ST ORI!$ OF BOY$ WHD MAKE MONEY. Mr. Pindar, in his reckless haste, collided with and upset the old gentleman who was ascending the stairs ahead of Fred. Farnham. indignant that he did not stop to apologize, lowered h i s head and butted him squarely in the chest.
Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered according to .Act of Congresa, in the t1ear 11108, in the o.fllce of the Librarian of Congresa, Wahington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publiaher, ZI. Union Squar, New York, No. 132. NEW YORK, APRIL 10, 1908. PRICE 5 CENTS. THE YOUNfi MONEY MAfiNATE OR. The Wall Str ee t Boy Who Broke the Market B y A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. for, having seized the handle of the door as a purchase, his -huge bulk resisted successfully all assaults made upon him. '.A. GERMAN BOY IN w ALL STREET. The boys made him the mark for all kinds of gibes be-tween their united attempts to oust him from his va.ntage "Vot's der matter mit you? You dinks you push me py point. dis line oud? Vell, you don't done it, I ped you." His hat was tipped over his eyes several times, and finally The speaker was a stout German lad, with a full -moon he had to hold it to save it from being swept off his head countenance, in which his eyes, nose and mouth seemed lost and made a football of by the more frolicsome of the rival in the hollows between his mountainous cheeks. applicants. He was dressed in a new suit of store clothes, with a For a long time he stood the wordy and muscular assault flaming red necktie while a derby, that looked two sizes without sayi n g anyt hing, but even his phlegmatie nature too sma ll, was perched upon the top of his thick, light hair. was aroused at last and he retorted with the sentences that He occupi e d the head position of a long line of boys of opened this chapter. all ages between fourteen and eighteen, that extended from A bowl of derision froui those just behind him greeted a door whose glass panel was lettered: "Fred'k Farnham, this evidence of his ha ving woke up. Broker. Stocks and Bonds Bought and Sold on Commis-"Say, you Dut chman, do you expect to get the job of sion," down the corridor to the elevator. office boy down here in Wall Street?" shouted one of the They were there in answer to an advertisement for an lads. office boy and messenger which had appeared in a morning "Dis here ain't a corner g rocery, you lobster!" yelled andaily. other. The German boy had been the first to reach the coveted "How long have you been out of Ellis Island?" asked position by the door, and the others had lined up after another. him as fast as they appeared on the scene. "Shoot the hat!" came from a fourth. By nine o'clock there were all of fifty waiting to see the "You fat galoot, it would take you all day to get as far boss of the office. as the Stock E;Kchange !" What cha.nee the late comers had of catching on would "I'll bet he doesn't know where the Exchange is!" be bard to say, b11t they waited expectantly, just the sa.me. "Did you come up on the freight elevator?" The German boy had held his place not without some "Say, fellers, once more, all together!" cried the boy just difficulty because the lads behind him resorted to all sorts behind the German. of tactics to squeeze him out. j The line sud d enly swelled and a tremendous fOice was His size and weight, hozever, stood him in good stead,! brought to bear on the obstruction at the head.
2 THE YO NG MONEY MAGNATE. Tho young foreigner was fairly s1rept off his feel, but he "Stand back, please, so 1 can open tho door," ho said, dung to the door handle.like grim death. eyeing the leader of the line with some curiosity. The boy right behind him, wl10' acted as the head of the "Yaw, I done dot; but I pen here first," said the Ger weclge, lost his hold on the German's back, and in a moment man, with some anxiety lest he lose his place even then. fully twenty boys were sliding and rolling clown the corri"What's your name?" asked Fred. dor in a cenfnsecl bunch, lea ving a wide gap in the l ine. "My name vos Suppegreenz." With a yell of exultation the rest of the boys dashed for-"llow old are you?" ward and closed up the space behind the German, leaving "'Sig ieen." the lads who had tried to displace the leader out in the cold. "\Vell, walk inside," saill : Frcll, opening the door :md The boys who had lost their places picked themselves up ente ring. and then there was trouble. The German boy followed him and lhe whole line brought They came back and attacked the chaps who now held up in his rear, ranging them sehes from Fred's desk to the their places door. In a moment a small riot was in progress in the corridor. "I you've never worked in Wall Street," said tho A dozen slugging-matches were going on all at once, to young broker, after he had seated himself, looking at the great detriment of the clerks, stenographers and others Suppcgreenz. connected with the offices in that section of the big office "N cin; but mine unc1e said
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 3 sveetheart told mine uncle, der groceryman, und he got me landed mit a pull." "Well, sit down, Meyer, till I talk to these other boys." Fred examined all the other applicants in turn. There were only two that he fancied out of the bunch. He took their names and addresses and then dismissed them as he had the others. Although Fred, with an eye to the future, had intended to hire a bright-looking, active boy, he decided, for reasons that had suggested themselves, to give the German boy a trial and see how he would pan out. He had an idea that Meyer Suppegreenz would be some thing of a novelty in Wall Street and would attract considerable at..tention. This would serve to bring his employer more prominently to the notice of the brokers, who would wonder how Fred Farnham came to hire such a recent importation from j:_he Fatherland. The young trader had no doubt but he would get the grand laugh, but he intended, if the boy had the stuff in him, to turn the laugh' on the brokers themselves by mak ing a first-class mess enger of Meyer in lime. So, with this purpose in view, he told Suppegreenz that as he was the first to reach the office he would give him the opportunity to make good. Then he explained what the office boy's duties would be for the present, and told him to seat him s elf in the outer office by the window which looked out on a narrow com:t, or air-shaft. 'As there was a big room full of pretty girls employed by an insurance agent right across from his pos t, Meyer was soon deeply interested in watcl1ing their nimble fingers manipulating their typewriters. It wasn't long before the girls discovered the rather com ical countenance of Suppegreenz peering over at them, and he immediately became an object of intere s t to them. While the German boy and the fun-loving girls were taking one another in, Fred sat in his private office studying the market report of the previous day's operations on the Stock Exchange, and reading the latest W afi Street news. CHAPTER II. MISS TILLIE BANCROFT. Ralf an hour elapsed and then the office cloor opened and Brokers Fox and Carter entered the reception room. Meyer Suppegreenz jumped up as quickly as though he had just sat on a tack. "Vell, you called to seen Mr. Farnham, ain't id?" he asked the brokers. They looked at him in some surprise. "Is Mr. Farnham in?" asked Broker Fox. "Yaw. I took your names inside off you blease." "Tell him Mr. Fox and Mr. Carter." "Elease took a seat," said Meyer, and then he walked into the private room and announced the names of the two visitors. "Tell them to walk in," said Fred. "Shentlemen, blease to valk by der office in," said the German lad, and the two brokers stepped into the inner room. "Glad to see you, gentlemen," said Fred. "Help your selves to seats." "You've got quite a cozy little sheep-shearing den, Farn ham," said Fox, gazing around the young broker's sanctum This is quite a surprise to see you as a full-fl.edged trader. By the way, that can't be your office boy outside?" "Yes. That's my office boy and messenger," replied Farnham, with a smile. "Great Scott! Is that so? Wl1ere did you get hold of him?" "He answered rriy advertisement this morning and I hired him on trial." The brokers looked astonished. "Do you mean to say that you expect to keep him?" asked Carter. "Certainly, if he ma .kes good." "Why, the messenger boys in this neighborhood won't do a thing to him." "No, I don't think they'll do much to him. Ue's pretity husky." "Oh, come, now, Farnham, you've been a messenger you r self and know how it is. He won't last down here. The boys will do him up in no time at all." "Perhaps they will, but it's my opinion they won't. I'll bet anybody who tries to step on his neck will get all that's coming to him. Have a cigar, gentlemen? I don't smoke myself, but I keep a box of perfectos for those who do." "Thanks. I don't mind if I do," said Fox, helping him self. Broker Carter also selected a weed and lit it. "I suppose you're not very busy yet," he said, blowing out a few rings of smoke. "Well, hardly. There's no great rush as yet on the part of the public to overwhelm me with their orders. I expect that will come later." "Are you buying anything yourself?" asked Fox. "No, I can't say that I am." I could sell you some shares of the Blizzard Gold and Silver Mining Co., of J vanhoe, Nevada. It's a new and promising proposition just corning to the front. A customer left a block of 10,000 shares with me to dispose of for him. I can recommend it as a good investment. If you'll take the stock I can quote a special figure on it." Fred shook his head. "I'm not interested in mining stocks," he said .. "Maybe you'd like to take a flyer on A. & B. ?n said Carter. "It's a stock that is bound to rise as soon as the market wakes up. It's going at 32 now, but, ias I need cash, I'll sell a thousa nd shares at 30." Fred declined to nibble at this apparently tempting offer. The brokers tried to sell the young trader other stock that they were anxious to get rid of, but he wouldn't buy, so, in a little while, they went away' disappointed. "I wonder what they take me for?" Fred chuckled as the door closed upon his visitors. "I'm not locking my money up in dead wood. In fact, I haven't any too much fleece to do business with. I suppose more of the brokers will be paying me a visit on the same errand. They might save themselves the trouble for I'm not biting at such bait." At that moment Meyer opened the door and came in "Vill you seen a young lady py der names off Miss Pan croft ?" he asked.
4 THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. "Certainly. Show her in." The German boy ushered a very pretty girl into the inner room. Fred bowed and pointed to the chair beside his de sk "Be seated, Miss Bancroft," he said, politely. "What can I do for you?" "Are you Mr. Farnham?" "Yes, miss. That's my name." She handed Fred a letter. He opened and read it. It was from the old cashier of his late employer, introducing Miss Bancroft to the young broker's notice. The note went on to say that the girl was a capable stenographer out of work. That she had a widowed mother and several young sisters dependent on her for s upport, and the writer would consider it a personal favor if Farnham could put something in her way. "Well, l\fiss Bancroft," said Freel, "I'm sorry that I have no work for a stenographer at present. I have only just opened up for myself, and business hasn't begun to come my way yet. I shall be glad to help you get something to do, however. If you would like to make my office your headquart ers I'll get you a table and a typewriter. There are a good rnari.y people in this building who clo not employ a stenogril;pher steadi l y You cou ld make arrange ments with a number of them to take dictation in their offices and then typewrite the matter up here. I think you could get work eno ugh to keep you busy. If you consider my suggestion in a favorable light I will do all I can to get enough work to start you going, and after that you can do a little canvassing you r self." "I thank you very much for your kindness," replied the girl, gratefully. "I have found it very hard to get a satis factory position. I have answered more than a hundred advertiserne?ts, and have made a great many ca ll s, but without re s ult. I should be glad to accept yom offer, but I don't think I ought to put you to the trouble and expense that it would necessarily entail." "It is no trouble for me to do a favor for one who needs it as much as M:r. Fry's note indicates, and I may say that I shall be glau to oblige :Jfr. Fry in this matter, as he has been a good friend to me during the time we both worked for Ur. Fulton. As for the expense, I think $100 will cover the outlay. If you do well you need not even be under obli gation to me for that. You can pay for the typewriter a little at a time. As for charging you desk room, I wouldn't think of doing such a thing. The little work I may need from time to time will offset that. What do you say, Miss Bancroft? Shall I have a table put in for you this aftemoon and order you a typewriter?" The young lad y hesitated. The proposition appealed to her, but she felt as if it was too much to expect of a stranger, especially one not yet himself established in business. She said something to that effect. "Miss Bancroft, I shall be glad to have you here. Your presence will add a business air to my office that it lacks at Callers will think I am doing something, even when I'm not, when they see you clicking away at your ma chine.' On the whole, I think you will be doing me something of a favor by gracing my sma ll establishment with your presence. At any rate, you've got to get busy in order to obtain money to support y0ur mother and s i s ters, and, as I said before, it will afford me much pleasure to help you out in any way I can." "Then I will a ccept your generous offer, Mr. Farnham, and I hope you will understand that I feel deeply grateful to you for making it," she replied, with tears in her eyes. "All right," replied Fred. "I will consider the matter settled. I will order the table and the typewriter for you this afternoon when I go out to lunch, and you can come in the morning, say, about ten, and we will talk about getting work for you to do. I will have some business cards printed for you to distribute when you go around the building, a.nd I will also insert an advertisement in one of the Wall Street papers bringing you to notice as a public stenographer. You may also rely on me to do anything else in my power to push you ahead." The girl thanked him with some emotion, a.nd then arose to take her leave, promising to be at the office at ten o'clock next morning. CHAP'l'ER III. THE TIP THAT FRED GOT THROUGH M:EYER SUPPEGREENZ. I That afternoon Fred bought a table and a typewriter or Miss Bancroft, a.nd they were deli.vered by five o'clock. He also left an order with a printer for a few hundred business cards with her name, addresB and occupation on them. As he had nothing of importance on his hands that day he spent an hour interviewing a number of the businesi,; people of the building in behalf of the girl. Several of the persons who had no regular. sfenographer promised to employ Miss Ban croft to do what they wanted done if her termB were rea sonab le, and Fred was satisfied she would do very well after she got started. He kept Meyer till four o'clock that day to look after the office while he was out, and when he returned at that 11onr the German boy told him that several gentlemen, who sa id they were brokers, had called to see him. "What were their names, Meyer?" asked Fred. "Yell, von vos Mr. Ventvorth." "Wentworth; yes." "An udder someding." "You mean Finklesheim, don't you?" "Yaw, clot's right. Und der udder, vell, he vos a funny lidclle fellow mit a glass eyes, und red hair vot stuck up like cler quills off der porcupine.' ? "Oh, I know who you mean. His name is Pindar." "He didn't said vot his name vos. He yust let der udders done der talking, but he looked der blace s all around as if he had some pizness to found fault." Fred laughed for he knew Owen Pindar wa a nosey kind of man. He was a broker with a rather shady reputation, and his office was on that floor. Fred knew him only by sight, and was not particularly 'tlnxious to know him a.ny better Finklesheim was another trader that the young broker was not over-desirous of numbering among those he was pleased to receive as callers.
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 5 He was as shifty as quicksand, and as dangerous to have himself, after telling his new boy he could go home for the dealings with. day. "I wouldn't be surprised if I had a prize package in Those he caught in his toils he squeezed as dry .as ia him. Why, this tip on D. & G. alone ought to stand me sponge, and he was so foxy that no one ever had much suein several thousand dollars in profits. I'm mighty glad I cess in setting a trap for him. hired him. It is clear he won't let any visitor monkey He, also, had his office on the same floor with Fred. around the office when I'm out, and he's big and strong "Well, what did the gentlemen have to say?" enough to make people respect him. Yes: I think Meyer is "Ven I dem you vos oud dey vouldn't took mine all right. He only wanted $5 a week, but I guess he's vord for dot, but looked into der private rooms to seen off worth $8, all right. At any rate, that's what I'm going I vos a liar. Der' shent mit der glass eyes vos going in, to give him." but I grabbed him by der arm und says 'Nein, nobody gone Fred went to his desk and looked up the standing of in dere ven der poss vos oud.' He got hot by der collar D. & G. und said who I vos, anyway? I said I vos der pffice poys, It was going around 60. und vos in sharge off der places. Der udder two la.ughs If it went up to 80, as Mr. Finklesheim said it would, ac at clot, und Mr. Ventvorth said vhere I come from? I cording to Meyer, that would represent a good profit on a said from Yarmany, und dey laughs again. Mr. Ventvorth thousand shares or mqre. den said to Mr. Finglesomeding dot he vondered vhere you In fact, it was just like finding money. bicked me up. Mr. Finglesomeding said he guessed I blew Fred waited till the table and typewriter for Miss Banpy der vinders in. Dey all laughed as if dot vos a funny crof t had been delivered, and then he went home. shoke Dey vent in der hall und I listen by cler door. Den Next morning Meyer opened up the office a11d mounted I heard Mr. Finglesomeding say to cler man mit der glass guard till his employer appeared. eyes dot he guessed you vos a easy mark, und dot you At ten o'clock Tillie Bancroft walked in, and Fred told vouldn't last so long. Dey vent und f stood py der vinders her that he had secured the promise of work for her. vhere I seen der girls vorking mit deir fingers by some He gave her a paper with the names of the gentlemen lidclle machines, und talked togedder. Mr. Ventvorth said, who had consented to give her a trial, and told her to call 'Let's sold him some off dot new Blizzard stock vich looks on them at once. purty nice but ain't vorth der paper it vos printed on.' He She did so, and secured three engagements. said dot he got took in himself mit 10,000 shares, und he She began taking dictation right away in the three offices, vould like to got rid mit it before der bottoms come oud off and got enough work to keep her busy all that day. it. Der udders said dot dey got some off it, too, und vould Meyer watched her take the cover off the machine and be glad to sold it to you. After dot vos agreed on dey got get to work with not a. little curiosity and interest. talking aboud sornedings dey called D. und G. Dey said At length he got bold enough to go and stand near her. der pools vos all ready, to gone ahead und puy all der shares "Vot you calls dot machines-?" he asked. in sight, und dot dey oxbected der brices vould gone to 80 "A typewriter," she replied, with a smile. inside off a veek, vhen dey vould sold oud und took in der "Is dot so? In mine uncle's places in Frankfort by der bro.fits. Dey den valkecl avay." Main on he had a gel vot vorked her fingers py a di:J'erent Fred was much amused by Meyer's report until the Gerkind off a typewrider." man boy began to mention what Wentworth and his com"What was the name of it?" panions said about D. & G., then he pricked up his ears with "Vell, you got me dot time, I peel you. I couldn't told considerable eagerness. you to safe mine lives. You are going to vork mit dis of-He made Meyer repeat that part over again, and ques-fices in, yaw?" tioned him closely as to the exact words the visitors had "Yes." used as near, as the boy could remember. "Vill you told me your names?" He saw that his office boy had gotten hold of a valuable "Tillie Bancroft." tip by having sharp ears and li stening to the conversation "So-o? Vell, mine is Meyer Suppegreenz. I am a pully in the hall. poy midoud a glass eye."JIt was evident that Wentworth, Finklesheim and Pindar The girl laughecf at the way he said it, and also because were interested in a pool that was about to buy up :p. & G. his name sounded just like "soup greens.'' shares on the quiet for the purpose of booming the price "I haf a sveedheart dottlooks yust like you, only she's got after they had succeeded in c9rnering the stock as well as light hair und plue eyes, mit a big dimble py her moud," they could. said Meyer. "Py shi-nsher, I vouldn't lost her for all der Fred saw the advantage the knowledge would be to him moneys py Wall Street." and determined to profit by it before the stock advanced in "You think a. good deal of her, then?" said Tillie. the market. "I peel you. I vill many her someday ven I got to peen It was quite clear to Fred that the men would not have a proker mit a bank account so big," and Meyer illustrated spoken their minds so freely in the hall if they suspected in his own way Jtow big h meant. Meyer was liste:i;iing. The conversation was interrupted by Fred. Fred chuckled to himself as he thought the matter over. "Meyer," he said, "you are not very well acquainted with Meyer certainly had a wooden face, but he was pretty this neighborhood. I think you had better go out and take shai]J, for all that. a walk around. Find out where the Stock Exchange is, and "He's liable to hear a whole lot of things that wouldn't the names and locations of the big office buildings. Undercome within ea. rshot of a bright-looking he said to stand?" I
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. "I ped you. I found dem all oud pefore I got pack." Fred then gave him some general directions regarding the financial district, and explained -where the Exchange and the more prominent buildings were, and then Meyer put on his derby, which made Miss Bancroft laugh, it looked so funny on his big head, and walked out of the office. "He is a comical-looking boy, isn't he?" she said to Fred. "Yes, he is; but there are no flies on him, just the same. I'm w.illing to bet that a good many people will get fooled on him before he's been a month in ihe Street. Well, I'm going to leave the office in your care until either Meyer or I get back. You can tell anybody that asks for me that I'm over at the Stock Exchange." He went directly to his safe deposit box in the Washing ton vaults and took out $18,000 o.f his small capital. With this he visited the office of a w e ll-known broker, named George Wes tcott, with whom he .was on friendly term s and gave him an order to buy 3,oeo s hares of D. & G. at the market on the usual margin, which would amount to about the $18,000. Then he went over to the gallery of the Exchange and watched the buying and selling of stocks by the mob of brokers on the floor. About one o'clock he went to lunch and when he got back he found Meyer reading a German novel with a picture cover. CHAPTER IV. f'RED MAKES A NEAT PROFIT AT THE EXPENSE OF TI-IE SYNDICATE. "Is Miss Bancroft out to lunch ?" he asked the boy. "Yaw. She sai d off you come in pefore she got pack to told you dot fr. Ventvorth vos here to! seen you." "All right. How did you make out yourself, Meyer?" "Yell, I did purty goot. I had to ask: some questions off peoples, but dey told me vot I vanted to found oud. Some off der poys tried to blay soma tricks mit me, but it didn't vork, I peel you. Dey tink c1emselufs purty smard; but I seen feller s yust like dot pefore, und dey don't got noddings on me, I ped me your lif e ." "Then you could find the Stock Exchange if I sent you there, eh?" "I peel you I could found it." "Know where the Mills Building is?" "Yaw. It vos on Proad Street, down avays." "Where is the Vanderpool Building?" "Oxchange Places, py New Street." "That's right," said Fred, who asked him the locality of a few more buildings, and was surprised at his accurate lmowledge of their situation. Miss Bancroft returned after a little while and resumed her work. When three o'clock came around Fred told Meyer he could go home for the day. "Shimmany cribs! But dis is a fat shob, I ped you," he muttered to himself as he went out the door. At a quarter past three Miss Bancroft looked intu Fred's private office and told him that Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Finkelsheim wished to see him. "Tell them to walk in," said the young broker, and a mo ment later the two gentlemen came into the room. "How d'ye do, Farnham?" said Mr. Wentworth, with ap parent cordiality. "We've caught you in at last." "I'm pretty well, thank you. How are you, Mr. Finkels heim? Make yourselves at home, gentlemen." They seated themselves, Mr. Wentworth appropri11,ting the chair next to Fred's desk. "Finklesheim and I called to congratulate you on your debut as one of the boys," said Wentworth. "Thank you, both,'' repli'ed Fred, though he knew that neither of the traders was sincere in their congratulations. "Let me see, been in business about a week, haven't you?" said w entworth. "About that." "I don't see how you find the work to keep 11, stenogupher busy." "She's a :fine-looking girl,'' put in Finkelsheim. "I'd like to make an exchange with you, Farnham." "I guess you're joking, Mr. Finkelsheim. You've a pretty smart little girl." "Yes, she's smart enough. Say, where did you pick up that animated pretzel you have for an office boy?" "I got him through an advertisement in the paper." "He'd look better in a grocery store than down in Wall Street. Whatever made you take him on?" "What 's the matter him?" "He looks like a Dutch cigar-store sign. Why, you' ll be the laughing stock of the Street if you don't ship him." "I guess I can stand that, Mr. Finkelsheim. I'm gofag to break him into the business. He wants to be a broker." The two traders roared at that. '"That's pretty rich," said Finkelsheim. "I mu st tell that around. Never in the whole course of my experience have I seen such a thick-headed boy in Wall Street." "By the way, Farnham, to change the subject, weuld you like to invest in some shares of the Blizzard Gold and Silver Mining Co.?" asked Wentworth. "It's a new mine, but, from all accounts, it's a hummer. I can put you next to 10,000 shares if you would like to take them._ Th ey're going at 15 cents to-day, but I haven't the lea s t doubt they'll be selling at a dollar before many months. The ore marked out in that mine is simply of phenomenal richness." "Sorry, Mr. Wentworth, but my funds are all tied up at present in a little deal I have on the tapis." "What deal is that?" "I don't care to say what it is, but I expect to make a few thousands out of it." "A few thousands, eh? You couldn't make a few thou sands easier than going into the Blizzard mine." "Then I take it that you've got a good-sized block of it?" "Yes, and so has Finkelsheim ; but we've both got customers who are pressed or cash and must sell their Blizz&rd stock." "If the mine is as good as you say it is, you should have no difficulty in disposing of the stock." "We'll have no difficulty in getting rid of it, but we thought we'd give you a chance to take some of it before we put it on the Curb. If I were you I'd try to hunt up a few dollars and take a fow thousand shares off us." "I'll think about it, Mr. Wentworth. Should I have some spare funds in a. day or two I'll drop into your office and see you about the matter,'' replied Fred. "I'll tell you what I'll do with you, Farnham: if you'll
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. take that block of 10,000 shares I have for sale I'll let you have it for 12 cents. That i s as good as presenting you with $300. What do you say? Shall we make the deal?" "Not at present, Mr. Wentworth." The trader looked much disappointed, and after a few more words the two visitors took their departure. Fred laughed quietly to himself as they went out. "Thought they'd drive off some of the Blizzard stock on me. Well, they found that it wouldn't work. I hope to make them and their friend s lake in those 3,000 D. & G. share s at a big profit to myself in a few clays. I wis h it was Finkelsheim alone, but you never can catch that chap napping. When he loses money it i s always with a crowd, and then he ha s the satisfact ion of knowing that he isn't the only one up against it." When he went into the outer office h e found 1\Iiss B an crof t puLting on.her hat preparatory lo going home. "Done for tho day, Miss Bancroft.?" he said "Yes, I just finished my last piece of work. I have done very well for a first day, and have promise 0 as much more for to-morr.ow. I am sure I never can thank you enough for your kindness, l\Ir. Farnham. You have show n a good deal of interest in one who was a strange r to you till yesterday." \ "Don't mention it, Miss Bancroft. We're not strange rs now, at any rate. In act, I hope we shali become very good friends." "I am sure we shall," sho replied, with a blu s h, as she noticed Fred's admiring gaze fixed upon her. Then she held out her hand to him and bade him goodaternoon. "She's a nice girl, all right," soliloquized the young bro ker, watching her pass out at the door. "I never saw a girl I liked so much. I'm glad she's attached to my office, and I'm glad to have been able to do a favor. It will kind 0 make me solid witl;i her, and that will suit me first-class." Next morning when the Exchange opened and the first quotations began to come in, Fred noticed that D. & G. had gone up a point. It didn't advance again that much or a couple of days, when it reached 62. "Well, I'm $6,000 ahead of the game at this point," said with considerable satisfaction. "How Wentworth, Finkelsheim and the rest of their bunch would howl if they knew I'd got in on the ground floor with them on D. & G. I let Westcott in on the tip and he's bought 10,000 shares or himself. That's l 3,000 shares thev'll have to take care of i we should happc n to unload it oU:the market juEt as they ale beginning to liquidate, and is liable to make a hole in theirpro:fits." D. & G. went to 64 that day, and to 65 the next. It continued to advance a' the stock grew scarcer under the quiet buying 0 Wentworth and Finkelsheim, who rep resented the syndicate. Finally the pool members got about all the stock they could handle, and their two bl'okers stal'ted in to boom the price. As the value of the stock got higher quite a bit mol'e came to the surface, and the pool was fol'ccd to raise the funds to pay for it. By this time Wentworth and Finkelsheim .had boosted the price to 76. Fred then called on Westcott and told him to sell his shares, as he thought it had gone high enough to satisfy him. "Let them go in three 1,000 lots," said Fred "All right," replied the broker; "and after I get yours out I'll becrin to feed them with mine. Between u s bot h o d fit I we ought to get $175,000 of their expecte pro s He went over to the Exchange and offered JZred's stock or sale at 76 3-8, and Wentworth took it in. Then he went over to Finkelsheim and asked h im if he wanted any D. & G. "How much have you got?" he asked. "Five thousand shares." Finkelsheim nearly had a fit, but he had to accept it or let it be thrown on the market, and the pool couldn't aff ord that. Westcott then returned to Wentworth and offered him 2,000 more shares. The broker accepted it. "Want any more?" asked Westcott, after they had ex changed memorandums. "I've got another block of 3,000." Wentworth didn't want it, you can depend, but he dared not refuse it at that stage 0 the game, so he bought it, and that let Westcott out with a profit of $165,000. Fred was perfectly satisfied with his profit 0 $16,000, which raised hi s capital to $38,000, and gave him a more solid backing for future business. CHAPTER V. FRED'S FIRST CUSTOMER .L'D WH.\T HIS SECOND VISIT LED TO. The Wentworth, Finkelsheim and Pindar syndicate worked the D. & G. deal for a good profit, in spite of the heavy price they had to pay or a good bit of the stock, and after they liquidated the general public paid the piper, as it usually did. Fred had an advertisement running in severa l of t h e :financial papers, and it was about this time that he ca.ught his first customer. A big, heavy-set man came into the office one day and asked for him. Meyer announced him, and the young broker told him to ask the visitor to walk into the private room ""How do you do, sir," said the caller. "I would like t o see Mr. Farnham. I saw his advertisement in the D aily Indicator.' lVIy name is Dagley I live at Shreveport and am visiting the city on l:)usiness connected with my hotel." "I am Mr. Farnham," replied Fred. "Take a sea t and let me know what I can do for you." "You are not Broker Farnham, are yd1i. ? ask ed the visitor. "Yes, sir." "You look rather young for a trader "Probably, sir; but it's the young man who is running the world these days "I guess you're right. You look pretty smart. Are you a member of the Stock Exchange?" "No. I couldn't be if I was worth a million." "Why not?"
THE YOUNG MOXEY MAGNATE. "I am not twenty-one yet. It is one of the rules or the sell them at 12 I won't bother. I think that's enough for Exchange that a member must at least be of age before he the stock." is eligible to a seat. That is the one disadvantage of being "\\'hat you think, my boy, and what others think, are two too young in Wall Street." different things. However, since you are bargain-hunting "How, then, do you manage to do business?" to-day, and I said I'd let you have the block at 12, I'll let "Easily enough. I frnve a business arrangement with one 'em go at that, though I'm presenting you with $300." of the members of the Exchange, and he buys ancl sells for "'Than}( you, Mr. Wentworth, yott're very kind." me on the floor of that institution." "It's a failing of mine to be liberal," chuckled Went-"'l'hen you can do business just the same as any other worth. "That's what keeps me poor. I am bound to say, broker?" however, that I wouldn't let the stock go at 12 cents to any As far as my customers are concerned I can, sir body else but you. You've just started in business, and "Very well; that is rnti factory to me, proYided you are 'I'd like to give you a boost." responsible." "You're uncommonly benevolent for a broker, Mr. \Vent-"I can refer you to several brokers as to my responsibility, worth. Get the stock. Here is $1 ,200." if you wish." The trader counted the money with some alacrity, carried "011 I I a tru t ou 1 k 1 t t ,, it to his cashier with a memorandum, and then returned gues::. c n :; y .LOU 00 10nes 0 me. t 1 'fi f Bl' 1 G ld a "Thank ou" laughed Fred "An ho est -l 1 f with en l,OOO-s1are certi catcs o the 1 zzarc o an y n oo nng ace S 'l M. C h. l l h d d t F d has its advantages even if the owner is a crook. Do you i imeg o., w rc 1 18 an c j re ;, warit to buy or sell me stock?'' Thanks, said the young broker, nsmg. I will now w cld "Yes, I'd like to get some Blizzard mining stock." ay. ,, "Blizzard!" exclaimed Fred, in surprise. "That's a new Farnham. Ca.11 m agam. mining proposition I can get :you all you want at 15 cents Fred said he would some time, and left. a share. but I can hardly recommend it as a winnei,, "Well, I've made $325 on this deal, at any rate," he said to himself on his way back. "I wonder what put it. into "Why not?" :M:r. Baglcy's head to buy this stock? He looks like a "Because it hasn't demonstrated its ability as a producer, pretty hard-headed, practical man. J\faybe he's received a though the people back of it have advertised its possibilities lot of glowing circulars and proRpectnscs the mine's in the most glowing way for the past year. 'rluee months promoter ont in Goldfield and they impressed him. Well, ago it was quoted at 35 cents on the Goldfield Exchange, I hope he won't lose anything by 11i s investment. He can't but it has since declined to 15 cents." "Well, I'm willing to take a risk on it,'' replied the man, in a confidential, and, as Fred thought, significant way. "All right, sir; you are the doctor. How much do you want of it?" "I'll buy 10,000 shares, if you can get it for me at 15 cents "That will cost you $1,500." "Here is the money. When can you have the stock for me? I'd like to get back home on the seven o'clock train." "If you will return in an hour I'll have the stock for you." "I'll be back. What commission do you charge?" "Same as the San Francisco and Goldfield Exchangeson stocks quoted at between 10 cents and 25 cents a share, $2.50 a thousand shares." "That will be $25 for the 10,000 shares of Blizzard?" "Yes, sir." "All right. That's reasonable I ll be back about three Fred gave him a memora.nclum of the transaction with a receipt for $1,500, and his first customer departed. The young broker then put on his hat and went clown to Wentworth's office. "Hello, Farnham,'' said that trader, when the boy walked into his office. "What can I do for you to-clay?" "I came after those Blizzard shares offered me the other day for 12 cents." "I d.idn't say you could have them any time for 12 cents. The market price is still 15 cents, according to the latest reports from Goldfield. I said if you'd take me up then I'd let you have them for 12 cents." "All right," replied Fred, ri sing; "if you don't want to say that I was over -an xious to push it on him. I don't want any customer of mine to have it in his power to say that I helped to do him. Some people, :Mr. Finkelsheim, for in stance, don't mind that kind of reputation, but I do." JI.Ir. Bagley turned up at three o'c lock anu Fred handed him the ten certificates The hotel keeper put them in his pocket with evocy evi dence of satisfaction, and after a short conve1"8ation took his. departure. He had bee n gone about ten minutes when Fred noticed a folded piece of paper on the floor beside his desk. He picked it up and looked at it. There was some writing on the inside, which ran a s fo1101rs: "Ivanhoe, Nev., May 6. "Dear Bill-I am going to put you on to a good thing. Take my word for it that it's a sure winner and go the limit. H 's the Blizzard Gold and Silver Mining Co. It l"tarted with a hurrah about a :vear ago, and was reckoned such a good proRpcct that tbC' price 1rcnt to 35 cents a share. Then it failed to make good the proplwcics of its promoters and the price has been sagging since till it's now down to 15 cents. For the last six months it has been looked upon in Goldfield with some suspicion, some of the brokers re garding it as a gold brick. Well, it is a gold brick, but not a spurious one. It's the real article, but the news of the late discoveries are at present being kept a profound secret, so that those on the inside can buy back the treasury stock, s9ld for promotion pmposes, as cheaply as possible. It will ,never get below 15 cents, but in thirty clays from now it will be quoted at a dollar and over. Pin that fact in your hat. Qutie a bit of the treasury stock is :floating about Wall Street, and should be picked up at 15 cents. Get next to
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 9 as much of it as you can afford to buy, and reap the b e nefit of the ri s e when it comes. Yours truly, "W. H. H." Fred was a s tonished at the contents of the paper. How had the letter, minus it's envelope, got into his office? The only visitor Fred bad bad since he returned to his office was :Mr. Bagley, therefore, as the hotel keeper of Shreveport had s hown a decided interest in Blizzard he must have dropped the letter accidentally on the floor when pulling out his handkerchief, as Fred recollected he had done. The glowing contents of the letter would easily account for Mr. Ba g ley's desire to get possession of some of the stock of the Blizzard mine. His friend "W. H. H." seemed to have secured inside information about the mine that was very valuable, if true. J\fr. Bagley clearly put great dependence on his friend's word, for he had bought 10,000 shares of the stock with the object of profiting by the tip. Fre d began to cons ider if it wouldn't be a good thing for him to load up on Blizzard with the same purpo s e in view, since the pointer had come to him through the carelessness of the hotel keeper. While he was considering the matter, Meyer opened the door and said: "A lady py der names of Bishop to seen you." her to. walk in," repli.Pd Fred. In a moment the door ope-ilea tigain and a dashing-look ing woman of perhaps thirty years entered the room. CHAPTER VI. FRED FALLS INTO MR. FINKEL'lHEIM:'S TRAP. "Mr. Farnham?" she asked interrogatively. "That's my name, ma'am. Will you be seated?" The caller took the chair beside hi s desk, and lifting her veil revealed a face of considerable beauty, which was further enhanced various artificial aids that some ladies are fond of employing to make themselve s a s fascinating as possible. "I saw your adverti s ement in the 'Daily Indicator,'" said the lady, sweetly, "and as I have some mining stock I wanted to sell I thought I would come down and see you about it." "Well, you came to the right place," smiled Fred, con gratulating himself on the fact of catching two customers on the same day. "What is the name of the mining stock you wish to sell?" "I've got it here in my bag. My husband, who is a com mercial traveler, ancl is on the road at present, made me a present of the certificates about a month ago. I have de cided that I'd rather have the value of the stock than the stock itself." The lady opened her bag and brought out, to Fred's sur prise, four 5,000-share certificates of Blizzard mining stock. "The market price of this s tock, I understand, is 15 cents !1-share," she said. "That is the figure it is quoted at on the Goldfield Ex change, but I don't think it will bring as much as that in New York, madam," replied Freel. "Besides, there is not much of a demand now: for this stock, since the price dropped from 35 cents three months ago." "Don't you think you can sell it for 15 cents?" "I think it very doubtful." "What will you give me for those four certificates?" "As a rule I buy and sell stock only on commission, but as I might be able to do something with th0Se certificates at 12 cents I'll give you that for them now," said Fred, who had decided to take a chance on "Mr. Bagley's tip. "That would be how much, altogether?" "Twenty-four hundred dollars, less $50 commission." "Is that tl1e best you could do?" asked the lady, doub tfully. "Yes, madam. I guess I could go on the Curb and get all I wanted of the stock for 12 tents. In fact, I bought 10,000 shares about an hour ago for a customer at tl;lat price." "Well," she said, with seeming re l uctance, "if that's the best I can do I suppose I'll have to take it. I think my hus band paid 25 cents for the stock." "Very likely he did, if he purchased it a month or six weeks ago. It was much higher then than it is now, and may go still "Then you think it go lower?" she asked. "It is impossible for me to say that it will with any degree of certainty," replied Fred. "Stocks are constantly fluctuating in value, especially mining stocks. Judging from the slump in the price or this Blizzard mine, I shou l d say that the indications point rather to a further decline than to an advance; but if new discoveries of rich ore shou l d be made, which might happen at any time if the property is promising, why, then a sharp advance would be in order "Well," said the lady, "I'll sell the certificates for 12 cents a share." Accordingly, Fred handed her $2,350, and she l eft the office with the money. "Dot vo:> a finelooking vomans vot vos i n here t o seen you," said Meyer, about an hour later. "Yes, she was remarkably handsome," replied Fred. ttI t'ink dot Mr. Finglesomedings make a smas h on he r, he said, grinning. "Mr Finkelsheim ?" "Yaw. I vos oud py der hallvays vhen she came py d i s office herseluf. Mr. Fingelsheim vos stooding py der stair vays at der time. Vot you dinks, he valks right up und stops her und said : 'V ell, how did you make oud ?' She laughed and showed him somedings dot vos in her hand Den he shook her py der hand und laughed himseluf 'Come py mine offices,' he said, "mid I make it all right mit yon.' Und den she vent py his offices mit him, yust as if he vos her pruddet. I clink Mr. Fingelsheim peen a gay poy, I peel you." Meyer evidently thought the interview he had seen was very funny, but Fred didtnot think it funny at all He suddenly smelt a big mouse, and forthwith began to kick himself. He was satisfied that he was the victim of a put-up job Mr Finkelsheim had unloaded 20,000 shares of '.Blizzard stock on him by a ruse that now seemed very transparent to Fred. Very likely Wentworth was in the game, too, and ha d helped the good work along.
JO THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNAT"E. )fr. Bngley had dropped the letter near his d esk designed ly, for soon after his departure the lady had called with the four certificates. Well, the first thing for.him to do was to go out and see what he could get from a mining broker for the stock, and then he would know ho w much he was out by the transaction. He hulTied down to the Curb Exchange and asked a broker he knew what he would give for Blizza.l'C1 mining stock. "I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole," replied the broker, laughing. "Why not?" replied Fred, in some surprise. "It's quoted at 15 cents on the Goldfield Exchange." "That was yesterday, but the quotation amounted to nothing. The people interested in getting rid of the stock have been trying to keep up the price, probably by means of w2sh sales. 'The bottom fell out of the stock to-day, and it's been remov ed from thEl li$t. As things stand now it isn't worth anything. At any rate, I wouldn't give a cent a share for it. I know severa l brokers who have been bitten on it. -n'entworth is one, Finkelsheim is another, and Pindar is a third. They've been trying to get rid of it for some time, but nobodv would take it off their hands. Are vou one of the unfortunates, too?" "I'm afraid I am. I'm out $2,000 on what I got hold of." "Well, charge it to profit and lo ss, and then frame one of the certificates a .nd hang it up in your office as a warning to be more careful about your mining stock purchases in the. f'uture." Fred returned to his office feeling pretty sore, but he registered a vow to get back al Finkels heim some time for the trick that foxy trader had played on him. However, he had the satisfaction of knowing that he had made $16,000 off the Finkelsheim crowd through the tip on D. & G., and he was sorry they didn't know it. Next day when he passed Mr. Finkelsheim at the en trance to the building he detected a satisfied grin on the broker's countenance. "He's gloating over having got the best of me," growled Fred. "Well, it's a long lane that hasn't got a turning. I hope to have the laugh on him yet." While Fred charged the $2,000 he was out to profit and loss, he didn't intend to frame one of the certificates as the mining broker had suggested He put them in an enve lope and laid them in his safe. It was not impossible that the Blizzard stock might come to life again some day,. in which event he would be able to realize something on them. That afternoon, as he was about starting for lunch, Miss Bancroft, who had just been to hers, entered the office looking somewhat disturbed. "What's the matter, Miss Bancroft?" asked Fred. "You look a bit rattled." "One of the clerks on this floor, I believe he is employed by 1\Ir. Pindar, has been annoying me for several days past." "Annoying you, Miss Bancroft?" "Yes. He seems determined to make my acquaintance if he can. He came up in the elevator with me just now and actually had the assurance to speak to me. Then he followed close bel1ind me as far as Mr. Pindar's office. He certainly is no gentleman to act in that way." "What does he look like?" "He's tall and thin, and o.f a sandy comp l exion." "That's 1\Ir. Pindar'R head bookkeeper. If he bothers yon again let me know, and I will take him)n hand." "Oh, no, l\Ir. Farnham," she replied, hastily; "I don't want you to get into any trouble on my account." wuiss Bancroft, I won't permit you to be annoyed any more than I would if you were my sister. I consider it my duty to protect you if you stand in need of it. I hope you understand that I am .your sincere friend, and that I have your interest at heart." 'Thank you, Mr. Farnham," replied the girl, fl.ashing a grateful look in his face. "You. have indeed been very kind and nice to me since I came to your office, and I appreciate it probably more than you think." Fred bowed and walked out of the office. That afternoon nfiss Bancroft was very busy, and workecl up to five o'clock, Fred remaining to keep her company. When she was through he offered to Ree her as far as the elevated station at Hanover Square, and they left 1.he office together. On the way to th() elevator he recollected that he had for gotten a small package he intended to take home, and he asked her to exchse him a minute while he went back to get it. It only took him about two minutes, but when h e came in sight of the elevator he saw Mr. Pindar's head book keeper making a bee-line for Miss Bancroft as she stood awaiting his return. "Well, if he hasn't got a nerve!" muttered Fred, hurry ing forward. "Some persons are never happy unless they get themselves into hot water." The stenographer did not recognize the bookkeeper until he was close to her, and then she stepped back from the elevator in order to avoid giving him the s lighte s t excuse to address her. The man, however, was determined to take advantage of his opportunity. "Don't run away, miss," he said. "Won't you permit me to introduce myself? My name is--" "Mr. Kraft, kindly leave that young lady alone," said manly voice in his ear. The bookkeeper whirled around and came face to face with Fred. CHAPTER VII. FRED LEARNS SOMETHING ABOUT HENRY KRAFT. "What's that?" snorted Kraft "I requested you1 not to annoy that young lady," replied Fred, coolly "How dare you butt into my business?" demanded the bookkeeper, angrily, for he did not recognize the boy as Broker Farnham. "You have no right to try and fo:i:ce your unwelcome at tentions on that young lady, Mr. Kraft. You don't know her, and she doesn't wish to know you." "1\1ind your own business, will you?" snarled the book keeper. "I'm attending to my business now, and that is to pro-
THE Y OUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 11 tect Miss Bancroft against your undesirable advances. My all about the dead shares of the Blizzard mine that lay right to do so is unquestionable, as she is connected with snugly tucked away in his safe. my office." Miss Bancroft was not troubled further by Henry Kraft, "Your office l" who gave her a wide berth whenever they accidentally met, "Yes. My name is Frederick Farnham, sto .ck broker." either in the elevator, or in the corridor. "Oh, indeed," replied Kraft, with a sneer. "So you're Kraft, however, had it in for Fred for interfering be-the boy broker, are you?" tween him and the young lady, and he cudgeled his brain He had heard considerable about Fred from his employer, for some plan that would enable him to get square with the and, as Mr. Pindar had no very high opinion of Fred, it young broker. was natural that his bookkeeper would also be somewhat He was willing to do most anything, however mean and prejudiced again st the young broker. contemptible, provided it did not react on himself-in fact, "I may not be a man in' years, Mr. Kraft, but I know such tricks were right in line with his nature, and came how to behave myseif toward ladies," retorted Fred. easy to him; but their success depended largely against "Do you mean cto say that I don' t know how to behave whom they were directed. myself?" While he hated Fred, he was, at the same time, afraid of "You arc not behaving yourself as a gentleman towards the smart young broker, and so he went slow about getting Miss Bancroft, at any rate. This i s the second time to-day back at him. you have tried to force yourself on her notice without any It happened, however, that trouble overtook him from encouragement on her part. Now, please cut it oul in the another quarter. future." One day, as Fred was on hi s way to the elevator, he saw "You young whippersnapper, how dare you use s uch Iana poorly-dressed little woman, of perhaps looking guage to me?" roared Kraft, in a rage. at the different doors as if in search of some name. At that moment the elevator stopped at the floor, and Thinldng to be of service to her, the boy trader stepped Fred, ignoring the bookkeeper, said to the girl: up and said: "Come, Miss Bancroft we will g6, if you please." "Who are you looking for, madam?" She hurried into the elevator, and, as Kraft made no at"A banker by the name of Kraft." tempt to follow-much to the girl's relief-the cage went "There is no banker in the building by that name, down without him. 1 ma'am." "'That man.makes me so n er vous," said the stenographer, "Isn't this the Oriole Building?" as they were leaving the building. "I wM so afraid that "Yes, ma'am." you might have trouble with him." "And this is the sixth floor?" "I don't think he would have found it to his advantage "That's right, ma'am." to have had a run-in with me. I am not the least bit afraid "Here is Mr. Kraft' s card," and s he showed a small piece of people of his stamp," replied Fred. of pasteboard, evidently the production of a cheap printer, "But it would have been dreac1ul if you had come to on which Fred read: "Henry Kraft,' Banker and Broker, blows, ju st on my account." Sixth Floor, Oriole Building. Money received on deposit at "It would have been in a good cause, so far as I was con5 per cent." cernecl, and I fancy he would have had cause to regret it "I know a Henry Kraft on this floor, but he's neither a had he made an attempt to strike me. I am fully able to banker nor a broker. He is a bookkeeper for Owen Pindar, take care of myself, even if it comes to a scrap." yonder. He i s tall and thin, with a sandy complexion and "I hoipe he may not annoy me any more," she said, nerhair to m a tch." vously. "'That's him," said the little woman, eagerly. "I have an idea that he won't, so don't worry about it." "But, he is not in business fqr himself," replied After that they got talking about something more interFreel, regarding the card in a puzzled way. esting than Mr. Kraft, and in a short time they r eached The little woman looked uneasy and somewhat distressed. the Hanove1 Square station. "Not in business for himself?" she fl.uttered. "When Fred went as far as 12!Jth Street with her, a nd then he he handed me hi s card he told me that he had been estab walked across to his home, while she continued on up to the li s hed ten years. :S:e has $990 of my money, every cent I Bronx. have in the world, on deposit." Next day the yoU1fj broker noticed that H. & 0 .stock "He ha s ?" was attracting considerable attention at the Exchange. "Yes, and I came .after the interest on it for six months, For several days it had been going up slowly, but surely, which he told me I could get any time I asked for it." ancl was now ruling at 56. "Have you got anything about you to show that you gave After some consideration he decided to get in on it, so' him this money, ma'am?" he call ed on George Westcott ancl left an order with him The little woman pulled out a SJ'!lall memorandum hook, to buy 5,000 shares for is account, putting up a margin of on the back of which was printed in small letters, "Henry $28,000. Kraft," and in larger characters, PASS BOOK." lnl'ide of three days the stock went to 611-2, and then "Well, ma'am, this is only a common memorandum book, Freel sold out, making a profit of nbout $26,750, and rai s such as you could buy in any stationer's store for a nickel, in?: his capital to nearly $63,000. and not at all like a banker's pass book. How came you to Thi s successfu l deal was spl e ndid salve for the throwdeposit your money with Mr. Kraft?" down he hadleceived from Mr. Finkelsheim, and he forgot "He used to board with my sister. He dressed well and
12 THE YOUNG l\IONEY MAGNATE. seemed to have plenty of I had my money in a savings bank at 4 per cent. interest. He to l d me if I would deposit it with him he'd give me 5, and perhaps 6 or 7, if conditions wer e good in Wa ll Street. He said he paid 6 1-2 per cent. last year to all his depositors He talked to me a good deal about the matter until I finally took my money out of the savings bank and let him have it, and he gave me that book to keep. He told me to ]el him know when I wanted any of my money and he would bring it up to me and save me the trouble of coming down after it." "Very kind o.f him," said Fred, with a iino-e of sarcasm in his tone. 0 "Lately he moved away from my sister's, and I couldn't find out where he had gone It was only by accident that I found this card at my sister's. The one he "ave me originally he had bonowed back to use as cop; for the printer; he said, but he did not return it." "Well, ma'am, my advice to you is to go into Mr. Pin da r's office and sec if the Henry Kraft who is bookkeeper there is the same man who represented himself to you as a banker and broker. If he is, you'd better ask him to return you the $900 belonging to you and then put it back in 1.he savings bank again. In my opinion you are takincr great chances of losing it by leaving it in hands for h: certainly got it from you under misrepresentation. If you have any trouble in settling with him, come in and see me, a n d I will try and help you out. Herc is my card." "I am very much obliged to you," said the little woman, gratefully, accepting 11is card. "You say Mr. Kraft is a b ookkeeper for Mr. Pindar on this floor?" "Yes, ma'am. There's his office yonder. I will be back in about half an hour. Should you call at my office and I am out, wait for me. In fact, it might be advisable for vou to call and let me know how you makr.i out with Mr. K;aft -that is, unless he gives you your money on demand, which I am afraid he won't do." Fred then continued on to the elevator, while the little ol.d lady, whose name was Elizabeth Owens, ente r ed Mr. Pindar's office. CHAPTER VIII. FRE D TURNS THE SCREWS ON MR. KRAFT. When Fred got back to his office three-quarters 0 an h our later, he found the little old lady waiting in the recep tion room. "Step right into my private office, Mrs. Owens," he said, as polite l y as though she were a queen. "Well, what l uck did you have?" he asked, after they were seated. "That was the Mr. Kraft to whom I gave my money," s h e said. I thought as much," rep l ied Fred, dryl y. "He admitted that he was now working for Mr. Pindar as his cashie r and head bookkeeper, but that he was carrying on his banking and brokerage business as a side issue. He assured me that my money was perfectly safe in his custody, anQ. offered to pay me the 5 per cent. interest on it that was d ue I accepted that, and he gave me $22.50. Then I told h im that I had concluded to draw my money, as I had use fo r it. He said that he had it out at interest, and that I c o u l d n't h ave it fo r s i x mo u ths T hat was the arrange me n t he said he had with me." "Was it, l\frs Owens?" "No. When I let hirn have my money he said I could draw it any time I wanted to, but thai I would lose the current interest by so doing, just as in any hank." "Well, what did you say to him? Didn't you insist on his pc ying you?" "I 1told him that I must have it. Then he said that it was impo siblc under the arrangements. Finally he said that he would try and let me have $100 in a month. I told him that wa:-: not satisfactory, and then he said that was the best be could do for me. I told him that I would have to sec a friend about it if he couldn't settle with me. He asked me not to do that, ancl said he would see if he could do better. He told me to return home, and that he would call upon mo in a few clays." "The fact ot the matter is, l\frs Owens, he either can't, or doesn't want to, return you the money "What shall I do, then?" she asked, anxiously "1 can't afford to lose it." "Well, if yon will give me an order on him for the $900 I guess l will be able to make him come up with it. In the meantime, if you want $100 on account. I can let you have it." "Thank you. I don't want lo use the principal. The $22.50 he gaYc me will answer. If you will draw out an order on him for the money I will sign it. I suppose you will need the book?" "Yes, I will have to return it to him when he pays the money." Freel drew up the order and Mrs. Owens signed it. "Is this your address on the book, Mrs Owens?" "1t is "Well, you'll hear from me to morrow, and I hope I shall be able to tell you that I have your money in my posses sion." "I hopo so, Mr. Farnham. I thank you very much for the intereRt you are taking in my business, and I am will ing to pay you for your time. "There will be no charge wlrntever, Mrs. Owens. I con sider it my duly to sec that you are not imposed upon by a man of whom, for reasons, I have no great opinion." Mrs Owens then took her departure, anc1 shortly a.fter ward Fred sent a note to 1\Ir. Kraft by Meyer asking him to call on him as soon as possible Jn a few minutes the German boy came back "Well, what did he say?" asked Fred. "He said he voulcl seen you to der old Nicks pefore he vou ld ca 11 py your offices." "Hl;l said that, did he?" chuckled the young broker. "Yaw, I pec1 yol1 lrn did. He vos purty mad vhen he read dot letters. He told me to go py der door oucl, or he vonld put me oud." "Ile did?" "Tinned Fred. "Yaw. J saic1, 'I don'd clink you vill put me ouc1. I could valk me oud midoud any help.' Fred put on his hat and went straight ta Mr. Pindar's Kraft pretended not to see him, but the young broker marched up to his desk. "I received the gentl emanly message you sent me in an swer to my note, so I was obliged to come in and see you here," said Fred.
THE Y.-OUNG MONEY MAGNATE. What do you want with me?" snarled the bookkeeper. "I have a little business to transact with you which I thought you might prefer to settle in the .wivacy of my office, but since you thought proper to return me an insult ing reply to my request for you to call, why, we'll fix it up right here." "What business have you with me? I have none with you." "You are ai:;quainted with an old lady by the name of Elizabeth Owens, I believe," said Fred, tersely. l\fr. Kraft gave a start and changed color. "She ha.5 given me an order on you for the. sum $900, which you owe her. Here is the order, and I make the de mand for immediate payment." "What have you got to do with this matter?" roared Kraft, furiously. "I represent 1\Irs. Owens. You will pay this money by five o'clock tD-day or I'll have you arrested and prosecuted for obtaining money under false pretenses. That is all there is to it, Mr. Kraft," replied Fred, in a resolute tone and manner. The bookkeeper staggered against his desk, the picture of consternation. "I will settle with Mrs. Owens myself," he gurgled. "No, you won't. You had your chance to
THE Y OUNG MONEY MAGNATE. machines down. Mr. Fingelsomedings said to der udder shent, 'Dere dot Dutch lobster is, I told you apoud, who for Farnham der poy proker, vot is a soft snaps to sold Blizzard stocks to.' Der shent looks at me und savs 'Vhere did you got
r I THE :.\IOXEY J.\1AGNATE. J5 At that moment they reachecl the comer. 'I'hen he shoutecl for Louisa to come oYer. ancl slte was Suddenly, and without any warning, three ruffians soon standing by his side. dashed upon Freel and struck him clown, while another grabbed Miss Bancroft ancl stifled the scream that rose to her lips. Fred, while dazed by the attack, was not overcome as easily' as the rascals had anticipated. He was up in a moment, and went for them with his sledge-hammer fists in a way that created some confusion in their ranks. Three to one, however, was big odds for him to overcome, and he had his hands full trying to hold them off. Unobserved by the ruffians, a stout boy with a flaxen haired girl on his arm was approaching down the cross street. They stopped short ancl looked at the scrap, which was taking place uncler a gae-lamp. "Py shinsher Dose shaps vill knock dot feller oud und run avay mit his gel. I feel yust like tooken a hand mit tiot scrimmage." "You mustn'cl done it, Meyer. You got yourseluf hurt, den vot voulcl become off me?" said his companion, who was short and stout, and very pretty. "Vell, off I got ln1rt I know id, I peel you; but you clink I vos a 'fraid-cap, Louisa, to stood py und see a young shent mit his lady loaf got put oud of pizness? Nein. I don'd peen such a fellers as dot. You stood here yust a liddle vhiles." "Now, Meyer, vos you crazy as a lunatic? I von'd led you go. I vill hold you py der arms so you clon'd move." "Louisa, I vos ashamed off you, to clink dot you vould stood here und seen a gel und her sveedheart in such a pad fix, uncl do noddings to helup elem." Meyer Suppegreenz, for he it was, shook himself loose from his anxious sweetheart and made a break for the ruffians, ju s t as one of them felled Fred with a glancing blow from a slung-shot. Meyer uttered a wild yell and went for the three men. The rascals were s tartled by his s udden appearance, and he bowled one of them over before they recovered them selves. Then the other two started for him. It happened, however, that a revolver had dropepd from the pocket of the chap the German boy had knocked down, and he snatched it up and fired it into the face of one of the others. The bullet grazed the rascal's cheek, while the flash o f the powder blinded him He shouted that he was shot, and staggered off with his hands to his face. The report of the weapon ended the fight, for the others took to their heels and fled. Miss Bancroft, the moment she was released rushed to the spot where Fred lay half stunned, and kneeling down, took hi s head in her arms and called on him to speak to her. l\Ieyer fired after the retreating ruffians, without any effect, however, than to make them nm faster, and then he came back anc1 looked down at the pair he had saved. The gaslight shone in their faces, and he recognized them in great astonishment. "Py shinsher Off id don'd peen Mr. Farnham und Miss Pancroft !" CHAPTER X. FRED WINS THE GJilJ, OF HIS HEART. Tillie Bancroft was holding Fred's head in her arms and weeping, while she wiped the blood away from the wound on his scalp, which \ms not serious at all. "Dear, dear Freel; speak to me!" begged the girl, who felt at that moment that the young broker was all in all to her, and she could not disguise her feelings in her excite ment. JI.feyer knelt down and lookecl at the cut on his employer's head. He saw tliat it was nothing to be worried at. "Dot don'd amound to noddings, l\Iiss Pancroft. He vill spoke to you in a minutes. Yust vait a liddle und don'd got so oxcided." In a few moments Fred recovered enough to realize that he was practically in Miss Bancroft's arms, and the sensa tion was so very pleasant that he took his time recovering completely. "Vell, Mr. Farnham, how you felt now?" asked Meyer. "Why, hello; that you, Meyer?" peel you id's me." "Why, where did you spring from?" said Fred, as he got on his feet and grabbed the stenographer's arm for he felt dizzy. "And who is this young lady?" "Dis is mine sveedheart, Louisa Strauss. Louisa, dis is mine poss in Vall Street, Mr. Farnham." "Happy t meet you, Miss Strauss," said Fred, as the young German girl made a bob. "Louisa, I make you ocquainted mit Miss Pancroft, who vorks dot machines called der typewriders at our offices," went on Meyer. Another bob from the flaxen-hai_red girl and mile from the stenographer. "You vish to l"Ilow vhere ve spring from, Mr. Farnham? Vell, Louisa und me peen to a surbrise pardies at der houses off Mr. Koopenbaus, der groceryrnan, who yust got back from a visits to der Faderlancl. Ve vos coming py der street down vhen ve seen der scrap, uncl I t'ought I voulcl took a hand in id to help cler veaker pardy oud." "Then I suppose Miss Bancroft and I owe our rescue to you, Meyer," said Fred, grasping his office boy by the hand '(Vell, I von't said dot ain'cl der fact. I guess dot Louisa und me dicln'd got here any too quick." "So you carry a revolver, do you, Meyer?" said Fred, ob serving the weapon that the German boy still held in his hand. "Nein. One 'off elem shaps dropped id. I picked id up und shot von off elem py cler faces, but heigot avay yust der same." "Well, I'm very much obliged to you, Meyer, and sha'n't fotget what I owe you," said Fred. "You're velcome, und don'd owe me noddings "You're a plucky fellow, anyway, l\Ieyer. Which way ar11 you going?" "Louisa und me haf two plocks more to gone, und den she vill be home. I lif py der corner grocery upstairs, yus t a lidqle vays mol'I!:"
THE YOUNG l\WNEY MAGNATE. "Then Miss Bancroft and I will bid you both good-night, He held on, however, for he believed the price would go as we go up this street," said the young broker, taking higher. Tillie's arm in his. After that it advanced much slower than he thought it A few minutes later the stenographer had reached her would, ::,md was going at 57 1-8 when the clock of the Ex own door. change stood at two. Fred took her hand in his and put his arm around her Fred then concluded that he wouldn't hold on any longer. unresisting form. He knew that Westcott was on the floor, so he went down" You do care for me, don't you?" he said, eagerly. stairs and sent in for him. she replied. When the broker canie in answer to his call, the young "How much?" trader told him to sell out his shares at the market. "Oh, very much," she replied, turning her head &way to Westcott nodded and went back to carry the .order into hide her blushes. effect, while Fred went to lunch with a healthy appetite, for "With all your heart? he persisted, drawing her to him. he figured that he would come out $150,000 ahead of the "Yes," she murmured, dropping her head on his shoulder. deal. "And I love you with all my heart, too," he said, raising When he settled up with 11is broker he found that his her head and kissing her. : calculations had been correct, and that he was now worth Next morning;, when the stenographer Wl!.S taking off $213,000. her hat, Meyer said to her: That day, as he was returning to his office after lunch, vot you dinks off mine sveedheart, Miss Panhe overtook '.l'illie at the entrance to the building. croft?" They got off at the fifth floor by mistake, and as soon as "She's a very pretty girl, Meyer." they discovered their 1 error they started for the next floor "I ped you she is: You don'd seen such a nice gel efery by way of the staircase. day, ain't id?" :t;light ahead of them was an old gentleman who was s.s-Miss Bancroft laughingly said that she fully agreed cending the stairs with the slowness and deliberation of with him. one afflicted with the infirmities of age. Just then Fred came in and bade them good-morning. At that moment Broker Owen Pindar ran out of his "Will you come in and take a little dictation, Miss Ban-office, which was close to the head of the flight, and dashed croft?" down the stairs in a great hurry. "Certainly," she replied, getting her notebook. He had a bundle of papers in his hands that 1ooked as if Meyer looked at them meditatively, and then went to his they might be certificates of stock. seat and winked a big wink all to himse1f. Mr. Pindar, in his reck1ess haste, collided with and upWhen Miss Bancroft came out of the room after a very 8et the old gentleman who was ascending the stairs ahead brief interval, looking rosy about the cheeks, Meyer of Fred. was chuckling to himself a t a great rate. Farnham, indignant that he did not stop to apologfae, "I ped me mine life dot dictation vos only a plind so dot lowered his head and butted him squarely in the chest. he could kiss her midoud gifing der snap a .vay. I done dot mit Louisa more as zwei dozen dimes mineseluf," and he chuckled again. --.. After a little whHe Fred went out, and by eleven o'clock was in the gallery of the Exchange, looking down at the hustling traders on the floor. Two days passed before there was anything doing in 0. & B., and then it went up a couple of points. Next day it went up a point and a half, and on the day after, which was Saturday, it closed at 47. Fred, who was now looking for the boom to set in, 'fas in the gallery early on Monday morning. \ 'I'he stock opened at 47 3-8 and went with a rush to 49, then a bear raid was made on it, and it fell back to 43 in a few minutes, amid great excitement, for the brokers who had bought a short time before were eager to sell out at a lo\>S, under the impression that a big slump had set in. 0. & B. did not get below 43, and shortly arter it was rushed up to 50, amid renewed excitement, traders vying with one another in their eagerness to buy once more. Many of the 'purchasers were brokers who had sold short a few minutes before, and the unexpected rise .forced them to buy in order to cover their sales. At noon 0. & B. was up to 55. Had Fred sold out at "that price he would have made a profit of $80,000 that morning, or about $130,000 alto gether. CHAPTER XI. FRED MAKES A NEW FRIEND AND GETS A COMMISSION. Pindar went backward, tripped over old gen tleman's body, and landed on his back at the turn of the gtaircase. The papers had flown out of his hand and were scattered ovel' the marble floor below. He was sputterii:g with rage when he got on his feet. "You young villain!" he roared, shaking his fist in Fred's face as the boy was assisting the old gentleman up. "You did that on purpose!" "I admit it. You deliberately knocked this gentleman down and started on without pausing to see whether he was injured or not, or even to apologize. You acted like an ove1grown hog, and I guess I didn't give you any more than you i!eserved." "How dare you call me an overgrown hog, you jacka napes ?" "I didn't say you were;I merely said that you acted like one, and so you did." "I will make you pay for this outrage," gritted the trader. "I'll have you arrested for assault!" "All right. Go on and have me arrested. I'll tell the magistrate how you acted to this old gentleman, and I'll bet he'll make you feel like thirty cents."
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 17 Mr. Pindar said something not altogether polite, and a bigger scale, which is the outcome of high financial meth -then hurried downstairs to recover his papers ods. The big chaps now seem to operate altogether with "I trust you are "not hurt, sir," said Fred to the old loaded dice, They have a firm grip on the market, and gentleman. ne\3.rly always win millions, while the smaller fry look on "I feel as if I had been rather roughly handled," replied at the game and are glad to pick up the crumbs left ove::." the old man, with a feeble kind of smile. "That's right, sir. Wall Street runs the country these "I suppose I will have to apologize for Mr. Pindar's rudetimes. Two or .three men of big wealth think nothing of ness, as he is a brother broker, if only for the honor of the buying a railroad now, watering its securities and unloacl fraternity. I don't think many traders would be so grossly ing on the pub lic at a handsome profit." impolite to an old gentleman like yourself I told him After some further conversation Mr. Marsh said he would what I thought of his conduct, and I hope it will make have to g o him more cautious in the future when he's in an uncommon I am under considerable obligations to you, young man, hurry. Allow me to assist you up the rest of the way." for your kindness, and I hope I may have the pleasure of "Thank yon, young man You are very kind. Might I meeting you a.gain. I come downtown very seldom now, ask your name?" he added, as they walked up the balance so that it is impossible for me to say when I could give you of the flight. another call. However, I shall be. much pleased to have you "My name is Fred Farnham. I am a broker, though a call on me at my home. I 1.ive with my daughter and her new one." husband, although the house is mine, but will eventuallv "I am glad to know yo1l. My name is Robert Marsh, and go to my daughter and her children. The address is N ; I am a retired operator myself." East Sixty-eighth Street. Any time you may feel in "Pleased to make your acquaintance, Mr. Marsh Will clined to favor me with a visit I will be happy to see you step in my office anr1 take a seat :for a little while?" If you should ever get into financial difficulties, and find "I will walk in for a f e w minutes. My nephew's offices yourself in clanger of going to the wall, let me know, and are .on this floor, ancl I am on my way there. I got out of I may be able to help you out." the elevator on the wrong floor, that is why I started to "Thank you, Mr. Marsh. I wiU give you a call in t h e walk llp the staircase." near future." : On the way to his office Freel learned that Edward GibThe olcl gentleman then took his leave. bons, a Curb broker and mining promoter, on that floor, A short til:ne after Mr. Marsh's departure George West was l\fr. Mar s h's nephew. c ott eallecl and was shown into the private office by Meyer. The young trnder lecl the olcl gentleman into his private "I want you to do a little business for me, Farnham," room and handed Mm a chair beside hi s des k he said. "You are quite young to be in the brokerage business for "I'm right on the job laughed Fred. yourself," said Mr. Marsh. "May I ask how old you are?" "I've got a large order to execute for a big customer," "Nineteen." said Westcott. ''For reasons, I don't want to be know n in "How long have you been in business?" the matter, so I thought you might be a.ble t o d o the buy ing "About three months Prior to that I was the Exchange for me." representative of Mr. Robert Fulton, who has retired from "I'm ready to attend to it." active participation in the a.ffairs of the Street. I was in "The stock is to be delivered C. 0 D. at the Atlas Na his employ nearly six years, beginning as his office boy and tional, so all you will have to do is to pick it up at the best messenger, and working my way up. While acting for him price you can within a couple of points of the market at the Exchange I participated in a number of lucky deals "What is the name of the stock?" on my own hook and accumulated a small capital, which "A. & P." I have since increased to over $200,000." "How many shares do you want." "Indeed! You have been verv fortunate." "Any part of 30,000." "'Well, I ha .ve no complaint to make, so far. I hope some "That's quite an order." day to be worth a million or two." "Yes. I'll divide the commission with you." "Yon have your life before you to make it in. My life "All right. That is quite satisfactory." is behind me, but still I 11avc clone very well. I don't believe Mr. Westcott left, and then Freel started out to gather I am in any danger of going to the poorhouse." in the 30,000 shares of A. & P., if he could find them '"rlrnt's a comforting reflection when one gets to be olcl The stock was going at 72. and no longer able to hustle," replied Fred. "I have no By three o'clock Freel had bought 12,000 shares cl on ht you find things much different in Wall Street to As he was making a bee-line for the office of a broker whnt they were when you were a bov." whom he ha.d been directed to, Wentworth came along and much so. Young ;nen of your age had a much stopped him.' ter chance of becoming brokers then than now. It didn't "What's your rush, Farnham?" he saicI. take s o much money in the majority of cases to on "I'm busy," replied Freel, who hadn't spoken to the trader the bus iness. Boys in those days grew up in the office, and ;;ince the day he was in his office and made the purchase of often bgcame a member of the firm if exceptionally smart. Blizzard stork. \ A seat in the Exchange is now worth close on to $100,000. "Corne in and take a drink." / Thirty years ago one could become a member for less than ''Thank you, but I think I told yo u once t hat I do not a quarter of that sum. It takes a small fortune to do j indulge." business in the Street these days. Things are worked on "You can take a soda, can't you?" I
[lg THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. Freel was not anxiou s to enter the cafe, but he felt that it would look discourte o u s to refu s e Wentworth's invitation, though he knew the trader was no fri e nd of his, so he went in with him anc1 took a arsaparilla while Wentworth ordered a mint julep. "This is my tenth to-day, Famham," he said, as he pulled the glass toward him. "I should think it was ten too many "Oh, I'm used to them. They keep me primed up for business." "Some day they'll do you up altogether." "Don't y,ou believe it. Th e y're good for my health Are y0u buying anything these days?" "Yes "What is it?" "Blizzard, if I can get any of it." "You're joking, I gues s ." "No. I've got 20,000 s hare.'3 in m y s afe which some good :friend of mine unloaded on me jus t b e for e th e bottom fell out of the mine. I'm k e eping th e c e rtificates as an obje ct lesson. One of these clays, when the min e come s to life, if it ever does, maybe the laugh will b e on my s ide." "When tho s etprospects pet e r out it i s g en e rally for good," g ri nned Wentworth. "You'll nev e r realize anything out of B lizza r d "lf I aright, when you offe r e d me 10,000 shares o f it at 12 cents, you praised the mine up as a winner," repli e d Fred, dri ly. "I t hought it was at the time "You were glad to sell me tho s e 10,000 s hares at 12 later on, just the same." "You bought the m for a cus tomer," s a i d Wentworth. "How do you know I did? I dicln't i.e ll y ou." I had that idea." Yes, I bought them for a cus tom e r, but I gues s I got them back again. Well, I'll have to l e ave you. Have a ci g ar on me. 1 D on't care if I do." T w o minutes later Freel was on the street again CHAPTER XII. FRED MAKES ANOTRER NEAT HAU L IN THE MARKET. Fred secured 6,000 more shares of A. & P. by four o' c lock, and the balance of the ord e r he filled n ext day be-fore noon He then notified Wes tcott by note that he had bought the w hole of the stock, which he presum e d had already been delivered at the Atlas Bank. The broker complimented him on his success and sent hi m a check to cover one half of the commission. That closed the matter, and Fre d f elt at liberty to look a r ound and see if he could buy a few shar e s on his own account, as he suspected that Westcott was buying for a syn d i cate that intended to boom the price. He found it so scarce that he was only able to buy 3,000 sh a res, at 72 1 8 H e got the broker who had it to hold it for him on a 10 p er cent. margin. On h is way back to the office he dropped in on Wentworth and aske d him if he had any of the stock. "Not a s h a re, Farnham; but Finkelsheim has some." "Sure of that?" "He hacl it yesterday, at any rate "I'll call on him anJ see if he'!:! got any now," said Fred. Getting out of the elevator on hi s own floor, he walked into Mr. Finkelsheim's office. The broker was surprised to see him, and after telling him to sit down, asked the young broker what he could do for him. "I want to get some A. & P shares Mr Wentworth said you had a few." "How many do you want?" "That depends on what you're asking for them "I'll let you have any part of 5,000 for 73." "No, I can't give more than an eighth above the market If you want to sell the block at 72 1-2 I'll take them." "Margin or straight?" "Margin." "All right, you can have them," and the deal was made between them. "Pindar has 2,000, if you want any more," said Finkels heim. "I'm not buying anything from l\Ir. Pindar. If you want to g et th e m for me 1'11 tak e them at 72 1 -2." "\Yait a moment. Mr. Finkel s heim c alled hi s boy and sent him with a note to l\fr. Pindar. He came back in a few minute s with the stock. An hour lat e r the pric e of A. & P. advanced to 73. 'On the following day West c ott him s elf bought all that w a s in s i ght on th e floor at prices var y ing from 73 1 8 to 74 3-4. Th e n some of th e oth e r brok e r s woke up to the fact that there was some thing in the wind about A. & P., and their efforts to get the stoc k sent it i.o 7G. l\Ir Fink e l s h e im c alled twice on Fre d thtit day, and the l a st time found him in. "I'll give you 76 for tho s e 7,000 s hares I'm holding for you," he s aid Fred cleclinecl to sell, saying that' he was looking for it to go s till higher. "Did you get a i.ip on it?" a s ked the broker, curiously. "No. The o nly tip s I e v e r g ot w e re tho s e you gQ.ve me "Me!" exclaim e d Fink e l s b eim, in s urpri se. "I nev e r gave y ou or anybody else a tip. You are !" "You mean I dreamed it. I guess you' re right. I clo have funny dre ams sometimes. For in s tance, I dreamed that you once sent a lady in h e re with 20,000 shares of Blizzard mining stock to unload on me at 12 cents, just about the time the bottom fell out of the mine." Mr. Finkelsbeim gas ped and changed color, for he had not the slightest suspicion that Fred had any inkling that the trick played upon him was a put-up job on his part. "Unfortunately," continu e d the boy trader, "the dream occurred too late. I was chump enough to buy the stork, and it's in my safe now, worth about so much old paper." "Are you hinting that I sent a lady to you with that stock?" asked Finkelsheim. "Oh, no, I'm not accusing you o.f doing such a trick, though I believe such things are considered as legitimate in Wall Street. I merely said that I dreamed it." "I should hope that you wouldn't think me guilty of tak ing any of you," protested his visitor.
r.THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 19 "I accept your plea of not guilty,'' laughed Fred. "Well, that wasn't the only remarkable dream I had in which you figured. About three months ago I dreamed that you, Pindar and Wentworth came in here to see me. While you wern here you put me on to the fa.ct that you were all in terested in a syndicate that was about to boom D. & G. The dream impressed me so much that next day 3,000 shares of the stock, at 60. The price went up soon later ; and I unload e d the s hares on somebody in the Ex change, at 76 3-8, and cleare d $16,000: That was a lucky dream, wasn't it?" Finkelsheim gazed at Fred in a dumfounded way. It was evident that the boy broker had secured some ad vance knowledge about the syndicate in question, and had used it to his advantage. What puzzled him was how had Farnham found the secret out. The reader will remember that Fred got the tip through Meyer Suppegreenz, who heard the three brokers talking about the syndicate the day he was hired by his young em ployer. "Then I had a third dream ab
20 THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. "Well, it's up to us to get the bulk of it away from him if we can," said Finkelsheim. "Let's see bow we can man age to do it." They put their heads together and the interview lasted until after five that day. Next morning Wentworth called on Fred. "Say, Farnham, a numbe1 of the moneyed chaps arc talking about forming a syndicate to boom. a certain wcll known stock. The time is ripe for such a coup, and we expect to make a quarter of a million all aro1md. There arc twelve of us in the deal already, and we want to make it a baker's dozen, so I thought I'd tip you off to the chance of getting in with us as the thirteenth man. What do you say? The ante is a quarter of a million apiece." "What makes you think I have so much money as that? I've only been in business a few months." "I know that, but it's said you've been very lucky. I heard Finkelsheim say you cleared over $100,000 on A. & P. a day or t11 ago." ''lllr. Finkelsheim ought to know, for he put the deal through for me; but be ought not to tell tales out of school. He should have regarded the matter as confidential." "Oh, he merely mentiooed it in an off-ban a wa.y. Well, will you come in on the !!round :floor with llS ?" "N.o; I'm much obliged to you for offering to take me in with you, but I don't care to invest in the syndicate busi ness." "You don't mean i.o say that you'll turn down such a chance as this to doubl e your investment?" "I've made it a rule to go it alone and I must respectfully decline to go into any combination where I cannot ha .ve the exclusive control of my own money. A quarter of a million is a lot of money to put up before you even know the name of the stock that is going to be boomed." "I'll let you know the name of the stock before you ad vance a dollar, as long as you guarantee to go in with us," said Wentworth. "Why, isn't that the same as putting llp the money? Ii I pass my word to join the pool I'll be in honor bound to cough up when the time comes. Suppose I don't fancy the <;;tock, I can't draw out. No, Mr. Wentworfh, no blind pools for me, thank you." "You're foolish, Farnham." "Perhaps I am. T'm young yet, and have a whole lot to learn. H owevcr, I'm willing to take my chances of mak ing money on the outside. I have done pretty well so far on my own hook# and I'm not looking to acquire a million at express speed." Ur. Wentworth looked disappointed. He had expected the boy would be flattered by the prop osition, nnd would be glad to get in on the inside of the pool in question, which, in point of fact, was a trap laid to catch his money by the three traders the previous after noon. Then an idea struck Wentworth. "I'll tell yolf what I'll do. I'll tell you the name of the :::tock \rithout any other pledge on your part than your promise not to mention it to anybody else." "No, I'd rather not have you tell me, because I don't intend lo go into the deal." "Is that final, Farn11am ?" "It is,'' replied Fred, very decidedly. "All right. I'll have to look up somebody else. I'm sorry you are missing one of the chances of your life; but, of course, you are the doctor." 'l'hus speaking, Wentworth left the office. He went to Finkelsheim's office and told him that Farnham wouldn't bite. "Then we'll have to get up some other scheme," replied the trader. "I'm afraid we'll have our work cut out to do him, as he seems to be plaguy cautious about what he does. I'm afraid that Blizzard matter has madE: him wary." "Pshaw! We'll get him yet. If you and Pindar will guarantee to see me through I'll work him some way before long." "You can depend on me," answered Wentworth. "And from the way Pindar feels toward him I guess he'll go the limit to get square with the boy." "Well, I'll see Pindar later. You'd better drop in here at four." Wentworth promised to do so and went away. In the meantime, Fred was thinijpg his visitor's propo s ition over. "I wouldn't go into a pool arrangement anyway, except nuder certain circumstanrC's not lik<:ily to come my way and I certainly would be a fool to go into anything connected with Wentworth and his friends, which means the Finkels heim crowd. Why, they would pluck me a s bare ai:: a marble floor. They showed what their sentimenb' arc toward m e wl1en Finkel s heim put up and worked that Blizzard job. which was a mere flea-bite in its way I wouldn't be at all snrprised Mr. Wentworth's proposition covered some con to get legal possession of my funds. It would be like that crowd to do such a thing. No, I'm not going to walk into any more trap s if I can help myself." At that moment Meyer returned from an errand to the Mills Building. "Der questions mit me yust now is, do I got two dollars more a veeks or don'd I?" said the German boy, as he laid a note on Fred's desk. "What, are you striking for higher wages a1ready, Meyer?" laughed the young broker. "You're getting about four dollars more now than most messengers who have only been three or four four months in the Street." "Nein. You dinks I peen a fools? Vot I vish to said is dis: I baf yust picked me up some more informations aboud stocks, und I vos vondering off it vos going to pan me oud hrn dollars a veek." "Oh, I sec what you're getting at, Meyer. What is it this time? If you've ca.ught on to another good pointer you'll be the highest salaried office boy in Wall Street." "Vell, vhen I vos stooding py der vinders off der offices rhere I -yent in der Mills Puilding, vaiting for a shance to seen der poss und gif him der notes you send me mit, two shents vot look like prokcrs come py a door oud und von off dcm said to der udder, 'Shim, ve must puy all der J. und D. we can stood for pcfore der news off der consoli dations miL der M. und N. gets oud py der Streets.' Und der udder shents said, 'Yaw, I ped you.' Dot's all vot I hears. Vot you dinks apoud id?" "It looks like a good tip, all right, Meyer. I'll see what use I can make o'ut of it," replied Fred.
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 21 "Off you make somed ings oud off id den I get me two dollars more vages, ain'd id?" Next d it rose to by noon, then the consolidation was officially announced as a act. "'I'hat s right," replied Fred, and Meyer left the room perfectly s at isfied. CHAPTER XIV. The value of J. & D. rose to 60 before three, at which figure Fred ordered Westcott to sell his 7,000 shares. The broker disposed of the stock in small lots, and easily got rid of it at the top of the market. The 5,000 shares that Fred had bought outright for some-FRED PULLS OFF ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DEAL. thing over $200,000, he sold through anoLher broker, reThere had reporLs in the papers off and on for s ix ceiving 58 1-2. months about a contemplate d consolidation of the J. & D. When everything had been settled for Fred was' ahead a with the M. & N. system, but nothing definite had come of little over $200,000, and was now worth $567,000. it so far. He called Meyer into the office and told him tha t his Fred had read these account s and had speculated more wages were raised to $12 a week, and in addition handed than once on the probability of the cons olidation going him a brand-new $100 bill. through. "Py shinsher !" he exclaimed, joyfully. "Off dis ain'd If it did he knew that the in s ider s and their friends a get-rich-quick shob I'm a liars. Loui sa vill haf a fit vhen would buy all the J. & D. shares in the market they could she seen dis bill. She vill dink dot I vos a Shay Goul9. or get hold of, and when the consolidation had been officially some udder pig pug like dot. I'm right in id, I ped you. con.firmed tho price of J. & D. would take on a boom and That afternoon, when Fred and Tillie Bancroft were then the wise ones would sell out at top figure s and rea. p a lone in t:he office, the young broker told her that he was a golden harvest. now worth over half a million dollars. From the information that Meyer's s harp ears had corOf course she was delighted to hear he was s o successful ralled it looked as if the consolidation had gone throuipi, in in his business, for she now had a per s onal intere t in all which event it would be anno1mced in a few days. that concerned him. J. & D. was ruling around 4 0 an d Fred thought the That very tafternoon Finkelsheim Wentv 1 orth and Pinchance of making a good haul in the stock was worth taking dar held another meeting in the form er's office to consider a ri sk on. the question of doing up the boy brok e r on that floor. He judged, however, that the su r est indication of the conThis was the fourth meeting they had h e ld on the subsolidation would be a scarci t y of J. & D. about the Street. ject, and no d e finite plan had so far been hit upon to take If the stock was easy to be gotten h e wouldn't tou c h it, the place of the scheme which had missed fire. but i, qn the contrary, it was difficult to locate, he would "I've got an idea at last that ought to scoop his money buy as much of it as h e could get hold of which he didn't if he'll bite," sai.d Finkelsheim. think would be much. -"That is a pr e tty big propo'sition, I'm thinking," replied Acco,rclingly, he s tar ted on a tour of the brokers offices. W e ntworth, who was not very enthusiastic as to ultimate reOut of a dozen traders h e only found obe who hadAmy sults. of it, and Fred bought what he had-2,000 s hares, at 4 0 1-8. "What is y our idea?" asked Pindar, impatiently. Next day the young broker left an order with W estcott "My scheme is to buy options roll'. him on a certain to buy him any part of 10,000 shares and then resumed hi s stock, say C. & 0., whic h is now ruling a t 70, to run fifteen sti ll hunt among t he offices. days, then we'll quietly corner the stock and call on him He found 3,000 shares more, but had to pay 4 0 5-8 for it. to deliver it." Then he gave up and wailed to hear from Westcott. Wentworth shrugged his shoulders a si he was not much After t h e l apse of a day and a half he got a note from impressed with the brilliancy of Finke l s heim's suggestion. the broker which said that Westcott had bought 7,000 "I doubt if he' ll go into the option bus in ess," he said. shares, the last 3,00 0 with grea t difficulty, and that he "We must mak e the bait sufficiently attractive. We can didn't think he would be abl e to get the balance. offer him 75 for the option on C. & 0." He had been obliged to pay an average price of 43 for it. "What's to prev ent him from going on the market right Fred was now satisfi e d that the consolidation was an un-away and buying it for 70 and holding it?" doubted fact. "Nothing but the fact of tying his money up for :fifteen "As soon as the news gets around and is confirmed, I'll days, which I doubt i he or any other brok e r would do. begin to look for the profits that the rise will bring forth," However, my plan is to try and get him to sell u s options he said to himself, in a tone of satisfact ion that was re-on 10,000 or 15,000 shares. That will represent a good deal fleeted on hi s hand some and manly young face. more ready money than he ha.s, s o he won' t b e able to buy Next morning a paragraph appeared in one of the finanthe stock right away at 70." cial papers to the effect that there was a rumor that' the "The scheme is all right, i it works, but I Jrnveo.'t much M. & N syst e m had secured full control of the J. & D. confidence in it as a winner, for it's my firm conviction roa:d. Farnham will turn it down like he did the blind pool. He!s This gave rise to considerable talk in Wall Street, and a not such a fool as we took him for a t first, Finkelsheim, numb er of the traders began looking around for the latter mind what I tell you," said Wentworth, nodding his head stock. in a positive way. NQne <;>fit was to be found, and this fact started a lively 1'We'll need a banel of money to comer the visible biddin g for it in the Exchange. supply, and." then hold the price up long enough to put the The result was J. & D. went up to 48 that day. deal through successfully," said Pindar.
22 THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. "We can get all the cash we want. I can ca on all the boys who went in with us on the D. & G. pool. Just leave the organization of the scheme to me. We'll make the ante a quarter of a million each. With twenty members in the pool, that will give us a working capital of $5,000,000 The banking house or Isaacs, Cohen Company will act as treasurert and will advance 70 per cent. of the market value of the stoe:k as fast as it's turned in to them. The house will, of course, be a member of the pool. I count on a backing of ten million, which ought to be enough to swing the deal." "This is a big scheme to engineer just for the purpose of winning a couple hundred thousand from that boy," said Wentworth. "Oh, he's a mere incident in the game I've had this proposition under consideration for some time without any reference to him. If we can kill two birds with one stone so much the better. The deal is to be pushed through whether he bites at the option busines s or not. Now, I'll s ubmit all the particulars. We should clean up two or three hundred thousand each. T11e Farnham matter will be an indepen dent deal, in which we three only will be interested, that i s, if it goes through." After Finkelsheim had outlined the syndicate plans, Wentworth and Pindar agreed to go in for a quarter of a million each The trader said he would get the other1ieventeen mem1 bers, including the banking establishment of Isaacs, Cohen Company, in line, and would then call a meeting to arrange the details and secure payment of the first instalment of the necessary funds. "As this deal is going through anyway, whether we catch Farnham or not," said Pindar "I think it would be a good idea not to approach him on the option question until we have bought up all the shares we can get on the quiet with out disturbing the present price. That will make it harder for him to find any if he sold us the option and then started t o cover at once." The other two nodded, and it was so decided on. CHAPTER XV. FRED SELLS AN OPTION ON S. & T. STOCK. Three days l ate r Meyer, on his way to the elevator, picked up an envelope addressed in pencil to "William Wentworth, Johnston Building." "Ventvorth !"he said to 11imself. "I vonder off dot peen clcr Y cntvorth vot is in mit Fingelsornedings? Yell, I look me py der insides und found oud maype. P'raps I found anudder tips, den I vill got anudder raise." Meyer never considered whether it was right or not to examine the contents of the envelope. Everything was fish that came into his net. He pulled out the enclosure and read it. It wasn't very intelligible to him as a whole, but he saw that it was signed by Isidore Finkelsheirn, and referred to some option business that was to be bought of Fred Farn ham. "I vill shown dis to der poss right avay." He returned to the office, and going into the private room, he the paper without the envelope to Fred. The young broker glanced at the signature first. He supposed Finkelsheim had given it to Meyer to hand him, so he began to read it, but had glanced over but a few words when his face assumed a look of surprised interest. This is the way it ran: "The pool is now c o mp l ete. We meet at my office this afternoon at four Don't fa.ii to be on hand. I find that C & 0. is too risky for us to handle. Isaacs, Cohen Com pany advise the substitution of S & T as there are only 70,000 shares on the market, and it will be much easier to corner. Pindar has got a friend who will call on Farnham and try to get him to sell a ten day option on 15,000 shares He will offer him a ten-point advance, which ought to catch him. By that time we'll have the stock cornered and if he sells the option he won't be able to buy the stock to cover i t, and we'll have him where the hair i s short. "FINKELSHEIM." "Where the dickens did y o n get this, Meyer?" asked the astonished boy broker "I found id py der corridors oudside." "Oh, you c1id? On the floor, 'I suppose?" looking sharply at the German boy. "Yaw. Id vos py der inside off dis enfelope," and Meyer the cover to his employer. Fred saw that it was addressed to Wentwotth, a'Ild it was clear that that broker had lost it out of his pocket. "How came you to pick it up?" "Oh, vell, I don'd let noddings get py me dese days, I ped you." "Did you read it?" "Yaw. So soon as I seen your names in id I }:iring id in to you. I sa.id to mineseluf, 'Dere is some schemes here vot Fingelsomedings vos going to vork on der poss. I vill shown id to him und dot vill put him py his guard on.' "It certainly refers to some trick that is about to be played on me. It may be lucky for me that you found it." "I vos glad dot I found id, den; Mr. Farnham 1 took an interest in your pizness efery dimes, I ped you." "I believe you, Meyer, and I sha'n't forget it." "Dot's all right. I peen your friend from der ground floor u b, I ped me your life. You arc der finest poss PY Wall Streets. I voulcln't shook you fot noddings." "I appreciate your feelings toward me, Meyer, and you won't lose anything by it." "Lose somedings? I ped you nit." "Well, run along with that letter now that I gave you to take over to Westcott." "Yaw. I vill peen dere purty quick," and Meyer van ished through the doorway. Then Fred re-read the note. "So the Finkelsheim crowd are going to corner S. & T., eh? Wen, I guess I'll to help them corner it he chuckled. "Meyer has the most remarkable luck in getting hold of tips connected with those people. This will mean another raise in his wages. Then Pindar is going to send a friend to try and buy a ten-day option on 15, 000 s hares of me at a ten-point advance as soon as they get the stock cornered. If I sell it to him then they figure that they'll have me trapped because I won't be able to get the stock to deliver when they call on me for il. It's a cute trick. I can beat jt, though, by buying 15,000 shares now at the present market price and hol ding on to it for the ten days.
TIIE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 2:3 '=========================================================================== At $10 profit a share I'll make $150,000 in spite of their shrewd tactics. It would be a good scheme to buy 15,000 more shares and dump it on 1.hem after they have boomed the price. They'll only be able to get 40,000 shares alto gether then, and I could make a big hole in their profits. That would be a fine boomerang to work on them. I'll do it. I'll bite at the option bnPinc,s and then take a fall out of them when they're calculating on my being in a hole." Fred was highly tickled with the idea. He-ascertained that S. & T. was going at 52. A margin of about $160,000 would secure the call on 30,000 shares, worth about a million and a half. W eatcott would put the deal through for him right away before the syndicate got busy. He put on his hat and went out. He stopped at his safe deposit vaults and got the neces sary funds, then he went to Westcott's office and handed in his order. "Thirty thousand shares I" exclaimed the broker. "This is not for yourself, is it?" "I'm not saying who it's for, Mr. Westcott. It will be quite a nice liti.l e commission in your pocket." "'I'hat's right. SJnall favors are always thankfully rcc_eived. You'll get the usual rake-off, whether it's for your self or a customer." "There will be other parties after this stock probably to morrow morning, so you oan't get on the job any too quick if you expect to fill the order." "I'll look for it at once. What's the limit? It's quoted now at 52." "You can go as high as 154, hui. I want yo11 lo try and get it as nea1 the market as possibl "Of course." Fred returned to his office ancl Westcott began his hunt for the stock He filled the order by noon next llay, and notified Fred to that effect. He paid an average of 53 for the entire lot. It gradually advanced to 56 during the week. About noon on Saturday Meyer announced a vii::itor. It was a broker named Andrew Pollard, with whom Fred was pretty well acquainted. This was his first visit to the boy broker's office. "You've got q11ite a swell little den," said Polla.rd, after taking a seat beside Fred's desk. "Yes, it's good enough fQr a new broker with scarcely any clients as yet," replied Farnham. "It takes time to build up a brokerage business." "It does that. People have got to know you before they feel they can afford to give you their business." "I suppose you are paying expenses, at any rate." "Oh, yes, and a little over. I've made a few lucky deals on my own hook since I started in, and that helps to keep the ball rolling." "I see you have a stenographer. How do you manage to keep her busy?" "Oh, she takes in outside work in addition to what little I have." "I see. I noticed that she seemed to have a whole lot of work on her table. Say, where did you get that office boy? He doesn't look as if he knew enough to last him over night. I never saw such a wooden expression as he has." "He can't help that. He didn't make his own face," laughed ])>ed. "vVhatever induced you to hire such an office boy? He'd look better in a corner grocery." "I'm going to make a broker out of him one of these days." His visitor laughed heartily at the very idea of such a thing. After they had conversed a while longer on indifferent topics, Pollard began to talk business. "By the way, Farnha.m, have you done anything in the option li:p.e ?" he asked. ('I can't say that I have." "Any objection to selling_ me a ten-day option on S. & T. ?" Fred looked at him pretty hard. So Pollard was the man Pindar had picked out to work the trick upon him. "I might, if you are willing to pay enough for .me to run the risk," he replied. "Well, as I've got an idea that S. & T. will go above 70 inside of ten days, I'd like to make a deal with you. I'll give you 66 and deposit five per cent. of the current value of the stock as a security." "How many shares do you want?" "Fifteen or twenty thousand." "What do you want to pay me 66 for when you onn go out and buy i t on the Street for 56 or 57 ?" "'The fact of the matter is, I haven't the coin to make the deal, even on a 10 per cent. margrn. I'm all tied up, but I'll have all the money I want inside of ten days." "Well, I don't care to sell you an option for more than 10,000 shares. If that will satisfy you I'll do business with you. I guess I'll be able to buy the shares in at a good profit before the ten-day limit expires." "Won't you make it 15,000 ?" "No. Ten is the most I'll take a chance on." "Well, if I can't do any better I'll take the option on ten. Half a loaf i s better than no breacl. Maybe I can buy another five-or ten-thousand option from omebocly else." "Probably. You might try Pindar, or Finkelsheim, or some other broker on this floor," said Freel, without a smi le. "Thank you for the tip. I'll drop in on Pindar after I leave here," said Pollard, with the g host of a chuckle. Fred wrote out the option in which he guaranteed to deliver 10,000 shares of S. & T. to Andrew Pollard, or hi order, at 66, any time he might call for it within ten daYs. Pollard paid Jiim 5 per cent. of the current value of the stock, which was i6, or $28,000, as a deposit to be deducted from the balance due on delivery of the shares at 66. The business having been completed, the visitor wjth drew. CHAPTER XVI. FRED'S ENEMIES THINK THEY HA VE HIM DEAD TO RIGHTS. On Monday morning Fred wa s down extra early at hi::. office. He knew something would be doing in S. & T. that day. In fact, he expected it would begin to rise from the mo ment the Exchange opened. He judged that the Finkelsheim syndicate had bought
24: THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. in the majority of the 40,000 shares, and that they were looking around for the missing 30,00(j which Fred held control of. So, when ten o'clock approached, he went up into the gal lery of the Exchange prepared to see the fun. He was not disappointed in his anticipations. When the chairman's gavel ope n e d bus iness for the day Wentworth was standing at the S. & T. post. He started in at once bidding for the stock. A wash sale was made b etwee n himself and one of the brokers belonging to the s yndi c ate of 5,000 s hares, at 57. Then he bid 57 1-2 for any part anoth e r 5,000. Nobody saying" Sold," he r ent on rai s ing his bid a point at a time and the trad e rs w e r e attracted to the s pot at once. When he r e ached GO somebody s old him 1,000 s hares. Then he k ept on up to GG, where he res ted, after a was h s ale at that price to secure a quotation. Fred chuckl e d to him s elf. "They think th e y have me now," h e said to himself, "but I'm afraid theyn get a jolt when they c a ll for the stock." Many oth e r br okers s u spec ting that a corner was in progress, tried to buy the stoc k but they couldn't get it, and their eager e ffort s only succeeded in boosting the price to 72, where it c losed. Fred thou ght he'd make a bluff to g e t the s tock from Wentworth and Fink e l s heim, so, a little after three, he rushed into Wentworth' s office in some apparent excit e ment and asked him ii he had any S. & T. "Not a share, my boy," chu c kled the broker. "Do you want it bad?'' "Yes. I s old an option at GG, and I want to save myself." "I'm afraid you re in a hol e for the s to c k is mighty scarce. I've been trying to get a lot of it for a customer, but 12,000 s har e s was the mos t I could pick up. It is mighty scarce, for some r e ason." "What do you suppose i s the reason?" "Search me. I couldn t tell you." "It must be cornered." "If it is, ho;v are you going to get your 10,000 sha res to deliver?" "I didn't say anything about 10,000 shares," replied Freel, almos t laughing at th e s lip Wentworth had made. "I beg your pardon. I thought you said you wanted 10,000 s hares." "No, I didn t mention the number of shares I may be stuck for." "It would be kind of bad for you if it was 10,000. The stock clos ed at 72 and may g o to 80 to-morrow. If you had to deliver 10,000 at 66, you'd s tand a chan e of being $150,-000 out." "I should hope I be out as much as that," re plied Fred. "I guess I'll stop in at and see ii he's got any that he ll sell." "I would," chuckl e d Wentworth. "I've no doubt he'll be glad to help you out if he can." Fred called on Finkelsheim and asked him if he had any S. & T. stock. "No, Farnham I haven't any. Wish I had. It's gone up points in s ide of a week. Got a customer who wants some?" he added, rubbing his hands in a satisfied way. "Better look in on Pindar. I think he's got a few thou sand shares." "You know Mr. Pindar an d I are n ot on g o o d t ei:ms. I wouldn't ask him to do me a favor for a gol
THE YOUNG MONEY MAGNATE. 25 t e r over to-night, and if I decide to take the risk I will r ress of things on tape. What is S. & T. going at now?" ride down to your office in the morning and arrange matters asked the old gentleman. with you If I am not there, then you must carry your Fred looked at-the tape. own programme out as you have decided on." "It has reached 80." 1\fr Marsh's daughter now came into the parlor again "You will make no move till a settlement is demanded on and asked Freel if he would like to hear their phonograph. the options?" He said he would, as he enjoyed that instrument very "That's right." much. "Well, in order that there may be no hi1.ch, I"ll lend you She put about a dozen records on the machine, and soon e nough money to settle for 20,000 of the 30,000 shares your after the young broker took his leave. broker is holding on margin, so can have the certificates CHAPTER XVII. HOW l!'RED BROKE TIIE 1\IARKET. Fred didn't go to the Exchange in the morning, but sat in his office waiting to see i.f old Mr. Marsh would come downtown, as he bad hal.f promised to do. The boy watched the quotations as they appeared on the tape, and he soon saw that S. & T. was mounting steadily up toward 80 At eleven o'clock Meyer announced Mr. Marsh. "Send him in here," said Fred. Mr. J\Iarsh entered the room. Fred welcomad him and said he was glad to see him in his office again. 1\fr. :Marsh got down to business at once. "Now, Farnham, how much cash ha.ve you got at this mom ent that you can handle?" "About $.J70,000, which includes the deposit o.f $64,000 I got on the options." "How much have you got up with your broker on the 30,000 shares as security?" "I put up $159,000." "You will make a profit oi how much on your first option?" "About $128,000." "How much on the one you gave Mr. Finkelsheim ?" "About $268,000." "And you expect to make $300,000 on your third batch of 10,000 shares, if the syndicate takes it in?" "Yes, sir." ('Very good. Dedu ct ing the $61,000 deposit on the op tions, that will give you somc!hing like a million and a quarter to depend on. Now, taking it for granted that the syndicate will be able to take the 10,0dO that you're going to dump on them, you must follow it up with another 10,000, which will be a short sale, as you will be selling stock that you have not got, but which you expect to buy in later if you break the c0rner. If the syndicate stands up under it, fire another 10 000 at them. That ought 1.o fetch them. If tho market goes to pieces, follow up your advantage. I will see you through in safety in case you are not able to pay for all the stock you'll have to buy back to cover your 1'hort sales, and you can settle with ine later." "You're very good to offer to back me in this matter in case I should be handicapped for cash, and I thank you very much, 1\fr. 1\farsh I hope, however, that I may be able to work it alone. Of course, I wouldn't dare attempt it if I didn't know that I have an emergency fund to call on if obliged to ask assistance of you. That knowledge will give me all the confidence I require." "I will remain in your office to day and watch the progon hand to deliver. How much did you buy them for?" "They cost me about 53." "It will take $1,060,000 to pay for lhem, less $106,000 deposit you put up. That leaves you indebted to your bro ker in the amount of $954,000 on the 20,000 shares. Well, you have, you $-,000 cash. You'll need $484,000 more Allow me to sit at your desk and I'll draw you a check for that sum. When you go out for your own money you can get it certified at the bank, and take it ip your broker's. Then you'll be able to bring back the certificates you need to settle your options with." Mr. Marsh drew his check for the indicated amount. Fred then put on his hat .and went out to get the stock from Westcott He got the check certified, got his own cash out of his safe deposit box, and called at Westcott's office. "I want to take up 20,000 of those shares you are holding for me, Mr. Westcott," be said "It will cost you $954,000." "Here is the money." "All right. You'll have to come with me to the bank. I've got them hypothecated. The commission and interest charges you can settle later." In twenty minutes Fred was on his way back to his of fice with the certificates. "S. & T is up to 85," said Mr. 1\Iarsh, when he entered the inner room where the old gentleman sat "The syndicate is pushing the price up in great shape," laughed Fred. The words were hardly out of his mouth before Meyer came in and announced Mr. Pindar. "Show him in, 1\Ieycr." 01ren Pindar entered the room with a half scowl on his !acc. "You sold an option on 10,000 shares of S & T. to Andrew Pollard, to be delivered at 66 within ten days on demand," he said, glaring at Fred. "Well, I bought that option and I have come to demand the stock at the price indicated, understand?" "Have you the option with you?" asked the young broker, politely. "Here it is." "There is $632,000 due on the stock. Did you br in g a certified check for that amount?" "I did not. You can't deliver the stock. You've got to settle with me on my terms." "How do you know I can't deliver t11e stock?" "I know you can't," snarled Pindar. "You are mistaken Here are the certificates, which you can have when you me your certified check for the balance due." ...
26 'THE YOUNG l\lONE Y 1\lAGN AT E. FTed held up the documents, and Owen Pindar nearly had a fit. "Where did you get them?" he demanclccl. "That need not worry you. You see them, don't you? Well, get your check and you can havo them.'' Pindar gasped. He had never had such a setback before in his life. All he could do was to mutter that he 1\'011ld return with the check, and then hurried from the room. After he was gone Fred and Mr. Marsh had a quiet laugh over his discomfiture. Ile returned in half an hour with tho cheek and got the certificates. S. & T. was still hovering around 85. Fifteen minutei> after Pindar's departullC Mr. Finkels heim was announced. "I'm ready to pay you 80 for those 10,000 shares of S & T. Y see, I was right wi1en 1 said the price would go over 80, Farnham," grinned the broker. "Did you bring your certified check for the $76,000 clue on the option?" "Do you mean to say that you can deliver the stock?" gasped the broker. "I can. You don't suppose I'd sell you an option without knowing how I was going to come out on it, do you?" "Why, why, yesterday you were in my office looking for the stock!" "That fact has nothing to do with your option. If you are, ready to pay for the stock I am ready to deliver it, ac cording to agreement." "I'll go and get the money," said Finkelsheim, looking like a beaten man. He returned in half an hour with a certified check for the amount due, and took the stock away with him. "That settles the options," said Fred. "Now to break the corner, if I can." He rushed over to W esteott's office. The broker was at the Exchange. Fred went there and sent in for him. When he came out the young broker said: "Offer those 10,000 shares at the market, in one block." "Great Scott! You're liable to start a panic, Fa11:iham," replied Westcott. "Don't you care. Please do as I ask you." "All right. But i you break the.market and the brokers learn you are responsible for it, they won't say a thing to you." "I'm going to break the market, i I can. If that batch is taken by the syndicate's broker, sell another 10,000 on top of it at 80. And another after that at 75, if necessary. No quarter, Mr. Westcott. This is war to the knife between me and the Finkelsheim crowd. I'm going to break them or go to the wall myself "Well, I'll be jiggered!" muttered the broker, as he went inside to carry out Fred's orders. He offered the 10,000 shares at the inarket, and Went worth nea .rly dropped. The syndicate man had to take it in or throw up his hands. As soon as memorandums were exchanged between them, Westcott offered the second 10,000 shares at 80. The syndicate couldn't take it, and their failure to sup-port the price broke the market right there-. S. & T. went on a slump, and other stocks followed suit. The Exchange was thrown into a panic. The traders became clemoraiizccl, and ihere was a rush on all sides to sell, but buyers kepL l\nder cover until S. & T. fetched up at 55, at which price Freel ordered Westcott to buy in the 10,000 shares he had sold short at 80. Fred made nearly more on that deal. He got through without calling on Mr. Marsh for a cent more than the loan of the $-18 t,000 check. His total winnings on S. & 'l'. amounted to $963,000, which raised his capital to $1,500,000. Finkelsheim, Pirnlar and Wentworth were ruined by the breaking of the market at the most critical moment, for, after bopming the price to 85, t.hey were unable to realize on the 65,000 shares they had acquired. 1\Iost of their associates wero in t.hc same boat, so that 'Fred practically wiped out what was known as the Finkels heim crow
FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, AI'RIL 10, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples ........................................ .... gne Copy Three nonths ................................. Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 $1.25 2.50 4t our send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registeled Letter; re m1ttances many other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps Sa.IDE!. as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. 1Write 11our name and address plainl11. .dddress lette1s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. The most elevated river in the world is the Desagtiadero, in Bolivia. It is of considerable depth, and its whole length, from the village Desaguadero, at the south extremity of Titi caca, to the north end of the Lalrn Aullagas, is about 180 miles. The average elevation of the valley or tableland of Desaguadero above tp.e level of the sea is about 13,000 feet. Perhaps some expert in the Siamese language will tell us what is its word for "sedan-chair." When the King of Siam's ministers, protesting against bis Majesty's favor toward mo toring, suggested recently that "the royal sedan-chair" was always at his disposal, it is improbable that they used a word reminiscent of t.he French town. For it is from the scene of Napoleon Ill's collapse that the sedan-chair takes its name, and perhaps remote posterity will suppose that it had some connection with that event. But Sedan first produced these conve yances centuries ago, and they were seen in England in 1581. One used by James I's Buckingham provoked great popular outcry against the employment of men as beasts of burden. Sir S. Duncombe is credited with haying introduced them 'to London in 1634. And Bath knows the Pickwickian sedan-chair to this day. All the greatest art the world has ever produced is fitt.ed for a place and subordinated to a purpose. The best sculp ture yet produced has been the decoration of the front of a temple; the best painting, the decoration -0f the walls of a room. The greatest work of Raphael is simply the well-color ing of the walls of a suite of apartments in the Vatican, and his cartoons are only designs for tapestry. Michael Angelo's greatest painting is on a ceiling in the Pope's private chapel. And we may multiply such instances. Leonardo da Vinci's greatest work is the dec-0ration of a wall in a dining-room for monks. The greatest work ()If Lorenzo Ghiberti, the leader of Renaissance sculpture in Florence, was simply the execution of some bronze gates. Gibbon says of the great church of St. Peter's in Rome, designed by twelve. architects, among whom were Michael Angelo, Bramante and Raphael, that it is the most glorious structure that has ever been ap plied to the use of religion; while the Roman aqueducts, those marvelous creations of architecture, enriched by noble sculp ture, were simply troughs fo r carrying water. Three complete skeletons of camels which lived in America 1,500,000 years ago have been brought to light. The fossils of these animals which greatly antedated man upon the earth were dug out of a sandstone ledge down near the border line between the States of Wyoming and Nebraska. Their dis coverers were members of a party sent out by Amherst College, under Dr. Freljerick Brewster Loomis. Besides the camels the biologists unearthed the remains of a three-toed horse, which is interesting as fu;nishing another link in. the evolution of the equine. Only the skull, a sectJ.on of the body and the hoof were found, but the last part was, of course, the most interesting and valuable. The finding of the camel fossils was probably the most valuable work. The ani. mals were of a type unknown before, although others, some what similar, had been f-0und in the Bad Lands of the West. The bodies of the camels were smaller than those of sheep and the heads about the same size. The neck and legs, how ever, were much longer and the bones of the latter very ,slender: In construction, despite the smallness of the frame, the bodies were just the same as those of the camels to be found to-day. Besides these complete skeletons, masses of ankle bones were found, from which it was deducted that there had been forty-five camels in the herd which met death together at the point where the remains were found. The party also brought home the teeth of probably the smallest camel ever known. These teeth were very tiny, but undoubtedly those of a camel. Strangely enough, this find was made through the instrumentality of an insect known as the "bulldog ant," because of its vicious bite. These queer little creatures make it a practice to put on the domes of their houses a varied as sortment of bones which they come across in their travels. Professor Loomis and his co-workers brought back 600 tiny fossil bones which the "bulldog ants" had collected for orna mentation. JOKES AND JESTS. The fairy godmother looked after Cinderella approvingly as she went off with her prince. "Concerning that slipper episode," she remarked to herself, "that girl is about the only mortal woman who could do the right thing and put her foot in it at the same time." A first-grade boy brought perfect spelling papers home for several weeks, and then suddenly began to miss five and six out of ten. "How's this, son?" asked his father. "Teacher's fault," replied the boy. "How is it the teacher's fault?" "She moved the little boy that sat next to me." The circus agent found the rural town deserted. "Where are all the people?" he queried. "Why, stranger," drawled the old postmaster, "this here is 'Art day.'" "Art day? And have you an art gallery in this town?" "Oh, no; but the whole settlement has turned out to see one of those city artists sketch a sass'prilly ad on Jason Whetley's barn." One day a man, apparently white, went into the best res taurant in Atlanta. The head waiter looked him over and thought he had negro blood in him. In fact, he was a very light quadroon. "Here you," the head waiter said, "you are colored." "Oh, no, I ain't," the man replied. "Not in the sense you "But you are mighty dark." "I know I am; but that is because I am a Malay." The head waiter was nonplussed. He looked again, and then asked, sus piciously: "What is a Malay'( Where is he from?" "Why," said the man easily, "Malays are from Malaria." Mrs. Grimes, the -landlady, was trying to find out the nature of her new boarder's occupation. First she asked him if he was in business. He told her that he was not. Then she suggested that possibly he was a salesman. "No, I'm not a salesman, exactly." "Traveling man?" "Yes, I am a sort of traveling man." "Make regular trips, I suppost!?" "Very regular." "Well, I should think you'd like that. There's some variety about it." "There isn't much variety' about my trips. They're always through the same territory." "That gets kind o' tiresome, does it?" "Very." "Still, if business is good, and you make plenty of sales-" "But I don't make any sales. The fact is, Mrs. Grimes, I am.a conductor." "A conductor! On what railroad?" "I'm the conductor of an elevator in a big department store." "Ohl"
I 28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. STRANGE STORIES OF WITCHCRAFT By D. W. Stevens. "What do you think of a man bringing suit against his mother to recover damages for a dog, which he charged her with having killed by bewitching it, and, not only bringing suit, but getting a judgment from a Justice of the Peace on the evidence presented to sustain the charge?" said Christian Bolz the other day. It occurred in Lancaster county, Pa., not long ago. "The man was a well-to-do farmer. His mother was a woman over 70 years old, and, as I l
FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 on a shovel. Whichever way the two ends of the hair turn as they burn will indicate the direction taken by the thief. The stub ends are then to be buried in the barnyard, where the sun will shine on the spot when it rises. After this has all been done, the horse thief, wherever he may be, finds that, try as he will, he cannot get away beyond a certain limit, and the first thing he knows he is turning about and drivingor riding directly back to the barn from which he stole the horse, in spite of himself. All the owner has got to do is to watch for his coming and nab him when he comes. "One of the jobs that requires nice work on the part of the wonder worker is the separation of man and wife, which seems to be another favorite way these farmers have of seek ing vengeance for wrong done them. The designing and heart less person who would tear man and wife asunder must first get a hair from the head of a woman whose hair is the oppo site in color to that of the wife of the man in whose family the separation is desired. The hair, however, must under no circumstances be red. Then the simple fact must be ascer tained as to which was born the nearest to running water, the husband or the wife. Whichever on it may be, that is the one who must be operated upon. Something that the husband and wife have both worn at some time in their lives must be secured and burned, and the hair held in the smoke that arises. The smoked hair's mission is then to be buried at the side of the house where the doomed couple liye, so that water from the eaves may drop on the spot. The name of the per son who is being operated upon Is then written on a piece of paper and buried where the shadow of something cast by the light of the moon may fall upon it. If the man and wife do not immediatelyquarrel, and the quarrel is not followed by the wife packihg up and returning to her father's after all that, it is prima facie evidence that the operator was a little short of faith in the infallibility of the spell, and he cannot hope to succeed in his fell designs until he stands in an east wind for three successive days and prays fervently for abiding faith in the power of the witch woman." AN EAST INDIAN LEGEND It has often been stated that the curiosities within the walls of a museum are insignificant in number and character com pared with those in the possession of private persons. A strik ing instance of this exists in St. Louis. In the possession of Mr. H. J. Braun is a vegetable product which, both historically and naturally, is interesting as few such artic l e s are. -Shortly after travelers from the Western world began to penetrate the Indian Archipelago, strange tales were brought to Europe concerning a wonderful submarine fruit, which possessed magical qualities of great potency. Whoever ate of this fruit was secured against the most deadly poison, and in a land where poison was as common a weapon of offense as In Rome during the middle ages this sovereign antidote was prized beyond gold or jewels, and was carefully reserved for the Rajahs and monarchs of India and the neighboring isles. The few Europeans who were favored with a sight of this remarkable product of nature, described it as being a nut like body, almost divided by a deep cleft through the middle, with a hard shell, incloslng a yellowish kernel and a milky fluid of a disagreeable odor. The value of the nut depended upon its size, the largest specimens being practically priceless. The tree which produced tbis food stood, according to the na tives, in the midSt of the Indian Ocean. Among its branches dwelt the greif, a gigantic bird much resembling the fabulous roe, which winged its way by night to the mainland, bringing tigers, rhinoceri and elephants in its talons to its sea-girt nest, where they were de,voured at leisure. Few mortals had ever beheld this tree and returned to the abodes of men to tell the tale, for a strong current flowed toward it, and once within its grasp no ship could mftke its escape, and the crews perished miserably from hunger and thirst or became the prey of the terrible greif. A few seamen escaped by clinging to the greif's feathers and being thus carried to the mainland. The in)labitants of Southern Java never ventured more than ten miles from the coast, for fear of being carried away by the resistless current to the strange tree and becoming the booty of its frightful denizen. The fruit was carried by the wind and waves to the coasts of Java and Sumatra, but even when cast upon the shore it was difficult to obtain, as it was imbued with life, and crept into the jungle for concealment, where it could only be found by the aid of keen-scented hounds. When found, it was forbidden under the pain of death for any subject to retain it in his possession,_ as all such fruit was the exclusive property of the ruler of the land. The fame of this ut had extended to China, where fabulous sums were offered by wealthy Mandarins for a single specimen. The kernel 1and milk were efficacious not only against all poison, but against fever, rheumatism, apoplexy, and epilepsy. The kings' and rajahs made their snuff and tobacco-boxes, as well as their drinking-cups, from the shells, as they believed that no poison could harm them if only it had touched the rind of this strange nut. These cups and boxes were thickly studded with the rarest jewels, and. were the most highly prized arti cles in the royal treasury. The first specimen ever seen in Europe was brought to Aus tria by Admiral Wolferman Herssen in 1602. This officer had defeated the Portuguese fleet before the town of Bantam and delivered the city. As a reward for this great service the Rajah had presented him with one of these nuts, considering it one of the most precious of his possessions, and the only gift he could give at all commensurate with the service ren dered. Emperor Rudolph II. endeavored to purchase the fruit from the admiral, but the latter declined to give it up, and it remained in his possession, and it is to-day an heirloom of the noble family of Hermansen. For many years the superstitious belief in the properties of the strange fruit subsisted, and it was not until late in the last century that the native faith received a shock by the dis covery of the tree that bore the nuts, not in the midst of the ocean, but upon the small and lonely island of Lechelles, one of the Maldive group. Although t:he belief in the wonderful submarine tree, the irresistible current and monstrous bird had passbd away, the faith in the power of the nut to protect against poison. still remained, and it was nearly as difficult as ever to obtain a specimen. More than eighty years ago a relative of Mr. Braun, who had passed his life in penetrating unexplored portions of the globe, determined to obtain one of these nuts, and with great difficulty made his way to the Island of Lechelles. Here he found numbers of the palms which bore the remarkable n ts, and examined and meai:;ured them carefully. The trees were from forty to fifty feet in height. At the top grew a number of immense leaves, feet long and seven wide. From the end of the branches hung clusters of flowers, which inclosed the fruit during the early stages of development, but dropped off as the latter matured. These nuts fell into the sea, and were carried by the ocean current to the shores of Java and Sumatra. As no one had ever seen the growing trees, Lechelles being uninhabited, it is easy to understand how the belief in its submarine origin arose, and this mystery, coupled with the enormous size and strange shape of the fruit, would inevititbly give birth to some strange belief in the mii:ids of a people so mystical as the Asiatics of the Indian Ocean. Mr. Braun's relative met with great difficulties in securing a mature specimen of the fruit, as perfect specimens were rare and highly valued, ten years being necessary for the nuts to obtain -their full growth. At last he obtaii;ied one, upon the payment of three hundred dollars, and took it with him to Germany, whence it was brought by his family to this country, and is religiously preserved as an heirloom. Only one other specimen of this peculiar nut is to be found in this country. This is preserved in the Smithsonian Institu tion in Washington, but is small in size and altogether infe rior to the one in Mr. Braun's possession. This latter meas ures forty-one inches, by thirty-two, by thirty-four, and is in a perfect state of preservation.
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HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy boo k for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoea and the most popular manner of sailill.$ them. Fully illustrated. By C Stan sfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracl e of human destiny ; also the true mean i n g of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and c u rious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from t h e little child to the aged man and woman. This little book cives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unl ucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. N o 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m isery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little boo k. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. N o 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Cobtaining r ules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or t he secret of palmistry. Also secret of telling future events by a i d o f mo l es, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated, By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in iltru ction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, teal thy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can b ecome strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this littl e book No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The. art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of t hese useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box wilbout an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYl\fNAST.-Containlng full Instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Eml'll'acing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No 34. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fe ncing and the use of the broadsword ; also instruction in archery. D escribed with twenty-<>ne practical illustrations, giving the best p osit i ons in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing of the general principles of sleigbt-<>fband applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring 8leigh t -of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 1t1eially p re p a r e d car ds. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated ......... No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW 'l'O DO }j.,ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card '!'ricks as performed by leading conjul"ors and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ? HOW TQ DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tncks, contammg full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by our.: mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed by_ his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on _the stage; _also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A l\IAGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est of magical illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW 'l'O DO CHEll\IICAL 'l'lUCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HO"W TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing ove r of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW '.1'0 MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect10ns for makmg l\lagic 'l' oys and devices of many kinds By A. Anderson. Fully illust..ated. No. 73 .. HOW. TO J?O TRICKS WITfI NUMBERS.-Showing many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson Fully illustrated. _No 7_5. HO\Y 'l'O A CON JUROR. -Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls Hats etc Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE _BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete descr1pt10n of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every bo y how inventions originated. This book them all, givmg in electri city, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. 'lhe most instructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive e n gi?eer; also diri;cti_ons for1 buildi_ng a mode l locomotive; togethe r with a full description of everythmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 'l'O MAKE MUSlf ph .. ne and other musical mstruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bar:dmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO :MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No .. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containin c complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A mott com plete little book, containing full directions for writing Jove-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LET'rERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LEl'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every y oung man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-on taining full instructions for writing letters o n almost any subject; a ls o rule. for punctuation a n d c o m pos i tio n with s pec i me n l etters.
THE STAGE. No. H. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S J OKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the m'?st famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No .. 42. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.C ontat?111g a vaned of t1tump speeches, Negro, Dutch a nd fr1sh. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OE' NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE '.AND JOK}j] BQOI<.-;--Somethini; new ap.d very instructive. Every b oy. tins as it con tams full instructions for orsamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original j oke books ever published, aud it is brimful of wit and humor It contains a !urge collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc: of T errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical' of t he day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOl\IE AN ACTOR.-Containing com p lete Instructions how to make up for various characters on the s tage.; with the duties of the Stege Manager, Prompter, S cemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' BOOK.-Containing the lat es t Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and e ver popular comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsom e color ed cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing f ull instructioni for constructing a window garden either in town o r country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub li shed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books o n cookinc ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular c ooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments b rackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de s cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Ele.ctric Toys, Batteries e tc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Cont a!ning full Jirections for making electrical machines, induction coJ!s, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R. A. R Bennett. Fully illustrated. N o 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fo11!'> teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite t o b e com e a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.II the popular of prose and poetry, arranged in t h e mont simple and conc1s3 manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-Glving rul es for conducting d .. bates, ou ti mes for debatel', questions for discussion and tbe bed sources for procuring information on the questions give n. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts ana wiles o t flirtatio n. art fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of har.dkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it con a _full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, ,_;,hich i a m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. No 4. HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a new and buodsomt little book just issued by Frank '.l'ousey. It contains full tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partiel5 how to and full directions for calling off in all popular dances. No. HOW TO LOVJ!l.-A guide to lo;;-t, courtship and marnage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquettt: to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not g l'U erally known. No. li. TO DRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction i n thfl art of dressmg and appearing well at howe and abroad givinl! the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybod,Y wi!'hes to. kn?w how to b ecome beautiful, both wal e and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrat e d and containing full instructions for the management and training of t he canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus-trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inclu d ing hints on how to cakh moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels a nd bi rds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS 'AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, prepa ring, mountinc and preserving birds animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PElTS.-Gi ving com as to the m.anner an_d method of raising, keepi ng, breed mg, an_d managmg all km
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. Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MAD E MAN COLORED C.OVERS PRICE 5 Cts. I SSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 P A GES This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in tb.e lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 50 The Ladder of Fame; or, F.rom Office Boy to S enator. 51 On the Square; or, The Success. of an Honest Boy 52 After a l<'ortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the West. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, 'l'he Young Wonde r of \Vall Street. 54 Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became President. 55 Heir to a Million; or, The Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 56 Lost in the Andes; or. 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