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As the crowd rushed into the room, and brokers Fox and Adams seized Bennett, Eddie across the room, sprang upon a chair and, whisking a jack-knife from his pocket, cut the old broker down from the door.


Fame and Fortune.Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAK E MONEY luued Weekl11-B11 Subscription IZ.50 per 11ear. Entered according to Act of Congrt.aa, in the year 1 901. in the o!ftce of the Librat'ian of Con gnu, Wa.hington, D. C., b11 Frank 7'ome11, Publishe1', 24 Union Sq uar, Neto Yo1k. No. 106. NEW Y ORK, OCTOBER 11, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. TIPS TO FORTUNE A LUCKY WALL STR EET D EAL By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I EDDIE SCOTT AND CHARLEY GATES. "Get out of my office!" "Mr. Sharp told me to bring back an answer." "I don't care what he told you. I want you to get out. ",:r'hen I'm to tell Mr. Sharp that you refuse to send him an apswer?" "I don't care a continental what you tell him. Get o ut!" Walter Bennett, stock broker, of the Pluto Building, Wall Street, was evidently in a savage humor, and he glared at Eddie Scott, messenger and office boy for Matthew Sharp, also a stock broker, of No. --Wall Street, as though he were an ogre in a big castle and had half a mind to make a meal of the plump, good looking boy who had called on him with a note from his employer. Whatever was in the note it was clear had not pleased Mr. Bennett, for he gritted bis teeth and grin n ed antly \vhile readi,ng it. Then he wheeled around in his chair and told the me& senger to get out in tones more forceful than polite. Eddie wasn't used to such a dismissal, and he didn't like it. He had been carrying notes to a hundred or more brokers every week for the past two years, and he could not recall one instance where he had been so roughly treated bef o re. "He's a gentleman-I don't think," muttered Eddie to himself. his cheeks flushed with i n dignation, as he walked out into the corridor and hurried over to the elevator shaft. "He s eemed to be mad over that note. There must have been something in it he didn't like." Eddie Scott was a bright, wide awake boy. He lived in Ha. rlem with his widowed mother a.nd sister Edith, a pretty, refined looking girl, one year his junior, who had just started out as a breadwinner, too. Mr. Sharp, Eddie's employer, a benevolent-looking old gentleman, got her a position as stenographer for an Ex change Place broker, and although she was but sixteen, anrl had never bad any previous office experience, she made good from the start. Mrs. Scott had reason to be proud of her two children. and naturally she was. Since her husband's death, two years since, she had had a hard time to make ends meet, as be had left nothing but a. $1,000 life insurance, and more than half of that went to pay his just debts a.nd funeral expenses. Eddie had been fortunate in securing a position as office boy and messenger in Mr. Sharp's office in W a.II Street, and the lad soon made himself solid with bis boss by his strici attention to business, and accmacy in delivering all mes sages intrusted to him. Mr. Sharp had been in business in the Street for a great many years, and there was hardly a broker but knew him either personally or by reputation. His hair was almost white and had grown so thin as to leave the greater part of the crown of his bead bald. His age was generally computed to be seventy years In business matters he was very conservative, and se l dom speculated. His word was as good as most men's bond an.d h e was understQod to be wealthy. Mr, Everett, his cashier and head bookkeeper, had been


TIPS TO F.ORTUNE. with him nearly forty, but the other clerks were young men who hacl risen from the same position Eddie now held. His stenographer was a pretty girl, with golden lrnir and blue eyes, about sixteen, named Sylvie Thorne. She was the daughter of a clerk who had died while in Mr. Sharp's service, and the old gentleman took a paternal interest in her. EdcTie and Sylvie had sttuck up a warm friendship. He thought she was the nicest girl in New York, his sister excepted; and she thought he was the smartest and most gentlemanly boy she had ever met. From the very first Eddie had taken a great interest in Wall Street, and he devoted much of his spare time to studying Stock Exchange methods and to reading the news that interested brokers principally. In this way he acquired quite a fund of information about stocks, and had a pretty correct idea of how busiiiess was conducted by the traders. He made it a practice to study the market report every day, and was abreast of the situation: at all times. Indeed, he was by far the best informed boy in the Street on matters connected with the :financial district. And yet he didn't go around airing his knowledge to show how smart he was. That wasn't his way. He often thought if he had a little capitaJ he could make a few dollars once in awhile above his wages, but he had no funds at his command, for h is mother required the bl1lk of what he made to run the lrn:use, he had no opportunity to experiment with the market when he thought he saw a chance to make a strike. When Eel die reached the elevator slrnft after leaving Mr. Bennett 's office be found a hov of about his own age sta?ding there waiting for a cage to come down. This boy's name was Charle> G atcR, and he worked for a broker in the same where Ecldie was employed Charlej' was rather the opp_osite of Eddie in looks, tastes and most everything, and yet the two boys were wa.rm friends. 1 "Hello, ELldie," said Charley, in his off-hand, careless fashion. "Hello, Charley," returned Eddie, who was always glad to see )lis friend. "W'bat do you know this morning?" grinned Charley. "I kn-:nv a thing or two more than when I left home." "\Vhat, for instance?" "Tha.t the market shows an upward tendency; for one thing, and that some men who seem to be gentlemen can act like hogs." "Ho Someboc1y been treating you like a hog?" asked Charley, inquisitively. -"I wasn't treated very nico by a broker in this "WJ10 \YaS he?" "I don't ca. re to mention names." "What did he do to you?" "I brought him a note that required an answer. He not only wouldn't give me an answer, but he ordered me out of his office as i.f T were a pickpocket." "Probab]y you brought him news that he didn't like," grinned Charley. "I nearly got thrown out of an office once for the same reason.'' "Tba.t wasn't my fault." "That doesn't make any difference. Some men don't consider a messenger's feelings. W11en they get a grouch on the first person they come in contact with ge:nerally suffers." "I don't admire that kind o.f man." "Neither do I, but you'll find them in Wall Street as well as in other places. My old man says human nature is the sam,e all the world over." "A gentleman is the same all the world over, too." "I guess so, but they're not in the majority. Here's the elevator. Jump aboard!" The boys reached the sidewalk and started down the street together. "If l.had $100, or even $50, I know how I would double it in a few days," said Gates. On some stock, I suppose ?" replied Eddie. ''Yep." "Wl).at makes you so cocksure that the stock will go high enough to double an investment?" "I heard two brokers in our office this morning talking about Memphis & Nash ville. One said be bad positive in forrn(!tion from i.he inside that Louisville Southern had se cured control of the road, and tha.t the fa.ct would be pub lished in a few days. He said M. & N. was bound fo go up ten points on the strength of it." "Do you know the brokers?" "Sure. One was Frank Fo;x and the other Joseph Ad ams. Fox was the man who was doing the talking. He said he's loaded up on M. & N. and advised Adams to fol low suit." "It looks like a good tip. I've read a number of items in the Wall Street papers about the matter during the past month, and I thol'.ght there might be something in it. But you know such rumors can never be depended on. The papers print any old thing that come their way to fill their columns. The great majo .rity never amount to anything, consequently bro.kers a1e very careful not to put too much trnst in such things.'' "Fox seems to be dead sure abol'tt this matter." "That's because he knows the source whence be got his knowledge on the subject." "I'd be willing to take a chance on it if I had the money to back it." "As you say you haven't the money, it's no use to you." "That's right. Hard luck isn't it to be strapped when a good thing comes your way?" "You aren't the only one in that boat," said Eddie. "That's no lie, either,'' said Charley, as they boarded the elevator in their own building and were whirled up to the third :floor. Charley Gates worked for Ludlow, Mills & Co., whose offices faced that of Broker Sharp across the corridor, and the boys parted at that point. CHAPTER II. WHAT THE WHITE ENV]JLOPE CONTAINED. "So he wouldn't give you an answer," chuckled Matthew Sharp, gazing at his messenger through his gold-rimmed spectacles after the boy bad reported the result of his m1ss10n.


TIPS TO FORTUNE. "No, sir. He just told me to get out in as roui"h a way as he could." "He didn't look pleasant, then?" "Not after your note, he didn't." The old broker chuckled again. Then he pondered a moment, tapping his desk with an ivory paper-cutter. "That's all for the present, Eddie," he said presently, an'1 the boy went outside and took his seat in the waiting room. There were several customers standing by the ticker look ing at the tape as it came reeling out from the little glass covered brass machine and dropped into the tall wicker basket alongside. Eddie picked up the morning paper, looked over the market report for M. & N., and saw that it had closed the day previous at 58. He also looked up L. S. anC. noted that it stood at 75. "I believe Charley got hold of an A. No. 1 tip. If I had some money that I had no immediate use for I think I'd take a shy at M. & N. The stock is selling lower tcrday than it has for many months. It's due for a rise of two or three points, anyway, but if the control of the road has been acquired by L. S. it ought to jump ten as soon as the news is confirmed." At that moment the cashier called Eddie and asked him to go up Nassau Street to a stationer's and get an acoount book, the style of which he had noted on a slip of paper. Eddie started on the errand. As he opened the door to go out he ran smack into Broker Bennett, who was entering. "Can't you see where you're going?" snarled Walker Ben nett, giving Eddie a cuff on the head that made his ears tingle. felt like kicking him, but he knew better than to make a scene, so he went on and let the caller announce himself. As he was walking briskly up Nassau Street a big, burly A. D. T. messenger came dashing out of an office, collided with Eddie and knocked him head over heels into the street. Eddie dropped the slip of paper he held in his hand, and the wind whisked it away. "You big brute, what did you do that f_or?" exclaimed Eddie, picking himsel.l' up about as mad as he could b e "Why didn't you get out of my way, sonny?" chuckled the messenger, making a bluff of brushing him off. "How could I? I didn't see you coming, but you saw me, all right. If I was anywhere nea r your size I'd put it all over you for that." "Don't get mad, little boy," grinned the A. D. T. boy. "You dropped something, didn't you? There it is yonder. Run along and pick it up, and next time keep your eyes open when you're walking along." The messenger chuckled loudly and hurried away. "I wish I was big enough to knock his roof off," muttered Eddie, as he looked after the other, who sailing down the street like a Kansas cyclone. "Ile knocked me over on purpose. Maybe some day the boot will be on the other leg." Eddie went over to where he saw what he took to be a slip of white paper. It proved to be merely a white envelope He was turning awa.y from it when he noticed that it was sealed. Then he reached down and picked it up. There was evidently something inside of it. Turning it over he saw that there was no name or address on it. "I wonder what's in it,'; he mused. "Well, I'll look and see when I get to the office." He put the envelope in his pocket, and looked around or the slip of paper he had dropped. He saw it in the gutter a few feet away. Recovering it, he went on to the stationer's, which was only a short distance away. He presented the memorandum to a clerk and received the account book he came after. "What have you been doing to yourself( Your jacket is all covered with dust," said the clerk as he was turning away. Eddie told him how he had been knocked into the street by a stalwart A. D. T. messenger. "Come back here and I'll brush you off," said, the clerk, good naturedly. A whisk brush soon made the young messenger look all right again. He thanked the clerk and took his leave. After handing the book to the cashier he found he had to go out again. Mr. Sharp had a note waiting for him to take to the Mills Building. The broker he went to see was not in, and a clerk tola. Eddie he would probably find him at th.a Exchange, so to the Exchange the boy went, and asked for Broker Cahn. Cahn was busy in the midst of a crowd of traders who were selling him stock that Eddie found out was M. & N. 'l'he price on the board was now 58 5 -8. Eddie had tb wait until Mr. Cahn left the crowd, then the attache of the Exchange brought him over to the rail, and the boy handed him the note. He read it, dismissed Eddie with a nod and returned toward the M. & N. standard. "Looks as if there was something doing in M. & N.," said Eddie to himself, as he walked away. "Mr. Cahn must have bought quite a lot of that stock while I was waiting .for him. It's gone up, too. I wouldn't be surprised if some syndicate is buying it to make a haul when the news gets out that L. S. has got control of the road. What a pity I haven't got a little money!" He hurried baok to the office. It was now abput one o'clock a::id when he reached the corridor Sylvie Thorne came out of the office on her way to lunch. The door of Ludlow, Mills & Co. opened a.t the same time and a duclish-looking young man came out. His name was Algernon Travers. and he was margin clerk .for L M. & Co. He was mashed on Sylvie, with whom he was slightly acquainted Ile had been trying for a month to make himself solid with her, but she didn't like him for a cent, and barely noticed him when they met in the corridor. .As soon as Travers saw Sylvie he made a break for her. "Delighted to see you, Miss Thorne," he said effusiYe1y.


4 TIPS TO FORTUNE. As she could not return the sentiment, she merely bowed He almost a wreck. in a distant way and was passing on when Algernon, who One side of his tight trousers was split down to the knee, didn't propose to lose her so easily, said: while the back of his coat was rumpled up around his neck, "Going to lunch, I presume?" and a half-dried chew of tobacco he had gathered up from "Yes,'' she answered, coldly one of the steps clung, like a huge wart, to the leg of his "I should be delighted to have the honor of accompanytrousers. ing you, Miss Thorne," he said with a smirk of satisfactio n. To make his misery complete Sylvie had been an aston-.. I am just going to lunch myself." ished eye-witness of his rapid flight from the corridor above, Sylvie felt decidedly embarrassed, b;:it to her grea.t relief and the racket he made had at :first frightened her uot a she saw Eddie coming toward them. little. Without answering Travers she rushed to the young mes"I say, Mr. Travers, what were yO'l.l in such a rush senger and, seizing him by the arm, said: about?" grinned Eddie, as he offered to dust the clerk off. ".I've got something to tell you." "Wasn't the elevator fast enough for you?" snickered "What is it?" asked Eddie. Charley, also offering his services. "Come this way," and she began to drag him down the "Get away, will you?'" roared Algernon, in a great rage, c orridor a.way from the dudish margin clerk, who came to as he contemplated a portion of his rufiled attire, and real a pause, apparently much annoyed. "I want to get away ized that he couldn't.go out on the street in that condition. from that man," she whispered in his ear. "Don't you want us to dust you off?" said Charley, trying "Wha.t Travers Has he been annoying you?" to stifle his "Not exactly, but I'm sure he means to insist on going "Here's your bat, Mr. Travers," said Eddie, offering it to lunch with me. Can't you manage to detain him until to him politely. I catch the elevator?" As several persons who came up to take the e l evator "All right. Just run down stairs and catch the cage down began to regard the margin clerk with not a little from the floor; I'll stop him from following you." curiosity, wondering what had happened to him he turned They both started for the stairs together, and as they around, snatched his hat from Eddie, and rushed back up passed 'l'ravers Sylvie cried "Good-bye" fo Eddie and the stairs as if a mad dog was at his heels. da. rted down the steps. After explaining to the people that the yo1mg man had At the same moment the elevator -lip dumped Charley lost his footing on the stairs somehow and slid to the botGates out on the floor. tom of the flight, they returned to the corridor above, laughAlgernon hastened after the girl. ing heartily at the dude's discomfiture. "Hold on, Mr. Traver s I waJ1t to see you a moment," "I haven't seen anything so funny as that in a coon's said Eddie, reaching for the clerk's a.rm, intending to ho.Id age," chuckled Charley. "Not even at a vaudeville show." him long enough to let Sylvie catch the elevator below. "Well, I can't say that I feel sony for him. He was His pl'lrpose was innocently defeated by Charley rushing trying to overtake Sylvie Thorne. He had the nerve to np and grabbing him in a playful manner. want to go to lunch with her. She ran down stairs ahead to Algernon, intent on overtaking the girl, pa. id no atten giye him the slip. It's all your fault, anyhow, this thing tion to Eddie's hail. happened to him." To the boy's vexation he started down. the sta.irs at a "How was it?" asked Charley, much astonished. rapid clip. "I was just about to grab him to prevent him from folA moment later something happened that changed the lowing Sylvie when you rushed up and stopped Iile. If I situation very materially. had succeeded in detaining him ? as I meant to, he probabl y Algemon stepped on part of a banana peel that some wouldn't have taken to the staiTS and so woulcl have escaped boy had dropped there, and the next moment he was giving the tumble." a first-class imitation of an amateur acrobat trying to stand "Oh, I see, and we would have missed the show. It's a on his head. wonder he didn't accuse us of pushing him down." Bum pity, bump, bump "How could he? We were not near him when he slipped. Down the stairs slid and rolled the dude clerk so fast What WflS it he stepped on?" as to talce a.way the breath of the two messenger boys, who "Here is the little joker-a piece of a banana peel," said ' witnessed his misfortune. Charley, pointing at the skin, which he pushed out o f the His hat flew off and went sailing over the banisters. way with his foot. "That was a regular skin game." "Gee whiz!" gasped Charley. "Did y9u ever see any"I'll bet he skinned his legs and a:rms." thing to equal that?" "T.hey were skinny e nough before," laughed Charle y "He's trying to beat the elevator," cried Eddie, laughing "He's a regular beanpole." heartily. The boys had another laugh over the margin clerk and "I'll bet he beats it, all right," Gate.s, choking with then separated. mirth. When to his seat in the reception-room "We'd better go down and gather up the pieces, hadn't he thought of the blank envelope he found on Nassau we?" chuckled Eddie. Street. "Come on. We ought to have a box to put them in.'' He took it out o.f his pocket and opened it. The boys hastened down the stairs, at the foot of which Seven new $100 bills dropped out into his hand. the dude was picking himself up with a face that looked "My gracious!" gaspeu the boy, gazing at them in amazelike seven days of rainy weather. ment.


TIPS T 0 FORTUNE. justified in using it to take of a p_retty sure thing CHAPTER III. in the market. At any rate, that's the way he figured the thing out. On EDDIE'S FIRST DEAL AND HOW IT ;RESULTED. his way home he sto pped into a littl e bank on Nassau Street that catered to small speculators through its brokerage d e Seven hundred dollars!" ejaculated Eddie. "Talk about I partment, and put up $600 to secure the bank against loss luck! I could afford to be knocked into the middle of any on 100 shaTes of M. & N. stock, at about 60. street every day in the week at that rate. But, hold on, As he was passing through the counting-room just before this money doesn't belong to me simply because I found it. the office for the day Sylvie beckoned him over to Somebody lost it. Somebody, maybe, who couldn't afford to her table. lose $700. But I don't see bow I can locate the owner, for "Wasn't that a terrible thing that happened to Mr. Trav there isn't a clue, eithe r inside or out, of this envelope to ers ?" she said, her eyes dancing a.t the recollection of the show whotlost the money. The only thing I can do is to clerk's undignified tumble down the stairs, though she tried watch and see if it is advertised for. If the owner never to maintain a so lemn counten a nce "How did it occur?" -turns up it will belong to me." "It was his own fault. H e started to follow you down At that moment Mr. Sharp came out o:f his room and the staircase, and,. owing to the imexpected appearance of s aid that-he was going to lunch. Charley Gates I :failed to stop him an was arranged between As soon as he left the office Eddie put on his hat ano He would have caught up with you only he stepped on started for the quick lunch house that he and Charley Gates a piece of banana skin which lay on the stairs, and that patronized. did the business for him.'' While he was eating he heard three broker clerks talk-"You don't know how frightened I was when I heard the ing aboht M. & N. stock. noise and saw someth ing that looked like a man tumbling One of them said that he guessed it would go up several head over heels down the marble stairs. But when he picked points within a few days. him self up, and I saw who it was, he did loo k just too "Wha. t makes you think it will?" asked one of the 'Other ridiculous for anything. I am afraid I was actually heart-two. les s enough to l a ugh at the figure he cut, but really I "Because a whole lot o f it changed hands at the Excouldn't help it to save my life." change this mo.ruing, and it has already advanced a point "I don't blame you Charley and I neaTly had a fit our over yesterday's figures," he replied. "The brokers are be selves. And wasn't he mad, well say He glared at both coming interested in it and that looks significant." of us as though he thought we were the cause of his tumble. "Do you suppose a syndicate is buying it up?" said the I am not sure that he wouldn't ha .ve attacked us if it hadn't other. been that several people up at the moment. When "I couldn't tell you. All I know is that it hasn't been he saw that he was beginning to attract a great deal of at-so active in a long time, and if that doesn't mean something tention, he flew up stairs and disappeared." I'm away off in my estimates of futures.'" "Yes," she said, putting her handkerchief to her face, After listening to what these clerks said about the stock, "I saw him go. I hope he won't bother me after this. Eddie was more than ever convinced that M. & N. was a Really, I don't think I can look at him again without think good thing to get in on near the ground floor. ing of how funny he did look when he landed at the foot of On his way back to the office he told himself that it the stairs." wouldn't be a bad idea for him to borrow, as it were, enougl1 Eddie _could see that S y lvie was laughing behind her 01' the money he had found to up on margin to secure handkerchief, and he could not help lau ghing, too 100 shares of U. & N. "I guess he won't trouble you again," said the boy. "He The chances of winning seemed to be all in his favor, and knows tliat you witnessed his flight through the air, and in this way he could probably acquire a stake of $400 or I'll bet he'll be ashamed to look at you for some time to $500 without taking any great risk with the cash that he come. Well, good afternoon, I'm off." could scarcely call his own until he had exhausted every Thus. speak ing, the young messenger l ef t the office. reasonable effort to find the person who h ad los t it. Eddie said nothing to his moth e r or sister that nigl1t The idea was very enticing to Eddie, and b ef ore he went about the money he had found, as he wanted to surprise home that afternoon he determined to make the venture them with the profits he confidently expected to reap out of "I think I am entitled to use it while it is in my possesM. & N. in a short time sion, and the chances are so small of the owner ever turnNext day, whenever he found .the chance, he took a look ing up. There are a good many people in this world who, at the tape to see what further development s there were in if they had found money the way I did, would take no the stock he was interested in. steps whatever to look up the loser of it, but freeze onto it Its activity continued, and nearly every broker of any with both hands. I think, however, that it is the finder's importance had orders from one or more of his customers duty in a case where no clue exists to make at least some to buy it. effort to find the loser. Then his conscience would be clear As a result tbe stock advanced to 61 that day, which fact afterward when lie used the money fo.r some purpose of his gave Eddie a good deal of satisfaction. own." He had looked in all the papers that morning to see if As there was scarcely one chance in a hundred that Eddie the $700 was advertised for, but saw nothing to show that would ever be called on to restor e the money that had come it was. to him in the white envelope, it might be iaid that he was On the following day he did not fail to consult the lost


6 TlI'8 TO PORTUNE. and found column of but there was I On his way he bank and nothincr doincr. turned the check m for a certificate ot deposit for $1, 000, b b h There was considerable doing, however, in M. & N., and and $800 cas the price advanced to G3, by the time the Exchange closed, He put $200 in his pocket to take home to his mother, at three. and the balance he added to the $100 he had not touched of "I see that M. & N. is looking up," said Charley, when the money he found. the two boys met after office hours that day. "You'll find He enclosed the $700 in an envelope, addressed it to him-that it will be up to 70 in a day or two." self and placed it in the office safe, there to await a possible "I hope so!" replied Eddie, emphatl.cally. claimant. "You hope 'So!" said Charley. ".You said that just as "Mother, do you want any money?" he a.sked at the supif you had a strong interest in the rise." per table tha.t "So I have." 1 "I havtm't seen the time since your poor father died 'In what way? You're not in on any deal." that I didn't want it," she replied. "How do you know I'm not?" "How much would put you on Easy Street for a while?" "Because you couldn't get in without money." On Easy Street?" "Tha.t's right; but I might have borrowed enough to ''Yes, how much would pay all your debts, and let me in on 100 shares." for the month, and leave you with a balance that you could "One hundred shares Why don't you call it 1,000 while spend on yourself?" you're about ?" "I realty couldn't say, Eddie; but if somebody liberally 'I wouldn t be tellmg the truth." disposed made me a present of $50 it wouid be a welcome are you telling the truth when you try to make addition .to my slender resources." me believe that you have go11e Jong on 100? That would "Do I look like a person of that kind?" snii1ed the boy. take about $600 to cover the margin. Now where would "You! Why do you ask such a funny question?" you be able to bonow $GOO?" "Because I was thinkinO' of'presenting you with a sum "I'm not giving away all my secrets, Charley chuckled of money which I think iou can use to better advantage Eddie. than I at present." "I wouldn't if I were you," grinned Gates. "I only wish "Oh, my!" exclaimed his sister Edith. "One would I lmew where to borrow enough to buy ten shares of M. & thinlf he had suddenly become a capitalist by the way he N. I'd be satisfied with that number." talks." "So you think the chances are good of the stock going to 70." Just wait till the news I told you gets out and you'll see it go up to that figure." "I agree with you. Some people are going to make a lot of money out of the rise." "Bet your life they a .re. I feel sorry that I'm not one of the number. I guess I must have been born unlucky." After that the conversat ion changed to another to. pie. Charley didn't believe that Eddie had raised the money to buy even ten shares of M. & N., let alone 100. He figured his friend's statement up as a case of jolly. Eddie knew that Charley hadn't taken the matter seri ously and he did not take the trouble to prove it to him, so the subject rested as it was. Two days later the news that the Louisville Southern Railroad had got control of the M. & N. road was published in all the papers with official confirmation. There was an immediate rush by the brokers to buy shares of both roads, particularly the latter. This created a whole lot of excitement for a while at the Exchange. L. S. went to 80 and M. & N. boomed up to 72. Eddie then ordered his shares to be sold. They were snapped up at 72 3-8, and he figured up a profit on his little deal of $1,200. Perhaps he wasn't a happy boy. CHAPTER IV. THE MAGIC POCKETBOOK. On the following day he got his check from the bank en closed with a statement oi account. "Perhaps r'have, puss," replied Eddie. "Lots of strange things happen in this world." "But the acquisition of a roll of bankbills is not likely to happen to us," replied his sister. "People, especially little girls, should never be too posi tive of anything," chuckled Eddie. "Well, I like your nerve calling me a little girl. I'm big enough to earn money in Wall Street as well as you." "That's true, and big enough to have a beau, too," laughed Eddie. l'I haven't any beau," :flushed Edith. "What's the matter with Charley? He calls here two or three times a week." "He cioesn' t call to see me." ''Who does he call to see?" ''You, of course." "Don't you believe it. I'm only the excuse. He comes to see you." "Ile does not," blushed Edith. 11 Wha.t are you blushing about?" "Mother, make Eddie stop teasing me. "All right. We'll get back to the original subject. Would $200 satisfy you for the present, mother?" "'Two hundred dollars!" ejaculated his mother. "I only I had so much." "Well, I think there should be no difficulty in your get iing that much. Here is a pocketbook I bought this after noon. It is a magic one." "A magic one!" exc}aimed his sister. "That's what I said." "What is there magic about it?" ''You see it has a silver clasp, don't you? On that clasp,


TIPS T'O FORTUNE. .'I jf you will examine it, are stamped the :figures of a hunts man and a hare. "Let me see," said Edith, for it. "So there are. Aren't they cute ?" "Hold on, Edith," said Eddie, as she was about to open the wallet. "Don't open it yet." "Why not?" "You'll spoil the magic if you open it without wishing. Besides, you mustn't open it, anyway That's for mother to do. She wants $200, she says "How is she going to get it?" "She must make a wish in rhyme, and use the words 'silver huntsman' and 'silver hare,' also '$200,' then when opens the pocketbook she'll find the money." "Isn't that too ridiculous for anything!" cried Edith. "Go on, mother," said Eddie "Hold the pocketbook in }'Our right hand and make the rhyming wish." The little mother lau ghed and declared that she coi1ldn't make n rhyme to save her life. "Make one for her, Edith. You're pretty clever." ''You just want to make a fool of mother," objected the girl. 'Just as if she'd fipc1 $200 in that wallet after making such a nonsensical wish." "There's no i1onsense about $200," answered Eddie. "Go on and make a rhyme, Edith, so that mother can g_et the money she wants. Maybe she'll give you a nickel then for your trouble." ''J'm not going to do any such thing. You want to have the laugh on me," pouted the girl. "J"T o, I don't. If you make a good rhyme I'll guarantee moii1er 1rj]] find the money in the wallet." ''lf I believed anything so preposterous I'd sit up all night trying to make it, but I !mow better." "Well, just try for ftm," said Eddie, persuasively. Edith thought a moment. "I've got one," she cried, clapping her hands. "Let1s have it, then." "Silver huntsman, silver rabbit, give me $200 and I'll grab it." "That isn't a rabbit, you goose, that's a hare," laughed Eddie. "Make another." "Silver huntsman, silver hare--" "Why don't you go on?" saic1 Eddie, as Edith stopped, not h.11owing what else to say. "Silver huntsman, silver hare, make $200 appear. There, now, isnt that good enough?" said the girl. "We'll have to see. Open the pocketbook, mother, ancl see if the magic l1as worked," saicl Eddie. Mrs. Scott opened the wallet, anc1 there, stu ck in one of the compartments, were two brand-new yellow-back bills. She mechani.cally took them out, and behold each one was marked $100. Perhaps mother and daughter were not a.mazed. "W .. hy, Eddie Scott!" cried his siste r. "Where did that money come from?" "From the pocketbook, of course. Where else?" he chuckled. "Where did you get that pocketbook and that money, Eddie? Did you :find them?" "No. I bought that wallet on Broadway." "But the money ? "I made that out of a lucky deal in, ;the stock market." "You don't mean it." "I do mean it. I went along on a few ... hares of M. & N. at GO, and sold out at 72 3-8. Profit, $12 a share. That's how I made it." Edith was astonished "Then mother can use that money?" "Of course. It's hers to do with as she chooses .n "Wha.t a lucky boy you are," cried the girl, forgetting to ask Eddie where he got the money necessary to put up as a margin on the deal. "I wonder what they'd say if I told them I had made $1,000 in addition to that $200," thought Eddie. "I guess I won't spring that on them yet awhile TJ1ey'd h av e a :fit," he chuckled. After Edith got over her first excitement, she began to question her brother a.bout the deal, but the boy adroitly stood her off. The little mother was overjoyed to find herself in posses sion of what seemed to her a large sum of money. She that Eddie must be an uncommon l y smart boy to be able to make so much money over and above his wage.<>. Her son laughed, told her he would expect to see heT dressed np like a lady after this, and then put on his hat and went out. CHAPTER V A RASCALLY PIECE OF BUSINESS For a couple of weeks Eddie watched the lost and found columns in the leading newspa. pers every clay, but no adver tisement referring to the lost $700 appeared. "I guess that money will never be inquired after," he said to himself. "It's been a lucky :find for me, all right, for it's put $1,200 into my pocket so far, and is liable to put more than that there in the long run. It turned up just when it was of the most use. Such things don't ofte11 happen in this world, at least not to my knowledge I think I may as well consider that money as good as belonging to me now However, as I no particular use for it at present I'll let it remain in the safe Eddie's reflections interrupted by Mr. Sharp's bell calling him inside. "Here is a note that I want you to take to Mr. Bennett," said the old broker. '"Want an answer?" asked the boy. "I would like one." "Perhaps I'd better take a shot gun with me, then,'' .. chuckled Eddie. "You know he wouldn't give me art ariswcr the last time I carried him a note, and he ordered me ont of -his as thougB.. I had the smallpox." "It is possible that he may consider it advisable to g i,-c you an :rnswer this time," said .the broker. "All right, sir, and Eddie started for the Pluto Builil ing, wondering what kind of a reception he would get from Walker Bennett. Mr. Bennett's office was on the fifth floor back, and he occupied a suite oi two rooms, the smaller of which he usec1 as a private office. His clerical force consisted of two clerks, who filled in their time at tall desks, and a diminutive reel-headed office boy, who also carried his messages.


8 TIPS TO FORTUNE. Typ ewriter h e had none, his \Tork b e ing done by a girl fro m the public ste nographer's office on tb1, tenth floor, who call ed to take dictation, which sh e aft.<,rnard r e produced on her machine upstairs, whenever he sbllt for h e r Mr. Bennett did not have a seat in the Stock Exchange, b u t h e had an arrangement with a member to transact busi n ess for him when he could not buy what he wanted on the outside himself. Wal ker Bennett wa,s a pretty s l ick trader in his way, but h i s way wasn't greatly admired by those who knew his metho ds It happened that a fe" days before the opening of our story a widow in reduced circumstances, who, after her hus ban d's death, bad invested her small means in a boa.rding house, had found in an old trunk a bunch of copper mining stock cer tificates. They represented 5,0 0 0 sha res of the Montana Copper M i ni n g Company. Her husband had paid twenty cents a share for the stock. The mine had not panned out according to e x pectations, and at his death the shares were rated as almost worthless. Subsequently developments in the mine proved that it was really rich in copper ore of a high grade, and when the widow found the shares the y had a reaily sale at $5 a share. She, however, had no idea of their value, and from the f act that they had lain so long in the old trunk thought they could not be worth much. One of hf)r boarders to whom she showed them advised her to take them to some broker in Wall Street and ascertain if they were worth anything. It happened that she saw Walker Bennett's advertisement in an afternoon pa per, and next day she carried the certificates to his office and instituted inquiJ:ies. Bennett, who knew right away what they were worth, saw that she was ignorant of their value, and he offer er! her fifty cents a share for them. As this was a great deal more than she expected to get, she joyfully accepted his offer Mr. Bennett's bank account happened to be down to ro c k bottom at the time and he told her to come back in an hour and he would have the money for her. As soon as she had gone he took the certificates over lo his bank and raised a loan of $15 000 on them. In the meantime the lady, whose name was Wise, acci dentally met one of Mr. Sharp's clerks on the street a s she came out of the Pluto Building. He had formerly boarded with her, and he stopped t o talk with her. Incidentally she me n tioned that she had come down to Wall Street to sell 5,000 shares of the Montana Copper Mining Company, which she had fbund in a disused trunk. "Five thousand shares!" exclaimed the clerk, in surprise. "Allow me to congratulate you on such a valuable discovery. It is only within the last year that they have become really valuable. To tell you the truth, I think you ought to hold on to them It is my opinion they will be worth $10 a share six months from now." "Ten dollars a share!" exclaimed Mrs Wise, in astonish ment. "I do not understand you," s aid th e widow rathe r be wildered. "Mr. Benn ett offer e d m e fift y cen t s a s h a r e for the stock, and as I did not expe ct to get an y thin g l ike t hat much I accepted his offer." "Fifty cents, Mrs. Wise!" cried the clerk. "Why that is ridiculous. The stock is worth $5 a share this m o m ent. .Are you sure it is Montana Copper? You must have ma de a mistake in the name. No. reputable brok e r woul d t ry to swindle you in that way." "I am sure the name of the mine is the Montana Cop pe r Company." "Then I cannot understand how any broker would offe r you only fifty cents a share. Who is the broker?" "Mr. Walker Bennett. I saw his advertisement in th e 'Evening Moon' yesterday "Walker Bennett, eh? Will you be advised by me, Mrs. Wise?" "Certainly, Mr. Dean." "Then come with me and J will introduce y ou to Mr. Sharp, my employer. He's an old broker of many y ears standing in the Street. You may rely on his judgment. If Mr. Bennett paid you only :fifty cents a shar e for M ontana Copper stock that is worth $5 a share I have no doub t but you can proceed a gains t him in the courts." "He hasn't paid m e the money y e t. He told m e h e wou l d have it in an hour." "If he hasn't paid you then you'd better call the deal off a.t once. Did you leave your certificates with him?" "Yes." "Why, he could easily hypothecate them for five or six times what he agreed to pay you. Why, that's a rasc all y trick. If you are determined to sell the stock Mr. Sharp will get you $25,000 for the 5,000 share s or will take the m off your hands hims elf at that price." :M:rs. Wi se, greatly flustered accompanied Dean to Sharp's office, and the clerk introduced h e r to the old g e n tleman, at the same time telling him of the transaction that the widow said she had had with Walk e r Bennett. Mr. Sharp then took up the matter, but he had an idea that the lady must have made som e mistake in the name of the stock for thou g h he knew that Bennett did not b ea r the best of reputations, he could scarcel y believe that h e had tried to perpetrate such a swindle on the widow After talking to her a while h e a dvised her to return t o }fr. Bennett and call the deal off, assuring h e r that if the s tock was r e ally Montana Copp e r he would sell it for her at the present market price of $5 a share. Fo.r fear that Mr. Bennett might resort to any bull dozing tactics, in the event that the stock was Montana Copper, he delegated Dean to go with her. Bennett was waiting for her with his check already made out. She refused to accept it and said that she had recon s i d ered her purpose of selling the stock, asking him to r e turn it. This he c ould not do, then, even if he was di sposed to do so, as he had put the certificates up as securit y fo r the loan he had got at the bank. "Certainly. Copper is going up, and the Montana mine i s turning out a fine grade of ore. It has jumped from $1 to $5 a share inside of the l ast fourteen mo nths." He insisted that a deal was a deal and again tend e r ed her hi s check. Then Dean chipped in and asked him what he m eant by only offering fifty cents a share for stock worth $5.


TIPS TO FORTUNE. 9 Bennett immediately tolcl Dean that it was none of his business wha.t he offerecl for the stock The lady hacl accepted his offer and he now consi d ered the stock his property. Dean demanded the return of the certificates. The broker refused to give them up. "All right," replied Dean "As this la dy ha s sold that stock to Mr. Sharp at the market you will have to reckon '"ith him Come, Mrs. Wise, we will go." "Mr. Sharp can't do a thing," snarled Bennett. "I bought the stock and I mean to hold it. If Mrs. Wise refuses to accept my check that's her lookout. I shall hold it in my safe subject to her order." Dean took t11e widow back to his office and .reported to 1\1.r. Sharp. "Do you wish to sell your stock to me at $5 a sha re, Mrs. Wise?" asked the old trader. "Gladly," she repliecl. "Give me an order on Mr. Walker Be'lnett for the shares and I will give you my check for1$1,000 on account. \Vl1en I receive the certificatcR the balance of the money will be sent you. Is that satisfactory, madam?" "Perfectly," she answrl'ed. She made out the order, accepted the check, and then took her departure. When Eddie Scott came in shortly afterward Mr. Sharp wrote a demand on Bennett for the certificates and sent Eddie over with it. Bennett read the note and told the boy to get out of the office, as we described in the opening of the story. Shortly after Bennett called in person on the old trader to argue the matter. Mr. Sharp handled him without gloves and threatened him with arrest. That brought Benn et t down from his high horse, and he agreed to deliver the stock in a day or two, as soon as he got it back from the bank. He didn't keep his word, butsent his messenger around to Mr. Sharp and asked for more time, on the ground that he had been obliged to use the money he had received for the stock to save himself in some deal he claimed to be interested in, and requested an extension of ten days. 1 Mr. Sharp granted it, but as that period had more than elapsed, he felt obliged to send Eddie around a second time with a peremptory demand for the stock. CHAPTER VI. HOW EDDIE GOT A. TIP. "I wonder if he'll fire me out bodily this time chuckled Eddie as he took the elevator in the Pluto Building and asked the operatoT to let him out at the fifth floor. When he entered Walker Bennett's office the reel-headed office boy came forward and asked him his business. "I want to see Mr. Bennett," said Eddie. "He's engaged. You'll have to wait." "How long will I have to wait?" "Dunno," replied the boy. "S'pose you take this note in and ask him for an answer," said Eddie. "Couldn't do it." "Why not? It's important, and I can't wait all day." The boy made no reply, but walked over to his chair. "I s'pose I'll have to wait," muttered Eddie. He walked over to an open window next to the private, office. It looked out on a wide well or space between the Pluto Buildinoand another that fronted on Pine Street Leanhig over the sill, the boy began to watch a pretty typewriter across the open space. Suddenly he heard Bennett's voice in the private rnom, the window of which was also.wide open. 1 "You are sure your information is correct, Oxley?" he said. "Positive," replied the man named Oxley. "My br?ther in-law is secretary of the company. He gave me the tip not an hour ago. The S. & W. has been prospecting land for the better ,part of a year, in fact, ever since it took title to the property. An immense bed of the finest red-ash coal has been discovered. It will add millions to the assets of the road and send its securities above pal' as sure as you are standing there. You can't do better than buy S. & W. if you have to borrow the money to do it It is a perfectly safe risk on margin, for the stock will be lower than it is to-day. You can gamble on that with ab solute certainty. In less than a week the stock will be ten points higher, and it will stay there. If you want any it you'll have to get busy at once, for the directors and theu friends have brokers looking for the stock all through the Street." "I'll do what I can, but I'm pretty well strapped at pres ent, for I'm in head over heels on a couple of deals that are not yet ripe for selling. To make things worse, I ex pect to hear any moment from that old scoundrel Sharp, -ho has me on the hiu in a matter of 5,000 shares of Mon tana Copper which I -have not paid for, but ha:ve hypothc cated with the Wall Street Trust Company for a $15,000 loan. I've a great mind to sell the stock and take the chances of ma king a settlement later." "I would. Put the money into S. & W. on margin a.nrl you'll make enough to settle with your man twice over." "I'm afraid he won't, for I haven't ke2t my agree ment with him. He's one of those methodical old chaps that wants his pound of flesh down on the nail." "Go and see him and compromise for more time." "I doubt if I'll be able to do anything with him." "Non sense! You ought to be able to square things with him. He's an old man. Make a date after office hourR when there's little chance of you being interrupted, if you have to--" "Have to what?,. "You ought to know without my telling you." "Make it pla.iner, please, Oxley." Oxley said something in a low tone that Eddie didn't catch. There was. silence for a rnoment or two, then Bennett "By George! I will if he drives me to it. It' he gives mP. a chance to pull out on this matter of S. & W., well an

10 TIPS TO :F'ORTUNE. -am] buy S. & W. In a week youn IJ1:: on Emiy Street. J'll guarantee that.'' "I'll follow your advice, Oxley." sa(d Bennett. "I know you're a good friend of mine. You've done me favors before this. You haven't pressed me, eithei, for that I. 0. U. that I owe you, and I shan't forget it. I'll square up when I make the riffle." "Of course you will. I know you'rergood for it. Besides, I'm ready to give you a chance to win it back again when ever you choose to have another. quiet little game." "All right, Oxley, I'll go you as soon as I get on my feet again." "Well, I'm off. Don't forget to ad on the hint I gave yon if you're forced into a corner. Bite back, old man, and bite hard." With those words Oxley came out of the private room and headed for the door. Eddie tnrned around ancl looked at him. He was a stout, aggressi,e-looking man, with a foll face and jowls like a bull clog. He looked like a high liver. and a man accustomed to having his own way. Aftn he was gone Eddie wa lkccl into the inner office :mil was greeted by Broker Bennett with a cowl. He rememberel:1 the and knew the errand he came upon. Snatching the enve lop e out of hi, hancl, Bennett read the enclosure. Eddie could ee that he didn't like the contents for a cent. Instead of ordering the boy out, however, he drew a pad towards him and after a momcnrs thought wrote a reply, which he enclosed i11 one of hi::; own envelopes, aclclressing it to Matthew Sharp, anu ha11cled it to the young messenger 1Yithout a .11orcl. Eddie \Ya S quite pleased tu get nff :;o easily. On the way back to the offilcJie lurne1tening at the open windo11 to conversation not intenclc.l for his ears, and the boy, now that the thing was over, began to :feel rather ashamed at' having acciclentall.Y. played the part of an eayesdropper, and he felt a natnral backwardness about bringing the circumMances to his employers attention. When he entered lllr. Sharp's presence with his answer from M.r. Bennett he was still undecided whether to mention what he had heard or riot. Finally he reh1rned to his seat outside without speaking about it. His attention was once more turned to a matter of more importancesin his mind-namely, the tip he had picked up on S. & W. He looked up the previous day's market report and found that the stock was going at 84. "I ha1 e cash enoug h to put up the neqessaTy margin on 200 shares,'' he said to himself "Then it it goes up t e n points I'll clear $2,000 profit. 'l'hat would be fine. Nothing like getting in on the ground floor. The only way to deal in stocks i" to buy when they're low and sell out when they go llp as high as you think it is safe to hold on." When he went to lunch he stopped in at the little bank on assau 8treet, taking the envelope along with the $700 to adcl to the certificate of deposit he held against the bank. After an interview with the margin clerk he came away with the memorandum of the transaction in his pocket. He met ChaTley going into the quick lunch house, and, catching him by the arm, they 1rent in together and took adjoining seats at the counter. 'Beef stew for me," ordered Gates. "['11 fake the ,;ame,' said Eduic, ''though T'tl rather havr boned turkey, but 1 don't sec it on the bill of fare." The girl who took the order laughed and went down be hind the counter to get the two beef stews "\rhaL ditl you give the girl that jolly for?" asked Char-ley. 'You wouldn't Jmow boned turkey if you saw it." ''How do you know I wouJtln'Li'" repliell F.dJie. ''Bemuse you've nevel' had any in your life." "Is ihaL so, smarty? You uon't know bow often l've lunched aL Del's." ''When you lllnch at Del's I'll expect to hear thaL roosters stop crowing." "Just wail till my l:!hip come!-! in nnc1 I'll take you there and treat you to a swell meal." "When do you expect your ship to come in?" grinned Charley. "When S & W. goes within hailing distance of par." "S. & W What have you to do with S. & W. ?" "rm long on 200 shares." "You are-I don't think," replied Charley, sarcastically. "You seem to be getting into the fashion of doubting my word lately. What have I done to deserve such incredulit:1 on your part?" "You cant jolly me for a copper coin, Eddie Scott. I'm too olu a bircl to be caught with chaff." "One would think you bad whiskers to hear you talk." "Don't worry about me. Here's your stew Eat it and be thankful you've got the price in your pocket."


TIPS T:O FORTUNE. u : "You never asked me how I came out on that 100 shares of M. & N.," said Eddie, after the stew had disappeared both plates. "More jolly. If you had had the dough to put up on 100 shares of M. & N. you'd have made enough to start your self up in the business as a broker." "Would you become a broker on a capital of $1,200 ?" "Hardly." "Then what do you mean by your remark?" "Just wind-the same kind as you're giving me." "Then you don't believe I made $1,200 on M. & N. ?" "Not on your life, I don't." "And you don't believe I'm long on 200 S. & W at this moment?" "Nixy." "I could prove it to you if I wanted to, but I wouldn't take the trouble." "I wouldn't," chuckled Charley. "What kind of pie are you going to finish up on?" "I know what kind you ought to eat." "What kind?" "Lemon. Next time you come around to the house I'll tell Edith to hand you a large and juicy one." Cha rley thumped Eddie in the ribs, and a few minutes afterwards they paid their checks and walked back to their offices. CHAPTER VII. WHAT EDDIE SAW THROUGH THE KEYHOLE. In the ground corridor they found Algernon Travers waiting for the elevator. He pretended that he didn't see tha boys. Eddie had only seen him once at a distance since the banana peel incident. Sylvie Thorne, much to her satisfaction, hadn't seen him at all. The margin clerk looked as dud.ish as ever, and seemed to have fully recovered from the discomfiture he had ex perienced on that occasion. He entered the elevator :first, the boys followed, and the man in charge was about to close the door when Sylvie ap peared. "Hello, Sylvie," said Eddie. "Going up?" "Yes." "So is the market, I believe." "Aren't you witty." "Don't you observe the intellectual countenance of my friend Gates?" "Why, how do you do, Charley?" she said, with a laugh. "I do everybody I know if I get the chance," chuckled Gates. "Don't mind him, Sylvie," said Eddie. "He was born that way; but he's perfectly harmless." "Fine day, Miss Thorne," chipped in Travers, at this moment. "Charmed to see you looking so well." Sylvie glanced in the dude's direction, made a slight bow, but said nothing. "Why, hello, Mr. Travers, delighted to see that you have recovered from your accident on the staircase," said Eddie, loudly. The margin clerk returned this greeting with a scowl. Then the elevator stopped and they all got out. Sylvie hurried ahead for fear that Travers would try to engage her in conversation, while the margin clerk stalked toward his office with great dignity. The boys followed more slowly, laughing at the dude, and finally entered their offices. "Eddie," said Mr. Sharp, when the boy returned from the bank a few minutes after three, "I want you to take a letter over to Jersey City. There will be an answer, or a package. If the latter, bring it here, as I shall want to put it in the safe. If you should happen to be detained I'll wait for you till six. I ha .ve got to stay down anyway, as I ex pect Mr. Bennett here at five." "All right, sir," replied the young messenger, taking the note and starting for the Cortlandt Street ferry. The envelope was addressed to a :firm of mining brokers in Jersey City. Three-quarters of an hour later Eddie delivered the note to the head of the :firm. "Take a seat outside, young man," said the mining broker. "I'll have to send one of my clerks for the pack age." Eddie picked up a newspaper and began to read to pass the time. While he was thus engaged, with his ch'air tilted back against the wooden partition which separated the private office from the general business room, a stout man came in and asked for the head of the firm. He was shown into the inner room. "Good afternoon, Townsend," said the newcomer, in a loud voice that penetrated the partition and reached Eddie's ears. "I've got a tip for you." "Sit down, Carson, and let's hear what it is," said Townsend. At the word "tip" Eddie pricked up his ears. "You've heard of the Red Top, haven't you?" said Car son. "It's been a sort of shuttlecock for the New York Curb for the past six months." "Yes. What about it?" "I've just ha.d a private letter from a friend in Goldfield who is superintendent for i.he company. He says they've struck a leaJ in a cross-cut that will beat anythi:o,g in the district for values. He advises me to pick up as many shares as I can in the Eastern markets, for the stock is bound to go up to $2 or $3 a share within a month or so. It is now selling at sixty cents, and weak at that. What do you say to going in with me on this thing? There are a whole lot of shares floating around here and in New York I haven't eapital enough to spare to handle as much of them as I'd like, and I hate to see a good thing go to waste." "I'm with you, Carson, if you can make it plain to me that you've got good, solid facts to back you up." "I'll show you the letter. You c;m read it and form your own conclusions." There was an interval of silence during which Broker Townsend read the letter produced by his visitor. "That looks all right," he said. "I'll go in with you on this, but I guess there's no need of any rush. I'm on a big deal that I expect to wind up by the end of the week. By that time Red Top may be down to :fifty cents a share. It looks weak in the knees to me at present Suppose we let


things rest till, say next Wednesday, and then I'll be ready to sail in with you and corral all the shares in sight?" "That suits me," replied Carson. "I lmow where I can put my hands on 20,000 shares at this moment. Caldwell, up the street, bas 5,000; Blakeley has 5,000, and Murphy, of N-0. --Broad Street, New York, has 10,000. There are 20,000 or more shares.acattered about among the Broad Sh0et Curb brokers. We must figure on taking in all that as quietly as possible. I count on making $100,000 profit between us, and that is worth while." "I should say it was," answered Townsend. They continued to talk awhile longer on the matter, and then Carson got up and took his leave. Half an hour had elapsed and the clerk had not yet re turned with the bundle Eddie was to take back to the office. While pretending lo read the paper his mind was busy over the pointer on Red Top Gold Mining Co. shares. "If I wasn't in on S. & W. to the extent of my little capital I'd jump right in and get ahead of these gentlemen who have the tip. I could put up the margin on nearly 30,000 shares at 60, and could steer the bank onto the brokers who hold 20,000. Still it "ouldn't do to go the whole hog, for the stock might drop to fifty cents, as Mr. Townsend here hinted. No, 20,000 shares 1rnuld be as many as I could safely handle on margin. BnL what's the use talking? My money is tied up for the next week or ten days, probably, and by that time Red Top will be gobbled up by Mr. Carson and his friend Townsend. The only tliing I can do will be to get out of S. & W as soon as possible and then try and get any R.ed Top that may happen to be left;. I wish that clerk would come in with that package. It's going on to five no w, and I want to get back to the office." Eddie had to wait :fifteen minutes longer before the clerk returned. He had to sign a receipt for ten Reading Railroad First Mortgage bonds, that were in the package, and then he started for New York. It was half-past five when Eddie struck W?ll Street, and ten minutes later he was at the door of his office. The main door was locked, as he expected it might be, for he knew the clerical force had been gone some time before. As he knew that Mr. Sharp was waiting for him he went to the door of the priva te office opening on the corridor and knocked. He thought he heard a movement of someone inside, and he waited patiently for his employer to let him in. The door was not opened, however, and, thinking that Mr. Sharp had not heard him, he knocked again, louder than before. This time not a sound came from the other side of the door. All was silent, and no one came to open the door. "I wonder if he could have gone home?" Eddie asked himself "He said this package had to be locked in the safe, and that he'd wait here till six o'clock. It wants nearly thirty minutes of six yet. It isn't at all like Mr. Sharp to go off when he said he would stay. I'H knock again." He knocked for the third time, a:nd the result was the same as before. "I I could see the desk where he sits througb the keyhole. but it isn't in line with iL being at the window ... However, Eddie decided to look through the keyhol e, anyway. He stooped and a;p1ied his eyes to the opening. What he saw caused him to give a gasp almost of horror. He was looking right a t the door which opened from the private room into the reception-room. Suspended against that door, with his arms bound behin r l his back and a handkerchief tied across his mouth, wa s Matthew Sharp. His ankles were also secured by a cord. He was at least two feet from the floor, with hi s b al d head nearly on a level with the top of the door. In his first excitement Eddie thought the old broker had committed suicide. A moment's reflection told him that he couldn t ver y well have hanged himself and tied himself up in that fa shion, too In fact, it was clearly impossible that he could se cured his hands behind his back. Then, too, he could see by certain feeble movement s tha t Mr. Sharp was not dead. Also that the rope by which he was suspend e d wa s not. around his neck, but about his ches t. It was secured at the top by being jammed in the closed door. "There have been burglars here," thought Eddie "They found the old man at his desk a .nc1 trus s ed him up in that fashion to prevent him giving an alarm. I must call the janitor, get in and cut him do wn.?' As Eddie was removing his eye from the keyhole h e saw a man's leg appear for a moment in his line of vision "Gosh! There's someone in there. Must b e the ras cal who did the deed. I'll have to summon more than the janitor. We've got to capture him." He took another look through the keyhole, when, to his utter amazement, the man insid e walked right up to the suspended broker and shook his fist in his face. It wasn't that act that astonished the boy, but the -fact that he recognized the intruder. It was Walker Bennett, of the Pluto Building up the street. CH.APTER VIII. EDDIE MAKES .A. HAUL OUT OF S. A.ND W. "My gracious! Walker Bennett!'' Eddie. "This is his work, than. What a rascal he is. He's evidently try ing to get back at the old man. That man Oxley, who gav e him the tip on S. & W., p11t him up to this, I'll bet. I remember I heard him say 'bite back and bite hard.' All right, Mr. Bennett, I'll see if I can do you up this trip. I'll get the janitor and one of his assistants to land on you like a car full of bricks." Thus speaking, Eddie hastened away to get help. He didn't have to go far, as it happened A number of brokers who had been holding a meetin g i n one of the offices on that floor came out as Eddie was pass ing the door. He recognized Brokers Frank Fox and Joseph Adams among them.


TIPS TO FlORTUNE. 1 8 "Mr. Fox and gentlemen, I'd like your attention a mo men t," he cried in a tone and manner that attracted their immediate notice. "What is it, young man?" asked Broker Fox. "You're Sharp's messenger, aren't you?" "Yes, sir." Then he hurriedly told them what was going on in Mr. Sharp's private office. Needless to say, they were greatly astonished. "Waik: up there and take a look through the keyhole, Mr. Fox, and you will see that I haven't overstated the facts," said Eddie. The broker did so, while the rest followed at a distance. Mr. Fox had no difficulty in finding out that the boy had told the truth. As he came back the janitor's assistant, who looked after that floor, appeared. "You've got a key that will open that door, haven't you?" said Mr Fox to him, after he was told that crooked work was going on in the room. "Sure I have," he replied. "The n come along," said Fox. "Open it up and we'll catch the man before he can escape." Th e janitor walked softry up to the door, followed by Edd ie and the brokers, inserted the key and suddenly threw the d oor open. A s the crowd rushed into the room, and Brokers Fox and Adam s seized Bennett, Eddie rushed across the room, sprang upon a chair and, whisking a jacknife out of his pocke t, cut the old broker down from the door. The n the boy cut his arms and ankles loose, an

14 TIPS TO FORTUNE. day, nor the day after, but on the third day it advanced a point, ancl on Saturday morning another, closing at 86. Top stood, and the bank expected that Eddie would grab at it at once. On Sunday the papers published the news of the coal discO\ery, and on Monday there was great excitement around thP standard of the stock. Brokers foll over one another in their eagerness to buy & \Y. shares, and as a consequence the s tock boomed. t the hour the Exchange closed it was going at 94. Eddie let his holdings go next day at 98, clearing about $2,800, which made him rnrth, altogether, $3,000. \Vhen Townsend and Carson learned that their high offer had been refused they were satisfied that somebody in New York had learned o.f the developments in the Red Top mine, and that they were out of the good thing. They made a canvass of all the brokers in Jersey City and New York who handled mining stock and succeeded in finding 12,000 shares, and this was the best they could do. They gave an average price of sixty-five cents a share for it, as the price had advanced that much on the Gold field Exchange Abol1t the close of the following week the news was pub lished of the rich strike in Red Top, and there was a scram ble among the New York and Jersey City mining brokers As soon as got his statement and check in settle-to buy some of it. ment of his H. & \V. deal he lost no time in getting in on 'rhose brokers who had sold to the bank's broker, and to CHAPTER IX. EDDIE GETS IN OX T:ED TOP. the Heel l'op :\Tining matter. Towrn;end and Ca. rson, now kicked themselves for letting The Q tock lrnrl

I TIPS '.rO F10RTUNE. 15 Thi and f seemed to have become more of a man all at once, 1therwise he gave no indication that anything unusual ma appened to him. Tr vie and Charley both thought that the cliange was due revieis having saved Mr. Sharp from the fangs of Walker Tpett, and that he now_felt pretty solid in the office in the iequence thereof. BSay," grinned Oha;rley one day, "I guess you're the h. yle thing in your office now next to the boss 1g; Oh, no, I'm just the same as I always was," replied Eddie. "No, you're not. You've changed ever since you helped Mr. Sharp out of his hole. I thought maybe he'd taken you in as junior partner." ''You've got another think coming, then, Charley. The only partner Mr. Sharp ever had, or probably ever will have, is dead and moldering in his grave years ago "'Well, you lia'e the air of a junior partner, at any rate." "I wasn't aware of that fact." 'rn learn it to Sylvie Thorne. \\'e were talking about it the last time I saw her." "Were you? Well, I feel flattered to learn that I was the subject of so much importance to both of ycJu." "Don't get sarcastic." "I suppose you were both very much disturbed on the subject "Oh, come now, we can't help remarking the fact when we see '}'OU act different from usual." So you think I've got a swelled head beea.use I was so fortunate as to do l\Ir. Sharp a good turn?" o, I don't think you've got a swelled heau exactly. Ifot l know how I'd feel if I helped l\Ir. Ludlo\1', or )fr. out of a light box. l 'tl feel a if 1 was of more im -portance in the oftice, and that job was pretty secure." .. hn't your job just as secure a long a;; you attend to business as you ought tor" "l suppose it i ', admitted Clrnrley; "but when a fellow does his bos a favor as big as you did for ;\lr. Slw r1>, why it makes a heap of difference in his official stamling." "Well, if ii. will relieve your mind [ will tell you thal the favor J did for )fr. f\harp ii> noL worrying me muc:h one way or thr other. l am glacl] was ahl<> to lie ol' Rerl'ie:e to him, and l believe he is gr,1teful to me for what T did for him. but that covers the whole matter. l f there is d1Pcl. youre wol't!t $W,OOO-i11 yom mind, with prn .,ptcL.;; of making i L $fJO,OOO r Yon ought to join the .\nnni,1s ('l11b. lrs Ill\' opinion you'll be elt'cl<'tl presiuenl. .\.l l right, old ma11, ln11'<' il youe own way. One of the;;c days 1 "11 tnke your brrath away by shaking n wntl of yellowbaC'ks ns big as a hmi,;e llnrlt'l' yonr That's the way l"ll get a sl\eel rr.Yell;,!C on you," snil1 Eddie, walking away. CHAPTERX. RED TOP PROVES _\. Wl:'.'INER, AN'D 'l'llE SCOTT INTO A NEW "\bout thi::. time a rising-market caused business in Wall to pick up, and as a good share of patronage came to .:\lr. Sharp, whose reputation was second to none in the Eddie was kept on the lrnstle from nine till after t hrce earning messages from the office to brokers in diffrrcnt builclings, right young clerk at the Exchange who represented )lr. Sharp on the floor. As tl1e day s went by Red Top advanced on the various mining markets from $1.50 to $1.75 a. share, adding about $10,000 more to Eddie's worldly wealth.


16 TIPS TO FORTUNE. Ile e:lrncklecl when lie thougl1l of the surprise he had in store, nui on l y for t1w unbelieving Churley, but also for his rnotl1<:1 and ister, who had not the faintest suspicion that he was 11orth a cent. One of the chief reasons why he tolcl Charley the facts about his \Yinn ings was because he felt sure Charley wouldn't belieYc him and that would add a whole lot to the laugh he expected to have on him in the sweet byand-by. About the middle of the following month Red Top reached $2 a share. That meant another $10,000 profit for Eddie. "If it would only keep on going up till it went out 0 sight," thought the boy, "I might become a millionaire without doing any more work." For awhile nothing more passed between Eddie and his friend on the subject of the fortune the former had said he was making and worrying about. One day, howe,:er, Charley remembered the matter and, with a tantalizing smile, asked him if he had reached the $50,000 mark yet. "Sure I ha;e, and past it." "How much past?" grinned Gates. "About $10,000. If you wanted to know the exact amount I'd have to do considerable calculating. I bought Red Top at fifty-five cents and it's now worth $2.05, according to the latest Goldfield quotations. Forty thousand shares cost me $22,000, of which amount interest is being charged against me on $19,800, which I owe upon it. Forty thousand shares at $2.05 amounts to $82,000, the present value of the stock. Deduct from that sum $19,800, inter est thereon for 38 days, and the bank 's commissions, and to the remainder add my capital of $5,000, and you will know exactly what rm worth this moment." "Say, you're a peach, Eddie," laughed Gates. "I'll give you credit for having a wonderful memory. That's a great advantage to a fellow when he tells a whopper.and attempts to back it up right along with .facts. I'm beginning to think that you actually imagine that you're telling the truth." ''Well, Charley, whatever my faults, I've always tried to imitate the i>to:y uf George Washington and the Cherry 'Tree." "Yes, iherc s about as much truth in you being worth $60,000 as there is in that story, which has the whiskers of age o n it." "Then you don't believe that George Washington cut that historical cherry tree down and then owned up to the deed like a little man?" ''What clo you take me for? Some politician invented that yarn to help elect "\Yashington a third time but it went to waste, l>ecause George wouldn't accept the re-nomination. I know a better ::;tory than that on the same lines. It's not about Washington, but about a. conscic>ntlous chicken." conse:ientious chicken is good, Charley," laugheu Eddie. "So is the story. You see, it was this way," grinned Charley. u A youthful hen found an egg one day, and, sitting upon it, hatched it out in due c.rnrse. The hen's mother, \vho had laid that egg, came along, and, seeing only the broken shell with her daughter close by, exclaimed se 'Who has dared destroy my favorite egg?' The con:;cientious feathered offspring replied, 'I cannot tell a. lie, mother; I did it with my little hatch it.' "That's pretty good for yon, Charley, but if I were you I \l'ouldn't tell tha.t too often. Something might happen to you." Eddie, however, thought it was such a good story that he tolcT it -tOsylvie when he got back to the office, and she laughed heartily over it. "You see," explained Eddie, "Charley is practicing for vaudeville. He expects to make his debut as a monologist, and I suppose he'll spring that little story on his audience. If he escapes alive he'll be lucky." During the next fortnight Red Top went up to $2.15 and then dropped back to $2. "Looks as if the stock had reached its limit. I guess I'd better let out some of my shares.?' Accordingly he ordered the bank 'to dispose of 10,000 shares in small lots at the market. The shares were sold through different brokers on the Curb and Eddie got $20,000 for them. With that money, and the cash he still had on hand he settled with the bank in full, and became the actual owner of the -remaining 30,000 shares, that had a market value of $60,000. As Townsend and Carson disposed of their shares at about $2, that put 22,000 shares on the market, and the price in the local markets went down to $1.90, though it was selling at $2 in Goldfield. After the lapse of several weeks Eddie, finding that the stock continued to hang around that :figure, concluded to get rid of his holdings by degrees He sent 10,000 shares to a big brokerage house in Gold field and got $20,000 for them. The balance he got rid of in Jersey City and on Broad Street at $1.95. A short time afterward, the product of the mine going down, the price of the stock fell to $1.45, where it remained with sundry fluctuations above and below. Eddie was glad he had got out of it at top-notch :figures. With $58,000 stowed away in a safe deposit box he had rented for the purpose, he felt he had no kick coming. Having closed up his mining stock deal, and with noth ing now on his mind to occupy his attention outside the office, Eddie began to think it was high time that the Scott family should move into a better, in a more refined location. Without saying anything to his mother, he went a.round and investigated several choice :five-room apartments. Finally he decided on one that he knew would please his mother and sfater, so he took it, and paid a month 's rent on it. That night, when they were all at suppery he said: "Mother, I think we've lived long enough in this house. It's shabby and in need of repair, and the agent doesn't worry himself about fixing it up .for us, so we'll let him do that for another tenant." "But a better fiat will cost more, Eddie," said hi8 mother, "and it will also cost something to move." "Don't you worry about that. I'll pay the rent of the fiat we move into, and the expense of transferring our goods." "You!'' she ejaculated, surprised.


U a or t, s 'l'l.P.:::> 'J 0 .l!' OR'l'U N .K 17 Yes, ruother. rve made another good haul in the marand I e;an afford to do the right thing by you." Why, Eddie," said Edith, ''you never tolout her. You promised to introduce me to her. WheD re you going to do it?" "Come over to the office on Saturday at one and I'll keep my promise." "I will if I can," said his sister; "but what abcrut this new Have you been looking at any?" "Yes. I've. got one picked out, and paid a month's rent on it." "Have you? Where is it?" Eddie mentioned the street and number. "Go over in the morning and look at it, mother," he "Here's the rent receipt; then engage a moving van, and start in packing up." "That looks like business," said Edith. either Mrs. Scott nor her daughter had any objections to moving away from their present habitation. It was, as Eddie had remarked, in poor condition, and the agent had refused to fix it up, though he could not but see that it need e d it. However, after the Scotts got out he would have to fix it up if he expected to rent it again. But that's the way with landlords and their agents-the tenant in possession always gets the short end of the con tract Edith said she'd like to see the new that night, as she couldn't do it in the day time, so Eddie took her around and the j anitor obligingly showed the rooms by aid of can dle light. "I think this is a lovely flat." the girl said. "How much are you paying for it?" Eddie told her. It seemed a steep rent to her, and she didn't understand how her brother could a:ffo:rd to pay it. "Don't Jet that worry you, puss," la.ughingly answered Eddie. "If I couldn't see my way to paying this rent I wouldn't think of taking the" "Mother will be delighted with it," said his sister, as they walked home. "She's the principal one to be suited," replied Eddie. And so in a few days the Scotts moved into their new home. CHAPTER XL EDDIE GETS IN ON A BOOM AND MAKES A BIG HAUL. Of course one of the first callers at the new was Charley Gates, who had taken a great fancy to Eddie's sister Edith. He judged that the rent must be high, and he wondered how the Scotts could afford to pay it. This had a private hall which Eddie had fitted with a fine red carpet. The olcl carpets used in the other fiat, and which had grown threadbare from constant service, had beea disca:rded, and. their places taken by rugs of a good quality and suitable sizes. 'Ihe parlor rug had coiot Eddie $40, and the dining-room one $25. The bedrooms, however, were ca

18 TIPS T.O F10RTUNE. A few days afterward Eddie found out thrO'Ugh the con versation of a trio of brokers in his office that a combina tion of big operators had been formed to boom C. & D. stock. The brokers had called to engage :Mr. Sharp to conduct a portion of the buying for the pool. Eddie looked up C., & D. in the market report and found it was ruling at 5'5. Before the day was over he went to the little bank and ordered the purchase of 5,000 sha.res of the stock. He wouldn't the chances of loading up with any more, as he prudently determin'ed to hold enough money back to make good a possible call for more margin if the price should happen to fall several points before the boom got started, which often happened. The stock did fall in value three points within the next lwo days, but after that it s lowly recovered and gradually went to 56 by i.he close of the week. Eddie watched the ticker all during the following week and noted that C. & D. fluctuated lik e the swing of a pen duhun but the trend was upward. It closed each day about a point higher than the opening figure of the morning. When Saturday came around again it was ruling at 60 3-8, which meant that the boy could have made $25.000 if he sold out then. Eddie had no intention of selling out yet awhile He expected to clear at least $50,000 on this deal, for he that the price would go to 65, at any rate. "I thought yon said Your sister was coming around to make my acquaintance,'' said Sylvie, as she was covering up her typewriter preparatory to quitting work tha.t Satur day. "I believ e she to come two weeks ago "She was detained at her office. and last Saturda v she had to get uptown earlv." replied Eddie. "Howeve1-, be here to-clay, unless i:;omething unforeseen turns up." "I hope so, as I should like to knew her." The words were hardly out 0 her mouth before one of the clerks came over and told Eddie that his sister was in the reception-room. 'l' h e boy went out and brought her into tbe counting room. 'l\fiss Thorne this sister," he said. "Edith. :Miss Sylvie Thorne." 'I'he bowed and sized each other up. The first impression in each case seemed to be favorable, and soon, to Eddie's satisfaction, they were.talking together like old friends. I've heard a good deal about you, :Miss Thorne." said Edith, laughin gly. "Eddie is forever talking about you. He says you 're the nicest--" "Oh, come, now, Edith, none of that," objected her brother, flushin g Sylvie also blushed a little. At that mom ent Charley Gates came in. He was delighted to find Edith there, and she smiled graciously upon him. Then Eddie invited them all to lunch at his expense "Where are you going to take us? To Del's?" grinned Charley. "Oh my, we couldn't think of going there, could we, Miss Scott?" Sylvie. "No, indeed. It wouldn't be fair to bankrupt Eddie," laughed Edith. "Don't you worry about bankrupting ID;e," put in her brother. "I've got more money than you imagine." "That's right," S

TIPS TO FORTUNE. The jury, however, disagreed with this view of the matter and found him guilty. An application for a new trial on technical grounds was made to the judge, and denied. Then a stay was obtained until the verdict could be reviewed and passed on by a higher court. This gave the convicted broker a respitei from going to the State prison. But it didn't avail him anything in the encl, for the higher court refused to reverse the verdict, and Bennett was taken to Sing Sing prison up the river to put in a sentence of three years and six months. That seemed to settle his career as a Wall Street broker. When Mr. Sharp got possession of the 5,000 shares of Montana Copper, which he had bought from Mrs. Wise for $5 a sha re, the price had advanced to $5 .25. The old broker sent his check to the widow for the $24,000 balance, together with interest on that amount for the time that had intervened between the date of the sale and the time he got the certificates from Walker Bennett. This amounted to s omething over $100. Eddie carried the letter to her containing the check. and thus made her acquaintance. She took quite a fancy to the boy and told him the his tory of the case. "It was mighty fortunate for you that you met Mr. Dean that day before y ou had completed the sale of the stock" said Eddie. "Otherwise you might n ever have found that Walk er Bennett swind led you out of nine-tenths of the va lue of your sh ares." n?dded and looked at M:r. Sharp's check with great sahsfact10 n. "I'm going to give up keeping boarders now and invest part of this money in a hous e." "That's a good idea, ma'am," replied Eddie. "The inter est on the rest of the money should keep you in comfort for the balance of your life." 1Irs. Wise, however, was not as wise as bar name might indicate Soon after Eddie's visit one of her boarders havincr leari:ed that was worth $25,000 in cash, to sho; comnderable mterest in her affairs. 1:he widow was at a great disadvantage when pittetl agamst a schemer, and the boarder was one of those men who are ever on the lookout for an easy mark. He gradually worked himself into her confidence and hi' first object was to persuade her that the present ;as not a good time to buy property. He assured her that real estate would take a tumble in value inside of six months and tha.t then would be the time for her to purchase property. succeeded in side -tracking her intention of pur cbasmg a house. for herself, he next essayed to dazzle her eyes with sundry mvestments by which be promi ed her large returns for her money. Mrs. Wise gradually tmned a favorable ear to the spe c10us arguments of her boarder, who assured her that he was working solely in her interest. The boarder had severa l irons in the fire, but the one he was chiefly interested in was to get rid of a big block of worthless shares of a gold mine in Arizona. The mine had at one time promised a fortune to its pro.noters, and had sold for $6 a share on the exchanges, but the lead had suddenly petered out, and after a vain effort to :fincl more paying ore the property had been practically abandoned. Hundreds of in,estors lost money when the stock was :finally dropped from the lists, and from one of the unfor tunates the boarder in question had bought a block of 10,000 shares for a mere song, and had held on to it with \the view of later on unloading it upon some unsuspecting per son at a fat profit The Widow Wise appeared to be just the easy propo s i tion the boarder had been looking for. He showed her the original prospectU$C' of the company, together with a whole stack of old Western exchange reports when the stock was quoted at a good price. He told her that, owing to trouble bct1.-crn the officers of the company, the shares had gone down to $2.50, which was about half their real value, and to confirm his statement showed her a lot of newspaper clippings which he had had printed to furtber his scheme One of these clippings stated that the'trouble between the company's officials was now almost over and that the shares would surely go to $5 or $6 inside of a month. The alleged newspaper clipping advised all persons own ing shares of the stock to hold on to them by all means, as an effort was now on foot by the management to buy in all the shares they could find at the present low price. The boarder then told Mrs. Wise that he knew of a mau who had 10,000 shares of the mining stock which was anxious to dispose of at the market rate. This man was ill in bed and not able to go down town and call on a broker. "Here is a golden opportunity, :Mrs. Wise," ho said, ''for you to double your money inside of thirty. days. If that man knew what you and I lmow he would not think for a moment of selling his stock. If I only had $25,000 myseH I couldn't buy that stock quick enough. You, however, have the money, and the advantage is your!'. All I ask is that you promise to give me $5,000 out of your $25,000 profit when you sell the shares a month from now at $50,000." Mrs. Wise was easily convinced that a small fortune lay within her reach, and she commissioner l her boarder to get the stock for her, which he did by taking t.he certificates from his trunk and handing them to her in exchange for her $25,000 good money. The boarder, who was none other than Walker Bennett'.:, chief clerk, Barry Thomas, took the money and proceeded to look for an opportnnity in Wall Street to speculate with it. He hoped to double it before the thirty days had expired and then he proposed. to tlepart for part.A nnlmown. The day that the unsophisticated \Viclo\r WiFe parted with her money for the worthless otock was the day that Eddie got his check from the little bank in settlement of his deal in 0. & D. The boy wa,; now \rnrth $135.000, and he felt pretty good. That afternoon, while he was sitting in his seat in the reception-room, a tanned, threadbare Rtrangcr entered the office and aFkcd for i\Jr. Sharp He gave his name as William Harlow. The olcl broker accorded him an interview.


TIPS TO FORTUNE. It iras brief, however, and the visitor came out looking very down in the mouth. He started for the door and then stopped. Eddie watched hil'l? curiously, and noticed that his gait was unsteady. He turned around and walked up to the young messenger. Young man, wou'ld yo u do ine a favor?" he asked. "What is it?" asked Eddie. "Give me ten cents. I haven't eaten a mouthful to -da y, and I'm famished.'' There was a hungry glare in the man's eyes that was unmistakable, though it might have been drink, not food, that he craved. Eddie put his hand in his pocket and fished out the sma.llest coin he had, which was a quarter. "Here's a quarter Get yourself a decent meal," he said. "Thank you, young man. I sha'n't forget it. It's hard luck when a man who ha s been once wealthy has to beg for th e price of something to eat." "That's right," nodded Eddie. ''This is the last bit of property I have in the world,!' he said, indicating the package he had in his hand .. "I thought to raise something on it, if only $100, but I find it has no value io speak of. Once I could got $30,000 for it.'' "Thirty thousand!" the boy. ''\Vl1at is it?" "A certificate of 5,000 shares made out in my name of the New Discovery Gold Mining Company, of Arizona. I bought it when it was low-twenty-five cents a share. I saw it steadily to $6. That is the time I sho uld have sold out." "I should think so," replied Eddie. "But there was every prospect of it becoming worth double that, so I held on. Without warning the mine gave out and the price tumb l ed to almost nothing Since then I hav e held on to it, thinking that some day it might again become va.luable. But there is scarcely any chance that it ever will. I offered the certificate to Mr. Sharp for $50, but he wouldn't U>uch it. I was asliamed to tell him how strapped I was, though Heaven knows I look shabby eno ugh. If I could get $25 for the stock I'd gladly accept it, for it -is of no use to me, and that sum would keep life in my body awhile longer." "Let me see the certificate," said Eddie. Harlow unrolled the package and exhibited it. "It it's worthless, as you say, no one will give you $25 for a lithographed sheet of paper." "It would fetc h a cent a share in Goldfield, though the stock is no longer listed, if a purcha ser could be found.'' "I never heard of this mine before," said Eddie. "It must be a dead one The visitor began to roll the certificate up. "I'll tell you what I'll do," said the boJ7. "Leave the certificate with me and I'll take it to the Mining Exchange and see if the secretary knows anything about it. I'll let you have a dollar in addition to that quartet to can-y you over till to-morrow. Come in here about half-past three and then I'll let you know if it will be possible to sell the certificate for anything at all." The visitor agreed to this proposal of the boy's, handed 11im the package and took the dolla,r. ''I'm much obliged to you, young man. I'll be here to morrow afternoon." 'rhen bidding Eddie good-bye, he left the office. "I wonder if I'll ever see him again?" thought the young messenger. "This might be only a sample certificate got out by a stationer to show off his work, and, consequently, would not represent any mine at all. That chap' having come into possession of it may have started a new game of bunco to raise the wind. Well, what's the odds? The poor fe llow lo oked as if he hadn't seen a square meal in a coon's age. That money I'll never miss, and it won't be wasted, I guess, unless he passes it over a bar for drinks.'' Ten minutes later Eddie was sent with a note to a broker in the Vanderpool Building, and there being no answer, he went on down New Street to the rear entrance of the build ing where the Mining Exchange was located. Taking t.he elevator up, he asked for the secretary and was shown into his office. "I have here a certificate of stock of the New Discovery Gold Mining Co., of Arizona. Is there such a mine?" asked Eddie. "Let me see the certificate,'' said the secretary. 'rhe boy handed it to him. There is such a mine as the New Discovery, and this is one of the original certificates of treasury stock," said the secretary; "but it is not worth anything, if that is what you called to inquire about. The history of the New Dis covery is similar to many other mining propositions, except that it actually did turn out ore of a phenomenal value at first, which secured the mine a place on the exchanges, and the price of this stock went as high as $6 a share, I believe, at one time. Then the vein of ore gave out entirely, and all efforts to find a fresh lead failed. The mine was dropped from the exchanges and was finally abandoned as worth less." "Then this certificate is not worth even a cent a share?" said Eddie. "I wouldn't give $5 for it." The secretary took down a book containing a classified record of all mining properties, valuable and otherwise, and looked up the New Discovery. A brief history of the mine was given there, substan tially as the secretary had told Eddie. Some figures in red ink attached called the officer's at tention to a certain page in a series of scrap books on a shelf. He took the book down. Facing the page in question was a copy of the printed application for li sting the mine on the San Francisco Ex change A number of newspaper clippings cut fro:i:u Western pa pers were pasted on the page itself. The secretary looked them over, particularly the last one. "Well," he said, "this clipping, a recent one, states tha.t several capitalists have bought up the control of the prop erty, probably for a mere song, and are prospecting it ancl sinking a shaft in a new direction. It is possible that some thing might come of it, though in my opinion the outlook that the New Discovery will ever again amount to anything is exceeding small." "'Would you advise mk to give $25 for this certificate?" asked Eddie.


TIPS TO F10RTUNE. 21 ''If you can afford to lose the money it would be worth \rhile. If anything encouraging comes of the work now in progress at the mine, the certificate might fetch a few cents a share, in which event you would come 'out ahead." That ended the interview. Next day, when William Harlow called, Eddie paid him $25 for the certificate, and got him to sign a bill-of-sale. Then the boy stowed the away in his safe de posit box. CHAPTER XIII. HOW THE WIDOW FOUND OUT srrn lf.A.D BEEN VICTH11ZED. A day or two afterward Eddie 11H't the Widow Wise on Pourteenth Street. She seemed very glad to see the boy, and asked him why he hadn't called on her. 'Well, T don't often get over in your clirection. Have you bought a house yet?" "Oh, no, I'm not going to buy one till the fall. Mr. Thomas, one of my boarders, told me that it is a bad time to buy property now." "A ban time!" ejaculated Eddie, iu "Yes. He says there will oon be a fall in prices, and that I'll be able to save considerable money if I wait till the fall." "I'm afraid Mr. Thomas doesn't know much about real estate in New York and vicinity. Property will never be any lower than it is now. Ewrybody who knows anything about the matter says that, and I believe it. I have made a little money lately in the market myself, and I'm going to give mother enough to buy a house. I have told her to look around and pick out what she would like right away. There isn't a particle of use waiting until the fall. Don't let Mr. Thomas' opinion frighten you, Mrs. Wise. Go around and talk to real estate men and satisfy yourself." "Well," replied Mrs. Wise, "you may be right, Eddie. However, I can't buy a house until my stock doubles in value." "Your stock I What do you mean? You haven't been investing your money in Wall Street, have you?" "Oh, dear, no. I wouldn't think of doing that. But Mr. Thomas put me in the way of making a small fortune out of a gold mine, and--" "A gold mine! Where is it? In Goldfield?" "No, that isn't the place. It's somewhere in Arizona." "How many shares did you buy, and what did you pay for them?'; "I bought 10,000 shares and--" "Ten thousand shares, eh?" "Yes, indeed. I paid $25,000 for the stock, and it's worth--" "Twenty-five thousand dollars, Mrs. Wise!" almost gasped Eddie. "It must be a good dividend payer, for that's $2.50 a share." "Mr. Thomas told me it's worth $5 or $6 a. share, and that as soon as the trouble between the officers is over it will go right llp to that. He says I should be able to make $25,000 out 0 the stock in a month." This statement fairly paralyzed Eddie, who knew consid erable about mining matters in a general way. "Mr. Thomas told you that?" "Yes. He seems to be a \"Cl} '.\Cll infonnecl man. Tic also brought me newspaper clippings from We tern papers to prove all he said.'' "He did?" replied Eddie, more than ever astonished "Oh, yes. This stock was selling at $6 a share not 11 great while ago. He showed me 11hat he called market rr .. ports, and I saw price with my own eyes." Mrs. Wise seemed to that as conclusive evidence. Unfortunately for Mrs. Wisc, Barry Thomas took carr to cut off the dates from the reports he shovml her. They were all of two year old, but. she didn't suspetl that. "Who is this 1lr. Doc, he rleal in stockR ?" "I really couldn't !"ay, bnt I don't think so, though he goci;; to Wall Street every day. Uc Raid he would haYc bought the stock himself if he had hacl $25,000, because it was the easiest and most certain way he knew of io double Hie money.'' "He sai.d that, did he?'' said Eddie, beginning to have a strong suspicion that there was something '11Tong about the transaction. "He did, indeed. I have promised to give him $5 000 when I ell the stock." "Oh, I see, that's hO\Y he is going to pay himself for ing you a good thing. Through what broker did you buy your stock?" "Mr. Thomas got it for me. He b01ight it of a man who dl.cln't. know that the share would soon double in value." "Did you give Mr. Thomas $25,000 for that stock, Wise?" "Of course. I couldn't get the certificates without pay ing for them." "If I was you, then, when I sold them I would take them to a reputable broker. Twenty-five thousand or more might be something of a temptation to this Mr. Thomas. Ho11 long have you known him?" "About six months, since he came to board with me." "Why don't you find out whether Mr. Thomas is a curb broker or is merely employed by a brokerage house?" "I never thought to ask him, but now that you mention it I will." "I would, Mrs. Wise. By the way," added Eddie. re membering that he had not asked the name of the mine. nn:l intending to look it up. in the Western market reporb' nexl day, "what is the name of this mining stock you bou{.!ht through Mr. Thomas?" "The name is the New Discovery Gold 'Mining Co. It's beautifully engI'aved on--" "The what?" exclaimed Eddie, fairly startled. 1 "The New Discover y. It's beautifully--" "0 Arizona?" "Certainly-of Arizona." "And you actually paid $25,000 in cash for 10, 000 share:1 of the New Discovery Gold Mining Company?" "Why, of course. Didn't I say so?" said Mrs. Wise al most petulantly. "Then you want to have your boarder arrested immedi. ately, for he's swindled you most outrageously." "Swindled me!" "Yes, swindled you. That stock isn't worth a cent a, share."


22 TIPS TO FORTUNE. EdLlie proceeded to explain to her the exact standing oI "He told me that you persist in claiming to have made Ute .1. ew Discovery mine. $60,000 out of a deal in 40,000 shares of Red Top." ,\lr s Wise began to show symptoms of hysterics. "I never told him that I made $60,000. I only made now, l\lrs. Wise, I'll see you home, and take a $55,000." look at those papers that your boarder, Mr. Thomas, showed "Why, how could you make $55,000 in a stock deal of you as evidences of the worth of the mine, if you have any kind? Isn't that just too absurd for anything?" them." "I don't see anything absurd about it. shares were But the widow said that Barry Thomas had not left them selling at fifty-five cents, and I got a tip that they were with her. certain to go up to $2 .or more. I had just cleared $2,800 "Well, 1'11 go home with you anyway and take a look at on a deal in S. & W., had $1,700 cash and Mr. Sharp pre your certificates to make sure that you haven't made a missented me with $500 for what I did for him that after in the name of the mine." noon. That made $5,000 in all. It only took half of that o Ecldie went with her to the boarding-house and she to secure control of 40,000 shares of Red Top. I held the showed him the certificates that Mr. Thomas sold her for stock until it went to $2, then I got rid of half of it at that $25,000. price. The other half I sold at $1.95. I cleared $55,000. "That Barry Thomas is a rascal," said the boy. "It's, Add to that my $5,000 capital and you get the $60,000 a wonder he didn't disappear the moment after he got your Charley spoke to you about, and which he doesn't believe money. He must think that you're an uncommonly easy I'm worth by probably $59,000." mark. Be persuaded you not to buy a house so that he Sylvie looked her amazement. might gathcl' in every cent you had. His nerve is simply "Are you really telling the truth, Eddie Scott?" colossal" "I am, but you want to keep it to yourself." :Jfrs. cried and went on in a hysterical fashion. "Your s ister neYer mentioned the fact to me. If my Eddie did his best to soothe and quiet her down. brother had made that much I'd have been so proud of As soon as she got into a rational frame of mind again the fact that I'd have told all my friends." he said he d go with her and see about getting a warrant "My sister doesn't know anything about it. Neither does for the immediate arrest of Barry Thomas. my mother." 'l'he warrant was duly issued on her statement, backed up "My goodness! And you are really worth $60,000 ?" by Eddie s expert knowledge of the value of the stock in "I' rth a aood deal more than that. I made $75 000 question, a.ud an officer was cletailccl to the arrest. the out of c & D. Add that to the $60,000 'and Thomas, however, was not made a prisoner. 'll hit the mark That s?mething he in .the paper caused him to I always you were smart, but you"re twice mmd a?aut remarnmg m New York and chancFmart as I ever dreamed you to be. Why haven't you told mg d1sc0Yery of his fraud. r our mother and sister?" While 1frs. Wise was out shopping, and before she met ) "l' waiting till I can show them a quarter of a mil Eddie, he came to his room, packed his grip and took a r ,,m train for Philadelphia. ion. Th 1 b' f f w "You e."\'.pect to make that much?" e on y it o com Mrs. 1se had. was wha.t Eddie "Wh not? If I manaaed to make $l35 000 out of $700 told her about work havmg been resumed m the mme. Y 0 "It 'bl th t ft t tl 1 d f which was the amount I started out with, why shouldn t I is possl e a a er a 1me ano 1er ea o ore may d h. be d d th t ,, h d h. h t make a quarter of a million an more wit my present IScovere on e proper y, e sa1 ; m w ic even b k' ? 11I k k ,, 'bl be bl t t t fi.

'l'lPS TO E. 2 3 "'l'hen I'm satisfied. lt';:1 as mue:h for yotll' sake as my own that I m trying to make all the money 1 can." "I should like you just as well whether you had money or not." "Do you mean that, Sylvie?" asked Eddie, slipping his arm around her waist. "I do." "You deserve a kiss for that," and suitecl the action to the word. The appearance of a couple of the clerks at that moment caused a postponement of any further lovemaking on Eddie's part, and be went outside and took bi seat, quite s atisfied with the progress he had made in Sylvics af fections. Eddie bad been watching the market very closely of late, and especially a certain stock known as L. & M. He had noticed that it had been quietly rising from 69 to 73 within a week. So that day he went to the little bank and boQght 5,000 shares at the market. He put up $36,500 to secure the bank, or ten per cent of the purchase price of the shares, the bank advancing the balance-; "N"ext day the stock went up to 74 There was another stock which had attracted his atten tion on the same lines, and he got the bank to buy him 5,000 shares of that in the same way. 'rhis was K. P., which was going at 89, after a rise of four points. 'ith two deals to look after, in which he had invested $81,000 of his money, he had his mind pretty well em ployed. He was now working solely on his own judgment, th0 ;:ame as any outsider. He did not intend to take the chances he would have done with a tip in which he had confidence. He was banking on a three-point rise, which would givr him a $15,000 proflt in earh ease. He hardly looked to sec it go much higher, for be did not think any syndicate wa!' at the back of either. He beliered the rige wns due to favorable con ditions in the roads' business, reports of which hnd bern lately appearing in the newspapers. Ou Saturday morning L. & M. opened at 75 5-8. At eleven o'clock Eddie looked at the ticker tape and saw that it had gone t1p to '16 3-8. That was high enough to suit him, so he got leave of absence for a quarter of an hour, ran around to the bank and told the clerk to order his 5,000 shares of L & M. soJcl. Ii 'lvas done by the time he got back to the office. "I s'pose you'll lunch with me to-day, Sylvie?" he said, when she was putting on her hat to go home at one o'clock. "We'll go to Del's if you don't object '"Oh, no," she objected. "I'm not dressed up enough to go to such a swell place Besides I think it would be a of money." "When a fellow bas just made $15,000 he feels like !'preading 11imself a bit." "Why, have you made that much to-day?" she asked. "Yes. I sold out my holdings in L. & M. at that profit." "I m so glad. 1 was afraid you might slip up on these l\ro deal;; of yours. 1 don't like Lo sec you risk so much money in the market." "Xothing ventured, nothing gained, Sylvie. 'rhat's lhc brokers' motto. at any rate, and as I hope to be a broker 80me day in the near future, I'm learning tc) take chances." "You're still in on K P aren't you?" "Yes. It's going around 90 1 -2, which puts me abou t $'1,000 ahead on it." "You're a fortunate boy, Eddie. I only hope your luck will continue As Sylvie didn't care to go to Delmonico's Eddie com promised on a first class restaurant on Beaver Street Alter the meal he took the girl to the Academy of Arts in Central Park. where they spent the greater part of the afternoon 'I'hen he took her home and stayed to tea On Tuesday Eddie sold K. P. at 91 and a fractio n and added another $15,000 to bis capital, making h i m now worth $165,000. CHAPTER XV. ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM ARIZONA On Wednesday morning he saw an article in one of the Goldfield pa pers that caused him not a little excitement. It read as follows : "A MI:N"E THAT HAS COME TO LIFE. "Three years ago the mining world was interested in the new of the discovery of what was alleged to be an enor mously valuable gold mining property in the Santa Clar:-i range, 100 miles sot1thwest of Tucson. Samples of a very high grade of ore were assayed and returned phenomenal values. The New Discovery Gold Mining Company waf'. formed to take over the property One hundred tl10usand :ihares of development stock, and subsequently a like amount of treasury stock was sold, machinery was brought to the ground and the work of taking out aJlCl shipping tlw ore went on merrily. The stock was listec1 on the vari011.' exchanges and soon quoter1 at fifty cents. Before the year was out $6 was asked and paid for treasury originally i;old for twenty-five cents. 'rwo large dividends were paimonstratecl. Without the least warning the promoter,.-; ancl f'.tork11olrlcr' of the New Discovery received a rude jolt. 'l'he gol kn. l o 1 which was supposed to be practically inexhaustible gave out so suddenly and so completely as to take away the super intendent's breath. Prom that day the C\r Discovery i.o

TIPS TO FORTUNE. possible with what success we are unable to say. Now the news has come out that the New Discovery has come to life. A new and very rich lead is said to have been found in the mine that promises results equal to, if not better than, the original discovery. Let us hope the report may prove to be true, and that the New Discovery will take its place once more among the rich producers of our country. But until substantial evidence is shown of this fresh lead in the New Discovery we advise readers to go slow aboo.t investing in any of the old stock that may 'be offered to the public." "Gracious!" exclaimed Eddie, after he had finished the article. "This certainly looks encouraging. That deal I made with William Harlow may turn out to be a very lucky one. Poor Mrs. Wise may also be able to get a portion, if not all, of her Really, I am almost as much interested in seeing her recover the loss that rascal put upon her as in making a big haul my se lf. I must show this to Sylvie, and tell her about that certificate for 5,000 shares which I bought for $25 and which in time may return me a thousand per cent. profit." When Eddie got home that afternoon his :ri:iother told him tha.t s he had picked out a nice little house in the upper part of the Bronx, not far from the station; which she could get for $9,000. It had a fifty-foot frontage on the street, and extended back 130 feet on the bias to another street. "I'll go up on Sunday, mother, and look it over. If I think it's worth the money you ,can sign a contract with the owner, or his agent, and I'll give you $500 to pay on it. Now, I've got s omething to tell y<>u about a certificate of mining stack I bought awhile ago for $25 and whioli I hope may turn up a big winner for me." He then related the history of the New Discovery mine, as far as he was acquainted with' it, and handed h e r the newspaper article from the "Goldfield Miner" to read. "You seem to be unusually fortunate in your invest ments, Eddie," his mother said', after rE!ading the article. "I shall not be surprised to learn that this one has turned out as lucky as the others." "You don't begin to know how lucky I have been in the last six months," said the boy. "I'm worth a great deal more than the few thousands I have told you of. Just how much I am worth I don't mean to tell either you or sister yet awhile. I want to give you both a good, big surprise one of these days." "I think you have already surprised us pretty well. You certainly seem to be worth $10,000, at any rate, for you told me I could pay that much for a house that s uited me, and I didn't suppose you would put all your money into a house." "No, mother I am keeping a .few thousands back to spec ulate with when the chance comes my. way that promises results." "Of course, I don't know: anything about Wall Street speculation, but it seems to me that I hear.d }'OUr father say years ago that it was the riskiest game of chance he knew of." "That is quite true; but don't wm:ry.about me. I'm not taking any despentl:e chances simply because I see a lot of money in sight. If I did business that way I'd soon find myself in the soup. I am very careful what I do with my money." "I'm glad to know that, my son. It would grieve me to learn that you had lost any of the money that you have made." "Well, mother, you'll soon have a good piece of property in your name, anu nobody will be able to take that awa y from you. You will then be your own landlord, and that will be ever so much pleasanter than living m somebody else's" That reminded Eddie of Mrs. Wise, and he told his mother of the misfortune she had met with at the hands of her swindler-boarder. "I advised her to invest a portion of her $25,000 in a house and put the rest out at interest, but that ras cal Thomas got the inner track with her and now she' s as bau off as she was before she found the shares of Montana Copper in her trunk." Dear me l she was unfortunate," said Mrs. Scott. "Call it stupid, mother. A woman with any brain s to speak of would' hardly turn such a large sum of money over to a comparntive stranger without making some in vestigation. Any broker in Wall Street could have told her that New Disco very stock had no value. It's too batl that I aidn't learn about the swindle in time to save her from loss. She seems fated to go up against that class of people. Look how Walker Bennett, now doing time in Sing Sing, tried to do her up on the Montana Copper shares. And he would have succeeded only that she for tunately. met an old boarder of hers, named Dean, who i, employed in our office. After all, she isn't any better off. since she allowed the value of the Montana stock to gei. away from h e r so easily. Some people they say you can fool all tlie time, and she seems to be one of that class." After that Eddie kept an eye out foi: further develop ments in the New Discovery Mining Co. 'He called again on the secretary of the Mining Exchang e and asked him if he'd seen the report about the re-discovery of gold -ore in the mine, and what he thought about it. 'Fhe secretary, of course, had seen it. It was part of his business to keep track of such things They always found a place in the scrap books on the shelf for future reference. He said tlie report might be correct, or it might be a fake. The ca. pitalists who had bought up the original pro moters of the mine might have caused the publication of that article for certain ulter ior motives, such as to renew public interest in the abandoned mine and make a markei. for the shares they had acquired at a mere song. Such things were done by unscrupulou s mining men, bu l he did not rdean to insin uate that these men were working such a game. On the whole, he said, the matter looked encouragin g enough for Eddie to maintain a good grip on his shares with the view to the possibility that the mine might turn out to be a good thing a:fter all. Eddie looked at the matter in the same light, and left the Exchange feeling tha.t the chances were in his favor to some extent. On his way back to the office he met Charley Gates on Broad Street, talking to a big strapping A. D. T. messen-


I TIPS TO FORTUNE. 25 gcr hoy, who looked as if hr \rould make a good fullback I And, o:f course, he must have quite a boodle left to specufor a football team late with. On c oming closer he recognized the lad as the boy who "Eddie is quite a clever lad," he said to himself. "He had tumbled him into the street that morning on Nassau isn't telling everything he knows, either. I wonder how Street. much he really has made in the market? 0 course The young fellow dicl not know l1im, however. $160,000, or even $60,000, seems Eke sheer nonsense, C'harlry stopped Eddie by catching him by the arm. though he tells it straight enough. Somehow or another I "Lr t m e introduce :vou. to a fri en d of mine," he said. don't seem to understand him any more. I can't imagine 'Phil Burke this i,; Eddie Scott the richest messenger in how he got his start in the market. Maybe he got hold 0 the Street, for he sa,vs he's worth $60,000." a good tip and sold it, or made an anangement for a share Burke grinned ancl held out his hand. 0 the profits. At any rate he got around it some way. I "Oh. we've met lit> fore," if\ Eclflie. wish I was lucky enough to do the same. Luck seems to "I don't r<'mcmber said Burke. come some people's wayA while others don't even have a "Well, I remember you. I ought to, seeing that you look-in at it." knocked me head over heels into the middle of Nassau A few days afterward Charley asked Eddie point blank Street." how much he was worth. "When did I do that?" asked Burke insurprise. "Isn't that rather a cheeky question to ask a fellow?" "A while ago. I can't remember the exl1ct elate. I never asked Eddie, smilingly. wished that I was a big fellow so much as then. I felt like "Well, perhaps it is, but you've b e en giving me so many putting it all over y ou." I ghost stories about big winnings that I really would like Burke grinned again. to know just where you do stand." He fancied he saw this messenger .lad trying to do "Seeing that it's you, Charley, I'll tell you once more. him up. I'm worth $154,000. I was worth $165,000 the other day, "However, I've changed my mind," conti nued Eddie. but I bought and furnished a house for mother, you know, "You did rne a great favor on that occasion." and I couldn't do that on wind." "By knocking you over?" "So you're worth $154,000 ?" said Charley, with an in "Yes. You put me on the road to good luck." credulous look "How is that?" "Well, it's too long a story to tell you now. Some day maybe you'll learn all about it." "What are you talking about?" asked Charley, to whom this was all.,Greek. "Oh, merely a little hot air that you think I'm get ting off." "Like the $60,000 you' re worth in your mind, eh?"" "You don't keep very good track t>f what I'm worth. If you add $100,000 to it you'll come pearer the mark." "Suffering sardi nes! Will you list e n to that, Burke? He's worth $160,000 now. The ne x t time I meet him it is likely to be a quarter of a million." "That is possible if I get in on a n e w deal that pans out well," replied Eddie, cooll y "That will do," said Charley. "Come on back to the office. According l y the two boys took leav e of Phil Burke and walked toward Wall Street. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. Summer came on with its dull period s during which Ed die had more time to st udy up st ock matters if he chose to employ his time that way. 1frs. Scott had bought and taken possession of the new house in the Bronx which Eddie not only paid for in cash, hut furnished c-omplately from cellar to gane t. This was a new surprise to Charley, and h e began to wonder if Eddie wasn't worth a good deal more than lie had suspected Certainly he must h ave made qnite a lot of money to pay for a hou s e like the Scotts' new home and furni s h it up in .fine shape. "Yes." "And you're still running messages or old Sharp?" "You see I am, don't you?" "Well, if I was worth a quarter of that you wouldn't catch me wearing out shoe-leather for Ludlow, Mills & Co. Not on your tintype!" "What would you do? Make a tour of Europe in an automobile?" "No. T'd go in business for myself." "What business? Stock broker?" "No. I'd find something to suit me. I wouldn't work or any boss, you can bet on that." "Well, Charley, I'm going to quit as messenger in a couple of months." "Are you? What are you going to do ?" 'Hold down a desk in Mr. Sharp s counting-room." "You are, eh?" "I expect to." "And you say you're worth $154,000 ?" "What has that to do with my promotion?" "I should think you'd rather be your own boss." "Time enough for that, Charley. I'm only eighteen. I e xpect to branch out as a broker some day and I want to l ea rn the business from A to Z. I've put in three year s almost as a messenger. I know that branch about as well as the next one." "I'll bet you do." "Now I'm going to l earn the details 0 the brokerage business, and work my way up to the top." "Going to keep on speculating?" "I don't expect to let any good thing get by me. "Does old man Sharp know that you've been hitting the market?" "Not to my knowledge."


26 TIPS TO FOUTU:NE. "Say, Eddie, J can't get through m:v head how you haYc made s o much money. "Well, don't w0rry about it," grinned Eddie. "Let me do tbe worrying." "How di cl you do it?" "By having a little capital and then taVing advantage oi my opportunities." "How did you come by your little capital?" "I owe that to your stout friend, Phil Burke. "What the dickens do you mean?" "He knocked me off the sidewa l k into .r assau Street one day, and it caused me to find an envelope, without name or adrlress, containing $700." "Jumping jewsharps Is that a fact?" "Yes. "Where did you find the envelope?" "ln the dirt of the street." "My goodness An cl you never tolcl me about thu t be fore H you had I'd have understood the matter h ctter." I Vcll, you know it now. Belter late than never :vou know." "Then you put that $700 into some stock and it went up?" ''That's right. I made $1,200 And it was on the tip you gave me. One of these days I'm going to make that all right with you." "One of these days, eh?" "Yes. Yo u r reward will keep, and the longer it keeps the b igger it will get." "I hope it will." Well, I can't waste any more time with you now, though t here isn't much doing in my shop." There isn't anything at all doing in ours. That nothing to speak of "'1,hen run along and try to find something to keep your mind busy With those words the boys separated A couple of weeks later Eddie read another article in the "Gol dfie l d :Min er" a bout the New Discovery Mine. Development work had been proceeding at a rapid rate along the line;; of the new body of ore discovered, and seYeral hundrecl thousand dollars' worth of ore had already been blocked out. Application haL1 Leen matle 1.o restore the mine to tl:i l ist on the exchanges arnl thus bring the New Discovery once more into general notice. 'l'he paper stated that the rehabilitation of the old mine hacl at.tractecl a great deal of attention, and that ten and e v e n fifteen cents, a hare had been offered for the stock wit h out bringing any to the front. B r okers in Goldfieltl were looking for it, and would be glad to communicate with parties having any of it for sale. was great news for Eddie. If ten or fifteen cents being offered fqr the stock his certificate was already worth $500 and over. stoc k at such a price," he told her. "You want to h old on and get as much of your $25 000 back as pos si ble In time you might eve n get it all back." Mr;; Wise was de l ighted, and promi eel not to let the get ol1t of her possession without communicating fir s t Ecldie. A month later the New Discovery mine was listed at i I > 11-orth $2,500. If that was n't a l ucky dea l what do you call it?" Eddie had by this time taken his position as a clerk in the counting room and a new boy had been employed to act as office bo:v and mesRenger. Ur found that he had little time now to devote to spccu latiYe ventures, and so he turned over the bulk of his cap ital to the 'l'itlc Trust & Guarantee Company to imest for him in good fivr per cent. mortgage When Christmas came around the New Discovery mining shares were much sought after at sixty cents. As time went by and the mine was developed, the share were sold in Goldfield and elsewhere at $1.50 a share. This made Mrs. Wise's stock worth $15,000 and $7,500. Eddie loaned the widow $5,000 on her stock to bu: H little home for herself, for he clid not think it well for her to sell it yet. E, entually the price went up to $3, and Eddie sold it for her. llc held on to his own till it reached $3.50, and then sold out, making $17,500 out of a $25 investment-an uncom monly lucky ':Vall Street deal. To-day Eddie Scott is a rising young broker. He qucceeded to Matthew Sharp's business and also to his stenographer, who is now :Mrs. Sylvie Scott, mi tress of a hand ome home in the Bronx. Charley Gates married Edith Scott and Eddie gave him an interest in his business. l you happen to be in Wall Street just look up the firm of Scott & Gates, and you will have located the boy who made his way ahead through 1.,IPS TO FORTUNE. (THE END. ) Read HIS GAIT; OR, 'rHE OF A BOY E JGINEER," which will be the next number (107) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly That afternoon he went up to call on l\Irs. Wise. He had already raised her hopes by the previous news S PECIAL N OTICE: A ll back numbers of this weekly h e h ad carried her about the a ll eged discovery of new ore are alw a ys in print. If you cannot obtain them from any o n the property newsdealer, send the p r ice i n money or postage stamps Now he was ab l e to tell her that her certificates would mail to F RANK TOUSE Y P0BLISHER, 24 UNION p rob a bly bring her $ 1 ,000 in Goldfie l d. SQUARR NEW YO RK, and y ou will r eceive tbe copies "But i t wo uld b e foo l ish of yo u to think o f selling your y ou o r d e r by return mail.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Fame and Fortune Weekly N E W YORK, OCTOBER 11, 1907. Terms to .Subscribers. Copies ......... ................. ................. One Copy Three Month5 ...... ...................... .... One Copy Six nonths ................... ............... .. One Cop7 OJJe Year ..... .............................. Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Cenu .65 u $1.25 2.5q At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re mittances in any other way are a.t your risk. We accept Postage SLamps the s ame as cash. \.Vhen seuding silver wrap the coin In a s eparate piec e ot to a.Taid cutting the envelope. Write 11our name and address plainl11. Address lettel' s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, :14 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. It is said that the sand dunes along the Lincolnshire coast of England are steadily moving inland. This is due to the wind from the sea blowing the loose sand. Two acres of property belonging to one man have recently been ruined in this way. A custome r had just left the drug store getting the druggist to put up for him some mixture, the formula for which he had read in a newspaper. "We do a Jot of tha t kind of business, said the proprietor, looking after the man who was going out. "Of course, we wouldn t give ..1>eople anything but harmless stuff, but some of the compounds are the most utterly foolish things you could imagine. C ertain kinds of mixtures h a ve a run and then are succeeded by different ones, accordi n g I suppose, to the dates on whic h the formulas are published One week it may be hair toni cs, the next c ough mixture s and then, perhaps, dysp epsia cures. But the most idiotic thing, so far, i s the craze for coal making. No, I'm not joking. Stories of several discoveries of substitute s for coal have been in the papers lately, you know and it beats aJI how many persons thin' k they are going to save their coal bills in the future. Oxalic acid, ashes and water is a popular recipe I don t know how many packages of the acid I ve sold in the last week or two Just out of curiosity, I .asked one man the next time he came in what success he met with. Oh,' he said disgustedly, 'it was a big fake. I put out my fire and nearly ruined my furnace trying to burn the infernal stuff I made. The coal companies can have my money just the same as usual, unless some better substitute than mine turns up.'" The first deposit this year of miniature lobsters just through the propagating jars at the Noank hatchery was made b y A W. R athbun, coll ector for the hatchery. The sm a ll fri es numJ:/ere d about 5 ,000,000, as near as can be estimated, and were liberated in adjacent Connecticut waters. Over 100 lobsters wer e scraped to secure this first hatching, and the for c e at the hatchery were engaged in relieving many female lobsters of their eggs for the propagating process. Nearly all the jars are in operation. A pigeon belonging to John Shuke r of the Market Drayton Homing Club, released at Gloucester arrived at Market Dray ton in seventy-two minute s in whi c h time he covered a dis tance of sev e nty-two mil es. The bird returned fifteen minutes before the telegram arrive d announcing Its release from Gloucester In place of fourteen strong arms, pulling seven oars, with another pair at the steering oar, now a four-cylinder, four-cycle gasoline engine pushes the craft along at ten miles an hour. A solid eighteen-inch prop e ller, with a r ev ersing clutc h p1;0 p els the thirty-fourfoot boat. Two gasoline tan ks, one wi t h a capa city of twenty-five, the other with sev e nty-five gallons of the c olorless fluid in which is locked up so muc h effort, ad m i ts, ac cording to Popular Mechanics, a radius of 200 miles. Twenty-six different monetary units are used by the forty. eight principal countries of the world. Thus, Great Britain uses the sovereign or pound sterling; France and six other countries of Europe use a unit equal to the franc; and Canada and the United States use the doJlar. In value these different units range from 4.4 to 494.33 cents of money of the United States. They are represented in their turn by coins the values of which are either multiples or are fractional parts of the value of their own chief units; and there are no doubt at least 200 such different coins, not one of which seems to have a value equal to that of any commonly known unit of weight. as the gram, for example, or the ounc e of gold, although forty three of these forty-eight countries have acc e pted gold as their standard measure of values In the coinage of the world there seems, indeed, to be little that is logical or reasonable. Adop tion of a single monetary unit or base, if not of a universal system of coinage to be used in all commerce between the nations, suggests E W Perry, would be a long step in that evolution through the centuries, becau se there has been no c oncer t ed w e ll planned and persistent effort to remove the evils of the existing disorder. JOKES AND JESTS. Mrs Dearborn-Is she getting a collection of anything? Mrs. Wabash-Oh, yes ; marriage certificates! She's got six, s o far! Soker-I won $50 from Bings last night playing poker. Joker-Why, does Blngs know how to play poker? Soker-Not yet. Beggar to Priest-"My father, I am a poor man. "Courage, you will go to Paradise." "But I am dying of hunger." "So much the better; you will go to Paradise all the sooner." We would say to the individual who stole our shirt of! the pole while we were lying in bed waiting for it to dry that we sincerely hope that the c ollar may cut his throat. He--Woman is a delusion. She-Yet man is always hugging some delusion or other. A clergyman happened to tell his son one Saturday after noon what lesson he would read in church the next morning. The boy got hold of his father's Bible, found the lesson place and glued together the connecting pages In cons e quence the clergyman read to his flock the following day that "when Noah was 120 years old he took unto himself a wile, who was"-here he turned the page--"110 cubits long, 40 cubits wide built of gopher and covered with pitch in and out. After reading the passage the clergyman read it again to verify it. Then, pusblng back his spectacles, he looked gra.Ne ly at hfs congregation and said: "My friends, this is the first time I ever that in the Bible but I accept it as evidence of the assertion that we are f earfully and wonderfully made." Cora (after a year's Belle Forrest :finally gave you her hand in marriage, eh? Peck-Y-es, I suppose so; at least, she now has me entirely under her thumb. Lawyer--But why do you want to bring an action for libel against this man? Farmer-Why? Well, because 'e called I a pusson of un blemished reputation.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. THE OPIUM MANIAC By Horac e Appleton. "Few people outside of the medical profession have any idea of the extent of the use of opium in this country. Now and then a newspaper artic le gives a description of the use of opium by the Chinese, and speaks of the opium habit as a vice peculiar t o that country. They deplore it 'in the Chinese, but how much more should they deplore it, since in its fiend ish encroachments on the reason of those who use it, it is yearly placing hundreds of its victims in insane asylums in our country. These words I found endorsed by my uncle on the back of one of his manuscripts, opening which I was deeply interested for several hours in reading his analysis' of the effect of opium on the human mind. His remarks were illustrated by two cases, which I herewith present to my readers in almost the exact words of my uncle. Poor Dick! He was a schoolmate in the y ears agone, and many a jolly good time we ve had together. How we used to go sledding with the girls on a moonlight winter s night, and what royal times we used to have skating on the old mill-pond! Well well, such is life! Poor Dick! In that long ago time who would have thought that it would ever be my province to. keep you under lock and key, and that I should come to write of you, to use you as an illustration of opium madness! How Di c k Nelson first came to touch opium is unknown, but as he was a sufferer from neuralgia it is supposed that he first took it to ease the pain. Finding that it s ucceeded, he used it again when the first symptoms of pain appeared, and at last, from using it as a cure, began to use it as a preventive. Talk of liquor s craving! It in nowise compares with the craving for opium. Dick stopp e d using it, but immediate l y the neuralgia returned, and again he sought relief in the in sidious drug, until at last-sick or well-he was compelled to take it. Dick Nelson was not well, his friends said, but none guessed the horrible truth, for he had sense enough left to be ashamed of the habit, and therefore religiously conc e aled it. And for the same reason his wife and daughter kept the secret locked in their breasts. They besought him to give up the use of the pernicious drug; they pray ed with and for him; they begged of him; they appealed to his pride, to his manhood-but in vain. Strong in all else, he was as w eak as a child where opium was concerned.. I had not seen Dick in a long time, and one night I sud denly resolved to pay him a visit. I felt his h and tremble as I held it in mine when we met. Somewhat surprised, I glanced into his face searchingly, and read his secret! He knew that I had done so, and fiushed painfully. I hardly knew what to do. I was much pained, and felt m y self in a very delicate position. Friendship for the poor fellow prompted me to speak to him, to warn him of the dangers ahead, but delicacy held me silent. Happily, he broached the subject himse]J, and I spoke strong ly of the results which might be expected, did he continue the use of opium, which I begged him to drop "I' ll try ; before God! I'll try!" said the poor fellow. "For the sake of old times, do not mention the trut h, and I will try hard to drop it, for I now know what a fiend it is which has possession of me." Time passed on I did not again visit Dick, for I feared he might suspect me of interfering, something which, in his morbid condition of mind, would, in all probability, only make him worse That he did try there is no doubt. But the demon could not be exorcised. This I knew when I heard that Nelson no longer went to business. "He has worked hard and his health is faUing," said a mutual friend, but he knew not what I did. People called on the N e l s ons, but Dick was never to be seen. "He keep s muc h to his room," said his wife and daughter, and none guesse d what l ay underneath the answer. Poor Di ck F ull y arou se d t o the horrors of the situation, he battle d fie r ce l y wi t h t h e fiend w hi ch had caught him in an embrac e a s d eathlike i n its c h a r ac ter as the coils of the dreaded c obra. There w ere times when he would give in with sheer weak ness, and so s t e e p himse l f with the drug as to lie for days in a pleasant stupor, pl e asan t t.o him, and filled with sensuous dreams; and then again h e would, for a brief period, seem to realize the anguish h e was i n flicting o n his wife and daugh ter, a!ld then he would go near ly wild; t hes!') latter spells were invariably follow e d by som e hours of de ep moodiness, during which his red e yes would fas t e n t h em se l ves on his daughter with a peculiar and fearf ul e xpression. At length the clim a x came Mrs. N e lson had long b ee n mortall y afraid o f her husband, and no longer went n ea r him. But A li ce, his daughter, de pending on his deep affection for h e r as a safeguard, did not hesitate to go n ear him, no matte r i n what m o od he chanced to be. "Oh, the disgrace-t h e disgrace!" h e muttered, one day. "I do not care fo r myse l f Suppose I do die from the use of opium? Wha t o f i t ? What d o I care for what the world say s? But to l eave Alice b e hind, bearing the stigma that would be attac hed t o her--" He caught his bre a t h and l abored f o r a few minutes unde r the most intense e xc i te m e n t. T he n he became moody and sullen and his f ace b eca m e lo wering, his eyebr ows were knii ted tog ethe r She shall not be left b e hind! This he brea t h e d int ens ely, but s o lo w that it could reach no other ears but his own And tha t sin gle sentence told the grim and awful truth. The opium had done its work! Dick N e l son was a mad man! They knew not that he had a r ev olver i n his po ssession, yet he had, for all tha t, and, wi thdrawing this from its place of concealment he examine d it carefull y t o see that it was in perfect working orde r. "Ha, ha! he l aughe d, or rather chuckl ed, in that fiendish tone whic h l s a lone f ound on the lips of the mad. "Ha, ha! I h ear f oot s teps! Alice-my darling-co mes. We'll go to Heaven together!" Unsuspecting the terri bl e dan ge r in store f o r her, Alice Nel son opened the door and g lid e d into the r o om She spoke to her fathe r and h a d turned t o arrange his bed, when the sharp click of the pistol-lo c k b e h i n d her caused her to quickly turn; and her p ale cheeks b ecame paler still at sight of her father standing the re, pre pared t o send a bullet into her brain. It was an awful mom en t o f s u s p ense which foll o wed. Had Alice a c ted differ ently fro m w h a t she d id, her fate would have been sealed But she had f'ore see n that he might some time go stark mad, and h a d s chooled h e r self t o meet that dis covery. So now she looked him calmly i n the eye, and quietly asked: "Father, do you love me as much as you used to say y ou did?" "Yes," he hoarsely answered. "Then' why thre a t en my life? "Bec ause, and hi s t one r a n g with s u ppressed excitement, because I will soon b e d e ad and I want you with me in Heaven." Rapidly had her mind worked on the problem p r e sented. and she now quite calmly said: ''Very well father, i t shall b e as y ou wish. I have always been a dutiful daughter and will b e s o still; but does it not strike you that it would b e nicer f o r us to go there'together than for me to go befor e y ou and all a lo ne?" He seemed to pond e r a minute. "Jupiter!" he then exclaimed. I b e li eve yo u're right, Alice But you must promise me, that when I want y ou to die you'll do so."


FA.ME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 "I promise," and furtively eyeing her father, she saw him put down the deadly weapon. Poor girl! Every nerve was unstrung, but by a supreme exertion of w111 she managed to smooth out his bed, and then, with a word and a smile, tripped from the room, closing and then softly locking the door behind her, and for the first time, making her father a prisoner. Then she broke down completely, and, staggering into her mother's sitting-room, fell upon the :floor in a faint. She was revived quickly, and, flinging her arms about her mother's neck, she brokenly said: "It's all over, mother. He is mad-dangerously so. Send for the doctor." Half an hour later the Nelson coachman hastily entered my office. "Mrs. Nelson said you're to come at once," he said, breath lessly. "Mr. Nelson's in a very bad way, I guess." "Go right back and tell them I'll be there as soon as pos sible." I called a servant. I had an engagement, and must tell her to have the party await my return. My horse and buggy stood before the door, and I was soon tearing away like mad toward the Nelsons' house. Meanwhile Dick had discovered that his door was locked, his liberty restrained. It roused him to ferocity, and, grabbing his revolver, he started across the room at full speed, and his strength and weight carried the door from its hinges. Howling-cursing-stamping-he rushed downstairs and in to the parlor, which the coachman had just entered to deliver my message. In his fury, the madman saw in the coachman an object on which to wreak vengeance, and seizing him by the wrist, by a peculiar twist brought him down on his knees on the carpet. In another second the deadly weapon was at the head of the frightened coachman, whose whole body was quivering with terror, whose under jaw was dropped in horror, whose face was as pallid as that of a corpse, while above him, with haggard face, and blood-shot, murderously flashing eyes, was the maniac. "Mercy-mercy!" shrieked the poor coachman. "Oh, Mr. Nelson! you wouldn't murder me! Mercy! Help-help!" His wild appeals for help were heard, and Mrs. Nelson and Alice bounded into the room. The latter, with a horrified ex clamation on her lips, sprang forward to arrest the maniac's arm. Too late! Crack! A puff of smoke, a wild shriek, and the coachman was lying at full length, the blood which gushed from his head dyeing the rich carpet to a crimson hue. "Ha, ha, ha!" yelled the madman. "Your promise! Alice! your promise! I now claim it!" And the murderous revolver was turned on his daughter just as I entered the house and reached the parlor door. Horror held me spellbound for a single instant, and then I sprang forward and dashed up the maniac's arm in time to send into the ceiling the bullet intended for his child. "Do you know me, Dick Nelson?" I sternly said, as I wrested the revolver from him and he faced me. "Yes!" he hissed; "yes, I do! Curse you! you said I'd go mad, but you lie-you lie, you lie!" Happily, a policeman had heard the pistol-shot, and ap peared in time to help me master the madman, and he now is under my care, securely caged, and with a chance-God grant it may be so!-of recovery. [In my uncle's diary I find a brief account of the discharge of Dick Nelson four years later, his reason restored, but his health forever shattererl. They had gradually diminished the doses of opium. They had kept him entirely without it for a year, and then discharged him. His wife and daughter took him to Europe, where he afterward died. I also find that the coachman survived his wound, and, being given a large sum by Mrs. Nelson, went into the livery business for himself, and is now running a stable in New York.] The other case of insanity from the use of opium wliich I found coupled with th!tt of Nelson was that of a woman, and can be related i.n a very few words. "She was of a highly nervous temperament," writes my uncle. "Rarely have I ever met with a case which so thor oughly aroused my sympathies." The woman spoken of was also a personal acquaintance of my uncle's; young, beautiful, talented and greatly admired. She was a societ y belle, dashing, gay, brilliant, and none knew or guessed that her very existence was made a curse by the use of opium. Henry Medhurst met and loved handsome Bertha Halsey, and, after running the gauntlet for years, to him she surrendered her affections. "I must conquer this awful habit," she resolutely said, when he had told her of his love, when she saw in the future the prospect of becoming his wife. And resolutely she set to work, but the task was too much for her, and, with a horrible fear gnawing at her heart, she watched the approach of the wedding-day. Suppose he should find it out? She shuddered at the thought. Should she tell him the truth? It would be the true and honest plan, but-it would kill her to lose him, she loved him so deeply-and she kept the fatal knowledge to herself. Some one guessed the truth, and hinted it to Henry Med hurst. She denied it point blank. "He need never know," she said to herself afterward. "And when I am his wife I will have greater strength to battle with this curse of my life And"-she paused and frowned darkly -"if worst comes to worst, if he reproaches me, I can end my life and so rid him of my presence." And that very day she placed in her bosom a tiny vial con taining poison; and that vial never left its hiding-place from that hour to the hour iu which she died. Hers was not a case of violent insanity, like that of Nelson. She was quiet, seemed sensible and in possession of every faculty, yet was not so, for a person who can deliberately plan self-murder, and carry out that plan, can never be of sound mind. Rumors as to the truth grew more plentiful, but as she de nied them, Henry Medhurst, bound by honor, could only quiet ly prepare for the approaching wedding-day. The day dawned at last, dawned bright and beautiful, and Bertha Halsey clad herself in the dress of a bride-a dress i;ihe was destined to wear to the grave. Before the altar, while the minister was saying the words to make her the wife of the man she loved, she experienced that horrible inward sinking, that intense craving; her brain whirled, her sight dimmed-she must have opium or die! She tried to slip it into her mouth undetected, but Henry Medhurst stopped her hand. "Opium!" he said, in an accusing, stern tone. "Bertha, you have deceived me." For one minute she rallied against the horrible weakness. "I did deceive you, for which God forgive me! Forgive me, you, Henry, for I hoped to conquer the appetite. But I see I cannot. Life without you would be a blank Good-bye, for ever-forever, good-bye!" Ere a hand could be raised to prevent, she had swallowed the virulent poison, and in ten minutes the bride was a corps .. the wedding garments the cerements of the grave. "E. T.,Snuggs of Shiu Hing, missionary o f Southern conven tion, and I dined with P. P. Wong, a wealthy business man of Shanghai," siaid the Rev. Dr. N. R. Pittman, one or the two Missouri representatives to the great centenary missionary conference in China and the only representative from Kansas City. "He invited to dine with us four Chinese gentlemen of learning and wealth. They spoke English with accuracy. The dinner was a feast. The course consumed two hours. When we had been dining almost an hour I asked Sinsing Wong how many more courses. He said 'Sixteen.' Every flf. teen minutes a servant brought to each one of us a hot cloth, with which he wiped our hands and faces. We surely had a hundred different dishes. We had birds' nest soup. We had things from air and earth and sea and brook. That dinner must have cost Sinsing Wong $100 in gold."


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Full instructions are given in this little book, togeth11r with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases p ect1lia r to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. e FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULmI AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with chan:tis, ceremonies, and curious of cards. A complete book. No, 23 rfOW TO EXPLAIN dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'l'his little book giv es the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky end unl ucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowi ng what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. '!'ell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO 'ELL FORTUNEJS BY TIIE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated, By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, h ealthy muscle; containing oYer sixty illustrations. Every boy can be come strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this littl e book. No. 10. IIO\'V TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO l<'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing d eceptive Card '!'ricks as performed by leading conjurers and magicians. AiTanged for home amusement. Fully lllustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the l eading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No._ 22. 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed bJ>: his former assistant, Fred Hunt, ;Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on be tween the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic, explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the ?f illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. No. 68. HOW 'l'O DO CHEl\IICAL 'l'HICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemical11. By A. Anderson. Handsomely Illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain mg the ..;iecret of second sight. Fully illustrated By A Anderson. No-. 10. IIOW 1'0 1\IAGIO TOYS.-Containing full d1rections for m _akmg l\lag1c '.l'oy s and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. ]'ully illustt-ated. No. 73-. HOW: 'l'O DO THICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7 5. HO\Y TO A CON;JUROR. -Containing tri.cks Domm?s, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinr th1rty-s1x 1llustrat10ns. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO 'IIEJ .BLACK ART.-Conta!ning a com. plcte doscription of the mystenes of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOl\lE AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know bow inventions originated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electricity, hydr,aulics, magnetism optics, mechanics. etc. 'l'he most instructive b oo k No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full 1i;istruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive engi?cer; also for a model locomotive ; together with a full descnpt1on of everytbmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW '.l'O 1\IAKE INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to maki: a B:injo, Violin, Zither, ,,Eolian Harp, Xylo ph.,ne and other musical rnstruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely Hlustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgeral

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