., Suddenly a terrific crash shook the room and the building. Amid a sb.ower of broken wood and plaster a big steel safe came through the ceiling. Jerry jumped for his lite, Amy screamed, and Will uttered a gasp of consternation.
Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY l#Med Weekl11-B11 Subscription IZ.6() PW y ear. Entered according to Act of Con g resa in the year 1909, in the oj/lce of ilAe Librarlclla of Congresa, 1'Vahington, D. C ., b11 .b'1ank 1 ousey, Publisher, Union Squar, NelD York, No. 216. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 19, 1909. PRICE 5 CENTS. A BOY FROM THE SOUTH OR, CLEANING OUT A WALL STREET CROWD By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. THE ROY FROM THE S OUTH. "Well," said John Watd, stock broker of No. -Wall street, turning his pivot chair and l ooking inquiringly at his junior clerk, Tom Bro wn, who had just entered hi s private room. "There's a boy outside who wants to see you, sir," replied Bro wit. "A messenger? Send ,him in." "No, sir, he isn't a messenger Looks like a stranger to New York. Told me hi s name was Jerry Crawford, and that he's brought a letter for you." "Well, bring him in. Th e clerk retired and a minute l ater piloted a tall, an gular and awkward looking boy into the room. His face was deeply bronzed ; he had a pair of sharp gray eyes that appeared to be always on the a lert; his air was undeniably provincial, and he looked at tough as nails. The broker looked him over curiously and then said: "Well, young man, what can I do for you?" "I reckon, suh, you kin read this letter which I was told to give you," replied the visitor, taking an envelope out of his pocket and handing it to the stock brok er. "Sit down," said Mr. Ward, pointing at a chair, and then proceeding to open t'he envelope and read the communication it contained While he was doing so the young stranger rolled his eyes all about the room, the handsome furnishing s of which seemed to greatly impress him. "So your name is Jeremiah Crawford and you come from W a llisville, Te xas, eh?" "Yes, suh; near 'rrinity River," replied the caller. "In expectation of getting a situation in Wall Street?" "I hope to git som ethin' to do here, suh. Things are kinder s low in \V allisville, and Kurnel Knott said he reck oned You'd do some thin' for me." "I be very happy to oblige Colonel Knott if I can see my way to do it." "Yes, s.uh ; so he said." "You're an orphan "That's right, suh "Lived in T exas a ll your life?" "Yes, s uh. Born and raised in Wallisville, and ain't bee n nowhere 'cep t to Galveston, till I started for this hyar town." "I suppose W allisville i s a country place?" "I reckon Th ar' plenty grass thar." The brok er smiled at his answer. "What have you been doing up to the time you l eft there?" "I hev been farmin' sum and tendin' store sum." "And you're ambitious to try a wider fie ld of u sefu lness, eh?" "Wal, suh, I reckon I'm a growin' an it's time I got ahead in the world." "You'll find New York a great deal different from your native village, and much liv e lier even than Galveston." "It's a whole l o t diff'rent, what I've seen of it." "When did you arrive?" "This mornin'."
2 A BOY .FROM THE SOUTH. rail?" ier calls on you to go out or perform some other service. "No, sir; by the steamer 'Waco' from Galveston." When any one comes into the office who wants to see me "Where did you put up at?" on business take their name, except he is a messenger boy "The kurnel told me to go to the Astor House, and I with a note, and bring it to me if I'm in, or to the cashwent thar." ier if I'm out. A great many people are consta ntly calling As Mr. Ward talked to the young Texan he was conwhom I do not care to see. They have no business that in-sidering what he should do for him. terests me, and if they were allowed to walk into my priColonel Knott was a warm personal friend of his and vate office they would take up my time to no purpose. he was under considerable obligation to him. Time is money with us brokers, and I cannot afford to It happened that he had just lost his messenger and waste it on cranks and others who have an axe to grind. was looking around for another. When a person's name is not familiar to me I will ask Had his visitor been a New York lad, well acquainted you to ;find out their business, and then I will tell you with the city, he would have offered him a trial at once. whether I will see them or not. After you are here awhile But this boy was a raw country Southerner, and he you will get to know most of the persons with whom I do "ould be like a fish out of water in Wall Street. business, and as for the rest you'll be able to pick out the Still he was highly recommended by the colonel as a boy wheat from the chaff, so that it will not be necessary for of grit, one who was thoroughly honest, and who could you always to take their names in to me. Now with rehc depended on to make good if given a fair show. spect to carrying messages. I will instruct my junior clerk, The troub l e was to break him in as a messenger. Thomas Brown, to take you around and show you the ropes. He would have to get acquainted with the district, and He is carrying niy messages for the present. After accom be able to find places he was sent to in short order before panying him for a few days you ought to be able to go it he would be of any use. on your own hook." "How is your bump of locality, Jeremiah?" asked the "Yes, still. He won't need to take me twice to the same broker. place." "My what, suh ?"asked the young Texan, evidently puz"Remember, never waste your time or loaf around the zled. streets. It is impoTtant that every message you take should "Rave you a good memory?" be delivered as quickly as possible, for not "First class, suh." "thousands of dollars hinges on the prompt deliveTy of a "There are a score or two of big office buil
A BOY FRO:lli TIIE SOUTH 8 "He will begin to-morrow morning. Take him around with you when you go out, and impress on him the location of the buildings you visit. Also instruct him in the general line of his duties. He only arrived in this city to-day, and is therefore quite green. He is stopping at the Astor House. I want you to meet him there as soon as you get off for the day, take him up town and find him a boarding place somewhere in the neighborhood of Broadway. You know about where I mean." All right, sir," replied Tom Brown. "That will be all for the present, Crawford. Introduce him to the cashier on his way out and say I've taken him on trial," he added to his clerk. "Come along, Crawford," said Brown, and Jerry fol lowed him into the reception room. "So your name is Jeremiah ?" said the junior clerk, on the way to the counting room, which was part of the wait in g room, divided by a wire partition. "Yes, but I reckon I'm called Jerry," replied the boy from the South. "Jerry is good enou gh for me. Life is too short to add the other two syll ables. Wh ereabout did you spring from?" "I come from Texas." "Then you're a Southerner?" "I reckon." "Come to New York to make your fortune, eh?" "I came to New York t o work my way up." "Oh!" looking at him with some curiosity. "Well, you've come to the right place if you're made of the proper stuff. How came you to pick out Wall Street? Somebody send you to the boss?" "I brought a J etter from Kurnel Knott." "And who is Colonel Knott?" "He's a Texan." "Friend of the boss, I s'pose ?" "I reckon." "What part of Texas do you hail from?" "W allisville." "Where is that?" "Near the Trinity Riv er. "Where is the Trinity River?" "Wal, now, ain't you never been to school?" "I guess I have; but I didn't study the topography of the whole state of Texas. I s uppose W allisville is some country town in the backwoods." "It ain' t more'n forty mi l e from Galveston by water, but it's a whole lot further around by land." "Oh, it's near Galveston, is it? Now you 're talking. So you came all the way from there to go to work in Wall Street? You're lucky to arrive just when there was an opening for you. Martin Daly, who held the job down for the la s t six months, was fired last Saturday for getting too gay. He thought he owned the shop, but found out that he had another think coming. If you want to stay here you've got to attend to business." Brown opened the wire gate that led into the counting room and took Jerry Crawford up to the cashier's desk, where he introduced him as the ne\ v messenger, taken on trial. The cashier, whose name was Manson, put his name down on a pad. "Where do y o u liYe ?" he inquired "He's ju st come to the c ity and is stopping at the Astor House for the day," explained Brown. "I'm going to take him up town by and by and find him a boarding house." "I see," replied Mr. Manson. "Well, you can let m e know to-morrow when you're settled. So you1re a stranger to New York?" "Yes, suh ." "A Southerner, I judge?" "Yes, suh." The cashier thought it odd that Mr. Ward should hire a boy for messenger who was totally unacquainted with New York. However, it was none of his bu s iness. He presumed the broker had his reasons for doing so. "He starts in to-morrow morning," sa id Brown, "and it's up to me to put him wise to the la y of the land." The cashier nodded, said that was all, and five minutes later the boy from the South was on his way back to the Astor House. CHAPTER II. JERRY'S FIRST EXPERIENCE IN. WALL STREET. At half-past three Torn Brown marched into the Astor House ani:l asked for Jeremiah Crawford. "He's not in his room," replied the clerk, after a glance at the box where the key lay in plain s ight "You might look in the reading room." Brown went there and found Jerry reading an afternoon paper. "Well, Texas, are you ready to go up town?" "I'm ready to go anywhar you say," repli e d Jerry, jump in g up. "'I'hen come on." Brown took the yo un g Southerner to the neare st Sixth A venue elevated station and they went up town as far as Twenty-eighth Street. From that point they star t e d to look up a boarcling house and before long found one that Brown believed would fill the bill. They returned to the Astor House, after arranging with a transfe r company to call for Jerr,Y's trunk and deliver it at his new home, and had dinner together. After the meal Jerr:v paid hi s bill and he and Brown went up town on a Broadway car. The clerk him at his boarding house a nd went home. Jerry found his way down town all right ne x t morning and appeared at the office at nine o'clock. Brown was already there, having arrived a few minutes before "Hello, T exas,'; he said. "I see you've got here." "I reckon there warn.'t no reason why I shou ldn' t. I jes' got into one of them Broadway cars and it brought me straight down to Wall Street, whar I got off and walk ed here." "You can hang your hat on that hook yonder and then make yourself at home in that chair bes id e the window. That's where you'll hang out till you're wanted." Jerry declared that New York was a mi g hty big town, and that so far as he had seen it, it suited him from the ground floor up.
4 A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. "You don't feel homesick, then?" "No, suh. This hyar place is full of life, and I reckon thar ain't nothin' I like better than action. N othin pleases me better than to whoop things up." "I wouldn't advise yot;t to do any whooping here or you may land in the s tation house." "Wal now, are they so pertic'lar as all thet? Don't any body shoot a gun off once in a while?" "Not for the fun of the thing, he doesn t. It's against the penal code to carry a revolver, or any other weapon, without a permit, and the magistrates sock it to a fellow if he's caught doing it." "It ain't ag'in the law to have one in your trunk, is it?" "No. Did you bring a shooter with you?" "I reckon I did. I ain t been 'th out one since I kin remember." "Keep it in your trunk till the Fourth of July and then you may go on tbe roof of your boarding house, if you can get there, and blaze away at the sky." The clerks cairie in one by one and then Jessie Lee, the stenographer, app e ared. Brown headed the girl off. "Come over and I'll make you acquaint e d with our new messenger," he said. Jessie regarded Jerry with some curiosity. She accept e d the introdu c tion, however, good naturedly. "Glad to know you, Mis s Lee," said the yotmg Southerner, jumping up and making hi s best bow. Jessie smiled and said that the pleasure was mutual. Then she went on into the counting room. "She's a pretty girl," said Jerry to Brown. "What does she do hyar ?" "She's the stenographer, and works a typewriter." "One of them thing s you click with your :fingers?" "Yes. She's a crackerjack at it." At that moment the cashier came in, and it wasn't long before the boss arrived. "Rush in after him, Texas, and help him off with bis coat," said Brown. Jerry bounced into the private office. "Good mornin', suh," said the young Southerner, po litely. "Good morning, Jeremiah," and 1rn yielded his overcoat to the boy, after placing his hat on the top of the desk. "Did you find a boarding hous e to suit you?" "Yes, sub." "Very well. You may r eturn to your seat now. When you hear my b e ll an s wer it, s aid the broker, throwing up the cover 0 hi s desk and seating him s elf. When Jerry return e d t o the reception room he found several customers standing around the ticker looking at the tape. Tom Brown had gone into the counting room and was busy at his desk. In about fift e en minutes Jerry, who was looking out of the window taking in the busy appearance of Wall Street at that hour of the morning, heard Mr. Ward's bell ring. He jumped up and ran inside according to orders "Tell Miss Lee, my stenographer, I want her," said the broker. "Yes, sub," replied Jerry. He hastened into the counting room and spied the young ----lady working away at her typewriter in a little d e n p ar t i tioned off at a window. "Miss Lee," he said, walking up to her table, "Mr. Ward wants you in his office." "Very well; I will go right in," she replied. Jerry was back in his chair when crossed the wait ing room with her notebook in her hand. Prese,ntly the broker tapped his bell again and Jerry promptly answered the summons. "Jerry, thi s envelope i s to be deliver e d right away to Mr. Terris, of the Vanderpool Building. Hand it to Brown and accompany him said the broker Jerry carried it in to the junior clerk and told him what Mr. Ward had said. "All right," said Brown, reaching for his hat, "come with me." They went out together. The Vanderpool Building was at the corner of Exchange Place and New Street, and Brown told J eru to make a note of the fact and of the route there. 1 He also pointed out other building s on the way, naming them, where they were likely to take a'message in the course of the day. Jerry kept his eyes wide open and his attention on the alert, and picked up a deal more than his companion sus pected. On their return Brown called his attention to the Stock Exchange again, and showed the newcomer the entrance where the messenger boys went in. When they got back they met the broker just leaving the office for the Exchange. Ten minutes later the cas hier called Brown to take a note to the Exchange to the boss. "I can carry that thout a guide," spoke up Jerry whe n Brown told them where they were bound. Brown, who had a lot of work to do, and wasn t ove r eager to go out, stopped and asked him ,if he was sure he could execute the errand. "Yes, suh, I'm sure. The Exchange is on t'other side of Broad Street, a little way down, and I'm to go in at the first door," answered Jerry. "That's right. Go to the railing and ask an attendant to bring up Mr. Ward. You'll :find a bunch of messenge r s there. Don't let them see you're a green or they won' t do a thing to you. Hustle now, and see that Mr Ward gets the note or I'll get in trouble for letting you go alone." "Don't you worry. I reckon thar won't be no mi s s about it." Jerry started off and made a bee-line for the mess eng e r s' entrance to the Exchange. CHAPTER III. JERRY BEGINS TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN THE MARKET. Jerry bustled into the E x change and pushed his way to the rail through a crowd of boys. "I've got a note, sub, for Mr. Ward, and I want you to fetch him hyar," he said to an attendant. His Southern accent at once attracted the attention of half the messengers assembled, a nd they all looked at him.
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH 5 'l'hey saw by his manner that he was a newcomer to Wall Street. "Hello, country,'' shouted one of the messengers. Jerry heard the sal utati on, but paid no attention to it. He knew it was directed at him, and that the boy thought he'd have some fun a t his expense. '' "Pipe the jay," said another hid, derisively. "When did you blow into town?" asked the boy beside him. "I don't see any spinach on his chin," spoke up anothe r. "Somebody must have pulled it out." Then there was a simultaneous crowding and Jerry was dislodged from his place. He accepted the situation good -natur edly a nd made no effort to resent the p u shing about he received. This encouraged the messengers to go further. They jerked him around, pulled his coat and shoved his hat over his eyes. Then one slipped down on hi s hands and knees behind him, and two others in front gave him a shove. Jerry grabbed both of the youths as he went down and pulled them with him. Their heads came together with a. crack, and they saw more stars than thev had ever dreamed of before '!'he other boys l ;ughecl as Jerry quickly scrambled on his !eet and returned to the rail without taking an:v further notice of the matter, but the two consp i rators didn't feel in the mood of laughing. Their foreheads were so sore they could not touch them without wincing, and the chances were they' d each have a lump to remind them of the encounter. At that moment Mr. Ward came up and Jerry handed him the note. "Did you come here alone?" asked the broker. "Yes, suh. I reckon I didn't have no trouble findin' the place," replied the young Southerner. At half past three the cashier told him that he could go for the day. As it was a pleasant afternoon h e walked down Broad to Beaver Street, thenc e turned up to Broadway and crossing Bowling Green went down to the Battery, where he spent an hour. He took a Sixth Avenue elevated train at South Ferry and we_nt up to 'I'hirty -third Street, where he got off and found his way to hi s boarding house without difficulty. By the time Saturday came around Jerry had the Wall Street district down so fine that he could carry a message anywhere alone. His activity and correctness greatly pleased Mr. Ward. When the broker returned from the Exchange Saturday noon he called the young Southerner into his office and comp limented him on the showing he had made during the s hort time he had been in the office. "You have caught on much quicker than I expected you would, so I guess you can consider yourself a fixture. If you have Colonel Knott' s address you had better write him that I have employed you as my messenger, and will advance you as cir c umstances admit." He got his wages about half past twelve and then he and Brown went to lunch to gether and afterward took in Cen tral Park and the Museum of Natural History. J erry had been a !30uple of weeks at the office when he made the acquaintance of the messenger in the next office on that floor. The lad's name was Will Slater, and the two boys took quite a shine to each other. He and his l',i s ter, who worked as a stenographer for & lawyer, in a big office building in lower Broadway, not far from Wall Street, helped support their widowed mother in a modest Harlem flat. The two boys were about as oppo si te as they well could be-Will being quiet and non-a ssertive, while. Jerry was bluff and aggressive-a nd yet they cottoned together and practically became chums from the start Sometimes several brokers called to see Mr. Ward about the same time, and in that case they had to take their There had been some departures and some accessi ons to turn in getting an audience. the messenger ranks while Jerry was talking to his em-In the meantime they would sit or stand around the re -"You're doing well," smi led Mr. Ward, tearing open the note. "You can return to the office," he added after read in g it. ployer ception room, talking about matters and things in Wall Word was passed to the new arrivals concerning Broker Street. Ward's new boy, and the bunch regarded him with no little When Jerry was in the room he couldn't very well help curiosity. hearing a grea t deal that they said. When he swung about to go. they sized him up as a Their conversatio n which u s uall y concerned the financial tough customer to handle in case of a scrap, so they prusituatio n of the Street, or the sta te and prospects of the dently refrained from g u yi n g him further until he had market, or the probability of such and such a clique pulling reached the door when several fired some sarcasti-0 com-off some surp rise in t11e way of a corner or a bear raid, ments after him. greatly interested the new messeng e r. Later on when Jerry went out with Brown he described He li ste ned with all his ears, to use a quaint expreshis reception at the Exchange by the other messengers sion, and he had mighty sha rp ones. Tom laughed and told him he had got off easy. The more he l ea rned about Wall Street business the The next time Jerry went to the Exchange he was not more eager he became to gain all the information on the sub molested, but his rather awkward swinging gait on the ject he could. street attracted some attention and a few jibes, particu-At first he was grea tl y puzzled b y the many expressions larl:v from the newsboys and bootblacks. the traders usecl, or, in other words, the vernacular of the A few minutes before three he accompanied Brown to Street the bank with the day's deposits, and Brown introduced He remembered them all and when next he met Will him to the receiving teller, and afterward to the paying [ S l ater he asked his new friend to explain their meaning teller. to him, which Will very obligingly did
. 6 A BOY FROM THE SOUTH "Wal now, Will, it seems to me that all these hyar chaps think of nothin' but whether stocks will go up or down," said Jerry one day. "Naturally they talk about what interests them the most," replied Will "Yes, I guess so. From the way they talk there 'pears to be a lot of guess work about it. I heard one man say to-day that he'd give a whole lot if he knew which way the cat was goin' to jump with B. & 0. Now, tell me, what in thunder is B. & 0. ?" "B. & 0. means Baltimore & Ohio. He was referring to the stock of that railroad. If you look at the market re port you will see that the names are all designated by their initials. For instance N. Y. C. & H. R. R. is New York Central and Hudson River. All the quotations that come out on the tape of the ticker are given in as abbreviated a way as possible. If you see on the tape the following: 1.000 D. & L. 98i, it means that somebody ha s sold a thou sand shares of Delaware & Lackawanna stock for $98.12i a share, and that the aggregate value of the sale amounted to $98,125. Understand?" "I think I do. Mighty interestin,' isn't it?" "Yes, if your taste runs that way." "Wall, I don't see how so many people get rich down hyar in Wall Street ef everythin' is done on guess work." "I'll admit it's a game of chance; but the man who makes money at it doesn't do it through guess work." "How does he do it, then?" "In the first place he's got to be gifted with the same business characteristics that bring success ill any line of enterprise." "I'll allow he's got to be pretty durned smart." "A man engaged in buying and selling goods has got to keep abreast of the conditions of the merchandise mar ket, hasn't he?" "I reckon he does." "If he buys something that sell he gets stuck "I'll bet he does." "The successful Wall Street trader has got to keep track of several things. He knows that prosperous conditions are shown by the bank exchanges, by railroad earnings, the record of failures, the balance of trade, and the out look for the crops. When the future looks rosy he buys; when it doesn't he sells." "Say, Will, you seem to have the whole thing down fine. I reckon you' ll make your fortune one of these days in Wall Street." "I'm afraid not. A chap has to have money to operate with, and I can't save a cent out of my wages. It takes all that sis and I earn to keep the pot boiling at home." "You'll make more money by and by when you get pro moted, then mebbe you kin save up an' get a stake. I'm gain' to save my money an' get a stake, too. I've made up my mind thet I'm gain' to be a broker one of these days an' make a pot of coin like the chaps who come into our office and brag about their winnin's." "I hope you will, Jerry, but it'll take time." "Wal, I ain't expectin' to make my fortune this year," grinned the Southern boy. "I kin wait; but jes' you keep your eye on me when I git star ted. I'm a roarer I am, an' there ain't nothin' that'll stop me when I get to movin'. Ef I don't scoop the boodle you kin call me a durnation ale liar, an' I won't say a word." Jerry nodded his head in a way that showed that he meant what he said, and Will laughed at the earnest ex pression on his face. CHAPTER IV. JERRY LAYS OUT MARTIN DALY. As the days passed Jerry learned more and more about the way things were done in Wall Street, and he treasured up every mite of information with a view to his future ad vantage When he had nothing else to do he studied up the daily market report, and soon made himself familiar with the abbreviations. It wasn't long, therefore, before he knew the full names of every stock on the list and could pick them out by their initials. Then he got to looking at the tape whenever he had the chance, and he was soon able to read off the quotations as well as his employer. After he had mastered what he considered the rudiments he began reading the :financial papers whenever he got hold of one. It was mighty dry reading for a boy to tackle and he couldn't understand much that he read, but he stuck to it with a grim determination that showed the grit and per severance of his character. "I'm gain' to get thar some day, gal darn me ef I ain't," he muttered to himself, as he knit his brow over some item that seemed like s o much Greek to him. "I didn't come to Wall Street for nothin'. This hyar's the place to make money hand over fist ef you know how to do it, and I'm gain' to know or bust my b'iler." Some of the Wall Street boys must have heard Tom Brown address Jerry as Texa s for those who had got on spea king terms with him soon began calling him by that name, and thus it spread until all the messengers, when talking about him, referred to him as T exas r On the whole, he was fairly popular with th e messenger bunch he was in constant contact with on the stree t, or at the Exchange, for they rath er admired his rip tearing style when he let himself out a bit on occasions. One day he ran across Martin Daly, the boy whose place he had taken, on New Street. Daly was now working for the American Di strict Tele graph Co., and he didn't like the job as well as the one he had lost. For that reason he felt a grouch against his successor. He was rather a tough lad, and prided himself on being a fighter. Although he was able to hold his own against boys of his own size, he enjoyed bullying those who were inferior to him in physical strength. It was his ambition to make himself the terror of the financial district, and having whipped a couple of boys as big and brawny as himself, he found that none of the mes sengers were pining for a run-in with him. Under these circumstances he began to consider himself the cock of the walk, and became more of a bully th an ever.
A BOY FROM rrHE SOUTH. "' I On the day in question he got i?to an altercation on New Street with a small messenger named Bobby Black. Bobby was a plucky youth, and objected to any one sit ting on his neck. Daly, after a wotdy scrap, grabbed hold of him and de clared he must get down on his knees and beg his pardon. "If you don't I'll bust you in the snoot, d'ye under stand?" said Daly in a threatening way. "Aw, take a fell ow your size," retorted Bob by, making no move to obey the order. "Shut up or I'll push your face in." "No you won't push my face in," replied Bobby defiantly "Are you goin' to get down on your knees and do what I told you?" "No, I ain't, you big stuff." Daly, angered by the little fell ow's reply, gave him a slap in the jaw that felled him to tl).e ground. The next instant he felt a hand on his shoulder. "Say, ain't you 'shamed of yourself to hit such a little feller a s thet ?'' said a voice in his ear. Daly swung around and confronted Jerry Crawford. He recognized the young Southerner as Mr Ward's new messenger. He har1 been aching for a chance to have a scrap with Jerry, anfl the had now presented itself. "Wliat's the matter with you?" he snarled belligerently. "\Yho askecl you to shove in your oar?" "Wal, I dunno as anyone asked me," replied Jerry, cool ly, "but I won't stand by an' see a big chap like you bully a little one like him." "Say, are you lookin' for trouble?" gritted Daly, hunch ing up one shoulder ancl then the other, which was one of his favorite methods to intimidate an opponent. _"I dunno as I am, but ef it comes my way I reckon I kin wrasse! with it." "Say, do you want me to give y ou a swa t on the smeller?" "Do you think you kin do it?" "Yes, I kin do it. Say, do you know who I am?" "A coward or you wouldn't hit a boy under your size." That was enough for Daly and he started in to do Jerry up. The next thing he knew he was sitting on the sidewalk with a badly damaged jaw that felt as if a mule had kicked it. For a few moments he l ooked around i n a dazed way, and then with a howl of rage he sprang up, tore off his jacket and with blood in his eyes dashed at Crawford, while a small crowd of boys began to gather to see what promised to be a fight. Jerry warded off his attack and then planted another blow in his mouth. Daly went down again as though an earthquake had up set him. It seemed as if every tooth in his head had been loosened from their sockets. The moment he recovered from the shock he was up once more, but he was n ot quite so confident as at the start off. He proceeded with more caution now, making several feints before he tho ught he saw an opening The third blow that Jerry handed out to him sent him three feet away on his back, and it was a clea n k nock ou t. He was all in and the brief fight was over. Bobby Black capered around in great glee Martin Daly, the bully of the Street, had got wh at was coming to him at last "You're all right," he said to Jerry. "Gee! Bu t you can hit hard You've done him up in great shape, and didn't get a scratch. What's your name?" "My name is Crawford. What's yours?" "Bobby Black. I'm a messenger for Walker Chalks & Co., Curb br_okers. Who do you work for?" asked B obby, as they walked toward Exchange Place. "John Ward, broker, No. --Wall Street "A.re you his new messenger?" asked Bobby m som e surprise "I reckon "Then you took Martin Daly's place?" "So Tom Brown told me. He said Daly got fired for bein' too gay. Thought he owned the office, an' all that." "I heard Daly was sore on the chap who got his place, bnt he'll be a good deal sorer after this." "Why will he?" 'Cause vou licked him, of course." "I licked him! Why, I don't know him "You don't? Why, that was him you just put out o f business." 1 "The chap who hit you?" "Yes." Jerry was ratlier surprised to think he'd had a run-in with his predecessor. "You're a stranger in town, ain't you?" went on Bobby. "Wal, I reckon I ain't been here as long as you have." "I was born here, and haven't been anywhere else Are you from the West?" "No, I'm from Texas "You can fight some I'll bet you can whip any boy in Wall Street." "I don't want to whip anybody ef I kin help it: b u t I won't stand for a big fellow pitchin' into a l ittle one." Jerry parted from Q.is new acquaintance at the corner, and went on to deliver a message to a customer of 1\Ir. Ward's on Broadway. CHAPTER V. JERRY'S FIRST DEAL. Jerry heard nothing more from his scrap with Martin Daly, though Bob@y Black told him a day or two later that Daly had sworn to get square with him. "Wal, I dunno as I'll worry much about it," grinned Jerry. "I've been up ag'in wuss fellers than him an' I didn't get in the hospital." About three weeks after the incident Jerry was sent ou.t at half past nine to take a note to an office on Broadway. He reached that thoroughfare at the corner of Wal l Street just as a fine-looking, well-dressed gentleman a l ight ed from n. surface car and started for the sidewalk. He didn't notice a rapidly driven express wagon coming down the street till the horses were almost on top of the gentleman, who had failed himself to observe h i s dange r
A BOY FROM: THE SOUTH. It was too late to warn the roan, so Jerry sprang forward "No, suh, you can't pay me nothin'," replied Jerry, in i.o save him if he could. a decided tone. "I guess I didn't do no more than the One of the horses struck the gentleman a staggering right thing, an' we' ll let it go at that." blow and sent him reeling into Jerry's arms. "But you will let me offer you some slight token of my The young messenger clutched and swung him out of appreciation of your services. I shouldn't feel satisfied danger just as the team dashed by, and thus saved him unless I c1id that." from being run over by the wheels. "I dunno as there's anythin' you kin give me." Only a boy of tremendous strength could have accom"Will you allow me to be the judge of that?" plishecl the feat, and the passers-by, many of whom had "Wal, you can't give me no money. I won't take it." stopped expecting to witness a tragedy, uttered exclama"Well, then, I'll send you a little present as an evidence tions of surprise as well as relief. of my gratitude. My name is Bent, George Bent. There "I reckon that was a narrdw escape you had, suh," said is my carc1. If ever I can be of any service to you I hope Jerry, as he s upported the dazed gentleman to the sideyou will call llpon me, a s I feel you have placed me under walk. rnry great obligations to you." It was some moments before the man could collect his "I'll keep your card, sub. Now I guess I must go. faculties; but when he did he realized that he })robably I'Ye got a message to deliver, an' I don't like to lose time," owed his life to the sta lwart young messenger. saicl Jerry, rising. "You've saved my life, young man,'' said the gentleman, "One moment. I believe you are from the South," !:laid in tremulous tones. the broker, who had taken note of Jerry's strong accent "Wal, I'll allow might have been killed ef I hadn t "Yes, suh. I'm from Texas." been spry in gettin' you out of the way of them hosses," "I am always glad to meet Southern people as I lived admitted Jerry. for many years in Charleston. In fact, I may say I mar Come away from this crowd. I want to talk to you," ried a South Carolina lady." said the ml).n, gripping Jerry by the arm and l eading him "Wal, I r e ckon you ain't had no cause to regret it," toward the entrance of the corner building. blurted out Jerry. Re walked rather unsteadily, and trembled a good deal, The gentleman smiled. so that the boy found it necessary to lend him the support "No, and I never expect to he replied, earnestly. "I of his arm. am sure she would be glacl to meet you after what you have They entered the building and walked to the elevator. done for me, so I will give you my home address and hope "I guess you're all right now, sub, so I'll get on my way," that you will make it a point to call on us within a short said Jerry. time." "No, no; come up to my office." "I reckon I ain't much used to goin' 'round 'mong highJerry had an idea that he oughtn't to lose any more time, toned folks," replied Jerry, a bit doubtfully. but still if the gentleman didn't feel able to reach his office "We will make you feel at home, my lad. Now I want alone he guessed it was his duty to see him there. yon to promi s e me that you'll come. You might just as The office they were bourid for was on the second floor, well make it to-morrow night as any other time if you overlooking Broadway. haven't any prior engagement," said the broker. It was one of the best suites in the building, and was ex-1 After some hesitation Jerry agreed to call on the broker pensively fu;rnished. and his family on the following e vening, and then he made The took Jerry into his private office. his escape from the office, feeling that he had lost a good The young Southerner opened his eyes at the rich style twenty minute s of his employer's time. of the furniture and decorations. "I reckon 'twas in a good cause," he said to himself. It made Mr. Ward's private room look like thirty cents. "I"ve cheated some undertaker out of a job, I'm durna Sit down,'' said the gentleman, starting to remove his ti on glad of it." overcoat. He trl.ed to make up some of the time he had lost by Jerry assisted him just as he was accustomed to help sprinting along down Broadway at a fast walk. his boss. When ht> reached the office he was bound for there was "Thank you," said the gentleman, seating himself in no one in the little reception room. the nearest chair. 'I'he cloor of one of the interior rooms was slightly ajar The boy hesitated, but :finally sat down. and he heard two men talking inside. "I want you to understand that I am very grateful to "We've got a good thing in M. & N.," Jerry heard one you, young man," said the broker, for such was his busiof the men say. "It's bound to go up fifteen or twenty ness. points inside of ten clays." "You're welcome, sub." guess it will," replied the other. "What is your name?" "They're talkin' about Memphis & Nashville," muttered "Jeremiah Crawford." Jerry, "and they say it's goin' up fifteen or twenty points "Are you employed in this neighborhood?" inside of ten days. I wonder how they know that?" "Yes, suh. I'm a messenger for John Ward, No. -"I have it straight from the secretary of the road that Wall Street." the resumption of the semi -annual dividends is an assured "Ah, indeed. I am well acquainted with Mr. Ward. fact. Ever Rince the dividends were passed, owing to poor You hav e done me a verv great favor and I wish to rebusiNQs, and one thing or another, the price of the stock ward you for it." h'.:S snged until now it's at low-water mark. This is the 4
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 9 time to buy. It's going at 70, but the road's present pros perity ought to send it back to 85 at least) where it belongs. 'I he announcement of the dividend will surely do that, and then there'll be a rush to buy it as soon as it's up." "That's the old story," laughed the other. "Common sense ought to induce the speculating public to buy stock when it is low and then sell when it is high. Do the peo ple do it? Not by a jugful. They wait till it booms, and the higher it goes the more anxious they are to buy." "And who do they buy it from? From the big capital ists who bought it in low during panicky times, held on to it for the inevitabfo rise, and then dispose of it at a big profit. Yet the people cuRs these capitali s ts because they're rich. Why shouldn't they be rich when they operateon the right principle? Wall Street is not such a den of thieves as the blatant orators are always asserting. Wall Street simply works on business principles, and though I will not deny that many sharp games are practiced, nobody is forced to take a hand in them at the point of a gun." Jerry was so interested in what he heard that he forgot about the message he had to deliver. The men went bn talking about M. & N. until one got up and said he'd have to go, after they had arranged to buy the stock right away on a ten per cent. margin. Then Jerry woke up and approaching the d'.oor knocked on it. "Come in," said a voice. Jerry walked in. "I want to see Mr. Jewett," he said, looking at the gen tleman at the desk. "That's my name," said the man. "I've brought a note to you from Mr. Ward." The gentleman took the note, read it and then said there was no answer, so Jerry took his departure. His head, however, was full of what he had heard. He took it for granted that thE! man who said that M. & N. was going up fifteen or twenty points il\sicfe of ten days knew what he was talking about. He had learned that if a stock advanced a point it was worth a dollar more, therefore if M. & N. went up fifteen or twenty points it would be worth $15 01 $20 more a share. "I reckon those chaps ought to make a pot of money whei;i. M. & N. goes up. I wonder why I can't make some, too, out o. it? Will says there's a little bank on Nassau Street where you can buy five shares or more of any stock on the list by jes' puttin' up $10 a deposit. Now I've got $60 in my frunk, why can't I buy six shares of M. & N. now and make $15 or $20 a sh. are profit? By gum, I'll do it. I'd be a durnation chump ef I 'lowed such a chance to get by me. I won't say nothin' to no body about it, so ef I should happen to lose my money somehow they can't have the laugh on me. Ef I win then mebbe I'll tell Will." By the time he got back to the office he had made up his mind to make the venture. The cashier said nothing to him about the length of time he'd been away, but Jerry felt he ought to explain, and did so. Mr. Manson was surprised to hear that the boy had saved the life of the rich broker, George Bent, and he Femarked that was likely to receive a re.ward for his creditable action. "Wal, I guess not, sub," replied the young Southerner promptly. "He took me to his and .to, pay me somethin', but I wouldn't have it. I amt tak m mon e y for doin' my duty no siree, bob." The cashier regarded Jerry with some surprise, and not a little approval. "The boy's a rough diamond," he thought. "I .he could be trusted with any amount of money and he d give a good account of it. He has a bluff, ope1!' way about him that is positively refreshing. He says what he i:ieans sticks to it. Mr. Ward was certamly fortunate m gettmg such a messenger." Jerry, when he got back to his seat, pondered over the deal he had in view. He chuckled as he thought of his chances of making a hundred dollars so easily. "'By gum! Ef it ain't jes' like :findin' money I didn't make no mistake comin' to New York. Mebbe I'll be worth a million some day." Before he went home he looked M. & N. up in the daily market report and found it was going at 70 as M r. Jewett bad said Next morning he br'ought his $60 down town When he was sent to the Exchange about e leven o'c lock he took the time on his return to walk up to the littl e bank "Say, mister, wbar do I go to buy some stock hya r ? he asked a customer. The man pointed to the margin clerk's window and J erry went there. "I want to buy six ehares of M. & N., suh, on $10 a sh are deposit," he said. The clerk understood that he wanted to make a margma l deal so he made out a slip to that effect and handed it to hini to sign. "What do I do with this?" Jerry asked, l ooking a t the paper. "Sign it there and hand me over $60." Jerry affixed his John Hancock and passed over :five ten dollar bills and two fives. The clerk handed hini a memorandum of the trans action. "Is that all, suh ?" the boy asked. "That's all." "What do I do when I want to sell?" "Come here and I'll give you an order to sign and your stock will be "And when do I get my money?" "You can drop in on the following and whatever is coming to you will be paid to you." "That's simple enough. Don't seem to be no red tape about it. Good-day, suh Jerry walked back to the offic. e feeling several degrees more important than he bad ever felt before in his .life. "I'll have to watch the ticker, an' the board at theEx change, so as to tell when M & N gets up fift een or twenty points. Mebbe it won't go no higher'n fifteen. If it d o n t I'll sell at that." Thus Jerry Crawford became a Wall Street specu l ator.
10 A BOY FROM 'rHE SOUTH. CHAPTER VL JERRY VISITS THE BENTS. When Jerry first appeared at Mrs. Badger's boarding house, his Southern accent and woolly ways attracted con siderable attention from the other boarders. He made himself popular from the start, especially with the ladies, who rather admired his free-and-easy manner and peculiar talk. It speedily became known that he was employed in a \Vall Street broker's office, and he was soon besieged for pointers on the market. He was clever enough not to acknowledge his ignorance of Wall Street matters, but put up a good bluff, which went as the knew very little about the y;ay things were managed m the "Street." As Jerry grew more and more familiar with the :financial district he became less reserved about what he said when the market was discussed What he read in the :financial papers about the prospects of a certain stock going up, or another going down, he would give out in a way that made his listeners believe that he was expressing his own opinions. Consequently when things turned out just as he had in trmated they would, and this happened quite frequently, he got a great deal of credit for his smartness. When he appeared at the dinner table on the evening of the day he had made his deal he found nearly all the board ers present. !he lan_dlady liked Jerry because he never kicked at any thing, which couldn't be said of the others. He took tirings as he found them, and if they didn't ex actly suit him he made the best of the situation and said nothing. "Well, how are stocks to-day, Crawford?" asked a du dish clerk who in a small Sixth Avenue gents' furnish ing store. "Wal, I reckon they're lookin' up, suh," replied Jerry, beginning on his soup. "It's a wonder you wouldn't hand us ot a tip so we could make a little pocket money," said the clerk. "Tips are kinder scarce in Wall Street about this lwar time; but T lassoed one yesterday that looks pretty good." "Do tell us what it is, Mr Crawford. I'm ju s t dying to know," said the lady who sat opposite to him. ccr don't mind let.tin' you all in on it, seein' that it's a good thing." ''.We'll be awfully obliged if you will," smiled the lady, wlule the others listened expectantly "Wal, you want to buy M. & N. for a rise. It's goin' up fifteen or twenty points inside of ten days." "M. & N.? What stock is that?" "Wbat stock, marm, why that's Memphis & Nashville. It ain't paid no dividends for some time back owin' to bad business, but it's goin' to pay one in a few days, an' that'll send the price up." : Then you really would me to buy some of it?" "Ef you want to make some easy money you couldn't do bettei." The dudish clerk said that he didn't care whe ther the money was easy or hard provided it was good bank bills. Jerry was asked many questions about M & N all of which he endeavored to answer in some way, though as a matter of fact he knew nothing about the road except what he had heard Mr. Jewett say in his office. He hurried through his dinner as he wanted to get back to his room, for this was the evening he had pronrised to call at Broker Bent's home and it would take time to spruce up so that he could look his best. He put on his b'est suit, a new necktie, and tried to pull on a pair of gloves which he had bought especially for that occasion Jerry had never worn dress gloves before, and though the salesman had sold him his right size he found it a mighty difficult matter to get them on. When he :finally succeeded his two hands felt as if they were being squeezed in a vise. He could only half bend his :fingers, and his sensations were ones of intense discomfort. "Gol darn these hyar gloves, any way," he muttered, re garding them with a look of disgust. "I can't move my :fingers about in 'em. The feller I bought 'em of must of given me a pair several sizes too small, though he measured 'em across my knuckles an' told me they' d fit all right. By gum! Ef I didn't have to put on some style to night I'd let 'em go to pot." An hour later Jerry rang the bell at the Bent residence on Madison A venue. A dignified colored man admitted him to the parlor, which was :fitted up in a style that took the boy's breath away. "I reckon Mr. Berti: is worth a million," he said to him self as he sa t on the edge of a handsomely uphol ste red chair and gazed at the rugs, the furniture, the articles of virtu and the expensive paintings and decorations The colored man carried his name up stairs Presently he came down and bade Jerry follow him. The boy was introduced into the private sitting room on the second floor where the Bents received their particular friends. This room was decorated in blue and gold, with furniture t-0 match, and looked cosy and homelike. Mr. Bent was in the room, and he welcomed Jerry in a cordial manner, just as if the boy was an old friend This unaffected greeting served to put Jerry somewhat at his ease. In a few minutes Mrs Bent, attired in a quiet way, came in, and her husband introduced the young Southerner to her. She expressed the pleasure she felt in meeting with one who came from the South, and then thanked Jerry in a feeling manner for the priceless service he had rendered her husband, and which, she assured him, they would never forget While they were talking h(lr daughter, Amy, a lovely girl of sixteen, came into the room, and Jerry was at once introduced to her. The young Southerner was sure he had never seen a girl half so pretty in his life before, and he felt rather uncom fortable in her presence at first, for 11e realized that he was not at all in her class. He was afraid to open his mouth lest he s hould say something that wo1tld sound rough in her cultured ears.
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 11 Miss Amy, however, seemed to understand how to han dle him and put hjm at his ease, and so before long he :forgot his bashfulness and was talking away to beat the band, In spite of his lack of cultivation there was something about. Jerry that invited respect and confidence. It was a new and rather exhilarating experience for Amy to meet with such a boy as the young Texan, who deliv ei:ed his sentiments in a breezy, straightforward way, so different from the manner of the young sprigs of fa s hion she was accustomed to associate with. "You haven't been long in New York, I believe, Mr. Crawford," said the girl. "No. Not more'n six weeks." "How do you like the city?" "First rate. It's a whole lot diff'rent :from Galveston, the only city I was used to 'fore I come hyar. You see I was born an' raised in Wallisville which is a one-boss place, though," with a grin, "it's on the map all riO'ht.'' f 0 My ather told me that you were a Wall Street messenger." "Wal, he told you the truth, Miss But I don't in tend to be a messenger any longer than I kin do better. I come to Wall Street to get ahead in the world, an' by gum-I beg your pardon, Miss B e nt, I kinder forgot myself that time--I'm a-goin' to do it." "If my father can do anything to pu s h you ahead you may depend that he will. You saved his life, and that re minds me I have not added my grateful tha nks to his and mother's, but I do so now." "That's all right, Miss Bent. I didn t do no more'n my duty, and I have been thanked a whole lot for it." "But we never can thank you enough, Mr. Crawford," said .Am.y, earnestly. "Wal, thar ain't no reason for you to worry over it. Youi: father i s a mighty fine man, and it would have been a pity ef he had been run down and killed. It's very good of him to invite me up hyar to his house. I ain't used to visitin' stylish folks, so I hape you'll excuse any breaks I make." "Why you haven't said a thing that any one could take exception to," she replied, encouragingly. "Yes, I did. I said 'by gum' a minute ago, an' that ain't jest the right thing to say before a lady. Somehow or 'nother it slipped out 'fore I knew it, and that's how it happened." "The re' s nothing wrong about that, Mr. Crawford," lal1gh ed the young lady. "Mebbe not, but it ain't jest the thing. I reckon you ain't never heard it ':fore, an' I'll try an' not :forget myself ag'in." For the next half hour Jerry enjoyed himself hugelv talking to Amy. He could not help ta.king a great fancy to her. She was not only as pretty as a picture, but she did not assume any airs at all. She was as frie1idly and unaffected toward him as though he belonged to her own station in life, and was an old and valued friend. She acted with so much tact that he felt quite at ease in her company-a fact that he marvelled over afterward on his way home. "Do you like music, Mr. Crawford?" she finally asked him. "Wal, I guess I do. That's one of my weak.points." "Then I will play you something." Amy went to the elegant upright piano and played one of the latest waltzes. "That was finer than silk, Miss .Am.y. You're a hang up player I'll allow," he said enthusiastically. She knew that his praise was genuine and it pleased her very much. She next played without music a medley of Southern airs which her mother always loved to listen to, and which never failed to arouse the feelings of any visitor from the South. Jerry's eyes glistened as her fingers swept the keys, and be could hardly sit still. The music appealed directly to him. It seemed to him as if he had been transported back to his native state, and he fancied he could smell the mag nolia blossoms and other flowers that he knew so well. When she wound up with "Dixie's Land" his enthu siasm was unbbunded. "By gum! That goes right to my heart, Miss Bent,'' he said, clappi ng his hands in a hearty way. "It jes' putc; me in mind of old times. I'm a Dixie Lander from i.he ground floor up, an' I'm proud of it." nir. and Mrs. B ent had come to the door unobserved dur ing the playing of the medley, and stood listening to the melody. When Jerry uttered his Southern sentiments Mrs. Bent couldn't help clapping her hands, for she, herself, was a dyed-in-the-wool daughter of the South. ,T errv looked confused, but soon recov ere d himself, and then the talk became general. Finally Jerry saw that it was close to ten by the gilt ormolu clock and he concluded it was time to go. He got up and said he had enjoyed the evening hugely, and once more complimented Amy on her playing. The others arose, and Mr. Bent came forward, taking something out of his pocket. "Crawford," he said, "permit me to hand you a little present as an evidence of the gratitude that I and my fam ily feel toward you." Jerry in great surprise accepted the box which bore the name of Tiffany. Opening it he saw a valuable watch and chain. His monogram was engraved on the plain cover of the watch. "I thank you, suh,'' he said, feeling at a los s for words to express himself. "It's more than I expected, an' a whole lot too fine for me; but I'll wear it 'cos you've given it to me, and I thank you very much for it." Then Mrs. Bent handed him another box containing a diamond encruste d watch-charm, which she said he must attach to the chain. Jerry was quite overpowered, but managed to blurt out his thanks. Then Amy had her innings, and presented him with a valuable ruby ring. "By gum I can' t say no more'n thanks, Miss Bent. It's very kind of you, and I appreciate it, and will wear it as long as I live, even ef I become a millionaire an' can buy up half New York."
12 A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. "You must call again soon, Mr. Crawford," said Mrs. Bent, in a tone and manner that showed she meant it. "Yes, you really must call," seconded .Amy, with a look that quite upset Jerry. "I'll be glad to do so ef you think I won't be impo s in' on your kindness," he said, with some eagerness in his tones. "You've treated me so nice that-that-wal, I hope you under s tand what I mean, for I jes' can' t quite express myself." "You will always be welcome here, Mr. Crawford," said Mrs. Bent, earnestly. "Even apart from the gratitude we feel toward you we recognize you almost as one of ourselves -a boy from the South." "Thank you, Mrs. Bent," he repli ed, and then Amy ac companied him to the front door. CHAPTER VIL JERRY MAKES A SUCCESS OF HIS FIRST DEAL. All the way to his boarding house Jerry thought about Amy Bent and the fine time he had enjoyed that evening. He also thought about the handsome watch and chain, and the ruby ring he had in his pocket. "By gum! Ef I ain't lucky I dunno what you call luck," he said to himself. "That watch an' chain mus' 'r cost a bunch of money; and Miss Bent wouldn t give me no common ring. Ef I go 'round with them on me I'll be a pretty swell-lookin' messenger Wal, I r eckon tqar ain't no law ag'in a messenger wearin' anythin' he kin afford." When Jerry entered the private office next morning to help Mr. Ward o:ff with his coat the broker noticed his heavy gold chain and diamond encrusted charm. "That's a fine chain and charm you've got there, J erry, he said. "Might I ask you how you came in possession of such expensive ornaments?" "Wal, suh, Mr. Bent gave me the watch and chain," 'and Jerry pulled out the watch; "Mrs B e nt gave me the char m, and Miss Bent gave me this hyar ring." Mr had heardfrom Mr. Bent how Jerry had s aved his life, so he was not surprised at the evident value of the presents. "They are very handsome and valuable," replied the bro ker. "I was up to Mr. Bent's house last night, an' they treated me fine," said Jerry. "That is natural, considering the obligation they are un der to you," answered Mr. Ward. "I congratulate you on having made such a good friend as Mr. Bent. You'll find as you grow older that it is an excellent thing to have rich and influential friends to call on in case of need." "I reckon it ain't no harm to have 'em even ef you don't have to ask 'em to do somethin' for you." The broker nodded and turned to his desk. Jerry, taking that as a sign that the interview was over, walked outside. On his first visit to the Exchange he cocked his eye up at the big blackboard to see what was doing in M. & N. As far as he could make qut there wasn't anything tran spiring in the stock He was kept busy about till after he had r e turned from the bank at three, and then he had a breathin g 1 pell. The crowd of people who had been in and out during the hours the Exchange was in session had now thinned down to one or two, who were looking at the tape. J elTy waited patiently till they got out for a chance to glance at the tape himself. IIe found severa l quotations of sales of M. & N., but there was no change of any importance in the price. Two days afterward he saw it had gone up to 71. "By gum f I'm six dollars ahead at any rate," he sa id to himself in a tone of satisfaction. He met Will Slater every day, but he didn't say a word to him about his deal. He would have suggested to his friend the idea of buy ing a few shares of M. & N. only he knew that Will had no money to invest. So the rest of the week passed and M. & N. advanced very slowly to 73. Th e rise was not enough to attract any particular atten tion, though a g r eat many sales of the stock were made to those who had in side information and were loading up for th e boom they knew was coming. On the following Tuesday Jerry carried a message to a broker in the Mills Building. The trad er was engaged whell' he arrived and he bad to take a seat and wait. Th ere were perhaps a dozen customers in the waiting room, and many of them were gathered around the ticker. Suddenly J e rry noticed that the persons at the ticker had grown uncommonly interested in the quotations, and he heard them talking about M. & N. One r emarke d that it was going up steadily. Another said it was booming llike a house afire. J erry wasn't the l east bit excited to l earn that for he had been expecting it, and considered it a foregone conclu sion. When he got back to the office he found some excitement among the customers there. He was immediat e ly sent over to the Exchange with a message to Mr. Ward. While waiting for his employer to come to the railing he saw a crowd of traders around the M. & N. s tandard, shou t ing and gesticulating at a great rate. Glancing at the blackboard he saw the M. & N. quota tions being posted one after another, each time higher than before. It was going then at 82. The next time he went to the Exchange the stock had reached 87. Finally it closed at 90i. "Wal I reckon it's time for me to sell out," Jerry thought, "for it's gone up the twenty points Mr. Jewett said it would." Accordingly when he l eft the office for the day be went to the little bank and told the clerk to sell hia six shares "They'll be sold first thipg in the morning," said the clerk, passing him out an order to sign. Jerry went up town feeling lik e a king, for he figured that he had made over $100 on his deal. "By gum I don't wonder that the brokers get ricli when I kin make over $100 out of only six shares. Will told me that some men buy thousands of s hares at a time. J es' think of that! S'pose I had had money enough to
A. BOY FROM THE SOUTH. buy 1,0 0 0 s h a res on thi s margin ba&is I'd have made $20,1 His languag e and manner w ere so odd that Jerry rega rd000. Who kno w s but Mr. Jewett and his friend have made ed him with some a s tonishment. tha t mu ch ? Next time I go into this thing I'll buy more j "Do you want to see Mr. Ward?" he asked sha r es, a n I'll make more money. The stock ma.rket for "Ay, marry, I do if that be the name he dot h business me eve ry time On e of these days I'll go back to Wallis under v ill e an' make the p e ople's eyes stick out with the size of "What's your name?" m y boodl e." "My name is Norval. On the Grampian hills my father H e chuc kl e d at the thought of the sensat i o n he would ere -fee d s hi s flock s A frugal swin(}--" ate in his native town. "Ho ld on, said Jerry. "What in durnation are you W a l did an y o f you folks make a haul off'r M & N. ?" givin m e ?" h e ask e d the board e r s that evening at the supper table. "A g ro a t. Ay, an humble groat, that r e presents my all," "I t o ld you it would go up twenty points." r e plied the stranger :fishing a penny out of his pocket an d It transpire d tha t only one of the ladies had taken ad t e ndering it to the young messenger. vant age of J erry s tip. "Say, what's the matter with you?" asked Jerry. "I She h a d bought :fifty shares at 70, and was still hanging gues'S you've come to the wrong shop. I reckon you want on to it. to take a car for Bloomingdale." "Wa l y ou' d bette r sell out right away, Mrs. Thomas," The cu s tom e r s in the office were by this time attracted to said J e rry. "It m a y go down ag'in to-morrer the strang e conduct of the visitor, and regarded him with "Do you think so?" s he fluttered, with a look of anxiety some curio s ity on h e r face "Ha, by my halidom would s t thou insult m e cait iff? "That's my 'pinion, though it doesn't follow that it will c ried the man foldin g his arms and glowering at Jerry in a go down for a day or two, but I wouldn't advise you to tragic way. "Dost tho u know who I am?" take no ma' am Ef you've got :fifty shares you've "By gum, I g uess you're crazy. Come now, you want mad e $1, 000 as easy a s rolling off a log You'd better cash to go; you haven't any business in this office. Get a move in an' make sure that it doesn't get away from y ou." on, and the boy took him by the arm to lead him t o the The rest of the boarder s were chagrined that they hadn t doo r. b o u ght M. & N. on Jerry's pointer. He spran g back several paces and drawing himself up The truth of the matter was they didn't have mu c h s pare to his full hei ght, c ried: mon ey, and had been afraid to risk what they did have. "Avaunt! My nam e is Richelieu! I defy you!" The dude clerk felt like kicking himself around the The dramati c inte n s ity with which he flung the words blo c k, for Jerry had given out the tip at his request. at J erry r e ached the counting room, and Mr. Manson and He could have bought ten shares on margin and that the cle rk s looked out into the waiting room to see what was would have put $200 in his pocket, and he could have cut going on there. quit e a das h with it. Mr. Ward's attention was also attracte d to the d i sturb The board e rs resolved that the next time Jer ry handed ance and he came to the door of his private roo m out a point e r they would surely get in on it. "What's the troubl e Jerry?" he asked. Wh e n Jerry collected from the little bank he found that "WJv, s ub this c hap is cle an off his head Blamed e f with what he had saved in the meanwhile that he was now I know what to mak e of him. He's bee n actin' like a luna worth $200. tic s ince he came in." "I kin buy twenty share s next time," he thought as he "We ll, sir, what i s your bu s iness here?" asked the b r o locked it up in his trunk. "An' ef the stock shou l d go up k e r, st e pping up to the solemn looking man. twenty points ag'in I'll make $400. Then I'll be worth "Hist!" cried the vis itor in mysterious tones, seiz ing him $600 B y gum! It won t be long at that rate before I'm b y the arm. "Speak not so loud or we shall be heard Eve n worth a thou s and, an' $1,000 will give me the call on 100 the walls have ears. We are beset on every side by e ne shares of any s tock on the list. Gol darn it, a feller kin mies who clamor for our blood. But we will escape t h em make mone y hand over fist in WfJ.11 Street." yet. I have di s covered a secret staircase in yon wa ll Jerry had intended telling Will about his luck in the which-" market, but he chang e d his mind. At that moment a square-built man entered the office. He :fig ured that $125 was not much to win, so he dec i ded When his eyes rested on the solemn visaged individ u a l to w ait till he had made more, and then he woul d s u rprise he walked up to him and p l aced his hand on his sho uld er. Will. "Come, Edwin Forrest, you'll be l ate at rehearsa l. Le t It wa s clo s e to ten next morning and Jerry was sitting me escort you to the stage door he said, in eve n to nes. in his chair waitin g to be called upon when a solemn-visThe solemn-looking man sudd e nly became as doc il e as aged man ente r e d the office. a kitten The room wa s half full of customers and Jerry did not "Has he been making much trouble here?!' the squ a ren o tic e him at :firs t built man s aid to Mr. Ward "He's hopelessly insane but Presently h e saw the newcom e r standing in the center of quit e harmless He was once a well known actor but de -the roo m lookin g around veloped pare sis and has been consigned in a sanitarium. His J erry went o v er and asked him what he wanted. frfonds decided to transfer h i m to another institution, a n d "I would see the head of the house," he said "Prithee I was taking him there when he gave me the slip in t he conduct m e to his sanctum that I may unfold a tale of crowd He was seen to enter this building, so I have been mu c h mom ent." looking into the different offices in sea r c h o f h im. H eim'
A EOY FROM THE SOUTH. agines he is Edwin Forrest, and it is necessary to humor him. I regret that he intruded here, and will now remove him." Taking the demented man by the arm they walked out to gether into the corridor. "Wal, I thought that chap had a tile loose," said Jerry to his employer. "When I asked him his name he said it was N orval, an' that his father fed his flocks on the Gram pian hills. Such nonsense made me 'spicious of him, so I was goin' to run him out when he sprung somethin' about Richelieu on me and that brought you out of your office." .Although the incident was over it was some time before the customers got done talking about it, and long before ihat Jerry was out on the street with a message to deliver at the Johnstone Building up the block. CHAPTER VIII. JERRY GETS A TIP IN AN ODD WAY. Two weeks passed away and then Jerry heard some bro kers talking about a pool that had been fol'med to corner D. & L. shares and boom the price. "By gum! I guess I've got hold of what Will calls a tip," he said to himself. "I'm jes' goin' to buy some D. & T.i. and see how it works out." Next morning he brought his $200 down town and put it up on twenty shares of the stock which was ruling at 85. The brokers had said that the combine would boost the price to par at any rate, so Jerry decided that he would sell when it reached that point. When he came to dinner that evening he told the boarders he had another tip for them. "You want to buy D. & J;. right away. You can get it now at 85. Wal, you don't want to hold it after it gets to par. That's the time to cash in. Ef you hang on for the last dollar the fust thing you know you'll be eatin' snow balls." "Eating snowballs!" laughed one of the ladies. "What do you mean by that?" "Wal, it means you' ll be scratchin' gravel for the money to pay your board," replied Jerry. Next day many of the boarders visited an up town bro kerage office and bought D. & L. in varying amounts up to fifty shares. The dude clerk invested in ten shares, and then began to figure out how he shou ld spend his expected winnings. Jerry gave as much of his attention to his new deal as he could afford to do, and in about a week noted with sat isfaction that the stock was going up steadily, a little at a time. .After getting up to 92 the boom began and it reached par in a couple of hours, the brokers going wild over it. It got up to 102 before Jerry found a chance to go to the little bank and order his shares sold. Half an hour later, after getting as high as 104, a sud den slump c1:1me on and precipitated something of a panic in the Exchange, during which D. & L. fell rapidly to 90, where it stopped. When he reached his boarding house he found the board ers in the parlor the market. Some who had gone in on Jerry's advice had sold out at par and reaped a good profit, but two or three had held on too long, and only stood to win a small amount. The dude clerK:, when he came in, admitted that he bad lost most of his anticipated profit because he couldn't get away from the store to find out how things were going. "Well, you oughtn't to speculate, then," said Jerry. "Ef a feller isn't on the job all the time he'd better keep out of the market." the bank settled with Jerry the boy found he had made $350 and that made him worth nearly $550. "By gum! I'm gettin' along. I've made nearly $500 off my two deals. I kin buy fifty shares of stock now, and make money faster," he said to himself. That afternoon he received a letter from Miss .Amy Bent. She said she had been looking for him to call for some little time and felt disappointed because be had not done so. She closed her note by saying that she would be pleased te see him on Wednesday evening if he could make it conve nient to call. "Wal, I reckon I'll go," be mused. "I've been tryin' to screw up my courage to venture up thar, but I couldn't seem to reach the stickin' point. Now that Miss Bent has taken the trouble to send me a special invitation I don't see that I kin get out of it even if I wanted to." Accordingly on Wednesday evening he visited the resi dence of Broker Bent for the second time, and was received with the same cordiality as before. He and Amy got on very nicely together, and when he took his leave she told him she hoped to see him,again two weeks from that night. "All right, Miss Bent, I'll be hyar. I'd sooner call on you than go anywhar else in New York. I'm bound to say you're the nicest girl I've ever met, and as long as you're willin' to have me call you'll :find me comin' around." Then he wished her good-night and went home, satis-fied that there wasn't another girl like Amy Bent in New York. Jerry and Jessie Lee, the office stenographer, had got to be pretty thick. The young Southerper, however, didn't consider her any where near as classy as Miss Bent, though he had to admit that she was almost as pretty, and had just as .:fine a :figure. Of course the fact that Miss Lee's people were in very moderate circumsta:.ces and she had to help support the family, made all the difference in the world between the two girls Jessie didn't go out of the building to lunch. She and the stenographer in the office next door, where Will Slater worked, were chums, and they u sua lly ate their frugal noonday meal together alternately in one an other's dens. They each had a small oil stove on which they made tea, and when, for some reason, they failed to bring their lunch from home, they got either JeITy or Will to go down stairs to the Pine Street lunch room in the rear of the building and buy them what they needed. When business was dull in the Street, and the boys were not busy around half past twelve, the girls would in vite either or both to eat with them, the messengers pro viding their own layout from the lunch room, invariably supplying the girls with something extra for the occasion.
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 15 On the day succeeding Jerry's second visit to the Bent home Jessie asked him if he would take lunch with her and Mi s s Gibbs in her den. "Wal, I dunno but I will, Miss Jessie," replied the boy. "TU Mr. Manson ain t got nothin' or me to do around noon I'll be on hand. How about Will? Is he in this?" "I told Miss Gibbs to invite him, and I suppose she has done so." Lat e r on Jerry met Will on the street and asked him if he was g oing to eat with the girls that day. "I will i I can," replied Will. "Wal I'll drop into your place about half past twelve an' w e' ll go down stairs an' g e t some thin' for ourselve s," said J e rry. J othing turned up to interfere with their arrangements s o th e fou r s at down to eat together, the girls finding room in Jessi e 's corner while the boys sat just outside, but close to them J essie furnished a cup and saucer for Jerry, while Miss Gibbs saw to it that Will was similarly provided for. "This is a whole lot better'n eatin' with the crowd down s tairs," remarked Jerry, attackin g a chicken sandwich Jes sie had brought from home especially for him. "I s hould it is,'' replied Will, "not counting the hon o r o f being m the society of two pretty girls." "Oh my, will ygu listen to that, Jessie," laughed Mis s Gibbs. "You mu stn't mind what the boys say. They are great jolliern replied Miss Lee, with a sly look at Jerry, whom she had almost los t her heart to. "By gum, Will, thar ain't no prettier girls in Wall Street than we've got in our offices," said Jerry; "at least I ain't :?o:>n any that can hold a candle to 'em." rhe girls blushed and looked pleased, for say what you will, there isn't a girl but likes to be complimented on her personal appearance, no matter what her charms may amount to "What have you got in that paper bag, Jerry?" asked Jessi e after the sandwiches bad been eaten. "Guess an' you kin have some of it," answered the boy. "It looks like a pie." "What kind of a pie?" "Apple," hazarded Miss Gibbs. "No, it ain't apple." "Mince, then," said Jessie. Jerry shook his head. "It's a wonder you wouldn't think of your favorite. You've got a sweet tooth. It' s lemon meringue." "Oh, i sn't that splendid," cried Miss Lee "Makes your mouth water, doesn't it?" chuckled Jerry. "I bought it especially for you. "Aren't you good?" replied the girl. "Sure I am. I was born that way," and he pulled the pie out of the bag. The girls' eyes glistened as they looked at it. There was nearly an inch of lemon filling with n. thick layer of whipped cream, slightly browned, on top, and fluted to make it look nice. "Thi!> is a treat,'' said Miss Gibbs as she started to get away with her piece. "Wal, I reckon it ain't none too good for you two," grinned Jerry. "That's right," sai d Will "Sweets to the sweet." The girls laughed and looke. d tickled. "I hate to have to interfere, young folks," sai d t he cashier, at that moment; "but I've got a note for you t o take to the Exchange right away, Jerry "All right, sub," replied the boy, tak i ng t he e nvelope. "Just half a minute till I fini sh t h i s p ie. It's to o g o o d t o let go to waste." "Isn't that mean!" said Jessie, sympathetica lly. "I'll take it over for you, Jerry," sa i d W ill. "No you won't Jes' you sit still an' finish your grub." Jerry gobbled down the l ast of the pie, carried his chair out s ide and departed on his errand When he delivered his note Mr Ward to l d him t o wait a moment. He went to one of the desk s wrote a note and brough t it back to the rail. "Take this to Broker O'Donnell in the Mills Building," he said. When Jerry entered O Donn e ll's private room the bro ker was talking through bis de k phone. "Myers was jus t in here and he said the syndicate was ready to go ahead. H e in s truct e d me to tell you to go around to the W a ll Street offices and buy every share of A. & F. you can fin d as clos e to the market as possible. I'll a ttend to Broad Stre e t and Exchange Place Get on the job at once,'' he heard the trader say. O Donn e ll hung up the receiver and started to write s omething on a pad "A message for you, sub," s aid J e rry. The broker turned quickly and looked at him. "How long have you been here?" he asked sharply. "Just come, suh, this minute." "Why didn't you knock?" "I did, sub, and walked right in." "Did you hear what I said over the wire?" "I beard you say somethin' about buy in' A & F." ad-mitted the boy. The broker's eyes fl.ashed angri l y and he bit b i s lips. "You are Mr. Ward's messenger, I believe?" "Yes, sub." "I have heard him say that you are a thoroughly honor able lad, and your word can be depended on." "I hope so, suh," replied Jerry, earnestly "Very well. I want you to promise me that you w ill not breathe a word to -any one-any one, mind youabout what you may have heard me say throug h t h e pho n e "I promise, sub "On your word of honor." "Yes, sub I never b roke my w o r d yet a n I d o n t mean to begin now." The trader looked relieved an d opened a nd read the message Jerry had brought "There is no answer," he said "Remember now, I de pend on yo'!l. I don't know how much you heard, but enough probably to make serious tro.uble if you let it out." "You needn't worry, suh. You kin depend on me," re plied Jerry. The broker nodded and the boy l eft. "He didn't tell me not to make use of what I heard/' muttered Jerry, as be returned to his own office. "I won't break my word by buyin' a few shares on my own ncc01rnt.
16 A BOY FROM 'l'HE SOUTH. I reckon thar's a big deal on hand, and that A,. & F. is goin' to be boomed by that thar syndicate. I've got the dough to buy fifty shares, an' ef I make $10 a share profit I'll be worth a thousand. By gum That sounds mighty good. Thar ain'.t many messengers down hyar that's worth as much as that." He kept his little capital in the office sa,fe now as he was afraid to leave $500 in his trunk at the boarding house, so when he got 'off for the day he asked the cashier for his envelope and went around to the liUle bank. He had found out that A. & F. was going at 92, so he told the clerk at the bank to get him fifty shares of A. & F. at the market. He was told that the stock would be got first thing in the morning, or possibl y that afternoon, and with that assur ance he went home. CHAPTER IX. WINNING BY THE SKIN OF HIS TEETH. Jerry went about his business next day as promptly as usual, but he couldn't help thinking a great deal about his latest venture in tbe market. He felt certain that the stock would go up, but what both ered him was he had no idea how high it w11-s likely to go. He figured, however, that the syndicate would push it up fifteen or twenty points, for the two previous stocks in which he had invested had advanced that much, and he saw no reason, in his ignorance of the tactics of the Street, why A. & F. should not go just as high. At any rate he determined to be guided by circumstances, though what be meant by that be could hardly have explained. Several days passed, during which A. & F., instead of ad vancing, went the other way. He had bought at 92, and on the afternoon of the fourth day it was quoted at 85, a loss of seven points. "By gmn !" he muttered. "I don't like this. I'm out $350 of my $500. What in durnation is the matter with the stock? If thar's a syndicate behind it why is it goin' down? They ought'r push it right up. That's what I :figured on. Ef I'd known it was goin' down I'd have waited." Jerry, in his inexperience, didn't know that th e slump of A. & F. was a part of the plans of the syndicate to shake out the stock on the market so its brokers could buy it in as low as possible. It was natural for timid holders, especially those holding shares on margin, to sell when they saw the price going down, and it was this stock the syndicate was after. Fortunately for Jerry's peace of mind and pocketbook, A. & F. didn't go any lower than 85. On the following day it advanced to 88, and on the next day to 91. "Wal, I reckon thinks look a little better," he said to himself, when he saw that A. & F. had closeg at the latter figure. He said nothing at his boarding house about the stock, as he felt that would be breaking his word to Broker O'Don nell One morning he heard Mr. Ward tell his cashier to sell 1,000 A & F. at the market. He supposed the stock belonged to his employer and be wanted to tell him to hold on to it for a rise that he was sure was going to come, but he did not da.re open his mouth on the subject, for he was bound by bis word not to. So ten days passed away and the stock went to 95. Then to the s urprise of Wall Street the stock began to jump at a rapid rate. In a few hours it was at par, and brokers and their cus tomers were falling over one another in their efforts to buy it. The greatest excitement prevai led at the Exchange, just as it had done at previous booms. Jerry was kept on the jump carrying messages to his em ployer in the board room. On one of these visits he met Will. "By gum! The brokers are havin' a great time of it this afternoon," he remarked to his friend, at the same time chuckling over his own good fortune. "That's because there's a boom on in A. & F." replied Will. "I see thar is. How high do you think that stock'll go 'fore it turns the other way?" "I couldn't tell you. Any man with money who could answer that question might easily make himself a million aire in a day." "The men who are boomin' it ought to know." "No, they can't tell, though they have the inside track. A hundred things are likely to happen that would upset all their calculations at any moment." "That so?" replied Jerry. "Why I thought a syndicate with a barre l of money could do anythin'." "An opposition syndicate, with a bigger barrel, might be form ed to do the first syndicate up." "Wal, s'pose you had bought A, & F. when it was way down, how long would you hold on to it?" asked Jerry, eagerly, fishing for information. "I I'd get out now and make sure of what I had in sight." "But it might go way above par." "Yes, and again it might go to pot inside of ten minutes." "Look thar at the blackboard, it's 102 now." "I see it is." "And look at them brokers fightin' tooth an' nail to buy it. Would they do that ef they had any idea it was goin' to pot ?'J l "They?re taking chances. Haven't I told you that the market was the greatest game of chance in the world? You never know where you're at, though you may think you do." "Wal, thar's a lot of people in our office bu yin' A. & F. now. They're jes' crazy over it. I heard 'em talkin' about it fore I came out. Ef it should go down s uddenl y they'd all lose their money. Don't they know what they're doin' ?" "They're taking chances, too. They're the Lambs that the brokers get rich on. If the general public stayed away from Wall Street altogether, and put their money into sa vings hanks instead of into stocks, the chances are you and I would have to look for jobs somewhere else." Will's boss came up, took his message, read it and nodded "all right." That w11s the signal for Will to leave and he did.
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 1'1 By the time Jerry had delivered his note A. & F. was up to 105. He was much impressed by what Will had told him, and he began to have some misgivings about his deal. By the time he reached Wall Street he became so uneasy that he decided to run up to the little bank and sell out t at once before anything happened. When he got there he saw by the blackboard in the recep tion room, where a small boy was marking up quotations as fast as they appeared on the ticker tape, that A. & F. was up to 106. He went to the window, where there was quite a line, took his turn and ordered his stock sold "I want it sold right away, suh," he said, anxiously. "It will be sold inside of ten minutes," replied the cierk. "By gum! I hope it will," he said as he left the win-dow and hurried back to the office. It was lucky he sold when he did for half an hour aft erward a raid was made on the stock by a powerful bear clique and a slump set in that caused quite a panic at the Exchange. It also created quite a panic among the small speculators in the different offices. They rushed in their orders to sell in their excitement, and so many people being eager to get out from under, and few being willing to buy, the Lambs suffered much loss, a great many of them being wiped out altogether. Jerry wasn't sure how he had collie out, so on his way up town he stopped at the bank and asked the clerk. The young man went to another clerk and asked him about Jerry's order. He returned and said the fifty shares had been sold at 106l I That made the young Southerner feel good, and he began to make a mental calculation of his profit. "I reckon I kin deduct about three-eighths for expenses such as commissions and what they call interest charges, i.hat will leave me a profit of $12.25 a share. Fifty times that is, let me see." He took a pencil out of his pocket and figured the result on his cuff as he had seen brokers do. "Seven hundred and twelve dollars and a half. By gum! That's fine. I'm worth over twelve hundred dollars." He was tickled to death over his success, though he real ized that he had had a narrow escape of losing all his prof it and perhaps some of his capital. His good spirits at the dinner table that evening at tracted general notice. "You seem to be very happy to-night, Mr. Crawford," remarked one of the ladies. "Yes, ma'am, I eel pretty good, but I'm thinkin' there's a whole lot of people who hain't felt very gay sice the market went to smash this afternoon." "Has there been a panic in Wall Street to-day?" :'Wal, not exactly, but thar's been a high falutin' ole time in the Exchange. You see. thar's been a boom on in A. & F. for a day or two, and the speculators jes' went loony over the prospects of makin' a bunch of easy money. To-day A. & F. jumped some points above par, an' things were hummin' till a screw worked loose somehow-I heard a man say that the bears did the trick-an' then prices took a tumble, scarin' seven years' growth out of the Lambs. Thar was excitement to burn till the Exchange closed for the day, an' I reckon there'll be a whole lot more in the mornin'." "It is evident that you're not one of unlucky bunch," said the dude clerk. "No, but I don't mind admittin' that I come mighty near gettin' caught." "Then I infer that you liad an interest in the market." "Yes, I had about all I own up on A. & F. I sold out jes' half an hour before the slump came on an' saved my bacon." "You were very fortunate," said one of the ladies. "I re!:!kon that's about the size of it. You've got to be lucky to make anythin' down in Wall Street. I did think H was easy to play the market, but I've kind'r changed my mind since I got more experience." A general di scussion of Wall Street then took place, dur ing which a new boarder declared in vehement terms that it was the curse of the country. Jerry left him arguing the matter with the dude clerk, who tried to impress all hands with his knowledge of the financial district, and went to his room. Soon afterward he went out for a stroll along upper Broadway, where the light s and the passing throng gre'at ly entertained him. CHAPTER X THE ROBBERY AND THE CAPTURE. "Jerry," said the cashier on the following afternoon when the boy returned to the office after taking a message to the Mills Building, where he had been detained, "you have just five minutes to make the bank. Do you think you can do it? The doors are closed promptly at three." "I'll do my best, suh," replied the boy, grabbing the bank book with the money and checks and shoving it into an inside pocket. "I'll get thar on time or bust my b'iler." As he shot through the door he collided wi.th a stout gentleman who was in the act of entering and caromed off like a billiard ball from a lively cushion. "Beg your pardon, sub, but I didn't see you. You'll 'scuse me, as I'm in a hurry," and Jerry rushed for the elevator. 1 "Confound the boy!" ejaculated the visitor, who was a bank director. "He knocked all the wind out of me. It's a wonder he couldn't look to see where he was going. I shall have to complain of him to Mr. Ward." Then he walked inside and asked for the broker. By that time Jerry was dashing out of the main entrance as if he were runnin g for a. doctor in an emergency case. "Hello, Texas, what's your rush?" cried a messenger, grabbing him by the arm. "Gol darn it, don't stop me. I've got to get to the bank," and Jerry hurried up the street Two men standing near by hea;rd his words and a mo ment later both were following after him. Jerry, howfver, was leaving them behind when they quickened their pace, and one, rushing in front of ihe boy, purposely tripped and dropped in front of him. Jerry pitched over him, struck the edge of the curb and for a moment lay half stunned.
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 'l'he two men immediately seized bold of him, apparent ly to raise him up. One of them rapidly passed his hands over the boy's clothes and felt the bank book in his inside pocket. By a slick movement he got possession of it, then, after standing Jerry on his feet the two men started rapidly down Broad Street. Although the young Texan was somewha t dazed by the shock be had sustained he had felt the man take the bank book from him, and the moment they left him he started after him. One of tl1em saw him coming on, and suspecting that the boy had realized his loss and connected it with them, pulled his companion into the entrance of one of the office build ings, and then both entered one of the offices on the ground floor. When Jerry reached the building they had disappeared "Gol darn it whar could they have gone?" cried the boy, coming to a stop "That was 'J pretty slick trick, but dern me ef I'm goin' to let 'em get away with it ef I kin help it. Thar ain't no back exit from this buildin' so they'll have to come out this way when they think the coast is clear. I'll jes' wait for 'em." He walked outside and took his position beside one of the colonnades, where he could keep the door in view and still not be easily seen himself. Ten minutes elapsed and then he saw one of the men, the pal of the f ellow who had pinched the bank book, come out and look around. "Thar's one of 'em now," muttered the young messenger, getting ready for a dash. The man, apparently satisfied that Jerry was not in sight, made a sign with bis band and his companion joined him. They immediately started off down Broad Street. Jerry came from his place of concealment and hurried after them. At the corner of Exchange Place he came up with them, 'anJ reaching out his muscular arms grabbed each by the collar o : f the coat and brought them to a halt. "Come now, you blamed ole light-fingered Piutes, hand l)Ver that bank book you took from me," he cried. "What's that?" cried the man who had not taken the book. "How dare you lay your hands on us this way? If you don't instantly release us I'll call an officer and have you arrested." "I was jes' goin' to do that myself. I reckon an officer fa jes' about the right thing to arbitrate this ma.tter, so ef you'll call him you'll save me the trouble of
I A BOY FROM 'I'HE SOUTH. 19 Mr. Ward iecognized his messenger in the center of the crowd, nnd saw that he seemed to be mixed up in the mat ter, so he pushed his way through, reaching the point of interest just as the detective demanded a direct answer from Jerry. "What's the matter, Jerry?" he inquired. '"l'hat you, Mr. Ward?" replied the young Texan. "Wal, sub, I was goin' to the bank with the day's deposits when these two men jumped me at the corner of Nassau, and this feller hyar got the book out of my inside pocket They started off with it but I followed an' nabbed 'em. They've given up the book an' I was goin' to let 'em go as soon as I found everythin' all right. How is it, Will?" "Everything tallies with the deposit slip," replied Slater. "All right,H replied Jerry, releasing the men and taking the book. "You two kin go now." "Hold on; not so fast," said the detective, grabbing the crooks. "If a theft has been committed by them I'll Jake them to the station house. Are you prepa:ced to make a charge against them?" "I will," said Mr. Ward, promptly. "This boy is my messenger, and the money and checks belong to me. Take them with you, and go along, Jerry, and make the com plaint." "Yes, sub," replied the young Texan. "I'll do it." That settled the fate of the crooks, and they were marched off to the station house, where Jerry told his story and they were locked up. He appeared against them next morning in the Tombs P olice Court and they were held for the action of the grand jury. J Subsequently they were tried, convicted and sent to Sing Sing for several yearR, and Jerry told Will that he guessed they didn't get any more than what was coming to them. CHAPTER XI. JERRY'S GREAT LUCK IN THE MARKET After his narrow escape in his A. & F deal Jerry was not so eager as before to monkey with the market. He recognized it as a dangerous proposition, and fought shy of it for awhile. The $1,250 he now had was too important to him to be risked recklessly, so he resolved that he would hold on to it until he got hold of a tip he could depend upon About three months passed away, during which he fre quently visited Amy Bent, before anything turned up to arouse his interest in the market once more. Then one day he learned that a certain clique of bull operators had formed a syndicate to corner P. & Q. shares and boom the stock as soon as they got control of it. By that time Jerry was pretty well up in Wall Street knowledge and the methods of the Street. He had been working for Mr. Ward now nearly five months, and there wasn't a smarter messenger in the district Contact with New Yorkers, and especially the gentle influence of Amy Bent, bad rubbed down bis rough ways a great deal, and he wasn't as loud as he was when he first made his appearance in the city. He still wore his soft cowboy hat, for nothing would induce him to purchase a derby, even for Sunday wear, whil e his language was not greatly improved. Having satisfied himself that P. & Q was a good thing to get in on he lost no time in buying 100 shares at the little bank. He got it at low-water mark -78. Irr a week the price began going up at a rate that sur prised the Street. The greatest excitement centered around it that Wall Street had known that year The syndicate had a raft of money to call upon, and as a consequence the bearsattacked the rise in vain Jerry had never before seen so many customers in the office as were there now. They crowded the waiting-room from ten to three, and when he was in the office he had no place to sit down. That didn't bother him, for he was scarcely in five n'l.i:ri utes at a time "By gum! This is a boom for fair an' no mistake he said to himself on the second day of the excitement I wonder how high P. & Q. is goin'? Seems like it means to go clear out of sight. It's at par now an' I'm $2,200 aliead of the game. I reckon it's about time for me to think of sellin' out, or I may be caught in the shuffie the first thing I know." He found that it was easier to talk about selling than to get to the bank and do it. He didn't have a moment from nine till four he could call his own, and the brokerage department of the little bank always closed promptly at the latter hour As P. & Q. continued to go up, and the grew to fever heat, he got very anxious over the ultimate resu l t of his deal. Several times he thought of asking permission to get off for fifteen minutes, but be knew he could hardly be spared, for there was work enough almost for two messen gers As a matter of fact, the cashier and Mr. Ward were fre quently obliged to call in an A. D T. messenger to keep things moving up to the handle. On the fourth day of the boom P. & Q. reached the re markable price of 112. The syndicate had already unloaded about an its holdings on the public, but the demand was so great that no decline appeared to be in sight. The outside speculators were now practically playing the game, and the brokers were piling up commissions on them. Scores of Lambs had made good money and got out of the Street with it, but hundreds of others were clinging on for the last dollar and, therefore, inviting disaster to themselves. On the afternoon that saw P. & Q 30 points above what Jerry pai
20 A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. "Wal, ef you must know I'll tell you. I bought 100 shares of P. & Q. when it was down to 72 and now it's goin' at 112. I want to cash in before the bottom drops out." "It's against orders for employes to speculate, Jerry, but as I suppose you didn't know that I won't say anything about it. Go and order your stock sold and return as soon as you can." Jerry didn't lose a moment availing himself of the permission. H c macle a record run to the little bank, gave in his order and rushed back. It was a great load off his mind to get rid of the shares, and he chuckled as he thought of the big profit he had made this time. "By gum! I'm gettin' rich. I'm worth over $4,000. I wonder what Will'll say when I tell him how I've made it? I must write to some of my ole friends in W allisville an' let them know that I'll soon own Wall Street ef things keep on." The boom lasted several days longer, though the price clid not go much higher, then the stock began to go down. There was no panic over the decline, hpwever, and every body had a chance to get out without being stuck to any great extent. Before the excitement over P. & Q. had :fully died out another boom came on in S. & T. shares. Jerry ha cl made $3,400 out of his deal, and was now crazy to get in on another. When he saw S. & T. mounting up he went and bought 400 shares of it in spite of the cashier's statement that em ployes must not speculate in the market. The stock was then going at 80. 'rhe excitement was resumed over the rise of the new boom, and in ten days S. & T. was ruling at J 03. This time Jerry found an opportunity to visit the little bank without asking permission to get away from the office. 'l'he cashier sent him to a stationer's on Nassau Street, and his errand took him right by the bank. On his return he dropped in at the bank and ordered his shares sold. When he got .his statement and check he found he had made $9,300, for the stock had been sold a little higher than he figured on. This fresh bit of luck made him worth $14,000. He hadn't told Will yet about bis success in the market, but he couldn't keep the secret any longer. "Say, Will, how much do you s'pose I've made since I come to New York?" he asked his friend one afternoon as they were walking up Nassau Street after they had got through for the day. "I don't know how much you get a week/' replied Will. "That has nothin' to do with it. I ain't talkin' 'bout my wages. I mean how much do you think I've made besides my wages?" "Have you been picking up a lot in tips?" "Wal, I've captured a couple of tips, but they ain't the kind you're speakin' about. My tips were on stocks, an' they panned out big." "What do you mean? Have you been speculating?" "Have I? Wal, I should remark I have. I've been into :five deals since I started in as a messenger." I "You never told me that before." "I know I I thought I'd wait till I could stu prise you." "Well, you have smprised me." "I reckon I'm goin' to surprise you some piore. I started in with $50, and I'll bet you couldn't guess how much I've made." "Have you made $200 ?" "'l'wo hundred Wal, ef you add another nought to it an' then multiply it by seven you'll come somewhar near hittin' it." "What kind of a game are you trying to give me now, Jerry?" laughed Will. "No game at all, Will. I've made $14,000, an' I kin show you the money, every cent of it. I've got it stowed away in a safe deposit box in the W ashin'ton vaults. I'll take you thar next Saturday when we get off an' let you count the bills." "Say, you're joking," said Slater, incredulously. "No, suh, I'm not jokin'. They say money talks. Wal, I'll let it talk for me, an' I reckon you'll believe it." It took a lot of explanation to convince the astonished Slater that Jerry had actually made that amount of money out of the market, and he a comparative greenhorn in Wall Street at that. "Wal, you see Will, I must have been born lucky," said the young Texan. "Luck will do 'most anythin'. I've known it to save a man's life when he had a noose around l1is neck an' 'most fifty chaps with the rope in thar hands ready to haul him u:r to a limb of a tree. Y!:!s, siree, bob, luck is a great institution. Ef I keep on bein' lucky I'll get to be a millionaire one of these days, an' then mebbe I'll have a chance to marry Miss--" He stopped suddenly and flushed up. "Marry who?" asked Will curiously. "Are you stuck on Jessie Lee?" "She's a fine girl, but I wasn't thin kin' of her." "Oh, then you've picked up somebody else up town, have you?" "Never mind, we won't talk about the young lady. I don't reckon it'll ever amount to anythin' as I ain't in her class; jes' the same, she treats me as ef I was, an' I'd go through fire an' water to do her a service." When Jerry spoke he little thought how soon he'd be called upon to make good. CHAPTER XII. HOW JERRY RESCUED AMY: On the very next day Jerry heard some brokers talking about the rumor of a consolidation of the M. & P. with the D. & G. road. 4 These were two western railroads, the latter being a big trunk line, the stqck of which was regarded as gilt edge, while the former was an independent line which hadn t cut a great figure in Wall Street for a loJ:\g time. It was ruling as low as 45, and the woods were full of it going a-begging. "It will be a great thing for the stockholders of M. & P. if the arrangement goes through," said one of the brokers; "but it's my opinion there is nothing in it." "You can't tell," replied one of the others. "I've heard
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 21 that the D. & G. system has been trying to annex that road for a long time, and the only thing that stopped them from doing it was the stubbornness of the president of the M. & P. He and his particular friends hold a majority of the shares, and they prefer to operate their line without any profit to turning the control over to others." "What a boom there would be if that deal went through," laughed a third broker. "Everybody would go for M. & -P. It would sell like hot cakes at twenty points above its pres ent price." "It certainly would," said the first broker, "but I'm afraid you'll never see it." "Stranger thi,ngs than that happen in Wall Street," said Broker No. Two. "I'll allow they do," admitted the first trader. Then they walked away and Jerry heard no more. He was greatly interested, however, in the prospect of the rumored consolidation, and next morning he told Mr. Ward what he had heard the brokers say on the subject, and asked him what he thought about it. "I don't think there is anything in it, Jerry, but just as much obliged to you for telling me," thinking Jerry had told him for his own interest "You'll hear all kinds of rumors if you listen to what the brokers say when you're around among them, but you mustn't place any dependence on their conversation. I:f it was anything really important they wouldn't discuss it in public." So Jerry returned to his seat with the idea that what he bad heard didn't amount to a whole lot. Next day he called at a big broker's office with a message and was shown into his private room. 1 "Wait a minute," said the gentleman after reading the note. He rang his bell but there was no response. Then he stepped outside and called to his cashier. While he was out Jerry glanced carelessly at his desk, and right under his nose was a letter wTitten in a bcld hand on an illuminated letter head that attracted the boy's attention. W.bile admiring the lithograph he u nconsciously read the few lines of the note. This is what he saw: "Dear Delancey.-The consolidation of the M. & P. is an assured fact. President Simms was won over to-day, and that settles it. Buy 20,000 shares of M & P. for us at the market. I enclose draft for $900,000 to cover the order. Get it at once, as the D. & G people will have brokers in the field looking for it as soon as you get this letter. Inside of a week it will be as scarce as hen's teeth. It will certain ly go to 70 after the news gets out. Yours truly, "JOHN G. SPINK." "By gum!" ejaculated Jerry. "So the consolidation has gone through. Ef I don't make a haul out of this tip I'm a ring-tailed catamount." Then Mr. Delancey returned and handed him a package to take back to Mr. Ward That afternoon when he left the office he went to his safe deposit box and took out every cent he had there. "I'm goin' the whole hog on M. & P. Make or break. I'll bet it's a sure winner," he said. He went to the little bank and told the clerk to buy him 1,400 shares of the stock, planking down his money with the air of a speculator. He took his memorandum and left the bank That evening Jerry attended an entertainment at Ter race Garden to which he had peen invited. The show, an amateur one, was over about eleven, a n d a dance followed it. The Texan had never learned to dance and so he fel t that he wasn't in it. However, he sat around and watched the dancers for an hour or more. Then he got his hat and coat and started for his boarding house It was close on to one o'clock when he turned into Madi son A venue and walked down the silent street. In one of the tall high-stooped houses across the way lived Broker Bent and his family When Jerry came opposite the house he glanced across at it, and was continuing on when he was startled to see a strange, lurid light reflected upon the window panes of the third story He stopped short, wondering what caused it. He was not long kept in doubt. The light grew momentarily brighter, and he made out flames eating their way up the lace curtains. "My gracious!" he cried. "The house is on fire I must turn in an alarm." He made a dash for the corner; where he knew there was an automatic fire-alarm box attached to a post, and in a very brief space of time sent in the alarm. Then he rushed back to the house, and dashing up the stairs, rang the bell furiously and pounded on the door In a few minutes the colored man, fully dressed, opened the door and peered out. "Who are you, and why are you making such a disturb ance?" he demanded in no amiable tone. He was sitting up to admit Mr. and Mrs .Bent when they returned home from a social function they were attending. "I'm Jerry Crawford. The third story room is on fire an' I've jes' sent in an alarm. We must go upstairs and see if we can't do somethin' to stop it from spreadin'." "The third story front room!:' gasped the colored man. "Why -why that's Miss Bent's room; and she's been in bed these three.hours." "Then she's in danger of her life," cried Jerry, in great excitement. "Follow me. I'm goin' right up to arouse her." The boy wasted no more time in words but flew up the first flight. He could now smell the smoke quite plain. When he turned to ascend the second flight he savv by the low light on the landing the smoke rolling down in a thick haze It choked him as he to make his way through it and he had to fall back to recover his breath. His fears for Amy's safety now redoubled. If the smoke Wfili so bad on the stairs what must it be i.n her room where the fire was? i He hardly dared consiaer the peril the girl was placed i n.1 Taking a good breath he made a second dash up the stairs
22 A BOY FROM: THE s 'oUTH. 'Thi s time h e r e ached t he l and ing above and f ell fla t on his f ace almost o v ercom e b y tlic s moke. The re was a ga s jet burnin g dimly ins ide a color e d globe, but the f e eble light it ga v e out was almo s t obscured by the smoke that filled the pla ce. He groped his way to one of the doors under which he saw a bright g l a r e and rea ching up tried the handle. The door was not locked and he open e d it. His C'ron ching form was r e flected in the gleam of the 1 fla mes whi c h seem e d to fill the r o om. "Good l orll b e ga s ped. "Miss Am y where i s s he ? He got o n hi s fe e t and made his w a y the room, the heat 9f whi ch was s tifling. 'l' h e s m o k e roll e d by him in a den s e cloud. The iight o f the fire showed him an alcove across the ro o m, and in this he rightly figured he would find the girl be soug ht. The flames had not yet reached it, but the y wer e bound to d o s o s oon. H e rus h e d over and pulled one of the s mokin g curtains asi !" 'That's what I'm tryin' to do, but I don't know how to g e t out of this hyar place. The Lord save us, the :fire e v e r:vwhar." At that moment his sharp ears heard the clang of an appro aching fire e ngine. He canie d the girl to the only window in the room, tore ope n the Venetian shutters, threw up the sash and looked out. An engine dashed up to the corner where there was a hydrant and s topped. Another engine was coming up the street, helter skelter, with its hose cart tagging on b e hind. A score or two of people had already assembled, and fresh accessions were appearing every moment. Windows were being thrown up in the houses on the op posite side of the street, as well as on the same side. F ir e a n d s moke were shooting out of the two windows of A m y's boudoir, and the smoke was s i fting out of the wind o w wh ere he stood. The re see med to be no hope of escape without a ladder, and n o hook-and-ladder company was yet in s ight. A wind o w on the floor of the house next door was opened and a man in pajamas appeared and looked out. H e was staggered when he saw that the adjoining house was on fire. At that juncture a: desperate plan to save Amy, and p er h a p s himself, occurred to Jerry. H e c all e d down to the man. H e llo, s ub l want you to help save Miss Bent. W e can t get out of this hyar room nohow. I'm goin' to tie h e r to a s heet and lower her down and s win g h e r ove r t o you. Seems to be the only thing to do to s ave her," he said. The gentleman understood, and instantly replied that he would do his part. Jerry then rus hed to the bed, pl!llled off both sheets and kn otted them together. Amy watched him with staring eyes. The n h e came ba c k to her and began tying the end of one of the s h e ets around her body under her arms. "I'm g oin to lower you down to a man in the nex t hous e who will c atch you," he said. "Don't be frig hten e d. I'm a s strong as an ox, an' kin handle you a s easy as a child. I'll save you don't you fear." By this time there were :firemen in the hou se, trying to reach the third floor but were driven back by the smoke, whi c h was s uffocating on the second landing. When he had Amy tied securely to the sheet he lifted her ou t of t h e window. Wh e n s h e l o oked down at the street she gave a frightened cry and thre w h e r arms around his neck. "Oh, I'll fall," she cried. "I'll b e kill ecY "No y ou won't ef the s h e et s hold an' I reckon they will f o r you r e a light weight, and I kin hold three like you," h e r eplied, r e assuringly "But h o w will you g e t down yourself?" s l ie fl.utt e r ed. "Never mind me. I'll escape some wa:v. An' ef I don't I'll know that I've saved you anyway." "Oh, J erry, Jerry, how c an 1 l e ave you b ehind in this pla c e? Look at the :fire. Look! Look!" she screamed "It's cr eeping close to us." "I know it is," he gritted between his teeth. "Thar ain t no time tcr lose ef I'm to save you. Take your arms from my neck." H e pulle d her arms loose a bit roughly, and then b egan to lower her down with great care. When he got her on the level with the floor below he b egan to s wing her to and fro until the momentum was enou g h to throw her into the arms of the gentleman in the next house.
A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 2 3 He caught her in his arms and pulled her in at the window as Jerry dropped the sheets, and hung out to escape the blistering heat behind him, for the alcove was now all ablaze, and the heroic young Texan seemed doomed to perish. CHAPTER XIII. JERRY'S BIG IIAUL. The fire creeping along on the floor caught his trousers and they began to burn. He could not s tay longer in the room, for the heat was unb earable. "I guess it's all up with me," he muttered, but in tones that betrayed n ot the slightest fear of the fate that threat e ned him. "Wal, I 've saved h er at any rate, an' it won't matter so much about me." Down the s tre e t a hook and ladder came tearing at top speed. Would it get there in time for the ladders to be hoisted up to save Jerry? It was a problem The boy, with his clothes smoking and burning, climbed over the window s ill and took refuge on top of the cornice of the window b elow, nolding on to the sill of the burning window above. The fir emen, who had e ntered the room undern eath, were looking up and figuring on some way to save him. Other firemen were running toward the hook and l adder truck as it swung into the block, intent on hastening the to the rescue of the brave boy. The crowd had grown quite big and were gazing on the thrilling scene with pent-up excitement, for Jerry's fate was now hanging in the balance. The hook and ladder truck was emptied of severai lad d e rs before it came to a rest, but they were small ones. But a dozen st urdy hands pulled off a longer one and rushed it to the burning house. It was quickly planted against the wall s and three fire men rushed up just as Jerry's blistered hand lost its grip on the blazing window sill and he fell into the arms of the foremost man. He was quickly passed down to the street. After the fire was beaten from the arm of his ja'cket he was lifted in the arms of two firemen and carried through the crowd to the nearest drug store, the clerk of which was up, having been aroused by the alarm of fire. Jerry's burns were attended to, and while the clerk was attending to him an ambulance was summoned from the nearest hospital When it appeared the surgeon took charge of him and carried him off, though the gallant young Texan declared he didn't want to go. In the meantime Amy had been taken downstairs to the fir s t floor of the house next door, in readiness to be taken away if the fire spread to the building. She was in a flutter of anxiety over Jerry, and con stantly asking about him As soon as Jerry was rescued she was told about it, and h& fears allayed for the boy who had saved her life, s h e became calmer. The carriagtJ containing her parents drove u p to the edge of the crowd just as Jerry was saved, and when they fou nd that their home was in flames they were wildly anxious about their only daughter A policeman quieted their fears by assuring them she had bei;in saved, and was in the house next door 'rliey were escorted to the house and sdon had her in their arms. Then they learned from her trembling lips of her narrow escape from a terrible death, and how it was to J erry Craw ford she owed her life. She could not account for his being in the house at the critical moment. All she knew was he had suddenly appeared at her bed side and aroused her from sleep. Then he set about saving her Mr. Bent rushed out to ascertain how it fared with the boy after his own rescue by the firemen. He was told that Jerry had been pretty badly burned, and had been carried off to the hospital. The broker and his wife felt deeply grateful to Jerry for s aving Amy's life. They felt that only for his timely appearance their daughter would have suffered a horrible fate. The firemen confined the blaze t the upper stories, and prevented it from extending to the houses on either side. In the course of a couple of hours it was practically out, but by that time the story of the fire and a graphic account of Jerry's ga llant exploit was in type in the offices of the Yarious dailies, and the big presses were soon putting it into print at a very rapid rate. Jerry slept very little in his hospital bed that night, or rather morning, for it was three o'clock when he reached the public institution Mr Bent was an early visitor at the hospital, and as soon as he was permitted to see Jerry, wh0se hurts were not serious enough to confine him to his bed, he told the boy that this additional 9bligation he bad placed himself and. his family under was one that rendered them his debtors for life. "Wal, suh, I'll allow I saved Miss Amy's life, but .thar. ain't no call for you to worry about repayin' me for it. Miss Amy has treated me fine since I became acquainted with her, an' I feel that thar ain't nothin' I wouldn't do for her "My dear boy, you couldn't do more than you did last night YOU nearly lost your life by going to her rescue," replied the broker in a feeling tone. Their interview lasted some little time and then Mr Bent took his leave Of course, it was 011t of the question for Jerry to show up in Wall Street that morning, so he had one of the doc tors telephone his condition to the office. The cashier and clerks were not surp ised at the news, for they had read the account of the fire and Jerry's thrill ing feat in the morning paper Mr Ward also read the story at the breaHast table, and was astonished at the fact of the young Texan rendering another priceless service to the Bent family. That afternoon Mrs Bent and Amy paid him a visit. We will not dwell on the interview as the reader can easily guess what the-gir l and her mot h er said to him.
24 A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. The young Texan remained sernral clays in the hospital I had been formed to manipulate 0. & H., which and Amy visited him each afternoon. 1 was rulrng then at 90. What they said to each other would not interest the He bought 5,000 shares right away and then awaited rereader so we. will pass it over, but Jerry thought these intersults. views the brightest events of his life. In ten days the price boomed up to 110. As soon as he left the hospital Jerry reappeared at the Jerry, however, sold at 105 and cleaned up $75,000. office and reported for duty though his left hand and arm This raised his capital to a little over $125,000. were bandaged, and he limped ll bit in his walk. One Saturday Amy Bent came downtown to call on One of the first things Jerry did on his return to the her father. .. office was to look up M. & P., in which he had every dollar Her father happened to be busy so she took it into her he owned invested. head to call around to Mr. Ward's office and see Jerry. He found that it had gone up a couple of points during She got there about a quarter past twelve, but Jerry was the five days he was out of the Street, due to heavy buying out on his last errand of the day, so she stood by the win on the part of those who had inside information about the dow looking at a gang of safe movers who were hoisting consolidation of two a ponderous safe to the office on the floor above. On the followrng Monday it rose another pomt, and a Ten minutes later Jerry came in and was both surprised half a point on Tuesday. and deli
A BOY FROM THE SOU'rH. 2 5 1.l:<>i:<>:rcycl.es G-i"VeI.I. Freel ..-REGULAR SELLING PRICE $200.00 -. OUR CRAND PREMIUM CONTEST BEGAN IN I>.A. "Y'S,'' :N'<>. ?87 AND IS NOW RUNNING The five rea d ers who send us the l a r gest number o f coupons c ut from Happy Days," b egin ning wi t h No. 787 an d endi ng with No. 198, will each get an ..,.. M. M. MOTORCYCLE .._ .A.:BS<>L"U"I"'EL"Y' P:R.EE% It is a high grade machine, guaranteed by the man ufactu re r to b e of horse-power, and capable of a speed of 45 miles per hour. SEE CURRENT NUMB E RS OF "HAPPY DAYS" FOR A FULL DESCRIPTIO N. Don't miss this cha nce to get a motorcycle for nothing ANYBODY CAN ENTER THIS OR.EAT CONTEST :BEGIN" N'<>WI Get as many coupons as you can and save them u nti l the c ontest closes. Then we will notify you in "Happy Days when to send them to us. The na m es and ad dres ses o f t h e winn e rs will b e pu blishe d i n t he p a p er, with t he number of coupons they send in. THIS IS A FAIR AND SQUARE CONTEST EVERYBODY HAS AN EQUAL CHANCE TO WIN G-e"t "the C<>"U.po::ns % G-e"t "the Coupo:n.s % TRY TO WIN A MOTORCYCLE The safe fetched up half way through the floor of the 'l'he Northern Traction was considered good stock, and ground office, and remarkable to relate, not a person was was selling in the market for 98. hurt in any of the offices. Jerry, after looking the matter up, decided he would This accide .nt couldn't have happened in a modern, up get in on the deal, so he went around to the little bank to-date building, with floors built of steel girders and gave his order for the purchase of 10,000 shares at Mr. Ward's office was in one of the old Wall Street buildthe market 'price ings, the floors and beams of which were constructed of It took the bank several days to find enough of the stock wood. to fill the boy's order, as it was getting scarce The floor in the office which was inte nded to receive the In fact, the scarceness of it caused it to advance to par safe was not substantial enough to bear its weight in a the day after Jerry was notified that the bank had secured proper manner. the shares and held them subject to his order Still it probably would have s tood the strain had not "By gum!" he said to him self. "I've made $20,000 in. the safe slipped its fastenings as it was swung into the no time at all. The more money a fellow has the more he room, slid off the boards prepared to receive it and then kin make." J collided with the floor. And he might have added the more he can lose too. At any rate there would be heavy damages for the safe The members of the syndicate had figured up about how compa n y to pay, and what the company would have been much stock it would be necessary for them to secure in up against had any one been killed or injured it is hard order to control the market, and they succeeded in getting to say nearly all of it. For an hour there was excitement to burn in that locality Jerry's 10,000 shares.., and a few other small blocks were and when the three young people finally went to lunch; all they failed to gather in, and they felt that they were they had lost a good part of their appetites for the good financially strong enough to buy those shares at high figthings that were spread before them. ures if they had to. CHAPTER XV. CLEANING UP A WALL STREET CROWD A month or so after the safe accident J errv learned that a syndicate composed of members of what known as the Jackson crow cl bad been formed to corner the stock of the Northern Traction line. Their plans were carefully mapped out and success seemed as certain as anything in Wall Street can be called certain. It's the unexpected that sometimes ruins the best ar ranged schemes. It was known that Broker Bent hel d some 20,000 shares of Northern Traction as security for money loaned. The syndicate in making its plans left these shares Olit
26 A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. of its calculations, for the stock was understood to be out of the market. It happ ened, hpwever, that a day or two before the price jumped from )JS to 100 the owner of the 20,000 shares called on Mr. Bent and offereCJ. to sell him the block for 97. The broker agreed to take it off his and paid him the difference between the value and the loan. On the evening of that day Jerry called on Amy, and told her that he hacl gone in heavy on Northern Traction, ex plainil) g that a syndicate had been formeq to boom it. Next morning she told her father what Jerry had said about the syndicate and its plans concerning the stock he had just bought. She did not sa.y, however, that Jerry had bought any of it, for he hacl macle her p1'omise to keep his market trans actions secret when he :first confided them to her. Mr. Bent was naturally interested in what his daughter told him, ancl with the view of learning how Jerry found out that a syndicate had been formed to corner the stock he sent a note around to Mr. Ward's during the day re questing Jerry to call on him as soon as he got off that afternoon. Wondering what Mr. Bent wanted, the young T exan called on him about half past three, and was shown into his private office. Mr. Bent broached the subject at once. "Amy told me tbat you informed her you hacl undoubted knowledge that a syndicate had been formed to corner Northern Traction. Is that so?" "Y cs, suh." "Will you tell me how you obtaine,d your information?" Jerry did so. "Your pointer looks good." "It is good, suh. I advise you to buy all the Northern Traction you can get." "I have already bought some of it without any knowl edge that it was to be cornered I shall now hold it for a rise on the strength of your tip, and I will give you ten per cent. of whatever profit I make in consequence." "I don't ask you 1for anything, suh You're welcome to the tip." "Nevertheless, you are entitled to a and you shall have it." "All right, suh I wish I had enough of that stock to dump on that crowd an' clean them out." "Why?" asked Mr. Bent, curiously "Because those are the chaps who nearly done Mr. Ward up eight months ago, an' I'd like to see them get some of the same ole sauce." "Ma:vbe you'll see it, Jerry. I will tell you confidential ly that I have 20,000 shares of Northern Traction, and I intend to try to break the corner with it if I can, but I'm afraid it's hardly enough. If I had 10,000 more--" "Would 10,000 more do tlrn business?" "It wou lcl unless they have a big barrel of money behind them." "Wal, su b, I have 10,000 myseli of Northern Traction which the little bank on Nassau Street is holdin' for me on margin, so--" "What!" cried Mr. Bent, looking hard at Jerry. "You have 10,000 shares!" "Yes, sub. I didn't intend to let on yet how much I'm worth, but Miss Amy knows I'Ye made $125,000 since I came to Wall Street a year ago." "You have! How c1id you make it?" -"In the market, suh." 1 Then Jerry told the broker all about his various deals in which he started with just $60, and JUr. Bent listened to him in astonishment. "You'd better take charge of my deal ano use the stock with your own to clean up that crowd. I'll give you an order on the little bank, an' you kin work it to suit your self. Whatever you get for it over 98, which I paid for it, you kin turn over to me." Mr. Bent agreed to do that, and Jerry wrote him an order on the little hank g ivin g him authority to order the shares sold whenever he thought the time was ripe. The syndicate, ignorant of the fact that th e r e w e r e 30, 0DO shares of Northern Traction ready to be thrown on its hands, went ahead and boomed the price to 115. Then Mr. Bent offered his stock in four lots of 5,000 shares each to the syndicate's chi ef broker. They were taken in, but the synd i cate staggered under the load. 'l'h e broker saw he had the combine in a hole, anc1 he im mediately sent around to the little bank ancl ordered J er ry's shares to be tlwown on the market. The Jackson crowd couldn't take them and the syndicate went to the wall. Jerry's stock was solc1 for consiclerabl:v less than it would have brought if Mr. Bent had solc1 it :firs t, hut b e mac1e up the difference to the hoy, who cleared $170,000 on the deal. As Mr. Bent made $340,000 himself, Jerry receiv e d ten per cent. of that, or $3-J.,OOO more. His total winnings, therefore, amounlec1 to a little over $200,000, and he had the satisfaction of knowing that it was his 10,000 shares that had cleaned up the Jac kson crowd, and put several of them out of hu s iness. Jerry was now worth $330,000, and Mr. Bent de cide d to take him into his own office and put him in his counting room. The young Texan acc e pted his proposition, and Mr. Ward let him go reluctantly. That ended Jerry's spe culation in the market, hut he was satisfied to let well enough. alone, and hang on to his winnings. To-day he is Mr. Bent's junior partner and son -in-law for he married Amy when he entered the :firm, and both Amy and her mother are very proud of their boy from the South. THE END. Read "HAL THE HUSTLER; OR, THE FE.AT THAT MADE RIM FAMOUS," which will b e the next i number (217) of "Fame and Fortune Wee kly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. 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National tax is levied on amounts paid for house rent, on stoves and fireplaces, furni ture, servants, horses and bicycles. For the levy of the tax on house rent, cities are placed according to population into nine classes, and rates are varied according to amount of rent paid in each class. The rates on stoves vary in accordance with the number of stoves in a single home, and 'in the tax on furniture there are twenty different rates, determined by the value of the furniture owned by one person. On servanti;; the rates vary on account of age, sex and number of ser vants in a household. On horses the annual tax is $10 for one animal, $24 for two, $42 for three and $20 for each horse over that number. A bicycle is taxed 80 cents. Provincial and city taxes are determined by the levy of a certain per cent. of the total national taxes. The business and income tax vary according to amounts. In every case the rates are graded so as to make the burden fall heaviest on those who have the most property or income." JOKES AND JESTS. He-So you've read my new novel. How did you like it? She-I laid down the volume with intense pleasure. "Why are some people so conceited, Edith?" "That's so easy, Jack." "Is it?" "Yes." "Well, I don't hear your an swer." "Because they are men." "Your love," he cried, "would give me the strength to lif mountains." "Dearest," she murmured, "it will only be neces sary for you to raise the 'dust.' spree." Amateur,Photographer-Look cheerful, old chap. Subject Can't; this is 'for my wife, who's out of town. If I looked The Hero-Dearest, I knew it was on account of my riches cheerful she'd be back to-morrow. that you refused to be my wife, so I have scattered my wealth to the four winds and have also destroyed the cursed will! I Little Joe-Oh, mamma! Look at the poor little dog without haven't a dollar to my name, but-will you marry me, a tail? The people who own him ought to attend to it Shirly? the Svelte Saleslady-But, er-you see, Mamma-But what could they do? Little Joe-Why, they George, it costs a dollar for a license, alone! could take him to a tailor and have a new tail made. The office boy was reading as the messenger boy entered. Her Young Brother-Ha, caught you! Look here. If you "Say, Swifty," greeted the office boy, "have you read about don't give me sixpence I'll split. de wise guy who's goin' ter send a message to Mars?" She-Tommy, you little wretch, go away! And if you hold "Mars? Where's dat?" asked the messenger boy. "Why, yer your tongue I'll give you sixpence-to-morrow. pinhead," said the office lioy, disdainfully, "Mars is a planet up Relentless Fiend-No fear! No more tick! You promised in de sky, like de moon." 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28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. The Wolves of Chicag o By Horace Appleton. A succession of terrible screams rang out upon the silence of a summer's night. The tenants of one of the southern blocks on Warren Ave were startled. Heads appeared at windows. Several policemen came hurrying in the direction whence the alarming cries proceeded. I was close behind them. Being a detecUve, I instinctively suspected crime. The sounds proceeded from the second story of a tall, dark house. The sky above its fiat rc;iof was leaden, and even as the thrilling screams rang out, the rain, which had long threat ened, began to fall. No one had afterward enlered the house to my informant's knowledge. He cou d form no idea as to what had occurred. I left the house. I hu!ried to the alley at the north side of the house. Iri. my hand I carried a dark-lantern. Suddenly I paused. The sight of a horrible object halted me. rt 'was the body of a man. He was crushed and bruised. He had fallen or been hurled from the roof above. A moment later the police joined me I made myself known. The honest officers were glad of my assistance. We examined the man on the ground. Of course he was dead. But a terrible knife-wound in the region of the h eart told that he had been stabbed before he reached the ground. The stab would have occasioned death. I reasoned that the assassin had attacked the old man in his room. The night was dark, but that goes without saying. The police reached the door of the tall, dark building, demanded admission. A fight must have followed, as witness the disord e red state and of the room. It was granted at once. A tall, dark-faced ma.n, with a hump on his back, and his neck turned sideways, and seemingly immovable in that posi tion, appeared. The police pushed him aside. Then they entered the house. I glided in after them. At the top of the first flight of stairs was a closet door. The police forced it. A small room, littered with papers, and in a state of great disorder, was revealed. A narrow flight of stairs beyond led to the stories above. The light of a lantern revealed a pool of blood. A track of red tide ran up the stairs. We followed it to a window opening on the roof. It was evident some one bleeding severely liad gone through it. \ Beyond, as far as the light of the lantern illuminated the roof, nothing could be seen. The house was detached. That is to say, there was an alley on each side of it be-tween it and the adjoining buildings. We searched the roof. To our surprise we found no one. What hall become of the party who had left the trail of blood? We could not tell. The bloodstains ended abruptly at the edge of the roof that terminated on the northern alley. There was no way of reaching the ground, and it did not seem possible that a man could leap across the alley and gain the roof beyond it. "I think the man has fallen to the earth at this point," said the leader of the police. Meanwhpe I glided back and questioned the man who had admitted us. He professed to have no knowledge of what had occurred. He said: The littered room, in which the pool of' blood was discov ered, was occupied by an old man-a professor of music and a composer. All he knew of this party was that he was very poor, but expected soon to inherit a fortune. The old music-teacher's name was Randolph-Byron Ran dolph. That night he had retired to his room as usual. The old man was either wounded himself, or he wounded his adversary. Then the old man probably pursued the man who had at tacked him to the roof. There he met his death. His as.sassin had first stabbed him to the heart, and then hurled him over the eaves. But how the had himself escaped was a mystery. The cause of the murder was equally obscure. I was assigned the duty of ferreting it out. Next morning I searched the roof of the house next north. On it I found a scrap of paper. Upon the paper these lines were traced: "Ten at night-the den of the wolves. To-morrow. What did this mean? I knew not. "QUEEN." I was reasonably certain now as to the method employed by the assassin of Byron Randolph to escape, for the note I had secured was stained with blood. I believed it had been dropped by the assassin. Consequently, I must suppose he had leaped the distance intervening between the two buildings. No man save a professional leaper or acrobat could have accomplished the feat in safety. I therefore assumed that the assassin was a gymnast. But how to find him? From the note I knew that he was to meet some one at a place called the den of the wolves. It was a well-known fact to the detectives that at this time there was a secret society who called themselves by the very appropriate name of "The Wolves This band had long defied the efforts of the detectives and the police to capture them. i I felt confident that if I could only find the den of "The Wolves of Chicago,'' I should there find also the man I sought. But it was as difficult to find the one as the other. I was puzzled. That day I called -upon a lady who had for some months been creating a sensation on the boulevards by the e legan ce of her toilets and the magnificence of her diamonds. I had met the lady-who, by the way, was call e d Mad ame Cleo-at a fancy ball, and while she kne w not that I was a
FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 detective, I had seemed to make a favorable impression, and she had invited me to visit her at a fashionable hotel in which she made her home. The lady received me kindly, and hastily pushed aside writ ing materials with which she was engaged. My eyes fe ll upon a letter, which she had just directed, and I came very near betraying the sudden agitation which t.he sight occasioned me. The handwriting on the letter was the same as the note stained with blood, which I believed to have been drop:IJed by the assassin of Byron Rari,dolph. I concealed my excitement and entered into a pleasant con versation with the lady. She became interested in a narrative of mine, when sud denly, at the most thrilling point, there came a ring at the bell. The lady arose, with her feather fan in her hand, cast a quick, apprehensive glance at the door, and then, regarding me searchingly for a moment, begged to be excused. She then crossed the room and opened the door. A man hurriedly entered. "Queen," he began, for he had not seen me. "Hush!" cried the woman, and clutching his arm she pushed him out of the room, and the murmur of voices assured me that they were conversing in lower tones. The man had not seen my face, but I had seen his. In him I recognized one Ralph Harker, a notorious crim inal, who had recently served a long term in Joliet Prison. Then I was sure the woman, Madame Cleo, was the author of the note, and I was almost certain that Ralph Harker was the assassin of Byron Randolph. Presently the woman returned. Shortly after I took my leave. The day drew to a close, and I made Madame Cleo's house the object of my espionage. At nine o'clock she came out, robed in black and closely veiled. I followed. She led me far. At last she entered a dive. The door closed behind her. I dared not enter. I crouched down in the dense shadows, and waited patiently. An hour passed. Then she came out. She was not alone. Ralph Harker accompanied her. They paused at the entrance. "Yes, Lela Cleo, I killed him, but you are the murderer at heart, for you planned the c rime, said Harker. "Hush-speaI,c lower. It was a necessity. True, Byron Randolph was my step-father, but there never was any affec tion between us, and when I -learned that he was about to inherit a fortune from a distant relative, whose bequest stated that in the event of Randolph's death before the division of the fortune, of which my step-father was t he sole legatee, his next heir, which is myself, should inherit his share, I determined to kill him. "I would not be poor again. The fortunes I have ac cumulated as my share of the robbings of the Wolves of Chicago, of whom I am the Queen, have been almost all squandered. "I have drained the dregs of poverty's cup in my time, but henceforth my cup shall be filled with the nectar of wealth." The woman spoke hurriedly and low, but I had heard all. The secret was out. She had betrayed herself to me. I had not only discovered a self-confessed murderer, but the location of a den of thugs known as the Wolves of Chicago. Also, I knew their queen. Never was I so astonished. The woman Cleo was in appearance a perfect lady. She was the last one I should have suspected. Her case was an illustration of the truth of the old say ing, that "you can never judge by appearances." Next day I both woman Cleo and the ex-convict, Ralph Harker. The arrest was made secretly. None of the Queen of the Tliugs' friends knew of it. Our plans required this. We-that is to say, myself and the chief of police-had arranged to make a raid on the rendezvous of the Wolves that night. We hoped to surprise them and capture them. At ten o'clock we repaired to the locality. The descent was a success. There was a short resistance, and most of the bandfor t hey were assemb led in full force-were capt ured. In prison Harker confessed his crime, and added that he had once been a leaper in a circus, so he found no difficulty in leaping across the alley from one roof to the other. Harker paid the penalty of his crime. The Queen of the Th1rns committed suic,Ide in prison and thereafter no more was heard of the Wolves of Chicago. "Lefteared?" said the "Most of you girls are." "Lefteared?" said the young lady from the telephone exchange. "Yes, lefteared. The same as lefthanded. That is to say, is your left ear better at its work than your ight one?" She did not know, so he tested her, finding, sure enough, that her left ear was a little the acuter of the two. "It is a natural thing, he said. "You girls use the left ear exclusively all day long in your telephone work, and the right ear has nothing to do. While the left, like a muscle, develops the right atro phies. Indeed," he ended, "if the telephone comes into much gr.:later use, we shall have not merely left-eared exchange girls, but we shall become a left-eared nation." That there is going to be a very ligh t fur catch all through the North this year seems a certainty, according to advices just received. White, black and r ed foxes are very much scarcer than ever before. The beautiful silver fox is entirely missing this year. The richly furred red fox of the Arctic is also very.scarce, as is also the snowy white fox which was formerly abundant. No good lynx skins seem t o have been taken this year. Only a few poor summer skins of this ani mal will be sent to market from Alaska this year. A trader who deals exclusively in fox, lynx and ermine skins has just reached civilization from the Kotzehue country. In this trip of over 300 miles through what was once the richest fur pro ducing region of the Arctic he was able to buy only eight fox skins and very few ermine skins. He visited every Esquimau village and every detached igloo on his way, offering good prices. Not only are the finer skins scarce, but the trade in polar bear skins, which has until now been extensive, is also affected. Even when plentiful, large polar bear skins, properly dressed, have brought over $500 in several East ern cities, but these large skins, which sometimes exceed eleven feet in length, are not to be seen in the Arctic this year. Nothing is known at present concerning the fur situa tion on the Siberian side, lrnt the catch in Arctic Alaska will be less than half of last year.
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Full instructions are given in this little book, together wi-Lh in1tructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVID A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CA.NOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield' Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.ontaining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true n e aning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and. curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book rives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky end unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-IDveryone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TIDLL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. ROW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, hori zontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containlng of t!he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable t.o card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-band; of tricks involving sleight,of-hand, or the use of t19Cially prepared cards. B3 Professor Haliner. Illustrated. _,, No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WYTH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks. with ii iustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW '.I.'O DO FORTY THICKS WITH CARDS. Containing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ROW TO DO TRICKS.-'rbe great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the l eading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by our, mag1c1ans; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, aa it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. '.I.'0 DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed bJ'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining bow the secret dialogues were carried on between the magici11n and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the ?f magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TlUCKS.-Containing over one hundred hjghly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT HAND.-Containing over !ifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontainmg the of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 10. HOW '.J'O l\IAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect10ns for roakmg l\Iagic '.l.'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73 .. HOW. TO J:?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7_5. HO\"f TO A CONJUROR. -. Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinr thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THEJ _BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson: Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVl!lNTOR.-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, givil!g examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instrnclive book published No. 5?. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUS"CAL INS'RUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, JEolian Harp, Xylo ph .. ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty yeara bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LAN'rERN.-Contalning a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LE'I.'TERS.-A mott com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letter11, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIEt3.-Givin complete instructions for writing lettera to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRI'.I.'E LE'.I.'TERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjectS; also giving sample letters for instruC'tion. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LET'l'ERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land sbould have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on ltlmost any subject; also rule. for punctu&tion &II.cl composition, with 115'1Ci!!len lettel'S.
THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK E N V MEN' S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the moat famous end men No amateur minstrels is complete without th is wonderful little book. No 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKERC ontai!Jing a varied a ss o,rtn:ient of speeches, Negro, Dutch an d Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows No. 45. THID BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKJjJ B-' simple and concis2 manner possible. O No. -!9. HOW TO DEBATE.-Oiving rules for CJ.l.llducting. bates, outlines for debater1 questions for discussion, and tbe !Jiii sources for procuring on the questions &iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-'fhe arts ancr wil e s o t flir tatfon ttl fully explained by this little book. B es ides the various met h o ds el ba.r.dker c hief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it COil tams a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which la in.terestiog to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happJI without one. No. 4. H .OW .'I.'O DANCE is the title of a new and h a n d s ome little book Just is sue d by l!'rank 'l'ousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popu l a r s quare dances. No. HOW T<;> LOVE.-A C?mplcte guide to lo v e, courlsbip and marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No i. .ro full instru ction i n the art of ilressmg and appeanng well at home and abroad givin g the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One 0f the brighte s t most valuabl e little books ever given to the w orld. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both m a le and female. 'l'he secret is simple, and almost costless, Read t his book and be convinced how to become beaut i ful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No .. HOW. TO K!DEP BIRDS.-Handsomely Illustrated and conta1nmg full mstructions for the management and training of t he canary, mocki ngbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39 HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND R.A.BBITS.-A useful and instructiVll book. Handsome lY' illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hi n t 1 on bow to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bi rds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harring t on Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mount in1 and preserving birds, animals and ins ects No 54 TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com as to the m.anner an.d method of raising, keepinir, tam1Dg, breed1Dg, and managmg all kinds of pets; also giving f ull !nstructi.ons for cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, makmg it the most complete book of t h e k ind e ver published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8 HOW TO BECO.l\IE A SCIEN'l'IST.-A use f ul iind in str1:1ctive b.ook, givi?g a treatise O? chemistry; also e x penments Ill acoustics, mechamcs, mathematics, chemistry and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas Tbi1 No. 9. HOW 'TO BECOl\IE A VEN'l'RILOQUIST.-By H arry book cannot be equaled. K ennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW 'l'O MAKE CANDY.-A complete handb o ok for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delig h ting mu lti-making all kinds of e tc tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW 'l'O BECOME AN AU'l'uOR.-Conta ining f ull a rt, and create any amount of fun for hims e lf and friends It is t h e information regarding cho ice of subjects, the use of words and the sr eatest book published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO IDNTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and genera l com very valuable little book just published A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOl\IE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.A won m oney than any book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW 'l' O PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary dis e a ses and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, b a gatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for genera l c om backgammon. croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conunrlrums of the day, a musing r idd l es, curi ous c a tc h es taini ng valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging and witty sayings. o f stamps and coins. illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CA.RDS .-A complete and hand y little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DE'l'ECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, 11;iving the rules and r,,,__ 'irecti ons for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which be lays down some valua ble bage, Casino, Forty-Five, R", ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure1 A.uction Pitc h. All Fours, and many othe r popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known d e tectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo. 60 HOW TO BECOl\IE A PHO'l'OGRAPHER.-Contaln dred interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key t o same A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also bow to make Photograp"bic l\Iagic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abn ey. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It la a great life secret, and one that every young man desires t o know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO REHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, churc h and In the drawing-room. No. 62. HOW TO BECO:l1E A WEST POINT 1\fILITARY full explanati ons bow to gain admittance, course of Examinations. Duties, Stal! of Officers, Post Guard, Polic e RPgnlations Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled ancl written by Lu Senare ns, author of "How to Berome a Naval Carlet.'' No. 63. HOW 'l'O BECOllIE A NAVAL CADET.-Complete in structions of bow to gain admis si on to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also contRining the course of instructior., descript ion .No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF of grounds and buildings. hi sto rieal sketch. and everything a bo7 -Containing the most popu lar se l ections i n use, comprising Dutch should know to berome an officer in the United States Navy. Comti11.lect, French dialect, Yankee a nd Irish d i alect pieces, together piled and written by f,n Senarens, author of "Ho w to Become( l'i th many standar d r eadings. West Point Milit a ry Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. FRANK TOUSEY, Pub lisher, 24 Uniov. Square, New
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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Cts. ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 PAGES This Weekly contains interesting storie s of smart boy s, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 143 144 H5 146 Hi 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 15::; lroli lf>7 158 159 160 161 162 Out with His Own Circus; or, The Success of a Young Barnum. l'laylng for Money ; or, '.fhe Hoy Trnde r of \\"all Street. The Boy Copper Miner; or, -Ted Brown's Rise to Riches. Tips oif : the '!'ape; or, The Boy Who Startled Wall Street. Striking it Ilich; or, From Otli ce Boy to M e r chant l'rince. Lucky in \Yall Street; or, The Boy Who '.frimmed the Brokers. In a Class b y Himself: or, The Plucky Boy Who Got to the Top. Bulling the Market; or, The Errand Boy Who Worked a Corner. (A Wall Street Story.) Afte r the Big Blue Stone; or. The Treasure of the Jungle. Little Jay Perkins, the Broker; or, Shearing the Wall Street "Lambs." The Young Coal Baron; or, Five Years With the Miners. Coining Money ; or, The Boy Plunger of Wall Street. Amoug the Tusk Hunters; or, The Boy Who Found a }liamond Mine. A Game Boy; or, From the Slums to Wall Street'. A \\"aif"s Legacy; or, How It Made a Poo r l:loy Ili c h. l 'ightiug the Money Kings; or, The Little of Wall Street. A Boy 'i'ith Grit; or, The Young Salesman Who Made His Mark Ted, the Broker's Son; or,. Starting Out For Hi.mself (a WaH Street Story). Dic k Darrell's Nerve; or. From Eugine-House to Manager's Office Un d e r a Lucky Star; or, The Boy Who Made a i\lillion In Wall Street. 163 Jac k's Fortune; or, The Strangest L egacy in the World. 164 T aking Chances; o r Playing for Big Stu kes. (A \Yan Street Story.) 165 Lost in the Tropic s ; or. The Treasure of Turtle K e y. 166 T e n Silent Brokers; or, The Boy \\"ho Broke the \Yall Street Syn. dicat e. 167 Only a Factory Boy: or. Winning a Name for H i mself. 168 Fox & Day Brokers; or. The Young llfon ey-'l"ke1e. of Wall Street. 169 A Young Mechanic: or, Rising to l>'ame and Vortune. 170 Ranke r Ba1-rys Boy; "'" Gatlierlng the Dullnrs in Wall Stree t. 171 In the Land o f Gold ; "or, The Young Castaways of the Mystic Ts\E'. 172 Eastman & Co., Stocks and Bonds: or, The 'l'win Boy r:rokers of Wall Street. 173 The Little Wizard: or, The Sc:cess ot a Young Inventor. 17-1 Arte r the Golden Eagles: or, A Luc ky You n g W all Street Broker. l 75 A Lucky Lad; or, The Boy Who Made a Hailrnad l'ay. 176 Too Good to Last; or, Six Months in the Wall Street Mone7 Market. 177 Di c k the Boy Lawyer: or, Winning a Big Fee. 178 Hroker Dexter' s N e w Boy ; o r, A Young Innocent in Wall Street. 179 From ;\lill to Millions; or, The Poor Boy Who Became a Magnate l&O Game Speculators: or, The Wall S treet Boys Syndicate. 181 A Stroke of Luc k ; or, The Boy Who Made Money in Oil. 18:.! Little Hai, the Boy 'l'rade r : or, l'icklng U p Money in Wall Street. 18