A game for gold, or, The young king of Wall Street

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STD RIES WHO MAKE OF" BOYS MONEY. The door was thrown open and a lovely girl staggered terror-stricken into the office. A vicio.u s looking bulldog was clinging to her jacket. The young broker seized a book from his desk and 1lun,g it at the animal's head.

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES.OF BOYS WHO MONEY lat&ed Weekl11-B11 Bubacri p tion l:UO per 11ear E11tered according to Aet of ia tlie wear 1908, ia t1'e o,Olc:e o/ the L ibra"-' o t Conureu, W ali.ing t on, D C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publiaher :U Union Bqua r, NeVI York No 1 2 6 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 28, 1908. PRICE 5 CENTS. A 6AME FOR UOLD OB, THE YOUNG KING OF W1ALL STREET By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTE R I. WHO WAS THE. EA.SY MARK? "Say, Newcomb," said Brok'er Kipp, with a broad grin an his co1mtena.nce, as the two traders met in front o f the Stock Exchange one morning about eleven o'clock, "I hear d the richest thing out awhi l e ago." "What is it?" asked Newcomb, with a look of interest. "It's enough to give one an attack of heart failure to think of the nerve some people have." "Well, let's hear about it." "You know Wiseman's messenger boy, Phil Forester?" "Oh, yes, and I don't know anything bad about him, either. He has the reputation of being the smartest and brightest boy in the Street, as well as the most gentlemanly. Wiseman claims that he is a jewel of a messenger." "He's all of that, I'll admit, though I'm not so certain about his smartness. Well, he's quit Wiseman. "Is that a fact?" replied Newcomb, in surprise. "I thought he was a fixture there. I heard W i seman say that he wouldn t lose him for a farm." "Well he's lost him, all right. What
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A GAME FOR GOLD. no sayillg what shoals we might fetch up on. You know yourself that the bunch of us are always trying to devise _some plan to do up his neighbor when the supply of raw material, that is, the general public, runs short. W five got to live, and among us brokers it is simply the survival of the fittest. If that boy will butt into a dangerous game it's his own funeral. He's been a messenger long enough to know what he's up against." "I think I'll run up and take a look at his den this after noon," Newcomb. "I'm bound to say I always liked the boy, and I'd like to see him get on." "You'd better take your shears with you and make hay while the sun shines. It isn't often such a good thing gets loose in the Street," chuckled Broker Kipp. "How about yourself? Have you been working him to any extent on short notice?" "Well," drawled Kipp, with an expansive wink, "I suc ceeded in unloading on him 10,000 shares of Hunicane Isla nd Copper I've had in my safe for an age. I let him have it for 25 cents a share, though it cost me 40 months ago. But since the price of copper went down, and the long strike on the island put the Hurricane mine out of business, it's been a drug on the ma. rket, and I could scarce ly give it away." Newcomb looked at Kipp and whistled. "I suppose you've been hugging yourself ever since yoi.i saddled the stock on the new broker?" he said, with a quiz zical look. "I couldn't resist such a fine chance to get rid of it," grinned Kipp. The among the Curbies is caused by Hurricane Island Copper." Broker Kipp stared at his brother tra<.ler. "The news is all over the Street that the strike at the mine has been settled and operations resumed at full blast. That, caupled with the advance just made in the price of copper, has brought Hurricane Island stock to the fore again, and sent the price booming. I doubt if you could get a share in the marlret now for 50 cents. So, instead of buncoing Forester, you simply threw a good thing in hi s way which he, being wide awake to the situation, gobbled up as any shrewd would have done. under the cir CUII).Stances. Kipp, d,id you 8ver get left?" With a prolonged chuckle, Broiker Newcomb turned away and entered the Exchange, leavmg Broker Kipp feeling as fl.at as a pancake. CHAPTER II. PHIL SHOWS HE IS .A. BOY OF COURAGE. .Jn the last few d'ays a new name had appeared in gilt letters on the frosted glass of an office door on the s-ixth floor rear corridor of the Catton Building, Wall and many of the persons who had offices on that floor and saw the name wondered who the new tenant was. The name and additional matter on, the door ran tihus: PHILIP FORESTER, Stocks Bought and Sold on Comiission. "And he took your offer as innocently as a lamb, I supPhil Forester, as he was known among tl].e brokers and pose?" messenger boys, was a stalwart, good-looking boy of eight" He seemed to think he was getting a good thing," een, who until recently had been working for Andrew laughed the broker. Wiseman as his messenger. Newcomb laughed, too, but not from the same cause. This position he had held for four years and had given "If Forester finds many brokers as easy .as you he won't great satisfaction. have any trouble getting on in Wall Street," said Newcomb. Now he had suddenly thrown up his job and, without "What do you mean by that, Newcomb?" asked Kipp. any more experience than he had picked up as messenger, "Where ha.ve you been for the last half hour?" had opened up as a broker himself. "In Forester's office." It seemed the height of folly for a boy to do such a thing. "That accounts for it." It takes not only experience but money to carry on a "Accounts for wha.t ?" brokerage business, and a round sum of money at that. "You dumping 10,000 shares of Hurricane Island CopWhere would a mere messenger boy get the necessary per on that boy for a quarter a share and thinking you had capital which the business required? done a smart thing. Talk about rich things, I think that's Had he, as Broker Newcomb surmised, come into a fat the richest I've heard yet," and Newcomb laughed heartily. legacy unexpectedly? "What the deuee are you getting at, Newcomb?" No, he had not. I The other broker only laughed the harder, till the tears How, then, had he managed to get his funds? came into his eyes. That was one of Phil's business secrets, and he had sue" Say, Kipp, when this deal of yours gets around the ceeded in keeping the matter a profound secret from everyStreet you won't hear the last of it for awhile." body who knew him but his little widowed mother, with "Thunderation !;' exclaimed Kipp, testily. "What in whom he lived in Harlem and was the sole support creation are you getting at?" There is no reason, however, for the reader being kept in "Why, the idea of you putting up a job on that boy and ignorance, and so we will say that accumulated a getting it in the neck yourself." matter of $60,000 through lucky speculations in tJ:te stock "I don't understand what you market while he was attending to his duties as messenger "Look down the street at the Curb traders." for Broker Wiseman. "I'm looking. 'l'hey seem to be busy over something ." He had started in with $50, and good fortune followed "What do you suppose that something is?" all his operations. "I haven't the least idea." While luck figured as a most important factor in his "It' s your business to keep posted, especially when you various deals, it was not the sole cause of bringing him in go around dumping blocks of stock on innocent marks. $60,000 in the course of a little over two years. I J

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A GAME F OR GOLD. 3 Phil had started out with a strong ambition to become a broker some day, and to that end he had devoted a large share of his spa. re time to the study of Stock Exchange methods and the causes that contributed to tlie fluctuations of the market. He had a shrewd brain and a clear head, even for one so young, and he made it the business of his young life to understand how things were done in Wall Street, and keep abreast of the situation at all times. WP.en a sma .rt boy has a well-defined object before his eyes all the time, and devotes the best energies at his com mand to that object, results may be looked for. It was so in Phil's case. There was far more in boy. than his best friends among the brokers, and he was a favorite with many on account of his gentlemanly address and genial ways, ever dreamed of. Phil, having come to the conclusion that his time and abilities were too valuable to be devoted to the interests of other people, gave Mr. Wiseman notice of his intention to leave the office, much to that gentleman's regret. As soon as the time was up he started in and hired an office in the Catton Building, fitted it up in proper shape, and induced Miss Mabel Williams, a young lady friend just starting out for herself as a public stenographer, to share his quarters with him for a quarter of the rent, and then opened llp for business. While he did not expect to set the town afire with a rush, he did hope to gradually work up a business. He was young, he had money at his back, and he could afford to wait for the future to shape itself. Not that he intended to sit back in his chair and wait till business came his way. Of course he couldn't go into the street and yank cus tomers up to his office whether they wanted to come or not. That would be altogether too strenuous as well as dan gerous a proceeding. What he proposed to do was to set the ball rolling through well-wo;rded advertisements inserted in papers where they would do the most good. While waiting for them to get in their work he meant to make deals on his own account whenever he saw his way clear to undertaking them. He had only been in business four days up to the morn ing that Brokers Kipp and Newcomb met in front of the Stock Exchange as detailed in our opening chapter. When Broker Kipp came into his office on curiosity bent Phil had just heard of the sudden flurry and rise in Hurricane Island Copper. He was figuring on going out and buying some, just to keep his hand in. When, after a short conversation with the broker, that gentleman offered to sell him a block of 10,000 shares of the stock for 25 cents a share, Phil naturally thought he was joking. He soon saw, however, that Broker Kipp was ignorant of the unexpected rise in Hurricane Island Copper. As the stock had heretofore been a drug on the market, owing to the circumstances handicapping the mine, Phil saw through the broker's object in wishing to get rid of it, and he grabbed at the opportunity to teach the trader that he was not such a n easy thing as the gentleman supposed. Accordingly he lost no time in taking Mr. Kipp up. He paid the broker the cash in full, and received an orde r on Kipp's cashier for the certificates which were in the safe at his office. He knew that the trader would be as mad as a horne t when he got down on the street and discovered that he had done himself up instead of his intended victim, and Phil chuckled gleefully as he looked at the order after Kipp had departed. "I guess I'll go over and get that now," he said to himself. "I might want to get rid of it in a hurry if the price suits me." So, putting on his hat, and telling Miss Williams that he would be away a short time, he left his office and the building. Mr. Kipp's office was on Broad Street, and Phil directed his steps in that direction. The Curb Exchange seemed full of excitement and the roung broker soon discovered that it was all due to Hurri cane Island Copper, which was going at 55. "'Thirty cents a share pro.fit so far isn't so bad. That means that I'm $3,000 to the good and that Mr. Kipp is that amount out by overreaching himself in his effort to do me up. If I hadn't by great good luck learned of the sudden rise in Hurricrune Island Copper I'd never have touched the stock. I've started in fine by getting the best of such an experienced broker as Mr Kipp He won't get over that deal for many a day, I'll bet." Phil went on till he came to the Hercules Building, where Kipp's office was, on the third floor. He too'k 'the elevator and in.a. few minutes presented his order for the stock to Mr Kipp's He got it without any trouble, for the cashier knew Phil by sight. After leaving Kipp's office he stopped long enough at the Curb to learn that 60 was the prevailing price now for Hurricane Island Copper. Which meant that he had grown $500 richer in the last twenty minutes. He spent an hour in the spectators' gallery of the Stock Exchange, then he went to lunch and after that returned to his office. By that time Hurricane Island Copper was going at 65. "I'll bet Mr. Kipp feels pretty sore by this time. He simply made me a present of $4,000 at the ruling price at this moment. I suppose I ought to feel grateful to him, but somehow it doesn't me that I'm under any real obligations to him. His intention was to saddle me with a bum stock, but things didn't work out the way he antici pated." At that moment the attention of Phil and Miss Wpliams was attracted by a commotion in the corridor outside. A woman's scream aroused the echoes. of the building. The door was thrown open and a lovely girl staggered terror-stricken into the office. A vicious-looking bulldog was clinging to her jacket. The young broker seized a .1book from his desk and. flung it at the animal's head. Then he sprang forward and grasped the dog by the throat and tore him away from the frightened gir l j ust as the owner of the animal appeared in the doorway.

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A GAME FlOR GOLD. I Phil found that he had his hands full trying to subdue the vicious beast. The animal struggled violently, and tried to get its head around so as to fix his fangs in the young broker's arm. Phil retaliated by banging his head against the edge of the door. "Hold on there!" remonstrated the owner of the brute "That's a valuable dog." "I don't care how valuable he is. He ought to be shot for attacking that young lady. Supposing he had bitten her, she would ha'Ve been in danger of her life. If you want to get him alive out of my office come and take charge of it yourself. If yo11 don't dare to do it I'll take every means I can to put him out of business whether he's worth $1 or $10,000." There wasn't any doubt that Phil meant what he said, ahd the o wner of the dog hastened to take cha.rge of him. Phil wouldn't let go his grip on the animal's windpipe until he was sure that the young man who claimed him had a firm grip on the dog's collar. '"That brute should be chained and muzzled," he said. "You ought to know better than jeopardize the lives of innocent persons taking him around at large." "I did have him at the end of a chain," explained the young fellow; "but when he made a spring to get away from me at the upper end of the corridor the chain snapped close off near the collar. You can see where it parted Be q u iet, T ige !" he added, boxing the animal's ear, an d the brute subsided into a state of sulky defiance: "Welli take him away with you," said Phil. "That girl will have a fit if you don't get the beast out of her sight." T h e young man led the dog into the corridor and Phil cl osed the door after them. Then he hastened to assure the trembling girl that all d anger was over. CHAPTER III. PHIL'S FIRST CUSTOMER. Phil now had leisure to observe that the young lady was uncommonly pretty. She was also attired like a person of some means. "Shall I get you a glass of wa.ter ?" he asked her. "It will make you feel better, perhaps." "If you please,'' she answered, faintly. He nlshed into the littlf washroom where he kept a bottle of spring water on tap and brought back a tumblerful. She drank a little of it and seeme d to feel revived. "You are very she murmured, flashing a look o'f gratitude in his face. "You are quite welcome, n,iiss. I am happy to have been of service to you." "I don't think I was ever so frightened in my life before," she said. "How brave you were to seize that animal with your hands! I am sure that it is impossible for me to thank you sufficiently. The dog would probably ha .ve bitten me severely but for your interposition. May I ask your name?" "My name is Phil Forester. Here is my business card," said the young broker, handing her one. She glanced at it. "You are a stock broker, then, Mr. Forester?" "Yes, I have just started in business for myself." "My name is Nanny Lee." Phil bowed. "I was on my way to the offices of Fox & Co., where I expected to leave some shares of Hurricane Island Copper stock for sale, when that dog attacked me." Phil bowed again. "Since you are a broker, and have been so kind to me, perhaps you would accept the commission from me your self," she said. "I should be delighted to clo so, Miss Lee. Hurricane Island has gone up from 25 cents to G5 cents or over since morning." "As much as that?" she exclaimed, half delightedly 'and half incredulously. "Yes. The rise was quite unexpected. How many sha res have you to dispose of?" "I have a certificate for 1,000 shares. It was a present from my uncle on my last birthday. Do yoti think you can sell it for 65 cents a share?" "I think I shall have no difficulty in doing so. In faot, I think I can do better than that." Then I shall be very glad to leave the stock with you," she repli ed, starting to open her bag. "Please take the chair beside my desk," said Phil, politely, and she did so. "Do you ;ish me to sell this stock at the present market price, which is about 65, or do you wis h to leave it to my judgment?)' he asked her after she had handed him the stock. "Do you -think it may go highE}r?" "I have an idea that it is likely to do so. I have 10,000 shares in my. safe which I expect to hold for 80, at least." "Have you? Well, I will leave the disposal of my shares to your judgment, then. Sell them when you think best." "Will you kindly give me your address so I can com municate with you?" "Certainlr' She wrote her name and address on the pad he handed her. "Now, Miss Lee, I promise to look after your. interests as if they were my own I have only been in business about four days and you are my first customer, therefore I nat urally take an interest in you, especially as our acquaint ance has been made in a rather unusual manner." "It was rather unusual,'' she laughed, having entirely from her scare. "I hope it may not end quite as abruptly as it began," he said, with a smile, for he was greatly attracted by her good looks and winning personality. She favored him with a demure look that was more ex-1 ressive than words. "You have a very nice office,'' she said. "I have no doubt you will soon have plenty of customers." "It takes a little time to build up a business, but I hope to get there by and by. "I am sure you will, for you look very smart." "Thank you, Miss Lee. That is quite a compliment." "Oh, I guess you deserve it," she laughed. "At any rate,

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A GAME FOR GOLD. I if I had much business to traJlSaCt in the stock market I jumping up. "Don't be bashful, but make yourselves at should not hesitate to intrust it. to you." home. You are acquainted with Mr Newcomb, I believe." "Thank you again, Miss Lee. I should endeavor in that Yes, they knew Newcomb and he knew theJil. ca e to deserve your confidence." 10ne was Broker Crossley, of the Astor Building, and the At that moment the door opened and Broker Newcomb other was Broker Wilcox, of the Vanderpool Building. appeared. They drew chairs up and made themselves quite at home "I beg your pardon, Forester I see you are engaged. I after looking around the office and taking particu l ar notice will call again." of Miss Williams, who was a most attractive girl. "Oh, come in, Mr. Newcomb. I will be at liberty in a "So you've given Wiseman the shake and gone into busi -few mi'llutes." ness on your own hook," said Crossley. "You've a pretty Miss Lee rose to "'0 as there was nothing further to de-good nerve, Forester." tain her. 0 "Yes, sir I I was born that way and can't help it," replied "If you a.re down this way in a day or two I should be 1 a d t h d ,, 'd Phil h ld' h 1 d I hear you ve been domg a httle busmess with Larry p e se o ave you rop m, sai o mg erg ove K" ,, 'd W'l hand just a moment longer than it might have seemed 1EyP' Slllh 1 d I to n1 d .e h f "0th 11 h f es, e was m enoug l u oa a .i:ew s ares o necessary. erw1se, you W1 ear rom me as soon as H 11 d C th" t bed k I have sold your stock." s an oppethr ontmek aff h l-rocd. "I 11 h l" a .., th l h t th e i n t seem to want e s oc so oo i o is ian s may ca s e rep ie anu en ie saw er o e t t k h d ,, door and took leave of her JUS 0 eep my an m. "How in thunder did he come to make such a donkey "Well, Forester, I see you have opened up as a broker," of himself?" asked Crossley. said Newcomb, taking the chair vacated by the young lady. "You'll have to ask him. I'm not a mind reader." "Yes, sir. I thought I'd make a break and get in with "I wish a good thing like that would come my way," said the push." Wilcox. "I never knew before that Kipp was so generous." "Do you think you will be able to make it pay?" "Nor I," ejaculated Brokers Newcomb and Crossley in "I've done pretty 'well so far, and have no reason to a breath. kick Then the three traders laughed hea rtily. "Yes, I think you have. Lawrence Kipp was telling me "It is certainly on Kipp, and is the best joke the Street how he dropped in on you and gave you a little lift with has hea.rd this year," said Crossley. Hurricane Island Copper." 1 "I suppose you gentlemen haven't brought up any litt e "Did he tell you a.bout that?" asked Phil, in surprise, for trifles that you'd like to work off on a new member of the he did .not think tltat the trader would let such a matter fraternity," asked Phil, without a smile get out if he could help it. "Not by a jugful," returned Wilcox "We don't want "He told me, and I thought it was the best joke of the to get into the same boat with Kipp." season," laughed Newcomb. d .,,, "You don't consider me so very dangerous, o you r "And does Mr. Kipp think it such a joke, too?" The three brokers laughed at the innocent expression "No, I don't imairine he does." resting on Phil's face. "And yet he told you about it?" "Do you want to sell that Hurricane Island stock?" he told me," chuckled Newcomb; "but at the tim e asked Crossley. he told me he thought the boot was on the other leg. He "I'm not particularly anxious to do so, but I'll sell any -was not aware that there was a m vement in Hurricane thing if I can get my price." Island till I told him about it." "What's your price?" then--" "Ninety, at present." "You ought to have seen his face. Upon my word you've "Well, your modesty won't hurt you. It closed at 73 begun well. I'll bet half the brokers have heard about your awhile ago. I'll give you 75, as I am in a liberal mood debut by this time, and the cold deal that Kipp unconmyself," said Crossley. -> sciously worked on himself, thinking he was unloading a Phil shook his head. block of deadwood on an easy mark." "I've got 11,000 shares, and 90 is my price. It's liable "I'll admit I'm pretty e.usy when a good thing comes to be $1 to-morrow." my way," said Phil. "It won't go above 80," asserted Crossley. "So it seems," chuckled Newcomb. "Kipx> will have a "Maybe not, but "I've an idea it will." whole lot of respect for you after this The boys a re bound "Where did you get such an idea?" to chaff him unmercifully for the next three or four days. "That's one of my business secrets." That matter is sure to bring you into favorable notice I The brokers laughed and the subject of Hurricane Island wouldn't be surprised if you had quite a number of visitors. was dropped. Many of the traders will want to see the lamb that Kipp "I suppose your debut as a broker will precipitate a gentried to shear and slipped up on." eral branching out among the messenger boys," laughed Broker Newcomb laughed heartily at the recollection of Wilcox. "First tl1ing we know there'll be a dearth of good Kipp's discomfiture. messengers in the Street, and then what will we po or At that point the door opened and two brnkers who knew traders do?" Phil as Wiseman's late messenger walked into the office. "I don't thinlk there's any danger of such a catastrophe "How do you do, gentlemen?" said the young broker, happening," said Phil. "There wouldn't be offices enough

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6 A GAME FOR GOLD. ------to go a round. I had considerable trouble myself in connecting with this den." '" "'1.1here'd be more offices than capital, I'm thinking," chuckled Broker Wilcox. "I know my messenger is never overbmdened with cash, although I pay him liberal wages. I can't sec how you managed to save up enough to get your start." This was evidently a feeler thrown out by the trader to see i.f he could get a line on Phil's financial status. The other brokers looked interested, and the three waited for the boy to answer. "Well, gentlemen, you probably remember how you, got your own start," replied Phil. "We all set the ball rolling one way or another." His answer was non-committal and not very satisfying to his listeners. They saw that they were not likely to get much out of him. "Perhaps you came into a windfall?" hazarded Wilcox. "No," replied Phil. "I don't know anybody wli:i would be so generous as to leave me any money." The broker gave the matter up, and after some further talk the three men took their departure together. "What do you think about him, anyway?" asked Wilcox of the others. "Well, he can talk more and say less than any boy I know," replied Crossley. "Or man, either," chipped in Newcomb. "It's my opinion somebody is backing him," said Wilcox. "Who would do that, and why?" "I wouldn't be surprised but Wiseman1 is behind him. Using him as a catspaw." "For what purpose?" "To catch some of us traders off our guard. I think the boy will bear watching. You can't tell what game Wiseman may be up to. He may be lJSing Forester to further some scheme he's got in view, figuring that nobody will suspect the connection. Of course, I may be wrong, but it's well to be cautious in any dealings with him. The boy is smart as chain lightning himself. See how he took immediate ad vantage of Kipp's break. If he was to sell that stock at what Crossley offered hin;t he'd make a clean $5,000 profit as easy as rolling off a log. Mark my words, that lad is a comer. He knows when to keep his mouth closed, and that's a whole lot ill our business, mak e no mistake about it." The three brokers boarded the elevator and left the building. CHAPTER IV. PHIL GETS A TIP, AND WHAT HE DOES WITH IT. The news was all about the Street by this time that Wise1 man's messenger had become a full-fledged trader on his own account, and that about the first piece of business he did was to turn the tables on Larry Kipp. Anything out of the usual always attracts attention among the denizens of the Wall Street jungle, and this bit of intelligence served as aegeneral topic for conversation for a day or two. More than one broker held the s ame opinion a 3 expressed by Broker Wilcox-that Forester was in bul:line.ss as a blind to cover some transaction about to be pulled off by Wise man. Several brokers jollied Wiseman about the matter, but he denied in the most positive way that he haQ. anything to do with his late messenger starting out for himself. "It's just as much a surprise to me, gentlemen, as it is to yo rselves. He never gave me a hint about what was in his mind till he walked in here on Saturday, three weeks ago, and told me that he wished to resign from the office. I was naturally surprisecl, and offered him $3 a week more wages i:f he would stay, for I considered him the best mes senger in the Street, and didn't want to lose him if I co11fd help myself. He told me he was through carrying messages and expected to do much better in the future. That' s all I could get out of him. The next thing I heard was that he had hired an office in the Catton Building and hung his shingle out as a broker. You might have knocked me down with a feather when I heard it. It was Newcomb who told me, and I thought he looked at me in a funny way when he spoke. Very likely he entertains the same opinion you gentlemen have just expressed-that I am behind the boy; but I assure you it isn't so. I don't do business that way." There was no doubt about the earnestness of Wiseman's denial, and the brokers departed believing that if the boy had a backer it was not Wiseman. Two days a.fter the incident which had introduced Nanny Lee to Phil the price of Hurricane Island Copper was up to 92 and Phil sold his 10,000 and Miss Lane's 1,000 at tpat price. He figured out that he had made $6, 700 on the deal. "That's enough to pay my expenses for a year," he said to himself as he sat at his desk, with the broker's check for the 11,000 shares before him. "I must write a note to Miss Lee and tell her tha.t I have $900 in my hands be longing to her. She's a nice girl. I'd like to know her better. I wish I could keep her as a regular customer, so that I could keep in touch with her." He wrote the note and put it in his pocket to mail when he went out. "I wonder when gef my second customer?" he said to himself. Hardly were the words out of his mouth when the letter carrier opened the door and handed hi111 a letter. It was postmarked Babylon, L. I. Phil opened it and found an order signed by John Quigley for him to purchase for his account on margin 500 s hares of S. & 0., at the market. A bank draft for $350 accompanied the order. "It is evident that I have just caught my second cus, tomer. Speak of the Old Boy and you're sure to see his hoofs or horns." He looked up S. & 0. and saw that it was going at 62. He made an entry in his book to cover the transaction, then put on his hat and went across the street to Mr. N f!IV cornb's office. He found the broker just returned from the Exchange. "Take a seat, Forester," said the trader, in a friendly way. "What can I do for you?" "Have you any S. & 0. shares?" "Xo, but I can get you as 1pany as you want.I' ;

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A GAME FOR GOLD. "I've got an order to buy 500 .for..e. customer. Will you allow me a rebate on the commission?" "Sure." Mr. Newcomb told him that he'd divide it in hali. "I'll do the same on all business you put in my way," he said. "All rjght," replied Phil. "I'll endorse this draft and let you have it on account, the balance to be paid when you deliver the stock at my office." That was satisfactory to the broker, and alter a short chat the boy trader left. When he got back to the office Mabel Williams came over to his desk. "I've got a tip for you, Phil," she said, "but I want to come in on it. What are you willing to allow me?" "If I think it's a good one I'll put it through. In case it turns out a winner I'll give you five per cent. of the profits." "That's fair enough," she replied. "Here it is. I found that note among the papers I received from a customer to copy." Phil took the paper and read it over It was written on a notehead of the H. & 0. R. R. Co., and ran as follows: "Frie nd Jim-At a special meeting of the directors yesterday the plan s for the taking over of the contrql of thfil A. & C. were ratified and the deal will go into effect a from Monday. I need s carcely say that it will be much 'to your to buy up A. & C. stock without delay. Don't lose a minute, as the powers 1that be have their brokers out looking for all they can get. At this writing it is going at 40, but it will be worth ove r 50 soon, after this news gets out and is confirmed. "Yours truly, J. I. C." "That looks like the cheese, Mabel," said Phil. "I'U see if I can get hold of some of it." He put on his hat and went out He made a tour of a dozen offices, but not a share of A. & C. could he find. It was evidently pretty scarce. Happ e ning to pass along the corridor of the Hercules Building where Kipp's office was he wondered if he dared go in and faoo the broker after what had occurred between them "He can't more than say that he hasn't any of the stock," thou ght Phil. "I'll go in," and he did. Mr. Kipp was in and the boy broker was admitted to his private room Kipp wheeled around in his chair and looke d at him hard. "Com e to crow over that d e al I made with vou the other day?" h e with a kind of snort. dicl me up ni cely. How much did you make out of that stock?" "I clear e d $6, 700. It was very kind of you to put the chanc e in my wa y," said Phil, innocently. "Com e now, none of that! Did you call here on business or mer e ly to---" "I called on busines s." "Well, l e t's hear what your busines s i s." "I want to buy some A & C. Have yo11 got any?" "Yes, a customer left 1,000 shares for me to sell." "What are yoo asking for it?" "I want 41." '"Ihat's a point abov. e the market. I'll give you 40 1-2." "Have you got the cash to pay for it?" "Not with me; but if you'll send it ove1' to my office in half an hour I'll pay for it in good bills." "What' s the matter with you calling back he;re in half an hour with the money? I'll holq thestock for you." "AIL right. I'll do that." "Want any more of it?" said Kipp, wondering whom Phil was buying th e stock for, a s h e did not for a moment b e li eve Forester h a d $40,000 in mone y beloJ!ging to himself. Such a supposition was too abs urd for anything A s udden idea struck Phil. .If he could g e t the broker to sell him an option on a few thousand sha re s he'd like to make the deal. He thought he wouldn't mention the matter until he had paid for the 1,000 for fear Mr. Kipp might think there was something doing. "I should like a few more shares," he sajd, carelessly "I'll get you all you want said the broker. "Well, wait till I've settled for this lot first," said the boy, \Vondering if IVIr. Kipp knew where he could lay his hands on a lot more, but rather doubting his ability to do so, as he had found the s tock hard to find ancl easily guessed the reason of it. "I want to see how my cash bal ance will stand the riffle." "All right," said Kipp "We'll talk about it when you get back." Phil went to his safe deposit box where he kept the bulk of his funds and took out the $65 000 he found there With that in his pocket he hunied: back to the broker's office. He flashed out his roll p.nd pa.id for the 1,000 shares. Kipp looked at the balance of the boy's wad and hungered for it. "Well, do you want any more A & 0. ?"he asked. /" "Not unless you can sell me a ten day option on the stock," replied Phil. "I want to get 5,000 shares, but I haven't anything like $200,000 at hand to pay for them In ten days, however--'l "Say, who in thund e r is backing you, Forester?'! "No one. I'm backing myself." "Do you mean to tell me that the big roll you've just brought in here belongs to you?" gasped the trader. "I do. "Oh, tell that to the marines. 'I"here s somebody behind you. The idea of a boy like you who was a messenger till a month ago having forty odd thousand dollars! It is simpl y / preposterous!" "The n we won't argue th e 1 1iatt e r, Mr. Kipp," repli e d Phil, q11ietly. "The question is, will you sell the option?" "Do yo: u mean business?" "I do. "I"ll let you hav e a ten-day option on A. & C. at -." "That's too stiff. Call it 43." "No, I won' t. I'll split the diff e r e nce and mak e it-!-!." "How much deposit clo you want?" "Five per cent. on the current price." "That's $10,000." "Exactly." }

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8 A GAME :FlOR GOLD. --===============================:================================= .. You can write the -0ption," said Phil, starting to count out the money. Thus spe aking, Phi l got up, and wis hing the bro ker good-afternoon, returned to his office. Kipp did so, handed it to him and took the cash. "I wouldl!-"t mind selling you another 5,000 at the: same rate," he sa. id. CHAPTER V. "I'll take you," said Phil. IN WHICH PHIL TAKES PROFITS FOR HIMSELF AND HIS The second option was made out and the boy paid him TWO CUSTOMERS .. another $10,000. "You must be doing some business," said the trader, cuFor the next week things were quiet with f'h.il. riously. There .was absolutely nothing doing in his office except "I'm not overcrowded," smiled Phil, as he got up to what the stenographer accomplished, and she had work leave. enough to keep her busy all day long. "I suppose I'll see you around the time about the options Phil, however, didn't sit back in his chair and wait for expire," chuckled Kipp. a third customer to turn up. "It is quite likely you will. You will the stock He studied the financial papers closely, haunted the visready for delivery, of course?" itors' gallery at the Exchange, talked to brokers he knew "Certainly. An engagement is an engagement." on the street, and otherwise put in his time to more or less On his way back to the office Phil dropped jnto Mr. New-advantage. comb's office. As far as appea rances went he was a very busy boy, but "Did you get that S. & 0. stock, Mr. Newcomb?" it is certain that he did not add another dollar to his "I did, and sent it around to your office, but you capital. weren't in.'' ;, However, he wasn't worrying about that. "No. I was out trying to get some A. & C." He had made enough on Hurricane Island Copper to "Why you come tq me?" satisfy him for the time bei ng, and he was looking :forward "Have you got any?" to make a big winning on A. & C. as soon as the news of the "'No, but I could ha.ve gotten it for you." consolidation came out. "Ma.ybe you could, but it seems .to be awfully scarce." He had a visit from Nanny Lee soon after she got his : Tha.t so? I wasn't aware nf that. Did you get any?" lettm-, and she left $500 of the $900 with him to invest in "I got 1,000 .shares from Mr. Kipp/' some good stock that he thought might bring her a profit. "From Kipp, eh? It's a wonder he let you in his office He put most of it up on margin on 100 shares of A. & after that transaction in Hurricane Island Copper." C, with Broker Newcomb, and even this small a.niount the "He let me in, all right, and sold me the 1,000 shares of trader had some difficulty in getting hold of. A. & 0. That and another deal I made with him took abnut bought the shares on the Exchange at 41. all my money. I'll have to put the A. & C. up with you a:;; Both Phil and Lany Kipp were watching A. & C. closely. security for the S. & 0. If you need the money you can Kipp had made no a.ttempt as yet to buy in the 10,000 1 ;hypothecate it at your bank. It's worth $40,000 at the. shares he had pledged himself to deliver ten clays from the present market price. I owe you $30,650." date of his options, as the stock showed no great tendency ':That's right. Well, I'll take it, but you'll have to pay to advance, and he did not believe it would go higher than interest on -what you owe me." 42 at the outside. "I understand that." If he bought the stock he would have to raise $400,000 "What other deal did you make with Kipp?" to pay for )t, and then he would have to hypothecate it to "He sold me two 5,000-share ten-day options on A. & get a portion of the money back to cover other deals.. C. at 44." He do'ubted very much that A. & 'C. would advance high Mr. Newcomb whistled. enough to make it worth while for Forester to call for it "Say, Forester, are you off your base, or have you some on the expiration of the options, in which case he would be ta ngible evidence that A. & C. is going up inside of the next in the $20,000 deposit the boy ha.cl put up. ten days?" If the stock did show an inclination to rise before the "Mr. Newcomb, the nnly answer I can give is that I options eipired, he did not apprehend f!.llY difficulty in wouldn't run the risk of losing $20,000 if I didn't think buying the shares involved in the deal. A. & C. would be above 44 ten days from' nc>w." None of the brnkers, and least of all Kipp, had any idea "It seems to me you have taken a despera te chance. That that A. & C. was scarce. stock hasn't been a .bove 42 in a long time. The road has It had been two years since the stock had excited any been in difficulties for two years or mo re. It has had a particular interest, and only those traders who had orders struggle to meet its semi-annual interest on its bonds. I'd to buy some of it discovered that it was hard to get hold of. like to know on what ground you base your expectation that When the second Monday arrived Phil's options had but it's going to go above 44. I can't figure where you're twenty:four hours more to nm, and A. & 0. had only gone coming in. It seems to me that Kipp has you this time ap one point. where the hair is short. He'll get his revenge for that Kipp was now rubbing his hands together in anticipation Hurricane Island deal. I thought you were too clever rto of gobbling up that $20,000 deposit without further troubl e let him turn a trick on you so soon." Something happened about noon that gave him a sho ck. "Suppose you suspend judgment for ten days, and wait It was the announcement by the chairman of the E x and see who the ace in this option matter.'' change that the H. & 0. road had gobbled up the A. & C.,

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A GAME FOR GOLD. 9 and guaranteed not only interest of the first morlgage bonds but a two per cent. semi-annual interest on the stock. The whole thing had been managed so secretly that hardly a hint of what had been going on reached }he news papers. The brokers were taken by surprise and therewas a rush to buy A. & C. shares. The most eager of aff was Larry Kipp. He wanted to cover his two option sales before the price reached 44. Then to his dismay he found there was none to be had unde r 45, and only got 1,000 shares at that. He got a second 1,000 at 47, and a third a.t 49. The price went to 52 before he goi! 2,000 more. Already he was out $15,000 on the 5,000 shares, but what the second 5,000 would cost him he had not the least idea. Just before the Exchange closed down for the day he succeeded in getting hold of the other 5,000 a t an average price of 58, which meant a loss of $70,000, or a loss of $85,000 altogether on hi'3 deal with Phil. He was a wild man when he returned to his office at the close of the afternoon's excitement, for he knew he would have to deli\'er the stock to Phil next day for 44, and it probably would then be worth 60, thus giving the boy broker a profit on the transaction of over $150,000. A. & C. reached 60 1-8 at eleven ;next morning, and Phil decided to cash in. He told Mabel Williams that he bad invested heavily on the strength of her tip, and that if nothing happened to queer him her profit in the transaction would be a tidy one. "Mabel," he said to her that morning, "I can see at least $8,000 coming your way \ "Eight thousand!" she cried. "You do not mean to say that I'm going to make all of that?" "Well, as I expect to clear over $160,000 myself at the present market price, you can figure it out yourself. There's going to be war when I present those options to Mr. Kipp to-day. This will be the second time I've got the bulge on him and I'll bet he's mad enough now to chew a marlin spike, or some other hard substance." "How much has he lost?" "I don't know that he's really lost anything, for it is pos sible that he may have bought in the stock while it was down to 41. I doubt it, however. Brokers, as a rule, take chances on eptions. That is where their profit comes in. If A. & C. had not gone up by three o'clock to-day, Mr. Kipp would have had the satisfaction of winning $20,000 of my goocl money, and it would have been balm to his soul after that Hurricane Island Copper cleal he made with me. It's my opinion that he could not have bought 10,000 shares of A. & C. at any figure below 44 when I made the dicker with him. I wouldn't1 have made the deal with him at 44 if I could have secured as much stock as I wanted when the price was ruling at about 40. Outside the 1,000 shares which Mr. Kipp had in his safe and sold me at 40 1-2 I couldn't find any more floating around. There fore, I was satisfied the price would make a big jump before the ten clays had quite expired. Well, as you know, the rise came yesterday aiternoon on the heels of the announcement of the consolidation, and if Mr. Kipp didn't secure his stock before then he's out a big wad of money in which case he and I are likely to have a stormy interview when I demand the 10,000 of stock worth above 60 for 44, the price he has to deliver the shares for to,day." As Phil concluded a messenger boy walked inland handed him a telegram. Tearing it open he found it came from Mr. Quigley, of Babylon, L. I., his second customer. Mr. Quigley had seen by the papers that his S. & 0. stock had gone up four points, and he wanted his deal closed out. "My second customer's transaction through me will turn him in a profit of $2,000, less commission and interest charges," Phil remarked to the stenographer. "That ought to bring me more business from him. The man who wins is always eager to try again, and the broker who makes money for him is the one he sticks to. Well, I must go out now and get busy." Phil went over to Mr. N ewcomb:s office with Mr. Quig ley's stock. "Sell these shares at the market, Mr. Newcomb," he said. "Then sell the 1,000 shares of A. &i C. I left with you as security for the $30,650 I owe you on these 500 aha.res of s. & 0." "All right, Forester,'' replied the broker. "Now, Mr. Newcomb, who held the ace in the option deals-Mr. Kipp or I?" "By George, you held it for fair!" ejaculated the broker "Say, you must have had a tip on the situation." "No matter whether I did or did not, you must admit that I appeared to .know what I was about when I made the dicker." "You certainly did. Forester, you're a wonder for a new hand at the game," said Newcomb, admiringly. "You're going to make a corking trader when you've had more ex perience. In fact, you're-something of a corker as it "Thank you for the compliment, Mr. Newcomb. By the way, while you're about it, sell out Miss Lee's 100 shares of A. & C. which I put through on margin." "I'll 'do it," said the broker, putting on his hat. Phil accompanied him as far as the Exchange and then went up into the gallery to see how things were going on the floor. There was great excitement, of course, around the A. & C. standard, and also at the H. & 0. pole. A. & C. was marked up at 61 3 -8, and that was the figure Newcomb got for Phil's 1,000 shares and Miss Lee's 100. The boy only remained a short time in the gallery and then returned to N ewcomb's office, where he waited till the broker came in. "Your 1,000 shares brought $61,375, Forester. From this I must deduct the $30,650 you owe me on your cus tomer's stock, also $125 commission and $100 interest. There is therefore $30,500 coming to you." "That makes my profit on those shares $21,000," replied the boy. "You're a fortunate chap. No1f, those options stand you in at present market price a profit of," here Newcomb made some on a pad, "about $175,000 more. You w'ill clear nearly, if not actually, $200,000 on the rise in A. & C." "Correct," replied Phil, coolly. "What pleases me much as anything is that Miss Lee will make $1,900 on her 100-share investment in A. & C."

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10 A GAME FOR GOLD. "You recommended her to buy that stock, of course?" "Mother will have a fit when I show it to her," laughed said the broker, regarding Phil quizzically. the girl, as she took up the bills. "She left $500 with me to invest according to my own "Then break your good luck gently to her," grinned the judgment, and I put it into A. & C. because I believed it young broker. "A good many people wouldn't mind havto be a winner." jng fits every day of their lives at $10,000 a fit." "She's a fine-looking girl. Y 0'11 remember I saw her the When the overjoye.d girl returned to her desk Phil wrote day I first called on you at your office. You told me she a note to Mr: Quigley and enclosed a statement showing was your first customer." that he had made a profit of $1,850 on S. & 0., and asked "That's right." for instructions. "You're trying to make yourself solid with her, aren't He also wrote a nice little letter to Nanny Lee and en you ?" closed a statement showing that she was $1,900 better off "Oh, come, now, Mr. Newcomb, you mustn't try to learn through the rise of A. & C. -foo much all at once," said Phil, with a flush. He asked her what he should do with the $2,400 now to The broker saw how the wind blew and laughed, then he her credit in his hands. turned to the boy and said: Then he carried his bunch of money to the safe deposit "When are you going to present the options to Mr. vault, put it in his box ahd went to Delmonico?s for his Kipp?" lunch like any s\vell trader. "'l'he time limit doesn't expire till three o'clock," Phil answered. "By which time A. & C may be well up in the 60's." Or the price may take on a slump." "That's true," replied Newcomb. "Let me see," and he walk ed over to his private ticker. "A. & C. is going now at 62. Do you want to sell the options at that price?!' "Do you want to buy them?" "I'm ready to take a chance of rnaldng $10,QOO or $20,000 against a slump before three. ,, If you want to sell it will save you a disagreeable interview with Kipp, for by transfening the options to me you will be out of it." "I'll take you up," replied Phil. "All right. We'll figure the matter out. The options call for 44 The difference between that and the present market price of 62 is 18. I must give you $180,000, plus your deposit of--" he looked at Phil. "Twenty thousand "That makes an even $200,000. I'll give you a check covering all that's coming to you, that is $230,500 on your own transactions; Miss Lee's $2,400, and $33,000 coming to you -0n the 501)shares you bought for Mr. Quigley. That's a total of $265,900. That will knock my bank bal ance silly until I sell the 10,000 A. & C. which Kipp must turn over to me this afternoon." Broker Newcomb drew the check and handed it to Phil. 'iThank you," said the young broker, "that let s me out on Easy Street When Phil returned to his office with a wad 0 bills as large as a house, almost, he called Mabel Williams over to his CHAPTER VI. PIIIL GETS HOLD OF .ANOTHER TIP. Phil was now worth a quarter of a million dollar s and he naturally felt that he was a person of some importance. He could have bought a very fine house for his moth er without missing the price had it been her wish to live in one; but as' the family was so small, consisting besides him self and mother of a seventeenyear -old cousin, who helped Mrs Forester keep house, the trouble and expense of run ning a private house was not to be thought 0. They lived in a nice, select five-room apartment in a refined neighborhood, and were perfectly satisfied with their condition What Brdker Kipp said to Broker Newcomb when the latter presented the two options Phil never learneu, nor c1ic1 he care. He guessed, however, that Mr. Kipp would be s hy of signing any more options for a while to come. Two days after he sent the statement to John Quigley, of Babylon, L. I., he received a letter from that individlial requesting him to hold $1,000 of his money to his creclit and forward the balance by draft. This request Phil immediately complied with. In the same mail the young broker got a new customer from Millville, N. Y. This man, who, from his l etter heading, was a hotel keeper, sent him an order to buy 100 shares of a certain stock on margin, and enclosed a postal order to cover the "Doesn't that mmke your mouth water, Mabel?" he said, same. showing the money. '-Phil bought the stock through Newcomb and paid for it "My, what a lot! How much have you there?" in full, holding it subject to his customer's order, same as "Something over a quarter of a million. Now, let's get any broker would. down to business I have made a profit of $201,000 on A That afternoon Nanny Lee walked into his office after & C. You are entitled by our lli:,
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A GAME FIOR GOLD. / 11 the extent of placing my little funds where they have re turned so large a profit." "Don't mention it, Miss Lee Remember, you are my first I feel as if I can't do too much for you. "I am siare I am very grateful to you, ang so is my mothe'r. She is something of an invalid, or I should have brought her downtown with me this afternoon. If you would care to call at the Brentwood, on --Street, some evening, it will give me great pleasure to introduce you to my mother, who will be glad to know you." "I should be delighted to do so, Miss Lee," replied Phil, pleased to death at receiving the invitation, which he thought would open the way to their better acquaintance. "What evening would be convenient to you?" '"Most any evening," she replied. "You might drop me a line in advance so that we may expect you." "How would next Sunday evening answer?" he asked her. "That will do. Then we may look for yo on that evening?" "I will be there without fail. Now, tell me what I am to do with your balance. Will you take it with you?" "No, I think you had better keep it and use it when you see another good chance to invest it." "I will do that, Miss Lee, with pleasure Should you wish to draw some of your money any time just telephone me. I will give you my number. Then I'll. send it up by a mesi:;enger." "Than,k you. You are very kind." Nanny Lee about an hour talking with him and then went away. No one knew but Phil and Broker Newcomb that Mr Kipp had got it in the neck over A & C and they were not saying anything about it. J(ipp felt awfully sore over the matter and j determined to get square with the bright young broker if could. On Saturday morning, soon after Phil ca.me to his of fice, a well-dressed man walked into the room and asked for Mr. Forester. "That's my name, sir," said Phil. "Take a seat and l et me 'know I can do for you." "I am looking for some J. & D. shares. Have you any for sale?" "No, sir, but I can get you some, I guess, i f you care to give me an order "I want to .get 1,000 shares righ t away, and probably some more to-morrow, but I am not sure if I ought to give you the order." "Why not, sir?" "You look unusually young for a broker, and thi s is a very important matter for me." "Oh, you needn't hesitate to intrust me with the com mission. I'm pretty well known about the Street, and I never fail to meet my engagements." 1 "Are you a member of the Stock Exchange?" "No, sir, but I have business relations with a responsi ble trader who makes purchases fo_r me when necessary at the Exchange." "If I give you the order how much deposit shall you want?" "Do you wish to buy the stock outright or on margin?" "I intend to buy it outright." "Then I must have five per cent on its current value Phil took a look at' the tape that was dropping into the tall wicker basket aJongside of the "J. & D. is quoted now at 52. A thousand shares will therefore cost you lJi52,000. Five per cent of that is $2,600. If you give me the order, and return in an hour with the balance of the money the stock will be waiting for you if it is to be got." "And your commission will be?" "One hundred and twenty-five dollars, payable o n de livery of the shares." "Very well. I'll give you the order." He pulled out a roll of bills, counted o u t $2,600 a n d handed it to Phil. The boy drew up the order and asked him to sign i t which he did in bold characters as William Bushne ll. Phil then handed him a receipt for his deposit "I'll return in an hour for the stock," he sai d ris in g "Very well, Mr Bushnell. I'll have t h e stoc k re ady for you." The customer then said good morning an d to o k his de parture "I'm beginning to get 'em by degrees," h e said to Miss Williams. "I'm very glad to see that," she replied. "You c e rtainly deserve to do business." Phil entered Mr. Bushne ll 's order in his b ook, t h e n put his hat on and got up from his desk. As he did so he saw a folded sheet o.f paper lying on t he floor. He picked it up, looked at it and read the following: "Dear Bushnell-Here is the tip I promised you, and it' s a winner from Winnersville; pin that fact in your hat. B uy J & D., and buy it quick. A syndicate has been formed to corner the stook and boom the price to 70, at l east. Some of the big moneyed interests a.re back of the game Our firm has just got orders to buy in al l we can get on the quie t. Other brokers are at work on the same job. So get b usy if you want to get in on the ground floor with the pus h. Be careful not to lose this n-0te, as it wouldn't do for oth er eyes than yours to get a peep at it. "You rs si n cere l y, C L "This has a ll the of a co rking tip," said Phil to himself. "I must study the situation up as soon as I get the 1,00 0 shares fo r Mr. Bushnell. It is evident tha.t he lost it here. Probably pulled it out of h is pocket with that money. N ow, I wonder why he is buyi n g the stock o ut right, when with such a tip in his possessi on a n d $52,000 at his back, he'd be sa.fe enough to operate on a good mar gin His bump of caution is ajther hig hl y deve loped o r he isn't up to snuff. He could easily make five or times the profit by buying on a :fifteen per cent. margin, which ought to ea,sily cover him under the excepti on al cir cum stances Well, fuat's his business, not mine. I must return this to him when he comes in. It isn't my fault that he dropped it." Phil put the paper in his pocket and: went out to buy the stock, stopping at his safe deposit vault to get the money. He visited several brokers before he found one w h o h a d any of it, and he only had 600 shares

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12 '11. GA.ME FOR GOLD. Phil finally picked up the other 400 shares in Broad He opened it and found five 200-share certificates of J. Street. & D., representing 1,000 shaies, the market value of which Then he returned to his office to wait for Mr. Bushnell. was $52,000. The no.te he had found on the floor he laid before him He looked them over, and as far as he could see they apready to be restored to the owner. J peared to be all right. Mr. Bushnell came in on time and Phil handed him the "You wish me to sell these for you, Mrs. Vivian?" said stock. 1 Phil. The man looked it over a.nd then got out his money and paid for it, as well as settling the i-atter of the commission. He then rose to go. "Here is something you dropped on the floor, Mr. Bush nell," said Phil, tendering him the note. "I opened it, and seeing your naine at the. head I knew it must have fallen from your pocket." Mr. Bushnell glanced at the paper a.nd then hastily shoved it into his pocket with a muttered "Thank you." "If you want any more J. & D., Mr. Bushnell, drop in and let me have the order," said the boy broker. "I will. Did you have much trouble getting it?" he looking hard at Phil. "I :had to visit' about a dozen brokers before I got it." "I called at more than a. dozen before I came here and none of them had it, so I concluded to let you buy it for me if you could. Seems kind of scarce." Mr. Bushnell nodded pleasantly and took his departure. Phil then turned to his desk and began to think about the advisability of his trying to make something out of Mr. Bushnell's CHAPTER VIL THE SCHEME THAT MISSED FIRE. While Phil was still considering ti}e J. & D. matter, the door opened and a lady, stylishly attired in deep black, veiled and with a widow's white frill in her natty looking bonnet, entered the office. The young broker sprang up and bowed to her. "Are you Mr. Forester?" she asked, I am," he replied, wondering who his fair caller could be. "Will you l3e seated please, and tell me how I can serve you?" She took the chair bes!de his desk and raising her veil revealed a face of unusual'beauty. "My name is Mrs. Grace Vivian," she said, with ali en gaging smile. "I wish to dispose of some railroad stock left to me by my late husband. Mr. George Reynolds, who was an intimate friend of my husband's, advised me to call on you. He told me that while you were the youngest broker in Wall Street y<>u were one of the smartest." "Mr. George Reynolds," said Phil, to whom the name was unfamiliar. "I don't recollect ever meeting the gentle man. However, that doesn't matter. He has probably heard <>f me in some way. I'm much obliged to hiilJ. for recmnmending me to your notice. What is the name of the stock y<>u wa,.nt to sell?" "Joline & Duluth. I understimd that its market value is s<>mething above 50." "Have you the certificates with you?" Phil asked, much interested in the fact that it was J. & D., the very stock in dicated in Bushnell's tip: "I have," she replied, laying an oblong package on his desk. "Yes. What commission will you charge me for doing s<> ?" He mentioned the amount. "Will it take you long to dispose of them?" "I think n<>t. Had you come a little earlier I could have sold them right away. A gentleman came in for just 1,000 shares, and I had to go out and hunt the stock up for him. I will give you a receipt for the stock, and if you will leave your address I will notify you as soon as I have made the sale." "Would you advance any money on lhe stock?" "I suppose I How much money do you want?" "I have urgent need for $25,000. That is why I am letting the stock go. Mr. Reynolds told me he thought it would rise in value shortly, but could not positively say that it would." "It is not customary to advance money on stock unless we know the person for the loarr. This is a regular Wall Street rule. I might be willing to advance you. $1,000 as a favor, but that would be the most I could undertake to do." "That would be of no use to me," replied the lady, look' ing disappointed. "I had an idea that you might buy the stock yourself and hold it for a possible rise." "Could you return in an hour? By that time I might either have sold the stock Of decided to buy it in myself." "I will do so," she replied. "I have to .g<> to my lawyer's, on Broadway. I will be back in ab<'>ut an hour." "Very well," replied Phil. He wrote out an order instn1cting him to dispose of the shares and asked her to sign it. .. She did so, and then, bidding him good-bye, went away. Phil put his hat on, and taking the J. & D. certificates, went across the sheet to see Broker Newcomb. The trader was not in his office, but Phil was told he could find him at the Exchange. At the entrance of the Exchange he met Broker Wilcox coming out. "Well, Forester, are things coming on?" asked that gentleman, slapping the boy on the back in a friendly way. "I have no kick coming," replied the young broker. "I am making a living." "Got many customers yet?" "I've got a few, but I'm on the lookout for more. If you are overcrowded you might steer any excess in my direction," grinned Phil. "I can handle all who come my way, and a few more I besides," laughed Wilcox. "Did you see Mr. N ewce>mb inside?" "I did, but he just went over to see Mr. Atkins in the Hercules Building." "Thanks. Perhaps I'll catch him there." "Very likely you will." "What floor is Mr. Atkins on?" "Sixth. The firm is Pierce & Atkins."

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A GAME FOR GOLD. 13 "Thank you. Good-bye," and Phil street for the Hercules Building. started across the 1 th ,at morning from "Mr. Bushnell and Mrs. Vivian, who There was a crowd going in and coming out of the main entrance .As Phil approached the elevators he was surprised to see his latest customer, Mrs. Grace Vivian, talking to Broker Kipp. And what still more surprised him was that his other customer, Mr. Bushnell, was standing beside them. This seemed to be rather a suspicious circumstance, and he stopped within earshot of the trio, turning his back on them and pretending to be s tudying the directory of tenants posted on the wall. He was not surprised to hear his name mentioned by Kipp, and he soon overheard enough of their conversa tion to understand that there was some game in the wind with which he was connected. He soon found out that Kipp had a project under way to do him up on J. & D., and that the paper he had picked up after Mr. Bushnell left his office the first time had been purposely dropped by that gentleman for the purpose of puHing a fa:ke tip in his way. The purchase of the 1,000 of J. & D. was merely a blind to give him the impression that Bushnell was buying the stock to take advantage of the infdrrnation presumed to have been conveyed to him by the paper. The fascinating widow, if indeed she really was a widow, was a particular friend of Kipp's and employed by him to further his scheme. It was expected that he would purchase the stock the lady brought into his office as soon as he {ound that it was J. & D., and Kipp had other plans under way to unload more of the sha res on him. Phil learned that Kipp was in'.:!rested in a bear pool that was about to sell J. & D. short for the purpose of breaking the market price, and when they got the stock as low a8 they could they intended to cover their sales and then bid the price up again. Kipp was taking advantage of the chance to try to get square with the young broker who had hit him so hard on the A. & 0. options. 'I'he trio finally separated, Mrs. Vivian saying that she was going back to Forester's office to get his answer about the sale or purchase of the stock. Phil, much en lightened by what he had overheard, took an elevator for the fourth floor and went to the office of Pierce & Atkins to inquire if Mr. Newcomb was there. He found that gentleman just coming away. "I'd like to see you on a matter of business, Mr. New comb," said the boy. "I called at your office where one of your clerks told me you were at the Exchange. I met Mr. Wilcox at the entranc e of the Exchange, and he said you had gone to this building to see Mr .Atkins, so I concluded to come over here and see if I could catch you." "You seem to have caught me, all right. I'm going right back to my office, so come along. What did you want to see me about? Anything special?" "Yes. I've just learned that Mr. Kipp is trying fo get back at me for that option matter. I also know what his scheme is. I'll tell you about it." So Phil told Newcomb about the visits he had received \ were really working in the interest of Mr. Kipp. Newcomb laughed heartily when Phil described how Bushnell had rung in the fake tip on him. "I came precious near biting at it, too," said the boy, "for it looked good on its face, especially in the light of that order for the 1,000 shares that the gentleman gave me to "How did you find out that the thing was a plant?" asked Newcomb, curiously. "I prefer not to give tha t point awa .y, but in finding that out I also discovered that Kipp and a clique of traders arc about to begin a bear movement on J. & D. His plan was to get me to load up on the stock in expectation of a rise, as indicated by the tip, with the idea that I'd get caught in the slump which he and his hope to bring aHout. I wish there was some way of catching him at his own game." Newcomb q1festioned Phil closely with regard to what he had overheard about the plans of Kipp and his associates to sell J. & D. short, and the boy told him all that he knew about the movement. "Kipp and his associates must have good b acking to un dertake to start a bear raid on J. & D. Whether they will succeed in breaking the price to any great extent is prob lematical. \Ye can watch the game and take a hand in it if we decide that the risk is not too great. Now, as to the J. & D. stock the lady left in your hands, buy it when you go back and give her the impression that you intend to hold it for a rise. Then bring it fu me and I'll sell it at the Ex change. That will let you out of danger, and at the same time give Kipp the idea that you have fallen into his trap. You can refuse any further 6vtrtures made to you to. buy the stock, giving the persons to that you have loaded up with it to the extent of you r resources, then it is probable that Kipp won't bother you any more." "All right," replied Phil, "I'll follow your advice." On his way back to the office he stopped at the safe deposit vault and got the cash to b'uy the stock which Mrs. Vivian alleged was hers. -He found her waiting for him. "Well," he said to her, "I've decided to buy your certifi cates myself and have brought the money to pay you for them."' "I'm very glad to hear it," she answered, with a look of satisfaction. "I heard while I was out that the price was likely to go up in a few days, so that you will be the gainer by the transaction." "Then why not hold the stock yourself?" asked Phil. "I wish I could," she replied, "but, unfortu nately, I must have the money to meet some pressing payments." / "How easily some women can tell untruths," thought Phil, as he counted out the money for the certificates. She teak the cash, rolled it up in h e r handkerchief, and departed. Phil followed her out of the building and saw her go straight to the Hercules Building, and he chuckled to him self. "This is where you're going to slip up in your scheme to catch me napping, Mr. Kipp," said Phil to himself. "It was very well an-anged, but, fortunately, I got on to it in time."

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14 A GAME :@O.R GOLD. Then he carried the J. & D. stock to.Mr. Newcomb, and that gentleman got rid of it in a !lhort time at the Ex change CHAPTER VIII. PHIL MAKES OVER .A. QUARTER OF .A. 11IILLION ON ;r. & D. An hour later, while Phil was reading one of the :financial journals, a broker whom he had been introduced to a short time before came into the office. "How do you do, :Mr. Davis? Take a seat.?' "Thanks, I will. I just dropped in to see if I could interest you in a little matter that will put a wad of money in your pocket. By the way, have a cigar?" "No, thank you. I don't smoke," replied Phil, politely. "Do you drink?" "No, sir." "You're quite a model young man, aren't you? Well, as I was saying," went on his visitor, lighting a match on the sole of his shoe and igniting his cigar, "this is a chance that doesn't often happen. I have been forming a pool to take advantage o:f a tip that ca.me my way. I want one more member, so I thought I'd see if you wouldn't join us. It w ill take $100,000 for you to come in, but we'll divide enough inside of two weeks to net each of us more than that am o u n t. It is certainly an exceptionally fine oppo rtunity t o maike a big stake tha.t I'm in your way." "You are very kind, Mr. Davis, to consider me in the matter," said Phil. "May I ask what is this pointer that you propose to back?" "Ypu can hardly expect me to give that away until you agree t o take a hand i!J. the pool," said Broker Davis, with a shrewd look. "I suppose so," replied Phil, suspecting that Davis was t here in the interest of Mr Kipp, for it seemed absurd that a trader with whom he had so little would call a n d offer to let him in on a good thing. "I'm afraid that it woul d be impossible. or me to go in with you, as I am inte r ested in backing a tip I got hold of myself this morn ing. I don't mind telling you the name of the stock. It i s J. & D.; but which way I expect the cat is going to jump of course I couldn't think of letting out." "Then I am to understand that you have gone in heavily on y our own tip?" said Mr Davis, with some eagerness in hi s t o nes. "Yo u're at liberty to undersfand whatever you think my words imply,'' replied Phil, with an: enigmatical smile. "Just so," said Mr. Davis. "Allow me to congratulate you, then, Forester," he added, frankly. "You seem to have got hold of the same tip we are about to operate on. J & D. is our little joker, and I see you are in it for a rise, l ike ourselves." "How do you know I am?" laughed Phil. "I may be coup.ting on a slump for all you know." "No,'' replied the broker, shutting one eye and regarding the boy in a knowing way, "you're backing the stock :for a rise, just as we are about to do. Sorry you're not with us, but you'll win, just the same. putting up all I can scrape together to make the pool a rousing success. Between you, I and" the post, J. & D. is as certain to reach 65 at least and as that the sun will rise tomorrow morning Bank on that and you'll make no mistake. Well, I must be going. Hope to take you in cm something else later on." With those words Broker Davis took his departure. As the door closed upon him Phil chuckled quietly to himself and resumed reading the paper. The letter-carrier left five letters for him ten minutes later, and four of them conta.ined orders from new cus tomers, much to the young broker's satisfaction. "Things are beginning to look up," he said to himself. "l matters keep progressing I'll soon accumulate quite a decent mail order business." He entered the orders in his book and then took them over to Mr. Newcomb to execute for him. Phil kept his ehgagement next evening with Nanny Lee, and called on her at the Brentwood, where he was intro duced to her mother and spent a very pleasant evening. When he left it was with a wann invitation to call soon again. On Monday Kipp and his associates began their attack on J. & D. a.J:id in a few minutes the price declined five points, to 47. Phil was in the visitors' gallery of the Exchange at the time, and made a note of the faces of the brokers who weYe doing the selling. He was not greatly surprised to find that Mr. Davis was one of them, and he also made out that Crossley was an other. After the first flurry the stock recovered and went bMk to 49. Phil decided to take a hand in the game, and he went up to the office of his old boss and asked him to sell 10,000 shares of J. & D. short for him a.t the marketl in lots of 1,000 at a time. He handed Mr .Wiseman $50,000 to carry the deal or him. "You seem to be pretty flush, Phil," he said, as he ac cepted the order and counted the money. "This isn't the extent of your pile, is it?" "I should hope not, sir. It takes quifo a wad 0 money to make a showing in our business," replied the boy, coolly. "Our business is good," chuckled Wiseman, amused at the nerve of his late messenger. "I guess you must be doing pretty well since you started in. It's a mystery to me where you got hold of your funds." "Most everybody down here likes to keep that act a mystery from his friends. It doesn't pay to tell people all you know. At any rate, I don't mean to." "You seem to have a pretty level head, Phil," said the broker, writing something on a pad, inserting it in an en:. velope and ringing for his messenger. "Take that over to Smith, at the Exchange," he said to the lad. "How are you making out in the way of business, Phil?" "Prospects look encouraging, sir." "Glad to hear it. Who is doing your buying at the Ex change?" "Mr. Newcomb is attending to what little I have in that line. I thought as this was a good-sized order I'd give you a chance at it." "I appreciate the :favor, Phil, and will make you a liberal deduction on the commission." "Thank you, sir. 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J A GA:J1E FOR GOLD. 15 l'hil leH shortly a.fl.er a;id returned to the Exchange. Ile found that J. & D. was taking on another slump which sent the price to 46. He had no idea at what price his offerings had gone for, but hoped that the stock had disposed of somewhere near 49. J. & D: recovered a second tim e ju st before business shut clown for the day, and finally c losed at '47 3-8. He stopped in at Wiseman's on his way back to the office and learned that the average price he was to deliver the stock .for was 48. Next morning J. & D. opened at 47 5-8 and went to 48 1-8, when the bears got a t it again and succeeded in beat ing it down to 45. The bulls, however, came to the rescue and a pretty fight for the mastery ensued The price see-sawed during the day, sometimes getting back to 48 and then receding as 1ow as 41. Phil was on the job all day, taking up hi s quarters at Wiseman's, and when the price touched 41 he ordered the broker to cover his short sales at 42 or below. He succeeded in getting all the stock he wanted at a n average of 41 1 2, which gave him a profit on the deal of $55,000, less commissions Phil, however, was not through with J. & D. He watched the battle between the two factio ns on the floor of the Exc hange, trying to determine which party would get the better of the scrimmage. At length, when he saw the touc h 40, h e judged that it would be safe to buy for a rise. So hf! called on Newcomb and told him to buy 10,000 shares on margin for him. \ Vhere were you yesterday, Forester?" asked the broker. "I thought you were going to take advantage of your knowledge of Kipp's plans. I've cleaned up nearly $100,000 myself on t:he strength of your information." "I thought you'd be busy, so I went aro1mc1 and let Mr. Wiseman make $50,000 odd -for me." "Oh, you did, eh? I co11ld linve done it just as well for you while working my own deal." '" "We ll, you see I owed Mr. Wis eman a ).;me recognition. He treated me white when I was his messenger, sl'> I thought I'd throw a little commission in his way." "l see. So you made $50,000, and now you're trying to double it on the chance that Kipp has got the price down as low as he th.inks he can get it and is about to cover his short sales, if he hasn't a lr eady done so?" "Yes, s ir. I can stand a call for more margi n than w ill ever be required, even if the bottom fa ll s out of the stock So I guess I'm safe enough. Jn fact, you can double my order if yon can ge t the shares anywhere near 40." "All right, Forester I'm going to buy the same amount myself, too. That ought to turn the scales in favor of a n im mediate rise." He put on his hat and started for the Exchange. By buying cautiously he got 20,000 shares for Phil at an average of 40 1-2. Then he coll ared hi s own 20,000 at one point higher. Soon afterward the price began fo go up steadily More buyers came to the fore, and when operations closed for the day J. & D. was quoted at 47. ext day it went to 51, nnd Phil ordere d his s hares s old. His profits on the rise amounted to a clean $200,000, maJring him worth ove r half a No one in the Street, however, outside of Newcomb, dreamed that the boy broker was worth anything like that sum, and even Broker Newcomb did not know how much he actually was worth, though he h.'Uew thi s mu ch-that Phil had cleaned up over a quarter of a million on J. & D., an d that Brok er Kipp's futile attempt to do the boy was the cause of h.is good luck. CHAPTER IX. PHIL IIAS A VISITOR WHO TRIES TO PUMP HIM, BUT FAII.S. 'l'he whole market was affected mor e or less by tMreac tion in J & D., and all stocks became very active. The Street was filled with smnll speculators eager to take advantage of the general rise in prices .Big operators took advantltge of the si tuation to start two or three booms, and for a week there was excitement to burn in Wall Street. Then, without warning, the bottom s uddenly dropped out of the market and hundr eds were caught and ballly squeezed in the s lump. As a re s ult, the week that followed was a dull one for Phil, whose capital of a quarter of a million had been doubled by his ope rations in J. & D., took no part in the exci t ement that followed the fortunes of that s tock. He was contented to lie back on his oar s and see other peqple scramble for easy money. Mr. Newcomb, who h ad made something like $300,000 out of J. & D., was also satisfied to l et well enough alone. Kipp and his associates were also feeling pretty good about this time. They had made a good thing out of their deal in J. & D., and walked the street with the air of men perfectly contented with themselves and the world at large. Not a ll of them, however were satisfied with the win nings they had made Crossley and Davis pooled issue s and loaded up on M. & N., which was rising to beat the band. They expected to make another wad of cash when it :reached a certain figure. The sudden s lump caught them unawares, and M. & N. went down so quickly that it took their br eat h away. They were out a whole lot of money in consequence, but, being well :fixed, were able to hold on to the stock for fu ture developments Broker Kipp wondered how badly the boy broker had been nipped in 'J. & D. Thinking tha t Newcomb might know something about it, for he was awarethat the big broker and Phil were on pretty good terms, he dropped into his office to see what he could l earn Hello, Kipp," said Newcomb; "you look as if you were on the s unn y side of the Street these clays. Did you make a scoop in J. & D. ?" "I didn't lose anything," grinned Kipp. "How about yourself?" "Oh, Forester and I made a round half-million between us off th e stoc k." "Forester and you!" gasped Kipp, his face turning a

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16 A GAME FOR GOLD. sickly green. "You ddn't mean to say that boy made money out of J. & D. ?" I can s w ear to the fact that he made a quarter of a million," s aid the big broker. "Why, I heard he was long on the stock at the time of the slump." "One can hear a lot of things in Wall Street that isn't true." "How did he make the money you sard he did?" "You'll have to a s k him, Kipp. I'm not telling stories out of school. If you are curious to learn the facts why don't you drop up and see him in his office? He' ll be glad to see you." "Oh, you go to grass!" growled Kipp. "You Irnpw I'm not feeling any too friendly with him since he got the best of me on those options." 1 "What's the use of holding that against him? If things hadn't turned his way just before the options expired you'd have been in $20,000 of his good money." "It's my opinion h e knew wha.t was going to happen rwhen he bought tho s e options." "Well, you don't expect a person to go blindfolded into such an expensive game, do you? When he agreed to pay you a three and one-half point advance on the then.market price any time within ten days from date of the options ; and put up a big sum of money as a forfeit in cas e he failed to carry out the dero, I should think you would have sus pected that he ha .cl a joker up his s leeve." Kipp grunted and looked as if he had eaten something which disagreed with him. He changed the subject and pretty soon too k his departure, wondering what had altered the boy broker s plans, as he understood them to be, at the last moment. Finally, having some doubts as to the .truth of Newcomb's statement, he asked hi s friend Crossley to drop in on Forester and see if he could find out a.nything to confirm the big broker's assertion. Phil was deeply absorbed in the current news of Wall Street when Crossley walked into his office that afternoon. The broker wasn't aware that Phil !mew h e was connect e d with Kipp in any yray. After they had greeted each other in a cheerful, off-hand manner, and Phil had request e d his visitor to be seated ancl make himself at home, Crossley began making guarded remarks abOut the recent excitement in J. & D. "I heard that you w e re long on J. & D.when the slump set in, Forester,'' he s aid. "Hqw did you come out?n "Who told you I was long o:ii. the stock ?" a s ked Phil. "Oh, I heard so," replied the evas ively. "You don t believe everything you hear on the Stre et, do yo:u, Mr. Crossley?" "Well hardly. Do I unde rstand then, that you were not long on J. & D. a.t the time the bears made their attack on it?" "I prefe r not to admit deny the matter," replied Phil. "Why, now that the thing is over and done with what objection can you have to di sclos ing which side of the fence yoi.r were on ? s aid Mr. Cros s ley, not relishing the boy brok e r's nonc ounittal attitude. "Becau se I don t see any good in di s cussing the subje c t. I was long or short o.f the market, or both, 'f or that matter in the late flurry." "You don't look as if you had lost a great amount of your fleece," hazarded the visitor, that mi ght d raw him out. "I make it a n1le to try and imitate the nobl e r e d man of old who never let on how thing s were going with him," ;:e pl ied Phil, with a shrewd smile. Crossley was rather vexed because he couldn't make an y thing out of the young broker. Kipp expected him to bring back some definite informa tion, but it didn't look a s if he was going to find an y thin g out. I "You've heard of the sphinx, Forester, hav e n t you?" he said, suddenly. "Are you referring hi the Great Sphinx of Gizeh, in Egypt, a colossal fonn with a human face, hewn out of the natural rock?" "I am referring to any kind of a sphinx." "Well, wha.t about it?: "You put me in mind of one, that's all." "How so?" "Because you re closer than wax." "You mean I keep my business to myself?" "You keep everything to yourself." "I thought I was a pretty fair talker," s miled Phil. "You are at times but you ne v er say anything.' > "It's a good plan to say as little as possibl e especiall y in Wall Street." "It seems to me that caution can be carried too ,far." "Possibly, but it' s well to be on the safe. side." Crossley bit his lips. He felt that he wasn't making much headway. "I caine in to congratulate you under th e impres s ion that you had made a good thing out of J. & D., but your non committal manner leaves me in doubt whether I should congratulate or condole with you." Phil laughed. "Have a cigar," he said, pulling a box out of hi s des k. "I don't smoke;rny s elf, but I keep a box of perfectos on tap for tho s e of my visitors who do." "Thanks, 1 s aid Cros s ley, helping him s elf to a weed. "You keep a fir s t-class brand. By the way, are you buy in g anything at present? I could let you in on a good stock if you a.re." "No. I'm resting after the streJluous events of the past few days." "Wouldn't you like to load up with a few share s o f M. & N.? I've got more than I can saf e ly carry jus t no w I'll let you ha .ve a thousand or two at half a point unde r t h e market." "Thank you, but I gon't care for any. I have no particular intere s t in M. & N." "It's slated for a rise." "How do you know it is?" "Oh, a little bird whispered the news in my ear." "You mean somebody passed you a tip on it?" "I'm not saying anything," grinned the brok e r. Well if I got a tip on it, and kn e w i t was all right, I probably would buy the stock; otherwise nit." It seems to me that it can't interest you greatly whether "I'd like you to join me in the d e al and help me carry the stock. There's big money in it."

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A GAME FOR GOLD l'l' "When I take hold of a deal I prefer to go it alone." "You must have a wad of money behind you.'' t "It doesn't follow. Anybody can do business in Wall Street with a $100 bill." "He can buy ten shares of most any stock, but what does that amount to?" "Very' often it gives a person a sta;rt that may some day land him a mililonaire. I got mine off a $50 bill, and to day I'm worth--" "Yes?" said Crossley, with an air of interest. "Something less than a hundred million." "Oh!" ejaculated Crossley, disappointedly. "I guess I'll be going." "Well, come in again when you're down this way: I l ike to hear you talk," Phil, with an expression .. Crossley looked at him with some suspicion, then said good-bye and left. CHAPTER X. PHJ,L'S NEW CLIENT. I A day or two after Crossley's unsatisfactory interview with Phil, the market began to look up again, and business as a consequence began to improve among the brokers. Although Newcomb hadn't said anything to a .ny one but Kipp about Phil's success in J. & D., the impression gradually got around the Street that the boy broker had made a raft of money out of the slump and subsequent rise of that stock. 'J}herefore Phil became fill object of interest to a. great 1many traders. I They began t6 figure how they could work some scheme on the young trader which would result in transferring some of his alleged profits to their own pockets. Among others who had this end in view were Crossley and Davis. They put their heads together and considered many plans for their enrichment at Phil's expense. They were chiefly interested in getting rid of their M. & N. holdings, of which stock they held 35,000 shares, which they had hypothecated for the most they could raise on it, and the longer they were obliged to hold it at the present market price the more they would be out of podet. "If we could unload 10,000 shares on him," said Davis, "it would help us out." "I offered him some of the stock the other day at a figure slightly under the market, but he wouldn't have it," replied Crossley. "The market was clean off then," answered Davis; "now things show an imQrovement, though to be sure I haven't much confidence that prices will go up for awhile yet, that's why it is necessary that we should get out of M. & N. if we can." "I don't believe we can shove any of the stock on him unless--" 1 "Unless what?" "We can convey a tip to him in some '!l"ay that a move-ment is on foot to boom the stock, then he might bite." "How can we do that?" "We must think it up." "And suppose it doesn't work?" "Then we must go and see Riipp and try to pool issues with him. If we could get him and Wilcox, and perhaps one or two others to combine and put up the money to buy the bulk of the shares that are floating around, thus bringing about a corner in the stock, we could then bid the price up to a point that would let us out easy, and at the same time give all hands a good profit." "That would be a better scheme than unloadi n g on Forester at a loss." "Yes, if it went through all right. But corners a.re dan gerous things to handle when it comes to the point of unloading at the top of the market. You never can safely figure beforehand just how you're going to come out. I'd rather work a portion of the stook off on Forester, even at a loss, if I could. That would giv-e us the use of a wad of his money, and we need cash badly just now "I should say we do need it. Well, let's see what we can do about the tip." While the two schemers were figuring up the matter Phil was sitting in his office reading the latest market report, and wondering Jhen a few more customers woul d come his way. At that moment there came a gent1e tap on his door Phil jumped up, went to the door and opened it. A plainly-dressed little old woman stood there. "Walk in, madam," said the boy broker, politely, wonder ing if this was a new customer. She didn't look as though she was likely to prove a profitable one, but tJ1en you cannot always judge of a person's financial standing by their outside appearance. "Are you Phil Forester, the boy broker?" she asked, as she stepped inside, giving him a sharp look through her old-fashioned spectacles. "Yes, ma'am. Will you be seated?" returned Phil. She looked to him like a woman of a past generation. Everything about.her, while neat and prim, was decidedly old-fashioned. The only really modern thing about her was her hand bag, which she carried with a firm clutch, as if she was afraid it might get a .way-from her. "You are very young to be 1a broker," she said, half to herself and half to Phil, \ith a accent on the "are." "Yes, ma'am I believe I'm the youngest broker in the Street." "How long have you been in business?" she asked, shanily. "Not very long-a few weeks, ma'am." "Are you doing any business?" Phil thought she had considerable nerve to catechise him in this way, but remembering that she was an old lady, and that old ladies are sometimes innocently curious, he an swered politely and tnithfully: "Not a great c1ea1 yet, ma'am. But things are improv ing every clay, and I hope to get my share of custom in time." "I have been told that you are very smart, and now _that I've seen you I believe it." Phil bowed and smi1ed. ''Will you ob1ige me with your name?" he said. "My name is Sarah. Cowell," she rep1ied. Phil nearly fell .off his chair. :fie had often heard of Mrs. Sarah Cowell-the little old \

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18 A GAME FOR GOLD. woman whom Wall Street respected and to some extent heart. "I understand that your business is always trans feared as a most important factor at intervals in the stook acted through Westlake, Page & Co." market. "That is true, but I have decided to make a change. I She had the reputation of being worth at least $50,000,am going to try you. They call you the 'Wall Street Baby,' 000, and was so shrewd in her operations that she never was in derision, no doubt. Well, if i.t's in you I'm going to known to have been caught at a disadvantage. make you known as the 'Young King of Wall Street,' in She was known to operate exclusively through Westlake, stead." Page & Co., one of the largest and most influential brokerPhil could hardly believe his ears. age houses in Wall Street. "Taike down my name and address," she continued, It was said she never appeared.in Wall Street except at "then we'll talk businesi." times when stocks were down or just before a slump set in. The young broker wrote her name and address in his 'rhen she would loJld up on some stock, put the book and then prepared to listen to her. cates in her safe deposit box and disappear until the prices "The deal I am about to put through," she began, "is a went to high-water mark, when she would come down from corner in M. & N."" her home somewhere on Fifth Avenue and order her hold"A corner!" almost gasped Phil, who understood the ings closed out at a large profit. magnitude of such operation. Phil was certainly astonished to have this wonderful "'That's what I said, Mr. Forester," she replied, sharply. little old woman as a visitor in his office, and he wondered "I control, in one way or another, the majority of the stock why she had come unless it was through curiosity to see the of the road. I name the men I wish for directors and they "baby" of the Street, as many brokers facetiously called are elected. I say who shall be president, and the board him. elects him. The road is run according to the policy I laid ti c ome a Wall Street trader, and he had grasped the first op-from now. At present it is selling low, owing to the late portunity to realize his dream. slump in values. As you know, it has dropped from 85 "You were a messenger for Samuel Wiseman, I believe?" to 75. It ;s my wish that it shall g to 65 at least, if pos "Ye ma'am." sible, within a week. I am going to see if you can accom "Yo u couldn't start :without capital. How did you get plish this by good generalship. You say Mr. Newcomb it?" is yJiur confidential broker?" "Well, ma'am, I've never told anybody but my mother "Yes, ma'am." how I got my capital. It is not a good policy to let one's "I know him as a square man and have no objection to private affairs become generally known." you using him. What other broker can you trust?" "I commend your prudence, young man, but it may be to "My late employer, Mr. Wiseman.'' your interest to be frank with me. I'm an old woman, old "What other?" enough to be your grandmother, and-you may trust me." "That que s tion will require cortsideration." "Very well, ma'am. Then I will tell you in confidence "Very well.J The capital stock, all issued, of the M. & how I got my start, and how I etand to-day." N. road is 200,000 shares, o.f a par value of $20,000,000. Whereupon he gave her a history of his operations from Of this, 105,000 shares is held between myself and others the day he invested his first $50, which he had saved up for in my confidence. Twenty thousand shares are held by that purpose, in a marginal transaction, up to his latest various banks and trust companies as an investment on a operations in J. & D. semi-annual dividend of one and a half per cent., which "Now, Mrs. Cowell, you know me as no one but my the road had never passed, and may be considered as out mother knows me. I am worth over half a million in cash, of the market. That leaves 75,000 shares to be accounted on which I can place my hand at any moment, but not a for. At least 5,000 of these shares will hardly come to the trader in the Street, outside of Mr. Newcomb, who knows surface under 80. I propose to buy the remaining 70,000 I made $250,000 in J. & D. because he is my confidential shares, if I can get them, at as low a figure as possible. broker, can say with any degree of certainty whether I'm You will first engineer a raid on the stock and get it as low worth any considerable sum or not." as possible. That means you must sell, through your broThe old lady listened to his story with great attention kers, enough stock to break the market pri ce. You must and when he had finished she said: arrange a meeting with Newcomb, Wiseman and a third 1 "I appreciate your frankness and will respect your con-broker, if necessary, and lay your plans. Do that this fidence. Now, would you like to accept me as a client?" afternoon afleI the Exchange closes, and call to-night at Would he? my house and let me know the plans you expect to put in It would be the greatest piece of good fortune that could operation. If I approve of them you must begin business come to him. without delay. If Mr. Newcomb is to take charge of ihe "I sho11ld be very glad to do so, Mrs. Cowell, bu:t it seems bear movement, place Mr. Wiseman in charge of the buy a l most too good to be true," he replied, with a beating ing. All stock purchased is to be delivered C. 0. D. to the

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A GAME FOR GOLD. 19 Bank of Finance. The question of money in this deal is not to be considered. I could raise funds enoygh inside of twenty-four hours to pay for every share of the road's stock ai par twic-e over. I think that is all. I shaH expect to see you to-night Thus spea;king, the old lady rose and heid out her band to the boy broker. In a dazed kind of way he escorted her to the door, bade her good-bye and then return.eel to the desk to "think it over" and assure himself tha.t he really was awake and not dreaming. It seemed incredible that he, the youngest broker in the Street, had been selected by Mrs. Cowell to put a deal through that would make many old brokers "sit up and take notice." And yet he could not doubt it, for there was the lady's name in his book, ancl her calm, business -like tones were still ringing in his ears CHAPTER XI. PHIL TRIES HIS HAND AT SELLING OPTIONS HIMSELF. Phil wrote two notes, one aclclressecl to Mr. Wiseman, the other to Mr. Newcomb, requasting them to call at his office that afternoon between half-past three and four on business of great importance. He rang for an A. D. T. messenger, and when the boy came he gave him the two notes to deliver at their respective addresses. "Wel1, Mabel," he said to Miss Williams, "yOl\l saw my caller, didn't you?" "Oh, yes, and I thought her a most eccentric-looking old lad y," replied the girl. "She isn't a new customer. is she?" she added, roguishly. "That's juStwhat she is." "She doesn't look as if she's worth fl hundred doll ars. "If I had two or three more customers as good as she I'd be able to hire as fine a uite of offices as any brokerage firm in Wall Street." "You're joking now, aren't you?" "Never more serious in my life." "Do you mean to say that she has lots of money?" "She's got more than I ever expect to make if I live to be a hundred." "Why, who is she?" "That's one of my business secrets, Mabel." "Pardon me for being too inquisitive." "Don't mention it. You're forgiven. She is my thir teenth customer." "Thirteenth! Oh, my! That's an unlucky number." "Don't you believe it. It's no more unlucky than ariy other number." "It's considered so. I know the Standard Oil Building has no thirteenth floor in its directory." "That may be, but the floor is there, just the same, even if it's called the fourteenth. A foolish bluff to down an alleged hoodoo. Well, this little old lady is my thirteenth customer, and I consider her my luckiest acquisition. See if it doesn't turn out so. "I hope it may, Phil." Just then Broker D avis walked into the office. "How do you do, Mr. Davi s ?" said Phil. "Sit down. I haven't seen you since you were trying to induce me to go into your pool to take advantage of a certai n tip on J. & D. which you said you hacl gotten hold of. How did you come out? Didn't a screw work loose in your plans?" "Not at all. The stoc k went up, as you know, and we cleared a big wad a piece out of it." "I know it went up; but it wentajown first at a lively raie. I thought perhaps you had made some miscalcula tions and got squeezed in the shuffle." "Not a bit of it. The slump was part of the game," replied Davis, glib l y "Oh, then everything worked out all right?" "As fine as silk." "Glad to bear it. I always prefer-to congratu l ate my acquaintances to condoling with them," saicl Phil, cheer fully "Well, can I do anything for you?" "That depends." t "On what?" "Whether you have any M. & N. shares to sell me." "M. & N.," saicl Phil, thinking of what was going to happen to that stock in a day or two. "Are you buying some?" "For a customer, yes." "What are you giving for it?" "I am offering 75 1-8.'' "Well, I haven't a s hare, but I guess you can get all you want from Mr. Crossley. He told me the other day that he could spare a couple of thousand of a block he has on hand." "Cross ley and I are not on good terms. I don't care to visit his office." "No! replied Phil, in some surpr ise, for only that morning Mr. Newcomb had told him that the two brokers were hb.nd-in-glove. "When dicl the break happen?" "A Iew days ago ; but I don't care to discuss Mr. Cross ley. Will you call on him and buy me any part of 10,000 s hares at 75 1 8 ?" "Certainly, if you write me out an order to that effect." "All right," replied Davis, doing so and handing the paper to Phil. The young broker looked at it. "I beg your pardon, J\fr Davis, but you forgot to sign it" "Oh, excuse me," returned the broker, taking the paper back and scrawling something at the bottom. "Is thi s your regular signature, Mr. Davis?" "Certainly. What's the matter with it?" "I s hould never recognize it as such Will you oblige me by maJking it plainer?" "How blamed particular you are, Forester said the broker, testily. "One can't be too particular where a deal involving pos sibly $750,000 is concerned." Davis, much against his will, wrote a new order and signed his name legibly. "I hope that will suit you, young man," he growled. "That is all right. Now about this stock shall I tell Mr. Crossley to send it C. 0. D. to your office?" "By no means. I don't want him to know that I'm buy, ing it." "Supposing Mr Crossley has as much as 10,000 shares, do you expect me to pay for it and take it to your office?" "Pay for as much as you can and I will set tle with you on delivery. Then go back and get the rest."

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20 A GAME FOR GOLD. "As I'm only the 'Baby of Wall Street' you ought to have brought the cash with you if you expected to do busi ness with me." "Haven't you plenty of cash?" asked Davis, in some sur "I heard you had made a quarter of a million out of J. & D." "I guess I've enough to run my business on at present," replied Phil. "If you haYe then you can pay the stock in the usual way, can't you? You know how business is done among brokers." "Very well, Ur. Davis. I'll go over and see Mr. Crossley about lhe stock." He put on his hat and accompanied his visitor to the sidewalk, where they parted. Phjl went on to the Astor Building, where Crossley had his office. He found the broker in and was admitted to his private room "Hello, Forester," said Crossley, "what can I do for you?" "I believe you have some M. & N. for sale? What are you asking for it to-day?" "How much do you want?" "Any part of 10,000 shares." / "I can let you have that much for 75 5-8." "'Tha.t's too steep. The market price is 75." "Well, go around and see if you can get it for 75." "I'm authorized to give 75 1-8." "You can't get it from me at that. I wouldn't se11 it at all if I didn't need the money, for it will be up in a few day s -"Yoll nrc confident of that, Mr. Crossley?" "I am perfectly satisfied of the fact." "N owl, I h'.a ve a different idea. I wouldn't mind selling you a five-cby option on 10,000 shiires at 70," said Phil, coolly. "At what?" roared Crossley, in astonishment. "At 70." "Do you mean: that?" "I do:" "I'll take you. How much deposit do you want?" "Five per cent. of the market price." "Write your option and I'll write my check. Hold on a moment, you're a minor and not a member of the Ex change. What guarantee have I that you will make the de livery when I call on )'.OU for it?" "fll have IIIr. Newcorr, endorse the option." "That will be satisfactory. Bring it in here with his name attached to it and '11 put the deal through." "All right. I'll call in ihe morning.'" "I'll look for you." Phil 1then bad e the broker good-bye and left. He went down to Davi s's office a11d reported that Cross ley had the stock but wouldn't sell it for less than 75 5-8. ''All right," replied Davis, "then I'll cancel my ord e r. I don't blame him for 11sking that, as a quotation has just appeared on the ticker of 75 3-8." Of course the broker didn't let on that the said qllota tion was the resuit Qf, a wash-sale put through with the connivance of a friendly trader in order to head Phil off of getting the stock at 75 1-8 if he went to any other broker than Oro sley The whole thing was a bluff to try and interest the boy broker in the stock, with a view of subsequent operations. Phil's offer to sell a five-day option on M. & N. was going to make a change in the plans of the wily traders as soon as they came together again. The chance of the stock going down to 70, under Qrdi nary circumstances, was not considered likely by any well informed broker, who knew that 11. & N. was already ten points below its normal value But ihe reader knows that Phil, since his interview with the little old lady, was in a better position to judge of what was going to happen to M. & N. than any broker in Wall Street. "That may be," replied Phil, in answer to Davis's re mark; "but, still, I think he would have made money by taiking 75 1-8." ".r onsense !" almost snapped Davis. "1\1. & N. will be up 1 to 85 again in a week." "I've got money to bet that it won't," replied Phil. "Indeed !" sneered the broker. "How much will you bet?" I "I'll tell you what I'll do with you, if you're so confi dent. I'll sell you a five-day option on the stock at 70." "You will?" excla imed the trader, in surprise. "I will. And to make you understand that I mean busi ness I'll have the option endorsed by Mn. Newcomb, guar anteeing thai I will d liver the stock at that price." "Bring the option hem this afternoon or to-morrow and I'll give you my check for the requisite deposit. If you were a member of the Exchange I'd have you sign it now. It's my opinion that you're only putting up a bluff, fo 1\L & N. will never see 70, unless a heavy slump shou l happen to carry the market down. But t.hat's not likely to happen inside of the next five days "I never make bluffs that I can't make good for if taken up," replied Phil. "I'll have that option here to-morrow morning." "Fetch it along. I may a s well have a hand in your fin ish as anybody else." "Take care, Mr. Daris, that I don't have a hand in yours," the boy broker, as he bade him good-bye. CHAPTER XII. ON THE EVE OF A BIG DEAL. Broker Wiseman was surprised when he received Phil's note, and wondered wha.t kind of important busine.ss the boy broker wanted to see him about. 1 "I should think it was his place to call on me," he said to himself. "However, I'll go to his office. He's a clever young felloiv, and I do not doubt but he'll make his mark in Wall Street yet." When he got into the elevator at the Catton Building he met Newcomb there. "Where are you bound, Newcomb?" he asked. "Forester asked me to call on him on important busi ness," was the reply. "The dickens yon say!" exclain;i.ed in some astonishment. "He sent word by a messenger for me to call, too. There must be something in the wind."

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A GAME F10R GOLD. 21 "It would seem so when he wants to see us both. Perhaps he is forming a pool to corner some stock," chuckled Newcomb, "and wants us to go in with him." "I wouldn't be astonished at anything he might propose," said Wiseman. "He's got more nerve to the square inch than any man in Wall Street." The elevator dumped them out at the proper floor and they entered Phil's den together. He was alone and waiting for them, Mabel Williams, at his particular request, having gone home an hour earlier than usual. "Good -afternoon, gentlemen," said the young broker. "Help yourselves to chairs. As I cannot afford to be interrupted you will not find any fault with me if I turn the Ikey in the lock." He then seated himself at his desk. "Gentlemen, you are probably surprised that I should ask you here on business, but as I consider my office the. proper place to discuss the business I have on hand, I trust there'll be no kick coming 9n your part." "Go on, Phil; let's hear what's on the carpet," said Wiseman, a trifle impatiently. "To begin with, I want to know if you are both prepared to conduct a dea! of some magnitude for me?" "Of some magnitude, eh?" said Wiseman. "Are you going to corner a s tock?" he added, laughingly. "You've hit it the first time, Mr. Wiseman," replied Phil. The two brokers looked at eac h other and then at the boy. "Well, I knew you had a cast-iron nerve, but I did not think it extended quite so far as attempting to corner a: stock," said Wiserna.tr. "You are under a slight misapprehension, Mr. Wise man," answered Phil, politely. "I am not personally in terested in this contemplated corner. I am acting for the moneyed party who expects to set the ball rolling through me." "I suppose it would be useless for us to expeet you to tell us who this moneyed party is?" Wiseman. "It is -not necessary to the of the deal for you to lknow. As near as I can understand at this stage 0 ihe game the person intends to keep in the background and let me do the bossing of the job. Not being a member of the Exchange, it is neces sary that I should engage two trusty, shrewd and experienced brokers to fight the battle for me. I have selected you, gentlemen Are yo' u willing to join me?" "What is in it for us?" asked Wiseman. "As much as if you wern engaged for a similar enterprise by Mr. Lord, or any other millionaire operator." Once more the traders looked at each other and then at the boy. "Are we then to understand that the person you repre sent is a millionaire?" asked Wiseman. "About fifty or sixty times over, I should judge." "" Wiseman whistled. "How came you, a mere tyro in the brokerage business, get hold of such an influential client?" asked Wiseman, no little surprise, while Newcomb also looked his aston ishm ent. "Gentlemen, I have a number of secrets in my business, and that is one of them. The question before the house is -will you go in with me on this thing?" "What is the stock that is going to be poomed ?" asked Newcomb. "I will explain everything as soon a you have pas.sed your wbrds to take hold." "I'm in with you, Forester," Newcomb. "You can count me in, Phil," said Wiseman. "Very good. Now we'll talk business." Phil then put his associates in possession of the facts of the case, and they were not a little astonished at the magni tude of the operation involved. "The market is kind of off color this afternoon," said Newcomb, "which, if continued to-morrow, will be to our advantage; but still we may have to sell $3,000,000 worth of stock short in order to force M. & N. down to 65 and hold it there while Wiseman gets his part of the work under headway It will probably take all of $5,000,000 to buy in the stock. '1.'hen there's the deliveries we must make to settle our sl 10rt sa.les. All that stock must be recovered at higher figures, and will easily entail a loss of fr'om a quarter to half a million. l I shou l d say that we ought easily have a matter of $6,000,000 at our back to cope successfully w ith the situation, for we'll have to take care of the bulk of the1 75,000 outstanding shares." "Money is tbe last thing you n eed worry a:bout in t h e deal. The Bank of Finance will pay for every share of M & N. delivered C. 0. D." "Say you so) Phil?" said l\ir. Wis eman. Then rest as sured that the corner will go through." The interview war? continued until half-past five, theri another meeting was aITanged for 9-:30 in the morning. Phil told them a.bout the options he had practically sold to Crossley and Davis and which needed only Mr. New comb's guarantee to go into force, and the two men laughed heartily. "You'll have them both where the hair is short, Phil," said Wiseman. "As for Crossley, I'm afraid he'll be in a bad hole if he doesn't get .rid of his 10,000 shares before the attack is made on the stock." .After Wiseman and left his office the boy shut I up shop and went home. After supper he called on Mrs. Sarah Cowell, told her what he had done so far, what 1plan of operations had been decided on, provided it met with her approval. She went over it with him, and Phil was amazed at her clear insight of Wall Street methods and tactics. She approved of his programme._ merely offering sugges tions now and then as some point occulTed to her mind It was clear that she had taken a special fancy to Phil, and it was up to the young broker to make the most clf his connection with her Next morning Wiseman an d Newcomb were on hand at Phil's office promptly on time, and the da y's tactics were laid out and decided on in confeirmiWwith the general scheme Phil wrote out the two options for Crossley and Davie, and Newcomb endorsed them, guaranteeing that Forester would fulfill his obligations to the letter. When the boy walked into Davis's office shortly after ward that broker regarded him in a peculiar -way. Davis and Crossley had met the afternoon before and compared notes. Crossley had been tickled to death at Phil's offer to sell

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22 A GAME P.OR GOLD. him 10,000 shares of M: & N. five days from date at 70. looking at the tape that ftQwed from Crosslcy' s private Davis had also greedily snapped at the same offer. ticker. Both rega rded the thing as a "pipe" until they found "Oh, I don't know. I may g e t a bettor price if I wait a that Phil had made the same offer to both, then they began day or two," replied Crossley, carelessly. to look at his offer with some suspicion. "I doubt it, Mr : Crossley r.rake a look at the tape." "He must have been bluffing us," said Davis. broker, noting the peculiar ton e 01 the boy' s voice, "We'll see in the morning. H he really comes to the sprang from his chair and seized tho tape in l\is fingers. scratch, with a guaJ."antee that we can depend on, we'll sell He gave a gasp of surprise and consternation. 20,000 s hares of our M. & N at 75, or at 74 1-2, or even at M. & N had suddenly gone down three points and lower 7 ', if we can't do better. That will be as good as $80,000 quotations were being recorded every moment. to $100,000 in our pockets, for we'll get the shares back in "Great Scott!" ho exclaimed. "What in thunder is in five days a t 70, al).d by that time the stock ought to be up the wind? I must get over to the Exchange." to 76 or 77." 1 He grabbed his hat and flew, Phil following him out with "That boy must be a chump," said Davis, rubbing his a subdued chuckle hands with satisfaction. "He hasn't got that reputation," replied Crossley. "I've heard severar of the boys say that he's uncommonly smart, and that he'll make his mark yet as a broker." CHA P TE R XIII. PHIL'S GENEROSITY. / / "This option business doesn't look like it. 'l'hat is, if The young brdker went up into the visitors' gallery at he isn't bluffing u8." the Exchange and took his pla{!e at a certain point. "I'm afraid that's what he's doing." He had arranged a code of signals with Broker Newcomb, Davis hard.ly expected to see Phil appear at his office in who was now the center of a.p. excited crowd of brokers at the morning, when he did, with the option in his hand, the M & N. standard, to convey certain instructions if he broker looked ai him pretty hard deemed it necessary to make any change in his associate's "There's your option, Mr. Davis,'1 said Phil. "I'll take tactics your check for $37,500, the amount of the deposit." M. & N. was now quoted at 70 1 -2, and that was the :fig" Say, what do you expect to make out of this?" asked ure that confronted Mi;. Cross ley when he rushed upon the the broker, curiously. floor "That needn't worry you, Mr. Davis. I am offering you He had hard l y takCJl in the situation before Newcomb the chance to raise $50,000 cash by selling 10,000 shares of worked off a washsale with one orf: his li eutenants that seM & N. at 75, if you can get it. If you haven't t,he stock cured a quotation of 70. :OU can sell that much short with the certainty' of covering Crossley was aghast. at 70. I always like to give my acquaintances a lift." At that moment, Davis, who had been to his office, hur"Instead of offering me the option why don't you sell ried on the :floor to look for him and consult over the sit 10,000 shares short yom'Self and make the $50,000, if you're nation s o confident you can deliver the stock in five days at 70 ?" The only way to stop the downward rush of M & N. "Oh, I hate to make too much money all !lt once. I was to buy as fast as Newcomb offered the stock. want to give somebody else the chance of adding to their Neither Crossley nor Davis could do this themselves, as pile," grinned Phil. their resources were so tied up that they could not have "You're awfully obliging, aren't you ?" replied Davis, paid for the stock. sarcastically. they were both bound to accept 10,000 shar1,3s "Yes, I yvas born that way and can't help being so." apiece at 70, five days hence, of Phil Forester, and that in" Say," said Davis, suddenly, and with some suspicion, valved a matter of $70o,oqo each, which they had not ex" are you figuring on a tip?" pected to have to meet "What difference does that make to you? You'll make As they already held 35,000 shares of the stock, which $50,000 anyway, won't you?" was heavily mortgaged, on which they were so far out a That's so," admitted the broker "Blamed if I can matter of $8 a share, or $280,000, every point the stock understand you. You're a mystery to me." dropped now represented a loss of $35,000, not to speak of "Well, do you want the option, or don't y ou?" asked what they would be out five days from date if M. & N. was Phil. "I must be going." below 70 at that time. "I'll talrn it," and Davis drew his check for $37,500 and Kipp and Wilcox were on the floor, but were taking no handed it to Phil. part in the excitement. That completed the deal and the boy walked over to \he To them Crossley and Davis rushed for help. 'Astor Building to see Crossley on the same errand. The four held a hurried consultation, and other bull op'Much the same conversation took place between them, the erators were ca lled in broker accepting the option and giving his check for the By the time a movement, headed by Kipp, was made, M. deposit. & N. was selling at 67 3-8. "I suppose you'll lose no time now sell ing 10,000 M & Newcomb had been offering "any part of 10,000 shares" N. at the market," said Phil. right along, with no takers. "I reckon I will. I don't know any easier way to make When Kipp stepped up and accepted the batch, Newcomb 1 $40,000 or $50,000." dropped to 5,000 "I wouldn't wait too long doing it, then," chuckled Phil, Kipp took that, too.

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, I A GAME FOR GOLD. 23 In a few minutes Kipp had bought :for himself and his associates $2,000,000 worth of M. & N. at 67 and 67 1-8, but Newcomb still offered the stock Kipp didn't dare buy any more, for it was a. question how they would be able to meet their obligations as far as he had gone. The Kipp crowd now held by a desperate tenure 65,000 or 75,000 shares on the market. 'rhe slump of eight p9ints in' the price, however, had placed Crossley and Bavis in desperate straits with refer ence to the 35,000 shares w11ich they had hypothecated to their full limit. The two banks that had loaned money on the stock called for more security to cover the loans. The traders were unable to meet the call and the 35,000 shares were thrown on the market by the banks' brokers. Wiseman, who was on the lookout for any stock offered by traders outside of Newcomb and his men, immediately bought the stock up as quietly as possible. He had already taken in 15,000 shares prior to that at prices varying from 70 down to 67 1-2. This gave him 50,000 shares to turn over to Newcomb to meet the 35,000 odd short sales he had made to the .Kipp crowd. As soon as Kipp drew out of the :fight, Newcomb offered any part of 5,000 shares for 66 7-8, 5-8, 3-8, 1-8, 65, no takers. The Exchange was now a pendemonium of excitement Every stock on the list took a tumble, and the traders were frantically trying to dispose of their customers' hold ings at any figure they could get. Phil, seeing that a big panic was imminent, signaled Newcomb to stop, and the trader drew out of the crowd, with M. & N. standing at 65. A couple oI sharp eyed brokers had seen Phil's signal, and noted. the effect that followed. They recognized in the boy the "Baby of Wall Street," and they saw at once that he was directing some big deal. Newcomb was on hand. whenever an effort was made to bull M. & N., and the attempt failed, so that when three o'clock came around, and the chairman's gave l fell,J the stock closed weak at 65. Broker Newcomb had the stock rea'dy to deliver to Kipp. That trader offered to sett l e for the difference between wha.t he had bought it at and the prevailing market price, and was accommodated. Wiseman, in the meantime, had secureP 5,000 more shares at a price around 66 1-2, which gave Phil 55,000 shares of the stock The intelligence that Phil Forester was a.t the head of the big bear raid on M. & N. was soon all around Wall Street, and created great astonishment. In the tneantime a score of brokers called at his office, singly or in pairs, but failed to find him in. That night Phil called to see the little old woman at her home. From ten to three that day she had sat alongside her private ticker scanning the :fight on M. & N. that the boy broker was engineering for her, and she smiled with evi dent satisfaction when she saw that Phil was holding the situation well in hand. Phil was at his office next moming at eight, for he had / a lot of bookkeeping work to do, and he put in an hour and a half getting things straight. Then he went over to see Newcomb. He was waylaid by a doze,n brokers, but he laughed at their remarks about his connection with the previous day's uproar on the Exchange. As only two traders had actually seen him in the gallery, his attitude created a doubt as to whether he really had anything to do with the bear raid. That day M._ & N. went down to 63 5-8, and Wiseman gathered in about 10,000 more shares at panic prices. On the third day of the slump the stock was offered by J. ewcomb for 63, and Wiseman gathered in 5,000 more shares Phil now had 70,000 shares paid for at the Bank 0f Finance. On the following day he met Crossley on the street. "Well, you see I knew what I was doing I sold you that optinn," he said to the trader. "Will you be ready to pay for those 10,000 shares to-morrow at 70 ?" 1 Crossley glared at him. "Are you at the head of the bear raid?" he demanded, hoarsely. "If you are you have nearly ruined Davis and myself." "Why, I tho11ght you and Mr. Davis didn't speak any more?" said the boy, somewhat surprised, for so fa.r he had not suspected collusion between the two traders. "Who told you that?" "Mr. Davis did when he sent ine to you the other day to buy any part of 10,000 shares of M. & J. at 75 1-8." Then Ciossley recollected the scheme he and Davis had hatched up against Phil, but which had not been carried out. "I'm not responsible for what Davis said," he growled. "All I ]mow is we had 35,000 shares of M. & which we couldn't hold on account of the slump We're out nearly $400,000 on it. I can't pay for tliose 10,odo shares at 70. The best I can do will be to raise the difference between 70 aucl the market price, which now is 63. It may be 60 tomorrow, and that will clean me out of everything but my seat in the Exchange," added. Crossley, with a groan 'tWell, Mr. Crossley, I don't want to force you to the wall. I have the power to do it, though, if I wished to do you up. I have the resources behind me to push M. & N down to 50 before the time limit of the option expires, and. that would squeeze yob. as dry as a sponge. I'll tell you w1Jat I'll do. If you want to settle now at two points abo\'C the market I'll let you out of your hole." "Do you mean that, Forester?" exclaimed the trader, eagerly. "I do. I hold $37,500 deposit of yours. Give me yonr check for $12,50(} and my option back and we'll let the deal go at that." "This is generous of you, Forester," said Crossley, in a broken voice. "I'm nearly down and out, and you :ire giving me a chance to get on my feet again." "I'd sooner do t)J.at than crush you." "You are heaping coals of fire on my head." "In what way?" "I put up a job on you in connection with Davis to try and unload a part of our 35,000 shares of M. & N. on you i'O that we could turn ourselves." ..

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A1 GAME F,OR GOLD. "Did you two hold 33,000 s hares of that stock?" asked P hil, in surprise. "We did We purcha s ed itat the time of the rise of J & D., when the market looked to be going up out of sight We paid an average of 78 for it, and to get 90 1t represented an investment of two and a half m ill ions Of course we didn't have that amount of money at om disposal, so us fast as we bought the stock we bor rowed as much on it as the banks would let us have so as to pay for more of it. Well, this' slu mp caught us bad. The bank13 sold the stock to protect themselves and iristeac1 of making half a million we lost nearly tha.t amount." "Well, I'm, sorry for you, Mr Crossley.. I'll go around to your office ancl we'll close out this option matter right away The broker was only too glad to free himself from an incubus, and when he handed Phil his check for $12,500 and the option he said : "I sha'n't forget this, /Forester Some day I may .b!'l able to return the favor I:fiI ever can I will, depend on me." "All right," replied Phil, cheerfully. "I'll take your word .for it." They then shook hantl.s and parted. CHAPTER XIV HE Y O UNG KING OF WA.LL STREET Phil after leaving Crossley's office,-went to see :Mr. Dims. The broker had been told that Phil was believed to be a t the head of the bear raid on l\L & N., and he had a lso seen the fact chronicled in the newspapers, but b,e wouldn't bel ieve that such was actually the case. Whoever the person was his success had led practically t o the broker's ruin, and Davis had very hard thoughts a gainst him / The l ast straw with him now was the option he had b o ught o.ff P hi l. There were tw o courses open to him-either to meet his eng a gement like a man, if it took his last dollar, or sa.cri fice. h is d eposit and repudia.te the agreement. H e g l ared at Phil when the boy broker walked into his W e ll wha t do y ou want?" he demanded in a surly tone. I thought I'd dro p in and see if I could:i:i't relieve you o f tha.t o ption b efore M & N. d r ops comp l etely of sight," said Phil cheerfu ll y 'Oh, you did?" replied Davis, with a snee r. "Yo u've got $37,500 of my good mgney How much more d o y ou want?" "As t h e ma rket stands to-d ay $32,500 will just sq u are u s As it is like l y to sta:iid tomorrow, whe n the opt i o n expires, i t will cost you $50,000 to settle." "You seem to a whole l ot about the market t hese d ays," D avis '(I've \heard it talke d aro un d that you wer e runnin g the m a r ket, but I didn t belie v e it. If I h ad t a ken any etqck in it, I'd--" "What?" asked Phil, cooll y "Thr ott l e you. 'Dhis s l ump has do n e me and Cross ley u p, and --" r I t h ink wr,on g a bou t M r. Cr-0ssley. I j est l eft him an d h e seems sat i sfied, now t h e wor st ha s blow n o ver) that h e' ll soonf ge t on his feet a.gain. "Did he settl e with you in advance of the time limit?" "He did, an d he acted like a gentleman about it. If Mr. Crossley should need any assistance to get into shape again he wouldn't have to go further than me." Broker Davis almost gasped "So that's your opinion of Cross:ley, is it?" he said. "That's my opinion of him." "And what's your opinion of me?" "I think that's rather too personal a question for you to ask, Mr. Davis. Do you want to settle that option to day or woul d you prefer to let it run its course?" "I don't care anything about the option. I sha'n't call on you for the stock. You've got all the money out of me you're going to get "All right, Mr. Davis. If that's the way you're going to fix it hand me over the _option and I'll iJresent you with the "You;ll present me with nothing, you young monkey!" roared the brol):er. "I don't owe you a cent. Acc-ording to the rules of the Exchange I'm not respon s ible for anything outside my deposit which you have. That's all I ve got to say to you. .Get out!" Phil rose and looked at the broker "To-morrow morning at eleven, when the option expires, M. & N. will be offered on the Exchange at 50. I will then send the 10,000 shares to you for you to accept or reject, a!'! you see fit to do. But, remember, if you don't take them at 70 every trader on the Street shall learn the facts of the case-that you are hiding behind a rule of the Exchange Good day, Mr. Davis As Phil turned toward the door Broker Da vis jumped to his feet with a how l of rage. He sprang upon the boy, and bearing him to the fiQ
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A GAME FOR GOLD. 25 The trader faced a payment of eit h e r $700,000 for the added, as he led her into the handsomely-furnishe d inner stock less his deposit, or a settlement of $162,500 room, off the r ecept ion-room, \fhich he had app ropriated He declined to do either, and so the option expired by as his private office. default. "I shall always take an interest in you Mr. J!orester As soon as Mr. Newcomb returned with his answer, Phil said Nanny, "for ;r owe you a debt of gratitude that I can ent a paper' to the chairman of the Exchange announcing scarcely hope to repay." the consolidation of C. & G. with M. & N. "Well, if you're anxiou s to me I think I ca n show Its reading created great excitement, and on top o:f it y ou how you can do it," he replied, ta:king her hand in his. Wiseman started in to boom the price. "How?" she asked. Wiseman started the bidding at 51, and no stock being aBy taking a life in me, Nanny," he answered, offered, h e went on, amid growing excitement, to call for fo.r the :first time addressing her by her Christain name. any part o:f 20,0 00 shll.res at 52, and so on up to 60, when She did not withdraw her gloved hand from his but she stopped for a moment or two. cast he;r eyes down at the handsome r;ug which covered the Five minutes more he was offering 70, amid a tremenfloor, and a rich blu s h suffused her lovely face. dous uproar. "You must have noticed that I have learned to care for Nobody had any for sale, and he bid the price to 80. you more and more since the fitst da.y we came to know At that point a fictitious sale was made for 5,000 shares, other," he went on. "I have come to regard you as the and in a :few minutes another at 85 ,' .and a third one girl in all the world that I am interested in. I love at 90. you with all my heart, and now on the threshold of what M. & N. carried the whcie market up with it, and there promises to be a prosperous business career I want to win was a ge neral scramble to buy. your promise to be my wife some day in the neat future. As soon as outsiders began bidding for M. & N. Phil beDo you care enough for me to make that promise? -Or at gan releasing it. least may I hope that you are not indifferent to the feelings By the time Wiseman's lieut enants had pushed it up to I entertain towards you?" 98 Phil had sold nearly all of the little old woman's Although she did not immediately answer, her attitude hold ings. was so favorable that he was emboldened to steal his arm H e closed out her last 5,000 shares at 100, and then he around her waist. and his two brokers, with their assistants, left the Exchange "What is your answer, Nanny? Is it 'yes' or 'no'?" and the traders to fight it out among themselves. "Yes," she answered, hiding her blushing face on his -The whole dea.l had been a great success. shoulder. Wall Street never learned pooitively who was the real Inside of a week every trader in the Street knew that the power that projef;ed and :financed the deal, though a strong "Young King o:f Wall Street,'' as he was jokingly called suspicion existed that the little old woman in blaok, as Mrs. since that\ appellation was attached to him by the Sunday Cowell was called, was in somaway oonnected with it, notnewspaper, had moved into quarter s as fine almo s t as any withstanding that she had ne ver been known to operate broker in the entire di s trict. through anybody but Westlake, Page & Co., who this time While there were many who regard ed his sudden were left out in the cold. rise with feelings that could not exactly b e called friendly Phil, however, was recognized as the broker who had enthere were only two who actually hated him, and hungered gineered the deal to a successful conclusion, and it gave after his downfall. him a tremendous reputation. Th t Kipp and Davis Phil now had nearly $600,000 capita l call upon, and 1 Ki ese well fixed but Davio/ was on the ragged he also had the assurance of heavy financial backing from ed. PP P Mrs. Cowell i:f at any time he needed additional capital to ge. tte d t t t k push any of his own deals to a successfu l end. The la r, however,_ secure a ip on a cer am s oc a ___ month after the operatmns of M. & N. had ceased to longer interest the Street. CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. No one heard of Phil's successfu l rise in Wall with grea.ter pleasure than Nanny Lee. Then one day these two traders put their heads together to if they couldn't get up some scheme for downing the Street ''Young King of Wall Street." 'When Phil opened his new office his :first visitor was Nanny Lee. "Oh, my, what a grand place you have now, Ivir. For ester!" she said, loo king around the big room, about half of which was divided by a tall brass wire fence and sup plied with a big safe and desks for the cashier and clerks, while the open part had a ticker and chairs for visito r s "Yes, it's nice and roomy. f ha.d to make the cha nge for business came down on me so suddenly that I was quite snowed under in my small office in the Catton Building. I am glad you did me the honor to ca11 so soon, for it shows you take some interest in me and m y a flairs," he They tried to get Crossley to come with them, but he declined, and s uc ceeded in Wilc:>x. In a few days this broker called on Phil and asked him if he would take charge of the buyin g and booming of a certain stock for a syndicate of operators whose names he declined to mention. "Why do you come to me, Ivir. Wilcox?" aske d Phil. "I'm not a member of the Exchange, while yo u are. If I undertook s uch a commission I'd have to operate through one or more brokers. Why don't you take charge of the buying and booming yourseli ?" I should like to, Forester," replied Wilcox, frankly, "but the members of the pool seem to think that you are

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26 A G.AME FOR GOLD. I the white-ha ired boy of the Street, and they believe that There was only 80,000 share> on the market and ewwhatever you handle is sure to succeed." comb soon had 65,000 of them. "What is the name of the stock?" Phil secured 10,000 more on the outside among the of' "Michigan N oI"tiiern." fices. -" "Does the pool expect to corner the stock?" That gave him a corner on the "Yes.'' / N ewcornb in the meantime discovered, as' he had susPhil, a Her some thought, declined to undertake the job. pected, that Kipp and his friends had been selling the stook Finally, after failing to get Phil to reconsider his deshort, expecting to buy it in at the low rate. termination, he asked the young broker if he would assist They would have succeetled but f0:r the fact that Phil's him in buying up as much of thEl stock as he could find broker ha.cl gotten ahead of them. on the qi.1iet. When the Exchange opened the next morning not a share "I've no objection to doing that. Give me a written of M. N. could be had. order." Newcomb then began bidding the price up, and it went Wilcox wrote the order, naming 84 as the price to be with a rush at 88. pajd, but instead of signing it with his own wrote Kipp and his crowd were now in a bad hole, for they had down, i'M N. Syndicate sold 60,000 shares that they could not deliver. Php looked at the order and at once he suspected that ''I'he fact that believed Phil had squeezed on. the there was something behind i hat looked like a trap. 50,?00 Wilcox told them he ha.cl bought was httle He said nothing, however, but promised to at'tend to the satisfaction to them now when they found themselves badly matter. trapped, too. "Buy 'an you can get of the stoclt and hold it pending Their consternation was great, however, instructions from the synclica. te," said Wilcox, as he got up :fied them through Newcomb that he held their. ol{hgat10ns and prepared to go. for 610,000 shares of M. N., and demandecl delivery of the "All right," said Phil. stock. Wilcox had hardly gone before Crossle came in to see The result was. they had to t:r to settle with him. ...y The only terms he would give them :was the difference "Forester," he said, 1 "I owe you a good turn. You treated me white when I was in a hole and I said then I would return the favor ii I could. Well, I want to tell you that Kipp and Davis are trying to work some kind of scheme off on you. They asked me to go in with them, but I refused. I don't know exactly what the game is, but I think it's connected with Michigan Northern." Phil thanked Crossley for his warning and whet': the \ broker l eft the boy put on his hat and WE}nt calling at many offices for M. N. stock. He had no gTeat diffiC'ulty in buying it at 84, but as soon as he secured 30,000 shares he took them in td Mr. New comb and asked him to work them off in small lots cm the Exchange. Then he went around and bought 20,000 shares morn. These also he got rid of through his trusted broker. Next clay Wilcox ca.me in and asked him if he had bought any of the stock "Y.es. I bought 50,000 shares," and he the bro ker the memorandums he had taken from the traders from whom he got the sha :re.s. "When and where do you want them delivered ?J' he added. "I'll let you know this afternoon," said Wilcox. Then he went away. Phil put on his hat, followed him and saw him go straight to Kipp's office. Then the boy went to N e>vcomb's office and had a con sultation with him. At the close of their talk Newcomb went to the Exchange. Hardly had he got there when Kipp, Davis and Wilcox appeared and began to sell big blocks of M. N. '1.'lhey dumped it on the ma'rket so fast that the price broke and went down from 84 to 74, at which figure Newcomb commenced to buy it in, causing a slight reaction. between wnat they sold for and the market, and this put all but Kipp out of business, and so crippled him that he had to throw up his seat in the Exchange and go on the Curb. The Street so.on heard about Phil's coup and talked about it for days. I It brought a fresh rush of customers to his office, for everybody wanted to put his business in the hands of the lucky young broker wh.o was now worth a million. From that day everything went swimmingly with Phil, who in due time built a fine home in Larchmont, which he presented to Nanny Lee as h1s wedding gift on the day they were joined together in the holy bonds of \fedlock. To-day Phil is as well lrn,own in :financial circles as one of the biggest men who sway the moneyed interests of the country, but he prefers best to be remembered by his early title of the Young King of Wall Street. 'l,'HE END. Read "A WIZARD FOR LUCK; OR, GETTING AHEAD IN THE WORLD," which will be the next number (127) o f "Fa.me and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtaii;i them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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In this patch there are 170 acres of toma toes, and it is exactly a mile in length and about one-third of a mil e in width. The rows, if stretched out in a straight line, would extend for almost one h undred miles. Recently I lost seve n o f a b r ood of choice Plymouth Rock chicks. I was confident t hat neither cats nor other four l egged thieves cou l d reach the brood, so I kept a close watch over the coop. One day I reach e d the pla.c e just in time to find a uig rattlesnake stretched out on top ofthe s c r ee n in which the chickens were k e pt. The snake had a foot or more of his l ength pushed down through one of the s egments of the screen, and a l r eady another chick had fall e n prey to his appe tite. The snake was despatched and m easured more than four feet. It had evidently taken up a residence in an o l d stone fence near the chicken coop, and ev ery day or so crawle d to the c o op and se l ecte d a plump specimen o f c hi c k and crawled away with it. "People who write with pal e ink a r e t h e horror of every .post office employe e who handl e s letters, but whe n the y com bine pale ink with blue or green e nvelop e s the y become a positive nuisance. Pal e ink is hard on the eye s, even on white envelopes, but on the dark blue or gree n it becomes almost invisible." So says a letter carrier working a route in the central part of one of our large cities "I have seen postal cl erks spend two or thre e minute s trying to make out the ad dress on a blue envel ope, and then not b e altog ethe r c ertain that they were right; and the worst of It l s that when the y make a mistake and miss end a l ette r, the blun d e r is charged up against them and their standing is when the fault was not really theirs, but that of the firm or person mailing the letter. White or light colored e nve l opes are just as cheap a s b l u e or green. Black ink doe sn't c ost any more than the pale kind, and som e day the po s t a l d epartment will make a rul1ng th'at will prevent the u se of these blu e and gre en enve lopes, on the ground that It cost s too mu c h time to d e ciph e r the writing on the m I have n eve r heard of any body's eye s b eing se riou s ly damaged from try in g t o make out addre s se s but I have no doubt tl!at the r e are s uch cases. The postal cl erk's e y e s are one of his chief asset s, and whe n the y gl t e o u t the only thing for him to do is to find another job.'' Boyhood's dream of l ove has be e n vividly reca ll ed to Ole Hauge n, of Stanle y Wis. by the receipt of a l etter from a girl whom he admire d whe n he was a boy in Norway, and who r eturne d his aff e ction. Since the l ette r was writte n h ow ev e r, Mr. Haugen has marrie d and reared a family, and its sweet phrases now me e t with nothing mor e than a response of memory. The letter was addresse d to Mr. HaugeR at Mina titlin Me xico, where the addres s ee w ent whe n he was e i ghtee n years old. It i s date d Lav lrk, Norway, Nov e mb e r 18, 1875. Sinc e the l etter was mail e d Mr. H a u ge n has v i site d South Am e ri c a and Norway and bas returne d to Sta nl ey, where he i s now in busin es s The l ette r had l a in in the Mexican post offic e until r e cently, whe n it was sent back to Norway and from there forwarded to Mr. Haugen at his present address "The onething in Little Ital y and ot9er downtown di s tricts that I can' t g e t used to said a N e w York City poli ce man, "is the many u s e s to which und ertake r s put their es t a b lishm e nts. I use d to be of the opinion that the only p oss ibl e errand a person c ould have at an und ertake r's was t o pur chase a c offin and other funeral suppli e s but down town I notice p e op l e g o the r e for a ll sorts of purpo ses The y go t o vote, to g e t marrie d and to transact all the l e gal busi ness that a notary public is capable of transacting. Ye s t erday I even saw a party eating lunc h e on in an es t ab lishm ent: The y hacl com e to town apparently to attend a fune r a l : and in s t ead of patronizing a r estaurant they calmly munc h e d their midday m eal in .the midst of the lugubrious surroundings." RIB TICKLERS. "He thought he was getting a peach." "Well?" "Well, n o w he thinks fate handed him a lemon.' L ette r to a sc hoolma s t e r: My son will b e unable to attend s c hool to-day, as be has just shaved himself for the first time. "She thinks he r husband is a deep-dyed vlllain." "Why?" "We ll she' s never b ee n able to catch him doing anythin g wrong.'' The Ca nnibal Chief -What are you golng to give / me for dinner t o -day? :Bi s C ook-A batter pudding We ca ught .a s tran de d cricket team yesterday. I suppose a great a rtist has t o be studying constantly.'' "Yes," answered the prima donna; "if one isn't studying economy, one is usually getting s o much money that getti n g rid o f it becomes a stu dy.'' "The very day I first met him," said Miss Plane, "so me thing t o ld me be w o uld eventually fall in love with me." "In deed?" replied Mis s K nox, "the something wasn t you r mirror, was it?" Intending Lodger You say a music teacher lives next door ; tha t is not pleasant. Landlady-Oh, that won t matter; be has twe l ve children, and they make s u ch a noise you ca n t hear the piano Among the animals in the Zoo at B o mbay are several v e r y fine Afri can lion s and about a year ago one of them f e ll in love with a little girl t e n years old, who visited the place with h e r mo t her. Wh e n s he le f t the building the lion walked to and fro and r ef u se a to eat, and when she c a me n ext d ay be exhibit e d eve r y sign of d elight. The child w a s allowed to put hel' h a nd through the bars a nd pet him, and he w a s as good nature d as a b i g dog. It finally got so tha t if the girl did n o t com e eve r y day the k ee p e r s h a d trouble w i t h the lion and for months pa s t the superintendent of the pla c e has b ee n paying the mother a weekly salary to come and bring t h e girl dail y It is said to be a real case of love on either s id e a n d the only one ever h eard of. It is b e li eve d that the l ittle m a id could sit all day in the c age with the lion and c ome to no harm, but that has not been permitted yet.

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28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. SHARP WALL STREET BOYS By Horace Appleton. A Wall Street boy is unlike any' other boy in New York, and, in some r e spects, he is u,nlike any boy on earth. He is not at all like the cl erk in the whol'lsale drygoods distri ct, and neither is he like his dist!l.nt cousins in the great com m e rcial and shi p ping hous e s of the city. He is no more like a clerk in a reta il store than a jewsharp is like a violin. H e is a distinctive character among he boys of New York;) and should be divided .into three classes. The boys in all the classes have the one essential and dominant requisite for life in Wall Street. This is the unflinching nerve which amounts almost to reckl essne ss. This is s e en in the boy whose in tegrity from his cradle to his coffin will remain unsullied. This IS, noticed in the young rapscallions so numerous in the vicinity of the Stock Exchange and belong e d at all times to the boys now silver-haired, rubicund and mor e or less gouty. The atmosphe re of Wall Street changes a boy one wee k after he has walked mod e stly into the offic e of his first em ployer. He is then outwardly as docile and v ealish as the usual lad leaving school premature ly to make a start in the world. It is not many da s before that same boy has the genteel swagger that all Wall Stree t boys qave, and his at tempts, in a very mod est way, to copy the quiet and rich dress of his employ e r will be noticed Wall Street has always been note<\ for its handsome boys There are boys in that street to-day who are pictures of the graces and 'have the fairest and frankest countenances in New York. This story is dealing more p articularly with boys anywhere from thirte en to s e venteen years old. Take one hundre d of these boy s as a sample. One-third of them will be true as steel all their lives. They won't be very rich, but they will have natty clothes and modest jewelry, and will move in select circl e s of soci ety. Allj.Other third will go to the old boy through extravagance s d e veloped from their associations in the street, and the oth e r third will acquire a modest comp e tence and l ead homely lives. -This is a very different situation from that of twenty-five 31ears agd. Then a Wall Stree t boy in an office in the majority of instances, grew up and became partner in the firm that employed him. It didn't take mu c h money then to become a member of the Stock Exchange, whereas now it r e quires thousands to put your foot inside of the building. The boys of that era set the pace for the pres ent generation, and the lads of Wall Stree t to-day have !nherited the habits that call e d for asparagus in F ebruary and s.trawberri e s in Dec e mber. A short time ago twelve boys in one office, not one of the twelve. over fifteen years <>ld, had org anized a miniature bucket shop right under the nose of their employer. The president of the littl e buck e t sho p was a lad fourteen years .lid. It was noticed that these boys w ere singularly prompt i.n arriving at the office in the morning.-At first they were c ommended as very g o od boys, and the senior member of the firm thought h e had a lot of jewels. But it was noticed that o n arriving at the office they all clustered in a bunch in on e c o'rn e r and joked and laughed and skylarked for all the w o rld lik e their seniors on the Stock Exchange. Whe n the members of the firm came in they would separate, and they would do likewis e if any of the managing clerks came near the group. But they would g e t back Into the corne r again. This would go on at inte rvals during the day, and at last began to attract attention. It began to worry the members of the firm. The boys were always obedient and performed their labors. But the natural bent to g e t into tha t corner together was unexplained until a n e w boy was hire d for the purpose of learning what the others were about. The 'new boy didn t learn what h e was after until he had be e n there a week. He was practic ally ostracized from the group. He wore home-made ti e s and cheap store clothes, and he was without the d ebo n air ways that suited the con greg ation of juvenile s But with his fir s t week s salary he brushe d up a bit, and on Monday morn ing w h e n h e cam e to the office it was r e m arke d that t he new boy was a like ly sort of a duc k afte r all. H e was in vited t o join the g r ou p That evening at the house of on e of t he firm he tol d w hat be ha-d learne d. He told about a miniature bucket shop that the boys w e r e running. The little fellow of fourteen. w ho was chairman o r president of the concern, had s a v e d about t wenty-five d ollars out of his five doll a r s a w ee k and was t h e capitalist. On little written slips of pape r h e h a d c op ied t he c ontract s see n ln the big bucket shops and was d e alin g in stoc k s O n the written slips the boy could buy or se ll on e hundre d s hares of stock It was n ece s sary for h i m to put up o n e d o ll a r for the trans action. In the big bucket s hops on e hundr ed dolla r s is necessary, and with the brokers o f the Stock E xchange t h e invariable margin for one hundred share s ls $1 000 The littl e capitalist would not deal in anything below a hundre d s h a res of stock, and he was a perfect czar in limiting his own lo sse s as well as the profits of the boys. If a stock advance d one half per cent. he deduct e d his commission of t e n cents, and gave the winner forty cents, alorig with the original dollar as margin. If the sto c k took a flying leap, and jumped up one or two per cent. at a clip, as some of the ragtag and bobtail shares will som etimes, h e would only pay for the r ise of one-half per cent. just the same. If a sto c k w ent down one-half per cent. on a short sale, h e deducte d his commission of t e n c ents, and gave the boy $1.40. lt should b e explaine d that he charged five cents for "buying" and five cents for "selling" one hundred share s There was an explosion in the otfice the next mornin g when the senior member of the firm arrived. The young plungers were called and told that their buc k e t s hop mu s t c ease, and, f.urthermore, if any one their number was s ee n entering one of the bucket shops the 'penalty would be peremptory dismissal. Not long ago three boys just turne d sixteen were in a bigger s cheme They w ere m esse ng e r bo ys in the office s whe r e the y were employed and w e re chasing about the street most of the day. It seems that they h a d save d $ 100 or $ 2 00 b etwee n them, and made a couple mo1e In the buck e t shops. Among their acquaintance s was a l a d who, althou g h of the same age as themselves was an expert t e l egraph op e rator. He was particularly proficient In reading the instrument. The gov ern ors of the Stock Exchange had occasion to inv estigate these four boys. The story brought out was that the youn g t e l e graph operator had gained access to the t e l egraph room of the Stock Exchange and imparte d the information cli c k e d off as to the sales of stocks quickly to one of the boys who stood outside of the Stock Exchange on Broad Stree t It was never dis c over e d how the boy communicated to the first confederate, but it was easily ascertaine d how -the first con federate communicat e d with his two associate s. It was shown that the boy standing in front of the Stock Exchange either had a base ball in his hand or on e in his pocket. There was a sharp slit in the leather right In t o the ball. Half a block down the street would b!l conf e d erate N o 2. To him this ball was thrown. He quickly passe d it on to the third confederate, who was always statione d outsid e t h e doors of one of. the bucket shops in Broad Stree t b etwee n Ex change Place and B eaver Stree,t. The last boy was seen to pick a slip of paper from the slit In the ball jam the ball i n to his pocket, and run into the bucket shop That slip of pape r either said: "Sell W. U.," or "Buy W. U.," or any othe r stock on the lis t whi c h s how e d bi g purc h ase or bi g s al es, as the telegraph instrument on the Stock Exchange clicked the information oi'f to the fir s t boy. The buc k e t shopii! r a i se d a howl about the matte r b ecause In nin e t y out of a hundred instances the quartet were winne rs. The p a s s in g o f this ba ll between the three was d o n e in m os t in s t ances q ui cke r t han the knowledg e o f the big movem ent o n the Stoc k Excha nge could reach the buc k e t shop s. T he boys we r e par tic ul a rl y winners by their s c h e m e in times of g reat a c ti v ity and a marked fluctuati o n on the Sto ck Exchange. An instance of the nerve of Wall Street b oys was shown in what is known as the Jack Purdy panic. Mr. Purdy is one of the interesting chaTa cte r s o f W all Street. He Is a

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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 I -young man, and is noted for his fine jewelry and rich clothes. 1 young men of Wall Street. He liked to dance, and one of his It is recalled that a number of years ago he made $200 or old friends says that he made his debut in the Linden Society $300 in selling privileges for Uncle Russell Sage, and inBrooklyn. This s_ociety was formed for the purpose of creased the amount by the most daring speculation to $1,500. debating the questions of day. The debates always He then went to a brolrnr and laid down $1,000 of It and wound up with a dance, and young Clews was a great ac said: "Buy me 1,000 shares of stock." If the stock went quisition to the society and its belles. down one per cent., the $1,000 was lost. But he was lucky, H. K. Enos was a d rygoods clerk, and so were Russell and increased the amount to several thousand dollars. He Sage and Jenkins Van Schaick and some of the members of distributed $1,000 with each of a nu,mber of firms with an Work, Strong & Co. There are many other substantial men order to buy 1,000 shares of stock. He might have lost every in Wall Street who started "life as clerks in or out of it. Thl'y cent of the several thousand in a moment, but he didn't, and had many a hard row to hoe, and they hoed their way with be increased his pile to This amount tn $1,000 lots persistency and nerve, always tempered with more or less was distributed all over the street for purchases of the usual judgment. Only rich men's sons can now become junior 1,000 shares. But one day the whole market slumped off 1% partners in firms in Wall Street. In most cases they have per cent. in less time than it takes to say Jack Robinson, and very little experience, but this is supplied by the senior mem-t Mr. Purdy was wiped out. In ten minutes after the slump ber, who has found it to his advantage to associate himself the market took an up turn, and advanced five per cent., so with young men of wealth. that if Mr. Purdy could have held on to bis transactions he would have made hundreds of thousands of dollars. It bas always been said the Stock Exchange brokers organized the scoop. But times have changed for the boy in Wall In the old days it was very easy for him to get the money to buy a seat in the Stock Exchange. That was before the obligatory law relating to commissions. A broker who now sells or buys stock for less than $12.50 a hundred shares is subject to expulsion from the Stock Exchange. In former days there was no such rule,1 and an enterprising lad as he advanced was permitted, and in fact importuned, to bring in specula tive customers to bis firm. He got one-third of the commis sion arising from the customer's transactions, and there are any number of young and middle-aged men in Wall Street to-day who can look back on those days and remember when their commissions footed up as high as $200 a day. At one Harry Hobbs, a fruit grower of Jackson Township, Pa., had a most novel experience summer, w.llen be caught a thief at work in bis strawberry patch. He had engaged the services of a boy who was to come that morning to pick berries, and later in the day when be went to see bow the boy was getting along he noticed something crouching be tween the rows, which act seemed quite unlike that of a boy picking strawberries. As he approached nearer be no ticed that it was a red fox and that be was very busy. He yelled at him, but the animal paid no heed. The fox would cniep along between the rows, and seeing a luscious berry, would nip it off daintily. The fox was so intent upon the feast of strawberries that be only lei ; :mrely took to bis heels w.ben the farmer was a few feet away. I time a seat in the Stock E!xcbange could be bought for $500. The catboat ran gayly before the wind. The sea was It will thus be seen that the young men of those days had alive with sunshine. Shoreward, on the boardwalk, the peo opportunities to go into business on their own account, which pie walking looked no bigger than dominoes. "No, sir," said the young men of to-day have not. Seats in the Stock Ex-the skipper, "there is not a desert island of the sea that the change several years ago cost $30,000. The price is now governments of the world haven't stocked up with grub and about $15,000. The boy who enters a broker's office now clothes and tools for the use of shipwrecked mariners. can be advanced from bis $5 a week to a $3,000 place, which There's tinned soups, dried meats, sealed cans of rice and is about the highest average now 'paid for the managing ,flour and sugar, dried peas, beans, tobacco, knives, nails, clerk. matches, shoYcls, buckets, hatchets, and' so on-all a ship Unless be hai;: rich relatives who can set him up In business, wrecked mariner could need. The governments have done that is as high as be will go. He has no more opportunity this .llor a number of years. The pi-ovender is hid in caves for speculation than if be lived in Egypt-that is, if be reor under rocks. There';S a book >published giving the exact gards the absolute rule of bis employers. The members of location of 'these caches and most sl.lips carry a copy of the the Stock Exchange will not permit their employees to specuwork." l ate. The penalty for disobedience is dismissal. There are many firms, in fact, whose copartnersbip papers forbid InIt is not generally known that cuttlefish are cultivated on dividual members of the firm to speculate. Many have broken some farms in order to be "milked." These cuttlefish farms the rule, and this explains some of the very quick dissolu-are located on of the Bril:i.sh coast, and the t!uttlefish tions of firms in Wall Street. The tendency is toward con-are kept in tanks or ponds to be "milked" of their ink. The eervatism in the fullest acceptation of the word. It is not pond or tank is connected with the sea by a pipe, and a thou: believed that there ls a member of the Stock Exchange at this sand or more cuttles are kept in a single one. Tliey form a moment who would accept a margin of $1,000 for a 1,000 share most curious sight as they move about, trailing their long transaction, as in Jack Purdy's palmy days. It is altogether arms and staring out of their bulging eyes They are guarded foo risky, ana the expenses for doing business have vastly inby screens, which prevent them from being scared. For if creased in the last few years, so that risks of that character they. are suddenly frightened, says Popular Science Siftings, cannot be taken. they will squirt their "milk" into the water, and it would Wall Street to-day has many rich men who were clerks therefore be lost. This fluid, or milk,' is very valuable, and during the volcanic days after the war. One In particular each cuttle will yield about $3.75 worth a year. It is secreted got a salary of $10 a week even up to fifteen years ago. He in a bag which can be opened and closed at will, the cuttle was then to the firm. It ls strictly a commission ejecting the fluid to darken' the water so that it may escape house, with a big business, and that young man now bas a unseen when attacked. The best cuttlefish are procured in fortune of $500,000. He made the money from bis share of China, where for some reason or other they produce the best the commissions alone. FJ:e wouldn't speculate in a share. of quality of "milk." When the far1ller considers it opportune stock any more than be would jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. to milk the cuttles, he proceeds by opening the sluices of the He bas seen bis wealth sieadily increase from the legitimate pond and gently agitating the water. The cuttles then .swim business of his firm. C. :i. Hudson was a clerk, and so were around the pond. and as soon as one passes through the Charles 0. Morris, E. C. Benedict, John A. Gwynne, and many sluice is closed. 'l'be cuttle passes down a small channel into others. Henry Clews was a clerk for Gilson G. Hunt, and one a basin or metal receptacle, and as soon as It is securely or two of the silver-haired men of Wall Street remember there the water ls drained off. It is then frightened, and at him when be started in. He was always a pushing, driving once squirts the fluid from the bag. When it is exhausted. young fellow, but laid aside his business the minute he left It is lifted out, the milk ls collected, and the basin ls pra the street. He was then one of the swellest of the swell pared for another.

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--===========:;::==:=;:;=====i======================= THE STAGE. No. THE BOYS OF N E W YORK ENU MEN'S JOKE K .-Co ntai ni ng a great va r i e ty of the latest jokes used by the t fam ous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without ll wonderful little book. No. 3 1. H O W TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Co ntaining f_.,. teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite t o become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing ge ms from the popular of prose and poetry, arranged i n the m<>lll; simple and conc1s2 manne r po s sible. eo THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. ntammg a varie d a ssortment of 111tump speech e s Negro Dutch 1 Iris!:\. Al s o end m e n's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuse-ent and amateur s h o w s. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE D JOKl.!J B\)OK.:--Something new apd very instructive. Everf No. 49 HOW TO DEBA'fE.-Qlving rul es for cond ucting ... bates, outlines for debateE, questions for discussion and tile Mii sources for procuring information on the g i v en. SOCIETY. 1 should ob tam this as 1t con tams full instructions for or 1zmg a n amatenr mmstrel troupe 3. TO FLIR'l'.-'.rhe arts antt w il es ot fli r tation art fully by this little book. Besides the various methods ef ha.x:.dkerch1ef,_ fan. glove, paras o l window and hat flirtation, i t con a full h s t of the language and s e n t im ent of flowers, w h ic h ii m _terestmg to everybody, both old and young You cannot be happJ 'iNo. 65 is one of the most original e ver and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor. It 1 tams a large c ollection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc., of 1 errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and prac tical joker of he l!Jverr boy _who can enjoy a good substantial joke should btalil a copy 1mme d1ately. ; N o .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com 1 Ete mstruc ti ons how to make up for various ch aracters on 'the without one. No. 4. H _OW .'1'0 DANCE is the title of a new and handsome h.ttle book Just issued Frank 1'ou sey. It co n tains full instruc tions m the art of d a n c mg, e t iquette in the ball room and at partie1, how to drC'ss, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. e.; wi t h the duties of the S tege .Manag e r Prompte r, Artist_ and Property By a prominent S t age Manage r. d FN?. 80 G U S WILLIAl\IS JOKE BOOK-Containing th e lat-Joke s, anecdot e s and funny storie s of this world r e n o wn e d and s r popular G erman com e dian. Sixty-fonr pages; handsom e Y r e d c over containin g a half-tone photo o f t h e author. No. HOW TQ LOVI!l.-.A. guide to lo". ancl ma:riage, g 1 vm g s e nsibl e advi ce, rules and etiq u ette to be observ e d, with many curious and interesting thi n g s no t gen erally known. N o. Ii. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing f ull instr uc tion i n the art of dressing and appear ing w ell at hom e and abroad g ivi ng the selections of colors, material, and bow to hav e them made up No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o.f the brightest and_ most valuable little books ever giv e n to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to b e come b eautiful, both male ancl female. '.rhe s e c r e t is simp le, and almo s t costless R ead this boell and be c o nvinced how to become beautiful. t HOUSEKEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A; WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing mstrucbont for constructmg a wmdow gard e n eithe r in town itor country, and the most approved methods for rais ing beautiful lllowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub0'1.ihed. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. e No. 3.0. HOW TO. COOK.-O ne ?f t h e .mo11t Instructive books N 7 "'OW TO KE p t s on cookmi ever pubhshed. It contams r e cip e s for cooking m eats o., n E B RD .-Handsome ly 111ustrated anl game and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakEls and all kinds of conta1111ng full mstruct10ns for the manage m ent and training of the r l )l u try, and a grand collection o f recip e s b y one of our most popular canary, mo c kingbird, bobolink bla c k b ird paroquet, par;.rot, e t c No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEONS AND N o 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for R ABBITS.-A us e ful and instructive book. Handsomely illus r everybody, boys, girls, m e n and wom en; it w ill teac h you how to trated. By Ira Drofraw. rnake almost anything around the h o use, s u c h as parlor ornaments No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-In c lud ing hint1 b k t t A r h d b' d r f on bow to cat.:h moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and b i rds. llC e s, c e men s, eo ian arps an tr ime o r catchmg birds. Al s o how to cure skins. Copious l y illustrated. By J Harrington r E LECTRICAL Kee ne. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A d eNo. 50. HOW T O STUFF BIRDS '.A.ND '.A.NIMALS. _.A: ecription of t he wonderful use s of electricity and electro magnetism. valuable book, giving instructions in coll e cting, p r eparing mountin1 t th h f II t f k and pres erving birds, animals and insects r oge er wit u ms ructions or ma mg Electi;ic; Toys, Batteries, No._ 54. H01V TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS ....:..Gi vi ng com l Trebel A. M., M. D Contammg over fifty il plet e mformat 1 o n as to the manner and method of raising ke ep ins, No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTlUC.A.L MACHINES.-Con.breeding, an.d managing all kinds of also g\v ing full ta !ning full directions for making electri cal machin e s, induc tion mstruct 1 ons for makmg cages, etc. Fully explamed bv twenty-eight COiis, d y namos, and many novel toys to be worked by el ectricity. making it the most complete b ook o f "the kind ever BJ11 R A.. R Bennett. Fully illustrated. published. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a M ISCELLANEOUS. large coiiection of instructive and highly amusing electrical t r icks, No. 8. HOW TO BECOll:IE A SCIENTIST,_.A use ful and In tocet h e r with ill ustrations. By A. Anderson. structive book giving a compl ete treatise on chemistry; als o ex r I perimentS in a COUStiC S mechani c s, mathematics, Chemist ry, 1 ENTERTAINMENT. rections fer making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloe n s J.'bil N o 9. HOW T O BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By tlarry book cannot be equal e d [ Ken n edy. The secret given away. Every intellig ent boy r e ading No. 14. HOW '1.'0 MAKE CANDY.-.A. complete handb ook for i th i s book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimaldng all kinds of candy. etc. I tudes every night with bis wonderfu} imitations), can inaste r the No. 8 4 HOW TO BECOME AN' AUTttOR.-Containin g full art and create any amount of fun for himself and frie nds. It i s t he information regarding choice of subject s the use of words and the gr eatest book C'ver publish e d and there's millions (of fun) in it. manne r of pre p a ring and submi tting m a nuscript. Al s o containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuab le inform atio n as to th e n eatnes s legibility and gen eral c om very valuable little book just published. A. complete compendium po s i t i o n of m anuscript, es sential to a succ e ssful author. By P ri nce games, sports, card diversions, comic re citations, etc., suit able Hiland; f o r parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won mone y than an:v book published d erful book containing use ful and p r a c tical information in tlse No. 35 HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary dis e a s es and ailments common to ever J book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in u seful and effective recipes for. genera l com backgammon, croqu e t. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVEl CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. 1'IOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, catches taining valuable information regarding 'the collecting and arrangine and witty say ings. of stamps and coins. Handsome ly ill ustrate d. No. 52. HOW 1'0 PLAY CARDS.-A comp l ete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A. DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady book, giving the rules and ti;._ '\rections for playing Euchre, Cribthe world known detective. In whic h he lays down som e valuab l e bage Casino, Forty Five, ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for b e gipners, and also relates some adventure Auction Pitch; All Fours, and Ilttiny other popular games of cards. and experi e nces of well-known d etec tives. No. 66 HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contalning over three bunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contaln dred interesting _puzzles and conundrums, with key to same A ing useful information r egarding the Cam era and how to work it; eomplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photogrnpbic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain w. Dew No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY II a great life Recret and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full expianations how to gain admittance, all about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Offi c ers Post No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rul es and etiquette Guard, Police Regulations, Fire D epart ment, and all a boy should of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled and written by Lu Senarens, author pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, c h u r c h and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." in the drawing-roo m. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL in structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Alse containing the course of instructioL, tlescr iption 'No. 27 HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF of grountis and buildings historieal sketch, and everything a boJ -Containing the most popular sel e ctions in u se, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy eo .. .ialect, Frenc h dialect, Yankee' and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and written by Lu Senarens, author o f "Ho w t o B e come C With m any standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 1 0 CENTS EACH, OR. 3 FOR 2 S CENT S Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 2 4 Union Squares New Yorlr,.

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_...Latest Issues .._ "WILD WEST WEEKLY" A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES,. SKETOHESi ETO., OF WESTBBN LIFE COLORED COVERS 32 p AGES PRICE 5 CENTS 271 Young Wild West and the Cowboy Trailer; or, The Ranch man's Revenge. 272 Young Wild West and the Missing Scout; or, Arietta and the Madman. 273 Young Wild West Doomed.to Death; or, Arietta and the Rifle Queen. 274 Young Wild West on a Golden Trail; or, The Mystery of Magic Pass. 275 Young Wild West Fighting the Indians; or, The Uprising of the Utes. "WORK 276 Young Wild West on a Cattle Range; or, Arietta. and the "Bad" Cowboy. 277 Young Wild West's Gallop for Glory; or, The Death League of Acbe High. 278 Young Wild West's Silver Search; or, Arietta and the Lost Treasure. 279 Young Wild West at Death Gorge; or, Cheyenne Charlie' s Hard Pan Hit. 280 Young Wild West and "Monterey Bill" or, Arietta's Game of Bluff. W I N I COLORED COVERS CoNTAINrnG THE Frum FEARNOT STORIES 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS 4'18 Fred Fearnot and Hockey Hal; or, The Boy Who Won the Prize. I '74 Fred Fearno t in the Elk Country; or, A Thousand Miles on Sledges. Fred Fearnot and Hans the Skater; or, Beating the Dutch Boy Champion. 476 Fred Fearnot and the.Tricky Guide; or, On Snowshoes in the Frozen North. 477 Fred Fearnot and "Teddy the Waif"; or, The Search for a Runaway Boy. I 478 Fred Fearnot and the Madman; or, The Reign of Terror in Ralston. 479 Fred Fearnot and the Mill Girl; or, A Helping Hand to the Poor. 486 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Circus Star; or, On the Road with a Big Show 481 Fred Fearnot and the Reformed Drunkard; or, His Great est Temperance Crusade. 482 Fred Fearnot's Wildest Ride; or, Chased Through Thtee States. PLUCK AND LUCK'' CONTAINING ALL KINDS OF STORIES COLORED COVERS 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS 500 The Boy Volunteers; or, The Boss Fire Company of the 505 Lost Among the Slave Hunters; or, An American Boy's Town. By Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. Adventures in Africa. By Richard R. Montgomery. 501 The Sw amp Doctor; or, The Man Witch. By Allyn Draper. 506 Rattling Rube; or, The Jolly Young Scout and Spy By 502 The Rival Roads; or, From Engineer to Presiden{ By Gei;t'l Jas. A. Gordon. (A Story of the 4merican Revo-Jas C Merritt lution.) 507 The Doomed City; or, The Hidden Foe of Plummerdale. 503 The Boy Editor; or, The Struggles of a Brave Orphan. By By Howard Austin. Howard Austin. 508 The Pride of the Volunteers; or, Burke Halliday, The 504 Kit Carson, The King of the Scouts. By An Old Scout Boy-Fireman. By Ex-Fire Chief Warren. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. IF YO,U WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Weeklies a'nd cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it. to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by : return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . .. . ................. ...... ................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa:re, New York. .......................... 190 DEAR Srn-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .. copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ...................... 1 WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .......................................................... WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ............................................................ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ......................... PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ... : ............................. SECRET SERVICE, Nos ................. .' ...................... FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .' ................................................. ( Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos.' ............ : ............................................ Name ............................ Street and No ......... '. ... Town .......... State ...........

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Ots ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32. PAGES This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some oi these stories are founded on true inci'lents in ttle lives ul our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 41 Boss of the Market;' or, The Greatest Boy in na11 Street. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, 'rhe Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From l:lell-Uoy w i\Iillionaire. 44 Out for Business; o r The Smartest Hoy in Town. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking it Rich in Wall Street. 46 Through 'l'hick and Thin; or. The Adventures of a Smart Doy. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working His \Yay Up. 48 Always on Deck; or, The Boy Who lliade His Mark. 4U A Mint of i\Ioney; or, The Young Wall Street Broke r. 50 'l'he Ladder of Fame; or, From Office Boy to Senator. 51 On the Square; or, 'l'h e Success of an Honest Boy 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the 'Vest. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The )'.ouug \\"onder of \\"all Street. 54 i\Iaking His i\Iark; or, The Boy Who Became President. 55 Heir to a Million; or, The Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 56 Lost in the Andes; or. The 'l'reasnre of the Burled City. 57 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Wall Street. 58 A Lucky Chance; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success; or, 'l'he Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Tloy in Wall Street. 61 Rising lo the World; or, l 'rom Factory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor.Boy's C h ance. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 6;> A Start in Life; or, A Bright Boys Ambition. 66 Out for a Million: or, The Young llildas of Wall Street. 67 Every Inch a Boy; or, Doing His Level Best. 68 i\Ioney to Burn; or, The Shrewdest in Wall Street. 60 An Eye to Business: or, 'l'hc Boy nho Was Not Asleep. 70 Tippe d by the Ticker; or, An Ambitions Boy in Wall Street. '1 On to Success; or, The Boy Who Got A head. 72 A Bid for a Fortune: or, A Country Boy In Wall Street. 73 Bound to Rise; or, Fighting His Way to Success. 74 Out for the Dollars; or, A Smart Boy In Wall Street. 75 For Fame and Fortune; or, The Boy Who Won Both. 76 A Wall Street Winner; or, Making a Mint of i\Ioney 77 The Road to Wealth; or, The Boy Who Found It Out. 78 On the Wing; or, The Young M e rcury of Wall Street. 79 A Chase for a Fortune; or, The Boy Who Hustled. 80 Juggling With the Market; or, 'l'he Boy Who Made It Pay. 81 Cast Adrift; or, The Luck of a Homeless Boy. 82 Playing the Market; or, A Keen Boy in Wall Street. 83 A rot of Money; or, The Legacy of a Lucky Boy. 84 From Rags to Riches; or, A Lucky Wall Street Messenger. 85 On His Merits; or, The Smartest noy Alive. 86 Trapping the Brokers; or, A Game Wall Street Boy. 87 A in Gold: or, '!'be Treasure of Santa Cruz. 88 Bound to i\lake l\loney; or, l'rom the W est to Wall Street. 81:> The Boy :Magnate ; or, i\laklng Baseball l'ay. 90 lllaking Money, or, A Wall Street :\lessenge1 .. s Luck. 91 A Harvest or Gold; or, The Burled Treasure of .:oral Island. ll2 On the Curb; or, Beating the Wall Street Brokers. 93 A l!'reak of lortune; or, The Boy Who Struck Luck. 94 The Prince or Wall Street: o r. A Big Ut.:al fo.-llig :\loney. U5 Starting His Own Business: or. The Boy \\'ho Caught ()11. 96 A Corner in l:>tock ; or, Tbe Wall Sti-e e t Boy Who Won. 1 !\7 First in the l ? leld : or, Doing Business tor Himself. \18 A Broker at Eighteen: or, Hoy Gilbert's Wall Street C .arear. 9!1 Only a Dollar: or, From Errand Hoy to Owner. LOO Price & Co Boy Brokers; or. The Young Traders of Wail Strc t. 101 A Winning Risk; o r The Boy Wbo Made Good. 102 From a Dime to a i\filllon or, A Wide-Awake Wall Street Hoy. Joa 'l'he Path to Good Luck: or, The Boy of Death \'alley. 1.0.J. Mart :\l ortons :\1oney: or, A Corner in Wall Street Stocks. llli5 Famous at Fourteen or, Tbc llo.v \Yho :\fad e a Great Xame. 1 OG Tips to 1"01tune: or. A Luc ky \\a11 Street Deal. 107 Sti-iklng ms Gait; or. '!'he J'erils of a Hoy Engineer. 108 l'rom lllessPn!?e 1 to Millionaire: or. A Boy's Luck in Wall Street. 1 llfl The Roy Gold Uunt.crs: or, After a I'irates Treasure. 110 Tricking the Traders: or. A n'all Street Boy's Game of Chance. 111 Jac k Prry's Grit: or. 1\Iaking a l\lan of Himself. 112 A Golden Shower; or, The Boy Ranker of Wall Street. 113 lllaklng a R ecord nr, The J uc'< of a Working Boy. 114 A Fight fo1 i\Ioney: or, l'1om S c hoo l to Wall Street. 115 Stranded Ont \Yest: or. 'l'he Boy Who l 'ound a Sliver l\llne. 1 Hl B e n Rassford's Luck or. Working on Wall Stieet Tips. 117 A Young Gold King; o r '!'he 'J'reasur e of the Secret Ca

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