A Wall Street mystery, or, The boy who beat the syndicate

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STORIES @171 OF BOYS WHO MAKE MCNEY. The-moment Art cro_wd o f had evidently been lying in waitfor himoutaide, :ol'ade a simultaneous rush for him. In an. instant he watt surrounded by the excited traders. all shouting to attract his attention


Fame and Weekly IU1'ed Weeklv-Bv Sub scription 12.50 pe r v eM. Entered according to .&ct o f Congreas, i n t he u ear 1908, in the oJlli:c o/ Ille Librarica of C onore11, W aalling t on, D. C., bv FrQ,nk Touse11, Publisher, 2 4 U n ion Squar e, NetJJ York, No. 136. NEW YORK, MAY 8, 1908 PRICE 5 CENTS ... A WALL. 'STREET MYSTERY OR, THE aov WHO BEAT THE SYNDICATE By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. THE NEW BROKER IN WALL STREET. "Who is this Arthur Tuttle, banker and broker, do you know?" said Howru.d Golding, as he and a brother trader stopped and looked ay a new gilt sign on the glass panel of the door of an office on the third floor of the Schuyler Building, where both of the gentlemen had their offices. "No. I never heard of him before," replied William Fletcher. "Seems to me he's a newcomer trying to break into Wall went on Mr. Golding. "We must get acquainted with him, Fletcher Times are dull, and it may be worth our while." "If he's got any :fleece worth trimming I shal l be glad to know him. All's fish tha.t comes i nto mv net. Let's rro m and introduce ourselves. If he's a strang-er we ar(' hardly likely to get a reg u1a.r i n tro d uctio n to him." "Kind of cheeky, don't you think, to liutt in on a mau you never saw before without some kind of a business excuse?" "Oh, a good bluff will always go. 'Come on." Mr. William Fletcher opened the door without the fo r mality of knocking and led the way into a room fitted up with a of counting room desks and other office ap pointments, a ra ilitJg dividing t h e room into two parts, a stock indicator which at t hat moment was ticking me rril y away, and several chairs for v i sitors. Al door, slightly ajar, pointed to an i nner office. There was nobody in t h e oute r room bu t a n eatly atti red youth of fourteen, with red ha.ir and a tough -l ooking coun tenance, who was perched on a high stool at one of t h e desks industriously reading a nickel story pa.per. He looked up as the two traders entered, s l i d off hi s rerch, and coming from behind the railing, asked the vis itors what he could do for them. "Is Mr Tuttle in?" asked Mr. Fletcher "Yes, sir Want to see him?" "Yes, we would like to see him." "What name shall I tell him?" "Mr. Fletcher and Mr Golding The boy carried their names inside and they were.invited to mter. 1 F l etcher and Golding were surprised to see a boy not over nineteen yea.rs of age seated a.t a fine mahogany desk b:r the window overlooking the court, or well, of the b u i l d ing. He was smartly dressed, a.nd had an a l ert and s hrewd look on h i s h andsome :face. "How do you do, gentlemen?" said the boy, gen ia lly. "Help yourselves to chafrs, and then let me know how I can serve you." "Are you Arthur Tuttle, banker and b roker?" a s k e d Fletcher, surprised to find the person they had calle d on was a boy. "That's my name and business." "Are you on t h e Curb?" asked the trad e r. "I can't say that I am." "Stranger to New York, aren't you?" "Well, I'm not o n e of the oldest i nhabitants, smiled the boy, enigma tically.


' 2 A WALL STREET l\IY 'TERY. "Just opened up for business, I believe?" Arthur Tuttle nodded. "Well, we're members ofthe New York Stock Exchange, and our offices are on this floor. My name is Wi.lliam Fletcher, and this ge ntleman. i s Howard Golding We were a bit curious to learn who the ne v tenant on our floor was, and that prompted this butting in on our part, which l hope you will accept in the spirit that prompted it." "Happy to know you, gentlemen, and trust we may be come better acquainted," said Arthur Tuttle, cheerfully. The ice being broken, the three indulged in a very friendly chat, during which the two brokers tried to find out what they could about the new broker and banker, whose youthful appearance was a surprise to them Tuttle, while apparently quite frank, parried all their questions in the most ski lful manner, an:d when they got up to go they knew no more about the antecooents and purposes of their young n e i ghbor than they did when they entered his office. He did not seem to be doing any business. as yet, bul tha.t was not strange, as he was 1mknown in the Street, and h ad an uphill fiaht before him to establish LimseU. Both traders agreed that he was a pleasant, ente rtainin g young fellow, but a perfect s phinx, and the drawing of a doubl e-pronged back molar seemed an easier job than get ting anything out of him When they l eft, Arthur Tuttl e resumed his study of a Wall Street dajly which was engaging his attention when they called. Althaugh the ymrng broker showed a decided di sinclina tion to giving out any information about himsel.f, or ex plainin g ''hy h e had set up for himself in the Schuyler Building, there is no ieason why the r eader should not know something about him. Arthur Tuttle had been born and educated in the eity of Chicago. His father died when he was a yca.r old, and his moth er died when he rea ched his :fifteenth year, consequently he was an o-rphan. A yea r before his mother's death he entered the office of a well-known member of the Chicago Board of Tl:ade, arn1 remained with the hou se till the gentleman's death di.s .solvecl tji.e business. Tuttle had been considered by his employer as one 0 the smartest in the business, and subsequently as on e of his brightest and most progressive clerks. Art was full of ambition and business sagacity. He had the u tmost confidence in and felt that a successfu l future was before him. With the first $100 he saved h e began specu lating in grain in a mod est way, and soon accumulated $1,000. Then he went into one d ea l that raised hi s capital to $5,000. Three months later he was worth twice that sum Although Chicago was his birthplace and stamping grounds, and he had never been many miles from i t, he was not entirely contented there. The goal of his ambition was WaJl Street, New York, and he determined to reach it some clay. Tho opportunity pre sented itself when the death of his employer threw him out of a position. He cauld easily have gotten another had he tried, but he decided to l eave Chicago anc1 start out for himself in New York. He did not let this plan cool in his brain, but acted on it at once. One morni ng he took the limited express for the East, and a week la.ter his name was on the door of the small suite of offices in the Schuyler Building. The news soon circulated among the clerks of that floor that there was a boy banker and broker in Rooms 80 and 81, and the fact excited their curiosity JI.lost of them thought it was a good joke, and wondered how long the new tenant would hold out Somo of them had caught a glimpse of Tuttle, and the youthfulness of his face made them laugh among them selves, and gave rise to many remarks which they thought witty. Dan Bryant, Tuttle's red-headed office boy, overheard a bunch of these clerks making fun of his boss on the day that : Fletcher and Goldman called, and reported the fact to Tuttle "Tha. t dude bookkeepe r next door had the most to say," Dan. "He'il a fresh guy, and thinks a whole lot of himself. He .sa.i.d he was comin' in here to try and open an account with :t nickel. He said thaL was the most he'd risk, for he \1as kind of afraid you'd bust up before he oould clra w his account out." "What's tha.L chap's name?" asked 'futtle. "Clarence Stedman "I guess I sa. w him in the elevator the other day. He seems to be making a desperate effo1-t to raise a m1IBtache." "It doesn't amO'llnt to much," grinned Dan "He's got a chum named Henry who i s margin clerk in tho samo office. This rooster asked me who you were where you came from, how much money you had, and a whole lot of other questions." "What di!!. you tell him?" "I tolcl him you was a nephew of the President of the United Sta.tes, that you came from Kalamazoo, was worth a million dollars, and that you expected to become the boss of the Street," chuckled Dan. Tuttle said nothing, and Dan returned to his seat at the ta .11 desk to begin a new boys' story he had bought when he was out to lunch. His job was a sinecu r e at present, aJld he enjoyed it immensely. An hour later the young broker returned from his own lunch. "Stedman and Chadw ick were in here looking for you just after you went out," said Dan. "What clid they wanf?" "Stedman said he wanted to open an account with you." The eyes of the boy broker snapped "He said that, eh?" "Yep." "Did the other chap want to open an account, tQo ?" "Ho didn't say so. He grinned when Steel.man stated his errand. They said they might be in to-morrow 'rhey wanted ro know your office hours." Next day at half-past twe lve Stedman, Chadwick and two other clerks walked into Tuttle's office, as sober as judges


A WALL STREET MYST.ER. 3 Dan, the office boy, was out, but Arthur, hearing the outer door open, walke d out into the reception room He recognized Stedman at once, and he could tell by the air of his visitors that the bunch was there on a lark "What can I do for you?" Tuttle asked, with grim po li teness "You a re Arthur Tuttle broker and banker, arnn't you?" said Stedman "I am." "Do you buy stocks on margin?" "I do for responsible persons." "Well, I am a responsible person. I'd lik e you to buy me nine shares of Cohoes Elcvio.ted, preferred. What will you charge me for it?" There was no suc h stock as Cohoes Elevated, preferred, and Tuttle knew it. "Sony,'' he r eplied, drily, "but I don't do business with boys." "What's that?" gasped Stedman, turning very r ed. "I said I did not do business with boys." "Do you mean to call me a boy?" snapped the dude bookkeeper. "Aren't you? replied Arthur, without a smile "No, I'm not. What do you mean by insulting me?" "I beg your pa;rdon if I have made a mistake, but you r r equest was so childish that I naturally concluded that you were just out of your swadd lin g clothes Chadwick and the oth er two clerks chuckled out aloud at the young broker's reply, and Stedman became fmiou J "How dare you address such an insulting remark to me? Do you know who I am?" "I believe your name is Clarence Stedman," replied Arthur, with imperturbable good nature. "Are you Mr. Morgan's office boy?" "Office boy!" roared the dude c l erk. "I want you to und erstand I am the second bookkeeper." I never shou ld have thought so from your juv enile appearance, as well as the silly errand that brought you in here." 1 "I've a gre.a.t mind to slap you in the face!" cried Sted man, red with anger. "I wouldn't advise you to try it, sonny Such unu s u a l exertion on your part might not be good for your h ealth." That capped the limit of the dude's patienc-e, and he struck at Tuttle's face. Arthur ducked, grabbed him by the arm with a vise-like grip, and then, taking hi m by the collar of his coat and the slack of his trousers, ran him to the door before h e knew what was happening to him. The boy broker opened the door while he held Stedman pinn ed against the wall and then him out into the cor ridor, and over to the door of hi s own office. "Now," said rruttle, sternly, after releasing him, "if you come into my place on any more such tom-foo l eITands you had better have your life insured, for the next tim e I'll run you downstairs and drop you into one of the gar bage barrels in the basement." The boy broker turned around, passed Chadwick and the other clerks without a word, and entering his own office, closed the door The dude bookkeeper was wild with ra ge and mortificat.ion, and the gibes of his friends only added to his dis comfiture. The pratical jok e he had planned to execute on the boy broker had reacted like a b oomerang on himself, and he didn't hear the last of it for some time. CHAPTER II. A PHENOMENAL RISE IN ELDORADO COPPER 'MAKES THE BOY BROKER SUDDENLY RICH. Broker s Fletcher and Golding circulated the news of Arthur Tuttle's advent in Wall Street among the other traders, and the fact that the newcon;ier was a boy excited considerable curiosity, some comment and not a little plea s antry. Neither F l etcher nor Golding, could tell where boy broker and banker had come from, or what he expected to do in a business way in Wall Street. The traders wondered how much capita l the boy had, and whether there was any chance of loading him up with slow-sellin g securities that they wanted to get rid of. A coup l e of Fletcher's friends induced him to take them up and introduce them to Tuttle, and after they had sh.a.ken hands with him, and told him how gla d they were to make his acqua intance, they proceeded to pump him. They met with such poor success that they soon gave it up. "I can't make head or tail out of him," remarked one of them, by the name of Kruge r after the y got out into the corridor. "He seems to be about as slick a youth as I ever ca.me across." "He's very pleasant and gentlemanly, I must admit," said his companion, whose n ame was East.man. "But he's closer than wax." "He won't even say where h e came from, except that it's from the West. I judge he's a Chicago lad, but he may hail from San Francisco fo r that matter," said Kruger. "He must ha:ve money, or he couldn't hire rooms in this b'llilding,'' said Fletcher "The question is, how much money ha s he got?" said Eastman "He dresses as if he had quite a bunch. A swell watch and c hain, diamond pin a .ncl a hundr cd-doUar ruby ring. Maybe h e ca.me into a l egacy and t hink s to whoop things up in Wall Btreet after l earn in g a little somet hin g about th e brokerage business out West," said Kruger. "If he gets to mop.keying with t he market his bank ac count will soon grow beautifully l ess," said Fletcher. "Sav, we might hand him out a tip on some wildcat stock, then boost the price of the shares as much as we could and after that unload as much on him as he would bite at/' "Not a bad i dea," sa id Kruger. "I've got a block of El dorado Coppe r that's been in my safe for a. coon's age. You drop in on him so me day this week and toot it up. If he gets intereste-d, send me word, and Eastman and I will work a few wash sales so as to ge t quotations above the market. Then one of us will try and sell him a few thou sand shares I'll divide the profits of the deal if it goeoi through." -


4 A \'i' ALL STREET MYSTERY. Fletcher agreed to start the lJ11l1 rolling, and the three: brokers sepa.rated. lt happened that their conversation hacl taken place be fore the door of the corridor washroom, and Dan Bryant, who was on the point of coming out when he heard them :i;nention the name of his boss, overhea.rcl all they said. When he returned to the office he repeated their talk to Arthur, and the boy broker chuckled to himself. A few days afterward Fletcher called on him and in the course of his conversation mentioned that Eldorado Cop per was a good Curb stock to get hold of, as he knew it \ras going up shortly. Tuttle appeared to take considerable interest in it. 'l'he stock was ruling a t a share, but nobody was particularly anxious to buy it because reports from the mine indicated an unsatisfactory output. This had been the sta.te of affairs for six months past, just after the price dropped from $20 to $9, and then sank by degrees to $6. Arthur had looked its record up after Dan told him about the game Fletcher, Kruger and Eastman were figur ing on playing upon him. 'He intended to let the three conspirators think he WM going to fall into their sc heme, and then ait the last mo ment to refuse to buy. B'1t an hour before Fletcher called on him he had learned in the most accidental way that a had bet)n formed to boom Eldora.do Copper, and that mining brokers employed by the clique were buying the stock up on the quiet. He to get in on the floor him self, and was preparmg to call on Kruger and buy his block if he could get it on margin when Fletcher called. "What makes you think Eldora.do Copper is going up, Fletcher?" asked Tuttle, with an innocent look. "I got the tip from an insider." "Then I presuriie you are buying it yourself for the rise?" "I have already bought a ll I can carry." "Do you know anybody who has the stok for sale?" "Wliy, yes, Kruger, whom I introduced you to the other day, has quite a block. If you call on him you'll be able to get about all you want." "He may not want to sell in view of the rise you spoke about." "He hasn't the least suspicion that there will be any rise." "How do you Jn10w he hasn't?" "T was talking to him about the stock not over half an hour ago." "He's a friend of yours; why dian't you put him wise?" "We're friends only in a general way." "You don't know me as 'rell as you do l\ir. Kruger, yet you have passed the tip to me." "Well, the fact is, I've taken a liking to you," replied Fletcher, with apparent frankness. "You're a sma .rt young man, a strange r in the city, and just sta .rting out for your self. I'd sooner help you to a good thing than Kruger." "Then you me to call on Mr. Kruger and buy some of that stock?" "I certainly do. I arlvise you to get as much as you can afford to pick up.'" "\Vill Mr. Kruger sell me the shares on margin?" "Undoubtedly, if you prefer tobuy that way." "All right. I'll call on him this afternoon," replieu Arthur. Fletcher was delighted with the result of his mission, and as soon as he left Tuttle's office he wrote a note to Kruger and told him that he had the boy broker on a string, and that he might expect a visit from the lad that after noon. Kruger, on receipt of the note, got into communication with Eastman, and the two proceeded to work a few bogus sales by which they got a quotation of $8. '\Yhen Arthur reached Mr. Kruger's office he found that gentleman waiting for him. "Ur. Fletcher told me you had some Eldorado Copper for sale," said the boy. "Yes, I've got a block of 10,000 shares. Are you looking for some of the stock?" "Yes. What are you asking for it?" "I want $8 a share." "That's abo"e the market, isn't it?" "Oh, no. The price went up to that gure a short time ago." Arthur knew, however, that these quotations were not genuine, and had ascertained on his way to Kruger's office that the market was ruling around $7. Accordingly he oil'ered the trader $7. K1uger insi s ted that it was worth $8, and after some argument compromised on $71-2. Tuttle purchased the entire block of 10,000 at that price on a ten per cent. margin. Kruger would have preferred to have sold the stock out right, as he wanted to get rid of it, but as Arthur would only deal with him on mru:gin he closed with him on those terms, satisfied that he would be able to make a few thou sand dolla rs out of the boy broker anyway. That afternoon at four o'clock the three traders met in Kruger's oilice and congratulated themselves on tile easy job they had had in Arthur to bite at the bait set before him. Next aay, however, they were surprise d to see the stock go to 8 1-2. On the following da.y it went to 9 1-4, and Kruger was in a sweat lest Tuttle should order the stock sold to take profit, though his commissions would in any case amount to $1,500. The next day was Saturday, and the price dropped to 8 3-4. Arthur haunted the Curb Exchange and kept himself posted as to the price of the stock. "Those gentlemen will get the s m:prise of their live s next week," he sa id to himself. "When that boom sets in Mr. Kruge r will have a :fit." On Monday rooming a couple of the biggest Curb bro kers appeared on the street and began bidding on Eldorado Copper. Then the fact developed that the stock was very scarce. In some mysterious way word was passed around that a rich discoYery of copper ore had been made in the mine and tha.t the price of the stock would go back to 20. This ,created intense excitement in the Curb market, and the brokers went wild over the stock.


A WALL STREET MYST.ERY. Extrav11gant bids were made .Lor shares, ancl foe price I mounted up to 15, ancl then to 18 and 20. Art two o'clock 25 was offered for the stock, with little coming to the surface. Half an hour later 30 was the prevailing price, an

A WALL STREET MYSTERY Tuttle, however, had a pretty steady block on his shoul -I'm bound to think about her, and that's all the good it will ders, and when he received Kruger's large check, represent-do me." i n g his winnings on Eldorado Copper, he did not make any He walked off towaxd his office, feeling as if there was attempt to stand on his head through excess of joy, or othersomething more important in this world than making wise belrnYe himself in an undignified manner. money He cashed the check and put the money in his safe deT11en he began to think abQut the rise in M. & 0. posit box, for as he was under twenty one he coul d not "If I'd done as Mr. Benton told me to-bought tha.t open a check account at a business bank. stock-i'd be six points ahead of the game now. I might He made his office boy a present of a good silver watch have been able to secure 10,000 shares of it before it began and chain, and gave him a hundred dollar bill to start a to go up, and that would have meant $60,000 in my pocket savings bank account with an eye to the future. this afternoon. Well, I suppose I can't expect to be lucky "Gee! But this is a swell job I struck," Dan said to all th e time himself. "Nothing to do but hold down a chair all day While he was sitting in the office Mr Fletcher came in and read story books. Then on Saturday collect my seven to see him. per Then on top of that I get a watch and chain and a After talking a few minutes on different topics the trader hundred-dollar note, because the boss happens to make a said: ten-strike. If he treats me as well as that every time he "By the way, Tuttle, I've got another good thing up my makes money, I'll be a rich guy one of these days. He's .sleeve that I can let you in on. all right, if he is a boy-bet your boots! I'd sooner wo rk "What is ,it?" asked the boy broker for him than for the Morgan Bank, though I 've heard some "Well, there's four of us going into a deal on a certain of the messengers say that's the finest job in the country." stock which is slated as a sure winner. We want a fifth The boy broker divided his time outside tlie office beparty lo join with us. It will take $500,000, or $100,000 tweeIJF the Curb Exchange on Broad Street and the New apiece, to see the deal jhrough. There isn t the least doubt York Stock Exchange gallery, to which he had a ticket of but we'll double our money. Will you come in?" admission "What is the stock you're going to buy?" One clay, not long after the excitement over Eldora.do "I can't tell you that until after you've us As Copper had been forgotten, he went into the gallery of the soon as you've put up your share of the pool you shall know Stock Exchange to see how things were going in railroad everything." stocks "That's too much like a blind pool to suit me." A "There's nothing blind about it," said Fletcher, "except certain broker with whom he had a slight acquaintance had advised him to buy M & O., but Arthur couldn't you couldn't expect me 00. give away the name of the stock make up his mind to do so. to an outsider. As soon as you become one of us everything When he reached tl1e Exchange he found that M. & 0. will be made as plain to you as sunshine." "Then I might not fancy the sche me, and it would be was going up, and that there was a whole lot doing around the pole of the stock. too late for me to draw out. No, I guess I won't go into it, though I'm much obliged to you for making me the offer." There was quite a crowd in the gallery, mootly people Mr. Fletcher was evidently much disappointed sightseeing. fi Q t b f th 1 di h ed. to b He tned to show Tuttle where he was m1ssmg a ne snap m e a num er o em were a es w o seem e h te ted th t f tl t' d th fl by holdmg off, but the boy was firm m his refusal to go muc m res m e an ics o ie ra ers on e oor t th 1 below m o e poo At length Fletcher took his leave, and went over to Kru-One of them was an uncommonly pretty girl, and she ger's office, to report that the boy broker wouldn't bite, attracted Arthur's attention at once, for she had the sweetest and that they must tliink up some other scheme to catch face he thought he had ever seen. his ducats. She stood not far from where he had taken up his posiArthur lived at a boarding house on West Thirty fifth tion, and he could hardly keep his eyes off her. Street. He noticed that she seemed to be greatly excited over the After dinner that evening he started to go to a Fortyscene below, just as if she had a personal interest in what second Street theater, where a popular musical comedy was was going on. having a run. M. & 0. went up six points during the time the boy At the corner of Broadway he noticed two ladies crossbroker was there, and then the Exchange ceased business ing the s treet. for the day. He recognized them at once as the pretty girl he had The young lady, who was accompanied by an elderly seen at the Stock Exchange and her elderly companion. woman whom Artlmr judged to be her mother, walked Just then an automobile swept suddenly around from downstairs to the street ahead of him. 'l'imes Square and bore right down on them Then Tuttle watched them walk up Exchange Place toThe chauffeur tooted his horn and slightly altered his ward Broadway course so as to pas.s them. "I suppose I'll never see her again," said the young The girl, however, became rattled, and, instead of stepbroker to himself, in a regretful tone, keeping his eye on ping back, or remaining where she was, sprang forward, the girl as long as she was in sight "I'd give a whole and that mo'Ve brought her directly in the course of the lot if I oould get an introduction to her, but, of course, machine that's out of the question. I wish I hadn't seen her, for Arthur had started forward at the first sign of danger to


A WALL .STREET MYSTERY. 7 them, and had stopped when he saw the chauffeur steer the auto to one sicle When the girl jumped in front of it his hearl bounded into his mouth Hardly taking time to consider the dangeT he ran him self, he rushed up to heT, grabbed her in his arms, ancl swung her around just in the nick of time. The machine swept by so close to them that one of the forward wheels struck the boy's leg a glancing blow, -and he foll, still retaining his grasp on the fair stranger. CHAPTER IV. "Well, I know you now," laughed Arthur, "and will be glad to know you better if you will permit me to." "Why, of course I will! We arc stopping at the Russell Hotel, Aunty and I. You must call upon us." "I will do that with pleasur1e," r e plied Arthur, blessing his lucky star for introducing him to this pa .rticular young lady in such a signal manner. "Aunty and I were going to the Hudson Theater when--" "I was bound there myself," said Tuttle, interrupting her in his eagerness. "If you will accept my escort, it will afford me much pleasure to see that more automobiles get in yo r way." "'f'hank you, Mr. Tuttle. Aunty ancl I will be ever so much obliged to you." AT TIIE THEATER WITH :MISS TABER AND HER AUNT. They off down Forty-second Street, the young broker showing a perceptible limp in his walk. A. s mall crowd of spectalors gathered around tl:em like "Are you sure that you're not much hurt?" asked ll11ss magw,_ and several hands were stretched out to assist them Taber, anxiously. on their feet. "I don t think it will amount to anything I can rest. At moment the elderly lady broke into the circle, in the theater. By the way, you will perhaps be surprised much exCTted. to l earn that I saw you once befoJe to-day." f'JUy dear Elsie!" she cried. "Are OU hurt?" .; "Indeed Where?" "No, Aunty; clear," she fluttered, with a white, scared "In the gallery of the New York Stock Exchange." face, "but I believe I would have been killed but for this "Why, yes! Aunty and I were there this afternoon. I young man," and s he looked gratefully at Arthur. do not remember seeing you there, though." "Permit rr1c to escort you to the sidewalk," said the boy "No. You didn't look in my direction. You seemed broker, rai s ing his hat politely. to be too much interested in the brokers to take notice of ,\s he stepped out he found his leg so numb that was anything around you." orcer1 to limp. "Oh I wasn't inteTested in the brokers-I was interested o "You are hurl," said the girl, sympathetically, seizing J in the market." him by the arm, for she thought he was about to fall. ,, In the market!" he exclaimed. "It's nothing," he replied, lightly, though he was not at "Yes. I own some J\I. & 0. stock, ancl I left it with a all certain about it. "I am very glad I was able to save broker to sell for me when it went up as high as he thought you from being 1.un down." it would go." "And I am very grateful to you foT saving me," answered the girl, giving him a look that he felt fully Tepaid him "Then I don't wonder you were internsted, for the stock for the risk he hacl run. "\Vill you tell me your name? advanced six points this afternoon. So you are $6 a share I should like to !mow who I am under such gTeat obligaricher than you were this morning." tions to." "Yes, I know. And I feel delighted over it, for the "Arthur Tuttle." whole of my little fortune is in that stock." "It's good stock, but the boom may not1 last, so I would "My name is Elsie "'l'hank you," she replied sweetly. Taber." "I am pleased to know you, Miss Taber '"l'his is my aunt, 1frs. Carter." The young broker bowed to the elderly lady. "You're a brave young man," said Mrs CaTter, with some emphasis, as they stepped on the walk. "I hope you are not much hurt. Diel the machine strike you?" "A glancing blow on the leg, that's all," Teplied Arlhur. "It's too bad!" s aid the girl, laying her daintily gloved hand on his arm. ''I do hope that it will amount to noth ing." "The numbness will wear off, Miss Taber. Do not worry about me. The chief thing is that you are safe. That is worth even a broken limb on my parl. "You are very kind to think more of me than yourself and ] am a strange r to you," saicl the girl, blushing a little uncleT his ardent gaze. "I am sure I never can thank you enough. I know you saved my life, and it was very brave am1 noble of you to run such a Tisk foT one you did not know." advise you to see your broker early in the morning a.bout it." "But I left the matteT to his judgment. I expect him to sell to the best "He will, no doubt, endeavor to see tha.t you get all that's coming to you, but his judgment may not follow the market as closely as he calculates on, in which case you might have to stand a loss o{ some of your present profits." "Do you think the stock is liable to fall, then?" she asked, anxiously. "I wouldn't like to venture an opinion on the matter, Miss Taber, although I am a broker myself, and might be expected to have some knowledge of the market." "Are you, indeed?" she Teplied, Tegarding heT new ac quaintance with fresh interest. "Yes. Here is my caTd. I hope you will call in and see nie when you come down to Wall Street again." "I certainly will," she said, accepting his card, and, a .fter glancing at it, passing it on to her aunt. '"I am going down to -mo1Tow morning, and will call and see you M:r.


A WALL STREET l\IY STERY Horace Uorgan is the broker who has my stock, and his office is in the ame building where you are." "His office adjo ins mine on the third floor." "Is it possible!" s he said in s urpri se; "Then it will b e ver y convenient for Aunty and me to call on you." ''If you could give me an id ea whe n you would find it convenient to call I would m a ke it a point to be at my ofllce." '' \V e ll we expect .to get down town between te n and eleven, and I think you can look for us to visit you about the latter hour. "1-e r y \rell. I will remain in my office till you call," said Arthur. They had now reached the theater entrance. 'l'here was somethi ng of a crowd around the box office. Harn you secured seats for thi s evenin g in advance?" asked the young bro).rnr. "Ko, we have not," replied Mrs. Carter, opening her pure "Will you accep t an inv itation to the performance from me, then?" said Arthur. ")fo no l W e couldn't think of that! You must be our guest,'' said Elsie's aunt, in a tone that the boy broker understood was final "Will you kindly purchase three seats for me in the orchestra, or first circle?" And she handed Arthur $6. Tuttle bowed, and took his place in the box office lin e Re got three good orchestra seats and escorted the ladies inside. El s ie sat behveen Arthur and h e r aunt, but d evote d the greater part of her attention when the curtain was down to the young broker, to whom s he seemed much attracted. At the close of the first act Arthur went out and bought a box of choice candy, which he presente d to Miss T aber on his return. Before the s how was over Arthur was completely be witched with Elsie Taber : He would not have hesitated to risk hi s life again in her service if circumstances called for such a s trenuou s p e r formance. In way possible he tried to make a favorable im pression upon the girl and her aunt, and as his gallant act had already pre di spose d them in his favor, his efforts were quite successful. After the show Arthur invited Elsie and her aunt to take a light supper in one of the nice restaurants of Times Square, and they accepted the invita.tion. They spent some little time at the table, and then he escorted them to their hotel and bade them good -night. His thoughts, on his way to his boarding-house, were cen tered about the fair girl he had been so fortunate as to save from terrible injury or death, and he built a brilliant air-castle on the events of the evening, and what he hoped it would lead to in the future. CHAPTER V. ARTHUR TAKES CHARGE OF A LITTLE BUSINESS FOR ELSIE TABER. On his way to \Vall Stre e t, next morning, Arthur heard two brokers talking about the rise of M. & 0. Both predicted that it would go very little, if any, higher, and that they expected a slump would et in some time that day. One of them said he had sold his l\I. & 0. holdings just before the Exchange closed the day before, and he was glad he was out of it. B9fore he went to hi s office Arthur called on the broker ll'ho had adviseu him to purchase the stock, and asked him what he thought about a higher rise. "Did you buy, as I told you to?" asked the trader. "I regret to say that I did not. I would be in a wad of money if I had done so. However, there is no use crying over spill ed milk." "Well, don't touch it now. It's gone about as h igh as it's li kely to go, and may go the other way a.:i:ty moment afte r the Exchange opens." "You feel pretty sure of that, do you?" "I sold out yesterday at top price,'' replied the trader. ''That looks as if I was tlirough 'vi th it, doesn't it?" "I have a lady friend who ha s 300 shares of it. It rep resents all he owns in the world. She has handed it over to a certain broker to sell for her according to his judg ment. If he hasn't sold it yet you would advise that he ilo o at once, I suppose?" "Most assuredly If the lad y vere a friend of mine I would advise her to orde r an immediate sale of the stock, and not trust to the judgment of her broker. Many brokers are expecting the stock to go higher, and are holding on to it for that reason; but you can take my word for it that they will bo disappointed." I expect the lady to call at my office this morning, an<} I will tell her that she had better order her shares sold immediately.'' "I would She's only taking chances of losing the profit in s i ght and perhaps a littl e more." The youn g broker left Benton's office satisfied that Miss Taber ought to get rid of her M. & 0. shares without delay. A.sh e entered one o f the e l evators of the Schuyler Build ing he met a ,rell-lmown broker, whose office was on the second :floor of the building. I Arthur had a slight acquaintance with him, and on the F-trength of that Look the libert of ask in g him what he thought of the prospects of 1\1. & 0. going higher. "To tell you the trnth, 'rutt1c, I think it has reached its limit. I thought differently yesterday afternoon, fbr I bought 300 shares of the stock of Horace Morgan, under the impr ession that it would go up five or s i x points more. Since the Exchange closed I hav e h ad reason to change my opinion and I am going to get rid of that stock first thing this morning.'' "Were the s hares delivered to you?" "Oh, yes.'' "Did you notice whose n ame the shares stood in?" "I did. It was a Miss Elsie Taber.'' The broker nodded, and stepped out of the elevator, and Arthur continued on to the floor above, satisfied that the young lady in whom he took such an interest was safe as far as her M. & 0. was concerned. At five minutes of eleven Elsie and her aunt entered Tuttle's office, and Dan, act.ing under ins tructions given him in advance, showed them into the private room.


A WALL STREET :MYSTERY. 9 Arthur sprang up and placed chairs for them near his desk. "I ass ur e you it is a grea.t pleasure to welcome you both to my office," said the young broker. "I ha.Ye only been in busine ss a few weeks, and am not setting ihe Street afire yet with the amount of business I am doing, but neverthele s s I have made quite a little wad of money on a mining-stock deal I put through a short time ago. If I didn't make any more for a year or two I should still feel that I was quite 'a distance ahead of the game." "You have a very nice suite of offices here," replied the girl, looking around. "I dare say you will soon have all the business you can attend to." "I hope so You have already been at your broker's, next door, haven't you?" "Oh, yes. Mr. Morgan told me he expected to sell my shares some time to-day. He said the stock would prob ably go up several points more." Arthur looked at her in surprise. "He told you that he expected to sell your shares some time to-day?" "Yes." "You had three 100-share certificates, didn't you?" "Yes." "Made out in your name?" "Yes." "Well, it's funny. I met a broker whose offices are on the floor below, about an hour ago, in the elevator, and he told me he had bought 300 shares, ma.de out in the name of Elsie Taber, of Mr. Morgan yesterday afternoon, at 52, which was the day's high-water price. I was satisfied from that statement that your broker had sold your shares to good advantage." "Well, that is certainly odd," replied Elsie, looking at her aunt. "Mr. Morgan told us quite distinctly that he had not yet sold the shares. I told him that I was satis fied with the present market price, and asked him to se.11 right a way." "And he said--" "That there was no immediate hurry, as the price was sure to go higher. He said as soon as it advanced two or three points more he would sell it." "He told you that, did he?" "He did." "Have you a memorandum of the numbers of the shares?" "I have," said Elsie, opening her wallet and taking out a paper, which she handed to Arthur. "There are the numbers." "Excuse me a few minutes," said the boy broker. He put on his hat and walked into the office next door. "ls Mr. Morgan in?" he asked the office boy. "Yes." "Tell him that Mr. Tuttle would like to see him." The boy went into the private room, and when he came out he told Arthur to walk in. "I am looking for some M. & 0. shares, Mr. Morgan," said the boy broker. "Have you any for sale?" "Not a share," replied the trader. "Know anybody in the building wl10 has any?" "I do not. It is rather scarce, I believe." Arthur then withdrew, and went down to Mr. Burnside's ofBce. The trader, however, was oot. "Mr. Burnside bought 300 shares oif M. & 0.. of Mr. Horace Morgan yesterday afternoon?" Tuttle said to the cashier. That gentleman nodded. "Have you got the certificates in your safe?" The cashier said he had. "Will you compare the numbers with those on this sheet of paper, and let me know if they a.re identical?" 'l'he cashier did so, and acknowledged that the numbers corresponded. "That is all. I am much obliged to you," replied the young broker, who then returned to hi s own office. "Well, Miss Taber, I called on Mr. Morgan, and asked him if he had any M. & 0. sto.ck for sale, and he told me he had not. I then went downstairs to the office of the broker who bought the three certificates from him yester day afternoon with your name on them, and found out that the numbers you gave me were identica.l with those on the certificates in his safe. That settles the question beyond any doubt that Mr. Morgan has disposed of your sha1es at 52, and has received payment for them." "Then why should he tell me that he had not sold them yet?" said Elsie, looking puzzled. "It might be that he wishes to delay an accounting with you in order to use your money in his business for a few hours." "Is that customary with brokers?" "Not to my knowledge. With the evidence of the sale before you, you have the right to go into his office and de mand your money." "Do you think he is trying to take an unfair advantage of me?" she asked, anxiously. "It wouldn't be right for me to criticise his object in putting you off with a misstatement of the facts, as it is impossible for me to fathom his reasons. All I can sa. y is that he is acting in an odd way." "What would you advise me to do in the matter?" "I'd advise you to go in, and, without l etting him !mow that you are aware he has sold your stock, insist on an im mediate sale. Such a transaction, in the present state of the niarket, can lie put through inside of fifteen minutes. Wait a minute, till I see how M. & 0. is going!" Arthur got up, went into his outer room, and consulted the tape off the ticker. The quotations in M. & 0. sho 11ed a decided slump from the previous afternoon's prices, and were dropping steadily, the last one standing at 46. Arthur returned and stated the facts to the fair girl.. She looked much distressed. "You have no cause for alarm, Miss Taber," said the boy broker. "The sale of your shares at 52 can easily be proved, and Mr. Morgan will have to settle with you on that basis." Elsie looked much relieved. "I am very much obliged to you for interesting yourself so much in my little business, Mr. Tuttle," she said, gratefully. '"Don't mention it, Miss T aber," replied the young broker, cheerfully "I am only too happy to be of service


10 A WALL STREET MYS'rERY. to you in any way Under the circumstances, it w.ill be unnecessa ry for you to call on Mr. Morgan now. If you "ould like to turn the matter over to me, I will settle with JI.fr. Morgan myself." "I would consider it a great favor if you would do so," she answered. "Very well. Just sit at my desk and write a note to Mr. Morgan, telling him that you have found it necessary to avail yourself of my services in collecting the sum due yo11 for the sale of your 300 shares of JI.I. & 0., and state that I am authorized to receive the money for you." Elsie wrote the note and handed it to Arthur, who, after reading it, said: "The sale of 300 shares of M. & 0. at 52 amounts to $15,600. Mr. Morgan's commission is $125. That leaves you a balance of $15,375, which I will bring you to your hotel this afternoon or evel1ing. If, in the meantime, you will need any money, I can advance whatever you want." Miss Taber said she did not need any money, and after some further conversation she and her aunt left and re turned uptowi1, perfectly satisfied tha.t they could rely on the boy broker to put the transaction through. CHAPTER VI. ARTHUR BRINGS BROKER MORGAN TO TERMS. After the departure of the ladies Arthur went over to the Stock Exchange and remained there an hour. M. & 0. declined to 42 before he left to go to lunch. At two o'clock he walked into JI.Ir. Morgan's office again. The office boy was out, and Henry Chadwick, the margin clerk, came up to him and asked him what he wanted. Ile inquired for JI.fr. Morgan, and was told he was in. "I'd. like to see him on business," said Arthur. Uhaclwick took his name in, and then came out and said that Mr. Morgan would see him. Clarence Stedman was receiving some instructions from his employer when the boy broker entered the private room, and the bookkeeper favored Arthur with a very black look, for he had not forgotten the strenuous handling he had received from Tuttle. As soon as Stedman left, Arthur presented Elsie's note to JI.fr. Morgan. 'l'he trader read it and then looked up angrily. "I don't recognize in this matter!" he snapped. "You must recognize the authority conveyed by that note, Mr. Morgan," replied the young broker, coolly "I am a friend of Miss Taber. She has asked me to attend to her business, as she has other engagements. I think that covers the subject." "l don't care whether it does or not," replied the "The sale of Miss Taber's stock is in my hands. When I sell it I will render a statement to her. She left the matter to my judgment. Good-afternoon!" And Mr. Morgan turned his back on his young visitor. "Am 1 to understand from you that you haven't sold .her stock yet?" "You are to understand that it is none of your busi ness." "I have just handed you evidence that it is my business. Miss Taber left 300 shares of M. & 0. with you to dispose of for her to the best advantage. Yesterday afternoon it reached 52. This morning, at the opening of the Exchange, it was 52 3-8, and went to 53 1-8. Now it's down to 42. why didn't you sell it before the slump set in?" "I won't be catechised by you, you young whippersnap per!" roared Mr. Morgan, furio11sly. "Get out of my office!" ''I will do so with pleasure as soon a8 we have settled this mat.tPr." "Get out, I tell you, or I will have you thrown out!" "Don't excite yourself, Mr. Jl,Iorgan. Just before the stock declined I came in here and asked you if you had. any M. & 0. for sale. You said you had none. If you told me the truth it stands to reason that you must have sold Miss Taber's shares." '"\Vill you--" "I have ascertained. that you did sell Miss Taber's stock to Mr. Burnside, ou the floor below, ye.qterd.ay afternoon, for 52. You will therefore settle with me on that basis." The trader glared at the boy broker, opened his mouth to say something, but no sound came forth. "I can't imagine what your object was in telling Miss Taber this rooming that you had not dispo sed of her stock, when it was already sold, nor why you told me just now that 1then you sell it you will render her a statement. To avoid further unpleasant argument, or investigation, I should ad1' ise you to have that statement made out at once, and a check drawn for the sum of $15,375, which is the amount that is due the young la.d.y on the transaction Mr. Morgan struck his bell. "Mr. nforgan," said Arthur, resolutely, "I have the num bers of those certificates in my poss ession. I have also found out that they correspond wilh the numbers on the certificates now in Mr. Burnside's safe, which he received from you }'eslcrday, after the Exchange closed., and for the payment of which you received his check for $15,500. I think my knowledge of these matters ought to convince you that an immediate with me will be greatly to your advantage. If you have any doubt as to the genu ineness of that note, all you have to do is to communicate with Miss Taber at the Russell Hotel, where she and. her aunt are stopping." At that moment Henry Chadwick entered the room, in answer to Mr. Morgan's ring The trader found that he was cornered He had intended to have his margin clerk put Tuttle out of the office by force, if necessary. After the boy's last remarks, which he knew clinched the situation against him, he did not dare give the order. Instead of whl.ch he turned, with a scowl, on his clerk, and told him to make out a statement for Miss Taber and bring it in. Chadwick bowed and retired, while Tuttle's eyes sparkled with satis faction He felt that he had won out, as he had expected to do, for he wa fully master of t11e situation Nothing more was said until Chadwick returned with the statement. Mr. Morgan then made out a check for $15,375, payable


A WALL STREET MYST ERY. 11 to Miss Taber, or order, and shoved it at Tuttle, with a receipt or the boy to sign. "Thank you, Mr. Morgan," said Arthur, politely "That concludes our business, so I will retire .') The broker made no answer, and the boy broker returned triumphantly to his own office. "I had him where the hair was short, and he had to give in,'' chuckled Arthur "I wonder what his little game was? Did he propose to hold on to the money for a while, or did he intend to make a :fictitious sale of the stock at low-water mark, and pocket three or our thousand of Miss Taber's good money? It is hard to say just what he was aiming at, but there is no doubt in my mind that he meant to take advantage of the girl in some way because of her inexperience in Wall Street methods Whatever dodge he was up to, he got left, that's some satisfaction. He'll have his hooks into me after this because I made him toe the mark. But that doesn't worry me at all He can't do anything to injure me." That evening Arthur walked into the Russell Hotel and asked the clerk at the desk to send his name up to Miss Taber. The bellboy came down with word that he was to go up Accordingly was shO\vn to room No. 99, on the fourth floor, which was the sitting-room of a small suite. Elsie received him with every token of pleasure. She was dressed in a n:w gown that set her figure off to the best advantage, and Arthur thought she looked pret tier than eve r. "Well, I got your money or you, all right," he said, as soon as they were seated, side by side, on a lounge. "I am s o glad the matter is settled," she said, with a smile. "I hope you didn t have any trouble with Mr. Morgan "N otbing to speak of. He didn't seem inclined to rec ognize my right to interfere in the business, at :(irst, but I soon convinced him that his proper course was to settle with me at 52, and he did so. There is your check." "Thank you. I am ever so much obliged to you." "You are w e lcome, Miss Taber." Mr s Carter ow made her appearance, and Arthur shook hands witk her. "I've got my money, Aunty," said Elsie. "Mr. Tuttle brought me Mr. check for $15,375. That is $2,000 more than I expected to realize out of the stock." Mrs. Carter also thanked Lhe young broker for the trouble he had taken to bring the business to such a satisfactory conclusion. Elsie seemed to be much interested in Wall Street, and asked Arthur many questions about the way stocks were bought and sold. He told the ladies about his deal in Eldorado Copper. How he had got hold of the knowledge of the syndicate's plans, and how he had used that knowledge not only to reap a harvest of dollars, but to fool the foxy brokers who had thought to squeeze him out of some otf his little capi tal. "My, how smart yoo are!" exclaimed Elsie, admiringly. "Do you know, I have a great mind to let you have some of my money to invest for me; that is, if you care to take the commission and use your own judgment." "I shall be pleased to accept any commission from you, Miss Taber, and will do my best to land you a winner; but, of course, I cannot guarantee that my judgment will b e infallible. The very next deal I go into myself might result in a financial loss. No one can be sure just how the cat will jump in Wall Street." "But I've heard a great deal abo:ut the money that's mad e in the :financial district. Your own success is enough to convince a person that fortunes a;re made there right along "That is true, Miss Taber; but, nevertheless, speculation in Wall Street is one of the most uncertain things in the world. It's as bad as investing your money in a lottery ticket, where the prizes are few and the blanks a.re many. It is simply a game of chance to the general public. 'I'he insiders on a deal play with loaded dice, as it were. That is, they know what should happen if things go their way, and they work the wires to make them go that way. It doesn't follow that they are invariably successful. The Eldorado Copper boom is an instance in question A screw worked loose in that, and the syndicate had the time of their lives to get out with a fair profit. It's my opinion that they lost their grip somehow, or the price never would have tumbled so quick." "Those brokers I have seen look to be very prosperous. I am sure they must make money." "Oh, they make money all right, but the substantial brokers pile up their fortunes more by steady, legitimate business than by speculation. They let their customers take all the chances, for whether their clients win or lose they rake in their. commissions for buying and selling." "Well, if you see a chance for me to make a little money in the market, I should be awfully obliged to you if you would let me know. You might jl1st as well a little commission out of me as not," laughed Elsie. Arthur promised, if he saw a good opportunity for ner to invest some of her cash to advantage, he would tell her. The conveTsation then turned on other topics, and after spending a very pleasant evening the young broker took his leave, after receiving a pressing invitation from Elsie to call soon again. CHAPTER VII. LIVELY TIMES IN WALL STREET. On the following day Arthur went into the Stock Ex change gallery, and he immediately saw a gathering of ex cited brokers around the B. & 0. pole. "I wonder what's up now," he asked himself. "Quite a number of brokers appear to be scrambling for that stock. I wonder if there's another boom on?" He found that the stock had gone up five points in the last hour. It went up another point while he watched the confu sion and excitement below. "I guess I'd better get in on this before the cream is all off it," he thought. He ran to his safe deposit box and took out enough of his cash to cover a marginal transaction or 5,000 share1'.


12 A WALL STREET MYSTERY. B. & 0. was then going at 95, and there was every indi cation that it would go to par, or above. He carried the money to the office of a well-known firm of tratlers and made the deal, then he returned to the gal lery of the Exchange to watch results. At one o'clock B. & 0. had gone up to 97, and Arthur counted himself richer in prospect by $10,000. "I guess I can afford to have a good lunch on the strength of that," he said, complacently. "There is no place like Wall Street for making money." He spent nearly an hour in the restaurant, and then re turned to the Exchange gallery. While he was away there had been an unexpected change in affairs. Somebody had dumped several big blocks of B. & o. on the market, and something like a panic had ensued A wild scene greeted Arthur's eyes when he looked down on the floor. He heaJ:d a spectator remark that B. & 0. had slumped off eleven points in as many mim1tes, and was now barely holding its own a.t 8-1-. The young broker looked at the blackboard, and saw that the fact was true. He also realized with dismay that his margin had been completely wiped out by the decline, and that he owed the brokers a balance. The stock rallied while he stood looking clown on the tumultuous scene, and reached 90 when business closed for the day. All the good that did him was to wipe out his tempo rary indebtedness to his brokers, but he was out $47,500 beyond any hope. He left the Exchange, feeling quite dizzy over the rapid "'ay in which he had been cleaned out of close on to $50 ,00Q. "'Yall Stleet may be a great place to make money," ho breathed, "but oh, lor' you can be ruined, as well, in no time atall. While I was lunch I was congratulating myself on the fact that I was $10,000 ahead, with the pro s pect of making another $10,000 before business ended, and while I was figuring on my good luck things were going t110 other way as as they could slide. Gracious! This i s a jolt, for fair! A quarter of my capital gone like a puff of smoke. I couldn't have got rid of it easier if I had dropped the wad into a sewer hole. I wonder what Elsie Taber would say if she knew how I was squeezed? She wouldn't think I was so smart, after all. If I hadn't gone to lunch I could have. saved something out of the wreck, probably, though the price did go down like wildfire." Arthur called at his brokers', and received their sympa thy bnt that was poor compensation for such a heavy loss. 'l'he boy broker was not the only trader who had been hard hit by that s lump. Two brokers were reported as ruined, and notices from them were read in the Exchange next morning to the effect that they could not meet their engagements. Arthur, however, was a game boy. bought 5,00Q more shares at 90, in an effort to recover some of his loss. This time he remained in the offices of the brokers, watch ing the ticker. When the price went up to 93 he ordered the stock sold, and cleared $15,000. That little bit of good luck made him feel better, though he wa' still more than $30,000 out. Arter eating his lunch he found lhat B. & 0. had gone to 95. "I sold out too soon. I might have made another $10,000. However, I'm satisfied. I'm not so bad off as many of the brokers who got badly pinched. It is just as I told Miss Taber-a fellow can't tell where he is at in most of these deals." In a day or two the excitement which had attended the rise and slump of B. & 0. died out, and the traders were looking for fresh fields of conquest. They got it in D. & G., which took a sudden boom on. Arthur got in on this to the tune of 10,000 shares at 82, and he soon found that he was mixed up in as pretty a fight as he had ever seen in his life. The bulls and bears locked horns over D. & G., and it became a shuttlecock between them. The price advanced and receded like the surf on the sea shore. The general public dabbled heavily in it, and all the brokers were doing a land office business. Offices that usually closed at five were kept open until nine ancl ten at night, to enable t.he c1erks to pull up on the volume of business done during the day. Several times Arthur was on the point of selling out at a small advance, but concluded to hold O'J1 a while longer, to sec whether the bulls or the bears would gain the mastery. If the former, he stood a show of recovering his former losses ; if the latter, he was liable to suffer another loss. The excitement of the hour, and the uncertainty, kept him on the ragged edge It macle his blood circulate, and he felt that he was thor oughly alive Re watchefl the battle from the ticker in his brokers' offices, and had more margin ready to pla nk up in case of emergency, for he hacl no intention to be absolutely wiped out again if he could help himseU:. Elsie Taber was watching the s tock market, loo. The daily press was .full of reports of the lively times going on in Wall Street, and she became excited over the news as any lamb. 'As a matter of fact, ever since the day Arthur had fir s t seen her in the Exchange gallery she had a touch of specu lative fever. The scene durillg tihe rise of M. & 0., in which she was then interested, had .red her blood, and she was almost crazy to specu late herself. "It must be just lovely to be a broker," sl1e tolcl her aunt. "Just think of the exciting times they have in the Ex change! Aunty, you must take me clown there to-mo1Tow. We can call on Mr. Tuttle, t.Qo, at the same time." "Is it Mr. Tuttle, or the Stock Exohange, that you're mostly anxious to sec?" said Mrs. Carter, slyly. "Now, Aunty, aren't you loo provoking for anything!" cried Elsie, blushing furiously, for, to tell the honest truth, she was more interested in the young broker than she was willing to admit, even to herself. He was so handsome, so manly, so polite, so agreeable, and, to cap the catalogue 0 the many virtues he possessed in her eyes, he had saved her life.


A WALL STREET MYSTERY. 13 She felt that she could not be too grateful to him on that account, and her efforts in that direction were causing a somewhat warmer feeling for him to spring up and flour ish in her gentle bosom. It would have made her very happy bad she known that Arthur was head and heels in love with her. It is true she had a suspicion that he was inclined in her favor, but she had not met him often enough to analyze his attentiohs. Her aunt consented to act as her chaperone down to W a.11 Street next day, and she was feeling as happy as a lark when a bellboy knocked on the door and announced that Arthur Tuttle was in the office below. "Send him right up, Willie," she said to the boy. "Wait a mtlment l Here is a dime for you to put in the bank." Willie winked his eye at the idea of depositing his tips in a bank He had too many u ses for hi s extra coin to do that, as hi s wages went to his mother directly after he receiv e d them, on the first of the month. He showed Arthur up to l}oom 99, and then went back to his seat in the office. "Good-evening, Mr. Tuttle l" sai d Elsie, offering him h e r hand. "This is a delightful surprise!" "Thank you, Miss Taber. I trust you and your aunt are quite well." "Don't I look as if I was?" s he sa id laughingly. "I'm bound to say you do," answered Arthur. "Aunty is all right. She will be very much plea sed to see you. "I've been figuring on when you're going to hon or me with another call at the office." "We have arranged to go clown to-morrow," r e pli ed Elsie. "That so? 'I'm g lad to hear it." "Are you sure that we will be quite w e lcome? said E l sie, with a coquettish lqok into hi s face. "You'll be as welcome as the flowers in May, I assure you," he replied, enthusiastically "Oh, how nice of you to say that! But you' r e very busy now, aren't you?" "The Str eet i s busy, but I can't say that I'm rushed to the limit." "Things must be very exc itin g down there, from what I read in the papers." "Yes, they are rather strenuous I'm in on D. & G. myself." "Are you? I wish I was." "I'm afraid you'd hav e an attack of hea.rt failure if you were." "Why?" "Because you can't tell from one minute to the next where you arc at. I bought 10,000 D. & G. at 82 on margin. Next day it was up to 88. On the following morning, when I was l ooking for a further rise, with the idea of taking profits, the bears got after it and the und e rpinnin g from it, and down it went to 81. That afternoon it recov ered to 85, and next morning it w ent to 87, then another raid on it sen t it back to 80. That's the way it's been go ing for nearly a week. To-day it closed at 89." "Why, I'd jus t lov e to be in the game! I do dote on excitement !" she went on, with sparkling eyes. "Yes, it's all right when you're on the right side of the market, but just think what a shock it is to watch your profits melting away, and you wondering where you are going to fetch up a.t. S'pose all you have in the world is up, you have bought on margin, and your limit is nearly reached, while a pack of howling dervi shes-I mean brokers -are selling big chunks of your stock in an effort to start a panic How do you fancy you would feel, Miss Elsie?" "I shouldn't want to be quite so n ear the ragged edge as that," she replied "Well, there are a lot of people who are in that fix every day since this boom sta rted. I have wondered that a few of them haven't dropped dead from the strain." H e re Mrs Ca .rter entered the room and greeted the vis itor "We've just been talking about the market, Aunty," said the girl. "I'm not surprised. You haven t been talking about any thing else in the last few days "'\Vhy, Aunty! How can you s a y that?" replied Elsie, with a demure look, and then a side long glance at Arthur that set hi s heart beating lik e a trip-hammer. "She's got the stock market on the brain, Mr. Tuttle. 1 Really, I have to keep a st rict watch on 11er, for fear she might take a ca r for Wall Street, and invest all her little fortune on D. & G., or some other stock lik e it." "You mustn't believe all Aunty says," prolested Elsie. "She does exaggerate so at times Just as if I'd be so foolis h. J wouldn't in vest a cent unless--" "Unless what?" asked Arthur. "You advised me to." "Then you won't go into the market in a hurry. My advice to you would be, to put your money in real estate, o r on bond and m ortgage, and keep clear of Wall Street." "Oh, clear! Do you mean that?" I do." "There's no exc it ement in having your money m real estate "There's security, and that's b etter." "But I want my $15,000 to grow." ''.It will grow in re a l estate, if you put i t in the right place." "Are you in terested in land?" "Not at present; but I hope to be one of these day s." "Wben ?" "When I'm worth a million." "And when do you expect to be worth a million?" "When I make $800,000 more," l aughed Arthur. I suppose you expect to make some of that o u t of D. & G. ?" "If the hull s come out aheacl I clo." The conversatio;i gradually worked around to other top ics. Finally Mrs. Carter said: "Mr. Tuttle has never h eard you play on the mandolin. Get your in strume nt, Elsie, and show him what you can do." "Wou ld you like to hear me play?" s he said, turni ng to him. "It would afford me much pleasure. I suppose you sing too? "A little," she ans\Yered, with a s mil e She got her mandolin, and soon demonstrated that she w as very expert on the instrument.


14 A WALL STREET 1MYSTERY. She sang several songs in a sweet voice that fa irly en tranced the boy. He declared that her performance was out of sight. Then she asked him if he wouldn't sing the "Old Folks at Home" with her, handing him the words and music. Their voices chimed in very well together, and they wound up with "My Old Kentucky Home." When the clock on the mantel pointed to half-past ten the young broker got up and said it was time to go Elsie accompanied him out into the corridor and it took ) them several minutes to say good-night. 'l'heir eyes spoke more eloquently than their tongues, and when they parted each carried away some new thoughts of the other that kept them both awake for a while after they retired for the night. CHAPTER VIII. ARTHUR MAKES A DOUBLE WINNING. Eisie Taber and her am1t appeared at Arthur's office next morning on the .s troke of ten. The young broker was waiting for them, and after a shod talk he escorted them to the gallery of the Stock Exchange to see the fun, as the gi;rl expressed it. The day's business was already in full blast, and the floor was almost jammed with brokers out for somebody's scalp. D. & G. was the pivot around which the greatest inter est and excitement swung. The papers that morning were full of rumors as to what was expected to happen that day in the stock. These rumors were many-sided,' and after reading them no one could tell whether the bulls or the bears were likely t o win out. Both sides were strongly represented in the battle for the control of the destinies of D. & G. Fortunes were at stake, and some of the trader s were fighting for their standing in the Street. It was a game for blood, and the uproar that greeted Arthur and the ladies when they pushed their way to the front of the gallery was almost deafening. Elsie 's eyes sparkled as she looked down on the scene before her. "If I was a boy, I'd never rest till I became a broker," she whispered, excitedly, to Arthur. "Why aren't you on the floor with the rest?" "Because I'm barred out." "Barred out!" "I haven't reached the age limit yet. It will be two years yet before I am eligible for member s hip, even if I were worth a hundred million." "Isn't that too bad?" "Oh, I guess I'll be able to survive," he answered lightly. "I'd just love to see you down there." 'HI was, I'd do my share toward making things hum." "Which are ahead now--the bulls or the bears?" "The bulls have a sha.de the best of it. D. & G. is up to 90 3-8. I must leave you now, as I've got to get over to the office of the brokers who have my deal in hand. If D. & G. reaches 92 I'm going to sell out. T-hat wiU give me a profit of something like $100,000." "I'm sorry you must. go," replied Elsie, regretfully, "but I suppose business comes first." "On such a risky occas ion as this it must. Still, if it was the question of pleasing you, I'd sacrifice the chance of making a hundred thousand rather than offend you," he whispered in her ear. She blushed vividly, and flashed a look upon him that almost took his breath away. "You don't mean that, I know," she said, softly. "I do. I love you with all my heart, and I'd rather go dead broke than lose you." He grasped one of her hands as he spoke the daring words in her ear, and stole the other arm around her waist. He felt her tremble and lean slightly toward him as he unconsciou s ly drew her nearer. Then the audacity of his conduct occurred to him, and in some confusion. he said : "Are you offended?" "No," she answered in a low voice, looking at him with s hining eyes. "Do you care for me a little?" "Yes." The roar of the Exchange seemed like sweet music in his ears at that moment. He forgot al.l about D. & G., and the $80,000 margin he had at stake. AU h e cared for at that moment was the beautiful girl by his side He had won from her the swed!st admission he could have asked for, and he was deliciously happy. Then he was recalled to his senses by. a Temark 0 Mrs. Carter's. At the same moment a wild uproar, louder and more strenuou s than before, rose from the floor. The bears we1e turning the tide in their favor. D. & G. wastumbling. The Exchange was trembling on the verge of a panic. E-lsie seemed to grasp the sit uation "Don't stay. here, Arthur !11 she cril!d, in 'a tremble of anxiety "Go !-go !-and save yourself! D. & G. is fall ing! You may be ruined!" "I can't be mined," i\e said, "for I have just won what is far more valuable to me than my D. & G. share3-your love," he added, in a whisper. "Arthur!" she said. "I must go, however, and try to sa.ve my margin. If I don't see you at my office at one, I'll see you at your hotel to-night." He rushed away. vVhcn he Teached the offices of his brokers he saw by the tape that the slump had been arrested in the nick of time to save his bacon, and that D. & G. was advancing again. "That was a nalrrow shave," he breathed. "My place is here, a nd not in the gallery of the Exchange, and yet I wouldn't have missed that five minutes for every dollar I own. I have won the finest girl in all the world, and I feel like whooping things up like a. kid of ten. If there's a luckier fellow than me in Wall Street, this minute I'd like to know who he is." Arthur now ga .ve his attention strictly to business, and for the next hour watched the quotations as they came out on the endless line of tape.


A WALL STREET MYSTERY. 15 'l'he room was full of excited customers, all more or less interested in the same stock. 'l'he slump had wiped a number out who had bought at a higher price than Arthur, and they walked gloomily out into the bright sunshine o:f Broad Street. After dropping to 77 J-2, D. & G. had started up agtiin, aml soon reached 87. 'l' he young broker breathed easier 'l'liere were temporary lulls in the quotations when the brokers on the floor hauled off to compare tallies, but they did not last long. At one o'clock D. & G. reached 90. While Arthur was eagerly wondering if it would advance the other two points he was looking for, the ticker started off at a rapid rate. The following appeared in rapi"succession : "3,000 D. & G., 91; 1,000 D. & G., 91 3-8; 5,000 D. & G., 9 l 5 -8; 5,000 D. & G., 92." Arthur's eyes sparkled, and he left the ticker to order his shares sold at the last figure, or above it, according as the market stood when the sale was made. Others were before him, and it was severa l minutes be fore he got his order in Then he rushed back to the indicator, to find that the s to c k had gone to D3. Higher quota.lions continued to come out for ten min utes, the sto.ck rising to 95. He judged that his broker ought to get about 93 for his shares. Fct'ling as i:f a. great load had been lifted from his mind, :for he hadn't been :free of anxiety for a week, he walked up to his office. Elsie and her aunt were not there.. nor hadn t been back, according to the report of his boy, Dan, so he did not wait, Lut started back for the Exchange "rll bet Elsie couldn't tear her self away from the ex citement,' he said to himsel.f as he mounted the stairs to the gallery A big mob was now in the gallery, and though he caught a glimpse of the faces of the girl o:f his heart and her aunt, in their favored positions close to the railing, he could not approad1 nor see what was occmring the floor. The uproar, however, was like a miniature falls of Ni-agara. He soon made out from the remarks he overheard that another slump was on. 'l'his time it proved to be the final attack o f the bears. They had heen reinforced by two or three big guns, and their on,,,laught carried dismay and confusion to the bulls. In iten minutes the greatest panic in two years was on. Prices were slaughtered in all the stocks. Every broker seemed to be trying to sell out at once. D. & G. was dropping a point at a time. When Arthur caught a glance at the blackboard he saw it marked up at 85. Five minutes later it was down to 79. As people moved this way and that in t11e gallery, Arthur managed, by degrees, to reach a position just behind Elsie. He reached forward and touched her arm. She turned a troubled face toward him. "Oh, Arthur !-did you sell?" she fl.uttered. "I did. I got out at 92, or thereabouts." "I'm so glad!" she said, with an expression of great relief. "Well, have you seen enough? You've been here tl>. ree hours. Shall we go to lunch ?" "With you?" "Of course. Don't you want to?" She smilecl in a way that made his heart glacl. The three extricated themselves from the crowd ancl \Yalked clown to the street. On the way to the restaurant he stopped at his brokers' lo find out i:f hi,; stock had been sold out before the s lump, and found that it had, and that he was safe. Elsie and her aunt congratulated him on his good luck when he told them. "How much have you made?'' asked the girl. "A clear $100,000. That isn't so bad, is it?" "I should think not," she answered. Elsie attracted a. whole lot of attention at Delmonico's, where he took them both, though the place was not full, owing to the fact that most of the brokers connected with the Stock Exchange who patronized the restaurant were bu s y on the floor at that time. After the meal they returned to his office, and remainef. there till after three. 'We've made quite a clay of it," said l\frs. Carter, rising to go. "I think we will take a car uptoirn now, Elsie." "Very well, Aunty." "W11en Ethall I see you again, Elsie?" asked the young broker, as he walked with her to the door. "When?. You arn welcome to call on me at any time-now," she said. "'l'hen you may expect to see me night." 'l'lrns speak ing he bade them both good-afternoon. CHAPTER IX. ARTHUR AND ELSIE TABER GO INTO S. & T. 'Ihe panic create d h avoc in Wall Street, and the smoke of the rout did not wear away for severa l days. Several brokers were completely wiped out. Many others were badly crippled, while perhaps fifty found that their bank accounts had shrunk to a consid cra ble e:xten t. Those bulls who had got out before the crash, like Ar thur, were well a.lrnad of the game; but the bulk of profits went to the bears, who had won a hard-fought vic tory. But what about the -general public? Alas There had been a fearful slaughter among the lambs. Those confiding small speculators, who persisted in back ing the market to the last, were cleaned out. Their fleece hung in the different brokers' offices of the I .financial district, and the traders who had accepted their money made merry over the catastrophe Arthur, when he reached a settlement with his brokers, found he had cleared just $110,000, raised his capi tal a little above $300,000. His face was getting to be known to many traders on the Street, who wondered who he was. Others who knew his name, and that he claimed to be


16 A WALL STREET MYSTiERY. a banker and broker, were at a. loss to understand how a young fellow of his age expected to make his way against the regular denizens of the Wall Street jungle. Not over half a dozen brokers knew that he ha.cl made a coup in Eldorado Copper, and they were not saying any thing about it. Golding, Kruger, and Eastman, were four of the half dozen, and they were laying plans to get some of his money away from him. Nobody but the brokers who had put through his D. & G. deal knew that he had come out ahead on that stock, and, of course, they were bound to keep the matter to them selves. The very fact that the traders knew so little about this newcomer caused him to become an object of great interest to them. His handsome face and gentlemanly ways attracted gen eral attention, and many inquiries weTe made concerning him. All that could be learned was his name and business. As for the latter, it was easily learned that he wasn't doing much of anything. Those who sized him up as a lamb dropped in at his office, on one excuse or another, anc1 used all their ingenuity to unload stocks upon him that they were e:x:tremely anxious to get rid of. He told them that he wasn't buying anything just then. "Well, what are you doing?" asked one persistent and cmious visitor. "Attending to my own business, as well as I can," replied Arthur, politely. "Well, if you have no customers, and are not buying stock, I fail to see what your object is in having such an exIJ,ensive office." "Oh, I'm willing to buy a stock when I see money in it.'1 "'l'here's money in .T. & D. that I offered you." "That ma. y be so, but as I can't see I can't afford to buy any of it. I like to pick my own winners." "What winners have you picked already?" "That is something I never speak abo:ut. I don't care to advertise either my successes or my Josses. I may have had more of the latt er than the former, or vice versa; which ever is the case, I'm not saying anything." "But it isn't the custom among the boys to be quite so reticent. When you're in Rome you want to do as the Romans do." "Wel1, I'm doing about the same thing as the rest of the gentlemen clown here are doing-trying to make money." "Why don't you buy J. & D., then?" "As you seem to be selling it, I don't see any particular incentive to buy." "I'm overloaded. I've got to make a sacrifice to raise the coin to meet certain engagements on my hands." Arthur, however, wouldnit bite worth a cent, and the caller retired in disgust. Another broker, who dropped in on the following day and introduced himself, asked him what stocks he was hold ing. "Well, just now I'm holding on fo my money. I think that'3 a better investment than stocks," he answered, with a "Well, money is a good thing to have. I suppose you have quite a snug bank account by this time?" "No. The law prevents me having one outside of a savings bank." "Where the deuce do you keep your funds, then?" "That is rather a leading question, don't you think?" "I don't see how you can operate without a bank ac count." "The cash talks every time." "Do you mean to say you carry your money around in your p.ocket', or perhaps you keep it in your office safe?" "No, I don't do either." The broker laughed, and soon after took his leave. When he repeated the conversation around among his friends the impression got out that the boy broker was not very well supplied with funds. Others, however, had a different idea, froi;n his prosper, ous appearance. But after the traders ha'd tried their best to find out somethinfl definite about him, and failed, they came to the conclusion that he was something of a mystery. When they had occasion to allude to him, they called him either the boy broker or the Wall Street Mystery, and the latt er appellation gradually attached itse1f to him as i.ime went by. It was about this time that Arthur heard a group of traders illtthe doorway o.f the Schuyler Building discussing S. & T. stock. They said it was way below its normal value, and they could not understand what kept it tl1ere. The road seemed to be prosperous, and was paying its regular quarterly dividend as it came round. One broker that if his hands were not tied with other en terprises he would be inclined to buy a block of the stock and hold it for the rise that was sure to come pretty soon in his opinion. All agreed that it was a fine investment for: a man with capital who did not need his money for immediate use. Their conversation greatly interested Arthur, and he be gan making inquiries about S. & T. He found that everything the brokers had said about it was true. It was going at 62 at present, but its past record showed that it u sually perched around 75. It had not been as low as it was now in years. After thinking the matter over the young broker, not finding anything else on the market that attracted him, de cided to buy S. & T. It struck him that it would be a safe thing for Elsie to put her money in, too. He was now engaged to the girl, with her aunt's consent and a1jproval, and saw her several times a week. Indeed, the bellboys at the Russell Hotel always winked at each other when he appeared at the desk and sent his name to Room 99. They guessed the way the wind blew, and they knew he was good for a quarter each time he showed up. When he didn't have a quarter he made no bones about disbursing a fifty-cent tip, consequently he became a pop ular personage among the uniformed lads. When Arthur recommended S. & T. to Elsie's notice, she was ready to put up all her money as his judgment


A WALL STREET TERY. tlictated, particularly as he said he would guarantee her against loss. "It's like betting on a sure thing, isn't it?" she laughed. omewhat so. I wouldn't stand to see you lose on any thing I advised you to hanale. I think too much of you for that," he said, tenderly. "Do you really think a lot of me?" she asked him, with one of her sidelong glances that made him her willing slave. "Do I? ay, what's that over there?" he said pointing to a corner of the roo1n. "Where? Why, I don t see any--oh !" The exclamation was drawn from her by the kiss he stole. "Aren't you too mean for anything?" she cried, with a rich blush, but nevertheless a happy light shone in her eyes. "You tole that." "Stolen sweets are always the best," he chuckled "H you want to take it back I'll look the other way so ns not to catch you in the net." "Thank you, I'd sooner you'd keep it." "That suit me; but I think that one feels lone s ome." "Lonesome! What do yo n mean?" "I think I 011ght to have another to keep it company He grabbed her, whereat she pret e nded to have a strong objection to a repetition of the performance. "Well, I won't Rteal any more without :vour permission. Tt wo11ldn't be fair, I gueRs. Do I get just one more, or don't I?" She looked into his eyes and then held np her lips. "Thanks. ow we'll talk about S. & T." The result of the talk was that Elsie brought her money down to hiru next day to invest in S & '., on margin, for her especial benefit He bought 2,000 shares for her account, and he insisted that when the deal was concluded he must charge her the regular commission. Then he went tQ another broker and ordered 20,000 shares for his own account, at 62 As soon as he was notified that this Jot had been secured, he patronized a third broker and 01dered another 20,000. It took the b1okcr four dayi:; to fill the whole of his order, as the stock seemed to be growing scarce for some reason, although there was suppo:ecl to be a lot of it on the market. Half of the shares the broker bought in the Exchange, and as the price went llp during the interval about two and a half points, ATthur had to give an 'average of 64 for it. It took the bulk of his capital to meet the margin, and he could not help realizing that he was taking quite a risk in spite of the fact that under ordinary circumstances the tock was not likely to go below the 60 point, at any rate. He told El ic what he had done. "I stand to win big mo11ey this time, po>isibly half a million. hould I be so fortunate as that you ought to more than double your money." Elsie was delighted at prospect, and saia she had been watcl1ing the market reports every da:v in the papers. "I know I am $4,000 ahead, so far," she said. "That's right. nd I am $40,000 to the good on my :first batch," he replied. From that moment both were vitally interested in the moYements of S. & T. CHAP'l'ER X THE YOUNG BROKER CJ,F.ARS OVER HALF A MILI,JON IN S & T The purchase of the 10,000 odd shares of S & T. made at e Exchange for the account of the young broker had drawn attention to the stock and caused it to rise from 62 to 64 J-2, as we have already stated. Many brokers, noticing that the stock was low, began to make purchases, too, and this caused a further stiffening in the price, and it rose to 66. Other brokers, on the strength of the rise, began to bid for the stock, and that brought it gradually into demand. On Saturday, :live days after Arthur went into the deal, S. & T. reached 70. The papers began to call attention to the advance in the price of the stock, and to suggest that it was evidently going back to its old-time level. 'T'hese reports led to a steaa:v demand for it on Monday, and resulted in it going up to 72. The outside public showed an interest in S. & T. as soon as the newspapers took notice 0 it and prophe ied further advances. Lambs are always on the lookout for a rising stock, and consequently they came into the Street with a fresh boodle and rushed in to buy all they could get hold of On Tuesday afternoon there was little of the tock to be had, and this fact operated as a kind of boom, because eYerybody suddenly became anxious to secure what was hard to get. While the stock was plentiful and the demand light it wa8 passed up, but now things were different While mo t of the were puzzling themselves to account for the upward march 0 S. & T., a report was cir culated that an extra dividend was going to be paid to stock holders 0 record. No one seemed to know whence this report emanated, but as it seemed to give a clue to the situation it was more o r less believed, and livelier bidding was indulged in, the price advancing to 78. Arthur, seeing already $600,000 profit in sight for him self, and fearing that a reaction might set in at any mo ment, began letting out bis stock. He first ordered Elsie's 2,000 disposed of, and they went at 7818, nettin11 the girl about $31,500. Tlien he told the broker who held the fir t lot he pur chased to l et the stock out in i:;mall batches as it was called for. He soon got rid of the first 20,000 at a profit of $315,000. Then he pushed the econd out in the same manner. It took two of easy selling to get rid of all his hold ings in a way that would not cause any special remark. The second lot went higher than the first, and he cleared $335,000, though this block had co t him $2 a share more than the other. When all settlements had been made he told Elsie that he was now worth almoRt a million, or, in exact figures, $960,000. S. & T. went up to 8 1, and then began to drop, but not so fast as to cause any great excitement. It finally settled around 75. and ceased to engage the particular attention of the Exchange.


18 A WALL STREET MYSTERY. "We both struck it rich that time, Elsie," he told her, with great satisfaction. "You have doubled your capital twice over, and so did I. Just think, all I need to be worth a mi.llion is $40,000. In fact, we're worth a million be tween us. You're not getting such a bad financial bargain in me, if I do say it. I could afford to b uy you as fine a h ouse as you would want to live in, and furnish it in a style that would suit you to the queen's taste, and still have plenty of money left to do business with "I am not looking for grand things, .Arthur," replied Elsie, earnestly. "I shall be perfectly satisfied with what ever you can give me. If you lost all your money I would stick to you just the same." "You are the sweetest and best girl in all the world," said the young broker, enthusiastically, kissing her half a <'lozen times. 1Dear, clear, see how you have mussed mv hair "Never mind your hair. You any other vis it0r to night, and you needn't mind me. I am one of the family-to be." "But. I don't want to loo!c like a fright in your presence," pouted the "That's impossible under any circumstanees." "Thank y who had rea son to distrust Fletcher, and dicl not care to be connected witl.i him in any deal. "Do you mean to say that yol1 can't go in with me?" rep l ied the trader, clearly disconcerted by Tuttle's re fusal. "That's about the size of it." "Don't you think you could manage it somehow? It is a dead open and-shut game We're bound to clear $200,000 apiece out of it." Arthur shook his head. "There is nothing to prevent you from buying half the amount of stock yourself and making your share of the profits," he said "I admit that," replied Fletcher, reluctantly; "but one of my objects is to buy as much of it as I could i n order to dump it on the Kruger crowd." "Why do you wish to do th:;i.t ?11 "Because they left me out of the pool." "Oh, I see," smiled Arthur. "You want to get back at them "That's exactly it." "You ought to be able to find somebody to go in with you. What's the matter with your friend Golding?" "He's in the pool." "How is it you were not asked to go in?" "Kruger and I had a bit of a :falling out, and he i s engineering the scheme.>' 1 Mr. Fletcher's statements were very plausible He might be telling the truth, or he might not. Arthur probably would have considered his proposition but for Fletcher's former attempts to do him up in connec tion with his friends Fletcher tried his best to get him to go i n, but w i thout avail. When Arthur said "No" he always stuck to it, and so the trader retired, greatly disappo i nted o ver his fa i lure to interest the young broker


A WALL STREET J.\IYSTERY. 19 CHAPTER XI. ARTHUR PICKS UP VALUABLE INFORMATION. Arthur kept his eye on L. & M. in order to satisfy self whether there was really anything in what Broker Fletcher had told him, but he did not attempt to buy any of the stock. A couple of days later L. & M. rose two points, but on the following day it fell back again. This was only what might be looked for at any time. At any rate, though Arthur watched it right along, no boom developed in it, and then he was satisfied that Fletcher had only been trying to work him. "His story of the pool and a disagreement with Mr. Kruger is all moonshine," Arthur said to him self "It was a job to catch some of my fleece. Well, they didn't succeed. It's a wonder they wouldn't haul off and let me alone. Mr. Fletcher can't do any business with me in the confidential line. I'm not going to put my head in the lion's mouth. I'd like to turn the tables on that crowd. If I could only get on to some scheme they were going to work, I'd try and put a spoke in their wheel. I'm getting tired of their underhand metl1ods. That afternoon he saw Fletcher, Kruger and Golding conversing together on the corner of Wall and Broad streets "That doesn't look as if Fletcher and Kruger were out," thought the young broker, as he watched them a few mo ments and the n continued on to the restaurant where he was going to take lunch. Next day was Saturday, and he and Elsie planned to take a trip to Staten Island after they had lunch together. The girl reached her fiance's officeabout half-past twelve, anr1 at one o'clock they went to a nice Beaver Street res-taurant together At two o'clock they were aboard the boat, and a few min utes afterward she left her slip bound for St. George. They sat in the front of the boat enjoying the sail and each other's company. The boat was about half-way across when Arthur, feeling thirsty, excused himself to get a drink of water. The young broker failed to locate the ice-cooler and went down to the washroom, where there was a small bar. After getting the drink, he started toward the rear of the boat. In order to do this he had to make his way alongside the many vehicles that :filled the lower deck. At one place he found his way blocked, and he. was ob1iged to work in and out around the horses and wagons to reach the other side of the boat He frequently had to retrace his steps to avoid another block. While he was trying to extricate himself from the maze he reached a pole on the other side of which three gentle men were talking. He recognized them, much to his surprise, as Fletcher, Kruger and Morgan. He was about to draw back when he heard his own name mentioned, and that.aroused his curiosity to learn in what way he was concerned with their conversation. "Tuttle certainly seems to be a wise guy," Kruger was saying. "And he has luck to burn. The first attempt we made to get at his pocketbook ended in his getting the best of me to the tune of over $200,000 on Eldorado Copper That was the worst throw-down I eYer received, as long as I've been in the Street. The second effort we made through Fletcher he wouldn't bite at, and so it was a failure. Now the third attempt the other day to interest him in L. & M. missed fire. I guess we had better let him alone. He's small game, anyway "But I intend to get square with him," hissed Morgan. "He butted in on a lady customer of mine and spoiled the deal completely as far as I was concerned I sha'n't rest till I've done him up for it. I don't lmow why the agent of our building rents offices to boys. It. oughtn't to be permitted "He's only a boy in years," said Fletcher. "He's the smartest young fellow I've seen. If he manages to hold out he'll give some of the brokers cards and spades and beat them out at that." "That's only your opinion," retorted Morgan, savagely "It's Kruger's opinion, too, if you want to know," replied Fletcher. "The trouble with you, Morgan, you've got a personal grouch against the boy and you can't see any good in him." "Huh!" ejaculated Morgan, with a sniff. "Oh, cut Tuttle out," said Kruger, impat i ent l y "We didn't come in here to discuss him. First thing you know the boat will be at the landing. Fletcher and I want to know if you're going to join the syndicate." "How much will it cost me to come in?" "A quarter of a million." "I don't know whether I can stand that." "You'll have a week to raise the money. You have se curities that you can hypothecate for a couple of weeks or so. Three weeks at the outside, possibly two, will see the deal through, and a profit of $250,000 in each of our pockets. We only want another man, and as you belong to our crowd we are putting the chance in your way. We a ll lmow one another, and are accustomed to pull together in a thing of this kind. We'd rather have you in with us than an outsider." "What is the stock you're going to boom?" asked Morgan. "Do you pledge your word to go in?". "Yes. I'll raise the money some way." "J. & D. is the stock," said Kruger, and the young bro ker in the background mac1e a note of the fact. "Taylor & Co., bankers, are with us, and will act as treasurer and agent. As fast as we buy the stock it is to be de livered C. 0. D. at Taylor's. Taylor will hypothecate it as fast as received for about seventy-fiye per cent. of its market value. That will give us altogether a backing of five mil lion dollars. J. & D. is going now at 48. The road has issued 300,000 shares of stock. About 175,000 shares are held by the officers and their friends and will not figure any in the market. Another 25,000 may be allowed as held by estates and trust companies ood can also be thrown out of our calculations. That leaves 100,000 for us to look out for, the present market value of which is $4,800,000. Of course, we'll have to give more than 48 for some of the stock as soon as our buying makes it scarce, but we ought to get 60,000 shares below 50. We may not have t o take


:20 A WALL STREET MYSTERY. in OYer 75,000 shares altogether, and we haYe ample re sources to handle that much So you sec the deal looks like a clear winner on the face of it." Horace Morgan admitted that the prospects were quite sa tisfactorv. "Now that the pool i s complete," went on Kruger, "I'll call a meeting for Monday afternoon at four o'clock at my office. As we can't start in any too quick we will call for a first instalment of $100,000 from each of the members, which will give us ample working capital for several days. The balance can be paid in three $50,000 instalments." "Who's going to do the buying?" asked Morgan. "Fletcher and Golding. I'll attend to the selling when the time con'les, and I may want you to give me a hand." "HaYe you located much of the stock?" "Stacy & Co. have a block of 10,000 shares which they are holding at 48 5-8. We will take that in right away. Fairbanks has a coup le of thousand. Andrews has some. Edwaras has 3,000 slrnres, and I have the names of other holders on my list to the amount of 28,000 hares." "We ought to pick up .J-0,000 easily around the different officPs, i11ch1ding what you have mentioned," said Fletcher. "No doubt about it," said Kruger. "As soon as we begin buying in the open market we may look for the price to rise." "Of course; but we must manage it FD quietly that the attention of the other traders is not called to it in a way that will suggest to them the starting of a boom," sa id l\Iorgan. "The moment they get that idea into their heads they will begin bidding the price up in their efforts to get hold of some of the stock. Time enough for that when we have got hold of all tl}e shares in sight. We don't want to be obliged to take in much of it at exorbitant figures-we will have to take in some in oTder to sustain the corner The three brokers continued to figure out their plans for some time longer, all of which Arthur took in with a view of use later on. He was tic kled to death at what he had heard, for these men were the ones who had tried their beRt to take advan tage of his inexperience, and he now saw the chance to get back at them in a that would largely increase his own pile if he worked the business right. Ai; i::oon as he saw they were about to lcaYc the spot he g0l ont of the "'1!-:V as fast as he couk1 and returned to where he had left EJRie without visiting the stern of the boat, as he had intended CHAPTER XII. ARTHUR BEGINS OPERATIONS AGAINST THE SYNDICATE. '' \rhcre ha Ye been, you bad boy?" asked Elsie, as as he rejoined her. "l"l'c been picking up a fund of very valuable informa tion." "A bout what?" "A certain stock that's going to be boomed soon," he whi spered in her ear. "How did you manage to do it?" "I'll tell you later on, Elsie, as soon as we arc by ourselves I think I see a chance where you can use your money to good advantage, i.oo." "That's good," she said, with sparkling eyes. "I'm afraid you are inoculated with the speculative fever, Elsie," laughed Arthur. "Do you think so?" she replied, with a roguish look. "I do. You need to be curbed in that respect. "Then why suggest that I can use my money to good advantage in the stock deal you have in mind?" "Oh, this is a special case, where I believe the chances are in your favor. You will practically be operating on a sure tip." The boat was now approaching her Staten Island slip and they prepared to go ashore with the crowd. Arthur pointed Fletcher, Kruger and Morgan out to her as they stood well forward. She knew Mr. Morgan by sight, of course, for he had acted for her in selling her M. & 0 shares vVhcu they were walking up the street Arthur told what he had overheard as to the plans of the syndicate that had been formed to boom J. & D. He also told her how Fletcher, Kruger and others of their crowd had tried to put several jobs on him which bad failed. "I think I told you about their first attempt when I turned the tables on them to the extent of over $200,000 in Eldorado Copper. All these men are in this syndicate, and it will give me much pleasure to buy up a lot of J & D. at rock bottom price and afterward dump it on the members of the pool after the boom had started in. That would m:>. ke a big hole in their anticipated profits, and at the same time pad my own financial standing." They then took a car down the island toward one of the beaches and spent the afternoon having a good time. Arthur outlined a plan of campaign on Sunday which he intended to put into effect next day, and, subsequently, according as matters developed. First thing Monday he went to the brokerage house that had carried his S. & T cleal through and l eft an order for 20,000 shares of J. & D on margin at whatever they could get it for not over 50 He put up $100,000 security and tipped the broker off to several persons, Stacy & Co. excepted, Kruger had mentioned as holders of the stock. He called on Stacy & Co. himself and inquired if the I firm had any J. & D. He fotmd, as he expected, that they had 10,000 shares in two equal blocks. After some argument he succcec1ec1 in buying it for 48 1 2. He paid $485,000 for it ouLrighL, and Look the certificates away with him, after TcqucRting Mr. Stacy not to give any clue to the purchaser if anybody called for the stock later, and, finding it had been sold, wanled to know who had bought it. He went to another broker, who had done some business for him, and left an oTder for 5,000 .shares in Elsie's name at any figure not over 50 On Tuesday morning he was notified that the 20,000 shares had been secUTed at an average price of 49, and that afternoon Elsie's 5,000 were rcpoTtcd bought at 50. Arthur then l ay back on his oars to await results. Three days passed before there was any movement worth


A WALL STREET MYSTER Y 21 mentioning in J. & D., and then it began to go up a littl e, reaching 52 by I.he time the Exchange closed for the day On the following Saturday it closed at 54 3-8. Arthur knew he had more than a third of the stock that was probably on the market, and he expected to give the syndicate an unpleasant surprise when the time came He met Fletcher on the street on Monday morning. "By the way, Mr. Fletcher," he said, "I looked to see a rise in L & M. after what you told me about the boom you had the tip on, but I guess the scheme didn't go through for the boom didn't come off." Fletcher glared at Tuttle rather unpleasantlv. "T here was a J'l2W among the members of Kruger's pool, the deal fell through," he said, in an effort to square hnnsel:f. "I thought something must have been the matter," re plied Arthur. Fletcher said he was in a hurry, and wa l ked away, while the young broker chuckled as he looked after him. Ile ran against Kruger on Broad Street. "How are you, young man?" asked the broker "Fine as silk," replied Arthur. "How's business?" "Rushing-past my door Kruger grinned. "You'd sooner have it rushing in your door, wouldn't you?" he said "Rather, but one can't always have what he wants in this world." "If he's got the dough he can come pretty near having it." "All the money in the world won't give you good health if you're broken down." "That's right. Well, I must leave you. Good-bye," and Mr. Kruger hurried away. Further along he saw Howard Golding talkingto a broker friend. As ArLhur started .for the visitors' entrance to the Ex change, Horace Morgan came rushing ouL in a great hurry. He slipped on the last step and would have had a bad fall only for Arthur, who grabbed him by the arm and steadier] him till he recovered his balance Instead of thanking the boy, whom he immediately iden tified as his next door neighbor, he gave Tuttle a shove Arthur fell against an Italian image vendor who was carrying several imitation bronze busts of noted men o n a board. The boy's head struck the edge of the board, which tipped and threw the husts forward. One of them, in its flight through the ai;, struck Mrt l\forgan a blow over the eye, and c u t a from which the blood fl.owed freely. There was trouble at once. The Italian was mad and expressed his feelings in very strong language which nobody understood. Broker Morgan was mad because he had been wounded, and he used some strong language, too, not quite consistent with his standing as a church deacon T n the confusion which ensued Arthur thought it prudent to extricate himself from the scen.e o f t h e r u mpus a n d get out of sight. As he passed into the building a crowd collecting around the broker and the image vendor. "It would have scxved him right if the whole bunch of images had dropped on his head," said the boy to himself "The idea of h i s shoving 1ne the way he did after I saved h i m from a fall. Some peop l e arc gentlemen i n their minds on l y, and M r. Morgan 10eems to be one of them." He hurried up in the ga ll ery and soon forgot the incident in the scene befo r e h im, whic h was pretty animated that morni n g. A sal e of J & D had just been made, and the quotation, whic h was 55, was being displayed on the board "If I was to sell now I'd be $175,000 ahead. That would let the syndicate off tOo easy, however I intend to make those gentl emen pay well for my stock if things go the way I expect they w ill. I'm not likely to get such a fine pointer in a h urry again and I must make it pan out a ll t h ere is in it. Howard Golding soon appeared on the floor, and Arthur saw him moving around among the members of the Exchange, and sometimes exchanging memorandums with them. The boy broker judged that he was quiet l y buying in a ll the J. & D. he cou l d get hold of. Many quotations of the stock went on the board, but none of them was at a price much above 55. But after a while some of the traders saw that Golding was buying right a l ong. Half a dozen of them made a combined rush for him, offering their stocks with frantic energy, and ye lling l ike inmates of Bedlam They soon found that Golding wa.s buying nothing but J. & D., and as they had none of that particular stock for sale they turned their attention elsewhere. Indications did not point to much of a raise i n the stock that day, and so when one o'clock came Arthur went t o lunch After that he went to the office of his prin cipa l broke r and saw that J. & D. was up to 56 1-2. CHAPTER XIII. ARTHUR MAKES $J.00,000 FOR ELSIE. That even ing he visited Elsie. "Well you're $30,000 ahead so far, Elsie," he t old h e r. She clapped her hands with delight "Anc1 how much are you ahead?" "AbouL $200,000," replied her young lover, comp l acent ly. "We'll make a good deal more if you are able to carry out your plans," she said "That's what I expect. This is the biggest deal I have been in yet. It would make a good many brokers stare if they knew how deeply I am in this thing. Only the brokers with whqm I am doing business have any idea that I'm worth considerable money, and even they don't lmow the extent of my present operations as I have divided the buying between two firms. There'll be fnn on the Exchange when I let out my holdings, though I'll bet the members of the syri di cate w o n't see any humor in it."


22 A WALL STREET MYSTERY. Next morning Fletcher and Golding were both on the floor early, making every effort to secure the outstanding shares of J. & D The syndicate had so far bought 50,000 shares, while Arthur held control of 35,000 That made the stock quite scarce Fletcher and Golding couldn't understand why more clil1n't come to the surface at the advanced price. After bidding 57 for it, without m11ch result, they has tened orer to Kruger's office to consu1t with him "So we've only got 53,000 shares,'' he said "There are certainly 40,000 more that I have figured would be offered us at around the present market. The people who lrnYe the stock must suspect a boom tn sight, and are hold ing on to it for higher prices If it's thrown at us when the figures get above 60, it's going to make a whole lot of difference in our profits, and possibly embarrass us as well. I didn't calculate on being up against such a thing as this. I thought we'd get in 80,000 shares before we would be tip against extra high prices. We'll have to work with a good deal of care or we may find ourselves in the soup." At one o'clock J. & D. had gone up to 59, and the syndi cate had only secured 3,000 shares more. Kruger stopped the buying to see what effect that would have Outside brokers, however, kept the ball rolling, and when the Exchange closed for the day the stock had gone to 61. A meeting of the syndicate was called to consider the situation. The members in Kruger's office at four o'ciock. "Gentlemen," said Kruger, "we have now in our pos session 56,000 shares of the stock which have cost us an even three mil1ion. Its present market value is half a mil lion in excCEs of that. We have borrowed $2,225,000 on it. Thing>' would look lovely only for the fact that there are about -!0,000 shares to be heard from yet, and the price is now up io 61. The higher the price goes the more danger ous those 40,000 shares are to us. It is possible that more of the stock is out of the market on permanent investment than I have figured on, but as we have no evidence of such a thing we must, in our own defen se, figure that the shares are being held back by long-headed individuals who suspect what is on foot and are playing for large profits at our expense We ought, in the ordinary course of events, have got hold of at least 20,000 of those shares anywhere be tween 50 and 55. But Fletcher and Golding cannot locate any part of those 40,000 shares. They may be in the pos session of some big operator, in which event thev are a standing menace to us. I am bound to say that th; sale of those 10,000 shares held by Stacy & Co. to some unknown party looks bad. It is therefore up to you, gentlemen, to Ray whether we are to go on with this deal and try to com plete the corner at all hazards or throw up our hands and begin to unload at the present market In the latter case we'll no doubt get out with a small profit all around, but the selling will have to be done with due caution to effect that, for if an unexpected slump sets in before we have got much off our hands we'll have to face a considerable loss." "What do you propose?" asked one of the syndicate mem bers "Well, if the membe r s of this pool will agree to stand another assessment of $100,000 if the money is urgently needed, I would advise going ahead But we must be pre pared to take any stock offered if we are to hold the price when we come to unload." "I would suggest that we offer a few 5,000 blocks to morrow morning and stop the rise for the By efiecting a temporary slump we may frighten the party or parties we suspect to be holding so much of the stock into selling. If it comes out we can quietly gobble it up,'' said Golding "1 was about to suggest such a plan, too," said Kruger. Golding's proposition was put to a vote and carried, and soon afterward the meeting adjourned. On the following morning Kruger went on the floor and began offering J & D. in 5,000 lots at 60. 'l'hat caused the stock to fall, and no effort being made to sustain it, it went down to 51-a loss of ten points ATthur was at first surprised and a little disconcerted by the drop, which represented a loss of over $300,000 to him and Elsie, but he soon figured out that it was prob ably a scheme of the syndicate to shake out some of the 35,000 shares that he controlled and which they were look ing for. As he had $375,000 cash on "hand and could raise an other $300,000 on his 10,000 block which he had bought outright from Stacy & Co., he did not get alarmed. He simply did nothing, but let the syndicate members do the worrying The slump enabled the syndicate to get hold of 4,000 more shares at varying prices under 60. On the whole, the result of the move was disappointing to them. Kruger figured that there were still at least 30,000 shares that were being held back, and the matter caused him not a little anxiety. The question that worried him was, Ho'\\' many of those shares would be thrown on the market at an awkward moment? After touching 51, J. '& D. began slowly to recover, but for the rest of the week it didn't get higher than 55. Arthur thought he would try and give the stock a boost, so he gave one of his brokers an order to buy any part of 5,000 shares under 58. The hroker, according to instructions, went to the pole and began bidding on the stock up to 58. He couldn't get a share, which suited Arthur all right, for he didn't want the stock. His object was to call attention to the scarceness of it and create a fresh interest in it in the Exchange. In this he succeeded, for quite a lively bidding set in, ancl several traders offered as high as 60 for it. 'Ibey didn't get any, as nearly all the stock was held either by the syndicate, or Tuttle, and neither was selling at that price Kn1ger had instructed all the members of the pool to make inquiries on the quiet to see if they could find out who was holding the stock that hadn't come out. Their efforts met with no success. J & D. closed at 60 on Saturday noon T he syndicate held another meeting about one o'clock, ancl decided to go ahead and boost the price, a n y way.


A w ALL STlrnE'r MYSTERY. 23 They votecl to put up another $100,000 apiece as m1 emergency fund On Monday morning Fletcher appeared at the J. & D. pole and offered all the way from GO to 65 or any part of 5,000 shares He got hold of 300 at the latter figure Arthur was in the gallery and watched his actions. He walkecl downstairs and sent a note in to Flett:her, saying that he wantecl io see him 'l'hc broker came out into the l ower corridor to meet him "\Yell, 'l'uttle, what can I do for you?" "You're buying J & D ?" said the boy. ''I am. lla\'C you any for sale!''' he asked, jokingly "Yes. I're got 5,000 that I'm holding on margin Do you want them at 70 i"' "At 70? Why, that is five points above the market!" "I know it is, bnt I have an i

24 A WALL STREET MYSTERY. were going on swimmingly, when the broker who helcl have continued 1.o offer it in blocks of five. On the whole, Arthur's 20,000 shares, acting under instructions from the I think .we may consider ourselves sa:fe at last." boy trader, offered Fletcher a block of 5,000 shares at 70. "I hope so," answered Golding. The broker had been expecting some such ofl'er would be Both men then returned to the Exchange, but not tomade, either to him or Golding, and he was prepared to gether. accept the stock. Golding had not been five minute s on the floor before He knew if he refused to take tJ1e shares that they would Arthur's broker walk ed briskly up to him. be thrown on the open market, and that might create trou" 've got 5,000 J. & D. Do you want it at 70 ?" he ble for the syndicate asked. After the memorandums had been exchanged, Arthur's "I'll take it," replied Golding, with a bold front. broker asked him if he wanted any more. Memorandums were exchanged, and then the newcomer "How much more have you got?" asked Fletcher ner said: vously "Want 5,000 more?" "I can let you have 5,000 more," was the reply. Golding gasped "I'll take them," replied Fletcher. "Have you got that much more?" he said, the peirspiraWhile this was going on, a lieutenant of ,the selltng tion breaking out on his fa'Ce. broker offered Golding two lots of 5,000 shares in succes -"I have. My order s arc to sell it to you at 70, or dump sion, and that trader had to take them in. it on the market." 'Thus, inside of ten minutes, Arthur had got rid of all !'I can't take it!" said Golding, throwing up his hands. his stock bought on margin, at a profit of somet4ing over "All right," replied the other $400,000 He walked over to the J. & D. pole and began offering He now had the 10,000 shares left which he ha.d purany part of 5,000 shares at 70, 69, 68, and so on down to G5. chased out.right from Stacy & Co. In a moment that section of the Exchange was in an He went to the broker who had carried Elsie's deal uproar. through, a:nd told him that he wanted him to sell the stock Other brokers flocke d over to ha .ve a look in. in two blocks, to either Fletcher or Golding, at 70. A big bear operator, seeing hi s chance, jumped in and If they failed to t ake it he was instructed to throw it on offered to sell 5,000 short a t 63, down to 60. the market at any figure he could get. Other bears joined in the fray, and in a few minutes The broker immediately left his office to execute his compandemonium was in full swing on the floor. mission. Arthur's broker had succeeded in selling 1,000 of J. & D In the meantime, Fletcher and Golding compared. notes, at 68; another 1,000 at 67; and a third thousand at 65. and found that 20,000 of the outstanding shares had been The remainder was :finally sacrificed at 55. dumped on the syndicate at 70. Altogether the young broker cleare d $585,000 on the That meant that the sum of $1,400,000 woul d have to deal, raising his capital to $1,545,000. be paid for the stock. In addition to his heavy winnings, he had the satisfac The syndicate's resources would barely pull them through tion of knowing that he h!ld beaten the syndicate, with its the deal backing of several millions. If no more of the st.pck came to the front the combinaKruger and his lieutenants had ma.de frantic efforts to tion would probably be able to weather the storm at a stem the tide of defeat, but in vain. small profit The rapid decline swept the ground from under them, and Golding huxriedly left the Exchange and sent a note by the combination went to pieces in the crash. a messenger to Kruger to meet him at his office across the When they left the Exchange, at the fall of the chai'rstreet man's gavel, at three o'clock, all but Kruger were practiKruger immediately responded, and was soon in possescally ruined. sion of the particulars. He had resources that would enable him to keep going, "It is what I have feared," he said. "We can just meet at a hea .vy loss of capital. our present engagements, and that is all. If another 5,000 Golding, lVIorgan, Fletcher, and Krug er, met in the lat. is offered us, we must ta ike it, on the chance of raising the ter's office shortly after three to try and figure up where money through our sales, and otherwise, to pay for it; but they were at. it will knock the spots out of our profits. This has been an With J & D. down to 53 they were clearly in the soup, u n l ucky deal all around. We have been up against it from and there was no getting a.way from the fact. the first, though, unfortunately, we did not suspect it." Enough J & D. had been sold at 70 to enable the syndi-"Then I or Fletcher can accept J. & D. up to 5,000 cate to meet its engagements with Arthur's brokers. shares, if it is offered?" said Golding. Unl-ess a reaction set in on the next day, whi.ch was "Yes. We've got to take a chance in order to save ourscarcely to be expected under the circumstances, the comselves from going to the wall," rep l ied Kruger. 1 bination would lose over a million and a half. "And suppose rhore than 5,000 is offered?" It would be almost impossible for the members to get "If it's merely a tl1ousand over, take it. Seventy thou rid of the vast load of shares they had accumulated, :in sand dollars must not ruin us. I don't think, fuougb, that the present state of the market at a figure that would o.ver 5,000 shares, at the outside, will turn up. In fact, I enable them to save any of the capital they had put into am in hopes that no more will be tendered to us. If the the pool. person who dumped the 20,000 had any more he would All the members had raised more or less of their share


A WALL STREET MYSTERY. 25 of that o n g ilte d ge d securities, and some of them had to hust l e in a livel y w ay to save their property. In som e way iL l e ak e d out that Arthur Tuttle, the Wall Street M yste r y was the chi e f factor in the defeat of the syn d i c at e's plan s F l etc h e r arnl K r uger c all e d upon the young broker and dem a nded t o know if there was any truth in the report. "Yo u sold m e 5,000 s hares of J. & D at 70, which you sa i d b elongecl to a lady cus tomer," s aid Fletcher. "That's ri ghl," nodded Arthur. "Did you ha v e an y more of that s tock at the time?" "Yes, I h a d a f e w s har e s on my own account." "How man y ?" "We ll, I don't know that you have any right to pry into my affair s 1\fr. Fletcher," s aid Arthur. "I think I told y ou once that I did not talk about either my successes or m y losses." But it i s rumored around the Street that you beat us." "Do you b e li e v e e verything you hear?" No, I don 't-not by a long shot! And I think such a rum o r is ridiculous." "'fhe n why come here and ask me about it?" Becau e I want an absolute denial from your own lips; b e for e a wit ness." "I am sorry but I can t give you that." "Do y ou m e an to in s inuate that you did have a hand in downin g us?" asked Krng er. "I a,m not saying an y thing at all." "Your mann e r indicat e s more than your words," cried Fle t c h e r, an g rily. "How many s hares of J. & D did you hav e alto get h er? I in s i s t on you telling me." "Well, if you in s i s t I will t e ll you. I had 30,000, indep e nd ent of th e 5 ,000 I s old you for my lady client." Both J?le teher and Kruger gasped. "Are y ou telling the truth?" roared Fletcher. "I e nd e avor to do that on all occasions," replied Arthur, coolly. "And it was y ou who unloaded on us at a critical mo m e nt, in 5 ,000s hare lot.'.l, and caused the panic which has ruined sere ral of us and put the others in a bad hole?" "I c e rtainly g ot rid of my stock at 70, for I didn t think it was s afe to hold on io it any long er." "You y oung villain!" howle d Fletcher. "How came you to buy s o much J. & D. s tock at a time when we were try ing to c orn e r it?", "That i s my bus iness, Mr. Fletch er." "And it' s min e too! You have almost ruined me-do you understand? It will be touch and go with me if I can save my s eat in the Exchange. A s for Horace Morganhe is down and out. Tell me, who put you up to the knowledge that a syndicate had been formed to boom J. & D. ?" "Nobody put me up to it." "That's a lie! You must have found out, some way, or you n e ver would hav e bought so much of the stock. Tell me the name of the traitor who gave us away, or I'll choke the breath out of you!" Thus speakin g Fletcher, furious with rage, sprang upon Arthur, cau ght him by the throat, and pressed him against the back of the chair until the boy, who was nearly power less in his g rasp, gasped for breath and began to turn black in the face. CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. Kruger saw that Fletcher was in a condition to commit murder, without realizing what he was about, so he jumped from his chair and tried to pull the big broker away from the boy; but being only a m e dium-sized man, more acti v e than muscular, he failed to accomplish much. In this emergency he s houted to Dan, the office bo y to come in. Dan was on the point of doing so, any way, a& h e had the racket and high words, and sus pected that his boss was in trouble. The office boy, who was tough and husky los t 'no time in adopting strenuous measures to save his employer. He jumped forward and hit Fletcher a stunning blow between the eyes that laid the broker, dazed and bleeding, alongside Arthur's chair. 1 The young brok e r lay back, half choked, and Kruger hur ried for a glas s of wat e r to revive him. Between him and Dan, Arthur came around all i-jght, but he did not soon get over the unpleasant sensation of a constricted throat. He was justifiably angry at Fletcher, and told Dan to telephone for an officer to come and a1Test him. Kruger then interfered in his companion's behalf. "Don' t carry the matter to such an extreie, Tuttle," he said. "Fletcher was clean off his perch, or he never would have acted so rashly." "He had no bus ine s s to get off his perch a s you call it," replied Arthur, who was not in the humor to be placated easily. "I know that," answered Kruger, "but the man is almost crazy over bis losses in J. & D., and h e blames you for ruining him. Just consider how you would feel under sllni lar circumstances." "But he would have choked me to death only for Dan! I had a close call, and I don't feel very friendly toward him after that." "I beg you will e xcuse him. You will only be adding disgrace to his other troubles if you have him arrested, and pre s s the charge. The chance s are, when he gets out on bail he will commit suicide, for I know him to be a hot headed man. He may even try to shoot you before he kills himself. I assure you that he is a desperate man when pushed to the wall." Kruger's arguments had some weight with Tlittle, and he :finally agreed to let up on Fletcher if the broker would apologi.ze for his conduct as soon as he recovered his cus tomary senses. So, when Fletcher got on his f e et, and looked around like a man awaking from an ugly dream, Kruger took him aside and talked to him. While Fletcher was glad that he had not seriously injured the young broker, he strongly objected to apologizing. Kruger told him that he had placed himself-in danger of grave consequences, and that after the wa.y he had handled Tuttle he ought to apologize for his conduct Fletcher :finally consented to do so, though it was with very ill grace.


2G A WALL STREET :MYSTERY. "If it's any satisfaction for you to know that I may have t o give up m y seat in t h e Exch a n ge on your you are welcome to it, Tuttle," said F l etcher, bitterly, after he had apol0gized. "It is no satisfaction to me, Mr. F l etche r and I hope it rnav not coine to that." ''I can't te ll. I may get o u t by t h e skin of my teeth, butthe prospect l ooks bad at this mo m e n t. A ll my securi ties are hypothec:ated at this moment, and may be sacri ficed to make good my loans "Did you put them up with you r bank?" "I did." "How much are they wo.rth ?" "Their market value, two weeks ago, was $350,000. It is much l ess now, probably something under $300,000. The bank advanced me $250,000 on them, and in view of the decline, I expect to receive a notice requesting me to put up additional collatera l. It is impossible for me to do it just now, and so the bank will acquire the right to reimburse itself at my expense 1 "Well that would be ha.rd on you, Mr. Fletcher. As you seem to connect me in a way with your unfortunate situa tion," went on Arthur, "I'll tell you what I'll do. If yo1L get a notice from your bank, bring it here and I will ad va nce you enough cash to save your securities from being t h rown on the market." "But I haven't any security to offer you!" "I'll take your note ancl your word, without any further security "You w ill cried' Fletcher "I will. Mr. Kruger is a witness to my words "Tuttle," cried Fletcher, jumping up and grasping the boy broker by the hands, "you make me feel like thirty cents Your generosity is unusual, and I assure you that Ji apprec i ate it. I don't deserve this favor on your part, for I have tried more than once to down you." "I know it," replied Arthur, coolly. "You know it?" cri ed F l etcher, in astonishment "Yes. I know that three attempts have been made by you and Mr. Kruger, and some others I might mention, to do me up." Tuttle then told the astonished traders how he had been w i se to the E l dorado Copper scheme, which had resulted in h is clearing nearl y a quarter of a million profit at the 'ery o utset of his Wal l Street career, off a comparatively sma.ll capital That job had led him to suspect Mr. Fletcher's subse quent apparently friend l y offers, and he had refused to do any busi n ess with him in consequence. Both brokers looked guilty, and Fletcher admitted his share in. the schemes, and said, in view of the boy's generous offer to help him out of his hole, that he r egrettea them, and felt heartily ashamed of himself "You must have made half a million out of the syndi cate," said Kruger, trying to change the topic, which was not p l easant to him. "I'm not saying what I made," replied Arthur, "but I will admit that I !L.'11 perfectly satisfied with the outcome of the deal "I should think you ought to be," replied Kruger. "Well .Fletcher, I gue&S we'd better go." That afternoon Fletcher returned with the bank notice, and Arthur loaned him $100,000 to save his securities "Thank you, Tuttle," said Ffetcher, gratefully. "This is truly heaping coal s of fire on my head But you sha'n't lose by it. I will be able to pull through all right now, and I will pay you back every dollar, with interest; and, more than that, I will say, whether Y.OU believe me or not, that frorn this day T am your friend for life, for of all those in Wall Street who claim to be my fri ends not one would do what you have just done, and I appreciate it." His eamestne s impressed Arthur with the man's sin cerity, and he believed him. Tuttle, the Wall Street Mystery, now became an object .of greater interest than ever among the brokers. It was curlently reported that he had made a million by beating the syndicate that failed to boom J. & D., and the traders looked upon him as a young wonder. They set a watch upon him, anc1 tried to get a line on his movements, after that. A month later a boom sta.rted in L. & S., and though Arthur was in no wise interested in it, word got around that he was connected with the pool that was trying to corner the stock. His constant presence in the Exchange gallery gave color to the report. 'l'here was lots of L & S. on the market, and a number of traders, after buying a considerable quantity of it up, decided to try and unlnad on Tuttle at a good advance The young broker was ignorant of the -figure he was cutting in the transaction, but he found ont ope afternoon, as he was leaving the Exchange gallery for a near by restaurant for lunch. The moment Arthur appeared, a crowd of brokers, who bad evidently been lying in wa.it for him outside, made a simultaneons rush at him In an in stant he 'was surrounded by the excited traders, all shonting to attract his attention. The astonisheci boy was fairly overwhelmed with offers of blocks of L. & S stock. He didn't want any of it, and told them so, but it was some time before he could convince them that he was not buying L. & S., and had no interest at all in the boom. A year later Arthur rented a larger suite of offices in the Schuyler Buil ding, in order to accommodate his grow ing business, and he signalized this change by getting mar ried to Elsie T'aber and making the lovely girl mistress of a fine residence on the upper West Side. THE END Read "DICK HADI.JEY'S MINE; OR, THE BOY GOLD DIGGERS OF MEXICO," which will be the next number (137) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECI A L NOTICE: A,11 ba c k numbers of thi s week l y are always i n p rint. 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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, MAY 8, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples ....................... :, One Copy Three Month5 ............................. One Copy Six Months .................... ...... One Copy One Year .............................. Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 $1.25 :1.50 4t onr risk aend P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re m1ttances in any other way are at yonr risk. We accept Postage Stamps so.me as cash. 'Vhen sending silver wrap tbe coin iu a separate piece 0( paper to avoid cutting the envelope. iV1'ite 11our name and. ad.dress plainl11. Address letters to Frank Tousey, Publisher, :.z4 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. The need of the Panama Canal is newly e mphasized by the fact that during the past year more than $40 000,000 worth of merchandis e originating in the United States crossed the Isth mus by the T e huantepec Railway. This is three times the amount carried a c ross in any previous year. The railway was opened early in 1897, and its length, from Coatzacacoalcos, on the Atlantic, to Santa Cruz, on the Pac ific, is 190 miles. The Panama route its business, also carrying between $12,000,000 and $15,000,000 worth of goo(.S. At Lyons, France, a girl 14 years old threw a brickbat at a rat, and hit a dog and broke its leg. In jumping around, in its pain, the dog upset an old woman who was carrying home a basket of crockery, and broke 50 cen ts' worth. The girl's father refused to pay any damages, and he has been sued by both the own e r of the dog and the oll'.I woman. H e is going to try to s how to the satisfaction of the court that a girl that throws brickbats has a right to throw at a rat, and that if old women and dogs get in the w a they must take the consequenc es. The others will probably try to s how that no girl ought to be p ermitted to do any at all, as they are as apt to break a window as to hit the doorst ep. "The banana urnlshes us wit: 1 ink, handkerchiefs, with wax, with bla cking, with e x c elsior, with oil, with flour, with wmdow cord, with brushe s The speaker, a planter, from Jamaica, pau se d and smiled. You don't believe me, do you?" he said. Y et truly, the arana tre e is a won derful thing. Every part o f it se rv es s om e good use Thus the long l e aves make a fin e excel::iior; the juice, being rich in tannin, furnis hes a good Indelibl e in k an1l a good sho e poli s h : the ste m s y i e ld a fine qm:.lity o f hemp, and from this hemp there are made lace handke:chief s, cords and rop e s of all kinds, mats, and brushes. The oil i s u se d in gilding. Of banana flour the flour ground from the dried fruit, there is no use speaking. You are too familiar with it." Of all the places in New York where the y rob you with a zest and affabilit y that is simply admirable, the on e tha t d e serves to,. stand a t the head or the li s t i s a s t ation ery store that has b e en fitt e d up in an n.icove of a big Broadway re s tau rant. In there they charge two prices for mo s t n e wspap e rn and some magazines. The funny part of it is that not twen t y feet away are two more newsstands, where literature, whether of the daily, weekly, or monthly variety, is obtainable at the usual rates. "Doesn't anybody ever kick against such impo sition ?" a s ked one customer, who for the first time was taxed an excessive amount. "One person did, once," said the clerk. "That was a woman. Men never do. They are ashamed to make a s c ene. Women are a shameless lot, when it comes to saving mouey. That one rebel gave me a dime to pay for papers that would have cost four cents outside. When I charge d her six cents, according to custom, she got mad. 'This is an outrage!' she said. 'I won't take your old papers!' Then she bounced out, her dime. She never did come back for it, so we didn't lose anything, even on her." "The locomotive engineer has many things to look out for, and numerous nerve-racking but there is n-0thing in the whole category of his troubles that he dreads quite as much as the presence of a woman on the track ahead." The speaker was Assistant General Manager Hustis, of the Boston & Albany. He was riding in his observation engine, with a number of officials and reporters, on a tour of inspection. A woman crossed the track, about 200 yards ahead hesitated, recrossed, and waited till the train passed. "There," continued Mr. Hustis, "is an illustration of what is happening every day. You saw how the engineer slowed up when he saw that woman on the track. He knew just what she would do. Bt if he hadn't seen her, or anticipated her action, she might have had a narrow escape. I have ridden thousands of miles on the front of our observa t jon engines, and I have seen hundreds of women do that same thing. No one can explain why it is, but if a woman se e s a train coming when she is crossing the track, she will invariably go across and then change her mind and go back to the place from which she started." JOKES AND JESTS "You're good judge of horseflesh, aren't you, sir?" "I ought to be. I ate in Paris restaurants all summer." Mother-Didn't I tell you not to go on the ice, sir? You have been on it. Son (who was soaking wet)-No, I hain't! I ve b ee n under it. Pat-What be yer charge fol' a funeral notice inyer paper? Editor-Half a crown an inch. Pat-Good heavens! An' me poor brother was six feet high! "By the way, sir," asked the waiter, "how would you like t o hav e your steak?" Very muc h indeed replied the mild m an, who had be e n patiently waiting for twenty minutes. Teacher (desperately)-Mary Jones! When her ladyship speaks to you, do try and look a little more agreeable. Mary Jones-Please, t e acher, there' s nettles where I'm a-settin'! Eva-I h ear that your sister Edna has a young dentist call ing on her. Katharine-.Yes; and when we hear her scream, we don't kno w whether he is stealing a kiss or pulling a tooth. "But," said the rich widow, "I'm almost old enough to be your mo t h e r." "Oh, never mind that," replied the young man. "My mod e of 'life after we are married will probably cause me to ag3 very fast." ..,, Mr. Sharpp-If there were no women, the men would have noth ing to laugh at. Mrs. Sharpp-lf there were no women, the m e n w ouldn't want anything to laugh at. They wouldn't fee l like laughing. Lady-What's your father? Urchin-'E's me father. LadyY e s; but what is he? Urchin-'E's me stepfather. Lady-Yes, yes But what does he do? Urchin-'E ain't done nothink since weve 'ad 'im. Jules (facetiously)-This is a picture of my wife's first husband. Jacques-Heavens! What a brainless-looking idiot! But I didn t know your wife was married before she met you. Jules-She wasn't. This is a picture of myself at the age of twenty.


.28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY THE SECRET OF A "SHADOW" By Alexander Armstrong. In 18-I was, one night, the guest of the Cheltham Hotel, a well-known hostelry, which was popular with the last gen eration, but which has since the time of the occurrence I am about to tell you of ceased to exist, said an English detective, as we sat, smoking, upon the veranda 'Of the American Hotel, Strand, London. I was aroused from my sleep that night in the Cheltham Hotel by the sounds of a commotion below stairs, and looking at my watch I saw tha,t it was one o'clock in the morning. Some late returning party, tipsy enough to be noisy, I thought, and mentally wishing them anywhere but where they were to disturb me, I turned over and composed myself to sleep again. Scarcely had I done so when I was startled by a wild shriek and the appalling cry of "Murder! murder! murder!" burst upon the stillness of the night. I leaped from my couch, hurriedly dressed myself, and descending the stairs, rushed into the office. There was no one there save a stable boy, who was wringing his hands and trembling with iright. "What's the matter? What is the disturbance? Who shrieked murder?" I asked. "Please, sir, I-I-I--" stammered the boy, while his teeth chattered so that he could not speak. "Tell me what's up!" I cried again, impatiently, and, catch-ing him by the shoulder, I gave him a shake. "Yes, sir. It's in there-in the back-back-back--" "Where?" I thundered. "There," replied the boy, pointing toward the parlor at the back of the bar. Releasing the frightened boy, I hurried into the little room behind the bar, dignified by the name of parlor. An excited group of people, the guests of the hotel and the servants, were there, and as I passed the ttireshold a young man, with a very pale face and great, staring black eyes, which were stony and expressionless, and who knelt beside the body of a man which lay extended flat upon his back on the floor, again uttered the terrible cry: "Murder! murder! murder!" A glance convinced me that the youth was an idiot. "Hush! hush!'.' said the landlord, Jerrold Jenks by name. "Hush!-that's a good boy!" As he spoke he patted the youth on the head, as though he were a child. 'I saw that the man on the floor was dead, and a hasty ex-amination disclosed a knife wound in his breast. "He has been stabbed to death?" I said quesUoningly. "Yes," replied Jenks. "Tell me all about it, landlord," I said. "I'll tell you all I know, willingly. That's little en ough, though." "Very well. Proceed." "Yes, sir." "Tommy knows! Tommy knows! Tommy knows this is murder! He's dead-pop's dead! Murder! murder! murder!" cried the idiot. "He's the dead man's son-leastways that's the way he's registered on the hotel book. You see, the murdered man and the foolish boy arrived here yesterday and registered-that is to say, the man registered for both-James Kingsley and son, Edgware, Humbleweight road, Sheffield-that's what he wrote. "To-night the foolish boy went to bed early, as I suppose, but Mr. Kingsley remained in this liere room, writing and drinking. I was in the tap-room taking a bit of a nap, when I heard the sound of a heavy fall, .and one awful shriek of mor tal agony. In a moment I was wide awake, and I rushed into the back parlor. "As I reached the door and threw it open', I saw Mr. Kings ley lying upon his back, as he is now, while a powerful-looking young man, dark complexioned, and with a black mustache, stood over him in a threatening attitude. "The mome.nt he became aware of my presence, and before I could seize him, the stranger turned and leaped through the window at the side of the room. "As he disappeared, I heard him mutter: "'You have cheated the hangman, Jim Kingsley, but you have met a merited fate.' "A moment after he disappeared, Tommy, the fool, here, came rushing into the room, and set up the terrible cry which alarmed the house. That's all I know about the murder." An examination of the body revealed in his pn't know as he had," answered Joel briefly. "Were you and your brother on good terms?" The man gave me a quick, covert glance. He hesitated a moment. I watched him narrowly, without seeming to do so. Finally he \answered: "We were not on the best of terms. James has been for years a shanger to me." "And this idiot boy of his-what of him?" I asked. "He is James' son. At least, so James said. The boy was left in my care once, for a while, and I had to punish him for stealing. He would steal everything he could get his hands on. Since that time the boy has hated me. He is a fool, but he has a sort of low cunning of his own." "Was he attached to his father?" "Oh, no.', "How was that?" "James was ashamed of the boy and he was cruel to him sometimes. I don't think 'l 'ommy loved his father.'' Some further conversation ensued, and at the end of it I found myself in possession of a retaining fee, and had bee:rr regularly engaged to hunt down the mysterious assassin of James Kingsley. I tried a cunningly worded "personal," which purported to be from a lady, but although it appeared several days in the newspapers, my man paid no attention to it. Fate, or chance-call it what you will-often does more for


FAME AND WEEKLY. us than our own astuteness. It is the ability to grasp at a chance before it is gone, and to discriminate as to what is a chance, that makes a successful detective. One day, at noon, I sat beneath a large tree in the Avenue Park-one of those small oases in the desert of the great citywatching the moving throng on the street beyond, when two men, who were approaching from opposite directions, met at a little distance from me, and the trunk of the tree concealed me from them. I obtained a good view of the faces of these men while I remained myself unseen. I could scarcely repress a cry of exultation, for one of the men was the living duplicate of the description which Jenks had given me of the supposed mur derer of James Kingsley in the Cheltham Hotel. I could, perhaps, have arrested him then, had I been so dis posed, but there would have been a certain risk to run. The supposed murderer and the man who had met him were both powerful fellows Had I rushed upon them, their united efforts might have defeated me. I determined to track my man. and capture him in a quiet way, when he could be taken by surprise. The two men were evidently acquainted. A strange conver-sation followed between them: "Did you place the jigger?" asked my man. "Yes." "Are we right?" "As a trivet." "For to-night?" "Yes." "Anything new?" "Nothing." With the exchange of these remarks, which I saw not the meaning of, the two men separated. I shadowed the suspected assassin. All that day I followed him. Toward nightfall he entered a boozing den in St. Giles Street, and I followed him. His conduct in this place, which was an underground den of vice, where the crooked classes of both s _exes congregated, was peculiar, and he was now in dis guise. He seem e d to be watchiJ.;.g for some one; anfi when, near the hour of midnight, three men left the underground den, he followed them. His method was that of an experi enced shadow. At the corner, near the den from which he had just emerged, the man I was following met a person who had evidently been waiting for him, concealed in the dark shadows of a wall, while the three men who had preceded my man passed him. But a few words were exchanged be t ween them, but I drew near enough to hear them. "Everything is fixed," said my game. "Are the boys on hand?" asked the other. "Yes." "Good!" "Good-night. I am going home. You cannot fail. We shall have accomplished a good work by morning, Frank," said the man whom I suspected of murder. Then they parted. I still followed my leader. He led me a long distance. Final ly he entered a residence in Mayfair Terrace, and I remained on the watch until dawn of day. While yet the fog hung over the city, the door of the house which I had watched with continual vigilance all night long opened, and the man I had tracked to his lair that night came forth, muffied in a cloak. "Where can he be going thus early?" I wondered. The only way to assure myself on that point was to follow him. I did so. The man I was following came face to face with a well known police de f ective, who was the terror of all criminals. The detective and the flupposed assassin exchanged greetings, and each passed serenely on his way. The first newsstand which he found open at that hour re ceived his patronage. I bought the same morning paper that I saw him.purchase, turned to the page that I saw nim reading, and the following heading caught my eye at once, as it was in large, bold type, especially calculated to attract attention: "A CUNNING CAPTURE. THREE OF THE MOST NOT\)RIOUS BANK ROBBERS IN ENGLAND SECURED. The capture the result of a 'plant' arrange{]; by Police Ser geant Dorran, better known. as 'The Shadow.' Full particulars in second edition. News received too late for the present paper. Watch the noon issue, etc." When I had read this I was somewhat startled by hearing the man whom I was following say to himself: "Good! Everything must have worked like a charm. This is a great success for The Shadow, and it ought to be the means of advancing him. I must see the captain now." The remarkable assassin, as I mentally designated the man whom I was following, kept on at a swinging gait for half an hour, and I was becoming somewhat weary of following at a like rate of speed. He reached a hack stand as I was asking myself if this trail would never end, and, calling a cab, entered it and was driven rapidly away. I leaped into another. To my complete amazement, a few moments later the cab containing, as I supposed, the assassin of James Kingsley, came to a halt before the Central Police Station of East LondOil, and the man I had tracked so faithfully leaped out and entered the building. I leaped from the hack and followed him. The man I had followed stood at the captain's desk, convers ing with the h ead of the department in a familiar way. "Who .is that man?" I asked a detective I chanced to know. "He is Dorran, known as The Shadow, and the most expert shadow in the profession. He is the who put up the job which resulted in 'the capture of the three fly cracksmen last night," replied 1ny acquaintance. After a moment's reflection I determined to tell Dorran all, anU, ask him to assist me. I introduced myself and told him the story of the murder of James Kingsley at the Cheltham Hotel how perfectly he re sembied the man whom the landlord had so minutely described to me, and how I had followed him, believing him fo be the murderer. When I had concluded my narration, he said quietly: "I am the man the landlord saw in the room with the mur dered man. I am the very man he described to. you!" Amazement rendered me silent. Dorran seemed to enjoy my astonishment. Finally he said: "When I was but a young boy, my father was murdered by an old enemy, in my presence, and I alone saw the deed. The face of my father's assassin was inde libly stamped upon my mind, and when all the officers of the law, police detectives and all, had failed, I r e solved, when I became a man, that I would seek my fa ther's ass assin, and find him, too, if he yet lived. It was thus that I became a detective .' But the years went by, and I never met the man who killed my father until a month ago. Then I met him-came face to face with him on the streets of London-but he escaped me then, although I struck his trail again, and I will tell you now that my father's mur derer was James Kingsley. "I traced him to the Hotel Cheltham. I was standing over him, looking down into his face as he lay dead upon the floor, with my hands clenched with rage, when the landlord came in, and, as he said, I leaped through the window and escaped. I am not guilty of James Kingsley's death, though. Oh, no! no! I meant to capture him.and lead him to the scaffold!" "Then, in Heaven's name! who murdered Kingsley? This affair is becoming mor e mysterious than ever!" I cried. "I will explain the mystery. I will tell you who killed James Kingsley. I was peering in at hitn, as he sat at. the table, when Tommy, the idiot, crept into the room, and before I compre hended his purpose he drew a long, slender knife from the back of his neck and buried it in Kingsley's heart. Then re storing the knife, to which a string was attached, to its hiding place, the idiot sneaked out of the room, while I entered it, to assure ;myself that the man who had killed my father was really dead." We searched the idiot, and found suspended from his neck a long, slender knife, still stained with blood. The mystery of James Kingsley's murder was solved, and his murderer was confined where he could harm no one.


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