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Fame an :Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luued Weekl11-B11 S u bscriptio n $2.50 per year En.te1 ed according to Ac t of Con g ress, i n the 11e a r 190 8 i n the oJ!lce of the LibrariGQ of Con g ress, Wa..hington, D C ., b11 Frank '.l'omey, 2 4 Union Squar, New York, No 146 NEW Y O R K J U L Y 17, 19 0 8. PRICE 5 CEN TS. TIPS OFF THE TAPE OR, THE BOY WHO 1 STARTLED WALL STREET By A SELF-MADE MAN CHA PTER I. DISMISSED FROM SOHOOL. The door of Professor Harley's study on ti.1e ground floor of the Bayside Academy, "a select sch o l for young gentlemen," was noiselessly opened and a handsome, chip per-looking lad of perhaps seventeen yea1s entered the room, closing the door behind him. The young isitor walked softly up to the desk besid e the window where the dignified, pompous-looking principal of the institution sat in stern majesty studying some pap e rs befo!'e him The professor presently looked up with a deep frown on his countenance "You sent for me, sir," said the boy respectfully. "I did," replied the professor severely "Sit down. The youth, as he obeyed the mandate, did not appear to be greatly overawed by the stern, almo s t menacing, attitude .of the gray-headed gentleman who presided over the scho lastic establishment. "Fred Niles," began the professor in a harsh, uncom promising voice, "you are the worst boy in the school-ab the worst." "I am sorry, sir," replied Fred, assum i ng an air of hu mility which the sparkle in his brigh t s n appy brown eyes rather belied "You are sorry answered Professor Harley, satirically "You are sorry!" he repeated with r i sing emp h asis and a ring of anger in his tones. "You--" He stopped suddenly and glared a t the boy, who met h i s look respectfully but unflinchingly I am simply shocked, appalled, at your last outrage," continued the principal. "Outrage, sir?" answered Fred, with an air of apparent surprise. "Yes, outrage!" thundered Professor Harley. "A spec ies of vandalism that-that is absolutely without precedent in this academy. Absolutely without precedent. Do you hear me, sir?" "Yes, sir "You are supposed to be a y oung gentleman. Your tather is a well-known and highly-respected broker of Wall Street. Your connections are irreproachable. I S!\W to that before I accepted you as a student. The high standing of this academy requires that I should take no chances. That-" "I beg your pardon, sir. In the interview you had with my father he told you that I had had some difficulty at two or three other schools which I attended "H'm! Yes, I admit there were certain objections in your case which, in consideration of the fact that your father was my roommate at Yale, I foolishly glossed over, thinking that your previous follies were due to a super abundance of animal life and not to a wild and reckless dis position. You were privately expelled from the Charleton Institute for heading a mutiny and inducing every student of the school to run away with you to an island in the middle of the l ake, where you all went into camp and re fused to return to your dut ies until the authorities had to he called in to bring you back You were guilty on that count, I bel ieve?" "I admit it, sir; but it was really only a lark," replied F r ed with the suspic i on of a grin on his handsome feat u res.
2 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. "A lark!" roared the professor, waxing wroth again. 'Gt was--well, we won't discuss the matter. It hasnothing to do with my school," with a strong accent on the "my." "Your second exploit, as I recall occurred at the Hurricane Academy. You nearly burned the school down by setting off fireworks in the lecture-room. I presume you plead guilty to that, also?" "It was only a joke, sir. No real damage was done. Dr. Drew exaggerated the--" "lt was a very serious joke, and I find no fault with the doctor for requesting your father to remove you. This brings us down to the third and last school you attended before coming here. You wound up a series of escapades by blowing up the desk of the French tutor and throwing that gentlema.n into a fit, which brought your connection with that institution to an abrupt close." "Yes, sir; but Monsieur Qastaing bad made himself un popular by--" "That will do. I don't care to listen to your excuses. I was weak enough in face of such a cdltalogue of enormi ties on your part to take you in here, thinking I could handle you. I did it because your father and I were once chums. Well, I am punished for permitting my heart' to get the better of my judgment." "I am sorry I have given you s o much trouble. I will try to do better." "Yes, you look sorry," replied the professor sardonically. "This isn't th e first time you have told me that you were sorry for transgressing the rules of this school. I ha1e clone my best to rh your follies, but your latest practical joke has stretched P1y forbearance to the limit-to the limit, do you understaol mf ?" "Yes, sir,'' replied Freel meekly. "I had prepared a fine lecture, and last eYening had the subjects-the mummy, which I especially value; the skele ton, a particularly fine one, and the marble statues-which were to illustrate my theme, removed from the museum to the lecture-room that everything might be in i:eadiness. 'l'hi s morning when I walked into the room, where the students were already assembled, I :found the place in an uproar. The boys, instead of being sedately attentive in view of the treat I had in store for them, were making the room resound with their laughter and sarcastic remarks. And with good cause. Some one had desecrated the sub jects during the night. The mummy appeared to be smoking a filthy clay pipe; the statue of Minerva was decorated with an old plug hat; Apollo Belvedere bore the flaming adver tisement of a quack nostrum, while the skeleton was dressed in yellow trousers, and a live kitten was unable to extricate herself from between the ribs. When I recovered from the '3hock I did not have much trouble in recognizing the author of the ouhage. I called you to my desk and asked you if you were guilty." "I said I was," spoke up the boy. "Exactly. You could not deny the crime, for the evi dence of your misdirected talents was too clear to be mis taken. Not another boy in the academy would have dared to undertake such an act. Well, it was impossible under the circumstances for the lecture to take place, so I dis missed the students and requested you to report at my office. What have you to say why the sentence of dismissal should not be pronounced upon you?" / "Nothing, sir, if you have decided to send me home." "You deserve to be publicly expelled." "I hope you won't do that, sir." "I sai4 you deserve it," replied Professor Harley, sternly. "Perhaps so, sir." "You have made a laughing-stock o:f me before my schol ars." "I am sorry--" "That's enough. I have heard enough of your sorrow. I have written a letter to your father telling him that, in view of your latest folly, it is impossible-quite out of the question-for me to keep you here any longer. You will, there fore, pack your trunk, and prepare to take tbe early morn ing train for New York. Do you understand?" "Yes, sir." "Very well. That is all. You ruay go," and Professor Harley turned to his desk. "May I say something, sir?" asked Fred, respectfully. ''Say something!" cried the professor, wheeling around ::ind facing the boy again. "I think it is unnecessary. However, I will listen to you." "Since I am no longer a student o:f this academy I wish to say that I thank you for your kindness. and efforts, for my father's sake, to make me imitate the virtues of mylate companions. whether you believe me or not, I have hon estly made some endeavor to smother my natural tendencies to practical joking, as you call it, but whenever the tempta tion presented itself I sin1ply could not resist yielding to it. When a fellow is built the way I am it is like drawing teeth for him to act differently. I appreciate all you haYe done for me--I am grateful for the many indulgences I have experienced at your hands. Under the circumstances it is better I should go for the good of your school. I hope you will shake hands with me and say that you hold no hard feelings against me. If I can ever return your kindness it will give me great satisfaction to do so, for I feel that I am largely in your debt." Professor Harley listened to Fred's speech in silence, and toward the end with an emotion that he endeavored to hide. In spite of the boy's wildness there was something about him that the professor always admired-his manliness, his generosity, and his aptness at his studies. "He is a fine boy," Professor Harley had more than once remarked to his chief assistant. "A fine boy, and it's a great pity he cannot be controlled; but--" "I am very sorry, Fred, that I cannot rescind my ulti matum," said the professor in reply to the boy's remarks. "I have not asked you to," replied Fred proudly. "I deserve all that has come to me, and am not putting up any kick. My father told me this was my last ch!lllce to get .an education. He said he put his last hope in you, Profe s sor Harley. Well, it's failed, so let it go at that. I'm going to hoe my own row after this, and see how I'll come out. Maybe I'll do better away from school. It doesn't take a college education to make a fellow a success in this world. Grit, energy and ambition are the things that count most in my opinion. I think I have a fair share of them. At any rate I'm going to see whether I have or not." "Then you think of going to work ?" said the professor. "I do," replied Fred resolutely. "I don't tMink your father will consent to such an ar-
TIPS OFF 'l'HE TAPE. rangement. He told me that he intended to have you fitted ior Yale after you completed another term here." "I think my dismissal from this school will alter his mind. If. he sent me to another school I'd be up against the same old story. He can't do better than cry quits and let me go to work." "Well," said Professor Harley, "in more than one re spect I am sorry to lose you, Fred If it wasn't that I can place no dependence on your promise to do better I would give you another chance; but I am afraid you would soon be back at your old tricks again." "I suppose so, sir. I'll go now and say good bye in the morning after breakfast. The train is due at our station at 9 :10, I believe." Th e professor nodded a.ncl Fred Niles retired from the office to go to his room and pack his trunk while the boys were employed in he last session of the day. J CHAPTER II. THE BURNING COTTAGE. Fred had finished.Packing and was placidly sitting at the door oi the gymnasium when the boys were dismissed from the last classes. 'l'hey came trooping out into the playground as happy as a lot of clams at high tide Among those who headed for the gymnasium was Dick Silver, Fied's boon companion "Hello, Fred," he said in his free-and-easy way, "how did you fix it up with the old mogul? I suppose h" read you a star-chamber lecture and cut out your holidays for a month." "He s aid a few things," replied Fred, "and among others told me to pack my trunk and take the 9 :10 train in the morning home." "Go op You don't mean that," cried Dick aghast. "My weakness for telling the truth compels me to say that I do mean it. "Then he expelled you?" "Well, that is what it amounts to, but he didn't put it so strong as that. He said he was sorry to part with me, but as I had made myself persona non grata, as our Latin tu tor calls it, I'd have to make myself scarce." "Gee I'm sorry to hear it. And the whole school will be sorry to hear it, too I don't what we' ll do without yol!. You put some life into the old place-kind of woke us up, you know Wf!ve had high old times since you came here." "They've been altogether too high to suit Professor Har ley You could hardly expect him to appreciate the delicate kind of :fun I'm addicted to." "Delicate is good," chuckled .Silver. "I call it a rip snorting brand of fun, the kind that we chaps relish from the ground floor up And now it's over for good since you are going away. It's a shame that we've got to lose you. I think we ought to get up a petition-a kind of round robin-requesting Professor Harley to reconsider his ulti matum." you mustn't think of doing anything like that. Now that I'm out I'm out for good. I've made up my mind that school is no place for a boy of my original talents. I need a wider field of usefulness. Some place where the stern realities life will crowd out the va u devill e propen sities." "And where do you expect to find such a field?" "In Wall Street "In Wall Str eet I" repeated Dick S ilve r. "Among the brokers?" "Yes." "I've heard they are a pretty fro l icsome set w h e n the humor seizes them." "I'm not thinking about the funny side of Wa ll Street but the serious end." "'l'hen I suppose y ou mean to stal't in at you r fat h e r 's office and work your way up," said Dick "If he's willing to give me an opening I suppose i t w ill suit me all right If he isn't willing I'll get a job with s ome other broker." "Oh, he wouldn't let you work for anybody e lse. But y ou told me that he intended sending you to Yale "I told you the truth; but what man proposes c ircu m stances sometimes alter. I am ready to gambl e o n i t that I never see the inside of Yale College "Wouldn't you like to go to a big college?" ''I'm not pining for the privilege." "I should think you'd want to take advantage of the chance you have to do so. Look at the crowd of chaps w h o are working their way through the colleges because t h e y haven't rich fathers to boost them through." "They have my .sympathy. Why, they say the p arks i n all the big cities are filled in summer with college graduates who can't find their particular niche in the world. I'd rather spend the four years looking for my niche I think I'd find it quicker that way than if I waited till I got my sheepskin." "I guess your father will have something t o say abou t what you will do. "Probably; but his say will not necessarily be final." The news soon flew over the grounCl.s that Fred N i les had got his walking papers for monkeying with Professor Harley's art objects and other things intended to be intro duced at the morning's lecture which didn't come off ac cording to programme. As a re sult Fred was soon holding quite a levee. He had made himself by long odds the most pop ular b o y in the academy, and th e scholars were almost on the verge of mutiny over his dismissal. In fact, had he said the word he might have repeate d his experiences at the Charleton Institute, for he would have found himself at the head of a large following. Fred, however, wouldn't think of doing such a thmg as that on his own account, especially against Professor H ar ley, whom he really respected and thought a whole l ot o f for his father's old chuin had been uncommon l y goo d t o him, considering how he had abused his kindness The football practice was dispensed with tha t afte rnoon the school gathering around Fred to give him their sympathy, and to express their indignation at bis dismiss al. Fred couldn't help feeling gratified by this public d e m onstration of good will on the part of his school m ates. In fad, it was merely a repetition of similar ovat i o n s t o which he had been treated at Cha rl eto n Institu te, Hurric an e Academy and t he Lee M ili ta r y School o n the occasion o f each dismissal. -\ ..
II'IPS OFF THE TAPE. Evidently he was gifted with the personal magnetism of a born leader. Finally the bell rang for supper, and he took his accus tomed place in the ranks and marched into the refectory with the others. After the meal there was half an hour for recreation, and the boys gather e d around Fred again. 1 \Vhen the study bell rang Fred went to the hall with the others, where he cleaned out bis desk, bade the tutor in charge goo.cl-bye, and retired to his room, which he shared in common with Dick Silver. Dick came in a few minutes after nine and found Fred in bed, but not asleep. They talked for nearly an hour, and then both fell asleep. Fred's slumber was disturbed by strange dreams, from one of which be suddenly woke up with a start. As he turned over to go to sleep again he saw a flickering glare of light shining in at bis window. "What's that?" muttered, s itting up and looking. It didn t seem natural to him, so be sprang out of bed and ran to the window. The moment he glanced through the panes he uttered a gasp of cons t e rnation. 'rhe upper story of a handsome Queen Anne cottage ; fac ing on the road a hundred y ards away, which was occ upied by Professor Harley, his widowed sister and her two children was on fire. "Wake up Dick, wake up!" be cried, rushing back to the bed. "The profe s sor 's hou s e i s on fire!" "What's that?" a s ked Dick starting up. "The profelisor's house is on fire," repeated Fred hus tling on hi s clothes as fast as he could. "Get up. We must give the alarm." The glare of the blaze increas e d rapidl y The boy s never dressed s o quickl y in their lives before. Slapping hi s bat on hi s bead Fred rushed into and through the dormif o ry corridor shouting "Fire! Fire!" In a few moment s the dormitocy rooms were in a state of confusion. Fred kept on to the rooms occupied by the tutors and soon aroused them too. Then, followed by Dick, he ru s hed into and across the playground toward the burning building. Apparently the occupants of the cott age had not yet be come aware of the peril that m e naced them. The boys dashed over the lawn and began banging on the front door and pulling the bell lik e mad. This uproar on their part produced the desired e ffect. The professor occupied the corner room on the second floor The noise aroused him and he got out of b ed. At the same moment he smell e d a strong odor of smoke. He hurried to a window and threw it open. He was about to ask the cause of the disturbance when the glare of the .re above attracted him and be looked up. One glance was enough to startle and thrill him. Not only did he realiz e that the upper part of the cottage was in flames, but he thought of his little niece and nephew, who slept in one of the rooms on that floor. Without stopping to dress be put on his slippers, ran out of the room and found the wide hall thick with smoke that was pouring down from upstairs. He staggered through it, pounded on his sister's door till he heard her answer his call, and then he essayed the stair case. It was a :futile effort Before he got half-way up he fell, overcome by the smoke. His sister, also alive to the peril of her children, rushed into the landing and was driven back by the smoke. She persevered in frantic haste, but she, too, dropped un conscious on the stairs. At that moment Fred shinned up one of the posts to the roof of the veranda, and seeing the window of the profes sor 's room open, sprang into the house. Seeing that Professor Harley was not in bed he made through the door into the landing. The first he saw was the indistinct outline of the professor's sister in her white night robe lying on the stairs. Though half choked by the smoke he reached her, and *hile raising her in his arms he saw a man's bare leg furth e r up. "It' s Professor Harley," he breathed "I must save him, too!" He bore the lady across the landing into the professor's room and laid her on the bed. Dick was coming in at the window himself. "Rus h downstairs and open the front door, Dick, then come ba.ck, h e gasped. Silver hastened to obey him. Drawing in whiffs of the cold night air until be had freed bi s lungs of the smoke, Fred returned to the spot w here the uncon s cious professor lay, and by a great effort s u c c eede d in dragging him back into his room and laying him on th e floor. Fre d knew th a t the professor's little niece and nephew slept on the upper floor. He r e adily surmised that Professor Harley and the cbil dn .. ns mother had been overcome by smoke to save them. "'rhey ar e up there," muttered Fred to himself. "They mu s t be saved but how? It seems an impossible feat :for an y one to mak e headway up the stairs. The smoke is s tifling eve n on the landing What can be done?" Dick, accompanied by one of the half-dressed tutors, came running up the stairs. The playground was swarming with the pupils and the other two tutors. Th e y were not looking at the .re, but getting the hand engine out of its house, running it to a h y drant on the grounds ancl attaching two lines of hose to the machine. The boy s had their regular .re-drill twice a week, and their efficiency when it came to the test was fine. "The childr e n are upstairs," said Fred to the tutor and Dick. "We mu s t save them somehow. The professor and Mr s Morgan tried to do it, but were knocked out on the stair s by the smoke, and I dragged tlwm into this room." Neither the tutor nor Dick dared attempt the stairs. It seeed to be the only way to reach the children, and the would -be rescuers were at a standstill. The case was so desperate that Fred determined to make the attempt. He grabbed a towel soaked it in the profes s or's water pitcher, rushed on the landing, wrapped it around bi s face and bead, and dashed up the staircase at full speed.
.. TIPS OFF THE TAPE. I "He's lost!" exclaimed the tutor, as the b_oy disappeared the tichool building, where a physician was wor king ovei in the smoky maze upstairs. the children CHAPTER III. FRED ENDS HIS SCHOOL Fred reached the upper landing and groped his way to the door of the room where he knew the two chi l dren slept. It was shut. Turning the knob he entered, closing the door quickly behind hinl. The room was hazy with smoke, but the fire had nbt yet eaten its way though that was only a matter of a few minutes. Fred threw up both the windows to let the smoke out, and then he saw the unconscious forms of the children each lying in their own little bed He brought them and laid them across the window sill with their heads out, then he shouted to the boys below who were bringing up the hose. "Get a clothesline, somebody, tie a stone to one end and throw it up to me!" he said He was understood, and one of the boys was sent for a long clothesline. By the time the lad returned with the line two streams of water WE\re turned on the fire, but were not particularly ef fective from the ground 'I'he line was tied to a stone and one of the most accurate throwers was called on to throw the stone through the un occupied window. He succeeded. on the first trial. Fred then lowered the little girl into re ady arms below. Pulling up the end of the line he lowered the little boy next. "Now, then, tie one of the nozzles to the line, and I'll pull it up here and turn it on the blaze it will do the most good," said Fred. T,he boys below who were holding that particular hose carried out his instructions, and he soon had the hose nozzle in his hands, and was playing on the fire where it had broken through into the room 1 A stream of water on the burning floor itself was worth half a dozen on the ground, and Fred soon began to make headway against the flames. By this time the fire engine from the village, not far away, came on the scene with its hose and began to get ready for business In the front of the cottage, where the fire was burning briskly, the boys got the hose on the roof of the veranda, and. then with the aid of a short ladder got close up to t11e flames. The village hook-and !adder company now came dash ing up. They soon had an extension ladder up to the thirdstory window where Fred was busy with the hose Two boys rushed up to assist him The village firemen now carried one of their hoee up to the burning floor, and with fonr streams playing on the blaze it was soon under control. Professor Harley and his sister had been carried into They recovered in time to see the little o nes show sign s of ret u rning animation They were both overjoyed to find the childre n practica ll y safe, and when they l earned that F'red Ni les h ad not onl y saved the children himself, by reaching the third floor through a cloud of smoke, but that he had saved them a lso from being suffocated on the stairs, their gratitude t o t h e boy, who but a little while before had been dismissed from the school, was boundless. In the meantime the school fire brigade worked l ike Tro jans side by side with the village firemen to put out the fire, and their efforts were rewarded with success W1rnn the flames were reduced to blackened and smol der ing beams and girders Fred climbed down the ladder to the ground and asked about the chi l dren, the professor and his sister. "They're all right now, Fred,'" said Dick; b u t i f it hadn't been for you I don't know w h ere they w ould b e b y this time." Fred looked something of a wreck. His clothes were water soaked and covered with particles of burned wood, while his face and hands were begrime d with smQke and dirt. In this condition he was summoned before P rofess or Harley and his sister. "My dear boy," said the professor, "Mrs. Morgan a nd I are under the deepest obligations to you for saving o u r lives and the lives of the children. We never can adequately express our gratitude to you, but we will endeavor to do so in as fitting a manner as we can. You have this night proved yourself a real hero, and I may say that I and the school are proud of you, and as long as this academy exi sts you shall be remembered as its brightest ornament." Urs. Morgan then had something to say, thanking Fred with tears in her eyes for his gallant act in saving her treas ures, than which there was nothing dearer to her in the world. "I wish you to report in my study in the morning, Fred After what has occurred it is needless to say that your dis missal is a dead letter. If you have packed your trunk you will unpack it. I. will write to your father again b y the first mail." Fred bowed and retired He had something to say to the professor's rema r ks, bu t did not deem it proper to do so then and there He would reserve it until he met the principa l in his study It was nearly three o'clock before the fire was entirely out, with the destruction of the greater part of the third story of the cottage, and the village firemen had withdrawn from the scene. The academy fire brigade returned their engine and hose reel to its house, the boys washed up, and were marched back to their dormitories, after cheering Fred for his brave and efficient conduct during the fire "To-night's work puts the grand kibosh on yom leav i ng the school," rnid Dick Silver in a tone of great satisfact ion when he and Fred were alone in their room. "Who says it does?" replied Fred cooll y "I say so," grinned D ick
6 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. "You seem to know a whole lot about it." "Any fool would know that Professor Harley wouldn't let you go after what you did for him and his family to night." "I'm thinking that the professor won't any voice in the "Why won't he?" "Because I have already settled the question to suit my self." "What do you mean by that?" "Just what I said I've decided that it's best for both the academy and myself that I leave, and I'm going to." "Oh, come, now, you don't mean that." "I do mean it," replied Jl'red decidedly. "Don't talk like a chump." "I'm not talking like a chump. I told you that I was going into Wall Street." "I know y,ou did; but that was while the ban of dismis sal hung over you. Now that it is removed you're going to e main with us, of course." "All right. I won't argue the matter any longer with you. I'm going to bed." "You're going to remain, aren't you?" "I've told you what I am going to do. That's all I've got to say about it." Dick tried to argue the matter further, but Fred. wouldn't talk any more, so the question was left undecided in Dick's mind. Next morning Fred found himself a bigger hero than ever. The whole school was delighted to think that his plucky conduct at the :fire would result in his remaining at the school. When the bell rang at eight o'clock for the boys to go into the study hall, Fred was not in his usual place in the line. Nothing was thought of that fact, however. Half an hour later Fred reported at Professor Harley's study. He :found the principal waiting for him. "I have just written a letter to your father, detailing the great service which you rendered me and my sister this morning, and rescinding my decision to send you home," said the professor beamingly. "You are very kind, Professor Harley, but I shall con sider it a favor if you would add to your letter the state ment that I have decided not to avail myself of the change in your sentiments, and that my father may expect me home at once." Why, my dear boy, you don't mean to say that you in sist on leaving after I have the necessity for you doing so?" cried the astonished principal. "Yes, sir; that is exactly what I do mean." "I am sorry to hear you say so. I presume you wish me to understand this as 8.n expression of your resentment for your dismissal of yesterday?" "No, sir. I don't mean any such thing. I felt no resent ment whatever for your action of yesterday. I was satis:fied that I deserved it. You told me yesterday that my practical joking had stretched your forbearance to the limit. I have since thought th matter over carefully and agree with-you. It is best both for your interests as well as for my own that I go. I recognize the lcindness I have received at your hands and I am glad that the opportunity to return it in a signal manner was afforded me. Having cancelled the debt I owed you, I don't want to spoil matters by remain ing here and indulging in more monkey shines, which I am afraid would happen. If I go now you will have only pleas ant remembrances of me, and I think you will allow that such a parting is to be preferred." Professor Harley, while he adtnitted the able reasoning advanced by Fred, felt loath to have the boy leave under the circumstances, and told him so. Fred, however, was firm in his determination, and the principal reluctantly yielded to his wishes. Requesting the boy to follow him, he led Fred into the study hall and on to the platform. The scholars regarded their entry with much interest, expecting to hear the professor praise the hero of the fire and then publicly revoke his edict of dismissal. They were not disappoint e d in that respect, for Professor Harley, after eulogizing Fred's courage/ presence of mind and able services at the :fire, went on to state that on the previous afternoon he had privately dismissed the boy on account of the practical joke he had perpetrated with the models in the lecture-room. "It is almost needless for me to say now that after Fred's intrepid conduct at the :fire I have recalled his dismissal." A prolonged and spontaneous burst of applause here in terrupted the professor. He held up his hand for silence "I regret to add, however, that Fred Niles has, for reasons that seem to him good and sufficient, declined to remaih at the school, although he has accepted his reinstate ment in the spirit with which it was tendered him." A hum of S\U'prise and dissatisfaction greeted this state ment. "As Fred :feels that his action will be considered strange by you, his comrades, and that you may misunderstand the position he has taken, he desires to address you himself on the subject." Professor Harley turned to Fred and waved him forward. He was greeted with another round of applause. Fred then made a speech, in which he gave his reasons for deciding to sever his connection with the school. He spoke in an earnest and mimly way, and hls argu ments were perfectly clear and convincing He wound up by bidding all the boys a final farewell, and retired amid a perfect ovation. After lunching with the professor, his sister and the children whose lives he had saved, he and his trunk were driven to the station in time for him to catch the two o'clock train for New York. CHAPTER IV. FRED AT HOME. Fred was not received at home with open arms and the fatted calf. Broker Niles and his :family lived in a handsome resi dence on an uptown cross street in the vicinity of Central Park, and they moved in very select society. Mrs. Niles was in the hands of her maid preparing to
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. '1 attend a couple of afternoon functions when another maid announced the arrival of h e r son. The lady was decidedly surprised by his appearance, and wanted to know the reason for it. Mr. Niles had already ieceived Profess-or Harley's first letter at his Wall Street office, but his wife was not aware of the fact, nor of its c ontents. "I've concluded that I've had e nough schooling, mother, and m going to work," replied Freel His mother received this explanation with a frown of dis approval. "Am I to understand that you are in trouble again?" she asked s e verely. "I was in trouble, but it's blown o:ver." "Then why did you come home?" "BecauEi1') I cons idered it the best thing I could do." "Your father will be very angry when he comes home and finds you here. I need hardly remind you about what h e told you when he s ent you to Professor Harley's academy He s aid that it was the last chance he was going to y ou." "I b e lieve h e cl id say so, mother. What does he expect to do wit h me, then?" "He has no t spoke n to m e on the s ubj e ct. He ha s been hopi ng th at yon would m anage to get along at the academy. P r ofcePor H ar le,v, who was an o ld college chum o f his, promi s ed to do e verything in his powe r to c urb y our foolis h p ro p e nsiti e s I s uppo P e you have brok e n out again and he had to s e nd .. u home." ." 'l'h:it was his first intention, but something changed his mmd." "'l'hen I don't understand why you are home." "Then I will explain, I think to your satisfaction." "Ihaven t time to listen now. I am due at Mrs. Jordan's reception at three. I will listen to you some other time." If .Fre d s reception by hi s mother was rather frigid, his fifteen-year-old twin sisters, on the contrary, welcomed him with open arms. Fred was their beau ideal of a boy. They loved him dearly, faults and all. In fact, they were never so tickled as when reading their brother's letter s or listening to his many escapades. They thought it was just fun to go to school and cut up like the old boy there. 'l'hcy often wished that they were boys themselves. ".Freel, dear," said M y rtle Niles, hanging around half of h e r brother' s neck while Daisy hung on to the other half, w e re awfully glad to see you home again." "Ye s awiully glad," coincfded Daisy, kissing the tip of hi s e ar and giving him a hug. "Have you been doing some thing terrible again, and did the professor send you home?" They both looked at him with dancing eyes, expecting to be regaled with a narrative of his'latest didoes. "Yes, I got into a big scrape again, but I got out of it, all right." "'l'ell us about it-do," begged Myrtle. Then Fred toid them how he had decorated the profes sor' s models in the lecture-room and lilet the school by the ears when they filed in to hear the lecture which had been announced. The twins went into convulsions of mirth over his de scription of the joke, and declared that he was certainly the funniest boy who ever lived. -"Did the professor find out that you did it ?'1 asked Daisy. "He didn't have to find it out. My reputation satisfied him that I was the guilty one. He called me into his study, read me the riot act, and dismissed me from the school." "Why, I thought you said you got out of it all right," cried Myrtle with a look of disappointment. "So I did, afterward. I'll tell you how." Thereupon Fred told the twins about the fire, and how he saved the lives of the professor, his sister and her children. "Haw brave you were!" exclaimed Myrtle, regarding her brother admiringly. "You dear, h e roic boy!" cried Daisy, throwing her arms around his neck and ki s sing him. Then Fred told them how grateful the professor and his sister were to him. "He called off hi s order of suspension and tried his best ta g e t me to stay but I wouldn't.'" "Why not, you fooli s h boy?" asked Myrtle in surprise. "Because I'd have beeri in hot wat e r ap-ain over some trick or another. It's born in m e to C ain at school, so I d e cid e d .to quit school for good and go to Go to work cried the girls. "Yes I m going to ask father to give me a position in his office, and see if that won' t cure me. If he r e fuses I'll get a job for myself somewhere in Wall Street and prove t o him that I can get ahead in the world without a college education." "Papa will never agree to you going to work till you re educated," said Myrtle. "You'll have to go back to the academy in the morning." "I see myself going," chuckled Fred. "Not on your life." When Broker Niles reached home late that afternoon he was not in a good humor. Professor Harley's l e tter had upset him, and he was pre pared to read the riot act to his son the moment he saw him. Fred and his sisters were in the park at the time, but Mr. Niles on questioning one of the servants learned that the boy had got home that afternoon. He went to his library and afterward ta his room, and did not see Fred till they met at the dinner table at seven. Fred greeted his father cheerfully, but the broker merely said that he'd see him in the library after the meal. The girls glanced demurely at their brother, and he re turned their sedate lotiks with a careless wink, as much as to say that he did not dread the coming interview. Privately he may have had his misgivings, but he wasn't letting on. Mr. Niles went directly to his library after dinner, lit a cigar and sat down at his and Fred lost no time following him. "Sit down," said hjs father curtly. "Now foll me what brought you home." "You received a letter, didn't you, from Professor ley ?" said Fred. "I did; but it contained no explanations. It merely told me that he felt compelled to send you home, as he had found it utterly)mpos,sible to keep you and run his school.
8 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. What else he said is of no interest to you. Now, sir, ex plain what new rascality you've been guilty of." Fred told him the particulars of the lecture-room affair. Mr. Niles bit his lips to repress a smile, for it put him in mind of sundry tricks of which he ID.mself had been guilty in his youthful days. "So' that was the cause of your being sent home, eh?" "That and other things." "What other things?" Fred told him about numE)rous .other lapses of which he was guilty since he made his entree at the academy. "It seems to me that you are absolutely incorrigible, young man," said the broker angrily. Fred remained silent. "Well, you may go. I will consider your case and let you know to-morrow what course I shall adopt with 'you." "I have deqided that it isn't any use of my going to school any longer." "Oh, you have decided that, have you?" replied his father sarcastically. "Yes, sir. I think the best thing I can do is to go to "Go to work roared his father, glaring at him. "Yes, sir. I wish you would give me an opening in your office." "I wouldn't have you there, do you understand that? It is bad enough to hear of you cutting up your monkey shines at school, but to allow you to transplant your ingenious talents to my office is not to be thought of for a moment. Why, you'd disrupt my office inside of a week." "Then you won't give me an opening?" "No, sir; not for $50,000," replied his father, bringing his hand down with a resounding whack on his desk. "All right, sir. I suppose that settles it." "You've got a most stupendous nerve to suggest such a thing. But then I ought not to be surprised in the light of your past record." "I won't suggest it again," replied Fred calmly. 1 "I should hope not. You can go. I'll attend to you to-morrow." "Good-night sir," said Fred rising "Good-night," answ e red Mr. gruffiy. Fred found the twins in the ball nervously awaiting his reappearance. "What did papa say to you?" asked Myrtle. "Oh, he said a whole lot, but he might have said more." "He was very angry, wasn't he?" said Daisy. "I've seen him pleasanter." "Is he going to send you back to the academy?" put in Myrtle. "He didn't tell me what his intentions are. Said he'd let me know to-morrow. However, he refused to take me into his office." "Of course. We knew he wouldn't do that," said Daisy. "Well, there are other offices in Wall Street besides his," remarked Fred coolly. "But you wouldn t think of going to work in any other offic'e," cried both girls. "Wouldn't I? You don't know me. I shall look up a job to-morrow morning." "You're n ot going to do any such thing," said Myrtle decidedly. "Is that so, Myrtle? Some day you may try to boss your husband around, but I object to you practicing on me," grinned Fred. "But you know you mustn't do any such thing, Fred," objected the girl. "I don't know anything about it. I gave father the first chance to make Im opening for me in his office. He told me that he wouldn't have me there for $50,000. Under those circumstances I'm compelled to look elsewhere." "He intends to have you go through college first." "Well, if I go through college it will be because I'm not aware of the fact." "Now, Fred, dear, you know you don't mean that." "I know I do mean it. NOW run along, both of you. I'm going out to call on Hal Mills." Fred put on hat and was in the CHAPTER V. FRED GOES TO WORK IN WALL STREET. Hal Mills was Fred's ew York chum He was two years older, had graduated the previous June from a military academy up State, and was working as mes senger for his uncle, a Wall Street broker. He expected to be promoted 1o a clerical position in a short tinrn. Hal was surprised to see Fred, whom he supposed to be at school. "What brought you home, Fred?" he said after shaking hands with his friend and telling him how glad he was to him. "The two o'clock local from Hazelwood," answered Niles. "I didn t suppose that you walked the ties. You know what I meant." ''Oh, you want to know why I left school?" grinned Frl?d. "Have you left?" asked Hal in some s urprise. "Is this the same old story?" "Yes, with variations." "Well, if you don t take the cake I'd like to know who does. Sit down and l et's hear the yarn. What did you do this time? Blow up the academy with dynamite?" "No. othing so bad as that. I pulled off quite a number of harmless diversions since I went there, but the cul minating exploit happened night before last." "Let's hear what it was." Once more Fred r elate d how he decorated the statues, mummy, and skeleto n in the academy lecture-room. Hal li stened and n early bad a fit. "And so you were fired for that?" he said. "I was and reinstated this morning because a fire broke out in the professor's cottage and I saved the lives of all hands, except the servant, who escaped without any help." "You don't say! T ell me about it." Fred told him all about the fire. "Say, you're all right, Fred. You can raise the old Nick when you want to, but you can also give a whole lot of people cards and spades on nerve and courage. Why did you come home? To tell the folks about your heroic conduct?" "No, I came home because I'm through with school." "What do you mean by that? You aren't more than half through." "That's all you know about it. I've quit school for good,
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 9 and I'm going to hunt a job in Wall Street te>-morrow morning." "Go on I You're kidding me.1' "Know anybody who wants a smart boy in his business?" "Yes. John Switzer, of No. Wall Street, wants a messenger. You'd last there about one day." "Only one day, eh?", "That's all. Switzer is a stout German of fifty Looks like a stage Dutchman. He has a strong foreign accent, though he' been in Wall Street twenty years, I've heard. If you went to work for him you couldn't rest till you worked some trick on him and then--" "And then?" "You'd be fired, and fired hard, for Switzer is mighty aggressive when hegets his monkey up." "You are sure he wa:;its a messenger?" "Yes. He wants one, all right "I'll call on him in the morning "I don't imagine you will." "Why don't you?" "Your father wouldn't stand for it." "Don't you worry about my father." "!he let you go to work he'd want you in his office." "He told me that he wouldn't have me in his office for $50,000." "He told you that, did he?" "That's what he did, so I'm free to go to work elsewhere." "Did he give you permission to hunt a position?" "No. I didn't ask for it." "Then there'll be something doing i.f you apply at Switzer's and your father hears about it." "If I catch on I won t worry about what'll happen afterwua" I "Say, what do you want to go to work for? You ought to be glad that you don't have to." "I'm going to work to get a start in life." "A start in life Your father will look out for that in good time." "I'd prefer to rely on myself." "Been reading some book on self-made men?" "Not lately. But I believe they are the biggest successes. Look at most of our multi-millionaires. They began hum bly and worked their way up the ladder." "And you want to imitate them?" "I think I have brains, ability and energy. That's better capital than money. A panic will sweep your money away, but it. won't affect your natural qualities." "You talk like a professor. Well, if you come down to Wall Street to-morrow, drop in and see me. You know my address." "I'll be down, all right, and I hope to connect with Mr. Switzer." Hal Mills had described him very fairly when he said he looked like a stage Dutchman He was one of the characters o.f Wall Street, but there were no flies on him, just the same. Fred lost no time in stating the object of his visit. "So," replied the German broker, looking the boy over keenly and noting that h e was good looking, bright, well dressed and polite The inspection was satisfactory "What's your name?" he asked. "Fred Niles "Where have you been working?" "Now here, sir. I'm just from boarding-school." "So," remarked Mr. Switzer again. "Live with your parents?" "Yes, sir." "Where?" "No. East Sixty-eighth Street." "Smoke cigarettes?" "No, sir." "Acquainted with the financial district?" "Yes, sir." "Where is the Vanderpool Building?" "Corn er Exchange Place and New Street." Mr. Switzer asked him a few other que s tions and then said lie cl hire him on trial. He gave Fred a general outline of his duties, took him into the counting-room and introduced him to his cashier, Mr. Briggs The new messeng e r found that there was a chair provided for him in the waiting-room, and that he was expected to occupy it when he had nothing to do. In a few minutes Broker Switzer sent him to the Mills Building with a message "Let me see how quick you can execute this errand. It is important," said the German trade r. Fred was off like a shot. About the time that he was skimming down Broad Street his father reached his office, which was on the opposite side of the way from Switzer's Among the letters lying on his desk awaiting his atten tion was a second one from Prof e ssor Harley. Broker Niles recognizing the writer from the embossed stamp on the corner, put it to one side until he had time to read it. About half past eleven he found time, cut open the en velope and read the enclosure. He was both astonished as well as gratified by the nature of the communication. In it Harley described the fire which had d e stroyed the upper story of hi.s cottage, and dilated on the heroic exertions of Fred in behalf of himself, his sister, and the two little children. I Hal grinned "Why, the young rascal never told me a word about this He really believed that Fred was joking, for he couldn't fire, and what he did," exclaimed the broker to himself. see any sense in his friend wanting to go to work when he "He's built of the right stuff after all, though he is addicted didn't have to. to making a donke:v of himself sometimes. I'm proud of However, Freel 'wasn't joking, and he proved it by walk j lii!11, and seems to be proud of him, too. ing into office next morning at 9 :30 and asking I Well, well, he shall go back to the academy in the mornfor llic broker. what 's !l1is? Harlcv Pa\'s he rdnP c d to remain at th2 school ?.fr. Switzer had just come, and Fred was admitted to an.v longr>r in spite> of h1" remstatement. H efu$er1. hns he?" his pri vatc room. I mnUe: eJ llie L1 oker grimly "II' e '11 see about that. Got
', 10 TIPS OFF TI-IE TAPE. some Quixotic idea in his head, I s uppose. I'll have to drive it out again." Fred made record tim e to and from tire. Mills Building, and Mr. Switzer nodded his approval. .r He was sent out immediately with another note to a broker in the Johnston Building, and when he got back he had to take a third message to a trader in Exchange Place On his way back, while passing the Exchange, he encountered his father. "Well, young man, you seem to be in a hurry," laughed Mr. Niles. "I am," replied Fred. "What brought you down to Wall Street this morning?" "Business, sir." "Business, eh? Might I inquire the nature of your business?" "Certainly, sir. I came down to look for a position.'' "Oh, you did. I s thi s one of your practical jok es?" "No, sir. I was told that Mr. John Switzer wanted a messenger. So I applied fo the job and got it." "What!" roared his father. "That's right, s ir. I'm working for Mr. Switzer now." "You're working for Mr. Switzer?" "Yes, sir." Mr. Niles fairly gasped. "Have you taken leave of your senses, young man?" "I hope not, sir." "Do you mean to tell me that you are actuall y working for Mr. Switzer, the s tock brok er?" "Yes, sir." "'I'hen you've made a fool of yourself. You must resign the position at once. You return to the academy o-morrow mornipg." "Sorry, sir, but having made up my mind to work I cannot comply with your request." "You must do as I order you to." "I would like to argu e the matter with you, sir." "Are you going to resign or are you not?" "I am not goin g to re s ign," r e plied Fred firmly. Mr. Niles turned on his heel and entered the Exchange without another word, while Fred continued on to his office. CHAPTER VI. FRED RECEIVES HIS F ATHER'S ULTIMATUM. "I have "Great ScotL What will your father say when he learns about it?" "He knows about it already." "And didn t he make a kick?" You bet he did, and a big one, but it didn't do him any good. He told me to throw up the job and I d e clined t o do it." "What did he say to that?" a s k e d Hal, aghast at Fred's r e b e llion against parental authority. "Nothing. He turned away and left me standing on the s idewalk." "I'm afraid he won t do a thing to you when he meets you at home this evening "I <1.on't care what he does. I m not going back to the academy." Do you think that carrying messages is such a cinch?" "No; but I think it is the best thing I ca n do for the present." "I'll b e t you 'll wish y9u were back at school before the end of the month." "I'll bet I won t. I'm in Wall Street to stay." "Suppose 'your father calls on Switzer and requests him to let y ou go, what then?" "I' ll look for another position." "If your father e xerc i ses his authority over you, you won' t be able to r e main in Wall Street." "I'm ready to argu e th e ;1rnlt e r with him," replied Fred. "I doubt if h e' ll ent e r into a n argument with you." "I'm not going to try to cr oss a bridge before I come to it." W e ll y ou have my sympathy. I hope you'll come out all right." "I'll get along all right i i my father k e eps his hands off." The boys t a lk e d about Wall Street rr 'ltters and methods all the wa y up town in the Madison Aveliue car, and parted at the corner of Sixty -eighth Street. Fred s sister s wer e r e ading in the sitting-room on the second floor wh e n the boy got home, and they wanted to know wha t he h acl been doing with himself all day, He told them without reserv e and they were rather stag gered. "I think y ou are a na1tghty to act again s t papa's wishes ; remonstrated M y rtle. "You needn't worry Myrt replied her brother. Fred was kept on the run pret t y much all the time up to "But I do worry. W e don t want to see you get into throo o'clock, and at half pa s t tha t hour was told that his trouble with papa." duties were over for the day and that he mu s t be at the office "Think too much of me, eh?" a little before nine in the morning. "Of cour s e w e do. Now promise me that you'll do as As soon as he was off he went over to the office o:f Richpapa wants you to," s h e s aid c oaxingly. mond & Co., where his friend Hal Mills was employed. "Couldn' t think of it. I'd do anything for you and Daisy He met Hal coming out of the main entrance of the except throw up the ope ning I've got. If father will let building on the way home. me alone I'll s how him what I amount to." "Hello, Fred,," he said. "I thought you were coming The girls were not s atisfied with the stand he had taken, down this morning." and did all they could to shake his re s olution, but to no pur" I did come down this morning," replied Niles. pose. "Then you might have dropped in and seen me before." They had about given up in despair when their father "Couldn't do it. I was too busy." appeared. "What did you have on the hooks?" He regarded Fred a moment in silence and then told him "Running errands for Mr. Switzer." to follow him to the library. "Running errands for Switzer! You don't mean to sa y The interview that followed l:etween father and son was you've actually gone to work or him?" gasp e d Hal. a warm one, but .Fred was just as inflexible as his father.
... TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 11 "You are determined, then, to remain with Mr. Swit zer?" said Broker Niles angrily. "I am, unless you will take me into your office," replied Fred. "I told you that I wouldn't have you in my office." "Well, you are the doctor, sir." "Then listen to my ultimatum, young man. I am tired and disgusted with the trouble you've been giving me for the last two years. Either go back to the academy in the morning, where you've made a reputation for yourself at the last moment, and where you will have the opportunity to live down your unsavory record, or take your trunk and leave this house." "That means I'm to get' out now, I suppose?" "You have till to-morrow morning to decide, and I hope by that time you'll come to your senses. That's all," and the broker turned to his desk. Fred went to his room at once and spent the time till dinner getting ready for his departure. He had no intention of deviating from his original reso lution. He was resolved to make a man of himself on his own hook since his father had given him the option of doing so or returning to the academy. Whether the strong-willed boy was right or wrong in the course he had adopted time alone would show. Although the receipt of Professor Harley's second letter had really warmed his father's heart toward him, the bro ker was very angry with the boy for asserting his independence-an independence which he did not agree with, and which he did not consider at all to his son's interest and prospects in life. He believed that the ultimati:r he placed before Fred would frighten him.,into complyiti'g with his wishes, and he fully expected to the boy take the train back for the academy in the morning. But he didn't know his son half as well as he fancied he did. Fred borrowed $20 from his mother after dinner, which, with the funds he had on hand, gave him a capital of about $35. Then he went downtown and hired a room on a side street off Madison Square. He induced the cook to get him an early breakfast, and at eight o'clock had an expressman at the door. Leaving brief notes for bis father, mother, and the twins, he left the house with his trunk and at five minutes before nine was in his seat at Mr. Switzer's office. The notes created consternation at the breakfast table later on. "The foolish boy!" exclaimed his mother. "Edward, you must go to Mr. Switzer's office at once and take him away," she added to her husband. "I shall do nothing of the kind, Ethel," replied Mr. Niles grimly. "He has seen iit to show a reckless disregard for my wishes and his own interests, so he shall learn a lesson that may be useful to him." "But, Edward--" ('My dear, it is evident to me that force will be wasted on our son. The only way to deal with his stubborn nature is to let him have his own way. I'll wagt?r he'll come around of his own accord before the month is up, and Switzer is the very man to help along the good cause. He'll stand no monkey business from Fred. I know the ma n He's a German and oneof the shrewdest traders in the Street. He has the reputation of getting his pound of flesh out of his employees. Fred will find that his job is not a bed of roses even if he behaves himself. If he doesn't he'll discover that Switzer will handle him without gloves. On the whole, Ethel, I think th ls i s the best thing that could have happened to the boy. He'll wake up to the stern realities of life pretty soon, and Switzer is as good a schoolmaster as he could have." Broker Niles took a sensible view of the situation, but at the same time he did not understand his son's character. Fred had at last awalfaned to the fact that he could not curb his tomfoolery at school, where his popularity egged him on to fresh misdeeds. It wasn't because he prefened work to school duties that he went into Wall Street as a messenger, but becauee h e believed he would be out of temptation. In addition to that fact, he was ambitious to get ahead through his own exertions, and he rather pr e ferred wm+:ing for a stranger, from whom he could expect no special fa vors, than for bis father. He had a sneaking desire, too, to prove to his father that he could hoe his own row without the ai.d of influence. On the whole, his purpose was a laudable one, but only an earnest, self-reliant boy could have carried it to a suc cessful conclusion, and it is the purpose of this story to show just how Fred managed to win out. CHAPTER VIL FRED :MAKES A DOUBLE HAUL IN THE MARKET. Fred expected that his father would call on Mr. Switzer just as soon as he came downtown, and consequently he looked for trouble. Nothing of the kind happened, however, rather to the boy's surprise, and the day wore away without any inter ference on l:iis father's part. Hal Mills met Fred at the Manhattan National Bank, where they both went to make a deposit of their employers' daily receipts "So you're still at Switzer's," said Hal. "Yes," replied Fred. "Has your father withdrawn his opposition?" "No. He gave me the alternative of going'"i:Jack to the academy this morning or getting out of the house on mY. own hook. I got out." "Go on!" ejaculated Hal, incredulously. "That's a fact. I've taken a room at No West Twenty-eighth d "I think you're a chump." "You're welcome to think what you please." "The idea of you chucking up a good thing to go to work. You must be crazy. I wish I was back at school." "All rigpt," replied Fred good naturedly. "Don't let's scrap over it." "How do you like Switzer?" "He's all right." "Keeps you on the bustle, doesn't he?" "He has so far." "He makes all his people earn e;yery cent of their wages." .,
) TIPS OFF THE TAPE. "I don't find any fault that." "Felt like cutting up any didoe s yet?" grim;ied Hal. "No. I've cut such things out." "You'd better, if you expect to hold your job." Here Fred moved up to the receiving teller's window and put his book in. In a few minutes he got it back miiv1s cash and checks, and plus a credit entry. "Wait for me out s ide your building," said Fred as he started off. "All right," replied Hal. Twenty minutes later the boys went uptown together. Saturda y came and though Fred had worked only three days and a half he received a full week's pay Switzer called him into hi s private room just before the o?Ice closed at one and complimented him on his efficiency as a messenger. "I took you without recommendations," said the Ger man, "because I liked your looks You struck me as being a bright boy. I don't often make a mi s take in either man or boy when I size him up. I'm not s urprised to find that you have mad e good. Keep on as you hav e beglm and yo. u will find it very much to your interest. That.is all." The broker closed his desk, put on hi s hat and went home. Fred was pleased with the broker 's commendation and went home, too. He sent a messenger to his home with a note to Myrtle asking her and Daisy to meet him at the Fifth A venue en tranceto the park at four o'clock. He was there on time and soon afterwa rd the twin s came along. Both kissed him and wanted to know where he was living. He told them. Then he wanted to know what his father had said with reference to his depa rture from the house. Myrtle told him what their father had said at the break fast table on the morning he took his trunk away. "So he think I'll throw up tpe sponge inside of the month, eh? He'll find that he's wrong. I'm going to stick to Switzer and Wall Street." "I wish you'd come back home," pouted Daisy. "You can get along without me. You had to when I was at school," replied Fred. "That was different. Mother is very much put out be cause you're working for Mr. Switzer. She's afraid that as soon as our friends find out about it they'll think it very funny that you're not at school." "They won't find out through me." "The servants think you went 1 ack to the academy." "As I have no doubt mother will not like to have the truth come out, you can tell her that I won't come near the house until I am requested to do so." Fred and his sisters remained together until six o'clock and then he went to a Broadway restaurant for his dinner. morning he took an early train for Hazelwood and treated Professor Harley to a pleasant surprise. They had a long talk together, during which he told the professor how he WM working as a messenger in Wall Street and WM getting on first-rate. Professor Harley showed him a letter he had received from his father, in whi
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 13 'On Monday the brokers began making a break for L.&M. It was in big demand at the Exchange, but the supply was not equal to the call, and so the price took on a boom and at three o'clock roosted at 68. 1 N ext day anlid great excitement it went to 7'5. F re d saw the figure on the tape. "I guess I d better take that as a tip for me to sell," he s..iill to himself. "I heard one of the clerks say that it isn't w e ll to wait for the last dollar in a stock deal. You never c ... n tell when the bottom will fall out of the boom and if you're long on the stock you're likely to find your-i in the soup." Accordingly the next time Fred was sent out with a mes sage he ran up to the little bank and ordered his five shares sold. It was done inside of :fifteen minutes at 75 3-8. Next day Fred went to the bank to :find out how he stood, though he had :figured it out pretty correctly him self, and received his $50 deposit back together with a profit of $23 a share, or $115 on the :five shares L. & M. was still hovering around 75. He had heard a broker say to another that it was bound to get on the toboggan in a day or two at the outside, as it was already top-heavy. From that Fred believed that it would be a capital idea for him to sell :fifteen shares short With this idea in his mind he took $150 of his money and made the deal with the margin clerk before leaving the window. "So you think the price is going to take a slump, eh?" grinned the clerk. "I don't think it will go much higher. I think the J>60ple who are buying it at present figures are chumps." "There are a lot of chumps then," replied the clerk. "I hope I'll never be one," replied the boy, taking up the memorandum of his new deal and leaving the bank. An hour later there was a crash in L. & M. Someijody threw big blocks of it on the market, and the price went to pieces. A small panic ensued on the floor of the Exchange. The late buyers suddenly became sellers in a frantic effort to save themselves There was uproar and excitement to burn, and Fred saw some of it when he was sent to the Exchange with a note for a broker. And while he stood waiting for the trader to show up at the rail he saw the price of L. & M. slaughtered _right and left. "That's :fine," grinned the boy, thinking of the dollars he was making out of the slump. "Fine!" said another messenger beside him. "Why, hun dreds of people are losing money hand over fist. Wh at is there fine about it?" "And the shorts are making money hand over fist," re plied Fred. "So you see it doesn't make any difference which way the cat jumps, somebody is bound to benefit by it." He had put up $150 as a guarantee that he would deliver fifteen shares of L. & M. at 75. It was now to be had for 65, if he wanted to cover, at a profit of $10 a share. But as Fred :figured that it would be lower it would be any higher he made no effort to buy in the :fifteen shares he had engaged to deliver. Next morning the slump wa"s arrested around 59, and the price began to go up again. Fred managed to get to the bank and leave an order to buy the fifteen shares at the market. The bank's representative got theni for 59 3-4, and Fred cleared $225 on his short deal. en both deals his profits amounted to the total sum of $340, and after he had cashed in he found that he was worth $400. CHAPTER VIII. TIP OFF THE TAPE. "Talk about easy money," he chuckled as he looked at his little wad. "That $340 is the easiest money I've made since I've been in Wall Street. I don t wonder my father is rich. He must run against many a cinch of this kind, and it will be a cold day when he does n t freeze on to all that comes his way. I'd be a fool not to do likewise when I got the chance. I wonder what my father would say if he knew what I've made. Not that it's such a large sum, but it's a whole lot to make out of an investment pf $50." Fred had not been a month in Switzer's office before he was thoroughly posted about going on in Wall Street. He was quick to take note of everything going on around him, and what he learne,d he retained. He had done his work so well that the German broker was delighted with him. The trader told all his friends that he had the :finest mes senger in the Street. "I took him without reference because I know a good boy when I see one," said Switzer with a complacent smile "You're lucky," returned one of his acquaintances. "How did you get such a jewel?" "He walked into my office at a time I wanted a boy badly and asked me for the pos ition." "Then he knew that you wanted a messenger?" "Yes. He heard so from somebody." "What's his name?" "Fred Niles." "Niles, eh? A namesake of Edward Niles, who has an office across the street from you No relation, I presume?" "I ;never asked him. It's a matter of no importance to me whether he is oi; not. I wouldn't change him f0;r any boy in the Street." "He must be a dandy when you're so pleased with him. If I remember right you always had some fault to :find with your other boys." "Yes. Some were lazy, some careless, and not one-half as good as the one I have now. I'll make a broker out of him if he stays with me." One day, not very long after his success in L. & 1\1., Fred, while out on an errand, overheard two of the heaviest oper ators in Wall Street talking in a low tone of voice about a syndicate that had been formed to corner B. & 0. shares and force a boom in the price of the stock. "You watch your ticker, G:ra.ham," said one, "and when
l I TIPS OFF THE TAPE. you see B. & O. liste d at 82 it will be a tip for you to pile in a second profit. :-row I'v e gone in B. & 0., and if I do t and bu y u p as muc h as you can handle Understand?" make $500 it will be because m y luck has gone back on me." That was all Fred heard, but it was enough to excite his W e ll don t let Switz e r get on to the fact that you 're an ticip a tions o f a c ha nce to make some more money in bu c king the Wall Street tig e r or he ll read you the riot act." t he market. I s ha n t take the troubl e to enlighten him. I wouldn t "It's c l ea r t o me t hat a big deal is on the tapis," he said tell an y body but you. I don t expect that you'll give me to himself, as he hurried :along the street. "I think I can't' awa y." do bette r tha n watch .. our office ticker whenever I get the "I should say not. What would I do that for?" opportunity, and when I see B. & O going at. 82 to jump "Well, I'm sorry that you haven't $50 to put up on .B. in and buy 40 sha re& o f i t & 0., for you would s urely double your money easil y He carried out this resolutio n and a day or two l ater he en?,ugh." saw a quotation of B. & O on the tape at 82. How do you know that I would? I think the r e is more "That's my tip," he said. "Now if I could get out I d chance of me losing the $50 p u t up my $400 on the stock." Not at all. I got hold of a tip on B. & 0." Fifteen minutes later he was sent with a message to a How?" broker in the Astor Building. Fre d explamed how the hp came h1s way. O n his way back he made a :fly ing visit to the little bank I s hould judge that the r e s something in that," adon Nassa u Street and left his order for 40 shares of B. & o. mitt e d Hal. "You>re getting pretty wi s e s ince you settl e d at the market. down in the Street As the market continued at 82 the rest of that day the I it my business to keep of thingE. I expect shares were bought at that price. to b e ,a b10!rnr s ome da y I 11 have to take my Next morning a couple of brokers came in to see Switzer, fthathte i r s ess o v h e r when he r c tbres Aktl rate, I figur e and F r ed heard all three talking about B. & o. e rope s any oo qulC y. One of them told the German trader that Broker Niles You re nght that, for you. have a w a s buying the stock whenever it was offered, and he to b a ck y ou bu s m e s s when the time comes g u essed t hat Niles was acting for some pool that wanted th I hope b y that tnne to be able to back myself. At any s h a res. e rate, that's what I'm aiming at." T h t fte B Don t tal k foolish You 'll never be able to save a tenth F ad a Milt O t went 1:Pk al part of the amount y ou would need for a proper s tart. You re me a s a a qmc unc counter shortly can t c arr y on a s tock brok e r age bu s iness on nothing." ar:;rEthreet k sh t th k t "That' s right; but still I've heard that some of the Curb ver a e a y a e mar e Hal ?" he a s ked his b k k tty d bl ff t h ld th h d f d ro ers ar e ma mg a pre goo u o o e1r ea s nen abov e wat e r "No. Haven't got the pnce." "Y 1 k' t b C b b k t 'th th ou r e not oo mg o e a ur ro er-no w1 e "Why don't you save up your money? It only takes $50 pro s pects of getting your father's seat in the Exchange and to make a start." hi s bu s iness to boot." "What will I save it out of?" "It would give me a heap more satisfaction to accumu"Why, your wages. You l ive at your uncle's a.nd it late e nough money to buy m y own seat in the Exchange." d oesn't cost you a cent." "Not much danger of you being able to do that," laugh e d "I onl y get $6. It takes all that to hold up my end with Hal. / the boys." How do you know? I've alr e ad y made $340 off of a "What would you do if you had to pay board?" $50 bill, and I expect to add to that through the d e al I'm "Blessed if I know I'd hav e to stay in the house nigh ts in now. Nothing i s impos s ibl e in this world if yo: go to like the man who had only one shirt and had to lie abed work about it in the right wa y." when it Wai was hed." Hal looked at hi;; for a moment or two befor e h e "Couldn t you put aside $1 a week?" s poke ag ain, the n h e s aid: "I couldn t put aside a cent I'm always broke when "Do you know, Fred, I'm beginning to wake up to th e Saturday comes around." fa c t tha t you are a blam e d sight smarte r fellow than I ever You ought to save $100 a year." too k you to b e befor e I wouldn t b e s urpri sed if you came "I o ught to save-my grandmother. How much do you out on top of the heap all by yourself. You seem to b e save, smarty?" / mad e of the right kind of stuff. It would be a good jok e "Oh, you don't expect me to say an y thing when I've got on your fath e r if you made your way ahead without any to pa y room rent and for my meals. If I was living home help from him at all." it w o uld be diff e rent. Howev e r, I managed to scrap e "That's jus t what I mean to do if he will continue to enough together to make a deal a short time ago." keep his hands off," replied Fred with a sagac io us wag of "You never told me about that before How did you the head come out?" I made $340 clear cash." T he dickens y;u did!" I did I bought L. & M. at 52 and sold it at a fraction over 7 5 After I had closed the deal out I sold fifteen sh:;i,res short, and when the stock fell back to 59 I made CHAPTER IX. FRED' S NERVY LEAP. On the it:Jllowing da y Fred saw by the ticker that B. & 0. was getting active.
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 15 Tt gradually went up a fraction of a point at a time until ii rraclml 84, about the closing hour of the Exchange. "Well, $80 isn't such a bad profit for one day," thought Fred ;: hl' looked at the last quotation. '"l'hafs eighty times as much as I've earned to-day by wearing o:ff a lot o.f sl1oe leather for Mr. Switzer. I don't wonder that the Street is full of 'lambs' trying to make easy money. There is no place like W aU Street f .or making money quick, and losing it a good sight quicker, too." B. & 0. wasn't the only on the list that appeared to be going up, but it was the only one in which Fred had con fidence that it would turn out a winner. The entire market showed buoyant tendencies, and that Iact made business pick up in the financial district. Hundreds of people were watching the market reports nearly every day .of their lives, and when they saw prices stiffen they hastened downtown to invest their money on margin in the hope of making a coup. The next time Fred went to the Exchange he look e d around for father and saw him at the B. & 0. pole. Re seemed to be buying the stock whenever any of it was in sight, and Fred was satisfied that his father was working in the interest of the syndicate. That day B. & 0. went up two points more, and the youpg messenger figured that he was another $80 to the good. "I wish I had 1,000 shares of that stock, then I could make money hand over .st. I tell you it's the big moneyed men like father who coin the ducats down here. Myrtle wrote me that he'd bought a new $8,000 automobile. I wonder whose coin paid for it? One of these days I'll have an auto myself, and the .rst trip I take in it will be down to Hazelwood to give Professor Harley, Mrs Morgan and the kids a ride about the country." B. & 0. continued to advance, and being a giltedge stock, soon attracted a whole lot of attention from the brokers. 1 The most astute traders scented a pool behind it and began to get on the band-wagon. At the end of a week it was going at 94, and Fred began to consider the advisability of selling out. He overheard a bevy of brokers say that it was sure to go to par, that is, 100, and on the strength of their opinion he held on, hoping that their judgment would prove to be correct. The market was favorable to further rises all along the line, and the excitement kept up around the B. & 0. standard helped to push it upward. Inside of twenty-four hours B. & 0. touched 99. "Are you holding on to your B. & 0. yet?" asked Hal when he met Fred on the street. "8ure thing." "It's up to 99." "I know it.'' "\\hat dicl you say you bought it .for?" "Eighty-two.'' "And you've got -10 shares?" "That's correct." "Gee! You'll make a wad o.f money if you get out all right. When are you going to sell?" "To-morrow, I guess. It will be up to 100 in the morn "How high do you expect it to go?" "Couldn"t tell you If I knew I'd have a dead cinch on the situation It i s easy enough to buy a stock on the rise, but the puzzle is when to sell for the best results. If you get out too soon you feel like kicking yourseH for losing the profit you might have had." "But if you hold on too long you're a good deal worse o:ff," interrupted Hal. "I think a bird in hand is worth two in the bush." "I agree with you; but when the birds in the bush seem to be so close that you thinlt you can just reach them you hesitate to gi1-e up the ohance to grab them." "That's why so many people go broke down here. The birds in the bush always appear to be just with1n their reach, but somehow or another they fail most of the time in landing them." Next day Fred decided that he'd sell out anyway and make sure of what was .coming to him. B. & 0. was going at 101 3-8 when he gave his '.order in to the margin clerk at the little bank, and that was the .gure he got for it. Subsequently the stock jumped to 105. He saw the figure on the tape, and for a moment he re gretted that he bad 'sold out HoweYer, he had made a matter of $760 on the deal, raising his capital to $1,150, and he decided that after all it was better to be on the safe side, for he might not be in a position to get ricl of his shares if he had to do so in a hurry to save himself. That afternoon while Fred was sitting in the waiting room Switzer in with a japanned brass-bound box in his hand. It had his initials, "J. s.," painted on it in gilt letters. "I'd like to own what's in that box," said Fred to him self. "I suppose it contains a lot of valuable bonds." Fred was right in his surmise The box contained twenty D. & G. bonds, whose market value was $1,100 each The bonds didn't belong to Switzer, however, but to a customer who had pledged them with him for a Joan. The customer had notified Switzer that he 'l\Ould call at three o clock to redeem his property, so the trader got the box out of his safe deposit vault where he was accustomed to keep his securities and brought-it to the office. Switzer hadn't been in over five minutes when a dapper, smoothly-shaven young man called and asked for him. Fred asked the visitor his name and business. "My name is Frank :Moss, and I came to see about buy ing some bonds." Fred went inside and told Mr. Switzer, and the broker said he'd see the caller. Accordingly the young messenger showed Moss into the private office. In a few minutes Briggs, the cashier, called Fred to hi s desk and gave him a certincate of stock to take in to Switzer. As the boy opened the door he was sta rtled by the sight he saw. The dapper young vis itor had one of his arms,' with a strangle hold, around the German br oker's neck, while with the other he held a handkerchief pressed t\ghtly against Switzer's face.
16 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. Fred uttered an exclamation and the young 'man looked up. He dropped his hold on the broker's head, grabbed the brass-bound box containing the bonds, and made a dash for the door, striking Fred with the box and knocking the boy down. The whole thing was done so quickly that Fred was taken by surpri se, and the daring thief was out of the private room before the messenger could make an effort to prevent his retreat. Fred, howeYer, was a youth who did not easily lose his presence of mind. He sprang to his feet, dropped the certificate of stock on the rug, and started after the dapper young man as he vanished the outer door into the corridor. The thief, realizing that he would be instantly pursued, did not dare take the chances of waiting for an elevator, but dashed for the wide staircase. On the floor below two cha rming young ladies had just alighted from an elevator and were walking toward th e door of an office the sign of which read "Hunter & Co." The girls were about seventeen' years of age, and were handsomely dressed. They were talking gaily together. Just as they were about to enter the office they were bound for they heard a rapid pattering of feet on the stair way leading up to the next floor. Presently a smoothly-shaven young man, carrying a small brass-bound case, came bounding d o wn the stairs. As the girls turned to look at him they were startled by the sight of a hatless boy flying towards them through the air. This was Fred Nile s taking a remarkably short cut-a twenty-foot jump-in a desperate effort to cut off the flying thief with the japanned box. CHAPTER X. FRED MAKES THE ACQUAINTANCE OF TWO CH.ARMING GIRLS. The girls uttered a half-suppressed scream, for Fred's :feat was c e rtainly an unus ual and startling one. The athletic boy alighted on his toes and then slipped full length on the marble floor. The thief tried to take advantage of the chance to slip past the fallen boy, but Fred was up in a twinkling, reached for and grabbed by the arm. The s mooth-faced young man struck viciously at him in an endeavor to shake off his hold. Finding that impos s ible, and as seco-nds counted with him, he dropped the box and grappled with the brave boy. In a moment they were struggling and rolling on the floor, while the girls regarded the performance with not a liitle consternation. The thief was about as spry as Fred himself, and he was Jei>perate, too. He succeeded in striking the messenger a heavy blow in the face apd springing to his feet. As he reached for the box Fred grabbed him by one leg. The fellow kicked the boy in the chest, sprang back out of his 11each, and seeing that he could not secure the box without doing something extraordinary, he suddenly seized the girl and tried to throw her on Fred. Of course she screamed loudly, and the effort she made to escape the crook gave Fred time enough to get on h1s feet again. He sprang at the thief and struck him in the eye, tearing the girl away from him. Then he seized tlie fellow, just as a clerk came running out of Hunter & Co.'s office. Fred managed to trip the rascal up and they fell in a heap on the marble floor. The thief struck his head so hard that he lay dazed and helpless. The boy immediately called on the clerk, who was an as tonished spectator of the scene, and requested him to help secure the man, explaining that he had stolen the brass bound box from Broker Switzer's office. Together they forced the rascal back upstairs to the scene of his crime, where they found Briggs bending over his employer and trying to bring him to his senses. Fred explained the situation to the cashier, who told the boy to telephone for an officer to arrest the crook. "There's the box the fellow tried to get away with," said Fred, laying it on the broker's desk. "You'd better take charge of it, Mr. Briggs." "All right; I'll look out :for it," replied the cashier. Fred then went and 'phoned the circumstances to the nearest police station, and the man at the other end of the wire said he d send a couple of officers to take the prisoner into custody. 'fhe office was naturally thrown into considerable excite ment when the facts were circulated through the counting room. In the midst of the confusion the owner of the bonds ca.me in to get them .r othing could be done about the matter until Switzer was fully recovered. He was coming around fast, however, as he had only been partially doped by the drug with which the handkerchief had been soaked. He was pretty near himself again when the policemen arrived. The prisoner remained silent the whole time he was held in the room, but when he looked at Fred the expression of his face was not very pleasant. The news that there was trouble in Switzer's had got around the floor below, and several of the brokers who were in at the time ca.me upstairs to see what was in the wind. Fred told them how the thief had called to see Mr. Switzer, and how he had caught him assaulting the broker. "Before I could interfere, the rascal snatched up the box, smashed me in the face with it, and skipped out into the corridor. I followed and saw that he was going down by the staircase. Fearing that I wouldn't be able to overtake him before he might manage to give me the slip on one of the lower floors, I tried to head him off by taking a flying leap from the turn of the stairway to the next floor. In this way I just managed to block his escape. Then we grappled, and I had the time of my life trying to prevent him from getting away from me, for he was both strong and as slippery as an eel." One qf tl'i.e officers put handcuffs on the rascal, and it was arranged for Fred to go with them to the station to make the charge fu due form
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 17 The crook gave his name as Frank Moss, but this was subsequently found to be a false ,one, assumed for the oc cas1on. He was locked up in a cell until removed with other prisoners to the Tombs. When Fred J:eturned to the office he found Switzer all right again and waiting for him The japanned box, the cause of the trouble, had been taken charge of by the police, and the owner of the bonds was unable to recover them until the case had been dis posed of. The charge made against the thief was grand larceny, and though he had no idea of the value of the contents of the box he would, if convicted, be punished just the same as if he had known what he was trying to get away with. Switzer told Fred to sit down and repeat his story to him though he had already had the facts from his cashier. When the boy had concluded the German trader shook him by the hand and complimented him on his presence of mind and swift action. "There' was $22,000 worth of negotiable bonds in that box, Fred," he said "Had the rascal got away with them I would have had to the amOUJ?.t good. You have saved me that a.mount of money, and to show you that I appreciate your plucky conduct in my interest I will make you a present of $1,000." Fred was asto,nished at his employer's liberalit y He was genera ll y regarded as a close man with money, and seldom failed to get one hundred cents' worth of service for every dollar h e expended "I don't expect you to give me anything, Mr. Switzer,' said Fred. "I guess I only did my duty in trying to pre vent that fellow getting away with any of your property." "That's all right," replied the broker, drawing his check book to him. "I regard your service as something out of the common, and as you saved me so much money it is only fair that I reward you. It will enco urage you, and I shall lose nothing by it." "I am very much obliged to you, Mr. Switzer," said Fred as he accepted the check. "I shal l endeavor to prove worthy of your high opinion of me." The broker nodd ed, put on his hat and overcoat, and left the office. Fred did the Bal!le, as it was lon g after his quitting time. The elevator stopped at the floor below and took on the girls who had been accidentally involved in the incident in which the young messenger had played so stir ring a part. Fred looked at them and then lifted his hat. They smiled and bowed to him. "I hope that man didn't hurt you any wlien he grabbed you, Miss---" looking at the brighter of the girls. "No, he did not, but he frightened me a good bit. I am very much obliged to you for releasing me from him," she added. "You are quite welcome," said Fred politely. "If you don't mind telling us the particulars of the trouble we should be glad to hear them," said the young lady as they all stepped out in the corridor below. "All we could und erstand was that the man was a who had taken that japanned box from your office on the floor above." 1 Fred told them how the rascal had called at the office like I any visitor, and after having been shown into the private office. had attacked Mr. Switzer, and then tried to make his escape with the box of bonds. "I chased him, and finding that he stood a chance of eluding me I took that leap into the corridor below," said Fred. 1 "My, but you did startle us, coming down through the all" the way you did," said the girl laughingly. "What a wonderful boy you are, and how courageous!" "Oh, I'm used to athletic exercises, though I can't say that I ever executed such an impromptu feat befor e I just did it on the spur of the moment." "You might have hurt yourself severely "That's true, but I didn't s top to consider the risk 1 ran. I consid e red it my duty to catch that rascal, and I'm glad to say that I succeeded." "Well, I shall have something to talk about when I get home," said the girl. "We are very much obliged to you for telling us all about the affair. Perhaps you would let us know your name ?" she added, a bit s hyly. "Certainly. My name is Fred Niles." "Niles! Are you any relation of Mr. Niles, the broker, across the street?" "Yes. He is my "Is it possible!" she exclaimed in surprise. "My father is well acquainted with him." "Indeed l May I ask your name?" "Mildred Hunter." "And Broker Hunter up s tairs i s your father, I sup pose?" "Yes. Let me introduce my friend, Miss Tes sie Olcott."' Fred bowed to the young lady, and she returned his salute. I am glad to know you both," h e sa.id, "and I hope I may have the pleasure of meeting you again." "I hop e s o," replied Miss Hunter with a smile. "I think we will go home now, Tessie," she said, turning to her friend. "I should be glad to see you as far as Broadway if you are going in that direction," said Fred, anxious to improve his acquaintance with the brok er's daughter. "We would b e pleased to ha.ve your escort," s he answered. So Fred walked with them as far as Broadway. "We are going to take the Madison Avenue car," she sa id when they reached the corner. "Then, if you have no objection, I will walk with you to the post-office," he said, glad to continue awhile longer in their society Th e girls had no objection, in fact, were rather pleased to have such a nice looking young m a n with them. Fred placed them aboard a car and wished them good-bye "By George! What a s tunnin gly pietty girl!" breathed as he stood looking after the car. "I must kno\v her better if there is any way of doing it." Then he boarded a Broadway car for uptown. CHAPTER XI. FRED GETS WISE TO A BOOM IN S & 0. The late afternoon papers had an account of the incident in which Fred had figured in such a brilliant manner. A reporter had gathered the details from Mr. Briggs, and
18 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. Fred got full credit for capturing the thief in a novel fa8h ion. When Broker Niles went to hi s club that evening one of the member showed him the story in the paper and asked him if the hero of the affair was his son. Mr N i les read the article and admitted that the boy men tioned was his son. How is it he's working for Switzer, the broker? I thought he was preparing for Yale." That was an embarrassing query :fur the big trader to answer, but he got out of it by stating that Fred had taken the position only temporarily and for a purpose. He sent one of the attaches of the c1ub out to get a paper con taining the story, and when he went hom e that night he showed it to his wife. "Fred is certainly a corker for doing strenuous things," he said, with a feeling of pride in the boy, :'but I'm afraid hi s getting into the limelight is going to cause us some embarrassment. People will want to know why he's work ing for Switzer when he ought to be at school." "I'Ye been dreading this discovery ever since he persisted in. taking that position downtown. You ought to take him away from Mr Switzer and in sist that he go back to the academy," said his wife. "You were s o certain that he would get tired of Wall Street insid e of a month that you consented to let him run his length. Now two months have g one by and I haven't seen any signs of his giving up his p o sition Really, Edward, I think it i s high time that'you a sserted your authority." N" ext morning Mr. Niles's messenger carr ied a note to F r ed requesting him to call at his father s office when he was through for the day. Fred called at halfpast three. His father was engaged with three gentlemen on im portant business and he had to wait. There was nobody in the waiting room, and Fred sat down to await his father's pleasure. In a little while Mr. Niles came out on his way to his c ashier's d esk. He saw his son, shook hands with him, asked him how he was, and then said he'd see him in a short time. When he went back he inadvertently left the door slightly F r ed's chair being close to the door, the boy heard much t hat was going on in the room, for the men spoke in theii w dinaty tones. It didn't take him long to discover that a pool had been .formed to boom S. & 0. shares, and that his father had been selected to do the buying. Fred li stened to snatches of the conversation with much i nterest, for he knew that a valuable tip was coming his way Finally the party broke up, and by that time the young messerrger had his own plans outlined for getting in on the d ea l on the ground floor. H e also learned at about what .figure the pool expected to start i n to unload if things went thejr way all right. Af ter the brokers had left his fath er called him in a.nd had a serious conversation with him. H e wanted the boy to resign from Switzer's office and re turn t o t h e academy. Fre d respectf u lly but firmly declinea to do so. "You gave me the alternative of going back to school or getting out of the house," he said. "Well, I got out and I mean to stay out for 1.he presenl. I'm doing better than I expected, so I don't care to make anr e;hange. I've :for gotten all about my practical joking propensities, and they say it's always well to let a sleeping dog alone As a stu dent at school I was always giving you more or less trouble and cause for worriment. As a messenger in Wall Street I'm not giving you any that I know of. You let me alone, father, and I'll come out at the top of the heap, and make you proud of me; but if you butt in, a s I admit you have a right to do, I won't answer for the consequences." Mr. iles had the worst of the argument all the way through, and he :finally told Fred that he was very sorry that they seemed i:o be unable to come to a satisfactory agreement. "If you do not retur;n to tile academy pretty soon you'll either have to have a private tutor to help you make up lost time, or you'll have to give up all thoughts of going to Yale, and that will be a great disappointment to me,'' said his father. "At the present moment I have no expectations of going to Yale Should I change my mind I'll let you know," answered Fred. "But you ought to go there," insisted his father. "I" don3t know. You can s poil a good mechanic by try ing to make a professional man of him. Yale-College might do me more harm than good. I've got an idea that I'm in my right groove now. Don't try to queer me, father, for if you do the responsibility will be on yom head. I think it's unfair to a boy if he happens to be a rouncl peg to force him into a squ'are hole-he won't fit." Mr. Niles couldn't help being somewhat impressed by his son's reasoning, which was direct, sensible, and to the point. 'rhe broker, however, suggested that Fred return home, at any rate. "I will conside r the matter," be replied "Give mother and the girls my love." Father and son then shook hands and Fred left the office. Next day h e took all his money but $150 and put it up on margin on an order for 200 shares of S. & 0., at 62. Some days passed b e fore there was any movement to speak of in the price Broker il es was going about quietly among the different brok ers buying up all b e could find. V\nen he had secu r ed all that he could locate in this way he started in to bu y in the open market. Before long it was noticed that the stock was scarce, and that fad led others, who scented the formation of a corner lo bid for the stock. As a consequence the price gradually advance d until it reached 66, where it anchored for a couple of days Fred kept watch on the stock as a matter of course, for he was interested to the extent of $2,000, and when i'.; reached 66 he easily figured that he was about $800 to the good. Within a day or two there was some more excitement around the S. & 0 pole as the price began to jump upward once Brokers gathered around and tried to buy some of it, but found that it had all been cornered.
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 19 The moment that fact began to be suspected general at-was the only son of the big trader on the other side of the tention was attracted to the stock. street. 'l'he newspapers began printing all kinda of stories The news certainly surprised him, but he did not mention about it. the matter to Fred. This served to whet the appetite of the outsicle public, He could only account for it on the ground that there was and they began :flocking to Wall Street in shoals. fhction between the boy and his father. It seemed as if every broker or his representative who Fred was o.ccasionally stopped on the street and asked came on the floor had his pockets filled with buying orders how he liked working for Switzer. for S. & 0. shares. "First-class," he replied, in a tone that sho\\ed he Whether they had or not, they couldn't get the stock. meant it. The result was the boom set in and bids as high as 75" "How did you come to go to work for him?" asked one were made for S. & 0. curious broker. On the next day it was up to 81, and on the day after it "Heard he wanted a messenger and applied for the job.': was quoted on the tape at 87 3-8. "I should think you'd prefer. to work in your fathers As Fred had heard the leading broker in his father's office." office on the afternoon he got the tip say that the syndicate "My father has no opening," was the way Fred accounted expected to unload between 85 and 90, he lost no time in for the matter. ordering a sale of his shares. "Oh, he could make an openjng. But I don't see why They were eagerly snapped up at the price above menyou're working, anyway. I understood your father to say tioned, and Fred figured up his profits on the deal at $25 that you were preparing for Yale." a share, or $5,000 altogether. "Did anybody tell you I was not preparing for Yale?" This raised his capital to a little over $7,000. "No; but the fact that you're working down here doesn't He met Hal as he was coming from the little bank. look as if you were." "Just made another haul in the market," Fred told him. "Appearances do not always count," laughed Fred, who "On what?" did not want to embarrass his father any more than he "On S. & 0., of course. Everybody seems to be intercould help. estecl i:t;l that these days. The curiosity of the traders about Fred did not last over "How much did you make this time?" a few days, and then they forgot all about him. "I made enough to keep me for awhile if I quit work." One afternoon late in the spring Fred walked over to "You're a lucky boy. I wish I could make a stake mythe ticker in his office while he was wruting for half-past self." three to come. "Wishing won't do it. You'll have to save your money On looking at the tape he noticed that M. & N. stock was till you get enough to put up on a margin deal. By the pretty active. way, I had an interview with my father about ten days ago. Thousands of shares had changed hands that day at He tried to get me to quit Wall Street and go back to rising quotations. school, but I 6ould not see it. Finally he told me to come "I wonder if there's a boom on in that?" he asked himback to the house anyway." seH. "Looks like it, but you can't always tell from what's "Why don't you go?" going on in the Exchange. It may be only a temporary "Because ha.Ying started out on my own hook, I want flurry. I must try and find out if there's anything in it. to keep it up till I have won enough success to prove the At that moment Switzer s bell rang. point I'm aiming at." Fred went in to see what the trader wanted. "Gee! But you're different from most boys. You've cut "Take this note over to Blucher and get an answer," said yourself off from a whole lot of flin." the German. "I'm thinking of business now:, not fun." "es, sir," and Fred was like a shot. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Blucher's office was in the Pluto Building, on Broad "That doesn't apply to me. I'm not working any more Street. than you." He was busy with a big customer when Fred got there, "But you're keeping yourself under cover." and the young messenger was told to wait. "Not as much as you think. I've got an object to ac"Take this note in to him," said Fred to the office boy. complish, and I'm going to put it through. Come, now, "It's important." you'd better run along, or your uncle will give you a raking The boy took it in, while Fred stood waiting close to the for staying out too loni'.'___ door, which the youngster failed to close tight. CHAPTER XII. FRED GETS ON TO A CORKING TIP AND PLAYS IT FOR ALL IT'S WORTH. By this time most of the brokers knew that Edward Niles's son Fred was working as messenger for Switzer, and they rather wondered at it. Switzer also learned, for the :first time, that his new boy \ "You've simply got to start in to-morrow morning as soon as the Exchange opens and break the price, Blucher,'r Fred heard a voice say. "We haven't got half the sharei?> we want, and we can' t afford to give 68 for it. I cut Switzer off an hour ago, and told him to get further instruc tions from you after the Exchange closed." "Here's a note from him now asking for instructions. What shall I tell him?" "Tell him to begin buying again as soon as you have got lVL & N. down to 60, and to be careful not to start an.other
20 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. upward movement\ We don't want the stock to boom till we've collared the bulk of it at low figures." "How high do you expect to be able to send it when the boom is on?" "Eighty or over. Our plans are to unload between 80 and 85. It ought to go to 90 while we're doing it. That will be your part of the business when the time comes." "I understand. All ri..;ht. Switzer's messenger is out side. I'll write the note now, and then make my plans to bear the stock in the morning." In a few moments the office boy brought out the note for Fred to take back. "Gee! But I've got hold of a fine tip," muttered Fred as he hurried back to his office. "I know what I'll do. I ll leave an order with the ba.nk on my way uptown to sell 700 shares of M. & N. short at the market first thing in the morning, with instructions to buy the stock in to cover at 60. It looks like a cinch At any rate, I'm ready to take the risk." Half an hour later Fred was standing before the margin clerk's window of the little bank giving in his order. "Say, you're getting to be a plung e r, Niles," said the clerk. "Seven thousand dolla rs is a whole lot of money for a boy like you to risk." "That so?" replied Fred coolly. "Well, don't you worry. It isn't your money." "You mu&t be working on a tip." "Why so?" "You seem to know, or have an idea, that M. & N. is going to drop to around 60. Now it's been rising all the aft ernoon, and the general opinion seems to be that it is going higher." "I'm not bothering my head about the general opinion. People who base their hopes on the general opinion fre quentl y get left." "Then you have got a tip?" "I didn't say I had. Give me credit for a little brains, will you? I think M. & N. has gone as, high as it's lik ely to go, and I'm putting my coin up to back my views. That's the way I do business." "Oh, that's it, eh? Well, I hope ; you'll come out all right; but I wouldn't take the chance you're doing the way the market looks, unless I had a tip to the contrary You must have money to burn." "No, I haven't got money to burn. I'm simply trying to get money the best way I know how." The bank's broker sold 700 shares short for Fred's ac count next morning at 68, and ten minutes later the pric e broke under Blucher's tactics, ancl there was excitement to burn in the Exchange. Blucher found himself up against a stiff array of bulls, and he had his hands full beating down the price, but he got it to 60 by eleven o'clock, and put the bulls to temporary flight. At that figure the bank's representative bought in the 700 shares to cover the previous sale, and so Fred cleared in on e hour a profit of about $5,300, after commissions were deducted. Fred dropped into the bank about noon, by which time M. & N. had recovered to nearly 62, and finding out that the deal had been put through according to his instructions he told the maJ.:gin clerk to use the mone y in buying him 1,200 shares more of M. & N. at the market. It was bought a,t 62. "I'm going to make a haul this time for fair," sa id the young messengei< to himself, "for I know just what the syndicate plans are. Of course if t11e pool shou l d go to pieces I'll go down in the wre ck with them. That's a chance I'll have t<> take or cash in at a lower profit than I believe is in sight That will be a matter for me to con sider within the next few clays." As 1\1. & N. s howed indications of ri s ing again under Switzer's bu y ing, Blucher jumped in again that afternoon when the price reached 66 and beat it clown to 62. These tactics continued until the syndicate got hold of as much stock as they wanted, then Switzer was instructed to set the ball rolling, and he began to bid foi: M. & N. at higher figures. That started the boom. Fred watched the battle whenever the chance came his way, and when the price reach e d 80 he sent a written or der to the little bank to sell his holdings, as he couldn't get there in person to attend to it, for Switzer's cashier was ke epi ng him on the jump with messages, and it wouldn't do for him to lose any of his employer's time at tending to his private business. The littl e bank accepted the order, comparing his signs,. ture with that on the original order, and his shares were so1d for a fraction over 80. His profit on the deal footed up $21,500, and raised his working capital to $34,000. "I think I could open my father's eyes if I wanted to show him what I've done with a $50 start," said Fred, rub bing his hanc1s g l eefully together. "He'd wake up to the. fact that he isn't the only smart member of the family. I reckon I could buy an $S,OOO automobile now if I wanted to, and have a whole lot of money left. I'll bet the boys down to the Hazelwood acad emy would have a fit if they learned that I have made $34,000 in Wall Street since I left school. The whole bunch would want to come here and try their own luck.'' That night he told Hal that he'd made some more money out of the market. "You must have quite a wad by this time," said Hal, "for I haven't heard of y ou losing anything so far." "I'm not saying anything about my losses if I have had any," replied Fred. "I suppose there is no use of me asking you how much you've made since you've been in Wall Street?" "No. I'm keeping that inte resting fact to myself. When I get to be a millionair e I'll l e t you know." "That won't happen for a good many moons yet, I guess," grinned Hal. "You're right about that. A million is a pretty big bunch of money." "Do you think your father is worth a million?" "Haven't the least idea. I never asked him, and he wouldn't have satisfied my curiosity if I had. He has enough money to live on in good shape, and that is all that is necessary for me or the twjns to know. Mother may know just how he's fixed, but it's not at all certain that she does. So long; I'll see you to-morrow."
/ TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 21 CHAPTER XIII. They entered the well-1..'Ilown restaurant, and Fred or dered a first-class lunch to be served to them. There were more than fifty brokers and their friends in the big dining-room at the time, and when the party en Fred had been aching for an opportu,nity to see Mildred tered the stylishly dressed and handsome girls attracted Hunter again, but the weeks had flown by and the chance immediate attention. was not afforded him. Mildred was recognized by several as Brok e r Hunter's FRED DOES TIIE HONORS AT DELMONICO'S. She might have been in the building several times since daughter, but to the majority of those present both girls the day he made her acquaintance, but Fred had no means were unknown. of learning whether she had or not. A good many of the trader s knew Fred as Edward Niles's It was noon on the first Saturday of J un.e, and Fred was son, and several identified Hal as the nephew of Broker sitting idly in hi s chair wondering if he would be sent out Richmond. on another errand that day, when the door of the waitingOf course they were also known as W!.l Street messenroom opened and, to his great surprise and satis faction, in gers, and the persons present thought they had a whole walked fildred Hunter and her fri e nd, Tessie Olcott. lot of nerve to patronize such an expensive establishment "Gee! But I'm glad to see you, Miss Hunter," said as Delmonico's. Fred, taking her L y the hand. "And you, too, Miss Olcott. "They'll blow in double their week's wages treating those Sit down and make yourselves at home." girls they've got in tow," remarked one broker to another. "As we were downtown we thought we'd call and see "I guess Fred Niles can afford it," replied '"the other. you," said Mildred. "No doubt his father gives him a big allowance. It's a "Thanks Ever, so kind of you. I've been wondering if good way to spoil the bOy." I was ever going to see you again." "Do you know I'm afraid we ought not to have come "Why, have you really thought about us since?" laughed here," said Mildred in a w ; hisper to Fred. Mildred. "Why not?" asked the boy in surprise "Thought of you! I haven't been doing anything el:'se." "Every gentleman in the room appears to be looking at "We ought to feel highly complimented." us. It is rather embarrassing," she answered. "No, you mean I ought to feel complimented b y receiving "You mustn t mind that, Miss Hunter. They have probthis visit from you." ably never seen two such handsome young l adies together "Perhaps we are keeping you from your work?" said before," laughed Fred. Mildred. "How complimentary you are!" blu shed Mildred. "No. I guess !'m through for the day, but I can't tell "Not at all. You both deserve it." yet. We don't close before one. I hope you'll s tay awhile. "Did you hear that, Te ssie?" asked Mildred, with a rich I expect a friend of mine named Hal Mills, and I want to flush. introduce him to you." "I couldn't very well help hearing it," she replied. "I don't believe we can stay very long. Tessie and I are "I coincide wtih Fred," chipped in Ha1, who had approgoing to take an early train for Manhattan Beach." priated Tessie to himself. "I would suggest that you take the boat to the iron pier, "You are as bad as Mr. Niles," pouted Tessie. and l e t us go along with you. That was the trip Hal and "Yes, we're both pretty bad," grinned Hal. I had decided on for this afternoon." The girls laugh e d mei.Tily. Mildred replied that she was afraid he'd have to excuse "Great Scott! You seem to be setting the pace, young them, as her father was going to take them to lunch at Delman," said a voice at Fred's elbow. monico's before they started, and they were waiting for The entire party looked up at a handsomely dressed him to come from a meeting of directors. gentleman who had just entered the room and then paused Fred felt a bit disappointed but said he hoped he and at their table. Hal would have the pleasure another time. "Why, hello, father I" said Fred, not at all taken aback. While they were talking Hal came in, and Fred intro-"Let me introduce you to Miss Mildred Hunter. You know duced him to the girls. her father pretty well." Pretty soon Mr. Hunter's office boy came in. "Are you Richard Hunter's daughter?" asked Mr. Niles, Walking up to Mildred, he said: with a courtly bow. "Mr. Webster sent me up to tell you that he'd just got "I am;'' she answered with a winsome smile. "I am a message over the 'phon e from your father. He said that pleased to meet you.'i. 1 it would be impossible for him to r et urn in time to take "I am very happy to make your acquaintance, Miss you and Miss Olcott to lunch as arranged." Hunter, and vety much surprised to find that you know my "Isn't that mean, Tessie I" cried Mildred. / son." "Why not go to lunch with us, Miss Hunter?" asked "Oh, we're old acquaintances," she laughed. "That is, Fred eagerly, as the boy walked out of the room. "Then I met him once before about a month or more ago. He we could go down to the island by the boat afterward." rescued me from the grasp of a man who was trying to make Mildred hesitated about accepting Fred's invitation, his escape from the Cooper Building with a box of bonds though she knew that, being the son of Mr. Niles, the big he had stolen from the office where your son is employed." brok e r across the st reet, he was her social equal. "Indeed!" said the broker, opening his eyes. Fred finally coaxed her to consent, and fifteen minutes "This is Miss Olcott, father," said Fred, indicating Miss later the four were on their way to Delmonico's. Hunter's friend. "Miss Olcott, my father."
TIPS OFF THE TAPE. Mr. Niles and the young lady acknowledged the introduction. "Won't you sit down and have lunch with us, father?" asked Fred. "We can make room for you." Mr. Niles laughed. dred invited Fred to call on her some evening soon, which he promised to do. Then Fred returned to his lodgings. CHAPTER XIV. "Thank you, Fred, but I have a coup l e of friends with me who hav e already taken a table oYcr yonder, so you will FRED MAKES A BIG IIAUL IN n. & O. have to excuse me. I hope, J\Iiss Hunter, that you will see Soon after Switzer came in on Monday morning be called that my son behaves himself. I was not aware that he fre-Fred into his room and gave him a note to deliver to a quented this restaurant." broker named Smith, who had an office in the Vanderpool "This is the first time I was eYer here, father; but you Building. couldn't expect Illf to take two such charming young ladies The young messenger hurried off with it. anywhere else in Tuis neighborhood." When he reached his destination Mr. Smith, whom he "Doesn't he say that nice, Mr. iles ?" said Mildred to knew by sight, was just dismissing another broker at the the broker. door of his private room. "You musttl't mind all he says, Miss Hunter," returned "You'd better sail in at once, Barker, and buy every share Mr. Niles. "You will find him a pretty nervy young man. you can get. It is going at 52, and the more you can get at The leap he made that afternoon in the Cooper Building or around that price the better." ought to convince you of that. And that was only one of "All right," replied the trader, walking hurriedly away. the numerous exhibitions he's been guilty of. I am never Pred then handed th note to Mr. Smith, who read it surprised at anything he may do in that line. I suppose he and told him to tell I\Ir. Switzer "All right." hasn't told you that he saved the lives of four people at a As the young messenger h11rried away he began ponder-:fire a few months ago?" ing on what Mr. Smith had told Broker Barker. "Why, no, he did not," she answered in surprise. "Did "That looks as if an attempt is going to be made to you?" she added, laying her hand on Fred's arm. corner some s tock, and Barker has been instructed, through "I'm afraid I'll have to plead guilty to the charge, Miss Smith, to do the buying, at the Exchange probably. I'd Hunter. Father, if you're going to stand here and give me like to know the name of that stock. I must look up the away like that I'll excuse you and you can join your market report and Eee what stock is selling at 52. Then I friends." must try ancl find out the next time I go to the Exchange All laughed and then Mr. Niles bowed to the ladies and what stock Barker i s buying. If I succ9ed in getting on walked over to the table taken by the gentlemen he came in to the right thing, why, of course I'll take a flier on it and with. see how I will come out." "I think your fathef awfully nice," said Mildred to Fred. On reaching the office Fred entered Switzer's room and "Thank you. He's the best father in the world, but he gave him I\Ir. Smith's answer. and I do scrap once in awhile." Returning to the waiting-room, now filled up with "I am sure it's nothing serious," she answered. "I like tamers, he got hold of the market report printed that morn to hear a boy praise his father and mother. It shows he's ing giving a full list of the previous day's transactions on a good son." the Exchange. "Oh, come now, Miss Hunter, no bouquets, please. If Among those stocks selling at or around 52 be noted there's any to be thrown I'd like to attend to the matter H. & 0. mys elf." Half an hour later, after corning back .from an errand At this point the waiter appeared with the dishes, and to the Mills Building, he was despatched with a note to soon the four were eating and talking merrily together. Switzer's si d e -partner on the floor. They remained an hour in the re s taurant. Freel made his way in at the s ide entrance and found a Fred tipped the waiter a dollar bill and Hal opened his lot o.f other messengers ahead of him lined up at the railing eyes, for the lunch bad cost quite a stiff sum waiting to get notes to different brokers on the floor. Our young messenger always did things up brown. While waiting for a chance to send an attacbe after the He could easily afford to, considering that be had man for whom he had brought the note, he saw Broker $34,000 stowed away in his safe deposit box in the Was}\-Barker near the H. & 0. pole. ington vaults on Wall Street. He noticed him bid for something, which he guessed was Nobody but himself knew that, however. H. & 0., and almost immediately made a memorandum on They walked down to Pier One onthe Hudson River, hi s pad and exchange it with a trader for a similar paper. close to the Battery, and took one of the iron steamboats Before Fred delivered his note he saw Barker make sev-that had just running for Coney Island. era] deals. It was a fine afternoon and they enjoyed the sail imThe young messenger left before he could make sure just mensely. what Barker was buying. They landed at the New Iron Pier, and Fred took them He learned what he wanted to know outside. into several of the shows, after which they started for ManTwo brokers passed him abd he heard one of them say: battan Beach, where they spent the rest of the afternoon, "I just sold Barker 1,000 H. & 0. He seems to be buy-had dinner at one of the hotels, and finally took a train for ing all he can get." New York. That was all Fred heard, but it satisfie d him as to the They escorted the young ladies to their homes, and Milstock the trader was dealing in.
./ I TIPS OFF THE TAPE. 23 It was evidently the stock Srnith had told him to buy all that he could find. Fred had no time to get his money and go with it to the little bank, so he had to wait for a chance to come his way. No such opportunity came his way all day, as he was kept very busy. He caught an occastonal glance at the ticker and found that H. & 0. was slowly advancing an eighth of a point at a time. The last quotation for the day showed that it was up to 53 5-8. At half-past three Fred went to his safe deposit box, took out $30,000 and put it up on 3,000 shares of H. & 0. at the market in the morning. "This is b y long odds the biggest deal I've made yet," said the boy to himself. "I stand to win a good deal of money thi time, or lose the bigger part of my previous winnings. Well, nothing ventured nothing gained. I might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. I believe it's the nervy man who wins out as a rule. At any rate, I think I've got a pretty good thing on the hooks." Soon after the Exchange opened H. & 0. fell back to 53 1-8, but inside of the hour went to 54, where it remained most of the day, closing finally at 54 3 -8. Business was booming in the str:eet and Fred had very little chance to keep track of his deal. W11enever he did get a chance to look at the tape, eitheJ' in his office or elsewhere, he always found H. & 0. a little higher each time, so that by the of the week it was going at 60. The papers were beginning to take notice of H. & 0. Some said that it was likely to go to 70 with the buoyant market. When Fred got down to Wall Street on Monday morning it was with the full anticipation that there would be some thing doing in H. & 0. before long. And he was right. It opened with a rush at the Exchange and began climb ing right away. 'l'here was hardly a stock that didn't show a rising tendency. The "lambs" were coming down in great force that morn.; ing and the Street was fuJl of them. They all looked confident and hopeful, as if they were al ready counting the profits they expected to make that week. Clerks, stenographers, and brokers were preparing for a rush of orders that would mean overtime to catch up with. There was pandemonium in the Exchange during the nve hours it was in session. Thousands of shar\)s hands that day. The afternoon newspapers said it was one of the most strenuous days in Wall Street that year. What interested Fred was that H. & 0. went as high as 70. Wnat bothered him was that if he had found it neces sary to sell out to save himself he wouldn't have got the chance to do so, for he had been kept almost continually on the run from the moment Switzer came down until it was time for him to go home. There was every indication that H. & 0., as well as all the other stocks, would continue to rise on the morrow un less something unusual happened to upset the calcula-. "' tions of the Street, the newspapers and the speculative pub lic generally. It was the unusual, though, which crops up so often ill the financial district and upsets the wisest prognostications. Fred knew that H. & O .. might go to 80 next day and then su!denly go to pieces. He also knew that he would be too busy to look after his deal personally. Under those circumstances he stood a good chance 0 being wrecked in the shuffle. In order to protect himself to some extent he decided to give an order to the bank that afternoon, on his way home, to sell him out if his stock reached 76 next day. Although he believed H. & 0. might go to 80, he did not dare chance it, but selected a figure between 70, which it had closed at,1and 80, which he had an idea it was likely to rea.ch. ; It was better to be on the safe side, if possible. Having decided that point to his own satisfaction, he' left the order at the bank and went home. If the price went to 76 he was sure of making $66,000 profit. If it broke before it.reached 76 all his profit in sight was likely to be swept away. At noon next day H. & 0. reached and passed 76. The bank, according to Fred's instructions, ordered' its broker to sell his 3,000 shares. rrhey went like hot cakes. The. young messenger bad no chance to look at the ticker at all that day. He was in the office and out again right away from half past nine till nearly half-past three. At one o'clock somebody' began dumping big blocks of H. & 0. on the market. The syndicate, whiCh was cashing in, made a strong effort to save the market, but failed to do it, and soon a small panic was going on at the Exchange. The syndicate brokers were squeezed to some extent, but tJ.Ot enough to cripple them, for they had managed to buy in most 0 their shares low.' Fred, however, by providing for the very emergency that had happened, came out a winner, and when he effected a settlement with the bank he found that he was worth an even $100,000. "Just to think that I'm actually worth the tenth part of a million. Why, my father would have a fit if he knew about it. As for mother and the girls, I don't know what they'd. say. It would take a whole lot of evidence to make them believe that I had made so much money in so short a time. And Dick Silver and the rest of the chaps at the academy-I can imagme ho.y they would take the news of my wonderful luck. I'd have to do a lot of explaining to convince them that I wasn't giving them a big jolly. In fact, I can hardly believe the thing myself. It really doesn't seem quite natural, and yet this statement from the bank proves that it is so." CHAPTER XV. FRED GETS IN ON NORTHERN TRACTION. The boom in H. & 0. had. hardly gone the road of prei vious deals of this kind when another one) the result of an
124 TIPS OFF THE TAPE. r attempt of two rival factions to get control of a big traction A cab came rushing down the street at the moment, and road and extend it, came to Freds notice. a Madison Avenue car was coming from the opposite direc He picked up his information by hearing fom substa.ntial tion, so that when somebody shouted to the old man to look iooking men in an auto discussing the matter. out he got confused and stopped right in the track of the The machine was standing to one side on a dock in cab. Jersey City, waiting for the boat to come in to her slip The driver apparently did not see him, and wouid asFred was also waiting for the boat, but had stepped be-sureclly have driven over him but for Fred's presence of hind a big spile to look clo\\rn into the water just to pass a mind, activity and strength moment or two away He sprang into the roadway, grabbed the old man around The auto and its occupants were within easy ear shot of the waist, lifted him in his muscular arms and snatched the young messenger, and so he heard about all that was him right from under the nose of the horse. said in relation to the :fight that had just begun for the The cab wheels grazed them both as it swept by, and control of the traction stock. the driver hurled an offensive epithet at them for getting Both sides were trying to get hold of all the stock in sight in his way. in order to secure a majority of the shares. Fred assisted the trembling old man to the sidewalk, The name of the company-Northern Traction-was where a crowd began to gather about them. mentioned several times, so that Fred had no difficulty in "There's nothing to look at, gentlemen," said the boy, learning the stock that the two parties were after. rather di sgusted with the curiosity of the bystanders. On his way home that afternoon he saw an article in the "Move on, please, and do not block the sidewalk. If you financial column of his paper about the traction matter, but don't you'll have a policeman after you." it did not put much stress on it, merely intimating that it "I am very much obliged to you, y oung man," said the was believed Northern Traction would enter the trust and white-haired stranger in tremulous accents, for he was become a part of the system, the majority of the stock of quite broke up by his narrow escape from serious injury, if which was held by a holding company called the Eastern not death. Securities Company. "You're welcome. Let me see you across the street." "Those men in the auto seemed to be red-hot after the "Thank you. I shall be obliged to if you will." Northern Traction stock," mused Fred. "The people op Fred got him to the other side and away from the cu to them want it badly, too, according to their state. rious mob. ment. That ought to make Northern Traction valuable "Are you a stranger in New York?" he asked the old property. I wonder if f. could get hold of any? I should im-man. a.gine that it would be pretty hard to find with those mon"Yes, though I have been here before," said the white ied chaps in the field, ready to pay a good :figure for it. Let ha.ired stranger "Would you mind going with me as far me see what it's going at." as the Grand Union Hotel?" He pulled a copy of the afternoon market report out of "With pleasure, sir," replied Fred courteously. his pocket and consulted it. The hotel was only a short distance away, at the corner "It closed to-day at 75. Well, I must see if the little of Fourth Avenue. bank can get me any. I'll call in there in the morning at I should be glad to know to whom I am so largely inthe :first chance I can get." debted," said the old man as they walked along. Next morning Fred l eft an order with the bank to get "M:y name is FTed Niles. I work in Wall Street." him any part of 5,000 shares of Northern Traction, putting "Wall Street, indeed! With a broker?" he said. up $50,000 in big bills. "Yes, Mr. John Switzer, of the Cooper Building No. After he got through work he stopped in at the bank and Wall Street." asked if any of the stock had been boug}:it. "I came to the city from my home in Belford, New York, He reeeived word that the bank's broker had not been to sell a quantity of stock. Probably yom employer would able to :find any that day, but was still iooking for it. dispose of it for me. I have no particular broker iu vie11-, On the following morning Switzer gave him a note to and would just as soon patronize him as any one elFe. Do talrn up to a man in the offices of the New York Central you think you could get a portion or the commission by Railroad in the Grand Central Depot on East Forty-seconJ recommending me to him ?" Street. "No, sir. I would not ask a favor of that kind of Mr. The gentleman on whom he called, after reading the note, Switzer. Be s ides, I do not need the money, as I am pretty .dictated an answer to his stenographer and handed it to w e ll fixed already." Fred to carry back. "Indeed, I am very glad to hear that." The messenger came out of the buil
TIPS OFF THE TAPE .. gone up to 75. As it has never been so high before, and I fear it may go down again, I want to get rid of it as soon as I can." "Well, I can help you to do that,'' repl_ied Fred in some excitement, which the old gentleman dia not notice. "I know a broker who is looking for 5,000 shares of it, and I guess he'll take all you have off your hands. It is liable to be a great advantage to me if you will sell your shares to him instead of to any one else." "I should be delighted to do so if he will pay me the market price." "He'll do that, all right," replied Fred. "In fact, he will have to, or another broker would. Northern Traction is a good stable stock, and there is no reason why you should not get its full value. Well, here you are at the hotel. I'm going right back to Wall Street, and will tell this broker to send somebody up to make the deal with you at your hotel. That will save you all the trouble of coming downtown." "Thank you, young man. That is indeed another favor. The service you just did me is one I can never forget as long as I live. I trust you understand that I am d.'eeply grateful to you "That's all right, sir. I am glad that I was on hand to save you from being run over." "I shall want to make you some substantial acknowledg ment in return, my boy." "It isn t nece ssary It will be enough for you to sell your stock to the broker I s hall send t0 you. By so doing it is possible that I may make something out of the deal that will be worth while." "Then you may depend that I will do so, and to nobody else," replied the old man. Fred thanked him and took hi s leave. "Gee! But I'm in luck," he said to himself as he walked over to the Forty-second Street elevated station, fl}r it would only be a waste of time for him now to return to the Grand Central Building to take the shuttle train. "Six thou sand shares of Northern Tra c tion will just fill the bill with me. I'll put up $10,000 more with the bank, abd tell the cashier to notify their brok er wh e re and of whom he can get the sha res. little old gentleman is well off to own $450,000 worth of Northern Traction. He doesn't look it, judging by hi s genera l appearance. It's only an other instance of the fa ct that you never can judge the value of a book by its cover." Fred los t no time, as soon as he got downtown, in getting $10,000 out of his safe deposit box and taking it around to the little bank to your representative. It would be well not to lose any time in getting hold of the stock." The cashier said he would attend to the matter at once. He did so, and when Fred called after he was through for the day he was told at the bank that the stock had been bought and was held subject to his order. "All right,'' replied the boy in a tone of great satisfac tion. Then he went home feeling that all things pointed to ward happy results. CHAPTER XVI. FRED STARTLES WALL STREET. Next day all the papers came out with the stor:y of the fight between the two factions in the Northern Traction to gain control of the company. 'rhe papers said that whoever held shares in the road now had the chance to sell them to either side !tt a big advance on their market value. Of course Fred read the different accounts with great satisfaction. From what a prominent financial daily said he began to believe that he held the key to the situation. This paper reported that it had been learned that which ever side secured the 6,000 shares lately sold by Mr. Ran dolph Owens, of Belford, N. Y., to a New York broker, would win out. All Wall Street was now interested in the traction squab,. ble, and strenuous efforts were being made by half the traders to find out who was the lucky man who held the 6,000 shares The cashier 8ent for Fred, congratulated him on his shrewdness in buying the stock, and asked him what he was going to do about selling it. Fred .sai d that he thought the bes t way would be to ad 'Vertise that the shares would be sold in one block at public auction. The cashier agreed with him. Accordingly the announcement was made in the financial papers that the sale would be held at the auction rooms of a well-known firm in the fina)lcial di strict at :four o'clock on a certain day. The rooms were filled with broker s at that hour. Some of the most prominent traders in the Street were there. Among the rest were John Switzer and Edward Niles. Fred and Ral were there apparently a s spec tators, while there was also quite a bunch of reporters from the diffefent newspapers. He asked the cashier if their broker had found any The auctioneer, after announcing the object of sale, Northern Traction yet. asked for bids on the block of'stock "No. He reports that it is uncommonly scarce, although A broker started the ball rolling at 90, and it quickly ran the market price has not advanced s ince yesterday." up to 100. "All right," replied Fred. "I have located 6,000 shares The bids jumped $5 at a clip until the price offered myself, but I hav en't the money to buy the stock outright. reached $130 a share, then they fell to $3 and then to $2, Here is $10,000 more to cover the margin on the additional but as neither side would give up, the price kept going up 1,000 shares T e ll your broker to send up to this gentle till it reached $145 a share. man, J\Ir. Randolph Owens,'' and the young messenger Then the next bid was $150. handed the cashier the card he had received from the little That seemed to take the wind completely out of the sails old gentleman "He's stopping at the Grand Union Hotel. of his competitor. I have arranged with him to sell the shares at the market "One hundred and fifty I am offered, do I hear one-
26 'rIPS OFF THE TAPE. fifty-one?" cried the auctioneer glibly, looking at the gentleman who had bid 145. \ Everybody else in tli.e room looked in the same direction, and the excitement was subdued, but intense, nevertheless, for the future of the Northern Traction Company hung maybe on the last bid. "The man who owns that block of stock will rake in a mint of money," said Hal. "How do you know it's a man?" chuckled Fred. "Oh, it must be. I don't believe a woman li)WilS it." "It might be a boy, for instance." "A boy! Ho! Why, tl:1e market value is nearly half a million, and the last bid was for double that. The people that gentleman represents seem to be willing to pay a pretty r,tiff figure to get control of the company." "It is worth it to them or they wauldn't be so eager to come up with their coin." "I guess that other 'man is going to throw up the sponge," said Hal. "I'm SOTTJ." "Why?" "I'd like to see them nm it up to 200." "So I if I was getting anything out of it." "One-fifty," went on the auctioneer, repeating the figures over and over half a dozen times. "One-fifty once ; one-fifty twice; one-fifty for the third and la st time. Do I hear one-fifty-one?" He paused and looked at the other man for a moment as he held his gavel upraised. "Sold!" he cried, bringing the gavel down with a re sounding blow. "To Mr. John McArthm for one-fifty. Gentlemen, tli.e sale is over.': The cashier of the little bank stepped up and whispered something in his ear. "One moment, gentlemen," said the auctioneer, as the traders began to file out. "There has been a good deal of curiosity in Wall street as to the identity of the owner of this important block of Northern Traction stock. Now that the shares have passed from control I am authorized to announce to you his identity." A buzz of expectation rose in the room, and everybody looked eagerly at the auctioneer. "Astonishing to relate, gentlemen, the late owner of this stock is a boy, and a Wall Street messenger boy at that." To say that the brokers present were astonished would be to put the matter quite mildly. In fact, they were actually startled by the a nRouncement. A Wall Street messenger boy I Such a statement seemed perfectly ridiculous, and yet it was evidently made in good faith. : "The name of this messenger boy, gentlemen, C'bntinued the auctioneer, "is Fred Niles, employed by John Switzer, stock broker, of the Cooper Building. He bought the block of Northern Traction for $75 a share, putting up a cash margin of $60,000. His profit on the transaction amounts to $450,000, less, of course, his broker's commission, the customary interest charges and the cost of this sale. That's all, gentlemen." Hal Mills looked at Fred in a species of stupefaction. He couldn't understand what it all meant. In other words, he was paralyzed with amazement. There were two others equa lly tlnmderstruck by the auc tioneer's words. These were Edward Niles, Fred's father, and John Switzer, his employer. As for the other brokers-the room was filled with their excited converse. "Come, Hal, let's maJrn a move," and Fred slipped out at the door, followed by his friend. "What does this mean, Fred?" asked Hal. "The auc tioneer said that you owned that stock How could you?" "Buy buying it on margin." "But it took $60,000 to do that. Where would you get $60,000 ?" "I'll tell you some other time, old man. I'm i-n a hurry to get home." When Edward Niles reached his house he found his son there. He called him into the library and asked him about Northern Traction. Then Fred exp lained all his speculations, from his0fir_st five-share investment in L. & M. to his 6,000-share one m Northern Traction. His father listened in utter astonishment. "Now, father, did I do the right thing to leave school and enter Wall Street or didn't I? In less than a year I've made over half a million dollars. What have you got to say about it?" What could Mr. Niles say but that his son was the moi:;t extraordinary young man he'd ever heard of, and the news p
FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 2'1. Fa.me and Fortune Weekly Hough of the Smithsonian Institution, who came across a cavern in a steep bluff above the Tularosa River, in New NEW YORK, JULY 17, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. '. One Cop .Six Months One One Year .".":::::.".".".".".".".":::::::::::::.:::::::'. Postage Free. How To MONEY. .05 Cents .65 u $1.25 2.50 Mexico. The cave, originally fashioned by wind and water, had been occupied during many centuries anciently by human beings, who, it would seem, had dug out additional rooms in the face of the bluff, for the grinding of corn and other do mestic purposes. Across the mouth of the cavern had been constructed five dwellings, masking the hollow in the hill, which served as a back room-a place of storage, a sleeping apartment, and a possible retreat in case of danger. Mixed with the debris accumulated in the cave Dr. Hough found hundreds of sandals, remnants of pottery, and other hnman vestiges; and it was evident that the occupants had made a practice of burying their dead there. Further exploration showed that, for a long period at least, the cavern had used as a pen for turkeys. Turkey eggs were found there; eend P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re m1ttances 1n any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps thi;i same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a. separate piece ot pa.per to a.Told cutting the envelope. Wl'ite iwur and. address plaml71. .d.ddress lette,.s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. also the perfectly preserved carcasses of a young turkey and a full grown turkey cock. These remains were dug up at a depth of eight feet, being covered by the of many generations of human occupants, and it was calculated that at least two thousand years must elapsed since the turkeys in ques tion were alive. In the cave the air was practically germ free. There was neither insect nor microbe to cause anything to rot, The smallest watch turned out in this country has just been put on the market, although few are on sale yet. The new watch is the size of a five-cent piece. The smallest watch which American watch factories had hitherto succeeded in making had been as big as a quarter, so the new watch is looked upon 11-s marking a distinct advance in the industry in this country, where watches have only been made for a little more than half a century. Watchmakers also regard it as in dicating that the time is not far distant when Americans will soon overtake the old world's watchmakers, the Swiss in turn Ing out watches of minute size. 'l'he Swiss still make a watch smaller than the Americans, but the watch just put on the market here by both the Waltham and the Elgin companies, the two largest watchmaking concerns in this country, will have the advantage over the Swiss watches that all the other watches made here have possessed, namely, that of being turned out in quantity. Under American methods the daily output in one factory is twenty.five hundred a day. The new watch is the result of months of patient endeavor by the watch makers and machinists. For every new-sized watch designed new machines have to be made, and as the size of the watch is reduced, by so much more mi:ist these machines be made more delicate. The underground ballroom at Welbeck, where their Majes ties of Spain graced the debut of the Duke and Duchess of Portland's only daughter, has none of the gloomy characteris tics of a cellar. By day as well as by night it is perfectly lighted, eing designed and built by the old duke as a picture gallery. It is lighted entirely from above, the fiat, wonderfully decorated roof being pierced by twenty-seven big octagonal skylights, built up of prisms and recessed from view The light falling thus. is softened by passing through rich crimson silk. The eighteen exquisite glass chandeliers which illumi nate the room by night were an object of the mysterious duke's particular care; many sets after being specially madE: were ruthlessly rejected before his taste was pleased. One notable feature in the room is the marble bust of the "invisible prlnce"-as his tenants called hlim-who constructed the apart ment by the simple process of excavating a quarter of an acre of ground, lining the clay banks with a double wall, sand wiched with asphalt to exclude damp, spanning it with iron beams weighing over twenty tons each and resting on arches to form the roof. It is quite fiat and level with the garden above, so that walks over a beautifully turfed lawn, little dreaming that below this sylvan spot is the splendid chamber 160 feet long and 64 feet wide, which has been described by competent judges as the most noble and amazing private room n Europe. A discovery bearing upon the early domestication of Amer ca's moat famous bird was made recently by Dr. Walter and so the birds and their eggs had become mummified. Dr. Hough believes that the turkeys were kept not for food, but for the sak& of their feathers, which were used in religious ceremonials and to decorate offerings to the gods of the under world. They were also employed in the manufacture of every day clothing, the quills being split and wound about yucca fiber strings in such a way as to make furry cords, which were woven into garments. 10 JOKES AND JESTS. Police Magistrate-You say you are called Lily. Where did you get that name? The TramPo-Because I toil not, neither do I spin. Philanthropist-What would you say if I were to offer you work? Beggar-I would not be vexed with you. Oh, I can take a joke. Hattie-George is very much taken with that blonde Dobbins girl. Harold-Yes, he even thinks she's pretty after she's been eating blackberry pie. "What!" cried the indignant poet, you'll give me a beggarly fifty cents for that s onnet of mine? Do you "think that's a fair deal?" "Well," replied the editor, "there's more sense than poetry in it, at any rate." "She acts as if she were the only girl he ever loved." "Yes; and she was telling me he s just a perfect lover." "That's the silly part of it. She calls him a perfect lover and she forgets that it' s only practice that makes perfect." Pat-An' who is that at the piany singing? Mike-That's me daughter KatiEl, shure. "Ah, her voice reminds me of my own wife's." "Katie! Katie! Shut up yer mouth. I want Pat to enjoy himself while he's here!" A school teacher trying to explain to his class the meaning of the word "conceited," said: "Suppose I would go around saying, 'Look how good I am to my class,' or bragging about how much I know or how good-looking I am-what would you say I was?" "A liar," instantly responded his class. Two Irishmen, meeting one day, were Jiscussing local news. "Do you know Jim Skelly?" asked Pat. "Faith," said Mike, "an' I do." "Well," said Pat, "he has had his appendix taken away from him." "Ye don't say so?" said Mike. "Well, it serves him right. He should have had it in his wife's name,"
1 8 FAME AND WEEKLY. THE WOLF HUNTERS HUNTED By D. W. Stevens. A few years ago the wolves became so numerous in s o me o f the northern counties of M i ssouri, and their depredati o ns o n t)le stock of the settlers so great, that the authorities felt called upon to offer a reward of fifty cents each for wolf scalps. '!'his had the effect of organizing a crusade against the wolf, and many of the settlers turned wolf hunters, playing h avoc with the common enemy. Among the most daring and successful wolf hunters in the State were two young men by the name of Rogers and Boyle. They had' been known to bring in as many as forty scalps in a single day, for they always hunted together, each knowing he could depend on the other in time of danger. The best time to hunt the wolf is in midwinter, when hu ger and cold make him bold and savage. He will boldly face the hunter then, or follow so near as to afford a good mark furtherik One cold winter afternoon Boyle and Rogers mounted their b.orses and rode off into the forest in search of wolves. There being no undergrowth, they could see a considerable distance. Ere they had gone five miles they had shot a dozen wolves and got their scalps. "They're out thick to-day," said Rogers, reloading his rifie. I see two more looking at us like they wanted to eat us." "Yes,'' said Boyle, aiming and firing, "but there isn't but one of them now." "In a half minute I'll have the other one," remarked Rogers, :Placing a cap on the tube of his rifle. The second one soon went down with a bullet between his eyes, and the two men dismounted to take their scalps, leaving their horses standing where they were. Suddenly the two horses came bounding and snorting up to them, showing signs of the greatest fear. At their heels were five big, gaunt gray wolves, their white teeth gleaming like ivory, and eyes fl.ashing fire. "Just look there, Boyle!" cried Rogers, raising his rifie and firing at the nearest one. Boyle did the same thing; yet the other three sprang upon the horses with savage howls. "Great Jehoshaphat!" cried Boyle, culbbing his rifle and rush ing toward his horse. The intelligent animal seemed to know where safety was, and bounded toward his master. With one mighty blow Boyle crushed the skull of the beast and relieved his horse. But Rogers had two to contend with, and his horse was hurt considerably ere the monsters were killed. "I say, Boy1e! These wolves are getting bold and danger ous," said R gers, as soon as he found time to speak, after the exertion of saving his horse. "Had there been a dozen or two, they'd given us a tough fight." "There's more than a dozen or two in these woods, Rogers,'' said Boyle, after a moment's pause. "I can hear their howls for miles around." "So can I. I only wish we had more daylight, so that we could make a good day's work of it." "But we haven't, you see; so we had better be moving on toward the road." By this time the two men had secured the scalps, and were about to remount when they were startled by a chorus of howls from a pack of not less than a hundred wolves, about half a mile in their rear. They listened, and from their experience in wolf hunting, knew what it meant. "I wish I may be shot if they ain't following our trail and eatin g the carcasses we leave behind!" exclaimed Boyle "and others are joining them every minute!" "Yes!-look there!" cried Rogers, pointing to half a dozen long, gaunt gray figures moving through the woods at ter rific speed, going toward the howling pack. "They d on't no tice us now." "No; but they soon will, though, I fear." "Oh, I don't believe they would attacK us." "That shows you don't know what a hungry wolf will d o Rogers," said Boyle. "Come! Let's get toward the road as fast as we can." "Well, we needn't be in such a great hurry. Here are eight dead ones for them to eat, which will give them a square meal." "It won't give them a square mouthful for each one," said Boyle, somewhat excitedly. "I tell you, Rogers, they are gathering for a rush, when there'll be old Nick to pay." During this conversation the howling pack drew nearer, and at last the two men rode off, scarcely able to control their horses. In a few minutes they were some distance ahead, and then they halted and shot two more, got their scalps, and mounted their horses. "Every carcass we leave behind will serve to detain them," said Boyle, "so we must bring down a couple occasionally." By this time the sun was down, and the full round moon rose in a cold, cloudless sky. But the somber shadows of the forest prevented the two hunters from aiming with their usual success, and several wolves were either missed or only slightly wounded. "Hark, Rogers!" exclaimed Boyle, suddenly halting and listening. Rogers did likewise. The woods seemed full of howling demons. "What's up now?" Rogers asked. "There's a big pack right ahead of us, and coming at full tilt," was the reply. "Then what's to be done?" "We must cut for it to either the right or the left. There's no other chance." "Go ahead, then-to the right. That's nearer home." Boyle urged his now thoroughly frightened horse through the forest at a good speed, Rogers following close at his heels. But ere they had gone a half mile they beard two immense packs on either side of them, seeming to keep even with them, and sometimes ahead. Their bowling increased until it seemed as if a thousand demons were turned loose upon the earth from the infernal regions below. Some of their howls seemed to sound like fiendish laughs in the ears of the two brave hunters. Suddenly Boyle halted. "Rogers," he said, "they are closing in on us, and will soon have us hemmed in with such numbers that they can destroy us. There's but one chance left for us. "And that--" "Is to turn the horses loose to shift for themselves, which they can do better than we can on a saddle, and then take to a tree." "But we n freeze to-night up a tree!" exclaimed Rogers, not liking the prospect of a night up in a tree in midwinter. "Better to freeze up in a tree than to keep warm inside a belly," said Boyle. "That's true as anything I ever heard,'' said Rogers, has tily dismounting and proceeding to take the saddle off his horse. Boyle quickly followed his example. "Take off the bridle, too,'' he said, "for we will need to strap ourselves to the tree." f The bridles off, the two horses bounded away with all speed, going toward home, regardless of the howling wolves in front and around them. Rogers! Let's take this tree!" cried Boyle, running toward a large o ak. "I can see their eyes shining all around us. They'll cl o se in on us in a few moments!" "You go up :first, Boyle." "No. Here! You go up first, and then Jet your bridle bang over a limb for me to pull up by. I am not a good climber." Boyle seized his younger companion and raised him on his shoulders. Rogers reached up, stood on Boyle's shoulders a moment, and then swung himself up and astride a limb1 He quickly attached the bridle to the limb securely and let it drop. Boyle seized it and swung himself up, just as a half dozen gaunt, hungry wolves sprang at him. "That was a close rub, Boyle,'' said Rogers, his face pale with the excitement of the m'bment.
FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 "Yes," replied Boyle coolly. "I thought they would get me before I could get hold of the bridle rein." "Look there! One of them is hanging on to the bridle, as if he intended to swing himself up after us." Boyle drew his pistol, reached down to within five feet of the malignant beast, and fired. The wolf fell back among his companions, dead, and was torn to pieces in a moment and devoured. "By hokey, save the scalp!" Rogers exclaimed, who now felt he was safe, at least from the wolves, though he stood a good chance of being frozen during the night. "You'd better look out for your own scalp!" said Boyle. "Strap yourself to tire tree, and make sure of being safe in case you lose your footing." Rogers soon did as Boyle did, and in a few minutes they were securely strapped to the tree. "I wonder where our horses are?" Rogers remarked, as he secured the bridle so it would not slip or let him drop. "That's a hard question to answer," said Boyle, "but I'd rather take my chances up here." "So had I, though I must say I don't like this turning of the tables on us. I'm a little curious to know whether we are \',\Olf hunters or wolf hunted." "It looks as if they were hunting us just now. Ugh! Did you see that fellow then? He sprang up so high as to touch my foot with his nose!" It was a tremendous leap. "Yes. He's going to try again. Look out!" Both men raised their feet so as to be out <>f reach of the monster. He sprang up so high against the body of the tree as to send his hot breath in their faces. "I'll settle him," said Boyle, his revolver, "and give the others a supper. Come up again, old fellow, and \I'll show you something. Bang! There, now! How do you like that?" "That settles him," said Rogers, "and I'll be shot if they didn't commence on him before he reached the ground." "Uh! Isn't it horrible? Just look how they tear him to pieces!" "Do they never get enough? Would they go away if onehalf eat up the other half?" "I don t know. I never heard of a wolf getting enough to eat. I am goin&" to try the experiment, anyhow." Boyle fired every round in his revolver, followed by Rogers, and the scene that followed beggars description. The savage beasts had only to receive a wound that ca!lsed blood to flow, to be torn to pieces. The smell of blood made them destroy the wounded and devour them on the instant. They continued to fire until all their ammunition was ex hausted, during which time they must have destroyed nearly a score of wolves, and yet they were just as numerous as ever, and seemingly as savagely hungry. "Oh, if help would only come!" sighed Rogers, after three or four hours had "I feel as if I will freeze." "I have some brandy in this flask," said Boyle, handing him a small flask. / "Touch it lightly, and stamp your feet on the limb. The exercise will make the blood circulate better." "I believe my blood is almost freezing." "Rogers, give me that deerskin thong you had in your pocket when you started from home." "Here it is. What will you do with it?" "I'm going to make a lasso 6f it and catch that big fellow down there who jumps so high." "What do you want to catch him for?" "Wait and see. Have your knife ready to kill him when I draw him up." Boyle made a running noose, let it drop over a wolf's head, and gave it a sudden jerk. It caught him around the neck and under the foreleg. "I've got-Jerusalem! how he pulls and jumps! Be ready with your knife!" He pulled away, and the wolf, not knowing what to make of such handling, howled and snapped with fearful energy. But for all that he steadily ascended the tree which he had been trying to climb all the evening. Rogers reached out and stabbed him to the heart, and in a few moments he was dead. Boyle then reached down and drew him up, strapped his body to the limb, and cut the body open. "Now put your feet inside here, as I do," he said to Rogers, "and you'll find it warm enough." "Lord!-what an idea!" "But it's a good one!" laughed Boyle. Several wolves were thus caught and made to contribute to the comfort of the two hunted hunters. They were compelled to remain in the tree all night, and on the return of day heard the horses of their friends on their trail. They wer0e too feeble to mall:e a noise loud enough to be heard. Their failure to return to their homes had alarmed the neighbors, who turned out at daylight to follow their trail. The wolves were dl'iven away and the two men relieved. On following their trail a short distance, It was found that the two horses had perished, their fleshless bones being scattered about the place of the savage feast. Boyle and Rogers hunted together many a time after that terrible night, but they never forgot that adventure, and it is told now in the settlement along the bordel's as the story of the time when the wolf hunters were hunted. The term "blue stockings," as applied to women with literary tendencies, Is not now considered either elegant or appropri ate, although as first used there was some warrant for its em ployment. Its origin is traced to the !lays of Samuel Johnson, and was applied then as now to women who cultivated learned conversations and found enjoyment in the discussion of ques tions which had been monopolized by men. About 1750 it be came quite the thing for ladies to form evening assemblies, when they might participate in talk with literary and in genlous men. One of the best-known and most popular mem bers of one of these assemblies was said to have been a Stlllingfleet, who always wore blue stockings, and when at any time he happened to be absent from these gatherings it was usually remarked that "we can do nothing without blue stock ings," and by degrees the term "blue stockings" was applied to all gatherings to the ladies who attended the meetings. The recent arrest of a young man charged with shooting a Mongolian pheasant just outside of the city limits of Rochester, N. Y., emphasizes the fact that these birds have become nu merous In this locality and incidentally nearly as tame as do mestic fowls. Upder the game laws the killing of Mongolian pheasants or having them in possession ls absolutely forbid den until the year 1910. When the birds were first introduced some doubt existed regarding their acclimation, and It was thought best to make a close season of five years, and this was done. Contrary to the opinion of many naturalists the pheasants made 1 themselves much at home and have increased with singular rapidity. Although the penalty for killing the birds is very heavy, it is believed that large numbers are killed each season. Notwithstanding this handicap they have become so plentiful as to be regarded as a pest by farmers. It is charged that by reason of comparative immunity they have become bold and destroy crops to a greater extent even than crows. It must be confessed that the farmer is placed in an anomalous position. He has to choose between damage to his crops by the saucy Oriental beauties or !tilling them and risk ing a heavy fine. They are so fearless that in many cases they can be killed with a billet of wood, and the temptation to destroy them is, almost irresistible. If the pheasants found their habit in the woods and groves only their presence would not be undesirable to the agriculturist. When they are pro tected and penetrate to the garden patch patience and respect for the game law cease to be virtues. It is contended by many sportsmen that the object of the long close season has already been accomplished and that a reasonable open season should be provided each year. The prejudice against the birds among the farmers has assumed such proportions that it is probable.._ an effort will be made to modify the law at the coming session of the Legislature, at least to the extent of allowing a farmer to protect his crops.
/ I Everything I !. OOMP:i.ETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I These Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in 3ll attractive, illustrated covet. ftM of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that al!J' lflild can thoroug'hly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjedll mentioned THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NiJJWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE eENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. N? 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em-Noi. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Oontaining the most ap bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il prov ed methods of mesmerism ; also how to c ure all kinds of lwitrations. By A. Anderson. d iseases by animal magnetiillll, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY THICKS WITH CARDS.Hugo Koch, A. C, S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors PALMISTRY. and magicians. AManged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. No. 82. HOW TO DO .E'ALMISTRY.-Containing the most apMAGIC. pro ved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with No. ? HOW DO great book of magic and a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, card tricks, contammg full mstruction on all the leading card tricks and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. B7 of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. oui: mag1c 1ans; boy should obtain a copy of this book, HYPNOTISM. as it will both amuse and mstruct. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and inNo 22 HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sigh t tructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explamed b:l'. his former Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how explaining the most approved method s which are employ e d by the the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician 'and the lee.ding hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic exp1anation of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete ?f illusions ever placed before the hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inpubhc. Al s o tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. 1tructions about guns, hunting dogs traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TH.ICKS.-Oontaining over together with descriptions of game and fish. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemical11. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. illus trated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over Fwl instructions are given in this little book, together with in of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oont11.in1tructions on swimming and ridin g companion sports to boating. mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By_.A. Anderson. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.. No._ 70. HOW '.1'0 MA;KE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full A complete treatise on-the horse. Describing the mrn;t useful horses directions for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable for A. Anderson. Fully illustr-ated. diseas es pecaliar to the hor se. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL OANOES.-A bandy many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes Anderson Fully illustrated. and the most popular manne r of sailing them. Fully illustrated. .No. 7_5. HO'Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing By O. Stansfield Hicks. tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats etc Embracing thirty-six illustrations By A. Anderson. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, Gonta ining the great orac le of human destiny; also the true meant ogether with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from tbl! little child to the age d man and woman. This little book giv es the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. MECHANICAL. No. 28. HOW 'l'O TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his foture life will bring forth, wheth e r happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can t e ll by a glan c e at t his little book. Buy one and be convinced. 'l'e ll your own fortune. T e ll the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FOkTUNES BY THE Containing rul e s for telling fortune s by the aid of lin es of the hand, or the secret of p almis try. Also the s ecre t of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated, By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. ROW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in1truct ion for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horiz ontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, health y muscle; containing ov e r sixty illustrations. Every boy can bec ome strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained In this Ii ttlb book No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense fnade easy. Con taining over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you bow to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34 HOW 'rO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen cing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Contalning $:i:planations of the general principles of sleight-of-band applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring meigbt-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 1@!9Cially prepared cards. BE. I'rofessor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 29. HOW TO BEOOlllEJ ANINVENTOR.-Every boy )>now how This book explains them all, in electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mecliamcs, etc. The most instructive book published No. 5!J. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstructions how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gi!leer; also for buildi_ng a model locomotive ; togethe r with a full description of everythmg an engineer should k0cow. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE INSTRUMENTS.-Full dire c tions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, JEolian Harp Xylo ph.,ne and oth e r musi cal instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in anc ient or mod ern times. Profuse ly illustrated. J3y Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for tw e nty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Mari n es. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Co ntaining a description of the Ian.tern, together with its history and invention. RJ\,l s o full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinr complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A miat com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to u s e them, giving specim e n letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing l etters.to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introdu c tion, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW '1'0 WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS ....:.A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father: mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LElTTERS OORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules foi; punctuation and composition, .with specimen letters.
THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without t his wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPE.A,KERC ontai!Jing a varied of speeches, Njlgro, Dutch a nd Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!l BOOK-Something new and very instructive. Every b oy. should obtain this as 1t contains full instructions for or samzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original jo ke books ever published, and it i s brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc'., of Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of t he day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should o btain a copy immediately. No .. 79. m;>w TO BECO:\IE AN ACTOR.-Containing com p lete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the 1tage_; with the duties of the Stege l\Ianager, Prompter, l:!cemc Property !\fan. By a prominent Stage Manager. N?. 80. GUS WII,LIAMS' BOOK.-Containing the lat est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stones of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome c olored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town o r country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful !lowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One. of the most instructive books on cookini ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game. and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW '.l.'O KEEP ROUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teadl you bow to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELEOTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO J\IAKEl ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical mac;hines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a l arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, to gether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing teeu illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a.gcod speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.11 the popular of prose and poetry, arranged in the m"' snnple and conc1s3 manne1 possible. No. 49. :riow TO DEBATE.-Glving rules for r.ppducting cl .. bates, outlmes for debate!;, questions for discussion. !md tbe bMt sources for procuring infotmation on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts ancr wiles ot flirtation are fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of ha_r..dkerchief., fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con tams a full hst of the language and sentiment of fla.wers which le in_teresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happJ without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is. the title of a new and halldsome little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie11, how to drPss, -and full directions for calling off in all popular squar9 dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to lov, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiqnetto to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gC'n erally known. No. H. f!:OW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in th3 art of dressmg and appearing well at hom e and abroad, giving tho selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW '.I.'0 BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable JittlP books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful. both male and female. '.rhe secret is simple, and almost costless, Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackl>ird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and insttuctive book. Handsomely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO J\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint1 on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats. squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS,_.A: valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountins and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. ROW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-'A useful li'.nd ill structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thie No. 9. HOW TO BECOi\IE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Barry book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. IIOW '.l.'O l\IAKEl CANDY.-A complete hand-book for t his book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimaking nil kinds of candv, ... etc. t udes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. l:H. HOW' 'l'O BECOME AcY AU'.l'.uOR.-Containing full a rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use-of words ancl the 1 reatest book published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and genera l com v ery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. ROW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A w6n money than anv hook published. derful book. containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HO'V TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every b ook, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com backg ammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMfS AND COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangin& and witty sifyings. of stamps and coins illustrated. No. 52. HOW '.l'O PLAY 0 RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO I3El A DETECTIVEJ.-By Old King Br:td::r, book, giving the rules and 'irections for playing Euchre, Cribth'e world-known detective. In which he lays down some val1111bl"> bage Ca sino, FortyE'ive, R' ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, ancl sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventui'CIJ A uction Pitch, All Fours, and i:rtliny other popular games of cards. and experiences of detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun No. GO. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contal:!! d red interesting puzzles and con ndrums, with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. 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