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The missing box of bullion, or, The boy who solved a Wall Street mystery

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As Bender reached ror the box of bullion Dick came into the corridor. Hili! unlooked-for appearance rather staggered the rascals. But they were equal to the emergency. "Seize him, Maguire!" cried Savage. Maguire slipped behind Dick and grabbed him.

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. fame 1and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY ltnled Weekl11-B11 Subscription 12.50 p e r 11ear. E n t ere d accordin g to Act o f Con greas, in t he 11ear 1909, in the oj/Ju of tAe Libnlrica of Conure.,, Warhing ton, D. C ., b11 F rank '.l' ouse11, Publ isher, 2 4 Un ion Squa,.., New York. No. 210. NEW YORK OCTOBER 1909 PRICE 5 CENTS. THE MISSINfi BOX OF BULLION DB, THE BOY WHO SOLVED A WALL STREET MYSTERY By A SELF-MADE MAN I D o you thin k your stock w ill go m u c h h ig her? CHAPTE R I. INTRODUCES OUR HEUO. "I'm banking on it going to 80. Everything points to the contin ati on of the boom to morrow, and if n ot hin g "'l'his has been a great day for the lambs, Sadie," said happens to prevent, prices are sure to be higher T his i s Dick Hall, messenger for Broker George Langley, of No. the time !or the lambs to make a harvest. A l ot of t he m Wall Street, stopping at the pretty stenograper's table in need i t to get square on the s l ump of three weeks ago her den in a corner of the count ingroom. 'I wish-sometimes-I were a boy." "Has it?" asked Miss Stevens, a chic-looking bl ondc, "I don't You're the s\\'eetest proposition in Wall Stree t, stopping in the midst of her work, for she was always ready and I w o u ldn't have you change for a gold mine," chuc kl e d to exchange a word or two with the office messenger, who Dick was a favorite of hers. J "What a jollier you a.re!" blu s h e d Sa die G o a lon g "Bet your life Stocks have been booming like a house now. and let me finish my work. It'a t ime for you to gu afire since the Exchange opened for business this morning. home, anyway, isn't it?" The lamb who i,sn't ahead of the game at th i s tim e must "Pretty near-that is, if nothing turns u p t o deta in be one of those unlucky people who never know enough to me:" cop a winner." "Has Mr. Langle,v gone ?'0 "Are you inter e eted in the riS, too?" "No, he's talking to Broker Risdon in his room Well "Am I? Say, when I miss a good thing call my at t en-so long." tion to the fact, will you?" Dick walked out into 'the waiting-room in time to meet "Then you're in on another dea] ?" a Wells Fargo & Oo.'s expressman with a heavy box on h i s "That's what I am, but you don't want to mention it in shoulde r tones that'll reach the cashier's ears. Yes, I've got the call "Will you sign for this?" asked the man on 30 share s of A. & D. I bougbt it yesterday at 65, put up "What is it ?n my $300 capital like a littl e man, and now it is up to-what "A box of bullion do you think?" "Whew! The cashier has been looking for that for the "I couldn't guess last h our Bette r take i t in to him and have h i m s i gn "Seven ty-two-j ust seven po i nts advance in twen ty four for it." h ours." Dick opened the b r ass lattice door for the expressma n "You are certa i nly a fortunate boy. and t h en g l anced a t t h e c lock. "If I d idn't have some luck in speculation I woul cln't It wanted onl y a few min u tes of h is quitting time, so he touch the market with a ten foot pol e walked t o the w indow an d l ooked o ut. \

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THE nox OF B"GLLION. It was a raw, d1izzling, foggy afternoon, and the pro s pect The cashier lifted the box in h:s :lrms and carried it into from the office window was not inviting. the private room. 'l'he upper Rtories of the skyscrapers were comA few minutes afterward Mr. Langley r e turned to his pletcly lost in the mist. desk. Light s were burning except in the streets, to At that moment three men were standing out in the enable the clerical help of the various offices to pursue their corridor, conversing together in low tones. labors. 1 One of them sported a shiny silk hat and looked like a The sidewalks were lined with passing umbrellas, and the Wall Street broker. A. D. 'I'. and other messenger boys of their ilk were flitting The other two, who were smootijly shaven, wore derby about in glistening waterproof over-garments. hats and smart business suits. All that was needed to complete the air of depression that The three looked prosperous, the gentleman with the tall hovered over Wall Street was a falling market; but it haphat particularly so, for a massive gold chain crossed his pened thnt the contrary was the case. vest from pocket to pocket, and was looped up at a biutton Be the weather as bad as it might, it could not interfere hole, and on one of his :fingers was a massive ring of peculiar with the buoyant spirits of the bulls. desig n. r _They crowded the cafes, where they laughed, joked, and Five o'clock approached, and the three men still stood and raised merry Cain generally over the satisfactory state of chatted as if time was of no moment to them. the market. The clerks now began leaving the different offices on that "This is a good day for water fowl," muttered Dick. "It floor, but none of them took any special notice of the ought to be kept on tap for their especial benefit and not three gentlemen. allowed to escape up here where it isn't wanted. It's enough It wanted five minutes of five when one of the elevators to make a homeless marr commit suicide. Well I guess it's stopped its upward flight within a few yards of them, and time for me to get my umbrella and take a--" Dick Hall got out. 1 "Dick!" said Mr. Dangley, comin& fo the door of his .At that moment the gentleman with the silk hat grasped private room. the arm of one of his companions irr a way that people often "Yes, sir / do when engaged in conversation, and Dick's attention was "Take this letter to Curtis & Co., Jersey Citv, and fetch attracted by the fl.ash of the diamond in the ring. me back an answer." He was a very observing boy, and saw. that the stone "Well, wouldn't jar y ou," said the boy, putting formed the fl.at head of a coiled snake made of black tinamel. the letter m his pocket. "A letter to go to Jersey City just He had seen many rings of snake design, but never any when I was about to go home, and I've got to bring an anthing like this one, which was fu"lly three-quarters of an back. That means the boss is going to wait for me, and inc h in breadth, representing :five complete coils, with the is likely to keep tab on the time it takes me to do the erhead rising in the attltude of a reptile about to strike. rand. Gee, what luck!" The diamond was about a five-carat one, anc1 shone like Dick put on his hat and went into the washroom for a twinkling star. his umbrella. "That's a mighty fine ring," thought the boy, as he hur0 h b k h 1 ried toward his office. "I'll bet it's worth a thousand dol" n is way ac e into the stenographer's den. 1 What do you think, Sadie? I've got to go to .:\ersey lars if it's worth a cent. He's surely a rich guy, for that Clty for the bohs and f t h b 1 1 Th" watch chain across his vest look s like a 1nett y solid one. e c an answer ac {. is is"a fine afternoon to cross the river-I don't think!" he said in a It's a fine thing to be wealthy. I wonder if I'll ever be tone that showed he didn t like the errand for a cent able to sport a ring and chain like those? It won't be my ''Y ] fault if I don't ou rnve my sympathy, Dick," laughed the girl. "Thank yon for nothing How would you like it if vou As be opened the office door he. came face to face with had to go araund in the slush and inhaling the fog Sadie Stevens on her way out. from the nver? You wouldn't find it so funnv." "Got back, have you?" s he said. "You haven't been so "Oh long." you re used to it. Haven't you been in and out all day?" "I've been away over an hour. If you'll wait a minute or "'I'h t d two I'll see you to the bridge-that is, if you don't obJ"ect a was uring office hours. This is overtime." "Mr. Langley will remember it he h to my escort." wages." w n e raises your "Object! Why, I shall be glad to have your company. You can hold my umbr e lla for me and save me that much 'When he does. Well, I must be off." trouble." A moment later the office. door slarrimed and Dick was off on his errand. "We sha'n't need it, for it isn't raining now." "Isn't it? That's good." .Fifteen minutes later Mr. Langley walked into the countDick ru s hed into the inner room and handed the answer mg-room. he brought back to his boss, who tore the envelope open, "That box of bullion you were expecting has arrived Mr. read the few words it contained, and nodded his head ap Langley," said the cashier. "It's too late to take it a:ound provingly. to the safe deposit vaults. Will you put it in your private "Is that all, Mr. Langley?" asked Dick, anxious to be off. safe for the night?" "Y T es--no, wait a moment. want you to help me put "Yes. Bring it iiJto my room and leave it in front of the that box of bullion into my safe." safe. I'll lock it up before I go home," replied the broker. "All right, sir," replied the young messenger cheerfully.

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THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION 3 "< The broker opened his safe, they lifted the heavy box, which contained $20,000 wori:h 0 pure golden ingots, and shoved it into the bottom 0 the safe, and then Mr. Langley slammed the door shut ancl turned th e handle, trying the door to make sure that it was locked. "That would make a fine haul for a burglar," he re' marked; "but those chaps don't often come to Wall Street. It's too risky or them." "I guess it is, s ir. They don't get below the 'dead line.'" "Help me on with my overcoat, and then you can go," said the broker. Dick did so, and returned to Sadie who was waiting or him in the ha11. The re st 0 the office force had already gone and Dick and the girl ha stened to the elevator. The three gentlemen were still standing and talking to gether. As the young messenger and the stenographer apriroached two of them hur e t out laughing as i the other had just said something amusing. Dick would 11ave call e d Sadie's attention t o th e ring on the elder man's finger, only he held that hand behind him at the Howev e r, he told her about it while they were waiting for a descending cage. They reached the ground floor in a minute or so, and Dick walked up to the Brooklyn Bridge with the air Sadie and put her aboard a car. Then he crossed City Hall Park, skipped over Broad way, and walked down Chambers Stre e t to the Sixth Ave nue eleyated station, where he took an uptown train. 1 CHAPTER II. THE MISSING BOX OF BULLiON. Dick lived with his father, mother and a younger brother in a Harlem flat. Mr. Hall was cashier and bookkeeper for one of the branch offices fa Harlem of a big packing hQuse, which carried on both a retail and wholesale tradt He received a very fair salary, and was abl e to keep his :family in comfortable style Dick had been working in Wall Street as messenger for Mr. Langley for the best part of three years, and what he thought he didn't know about the financial district, and the methods in fogue there, was hardly worth mentioning. When he got into the car en route for home he sat down beside a gentleman who was telling his companion about a mysterious robbery that had happened in a broker's office in Chicago, where he had j ust come from "Fifteen thousand dollars in 'bills and some silver was taken from the office safe, and yet the safe showed no indi cations of having been tampered with," he said. "Maybe the cashier got away with it," replied his com panion. "The cashier was an old man of undoubted integrity, and the broker had implicit confidence in him." "It's t.he people who are trusted the most who generally get away w ith the goods," laughed his companion "In this instance the cashier didn't know the money' barring a very small amount, was in the safe." ''Why didn't he?" "The $15,000 was delivered to the broker in an express package after the cashier had gone home. The broker opened the safe and locked it up himself. Next morning the broker came down earlx, before the cash ier arrived, and found the express package missing. The cashier afterward reported the silver change missing, too." "What did the police say about i t ?" "I don't know what they said, but the papers alluded t o it as one 0 the most mysterious robberies that ever hap pened in Chicago." "Did the detectives discover any clue to the thief or thieves?" "Not to my knowledge." "When did \ this affair happen?" "About a month ago. "Whoever did the trick must have known the combina tion of the safe "It woul d seem so, but th e broke r declared that only himself and the cashier were acquainted with that. "Well, many remarkable things happen in this world at one time or another, and some of them always remain mys"' teries." His companion nodded and then they changed the sub ject. Dick listened with some interest to the foregoing, for any thing of a mysterious nature rather appealed to him. He was a great admirer of detective stories, and ha d read every one he could get hold of. "I'll bet a detec t ive would ha .ve discovered who it was who got into that safe/' he thought, after the men next to him had dismissed the subject. "He'd have found a c lue, if it were only a discarded cigar butt, and out of that would have built up a: deductive theory that wou l d h ave Jed straight to the thief Dick picked up his paper an d read t ill the train reached his station, when he got out and wal ked home. At the supper table he to l d his folks about t h e myst e rious safe robbery in Chicago, and his father and b roth er h az arded all kinds of guesses as t o who i t was tha t comm itted the crime. Dick was a l ways at the ofl1ce five o r te n minutes beifore anybody else reached the p lace. He employed his time reading the Wall Streetnews in one of the :financial dailies delivered in the first mai l, and in studying the previous day's market report It was his ambition to keep abreas t of all that was hap .. pening in the financia l district He hoped to become a broker some d ay, and he l e t n oth ing get by him that woul d count towar d that e nd. When he reached the office on the morning succeeding his visit to Jersey City, he found, as us u al, a batch of let ters and papers lying inside the door where the postma n h ad shoved them through the s lit in the ceriter pane l. He gathered them up and carried them i nto the private office, where he deposited them on a slid ing shel f of h is employer's desk, which he pulled out for the purp ose. A book, containing past -records of railroa d and ot her important stocks, lay on top 0 the safe.

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4 THE :J1ISSIXO BOX OF BULLION Dick reached for 1 it; as he wanted some information on the Dick going to show them the snake s head and neck s ubj ect. in the putty, but reconsidered the matter. The book e lud ed his clutch and fell to the rug in front He was afraid they'd take it up in their fingers and of the saf e spoil it. As he stoo p ed to get it he saw someth i ng dark and shiny "I must get a box to put this in, and keep it lmtil the imbedded in the rug, and he picked it up. putty hardens," he t h o u ght. "It i s a great curio?ity, and Examining the thing, he saw that it was part of the coil, I woul dn t lik e it damaged." with tail complete, of a black enamel reptile. He wondered where and how he would keep it in the It had clearly been rou gh l y broken oif from the rest" of meanwhile. the ornament, apparently a ring, tD which it belonged He decided to slip it into an envelope and place it in "I. wonder who lost that?" thought Dick. "Must have some p lace where it was not likely to be been one of Mr. Langley's friends, or perhaps some visit<;>r He got an enve lop e and put the tail in with it. who called h ere yesterday. The loss of it has spoi l ed the Then he s lipp e d it und er the stand that held the copying ring or other piece of jewelry which it was a part of I press. wonder how it got broken off? Some force must have been There wasn't one chance in a thousand of its being mo-used, by the look s of the fracture and consid er ing the tenlested there. acious material it was made out of. I'll s how it to the At hal.f-past nine he was sent out by the cas hi er on hi s boss when he comes, and he may be able to recogniz e it first errand and place the owner." When he got back h e found ,symptoms of excitement in D\ck put it in his vest pocket. the office. As he did so, while still on his knees, he saw a whitish :Nlr. Langley, his cashier, the superintendent of the build substance on the floor under the edge of the safe ing, the head janitor, and the chief bookkeeper were in the Taking it in his fingers, he found it was a piece of putty. private office, and were apparently much exercised over He was about to toss it into the near-b y wastebasket when somet hing. he saw, clear l y indented upon its surface, the flat head and The broker looked particularly excited and disturbed, and neck of an ornamental snake. was talking to the superintendent in a loud tone. So remarkabl e a phenomenon m1turally attracted his in"Gee! I wonde r what 's up?" thought Dick. "Maybr the terest and attention, and he w ent to the light to exam ine it boss found a few more c i gar butts l y i ng around and is better. making a kick about it. No, I guess it's something more The s n a k e's head was composed of severa l facet-like inclens erious than that. 'I'hey're looking at the safe a s if there tations, similar to the small 1:mrfaces cut on a diamond, to wa. something tl1e matter with it. 'I'here can't be any thing give the s ton e its light-r eflecting power. the matter with it, for 1 was in here first th i s morning, and .The reptile's h ead had been forced into the piece of putty, I'll swear it looked all right." and thus the impression was left in it. Dick stopped near the indicator ancl trird to c at c h wlrnt "There is no doubt but this i s the heacl. of a snake ring, was in the sanctum of the boss. and the reptile was raised up a bit as i about to spring "I tell you I'm the onl y one who h;is the combination. How cam e H to be impressed on this piece of putty? The !'h is safe is onl y used by me, and it i sn't n ecei::sary for any s oftness of the putty shows that it was recently done This one e lse to open it," Mr. Langley said is certainly a great curiosity. I must handle it gently ii' 1 "Well, i t's :yery mysterious, that's all I've got to say," wish to retain it in its present perfect outline. I'll bet replied the superintendent of the building. "The that's the" snake that lost its tail which I have. in my pocket. thing that's m issing, you say, i s the box of bullion you put I wonder if there are any more remarkable objects ar ound in there yesterday afternoon?" the boss' safe this morning?" "That's all, but that's enough i;n all conscience, for there Dick took another look around the rug, but without any was $20,000 worth of golden ingots in it, and I'm responexpectation of adding to his collection. sible for it. If that box of bullion isn't recovered I'll have There was a yellow stair! the size and s hape of a s ilv er to make it good in money,'' said the broker, clearly much dollar which he had neve r noticed before, but that clidn' t worried about the disappearance of the box. prove that it was of recent occurrence. "What .time did you leave the office?" Near it was th e halfsmo k ed butt of a thick cigar with "At five. I was the la s t to go, though my messenger only its band around it. preceded me a minute or two." "Seems to me the jan itor's assistant has been care less in "'I'he'box must have been pretty heavy." sweeping up l ast night, e lse this wouldn't b e lying here, an "It was. As much as any man wants to lift. I'll guar object lesson of his negligence. That looks lik e the remains antee h e wouldn't be able to carry it far without resting of a good twenty-five cent cigar I'll save the label for freq uentl y." the young lady in our house who ia making a collection 0 "I'll make an investigation, for the box have them for d e corative purposes." been taken out of the building with out one or more of our Dick put the label in his pocket a nd chucked the butt employees being aware of the fact, particularly if the atinto the clean cuspidor near Mr. Langley's desk. tempt was made to get it away after seven o'clock, when the Then, with the piece of putty resting carefully jn the doors are closed and the watchman in charge. He wouldn't palm of his hand, he left the room just as two of the clerk s permit anything to be tak e n away unless he kn ew the person came into the office. who had it in his possession. All that, however does not

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f THE MISSING BOX O.F BULLION. explain how the box got out of your safe, which you found, you assert; in the same condition you l eft it in." "My gracious!" breathedi Dick: "Can it be possible that the box of bullion I helped the boss put in his safe just before I went home has been sto len ?" Such proved to be not only the fact, but the box had actually disappeared without the slightest evidence that the safe had been tampered with CHAPTER III. mcK MAKES A HAUL IN THE MARKET The superilltendent's investigation was pretty thorough, for the case was serious, but it led to no other results than a positive declaration by every employee on duty between 5 P. M and 9 A M. that n6 such box as the one described had been taken from the building In the meantime Mr. Langley comm unicated with the Wall Street detective agency, arid o n e of the smartest s leuth s of that office called on the broker. The facts were communicated to him, and then he care fully examined the safe "You are sure that you locked the safe yesterday after noon jl1at before you left the office?" said the detective. "I am positive, for I tried the lock to make certain of it," replied the broker. "And you found it locked this morning?" "I did." "Well, there are no signs that it has b een tampered with, M1. Langley. Whoever opened this safe and took the box of bullion used the combination "How could they? I am the only one who kuows the combination." "Have you got it written down somewhere in case of--" "No, sir, I have not." "You never told your cas hier what the combinatio n is?" "No, sir." "How did the box of bullion reach your office,1 and when?" "By Wells Fargo & Co. 'a express, about four o'cloc k yes terday afternoon, too late for me to send it to my safe de posit vau l t." "Then you don't usually keep large amounts of money or other valuables over night in your office?" "I do not." "All your employees were aware, I s uppose, that the box in question wouk1 remain in your office over night locked in your f'afe ?" "I believe so. At any rate my cashier did, and so did my messenger." "How long has your cashier been with you?" "Six or seven years." "Perfectly trustworthy, I presume?" "I regard him as such." "And your messenger? How long ha s he bee n in your employ?", '"About three years." "What sor t of boy is he? Good parentage and all that?" "He is an exceptionally good boy-one of the brighte a t a nd most reliable in Wall Street." ThP then asked about the clerks and lea rned, as he expec ted that they were of the u s ual run of brokers' clerks. \ He examined the doors leading into waiting room and the private office from the corridor, and saw nothing to indicate that a jimmy or an y other implement had been used on them "How much did the box w e igh?" Th e broker told him as near as he could guess. "How ab
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. 6 THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION his duty to turn his discoveries over to Mr. Langley with a full explanation of how they came into his hands. He was sorry that the necessities of the case req"trired him to give up the piece of putty with its curious imprint, for he wanted to keep it as a curiosity, but he didn't see how he could retain it under the circumstances. As he was going in at the entrance of the building he came face to face with the gentleman of the silk hat whom he had seen talking in the corridor with two companions the afternoon previous. He was the man who sported the unique and valuable snake ring which had caught his attention. Somehow or anothe11 Dick had forgotten all about that ring. The impression of a sim ilar snake's head in the putty, and the broken tail of' black enameljiad not even connected the two in his mind. But the moment he recognized the gentleman everything flashed across his mind in a twinkling. him that it was the part of wisdom to get out too soon rather than to wait till it was too late. He decided to take the risk and hold on a while longer. A. & D. closed that day at 77. Next morning it opened at 77 1-2, and by noon wan going at a fraction over 80. Dick was at the Exchange when he saw that :figure go up on the blackboard. -It struck him that A. & D. and several other stocks looked topheavy. "Now is the time for me to cash in," he thought. So, instead of returning to office direct, he went up to the little bank on Nassau Street where he made his deal and ordered his shares sold. The bank's representative Ftt the Exchange disposed of his 30 shares right off, and the young messenger made a profit of $1'5 a s hare, or $450 altogether, which made him worth $750. CHAPTER IV. Still there did not seem any likelihood that a :fine-looking, apparently wealthy person like this gentleman could pos sibly have any connection with the missing box of bullion. It was almost ridiculous to assume such an idea. DICK TELLS SADIE HOW HE EXPECTS TO GET' .A. LINE ON THE MISSING BOX OF 'BULLION. Nevertheless Dick's eyes wandered to the gentleman's finger on which he had seen the ring fl.ash. He wanted to make sure tha.t that particular[ ring was In the meantime the newspapers had published the story whole and complete-that the snake had not lost its tail. of the mysterious disappearance of the box of bullion worth He was not very successfu l. $20 000 from Broker Langley's office, and a coup-le of All he could see was that the ring was on the man's little headquarters' detectives had been called in to lielp out the :finger, but from the hurried glance he caught of it he was Wall Street agency s leuth. unable to say whether it was all there or not'. It was on the day after the box of bullion was found to "I must :find out somehow," he thought. "I'll follow him be :lnissing that .Dick sold out his_ a hit and see if I have any better luck." He took chance of tellmg his friend the stenog -He was about to do it when he saw Mr. Langley aprapher of lns s-!ccess. proaching. "I have ,;riade .$450 on tl!-at deal," he He hesitated as to whether he should dodge his employer told her. That is domg rrnghty well, considermg I only or not. had 30 shares." H d l t d I 1 ht th tl "I should think so," admitterl Sadie. is m ecis10n resu e m um osmg s1g o e gen e"J t th k f l1 th f man with the ring, and so he entered the building and went d m 0 co ,armg a year 8 wages m ree or our straight to the office. h I uld d th t ,, d tl 1 WI b t t 1 d h d w1s co o a sai Je g1r 11 e waiting to e ou on us next erran e "I'll bet you do. You'd bs able to treat your!'-elf to an on to the piece of putty and the"'snake s hul unlimited number of new gowns a'nd hats to match. a' w i: onger. "Do you ima:gine I'd spend it all on dress? I'm not I 1?. gomg to try,,a of my own bequite so extravagant as that." fore g1vmg them up, he said to hrmself. Who knows but "Fine feathers make fine birds and you're a bird for I might clear up the mystery of the :nissing box of bullion fair," laughed Dick. That :vould get my. name m the papers, a;nd be "And you're a great tease," replied the stenographe r. quite a feather m my cap. Trme enough for me to give up "But tell me has Mr. Langley heard anvthing about hi s articles when I have satisfied myself that the gentlebox of bullion?" f t mans ;mg is per ec. "Not a whisp er." Havmg reached that conclusion he began to thmk about "Isn't 4_ strange how that box got out of his private his stock deal. safe?" When he was at the Exchange A. & D. was quoted at 75, "It certainly is." just ten points above what he had bought it for, and he "There's no way of opening a safe without the combinawondered if he hadn't better sell out an
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THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. "I'm sure I never could guess "There a.re three detectives on the case. If they're any good at all I should think they ought to be able to get a line on the thief of thieve s I don't know but I could do better mvself with half a chance." "What-you, Dick?" laughed Sadie. "What put that .! id ea into your head?" "A detective I read about." "Oh Then he was only an imaginary persop. ?" "That's all, but what he couldn't do in the way of spot ting criminals isn't worth talking about." "What good did that do if what he did was all imagin ary?" "Suppose that the reading of l}is methocls ha s pu't ideas into the heads of real detectives, that would do some good, wouldn't it?" "I suppose so." "And suppose that hi s adventures suggested to me a plan of getting on to the missing box of bullion, that would do s ome good, too, eh?" "It would indeed. Have you an idea, Dick?" she asked eagerly. "I have." "What i s it?" "Great heads like mine never let out their secrets to litj;le head s like yours, Sadie/' chuckled th e young messenger. "Well, if you aren't complimentary I've a great mind never to speak to you again," replied the gir l pretending to be offended. / "You couldn't possibly do that. '11he temptation to keep that l i ttl e tongue of yours wagging when I'm around wouldn't l et you keep "You don't know what I c1;mld. do." "I know you couldn't keep a secret." "Why, the idea! I've kept lots of them." "Name one for instance." ''I hav e n't a word about your etock speculations." "Right, Sadie. I'll tak e it all back, and to prove that yon ha.Ye a place in my confidence I'm going to show }OU soinet:hing important-something I think hm; a bearing on the mis s in g box of bullion." ,'Aren't you good! I dearly love mysteries, and I just dote on seeing them unrav e led." "Curb your impatience for a second till I return," said Dick. He left her den, but returned in a few minutes with the envelope in which he had placed the piece of putty and the enameled tail of the snake ring. "Now," Dick "promiRe that you will be as mute as a mop:>tlck about what I'm going to tell and sho w you." "I swear it!" replied Sadie, wl.th mock solemnity, la ying her right hand on the fop of her machine. "Very &ood. If you break your oath your typewriter will s urely go back on you, and you will get into all kinds of trouble." Dick opened the envelope and gently drew forth the piece of putty, which had hardened somewhat "You may look, but you mustn't touch. Put your hand s behind your back. right. Now gaze on that putty and tell me what you see." "Oh! Isn't that funny! A snake's head and neck. What is .that stuff? "Putty. It must be hand!ed with care to preserve thB impression." "Did .tr;nt make that?" "Me! I'm not the fortunate possessor of a diamond the size of that print. See how plainly the facets are marked around the fiat top of the snake's head." "I see. Well, did you get it?" "I found that under the ed1e of Mr. Langley's safe yesterday morning." "YOU did?" "Yes. And I found this black ename l snake's tail lying on the rug in front of the s afe at the same time. From those two pieces of evid ence it is a simple matter to dedllCe the fact that the tail belonged to a black enameled snake ring and that the impression in the putty gives an exact representation of the head and neck of the snake with the diamond imbedded in the former." "That seems plain enough." "Of course it is. The diamond being a large one, of great beauty--" "How do' you know that?" interrupted Sadie. "Never mind how I know it. That is one of the advan tages of having a big head. The diamond being a large and fine one indicates that only a man something above the common could afford such an expensive ornament." "Well?" "Well, as I found these things in front of the safe that was robbed just after the box of bullion was found to be missing, the inf erence is that--" "The man who owns the ring committed the theft," said Sadie. "Of course; but don't steal my ideas please. Now, in order to get a line on the missing box of bullion, all I have to do is to find the man with a ring answering to the c1escriptioI). furnished by these two articles, the tail of which is broken off." Yes; but how do you expect to find him?" "You leave me to do that, Sadie. He's a tall, well-built gentleman, with a handsome face, dresses lilce a nabob, and wears a heavy watch chain across his vest." "Why, how do you know all that? You didn't see him rob the aafe." "I'm a born detective, Sadie, that's how I know it," chuckled Dick. "I know the brand of cigars he smokes Clay perfectos, three for a dollar." "Now you're joking." "No, I'm not. Here is the wrapper 0 that kind of cigar. I picked it up attached to a half-smoked perfecto near the saie at the same time I found the.other articles." "Haven't you said anything to Mr. Langley about yo-qr diRcoveries ?" "Not a word." "Don't you think you ought to?" "And spoil the reputation as a thief-catcher I expect to make?" "And you really believe you will discover who took the missing box of bullion ?" "If I don't I shall be greatly disappointed. I think I have a b etter chance of doing it than the detectives." "If vou should solve the mystery of its disappearance the news.papers ,;,m call you the smartest boy in Wall Street." "The boss calls me that already laughed Dick. "Now

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8 THE MISSING BOX Ol!' BULLION. mum is the word. Don't breathe a whisper of wlrnL J have told you," he added, putting the putty anJ .Fina ll y he mentioneJ a sum. All right," s aid tlw man. "W11C'n s hall I call for it?" '11he clerk stated a date, and th e n asked the customer his the snake's tail back into the envelope. "I'll be as silent as the Sphinx," replied Sadie demurely. "That's right, and I'll let you into any new development s that may occur Thus speaking, Dick walked CHAPTEH V name and address. Dick li stened eagerly for his answer "Murphy Maguire, Rushmore Hotel." Just then the clerk who was waiting on Dick came up with a small package which h e handed to him "Please sign your name to_ this blank, young man," he said. Dick placed his a11i:ograph on the line intended for it and put the package in his pocket. By that time the man who had given his name as Murphy "Dick," said Mr Langley that about three Maguire had taken a ticket describing the ring made out o'clock, "I want you to do an errard for me on your way by the clerk who attended to him, and was walking out of home." the store. DIOK MAKES A DISCOVERY OR l'WO. "All1right, sir." Dick followed him out and up the street as far as Eight" Take this note to the repai'r counter of Tiffany's. I left eenth Street. a ring there to be fixed. It is probably done b y this time. Then permitting him to go on his way, the young messenTake it up to my house and leave it there ger started down the side street to connect with an elevated "Yes, sir." train at the station on Sixth Avenue. "You may go now and attend to it." "Murphy Maguire, Ru s hmore Hotel," muttered the boy Accordingl y Dick l eft the office and connected with a as he walked along. "I won't forget that. He's one of the Broadway surface car, and in due time he landed at Tif-three I saw in the corridor two nights ago. He must be a fany's. swell guy, too, if he lives at the Rushmbre. Maybe that Entering the store he inquired hi s way to the repair deisn't his own name and address he gave, but that of the big partment, and handed the note to one of the men behind man in the silk dicer who owtls the ring. He lookea prosthe counter. perous enough to live at the Rushmore, or the WaldorfThe clerk read the note and went off to attend to it. Astoria, for that matter. It doesn't seem reasonable to At that moment a well-dressed man with a smoothly connect such a gentleman with the missing box of bullion, shaven face and wearing a derby hat came up to the counter. but you never can tell. He may be a new Raffles. At any Another clerk stepped up to wait on him. rate, it appears now beyond a dou:bt that it is his ring which "I should like to have this ring repaired," he said. "It's io :figuring in the mystery, and I shall make it my an e:Kpensive one, as you can see. The tail of the snake is to give him all the attention I can spare." broken off, and I want a new one put on that will perfectly Next when J?ick left office on his fi!st e rrand match the rest of the ring." he saw. the big man with silk hat step out of one of Dick was looking at some rings that were displayed in the elevators. the showcase, and paid no attention to the newcomer until I As the gentleman passecl 1him Dick looked at the little he heard his words: "The tail of the snake is broken finger of his left hand At that he looked up quickly and saw the newcomer hand He had a ring on it, but it was not the snake ring. the clerk a enamel snake ring with a big diamond Dick watched to see where he was going. embedded in its head He entered one of the offices on that floor. He saw that the tail of the snake was missing. The boy waited until he enterec1 and then walk e d down His heart gave a big bound. the corridor and looked at the name on the door. 'l'hiB" must' be the ring of which he possessed the missing "The National Pneumatic Tire Company," he read. tail and the impression of the head and neck of the snake. "This is the third time I've met him either in the build-It would be too much of a coincidence to expect that or coming from it inside of three days," thought Dick. there were two rings of id entica lly the same pattern', each "Is that his office, or is he.merely a visitor? I'll have to of lhiCh had lost its tail about the same time. ?ut the name of the person who rented the office for lie glanced narrowly at the man and recogmzed him the tire company." as one of the men he had seen talking with the big gentleWhen he returned from his errand he asked the uni m!l. n who wore the ring in corridor near Mr. Langley 's formed man in the corridor if he knew the gentleman who office on the afternoon the missing box 0 bullion was locked represented the National Pneumatic Tire Company on the' up in the broker's safe. fourth floor. The boy's heart beat still quicker as he identified the man. "He's a tall, fine-looking man with a silk hat," aclded "The gentleman whG owns that ring has sent it by Dick. man to be repaired," thought Dick. "Now, i I can only "I don't know his name but I know he's one of our new learn his name and address." tenants," was the reply. "We can do it," replied the clerk. long has he been in the building?" "How much will .it cost?" "About a week or so." '.The clerk turned the ring over and over, affording Dick Dick made-no more inquiries th1m, but took an eleva an excellent view of it, while he figured on the p1ric e tor up. 1

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'I' HE MlSSING BOX OF BULLION About noon he saw the agent of the building on the street and stopped him. "Who is the new tenant on our floor who represents the National Pneumatic Tire Company?" he asked. "His name is Andrew Savage," replied the agent. "Thank you," replied Dick, and passed on. "If the gentleman in the silk hat is really Andrew Savage, then I may conclude that the man who left the snake ring at Tiffany's to be gave his real name and address. That being so, I've got two of the trio s pott ed." That afternoon Dick accidentally l earned that a syndicate had been formed to corner L. & M. stock, and having satis fied himself that his tip was a good one h e went to the littl e bank, put up $700 o:f his capital and ordered 70 s hare s of the road bought for his account at 82. Later on, while helping Mr. Lan g ley on with his coat, be asked him if the re anything new with rererence to the missing box of bullion. "Nothing," replied the broker. "I don't know what the detectives are doing, as I have had only one report from the detective agency, and that merely reported progress. If a n y headway has been made toward solving the mystery of the disappearance of the box I haven't heard anything about it." "It is a very s ingula r affair, fan't it, sir?"' "Most sing ular." "I s uppose you heard a bout a s imilar cas e that happened in Chicago a bout a month ago?" I "No, T did not. What was the case?" Dick told him the story he had overheard in the Sixth Avenue elevated car on the afternoon the box of bullion was put in the safe. "The two mysterious safe robberies are astonishingly alike," replied the broker. "One would think that the same brains eng in eered both." "Yes, si r Looks kind o:f that way," replied Dick. "Leaving aside the remarkable feature of that box get ting out of my safe in the way it did, I cannot understand how it could have been taken from the building unless the thief had a ccnfederate in one of the employees. I believe the detectives are working on that supposi tion "Maybe it is still in the building." He walked in after him. The janitor 's assistant knew him by s ight as Langley's messenger, and asked him what he was doing around there at that hour. "Oh, waiting f_or m y boss to turn up said Dick care lessly, at the same time looking sharpl y a round the room "'l'bis isn't a bad office. I s thi s a suite?" he added, look ing at a closed door. "Yes. Th at door into the private office." ''Sol I'll just glance in;'' said the boy B:e did and saw that it was furnished with a desk, a goodsized safe, and other furniture "I wonder if the mis s ing box of bullion is i n that safe?" he asked himself. \ It was a question h e could find no answer to, of course. Raving made a minute survey of the room, he shut the d'oor1 and after pasiting a few unimportant remarks with the man he walked out, took an e levator down and went home. CHAPTER VI. ANOTHER DISCOVERY. Sadie Stevens had an ardent admirer in the per son o.f Paul B e nder, the chief clerk of t11e office, who expected to fill the shoes of the cashier if that gentleman's pos ition be came vacant from any cause. B e nder s howed hi s liking for th e fair s tenographer in many ways, bringing her flower s frequentl y and sometimes candy. Thes e presents w ere invariably r et urn e d to him by the girl, who didn't like the c hief clerk for a cent, and tried as politely as she could to l e t him under s tand that his atten tions were not agreeable to her. Bender however, did not lack assurance, and he wouldn't take the hint. On the morning following Di c k's in s pection of the office of the National Pneumatic Tire C ompany he reached the office before Sadie arrived and laid a big bunch of viol e t s o n her table. Dick, who had finished reading the market report ol. the previous da y's transactions, followed the stenographer to "Maybe i t will be found yet, sir," replied Dick wonderher d e n to have a few minutes' conversation with her before ing if the office 'Of the National Pneumatic Tire Company s h e settled down. to work. "The detectives have searched the building, barring, of course, the offices of the tenants, and have found no s ign o:f it." was searched whether it would lead to re s ults. The moment s he saw the violets on her desk s he snatched "I hope so," replied the broker, wishing him good-night them up and handing them to Dick said: d 1 I I \ an waking out of the office. "Put those on Mr. Bender 's desk. I do wish he'd stop That afternoon Dick didn't go home when he got off, but bringing them to me. I don't want bi s flowers, or anything walked.down to the Battery and thence up South Street ina else from him in the s hape o:J: a present I:f he had any lazy way. sense he woul d understand that I won't accept h i s offer His purpose was to kill time, for h e had an object in view. ings He returned to the building a little after five and hung "All right, Sad1e. I'll do a s you say, but I guess he'll around the corridor near the e l evator, whence he had a be mad." v iew of.the office of the tire company. "We ll, I can't help it if he i s mad. Let him get glarl About s i x o'clock the j an itor 's assistant appeared in that again," s he repli e d as she hung h er thing s in her closet. corr idor So Dick carried the viol ets over to the chief clerk's dr.,k. At half-past six be unlocked the door of the tire com"Miss Stevens told me to hand these back to you, Mr. pany's offices and entered. f B e nder said the you1'.g messeng er, laying the flowers down. That was what Dick was waiting for. B ende1-, who was a s mooth faced young man of twenty-

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10 THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION two, glared at Dick, but made no remark, and the boy re'l'hat piece of putty and the tail of the snake ring were turned to the stenographer'S' den too significant reminders that their owner must have had A few minutes afterward the chief clerk came to 'Miss some connection with the disappearance of the box of bul Stevens with a bunch of work in his hand for her to copy. lion, and the boy was determined to ferret the matter out, "What are you doing here, Hall?" he growled, favoring even if it took him an indefinite time to do it. the messenger with a11 unp l easant look. "Get back on your He iwas in his own mind that the l:lox was in the own dunghill and stay there till you're wanted building, even if its contents had been rifled, and he be. "I'll get back when I get readk'' replied Dick indepen lieved it was hidden in the office safe of the tire company dently "You haven't any authority to brder me about." He had an idea that the golden ingots were still in the "Don't address me in that fashion; I won't stand for it," box, as it would be a risky matter for the thief to try and r eturned Bender, who appeared to have a grouch on owing, dispose of them for the present, since every establishment probably, to the return of the violets. of any i mportance that did business in such sttlff h ad been "Well, you know what you -can do," answered Dick. notified to be on the lookout for the stolen gold "I shall report your impudent conduct to Mr. Langley." Saturday evening Dick and a friend came down to see "Go on and report rt. "If Miss Stevens were to report a show at the Bijou Theater on Broadway the persistency with which you annoy her with your atten Dick treated to the tickets, and after the play his friend, tions, which she has n o use for, get a calling down to even up things, suggested an oyster supper. for it," said Dick ,..... 'rhey went into a Broadway restaurant near by an d sat "Will you get out of here, or will I have to kick you down at a table out?" roared Bender. Soon after they commenced their meal three persons en Seeing that-you have business with Miss -Stevens I'll tered the restaurant go, but it wouldn't be healthy for you to attempt to kick Dick happened to look up at the moment, and he was me out," retorted the boy. surprised to recognize the trio as Andrew Savage, Murphy "No?" sneered the chief clerk. "Perhaps you think I Maguire and Paul Bender. couldn't do it?" He was particularly astonished to see the la.tter in com" I wouldn't advise you to attempt 1 it. Don't imagine pany with Savage and Maguire, and apparently on terms that you can ride roughshod over me because you're the of intimacy with them c hief clerk." The chief clerk, who was dressed much better than heap"Dick," said Sadie, "I think you'd better go 011tside. peared at the office, did not notice Dick, and the young Mr. Bender, I'm ready to give you my attention messenger was very glad he didn't "Some day that I will have a big scrap," rout'l':e three took the only unoccupied table, which was right tered Dick, as he walked away; "and if I don't knock the back of Dick. daylights out of him it will be because he's a better man 'rhe boy heard them order a good supper from the bill of than I take him for I'm going to mak e him quit bothering fare, and then they began to talk and laugh together in a Sadie or there'll be something doing." jovial way. The market had taken a set-back the day before, and They were evidently bent on making a night of it, for l ambs with bullieh tendencies signified their disapproval they arranged to go to a certain billiard saloon after they by remaining away from the Street, consequently business finished their meal. i n t h e b r okers' offices was somewhat quiet. Dick listened as well as he could to what they said, but When ten o'clock came there 'were only a few customers in he heard nothing of any iniportance. Mr Langley's office, an d the prospects were that it would However, he believed he had found out something that be a s lack day. might lead to Fesults, and that was the acquaintance Mr. Langley came in late that morning, and the first existed between Paul Bender and the two men he now sus thing he did was to scribble off a note to a big operator, pected more than ever to be connected with the mysterious with whom he had dealings, and send Dick out to detheft of the box of bullion. 1 li ver it. Dick and his friend finished their oyster supper and On his return he saw Mr. Savage and the party whom he walked out of the restaurant. recognized as Murphy Maguire, of the Rushmore Hotel, en"Did you notice the three men who came in after us t ering an elevator together. and took the table behind where I sat?" asked Dick. They went up to the fourth floor and entered the office "Yes. Pretty tony chaps." of the National Pneumatic Tire Company. "Well, one of the three is chief clerk in the office where During the next three or four days Dick kept a sharp eye I work." on the tire company's office, but his vigilance was not re"You don't say! Which one?" warded to any great extent. "The youngest looking. The one with the violet bouton He saw the gentlema n with the silk hat several times, nicre." and Maguire but once "He's quite a dude." 'rhere was nothing the least suspicious about their ac"Re's mashed on our stenographer." tions, and Dick began to wonder if, after all, his newly "And is she--" aroused detective i nstinct was not leading him on a wild "Mashed on him? Not a bit of it. She doesn't like him goose chase worth sour apples. Re's.been her litt l e of But when he thought of the black enameled ring his flowers and oandy, but she sends them back to him, which p u rpose of carrying out his p l a n s was fortified anew ought to be a strong hint that they are unwelcome He's i

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THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. 11 one of those persistent chaps who won't take 'No' for an answer, but one of these days he's liable to get a rude jolt that will bring him to his senses." Had Dick been alone he would have waited around for the t;hree men to cqne out of the restaurant, and then have followed them to the billiard saloon on the chance of learn! ing something from their talk. Under the circum s tances he had to give that idea up, as he didn't want his friend to know that he was spying on the men. So the boys took an elevated train at Thirty-third Street station and went ho:tne. The fact that Paul Bender appeared to be so thick with Savage and Maguire struck Dick as a singular circumstance, though if he had been asked to give any good reason why he thought it singular be could not have done so. He began to suspect the chief c l erk as a factor in the missing box of bullion, and believed he would bear watch ing. CHAPTER VII. THE JUAN !WH O WAS LOOKING FOR ANDREW SAVAGE. On the following Monday L. & M took a suQ.den bound of three points upward, and the bull traders at the Ex change, taking notice of the fact, helped the good work along by buying it freely. 1 The result was it went up three points more during the Session and closed at 88, which put Dick $400 ahead on the deal. Next day the trading in it continued lively, and it ad vanced to 90 by twelve o'clock. 'J:'.he entire market took an upward move at the same time, and outside speculators began making their appearance in the Street in growing numbers his office duties and the interest he had in his speculation, Dick had little time to think about the missing box of bullion. Still, he did not' forget it altogether. Since he had learned that Paul Bender was chummy with Savage and Maguire he became more sanguine of getting on to a clue that might enable him to solve the mystery. He realized that he had a difficult proposition to grapple with, but that fact added zest to his efforts Mr. Langley, :finding that the detectives were making little apparent progress toward the recovery of the box, offered a reward of $2,500 to stimulate them. This he subsequently raised to $5,000, and had it an nounced in the newspapers. On Wednesday morning business was booming in great shape at the Exchange when Dick carried a message there to Mr. Langley about half-past eleven. While waiting at the rail for a chance to deliver it, he noticed a sudden rush of traders toward the L. & M. standard The meaning of this was soon apparent A well-knovn broker had come on the floor and was bid ding for the stock at rising figures. Many traders wllo had purchased the stock the day before at prices ranging from 86 to 9 .0, hastened to sell out at 92 and over. The trader, having gathered in quite a bunch of stock, gave way to a second broker, who continued the bidding. Dick became quite excited as he saw the price rapidly advancing to par. It was up to 95 when he left the Exchange after de livering his note It was recorded at 96 on the tape when he got back to the office. He was only in the office five minutes when the cashier sent him out again; this time to the office of a broker on Exchange Place The broker not being in; he left his note mith the cashier There was no answer, so he started back. Reaching the sidewa lk, he saw a crowd gathering about a man who was gripped by the arm by a well-dressed, pompous-looking gentleman whom Dick recognized as a prominent broker. As Dick joined the crowd he thought he saw the prisoner pass something to a man behind him, who immediately de tached himself from the crowd and began to saunter up Exchange Place with his hands in his pockets. He stopped at the corner 0 New Street and looked back, then disappeared up that narrow thoroughfare. Dick had taken a good look at him, and felt that he would know him again. The young messenger soon learned that the broker ac cused the prisoner of pinching his wallet, containing a con siderab le sum Qf money "I didn't take your pocketbook protested the prisoner in a tone of virtuous indignation. "Search him!" suggested somebody in the crowd. "Hold him, gentlemen, and I'll do it," said the broker. The prisoner offered no objection, and the broker examined all his pockets, without result. "You see," the prisoner said triumphantly, "I haven't got your property." "I see you haven't, but I'm sure you took it." "If I had taken it you would have found _it on me, wouldn't you?" "Maybe he dropped it when you nabbed him?" suggested a spectator \ "Move back, gentlemen, and let me see if it's on the ground,'' said the broker. The crowd fell back and left a space open around the trader and the accused. There was no s ign of the pocketbook anywhere. At that moment a Wall Street detective came u p and asked what was the trouble. The case was explainea to him, and the officer l ooked hard at the prisoner. He did not recognize him as a professional criminal, but tpat did not persuade him that he was not a strange crook who had come to town. He knew that the New York fraternity would hardl y dare venture down into Wall Street, lest arrest follow for b eing found below the "dead line." Only crooks who had gooQ. reason to believe that their :faces were not known to detectives always prowling around the :financial district would take the chance The fact that the wallet had not been found on the pris-

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11 THE MISSING BOX 01!' BULLION. \ oner was no assur ance in the officer's eyes that the man had "When you found you had 1C10t his why didn't not it and passed it to a pal in the crowd, for pick-you look in the c ity directory?" pockets generally traveled in pairs, especially as the broker "I did, but his name isn't in it." was sure the man was guilty. "That's singular, if he's been in Wall Street any time." "If you wis h to push the charge against this man I'll "He's only had the agency a short time-not over a take him to the station house," said the detective. month or two." "I'm afraid it would amount to nothing, as he hasn't got "Ohl No doubt that accounts for it. Well, you come the pocketbook in his possession," said the broker with me and I will see if I can locate Mr. Savage for you. "I suspect that he passed it over to a confederate," re -If he will vouch for you, why, that will let you out Df your plied the detective. scrape I will call at your office later on, Mr. Bulwer," "There i s no evidence to show that he did. I'd give said the detective, who then topk the man of'flwith him. $1,000 for the return of that wallet, for it contains import The broker nodded, walked away, and the crowd broke up, ant papers, much more valuable to me than the money that most of the spectators believing that the stranger had been is in it." held up by mistake. "Look here, my friend/' said the officer to the accused, Di ck had been an h1terested looker on, and had quite "what is your name, and what busines s brought you to Wall forgotten the little bit of by-play he thought he had seen Street?" take place between the accused and another man who "My name is John Day, and I came down to call on a crowded close up behind him and then s udd e nl y made his gentleman who ha s an office in Wall Street," replied the way out of the crowd as if the proceedings had no interest man cooll y "I walked up to this gent leman who claims for him. to have been robbed by me, to ask him if he could direct m e When he heard the man tell the that he had to the building where Mr. Andrew Savage has hi s office, come to t4e neighborhood to see Andrew Savage, he re somewhere in Wall Street. As 1 laid my hand on his arm garded him with fresh interest. to attract his attention, he s udd e nl y wheeled around, felt As the officer and the accused walked down Exchange in his pocket and then grabbed me. He accused me of stealPlace toward B road Street to hunt up Mr. Savage's office, ing hi s wallet, and I was so astonished that I couldn't say Dick followed, as it was right on his way. a word till a crowd began to gather. That's the whole Knowing, as he did, that Savage's office was in the same story." bui1ding, and on the same floor with his own, he stepped up "How does this man's explanation jib e with yours, Mr. to the detective and said: Bulwer ?" asked the offioer. "I heard this man say he was looking for Andrew Sav" I was standing in the doorway of that building when age, agent of the National Pneumatic Tire Company, and as I felt a tug at, my poeket. I turned quickly and foilnd this that gentleman's office is in the building where I am emman standing within a foot of it. Clapping my hand to my ployed I'll give you the address." pocket I found my wallet was gone. As there was not anThereupon he told the name of the building on ahead. other person close enough to have taken it, I seized this "It's funny that this man who is looking for Mr Savage man and accused him of the theft. He :firat made an effort should be accused of stealing a wallet from Broker Bulwer 's to get away, and finding that I had a firm grasp on him h e pocket," thought Dii;k, as he walked up toward Wall Street. began to deny that he was guilty. A crowd gathered I "He may be a crook and connected in some way with Sav asked somebody to get a policeman Then somebody sug-age, who I s uspect had a great deal to. do with the disap gested that the prisoner be searched to prove whether he pearance of the box of bullion. I could almost swear I wa:s a. thief or not. I adopted the s ugge stio n and searched saw him pass something to that man who. stood behind him without result. Then you came up." him in the crowd. As I'm not sure of it, why, I didn't care "You are sure you had your wallet in that pocket at the to mention the circumstance to detective, si nce if the time?" man really is innocent I would be doing him an injustice." { "I felt it th ere when I came down in the e levator a few Dick had reached his office building by this time, and minutes before." entering, took an e l evato r for the fourth floor. "Did you pass any one between the elevator and the door?" "Several." "One of them might have pinched your pocketbook," sai d the prisoner. As there was a possibility that the accused might be right, the d e tective began to waver some. ,_, "Well, my man, you say you came down here to see a man named Andrew Savage who has an office in Wall Street. Have you the number of the building?" "I lost it." "What business is Mr. Savage in?" "He's agent for the National Pneumatic Tire Company, of Canton, Ohio." "Does Mr. Savage know, you personally?" "He d oes." CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH DI CK DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF AND MAKES A CONSIDERABLE ADDITION TO HIS CAPITAL. Fifteen minutes l ater Dick was sent out again, this time with a note to a stationer and printer on Nassau Street. He was feeling uncommonly good over the prospect of making a haul in L & M. Just before he left the office h e looked at the tape and saw that the stock was now up to 97. "It's mounting fast. Th e re seems to be no doubt that it will go several points above par. The question I've got

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'l'HE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. 13 to d e cide i s at what fig ure s hall I sell ( If I s old. now I c ould clear a thousand dollars. Tha t's a big profit. I've a g reat mind to cas h in on my way back to the office. I s h a ll pass the bank. A bird in the hand i s worth two in the bus h especially i n Wall Street, where you never can tell what m a y happ e n from one minut e to another. Yes, I guess I'd b et t e r sell and mak e sure 0 the thousand." Dick executed hi s errand and then started back for the little bank. At the corner of Cedar Street he stopped in a doorway t o adju s t the lace of one of hi s shoes. Jus t around th e c orne r, out of sight, but within ears.hot of the boy, t w o men had come t.ogether. O ne of the m was th e man who had been accused by Bro k e r Bulw er of takin g hi s wallet but whose respectability had been vouche d for b y Andrew .Savage when the detective took him to that gentl e man's office. The o t her was t h e man to whom Dick thought he had seen hi m pass some thin g "That was a close call I h a d he s aid with a laugh "If you hadn't help ed me out a t t h e ri ght moment I'd. have been caught wit.h the good s o n a nd that would hav e s ettl e d m y hash. I t old th e d e t ective tha t m y name was John Da y a nd that I was lookin g for Savage. I pretend e d I had los t hi s address to account for me bein g i n Exchange Place in ste ad of Wall Stre et 'l'h e old duff e r was-sur e I had pin c h e d his wallet, but the re w a no e v i d e nce a g ain s t me, s o h e didn t give m e in c h a rge. 'J'h(' cfotective, howe v e r was s u spic iou s of m e 11.Iltil w e calJe d on a n d Andy assur e d his g ibl e t s that I w a s t h orou!hl:v respect a ble, s o h e l e t m e go. Th a f s a good one o n th e W a ll Street s l euth-taking Andy's word for me. If h e knew who And y r e all y is. Upon my word, it make s me l a u g h t o t hink how e a s il y And y fools e m all with his bold front gol d wat c h c h a in di a mond ring s ilk dicer, and all that. Why yo11'd th i nk h e was presid ent of a bi g bank." "He's one 0 th e cleverest c haps i n t h e b u s iness. He fooled 'em in Chica g o to beat th e band a nd h e 's doin' it over ag ain h e re." "Well, never mind Andy. Did you look into the pocket book?" "I did." 1 \ "What was in it?" "Te n $100 bills and a lot of pap e r s ." "The old duffer value s the paper s mor e than th e m o ney." Did he s ay s o?" "He did. Said he'd give $1,000 for their return." "We must make the money then, Cole." "How can. we?" "He's sure to advertise for the documents, and we can get somebody to return the 'waJle t with the papers, which are no use to us, and t e ll him that he found it in the a round on New Stre et." "That ain't a bad idea. C ome down on William Street and we'll divide the bill s and figure out we'll g e t to r eturn the papers if th e y're adve rtised for s aid Cole. The men started down Cedar Street, and Dick, who had li s tened to every word they s aid, followed after them. "Gee! But I've made a big discovery, which only prove s I'v e been on the right s cent from the fir st. Andrew Savage i s a big Wes t ern crook in di sguise, th e refore J:is posing as agent for the National Pneumatic Tire Company iS simpl y a blind to give him a footing in Wall Street. Oi course if he's a crook, Murphy Maguire is one, too. As for Paul Bender, I guess they' re using him for a purpose. It i s hardly likely he's in with them, for he's got a good job at our office, and it would: simply be an act..() suicide on his part to jeopardize his future for temporary gain, with every chance of being caught, which would be his ruin: Well, I've an idea I'm getting right on the heels of the box 0 bullion mystery, and if I succeed in unraveling lt I ll bet my boss will get the surprise of his life, and the detectives will have to take their hats off to me. That would please me to death. Then the newspapers would give me a big send -ofi; as an amateur detective. I dare say the editors of one of the Sunday editions would pay me $100 for the story of the case. Then I'd g e t the reward that the bos s has offered for the return of the box of bullion. That would fix me well finally, bet you life I would be able to lend my governor money e nough tostart in bu s ine s s for himse1 i he wanted to. The pro s pect is fine, if it isn t too good to be true. Howe ver, I must nail the s e two crook s with that pocketbook somehow. Maybe I'll get $100 from Broker Bulwer for the return of hi s paper s and the money, too." Thus Dick runiinated as he followed Cole and his com pani o n down Cedar Street to William, and spotted the saloon the y entered. "Oh, for a cop now to run them .in!" muttered Dick, looking around for a policeman, but there wasn't one in sight "That's the way it is when you want an officer, they're somewhere else. I wish I was big enough to arrest the m myself, I'd take a chance on it." He looked in thwq.gh the swinging door of the saloo n and saw the crooks standing at the bar drinking. "They're going to divide their plunder there Of course they'll go into the washroom or sit down at a back table to do it. I wonder if I could play a march on them somehow. It will take nerve, but I guess I've got plenty of that. If I could snatch that waHet out of the hands ?f the chap who has it when he brings it out they'd never get it back again. But I reckon there'd be a hot time over the trick and I'd be sure to lose the satisfaction of getting them pinched. However it's the pocketbook I want most of all, and I'm going to have a try for it." Thus speaking, Dick entered the saloon and walked to ward the rear where the door of the washroom was. He slipped inside just as the crooks left the bar and fol lowed. Dick, as soon as he saw them coming, got out 0 sight behind one of the light swinging doqrs of the room and waited The two rascals came in and looked around Finding the room apparentl y unt e nanted, Cole's compan ion, whose name was Duffy, produced. the wallet from his pqc ket and started to open it. Dick was within two feet of him. at the mome nt. Swingin g the door s uddenl y open, it struck Cole in the fa c e and body. The rascal utte red an irprecation, while Duffy started back in surprise. Before either recovered Dick snatched the wallet from Duffy' s hands and made a dash for the saloon, The rascals were right on his heels.

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14 THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. "Sto p that young thief! roar e d Cole. "He's stolen my p ocketbook I" Dick crossed the saloon like a shot, and, il1e way being clear, he reached the door and pas s ed through before the barke e per and the doze n odd cus tomers woke up to the fact that something had happened. Dashing through the crowd of p edes trian s on the side walk, Dick ran down William toward Wall Street like an antelope Cole and Duffy followed him, taking to the middl e of the street, but, for reasons, they did not cons ider it prudent to shout Their' purpose was to recover the wallet, if they could, without the intervention of the police. Dick was flee ter of foot than they were, and rapidly out distanced them in the race. Half the p eople turned to look at the runner s but as t hey d i dn't understand what was going on, the incide;it possessed but momentary inter e st for them Dick r e a c h e d Pine Street and darted up it toward the entrance of hi s office building. The crook s followed him un,til they saw him di s appear into the entrance and the n they gave up th e pursuit for they knew they hadn't a chanc e in a thousand o f catching him now. Besides having l ost sight of him, they knew they would n ot b e abl e to re cognize the boy i f they saw him again, for they had not caught a view of his features. A ll they knew was that he was well dressed, and they naturally believed he was some expert young crook, so deftly had Dick done them up As for Dick, he h u rried to the e l evator a n d was soon in the office. "Seems to me you 've been a l ong time on that errand I sent you to the prin ter's," said the ca s hier, with a hard look at the boy, w h o h e was sure had loitered on the way "What have you been doing?" Dick was about to expl a in matte rs, when it occurred to him that he had better not, for Paul Bender was likely to h ear what he said, and through him i t might reach the ears of Andrew Savage. Savage woul d probab l y l earn from Col e and his com panion how they had been done out of their prize by a boy, and if he knew Dick, on the s ame floor with hims e lf, had pulled off the trick, he woul d put the two crooks on to him, and they were l i kely to try and get back atJm o u t of revenge. In any event, he :figured that it would interfere with his scheme of probing the m y stery of the mi s sing box of bul lion if he became an object of interest to Savage and his ass ociates The success of h i s project depended on his remaining an appar e ntly unimportant per s onag e in the drama So, in answer to the cashi er's ques tion, he replied that he had been engaged on a little private business of his own. "You hav e plenty of time after your office hours to at tend to you r private affairs," answered the cashier tartly. 'iRemember, you are paid to attend to Mr. Langley's busi ness and not your o w n. "Yes sir; it won' t happen again," replied Dick. "I hope not. Here, take this note to Broker Grayson, in the Mills Building If h e isn't th ere but at the Exchange, go ther e and d e li v er it:' Hurry b a ck." Di c k rus hed out and was pre s ently scurrying down B r oad Skeet He kn e w that Brok e r Bulw e r 's office was in the Mills Buildin g e o h e d e t e rmin e d t o dr o p in at his office and r eturn him the s tol e n walle t with a ha s t y explanation. Althou g h h e had h e ard th e br o k e r s a y that he would willin g l y pa y $1 000 for th e r et urn o f hi s p a p e r s alone, he did not expect-to receive an y su c h s um for fet ching back the walle t with both th e money a nd the pap e r s He thought h e mi ght get $ 100, but that was the limit of_ hi s expectatio n s H e found the broker, h e had been sent to in hi s o ffice, and handed him t h e not e "The re i s n o a nswer, s aid the trader, after reading it. "All ri ght, sir, r e pli e d Di c k making a ha s ty exit. H e th e n went to Mr. Bulwer's office o n the floor below. That gentlema n happ e ned to b e in and di s engag ed. "Can I see Mr. Bulw er," h e a s ked "Who are you from ? "My bu s ine s s i s privat e and important Tell him that. H e was admitt e d to the private room. "We ll young man, what is the private and important bus ine s s that brought you h ere?" "Your stolen pocketbook "Eh? M y pocketbook! What do you know about it?" a s ked the broker in surpri se. "I know a whol e Int. I'll introdu c e myself :firs t. M y name i s Dick Hall and 1 am employ e d as messenger by Broker Lan g ley of No. Wall Street. I was present when you nabbed the man who s tol e it." "You mean th e m a n I tho u ght s tole it. It was not found on him, and th e d e tective aft e rward called here and told me that the party had been v o u c hed ior as an honest and res n e ctabl e m a n bv a Mr Sav ag e who is agent for a pneu matic tire "Ne vertheless th e man is a crook and s tole your wallet r e plied Dick. "Let me tell you how I know this to be true, and how I succeeded in r e covering your "Did yon r e cover it?" a s k e d the broker eage rl y "I did, and there it is. Examine it and see if it is--Rll right." Mr Bulwer went through his wallet and declared nothing was mi s sing. Dick then told his s tory from start to finish in as few words as po s sible. "Upon my word, young man, you are a wonder," said the broker when Dick had :finis h ed. "You deserve evary cent of the reward I intended to off er for the return of the pap e r s alone, and that is $1 000 I "I don't look for any s uch recompense as that, If you want to give me $100 I'll--" "Young man I propos e t o s ti c k to my offer. Here tak e the s e ten bills and with them my s inc e re thanks." "Re ally, Mr Bulwer, this is more than I deserve," pro te s ted Dick "Not a bit of l.t. I insist on you accepting the money. "All right, sir. I am very much obliged to you "You are welcome. I s hall tell everybody wha't a smart boy you are." Bulwer, I want you to do me a great favor." i

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THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. 15 "What i s it?" "I don't want you to tell any one about what I have done for you.') "Why not?" "The news would surely get all over the Street, and my name wou ld get into tlie papers. Now, I d r ather you'd keep the $1,000 and not say anything about the matter than give me the money and then s pread the n e ws." "You are a modest l ad, I must say Well,1I promise you I won't say a word about the wallet in any way. I will simp l y let the thing drop. I've got the papers, and that's all I care about "Thank y ou s ir. I will now say good-by." "Good-by, Hall. Come in and see s ome time. I'll be glad to have you call any time." Dick said he would, and then took his departure. When he reached the office he saw by the ticker that L. & M. was goin g at 103 7 -8. "I wish I could get to the bank and sell out my 7 0 shares," he said to himself. "I see $1,500 in sight, and that's .more than I expected to make. If a slump should come on before I cash in I might lose every cent of it." At halfpast two the cashier sent him to the Exchange with a note for Mr: Langley. After d elivering it determined, at the ris k of another run-in with th e cashier, to run up to the bank and g ive in his selling order He did so, and the margin clerk a ssu r e d hi!n that his stock would be sold right away at the market price, which the n was 104 1-8. So when Dick got back to the office he figured up that he would make $1,500 out of his latest dea l which, with his previous capital, and the $1,000 he had just received from Mr. Bulw e r would make him worth $3,250. CHAPTER IX. THE GAMBLING HOUSE. "This has been a great day for me, Sadie," s a id Dick to the. stenographer as he sto pped in at her den when his quit ting time had come. "Has it? What has happened of so much importance?" she asked curiously "In the :first place, I've made $2,500." "You did? Come, now, you're jokin g." "Never more serious in my life." "Why, how could you make s o much as that? Surely not out of the market 'With vour little capital." "I made $1,500 out of the market on J..1. & M., which has been booming since morning." "Ob, that is the new deal you told me abou t the other day? The one you had a tip about a syndicate that had been formed to corne r it." "That's right. "You're the luckie s t boy in the world to get hold of such a pointer." "That's et raight goods, too." "You l"ay you made $1,500 out of it?" "Nothing surer, girlie. I had 70 shares, which I bought at 82, and sold at a fraction above 104. I calculate that the fraction will pay most of the comm i ssion and interest charges. Tw enty two times seventy i s fifteen-f orty. Call it $1,500 even and yo u hav e it in a nutshell." "Well, if you aren t the smartest--" "Hold on, no bouquets, please!" "I think you're entitled to a whole conservatory of flow e r s Well, how did you acquire the ot h e r $1,000? I think you said you made $2,500." "I did, but it's a long story and will have to keep. In a few words it amounts to this: A gentleman lost a pocket book, I recovered it, and he paid me $1,000 reward." "Dick, you roust have been born lucky!" cried the girl. "Surest tll.ing you know, Sadie; but my greatest piece of luck is to come." "What is that?" "When I marry yoU:-the sweetest thing by all odds in Wall Street, or anywhete e l se," chuckled the boy "What nonsense!" cried the girl, blushing deeply: "Nonsense! If you don't take m e for your liege lord and master some day I'll go down to the Battery and jump into the bay. Then my ghost s hall haunt you as long as you live." "Is that a ll you've got to say?" "N-0, I've something e lse. I've made considerable prog ress to ward discovering the mystery of the missing box of bullion "You have!" "I have. If the police knew what I know there would be a sensatio}l in morning's papers. But I'm not giv in g out any info1rnation to the police that I can use m y self. 'l'here are three deteatives on the job, I understand. If they're not smart enough to discover who took that box, and how it got out of this office, let them go bag their h eads. This kid i sn't g oing to help them." "You ain't?" "No. "So you 've discovered--" "Several things. I know the man who owns the ring whose tail and the impression of the head and nec k are in my possession I know he's a big crook, although he i s masquerading as a Wall Street Raffle s I know where his office is, and I believe the missing box of bullion i s in bis safe, untouched, too, for it would be too rio.ky or him to try to turn it into money yet. I ale'o know that he ha s a friend -now don't scream out-in this office." "Why, Dick you can't mean that!" c ried the astonished gi;rl. "I do mean it. I'm n o t goin g to t ell you his name yet, for I clon't know if this 0c hap is his accomplice or not. It is quite possible that he does not know that this Raffies is a crook, in which case it i s merely hi s misfortune and not his fault that he is at;quainted with the rascal." "How did you find all these things out, Dick? Are you sure that you aren't making a mistake that' ll get you into trouble?" "Don' t you worry about me malting a mist ake Sadie, repli ed Dick c
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"\\Tell, you"re a most extraordi nary I.Joy," said Sadie, re garding Dick with admiration. "No, there's nothing extraordinary about me. I'm jus t lucky, that's all. Now, remember, not a whisper of what I've told you You re the only one I'm trusting my secrets to, so I hope you appreciate the honor. Even my folks don't know about my stock speculations." "You know you can depend on me." "If I didn't think so you wouldn't have heard a word from me "If you find that missing box of bullion you'll be en titled to the reward that Mr. Langley has offered. The n 1you'd be a rich boy." "That will suit you first rate, won't it?" "WJiy, yes; I'd rather see you get it than anybody e lse." "Of course you would. You want your future husband to be well off." "Run a]ong now, you foolish boy,;r replied Sadie, turning away with a blushing face. "So long, then. I'll see you to-morrow." Two days later Dick received his check from the little bank, and when he looked at hjs little roll of over $3,000 he felt that he was something of a capitalist. He rented a box in a near-by safe deposit vault and placed his money in it. He knew it would be safe there, and handy to get at when he needed it. That day he saw Andrew Savage on the street, and he noticed that he had his s nake ring on his finger once more. It was -ow in perfect condition, and no one to look at it would have suppoRed it h a d suffered any mutilation Dick wondered what other game Savage wa.s working in the district. A man of his presumed genius at crooked work would not long remain idle Every time the young messenger passed along the cor ridor and looked at the door of the "National Pneumatic Tire Company," he wondered what. his next move would be toward solving the mystery of the missing box of bullion. Day after day passed, and he was at a standstill. Several times he was on the poipt of taking the Wall Street detective, who was still on the case, into his confi dence and dividing the honors with him; hut he always hesitated, becauS'e he was ambitious to work the matter-out himself. He never went home early now but hung around the corri9or to see if anything would happen that would give him the wished-for opening; but nothing did. He saw Murphy Maguire go into the tire company's office several times, and he also recognized Cole and bis associate visit the room He never saw anybody else go there-not even Paul Bender, rrom which he came to the conclusion that Bender was not in with the Savage gang In this way three weeks slipped by, and Dick learned of another stock that was being cornered by a pool of big operators It was S & T., and was then ruling at 71. Dick got his money out of his safe deposit box and bought 300 shares on the usual margin. l see no reason why I haven't a good chance to win out. At any rate, it's a whole lot better than going it blind." On the Saturday night following his late st deal Dick came down alone to see <1 popular play at one of the Forty-second Street theatres. At the close of the show he started for the Sixth Avenue elevated station a few blocks away. He hadn't gone very far before he saw Andrew Savage, Murphy Maguire and Paul Bender ahead, sauntering along at a leisurely pace "Bender is certainly thick with those chaps," thought the boy, as the trio turned into a gilded cafe. Dick looked in and saw them walk to the end of the bar roon:i and disappear a door marked "Private." The young messenger-sleuth considered a moment and then followed them. Opening the door, he found himself in a narrow corridor, with a flight of stairs at one side, elegantly carpeted. He ascended the stairs and came to a door, in white and gilt. He turned the knob, but the door was fast. "I guess this is as far as I get," he thought. Just then two sprucely dressed young men came up stairs. "Did you ring?" asked one of them. "No," replied Dick, not knowing what he meant. The speaker put his finger on an e lectri c push-buttonJ and the tinkle of a bell followed. A panel in the ,,door slipped noiselessly back, and Dick saw aaman's face behind a wire screen. Presently the door swung open and the two young men entered. Dick followed after them, clos e at their heels. No opposition was made to his entrance. Fron:Mhe looks of the elegantly furnished corridor along which the young men were walking, 'taken in connection with the sliding panel, Dick believed that he had been ad mitted to a gamblin'g resort. As he didn't doubt but the man on guard believed he accompanied the two young chaps, who were evidently known there, Dick thought it prudent to follow them until out of sight of the guard, who was a strapping colored man, dressed in evening suit. They went straight to a small room, wher8'they gave&their hats and coats to an attendant. Dick did likewise receiving a small numbered silver phlted check. \ The young men lighted cigarettes and offered Dick one. He took it, but did not attempt to smoke it beyond taking a puff or two when one of the chaps offered him a light. When they walked toward a green baize door at the end of the corridor Dick went along with them. Pushing open the door, which swung both ways. at the 4 lightest touch, the three entered a fairsized, handsomely furnished room. There was an oblong table in the center, surrounded byt a crowd of men, mo s tly in evening dress. There was a game going on at the table. "H my usual luck holds out. I ought to make a big haul this time," he told himself. "As this is another good tip A black eyed man, with a long, drooping, black mustache, sat at'the head of the table, and seemed to be the moving spirit.

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rr H E MIS81NG BOX OF BU LLIO N "Make your game, gentlemen," Dick )teard him: say in an impassive tone, "make your game." 'l'here was a movement among those surrounding the .table--a part of whom were seated whil e a second row stood behind their chairs, and a lso took part in the pro ceedings 1 The smoke from a score. of cigars rose lazily into the air and floated ceilingward, and out of the ventilators at the tops of the windows, before which thick shades were tightly drawn A hum of low conversation, mingled with an occasional ejaculation, pervaded the apartment A roulette wheel stood in a corner in charge of an at tendant, and toward this Dick's companions went after a careless glance at the crowd about the long table. Dick not follow them, but stood l ooking wit h en tranced curiosity at the scene around him. And well he might, for this was his first visit to a gam bling house. CHAPTER X. MORE DISCOVERIES. A roast beef sandwich followed, and then the young fellow asked Dick what he'd drink. "I'll take a soda," replied the young messenger. Dick had just finished it when on looki n g to ward t he' door he was disturbed to see Sa vagc, 1\I agu ire a n cl Beucl er .. fil e into the room. He wouldn't have minded the :first two, b u t he k n e w Bender woul d recognize h i m and want to lmow ho w h e got in there. Excusing hin1Self hasti l y to h is companion, D ick h urried to a door t hat he thought led into the entrance corr i dor, instead of which it took him into a small, well lighted passage There were numerous doors here, and Dick open e d the first he came to. It led into a small room furnished with a h a n drnrnc round tab l e ancl severa l chairs, with e lectric bulbs. Shutting the door, he was about to try the next when he heard conversation behind it, and that to l d him the roo:n was occupied. In fact, the only room that appeared to be un occupied was the one he had looked i nto. Look i ng back1into the refreshment room he saw S avage, Maguire and Bender drinking at the sideboard. Hoping they woul d return to the main room, wai ted. No one took any notice of him, but lest one of the at-Instead of doing that they sudden l y came tow a rd the taches might regard him with some suspicion, which might door he was pee r ing through. lead to his being summarily ejected, Dick joined the crowd "Good gracious! Bender will see me, sure. How c an I e:et o ut.of here?" l about the table u He soon saw that Savage, Maguire and Bender had taken Adjoining the room he had looked into was a door a a hand in the game. narrow one which he had overlooked He watched them furtively and saw that their l uck As D ick glanced a r ound in perplexity he saw t hi s door. varied. Open ing it, he looked in. Nearly an hour passed away, and Dick guessed he was not He saw it was a closet, containing divers articles, s uch likely to gain anything by remaining at the gambling house. as brooms, mops, etc. He decided to l eave r "l can hide here for a moment or two," he m u t ter ed. Starting toward the green baize door, somebody grabbed He sprang i n and shut the door, just as t h e three m e n him by the arm ente red the passage Turning, he saw it was one of the young fellows wlro A moment l ate r he heard them enter t h e room adjoining. had unconsciously paved the way for him to get i n there. Savage turned on the elec t ric li ght, while Mag uir e closed "Come and have a little refreshment," said the young the door man, who looked as if he was a member of some swell A gleam of l ight shot through a small o p e ning in the family. connect i ng of the closet. Dick allowed himself to be led into an ad j oinin g r o o m Dick pu t his eye to it an d saw t h e three m e n plainl y a s wherer there was a sideboard with glasse!'I and cut g lass de they seated themselves around t h e tab le. canters containing various liquors Their tal k also reached his ears qui te di stinctly. There was also a tab l e covered with a shiny tabl e cl oth on Savage took a pack of car d s o u t o f a r e c e ptacl e und e r the which there was cold meat in plenty, raw oyst ers, pickl ed tab le; a lso a bone or i vory countin g -board. clams, pates, and a dozen other articles of food that looked It was clear tha t the tri o wer e g oin g t o indul g e in a quite tempting. private game among themse lves. A rr+an in a white jacket ancl cook's cap was i n charge, "It's two months now s i nce we copped that box of buland he handed out whatever a patron of t h e estab li s hmenf lion," sa i d Savage, as he s t a.rted t o deal out the cards, "and fancie d as funds are getting a b i t low, owin g t o the losses that A smooth-faced young ma.n in white jacket serve d out Maguire a n d I have met with in this e s tabli s hment I anything in the drinking line called for. think i t is high time t hat we bega n t h inking o f t urnin g Everything was free, and you coul d eat and drink as those go l den ingots i nto curr ent casl\." much or as littl e as you wanted to. At t hose words Dick's heart gave a great boun d Boxes of good cigars also stood around, nnd Vif'itors were r.rhe scent h e was on was ge t t in g h o t. I expected to help themse lves. Not o nl y t h a t but h e now pe rce1ved tha t B e nd e r was Dick's companion ca lled fo1 an oyster pa te, and Dick hand in g love w i t h the two crook s said he'd take one, too H 's too soon," rep l ied B ende r L a n g ley has notified

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, lf8 THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. all the assay offices and other places that receive bullion apparently in the office cif the Nation a l Tire to be on the lookout for the stolen ingots." Company's office, locked up, no doubt, in the safe Now it "Suppose he has I propose to get that box away from looks to me as ii my ne:i..L move shoulJ be to lay all the its present quarters as soon as I can, maybe next week, if facts bE\fore Mr. Langley. In that case he'll call in hi s circumstances favor it. I've hired a house out in New det ective and have him finish the job. That will rob me J ersey where I propose to melt that stuff up into a different half the credit. If it sho"Nld turn out that the box is not shape altogether, and then ship it out West. There we'll in Savage's safe, but hidden somewhere e lse in the build have no trouble in disposing of it." ing the efforts of the detective may queer the whole busi"I don't see how you can get it out of the building with ness, for the only evidence against these crooks is my uncut being detected .,, supported word as matters stand. Though it i s true that I "Leave that to me. I'll find a I've been :figuring can produce the tail of the snake ring, and prove by Tifori that some time for I knew it had to be \lone fany's clerk that the missing tail was replaced by that es" You.can't do it after the building i s shut up, and before tablishment for Murphy Maguire, acting for Andrew Sav-that there will be the attaches to look out for." age No, I think I'll wait a while before telling Mr. "Don't worry, Bender. I ha1ven't failed in anything I've Langley Maybe I'll think of some way of finishing the un dertaken yet, and I don't expect to slip up this trip." work myself without the aid of the detective." r "How about the detectives who are on the case? Lang When Dick reached the office Monday morning he did not l ey has a special man from the Wall Stre e t agency, and he confide the fresh facts he had obtained to Sadie i s continually on the watch around the building. In fact, He figured that matters were nearing a climax, and he I heard that he is dressed as an employee." say nothing more until he had brought the job to a "I've got him spotted. The other sleuths have been successful issue. withdrawn." When he left the office on Monday afternoon Savage came "Sure of that, are you?" out of his office, locked up, and went down in the elevator "Positive Maguire can tell you that. He's hand and with him. g love with several Central Office men, and keeps me posted." Savage went toward Broadway, and Dick, being bound The men then branched off on to other subj ects, and in the same direction, followed after him. Di c k continued to listen, hoping they woul d say something The crook crossed Broadway and went up on the other m o r e about their p l ans concerning the box of bullion, but side as far as Cortlandt Street, turning down that thor-they d idn't / oughfare. At length the hoy decided that it was useless to remain Dick kept a short di staD.ce behind him. l onger in the closet. He thought Savage intended to take a Sixth Avenue He judged that it was after midnight a good bit by this train uptown. t ime. Instead of mounting the stairs of 'the station h e crossed The cafe was of course closed long since, and he wonunder it and kept on down the street. d ered'where the exit from the gambling establishment was. "I wonder where he is going?" thought the young mes" I d on't l ike to ask my way 01;it, because it would give senger. "I think I will try and find out." me awa y,'' thought Dick. "I'll have to follow some one Savage led him t6 the ferry house the foot of the on the way out." street, and there he bought a ferr y ticket. Caut ious l y open i ng the closet door, he found the passage Dick did likewise, and boarded the boat after him. clear at that moment, and stepping out went into the reOn reaching Jersey City the crook got on a car, and Dick fresb ment room, where he found several visitors jumped on the platform of the same one. Hearing one of them tell hi s companion that he was After riding some dis tance Savage got off near the Hackgoing home, Dick followed him to th e coat room and got ensack River and starte d up a side street. h i s things at tbe same time the gentleman did. Dick followed on the other s id e of the stree t. Then he fell in behind the man, and the doorkeeper let The houses became and farther apart as the y prothem both out into th e landing at the head of the s tair s ceeded, and Dick began to f ear that the crook would get on The gentleman went down the stairs and Dick tagged on to him. behind. Savage, however, never turned his head, and did not The former opened a door that led into the ha ll way of appear to notice that he was being s hadowed. the b uil ding next door. At length he turned a <;orner l e ading to the river. T hroug h this they gained the street The only house within a. hundred vards was the th1eeDi ck looked at his watch and saw that it was a q u arter story one on the corner around which the crook had p ast o n e gone. H e l ost no time, therefore, in reaching the elevaied sta -It was not tenanted and fluttering from the front d(){)r tion an d t akin g a car for home. was part of a "To Let" sig n of some real estate agent. P H APTER X I. KNOCKE D OUT "I've made two d isco veries t o night," he sai d to h i m s elf. "The first is that P a ul Bender is i n with the Savage cro wd, an d the second that t h e missing box of bullio n is The ground floor was evidently inte nded to be used as a store. From the dilapidated appearance of the house it looked as if i t had not been occupied for some time. When Dick reached the opposite corner he expected to see Savage wal king on down the street. He was surpr i sed to find that he was not in sight.

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THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. 19 "He must have gone into that building by the small side took for workingmen must have been a pair of thugs. They door, for there is no other place where he could have left asked me the time to throw me off my guard, and then one the street so quickly," said Dick to himself. "That must be of them slugged me with something that was harder than tb,e house he mentioned Saturday night as having taken in his fist, I shou ld judge from the lump on my head I dare New .T ersey, and where he is planning to have the missing say they've cleaned me out. Why they took the bouble to 9ox of bulliQn carried to. I must make a note of it." bring me to this place, which seems like a cellar is more ,, Dick had never been in that neighborhood before, and than I can understand After getting all I had I should he did not know the names of the s treets. think they'd have l eft me in 'the street and skipped." Though there was a street la.mp on the corner there were After figuring up the situation and not relishing it for no signs on,it. a cent, Dick made a desperate effort to free himself. "Never mind; I'll go on to the next house and inquire," Re found that impossible, as he was too securely bound he thought. to the post. Acting on this idea he proceeded as far as the nearest "I wonder if they left me here to perish?" thought the building and found out the names of the two streets. boy, rather dismayed at the idea. There was nothing for him to do now but to retrace his Whether this was the fact or not; a considerable time steps to the car line that had brought him and Savage out passed before he heard the slightest sound ill the building. there Then what seemed to be the street door slammed, and 'he When he got as far as the corner opposite the house he heard heavy steps of at least two men walking about over had spotted he saw two men standing beside the lamp post. his head. They were roughly dressed, lik e laborers, and both wore Thinking these might be persons unaware of his p;resence beards. 1 in the cellar, he commenced to shout as as he could. "Hello, young man! What time is it?" one of them Th e footsteps sto pped. asked Dick. Dick yelled l ouder, thinking he had attracted their at The young messenger stopped to give them the informatention. tion. The footsteps continued, but in a :few minutes died away, As he turned to continue his way he received a blow on as if the persons had gone into another room. back of the head that stretched him senseless on the "They didn't hear me,'' muttered the young messenger, ground. much discouraged. "Quick, Duffy; we must get him acrQ.ss the way and into Another hour passed drearily away before he heard the the building before any one comes along," said one of the steps again. bearded men. Presently he heard a door open at the end of the cellar They grabbed the boy up between them, bore him across and heavy s tep s sounded on the stairs that led down to the the street, and into the building by the side door. p lace Savage was waiting for them. A light also shone in that direction. "You've got him. Good!" he ejacu lated looking down "Hello, hello!" cried Dick. "Come over this way. I'm at the unconsci9us lad as he Jay on the floor. "This is tied down here." Langley's messenger, and he followed me from Wall Street Re saw a man with a lamp in his hands and another clear out here. Re never suspected that I was dead on to lowing him, holding something in both his hands. him. The detective on the missing box Q.f bullion case must As they came toward him, Dick, with some consternation, have put him on the job, and that is a sign that I am under recognized th e bearded chaps to whom he felt he owed hj'"' suspicion. I must return to the city at once, see Bender present predicament. and get him to find out if the detective really has his eye on me. In the meantime keep this lad a close prisoner in the cellar until you get orders to let him go. I saw him make a note of this building, and he didn't do that for nothing." CHAPTER XII. CARRIED TO SE.A'. "All right, Andy," replied Cole. "We'll see that he / doesn't get away lmtil you say the word." "So you've come to your senses, have you?" asked the ....._As soon as Savage took his departure the two men carchap in the lead. ried Dick down to the cellar and tied him securely to one "I have. I'd like to know why I have been made a pri s of the foundation supports oner and tied clown here,"
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20 rrHE MISSING BOX OF BULLION H i s companion laid a tray on it. Upon the tray were a couple of meat sandwiches, a piece of cheap pie and a cup of coffee. The man who had done the talking then released Dick's arf1s and told him to pitch in. "Better get busy," said the spokesman, "for you won't get nothin' more till the morn.in'." "I'd like to know--" began Dick. "I told you that w(l're not answerin questions," replied the man sharply "There's your S)lpper. Eat it. If you won' t we'll take it away again and you can go hungry all night.'> 1:he man evidently what he said, and as Dick was hungry he concluded to eat. The men stood and watched him till he had cleaned up the dishes, then the fellow who took the lead in the pro ceedings tied him up again. After satisfying himself that the boy couldn't free him self he followed hi s companion, who now carried the lamp. footsteps echoed up the stairs, and then Dick was left in total darkness once more "Those rascals have some object in view, that' s cer tain,'' thought Dick, when alone again. "I'd give a whole lot to know what it is, but I guess I don't find out till the time comes. I wonder where this house is? Why, maybe it's. the one on the corner that Savage entered. Gee! I think I see a l ight. Maybe Sava_ge tumbled to the fact that I was following him and got those two chaps, members of h i s gang, who were in the house, to nab me. That would account for me being detained here. It's my opinion, too, that those men were the two crooks connected with the rob of Broker Bulwer' s pocketbook. I wonder if they have recognized me as the boy who thwarted them?" The more Dick thought the matter over the more satis fied h e became that he had got on to t h e true explanation o f the facts. "Looks as if they intended to keep a prisoner until they have removed the missing box of bullion from its pres ent hiding place Savage must s u spect now that his true character is in danger of being exposed I guess I made a m i stake i n following him out here. He probably noticed that I appeared to be following him, and as he has seen me many times in the office hi1ilding he jumped to the con clusion that he has in some way become an object of sus picion in connection with the missing box of bullion, ana that Mr Lang ley sent me out to watch him," sa i d D ick to h imself. Only a t rare interva l s did the young messenger hear foot steps in the house as the hours wore away. He c011lcl form no idea of the time of nigh t i t was, but j udged that it was late He knew that his father and mother would be wond ering "hat had become of h im, and, fearing something bad hap pened to hin1, would long before Iporning notify the police t o look for him. Finally, in spite of his strenuous circumstances, he fell asleep, and did not wake till the :flash of light aroused hi m It was his two captors back again w ith his breakfast. "Is it morning?" he asked. Yes, it's momin', all right. Here's your breakfast-a piece of steak, some fried potatoes, a couple of rolls and coffee. You see we are treatin' you well." "You'd treat me better by letting me go. "We can't do that, but we'll do the next best thing, and that is let you have the freedom of the Dick made no reply, but ate his breakfast, and then the men retired, leaving him free tomove around. This was a great relief to and it put a hope into his head that-lie might be able to make his escape. He examined the cellar, with the aid of matchlight, but found that the onl y exit was through the door that led to the ground floor, and that' was either locked or bolted. At any rate, he couldn't get through it. About one o'clock dinner was brought to him, and he didn't see the men again until they fetched him his supper. "The police are surely looking for me by this time," thought Dick, when alone again; "but a s I'm away over in the outskirts of Jersey City, near the Hackensa c k River, they are not likely to come within milei:; o f :finding me I'll bet Mr Langley has b een in a stew without my services .to day, but I can't help that. I am more concern e d about the worry my parents are in over m:v unexplained abs ence." Another night passed, and Dick woke up an hour b e for e his breakfa s t appeared. He tried to g et the men in conversation, but they were not inclined to talk with him. \ All the spokesman would say was that he would be set at liberty after a while. So Dick put in another monotonous day o.f confinement. N'o sooner bad he drunk the coffee brought to him with his supper than he began to feel drowsy. 1 Hardly had the men left him when he fell into a deep sleep, the results of a drug that was in thecoffee. In 'that condition he was }ater on removed from the cellar The men Cfil'l'ied out on the street and loaded him into a light wagon After cover ing him up carefully, they mounted to the seat and drove away. When Dick recovered his senses along toward mornfug he was surprised to f!nd tb.at he was no longer in the cellar but lying in a bunk in a small, low-ceiled and foul-smelling room. The room seemed t o be moving up and down w.ith ing mot ion. The dull light of early morning was sifting through an opening in the roof His ears wei:e saluted with the swish of water against t h e s ides of the room W hen he looked around the place in wonder at the :formation in his surroundings he saw several other bunks in whi ch h e n oticed roug h-l ooking men snoring away. In the center o f the ceiling hung a lamp, giving out a dim light, but a very strong smell of rancid oil or fat "My gracious Where am I?" Dick asked himself in some consternatio n. The answer came to him a moment later-he was aboard s o me vessel. With an e jaculation of surprise and dismay he jumped o u t of the bunk, and rushing to the short ladder leading up to the hole in the ceiling, he ran up it. out on the forecastle, he looked around him. i

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THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. 21 The vessel was under full sail, and nothing greeted his eyes but 3n unlimited expanse of sea and sky. The sun was just rising, and the ocean was to sparkle under its beams. The vessel he was aboard of had three masts, the after one !fehooner-rigged, showing she was a bark. / "Good Lord I'm being carried to sea!" cried Dick. "This is an outrage." He rushed forward to put in a kick. Seeing the officer of the deck on the poop, he climbed the short ladder and approached him. ''Here, here! Get down and go for'ard !" cried the mate, glaring fiercely at him. "I want to see you." "Go for'ard, d'ye hear?" "I don't belong to this vessel. I'm not a sailor. I'm being' carried off against my will. I want you to put me on shore," blurted out Dick. The mate's reply was to swing his telescope and knock him down Two of the watch were then called up and ordered to drag him away and toss him back into the forecastle. Dick put up the be&t resistancehe knew how, but the were strong and tough, and yanked him along in s pite of his struggles They shoved him back down the scuttle and warned him to stay there. He remained several minutes clinging to the ladder in a pretty desperate frame of mind. He liad no idea where the vessel was bound, but he believed it was across the ocean, and the idea of making such a trip as that against his will was maddening to him. After the two sailors retired Dick crawled up the stairs again and stuck his head out. There he sat considering what it was possible for him to do# The longer he considered the more helpless he seemed to be. At length the sailors were called to breakfast, and Dick moved to another spot on the :forecastle. Here he was spied by the skipper when he came on the poop, and a sailor was sent to bring him aft. Di'ck, finding himself in the presence of the captain, asked how he came to be aboard the vessel. The s'kipper listened to him, and then ordered the chief mate to bring up the ship's articles and a bottle o'f ink and a pen. Dick was ordered to put his autograph down on the document at the end of a list of names. He refused, whereupon the mate grabbed him, and put ting the pen between his fingers, compelled him to make a cross, to which the captain added the words : ,. John Doe, his mark." "Now you're shipped, you cantankerous young imp, and if you don't obey orders I'll skin you alive Take him be low, Mr. Butts, and fit him out from the slop chest." All unnoticed by those aboard, a pilot boat was passing within a biscuit toss of the bark's stern. She was bowling along under all her sail with a bone in her teeth. Her number was painted in big black on her mainsail. As the mate started to drag the boy away the young messenger's eyes caught sight of the pilot boat Jerking himself from the mate's grasp:, he rushed to the rail and overboard with a shout to attract the notice of the men on the small vessel. CHAPTER XIII. DICK MEETS WITH A. SURPRISE. The eyes of four men on the pilot boat were directed at the bark at the moment Dick took his plunge. One of them seized a life preserver and flung it in th! direction of the boy as he came to the surface. The of the bark ordered the vessel hove to and told the mate to take a boat and pick the lad up. Before the latter order was more than half executed, Dick had been pulled on board the pilot boat, where, all dripping as he was, he proceeded to explain matters. As he looked what he claimed to be, a Wall Street mes senger, and not a sailor, he was listened to by head pilot aboard the craft, while the boat lay to a short distance from the bark. By the time he had finished the chief mate came along side in his boat. "Chuck that young deserter in here," be said to one 6f the pilots. "Do vou claim him as belonging to your crew?" asked the chief pilot. -"I do." "He says he was put aboard your vessel in a senseless state, and that you were carrying him off against his will." "He's a liar. He was shipped in regular shape." "He doesn't look like a sailor. He claims, with consid erable show of truth, that he's a Wall Street messenger." "He can claim what he chooses. His name is attached to the bark's articles and therefore is l egally shipped. I demand him back." The chief pilot was convinced the boy Had in some way been shanghaied, and he refused to force him to return. "All right," answered the mate in a threatening tone, "we'll take your number, and when we get back we'll have you up before the United States court and make you sweat for thiil." "Do it," retorted the pilot. "Look out that the doesn't make your skipper sweat :for kidnapping him. Now you can sheer off." With those words the pilot ordered his boat to be put on her' course again. The mate :flung a string of imprecations at the pilot, and then ordered his two men to row back to their vessel. Presently she, too, was put on her course, .and the dis tance widened rapidly between the two vessels. Dick was taken below and told to strip off his wet clothes. He was provided with dry ones for the ti.me being and his own garments were wrung out and hung around in the sun to dry. He was then invited to breakfast in the cabin. During the meal he told his story more :fully, but omit ted all reference to the missing box o:f bullion.

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22 THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. The pilots complimented him on his plucky escape from the bark, and assured him they would land him in New York some time that afternoon. Sandy Hook was sighted about noon, and Dick was pleased to death to behold the soil of his native land again, although he had only been a short time away from it. He was landed in the basin at Brooklyn about four o'clock, and soon reached a car that would takehim to the Fulton Ferry, where he decided to cross instead of going to the bridge It was half-past :five when he stepped on Manhattan Island. Although he knew there was no one at the office at that hour; he determined to go there and telephone home, for there was a telephone in the hallway of the flat he lived in. He also wanted to :find out if any of the Savage crowd were at tke National Pneumatic Company's office, in which event he intended to have them arrested at once. Accordingly he made a bee-line for Wall Street, and iound the street almost deserted. Rushing in at the entrance, he found nobody there but one elevator man, who expressed his surprise on seeing him at that hour I the box, Savage opened his safe and he and Maguire took it out. They were in the act of taking it across the threshold of the door when the janitor's assistant, who was supposed to be in another corridor attending to his business, suddenly appeared. He uttered an exclamation on seeing the box with the word "bullion" painted on it. Savage judged from the expression of his face that he suspected something was and would give the alarm. He made a spring at the man, while Maguire and dropped the box to help him secure the unwelcome witness. A short scuffle, and the janitor succumbed to a blow on his head. "Get the box to the elevator, quick!" cried Savage. As Bender reached for the box of bullion Dick came into the corridor. His unlooked-for appearance rather staggered the rascals. But they were equal to the emergency. "Seize him, Maguire!" cried Savage. Maguire slipped behind Dick and grabbed him. The young messenger was taken by surprise, for he had not counted on seeing what was taking place-the removal of the box of bullion. "Take me up right away, please/' he said Savage rushed to assist his companion in securing the "Step in," said the man. In the meantime there was something doing at that mohalf a minute Dick was choked into insensibility. ment on the fourth floor. "Away with the box, you. haven't a moment to lose. I'll Andrew Savage had made an his arrangements for refollow later on," said Savage. moving the missfilg box of bullion from his office. Maguire and Bender raised the box and hurried to the When the various offices closed at :five o'clock, Savage, elevator, where a cage, which Cole had brought up to the Maguire, Cole and Duffy were seated in the office of the floor and left there, stood waiting for them. National Pneumatic Tire Company Savage then dragged both Dick and the janitor's assistThey were joined in the course of a quarter of an hour ant into his office and closed the door. by J;>aul Bender. "How in creation did that boy escape from the vessel he At half-past :five Savage sent Cole and Duffy down-was put abo!!rd of?" he said to himself "The captain must stairs to get the head janitor and another attache out of have gone back on his bargain. Well, appearance and the way for a brief interval. the inopportune turning up of the janitor will settle me in The detective on the case had been decoyed away on a thia building, unless I were to drop them down the elevator bogus clue furnished to him by Maguire through one of the shaft, and that kind of bl1siness isn't in my line. The boy is Central Office defectives. the more dangerous of the two. I must get him away it I A cab was in waiting at the Pine Street, entrance, the can. My own cab is at the front door. On the plea that driver of which was an unscrupulous chap who had agreed he's ill, if I'm questioned about his condition, I can put him to take part in the plot, the nature of which had not been into my cab and take him across the river. As for this man, explained to him, for a $100 bill. I'll drag him to the next corridor and leave J:iim on the Everything was ready at the moment Dick entered the floo'r." building. This plan the rascal carried out. His presence in the vicinity was the last thing Savage After disposing of the janitor's assistant he carried Dick would have calculated on, as he supposed the boy was miles to the e l evator and rang the bell. out at sea by that time The elevator came up. We may as well remark here that Savage was unable to "'I'his young fellow i'aint'ed in the corridor near Mr. connect Dick with the efforts being made by Broker Langley Langley's office. I'm going to take him around to a doc-to recover the missing box of bullion. tor's," said Savage to the elevator man. Bender had made it his business to look into the matter, The attache was unsuspicious and carried Savage anc1 and he discovered that Mr. Langley had no idea where his Dick down to the main :floor, and at the crook's request messenger had disappeared to. helped carry the boy to the cab. Savage, however, regarded the boy's action in following ''Cortlandt Street ferry/' said Savage to the driver in a Kim to the outskirts of Jersey City as too suggestive to be low tone. disregarded. He got in bes id e the unconscious boy and the cab drove As he wasn't taking any chances, he arranged to have off. Dick sent to sea simp ly to get him out of the way. "Everything is working like a charm," chuckled the Everything being in realliness for the quick removal of crook. "If there had been any trouble getting the box out J r

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. THE MISSING BOX OF BULLION. 2S by the Pine Street entrance I should have heard about it when I came down. All was then serene, so the box is on its way to New Jersey by thi s time, and I am close on its heels." He rubbed his hands together in a satisfied way and ohuckled again. CHAPTER XIV. DICK IN LUCK. Dick came to his senses to find himself in pitch-darkness and absolute silence. As his la st recollection was strugg lin g with Savage and Murphy Maguire, in the corridor of the fourth floor of the building on Wall Street, he hardly knew what to make of the transformation. "Where am I at now?" he asked himself. He felt for his match safe, struck a match and looked around. "Why, I'm in the same old cellar!" he gasped in astonish ment. "Have I been dreaming all I went through since I last looked on thi.s place? It can't be, for it was too real istic. And yet how did I get back here? By George! I don't know what to think. I've been having a truly won derful experience I remember eating my supper here and then the next thing I knew I was aboard a vessel and it was morning. After being knocked around by the captain and the mate I jumped overboard and was picirnd up by a pilot boat which landed me in Brooklyn. Then I went to the office and came upon Savage, Maguire and Bender mov ing the box of bullion. Savage and Maguire attacked me and then-I find myself back again in this cellar. fo.;;eems like a dream; and yet that plunge into the ocean appeared to be real enough. Gosh If that was a dream I don't want any more lik e it." He got up and moved around the cellar, for he was too nervous to remain seated or l ying down, eas he ha
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'I'Jm BOX OF BU LLION "Yes I didn t deem it safe to leav e hiln b e hind be cau s e h e s pott e d thi s house, and would send t11e police o u t h e re the moment h1e recover e d from th e c h o kin g l\1aguire itnd I gave him." "So I didn t dr e am what I went through tho ught Dic k a s he h e ard Savage' s word s "I thought it was too r e al for that." "What a r e you going to do with him?" a s k e d Bend e r. 'Tve got him lock e d up in the cellar ag ain,' r e pli e d S avage. "I'll let him go whtWJ. the ne c essit y for his d e t e n t i o n no long er e xi s t s ." "But I'm afraid h e saw me in th e c orrid o r whe n h e ap peared s o s udd e nly upon us. If h e did I c an t go back to t h e office, for I'd b e arrested in conn e ction with the missing box of bullion a nd would g o to pri son whil e chap s escape d with the plunder. You must find out by ques tionin g hi m in a n o ff-hand way whe ther h e i s on to me or hot. If I hav e t o du st out I'll throw in my lot with y ou." L e ave tha t. t o me. If h e didn't reco g niz e you you' r e all T ight. No w brin g the box up s tair s ." "Yes. 'l'h c cap tain mu!'-t h a r e l et him go som ewhere ofl' th e c oast, for h e ,tumed up at th e buil d in g ju s t a s w e w e re ta king th e box o f bulli o n to t h e e levat o r a nd w e had to kno c k him out to pre v ent him g il'ing the a l a rm and queer ing the affair Cole utte r e d an imprecation "!s he dead?" "No. And y brought him out h e r e i n a cab." "The n he 's in the cell a r ?" "Yes Andy loc ked him up t h e re. Come up s tair s a n d get your orders from the boss. W e' r e g oin g to o p e n the box. The three at once went up t o the room above CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. "Where ar e Cole a nd Duff y ?" a s k e d Maguire. Th e whole gan g i s togeth e r in th e h o use, an d will re They haven t showed up yet I expect them to arriv e m a in h ere for s o m e h ours This i s m y c h a nce to roun d any moment," said Savb.ge, picking u'p the l amp th e m up i f I c an g e t the p o lice h e r e in a nyt hin g lik e a Maguire and Bender each caught up an end of the box r e a s onable time," thou ght Di c k a s h e cam e out o f t h e closet and followed the chief crook upstairs H e w ent t o the door a nd had unlocked i t a n d p a rtly Dick heard them enter a room and shut the door, and f h b 1 h l d b d the ir voices reached his ears but faintly after that. clrmy n one 0 t e 0 t s w e n t rn oor a o v e o p e n e a gam, and 11e h e ard the voices o f Cole and Duff y at the h e ad of He s t e pp e d out of the clos et and s tood in the darkness the s tair s with his shoe s in hi s hand. Cole h a d a li g hted ]amp in hi s h ands. "Now what s hall I d o ?" h e a s k e d himself. "The mi s sing "They' r e c omin g d own. I can't go till t h ey' r e o n t of box of bullion i s in one of the r ooms above. The mom ent the way." has when I. must up those ra s cals A fal s e He jumped into the c loset again. move is hable to everythmg so I must act with i "Le t s take a look a t the boy and see i f h e's come to his care The game i s m m y hands to close up Can I do it. t senses" s aid Cole whe n they rea c hed t h e b o t t o m o f t he I s uppose the proper thin g for m e to do now is to l eave star s the .house whil e .the coast. i s clear notif y the Cit y was willin g, s o they w ent to t h e door leading to police. That will tak e tim e I don t see that I can s m g l e th e cellar drew the b olt and w e n t clown. handed accomplish anything by remaining her e I think "My will be di scove r ed. I mu s t s kip a t once won Mr Langl ey' s reward if the mi s sing hox: of thought Dick. bullion i s r ecove r e d tom.ght. The det e ctives. have Cole and Duff y s o o n found t h a t Di c k w a s n o t in the c el unable to g e t an y clue to the box or the tbieves, whil e lar and they cam e ru s hin g b a c k in a hurry to n otify Savage. I have don e both. I thmk Ive worked the ca s e up .pretty As Di c k s tarted for th e street door for the fourth tim e well, and am entitled to all the credit." he heard the i r s t e p s o n the s tair s and h e wa s forced to Having decid e d to notify the police, Dick started for the run to.cove r a g ain door. They s houted up t o Sava ge, and h e came to the head o f At that mom ent he heard footsteps on the s idewalk, and the s tairs, follow e d b y Maguir e : in anoth e:i; mom ent the b ell rang. "What's wrong ? a s k e d the h e ad crook. "That mu s t be Cole and Duffy," thought Dick, retreating "The boy i sn't in the cellar!" to the closet again. "Isn' t in the cellar! H e mu s t be," replied Savag e This tim e it was Mag uir e wh' came down with the lamp. "I tell you h e i s n t returned Cole. "We'v e jus t looked. He admitt e d Cole and Duffy. "He c ouldn t g e t out for I was car e ful to bolt th e d o or. "Has Andy arrived?" C o l e a s ked. You found it bolt e d didn't you?" "He ha s,'' re plied Maguire. "He's waiting for you. "Yes ; W e want a roaring fir e s tarted in the stove, for we're going "Then he's down there to m elt the bullion to night." "You' d better find him, then," said Cole. "The s ooner the better I think," answered Cole, s o that Savag e c ame down s tair s and Maguire follow e d him.' w e c an get awa y from these diggings The four h e ad e d b y Cole with t h e fam p, w ent i nto i.h e "We 've got news for you,_ too." cellar. "What news?" As Dick watched them go down a daring id e a occurre d "The boy, young Dic k H all, whom you put aboard the to him. bark 'Santa Maria,' bound for P alermo 1s b a rk again It wa's to secure th e four rascal s in the c e llar and thu s _, "Back again!" cried Cole, in an a s tonis.hed voice. make them pri s oners.

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'L'HE MISSING BOX O.F BULLION. 25 As for Bender, Dick knew he was a match for Mr. Lang ley's chi e clerk. Thus, all by himself, he would ba.g the whole gang ancl recctver the missing box of bullion. Thrilled by the idea, he ran to the cellar door and 1:1hot tl\t bolt. Then it struck him that they might burst open the door. He must prevent that if he could. Running into the kitchen, he looked around for something that would blockade the door There was nothing suitable for the purpose. On a shelf he spied a hammer and a saucer of two-in c h wire nails. He took them down, i.ntending to rtail up the door. With a couple of blows of the hammer he knocked two o f the panels out of the door 0 the kitchen closet At that moment he heard the four crooks returning u p the cellar steps. The fellow in the lead must have been astonished w hen he found the door was bolted. He shook it and then began to pound and shout. Dick lost no time in nailing the two pane l s acr oss the door. That would hold the four rascals in spite of everything they could do to get out. Savage shouted and thumped on the door, demanding to know what was going on, but the young messenger answered him not a word. Having the four crooks where he wanted them, Dick started upstairs to settle matters with Paul Bender. The chief clerk had heard the hammering and other noises downstairs, but supposed it was all right, as he knew the four crooks were down there. Therefore he was unprepared, when the door of the room opened, to see :Qick Hall march in. "Good evening, Mr. Bender," said Dick suavely The chief clerk gasped and looked quite staggered up a fight at once, but he wasn't, though he was not actually a coward "What are you going to do, Dick? 'l'hings look bad fo:;_ me, I'll admit, but you won't give me away, will you? I'll help you get the reward for returning this box and putting the men in the cellar in jail if you don't say that I had a hand in this affair." "So you're ready to turn traitor to your friends, eh?" "'fhey're not friends of m\ne. They forced me into this t h ing against my will. I had to stand in with them." "Well, you can explain all that to Mr. Langley. I have no t i me to listen to you," replied Dick, walking toward him "Now put your hands behind your chair." "Why, what do you mean?" "I mean to make you m.v prisoner." "Oh, I say, I won't stand that, you know!" cried Bender, springing up. "Sit down, or I'll knock you otl the head with this hammer "c;me, now, let me go like a f ellow. I'll make it all right with you. "No, you won't make anything right with me. I've been w o rking o n this case from the moment Mr. Langley's safe was found rifled 0 the box of bullion Now I have the bunch of you rounded up Sit down or I'll break your head, do you understand? I'ni in no humor to fool with you, and the law will back me up if you make any resistance. If you've got any excuse have to makf it to. M r Langley." Dick swung the hammer menacingly and Bend er threw up the sponge. He submitted to be bound to the chair with his own hand kerchief first, and then-Dick completed the job with a rope he found in the room The boy then left the room l ocked the door and look the ky with him "You-you!" he cried. "I thought--" He lost no time in leav i ng the house en route to the "I was a prisoner in the cellar? So I was till I got nearest telephone station he could find. tired of staying there in the dark and made my way out He traveled ten blocks before he found a drug store As I consider what is good for the goose is also good enough Here he communicated with the Jersey City Police for the gander, I have locked your four friends up in the Headquarters and told the man at the other end enough nf cellar, where I propose they shall remain until the police the facts cif the case to cause him to promise to send a take charge of them." patrol wagon and half a dozen policemen out to the house "What!" exclaimed Bender, aghast. to take charge of the prisoners and the missing box of, "I see, Mr. Bender, you are taking good .care of the bullion. missing box of bullipn Do you to secure the $5,000 Dick then rang up Mr. Langley's residence in New York. reward offered by Mr. Langley?" chuckled Dick. The broker was in and answered the call himself. The chief clerk didn't know what to say. "Ts that you, Mr. Langley?" asked Dick. He real ized that he was practically in the young mes"Yes Who are you?" senger's power, :for he saw that Dick held a hammer in "Dick Hall." his hand. "What! You, Hall! Where are you, and wl1ere in crea -Had Bender been as plucky as the boy he would have put tion have you been keeping yourself for the last four or five )

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' THE M ISSI NG BOX OF BULLIO N. ) days? Your father and mother are just crazy over your him they got into my safe; but how he could ha\e mastered disappearance." the combination is more than I understand." "I'm in Jersey City. Have been held a prisoner by the Next day Bender confessed how the thing came about crooks who stole your box of bullion." He said he was in the private room one day when the "What! You don't mean that! Who are they?" broker unlocked his safe and overheard Mr Langley mutter "I'll tell you all it when I see you But I've g r eat the figures of the combination as he followed them. news for you I have captured the five men of the gang who cHe remembered them, and when he got in with Savage, s tole the box, and I've recovered your bullion," replied Dick. who had taken the office in the building to work another "Impossible!" cried the broker excitea'ty game, he told the crook the combination on the afternoon "It's the fact, sir. l'Ye got them in an old house in the the box of bullion was put in the f'afe. suburbs of this town, and the Jersey City police are now on He, Savage and Maguire paid a visit to the office about their way out in a patrol wagon to get them and the box six o'clock and got away with the box, the safe up of bullion. 1 you want to learn all the facts as soon as as it was before. possible, as I guess you do, come right over to po l ice head !he chief crook had some trouble with the lock, and that quarters. By the time you get there the prisoners and the is how he broke off the tail from his snake ring. box will be I've done what all your detectives could The presence of the piece of putty was never exp l ained. not do-solYed the problem of the mis sing box of bullion The newspapers had a sensation over the case, and Dick Good-by got all the credit he was entitled to. He also got the $5,000 reward, and a few days later cleaned up a profit of $6,000 on his L. & M. deal, which altogether made him worth $14,000 From that day he ceased to be a messenger, for Mr LangHe was waiting for them outside ley promoted him to his counting-room, and his rise there "The I)risoners, four of them, are in the cel lar sa1d Dick returned at once to the house where his prisoners were, and fifteen min utes later the patrol wagon d;ove up full of cops. after was fast, and in two years he was filling the shoes of Dick. You had better be prepared for a desperate resist B cl f l l f l k h "th S d th en er, ormer y c ne c er w o, w1 avage an e a nce whe n I let them out, but you can offset that by using h tt l t t s s -ot ers, was pu mg m a ong sen ence a mg mg. y our revo l vers, for I clon t tlunk they re armed. 1 they S d' S cl D" k' b ill" t a ie tevens was very prou over ic s r ian are y o u 11 have to take your chances of a shot or two." h" t f h h d 1 J l t h l t t h" ac ievemen ,. or s e a a reaciy os er 1ear o rm; so, Dwk, hammer m hand, approached the cellar door, and h l t l k d l t h" h d d t w en a er on ie as e ier o marry im, s e i no say the pohce ranged themselves in the best positions to nab the rascals as they appeared. The boy removed the barricade and shot the bolt. The crooks heard him and prepared to make a rusla. This they did the moment the door swung open, but they found themselves in the arms of six stalwart officers, who handcuffed them in short order It was then a simple matj;er to secure Bender, and with the missing box of bullion in the wagon the procession re turned to headquarters, where Broker Langley had already arrived. It is needless to say that he was astonished when he found his chief clerk among the prisoners "No." We will not follow Dick's career any further. He eventually became Mr. Lan.gley's cashier, and at the same time the husband of the fair stenographer. The newspapers all ga.ve him a prominent send -off on the occasion of his marriage, they remembered he was the boy who recovered the Missing Box of Bullion, and Solved the Wall Street Mystery. THE END. Read "CLAIM No. 7; OR, A FORTUNE FROM A GOLD MINE," which will be the next number (211) of All five were l ocked u p to awa i t removal to the Tombs in N cw York next morning, and Dick accompanied his em Fame and Fortune Weekly." ployer across the river On their way uptown in a cab Dick told his story to Mr. Langley, and it is needless to say that the broker was fairly astounded at his messenger's revelation. SPECIAL N O T ICE: All ba c k n u mbe r s o f this weekly "You have fairl y won the $5,000 reward for recovering are always i n print. If you canno t o btain them from any that box of bullion, Dick," he said. "And the papers will newsdealer, sen d the price i n m o ney or postage stamps by make a hero out of you because you accomplished what the maiy to F RANK TOU SEY, PUBLISHER 24 UNI ON detectives all failed to do. But I am amazed to fin d that I SQUARE, NEW YORK, and y ou will rec eive cop ies P aul Bender was in this scheme It must have been t hrough you o rde r by return mail. i

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, FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, OCTOBER 8, 1909. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ............................................... One Copy Three Months .................................. One Copy Six Months ................... ................. One Copy One Vear ....................................... Postage Free. .05 Cents .65 Cents $1.25 $2.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter : remittances in any other w ay are at !isk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When silver wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cuttmg the envel ope. H.;rite you1 name and Ct.ddre8B plainly. Address letters toe St.NQLAlR TOUSEY, President Ge:o. G. BABTINOB, Treasurer CB.i.8. E. NYLANDER, Secretary Frank Tousey, Publisher :14 Union Sq., New York 0000 STORIES. J Catching a fish and the line becoming hooked to the boat underneath, where he could not reach it, Felipe Ocampo, of Salina Cruz, Mexico, was dragged out to sea and was miss ing two days before he could get back. Friends. thought that his boat had been swamped. Walter Fishburn, while ploughing on his farm along the Big Four railroad near Ridgeway, unearthed fifty-six watches, thirty-six gold watch cases, and some small clocks. They were in a trench, but it was impossible to determine how long they had been there. The value of the plunder is estimated at $500. One of the watches bears the name of F. C. Davis, of Des Moines, Iowa. The others were evidently unused. 'l'he hind legs of some large frogs are eaten, and are much A pigeon fancier in Antwerp, Belgium, recently made a unique experiment by means of which he tested the celerity of flight and the power of orientation possessed by a swallow. Several pairs of these birds had nests under the eaves of his house, and without great difficulty he caught one of the swat lows and marked it with a splash of red paint for identifica ti on. Then he shipped the bird by rail together with a. con signment of homing pigeons that were being trained, to the town of Compiegne in Northern France, a distance of one hundred and forty-seven miles. The morning after their ar rival pigeons and swallow were liberated simultaneously a 7.15 o'clock. The homers, following their natural cir cled round and round many times before getting their bear ings, but the swallow darted away toward the north imme c !i ately after its cage was opened. Sixtyseven minutes later the watcher in Antwerp saw the swallow enter its nest, while the first pigeons did not arrive for four hours and seven minutes The former flew at a rate of nearly one hundred and thirty two miles an hour, but the speed of the pigeons averaged only slightly more than thirty-five and one-half an hour. This latter time is considerably slower than that of which a homer is capable under ordinary conditions, but, granting this fact the superiority of the swallow is only too evident. .JOKES AND JESTS. "Jack is very enthusiastic over the Marathon r,aces, isn' he?" '"He's that crazy over them that he won't let me have any vines or roses in the garden that are not runners." "Old friends are best," said the warm hearted person "Humph!' replied Mr. Sirius Barker, who was walking a little l ame "I suppose you're one of these people who would trust a last' year's hammock rope." more delicious than the tenderest chicken. They are caught "It would please me mightily, Miss Stout," said Mr. Mugley in various ways, and are preserved in large "froggeries" un "to have you go to the theater with me this evening." "Have ti! wanted for the In the materia medica the flesh of you secured the seats?" asked Miss Vera Stout. "Oh! come frogs has long been us e d by some physicians as the basis for now," he protested ; "you're not so heavy as all that." anti-scorbutic and restorative broths. The flesh is most nu-tritious at the time when they are about to enter their winter quarters, yet great numbers are eaten in the spring, when they are more easily caught. Teacher-Who succeeded Herlry VII at the end O f the :Wars of the Roses? Class-Henry VIII! Teacher-Correct! And who came after Henry VIII? Class-Mary. Teacher-That's right. Now, who came after Mary? Johnny Jones-Mary's Two Indian women, known as "Sal" and "Cynthia," memlamb. bers of the camp at Ehrenberg, Ariz., lay claim to the dis tinction of being the oldest ferry proprietresses on the face of the globe. They are twins, 101 years old, and since the t ime of the presidency of Andrew Jackson, ls29, have eked out a daily existence pulling the oars of a flat-bottomed, home made scow on the Colorado River. The legends of the tribe have it that the two women first established the ferry at the request of a chieftain of the Mojaves, the tribe that once ruled on the reaches of the Colorado. It is reported that the whole of Vancouver Island is now well stocked with pheasants which have long been thoroughly acclimatized and breed freely. The history of pheasant ac climatization in Vancouver is simplicity itself. In 1883 C. W. R. Thompson of Victoria, imported twenty-five birds from China, kept them in captivity till young had been hatched out, and set all at liberty as soon as the chicks were strong enough. In 1886' Mr. Musgrave imported eleven more. birds and turned them out, and from these thirty-six pheasants the whole of Vancouver and ir.any of the adjacent islands have been stocked. Mrs. Coonley-How am yo' husband to-day, Mrs. Yallerby? Mrs. Yallerby-1 don't exactly know, but de doctoh says he am now convalescent. Mrs. Coonley-Sakes alive! But dpn't !e r it worry yo' too much, mah deah, fo' sometimes sick pussons gits dat way jest befo' dey git well. "All tbat is the matter ,;with you, sir," said tbe eminent phy sician, aft.er a thorough examination, "is lack of nutrition You don't eat enough." "I eat all I can hold, doctor," saic the attenuated caller. "Then you need to have your capacity enlarged, and that's a case for a surgeon. Five dollars, plea se Good-morning." ):...-"Have you ever been bankrupt?" asked the counsel. "I have not." "Now, be careful," admonished the lawyer, with raised finger. "Did you ever stop payment?" "Yes." "Ah, I thought we should get at the truth," observed counsel, with an 'un pleasant smile. "When did this suspension of payment occur?" Whe n I had paid all I the plalntitf. / )

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, FAME AND FORTUNE A Death Flood By D. W. Stevens. Death's Head Brook took its name from the hill whichr bore the same hideous designation, and I believe the residents of this lo cality have since glven it a less repulsive appellation. The stream ran through a va ll ey between Bushby and the hill., Billkins was a kind of contractor on the road He was ready to take a job of almost any kind at which he could make a dollar. He was very sharp and shrewd, and those who knew him best looked out the sharpest for him. While I did not regard tbe situation as a very serious one, for I knew I could borrow the money by giving a mortgage on my little place. But I was astonished to see a man so unreason able as Billkins had proved himself to be. It was mean of him to ask me to risk my plac e on the road to oblige him. The fare to Bushby was a dollar, and I knew that 3111 he was to deadhead it down to the1 valley and save this sum. "All right. Think I won't go home to-night," continued my creditor. I will stay here; and if that note isn't paid before noon I will attach. all your property." "That is rather rough on me, I added, not particularly pleased to think of paying the costs of a suit to gratify his malice. "If a man that I have helped won't do a little thing for me, I was an engineer on the road, and before I knew m\l'Ch about I will get even with him. My name is Billkins, and I am not him, I had some dealings with him. the man to be put upon." He lent me three hundred dollars. It was about the only With this he jumped out of the cab, and I did not see him time in my life I ever borrowed any money. I owned my house aga,in till the next day. Whe n I went through the valley free and clear of debt, and it was worth fifteen hundred dolwhere he lived I couldn't help thinking of what had passed Jars. This fact made my credit good. between us. He was a hard man I h'ad learned in the year When 1 bought my place there was a barn on it, for which that had passed since I borrow ed the money from him. I had no use whatever. The lot was on a corner, and the Billkins was a widower. He had two grown-up daughters; barn faced on a side street. I found that by spending three but he used them so badly that tpey could not live wi.th him. hundred dollars on the building I could make it into a house His house was on the very edge of the railroad in the Death's that would pay me a rent of sixty dollars a year, and a fireHead Valley. He had bought the building in Bushby, where it man on the road would take the house as soon as it could be had been put up as the headquarters of the officers of an agri made ready. cultural fair. Jt was a frail structure, and he had transported I borrowed the money of Billkins to do the job, He did it on a platform car to the land he owned in the valley, set. not ask any security, and I expected t'o be able to pay him in ting it on the very line of the road. the course of a year. But I had some sickness in my family, When I came to the valley I found that the brook had over which preven ted me from saving as much money from my flowed its banks, and the region between the ranges of hills wages as I had anticipated. was a pond of water. It had been raining incessantly for three One night, about a year after this transaction, I found Billdays, and the weather was itltensely warm' for 'the season, so !tins on the engine when I was ready to start on my morning that the snow in the hills was melting very rapidly. It look ed trip. It was contrary to orders for any one but the 'regular something like a flood, but there appeared to be no danger to employees of the road to ride on t he engine or tender. The the road. rule was rigidl y enforced, and I told Billkins that I could not I went through to Bushby without accident. While I was permit him to remain. taking on wood and water I met a man of my acquaintance "But I want to talk with you," said he, laughing, as though who had money to lend. He was fortunately flush at this time; he considered my opposition of no consequence. and was very glad to lend me three hundred dollars on my is against the rules for any one but the firem a n and note alone, a nd when I started my train I had the money in engjneer to ricle on the engine," I persisted :and I can't talk my pocke t to rid myse lf of the persecution of such a rascal with any one while I am on duty." as Billkins I went on to the end of my trip and then started "Do you mean to say that I can't ride down to Bushby on back. On my return to Bu s hby I found Billkins there. this machine?" demanded he with a rather sayage expression While I was waiting at the water station the villain came on his ugly face. to the engine. He had been drinking, and he began to abuse I only tell you what the rule is, and I am afraid to break me. He renewed his threats and swore he would ruin me if it," I added. he could. I told him I was ready to pay the debt. "I will keep out of s ight, and no one will know that I am "It will be too late to-morrow said he savagely. on the engine." "Then I will pay it to-night," I replied, taking the money "That will be breaking the rules just the same, and I can't from my pocket. "Give me my note and here is your money." uo it. I am liable to be discharged if I disregard my orders." He seemed to be greatly astonished at my readiness, took ''Oh, bother your orders!" out his pocketbook, and produ ced a paper. He continued to "That's easy eno11gh for you to say; but I. always obey abuse me, as t1lough he was angry because I was ready to orders." pay him. I asked my fireman to look at the money and see ''McBean, do you mean to that I shall not ride on that it was all right, a nd h e did so. I gave the roll of this engine down to my house in the Death'.s Head Valley?" to Billkins, who counted them by the light of the fireman's ; "That's what I mean." lantern, for it was nine o' c lock in the evening. He gave me "I wanted to talk with you about that money you owe me," the paper he had taken from his pocketbook. said he, scowling at me as though he would like to tear me The signal for starting came then. I put the paper in my' to pieces. 1 pocket and took my place in my chair. Billkins seemed to "I can't talk about it on the engine." be in no hurry to ,off the engine, and I told him I was go" Do you mean this?" ing .to start. In tlie end the fireman and myself had to put "Of course I do." him out of the cab. I never heard a man swear as he did "Then, McBean, I want my money now." when we landed him on the ground. "I haven't three hundred dollars with me, but I will raise The train went along very well till we came to the Death's \ the money in a few days and pay you," I replied. Head Valley. I found the water had risen considerably since

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FAME AND J!ORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 I had crossed the bridge the last time T he structure was not the best in the world and I was afraid of it. I sto pped the machine and sent the fireman forward to look into the co n dition of the bridge. He seemed to me to be gone a !orig time, and I shouted his name several times. No answer
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, The se Books Tell You Everything .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! '-Ea:l!ti bot>li oo'Jfsist's of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in attractive, illustrated cove?. of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all ?f the treated up.on are explained in such a simple manner that ild,can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as and see 1f you want to know anything about the mentioned. THEJSE BOOKS ARE .FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS oa WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON REJCEIPT OF PRICE, Tl!JN CENrs EACH, OR THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE fi:ENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE 'SAME AS MONEY. Adcl;ess FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N Y. MESMERISM. Na. Sl. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap p roved m ethods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of diseas es by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Ko c h, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. N o 82 HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the mo1t approved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the k ey for t e lling character by the bumps on the head, B7 Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. E ully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE .:....Containing valuable and in lltructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employ e d by the lee.ding hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, .A..C.S. SPO R TING. No. 21. HOW TCJ BUNT AND FISB.-Tbe most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in tructions about gvns, hunt ing dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in atructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. N o 41. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.:A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the be s t horses fo r the road; also valuable recipes for diseases pectiliar to the horse. N o 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL OANOES.-.A. bandy bo ok for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By G. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. 'No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.ontaining the great oracle of human destin1:; also the true m e an ing of almost any kind of dreams, together w1t'h cbarms, ceremonies, curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DRIDAMS .-Everybody dreams, f rom the little child to the aged man and woman. This book gi ves the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and un l ucky Jays, a n d "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing wbat his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m isery, wealth or poverty You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced 'l'ell you r own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. N o 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THE BAND.C ontaining rules for telling fortunes )ly the aid of lines of the band, o r the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events b y aid of moles, marks, scars, etc.. lllustrated1 BY. A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full inlatr uction for the t1se of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizont a l bars and various other methods of develQping a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions con t ained in this Ii ttle book. No. 10 HOW TO BOX.-Tbe art of self-defense made easy Containing over thirfy illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilfer ent positions of a goo d boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containtng full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Eml:iracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald A handy and u sef ul book. No. 34. HOW 'I'O FENCE.-Containing full instJ.'.UCtion for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations,giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-tfontainlng uplanations of tbe general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; o f card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring cteirht-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of q!leially prepar!ld cards. Ba. Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH OARDS.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most d eceptiv e card tricks, with illustrations. By .A.. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY fl'RICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card '!'ricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No.? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tncks, containing full instruction on all the. l e ading carcl tricks of the day, also most popular magical illusions llB performed by our leading magicians e very boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. HOW TO DO SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed bJ'. his form e r assistant, Freel Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A M.A.GICIAN.-Containing the gran?est ?f magica! illus ions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TH.IOKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians Also oontainmg th. e of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No., 10. HOW '.1'0 MAGIC ful1 dire c tions for makmg Magic '.l'oys and devices of many kinds BJ: A. Anderson. Fully illustmted. No. 73._ HOW. TO DO 'l'RICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A.. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7.5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. Containinr tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats etc Embracinr thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A.. AndeJ:Son Illustrated. M ECHANICAL. Nd. 29. BOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy how, This book explains them all, g1v1l!g examp1es ID electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magneti sm, optics, pneumatics me c hanics, etc. '.l'he most instructive book published No. HOW 'l'O BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstructions how to procee d in 01der to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a locom()tive together with a full d escr iption of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUS ..
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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE _BOYS OF Nl\JW YORK ENU MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contammg a great variety of the latest jokes used by the bl?st famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. a vaned of t>tump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men s Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THilJ BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE !AND JOK}j) n ew a_nd very _instructive Every boy. should obtam this book, as it con tams full mstructions for or samzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65 JOKES.-'l'his is one of the most original joke books ever pubhshed, and it i s brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of .songs, jokes, conundrums, etc:, of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the Every boy _who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtam a copy 1mmed 1ately. No .. 79. H(_)W TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com plete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the stage_; with the duties of the Stege Manager, Prompter, Sc enic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. N?. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est Jok es anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cove r contammg a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEJN.-Containing fnll mstructions fo1 constructing a window garden either in town or couptry, an_ d the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub l! shed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the moat instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recip es for cooking meats Jish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, ani! a grand collec;tion of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for ever ybody boys, gitls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the hou se, !ju c h as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching bird11.' ELECTRICAL. .. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USEJ ELEOTRIOITY.__:A deacnpt1on of the wonderful uses of e lectricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries' etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Confu 11 ( lire ctions for making electrical machines, induction cotls, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A R BP.nnett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a larg e collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. T N o. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing f01ll'> teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all the popular !1uthors fit. prose and poetry, arranged in the mollti simple and conc1sJ manner possible. c No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'I'E.-Glving rules for <:J>.nducting cJe. bates, outlmes for debatei', questions for discussion \nd tbe blll sources for procuring infot'mation on the que&tions iiveu. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-'I'he al'ts anct wiles ot' flirtatfon m fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of ha.r:.dkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window. and hat flirtation, it COD tams a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which le .i n .teresting t o everybody, both old and young. You cannot be bappJ without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just issued by Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing; etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squa1,. dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, and marriage,-giving sensib le advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. Ii. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving th selectior .s of colors material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW ro BECOME BEAU'l'IFUL.-One of the brightest and most, valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and fe11:1ale. 'I'he secret is simple, and almost costless Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW 'l'O KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely Illustrated iinil containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instru ctive book. Handsomely illuatrated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW 'I'O JI.IA.KE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hlnt1 on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels aud birds. Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Kee ne. No. 50 HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No .. 54. HOy\7 TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.:-;Giving com plete mformat1on as to the manner and method of ra1smg, keeping. taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making ciges, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustratio ns, making it the most complete book of "the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. 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/ .llF Latest ISsues--.. "WILD WEST WEEKLY" A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES, SKETCHES, ETC., OF WESTERN LIFE COLORED COVERS 32 p AGES PRICE 5 CENTS 35[? Young Wild West and the Fighting Fifteen; of the Savage Sioux. or, The Raid 360 Young Wild West Stopping a Stampede; or, Arietta and the Cow Girls. 356 Young Wild West Lassoing the Lynchers; Quick Shot. or, Arietta's 361 Young Wild West's Hottest Trail; or, The Gold Cache of the Desert. 357 Young Wild West and "Arizona Al"; or, The Wonderful 362 Young Wild West's Rifle Duel; or, Arietta's Cross Fire. Luc k of a Cowboy. 358 Young Wild W est Corraling the Roa d Agents; or, Arietta 363 Young Wild West and "Domino Dick" ; or, The Broncho Buster's B a d Break. and the Ou tlaw's Bride. 359 Young Wild West Facing His Foes; or, The Shake-up at 364 Young Wild West Trapping the Horse Thieves; or/ Shiver Split. Arietta' s Quick Work. "WORK AND W I N CONTAINING THE FRED FEA.RNOT STORIES COLORED COVERS 3?. p AGES PRICE 5 CENTS 559 Fred Fearnot's Baseball Wonder; or, The Smart Boy in 563 Fred Fearnot and the Boy From Home; or, Helping Out the League. an Orphan. 560 Fred Fearnot's Superior Stroke; or, Coaching a" College 564 Fred Fearnot's Fight for Freedom' ; or, Surrounded by l]light. 1 Foes. 561 Fred Fearnot and the Temperance Girl ; or, Winning a 565 Fred Fearnot's Bo y Half-Back; or, Teaching a Young Great Fight Against Rum. Eleven the Game. 562 Fred Fearnot and the Figure Four; or, The Sign of 566 Fred Fearnot and the Lo s t Boy ; or, A Mystery of the Mystery. Streets. '' p LUCK AND LUCK'' CONTAINING ALL KINDS OF STORIES. COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 CENTS 32 PAGES 583 Jack Gentleman; or, Turned Out of School. By Richard 588 Jaclt, Jerry and Joe; or, Three Boy Hunters in the Adi rondacks.. By Allan R. Montgomery. 584 The Chosen Six; or, The Boy Student Nihilist. By Allan 589 Washington No. 1; or, The Fire Boys of Graydon. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. Arnold. 585 The Boy Contractor; or, How He Built a Railroad. By 590 That Boy Bob; or, The Diamond That Came by Express. Jas. C. Merritt. By Richard 'R. Montgomery. 586 Thomas-T"; or, The Fortunes of a Bell Boy. By Berton Bertr. ew. 591 The Gun Boat Boys; or, Running the Batterie s of Vicks burg. By Gen'! Jas A Gordon. 587 From Printer to President; or, The Boyhood of a Great By H. K. Shackleford. 592 A Star at Sixteen; or, The Boy Actor's 'l,'riumph. By Allyn Draper. For sale by all newsdealers, or will. be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, I 24 Union Square, N. Y IF You w ANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers. they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us witli the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE_ STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY \ ........................................ .......................... ......... ....................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h e r, 24 Union Square, New York. 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .. fopies of WORK AN D WIN, Nos ................................. ', .......... WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ................................... .. i WILD WEST WEEKLY Nos ........... ..: ........................... THE LIBEETY BOYS OF '76, Nos ..................................... PLUCK AND LUCK Nos ............. _. ......................... SECRET SERVICE, Nos ...................................... FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ................ ._ ............. .... Hand Books, N:os ............ : ......................... : ...... ... .. .. !fame ............. .' ..... ., .... ... Street and No ..... ............... Town ......... State ..............

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' Fame and Fortune .Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Ots. ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 PAGES 14 3 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 15U 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and ,wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. Out with His Own Circus; or, The Success of a Young Barnum. 179 From Mill to Millions; or, The Poor Boy Who Became a Ste1>'. l'!ay!ng for Money: or, The Boy '.l.'rader of Wall Street. Magnate. l The Boy Copper i\Iiner: or, Ted Brown's Rise to Riches. 180 'l'hree Game Speculators; or. The Wall Street Boys' Syndicate Tips oft'. the '!'ape; or, The Boy Who Startled Wall Street. 181 A Stroke of Luck; 01', The Boy Who i\Iud e Money in Oil. Striking it Rich; or, From Ot!ice Boy to l'riu<:e 18:t Little Hai, the Boy Trader; or, Picking Up Money in Wall Str/kt. Lucky in Wall Street; or, The Boy Who Trimmed the Brokers. 183 On the Uo ld Coast; or, The Treasure ot' the Stranded Ship. '. In a Class by Himself; or. The Plucky Hoy Who Got to the 'l'op. Bu!!ing the Market; or, The Errand Boy Who Worked a Corner. 184 Luted by the Market; ori.. A Boy's Big Deal in Wall Street. (A Wall Street Story. ) 185 Ti:ad!ng Tom; or, The 1-soy Who Bought Everything. After the Big Blue Stone; or. The Treasure of the Jcng!e. 18G Fav01'1>d by Fortune; or, The Youngest Firm in Wall Street. Little Jay Perkins, the Broker; or, Shearing the Wall Street 187 Jaek Jasper' s Venture; or, A ('anal Route to l'ortune. 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Dick Darrel rs Nerve; or, From Engine-House to Manager s Office 196 Mnrt)' t h e Messenirnr; or. Cn .t. u ing Coin in \1 nll Street. Under a Lucky Star; er, The Boy Who Made a Million in Wall 197 'l'he Stolen Bnnk Note; or, The Cn.l'eer of a Hoy Merchant. Street. 19 8 Dig1Cin1ot up Dollars; or. The :-;en., of a \'onnK Hull" Operator. 1G3 Jack's Fortune; or, TheStrangest Legacy in the World. I g9 A Rmmwn.y Boy; or. The Buried Treasure ot the Incas. 164 Taking Chances; or, Playing for Big Stakes. (A Wall Street 200 The Otd Broke1"s Heil': or. Th 11oy wno 11on in 11 .. u Street. Story.) 2 O 1 Fnr111 To Fol'tu11e; or. The Hoy who mo.de Money in Land. 1G;) Lost in the Tropics; or, The Treasure of Turtle Key. 2 0 2 Jl.aggeo1 Rob of \I all Rtreet; or. $50.000 J<'l'Olll a Dime. 16G Ten Silent Brokeis; or, The Boy Who Broke the Wall Street Syn-20t'l'he1101 R11ill'oad dicate. 20 4 Dandy Dick. 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