thinner it became, and the low er it bent. Bob's feat was an extremely dangerous one, as the tree was more than half dead, and there was every chance that the limb might snap and drop him to the ground before he could reach the sloping roof of the house, in which event broken bones, if not a broken neck, was an almost certain result. The plucky boy, however, escaped this fate, and finally landed lightly just above the eaves, and being as spry as a monkey, he scrambled to comparative safety. a brief rest he succeeded in swinging himself over the end of the building, and in at the open attic window. Ile was now in the house. Lighting a match, and removing his shoes, he found the attic was perfectly bare, with a single doorway opening on a flight of stairs leading to his objective point-the sec ond floor. 0*1utiously he descended the stairway that was thickly covered with dust, and when he reached the foot he struck another match which showed him the landing and three doors leading off it. One of these doors was secured by a heavy bolt on the outside, which was shot. That wa. a suspicious circumstance, and pointed to the rvident conclusion that it had been put there to loc k somebody in. "I'll bet Mr. Mudgett is in that room," he breathed, as he examined the bolt, which seemed to have been recently affixed to the wood. The bolt worked easily in its socket, and Bob pushed it back without making a sound. Then he opened the door and entered the room. Striking one of his last matches Bob glanced about, and saw the form of a man lying, apparently asleep; on a rude mattress.


ON THE WING. Ulosing the door soft ly, h e advanced to t h e p a il e t. 1 whe n a door a t th e r ear of t h e hall op e n e d aud ilob heard As t.he match expired h e l ai d hi s h and o n t h e s il ent th e voic e of B e n Pixley' s father. figure. Appar e ntly the boy was caught in a trap if the elder The ma n started u p a t hi s tou ch. Pix l e y c am e forward. Who is t h ere?" ask ed t h e voice o f Andrew Mudgett. rrhat i s unless h e could g et up the stair s without beiug "Hu s h! w h ispe red the boy. "I have c om e to rescue noticed. you." While the darkn ess would b e friend him, the cr e akin g of "Wh o are you? th e s tairway was s ure to rai s e s uspicion in the big "Bob H arker, messenger boy for William Northrup, of mind. New York." A s Bob s tood undecided at th e foot of the stair s in t!1L The old broke r seeme d stagge red b y thi s une x pect e d d a rkness, his hand accidentally tou c hed the knob of a a nswer, and did noL rep l y for a mome n t o r two. door. Are you re all y Mr N or t hrup 's m esse nger?" he a s k e

18 ON THE ;wING. Bob swung the door open, and they stepped outside. Sitting on the porch, they resumed their walk ed to the gate and were soon in the road with their faces turned toward Barnegat. the kitchen at the back of the house when we left by the front door." "Then we'll get them," said the local functionary. "Look out for the big chap," said the boy. "He's as strong as two men." "Lead travels quicker than a man's fists," replied the constable, tersely. CHAPTER XI. "I'll go back with you if you want," volunteered Bob. "It isn't necessary, young man. You boys can return -.:oB INVITES THE TWO GIRLS AND PREDDY TO LUNCH WITH to the with the old gentleman We're strong HIM. enough to capture two men and a boy,'' said the officer. "You will find lhe front door unlocked, if you want to "You're a brnve boy, B'ob Harker," said Andrew Mudenter thaL way. In fact, I i.hink that will be the best way gett, as tJrny hurried on their way. "And yon won't find Lo Lake then) by surprise." me ungrateful for the service you have reIHlered Hle this "All righi.,'' said the constable, who was a stout, deternight." mined-looking man. "That's all right, sir," replied Bob. "I am very glad No further 1.ime was wasted. l was able to help you out of your scrape." The officer and hi:; detachment went on, while the "I believe you and I had a little difference in the corer ancl the two co11Linued toward Bamegai., where ridor of a New York building some time ago," chuckled lhey arrived in i.weuly minute,;, am1 pul up at the inn for the old broker, as be reca1led tbe circumstance. the night . "Yes, sir," answered Bob. An hour l.a.i.cr the consi.able and his poss e returncc.1 with "Well, we'll forget it. I did not recognize what an adtheir three prisoner,.;, who were locked up in the county mirable lad yon are. You shall have no cause to regret jail. your plucky action in my behal.f. You have saved me Next morning tlicy were lJrought before the juspce. from becoming the victim of a villainous plot. I was to Bob, Freclc1y, and 11\fr. Mudgett were present to give ;he kept in that house until I consented to pay well ior their evidence, whic:h, being inefotable, the rascals were my ransom. How long I could bave held out against held to await t.heir removal to New York through the custhose rascals I don't know, but up to the moment I saw 1 tomary requisition proceedings. you I had no intention of yielding to their preposterous Bob in the rneani.ime 1

O N THE W I NG. 19 reward offered by my nie ce, and $5,000 from myself. I 'H's my o p1mon that 3 :ou lean toward a brunet te. hav e sent $ 5 00 to your friend Parks." "What makes you think I do?" .Bob was quite overpowered by this liberal present from "Oh, I have lll.)' reasons," laughed Mi ldred. the grateful broker. "Well, what are your reasons?" He accepted it with thanks, and next day l\Ir. Northrup "I'm not telling all my sec r ets eit h e r. cashed it for him, and he hired a box in the Washi ngton i "All right--don't. Now, I want to know if you and Safe Depo sit Co.' s vaults and put all bis funds, now ?.liss Havens are going to accept m y invitation to lunc h amounling to $7,200, in it for safe-keeping. to-morrow after our offices c l ose? F r e dd y Parks will iJe A.Her that Bob felt that he had the freedom of Old one of the pa r ty, and h e's livel y enou g h for any lunc h l\fodgett's oflice, and he look adYantagc of the facl to pay an oc casional vi sit to Eva Haven s in her own little ucn off the counting-rnorn, wher e he was always received with plea s ure by that charming young lady, who thought Jlob wa s about the whole thing in the messenger s ervice of Wall s treet On Friday noon of i.hat week Bob invited 1\lis8 Havens, :Mildred Snow and Freddy to lunch next day at hi;; ex pense in one of the nice re staurants of the neighborhood. "I have s o much money now lhal 1 \1ant lo get rid of a little of it by having a hlow-out with my par ticular friends," he s aid laughingly to the two girls when he extended the invitation to them, "so I hope you'll honor me with your presence." I don't think w e ou ght to e n c oura g e you in such an extravagance," s aid l\l ilclred with a s mile. "Ho!" grinned Bob "3ou don't think l'm going io take y ou to D e lmoni c o' s, do you?" "l s hould hope noL," l\lilclrecl. "Eva and I would have a fit if you s aid yon were g oin g ther e "Why i s it loo rich for your bloorl ?" "We haven t the clothe s lo be s een in such a swell es tab!i Rhment." "That's Lhe way with you gir]s..:._alway s lhinking of clothcR," lau g hed Bob. "l don'L wonder that R O many of th e young m e n arc s o skillis h about gctiing married these days. The rc R pon s ihilitic R arc loo much for ihcrn." "Why, the idea! We girls are not extravagant a s a rule, !"aid l\fi ldrcd. \ re ll'C ?" "I should hope that w e arn not," replied l\Ii ss Havens wit h a s id e lon g g lan c e at Hoh. "When I get married he s aid, "lhcre won't be any thing too goocl for m y wife "Then the girl who marries you will be a lucky woman, put in l\Iilclrcd. "I think 1'11 be a luck.)' boy iI I get the girl 1 want," he r e torted. I s uppo s e you have one picked out?" a s ked 1\liltlr e d, s l y l y "hlaybe I hav e but I ain't s aying anylhing about it." "Whic h do you prefer-a blonde Ji. kc me, or a brunelle like Eva?" "You want to know too muc h l\Iildred," replied Bob, diplomaticall y "I think y ou might tell u s that much," purred Mi s s Snow. "No, I am not g ivin g all m y s ecret s awa y, he an swered. affair." "H Eva will go I'll agree," sa id Mildr ed. "Very well," said Bob "It's u p to you, Mi ss Eva. E1' a didn't k now whet her she c oul d g o or not, but final-l y allowed Boh to pe r s u a d e h e r t o c ome. W e'll have a bang-up t ime a ll by our four se l ves," sa id Roh "arn1 if you' ll go I ll t ake y ou up to the Ameri can League Par k to see a ball game aft e rwa rd." "That i s quite a n i n d u ceme nt," s m i led Mildred who had quite a know l e d ge o f base b a ll and like d the g ame immense ly. "I h a r d l y kno w a nything about bas eball," s aid Eva, de murel y "Leave that t o me I'll explain everything to you," s aid Bob "Will you ?" s he rep li e d. "How very g ood of you." "l i:;h a ll con side r it a fav o r to do so." "There, now, Eva, you're i n luck It is n t every boy who woul d volunteer Lo d o that m u c h for you," laughe d Mi l dred. Next morning both girls came t o their re s pectiv e offices dres s ed in t h eir best. At one o'c l ock .Freddy appeared at Mr. Nor thrup's, and found Bob a n d t h e two fair ste no graphers waiting for him They went at once to t h e res t aurant, and spent s omething over an hour a t the lunc h which was the be s t the hou s e could furnis h. Bob clevot.ed him s elf almost e n t irely to Eva, and Mil dred had lo conlent herse l f w i t h Fre ddy, who was quite an entertaining young chap in his way. After lunch the.)' took a s ubw a y e xpress for the neare s t s tation to the ball grounds, and Bob bought four grand sland s eat s H e r e he again mon opolized E v a all to himself; but he had a good excu s e this time, as h e had promised to keep her po;:;tec1 on the ga m e The g ame ended to t h eir satis faction, for the home t e am won. Bob e s corted bo l h girls ba c k to the Brooklyn and there left them, b u t h e had m ade an arrangement with T<:va io call on her next eve n i n g and s o he went home feelingunus ually well p l ea s e d That evening he saw in t h e pape r tl1at B e n Pix le y had e s caped from the officers wh. o were taking him his father, and the other rasca l to the J crsey City j a il. "I gueP.s h e's a pretty s lick youngste r," thou ght Bob. "But I bet I can w hi p h im in a sq uar e set-to."


20 ON THE WING. CH/1.PTLH Xll_ BOB : MAKES A HAUL l N :i.r. & 1 I During the summer Bob foum1 E::rny ulJlJOrtunities to cujoy Eva Havens' society. :::lometimes he and Freddy took her and Mildred to the \!Carby summer resorts, and sometimes Bob escorted her :1 ll by himself, which he much preferred, and per haps she did, too. At any rate, they had a good time together on Saturday n (lernoons, and occasionally of an evening also. Ben Pixley's father and his pal were tried dming the firnt week in July for abducting Andrew Mudgett, arn1 'rere convictccl and sent lo the Stale prison for the crime. The market was pretty slow during the warm weather, aud of the urokers spent the largcir part of lheir tinie out of the city. One morning about the middle of September Bob and Freddy came together on the slrccl. :Freddy had a small satchel in his hand. "Say, Bob," said Freddy, in some little excitement, "I've got hold of a bang-up tip." "Have you?" asked Bob, with a look of interest "Bet your life I have. How much will }'OU give to s hare in it?" "How much, eh?"' "Yep. You've lots of money, and can affOTd to pay me someth ing for a good thing." "You aren't so bad off your self for a little fellow." "I've got a thousand dollars, but you have seven times as much," said Freddy. "Well, what's your tip? If it's good I don't mind making it worth your while to let me use it." "It's a good one, all right." "I am ready to hear it." "Come up on our office corridor, so that the boss, if he's out, won't catch me losing time on the Street." Bob accompanied him to the second floor of the building where Mr. Dubois had his office, arid Freddy took his stan d at the junction of the elevator and the stairs communicat ing with the third floor. "You know the crowd that boomed L. & D. last spring?" he sa id. "Well?" said Bob. "They're going to boost M. & L. in a few days." "Sure of that, are you?" "Yep. Two of them were in the office an hour ago talking to the boss about it, and I overheard enough to put me wise to their purpose "Tell me what you heard." "The boss has got an prder to buy all the M. & L. shares that he can find on the quiet, anc1 I guess he's start ed out to get them They've already got the price of the several points below its usual figure. As soon as they've got hold of all they ca n pick up on the outside !hey will begin to bicl for it at the .Exchange. Tlien it will only be a question of -a few days be.fore ii begins to go 'up. They expect to make a few million s out of the deal after the general public gets interested. The lambs always pay the piper, you know." "What is M. & L ruling at now?" asked Bob "The last quotation I saw was 57." At that moment the elevator stopped at the landing, and a pretty young stenographer got out. She smiled at Freddy, and Parks grinned back at her. "That's our typewriter,'' he saic1 to Bob. Bob glanced at the girl as she started on, but didn't consider he ; r as pretty as Eva Havens. "Now," continued 11'rcc1dy, returning to the subject o! their conversation, "I want $100 for that tip. I think l am letting you in nlighty cheap." Before Bob could reply Broker Dunston Dubois, Fred lly's employer, sudclenly came down the stairs behind the lads. "You young rascal! Is this whaL I am paying you for?" exclaimed Broker Dubois angrily, seizing his messe nger by the collar ancl shaking him as a tonier would a rat. 'l'he boy'o salchel flew open, di s charging a shower nf C'Oi.n. To say that Freddy was astonished at the unexpected appearance of hi s boss from an unlookcc1-for quarter would be putting it quite mildly indeed. He was simply paralyzed. Bob was also taken aback, but recovered himself at once, and chop]Jing on his knees began to recover the gold pieces that were scattered all over that section of the floor. "Don't let me catch you wa ting your time this way again," roared the broker, letting go of his office boy. "Pick up your money, and if any of it is missing it shall come out of your wages With this parting remark he continued on to hi s of fice, leaving : Freddy pretty badly broken up. "Oh, lor'!" gasped Freddy to Bob, "to think of him turning up .from that direction anc1 me watching for him to come up the elevator But it's just my luck,'' he added gloomily, restoring the last coin to the bag with his companion's assistance "He seems to be pretty fierce when he gets going," re marked Bob. "I should say he is. You ought to see him sometimeshe's like a Western cyclone "Well, run along, or you'll catch it again, anc1 maybe worse." So the boys separated, Bob returning to his own office to consider what he would do about the tip he had got from his friend Fred9.y. During the afternoon he looked up the recent doings in :iv.i;. & L., and found that it had dropped steadily from 65 t0 its present point of 57, within a week. He had always understood that the stock was a good one, and he judged that it would not go much lower. "The1market ought to begin to pick up about this time.


ON THE WING. 21 lt,':, uecn in the doldrums long enough. 1 think Freddy's lip good enough lo take a chance on. I guess it will be safe enough for me to buy 1,000 shares. That will leave me $2,200 to meet any call for additional margin if it should happen Lo drop four points or so, which I don't believe it will." By the time he was free lo leave the office he had de cided to go into the deal to the extent of 1,000 shares, EO he got the necessary funds from his safe deposit box and stopped in at the bank in N assan street on his way home. "I'd like to buy some M. & L. shares this lime," he said to the margin clerk. "We can accommodate yon to the extent 0 the m:;trgin you're ready to put up," responded the clerk, cheerfully. "Can you?" replied Bob. "Suppose I have $100,000 to put up?" "Well," laughed the clerk, "if you've the money with you just dump it on the counter. W c'll take all you've got. That's what we're in business for.'' "You tell it well. If I showed you $100,000 you'd drop dead." "Yes, I think I would if you said that it belonged lo you. Well, how many shares of J'ii. & L. do you want to buy? Twenty or thirty?" "Twenty or thirty! Do you take me for a one-horse operator? I want 1,000." "You want how many?" asked the clerk, him with a quizzical smile. "One thousand shares. Are you hard of hearing?" "No, my hearing is pretty good. I presume it is one of your jokes." "No, I'm not joking when I talk business. I want you to buy me 1,000 shares of .M. & L. at the market, which happens to be 57. Ilere is the margin as I figure it," and Bob produced a roll of bills. "Count it and see that it's right." The clerk was surprised, but his impression was that the boy was making the deal for some moneyed friend. "Do you want the ticket made out 'in your own name?" he asked. "Whose else's? Aren't I doing the business?" The clerk said nothing more. It was nothing to him whose money was figuring in the matter so long as the amount was all right, so he handed Bob his memorandum, and the deal was made. Next day M. & L. dropped a full point, but recovered half of that by the time the Exchange closed Two days afterward the stock took a brace w .ith a stiffer market, and went up to 58. In the meantime Bob had met Freddy and told him he would give him the $100 for the tip. "I've bought 175 shares," said Freddy, complacently. ;I'd buy twice as much if I had the money to cover the margin." "I can let you have the $100 this afternoon if it will do you any good," said Bob. "I'll take it, but I don't know as it will help me to get any more shares. Hare you bought any yourself yeti'" "res." "How many shares?" "l've bought 1,000." "Gee! You'll win a boodle." "I hope so, but l never c:ount my chickens until they're hatched." "They'll be hatched all right, don't you worry. If I had 1,000 shares I'd look out for a new boss as soon as l cashed in." Bob laughed ancl said good-by. On Saturday M. & L. closed at 59. On Monday it went to 61. When Bob anc1 Freddy met at a quick-lunch counter that day they shook hands over the bright prospects ahead for them. Next day M. & L. got quite lively, and began to attract considerable attention, with the result that it went 81i.H. higher, closing at 64. begins to look like business,'' said Bob to himself. "I'm about $7,000 ahead so far. I wonder how high it will go?" N exl day there were a lot of buying orders for M. & L. in the ppckets of the brokers when they went 1.o the Exchange, which caused quite a lively bidding Ior the stock. As the syndicate had by this time gobbled up about all that was to be had, the scarceness of the stock gave the price a boom, and it went t6 70 by three o'clock. Bob and Freddy were in high glee, but neither showed any dis position to sell their holdings as yet. "The fun is only just beginning," said Freddy. "Maybe it is, but I don't think I'll hold on any when it gets to 75." "Are you really going to sell at 75 ?" "I don't know, Freddy. It hasn't got to 75 yet." 'iit will reach that before to-morrow noon Ly the way things are going." "I think so myself, but still you never can tell what's going to happen in the stock market. It's like a greased pole-you never can. be sure where you are at." Freddy proved to be a good prophet when he said 11. & L. would reach 75 by noon next day. In fact, it did better than that-it was up to 76. It closed at 77 3-8, and at that figure Bob gave his order to sell. Freddy held on until it reach 80 1-8, and got out with a whole skin, and $3,900 profit. As for Bob, he cleaned up $20,000 on the deal, and was thoroughly satisfied. CHAPTER XIII. BOB PICKS UP ANOTHER TIP, AND GOES INTO P. & T. Neither Mildred Snow nor Eva Havens knew a.bout Bob's last deal in the market.


ON THE WING. They knew, however, that he had made something over $1,200 in his first two speculative ventures, and they were also aware that Mr. Andrew Mudgett had presented him with $6,000 out of gratitude for his services in rescuing 11 irn from the hands of his abductors. Bob decided to tell Eva about his winnings in M. & L., as he now had no secrets from that young lady, but he il.'9sisted that she keep the fact quiet. She was much astonished to learn how much he had made in that one deal. "You are certainly uncommonly smart, Bob," she said, afler he had told her. "I really don't see how a boy like you could make so much money in the market. Older and more experienced persons than you are losing money every day in the Street." "That's right, they are; but you see I've been operating with inside information, which makes all the difference in the world." "How do ypu manage to get your inside information?" "I got two \ good tips from Freddy Parks. Ile seems blessed with ears t_hat reach all around his boss's private office. I can't say that I approve of Freddy's methods, but it's his funeral, not mine. Some day his emrloyer will get on to him, and then it will be all day with Freddy. However, he isn't worrying much on that score, as he's worth $5,000, and he acts as if he didn't care whether school kept or not." "Did he make it all in the market?" "That's what he did. Freddy is about as clever as they come." "He must be, and he's younger than you, too. Do you think of becoming a broker some day your8elf, Bob?" 'Yes, that's my ambition. I think it's a business thaL just suits me." "If you succeed as well as you've started in you ought to become rich." "I hope to. It takes money lo make the lHare go. There's your bell. Mr. Mudgett wants you, so I'll have to get bark to my office." Bob got back just in time to answer a call from his own crnployer. "Take this letter to :Mr. Mason, and bring the answer to the E\rliange," said Mr. Northrup. ) Ir l\I ason was a broker in the Vanderpool Building, and Bob lost no time in delivering il at his office on the fourth floor. 'l'hc broker read the note, scribbled a reply, which he enclosed in an envelope and handed to Bob. The young nwssenger at once made a bee-line for the entrance to the Stock Sxchange. J'llaking his way to the rail, he told an attendant that he wanted to deliver a note to Mr. Northrup, so the man went off to hunt him up. The other messenger boys were standing at the rail talk ing in eager tone8. ".\re you sure he sa id that a combination had been formed to boost P. & T.?" "Dead sure. I was standing right back of them at the time, and they never paid the slightest attention to me, but went right on talking." "What else did he say?" "Ile said that Wilford Staples was going to do the buying and booming, and had orders to begin right away." "Are you going to risk any money on the tip?" "Bet your life I am. I'm going i.o buy five shai:cs right away. It's going at 61, and it will be up to 70 before the week is out, see if it isn't." "You know the men were brokers, do you?" "Yes. rrhe man who did most of the talking was Tom Harvey, and the other was Austin Ford." "Did Harvey say how he got the pointer himself?" "No; but he seemed to know all about the deal." ",,\ll right. I'll buy some shares o.f P. & T. myself. I guess it's safe enough to lake a chance with." "It's safe, don't you worry," replied the other. Just then the broker for whom one of the boys had brought a note came up and took it, and then both me s sengers left. Bob had heard the' whole of the conversation, and it started him thinking about the matter involved. "I must look into this thing," he said to himself. "If P. & T. is going i.o be boomed I want to be in on it, too." At that moment his eye rested on lhe P. & T. s tandard, and he saw Mr. Staples, with his hat on the back of his head, making bids for something which he naturally pre sumed i.o be P. & T. He exchanged memorandums with i;everal ])roker s while Bob stood at the rail wailing for Mr. Northrup lo show up. l length his employer came to the rail, look lhe note, read il, and nodded to the boy as a signal that he could return to the office. \\'hen he turned out of New slrceL into Wall a cab came along. Hob saw Lhat the occupanl of the vehicle was Mr. God frey Staples, who was doulJtless on lhe way lo his son's olTice in lhe Mills Building. The olc1 gentleman ;;aw Rob and lold the driver to nlop alongside of the curb. "Good-morning, Robert," he said, holding out his hand lo the hoy. "nood-morning, l\Ir. Staples," replied Boh, shaking hands with him. "You're lookin g well to-day." "I am feeling all right. l\Iy sojourn in the country has made a new man o.f me." "Have you come down to keep your eye on the market?" "Yes. I don't seem able to keep away from it altogether." "I just saw your son in the Exchange around the P. & T. ;:landard." The old gentleman smiled shrewdly. "I was thinking of buying a few shares of P. & '11 my self,'' went on Bob, innocently, "just for a little excite ment."


ON THE WING. "I hope you're not getting a touch of the Wall street fever, Hobert," said Mr. Staples, wit.h a deprecating shake of his head. "I don't think there's any harm in taking a shy at the market once in a while if you 11appen to have a good thing in sight," replied Bob. "There is a great deal of harm in it for a boy like your self. In the first place you're almost certain to lose your money." "Why, some months ago I bought ten shares of 0 & S. on margin, and made $250." "You were very fortunate to come out ahead. How came you to buy the 0. & S. shares?" "I got an idea in my head that the stock was going to rise, just as I hQ.ve an idea that P. & T. is going lo be higher in a few The old geentleman looked at him sharply. "What. has given you the impression that P. & T. is going to advance?" "Well, I saw your son buying it from several brokers, for one thing." "That's a very poor reason. He is probably buying to fill orders he has." "The people who want it wouldn't buy it if they had any idea it. was going down.'' "People who buy stock are merely betting on the chance of it going up. There is no certainly in t.he matter at all.'' "Thai's true, sir, unless they have inside information." "Only the favored few have that," repJied the old gen tleman. "Then you wouldn't advise me to buy any P. & T. ?" "I advise you to have nothing whatever to ;,lo with the market.'' "But I want to make a stake for a certain purpose, sir. P. & T. is going at 61. I feel it in my bones that the stock will be much higher before this time next week. Of course, if yon advise me not to buy it I'll look around for something else.'' The old gentleman looked searchingly at Bob. "Will you promise not to go into the market after this one time if I gi,ve you a quiet tip which I shall expect you to keep entirely to yourself?" "I'd ratper not make any promises, sir, even to get a tip, for something might turn up that would perhaps make me regret I had done so, and if I had passed my word I'd feel bound to keep it." "I see that you and I will have to have another talk on this subject," said Mr. Staples. "In the meantime, if you are fully determined to invest your little money in the market you won't go wrong by buying P. & T. I happen to know that it will go up in a day or so, and will probably reach 70 by Monday. You will be safe to hold on till it reaches 80, when you had better sell. Re member, Robert, you must not on any account mention what I have told you. I have given you this tip because I owe you some substantial return for your kindness oi the past. I hope this will be your last venture on the market, for to speculate in Wall street is like playing with fire in a tinder box-you are almost certain to be burn(ld.1 1\fr. Staples said good-by and motioned his driver to proceed, while Bob went on to the office. That afternoon he bought 4,000 shares of P. & T. at 61. CHAPTER XIV. THE REAPPEARANCE AND FINAL EXIT OF BEN PIXLEY. That evening after supper Bob's sister went out, as she sometimes did, to fit a dress on a customer, and the boy was left alone in the fiat. He took up a book to read, but hardly had finished n page before there came a knock at the door. Supposing it was the lady who lived across the corridor, who was on very friendly terms with his sister, he opened the door without any hesitation. A man and a stout boy stood outside, the youth having a green shade over his eyes. '!Well, what do you want?" asked Bob, regarding the visitors with suspicion. "We want somethin' to eat," said the man. "I'm afraid that I can't--" Before he could get any further the man suddenly jumped on him and seized him by the throat, forcing him back into the room. His companion quickly followed, closing and locking the door. "Get a towel," said the man to his associate, ae he shoved Bob down on the lounge and held him there in spite of his struggles to get free. The boy with the green shade fetched a couple of towels which he found hanging in the little kitchen. With these Bob was speedily gagged and bound. The man went through his pockets and found several dollars which he appropriated. Leaving his companion to keep an eye on the young messenger, he began to search the rooms for plunder. Bob felt that he could do nothing to save his sister's property, so he lay and stared at the young rascal whose face was partially obscured by the green shade. There was something familiar about the youth that caused him to think that he had met him before. Suddenly the truth flashed across his brain. This was Beri Pixley, who had escaped from the officers some months before while en route from Barnegat to Jersey City. This knowledge of the youth's identity, however, di

OX TIIE WIXG. That indicated a caller, for it was too i::oon for his sister I head a whack against the of th that made to return. him see numerous star Bob gue ed it was Freddy, who hall told him that he Befote he coulcl grt up lite man from next door had him might call that evening. by the collar. The ring had startled both the rascal. The green shade had fallen oIT an lad from the ofHcers who were escorting him, his there a rhance of their doing f'O without beinpcaught. father and the fellow namea Rdwards to the Jersey City o they nnlocked the door ancl macle a :-nclclen for prison." the !'!air:;, up!'rtting T-'redcly Parkf', who f1toot1 in their way "I remember that told me !'lomething about it at the ju-t as the husband of t11e lady liext cloor appeared on the time. He's a :;lippery rascal, evidently." landing. "Hi slippery days are over for a while, I'll bet." The boy with the p;reen shade cli

ON THE WING. Bob gave Pixley in charge, and locking the flat up he and Freddy accompanied the officer ancl his prisoner to the station. 1 Harker told his story to the sergeant in charge, and Ben was locked up for the night. Next morning he was brought before the magistrate of the Harlem police court, and on Bob's evidence was sent to the Tombs prison. Iri due time he was tried, convicted, and sent to the JJJlmira Reformatory for a term of years, and on the whole he didn't get any more than was coming to him. CHAPTER XV. :JJOB RE.A.ORES THE $100,000 MARK. On the morning following the capture of Ben Pixley, Bob telephoned his office that he would not get downtown until late owing to the fact that he would have to appear at the Harlem pqlice court. When he did get down he explained matters to Mr. Northrup whe he saw him. He also went into Mr. Mudgett's office, and told the old broker that young Pixley had been caught and was now at the Tombs. Then he ran in and saw Eva a few minutes, and told her of the exciting event which had happened in his sis ter's flat. "If it hadn't been for Freddy," said Bob, "we'd prob ably have been cleaned out and the rascals would have escaped. As it is, we lost nothing, and though the man got off we have Ben Pixley all right, and he was one of the chaps implicated in the abduction of Mr. Mudgett." Bob kept his eyes on the ticker that clay whenever he got the chance to look at the tape, and though a great many shares of & T. changed hands, the price was not materially affected. Next day the stock advanced a point and a half, and that was equivalent to a profit of $6,000 for Bob, which was quite satisfactory to him. "I wonder what old Mr. Staples w?uld say if he knew I was able to buy 4,000 shares of P. & T.? No doubt be th01. 1ght that fifty or sixty shares would be about my limit," thought Bob, with a chuckle. "I'm liable to make $50,000 out of this deal, or even more than that. Let me see. Mr. Staples told me to sell out at 80, which is a pretty gO'Od sign the stock will go to that figure. That would me::in a profit of $75,000 for me. At that rate, I can cal r,ulate that I will soon be worth $100,000. That's a pretty tidy sum for a boy of my age. I think sis could afford to give up dressmaking for good and all, and live like a lady heiself." "Freddy," said Bob, when he met Parks next morning, "why don't you buy P. & T.? I believe it's a dead sure winner." "What makes you think it i s?" Bob told him about the .. conversation between the two messenger boys he had overheard in the Exchange." "Looks good; but is it?" "Well, I saw Mr. Staples buying the stock as fast as he could pick it up." "Are you going to take a chance with it?" "I've already taken a chance." "Have you? How many shares did you buy?" "I bought all I could afford." "That must be more than a thousand." "It was." "What is it going at now?" "I think the last quotation I saw was 62 5-8." "What did you give for yours?'" "I gave 61." "Then you are ahead of the game already. I guess I'll go into it." "I would. You won't regret it." "I'll buy 500 shares, and that will take only three-fifths of my funds. So if it should happen to go down I can make good a call for additional margin." "That's a sensible way to look at it, but I don't think it will go any lower for the present. I expect to see it reach 70 by the first of next week." Freddy was impressed by the possibilities of P. & T., and he bought 500 shares, which cost him 62 7-8. During ,the next two days the stock went up very slowly to 65. On Saturday it closed at 66. On Monday the entire market opened strong, and every body .seemed to be in the buying mood. The dearth of sellers stiffened prices all along the line, and it wasn't long before P. & T. had climbed up 1to 70. As business was looking up among the brokers Bob was on the wing more than two-thirds of his time, and con sequently had very little chance to look up his particular stock on the tape during the business hours of the Ex change. Freddy was likewise kept on the go, and neither had a chance t o go to lunch these days till three o'clock. / If they got particularly hungry while they were out, and felt they could skin a few minutes, they'd go into a quick-lunch house and swallow a sa11-dwich and a cup oJ coffee. When they met they merely exchanged a wo;d or two as they passed, and kept right on their way, for nearly every message was important, anc1 could not be delayed. The girls, too, were busy, and so were all the in the who found they had to work over. time to keep up with the flow of business. Things grew more lively as the week went on,. and every day marked higher prices in stocks, P. & T. rapidly near-ing the 80 mark. At length, on the following Thursday, after an exciting five-hour session on the Exchange, P. & T. closed at 80 5-8. .


26 ON THE WING. Bob saw this quotation when he came in from an errand at 3 20. "P. & T. looks good for ten points more, but I'm going to take Mr. Staples's advice and sell out right away. I see my $75,000 profit in sight now, and I'm not going to spoil a good thing by holding on too long. Enough is as good as a feast, especially when there's no dependence to be put in the feast. I must persuade Freddy to sell, too I wouldn't like to see him caught at the eleventh hour. As soon as Bob got off for the day he rushed around to the office of Mr. Dubois, where he found his friend about ready to go home for the day. "Hurry up, Freddy. I'm going around to the bank to order my stock sold You'd better fall in line, too." "Oh, come off, you aren't going to sell out when the s hares are on tlae road to par." when he heard that P. & T., after going to 83, had gone to pieces unde.i pressure. "I'd have been caught only for Bob, he s aid to him s elf. "Next time I won't haggle over any advice he may offer me." When the boys got their statements they found their shares had been sold at 81 1-8. Freddy was richer by $9,000, while Bob had made nearly $80,000 and was worth in round numbers about $107,000. The $7,000 he took home with him that night, and made a present of it to his astonished si s ter. "There now, sis, don't say I never gave you anything. "My gracious!" she exclaimed !'Have you been making more money in stocks?" "That's what I have. I am now worth an even $100,000." But his sister cottlc1n't believe it until he showed her his statement from the bank. "On the road to your grandmother. P. & T. will not 8ee par this trip, if it ever does Put on your hat and come a long." "There's the evidence, and they say figures don't lie. said At any rate, I can swear that those figures tell the sol emn truth." "I'm not going to sell my shares short of 90," Freddy, as they walked out of the office. "If you're going to wait for that figure you'll find yourself in the soup .'' "Ho! What makes you think so?" "Well, I had a tip to sell at around 80 from a man who is close to the clique that is booliling the stock." "Who was it?" "I can't tell yo1t who it was, and ibvottlc1n't do yot1 any good to know. But I have confidence in his advice, and I'm going to be guided by it. You are now 17 points and a fraction to the good That's a matter of $8,500 l'rofit. Better make sure of it while you can. "I figured on making $10,000." "No matter what yot1've figured on making. 'fhe best laid plans often go up the spout. Sell out this afternoon, and you're reasonably sure of a good haul, unless the n1arket should go to pieces at the opening of the Exchange to morrow, which is hardly likely." By this time they had reached the little bank in Nassau and only ju;;t in time to do busines s 13ob pushed up. to the window and told the margin to t1ell him out at the rrtatket in the ntol'hing. "!:-fir< request was dt1ly i'ecorded, and he tttrneO. to Freddy. "Nowj then, get busy and hand in youl' order." Freddy wasn't anxious to do it, but Bob per s uaded him to flo it, and be did. "If P. & T. goes to 85 01' 90 I'll feel like kickin g you h r "It may go t9 85, though I doubt it; but I wouldn't rhance it eveh to win $20,000. It's altogether ioo n proposition, especially for you and I, who are s o busy 1 hcH' clays, and in no position to keep a watch on the way tllinf(R ate going." "I gues s you're right, 0Bob. On the whole, I'm glad I've otcleretl my shares sold." Ile was sevocal times more glad next day about noon, CHAPTER XVI. OOltOLUSION. "We are the people, Bob," said Freddy Parks, whe:t'I. he and his friend congratulated each other over their \vin nings in P. & T. "I am worth fourteen thousand plunks, and the best of it is not one of my folks thinks I'm worth more than $100 I'm going to give them the surpri s e of their life some clay." "Why don't you tell your peo1Jle ?" asked Bob. "I want to wait till I'm worth about $25,000. That will make my governor stare." "But it may be a long time before you reach that figure. The next deal you go into might give you a set-back." "I'll take care only to go into a ptetty sure thing. "You mean that you won't touch the market till you get hold of anothel' tip?" "That's it, and then I'll ohly put up about half my funds. I don't believe in laking loo 111any chance s." "I'm glad to hear you say so. I had all I could do to get you to s ell out P. & T. the other night in time to s ave you from next clay's slunip." "I wa s fooli sh, but I'm going Lo be wis e after thi s 'l'he more money I have lhe hatder I fee l l!ke holdin g on to it. It woulc1 break me up to lo s e that $1!,000 in any deal." "The be s t way to keep it i s not to ri s k it. You coulr1 loan it out at 5 per cent a year. That would giv e y on an income of $700 or n e arly twice a s much a wee k a s you're getting from Mr. Duboi s fot your servi ces a s me sfehger." "If you loaned your money out at that rate you'd earn $5,000 a year. If I was in your shoes I'd quit the lharket for good, and not take any more chance s "I disagree with you, Freddy. I think I've 111oftey


ON THE WING. --' enough to speculate with successfully when I see a good chance-that is, on the slow and sure principle." The boys were on their way home, and they argued the matter until Freddy left the train one station south of Bob's destination "What are you going to do with that $7,000 I gave you, Edith?" Bob asked his sister that evening at the supper table. "I'm going to give up dressmaking and buy it cosy little two-family house in tho Bronx. By renting half of it I guess we could meet our expense s." "You have an eye to busines s ; I see like mysel." "Yes, I think the plan I have mentioned i s the most sen sible one I could adopt, don't you?" "I think it' s all right. You ought to be able to get a good house for that amount of money if you don't pick out a too expen s ive neighborhood." They talked the matter over for an hour, and then Bob went out to call on a friend in the next block. On the following Sunday Bob took Eva Haven s up to Bronx Park after she had called at the Harker flat and had dinner with the brother and sister. They strolled around the park for an hour or so, and finally sought a secluded nook where there was a bench Here they talked together in low tones on subject s of special interest only to their tw9 sehes Bob now felt that he was pretty solid with Eva-at any rate, she went out with nobody else, and always s eemed glad to have him call at her house, which he made a point of doing once a week. While they were talking together on the bench Bob sud t denly became consciou s that two m e n had come to that locality and stopped just on the other side of the bu s he s which screened the bench in a kind of g reen bower Presently the drift of their conversation became apparent to him. They were talking about two railroad companies hith erto rivals, that had come to an amicable arrangement to pool their freight and passenger traffic, quit cutting rates, and to raise their tariff charges. The securities of both roacls had heen at a low price for a long time on account of the financial diffic ultie s into which this ruinous competition had forced the companies. In fact, it was rumored about the financial di s tri c t that one of tli.e roads would soon be forced into a receiver's hands. This unfortunate state of affairs was now relieved by the mutual a g reement in question, which was bound to lead to the rehabilitation of both roads, and advance the value of their stock and bonds. "The s hare s of both road s are bouncl to g o up at lea s t ten point s when this n e w s get out s aid one of the un s e en' s peaker s "At present the D & W.'s stock is going begging at 40, while the I. & N. is a slow seller at 45. We must load up on both, Hens ltaw, at once, for the con firmation of the deal will s oon be publicly announced, and then there will be a rush on the part of brokers and th e general public io gobble up all ihat' s in sight. The s hare s may even go to 60 in the first flurry, perhaps hi g her, but, of course, will settle down to about 50 for D. & W., and 56 or so fQr I. & N." "I'm with you, Withers,'' replied Mr. Henshaw. "We s hould make a good thing out of this bit of inside infor mation. It's too bad we haven't more money to invest. And there isn't time enough to raise a loan on our rr.al estate." "We've got a bunch of gilt-edge securities that we can hypothecate for the time being. It's true they don't belong to u s but that doesn't matter, as we will be able to recover them inside of a couple of weeks, and no one will be the wiser "It will be safe to use them, I guess. I also control about $100 000 worth of Boston City 5's, left to my niece by her father's will. I'll raise $65,000 on them easily enough "You're lucky. I wish I _was some wealthy girl's guar dian, too, at this moment." The voices then grew less distinct, which showed that the two men, who probably were Wall street brokers, were walking away from the spot. "\Yell s aid Bob, in a tone that betrayed not a little excitement "did you hear what those men said?" "Every word," replied Eva. "And you must know that we have accidentally ac quired a first-class tip on the affairs of two railroads whose. i:;ecurities are bound to go up, as those gentlemen said, a s soon a s the news of the peace arrangements are made public." "It would seem so," said the girl. "Now I think here is a chance for me to more than double my $100,000," went on Bob, eagerly. "The shares of both roads will certainly advance ten points as soon a s 'the n e w s gets out on the Street. I could buy 10,000 s hare s of the stock of each road on margin. That would cos t me $95 000, with a profit of $200,000 in sight." "My gracious!" exclaimed Eva, with sparkling eyes. "Are you really going to do it?" "I think I will after I have looked the matter up." "Why, you'll be worth a mint of money by and by." "I hope so, but I shan't enjoy it unless--'1 "Unless what?" "You promise to share it with me, Eva, some day." The fair looked down at the grass and blushed deeply. "Do you care enough for me to promise to marry me some time?" he asked .It was some moments before Eva answered, and then s he said "Yes" very low. That was enough for Bob, who put his arms around her and kissed her. They were as happy as two turtle doves after that, and both forgot all about the valuable pointer that had come to them a little while before.


28 ON THE WING. Next morning Bob began to make some inquiries about the two Wes tern roads in question. .., He found there were rumors of a deal between the companies floating about the Street, but nothing definite had come to light That afternoon he bought 2;000 shares of E)ach of the roads on the usual margin at the little bank in Nassau street, and he induced Freddy to buy 1,000 shares of each. They got the D. & W. at 40 and'. the I. & N. for '.lo5. Next day Bob went to a big brokerage house and 5,000 shares of D. & W. / On the following day he bought 5,000 shares of I. & N. from another broker. The price on each was the same as on the preceding day. Next morning the newspapers announced the consum mation of the deal between the two roads, but the 'intelli gence was unofficial. Nevertheless, the mere announcement, unconfirmed as it was, caused considerable excitement around the stand / of the two roads, and considerable activfty in the -hares was the result, eaoh advancing a point. That afternoon Bob put practically the rest of his mon e:y into 3l000 shares of each road at the advanced figure. It WJJ.s a tremendous deal for a boy to engage in, but he had the courage of his convictions, and did not feel a bit : nneasy over the ultimate result. Freddy, on the strength of another conversation with 'Bob, purchased 5 00 shares more of each of the stocks Then both boys, with all 1 their money at stake on the turn of Fortune's wheel, lay back on their oars and watch ed for results. holdings right away; as there was likely to be a decline at any moment. Bob went around to the different brokers with whom he had made deals, and ordered them closed out. He then accompanied Freddy to the bank in Nassau street, and both closed out their holdings there at next morning's market price. The sales were made at figures that netted Bob some thing over $400,000, and Freddy $39,000. 'Ihus Bob became worth half a million, and Freddy over $50,000. They both resigned their positions as messengers after that, hired a suite of offices, and devoted their attention exclusively to the, market-young operators, in fact They did not attempt to carry on a brokerage business at all, but bought and sold stocks through regular brokers for themselves alone. In this way they gradually increased their capi tal, and enjoyed the unlimited satisfaction of being their own bosses. When Bob attained his twenty-second year he and Eva Havens were married. Freddy, as a matter of course, was best man at the wedding 1 Mildred Snow officiated as bridesmaid. The bride received many elegant presents, chief of r which was a $50,000 diamond and pearl necklace from Bob. Andrew Mudgett and William Northrup were both at the ceremony, which took place at the bride's home in Brooklyn, and several other brokers of the younger set were likewise present to give Bob a good send-off Next day was Friday, and the Street was full of the deal_ Bob and Freddy are still partners, with a splendid suile between the two roads, but there was as yet no official conof offices on the fifth floor of the Barnum Building, and of it at the offices of, cither road. thi) former is said to be worth $f,500,000 at lea st ., Lots of brokers and out s ide s peculators, however, Re and Freddy are also constant aseociates outside of ed confident that the intelligence was true, and b11cked the office, and often visit one another's private dens at their views with cash, so that a lot of business was trantheir residences, where they like to talk about old times in in the shares, and the price went up another point. \Vall street, when they were both On the Wing at a very 'on the following day the Exchange had hardly opened humble salary. for business when the news of the pooling arrangement between the two roads was officially confirmed. Then there was a mad rush to get some of the stock, and .p. &ii W. advanced to 46, and I. & N. to 52 by the time the chair:inan's gavel fell at noon. Bob spent Sunday with Eva at her home, as it was too chillly to go anywhere. They could hardly talk of anything but the money that the young messenger expected to make out of his big deal. Next day both D & W. and I. & N. opened seven eighths of a point higher than on Saturday, and by three o'clock the former was going at 55 and the latter at 62. There was tremendous excitement all day at Hie Ex change, and this increased to fever heat on the following day, when the roads advanced five points more. I The boyf!, after a decidea to sell out their THE END. Read "A CHASE FOR A FORTUNE; or, THE BOY '-, WHO HUSTLED," which will be the next number (79) of "Fame and Fortu:ie Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbars of this weekly 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 receive the copies you order by return mail.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are ba sed on actual fact s and give a fa i t hful account of t h e exciting adventures of a brave band of American y o uth s who were always ready and w illing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independ ence. E v ery number will cons i st of 32 l arge pages of r eading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 286 The Llberty Bo y s' Daring Raid ; or, not Times at Verplanck' s 25 2 The Liberty B oys' Own Mar k ; or, Troubl e fo r the Torle 1 P oint 253 The Liberty B oys a t N ewport; or, T h e Rho d e Island 2 8 7 T h e Liberty B o y s and Sim o n Kenton; or, the British 254 The Liberty B oys and "Blllck Joe" ; o r T h e Negro Who el p e d 288 T hoen Beaten, or, Fighting at C oc k IIlll" Fort. 2 5 5 The Liberty Boys Hard a t Work; or, After t h e M arau ders B d C 256 The Liberty Boys and t h e "Shlrtmen" ; or, Helpin g the Virgini a 289 The Liberty Boys and Major Kelly; or, The Brave rl ge-utter. Rifl e m e n 2 9 0 T h e Liberty Boys' Deadshot Baud; o r, Gen eral Wayne and the 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort N el s o n ; or, The E li zabeth Ri ve r Cam2 9 1 Boys at Fort Schuyler; or, The Idiot ot German palgn. F lats. 258 The Liberty Boys and Capt a i n Betts; or, Trying to D own Try o n. 292 T h e Libe rty Boys Out With IIerklmer; or, Fighting the Battle 259 The Libe rty Boys at B e m i s Heights; o r, Help ing to Beat Bur-of Oriskany. goyne. 29 3 The Liberty Boys and Moll Pitche r : or, The Brave Woman Gun260 The Liberty Boys and the "Little R e b els" ; or, T h e Boys Who ner. Bo there d the B ri t ish. 2 94 The Liberty Boys' Bold Dash: or, The Skirmish at PeeksklJI Bay. 261 The Liberty B oys at New London; or, The Fort Gri s w old Mas2 95 T h e Liberty Boys and Ro chambeau: o r Fighting wi t h French Allies. 262 Thsea'l?bert y Boys and Thomd..I J e lferson ; o r, How T h ey Saved the 296 The Liberty Boys at Staten Island; or, SpyiWc Upon the British. Governor. 29 7 T h e Lib erty Boys With Pulnam ; o r, Good \ ork in the Nutmeg 263 The Libe r t y B oys B a n ishe d ; or, S ent Away by General Howe. 298 Boys' Revenge; or, Punishing tho Tories. 264 The L i b e r t y Boys at t h e Stat e Line; o r Desperate Do ings o n t h e 2 9 9 T h e Lihert. y Hoys at nunderberg: or, The F all of the Highland Forts. Dat1 R ive r 300 Tbe Liberty B 'oys with Wayne ; or, Daring Deeds at Stony Point. 1 65 The Liberty Boys' T errible Trip; or, O n Time in S pite of Every 3 0 1 T he Libe rty Boys as Cavalry l:lcouts; or, The Cb arge of Wa. e hingt.on's thing. Brigade. 266 The Liberty B oys' Setback ; o r Be set b y Re d coats, Redskins and 302 The Lib erty Boys on Island 6 : o r, The Patriot of the Delaware. Torie s 303 The Liberty Boys' Gallant S tand : or, R ounding up the Redcoats. 267 The Liberty Bo y s and t h e Swe de; o r The Scandinavian Recruit. 304 The Lib erty Boys Out6n.uk ed; or, The Battle of Fort MUiiin. 268 The Liberty Boy s "Best Licks" : o r Working Hard to Win. 3 B H t Fl ht c t t l Th 1 Way to Freedom 269 The Liberty B oy s a t R ocky Mount; 01-, lle lping Genernl Sumle r. 05 T h e Liberty oys o g ; or, u ng er 2 70 The Liberty B oys and t h e Regu lators ; o r llun n ing the Royal i s t s 306 Tbe Liberty Boys' Night Attack; or, Fighting the Johnson Greens. to Cover. 307 T h e Liberty Boys and Brave Jane M'Crea; or, After the Spy of 271 The Liberty B oy s after Fenton ; or, The Tory Desperado. Hubbardton. 272 The Lib e r t y B oy s and Captain !<'alls: or, The Battle of RamThe Lih ertv Bo:vs Rt W etzell's l\flll : or, Cheated by the British. s our' s M iils. -309 The Liberty Boys With Daniel Boone; or, The Battle o t Blue 273 The Liberty Boy s a t Brier Creek: or, ('basi ng the Enemy. Licks. 274 The Libert y Boys and the Mysterious Frenchman: or, T h e Secre t 310 The Lib erty Boys' Girl Alli es; or, The Patriot Sisters ot '76. Mess enge r o f King Louis. 311 The Liberty Boys' Hot Rally: or, Changing Defeat Into Victory. 275 The Libert y B oy s after t h e "Pine R o bbers"; or, The Monmouth 312 The r,lb erty Boys Disappointe d ; or, Route d by the R e d coats. County M a rauders 3 1 3 Tbe Liberty Boys' Narrow gscape; or, G etting out of New York. 276 The Liberty 13oys and General Pic k ens; o r Chas ti sing t h e C h ero314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The' Liveliest Day on Reckees. ord. 277 The Liberty B oys a t Blac kstock's; o r T h e Battl e of Tyger River. 315 The Lib erty Boys In Danger: or. Warne d In the Nick ot Time. 278 The Libert y Bo y s and t h e "Busy Bees"; or, L i vely Work all 316 'l'he Liberty Boys' Failure: or, Trying to Catc h a Traitor. Round. 317 The Liberty Boys at Fort H erkimer; or, Out Against the R e d279 The L iberty B oys and E mil y Geige r ; o r Afte r t h e Tory S couts. skins. 280 The Liberty B oys' 2 00-M i l e Retr e at; o r Chased from Catawba to 318 The Liberty Boys' Dark Day : or, In the Face of D e f eat. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored C overs \ I A new one issued every Friday Price 5 a This Weekly contains interesting stories of-smart boys, who win fam e and fortune by their abilitt to take advantage. of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUilLISltlm. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, -The Cutesi Boy In Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luc k ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Corner In Corn; br, How a Boy Did the Trick. 4 A Game ot Chance; or, The Boy "'ho Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy In Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor In Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record or a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or. The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston l:loy. 12 A Diamond In the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy In Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 A Good Thing ; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trader In Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise In Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy In Wall Street. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, '.rh e Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It 'l.'hrough; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 '!'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or. '.rhe Boy Who M a d e a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; or, Th!l Young Miners o f Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece: or, The Boy Brokers of 'Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Coco s Island 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy In Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 36 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who Couldn' t be Done 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 !'


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