Out for big money, or, Touching up the Wall Street Traders

Out for big money, or, Touching up the Wall Street Traders

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' 'Hand over that stock or I'll throttle YOU!" roared Broker Gaines, pushing Hal against the building, with one hand ori his while he snatched away the certificates with the other. At that moment Broker Hanford appeared around the corner.


! I Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY l#ued Weekl11-B11 Subscription 12.50 per year. Entered according to Act of Oonoress, in the 11ear 1909, '" the o,Olcc o/ tAe Librarlalt of CongreH, Wa1hington, D. 0., b11 Frank 7'ouse71, Publilhcr, 24 Union Bquar, NelD York, No. 212. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 22, 1909. PRICE 5 CENTS. OUT FOR Blfi MONEY TOUCHIN6 UP THE WALL STREET TRADERS By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. ASHORE AT RACCOON BEACH. "Say, Hal, where do you s'pose we're at?" asked Sam Chester, clinging to a jagged ledge of rock, as the wind tore around him and his and flying particles of sea foam sprinkled them both from head to foot. "How do I know? I never was here before," replied Hal Headley. It was the evening of Labor Day. The morning had dawned bright and fair in New York, but the weather conditions had c!rnng.:ed since noon, and were now mo s t unfavorable clown on the New Jersey shore where the boy s had gone for a day's outing to a ccttaii1 eeaside resort, at the invitation of Sam's boss, who, with his family, were winding up their summer stay at a cottage they had occupied for the season. The boys, who were Wall Street messengers and chums, were extremely fond of the water, and hacl s ignalized the occasion by hiring a catboat and taking a long sai l after dinner. Both boys were members of a well-known West Side Harlem yacht club, and from long practice were fairly pro ficient in handling small sailboats. 'rheir objective point was Raccoon Beach-a short stretch of hard sand in the midst of a low, rocky shore that ended in either direction with a jutting headland of no great height that rose out of the sea. In front of one of these headlands loomed a natural curi osity known as Skull Rock. A great many years before the boys were born Raccoon Beach was the roosting spot for a -colony of tough, hard looking fishermen, of whom many dark stories are still told at the winter firesides of the neighboring farmers It was said that fishing was not the only occupation car! ried on by the rough inhabitants of the lone some stretch o f beach. That these people were smugglers and wreckers when the occasion served The fact that they became the object of official surveil lance, which in the end caused the breaking up of the ham let, lent color to the yarns that were related about t!1em. At any rate, the wind swept and ocean-laved beach was eventually abandoned to the seagulls, and, at the time of our story, nothing remained to mark tbe old fishing colony but a few huts, and a fair-sized cabin on the headland back of Skull Rock, that had smvived the rude buffeting of many tempestuous seasons. The boys knew nothing about the evil memories -that clung to Raccoon Beach, but they had heard of Skull Rock, and were curious to see it. The wind was favorable Jar the trip when they set out, though an experienced eye would have noted the "mares' tails," or white streaks, in the sky to the southeast, that prognosticated a cha nge in the weather. In fact, had the boatman from whom they hired their craft suspected their intentions, he would have warned the rn against the undertaking. All went well with them till-they had covered more than half the distance, then the wind fined down to a dead calm, which, to their g1aat held for a matter of two


OUT FOR BIG MONEY. hours, during which the drift of the tide carried them within sight of Raccoon Beach, but too far out for them to distinguish Skull Rock. The distant seascape was obscured by a dense haze that appeared to be advancing upon the coast, while a heavy bank of black clouds was rapidly s preading out all over the skv. Still the boat driited on as the afternoon grew darker and more threatening. One sail alone was to be seen in the offing, apparently a large sloop-yacht, becalmed like themselves, but many miles farther out. When the sun disappeared behind the clouds in the west the gloom became deeper still, and the boys could scarcely see the shore. With a suddenness they had not looked for the wina swooped down on the boat with the fury of a squa ll. 'I'hey would have been capsized and drowned but that some defect in the little mast caused it to snap short off and carry the mailsail overboard with it. From that moment they were at the mercy of wind and wave which bore them straight for Raccoon Beach and the dangerous rocks about it. As night closed in about them, and the storm increased in fury, they could only hope and pray they might live through it.. Finally the boat was lifted on a great wave and flung high upon the beach under the shadow of Skull Rock. The boys rolled out of the cockpit and landed i,n a heap, one on top of the other, but not hurt in the le ast. A few minutes later they were clinging to a ledge well above the water, that formed part of the headland at that end of the beach, and Sam uttered the words with which this chapter opens. "Gee! We had a lucky escape," continued Sam. "I should say we did. If we had struck these rocks, that would have been the end of us. I s uppoae we're some where near Raccoon Beach, but how near it is impossible for us to determine." "Lord, how it blows!" said Sam. "The wind pins me to these rocks." "Well, let' s try and get out of this. We're pretty damp, but if we remain here much longer we'll resemble a pair of drowned rats." "We may tumble into the water if we move. Thia ledge is so slippery that I don't believe it's safe to walk along." "Are you thinking of staying here all night?" "All night?" "Yes This storm looks as if it were going to last." "How will we get back to Seascape Beach? The boat has probably gone to smash." "We'll have to walk to the nearest farm and get the farmer fo drive us back." "The nearest farm may be a long way from here." "So much the worse for us; but we won't get there any quicker by hugging these rocks. Come on. I'm going to make a move at all hazards. Pick your steps and follow me." Hal didn't wait for his companion to repiy, but started ahead in the darkness, :feeling his way carefully as he went. Aiter going a iew yards over the slippery ledge he found walking easier directly under the headland .. Keeping straight on, he soon saw that they were proceed ing upward along a rude path that offered a secure footing. "We're all right now," he said over his shoulder to his Sam didn't hear him, as the wind blew the words away from him. The roar of the tempest was deafening all around them.'" They could hear the surf pounding on the rocks and rolling over and over on the beach to their right. If was an experience for them to remember for many a day. "Hello I I see a light close by," said Hal, putting his mouth close to Sam's ear. "I see it, too," replied Sam. "There must be a house close by." "It's in a nice exposed place on the top of this bluff we're walking up." "I don't care where it is as long as I get inside of it. I hope they have a fire so I can dry myself. I'm shivering with cold." "Step out, then, and we'll soon be there." The moment they stuck their heads and shoulders above the top of the headland they began to feel the real force of the wind. "Oh, Lord! We'll be blown away!" said Sam. The wind certainly added to their locomotion. They went scooting toward the house, where the light shone through a window, as if it was a race between them as to which of them should reach shelter first. They found it was a weather-scarred cabin, but with no door facing seaward. They came to a stop under the window and looked in, curious to see who was inside, and what of a place the interior looked like. A l amp was burning brightly on the corner of a shelf near the window, and this, with the glow of a big fire, burn ing in an old-fashioned :fireplace, furnished all the illumi nation necessary, and made the room look quite cheerful on such a night. It was furnished with a table and several chairs of the plainest kind. In one corner was a cupboard or set of shelves on which stood dishes and sundry cooking utensils. In another corner stood two oars and a boathook, while beside them, on the floor, were a coil of rope and blocks and tackle. Between that corner and the :fireplace was a heaping pile of broken driftwood intended to replenish the flames when they languished. On the table were plates, with the remains of a repast, :flanked by tumblers which had clearly been used to sample the contents of the black bottle that stood in the midst of all. There w e re many other things in the room the boys might have noticed had not their attention centered upon the occupants of the place. Three sea-faring chaps they were, with mahogany-hued countenances and tanned, knotty hands that told their call ing apart from their rough-and-ready attire.


' ., OUT FOR BIG MONEY. 3 One of them was old and grizzled, like he might be well into the sixties. The other two were much younger, in the prime of life. The old chap appeared to be as strong and hearty a s the c;ithers, but he had a wicked look about his face that was not pleasant to see. Neither would the of his companions have looked out of place in a rogues' gallery. On the whole, they were a hard-looking lot, and the boys didn't fancy them. They were donning oilskin s and sou' -westers, as if they were about to get out into the storm. "The y r e going away, s o I guess there isn't much chance of otu getting in," said Sam. "I'm going to try and get a chance at the fire for a few minutes, at any rate," s aid Hal, starting for the corner of the hou s e The door was on the lee side of the building, and Hal walked up to it and knocked "Who's there?" asked a gruff voice inside. "Two boys!" shouted Hal through the keyhole In a few moments the door was opened a bit, ancl the boys saw the outline of one of the men holding on to it. 'l'heir reception was not very encouraging. "What brings you here? What do you warit ?" the man inquired. "Our boat came a s hore on the rocks below, and we nar rowly escaped with our lives. We are wet and cold, and would like to come in and warm ourselves," replied Hal. "Where did you come from?" "Seascape Beach." "What brought you down this way?" "Let us in and I'll tell you all about it." "Let them in," said a voice from the middle of the room. The man opened the door wide enough for Hal and Sam to enter, then closed and bolted it after them. "Help yourselves to chairs and pull up to the fire," said the old man, after observing them narrowly. "Thanks," said Hal, as he and Sam hastened to get near the blaze. "So you chaps came ashore on the beach below, eh?" said the elderly man. "We didn t see any beach," replied Sam, hugging the fire; "though I'll allow we tumbled upon something softer than a rock, so I s'pose that must have been the beach you refer to, but it was so close to the rocks that we ran against them when we got on our feet." "You were lu cky, young fellows Raccoon Beach is about the worst place to run foul of in a storm, especially near Skull R ock." "Is Raccoon Beach?" a s ked Sam in some surprise. ''It is. Didn t vou know it? "No, we're in these digging s." The three men exchanged s ignificant glances. "You came from the summer resort above here, I think you said?" went on the old man. "That's right," answered Sam. "In a catboat?" Correct." "Yours is the boat, then, I saw becalmed and driftin' this way?" "I s'pose so, for that's what we were doing before the i;;torm came on." "You were out boa tin', and got carried down this way, eh?" "Oh, we intended to come as far as thi s 1 place," said Sam. "Eh? You did? What for?" "We heard quite a bit about Skull Rock and we wanted to see it." "Is that all?" "I don't know of anything else." "What's your names, and where d'ye hail from?" "My name is Sam Ches ter. My friend's is Harry Headley. We hail from New York City. We live in Harlem and work in Wall Street." While the foregoing conversat ion was in progress the other two '.men showed signs of impatience. "I reckon it's time we was gettin' down to the beach if we expect--" do, Bill You nee

j I 4 I OU'l' FOR BIG MONEY. scaly-looking one, and found the door half open and all dark \vithin "I believe the place is deserted. Come on in. If there isn't any fire the place will furnish us shelterfrom the wind and rain, at any rate." So Hal pushed the door open and entered Pulling out his match-safe he struck a light, and then they discovered that the hut, fol that is what it J'eally was, though it had two rooms, and a loft to which access might be had by a ladder in one corner, was deserted and bare of everything that made a house habitable. The :floor consisted of a layer of ship's timbers put to gether in good shape, and there were two or three shelves about the walls, and some pegs to hang clothes on. The open fireplace caught Sam's eye. "Can't we build a fire?" he suggested eage1ly, noticing the loose wood lying around on the :floor. "We can if we can find anything to start it with," replied Hal, looking about. There seemed to be nothing that would answer the purpose. "Maybe we can find something in the loft," said Sam. "Well, go up and see." Sam mounted the ladder, stuck his head through the opening, and struck a match. "'l'here's a lot of straw up here. That'll start a blaze," he said. "Throw some down, then." T en later they were standing in front of a c h eer-ful bbm I "This is something like," said Sam, in a tone of satis "There's no one to throw us out of this place, so I guess we can stay here as long as we please. Gee l What a night this is!" It certainly was a fierce night. The wind howled around their place of shelter, ancl the rain beat upon the roof and sides Hal's watch showed that it was seven o'clock, and now that the boys had time for reflection they began to realize that a square meal would taste awful gooa. The cravings of a healthy appetite carried their thoughts back to the cottage of Broker Atwood at Seascape Beach. 'rhe broker and his family were probably at dinner at that moment, wondering, no doubt, what had happe ned to their young guests. The boy s had Raid nothing about their intention to hire a boat and go down the shore to Raccoon Benrl1, as they had not fully made up their mind about the matter when they left the cottage. "I'll bet the boatman is pretty anxious about his boat by this time," said Sam. "T guess so," replied Hal; "anc1 h e ought to be concerned about us, too, for we are of more importance than his era.ft." "That's true; but we're nothing to him, while his boat is everything." ''We ean make that good to him between u s one of these cla:vs when we've the funds tc;> spare." "When we have-that'll be some time hence. How much do you s'p ose the craft is worth? It wasn't our fault it was lost. "I hav e n't any idea how much it was worth. I know it wasn't our fault it went ashore here but as we hired it for the afternoon we are, to some extent, at least, responsible for its safe return. The old chap probably can't affo1d to lose his boat which represents his means of liYing, so I shall pay my s hare whether you do Qr not. "Oh,. if yon mean to makErj.t good I won't refuse to put up my share, but jus t at I haven't any idea where the mo11ey is coming from." ) "Well, we'll talk more about :the boat another time. Just now we're interested in getting home more than anything e lse." "That's right. By the way, thoae chaps who turned us out of the cabin seemed to be going down to tlie beach. I wonder what for?" "I'm sure I have no idea what their business is "Say, we'll have to have more wood or the fire will go out." Hal went to the door and looked out. "It's stopped raining," he said "This is a chance for us to start for the farm." "I'd rather not risk it," replied Sam. "Hello! \Vlrnt";; that?" A :flash of light shot up through the air from the direction of the shore The boys followed the fiery streak with their eyes and sa"' it break in a cluster of faint sparkles "It's a rocket," said Hal. "Some vesse l is close in and is signa llin g the life-saving station." "Let's see what's going on?" suggested Sam. The two boys made a dash in the direction of the shore, but instead of getting to the top of the bluff, as they ex pected: they struck a path that carried them right down to the beach. 'l'hey were surprised to sec a big fire blazing up in a shel tered part .of the bluff, and within the glare cast by the flames the three men they had met at the hut. "They must got on to the fact that there is a vessel too near the shore for safety and lighted. the fire to show those aboard the craft.their danger," said Hal. "If they can see a vessel off in this darkness they've got mighty good eyes," replied Sam. "They must be able to clo it with a night glass. At any rate, there's a vessel c lo se in, as we can Rurmise by the rocket. There goes another." The second rocket followed much the same course as the other. '"That will bril1g the lifesavers down to their aid." "'I'hey've got some distance to come, and if the vessel comes ashore on this patch of beach they won't be able to get around that point of rocks," said Hal. "Oh, they'll get c lose enough to launch their lifeboat." At that moment a white object with closely reefed sails shot out of. the clarknesR an cl claRhcc1 with terrific force against Skull Rock. The boys saw her only for a moment at the edge of the halo of light cast b y the fire, and then she was gone, swal lowed up by the raging sea. It all happened so quickly that it passed like a flash be fore the eyes of the onlookers. 'l'he two boys were staggered by the rapidity with which the catastrophe bad taken place. 'rhey saw the outline of a fair-sized yacht, h eard the grinding crash of her timbers on the rock, and the next


! OU'l' FOR BIG MONEY. I. moment everything was as before-the (\ark void before them, and the line 0 spectral s ur rolling in on the bea&, and the wave s dashing against the jutting ledge that ex tended out to the base 0 Skull Rock. The sight inspired Sam to venture farther out on the rocks himself, for he felt that his chum needed his aid. At that moment anothe>r great wave rushed in and again Hal was hidden by the cloud 0 foam and water. "Gosh!" exclaimed Sam. '"'rhat craft went to kingdom come sa quick it took my, br e alh away. Everybody aboard of her muat have been drowned in a twinkling. And to think we just missed going th snme road. It gives m e n chill to think of it.'' The boys saw the three men rush down to the edge of the R urf after the yacht struck and disappeared and peer eagerly into the water, with lantern s raised high above their heads. ''They're looking to see i they can help aome poor d-rown ing man ashol'e," remarked Hal. "It's up to u s to try. nnc1 be useful, too, i a chance offers." "rm with you, but I guess we won't be able to do much," rcpl ied Sam. They made their way down to the rocks, passing the fire unnoticed by the three men, whose whole attention was centered on the waves and sur. The roar 0 the wind and aur seemed as tremendous as ever "A seag ull could hardly live in this jumble 0 water i it flew clowninto it," said Sam, looking at the water. boiling about the rocks, "so a man wouldn't have even the ghost 0 a chance Hello Where are you going, Hal?" Hal had seen what he thought was. a human form shoo t in between two. rocks, and stepped forward to get abetter look. He found he had not been mistaken, for he saw a man's arm and leg sticking out between the rocks. 'l'he man was still alive, for the boy saw him raise him self, and then he ell back as a wave dashed against the rocks and fell all over him. "Give me a hand, Sam. There's fi man come ashore, and he's alive," said Hal. The young Wall Street mesaenger began making his way over the slippery rocks to aid the unfortunate. It was a mighty risky proceeding on his part1 for he stood in danger of being s wept off the rocks by the next sea when it came in. Ha 1 didn t consider the danger he was courting. He was a plucky young chap, and determined to save the man if he could, for the imperiled person was certain to be drowned where he was, and he appeared to be too weak to save himself. "Oh, Lord, Hal, be cai:eful !"cried Sam anxiou s ly. Hal didn't hear him, and would have paicl no attention if he had. With a wild roar the next wave clashed in, shot high above the rock and covered Hal from head to foot with sen wnt er. For a moment 01 two lie wn cut completely off from Snm, who uttered a cry of nlarm, thinking Hal hncl been s w ept off the rocks. As the water receded Sam was relieved to see that hi s chum was clinging to hi s foothold. 'I'he11 h e sa w Hal rench clown into n kinrl of hole, graRp somet hing and tng at it. Sam also caught it good this time. Neither, however, lost hi s hold: on the rocks, and the "a ter subsided Hal now pulled the rest 0 the unfortunat e's body out 0 the watery hole. He was a well-dressed gentleman 0 medium height, and across his white vest hung a massive gold chain. "Get hold of him, Sam, quick, befor e the next wave comes in!" cried Hal. caught the gentleman by one 0 his arms, and tweenhim and Hal, managed to drag the man a short dis tance before the next wave overwhelmed them. Wet to the skin, they finally succeeded in carrying their burden out 0 reach 0 the water, and on to the beach. The one was conscious, though ex hausted. He recognized Hal as the one to whom he was under the gr. eater. obligation, and uttered the words, "Thanks, my lad, thanks," as he ell back on the sand. At that moment the oldest 0 the trio of men on the beach turned his eyes in that direction and saw the two boys bend ing over the man they had saved With a fierce imprecation he called his companions' at tention, and the three r ushed over to the group. "What are you two

6 OUT FOR BIG MONEY. CHAPTER III. HAL'S SHARP WORK. ;'I don't fancy the actions of these chaps," said Hal to his companion, as they followed the path up to the top of the bluff where the cabin stood. "Neither do I," replied Sam. "That fellow Norris was taking the gentleman's watch out of his pocket, only I got on to him, and there wasn't any call to do that. I believe he intended to steal it" "They don t look like honest men." "It's our duty to protect the gentleman." "If we can." "Well, I m ea n to do it. We'll stay at the cabin and see that he isn't robbed, and when he is in s hape to walk we'll tak e him a l ong with us to the farmhouse." "S'pose tliey won't let us stay?" "It wouldn't be good for them to chase u s und er the cir cumstances We could make it hot for them tomorrow." "I'll bet they won't want us to s tay, see if they do. "I don't care what they want," replied Hal resolutely "There's three of them. We couldn't do anything against their will." "You stick by me and don't take any bluff." B y this time the top of the bluff was reached, and the five, with the rescued man, were soon at the door of the cabin. It had come on to rain again pretty hard, but as the boys couldn't be any wetter than they were they didn't mind it any. Norri and Tennant bore the gentleman inside, but the old man barred the way against Hal and Sam "You chaps can go on your way now," he said to the boys "What for? We're soaked. You aren't going to refuse us shelter, are you?" "We don't want you. We didn't ask you to come here. You'd b etter go about your business if you know what's good for you, d'ye under stand?" replied the old man fiercely. "Very few people would turn a dog out in such weather as this," remonstrated Hal. "I told you you'd find a farmhouse a mile up the road." "A mile is a long way tp tramp when it isn't necessary. You 've got a roof and a good fire. We're entitled to the benefit of it.'' said Hal sturdily "You're not entitled to anythin'. We don't want you here, and that 's all there i s to it. Now git!" Thus speaki ng, the old man stepped inside, s lammed the door in the faces of the boys, and shot the bolt. "That settles it," said Sam. "No, it doesn't settle it. If those men weren't up to some bad purpose they wouldn't shut us out. They intend to rob that gentleman, and maybe do him up." "How can we prevent them doing what they choose? If we don t look out they may do us up too." "Well, I'm not going to desert this gentleman at any isk." Hal walked ar<; mnd to the window and Sam followed him. They looked into the room Onl y the old man was there. The other two had taken the gentleman into the room beyond. Even as the boys gazed through the glass they reappeared with the watch and chain and a fat pocketbook, which they laid on the table after pu s hing the dishes out of the way. The old man picked up the wallet, opened it and took out a bi'g roll of money. "What did I tell you?" sai d Hal. "They've robbed him already." The old rascal laid the money down on the hearth to dry, and then took up the watch and chain and examined it. "It is evident why they didn t want us around," said Sam. "We mustn t l et them get away with that money, or the watch, either," said Hal. "How are we going to stop them?" "Wf! must find some way." "It is easy enough to say so, but the thing is to do it." On e of the men carried the di shes over to a sink and left them there, then the three took off their oilskins and sou' westers, apd divested their legs of the big boots that came half way up their thighs. After that they gathered about the table, pulled out the ir pipes and were presently smo king, and drinking from t11e black bottle. "Let's go arol!nd to the other side of the house," said Hal. "What for'?" ask;d Sam. "There's probably a window there that look s in on the room where they carried the gentleman. I'd like to see how he's getting on Hal led the way to the other end of the building, and they found there was a window, s ure enough. Looking through it they saw, by t}le light that came through the open door, the rescued gentleman lying on a low bed. 'I'here was a trunk in the room against the wall, and some pegs on which various articles of male attire were hanging. Th e re was also a shelf, on which Hal saw a revolver l ying. It occurred .to him that possession of the weapon would be advantageous under the circumstances; but how to get hold of it was a problem. Feeling the window, he found that it was not secured and he shoved it open "Give me a boost, Sam," he said. "What in thunder are you going to do?" asked his companion. "I'm going to get into that room, if nothing prevents," replied Hal. "They'll hear you, and then there'll be something doing." "I'll ri s k it." "What good will it do you to get in there?" "See that shelf yonder?" "Yes "What's on it?" "A revolver." "That's what I'm after. Give me a boost." The roar o f the storm drowned Hal's efforts to effect bis entry through the window, and he accomplished the ticklish job without attracting the attention of the three men in the room beyond.


OUT FOR BIG MONEY. He lost not a moment in reaching for the revolver. Then he returned to the window. .. "Now, :find a stone, go ?round to the other side and throw it against the window," he said to Sam. t "What I You want me to smash it?" "Yes..; I want to startle them, and attract their attention to the outside." "I'll do it," said Sam. "Then wait for me at the hut where we were before." When Sam disappeared into the darkness Hal tiptoed to the half-open door and looked into the next room. 'rhe rascals were now playing cards. The bunch of money was still on the hearth, and the watch on the table. Hal heard them discussing their plans for the future. As soon as the storm blew over, which they figured. it would do before daylight, they intended to leave the cabin for Philadelphia and elsewhere, and enjoy themselves with the money and what the watch would bring at a pawn shop. As for the unfortunate gentleman they had robbed, they mtended to leave him to shift for himself. Having :finished a deal at the game, the old man turned around to pick up the money from the hearth. At that moment there was a big crash, as a large stone came smashing its way through the window. The three rascals sprang up with startled exclamations as the stone landed on the floor. While two of. them rushed to the window, the third ran to the door, unbolted it and sprang outside. Hal immediately ran into the room, picked up the money and snatched the watch from the table. Then he retreated as quickly as he werYt in, shut the door of the room and pulled th,e bed around so as to barricade it. The crash, and the shaking up he got when Hal moved the bed, aroused the gentleman from the stupor into which he had fallen, and he sat up. "Where am I?" he said, looking around in the darkness. "You're in a den of thieves," replied Hal, striking a match. The gentleman stared at him as the glow of the match brought his figure out into relief. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Are you not the boy who saved my life?" "I am, and I've just rescued your watch and monev from the three rascals you may remember having seen the beach. They brought you to this house and then, taking advantage of your exhausted condition, robbed you." "My gracious!" ejaculated the gentleman "Hush!" said Hal. "The moment those men discover the loss of their plunder, and that the door of this room is barricaded, there is going to be trouble." "Was I the only one saved from the yacht?" said the gentleman "As far as I know you were," replied Hal. "I won't strike another match, as I don't think it prudent. Remain where you are, and remember I'm your friend, and intend to see you out of this trouble if I can. I've got a companion, a boy of my own age, outside, but he can't do much to help us in here. I'd help you get out by the window if I thought you could get through it, but I'm afraid you can't. It was as much as I could do to get in." A terrible rumpus now took place in the next room. The old man and Norris were accusing Tennant, the one who went outside, of taking the money and the watch, and he was vehemently denying the charge. Finally Norris noticed that the door between the rooms was shut .As he and his companion, when: they came out after going through the half-unconscious victim of the wreck, bad left it half open, he regarded the circumstance as suspicious and called the attention of Tennant and the old man to it. Tennant walked to the door and tried to open it, but couldn't. Throwing bis weight against it, he shoved it in about six inches, as far as the bed would go. "There's something wrong here I" he cried. "The bed has been put again st the door so I can't open it." "Ha!" cried the old man, rushing to the door and push ing on it. "Bring the lamp, Norris." Norris brought it and held it so that they could get a view of every pa.rt of the but that. occupied by. the bed. As Hal had hoP. ed up on the bed beside the gentleman, the men couldn't see any one in the room. They saw the open window, however, througli which Hal bad effected his entry into the room, and that suggested the idea that the rescued man had recovered from his experience of the wreck realized he had been robbed, and made his way out of the ;abin on the sly, after barricading the door in order to seek help to recover hi s property. "The man has escaped by that window!" cried the old man. "It must have been him who smashed the window with the stone," said Norris. "Why should he have done that?" asked Tennant. "We figured that it was them boys did it in revenge because we shut 'em out." "Hang it all, none oi these things accounts for .the dis appearance of the money and the watch! There is aome thing blamed strange about that," said the old man. "There certainly is," replied Norris. "You and me never left the room. I don't see how they could get away right under our noses." "You said I took 'em, and I was outside," growled Tennant. "You might have snatched 'em up when our backs were turned,'' said the old man. "I tell vou I rushed to the door at the same time you two made for the winder. I wasn't anywhere near the hearth." "Well, you go around, get in at the winder and move away that bed," said the old man. Tennant started to and Hal, who, with the gentle man, had listened to every word the rascals said on the other side of the door, realized that his presence in the room was sure to be discovered, and prepared for action. CH.APTER IV. OUT OF THE FRYING-PAN. Tennant's head soon appeared at the window. He looked in, but, owing to the darkness of the room, he did not notice the two persons on the bed. He found it a difficult matter trying to enter by the window.


8 OUT FOR BIG In fact, he couldn t accomplish the feat, and shouted for "A broker, sir?" Norris to come around and give him a lift. "No, I'm a large operator in the market, and employ The withdrawal of Norris from the front room, leaving brokers to execute my commissions only the old man there, suggested a daring move to Hal. Mr. Davenport then asked Hal to explain how it hapWhispering his purpose to the gentleman, they got off pened that he and his companion were down at that unfre the bed, suddenly pulled it aside, and, opening the door, quented part of the New Jersey shore at that hour of the confronted the astonished old rascal. night. Before the ruffian could move or utter a cry, Hal das hed Hal told him the whole sto1y about how they had b een the butt of the revolver in his face, knocking him down half invited by Sam's employer to spend Labor Day with his then giasping the rescued gentleman by the arm, family at Seasca .pe Beach; how they had hired the catboat Hal drew him toward the outer door of the cabin. to visit Raccoon Beach and inspect Skull Rock; how they 'l'hey passed quickly iluough it and made for the hut 11ad been wrecked themselves when the storm first broke, where Hal ancl Sam had sought shelter when first turned narrowly escaping with their lives, and then all that hap out of Uw cabin, and where Hal had told his chum to retreat pened up to the moment that h e and the gentleman came after throwing the stone and wait for him. together in the room at the cabin on tlJe bluff. Sam was standing outside the door, on the watch, for Mr. Davenport was astonished at the story told by Hal. the rain had ceased, and they joined him. "You ar e certainly the pluckiest lad I have ever met," he "Come along. W c have no time to lose. W c must try said. "Yon actually recovernd my wat c h and a large sum and find that farmhouse up the road," said Hal. "Those of money under circumstances that I consider quite ex rascals will soon 'be scouring this neighborhood after us, traordinary. Well, you shall lose nothing by it. It will and I'm not looking for any more trouble than I've had give me great pleasure to render you a substantial recognialrea

! OUT FOR BIG 1\IO.i: EY. 9 "And a bite of something to eat?" added Sam, who was very hungry; and we may add that Hal waa also. "Yes," said the old man; "come in." They didn't require a second, invitation. "Been caught in the storm somewhere?" asked the pro prietor of the house. "We were wrecked on Raccoon B each," replied Hal. "Wrecked l ejaculated the landlord. "Upon my word, you look it. Well, I'll do the best I can for you. There's up but myself, and I was just going to bed." "You shall be well paid, my man," said Mr. Davenport. "Start a fire in your stove and make us a hot drink. H you've some cold meat and bread bring it out. The n pro vide us with a couple of rooms, and the first thing in the morning have our clothes thoroughly dried and pressed." "It shall be done," answered the landlord, who judged from their general appearance that his un expected visitors were well able to foot his bill, and he determined to make all he could out of them, for such chances didn't turn up often Ile hastened to prepare three hot whiskies to drive the chill out of the unfprtunate trio, and then built a roaring fire in the round stove that stood in the center of the pub lic room. Mr. Davenport and the boys removed all their clothes and wrnppcd themselves in b lank ets furnished by the lan d lord, who hung their shirts and undergarments around the back of the stove. 'I'hey finally marched to bed in the blankets, after a light repast of cold mutton, bread and butter, a nd it was not long before the boys were asleep, though the broker re mained awake a long time thinking of the sad catas tro phe which had not only robbed him of a fine yac ht, but had caused the loss of his friend and the three men who navi gated the vessel. CHAPTER V. OUT FOR BIG : MONEY. About ten o'clock next morning 1\fr. Davenport and the boys left the roadhouse in a light wagon en route for Sea scape Beach, where they arrived about noon. Broker Granger, Sam's employer, when the boys failed to turn up at dinner time, went out to look for them. The storm was then at its height, and at the gate he met the boatman from whom Hal and Sam had hired the cat boat. The man was very a nxiou s about the safety of the boys, and his boat as well. From him Broker Granger l eamed the pa.rt iculars, and the Wall Street man became anxious, too. othing could be done about looking for the boat and the boys until the gale blew itself out The broker and the boatman both hoped that the amateur navigators had put in somewhere along the shore, and would turn up after the weather moderated When the boys failed to show up by morning, tbe brok er hi red a couple of catboat men to go in search o f them-one going up and the other down the shore As the morning wore on Mr. Granger began to entertain grave fears as to the fate of the young messengers, and a s they were his guests be felt .that he was to some extent re spons ibl e for their safety His sat i sfactio n may, therefore, be imag ined when the light wagon drove up before hi s gate ai1d out of it s t e pped Hal and Sam, with Mr. Davenport. Mr. Granger kn e w Mr. Dav e nport s lightly and welcomed him to his house. He was s urpri sed to learn what the three s hipwreck e d ones had been through during the previou p night, and h e compi im c n ted the boss on what they had done for the Wall Street operat or After dinner, which was somewhat delayed that day, Hal, Sam and tl1e operator left for New York by train, and reached the c ity about the time that people vere going home from their clay's work. 'l'li c boys had a thrilling s tory to tell their parents at the suppe r table, and their fathers and mothers were mighty thankful they had had s uch a providential 'escape, and praised them for their pluck in h e lpin g Mr. Davenport. A s hort account of the thrilling incid ent was printed in the papers n ext morning, and th e clerks and cashier of Broker Hood' s office knew when they arrived at their de8ks why Hal had failed to show up the previous day Hal was seated in his chair by the window, reading the previous day's market report when Tom Burke, the junior c l erk, entered "Hello, Hall" he said. "I see by the morn ing papers that you had a strenuous time down in Jersey on Labor Day." "Yes, Sam Chester and I had the time of our lives," re plied Hal. "It came near being the end of you both, if what the paper says is true." "I'll admit we had a narrow of it at Raccoon Beach." "Got caught in the gale, didn't you?" "That's right." "Let's h e ar the particulars. There wasn t much in the pap e r. It s tated that you chaps saved the life of George Davenport after you were wrecked yourselves He lost his fine yacht, and the gentleman with him as well as his crew, l ost their lives. It must have been quite a gale." "You'd have thought so if you'd been out in it like Sam and I were," replied Hal who then gave Burke a brief account of some of the thin gs that had happened at Raccoon B eac h on the night in question. 'l'he other two clerks came in during th e recital, and they li ste ned to Hal's s tory, too. Finally the cashier appeared and the clerks went to their desks. The cashier spoke to Hal about his adventure, iind the youn g messenger gave him a sketch of it. "You had a narrow escape Hal," sa id the cashiE.)r. "I congra tulat e you on coming out of it as well as Y<:JU did You have made a valuable friend in Mr. Davenport. He is a man of con s iderable importance in Wall Street Whe n Mr. Hood came down he called Hal into his pri vate room and asked him about the s tory in the morn i ng's paper, and the gave him most of the facts He also c ongratulated hi s messen ger on his escape .. During the day a note was brought to Hal by Daven -


10 OU'l' FOR BIG MONEY. port's office boy, requesting Headley to call at his office that I our office and puts up his dough thinks he has a sure winner aft ernoon at four He could not refuse to do so, and accord i ngly at a few minutes before the hour named he presented himself at the operator's office. The office boy showed him into the private room at once. "Glad to see you a.gain, Headley," said Mr. Davenport, shaking hands with him. "Take a seat After a social chat the operator brought the conversation around to the experience he and the two boys had passed through the night of Labor Day After once more expressing the obligation he felt under to Hal in particular, he took a check out of one of the pigeon holes of his desk and handed it to the young mes senger. Hal l ooked a.t it and saw it was made out to his order and called for the sum of $5,000. "You don't mean to give me all this, 1Mr. Daven port?" exclaimed the boy. ''It is mere l y a slight token of my appreciation of your services," smiled the operator "But I'd rather not be paid for sa, ing your life, sir." I'm not paying you Merely giving you a little present, that's all." Hal thought it was a mighty big sum of money to come into his possession so unexpectedly, but he accepted the check when he saw that Mr. Davenport would not be pleased i f he refused. Shortly afterward he took his leave After supper Sam came around to his house to show him the check for $1,000 he had received from the operator that afternoon Hal then showed his chum his check. "Shake," said Sam, not at all jealous because his friend had five times as much a s himself; "we' re rich." "Yes, we're pretty well off for messenger boys." "What are you going to do with all that boodle? fut it in the savings bank?" "I suppose that's what I ought to do with it, but I have other plans "Other plans, eh?" Hal nodded "I'm out for big money, and this check will put me in the way of getting it, maybe." "What do you mean by that? Five is pretty hig money, isn't it?" "By big money I mean a hundred thousand or so." "Why don't you say a million an,d be done with it?" laughed Sam. "I'm not flying my kite quite so high as that." "You don't say! Do you expect to make a hundred thousand?" "I'm going to try to make it." "By the time you're old, and bald headed?" chuckled his chum "No ; l ong before that. Do you mind telling how you expect to accomplish the feat? I'd like to take a whack at it myself "Through the stock market." "Going to speculate. I see the finish of your $5,000." "Oh, I'm not going to speculate recklessly." "That's what t hey all say. Everybody who comes in t o up his sleeve "Well, I've got a pretty sure winner up my sleeye at this minute." "You mean you think you have," grinned Sam "If I tell you something you'll keep it to yourself?" "Sure. What is it?" "Saturday morning I found olilt on the bes.t of authority that the Patterson crowd had formed a syndicate to corner A. & F. stock and then boom it above par." "That's a good pointer if it's the real thing. "It's the real goods. I'm going to buy 500 shares of A. & F to morrow on the strength of it. If I don't more than double my money I'll be greatly disappointed "I'd like to get in on that myself," replied Sam. "I could buy 100 shares with my check; but if things didn t go right, and I lost the money, I'd feel pretty sore "Never go into any deal that you've doubts about." "But you say it's a good thing?" "I consider it so." "Then you advise me to get in?" "No, I'd rather not advise any one to monkey with the market, no matter what the prospects are. I m willing to take my own chances, but I don't want to be responsible for anybody else's deal." "You are surely going to buy A. & F. to morrow?" "Such is my intention at this moment." "I believe you've made something over $300 in the market in the last six months?" "I have, in small deals. I would have made twice a s mucb, only one of my deals went back on me." "I haven't made a cent because I didn t have any money to ris k in the first place; and secondly, because I didn't care to take the chances if I had ha .cl the money "Well, I b e lieve in the old maxim,-nothing ventured nothing gained. So, on that principle, I'm going to get in on A. & F. to-morrow." "I wish you I uck. Maybe I'll buy some, too," replied Sam At the first chance he had next morning Hal visited the little bank on Nassau Street, much frequented by small trader s and turned Mr. Davenport's ch e ck in as the margin o n 500 shares of A & F., which was ruling at 79, then he r e turned to the office confident that he was on the road to the big money he was out for. CHAPTER VI. THE ST REET MUSICIANS. "Here, Hal," Mr. Hood, about three that afternoon, "I want you to take this note up to Mr. Jordan, No. South Street. If he' s left his office for the day take it to his house. I have put the address at the bottom of the envelope." "All right, sir replied Hal, taking the envelope. "And here's another note. Leave this at Mercer & Draper's dry goods store on Broadway on your way home." "Yes, sir." Hal put on his hat, told the cashier he had two errand s to execute for Mr. Hood, and that he wasn't coming ba c k. A minute later he was on tl1e sidewalk, walking down Wall Street.


/ OUT FOR BIG MONEY. 11 South Street is a busy thoroughfare fronting on the Eas t Ri v er. One s id e is given over to wharves, while the other is occupi e d by buildings devoted to all kinds of business, but chiefly connected with shipping inte rest s Hal was bound for a three-story brick structure not far from the Brooklyn Bridge, the ground floor of which wa:a rented by Mr. John Jordan, dealer in marine stores. The young messeng e r found Mr. Jordan at hi s office, but as th e gentleman was busy with a repre s entative of the Brookl y n Navy Yard, in connection with a government con tract held b y him, Hal had to wait. He waited half an hour before he got the chance to deliver the note. There was an answer, and Hal was detained till it was written. Mr. Jordan dictated the reply to his stenographer, and the young lady then had to t y pewrite it off, a o nearly an hour elap s ed before the boy left the store. To rea c h Mercer & Draper's establishment the eas iest way was to take a Third Avenue elevated train to Twenty-third Street and then walk across to Broadway. Accordingly H a l s tarted up a s ide street in order to reach the Brookl y n Bridge terminal of the elevated road. At the corner of Water Street Hal saw a crowd of chil dren, and a sprinkling of adults, around a couple of street mus ician s One was an uncommonly pretty girl of :fifteen, who sang with a mandolin accompaniment, and the other was a boy about fourteen, who perform e d on a violin. He had a good looking fac e but was very lame. Hal s topp e d to li s ten to the music and the girl's singing. She had a low, sweet voice, and her fac e was as sweet as her voice. There was a plaintive note in the girl's voice, and a look of sadness in her eyes that attracted the young messenger's attention. The song thrilled him as it ro s e and fell in a way that seemed to impress him with the fact that the singer felt every word she uttered. Two young tough s joined the crowd as Hal s tood and listened, and their gaze re s ted in a bold way on the gil'l's "B.ravo !" c.ried one of them, with a jeering laugh, as the smger :fims h e d h e r s ong "e're a blamed purty gal, and I m goin' to kiss yer for good luck Thus speaking he s eized the girl and tried to carry out his d e sign. With a cry of dismay she tried to draw away from the fellow. He held her fast and roughl y drew her toward him. The girl uttered a s cream and looked wildly around for help but no one offe r e d to interfere, on account of the toughness of her assailant This was more than Hal could s tand. He sprang forward and grabbed the young ra s cal by the arm. "Lave that g irl alone!" he s aid s turdil y and with :fl.as hing eyes. "What's the matter wit' you?" r e torted the ruffian. "Release that girl, I tell you!" "Aw, shut up, or I'll give yer a bust in the snoot!" Hal' s reply was to wrench his grasp from the street singer, and the girl sprang out _of the fellow's reach. "Blame yer, take dat !" cried the tough, aiming a swing ing blow at the young messenger's head. Hal, expecting some such aggressive action on the other's part, was wide awake, and ducked when he saw the fist com ing at him. "I'll knock de stuffin' outer yer in a minute!" snarled the rough, making a second swipe at him. Hal saw he was in for trouble, so he determined to meet it like a little major. He warded off the blow with his left and planted a sledge hammer swat square on the tough's. jaw, sending him down into the gutter. The crowd, now joined by several men from a near-by saloon, was taken by surprise, as every one expected to see the rop.gh wipe the street with the w e ll-dressed boy who had dared to butt in to save the fair singer. The :fellow's companion stared and then began peeling off hi s coat to pitch in, too. "Hold on there; none of that!" said a brawny 'longshore man. "One at a time is enough !I' The speaker grabbed the second tough and shoved him back. The chap Hal had knocked down scrambled on his feet and rushed at the Wall Street boy with a string of impre cations. Hal met him with a right hook on the ear, and immedi ately after planted his left in the fellow's eye. "Go it, young feller! You can use your mawleys !" cried the long s horeman delightedly. The tough was now furious at the handling he was re ceiving from a boy who had looked to him like pie. The jeers of the crowd also spurred him on, and he went for Hal like a cyclone. But he had tackled a scientific boxer when he started in to whip Hal. The young messenger was as cool as a cucumber and con fident of hi s own power s against an untrained slugger. H e s ides tepped, and as the tough's fist missed head he swung around like a flas h and punched the fellow m the jaw und e r the ear with all his force. The young ruffian went down again as if he had been kicked b y a mule, and lay half dazed. "Good for you, young gent!" cried the 'longshoreman, clapping his hands. "That was almost a knockout!" B y this time the crowd had increased to goodly propor tions, and the majority was in favor of the well-dressed boy, who seemed to be cleaning up a lad who looked big and tough enough to eat him. The other ruffian looked on in wonder and anger. He was not so eager now to tackle Hal as he had been at the start. Hal was not desirous of continuing this exhibition, and believing that the only way to wind things up was to finish hi s opponent up as quickly as possible, sailed in the mo ment the tough got on his feet, jabbing him with his right and left in such quick succession that the fellow wa.;; con fused and struck out wildly. The young messenger gave him no time to recover, but pounded him as if he were exercising with a punching-bag. Finally, seeing an opening, he jabbed the rough on the


12 OUT FOR BIG MONEY. point of the jaw with such force that his head weut baek with a j erk, and for the third time he fell in a heap ill the gutter. This time the rascal did not try to get up-he was knocked out for good. "'rip us your flipper," said the 'longshoreman, grabbing Hal's bleeding right hand in his big, rough one, and clap ping the boy in a friendly way on the shoulder "I guess you must be a professional. I never seen a neater knock out. What's your name? You're a good one for fair." "Cheese it!" shouted a small boy. "Here comes a cop!'' During the scrap the girl anc1 boy musicians stood back behind the crowc1 in a state of anxious suspense over the outcome of the affair The fair singer felt she was the innocent of the trouble, and was grateful to the young champion who had interposed in her beha.lf. To learn him without expressing her thanks was repugnant to her, while the lame boy was equally unwilling to leave under the circumstances. At the cry that a policeman was approaching the 'Crowd parted to let Hal get away, for no one wanted to see him arrested for whipping the Water Street ruffian. Hal did not attempt to go far. He took ont his handkerchief, wipec1 the blood from hi s torn knuckles anc1 went up to the girl for whose sake he had rii;ked a thrashing. "I hope you are not frightened, miss," he said. "That fellow won't molest you any more, you may "It was very good of you to save me from him," s he sai

OU'l' FOR BIG MONEY. 13 Many thousands o:f shares o:f it exchanged hands, but. lunch house wheTe he o:ften took a bite before going home, what the syn

141 OUT F O R BIG MONEY. can. When a fellow is out for big money he mustn't let any get by him. He hurried back to the office to give Finklestein's answer to his employer Mr. Hood, however, had gone t-0 the Exchange, and the casl1ier told Hal to run over there and tell him. "Here's a note you can take down to the Mills Building afterward," he said. So Hal wasn't in the office mucQ over a minute. When he reached the Exchange he told an attendant that he wanted to see Mr. Hood, and the ma.n went off to find him. While Hal was standing by the rail he saw Broker Finkle stein come on the floor and go direct to the D. & L. pole, where he began calling for offers of that stock. "Looks as if he's after D & L.," muttered the boy, watching the trader closely. "He seems to be taking in all that is offered. There go the quotations of D. & L. on the blackboard. H e is buying it in big lots. Yes, that must be the stock. I'll make sure of it and then I'll get in on i t myself." Hal found out all be wanted to know befo r e he left the Exchange. After leaving t h e 1 office that aftemoon he went to the safe deposit vault near by where he had lately hired a box to keep his funds safe and on tap, and took out $10,000. Then be went up to the little bank and ordered 1,000 shares of D. & L. purchased for his account at 82, the market price. As that was a pretty big order for a messenger boy to give under his own name, the margin clerk jocosely inquired if lie had robbed a bank. "If I have I'm not giving the fact away," answered Hal in a chipper way. "You seem to have a lot of money at your disposal," said the clerk "I wish I could put my hand on $10,000 that belonged to me "What would you do with it?" "Not what you're doing with this bunch. I'd pu.t half of it into a house and the rest out at good interest on real estate security." "I see you've got a level head. However, I expect to get $20,000 back from this bank for the $10,000 I've banded you, and that maybe in a week. That is more profitable than buying houses and investing in bond and mortgage." "You'll be mighty lucky if you realize your anticipationa. Most people who follow your line of action don't." "Everybody can't be fortunate in this world "The chances are certainly against them when they go into the market." "You ought to know, fo:r you've helped a lot of people to lose their money." "That 'isn't my fault. Everybody who comes to this win dow does so of his own free will. You did, didn't you?" "I did." "Well, am I in any way responsible for what happens to this bunch of biJls you've tossed in to me?". "No. If the money goes to pot it's my funeral. I have an idea that it isn't going to be lost this trip. In fact, I can't afford to lose it, for I'm out for big money, and I need the dough to make it." "Out for big money, are you?" laughed the clerk. "You'll never make it out of the market." "I'm not likely to make it any other way at present." "I s'pose you're working this deal on some tip you got hold of?" "I've no objection to you supposing whatever you cboo8e, but it doesn t follow that your supposition is correct." "You wouldn't go in so heavy unless you had some good reason for it." "0 couree not; do you think I'm a chump?" "You've been learning some of your boss' secreta, and now you're taking advantage of the fact." "No, sir, that's where you're wrong. I never learn any of my employer s secrets. It isn t my business to. If I learn any secrets it's somebody else's Another customer coming up to be waited on at that mo ment brought the conversation to a close, and Hal left the bank and went home. CHAPTER VIII. VISITING THE STREET MUSICIANS. On the following evening Hal made up his mind to go downtown and call on Crystal Dane and her brother. He persuaded Sam to accompany him, and the two walked over to Third A venue and took a train for Grand Street. Reaching that thoroughfare, which was bright with lights and filled with people promenading or shopping, they walked east, and finally, after passing through several cross streets, reached the number the girl bad given. The block seemed to be a regular kindergarten for kids. They were there in bunches and squads, of all ages and nationalities. The windows and doorways were thronged with the older people, and every store bad its crowd in front, seated or standing, and jabbering and laughing to beat the band. A person bas only to go to the lower East Side to understand w bat a lot of people there are in ew York, and under what conditions these people exist. When Hal found the numb'er he was looking for, the entrance to the dingy entry was jammed with kids. "Do a boy and a girl named Dane live in this house?" Hal asked a big girl. "You mean the two who go out making music on the street?" she replied, with a curious look !lt the boys. "Yes." "They live in the rear house at the top," said the girl. "Thank you," said Hal. He and Saro then pushed their way in, and the big girl told them to go straight through the entry, cross a small yard and enter the rear tenement. "Gee! This is a fierce place to live in," said Sam, as they followed directions and landed in the yard, the air of which was redolent with a combination of odors far from pleasant to the noses of the young messengers. Above their beads was stretched a maze of clothesline on most of which hung some article of apparel whicb would probably stay there till wanted as long as the weather re mained fair. The yard was paved, but it was littered \Vith dirt and rubbish.


! OU'I' FOR BIG MONEY. 15 Half a dozen scantily clothed children were pla y ing old tomato cans, or tumbling ove:i; one another in the semi darknea s The two Wall Street lads attracted lots of attention on a c c ount o ? the ir neat a p pea r anc e and curio si ty was on the qui vive a s to what they w ante d i n that n e i g hborhood. "That' s a big climb to ge t to the t o p floor of that build ing," sa id S a m. Hal admitt e d that it was. H e l e d the way up the di r ty, n a rrow flight, and it seemed to him hard tha t s u c h a n ice gir l, as he f elt ass ur e d Crystal D a ne w a s s hould be o bl iged t o live in s u c h a miserabl e tenement. "This is a bea s tly hole," growled Sam, as they started up the second flight. "Yes it' s pretty fierce. You see now how many thou sands of people live in thi s big city." "They don t live, they only e xi st." "It take s money to live the s e days lf you haven t got much of it you 've got to get down to thi s." "I think I'd rather jump into the bay than vegetate in mi s ery." Hal did not reply, and the y continued the rest of the way in silence. At length they reached the top floor, whe re a woman goss iping in the hallway directed them to the r e ar. A light shone over the transom of the door at which Hal knocked. In a few moments the door. was opened and Crystal herself stoo d in the opening. "Good-evening Miss Dane," said Hal politely. I thought I'd call around and see you and your brother. I s uppo s e you remember me." "Yes, y es; you are Mr. Headley," she replied with a s mile. "Come in. I am s orr y we have s uch poor accom modation for visitor s ; but then this i s the first time we have had an y other than one or two of the tenant s on this floor." "This is my friend, Sam Ches ter. Sam, this is Mias D a ne," s aid Hal introducing hi s companion. "How do you do, Walter?" he added to the la.me boy. The lame boy smiled and offered hi s hand Hal and S a m took possession of a faded g reen lounge o n which the g irl's broth e r s l ept at night, for there waa only one other sma ll room and that Cryst a l occupi e d herself. The room in which the boy s sat did dut y a s a g e n e r a l livin g apartm e nt. In one c orn e r near th e window was a box, covered with a piece o f c hintz on whic h stood an oil cookin g sto1e N ear b y wer e three s h elves, occupi e d b y the di s hes a nd a undry articl e s of foo d cove r e d b y a c hintz curtain. A f e w pi ctures adorn e d th e s mok y -lookin g wa,lls, whi c h had n o t been paper e d for man y a day In additio n to the lounge th e r e w e r e two chairs, a t able and a bur e au. The floor was cove red with a faded red carp e t. One thing was noticeable--the place was a s n eat and clean a s hand s could mak e it. W e ll how have you two be'en g etting on since I saw you that day?" a s ked Hal. "We have done pretty well Cry s tal replied with a shy smile. "Ye s we have done better since the day you took my sist e r's 'part against that tough than we ever did befo re, spoke up Walter. "Meeti ng with you has given us good luck." "I'm gl a d to hear it. Maybe I'm a kind of ma s cot At an y rate, I've b e en pretty lucky mys elf Hal. "It i s kind of you to remember us and VlSlt us, said the girl, with a w is tful look in her eyes. Well, y ou see, when y ou told me that you were m t h e w o rld and had no friend s I thought it was the nght thin g to do. Do you mind t e lling m e some thing about your sel v es? How long have you b e en li v ing thi s way?"' "About six months, ever since father died;" and the tears came into her eyes. "He was an invalid for a long time and could not work so all the money he had saved was used up in caring for him. We had to sell nearly everything we had to pay the expenses of hi s funeral and settle the few debts we owed. We could no longer rem;i.in in the place where we had lived together for several y ear s Our money .was all gone We had barel y eno u g h l e f t t o pay a month 's rent for the8e two poor room s S o m e th i n g had t o b e done or we-mus t have starve

our l:WR BIG MONEY. "That was :fine!" said Hal enthmias ticall y after they had finished. "Bet your boots it was," chipped in Sam. "Give us some more like it." Crystal and her brother, pleased with the commendation of their visitors started up another air. It was an Italian composition, con s isting of a long pre lude that branched into a s ong that was very popular in sunny Italy They had pick e d it up from a Naple s emigrant about th e time they fir s t met Hal, and it had given their luck a big boost, for when they sang it in the lower Italian quar t e r it brought a harve s t of p e nnies into their e xchequer. 'J' hey intend e d to p e rform it throughout the district known a s "Little Italy." When they fini s h e d it Hal declared it was one of the fine s t song s he had ever heard, whil e Sam agreed that it was "out of sight." "Now gi>e u s the song you s ang tlie afte rnoon that the tough attack e d you on the come r of Water Street," s aid Hal. Thi a was the air that Hal particularl y wis hed to hear. It had been ringing in hi s ear s s ince the time he beard it. It was a simple affair, but the way Crystal sang it carried it straight to the heart. The girl looked at him in a strange way when he made his request but without a word started the song. At first her voice was as clear a s the note s of a bell but I s hall not s oon for ge t it, Miss C ryst a l. In fa ct, it has rung in my ea r s s ince tha t af t ernoon tha t i s w h y I asked you to sing it fo r m e to-ni g ht. Although the s ong plea sed me greatl y I r egret that i t ha s giv e n y ou pain. "I-I am glad you like d it. "I liked it be t t e r thfln you think. And now we mus t go. I thank you on b ehalf of in.y friend for the fine entertainment y ou and y our broth e r ga v e u s, and I hope y ou will p ermit m e t o see you a ga in. "I shall b e g l a d to see J'Oll a n y time, s he replied. "'rhank y ou. An d you will let m e b e your friend?" "Yes if y ou wish t o "Then good-ni ght, and take thi s lit tl e prrsent from bot h of us." As he s pok e Hal pressed a five-dollar bill into her finger s "No, n o s h e said, afte r g lancin g at it, "you mus t n o t give u s so muc h a s that. We would rather not take anything from you. "Nonsense! It will be very useful to you both and we can ea s il y a fford it. Come, Sam, let u s go. They p ass ed out in the deserted hallwa y "Good-night onc e more, Miss C ry s tal. Remember, I am your friend and Walter' s." He raised his hat and then followed Sam downstairs. CHAPTER IX. HAL MAKES ANOTHER LUCKY WIN. when she reached the s econd v e rs e the quiv e r in her tone s Several day s passed and there were lively times at the became noticeable and the plaintive ring Hal had notic e d Exchange. on the street and that had s o attracte d him was apparent. D. & L. w ent up four points, but nob o d y s eemed to pay The tears came into her e y e s and her gaze wa s turned particular atte ntion to the fa c t a s all the important s tock s upward, while her manner seemed to indi c ate that her were advan c ing under a bull market. thoughts were not in the room, and that she was uncon s cious The lamb s who had mad e money out of the ris e in A. & F. of the s mall audience she held s pellbound. and other s to c k s w e re down in th e Street again b etting on The third and la s t verse en d ed in a compl e t e hu s h. one thing or anoth e r that look e d good to the m, and the Walter s head was bowe d ove r hi s violin and the g irl re-traders w e l come d the m with open arms mained for a moment or two in the attitude s he had grad-Hal hac1 a ru s h messag e to deliv e r in the Mill s Building, ually assumed. and, g etting out o f the elevator on the proper floor, he ran The light of the lamp rested on Crystal' s features, and to down the corridor. Hal's eyes her face, SO" p e rfe c t and spiritual in eve ry li11e, Two g entle men s udd enly cam e out of one of the offices, re s embled the countenance of the M a donna in a famou s old and Hal una bl e t o s top butte d into one of the m a tall. painting he had once s e e n. and w e ll-built man nam e d O s car Gaines. He fairly held his breath a s he gaz e d at her, whil e Sam, "I beg your pardon sir, s aid the young mes s enger. diffe rently irnpreSsed, said nev e r a word. The trade r, in s t e ad of acc epting his apolo gy g o od-na'l'hen the girl let the mandolin drop the length of the ribturecU y as mo s t men would have done, seized Hal roughl y bon that held it around her shoulder s anc1 buried her face in by the arm and gave him a wicked slap in the face, s a y in g : her hands with a sob of grief. "I hope that will t e ach you to look where you re going Hal sprang on his feet anc1 impulsively placed one arm you y oung monkey!" around her. "You're a gentleman-I don't think!" replied Hal indig"I am sorry I asked you to sing that song," he said, with nantly, a s he rubbed his smarting face. a sympathetic ring in his tones "I see it brings up mem"What's that? Call me no gentleman? Take that!" orjcs that-that--" H e raised his foot quickly and gave Hai a rousing kick She raised her face, bathed in tears, and looked at him. that thre w him down. He remembered that look for man y a lon g da y, and CrysThat was an indignity Hal had never suffered before and tal read something in his e yes that she ever after trea s ured. which h e did not intend to put up with from anybod y "Do not mind me," she said. "Father had m e sing that Getting on his feet, his face red with anger, h e rushed at song jus t before he died-it was his favorit e one-and I-I the trade r and hit him one of his s ledge-hammer blow s on can't forget it." the jaw. "How came you to sing it on the street that afternoon?" Big as the broker was he reeled back from the assault, "I don't know. Something impelled me to. I sang it and would have fallen had his friend not caught him. hardly knowing that I did so." Hal, satisfied with the retaliation he had taken, hurried


;: OUT FOR BIG MONEY. 1'1 around into t h e n ext corridor and enter ed the office he was going to. Broke r Gaines s wore roundl y on reco v ering and dashed after the boy. Hal had van is hed, and the trader d id n ot know whic h rloor b e h ad entered f "I'll thra s h him w i t h i n a n inc h of hi s l i f e t h e enraged broker h i s sed His c ompa n ion endeavor e d to pac ify him, bu t h e woul d n t be placated, and swore h e d remain t h ei:e till the b o y c a m e out, and th e n g e t s ati s faction A s b e s t ood with hi s back clo e t o one o f t h e d o o rs, an A. D. T. boy ru s hed out of the door and near ly up set hi m Gaine s was furiou s at t h i s fresh assault, and h e r e ached for the messeng e r in orde r to cha s ti s e h im The boy saw by the broker's face that a s wift retreat was the correct caper, and he d a r ted for t h e e levator. The broker los t no t ime in c ha.sing hi m At that mome n t Ha l came out of the office and started for th e e l e vator. The A D. 'l'. boy, bei n g clos e l y pressed, s prang clown th e s tairs and Gaines foll owed h_im. T h e coas t wa s the refor e l eft clear for Hal t o c a tc h a desc e ndin g cage w i tho u t gett ing into the trouble that had threa t ened him. As he reac hed t he stree t the A. D. T. boy brushed by him like a cyclone, and a mo m ent afterward the broker dashed out o f the buil d ing in purs uit'. T he b o y soon lost himself in the crowd passing up and d own the sidewalk, and Broker Gaine s had to pull up, though h e wa.s boili n g with rage. The n it was that Hal recog niz e d him, and wondered why he was chasing the messeng er. H e took care not to l et th e t r a d e r s e e him, for he felt it would l ead to a s cra p on the s t r e et that might have un pleasant result s for hi m W henlh e r e a ched th e office h e l o oked at the tape and sa w that D. & L. b ad gone up anoth e r point, and was now ruling a t 87. That p u t s m e $5,000 ahead on the d eal, he said with a feel ing of g r e at sati s fac tion "and th e b oom the gentleman ;;poke a bout hasn' t s t a rted yet." T e n minut e s afterward the cashi e r call e d him to hi s desk and h a n ded h im a n o t e t o tak e to M r. H ood at the Ex c ha nge. Whe n h e r eached t he messen g e r s' entra nce the chairman o f the Exc h an g e was readi n g some a nn o uncement. I mmediatel y he had :finis h e d a ru s h wa s mad e for the D & L. pol e and grea t e xcit e m ent took place around it. Hal d idn't know w h a t t h e announc e m ent was, but h e f elt sure it w as tn e n e w s tha t was coming out about D. & L. and whi c h woul d boom tha t s tock. B e for e h e l eft the Excha n ge the price of th e s tock w ent up five poiI\t s and s eeme d li ke l y t o go up a s muc h more At any rate, in those few minutes Hal realized tha t h e had becom e $5, 000 richer and hi s blood tingl e d with exc i tement "What a lu c k y chap I am!" h e thou ght. "This is jus t l ike findin g money. It i s a r e gular cin c h. I wond e r how muc h hi g h e r it will go?" A t two o'clock D. & L was roo s ting at 97, and Hal con cl uded t o s ell out at that figure. Fifteen minute s lat e r the chance to

, OUT FOR BIG MONEY my way it is more than likely I would take advantage of it to try and increase my capital." Mr. Davenport shook his head disapprovingly. "You have made a 1-0t of money for a boy of your years. Be satisfied and do not risk your capital again in such a risky game of chance as the stock market. By putting you r money out at interest on a good mortgage you can make $1,500 a yea r income without incurring any risk at all. It's the best thing you can do." "All right, sir, I 'll consider your suggestion," replied Hal, who saw that the operator di11 not regard any further speculation on his part with favor "That's right, Headley. It is the very worst thing in the world for a boy like you to imagine he caa beat the market right along. I can t do it myself, and I have long years of experience a large capital at my back." "Fools sometimes win when wise men go to the wall." "Rarely. The fact that such things do happen occasion ally should not enco urag e you or any one else to think that the pendulum will swing your way. Notwithstanding that I make a business of following the market, I never advise any one else to do so. There are too many blanks in the game for the average speculator to make any very great success at it. Wall Street is strewn with financial wrecks, and some of them are men who once had more money than myself." Mr. Davenport then said good-by and Hal went on his way. CHAPTER X. A NEW LIFE FOR THE STREET MUSICIANS. Hal pondered over Mr. Davenport's advice and felt that it was good. He was to give up his plans of making big money and adopt the operator's s u ggestion. He realiz ed that if he went into another deal it might not have such a satisfactory ending as the other two. He knew that it was much easier to lose one's money in Wall Street than to make it. Hundreds of brokers and thousands 0 lambs could testify to that fact. Still, when the speculative fever is in your blood it is a '.difficult matter to keep your hands off if you've got the funds with which to gratify your passion. That was the way it was with Hal. He was out for big money, and he hated to call the game o:ff. However, he determined to be very careful and not go into any deal recklessly. When he wasn't thinking about his chances of adding to his ca. pital he was thinkin g about the sweet little street mu-sician and singer, Crystal Dane He didn t like Hie idea of her living in Poverty Row, nor aid he relish the reflection of her going around the East Side with her lame brother trying to make a precarious living with her voice. "Winter is coming on, and their chances of making money will be greatly reduced, while their chances of catching cold and being laid up, maybe at a hospital, will be good," he thought. "I've got money, and I'd lik e to do aomething for them. I'm afraid they'd refuse any o:ffer that savored of charity, and I'd rather be kicked than hurt Crys feelings. I wonder how I can get around the matter?" Finally he hit upon an idea, and one night he called alone on the young street musicians. They were in and welcomed him gladly. Crystal herself seemed particularly happy to see Hal, whom she had never ceased to think 0 since the aft;ernoon he saved her from the Water Street tough. She t hought him the manliest and best boy that ever lived, and she sighed when she thought of the difference in their stations "I suppose you have been out every day with your in struments trying to catch the pennies?" said Hal with a smile "Yes, and we have been doing very well," said Walter. "Orvstal and I now have plenty to eat, and the rent money is twice over for the agent when he calls; but that is because of the seven dollars you gave u s We talk about you every day, and wish you good luck for your kindness to us." "I have been lucky. I 've made $15,000 since I saw y6u last." "Why, that's a fortune!" exclaimed Walter. "How did you make so much in so short a time?" "In Wall Street. I 've been specu lating "Speculating in what?" asked the lame boy, whose know ledge of Wall Street was very limited. "In stocks I suppose you'd both like to know how I did it. Listen, and I will tell you. Perhaps you will be astonished to know that I've made $30,.000 since Labor Day." The magnitude of the sum to them did astoni s h them. "On Labor Day I was only worth $400. Then something happened that put me in the way of making the $30,000. I'll tell you the whole story, for I think it will interest you." Thereupon Hal told them all that happened to Sam and himself on their trip to Raccoon Beach, and how they had saved the life of a rich Wall Street spec ulator after his yacht was wrecked on the rocks. "He presented me with and that money enabled me to make the balance of the money I now have." "What a brave boy you are!" cried Crystal, with glis tening eyes. "And how fortunate I But you deserve it all, and I am very glad to know you are so well off." Hal then led them to talk about their pro spec ts for the coming winter. They admitted that they didn't know how they would pull through. "Will you let me suggest a way?" said Hal. They were glad to have him suggest anything. "I have a plan in view that will do away altogether with your street bu s iness. You see, I 've taken a great interest in you both, and I don t like to know that you have to depend on the fickle public for a living. My plan is this: I will i pay the rent of suitable rooms for you uptown in a re spectable location, for I want to get you away from this neighborhood where you might catch some terrible s ickn ess owing to the unsanitary conditions of the building. You know yourselves that it is unhealthy here, and only really strong people can keep out of the ho spita l in the long run." Crystal and her brother admitted that they lived in con-


/ OUT FOR BIG MONEY. 19 tinual dread of catching some disease that would prevent them from earning their living. "Very well, then you ought to be willing to accept my offer," said Hal. '"It is very kind of you to make it, Mr. Headley, but--" "But what, Miss Crystal?" "Brother and I could not let you go to the expense of f supporting u s all winter. We should feel--" "Now, you haven't heard the whole of my proposition. I've only told you the first part of it. The rest of it is this: As soon as you have moved uptown I know where I can get your brother a job to act as general assistant in a sma ll sta tionery store and newsstand. His wages will be six dollars a week." "That would be fine. I should like that very much in deed," said Walter eagerly "As for yourself, Miss Crystal, I will pay for a course of stenography typewriting for you, and as soon as you are competent to take a position I will find one for you in Wall Street, where you can make good wages. Then you will both be able to support yourselves in good shape Now you understand the whole of my plan, and I hope you won't turn it down because of any o'bjection to me putting up the money to get you started. If you have any scruple s about that, why, as soon as both of you are earning wages you can save up the amount I propose to advance and repay me, then the only obligation you ll be under to me is the loan." "How kind of you to take such an iI;1terest in us, Mr. Headley!" said Crystal. "You are indeed a real friend. Your offer is a very generous one, and s inc e you will allow us to repay you when we can, why, if my brother is will ing--" "Ob, I'm willing," spoke up the lame boy. "I think it will be tip-top to have a regular job where I can earn wages. And you'll be earning wages, too, after a while. Then we'll be able to live like we used to when father was alive." "Then you accept?" said Hal, in a tone o f "We do, and are very grateful to you for the offer," said Crystal, looking at the young messenger in a way that made his heart beat faster. "That's settled, then he said; "and thesooner it is put in operation the better. I will call here on Saturday about half past one and will take you uptown to find suitab l e rooms on the West Side near the stationery store where I have secured an opening for your brother. :Q:e can go to work as soon as you are sett l ed in your new place. You ll need new furniture and other things, but I'll l et you have the money to buy them with, so you won't have to la y out any of your present funds except for your current ex penses." They talked the matter over until Hal decided that it was time for him to go, and then, with Crysta l 's promise that she would be ready t o go with him on Saturday, he took bis leave. On Friday afternoon Crystal and her brother made their la st appearance in their role of street musicians, and their final day was a prosperous one. Next morning, with the view of looking as well as she could in Hal's company, Crystal visited several Grand Street stores and made a few purchases of inexpen s ive feminine finery, and then she took unusual care with her toilet. She had a secret wish to look her best that day, and she s ucceeded in surprising H a l when be turned up about the hour he had stated "You are cer t ai nl y a very pretty girl, Miss Crystal," he said, with s uch evident s incerity that the girl smiled and blu s hed. "Sister has been primping up ever s ince we had our din ner, because she didn t want you to feel ashamed of her," smiled the lam e boy roguishly. "Now, Walter!" protested the girl, biushing more vividly than before. "I don't mind what he says," put in Hal. "Under no circum s tances could I feel ashamed of you, Miss Crystal. Well, if you are ready we will go." He had already looked up severa l places which he thought would be s uitab1 e for the brother and s ister and he took the girl to three of them. She decided on one, and Hal rented it in her name, pay ing the firs t month's rent and handing her the receipt. On Monday afternoon they moved into it, and bought all th e additional furniture and other things they actually needed. Both were highly delighted with the change. Walter declared, as they sat down to supper that night, that Hal Headle y was the best fellow in the world, and Crystal agreed with him with all her heart. Hal lived only a few blocks away, and he made his appearance that night. "Come along, Walter, I'm going to take you to the where your job i s waiting for you and introduce you to the woman who owns the place." Walter got his hat and went along with great alacrity. Next morning he commenced his new duties, and Hal soon learned that he was giving perfect s atisfaction. The school where Hal proposed to send Crystal was a business college on 125th. Street. This was ope n evenings as well a s daytime. Hal had already made hi s arrangements for her, so he took her down on Wednesday evening and introduced her to the head instru c t o r. She was told to come next morning and begin her course, and she did so. It was easy now for Hal to see Crystal, s o be visited her two or three times a week, and their friendship grew with every v i sit Some time s h e brought Sam with him, and then they had a musical evening, and e njo yed themselves immensely one or the other sending out for a supply of ice cream and candy. Thus time passed, winter came on, and Crystal was rop idl y becoming proficient in the vocation Hal had selected for her to follow until-but that was hi s secret. CHAPTER XI. HAL HIRES AN OFFICE. It was about this time that Hal learned that a syndicate had been formed to corner M. & T. shares. Afte r satisfying himself that he had got on to. another good thing be bought 2,000 shares at the market figure of 65. He m11de the de through the little bank, as usual.


... I 20 OU'l' FOR BIG MONEY. Hal took his memorandum and left the bank. Next day he put Sam on to the painter and his chum went around to the little bank and .bought 100 s hare s fol' himself. A week aftel' Hal got in on it the s tock advanced a couple of points. On the following day it went up two points more. That attracted a ttention to it, and some traders began to look for it. They found it hard to get, and that :made tliem all the more eager to buy it. The result was it advanced three points mol'e. The newspapers chronicled the rise, and the public then began taking a hand. In a d ay or two M. & T. was ruling at 80, or fifteen points higher than Hal paid for his 2,009 shares, which in dicated a profit of $30,000 in sight for him. Sam was also feeling good, for he saw at lea s t $1,500 profit in the perspective for himself. Two days afterward the bciys sold out and cl eaned up a profit of $20 a share each, which raised Hal's capital to $70,000. Hal told Crystal about his latest piece of good luck in the market, and she congratulat ed him mo s t sinc ere l y Mr. Hood had not been coming to the office regularly for some time, because of a physical ailment. As he got wor'se insteaq of better his physician advised him to go to a certain watering place, where the disease he \Vas suffering with could be heated with better effect than in thi s country. He decided to do so, and made his arrangements to that effect. The new manager a:q_d Hal didn t agree very well. It is possible that the poss ess ion of $70,000 mad e the boy more independent than he otherwise would have been. At any rate, he conclud e d that he didn't care to work for the new boss and handed in his re s ign a ti on, which the manager accepted promptly, a s he had a nephew he want e d to provide with a job. Hal said nothing to Sam till he ifrnt him on Monday morning following the Saturda}' that he severe d bu s iness re lation s with Mr. Hood's office. "Hello, Sam On the rus h as usual, eh?" h e said. "Well, isn't that the fate of u s messengers?" replied Sam. "You needn t include me in that. '1 "Wh}' not? You're as much a m essenge r a s I am." "Not at present, Sam." "What do }'OU mean b}' that?" a'sked Sam, looking at him in surprise. "I have shook the messenger bu s ine ss." "Do you mean to Sa}' you've left Hood?" "I've left his office." "The deuce }'OU have! Why?" "The new manager and I didn't pull in the sa me direction." "He didn t fire you, did he?" "Hardly. I tendered my ref'.ignation and he accepted it." "So you're out?" about the size of it." "What are your plans?" "I think I'll open an office." "Whose?" chuckled Sam. "My own, of course." What kind of business arc you thinking of going into?" "I think the brokerage business will suit me pretty well." "You couldn't select a better, for you' re bound to go broke if }'OU go into it,'' grinned Sam. "Think so, eh? Well, I don't agree with }'OU." "It takes capital and experie nce to succeed "I've got capital enough, and I'll pick up the experi ence." "By the time you get the experience you won't have any capital left." "You' cl better run along, Sam. I don't consider }'OU competent to hand out advice o n the sub j ect. I'll see you later." Thus speaking, Hal walked away That afternoon he learned that a firm of patent attorneys on the s am e floor with Broker Rood wanted to sublet a small room connected with their suite which they had no use for. He called upon the head of the firm and inquired what rent was wanted for the room The gentleman state d the figure and Hal asked to see the room. "I'll rent it,'' he said, after lookin g it over "What kind of business do you want it for?" he was asked. "Oh, I want it for an office. My bu siness is buying and selling stocks." "Can you give rue a satisfactory reference?" "Mr. Georg e Dav enport, or the Anchor Building "Well, I'll see Mr. Davenport. Come in to-morrow." Hal was promptl}' on hand next da}', and he got the office. By the ehd of the week he had it furnished to suit his needs, and a painter l ette red the glass part of the door with his name and the words "Stocks and Bonds." "That will make Sam sta re, I guess, ancl some other people on this floor open their C}'es," he chuckled, as he locked up Saturday noon and stoocl lo oking at the lettering on the door. That evening he cal led on Crysta l whom he now called by her fir s t nam e without the prefix "Mies." "I've got a job for }'OU, Crystal," he sa id. "Have you?" she s airl with a smile ''Yes. I've opened an office for m}'self: on Wall Street, and as I'll b e 011 t most of the ti,me I want somebody to look after it. You can arrange to finish }'OUr course at the school evenings. I'll give you eight dollars a week to start with, and your office hours will be from nine-thirty 1 to three thirty. How does tl1at snit you?" Crystl declar e d that it would give lJe r a great deal of pleasure to work for Hal, and s o it wa s arranged that she was to begin on Monday. ; Sam was surprise d when he learn ed that his chum had actually opened an office. "Do you really expect to make it pa}'?" he said. "Surest thing you know. I'm out for big money, you know, and as luck seems to be with me I think an office is the right thing to help the good work along,'' replied Hal. "Y ciu know }'Our own business be s t. I'll drop in and see you Monday afternoon." "Do so. I'll be glad to see }'OU," answered Hal.


I l OUT FOR BIG MONEY. 21 C H APTER XII. THE IRATE BROKER. When Hal walked into his office on Monday morning he felt that he was a person of s ome consequence in Wall Street at last. He had an office and $70,000. cash in his safe deposit box. 'l'here were many traders in the Street not so well fixed. At any rate, the ex-messenger considered that his future looked pretty bright. He read the morning paper, the Wall Street "Argus," and studied the market report As soon as Crystal s howed up he intended to go over to the Exchange gallery and see how things were going in the board room. Crystal had to go to the business school that morning to change her hours of attendance, and so he didn t look for her to appear much before e lev e n While he was waiting for her a messenger boy came in with a note for hinr from Mr. Davenport, asking him to call at his office. "r wonder what Mr. Davenport want s with me?" thought Hal. "Maybe he s going to rake me for having the nene to hire an office and call myself a broker. Well, I can't help it. I've a right to choose my own line of action I've been a messenger long eno ugh. Now I'll see how it feels to be my owrr boss." 'fhere was a gentle knock at the door and: Hal said "Come in." Crystal Dane walked in. "Ah, Crystal, I'm glad you've come. I've just received a note calling me over to the Anchor Building, and I was afraid I'd have to lock up before you made your appearance. Take off your things and h ang them in the closet. Then take that chair yondrr in front of the t ypewrite r. You can :fill in your time practicing. Wh e n you get tired there is a book in the drawer you can read. I don't expect any vi s itors, but if one should call you can tell him I may be back in half an hour." 'l'hus fl.peaking, Hal put on his hat and started for the Anchor Building. He was immediately shown into Mr. Davenport's private office. "Take a seat, Ilendle,r." the operator in a bu s iness like tone. "I understand you have s tarted out for yourself in the brokerage line?" "Yes, sir; I have opened an office to try my luck." "With your capital, J s uppose?" "I have more than that, sir." "More than that, eh? How much more?" "Forty thousand more." "Where did you get it?" "T got it by disregarding ya m advice. I. bought 2,000 shares of M. & T .. and when the rise came a short time afterward I made that amount of profit." "Upon my word you are a most unus ual boy I think you will serve my purpose first rate." "In what way, sir?" "I want to get hold of some mining shares. There is only one man in the Street who has the stock, which is Poca hontas, and he holds 50,000 shares. The rest of the stock is out West, and for reasons cannot be got It is quoted on the Goldfield Eschange at 50 cents 'l'he 50,000 sha re s in question are therefore wOTth $25,000. Now, I want you to go and buy that stock for me right away. I am giving you the commission in order to give you a boost. When you de liver the stock here I will give you my check for the value of the stock and the regular commission added." "Thank you, sir. Who is the gentleman who has the stock?" "Oscar Gaines, a broker in the Mill s Building." "Suppose he should want a little more than 50 cents?" "Give it to him even if he should ask 60, but don't appear eager to get it. Try to get it a s near 50 as you can." "All right, s ir; I'll call on him right away "Do so. If he is out, make your offer to bis cashier If that doesn't fetch it find out where Gaines has gone and hunt him up The quicker you do the job the better I'll be pleased As Mr. Davenport had nothing further to say, Hal started on his errand which promised to yie ld him a larg e commis sion. When he reached the Mills Building he asked the elevator man what floor Broker Gaines' office was on. "The fourth," was the reply. It was the fl.ool' on which he had the scrap with the big broker which ended in hi s punching the trader in the jaw and making his escape. Hal had seen this broker on the street several time s since, b11t had prudently kept out of his way. He would have been greatly taken aback had he learned at that moment that Broker Gaines, whom he was calling on, was that identical individual. He entered Gaines' office and asked for the trader. ":E-Te's over to the Exchange," sai d the cashier. "I am looking for some Pocahontas mining stoc k and was told that Mr. Gaines has quite a block for sal e," said Hal. "He has-50,000 shares. How n;inch do You 1rant? It can only be sold in 10,000 -share loi.s, as o.f the cer tificate s call for that number o.f shares. Our price i s 52 cents." :'I'll take all you've got at 5 1," said Hal. "How do you propose to pay for it?" "Spot cash." "Ah, that'a business. Wait a moment." 'l'he cashier went to the safe and took out an oblong envelope. He pulled out five J 0,000-shar e cert ificates of Pocahontas Mining and Milling Company stock and handed them to Hal to look at. "They're all right replied HaJ. "Fj: ere's y our money. Count it and then give me a memorandum of the transac tion in the usual way. I'll trouble you for the envelope also." The business was aoon transacted and Hal took his leave, quite tickled at having got through with the matter so easily. "Let me see, my commission will be $125 per 1,000 shares. That will amount to--" He opened the door to pass out into the corridor and came face to face with Oscar Gai nes. The recognition was mutual.


'.; 22 OUT FOR BIG MONEY. "So I've got you at last, have I?" roared the broker, "Well, you didn't buy it of me. My cashier made a mismaking a grab for him. take in selling it to you, so the deal is off." But he hadn't. "No, it isn't off. I hold a regular memorandum of sale Hal ducked, side:stepped and darted for the elevator. that makes the stock absolutely mine, as I paid the cash The broker started to follow, then reconsidered the matfor it. But I'd like to know who you are? You can't be ter and hurried into his office. Mr. Gaines?" Just as Hal caught a down elevator Gaines came rushing "Yes, I'm Mr. Gaines," hissed the broker, "and the deal out like a wild man. sha'n't go through!" "Stop that elevator!" he roared, waving his arms. "I'll bet it will go through. I'll have you up before the He was too late, but just then .another elevator came Board of Governors of the Stock Exchange if you keep that down, and making a dash he caught it. stock from me. I it for a customer, and you'll find Hal reached the ground floor first and hurried up Broad he's a man who won't stand for any monkey business from Street. you." Broker Gaines got down a few seconds later and rushed "Who is he?" after him. "You'll learn if this thing comes to an issue." He wanted Hal for something more important than the "Did you pay for that stock, Hal?" asked Hanford. recollection of the blow the lad had administered to him "I did, in cash." some time since. "Then it's yours." He had learned that a rich vein of gold ore had been "I ]uiow it's mine." discovered in the Pocahontas mine and that the stock had "And this gentleman will realize the fact if he stops to already boomed on the Goldfield Exchange to $1.50 a share, think," continued Hanford. with .every prospect of a further rise. "My cashier had no right to sell it!" snarled Gaines. 'l'he news had brought him to his office in a hurry to warn "That's a matter you'll have to settle with your cashier," his cashier not to sell the 50,000 shares he held. said Hanford When he discovered that his cashier had j-ust sold the "The stock is worth three times what he paid for it," stock he was staggered, for the shares were at that moment said Gaines worth three times as much as his cashier had received for "How can that be, when my customer told me not half an them. hour ago that it was selling on the Goldfield Exchange for On learning that the boy he had just passed, and toward 50 cents, and I gave your cashier 51 cents for it. He first whom he entertained a lively grouch, was the purchaser, he said the price was 52, but agreed to take 51 for the whole was simply furious. block. I don't see how you can say it's worth three times He determined to recover the stock, although had he been that." cooler he would have realized the futility of such a move, "What stock is it?" asked Hanford. since the sale had been made in due form and would be "Pocahontas mining." sustained by the Exchange. "That jumped from 50 cents to $1.50 inside of the last He overtook the boy trader at the corner of Exchange half hour." Place. Hal was surprised, and showed it. "Hand over that stock or I'll throttle you!" roared Bro"Well, I didn't know that. Besides, I'm not going to ker Gaines, pushing Hal against the building with one hand make anything more than my commission out of it, so it on his throat, while he snatched away the certificates with doesn't make any difference to me what it's worth." the other. Gaines, however, refused to give up the stock. At thtit moment Broker Hanford appeared around the "All right," said Hal, "then I'll have you arrested for corner. a s sault, and for taking property that does not belong to CHAPTER XIII. HAL GETS A GILT-EDGE TIP .AND GOES IN ON THE OPTION BASIS. Broker Hanford was a young trader and a particular fri e nd of Hal's. He had seen Hal rushing up Broad Street, and, turning to look after him, saw Broker Gaines' assault. on there! What's the trouble?" he said, grasping Games by the arm. "That's my business!" answered Gaines in a dogged way. "Give me back that stock!" demanded Hal, as a crowd began to collect around the three. "What right have you to attack me and take my property away?" "It's my property!" roared broker. "I tell you it's mine!" "It's no such thing, you young villain "I just bought it at Broker Gaines' office!" you away from me." "You wouldn't dare!" gritted Gaines. "Well, you walk away with those certificates and you'll see what will happen!" replied Hal defiantly. "I'll have you arrested for striking me in front of my office a month ago!" "You struck and kicked me first, and I'll bet if I get you in court I'll show you up in a way you won't like!" "You young villain .cried Gaines, shaking the envelope containing the stock in dispute at him. Quick as a flash Hal reached out and snatched it out of his fingers. Broker Gajnes made a swoop at him, but Hal dived into the crowd and made his escape. He hurried up to Mr. Davenport s office and handed him the stock, at the same time teITing him all the facts con nected with its purchase, including the row he had on the street with Gaines. "You bought that just in the nick of time," said the oper-i


-, / f OUT FOR BIG MONEY. 23 ator in a tone of satisfaction "Had you been a trifle later you would ba .ve lost the deal and with it your commission. You're a pretty smart boy, Headley, and I commend you for the stout front you put up against Gaines. It wouldn t have done him any good to have held on to the sharea after t taking them from you. I could easily have forced him to give them up. They became yours the moment Gaines' cashier accepted the cash for them In fact, they would have become you rs legally if you had merely exchanged memorandums of the sale, for that's the rule of the Stock Exchange. The fact that one of the parties to the trade was a member of the Exchange i s e nough to legalize the transaction. Now I'll write you a check for $25,500, plus $6,250, your commissio n. You have done a pretty good morning's work." "I wish I cou ld make that much every day," replied Hal; "I'd soon ge t the big money I'm out for." "So you're out for big money, are you?" smi l e d 1.he operator "Yes, sir; and I intend to get it.'' "What's your limit? A million?" "I figured on $100,000, but as I'm getting close to that now, I've rai sed the ante to a quarter of a million.'' "I wish you success in reaching your goal." "Thank you, sir; I know you mean that," said Ha1, get ting up and wishing the operator 'good-day, adding: "If you have any other commission you would care to have me execute for vou let me know.'' I will ce;tainly keep you in mind. Good-day.'' Hal returned to the office and hawed Crystal the re anlt of his morning efforts "My, what a lot of money to make in so short a time!" she cried. "It is a good bit, but I may not make any more in a month," replied Hal. He let th e girl off at three that day, and half an hour later Sam walked in. "So this is where you are holding out, eh?" he said, looking around the room. "You're a lucky boy to be able to afford the luxury of an office.'' The boys talked a while, and then went out to lunch, after which they started for home. Hal didn't make a cent during the next two weeks, nor did he see a chance to get in on what he considered a safe deal. At the end of that time be received another note from Mr. Davenport asking him to call. "Well, what have you been doing s ince I saw you last?" asked the operator when the boy was s hown into hi s private office. "Looking for a chance to make money.'' "What have you made?" "Nothing." "Well as long as you ha Yen't l ost any money you a re doing well." "Perhaps you can put me in the war of making something?" "I sent for you for that purpose.'' "Much obli ged.'' "I'm going to let you in on a tip-on the st rict Q. T., mind. It's safe or I wouldn t suggest it to you Listen: The J. & D. road is not a gild edged one, as possibly you know." "I know it i sn't. It's been in the dumps for severa l years, for one reason or another," said Hal. "I could mention the reasons, but it is a matter that wouldn't interest you Well, I'm in a position to know that the M & N. Toad has leased the J. & D. for a term of ninety nine years. The terms of the lease carry with it a guar anteed 6 per cent to the stockho lders. As soon as the news gets out, which it will in a day or two, J. & D. stock is bound to jump up anywhere from :fifteen to twenty points. Wbat you want to do is to try and get hold of some of 1.he shares I have secured all I care to handle. I am afraid you will find it mighty scarce, as quite a number of the knowing ones have been buyll;ig it in as fa s t as they could get it. However, there were a great many shares issued, and it is wide l y sca ttered. If you .try hard enou gh you ought to be able to get some, but you haven't got more than fortyeighfhours to act in." Hal thanked the operator for the tip, and after some few words more left to hunt up J. & D. It was ruling in the market at 42, its par value being $50. He made a tour of the Wall Street offices and located 1,000 shares with a trader named Myers. He got a ten-day option on it on depositing 10 per cent. of its current value, or $4,200, and agreeing to pay 44 for it at or before that time expired. Half an hour later he found a broker named Merritt who had 1,500 shares, and he made a similar deal with him, putting up $6,300. A broker named Parrott had 2,000 shares, and H a l se cured the call on it on the same terms as he had made with the other two. That is all he could find up to three o'clock, and then he heard that Broker Gaines bad 4,000 shares. .He wondered if Gaines would kick him out if he called, but :finally decided to chance it. The cashier remembered him and gave him a sour look when be asked for the trader. At that moment Gaines came out of hi s room and saw him. "What do you want here?" be s narled. "Have you any J. & D. for sale?" "I have. I am asking 42 1-2 for it." "How many sha res have you?" "Four thousand "I'll give you 44 for a ten-day option on it, and a cash deposit of 10 per cent. of the current value After some talk the broker fina ll y closed with his offer and Hal handed him $16,800 deposit, which was to be for feited, of course, if the boy fa iled to buy the shares with in the spec ified time at 44. By noon next day Hal secured 1,500 s hare s more, on the same arrangement, with two other brokers, making $10,000 shares in all, with $42,000 at stake. ___ CHAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION Hal couldn't find a n y more J. & D., so he gave up further hunt and calling on Mr. Davenport told h 'hat he had done


24 OU'l' FOR BIG MONEY. The operator laughed Tennant, and the trio hop ed to pick up something by stay" There ll b e six mad brokers when you get ready to call ing around the shore during the summer. your options," he said. "You're sure to touch them up to "You kin bet we owe him a whole lot," said Norris, with the tune of anywhere from $10 to $15 a share. But how a vengeful look "And we're, likely to owe him more, for :ne you going to pay for th i s stoc k you've got the call on? he's following u s with the intention of trying to trap us How much money have you left?" in some way." "I have $34,000." "He' ll never trap us, but we inay trap him," said_ Ten, "You're $6,000 s hort of bein g able to take np your lowest nant. option "We can't afford to take any chances," said Mallison. "Oh, I guess I can sell the options easily enough at a "Here, s tep into this hallway, and we'll give him the slip." discount on the market price." In this way Hal lost them. "Well, you could sell the largest option-the one Gaines He stopped the policeman, however, described the three gave you for 4,000 s!1ares-anc1 yotir profit on that one, rasca ls to him, and told him the circumstances which called with the money you have, ought to you to take up the for their arrest. 0thcrs in turn. As fast as you call in the options, tal{ing Next morning Hal called on the operator and told him the lowest one first, you can sell the stoc k and as your about his encounter with the three rascal s on Beaver Street, profit increases you will have the money to get the others." and how l;e had followed them n early to Chatham Square, "Yes, sir; I'll do that if thing s work out right," said losing them somewh ere in the crowd. Hal. Mr. Davenport immediatel y notifi ed police headquar-Hal then walk ed over to the Exchange and went up into t ers, giving the description of the men a s furnished by Hal. tlie gallery, as was a regular custom with him, and stood Two detectives were sent out to look for them. watching the traders on the floor. About one o'clock that day the new s of the leasing of the When the Exchange closed for the day he came out, and, J. & D. road by the M. & N. came out and was verified. not having had his lunch yet, went down to a Beaver Street The former stock jumped at once from 42 to 50. restaurant. 'l'he brok ers who had sold the options to Hal saw that On coming out he came face to face with three men whom they had been caught by the boy, and they were much di s he recognized at once as the three rascals who had figured gusted in the Raccoon Beach affair, and who were wanted by the This was particularly the case with Oscar Gaines. New Jersey police on Mr Davenport's complaint. He was so mad that he raised Cain in his office all the They recognized him too, and were rather taken aback. rest of the day. their self-possession, they walked hurriedly I The price was already six points above the figure he had toward Wilham Street and turned up that street. agreed to sell the stock for. Hal followed them, hoping to find a policeman on the 1 Although he couldn't lose ai:ything on the deal, the fa c t way. that Hal might be able to make from $40,000 to $50,000, They looked around several times, but the boy dodged while he might be obliged to hold tl}e s hares seve n days behind a cart, or into a doorway and believed they were longer at an interest loss which would come out of his not aware that he was shadowing them. profit of $2 a share, was not pleasant for him to contem He followed them clean up to North William, and still plate. failed to see a cop. Nevertheless, he couldn't do anything before the option They went on into Park Row; crossed Duane Street ancl limit was up. kept straight o n tmvard C hatham Sq uare, and somehow in While J. & D. was roosting at 50, Hffl in to e c e the crowd Hal lost sight of them, and wasn't able to find Mr Darenport. them again "How high do you think it will go, sir?" h e inquired. "Too bacl," said Hal, a s he saw a policeman at la s t "1 "It ought to go up five point s more. In fact, I s hall not thought I would be able to have them pinched W e ll, I be surprised to see it go to 60 to day; but if it docs it must tell Mr. Davenport to-morrow that they're in town." won' t stay there after things quiet down. At a 6 per cent. It happened that th e three men were aware that Hal was guaranteed inte rest I should say that 53 wa s about the following them, and they easily guessed his object right value of the shares without any regard whatever to ''I'd like to get my hands on that boy in some quiet the :fluctuations of the market." place, and I'd fix him!" said the old man, whose name was The operator advised Hal to sell at 'most any price above Hugh Mallison. "He's the c hap that queered our game 55, which figure he seemed s ure the s tock would reach. that night, and we owe him a long score." Hal went over to the Exchange to watch the floor / Forty years before, whe n the Raccoon Eeach fishing colthe gallery. ony wa;; in existence, Mallison was the leading spirit o.f the J. & D. was going at 5] when he got there and in the p l ace course of an hour went up to 55. He was twenty -five then, and was known as the most unThe brokers on whom Hal held the opti

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2 6 OUT FOR BIG MONEY gone up even :five points unde r the present market condi tio ns Gaines wen t around that afternoon looking sour enough to curdle new milk. He didn't believe that Hal had bought the option for him self, for it seemed rid i culous that the boy would be abl e to raise the $160,000 due on the stock. He overlooked the fact that Hal coul d sell his option t o somebody :financia ll y able to take the shares up : This is just what the boy to do when he th?ught the price had gone pretty near as high as it was likely to go. At two o'clock J & D reached 60. Hal immediately went to his friend Hanford's office to give him the order to sell the 4,000 shares owned by Gaines on which he held the option Hanford was over at the Exchange, so Hal went there and sent word in to him that he wanted to see him. The young broker came out and Hal told h i m to sell the option Hanford h ad no difficulty in disposing of it at 59 1-2, the market price being 60, and getting a check for it on the spo t This check amou n ted to $78,800, and incluclecl the $16,800 deposit Hal had left with Gaines as a guarante e that he would pay for the stock or forfeit that amount. Hal's profit on that option therefore amounted to $60 000, less Hanford's commission of $500 Hal now had money enough to take up the Myera option on 1,000 shares and the Merritt option on 1 500 shares. He lost no time in doing both, and carried the certifi cates to Hanford at the Exchange to be sol d at once: His profit on these shares at 60, not counting commis sion, was in round numbers $40,000. He still had Parrott' s option for 2,000, and two others that called for 1 500 shares more. Fearing that the price woul d drop in the morning, Hal called on Parrott and offered to cancel his option at 591-2. As that was a s good as $1,000 in the broker's pocket, he consented and handed the boy his check for the difference between 44 and 59 1-2, and returned the $8,400 deposit. Hal's profit on this option amounted to $31,000 He m ade th e same arrangem ent with other two bro kers and captured a sum of $23,000 from them 'I'hat clos ed up h 'is option dea ls, with a tota l profit of $158 000 \Vhen he put h i s money away in the safe deposit box it footed up the tota l sum of $230,000 He rushed over to tell his good fortune to Mr. Davenport, and that gentleman congratulated him "Now that you've made the big nioney you were out for, I hope you will stop taking any more chances and settl e clown t o try i ng to bu il d up and run a legitimate business," sai d the operator. "Yes, sir, I think I will take your advice," replied Hal. The man at the other end informed him that three men answering to the description given of Hugh Mallison, Norris and Tennant had been arrested by the detectives and had been lodged in the 'I'ombs He was asl}ed to come up to the prison and the men "The identification is up to you and your friend Cheste r Ha l," said Mr. Davenport, "for I was not in shape to get a distinct view of the men's features that night." "All r ight, sir I will go to the Tombs with you right away We can stop in at Mr Granger's office and get Sam to go with us. He and I will have no great difficulty in picking the rascals out." Accordingly they called for Sam and the three went to the Tombs. The boys readily recognized the three men That afternoon they were brought before a magistrate in the police court and on the evidence given by the boys were held in heavy bonds. The authoritie s of the New Jersey county in which their crime was committ e d were notified, and the rascals were taken there after the proper papers had been signed. In clue time the y were tried, convicted and sentenced for a number of years to th: State prison at Trenton, and that was the last Hal or Sam ever heard of them. Hal now devoted himse .1 to estab l ishing a regular bro kerage business. He hired a suitable office, and secured the -services of a bookke e per thoroughly acquainted with the business to pos t him. As he was too young to apply yet for member s hip in the Stock Exchange he arranged with hi s friend Hanford to p u t his orders through on a basis that would give him a profit. Finally Mr Davenport suggested that it would be to his advantage to go into partnership with Hanford. The young broker was willing to combine with Hal, and soon the new firm of Hanford & Headley became a fixture in the Street and is there to this day. Of conrrn Hal married Cry s ta l Dane, for the young people found they were cut out for each other, and their marriage l:ias proved a happy one. Sam eventually became cashier for Hanford & Headley, and to-day has a certain interest in the business And thus we draw the curtain on the boy who was out for big money and reached the goa l of hi s ambition. THE END. Read "THE BOY ICE KING, OR C OI N I NG MONEY FROM THE RIVER," which will be the next number (213) of '.'Fame and Fortune Weekly." "Such l u ck as I have been having during the last few months is too good to cont i nue indefinite ly, so 1 guess I'll quit with the goods and not run the risk of losing what I SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly have acquired." are always in print. If you obtain them from any While they were tal king the te l ephone rang newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by The operator put the receiver to his ear. 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FAME AND FORTUNE The Middy's Gallant Fight By John Sherman. Billy Little, or, as his shipmates dubbed him, Little Billy, for one so young, was a thoroughbred seaman. The first yea!' of his life at sea was a tough one, he having fell in with a brutal captain. Then he shippe d on board the Hawk. Here he came into contact with Captain Disbrow, a kind hearted, whole-souled man, who treated his men like human beings, not dogs. Two yearf! slip by; Billy is fifteen years of age. We see him standing, bundle in hand, on the deck of the Hawk, which is lying in New York harbor. By his side is Captain Disbrow, who says: "Billy, I'm very sorry to lose you, but still I must advise you to go, for if you don't you will stand in your own light." "I'm sorry, too," replied Billy in tremulous tones. "I'd like to be with you, for I owe so much to you for your kind ness in the past." Perhaps you ask-why this parting? Simply because that during the preceding two years Billy had studied hard, had been advanced as rapidly as possible and as far as Captain Disbrow could push him. Arrived in port the captain had exerted himself and pro cured for Billy a commission as a middy on board of a vessel belonging to the East India Transportation Company. So Billy trudged along West Street to the pier where the Rambler, his new vessel, lay, boarded her, sought the captain and introduced himself. Captain Barnes Billy found to be a gruff-voiced, heavlly bearded individual, somewhat, though unconsciously to a great degree, overbearing. Several hours later, and the broad, blue, deep-rolling sea was before them. A few days slipped by and, unconsciously almost, Billy began to conceive a great liking for Captain Barnes, who seemed to return it. Outside of Captain Barnes, there was not a person on board the Rambler who knew so much as Billy about the service of seamanship-that is, in the ability to determine latitude and longitude and the like. The consequence was that Billy was taken into the cap tain's confidence, and his advice was frequently ca lled for, and, when given, relied upon. 1 They were bound for India, and the Rambler bounded mer rily on toward the goal, until, r eaching and crossing the equator, she fell into the latitude of calms. Ne ver before had it been the lot of Captain Barnes to meet a calm that continued s o long, and as provisions and water were getting low, be began to be troubled in mind, as in addition to their scantiness the quality was not of the 'best, and he entertained fears of an outbreak of the sailor's ter rible enemy and curse-scurvy. And stich finally proved to be the case, for it broke out in its most malignant shape, and in one week there remained but eleven persons on board the Rambler, and they-the cap tain, Billy, Pedro, the Portuguese cook, and eight seamen. They, too, would have undoubtedly finally shared their companions' fate had not a providential breeze sprung up, which carried them onward out of the tropics and into the trade winds. They had to make port as soon as possible, and the nearest one having been lo cated, in its direction the prow of the Rambler was headed. They remained here two weeks, during which a fresh stock of provisions was laid in, and her crew increased to its proper number by engaging a whole group of swarthy South Sea natives. The latter were an evfl-looking set, but there was no help for it, a full crew was nece ssary, and these the only men attainable. For a week or more after leaving port everything went along smoothly, Billy, from the death of the first Heutenant, having been advanced to the charge of the deck during one of the watches. Then an incident occurred which c hanged the current of events in a very marked manner. Pedro was caught in the act of stealing, and, in bis wrath, Captain Barnes ordered that he receive flrty lashes on his bare back. After that Pedro maintained a sullen silence for a few days, and the obs ervant Billy saw him in c lose conversa tion with one and then another of the South Sea natives. "What can it mean?" thought Billy. "I must find out. He communicated his suspicions to Captain Barnes, who advised letting the matter quietly rest until they could gain some definite information as to what mischief they were up to. Night closed in dark but not stormy-looking. The first regular watch came up at one bell, and Billy had charge of the deck. 'l'wo bells. three, four five, six and seven bells, half-past eleven had rung when Billy saw form after form iss ue from the forecastle hatchway and range themselves along the deck. Before be could fairly realize the thing there came a cry of: "Now down with the dogs, but don't hurt a hair on Billy's head!" Half of Billy's watch were Obejians, and with the assis tance of their companions, despite the gallant struggle made by the brave tars, they were soon placed hors de combat. As for Billy, he picked up a marlinespike, and, sailing in with a vim, knocked the swarthy-visaged devils right and left. Alarmed and wakened from bis sleep by the melee, the captain hurried on deck, pistol in band. Seeing bow matters stood, he bounded forward near to where Billy stood, and leveling his pistol, fired at the Portuguese, who, plainly to be seen, was the leader of the insurrection. In his excitement the aim bad been unsteady, and the ball whistled harmlessly over Pedro's head. Again be raised his pistol, took more careful aim, but ere he could fire a black approaching from behind, struck him a heavy blow on the bead that stretched him bleeding and senseless on the deck. Seeing the havoc that Billy was creating, Pedro motioned to finish the lad in the same way Just as he darted forward, intending to attack the leader of the conspirators, a heavy blow descended on bis head. When Billy returned to consciousness bis bead ached so miserably that he was almost blind. Still, be c ould recog nize his surroundings sufficiently to know that he was in his own bed and that Pedro was beside him, applying cold water to his bead. A few hours passed and he was able to sit up, although a dull, heavy pain across his temples nearly drove him crazy. Pedro assisted him on deck, and the cool breeze revived him so that he began to look about him. Everywhere he saw the Otejians, at the wheel, at the slays and at the jibs; not a white man was to be seen. "Where is the captain?" Billy asked of Pedro. "Shut up in the hold." i


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 "Where are the other sailors?" "Shut up in the hold along with the captain, "Why have you made an e xception of me? "Because we want y ou to manage the vessel. I'm captain now, and y ou 're sailing-maste r ." ;' I won't do it," stoutly said Billy. "Yes, y ou will, grimly replied the Portuguese. "If you don t, you can go down and k e ep :.the captain company." So I will then," hotl y said Billy But on se c ond thought he r epente d of having made s u c h a s peech, as he certainly could do more to frustrate their plans while he was free than he could w ere he placed in confinement. "What a r e y ou going to do with the v e ssel?" asked Billy after a s ho r t s ilen ce. "First, we want to go to Guad elmir Island for water, then afterwa rd-but never mind that i s e nough for y ou to know now. G et y ou r m a p s and arrange ou r cours e for Guadelmir possible. Oh, how I wish I had a knife or a brace of pistols." Just then a shimmer in the bottom of the boat struck his eye. He knew what it was and a glad cry escaped him. "Ah, ha! my boy s, c ome on. With that good sword I'll send some of you to eternity! Four of the blacks had caught up to aIJ.d seized hold of the gunwales of the boat. There was a rus hin g sound a s the sword cleft the air, then a howl of mor t al a go ny, a nd a bl aclc h a d di s appeared beneath the surfaceto ri se no more. Another and anothe r share d th e 'same fate. They clos e d in on him from a ll s ides s ome with uplifted hands holding g l eaming knives, while t hose approaching car rie d them in their t e eth. A d ea dly blow i s ai m e d at him from behind, another at his side, but h e sees t he m not. Befor e him is one with knife Island, and mind you any treachery will cost you your life." upraised. So, perforc e Billy got out his charts and compass studied A sharp, sting ing pain in his ba ck told him that he had them, then went on deck and laid the R a mbler's prow in be e n wounded ; he p a uses not to look, but deHvers a back the desired course. handed blow with terrible effe ct, it sweeping off two more Some days later the headlands of the island were in of his foes. sight. Rapidly the headlands of the island grew more distinct as they approached it, and Pedro ordered the anchor to be cast when they were at least a half a mile from shore. The longboat was low e red and Pedro ordered six men to man the oars. Instantly all the Obejians began struggling for the po sition, so anxious were they all to g e t ashore To save a di spute, Pedro, whom they obeyed about as much as they plea s ed, said they might all go and then descended into the bo a t himself, followed by the blacks. Billy hop e d that in the ex citement they would forget him, but no P e dro soon discovered his absence and ordered to get into the longboat. They w ere s oon ashore, and it became evident to Billy why they were all so anxious, for near the junction of the river with the sea s t ood an old shanty in which liquor was sold, this bein g the only habitation on this flide of the island In a bod y t hey rus hed to the hut and poure d down glass afte r glass of the fiery burning liquor. Forc ed to accompany Pedro, Billy did so with as good grace as possible. Once inside the hut, the former, who was also a lov e r of the ardent, poured a glas s or two o f the v il e s tuff dow n hi s throat, whi c h had the effect of his relaxing his wa t c h on Billy, who was no t s low to p e r ce iv e this, and seeing it, he t ook matters in a v ery c ool way, impressi n g t he now rapidly-growing-b e fogg e d Pedro w ith the id e a that he would not e s ca pe if h e coulcl But Billy kne w what h e w a s about and when s ome trivial dispute had attrac t e d the atte ntion to a c ommon c enter and away frbm himself, h e slipp e d qui etly out of the door and started on a r a pid run for the n arrow strip of be ac h wh ere the longboat lay. The fight continue d until but one foe was left, and he, evidently afraid of the terrible, gory instrument of death, kept at a resp e ctful distance swimming along some few feet away as fast as the boat drifted. At first Bill y was at loss to understand the reason of his movements ; the n as h e forg e d s lowl y ahe ad it rushed upon him. The Obejian would endeavor to reach the Rambler first, and so effe ctually prev ent any e ndeavor t o release the prison e rs. It, was only too apparent. Billy resolved to try to outswim the bla c k He laid down the sword, the only weapon he had, and taking a plunge, struck out for the vessel. Billy strained every nerve, ye t nearer and still nearer came the black. Once h e turned hi s head to look for Billy when the latter s a w the knife still betwe e n bis gleaming teeth. About a hundre d feet from the v e s sel and they were within arm's length ; the black clasped his knife, raised his arm and struck; but, a ctive and qui c k Billy avoided it and closed in on hi s a s sailant. A wild strugg l e e n s u e d du r in g which B illy managed to get hold of the knife a nd qui ckl y dro v e it home in the breast of the bla c k who, uttering a dying g roan ; sank into the s e a. W ea k and exh a u sted, it was all Bill y c ould do to gain the R a mbler' s deck, a nd on c e the r e he sank down panting and gasping. But h e kne w he must b e up a nd doing ; for, glancing shore ward, be s aw t h e r e m a inin g bl ac kson t h e b ea ch enter the water and s wim out iJJ. the direction of the vessel. Whe n a long half way there he heard a fearful y ell b ehind With a s pik e h e w re n c h e d loo se th e c lasps that held the him, and glan cin_g back saw the whol e c rew iss u e from the hatc hway down the n d escende d a nd r e l e a se d the captain and but and start in hot pursuit. the' sea m en, 1 o whom the surprise of t h eir d e liv ery wa s so He reac h e d t h e longboat pu s h e d her off and jttmped in, great tha t som e o f them a c tuall y c ried with d e light. just a s the fir s t of t he bla cks re ac hed the bea c h They hurried on deck s hook o u t th e sails and slipping He seiz e d a p air of oars and commenc e d pulling away the cable bore off from the i s l and, skirte d its shoies to the for dear li fe, but the boat was so heavy that he could scarcely opposite side t o the s eaport Unadill a wh e r e they fortunately move her; but on c e out into the river's current, that carried found enough g ood reli a ble s eamen to fill up their coi:vple ber outw a rd t o wa rd 1.he R a mbler. m e n t, and al s o a governm ent crui se r who r eturned and But the bl acks, urge d on by the wild yells of P e dro, rushed helped capture t h e mutineers all of whom were severely and into the watel' and with long, pow erful strokes c lov e the justly punished for their mi s d ee ds. water in swift pursuit. And Billy, the middy gained man y e n c omiums as well as "They are gaining," muttered Billy. "If they catc h me something more sub stantial in rem embranc e of the middy's they will kill m e anyhow, so I'll sell my life as dearly as gallant fight.


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