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Dandy Dick, the boss boy broker, or, Hustling for gold in Wall Street
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As Dick reached for the book, the chair slipped from under him. To save himself, he caught hold of the bookcase. His weight dislodging the upper half, Dick and the case fell with a. era.sh to the floor. j

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! D_\::fDY DICK, 'THE BOSS BOY BROKER. he chuckled. "Susie Jayne won't stand for no dude from ear all the way from the station. I'm simply well dressec1, York." that's all. .rTo use of a chap looking like a clown when he "She didn't know me," replied Dick. can afford to sport good clothes. They're the finest things "I'll bet she knew you, son, but she's a sensible gal and to chuck a bluff in I :know of." don't approve of sich all-fired style as you've got on. When "I suppose you're hungry, Dick," said his mother. your sisters see you prancin' into the house lookin' like a "We've held back dinner for you, so come right into the d i n fashion, plate, I'll be bound they'll give you Jesse." ing-room." "Don't you believe it, dad They'll be so proud of met "I'm always hungry for your cooking. mother," said that they'll put on a lot of extra frills to-morrow when we Dick, putting his arm around her and leading her inside go to church." "I've made a peach pie especially for you," said Nellie "Do you mean to go to meetin' in that rig-ouf?" "And I made a jelly layer cake such as you always liked," "Why not? You ought to be proud to show me off." said Maude "Gosh! But you've got more nerve than I ever had when "Is that so? You girls are all right. I'll not forget I was young, and I reckon I wasn't backward." you when I make my will," laughed Dick. "So I've heard mother say," grinned Dick. said "Dear me, you talk as ifyou were worth money," said you were a pretty slick proposition, but she had it on you all Nellie. right." "Worth money! Well, say, I'm just rolling in it." "How did she?" asked th,e old. man with sudden interest. "Do messenger boys make a lot of money in Wall "She said you courted her three years before you got Street?" asked Maude. up nerve enough to ask her to have you." "Jf they're lucky they do." "She qaid that, did she?" chuckled the farmer. "You must be lucky, for you look as if you had money "Sure as you live. She said she and you were sitting in "You mui:;tn't alwayE: judge a book by its cover, but in the parlor one Sunday night inthe dark holding hands in my case I'm the real goods, eighteen carats fine." a way that made her hope you were0going to pop, when you "Are you, indeed?" laughed Maude. blurted out, 'There's something in the paper I want to "Don't you believe me?" show you, Mary; why can't strike a match?'" "Of course, I believe anything you say," she replied; with "'Pears to me I don't remember that, son." a merry look. "All the same, you said it and she took you up quicker "The proof of the pudding is in the eating of it. Here's than a wink. She said: 'I'm willing, Obadiah. The dom evidence I am not giving you any bluff," and Dick pulled inie is in the diningroom talking to father. We'll go in out his wad "How much will you have, Maude? Speak and set the day right off.' That's the way she got it on quick, or you may miss your chance." you, and she didn't give you a chance to back out if you'd "Oh, what a lot of money!" cried both girls, gazing on wanted to," laughed Dick. the roll with open eyes. "Is that so? Well, you jest get down and open the gate "Since you won't name your figure, I'll do it for you. so I kin drive the maTe into the lane, son. You might as Here's $50 for each of you, and here's$500 for you, well make yourself useful as not ii you are dressed up to mother." kill." Dick skinned off several bills and distributed them, then Dick sprang from his seat and opened the gate, and then he coolly returned the rest to his pocket. the old man drove up to the ancient farmhouse where Dick "Why, Dick, where did you get all that money?" cri ed saw his mother and two sisters waiting on the veranda to his mother. give him a royal welcome. "In Wall Street, mother." CHAPTER II. DICK GIVES EVIDENCE OF PROSPERITY. Dick's bang-up appearance did not produce the same effect on his mother and sisters as it had on his father, though the girls did gasp a little at his swell look. Mrs. Havens had eyes only for the well-remembered feat ures of her stalwart boy, and his clothes were a secondary consideration. After hugging and kissing him, she allowed the girls their innings, which they eagerly availed themselves of. "How well and fine you do look, Dick," said his elder sister, Maude. "You couldn't have saved all that out of your wages." "I should say not. 'l'his represents a part of the profits of my last deal in Erie." "What do you mean by your deal in Erie?" asked Maude. "I refer' to Erie stock. I bought 100 shares ten da.ys ago at 34 and I closed out Thursday at 44 3-8, thereby clearing $10 a share profit." "I don't understand what you mean by 34 and 44 3 -8," said Maude. "I paid$34 a share for it and sold it at $44 3 8 a share. Now do you twig?" "And you say you bought 100 shares?" "Surest thing you know, sis." "Where did you get the$3,400 to buy it with?" 3aid Maude, after making a quick mental calculation. "I didn't need it. I bought it on margin, that is, I put up $10 a share as security." "'l'hat would be$1,000." "I bet you. The city agrees with :rp.e," replied the boy. ''My, but you're swell,'' chipped in his other sister, Nel "Well, I've been worth $1,dOO, and more, these four months back. I'm worth about$2,300 now after giving Dad haE: been dinging that in my you good people $600 for pin money." lie. ''Oh, cut it out, Nell. PAGE 5 4 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS. BOY BROKER. "Gracious! I don't see how you courd make so much times they get caught in the shufil.e and go up against the money," said Maude. "Why, that's better than owning wall, but that is the exception." a farm." "Which do you intend to be-a bull or' a bear?" "That depends on the size and location of the farm. I've "I rather prefer to bet on a rising market, so I suppose heard of farms that were worth a lot of money, but they're I'll be a bull; but there are times when it's a good thing not in this vicinity." to be a bear." The girls began to entertain an increased respect for their "What's them lamb; I've heard about in Wall Street? brother. Where do they come in?" He appeared to be on the highroad to fortune, and money "Lambs are outside speculators--the general public, in talks loud enough to be heard all over the world. fact. They bring their fleece to Wall Street hoping to Dinner passed off in a jolly fashion, for Dick had somemake easy money. Sometimes they do, but more often thing entertaining to say every minute. they don't. Lambs with plenty of wool are always welWhen he had sampled both the pie and the cake made in corned by the brnkers. Every trader keeps a sharp pair of his honor, and :finished his second glass of milk, he declared shears on hand in order to relieve a lamb of as much of big that he was satisfied to wait till tea time for more. fleece as possible, but he gives him a run for his money." He "'alked out -0n the veranda, taking his mother with At that moment a handbell was heard ringing in the dihim, and leaving the girls to clean up. rection of the house. Mrs. Havens enjoyed a quiet half hour talk with her boy, "What's that for?" asked Dick. and then the girls joined them. "I guess you're wanted," said the hired man. Fifteen minutes after Dick said he was going around the So Dick started for the farmhouse. farm to see how the old place looked. He found his father and the hired man, whose name was Jim Brady, in one of the working hard in the hot sun Brady stared at the Wall Street boy some moments be fore he recognized him. "Hello, Jim; how's things?" asked Dick. "Gee whiz! But you're the gay bird, Dick/' said the hired man. "I'll have to call you Dandy Dick after this." "That's what they call me in Wall Street." "Do you mean that?" "I do. I have the reputation of being the best dressed messenger .in the Street." "You look it, b'gosh !" ch ipped in his father. "Do you set the style among the messengers?" grinned the hired man. "No; but they might do worse than to copy after me." "I should think it took a lot of money to dress the way you do," said Brady. "You must get swell wages. I dun no but I'd like to be, a messenger myself." "You're rather ancient for the job, Jim. Still, if you took a clean shave every day, and used the bloom of youth, you might pass in a pinch if you're a good sprinter." "It's a hustling job, is it?" ''.Rather A fat boy can grow thin quicker at that than anything else I know of: A messenger gets all the exercise he wants while on duty." "It seems to agree with you. You're stouter than you were when you were here last Christmas." "This is my :fighting weight. I can't get any lower." "Do you ever have any scraps with the other gers ?" "Once in a while. When a fellow gets too gay with you occasionally, it is necessary to call him down hard enough to make him understand wlw.t the limit is." "I suppose you mean to be a broker some day?" "Bet your life-just as soon as I get capital enough to make a showing." will that be?" .:: "I'm not a mind reader; .Tim, or I'd tell you. It will be Fooner or later, but the sooner the better it will suit me. The brokers are a jolly lot, and make good mouey. SomeCHAPTER III. THE SCRAP IN THE OFFICE. Dick had the time of his life during the nine days he spent on the farm, and he returned to New York looking as brown as a berry. He reached Wall Street and the office where he was em ployed at eleven o'clock on Monday morning, with his suit case and cane, and after depositing them in a corner of the counting-room, he announced to the cashier that he was ready for business. "How did you find things at home, Dick?" asked that gentleman. "In.the same place," replied the young messenger. "The farm 'hadn't moved an inch." "I don't imagine \it had," replied the cashier, dryly. "I suppose your people were glad to see you?" "Yes, they killed several fatted calves in my honor." "You mean chickens, don't you?" "Well, maybe they were chickens. We'll let it go at that. I had a bang up time. Never enjoyed myself beti:er. There are a lot of girls down there and not anywhere enough fellows to go around, consequently--" "You endeavored to supply the deficiency." "That's right. I was in continuous demand, and I tried to fill the bill, but it was a strenuous job." The entrance of a gentleman who wanted to sell some bonds put an end to the conversation, and Dick took his seat in the outer office. He didn't have much to do that day and was glad of it. After he returned from the bank at three the cashier told him he could go off, so he grabbed bis cane and suit-case ancl took his way uptown to his boarding-house on West Thirty-fifth Street near Broadway. "' Next morning he appeared in Wall Street in his usual business suit which was pretty tony, but not quite so fine as his best togs. His employer, Frederick Curtis, dropped in during the PAGE 6 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. 5 morning from his summer cottage where his family were ru s ticating, to see how things were going, and he asked Dick if he had enjoyed himself in Pugwash. "Ye s s ir I had a fine time. Wish I could have stayed longer," he replied. "When you get to be a broker yourself some day, you'll be able to take a longer vacation," said the trader, "I hope so." Then Mr. Curtis handed him a note and told him to take it to the Anchor Building. Dick put on his hat and started. When he reached the office of the broker to whom the note was addressed he found that gentleman engaged. As he could not be disturbed, Dick sat down near the open window to wait. He was not there over a minute before he heard a con ver s ation that was going on in the private room of a broker next door. "You had better get busy at once, Mason, and buy up every share that you can find," said a voice. "The price is 'way down now, because the road is under a cloud. We've got a barrel of money behind us, so that we ought to have no great trouble in securing a corner of the outstanding shares. Once we control the situation we'll be able to nm the ante up twenty points at least, and perhaps thirty." "I'll start right in, Mr. Brown. I know several brokers who have blocks of it-Curtis, for instance, has 15,000 shares belonging to a big customer which he offered last week at the Exchange, but couldn't find a buyer at the figure he wanted." "What was he asking for it?" "A point above the market, and the price hasn't changed since.;' "Give it to him if he won't come down." Broker Mason then enumerated other traders who had some of the stock in question, the name of which was not mentioned during the talk. At length the interview terminated, and a minute later Dick was told he could see the broker he brought the note to. "I would give something to find out the name of that stock which is going to be boomed," thought Dick, on his way back to the office. "The only way I can find out is to keep an eye on Broker Mason. It's lucky I know him by sight. If he calls on Mr. Curtis and buys that block he spoke about, I ought to be able to get onto the name of it. At any rate, I'll try hard to,. for this tip is too good to be wasted." Shortly after he got back to the office, Mr. Mason walked in and asked for Broker Curtis. "He's after that stock as sure as you live," thought Dick, as he showed the visitor his employer's private room. Two minutes later Cu.rtis rang for Dick. The young messenger went in and hia boss said: "Ask Mr. Joyce for that block of D. & N. shares which is in the big safe." "Yes, sir," replied leaving the room. "D. & N.," he muttered, as he went ov'r to the cashier's window, "that must be the name of the s.itock. I'U try and make sure of it. My. Joyce," he said to the cashier, "you've got a block of 15,000 shares of D. & N. in the safe, haven't you?" "Yes. What about it?" replied the cashier. "l\fr. Curtis wan ts the stock." "Oh, very well. Wait a moment." 'rhe' cashier went to the safe, took out an oblong envelope and looked into it. Then he handed it to J)ick with the words: "There you are." The boy carried the envelope to his boss and retired. In a fewminutes Curtis rang for him again. "Go with Mr. Mason to his bank bring back with you a certified check he will hand you," said the broker "All right, sir," replied Dick, noticing that Mason held the envelope containing the D. & N. stock in his hand. He accompanied Broker Mason to the bank, got the check and brought it back. As Mr. Curtis had gone to the Exchange, Dick handed the check to the cashier. Dick had plenty time to go to lunch that day around noon. Before going to the restaurant hepatronized, he dropped in at the safe deposit vault where he kept his money and drew out$2,000. He took this money around to a little banking and brok erage house on Nassau Street, where he had put through his former deals, and asked the margin clerk to buy 200 shares of D. & N. for his account at the market price of 65. As the market was very dull then, the clerk was sur prised to receive such a large order from a messenger. "Is this a deal of your own, Havens?" he asked, as he began to fill out the order. "It isn't for any one else, old man. Why did you ask the question?" "I thought it was rather a large order for you to place on your own account." "Oh, that's a mere bagatelle," said Dick, with a chuckle. "Some day I'll paralyze you with a real large order if you're very good." "You tell that pretty good, but you've got nerve enough to say 'most anything." "Yes, that's my strong point." "This is a pretty big order for you to place, considering the condition of the market. Has somebodJ been givillg you a quiet tip?" "You mustn't be so inquisitive, Mr. Pratt. l I was to tell you everything I know, that knowledge box of yours might get overcrowded with valuable information, and then there's no saying what might happen to you." "That'll do, Havens. Here's your memo. Take it and skiddoo." Dick laughed, took up paper and left the bank. Then he went to lunch, satisfied he was going to make an other haul out of the stock market. When he got back to the office the cashier was out to lunch, so he walked into the counting-room and found the clerks paying little attention to business. He was on friendly terms with two of them, but the third, whose name was Martin Merrie!.):, did not regard the messenger with favor. For various reasons he had ceased to notice Dick for some time back, but fact didn't worry the boy a whole lot, for he never cared much for Merrick anyway. The pretty stenographer, who was away on her two weeks' vacation, was one of the causes of the rupture between them

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8 D ANDY DICK, TH. E BOSS BOY BROKER. o f a nearby office where she was emp l oyed temporarily as an extra stenographer She was neatly but inexpensively dressed, showing i:::i many ways that her circumstances were not over prosper o us She glanced at Dick and then stood modestly back He was much attracted by her face, which possessed a sweetness that charmed him more than her good looks He mentally sized her up as a fine girl, and wished he was acquainted with her. When the elevator stopped at the floo r he waited for her to get in first and then followed Reaching the street she went toward Broadway, and as he was bound the same way he trailed on behind her, admiring her graceful poise and walk. B roadway was crowded with people, the majority of them clerks and business men on their way home, for most of the offices down that way closed around one o'clock. The girl started across the street, not noticing that an American Express wagon was close at hand dashing down o n he r. T he d river shouted when he saw her and tried to rein in his horses. The girl screamed and ileemed too dazed to make an ef fort t o save herself. She would certainly have been run down but or Dick 's cou rage and presence of mind, and the fact that he was c lose b ehind her. He sprang forward. seized her in his arms. an
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DANDY THE BOS::l BOY BHOKER. 9 'l'hen he asked u s a. number oi que:;Lions. Later on he hacl :Merrick on the grill again, ancl ifs our opinion tha t the chief clerk has been told to look around for another job. At any rate, h e doe snt stand very well with t h e boss, and he s stopped talking to m. 1 for on e won t be sorry if he goes Miss Stickney will be back Monday from her vaca tion, and she'll be awfully sorry to hear that you a re out of the office. You and she were great friends." "Merrick never lik ed to see you two talking together," laugh e d Taylor. "I guess that was the real cause why he was down on yo u Dick wasn't interested in discussing the chief clerk, and seeing his friend Bob coming out of one of the e levators, he excused himself and joined Archer. "What have :vou been doing with yourself this week, Dandy Dick?" asked Bob. "I haven't seen you once." a throng of pedestrians and took the onlookers, including Dick and Bob, by surprise. 'fhe robbed boy uttered s h rill cries of pain, and fell to the sidewalk, where he rolled about like a person in the last agonies of death. "Gee whiz!" gasped Bob Archer, s taggered by the nervy the ft. Dick however, with great presence of mind, dashed for ward and seiz ed the thief b y the arm as he was stepping into the veh icl e "Hold on yo u rascal!" he cried. "Give up that pouch." 'fhe crook turned upon him with an imprecation, and tried to down hl.m with a blow, at the same time tossing the pouch into the auto. Dick doi!ged his fist and gave him a terrible punch i:l the stomach that sent him staggering to the sidewalk, when he wa s seized b y several spectators. "Keeping tub on my pri vate business," replied Dick. "What do :vou mean by that?" "Just what I said." ""\Yhat pri vate business have you that would take whole week to transact?". The driver of the auto seeing that his companion was nabb ed, turned the power on and the machine moved rap a idly over toward Broad Street. The moment it started to leave the curb Dick made a jump fo r it, caught the top of the back seat, and swung "I didn't say that I was transacting any business. I said I was keeping tab on matters that c onc erned me only." "Do you mean were hunting for another job?" "No. I'm not lookin g for another job." "What were yon doing, anyway? You might tell a fel low." "Well, if you want to know real bad I'll tell you. I was watching the market." ",T ust to amuse yourse1f ?" "No: because I'm interested in it." "In what way?" "I'm in o n a deal." "Is that so? What's the stock?" "D. & "How came you to go into that? I see it's gone up this w e ek." "A little bird whisp e red to me last week that it waa slate d to boom ten or points, so I put my boodle into it on margin and now I'm ahead of the game." him1:1elf over with the agility of a monkey. \ The driver was unaware of his circus act. a s it took all his attention to avoid the pedestrian s walking across from the Morgan Bank corner. As soon as he got through he started down Broad Street at a fast clip. Dick picked \l.P the stolen pouch, which seemed to be full of f,omething that the boy judged to be money. Dick's intention was to l e ap from the machine and thus d eprive the rascal of his booty, but on second thoughts he decided that it was his duty to capture the man while the chance was his and hand him over to justice. It was a rather ticklish thing to do, as he knew the moment he tackled the chauffeur accomplice, the machine was sure to run wild,. and a was likely to happen, not speaking of the grave chances of running down one or more pede strians At that moment a bevy of girls ran across opposite Ex-"You're a luck Y boy. You are likely to make wee ks' wages out of it." a few change Place. "Yes, I expert s o," replied D ic k carelessly. Although he and Bob had been chums in a way for two y ears h e didn t consider that it was n ecessary for him tq conti.rle all his business secrets to his ftiend. Bob wasn't aware that Di ck was worth ne arly $3 000 wh e n he. went to Yisit his folk:: on the farm. In fact wo11lrl have b elieved that Dick Wa$ worth a tenth of that amount. The two boys had been walking up Wall Street during the foregoing conver s ation They saw a good-looking lad coming down the s teps of the sub-treasury building with a large l eather money pouch under his arm. A small automob il e with two men in it was standing at the. curb. One of the men stepped out of the auto1 walked up to the boy and threw someth in g in his face, then snatched awa y his pouch, and dashed b ack to the auto. It was a most daring robbery, committed in the fac e of They saw the auto bearing down on them, and set up a chorus of scl'eams The chauffeur slacke ned speed and turned to avoid them. Dick though this was his chance. He dropped the pouch on t he back seat, smashed tho chauffeur a stunning blow on the head under the ear, which sent him forward over the s te er in g apparatus. Then springing into the seat beside him, he shut off the power. The chauffeur recov ere d from the shoc k of the blow and turned upon his assailant. In doing so, he accidentally swerved the machine fro m its course. It ran up on the sidewalk, narrowly missing several peo ple, and smashed against the o f one of the building::; with consid e rabl e force. The rnan was pitched out of t:he' auto and landed on the walk rolling over insern1ible Dick narrowly missed the same fate, lancling in a heap across the forward part of the machiDe the wheels of which

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1 0 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. continued to revolve for several nrnments in a futile effort to force its way through the building. CHAPTER VI. DICK WINS BIG MONEY. Naturally, a scene of great excitement ensued. The chauffeur was picked up by willing hands, and other persons stepped forward to assist Dick. The boy, however, needed no help. He picked himself up, got back on the seat and backed the auto out on to the street. Then he stood up and shouted: 1 "That man is a crook. Don't let him escape." His words created more excitement, and he was besieged with questinos. He saw a policeman huaiedly approaching the sce ne where a big crowd had by this time collected. He called to him to come up to the machine. When he did so, Dick hurriedly told him all the drcumstances of the case. The policeman decided to take Dick and the senseless man to the s tation in the machine, and got a bystander to help him put the chauffeur into the back seat While they were dojng this, Dick took possession of the pouch. At that moment a c1etgctive came iunning down toward them. He had got hold of ite of the theft in front of the sub -treasur y building, and while a policeman took the thief Dick had caused to be captured to the station, he had chased after the auto which carried off the boy, the accomplice and the booty. When he saw the crowd ahead he judged that the auto had beeJl stopped. As Dick, at the policeman's orders, started the machine up the street, the detective came up and hailed them. He jumped in behind where the unconscious chanffeur lay, and then began asking questions. On their way to Wall Street Dick put him in possesi
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DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. for every point rise meant a profit of $200 for him in per wpective Already he was$3 000 to tbe good, and it looked as if there was nothing to prevent the stock going to 90 in a time. After the price reached 82, Mason quit for awhile. The n a movement was developed again.at D. & N. and it was forced down to 75. \\'bil e this was on, Dick lost :jll,400 of his profits, and he got a bit uneasy over the ultimate result. At h a lf-pa s t twelve Mason took hold again and sent the price to 85. "I g uess I'd b etter sell out b efore it goes down again," thought Dick. So he left the Exchange and went up to the little bank to put in his order. Whe n he got there he saw by the blackboard that D. & :N". was up to 87. "I'li b e t it'll go to 90," he 8aid. "I'll wait and see if jt does." Twenty minute s later it reached 90. ''That's good enough for me. I won't take any more chances," he said, making a break for the margin clerk's window. "You can sell my D. & N. shares, Mr. Pratt," he said "All righ t Havens. You hit it right when you got in on that stock. Here sign this order, and then I'll tele phone it to the Exchange." Dick affixed his s ignature to the paper and walked over to his seat again. In a few minutes a s ale of D. & N. at !10 3-8 came out on the hoard and the boy wondered how much higher the price would go. It went to 93 and then dropped back to 89, closing at that figure. Next day Dick got a !"ettlement with the bank and found as he had calculated, that he had cleared $5 000 on the deal, which made him worth$7,300. "I can afford to open an office now, I guess,'' he said. "At any rate, I'm going to see what I can do in that line." So be starte d out to find a vacant room in one of Jie big office buildings on Wall Street. CHAPTER VII. DANDY DICK BECOMES A BROKER. He 8pent a couple of hours that afternoon looking for an office, but didn't find a vacant one in any building he visited, at lea s t, not low enough down to suit him. On returning to hi s boarding-house he found a letter bearing the corner imprint of the Manhattan National Bank. Opening it, a note and a check dropped out. The check was for $5,000, and was made out to his or der. The note read as fo Uows : "Richard Havens, Dear Sir-In accordance with the in8 truction s of the presidrut of this bank, I forward you a check for$5,000 as an evidence of the appreciation in which your valuable serv ices of last Saturday is held by the bank. "Yours very truly, "DAVID PARKS, Cashier." "Whew!" muttered Dick. "Five thousand dollars 1 I didn't expect more than $500, or$1,000 at the outside. I'm a lucky biril for fair. I'm worth over $12,000 now. I guess I didn't lose anything by throwing up my job with Mr. Curtis. I'll bet he'd stare if he knew I was worth so much. And what would dad, and mother, and the girls say? The news that I was growing rich fast would be all over the village in no time, and the next time I went down on a visit everybody would take their hats off to me, while the girls would be setting traps to catch me. There's only one girl in the world who stands a show with me, and that is Ethel Gray ; but whether I stand any show with her is a question." Dick cashed his check at the bank next morning and put tlie money with the rest in his safe deposit box. The n he started out again office hunting. "Hello, Dandy Dick, where are you bound fo_ r ?" aslted Bob Archer, meeting his chum at the entrance of an office building. "I'm going in here." \Vhat 's on the 110oks ?" "I'm looking for an office." "Who's office?" "A vacant one, stupid." "vVhat for?" "I want to rent it, of course." "Yo u do? Oh, come now, that's giving it to me pretty s trong." "All right. Do you know of any vacant office anywhere in the street?" "Yes. There's one right on our floor in the rear. The man got out yesterday becau s e he couldn't pay the rent, so the janitor told me. lt'r:: No. 54i. Better hire it, then you'll be on the same floor with your old b6ss," grinned Bob, who didn't believe that Dick was looking for an office._ "Thanks, old man, for the tip. I'll go right up there and take it if somebody else hasn't snapped it up already." "Well, so long, Dandy Dick. When you get your office let me know, and I'll drop in and see you," and Bob hur ried off down the street. Dick went right to the building where he hall worked for three and hunted up the janitor. "Say, Mike, I hear you have an office on the fifth floor to rent," be sa id "Sure we have." What's the size of it and what's the rent?" The janitor told him. "T can provide you with a tenant." "A tinant is it? Sind him along." "I want it for myself." "Yoursilf, is it? Faith, it's foolin' yez are." "Money talks," said Dick, purnng out a w ad of bills "What clo ye want wid an office? Ain't ye workin' for Mr. Curtis?" "No, I've left him. I'm going to start in busineas for myself." "Are-ye now? And what business are yez goin' into?" PAGE 13 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. "Brokerage." "Sure, it's j okin' yez are." "Not a bit of it, Mike. I want that office, and I'm ready to put up a deposit right now. "Go and see the agent, thin. If he lets ye have it I'm willin'." So Dick called on the agent, but found some trouble convincing that gentleman that he was a suitable tenant. ":Figure out the rent to the first -0f May-that's about eight months-and I'll deposit it with the cashier of the Manhattan National subject to your order from month to month. How will that suit you?" The agent decided to take him up, so Dick paid him$100 deposit, and went away promising to call later to sign the lease and hand the agent evidence from the bank's cashier that the money was on special deposit subject to call. That afternoon Dick got possession, and then proceeded to fit the place up, which took a couple of days more. The last thing he did was to get a sign painter to put his name on the frosted glass pane of the door, followed by the words Stocks and Bonds." After contemplating the sign with great s atisfaction, he locked up and started for home. When he reached the elevators he found Ethel Gray waiting to go down. She smiled when she saw him, and held out her hand "Glad to see you, Miss Gray. Fine afternoon isn't it?" "Lovely," she replied. "I see that you distinguished yourself shortly after I sa w you last Saturday." "Oh, you mean about the crooks and the auto? It just happened to be my luck to butt in at the right moment. I saved the bank $50 > 000." "So the papers said. You are certainly a remarkable boy." "Oh, I don't know. By the way, would you like to step around into the next corridor and see my office?" "Where you are employed?" "No. My own individual office, where I expect to do business for myself." looked surprised, but she permitted him to lead her around to the door on which his name and business had just been painted. He unlocked the door and invited her inside. "You have a nice office," she said. "So you are really a broker?" "In name only as yet, but I hope to make a good showing in the course of time There has to be a beginning to everything, and I'm starting right at the foot of the ladder. I Fee no reason wJi.y I shouldn't catch on after awhile." "I'm s ure you will," she replied, with a smiJ_e. "Thank you, Miss Gray. It is very kind of you to en courage me." "Why shouldn't I feel interested in your success when I probably owe my life to your bravery and presence of mind?" "I don't see that I did anything more than my duty when I saw the peril you were in. But we won't &ay any thing about that. May I have the pleasure of seeing you as far as Forty-second Street on the cars?" "Of course, if you wish to." He locked up and they went off together. Dick found a letter from his mother beside his plate when he w ent to dinner that night, and there were also shor t enclosures from each of his He was glad to hear the late st news from Pugwash and vicinity, and he spent the evening answering the letters, but he made no mention about the change which had taken place in his Wall Street affairs. When thetimc came he meant to astonish his family with the news that he was no long er a messenger boy, but a full-fledged broker. Next day being Saturday, there was only a short session at the Exchange, which closed at noon After reading th e Wall Street daily he subscribed for, and studying the market report, he went up to the little bank and sat there till noon watching the. blackboard. Then he went to lunch and afterward uptown. He met Taylor and Burn s on upper Broadway near the Thirty-third Street station. They were strolling along taking in the sights. "Glad to see you, Havens," said Burns. "Doing any thing yet?" "Sure thing. I'm in business on your floor-room 542. Drop in and see me some time," replied Dick. "You're in business on our floor!" ejac1llated Burns in astonishment, while Taylor looked his surprise. "Go on! What are you giving us?" There's my business card," said the boy broker, handing one to Burns. "Richard Havens, Stocks and Bonds, Room 542, tury Building," read Burns. "Say, what does this mean?" "Just what it says. I've gone into the brokerage busi ness." "Gee! But you've got a nerve. Mr. Curtis will have a fit when he hears about it. Do you expect to do any busi ness?" "Yes, I expect to do some business after I get started." "Why, you haven't had any experience to speak of. And you can't have much capital unless some rich relative of yours has died and left you a good wad." "Haven't any rich relative. I'm working on capital I accumuJated myself, together with a present I got from the Manhattan National for saving that money pouch. I ex pect I've got enough to s 'ee me through." "You're a corker, Havens," said Taylor. 1'I hope you'll get on, but the chances are rather against you. The public is not likely to do business with a boy whose responsibility is naturally a matter of doubt." "I know two or three brokers whose responsibility is a matter of serious doubt and yet they appear to be doing business with the public." "They are men of experience, while you're only a boy without much." "Well, we won't argue the matter, Taylor. Time will show whether I will get along or n-0t." "Where are you going now?" asked Burns. "To my place." "Come over to the Criterion and have a game of billiards with us." "Don't play the game." "How about pool?" "Never played pool." "Then come up and watch me give Taylor ten points and beat him out." I PAGE 14 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. 13 ""'ell, I don't mind going with you and looking on.'' So the three crossed the street, went up one flight and en tered the Criterion Billiard Parlora-a resort well patron ized by young men and older ones, too. Taylor picked out a table and he and Burns were soon engaged in their game. watched them for awhile, but not being an enthu siast, he soon tired of the game. Burns called for drinks. The young broker refused to take anything stronger than seltzer. Finally he sai d he guessed he'd go on his way. "Dont be in a rush," said Taylor, "we'll be through in a few minutes." "Well, I'll go over to the wash-room and be right back," said Dick. The wash-room was divided in two sections, partly di vided by a marble partition. vVhile Dick was brushing his hair he heard voices on the other side of the half wall. "How much money can you raise?" said a voice that sounded familiar to Dick. "I've got$2,000 in the bank," replied the other invisible speaker. "You get it out Monday and fetch it around to me at the office, and I'll more than double it for you." "Are you sure the speculation is a safe one?" said the other, earnestly. "It's a pipe I've got a sure tip and it's a winner. All I ask is ten per cent. of what you win. That is fair enough, isn't it?" "Yes. You think you can double my money?" "Think! I know I can. With the tip I have, it's just like finding $2,000 for you to go in." "I think I'll venture. I'd like to make$2,000." "You'll make it as aure as we're standing here. I'll tell you what to do. In tead of calling at the office, meet me in front of the Exchange at noon with the money, and I'll go Tight in and make the deal. You see, Monday is my bus y day and I may not have another chance." "All right. I'll meet you there at twelve o'clock." "Don't fail, for it may be too late to make the deal on Tuesday." "I'll be on hand. How long will it take to put the deal through?" "The price will boom right away, that's why it isn't safe to lose any time. I expect to sell out by Thursday at the latest, and on next Saturday at this time you'll be $2,000 richer than you are to-day." "'That will be fine. I'll bring you the money on Mon day noon." "All right," replied the voice, which Dick was sure be longed to Marlin Merrick. "Let's go uptown now.'' As Dick didn't care to have Curtis's chief clerk see him, he slipped out of the wash-room just in time to avoid the young man and his companion, who proved to be a well dresaed young fellow. They walked out of the billard parlors and Dick re turned to his companions who were putting up their cues after finishing their third game. "Say, Taylor,'' said Dick, "has Merrick squared himself with Mr. Curtis?" "I should say not. He got the G. B. last Saturday." "Last Saturday," ejaculated the young broker. "You don't say! Has he another job?" "Not to my knowledge." Dick judged that he must have got another position, as he had heard him tel I his companion to bring his$2,000 around to the gffice on Monday before he changed his mind and asked him to come to the Exchange at noon with the money. ''Well, it's none of my business," thought Dick, "only Merrick isn't the kind of chap I'd intrust $2,000 with io invest for me. In fact, I wouldn t trust him with 2,000 cents. I ma:v be wrong, but it's my impression he's work ing that young fellow with a fake tip, and that he expects to capture a part of the$2,000 for him s elf. He's not above such a trick as that. Still, it's possible he has a gen uine tip on a good thing. I guess I'll make it my business to be around the Exchange on Monday noon myself, ana see if I can find out what stock he intends to buy with his friend's $2,000. There may be something in it for me." Taylor and Burns having settled for the games, were now ready to go, so t.'le three walked downstairs to the street. CHAP'rER VIII. DICK PIPES OFF A SKIN GAME. Monday noon found Dick hovering around outside of the Exchange. Martin Merrick was there, too, standing on the steps on the lookout for his friend with the$2,000. The young man appeared a minute or two after the hour and Merrick pounced down on him like a bird of prey. Dick edged up near them in a careless way. "Did you bring the money?" he heard Merrick say. "Yes. Here it ia," and the young fellow passed the ex chief clerk a roll of bills. Merrick didn't attempt to count it, but thrust it into his pocket. "You didn't come a moment too soon. B. & 0. ia rising fast, but I'll get the shares before it goes any higher." As Dick had come out of the Exchange and had not no ticed any upward movement in that stock, he was rather surprised to hear Merrick's statement It aroused his suspicion that the clerk had some game on. "I'll meet you this evening at the Criterion and let you know how things are coming on," said Merrick. "All right. I'll be there," replied the young fellow. "I'm much obliged to you for putting me in the way of making so much money." "Don't mention it, Hill. Glad to oblige a friend, you know. Now you run along, as I am in a hurry,'' and Mer rick turned around and ran into the Exchange entrance. Dick followed him inside, wondering if he really was going to meet some broker to give him the order for B. & 0. shares, but having his doubts on the subject. Merrick didn't make any attempt to meet any broker, but walked quir.kly aTound the corridor and then retur::i.ea to the door and looked out.

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DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. Apparently satisfied with his inspection of the sidewalk, he hurried outside, turned into Exchange Place and started for Broadway. Satisfied now that Merrick's intentions toward his friend Hill were not honest, Dick followed him to see where he was going. Merrick crossed Broadway and started up toward the postoffice. Reaching Cortlandt Street he turned down and Dick followed him to West Street, which he and headed for the Pennsylvania ferryhouse. Entering the building, with Dick close behind, he went straight to the ticket office and the young broker heard him ask for a ticket for Chicago. Getting it, he hurried to the baggage counter and pre sented a transfer express receipt and his ticket. The baggageman presently returned and hanJed him a brass check, then he glanced at the clock and rushed for the ferry entrance to catch the train boat for the station in Jersey City. "That settles it, said Dick to himself making no effort to follow him further. "He's skipping off with his friend's $2,000. I'll find out what train he is taking." He got the information from the ticket office. Merrick was going West by the regular Paci.fie express. 'rhis train was due in Chicago next day about noon. Dick decided to meet Hill at the Criterion Billiard Parlors that evening, when the young man came there to meet Merrick, who by that time, would be some distance on his way West, and put him on to the ex-chief clerk's duplicity. He would advise Hill to take measures to hav e Merrick arrested at the Union depot in Chicago when the Pacific express came in. That afternoon when he was returrung to hi s office a few minutes after three, he met Bob Archer in the elevator. "We meet again, Dandy Dick," said Bob, with a grin. "Going to call on your old boss?" "No. I'm on my way to my office." "Your office!" "Yes. I rented room 542 that you told me was vacant. Corne in and see me as soon as you're off work." '"Is this straight goods you're telling me?" replied the surprised Bob. "Straight as a plumb line can be." "I'll go around with you now and see whet her this is a joke or not," said Bob, as they stepped out of the elevator. "Come on, then, if you can afford the time "I'm just back from the bank so a few minutes more or less doesn't count." Dick led the way into the corridor where his office was, and Bob saw his chum's name on the door as plain as he ever$aw anything in his life. "Gee! You have got an office," said Bob. "Lord what a nerve to put up that line underneath-'Stocks and Bond s.' So you claim to be a broker now?" "Surest thing you know. I'm in the bus iness to too." Dick opened the door and ushered his friend inside. "Any fault to find with the place?" he said. "I should say not. It's all right. Blessed if I can see where you got hold of the money to open up in this style." "Don't worry about that, Bob. I came by it honestly." "I know you wouldn't get it any other way. Did the l\'Ianhattan National Bank set you up for saving that pouch full of money ?" "No, but the president sent me a goodsized check." "Then that's how you got the coin to open up for yourself?" "No. I had arranged to go into business before the theft of the pouch was pulled off. Don't you remember I was speaking to you about it?" "You said something about it right after you got out of Mr. Curtis' office, but I didn't take much stock in your sta tement. Thought you were joking ." "You see I wasn't, don't you?" "It look s that way. 1t's going to take you some time to build up a paying business. A s your expenses are bound to be high, you'll have the time of your life holding on." "I've practically paid my rent up to the first of May, so I guess I'll last that long, at any rate ." "Well, I've got to go. I wish you luck, Dandy Dick You are certainly a dand y in more ways than one. I'll drop in and see you again in half an hour if you'll be here." "I gu,ess you'll find me here," sai d Dick and Bob took his departure. Bob had been gone only a few minutes when there came a knock on the door. "Come in," said the boy broker. The door opened and admitted a stout, red-faced brok er named Stinton, whose office was on the opposite side of the corridor. He looked curiously arounrl the room. "Is Ur. Havens in?" "Yes, sir. That's my name. Tak e a seat." "Is this your office?" asked the trader, in some surprise. "Yes, sir." "Starting out as a broker, eh?" said the visitor, with a covert sneer. "I suppose that i s my privilege sir. as there seems to be no law against it." "There ought to be some regulation to prevent boya from making fools of themselves." "I suppose that's a shot at me?" said D ick, flushi n g up. "Well, you're a boy, and if I'm not mistahn you've been working as messenger for l\'Ir. Curtis until very recently. What induced you to put up this bluff?" "What do you mean by a bluff, Mr. Stinton; I believe that's your name?" "Hiring an office and pretending you're a broker." "There's no pretence about it. I mean business just as much as you did when you started in." "Huh! I'd like to know what business you expect to do at your age." "I beg your pardon, Mr. Stinton, but did you come in her e to make fun of me?" "No, I came in here expecting to find a man, not a boy." "Then I presume you have no business with me?" "Business! I should say not. I don't do business with boys." "In that case, I don't see any need of your staying." "Don't addres s me in that way, you young jackana .pes !" roared the growing still redder in the face. "You seem to imagine yourself a person of importance since you put your name on the door."

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! DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. 15 "I guess I'm as much importance in my own estimation as you are in yours." "You' re an impudent young monkey doodle 1 Do you understand?" snorted the visitor, rising. "I heard you, and I'd hate to say what I think about you." "What' s that? I've a great mind to tweak your nose for you," eja c ulated the now thoroughly angry broker. I wouldn't if I were you," replied Dick, coolly. "Some thing might happen that you wouldn't like." "How dare you talk to me in that way?" "Because you deserve it. You came in here to nose around, and finding a boy broker instead of a man, you start in making remarks that anybody would take as ins ults. If I'm not a man in years, I am in other ways, and as this office is my castle, I'll trouble you to place yourself on the outside of that door. Whenever you feel like apol ogizing for your ungentlemanly conduct you can do so, and I will accept your excuses if they appear to be reasonable. Good afternoon." Broker Stinton glared at Dick speechless with rage. The boy paid no further attention to him, but picked up his penknife and began to trim his nails in a nonchalant manner. He was not indifferent to his visitor's aggressive attitude, however, and was prepared for any physical attack the broker might make on him. It i s more than probable that a scrap between them might have taken place, but that the door opened at that moment and Bob walked in. "I didn't know you were engaged, Dick," he said, thinking he was not wanted just then: "I' ll be back later." "Don't go," said Dick. "This gentleman is about to take his departure." Without another word the trader turned around, walked out and slammed the door after him. "Say, was he mad or only making believe?" asked Bob. "I have an idea he was pretty warm under the collar," smiled Dick. "What was he mad about? Did he want to unload some tart stock on you which you wouldn't bite at?" "No. He confined his visit to passing remarks upon me as if he were the boss of this floor. When I retaliated, and reminded him that his room was better than his company. he got his monkey up, and I gu ess he'd have tried to knock me around a bit if you hadn't come in." "What brought him in here in the first place?" "I guess he came in to size up the new tenant," chuckled Dick. "When he discovered that the new tenant was my humble self he appeared lo be displeased." "Have you had a run-in with him before?" "No. I never spoke to him before in my life." "Then why should he be displeased to find you the ten ant?" "Because he seems to have a standing grouch against boys, particularly those who are trying to get ahead. At least I judge so from his conduQt. Now let's talk about something else." Bob stayed half an hour, and then Dick locked up and they left the building together. CHAPTER IX. DICK MAKES A BIG HAUL IN TRACTl'ON STOCK. About eight o'clock that evening Dick walked down to the Criterion Billiard Parlors for the purpose of meeting Merrick's friend Hill. He took a seat near the door 0 the billiard room where he could see every one as they entered, after making sure Hill wasn't there. The young man ca.me in thirty minutes late r and began looking around for Merrick. Dick went up to him. "I believe your name is Hill?"' he said "Yes,'' replied the young man, regarding him curiously "You came here to meet Martin Merrick?" "I did. Did he send you to say he is detained?" "He did not. I came to tell you that he won't be here, as he is somewhere near Pittsburg by this time." "Near Pittsburg! Has he beerr sent out of town?" "No. He departed of his own free will." "He didn't tell me that he thought of leaving town," Eaid Hill, in surprise. "No, I shouldn't think he would," replied Dick, dry l y "Do you know why' he left the city?" "To make himself scarce, I should imagine "I don't quite catch your meaning," replied Hill, wit h a puzzled look. "I believe you handed him $2,000 of your good money in fr0nt of the Stock Exchange to-day?" "I did. I gave it to him to invest in 200 shares of B. & 0. for me." "I know. Well, he didn't invest it in B. & 0 "He didn't?" "Not at all. He put the money in his pocket and as soon as he got rid of you, he made a beeline for the Pen n sylvania station at the foot of Cortlandt 8treet and bo ught a ticket direct for Chicago. Then he boarded the Pacific Express and is now en route for his destination." Hill looked uneasy. "You don't mean to say that he ran away with my money, do you?" "Doesn't it look as if he did?" "It certainly looks funny. I shouldn't think he would do such a thing. We are friends, you know." "How long have you known him?" "About a month." "That's a short time for you to have so much confidence in him." "I thought as he's clerk for Curtis, stockbroker, that--" "Was, you mean." "Was? Why, he is "No, he isn't. He was bounced a week ago last Satlrr day." "He was!" almost gasped Hill, beginning to believe he had been swindled by his pretended friend. "He was. I worked for three years in the same office with him, so you see I ought to know him better tha n From what I know about him, I'll tell you that I wou l dn 't: trust him with a nickel if I wanted to get it back. I ad- PAGE 17 16 DA1 DY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. mit, though, that I didn't think he was crooked enough to steal$2,000 if he got the chance, which it appears he did when he got acquainted with you. Excuse me if I take the liberty of calling you an easy mark, for it looks as if you were in this ca e. Evidently he learned from you that you had $2,000 in the bank, and as he had lost his job, he determined to get it away from you, then leav e the city, and you in the lurch." Hill looked much distressed. "I see now I was a fool to be taken in by him. What shall I do? It was all the money I had in the world-a legacy left me by my mother." "Well, I'll tell you what I'd do if I was in your place. I see a chance of you getting your money back and punishing Merrick, too." "Tell me, please, and I'll be awfully obliged to you," said the young man, eagerly. "The Pacific Express is due to reach Chicago to-morrow at twelve thirty-two. Go to Police Headquarters right away and tell your story. Ask that the Chicago polic e be notified to arrest Martin Merrick as he comes off the cars. Send a good description of bis personal appearance so they will be able to identify him. If be is captured you can go on to Chicago and see that the right man has been nabbed. Your money should be in the hands of the Chicago police, and you can put in your claim for i.t. The chances are you won't get it. Most likely it will be turned ove r to th e New York authorities, and you will get it back after Mer rick has been brought here tried and conyicted." "Thank you for suggestmg how I should act. I will do as you have pointed out. By the way, you haven't told me your name." "Dick Havens. There is my business card." Hill glanced it over. "Are you a broker?" "I have just started in to be one. Call and see me any time after three or between nine and ten in the morning. I am generally out between ten and three." "I will drop in to-morrow and let you know how I made out at Police Headquarters." "All right. I'll look for you." Hill then asked Dick how he learned that he was going to let Merrick have$2,000 to invest for him, and the boy broker explained how he bad overheard their conversation i.n the wash-room on Saturday afternoon, and how, susp ect ing that Merrick bad a crooked purpose in view, he had det ermined to watch him, which he did, with the result : as shown. The young man and Dick left the bi'lliard parlors together and parted at the nearest corner, Hill taking a Broadway car downtown. While Dick was reading the market report next morning Hill paid him a visit. He said the police had agreed to have Merrick arrested by telegraph, and he had left the ex-chief clerk's descrip tion with them. At half-past three Dick's telephone rang, and asking who was on the wire,. found that it was Hill. The young man said that word had just come from Chi cago that a man answering Merrick's description, with in bills on his person, had been arrestedlon the train by a detective sent out or that purpose. He said he was going to leave for Chicago at that night. "Good," said Dick. "You put that rascal through for his crooked conduct to you He deserves to b e handled without gloves." "1 will," answered Hill. "It makes me mad to have a fellow I thought was my friend go back on me the way he did. Good-bye till I get back As Dick hung up the receiver there was a light knock on the door. "Come in," said the boy broker, and in walked Ethel Gray. Dick sprang up, shook hands with her and led her to a seat beside his desk. Ethel explained that she had called to tell him tha t her job had given out, and it might be a little while before she met him again. "I'm sorry that you're about cut loose from the build ing, Miss Gray, since it was a plea s ure for me to see you to the cars once in a\vhile. I s uppose you will look around at once for another Wall Street po ition ?" "That is my intention," she replied. "I wish I were in a position to hire you myself." "I should be glad to work for you," she answered, with a smile. After a short talk, Dick asked if he might visit her at her home and received permission to do so. As she rose to go, he said he was going home him self, so he locked up and escorted her over to the Sixth Avenue station, where they boarded an uptown train. When not at the Exchange or in the public room at the little bank, Dick spent his time in different places where brokers congregated, trying to pick up information about stocks. On the day following Ethel's visit, he picked up a good tip from the conversation he overheard between two big operators. A certain independent traction Hne, whose stock was at a discount on the market had been purchased by a bi g connecting line, the stock of which was considered giltedge. One of the operators intimated to the other that as Etoon as the news got out to the public, the shares of the ind e pendent line would jump up fully twenty points. The other agreed with him, and the y arranged to pool their interests and buy all the independent traction stock the;v could get. Dick determined to load up on the same stock, known as M. & V. Traction. He found out that it was going at 65. It took all but $700 of his capital to put up the margin on 1,000 shares. He thought so well of the pointer that he went the whole hog on it. Two days later Hill walked into his office with the news that Merrick had been brought to the city, having waived extradition papers, and was lodged in the Tombs. The clerk pleaded not guilty when brought before a mag istrate, but was held for trial. We may remark here that he was subsequently tried, proved guilty and sentenced to three years in Sing Sing, i PAGE 18 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. "f ... which, if he behaved himself, was equivalent to two full years of imprisonment. Hill got his$21000 back, and was so grateful to Dick that quite a friendship sprang up between them. A day or two after Merrick's examination in the police court, M. & V Traction began to go up a little at the time : until it reached 72, then the purchase of the line was an nounced and it boomed right away to 88. At that figure Dick ordered his shares sold. When he got a settlement with the bank, his statement showed a profit of $22, 700, making him worth something over$33,000, which was a big jump in his resources, and he was tickled accordingly. Although he was yet to get his first customer in the brokerage business, he was quite satisfied with results so far, for now he was in better shape to do business if any came to him. CHAPTER X. DICK'S FIRS'l; CUSTOMER. It was about this time that Broker Curtis learned with considerab.Je surprise that his late messenger was in busi ness for himself on the same floor. Full of curiosity to find out how the boy was gettin g on, he called upon him one day and found Dick reading the "Wall Street News" at his desk. Dick shook hands with him and invited him to sit down and make himself at home. Although the boy did not smoke himself, he kept a small box of choice cigars on hand to theat visitors with, and he offered the box to his late boss, telling him to help himself. "Upon my word, young man, this move of yours sur prises me," said Broker Curtis. "A boy of your years and lack of experience to open up as a broker is something out of the usual. This why you refused to come back to my office, eh?" "I might as well admit that you have guessed the rea son," replied the boy. "Well, are yo u doing anything?" asked the broker, with a doubtful smile. "Nothing as yet in the brokerage line, but I cleared nearly $23,000 two days ago on the rise in M & V. Trac ti::m." "The dickens you did!" ejaculated Mr. Curtis, in a tone of "Where did you get your capital to operate with? You couldn't have cleared that money unless you carried at least 1,000 shares, and if you bought them on margin, as I presume you did, it would have cost you$10,000 t0 put the deal through." "That's right, sir. I had just enough funds to see my self through." "I suppose your father is backing y ou in this business?" "No, sir Not a member of my family know yet that I have cut loose from you." "Then what good fairy loaned you the money?" "I made my capital myself." "You did! Row, pray?" Dick told him how he had speculated in a small way while acting as his messenger until he had made nearly $3,000. "I was worth$2,900 when I took my rec ent trip to the farm. I gave my mother $500 of that, and each of my two sisters$100. When I returned to the city I got hold of a good tip on D. & 1\L, s la ppe d $2,000 on it and cleared$5,000 on tne rise that followefl. Then the Manhattan National Bank presented me with $5,000 for saving that pouch from the crooks and helping to land the rascal s in jail. Altogether I had a little over$12,000 wh e n I r ente d this office. I had to put up the whole r ent up to next 1\Iay in order to get it, and that with the cost of furnishing the room reduced my capital by $1,600. The traction deal, however, has given a finances a good boost, so I guess I'll survive." Mr. Curtis congratulated Dick on his good luck so far, and hoped i t would continue. After remaining half an hour, he got up and left. On his way to lunch that day, Dick met Brok e r Stinton face to face in the corridor. "Get out of my way, you young rascal," ejaculated the trader, with a black "Look here, Mr. Stinton, you ha. ven't any right to call me 1! rascal, and I won't stand for it. I want you to take it back," said Dick, resolutely. "You dare to talk to me that way," cried thP broker, fry ing into a rage. "When I talk to gentlemen I'm respectful, but you're no gentleman, so you can't expect to be treated politely With a howl of anger, Stinton s truck out at tbe boy. His fist only connected with air, for Dick had dodged aside. Stinton followed him up, d etermi ned to wreak vengeance on him. Dick made a bluff to run, and the broker started after him. The bo:v stopped suddenly and dropped to the floor The ruee bore disagreeable fruit for Mr. Stinton. He tripped over the boy's bod y and went rolling along the smooth marble floor as if propelled b y roller skates. Another broker, coming hurriedly from his office, stum bled over him and went to the floor with a crash. He was so mad that he jumped on Stinton and bega:i to pound him right and left. Laughing gleefully at Stinton's discomfiture, Dick started for the elevator and was soon on the street. Re met Bob at the lunch counter and told him about his encounter with Broker Stinton. "That's the time you served him out good, Dandy Dick," laughed Bob. "But you'd better look out, for he's liable to be down on you like a carlgad of bricks at the first chance he gets." "Oh, I'm not afraid of him. Re's physically big but tl-iat's all the advantage he has." "You'll find that e nough if he ever gets a firm grip on you Dick laughed, and soon after they left the restaurant. With a capita l of$33,000, Dick felt as happy as a lark. He was sittin g in his office debating whether or not he'd better pay an un expected visit to Pubwash and surprise the folks on the fann, when there came a knock at the door Wondering who his visitor was, Dick told him to walk in.

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18 :0.ANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. A tall, bony-looking man entered. and migrated when I was twenty. Civilization and me ain't His face tanned to the color of mahogany by the been on the best of terms during most of that time, but I weather, and he wore a kind of modified cowboy hat, while calculate I'll see more life after this, for I reckon I'll make his hair was long and curly at the ends. my pile afore long. And that brings me to the object of His new suit of shinv store clothes didn't seem to fit him my visit. I came into this building to find a broker to buy very well. some stock for me." .At any rate he looked awkward in them, and seemed "How did you get up to this floor without hitting one? consciou s of the fact. The four floors below are filled with them, and about half Dick judged he was some stranger from the wqolly West. the tenants of this floor are brokers, too." "Hello, pard," said the caller, "where is the boss of this "Wal, you see, that there elevator got up here before I shop?" could git the chap to stop it. Seems to work like greased "Right here." lightning. I got out and found myself outside your door "You!" ejaculated the stranger, sizing the boy up from before I knew just where I was." head to foot. "What's the name of the stock you want to buy?" "Yes, sir. Take a seat and let me know what I can do "Red Squirrel Gold Mine." for you," said Dick, in a genial way. "Never heard of it, Mr. Minturn." "Wal, now, I didn't know they had boy brokers in N'ew "Thar's about 40,000 shares floating round this part of York. So that's your name on the door, eh?" the country, and I'd like to get hold of all in sight. You "That's my name. Richard Havens, otherwise known as know the ropes and I don t, so s'pose you take a look Dandy Dick." around and see how much you can find for me. I'll pay This was the first time Dick had ever expressed himself you. your regular commission and give you a bonus bein this fashion, except laughingly to his particular friends, sides." and why he should do it now to a perfect stranger, was "All right, Mr. Minturn, I'll take your order and do something he could never explain to himself. what I can for you. Will you take all I can get?" In all probability it was the familiar way in which the "Every share." visitor spoke to him. the rough-and-ready style of the WestDick pulled out a Goldfield market report and looked ern mining camps, that him to forget himself. over the list of mining stocks. At any rate, his reply took right away with the caller. He-found Red Squirrel printed among the prospects and "Dandy Dick, eh?" chuckled the stranger, seating himlisted at ten cents. self in an easy way, "wal, now you look it. Shake, pard. "I'll have to ask you to put up about $2, 000 as evidence My name is William Minhfrn, otherwise known as Rip of good faith on your paTt-a sort of guarantee that you ll Roaring Bill. When I git !'-tarted I'm a rip roar\!l' ham take the shares after I get them." way back, and don't you forget it." "I'll do that, pard," said William Minturn, pulling out Dick was immediately interested in his strange visitor. a roll that looked as big as a skyscraper, and peeling off He liked his breezy, hail-fellow-well-met style several yellow backs of large denomination., handed them to This was his first experience with a real, dved-in-the-wool Dick. Westerner from the wilds, and he enjoyed the treat. "My commi.,sion will be one -half a cent a s hare," said Dick was a lad who possessed the knack of taking things the boy broker, handing his first cu stome r a receipt for the as they came to him and falling Tight in with the swim$2,000, which he locked up in his safe. "Glad to know you, Mr. Minturn, otherwise Rip Roaring "When shall I come back?" asked the Westener. Bill," replied Dick, shaking his visitor by the tanned and "You might drop in to-morrow afternoon any time behorny hand. "Have a smoke, old man?" tween three and four." He pulled out his box of cigars and offered it to the "I'll be on hand, pard," said Minturn, ris ing and tossing Westerner. his butt into the epittoon. "I don't know but I will," said Minturn, taking a weed "Have another smoke," said Dick, bringing out the cigar and then the lighten match Dick offered him. "Say, young box again. "Take a couple while you're about it." man, you seem to be the real stuff, and I'm bound to Ray "'l'hanks para, I will." that I hitch right to you." 'J'he visitor helped.himself, and after s haking hands with "You can gamble on it there is nothing artificial about Dick, who gave him his business card, departed. me," returned the boy trader, heartily. "A real bona fide customer at Jast. Things are begin" Hold on thar, ain't to light up and keep me ning to loom," said the boy to himself. "I'll start right company?" out and see if I can find some Red Squirrel stock among "Sorry I can't oblige you, but I don't smoke." the Curb brokers." "Why not pard ?" Dick put on his hat, locked up and took the elevator for "I might mention severa l reasons, but. it isn't worth the street. while." "It feels kind of lonesome to smoke aione." "I'll bet you've done it many a time." "I'll bet I have, too, when I've been out prospecting with nary a critter within sight for miles around." "I s'pose vou"l'e lived out West a good many years?" "About thirty. I wae born and brought up down East CHAPTER XL DICK IS CAUGHT IN A BAD SLUMP. Dick went down on the Curb and began his inquiries right away for Red Squirrel mining stock. He struck a dozen brokers before he found one who had

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, DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. 19 any o f it, and he had a blOck of 5,000 shares for which he wan te d $5 00. "I'll tak e it," said Dick. H e paid over the money and received an order on the broker 's c a s hier for the stock. Do you know where I can get any more Red Squirrel?" s k e d Dick. I b e li e v e Bro ker Stinton on the fifth floor of the Cen tury Buildi ng, has a lot of it," replied the Curb trader. I h e ard he was offering it :yes terday for ten and oneeighth cents, but nobody wanted any at that price." "Thank you. I'll call on him,'' and Dick ru.;hed away t o ge t p ossess i o n of the shares h e had bought. On hi s W!ly h e wond e r eil h o w h o would fare with Stinton af t e r th e they had had that morning. "I'm afraid h e' ll throw m e 0ut oi his office,'' the boy. I g uess I'd better g e t anoth e r broker to interview hi m about the s tock. In that case, I'd be out my commis s ion. No; I've got nerve e nough to face him myself. If he won' t see m e I can't make h im. In that case, I'll have t o bu y the shares through somebody else." Afte r getting the 5,000 shares he started for the Century Building Walk ing into Stinton's office, he asked one of the two clerks if the broker was in. T he c l e rk nodded, and told him, to go into the private office. I thought I'd come up and see if I could make a deal with you." "How many shares do you want?" "I'll take all you have at ten cents." Stinton took his hand from his book and isat down. "Have you got the money to pay for the stock?" "How many shares have you?" "Thirty thousand." "That's$3,000. If you'll send the share s to my office inside of twenty minutes I'll have the mon e y "If this is a practical joke, you little puppy, I'll break your head for you cried Stinton, as a dim suapicion o f such a thing formed itself in his mind. "I never joke on business matters. If y o u are 11frait1 I don' t mean business, I'll pay you hall of the money right now and the balance on delivery of the certificate s." "Hand over the money," s aid Stinton. "Write 011t a receipt for it," said Dick, advancing to his desk, sati sfierl he had nothing to fear now. As soon as the broker saw Dick haul the money out of his pocket he wrote hi.s receipt for $1 500. Di c k handed him the cash, took the receipt and told him tp send the stock to his office in twenty minutes and he would be there to receive it. The boy trader was in his office at the specified time. Shortly afterward one of Stinton's clerks came in with six certificates of Red Squirrel for 5,000 shares each. Dick paid the balance of the money and got a receipt.. Di c k knocked on the door of the room and was bidden 1 d "Nothing like bearding the lion in his den," chuck e to ente r. W he n Stinton s aw who his visitor was, he uttered a roar Dick. "He was going to have me thrown out, but he changed hi s mind when he saw a deal of anger an d started on his feet, looking as black as a thunAt quarter past three next day William Minturn, his der gust customer appeared and Dick told him he had secure PAGE 21 ao DANDY DICK, 'rHE BOSS BOY BROKER. The Westerner held out his hand and Dick took it. They shook heartil y and then Minturn left the office. "I guess I'll take his advice and try to find that other block of Red Squirrel stock," thought Dick. He put on his hat and went out. At four o'clock lie gave up the hunt for the day, but next morning resumed it. 4bout two o clock he located it in the office of a well known Curb broker, who appeared to be glad to get rid of i t for ten cents a share. Dick locked it up in his safe and then awaitctl results. Next morning the Wall Street papers had an ucctmnt of a remarkably rich stTike which had been made in the RAf Squirrel mine, of Paradise, Nev. At the opening of the Curb market there was a big de mand for the stock, as high as 25 cents being offered, but none of it came to the surface. The maddest man in Wall Street that morning was John Stinton. 'rhe shares of Red Squirrel be had sold to Dkk were easily worth double what he had got for them, and the worst of the matter was he had parted: with them to the boy for whom he had no great love. The deal having been a bona fide one, he could not make any kick, so he vent ed his ill humor on his two clerks, who, however, were accustomed to being handled by himwitha,ut gloves. Dick was delighted to find that Red Squirrel had devel oped into a stock of some importance, and determined to hold on to it and see if Minturn's statemeri.t thaL .it go to a dollar in three months was verified. O ne day during the following week Dick got hold of a tip of M & N. At Jeast, it had all the earmarks of one. He learned that a big syndicate had been formed to cvr n er it. As soon as he was satisfied he had-got' unto a gooa thing, he went and bought 2,000 shares and put up$20,000 of his capital as security. He got the shares at 85. In a :few days the stock began to advance and Dick, feel ing certain that things were coming hi s way, began '"ount ing his chickens. The stock soon reached 90, and Dick believed that it would surely go above par. If it did, he :felt he would double his capitaJ., which was a very cheerful reflection. The whole market had a bullish tendency at this time, and that would help things along. On the following Tuesday morning, M. & N. opt>ned at 9 .2, and Dick was up in the gallery of the Exchange watch ing events with a great deal of satisfactio n. Suddenly, like a bolt from a clear sky, the market went to pieces under a well developed bear raid that carried everything before it. The bulls tried to stop the slaughter, but in vain, for the bear clique was a powerful one, with a raft of money at its beck and call. Dick sat like a dazed boy as M. & N. went down, down t o 80. That was fiVB points below what he had bought it at. Things began to look squally for him. A drop of about four points more would wipe his $20,000 deposit out. He still had$13,000 to fall back on, and when he saw M. & N. drop to 78, he rushed to his safe deposit vaults, got out $10,000 and ran around to the little bank. "Hello, Havens," said Pratt, the margin clerk, when the boy broker presented himself at his window, "you look all broke up. Are you getting it in the neck at last?" "Looks like it," replied Dick. "M. & N. is down to 77 1-2, which is 7 1-2 points below what I paid for it." "What are you going to do? Sell?" "Sell!" cried Dick, "and lose my$20,000 ?" "You might save $3,000 or$4,000 o:f it. I:f you hold on you may lose it all." "Well, as long as I can put up more margin I'll run my chance." "Oh, if you. can afford to do that, you may come out all right in the end. We can't accept less than :five per .cent., however." "I'll put up five per cent. Here's the money," and Dick shoved th<> $10,000 in at the window. The clerk took it, countPd it and gave him a paper which allowed him further leeway on his deal. Dick sat down in the room and watched the blackboard. When M. & N. reached 75, the slump of the morning came to a halt, and he took a long breath of relief. Within half an hour it went up half a point. Dick took courage and decided to go to lunch. "I've had a pretty narrow squeak. If I had put up all my money in that stock I would be almost broke by this time," he said to himself. "The unexpected happened on this occasion with a vengeance. Lord I hope I'll get out all right." He didn't have much appetite for his lunch, as he couldn't tell how the cat might jump during the rest of the afternoon. As soon as he had swallowed a sandwich and a cup o:f coffee, he rushed back to the little bank, and to his dismay saw that prices were falling again. "Well, I can't come up with any more margin, that's sure. If M. & N. reaches 70 1-2, my name will be mud and no mistake." He gritted his teeth and watched the slow but steady de cline. When three o'clock cameM. & N. was down to 71, leav ing him only half a point to the good. "I guess my$30,000 is as good as gone," be muttered, as he walked back to the office like a bull going to the slaugh ter pen. "I'll get a call from the bank for more margin inside of an hour as sure as eggs are eggs, for the stock is liable to open at 70 1-2 in the morning. In fact, from the looks of things, it is almost certain to do so." He sat down at his desk feeling decidedlY. gloomy. A tap came at the door. "Come in," he said. Ethel Gray walked in. "Sit down, Miss Ethel. Excuse my lack of animation, but I'm feeling like thirty cents." Then he explained to her the situation he was in, and how nearly all bis capital hung on a very thin thread. 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DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. 21 A moment later Bob appeared. "'Vhat's the matter, Dandy Dick? You look as solemn as a mourner at a funeral. I hope you haven't been singed in that slump that was on to-day," he said. "Singed! I'm about $30,000 out," replied Dick, gloomily. "Thunderation You don't mean it!" ejaculated Bob. "If I don't, you can call me a liar," answered his chum. "What are you in on?" "M. & N., and if it goes down another half point my$30,000 will be wiped out as sure as you are standing there." "Gee 'l'hat's tough. I didn't know you had so much money to lose." "Well, don't let's think about it. It's an experience that any speculative broker is likely to get at any time." Dick, I came in to ask you to loan me that on engineering you got the other day," said Bob. "You can have it. It's on the top shelf of the bookcase. J'll get it for you." Dick pushed a chair in front of the case, ope ned the glass doors and then got on the chair. There were a dozen books on the top shelf, and the boy broker scanned them to see which was the volume on engineering. As Dick reached for the book, the chair s lipped from un der him. To save himself he caught hold of the bookcase. His weight, dislodging the upp er half, Dick and the case fell with a crash to the :floor. .Astonishing to relate, a stream of s hining $20 gold pieces bathed him from head to foot in11a golden shower. CHAPTER XII. DICK HAS A VISIT FROM HIS FATHER. As the top of the bookcase fell with Dick, Ethel gave a scream, for she expecte d nothing else than that the boy broker would be killed or badly injured. The case, however, was not very heavy, and did not hit Dick with its whole weight. As Bob instinctively sprang forward, the shower of gold pieces caught his eye and held him for a moment spell bound. Then he lifted up the damaged bo9kcase so that his chum, who was not hurt to any extent, could extricate him self. "Gee! Where dicl all that gold come from, Dandy Dick? If that is your coin, that's a strange place to keep it when you've got a safe in th e office," said Bob. N() one was more astonished at the s ight of the gold than was Dick himself. He certa inl y had not put it in the upper part of the bookcase. He wou] dn't have been such a fool. Then how did it get there? "What are you staring at-the money?" asked Bob. "Give a band with this broken case and I'll help you pick your coin up." "I was just wondering where that gold came from," re plied th-3 boy broker. "It came from the bookcase, of course. You put it there, didn't you?" "If l dic1, I must have done it in my sleep., As I don't sleep down here, why I guess I didn't put it there. Besic1es, I haven't had any gold in my possession since I came to Wall Street, nor before, either." "If it isn't yours, who' s is it?" "You've got me." "Well, you're not going to let it stay there for the janitor to sweep up, I calculate, so we'll pick it up an.d count it. Looks like there might be several thousand dollars." While they were speaking, Ethel was busy picking up the gold pieces near her. Dick and Bob moved the wreck of the bookcase aside and then gathered up the bulk of the coin. After it was piled up on the desk, Dick proceeded t o count it. It amounted to just$10,000. "'!'hat's quite a windfall for you," said Bob. "It might save your $30,000." "I shall certainly use it for that purpose," replied Dick, looking at his watch. "I have just ten minutes to get to the bank. The brokerage department is open till four While I'm away, just examine that bookcase and see if you can find out where th e coin came from. I bought that in a second-hand store. The original owner must have had a false back put in it where he hid the gold. That's the only way I can account for it being there." His surmise proved to be correct, as Bob. showed him when he came back after putting the$10,000 in gold up as another five per cent. margin. "You're a lucky boy, Dandy Dick," said Bob. ''Every thing seems to come your way. You must have been born with a caul, or unc1er a fortunate star." "I'll call myself lucky if I get out of this M. & N. deal with a whole skin," replied Dick. "It has given me a rough jolt that I won't forget in a hurry." On their way to the cars a little later, Ethel told Dick she had caught on to a steady job in a broker's office across the street, and was going to work in the morning. "Glad to hear it. We'll be close together after all," re plied the boy. Next morning M. & N opened at 70 1-2, which woultl have cleaned the boy broker out if the $10,000 in gold hadn't come to his aid unexpectedly. 'fhe lowest point the stock reached was 70, after which it gradually went to 80 in a day or two. At the beginning of the following week it rose to 88, anJ then went to 90, at whfoh Dick sold out, clearing a prolit of$10,000 after all. As his 5,000 shares of Red Squirrel were now worth sixt.v cents a s hare he figured that he was worth $50,00(1 cJ1l told.. He concluded that he could afford the luxurv cf an offica boy, though he had nothing more strenuous the lad to de than to mind the office while he was out. So he hired a boy for$4 a week to fill this sinecure. He judged that the time had come for him to tell his folks on the farm that he waa no longer a messenger bO:\', but in business for himse1f. hccordingly, he wrote a letter to his mother

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. 22 DAND Y DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. her of the important fact, and once more inviting his father up to visit him. A few days later, as be was about to run over to the Ex change in the morning, the office dopr opened and his father, attired in a new suit of store clothes, with a grip in one hand and an umbrella in the other, filled the opening. "By gum!" ejaculated the old man, looking around the room, "so this is where you hold out, Dick. B'gosh You've a swell place." "Why, hello dad, is that you?" cried Dick, rushing o:ver and grabbing Havens senior by the hand. "I'm awfully glad you've come up to see me." 'Tm kinder glad myself, for I hain't been to York in a coori's age, and it's changed so I hardly knew it. Them skyscrapers around here are so tall I've got a crick in my neck tryin' to see to the top of 'em." "Some of them are over twenty stories high," said Dick. "Gosh! Why do they builcl 'em so high? If anybody fe ll out of one of them upper winders he'd be kinder mashed up when he hit the walk." "Ground is so valuable in this locality that it wouldn't pay to put up anything short of a skyscraper." "You don't say How much might the land be worth?" I couldn't tell you, dad, as I don't keep track of real estate statistics, but I guess a fair sized lot down here is worth a million." "By gum! That's a lot of money. I reckon you could b uy the wlHJle of Pugwash for a million, houses and all." "How's mother and the girls?'' "They're weU and sent their love to you. The gals wanted me to bring 'em along, but I couldn't see it. When. I come to Yo r k I'm bound to have a good time, and I don't keer to have women folks taggin' around after me." "Put your umbrella and grip in the corner and come over to the Exchange with me." "I've got some apple sass and one or two tb.ings that the ga l s put in for you. I reckon they won't sp'ile till we get b ack." ''I gttess not. Come along -<'Say, son, is that there Exchange where we're bound for wher e the bulls aud bears and lambs hang out?" asked the farmer, as he followed his son outside. "It's where the bulls and bears buy and sell stock :for the lambs and themselves, too." "Ar e you a bull or a bear, son?" "I'm a bull: I always buy for a rise." "What do you buy?" "Stocks, of course. I expla ined all about it when I was down home the last time." Dick took his father np in the gallery of the Stock Ex change, from which perch ha.could observe all that was go in g on below in the board room. Farmer Havens was much interested in the proceedings, and asked Dick all kinds of questions relative to the actions of the traders. Dic k then piloted his p1rent around the district, taking him into several of the buildings, and pointing out land m a r ks o:f note, after which they went to lunch. Returning to the office the boy br9ker left his father rnad ing an af ternoon paper while he went over to the little bank to w a tch the quotations on the blackboard. A little after three Dick locked up and took his father uptown with him. After dinner at the boarding-house they went to one of the theaters Farmer Havens remained in town. three days, taking in the sights on his own hook while his son was downtown, and then he went back home. A day or two after his father's departure, Dick received a subpoena to appear against the pouch thief and his com panion in one of the criminal courts. The trial did not take long, and both were convicted and s ent up the river for several years. The shock that M:. & N. had given Dick caused him to be unusually cautious during the next few weeks. He saw several pretty good chances to make money in the market, but was afraid to venture more than $5,000 on any one of them. He lost on two of the deals, but squared himself en the third, so that, altogether, he came out about even on his ventures When Christmas week came around he went home to spend the holidays at the farm. Of course, he received a great welcome. All the Pugwashites and the immediate neighbors of the Havens family had by this time grown accustomed to Dick' s dudish appearance, and his appearance among them no longer created a sensation. His father, mother and sisters had circulated the new s around that Dick was a broker on his own account now, and as good as any man in Wall Street. They were very proud indeed, o:f his success, and showed it. All the country girls who were on good terms with Dick bought new finery when they learned h e was coming down :for Christmas week, and then they laid themselves out to capture his eye if they could. But they might have saved themselves the trouble, and the little jealous contests that took place between them in their rivalry to get ahead of each other, for Dick's thoughts were centered around only one girl, and that was Ethel Gray. After extending his visit to ten days, Dick boarded 'a train back for New York. He took a seat behind two well-dressed men who were returning from Atlantic City. It wasn't Jong before Dick found out :from their conver sation that they were stock brokers. After awhile he heard them talking about a tip that one of them had received by mail from the secretary of a wellknown road out West. r The name of the road was the P. & 'Q., and the tip the broker had received was that it had bought out the C. & F. line, running into the great wheat belt. This deal would give the P. & Q. big freight advantages, while the C. & F., which had been in financial straits for several years, would gain largely by the arrangement. The stock of both roads was bound to advance when the news got out, especially that o:f the C. & F. Before the trian reached Jersey City, Dick was satisfied that he had captured a good thing, and that afternoon he left. an order with the little bank to buy 3,000 shares of C. & F. for his account. PAGE 24 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. 23 CHAPTER XIII. DICK GETS THB BETTER OF BROKER S'fINTON EYer since Dick bought the 30,000 shares of Red Squirrel from Broker Stinton, that individual nourished a strong desire to get back at the boy because the deal had done him out of a good bit of money. Besides that, he hated Dick on general principles as a young upstart. He knew that the boy trader must have funds or he couldn't hold out the waY' he was doing, so he cudgeled his brain for some scheme to reach those funds. A PAGE 25 24 DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER. :::ltinton had a colu sweat ck anywhere. All I've beeu able to Miy is 500 shares, and I had to pay 82 for them replied Stinton, mopping his face again. ''\fell, Mr. Stinton, I'll be easy with you. I'll let you out now for 85. Give me your check for$12,750, which includes my deposit, and I'll return your option." "Why, you young puppy !" roared the broker. "Do you expect me to hand you over a profit of $9,000 ?" "You don't have to. You can take your chances on the option if you prefer. But I think you'll save$5,000 by taking me up." Stinton uttered an imprecation and shook his fis t at Dick. "Don't get excited, Mr. Stinton. It always places a man at a disadvantage." The furious broker flung his soft crowned hat on the floor and danced on it in the excess of his wrath. He swore that he wouldn't give Dick a check for $12, 750. No, he'd be blessed if he would. "Well, sir, if you are not willing to do business, I can't make you. In fact, I prefer that the option should run. I was merely letting you down easy. Now if you will re tire, I will go hom e," said Dick. "I'll get square with you, you little monkeydoodle," snorted the trader, picking up his hat and jamming it on his head. "I'll do you up some day." Dick smiled, which so enraged Stinton that he flew at Dick and threw him clown on the floor. He would have executed an Indian war dance on his body but for the appearance of Bob Archer, who entered the office at the moment. Seeing how things were going, Bob rushed 'forward and pulled the angry broker back. Dick got up. "Leave my office, Mr. Stinton, and don't you ever come in here again," he said, indignantly. "You are no gentle man-no, not half a one. When I get ready to call that option I'll turn it over to a friend of mine, and you'll have to come up with the stoc k or the market price at the time. Now get out, or I'll call the janitor and have you thrown out, you great brute." Stinton made a move to rush at Dick again. The boy seized a chair to defend himself with. 'rhen the broker, shaking his fist at Dick again, turned and left the room. CHAPTER XIV. "DANDY DICK, THE BOSS BOY BROKER." 'Two dnYs afterward, during which time Dick did not see Broker Stinton, official notice was given of the purcha s e of C. & F. by the P. & Q. The stock rose at once to 92. Dick immediately ordered the bank to sell his 3,000 shares. At the same time he went to a broker he knew and told him to sell the option he held on Stinton, at its market value, plus the$3,750 deposit. 'J'he broker readily sold it, and Dick made the difference betwe en 76 and 92, or $16,000, and Stinton was out that much when called on to redeem the option. Dick's profit on hi s 3,000 shares was$60,000 adding

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DA DY DICK, THE B?SS BOY BROKER. 25 the $16,000 profit on the option deal, he cleared altogether$7(5,000 With a cash balance of $,000, and his 5,000 Red Squir rel shares, now worth eig hty cents a s hare, he was worth 1altogether$128,000 after he got a set tlement with the lit tle bank. He was certainly Dandy Dick in more ways than one. In Eome way the news got out that Broker Stinton had been caught in an option deal by a boy broker on the fifth floor of the Century Building, and the fact aroused the curiosity of the traders of the Exchange. Very few of them had heretofore heard that there was a boy broker in tbe Street, and they began to wond er who he was. It soon developed that the young trader was none other lhan Dick Havens, generally known as Dand y Dick, the former messenger of Frederick Curtis. Scores of the brokers knew Dandy Dick well as a me s s enger. and, not seeing him in capacity for some months, Eupposed he had been promoted. It was a great surprise to them to learn that he actually was a broker; or claimed to be one. "Let'R go and call on him," suggested a broker to a group of bis friendF. The others agreed. so a delegation forthwith took its way to the Century Building, and locating Dandy Dick's office, burFt in on him. "Hello, Dandy Dick," cried the foremoRt of the vi s itors, Broker Ashcroft, "so you've gone into the brokerage bu s i ness, eh?" "Yes, sir. Help y our selves to seats, gentlemen, any where you can find a 1.sting spot Glad to see you all. Here's a box of cigars, help :vomEelves to them, too." The visitors each took a cigar, some of them took chairs, and the rest who could not be accommodated, stood up. "How are you making out?" asked Broker Hepburn. "I have no kick coming," replied the boy. "I hcarn you pinched Stinton for $16,000 on an option deal," Faid one of the callers. "I rather think he pinched himself," laughed Dick. "I offered him the chance to out at about half that, but he spurned m:v suggestion, so if he has to eat any snowballs before spring comes on, it will be his own fault." "Say, don't You think You've got a g r eat nerve to sbrt out aF a broker?" sa io AFhcroft. "Perhapi:: rn. but nerve is my strong point." "No, I think clreFq is your strong point. As a mei;:senger you got the name of Dick. Now we'll have to call you Dandy Dirk. the hoy broker." "Better cflll him the l Jrokcr," l aughiI!g l y s u g gesterl Hepburn. "Any boy who can work an option deal like he did, is lhe boss of his class." "I accept the amendment," said the other trader. "Ge n tlemen J herewith dub our young ass()('iate 'Dandy Dick the Boss Boy Broker.' Thus I haptize thee," and the s peaker held his cigar over Dick's head and let an inch of ashes fall on his hafr. "Three cheers for Dandy Dick, the Boss Boy shouted another broker, amid great laughter, and the cheers were given with a will. "Gentlemen," replied Dick, "I thank you for the honor, and will endeavor to hold my end up." "Eve r y broker is s upposed to have a sharp pair of shears in his office to clip fleece with," said Hepburn. "We are all anxious to see yours." "Sorry, gentlemen, but I have sent it out to be sharp ened." "Whose fleece did you dull it on?" asked a trader named Woods. "On Mr. Stinton's. It was very tough fleece to shear." This reply was rec eived with a roar of laughter, for all the traders knew that Stinton was a hard nut in his way. "Have you had your first customer yet?" asked Hepburn. "Some months ago," r e pli e d Dick. "He was a gentle man from the wild and woolly W est named William Min turn, otherwise known as Rip Roaring Bill." "He must have been a corker." "No, he was a miner and pro spec tor," answered Dick, without a smile. "Good!" cried Woods, laughing "Di. d you make anything out of him?" asked Hepburn. "I bought some R e d Squirrel stoc k for him at ten cents." "Red Sqnirrel, eh? That's worth eighty cents now," said Ashcroft. "How much did you get for him?" "I got near l y all there was in the Street-35,00i shares "Re must have had in side new s about the strike in the mine." "He did. Who do you suppose I got moet of that Red Squirrel from?" "We mlver could guess. Who? asked Hepburn. I "The dickens you say! How much did you buy from him?" "Thirty thousand shares." "Whew He mus t have been wild when the. news of the s trike came out "I jUClge he was." "Say, you must be Stinton's hoodoo. If I was he, I wouldn't do any more business with you," said Woods "He won't get the chance. I'm through with him "Why? Did you have a run in over that optic1 deal?" "Somewhat. He los t his temper, threw me down and was goin g to dance all over me with his 200-pound weight when a friend of mine came in and saved me. When a man forgets himself s o far as that, I consider it's time to draw the line, and draw it hard enough to keep him at a distance." The brokers agreed with him, and soon after the crowd took thefr l eave. After that Dick :lfiade the acquaintance of the broker s very fast. The title that the bunch who had visited him gave him -"Dandy Dick the Boss Boy Broker''-was soon kno,Yn all about the Street. The n ewspaper men heard about it as a matter of course, and one of them came up to see Dick, introducing himself as the representaive of the "Daily ---." He had a long talk with bick and then went away, after taking a picture of the young broker with his kodak. Two weeks afterward the Sunday magazine section of the paper had a page devoted to "Dandy Dick, the Boss Boy Broker." PAGE 27 '!6 DANDY DICK, THE BOS. BOY BROKER. The writer gave him a fine showing up, and said he was work for him as his stenographer, putting her in his pri-thc smartest Boy in Wall Street. vate office. In fact, he said so many nice things abcmt Dick that 1.he The connting room was so arranged that it opened on boy guessed he must have had a pipe leaving the ladies' r eception room as well as on the men's. his office. He had a ticker placed in each room and a third one in Everybody in the boarding-house reaq,..the story, and after his private office. that they persisted in calling him Dandy Dick, too. When the news circulated that Dandy Dick had a new Dick bought half a dozen papers and mailed the maga-office, and a hang-np one at that, he had a string of broker zinc sections to his folks on the farm. visitors right away. ld in the markf>t. on the Street, and there was no i!oubt but just as soon as Many of there. called to see him, and an excmc for he crune of age he would be welcomed as a member of the their visit, gave him an order i.n a small way J"o1 t>ome Stock Exchange with open arms if he could afford the price stock they were about to invest in. of a seat. As the came in he sent them to a friendly broker One of the first clerks Dick hired to assist his elderly to put them through on a half commission baflis. manager and cashier was Bob Archer, and he soon had to He found it ne cessary either to hire a clerk or rmmin in get a seccnd one, bm,iness came in Qo fast. the office altogether. And so his husiJ1ess grew from month to n1onth and year He concluded to get a clerk-some elder ly ma11 ;r1 1 as to year, until to-day Dick is one o.f the big traders of 'Vall well up in the brokerage business. Street. So he advertised for what he wanted, and secured a man He has a fine i:mite of oiliccR on the second floor of a sky of sixty years, an ex-cashier, who had retired irom the. scraper, ancl employfl a dozen clerks, with Bob Archer as Street some years since, but meeting with hard luck, had cashier and manager. to go to work again. Rthel Gray gaYe up her position as stenographer to be -He agreed to coach Dick in aJl the points of the J.11si.11ess come his wife and the mother of a juvenile Dandy Dick. of which the hoy broker >vas ignorant, and in ,re'ITun Dick Althongh the hero of this P.tory i8 nearing forty now, gave him a good rnlary and a steady job. and is rich and prosperous as any man can wish to be, he At Ms suggcshon, Dick inserted a stanfling advt. in SCI' -r ememberR itb a thrill of safofaction the old days when he eral of the financial papers, an cl this soon brought him a lot made his start in business as Dandy Dick, the, Boss Boy of inquiries through the mail. Broker. In order to interest his correspondents, he got np a daily market letter, had it typewritten in manifold nt a public stenographer's, and mailed it to the people out .of town. He began gPtting orders from the <'pecnlalorf in the country, and in the meantime his city trad.c kept on grow. ing. A good many ladies enrolled themselYes as hi& customers, and he decided he must get a regular suite. of rooms if he could find suitable ones. On inquiring agent of the building, he Tearuc PAGE 28 FAME AND FOR'l'UNE WEEKLY. 2'l' Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, AUGUST 27, 1909. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies .............................................. One Copy Three Months ............... ... ................ One Copy Six Months ..................................... One Copy One Year ........................................ Postage Free. .05Cents .65 Cents$1.25 $2.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered L etter; remittances In any other way are at rour !isk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. silver wrap the Coin in a separate piece of p a tier to avoid cuttmg the envel ope. W1ite vou1 name and address plainly. 'Address letters to SrN OLAtn 'tousinv, Presld&nt GlilO. G HASTINGS, Trea sure r OBAS E. NYLANDER, Secretary Frank Tousey, Publisher :24 Union Sq., New York GOOD STORIES. The purity of milk may be readily tested. A polished knit ting-needle is held upright, dipped in the milk, and immedi ate ly w ithdrawn. If the milk is pure, some will adhere to the needle; but if water has been added, even in small pro portions, the needle will come forth quite clean. The New York Aquarium, located 'in an old fort, remains the finest in all my wanderings, said a traveler, but the second place is now taken by Berlin. I am not forgetting Naples; but Naples, like New York, is on the sea, and allowances must .Pe made for Berlin's handicap of distance inland. A recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Court holds that deposits in savings banks unclaimed for thirty years must go to the commonwealth The decision was rendered in a case brought to test the title of$100,000 o f deposits in the Provident Institution for Savings left there for more than thirt y years. Gervase Ponsier, an electrician of Marseilles, says that i t will soon be possible for a man to s.tand at one end of a tele graph wire and not only speak to, but plainly discern the p erson at the other end, although hundreds of miles may sepa rate them. Television-the seeing of a person at a distant point-is not far off. While camped on Dead Injun Hill, Col., John Barnes and wife had an exciting experience with grizzly bears, six of which invaded their camp in search of food. Mrs. Barnes as sisted her husband in repelling the intruders, shooting one bear. This animal mauled both husband and wife before be ing despatched, but the others fled. By traveling ninety miles across an unknown country, and mostly in the dark, in fifteen hours the military ski race in the Swedish Northern Games has splendidly shown the pos sibilities of snowshoes as a means of locomotion. In a former contest, some years ago, over a distance of 138 miles, the start was made at 6 o'clock one morning, and the majority of the competitors completed the journey early in the afternoon of the following day, while in a more recent race the first man home, a Finn, covered the distance, forty miles, at an average speed of eight and a half miles an hour. Probably the most extraordinary band on earth is that which is stationed in the imperial palace at Moscow. A famo u s c om poser was recently taken into a darkened room to hear one of his new compositions played by this band. The composer was mystified untif the lights were raised, when 200 soldiers wer e revealed, each with a horn or trumpet in his hand, varying in size from on e and one-half inches to twenty feet. Each instrument and each performer produced only a single note ; but the playing was so perfect that the sound was just as if from one grand instrument played upon by a master hand. One who has occasion to cross the 'Kenn ebec River by ferry boat from D resden to Richmond may see at low tide, where the ferry lands on the Richmond side, a few timbers which still mark the s ite of the wharf built for a landing for old Fort Richmond. .The fort it11elf, built in 1718, stood in a northwesterly direction from the wharf. Both the fort .and its landing are clearly shown in the Plymouth company map of 1750 The structure was not only a house of defense, with its blockhouses, barracks and storehouses, but it was also a truck house for traffic with the Indians of the K en nebec and its accounts are still preserved. The building of Fort Shirley, in Dresden, in 1754, rendered Fort Richmond useless, and it soon went to decay. JOKES AND JESTS. Sentinel (on guard)-Halt! Who comes there? The Colone -Fool! Sentinel-Advance, fool, and give the countersign. Customer-You said these stockings were fast black. They are all faded out. Dealer (a retired anarchist)-Mein gra You must haf washed 'em. Wilkins-How about that bill you undertook to collect on s h a)es? Lawyer-You said I could have half of it, didn't you? "Certainly." "Well, I've collected my half. Can' t get yours.' Guest-Ouch! Geewhittaker? You've spilled some soup down my neck! Waiter-I's or'ful s orry, sah; but you see sah, I's so in doubt if you is gwine to gub me a tip or not, it makes me nervous. Mr. Million-I am afraid that young man who is so attentive to you is as poor as a church mous e He smok e s wre tched ci gars-can't cost over five cent s Miss Million-No, indeed, pa he pays twenty-five cents a piece for them, but the deal ers cheat him. Mr. Million-Then it's all right. He's o n ly a fool "You big, lazy loafer," said the bris k little man, spiritedly to the tramp who wante d "a dime for a bed," ''.why don't you beat it to Panama and help dig the canal ?" "Ah, sir, dat's de unkindest cut uv all!" sighed the n ever-wo r k e r. "What i s ? demanded the other, p u zzled. "De Culebra!" c hnckl :od the vagrant wit, s l ouching away. Stranger (in railway train)-So you went on a Jong jou r ney to get a situation as newspaper reporter, only to find tha the paper had suddenly changed hands ? De spondent Youlh Yes. The trip took all the money I had saved up a n d no'\", I don't know what I'm to do. Stranger-Keep up your com age. Every cloud has a silver lining. I got a situation on a newspaper when I was yo ung, but I was discharged for a slip which I could not help, and I could not get another job as re porter anywhere, Pretty cloudy, wasn't it? Despondent Youth-Yes; but where was the silver lining? Stranger Driven to desperation, I started a peanut and apple st!lnd, and now I am one of the wealthiest fruit importers in the country instead of being a worn-out old editor in a poorhouse.

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