On the curb, or, Beating the Wall Street brokers

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STORIES Of BOYS HD make ONEY. The bearded man stopped suddenly, caught Charlie around the neck with a. strangle hold and held him. Phil, precipitating himself upon the other rascal, seized him, football fashion, around one leg. Man, satchel and boy went down in a heap.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luue d Weekl11-B11 Subscr i p tion $2.50 p e r 11ear. E nte1e d a ccording to A c t of C o ngresa, in t h e year 1101. in the offece o f the Libraria-1) of C ong reBI, Wa.hingt on, D C., b11 Frank 7 ouse11, Publiahe1-, 24 U nion Squaro, New Y o ik. No 92. NEW YORK, .JULY 5, 190 7 \ PRICE 5 ON TtiE CURB OR, BEATING THE WALL STREET BROKERS' By A SELF-MADE MAN CHA PTER I. / .A. BOL D ROBBERY. "Good mor n ing, D aisy." "Good morning, Phi l. This sa l utation p asse d b e tween a good-looking, well dressed boy of ninetee n and a pretty young lady of eigh teen, who met on e mornin g at the corner of Wall and Nassau streets a few m inutes b ef ore nine. Phil Bascom, who was messe n ge r and a kind of general clerk for Roger Whitehead, a Curb broker with an office in the Hercules Building, Broa d Street had come down Wall Street from the subway statio n ; while Daisy Maitland, who was stenographe r fo r the same t r a d e r, had come by way of Nassau Stree t fro m the Brid g e as s h e lived in Brooklyn. P h il a.fter r ais in g his h a t, took the young lady by the arm and escorted he r a cr oss Wall Street, and then across B road Street to t h e sidewa lk in front of the Morgan Bank, whence they b o t h walked s lowly down to the Hercules B uilding. "Fine morning, is n t i t ?" remarked the stenographer. "Fine as silk. Don't y ou w ish it was a holiday?" "I wouldn't obj ect i f i t wa s." "You mean you would n t b e here if it was." "Of course I woul d n t b e h e re." "Well cheer up-your s um me r va c ation is coming." "So is Fourth o.f July, Thanksgiving and Christmas," she r ep l ied, l aug hi ng l y "An d Labor D ay Don't leave that out Well, joking aside, I am delig h ted to have the honor of being seen in your c o mpa n y "You d o n t mea n that, do you?" she asked, naively "Sure I do. I sn't i t an honor to be observed in the so c iet y of one of the prettiest girls in Wall Street?" "Phil Ba scom, a r e n t you ashamed to talk in such a rid i c ulou s w ay? asked D a i sy, b l ushing to her eyes. Not at a ll. I m e an eve r y word of it." Plea se l et u s t a l k abou t something e lse. "We hav en t time fo r h ere we are at ou r office building. We'll be up in our office in about two shakes of a lamb's tail." He piloted h e r to an e l evato r whic h carried t hem to t h e sixth floor in less than a mi n ute. Then the y h a d on iy a few steps to go. Phil op el}.ed a door, the fro ste d g l ass upper half of w hich bore the leg end : "Roger Wh i t e head. Stock s M ining a Sp e cialty." "Enter, Mi ss Maitland, h e said, ste ppin g a s ide, wit h a bow. "Aren't y ou just too poli te for anytltin g this m orning !" she said, a s she swept b y him. He chuckled, followed her i n si d e and shut the d oor Phil Bascom was a smart boy. He had worked for Mr. Whi te h ead a bout f our yea rs, and stood high in that gentl eman's good opinion. 1 He was a good boy, too, for h e was the ma in s upport of


2 ON THE CURB. his widowed mother, and liis young twin still at school. The little family lived in a modest flat in Harlem, on the middle east side He had graduated at the public school himself, and passed one year in the high school, but the death of his father, four years since, sent him out into the world to hustle, and he had hustled ever since. Phil and Daisy were excellent friends. He thought a whole lot of her, and, if actions tell the truth, she thought a good bit of him. Being employed in the same office, they were thrown much together, and found considerable pleasure in each other's society. The bookkeeper and cashier had already arrived, also another junior clerk. Phil had a desk just inside of the raiJing, and it was part of his duty to attend to visit.Ors when he was not out carrying mesr:;ages to from his employer, affair the Curb market had opened, or to other brokers at their offices and elsewhere. Phil expected to be a broker some day himself, and was privately fitting himself with experience and market in formation. Very little in the line of his ambition got away from him. His chief desire was to get a financial start on the quiet, but owing to his home responsibilities he could not get ahead to save his life. He had run across several good market tips at one time or another, but having no funds to invest they had proved of no value to him. However, he was not a boy to be discouraged because things didn't seem to come his way in the manner he wanted. He argued that luck was bound to come some time, and he determined to be on hand with both feet when that time came. His first duty that morning was to make out a number of statements for customers, and while he was thus em ployea, Mr. Whitehead came in. Ten minutes later the trader came out into his small re ception-room, which was simply a part of the main office railed off from the space occupied by his clerks. "I want you, Phil," he said; "but first tell Miss Mait land to come in with her notebook." "The boss wants you, Daisy," said Phil, going over to her table in a. corner near one of the windows overlooking Broad Street. Then he preceded her into the private office. "Take this note over to Mr. Green," said the broker, handing him an envelope. "Any answer?" "Yes." Phil found Mr. Green in the elevator, going np to his office, and he handed him the envelope/ The trader tore it open and read it. By that time the _cage had reached the floor and both got out. "Follow me into the office," said Mr. Green, and Phil did so. The broker went into his counting-room. When he returned, he dashed off a few words on a pad, tore the sheet off, enclosed it in an envelope, which he ad dressed to Mr. Whitehead and handed it to the boy. Phil then left. In the corridor he met a particular friend of his named Charley Dean, who worked for a Wall Street broker, known as Richard Dorsey. Charley lived within half a block of him, and they chummed together. They usually came downtown on the same express, but Charley, not being at the station this morning, Phil, after missing one expres; on his account, came down without him. "Hello, Charley!" he e;g:claimed. "Where were you this morning? Oversleep yourself?" "No. I had to go on an errand after a. wMherwoman for '111y mother." "Oh, that was it, eh? Well, don't let it occur again. I lost one train waiting for you." "Maybe I'll lose a train some morning waiting for you, so then we'll be square." "Well, what do you know this morning?" "I know I'm busy, for one thing. This is my third errand since I came to the office." "And this is my first." 1 "You have an easy time of it alongside of me." "How do you know I have?" "Because you haven't that worried look that comes from overwork." "I don't see any signs on face of intense mental strain." Charley grinned, and then an elevator came along and took them on board. When they reached the sidewalk a man came out of an office ahead of them, with a valise in his hand, and started down the street. They would have paid no attention to him but for a startling circumstance that happened so quick that for a moment it tooli: their breath away. It was the very audacity of the thing that staggered them. A bearded man crossed the narrow thoroughfare and sud denly grabbed the man with the valise about the neck, forcing his head back a .nd choking off his exclamation of surprise. Then a smooth-faced man sprang from behind one of the abutments of a big building close at hand, wrenched the valise out of the man's hand and ran down the street with Nathaniel Green's office was in the Vanderpool Building, it as hard as he could put. in Exchange Place, and Phil, getting his hat, started to 'I'he bearded man than whirled his prey into1 the gutter deliver his message. .._and started after his comP.anion in iniquity.


.. ON THE CURB. The two chaps were evidently adepts at their game, for Phil told him. the whole thing was done and over in a few seconds. "The other rascal took me so by surprise that I was "Great Cresar !" exclaimed Phil. "Did you ever see practically helpless before I knew wha't had happened to me. anything like that? We must chase those chaps, Charley. You're a smart boy. What is your name?" Come on." "Phil Bascom." As the two men dashed for the corner, the boys swooped "Work in the Street, don't you?" down on them like a Western cyclone. "Yes, sir. I'm employed by Roger Whitehead, of the The rascals soon discovered that trouble was in store for Hercules Building." them. I "Well, I'm much obliged to you for saving my property. Their plan of action was evidently for one to cover the There is $5,000 in this satchel. I dare say that only for other' s escape. you the villains would have got safely away with it. It The bearded man stopped suddenly, caught Charley would have been a rich haul for them. I shall take care around the neck, with a strangle hold, and held him. to reward you." Phil, precipitating himself upon the other rascal, seized "I don't ask for any reward, sir." him, football fashion, around one leg. "Well, we won't call it a reward, then. I'll rpake you a Man, satchel and boy went down in a heap. little present. A good action should always meet with its CHAPTER IL PHIL GETS A STAKE AND HOW IT GREW. Phil held on to his prisoner like grim death. He was determined that the thief shouldn't get away. The satchel had opened when it struck the walk, and a stream of gold coin, as well as a bunch of bills, had poured out on the sidewalk. "Let me go, will you!" cried the rascal, kicking vigor ously with his captured leg, but Phil didn't release his hold even a little bit. Several passersby now ran up, one of whom stooped down, gathered up the money, and, returning it to the satchel, snapped the catch. "Get an officer, some one," said Phil. "This chap stole that satchel from a man up street, but all the good it will do him will be to land him in the Tombs." The bearded man, realizing that the game was up, had released Charley and fled back U,P the street, finally escap ing up New Street. The man who had been robbed now came rushing into the gathering crowd. He was a well-known broker, named William Travers. "Ha You 've got him, eh?" he exclaimed, snatching up his satchel. "Yes, sir. I put a spoke in his wheel all right." "Good boy. Here comes a policeman." An officer arrived, and, at Mr. Travers's request, collared the thief. The broker explained what had happened. "I'll take him to the Old Slip station, and you must come along to make the charge." "I'll do it. Come on, my lad." "Is it necessary for me to go along?" asked Phil. "Yes," answered the officer; "as you made the capture." Phil said no more, but fell in beside the broker, with Charley on the outside. "How did you manage to catch this chap?" asked Mr. Travers, as they walked along, with a growing crowd their heels. just deserts, just the same as a bad one should get the re verse. This rascal, for instance," will go up the river for his smartness. He has turned his energies into a bad chan nel, and must pay the penalty." When they reached the station the principal personages in the drama lined up before the sergeant's desk. The formalities were soon over. The crook was taken to a cell, while the broker and the two boys left the building. "You will hear from me before the day is over, young man," said Broker Travers, when he parted from Phil at Broad Street. "I mean to write a few words to your em ployer also, commending your conduct." Thus speaking, the broker walked away and the boys separated, each for his own office. "What kept you so long, Phil?" asked Mr. Whitehead, who had been impatiently awaiting his return. His messenger explained the cause of his delay. The broker nodded, the note sent by Mr. Green, then put on his hat and went out. Phil went over to Miss Maitland's table and told her about his stirring experience. She opened her eyes very wide. "What a brave and spunky boy you are," she said, when he had finished. "Thanks, Daisy. Bouquets from you are always tha nk fully received." Then he returned to his desk and got busy. That afternoon a: messenger boy brought tw.o notes to the office from Mr. Travers. One was addressed to Mr. Whitehead, and Phil laid it on his desk. The other being inscribed to himself, he opened the en velope. A sheet of paper ana a check fell out. The first contained a few words as follows: "Phil Bascom-Kindly accept the enclosed check as a testimonial of my appreciation for your valuable services of this morning. Yours truly, "WILLIAM TRAVERS."


4 ON THE CURB. The check entitled Phil to draw tlie sum of $500 from Phil said to himself. "Nothing like making hay while the the Manhattan National Bank. sun shines." He gazed at it with all his eyes. He knew a little bank in Nassau Street where small Was luck coming his way at last? orders were received from persons whose capital only per-It looked like it. mitted them to speculate on a limited scale. When Mr. Whitehead came in he read the note. He went around there at the :first chance he got and Then he showed it to Phil. bought 100 shares of H. & D. at 39, on a ten per cent. It was very complimentary toward the yo1fng messenger. margin. "He sent me a check for $500, Mr. Whitehead," said With the memorandum of the transaction in his pocket Phil. he awaited results. "Did he? Well, I guess you deserve it, all right. Want me to cash it for you?" "If you will, sir." "Certainly," and Phil went home with the money in his pocket. There was a paragraph in the afternoon paper about the affair, the particulars of which the reporter had picked off the police blotter. Phil's name was printed as large as life. It made him blush, but then that was because he had never been in the limelight before. He showed the article to his mother and sisters, and added many points that the reporter hadn't been able to get. Then he showed his mother the $590. "I'll give you $100, mother. I might want to use the balance some day soon if I see a good chance to double it in Wall Street. Some mothers would have insisted on taking the whole boodle. But that wasn t Mrs. Bascom's way. She had the utmost in Phil, for was not he the man of the hol1se? He had certainly occupied that position, with credit to himself, for the last four and he was determined to do better in the future. Next day, Mr. Whitehead sent Phil with a note to a broker in the Astor Building in Wall Street. He found the reception-room crowded with customers, and among them were several brokers. Three of these traders were talking, not far from Phil. They had called to ask the Astor Building broker to go into a pool to boom a certain stock. Phil heard them canvassing the subject. He learned the names of the men who had already agreed to go into the combination, the names of several who were expected to nrnnd out the list, and finally, at the last mo ment, he discovered that the name of the stock to be boosted was H. & D. When he left the office after delivering his message he was satisfied that he had acquired a good tip. He looked up H. & D. when he got back to the office. It was going at 39, a very low price, !or the company had been in the dumps for more than a year, for one reason or another. "I'm going to get right in on the ground floor with this," He didn't have very long to wait before there was some-thing doing in H. & D. In about three days it went up two points. That looked encouraging. On the following day it went up two more, and on the third, another two. That put Phil $600 to the good. But he was in no hurry to sell out, for he believed the stock would go higher. "There are a dozen big monied men behind that stock, and theire going to make a good thing out of it, I'll bet," he said to himself. He was quite right in his surmise. The real boom. began on the following day, when Phil heard from Charley that the New York Stock Exchange was in an uproar, owing to developments in H. & D. Charley didn't know that Phil had any interest in the stock, and Phil didn't volunteer the information. He believed that a still tongue indicates a wise head in business. So he said nothing about the matter and sawed wood, as the saying is. That day H. & D. went from 45 to 58. Next day it went to 65. "I guess I'd better get out from under while I'm on the safe side," Phil advised himself. "It's too risky for me to hold ori any longer. If I was able to stand by a ticker all the time I might take more of a chance, though I might be a fool just the same. A bird in the hand is worth a dozen in the bush. I'm going to sell out right away and collect my profits So he ordered his 100 shares sold at the market. They went at 65 3-8. When he received his statement and check from the bank he found that he had made $2,600. Thus Dame Fortune had played him a favorite, and in side of two weeks he became the possessor of a capital of $3,000. CHAPTER III. A POINTER THAT NETTED PHIL TEN THOUS.A.ND DOLL.A.RS. With a capital of $3,000 at his back, Phil felt like a different boy. He was assured that he had mounted the :first rung of the laader of success. "I've got a start at last," he told himself. "N qw it's up


ON THE CURB. to m e t o g o on doing better Tha t was m y lucky d ay wh en l cau ght the thi e f who tried to get away with Mr. Travers's s a tchel. Luc ky day umbet Two was when I picked up the tip on II. & D. Now I'm on the lookout for Numbe1 Thre e." S e v e ral w eeks went by and still nothing happened worthy of his attention. One night h e and Charley came down to West Fortysec ond Stre e t to see a popl!-lar play at one of the theatres in tha t n e i g hborhood. The seats they bought were in the front row of the second balcony at the top of the house. The entrance to, as well as exit from, this part of the house was on Forty-first Street. When the show was over they started for the Times Square underground station. A bout half a block from the theatre they saw a well dr e ssed man trying to cover the whole sidewalk at one time, with rather indifferent success. "He's got a dandy jag on," remarked Dean. Apparently he had. As the boys drew near he lost his footing near the curb and went down all in a heap. Phil rushed forward to assist him, while Charley chased his silk tile, which was skating along the stones. "Shay, boy, whazzer matter with the sidewalk?" asked the gentleman, with an idiotic smile, as Phil labored to hold him upright. "Nothing, sir; sidewalk is all right," replied the young messenger. "All right, you shay? Why, it seems to move up and down as though it was on (hie) rollers." "Hadn't I better call a cab for you ?" asked Phil. The gentleman swayed back and forth, with his hands on the boy' s shoulders. "Where am I, anyway?" he asked, thickly. 1Forty-first Street and Seventh Avenue." "Did you shay call a cab?" "Yes, sir. I think you'd better go home in one." "All right, boy. Call cab. Sidewalk too slippery to night. Must get home somehow." "Charley," said Phil. "Go around on Forty second Street and get a cab." Dean hurried off to execute the coII)mission. "What's your name, sir, and where do you live?" asked Phil, supporting the intoxicated man with some difficulty, as his feet seemed troubled with a tendency to fold up under him. "Name Barrows Live at No. Madison Avenue. Pay cab and keep change," said the gentleman, pulling out a wad of bills and forcing it into Phil's hand. Phil decided to keep the money and return it to the gentleman on the following evening, as he had an idea that if he gave it back to the inebriated man the cabman might get it at the end of the journey As Charley was away some time the gentleman began to grow impatient. He wanted fo walk on again. "Let's go to corner and have drink, boy," he insisted. "I never drink, and I think you've had enough already," replied Phil, holding on to him "Shay, what right have you to (hie) dictate to me, boy? If I shay want a drink, my business Understand?" "That's all right," replied Phil, in a conciliatory tone, "but you want to get home, don't you?" "Lots time to get home. All night before us. I'm just whooping things up a bit. Made raft of (hie) money today More in sight L. & G. going up out of sight. Make a million before (hie) week is out "You're a stock broker, then?" said Phil. "Nothing else." "What makes you think L & G. is going out of sight?" "Shay, boy, question impertinent. Understand?" Phil under s tood and said no more on the subject. The man then made another attempt to go on to the corner, but fortunately at that point the cab rolled up and Phil and Charley got him into it. Phil gave the driver :M:r. Barrows's addre s s and paid his fare {o his home, then the vehicle dash

6 ON THE CURB. "If you've no objection, sir, I'd like to go down to Mr. Barrows's office. If it's the same gentleman, I want to give him back his money." "Very well, you may go. He ought to be greatly obliged to you for taking charge of his roll. I've no doubt but he stood a good chance of losing it but for your thoughtful ness." Accordingly, Phil called at the office of-Ingoldsby, rows & Co., and asked to see ;Jack Barrows. "Name and business?" asked the clerk, who came to meet him. "Phil Bascom. Business strictly private." He was told to walk into a private room, where he im mediately recognized the gentleman of the night before, seated at his desk. He wheeled around in his chair and asked Phil what he could do for him. He looked decidedly fishy about the eyes, and there were other traces of dissipation in his countenance. "''Have you any recollection of having seen me before, Mr. Barrows?" the boy asked. The broker looked at him a moment and then shook his head. "Then you don't remember that I put you in a cab last night and sent you home to No. Madison Avenue?" "You put me in a cab?" flushed the broker. "You put me in a cab?" he repeated. "Yes, sir,'' replied Phil, who then went on to narrate the circumstances of the case. "You pushed a roll of money into my hand, told me to pay your fare and keep the change. I thought I'd follow your directions under the circumstances Now I've brought the nioney back to you. There it is There is $675 in that wad, and I think I did the right thing in keeping it over night. The broker seemed a bit staggered. He was aware that he had had a large sum of money in his pocket when he started out to have a good time the evening before, and that he had found himself strapped that morning when he looked in his pockets. He presumed that he had either spent it foolishly or that some of it had taken from him. Barrows looked at the roll of money and then at Phil. For a moment he was undecided whether to acknowledge his weakness and take the bills, or resent the boy's state ment with indignation. Phil had a suspicion of the state of his feelings, and endeavored to put him at his ea .se by making as light as possible of the incident. The trader listened to him in silence. "Have you mentioned this matter to anybody else, young man ?" he asked. but you had better keep the money and forget the circum stances. I don't care to have the story get out.',. "I shall say nothing about the affair to anybody, you may depend on that. As for keeping the money, I couldn't think 2f doing such a thing. I have no right to it at all. I simply did my duty toward you, as I should have done to anybody else under similar circumstances, and I don't take pay for such a thing as that." "But I should like to make you a present. Take half of the money." "No, sir. Not a dollar." "But you have placed me under a great obligation to you, and I want to square myself." "Very well. Perhaps you can do that by answering me one question. :But you are not bound to do it." "What is the question you want me to answer?" "You said last night to me that you had made a raft oi money yesterday, and that there was more in sight." "Well?" "You -said that L. & G. was going out of sight. The ques tion I wish to ask is this: W you advise me to buy a few shares of that stock on margin, with the view of making a stake?" Mr. Barrows looked at him a moment or two in silence. "How much money have you got to speculate with?" "Three thousand dollars." "How much?" asked the broker, in surprise. Phil repeated the amount. "I I give you an answer to your question, will you promise me on your word of honor to say nothing about what happened last night, and to keep mum what I tell you here?" "I have already promised to say nothing about last night's affair, and I shall keep my word, whether you an swer my question or not. It isn't necessary to try and bribe me. I think, on the whole, you'd better not answer my question," said Phil, rising and making a start for the door. "Hold on," said the broker, hastily. "All I want is your assurance that you will not mention a word about L. & G., if I give you a straight tip by which you can double your money." "All right, sir, I won't open my mouth on the subject to any one at all." "Very well. Then buy L. & G. at the market. It's going this morning around 58. Hold it till it reaches 80, and then get out, quick." "Thank you, sir. I will follow your directions." Phil bade him good morning and returned to the office. When he carried a message to Mr. Whitehead on the street, :fifteen minutes later, he went into a brokerage house "To no one but my employer, sir." nearby and bought 500 shares of L. & G. at 58, putting u.p "Who do you work for?" a margin of $2,900. "Roger WhiteheM, of the Hercules Building." The stock rose to 61 that day; went to 69 on the follow" Curb broker, isn't he?" ing day; to 75 on the clay after, and was still going up when "Yes, sir." Phil ran into the broker's office where he had made the deal "I am much obliged to you for what you did for me, and ordered a sale at 80.


/ O N THE CURB. It reached that figure on the morning of the fi;rnrth day, and all Phil had to do was to figure up his profits, which he found amounted to $10,500 That was a big haul, but he managed to keep his head, and he did not even tell his -friend Charley Dean how fortunate he had been. When he went home that afternoon he carried $500 with him, which he handed to his mother, with the remark that he had made a lucky strike in the market the day before, and he wanted to make her a little present on the strength of it. CHAPT E R IV. "LA WYER DILLINGHAM." It was about this time that Phil was summoned before the grand jury to te s tify again s t Pete Glick, the rascal who h ad tried to get away with William Travers's satchel in Exchange Place that morning. 11Ir. Travers was also present as a witness. An indi ctment was found against the fellow, whd was identified as a Chicago crook, and the papers sent to the district attorney's office. De tee ti ves had tried to dis cover the identity of his companion, the bearded or disguised man, but failed to do so, Glick refusing to sq ueal on his associate. This man, however, was watchin g Phil Bascom, off and on, for he was d ete rmined to get back at the young mes s enger for queering the job. The beard he had worn that day was a false one, and he had, of course, discarded it. With another suit of clothes, and a short mustache, he looked altogether a different man. He was further protected by the fact that he was not known to the police of New York. Th e refor e he ventured into the financial district two or three times a w eek with perfoct impunity. Still the cleverest of crooks make mistakes that in the end often l ead to their undoing. It was so with this fellow, whose name was .Josep_h Achi son. On the clay he made the assault on 1\ir. 'T'ravers, he wore on the little finger oi his right hand a large and peculiar ring, representing an enameled coiled snake, with a ruby for an eye. As he had a great fancy for th i s ornament, he con tinued to wear it, never dreaming that some day it might prove the means of landing him in jail. \\Then the rascal caught Charley Dean, and worked the strangle grip on him, the boy hac1 caught a good look of the ring, and though ihe mati.cr had afterward slipped bis memory it only needed another s ight of the ring to refresl1 his recollection. Phil and Charley wer e accustomed to meet at the corner of Wall ancl Broad streets after they were through for the day, ancl take an und e rground express 1:P to 135th Street, the nearest slation to their homes. 1 One afternoon they carrfE together as usual and started u p Wall Street A man who had followed Phil from the Herc u les B u ild ing came up and touched him on the shot: l der This man was Joseph Achison. The two boys looked at him, but did n ot recognize h i m as the crook who had figured in the Exchange P lace affair. "I beg your pardon," he said to Phil, "but i s n't your name Bascom?" "That's my name all right," replied Whitehead s mess enger "My name is Dillingham. I'm a lawyer Coul d you spare the time to accompany me to my officC"? I have a b t matter of some importance to talk to you a o u Phil was astonished. What matter o.f importance cou l d this stra n ge l awyer have to bring to his attention? "What is the matter? You are a stranger to me, a n d I am s ure I don't know of anything that I coulcl be interested in from a legal point of view. "I cannot go into particulars on the street. You w ill fin cl it worth your while to go with me. It w ill probab l y be a matter of fin:mcial benefit to you. "Where is your office?" "On Naosau Street." "In one of: the big office buildings?" "Well, no; it's on l y an ordinary bui l ding. "Have you any objection to my friend going a l ong?" "I would prefor that he did not. It is a matter that is for your ears alone At that moment Charley gave Phil a dig in the ribs, the import of which he could not tmderstand, but he knew it meant something. "If you can't give me some idea of the nature of the cow rnunication you want to make to me I don't thin k I care to go to your office," said Phil. "I assure you, Bascom, that it is a matte r o f impo r t ance," said the pretended lawye,r. "Well, I don't care to go to day, at any rate. Giv.e me the number of your office and I may go up the r e t o morrow afternoon at this hour." "I can make it to morrow, if you say you' ll be there," said the man, with a disappointed look; "but as I 11 bave to put aside other business to meet you, I want to know if I can rely on your keeping the e n gagement "I'll keep it unle5s I noti fy you b y a post a l car d t o the contrary." "All right," replied the supposed l awyer, I ll look for you at four o'clock." With that he said "Good day" a n d starte d up Nassa u Street. "What did you punch me in the ribs for jus t now, Charley?" asked Phil. "Did')'ou notice the ring that lawyer wor e ?" "No." "It was a coiled, ena meled s n ake, wit h a la rg e rup y for an eye.


\ 8 ON THE CURB. 'What about it?" : tI've seen that ring, or its counterpart, before." "What has that got to do with me?" "It miglrt have a good deal to do with you, and then, again, it might not." "I wish you'd make the matter a little clearer." "I'm going to. That ring, or its mate, was on the finger the same one, too, of the bearded rascal who nearly strangled me that morning that you ca.Ptured the valise thief "Is that so?" exclaimed Phil, coming to a stop and looking into his companion's face. "What are you trying to get at? That this lawyer, Dillingham, who stopped me just now and wanted me to go to his office, is connected in some way with that crook? Is that the idea you've got in your head?" "I have a strong suspicion th0;t he is." "Is the ring the only evidence on which you base your suspicion?" _, "I was sizing him up while he was talking to you and noticed that he is about the same height and build as the bearded man. Now, you don't know this la .wyer, and you haven't the slightest idea what he wants with you. Adding those facts to the ring, I advise you to be on your guard. I punched you in the ribs because I was afraid you intended going with him. You can't tell but what this is a job to get you some place where he and others can do you up." "What object could he have in doing me up even if he was the bearded man, with his beard shaved off?" "I'm not a mind reader so I can't answer that question. I'd look up a business directory in the morning and see if there is really a Lawyer Dillingham in Nassau Street. Another thing you might do, and that is get off at the Bridge station in the morning, walk down Nassau Street and go into that building, the address of which he gave you, and see if he has a regular office there. You could ask the janitor about him, too." "I think you're making a mountain out of a mole hill, Chaxley. I dare say that ring you saw on the bearded man's hand is only one out of hundreds of a similar design, manu factured and sold by the jewelry trade. Under such cumsta:rtces a hundred or more of those rings may be float ing around this city on the fingers of men who have taken a fancy to the ornament and can afford to pay for them." "That's right, too; but for all that I believe on being on the safe side. That bearded crook has been hunted for by. dete9tives and not found." "There's one point against your theory that this lawyer is the same man, and that is a smart crook would hardly be such a fool as to come down here with that ring on his finger still. How does he know but you noticed the ring, as you actually did, and reported the fact to the police, as it seems you did not? Why didn't you describe the ring to the police at the time?" "I forgot all about it until I saw the ring on that law yer's finger." . "It may be too late now, but I guess you d better do it just the same." The boys ran down the subway stairs and dashed for a train that bad just rolled in at the station. Phil soon forgot about Lawyer Dillingham and his strange request, and next morning did not get out at the Bridge station and walk down Nassau Street, as Charley had suggested. / Charley was not with him or he might have reminded him. During the morning, as Phil wascarrying a message to the Vanderpool Building, he suddenly thought of the law yer, and on his way b'ack to the office he stopped in at Mr. Travers's office and asked to see him. Mr. Travers, however, was at the Exchange, so he didn't see him. He thought the matter of sufficient importance to speak to Mr. Whitehead a9out it as soon as he got a chance. The broker advised him to go slow about keeping an en gagement with a strange man unless he was satisfied he really was a reputable lawyer. "I'll let you off half an hour. Run up to the address he gave you and see if this Dillingham is really what he represents himself to be." Phil found the building without any trouble. It was an old four-story structure. There was a weather-stained board the street en trance, with the name of the tenants painted on it. In. a small space under the fourth floor section he saw the name of "Horace Dillingham, Lawyer," painted. It appeared to have been very recently put there. "He's got an office here all right,'' muttered Phil; "but it is an odd building for a lawyer to be in if any good at all. I'd give something to learn business he has with me." ( He had hardly expressed the thought when a hand was laid on his shoulder, and a voice said : "I see you've come up here ahead of time, Bascom ; but I guess I can accommodate you now as well as later on:" Phil turned around and confronted the Lawyer Dillingham. CHAPTER V. PHIL WALKS INTO A TRAP AND IS SAVED BY CHARLEY DEAN. "Well, Mr. Dillingham, what is the business you wish to see me asked Phil. "Come upstairs to my office and you shall kno w all about it," replied the man, taking him by the arm. "I haven't time to go up now. I must get back to my office right away." "I won't detain you but a few minutes." "Why can't you tell me here? There's no one around, and it will save time." "I have a document upstairs I wish you to see." "What is it about?" "It would take me too long to explain what it is. When


ON THE C U RB. 9 you have read it you will und e rstand b e tter than any exp l anatio n I c ould give you." "But wha t ha v e I to do with the document?" "You will under s tand what you have to do with it when you see it." Phil didn t want to go up to the fourth story, as he knew he had no time to spare, but the man finally persuaded him to come up for :five minutes, and he accompanied him, thou g h it was against his will. As they mounted from one floor to the next, passing doors lettered with the signs indicating all manner of small businesses, the sh'abby aspect and interior gloom of the ancient building was more and more apparent to the young messenger, and the les s he liked the errand on which he was bound. If it wasn't that he was ashamed to back out after he had got started he would have called the matter off. Besides, he had a certain of curiosity to learn the issue of this affair. When they rea c hed the top floor the assumed lawyer paused b e fore a door on which a tin sign, with his name paint e d thereon, was attached to the panel. Producing a key, he unlocked the door and u s hered Phil into a small room, the sole furniture of which consisted of a s m a ll c h eap desk, thr e e chair s and a very ordinary rug. The walls were decorated with common chromos that were not very appropriat e to a law office, while there were a few law books on a bracket shelf. Phil was not f a vorabl y impressed with the room nor the leg al attainm e nts of its tenant. "Sit down, said Dillin g ham, suavely, waving his hand toward a c hair in front of the desk. Phil s at down. "Now, m y youn g friend said the lawyer opening the desk and taking therefrom a sheet of paper, "please read that." Phil took the paper and s tarted to read it. While he was thus eng a ged the man went to a closet near at hand and bus ied hims elf there f o r a mom ent or two. "I c an t understand wha t thi s iiap e r mean s s aid Phil, after reading half way down the page. "There doesn't seem to be an y sen se--" Th a t i s a s far a s h e got. The man had come up b e hind him in a noi seless way, and throwing one a rm around his neck pull e d him back, a nd wit h th e oth e r a p pli e d t o hi s face a cloth saturated with some kind of an aromati c dru g In a m o ment Phil recognized that he was in some kind of a t rap and s truggled lu s tily to fre e himself. But a s sailant was a s tron g man, and had him at a g r eat disad v anta g e whil e every br e ath he took caused his sen ses to reel a nd hi s stre n gth to weaken. A lthou g h the boy mad e a desp e rat e e ffort in hi s own beh alf, he was powerless to over come the odds against him, and in a f e w minutes h e became uncon scious As soon as Achi son was sure his victim was dead to his surroundings, he released him and put the rag away. The fume s of the drug had not been without !lOme effect on himself, and he staggered as he walked to the window and threw it up. He leaned over the sill for some minutes until the effect had worn off, then he returned to the boy and looked at him. "You re good for several hours, my young friend,'' he said, with a sardonic smile, "and now I must see if I can get you away from this place by daylight. I did not cal culate on having to deal with you till late in the afternoon, then I could have kept you here after dark, when a night-hawk cab would have taken you to the water front. Now I must either remove you in the light of day, or give you another dose later on to keep you in the land of forget fulness until darkness sets in. YOU have got to remain dead to the world until after G1ick's trial comes on, which is set for three days hence With you, the chief witness, out of the way, my will stand some show. No one else can swear that Glick snatched the satchel. It will be a question of' circumstantial evidence that the smart lawyer I have engaged to defend Glick may be able to successfully combat. At the most, he ought to get off with a light sen tence." Placing Phil so that he rested on the desk, Achison left the room, locking the door him, and took his way downstairs to the street. He had hardly been gone fifteen minutes before Charley Dean paused in front of the building. He had been sent to a stationery printing house in the next block on an errand, and after transacting his business it occurred to him to look up "Lawyer Dillingham" him self for Phil's benefit, not knowing whether his friend had att e nded to the matter that morning, as he had suggested. Going into the vestibule, he saw the name "Dillingham" on the directory. "I see he has got an office here, after all," mused Charley, as he looked at the sign, "but I don't think much of a lawyer who has an office in such a. building as this. I gues s I'll go upstairs and see what his place looks like through the keyhole. I 've an idea that he's rather one horse, and that the less Phil has to do with him the better. The niore I think about Mr. Dillingham the more I fancy that .he and the bearded man are one and the same in' dividu a l." Charley mounted. the s tairs and found them more and more disreputable as he got higher up. "I'd be mighty hard up for a lawy er betore I'd come here looking for one, bet your life," thou ght the lad as h e noted the dark and dirty condition of the landings. "It's my opinion that Mr. Dillingham is a fakir, and that his business wouldn't stand investigation. There are a good man y like him in this cit y who liv e b y their wits, because that s about the only way they can live." Charley now r e ached the fourth floor and looked around for the lawyer's office. He found the door with the tin sign. "George Dillingham, Lawyer," it read.


10 ON 'l'HE CURB. There seemed to be more vacant than occupied offices on that floor. Charley put his ear against the door first and listened. Not the faintest sound could he hear within. "I guess there's nobody in just now," he said to himself:. Then he crouched down and> applied his eye to the keyhole. He had a clear view of the interior witliin a limited space, but it happened that the desk and the unconscious form of Phil Bascom came within this line of vision. Phil's face, with his closed eyes, lay on the edge of the desk and faced the door. The moment Charley's eyes grasped the interior o{ the room they rested on Phil's face. He started back as though he hac1 been shot. "My gracious!" he quivered. ''It can't be that that is really Phil!" He looked again, long and earnestly, and when he took his eye away from the keyhole there was no longer any doubt in his mind. "It is Phil! Can he be dead? He looks as white as death. Great Scott! What has b!lppened to him? Has the lawyer chap murdered him? What shall I do?" He placed his ear to the keyhole, but not a sound in dicated that anybody other than the motionless boy was in the room. "This is a case for the police. I haven't a moment to lose." He rushed down to the street, and not wasting time to look up an officeT, he went back to the stationery store he had just been to, which was on the other side of the and asked permission to use their telephone. Looking up the telephone number of the nearest police station, he got the place on the wire and briefly detailing the circumstances, asked that a couple of officers should be sent to No. Nassau Street, prepared to break into an office, and that he would meet them at the street entrance and show them the way. I Inside of ten minutes he saw two policemen approach ing at a rapid walk. He crossed over and met them. "Follow me,' he said, laconically, and they followed him up to the top floor of the building, where Phil wa. s an un conscious prisoner. "Look through that keyhole,'' he said to one of the officers. The policeman looked. One glance satisfied him that something was wrong in side, and he !mocked loudly on the door. There was no response. After a second knock he forced the door back on its hinges. Then his companion put his weight against the panels and the door flew open. Ther e was nobody in the room but the senseless mess enger boy, and Charley rushed over to l im. "Is he dead r" he asked, quaveringly, of one of the officers. The policeman examined Phil, and his experienced eye pronounced him under the influence of some powerful nar cotic. "Run clowm

ON THE CURB. junior clerk over to the hospital to see how his messenger tvas getting on. The clerk found that Phil had been brought out of his trance, but 1e was still somewhat dazed and weak. The surgeon told the junior clerk that Phil would be able to return to his office in about an hour, but that he should advise him to go home in preference to doing so as he would not be in condition to attend tg business for the rest of the day. The clerk returned to the office and reported. Daisy Maitland, having learned what had happened to Phil, was very much concerned about him, and her work for the rest of the day suffered in consequence. Charley Dean, after going to the station and identifying "Lawyer Dillingham," telephoned the hospital for in formation about Phil. He was satisfied that his friend would soon be all right again. Phil felt rather shaky when he was permitted to leave the hospital, but instead of going home he went direct to the office, where he found Mr. Whitehead in his private room, and related his experiences of the morning to him. He had no idea how he had been rescued from his pre dicament until the broker told him that he owed his escape to his friend Charley, though Mr. Whitehead could not tell him how Dean had happened to be on hand to save him. "We have just had word over the 'phone from. your :friend that the rascal who trapped you has been caught, and is now in a cell at the police station. Yon had better go over there and make a charge agaiu"st the fe1low. He's no more a lawyer than I am. It's up to the authorities to .fincl out what his object was in decoying you to that room and d111gging you." "I guess Charley Dean was right in his surmise that this bogus lawyer is the crook who helped Glick aRsault and rob Broker Travers on Exchange Place. Probably he was try ing to take revenge on me for queering their game." "Now that you mention it, I think that is the secret of the matter. Make this fact clear to the police and they will o1low the clew up and bring the truth home to the rascal. Then he'll go up the river with his companion." Phil went to the station, identified the "lawyer," and made the charge against him that his crime called for. Shortly afterward he was transferred to the Tombs. Then Phll called at Broker Dorsey's office on Wall Street to see Charley. "You're a brick, Charley," he said, grasping his friend's hand. "How did you happen to come to my assistance?" Charley related all the particulars of the matter. "It is lucky that your bump of curiosity is in such fine working order," replied Phil. "It saved my bacon all right." "You haven't any idea what the fellow intended doing to you, have you?" asked Charley. "Not the slightest. I wasn't in his room five ,minutes before he grabbed me and smothered me with that ii.rug. '.After that I knew nothing more till I came to my senses at the hospital. I am sure n-0w that you are right about that rascal being the Exchange Place crook who was disguised with a beard and managed to make his escape that morn mg." "Bet your life _I am," nodded Charlie. "That ring and his attack on you clinches his identity in my mind." Phil's mother and sisters were greatly worked up over the boy's adventure when he related the particulars to them 1.hat afternoon, on his arrival at home. "You had a very narrow escape, my son," said the little mother, lovingly stroking his head, while his twin sisters, one on either ,side, hugged him as hard as they could in their joy that he had escaped uninjured. "Well, mother, I don't suppose that the villain really meant to kill me, but he certainly had some scheme in view which Charley Dean pnt a spoke in." "I shall always be grateful to your friend for saving you, Phil." "Charley is all right, mother. He'll be over to see me to-night, so you'll have the opportunity to thank him." Next morning he and Charley went to the police court and appeared against the pretended lawyer, who persisted in the assertion that his name was Dillingham, and that he really was a member of the legal fraternity. The magistrate, however, didn't believe him, and re manded him until the police could look up his record. A few days later Peter Glick was tried, convicted and sent to Sing Sing prison. Subsequently, Achison, duly identified, shared the same fate, only he got a longer sentence. It might have been a month after the incident just nar rated that Phil was sent one morning with a note to the manager of the "Paradise Mining Syndicate," of Gbldfield, Nev. The New York office of the company was located on the second floor of a Maiden Lane building, and there Phil went The main office was handsomely furnished and a general air of prosperity was reflected by the up-to-date appoint ments of the place. A ticker stood in one corner, ticking out its merry tune, framed maps of Western mining properties hung around on the walls, and on a handsome mahogany table between two windows stood a showcase filled with "specimens" of gold quartz that looked to be yery rich in the precious metal. Through the brass-wired partition forming the counting room Phil counted half a dozen clerks who appeared to be very busy over ledgers and papers. "They seem lo be doing a swell business here," Phil re marked to himself. He inquired for Solon Spiro, the manager, and was di rected to walk into a private room at one side. No one was there, however, so Phil sat down to wait for the manager to appear. He noticed that there was a door opening into another room further on.


ON THE OUIIB. T his door sloocl a little ajar, and Phil soon heard two m en talking in there. "So you think you can sell him the mine, do ypu, Spiro?" asked one of the speakers. "I'm sure of it," replied the manager of the Paradise Mining Syndicate, with a satisfied l augh, the ring of which P hil rather distrusted "Good," replied the other "His representatives have e xamined the mine then, and sent him a favorable report?" "They have It fully bears out all the statements I made to him as to the value of the property'. You must have salted it in fine shape, Groome," chuckled SJ>iro. "Trust me for that, Spiro. I know my business How much is Bachelor going to cough up?" "A hundred thousand I have proved to him that the Hespa Mine is dirt cheap at that figure "I'll wanant you have, Spiro You're a jim dandy, you are. You've got the gift of gab down to perfection. I believe you could persuade half the people of this city that black is white, if you undertoook to argue the matter. Now, after Bachelor has paid the money and started to work the mine, how are you going to square yourself with him when he discovers that there is really nothing in the mine?" "Easy enough, Groome, easy enough. I have taken care not to make myself responsible for the showing of the Hespa. He understands that I am mere l y the agent of the owners." "Merely the agent of the owners is good, Spiro," and Groome laughed heartily. "I h:n-a showed him samples of the ore taken from the mine, certificates of the assay office, the prospectus as to the public, and such other documents as I have iri hand. I am not supposed to know that the mine is salted." went to thedoor, where lie stood with his hand on the knob, as if he had just entered. A moment afterward Spiro came into the room and he started when he saw the young messenger. "What do you want here?" he asked, sh1trply, with a suspicious look. "I've brought you a note from Mr. Roger Whitehead, of the Hercules Building." ':Let me have it." Phil handed it to him After reading it, he wrote an answer and. gave it to Phil, who left at once. "It seems to me that the manager of the Paradise Min ing Syndicate is a great rascal," mused Phil, as he walked back toward Wall Street "He's trying to sell a salted mine to a Mr Bachelor, of the Manhattan Hotel, for $100,000 That's a swindle. Re ought to be arrested and put in jail for attempting such a thing. I think it's up to me to put this Mr Bachelor on his guard At any rate, I ought to put him wise to what I have learned about the scheme. It may prevent him from being robbed." When Phil got back to his office he telephoned the Man hattan Hotel and asked if a Mr Bachelor was stopping there Receiving an affirmative answer, he told tbe clerk to tell the gentleman that a messenger from Wall Street would call at the hotel to see him at about five that day. CHAPTER VIL A RESCUE ON THE L. There was a big bunch of mining literature in the office, and Phil examined it to see if he could find out anything that referred to the Hespa Mine. He discovered a late prospectus which set fortJi the ad vantages of the property in great shape. The Hespa was daimed to be a producer, and a state ment was given of the monthly yield. A fac-simile reproduction of the assayer's receipt of the "And then you furnished him with the names of several value of specimen i ore taken from different parts of the good experts-excellent." mine indicated phenomenal richness. "Of course not. Why should you? You're not on the ground You are merely-ha, ha, ha!-the agent "' "Exactly. I cautioned him to have the mine examined and passed upon by competent experts, as I woUld assume no liability in the matter." Qmte true, but at the same time I advised him that A t' t 1 f th t Id f . n es ima e was a so given o e approx1ma e yie o there were others. I was w11lmg to take chances on the the mine for the next year, and the next five years, which mine after you had attended to your business "Tl . seemed to guarantee returns of fifty per cent on all money 1at's right When a re you gomg to settle the m1ttter ?" invested in the shares at ten cents a share--par value one "To-night, at the Hotel Manhattan. I have an engage d 11 t 'tl h' l 0 ar. men w1 l im at eig_1t." The Paradise Mining Syndicate, fiscal agents for the "Is that where he is stopping?" property, reserved the right to advance the price of shares "It is. He is to hand me a certified check for $25,000 at any time without notice. to-night, when the papers are signed." "It looks fine on paper," said Phil to himself. "Any one ."Very good. rn call around to morrow for my share." judging from the statements of the prospectus say "Do so. I'll have it ready for you. I'll show you out the Hespa is a sure winner. But I guess I know better than by this private door that. It's easy to build up fortunes on paper. Half the Phil heard them cross the room, then it occurred to him literature in this heap represents soap-bubble speculative that after what he had heard it was better that the manager schemes which inflate themselves on other people's money, sh.ould not suspect he had been in the private room all the and then burst when they reach their limit, ruining the time they were talking, so he jumped out of the chair all.d investors, but enriching the promoters, who start some fresh


ON THE CURB scheme wilh the proceeds of their thievery. For every real good mine out West there are a dozen wildcats. A person wants to be wide awake when he thinks about investing in mining stock." At about four o clock Phil started uptown i,n a Sixth Avenue e l evated train, taking a seat in the forward ca.r. 'l'he Manhattan Hotel was on Broadway, not far from Forty-second Street. The car was well filled when it reached Fourteenth treet, and Phil, with his customary politeness, gave up his seat to an elegan tly dressed lady, who entered at that station. When the train pulled in at Forty-second Street station Phil got out and the lady in question followe

H ON THE CURB. !o lc11rn what I have to communicate to you about that "I was not aware that my negotiations with Mr. Spiro for the purchase of the mine was known outside his office." "I guess I am the only outside one acquainted with the fact, and it was only by accident that I learned anything about it. To begin with, I am a clerk and messenger for Roger Whitehead, a curb market broker, whose office is in the Hercules Building, Broad Street. I was sent to the offi?e ?f the Paradise Syndicate, of which Mr. Spiro is the manager, to-day on an errand. While waiting to see him I accidenta.lly overheard him talking to a friend of his in an adjoining room, and the facts were of such a nature that, though you were a perfect stranger to me, I believed it to be my duty to make you acquainted with them." This introduction clearly surprised Mr. Bachelor, and he waited for Phil to go on. The boy then told him about the conversation he had heard between Mr. Spiro and Mr. Groome. "Now you can decide for yourself, sir, whether I have done the right thing in warning you of the swindle which I believe you are about to be made the victim of." The capitalist was thunderstruck by PhiPs revelation, and for some moments he made no answer, then he said: "Phil Bascom, it looks as if you have this day placed me under a double obligation-the rescue of my wife from a terrible death, and the rescue of my fortune from the clutches of a mining shark. I thank you from the bottom o! my heart for the interest you have taken in my affairs, ancl assure you that I shall not forget the debt I am under to you." "You are quite welcome, sir. I hate to see any man swindled out of his good money. It is bad enough to lose it in the ordinary ways of speculation, but then you have a show to win, though the chances are generally against you. As I have now transacted the business that brought me here, I will not intrude further on your time. It is nearly six o'clock, and my mother will be wondering what has de tained me." 1\Ir. Bachelor pressed him to stay to dinner with them, but Phil begged to be excused on the ground that his mother would be sure to worry over his unexplained absence. "But you will call and see us soon, won't you?" asked Mrs. Bachelor, who had re-entered the room, after chang ing her dtess. "We don't want to lose sight of you after the unusual manner in which we have become acquainted." Phil said he would be glad to call, and it was arranged that he should take dinper with them on the following Sunday. The young messenger then took his leave, and Mr. Bache lor hastened to tell his wife the object of Phil's errand. It is needless to say that the interview that Mr. Solon Spiro had that evening with the was not at all satisfactory to him. CHAPTER VIII. / PHIL GETS IN ON B. & M. AND IS LUCKY. On the following day Phil carried a message to a Wall Street house, and while waiting for an answer he over heard three brokers talking about a reported consolidation of two roads. The arrangement had not as yet been officially confirmed, but it was the opinion of the traders that the deal would go through as it was greatly to the advanttlge of B. & M. line to control the destiny of the other road. On the strength of the rumor, R & M. had already ad vanced from 68 to 71, and was strong at the latter figure. On his way back Phil considered wha,t he had heard the brokers say. One of them had told the others that he had bought a block of B. & M. on the chance of the report out a fact. The young messenger was eager to malie another winning deal if he could manage it. What he had heard could hardly be considered a tip, as it was known all over the Street, and might only be an idle rumor sent out to forcQ up B. & M. a few points for specu lative purposes by some clique that hoped to profit by the advance by making a qu_ick sale of shares alread:y in their possession, which the members wanted to unload at the best price obtainable. These moves were an almost every-day happening in Wall Street, and lots of people, usually the outside public, got caught on them. "I might buy a thousand shares with half my money," figured Phil. "If that broker thinks well enough of the chance there ought to be something in it. Still, I would stand a first-class chance of losing two-thirds of my margin, and I shouldn't like that much. It would certainly be a big risk for me. I should be depending altogether on luck, and that's a very uncertain thing to count on in the market. If the deal subsequently did go through I'd reap a good profit, but if the rumor is merely a fake, I'd be bound to lose." Phil couldn't make up his mind to take the risk, and next day B. & M., under a bear attack, went down to 69 5-8. "Had I bought 1,000 shares yesterday I would be out $1,500 to-day. Glad I did not go in," he said to himself. He went in to see Daisy Maitland shortly after and he told her how he might have lost $1,500 inside of twenty four hours on B. & M. "Why, I heard two gentlemen yesterday on my way home talking about B. & M.," she said. "One told the other that he had been buying a lot of it for a syndicate that had al ready accumulated many thousand shares. He said they expected to corner all that was in sight, send up the price to 85 or more and then take profits. He advised the other to buy some of the stock right away." "Are you sure it was B. & M. they were talking about?" asked Phil, eagerly.


'fIIE CLHB. "Yes, I know it was," she answered, positively. Phil asked her many questions on the subject, and the boy came to the conclusion that there was something in the stock, after all. "That rumor of a consolidation ma.y only be the :first move of the syndicate to advance the price, and then for reasons they let it be beaten down in order to shake out more shares on the market so they could gobble them up." That's the way he reasoned as he went back to his seat. He did a lot of more thinking on the matter until he was done for the day, then having come to a conclusion he went to the bank on Nassau Street and invested in 1,000 shares at 69 7 8, the closing price. Next day was Saturday, but considerable business was done in B. & M. shares, and it went to 70 3-8. On Sunday afternoon he called at the Manhattan Hotel, arrayed in his best clothes, and dined with Mr. and Mrs. Bachelor. He confided to Mr. Bachelor the fact that he had been speculating in the market and had made $13,000. "You're a pretty clever boy to do so well on your first small capital," said the capitalist, with a smile; "but be careful that you don't get tripped up in some subsequent deal." Phil then admitted that he had just put $7,000 into B. & l\'l., and explained why he had been tempted to do so. l\'lr. Bachelor shook his head as if he didn't quite approve of the risk the boy had taken. . "I'm afraid you've got a severe touch of the Wall Street fever, young man, and that it will end in your losing all your money '." "I hope not, sir. B. & M. has gone up one-half a point since I bought." / "It may go down two or three points to-morrow," replied the capita.list. "That's true, sir; but I feel confident that there's a syn dicate at the back of it, in which case it's bound to advance ten or fifteen points if the combination is strong enough to sustain it." "You have only your stenographer's word for that," said )fr. Bachelor: "Her word is as good as some men's bonds." "I don't doubt that she heard, for she told yo{i, but she may not have got hold of the real gist of the conversation." "She's a pretty clever girl, and well up in market mat ters." "Well, I hope you'll come out all right, Phil," said Mr. Bachel,or, dismissing the subject. Mrs. Bachelor now came in and took the floor She presented the young messenger with a :fine watch and chain, with a handsome charm attached, as a testi monial of her gratitude for his having rescued her from a perilops situation on the elevated road. Phil was surprised, but accepted the present and ex pressed his thanks for it. "I have thrown overboard all further dealings with the Paradise Mining Syndicate," said Mr. Bachelor, "and I am now looking for another mining proposition. As soon as I get hold of something that is really good, I'm going to present you with a block of the stock as an evidence of my appreciation of the warning you gave me about the Hes pa mine." "You are very kind, sir," replied Phil. Jot at all. You saveq me a clear $100,000 I am sure, and that entitles you to a suitable compensation. At all:y rate, I intend to make it all right with you." The Bachelors treated him very nicely, and he had lots to tell his mother and sisters about them when .he readted home I Monday morning B. & M. opened at 70 5-8, and gradually went to 72 during the day, which naturally made Phil feel pretty good. Then it was that he told Daisy tha.t he had gone into the stock to the extent of a thousand shares on margin. "Why, Phil, have you really?" she asked him, in sur prise. "Sure thing, Daisy I have made the venture on the strength of what you told me, in connection with other in:. formation I got hold of." "I am almost sorry I told you," she replied "If you should lose your money I should feel too bad for anything," she added, in some concern "Don't worry. This is my funeral, not yours. But I feel it in my bones that I'm going to win." "I sincerely hope you will, Phil." "It is now 2 1-8 points higher than when I bought, and that is something." "How much money have J'OU risked?" "Seven thousand dollars." "My gracious! I didn't know you had so much money as that." "Oh, I have $6.,000 beside that to protect my margin with." "You don't mean it!" she cried, opening her pretty eyes "Yes, I do, and I can prove it to you if you doubt my word." "Why, how did you make so much? I knew you had made $3,000 on your $500 investment, but I thought you had that put away in the bank to keep." "I made $10,500 on a deal in L. & G. later on with my $3,000, that's how 'I come to be worth $13,000. The odd $500 I gave my mother." "What a boy you are!" "You see, I've got my eye on the future. Some day you may give me the right to pay your dressmaking and millin ery bills, and I want to be in good :financial shape to be able to meet such an emergency," he said, with a chuckle. "Why, Phil!" she exclaimed, with a vivid blush. "Don't talk nonsense!" "I don't call that nonsense from my standpoint. Maybe I'm counting my chickens too soon, but I thought I'd take the chance of winning you, for you're the only girl I cart a pinch of snuff for."


16 ON THE CURB. Daisy made no reply to this, but seemed to be very much confused. "Now you know my sentiments, Daisy. If I lose my money I shan't think of you as a possible Mrs. B., because it wouldn't be fair for me to expect you to consider me as a suitable propo sitio n unless I was able to provide for you in good shape. I wouldn't try to win any girl unless I could give her as good or better a home than she was used to. In your case I consider there's nothing too good for you, and that's why I want to make $100,000 as soon as I jan." Daisy didn't say anything, but she thought a good deal. "You aren't provoked with me for speak ing so candidly, are you ?" h e asked. "No," she replied, b e nding over her typewriter. "And we're still j11st as good friends as ever?" he per sisted. "Yes." "That's all I want to know. I'll l et you know how my deal comes on, and just remember that it's largely for your sake that I'm trying to make a roll." "I don't want you to risk your money on my account, Phil. I shall like you just as well if you didn't have a dollar." "Do you mean that?" "I do." "Thank you. But you won't like me any less if I make money, will you ?" "Of course not; but---" "Don't say another word. The boss has come in, so I've got to get back to my desk." Three days later some s u spicion that a combination was at the back of B. & M. caused a sudden demand for the stock, and when the Exchange closed the price was up to 80. Next morning it opened at 81, and during the morning the was intense around the men who were ap parentl y suppo rtin g the stock, and it went to 86. At that figure Phil hastened to sell out, as he was afraid to hold on any longer. Half an hour lat er he ran in and told Daisy, with great satisfaction that he had sold out at a profit of $16,000. "I'm so glad," she repli ed, and he believed her. CHAPTER IX. OUT FOR THEMSELVES. "Hello, Phil!" said Charley, a few weeks l ate r, "is it true that you r boss is down and out?" "I'tn afraid he is, Charley," replied Phil, with a sober face. "He got caught in a pool that was formed to corner Jumbo Consolidated, a Goldfield mine that has lately made a st rike. The effort was a failure for some reason and the combine was hit pretty hard. At any-rate, the ol,d. man .is home, sick, and we tell whether he will go on or not." "What are you going to do in case he gives up business?" "I'm not worry ing about what I'll do," replied Phil, cheerfully, for being worth $29,000, the futur e had no great terrors for him. "Maybe I'll buy the bos s out "I think I see you doing that," laughed Charl ey, who. did not know that his chum was on the sunny side of the financial street. "Well, if I should do it I shall want an office boy. I might make you an offer." "You've got a pretty good nerve for a mess en g er, I must say." "A fellow has got to have nerve in Wall Street." "You've got your share, all right." Phil laughed and walked off. Two days later Roger Whit ehead announced to his em ployees that he was going out of business, and that they must look for other positions. "You won't have to look far, Daisy. I'll hire you now." "You will, Phil?" she cried, in astonishment. "I don't mean that, exactly, but I have an idea that you and I can take an office together and make it pay." "I don't understand what you mean." "I'm going to hire an office and try to do some business on the curb myself." "You are?" "That' s my idea. Nothing like making a start, and I've $29,000 to begin with. Now I want you to come in with me, put your name on the door as a public stenograph e r and be your own boss, too. I'll hustle around and get enough w o rk to keep you going, and I'll bet you'll soon be able to build up a business that will pay you better than if you worked for somebody else. I promise to see you through." Daisy was greatly taken with the plan. She knew Phil could. afford to give her a start, and that was the main thing. Then she was delighted with the idea of being with the boy, for she liked him more than she dared admit, and she knew that he thought the world of her. So while the other clerks hunted for new jobs, Phil looked for a s uitable offiee. Phil told Mr. Whitehead that he and Daisy going to take an office together and open a public stenographer's business. He was going to do the canvassing and she the work. Mr. Whitehead laughed at the plan, but said it was not snch a bad idea. He said he would give them a circular letter of recommendation to his friends. "Have you got an office yet ?" he asked. "No, sir." "Then I think I can help you out. I am responsible for the rent of this office up to next May, and I am trying to rent the suite. I know a man who will take the large room. Now suppose you take my private room here. I'll let you have the desk and other furnishings cheap, and your own time to pay for them." "I'll pay you cash,


ON THE CURB. 17 "Can you afford it?" asked the retiring broker, in sur., prise. "Yes, sir. I've got a little wad slowed away." "I'll let you have the safe and all for $150, or without the safe I'll charge you--" "I'll take the safe." "Very well, then "I'll let you have the money after lunch, sir." The office was closed for good on Saturday morning, and the clerks, when they came arouml to get their wages at eleven o'clock, were amazed to see in place of the word "Private" on the corridor entrance to Mr. Whitehead's private office, the following words, neatly painted on the glass: "Philip Bascom. Miss Daisy Mait l and, Public S tenog rapher." "What kind of busine8s have you started in, Phil?" asked the junior clerk, inquisitively, and with a grin "The business of making money, Benson," replied Phil with a chuckle. "Got job yet?" 1 "Well, I'd like to hire a chap to carry a sign up and down Broad Street-" "Is that intended as a joke, Bascom?" asked the cl e rk, suspiciously. 1 "That depends." "On what?" "How bad you want a job." The junior clerk turned his back on him and walked away. Phil, having bought the table that Daisy had been accus tomed to work at, as well as the typewriter, he moved b oth into his office, and then locked the connecting door He had had 500 business cards printed for his fair com panion, and taking a quantity of these in his pocket, he went through the building, circulating them whereve r they would do the most good. He also canvassed the building next door, and inserted a standing card in two of the financia l dailies In this way he succeeded in drawing attention to Daisy's business, and presently work began to come in, and before longshe had enough to keep her fairly busy. Phil now made iti his business to haunt the curb market, where he was well known to the brokers and young men who worked and carried messages for the traders He was frequently asked who he was working for now, and invariably replied that he was president of a public stenographic bureau, for one thing, and on the curb to keep posted in the mining market for another. "You can't fail to keep posted here if you lean against one of those little iron supports that hold the rope limits of our market," chuckled a budding broker Phil, though he frequented the curb daily, was not as much interested in the doings of this market as he was in the big Exchange, up the street. He had had Mr. Whitehead's ticker remove d to his o wn office, and was out and in all day, looking at the regular market quotations. He got down at the office regularly at nine o'clock, and devoted the hour before business commenced in earnest in the Street, to studying the market reports of the preceding day, week or month. Daisy did not yet have business enough to compel her to show up before ten, and Phil always waited for her to ap pear before he put on his hat and went out. Thus two weeks passed away without the boy making a Then one morning a friend of Mr. Whitehead asked Phil to go around the Wall Street offices and buy for him 10,000 shares of Louisville & Nashville, to be delivered at the Man hattan National Bank, C 0. D promising to divide commission with him Phil j umped at the chance, secured the stock inside of three hours, and next day received a $625 check for his services This was the first independent business, outside of his individual operations, he had ever done in his life, and he was quite elated. He showed the check to Daisy when he went back to the office, and she congratulated him over his first receipts He picked up several commissions of this kind during his first month as his own boss, and, on the whole, was well satisfied with the way things were going Daisy's business was also growing, and. she frequently had to remain at the office until six o'clock to finish up rush work, and Phil invariably remained to keep her company and afterwards see her to the bridge cars One morning they were surprised by a visit from Mr Whitehead. He was looking in fine health and spirits since his retire ment from the market. He asked Phil if he might make his office his headquar ters for a few days, and the boy said he might, with pleas ure, offering him the use of his desk. "Thank you, Phil. I've received a good tip from a friend who wishes me well, and I'm going to try to get on my feet again. If you've got any money you have no im mediate use for I'll let you in on it and we'll clean up a few dollars together." "I've got quite a little roll, sir, and I'll be glacl of a chance to put it to work. What is the tip?" Mr. Whitehead told him It was not a curb stock, but one li ted on the New York Stock Exchange. The initials were D & C., anc1 it was going just then at 81. A pool of big moneyed Wall Street men had been formed to boom i and owing to their immense resources there was little doubt but they would force the stock to par and clear several millions. Mr. Whitehead explained all this to Phil, and then asked him how much money he could put up, as he woul d do the buying for both


18 ON THE CURB. "Enough to buy 3,000 shares, sir," he answered. "How many shares?" gasped the ex-curb trader. "Three thousand." "Do you mean to sa.y you've money enough to cover the margin on that many shares?" cried the incredulous broker. "I have, sir." "And where did you get it? It is not yet two months since you were working for me as clerk an4 messenger." Then Phil told him how he had made his little pile out of the $500 he had received from Mr. Travers for saving his valise from the Exchange Place thief. "Why, you've more money than I have now, Phil," re plied Mr. Whitehead, regarding his late employee with con siderable respect. "I have managed to raise $17,000 in one way or another, mostly through my wife mortgaging her home, and that will enable me to cover the margin on 2,000 shares. You'll make more out of this deal than I will. I had not the lea s t suspicion you were so well fixed. Well, I'm glad of it, my lad. Get your money and I'll see to it that we make a good thing out of this deal, for we've got a regular copper-fastened cinch." Phfl got about $25,000 and handed it to Mr. Whitehead, who then went out and bought 5,000 shares of D. & C. at 811-8. A week later the sha res had advanced to 101 3-8, at which figure Mr. Whitehead sold out. Phil's profit amounted to $60,000, while Mr. Whitehead cleared $40,000. The old broker, with Phil's permission, bought a desk and had it put in on the opposite side of Phil's. He also had his name lettered in small chantcters on the door. Then Phil had the benefit of his form e r employe:i;'s advice, though each conducted his affairs to suit himself. Daisy now had accumulated so much general typewriting from different tenants in the building and neighborhood who had no stenographer of their own that she had to hire an assistant to keep up with the procession. Thus seemed to have settled down on the three occupants of the little office who were doing business each on his and her own account. CHAPTER X. H. & O. Phil, ever since he cleared the $16,000 on the B. & M. deal, had been on the lookout for what he called a suburban home for his mother and the twins. It was about this time that he finally decided on a nice home, somewhat b'etter than the one he started out to get. But he could afford that as he was now worth about $90,000. His mother bought the property in her own name, and he paid $9,000 cash for it. It was a short distance out on Long Island, overlooking the Sound, and with first-class electric railway service with and Manhattan. Before they moved from their New York fl.at the agent who sold them the property mad e Fhil an offer of $11,000 for it in the intere s t of another client who had taken a fancy to it, but Phil wouldn't sell. The first Sunday after they were settled in the house, Phii brought Dai s y out to see it and take dinner. This was hl')r introduction to Phil's mother and twin s i s t e rs, and she ma .de a very favorable impression on them. On the following Sunday, Phil called at the Manhattan Hotel and induced Mrs. Bachelor, whose husband was now out in the Goldfield District, to spend the day at the new house. The Bascoms entertained Mrs. Bachelor royally, and she expressed herself as much pieased with the visit, and invited Mrs. Bascom and the twins to call on her at the hotel, which they promi sed to do. Phil also extended an invitation to Mr. Whitehead to pa.y them a visit with his wife, and they did so in due time. Soon after Phil's lucky haul in D. & C. shares, through Mr. Whit e head s assistance, the news got around among the curb brokers, and afterward extended to other traders, that young Bascom, who was now generally well known on the Street, had made a small fortune out of the ma. rket. rrhe result was that this fact drew considerable atten tion to him, and there were brokers who began to look upon him as fair game for their shrewdness. Several of these gentlemen called on him and tried to unload stocks that they were anxious to get rid of and which nobody else seemed to want. Phil, however, wasn't biting very greedily at these bargain-count e r attractions. He had his own idea of what he wanted, and wasn't tak ing any chances with shares that he knew nothing about though they were laid before him in ..the most enticing manner. One day a Wall Street broker named Greene met him on the street. "Say, Bascom," he said,. with a seductive smile, "I hear you've been doing pretty well in the market lately." "I can't complain," replied Phil. "Well, if you 've got a little money lying around loose I can put you next to a first-class chance to double it:'' "Is that so?" laughed Phil. "r like to meet generous people." "Oh, I'm not generous to everybody," replied Greene, confidentially; "but you're a boy, and I like to help a smart young fellow to get ahead." "You're very kind. What is this cinch you are speaking about?" "Come up to my office and I'll talk to you." Phil had some curiosity to find out what Greene's little game was, so he accompanied him to his office. "Now," said Greene, in a mysterious whisper, as soon as they were seated in his private room, "I've just heard that certain parties are combined to boost H. & 0. shares. The stock is now going at 42, which is much below its real worth.


ON THE CURB. I've got in on the ground floor with several thousa nd shares, and am going to make a raft of money out of it. "You're fortunate," replied Phil. "Unfortunately, I've got to raise a sum of ready cash by three o'clock, and I'll have to part with a thousand shares of this stock." "You ought to have no trouble in doing that. "That's right; but I hate to throw a sure winner into another ma.n's hands. I don't mind, however, letting you in on this thing, as you're just starting out in the world. I'd rather you'd take the profits than any of the other chaps who would squef)e me right off the reel, if they got the chance to do it." "Thanks," answered Phil, who didn't have any confi dence in Greene's statement about the alleged boom in the shares. "I don't suppose you can buy a thousand shares outright, Bascom, so I!ll let you have them "n a deposit of say a half or a third of their value Of course, I'll have to hold the shares until the rise comes and you take your profits. All I'll charge you is the interest on the unpaid part of the investment." Greene's uncommon generosity wo11ld have made Phil suspicious of his proposal if nothing else did, and he won. dered what the trader took him for. "Well, Mr. Greene," he said, "I'd like to take you up, but the way I'm fixed just at present prevents me." "Is that so?" replied the trader, very much disappointed. "What have you got on hand?" "Nothing, individually, but Mr. Whitehead is in on a deal, and when lie wants the use of my surplus cash I let him have it. Phil meant to give Greene the impression that White head was using his money then, though this was not actually the fact. "Don't you think you could manage to get hold of your money in a day or two? I will hold this proposition open for you." "I might," replied Phil. "If I can, I'll call around and see you "Do so. But don't say a word about this H & 0. busi ness, Bascom. I've given you the tip on the strict Q T Understand?" "6 course," replied Phil, and 4hen he took his leave. As a matter of fact, Greene did not have any H & 0 shares for sale He wanted to sell 1,000 shares to Phil, however; at 42, because from certain indications he believed the stock would go below 40 in a few days, and then he would be able to make $2,000 or $3,000 out of Phil on the decline, as he didn't think the boy would be able to hold out long enough for the stock to rise again, which it might not do for a month, as H & 0. was regarded as a rather shaky proposition In addition, he wanted the use of $15,00-0 to $20,000, and thought he might be able to get it out of the young speculator Phil was rather too smart for him to p l ay s u c h a game on. The boy was up to ma n y of the t r icks o f the busi ness, and: what he didn't know he suspected, whi ch amounte d .t o the same thing. Phil didn't intend to do any bu. siness with Gree n e on the lines proposed, and that would have been the e n d of the affair but that he met Char ley on his way back to the office. "Say, Phil, if I tell you something, I want you t o keep quiet. Do you promise?" "Certainly What is it?" "It is something that would set Street off if i t g ot out "It must be important." "Bet your life it is "How did you get hold of it?" "By accident. It's about the H. a 0. road "The H. & 0 !" exclaimed Phil, interested a t once. "What about it?" "You've heard about the new coal fields : n Vi r gi ni a haven't you?" "I have "It's controlled by a company of b i g capital i sts W ell, the vicepresident of the company has called at our office several times during the last month To day I fou n d out what his business was. He and Mr. Dorsey, my boss, have been quietly buying up all the outstanding shares of H. & 0. on the market. The road has bee: on the hog for a l o ng time, and it's 'way down below par." "Then there really is a scheme on foot to boom H. & 0. ?"said Phil, in some surprise, remembering what Gree ne had said about the matter, and which he pres u med was a fake story . "Not in the usual way. This is a pure l y legitima t e en terprise that is under way. The coal field caP,italists a re going to rehabilitate the H. & 0 and connect it with the mines by a branch line to be built to a place called Clayton Junction. Before doing anything, they started .to acquir e all the stock of the H. & 0. before the news of their pla n s leaked out and caused a premature boom in the shares see?" "I see," replied Phil. "Well, they've got every share in sight." "How do you know they have?" "I heard Mr. Dorsey tell the that he had just succeeded in buying the last block that was out "He said that ? "He did "Why, Broker Greene told me not half au hour ago that he was loaded up with H. & 0 "Then he was giving you a ghost story/ He hasn't g o t a single share." "He told me a combination had been formed to boom the stock, and offered to let me in on a thousand shares as a particular favor I smelled a rat and wouldn't bite." "He was fooling you. If he knew anything !\bout what is really going on in H. & 0. he wouldn't tilk that way, and if he had any of the shares he'd hang on to the m wit h a


20 THE C URB. ste e l grip. He was just try in g to rop e you into some s c h eme." That 's what I s u s pected. But it' s fun ny, i s n t it, that 11C s houl d h appe n to pitch on H. & 0. as a s tock that was g oin g to b e boomed?" "It is funny. Sa y it would be a great scheme if you could get him to s e ll you a ten-day option on a few thousand shares of H. & 0. Y o u c ould afford to offer him a couple of points above the mark e t. When you called for the stock he wouldn't b e able to deliver it and Y.Ou'd have him wher e the hair is s h o rt. ; You could m a k e y our own terms, accord ing to the r u les of the Exchange, and he'd have to pay up or g o out of bus iness." "That would be great, wouldn't it? It would teach him a v aluabl e lesson not to try and rope in innocent lads like me, e h ?" chuc kled Phil. "I don1t believe I could get him to bite, though." "Yo u m ig ht. Nobody on th e out s i d e has any idea as yet that H. & 0. s hares have all been bought up. Mr. Dorsey's transacti o n at 42 is on r ecorcl a s a sale to-da y and that shows there is something doin g in the sto c k still; but it's the last sale that will be mad e on the E x chan g e for some little time. When the new owne r s of H. & 0. let the news of their plans out to the public th e re'll be a rush to buy the stock. None can be got except at the :figure s offe red by thos e holding it, and you may be sur e they will put it as high a s they can in reason. I figur e that it ought to go to 80, for under the new re gime it is bound to become a gilt-edg e d security." When Phil went back to the office he told Mr. Whiteheacl the particulars of his interview with Broker Greene, and asked him what he thought about it. "I know Greene well," said the broker. "He h e lped put me out of business. He's a shifty man, and I advise you to steer clear of him." "Pretty hard man to get the best of, I suppose," ventured Phil. "Yes. I never heard of him b e ing cau ght napping yet." "He might get it in the ne c k before he dies." "I'd like to know of it if he does." sai d the trade r putting on his hat and going out. CHAPTER XI. DEALING IN OPTIONS. Phil was fully s atisfied that Broker Green e h acl in tended to do him up in some way, but since th e conversa tion he had had with Charley he could not see how Greene could have worked him through H. & 0. "It must b e tha \ Greene picked that stock out at random from among the unsteady securities. I see the price has been going down for the last fortnight, a little at a time, though not much in the aggregate. Greene has probably :figured on a further decline so. he thought he'd sell me what he didn't have, with a good chance of buying it in later if ne c essary, at a profit. It's done every day. Of course, he doesn' t know that he couldn't get a share now for love or money. I wonde r if I c ould per s uade h im t o sell me an option on or t w o s h a res. H e migh t no_ t suspect an y thing fro m me, a s he tak e s me f o r an easy thing. If I can get him to a g ree to d e liver m e even 1 000 s hares in t e n days, at some figure around 42 I'll have him in a hole." Phil decided to call on Greene and te s t the m atte r, so the next morning;with a bunch of money in his pocket, he appeare d in Greene's office. The trader welcomed him with open arms. "I've raked up some sponduli x Mr. Greene, and I've come around to talk business," said Phil. "Now you're talking, Bascom," repli e d the broker, bea m ing on him. "You told me yesterday tha t H. & 0. shares w e r e a goo d thing to have." Greene nodded. "Are you sure g o in g t o b e a rise i n them?" "I'm positive there is." "You are certain a combinati o n has been form e d to corner it?" "You can depend on it "I suppose you hold quite a bun c h of the s har es, then?" Greene nodded again. "And you're willing to let me have 2,000 ?" "I said 1,000, but J:'ll make it 2,000, if you want it so," r e plied Greene, rubbing his hands together, in a satisfied way. "If I take them it mu s t be on my own t e rms," said Phil. "You can t have the shar e s lower than 42, which was the price of the last sale made on the marke t yes terday." "Will you sell me a ten-day option on the s hares?" "Ten days! I'm not in the habit of doin g such things." "Well, that's the onl y way I can afford to buy them. I won't be able to pay for them for several days, at any rate It might be even a so to make myself saf e I want a ten-day option." Broker Greene thou ght a mom e nt. He was :figuring the chanc e s of a rise in th e s tock in that time. Finally he said : "If you're willing to pay m e three poi n ts above th e mar k e t, that is 45, for the shares any time wit hin t e n days from this date, $600 c ash for the option, and put up ten per cent. deposit of the current value of the stock, you can have the option." Phil pretended to consider the terms, and finally agr e ed to them. "The, current value of 2,000 shares at 42 i s $84,000 and ten per cent. of that i s $8,400," said Phil, proceedin g to count out the money, while Greene wrote the option. "Al together you want $9,000. Here it is." "That's right," replied Greene. "Now remember, if you fail to take the stock within ten days you lose y our d e posit." "I understand, and suppose you fail to deliver the stock when I ask for it? What then?"


ON THE CURB. 2f "Don't talk nonsense. I'll deliver it all right "I may not call for it for ten days," said Phil. CHAPTER XII. "That's your privilege," grinned Greene. "But when I do call for it I want it." BEATING THE WALL STREET BROKERS. 'You'll get it. "All right, Mr. Greene Good morning "Good morning, Bascom." Broker Greene watched him depart, with a grin o f sat. "That boy is an easy mark," he muttered "I wish I could have sold him 5,000 shares at the same :figure. I gue s s I'll go around and put Bailey on to him _An hour later Broker Bailey called on Phil and said he heard he was buying H. & 0. shares. "That's right," replied the young speculator G o t any for sale." "How many do you want?" "I'm only buying options on it at present. If you want to sell me a ten-day option on 2,000 shares at 45, for $600, with a deposit of ten per cent. on current value I'll go you. Broker Bailey was not only willing but eager, and the deal was ':made. He returned to the Exchange and t13ld that he had sold Phil an option on 2,000 the same terms as he had got. Greene at once rushed over to Phil's office. "I see you bought 2,000 more shares of H & 0. from Bailey," he said to the boy speculator "I did." "Why didn't you buy 4,000 of me instead of the 2,000 i.f you wanted them?" "I didn't suppose you wanted to sell that m uch. Your original offer was 1,000." "I'd have sold you 5,000 shares." "Would you? Then I'll take the other 3,000 now," re plied Phil, coolly. I Greene was a bit staggered.' Phil's rea,cliness to make the deal caused him to s u spect that there might be something in the wind. "On second thought, I guesi:; I won't sell any m o re, he said. "All right," Phil. "You are the doctor. H you change your mind before four o'clock, come back Greene hastened away and began to institute inquiries about H. & 0 He didn't learn anything, except that no broker he spoke to had any of the stock for sale Finally he decided that it would be safe to increase the option, so he called Pbil again, and made a new option calling for 5,000 shares. Phil paid him, $900 more, and put up $12,6 00 add i tional deposit Greene departed, feeling that he had done a.. goo d d ay's work. Phil also thought that he had done a clever stroke of work, too. The future only could tell which was right Greene and Bailey naturally kept their eyes on the for devel opments in H. & 0., but there was nothing doing i n it. P hil, to make sure of his position, left orders with a number of brok;ers for a small block of the shares, and couldn't get them The efforts of the different brokers to buy the stock nat urally attracted attention to the remarkable absence of the shares from the market. Fina ll y Phil went to Broker Travers and asked him to bid as h igh as 50 for the stock He did so, and nothing came of it. This set the whole Exchange to talking, and gave Greene and Bailey a terrib le shock They both hustled around to try and get the shares below 45, for the ten days wete dropping out, one by one. They fa"iled to find a single share Then they woke up to the fact that Phil must have been acting on inside information, and that they were likely to be caught badly, and that, too, by a comparatively iex per ienced boy. They hel d an indignation meeting one afternoon in Greene's office, and tried to :figure J:i.ow they were to get out of the i r bole. Fina ll y Greene called on Phil and asked him what he' d take to call the option off. The option has five days yet to run," said Phil, cal m l y "I know it," replied Greene, sharply; "but I'd like to cance l it. I'll return your deposit and give you $5,000 if you'll let me qut." "No," replied Phil. "I'll have the money ready in four days more to pay for the shares, then I'll caH on you for them." That was a pure bluff, for it would cost him over $200, 000 cash to settle for the 5,000 shares, and he bad only $50,000 left . He knew, however, that Greene wouldn't be able to de liver them in four days, and even were it possible for him to do so, Phil could have sold the option at a big profit, for there was now an active call for the -stock, which the Exchange knew had been effectually cornered 1 the brokers ";ere watching for developments, and won dering when the stock would be offered. P hil's reply put Greene into a cold sweat It was the first time he had been caught in such a squeeze, and to think that a mere boy had got the better of him made him furious. "What will you take to let me off?" he deman d ed, roughly "I value H. & 0. at 80," he said. Greene uttered an imprecation "'!'here is a lady present, Mr. Greene," said Phil, r e -


ON THE CURB. ferring to Daisy, who sat a few yards away, rattling her machine Her assistant happened to be off that day "You young pirate!" roared Greene, in a rage. "Do you mean that you expect me to settle with you at 80 ?" "I didn't say anything about a s ettlement replied Phil, c oolly. "You four days in which to deliver that sto c k "You villain You knew I couldn't get that stock when you cajoled me into selling you the option." "Excus e me. You to l d me that you had a raft of the shares in your pos s e s sion." "You knew I didn't have an y," snarled Greene "How c ould I know different from what you said? I took y our word for it. Be s ide s I think it was you yourself who s u gge st e d that I buy the sto c k from you You told me ther e wa s a combination behind it that would force it-up." "Do y ou s uppose I'd have sold you a single share if that had been the cas e you young monkey?" "I'm s ure I can't answer for what you might or mi ght not do. You s old me the option, willingly, at \Your own term s I didn't hold a pi s tol to your head to induqe you to do it. If y ou made a mi s take, that i s not my lookout You assure d me that y o u would d e liver the shares when I called for them and y ou warned me tha t if I didn't c a ll for th e m I w o uld forf eit my d epos it. V e ry w e ll. i s Friday. I want those s hare s d e liver e d h e r e next W ednes day by three o 'cloc k and I will be r e ad y to pay you 4 5 for them. D e du c tin g m y d epos it, I will h and you $ 2 04,000 Gr e ene jammed hat on his head and rush e d out of the room. He and B a iley went to every brok e r in the Stree t in an effort to g e t the 7,000 s hares before Wednesday, but none was to be had. On Snda y th e new s c ame out in the pap e r s that the Vir ginia C oal and Iron Co. had a cquire d the H & 0. ioad. A new board of dire9tors and new officers had just b e en e l e ct ed. The artic le then went on to outline the improved condi tion s that w e re g oing to be introduc e d in the road at on ce. It al s o told h o w a bran c h lille from the new mines was to be con s tru c t e d to Cla y ton Junction, and another brap ch built from Leevill e to the J aroe s River Altogether the H & 0 was about to enter on a new and pro s p e rous s tage of e x istence and it was a question wheth e r tho shar e s that had been bought in on the quiet woul

ON THE CURB. Driven into a corner, Bailey wrote out a check for $78,400, payable to Phil's order, and then demanded his option. The exchange was maue, ancl then Phil left his office. On the following Wednesday, Roger whitehead walkeu into Greene's offic,S) and presenteu i.he option ancl his re quest for the 5,000 shares of JI. & 0. Of course, Greene didn't ]1ave the slock, and couldn't get it, and Whitehencl made him settle at 90. Greene's seat in the Exchange had to go under the ham mer, for Whitehead had no mercy on him. As soon as Whitehead got his money he settled with Phil, making $50,000 by the transaction. Phil himself cleaned up $245,000 by the two option deals. That made him worth $325,000. As he considered he owed bis success almost wholly to Charley Dean, he handed Charley one-tenth o.f his win nings, or $25,000. "The tip you gave me was easily worih that, old man,". he said "I.f I hadn't felt sure that I had Greene aud Bailey in a box I wouldn't have bought those options of them. And now I have the satis.faction of beating two of 'the trickiest of t.be Wall Street brokers, as well as helping Roger Whitehead to get back at the man who was responsi ble for his retirement from the Street. CHAPTER XIII. THE HATCHING OF A SCHEME. Phil didn't have to refund any money to Bailey, as the first batch of H. & 0. sold on the Exchange went at 85, and.next da.y it was ruling at 90. Roger Whitehead was now prepared to open up again as a regular broker, and he offered to take Phil as a partnereach to put $150,000 in the business. Phil accepted the offer and they hired a fine suite in the Hercules Building. Daisy retained exclusive possession of the other office, and had work enough to employ her assistant regularly. The day that the painter lettered the main entrance to the new firm's offices with the inscription: "Whitehead & Bascom, Stock Brokers," Phil. asked Daisy a very important question, to which she promptly answered "Yes." After that an expensive diamond ring set off the young lady's engagement finger to great advantage, and Phil was a _reglilar caller at her home three times a week. Mr. Whitehead got back a majority of his former clients, as well as an increasing number of new ones. His name on the waiting list at the Exchange, to which he could not be elected until his turn came to secure a seat. It was about this time that Mr. Bachelor, after several months of varied experience in the Nevada mining districts, finally secured control of a new and promising mine. He then fulfilled his promise to Phil by sending him a big block of the stock, advising him to hold on to it for future results. Until Mr. Whitehead could secure admission to the Ex change, the firm c-ontjnued to transact the bulk of its business on the Curb, and through brokers connected with the Stock Exchange. Consequently, they dealt largely in mining stocks Greene, after being obliged to get out of the Exchange, associated himself with the Curb brokers, but always gave Whitehead a wide berth. He hated both him and Phil as hard as any man can hate another, and he swore to get square with them if he ever got a chance. Bailey also had no kindly feelings for either Phil or his partner, and was ready to help Greene out on any scheme that would get the best of Whitehead & Bascom. Months passed away and Phil reached his twentieth year before either Greene or Bailey found any opening to get at the firm they were sore on They had both been prosperous in the meanwhile and ac cumulated a considerable capital-Bailey at the Exchange, and Greene on the Curb One afternoon, Gre ene and Bailey came together in the former's office. "I have ::figured out a plan by which I think we can do Whitehead and Bascom up brown," said Greene, when the two brokers closeted in the private office. "That's what I want to hear,'' replied Bailey. "I'd give a good deal to drive that boy out of Wall Street." "I bate him as much as you do," said Greene, "but I hate Whitehead several shades more. Nothing will satisfy me but his complete ruin." "Well, let's bear what your scheme is," said Bailey, with an air of interest. "Bascom did us both up in the option line." "H'1 didttbat. And I'll never get it out of my crop if I live to reach a hundred," replied Bailey, scowling at the remembrance "He collared $70;ooo of my good money." "Yes. And I lost quarter of a million, including my seat in the Exchange, through him." "I'm waiting to learn what your plan is," said Bailey, impatiently. "My scheme is to fit the punishment to the crime-;-that is, to get Whitehead & Bascom to sell an option or two to us, then quietly get up a corner in the stock we select, boost the price away above. the figure of the option, and then call on them to deliver." \ "That's very pretty in theory, Greene, but will it work out in practice? Whitehead & Bascom are not easy marks The moment either you or me try to work such a game on them they'll smell a mouse right away and refuse to bite." "You don't suppose I'm such a fool as to put myself prominently forward in this thing, or let you do it, either, do you? No, no; we must hide in the We will simply help furnish the sinews of war Some one of whom Whitehead & Bascom have no suspicions must wo:rk the game for us." "We'll nee d a wh o le lot o f money-millions i n fact-if


ON THE CURB. we are to corner any stock successfully so as to cont rol the price even for a day or two." "I understand that. I have drawn up a list of men I know, the majority of whom I think I can count upon to go in with us. Here it is. Write clown a list of men that you think you could talk into the combine. We'll both start out to-morrow and call on them." "I see you've got the Essex National Bank down," re marked Bailey, looking over Greene's list. "Do you expect to interest that institution in a stock deal?" "My brother-in-law, Edward Selden, is president of the bank, and he has pledged me a certain amount of financial support," repliea Greene. "Had he been at the head of that institution, or even in the moneyed position he is to day, I would probably not have gone to the wall over a year ago." "How much will the bank stand for, do you thfnk ?" "A million or two," replied Greene. "What stock have you thought of cornering?" "D. & G." "Why D. & G. ?" "Because there are less s hare s of that stock out. on the open market than any other low-priced stock that I know of suitable for our purpose." "Well that's someth in g, of course, but a sudden rise in the shares will probably br:ing out a large pa.rt of those held for inve stment, and we'd have to take them in at the ad vanced figure or go to the wall." "The interest in this road is held by the J efferson Trust Company, the trustees of which represent a majority on the board of directors. No advance would brin g out any of their stock, as the road is fairly prosper ous." "Do you know how many s hare s we would have to look "Not yet, but I shall have all the particulars in a day or t\vo." "Sec that you get them. I must know about where I'm going to stand before J go into this thing. I'm not going to cut oil' my nose to spite my face." "0 course I don't expect to run this thing blindfolded. I expect to make a sure thing of it. You and I are the only ones who will be interested in the ruin of Whitehead & Bascom, the others are out for the money that the corner promises. I place our profits at half a million or more apiece." "Th::it sounds good," nodded Bailey, in a satisfied tone. "'fell those you are able to talk into the deal to call here next Friday at four p. rn. for a conference. I'll have my people here at the same time. Then we'll go into the par ticulars." "It is not to be a blind pool, then?" "Not at all. Everybody will know at the first meeting exactly what is to be done. That will give confidence to all. But, of course, nobody must be falrnn into the thing on whom we cannot thoroughly depend. Explain that to the people you see on the subject, but do not mentibn anything definite. They must know nothing at all until they come together on Friday, when every one will be sworn to secrecy before proceeding to business." The two schemers talked tho matter over for awhile fonger and then left to go .to their homes with pleasant visions of anticipated revenge and :financial profits flitting through their heads. Next day they were ven busy calling on the people they expected to interest in the projected pool to boom D. & G. About a dozen brokers who were eager to take a hand in the enterprise met on the coming Friday at Mr. Greene's office, when the whole scheme was gone over, and the first instalment of the nece ssary funds required was paid over to Mr. Selden, of the Essex National Bank, which institution was to act as treasurer. Three of the brokers were selected to do the buying and subsequent booming, and were instructed to begin at once to get hold of all the shares they could on the quiet, it being arranged that Bailey and anothet should begin op erations against the stock in order to weaken the present price of the shares in the market. No one in the combine, other than Greene and Bailey, knew that the pool was to be used as a lever to accomplish the ruin of a Broad Street firm of stock brokers. But such was the fact, as the reader knows, and while these arrangements were being perfected, Whitehead & Bascom continued on in the even tenor of t11eir way, en tirely uncon scious of the plot which had been hatched by their two personal enemies for their undoing. CHAPTER XIV. LAYING THE TRAP. A few days later a broker named Brown; who had had some dealings at odd times with Whitehead & Bascom, called at their office at 11 o'clock. Phil received the visitor in his sanctum "What can I do for you to-day, ,Mr. Brown?" he in quired. "Got any D. & G. shares on hand that you'd like to dispose of at the market?" "Not a s hare." "Are you dealing in options?" "Not as a rule, Mr. Brown." "Would you sell me an oplion on D. & G. for say fifteen days?" "I might, if you were willing to pay me enough for it." "What's your figure on 10 ,000 shares?" "Ten thousand shares, eh? 'fhat's a good sized deal. Let me see," said Phil, consulting the latest market re port, "D. & G. i s worth 65. Ten thousand shares represent a cash value of $650,000. I might give you the call at 72." "You don't want much," said Mr. Brown, with a grimace. "We want all we can get I think that's the way business is done in the Street." "Well, I'll have to consider the matter, Bascom. I might give you 70, but I will have to consult my partner first.'


ON THE CURB. 25 "I don t think we'll sell su 'ch a big option under seven point advance, Mr. Brown You have probably some in side information pointing to a rise, or you wouldn't be after the option." "Not at all," the broker hastily answered. "But I'll ad mit that I'm figuring on a rise from genera l indications. As to being certain of it, you ought to know that no man is certain of anything in Wall S.treet. H we can agree on the price for the stock, what will you charge us for the option, and how much deposit will you want?" Phil mentio11ed what he would charge, and added tllllt the firm would require five per cent. of the current value of th e shares. Brown then took his departure and started at once for Greene's office. Phil put on his hat and followed him out. H e had business with a big broker on Wall Street, and this man had his office in the same building with Greene. Brown had stopped on the way to talk with a, friend, and he entered the building where Greene was located ahead of Phil. The corridor was full of brokers and others coming and going. Greene came out of his office as Brown approached. Neither noticed Phil as he passed close to them as they came together. "' "Well," said Greene to Brown, "what luck did you have? Did he bite?" "He wants seven points above-" That's all Phil heard, but it was enough to set him think ing pretty hard. The broker said that he was prepared to offer 70 for D. & G., and accept the balance of the terms. Phil replied that Mr. Brown would have to come in later and see Mr. Whitehead, as he didn't care to take the re sponsibility of selling such a large option. Brown looked disappointed. Finally he offered Phil 71, but the boy shook his heacl. "Come in about one and Mr. Whitehead will probabl y be here." Brown increased his bid to 72 in an effort to close the matter, but Phil wouldn't do it, and he had to go away withqut having effected his object. As soon as he had gone, Phil put on his hat and mad e a tour of the brokers' offices. He found, as he expected, that D. & G. was uncommonly scarce. He picked up two lots of 1,000 shares each, at 65 5-8, but that was all he could find. "It is evident that Greene has inside information that the stock has been practically cornered by a pool, and know ing that we cannot get 10,000 shares at the market, or anywhere near it, he has tried to work us through Brown for an option on that number. In a day or two he'd get Brown to demand the stock at 72, and then we'd be in the soup and have to settle at his figure. A clever game, but I'm afraid he'll be disappointed." Phil took a snack of lunch and then went back to the office. He had hardly himself at his desk before White head came in. "What did you do?" asked the senior partner. "Next to nothing. The most I could get was 2,000 "It looks to me as if Brown is an emissary of Greene's," shares." reflected the young broker. "If that is so, it's clear that "Well, you can sell that option to Brown if he comes Greene is trying to put up some game to try and scoop Mr. back," said Whitehead. 1 Whitehead and me. I have no doubt he's been hungering "Do you mean that?" asked Phil, in surprise. for a long time to get even with us for the roa1Sting we gave "yes, and you can make it 15,000 shares, if he'll take him on that option business. Probably he thinks to do them. I've borrowed that number from the secretary of us up on the option business himself. Well, forewarned the Jefferson Trust Company, who's a personal friend of is forearmed. I haYe no doubt Mr. Brown will be back at mine, and we'll have plenty of time to return the stock the office a.ftcr having a talk with his 'partner.' The partafter the s lump that is bound to follow the rise in prospect." ner in this instance appears to be Mr. Greene. Very clever, "All right, sir," replied Phil, with a smile of indeed; but I wasn"t born yesterday I must have a talk tion. with Mr. Whitehead before doing any business with Mr., Mr. Whitehead then went to lunch, and in half an hom Brown." On his return down Broad Street, Phil met Mr. White head coming away from the Curb exchange, and he told him about Mr. Brown's visit, his desire to buy a 'fifteen.day option on D. & G., and how he had accidentally seen the meeting between Brown and Greene in the Taylor on Wall Street, and overheard a few significant words that fell from their lips. Mr. Whitel1eacl wa. satisfied that Greene was up to some trick in which they were to figure at a disadvantage if the enemy s11cceeclcr1 in gaining his point. When Phil got back to the office he found Brown already there waiting for him. Brown showed up again. "Sit down, Mr. Brown," said Phil. "Mr. Whitehead w a,. in and I hacl a talk with him about the matter. We l,;:;,,rc, concluded to let you have the option on 15,000 shares." "I said ten--" began Brown, and then he stopp e d short. "All right," he acldecl, "write it out and I'll draw you my check for-what was the amount you askecl ?" Phil told him. Ten mim{tes afterward Brown met Greene on Exchange Place, as per arrangement. "I've got it!" cried Brown, in triumph. "Good!" cried Greene, rubbing his hanQ.s with pleasure. "Let's see."


26 ON THE CURB. "What do you think? I caught him for an additional 5,000." "What! Youdid?" "Yes. He made a mistake and thought I had asked for fifteen instead of ten, and I didn't undeceive him "This is almost too good to be true," said Greene, ex amining the paper with eyes that glowed with anticipations of the revenge he saw in store. "You're a dandy;Brown, and I'll make it all right with you. We've got those chap s in a nice hole. They couldn't buy 15,000 nor 5,000 shares of D. & G for love or money, for the pool has every floating share in its possession but 2,000, that slipped us somehow. Bailey will feel like a schoolboy when I show him this paper We'll force that stoc.k up to par or over before the week is out, and then call on Whitehead & Bascom to deliver. I fancy I see them when the time comes. I tell you, Brown, revenge is sweet." The two men then parted, Greene rushing off to the messengers' entrance of the Exchange to call Bailey out and communicate to him the good news. The conspirators were certainly having the laugh on Phil and his partner. But he l aughs best who laughs last CHA.PTER XV. WHO HOLDS ACE HIGH? Next morning several brokers were employed by the pool to bid for D. & G. and draw attention to its scarcity. They made a number of "wash sales" at prices varying from 69 to 80, in order to get quotations on the ticker The last was the closing :figure for the clay, and when Greene and Bailey met at the former' s office they shook hands and C'huckled gleefully over what they believed was the dismay of Whitehead & Ba scom at that moment. They would have been surprised, however, had they been able to see the real state of affairs in the office of their rivals. "This is where we cut a large and juicy melon at White head & Bascom's expense," said Greene, with great glee. "It will be particularly large and juicy, I'm thinking," replied Bailey. "It' s a good thing that we ha"ve no fear of any of the c;:ontrolling interest of the stock being shoved at us," said Greene, "for it's taken our last dollar to get the bulge on the situation. If any one was to throw a 5,000 or 10,000 block of shares on the market within the next few clays I'd see our :finish. But I've taken care to ascertain jus t how the majority of the stock is held, and so we've nothing to f e ar on that account. We got 47,000 shares in our posses sion, which have cost us three millions, two of which has been furnished by the Essex National Bank. There are 2,000 shares held by somebody that we'll probably have to take in to-morrow, next day, or the day after, by which time I hope to see the price up to 100. It is possible, however, that the owner of those shares is in Europe, traveling, and that they may not come on the market, which will be gr e atl y t o our aclY antagc. The o th e r 51,000 s hare s are h eld by the officer s of the J effe r son Trust Co. At thi s moment Whit e h e ad & Bascom ar e $120,000 to the bad on the mar ket. Whe n D & G. r e a c h e s 100 we' ll call on them to de liver the 15,000 shares at 72. They will have to settle with Brown for half a million cold cash, if they can raise that much money." "They'll go broke, that will be about the size of it," re plied Bailey. "That's the way I want to see them go," said Greene, venomously itr shan't shed any tears over their failure," answered the other. The y enjoyed what they fondly believed was their comin g triumph for half an hour longer, and then they went hom e Next day D. & G., under the impetus of more wash sales, advanc e d to 90. The third clay was Saturday, and the pool was contented to force it up to 96. Of course there was a great deal of excitement in the Exchan g e over the rise of the stock and its extraordinary scarceness. The corner in the stock was sell-evident, but no one on the out s ide knew anything about the pool that was at the back of the boom. Strong efforts were made in several quarters to buy the stock, and the re seemed to be no doubt but it would g o above par, but non e of the shares r e ally changed hands thou g h man y :fic titious trades were made. Th e bona-fid e pur c has e rs w e re i g nored, under the im pression th a t some of the m were trying to get the s tock for Whit e h e ad & Bascom. On 1\Ionday, the pric e was forced up to par, and the n, a s arranged, Brown walk e d into Whitehead & Bascom's office, like a conqu e ring hero. He was shown into Phil's room and while the following inte rview was in pro g ress, Broker Traver s acting for Whit e h e ad and his young partner, s old the 2,000 share s of D. & G., Phil bought at 65 5-8, for 101, bringing a profit of $70 ,000 to th e :firm. It was n e arly noon, and Phil was bus y with a deal thai he was clos ing up in a mining stock. "Go o d morning Ba s com," saicl Brown, s tifling a chuckle. "Good morning, Mr. Brown. Take a seat." Brown was amazed at Phil's composure, for surely, h e :figured, the young brok e r must have judged what had brought him to his office. "You seem to be in good humor this morning, Bascom," he saicl, rather puzzl ed. "I always try to keep in good humor, Mr. Brown. It's a good antidote for the blu e s." "I fear e d that under the cir c umstances you might be feelin g rather sore on account of the unexpe c ted rise in D. & G., on which I hold your option for 15,000 shares at 72, which is 28 points lower than the market, or a differ ence of $420,000." "What's the use of feeling sore when you're not ol\ the


ON THB CURR 27 sunny side of the market? One can't always expect to be lucky," replied Phil, suavely. "You seem to take the matter quite philosophicaUy Well, let's get down to business. D. & G. having gone to par, I'd like to have those 15,000 shares so I can sell them at the present high figure, and make two-fifths of a million. I suppose you have succeeded in buying them in long before this," with a giin. "Mr. Whitehead and myself are accust9med to keep to the windward of treacherous shoals and deceptive quick sands. I am happy to say that I am ready to deliver the stock just as soon as you hand me your check for the amount due, which is, I think, $1,080,000, less your deposit of $48, 750, or $1,031,250." Browne nearly collapsed. "Do you mean to say that you have the shares in your possession ?" he gasped. "I have. Do you wish to see them?" Phil walked to his private safe and took therefrom an oblong envelope. Opening it, he spread out three certificates for 5,000 shares each o:f D. & G stock. There was no doubt as to their genuineness, and Brown nearly had a :fit. He had not brought a certified check for the sum men tioned, for Greene, not for a supposing that there was the ghost of a chance of Whitehead & Bascom getting the shares, had made no provision to take them up, sup p0$ing that it would be merely a question of settlement between the firm and Brown. "Now, Mr. Brown, if you will give me the certified check, which I presume you have brought with you, you can take the shares with you, and reap the advantage of your forethought." "I didn't bring any check," faltered Brown, looking exceedingly foolish. "I thought you didn't have the stock anJ that you would want to settle with me." "Oh, you thought that, did you?" smiled Phil, watching the trader, narrowly. "You see you have made a mistake. I will retum the stock to the safe until you bring me your check, properly certified. The option has several days yet to run, so you ought to be able to get the money within the time. And now, Mr. Brown, if you haven't any further business with me, I hope you'll excuse me, as I'm engaged with an important matter just now." Brown !Valked out of Whitehead & Bascom's office, feel ing smaller than be ever had before in his life. "Gracious!" be gasped on his way to the street "What will Greene say when I tell him that Bascom has the stock ready for immediate delivery? Why, he'll be wild. He'll have to Jet out D. & G. shares at once in order to raise the million to settle the option. Still, as long as the pool can hold up the price to par and unload at that figure he'll have the satisfaction of ma'king over $400,000 out of the option, even if Whitehead & Bascom have managed to weather the storm. I wonder how they managed to get the shares, and how much they had to pay for them?" Brown hastened to Greene's office, where that gentleman was rubbing his hands joyfully and waiting for Brown's re port "Well," he said, when his emissary entered his private room, "did the funeral go off in a style befitting the occa sion?" "It did-not," replied Brown, emphatically. "It did not! What do you mean?" demanded Greene, with a change of countenance "I mean that I've never been placed in such a compro mising position in my life," said Brown, angrily. "I went to Whitehead & Bascom's fully expecting to dictate terms to them. Instead of which Phil Bascom produced the shares and asked for a certified check of $1,031,250 to pay the balance due on them at 72. That's what .I mean." "What!" roared Greene, jum0ng out of his chair "Im possible l" "Impossible, eh?" replied Browne, with a sardonic laugh. "I wish it had been so. I never felt smaller or meaner in my life when I was obliged to confess that I had hot brought the check, but had called, expecting to get a settle ment.'; "Do you mean to say that they had the shares in their office?" "That's exactly what I mean to say. I saw them." "You--aw-them ?" "I did. Three certificates of 5,000 shares each." Greene's face was livid and he said several things that, as a gentleman, he ought not to have been guilty of. Then he sank back into his chair and glared at his emis sary like a man who has suddenly lost all interest in life. Who held ace high at that moment? Evidently not Mr. Greene. CHAPTER XVI. IN WHICH BOTH THE POOL AND THE STORY SEES ITS FINISH. "Well," said Brown, "I think you'd better see about get ting me that certified check so that you can have those 15,000 shares to put on the market at 100. If you have lost your revenge in the way you had :figured it you can have the stock at any rate, and you ought to make $400,000 out of it; that is, if you can hold the price at par while the pool is unloading." These rematks aroused Greene to action. He saw that the time had arrived when the stock would have to be released, and putting on his hat he rushed over to the Exchange to confer with Bailey. Bailey was madder than a hornet to Jearn that tha.ir scheme for revenge had slipped a cog. "I thought you knew where every share of the stock was?" "So I did, except the 2,000." "Well, the 2,000 is accounted for. Travers sold it to Buchannan nearly an hour ago at par. It seems to me that if we had all the shares except the 51,000 held by the Jeff erson Trust Co. people, Whitehead & Bascom must have


ON TI-IE UTJRB. got that stock from them. If they're willing fo let 15,000 80, when: the chairman's gavel brought the confusion to a shares out to W. & B. we may expect to have more oi it stop for the day. shoved at us at the present high price. Suppose such a Before noon next day it was down to 50, and the Greene thing' happens the pool will go to the wall and we'll be syndicate was a bUTsted bubble. ruined. It behooves us to get in out of the wet just as soon Greene, Bailey and one other man went to the wall, finanas we can. I'm going to put the shares on the market right cial wrecks, while the rest of the members were ba.dly hit, away in the easiest way possible. We've got to get some of them barely pulling through. ' million to settle with Whiteheacl & Bascom, but there's Brown failed to take up his option at the end of the fiftirnc enough for that. The option has six days to run yet. teen days, and his deposit was forfeited .At any rate we've got one satisfaction, they must have paid The stock, together with the other batches loaned for the a pretty _s.tiff figure for those shares, and we stand to profit purpose of breaking the combine, was returned to the trust heavily by them." company people, and then Whitehead & Bascom figured up Bailey rnturned to the floor to arrange a programme o.f their profits, which amounted to about $110,000. operations for unloading with the pool's other brokers. What was best of all was the fact that they had beaten Travers, however, acting under direction from Mr. the enemy to a standstill, and practically driven both : Whitehead, was watchipg for the moment when the shares Greene and Bailey out of the Street. of D. & G. were offered to bidders. When the smoke of the combat had cleared away, and Mr. Whitehead had had a with the Presinormal conditions were again in force at the Exchange, dent of the Jefferson Trust Company, and an arrangement Phil decided that Daisy Maitland would have to sell out was made by which the broker thought he saw his way to her typewriting business and retire from the public gaze of down the combine that had cornered the stock. Wall, or rather Broad, Street. The moment the of the pool got fairly "I'm making so much money now, Daisy," he said to started with the unloading pl'ocess, Travers suddenly threw her, "that really I must have a wi:fe to keep track of my a block of 10,000 shares on the market. finances in a general way. So what do you say to getting This was a million dol1ars' worth at t11e par figure that married next month?" the pool was trying to sustain "This is so sudden," laughed Daisy, as she put her hand Bailey was staggered by the offer. in _his; "but I suppose I'll have to agree to it. I'll talk to He 'phoned the news to Greene that the market was on mother to-night and we'll try to select the elate." the verge of a panic. "All right," replied Phil, giving her a kiss, "it's up to "Unless we can take the will go to you." smash. Can you raise the cash by three?" In course the wedding happened, and it was a fine Take 'em, anyway," replied the frantic Greene. "I'm one. going to see my brother-in-law. The bank will have to Charley Dean was best man, and Roger Whitehead one of support us or stand to lose heavily." the most honored gu"ests. D. & G. had dropped to 95, and was on the run, Quite a number of years have passed since that happy when Bailey took the block of 10,000. event took place, and in Phil's household there is a Phil, The stock immediately began to recover and was pres. Jr., and a Daisy, Jr., to help make things interesting. ently at 99. Mr. Whitehead has retired from the firm to spend the The taking in of such a heavy block by the po.ol renewed rest of his life at his ea0se, and Phil himself is now a mem confidence in the stock, and the unloading proceeded with ber of the big Exchange. caution, amid intense excitement. Although he's worth a million or two, and is a person of But it didn't last long. some consequence in Wall Street, he still recalls, with conMr. Whitehead was rather surprised that the combine siderable sdtisfaction, the time when he was ON THE CURB. did not go to pieces under the attempt to slaughter it. He did not reckon that they would be able to take a million dollars' worth of shares. He was compelled now to order Travers to hurl another 10,000 at them. Fifteen minutes later the third block of 10,000 'was offered to Greene. Selden didn't dare the bank further, for he had already exceeded his authority and would probably be up against it hard when he came to square himself with the board of directors. That settled the matter, and the next moment the Exchange was the scene of a "'._ild panic. D. & G. dropped to 90 iii no time at all, and it kept on to THE END. Read "A FREAK OF. FORTUNE; OR, THE BOY WHO STRUCK LUCK," which will be the next number (93) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. H 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 you order by return mail.


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TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sighto explamed h.)'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining ho-4 the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and thel boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. o No. 43. HOW 'l'O BECOME A M.A.GICIAN.-Containing thefi grandest ?f illusions ever placed before theP publtc. Also tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. c No. 68. TO DO CHEMIC.AL 'l'H.ICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals.e By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. rn No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over!> of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontain mg _the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By .A.. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW '.1'0 l\IA;KE MAGIC full directions for makmg Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. Byc A. Anderson. Ful11 lllustiated. to No. 73 .. HOW, Ty DO 'l'RICKS WITH NUMBEJRS.-Showing et many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers By .A.. Ju Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No 7_5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing ta tric ks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. qw TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete descri_Pt10n of the_ mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. 0 111ustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW '.J'O BECOl\I.E. AN boy"'.K how IDV',int1ons o.ri_ginated. This book explains them th all, examples. m electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, tu pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. The most instructive book published. a No. 5?. HOW TO AN ENGINEER-Containing full c how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en g1?eer; also for buildi_ng a mod e l locomotive ; together with a full description of everytbmg an engineer should know. o No. 57. IlOW TO MAKE MUSlfCAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full f di,rections 'how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, A!Jolian Harp Xylo pb,,ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or b modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald b for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. .. HQW TO MAKE A LAN'.l'ERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By .A.. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladi es on a.II subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and reque sts. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETI'ERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full direrctions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITEJ LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETI'ERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters,


rHE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YOKK ENU MEN' S JOKE OK.-Containing a great variety of the la t est jok e s us e d b y the st famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without s wonderful little book. No . THE OF NEW YORK S '.rUMP SPEAKERnta1!1mg a vane d ass o,rtn:ent of istump spe e ches, Negro, Dutch d Irish. Al s o end m ens Jokes. Just the thing fo r home amuse ent and amateur s hows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE ND JOKltl new a?d very instructive. Eve ry Y should ob tam this as 1t contams full instructions for or mzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. ESS No. 65. i s one of the most original [VE ke books ev e r publi s h e d, and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor It .Y. ntains a larg e collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc: of e r ren c e l\Iuldo on, the great wit, humorist, and practical' of h e l!Jver,v boy _who can enjoy a good substantial joke should -Em b tam a c op y 1mme d 1 a te ly h ilNo . 79 H9W TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing commstruc t1ons how to make up for various characters on the S age_ ; wi t h the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompte r, urors emc Artis t and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manage r ated. N?: 80. G U S WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the la t -t Jokes, an e cdot e s and funny stories of this world-renowned and e r p opular comedian. Sixty-four pages; h a n dsome and lor ed cover conta1mng a half-tone photo o f t he aut hor. f ricks i d by HOUSEKEEPING. book NC? 16. H9W TO KEEP A; WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing ull mstruct1on11 fot constructmg a wmdow garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful how o wers a t home. The mos t c o mplete book o f the kind eve r pub il the hed. onl y No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-O ne o f the most instructive books cooking ever published It contains recipes for cooking meats r theilis h gam e and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of tbePstry, and a grand collection of r ecipes by one of ou r m os t popular icooks over I No 37 HOW TO KEEP H OUSEJ.-It contains i nform ation for ca ls. leverybody, boys, men and women; it will teach you how to !Dake almost auythmg around the house, such as parlor ornaments ove r rrackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime fo r catch in g birds.' tain-. ELECTRICAL. .. 4 6 HOW T O MAKE AND us.E. ELECTRICITY,_.A de By of the wonderful uses of electricity and ele ctro magnetism ; ogethe r with fu ll instructions for making Electric Toys, B atteries, in g tc. George Trebel A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty ilA. ustr at10ps. No. 64 HOW T O MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con ta i n ing full directions for making el ectrical machines, indu c tion coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. N o 67. HOW .TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS. Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical t r icks, toðer with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No: 31 HOW T9 _BEC0;'.11E A SPEAKER-Conta ining teen 11lus trat1on s, g1vmg the diff erent positions r equisite t o b e come a goo d sp e ak e r, r eader and elo c u t ionist. Also containing g ems from all the popular authors of prose and poet r y arranged in the motlt simple and concis.:! manner po ss ible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Glving rules for c on d u c ti ng d bates, outlmes for d e batee, questions fo t discussion a nd t l\ e belt source s for procuring info::-mation on the que&tion s g iv en. SOCIETY. No. 3. B;OW TO arts ancr wiles o r fli r tatio n are fully by this little book. Besides the various methods of ha r.dkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtati on, it con a full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, w h ic h fa m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. Yo u c annot b e happJ without one . 4 H .OW .TO DANCE is the ti tle o f a n e w a n d haIJdsome httie book Just issued by Frank Tousey It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and a t itartie1 how to dress, and full directions for calling off in a ll popul a > qua1e dances. No. 5. HOW TO MA.KE LOVE.-A comp l ete guid e to love, courlEhip nnd marriage, giving s e nsible advice, rules aud etiq ue tte to be observ ed, "!l>ith many curious and interesting t h in gs no t gen Hally known. No. li. .ro DRESS.-Containing full instruc ti o n in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad g iv ing the selections of c olors, material. and how to have them made u p. No. 18. HOW TO, BECOME BEAUTIFUL.One of the brightest and most valuabl e little books evet given to the world Everybody wish e s to know how to b e come beautiful both male and f e mal e '.l'he secr e t is simple, and almost c o stle s s R e ad this book and be convin c ed how to become beautiful B IRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y illustrated an4 con taining full instructions for th e management and train in g o f the canary, moc kingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO DOGS, PO"CLTRY, PIGEO N S AND RABBITS.-A us e ful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Includ in g hlnta on how to cn tc h mol e s, w e asels, otter, rats, squirrel s a nd bird1. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrate d. B y J. H arrington Kee ne. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS '.AND ANi l\IALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions i n collect i ng, prepar in g mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54 HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the mannet and method of raising, keep inrl taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; al so givin g ful instructions for making cag e s etc. Fully explai n ed by twenty-eight illustrations, making it t h e most c omp l ete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-"A u s eful and In structive book, giving a compl ete treatise on c hemistry; also ex perim ents in a cousti c s me c hanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di. E NTE RT A IN ME NT. re c tions for making fireworks colored fires, a nd gas balloons Thia No. 9 HOW TO BECO;'.IIEJ A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book canno t be equal e d boy hem tics hed. full en her ull ylo de o r ai d in g ion. nely ts; ttle er, ny ng FD ct ; rs, onedy. The secret given away. Every inte llig ent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete h andbook for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimald n g .tll kinds of cand}'. i ce-c reall!i.. essences. etc_ e t c. todes every night with his imitations), can master the No. 8 4 IIOW '.rO BEGOME A 1 y AUTHOR.-Gontaining full art, and create any amount of fun for hims e lf and friend s It i s the information tegarding choice of subj e cts, the use of words and the cr eatest book ever publi s hed. and there' s millions (of fun) in it. manne r of preparing and submitting manus cript. Also containing No. 20 HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatne s s, legibility and gen eral c om e r y valuable little book just published. A compl ete comp e ndium po sitio n of m anuscript, essential to a successfu l author. B y P r i n ce of games, sports, card diversions comic recitations, etc. suit able Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A wllt'l money than any book published. derful b o ok coutaining usefu l and p ractical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and us eful little tre a t m ent of ordinary diseases and ailments common t o e ver1 book, containing the rule s and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes fo r g e n eral com-backgammon, croqu e t domino e s, etc. plaints. No 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con th e leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the co ll e cting a n d a rrang inC and witty sayings. of stamps and coins Handsome ly illustrated. No. 52. HOW 1'0 PLAY QARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BID A DETECTIVE.-B y Old K in g Brady, book, giving the rule s and !"''irections for playing Euchre, Cribthe world known dete c tive. In which he lays down some valuable bage, Casino, FortyFive, R:"-..: ce, Pedro Sanc ho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for b e ginners, and also r e l a t es s o me a dventurea Aucti o n Pitch. All Fours, and miny other popular games of cards. and exp e riences of well-known d e tectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Containclred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful information r e garding the Camera and bow to work it; complete b o ok. Full y illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slide s a n d o ther Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W De W. ETIQUETTE. No. 13 HOW T O DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUET'l'E.-It ii a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know an about. The r e's happin e ss in it. No 33. HOW '1'0 BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easi est and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church and m t he drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. 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ISSUES : 190 Young Wild West's Branding Bee; or, Arletta and the Cow Punchers. 191 Young Wild West and His Partners' Pile, and How Arletta Saved It. 192 Young Wild West at Diamond Dip; or, Arletta's Secret Foe. 193 Young Wild West' s Buckhorn Bowle, and How It Saved His Partners. 194 Young Wild West In the Haunted Hills; or, Arletta and the Aztec Arrow. 195 Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arietta's Annoying Ad 219 Young Wild West and the Apache Princess; or, Fierce Foe. 220 Young Wild West's Bucking Bronchos; or, The Picnic at Panther Pass. 221 Young Wild West' s Cowboy Charm; or, Arletta and the Border Bandits. 222 Young Wild West's Lucky Lode; or, Making a Thousand Dol-lars a Minute. 223 YouOg Wild West and the California Coiners; or, Arletta at Bay 224 Young Wild West Raking ln Riches; or, Arietta's Great Pan-Out: 225 Young Wild West Marked for Death; or, A Tough Time at Tombstone. mirer. 196 Young Wild West's Double Line. 226 Shot; or, Cheyenne Charlie' s Life 227 Young Wild West Trailing a Traitor; or, Arletta's Triple Danger. Young Wild West's Clever Cowboys; or, The Rough Riders o! the Ranch. 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arletta and the Drop o! Death 198 Young Wild West and the Gui! Gang; or, Arletta's Three Shots. 199 Young Wild West's Treasure Trove; or, The Wonderful Luck o! the Girls. 200 Young Wild West's Leap in the Dark; or, Arletta and the Under ground Stream. 201 Young Wlld West and the Silver Queen; or, The Fate of tbe Mystic Ten. 202 Young Wild West Striking it Rich; or, Arletta and the Cave o! 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Fame and Fortune WeQkly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONE'l B y A SELF-MADE M A N COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Cts ISSUED EVER! FRIDAY 32 P This Weekly contains .stori es of smart boys, "".ho win fame and b! their .ability take \ advantage of passing opportumt1es. Some of these stones are founded on true mc1dents m tne llves of our most successfu l self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUllLlSllED. 8 The Wheel of Fol'tune; Ol', The R eco l'd of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuc k ; Ol', The Young Brokers of Wall Stl'eet. 10 A Copper Hal'vest; or. The Boys Who Worke d a Deserted l\Ilne 11 A Lucky Penny ; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough ; or, A Brave Boys Start In Life. 1 3 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 1 4 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not b e Downed. 15 A StreRk of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 A Good 'l'hing; or, The Boy Who lll a d e a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Tra d e r in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Careel' of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of l\I o uey; or, A Bright Boy in \Yall Street. 21 All to the G9od ; o r From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How H e Got There; or, "l'he Pluckiest Boy of Them All 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Luc ky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, Tbe Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or. 'l'h e Boy Who !\l a d e a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of D ella Cr:iz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who W ent Out With a Circus. 30 Gold e n Fleece: or, The Boy .Brokers of W all Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme: or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island 32 Adrift on tbe W orld: or. \Yorking His W a y to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win: or, The F oxiest Boy In \Vall Street. 34 'l'attel'S: or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; o r The Ri c hest Boy In the W orld. 36 \Yon by Pluck; or, The Boys Who R a n a Railroad. ;i-; Beating the Brokers; or, Tbe Boy Who "Couldn't b e Done." ill:' /\. Rolling Sto ne; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Say Die; or. The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a ilfan; or, Winning His Way to tbe Top. 41 Boss of the l\Iarket: or, The G reatest Boy In Wall Street. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From Bell-Boy to i\Illlionaire. 44 Out for Business; or, The Smartest Ho y in Towu. 4\) A Favorite o f Fortune: or, Striking i t Rieb I n W a ll Street. 46 'l'hrough Thic k and '!'bin; or. Tbe Adventures of a Smart Bo y 47 Doing llis Level Best: o r Working His Way Up. 48 Always on D eck; or, 'l'b e Boy Who Made His Mark. 4!! A l\llnt of l\Ioney; or, The Young Wail Street Broker 50 'l'he Ladde r of Fame; or, From Office Boy to Senator. 51 On the Square; or, The Success of an Honest Boy. 52 After a l<'ortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy In the West. ;:;11 \\"inning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonder of W a ll Street. iH Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became President. :;G H ei1 to a Million; or, The Boy Who Was Born Luc ky. ;;u Lost in t h e Andes: or. The Treasme of the Burled City. 5 7 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy In Wall Street. 58 A Luc ky C h a nce; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 'l'he Road to Success; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing P ointers; or, The Luc kiest Iloy In Wall Street. 61 Rising In the W orld ; or, l<'rom Factory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor Boy s Chance. 63 Out for Himself; o r Paving His Way to 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Stl'eet. 65 A Start In Life; o r, A Bright Boys Ambition. I 66 O u t for a i\Illlion: or, Thi! Young Midas of Wall Street. 6 7 Bvery Inc h a Boy; or, D oing His Level Best. (;8 Money to Burn; or, 'l' b e Shrewdest Boy In Wall Street. 6ll An Eye to Business; or, 'l'bc Boy Who Was Not Asl ee p 70 'l'lpped by the Ticker; or, An Ambitions Boy in Wall Street. 71 O n to Success; or, 'l'he Boy Who Got Ahead. i2 A Bid for a Fortune: or, A Country Boy In Wall Street. 7 3 Bound to Rise; or, Fighting His Way to Success. 74 Out for the Do ll ars; or, A Smart Boy In Wall Street. 75 F o r l!'ame and Fortune; or, 'l'h e Boy Who Won Both. 76 A W a ll Street Winner ; or, Making a Mint of ;\lone y 77 The Road to Wealth : or, The Hoy Who Found It Out. 7 8 On the Wing; or, The Young ;\lercmy of W a ll Street. 7D A Chase for a Fortune; or, The B oy Who Hustle d. 80 Juggling With the Market; or, 'l'he lioy Who Made i t Pay. I 81 Cast Adrift; or, The Luck of a H o m e less B oy. i 82 Playing the Market; or, A K ee n Boy In Wall Street. 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