Up against a hot game, or, Two college chums in Wall Street

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"Hold on, there, what are you doing?" shouted Broker Grafton, rushing forward as Dick lifted his foot and struck the glass a. blow that shivered it into fragments. Tom stepped between his chum and the irate broker.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY laved Wee kl11-B11 Sub sc ription IZ.liO p e r 11ea r. E nte 1 ed according t o .A.ct o f Cong reaa, i n t h e y e a r 1910, in t h e ojflce of the Librariata of C o ngreu, Wa.hi ng ton, D C ., bt1 Frank 7'ouse11, Publisher, 24 Union Squa1e, NetD York. No. 236. NEW Y O RK, APRIL 8, 1910. PRICE 5 CENTS. UP AfiAINST A HOT fiAME OR, TWO COIJ.IJ.EGE Ct{Ufl!S Ifi WAIJ.IJ. By A SELF-MADE M:i\N CHA PTER I. THE CHASE THAT FAILED "Step this way, Tom, I want to tell you somethi n g," said Dick Swift, in. a low, tense tone, to his college chum, Tom Sloan. They had been out for a ride from New York on their motorcycles and had stopped at a roadhouse for re freshments "What's the matter, Dick?" replied Tom, in. some sur prise. "You look excited." "If you'd heard what I did just now in the you'd breathe a little quicker yourself." "What did you hear?" asked Tom, curious ly, as his com panion led him over to a corner of the public room of the Black Eagle roadhouse Tt was on the R eading turnpike, some twenty miles or so south of Jersey City. A crowd of rough-looking men were standing at the b a r a n d gath ered in small groups about the p lace. Tacked on the wall in the corne r was a timetab le of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, an d Dick put hi s finge r o n it. "Look at the timetabl e and don't o pe n your mouth. Our movements are b e i ng o bserved or I'm g r eatly mis taken,'' he said. "Why, what i n thunde r are you--" "Shut up, I tell you. We must pretend to be searching lfor a certain train. I'm afraid the rascals suspect I overheard their talk." "What rasca l s? What are you t alking about?" asked I Tom, much myst ified. Dick raised his left hand awkwardly and knocked Tom's hat off. As it fell to the :floor he turned quickly, stooped down and picked it up, at the same time sweeping the room with his .eye. "I d i d that on purpose, old man, so as to look around without appearing to do so," said Dick, brushing his com panion's hat and putting it on his head "Say, what's all this rnystel'y about? What has hau pencd ?" asked Tom, almost impatiently "Pay strict attention to the time-table, but keep y our ear8 open. I'm going to tell you what I learned while T was washing my hands a few minutes ago," said Dick, working his fingers along the time-table as if his attention was wholly absorbed in the figures on it. "It's a mighty serious matter, old man. Don't look at me. Keep your eyes on t he time table. There are two men standing at the corner of the bar who have their eyes on us. I'm the one who's spotted, and they're trying to figure out whether I'm on to thl'!ir game or not. Put your finger on the table and follow one of the trains down same as I'm doing. I've crot them puzz led at any rate, but we're sure to be followC{l if we leave the room, that's the worst of it." "Cut your side talk short, and let me know what--' "You know Banker Pratt?" "By sight, yes, as well as I know you," returned 'l'om. "His automobile is outside "Wha t if it is?" "And he's u pstairs in a private room with a friend "We ll s'pose he is?"


2 UP AGAI JST A HOT GAME. "He's got a grip with hin1 contai ning $50,000 in banknotes in it." banker sprang into the machine, turned on the power ancl the auto began to glide off, gathering speed rapidly. "How do you know?" asked Tom; looking at his clnun, and raising his voice. "Not so loud, you chump. I know it, and the fact is also known to a quartette of scoundrels who have just laid a scheme to rob him after he leaves here for Jersey City. Two of them have gone up the road with a dynamite bomb with which they intend to wreck the machine when it ap proa e hes their ambush." :

UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. 3 that scarred tree. It won't any difference, I guess, if it goes off a trifle ahead, the y are bound to stop at the explosion. That will do well enough for us and save their lives. All we want is the grip containing the money. We'll rus h out, jump into the machine, plug the two men, grab the boodle and make off before they lmow what has hap pened to them." "I'd sooner blow the blamed auto up and make sure of things," replied the other chap holding the bomb gingerly at arm s length. "Don't figger on that," an s w e red his companion. "If you wait too long the machine i s likely to pass over it befor e it goes off and then we' ll mi s s the trick. Do as I say. We mu stn't take chance s jus t to make kindlin' wood of that whiz wagon "You leave the thing to me/' growled the fellow with the bomb. In the meanwhile the chase was progressing at an exciting rate. "Now y ell," said Dick as he began tooting the horn. Before Tom could open his mouth the banker's machine swept out of rie w around a s harp curve that brought it in sight of the bridge and the two ruffians who were lying in wait. So Tom didn't shout and Dick stopped tooting. "Look out how you take that ctt1've, watned Tom, a moment later. "If we skid we're done for." Dick was aware of the gravity of the situation and with his hand on the steering gear he gauged the turn to a nicety. N e verth e less the force caused the off wheels bf the red auto to rise into the air and the machine swung around on the other two. Fortunatel y Dick's ca1culations had been so etact that the auto h eld its way s olidly to the ground and a moment later it was humming ahead as before. "Whew! That curve almost took my breath," said Tom. "Yott're a dandy, Dick." "There's the bridge, right ahead," said. Dick, never starting a hair, his keen gaze fastened on the auto ahead. "Shout like thunder. We haven't a moment to spare." They both shouted with all their might, and then Dick let off a succession of wild toots that awoke the echoes of the vicinity. 'rhe batlker and his friend turned and looked back. Dick sprang up and motioned frantically to them to Mr. Pratt, judging something was up shut off power, but unfortunately did not apply the brakes. The auto flew by the scarred tree. The next moment a small black object, to which was attached a burning fuse, curved through the air and dropped into th e road near the bridge. The auto was nearly on it when there came a bur s t of lurid flame that mingled with tha roar of a terrific ex plosion. The front of the auto went into the air, and it turned con;pletel y over, hurling the banker and. hia companion into the bus hes at the side of the road. Through the smoke that clung around the spot two men mounted the fence and rushed forward toward the wreck of the machine, unmindful of the fast-approaching red down the road. CHAPTER II. THE ROUNDUP. "By George, they've done it !" cried Tom, rising in his seat. "Yes, unfortunately, but it's up to us to see that they don't get the grip with the money. The moment we slow up jump off on your side and I'll follow on mine. Then we'll go for those men. We've got no weapons except this wr e nch, which you'd better take, and this other tool, which I'll use. They may have gun s but we can't stop on that account. We must go for them like a cyclone and give them no chance to draw on us. Theylre thinking more about the money than anything else, and that may give us an advantage," said Dick. The red auto dashed up and stopped just in front of a great gaping hole in the roadway made by the bomb. The boys jumped out in a twinkling and rushed for the wreck, intent on preventing the two rascals from getting away with the grip full of money. The larger of the two men had just fished the grip out from under the debris when Dick sprang at him with the tool he carried in his hand and felled him to the ground at a single blow. The boy then grabbed the grip and looked to see if his companion stood in need of any aasistanoo. Tom was wrestling with the other ruffian whom he had failed to surprise. 'l'he fellow Dick had knocked down was recovering. The boy turned to find him reaching for his revolver, which he carried in his hip pocket. Dick dropped the grip and threatened to brain him if he didn't lie still and throw up his hands. The rascal reluctantly obeyed, giving the boy a menac ing look that said as well as words that if. he got the chance he would get square with the plucky lad. "Roll over on your face," commanded Dick. "I'll fix you for this!" snarled the man "Get over or I'll tap you again," said Dick in a resalut e tone, swinging the tool close to the fellow's face. He thought it prudent to turn over and did so. Dick immediately took possession of his gun. Then he put his lmee on the man's neck and with his own handkerchief tied the scoundrel's wrists together abov e his head. While he was thus engaged Tom had freed himself from the other man's grip and slugged him in the face with his fist, ]mocking him in a heap on top of the wreck. Then he jumped on him and held him down. This was th e state of affairs when Mr. Pratt and hi s friend picked themselves out of tpe bushes pretty badly scratched and shaken up, but not otherwise injured. They were much astonished to see what was going on. "What does all this mean?" asked the banker, looking at Dick. "It means a hold-up in which you two gentlemen were lucky to escape with your lives," replied Dick. "Therel's your grip with your money. This chap was just about to make off with it when I nailed him."


UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. "A hold-up, you say?" exclaimed the banker in an aston i s hed tone. "Yes, s ir. A put up job to get the $50,000 you have in that bag." "Why, how do you know there is $50,000 in that bag?" "Well, I don't actually know it, but I heard a part 0 the plot to steal the money, and the sum mentioned was $50,000." "How did you hear this plot?" "Quite accidentally a while ago :when I was in the wash room at the time you were upstairs in a private room with your friend." "You heard these two men--" "There were four in the scheme, but two remained behind at the roadhouse to prevent me from 'V.arning you, for they suspected I hacl overheard some of their talk." "Well, well, this is a surprise to me." "I wasn't able to get word to you before you stinted off, but my friend and I jumped into that reel auto, which belongs to a party that stopped at the house for a drink, and chased after you. If our machine had been faster we'd have overhauled you before you ran into that dynamite bomb and have save d you and your auto from being wrecked. You're both lucky to escape, I can tell you." "I am under la sti ng obligations to you, young man," said the banker. "The re is $50,000 in that bag and it's in billP.. Only for you and your friend I realize I would have l ost it. What is your name? "Dick Swift." "And your friend's?" "Tom Sloan." "Do you live in this neighborhood?' "No, sir We are boarding in New York, and have just 3tarted in business for ourselves in Wall Street." "Indeed My name i s Rufu s Pratt, and I'm a banker at ::\fo. Wall Street." "We both know you by sight, s ir, and are aware tha t you're a banker." "We ll, I shan't forget the obligation I am under to you. These rascals must not escape." don't mean that they shall. They have cornmitted a Ycry serious crime, not to speak of the damage they have done to your machine. Looks as if it will have to go to the junk heap." "I'm afraid so. It is completely wrecked. I suppose we can take them to the next town in that auto of yours." "It doesn't belong to us. We pressed it into service without the owner 's :permission in our efforts to save you. We are liable to arrest for taking it if the owner eels dis posed to make trouble, but I don't imagine he will when he learns why we took possession of it." "Hardly," smiled the banker. "You needn't worry about that." "Oh, I'm not worried. I'll stand by anything I do. Xow that we have the machine we may as well use it to go to the next town, where you can connect with a train for New York. We '11 take the prisoners with us and turn them O\'er to the county authorities. 'rhen Tom and I will return the auto to the roadhouse and make our exa coil 0 line in my auto. I'll see i I can find it in tbe wreck." He went over to look or it, and while he was away Dick yelled out to his chum to see if the ruffian be had had a gun in his hip pocket. "! he has, you want to take charge 0 it," he concluded. The man squirmed about when Tom started to feel for a weapon. "Lie still or I'll slug you on the jaw," said Tom. That threat had its effect on the follow, who then e,ub mitted to be searched. Tom hauled out a revolver from his J1ip pocket and put it in his own. Mr. Pratt presently returned with the rope. and the two rascals were secured, hand and foot. They were in the act of lifting the first ruffian into the red auto when two men suddenly leaped over the ence and approached them with drawn revolvers. "Drop that man!" cried one 0 the newcomers, covering the two boys with his gun. Dick recognized the men as the companions of the pris oners, the men who had remained behind to watch him at the roadhouse. The moment he and Tom had got away in the red auto they had sta rted across the fields for bridge to join their associates in the hold-up scheme Before they had got half way they heard the explosion 0 the bomb, and that gave them the idea that the plot had s ucceeded, so instead of continuing on they altered their course for an old barn, half a mile away, where the four had arranged to go after the crime had been pulled off. There they waited for their friends to show up. When they ailed to do so withih a reasonable time they started once more for th e bridge to find out what was detaining their associates. On reaching the ence they saw that things had not turned out according to their prearranged programme. It is true the banker's auto was a wreck, but they saw that their friends had got into the hands of the Philistines. After consulting together they decided to jump in and rescue their pals. Drawing their weapons they made their appearance as s tated. Dick and Tom were quite taken aback by the hostile demonstration which they were not looking for. While one fellow advanced on them the other started for the grip containing the $50,000, which the banker had put down when he went for the line. Mr. Pratt tried to head the man off, only to :find himself looking into the muzzle of a six-shooter. "Drop that man, I tell you !" said the ruffian who was covering Dick and Tom. Dick dropped the man's feet, then, putting his hand in his side pocket, pulled out the revolver he had taken from him, and cocking it as be raised it fired at the newcomer. The fellow himself detected Dick's action and fired too. Neither bullet hit its mark, notwithstanding the short distance that intervened, but they whizzed unpleasantly near both. planation." The fellow's attention being removed from Tom, that "We'll have to tie the rascals," said the banker. "I had lad yanked out his gun and fired at the chap.


! UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. 'J'he bnllct hit ibe rascal's arm, and with a howl of pain he dropped hiR revolver. he \l'fifl at tlw mercy of the two boys. l n the meantime the other man had secured the bag and was making off with it. A shout from the banker called Dick's attention to the ruffian's success. "Hold this chap till I catch the other fellow," he said, darting after the man who had the gr1p. That fellow was on the lookout, however, and he wheeled around and fired at the boy. The bullet ripped a hole in Dick's sleeve. He lifted his revolver and fired at the man. The bullet, though aimed at hifl body, hit him in the thigh and he fell, dropping the bag. With an imprecation of mingled pain and rage he :fired at Dick again, but the shot went wide. "Drop your gun or I'll put you out of business alto gether,'' said Dirk in a resolute tone, taking deliberate aim at the fall e n man. The ruffian saw his finish unless he obeyed so with an other imprecation he let his revolver fall. That wound up the case of the four plotters, and the second two were spon as helpless as their pals. "You boys have !lo lark of grit," said the banker in a tone of admiration, .a sentiJnent that was echoed by hit; friend. "You have s aved my money a serond time hy your nerve and promptness. You both deserve gold medals for your courage." At that moment a buggy waR seen approaching at a rapid rate from the direction of the roadhouse. When it came llp the occupa11ts proved to be the men to whom tlrn rrd auto belonged. l!'hey were on thrir way to the next town to notify the authorities about the supposed theft of tht>ir marhine. They reimcl in at the scene of the bomb explosion and made themselves known. The banker explained the situation to them, and they were satisfted that their auto had served a good purpose. It was arranged that all hands should go on to the next town, two mileR away. The owner of the red auto was to drive his machine with the prisoners while bis companion took the banker into the buggy. The boys and Mr. Pratt's friend were to walk. So the procession started at a gait that would accommo date the walkers. CHAPTER III. IN THE LIMELIGHT. :On the town the party inquired their way to the station-house. 'l'hey turned the prisoners over to the police and charged them with the crime they committed and the attempted robbery. The rascals were locked up, and as their examination would take place on the following morning it was necessary that the banker and the boys should be on hand to give their testimony. }fr. Pratt said he had to go on to New York by the next train, but would return in the morning. Dick and Tom decided that it would be more convenient for them to remain in the town, so they registered at one of the hotels. As they had left their motorcycles at the roadhouse, they told the owner of the red auto that they would take the horse and buggy back and turn it over to the roadhouse proprietor to whom the rig belonged. Before taking his train the banker arranged to have the wreck of his machine brought to the town, with the view of selling it for what it would fetch. When the boys got back to the roadhouse they told the proprietor the particulars of the bomb explosion and he was somewhat disturbed by it, fearing that as the scheme had been hatched on bis premises be might get into trouble over it. Dick and Tom then returned on their motor machines to town. They reached their hotel just in time for supper. "\Y c 've had a pretty strenuous time of it this afternoon," said Torn. "Yes, but not half as strenuous as what we may expect to run up against in Wall Street while we're cutting our eye teeth as budding brokers," said Dick. "l\fr. Pratt is bound to tell his friends about the help we gave him, so we're likely to find ourselves somebody in the financial district by the time we buckle down to bmi ness again." "We might become a one day's wonder, but that is the limit, l guess." "'rhat won't put any money in our pocket." "Oh, I don't know," replied Dick. "This affair is sure to get in the New York papers and will bring us into some notire. 'l'hat might attract one or two customers to our Bhop, and that is what we're looking for. We haven't got a start yet. Then we have made a good friend oi' l\[r. Pratt. We are at present unknown to the traders in the s treet. It will be of great advantage to us to have a mqn eyed man like the banker to call upon in case of an emer gency. He would be likely to help us out in consideration of the obligation he feels he is under to us." "I've always heard that there's little sentiment in Wall Street business." "There isn't much sentiment in any kind of business these strenuous days. When I was young--" ''When you were what? For gracious sake, how old do you consider yourself?" "I mean when I was a little kid things were a bit different. My father, you know, was a manufacturer and employed quite a number of men. He never fired an old hand because he couldn't do quite as well as a new and younger man." "An excellent principle in its way, but might account for the fact 'that your father failed to do as well as his petitors, and when he died the business had to be wound up because it couldn't be continued at a fair profit. Had things been different you would probably be the prospective head of an iron and steel foundry instead of being obliged to make your own way up the ladder with the remnant of your father's industry." "I'm not kicking. I can make my ownway in the world." "Yes, I guess you can. At any rate, I'm glad to have .vou


6 P AGAINST A HOT GAME for a partner. We were chums during our college career, and I hope we shall always remain churns to the encl of the chapter "You mean the' last chapter." "Of course. We are practically in the same boat, Both o:f us have our legacies in the bl'okerage business, and as neither of us has any home tics or good friends to call on in case of necessity, \ve stand on our own bottom and must sink or swim together." "Don't talk about sinking, old mun .. We are out to win "Sure, but we're up against a pretty hot game. I've always heard that it is no child's play to hold one's own in \Vall Street. The shrewdest brains in the country are there, reaching out for everything in sight." "l don't think there is anything the matter with our brains, and we must reach out wlth the others. We have the advantage of youth and energy. A.s for expetience, that will come in time. The smartest financie1s did not blossom out all at once. We have as good a chance as any body to succeed." The two college chums talked a while longer and then turned in for the night. After breakfast next morning they strolled atound the town until it was time to appear at court. Mr. -Pratt did not arrive until afte1 eleven, consequently the examination of the prisoners was held back until he came. The testimony was so strong against the four rascals that the magistrate held them for trial, and they were remanded back to the county jail. The banker invited Dick and Torn to dine with him and during the meal he drew frorn them their story about their modest start in Wall Street a month since. They admitted that they had done nothing as yet in the way of business, but hoped to get into the swim befote long. "Where is your office?" asked Mr. Pratt. Dick fished their b.usiness card out of his p o cke t and handed it to the banker. "We're on the sixth floor of the Cotton Building, in about the center of the corridor," he said. "I'll drop up and see you If I can do anything to giYe you both a boost you may count on my doing so. You have saved me $50,000, and that is a pretty tidy ;mm. I am greatly indebted to you and you won't find me ungrateful," said the banker. 'l'he three returned to New York together by train, the boys checking their motorcycles as baggage They had originally intended riding back on them, but did not care to lose any more time Reaching the Manhattan side of the river, the boys bad e the banker good-by, mounted their motors and started up town for their boarding house, which was in West Thirty fifth Street. During their short run down into New J erscy oYer Decoration Day the college chums lrnd acquired a tempo rary brownish look that showed they had been out of town. 'l'hey were both stalwart, good-looking chaps and at tracted the favorable notice of the lady boarders, one or two of whom tried to get up a flirtation with them, but without much success, since they came to the house. Among the other boarders was an }.jnglishman, a new comer, who wore side whiskers and pronounced London clothes. He spoke with a drawl and often substituted the letter "w" for "r. He appeared to have taken a decided shine for Dick and Torn. He was at the dinner table when the boys came in that night. One 0 the ladies, noticing the pal'ticularly fresh look on the .faces of the young brokers, asked Dick where they had spent Decoration Day "Rusticating in ew J erscy,'; he replied politely. "Haw!"' exclaimed the Englishman, who sat oppositr. "Been in the countwy, haYe you? To tell you the twuth, I hate the countwy lt1s so awful dull, don't you know There is nothing to see but gween twees, and cows, and but tercups, and wabbits, and all that sort of cattle; I don't mean exactly cattle, but animals, you know." "I'm not on the country myself, that is as a steady sort of thing,'' replied Dick, "but I enjoy it for a change once in a while." "In the countwy the $ky is always blue, don't you know, and evwything bores you. 'l'hen the sun bwings you all out in those howid fweckles and turns you to such a fwight ful color-a sort of cawott1 wed color." The speaker stroked whiskers ancl stared hard at Dick through his single eyeglass. "That wears off when you get back to the city," smiled Dick. "Ya-as, I believe so, but it'' deuced inconvenient while it lawsts, don't you know. Makes a chap look SO' howitlly healthy." One or two of the ladies tittered, for they thought the Englishman extremely fonny. Tom Sloan, who wasn't taking any part in the convei'8a t i on, and was a pretty shrewd young fellow, had a different idea of the Englishman. He sized the new boarder up as not such a fool as he appeared to be on the surface ''I'll bet he's a grafter," he thought "He's been making up to Dick ancl me in great shape. I wouldn't be surprised but he has an axe up hi sleeYe that he wants us to grind for him I'll bet that London drawl is jnst put on for a purpose. 'l'hat isn't the way I've heard real English gen tlemen talk. It sounds stagy to me :Maybe he's an actor, and has got some scheme in view. Seems to me if he was the real thing he'd be at the Waldorf-Astoria and not in this cheap boarding-house. I mu t tip Dick off. It might be a good idea to encourage his side choplets and see what his little gnme i Thu reasoned Tom a s he listened to the Englishman detail his last experience "down in Surwey" where "the howid earwig!'" got inlo his hair brushes when he left them on the window-ill; and when he lay down in the gra the "gwasshoppers, all legs, you know; play at leapfwog OYer your nose, which was howible torture The Englishman finn 11,v bottled up ancl the conversation becnme general. 'l'he boys said nothing about thefr ntlventure ()n the New Jersey turnpike, as lhey were not of the bragging order,


UP AGAINST A IIOT GAME ''l hut neYcrtheless the incident came up before they left the table. The lanc11ac1y's husband sat at the head o.f the table, and finishing be.fore the others he opcnecl his evening paper. Tho editor o.f the town daily where the four ra cals were examined that morning had tclcgrapbecl the facts to the .1. ew York press bureau and the story was printed on the firFt page. 'l'be landlord read it with considerab le interest and then looked at the young brokers. "It appears, according to the evening paper, Urnt you bacl quite a stirring time of it in New J ersey, young gen tlemen." The remark, and the significant tone in which it was uttered, attracted general attention around the table, Tom noticed a sharp look come into the Engli hman's eyes that rather belied his customary vacuous expression Sloan and I had a little on the Reading turnpike," replied Dick, with a smi l e "Seems to me it was of sufficient importance to have warranted you mentioning il,". said the landlady's husband. "You appear to be very modest young follows, not at all inclined to push yonrsel ves forward in to limelight." The speaker's word only served to whet the curiosity of the boarders. "Haw!" exclaimed the Englishman. "I am cuwious to learn what this stowy is about. What happened to our young fwicncls in the countwy ?" "Yes, do read us what the paper says," saie," sa of the ladies eagerly. _Every one at the table being on the qui vive for the news the landlady's husband proceeded to read the newspaper account of the turnpike affair. "Haw!" said the Engli hman, troking his whiskers when the reading was finished "Vcwy cweclitable, vewy cweditable indeed, "pon me word." "It doesn't take much to create a in a boarding-housc," said Diek. I wonder what lh c ladiL S would Hay if I exhibited this bullet hole in the slecYc of the coat I wore ?" He held up the jacket and put hia fingers behind the two perforations made by the bullet which, had it been aimed bcitcr, would have put him into a hospital. At that moment there came a knock at tho door. "Come in," cried Dick. The door opened ancl they saw the Englishman standing there stroking his side whiskers and looking at them through bis monocle. "Beg pawclon; might I bother you a few moments?" he said, drawlingly. "Come in, Mr. Haw tree, and make youroolf at home," said Dick cheerfully. "Thanks; vewy kind of you," said the Englishman, ac cepting the invitation. Thero were only two chairs in the room, of which Tom occupied one, so the Yisitor took posoossion of tl1e other, while Dick pressed the bccl into service. "Haw! Quite comfortable here, upon me word," said the Englishman, cros ing one of his long legs ovel' tho other and looking around, not forgetting to stroke his whiskers in a mechanical sort of way. 'l,om watched him covertly, for his suspicions 0 the caller were strong "\{es, we try to be as comfortable as we can," replied In.en. "I suppose you find this city a whole lot different from London?" "Yaas," looking harcl at Torn, whereat Sloan became suddenly interested in the ceiling. ''You don't have any skyscrapers in London, 1 guess," went on Dick. "Be()" pawdon," said the other, as if he didn't quite understand. "My, how brave you wore!" cried :Miss Wallace who chaperoned by her mother, a stout woman, was studying "Tall buildings, I mean," explained Dick. s inging in ew York and fondly hoped to rise some day "Oh, ya-as, ya -as," replied the visitor with a peculiar to fame and fortune at the Metropolitan Opera House." chuckle that caused Tom to look at him again quite in" \ncl actually exchm{gcd pistol shots with those tently, for it reminded him of tho stage chuckle used by men, Mr. s,vift ?" exclaimed another lady, whose husband the Lord Dundreary type of Englishmen on the stage a commercia l traveler "I-fow do you like this country-what you've seen of Dick smiled but said nothing. it?" continued Dick. "Haw! So you pwevented the wascals from making off "Haw.! I really cawn't. give an opinion, my dear boy with that gwip containing $50,000? 'That's ten thou sand I haven t seen enough of it, you know, to venture to expounds Bah Jove! Quite a lot of money, don't you pwess me sentiments. I think you said you were in Wall know," said tlrn Englishman. Stweet." Dick ancl. Torn, :finding themselves made heroes of, ac"Yes; Sloan and I are in business down there Herc cepted the situation good-naturedly, but had as little as is our card po sible to say on the subject, though every bod y was "'I'hanks. 'Swift 'St Sloan, bwokers,' he read. "Stock anxious to learn more about the incident than was aet bwokers, I pwesume ?" forth in the newspaper. "Yes." They left the table as soon as they could politely with"Mem hers of the Exchange?" draw, and went up to their room. "No. Not old enough for that yet." "Haw! May I awsk if you buy bonds -Amewican CHAPTER IV. MR. HAWTREE OF LONDON "We'll be the star boarders after this," chuckled 'l,om, throwing himeelf into a chair, when they had reached their room. bonds, I mean?" "Sure. We buy and sell anything in our line." "I have some Amewican bonds that I bwought orer tc sell. you could dispose of them for me." "Railroad bonds?" "Ya-as I cawn't wemember the name at pwesent.


8 UP AGAINST A HOT GAIIIE 'They're in me twunk. I'll bwing them to your office and you can look at them "All right. .Fet c h them down. We can s ell them at lhe m a rk e t "Ya-a s 1 pwesume so. Talking about the c ountwy at the lable weminded me of the bond s "Ho'r i s that?" asked Dick. "I bought them in the counlwy," replied the Engli sh7 man, with his customary vacuou s look. "In Surwey I was iruritccl to spend a week with me fwiend, IIIountjoy, at bi s pla c e to shoot Lhnipe." "Shoot snipe?" sai d Dick. "Yaa s Howid, d i fficult thing thnipe-shooting, don t you know They don t fly stwaight l ike any wational bird ought to fly. 'l'hey dodgfu about, ancl it a week to hit one That weminds me of a good stowy Mountjoy tolU. m e about a thnipe a fwiend of his had down in Cambridg e s hire and the Englishman chuck led. "IIIountjo y's .fwie nd had a fwicnd down to h i s place to shoot tlmipe. Fimt d a y they go out M o untj oy's fwi e n d's fwiend fires at a thnipe in the water meadow and kil1s him Upon which Mount jo y 's f w iend g e t s vewy mad and thwears 'Why ,' said he, 'if you haven t shot the tlmipe that has amused me the whole year.' Vewy c l ever, don t yo u think?" and the Englishman chuck led aga in Neither Dick n o r Tom l a u ghed at w h at J1e c all ed an amusi n g story. They didn't quite see ilie point of it. "The stowy was so funny, pon my honor, that I bought the Amew i can bon ds from hinl whe n he awsked me if I would take them." "Very accommodati ng. o n your part, M r H awtree," said Dick "Ya-as, I always l ike to obli ge me fwiends "Well, bring the bonds down to our office and we'll sell them for you." "Than ks Vewy k in d of you, I am sure Now I think I w ill go, as I have a n engag e ment at the Waldorf." The Engli shman g o t up in a leisure l y way and start e d for the door "Good evening, dear boys I will see you at bweakfa s t, pwobably "Good b y IIIi'. Hawtree. Drop in agai n. "Thanks, awfully." He opened the door and passed out. "What 'clo you think of him, Dick?" asked 'l'om. "What do I think of him, dear boy," chuckled Dick. "Haw I th ink he's a first class fak e I don't bel ieve he '11 cYer call at the office with any bonds." "Don't you ?" replied hi s chum "I do." "Why, do you think he' s a real Engli s hman and ha s bonds for sale?" "No, I don t th i nk he's an Englishman; but I think he has bonds for sale just the same-bonds that we' d better not handle if we don't want to get into troub l e "Do you think there is anything crooked about him?" "Well, a man who will assume a dis gui s e that I am con fident he has p u t on, does not do it for an hone s t purpo se. I leave it to yoursel.f "There is something in that of course." "There is more in it; I'll bet, than we have any idea of. H e may b e a croo k for all we kno w H e has size d u s up as young and inexperienced 1 he has stolen bonds in his possession it probably has s truck him thut it will be s a1cr lo get us Lo handle lhem for him than a broker who i s up to s nuff. See lhe point?" "Yes; but it doesn't follow that your su s picion s arc right." "Maybe not; but we can t afford to take any chan c e & "That's true,'' admitted Dick, pacing up and down the room. The boys talked o. little el s e save the Englishman that night. The y had no abs olute knowledge that he wasn't what h e claimed to be, but th e more they figured on th e malte r the more certain they became that he wasn t to be trus ted. Next morning promptly at half-pa s t nine the two colleg e c;hums were at th eir desk s in their office in the Cotton Bu il cling. Di c k b e gan to slucly the s tock mark e t r e port of the pre c e ding day, whi l e Tom employed hi s time reading the Wall Street paper s which the young firm s ubscribed for and which were d e livered at their office by carriers "Say, Tom/' s aid Dick at length. "Well,'' r e pli e d hi s partn e r "A. & 0 which attracted our attcnti,.on a few days ago, was uncommonly liYely yesterday. Some th irty thou s and s hares changed hands, and the pric e has advanced two points What do you say to our buying 100 s hares of it. \\"e've got to do something to make expenses till we get cus tomers." "Whatever you s ay goes with me." "All right. We' ll go lon g on 100 a n d see how we come out "What i s A. & 0. ruling at?" "Eighty-five. ''Going to bu y on margin, aren't you?" "Yes." "Where are you going to place the order?" "I think I'll go to that little banking and brokerage hou s e on Nas s au Street. I can watch the quota lions ther e as they are put up 011 th e blackboard, and if for any reason I :;hould con siL1cr it advi s able to make a quick sale I'll b e 011 the i:;pot to clo s o." "I'll s la y here while you re away though I hardly think ll'e s hall hav e any caller s," s aid Tom, a s Dick put on hf s hat and then open e d the s afo to get the $1,000 ne c e ss ary to put the deal through After Dick went out Tom continu e d to read the Wall news and lo b l ue pencil a paragraph her e and tilerc for hi s partne r' s ins pection later on. About eleven o 'cloc k the door opened and Hawtree the Engli s hman appcar e

/ UP AGAINST A HOT GAME 9 "Indeed.! What a wetliculous name. Might I awsk what it is for?" l "It reports the operations of the stock market as fast as they take place." "Haw! Weports the opewations of the stock market." The EngliRhman picked up lhe tape and looked at the hieroglyphie:s that were stamped on it by the mechanism of the apparatus. "I cawn't read the thing to save me life," he said. "It's very simple when you have once got the hang of it. :Xow you see 1.hat quotation 1,000 B. & 0 112 ?" "Ya-as." "That means 1,000 shares of Baltimore & Ohio railroad stock has been sold for $112 a share It marks the ruling price of the stock at the moment of lhe ,;ale." "Haw! That wcminds me that the bonds I bwought down for you to sell for me are of that woad-Baltimore & Ohio. PewhapR you'll be able to tell me how much they arc worth." "Certainly. Let me see the bonds, please." The Englishman took an envelope out of his pocket and handed it to To1n. 'The young broker opened it and took out five bonds. They prorecl to be $1,000 Firrtt Mortgage coupon :fives -gilt-edged negotiable securities. Tom took a printed paper out of a pigeon hole in his desk. This showed the latest market value of all bonds on the market Looking up the Baltimore & Ohio First Mortgage :fives he found them quoted at 106, which showed that the $1,000 bonds were worth $1,060 each. "Your five bonds are worth $5,300, l\Ir. Hawtree," he said. "Yaas," drawled the Englishman. "You want to leave them with us to be sold, is that the idea?" "Yaas." Tom drew up an order to that effect, specifying the name, numbers and character of the bonds and asked Haw tree to sign it. The visitor signed his name "Charles Hawtree" in full in a lazr way, as if the effort bored him. "Will it take long for you to waise the money on them?" he said. "Not very long if they're all right," replied Tom "You say you bought them in England?" "Ya-as; of me.fwiend Mountjoy. Clevah fellow, Mount joy That wemincls me of another stowy of his--capital stowy He and a fwiencl went ont fishing in a punt with a large hamper of luncheon, to keep it steady, I suppose, and an old keeper, to do the wowing, who took too much beer, to make it unsteady, which waR widiculous, you know. They were out about an hour when :!IIountjoy's fwiend got a Lite and pulled in a gweat rnom .ter of a perch, howicl cweature, with wed gold firn;, stawing eyes, a wet flabby tail, and a back that was a wegular fan of pwickles. Just as he was pulling the fish into the punt--" At that int;eresting point in the Englishman's story the ofticc door openetl and a sharp-looking, hatchet faced man, in a tweed suit, stepped inl'<> the room. Hawtree paused abruptly on seeing him, jumped to his feet and shoved his hand into his hip pocket. "It won't do, Jern Dalton," said the newcomer in a quiet, incisive tone, flashing a revolver in one hand and a pair of handcuffs in the other; "the game is up Hol d out your hands for the brace l ets You've given me a lot of troue le, lrnt I've got you at l ast." CHAPTER V. A RESOURCEFUL RASCAL 'l'om Sloan gave a gasp as he took in the situation, for he never was so astonished in his life J em Dalton, alias Hawtree, was apparently cornered by an English sleuth from Scotland Yard, London, who had traced the crook across the ocean. Dalton's action in springing up the moment the hatchet faced man entered the office showed that he recognized the detective ancl understood his purpose His hand had slipped to his hip pocket, but the detective was a shade quicker in getting out his gun, so Dalton realized that it was as much as his life was worth to pull hiR weapon. He was a resourceful Sliloundrel, however, and desperate as his position was he did not give up all hope of making his escape. "Hold out your hands," commanded the detective, keep ing his revolver leveled. Reluctantly the rascal obeyed The officer snapped one of the handcuffs on Dalton's right wrist, and was in the act of repeating the movement with the other, when the crook suddenly threw up his left arm, brushed the muzzle of the revolver aside, and then struck the detective a terrible blow in the face with !tis manacled fist. The sleuth's finger was on the trigger of his weapon when the crook struck up his arm, and lhe revolver went off, the ball barely missing its mark. As Dalton made a dash for the door, 'rom sprang up and cut off his retreat. "Out of my way!" cried the crook fiercely, grabbing the young broker and trying to swing him around out of his path. Tom not only stood his ground, but springing an old college foot trick upon the man, ldncled him on the floor and jumped astride of him The report of the revolver startled the passersby in the corridor, as well as the other tenants on the floor, and consiclemble exciteml:!nt ensued. Brokers, with their clerks and customers, rushed into the corridor to fincl out the cause or the shooting. \Vhile were trying to locate the office whence the had co111e, 'rom waR engaged in a desperate strnggle with the English crook for the mastery. The detective was badly stunned by the force of the rascal's blow, and he lay on the floor too dazed to come 1.o 'l'orn\ assistance "Let me up or it'll be the worse for yon,'' hissed the crook. His dialect was gone now. "Not much You a r e evidently a crook wanted by that


10 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. detective, and I'm going to hold on to yo\1 till he is able to take charge ofyou himself," replied Tom, resolutely. Dalton saw that the boy meant what he said, so he said nothing more, but bent all his energies toward trying to reverse the situation Tom had him by the wrists, with his knees dug into his sides, and his agility counterbalanced the crook's superior strength, but it was impossible the boy to overcome him. 'The young broker could only hope to hold on to him 1m lil the reviving officer was able to take a hand in secur ing his man. At that point somebody opened the door and looked in. It was the cashier from next door When his gaze took in the in the room he uttered an exclamation that brought a rush of persons to the door. As these outsiders began to crowd into the office, Dalton, summoning all his strength into a deRperate effort to get free, suddenly threw him over, tore one 0 his wrists free and smashed the plucky boy in the face. That caused 'Torn to let go of the other The crook jumped up and made a clash into the crowd with such force that he carried a1l before him. Before any o.f the spectators got an inkling of the true state of affairs he was dashing along the corridor tow

UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. 11 "Yes, quite a mob. You missed a whole lot by being away." "What did I miss?" "Tho s ati s f action of helping me catch a desperate crook." "Say, what are you giving me, Tom?" "Nothing but facts. Who do yoll suppose the crook was ?" "Do you reall y mean to say you had a run .. in with a c rook in thi s offic e while I was out?" I certainl y did. There was quite a s trenuou s time in h e r e for five or s i x minutes and that bullet hole in the wall i s a s li g h t evide nce of the fact." Tom p o int e d to th e perforation made by the ball from the det ect ive' s re volver. Dic k g o t up anc1 examined the hole. The r epor t of the revolver is what brought the crowd in h e re," s aid Tom. "Gee! 'Tha t looks as if somebody meant business," said Di ck. "Let's h e ar what happened "To begin with, I had a visit from Hawtree," began 'l;o m. T h at so? "Yes ; h e brou ght five Baltimore & Ohio Firs t Mortgag e $ 1 ,000 fiv e s with h i m for u s to sell. Th e re 's the ord e r I drew up fo:u him to sign, with hi.a s ignature, Charles Haw tree, attached." "Yo u have the bonds, then?" No. They are now in the cus tody of a Scotland Yard d e tective nam e d John Hawkin s who told me they were s t o len, with other properly, from an English country house in Stafford s hire." "The dic kens. you s a y Then this Hawtree is--" "A notoriou Eng li s h crook named Jem Dalton." "Whew!" whis tled Dick. Tom the n w ent o n t o t e ll his partner that while the bogus Haw t ree was in the mid dle of a presumedly funny fish story the door opened and the d e tective came in. "Hawtree jumped up in an in stant and shoved his hand to his hip, but the detective got the drop on him fir s t with his own gun and th e crook apparently hadn't the ghost of a show, went on Tom. "So he was pin c h ed, and i s in the Tombs by this time, I s uppose," s aid Dick. N o h e w a sn't pinched in spite of the fact that the d e tective had him d e ad to ri ghts," repli e d Tom, who then w ent on to explain how Dalton turn ed the t a bles on the officer. "That bullet in the wall came from the detective's revolver." Tom described how he had jumped in and tried to keep the crook from making his escape, and how, in the end, he had failed. "The n the ra s cal got away ?" s aid Dick. "That' s what he did, with one handcuff on,'' answered Tom. "I suppose the affair will be in the newspapers, and we'll be forced into the limelight again. It will be a big surprise for Mrs. Atkins and her boarders to learn the true character of the man who posed as a London swell on "a visit to this country. Well, he worked the deception pretty cleverly. He brought that 'Haw!' out as natural as life, while his chuckle was something unique." "He will have to adopt some other kind of disguise now. In my opinion he is a pretty dang e rous man. I wouldn't care to tak e the contr act to captur e him." "Too b a d I wasn't on hand. 'The b oth of u s would have h e ld hi m till the d e tecti v e recover e d from hi s knoc kout W e ll, w e h a v e no cau s e to woITy over th e matter-that\ up to th e d e tectiv e Read y to g o out to lunch?" "Yes," replied Tom, r e aching for hi s hat. They loc k e d up the office and went to a Broadwa y re s taurant. CHAPTER VI. A VISIT FROOI BROKER GRAFTON. When the boys got back to the office they found a re porter of an afternoon paper waiting to see Tom about the incident at the office. He had heard about it from one of the whom the rep"ort of the revolver had drawn to the office and he wanted th e fact s for hi s paper. 'l'om gave them to him. Say didn't you a nd your partner here figure in that h o ld -up affair on th e Reading turnpike in New Jersey?" h e inquired, as he put up his notebook. "Yes we practically captured the four scamps between us," r e plied Tom. "Too bad you were not successful in holding this Eng li s h crook to-day." "Yes it is too bad. When a man can lay out a sharp d ete c tive that ha s the drop on him with a cocked revolver, you mus t admit he is s omething out of the ordinary to handl o." "That's s o," replied the reporter. "I gue ss he's a hard pro p o s ition." "You can gamble on it that he i s," replied Tom. Th e reporter then took hi s d e parture. Th e young brokers walked over to the ticker to see how A. & C. was doing. The y found it had gone up another point. "That puts us about $300 to the good," said Tom. "Yes." "How high do you think it will go?" "I don't believe anybod y can an swer that question. I think I will run up to the little bank ancr keep tab on it there," said Dick. Soon aft e r h e went away the door opened and the broker from the adjoi.nmg office walk e d in. He introduced himself as Thomas Grafton. He was a man of perhaps fifty, and wore a heavy chin beard. He had a kind of snaky-black eye that was never still. "I heard you had some kind of shooting scrape in here about noon, and I thought I would drop in and a s k you about it. I was at the Exchange at the time and did not hear about it till I returned a while ago," said the vis itor. Tom obliged him with the parti c ular s in a few word s "That fellow was a pretty hard rascal, I guess." "Yes, about as tough as they come," ans wered the boy. "By the way, didn't I see s omething in the paper last evening about you and your partner saving Broker Pratt from being robbed of $50,000 somewhere in New Jers ey?" "I presume you did if you read the evening edition of any of the dailies."


12 U P AGAINST A HOT GAME. "'l'hen you and your partner were the persons men tioned?" "Yes." "You captured the men who dynamited Mr. Pratt's automobile?" "We did." "You appear to be nervy boys." smiled, but made no answer. "You boys have just started out as brokers, eh?" "'Ve have." "Doing any business?" "A little," replied Tom, evasively. "Speculating on your own account!" "Perhaps." "What stock are you interested in?" Tom began to think that their next door neighbor was pretty inquisitive. "I would prefer not to say just what stock we handling," he said. "Hum! We11, I was going to say that I could put you on to a good thing." "Indeed?" "Yes. I suppose you have noticed that the copper vrop erties are pretly foely at present. They are the best things on the Curb just now. Now I would recommend you to purchase Nprth Union Copper. It's a new mine, and is going cheap, but it is bound to go up several hundred per cent. within lhe next six months: I have inside infonna tion as to its prospects an .cl can guarantee that you'll make money if you get in on it." "Arc you selling it?" asked Tom, suspecting that Broker Grafton's object in recommending the stock to his notice was a sly attempt to unload some of it on him and his partner. "Selling it!" exclaimed Grafton. "I should sav not. I'm buying, not selling. I wouldn't ha Ye called yom.' atten tion to it if I didn't think. it was one of the best imesl ments to-day in the Street." Grafton :flashed his snaky eye on Tom, but only for a moment. He was one of those men who couldn't look one square in the face. "Then you are loading up on it yourself?" said the boy. "I certainly am;" replied the broker, promptly, "ancl I would advise you and :your partner to buy as much o.f it as you can afford. It's going at $2, but it never will be as low as that again." Tom was a bit puzzled at the broker's apparent honesty in tipping him off to such a good thing as he alleged North Union Copper to be. "I'll talk the matter over with my partner," he said. "Do so; but don't lose any time gelling in on it." "Is there much of it on lhc market?" "How many shares do you want?" "All you can get, but you'd be foolish to turn it over to me. I am giving you the tip because you are just starting out for yourselves and I want to give you a lift. I have a friendly feeling for young men like you and your partner. I was young once myself and had a hard struggle to get a start, so you see I naturally sympathize with others in the same boat." Broker Grafton tried to look as if he was fairly bubbling over with the milk of human kindness, but somehow he didn't succeed very well. His face was rather against him. It wasn't a, face that was calculated to inspire unlim ited confidence. He might have claimed that he wasn't responsible for his face, since it was nature's handiwork and not his own; nevertheless, a man's countenance is a pretty sure index of his character. At any rate Tom did not like Broker Grafton's face, and he couldn't help wondering if the broker didn't have some object in handing out his tip on North Union Copper. However, he felt obliged, iI only on the score of poliie neos, to thank the broker for the interest he claimed to take in him and Dick. "Well, I must be going, young man," said Grafton, after looking at his watch. "Drop in and see me some time. As we are near neighbors we mustn't stand on cere mony." Tom said he would do so and then the visitor got up and left. Dick returned about quarter past three "I had a call from Broker Grafton whose office is next door," said Tom. "What did he want?" "He camo in to get the particulars about the trouble this morning and introduced himself to me. Then he branched off on copper stocks. He told me that he had inside information about North Union Copper, and aclYised us to buy as much of it as we could afford, for he said it was sure to go up several hundred per cent. higher inside of six: month ." "Very kind of him," laughed Dick. "Diel he offer to accommodate us with a few hundred share::;?" "X"o; he said he was buying and not sellina, and offered to any North Union Copper that we might pick up off our hands at a slight advance." "'J'hcn we must try and pick some up. Did he give you a written order?" :ro; the knowing ones have gobbled most of it up. But there are a few thousand shares floating around. If hear of any buy them. l you don't want the stock your fetch it in to me and I'll take it off your hands al a slight advance on what you pay for it." "No. He said his word was as good as an order." "1\Inyhc it is, but thal isn't lhc way we do we bought 500 or 1,000 :>hares o.f lhc stock and took them in lo him he mi"'ht repudiate his verbal order and then we'd be le.ft with lhe tock on our hands. o; any body who wants us to buy slack for them must <:

[JP A HOT GAME. 13 "I imagine he has a small grindstone up h i s s leeve that he would like us to turn for him." "Well, we are not turning grindstones for other people if we can help it. It will take all our energy to t urn our own grindstone." Dick then said that A & C had c losed at 88i, a n d it looked as if it would go higher next day "Our first speculation seems to be turning out pretty well," said Tom. {'Yes, it's doing even better than I expected. Well, it's quarter of four. Shall we shut up shop for the day?" "Might as well, for we are not likely to make a n ything by staying here." So the boys put on their hats and started for their b o ard ing house. CHAPTER VII. BUSINESS BEGINS 'fO BOO:M: WITH SWIFT & SLOAN. As Die:k and Tom entered the house they met the wife of the commercial traveler coming out 0 the parlor with :Miss Wallace, the budding prima donna. "Good afternoon, ladies," said Dick, politely. The ladies acknowledged the ::;alute and paused to have a short chat with the boys. "We have news for you," said Miss Wallace, presently "Yes?" replied Dick. "We have lost our most distinguished boarder, Mr. Hawtree." Dick looked at Tom and laughed. "When he came in .to lunch he informed us that he had received a cable message from hi s brother requesting him to go to St. LDuis at once to transact some important busi ness for him, and be was going to take the three o'clock train west." "He told you that, c1id he?" said Dick. "Yes. And he's gone, for he sent for his trunk about two. I am sure we shall him at the table. He was quite too funny for anything." "Yes, he was a pretty good actor," replied Dick, dryly. "Actor exclaimed l\fiss Wall ace. "What do you mean ? It seems wonderful how he manages to get along with such little brains." "I'm sorry to be obliged to lreat you to an unpleasant surprise in connection with this man ll'ho has been mas querading here as Charles Hawtrec,'' said Dick, "but you're bound to learn it from tho if not from me. The fellow is not an English swell at all, b u t a; Lon don crook named Jem Dallon." Both ladie s almost screamed at Dick's words. "You don't mean it," cried :Miss Wallace. "I certainly do mean it. He called at our oftice to get 1fS to sell some bond s he had stolen in England. He was spot ted by a London d etecfoe l'ent to thi country to capture him. 'rhe officer followed him into our office in tending to arrest him. What happened th e n Sloan can tell you bett e r than I, for h e was present and I wasn't. ladie s looketl inquiringly at Tom, and so the young broker gave them an account of the lively episode at the office. "But he was here to lunch at halt-past twe lve, look in g the same as e\'er, and I am sure he did not have anything like a handcuff on one 0 his wrists," said Miss Wallace. "You'd hardly expect him to exhibit such a badge of crime in public. He got rid 0 it somehow before he re turned to the house. I am rather astonished at the nerve he showed in coming back aiter his exposure downtown; but then he probably :figured that you ladies would not learn the truth till late in the afternoon." "Well, well,'' said Miss Wallace "this is certainly a surprise and not an agreeable one. Mamma will be horrified to think that we have been on social terms with a common thie. I don't know what Mrs. Atkins will say when she learns that she took such a person in as a boarder She is so particular, too "She can hardly be held accountable for the mistake. This fellow is an artist in disguising himsel. His im personat i on of a LDndon swell was decidedly clever, though Sloan and I thought it was a bit overd rawn. We had begun to entertain a strong suspicion that he was not what he assumed to be, so his exposure was not a great surprise to us," said Dick. The sensation at the dinner table that evening was the unmasking of Hawtree, who had completely deceived every body but the young brokers. One of the papers had an account of the incident at the office, but none of the boarders saw it until the story ap peared in the morning edition. Next morning as Dick was on the point of starting for the little bank to watch tho developments in A. & C. the door opened and Banker Pratt walked in. "How do you do, Mr. Pratt?" said Dick. '"l'ake a seat." "You have quite a nice little office,". replied the banker, sitting down "It's good enough to make a start in," said Tom. "How are you boy getting on?" "We're not getting on to any great extent as yet,'' said Dick. "We have yet to make the acquaintance of our first customer. However, we have a little private deal on that seems to be panning out prett:v well. If it helps to pa y ou.r expenses we will be quite satisfied. By the way, do. you know anything about a copper mine called the North Union?" "Can't say that I ever heard of it," replied the banker. "Broker Grafton, our next door neighbor on the right, was in here yesterday afternoon talking to Sloa.n. He sai

14 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. find. It is ruling at 40, and rather weak at that, so you ought to get it at the market. I authorize you to give 40-t if necessary. Have the shares that you purchase delivered C. 0. D. at my bank," "All right, sir. Dtaw up an order to that effect, Tom, for Mr. Pratt to sign," $Rid Dick. Tom did so and the banker affixed his signature to it. "That is all I guess," he said, rising. "Drop around and see me at any time. I shall be glad to see you." The boys said they would and Mr. Pratt departed. "We've got one customer at any rate," said Dick, in a tone of satisfaction. "You'd better attend to that matter, Tom, as I want to look after A. & C." "All right. It won't make much difference for the office to be locked up for an hour or two, for we're not likely to have any visitors," replied Tom. Tom reached for his hat when a knock came at the door. "Come in," sang out Dick. The door opened and a tall, puritanical looking man stood before them. He had all the earmarks of a clergyman. "I called kl see Mr. Swift or Mr. Sloan," he said, in a solemn tone. "I am M:r. Swift," said Dick. "Take a seat and let me know how I can serve you, sir,'' and the young broker pointed to the chair beside his desk. "Permit me to introduce myself," said the visitor, seating himself and then handing Dick a visiting ca.rd. "Rev Edward Torrens," said Dick, glancing at the card. The reverend gentleman bowed slightly. "I was referred to you by Miss Dorothy Wallace, of No. West 35th Street. She and her mother are communicants at my church." Dick bowed. Miss Wallace was the budding nightingale who lived at his boarding -house. "I have some bonds of the Southern Railways Co., which I have had in my possession some time. They were left to me by a deceased relative. I desire to sell them, as I have a more profitable investment for my money in view. Happening to &peak about the matter to Miss Wallace, she advised me to call on you, as you were regular brokers in Wall Street." "We are much indebted to Miss Wallace for recommend ing us to your attention," said Dick. "She is a very charming young lady, and I saw no rea son why I should not let you sell the bonds for me as well as any other brokerage said the visitor, in the same solemn, measured tones. "We can do it as well as any other broker. You have brought the securities with you, I presume?" "I have." The Rev. Mr. Torrens produced an envelope from his pocket, took six bonds from it and laid them on Dick's desk. The young broker examined them carefully and was satisfied they were all right. They were $1,000 bonds, numbered consecutively, and were known as First Mortgage fives, Issue 0, running for thirty years. Dick pulled out his printed bond list and found that their present market value was $1,045 each. He pointed tho :figures out to his new customer. "What is your charge for selling them?" asked the Rev. Mr. Torrens. Dick told him what his commission would be, and tho mini s t e r nodded. The boy then drew up an order for their sale and pushed it toward his vis itor to sign. Ile affixed his signature in a large bold hand. "How long will it take you to sell them, Mr. Swift?" he inquired. "Not long. These ar c good securities and command a ready market. If you will drop in around three o'clock it is likely I will have your money ready for you." "Very well," replied tho reverend gentleman with a look of sati s faction in his eyes "I will try and call about that hour, otherwise you will see me to-morrow." He got up, bowed to Dick and walked out in a solemn and dignified way. "It never rains but it pours, old man," said T 'om, who had delayed his departure, in a joyous tone. "Two cus tomers in one morning. That's a pretty good beginning. Our luck is beginning to turn in the right dir e ction." "It certainly is," replied Dick, replacing the bonds in the envelope, and placing it in his pocket. "You dropped something, Dick," said Tom, as his part ner rose from his desk. "Fell out of that envelope, I think." Dick looked down at the rug and saw a small card. He picked it up and looked at it. The following was engraved on it in neat script letter: REV. JOSEPH MURDEN, The Elms, Bathgate, Staffordshire. Dick stared at it in a sort of bewildered surprise. The Rev. Joseph Murden was the person, according to the statement of the Scotland Yard detective, whose coun try house had been broken into by J em Dalton, the crook, who then fled to America with his plunder. CHAPTER VIII. TRAPPED. "This is mighty singular," said Dick, still gazing at the card. "What is singular, old man?" asked Tom. "This card-that it should be in that envelope." "How so? Whose card is it?" "Didn't you tell me that the detective told you yester day that Jem Dalton, the crook, stole those B. & 0. bonds, and other securities, from a country curate named Rev. Joseph Murden, of The Elms, Bathgate, Staffordshire?" "Yes; that was the person Dalton robbed." "Well, look at that card," said Dick, handing it to his partner. Tom took it and glanced at it. "Why, it's the same man," he said. "It appears to be. Now the question is-how did that card come to be in that envelope? Is the Rev. Joseph Murden a friend 0 the Rev. Edward Torrens, our cus tomer? Or is there something wrong about the Reverend Torrens?"


UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. 15 "What could there be wrong about him? He wa s re ferrecl to us by Miss Wallace, who attends his church." "So he said; but was he ?" "You can easily prove it i.f you think it advisable to take the time to nm up to the house and interview the young lady." "I think I had better. The bonds the reverend gentleman l ef t with us for sale represent a matter of $6,270 That's quite a sum. If he should prove to be a :fraud--" "A :fraud!" "Well, suppose he was Jem Dalton himself in another disguise? That rascal has already shown that he is ex tremely clever at hiding his identity under false colors. C'ome to think of it, the reverend gentleman was jus t the heigl1t and general build of Dalton." "That's true, but Dalton would hardly have the nerve to call on us so rnon again after his exposure yesterday and try to get u s to dispose of another batch of his stolen securities," sa:icl Tom. "That fellow has nerve to do anything, Tom. The very reaRon why he would not be suspected of attempting s uch a bold move may have induced him to risk it. It is the man who takes a d esperate chance who often succeeds in winning out." "You may be right in your s urmise, Dick. If our rev crcncl customer should Tcally tnrn out :to be Jem Dalton I'll give the fellow credit for cast-iron nerve. You d better lose no tirnc in investigatin g the matter as fa1 as you can hC'fore you make any nrnve to sell those bonds. It's too had that we don't know whcl'e we could connect with that English clctcctiYc. H e' d he jn t the man to look into this matter, for he probably is well acquainted with Dalton's methods." "Telephone io Police Jicaclquarters and see if they know where he can be found," mid Dick. Tom went to the 'phone and connected with headquar ter&. '11he man who answered him could give him no informa tion about the English so he 1111d to give it up. "Vi'ell, I'll start uptown now and see Miss Wallace, and you go anllace, and to his di s appointment learned that she hacl left only a few minutes before "What will I do now-go back a11d wait for her at the house?" he asked himeelf. While h e was considering the matter it sncldenly st ruck him that it would not be a bad idea to call at the of the church and satisfy himself that his customer was th,c real Simon-pure minister of the church "I can fake up some excuse for my visit in case I find that the two men are identical," he told him self. So he took a car and went uptown again. He found the church without difficulty and the m im s ter's residence was a part of the edifice on one side. Ringing the bell he inquired for the Rev. Edward Tor rens. Another di s appointment awaited him, for the reverend gentleman was not in, and the servant didn't know when he would be at home. So Dick walked away as much at a loss as ever. It was half-past twelve now, so the young broker decided to go back to the boarding house and see if Miss Wallace had returned, since it was near lunch hour. He was about to cross Broadway, about a block from the minister's house, when a cab dashed close up to the curb, compelling him to step bacl: The door opened and to his astonishment he saw the Rev. Edward Torrens looking at him. "'f ou called at my residence just now, Mr. Swift," he said, in his solemn tones. "Did you wish to see me with reference to those bonds I left at your office?" Dick, taken at some disadvantage, did not know what The excuse he had framed up had s1ipped his mind for the moment, and he was rather at a loss for a fittini; explanation. While he hesitated, the reverend gentle!'!) an saic1.:


16 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME "Step in, for I'm in a hurry. We can tallc as we ride up the street." He reached his arm out and grasping Dick by the shoul der drew him into the cab and slammed the door. The driver at once started on, crossing Broadway and continuing on down side street "I am on a sick call,' said the ReY. Mr. Torrens, throw ing his left arm behind the young broker's head, as if to rest it, and then taking from his pocket a handkerchief bunched up. "It is an urgent case," he continued, "which accounts for my hurry. My gracious, what is that?" he exclaiI)led, pointing out of the window with the hand that held the handkerchief Dick turned his head to look. 'l'he moment he did so, the gentleman gripped his head with his left arm, pulled it back and then clasped the hand kerchief over his mouth and nose. Dick, suddenly realizing that he had fallen into a trap, began to struggle to free hims.elf. He was a strong, athletic young fellow, and it took a powerful man to handle him; but in this instance the man who had him in his grasp seemed to have the strength of a 'Hercules, and moreover he was terribly handicapped by the handkerchief, which was saturated with some kind of a. drug. The result was his best efforts availed him nothing, and he soon began to lose his senses and drift away into the realms of forgetfulness At last he ceased to move and the man removed the han\lkerchief and th111st it into his pocket. He then dropped one of the cab windows to admit air, after propping the young broker into a natural position, for he felt dizzy himself, having inhaled some of the fumes of the drug. The cab continued to roll down the street, passing Sixth and the succeeding avenues in succession until it reached Tenth Avenue, up which the driver turned without receiv ing any instruction from his fare, showing that he had got his instructions in advance. The vehicle went as far north as 41st Street and then turned down that street toward the river. In a few minutes it was within the c o nftnes of a notorious tough district. It rolled up to the curb and stopped before a certain hou s e in the middle of the block. The man opened the door and looked out He glanced sharply up and down both sides of the street. There were rough looking men, slatternly appearing women, and dirty, unkempt children aplenty, b u t he took no notice of th.em. What he was on the lookout for did not appear to be in sight, and he uttered a slight exclamation of satisfaction. rot a crusher in sight," he muttered in a tone that Detective Hawkins would have recognized as belonging to the slippery Jem Dalton. We may as well remark that the English criminal class.es call the police officers, detectives particularly, "crushers." Ile motioned to the driver to come

UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. 1'1 Finding the office still locked he went off again, but re turned a few minutes before four, close upon Tom's heels. Tom was somewhat surprised to find that his partner was not on hand, as he had no idea what business was keeping him out at that hour. He had hardly taken off his hat and seated himself a t his desk before the door opened and he saw the Rev. Ed ward Torrens walk in. "Mr. Swift is not in, I perceive," said the visitor, solemnly "No, sir, but I expect him any moment. Take a seat," said Tom. "You are his partner; I believe." "Yes, sir." "You are aware, of course, that I left some bonds of the Southern Railways Co. with Mr. Swift to be sold,?" "Yes, sir." "Can you tell me if they have been sold?" "I really couldn't tell you. My partner took charge of the matter as I was very busy all day with another branch of our business. I went out soon after you left this morn ing and I haven't .seen my partner since, so I cannot say whether he sold the bonds or not." "He told me that he could easily sell them, and said if I came in about three he thought he would have the money for me." "Well, he ought to be in soon, so you won't have long to wait." the balance of their limited ca.pital being stowed away in a safe deposit box at the Washington vaults down the street. Dalton was much disappointed at the bareness of the safe He came to the conclusion that the boy firm of brokers didn't amount to much and were operating more on bluff than anything else. The only thing that gave him sat'isfaction was the re covery of the bonds which he had feared would be lost to him when he found that Dick had started out to inveio.ti gate his identity. He looked through both desks, but there was nothing in either that he could turn into money. Leaving Tom on the floor he unlocked the door and passed out into the corridor. He walked down to the next floor, took an elevator and was soon in the street. An hour later the janitor's assistant came into the office to clean up and Tom lying on the floor. He summoned the head janitor who examined the boy and then sent a call for an ambulance. The surgeon on his arrival said that Sloan was under the influence of some drug and he wasn't sure but it might be a case of attempted suicide. He had the boy taken downsta.irs and him off to the hospital. Thus were both members of the firm of Swift & Sloan in trouble through the underhand tactics of Jem Dalton. ''If the bonds were not sold you'd probably have them On his way uptown the crook deliberated what he would in your safe, wouldn't you?" do with Swift. "It is quite likely they would be there." Having secured the bonds he had no further reason for "As I am in a hurry to keep an engagement uptown perholding the boy, but for all that he was sore on Dick be haps you would look in your safe and let me know if they cause the lad's business caution had defeated his scheme are there. In that case it will not be necessary for me to for turning the bonds into good money. wait for Mr. Swift to come back." "1 I hadn't watched him a.fter I left the bonds in his Tom got up, went to the safe and rattled the combinahands the matter might have ended in my capture," muttion. tered the crook. "He's a pretty shrewd chap. I'd like to 'l'he eyes of the disguised English crook were following get square with him. He's in my power, but I don't know his every movement. just what to do with him. I must talk the matter over As the young broker threw open the safe door, Dalton with my friend Barney and see what plan he can think of. rose and upon him like a panther. Then Hawkins, the detective, must be attended to. I doubt Securing a strangle hold on the boy's neck he pulled out if he could disguise himself so I wouldn't know him. He's the same handkerchief with which he had doped Dick in a dangerous man to have looking for me. I owe him a the cab and pressed it over Tom's face. score for nabl\ing my pal, Moss, /llld sending him to Port Tom made a desperate effort to shake his aggressor off, land. If I had him where I've got that boy he'd never see but he was taken at such disadvantage that the crook had Scotland Yard again." things all !}is own way. An ugly look rested on the crook's face as his mind dwelt In a minute or two he was quite dead to the worl

18 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. but the bag she carried in her hand did not seem to be any fuller than when she began. A close observer might have noticed .. that she kept her eyes more on the neighborhood than on her bu s iness. Nobody, however, paid any attention to her, for it was no uncommon thing or an old harridan like her to go around rummaging in the barrels 0 refuse for some prize that she could dispose 0 to a junkman on the avenue for the price of a glass of gin Her sharp eyes spied the disguised cro ok coming down the street. She never took her eyes off him, though she continued to poke with her stick in the barrel she bent over Others beside her viewed the ministerial looking man with no little curiosity, as persons of his cloth hardly ever appeared in that neighborhood. Although the residents 0 that locality were particularly friendly to individuals of Jem Dalton's profession, the crook did not consider it prudent to publicly inform them that he was going around in the disguise of a clergyman, consequently his real identity was not suspected by the habitues of the district. They simply regarded him as what he appeared to be o n the outside and rather resented his presence in their midst. The old hag was more interested than any one else in the clerical-looking man. As he entered the door of the building she dropped her bag and gliding across the walk shuffled in after him Dalton, with habitual caution, turned around to see who was behind him. The hag saw the man's alert look and hobbled a little closer to him In this way the two went as far as the first landing, when the crook stopped to let the woman go by him. Instead of passing him she suddenly straightened up and there was a snap and the touch 0 cold steel on Dalton's right wrist The rascal realized in a moment that he was pinch e d b.y a disguised detective, who he instinctively felt was Hawkins, the Scotland Yard man. With an imprecation he raised his right arm and :found that he was handcuffed to the detective's left He crooked his powerful left arm for a swinging blow, but paused as the muzzle of a revolver was pi!essed oYer his heart. "Drop your arm by your side and come quietly, or I'll make you a subject or a coroner's jury," said Hawkins. in a quiet but resolute tone. "You gave me the slip in Wall Street, but you can't work that trick twice with me Dalton took a long breath and glared at his captor in silence, then he said: "You've got me this time, Hawkins. l give up." OHAP'l'ER X. DICK IN A BAD FIX. It was at that identical moment that Dick Swift came to his senses on the floor above. The hour was between five and six o'clock As t he afternoon was a dull one, and the shutters of the room were closed, the boy cpu l d n ot make ou t his sur roundings very well for some moments after he sat up and looked ar01.md him. "Where ili thunder am I?" he breathed. _At that moment the sharp report o.f a revolver rang out on the landing below, and it was followed by the sounds 0 a struggle. "Slug him, Barney !1' shouted a voice. A moment later the struggle stopped as suddenly as it began. Then came the sound of feet mounting the stairs, and it seemed as if the persons were dragging something with them. They reached the landing outside the door, opened the door of the adjoining room and entered, dragging the object with them. "Search his pockets for the key so I can get these curFed darbies off my wrist," Dick h ear d a man say "Then we'll lay him on the lounge, and i one of the cops in this neighborhood s hould come arollll.d inv estigat ing the shot i.here'll be nothing s uspicious about an insensible old hag who appears to be sleeping." Dick judged from the foregoing that he was in a pretty tough place. Having no desire to remain any longer than he coulcl help he went to the door and turned the knob. Then he found that he was locked in. "My gracious!" he exclaimed. "Wliat am I up against?" His experience in the cab :flashed across his mind anrl instinctively he felt that he had been trapped by .T rm Dalton. There was no long e r any doubt in his mind as to i.he real identity of the Rev. Edward 'l' 'orrens He was the English crook in disguise. "What a clever scoundrel that fellow is," he muttered. "But smart as he is his plan to raise the money on Southern Railways Co. bonds through Tom and me has ailed. The'trick was a clever and nervy one, and might have succeeded if it hadn't been or that tell-tale card that ell out of the envelope and excited my suspicions. The result is he may say good-by to the bonds, or they are in our safe, ready to be turne d over to Hawkins That makes over $7,000 worth of the stolen securities that Swift & Sloan have saved or the curate who was robbed in Staffordshire. I think we are entitled to the gentle man's most grateful thanks, and I don t know but we de serve some kind 0 a reward, too." Then it occurred to Dick that he might be shaking hands with himself too quick, since at the present moment he appeared to be in the power of the rascal whose game he and his partner had blocked. "He must have some object in making a prisoner of me. I'll bet he kept his eye on my movements after I left the j office, and when he saw me start uptown he suspected I was going to make sure of hi\\ alleged identity. Doubtless he followed me up to the boarding-house and then back to 23d Street and afterward to the residence of the real Edward 'rorrcns. My object then being clear to him he hired that cab and trapped me in a way that shows what a daring scamp he is and what chances he is ready to take to score a point. Now the question is what is he going to do with me? mi'f!I got me in a house in some tough part of the


UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. 19 cit y whe re he :figures he can bulldoze me without any in t erfere nce from out s idei's. Well we' ll see how he comes out," s aid Dick s quarin g hi s jaw s "I wonder what 's g oin g on in the n ext room? Th ere's a door leading into it and a keyhole. P c rhap I can find out." Th e keyhol e in question gave Dick a fair view of the next room. On a lounge lay an old woman, of the hag order, str e tched out unconscioua The boy couldn't guess that this was Detec tive Hawkins in di s gui se, who, after capturing Dalton, had been laid out b y the crook's American pal, a man named Barney, who had unexpectedly come upon the scene at a critical moment for the sleuth. At a table with a bottle of whisky before them, s at Barney and Dalton, the latter still wearing his cleri c al disguise. "Now that I've got Hawkins in my powe r I intend to fix him for good," s aid Dalton. "He s a bit too clever for me and he's got to croak, as you chaps call it on thi s side. He had me bagg e d for fair downs t a ir s and I didn't ha v e a show. I'd be in a cell by thi s time i. it hadn t been for you. "Yes, it was mighty lucky for you that I turned up ju s t a s you were pinched,'! replied Barn ey. "He' s as clever at di sg uising himself a s you are, anc1 I'm bound to aay that you re an artist. Look at him there," nodding at the figure on the lounge. "Who'd take that for a man, and the s harpe s t det e ctive, too, in all England? He's a perfect picture of one of the old hags who prowl around this dis trict at all hours of the day and night." Dick heard Barney's word s clearly anc1, their import astonished him. The person on the lounge he could have sworn was an oldewoman was the English sleuth in disguise. From the brief bit of conve r s ation he had just overheard he understood the cau s e of the shot and the struggle he had heard a short time before. The detective, in his disguise, had succeeded in surpris mg Dalton and nabbing him, and would have taken his bird away only for the appearance of the man Barney on the scene. That rascal had done up the officer and rescued his pal. Now Dalton proposed to put the English sleuth out of the way for keeps. Dick thought that Hawkins had run into pretty hard luck. "It was the best disguise he could have assumed to catch me,'' said Dalton. "He must hav e suspected or founcl out that I was hanging out in thi s locality, so he rigged him s elf out as an old woman and watched for me. He foolecl me good. I saw the bogus hag qigging in one of the ash cans on the walk, and I nev e r dr e amed that she wasn't the real article. Well, it' s the las t di s guise he'll ever put on. Ill a day or two he'll be found floating, dead as a herring, in the river." "You' ll want help, I suppose, to carry out the job?" said Barney. "I'll want you to lend a hand to get his body to the river after I have put him to slee p," replied Dalton. "All right. I'll be on the job any. time you say. It will only make another mystery for the finest police in the world to pnravel if they can," said Barney, with a laugh. "By the way, Barney, I've got a boy in the next room that I want to dispose of, too," said Dalton "A boy!" exclaim e d Barney, in some surprise. "Yes, a young Wall Street stock broker." "The dickens How came you to get him here and what's he done to y ou?" "I trapped him at the corner of Broadway and 32d Street. Got him into a cab, dosed him, and brought him here. I got acquainted with him and his partner, another chap of about his own age, at the boarding-house on 35th Street They are college chums who went into the brok erage business in Wall Street. Their office is in the Cot ton Building. I size d them up as easy marks who would s ell those bonds for me that I stole in England. They didn t turn out quite as easy as I thought, but I dare say they would have sold those Baltimore & Ohio bonds only that Hawkins turned up and queered me. That cost me the bonds-over ,000 worth. Then I tried this clerical disguise and called on them this morning with the South e rn Railways Co. bond s The chap next door agreed to sell them, but I gue s s he suspected something, for alter I left he startecl uptown to find out if I really was the clerical party I had represented myself to be. I knew right awRy tha t the game would be up if he interviewed a cer tain young lady, who I aaicl recommended me to hjm, or the real Heverend Edwarcl Torrens, so I tried to head him off. I clicln't succeed until after he had called on the minister himself. The man whose identity I had assumed happened to. be out, by good luck. The young broker was heading for the boarding-house to see the young lady when I caught him As matters stand now it doesn t make any difference to me whether he discovers the fraud or not I have recovered the bonds," and Dalton explained the result of his visit to the office of Swift & Sloan that afternoon-a iltatement that gave the listening Dick quite a shock. "Now that I've got this young chap in my hands I want to pay him back for blocking my plan for selling tha bonds." "what are you thinking of doing to him?" asked Bar ney. "I thought maybe you could suggest some way of fixing him. I don't want to put him out of the way, or anything like that, but still I'd like to get even for my disappoint ment, which he is the cause of. "We might put him aboard some foreign.bound vessel and send him to sea," said Barney. "He' d have to work his way to the destination of the vessel and then get back the bes t way he could." "That's a good plan. We'll do it. You attend to the matter, will you?" "It might take a week before I could find a chance to ship him off. During that time we'll have to keep him here and feed him and watch him to see that he doesn't make his e s cape. It's going to be a lot of bother. I'll try and think up some easier scheme-something that'll answer the same purpo s e "Do so, and if I like it as well as sending him to sea we'll put it through. Now get some pieces of rope and tie that detective hand and foot so that he can' t get a.way,


20 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. while I'll go in and take a look at that young broker. He might have come to his senses by this time." "He's coming in here to take a look at me. I must play 'possum and pretend I haven't come out of my trance yet," said Dick, returning to the bed, lying down and CHAPTER XI. THE DOING UP OF DALTON AND HIS PAL BARNEY. closing his eyes. As soon as their footsteps died away Dick began to con-It was growing dark by this time, consequently objects sider what he could do. in the little room, with its closed shutters, were very in-He was not only anxious to give Dalton the slip, but he was determined to save the detective from the fate the distinct. h crook had mapped out for him. When Dalton unlocked the door and looked in e was Whether he could accomplish anything at all was a probobliged to strike a match before he could even see the out-1 tte t d em as ma rs s oo line of the boy on the bed. He could not uess how long the men would be away, Seeing the young. broker stretched out m?t10.nless, with but whatever done must be put through before they bis eyes shut, he believed that the lad was still m the land b k got ac of forgetfulness. Sitting on the side of the bed he thought of his watch He did not take the trouble to a close mvestigaand the money he had in his pocket. 1.ion, but shut and locked the door to He found that ll'either had been touched. the_ other. room ';here Barney was fimt'bmg his JOb of fct-He pulled out his match-safe and s truck a light. tenng the There was no gas fixture in the room By the time he had fimshed, the sleuth had recovered Neither were there any in the building above the ground his senses. floor, where they had been put in by the i.enant. "Well, how do you feel, Hawkms?" grmned Dalton. Dick however saw a small piece of candle standing on a "'l'hought you had me, didn't you, but you _slipped up. sh If above the and he lit it. 'l'hat's twice yon've missed your mark when thmgs seemed Leaving it on its perch he tried the window. to be coming your way." It went up easily enough, but as the cords were broken, "I won't miss you the next time," replied the officer. the sas h wouldn t stay up of its own accord, like any well"There won't be any next time for you, Hawkins. This ordered window. is where you see your finish. You'll never see Scotland This was remedied by a piece of wood lying across the Yard again. It was an unlucky day for you that you took sill which Dick placed under it. the job to run me down. You had a pal once named Hen'l'hen he opened the blinds and looked out. ley. You worked together for many years and sent a lot He could dimly make out an open space between the of chaps to Portland. One night he disappeared. His fate building and its neighbors and those houses opposite which has long been a mystery to you and the whole force. Well, faced on the next street. you're going to vanish in the same way. A few hours He could see clothes hanging on lines, which showed hence and you and your old pal will be comparing notes tlrnt the block was well populated. together-that is if there is any future. If tl;i.ere ian t There was no fire escape to furnish a road to safety you'll be starting in on your last long sleep. You know or him, that useful arrangement being attached to the me, Hawkins. You know that what I say I mean. You've front of the building. had your innings, so as turn about is fair play I'll take The yard was all of forty .feet below him, though owing mine. The chap who has the last laugh is the chap who to the gloom he could not judge how far it was. comes out ahead. Now you know what you have to expect. It was clear to him that to drop from the window would How do you like it, my covey?" be as good as committing suicide, and Dick was by no The detective didn't like it, but he made no reply. means tired of life. He had long believed that Dalton had made a .way with "It's no go," he soliloquized. "I'm here to s tay and I'm his old pal, Henley, and now he s ure of it. afraid the detective is doomed, I wis h I could reach him If he had to die at this rascal's hands, why, it would be and set him free, then the both of us could at least put up his fate and he couldn't help it. a fight that might see us through." In the execution of his duty he was constantly taking He walked to the door between the two rooms and turned his life in his hands. the handle without expecting any result. But it was hard luck indeed that the SCOUI\drel who had To his surprise it yielded to his touch and opened. done up his pal should do him up too. "This is fortunate," he breathed. Da.lton turned away with an l.1gl) laugh and said to 'raking down the candle he entered the room ahd walked Barney : over to the lounge. "I'm hungry. Let's go and feed. '11his chap will be Looking down he saw the detective's keen eyes fa s tened quite safe locked in here while the boy is still dead to the on his :face. world. l:f any one comes up looking for us they won't be The officer did not recognize him, as Dick had not met able to get in and not seeing a light they'll lmow we 're him the da.Y before when he was at the office. away. Come on." The t>leuth saw a good-looking, well-dressed boy, who 'l'hey left the Toom, locked the door and went downdid not look at a111ike an associate of criminals like Dalton stairs, leaving that part of the building wrapped in silence and his pal Barney. and darkness. "Who are you?" he asked.


UP AGAINST A HOT GAME 21 "My name is Dick Swift. I am Bob Sloan's partner. You were at our office yesterday after J em Dalton, the English crook. You see I know you, Mr. Hawkins, in spite of your disguise ancl the fact that I never saw you before thirty minutes ago when I lear.ned you were a prisoner in this : room." "You have come to rescue me, then?" said the detective, eagerly. "Out me free, quick. Those rascals may be back at any moment." "I intend to cut you loose, but rescuing you is another matter altogether, for I'm a prisoner like yourself in this part of the house." "A prisoner!" exclaimed Hawkins, in a tone of surprise, as Dick pulled out his knife and began severing his bonds. "Yes, but there is no time foi: me to explain how I hap pen to be so," replied the young broker. "All I need say is that Dalton, for reasons of his own, trapped me about noon today and brought me here under the influence of a drug. He owes me a grudge because I blocked his plan to rai s e money on another lot of the bonds he stole from that English minister." By the time Dick :finished this brief explanation the detective was free of the fetters that hac1 bound him. He sprang to his feet and quickly relieved himself of his female attire. "If I only had my revolver now I'd be all right, but those rascals took it away from me," he said "We must seize the chance and get away. I may be able to get back ith a couple of policemen in time to catch those chaps after all." "We'll have to get out of this room first, and the ques tion is-how are you going to do it?" said Dick. "Smash the door if th ere is no other war." mrhat would make a big noise, and bring the other ten ants of the building around to see what the matter was. They are probably friendly with Dalton and the man Bar ney and would be apt to stop u s from getting away." "There's another and a better way if you've the nerve i.o back me up," said the detective. "What is that?" "We'll wait till they return. As soon as we hear them coming up the stairs we'll hide close to the door in the dark. When they enter the room we'll attack them sud (lonly and try to knock them out with a ingle blow. At any rate by bking Urnm by surprise we ought to be able to capture them before they can call out for help. We"ll hind and gag them and I'll stand guard over them while you go lo the police station and get the sergeant lo send three or four ofTiccrs to this house to help me take them away." "'l'liat's a good .cheme and is pretty sure to work out all right if they don't bring a third man back with them, who would surely give u s lroubk." "Werntist chance it," said the s leuth. "Now let us look for Home kind of weapon to use again s t them With the aid of the bit oI c:amlle they ransacked the dosct. In it lhey found a policeman's billy and a "life-pre server," or hart loaded implement used by crooks to knock out a victim "You'd better take the policeman'H club, young man, and don't fail to lay your man out Everything depends on the first blow. I'll answer for the chap I tackle. We'll wait till they're both in the room before we make a move. I'll take the man in advance, which will probably be Dalton Understand?" "Yes," replied Dick. "Now put out the candle so we can get our eyes accus tomed to the dark," said the detectiv While waiting Dick told his story in detail to Hawkins. He added what he had heard Dalton tell Barney about his late visit to the office where he had put Tom Sloan out of business and taken the Southern Railways Oo.'s bonds out 0 the safe. "He probably has them on his person, tJ?.en," said the detective, "so I'll be able to recover them." Altogether an hour passed away and then they heard steps mounting the stairs. "Here they are now," said Hawkins. "Come." 'l'hey glided over to the door and listened 'l'hey h1lard two men talking as they canie up, and recog nized the voices as those of DaltQn and Barney. 'l'he time for action had arrived and Dick gripped his stick firmly. A ke)' presently rattled in the lock and the door swung open, hiding the two shadowy forms that crouched against the wall. "Slrnt the dooi., Barney, while I strike a glim," said Dalton. As Barney shut the door, Hawkins sprang suddenly on the English crook and hit him with the "life-preserver The blow was well aimed and Dalton fell with a groan to the floor. Dick swung the policeman's billy and it landed on Bar ney with a resounding whack, and the man fell stunned. "We've got them," said the detective. "Strike a light." Dick relighted the piece 0 candle and surveyed the two unconscious rascl;lls. Blood was flowing from Dalton's head, but there was no sign of a wound on Barney. if that chap has a weapon," said Hawkins, pulling DaltOn's revolver from his hip pocket, and also his own gun from another pocket. Dick felt of Barney's pocket and found a derringer, which he put in his own pocket. "I've got the envelope with the bonds," said the detective, in a tone 0 satisfaction. "Now we'll bind and gag them. Make a good job of it. The two rascals were soon lying on the floor, side by side, perfectly helpless. "We'Yc done a neat piece of work, and I slw'n't forget what I owe. you, young man. You have probably saved my life, for that scounclrcl intended to serve me the way he did an old friend of mine who mysteriously a few months ago. Now, get to the police station without delay, tell the sergeant how the case stands here, and tell him he'd beller send a patrol wagon around with three or four men." "All right, sir," replied Dick. "I'll lock the door. The officers when they come here had better signal their presence by three knocks, then I'll 1."Tiow they are at hand "I'll mention that," replied Dick. "Good-by. There s no occasion for me to come back with them. I'll go to my boarding house and see i f my partner has got the1e. I


I 22 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME. he hasn't I'll have to rush d o wn t o Wall Street and look after him Drop in to-morrow and see us." 'fhus speaking Dick left the room, walked downstairs, and reached the sidewalk without incident. He made quick time to the police station on West 37th Street and reported the facts to the 'officer at the desk. Hawkins was known at this place and his object in the country understood. 'l'he captain had promised his cooperation if he needed it. That personage happened to be in his office and Dick 'vas s ent to him. As soon as the young broker had told his story the cap tain ordered six men to get ready and go in tho patrol wagon. Dick, having clone all that was expected of him, started for his boarding-house. On reaching his room he found Tbm there. "Hello, where have vou been?" asked Tom. "In trouble," replied Dick, "like your s elf." "How do you know I've been in trouble," a s ked 'l'om, in s ome surprise. "Been at tl10 "No; but I heard J em Dalton tell a pal of his how he treated you." "The dickens you did!" ejaculated Tom, much aston ished. "Where did you run across the rascal? I suppose you know that he was the Rev. Edward Torrens in dis guise?'" "Yes; I h."Ilow it. I'll tell you my story after dinner. Let's go down, as I'm mighty hungry. Ha:ven?t eaten any thing since ffieakfast." "Did y.ou l\now I was taken to the hospital?" asked Tom. "No; I didn't know that. Were you?" "I was discovered by the janitor unconscious on the floor of the office. He called an ambulance and the surgeon carried me to his hospital, where I was brought around. They had the nerve to accuse. me of trying to commit suicide." "You don't f'lfly." "I had something of a job in explaining matters to the satisfaction of the head surgeon. He believed me at last and let me go. I came straight here expecting to find you wondering what detained me." They were now at .the dining room door ,and postponed further explanations until after the evening meal. They were late and had to eat alone, as all the other boarders had finished and gone to their rooms. When they returned to their room Dick told Tom about his movements since the offit:e and how he was trapped by the disguised Dalton, drugged in the cab, and taken to the house in 41st Street, where he was locked in a small room. He then told him how Detective Hawkins had trapped Dalton in the building, but how the tables were turned on him by .the unexpected appearance of the crook's pal, Barney. He further described how he had rescued the detective and how they had both captured the two rascals, who were doubtlessly safely locked up in the station house by that time. "You had a strenuous time of it, Dick sajd Tom. "Now I'll tell you how Dalton did me up." So he told Dick of the disguised crook's visit to the office about four o'clock and what happeneo a.fte1: he asked him ('l'om) to look in the safe and see if the Southern Railways Co.'s bonds were there. "His object was to get the bonds back," sai.d Dick. ''It's a good thing that we didn't ha,ve anything of value of our own within his reach or he would have got away with it, too. He couldn't get into the inner. compartment, I feel sure, so the money we have in there wa may consider safe As for those bonds, the detective found them on Dalton's person and took charge of them. The officer has now secured the bulk of the stolen plunder, and having nabbed his man as well, his mission to this country may be con sidered a success "Thanks to us," said Tom "Yes. He admitted to me that he is under considerable obligations to us and he intends to give us full credit in his report to his superior when he sends it to England He'll have to stay in this country until extradition papers have been gotten out to enable him to take Dalton back with him. As for Barney hc'H get his right here in the courts." As lJoth boys felt rocky after theii: experiences of the day, they turned in early and were soon asleep While they slept Detective Hawkins was shaking hands with himself over the capture of the redoubtable Jem Dal ton and recovery of the stolen property CHAPTER XII. DICK BUYS NORTH UNION COPPER AND THEN REGRETS IT. When they reached their office in the morning they f01md everything as they usually left it when they went home. 'l'he janitor had closed the safe and pulled down the roll tops of the desks. Opening the safe Dick remarked that Dalton had got away with their loose change and a couple of dollar bills "He didn't make a whole lot, did he?" laughed Tom. "He must have been disappointed.'' "I guess he was If he could have got into that inner compartment he'd have found something over $1,000 By the way, I wonder how A. & 0. got on yesterday?" said Dick, suddenly quitting the safe and making for the ticker. "All right It closed at 93.'1 "Funny how I should have forgotten 311 about it till now I must think abqut selling to-day. I don't believe it'll go much higher." "And I forgot to tell you that I bought 22,000 shares of Roanoke Short Line for Mr. Pratt. Our commission at the regular rate will amount to $2, 750. Not so bad for a starter." "I should say not. You're going out again on it, aren't you?" "Yes, in a few minutes He put no limit on the amount he wanted. The 22,000 has doubtless been delivered and paid for. If Mr Pratt wanted to call us off he would have sent us word "So I should imagine," replied Dick, continuing to read one of the Wa ll Street dailies


up AGAINST A HOT GAME. 23 Fifteen minutes later Tom put on his hat and went out. He had been gone about five minutes when the door opened and the sandy haired individual who had called so many times the previous afternoon walked in. "How do you do, sir," said Dick. "Am I addressing one of the firm of Swift & Sloan?" asked the visitor. "Yes, sir; I am Mr Swift." "My name is Gentry. I belong up State." "Take a chair, Mr. Gentry." "I have come to the city to sell some copper shares that a customer of mine-I'm in the feed and grain business turned over to me in payment of a long-standing account I suppose yon buy and sell all kinds of stock?" "Yes, sir; all kinds thnt have a tangible market value. What copper stock is it?" "North Union Copper. I have 2,500 shares and I under stand it is worth $2 a share." Dick pricked up his ear orth Union Copper was the stock that Broker Gmf'ton, next door, had spoken so glowingly about, and aclvisecl him by all means to if he could find any of it. At any rate he hacl offered to take the stock off their hands at a slight advance if they didn't want to keep it themselves. Dick picked up ihe previous day's Curb mal'ket quotations and looked the stock up. It had closed at $2 "Do you want llS to sell it for you?" he asked the caller. "Couldn't you buy it of me? I'm in a hurry to leave tlie city." "I might if you will take $1.95 for it," replied Dick, after a moment's thought. "Is that the best you can do?" "Yes. It wouldn't pay me to give the market rate "All. right. I'll fake it." "I'll give you $1,000 on account and the balance in half an hour if yon come back then." "'l'hat jg i:;atisfactory," said Mr. Gentry. Dick put the Rhares in the safe, after looking them over, and handed the man $1,000. After he went away Dick put on his hat and went to the safe deposit box to get the balance of the money due o n the stock Within the hour Mr. Gentry returned and received $3,875. Dick then went up to the little bank on Nassa u Street to watch the :firm's deal in A. & C. By noon the price was up to 95 and he went to the win dow to sell when a buzz of excitement in the room attracted hi8 notice. He soon discovered that A & C had started to boom like a house afi;e, so he postponed selling It went up to par inside of fifteen minutes and kept on to 105i, where it came to a stop. As there was a profit of $2,000 in sight for the firm Dick decided to sell and not take any chance of a slump Ile put his order in and went to lunch. It was now about two o'clock and he went down to the Curb market to see how things were getting on there. He made inquiries about North U Copper whi c h was still ruling at a fraction above $2, but nobody seemed to know much about it. He learned that it had been boosted from 50 cents dur ing the week by interested parties, but its sudden rise had not created any particular enthusiasm Most of the traders he spoke to said they wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole unless they had an order from a customer to buy it. On the whole he found there was little demand for it, and the general impression seemed to be that it was bound to drop back to 50 cents, or even lower, in a day or two Not liking the outlook Dick called at the office of one of the best known Curb brokers and asked him what he thought of the stock "I don't think anything of it at all," was the reply. "Isn"t it worth $2 ?" "No; that's only a :fictitious value created by wash sales to induce the public to bite." 'Do you ]mow Broker Grafton?" "I do." "Ho advised us to buy the stock, and said it was the best thing in sight on the Curb." The broker laughed "Why, he's right in with the boomers, and helped boost the price If you take iiis word for it you'll load up on a white elephant." "He told my partner that if we bought any of it and didn't want to hold it that he would take it off our ha nds at a slight advance." "Better buy a few shares and try him. He's selling it, not buying "He told us just the opposite "You mustB't believe everything a broker tells y o u un less you know him to be a man of his word "Then I'm to infer that Mr. Grafton is not a man of his word?" "I'm not sa.ying anything against the aentleman." "Then you wouldn't advise us to buy North Union Cop per at $2 ?" "Not unless you want to get stuck." Dick left the broker's office feeling that the firm was already stuck through the purchase he had made of Mr. Gentry's 2,500 shares. "I'll take the stock around to Mr. Grafton and see i he'll keep his word If he doesn't, by George, I'll show him up," muttered Dick. "Mr: Gentry made a good thing by bringing that stock to me I wonder how he came to drop in at our place when there are so many other brokers i.n the building? Probably none of the other brokers would handle it for him at ri. figure that suited him. I'll have to do better than th i s or Tom will think I'm a bum paxt ner." He went straight to the Cotton Building, intending to get the shares out of the safe and take them into Graf ton's office. He realized more than ever that he and Tom were up against a hot game in trying to get ahead in Wall Street. "A fellow can get cleaned out down here so quick that it wi11 make his head swim," he thougltt "You've got to have your wits abou t you all the time, or you're liable to lose the clothes on your back. I was certainly a chump to b u y those North Uni on Copper shares before I had


24 UP AGALNS'r A HOT GA.ME. Jooked into their actual standing on th<' market. Next time I'll be more careful. Ilowerer, I can shake hands with myself over the A. & C. deal. We'll make $2,000 out of that clear. I wish I'd bought two or three hundred shares while I was about it, but I had no idea it would turn out such a winner." Dick was opening the door of his office when the door of Grafton's office opened and a pretty girl came ot. The young broker recognized he:i;. as Grafton's stenog rapher whose acquaintance he had accidentally made a short time since. He had sized her up as a very nice girl and intended to know her better if he could. IIc was surprised to notice that she was crying. "Good afternoon, Miss Seclgeley. What's the trouble?" lie inquired. "I've-I've been discharged," she said, putting her hand kerchief to her eyes. "DiRcharged Wbat for?" "Because-because Mr. Grafton lost some money through me." "Come inside and tell me all about it. Maybe I can get him to take you back." Dick ushered her into his office and told her to sit down. "How clid you cause Mr. Grafton to lose money?" he aRkcd her kindly. "Yesterday morning while I was taking dictation from Mr. Grafton, a customer came into the private room and Mr. Grafton began talking to him about a stock called North Union Copper." "North Union Copper!" exclaimed Dick, in a tone of interest. "Yes. As Mr. Grafton was not through with me I sat there while they were talking. This has often happened before." "Go on." "Mr. Grafton was praising up North Union Copper and was advising the gentleman to buy it. He said he 'Nas buying it himself for an investment. Finally he told the gentleman i he got hold of an)' of it and didn't want io keep it to bring it around and he would take it off his hands at a slight advance." "He said that, c1 id he?" Raid Dfok, more than ever. for I heard him, and that is whe the trouble was.'-' "How is that?" "I'm to tell you. The gentleman went away, but he returned this afternoon while I was taking some more c1 ictation. He had 1,000 shares of Nor th Union Copper which he offered to :M:r. Grafton. He Raid a man from up the State called on him yesterday and offered to sell him the 1,000 shares for $1,500 cash, as he said he needed the money right away. Aa he knew the stock was ruling at $2 he bought it, thinking he had got hold of a good thing. He discovered that he could u e the money to better advantage than keeping it locked up in the coppei stock, so he asked Mr. Grafton to take it off his hands for $1.75 a share, or whatever he was willing to pay a,bove $1.50, as he had promised to do. Mr. Grafton, however, laughed and 8aid he didn't want any more 0 the stock, and denied that he had said he would buy any 0 the stock : from him. 'rhe gentleman got angry and appealed to me as a witness of Mr. Grafton's P.tatement. Well, I had to admit that I heard Mr. Grafton say he would buy the stock. The result was that the gentleman said he would sue my employer if he didn't make good. So Mr. Grafton had to take the stock from him and pa.v him or it. 'rhen b.e told me was going to discharge me for causing him to lose money. I said I didn't see how he could lose any money by buying the stock at $1.60, which was the price he paid, when its market value was $2. He said the market price was no guide to its real value, but he took that back a moment later and went on with hi& dictation. A little while ago he called me in and told me that he didn't want me any more. He handecl me my wages and told me to go at once, and I did." (IWell, it's too bad, Miss Sedgeley: I don't think Mr. Grafton treated you just right. I'll have a talk with him and see if he'll take you back. If he won't perhaps we'll hire you. We need somebody in the office when my partner and I are both out together, as we're like1? to be as soon as business picks up. You come in to-morrow about noon and I'll let you know how things look." "Thank you, Mr. Swift. I will call to-morrow. Good by." "Good-by," said Dick, and the cloor cloi::ed on the young lady. CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUSION. Shortly after Miss Seclgeley had gone away Tom came into the office. Dick had deferred his visit to Broker Grafton in order to consult with him. "Well," said Tom, throwing his hat on top 0 his dc::;k, shoving up the roll top and seating himi:;elf, "I'Ye cleaned up about all the Roanoke Short Line in sight. I bought 18,000 shares to-day. That makes 40,000 altogether. Pretty good or two days' work, don t you think? !'Ye used llp a lot 0 shoe leather and so many broke1"R that it would make me dizzy to keep count of them. Our commission on this order will foot up $5,000. That ought to pay our expenses for a yea:r and Jcaye a balance in our favor." "You can add to that $2,000 profit that we have made out of A. & C'. I suppose you heard that it boomed up to 105 to-day." "No, I haven't kept track of it. Too bnsy with RoanokC' Short Line. So you sold out at 105, eh? We've done fine with that deal." "Yes, and I've been kicking myRelf because I didn't buy twice as much of the stock. We could ha Ye done it just as well as not." "Oh, well, you couldn't guess it would turn out so good." "That's true. I was going lo sell at 95. In fact I would have clone so only the boom began just as I Rtarted for the margin clerk's window. A difference of five min utes in thnt boom would have put us out of a thousand dollars." "It makes a fellow feel as happy as a clam at hlgh tide." "You won't feel i:;o happy when I tell you that I put my foot in it on another deal I made."


UP AGAINST A HOT GAME 25 "What did you go into that has turned out badly?" "You know Broker Grafton, our next door neighbor, was in here yesterday cracking up North Union Copper to you? "I intcnde

26 UP AGAINST A HOT GAME ''What is the matter?" asked a broker, coming forward "Why are you smashing that door?" "To let the young lady out. Grafton l ocked her into his private room to bulldoze her into signing some kind of a paper. He had no right to clo such a thing, and I guess she has it in her power to make things hot for him," rep l ied Dick. be skinned. Unless you seUle with us we'll help this youn(! lady to prosecute you, and we'll not only show up your methods in court but all through the Street. Miss Sedgeley will make a good witness against you, for she knows how you have been carrying on business." "You should have called the janitor and got him to open the door. You can be anested ancl prosecuted for malicious mischief, and you'll have 1lo pay for the damage you nave done," said the broker. "I'm ready to face the consequences, but I'll wager Graf ton will get all that is coming to him before I am done with him," said Dick "Let the man go," said another broker to Tom. Tom released the angry trader. He rushed up to Tom and shook his fist in his face. "I'll have the law on you for this," he roaTed. "All right. Now open the door and let Miss Se

FAME AND FOR'rUNE WEEKLY. 27 Fame and Weekly NEW YORK, APRIL 8! 1910. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ........ ................................ One Copy Three Months .................................. One Copy Six Months .................. .................. One Copy One Year ....................................... Po5tage Free. .05 Cents .65 Cents $1.25 $2.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registe1ed Letter; remittances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envel ope. Write 71ou1 name and address plainly. Address lette1s to SINCLA18 TOUHT, Preflldeot f Gxo, G. BABTlNOB, Trea11urer Cn.u. E. Secretary Frank Tousey, Publisher :14 Union Sq., New York GOOD STORIES. The final dimensions of the great drydock which the United States Navy is building at Pearl Harbor, in the Hawaiian Islands, show that the Government is wisely building for the future. The dock will be 1,162 feet long from the coping to the outer sill, 1,40 feet wide at the top and will have 36 feet ot water over the entrance sill at mean high-water level. There will be a sill at the middle of the dock for an intermediate caisson which will divide it into two docks, 575 feet and 532 feet long respectively. During a fire in Nampa, Idaho, a whole square was de strayed, among the buildings being a furniture store, the pro prietor of which showed his pluck by immediately commencing the erection of a new building of concrete. Having at the time a carload of iron beds on hand, he had them encased in the walls to lend strength to the building by holding the cement together, the walls being modeled round the bedsteads. The building will probably be something of a wonder to a later generation when it falls into decay. If Nature had set out with the determination to assure for the United States the premier position in the steel industry of the world, she could scarcely have done so more effectively than by spreading out around the western and southern shores of Lake Superior those huge deposits of iron ore often referred to. Not only do the ore formations cover vast areas, but in the wonderful Mesabi mines the ore lies practically at the surface of the ground, and frequently, after a few feet of over lying material have been stripped off, the cars can be run right into the mine and loaded directly by steam shovels. Further more, the Lake Superior ore is of unusual richness, much of it running over 60 per cent. iron. The principal mines are located in ranges, of which the most famous are the Menomi nee, Marquette and Gogebic ranges in Michigan and the Ver million and Mesabi ranges in Minnesota. The mines are located from twenty-five to seventy-five miles from the shores of LaM:e Superior. Eight separate railroads. carry the ore to as many shipping ports on the lake, where it is unloaded into twenty-six docks having a total storage capacity of 1,326,616 tons. JOKES AND JESTS. A good hay rake has about fifteen teeth-dependent, of course, on the age of the rake. "William is getting up a literary club." "Hickory is the only kind that will ever bring him to his senses,'' said the old man. Penitent Old Lady-I have been a great sinner more than eighty years and didn't know it. Old Colored Servant-I !mowed it all de time! "Will you excuse me, mother, if I don't go in with you? You see, father said I was to live within my means, and I don't feel as if I could afford the collection." "Are you guilty or not guilty?" asked the magistrate of the man accused of theft. "What's the use o' me sayin' 'not The Arctic mail left Edmonton the other day. About the guilty?' I said that last time an' you wouldn't believe me." end of the month it will reach its destination, Fort McPherson, on the Peel River, about forty miles from the point where the great Mackenzie River debouches into the Arctic Ocean. A sleigh piled up with mail bags also drove away from the Hud son's Bay Company's store. Its delivery will not be completed for two full months. At Lac La Eiche three dog trains are in waiting for their 2,000-mlle journey with messages from Chris tendom up into the land where the sun does not shine in win ter. Fort McPherson is served with but two tnails a year, one carried by dog trains in the winter and the other by the Hud son's Bay Company's steamer in midsummer. Copenhagen is a city of 500,000 inhabitants. During a week's stay I have seen no seller of matches or bootlaces, no gutter merchant, no blind or other affiicted persons about the streets asking for alms-not one single sign of distress due to poverty. I have explored the artisans' quarters by day and late at night. There is not a .single spot in the whole of Copenhagen that could be c9mpared even remotely to the slums in our large towns. There are no unemployed hanging about the street corners, no unkempt women standing idly at the doors, no ragged and dirty children playing in the gutter. There are no dirty houses, with dirty or broken windows, mended with bits of paper, and a ragged apron or a torn bedcloth doing duty for a curtain. Do not drain off your swamp land. Plant tadpoles and raise frogs and ship the hops to Milwaukee. Here we may say that the hop is somewhat larger than the skip, though not so large as the jump. The receiver for the defunct corporation was making his first report. "Your honor,'' he said, "I find that the distin guished gentlemen composing the corporation had received everything before I got there." "What!" exclaimed the husband. "You drew your savings from the bank, wen\ to a broker's office and bought Z., X. and Y. stock at 14, when it has been dropping like a rock?" "But, my dear," argued the wife, "it was such a bargain. Why, dur ing the short time I was in the office I saw the man mark it down to 14 from 45 She finished her piano solo with a pretty flourish, and, whirl ing around on the stool, faced the young man. She was proud of her effort, but she was a modest young woman. "You see," she said, "you see I really play very poorly, just as I told you." "Yes," he replied, "but you ate truthful, and that is more than being artistic." Question-Was the young man ever invited to call.iagain? Answer-He was not!


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEK.LY. TWO FIGHTS FOR LIFE By Kit Clyde. "You are a young country clown, sir! Out of my way, or I ll horsewhip you!" The speaker was a man in the prime of life, and he was mounted on a strong hunter in a country road near a pleasant yllJage in Devonshire, England. An uplifted whip was in his hand, an expression of anger wd annoyance was on his face, and his flashing eyes were bent on a stripling who stood before him on the highway. That "stripling" was not more than eighteen; he was clothed in humble attire, and his manner and words somewhat justified the richly-attired rider in calling him a "country young girl ran out from the wood. "Oh, William-William, for shame! To beat Capta\n Hardy, my husband." "Your husband, Annie!" gasped the youth, desisting with the whip, and turning to his sister. "Come home to mother, will you? Come, I say. or I'll lash you as--" "You mongrel cur!" yelled Captain Hardy, as he sprang from the grass aud darted at his assailant. "I'll have your life for this insult. Stand aside, Annie. By heavens! I'd kill him, i! he were my own father!" The slender "country clown" was no match for that athletic soldier, even though he held the heavy riding-whip. And that whip was soon in Captain Hardy's hand. Springing away from his powerful antagonist, the youth darted for the stone with which he had felled Captain Hardy from his horse aud the next instant the proud soldier was stretched on the lawn, with the blood flowing from his temple. "Oh gracious heavens! you have killed him now, Wllliam!" e:ried his sister. "I hope so," t)iumphed the brother. "I'm ready to hang clown," as he presented an uncouth figure, while his voice was for--" harsh and strong. The "country clown" held the bridle of the hunter, and he did not seem to mind the insulting remarks or the uplifted whip, as he demanded: "The people from the hall are coming!" cried Annie. "Oh, William, you will be killed-hanged! And think of mother! Fly-fly! There's the horse, and you can escape. "Will you go home?" demanded the brother. "Where's my sister, Captain Hardy? You must give her "I will-I will! I swear it, William." back to us!" "Away with you and me, then!" cried the youth, dragging "What do I know or care about your sister, you stupid his sister toward the hunter. fool? Hands off, or--" In a mom en t h e placed his sister on the powerful hunter, A cry of rage burst from the youth as the heavy lash deand then sprung up behind her. scended on his shoulder and arm, and the next moment the There was a fie rce hunt after the lad as he rode across the horse was tree. country; but he was riding the best animal in the nelghbor Another mocking laugh rang out from the rider, as, rais I hood and he left his pursuers behind. Ing the whip again, ile struck the angry youth across the face, Annie D e nver was weeping in her mother's arms that evesaylng: ning, anu her brothe. was a fugitive, with the hounds of the "If you ever intercept me on the highway again, I'll cut you to pieces." And then Captain Hardy rode on, leaving the victim writh Ing with pain and rage, and powerless to think or act, or call law on his track. Two days afler Wllliam Denver was taking a last look at the white cliffs af England as he stood on board of an out ward-bound vessel. out the bittter de fiance and hate that was agitating his young Captain Hardy was a raving, delirious invalid in his own heart. house, with a cut on his temple that would leave a mark there "I'll kill him!" muttered (or rather hissed) the young while he lived. clown, at length, as he started after the rider; "I'll murder him if I hang for it, and before he's an hour older. He robbed us or' Annie; he's broken poor 'mother's heart; and he lashed me as if I were one of his own hounds. Captain Hardy, I'll kill you, if I havll to follow you to the end of the earth." Seizing a heavy stone as he ran along, the vengeful youth darted through the woodland path, until he struck out on a green lawn leading up to a substantial mansion. "He'll pass near me here," muttered the "young clown," as he darted into the wood again. "I'll knock him from his horse; I'll lash him on his own lawn with his own whip; and then I'll be off to the wars. Who can tell but I'll face him as his equal one day?" On rode Captain Hardy, all unconscious of the danger await ing him, and thinking only of the fair country girl whose heart he had won. I "Egad," muttered the soldier, aloud, ,"but I'd make her my wife were it not for her clownish connections, and--" Out from wood darted the brother; up went the vengeful arm; anci then down on the green lawn rolled the gallant soldier, half-stunned by the blow. "Lash me, will you, you purse-proud villain!" yelled the clown, as he sprang forward and tore the whip from the fallen man's hand. "There, now, for you-and there-and take that! Oh, but I could murder you! "Murder-murder!" yelled a female voice, as a beautiful "General Hardy, that is a remarkable scar on your temple. One of your beauty-spots from Waterloo, I presume?" "Yes-no-that is-Oh, hang it, Malcolm, let us talk no more to-night of battles and scars. Fill up the wine, and let the toast be 'Dear Woman.' Ten years had passed away since General Hardy encoun tered Wllliam Denver on the lawn at Devonshire, and during that time great changes occurred in Europe. Captain Hardy (now a general) had served with honor in the English army; he had shared in the desperate struggle at Waterloo, and he was now enjoying himself in the gay capital of France, and on the lookout for a young and beautiful wife, in the person of a French countess of note. On the evening in question he was dining at a friend's house, and among the male guests were many who had served in the armies of Europe. Among those guests was a tall officer, be11rded and bronzed, who had won distinguished renown in the Prussian service, and who excited much curiosity, as no one could tell of the land of his birth or of his early life. The guest noticed the dark scowl that passed over General Hardy's face when Colonel Malcolm alluded to the scar on his temple; and his keen eyes were fixed on the man as they re sponded to the toast of "Dear Woman." The ladies of the entertainment had retired to an adjoining


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 apartment, leaving the gallant veterans to enjoy their wine without restriction. Colonel Malcolm, who was a Scotchman, and possessed all the tenacity of his race, was not satisfied with General Hardy's answer to the inquiry about the scar, and he soon returned to the charge, saying: "That is not a saber cut, General Hardy, if I am a judge. Fall from your horse, eh?" "You are very curious about my scar, Malcolm," was the reply. "I'll wager a thousand pounds no gentleman present can tell how I received the scar.'' I'll accept that offer," replied a stern voice, as the tall Prussian officer arose from his seat and confronted the Eng lishman. "I repeat, General Hardy," said the Prussian, as he saluted the Englishman, "that I accept the wager. I will bet one thou sand pounds that I name the place, the hour, wherein you re ceived that scar." 'Tis impossible, sir!'' cried the Englishman, in angry tones, "unless you are-" "There is my sir," interrupted the tall Prussian, "and--" "Here is my sword, sir," cried General Hardy, in a rage. "You offer insult, sir." "I accept both challenges," said the Prussian, as he laid his sword beside his purse. "But I demand that we take them in order. First, as to the scar. You received that at the hands of a beardless country clown, who horsewhipped you at the same time for stealing his sister from her humble home." "Liar! slanderer! you will die for this insult!" cried Gen era! Hardy, dashing his wine-glass at the Prussian. "Gentlemen, soldiers," cried the host, "I protest against such--" "Gentlemen, soldiers-men of honor!" cried the tall Prus sian, "I swear to you as a soldier that I assert the truth. I am the 'country clo'i\ n' who felled that scoundrel from his horse, on his own lawn, and then lashed him." 'Tis an infamous falsehood, and I claim satisfaction at once-on the instant!" said General Hardy, as he strode to the door, sword in nand. "Colonel Malcolm, you will do me the honor?" "Certainly, general," replied Malcolm. "And my friend, General Wesler, will accompany me," cried the Prussian officer, who was no other than William Denverthe "country clown "-who had entered the Prussian army years before and fought his way to great distinction. "Let none save the principals and their seconds leave the room, friends," cried the host. "This affair must be kept secret." "To the park," cried General Hardy, as he strode down the stairs. "I'll kill you, you infernal hound." "Faith, and vou'll have to keep cool, general," replied Colo nel Malcolm. "I know the Prussian, and he is a master of his weapon." "I'll kill the scoundrel!" hissed the angry man. "I'll trample him to the dust! Five minutes after, the old foes were facing each other in a secluded spot in a neighboring park; and then the clashing of rapiers rang out on the night air. The deadly struggle had not lasted two minutes, when four ladies could be perceived peeping out through the leaves of a shrubbery near by. One of these ladies was the French countess to whom Gen eral Hardy wac attached, and her companion was her maid. Clash-clash-clash! went the deadly blades, as the stal wart, skillful men put forth all thefr best points in the life and death struggle, while the seconds and the observers held their breath in suspense. Ten minutes of thrusts, feints, and parries, and General Hardy was giving way before his more active youJlg opponent. And then feeling that he must make a desperate effort for his life and honor, the English general made a fearful lunge at the "country clown." With a brilliant raove William Denver dashed the rapier from his enemy's hand, and the next instant his own blade was thrust in the doomed man's breast, as he cried: "I swore it ten years ago, and I have kept my word. Mother, sister-behold how I treat the man who lashed the country clown!" "Fool," groaned the dying man, "your sister was my wedded wife. I lied when I told her of the false marriage." "Thank God!" muttered a voice behind the bushes. "Mother, I can die happy now." And out rushed William's mothel' and sister, followed by the French countess and her maid. General Hardy was conveyed to the house, and he lived long enough to prove his assertion that Annie was his lawful wife. Six months after, General Drexel, of the Prussian army (alias Will Denver), married the beautiful French lady who had witnessed the bloody duel in the park. Three highwaymen in Chicago held up a pedestrian at the point of a pistol and found in his pockets just 46 cents. Judge Kersten sentenced the three to life imprisonment. This severe sentence is legal according to a Jaw passed two years ago, declaring that when a pistol is displayed to enforce the demand of a highwayman life imprisonment is the penalty. The taxicab is pushing the horse out of business and the wireless telegraph is crowding out the carrier pigeons. As each of the important warships of France has now wireless apparatus, there is no longer any use for the pigeons. The French Minister of Marine bas intimated that after next New Year's Day the maritime dove-cote at Rochefort will not be maintained. \ In the island of Minora, one of the Philippines, the humming-birds are pugnacious little creatures. An American hunting party had a novel Xperience with them. One of the huntsmen wandered oft from his comrades, but soon his screams were heard. Thousands of the humming-birds had attacked him and. wounded him in hundreds of spots on his face and neck. When rescued he was streaming with blood. 1 "The United States soldier is tougher and stronger-physi cally tougher-than he was before the Spanish war," said Capt. R. Thomas, of Wilmington, Del. "It is not the war which is to be thanked for it. Athletic training has done the work. It is said this country gives far more attention to the physical culture of its soldiers than does either Great Britain, France or Germany. While they require a daily setting up exercise similar to our own, these gun calisthenics and other prescribed forms of muscle stretching are supplemented in this country by athletic sports. These 'are not compulsory. They do not need to be. They have been entered into so heartily that every post of any size has its organization, which backs its track team, its football eleven or its baseball nine. This is just what the War Department wants them to do, as it has organized a bureau for the encouragement of athletics. Nearly every garrison has its committee, consising of at least one commissioned officer in addition to non-commissioned officers and privates, to arrange programs for field days, organize teams and pick out the star men of the command to represent it in the various events." i


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