Boss of the market, or, The greatest boy in Wall Street

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STORlf:S Of' '\.. e oys, wno MAKI: MONt:Y. DR.THE GREATEST BDY INWALLSTREET. & 'f rffRr;Jf/ILJEff/1#. If a bomb had suddenly exploded in the office a scene of greater consternation could not have ensued. Thebrokers, without an exception, made a mad rush for the door, almost tumbling over one another in their haste to get out.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY' Iuued Weekl11-B11 Sub&cription 1 2 50 per 11ear. Entered according td A.ct of Congrea&, in the year 19

BOS'S OF THE :MARKET ================== He had been maneuvering or a month to get her to There are some peop l e in this world that a perso n prefers go t o l unch with hi m s ome day, as he was eager to show J10t to meet. He's one of them from my standpoint h is friends who patronized a certain restaurant what a "I hope I don't come in that category, Miss Elsie?" charming girl he had on the string, as he put it. smiled Sid Elsie ha d n o wish, however, to be seen in Oakley "The idea! Just as i:f you did! I am always p leased Thorne's soci ety. to meet you." He wasn't the kind 0 man that the girl cared to be on "Thank you. The pleasure is mutual." fami l ia r terms with "You say that very nice," laughed the girl, as the waitShe w a s a l most angry with herself for pausing at all to ress came up with her order "What do you suppose Mr exch a nge' words with him as she had done. Thorne bad the cheek to ask me?" So she h asti l y excu sed herself again and hurried on her "I couldn't guess way, l eaving her admirer to mutter certain expressions 0 "He wanted me to lunch with him. J ust as if I would disapp o i n tment to h i mself that, had she heard them, de such a thing." woul d have jarred upon her delicate ears. "Instead of whic h you are doing me the honor to lunch "She thinks a g r eat deal too much of Sid Grant to suit with me." m e," he snar l ed, with an ugly frown. "Just as if that "It looks that way, doesn't it?" b eggar amou nted to anything What is he anyway? I "Almost. At least we are at the same table. This is Gr igsby's messenger. I wonder where he gets the money the first time luck has played my way in that respect." to d ress as he does and at the same time support a mother "Then I hope you it." an d invalid sister? B ah! He makes me sick!" "I certainly do. Havi ng thus r elieved his feelings, Thorne turned on his "May I ask how y o u r mother an d sister are?" heel a n d p r oceeded to the swell restaurant on Beaver "They were all right when I left home this morning, street, where he was accustomed to blow in seventy -five thank you." cents nearly every noon hour "It is too bad your sister is so afflicted," said Elsie, In t h e m eantime Sidney Grant had dropped into ansympathetically. other place himself, and finding all the stools occupied, "It is, indeed, Miss Elsie," replied Sid, soberly "And and a crowd wai ting to grab the first vacant one, he walked I bhe's the best little sister in the world, too. on to the tab l es, largely occupied by young ladies employed "And you are a good brother to her, I know," fl.ashing in the financia l district . a look at Sid that set 11is blood all 0 a tingle, for if there Q u ite a number of young men were waiting in the aisles was a girl he liked next to his sister Nellie that girl was h e r e for the chance of a seat, and Sid joined them. Elsie Carter Fir s t come first served is not necessarily a rule in a "I try to be. She can't go o u t like other girls unless quick lunch place some one is with her, either mother or I, and as mother is It's every one for himself, with the chances all in favor always pretty busy she has come to rely on me." of the a l ert a n d active. "Most boys prefer to take out some one e l se's sister," In fact, l uck figures la rgel y i n the opportunity of catoh said Elsie, demurely. i n g a seat. "Perhaps that is natural," he replied, with a little T here were girl waiters to attend to your wants as soon smile; "but I'll never desert Nellie I wouldn't have the a s you foun d a p lace at one of the tables heart to do that. She's so patient and cheerful, and she Sid was l ucky on this occasion. thinks the world 0 me. Why, I'd be a brute if I didn't H e hadn't stood half a minute before a girl got up do everything in my power to make her happy al ongs i de o f him and be took her chair in a twinkling. A tear glistened in Sid's eye. H e called for beef stew, a cup of coffee and custard pie, Elsie saw it, and for an instant her own grew moist as and had barely commenced his meal before Elsie Carter she thought of the unfortunate cripple to whom her heart c a me tripping in, and just as she was passing the table went out. the gent l eman opposite to Sid got up, with his check in Then a look of respect and admiration for the loyal h is hand, and started for the pay counter brother took its place Miss Carter took the seat and found herself face to face Never before had she thought so much of Sid Grant as with S i d. she did at that moment / "We meet again, Miss Elsie," the boy smiled, as the "Do you know, M.iss Elsie, I do wish you'd let me take g irl fav ored h i m with one of her bright glances you up to our house and introduce you to my mother and seems so, doesn t it?" she laughed. sister. I'ye told Nellie about you, and she ha s often said T hen a waitress came up and took her order. she'd like to know you. She has very few, almost no girl "That was Mr Thorne you were tal king to as I passed, friends. Those with whom she does occasionally get ac-was n t it?" Sid asked quaintecl drop away soon because they don't find much Yes H e stopped me on the corner a moment before amusement in associating with a cripp le. Now I think you came a l o n g Do you know I d on't like that man. you are different You would like. Nellie, I am sure, for


BOSS OF 'l'HE MARKET. I you have a sympathetic heart. And Nellie-I know she'd items of varied importance arrested his attention for a love you." "You are ve;y kind to invite me," replied Elsie. "I should be very glad to make youi' sister's acquaintance. I'm sure if she's like you I shall like her very--" Elsie stopped, a bright blush suff u sing h er cheeks, for she s udd enly became conscious that she was saying too much. Sid's heart gave a jump and the glance he gave her ccnfused her still more; then he hastened to set her at her ease by remarking that he would be very happy to take her up on the ensuing Saturday afternoon if her mother was willing she should go. "I think mother will offer no objection," replied Elsie. However, I will ask her and l et you know before Satur day." That was quite satisfactory to Sid, and both h aving finished their lunch, got up from the table and left the restaurant together. CHAPTER II. A TIP WOl'l.TH A FORTUNE. Sid worked a s messenger for Samuel Grigsby, of No. Wall street Grigsby was one of the big guns on the Street. He had money to burn-indeed he was accounted many times a millionaire-and when he went into a dea l there wasn't a broker almost but look ed upon his operatio ns with respect, for Grigsby was a mighty tough antagonist. He had all the tricks of the business at his :fingers' ends. You couldn't fool Grigsby-not on your life. You couldn't push him into a corner, for his resources appeared to be limitless. What Grigsby didn't know about working a corner in a stock wasn't worth talking about. He was regarded as the man behind every important bull movement on the market, though this wasn't really so. Sid had picked up one or two tips on the outside during the three years he bad been with Grigsby, and had u sed tbem in a small way to hi s own advantage, which ac counted for the small account he had in a savings bank and the good clothes he managed to provide himself with. Nothing less than a pretty sure thing would have brought his littl e capita l into action, and sure things were not often given out in Wall Street. Sid lived in Christophe r st r eet with his widowed mother and invalid sister, and he was as loyal to them as he was to his employer When Sid returned from lunch on the day we introduce }1im to the reader he hung his hat up, and taking his cus tomary seat began to look over the columns of a Wall Street daily. A little item away down at the foot of a l ot of other moment. It was an unconfirmed rumor that the Lehigh Valley Coal & Iron Co. was negotiating for the eontrol of the Pennsylvania Short Line Railway, an independent line connecting with the Reading system. A simi lar rumor crop ped up every few months, but nothing ever came of it. Sid didn't give the item any particular attention; and a few minutes lat er Grigsby's bell rang and he wellt to see what his employer wanted. "Take this letter down to the offices of the Lehigh Val ley Coal & Iron Co., No. 1 Broadway. Deliver it to Mr. Root." "Yes, sir," replied Sid, promptly. He put on h is hat and left the office. "It's funny that I should be sent to the very company I was reading the item about a few minutes ago/' he thought, as he crossed Wall street toward Broad. He made gQod time to the Bowling Green Building and found that the company in question had a suite cm the eighth floor, so he took the elevator and was presently let out at that floor. The coal and iron company's rooms faced upon Broad way at the extreme end of the corridor, A typewriter girl came forward from her table as Sid entered the reception-room. "I wish to see Mr. Root," he said. "Mr. Root i s engage d at present. Please take a seat." Sid, instead of sitting down, went over to the open Window and look ed out. Presently the girl was called intp an inner office and the boy was left alone. In a moment or two Mr. Root and his visitor out of the farmer's pi;.ivate office and stopped within a few feet of Sid. "Then your control of the Pennsylvania Short Line is an accomplished fact at la st, eh?" Sid heard the visitor I say. "Yes; but not a word, r emembe r. It is a profound secr et at present. The papers were only signed this morn ing, and it will be two or three days before we shall let the facts leak out By that time we sha ll ha .ve gathered in all of the stock we can conveniently handle." "The announcement of the deal will send Lehigh Val ley stock booming." "Undoubtedly. It has been steadily declining for some time, owing to the passing of our July dividend and the publication of adverse reports of the business done by the company during the first two quarters of this year." "When do you think I'd better place an order for the stock?" ... "Not before Thursday. It will probably be a point lower by that time. We sha ll not give the news to the press until about Friday noon and the Exchange will get it by special messenger by that time. Buy as much of the s tock as you can raise the money to for, and vou arP.


BOSS OF THE MARKET. sure to win a great many thousand dollars before this and wrote a brief reply which he sealed up in one of the i i m e next week." company's envelopes, addressed it to Mr. Grigsby and You can trust me doing that, George. I'm ever so handed it to Sid. nrnch obliged to you for the tip. H at any time I can The boy put the envelope carefully away in an inner rc:turn the favor you may be s ure I will." pocket of his jacket and left the sec retary's office. Don t mention it, Fred. All I a s k of you is complete The first thing he did when he reached his own office s il e nce as to the fact s I have confided to you. No one outwas to consult the market reports to see what Lehigh Vals ide of yourself and the board of directors of this com-ley Coal & Iron Co. was quoted at. pany must catch the slighte s t hint of our having secured He found it-was ruling at 25. complete control of the short line until we give the news out ourselves." "It was a tiptop move to s ecure the s hort line, as you can use all the car s for your own product to the exclusion of the Yank e e Doodle Coal Company. The result is in evitable. The Yankee Doodle property will fllll into your clutches just like an over-r ipe pear from the tree. When that time comes the Lehigh Valley s tock will take another move upward".'' Mr. Root nodded with a quiet little laugh, and rubbed his bands. "We have got thing s about where we want them at last. From this time out th e L e hi g h Valley Coal & Iron Com pany' s s tock will tak e its place among the gilt-edged securi't:les of the day." "There i s not the s lightest doubt of that fact," replied the other, bowing himself of the office. Mr. Root, who was the s e c retary of the company, re turned to hi s room without noticing the boy, who was standing at the window, and clos ed the door. Sid had beard every word of thi s brief conversation, and his quick compr e hen s ion told him th a t he had, in a mos t remarkable manner, got hold of an invaluable tip. "It's worth a raft of mone y to a man with capital, and here I 've only got a mea s l y littl e $ 260 in the bank to operate with. It's too bad. I can t go to Mr. Grigsby with thi s inform a tion because the pre s ident and s everal of the director s of thi s c ompan y are regular cus tomers of ours. There i s n t th e l e a s t doubt but that thi s note I have brought ha s some r e f e ren c e to in struc tion s in r e gard to the purcha s e of Lehigh Valley sto c k for Mr. Root and other gentlem e n on the in s ide. Well, I suppo s e a few crumbs are b ette r than no bread at all. I'll put my whole capital up on a t e n p e r cent. margin, and I ought to clear anywhere from $10 to $20 a s hare. I never wis hed for a fat wad s o much in m y life before, for tips like this one are as rare as roos ter 's e ggs." Sid left the window and knocked on Mr. Root' s door. "Come in," exclaimed a voice. The young messen ger op e n e d the door and entered the CHAPTER III. SID GRANT PROVES HE IS AN HONEST BOY. When Sid came home to s upp e r that evening his si s ter Nellie noticed that he appeared to be in an unusually thoughtful frame of mind. "What are you thinking about, Sid dear?" a s ked the crippled girl, putting h e r arms around hi s neck in an affectionate manner, for he was seated bes ide her on the lounge. "What would you give to know, Nellie?" he a s ked her, with a mischievou s s mile. "Six kisses, if you will accept them s he replied, win s omely. I couldn't think of refu s ing s u c h a bribe," h e an swered, drawing her to him a s if s he was hi s s weetheart; s o begin, and I'll check them off." "I don't like you to talk that way about my ki sses, s h e an s wered, poutingly. "Don't you? Why, how can I tell whether I get full c ount unless I keep tab on them ? h e chu c kled. "You ought to be willing to trus t to my hone sty," s he replie d caressing his curly locks. "All right. We'll l e t it go at that." tell me what you were thinking of," s he said a.fter she had given him the six kisse s "I was thinking about the tip I got hold of to-qay, and what a mint of money I could make out of it if I only had enough capital to go in with and win." "A tip, Sid! Do tell me all about it," she a s k e d, eager ly, for she had quite a knowled g e of stoc k matt e rs her s elf, for her brother had made her wis e to the bu s iness in which he was engaged. Sid gratified her curiosity at once, telling her jus t how h e had obtained the valuable point e r on the Lehigh Valley Coal & Iron Co. room. "Wasn't you fortunate!" she cried, clapping her hand s "Mr. R pot ?" he ask e d, inquiringly. "Sure I was. Such things as that come to a fellow only "That's my name replied the secretary. about once in a lifetime." "I have brortght a note from Mr. Grigsby." "But you have had tip s befo're, Sid, for you have made "Take a seat, r e pli e d Mr. Root, holding out his hand quite a little money out of the market. You have over for the envelope, which he immediately tore open and $200 in the savings bank that you made out s id e of read. I your wages." He pondered a moment, then drew a pad toward him "I have exactly $260, Nellie. But that is scar celr a


BOSS OF THE MARKET drop the bucket. With that I can only buy 100 shares I hearted girl. She's pretty, too; but that's only a side of Lehigh Valley on a ten per cent. margin." is s ue with me. Well, I lunched with her to-day, and "Well, 100 sh ares are a good many. You have never spoke to her about you. I asked h e r if she wouldn t allow been able to buy more than twenty -five shares of a stock me to bring her here and introduce her to mother and before. Suppose this stock goes up ten points, as I s hould you. She seemed touched when I told her you had so few think it ought to, you will make a whole thousand dollars. girl friends. I guess she thought you must often feel Wouldn't that be just grand!" lonesome. So she promised to come next Saturday after"That's all right, sis But just think if I had 1,000 noon if her mother had no objection." shares I'd make $10,000 in place of $1,000. Besides, I m ."I'm so glad," said Nellie, gratefully. "I should dearly willing to bet it will go up at lea s t twenty points." like to meet her. I long so for one nice girl friend that I "You're a greedy boy. Why not be satisfied with what could really call my own. Do you think she would really you get out of it?" care much for a cripple like ?" asked the girl, with a "Did you ever know anybody in this world who didn't I quiver of her lips. want a good big slice of the earth when he saw a chance "I am sure she would," replied Sid, earnestly. "I'll tc make it?" bet a dollar you two will become real chums." "But my brother ought tp be different. There is lots "Oh, if I only could think so I'd be so happy, you don't of time yet before you for you to make your fortune in, know how happy, Sid, dear," c ried Nellie, with tears dear." s pringing to her lovely eyes. "I'm s ure I sha ll love her. "But I may never get another tip like thi s one," he in-i I feel as if I almost knew her already." sisted. "Supper is ready, children," said Mrs. Grant, who had "I am s ure I should be glad t6 see you make thousands been bringing the dishes containing the evening meal into instead of hundred s if you only could; but if you haven't the dining-room where Sid and Nellie were talking. "Help the money to do it you mu s t be s atisfied and thankful to your sister up to the make what you can." It was a cheerful meal, and after it was over Sid went "Well," said Sid, with a little s igh of regret, "I guess out to see a friend who lived in the next block. you're right, Nellie. In fact, you':ce alway s right." Next day Sid drew $250 from his bank and bought 100 "Thank you, dear, for the compliment. That's worth shares of Lehigh Valley Coal & !Ton Co. stock on a ten an.other kiss," and s he gave it to him. I per cent. margin. "I wish I could think up a few more compliments at An hour after the transaction he saw a sale of 1,000 the same price," he laughed. s hares on the ticker for 24 7-8. "You're just the bes t brother in the world," she replied Grigsby kept him on the jump that day carrying notes with a happy s mile. to a score of brokers. "Are you fishing for kisses, too?" he grinned, giving Sid wondered if he was already beginning to pick up her a double smack on the lip s Lehigh Valley stock. "Aren't you a provoking' boy!" The la s t message of the day he carried over to Baring "Say, I've got something to tell you," he said; & Co. thing you'll like to hear, I'll bet." There was no answer to it, so Sid went into Elsie's little "Then,

BOSS OF THE : MARKET. figuring their total, "nine thduMnd in checks. Fourteen thousand dollars in all. Evidently all this belongs to Goodwin, Nash & Co. I must return it to them." Such a thing as keeping the money and lositig' the wallet vith the checks never occurred to Sid's mitid. He wasn't built that way. He was as honest and upright as the day is long'. "Is Mr. Goodwin or Mr. Nash in?" he asked the office boy as he entered the reception-room of that fitm. "Out at lunch," replied the boy. "You can see Mr. Putnam. He's the juniot partUElr." "I will see him." "What name?" "Sid Grant, from Samuel Grigsby. Take my name to Mr. Putnam. The boy did so rather ungraciously, and soon returned, saying his boss would see him. "Well," said Mr. Putnam, wheeling around in his chair and facing Sid with a frown upon his smoothly-shaven face, "what can I do for you? You're from Grigsby, I believe?" "No, sir. I work for Mr Grigsby, but he didn't send me here. This is a personal visit." Mr Putnam looked his surprise. "I will listen to you," he said. "Well, sir," began Sid, "I came to this building with a message for Baring & Co. On my way back to the ele vator I found a pocketbook with $9,000 in checks and $5,000 in cash. As the checks are made out to the order of Goodwin, Nash & Co., I thought--" "Let me see pocketbook," said Mr Putnam, in some excitement. Sid pulled it out of his pocket and handed it to liim. The junior partner recognized it at once, even before opening it. "I sent that to the bank by one of our clerks fifteen minutes ago. Evidently it slipped out of his pocket. Such carelessness is beyond my comprehension. I am very much obliged to you for returning it," he said, glanci:ag over the contents and finding everything correct. ''You are certainly honest boy. You might easily have appropriated that money to your own u s e and destroyed the checks. No one would have been the wiser." "I have been taught differently than that, sir. If I had kept that money, with so plain a guide to its owner, I should have been no better than a thief." "True; but how many boys, or men either, would have resisted the temptation to gain such a large sum? We ehall not forget this favor, young man. Let me have your name, so I can tell Mr. Goodwin to whom we are indebted for saving us from such a loss." "My name is Sid Grant." "You are employed by Samuel Grigsby?" "Yes, sir." "Very well. You will hear from us. Mr. Goodwin will certainly recognize your honesty in a suitable manner." "Excuse me, Mr. Putnam, if I say that I did not return thttt pocketbook in the hope of getting a N!Ward. I do not e:.\pect any l have simply done my rlttty, that is all. If Mt. Goodwin choses to write me a letter of acknowledgment and thanks it is all I ought to expect." "You seem to be an uncommon boy,'l replied. the jtttlior partner with a smile. "I hope not, sir," replied Sid, rising. "I think there are many other boys who would have dt:me just as I did under the same circumstane!es. Good 'di!.y, sir." "Good day, Grant. If you ever want a favor that Good win, Nash & Oo. can grnnt, don't fail to call on us.'' "Thank you, sir. I will remember yout kind t>ffer." With that Sid passed out of the private office, just as a wild-eyed, excited young man came rushing into the r.e ception room. "I'll bet a hat that's the clerk who lost the pocketbook," said Sid to himself. "!'d hate to be in his shoes. I'm afraid he'll have a strenuous time trying to square him self with the firm." Then Sid walked out into the corridor and started for the elevator. CHAPTER IV. SID CLEARS $10,700 ON HIS LEHIGH VALLEY C. & I. 00. TIP. Among the letters delivered by the postman next morn ing at the office of Samuel Grigsby was one addressed to Sidney Grant, bearing the impllint of Goodwin, Nash & Co. When he opened it a note and a check for $500 made out to his order dropped into his hand. The note expressed the thanks of Goodwin, Nash & Co. to Sid for his kindness in so promptly returning to them the lost pocketbook with its contents intact, and hoped he would accept the enclosed check not as a reward but as a token of their appreciation of his conduct in the matter. "Honesty is the best policy in this world," thought Sid, "whether it brings a recognition of this kind or not. A follow always feels better '\vhen he knows he's done the right thing, and that is a reward in itself. Tainted money never does a person any good in the long run. He may try to fool himself with the idea that it does, but I don't believe it. 'This $500 gives me more sati!lfaction in five minutes than that $5,000 ever would have done if I had kept if, with the that I could put my on the owner. 'rhis money comes in mighty handy just now. I shall buy 200 more shares of Lehigh Valley before I'm many hours older." When he went to lunch he stopped at the broker's who had bought the other the day before for bim and gave him an order to purchase the additional shares, which he got this time for 24. It didn't trouble him much tbat he was out $100 on the deal so far, for he was satisfied the stock would soon make an encouraging advance.


BOSS OF THE MARKET. ----------------------Sid watched the ticker pretty diligently when he got the chance, and he saw that there was considerable ac tivity in Lehigh Valley C. & I. Co. In fact, there was so much doing in that stock that many brok e rs wondered what was up, and the price went up to 24 5-8 before the market closed at three o'clock. Personally. Grigsby hadn't bought a share, though he was on the floor nearly all the time from 10 to 3 o'clock, but for all that he was in constant communication with the brokers who did the buying of the Lehigh Valley shares. Of course, Sid didn't know this, and we merely mention it as a fact, though it has no bearing on our story. Next morning Lehigh Valley opened at 24 1-8, a drop of half a point from the closing price the day before, but before noon it had gone up to 25. At half-past twelve the chairman's gavel called a momentary halt in the proceedings on the floor of the Ex change. In a few words he officially announced the consumma tion of the deal whereby the Lehigh Valley C. & I. Co. had come into complete control of the Pennsylvania Short Llne Railway. Intense excitement ensued and there was a wild rush of brokers to the Lehigh Valley standard to bid for the stock. But the stock was scarce. All who had any of it held on to it like grim death, while those who had during the last two days disposed of tiieir holding s at the low prices between 2 and 25 were kicking themselves for their stupidity in letting it go. The bidding went on fast and furious with no sales, and the price offered was continually on the rise until 35 was accepted for a few hundred shares, and this went on the ticker. Sid had been watching the indicator up to the moment he went to lunch, and not seeing a sale of the stock he was interested in he took a run into the gallery of the Ex change while he was out. He was present when the sale of Lehigh Valley at 35 was made, and his heart gave a great jump, for he realized he was $3,000 to the good as the market then stood. When he reached the office another sale at 40 of a thousand shares appeared on the ticker. of fifteen minutes he had made $1,500 more. 'rhe la s t sale recorded just before the Exchange closed for the day was of 1,200 shares at 52. Sid was almost dazed by the sudden and rapid rise of the stock. So far his paper winnings were $27 a share on bis first hundred ana $28 a share on his second two hundred, in all $8,300 profit in half a day. "Great Cresar .. be exclaimed to himself, "I wonder how much higher it will go!" He couldn't get. home fast enough that afternoon to tell Nellie the good news He didn't mean that his mother should know anything ab0,,+, his stock operations until, as he confided to his ----::=--:-===---=------....,, sister under a pledge of profound secrecy, be could sur prise her by placing in her hands a nice little wad of cash with which to buy herself a new gown and hat and other things she very much needed, and which their limited :finances had preventei;1 her from getting. To Nellie alone had Sid confided the fact that he had a small growing account in a savings bank, and the last thing Mrs. Grant would have thought of was that her son had e ngaged in any stock speculating. Nellie saw by her brother's excited face that something unusual was in tho wind, and she waited impatiently for him to tell her whnt it was. "It's Lehigh Valley," whispered Sid, for his mother was in the room at the time. "Has it gone up?" Nellie asked, eagerly. "Well I should say it had. The cat was let out of the bag about noon to-day, and then there was the dickens to pay on the floor of the Exchange. I dropped in at the vis itors' gallery at 1 :30, and you'd have thought there was a regular battle around the Lehigh Valley post The brokers were falling over one another trying to get hold of some of the shares, and they were not to be got until tlie price had gone up to 35, when somebody unloaded a measly three hundred shares. They were snapped up before you could wink. The next sale was 1,000 at 40. Now what do you think the stock closed at for the day?" "I haven't the least idea." "Fifty-two, and my profits so far, not deducting the commissions, amount to-now don't jump, sis-$8,300." Nellie gave a little scream of delight. "There isn't the least doubt in my mind that I'll clear at least $10,000 on this deal, thanks to that $500 I re ceived from Goodwin, Nash & Co. for returning the pocketbook of theirs I was so lucky as to find. You know I told you last night that I put $480 of that into 200 shares of the Lehigh Valley." "Yes, dear, I remember. Won't mother be surprised when you tell her of your good luck?" "Surprised! Well, say, sis, she'll almost have a fit," he chuckled. "When do you expect to realize?" ."Just as soon as I think high-water mark has been reached." "There isn't any danger of the stock going down again suddenly, is there?" she asked, a bit anxiously. "Very little. This isn't like an ordinary boom, where a stock is forced away above its normal value by a clique merely for the purpose of making a big profit on the rise. This is the real. goods. Lehigh Valley has practically doubled in value by getting control of the Pennsylvania Short Line Railway. It not only gives the company a low transportation rate to Pottstown, but it places a busi ness rival-the Yankee Doodle 0. & I. Co.-at their mercy. Before long that corporation will be compelled to sell out to Lehigh Valley. The par vale of L. V is 50, and it's bound to go ten points above. At any rate I mean


8 BOSS OF THE MARKET. I to hold on till it reaches 60, which it ought to do toance, dear," said Elsie, seating h e r self beside Nellie and morrow." taking her hand in hers. "I have heard s o much about "And if it does, how much will you make?" asked his you from your brother that I felt I really mus t see you." "You are very kind to call on me," replied the invalid, "About $10,500." with a glad look in her eyes you'll be rich." Elsie's almost affectionate manner toward her warmed "For a messenger-yes." her heart toward the visitor, and she felt she could love "Oh, lots of grown-up people would consider themselves her like a sister rich if they owned as much as that." "Not at all. It was very nice of your brother to invite "It doesn't count for much in these tlays of big forme. I think I sha ll like you very much indeed, Nellie. tune s." You see, I am growing familiar already," sh e laughed. "It's awful nice to have so much money to call on, for Jow you must call me Elsie. There must be no for-ev. erything i s so high-food, rent and suc11. mality between us." "That's right. I'll give mother $500, and with the rest "Oh, I like you already," cried the crippled girl, with I'll keep my eyes on the lookout for another chance to 1 an eagerness that quite touched Elsie's gentle heart. make more." I "I am glad to bear it," and she bent over and kissed : "Well, I hope you'll be careful not to lose it." her new friend on the cheek. "Don't worry. I mean to be cautious." Nellie was taken by surprise, and the tears sprang to Next day was Saturday and Lehigh Valley opened at her eyes. 53 1-8. "May I kiss you, too?" she asked, with an eager diffi-It reached 60 at eleven o'clock, and then came a lull in dence. the trading of this particular stock. "Why, of course you may," replied Elsie, putting her At half-past eleven it had only advanced half a point, arm around the girl's waist. so Sid telephoned his broker to sell. : Nellie impulsively threw her arms around Elsie's neck Inside of ten minutes hi s 300 shares 1rnd passed into land kissed her. other hands, and Sid had made $10,700 profit "I am so happy," she said. When the Exchange closed at noon Lehigh Valley had "Great Scott!" grinned Sid. "Don't I wish I was you touched 61 for about a minute, sis." 1 CHAPTER V IN WHICH ELSIE CARTER CALLS ON NELLIE GR.A.NT. At one o'clock Sid, feeling lik e a king, went around to Baring & Co. and fou_nd Elsie Carter waiting for him. They took a Broadway car on Eighth street and walked down that thoroughfare to Sixth avenue. Crossing the avenue diagonally, they entered Chri s to pher street and kept straight on till Sid's home was reached. The visitor was expected and lunch was waiting on the table. "Mother," said Sid, "let me make you acquainted with Miss Elsie Carter." "I am very happy to meet you, niy dear," replied Mrs. Grant, greeting the girl warmly. "Sid has talked so often about you that you seem almost like an old friend.'' Nellie was attired in a new and pretty gown that Sid had bought for the occasion, and s he very charming as she reclined on the lounge with her crutch beside her. "This is my s ister Nellie, Miss Elsie," said Sid, leading the pretty stenognpher to the .lounge. "Nellie, this is Miss Elsie Carter." "I am s o glad to know you," said the crippled girl, beamingly. "And I am very much pleased to make your acquaintElsie blushed to the temples. "Don't mind him, Elsie. You don't know what a ridic ulous .boy my brother is." "Oh, come now, Nellie, don't try to blast my reputation with Miss Carter. If you ,do she won't call on you again." "The idea!" laughed Elsie. "Now the tea and other things will be quite cold if you don't set up to lunch, my dear s, interposed Mrs Grant, coming into the "Miss Elsie, allow me to escort you to the table," said Sid, gallantly. "I am going to let you sit alongside of sis." Elsie s miled and permitted him to seat her. Then he helped his sister to her customary chair, and the little mother began pouring out the tea. Sid kept things on the hum pretty much during the meal, and the young peop le enjoyed themselve s greatly. Afterward the boy led the way to the sitting-room, and Elsie insisted on helping Nellie herself. Sid opened the piano and his sister played a number of pretty pieces in quite a brilliant manner for her vis itor, who complimented the crippled girl on the remarkable ability she displayed as a pianist. Elsie was easily persuaded to remain to t ea, but long before that time arrived the two girls had become fast friends, much to Sid's delight. At eight o'clock Elsie sa id it was time for her to go home, so Sid got his hat and prepared to see that she got there safe ly.


BOSS OF THE MARKET. 9 "Good-by, dear," s aid the pretty stenographer, taki'ng an affectionate leave of her new friend. Good-by," Nellie, throwing her arm s lovingly about the girl's neck. "You will come to s ee 1!1-e again, won' t you-s oon?" "Yes dear. I will be glad to do so. Don't you think that you will become strong enough by and by so that you could come and see me with your brother? My mother will be very glad to know my new chum-for you're going to be my chum aren t you?" "Oh, if you will only let me be that I will be the happi est girl in the world,'' cried Nelli e tears of joy ru s hing into her eyes "Of cour s e I'll let you,'' lq,ughed Elsie. "I've never had a real chum yet-one that I cared to take to my heart. I'm afraid I"m awfully particular; but you seem to be just the one I'm looking for. There, don't cry, dear. We' re going to be the best friends from tl'iis out." She kis sed Nellie s quivering lip s bade Mrs. Grant good night, and followed Sid out of the door. "Miss Elsie,'' said the lad, his voice full of emotion, as they walked up the street, "you re one of the finest girls in the world You 've made my sister happier than she's been for many a long day. And that makes me happy, because Nellie is everything in the world to me. You don' t know how patient and good she is, but you will learn that in time. You are the one girl I would have picked out for Nellie if the choice had been wholly mine. For the kindne s s and tendernes s you have shown my little sister to-day you will consider me your staunch friend. For her sake, if not for my own, l would go through fire and water to s e rve you. .I couldn't say more than that if I talked for an hour." "Thank you," replied Elsie, softly. "I have taken a great fancy to Nellie, and I feel I shall love her very much. She is the sweetest girl I have ever met." Elsie lived in Brooklyn, and Sid saw her safely to her door. "You must come in and let me introduce you to mamma," she said. So Sid allowed himself to be persuaded and found Mrs. Carter to be a fine little woman. She was quite taken with the stalwart, handsome boy, and was much inte re s ted in her daughter's account of his sister, whom Elsie described as one of the loveliest persons she had ever known. She invited Sid to call and spend an evening, and hoped that some Sunday he would be able to bring his sister ove r for a whole afternoon. On Monday Sid got his check from his broker s together with a statement of his account. At the first c hance he hire d a s afe d e posit box and put his money, all but $750, into it for safe keeping. The $750 he took home that night, full of anticipation of the surprise he was going to spring on his mother and incidentally on his sister, too. He showed the roll to Nellie and gave her the win)r as they sat down to supper. "You children seem to be greatly amused about something," remarked Mr s Carter, toward the close of the meal, for s he couldn't help noticing the tickled expression that sat u pon their faces, and which she could not wholly conceal. "Sure we are," grinned Sid. "J;, pre s wne I am not to be admitted to your confidence," smiled the little widow. "If you are very good we may let you in on a great secret," chuckled her son. "So it's a secret, is it? Children should have no secrets from their mother," replied the widow, beaming upon them. "That's right, mother. But this is an uncommon se cret. I'm afraid if I tell you it will knock you silly." "Oh, mamma," cried Nellie, "you'll be so ha-ppy when you hear it." "Then it must be a very nice secret." "It certainly is. Do you know, mother, I think you need a new dress badly,'' said Sid. "New dresses cost money, my son, and money is not so plentiful :vith me that I can afford to be extravagant." "But supposing somebody presented you with the money to buy yourself a nice new gown and a hat, too, not to speak of a lot of other things I know you are very much in need of, what would you say to that?" "I am sure I don't know what I should say. I should be very much surprised." "Don't you know any good friend who would do that much for you?" chuckled Sid. "No,'J replied the little woman, shaking her head. "People in our position are seldom blessed with friends who can afford to be so liberal as all that." "But," persisted the boy, "isn't th,ere two persons in this world whothink there isn't any one quite so g_ood and nice as you are? Who are just dying for an opportunity to make you as happy as the day is long? Isn't there?" "You mean you and Nellie?" answered Mrs. Grant, with an indulgent smile. "I do. Well, one of these two persons has had a stroke of luck. He has raked in a small wad of boodle. He thinks it is only right that you should come in for a share of his prosperity, so he has brought home a slice of his winnings and he takes great pleasure in handing the same over to you, knowing that you need every cent of it and will use it to the best advantage." Thus speaking, Sid drew out the roll of bills, counted out $500 and tossed them over to his mother. Mrs. Grant was certainly astonished, but her astonish ment increased when she opened the wad up and saw how much there was in it. "Why, Sid, where did you get all this money?" s he ask ed with a look of wonder. "I made it, mother."


1\ BOSS 01!' THE MARKE'!'. ======--"Why, there are $500 here. How could you possibly 1tions on certain inside information the chief member of make all that?" the combine had managed to get hold of. "I made it out of the stock market." What this information was the brokers 'didn't mention, "But I don't understand how you could do that." probably because they didn't know themselves. "Don't you? Well, that is only a fraction of JJ/.Y profits Sid heard enough, however, to convinae him that C. & from a deal I closed out last Saturday. I cleared $10,700." U. was a good stock to go into for a quick deal. "Sidney Grant!" exclaimed his amazed mother. So at the first chance he looked up the late quotations "I really, mother. Listen and I'll tell you all and saw that the stock was. ruling at 60. about it." He went to his sae deposit box, drew $6,000, and taking He then told her the story 0 his stock ventures from it around to liis broker put it up on 1,000 on the usual the time he started in with $25 he managed to save one margin. way or .another. It was nearly a week beore C. & U. showed any signs He explained how he had acaumulated $260 unknown of unusual activity. Then he noticed a great number 0 to her; how he had got his tip on the Lehigh Valley sales at prices from 60 1-8 to 63. C. & I. Co. ; how he had foqnd the pocketbook and for After that the price rose rapidly to 70. returning it to the owners had been presented with $500, Sid had visions of a big haul and was congratulating and how with this $750 he had managed to buy 300 sliares himself on the probable winning of $25,000, when he of the coal and iron company s stock. heard Grigsby tell Mr. Baring, as the latter was leaving tbe office, that in his opinion C. & U. would go to pieces "I sold out Saturday for 60, mother, after buying 100 b tl d t d Af . 1 e ore 1e ay was ou shares at 25 an 200 at 24. ter paymg comm1ss1ons . t th 1 t t d I 1 t ti $lO "'OO This statement so frightened Sid that he rushed to the came m o e sum s a e mve go 11s h d d 11 h ld . p one an or erec 11s s ares so lockccl up m a safe deposit box m Wall street. My $750 Th" 1 h d f t d t d . . . is was accomp is e 1n a ew m1nu es, an i1ex ay capital on which I operated I am dmdmg between you h f d h' 1 $ 9 1750 k t onl 1 r ellie-$500 to vou and $250 to sis Thus speaking, e oun imse poc e S l th th b 1 f th 11 t h. t 1 C. & U., however, d1dn t go to pot as soon as Gngsby it rcw e a ance o e ro m o is sis .er s ap. "Tl N 11. l'ttl f I th ht t had calculated, but kept on up to 78, when the pool havrng iere, .r e 1e, is a 1 e surpnse or you. oug i ll t d d f 't f t 1 11 th ,, got a out of it hat they wanted, aban one it to its ate, 1r::.s n au o wor c it a on mo er. . . and those who were caught m the .crash lost a good bit of Sid laughed with great glee as he saw the look upon money as a matter of course. c llie's face as she picked up the money. A dav or two after he had realized on his last deal he And while he was his mother r_an around the was sent over to Baring & Co. with a mes s age, and he took table and smothered him with thanks and kisses, and after advantage of the fact to cro in and have a word with Elsie Nellie insisted on taking her innings, so that for ten minCarter. 0 utcs as he afterward declared, had the time of his life. 'rhe first thing she said was that Oakley Thorne had met her as she was on her way home the preceding after noon and had annoyed her with his attentions all the way to the bridge cars. CHAPTER VI. "I do wish he woula leave me alone," she said, with an indignant toss of her head. "If he only knew what I HOW SID TOOK A FALL OUT OF BRADFORD, WINBERRY & co. thought of him I don't think he'd be 80 persistent in his Next day while sitting in the sitting-room of a certain broker's office where Grigsby had sent him with a message he overheard a couple of well-known brokers talking about a deal that was forming in C. & U. stock. He listened intently to their conversation, though he pretended to be engrossed with his memorandum book. They paid very little attention to him and carried on their r emarks in a low tone; but Sid had sharp ears, and consequently very little they said escaped him. He found that the stock, which was unknown to him, was selling quite low in the market, owing to the fact that the road hadn't paid a dividend in years and the prevail ing impression that it was on the verge of going into the hand s of a receiver. The pool that expected to booming this parti c ular stock make a lot of money by were basing their calculaattentions." "Those kind of fellows are pretty hard to shake," re plied Sid. "It is too bad you made his acquaintance at all." "It was none of my seeking. Miss Sachs, wh6 works for Bradley & Co., right across the corridor, introduced me to him one day when I went to lunch with her; and ever since he seems to make all sorts of excuses to talk with me." "The only thing you can do is to show him that his society is not agreeable to you. If he's a half-way gentle man he ll take the hint and sheer off." "How is Nellie to-day?" she asked with a smile "She's been feeling tiptop ever since you were at the house. She told me to give you her love when I saw you, and say she hopes you will call on her soon." "You can tell her I'll call on Saturday afternoon."


BOSS OF THE MARKET. 11 "Shall I drop in here for you?" he asked eagerly. He accidentally discovered that the Bradford, Winberry She smiled coquettishly. & Co, clique were working up a boom in D. & L. shares. "I have no objections." The Bradford people had determined to send it up to ''All right, then, that is settled," he replied in a satis: 110 if they could and then get out from under and l et it :fied tone, and he took his leave a few moments afterward. fall back to its old sta nding. He ran against Oakley Thorne, on the gro11nd floor of '!'hey began operations by oirculating rumors againd the building. the road, and :finally succeeded in breaking the prevailing That young man gav13 him a black; loo\<, for he guessed price so that it fell to 82, at which point they bega:n. to he had been up to Baring & Co.'s office, and wa1:1 s11re he load up. had been talking to Elsie Carter. It was at that point Sid found out what they were up to Sid didn't mind black looks from persons like Thome, through II. pencilled note that fell into his possession and he went on his way chuckling to himself, for he was while he was in the Vanderpool building, where their satisfied that Oakley's nose was out of joint so far as offices were looated. Elsie Carter was concerned. 1 Sicl felt no conipi1nction about 11sing this information The stock market was pretty active those days al}d Sid on tl1e principle that all is fair in the stock market, a:11d had about all the work he could attend to. particularly because his employer and the Bradford crowcl It wasn't long before Sid found out that hi s employer were at daggers dniwn, was making a big fight to retain oont+ol of the United But he resolved to defeat their object of getting hold of Tractions lines of New Jersey. a large qantity of the stock at the low price t\len ruling He was pre1>ident of the holding company, a!ld the he could and make a few dollars himself at the same directors were gentlemen identified with his interests. time, . The opposition had been buying up such stock as they So he to go. to his i;afe box, draw $16,could find .floating around, in the li.ope that they would 4oo of his $ 20,000 capital 1md p11t it up on 2,000 shares secure enough of it to give them a controlling interest. of D. & L, at 82. On the face of it this didn't seem probable, as it was As soon as he was sur.e his .comm.ission. had been. axeknown that the Grigsby clique had a majority of the stock, cuted, he a five-mmute mtery1ew with Mr. Gngsby and certainly there didn't seem to be any likelihood that and ll?owed the. note h'e had found, . any of them would part with their holdings. I Gngsby grmned like fiend when he read it, patted St.11 th "bl W ll St t o:i:i the back, grabbed his hat and rushed over to the Ex1 every mg Ill poss1 e m a ree h Jim Bradford, of Bradford, Winberry & was the c t th b" b k d hi f t h d d f f h h b d t n en mmu es e ig ro er an s neQ4s were au ea an ront o t e movement t at was e1pg ma e o b'dd' th B df d b k D & T d 1 t d G b d h. f d i mg e ra or ro ers on +' an cncu a mg 0 ;p df Y an fi s b d f rumors about the road tlJat used the stock to rush back th ra or i...watsGa. gb er rom waybt acf .adn fahis. oxy as to 90 in no time, and then send it up to 95. ey come, .... u ngs y was not a i a ra1 o m, or a Wh t h d th t :fi h. 1 d . d t d sd d l .k h. en I reac e a gure, w 1c11t i nex ay, i o.zen 1 e im. ld t h' h fi f ll! . so ou 1s s ares at a pro t o 'l'2::i,5QO. T4e newspapers a good deal about the contest G b 1 t t t b fit 11" 1 11 between these two men, a!ld said that it promised to be a 1 1nglda} a t&lo .go crhout a a setlmtg nthearBy ad b ttl -l b t T"t f :fi ns 10 mgs 110110 s range 10 ers uec y o e ra a e roym e weell i ans o nance. At t l th r k h. b ford brokers, and then Bradford, Wmberry & Co., after presdenb 0! Ydf edpre immary s umis mg was an effort to send the shares above 97, sold out engmeere y .vra or . . as soon as tl10y could at a fair profit, but far below the Reporters were constantly trymg to reach Gngsby s ear, .11. tl h d t t d t t k d . t tl "d t k d b S"d h } fill IOn iey a S ar e OU O ma e. an were JUSt as persis en y s1 e-rao e y i w en 10 Th dd th t f h t :f 't . ey were ma er an a nes o orne s, or i was was m the office at the time one of them appeared on the .d t t th th t th 1 h d 1 k d t h ev1 en o em a e1r p ans a ea e ou some ow, scene. though in spite of their best efforts to find out how this Every once in a while one of these geutlemen of the had happened, they failed to get an inkling of the true pen succeeded in waylaying the big broker on the street state of affairs. him for his opi:i:iion aa to the probable r.esult A few days later they found out that it was Grigsby or Bradford s. but .all he could get out. of Qngsby who had practically done them and they were more was a sardomc gnn, which meant volumes if one only furious than ever. knew how to translate it. It was a'Qo11t this time that Sid nm smack against an other good thing. And be wasn't looking or tips either, as he was alniost too busy to make use of suoh a thing. Stjll he wasn't the lad to let a snap get away from him at any time. CHAPTER VII. SID IS 'BOUNCED" FROM MR. GRIGSBY'S EMPLOY. Sid had now acc11m11lated a capital of $46,000, and lie began to have visions of presentlv bloEsoming out as & brQker on his own accoiwt.


BOSS OF THE MARKET. "I guess I've worked as a messenger long enough. I and Mr Grig sby chuckled as he noticed the boy's expres don't know what Mr. Grigsby's object is in keeping me sion. running hl.s errands for so long, unless he 's afraid to em"The whole Street is going to learn that I don't approve ploy a new boy, but just the same I'm tired of it. I think of an employee of mine speculating in the :larket on his I'll have a talk with him." own hook while he's working for me." So he asked for an interview one day and got it. "That's why you re going to fire me, is it?" said Sid. Then he up and told Mr. Grigsby that he had decided to "Precisely. I'm going to use that as the excuse. I go into business on his own hook. have been hunting for a reason to boune you for three He expected to see his employer look disgruntled at the months back and now I'm glad to say you've furnished me idea of parting from him. with one your s elf." Instead of that Grigsby only favored him with one of "If I had known you wanted to get rid of me I'd have his sardonic smiles. resigned long ago." "How :mch money have you made in your deals on the Grigsby grinned like a famished goat. market?" demanded the big broker, sliarply. "Young man, you evidently have not grasped my meanSid nearly fell off his chair, the question took him so ing; but I don t blame you. look here; what I am much by surprise. going to say to you i s in the strictest confidence. You're He had never dreamed that Grigsby even suspecW. that going to be publicly bounced from your s ituation as my he had been speculating in stocks. mes senger it is true; but you're not going to be bounced Brokers usually object to their employees doing such a from my confidence." thing, and Sid suddenly began to see visions of a bounce, "Sir!" exclaimed Sid, still more bewildered. "I don't which was not exactly the way he wanted to separate himquite understand--" self from Mr. Grigsby, even if he did feel reasonably inde"Keep your ear s open and you will," interrupted the Pendent in the possession df a fat wad. broker. "I have watched your closely foi: the past year "Forty-six thousand dollars, sir," faltered the boy. and I have decided that you possess all the qualities that Sid expected to see Mr. Grigsby look paralyzed a.t the go to make up a successful broker. Left to your own size of his winnings, but again he was disappointed. 1 t F devices you were b?und to get there sooner or a e r. or Grigsby merely regarded him with another hyena-like of my own I have resolved to hasten that moment. grin. I want a new broker. Somebody that the Street will never "Humph!" the broker ejaculated; "pretty good for a s u s pect is in collusion with me. If I allowed you to resign boy like you. How much did you make out of the rise in as you intended, and you branched out in the way I intend D. & L. the other day?" you s hall, what would be the inference after your record "I made $25,500, sir." l ? Wh th t I b k f t t in my emp oy. y, a was ac mg you or a s ar "And I made $250,000 on your tip." at least. That wo:tJ.'t do at all. I have got to adopt some "I'm glad trhear it, s1r." d' h 'th t t 11 J.- v means to ISarm s ue a s u sp1c1on, w1 ou ac ua y 4rmgAnother sardonic grin from Grigsby. ing you into dis grace. Nearly every broker in the Street "As I am not in the habit of taking such tips for noth-who knows you ha s a good opinion of you. I have heard ing, I shall make you a little present. Amos seat you praised a hundred times, and people wonder why I on the Stock Exchange was sold under the hammer yes-haven t promoted you. That was my business. Your terday. Baring & Co. bought it in at my orders. I intend s alary ha s been rai s ed from time to tim e but y ou s till to give it to you." remained my messenger. It i s part of my bu s iness meth"To me!" gasped Sid. ods that out s id e r s s hall not und e r s tand m e Whe n you "Precisely-you. Now, listen, young man, I'm going leave m e next Saturd a y I s hall mak e it public that you to have a talk with you. You called for this interview and I are through with each other for good. There is a and thus got a trifle ahead of me; but to-day i s as good as s uite of two room s for rent at No. Wall Street. You to-morrow for what I've got to say. You're about a s smart had better hire the m as s oon as you quit here. You can a boy as I have ever come across. You've worked faith-eas ily s car e up the necessary references. I think you fully for me as messenger for something more than three s howed me a letter from Goodwin, Nash & Co., in which years, and I appreciate it, but ju'st the same I'm going to that promi s ed to do you a favor whenever you stood bounce you just as hard as I can, and the whole Street i s in need of it." going to know that I'm through with you for good and "Yes, sir," replied Sid. all." "Very well. Call on Mr. Goodwin next Monday and "Do you mean that, Mr. Grigsby?" gasped Sid in great tell him you are g oing into business for yourself and you dismay. wis h to refer the a gent of the building to him. Don't fail "Did you ever know me to say anything I didn't mean, to t e ll him tha t I hav e b o unced you for speculatin g on young man?" grinned the big broker. your own hook, and be sure to give me as hard a name as "No, sir," admitted Sid, looking down in the mouth ,' you can-that'll please with a grin, "for he


BOSS OF THE MARKET. 13 hates me like poison. I can stand it. You understand my meaning, I guess." "I am beginning to see light," said Sid, with an intelli gent smile. "Your name will be put up in the Exchange fur mem bership, and as you are so well liked I think you will have no difficulty in getting elected At any rate, the seat is yours. It is worth $88,000, and is to that extent a first class asset. Mr. Baring will furnish you with the -name I and address of an old gentleman who a thoroughly capa ble bookkeeper and cashier. He is acquainted with the stock brokE'i11ge business from A to Z, and will be of great value to you as an adviser. He may be fully trusted with the secrets of your business. Mr. Baring will also send you his own stenographer, as it is inadvisable for you to hire a strange girl." "Do you mean Miss Carter?" asked Sid, with a thrill of pleasure. "I do. Mr. Barink thinks you and she wi\l pull well together, and it is absolutely necessary to my interests that you have a stenog rapher who can be trusted implicit ly. Do you understand?" "Yes, sir. Miss Carter fills the bill in that respect," said Sid, enthusiastically. "So Mr. Baring assures me. Now, whatever business I s end you must be executed with promptness and dispatch My orders will in no case come to you direct, but through some broker in my confidence, and will invariably be in cipher, the key to which I will furnish you. H I require to see you personally, a note will reach you to that effect, appointing time and place. It is almost certain that I sha ll use you in my fight to retain control 0 the United Traction Co. I expect to have the battle of my life with Jim Bradford for the upper hand in that company. He and Winberry have held a considerable block of the trac tion stock for some time, and they have been gradually increasing their holdings. Still under ordinary circum stances they can only get s o far and no farther. But a certai n contingency is liable to arise in the near future which will throw a big block 0 the stock on the market. H this happens, and Bradford buys it in ahead of me, I am beaten. H e i s fully informed of this chance, and will use every endeavor to prevent me from getting bold 0 it. I anticipate some trick on his part at the critical moment, and I propose to go him one better. It will be a case of diamond cut diamo1id between us. H Jim Bradford can get the better of Samuel Grigsby it will be a red-letter day for him in Wall Street Now, Sidney, I am giving you the chance of your life to show what you're made of. I have little fear but you will come out a winner, for I am seldom mistaken in my estimate of a person's char acter. I am going to bank on you to a considerable ex tent. It is not impo ssib le that the fate of my fortune may hang on the result of something you may be called upon to do. I am not afraid that you will fail me." "You can depend on me to the letter, Mr. Grigsby," re plied Sid earnestly. "I am sure I can. Remember, your reward will be in proportion to the service rendered. That is all now. Grigsby returned to his desk, and Sid returned to the reception-room to ponder over the new phase of the busi ness career he was about to enter upon. CHAPTER VIII. HOW SID'S DISCHARGE AFl!'EC'l'S DIFFERENT PEOPLE. "Mother," said Sid, walking serenely into the dining room that afternoon just before supper, "I've got the G B." His sister looked up quickly from the lounge on which she was seated, and noticing the grin on his features began to smile as if Sid had said something amusing. "What do you mean, my son?" asked Mrs. Grant, star ing fixedly at her boy. "Just what I say, mother. Mr Grigsby ha s given me the bounce, to take effect on Saturday," laughingly. "Why, Sid, you ridiculous boy!" cried his sister; "what do you want to startle mother that way for?" "Don't you believe me?". "Why, of course I don't. Just as if Mr. Grigsby would discharge you! Aren't you his right bower, as always called yourself?" "Sure I am; but when the little joker comes into the game it takes the right bower, and there you are." "What little joker are you talking about?" That's a secret, sis." "I you were not to have any secrets from me?" said Nellie, with a pout "This is not my secret, so I can't share it with you." "Please do explain what you are talking about." "Well, lVIr. Grigsby has 'discovered that I have lately made a practice of spec ulating in the market. He says he can't have an employee in his office who tries to make as much money as the boss; therefore he said he thought it was time that I sought fresh fields and pastures new. So he has engaged another messenger to try ancl fill my old shoes, and the new boy starts in on :Monday morning." "And you promoted to a better position in the office, is that it?" Nellie sai d beamingly, for s11e thought she had gues sed the riddle. "No," replied Sid "You're wrong. I'm not promoted. I'm out of the office for good and all." "Oh, Sid," exclaimed hie mother and siste r in one breath "On M01; I start in business for myself," g ri'nned the boy. "In business for yourself!" they cried in s urprise. "Precisely, a s :Thir. Grigsby would say. I'm going to be the boy broker of Wall Street-the only one of his kind. A hummer from Hummerville. and don't either of yoi:__ make any mistake about it."


14 BOSS OF THE MARKET. "You doo't really mean that, Sid," said his sister, They had no idea he had made more than a few hundoubtfully dreds, or poss ibly a thousand or two, and were curious to "I do mean it, sis," in a tone which assured them he find out just how much he was worth. was quite i:Q. earnest. But Sid didn t believe in l etti ng other people know his "Come, tell us all about it." busine ss, .. so he laughingly replied that he had acquired "I will as soon as I have had something to eat. Put up Amos Jordan 's sef;\t in the Exchange, and that his name the supper, mother, will you-that's a good dear I'm was about to be put up for member s hip and he hoped all as hungry as a hunter." the broker s would vote for him, which they promised to Mrs Grant, very much :fl.uttered over the news that her do, though they thought he was joking. son was about to leave his fine position, as she had always They made however, and found that the J or considered it, hastened to dish up. dan seat had really been purchased for Sidney Grant, and Nellie herself was in a :fl.utter of excitement and curithey began to marvel how he hf;ld managed to make so osity to find out what her brother's plan s were much money. She knew that he had something like $46,000 in the They tried to find out what broker had been aating for vault of the trust company, and that looked like a fortune Sid, and failed to discover, as Flint, Peabody & Co., who. in he r eyes. had done what business Sid had transacted, were not A s he had met with uniform success in his ventures on closing the confidentii:ll matters of their customers. the market, she was not so surprised that he had decided All the brokers who were opposed to Grigsby, or had to branch out on his own account. lest money through his clever manipulation of the market In fact, to say the truth, she was rather 1 delighted than in years past, were rather glad to learn that the big opera otherwise that her brother was about to become a real tor had made such a mistake as to bounce so valuable an Wall Str eet broker employee as young Grant, who they had found from ex: How nice it would be after this to refer to him as such. perience was incorruptible. How proud she would be of his business success, for Jim Bradford snickered when the news reached his surely he would now go on and make a raft of money; ears. they would move into the new bouse Sid had been talking He immediately told his partner, Winberry, and they about buying, and mothe r and she would have everything both laughed over the circumstance they could wish for. "The old fox will never get another boy anywhere like O h, yes, it would be just the nicest thing in the world Grant," remarked Bradford. "He's a pretty elever youth, for Sid to be a broker that Sid is. Why, he's going to open an office for himself When the meal was nearly over Sid told his mother and on Wall Street, and Ned Baker told me he has actually sister as much about the change in bi s bu s iness pro spects purchased Amos Jordan's se' at that was sold the other day a s he felt it would be fair to Mr Grigsby to confide to for $88,000 What do you think of that, Winberry?" them. "I think it's a cock-and bull story, Jim. Where would There are some business secrets it is necessary and right that boy get $88,000 ?" a person should keep to himself, even from his family, and "He is reported to have made a raft of money out of Sid's arrangements with Mr. Grig sby was one of that sort the market in the last year I've heard half a dozen B y Saturday it was known all over Wall Street that brokers speak about his phenom e nal success." Sidney Grant, Grisby 's crack-a-jack mes senger, had bee n "If he was making so much money it's a wonder he fir ed because he had speculated in the market unknown stayed so long with Grigsby Most boys wouldn't." to the big broker and contrary to his bu s iness views. "Look here, Winberry. It's my opinion that A great many broker s while they admitted that the boy made his haul s out of tip s picked up at Grigsby' s by tricks should not have broken this unwritten rule of Wall Street, that were dark, and that Grigsby found him out and fired nevertheless were surprised that Grigsby should have him. It s tands to reason he couldn't have made so much sacrificed his own ii'i.terests so far as to let such a bright money in the ordinary course of business. I heard that a nd capable lad go. he made $50,000 out of D. & L whc;:e Grigsby euchred Several brokers sympath ized with Sid on the loss of his ns. If ho did, that's to show me that he was on to job and immediately offered him a clerkship in their own the old man's game and took advantage 0 it. offices at a good salary., l "Well, how do you know that this boy is going into busi"Thanks for your offer," was the boy's polite reply to ness for him self?" each Gf the gentlemen, "but I've decided to go int-0 busi"Goodwin told me so. He said Grant called on him to ness for myself I've made a good bit of money lately ask him if he could refer the of the Monadnook And i f I have been so successful while a messenger I don't building to him. He wants to hire an office there s .ee why I can't do ever so much better as my own boss." "How came he to go to Goodwin for referencer" Of course the brokers were very much s urprised to learn "Some time ago he found a pocketbook belonging to t hat Sid had been so fortunate as his words indicated, as Goodwin, Nash & Co., containing the day's bank deposit, w e ll as that he intended to open up as a b:t'Qkei:. a matter of a large amount, a good in cash He found


BOSS OF THE MARKET. 15 it in the corridor of this building, and instead of swiping the money and getting rid of the cheeks, as he might easily have done, he returi;ied it intact to the firm." "The dickens he did He's a remarkable boy," sai d Winberry. "That made him solid with Goodwin. Goodwin is glad of a chance to help him anyway, if only for the satisfaction of getting in a rap at Grigsby. You know the firm hates the old fox as bad as we do on account of the squeeze he gave them in Rock Island six months ago. Goodwin said that Grant is down on his old boss like a carload of bricks, and can't say anything too bad about him." "That so? Perhaps we might work the boy now for a few pointers on Grigsby's methods. We can put a little business in his way, p at him on the back, tell him how smart we think he is, and then pull his leg for all it i.s worth." "That's a good scheme," grinned Bradford. "Just leave him to me. I'll work him to the queen's taste." "We might take him in on this United Traction matter. It is not impossible that he may be wise to some of Grigs by's latest tricks to maintain his holcl on the stock. If we're going to bc!at the old man out on this deal we've got to use every advantage we can get hold of." "I'll keep your suggestio n in mind, and if I think we can trust him I'll use him. I dare say he will be glad to take Grigsby down a peg out of revenge for his bounce." The two brokers then began to talk about something else. OHAPTEU IX. srn GRANT AND OAKLEY THORNE COME TO BLOWS. Sid hired the suite of offices in the Monadnock building to which he had been referred by Mr. Grigsby for $1,800 a year, with the privilege of renewal at $2,000. There was one fair-sized room which he intended to use as a counting-room, with a small space near the door for visit-ers to sit. favor of becoming a depositor at this bank, with the privi lege of signing checks on the conceFn. After signing a certain document, which the president retained, he followed the cashier to his room and signed the signature book. Then he received a pliss book with an entry for the $46,000 he had brought with him, and the formalities were over. Evidently somebody had guaranteed to be responsi ble for all the boy's transactions with the bank. While Sid was superintending the placing of the clesks and :fixings on Tuesday morning, a gray-baited, pleasant-looking man of 65 came into the outer office and asked Sid if his name was Grant. \ "Yes, sir Are you Mr. Black, who has been recommended to me as a cashier and bookkeeper?" The visitor answered in the a:ffil'rrtative, ancl produced a letter to that effect from Baring & Co. "I am glad to know you, Mr. Black. I think we sha ll get along very well together," said the boy, who liked the man's appearance. "I hope we shall, Mr. Grant;'' replied the other, "ith as much respect as though talking to an older person. "When shall you be ready for me?" "You had better some to-morrow. There will > be nothing for you to do, it is true, except to answer the queries of curious people who may call to find out who the new tenant is. I clare say you know how to deal with such persons." "Yes, sir; I think I do," replied Mr. Black, with a faint smile. "As soon as the books come you will take charge of them, and I will furnish you with the necessary informa tion with which to open them. The safe will be delivered to-morrow, and you can have it placed where you like. You can also alter the position of your tall desk to s uit yourself as soon as the brass partitions are in place." He showed his new bookkeeper through the suite, i::nd then the man went away after promising to call in the morning at ten o'clock, which was the hour that Sid aEkcd him to report. On one of this was a small room he proposed to fit up as his private den, and a still smaller one beyond he At one o'clock, while Sid was sitting at bis desk in his intended for Elsie's use. own room, glancing over the previous day's market reroom not only communicated with the other, but port s there came a knock on his door. also had a door opening on the public corridor. "Come in," said Sid, wheeling around in his pivotAs soon as the lease was signed and the key was in his chair possession Sid bought the n ecessary rugs and office furni-The door opened and in walked Elsie Carter, smiling ture, ordered such printed matter and stationery as he demurely. would need in the business, and sent a sign painter around Sid jumped to his feet at once and extended his hand to letter the counting-room cloor with the words, "Sidney eagerly. Grant, Stock Broker," and the other two doors simp ly "Welcome to my new quarters, Miss Elsie. Allow me "private." to hand you to a chair." That same afternoon he went over to the ManhaHan 1 "Thank you, Mr. Grant," she r eplied, with a rippling National Bank, according to prearrangement, and met : laugh. both the president and cashier. \ ":'.\h. Grant! Oh, come now, Miss Elsie, I wish you'd S o me powerful influence had secured him the specia l m:ikc it Sid when we're all by ourselves."


16 BOSS OF THE MARKET. "Oh, dear me, that wouldn't be proper, would it, con sidering you're my new employer?" "Oh, pshaw! There's nobody here now to listen to you. I'm going to call you Elsie after this when we're alone-that is, if you don't object. What's the use of any formality between us? Of course, when I address you before others it will be Miss Carter." "Very well-Sid." "That's better. I presume you will be ready to report here Monday morning at nine o'clock, or you can make it half-past nine until further notice." "Oh, yes. I was awfully surprised the other day when lifr. Baring called me into his office and told me that for very important reasons he was going to send me over here to work for you. He hoped I had no objection to making the change, for the work would be easy compared to what I was accustomed to handle in his office." "Well, you haven't any objection, have you?" asked Sid, earnestly As he did so they came face to face with Oakley Thorn e, who was standing outside staring at the inscription on ground glass with the utmo st astonishment. Evidently this was the first intimation he had had that Sid had branched out for himself. He was somewhat disconcerted when the door suddenly opened and Sid and Elsie appeared in the opening. He rai sed his hat in a gallant manner to the girl, and without noticing the young broker at all, remarked: "This is an unexpected pleasure, Miss Carter." Elsie bowed coldly and walked off toward the elevator. Much to Sid's indignation, Oakley hurried after her and had the nerve to grasp her by the arm. She started back, and without a w ord of recognition endeavored to pass him. Thorne, though taken aback by her chilliness, neverthe less refused to be repulsed. "Aren't you going to say a word to me, Miss Carter?" he asked, with a smirk "Why, of course not," she laughed. "I am in a hurry, Mr. Thorne," she replied, icily. "You won't find me a hard boss, I ass:ire you, Elsie." "Well, I'm going your way. We can walk together. I "I am not afraid of that." have something to say to you." "Woukj. you like to see your den?" I "I must decline the honor of your company, Mr. "I don't mind," she answered. Thorne." Sid took her into the inner office, which was furn ished "Why, what's the matter?" he asked in some surprise. with a rug, a .neat table for a round bev-''I thought you and I were great friends." eled. gla;,s .for her to see if her hat was on I "Acquaintances you mean, Mr. Thorne. And very re s traight, as Sid Jocosely remarked, and several water cent ones at that." colors on the wall. "Isn't it a lovely little office?" she exclaimed. "Ever so much better than my corner at Mr. Earing's." "I'm glad you like it. When you go to lunch you can let yourself out this door. It has a Yale lock. I will give you the key on Monday." Elsie seemed very much pleased with her new quarters. "Now, Elsie, the reason you were sent to me is because I am likely to have some business of a very confidential nature with a certain broker, whose name must never be identified with this office. You may readily guess who that person is, but you must never breathe it outside. You known to be thoroughly reliable in that respect; that's I why you are engaged to work for me." "Well, I must get back to the office. Mr. Baring told me to drop in and see you and let you know that I would come on Monday." "All right, Elsie." Don't forget to give my love to Nellie." "Of course not. She wouldn't forgive me if I did. She :;ccms to be getting stronger ever si_nce she and you became chums, and I'm going to have :mother bring her down l1ere some day." "'l'hat would be real nice. I hope it will be soon." "Even so, Miss Carter. Still you never treated me s o coolly before. Has Grant been trying to cut me out in your good opinion?" he added, angrily. "You have no right to make such a remark, Mr. Thorne," she replied spiritedly. "But I want to know if he has, so that I can chasti s e the little puppy as he deserves," persisted. Thorne, almo s t furiously. "Are you referring to me, Mr. Thorne?" exclaimed a voice at his elbow. Turning about quickly he confronted Sid, who had fol lowed them unobserved. "Yes, I am referring to you, you fresh kid," snarled Oakley, shoving his fist within an inch of Sid's nose. "You want to keep your lying tongue off me, do you understand?" "Keep your fist away from my face," exclaimed Sid, brushing his arm aside. With a howl of rage, T.horne struck out at him. Sid jumped aside, but only partially avoided the blow. gave a suppressed scream as she saw the blood trickle from a cut inflicted on Grant's forehead by a big ring Thorne wore on his little finger. Then something happened to Oakley. I hope so myself Good-by." "Good-by, Elsie," said Sid, holding the her to pass out. Sid sprang at him and with one blow knocked him stag door open for gering against the corner of the elevator, where he slipped f and went down in a heap. I


BOSS OF THE MARKET. It'll CHAPTER X. A DEAL IN OPTIONS. "Oh, Sid, Sid!" exclaimed Elsie, running to him; "this i s dreadful. Are you much hurt?" "A mere scratch, Elsie," he replied, reassuringly, brush ing the blood drops away with his handkerchief. Oakley Thorne, after lying dazed fo:r a moment or two, sprang to his feet and made a dash at Sid, his face dis torted with rage. Sid side-stepped and easily avoided the blow the infuri ated young man aimed at him. But Thorne wanted vengence, and nothing would stop him till he got it. The re sult was Sid had to get busy in his own defense. "You will have it, eh?" said the yo. ung broker, parrying anoth er vicious blow and smas hing Thorne in the mouth with a force that set his teeth rattling. "I'll kill you!" cried Oakley, making another dash at his opponent. Sid GQolly thumped him in the eye this time, while Elsie looked on with frightened, distended eyes. Thorne was so beside himself that he scarcely heeded the blow, but came on again like a wild bea s t. A couple of brokers came out into the corridor at this moment, and they regarded the combatants in surprise. "What does this mean?" one exclaimed. Bi:ff Swat! Sid s truck out with his left and right in quick succes sion and 'rhorne went down on the concrete floor like a stricken ox. "You'd better take the e levator, Elsie, and get away from this," Sid, gently urging her away: "Oh, I can't leave you, Sid," she cried, anxiou s ly, grasp ing him by the arm. "Let u s go back to your office, plea s e." "What, run away from this cur? No, no, Elsie. He provoked the racket, and it is for 'him to call it off." Thorne staggered to his feet and was caught and held by one of the brokers Several other persons came the corridor, attracted by the rumpus. "What's the trouble?" asked the other broker, turning to Sid. "This fellow attacked me, that's all. He was forcing his attentions on this young lady, who is a friend of mine, and I interfered." "Do you know him?" "I do. His name is Oakley Thorne. He is margin clerk for Bradford, Winberry & C o." "Let me g e t at that puppy!" roared Thorne, struggling with the gentleman who held him. "If he tackles me again I'll pound the face ofi him," said Sid in a tense tone. "He'd better go away and leave me alone if he knows when he's well off." "If you two don't call a halt this is likely to be a police matter," remarked the broker. "Are you employed in this building?" to Sid. "No, sir. My name is Sidney Grant. I am a stock broker, and have only just moved into the building." "Why, you're only a boy." "Don't worry about that, sir. I may be only a boy in years. but I'm a man all right when it comes to business, or defending myself against cads like tha t fellow." The broker who had hold of Thorne was a big man, and the margin clerk, furious as he was, cpuld not break away from him. "Here, young man, this has gone far enough. Pick up your h .at and leave the building or you may find yourself in a station house cell," he said to Oakley. "Let me go, will you ?" demanded Thorne. "I will if you promise to leave here peacefully. Other wise I'll send for the superintendent of the building and hand you over to him." "Do come away, Sid," begged Elsie. "I think you had better retire to your office, young man," said the other broker to Sid. "The sight of you only infuriates that chap. As soon as you are out of the way he'll cool down." "Yes, yes, do come," urged the girl. Somewhat against hi s will, Sid yielded and retired from the fray. "Give me your handkerchief, Sid," Elsie -said. She ran to the wash bas in and wetting the handkerchief came back to where the young broker had seated himself and gently washed the blood away from the trifling wound. "You're very good, Elsie," he said, loo)dng at her wist fully. "But that's not worth bothering about." Re was glad, however, to feel her warm fingers resting upon his forehead, and when s he the handker chief he seized her hands in his and kissed them. Elsie blushed vividly, but did not remove her fingers his grasp. "I'll tell Nellie how kind you were to me, and she won' t forget it." "It isn't worth mentioning," replied Elsie, with down cast eyes. "Elsie," said Sid, "forgive me f<;>r engaging in this scrap, but I couldn't stand by and see that fellow annoy ing you." "There is nothing to forgive You were very good to put yourself out for me. I shall never notice Mr. Thorne again." "I hope you won't. He is not worthy of your attention." "He wanted to walk back to the Vanderpool building with me, and when I refused to have him do so he spoke of you. He is no gentleman." "That's right. He isn't."


'.1.8 BOSS OF THE MARKET. "I hope you won't have any further trouble with him, I Sid. It would worry me if you did." "Would it, Elsie?" asked Sid. "Do you really care for me as much as that?" "I must go no:w," she replied, blushing to her hair. "Mr. Baring will wonder what bas detained me so long." "I will see you as far as the elevator. Will you call and see sis Saturday?" "Yes," she replied in a low tone, not looking 3t him. "Thank you. Nellie will appreciate it very much." When they went out into the corridor again it was empty, and Sid rang the bell to stop a descending cage. After she had stepped aboard she smiled a demure good-by and he went back to his office. Bid opened up shop or business on the following Monday. Between ten and the hour when Sid went to lunch quite ;;, number of brokers who were on speaking terms with the boy visited him to inspect bis "sheep-shearing" apartments, as they jokingly called the office. / '!'bey talked in a hail-fellow-well-met strain, and assured Sid that they' wouldn't do a thing to him when they initiated him on the floor of the Exchange, if be succeeded in getting elected to membership. "I dare say you'll do me up," laughed the new broker; "but it's only once in a lifetime, so I guess I can stand it." "You'll be in crood trim to take the Masonic third de"' gree after we get through with you," laughed a broker named Jones, winki ng at the others. "I suppose it will permissible to get square on you chaps afterward, won't it?" asked the boy. "In what way?" "Oh I mean to take a fall out of some of you in the market the first thing you know.') "Oh, you're dreaming," grinned Broker Jones. "What vou want to do is i;o keep a mighty tight grasp on your bank account, or some of us will have a big slice of it before you've cut your eye teeth." "I'm not worrying about my bank account. I expect to double it before the year is out, at your expense possibly, Mr. Jones." "Mine I Ha, ha, ha I I like that. You're welcome to all you get from me, my boy proker. Perhaps you'd like to buy a nice little block of M. & N. stock. It's ruling at 72 to-day. I'd like to get rid of it." "It's up to you, Jones," several of them said. "I'll let you have it for $600." Sid thought a moment. "All right, I'll take you. Write it out and I'll give you my check for the amount." "Where do you bank P" "Manhattan National." "You're not 21 yet, are you?" asked Jones. "No, sir." "And you have an account at the Manhattan National?" Yes, si'r. Better ask Mr. Williams, the cashier, if you have any doul;>ts on the subject." "I always understood that it wasn't according to IIoyle for business banks to accept deposits .from minors." "It isn't," grinned Sid; "but the president made a special exception in my favor, because he knows I am going to clean some of you chaps out of a lot of your fleece and he wants my account badly." "Well, you have got an all-fired gall, I must say," gasped Jones. "Here's your option. Where's your check?" "Here it is," replied Sid, writing it out. "Now bow much will you give for me to let you off?" "Well, if you haven't a nerve I I never made $600 easier in my life," said Jones as he folded up the check and placed it in his vest pocket. "You only think so, Mr. Jones.' See that you have that stock when I call for it ten days from now." "I'll have it all right, only you won't want it. You've bought the option at 72. Ten days from now it will be in the sixties." "Maybe it will. You're taking that chance. Better buy it to-day if you want to make that $600." "Thanks for your advice, young man. As a broker you're only in your swaddling clothes. After you have bought a few more options like this one you'll learn wis dom." "It's a wonder you haven't learned wisdom enough not to sell such an option on a rising stock." '"rhat's a good one," laughed the other brokers. As a matter of fact, the stock on which Sid bad bought the option was on the eve of a boom, and he had just dis covered that fact and was arranging to buy 5,000 shares on a margin from Flint, Peabody & Co. ; but Jones and the others were not aware of this important fact. So when Broker Jones chucked bis bluff Sid took him "No, thank you. I don't want any to-day." "I thought I'd make you take water," grinned Broker upT. h It fi d t J ho d'dn't hold e resu was m ve ays ime ones, w i Jones, half sneermgly. f t h t d a single share when he sold the option, but expected to Sid didn't like the or a cen' so e urne buy it in below 72, was rushing around like a wild man quickly on the broker and said: t f t d trying to get the thousand shares as close to 72 as he "Tell you what I'll do. I'll take an op 10n o en ays 'f . ht H could. on 1,000 shares of that stock 1 your price is ng ow The stock, however, was scarce for several days after much do you want cash 'down?" "Are you talking business, or only through your hat?" the rise l;>egan, as people .who had it held on to it asked Jones. they saw it going up in value. "I'm talking business, Mr. Jones." Finally' Jones had to pay 76 for the 1,000 shares. The other brokers laughed heartily. Then he notified Sid that he was ready to deliver it.


BOSS OF THE MARKET. 'l'he boy, however, coolly responded that there was no hurry, as the option had five days yet to run. "I am very glad you are so fortunate," she said. "Thank you, Elsie But money isn't everything in thi!! world." Sid's reply made Jones mad because bis money was tied up in the 1,000 shares, representing $76,000 to him. The stock was liable to go to 90 inside of those five days, and here he was pledged to deliver it at 72. "It seems to be regarded as the main chance down here," she replied. "Even the money kings, with all their millions, can't gather it in any too fast to suit their views." In any case, he would be out $4,000 if the stock went no higher. On the morning of the tenth day Sid sold his 5,000 shares for 85, clearing nearly $64,000. Then he called on Jones for the 1,000 shares, sending his check for the full value-$72,000. As soon as they had been delivered by the disgusted Jones, he took them around to Flint, Peabody & Co. and ordered them sold at the market price, which had risen to 86. They were soon disposed of and thus Sid added $14,000 more to his bank account at Broker Jones' expense One or two of the brokers who remembered the trans action in Grant's office, followed it up, and when they found out that their brother operator had been badly caught by the boy broker they circulated the news all through the Street, and so Jones didn't bear the last of his option for many days thereafter, while all the brokers complimented Sid on his shrewdness CHAPTER XI. JIM B RADFORD OALLS ON SID GRANT "If luck sticks by me in this fashion I'll be a millionaire in no time at all," said Sid to himself on the morning following the sale of the 1,000 shares of M & N stock he had received from Broker Jones, as he regarded with complacency Flint, Peabody & Co.'s check for $85,750, w.lJ.ich, together with the customary statement of account, he h!ld received in the morning mail. "Here I'"l:l been just two weeks in business and I've cleared nearly $77,000, and I've not yet been elected a member of the Exclrnnge After I have deposited this check I'll have a bank account of $123,000. Counting the value of my seat in the Stock Exchange, I'm worth over $200,000. Mother might as well pick out a residence in the suburbs that she and sis would like to live in. There's a nice place I was looking at in Caryl that we can get for $8,000. If it suits mother I'll buy it for her right away and we can move up there." He called in Elsie and dictated several letters to her. Then he showed her the check and told her what his r ecent profits were in the two M & N. deals. "You are :inaking money fast, aren't you, Sid?" she mid, with a smile "Yes, it is coming in quite rapidly, but it doesn't fol low that it will continue to come in at the same rate. If it clicl I should begin to fancy I w(ls slated to become a John D. Rockerbilt one of these days "That isn't any Elsie. Look at the trusts, how they are laying it all over the peop l e It looks to me as if they'll have all the money that's in tlrn country by and by, while common people like us will be ohasiAg snow balls. It's simply fierce." <1 It is, indeed I don't know how half the peop l e man age to live "They don't live They just exist. That was the way with mother, sis and .I a year or so ago It took every thing in sigM to satisfy our landlord and furnish us with something to eat and drink. Things are different s i nce I got a start. Now, Elsie, here's a letter in cipher whic h you can copy off on your machine on a sheet of blank paper. Here is a plain envelope which you can address to Samuel Grigsby You've got his Wall Street number I shall want you to take it down to the branch pos toffice, put a special delivery stamp dn it and mail it." At moment his messenger and office boy kuocked a t tl1e door, and, being told to come in, said there was a gen tleman outside who wanted to see him "Did you get his name?" asked Sid as E l s i e r etired to her room "Yes, sir. It's Bradford." "Bradford! Is it a tall man with a black mustac he ? '1 "Yes, sir." Sid gave a low whistle '"That's Jim Bradford, sure enough," he thought I wonder what business he has with me? Does he suspe c t anything, and has come over to pump me? Or what c:ln be his motive? It must be something worth while, or a big gun like the senior partner of Bradford, Winberry & Co. wouldn't drop in on a boy broker like me. I must be on my guard Then he said "Show him in." A moment lat\;Jr Grigsby's bitterest opponent walked into the little room "Hello, Grant," he said, holding out his hand in a friendly way; "glad to see you're one of us So -yoa shco Grigsby at last, eh?" "Hardly. It was Mr. Grigsby who shook me But I don't think I've lost anything by it. Take a seat, Mr Bradford. What can I do for you?" "Well, you might go on the curb and see if you can get me 5,000 Erie preferred at 52." "Is that an order?" asked Sid, in some surprise. "It is As soon as Winberry and I heard you'd broken loose from Grigsby and gone into business for yourself we decided to gfre you a lift, if only to get a crack at the old scoundrel, who I've no doubt wouldn't like to see you get on." "I don't think he'd relish having you put anything i n


. 20 BOSS OF THE MARKET my way," laughed Sid, as he made a memorandum of the I mighty sore on you. It isn't so much what he says against Erie order and handed it to Bradford to sign. I you; it's the way he says it. Now, there must have been "I guess not/' chuckled the broker, affixing his wellsomet hing pretty serious in the wind when a man like known signature to the paper and returning it to the boy. Grigsby fires a boy of your calibre, whom he has educated "Tha: nk you. Small favors are thankfully receivetl," up in the business for his own personal advantage. I have grinned Sid. "I will give this my immediate attention." heard brokers say time and again that in their opinion "You're welcome. How are you making out?" Gr1gsby could better spare any two of his other employees "I haven't any kick coming/' than you. Now, in the face of all that, he not only dis"I understand that you. were very successful m the charges you of a sudden, but he does it in a way that market while you were with Grigsby?" shows he is through with you for good. l;Jnder these cir" I did very well for a boy." cumstances you can't have any love for the old fox. If I "You say that well, Grant," winked Bradford. "Boys was in your place, after getting such a throwdown, I'd do don't usually clear very large sums in their little ventures. all I could to get back at him." Now it is generally believed in the Street that you have "How can I get back at him?" ventured Sid, hoping to made $100,000 or more while you were with Grigsby. draw Bradford out. :Probably more, for you have bought a seat in the Exchange "Oh, there are lots of ways of doin g that," said the for $88,000, and you'll be a full-fledged trader as soon as broker, mysteriously, getting down to the object of his the boys elect you." visit "I hope you'll use your influence in my behalf, Mr. "You might mention one or two," sa id the boy, wonderBradford You know Grigsby may take it into his head ing what the broker was aiming at, for certainly with all to have me turned down." their s hrewdness and experience Bradford, Winberry & "Ill do what I can for you, Grant A s I was just sayCo. had not so far got the best of Samuel Grigsby in any ing, you must have made a good thing while you were in very important particular. Grigsby's employ. Of course, the inference is that you "Look here, Grant, you know there is a movement on made it through tips that you managed to pick up in his foot by certain opposition interests to oust Grigsby and office," said Bradford, pointedly. his from the control of United Traction. You Sid was rather startled at. this suggestion, wl1ich reknow that, don't you?" fleeted on his loyalty to Mr. Grigsby, and he hastened to Sid nodded. deny it emphatically. "Of course you do. rt is going to be a pretty fight in "There's not a word of truth in that, Mr. Bradford/' which everything will count. You know in a general way he replied stoutly. "Tips don't float around Mr. Grigsby's that Winberry and myself are at the h.ead of tl1e opposioffice or your office either, I gues s," he said with a slight tion; that we are leaving no stone unturned to win our smile. "Brokers are pretty careful, a s a rule, about what point-the control of the holding company If we suc escapes them. I worked over three years for Mr. Grigsby, ceed, Grigsby and hi s directorate will get the bounce and and during that time he never let me in on the slight our crowd will take charge of the road. You follow me, est--" don't you?" "Of course not," interrupted Mr. Bradford. "That "Yes, sir." isn't always neces sary You are an uncommonly smart "Very good. Now anybody who gives us a lift in the boy-that's your reputation among the traders. Besides, fight we shall take care of in a handsome way, do you it is believed that Grigsby trusted you to an unusual exunderstand?" tent. At any rate, to all appearances you were hi s right Sid nodded. bower between him and his outside brokers. Under such "Well, here's your chance if you know any of Grigsby's circumstances it is only natural to infer that a cute boy traction secrets. Name your price for any pointer that like after he had saved a little capital, would will be valuable to u s and you sha ll have the money, take advantage of anything that came under his eye." cash In addition, I will guarantee to throw a certain "I beg your pardon, Mr. Bradford," said Sid, flushing amount of businE)ss in your direction. Now, Grant, here botly. "This looks like an insinuation that I appropriated is the chance of your life. What do you say?" information in an und erhand manner." Sid had no pointe r on United Traction in his posses"Don't get warm under the collar, my dear fellow," s ion, nor would he have been so dishonorable as to have laugh ed the broker, lightly. "I'm not actually saying that sold any information that would have injured Mr. Grigsyou did anything of th'at kind." by, even if he had not been, as he was, in his former em "But I don't like the inference," answered Sid. "It is ployer's confidence. a reflection on my character As part of the game he was working in Grigsby's inter"! am not accusing you, Grant," replied Bradford, with est it was necessary that he should try and hold Brad one of his w!cked smiles; "but Grigsby must have had his ford's confidence, and to that end he made a play for time suspicions, ofherwise why should he have let you dow' n so so as to enable him to with hi s late boss and hard? From what I have heard about the .. Street l1e is get a line on hi s course of action


BOSS OF THE MARKET. 21. "I will consider your proposition," he said. "I do not I After a few words had passed between them, Mr. Brae.admit that I have any information about United Traction ford turned to Sid. that would be ot any use to you." "You leave me to judge of that," said Bradford, eagerly. "I'll tell you what I'll do with you," drawing out his check book. "I'll give you $1,000 now as a kind of re taining fee, as lawyers call it. This is independent of the price for such information as you may have: If your pointer is worth anything to us I will pay you for it according as it pans out. If it is of no value to us, you can keep the thousand anyway. That's fair, isn't it?" "H's fair enough," replied Sid, "but I can't accept it." "Why not?" asked Bradford, with a frown. "Because I must have time to figure on this thing be fore I think of making any kind of deal with you." "Nonsense! Why do you want time? I've got the money; if you've got the goods the matter can be adjusted now. In any case you will be $1,000 in." Bradford didn't believe in letting anything get away from him. He had called on Sid with a definite purpose, and he didn't care to leave till he had accomplished that purpo se. Sid felt he was being forced into a corner. He knew he was dealing with a master hand in Wall Street methods. One of the slickest strategists in the b.,..,iness. Bradford was a hard man to stand off, yet Sid had to do this somehow, or maybe lose an important advantage which had come his way. How was he going to do it? CHAPTER XII. IN WHICH SID SELLS A GOLD BRICK TO JIM BRADFORD. "I'll expect to see you at my office after three," he said. "By that time I hope you will have made up your mind to accept my proposition." "I will be there," replied Sid. The broker then wished the ladies good-by and took his leave. "Mother, if you only knew it you couldn't have dropped in on me at a better time," said her son, in a tone of great satisfaction "I am sure I am glad to know that. What a nice office you have! You must pay a good rent." "Not as offices sometimes go in Wall Street. I only pay $150 per month for my three rooms." "You have another one, then?" exclaimed Nellie. "What do you want with so much room?" "It's only a little den, and is occupied entirely by my stenographer." "You mean Elsie. Oh, can't I see her?" "Why, of course you can," he said, opening the door. "Elsie, here are two visitors who are anxious to see you." Elsie darted into Sid's room like a fawn and had her arms about Nellie in a twinklihg. "You darling chum! How good of you to come all the way down here to see us!" The girls kissed as though they hadn't seen each other for a year. Then Elsie kissed Mrs. Grant. "It's too bad I'm out of.this," grinned the young broker ai:l he watched the proceedings with an envious eye. Elsie blushed and Nellie laughed. "Your time will come maybe," said his sister, with a. sly look at her friend. "I hope so," repl'ied Sid, whjle Elsie's face turned scar let, and she hid it on Nellie s sholder, whispering to her that she thought she was just awful to make her feel so embarrassed It was an embarrassing moment for Sid, and he was "Don t mind me, good people," said the boy, turning to wondering how he was going to extricate himself from the his desk; "I have an important matter to attend to that predicament without offending his visitor, when his office will require my attention a few moments." boy .knocked jlnd announced that two ladies were outside. He got out his cipher code and wrote a second message He remembered at once that his mother and sister had to Mr. Grigsby, telling him briefly about Bradford 's visit, promised to call on him that morning. his proposition, to which he had to give a definite answer He gave a sigh of relief. at three o'clock that afternoon, and asked for instrucThey eouldn't have come at a better mGment. tions. He told the boy to send them in, much to Bradford's When he had finished this note he turned around in his annoyance. chair. "Mr. Bradford, this is my mother," said Sid, as Mrs. "I'm sorry to interrupt this delightful tete-a-tete, but Grant, nicely dres s ed, walked into the room. I've got important business for Elsie to attend to. It "Happy to make :your acquaintance, madam," bowed will take her out of the building a little while, but I'll try the broker, relinquishing his chair i.o entertain you both myself until she returns, when it "My sister," said Sid, presenting Nellie, who looked as will be almost time to go to lunch." sweet a s a June rose in a fetching gown, though the crutch He told Elsie to copy the cipher note in a similar manunder her left arm told a pathetic tale. ner in which s he had done with the first one and hand both "Delighted to know you, Miss Grant," broker. said the big copies and originals back to him. When she had done this he signe d them with a signa-/


22 BOSS OF THE MARKET. ture word, which identified the communication as coming from him, placed them in the plain envelope, sealed it carefully and told Elsie to take it to a district messenger office for immediate delivery. She was gone about fifteen minutes, and during that interval the young broker showed his mother and sister oyer his offices, with which they were delighted. Sid then went out to make a busines s call, leaving the ladies together . As soon as he came back he remarked it was time to go to lunch He took them up to a very nice restaurant on Broadway, whe re they spent an hoUl' over their meal, after. which Mrs. Grant and Nellie took a Broadway car for home, and Sid ancl hi s pretty s tenographer returned to his office, where he found a messenger boy waiting for him with an envelope. He signed for it and opened it as soon a s h e got to 11is desk. soft stre ak. The sooner you lose it the better you'll get o n in Wall Street, young man. Eve rybody is out for e v e r y body el se's dough down h e re, and yop want to look to N"Umbe r One fir s t, Ia s t and always. That's a piece of good ad v ice I shan' t charge you anything for, though it's invaluable to a new hand like you. Well, what are the!la pointer s you have on tap? Let me hear if they amount to anythi!lg, anq then we'll talk money." Sid thereupon laid before the big broker the tips furnished him for the purpose by Mr. Grigsby. "I'll have to verify this information," s aid Bradford, when Sid had concluded; "but it look s good enough as it stands for a thousand. I'll give you that much now, and late r on I'll send you another oheck if re sults seem to warrant it." HYou won't forget to throw some bus ine s s in my way, too, will you?" said Sid. "I'll s ee that you get a share of what we give out," an s w e r e d the broker, handing the boy his c heck for $1,000. It was a communication in cipher from Mr. Grig sby, in "Thank you, sir," s aid Sid rising to go. "I hope you which that gentleman furnished Sid with a bogus pointer unde rstand that I am not guaranteeing anything. I have or two to carry to Mr. Bradford. given you thi s information jus t a s it came to me." Sid chuckled after he had disciphered its meaning. "That's all I expect of you, Grant. Good day." "It's like taking money under false pretens es to sell "Good. sir." this thing even to the enemy; but that's the way things Sid pa sse d into the outer office and came almost face w are worked every day in Wall Street. Bradford wouldn t h 't t t t d h h' t M G b face with Thorne, es1 a e an ms an m omg t e same t mg o r. ngs y. r There s going to be a hot old time before the destini e s of, The cle rk stepped back with a of United Traction are settled. Bradford and his clique will j hate on hi s countenanc e and clenched his fis t a s if he have to be slicker than greased lightning to win the final i m eant to stnke the broker. trick. It' s my opinion when the end comes their name H e thought better of it, however. will be mud." "I'll pay y ou back one of the s e day s, Sid Grant," he Three found Sid Grant waiting to be admitted hissed with tho s e word s walk e d on into to Mr. Bradford's private office. th:, countmg-room ... . He had to cool his heels for twenty minutes in the re-Perhaps. you will, . to a s ception-room while the big broker was clos eted with an walked out mto the corridor, but its my op1mon you will not important client. Then Sid s turn came and he was s hown into the inner s anctum. "Well," said Bradford, in a sharp, bu s ine s s-like tone, wheeling around in his chair and confronting the boy. "Are you r e ady to talk business?" "Yes, sir." "I promi sed you $1,000, I think, as an eye-opener." He took up his checkbook. "I won' t take a cent from you, sir, unless my pointers are worth s omething to you. I have been thinking over all CHAPTER XIIl HOW SID WINS THE GIRL OF HIS TIE.A.RT AND WHAT HAP"' PENED TO HIM AFTERWARD. Sid did not deposit the Bradford clieck in his bank but to o k it on the following morning to the s afe depo sit vault s where he had a box, and locked it up. I could remember about United Traction, and I'm not He was an honorable boy and he did not think he ought sure that my information is worth a dollar tg you. I'll to use money that came to him in a questionable way. tell you what I know and it's up to you whether you buy He m eant to return that che c k to Mr. Bradford s ome it or not. I want to act as fair as I can. To tell the truth da.y, to gether with any other he reooived from the s am e I don't like this kind of business. That's why I hesitated quart e r in a connection. at the office." When he got back to his office h e found an order from Bradford had been eying him like a hawk while lie was Grigsby, which had come throu g h Baring & Co., to pUl'speaking. I c h ase 10,000 s hares of C & R. I., to be paid for C. 0 D . "It seems to be a case of conscience with you, eh?,, he on d e livery to Baring & Co. laughed, a bit unpleasantly. "You troubled with a H e manage d to pick up 3 000 s hare s among the eurb


BOSS OF THE MARKET. brokers, and the rest he got after making a tour of a num 1 There was silence in the room for perhaps five minJl.tes1 ber of offices, including Mr. Jones, where he went last. during which the girl cast furtive glances at him "Yes," snapped Broker Jones, who hadn t forgiven Sid he stood. for the smart deal the boy had worked upon him, "I've got Most girls would have voted him a good-looking boy. some Rock Island. What are you paying for it?" He had a well-chiseled profile, an intelligent forehead, "The market price," replied the boy broker, coolly. over which his chestnut curls swept in careless abundance "That's 117 I want an eighth more." a fine pair of eyes that expressed his every mood, and a n "Well, seeing it's you, Mr. Jones, I'll call you. Have athletic figure. you 1,600 shares?" Elsie was certainly not indifferent to his perso n al q u ali Yes. Are you buying them for yourself?" fie:ations, but she was not saying anything "No, sir. They will be paid for delivery to Baring Girls don t as a rule, except among themse lves, pe r-& Co." haps. "All right. Here's your memo." "What are you thinking about, Sid?" she asked, s l yl y "Thank you, Mr. Jones. Good morning." at last. "Good morning," replied the br; oker, shortly "You wouldn't thank me if I was to tell you," he reSid then returned to his office and handed his book-plied, swinging around and facing her. keeper the evidence s that he had purchased 10,000 shares "Why?" roguishly or C. & R. I. for Baring & Co. "Becau s e a moment ago you said, 'No personalities, "Well, Elsie," he said, as he looked in on his stenograplease, Sid.' pher, who was trying to kill time with a popular novel, "Oh!" she exclaimed, looking at the book again "you don t seem to be overworked." There was another spell of silence. "No,'' she laughed; "things are rather slow compared Finally he braced himself like a person who had det e r to what they were at Baring & Co. Can't you scare up a mined to risk his all on one cast of the dice. little more business, Sid?" "Elsie," he said, placing one hand on the book, "I want "Oh, I 've made enough in commissions this morning to you to listen to me. I want to tell you that I care more pay my office expen ses for several months, so I'm not or you than any one in all this world, even Nellie and kicking." mother His voice grew tender and his eyes moist as "Is n t that nice?" those loved names dropped from his lips. "I want you to "Yes, almost as nice as yourself, and that's saying a fknow that I love you with all my heart, with all my soul, good deal." and I want you to say that you will marty me some day "No personalities, please, Sid," she answered with a when I have made my mark in the world. I know you pleased smile won' t be offended with me for telling you this T ell me, "I can't help telling you what I think of yon." Elsie, do you care for me in the same way?" "You forget that you're my employer," she answered She dropped her face in her hands with a demure smile. Then he slipped one arm around her waist "Oh, pshaw, Elsie, don't be always reminding me of She made no movement to repel him, and he felt enthat fact. I hope some day that the boot will be on the couraged other leg," mischievously. "Aren't you going to answer, Elsie?" "Why, what do you mean?" He gently drew her toward him until her head reste d "That you' ll be my boss, though I suppose Pll have to on his shoulder. foot the bills." "Do you love me, Elsie? Will you be my wife some Elsie suddenly found something very interesting in the day?" page before her, while her face was as red as a full-blown "Yes, Sid," she answered, softly, and buried her blush red rose. ing, happy face on his breast Sid looked at her shapely head, with its crown of golden That afternoon Sid sent a message to his mother that hair, the shell-like ears, the creamy complexion, with its he wouldn't be home to s upper because he was going over clash of heightened color, the lovely mo\lth, with its be-to Elsie Carter's house to tea witching curves, and the sylph-like form so daintily at-It was eleven o'clock when he approached his h o me, tired, and he wondered if she ever would be his. along Christopher street. "That seems to be a very intere s ting book you are ;readAt that hour the thoroughfare was l o nesome and deing," he said, coming nearer to her. serted. "Very," she answe:i;ed without looking up. There were two men, sta n ding i n the shad.o\t "I wish you took as much interest in me," he went on. of a low stoop. She didn't s eem to hear him. Both were dressed in rough jackets. He looked at her a moment as if he was going to say They wore beards and slouch hats. something else, but he changed hig mind and went to the Sid noticed them standing baek in the g l o o m as he window and looked out at the blank wall of stone opposite. pas sed, but thought they belonged to the house


BOSS OF THE l\fARKET. Ther e was als o a carriage without a driver drawn up l A gleam of light appearing under the crack of a door along s ide the curb a few feet away. nearby attracted the boy's attention at that moment . The next thing Sid knew he was suddenly seized from I "Hello! I hear -footsteps. Somebody s eems to be combehiud and was being forced to\rard the carriage. ing this way," he breathed. He was taken so by s urprise that for a moment he made j A key rattled in a lock, the door opened, and one of the no re s i s tance. \persons who had on Chri stopher_ street en'l'hen l1e brought all his strength into play and almost : tered the room with a lamp m his hand, whlCh he put f;:Uccee ded in twisting himself free. j down on a marble-top table in the center of the apart-He saw that his aggressors were the two men who had j ment. been s tanding near the porch. Sid eyed his visitor closely, and, though his beard was Then it at once occurred to him that these fellows were properly adjusted, the boy was convinced thi s was Oakley Thorne. a couple of footpads. . They succeeded in regaining their arip upon him before I He came forward 1 to the mattress on which S1d lay and hC' c ould escape. 0 1 perceived that the prisoner had recovered consciousness 1 \ and was looking at him. But Sid was a stout young lad, not easily handled, even "W 11 h f r b k ?" h d by two ordinary men when his blood was up. I e ow are you ee mg, my uc e sai 'Tl t t t f a th t th h d th h d I Sid made no reply to those words, and for a moment or rns e wo a any ra e oun a ey a eir an s : . f 11 t h la t h a f h. th d. t th I two his enemy glowered down on him as if he haa half a u o o on o 1m an orce im m e irec ion ey d t t k h" h 1 1 h t a h t I mm o at ac 1rn, e p ess a s e was. wan e im o go. "D t t k h t I' d th ?" 0 f th f h uld h t f h 1 h d t \ o you wan o now w a m gomg to o wi you ne o em, earmg e wo s ou or e p, a pu d Th t 1 t l ht h d th b th I sai orne a as us ng an over e oy s mou S"d d"d -.1t h' Sid deliberately grabbed one of his fingers between his 1 1 n answer im. stout molars and bit so that the man almost screamed "I'm going to ship you out of the country." How are you going to accomplish that prc with pain. "Slug. him, Stetson!" he cried to his companion, at the same time hitting Sid with his left an ineffectual blow in the face. ject ?" asked Sid. "Never mind how I'm going to do it. It will be done." "If you should succeed in carrying out Y.Our threat, you will pay pretty dearly for it when I get bapk." The man referred to as Stetson struck Sid in the jaw a "When you get back!" laughed Thorne, mirthlessly. heavy blow and that made him let go of the other's finger. "You'll never get back!" In the struggle which ensued the beards on the faces of "What's to prevent me?" both men became disarranged, which showed that they "You're going to be taken where you'll work for the were false ones. rest of your life, chained to a gang of ra cal s who will be Sid finally wrenched one of his arms loose and slugged glad of such a companion as you to amuse themselves the fellow whose finger he had bitten. with. You're going to work in a. salt mine, Sid Grant, The blow tore the beard entirely from his face, and the thousands of miles from here and once you're under-' gleam from a distant street lamp falling on his counteground you'll never see the ligl1t of day again as long as nance, Sid recognized him. you live," and the speaker chuckled sardonically,_ rubbing "Oakley 'l'horne he exclaimed. his hands together as if the picture he drew of the boy' s 'l'hen he received a terriqle blow from something hard fate particularly pleased him. that fell upon his head 'from behind, and with flashes of "I don't believe you have the power to send me to any red shooting before his eyes he fell to the sidewalk uneonsuch place as you have mentioned." scious. "I'm going to leave you to dream over the picture," I grinned Thorne. "I hope you'll enjoy it." CHAPTER XIV. I He took up the lamp, and with a final look at the boy : left the room. Several hour s elapsed before the light of a new day OAKLEY THORNE CROWS OVER SID GR.A.NT. began to find its way through the chinks of the closed shutters that barred the only window in the room. Some hours afterward, when Sid came to his senses and I Sid did not close l)is eyes during that time. stared around in the utter gloom of a strange place, he J He made desperate but fruitless efforts to get wondered he was and what had happened to him. free of his bonds. His head ached to beat the band, his tongue was parched Then he began to consider how he was going to escape as if he had swallowed a handful of salt, and his arms from his unfortunate situation. were tied behind him. He didn t believe that Thorne could carry out the dia, He lay on his back in what appeared to be a room with bolical threat be had laid before him, even if the rascal a single window. was really in earnest about it, of which he had his doubts.


BOSS OF THE MaRKET. 2tJ. It was altogether too big a contract for such a person a s Oakley Thorne to carry out, with the limited resources he had at his comma nd. Therefore the prospect did not look as dark to Sid as his enemy intended it should. He believed that Thorne was trying to frighten him for f30me purpose he had in view, and the boy smi led scorn fully at the idea of s uch a thing. In the course of the morning a huge negro appeared, who, without noticing the prisoner, opened the window and with a hammer and nails securely fastened the shut ters so that they would not budge. He then nailed the window frame s after leaving the upper sash down about an inch. Apparently satisfied, he departed but soon return with a tray containing a plate of hashed meat, some buttered bread and a cup of coffee. 'l' hen he released Sid from hi s bonds and left the room. Sid had very little appetite, but :finally decided to eat in order to keep up his strength. He saw that there was no knife or fork, on].y a spoon, and with this he ate the ha sh. After he had :finished the meal he made an inspection of his prison, but found no loophole by which he could make his escape. "The prospect doesn't look very cheerful," he muttered. The day pas sed drearily away. He paced the room like a caged animal, wondering what would be the end of it all. He worried himself almost sick thinking about his mother and his crippled sister, for he knew they must be wild with anxiety over his unaccountable disappearance. His supper was servea'by the same burly negro, and in this manner four days passed away, and Sid was nearly crazy over his helpless situation. CHAPTER XV. THE DEAL WHICH CARRIED WITH IT '.!:HE CONTROD OF UNITED TRACTION. The night of the fourth day had closed 'in and Sid was desperate enough to attempt anything that offered the slightest chance of opening an avenue of escape. Oakley Thorne had not reappeared and that was the only atom of s atisfaction he had enjoyed since he had been cooped up in the room. Usually the nQgro had brought hi s s upper about dark, but though Sid was looking for him to appear any moment he did not come. "I wonder if they've forgotten me to-night," he thou ght. Just then he saw a gleam of light under the door and heard approaching footsteps. The door opened and, in s tead of the negro, Thorne ap peared with the tray and a lamp. He looked cautiously about th e room before he e ntered, and seeing that Sid was lying down on the mattress he walked to the table and depo s ited the tray and the lamp upon it. Sid s prang to his feet, but Thorne was on the watch and took a revolver from his pocket as he backed toward the door. A daring idea had darted through the boy's mind when he saw Thorne enter the room in place of the big negro. He knew 11e' was a match for the margin clerk with s omething to spare. Even the sight of the revolver did not deter the now thoroughly desperate boy. But, instead of at Oakley, as had been his first intention, he made for the table. This action threw Thorne off his guard a bit, for he thought Sid was famished and was eager to eat. Sid had no intention of eating. He grabbed up the cup of hot tea and hurled it at Thorne, and then jumped for his enemy. The cup hit Oakley in the chest near llis neck and half of the tea flew into his face, causing him to utter a howl of pain. Before he could recover Sid had him by the throat with one hand, while with the other he tore the revolver from his grasp. Reversing the weapon, he struck Thorne a stllll-ning blow on the forehead and the C'lerk went down on the floor. In a fever of excitement Sid dragged the fellow over to the mattress. He picked up the cord with which hi s own hands had been bound and tied Thorne' s tightly behind his back. Then he tore a piece off the mattress large enough to effectually gag Oakley. After that he tied his legs together and l eft him. "Now to make my escape from this hou se," breathed Sid, eagerly. He turned the low, opened the door, passc

26 BOSS OF THE MARKET. The light fell full on their faces, and Sid was amazed and his associates represented the shares Samuel Grigsby to recognize one of them as Jim Bradford, the big Exhad been moving heaven and earth to retain in his inter change Place broker, who was dressed in an evening suit. ests. The two men sat down within earshot of Sid 's place of As matters now stood Mr. Grigsby was beaten, and on concealment I the morrow he would know it. "Now, let us proceed to business," said Bradford, in his "This will be the first time on record that Mr Grigsby sharp b u siness like tones. "You are Gregory Grindle, the got it in the neck from his opponents, and there will be attorney for and co-executor of the estate of the late highjinks in the Bradford camp to-morrow," muttered thew Bramble?" i the boy, regretfully. "Well, I suppose the best of us will "I am that person," replied the other in suave tones get it in the solar plexus at least once in a lifetime/' "You made me a proposition in reference to the block He turned to leave the room and came face to face with 0 United Traction stock left to the widow." an elderly man in his shirt sleeves, whose face was white "I did, and in accordance with your request I appointed U{Jd drawn, and whose hands were torn and bleeding. this interview." I Sid started back in consternation and the other seemed "Exactly. Have you obtained an order from the Prosimilarly affected bate Court empowering you to sell that stock?" "I have "I presume a copy of that order, cer tified by i}ie Clerir of the Court, is in your possession?" CHAPTER XVI. '.!H E GREATEST BOY IN WALL STREET. "It is." For &, Illi>Jnent there was an awkward pause. Then the "I should lik e to see that order This is a big deal, man who had entered the room spoke: and it is necessary that I should be fully assured o f the "I you will try to prevent me leaving thi'3 ground I stand on." house, young man, but as sure as my name is Gregory "You shall see the order, Mr Bradford. You will find Grindle, I will make ev13ry man concerned in this outrage it all right." sweat for it." The man went to a small desk nearby and produced a "Gregory Grindle!" gasped Sid, in a tone of astonishpaper which he handed tO the big broker, who after care ment. "Why, Mr Grindle just left this house a moment full y scanning it pronounced himself satisfied "Now," said Mr Bradford, "United Traction closed I His surprise was so palpable, and his manner so pacific this afternoon at 195 3 -8. I will give you ten per at the moment, that the elderly gentleman looked at him cent. down, for which I will hand you my check, and the fixedly and with no little curiosity. balance on delivery of the stock at my office at two o'clock "Are you not in this plot to detain me a prisoner here?" to-morrow." he a sked, with a kind of eagerness in his manner. "I will accept your offer," replied Mr. Grindle, after a "No, sir I don't know who you are. Nor have I ever moment of thought seen you b e fore Neither do I understand why you assert "Very good," replied Bradford in a tone of satisfaction, that you are detained as a prisoner in this house." and Sid thought he detected a covert smile of triumph "Are you not connected with this house?" about his lips. "There are 6,000 shares in this block. At "No, sir." 196 that amounts to $1,176,000 I "Then what are you doing here at this hour d the He took out his checkbook and a stylographic pen night, and alone? with some suspicion of the "There, Mr. Grindle, is my check for $117,600. Please I tives give me your receipt for that amount on account of the "I was brought here against my will five night s ago and purchase of the 6,000 shares of United Traction in have been held a close prisoner in a room above ever since tion." I was trying to avail myself of a chance to make my Mr. Grindle wrote out the receipt and handed it to his escape." visitor. "Indeed. You interest me, for I was brought here '!Thank yon, sir. I think that ends our bus1ness. Come myself last night under similar circumstances. Who are out with me to the cafe down the street and I will open a 1 you, and why have you been treated in this way?" bottle." "A young scoundrel named Oakley Thorne, who is a Mr. Grindl e went into an adjoining room, got his hat, 'J broker's clerk, is at the bottom of the outrage," replied and the two men left the room together. Sid, answering the second question first "His object was Sid left bis hiding place and listened at the door until personal revenge. My name i s Sidney Grant." he heard the hall door slam "Sidney Grant!" repeated the gentleman. "The name The transadion he bad witnessed was perfectly intel-sounds familiar to me. Are you connected with Samuel Tigible to Sid. Grigsby?" He knew that the b lock of United Traction which had "I was his messenger for three years I am now in now practically passed into the hands of Jim Bradford business for myself."


BOSS OF THE :MARKET. "Then I can trust you/' said the gentleman, with an l A carriage was procured, and he and the still Ul1{!0n air of relief. "What did you mean by saying that Mr 1 & cious Oakley Thorne bundled into it. Grindle left the house a little while ago." I The pair were locked up in the station; to be sent td the "Because I saw him leave this room with a well-known Tombs next morning. broker, and heard them both leave the hduse a tnotnent Sid and Mr Grindle then separated to go to tlieir before you came in here." homes. "How could that be when I am Mr. Grindle?" Mrs Grant and Nellie had been in a state of distrn ctiou "But the broker addressed him as Gregory Grindle." during the five days of Sid's absence; and they received "He did, eh? I begin to see that I um the victim of liim almost as one risen from the dead. They listened to some kind of a plot, What passed between these men? the story of his adventure with wonder and indignation. Did you hear all their conversation?" The first thing Sid saw in the motning papers was that "I did, and will tell you, But had not we better leave Samuel Grigsby had met with a serious accident by being this place while we have the chnnce? This man who I thrown from his carriage in Central Park. beard addressed as Grindle, and who seems to be the per Sid rushed up to his house, but was tolu he coul. The boy was in his private room when Elsie appeared reply asked for the night manager. at. ten o'clock When the connection was made he reques e to be put "Oh; Sid, Sid, dear Sid!" she crietl, springing into his '.,in communication with the police station nearest to the I artns. have you been? What happened to you? house. I know it must have been something dreadful to keep you When this was done he asked that a couple of officers away from us all." be sent to the house at once. Of course, the young broker had to tell h'er everything "Now I will to you, young man," he said, as he l An hour late1: Sid, with a view, called a t the hung up the receiver office of Mr Grmdle and found hnn m. Sid, now wondering what was 1$oing to come of this "Mr. Gl'indle, I want to buy a thirty-day option on that affair, told all that had taken place at the inferview beblock of United Traction stock at the market price, which tween the presumed Gregory Grindle and Jim Bradford. is 195 5-8 this morning. What will you charge me?" "It is all perfectly clear to me now," said the gentle"I don't care to sell such an option, Grant, but I'll tell man. "I am Gregory Grindle, lawyer and co-executor of you what I will

28 BOSS OF THE MARKET. with John Grady under the impression that he was dealing with the real Gregory Grindle. "I will give you my check now for ten per cent. of the price," said the broker, "the balance to be paid when you lleliver the stock at my office this afternoon at two." "Sorry, sir, but I have sold that stock to this young man, and have received his certified check for ten per cent. 1:>f the purchase price. I shall have to refer you to him." Jim Bradford was staggered, but recovered himself in a moment. "I want that stock, Grant," he said. "What will you take for your interest in it as it stands?" "I am not selli ng it at present, lfr. Bradford," replied Sid, politely. Nothing more was said then about the stock, but the next day Bradford called on Sid and offered him 197 for the 6,000 shares. He declined the offer. This led to a consultation between Bradford and the brokers interested with him in the traction deal. For the purpose of frightening Sid into coming to terms with them, Bradford and his associates headed a bear attack on United Traction, and gradually forced it down to 178, thereby nearly wiping out the boy's invested interests in the shares he held. On the morning of the tenth day Bradford decided on bringing the matter to a crisis. He sent word to Sid that he would call on him at eleven o'clock, and he also sent word to several of the more prominent brokers interested with him in obtaining the control of United Traction to meet him at Sidney Grant's office. Sid had expected to see Jim Bradford, but the advent of the others were a surprise to him. Bradford stated that the object of this meeting was to persuade Sid to sell out the traction shares "Your ten-day limit is up he said. "Your hold on the traction market will cease at noon unless you can raise the balance of the money. Samuel Grigsby is out of the fight. Where will you get the $1,058,400 necessary to take over those shares with the stock down to 178? Al ready you are out $108,000 of your $117,600. Transfer your claim on the stock to us and we will make good your loss." Sid was clearly driven into a hole. He had put up almost every dollar he owned to save of his set countenance, which showed that there was still fight in him, though driven into the last ditch. At that moment the door opened and a me<>senger boy entered with a note addressed to Sid. Mechanically he took it and tore it open. A note and a check came out in his hand. He glanced at the and his face suddenly lighted up. "Gentlemen," he said, turning to Bradford and his associates, "I am much obliged for your generous offer to save me from the loss of $108,000; but I must decline it. This bit of paper answers all my purposes." "What do you mean?" demanded Mr. Bradford, a bit apprehensively. "I mean that I am now in the position to pay the bal ance of the .money due Mr. Grindle at noon to-day for that pnited Traction stock. I hold in my hand Samuel Grigsby's check for $1,058,400." The brokers fled the place demoralized. A uionti afterward, when Mr. Grigsby was able to re sume turned the stock over to him, receiving the $117,'1500 he had paid on the shares to hold them; his commission of $1,500 and $100,000 in grateful appre ciation for hi s loyalty to the Grig sby interests. Thus, without considering the value of his seat on the Stock Exchange, to which he was duly elected a member, he was worth a quarter of a million in hard ca'sh. Grigsby circulated throughout Wall Street the news of Sid's heroic stand-out in United Traction in his interest while he lay at death's door at his home during those fate ful ten days, and thus it became known that Grigsby's apparent break with his late messenger was all a blind and part of a deep game of the old man to mai.ntain his hold 9n the traction interests. Sid in consequence became the most popular young trader in the Street. Oakley Thorne and John Grady were subsequently tried and convicted and got a long term each in Sing Sing. In due course of time Sid married El s iefOarter, built a splendid home in Larchmont and joined many aristo cratic clubs. Lately he has acquired the title of the commodore of the yacht club, but the title he is the proude s t of, and 'IO is Elsie, is that of "The Greatest Boy in Wall Street." THE END. 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No .. 79 H<;>W TO BECOME .AN .ACTOR-Containing com plete rnstru c t10ns how to make up for various characte rs on the ltage ; wi t h the duties of the S t age Manage r, Prompte r, 8cemc Artist and Property Man. B y a prominent Stage Manager. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOIC-Containing the lat est Jokes, anecdo t e 1 and funny stories of this world-renowned and e ver popular German com e dian. Sixty-four pages; handsome color ed c over containing a half-tone photo of the author. H OUSEKEEPING. N o 16. H O W TO KEEP. WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions fo1 constructing a window garde n either in town or country, and the mos t approve d m etho ds for raising beautiful llowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No 30. HOW 'l'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever publois h e d. It contains r e cip es for cooking meats fish, game and o ys te rs ; al s o pi e s, puddings, cakes and all kinds of p astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular c ooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e verybody, boys, girls, m e n and women; it will teach you bow to make almost anything around the ho use su c h as parlor ornaments b ra.ckets, cements .Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKEJ .AND U S E ELECTRICITY,_:A de1eription of the wonu erful uses of e l ectric ity and ele ctro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, .A. M., M. D Containing ove r fifty il l u strations. No. 64 HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL full directions for making el ectrical machines, Induction coils, dynamos, and mal'lY novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R .A. R. B ennett. Fully illustrate d No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRIOKS.-Containing a large collection of instruc tive and highly amusing electrical tricks together with illustrations. By A .Anderson. No. 31 H O W TO BECOME .A SPE.AKER.-Contain in g fouf" teen illustrations, giving the differ e n t positions requisit e to bec ome a good speaker, r eader and e l o c utionist. .Also containing g e ms from all the popular :iuth o rs of pro se and poetry, arranged in the most simple and con c is e manne r po ss ible. No. 49. ,HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving r ules for conducting d e bates, ou t lin e s for debat e s, que s tions for dis cus si on and the b e s t sourcesi procuring informati on on the questions gi ve n S OCIET Y. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation a r e fully explain e d by this litt le b o ok. B es id e s the variou s m ethod s o f ha. r..dkercbief., fan, glove, parasol window and hat flirtation, i t con tarns a full list of the language and senti m ent of flow e r s, which ls in_terestmg to everybody, bot h old and young You cannot b e happy without on e No. 4. HOW '1' 0 DANCE is the title of a new and b a nd sowa 11.ttle .book jus t i ss u e d Prank Tousey It contains full instri;c tJons m the art of: d a u c rng etiquette in the ball room and at imrti e s how to drP ss and full directions for calling off in all l lOPUiar dances. No 5 HOW TO MAKE LOVEJ. -.A complete guide to l ove. courtfhip and marriage, giving s e nsible adv i ce, rules aud etiquette to be ob se rved, with many curious and interesting things not erally known. No. 1 i HOW ro DRIDSS. -Containing full instruction in the art of rlressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the sel e ctions of colors, material, and bow to have them made up No. 18. HOW 'l'O BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuabl e little books e ver given to the world. Everybody wish e s to know how to b e come beautiful, both male and f e male 'l'he secr e t is simple and almost cost l ess Read t his book and be convinced how to become beautiful BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full in struc tions for the management and training of the canary, moc kingbird, bobolink bla c kbird, paroqu e t parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS .AND RABBITS.-A use ful and instructive book Handsomely illus trate d. B y Ira Drofraw. No 40 H O W TO ?.IAKEl AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to ca tc h m o l es w ease ls otte r rats, squirrels and birds. Al s o bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J Harri ngto n Kee ne. No. 50. HOW TO STUF'F BIRDS AND ANIMALS. A valuabl e book, g i ving i n s truc tions in coll e cting, preparing, mou nting and prese rvin g birds, animals and in sec ts. No. 5 4. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givin g com plete informa t ion as to the manner and method of rai sing, k eepi ng, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets ; also givi n g fu ll instruc tions fo1 making cag e s, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the k ind e ver published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-:!. useful and i.n struc tive book givin g a compl ete treatise on chemistry; also ex 'periments in a c ousti c s me c hani cs, matbeqiatics, chemistry, a n d di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for mak i ng fireworks, colored fires, and b alloo n s This No 9. HOW TO BECOME A VEN'fRILOQUIST.-By Harrv book cannot b e e qu a l e d. I K ennedy. The s ecre t giv e n away. Every inte llig ent boy reading No. 14. HOW 'l' O MAKEJ CANDY.-A complete h and-boo k for t his book of instructions, by a practical profe s sor (delighting multi-making all kind s of candX, etcu etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 8 4 HOW 'l'O Bl!1C01\1El A t Y AUTHOR.-Containing fu ll ar t, and create any amount of fun for hims e lf and friends. It is the information reg a rding c hoi ce of subjects, the use of words and the rreatest book t>ver publi s hed, and there's millions (of fun) in it. m anner of pre p aring and submitting manusc ript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valu a ble informat i o n a s to t h e n e a t ne s s, legibility and genera l com v ery valuable little book jus t publi s h e d. .A c ompl e te comp e ndium position of manuscript, e ssential to a suc c essful autbo1 :By Prince o f games, sports, card div e r s ions, comic r ecitations, etc., suitab l e Hiland. f or parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BEC0ME YOUR OWN DOOTOR. A won m oney than any b o ok publi s h e d d erful b o ok, c o n taining usef:.11 and prac tical information i n the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\.4ElS.-.A complete and useful little tre a tment of ordinary dis e ases and ailments common to every book, containing the rule s and of billiards, bagatelle, family. .Abounding in useful -and effective recipes for general combackgammon, croq u t. d m ino e s, e t c plaints. No. 36. HOW 0 CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No 55 HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con th e leading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddl e s, curious catches taining v aluable information regard ng t'..I' collecting and arranging a nd witty sa:yings. of stamps and c oins. Handsomely illu strat.d. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PI,AY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW BE .A DE'l'ECTIVE.-By Oil: Kin g Brady, book, giving the rule11 and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known dete c tive. In which be lays down some valuable bage Casino Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sanc ho, Draw Poker, and seusible rules for b e ginners, and also r e lates some adventures A uction Pitch, .All F ours, and many othe r popular games of cards. and experien ce s of w ell known d etec tives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over thre e bun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHERContai n d red interesting _puzzles and conundrums. with key t o same. A ing useful infot mntion regard i ng the Camera and bow to wor k it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By .A .Anderson. also bow to make Photographic l\1agic Lantern Slides a n d othe r E T IQUETTE. N o 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It Is a great Ii fe se c r e t and one that ever y ;vonng man desires to know all about. There's happine ss in it. No. 33. HOW '1' 0 BEHA VE.-Containing the rul es and etiquette o f good s ocie t y and the e a s i est and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, chu rch, and m the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. N o 27. t'J:OW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular s e le".!ti ons in u se comprising Dutch d ialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together Transparenc i e s. Ilandsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W .Abney No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST P OINT MILITARY C.ADET.-Containing full explanations bow to gain admittance, cours e of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff o t.. Officers, Post Guard, Police Regu l ations, Fire Department, and a11 a boy shoul d know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, a uthor of "How to B ecome a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOMEl A NAVAL CADET.-Complete in struc tione of bow to gain admission to the .Annapolis Naval .Acad e my. Also containing the course of instru ction, descriptio n of grounds and buildings, historical sketch. and everything a b oy should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. com pil e d and w ritten by Lu Sen a r ens, autho r of "Ho w to Become a West Point Military Cadet." wi t h many standard readings. PRICE Addre s s FRANK 1 0 CENTS E ACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. T OUSEY. Publis her, 24 Union Square, New York.


WILD WEST. W EEKLY A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketehes, e t e., o f testettn hiie. .A.:N'" C>::L:O 32" PAGES. PB.ICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the a u thor was acqu ainted. His d aring deeds and thrilling adventures have never b een surpassed. They form the base of the most da s h ing s t o ries ever published. Rea d the f o ll o wing numbers of this m ost interesting magazine and be convinc e d: LATEST ISSUES : 1 2 5 Y oung Wild West' s Winni ng Streak; or, A Straight Trail to 'l'ombstone . 126 Y oung Wild West's L ightning Lariat; o r Arietta and the Road A gents. 1 2 7 Y o u n g Wild West's R e d -Hot Ride ; or, Pursued by Comanches. 12 8 Y o ung Wild West and the Blaze d Trail; or, Arletta as a Scout. 1 2 9 Y o1.1u g Wild West' s Four of a Kind; or, A Curious Combination 1 30 Young Wil d West Caught by the C rooks ; or, Arletta on Hand. 131 Young Wild W est and the Ten Terrors; or, T h e Doom ot D ashing Dan. 132 Young Wil d West' s Barrel of "Dust" ; or, ArleUa' s C hance Shot. 133 Young Wil d West' s Triple C laim; or, Si m ple Sam the "Sun -down e r." ].3 4 Y oung Wild West' s Curious Compact; or, Arletta as an Ave n ge r 1 3 5 Young Wild West' s Wampum Belt; or, Unde r the Ban of the Utes. 1 3 6 Young Wild W est and the R i o Grande .Rustlers; or, The Bra n ding a t Buckhorn Ranch. 137 Young Wild W est and the Line League; or, Arletta Among the Smugglers. 138 Young Wild West' s Silver Spurs; or, Fun at Fairplay Fai r. 13 9 Young Wild W est Among the Blaci4fee t ; or, Arletta as n Sorce r ess 140 Y oung Wild West on the Y e llowst one ; or, 'l'he Secret of the Hidde n C ave. 141 You n g Wild W est' s Deadly Alm ; or, Arletta' s Greatest Danger. 142 Young Wild W e s t at the J umping Oil' Plac e ; or, The Worst Camp In the W est. 143 Y oung W i ld W est and the "MixedUp Mine ; or, Arletta a W inner. 144 Young Wild W est' s Hundred Mlle Rac e ; or, B eating a Big Bunc h 145 Young Wild W est Daring the Danltes; or, The Search for a Missing Girl. 146 You ng W ild West' s Lively Time; or, T h e Dandy Duck of t h e Diggings 14 7 Young Wild W est at Hold-Up Canyon; or, Arletta' s Great Victory. 148 Young Wild West' s Square D e al ; or, Making the "Bad" Men Goo d 149 Young Wild W e s t Cowing the Cowboys ; or, Arletta and the Pratrle Fire. 150 Young Wild West and Navajo N e d ; or, The Hunt for the Half Breed Hermit. 151 Young Wild W est's V irgin V e in ; or, Arletta and the C avei n 152 Young Wild West's Cowboy Champions; or, The Trip to Kansas City. 153 Young Wild West' s Even Chance; ort Arletta's Presenc e o f Mind 1 54 Young Wild West and the Flattenea Bulle t ; o r The Man Who Would not Dro p 155 Young Wild West' s Gold Game; or, Arletta' & F ull Hand. 156 W est' s Cowboy Scrimmage; or, Coo k ing a Crowd of 157 Young Wlld W est and the Ari zona Athle te; or, The Due l that L asted a W e ek 158 W est and the Kansas Cowb oys; or, Arletta' s Glean 1 5 9 Young Wil d West Doubling His Luc k ; o r The M i n e tha t Mad e a Million 160 Young Wild W est and the Loo p o f Death ; o r Arletta's G o!J 161 Young Wild West at Boiling B utte; o r Hop Wah and t h e HiglJ binders 162 Young Wild W est P a yi n g t h e Pawnees; or, Arletta Held for Ransom. 163 Young Wild West's Shooting Match ; or, The "Sh owDown" at' I Shasta. 164 Young Wild W est at D e a t h Divide; or, Arletta'& Great Fight. 165 Y oung Wild W est and t h e Scarlet Seve n ; or, Arletta'& Darin g Leap. 166 Young Wild W e st's M irro r S hot; o r Rattling the R enegades. 167 You n g Wild West and t h e Greaser Gang; or, Arletta as a Spy. 168 Young Wild West losing a M illi o n ; or, How Arletta Helped Him Out. 169 Young Wild W e s t and the R ailroad Robbers; or, Livel y Work In Utah. 170 Young Wild West Corrallng the Cow-Pu nchers; or, Arletta'& S w im for Life. 171 Young Wild W est "Fa cing t h e Music"; or, The Mistake t h e Lynch ers Made. 172 Young Wild W e s t and Montana Mose"; or, Arlette's Messenger ot Deat h 173 Young Wild Wes t at G r i zz ly Gu l c h ; or, T h e Shot t hat Save d the 174 Young Wild W est on the Warpath ; or, Arletta Among t h e Arapahoe & 175 Young Wild W est and "Neb r aska Nick"; or, The Cattle Thieves o t the Platte. 176 Young Wild West and the Ma gic M ine; or, How Arletta Solved a Mystery. 177 Young Wild W est a s a Cav a lry Sco ut; or, Saving the Settlers. 178 Young Wild We s t Beatin g the Bandits ; or, Arietta' s Best S hot. 179 Young Wild W est and "Cr azy Hawk"; o r The Redskins Last R aid. 180 Young Wild West Chasing t h e Cow boys;' or, Arietta t h e Lariat Que e n 181 Young Wild West and Treach e rous Trap pe r ; or, Lost in the Great North W oods 182 Young Wild West's D ash to Dead wo od ; or, Arletta and the Kidnappers. '183 Y oung Wild West's Slive r S coo p ; or, Cleaning Up a tHundre d Tho u sand. 184 Youn g -Wild West and the O rego n Outlaws; or, Arletta as a 0Judge ." 185 Young Wlld West and "Mexican Matt"; or, Routing the Rawhide Range rs. 186 Young W il d Westtmd the Com anche Queen ; or, Arietta as a n Arche r 187 Young W ild West and the Gol d or, The Flashy Five o f Four Flush. 188 Young Wild West's Double Rescue or, Ari ett.a.'s Race with Death. 189 Young Wlld W est and the 'fexas Range r s ; o r, Crooked Work o n tho Rio Gra nde. 190 Young Wild West's Branding Bee or, Arietta and the Cow Punchers 1 91 Young Wild W e s t and his Partner1 s P ile, and How Arietta Saved It 19 2 YQung Wild West at Di a mo n d Dip ; or, Arietta' s Secret Foe. F o r by all news d ealers, o r will be sent to any address on receipt ot pric e 5 c ents p e r copy, in m o ney or p ostage s tamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 U nion Square. l'iew York. 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.. Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN. 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A NEW ONE ISSUED EVIRY F'RIDAY PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take ad vantage or 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 series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune weekly" a magazine for the home, although each numba r is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations a r e by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. 'Yell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx or Wall Street. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 4 A Game of Chance: or, The Boy Who Won Out. 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 28 A Golden Risk; o., The Young J.v.:iners of Della Cruz. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lake-29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. view. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Co-River. cos Island. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. Boy. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worked a Deserted 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. Mine. 36 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 13 Baiting the Bears; or. The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 15 A". Streak of :Luck; 'The 'Boy""Wh'O"" Featlrered HisNest or, in._Wall street. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young-Pilot of Crystal 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Lake. Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in W a ll Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All . 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 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 l'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 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 out and tlU in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you waut and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS TAKEN 'J'HE SAME AS MO!llEY. I FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 2Union Square, New York. ......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please se;.:id me: . copie s of WORK AND WIN. Nos .................................................................. " WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ...................................................... " WILD :\V-EST. WEEK.Ly, -NOS ....... ..... "' .. . ...................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ............... : ...................................... " PLUCK AND LUCK Nos .......................................................... " SECRET SERVICE. NOS ................................................. : .............. " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .............. ............................ -" Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ...... .................................................. Name .......................... Street and No .................. Town .......... State ........ .... ..


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