Baiting the bears, or, The nerviest boy in Wall Street

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SCENTS The cashier seized Th?rne by the arms, while the bookkeeper, open the boy's hght overcoat, thrust his hand into an inner pocket and, to the surprise of both Mr. Lockwood and llr[a:rie, drew out one of the missing bonds.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY IHu e d Weekl11B11 Sub acrip tion IZ.60 p e r 11ear Entered according to A.ct o f Oonqreaa, in t h e vear 19<>6, i n the ojJf,ce o f the Libraria n of ConqreH1 Wa.h inqton, D. O., b71 F r a n k Towe71, Publia her, Z 4 Union Sq u are, NetD York. No 13 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 29, 1905. Price 5 Cents Baiting the Beatts; OR, Tt{E BOY Ifi Ul.A4ll By A SELF -MADE MAN. CHAPTE R I PHIL THO'RNE MAKES APPLICA. T ION FOR A NE'W POSITION. "Yo u're discharged!" "Sir?" "I s aid you were discharged. Do you understand?" sai d Broker Morris Rowland, sharply, to Phil Thorne, y ounge s t clerk in hi s office, as he swung around i n his c hair in his private office and glared at the boy. "Yes, s ir," replied the bright-fac e d l a d r a ther s tartled a t the abruptness of his dismi s sal. "Very well, then; you can go." "Why am I discharged?" "Because I don't want you a n y mor e "That's a pretty good reason "It' s good enough for me. You cru;i ge.t your wee k' s wages from the cashier." "Haven't I performed my dutie s prop e rly, sir ?" "I don't prop ose t o argue the matt e r with you. I want you to go.'> "I s uppose I can refer to you, if necessary, sir? C an t I?" "No, y ou c an 't!" s napped the brok e r, un g rac iously, tui:-n ing to hi s desk. "All right, sir. Good day, Mr. Rowlan d." The broker made no answer, and Phil Thorne walked out of the private room, to which he had been summoned a few minute s before, and up to the cashier 's window. "I'll take my wages for the week, Mr. Pratt, if you please," h e s aid politel y "Why, w h y-ho\.'s this?" exclaimed the cashier, in a tone of s urprise. ' To morro w i s pa y -da y "Not for me. Mr Rowland has given m e the G. B." "You don t mean to say he has really discharged you?" almos t g a s ped the cashier, for Phil was looked upon as a good, faithful cle rk, a n d was a favorite in the busine s s office. "That's what I d o mean." "Why hav e you been di s charged ? "As k me some thing easier, Mr Pratt H e wouldn t give me a reason." "That' s funny." "It might look so to you, but i t isn t to me. "Well w ell-it's rather s u d d en." "I s hould say i t w a s," a n swered the boy, as he acc epted the money, s igned the u s u a l receipt a n d put the bills i n his vest-pock e t. / "What ar e you going to do? "Look for another job."


2 BAITING THE BEARS. "In Wall Street?" Of course." "Well, I wish you luck. I'm very sorry you have to go." "Thank you, Mr. Pratt. Good-by, sir." "Good-by, Thorne." The other clerks were very much surprised when Phil "That's rough. It's mean to turn a fellow doWD. as short as that." "That's what I think," said Phil. "And I shan't forget it. One of these days Mr. Rowland may be sorry he was so stiff with me." "Well, drop into the house to-night," said Dick, "and went among them, after putting on his hat and overcoat, let me lmow if you have.caught on, will you?" 1 and said good-by. They all wanted to know the reason for his sudden dis "Sure. Good-by," and Phil passed out into the corridor, and thence to the street. missal, but the boy couldn't enlighten them on the subject. It was two o'clock, and Wall and Broad streets were full "The cashier told me you were fired, Phil," said his of life. friend, Dick Ovens, the messenger, when Thorne entered As Phil was about to cross the street, an elderly gentlethe reception-room where he was seated. man, with a chin beard and spectacles, stepped on a banana "He told you the truth. I'm bounced for fair." peel on the edge of the curb and went down heavily ()n the "Too bad," said Dick, in a tone of commiseration; "but flagging, within a yard of the boy. I was afraid you would be." Phil hastened to his assistance. "Why?" asked Phil, in surprise. "Didn't the old man tell you?" "He did-not." "And you can't guess why?" "Haven't the remotest idea." "Then I'll let in a little light on the subject," lowerin g his voice. "This morning you and I were talking about how the boss got caught yesterday in B. & 0. Reme1uber ?" "Sure." "You said it was a mean deal. That any kid would have kn?wn better than to pave bought B. & 0. at 90. That if you couldn't do better than that with your eyes shut you'd go down to the Battery and hire somebody to kick you into the bay." "Yes, I said so, and I meant it, too." "Well, Rowland heard you say it." "He did? You must be dreaming. Why, he never comes to the office till 9.30 or later "That's right. But all the same he was the first one in the place this morning. He was in his private office when we were talking out here, and he heard every worcl." "How do you know he did?" asked Phil, rather taken aback at this revelation. "How do I know? 'Cause shortly After you went to your desk he came out into the r ecepti on-room, lookin g as red as a boiled lobster, and as mad as a hornet. Gee! I nearly dropped when I saw him. I intended to tell you before, but didn t get the chance." "Well, it can't be helped now," said Phil, ruefully, for he realized where he had put his foot in it. "I'm sorry for mother's sake that I've lost my position, but I guess I can get another "I guess you won't be out long. Perhaps I can give you a tip." "I wish you would if you know of anything." "I trust you arc not hurt, sir?" he said, p o litely "I don't know," replied the gentleman, with a slight groan. "I had a bad fall. I'm afraid I've wrenched my back." "If there is anything I can do for yo\-.-" began Phil. "My office is right across the street. If you wouldn't mind assistihg me there I sha ll esteem it a favor." "Certainly, sir. Lean on me." Of course, a number of passersby a.nd several bootblacks had been attracted by the accident, but none of them did more than watch the boy help the gentleman across the street. "My name is Lockwood," said the gentleman, when they arrived on the other side. "My office is on the second floor of No. Wall." "Lawrence Lockwood!" exclaimed Phil, in some surprise "Yes. You know roe-by sight, probably, as I do not re member to have seen you before." "N,o, sir This is the first time l. ever saw you; but I was on my way to call on you." "Indeed!" answered the banker. "Then it is fortunate you came along just as you did. We'll go in here, if you please. I think I feel a little better, and able to walk alone. I am very much obliged to you, young man." They went up the elevator, then Mr. Lockwood entered a door marked "Private" on the frosted glass, and was fol lowed by Phil, whom the banker motioned to a seat. "I shouldn't car1; for an experience of this sort very often," said Mr Lawrence, as he took his seat at his elegant desk. "I might easily have broken a limb, or otherwise in jured myself severely Well, now, what can I do for you?" "Well, I heard to-day that Lawrence Lockwood, banker and broker, at No. Wall Street, wants a good clerk. Why "I'm not sure that you can do anything for me, sir," commenced Phil, "but the object of my call is employment. I heard you needed a clerk, and as I am just out of a po sition I thought if such was really the case I'd make appli cation for the situation." Mr. Lockwood looked a bit su rprised. not go over now and see him?. "I will," said Phil, with alacrity. "The trouble will be as to reference." "Won't the old roan stand for one?" "He said not." "It is true, I do require a clerk to fill a place made vacant by the death of the incumbent," said the banker, re garding the boy with critical interest. "What is your name, may I ask?" "Philip Thorne."


BAITING THE BEARS. 3 "What a r e your qualifications, and where were you last employed?" Phil at once entered into the necessary details. "I have been working for Morris Rowland," he said, after telling Mr Lockwood what he was accustomed to do and the extent of his experience in Wall Street. "I was dis charged half an hour ago," he added very frankly. "I am afraid you will think that a poor r ecommendation," he continued, with a slight smi le; "but I really don't think I was justly treiited Mr. Rowland refused me a rea son for his action, or recommendation. Afterward I learned that the presumed reason was certain indiscreet r emarks I made in the re ceptio n-room this morning, and which Mr. Row land is supposed to have onirheard I will tell you what I Said." I And Phil did so. Mr. Lockwood was impressed with the boy's candor, as well as with his intelligent and alert countenance; besides, he was r ea lly anxious to make some return for the slight obligation he was under to Phi l. "I will consider your application for the positio n and communicate with your late employer It does not follow t:flat his refusa l to r ecommend you will influence my de ms10n. If you have proved yourself a reliable and in dustriol).S clerk in his office, he cannot very well deny the fact. If you will call to-morrow morning at ten I will l e t y ou know my decision in the matter." "Thank you, s1;,'' said Phil, rising. "If you employ me, you will not regret it." "I hope not. I am bound to say I rather like yollr face. It impresses me as a thorou ghly honest one. At any rate, you have proved yourself a good Samaritan to me in my moment of ne ed, and I shall certain l y give you the benefit of any doubt." "Thank you, Mr. Lockwood. Good afternoon." "Good afternoon, Mr. Thorne." CHAPTER II. PHIL EJTERS TIIE EMPLOY 01'' LA WREN CE LOCKWOOD, BANKER AND IllWKER. "You're home eariy to-day, Phil," remarked his mother, a gentk-looking little woman of perhaps thirty eight, who had been a widow for three years "Yes, mother,'' answered her stalwart young son, as he kissed her according to his usual custom "The fact is, Mr. Rowlan d discharged me this afternoon." "Discharged you exclaimed Mrs. Thorne, blankly. "Yes, mother. Now, don't you get worried; I expect to get a better position to-morrow." "It ought to be a lesson to you, Phil, to be more careful in the future how you express your opinions." "I s'pose I was care less, mother; but I couldn't help it. Rowland lost a clear $60,000 by buying a s tock which any man in the Street who has followed the market carefully could have told him was on the verge of a collapse. Well, it did tumble, and he got it in the neck. I'm not a bit sorr y for him now. He treated me quite shabbily." "You can sit up to the table now-supper is ready." The Thornes lived in a small five-room flat in East 116th Street, Harlem A brother of Mrs. Thorne, who was a printer, not always employed, lived' with them. About seven o'clock Phil put on hi s hat and went arou nd to call on his friend, Dick Ovens, who lived with hi s parents in the next street. Dick's great fad waos dogs. He always had one or two in evidence in the flat. But he never kept the same dog long. He'd. eithe r sell it 01: swap it off for a new dog. This evening Phil found him playing with a new animal he had just brought home. "Where did you get that yaller pup?" asked Phil, with a grin. "Don't say a word,:' replied Dick, solemnly. "This clog is a wonder." "Is he? In what way?" "His intelligence is something extraordinary." "Is that so? Well let's see what he can do." "He can't do anyt h ing just now-it isn't time." "How's that?" "He was taught to say his prayer s And the follow who sold him to me says he wags his tail whenever he sees a minister anywhere near him." "Is that a fact?" l aughed Phil. "That isn't half as \ron derful as the dog I read about in the paper the oLhcr da y." / "Tell me abou t him," said Dick, lookin g up i n an interested manner. "This was a house dog. One day when he got out on. the street some boys tied a tin can to his tail. Now what do you s'pose that dog did?" "Give it up." "He just headed for the neare st milkman's and backed up against the counter. "Oh, come off, Phil Thorne!" "It's just as prob'able as that yarn about this pup." "All right-let it go at that. Did you catch on at. Lockwood's?" "I;ll know to-morrow morning. Mr. Lockwood told me to call at ten o'clock and he'd let me know." "I hope you will, my son. You know I depend almost wholly on your wages for our support. Why did Mr. Row land discharge you?" He his mother the presumed reason, as he got it from his friend, Dick Ovens. Then Phil told Dick of his littl e adventure on the street with the banker. "That settles it, Phil!" cried Dick. "That job is yours "I hope so; but I n ever hallo a till I'm 01it of the woou." "Let me give you a tip on one thing. If you go to work there, steer clear of the messenger His name is En0<:h


4 BAITING THE BEARS. Reece. He's a big, overgrown kid, and is a nephew of the who submitted excellent references, and I told him I would head bookkeeper." give him an answer this morning." "What's the matter with him?" "Then, I preslime I haven't any chance," said Phil, draw"He's stuck on himself. As sassy as if he was the junior ing a long breath, while his bright face reflected the disap. member of the :firm. I know you won' t s tand for much pointment he felt. guff, and he' s a chap that'll lay it on thick. I thought "On the contrary, I have already decided to employ you," I'd warn you, because if you should happen to have a runreplied the banker, with a friendly smile. in with him it might get you into trouble, as his uncle Phil could hardly believe his ears. will probably stand up for him." His sensations were almost like those of 11. mm under "Thanks, Dick. Scrapping doesn't pay, but I won't put sentence of death who has unexpectedly been reprieved. up with an insult." "But you said the other applicant was recommended by "I don t blame you. However, you won't be the only your bookkeeper, Mr. Reece." new one in Lockwood's." "True; but I have reasons for not caring to take that "What do you mean?" young man into my office. Are you ready to begin your "':t'he stenographer is new. She went to work Monday. duties, Thorne?" The other left to get married. I heard that Weaver, the "Yes, sir." cashier, was sweet on her, but it didn't do him any good. "Very well, then, come with me." I guess he'll be making up to the new one now." Mr. Lockwood took Phil into his counting-room and in-Phil didn t wait to see the yellow dog say his prayer s but troduced him first to Mr. Reece, as the successor of his de-went home early. I c eased e'lllploye, and then to Mr. Weaver, the cashier. He Next morning, promptly at t e n he entered the reception1 pointed out the desk Phil was to have, and explained the room at Lockwood's. general character of his present duties. A broad-shouldered, awkward-looking boy came up to "Mr. Reese will give you any information you may rehim. quire," said the banker, finally, and then left Phil to get Phil didn't require an introduction to identify thi s youth broken in. as Enoch Reece. The fact that Phil Thorne had got the position was evi"What do you want?" he asked Thorne rather rudely. d e ntly an unpleasant shock to Reece. "I wish to see Mr. Lockwood." He glared sourly at the boy, while Mr. Lockwood was "What's your business?" talking to him, and as soon as the banker returned to his ''I have an engagement with Mr. Lockwood at ten private office he went over to the cashier and had a short o clock." talk with him on the subject. Enoch Reece looked at him wit h ill-disguised c ont e mpt. W e aver was evidently hand-in-glove with Reece, for he "Well, what's your name, then?" agr eed to everything the head bookkeeper said, a.nd several "Phil Thorne." time s favored the new clerk with a supercilious stare, far "Worked at Rowland's, acros s the stre et didn t you ?"1 from friendly. with a sneer. Eno c h Reec e also came into the counting-room, stuck his "Yes." head in at the cashier's window, and had something to say, "And got fired yesterday," with an ugly g rin. too. Phil 's eyes flas hed, but he bit his lip s and made no r eply Ins ide of an hour there wasn't a clerk in the place but "Well, it i sn't any use of you lookin g for a posi s h h e r e understood that the newcomer wasn't looked on with favor 'cause the place i s spoken for-see?" by the head bookkeeper anQ. the cashier. Tho s e words were like a dash of ice wat e1 o n Phil' s bright Phil, bus y with his new duties, was quite unconscious anticipation&. of the s ituation. But he w.asn't going to let Enoch Reece hav e th e s ati s Before the day was over he the acquaintance of faction of knowing that the intelligence hurt him. the rest of the employes, including Marie Minturn, the He merely said, quietly: pretty little stenographer. "I wis h you' d take my name into Mr. Lockwood." Outside of Reece and Weaver the rest of the force seemed Enoch wheeled about and entered the private office. to be favorably impressed with the new clerk, and their In a moment he returned and, jerking his thumb toward manner toward him showed it. the inner sanctum said: Once during the afternoon P;hil got the cha.nee to ex" You can g o in." amine the tape at the indicator. Phil immediately walked in. It happened he was intere s ted in P. & Q. stock, as he "Good morning Mr. Thorne," said the banlrnr, pleashad bought ten s hares of it three days before, at 40, on a antly. "Sit down." ten per c ent. margin. "Good morning, sir," answered Phil, politely. The price had gone up several points since then, and it "Since I saw you, yesterday," began Mr. Lawrence, "my made him feel good. head bookkeeper, Mr. Reece, spoke to me about a friend of It was the third small deal he had made within the monthi hi'I whom he wished me to employ I saw the youn g man, He had realized about $50 on the other two, and mos t


BAITING THE BEARS 5 of that little fund he had put up on margin to carry the present speculation On the success of this venture largely depended any fu ture plunges on the market. CHAPTER III. PHIL DOES MORHIS ROWLAND A GOOD T U RN. It didn't take Phil long to get the run of hi s new duties in Mr. Lockwood's office. Toward the close of the second week the banker called him into his private office and complimented him on the progress he had made. "I have examined your work myself and am thoroughly well pleased with it. It. is my intention to put you in charge of our Stock Exchange work as soon as I find you have become familiar with the Exchange methods." As a matter of course, Phil was delighted to know that his employer was so well pleased with his work. He had been a trifle n ervous because of the coldness and unfriendly attitude of the head bookkeeper and his friend, the cashier, but J.10W he didn't care a rap for their opinion, one way or the other. His P & Q. stock had now reached 85, and he concluded to close out the deal, and with his additional capital lay low for another chance ;it the market. Accordingly, when he went to lunch that day he drop ped in at the broker who did the trading for him and ordered the stock sold. Next morning he received a statement and a check for nearly $290, which looked like a lot of money to him at this stage of his career. He cashed the check and added it to the $10 he already ha d at the savings bank. "I'm doing pretty well,'' he mused, "for a beginner with no capital to speak about. One of these days I hope to become a big trader and make thousands where I now win dollars." A week later Phil noticed a sma ll item in a financial journa l about a certain railroad which had success ively passed two dividends and had consequent ly run down and was selling way below its normal price. The article mentioned its improved prospects and the probability that it would win its l ega l fight against the decision of the local authorities of one of the counties thro11gh which it had been trying to lay its tracks to make connection with a big trunk line. The writer thought the stock of this road, which was called the Central Ohio was well worth investing iri at its present low figure, as it was certain to ri'se sooner or l ater Phil thought so, too, after he had done a quiet investigating, and wished he had a good wad to put into it. But as he had only $300, he drew that out of the bank and invested it in 100 shares of Central Ohio, at 30. also ind uced Dick Ovens to buy ten shares. "You'll find it will be a winner, old chap, if you'll only hold on to it, and not sell out at the first rise," he said to his chum "But $30 represents my whole capital," replied Dick, "and I don't like to tie it up for an indefinite time, when perhaps I can do better by keeping it on the move at some thing else." "Yes, and lose it, most likely," laughed Phil. "Take my advice and stick to Central Ohio for awhile. I shall, at any rate." H All right. I'll hold on till I see something I like bet ter. How are you getting on at Lockwood's?" "Fine as silk." "That's good. I'll bet Rowland is sorry he bounced you." "What makes you think so?" 'Cause he's had no end of trouble with the rooster he hired to fill your shoes. The fellow is thicker than Jersey mud." "Well, I've got no further use for Rowland," said Phil, with a snap of bis eye. "He treated me without gloves, and he deserves to s uff e r for it." W'hen Phil was going to lunch that day he almo st ran into the al'ms of Morris Rowland, who was coming out of the Exchange. "Can't you see where you're walking?" snarled the brok er, giving the boy a shove, which sent him against a vender of imitation images. The Italian was thrown off his balance, and the boar


BAITING THE BEARS. '1 Phil naturally was much gratified by this upward ten dency of the stock. He had only a hundred shares, it is true, but every point the stock rose meant a hundred dollars' profit for him. The shares were already at 40 when he confided the knowledge of his investment to Marie Minturn, the stenog rapher, with whom he had struck up quite a pleasant liLtlc friendship. He liked the girl very much . She was quiet and ladylike in her deportment, though Phil found her vivacious -0nough' after office hours when, as it happened on several occasions, she permitted him to escort her to the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge and put her aboard one of the trolley cars bound for the borough of churches. The girl was putting on her hat and jacket preparatory to leaving the office for the day, when he told her about his deal in Central Ohio "And you have actually invested $300 in that l:itocii: ?" she said, opening her eyes very wide at what she thought was a terribly venturesome thing for a boy of his age to engage in. "Why, that isn't much. If I had $10,000 in the bank at this moment I'd put every dollar of it into C. 0." "Dear me, l'm afraid you're dreadfully reckless. Sup pose you should be wiped out? Just think of it! That would mean your whole $300 gone Can you afford it?' ''Well, I made nearly every cent of it in the market, and for that reason I suppose I can afford to risk it again I hope to clear at least $2,000 this time." "Do you really?" "I do. I am at this moment $1,000 to the good." "I'm awfully glad to hear that. I only hope you'll come out all right in the end." "Thank you, Miss Marie I know you mean that, and I appreciate it. There are some people in this office who hate to see me get along." "You mean--" and then she stopped with commenda ble prudence. All the same Phil knew she understood to whom he referred. I Just then Weaver came out of the wash-room and paused near them "May I have the pleasure of seeing you as far as the bridge cars, 1fo:s l\1inturn ?" he said with a smirk. "Thank you, Mr. Weaver," she said quietly, "but it isn't necessary." The cashier didn't like her refusal, but put the best face on the matter he could, and pretended not to see that his attentions were not agreeable to her. He made a few unimportant remarks and then left the office. Soon after Phil and Miss Minturn also left and walked up to Nassau Street, into which they turned and continued on till they reached Park Row and the Brooklyn Bridge entrance, where they parted, Phil mounting to the elevated a:nd taking an express for One Hundred and Six teenth Street. Central Ohio continued to advance day by day under sharp trading on the Exchange until it reached 50 ; then certain big inside traders, who had managed to get i::i.old of the larger part of the stock, began to boost it by every means at their command. f.s a result, in three days more C. 0. jumped up in bounds to 65. Uarie had been following the quotations ever since l:'hil told her he was interested in the stock. "When are you going to sell?" she asked him that day when he came over to her desk with a statement he wanted typewritten "I haven't decided," he answered. "Dear me, if it was me I'd be so nervous I couldn't do a hit of work. How much are you ahead now?" ".About $3,500." "And you only invested $300 ?" '"I'hat's all. The stock bas gone up 35 points since I bought it. Just think if I'd been able to put up $3,000 ?" "The big brokers make a lot of money on these rises, dqn't they?" "The interested ones do. And they lose proportionately whenever they get caught on a decline." "How much higher do you think C. 0. is going?" "It is Impossible for me to say But two years ago be fore the road got into trouble it sold pretty steadily aro-.rnfl. 80, and now that its affairs are looking up again I uon't sec why it shouldn't touch that figure once more, or even go higher." "Then you have been studying the fluctuations of the stock some time back?" "Sure. I did:'t go into this speculation altogether blind folded. While it is true there is a large element of luck in these Wall Street deals, the speculator who keeps well in formed, and uses good judgment, is the one most likely to come out ahead." "I have no doubt but you are right. Still, I should ad vise you to be very cautious. You haven't the opportunity to follow the market as closely as those who make a regular business of it." "That's right, too, Miss Marie," admitted Phil. "I don't think I will take the risk of waiting for 0 0. to go much higher-at least not to 80." But while Phil was busy with his employer's affairs that afternoon, there was a scene of great excitement going on at the ]).,'{change. Brokers tumbled over each other in attempts to buy C 0.," which seemed to be scarcer than ever, and the stock jumped with every sale, until the last transaction for the day registered 81. Phil learned of this when Marie stopped at his desk about 3 :30, and with her face beaming with animation told him what she had just seen on the ticker. The boy could hardly crcuit the news, and thought the girl must have made a mistake in reading off the quota tions. He found it was true, when, half an hour later, he got a chance to look at the indicator himself


r ..... .. .f.," 8 BAITING THE BEARS. Was he excited? after they had arrived at the office, "but I've just tumbled vrcll, how would you feel, reader, if you were in the to the fact that whenever the old man has a confidential game and had discovered that you were $5,000 in errand on hand he sends for Thorne to execute it instead of I on investment of $300? having Enoch to attend to it.'? "I wish I could sell out this minute/' he murmured to "I haven't noticed. Seems to have taken quite a shine hirn.elf. to the boy," sneered Weaver, who was now thoroughly un.But he couldn't, for the Exchange had closed for that friendly to Phil because the lad was on such a cordial foot1foy. ing with the pretty new typewriter, while he, one of the Now for the first tiie since he went into the deal he most important employes, could not obtain a foQting in nervous-so nervous, in fact, that his hand shook when her good graces. ne essayed to continue his w ork. "We'll have to try and manage somehow to get him disWhat if something should occur before ten o'clock the charged," said the bookkeeper. "My friend Dexter ought next morning to stampede Central Ohio? l to have got the job here. I backed up his application." Where would his big profits be if the bottom fell out o. "You're not losing your pull, are you?" laughed Weaver. the stock as soon as the Exchange opened once more? "Oh, I guess not," answered Reece with a frown. "It He could talk of nothing else but 0. 0. on the way to must be Thorne has an influential friend who knows the the bridge that afternoon with Marie. old man. Otherwise, I see how, after being fired out When the express carried him up Third Avenue the of Rowland's, he could connect here. is mighty clickety clack of the rails sounded to his disturbed fancy particular who he employs." like 81-81, 81-81. "Well, he got on all right, and he seems to be making When he tried to read his paper the first thing he saw good headway in the boss's good books. We must, as you was that 81 people had been killed and injured in a mine say, put o.ur heads together and see if we can't create a disaster in Cornwall, England. vacancy at his desk." Descending the stairway at the One Hundred and Six"We'll have to be cautious about it, for it wouldn't do teenth Street station a sign .in the corner window where for the old man to get a hint of any underhanded work in the business was being closed out at cost read: "This ele-the office. I understand him well enough to know that he gant rocker reduced .to 81 cents.'' wouldn't stand for it." Later on when his mother sent him to the grocery for "I suppose you haven't thought of any plan as yet, have some things she wanted he was astonished to find that the you?" bill amounted to just 81 cents. "Nothing which promises success.'' "Gee! Am I going crazy, or what?'' he muttered. Then for the first time since he lived in the neighborhood Just then Enoch sauntered up. "Say, Uncle Ralph, lend me a quarter, will you?" he noticed the number of the store, and, combining tha "What for?" figures mechanically, he saw they made 81. Eighty-one figured all through his dreams that niglit, and when he started downtown next morning he opened his paper in fear and trembling lest the first thing he might see would be some unfortunate announcement about Central Ohio. But all this anxious suspense amounted to nothing in the end. Central Ohio opened that morning on the Exchange at 81 1-8, and half an hour before business had commenced on the floor Phil had gone to the office telephone, connected with his broker, and ordered his stock sold at once. It was done, being one of the earliest transactions of the morning. Some broker snapped up those 100 shares greedily, and the next day Phil had $5,375 to put into the bank. CHAP'l'ER V. 'Cause I'm strapped.'' "What do you do with your money?" asked his uncle, taking a piece of silver from his pocket and tendCTing it to him. "I've been working the races this week and it didn't pan out.'' "Didn't I tell you to keep out of pool-rooms?" "Why all the fellows I go with patronize them, and make a hit every once in a while.'' "When did you make a hit?" asked Reece severely. Enoch couldn't remember. "Lookhere, Enoch, how do you and Thorne get on now?" "What's the use asking me that? You know we don't get on at all. I hate him." "What's he done to you?" "He hasn't done anything in particular." "Well, you don't like him.'' "No, I don't, and you know it." "I don't fancy him either, Enoch." PHIL HAS A NA.ltROW ESCAPE. "I know you don't. He got the 'posish' you expected to work Dexter into. It's a wonder you couldn't manage to "I don't know whether you've it or not, get him fired." 'r ea ver," said Reece to his friend the cashier one morning "It isn't so easy to do that, because he's got on the right


BAITING THE BEARS. 9 side of Lockwood. If you and some of your friends could only manage to do him up one of these days I would make it worth your while." "Would you?" asked Enoch eagerly. "How much are you williitg to stand?" "Ten dollars." "Make it twenty, and I'll see what I can do." "I'll make it twenty if you show results." The buzz of Mr. Lockwood 's bell cut short further talk between the uncle and nephew, and Enoch walked off to answer the summons. During the week a boom was started in G. W. & 0. shares. Phil accidentally discovered that Mr. Lockwood was buying the stoc k After looking into the past record of the railroad, Phil concluded to take a chance at it, and instructed his broker to buy 800 s hare s at 81. He went and drew $4,800 and deposited it as a margin. "If this should turn out unlucky,'' he mused, I have st ill $500 to fall back on." Within a day or two he found out that a strong syndi cate was at the back of the movement. He concluded not to say anything to Marie about this new deal, as.he didn't think she would approve of it, and he didn't want to enter into an argument with her. "I feel it in my bones that I'll make a good haul out of thi s if I don't hold on too long. 'rhe great trouble i s to know ju s t when to sell. As long as the stock is going up a fellow hate!! to draw out, and while he 's thinking about it maybe a screw works loose with the people who are bull ing the market, then the bears get their innings, and, presto the prices come tumbling down a.bout your ears." When he wet to lunch next day G. W. & 0. was up to 83 on the ticker. "That looks encouraging,'' he murmured as he walked down to the door, where he found his friend, Dick Ovens, waiting for him. / As they started to walk up to Broad Street a heavy sub stance done up in a bit of brown wrapping paper landed on the sidewalk at Phil's feet. Both paper and contents were shattered by the collision, and the boys saw that the missile was a brick. They looked up, but they couldn't tell whence it had come. "Gee!" exclaimed Dick. "If that had hit either of us on the head our name would have been Dennis Looks kind of suspicious, it, to see a brick done up like that? They don't use such things for paper weights in Wall Street offices." I At tha,t moment a bootblack ran over to them from the other curb. "Soy! A black-headed feller t'row ed dat out 'r the second-story winder. I him look out, and den drop it onto youse. Wanted to knock youse out ,' I guess." "Are you quite sure of that?" asked Phil, a flush oi m dignation rising to his face. "Didn't I tell youse I seen hl.m do it?" "Will you come upstairs with me and point him out? ;' "Sure, boss, ef youse want me to." "Come along, Dick. This is a serious matter I'll bet it's a trick of Enoch Reece's to do me up. The rascal hate s me." "You ought to have him arrested if you can bring it home to him," sai d Ovens, following his friend up the s ingle flight which led to the floor on which were situated Mr. Lockwood 's offices overlooking Wall Street Opening the door of the reception-room, Phil, Dick and the bootblack entered, but there wasn't any sign of Enoch, although it was his duty to be there. Phil looked into the counting-room, and saw Enoch talk ing to his uncle. "Come here," said Thorne to the bootblack. "Is that the person who dropped the brick?" "Dat's him, fur a fact." With an air of' resolution .Phil walked owr to the head bookkeeper's desk. What did you drop that brick on me for ju s t now? h e Enoch. "What are you talking about?" snorted the messenger. "You heard what I said, and I want an answer, or 1'11 go to the police station and swear out a warrant against you for cr iminal assault." "What's the matter with you, Thorne?"' asked Reece, taking a hand in the matter on behalf of hi s nephew who had turned pale at Phil's threat. "Matter enough, I s hould think," retorted Phil angrily. "Your nephew doesn't like me, and now he shows it by let ting a brick done up in a sheet of paper down on lll.\' head." f'Who says he did," inquired the bookkeeper threaten ingly. "I say so," replied Phil stoutly. "Did you see him do it?" "No; but I've got a witness out in the reception-room now who did see him." "That's all rot. Enoch has been in here from the moment you went out to your lunch; so you see he couldn't have thrown the missile you are talking about." "And you mean to tell me, Mr. Reece, that of your own certain knowledge your nephew hasn't been near one of the reception-room windows since I went out?" "That's what I mean." "All right,'' answered Phil, after looking the man in the eye. "I'm bound to take your word for it, as you are sup posed to be a gentleman." "Supposed to be a gentleman, you puppy!" cried Reece, boiling over at last. "Do you dare that I am not a gentleman?'' "I insinuate nothing, Mr Reece," replied Phil coldly. "You ought to know whether or not you a r e a ge n t l eman." "Why, confound your insolence-" "I don't see any occasion for you to get excited, sir," interrupted Phil. "But I want Enoch to understand that


10 BAITING THE BEARS. if I catch him up to any nasty tricks aimed at myself I'll make him suffer for it." The boy turned on his heel and went out, taking Dick and the bootblack with him. "Did you put it up to him, Phil?" asked Dick. "That's what I did, and I'm satisfied he's guilty 0 the deed; but his uncle took his part and asserted that he wasn't near the windows at all." "He did, eh ?" "Yes. I haven't the least doubt but they are bo'th capable of swearing to a lie in court if Enoch was made to face the so I guess their testimony would weigh more than the word of a mere bootblack." i'' It would be two against one at any rate, and tho case would be dismissed without you had another witness to corroborate the shiner." Phil was satisfied that Dick's view was the correct one, so he thanked the bootblack, gave him a dime to pay him for his trouble, and then he and his chum went along to lunch. / CHAPTER VI. THE PANIC ON THE EXCHANGE. ''What was the trouble between you and Mr. Reece to day?" asked Marie, when they left the office together that afternoon as usual. "I didn't intend to say anything about it," said Phil; "but since you ask me I'll tell you what the trouble was about. Enoch dropped a brick, done up in a covering of wrapping paper, toward my head to-day when I went out to lunch \ "What!" almost screamed the girl. "You can't mean that." "I do. A little bootblack across the street saw him do it." Then Phil told her the whole story. "Why, what a spiteful little wretch he is." "Little! Big, you mean. He weighs more than I do, but I could whip him without half trying." "Did you say anything to Mr. Lockwood it?" Phil shook his head. "That isn't the I do business. I'd like to get a chance at Enoch to take satisfaction out of his hide. If there is anything I hate it is underhanded business. Only a cow:nd resorts to it." Marie fully coincided with Phil on that point. "He could. be put in prison for doing such a thing as that," she said "You might have been killed." "Or severely injmed. 'l'he rascal is aiming to do me up, that's plain to me. You heard me when I was putting it straight up to him. His uncle, however, interfered, and we had a few words. Mr. Reece maintained that Enoch hadn't been near the reception-room windows at all, so I had to let it go at that, though, of course, I know he was lying in order to screen Enoch." "It's too bad the way those people treat you Mr Lockwood ought to know," said Marie, with some show o f indignation. "He wont' learn it from me. I've warned Eno c h to keep his hands off. If he doesn't know enough to d o so, he'll regret it. I can stand a good deal one way or another to keep out of a mix-up, but when it comes to having a brick dropped on my head, that's the limit "I should think it was." "I think I've found out at l east one reason why Weaver is sore on me "What is it?" she asked with some curiosity "He's jealous because I go to t h e bridge cars with you so qften "Indeed she said, with a little toss of her shape l y head. "Do you know while you were at lunch he came up to my and began to talk with me; or rather he did all the talking, for I had very little to say to him I fan't bea r the man Now what d o y o u think he had the cheek to propose?" "What?" "Asked me if I wouldn't g o t o t h e theater with him some night this week. I was so astonished I could hardly find words to tell h im that my mother wouldn't permit such a thing." "He must have been great l y disappoin tetl.," said Phil with a grin "I can't understand how he could expect me to accept such m1 invitation." / "Maybe he thought you couldn't resist the chance "He won't have that excuse in the future." "I've heard that Mr. Weaver thinks himself the whole thing with the ladies." "He has found out that there are exceptions. I only hope he will stay away from me except when he has business matters to communicate." After the brickbat incident Phil kept a wary eye out for Enoch's movements, but young Reece, with his habitual slyness, made no outward sign of further hostilities All the same he was biding ]\is time, In a few days G. W. & 0 stock touched 70 and matters began to grow lively around the corner where that road was dealt in on the floor of the Exchange. With $7,000 in prospective profits Phil began to feel as if he was wasting his time as a clerk in a banking and brokerage office at a moderate Still he was prudent and cautious enough to realize that his new profits were only paper ones unless he sold out at once, and that he was loath to do while the boom was in full swing "G. W. & 0 has touched 85 and even 92 on previous occasions," he mused. "I don't see but it i s j ust as likely to fly this time as not." So he held on to his stock and watched the indicato r when he could. Next day the stock reached 74, the day after '1'7, and when the Exchange closed Saturday noon it was at 79, or 18 points beyond where he had purchased i t


BAITING THE BEARS. 11 Dick Ovens, who had cleared a little stake on Central Ohio, at Phil's earnest solicita tion, had also bought as many shares of G. W. & 0. as be conld afford as soon as Phil gave him the tip. "I've got 150 shares and I'm going to sell out to-morrow at 79,'' said Dick, as the two boys were taking a Snnday afternoon walk up in the Bronx. "Twenty-five hundr ed dollars profit is good enough for me. How much lon ger are you going to hold on, Phil?" "I think the stock will go to 90 all right,'' answered Thorne. "Do you? I wouldn't take that chance short of a house and lot,'' said Ovens. "I've been in a funk all week lest the market sho uld break and I wotild be one of the victims." "It's a wonder you didn't sell out then," replied Phil with a grin. "I don't know why I didn't. It must have been because I knew you were hanging on, and I was a bit ashamed to let go in a hurry." "Thought I'd give you a roasting, eh?" "I didn't want you to have a poor opinion of my nerve," admitted Dick. ''Well, I don't blame you for selling-$2,500 is a nice little stake." "You can bet it is. When I get my check I'll be a capi talist to the tune of $3,500 or so." "At the present moment I stand to win about $14,000,'' said Phil. "Gee whiz You ought to sell and make sure of it." "No; I want to clear $20,000 if I can. I may not have such a chance soon again." "You're taking an awful risk, Phil. You've more nerve than I have, I might as well admit it. I'd hate to see you get it in the neck at the last moment. By the way, I'll tell you a secret-Rowland is up to his neck in this deal. I'm sure he's one of the clique that is booming the stock. Ile stands to win or lose a small fortune." "I won't wish him any hard luck; but I shouldn't lose any sleep if I heard he got it where he got it with B. & 0. the time he fired me for simply expressing my private opinion of the deal." '"You mean in the neck?" "I don't mean anywhere else." Monday morning came and Dick Ovens got out from under as sopn as he could get his selling order to his broker. He cleared more than he expected, as G. W. & 0. opened at 80. On Tuesday noon, when the stock was up to 84, he showed Phil his check for $3,590, his profit being $2,660. "Rockefeller, with all his wealth, doesn't feel half the satisfaction that I do with my little boodle," cried Dick with a cheerful grin "I guess you're right," replied Phil. "I'm now undecided as to whether I'll sell at 85 or not." "But it hasn't reached 85 yet." "It lacks only one point of it." "One point is a whole lot "Sure it is; but not the way things are going with G. w. & 0." "Well, I wish you luck,'' said Dick as they parted. "Thanks, old chappie." Phil had computed his winnings to date on paper at a trifle over but he was eager to make it an even $20,000. \. It is this fatal grasping after just a few more dollars \ . which has wrecked so many fortunes in Wall Street. At that moment all the boy had to do to make sure of the eighteen thousand was to call up his broker on the office 'phone and order him to sell his stock. But he didn't do it, and the result was he got the shock of his life. At two o'clock one of the clerks who had been out to a late lunch came back. "Say, Thorne, there's the deuce to pay on the Exchange." "What do you mean?" asked Phil, a sudden lump coming up in his throat. "Why I believe G. W. & 0., which has been raising the dickens among the brokers this last week or so, has gone to smash. Why, what's the matter? You're as white as a sheet all at pnce. You're not interested in any deal, are you?" curiously "Never mind. Tell me the particulars,'' gasped Phil, clutching at his desk. "Somebody dumped two big blocks of the stock onto the syndicate, and I guess they couldn't handle it: It's what I've been expecting right along." "Then there's a panic on the floor." "I'm not sure, but it's my opinion there is. "All right," said the boy, pulling him self together with a gTeat effort He got up and deliberately walked out to where the ticker stood, rattling away like a race horse on the final stretch. There were several excited customers around the tape, and Phil saw he couldn't get a sight without disturbing them. "Well, never mind," he muttered. "The shock is over. I'll be game to the end There was nobody in the telephone booth, so he walked in and called up his broker's office. "I want Mr. Brown." "He's at the Exchange." "How's G. W. & 0 ?" "Pretty rocky." ''Has the bottom fallen out of it?" "I think not. But it may at any nio!)l-ent." "Sell me out at once, will you?" "All right, Mr. Thorne. I'll telephone instructions to Mr. Brown on the iloor." "Thank you. Good-by." As Phil came out of the booth Mr. Lockwood came out of his office and took the boy's place. 'ren minutes later was a panic for fair on the flool' of the Exchange. Mr. Lockwood had 'phoned orders to his acting broker


12 BAITING 'l'HE BEARS. to dump three lots of 5,000 shares each of G. W. & 0. on to the market. The syndicate took the first under pressure. The second lot staggered them, but they managed to accept. But the third lot they couldn't handle, and G. W. & 0. went by the board. The news was on the street two ininutes after, and in every editorial room of the daily press. The slaughter of the lambs was something fearful. While many experienced operators struggled and gnashed their teeth as they fought to escape from the crash. In the midst of it all, pandemonium reigned supreme on the floor of the Stock Exchange. Where wa.s Phil's profits in this awful catastrophe? CHAPTER VII. IN WHIOH PHIL HEARS GOOD NEWS. Phil went home that afternoon like one in a dream. He didn't wait for Marie, and that was a bad sign. The girl noticed his preoccupied manner just before he put on his hat and coat, and when he passed her without a word or look she was certain something unusual was on the tapis, and it worried her not a little. "Something has happened to him sure," she said to her self. "Something quite out of the ordinary. He didn't even say good-by to me_." When she passed three of the clerks on her way out she heard one say something about the panic on the floor of Lhe Exchange that afternoon. "I heard Reece say that the boss unloaded 15,000 of G. W. & 0. on to th13 syndicate at half-past and that they couldn't take in the last block," the speaker was say ing. "Consequently the bears j"qmped on the road like a pack of jackals and the shares tu{nbled at once. 'rhere must be a whole_ lot of people in the soup to-nighL" "I wonder," thought Marie, "if Phil Thorne was inter ested in that stock. He didn't say anything to me about going into another deal. Well, I mean to ask him about it to-morrow." Of course, Dick Ovens knew all about the smash in G. W. '& 0. He rushed across to Lockwood's to meet Phil as soon as he could get away from the office, but he missed his friend by a minute. "I'in afraid he's got caught in general ruin," breathed Dick, with a feeling of sympathy for Phil. "He said he didn't intend to $ell till the price reached 85, and the stock never got above 84 3-8. It tumbled to 82 when the first attempt was made to break the price. For a mo ment it looked as if the end had come, but the clique came to time, gobbled the two big of stock which had boon fired on the m,arket, and the price reacted to 84 in less than three minutes; but when those 5,000 lots were dumped on to 'em it was all up Salt river." After supper Dick rushed over to Phil's house, but found his chum had just gone out, and Mrs. Thorne didn't know where he had gone. The truth was, Phil expected Dick would be after him to learn how things stood, and he didn't have the he:;irt to talk about the matter. He had no idea to what extent he hadrbeen affected by the crash. The papers informed him that the G. W. & 0. had not actually gone under until ten or fifteen minutes after he had sent in his order to sell his stock, but be couldn't tell whether Brown had disposed of it or not before the drop. There was just the possibility that h!'l had, in which case he was all ro the good ; but until he heard froin his broker he couldn't tell for sure. Such a reflection seemed too good to be true. So he went to the theater to see the performance, in the hope that it would distract his mind from the unpleasant subject. Most persons woulg have sat down and worried them selves sick over the situation; but Phil has a stronger nerve than that. After the first shock had passed over, he began to feel like himself again, though the reflection that he probably had lost anywhere from $10,000 to $23,000 was bound to recur to him again and again. "What was the matter with you last night, Mr. Thorne?" asked Marie of Phil as soon as she saw him the next morning. The boy looked at her a monient before he replied: "I intended to give you a surprise. I've been interested in G. W. & 0. these three weeks past. I had an opportunity to sell out at 84 yesterday, when I should have cleared $18,000." "You don't mean it! Why, how much did you buy?" "Eight hundred shares." / "It must have taken all of your money to get that much even on the usual margin." "It did-all but $500. Well, I'm afraid I held on a moment too long in my effort to clear $20,000. The mar ket \Vent to pieces half an hour before the Exchange closed." "Oh, Mr. Thorne, I'm so, so sorry for you." And her eyes and manner showed it. "Thank you for your sympathy, Miss Marie, I appreciate it very1much; but I have just the ghost of a show left." "Have you?" said, her eyes suddenly kindling with pleasure. "Yes, though I dare not build much hope upon it. Ten minutes before the crash I telephoned my broker to sell. If the order reached him from his office in. time the coun try is safe," he said with a slight smile. "I hope and pray that it did," she said earnestly, as she took her place at her Remington. "You are very good to say Miss Marie," replied Phil


THE BEARS. 13 with some feeling in his voice. "I know 1 have one r eal friend at l e a s t in the office." I hav e alwa ys b ee n y our fri e nu, M.r. Thorne s he s aid, not lookin g up. I a m sure y ou; and I hop e the opportunity may presen t 'itself some da y for m e to prov e that I am also your true friend. A little b e for e t e n Phil went to the phon e nnd called up hi s brok e r. "Mr. Brown i s engaged What did you wis h to know? c ame b a ck the an s wer. I want to .find out if Mr. Brown s old my G. W. & 0 s to c k afternoon, and \\'hat figure." "I'll let you know in a moment. Hold the wire. Phil waited with the receiver to his ear for several anxous moment s before a sharp "Hello!" reached him. "Well," he said. "Your 800 shares were sold at 84 just before the stock tumbled. Allow me to congratulate you. Check and state ment will be forwarded as soon as settlement has been made. Good-by Phil s car c ely heard the :final words of the message. At any rate they made no impression on his mind. All he knew was he had wO'n out. He was a clear $18,000 winner on the deal, which had almost been a Waterloo. The reaction had been almost as much of a shock to his nerves as the first tidings of reverse. He walked back to his desk like a new boy. Scribbling some words on a slip of paper, he asked Wil lie, the office boy, to take it over to Mis s Minturn. She read, tore it into small bits and dropped the particles into her waste-basket. "I'm awful glad," she said to herseH,as she went on with her work. As Phil opened the door of the reception-room on his way to lunch that day, he ran full tilt against Morris Rowland, who was entering with a rush at the same moment. "Get out of my way, confound you!" roared the broker, who seemed to be under a strain of intense excitement. He brushed Phil aside like a feather, and the boy went down on the floor in a most undignified way, while Row land, paying no attention to Enoch, who had come forward to ask his business there dashed open the door of Mr. Lockwood's private office, and entered, closing the door with a bang. Phil got up and walked over to where a whisk broom hung against the wall near the indicator, and began to brush himself off. m e, s o ifs a s ati s fa c tion to know that he get s it in the neck once i n a whil e." A s Phi l hung up th e bru s h he h e ard Rowland say in a v o ice hoarse with 1 o u v e g ot to ma k e g ood m y loss right here, Lockwood, o r I'll bl o w your brain s out in l e s s than two s econds I'm a des perate man, ancl 1 don t care a cent for the c on s equences, do you undersLand ?" I "There's something doing in there for fair," muttered the boy, thinking rapidly, "ancl I gues s it's my duty to take a hand in it. He threw open the private office door, to the amazement of Enoch, who would have interfered had he been near enough, and rushed into the room. Morris Rowland, his eyes blazing with a murderous de termination, was bending over Mr. Lockwood's desk, while he held a cocked revolver within two inches of the banker's head. CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH PHIL RECEIVES .A TESTIMONIAL OF THE BANKER S GRA.'rITUDE. A realization of his imminent peril had turned Mr. Lock wood's face to ashen giay, and his eyes were fastened help lessly on Rowland's menacing countenance The affair was altogether too desperate for Phil to stand upon the least ceremony. He sprang forward and dashed up Rowland's arm. The shock caused his :finger to twitch upon the trigger and the revolver went off with a report which startled every body in the office, a s well as persons who happened to be in the corridor at the time. Phil swung one arm around under Rowland's chin, pulled his head back and grasping the revolver with the other hand wrenched it away. Then he released the broker, but held him back under the muzzle of his own gun. It was all done ih i moment, and the reaction caused the banker to fall back half fainting in his chair. "Send for an officer," said Phil, as Weaver ran into the room, clo s ely followed by Reece, while Enoch stood in the doorway, staring for all he was worth. "What for?" gasped out the cashier in some bewilder ment. "Broker Rowland here has just made an attempt on Mr. Lockwood's life." He couldn't help hearing Rowland's voice inside raised tO "Impossible!" exclaimed Reece, who wa s on friendly a high, menacing pitch. terms with the accused broker. "I wonder what's struck him now?" thought Phil. "All right," replied Phil sharply. "Ask Mr. Lockwood." Then he recollected that Dick had told 'him his boss was The banker was trying to pull himself together. deeply involved in G W. & 0. "A glass of water somebody," he asked in trembling "'By George!" he muttered, "I'll bet he's been hit good tones. and hard. Well, he hasn't got my sympathy. It never does "Get some water, Enoch," ordered Weaver, hastening to a man 3.llY good to insult an employe. He rubbed it into -the support of his employe r.


14 BAI'l'ING THE BEARS. "Put down that weapon, Thorne,'' cried Reece authori tatively. Phil refused to obey this mandate, as he didn't think it altogether prudent from the glare in Rowland's eyes. "D'on't let that man escape;' said the banker, after sip ping some of the water Enoch brought "I won't," answered Phil, and Reece had not11ing more to say on the subject. "Send for a policeman," ordered Mr. Lockwood, regard ing Rowland with a shudder Reece, much against his will, was compelled to pass the order on to Enoch, who at once departed on the errand. All the clerks in the office were now crowding around the open doorway of the private office, and they were rein forced by persons from without who had been attracted by the report of the revolver. Nobody could guess what the trouble was, but it seemed to be serious Phil's attitude with the pistol, of course, drew a.11 eyes on Rowland, and showed that he was the cause of the rumpus. "Well," snarled the broker at last, "I suppose it's the Tombs for me But the end isn't yet I'll remember you for this, Thorne. I'm a good hater, as you will find to your cost.'' "The less you say here the better it will be for you, Mr. Rowland," replied 'the boy significantly "You made a big mistake drawing a gun on Mr Lockwood." The broker fl.ashed a look of bitter enmity at Phil and said no more The banker got on his feet and walked nervously up and down his room two or three times "I wish you'd try and clear the room, Mr. Reece," he said at last, nodding at the doorway "Go back to your desks," the bookkeeper shouted to his fellow employes in an unpleasant voice. They reluctantly withdrew through the gathering mob behind. "Gentlemen, you will oblige me by standing hack," he said to the other spectators. Then he closed the private-room door. Enoch found a policeman near the corner of Pearl Street and brought him up ''What's the trouble?" he asked, as he forced his way into the private office. "I give this man in charge," said the banker. "What's the complaint?" "Assault with intent to kill." "That's a serious charge, sir. You'll have to come to the station "My clerk here," nodding at Phil, "will make the com plaint, as he was present and saved my life." "Ven well," replied the officer. "I will go with you," said Rowland. "You will oblige me by getting a cab at my expense.'' Phil made a brief statement, while Rowland refused to say anything except to make a that his lawyer be sent for. He was then taken downstairs and locked up, while Phil went to his delayed lunch. "B'gee !" he said to himself, "Rowland has got himself in a hole this time and no mistake. He's liable to go up the river." When Phil returned to the office he found that Mr. Lockwood was so unstrung by the affair that he had to be taken home in a carriage. Next day, soon after the banker came down to his office, he sent for Phil and thanked him for his prompt action of the day previous. "I am sure you saved my life," he said with much feel ing. "I really believe Howland wa s wound up to such a pitch that he would just as soon have shot me as not if I refused to make good the loss he sustained by the break in G. W. & 0, He held me responsible for starting the panic on the floor because my broker threw three lots of 5,000 shares each of the stock on the market in quick succession "I worked two years for Morris Rowland," answered Phil, "and I never knew him to be over particular as to how or when he sold out on the Exchange.'; "He is one of a class of brokers who maintain the right to do as. they like everybody else, but are the first to squeal when they are pinched by their own methods. I have no use for such a man. It isn't my fault that he was behind G. W. & 0., nor that he held on until he was caught by the crash. Evidently he has been badly cleaned out, and he thought he would try and bulldose !Ile into helping him to s quare his losses. Now, Thorne, you had better get your hat.and coat, as we have to be at the Tombs this morning." Phil and hi& employer got into a waiting cab and were driven to the city court building in Centei: Street. When the case was called, Morris Rowland was brought across the "Bridge of Sighs," as it is called, from the prison annex. He was represented by eminent counsel. Lawrence Lockwood testified in a clear and concise man ner, and his evidence was in no manner shaken by cross examination. Phil was equally cool and positive when called to the witness chair. The magistrate seemed to be satisfied that the banker had had a very narrow escape, and he held the prisoner in high bail for the action of the Grand Jury, which was subse quently furnished by friends of the accused man, a.nd Rowland was allowed to go that afternoon. On their way back from the Tombs Mr. Lockwood or dered the cabbie to drive down Broadway. He stopped the vehicle at Benedict Brothers, jewelers, got out and purchased an elegant watch and chain. The policeman agreed, and a cab was telephoned for. Rowland, the officer and Phil entered the vehicle when it arrived, and drove to the Old Slip station, where the boy made the charge against the broker He ordered it to be suitably and three days later, when it was delivered at his office, he called Phil into his priva.te office and presented it to him as a slight testi monial of his gratitude for the signal service the boy had rendered him.


BAITING THE BEARS. 15 The entire incident was rather disquieting to Reece and Weaver, and in a somewha t l esser degree to Enoch, as they perceived that Phil had established a strong hold for him self upon the good graces of the banker, and that they had t heir work cut out if they expee;ted to get him out of the office now "That boy seems to be wa ll owing in luck," remarked W eaver to the bookkeeper a few days after the episode just d escribed "It seems so, hang him snarled Reece, jabbing his pen v i cious l y into his inkstand "There isn't any use depend ing oh half measures now. W e1vc got to bring a serious c harge against him somehow i.f we hope to clo him up, other wise we may just as well keep our hands off. He's got the i nside track with the boss. We've got to bring things to a crisis in such a way that the ol

16 BAITING THE BEARS. The s tock was selling at 52, and Phil propo sed to purNe x t day Mr. Lockwood took Phil to the United States chased 4 000 shares on the usual margin. Saf e D eposit Company with him. It wa: quite a nervy thing :&or a boy to do, but then I'hi l H e took a number of bond s out or his box in the vaults, had the courage of his c o nvictions.' and after making a memorandum of them brought them out Having dec ided to go into the speculation, he drew the into the r e ception-room where he had left Phil, and hand necessar y moni:iy n e xt morning and visit e d his brok e r ing the package to him, told him to give it to Mr. Reece at In the talk of the street, Phil went long of 4,000 shares the office. of A B. & O. at 52, on a borrowed margin of ten per cent. Phil st a rted for Wall Street, while the banker went off That i s to say, he paid Brown, his broker, $20,800 for sto c k to attend a m e etin g of dir e ctor s of a company in which h e whose par value was $ 4 00,000, and whos e market value was w a s largely intere s ted :financially. $ 2 08,000,, t hu s attaining a c redit of $192,000.* "Mr. Reece, I was directed by Mr. Lockwood to hand you When the boy showe d Marfo the memorandum of hi s t hi s package of bond s ," said Phil on his return to the pur c ha s e s he fairly gasped. office. "Wh y Phil Thorne, have y ou really los t your sens e s "How do you know .the package contains bonds?" asked s he cried. Th e idea of pu t t i n g all y our mone y into s to c k s the bookkeeper sharply. again s o soon after the narrow s have you had the other "Mr. Lockwood said so." day "All ri g ht,' s aid Reece, turning itway and laying the I h a v e n t put it all in I 've g ot ne arly $3,000 left." p a cka g e on hi s desk. ju s t t hink of the ri s k you ar e taking! Nearl y A bout three o clock the banker returned and entered hi s $ 2 1,000. Why, i t's a small f o rtun e in itself." private room. "A s I have made it all out of a $ 2 0 note-my firs t inHalf an hour aft e r he rang for Enoch, and asked him to vestment-I think I am ju s tified in keeping i t moving. bring him the bond s from Mr Reece. "You certainly hav e been a very lucky boy; but," and s h e Mr. Lockwood had a vis itor at the time, and when Enoch shook her inde x finge r warningly, some people pre s ume on hand e d him the bond s he laid them down the desk until he their good fortune ,. g ot ready to attend to them. "Do they? laughed Phil. In fifteen minute s h e sent Eno c h for Phil. "Ye s Look a t thqse experienced broker s who w e re A s the boy came into the re c eption -room the banker and c a ught in the fall of G. W. & 0. Whe n s u c h people are hi s caller came out of the private offic e occa s ionally nipped, what chance hav e you, c omparatively "I'll be with you in a moment Thorne ," Mr. Lockwood inexperienced in th e business, to e scape without having s aid, and th e n h e accompanied his vis itor out into the wing s clipped? corridor, while Phil enter e d his sanctum. That' s right, too; s till I think I have a good thing on At that moment Reece came out of the counting-room hand now." with a package of paper s and ent e red the private office. "That's the way with all you s peculator s Don't forg e t He went over to Mr. Lockwood' s des k and was in the that a pitcher may go to the well ninety-nine times in act of leaving them there when he noticed the bonds. safety, but the hundredth time it might get broken." Phil was looking out of the window at a push-cart vender, "Oh, this is only my fifth plunge. I've got lots of who was being hus tled along Wall Street by a policeman, chances yet, haven t I?" and cons equently had h i s back to the bookkeeper. "I don't know about that. I feel awfully provoked with He had not even heard him enter the room. you." A sudden idea entered Reece's head. "Why should you?" He glanced stealthily around, and per9eiving that he was "Because from this out I shall feel just too nervous for unobserved he grabbed up the package of bonds, did not anything over the fate of your $20,800. shall be watchleave the papers he had brought with him, and slipped out ing A. B. & 0. every day now. Every time it drops a point of the room. or two I shall have an attack of stage fright." "Enoch, I want to see you," he said as he glided across "Why should you, Miss Marie?" the reception-room and disappeared into the counting"Oh, because---'' room. "Because,'' laughed Phil, "that's only a girl's reason. His nephew followed him to his desk. What else?" "Do you want to get square with Thorne and earn ten "That' s reason enough," she replied with a slight blush, dollars at the same time?" said Reece to Enoch in a low as she adJusted her hat before the glass. to "And every time it goes up a point or two, what then?" ne. grinned the boy. "Oh, want to know too much, Mr. Thorne," she an swered saucily. *As the par values of stocks vary, for simplicty's sake, all deals described in thes e s tories are based on the market v a lue of the stocks involved. "Do I? Well, just try me." The bookkeeper by this time had opened the package of bonds, and taking the topmost one, handed it to Enoch. "Put that into the inside pocket of Thorne's overcoa t without any one seeing you-quick?" "I twig,'' the young rascal, seizing the bond and


BAITING THE BEARS. 17 then walking toward the rear of the room where the clothes closet was situated. Doing up the package again, the bookkeeper pushed it under the big safe behind liim. Present ly Enoch returned and paused beside his desk. "It's planted all right," he said, with an eager look at his uncle. "Do you think you've got him dead to rights?" "I hope so," answered Reece, in a purring tone. "So do I. Give me the tenner you promised me." Reece peeled a bill off a roll he drew from his pocket and banded it to bis graceless nephew. "Now, don t spend it all at once." "Ob, rats!" replied the ungainly youth, rudely, as he walked back to his post in the reception-room. As he took his seat Mr. Lockwood re-entered his office. "Thorne," he said, "I have an important letter I wish you to deliver at the Mills building. You must see tl1e gen tleman to whom it is addressed and give it to him person ally. You will bring back a reply." "Yes, sir," replied Phil, hastily leaving the room. He put on his light overcoat and hat and left the office without 1 a word, passing Mr. Reece on his way across the reception-room to the private office. The bookkeeper watched him go with a curious smile. Reece handed the package of papers to the banker which he had previously visited the room to deliver and then taken back with him. Leaving the room he went over to his nephew, and had a short but earnest conversation with him. Enoch nodded his head eagerly several times, and when his uncle left him he held another bill in his fingers, the receipt of which gave him great delight. CHAPTER X. TN WHICH REECE SPRINGS HIS TRAP. After the bookkeeper left his office Mr. Lockwood recol lected the package of bonds Enoch had brought to him, and he reached out his hand to pick them up. But they weren't in the spot he remembered to have placed them, and thinking he had unconsciously moved them while engaged engaged with his visitor he looked over his desk carefully. The bonds, however, were nowhere to be seen Then he rang for Enoch. "You brought a package to me from Mr. Reece a little while ago, didn't you?" he inquired of the sallow-faced youth as soon as he appeared. "Yes, sir," replied Enoch glibly. "Did you notice where I put it?" "You laid it on your desk, sir. Isn't it there?" "No." "I saw Thorne handling the package while you were out of the room, sir." The banker was somewhat astonished at this si;atement. "You are quite sure you saw the package in his hands?" "Yes, sir," and Enoch told this barefaced lie without the quiver of an eyelid. Mr. Lockwood was still more astonished. There was no call for Phil to handle the package at all. "This is very strange," thought the banker, pursing his lips in some perplexity. He had the utmost confidence in his new clerk, and did not for a moment suspect him of taking the bonds. Had the idea occurred to him it would have seemed ridiculous. "How came you to see him handling the package?" asked the banker sharp ly. "I noticed the door was ajar, and looked in to see if you had come back." "From where?" 1 "From outside in the corridor, sir, where you went with your caller." "Very well, you may go.'' Enoch turned, let a bit of paper fl.utter to the floqr, where it lay face up on the carpet, and turned to depart. After taking a step or two he suddenly stopped, made a dive at the paper and, picking it up, laid it on the bank er's desk "This was on the floor, sir;" he said, and instantly lef t the room. Mr. Lockwood looked at the paper and was fairly amazed at what he saw. !It was the memorandum of Phil's latest stock deal which had slipped out of hi s pocket and Enoch had found. It recorded the fact that Phil 'rhorne had deposited the sum of $20,800 as security for the purchase of 4,000 shares of A. B. & 1 C. R. R. stock at 52, and was signed by the margin clerk of Oliver Brown, stock broker, Broad Street. The banker stared at the memorandum for several mo ments as if he could not believe the evidence of his senses. "Twenty thousand eight hundred dollars!" he exclaimed at last. "Why, where could Thorne get such a sum of money? When he came here a few months ago he told me that he was supporting himself and his mother on his sala ry as a clerk. And now it appears he has invested twenty thou sand odd in the stock market. It must be that he is a proxy for somebody else. I don't believe the boy would deliberately lie to me. I must ask him about it as soon as he returns. And now what has become of those bonds, that's the question." He gave his desk another overhauling, looked on the floor, and even in the pocket of his office jacket, but the result was the same as before. The package of bonds was not to be found. "This is the most singular thing that ever happened to me," mused the banker, as he pondered upon the stance. Then he rang for Enoch again. "Tell Mr. Reece I wish to see him." Enoch hastened to deliver the message to his uncle. "We_re you in my office while I was out in the corridor?"


18 BAITI.r G TUE BEARS. asked the banker of his head bookkeeper, when that indi vid u a l appe ar ed. "No, s,ir,'' answered Reece. "I crune to the door, but seeing you were out I went back again." "You didn't notice any one near my desk, did yQu?" '"I'horne was standing alongside of it, sir Seemed to be fumbling wit h the package of bonds I sent you in a few moments previous." "You are certai n of that, Mr. Reece?" asked Mr. Lock-wood, seri o usly "Yes, si r. Anything wrong, sir?" "'rhe b onds seem to be missing "Where did you l eave them, sir?" "Right here o n my d esk before I stepped out into the corridor with Mr. Whi t e," and the banker laid his hand on the spot "There wasn t any one in hero but Thorne. Bnt to make 1mre of that you had better ask Enoch He was in the reception room a ll the time and would have seen any one goia" So Enoc h was quest i oned once more, and positively decla r e d that n o one b u t Phil had been in the private room dur in g M r Lockwood's brief absence. "I'm s ur e I d on't know what to think," said the banker, u neasi l y "By the way, Mr Reece, did Thorne ever men tion the fa c t to y o u that he was dealing in stocks on margin? "No sir, thoug h I h ad some idea that he was." What gave you that impression?" "He was always looking at the indicator when he could find s ome excuse to leave his desk. "How l o n g h a v e you noticed that?" "Ever siee h e came here sir "Hum!" "I thou ght of mention i ng my suspicions to you, sir, as I kno w you d iscourage such investments on the part of your em p loyes, but I d idn't \Vant to injure Thorne in your good opinion." Mr Reece t r ied to look as if butte r wouldn't melt in his mouth a s h e uttered that apparently friendly statement. "I s houl d v e r y much like to know what became of that pack age," sai d the b anker, ret u rning agai n to the subject of the b o nd s "Do you suspect T horne of taking the m sir?" asked the bookkeep er almost eagerly. "I imagi ne he ought t o be the l ast one in the office t o come u n d er s u c h a s u s p ici o n," repli e d Mr. Lockwood, looki n g jus t a bit worri e d "Well, E1ir, as both Enoch and myself saw hi m handling the p ackage, I must say--" Reece pause d to allow h i s w ord s to have the proper effect. "We ll sir, g o o n." tt r was goi n g to a dd that under t h e circumstances, it look s bad f or t h e boy If y o u will remember, he was discha rged from M orri s Rowl and's employ without reference." "How do you know that?" asked the banker, sharply. n o secr e t s ir. Such t h ings are bound to crop out. I have friends at R o wland s w h o told me al l abou t it." I "I can't believe Thorne took those bonds off my desk," Mr. Lockwood. "Somebody must have take n t hem i f they are missing," said Reece. That was a self-evident fact "\Ye ll I'll let the matter rest till T horne returns from the errand I sent him on. Please send Miss Minturn to me. "Very well sir,'' and with a wicked little smile Reece passed out of the pri vatc room After delivering the message to Marie, Reece went to Weaver's desk and engaged in earnest conversation with him. Whatever it was he said it evidently pleased the cashier huge l y He rubbed h i s hands and grinned almost continuously. While they were thus engaged, Thorne can:e in Reece saw him at o nce and, followed by Weaver, he rushed into tho reception room and headed him off from the private office. "Look here, Thorne, what did you do with those bonds you took off of Mr. Lockwo od's desk?" the Bookkeeper said, rough l y "I don't know what you a r e talking about," replied Phil, in great surprise. "Don't you?') answered Reece, with a sneer. "You mean you don't want to kn o w Is that it?" "No, it isn't," answered Phil, indignantly "I took no bonds from Mr ; Lockwood's desk. Why should I?" "Very innocent, aren't you?" with a sardonic chuckle "Well, I say you did." "What do you mean?" exclaimed P hil, angi-ily, just as Marie, followed by the banker came out into the 1 room. "I mean that it was you who to o k the missing package of bonds from :Ur. Lockwood's desk. Marie uttered an exclamation of indignant remonstrance, while the banker said nothing but awaited developments, believing Phil would be able to clear himself "That is false exclaimed the boy, sturdily I am no thief "Say you so!" replied Reece, with a sneer. "Then of course, you can have no obj ection to be searched These words seemed to be a signa l to Weaver 'l'he cashier immediately SE!i:!ed Thorne by t h e arms, while the bookkeeper, pulling open the boy's light overcoat, thrust his hand into an inner pocket and, to the surprise of both Mr. Lockwood and Marie, drew out one of the missing bonds. "There!" cried Reece, triumphantly, "what have you got to say to that? The goods have been found on you n CHAPTER X I. IN WHICH PHIL GlVEti llEECE THE LIE DIRECT. Phil Thorne was simply clumfounded when Reece pro duced the bond from his overcoat pocket.


BAITING THE BEARS. 19 He c oul d n t utte r a w ord even in his o w n d e f e nse but gazed h e lplessl y at t h e docum ent whi c h the crafty book keeper was offerin g to t he bank e r "Is t h a t o n e of t he missi n g b ond s sir?" It was an Erie Railroad bond, par value $1,000, mark e t value about $1, 031. "Yes," r e plied Mr Lockwood in a voice which trembled with e motion, "that i s one of the bond s tha t was in the packag e I took from the safe depo sit vault s and sen t t o you by Thorne." "'I'hen, p e r haps T h orn e c an explain how it happ e ned to b e in h is p o cket A n d h e may als o be able to thro w some l ig h t on the m yste r y whi c h e nv e lop s t he rest of the securitie:>," s aid Reece, ruea nin g l y I t h ink you h ad b et t e r come in m y office, Thorne," s aid the b ank er in a ton e th a t was t i n ge d w ith a s had e of s adness. His c onfidence in the b o y had rec e i v ed a s evere sho ck, but if Phil was reall y guilty he did not wish to humili a te him b efore h is fellow-cl e rks. Ma ri e felt like c ry in g Not for a moment did s he the boy was guilty of the the f t of the bond s openl y cliarged again s t him b y the bookkeeper whom she did n o t lik e nor trust even a littl e bit. w oman 's ins tinct whisper e d to her that this was a p l ot h a t c h ed by Phil's en e mies to wreck hi s yoiin g career Sh e w ould have d e nounced Reece and his ass o c iate Wea ver, ri ght there if s he had had the s lightes t ground on whi ch to base h e r words. The mere fact that she knew that the b o okkeeper and the c ashier di s liked P hil was no e vidence that they had plotted against him \ The banker turned to e nter h is private office, but P hil h ung back. I beg you w ill liste n to what I have to say, right here in the reception room, sii:/' said Phil, in a hu sky voice. "I have been publicly charged with the theft of the bon d :found u pon me by Mr R eece, as w e ll as other securities of whi c h I have n ot the slightest knowledge, and I wish to make m y defense as public as has been the accu s ation "Very well, if you in s ist on havin g it that way," said Mr. Lockw ood. I:f you can exp l ain the thing away i t will give me g r eat pleas ure to hear you do so. " I d on't say t h a t I ca n expl ain it away, si r but I d o say that I never took the bond in que s tion :from your desk, or a n ywhere else, n o r have I the least idea ho w it c ame to be in my o vercoat poc ket." P erhaps it got i n there by itself, sneere d Reece. "No it did n t get the r e .by i tself,'' r eplied P hil, r ega rd ing the bookkeep e r with a searching look, which m a d e tha t individual feel a trifle uneasy Somebody put that bond in my pocke t for the purpose of having it found there. That person evidently stole the package o f securities, and con ceived the cowardly p l an o f casting s u spici o n o n me f or the entire theft." "A pretty s to ry, indeed," sniffed Reece, c on temptu o usl y "It's a true s tory, all the same. P erhaps you will explafo to M r. Lockwood how you happened to guess that the recove r e d b ond w a s c on c ealed in t h at particular pocket of m y overcoat." F o r a momen t Reece was a bit s tagg e red, but h e q tiickly r ecovered his self-possession. "I h a d no t the l east id e a that it was in any partic ular poc k e t. I s imply thou g h t y ou might h a v e one or more of t h e bond s a b out you, a nd with that i dea I began to sear c h you. I h a pp e n e d t o s trike th e ri ght p o c k e t the first tim e ." Y ou didn't follo w up your idea to see i f I had an y mor e o:f the missin g securi t ies. T hai looks as if you have foun d all y o u expecte d to find on me. " S u c h talk i s all non sense, a nd w ill no t hoodwink :iUr. Lockwood one mom ent. You h ad better confe s s at once, r eturn the r est of the b o nds, and perh aps Mr. Lockwood, in c onsid e r ation of the fa c t t hat you lately saved his lif e may overlook your t ransgression." Mr Lockwood, from the little you do know of me, do you b e lieve I s tol e th a t bond a s well a s the other s in volved?" Phil a ske d the bank e r '"I c erta inl y don't wish to believ e you guilty o f tak i ng t h e m but from the e v id e n c e which ha s bee n place d befor e me, you w e r e the only p e r son in my office durin g the few mom ents I was out of it." "I do not d e n y tha t fact, sir,'' an s wered Phil s toutly : "You wer e a l s o seen by two p e r s on s in the act o f handl i n g the package of missing securities w hich I l ef t on my desk." "Who t o ld you that?" demanded P h il a s trong su s picion forming in hi s mind "Mr. Reece saw you and so did Eno ch." "They told you that th e y saw the package of s ecurities in my hand while y ou were out of the office?" "Yes interrupt e d R eece, "I did see you sta ndin g besid e Mr. Lockwood s desk with the package in you r hand s s o al s o did Enoch and we bot h told the fac t to Mr. Lo ck wood when he s aid the pac k age was lni,c;sing. "The n I say you del iberate l y lied to M r. Lockwood!" cried Phil hotly, steppin g toward the b ookkeep e r as if h e m eant to strik e him, "and. that your nephew li ed, too. I was standing by th e window the whole time I was in t he p r ivate office until Mr Lockwood returned and called me to hi s desk to give me the l e tter to deli ver a t the Mill s Building I haven't the l east doubt now but you are th e thief y ourself. F o r an i nstant Reece's eyes b l azed and a furiou s repl y was on his l ips, bu t he rrestrained hi mself with a great e f fo rt, and then l a u ghe d malic ious ly. "It won' t do, Thorne. There are tw o w i t nesse s r e ady to swear that you were n ot at the w i ndow al l the time you were in the room. You saw Thorne at M r Lockwood' s desk, didn't you, Enoc h?" "Yes, I saw him t h ere, s u re thing, and he h a d a package in hi s hand, l ooking at it." "Mr Lockwood," cried Phil excited ly, "I charge your bookkeeper and his nephew with utteri n g t he b ases t un truth. I swear I was never near your des k whil e you were out of Y our office; al so, that I never saw t h e package o f bon d s in q u est i o n. M r Reece has ne v e r l ike d me :from the


;;l0 BAITING THE BEAR8. first day I came into this office, 1neither has Enoch, nor, for ('Leaving the question of theft a8i de entirely, did you that matter, has .Mr. Weaver, your cashier. 'rhis is simply or did, you not handle that package while standing beside a plot to get me out-to make room for a man named. Dexmy desk auring my f:l;i?rt absence from this room, as as ter, a frien of :Jir. Heece's. I call it an infamous schen:e. serted by both l\fr. Reece and Enoch?" lt was an eaRy matter .for somebody, perhaps Enoch, to go "No, sir, I did not. l repeat that I was not near your to the clothc::i-closet and put that one bond in my desk during the whole time you were out, but watching a l tell yon, sir, this thing is an outrage-a consp!racy street incident from yom window." and if I live long m10ugh, 1 will bring the guilt home to "What was the incident?" who put the job np on me." "A push-cart man was being hustled out of the street by Tlwrc wns the ring of truth as well as of indignant rethe officer on post." rnon s trnncc in. Phil's tones, and the banker :felt impressed l\fr. Lockwood made a note of the :fact in his mind. by it, in f.pitc of the evidence which ReemNl to brand the boy "Are you not on good.terms with "f

BAITING THE BEARS. 21 my desk himself, or induced his nephew to do it, for the "My bank account now amounted to o v er $23,000." the purpose of ruining'Thorne in my estimation, not to speak boy went on. "Yesterday I ,p:ut up $20,800 of that sum on of bla s ting his whole career if the affair became public? I 4,0GO s hare s of A. B. & C., on which I al s o expect to make can scarcely believe that. Yet Thorne's story has the ima good profit as soon as the shares appreciate in value." press of truth. I think I never was so puzzled in my life "Upon my word, Thorne, you are something of a plunger before. In justice to the innocent, and because I must re-in your way," said the banker, hardly knowing whelher cover those bonds, I think it will be advisable to send for a he ought to admire or condemn the nerve of his young em detective and put the whole thing into his hands. Yes, that ploye. "Have you made it your business to study the maris what I will do." ket and Wall Stroot methods?" Then Mr. Lockwood turned to the boy again. "Yes, sir." "We will drop the subject of the missing bonds for the "You seem very confident that A. B. & C. i s goin g lo pre s ent. You may take consolation from the fact that rise in price. May I ask on what ground you base your nothing has really been establitihed against you, and in opinion?" criminal proceedings the presumption always is that a man "Yes, sir. Perhaps you will see something in it for y o uris innocent until he bas been proved guilty; therefore, I self." wish you to I give you the benefit of Whereupon Phil repeated the substance of the con\lersa doubt. I hope and believe when we get to the bottom of this tion he had overheard between two old brokers in the re matter that you will come out with flying colors." "Thank you, Mr. Lockwod," replied Phil, gratefully. You are welcome, Thorne. I should feel very bad, indeed, if I found that the confidence I have reposed in you was misplaced." "If you will go thoroughly into the case, sir, you will find that I have not YC?U" "That is my present opinion. Now, Thorne, I wish to speak with you about an entirely different matter." "Yes, sir," answered the boy, wondering what was coming. "I understand that you have speculated in the stock market since you into my employ. Is that a faet ?" "Yes, sir." "Do you not know that most employers, particularly in the financial district, discourage investments of that nature on the part of their employes ?" "I cannot deny that, sir." "Will you kindly tell me the exact nature of your deals in the market while you have been with me?" "Certainly, sir. It is right that you should know, since you make the request. My first deal was in Central Ohio. The stock had been selling way below its normal value for some time, as the company had passed two semi-annual dividends. I saw an item in a financial paper which gave me the idea that the road would be likely to recover something of its former prestige. Naturally the stock would boom. I invested about all the money I had, $300, in 100 shares on a ten per cent. margin. The stock did go up, as you will, perhaps, remember, and I sold out at a profit of $5,000." "You were quite fortunate," said the banker, regarding his clerk with a fresh interest. "A short time afterward," continued Phil, "l heard that a combination had been formed to boom G. W. '.& 0., and I invested the bulk of the $5,000 I had made in Central Ohio in that stock. I was lucky enough to sell out ten minutes before the crash, and on my 800 shares I realized a profit of $18,200." Mr. Lockwood was too much astonished at this revelation to open his mouth. ception-room of the American Trust Co. The banker looked interested and asked the boy to de scribe the gentlemen. Phil did so to the best of his recollection. Mr. Lockwood nodded as if he recognized the persons. "It is my opinion you did well in buying that stock. The two gentlemen in question are large stockholders in the road, and both are on the board of directors. Quite accidentally ypu have acquired a valuable tip. I think so well of it in fact that I am going to give you my check for $5,000 on the strength of your confidential disclosure." "I am willing you should have it for nothing, sir," re plied Phil, eagerly. "Your good opinion is of more value to me than twice $5,000." "I believe you, Thorne, and am now more than ever satisfied that you are not guilty of taking that package of bonds. All the same, I cannot accept that tip for nothing. I will pay you $5,000 for it. I hope you have not told anybody about A. B. & C." "I told Miss Minturn that I had bought the stock, and showed her the memorandum I received from Mr. Brown, who does my trading." "You meanthis?" asked the banker, with a smile, pro ducing the paper handed to him by Enoch. "Why, how you to get that, sir?" asked Phil, in surprise. "I was not aware that I had lost it." "Enoch handed it to me while you were out. I think he picked it off the carpet in front of my desk. At least he appeared to do so. You must have dropped it." "I evidently did. Thank you, sir," said Phil, as he took it. "And now, Thorne, I hope that after your present deal is concluded, and with reasonably good jp.dgment it should be successful, that you will let the market alone hereafter. Success such as has come to you has a tendency to make one reckless, and sooner or later results in disast e r. You ought not to have invested more than half of your valu able capital in any one of your ventures, as the :fluctuations of the market are uncertain, and everything is chance in Wall Street. A stock doesn't have to decline very much to


22 BAITI NG THE BE. ARS wipe o u t a margin, and the fir s t thing you know a s udd e n s lump in t h e stock in which you have invest e d will wipe o u t t he whole of your former winnings." "Yes, sir. I understand that. " I will r esume this subject at some futur e time, probably. It is now h alf-past four o clock, so I think you had 1 better go home i n stead of ret u rning to your des k Resume your duties morning as if nothing had happened, a n d leave the bond matte r in my hands for clearing up." Very well, sir. Phil l eft by the p r ivate door opening on the corridor, whi le t h e banker cal l e d u p by telephone a prominent d e tective age ncy, and requested that a detective be sent around lo his office at once. CHAPTER XIII. I N WHICH ENOCH p urs HIS FOOT IN IT. In the m eantime Reece and Weaver he l d a pow-wow ove r the s ituation. They wer e not quite certain to what e x t ent the y could c ongratu l ate themselves upon the suc cess of their plot a gainst" P hi l T horne. They J mew that Mr. Lockwood was predi sposed in the b oy's favo r if from noth i ng else but gratitude for Phil' s in t e r ference With Rowland's murd e rou s atta c k and they feared that the l ad's square d e nial of guilt would have its effect on banke r. / H e may bri n g a detective into the case s aid the cash ier "and have you and Enoch put through the third deg ree. If you r nephew shou l d weaken und e r fire, the thre e of u s m ig h t fin d ourselves in a bad hol e Wh a t have you done with th e r est of the bonds?" can t see how any detective can break us down. It will be up to Thorn e to corroborate his own s tatement. I fail to sec how he can do it without a witness." "One of the bonds having bee n found in his possessionj and with two credible witne sses reacly to swear that he was handling the package of securities alongside of the old man's desk, I think we have him dead to r ights," said Weaver "I think it probable that Lockwood will let him g o but will not pro s e c ute him i see that he didn't return to his desk after his interview with the boss. That is en couraging on the whole. "I hope so, replied the bookkeeper, as he put on his hat and coat, preparatory to going home. At that mom ent Marie passed both the men on her way out, and she didn't notice either even by so m u ch as a glance She had always disliked Reece, and, especially, Weaver, but nbw she felt an utter contempt for the two men, as she held them respon s ible for the trouble which had fall e n upon Phil that afternoon She had grown to think a great dea l of the b r ight, gen tlemanly boy who was her frequent e s cort to the B rooklyn Bridge cars, and not for one moment would she believe him g uilty of the crime under the su s picion of which he had fallen The banker put the cas e into the detective's hands, and after the employes had all departed for their homes the sleuth s e arched every nook and corner of the office for a trace of the missing bonds Needle s s to say his labor was wasted Much to the surprise of Reece and Weaver, Phil appeared at his desk next morning and went on with his work. Enoch was also astonished to see him on the premises, and the three held a talk on the subject. They didn t like th e look of it. Had the s cheme failed? I s li pped them unde r the sa.fc," replied Reece If so, was something going to drop in anothe r direction? "Well i f yoi1 take my advice you'll get them out s id e of Eac h of them experienced a feeling of uneasiness as the the offic e as soon as possib l e You can t tell but th e whole morning advanced, whic h was not lessened by the reap earoffice may be overhauled at auy moment S e nd the m up a nce of the t o you r h o use by Enoc h r ight away." Phil was called into the private office and examined by I think I will," decided the bookkeeper the sleuth Accordingly, Reece called his nephew into the countingThen he was sent out to find the bootb l ack who had figroom and handed him an ordinary lookin g parc e l in whic h ured in the bri c k-bat incident he had concealed the securities, with direction s to leave it That youth was introduced through the private door, and a t his h ouse his eviden c e implicated Enoch so clearly that the mes s enge r Aft e r Enoch had depa r ted, Reece breathed mor e freely was asked in to face him. It wanted a few minutes of five whe n a s harpeyed man, "He's a liar!'' cried Enoch, when called upon to defend wit h a busine s s like air, entered the office and inquired for him s elf. "I never dropped that brick out of the window." Mr Lockwoocl The bootbla c k, howeve r," was positive in hi s identification Weaver showed him into the private room. "I'm afraid I s hal l have to put you under arrest, young "That's a detective as sure as your name is Reece," he roan, and take you u p to the Tombs," said the detective, said to the bookkeeper, when he returned to the counting severely. room. "Under arrest gasped Enoch, turning fairly green "Do you think so?" asked Reece, nervously from fear "I'm certain of it." "That i s unless you make a clean breast of what you "I'll hav e to caution Eno c h this evening as to what he 11 know about the of that package of bonds may expect tom o rrow If we both stick to our stories 1 from Mr Lockwood's desk yesterday


BAITING THE BEARS. 23 "I don't know anything about it," replied Enoch, dog gedly. "Didn't you tell Mr. Lockwood that you saw Thorne standing beside his desk with the bonds in his hands?" "Yes." "Do you still maintain that story?" "Yes." "You are ready to go to court and swear to that fact, are you?" "Yes," replied Enoch, with a trace of uneasiness which was not lost on the sharp eyes of the detective. "What were you doing in the clothes-clo set just before Thorne went there for his coat and hat yesterday after noon?" "I wasn't doing nothing there." "You mean to say you wasn't there at the time?" "No, I wasn't there." "Call the boy, Willie," asked the detective, calmly. Enoch began to look frightened. He had no idea any one had seen him when he went to the closet to put the bond into Phil's pocket. He thought he had made sure he was unobserved. Willie made his appearance in answer to the banker' s ring. In response to the detective's question he asserted posi tively he had seen Enoch go to the closet at the time men tioned. "Do you know what he was doing there?" "No, sir." "What have you to say to that?" asked the detective, turning to the messenger. "I didn't go there," persisted Enoch, with a vindictive glance at the little office-boy. "You deny that you put that bond in Thorne's overcoat pocket?" "I didn't put it in his pocket." "Did you see anybody enter this office while Mr. Lockwood was in the corridor?" "Nobody but Phil Thorne." "If anybody else had gone into this room you would have seen them, would you not?" "I guess so." "Don't you know?" thundered the detective. "Yes," faltered Enoch, in a scared voice. "Isn't it a fact that your uncle, Mr. Reece, came m here at the time?" "No, he didn't." "You are sure of that?" persisted the detective, boring the messenger through and through with his gimlet-like eyes. "Yes, I'm sure of it." "You are positive he didn't pass through the receptionroom?" "Yes." "If he had been in the reception-room at all you would have seen him?" "Yes." "Will you ring for Mr. Reece?" asked the detective of the banker. "Mr. Reece," said the detective, pleasantly, "you stated yesterday afternoon be.fore .Mr. Lockwood that you saw 'rhorne standing beside this desk, with the package of bonds, since missing, in his hand. Is that right ?'1 "Yes, that is the fact." "Where were you standing at the time?" "In the reception-room, close to the door of this room, which was slightly ajar." "Where was this boy at the time?" indicating Enoch. "Sitting in his chair by the window." "You are positive about that?" "Yes, sir," replied Reece, wondering what the detectivo was driving at. "Then he saw you at the door, did he?" "I suppose he did," replied the bookkeeper, in a slightly hesitating way, as if uncertain whether this answer would help his cause or not. "I should like to find some evidence corroboratory of the fact that you actually were in the position to see that Thorne had the bonds in his hands." The bait was greedily swallowed by Reece. "I am quite sure Enoch saw me standing there. You remember the fact, don't you, Enoch?" and he glanced meaningly at his nephew. Much to his surprise the boy answered, surlily: "No, I don't. You wasn't in here at all." "Why, Enoch, how can you say that? You know--" "I don't know nothing." "My dear sir," said Reece, "I'm afraid my nephew is a little absep.t-mincled. He certainly did see me when I came as far as the door and glanced in." "Then there is no doubt of the fact that you were in the reception-room at the time?" "None whatever," replied the bookkeeper, suavely, thus unconsciously giving the lie direct to his nephew. "You di

24 BAITING THE BEARS. CHAPTER XIV. IN WHICH PIHL IS l!'ULL Y VINDICATED. At the Tombs, Enoch broke down entirely and confessed, under promise of immunity from prosecution, that his uncle and Weaver had put up the job on Thorne. That he had been induced to put the recovered bond in Phil's overcoat pocket, and had received $10 for doing so. He had received another bill in consideration of his agreeing to swear to the fact that he had seen the package of bonds in Phil's hand. I He told that he had, at his uncle's request, taken a package, which he believed contained the securities, up to Mr. Reece's home and turned them over to his aunt. Th detective went up to the bookkeeper's residence, tak ing Enoch with him, for the purpose of recovering the bonds, but Mrs. Reece said her husband liad taken them and she had no idea where he bad put them. As the officer had taken the precaution of providing him self with a search-warrant, he was empowered to make an examination of the premises. The package of bonds were found wrapped ,up in a newspaper in Reece's desk, and the detective took Gharge of them, turning them over to the court as eviden"Ce to be sub sequently produced at the trial. Enoch was locked up at the House of Detention for wit nesses. That afternoon Weaver was arrested at the office and made a full admission before Mr. Lockwood of the facts of the case. He was held as an accessory and locked up at the Tombs. Thus Phi\ was fully exonerated and received the con-gratulations of everybody in the office. "I never doubted for a. moment but that you were inno cent of that terrible accusation," said Marie, joyfully, as Phil held her shapely little hand in his perhaps a trifle longer than was necessary. "l was sure Mr. Reece and probably Mr. Weaver, as well as that horrid Enoch, were at the bottom of it all. Several times I felt as if I ought to go in and tell Mr. Lockwood of my suspicions, but I was afraid it would look out of place in me doing so." "I am glad you didn't, Marie, I mean Miss--" "Oh, nev:er mind the Miss," she said, with a smile and a slight blush. "Well," returned the boy, with some hesitation, "if you don't mind me calling you plain Marie-I beg your pardon, you couldn't be plain, you're too pretty for that." "You're exceedingly complimentary," laughed the girl. "If I only deserved--", "You deserve it, all right," insisted Phil, growing bolder as he proceeded. "I was going to say I'll call you Marie if--" and he looked at her a bit doubtfully, "if you'll drop the Mr. and call me simply Phil." "Oh!" she exclaimed, "I'm afraid I couldn't do that." "What! Not between ourselves? We know each other pretty well now, and are qulte friendly. It seems so formal for you to call me Mr. Thorne." "Well," sQ.e said, slowly, "I'll take the matter under consideration." "All right," replied the boy in his breezy way. "You haven't looked af the market quotations this after noon, have you?" she said, a few moments later. "Upon my word I have not," admitted Phil. "Not since yesterday. I've been "too much worked up over this bond affair to think of stocks. I'll take a look at the ticker right away," he added, eagerly, anxious to see how he stood on A. B. & C. "You needn't," she said, with a smile. "I can tell you what you want to know, for I took down the closing figures for the day of your latest investment. There they are," and she pushed a slip of paper toward him. He took it up and read: "1,5oo .f\. B. & c., .. 541-8-2,700, 54 3-8-3,500, 541-2." "Two and one-half points to the good! That m e an s I am $10,000 ahead of the game." "You are certainly a lucky boy," she said. "Well, don't say a word about it, Miss-I mean Mari e Whatever I tell you about my stock operation s i s s trictl y on the Q. T:, don't forget." "I will remember that, Mr.--" "You mean--" interrupting her. "No, I don't, you foolish boy!" s he cried, with a laugh, pushing him away. "Go back, to your desk now, I hav e several letters to copy." Next day Phil and the banker received a summon s from the Grand Jury to appear before that body and testify in the case against Broker Rowland, which they did on the day following. The jury found a true bill against the broker, and the papers were sent to the District-Attorney's office. "I have managea to get about 12,000 shares of A. B. C. at an average price of 54," said the banker, confidentially to Phil. "I want you to go on the Street and buy in for me all you can get your hands on." "Very well, sir." That afternoon he succeeded in getting 8,000 shares through curb brokers, including a block of 3,000 from an operator to whom he was referred by a broker who knew the party who had the stock. Phil, however, had to give 58 for the block, which was satisfactory to Mr. Lockwood. On that basis Phil's own holdings represented a profit to date of $16,000. "Mother will be able to buy a house for herself if I come out of this speculation as well as I expect,'' he said. He met Dick Ovens that afternoon for the first time in several days. Dick had been confined to the house with a bad cold, and was by no means over it yet. 1 "How's thidgs, old bad?'' asked Dick.


BA!ITING THE BEARS. "All right," laughed Phil. "I see you're all stuffed up." "Stuffed ub," xeplied his chum, "I should say I ab. Whed a bad has a cold id Pis head he cad t speak bery plaid, cad he?" "I should say not. Been in bed?" "No-b." "How'd you fill in time?" "Playid with my yellow dog, and readid." "Playing with your yellow dog and reading, eh. That's pretty good occupation. By the way, what makes Benson, tp.e cashier of your establishment, look so worried? Is it because your boss has been indicted for that assault on Mr. Lockwood?" "No-b. He's heed codtestidg his wife's will." "Why, didn't know his wife was dead." "That's just it-she isd't." "Oh, I see," grinned Phil. "He's a henpecked husband "Bedsod is a fuddy bad, ady way," continued Dick. "He .claibs that he built the first passedger elevators used id this coudtry." "He's away off. The Mississippi steamboats were run ning and blowing up regularly long before he was born." "Aid't you fuddy, I dod't thidk," said Dick, making a bluff to strike Phil. "Never mind, I've got something to tell you, chum." "What is id?" "I came near being mixed up in a very bad scrape." "Yqu dod' t say." Then Phil gave his friend an outline of the bond affair. "Thed Reece add Weaver are id the Toobs ?" "That's where they are." "Serves theb right. I hobe they get sedd ub." "Reece will, I'm certain Well, so long; I've got to get along back to the office." "So lodg. Cobb over to the house to-dight add see the dog." CHAPTER XV. IN WHIClI PHIL SHOWS HIS NERVE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. Several weeks passed away and then the trial of Rowland came on. He was ably defended, but, on the evidence of Mr. Lock wood and Phil, was convicted and sentenced to a term up the river. His seat on the Exchange was sold to make good some of his obligations, and his family was r educed from luxury to comparative poverty. The man was absolutely ruined both socially and finan cially. Phil was far too noble and manly to rejoice at the man's misfortune, but still he couldn't be expected to feel much sympathy for him. Reece, Weaver and Enoch were tried, and each was conicted on separate the two men going to Sing Sing for several years, while Enoch was sent to the Reformatory for one year. A. B. & C. stock had been steadily but slowly advancing in price all this time, until Phil was able to figure his paper profits as high as $72,000. Still he did not order his stock sold. He had had several consultations with Mr. Lockwood in reference to the and the banker had advised him to hold on till he gave him the tip to sell. Pl:l knew that Mr. Lockwood's judgment was much bet ter than his own, and therefore followed his advice. On the day following Rowland's trial, A. B. & C. got a sudden move on in the Exchange, and every broker on the floor apparently was of a sudden seized with the desire to buy some of the stock. All that day and the next the shorts were busy trying to cover their contracts, and because fuey found it almost impossible to get the stock, the price went soaring. When it reached 82, Phil began to consider the advisability of selling. That was considerably above the stock's normal value. Still there was no sign from Mr. Lockwood. The ba.nker believed it would go to 90 at least. "I might offend Mr. Lockwood if I sold out now," said Phil to himself that day, as he watched the excitement on the floor from the Exchange gallery. "Well, I've got nerve enough to hold on as long as he dares to. Let me see, I could realize a profit of $30 a share if I sold this moment, that means $120,000 on my block. 'fhe shorts would wel come those shares with open arms. I'm afraid they'll to pay more than 82 if they want to get my holdings." Without the banker's knowledge, Phil gave the market a good share of his attention and he visited the Exchange gal lery several times a day to study the At length Mr. Lockwood notified him that he was about to unload his 16,000 shares. "All right, sir. You're not going to hold on for 90 then?" No; 84 is good enough for me. You'd better telephone your broker to sell you out, too, in small lots, so as not to disturb the price." Phil thought the matter over, and concluded he wouldn't sell. "It requires good nerve to be a successful operator, and I mean t o be a big one some day if I live l<'ng enough, so I'll just test mine. I'm $128,000 ahead now. I'm going to risk it all on the chance of reac)ling '90, sink or swim." It was a nervy resolution, but once Phil decided on his course he stuck right to it. His motto now was 90 or bust, with the chances about even for either result. Mr. Lockwood got out from under &t a big pront, and supposed Phil had followed his ex11.mple.


26 BAITING THE BEARS. The craze for the shares was so great, and the unload ing of the banker's shares so carefully conducted, that the price did not fall, but continued to go up. On the third day A. B. & C. had reached 89, and Marie was simply crazy with excitement over Phil's luck. "When are you going to ?" she asked, anxiously. "Give it up," he replied, tantalizingly. "I do wish you would," she said, earnestly "I've lost my appetite over your investment since the excitement set in. I'm so afraid that at any moment we may hear of another panic on the Exchange, then where yould you be?" "In the soup, I'm afraid," answered the boy, with a laugh. "You take it very she said, nervously. "Sure. Why not?" "I'll-I'll call you-Phil if you'll promise to sell out now," she promised, with a blush "You will?" he cried, eagerly. "Honor bright?" l "Y-e-s." "It's a bargain What's the last quotation?" "I'll look at the tape,'' she said, eagerly She returned in a minute. "Well ?" he asked, calmly "Five hundred at 89. Phil walked over to the telephone booth and called up his broker. "Sell my A B. & C. in small lots at the market price," he sent over the wire Every share of it went at from 89 1-8 to 90 1-2, the average being about 90. The last transaction had hardly been recorded before somebody hastily dumped 10.,000 shares on the top-heavy market "Da I?" ahe asklild, @.emurely. "Sure thing. If I only dared I'd--" "What?" 1 "Do you want to know real bad?" "Yes." "There, then." And he actually kissed her "Phil Thorne, how dare you!" she exclaimed, with a crimsoned countenance. "You wanted to know. real bad, didn't you?" "I've a great miiid no,t to speak to you again "You wouldn't punish me so bad as that, I hope," he said, with mock penitence. "Well, I think you're the nerviest boy in Wall Street." "I've been practising for the past week with A B & C." "I think you have," she replied, with a pout. "Now that you've got your hat on straight, do I see you to the cars?" "I've a mind not to walk with you." "If it's bad as that I'll take that kiss back "No, you won't, Phil Thorne, she cried, dancing away. "Very well; you're welcome to it," he grinned. "I like that,'' she said, with a saucy smile "I'm glad you do-I liked it, too." "What nonsense l Are you coming?" she asked. "Like a bird,'' he answered, putting on his hat and fol lowing her out at the door. CHAPTER XVI. THE DEAL WHICH WON A MILLION AND A HALF. Those on the inside had by this time unloaded at the high figures obtained and no longer had any reason to support So far as Phil Thorne was concerned, Wall Street was the unreal prices now reigning. pretty quiet for the next six months. The consequence was that the sudden bear attack had its He had promised Mr Lockwood, after telling him he had fatal effect. . about $175,000 in the bank to his credit, that he wouldn't A. B. & C. got a heavy blow, and a repetition of the G. speculate again for at least six months, and, of course, he W & 0. panic took place on the floor. couldn't think of breaking his word. There was a general and alarming shrinkage in prices, especially in A. B. & C., and a good many venturesome brokers, and a far larger number of their customers, got soaked in the :financial solar plexis. But Phil Thorne wasn't worrying. He had learned over the wire that his stock was sold before the drop, and he figured out that he had clearecl $152,000, out of which he had only to pay something like $1,000 in commissions and interest. "Well," said Phil, that afternoon as they were preparing to go home, "like a soldier, I've obeyed orders and sold out." "You're a god boy-Phil," answered Marie, with a little blush. "Thank you," nodded the boy, approvingly, "you say it quite nicely." All the same, he kept abreast of the market and studied the fluctuations in the prices of the different securities with the same attention and eagerness as when he had his money at stake Phil feared that when the half year had expired that his employer would make him renew his promise to keep out of the market, and as he had grown decidedly eager to try his luck again in the mighty game of chance, which keeps thousands for a large part of the time on the ragged edge, he was wondering how he could manage to evade such a request. Mr. Lockwood, however, was too busy a man to recollect when Phil's time limit expired, and so, when the 183d day of the boy's retirement from the market had faded into the misty past, he welcomed his right to engage in a new deal with great relish.


BAITING THE BEARS. 2'2' Marie had more than once expressed her gratification that Phil could not risk his money baiting the bears for a long time to come, and she and the boy had many a sham over that interesting fact. Therefore, as the last day of his engagement drew near and finally passed, he was careful to say nothing which would cause her to suspect that he contemplated renewing hostilities with the frisky brokers. About this time Phil noticed paragraphs going the round of the daily press to the e:fl'ect that a disagreement had arisen among the board of directors of a certain big transio company, and this had precipitated a war between the two factions for the control of the road. There were thousands of shares of the road upon the mar ket, and as the annual election would soon take place, those directly interested in the issue were striving to increase their holdings. As a matter of course, the stock began to rise in value, and a great many shares changed hands every day. There no getting away from the fact that Phil was a born speculator. He scented the approaching fray as a war-horse sniffs the smoke of the distant battle, and he was simply wild to be in the thick of it. This feeling was not lessened by a remark he overheard Mr. Lockwood pass with one o. his best customers. "It's going to be a fight between financial giants, Ed wards," he said. "The Standard Oil interests have determined to get control of the road at ::iy cost, for the profits of the system will be enormo'uf;l when the improve ments under way shall have been completed and put in operation. Take my word for it, those shares will go up to 200 before the fight is ended." Phil knew the transit company's stock was then quoted at 148. He immediately resolved to buy on margin as many shares of the stock as he could get hold of, hardly believing he could get enough to exhaust his capital. "In a case of this kind, I guess I'm safe in going the whole hog, notwithstanding the boss's advice that I ought not to risk more than one-half of my bank account in any one venture. I've nerve enough to risk every dollar of my $175,000 in this spec." So he hurried over to his old broker, Brown, and gave him the order to buy any part of 10,000 shares of Transit stock, as soon as he could get them. Owing to the price of the shares, it was beyond Brown to swing such an order by. himself, so he divided the commis sion among several strong brokers. The other brokers, of course, had no knowledge of the identity of Brown's client. Brown was responsible to them for all of the stock se cured, and they went ahead to fill their part of the order. It took the best part of two weeks to gather in the 10,000 shares, and as the price advanced daily, a dozen different amounts were paid for the stock, each one higher than the other, until the last one was secured at 165. The average cost per share to Phil might be set at 155, so the amount of cash he had to put up was $155,000, and his profits in sight at the moment the deal was finally ar ranged already amounted to an average of $10 per share or $100,000. By this time the most strenuous exertions were being made by the brokers of the rival interests to get hold of all the shares they could. 'rhe election was on'iy ten days away, and neither faction c ould confidently count upon victory as yet. Phil, with wonderful self-control, refrained from looking at the office indicator except when he came in or passed out through the reception-room. When he did look, however, he always :found the price a point or more higher than when he last surveyed the tape. When the Exchange closed on the following Saturday noon the price of Rapid Transit registered 175. "Which makes me $200,000 ahead," he muttered, with a satisfied grin. "What are you smjling at so broadly, Phil,'' asked Marie, observing his pleased look. I was just :figuring whether I could afford to buy a certain quarter of a million residence for you and I to live in when you have decided whether or not you intend to become Mrs. Phil Thorne "The idea!" cried Marie, blushing furiously. "Just as if I'd marry a boy like you." "Well, you might do worse/' he grinned, maliciously. "Oh, I don't know," she replied, with a coquettish toss of her pretty head. "Well, if you don't know, I'll have to educate you up to it." "I'm afraid you'd find a pretty large contract on your hands." "You're not so very big when one comes to size you up," snickered the boy. "I should judge you don't weigh over 125 pounds." "Aren't you smart?" "You've got to be to catch a pretty girl like yourself, for instance." \ "Phil Thorne, will you stop talking nonsense?" "Why, I think that's a sensible remark." "You'd oblige me very much if you'd direct your thoughts into another channel." "If you'll point out the channel, I'll endeavor to oblige." "What did you have for dinner that has you so wonderfully bright?" "There are two things I didn't have for dinner which you couldn't guess." "I'm not gifted with second sight. What were they?" "Why, breakfast and suppel' That's dead easy,'' said Phil, with a chuckle. "You horrid boy!" cried Marie, with a pout. All the same, they went to Coney Island that afternoon and took in several dollars' worth of side shows. Several davs more went by, when it was announced in ., \


28 BAITING THE BEARS. the papers that the rival interests had secured about .all the Rapid Transit stock obtainable e>n the market. A careful computation by the representative man of each pool demonstrated that a matter of 15,000 shares were yet to be acce>unted for. Whichever faction succeeded in lassoing 10,000 shares of this stock was certain of the control of the road. The question was, who was holding this stock? Mr. L<>ekwood mentioned the subject one day to Phil. "The lucky holders of Rapid Transit have the opportunity of their lives," he said. "They have but to pool their stock and ask for bids, the whole block to go to the side offering the highest It's quoted at 202 te>-day, with no offers. A 10,000 block ought to fetch an unheard-of price." "If you were asked to bid on a 10,000 block of Rapid Transit this moment, what would you offer?" asked Phil, as if the matter was ne>t of any great interest to him. "Two hundred and fifty dollars a share," replied the banker, promptly. "Well, Mr. Lockwood, if you are anxious to make such a bid I can you that Mr. Brown, my old broker, controls such a block of Transit stock for one <>f his clients. I have no doubt he will consider a proposition from you to purchase the stock." "How do you know that, '1.'horne ?" asked the banker, sharply . "You must excuse me from answering that question, sir." "Can I rely upon yom information?" "You can, sir." In ten minutes Mr. Lockwood had sent a bid of $250 per share for a 10,000 bl<>ek of R. T. to Mr. Brown. A notice was inserted by Phil in the Wall Street edition I of the Sun that Brown, the broker, would receive sealed bids for 10,000 shares of R. T. up to three o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. ..;\.11 Wall Street at once became interested in this an nouncement. The representatives <>f the rival factions, of course, saw the notice and were among the first to submit proposals. A score of bankers and brokers, who saw the chance of raising the ante on the opposing interests in the Transit fight, also made high bids. Everybody was asking everybody else if he knew who the fortunate person was who had ca.lled for bids on R. T. Nobody had the least idea, but the general opinion was that several small owners had pooled their stock, as Mr. Lockwood had suggested to Phil, and that Brown was authorized by them to make the sale to the highest bidder, as announced. Phil Thorne's profit was $1,470,000, from which there was only to be deducted his broker's commissi<>ns and such other expenses as the nature of the deal for. When he received his check, his ce>mbined capital amounted to $1,850,000, "quite enough to get married on," he naively remarked to Marie, when he confided the whole transaction to her. To say that Mr. L<>ekwood was amazed when Phil con fessed to him that he had been the unknown owner of the much-desired block of Rapid Transit stock would be putting the thing very mild, indeed. "You're a wonder, young man,". he said, admiringly. "A million and a half profit on 10,000 shares of any stock held merely as a speculative venture, I think, is rarely equalled in Wall Street. By the way, I think you prom ised me you would not go into the ma rket for six months." "I did, sir, and I faithfully kept my word. The time limit had expired before I bought a dollar's worth of R. 'f." Hadn't you better renew that promise for another half year?" "I have already made that agreement with ane>ther," replied Phil. "Indeed I May I ask whom? Your mother?" "No, sir. Miss Minturn." "Ahem! Why, Miss Minturn?" with some curiooity. "Because it was onlv on that condition she would consent to become engaged to me, with the view of our riage when I became twenty-one." Later on, when Mr. Lockwood had finished dictating to his stenographer, he turned to her and said: "Thorne has informed me that you have promised to become his wife as soon as he shall have reached his ma jority. Permit me tp congratulate you, Miss Minturn. You have won the Nerviest Boy in Wall Street." 'l'HE END Read "A GOLD BRICK; OR THE. BOY WHO COULD NOT BE DROW JED which will be the next number (14) of "li'ame and Fortune Weekly. SPECIAL NOTICE : All back numbers of this weekly Promptly at three o'clock on Wednesday the dozen odd are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any bids were opened in Phil's presence. Some of the prices offered were remarkable. Mr. Lockwood's $250 a share wasn't in it. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLI&HER, 24 UNION The Standard Oil interests scooped the trick with a bidl SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies of $302 per share. you order by return mail.


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HOW TO l\IAKE A M.A.GIO LANTERN.-Oontaining a description of the lanterp, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. lb' John Allen. No. 7l. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instrqctio11s fpr performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. Ry A. Anderson. Fully illus .trated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most co m plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO L.A.DIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETT:ERS TO Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'rTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your fatqer, mother, sister, brother, employer; an(j1 in fact, everybo(jy and any body yon wish to write to. FJvery young man and every young lady in the land should have this No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con tainiug full instruction!> foli' writing letters on almost any subject; also rule;:; for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the mC?st famous men No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful httle boo.k. No . THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.C onta1!1mg a varied of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish . Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuseml).nt and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKJjJ new apd very instructive. Every b oy. ob tam this as it con tams full instructions for o rga1;11zmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. . No. 65 is one the mos t original Joke ever pubhshed, and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor It contams a l arge collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wlt1 humorist, a.ud practical joker of the Ever;v boy _who can enJoy a good substantial joke should obtam a copy 1mmed1atelJ'. No .. 79. HW T9 BECOME A SPE.AKER.-Oontai n ing four teen 1Ilustrat1ons, giving the different positions requisite t o beco m e a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fro m a.II the popular !luthors of pro11e and poetry, arran,ed in t he most 111mple and concisJ manner poesible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA.TE.-Giving rules f o r conducting d e bates, outlmes for debateio, queiotion11 for discussion ani t h e b es t sources for procuring information on the questi ons given SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW T O FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirt a t ion are fu ll y explained bythis little book Besides the various met h ods of fan, glove, parasol, window and bat flirtation, i t eon tams a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, w hi ch iliJ mteresting to everybody, both old and youni; You cannot b e happy without one. No 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a ne w and handsom e little book just issued by }Prank Tousey It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to drt>ss, a nd full directione for calling cff in all pop ula1 dances. No. l? HOW T O llAKE LOVE.-.A. oI:Jp lctc guide t o love, court8h1p and marria:e, riving 11enllible adv ice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and intcrcEting tilings not g enerally known. No1 17, HOW .ro DRESS.Contail1iug fu ll instruction in the art or dreuin' and appearin, well l!t home and a b road g ivi ng t h e e elections o f coloril, materi al. and how to have them made up. No. 1g HOW TO BEOOl'fE BEAUTIFUL.-One o f t h e and m ost valuable little books ever given to t h e wo rld. Everybody wii;hes to k now how to become beautiful, bot h m a l e and fem a le. '.rh11 i;ecret is simple, and a l most costleslJ R ead this book and be c on Tince d h ow t o become beautif ul. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrate d and cont:i,inini: full instructions for the management and traini ng o f the canary, mockin!![bird, bobolink, blackb i rd, paroq u et, parrot, H e No. 39. HOW 1'0 RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A us efu l and instructive book. Handsom ely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels a nd b irds. Also how to cure skins Copiously illustrated. :8y J. Harrin gton Keene. No. 50 HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND A NI'MALS.-A valuable book, givinr instructions in c ollec ting p r e pa ring, mounting and presening birds animals and insects No. M. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PEJTS.-Giv ing com plete information as to the manner and method of rai s ing, keeping, taming, breeding, and all kinds of pets; also g iving full instruc tions for making care, etc. Fully explaine d by t wenty e ight illustrations, 111aking it the most comp let e book of the kind ever p u blished. M ISCELLANEOUS. N o 8 HOW TO BECOME A. SCU!lN'.rIS T A u s eful and in structive book, giving a complete treati s e on c hemistry; al so ex periments in acoustics, m ech anics, mathematics, che mistry, and di ENTEFtTAINMENT. rections folmakini: fire w orks, colored fires, and gas ba llo ons. Thia N o 9 HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. K ennedy. The secret given a way. Every intellir;ent boy reading No. U. HOW TO UAKE CANDY.-A c omp l ete hand-b o o k for thi11 book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimakin' all kinds of candy. etc u e tc. tudes every nirht with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN AUTnOR.-Oontaining f ull a rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words a nd t he greatest bobk eer published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. manne r of prepar ing and submitting manuscript. A lso containin g No 20 HOW TO ElNTElRTAIN AN EVENING PAltTY.-A val uable informa tion as to the neatness, legibility ::tnd genera l com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Pri n ce o f games, sports, diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable HiJ3nd. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A w on m oney than any hook published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in t he No 35 HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary di seases and ailments cor:1mon t o eve ry b ook containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. .Abounding in useful and effecti v e recipes for general com backgammon croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLV!ll all No. 55 HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COIXS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches talning valuable info1mati on regardin:; the coile ctin g and arranging and witty ea:i'ings of stamps and coin11. Handsomely illtrntrat ed No. 52. HOW '1'0 PLAY ClARDS.-A complete and bandy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETl!JCTIVE.-By Old King Brady, b ook, giving the rul es and f1<,_ "\rection!I for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuab l e bage, Casino Fortl_Five, !\'ce. Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and 11em:ible rules for beginners, and also re!ates some adi"entu::es Auction Pitch, All 11 ours, and frritny 'other popular games of cards. and experiences of well known d etectives No. 66. HOW TO DO over three hunNo. 60 HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain d red i n teresting puzzles and conundrums, with key to lllme A init mieful information r egarding the Camera. and how to v.-ork it; co m p lete book. Fu.Uy illustrated. By A Anderson. also bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othe r ETIQUETTE. N o 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUEJTTE.-It is a great lif e secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happine ss in it. No. 33. HOW 'l'O BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap pearin,; to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and iD the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. Containing the most popular selections in use, comprising Dutch d ialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together with many standard readings. Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY OADET.-Containing full explanations bow to gain admittance, course of Stmly, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Otlkera,. Post Guard, Police Fire Dep11.rtrnent, and all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Ccmpi led and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to 'BecomP a Naval Cadet. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete in structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. Also containing the course of instruc tion, descriptio n of grounds and buildings, historical sketc h, and evervt hing a boy should know to become an officer in the United States 'Navy. Com piled and writtr.n by I.ii Senarens, author of "How to Bec ome West Point Military Cadet." PRICE Address FRANK 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


WILD WEST. WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stoiries, Sketehes, ete., of Westeirn hif e. :S""'r' A.N" C>:L:O BCJC>U"T. 39 PAGES. PBICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED I All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. Hie daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever published. Read the follow t ng numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES : 104 Young Wild W est and the Redskin Raiders; or, Arietta'11 Leap tor Life 105 Young Wild W est's Cowboy Circus; or, Fun at the Mining Camps. 106 Young W ild West at Pike' s Peak; or, Arletta's Strange Disap p earance. 107 Young Wild West's & I x Shots, and the Change They Made at Dead Man s Mark. 108 Young Wild West at the Little Big Horn; or, The La11t Stand of the Cavalry. 109 Young Wild West's Big Bluff; or, Playing a Lone Hand. 110 Young Wild West at Bowle Bend; or, The Ban of the Bandit Band. 111 Young Wild West's Ton of Gold; or, The Accident to Arietta. 112 Young Wild West s Green Corn Dance; or. A Lively Time with the Pawnees. 113 Young Wild West and the Cowboy King; or, Taming a Texas Terror. 114 Young Wild West' s Pocket ot Gold ; or, Arietta's Great Discovery 115 Young Wild West and "Shawnee Sam" ; or, The Halt-Breed's Treachery. 116 Young Wild West'11 Covered Trail; or, Arletta and the Avalanche. 117 Young Wild West and the Diamond Dagger; or, '.1.'he Mexican Girl's Revenge. 118 Young Wild West at Silver Shine ; or, A Town Run by Tender. feet." 119 Young Wild West Surrounded by Sioux; or, Arletta and the Aeronaut. 120 Young Wild West and the "Puzzle of the Camp" ; or, The Girl Who Owned the Gulch. 121 Young Wild West and the Mustangers; or, The Boss ot the Broncho Busters. 122 Young Wild West after the Apache11; or, Arletta' & Arizona Advenj tu re. 123 Young Wild West Routing the Robbers; or, Saving Two Million Dollars. 124 Young Wild West at Rattlesnake Run; or, Arletta's Deal with Death. 125 Young Wild West' s Winning Streak; or, A Straight Trail to Tombstone. 126 Young Wild "Vest's Lightning Lariat; or, Arietta and the Road Agents. '127 Young Wild West's Red-Hot Ride ; or, Pursued by Comanches. 128 Young Wild Wes t and the Blaz e d Trail; or, Arietta a s a S cout. 129 Young Wild West's Four of a Kind : or, A Curio u s C ombination. 130 Young Wild West Caught by the C rooks ; or, Arietta on H and. 131 Young Wild West and the Ten Terrors; or, The Doom of Dashing Dan. 132 Young Wild West' s Barrel of "Dust" ; or, Arl e tta'& Chance Shot. 133 Young Wild West' s Triple Claim ; or, Simple Sam, the "Sundowner." 134 Young Wild West's Curious Compact ; or, Arletta as an Avenger. l35 Young Wild West's Wampum Belt; or, Unde r the Ban of the Ute1. 136 Young Wild West and the Rio Grande Rustlers; or, The Branding at Buckhorn Ranch. 137 Young Wild West and the Line League; or, Arletta Among the Smugglers. 138 Young Wild West's Silver Spurs; or, Fun at Fairplay Fair. 139 Young Wild West Among the Blackfeet; or, Arl etta as n S orceress. 140 Young Wild West on the Yellowstone ; or, '!'he Secret of the Hidden Cave. 141 Young Wild W est's Deadly Alm; or, Arletta's Greatest Danger. 142 Young Wild W est at the "Jumping Otf" Plac e ; or, The Worst Camp In the West. 143 Young Wild West and the "Mixed-Up" Mine ; or, Arletta a Winner. 144 Young Wild West' s Hundred Mlle Rac e ; or, B eating a Big Bunch. 145 Young Wild West Daring the Danltes; or, The Search tor a Missing Girl. 146 Young Wild West' s Lively Time; or, The Dandy Duck of the Diggings. 147 Young Wild West at Hold-Up Canyon; Great Victory. 148 Young Wild West's Square Deal; or, Making the "Bad" Men Good 149 Young Wild West Cowing the Cowboys; or, .Ai'letta and the Prairie Fire. 150 Young Wild West and Navajo Ned; or, The Blint tor the Halt B r e e d Hermit. 151 Young Wild West's Virgin Vein ; or, Arletta and the Cave-In 1 5 2 Young Wild West's Cowboy Champions ; or, The Trip to Kansas City. 153 Young Wild West's Even Chance ; or, Arletta' s Presence of Mind 154 Young Wild West and tbe Flattened Bullet; or, The Man Who Would not Drop. 155 Young Wild West's Gold Game; or, Arletta' Full Hand. 156 Young Wild West' s Cowb9y Scrimmage; or, Cooking a Crowd ot Crooks. 157 Young Wild West and the Arizona Athlete; or, The Duel that Lasted a Week 158 Young Wild West and the Kansas Cowboy; or, Arletta' s Clean Score. 159 Young Wild West Doubling His Luck; or. The Mine that Made a Million. 160 Young Wild West and the Loop of Death ; or, Arletta' s Gold Cache. 161 Young Wild West at Bolling Butte; or, Hop Wah and the High binders. 162 Young Wlld West Paying the Pawnees; or, Arletta Held tor Ransom. 163 Young Wild West's lhootlng Match ; or, IL'lile "Show-Down" at Shasta. 164 Young Wild West at Death Divide ; or, Arletta'& Great Fight. 165 Young Wild West and the Scarlet Seven; or, Arletta' s Darin g Leap. 1 166 Young Wild West's Mirror Shot; or, Rattling the Renegades 167 Young Wild West and the Greaser Gang; or, .Arletta e s a Spy 168 Young Wild West losing a Million; or, How Arletta Helped Him Out. 'For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address o I' of price, 5 cents per copy, in mon ey or pbstage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, :14 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut <.ut and fl.11 In t.he .following Order Blank and send it to us w ith the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square New York. ......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............... = ........... ................ ... " " " WILD WEST WEEKLY Nos ................................................. : : .. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ................................................. PLUCK AND LUCK Nos ..................... ,. .................................. SECRET SERVICE, Nos .................................................. ...... FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY Nos ................................................... FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ... ........................................ ..... 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Fame and Fortune Wee'kly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 3 2 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Cov ers A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self"made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly a magazine for the home, although each number. is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists, a d every effort is. constantly b .eing made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it'.. : ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The C ute st Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy v\'ho Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall 10 A Copper Harvest; or, 'Ehe Boys Who Worked i De serted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boy's Start in 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. Life. (l Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of 13 B 't' th B 'I'l N t B ur ll St t L k a1 rng e ears; or, ie .r erv1es oy m na ree. eviHe':. u r Th y t Ed't G J 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Bov Who Could Not be Downed. 7 nrnnmg is v' ay; or, e ounges 1 i or in reen 1 I 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by F RANK TOUSEY. Publisher 24 Unio n Squa r e N e w York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it tc us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POST AGE ST A.MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. ................................................................................................... ... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ..................... 190 DEAR Sm--Enclosed find ...... for which please send m e : .... copies of WORK: AND WIN, Nos ............................................................... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKI;Y, Nos .................................................. " FRANK MANLliiY'S WEEKLY, Nos .................................................. " WILD WEST WEEI\:L Y, NOS .......................................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ....................................................... " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .............................................................. " SECRET SERVICE, Nos .............................................................. '' '' YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... .. " TEN-CENT Nos .................................. '. ..................... N ome ................. ........ Street Hnd No .................... Town ........ ...... A t a te ........


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