Playing for money, or, The boy trader of Wall Street

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Playing for money, or, The boy trader of Wall Street
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. /(2144 STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY. "What is the meaning of this racket?" demanded Mr. Parker, grabbing Al by the arm. ''He slug ged me in the aye," whined the sandy-haired messenger ''That boy is not to blame," interposed Bessie, coming forward. "Clarence Burns was the aggressor"


Fame and Fortune Weclqy STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY lanie d Weekl11-B11 S u bscrip tion $2,5() per year Entered acc ording t o Act of Con g ress in t h e y e a r 1908, i n the offece of the Librarian of Cong re sa, Wa.rhing to n D C., b11 Frank To use71, P ublishe1', 2 4 tlnion Square, New Y o r k No. 144. NEW YORK, J U L Y 3, 1908. PRIC E 5 C ENTS. PLAYIN6 FOR MONEY OB, .THE BOY TRADERS OP WALL STREE T By\.\ SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTE R I. I don't believe they want boys." INTRODUCES AL B)lITTON AND BURT HALE. "No harm in going to the whari anu 111aking an applica tion. 1 I noticed an advertisement irt the paper for able bodied deckhands for the day boats." "How much money have you got, B urt?" asked A l B rit"Do you call ydu and me able bodied?" grinned B u r t. ton. "We're strong and healthy-looking, and not afraid o f "Six dollars and thirteen cents How much have you?" work." repli ed Burt Hale. "Can we hustle truck-loads of merchandise aboard t h e "Five dollars and eighty four cents." boat if we're taken "The cheapest way to New York is two dollars apiece "We can make a good bluff at it." by boat." "A bluff won't go, I'm afraid. We'll have to ma k e g o o d "That's right," nodded Al. or get the G B." "That's a sma ll fortune to us at this stage of the game." "Are you game to try the riffle?" "It is, so we'll hang on to it. '.'I'm game to tackle anything that leads to New York "Then how will we get to the city? Tramp it and trust "Then we'll turn in, for we've got to be at the dock at to our music to pay our expenses?" five o 'c lock." "It might take us two weeks, and would cost us each t h e Al Britton and Bu.rt Hale were two bright, ambitious price of a new pair of shoes w h e n we got there. I've a boys whom an unfortunate combination of circumstances better plan." had thrown on their resources. "What is it?" 'l'hey had come together in a cheap Albany boarding" We'll try to work our way down the river orr the boat." house a short time before the opening of this story, and "Work our way? How? Do you mean by playing our had immediately struck up an acquaintance which rapidly instruments and taking u p a coll ect i on from the passen developed into a warm friendship. gers ?" In a word, they became chums. "Nothing of the kind. We wou)dn't be permitted to The i r tastes and ambitions were somewhat similar and do that." both happened to be accomplished young musicians-one "Then how shall we work our way?" "Apply for a job on the boat to assist freight." "Any chance of our getting such a job?" "Maybe." being an expert ori the violin, the other on the mandolin m handling All their earthly possessions consisted of a gripsack each full of wearing apparel and other odds and ends, and their two instruments. They had been woi'king at odd jobs around the ca pital


2 PLAY.lXG FOR :i\IONEY. for a month, but neither could get hold of steady employment. Therefore, after talking their prospects over very seri ously together they resolved to make their way to the metropolis, where they believed there was plenty of work for willing hands. They had got acquainted with a young fellow who had been a messenger and junior clerk in a Wall Street broker' s office, and the glowing pictures he drew of .the opportuni ties to make money in the stock market quite captivated the two boys He told them about a little bank on Nassau Street that bought and sold for customers as low as five shares of any stock at a time. "There are successful young brokers in Wall Street to day," he said, "who made i11eir start at that verv bank on a $50 bill when they w ere messenger s J t js not" an vncom mon thing for a stock to rise fifteen or twenty points inside of a few clays. If you are so fortunate as to get in on the ground floor you stand a fine chance of doubling your money twice over. I myself have cleared $250 on a $1QJ) investment on margin." He explained the whole principle of marginal transac tions to the inte re sted boys, and also enlightened them a great deal on the methods of the Stock Exchange; bnt he did not think it nece ssary to explain why he had abandoned such a money-making field as tha. financial district for a clerkship in an Albany insurance office. Nor did it occur to the boys at tl\ e time to ask him why he had abandoned such excellent chances to make his fortune as he They grew infatuated with the idea 0 making a start in Wall Street themselves, and they could talk of little else when they met each evening after a unsatisfactory day. Having determined to go to New York, Al, who was the more energetic of the two, iRsisted that no time ought to be lo s t in putting their plan into execution. The boys were up at four o'clock next morning, and after a light breakfast of coffee and rolls, with their grips in one hand and the cases containing their musical instruments in the other, they started for the wharf of the Day Boat line of steamers that plied between New York City and Albany on the Hudson River. They reached the wharf at ten minutes after five. Several policemen were on duty at the head of the dock, and small groups of sullen-looking men in blue shirts, with their jackets under their arms, were gathered near the wharf, talking and gesticulating. Sometimes they tried to walk on to the dock but were ordered away by the officers, who held their locust night-sticks in their hands. Al and Burt stop ped and looked on the scene before them in some wonder. They were not aware that a strike of the deckhands of the Day Line was on for high e r wages, and that the police were there to keep the malcontents from interfering with the new hands who had been employed in their places. Al's first idea was that the men in the blue snirts were the overflow of the applicants who had the company's advertisement, and had been turned away after all the places had been :filled. The reflection a di sa ppointing one. It looked as if there was small chance for them to work their way down the river on the Day Line at any rate. "I'm afraid we're out of it," he said to his companion after they had stood apout five mint1tes on the opposite side / of the way watching the scene. "Nothing more than I expected," replied Burt in a re s igned ton,e. "I suppose we might as well turn around and go back." 11No," answered Al, squaring his jaw in a resolute way, "not before I see the mate of the boat." "':\.'hat's the use if there are more men here than arc wanted?" "l\faybe he could find some me to make oi us on lhe trip down. We're not going to charge him any wages, which ought to be an inducement." Al led the way across the street to the wharf. A policeman bfocked their progress. "Where are you going?" he asked. "Aboard the Albany to see the mate." replied Al. The officer scrutinized them and finally permitted them to pass. The encl of the wharf was filled with cases, bags, ancl small freight of every description, which was being hustled over the gangway, disappearing in the light of the steamer Albany's freight deck. The men who wheeled the trucks ;md handled the good s under the direction of a good-looking young man, standing near a, forward stanchion, were not at all like the fellows in the blue shirts on the street They were of all ages and conditions, most of them unshaven and rough, and even Al saw that a lot of unnecessary confosion prevailed in their work. They did not move about like men who understood their busine ss thoroughly, but rather like new hands l.Jeing broken in. Al and Burt followed behind two men wheeling truck-loads, and were soon on the freight deck. The young man aforesaid was first mate of the steamer. Under his skillful direction the miscellaneous loads of the hand-trucks took the shape of compact walls in the middle of the deck. Some of these piles reached to the deck above. A span of horses was led aboard behind Al and Burt. They were taken t,o a certain pa1-t of the deck As the mate followed them he came face to face with the boys. "What do you want aboard here!'" he demand ed gruffi_y. "We are looking for a cha.nee to make ourselves useful in return for a passage down the river," replied Al, acting as spokesman. The boat was very short-handed that mo1;ning and the mate, though at another time he would have turned down the young applicants in short older, lOoked at them criti cally. "Are you strong and used to vork ?" he asked sharply. ''We are," answered Al. "Well, I'll take you on at a chance. I'll give you fift y cents apiece and your grub for the day." "We-'Il take it," cried Al, joyfully "Take your traps forward. You'll see an iron ladder leading down into the forward hold. Put your duds on the


PLAYING FOR MONEY. 3 :first vacant berth and help yourselves to a pair of overalls and a jumper you'll find there, and then come back here." "Come on, Burt," said Al, "follow me." "Gee! But we've struck luck after all," said Burt, as they hurried forward. "It's the fellow that strikes out who always gets there," replied AL "Here is the ladder into the hold." "Kind of dark down there." "Don't you worry about that. Wait till I get down and get rid of my grip and violin case, then you can hand me _down your baggage and I'll put it with mine. No need of us both going into the hold. I'll toss you up a jumper and a pair of overalls." 1 In less than ten minutes the boys presented themselves before the mate ready to go to work. He gave the111 an approving nod, for he saw that they look ed like strong boys. "Come here," he said. "I want you to make stalls for these two horses." The mate showed them how to accomplish the job by set ting movable stanchions up in openings cut in the beams, after which a strong rope was made fast behind the horses to prevent them from backing out of their narrow con fines. The carriage to which the animals belonged was left in the freight house to be loaded lust. When the boys :finished the job the mate pointed out a couple of hand-trucks and set them to wheeling the lighter class of freight aboard. The boys worked with a will, and, although they were strangers to the employment, they did much better than the rest of the new hands, and the mate congratulated him self on having secured their services The work went on steadily until half-past six o'clock, when all hands knocked off for breakfast, which was served at a table in the rear of the dining-room. Oatmeal, steak, rolls and coffee were served to the hands, and everybody was hungl.y enough to make a hearty meal off the plain but wholesome food. Twenty minutes was allowed for eating and then work was resumed again on the wharf and freight deck. It was not long before the early passengers appeared, and from that on they boarded the steamer in an increasing stream. 'fhe scene was a nornl and somewhat exciting one to Al and Burt, but they had little time to take notice of what was going on around them. After all the freight was aboard a crowd of Italians, who had been doing contract work in the vicinity of Albany, came on the steamer with their bags and bundles. 'l'hey gathered in a small space forward and kept up a constant jabber in their own lingo among themselves. The large gangway was hauled into the freight shed and a dccklrnnd closed the port. .c\.l and Burt were then sent on to the dock to assist in carrying the trunks and other checked baggage aboard that had accumulated at the end of the wharf. The hour for the departmc oi the boat hacl now arrived, and a few belated passengers were to be seen rushing for the gangplank, beside which stood a couple of clock-bands ready at the mateis signal to haul it back on the wharf. The last whistle blew, and then the captain, standing on the upper deck, ordered the lines to be cast off. Then FJ1e bell in the engine-room sounded, the great paddle-wheels began to revolve slowly, and the handsome big steamer moved away from her wharf and headed down the river. CHAPTER IL THE THEFT. "We're off at last," said Burt gleefully, as he and his companion, with nothing more to do, stood leaning over the bulwark forward watching the moving water and the re ceding shore "Yes, the trip has begun," nodded Al, in a tone of satis faction. ''Free passage, free meals, and fifty cents apiece for a few hours of hard work that is good for our health. We're in great luck." 'Bet your boots we are," agreed Burt. '.'We're on the road to fortune, I hope." "It's the finest road in the world if you can only hit it," said Burt. "Phil J olliby said it was as easy as rolling off a log to pick up money in Wall Street." "We've got to have $50 to spam before we can try our luck. That's the lowest sum the bank will accept ori. a mar gin deal. So the first thing we've got to do is to secure a job." "You mean two jobs--one for each of us." "Of course. The $12 that forms OUl' present capital won't go very far towards keeping us in food and lodging in the city." "Not over a week." "To-monow morning we must get a hustle on." "What time does the boat reach New York?" "Don't know, but I'll soon :find out. Wait here till I come back." Al went to the engine-room and made inquiries of the engineer. He learned that the boat was due at her first stopping place in Manhattan, foot of 129th Street, at fiye o'clock, and at Desbrosses Street, her third and last wharf, forty minutes later. He carried this information to Burt. "IYe"ll have plenty of time to hunt up a room," said his frie:rid. \\'e'll stay aboard the steamer all night, I guess," said Al. "\\e\e got to help put the freight on the dock, and that will take some time." 'I forgot about that," replied Burt ruefully. \ 'e"ll start out first thing in the morning to look up a job somewhere around Wall Street. We can find a room an v tirn e." right. Whatever you say goes., 'l'his is a fine sail down the river. I 'm feeling like a bird." Some hours passed, during which the boys discussed their prospects and the .... money they expected to make in Wall ::ltreet, then the long whistle of the steamboat announced its approach to Kingston Landing. When the lines were made fast Al and Burt were called on to lend a hand with freight and trunks bound for New York. TL.ere was little of anything to go ashore at this place.


PLAYING FOR MONEY. Between that stopping place and Poughkeepsie, on the I In a moment an ugly-looking stiletto flashed in his fist, opposite side of the river, which was reached at half-past and there was blood in his eye as he gazed around. one, the boys had their dinner with the rest of the deck-His countrymen were aroused by the intensity Qf his hands. speech, and they were at no loss to understand its meaning Close to Poughkeepsie they passed the day boat bound up at once. to Albany,.and then they went on down to Newburgh, their "There is the man who took your pocketbook," said Al, next stoppmg place pointing at the tall thief. A crowd of passengers was taken on here, and a pile of 'rhe fellow laughed sneeringly and made no effort to baggage. get away, but his companion, the short, stout chap, slipped The next landing the boat made at West Point, and the behind a pile of freight and then made off. steamer didn t stop again till she reached her wharf at "Ha!" cried the Italian. "You gotta my mon', eh? Yonkers. You O'i vea to me or I sticka you with dis and he flourAfter leaving Yonkers the boys were tired of the long trip ished 0the stiletto. and they loun?ed off on a couple of sacks not far from the "I haven t got your money," replied the rascal, coolly. bunch of '"l'hat boy who was standin' over you just now," pointing The foreigners were also wearied by the trip and were at Burt, "took it if anybody did." mostly asleep. The other foreigners who had seen Burt in the act of Those who n?t w e re lymg on their stomachs across awaking their couniTyman, began to jabber in an excited some merchandi s e wit.h th en; backs. to the b?ys. way in their native tongue. The boys w e re dozmg, with their hats tilted over their Whatever it was they said caused the robb e d Italian's eyes, when two well-dressed men approached that part of suspicions to fix themselves on Burt as the thief, and he the boat. made a grab for him. The newcomers paused and surveyed the sleepers. Burt hastily drew back and took his stand beside Al. "Which is the chap who has the money?" Al heard one "You robba me!" cried the Italian, advancing on Burt. of them say. "You givea me my mon' or I fixa you." He glanced covertly at the speaker, wondering what he "Hold on, there," ejaculated Al, stepping in front of his meant by the words. companion. "What's the matter with you, anyway? I "The fellow with the fancy straw. He's asleep, and so told you that man there took your pocketbook." are the others around him. Now is our chance," was the "No believea dat. Disa boy, he takea my mon'. My reply of the other man. friends dey seea him putta handa in my pock'. I believea Al saw the two men s oftly approach the Italian m ques-elem. N 0 believea you." hon. Matters looked pretty serious for Burt at that moment, One was tall and thm, the other husky and short. and the boy showed in his face that he realiz e d the fact. The tall man d e ftl y reached clown toward the sleepmg Al however knowing positively that th tall man was th e foreigner, insert e d hi s hand hi s jacket. and pulled real thief, pluckily by hi s friend. e out a fat black which he dropped :-nto his "Your friends did not see him do anything of the kind. pocket, after which action the two men started to wa If you don't believe me search both-this man here and my away. friend." "Well, if that isn't the nervie s t thing I ever saw," muttered Al, too astoni s hed to move for a moment. "Alla right. I searcha him fir s t said fhe Italian. Then he nudg e d Burt and s prang to hi s feet. Burt submitted to the ordeal, though it went again s t hi s "Here, Mis ter Man, he cri e d to th e thi ef. "Come, now, grain to l e t .a filthy fellow paw him over; but the r e w a s n o fetch back that pocketl:iook Do you h ear?" h e lp for it. "What's the matter, Al?" asked Burt, rubbing his eyes He hadn't taken the man's money, and of cours e i t "Robbery is the matter. Wake up that Italian in. th e c ouldn't be found on him. fancy straw hat and tell him h e 's been cl e aned out of a wal\Vhil e the Italian was feeling in Burt' s poc k ets, Al k ept let." hi.:; eye on the r e al thief, who, to his surprise, ma d e no a t "What do you mean?" demanded the tall' man, quickly tempt to escape. passing the pocketbook to his companion, unseen by Al. Then it was that he noticed that short, chunk y m a n "Who are you calling a thief?" had disappeared, and he began to have his s u s pici o n s "I'm calling you one. I saw you pinch that Italian's The Italian concluded his useless search b y lookin g i nto pocketbook." Burt's shoes. "You must be crazy!" "Now s earch that man," said Al, though h e had begun As Bob reached ove r to awak e n the Italian, two of the t() have his doubts that the money would be found on th e foreign e rs lying on th eir stoma c hs looked around, their rascal. attention attracted by the di s turbance. The tall man, with a sarcastic smile on his lip s permitted The Italian who had been robbed awoke suddenly of his the foreigner to inve gat e hi s pockets, and the result was own accord, and the first thil}g he did was to put his hand as unsatisfa c tor.)\ to Al as it was to the Italian. in his inside pocket where he carried hi s wallet. "Well, you young monl ( e y," s aid the thief, "you see you Then he jumped up wild-eyed, uttering a loud exciting were oil' your trolley. If I had taken this chap's mon e y it cry. would have been found on me, wouldn1t it?" "Somebody steala my mon'. I havea his life!" "I saw you take it, all right, for I wa!l looking right at


PLAYING FOR MONEY. you. There's no doubt in my mind now that you passed it to your companion." "I passed nothin' to him." "Then why did he make himself scarce as soon as I sug gested to the Italian to search you?" "Oh, he just walked off, expcctin' me to follow," replied the crook lightly. "You tell it well. I feel sorry for this poor man that you robbed." The Italian had been talking excitedly to his companions. He was about crazy over the loss of his money, which amounted to a considerable silln-all his savings for several months. "You letta me searcha you, too," saicl the Italian at length walking up to AL "All right. Go ahead if it will do you any good," replied the ooy good-naturedly. Of course there was no sign of the pocketbook or the money on him. The Italian then started off to hunt up the mate and tell him his misfortune. OH.APTER III. IN NEW YORK. As soon as the foreigner had gone aft, the tall, thin man turned on AL "I'll get square with you some day perhaps for the trouble you've given me," he said in a menacing tone and manner. "If I ever meet you again I sha'n't forget what I owe you, depend on it." With those words, and flashing a sinister look on Al, he turned on his heel ancl walked away. "What made you accuse him of taking the Italian's money?" asked Burt. "He clicln' t have it on him." "Not when he was searched he didn t, that was plain enough. He passed it to his friend, who took advantage of the excitement to get away." "How do you know he passed it to his companion?" "Because he must have done so, or it would have been found on him." "What makes you so certain that he had it?" "Because I saw him take it "You did exclaimed Burt, in surprise "I did." "Then why didn't you nab him at once before he could get ricl of it?" "Because I was taken by surprise, and secondly because he worked the game too <]Uickly for me to act as I probably ought to have done." "You ought to go and tell the captain about the matter." "I will. I'll do it right away." Al removed his OYeralls and started on his mission. He found a crowd n ear the baggage-room where the pas sengers had checked their grips and bundles after coming on board. The Italian and the first mate were in the center of it. The excited foreigner was telling his story and gesticu lating like a crazy man. Al pushed his way into the mob of curious passengers. "I cl),n tell you something about this robbery," he said to the mate. "Let me hear what you know about it," replied the mate. Then Al told how he had seen the tall, thin man take a fat pocketbook, that looked as if it were foll o:f money or something else, from the Italian. "There was a short, thick-set man with him, dressed in a light checked suit. I am sure he must have passed the wallet to him, though I didn't see him do it, for he allowed himself to be searched when I accused him of the theft and the pocketbook was not found on him. The man in the checked suit sneaked off during the excitement." "Will you be able to recognize that man again?" asked the mate. "Easily." "Then come with me and see if you can point him out." The mate told the distressed Italian that he would see if he could get his money back, and the foreigner with that assurance returned to his companions. Al and the mate made a tour of the boat, which was now passing Grant's Tomb in the distance; bt though they made a careful survey of the crowded boat the two rascals could not be found. It was quite possible that the boy missed them in the crowd, though he told the mate that he believed the men were hiding somewhere below. "Well," said the mate, "we mm;t watch the gangway at 129th Street. If they make no attempt to go ashore there then we'll keep a lookout at the other landings. They'll have to leave the boat at one of them. As soon as we get them we'll have them both searched together. I'll take you up to the captain now, and you can tell him your story." The captain was on the hurricane deck, as the boat' was approaching the wharf at 129th Street. After the mate had acquainted the captain with what had happened on the forward freight deck, Al made the same s tatement as he had told the mate. The skipper was greatly surprised and annoyed about the robbery. He decided that the mate's plan of watching the gangway at the landings was the only feasible way of catching the two crooks. A great difficulty presented itself to the captain, however, which was that the men had probably divided their spoil by this time and got rid of the pocketbook. In that event it would be next to impossible to prove that any money found on their persons was not their own money. If the combined sum found upon them approximated the amount stolen from the Italian it would tend, in connection with Al's statement, to establish a strong enough suspicion of their guilt to wap-ant their arrest. Whether they would be held by a magistrate afterward, as Al's story could not be corroborated, was another thing altogether. Al took his stand at the gangway at the 129th Street landing, and watched the crowd closely as it filed ashore, but the tall, thin man and his companioh were not among them: When the Forty-second Street landing was made Al watched again, without result. Finally at the last stop at Desbrosses Street the boy re newed his surveillance of the balance of the passengers, but in vain. The rascals had managed to get ashore under his eye, or


. 6 PLAYING FOR MONEY. had sneaked off from some other of the steamer with"Yes, ma'am." out attracting attention. Mrs. Bragg led the way up two flights and ushered Al When all the passenger s were ashore and Al reported his and Burt into a small back room, furnished with a bed to the c01mnander of the boat, a thorough barely large enough to accommodate two, an iron wash search was ordered. stand, a small looking glass with a plain frame, one com N othing came of it, so further action on the mattel' was rnon wooden chair, a shelf, and half a dozen hooks on the given up. back of the door to hold clothes. Al and Burt sat down to supper with the deckhands, and A well-worn carpet of cheap material covered the floor, then turned to and helped get out the freight on to the and one window, not clean, iooked out on a series of wharf. back tenement yards, croseed at all angles with clothes When the job was completed the mate came up to the lines. boys and offered them a steady ji;ib ior the season aboard "We'll take it for a week, ma'am," said Al, after a look the steamer. around, "and then maybe we'll take a better room, if you 1\1 declined his offer with thanks, saying that New York have one l eft, or move somewhere else." City was the Mecca of their hop es, and now that they had "Very well, young man. I shall want to know your arrived there they did not expect to leavf! it in a hurry. names It is also my custom to get my room rent in ad-The mate then handed them half a dollar apiece and told vance," said Mrs. Bragg them they could sleep on board the steamer that night if "Two dollars, you said, ma' am," and Al took out his they wished. limited capital. They gratefully accepted the favor, and half an hour "Yes." later both were sound asleep in a couple of bunks below He handed her two dollar bills, and gave her their deck, for they were weary after the hard work and the exnames. citement of the day. "Here is the key," she said "If you or your friend will Next n;i.orning the mate awakened them early and offered come downstairs, or you will stop on your way out, I will them a quarter apiece if they would assist in ,loading the give you a receipt for a rent of the room." up-ri ver freight aboard. "We'll stop on our way out, ma 'am," said Al. They consented and pitched in, for it meant a free break' "Here's my share of the rent," said Burt, after Mrs. fast as well. Bragg had withdrawn. The boat was advertised to leave at 8 : 20, and shortly "All right, old man," replied Al, accepting the bill. after eight Al and Burt received their quarter each, and They washed up and then Al sat on the bed and Burt on were presentl y on Canal Street walking toward Broadway. the chair. The mate had to a hou s e on one of the "Now," said Al, "I've been thinking matters over about streets rnnning n c rth.from Ca.nal where they could get lodgthe best way for us to get a start. I suggest that we try the ings by the day, week or month, and they decided to go musical dodge fir s t down in Wall Street." there first and leave their personal property. ''.You mean for us to take our instruments down there The first floor of the house in question was occupied by a and play a.round the streets for what we c an pick up?" asked small cheap grocery. Burt. Al enter e d the store and asked for Mrs. Bragg. "That's m y idea. J olliby encouraged us to do that. He He was told that the woman lived upstairs, and that he said the brokers are liberal chaps with their coin must take the side door. "It's a good scheme," replied Burt. ''I'd rather try The side door, which communicated with a dirty hallwa y that for awhile befor e taking up any kind of regular work. and a narrow flight of oil-cloth covered stairs, stood wide You and me play togeth e r in great shape I'll bet we'll open. mak e a hit down there." Al and Burt marched np to the second floor and the "I hope so. I'm anxiou s to get that spa re $50 together former knockeQ. on the first door they came to opening on so that we can get in on the market." to the dark and contracted hallway or landing. ''So am L" \ A stout woman attired in a faded wrapper ope ned the "Well, it must be after nin e o'clo c k Lefs get a mol'c door and asked them what they wanted. on. 'l'he sooner we make a start the b et ter." "Mr. Jordan, mate of the Day Line steamer Albany, rec"I'm with you," said Burt. "We ought to hav e no ommended us to come here for a furnished room," said AL trouble finding our way to Wall Street. All w e've got to "I can give you a small room for $2 a week, or a better do is reach B1'0adway and then walk downtown." one for $3. 50," replied the landlady of the house. Al nodded and the two boys, taking their instrnments "Is the $2 a week one large enough for us both?" asked from their cases, tucked them under their arms and left A l. the lodging-house whose location they took note of. "It is small, but you might make it do if you wish to economize. The other room is very much more convenient if you can afford the additiona1 price. Shall I show them to you?" "Show us the small room, ma'am," replied Al. "We haYen't much money, and we would like to get on as cheaply as possible until we can get a start in the city." "You are strangers in New York, then?" CHAPTER IV. PLAYING FOR MONEY. Al and Burt reach e d Wall Street without any difficulty. It was simply a matte r of walking straight down Broad way till they came to Trinity Church and the street was before thi;m.


PLAYING FOR MONEY. "' I "So this is Wall Street," said Burt. "This is where all the millions are made that we read and hear about. This is the :financiers' paradise and our stamping-giounds here after." The>' stopped and looked in at a money broker's window. "Gee! What a lot of money!" cried Burt, gazing open eyed at the trays of gold and silver coin struck in the mints of different nations, flanked around with paper notes from the same and other countries, together with small Japanese saucers filled with little wafer-like American gold dollars, and other freak currency. "How much do you suppose there is in this window?" he added. "Ask me something easy, Burt, and maybe I'll be able to tell you," laughed Al. "Do you think there is ten thousand dollars?" persisted Burt. "Probably. What difference does it make to us if there is? It doesn't belong to us." "Some day we may be worth as much as all this money in the w 1 indow." "I hope we'll be forth a great deal more." 1 A little further on they came to another window full of money and Burt insisted on stopping while he feasted his eyes on it. 'l'hen a third window attracted him. By that time they were close to :N' assau Street, where it begins at the corner of Wall and faces Broad Street. "'I'his is Nassau Street," said Al. "The street that Jolliby said the little bank was on," re plied Burt, with great interest. "'l'hat's right." "Let's go up and see the little bank," said Burt. "vVhars the number?" "Why, there it is yonder. You can see it from here. Twig the sign-The Nassau Street Banking & Brokerage Company." "I see it. Is that the Sub-treasury across the street?" "That's it." "Where is the Stock Exchange?" "Down Br(tld Street on this side of the way That's Broad Street over there." "It certainly is broader than either Wall or Nassau," said Burt. "One would think you'd been in New York before." "Oh, I recollect all that J olliby said about the lay of the streets hereabouts." "You've got a better head than I have, Al. Where's New Street?" "On the other side of way up towards Broadway," replied Al, pointing. "And Exchange 'Place?" "I'll show you when we come ta it." "Let's go down to the Stock Exdmnge. Can we get in?" "Not without a ticket, and then only to the gallery. J olliby told us that, if you remember." "I don't remember half he told us." "I remember e-verything be told us, or most everything. Corne along." They walked down Broad Street to the Exchange, and paused in froht of the building. Brokers, clerks and messengers were constantly going in and coming out at the main and side entrances. A continual throng of people was going up and down on the sidewalk. .. "This is as good a place as any to start up our music, said Al, walking out to thti edge of the curb. As they started to tune up they attracted instant notice. A crowd began to gather around them. Al began to play an overture and Burt chipped in with the mandolin. It was high-class music, and the crowd grew larger. The boys played with the skill and expression of accom plished rqusicians, not at all like the average itinerant street players. Every note turned up in its proper place, although they had no music to go by. They were not ear players, but had learned to read music by sight and they remembered everything about a piece after th:y had practiced it carefully a number of times, if it was not too difficult. When they stopped they were enthusiastically applauded. They were neatly attired and had intelligent, good-looking and honest faces. Apparently they were not common boys by any means. Thejr music and manners alone that fa.ct. "Off with your hat, Burt, and pass it around," said Al, suiting the ac.tion to the word. One broker was so pleased with the music that he tossed half a dollar into Al's hat, other brokers came up with a qi.rnrter each, and a part of the crowd contributed various small sums In all, the boys gathered in nearly three dollars. As they started to give an encore a detective came up and ordered them on for obstructing traffic, and they had to make a change of base. "Two dollars and seventy-eight cents isn't so bad," said Al, after counting the coin. "If we wasn't interfered with we could make a good thing with our music around here. Here is Exchange Place now." "Gee! What a narrow street." "New Street is just as bad. I noticed it while you were looking in at the money broker's window. We'll go up that way." They stopped at the corner of Exchange Place and New Street and played some selections. They drew quite a crowd, and collected over a dollar. 'l'hen they went clown New Street and played at the cor ner of Beaver Street, making a dollar and a half. They stopped at various places along making small collections. Then they walked up Hanover Street and played twice along that street. They drew a crowd at the corner of Wall Street and made two dollars. "How much have we got now, Al?" asked Burt, eagerly "You mean how much have we made since we started to play?" "Yes." Al counted the change and found that they had collected $8.50. Then took a rest until the clerks and messooge!s began going to lunch. 'rhey started up again in front of a quick-lunch house on Pine Street and sixty cents.


8 PLAYING FOR MONEY. \Then they had made $10 and something over they went into a lunch house and had something to eat. 'l'hen they wept down where the Curb brokers were hold ing forth and sprang their music on them. A big crowd gathered aro1md them in the street. '11hey opened with selections from "Robin Hood," and coll ected over $5 the first clip from the brok ers They followed that up with the "Carnival of Venice," Al furnishing variations on his instrument The brokers kept them going for some time 'l'hey made no further effort to collect, thinking they had done yery well, but a s they were walking away, nearly $5 more was pressed on them. "We'll have that $50 pretty soon at this rate," said Burt, gleefully. "Bet your life "'.e will. We've taken in over $20 since we came down here. Phil .T olliby wasn't giving us any 1 ghost story when he said the broker s were liberal." "Where will we go now?" "Up to New Street again." Accordingly to New Street they went "Let's go in here at this broker's office and give them a tune," suggested Al. "We'll get fired out as sure as you live," objected Burt. "Who says we will?" "I say so. We haven't any right to1go in there. The y might have us arrested "Go on They can't do more than ask u s to leave." "Don't try it. Let's quit for the day. Wf!ve made enough." "Well, let's go in and look around. I'd like to see what a broker's office looks like." "I'll do that, but no music, remember." "All right. We won't make a so1md." They entered the office, which was right off the street, and were taking in the outer office when a sandy-haired boy with stuck-up manners came out of the broker 's private office. He noticed the two young musicians at once. He recognized them as the boys he had seen playing on Broad Street, and it struck him that they had come in there to play, too. "Well, if they haven't a nerve!" he muttered. "I'll soon g!ve them the bounce." With that he walked up to Al in a threatening way. "HE!re, you two, take a sneak, will you? We won't have no fakirs in here." "Who are you calling street fakirs?" demanded Al, in dignantly. "You. I seen you playin' in front of the Exchange, and a cop moved you on." "Well, don't worry, we didn't come in here to play," said Al. "I'll bet you didn't. Get out or I'll kick you out." "I don t think you will. It w o uldn't be healthy for you to try it," answered Al in a resolute tone. "What's that?" roared the san dy-headed boy. At that moment a P_retty girl came out of the private room. She stopped and watched the altercation. Al gave th e youth a half contemptuous look. "Are you the boss of this office?" he asked sa rca s tically. "No, I ain't the boss. Are you gom' to get out?" Al gave him another look, and turning to his companion s:;iid: "Come on, Burt, I guess we'll retire or something might happen." As they turned toward the door the office boy gave Al a rude shove which nearly caused him to drop his violin. Al turned like a fl.ash and struck his aggressor a heavy blow in the face which badly damaged his left optic. The youth uttered a loud outcry which brought the broker from his office. "I'll fix. you for that!" snarled the office boy, shaking his fist at Al. "What's the meaning of this racket?" Mr. Parker, grabbing Al by the arm. "He slugged me in the eye," whined the sandy-haired messenger. "That boy is not to blame," said Bessie Brown, coming forward. "Clarence Burns was the aggressor." "What did you do to this lad, Clarence?" asked the broker. "Told 'em to get out with their music, and then that feller hit me. "Will you permit me to explain, sir?" asked Al. "Certainly. I recognize you and your companion now as the boys who played such :fine music in front of the Ex change this morning." "And I recognize you, sir, as the gentleman who gave me fifty cents," replied Al politely. "l take this opportu nity to thank you for your liberality." CHAPTER V. LUCK STRIKES A.LA D BURT. "Come into my private office," sa id the broker beamingly. "I'd like to talk with you both. You can explain there the trouble you had with my The gentleman, to Clarence Burns' su rprise and disgu s t, led the young musicians into his sanctum. "Now you may t e ll me why you found it necessary to strike Burns," he said to Al, motioning the boys to seats Al told him how he and his companion, who were st ran gers in the city, had entered his office just to look around and see what a broker's office looked like. While were doing this, he went on, the sandy-headed boy came out into the room, called them street fakirs and ordered them out of th e office in a very in sulting way. "As we didn t care to create trouble," added Al, "we i:;tarted to go when that boy followed me up and gave me a shove toward the door, causing me to almost drop my violin. I am not accustomed to take that kind of treatment from anybody, so I about and str uck him in the face. That's the whole story, sir ." "I must that my messenger is not a very polite hoy," said the broker. "I accept your statement as the truth and will apologize for him." "It isn t necessary, kir. I suppose we had no right to en ter your office merely out of curiosity." 'You were perfectly welcome to do it. Now will you oblige me with y our names?" "Yes, sir Mine is Al Britton and my friend's name is Burt Hale." "And my name is Forest Parker. Now we are ac-.


PLAYlNG FOR MONEY. 9 quainted. You are both excellent performers on your in struments. I am a good judge oi music, and I know that you can play stanclard airs in splendid style. Undoubtedly you are not ordinary street players. Will you tell me how you came to adopt that mode of earning a living?" "we only started in at it this morning. rrhat was the :first time we played in public when you saw us in front the Exchange," replied Al. "The first time!" ejaculated the broker, somewhat sur prised. "Yes, sir. We only arrived in the city from Albany last night. We worked our way down the river as deckhands on the Day Line boat Albany." "Well, well; is that so? So you both hail from Albany, eh?" "We do to a certain extent. We met each other in that town, and roomed there together." "You have parents, have you not?" "No, sir. Neither has Burt. We're orphans, turned out on the world to hoe our own way. And we're going to do it. We came to New York to make money, and judging by what we've earned to-day I think we'll come out all right." "Do you expect to keep this street playing up?" "For awhile, yes." The broker shook his heacl. "I should not advise you to do it. To all appearances you have been well brought' up. Your conversation shows that you have enjoyed at least a good common school eclucation. You haYe both a fine talent for music, and it i's fairly well developed, as well as could reasonably be expected at your age. Now, how would you like to enter Wall Street at the bottom of the ladder and work yourselves up?" "We should like it very well indeed,'' replied Al. "Well, I've been thinklr\g for some time of getting rid of my boy, Clarence'. He has been with me only about six but he acts as though he the office. I am tired of his methods. I have now made up my mind to ship him at the end of the week, so if you want to step into his shoes just say so and the position is yours "Thank you, Mr. Parker, I shall be glad to take it if you have decided to get a new boy; but how about my friend, Burt? Do you think you could do anything for him?" "I think I can," replieJ the gentlem "A particular friend of mine, a Wall Street broker, is about to lose his mes s enger. I will give your friend a note of recommenda tion to him, and he can call on him right away." Burt thanked Broker Parker on his own behalf. ''That's all right, my lad. I always like to boost a good ..:anse. Now, Britton, you and your friend had better de vote your time between this and next Monday morning to learning the lay of the land and the ins ancl outs of the financial district, so as to be ready to take hold at once. You had better report here Saturday noon as I want to give you a general idea of your duties, and let you know what will be expected of you "All right, sir. I'll be on hand," repliecl Al. The broker teturned to his desk, wrote a letter of intro duction and recommendation for Burt to present to Wil liam Smith, stock broker, of No. Wall Street, and handed it to him. "Now, before you go, you boys might play me something in your best vein. I am very fond of music, that is, good music, and as business is over for the day, as far as I am concer:o._ ed, I can stand a little light recreation Just' then there came a lmock at the door. "Come in," said the broker Whereupon the doOJ opened and William Smith walkecl in. I "You've come just in time, Smith, to hear some fine music. Before you begin, young man," he added to Burt, "allow me to introduce you to Mr. Smith, the gentleman for whom the note I gave you is intended. Hand it to him now." Burt got up and passed the envelope to the newcomer. "What's this?" asked Smith, somewhat puzzled. "It's a note introducing that boy to you," said. Parker. "I. want you to give him a trial as messenger. You told me that you were looking around for a new one Smith glanced over the note. "Call at my office in the morning about half past nine, and I will talk to yo'1," he said to Burt. "Very well, sir," repliecl Al's chum. ''.Now, then, we'll have the music, that i unless you've something particular to say to me, Smith." "No, I merely dropped in to see if you were reacly to go uptown.'' "W011 go as soon as these artists have obliged," replied Parker. "This one," indicating Al, "I've just engaged as messenger to replace Clarence Burns, who has got to think that he's doing me a great favor by carrying my notes around the district As I have no use for such an ornament in. my office, why, he's got to go Now, then, my boys, we're ready to listen to you." After a consultation with his chum Al started up Men delssohn's "Spring Song." He played it, with some assistance from Burt, in :fine style, and at its conclusion the two brokers applauded him without stint. Th; two boys then played "Suwanee River" with great expression, an cl finished thefr performance with "Home, Sweet Home." 'I'he clerks in the office did very little work while the music was going on, for it was certainly very taking. Clarence Burns missed it, for he hacl gone home early, but he wouldn't have appreciated it if he had heard it. He also misRed getting notice of his bounce until the I following morning The -two brokers thanked the boys for their artistic per formance, and then the lads made their bows and departed. "Gee! But we have fallen into great luck," said Burt. aR soon as thet were on the street once more "You've got a joh with Mr. Parker, and the chances are that I will catch on with Mr. Smith. Things couldn't have turned out better for us. It was a fortunate thing that we walked into that office." "You mean it was a fortunate thing that Clarence Burns acted the way he did towards us-especially me. That drew Mr. Parker's attention to us and the rest followecl. You're as good as hired by Mr Smith, so we may both consider ourselves anchored in the Wall Street district We'll soon learn the ropes, and after a little while we'll be in a position to make our first venture on the stock market." The boys found their way back to Mrs. Bragg's house


10 FOR .M:ONEY off Canal Street, but before going to their room they took their supper at a nearby restaurant. l changed his pocketful of loose coin at the restaurant for bills, and then divided the day's earnings with Burt. Each now had a little over $15 apiece, and that was more sufficient to carry them oYer to their first pay daJ:. When they reached their room they placed the cases con t aining lheir instruments under the bed, then they turned in for a good night's rest. CHAPTER VI. AL STANDS NO NONSENS:E. At n i n e o'c.ock next morning the bci;s walked down to W all Street. They got down in time Burl to call at Mr. Smith's office, which was on the second floor o.f a new office building. Al waited in the corridor downstairs for his chum to re turn, which he did after an absence of fifteen minutes. "How did you make out-all right?" asked Al. Yes. I'm hired on trial; but I'm going to make good if I break a leg." "That's the way to talk, old man. You'll come out all right. What did he ha Ye to say to you?" Burt gave him the sub s tance of his interview with Broker Smith. "Well, now we' ll follow Mr. Parker's suggestion and get a c q uainted with the financial district." The boys spent a good part of the day walking around t he neighborhood, getting acquainted with the names and l ocations of the more important office buildings, where they j udged they would have to carry notes. Then they walked down to the Battery and wound up the afternoon there. Next day they made themselves familiar with the streets a s far up as the Brooklyn Bridge, and eastward to the river. T h e ,following day was Saturday, and at noon Al reported t o M r. Parker' s office for instructions H e met Clarence Burns iace to face and the latter gave him a deep scowl. Half an hour later when he left the office Clarence was waiting for him outside. "So you had me fired, did you?" snarled the late mes senger in a i:.Gne of hate. "And you've taken my place, too. Well, you'll wish you hadn't butted in here before you re a week older Without waiting for a reply, Clarence turned his back on Al and walked away "What was the matter with him?" asked Burt, coming up. "Got a grouch on because he's lost his job, and he's got his dagger into me because I've taken his place,'' replied Al. "He can't blame you for taking his position, for he would haYe lost it, anyway, whether you took the job or not." "He doesn't look at it in that light.". ''What did he say to you?" Al told him. 'He intends to try and get baek at you. Don't you care. Just you keep your eyes skinned for him, and if he tries on any funny business with you lay him out in a way that he won't forget in a hurry, then he'll let you alone in the future." "He won't catch me off my guaru i.f I can help myself, bet your boots. If he tries on any monkey shines he'll wish he didn't, you can gamble on that," said Al in a tone that showed he would take no nonsense from Clarence Burns, or any one else. Al and Burt started in ae messengers at their Tespective offices .on Monday morning at nine o'clock. Both were full of ambition to get ahead, and before the week was out had made themselves solid with their bosses. On Saturday morning when PaTker and Smith met at the Exchange, the latter said : "That boy you recommended to me is a jewel. He is as polite as a dancing-master and. as bright as a lark. I like him very much. "Glad you're satisfied with him, Smith. His com)?anion, Al Britton, who succeeded my late messenger, is a corker and no mistake Judging from his WOTk so far I wouldn't exchange him for any boy in Wall Street." "For strangers in New YoTk they've caught on uncom monly quick," said Smith. ''That's right. My boy has the district down as as silk. He hasn't lost any time in getting around, and he hasn't made a mistake in deliveTing a message.'' "Same with young Hale. He's there every time with both feet." "We have good Teason to congratulate ourselves on such valuable acquisitions to our offices. Well, Smith, what do you think about P & D this morning?" Smith said he thought the stock was slated for a boom, and the two brokers proceeded to figUTe up the outlook of the market. While they were talking together on the floor, the two new messengers who were giving them so much satisfaction were out on errands. Like two fleet-footed Mercuries on the wing they were both annihilating time and space in the interest of their employers Al bounced into the office of GeoTge Floyd, a broker in the Mills Building, with an important message. He was admitted to the private office where he found the gentleman busy at his desk. 'l'he broker looked at him and then tore open the cnYelope and read the message. "Have you tal'-'U the place of that sandy-haired boy who has been carrying messages for PaTlrnr for some time?" "You mean Clarence Burns? Yes, sh," replied Al politely. "Humph! You seem to J:>e an improvement on him at any rate. I never cou l d see how Parker stood for him. I wouldn't have him in my office as a gift. What's your name?" "Al Britton." The broker scribbled something on a pad, tore off the sheet, enclosed it ill an envelope, addressed it and handed it to Al. "There's your answer," said Floyd. "By the way, do you smoke?" "Smoke, sir!" exclaimed Al in surprise. '' Yes--cigareites. I notice most of the messengers do.'' "No, sir." "Haven't acquired the habit yet, then?" "No, sir; and don't expect to.'


PLAYING FOR MONEY. 11 "Good for you. Stick to that resolution if you can." "I mean to." "If you ever take to smoking-when you get older, I mean-get a pipe." "I hope to get along without a pipe, sir, or even cigars." "You'll be an exception to the rule i you do. Good morning." Al hurried back to his office, and on his arrival the cashier told him to take the note around to the Exchange and deliver it to Mr. Parker. The boy lost no time in doing so. When he reached the messengers' entrance he inquired :for his employer and an attache went out on the floor to find Mr. Parker There were a number of messengers waiting to deliver notes to brokers. One of them, a tough-looking, red-headed bo'y, looked at Al pretty hard. "Are you the feller who got Clarence Burns fired?" he said rudely. "I'm not aware that I had any hand in his discharge," replied Al coolly. "He said you did "I'm not re s ponsible what he says."' "It's against the rules down here for a boy to get another bounced." ""What rules ?" "Our rules." "What do you mean"'by 'our rules?'" "Don't get too lippy, young feller. You'll find 'em out soon enough. You're on the blacklist." "Am I?" smiled Al. "We'll give you a week to resign from your job." ''A week?" replied Al with another smile. "Yes, a week. D'ye unC.erstand ?" said the red-headed boy offensively. "No, I don't un derstancl. Ii you're a friend of Burns and are trying to intimidate me, you're only wasting your breath. I'm in Wall Street to stay." "Oh, you're goin' to stay, are you?" "That's what I said." "Have you got any particular hospital you'd like to be sent to?" "Have you?" "Look here, I'll punch you in the snoot if you get gay with me!" sai d the reu-headed boy angrily. "You must be a person of some importance from the way you talk." "You wait till I catch you .outside somewhere handy and I'll show you who and what I am." }-, l s ized the insolent : r outh up and decided that he was a hard proposition, but he wasn't afraid of hini, jus t the same. "Very well," he replied quietly, "if you're looking for trouble I can't help it." "Maybe you think you can lick me?" said the other ag gressively. "I'm not giving the matter any thought." "I can knock the stuffin' out of you with one hand, and I'm goin' to do it." "Do you try to pick a fight with every new. boy down here?" "None of your business. You're a fresh guy and you' ll get all that' s comin' to you. Understand?" At that moment Mr. PaJ;ker came to the railing and Al han'ded him the envelope he got from Broker Floyd. He read it and dismissed Al with a nod. Al turned to leave the building when the red-headed boy suddenly put out his foot and the young messenger tripped over it. Quick as a fl.ash Al wheeled around and planted his fist in the fellow's eye, and :followed it up with a blow from his other fist in the jaw. The red-headed boy went down in a heap on the floor. Knowing that the Exchange was no place to engage in a scrap, Al walked quickly outside and hastened back to hi q office. CHAPTER VII. AL AND BESSIE BROWN. At half-past twelve Al got his first pay envelope from the cashier. Mr. Parker hadn't told him what wages he was to get, so Al opened the envelope with some curiosity. It contained seven dollars. "'l'hat's isn't so bad. I had an idea it might he :fhe or six. I guess I can live on seven dollars a week. I hope Burt gets as much." At one o'c19ck all hands were read y to leave the office and began to depart, singly and in pairs. As Al put on his hat Bessie Brown came out of the counting-room on her way home. She stopped and looked at Al with a smile. "How do you like your work?" she asked him. "First-rate, Miss B essie. I'm trying my best to give sat isfaction." "I heard you were doing very nicely." "I'm glad to hear that. It encourages a fellow to keep up to the mark." "You're a great improvement on Clarence Burns." "Thank you :for the compliment." "I liked him. He annoyed me a great deal. Hung around my desk when I was busy, and pestered me with his talk, which was very silly." "I will try not to imitate him." "I don't think you could. I shall be glad to .talk to you once in awhile when the opportunity occurs. Whenever you have anything to say to me don't be afraid to come in and say it. I am usually at liberty between half-past twelve and one. I eat mv lunch in the office. We can have a little chat together when you are not busy yourself." "I may some time take advantage of your kind permis sion, Miss Bessie. I should like to know you better." "Should you?" she laughed. "'rhe feeling I think is mutual." "If I should llore you, just give me the hint and I'll make myself scarce." "I am sure there is no danger of that." "You can't tell until you've had the chance to judge." "Oh, yes, I can. There is something about you that assures me we shall be good friends." "I shall be very glad if we become so, Miss Bessie. I'm a


PLAYING FOR MONEY. comparative stranger in the c ity. I've only one friend, t hat's my chum, Burt Hale "You're an excellent performer on the violin, ariln't you?" I can play a little D on' t tell me that. I heard you the first da:Y you came into the office playing for Mr Parker and Bioker Smith. I was very much impressed by your music, and so was every body else in the office. "You miistn't give me all the credit. Burt can play the mandolin as well as I can violin." "I prefer the violin to the mandolin. At any rate, you pl ayed the 'Spring Song' almost wholly yourself, and I may say it was fine indeed heard it played in Chickering Hall by a notetl professional, and I may say th'at I admired your rendition almost as well as his." ''I'm afraid you're flattering me," laugh e d Al, with an admiring look at the pretty stenographer. "Not at all. I always say what I n}ean. Well, I'll have -to start for home now. Don't fail to come in and see me during lunch time whe n you have the chance." "Thank you, I will," replied Al, rai s ing his hat as she passed out into New Street. When he followed he saw Burt waiting for him on the other side of the way. There was also a small crowd of boys a few steps away, prominent among whom was the boy with the red hair. His right eye was in mourning from the blow athninis tered by Al at the Exchange, and he looked ugly enough to sour milk. Clar e nce Burns was also in the group, and he didn't look plea sant, eithe r Burt ran across to meet AL "I'm afraid you're in for trouble," he said to his chum "How so?" Al asked him. "Clarence Burns and his crowd appear to be waiting for you." "I' see them. Do you notice that big chap with the red hair?" "Yes. He's got a black eye and looks tough "I gave him that eye." "You did!" Burt in surprise. "I did, and in the Exchange entrance, too." "My gracious! When did you do it?" "A couple of hours ago.'' "How did you come to have trouble with him?" Al explained what had occurred between him and the tough lad. "'rhen he and the o t h ers have come here to have it out with you." "I sha ll avoid a fight if I can. If it's forced on me I guess I can take care of myself, but if more than c n e o f them tackles me I look to you to back me up "I'll do it." "Come on, then. We' ll walk up to Wall." The boys started 'rhe crqwd on the o ther side appeared to be waiting for them to make a move. As soon as they saw which way Al and his chum were heading they crossed over to intercept them At the same moment an officer in p l ain c lothes-one of the Wall Street detectives of the district-came out of an office builfling. I He regarded Clarence Burns and his bunch with some suspicion, and stopped to see where. they were going. The red-headed youth walked up to Al, who, with Burt, stopped and looked at him "I'm goin' to give you the bigg st lickin' you ever got in your life," he said :fiercely, shoving his clenched fist toward s Al's face. "Smash him, Curley!" cried one of his crowd. "Kick the st u!lin' out e r him !" said another. "Paste him in the snoot !" advised another excited lad. "Let me get a1t him, too!" said Clarence, pushing forward. The red-headed boy, whose name was Mike Finn, but familiarly known as Curley, proce eded to carry out his threat. What he lack e d in c ience he made up in strength and ferocity, but Al had tak e n boxing lC'ssons from a professor in hi s native town, and being as strong and active as a small wildcat, he was fully a match for hi s h eavie r aggressor. Ther e was a quick exchange of blows betlveen them, Al's knuckles flattening out Curley's nose, and then the detective took a hand in the scrimmage The crowd scattered and ran up and down the street, all except Finn and Burns. The officer had both of them by th e collar of their jack ets "It's the stat ion-house for both of you chaps. Do y ou wis h to :rnake u charge of assault against them?" he ask ed Al. "No," replied th e youn g messenger. "What's the trouble between yon and these boys ?" "They're down on me for reasons of their own. This one, whose name is Clarence Burns, was discharged from Broker Parker's office la st Saturday. I took his place, and he' s got it in for me for that reason. The other fellow is one of hi s friends who has taken up his cause, and threat-' cned to do me up unless I gave up my position. Tl}at' s the basis of the whole trouble." have you to say to that?" asked the looking at Curley and Burns alternately "N othin'," replied Finn, sulkily Clarence remained silent with a scared look on hi s face. "Well I'm going to lock you both up for di st urbing the peace," said the oflicer. Burns began to whimper at that, while Curley looked defiant. "Better let them go, officer, if they'll prom,ise to let me alone in the future," said Al. "Will you promise to behave yourselves her eafter?" asked the detective. "Remember, I'll have my eye out for you." \ Clarence was willing to promise anything to get off, but it went again,st Finn's grain to make any concessions. He saw he'd have to mak e i.he promise or go to the sta tion, so he did so with very bad grace. "If I catch you laying for this lad again I'll put you through, both of you," said the detective! sternly, as he re leased them. "Now, make yourselves scarce." They took advantage of the chance 1io get away froin the spot as fast as possible, but both registered a vow to get even with Al at ome other time and place. Al and Burt then continu e d on to Wall Street and thence to Broadway, where they took a car for uptown.


f PL:A YING FOR MONEY. 13 They :were going to hunt up a better lodging-house than Td get a couple of to provide the music for danc the one off Canal.Street, which was not just to their liking. ing'. I'll give you boys $5 if you"ll come up with me, and They found a very comfortable room on West Twentyplay for the company." sixth Street for $3.50 per week, and they took it. Al looked at his chum and saw that he was willing to It was between Broadway and Si.xth Avenue, thus being accept the offer. convenient to the e levated railway or the street cars. "How long will we have to play?" asked Al. An hour later they had removed their personal belong"Not late1'. than one o'clock. 'Say from nine till one, with ings to their new home. an hour 's intermission for supper.'' "We'll accept," said Al. CHAPTER VIII. "Good. -I' ll take you up with me, and I'll give you the money before we start." AL AND BURT GET IN ON THE MARKET WITH SATISFACTORY Evans then told Al that he could put them in the way of RESULTS. making extra money with their in struments, and Al replied Al had not been a month in Parker's office ere he was pretty thoroughly posted about the operations going on down in Wall Street. H;e had improved on the good impression he made on his employer during the first week, and the broker told Smith that he wouldn't lose him for a farm. He also made himself a pr"ime favorite with the cashier and clerks in the counting-room, and particularly with Brown. The two became very sociable, and Al often brought in a couple of sandwiches and a piece of pie in order to eat with the stenographer One day he brought her in a pound box of chocolates and presented it to her. "Aren't you good," she said, flashing a coquettish glance at him that fully repaid him for the money he had laid out on the candy. He laughed and walked away, for Mr. Parker rang for him at that moment. Al now began to see chances to make a little money in the stock market, but he and Burt had not been able to save up the important $50 as yet. They found that it took about every cent of their $7 wages to cover their weekly expense account. Outside of that their combined capital amounted to $32. How to raise that to the coveted $50 was a problem that they couldn't solve. They attracted some attention at their lodgings by the sweet music they drew from their instruments of an even in g when they didn t go out. One evening a wholesale clerk named Frank Evans, who occupied the front square room on their floor, knocked at their door while they were playing and walked in. at their invitation. He had already made their acquaintance through meet ing them on the stairs. "You play such fine music that I took the liberty of butting in on you to hear it more plainly. Are you profes sionals?" "Oh, no; we just play to amuse ourselves We w ork in Wall Street." "Indeed! Well, you play as good as professionals Will you let me hear something in the dance music line?" Al and Burt struck up one of Strauss's waltzes. "That was fine," said Evans, when they finished. "Can you play music for a square dance?" Al said they could. "Say, a cousin of mine who lives in a private house up town is going to give a party next week, and I promised her that they'd be gJad of the chance, as they were trying to save llp their money for a certain purpose. On thj following \Vednesday evening Al and Burt accom panied Evam to his cousin's home on Eighty-third Street, and played there the evening 'rhey were tre ated ver y nic e l y and made quite a hit. Evans go.t th em a n engagement at a politi ca l club on the following Saturday, ancl th1:;y received $6 for the night. Ins iJe of the next two w eeks they added another $10 .to theil' capital, which now amounted to $53. Al now began to watch the market closer than ever. It wasn't long b efo re h e ove rheard a couple of brokers in an office he visited with a note talking about a combination of capitalists that had been formed to boom L. & M. stock The shares w ere jus t then selling low in the market owing to a recent decline all along the line. Al and Burt consulted and the result was that next day Al went up to the little bank on Nassau Street and bought five shares of the stock on a 10 p e r cent. margin, at 46, putting up the $50 as margin. Thereafter both boys watched the tape in their re spec tive offices whenever they got the chance, and few days later the stock began to rise slow ly. A week from the time they bought it th!=l price had gone to 52. I Next day it made a sudden jump to 54, soon after the Exchange opened, and great excitement ensued on the floor. The traders began falling over thcmsel ves in their efforts to buy it, and under this impetus it went right up to 60 that day. B y noon next day it was going at 65, and Al began to think it was time to sell out. When he was called into the private office to take a note to a broker on Wall Street, he heard Mr. Parker' tell a who was with him that h e had better sell out his holdings in L. &. M., as the price was liable to tumble any moment. That convince_5 Al that he couldn't get rid of the five shares any too quick. After delivering the note to the broker in Wall Street he rushed up to the little bank and ordered the five shares sold at once. It was done inside of fifteen minutes, and an hour later lJ. & M. took on a slump that brought a small panic about on the Exchange. Al didn't care, for he knew that he and his chum were out of it, and that their profits amounted to about $100 after all the expenses ha,d been deducted On the following morning he received the bank's check


14 PLAYING FOR MONEY. for $151, which included the $50 he had put up for the margin. "'l'his is a good beginning, at any rate," he said to him se lf, with a feeling of great satisfaction. "Burt and I are now worth $15 We'll able to buy 15 sha res next time a good thing co'mes our way. Phil J olliby didn't say anything but the truth when he told us that money could be easily made in Wall Street. This $101 we've made off of L. & M is the easiest money we ever made. Just like finding it. I'd like to tell Bessie, but I guess I won't. On mattei:s of business it is best to keep a still tongue. It is better not to get into the habit of talking too much. Some people, however, can talk a whole lot and say very little, which is next door to saying nothing at all. When I go to the bank to-day io cash this check I guess I'll take out a certificat e of deposit instead of the cash I don't believe in keeping money around our room. You nev e r ca! tell but some light-fingered individual might get in1there and sneak off with it. The certificate I can eeal up in an e nvelo ne, address it to myself and put it in the office safe 1.mtil the time comes when I shall_, 'ant to use it, then it will be ac' eessible at a moment's notice." Al carried that plan out' and told Burt that afternoon on their way home what he had don e with their united capital. "All right," replied Burt. "Whatever you Ro suits me." A few day s afterward he overh ear d two of the clerks in the office talking about 0. & W. "You can take th, e tip straight from me that it's going up in a few days,., said one of them, whose name was Richards. "How do you know it is?" asked the other, a dapper young chap named Curtis. "I got the pointer from, the secretary of the company," repli ed Richards. "That's all right; but can you depend on it?" "I can. I've done many a favor for Williams, and he handed me the tip to kind of square the score." "What is going to cause the stock to rise?" "I couldn't tell you. Williams wouldn't give that away. All he told me was to put every cent I could rake togeth er on 0. & W. It is going at 82 now. He advised me to hold on to it till it reached par, or a point or two above, and then get rid of it. So, if you can raise a few hundred dollar s I advise you to take advantage of this chance to double your money." The clerks talked about the stock a while longer and then returned to their work. Al thought over what he had just heard, and the result of his deliberations was that he got his envelope out of the safe, extracted his certificate of deposit, and at the first chance he got that day he went to the little bank and bought 15 shares of 0. & W. at 82. Inside of two days it began to rise, and a week l.ater it passed par, amid great excitement on the Exchange. Al then ordered 15 shares sold, and that afternoon reported the fact to Burt. "How much profit will we make?" asked his chum. "I figure that it went at a fraction above 101. That will give us $19 a share profit, or something over $280." "That's fine," replied Burt. "We'll have a capital 0 over $400 as soon as you collect the money from the bank." "Yes, close on to $450." "We're doing well, aren't we?" "Sure as yon live, old man. We 'll $G more to morrow night playing at the entertainment of the Star Lodge, B. Y F. C K othing like having things come y

PLAYING FOR MONEY. 15 ceeded in cfl'ecting a corner, and after that the poQ.l had things all its own way. The price soared right up to 95, and the newspapers said that it would go above par in a clay or two. 'rhey proved to be good prophets, for inside of hvo days it was quoted at 102. "'I guess we'll sell out," said Al to Burt, when the._ boys came together that afternoon. "The stock looks top-heavy to me. The insiders, judging from the amount of sales recorded to-day, are cashing in. We don't want to be caught in the shuffle, you know." Burt agreed that a bird in the hand was worth several dozen in the bush, so Al left his order to sell at the bank as they went home. When he got the bank's statement and check he saw that the stock had been sold for 102 1-8, and that their profit amounted to $1,085 Their combined capita l now amounted to $1,525. Al took out a certificate of deposit for $1,500 and divided the $25 between himself and Burt. "We're coming to the front fast, Al," said Burt, as they sat in their room that evening after their return from a Sixth A venue "I tell you $1,500 is a whole lot of money for ns two to be worth, and we've made it all in a short time, too." "And we cnn lose it all in a much shorter time if we don't look out," replied Al, with a chuckle. "I hope JVC won't," answered Burt, with a startled look. "I hope we won't, too; but the more I learn about the stock market the bigger a game of chance it seems to me. People are coming into our office every day with their little wads, and going out again shortly after in debt to the office. 'rhe people who win I can count on my fingers, while the men who lose I couldn't possibly keep track of. When I come to think the mattet over seriously the luck we have had in our three deals rather dazes me." "Yes, we've been lucky, all right," replied Burt. "I hope we may continue in the same rut until we add at least three more noughts to the figures that at present represent our working capital." "'l'hree more noughts!" cried Al, with a whimsical smile. means that y_ou have a million and a half in your mmd. There's nothmg slow about you, I feel bound to ad mit." "A fellow can't be slow in Wall Street and expect to win out." "That's no lie, bet your life. A bank account of three quarters of a million apiece would be a very comfortable balance to have to call upon. May we get there some day is also the wish of yours truly." Although Al and Burt kept their eyes and ears o:r;i. the lookout for another winning tip, not the ghost of one turned up. Booms came and booms went, leaving shoals of unfortu nate "lambs" high and dry on the lee shore of Wall treet, and but few with pocketbooks of increased size, and yet that $1,500 certificate of deposit still roosted in Mr. Parker's untouched. The two boys had now been over eight months in New York, and what they didn't know about the stock market and Wall Street methods) in their own opinion. would have made a small book. One spring morning Al was hustling up Exchange Place on hia way back to his office on New Street. He was coming from the Exchange, where a big boom had suddenly collapsed, and a panic of no small proportions had set in. Never before had Al seen the floor in such an uproar as it was that morning. The brokers were acting like a lot of lunatics in the yar d of an asylum who had got into a general scrap. over some thing. The noise they made was simply deafening, and could be heard away out on Broad Street. 'rl1e reverberation made by the Falls of Niagara was scarcely in, it with them. Fortunes were swept away every few minutes, and the losers staggered around dazed by their losses, while the winners, those on the short side, displayed their glee in ghoulish yells that shattered the echoes of the big building Among the brokers who had been caught in the slump that morning was Seymour Atherton He was a stout, pompous-looking man, believed to be_ quite wealthy. He had lost his customary pompous look when he is1mec1 from the Exchange and took his way up Exchange Place right ahead of Al. He now looked like a man who had l ost all interest in life, for he had lost heavily on D. P. & Q.-110 one could say how much, in fact, he didn't know himself. Almost reeling like a drunken man he staggered b<:ck to his handsome office in the Vanderpool Building, muttering incoherently to himself. Suddenly he stopped, clapped one of his hands to his forehead and swayed from side to side. "My gracious!" exclain1ed Al, who knew the broker well. "What's the matter with Mr. Atherton?" The broker staggered a few feet seemed about to fall. Al sprang forward, put one arm around his waist and tried to support him. Atherton was a heavy weight, and too much for the boy to sustain when his gave way under him. With a groan he sank in an lmconscious state to the sidewalk. Several brokers and other spectators of the incident rushed forward to see what was the matter, and a crowd soon collected about Al and Mr. Atherton. Among those who appeared to be uncommonly solicitous about the unconscious broker's condition was a tall, thin man. His anxiety, however, seemed to be chiefly confined to the pockets of the strickeri. gentleman, but in the excitement no one seemed to notice the fact. "Somebody ought to 'phone for a doctor or an ambu lance," suggested Al. "That's right," said one of 1the brokers preQent. "I'll run into my office here and communicate with the nearest hospital." As he pushed his way through the crowd Al's eye rested momentarily on the tall, thin :rpan. He recognized him in a moment as the individual who had lifted the Italian's pocketbook on the Day Line steamer .Lllbany and got awaj; with it. J u8t now the tall was repeating the saml3tlf.Jperatio


16 PLAYING FOR MONEY. on the insensible broker, for the boy saw him pulling a Al had reduced that space by one-half when the crook wallet out of the hip pocket of the prostrate man. reached the corner of New Church Street. "You thief!" muttered AL "I'm on to you." "Stop thief!" roared Al once more. As the crook started to make his way from the crowd the The tall man rushed around the corner and slap into the young messenger did likewise, close at his heels. arms of a big policeman. As soon as the rascal had extricated himself he started Before either recovered from the shock of the impact the toward N e;\r Street. boy was beside them. Al caught up with him at the corner. "Catch that man!" cried Al, making a dive for the ras"Hold on a moment," said the boy, grabbing him by the cal's arm. "He's a thief." arm. The officer grabbed the fellow by his jacket, and in anThe fellow turned with a guilty start. other moment Al also had hold of him by the arm. "What do you want?" he growled, seeing that it was only 'rhe crook put up a desperate resistance, but the cop a boy who had stopped him. alone was more than his master "I want that wallet you took from that gentleman's hip Finally h e yielded sullenly, and furtively tossed the wal pocket just now/' replied Al, resolutely let into the gutter "What do you m ean, you young fool?" he snarled, with Al's sharp eyes followed the movement, and he quickly a venomous glance. "Do you think J am a thief??' recovered the pocketbook. "No, I don't think so-I know you are.'1 "There's the evidence of his guilt,'' sai. the messenger, "How dare you accuse me of such a thing?" holding the wallet up. "He tried to get rid of it, but he "Because I saw you take it. It isn't the first time, either, wasn't sharp enough for me." that you've lifted a pocketbook in my presence, though Al then told his story briefly to the policeman, giving his managed to get away all right the other time." own name and business address ''You little liar!" roared the crook, raising his hand and The officer decided that the accused would have to go to striking Al a heavy blow across the face that sent him stag the Church Street station, and the boy accompanied them gering back to the corner building. to make the charge. When Al recovered from the blow the tall, thin man was The sergeant at the desk heard Al's statement and then making of!' down New Street at a fast walk. asked the crook what he had to say for himself. Al was a plucky boy, and he didn't propose to be shaken. The fellow refused to say anything, so his pedigree was off if he could help it. taken down on the blotter and he was locked up to be sent Aside from the present bare-faced robbery, he had it in to the police court for examination before a magistrate. for the tall crook for the affair on the steamer Albany. Al, satisfied that he had done the right thing, hurried So he staded after the man on the run. back to his office where he explained the cause of his long The saw him coming and took to his hee l s at once, absence to Mr. Parker. for he did not want to abandon his prize, and as l ong as he The broker complimented him on his pluck and sent him h ncl it 011 his person there was trouble ahead for him if he around to Atherton's office to see how the trader was, anc1 turned over to the police. to tell him that the police were in possession of his pocketbook and the thief as well. CHAPTER X. AL GETS A PRESENT AND HE AND BURT MAKE ANOTHER HAUL IN THE MARKET. "Stop thief!" shouted Al.. "Stop that man!" New Street between Exchange Place and Beaver Street was not overburdene

/ PLAYING FOR MONEY. was believed to be Jake Stahl, though he gave another name at the time of his arrest. In due time he was tried, was defended by a lawyer pro vided by his friends, but was convicted and got three years up the river. As Al was leaving the court-room the trial a tough looking man sidled up to him at the door and told him that some day h e' d be s orry for putting Stahl behind the bars. "I don't think I will, no matter what happens," replied the boy defiantly "That fellow is getting off easy. The next time he gets in trouble he may get all that's coming to him." Thus speaking he walked off. Wh en Mr. Atherton got his wallet back, which contained $10,000 in bills, besides many valuable papers, he sent for Al and presented him with $1,000 as a reward for his p l uck and services in the affair. Al accepted it and thanked the broker for his liberal ity. One day a short time afterward Al discovered by accident that a dozen of the. big traders of the Street had combined for the ptu;pose of booming J. & D. stock. He made inquiries with re s pect to the road and learned enough to assure him that it would be a safe deal for nim to go into. He told Burt about it and said that he was going to put up all their capital on 1150 shares of J. & D. at the mark e t price of 56. "All right," answered Burt, "go The sooner we make that million and a half the better I'll be satisfied." So Al bou gh t the 150 shares of J. & D that afternoon, and he also purchased another 100 for his individual ac count with the $1,000 he had received from Broker Ather ton. If Al had only stopped to consider he would probably have was taking rather desperate chances in put ting up all his money and his chum's on a game that might at any moment turn in the wrong direction with a swiftness that would make his head swim Whether it is that Dame Fortune admires the n erve of one who is willing to "go the whole hog" or not, certai n it i s Al's venture prospered :from the start. Before he had control qf the s tock a week it had gone up to GO, and during the succeeding three days it kept on to 65. "We are evidently the people," said Burt gleefully that night after supper "At present we are replied Al, with a complacent grin. "At present? What do you mean by that? Have you any suspicions that we shall not continue to be the boss messengers of the Street, financially and otherwise? If you have I want to know your reasons therefor." "You al ways want to know a whole lot more than I can tell you. Your thirst for unadulterated knowledge is some thing in exhaustib le "Say, have you been studying a Webster's Unabr i dged lately?" grinned Burt. "No. Why do you ask that?" "Well, you seem to be using some big words-unadulter ated and inexhaustible, for instance." "What's the difference? You understand them, don't you, sonny?" "At a pinch I do; but simple words sound better o n my tympanum." "Why don t you say ear? Everybody doesn't know that tympanum means the sounding-board of your ear "As long as you do that's all that is necessary." "Well, let's get back to the original subject. J & D. closed to day at 65, which means that we are $9 a share ahead of the Wall Street lottery, or about $1,300 a l together. Individually I am $900 better oil' than you." "You mean you are $1,900 better off tha n me You'll get your $1,000 back with your profits "'l'hat's correct I'll need it, for I'm going to get mar ried one of these days." "Who are you going to marry?" ch u ckled Burt. "Bessie Brown?" 1 "Don't worry yourself about Bessie Brown," flushed l. "Oh, I'm not about her. I lhve that pleasant job to you. By the way, did you hear that Broker Flint's wife had left him?" "I know she did. She died the <1ther day. "I mean she l eft him a hundred thousand doll ars." "You're getting fu,nny, Burt. Cut it out, please. Such jokes pall on me. To return to the subject once more. How high do you suppose J. & D. is going?" "Well, if I knew I it would be money in ou r pock ets. It may go to 75 from the present out1ook. "The members of the syndicate backing it are collectively worth over $50,000,000, according to popular opi nion They ought to be able to corner that stock easily if t hey haven't already done so." "'l'hey haven't corner e d our 250 shares, at any r ate I s hould like to dump my sha re on them at par." "I'll be satisfied if I get 75." A knock at their door interr upted further discussion of J. &D. Frank Evans came in to see them, and when he turn e d up the evening generally wound up with mu sic. Next day there were high old times at the Exchange over J. & D. 'l'he "lambs," as usual, were flocking to Wall Street after a rising stock, and the brokers were the la s t persons in the world to put any obstacles in their way of getting all they could pay for. U s ually when the "lambs" came in the insiders got out as soon as they got the price up as high as it was safe to force it. In the case of J. & D. 75 seemed to be the limit As that was Al's limit, too, he followed the insiders and unloaded somebody who wanted his shares bad enough to pay a fancy figure for them. He and Burt retired from the strenuous game with $2,850 profit, w hil e his personal profit amounted to $ 1 ,900 more The boys were now worth soniethiilg over $4,300, not speaking of Al's $2,900 On the strength of his winnings Al bought Bessie a fivepound box of the best chocolates and presented them to her. "Why, you extravagant boy!" she exclaimed, when he handed her the box. "I can't permit you to waste so nrn c h money on me "If I could find anything better than you to waste it on I might do so, but I don't think I could if I searched th city through,'' he replied. "You certainly said tliat very nicely," she answered witl: ''


PLAYING FOR MONEY. a sweet smile; "but, hon est l y, Al, you mustn't spend your money on me this w ay." "Why not? Whe n I l ike a girl I want to treat her well. In my opinion the re i s nothing too good for you "But you can t afford it, she replied with a smile and a blush. "How do you know tha t I can't afford it? "We ll, I imagin e that you can't. You are only gett ing $8 a week, and have to s u pp or t yourself I onl y g e t $8 from t he office; but I hav e o t he r s ou rces of reve nue that y ou don't kn o w about." Have you?" s h e s aid open ing her p r etty eyes. I have. E ight dollars a week is about $416 a year Well, I made n early five years' wages day before yesterday If I c an t .afford t o get y o u a five-f>ound box of can dy on that I'd like t o know why n o t Wh y h o w c oul d you make five year s' wages all at once?" "If y ou w a n t to all my secrets, Bessie, I know only one w ay b y which y ou c a n do it. "How is that? "By promi s ing to marry me one of these days." Bessi e blu s h e d fu r iousl y and turne d her head away. "Have I offended you ?" he asked. "No, but you mu stn't t alk suc h nonsense." "I'm sorr y tha t you c o nside r i t n o nsense. I don't. But we'll change the to p ic as l on g as y ou don t l ike it. She flashed him a look t hat made his heart jump a n d then declar e d that s h e was too busy t o say a n ything mor e just then than t o thank him for the ca ndy. CHAPTER XL THE NIGHT ATTAOK Smmer came a r o und again and Al and Burt celebr ated the fir s t anniver sary of their ent(iee into New York with a good dinner a t one o f the h i gh-clas s Sixth A ven ue resta u rants and the theater r o of garden afterward "I think w e've don e ourselves proud during t h i s year, Al," said Burt o n t h eir way back to their l odg ingh o use "In addition to making a l i ving for o u rselves we have accu mulated a fun d o f $7,2 00, o f which $5,000 belongs fo you I don t think w e have any k i ck comi ng, old chappie." "Kick! I s hould s a y n ot. I h ope our good fortune may continue." "I don't think w e've le arne d a n y particularly bad habits, either, altho ugh they say this is the fastest c i ty in the country." "Life is pretty s wift here "It takes all our e n ergies t o kee p up with things in W all Street without trying to burn the c a n dle at the othe r e nd, too. I should smile, it doe s I'v e heard some funn y pe o p l e sa y that the aver a ge messenger b o y may be well c o mpared with th e s nail ; but that's a g ro ss libel on the fraternity. Messeng e r b oys are no t sl ow, as a r u le When on e gets lazy he 's apt to lose his job. You'v e go t to kei;p up with t h e procession or quit." A s they app roache d their lodging house in Twenty sixth Stre et t hey hear d somebody say, "The r e he is now." Alm ost i mmediately six or eight boys da s hed -out o:f an area-wa y and sp r a n g on Al and Burt. Only two o f t h em tac kle d Burt; the oth e r s headed by a r e d head ed y o uth, went for Al, who found himself sur round e d by a s mall forest of fist s all aimed a t his head For a mom ent the young messeng e r was staggered by the suddenness of the fierce attac k made u pon him, and then h e got busy in his own defen se. He struck out right and left while he dodged the b lo ws showered upon him. After the first surprise was over Al showed the stuff he was made of, and he soon disconcerted his opponents. The leader of the attacking party proved to be Mike Finn, nicknamed Curley, and he was s econded by Clarence Burns and other members of their tough gang. Al's agility stood him in good s tead, and his educated and s ledge hammer fis ts took the wind out of the young ra s cals who did their b e st to down him. They were handi c apped by num h e r s and in their eager ness and excitement they were continuall y interfering with one another. Every jab that Al mad e at them counted, for i t landed on one or another of them He bac ked up again s t the iron gate of one build ing s o that the e n e my could not attack him in the r e ar, and th e n he gav e them muc h 'b e tter than they handed out to him. Al, how ever, would probably have been ol'e rcome by forc e of numbers only that the approach of a policeman put the attacking party to flight "That' s the wor s t s crap I've ever been in," s aid A l breathing hard, as the officer came up. "How did it happe n that tho s e y oung toughs attacked you ?" inquired the poli c eman "They were laying for us, and JUmped u s unawares," re plied A l. "Two of the m I know. One pf them is a Wall Street mes s enger, and the other wa s a mes s eng e r till he got fired and I took his pla c e "Then it's a priv at e grudge the y have against you?" "You can put it down a s that. It's abou t a y ear old, and wit h the exception of. a s hort scrap with the red headed fel low in New Stre e t, I have not been mole s ted till to-night." "I'd run one or two of them in i :CI got hol d of them," s aid the officer as h e passed on, while Al and Burt sprang up the st e ps to the front door of th eir lodging house. "Say, that was fierce said Burt. "Was Curley Finn and Clarence Burns among those who went for you?" "Yes. And Burns has a damaged nose t o t ake home with him "'Well, you lo o k as if y ou'd been thro ugh a threshing machi n e." "I f eel lik e i t, too, a d mitte d Al, as they walke d up to their r oom. I Y ou o ught to have those two chaps arrested fo r assault." "No I'm not going to bother with them I gave them enough t o r emember me by, you can bet your life; but I'm afraid they woul d have done me up if the cop hadn't come around. I don't mind an ordinary scrap, but when it come s to a mob jumping on you i t is a l together t o o m u ch o f a good thing." ''I should say so." When Al examined his i n j u ries he found h e h ad a cut lip, two cuts over his l eft eye, a s ore jaw and badly skinned knuckles. Tahn aHogc>ther h e had come off easy_, conside ring what he h ad b e e n 11p a g a in s t


I FOH MONEY. 19 X e2..t u10rning Bessie look ed at him iu surprise. "\\'hat have you been doin g to yourself; Al?'' ''Nothing. Irs what somebody else has bee11 Joing to me," he answered with a laugh. "Why what do you mean?" Then Al told her how he and hiti chlun had been cele brating the anniver sa ry 0 their arrival in New York the night before, and how they had been attacked by a crowd o f toughs j ust before they reached their lodging-house. "You poor boy!" Bessie said, sympat h etically. "'l'hey must have hurt you dreadfully." "I'll bet they didn't hurt me ai:i much as I hurt them. I've been taught how to use my fists, and I used them last night for all they were worth," he grinned. Later on when Mr. Parker called him into his room t he broker scanned him closely and then said, with a shrewd smi le: "Were you hit by an automobile la s t night, young man ?" "No, sir." "Maybe it was a street car, or perhaps a cab?" ":Yeither, sir. "\"fell, you look as if you'd been havin g an argument with something s tronger than yourself." Then Al explained how he got his contusions. "So one of your aggressors was Clarence Burns, eh? "Yes, s ir. He's sore on me because I got his job. 'l'he Sunday's papers contained alleged authoritative accounts of the cons olidation of busines s inte rests for a term of y ear s bet ween the two Western roads. These 8tatements sent the stock of both r o a d s up a c ouple of pointi:i soon after the opening of t h e Exc hang e on Mon '-la_y morn ing. At noon the pooling arrangement was officia ll y confi rm ed, and then a big rush was made to purchase t h e stock of both roa\l s Those who had the stock were not anxio u s t o let g o o f it aL the prevailing price, s o the biddi n g became ver y a ctive, under which t he stock of i.he roads advanced m a n y p o i nts, :U. & N. dosing that afternoon at 75 and N. & T at 74 Both stocks reached 80 by Tuesday noo n an d A l con c lud ed t o sell out at that figure. Ile got a chance about on e o clock to run aro un d to t h e little bank, and after waiting a few minutes i n the l ine be fore the ma rgin clerk's window handed in his order. Fifteen minutes later both he ancl his chum were out of the market. Their combin ed profit on .i\I. & N. amounted to $1, 1 50, raising their capital to $ 11 ,500, while Al's profit on 2 00 s hare s of N & 'I'. was $-,300, bringing the amount of his prirnte capital up to $1,200. CHAPTER XII. Saturday before I came to work he accused me of getting him clischarg ecl T'OHTL' E'R W1TFEL TfTn::\ R ONE WAY FOTI .-\.!, AXD BURT AND At that moment Broker Smith came ill to 13ee Parker, \.};OTHER FOR THETR r<:>IPLOYEns and Al walk ed out to hi s sea L :.\ ot h ing ha ppenecl during the next few months to alter After that when he i md Burt were out late they always the financial condition of A l and Burt, e i ther for t h e better kept a wary eye around when they approached: their lodgingor the woriie. house The former saw chances"where he thought h e could m a k e They were not molested however, and gradually money if he had the time to devote to the matte r, bu t as he their v igilance r e laxed. didn't, h e coulcln't afford to take the ri s k invo lved. About the middle of October Al got hold of another tip. As for Burt, h e did not take the lead i n a n y market ven -He learned that two Western railroads that had been ture. bu s ines rivals for seve ral yea rs were going to pool their Tn hjs opinion Al knew a great dea l more a bout stoc k traffic ancl r esto re their ori g inal freight and passenger rate s deals than h e did. Both line s had been los ing mone y right along and to He had worked five 0 them s uccessfu ll y so far, and Burt keep the roads out of the hands of receivers th eir officials had perfect confidence in his chum's j udgme nt. effected a compromise which had not yet been mad e public It was about this time that Al was sent by Mr P a rke r t o These roads were known as the N. & T. and the M & N. Staten Island to deliver some stock to one of his c u stome rs In consequence of the rate war their secur ities'had been He took the four o'clock boat to the island, and while selling low in the market for some time, with little demand sit ting in th e forward part of the boat en j oyi n g the s ail for them. across the o ay, which was new to him, he overheard a bun c h Al bought 4.00 s hare s of i\1. & N or his chum and him-of Curb broker s talking about the that w e re self, and 200 s hares of N. & T. for his personal account reported to have been made in a new :Montana coppe r wine The former cost 62 and th e latte r 58. called the TriMountain Copper Compa n y 'T'l!en he ancl B urt began to watch for results The stock was selling on the market for $ 5 a share ; and Jn a day or two an unconfirmed rumor of the business in the opinion of the brokers it wou ld go to $ 10 within two arrangement between t h e two roads was floating around weeks. the Street. Some of them had been load i ng up t o the exte n t of several Naturally attention was drawn to the stock of both roads thousand shares that clay, and the othe r s anno un c ed that and there was some lively trading done in t"Qeir securities. they were going to get in with both f eet o n t h e foll ? wing M & N. went up to 65 and N. & T. advanced to 61. morning. About this time conditions brought about a general buoyThey were quite enthusiastic over the p r o s p ects o f t h e ancy in the market, and prices advanced a ll along the line. mine, which was in the hands 0 a bunch of capita li sts w h o During that week there wa s a good deal of trading done knew how to manipulate such a good proper t y t o the best in different stocks, with the outside public large bu yers advantage. When the Exchange closed on Saturday M:. & N. wa s Before the boat reached its slip at the isla n d Al had dequoted at 68 and N. & T at 65. ciclcd to get in on the sto_ck., too.


4 :lO PLAYING FOR MONEY. He and his chum had money enough standing idle to purchase 2,000 shares outrighL, and Al believed that was the only way to go into the venture Although it was a particularly mild winter day, it began to grow decidedly chilly as the boat neared Staten Island, and the sun got low clown in the heavens. The brokers adjourned to the small bar on the boat, and went to the door of the engine-room to watch the ma ")hinery in action. It was long after dark when the young messenger got back to the city. He got his on hl.s way up to his lodging-house, and when he reached the door of his room he heard Burt prac ticing a new tune on his mandolin. "Hello, Al, where have you been?" asked Burt. "I waited some time .on the corner for you to show up, but when yi;m didn't I walked down to your office and inquired for you. That dude with the blonde mustache who handles the margin business at your place told me that he guessed you had gone home, but 1 knew you wouldn't g9 uptown without me, so I hung around a while on the outside. Final ly I got Lired and started up alone." "1\Ir. Parker sent me J;o Staten Island on a little matter of business." "Oh, that's what kept you. How did you like the trip?" "First-class. By the way, I picked up a pointer on the boat.'' "That so? What is it? Worth getting in on?" "I think so. It's something different from anything we've tackled before." "Let's hear what it is." Al then told him the substance of the conversation he had overheard on the boat. "I think it will pay us to buy a couple of thousand shares, not on margin, but outright," said Al. "Well, i you think so, go ahead and buy them. I the stock goes up only one point we'd make $2,000, and every little counts." "Those traders are building on it going up at least five points." "If it did that we'd double our investment." "They seemed to have some inside information about what is like'ly to happen, that's why I think it will be well worth our while to buy the stock right away and profit by the probable rise." They talked the matter over a while and then devoted the balance of the evening to practice on their instruments, for they had engagements to fill that month with people who were going to give parties at their houses. Next morning Al dropped in at the office of a well known Curb broker and gave him the order to buy 2,000 shares of TriMountain Copper He transferred his certificate of deposit for $11,500 on the little bank to the broker, which would leave a balance in the trader's hands after he had bought the stock. Later in the day he visited the broker's office again and found that the stock had been bought, but that the shares had not yet been delivered. He was told to call any time next day for them. "I don't want to take them away at present," replied Al. "Just give me your receipt for them and the balance due me in cash Al got two receipts-one for the stock and the other for the1 money, and went back to his own office. So much Tri-1\Iountain E"tock changing hand,s called con siderable attention tv it, and led to inquiry among the Curb traders It gradually developed that a boom in it was one of the probabilities in sight, and as a result a whole lot of trading was done in the stock and i.he price quickly advanced to $6. On the following day it went up another dollar. 1 Then accounts began to appear in the papers about fresh ore developments in the Tri-Mountain mine, and how new machinery was being installed to get the ore out in larger quantities. On the strength of these and other reports the stock went up to $9. Trading continued strong in the shares, and the boys had little doubt that it would not only go to $10, but higher than that figure. ... While the attention of Al and Burt, aside from their business duties, was taken up with Tri-Mountain Copper, matters were developing that were going to have a consider able bearing on their future. A number of bull operators hacl combined to boom L. & M. stock, and Mr. Parker and Mr. Smith, the employers of our young messengers, had been invited to come in and share the profits of the <.>nterprise. / Of course they were to share the losses, if any, as well; but the combination was not looking for losses. The members of the pool had figured out that they had a pretty sure thing of it, consequently they were not worry ing about losing money. But there's many a slip between the cup and the lip, es pecially in Wall Street. The best laid schemes of the sharpest and most exper,i enced traders often go astray at the crucial moment. Things happen in the stock market that no man can ptovide against beforehand, and for that very reason a mil lionaire may find himself unexpectedly reduced to a com parative pauper in an hour. Mr. Parker and Mr. Smith went into. the pool under con ditions that seemed to warrant great expectations. They went the limit of their available resources. They ent in up to the neck, just as, unknown to them, their messengers were about up to their necks in Tri Mountain Copper. When Tri-Mountain Copper reached $9 a share Al and Burt shook hands in self-congratulation When L. & M. boomed up twenty points in the course of ten days Parker and Smith shook hands and congratulated each other on what they were going to make One morning about eleven o'clock the Curb was in a state of uproar over the advance of TriMountain Copper to $12. Those who had bought many thousands of shares at $5 and held on were feeling :finer than silk, and Al a)ld Burt, though only comparatively small purchasers, were of that number; while those who had not bought at all, for one reason or another, were kicking themselves because they had lost a golden opportunity to pad their bank accounts. Everybody now seemed to believe that Tri-Mountain Copper would go to $20 at least, and there was a rush on the p!J.rt of those who had none of the shares to get hold of them at once


PLAYING FOR MONEY. In the scramble which ensued the copper stock jumped to $15 Al happened to be from an errand to the Mills Building when he learn ed that Tri-Mountain Gopper had gone up three points ins ide of a quarter of an hour. "I never thought it would go as high as that," he mut tered. "I guess I'll sell out before the tide turns. I hear brok ers say it will go to 20. P e rhaps it will, but I haven't the time to follow the game close enough to warrant me taking such a risk. I ll let the other fellows angle for the last dollar, Burt and me will be satisfied with the $21,000 in sight now." Accordingly Al hurried to the office of the broker through whom he had bought the shares and ordered them sold. They went in :fifteen minutes at $16, and Al and his chum were $21,700 better off than before they heard of Tri Mountain Copper While these things were going on at the Curb, the Ex-change was going wild over the rise o.f L. & M. The members of the pool were figuring on a profit of $25 a share, and not one expected to make less than a quarter of a million Just as they seemed to be on the point of realizing their expectations someth ing happened. A formidable bear clique, which had been watching its chance to make a coup, sprang a surprise on the L. & M. combine, and succeeded in starting a slump in the stock. ID.flide of ten minutes this slump became a panic. Then the panic developed into a complete rout for the L. & M:. pool. When the smoke of the battle finally cleared away, half the members of the combine were badly done up :financially, but none worse than Parker and Smith. They were unable to meet their share of the enormous losses sustained by the pool, and they were obliged to send notices to that effect to the Chairman of the Exchange, who r ead them out to the disorganized traders on the floor. The afterno on papers, in their graphic accou .nts of panic in the stook market, announc ed the names of half a do7.en or rr.iore brokers who had been forced to make assign ments; and among the list appeared the names of Parker and Smith. The result of this was that by the first of the month P arker and Smith retired from Wall Street ruined men, and all their employees found themselves unexpectedly out of a job. CHAPTER XIII. SETTING UP FOR THEMSELVES. "Hello, Burt, what are :you l ooking for in the paper?" asked Al on the morning after their rc spectiYe offices had shut down for good The boys \1ere seate d in a Sixth AYen,ue restaurant eating .,.. their breakfast. "I'm looking for anoth e r j ob," replied Burt. "I wouldn't if I w ere you." ''Why not? Because wo r e worth money?" "Because you and I are going into business down in Wall Stree t as soon as w e can firnl a n office and hang our shingle out." "Are we?" g1inned Burt. "You're joking, aren't you?" "I never joke on serious subjects," replied Al. "Have you any objection to going into partnership with me? If you have I'll render an immediate accounting of our present capital, amounting to $33,200, divide up, then I'll branch out alone." "Oh, come off! You know I haven't any objection Haven't we been practically partners ever since we started in to work the market?" "We have." "Well, what's your scheme?" "My plan is to rent a small office, and devote our energi es to trading on our own hook exclusively. I don't expect the general public to rush in on us with orders for us to exe cute-that is, not until we have been some time in b\lsiness and have got a standing in the Street. In the course of events, if we stick together, we may be able to build a busi ness up lik e any other broker." "You1 : plan suits me from the ground floor up. I sup pose we start in right away?" '"I'here's no reason why we. should lose any time over it. While working for our employets at $per year we have, within eighteen months, made $33,000, besides the $6,000 I captured with my own $1,000. In the eighteen months, as our own boi::ses, we ought to do much better, or--" "Or what?" asked Burt, as his chum paused. "Go broke." "Oh, I say, old man! don't give me the shivers." "Well, you know what happened to Mr. Parker and Mr. Smith, not speaking of others equally as well off and experi enced. Speculating in Wall Street is at all times a game of chance, even when you're working on a tip. Tips are fine things to work with, but they've got to be handled gingerly. You can't tell what they will lead to. It is the unexpected that takes the ground from under you when you are figuring the profits in sight. When you go into a deal you never can tell, until you are out of it, just where you are going to land." The boys, having :finished tMir breakfast, left the res taurant and walked downtown. "I suppose Bessie Brown is hustling for another position this morning," said Burt. "No; Bessie Brown is going to hang her shingle out with us." "She is?" exclaimed Burt, in surprise. "Yes. I've persuaded her to start out for herself as a public stenographer and typist. We'll give her desk room free to look after the office when we're both out. Occasion ally we may want a letter written, and it will be handy to have her around to do .it." "Where are you going to look for an office?" "In one of the Wall Street buildings." "We'll have to pay a pretty steep rent." "The figure is regulated by the amount of square feet oc cupied and the situation of the office. A small office will do us, and it isn't necessary for us to get a room overlooking Wall Street." After reaching the financial district the boys began look ing for a suitable office. 'l'hey soon found that what they wanted was almost as scarce as hen's teeth.


%2 PL.\.YIXG FOR MONEY. Not but there were offices enough, hundreds of them, but 1 sev

FOR MONEY. 23 Brokers who knew them, meeting them on the street, asked them whom they were working for, and to all they_ gave the flame answer-that they were in business for them selves. 'l'he traders seemed to take this as a good joke, and jol lied them about it, but the boys took their witticisms in good part, and assured the jokers that some day they expected to be shining lights of Wall Street. The news gradually got around that there were two boy traders in the Street who had an office in the Tioga Building. Several brokers became curious to learn who these traders were. All they could find out about them was that they had been messengers for Forrest Parker and William 8mith, the brokers who had been swamped in the L. & M. slu.i;np. Finally one of the inquisitive denizens of the Street, Mor ris Magner by name, made so bold as to call at the little office on the sixth floor. He dropped in there about half-past three one afternoon, found Al at his desk, and introduc ed himself. "Gla

. ,. 24 PLAYING FOR MONEY. "The dickens you did! Who from?" "Morris Magner, a broker on the fl00r below." "How came you to go to him?" "I didn't. He paid me a visit to find out who we were and what we were doing." "He did, eh ?" "Yes. He thought he cou1d unload some shares of Golden Harpoon Mining stock at $1 a share on us, but I wasn't biting." "Took us for easy marks, perhaps?" "I wouldn't be surprised. Well, 1 gave him a chance to $15,000 off us He'll make about that if he goes out and gets the 5,000 shares of D. & G. at the market, and holds it till we call for it. "It will cost him the interest on $300,000 for ten days." "That won't be more than $500 at the present rate." "As the market doesn't look very buoyant I'll bet he'll wait awhile to see which way the cat jumps before he buys the stock." "That's his lookout. Most brokers wouldn't take any chances with the market. They'd get the stock and make sure of the profit that's in the option deal. If he doesn't buy to-day or to-morrow he'll find trouble in getting it, even at an advance on the present market rate, for tl'ie pool is cornering the shares as fast as Broker Bishop can buy them Ui." As a matter of fact, Magner didn't take the trouble to b uy the 5,000 shares of D & G. that day, nor the next, either, for there was no indication of a rise in the stock, or the market, either. On the third day D. & G suddenly jumped five points in a l most as many minutes Magner was in his office at the time, busy with O!!e of his big customers, and he didn't learn of the advance until after his visitor had gone. Then he said something that sounded like a swear word, jabbed his hat on his head and rushed over to the Exchange, to find that D. & G was. going at 70. To buy at that figure would mean a loss of $25,000, for he had engaged to deliver the stock at 65. If he waited, in the expectation that it might go down again before Al called for the shares, he might suffer a still larger loss While he hesitated the stock went up a not he r point and he was out $5,000 more That rattled him worse than ever To think that a mere boy had beaten him at this option game was gall and wormwood to his soul. Somebody offered 1,000 shares at 71 3 -8; B i shop took the offer before Magner could open his mouth In a few minutes D. & G was going at 72 Then Magner made a desperate effort to get the shares, and they cost him an average price of 75, which meant that the deal would cost him a loss of over $50,000. As he came out of the Exchange he ran against Al, who was aiming for the gallery entrance. He grabbe d the boy by the arm. "Look here, Britton, you did me up on that option deal," he roared, with a red, angry face. "How did I? I gave you an easy chance to make $15,000 out of it. If I'd had the money I'd have made the $15,000 myself and not thrown it in your way." "Well, I didn't buy the shares till just now, and I had to pay ten points above what I agreed to deliver them to you for." "Well, I'm surprised to hear that you let yourself get caught," said Al. "You ought to have bought them at 62." "No matter what I ought to have done. Do you want the stock now?" "No, I haven't got the cash to take them over yet, but I'll have it by the time the option is up if I don't dispose of it before that tin1e. "Do you mean to make me hold that stock for seven days more?" "It is possible I may have to." Magner glared at him and walked off as mad as a hatter. Then Al walked up into the visitors' gallery. CHAP'rER XV. THE BOY TRADERS BUY GOLDEN HARPOON MINING SHARES D. & G. dropped back to 71 that afternoon, closing at that price, and Magner then kicked himself for having bought at the advanced figure. "I could have saved $20,000 at any rate, and it may go down still lower to morrow from the looks of things," he g1:owled to himself as he sat in his office and looked over the tape D. & G., however, did not go any lower next day, but, on the contrary, it recovered and went back to 76 The day after it went up to 81, and Al sold his option for that, he and his chum cleaTing a profit of $90,000. That gaYe them a capital of $123,000 "Gracious exclaimed Burt. "Ninety thousand dollars is a fortune of "Yes, it's quite a tidy sum," replied Al, carelessly ''We're worth over $60,000 apiece." "Don't let that fact worry you, Burt." "Worry me Say, I'm ji:ist tickled to death. I feel like whooping things up." 4, So do I, in a way; but it isn't dignified. Remember that we're the boy traders of Wall Street and not a couple of kids. Just imitate the old-time Red Man-that is, say,. nothing and saw wood.'' "It's pretty hard to say nothing when a fellow feels like painting the town red. I don't see how you manage tCJ take it so cool." "We'll celebrate our coup with a dinner at Blank's, and a private box at some show afterward." "All right. That's something. Suppose we quit for the day and let Miss Brown close up the shop when she gets through?" "You can quit, i f you want to, I can't, for I've some busi ness to attend to." Burt, however, didn't want to go alone{ so he went down on Broad Street to watch the Curb brokers, and see what he could pick up in the way of information. Al went out, too, to look after the business he had in hand. While they were out Morris Magner crone in. "Neither of the boys are in, I see;'' he said to Bessie. "No sir "I'll be back in about half an hour," said Magner, turn-ing around and going out.


PLAYING FOR MONEY. 25 Al returned in twenty minutes and Bessie told hin1 that Broker Magner had been in looking for him. Hardly had he sat down at his desk when an A. D. T. boy came in with a message. It ran as follows: "Al-I've just learned on good authority that there will be something doing in that Golden Harpoon mining stock that Magner tried to work off on you awhile ago. lt's going at 65 cents, but I've good reason to believe that it will be up to one dollar or over again Drop in on Magner and see if he's got those shares yet. If he has try and buy them at the market, or even 31t 75 cents. It will be coin in our pockets: I've just bought 10,000 at 65, and they will be dehvered at the office 0. 0. D. inside of an hour. If I can find any more I'm going to take them in. 1 "Yours, BURT." l\'.Iagner, but I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll take the stock off your hands for $15,000 cash." "Make it $17,000 and I'll go you." "No," replied Al. "I'll split the difference and make it $16,000." Magner wanted the money so bad that he agreed, and the deal was made. When Burt got back Al had all the certificates in his safe "I picked up 5,000 more shares f Golden Harpoon, but that is all I could find." "How did you get the pointer on Golden Harpoon?" asked Al. His churtJ. explained how he had overheard a big mining broker tell a friend that a new and rich lead had been found in the mine and that when the news was sent out the stock would go above the dollar mark, probably to $1.50. "We've got 35,000 shares and we'll make a good thing out of it," said Burt. Al read the note over twice. "We certainly will if it goes to $1.50," replied Al. "If what Burt says about a rise in Golden Harpoon turns "What did you buy that"other mining stock from Magner out true it would be a good one on Magner to get those for?" shares from him at 65 before he learns that the stock is "Well, he wanted to raise $15,000, so I made him a low likely to advance in price. He tried to stick those shares on offer on the whole batch he offered as security, rather than us at $1 just before the decline set in, but it didn't work. loan him the money. Figuring that Golden Harpoon on Now I'd like to give him au other attack of heart failure by your report was easily worth its market price, I got the getting the better of him on the same stock." other $7,500 worth of stock for $3,500, or a little less than At that moment the do0r opened and Magner walked in. half its ip.arket value. We should be able to get our money He hadn't forgiven Al for being the indirect cause of back and something over any time his loss in the D. & G. option deal, and he had cudgeled his brains for a chance to get square with him. He had a lot of mining shares in his safe which he had from time to time bought in expectation that they would go up in price, but had been disappointed. He was anxious to get rid of them now, for he was sh ort of cash Among them were the Golden Harpoon certificates which he had failed to push off on Al. He had paid 75 cents a share for the stock, and one time he could have sold them for $1.40, when they were booming, but held on because advices from Paradise, Nevada, where the mine was located, intimated that the stock would go to $2. It didn't, however, but, on the contrary, fell back to $1.25, but with no demand at that figure. That was the time he tried to unload them on Al for $1. A week later the price dropped to 65 cents, and reports from the mine were not encouraging "Take a seat, Mr. Magner," said Al cheerfully, whe:ri the broker walked in. "What can I do for you?" "I want you to do me a favor, Britton," said Magner. "I'm pushed for money. I must make a raise somewhere. As you made a good thing out of me in D. & G., I think you might do something for me in return." "I have no objection to doing you a favor if I can, Mr. Magner," replied the boy. "I >11vant $15,000. I'll put up those 20,000 shares of Golden Harpoon, worth 65 cents; 5,000 shares of New Dis covery, worth 26 cents; 10,000 What Cheer, worth 30 cents; and 4,000 Atlas, worth 80 cents, in all $20,500 worth of stock as security." Al considered a moment. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. Next day Golden Harpoon was quoted on the Goldfield Consolidated Mining Exchange at 55. When Al received the daily report he scratched his chil! and showed it to Burt. "Golden Harpoon seems to have gone backward instead of forward," he sa_id. Burt hung around the Curb Market that day, but there were no developments in Golden Harpoon. He saw a broker bidding for it at 55, but whether he got any at that price the boy did not find Al went to the visitors' gallery of the Stock Exchange and put in his time there. When he left he ran against Magner on the street. see I'm out $2,000 on that Golden Harpoon I bought from you," he said to the broker. Magner grinned in a satisfied way. "If you hol c1 on to it long enough you'll get your money back," he said "You haven't any reason to kick, for you got the whole batch at bargain rates:" "That's all right; but recollect we couldn't sell the other shares at the market at present." "Why not?" "You wouldn't have sold them at bargain rates if you could have got the market for them." "Oh, I didn't have the time to monkey with them. If you want to get your money for them send them out to Goldfield. You can afford to take the time, while I could not." "We intend to hold them. Maybe they'll go up som& "I don't care to make any loan on mining stocks, Mr. time."


26 PLAYING FOR MONEY. Next day Golden Harpoon was down to 50 cents. That fact, however, didn t worry the boy traders any. When Al got back to the office after lunch Bessie told him that a man had called to see him, and would be back later on. "' "Did he leave his name?" "No. He merely asked what time you'd be back, and then said he'd call again." Bessie put on her hat .and went out to her own lunch. Whil.e she was away tl!e man came in. "Are you Mr. Britton?" he asked Al. "Tliat's my name." "Mr. Magner, on the floor below, told me that you bought some Golden Harpoon stock from him the other day." "That's right," nodded Al. "Do you want to sell it?" "Not particularly." ."I'll give 60 cents for what you have." "I don't care to sell it at that price." "What do you want for it?" "I want $1.50." "A dollar and a half! You're joking, aren't you?" "No. I think it may go to that some day, or even higher. As long as we can afford to hold on .to it we won t let it go at less than that." "It is only sellfng at 50 cents to-day." "I know that." "It's been diopping right along and may go to 40 to morrow." -"Then why are you anxious to give 60 ?" The visitor looked a bit confused. "I have my reasons," he said. "And I have mine for wishing to hold on to it." "Then you won't take even 75, eh?" "I'll take $1.50. That 's my lowest." "Do you really expect to get it?" "Possibly, some day." "Mining shares are uncertain things." "So are all stocks "I'll give you 80 cents." "No," answered Al. "That's the best I can do," said the caller, rising with a look of disappointment on his face. "Then I'm afraid we can't do business," Al. The man bowed and took his leave. A few days afterward the news about the discovery of a rich vein of gold ore in the Golden Harpoon came out in the newspapers. The publication, which dispatches from Goldfield and Paradise verified, created something of a sensation on the Curb. Naturally there was a big demand for the stock, as high as $1 being for it, but there were no sales. Al and Burt believed it would go to $1.50, and held on to their shares. Other holders apparently had an idea it was worth more than $.1, and wouldn't let it out. As a consequence bids were made up to $1.25. Reports from Goldfield showed that it was selling for $1.40, with an upward tendency. Before the close of the Cnrb market Bilrt sold 5,000 shares at $1 .50, the :firm making a proE.t on it of $4,250. Next day he sold 5,000 more shares at $1.65, on which the p1:ofit was an even $5,000. The price continued to rise, and Burt g.ot $1.90 for an other 5,000, their profit being $5,750. On the following morning $2 was offered and refused for the stock. In the course of two weeks the flattering reports from the mine sent the price up to lj:3, at which figure the boys let the 20,000 shares they bad got from Magner go, realizing a profit of $47,000 on it. Their total profits on Golden Harpoon amounted to $62,000, which was beyond their greatest anticipations. The maddest man on the Street was Morris Magner. He realized that he had let a good thing slip through his finger s when he sold Golden Harpoon stock to the boy traders. 'When the boys figured up their capital they found they were worth $185,000 in cash. Learning that there was a s uite 0 two offices on the floor below. that had just been vacated, they arranged with the agent of the building to take them. That gaYe them a private room to themselves, while Bessie had the outside office to herself. They were now well acquainted with the general run of brokers, who had ceased to make game of their efforts to es tablish themselves. Al put a standi ng advertisement in the Wall Street dailies, and iu one of the evening papers that catered to people interested in stock matters, and the young firm soon began to pick up a mail order trade. By degrees they got some city customers, and they lured a bookkeeper and an office boy. By that time they had been three year s in Wall Street, and Al celebrated his h1entieth birthday. 'l'he boy trade rs are now thorou gh l y established and doing a good and growing business, Al haying acquired a seat on the Stock Exchange. Th e ir capital is est imated at over half a million. Al is married to Bessie Brown, and they occupy a hand-some littl e home in the Bronx. Burt, who is sti ll unmarried, live s with them, and Al's littl e son call s him "Uncle" Burt. Al and his chum still play their old instruments together as they used to do when they first came to New York, the onl y difference being that now they play for fun while then they were Playing for Money. THE END. Read "TRE BOY COPPER MINER; OR, TED BROWN'S RISE TO RICHES," which will be the next number (145) of "l<'ame aud Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. 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In Switzerland if a child does not attend school on a par ticular day the parent gets notice from a public authority that he is fined so many francs; the second day the fine is in creased, and the third day the amount becomes a serious one. In case of sickness the pupil is excused, but if there be any sus picion of shamming a doctor is sent. If the suspicion is dis covered to be well founded the parent is required to,pay the cost of the doctor's visit. One of the strangest freaks in electrical phenomena ever reported occurred in Northern California recently. During the day the thermometer had fallen, and about four o'cloclt there was a slight fall of snow. There had been no thunder or lightning during the day. Suddenly and without warning, from what appeared a clear spot in the heavy bank of clouds overhead, a brilliant ball of fire shot from the sky and struck the ground on a farm about tw-0 mil es east of Anderson, a smail hamlet. The illumination was plainly visible in Red ding; thirteen miles distant. A few seconds after the descent of the fire-ball there was a loud report, like a mighty explo sion. The shock was felt in Redding, where windows rattled and houses shook. In the village of Anderson t h e people were panic-stricken. Glass in windows was br-0ken, walls were cracked houses roC'ked as though tossed l;!y an earthquake, and telephone, telegraph and electric light v.lft-es were put out of action for a time. chored in Falmouth Harbor this Summer, which will providJ its patrons all of the advantages they gain from ocean travel, without any of the drawbacks "We intend to purchase a:i obsolete liner, take the engines out of her, remodel her inte rior, and anchor her in Falmouth Harbor,'' said the Captain. "We hope to have accommodation for more than 160 'first-class passengers,' and they will get every good that comes of an ocean trip, without stirring further seaward than the slack in the anchor chains allows. The tariff will be somewhat less than at a first-class hotel ashore. Cabins and other apart ments, somewhat larger than on board a liner, will be pro vided, but the domestic and social routines will be much the same as are observed -0n trans-atlantic boats. We shall have a captain presiding over the ship, and all servants will be clressed in nautical attite. Though we sha:ll organize amuse ments on board, there will be boating, fishing and excursions through the surrounding country, when our passengers' desire to go ashore. Steam launches will be provided to carry our voyagers to tennis and cricket grounds, and, unlike other ocean travelers, they will be able to leave the ship at will for the garage we shall provide for their motor cars. Our ship should be every bit as popular in Winter as in Summer, be cause it is warmer on water in Winter than on land. So we intend to arrange special social programmes, including dances, for the Winter season. We shall also provide bathing for the Winter, just next to the ship, by arranging a safety net on booms." Altogether more than $50,000 will be spent by Capt. Grose and his partnersin their venture. They argue that the cost of the upkeep will be small, as there will be no rent nor rates. / JOKES AND JESTS. "They tell me, professor, you have mastered all the modern tongues." "Well, yes; all but my wife's and her mother's." Mr. Powers-Do you mean to say that you shopped all day and didn't get anything? Mrs. Powers-Yes; but I know what everybody else got. r "Don't you think she has a plaintive voice?" "Yes; indeed. always want to cry when I hear her. Her voice affects me just as raw onions do." Mamma-Nettie, what do you mean by bossing your little brother around in that manner? Little Nettie-Oh, we are only playing, mamma. He's papa I'm you. "Must be awful carrying ons at the lodge." "I wonder." "Seems to me like continuous rough-house." "Why so?" "My husband says he has been through all the chairs." .Mabel-As our engagement is broken, Mr. Casey, you can take back yer old ring. Mike-After yer wore the gold all off? No! It wuz only a cheap ring, anyhow, as, I didn't intend thi to be a engagement. "Please send my bathing suit by mail. I forgot to pack it in my trunk,'' wrote the wife from the seashore. "Can't find it. You know you took my field glasses away with you," said the husband in his letter of reply. First Little Girl-Your papa and ruamma are. not real pa rents. They adopted you. Second Little Girl-Well, that makes it all the more satisfactory. My parents picked me out and yours had to take you just as yo u came. "Immense and immense labor attend the production of a bronze statue of any size, even after the artist has done his work," remarks a sculptor. To begin with, the plaster model has to be completely covered with small lumps of a special kind of sand, sometimes as many as 1,500 or 2,000 of these pieces being required. After these blocks of sand are dry they are taken off the cast, one at a time and carefully put together to form the mold. The latter is then filled with clay, and the same operation is again gone through, a fac-simile of the plaster, cast being thus obtained. Then comes the most deli cate part of the whole work. Tb,e clay model, or 'core,' as it is technically called, has to have a (),uarter of an inch taken off its entire surface, which, as may readily be imagined, is anything but easy, especially if the subject be at all ornate. The 'core' is then again put into the mold-which has, of course, to be reconstructed once more-being kept exactly in the center by means of iron rods'. The molten bronze is then poured in from the top, completely fill!ng the space between the 'core' and the mold. After it and the clay interior is again removed and the clay interior extracted, when the statue, somewhat rough and needing a, slight touching up is revealed." The juvenile class had a lesson in which some reference was made to "a ferocious Gaul." "Now," said the teacher, "can any of you tell me what a ferocious Gaul is?" "I can," said Capt. J'. N. Grose, of Falmouth, which is in the centre of tho the small boy at the foot of the class. "It's a terrible lot of Cornish Riviera, announces' ther13 will be a floating hotel an cheek."


\ 28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. WHO STOLE THE DIAMONDS? By Kit Clyde. "Hello, Dick! 'Pon honor, I'm glad to see you!" and young Miron Howard warmly shook his cousin, Dick Bayard, by the hand. "Just got in?" "Yes. The ,steamer arrived this morning. I took a cab and was driven here, not knowing if you still occupied the old quarters." "As you have now discovered that I do, eh? It would take a heavy charge of dynamite to move me out of these comfort able bachelor quarters, unless--" Miron paused abruptly, 'and laughed in an uneasy way. There was in his expression a suggestion of a secret in his mind, which an impulse was urging him to confide to Dick. He thought better of it, howeve'r, for when his cousin asked, "Un less what?" he laughed and said: "Nothing! Something flashed across my mind, that was all." "A possible reason why you might some day be tempted into giving up these quarters? I didn't know you contem plated marriage, Miron?" The young fellow flushed quickly, "I don't acknowledge it," he rejoined. "Well, make yourself at home. You'll occupy my quarters with me, won't you? Of course you will! And as you've had no dinner yet, I'll ring and have something brought up. The apartments occupied by M ron Howard comprised a bathroom, chamber, and sitting and dining-room combined, forming one of the suites in a building erected for the pur pose of providing accommodations for single men who pos sessed means sufficient to pay good prices for superior quarters. Connected with the establishment was a caterer, who provided meals regularly, or cooked to order anything desired. His bell having been rung, a waiter shortly appeared. Miron gave him an order, and when he had disappeared dropped into an easy chair, saying: "You can't imagine, Dick, how glad I am to see you. WJiy didn't you write from the other side?" "I wrote from London six months ago, from Paris three months ago, but received no answer to either letter--" "I beg pardon most humbly, Dick. I am an inferna\}y poor correspondent anyhow." "--so I was inclined to think I might as well save the cost of postage." "Getting economical all at once," suggested Miron. "Now, if I were practising economy, it would not be so strange, for, truth told, I haven't succeeded in getting into any bu s iness yet, and this style of living has made a pretty big hole in my pile. I've got to change matters somehow, pretty blamed quick!" Miron had been left nearly a hundred thousand dollars at liis father's death, which was more nearly expended than he would have cared to acknowledge to Dick. The latter had also inherited a modest fortune, which had been increased consid erably by purchasing diamonds on the oc casi on of several trips to Europe and disposing of thein at a large profit on his return. Just before dinner was brought up Dick said: \ "You have the safe still, I see." "Yes." "Can I use it for a package of diamonds?" "Certainly." "How about the combination?" "It has not been altered since you were last here." Dick opened the safe, placed a package within, and locked it. About eight o'clock Miron suddenly 'rose, saying: "I had almost forgotten I have an engagement, and must keep it. I should n eve r have been forgiven had I failed to meet the party. How is it with you? Shall you go out?" "Yes; I think I will go to the club a while, and see some of my old friends." "Do not be surprised should I not return to-night. Turn in yourself, and be as comfortable as you can, and order breakfast in the morning on my account." Dick went to the club a u d spent a pleasant evening with old comrades. It was after midnight when the porter let him in. Going upstairs to Miron's room, he undressed leisurely and went to bed. He was not dis turbed by his cousin's return, and opened his eyes at' eight o clock the following morning to find himself still the sole occupant of the elegant apartments. Ringing the bell, and ordering breakfast, he dressed leis urely while it was being prepared. His hair was brushed, his collar adjusted, and he was ready to sit down, when suddenly his eye caught a sparkle of light at his feet. He looked downward for a moment, then stooped, and picked up-an unset diamond! Going over to the safe, he worked the combination and threw open the door. His eyes went directly to the spot where he had placed the package The outside wrapper was there, but the contents were gone! Rat-tat-tat! He closed the safe door and calmly called: "Come in!" A waiter entered with his breakfast. When it was placed on the table Dick seated him&1elf calmly, and poured out a cup of cofl'.ee. To have looked at him, one would not have supposed that the loss of the package of dia monds had beggared him! Yet such was the case. Every dol lar he possessed had been invested before leaving Europe, and it was all in the stolen diamonds. Having satisfied his hunger, he took a cigar-case from his pocket selected a cigar, and proceed ed to light it. He was just beginning to enjoy its fragrance when the door opened and Miron jauntily entered, but his jaunty manner was belied by the serious expression that would creep into his face in spite of him. "Ah, Dick, good-morning!" he said briskly. "Up, I see, and have breakfasted, at that. Well, did you have a good sleep and find the bed ?" "Yes." Puffing away on the cigar, Dick rested his elbows on his knees, and interlacing his fingers, bent forward slightly. Sit ting thus, and looking straight into Miron's face, he said: "Miron, you saw me place a package in your safe last night?" "I did "That package contained diamonds, in which I had invested every dollar I poss essed. It is for you to say who, besides ourselves, knows t}le combination of the safe, for during the night the diamonds were stolen!" "Thunder and blazes!" Mfron cried, "do you mean to imply that I have stolen Yll\Ir diamonds? Do you want me to order you out of my room? If you do, you have only to insult me again!" "You have no right to construe my wotds into a charge against yourself. Surely you can explain the matter away. It is only necessary to say who, besides ourselves, knows the com-bination of the safe." "Nobody else knows it." Rat-tat-tat! "Come in!" Dick called. When the person entered he explained to Miron: "A detective, whom I sent for by the waiter who 'brought up my breakfast." While Dick was explaining what he could tell, Miron walked to and fro, uneasy and restle ss, his hands now tucked in the armholes of his vest, and anon thrust deeply into his pockets. In drawinG his hands from his pockets on one occasion a little bit of paper followed and fluttered to the floor. The detective did not at once pick it up, but did so presently, in so matter of-fact a manner as not to attract attention. "I will be ba ck in an hour," he said, when he rose to go. "But a few questions first," he added, as .though struck by an after-thought. "Is this the safe?" "It is," answered Dick. "At what time were the diamonds placed "Some time after dark." in the safe?"


.. FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. "Ah! The gas was lighted?" "Yes. The jet by your head." "Um!" The detective noted that the light fell squarely on the door of the safe. "I S1Jppose the curtains were down?" "No. They were up." "How do you know that?" "Because I Temember standing there a moment, looking into the street." The detective looked out of the window. His gaze was thoughtfully directed at the towering building opposite. It was divided into a large number of small rooms, that were Jet, furnished, to gentlemen. Dick, standing at his side, suddenly said: "There goes a fellow passenger of mine on the steamer coml ing over!" "Who?" "That dapper little fellow who just came out of that house. He is a Frenchman. I met him first in Paris, while engaged in buying some gems." The detective presently left the house. Inside of an hour he returned, as he had promised. ;From an ibner pocket he carefully produced a little package, unfolding which he said: "Were your gems as fine as these?" "Why," and Dick for the first time exhibited excitement, "these are a portion of the very diamonds I was robbed o t ." "Can you swear to them?" "I can." "Then," and the detective faced Miron sharply, "your cousin must explain how they came in his possession, for he pawned them early this morning!" Miron staggered forward to look at the gems, his face deathly white. "Yes, I pawned them," he gasped. "But Dick, you d6n't mean that you recognize them as yours?" "I do!" For a minute Dick wavered between two strong;contending impulses, and then he said to the detective: ''Leave us alone for a few minutes." The detective stepped into the hall, and Dick hoarsely said: "Miron, what have you to say? Did you take the diamonds?" ''I did not-I swear I did not!" "H1lw did they come into your possession?" "l cannot tell you!" gasped Miron. "Miron, confide in me--tell me the truth, I beg of you! Explain your movements of last night." "No!-no! I cannot, dare not do it! But it is the solemn truth that I was not near this room from the time I left you until I arrived this morning! For God's sake, Dick, do try to believe me innocent, even in the face of this" damning evi dence!" Once--twice--Dick p? 0d the apartment. f Then the door, and calling the detective, he said: "My cousin has explained matters to my satisfaction. You need go no further into this case." "Are those all the diamonds taken?" "No. Here are only about ten thousand dollars' worth, out of nearly twenty times that amount." "You do not wish me to go further?" "No." When they were alone Miron grasped Dick by the hand and brokenly gasped: "God bless you for your kindness, Dick! I will prove my innocence soon-I could not do you such a wrong!" How that day passed Miron never knew. It was one of misery to him, for his connection wit1J. the stolen diamonds was coupled with a secret that he felt he dared not reveal. The g;ts was lighted, when there came a rap at the door. "Come in!" "Ah! Zis is ze house of my friend, Meester Bayard. It was von ver' happy minute ven I receive zat message inviting me to call and see you." Dick's eyes opened with astonishment. He had not sent the Frenchman any such invitation. He had not had time to deny it when a second rap fell on the door. 1 The newcomers were an elderly gentleman and a b eautiful girl of not more than eighteen or nineteen. At sight of the latter Miron started up quickly, then sunk back, pale as a corpse. M'.uch to Dick's astonishment the gentleman said: "I received a note requesting me to call at this hour and for Mr. Bayard. I am puzzled--" Rat-tat-tat! The third comer did not wait to be bidden to enter, but opened the door at once. It was the detective, and he heJd a struggling man, with "\fhite, fear-stricken face, by the collar. The latter was the night porter. The Frenchman. gasped for breath, and made a sneaking movement toward the door. "Get back there!" sternly ordered the detective, and the Frenchman shrunk, cowed and trembling, at the sight of a revolver. Before any of the parties could recover from the astonish ment natural to the occasion, the detective broke the silence. "Mr. Bayard, you met this Frenchman in Paris. He has Jived in America for several periods of considerable duration, .and is known to the police as a suspicious character. Learning in that you were purchasing diamonds largely, :he deter mine d to rob you. For that purpose he came over in the same steamer. Failing to get the diamonds before you landed, he followed you to this building and took a furnished room oppo site. It so chanced that he was at his window when you ap proached yonder safe to open it, and observed that the door of the safe was under a strong light from a gas-jet opposite. Seizing an opera-glass of great power, he brought the dial so near that he could note the figures as you worked the combina tion. The Frenchman, crossing the street, recognized in the night porter an old tool of his, who dared not refuse to do as he desired. Admitted by the porter, he came to this room, and less than an hot r after you went out the diamonds were in his possession. Yonder white-haired gentleman is a man who earned world-wide fame as a surgeon. Years ago he performed an operation and saved the Frenchman's life. Evil as the latter is, gratitude is not dead within him, and in his exulta tion over his wealth he thought he would reward his preserver. He did it indirectly. A p ack age was left at the surgeon's door, containing ten thousand dollars' worth of diamonds. It was addressed to Miss Mollie Evans, and an accompanying note said: 'A wedding present for you, in gratitude for your father's good service in a time long past.' Mr. Evans was out of town. He was in deep trouble. His home was mort gaged, the interest was due, and he was absent seeking to borrow money In the parl o r was a caller-Mr. Miron How ard. He loved the girl, and had urged her to marry him, but she would not listen, as her father did not like him, and would not do so without his consent. At last his persuasions pre vailed, and she consented to a secret marriage. Their new relation enabled a she had shrunk from giving him before, and he for the first time learned o f the bitter struggle against poverty. She 'Placed the diamonds in his hands, and he, short of ready funds, pawned them to raise money to pay the interest on the mortgage. Mr. Howard's refusal to explain where he had spent the night is accounted for by the fact that he could not sully the fair name of yonder beautiful girl, as he had passed the night with his bride, hor yet could acknowledge themarriage unt il he had obtained her consent." Mr. Evans flushed when his daughte r was mentioned, and was inclined to be angry, but when she pleaded with her eyes, he could not refuse forgiveness, and folded her in his arms. And when he saw Miron there before him, manly, frank, his hand extended, he thought him a finer fellow than he had ever before suspected, and, taking his hand, united it with that of Mollie. l The chance remark of Dick's about the Frenchman had fur-nished a slender clew, following up which the detective had discovered who stole the diamonds. The cousins, firmer in faith in each other, grasped hands, and later on established the diamond firm of Bayard & How ard, with an establishment at present situated on Maiden Lane, in the city of New York.


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