A bid for a fortune, or, A country boy in Wall Street

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A bid for a fortune, or, A country boy in Wall Street
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"Look here, country," -he safd, "you can't pass unless you have tlle dough.'! "Dough!" exclaimed the mystified Nick. "Money, you chump!" "I've loads of it," grinned Nick, producing his wad of Confederate shinplasters. Furniss snatched the bills from his hand.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luued Weekl11-Bti Subscription $2.!io per year. Ente,.ed according to A.ct of Conoresa, in the year 1 01, in the office of the Librarian of Cono1ess, D. C b11 Fran/< Touse11, Publishe1, 24 Union Squan, New York No. 72. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 15, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS A BID FOR FORTUNE OR, A COUNTRY BOY IN WALL STREET By A SfiLFMADE MAN CHAPTER I. A LEVEL-HEADED COUNTRY BOY. "Well, Nick, what are you going to do now?" asked Frank Fairbanks, curiously "Going to work," replied Nick Nutting, wit h a reso lute air "On a farm?" propounded Frank. Nick shook his head emphatically. "In a store, perhaps?" "I don't know anybody in the village who wants a boy." "Maybe you mean to go to the shoe factory in the next town?" "No. I don't think I'd care t o learn the business ''Then where are you going to work ? "I haven't decided that point yet, but I'm figuring on going to New York." "To New York!" exclaimed his companion, in surprise "Yep. It's a big place, and I hear there's plenty of work there for everybody "I don't know about that, Nick. I've heard father say there's half a million people out of work there all the time "He said that, did he?" asked Nutting, eyeing his com panion keenly. Fairbanks nodded. "Your father ought to know something about it, I sup pose," replied Nick, slowly. "He reads the newspapers regularly.'! "Yes, we take a New York daily, and father keeps pretty .. well posted on current conditions," ru1swered Fairbanks, whose father was the cashier of the village bank. "Well, it's funny," said Nick, scratching his curly head doubtfully "I saw a New York paper at the Westbury House some days ago, and the back part of it was just filled with mall advertisements under the heading of 'Help Wanted.' There were jobs of all kinds for over fifty boys alone I thought there must be loads of work going to waste "What's fifty boys,' Nick, when there are four million people in New York City?" "That's right,'' admitted rick, a bit dolefully "Fifty would be smothered in four million." "How about your sister, Nick?" "She's going to live with Mrs. Ral!lton until I can make enough money to take care of her myself." "Your aunt didn't leave you anything, did she?" asked Fairbanks. "She left me a wad of money," replied Nick, with a sickly smile. "Why, I thought --" began Frank, in a tone of sur prise "It happened to be Confederate shinplasters, and I cal culate they don't amount to much," replied Nick. "Oh!" Frank, with a flickering smile. "I'm afraid the whole bunch wouldn't buy you a square meal." "That's my opinion, too. She kept the roll these thirty years, for she thought the government migM redeem them some time. I'm thinking that time will be never."


1-A. BID FOR FORTUNE. "If anybody else than Deacon Dabbleton held the mort gage on your late aunt's house I'd think there'd be something left for you and Nellie when the house was sold; but the deacon has a hard' reputation in money matters. He never lets anything escape him if he can help it." "Thays right," nodded Nick. "He's one of those people who grips a quarter so hard as to make the eagle scream." "Well, you've got the furniture, at any rate. You can sell that." "If I can find anybody to buy it.". "The deacon will auction it off for you. I'll bet he'll suggest that to you, for there will be something in it :f!or him." "I'd rather somebody else sold it for us. 1\1r. Dabbleton might lay on some extra charg .es and hold on to half the receipts, like he did with poor Widow Dunn." "He wouldn't dare do that. My father would look after the sale for you i,f you wanted him to." "If I have to auction the stuff off I'll speak to your father about it beforehand." "That's right. He'll see that you get a square deal." Nick Nutting, the hero

A BID FOR FORTUNE. 3 to feel highly honor ocl to sit in th e same room with him. ''We must all

4 A BID F O R FORTUNE. .'fhe gen e ral stor e keep e r at Wes tbury who was well a c quaint e d with New York, had him to a boarding-hous e in West Forty-fifth Stre e t, and Nick walked lip there at onc e It was a cheap-looking place, but the boy expe c ted to live as cheap a s he could until he could afford to do better. The landlady had a small hall room, which she showed to Nick and at the sam e time assur e d him that she set as good a tabl e as c ould b e e x pect e d for th e price she a sked. The room did not seem t o be much larg e r than the big clos et in the spaciou s apartm ent in his late hojne at West bur y It was furni s hed with a cot a c heap iron washstand and I one c hair. That left ju s t about room e nough for the occupant to turn around in. Nick was dis appoint e d wit h it s look, but took it jus t the same. H e paid a we!;!k's boa.rd in advance, as was cust omary, a nd then was in v it e d Jown to lunch, 1.ho u g h th e landlady intimat e d th a t two meal s a c1ay brc:1kf:1Rt and cJi nn e r was all s he expect e d to h a nd ou L lo hcr b o : : mlcrs. Aft e r th e m e al, whic h of tea bread and buLte r and s t e w e d prunes,, N i c k made a few of Mr s Jarvi s the landla .dy, a s lo i.h c lny of t h e t own, and then sallied forth to look aroun d th e metropo li s He made a c ar e ful not e o f the irnmbc r of t h e house, its gene r a l appear a n ce, whic h was s habby, and i ts positiori. in th e block s o h e could find it aga i n, b e fore l e a v ing the n e i g hborh ood. ,.... J He walk e d down to Si xt h Avenue,. and F o rty -second \" . Street and decided t o take a n e l evate! l tr.tin .:fi.il' t h e Batt e r y-a s pot h e had so m uch aboul t l iat b.e was anxious to see it. In half an hour he was s trollin g about Batte ry Fark. Th e b e nche s were. well fille d w i t h men w h o seem e d to hav e nothing more important on h a nd than t o kill time. It seem e d R o s trange to th e boy t o see so many h e althy s pecim e n s o f humanity ta kin g life e asy that h e stopped a park office r and asked him if it was a holiday. The polic e man regarded Nick in some surprise and then looked him car e fully over. In s p ite of the boy's bri ght look there was no g e tting away from the fact that there was something of the haysee d about his appearance. It w a s not in any one particular that he showed this stamp of the country, but in the indefinable air that hovered around him. He might hav e changea clothes with the most stylish New York e r, and yet one would have said at a glance that he came from out of town. "You're from the country aren't y ou?" asked th e officer. "I'm from Wes tbury, York State repli e d Nick, won dering how the policeman kn e w h e was a s tr ange r in the m e tropoli s "Why d i d you ask i f t o -clay was a h o lida y? H o w long hav e you been in town?" 1 "A coupl e o:f hours answered Nick. "I asked the que s tion because I see so many peo ple doing not hing." "You'll find all the parks populated in much the s ame way on a fine day like thi s Mos t of these people a r e out of a job, either because they can t get one, or because they don't want one." "Then it is true that there are half a million people out of work all the time in New York?" a s k e d Nick, with a feeling of disappointment. "I won't say that there's half a miJlion of idle p e ople in ihe city but there is a big army of them." "What's that building over th e r e ?" asked Nick, pointing t o the old Castle Gard e n stru c ture. "That's the Aquarium. Why don't you go in and see the fish? There are specimens from all over the world." "What's the chaTge ?" "It's free." "I guess I'll go fo," s11id Niel{, and he did The building was well worth a visit and Nick spent full y half an hour gazinginto the variou s glas s tank s th a t lin e d the circular sides of the Aqnarium. When he came out he saw the s ame policeman sta nding clos e by. "Well how did you Jike it?" a s]{efl thf> officE>r. "First class. Is Wall Street far from here?" "Not so far. I suppose you want to see the bull s and bears, eh?" grinned the policeman. Nick was not so green as to imagine t here were an y r e al l:iulls and bears in the financial dis trict He knew qulte a bit about Wall Street through conve r s a'tions with brokers' clerks he had met in Westbury on their summer vacations. The truth of the mattei:. was that Nick had a :veaining desire to get a job in Wall Rtreet if lie coulfl. How he was going to accomplish it he had no mor e id e a than he had of the man in the moon but he meant to try just the same. No matter what other position he mi ght be o bliged t o take 11t first the goal of his ambitioifwas a s ituati o n in the r e gion of the Stock He had a hankering to be around where the mone y was. He had read so often that Wall Street was the mone yed center of the United States that he was curious to see what the district looked like. He had heard that the big of Wall Street con trolled about everything in sight that was worth while. When the government wanted to float a bi g loa n it ap pealed to Wall Street. When New York City had occas i o n t o sell a ne w issue of bonds it looked to the bankers of W a ll Stree t. When any large enterprise was started Wall Stre e t was expected to finance it. The money kings, who had their dens in the tall offic e buildings of the financial di s trict had a fing er in ever y melon that was worth the c utting from the big l ife i n s ur an c e companies down to the s malles t railroad or n avig a t ion c o mpany.


A BID POR FORTUNE. \ To work in the exhilarating atmosphere of frenziec1 \ hands were flying along the sidewalks or the finance was what Nick was looking for, and as a first step like winged Mercurys,_ dodging pedestrians on the one hand toward that goal he wanted to t a ke a survey of the ground and cabs and vehicles on the other with an ease and pre -to see if people were livelier there than elsewhere, as h e cision that Nick ad.mired. had an idea they be, in order to keep abreast o.f the "I wouldn't mind having such a job," thought Nick, who situation. loved exercise, and was considered the swiftest boy on his "Do you want to go to Wall Street proper, or do you wish feet when he lived in Westbury. to take in the whole financial district as well as yo,u can?" The first thing that specially attracted his attention was asked the p9liceman. a roped enclosure on the west side of the street. "I want to see as much of it as I can," replied Nick. Here were gathered a hundred or more sharp-looking "Then you'd better start from the corner of Beaver and men and bright-appearing young fellows, in little groups, You can't mistake Broad, which intersects the distalking together or walking about from one group to an trict, for it's uncommonly wide, and is only two blocks long, other. from Beaver to Wall. Do you see that tall office building?" This was the Curb Exchange, every member of which was asked the officer, pointing. a regular broker. couldn't well miss it," replied Nick. Many thousands of shares of various stocks exchanged "That's the Bowling Green Building, which faces partly hands here every business day, and anybody could lounge on the foot of Broadway. Walk up there and you will see about and watch the way it was done. a small triangular park, surrounded by an iron railing, Nick watched the methods of the curb brokers for a while which is called Bowling Gre en." and then continued on up the street. "That's where the statue of George the Third used to At the corner of Exchange Place he stopped and looked stand before thi s city was evacuated by the British, wasn't up and down that narrow street. it?" a s ked Nick, with some interest. It was quite overshadowed by' the tall office buildings on "I guess it is," replied the policeman, who was not clear either side, that soared so high that their roofs seemed to be on that point. almost lost in the sky. "The peopld pulled it down and melted it up, didn't Nick's look of surprised interest attracted the notice of they?" a thickset fellow who was hanging around The officer had never heard of the circumstance and did the corner. not care t-0 c6mmit himself. His name was Joe Furniss, and until within a day or two "Walk to the head of that little park-that is, to the he,.p.ad been employed as a messenger by the Maritime Exnarrow end of. the triangle looking up Broad wax turn your change. . face east-that's east," motioned the policeman-'( and you Just at pi'esent he was hard up, and was figuring how will see Beaver Street right before you. Take the upper he could raise the wind. sidewalk and go straight ahead. The first street you will He eyed the country .boy narrowly, and finally sized him come to is New, and the next is Broad. Turn up either one up as fair game. of them and you'll be in the Wall Street district. Broad is Stepping forward, he barred Nutting's way. the better one to the curb brokers are there, and "Look here, country," he said, "you can't pass unless you so is the Stock Exchange." have the dough." Nick thanked the officer and '13tarted for New York's "Dough!" exclaimed the mystified Nick. money center. "Money, you chump!" ---" "I've loads of it," grinned Nick, producing his wa.d of i CHAPTER III. NICK GETS A JOB IN WALL STREET. Confederate shinplasters. Furniss snatched the bills from his hand. Then he started to run. But Nick was not going to be robbed of his Confederate money, worthless as it was, with impunity. Nick had no trouble in :finding Broad Street where it He immediately followed Furniss down Exchange Place intersected Beaver, at a hot pace. He turned his face north toward Wall Street, and had to The young rascal, finding that Nick was no slow runner, admit that it was a teeming hive of industry as far _as he dodged about in an endeavor to avoid being brought to ac-could see. count for the bills which he had stuffed into his pocket. "I don't wonder it's called Broad Street he said to himSuch apparent skylarking was of too frequent occurrence self. "It's wide enough to fit the name." in the Street to attract special notice. Then he started to walk up the thoroughfare, where hunFurniss finally darted into the entrance of one of the dreds of busy boys and men were passing and repassing all office buildings and ran up the stairs to the first floor. the time. Nick followed close at his heels, and grabbed the tail of UnHortil e d messenger boys with yellow envelopes in their his sack coat just as he stepped on the floor of the corridor. ,


6 I A BID FOR FORTUNE. The fellow turned about and aimed a vicious blow at his pursuer 's face. Nick dodged it and then grabbed Furniss by the aollar. "Come now," he said re s olutely, "ante up that wad." 'l'he other, however, was a tough youth, and not in the least a verse to a scrap. He tore himself free from Nick's grasp and then squared off in regular prize-ring style. If he thought to intimidate the country boy he was greatly mistaken. Nick was mad clean through at the fellow's nerve in snatching his property, and he sailed in at him like a young cyclone. For about a minute there was as pretty a set-to as one would see at an athletic club, and then Furniss went down on the marble floor from a clean knock-out blow on the end of his chin He lay there dazed and almost motionless, while Nick stood above him with clenched :fists and flushed face, wait-ing for him to rise. The short scrap had been viewed by a gentleman who came out of one of the offices on that floor. His black, alert eyes sparkled as he saw the clean knock out administered to the bulky youth by the lighter and more agile Nick, who at the first glance did not seem to be in the same class with his tough opponent. "That was neatly done, young man he said, stepping up beside Nutting and clapping him familiarly on the shoulder. "Never saw the trick turned better. What's the trouble between you?" "He snatched a wad of money out of my hand a.t the corner of Brooo Street and tried to get away with it," re plied Nick. '"rhe dickens he did! Then he must be a young crook. H e's got all the ear-marks of one, at any rate. This is a case for a policeman." "The money didn't amount to much," replied Jick. "It was Confederate shinplasters." "Oh!" exclaimed the gentleman, biting his mustache to repress the laugh which rose to his lips. "Then you wouldn't have lost much if he had escaped." "But I don't want to lose the stuff," answered Nick, kne e ling down beside the reviving young rascal and thrust ing his hand into the pocket he had seen Furniss stow the wad in. In a moment he rose with a roll of Confederate notes in his hand. "Ther.e they are," he said, showing them to the gentleman "Looks like real money at a casual glance," said the man, with a smile. "Any one would tak e you to be well heeled if you flashed that roll on them "I guess that's what he thought. He sized me up as something easy the country and tried to do me up. But I wasn't born yesterday, even if this is my first day in New York." "Is that so?" remark ed the genlleman. "Are you a stranger to the town?" "Yes, sir," repli ed Nick. "Come here to' see the sights, I suppose?" "No, sir. I came here to get a job." "What kind of a job?" the stranger asked, with a show of interest, scanning the bright, intelligent features of the boy he had taken a sudden fancy to. "Well, sir, if I can have my choice it will be right here in Wall Street." "In \Vall Street, eh?" At that moment Joe Furniss sat up in a bewildered sort of way and looked around him. A.s soon as his eyes rested on Nick he scrambled to his feet with a growl of rage and began to up his sleeves preparatory to a continuation of the :fight. The gentleman, however, interfered. "Get out of this building at once, you young scamp I" he exclaimed, with some vigor. Furniss did :p.ot like his aggressive manner, and, with a muttered imprecation and a menacing glance of his eyes at Nutting, he slowly walked downstairs, feeling his jaw as if to make sure it was all there. "So you'd like to work in Wall Street, eh?" said the gentleman, turning to our hero. "Yes, sir. I'd like ii :first rate." "What isyour name?" "Nick Nutting." "Where fa your home?" "No. West Forty-fifth Street for the present. I ca.me from Westbury, where I've liv e d all my life." "How long have you been in New York?" "About four hours, sir." "Four hour.g Is that all?" "Yes, sir." "Well, upon my word, I should never have thought so from your scie ntific performanoe with that :oung tough. Taken lessons in the art of self-defense, haven't you?" "Yes, sir From a professor who stopped at our village la st summer." "You must have been an apt pupil. You cleaned that boy up in no time at all, and he looked husky enough to eat you. 'so you've only been four hours in N cw York?" sa id the gentleman, reflectively, lookin g the boy over once more with critical attention. "I'm sorry that you're not acquainted with the city. I've kind of taken a fancy to you. I'm a stock broker, with a n office on Wall Street. I've just lost my messenger, and I would give you a trial if you had some idea of the :financial district; but I'm afraid you'd get mixed Up trying to find 'your way about, and that it would take you all day to deliver a message." "I think I could get the run of this part of the city in s ide of a couple of days, sir, Nick, eagerly. "At any rate, I'm sure it wouldn't take me a week. I'd be willing to work the first week for nothing sir, if you'll only give me the chance to make good. If I had a list of the office buildings I'd spend the rest of the afternoon locat ing them.


A BID FOR FORTUNE. '1 Then I could buy a guide, I suppose, with a ma.p, and study I well's office. "Only four hours in the c.;ily, and I've caught out the position of the slreels down here, and :find out where j just the kind of position I've yearned for. The next thing the banks and trust companies are situated I could do is to hold on to it. I mean to do that if I lose a leg. Won't that to-night after I got to my boarding-house. I could Nellie be g lad?" keep it up until I got everyt hing down pat." "Are your parents living in Westbury?" "i\ly father and mother are both dead, sir. The only relative I have is a sister nearly fourteen years old in West bury." "Well, come around me to my office and I will consider the matter," said the broker: "My name is George Chiswell. Here is my card." They walked up to Broad Street together, and thence to Wall Street, the broker pointing out the Stock Exchange and various banks and office buildings along the route. Turning down Wall, halfway to Ifanover Street, they came to the Bullion Building, on the second floor of which Mr. Chiswell had his office. Taking Nick into his private office, the brolrer questioned him as to his education and general fitness for office work. Nick's answers were quite satisfactory to him. In the end the only thing that stood in the boy's way was his unfamiliarity with New York, the :financial district in particular. Finally Chiswell wrote down the names of a score of brokers with whom he was constantly in touch, with their addresses, :!nd handed the list to Nick. "I'll give you a trial, Nick," he said. "Report at this office at nine o'clock in the morning. In the meantime you might amuse yourself during the rest of the day trying to locate the offices of the gentlemen on that list. Several of them are in the Vanderpool Building, on Exchange Place, not far from the building where you had that scrap Others are in the Mills Building, on Broad Street. The rest are scattered about. You know where the New York Stock Exchange is. Well, you'll have to go there frequently. But you don't enter on the Broad Street side, but at the mes sengers' entrance, on New Street, which is a narrow street in the rear of the building, running from Wall to Broad Street. You might go there when you leav e here and find out the right door. Any one in the neighborhood will tell you." "Yes, sir: I'll do that," replied Nick, promptly. "It wouldn't be a bad idea for you to purchase a pocket map and street guide to the city. You can get it at 'most any stationery store for ten cents It would help you out greatly." "Yes, sir. That's my idea, and I mean tQ get on right away." "Well, I think that will be all for the present. I've an iclea that you'll come out all right and make a first:-class messenger." "It won't be my fault if I don't, sir," said Nick, rising :from his chair. "Don't forget. Nine o'clock in lhe morning. is the Bullion Building." "I'm in great luck," chuckled Nick, as he left Mr. Chis-CHAPTER IV. NICK'S FIRST DINNER IN NEW YORK. After Nick had found and inspected the messengers' en trance i.o the Stock Exchange he continued on clown New Street to Exchange Place, "here he looked aJ:ound for the Vanderpool Building. There was no sign on the building to identify it, so Nick thought the quickest way of locating it would be to inquire of a messenger boy he saw coming along. The boy pointed to a tall building across the street and hurried on his way. Nick entered the office building and went up to one of the eil<.>Vator men. "I want to find out on what floors these people have their offices," he said. The man pointed to a nearby wall. "There's a directory showing the names of every tenant in the building, with the floor and number of his office. You can get all your information from that." Nick studied the directory and soon got the hang of it. Th en he looked for the names he was in search of, found them, and noted down the floor they were on and the num ber of their room. "That's easy," thought Nick. "I wonder if all the big office buildings have signboards like this one?" He subsequently found that they all had directories of their tenants, though not all were arranged on the same plan. When he got on Broad Street again he saw several sta tionery stores, and in one of them he purchased a street guide with a map of th e city attached to it. "I'll look this over to-night," he said to himself, putting it in his pocket. Then he looked up the other names on his list and found every one of them by five o'clock. "Now I'll go uptown to the boarding-house. I hope they'll have plenty to eat on the table, for I feel mighty hungry. That' lunch Mrs. Jarvis treated me to only took the edge off my appetite. I shouldn?t care to be a regular customer of her midday meal-there isn't enough of it for a growing boy like me." Nick reached the corner of Wall Street and Broadway and looked at the electric cars passing up and down. "I wonder if one of those cars woul

8 A BID FOR FORTUNE. side of Broadway, so he crossed over and asked one of the marked, in a tone that might have indicated that she re throng of people hurrying home where the nearest elevated gretted the circumstance. station 'ras. "Yes, ma 'am," replied Nick. "I was born that way. ''Which Ollil do you want-Ninth Avenue, Sixth Avenue But I'm specially hungry this evening, as I haven't had or Third Avenue?" a;nything to speak of since six this morning." "l want to go to Sixth Avenue and Forty-second Street,'" "You had lunch with me." replied the boy. "Yes, ma'am; but I've been doing a good deal of walking "Do you see that big building half a block down the this afternoon." street?" "Are you usually hungry in the morning?" Nick said he saw several big buildings in that direction. "I've a pretty good appetite, m\am." "H's the corner building I mean. Enter that, pass right Mrs. Jarvis said no more, as other boarders came in and on through the wide ground floor and you'll come to the she had toiattend to them. Sixth Avenue Station. It's right at the end of the buildWhen Nick was eating his dessert, which consisted of a ing." small platefof rice pudding, a sharp-featured, sandy-comNick thanked the man, and, following directions, was plexioned young man. of perhaps twenty-five seated himself soon aboard a train bound uptown. beside him. The boy told the conductor that he was a stranger to the He looked inquisitively at his new neighbor, and Mrs. city, and that he wanted to get off a.t the Forty-second Jarvis aroused hers elf from a brown study long enough to Street station. introduce Nick to this party, whose name was Gilson. The conductor promised to tell him when he got there, Nick did not fancy the man much, for his eyes were not and told him to take a seat near the door. what the boy called honest ones, and his manner was a trifle He was as good as his word, and in twenty minutes Nick too forward to suit our hero. was walking in the direction of his boarding-place, which ''From the country, I believe?" remarked Gilson, twirl-he found without much difficulty. ing his mustache while waiting for his soup. He had barely washed his face and brushed his hair be-Nick did not like the way he said it, but he simply bowed fore a. cracked bell rang somewhere in the basement. politely. "I guess that's the dinner-bell," he said. "I might as "Up the State or New Jersey?" continued w e ll be among the first as the last. Probably I'll get all The boy told him. that's coming to me, then." "Intend to remain in New York?" So Nick steered for the di.,ning-room in the basement. "T do," replied Nick. The odor of cookery and the voice of Mrs. Jarvis guided "Looking for a job, I suppose?" him to the door. "I was when I arrived at noon to-day, but I've got one "You will sit here, Mr. --What did you say your name was?" ".Nutting, ma'am. Nick Nutting." Mrs. Jarvis pulled a chair out near the head of the table, presided over by a meek-looking man who the boy was sure did not weigh a pound less than two hundred and fifty. ''J\Ir. Jarvis," said the landlady, shai:ply, "this is our nrw hoarder, Mr. Nutting. Mr. Nutting, my husband. J ane"-to an invisible personage in a room beyond-" a plate of soup." Nick bowed to IYir. Jarvis with bis usual politeness, while that gentleman said he hoped they would be better acquainted. The soup was brought by the maid-of-all-work, who officiated as waitress at meal-times, and Nick proceeded to get away with a watery compound which he understood was meant for bean soup. Some not over-tender roast beef followed, :flanked by side dishes, and Nick did not leave a particle of their contents to be carried back to the kitchen. The amount of bread and butter he got away with, too, rathet startled the landlady, who began to entertain some mit:givings as to whether there would 'be any profit in her new boarder. "You have an excellent Mr. Nutting," she renow." "What! already? Errand boy, I suppose?" "Messenger boy in Wall Street." "A. D. T., eh?" "What's that?" asked Nick. "What! don't you know?" said Gilson, raising bis eyebrows superciliously.. "Why, that stands for American District Telegraph." "I'm working for a stock broker in the Bullion Build ing." "Oh, indeed?" regarding Nick with a trifle more respect. "Got the job through a letter of recommendation, I suppose?" 1 "No, sir. I got it because it was offered toeme." "Oh, the broker knew you." "Nb. He never saw me before this afternoon." "And be hired you without any references?" "I had a general reference as to my character from the cashier of our village bank." "You worked in the bank, then ? "No; this is the first job I ever had in my life." Mr. Gilson looked at Nick as if be thought the boy was stretching the truth. "Who is this broker tha.t hired you?" "Mr. George Chiswell."


A BID FOR .FORTUNE. 9 "Chiswell, eh? I know him by sight. I am employed in Wall Stre et myself. I am margin cle rk for Mandelbaum & Slewsby, in the Barnum Building. You are in great luck to pick up a job down the re the way you did. H isn t the usual thing, and I can't quite understand it." Nick thought it did not make much difference whether Mr. Gilson understood the matter or not. As he had eaten everything that was lik ely to come his way that evening, the boy excused himself and left the table and the room. "What a nice, gentlemanly boy," remarked a young-sales woman, employed in a big department store, who sat opposite, and who had not received an introduction to Nick. "Oh, he's a hayseed," chuckled Mr. Gilson, rather c ontemptuously. He intended this as a funny remark, but the young lad y did not laugh. "Well, he's a perfect gentleman, if he is from the c'>nn try,''she retorted, with some spirit. "It's plea s ur 0 b meet one occasionally," she added, pointedly. Mr. Gilson did not have so.much to say after that. CHAPTER V. NICK'S FIRST DAY IN WALL ST).iEET. Nick found his narrow bed.rather harder that night.than he was accustomed to, but the fact did not worry him, for he was a sound sleeper. He woke up at seven with the discordant clang of the breakfast-bell in his ears, and hurried down to the dining room, for fear that there might be a deficiency of eatables if he neglected to be present on time. This time he was introduced to the young saleswoman, and she bestowed an encouraging smile upon him. "I overheard you say that you arei working in Wall Street," she said. "Yes, Miss Smith." "You must be a real smart boy to be able fo hold such.a position." Nick blushed and began to eat his oatmeal. He had already made away with a couple of stewed prunes which he supposed had been served as an appetiz e r. It struck him that they were of rather ancient vintage, with an over-preponderance of stone. "Are you from the country?" asked the salesgirl. "Yes, Miss Smith." "I should never have supposed so. Really, you look just like a New Yorker." Nick bowed, and then began operations on a small piece of steak. The boy thanked his stars that the knife waa sharp and his teeth good. A lonesome-looking corn muffin and a cup of coffee completea the meal, and Nick left the table feeling that he could eat as much again if he had the chance. He had studied his street guide and map with good re sults, especially that portion of it relating to the financial district, and he felt he would be able to make a very fair showing at the office. He decided that he would not lose anything by going downtown early and looking the Wall Street neighborhood over again before it was time for him to report for business. Promptly at nine o'clock Nick entered Mr. Chiswell's office. None of the clerks had yet arrived, but they began com ing in immediately afterward. Mr. Edwards, the cashier, appeared about a quarter after nine and seeing Nick seated in a chair with his hat off, ' asked him if he was the new me'Ssenger that Mr. Chiswell bad engaged. "Yes, sir." "You're from the country, aren't you?" said the cashier. _'ficlc admitted that he was, though he was beginning to tired of having everybody make that identical remark. 'Kno w >ery little about the city, I believe?" continue 1 :.r r Ed wards. 1 "I'm learning fast, sir, especially the lay of the fim : n c ial d i s trict." Glad to hear it. You look smart. I hope you will b e able to make good here. We want atrustworthy boy such as you twpear to be." The c ashier went to his desk, and presently Mr Chiswell cam'e in. He bade Nick a pleasant good morning and called him into his private office. The boy helped him off with his overcoat and then stood awaiting his pleasure. "Sit down, Nick." Our hero.did so. "Did you locate all the brokers' offices on that list I gave you?" asked the broker, with a smile. "Yes, sir," answered Nick, promptly. "Do you think you could find them again without losing much time?" "Yes, sir." "Looked the district over some in a general way?" "Yes, sir." "Did you buy a street guide and map and study it?" "I did, sir." "Very well. Now I'll explain what will be expected of you." The broker outlined his new en;iployee's duties, and then dismissed him to the reception-room, where he took the chair he was to occupy while in the office. The broker busied himself with his morning's mail, then he rang for Nick. The boy quickly responded. '"In one corner of the counting-room you'll see a young lady at a typewriting machine. That's my stenographer Miss Haley. Tell her to come into my private room."


10 A BID FQR FORTUNE. Nick convi:;yed the message to the young lady, who was very pretty and petite. She smiled at Nick. "You're the new messenger ?" she remarked. ''Yes, miss." Then she took her note-book out of a drawer of her table and went into Mr. Chiswell's room to take dictation. "She's a nice girl," mentally decided Nick. "And she didn't ask me if I was from the count.ry, either." In a few minutes the bell rang, and he jumped up and went in to see what his employer wanted. "Take this note to Morris & Hutchins, in the Vanderpool Building, and this to Davis & Co., Mills Building," said Mr. Chi swell. "Get back as soon as you can." Nick took the two envelopes and started off to deliver them. He went to the Mills Building first. Consulting his memorandum, he saw that Davis & Co. were located on the third fl.oo, r, rooms 309-310. He boarded one of the elevators and was rushed up to the third floor in less time than he could wink, almost. He easily found Da. vis & Co., by using his eyes, and deliv ered the note. "You don't say l I meant Brooklyn. So you're a hay seed, eh? Well, you don't look it much. How long have you been living in New York?" "Not quite a day." "You've been here before, of course?" Nick shook his head. '

A BID FOR FORTUNE. 11 I "First rate." G e t tangl e d up any to-d ay? "Not a bit." "You' re lucky. How are you g oing to put in the evening?" "Haven't thought about it." "Well, g o out with me. I'll show you the town." Nick, however, declined the invitation and w ent on to his room. On S a turday, about noon, Broker Ohiswell called his new messenger into his room and told him that he WM quite pleased with the waY. he had conducted himself since he came to work. "For a lad who came here totally unacquainted with the city I am bound to say that you have done remarkably well Judging from the short record you have made you seem to be just the boy I have been looking for. Your wages for the present will be six dollars a week. I shall advance you a s fa s t as I can." Nick and Dick Hudso;n got quite chummy by degrees. One day after Nick had been a month in the Street they m e t at t he m e ssengers' entrance of the Exchange. Dick was coming out and Nick WM going in. "The y're having a hot old time on the floor this morn ing," said Dick. "That so? What's up?" "A sudden ris e in Michigan Northern. The brokers are acting like a pack of lunatics." O an you wait till I deliver this note?" asked Nick. Dick nodded, and Nutting dashed insid e whe re he found a cene of pand e monium which almost baffled description. It was not a warm day by any mean s but the traders looked as hot and perspiring as if it was midsummer. The gall e ry was full of interested spectators, probably half of th e m strangers to the city. Ni c k had some difficulty in delivering his envelope to Mr. Chiswell, who was :finally located in the mob around the Michi g an Northern standard. His hat was dented, his necktie loose and awry, and one side of his collar off. He took the note, read it, and said "All right," which was a signal for Ni c k to make tracks for the office. He found Dick waiting for him outside in New Street. "If I had one hundred dollars I could double it in a couple of days," said Dick. "How could you?" a s ked Nick, interestedly. "I'd buy Michigan Northern on a ten per cent. margin. It's going now around 98. It will be up to 110 in a day or two. It was 92 three days ago. Peopl e who bought then s tand to make over twenty dollars a s hare profit.'' ciw e ll s aid Nick, r efle ctivel y "I've g ot a hundred and twent y-five dollar s Would you advise me to buy some shares of Michigan Northern with it?" S ure l would. You c an get t e n s hares on a margin. You ll cle ar a hundred dollars e a s ily e nough." "How will I g o about it? Ask Mr. Chiswell to buy me the shares?" "No. You don't want to let him know you arG monkey ing with the ma.rket. Brok e rs object to their employees speculating. Get your money and take it to a small bank ing-house you'll :find on Nassau Street, above Wall. This bank makes a specialty of small deals. You'll :find the margin clerk's \vindow in the reception-room. Tell him that you want to buy ten shares of Michigan Northern, and he'll tell you how much you'll have to put up as margin. But you've got no time to lose if you want to get as much benefit as you can out of the rise." "How shall I tell when to sell out?" "Well, it won't do to hold on too long. I'd risk itas far as 110. It is likely to go higher, maybe to 120, but I wouldn't advise you to take the chances of it doing so. You ought to be satisfied to double your money." "I should think so," replied Nick, beginning to get a bit excited at the thought of making a hundred dollars so easily. Not having had any experience with the market, Nick did not realize the risk he was taking with his little capital. Dick Hudson had been working two y e ars in Wall Street, and Nick thonght he ought to know all about working a deal. So when Dick intimated that Michigan Northern was bound to go at least as high as 110, the country lad thought the matter a foregone conclusion. The hundred and twenty-:five dollars represented the total amount of money received from the sale of his aunt's furniture and other personal property. Nellie had turned ove r her s har e to him to put in a New York bank for her bene:fit, and he had deposited the entire sum in his own name in the Seaman's Bank. The temptation to double that ttle amount, for his sis ter's benefit as well as for himself, was very alluring. He knew that money was easily made in W a 11 Street by those who kn e w how to do the trick, and he had an idea that his fri e nd t>ick knew about a s well as the next one. So before two o'clock that day Nick found a chance to go to the Bank and draw out all but five dollars, which he had to let remain in order to hold his book. He knew where the little bank on Nassau Street was, and he went around there aft e r three, for Dick told him that the bank kept its stock department open until four o'clock for the accommodation of its customers. There was quite a crowd of small investors in the wait ing-room looking at a big blackboard fastened up at the end of the room, which was covered from end to end with the stock quotations of the day. Nick walked up to the margin clerk's window "What will it cost me to buy ten shares o. 'Michigan Northern on a ten per cent. margin?" he asked the young man who stood at the desk there counting layers of money. "It will cost you exactly one hundred dollars." ''All right," replied Nick. "Here's the money." The clerk counted the money, then made out a memo-randum of the transaction and handed it to him. "How about your commission?" the boy asK:ed;


12 A BID FOR l! ORTUNE. "We'll look out for thn.t when we close the deal. We charge one-eighth of one per cent. to buy, and ditto when we sell. There will also be a small interest charge on the nine hundred dollars we have to advance to carry the stock for you. This will b-e charged to you and deducted on your statement of Every point the stock advances above its present figure, which is 100, represents abont ten dollars profit to you. When you want to sell the shares come in and tell me, and we will attend to the at once." "Thank you," replied Nick, and he walked out of the bank. He had made his :first bid for fortune. CHAPTER VII. NIOK HAS A NARROW ESCAPE. Ne t morning there wa.s a repetition of the previous day's scene at the Stock Exchange, only, instead of fluctu ating back and forth, Michigan Northern took on a boom and soared up to 107. Nick, however, was not aware of his good luck until he met Dick about noon on Broad Street. "Well, Nick, did you buy those ten shares yet?" he asked, rather doubting that his new friend had done so. "Sure, I did," replied Nick, nodding his head. "When did you do it?" "About half-past three." "Then you bought the stock at par?" nodded "I suppose you know it's gone up seven points this morn ing so far?" "No; has it?" asked Nick, in some surprise, not un mixed with delight. "Is that really a fact?" "Yes, it's really a fact. Why don't you keep tab on your deal?" "Too busy, and I didn't think about it. I supposed that it wouldn't go up for a day or two." "Well, you don't want to suppose any such thing. I'll bet it wilPgo to 112 before the Exchange clo es at three." "But I've got to sell at 110, mustn't I?" "You don't have to. I said yesterday that I thought you'd better sell at that :figure if you bought the stock. I've changed my mind since. I'd hold on for 115 if I was you." "All right; I'll do that, if you say so." "Oh, don't take my word for it. Keep an eye on the ticker, and ke):)p your ea.rs open when you're out around the office. You may catch on to how the frog is going to jump -I mean you may get a tip as to how the market is likely to go during the next day or so. You see, it's probable that the rise is due to some clique that is trying to corner Michi gan Northern and bas so far partially succeeded. When lhe brokers actmg for the pool begin to unload that's the time for you to get out from under." "When will that be?" asked Nick, innocently. Dick cocked his head to one side, like a bird, and shut one eye. "That's for them to know and you to :find out," he re plied laughingly. "But how will I find out?" persisted Nick, feeling that probably the success of his venture depended on his finding an answer to that problem. "You'll have to use your own judgment." "What's the matter with my using yours? I'm rather green in the Street, you know." "Look here, Nick, if you're going to take a shy at the market once in a while, when the prospect looks good, you want to study the sitiiation. Get the market reports for a year back. Your boss has 'em on tap. Look 'em over, compare prices, and so on. Study Stock Exchange meth ods, and always keep in touch with the market. Then you'll have some idea, though by' no means a sure of what may happen. It's a game of chance at the best. You bet that a certain stock will go up. If it goes down you lose. If it goes up three or four or even twenty points, and you don't sell in time, you stand a fair show of losing, too. You can't be too foxy in dealing with the market." "Well, do you think I'd better hold on to Michigan Northern till it reaches 115 ?" asked Nick, anxiously. "I don't like to advise you to do it, for fea. r it might go down before it reached that figure. I can only say that, as I view things.at present, I would not sell under that price. Still, no one can tell what change might happen inside of an hour or two." As the boys reached the neighborhood of the Mil!s Build ing where Nick had to deliver a message on the :fifth floor, they separated. On his way back to the office Nick pondered over his little venture in Michigan Northern. His general ignorance of stock transactions made him feel all at sea, as it were, over ihe deal. The question that perplexed him was, when should he \ sell out? He was tolerably familiar with the hieroglyphics of the ticker tape by this time, and the first thing he did when he reached the office was to look up the latest quotation of Michigan Northern. He found that the stock had gone to 108. While he was eagerly watching for another quotation Mr. Chiswell came in from the Exchange and entered his room. Presently he rang for Nick and sent him on an errand to the Bowling Green Building. The boy was gone about three-quarters of an hour, and returned with an answer. M:r. Chiswell, however, had returned to the Exchange, and the cashier told Nick he had better take the note over to him. Accordingly Nick hastened around to New Street. As he passed the corner of Nassau Street, Joe Furniss, who had tried to relieve him of his roll of Confederate


A BID FOR FORTUNE. 13 shinplaster s on the day Ni c.k arrived in New York, was de way he went for y o u ... Ile ai n't g o t no more dan was coming down that sLreet and saw him. comin' to him." \ Furniss had not expected to run across the country boy "Why, I 've seen that chap before," ejaculated Nick, now again, and was raLher surprised to see Nick trudg ing along recog n izing his enemy. "Bles s ed if it ain't the boy I floored with an env e lope in his hanii just lik e any of the Wall in an Exchange Place office building the day I came to Street mess engers. New York. If it liarln't Leen for that scrap I wouldn't He fo llowed on behind him to see where he \ have got a job in Wall Street." was going. Furniss sat up with a pained and puzzled look on his :Down New Street went Nutting and into the messenger s' countenanc e entrance of the Stock Exchange. Ga z ing around, he saw Nick looking at him. "So he's workin' for1 some broke r is he?" muttered the "I'll :fix you for that, o c e if I don't," he growled d a rkly, young rascal. "Well, I owe, him a lickin and I'm goin' for he had a dim notion th a t the c ountry l a d was responsito give it to him." ble for the bump he got on the forehead. He stood back in a convenient dooTWay and watched for "What's the matter with you?" a s ked Ni ck. "I h ave11t Nick to come out. done anything to you." After five minutes had gone by the boy from Westbury T he'you n g rascal scrambled to hi s feet with a belliger e nt came out and, unconscious that the one en e m y he hiid made scowl. in New York was lying in wait for him, started for hit> He seemed undecided whether to s ail into then and office. there or ot. As Nick passed the d oorway Furniss rus hed out upon him, aiming a heavy blow for a point behind his ear, Had it taken effect as was inte nded it is mor e than prob able that Ni c k would have been bad ly hurt. .Ju s t at that moment, howev e r, the lad from the country, who was thinking more about hi'l little stock ventnre than. whe re he was putting his feet, stepp e d on a banana peel that some messe ng e r boy had thoughtles s ly flung upon the sidewalk. The re sult was that Nick's feet flew i1p and h e f ell back ward. Furnis s had launched out his fist with all his strengt h, and as it hit nothing but afr, he was. overbalanced, and h e tripp e d over Nick's fal lin g body and shot forward upon the c obblestones. His for e head came into colli sion with a sto n r that happenr d to be hi g her than the othern, and, as the stone was the harder of the two, Furniss saw more pl a n ets and sta r s tha n ever in his life b e fore. Jn fact it knocked hi:rn ont for sever a l moments, during which Nick picked himself up and then regarded the fallen ras c a l with great astonishment. Sev e ral men and boys had witnessed t h e incident, and the boys set-up a shout of derision a n d hmTied up to see the outcome of the affair. Nick alone was unaware that he had n a rrowly missed be coming the vic tim of a treachero u s "Dat feller came mighty near doin' youse up," said .a. very s mall -A. D. T. messenger. "I don't und e rstand you," replied Nick, in some surprise. "Don't you know dat he tried to slug youse ?" "You're foo ling," replied Nutting. "Not on your life I ain't foolin'. H e swung a right handed jolt at you just as you went down, and d en he tripped and struck hi s nut on a cobble. He out at you from dat doorwa y I t'ought he was goin' to ki ll youse, A ring of spectators began to thi c ken a bout them, for it looked as if there was going to be a scrap. The crowd was disappointed however, a s th e rud e jolt Furniss had received had lmocked the fight out of him for the time being, at l east, while Nick, on his side, was noL looking for trouble. He would not withdraw, though, until the other had made the first move. "I'll g e t square with you yet," threatened the ex-Mari time Exchange mes senger, freling the painful lump that had appeared on his forehead. "I'll do yoti up for keeps at the :first chance I get-yon can bet your lifo on that." And with these word s he p ushed his way throngh the circle of spectators, some of whom jeereLl him, and walked off down New Street, whil e N ie:k w ent off in the other dire c tion, not quite satisfied in his own mind a s to what had happ e ned to his form e r oppon c n L CHAPTER VIII. NICK PICKS Ul' .A. TIP. Three o 'clock came, and the Exchan g e close d before Nick had decided whet her he wo; ld sell his stock or not. The closing quotati9n was 112, and the prosP,ect th .at it would go high er on the following day was good. Nick was off at h alf-past three, and he went aro und to the bank in Nassau Street with a half-formed inte ntion to close out the de. al. H e got into conversation with one of the sma ll s pecu lators in the waiting-room, and this person a"sured him that Michigan North ern was almost certain to go up to 120 next day. That encourag e d Nick to hold on a while longer. The stock opened at 113 next morning ancl at e leven o'clock was going at 116.


14 A BID FOR FORTUNE. "It's going to 120, all right," thought Nick, when he saw the quotation on th e office ticker. Five minutes later he got a different impression. A couple of brokers came in to see Mr. Chiswell, and while they were waiting their turn for an interview they got to talking about the excitement in Michigan Northern. Nick heard one tell the other that he wa.S looking for a break in the market at any moment. He added that Michigan Northern was topheavy, and that when the slump set in it would go down with a crash that would do up a great many of the speculators. Knowing that the speaker was a broker of long experience and good standing in the Street, his words gave Nick a big scare. He wanted to run argnnd to the bank at once and order his shares sold, but did not dare to do that without per mission. He asked the cashier if he could get off for a few moments, but that gentleman replied that Mr. Chiswell was liable to call for him at moment to carry an important message, and it would not do for him to let him off. It happened that the broker rang for him while he was talking to the cashier, and when he went inside he found a note waiting for him to carry to the Vanderpool Build ing, and that settled any chance of his going to Nassau Street right away. When he got back Mr. Chiswell was out, and he repeated his request to the cashier. "Is it important?" asked Mr. Edwards. "Yes, sir." "Very well. You ma.y go, but don't remain out long." Nick snatched up his hat and made a bee-line for the bank on Nassau Street. He made pretty fast time and arrived flushed a.nd almost breathless. "What's the excitement?" asked the margin clerk, with a grin, as be appeared in front of the window. "I want you to sell my ten shares of Michigan Northern right away, fluttered Nick. "All right. It will be done inside of t e n minutes." "Don't lose any time," said Nick, anxiously. "What's the matter? Are you afraid the market is going up?" smiled the clerk. "Yes, sir. It's liable to go up any minute." "Who told you that?" "I heard a couple of brokers talking about it." "Oh, you mustn't believe a11 you hear laughed the clerk, going to the 'phone and s ending an order over to the bank's representative at the Exchange to sell ten sha res of Michigan Northern at the market. Nick was out on an e rrand at the time and did not learn about it till he got back to the office, when he saw by the excitement among the crowd oi customers around the office ticker that something unusual was o n the tapis. He asked one of them what was the matter. "The market has gone t o smash," was the start ling reply. "Well," thought Nick, "I guess I diP. noL get out any too soon. I had a pretty close shave I'll have to study the market before I take any more chances. Why, I mig1J_t haYe lost every cent oi that hundred dollars. What would Nellie have said ?" Next day he got a statement of account from the bank and found that his ten share.;; had been sold for 117-! that lie had made o n e hundred and seventy-five dollars. "That's first class," he mused, with great satisfaction. "Nellie an cl I are now worth one hundred and fifty dQllars apiece. I tell you, there is money in stocks, if one only knows how to pull the strings right. With me it was a case oi sheer good luck. No more deals for me until I am able to lcll where I am at when I go into one." So from that day Nick applied himself in his spare moments, lo the study of the science of stock speculation. Although he found many temptations dnring the next s i x months to take another shy at the market with the three hundred dollars in the savings bank, he resisted them. He often talked to Miss Haley, the stcnogrnp1ier, ab011t the chances of picking up easy money in the marketby persolli> who had l earned the ropes, but she generally shook her h ead over the subject, and constantly arlviscc1 him to let stock speculation alone, no matter how much knowledge he acquired about Stock Exchange methods. "Why, Nick, the oldest aud most experienced traders are t:aught napping once in a while," she would say to him. "Many a shrewd broker has been sent to t h e wall by a single deal that found him on the wrong side of the market at the crit ical time. And that, too, after he had played the game successfully for a hundred or more times. Take my advice and keep out of it." One day, after Nick had been nine months with Broker C hi swell, and was considered one of the sma,rtest messen gers in Wall Street, :M:r. "Rdwards, the cashier, sent him over to the offi9c of Morris & Hutchins, in Exchange Place, where hi s -friend, Dick Hudson, still held the post of mes senrrer to deliver a note of some importa,nce that required t:> ( an answer from Mr. Morris. "Mr. Morris isn't in, Nick," said Dick, when he stated the object of his call. "He's over at the Exchange whoop-ing things up." "Did you sell it?" asked Nick, who s till hugged the window. "Then I'll have to g6 there," said Nick. "Mr. Cbiswell is lnicl np with a severe cold, and I guess your firm is at tending to his orders. At any rate, this note has to be delivered ri ght away, and I've got to carry a reply back to the office." "It will be sold in five minutes," replied the margin clerk, and Nick went away with a big load off his mind. Half an hour afterward the s lump set in, and Michigan North ern went to pot with a cra s h, and a panic ensued at the Exchange. "All right. 1'11 Hee you later," said Dick, as liis friend started for the door and then glided down the corridor to the elevator.


A BID. FOR FORTUNE. 15 Jn five minutes ick was in !he Exchange and one of the attendants was looking allout for }\[r. Morris While Nick was leanin g on the railing two brokers came in that way, and the lloy overheal'tl one of them say, as they passed on into the enclosure, "0. & B. is certain to go to 68 before the end of--" That was all he heard, but it stirre d up his wits. The speaker he recognized as one of the solitl men of the treet, and when such a man made a statement it was pre s umed to carry some weight. "80 l\Ir. Jessup is sure that 0. & B will g o to 68 before the end of-this week, I judge he said, though I didn't hear him say so. I wonder what 0. & B. is ruling at now? I'll find out when I get back to the office. It looks to me as if I had accidentally stumbletl on to a r e al tip. Maybe I can make somet hing out of it." Nick delivered his note, g ot his answer, and hurried out of the Exchange. "I'll give you five dollars, an cl if the tip is worth any thing, then I'll give you the other five dollars." "No you won't. Ten dollars, or no tip." Gilson, ho11ever, shook his head, where upon Nick man aged to break away ancl start up the s treet. "I wonder if he really has a tip?" thought the margin clerk, looking after the boy. "He's a pretty straight young fellow, and I don't think he'd fool me. I'm sorry I didn't give him the money and lake my chance. Well, I'll see him to-night at supper antl ha\ 'e a tnlk with him about it." In the meantime Nick ieached th e office, delivered :Mr. :\[orri s's reply to the ca hier, and then returned to his sea.t in the reception -room and took up the Wall Street Incli ea lor. Consulting the p"'revious day's stock quotations, he found the C. & B had closed at 59. Looking over a file of the paper, he noted the fact that for a month C & B. harl not been above 60. As he was passing a New Street quick-lunch house ran into his f e llow-board e r, Mr Gilson. he Then h e looked over the tape and Raw a dozen transactions in the stock t h at morning at price s ranging from 59 The margin clerk stopped him. "I can't talk t o you now," protested Nick. "I'm in a hurry to get back to the office." "It seems to me you're always in a hurry," replied Gil son, still holding him tig htly by the arm. to 59f. "I wonder if a pool has been formed to boom that par tirular stock?" he aske d himself. He went into the counting -room and told Miss Haley what he had heard the broker say about 0. & B. going to GS before the end of the week. "That's what I'm hired for, replied Nick." And I make it a point to deliver the goods." The stenographer would not encourage him to take any chances on 1.he strength of such a tip so he r et urn e d to his "You chair to think it over. "Oh, you're too conscientious," sneered Gill'on. can fill the bill without overdoing the matter." "I think a messenger can't be too conscientious in the execution of his duty. A great deal rlepends on his activ ity sometimes, and he never can tell when a let-up on his part may cost his employer a good deal of money." "It appears to me that you are a model messenger boy," replied Gilson, with another curl of his lips. Ile watched the tick e r c losel y unt i l the Exchange closed for the day, and saw that there had been a n unusual num ber of sales of 0 & B., the l ast at 60. When he left the office, half a n honr later, he ran around to see Dick and m et him coming out of th e office building He told him about the tip and asked him what he thought about it. I don't claim to be better than any other. I simply try "I think it's a good one, said Dick. "I've got money to clo my duty the best I know how. '!'hat's all there is to enouO"h to collar ten s hares and I'm O"O i n g lo lluy 'em in the it," and Nick tried to release himself morcing. I'd a dvise you to buy as as you can raise "Do you eyer pick up any tip s? asked Gilson. "I'm foe margin for and then sell out at 68." willing to pay you ten dollars for one at any time." Nick thought the matter over on his way home and de" Produce your ten dollars and I'll gi v e you one now." cided to take the risk "You're joking, aren't :vou ?" saicl Gilson, incredulou sly. Next moming h e found a chance t o draw his money "I neve r joke on serious matters. Ten dollars is a serious from the bank, and h e bou ght,fifty sha res of 0. & B. at 60. matter. Hand it over and the i.ip is yours." "'\Yhat i s your tip?" asked the margin clerk, with some interest. "Nothing doin g unless I see the money. Gilson put his fingers in his vest pocket an d hauled out a tenner. "There, you see it.. row what i s the tip?" "IT and it over and I'll tdl you." "What do you take me for?" laughed Gilson. "Ilow do I know that your tip is worth anything, or wheiher you might not be fooling me?" "All right," replied Nick, indiff erent ly; "yon don't have t o b u y Let go of my j acket, please." CHAPTER IX. NICK'S S.ECOXD FOR A FORTUNE. Nick, having a persona l int e rest in the stock maTkct once more, kept a sharp eye on the ticker all mornin g, whenever he was ip. office, or got a chance to look at the tape in some other office, and he saw that t ransa c tions in C. & B. at the Exchange continued to grow in volume, and that the pric e by degrees, advabc e d to 61.


16 A BID FOR FORTUNE. This was encouraging to him. "I may say I have made fifty aollars this morning-that is, almost. Perhaps I shall be twice as much as tnat ahead by three o'clock." The final quotation of C. & B. that day was Gli, and Nick was satisfied, that his prospect of making another stake was pretty good. '11hat evening Gilson cornered him on tho stairs and spoke to him about the tip. "I'll give you a tenner for it," he said. "Come up to my room." \ "It's worth more than ten dollars now," replied Nick. "How do you make that out?" said Gilson. "Because I've a better evidence of its value than I had when I saw you yesterday on New Street. I had just got hold of it then, and I offered it to you on the spur of the moment. If you'd taken me up at the time you could have had it for ten dollars. Now the price is twenty dollars." "Oh, you go to grass!" exclaimed Gilson, in a tone of disgust. What do you want for a tip, anyway?" "What I think it's worth." "But do you expect me to pay you twenty dollars for a pig i:p. a bag?" "No. You don't have to." "I'm willing to give you ten dollars and take all the risk." "No. Come to think of it, the tip is easily worth a hun dred dollars. I'm giving it to you cheap at twenty dollars." "I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll give you ten dollars down and the other ten d!{llars if I make something out of it." "No. I'm not anxious to sell it." "Why, you chump, if you don't sell it you won't make anything out of it." "That doesn't worry me any." .As Gilson would not give over ten dollars, there was no trade, and the margin clerk went off in a huff. Next day 0. & B. began to attract some attention at the Exchange, and there was considerable general buying; which sent the price up to 64, at which figure it closed for the day. Nick then went in and told the stetiographer that he had bought fifty shares of 0. & B. at 60 and that it was now listed at 64. "You're a great boy," smiled. "Did you put up all the money you have?" "Yes. Every cent." "Half of it belongs to your sister, doesn't ii;?" Nick nodded. "Do you think thttt's fair to her?" "Yes ; because if I win she gets half of the profits." "Well, I hope you will come out all right, but you are taking a great risk." ventured, nothing WO:tf/' replied Nick, with a laugh. "That's all 'right," she "but Wall Street is about the worst place in the world to put that in practice." "I came out a hundred and seventy-five dollars ahead before, and I didn't know anything more about the i:;Lock, market than a donkey." "The more you think you know about a game of chance, sometimes, the worse you're off, for you're apt to take greater chances." "Well, I mean to hold on to C. & B. till ,it hits 68, and then I'm going to sell quick. It happened, however, that when the stock reached that price, next day, Nick was uptown at his employer's home. When he got back 0. & B. was quoted at 69. He found no chance to go to the little bank on Nassau Street until after the Exchange bad closed, and then 0. & B. was 71. On his way there he me.t Gilson coming out of the office building where he worked. He had a handkerchief to his jaw and looked unhappy. "What's the matter? Got a toothache?" asked Nick. Gilson nodded . Going to a dentist ? .Another nod. "You missed it by not buying that tip," said Nick. Gilson growled out something. "I'll give it to you for nothing now," continued the boy. "My tip was to buy 0. & B. and hold it till it reached 68. Well, it's done better than that. It's 71 now." "Bah!" snorted Gilson. "I don't believe you had any ti p on 0. & B." 'Just then Nick saw Dick Hudson approaching. "Don't you? Just watch me prove it. Hello, Dick, come here." Dick came up. "Did I say anything to you a.bout 0. & B. three days ago?" "Sure you did," replied Dick, promptly. "What was it?" Hudson repeated the substance of the conversation. "What was 0. & B. selling for then?" "At "And now it's 71. Did you sell your ten shares?" "Yes, at 68i. Sold your fifty?" "Not yet, but I'm going to give the order now. .Are you satisfied, Mr. Gilson?" The margin clerk was satisfied that he had lost a good thing, and he began to abuse Nick for not taking the ten dollars and trusting him for the other ten. By the tim e he finished he discovered that his tooth ha.d stopped aching, and he decided that he would not go to the dentist's. Dick accompanied Nick to the little bank and waited until his chum had transacted his busines s with the margin clerk. Then they walked up N assa.u Street together as far as the Bridge entrance, where Dick took a car for his home in Brooklyn. Nick's fifty shares were sold when the market open e d next morning and went at 71f. Consequently, when he re-


A 'BID FOR FORTVNE. ceived hjs statement he found that he and his sister had jointly made iiYe hundred and fifty dollars. After his first transaction in Michigan Northern he had written Nellie that he had more than doubled her money in the stock market, and she ha.d written back that she was delighted to hear it. Now he was tickled to think that he had still better news to send her. He felt so good over his second success that he took his check and statement in to Miss Ilaley and showed them to her. "What have you to say to that, Miss Haley?" he asked triumphantly. "I think you're an uncommonly lucky boy," she replied, with a smile. "That's the advantage of getting hold of a tip," he said. Nick had no further interest in C. & B., but he watched it, nevertheless, to see how high it would go. It reached 74 that d;y, but on the following day declined to 71. By the end of the following week it was down to 63, and there it appeared likely to remain. Those who bought it at high-water mark lost money, while those who bought it below 70 and sold out before the decline

18 BID FOR FORTUNE. brokers employed by the combine had been u s ing every trick known to Wall Street to depress the stock the name of which was M. & N., so that they could gather in large blocks of it at bed-rock prices on the quiet. Nick bought the shares when it was at its lowest i)()int, and he soon had the satisfaction o.f seeing it begin to rise, little by little, to its former standing of 60. As soon as it reached that .figure the boy beg an to consider about selling out and taking bis profit. The market, however, beginning to take on a decided bullish aspect, he decided not to be in a hurry, as he fig ured that lVI. & N. would probably g o still higher. Nearly all the stock along the lin e improved during the ensuing week, anc1 M. & N. went to 6-. Nick thought tha.t it had pretty nearly reached top-notch, and was quite unprepared for the sudde n inter est that tlw traders took in it on the following Monday morning, owing to certain reports that the capitalists interested in the pool managed to get published in the Sunc1ay newspapers. When the Exchange opened for business on Monday a crowd of eager buyers gathered around the M. & N. standard and began bidding for the stock. The bulk of the floating shares having already been acquired by the syndicate, the stoc k was hard to get. So littfe of it came to the surface that the price rose from hour to hour, until at three o'clock 72 was bid, with 73 asked. Next morning when a certain broker offered 73 he found that there was no rush on the part of holders of M & N. to act'!ept, and consequently by noon there was a dozen 'bro kers offering 78, with few s.ales even at that price. Nick met his friend Dick Hudson on the street, and they got to talking about the unexpected developm ents in M.&N. "You can take my word for it that there's a combination of moneyed men at the bottom of it. They've practically cornered the stock, otherwise.it wouldn't be so hard to get." "I've begun to think so myself. I bought one hundred shares when it was away down at 52, and now I'm figuring on selling out at the present high price." I "I'd sell right away if I was you You bought at 52, you say It is now 78, or was fifteen minutes ago. That will give you a clear profit of over twenty-five hundred dollars. You ought to be satisfied with that." "I agree with you After I take this note up on Broad way I'll stop at the bank on my way back and order the shares sold," said Nick. Half an hour later the young messenger entered the N as sau Street bank and told the margin clerk to sell his one hundred shares. They were snapp e d up at 78!, and next day Nick re ceived a check for twenty-five hundred dollars, in addition to the amount of the margin he had put up. "Well, sis," he said to Nellie that evening after supper, "you and I are getting rich fast." .. "How is that?" she asked inquisitively. "I've been taking another shy at the market." "Have you? And did you win?" "I sho11ld say I did The other day I notic ed that 1\1. & "N". was uncommonly low down in price. I said to my elf, ihnt stock is oound to go up as soon as the general maxket picks up, so I bought one hunclrecl shar .es of it. I'd have bought more i.f I could have afforded to. The market did improve and the stock went up, as I thought it w011ld. Just when I was getting ready to sell out a boom set in that carried the price away up. Yesterf.lay I thought it had gone high enough for me, so I unloaded. I, or rather we--for you are my partner, as I began by u s ing your money with my own, and consequently it was only fair that, havin g sharc

A BID FOR FORTUNE. 19 hardy to me for a boy like you to risk his savings, or earn ings, in this Wall Street game, when older, and shall I say wis er, heads are losing their money at it every day in the year." Don't you mind, Miss Haley. I am simply making a bid for fortune. 'l'o make easy money one has to take desperate chances. It may be foolish in me, but I seem to be built that way." "I see," she laughed. "You have the fever bad." "What fever?" "Why, the Wall street fever, of course. H I had your three thousand dollars I'd put it in the bank and let it stay there. But of course you won't do that.,. Now, when are you going to introduce me to your sister? Why clon't you bring her down some day?" "I mean to. Then we'll all go to Delmonico's for lunch." "Delmonico's, indeed I Will nothing less expensive suit you?" "Well, there's a nice restaurant on Beaver Street that will perhaps answer as well. May I count on you? I'll get my friend, Dick Hudson, to come along, and then there'll be four of us." "1'11 consider the matter," she replied, with a smile. Her manner, however, implied that she wa:o not averse to the proposition; so Njck .was satisfied that she would go when the time came. CHAPTER XI. WHAT NICK OVERHEARD IN THE WOOD. Ever since the day that Nick met Mr. Gilson on Wall Street with the toothache, on his way to the dentist, and, in reply to Dick Hudson's question of whether he had sold his fifty shares of 0. & B. stock, his incautious admission that he had not, but was about to do so, Gilson, satisfied tl:fat the boy had made several hundred dollars out of the deal, had been trying, on one excuse or another, to nego tiate a loan from him. Gilson, though he received a fair salary, )Vas generally hard up ftr ready money, owing to his efforts to cut a splurge and give the impression that his income was much larger than it really was. .. As far as clothes made the man, he presented a creditable figure, for he wore only made-to-order garments of the best and most stylish material he could afford. His ties and scarf-pins were always up to dat ,e, and the dapper appearance he cut impressed Mrs. Jarvis to such an extent that she was accustomed to trust 11.im frequently for board when he could not come up with the money on time. Gilson spent hi s evenings at various sporty resorts, where he met and hobnobbed with kinclrcd spirits, who maintained a similar kind of front by all sorts of. devices, some of which would not have stood the light of a close inspection One of their chief r e cr e ations was to play cards, smoke .fair cig ars and drink al c oholic stimulants. The card-playing was more with an idea to profit than m e re pleasure. The most expert at this usually got away with the ma j o ritJ of the "pots." Gilson, not b e ing \as good at poker and pinochle as many of his cronies, lost oftener than he gained, and this fact was probably the principal reason why he was so frequently at the end of his wits for the cash to keep his end up Because Nick had no confidence in him, and therefore would not lend him money, Gilson was down on him He also despised Nick because the boy refused to indul;;e in the nightly pastimes that he himself followed. His original plan had been to initiate Nick into his own s et and then do his utmost to fleece him out of his spare c hange. He failed; because Nick was not built that way. One Sunday aft e rnoon, soon after Nellie Nutting had been graduated from the commercial school and had s e c ured, through l\Ir. Chiswe ll's good offices, a position as a stenographer and bookkeeper in an asphalt company's em ploy in a big Nassau Street office building near W a11 Street, her brother proposed to take her, along with Dick and him s elf, over to New Jersey for a trolley ride. It was a fine early summer day, and she readily agreed to go. D.i'ck, who had taken quite a fancy to his friend's pretty sister, was delighted to have her along So they took an elevated train for the Desbrosses Street ferry and were soon on board of a trolley car on the other side of the river, speeding toward the town of Newark. The young people enjoyed the ride J:iugely, and went for some distance beyond N Here the country of the vicinage put Nick and his sister in mind of Westbury, and the trio strolled some little distance from the trolley line. Finally they sat down to rest on a big stone on the edge of a small wood. "I wonder where a fellow can get a drink?" said Nick, presently. "There are no sal'oons around here, and if they were they would not be open on Sunday," grinned Hudson. "Oh, you get out!" laughed Nick. "You know what I mean. I want a drjnk of water." "I thought maybe it was beer," chuckled Dick. Nellie laughed, for she knew her brother's friend was oni joking. "Well, I'm going to hunt up a house and ask for a drin:k,'' said Nick, gettitig up. "I'll leave you to entertain Nellie." "I'll iry to fi11 the bill,'' replied Dick. "All ri g ht, Dick; but cut out love-making, for I don't want to lose my sister yet a while," laughed Nick. "Why, the ide a !" blushed Nellie. "Aren't you ashamed to make such a remark?" Dick flushed up, too, for it was rather embarrassing l.o


2 0 A BID FOR FORTUNE. have the suggestion made in Urn presence of s o charming a young lady. Nick grinned and walked off down the road, expecting to find a house at the corner of the wood. When he reached that point he saw one about a quarter of a mile ahead, around the turn of the roac1. He walked to the place, knocked on ihe door, and asked for a drink, which was readily handed io him. Thanking the woman of the house, Nick started to return to the place where he had left Dickand his sister. "I guess I'd better make a short cut through this wood. It will save time," he said to himself. Accordingly he took a well-worn path and was soon threading his way through the leafy ten-acre lot. He had penetrated about halfway through the wood when he heard the voices of two men, and one of them seemed familiar to him. The sounds came from a thick clump of bushes The thick turf deadened the sound of Nick's footfalls, and his approach was not noticed by two welldressed men seated on a dead tree trunk within ilhe dense Ting of shrubbery. One of these men was Gilson, and it was his voice that struck with a familiar Ting on the boy's ear. Curiosity to see if it really was Gilson induced Nick to stop and peer through the overgrowth that s urrounded the two men. It was Gilson, sure enough, and he held across his knees a japanned tin box, from which he had just removed a covering of newspaper. "So the bonds you spoke of are in that box?" said Gil son's companion. "Yes. Ten of them, of a mark e t value of ten hundred and sixty dollars each." "But can you turn them into cash ?-that's the important question." "I think so, if the attempt is made right away. They are not likely to be missed for some little time to come, un less Mr. Mandelbaum or Mr Slewsby sho.uld take it into their heads to make an inventory of the contents of the vault." "How d o you expect to get rid of them? I can't wait an indefinite time for that money you owe me, and I don't caxe to take the bonds as security for the debt, for if their loss should be discovered they would become useless, so far as I am concerned." "It woul dn't do for me to try to sell them in New York. T hat's too near home. I might have to answer questions that would place me in a bad light.!' "Then what do :you mean to do-take them to Philadel phia or Boston ?" "I would if I could town, but I can't. My idea is for you to take them to Boston and hypothecate them for as much as you can get Oh, come now, Gilson; I don't propose to make myself a cat\;-paw to draw your chestnuts out of the fire ." "Come off, Fletcher! l'm not trying to make a cat's-paw of you." "What else do you call iL, when you ask me to take all the ri s k of turning the securities which you have stolen into cash?" "Not so loud, Fletcher. I'm going to put the thing to you as a business proposition. I owe you a debt of honorthree hundred dolla rs lost 'ht capls-which I can't pay. You want the money. Very well. I took these bonds on the chaJice that I could make a deal with you. If I can't do it, I'll return the tin box to the vault to-morrow morn ing "What is your proposition?" asked Fletcher, with a show of interest. "It is this : You take the bond s to Boston. They aggre gate in value ten thousand six hundred dollars. Go to some good bank, represent yourself as a small capitalist, and re quest a loan of eight thousand dolla:rs on them for thirty days. You can disguise yourself with a beard of some kind and make your face up to look l i ke a man of fifty or sixty years You ought to have no trouble. Act with great ap parent frankness, and you should be able to put the deal through without risk. When yon get the money come back, and we'll divide up half and half, you to cancel the three hundred dollars I owe you. That's fair enough, isn't it? You'll make four thousand dollars instead of three hun dred dollars." Fletcher was evidently taken with the proposition. The chance of making four thousand dollars was worth considering, even if there wai:; a hit of rii:;k attached to it. "When the tin box is eventually found lo be missing from the vault in your office what will be the consequence a Any chance of you being suspecterl ?" "I suppose everybody in the office wiJl come under sus picion and will be investigated by detectives. I'm going to soak the bulk of iny fou!' thousand dollars away in some small savings bank, under a fictitious name, and be very cautious about spending money, so as not to givf' any one lhe impression that I am living beyond my means. Ob, I'm a foxy boy, all right, Fletcher. They'll never get on to me. As for yourself, no one could ever connect you with the matter, if you are careful about your disguise in Boston. You must make yourself up to look as old as you really are; then you will be quite safe." "It isn't aJ>ad scheme. I'm pretty well strapped just now, thai's why I have been pressing you for that three hundred dollars. Four thousand would come in very handy." "Of course it would. You'll have all the advantage on your side, for, while I will have to mind my P's and Q's to avoid getting into trouble, you can spend your money as freely as you choose. On the whole, I'd like it if I coulcl change places with you in t.he transaction." "Well, I'll do it," said Fletcher, after some cogitation. "You are sure that the boncls won't be missed within a few days?" "I can guarantee that, as it is not likely either of the


A BID FOR FORTUNE. 21 bosses will g o through tlie v 1 rnlt;; unt il the end o f the month, at the soonest. I'1 e never yet known them to do so in the middle o:f the month, or in the middle of the quarter, and I've been with the firm five yea.rs. It is the tenth o:f June. Those bonds won't be wanted till the thirty -fir s t of the month, wl!en the interest coupons fall due. You have lots of time in which to work the r iffie." "All right," r e plied Fletcher. "But do you think I can get as much as eight thou sand dollars on them?" "Sure. Any bank let you have seventy-five per cen t of the market value o f a gilt-edge security on a short-time loan.!' "I'll make my arrangements to take the midnight train for Boston at the Gra.nd Central Station, so as to get through with the business early to-morrow and get back to town by to-morrow nig ht. Wrap up that box again. I'll pry it open when I get home and the n bury the box in the yard somewhere." Gil s on wrapped the tin box up in newspaper again and handed it to his companion. "I'll look for you in the billiard rooms to-morrow night," he said. "If you don't show up I'll consider that you've been delayed, and I will be at the same place on Tuesday n'ight at ten." "All right, replied Fletcher, getting up. Gilson did the same Nick Nutting, had been an interested li s tener to the foregoing conversation, looked around for some spot behind to conceal him self and thus esc a pe observation whe n the men came out of the shrubbery It appeared, however, that the top of his derby s howed above the bushes, and Fletcher, who had a sharp and watch ful eye, noticed it and saw it move. He suspected the presence of a listener a t once, and, with an oath, uais ed the tin box and flung it over the top of the bushes. Nic k had just turned to get behind three trees that grew close togeth e r, when the flying box cau ght him a st unning blow alongside of the hettd and stretched him senseless on the gra ss. CHAPTER XII. GILSON AND HIS FRIEND FLETGHER. -''\\'lrnt You know him?" c ried Fletcher, in su rprise. "Sure I uo. He boards i n the sam e house with me." "The deuce h e docs! 'J:'hen the game is up and we're both in a ba

A BID FOR FORTUNE. "Goes to church Sunday-school, eh?" or he wouldn't stay away so long. Let us walk up lhe road "I ain't sure that he does, but he acts as if he was very a bit." good. I hate those kind of people. They make me tired." Dick had no objections, so they walked to the corner of "Don't you tllink he could be induced to hold his tongue. the wood, from which point they saw the house where Nick if you agreed to return that box to your office vault?" had got the drink of water. "I think it is doubtful. He'd consider that it was his "Let us go as far as that house, at any rate}' said Nellie. duty to call on Mandelbaum & Slewsby in order to warn "Perhaps the people could tell us if he went straight on up them against the kind of chap their margin clerk was." the road." "If he's that kind of chap he ought to be chucked into "If he stopped there, and the people are home, he swely the river," said Fletcher, in a tone of disgust. would have got the drink, and then he would have had no "I wish there was some way that we could keep him a reason to go any forther." prisoner until we realized on the bonds. Then I'd be will"He must have gone further, or he would have been back ing to chuck up my job and skip out West somewhere. I'm long before this," said Nellie, feeling very much disturbed. tired of working on a small salary, anyway. Four thouDick COllfd not help but admit that Nick's lengthened sand dollars would set me up in the Nevada gold diggings, absence was rather singular, and he wished that his friend for instance, and I don't believe any detective would come would turn up, for darkness was approaching and they were hunting for me out there. Can't you think of some way nearly a mile from the trolley road. 1 or fixing this chap for a few days?" They walked to the house where Nick had got his drink, "Well," replied Fletcher, "if it was only dark now we and Dick knocked at the door and inquired if a boy had could carry him over io Peter Furniss's roadhouse. Peter called there an hour or so before .for a drink of water. is a friend o.f mine, and h'd do me a favor if he could. "Yes," replied the woman. 'tcr gave him a drink." He'd find a quiet lodging in his cellar for this young man "Did you notice which way he went then?" for a week or so if I put the matter up to him." "I think he went down the road." "Would he?" asked Gilson, eagerly. "That would be "We've been waiting for him at the other end of the just the thing. How far is his roadhouse from here?" wood for a whole hour. l he had gone down the road we Not half a. mile." should have seen him." "Well, we can wait here till it gets dark. It is sundown The woman, however, could not give any more explicit now. We won't have so long to kill time." information, as she had not paid any attention to Nick after "Suppose this boy comes to his senses before we're ready he went away. to move him? He may give us trouble." Dick and Nellie held a consultation and then walked "We can bind his arms and gag him with our handkerback to the stone. chiefs. That will keep him quiet." As it was now growing dusk, Dick said that they bad "All right," agreed Fletcher. better walk on toward the trolley. So Gilson and his companion sat down near where Nick "Nick may overtake us, or we may find him there waitlay stretched out on the turf, and while they talked together ing for us to come on." in a low tone of their plans with regard to raising the eight By the time they rcacherl the trolley crossing it was althousand on the bonds in the tin box they watched most dark, but they did not see Nick around. the boy for signs indicating his return to consciousness. Nellie now showed evidences of distress and alarm. In the meantime Dick Hudson and Nellie Nutting sat Dick did his best to comfort her by assuring her that her on the big stone and talked upon different subjects, until brother was well able to look out for himself, and that the girl remarked that her brother had been an u usually whatever was the cause that detained him, he would surely long time away. turn up all right. "That's so-he has," admitted Dick. "He must have They let several cars pass by, but, as it was now dark, gone some distance for that drink of water." Dick said they had better start for New York and not wait "I wish he'd come," said Nellie, a bit anxiously. "It's any longer in that lonesome spot. 1 getting late, and we ought to be on our way home by this Nellie tearfully acceded, but during the trip to Newark, time. I the sun has gone down. We'll have to get and on to Jersey City, she was silent and depressed, and our supper at a restaurant, for it will be after seven by the nothing that Dick could say had much effect in cheering time we reach New York." her up. Fifteen minutes more passed, and still there was no sign They crossed the ferry and Dick took her home by the of Nick. elevated. "Where can he have gone ?" said Nellie, beginning to feel almost alarmed over her brother's continued absence. "You know as much about it as I do, Miss Nellie." "Do you think he could have got into any trouble?" "Why, what trouble could he get _into?" said Dick. "It seems to me something must have happened to him, She refused to go to supper with him, for she had no appetite now to eat. So Dick left her at the boarding-house and went to a restaurant himself, wondering where Nick had taken him self off to, or whether he had really got into some trouble away out in New Jersey. ..


.A. BID FOR FORTUXE. 23 CHAPTER XIII. NICK FINDS IIIMSELF IN A TIGHT FIX. When ick Nut.ting came to his senses he was rather astonished to find himself in the dark. He was lying at full length on a couch made of old gunnysacks, in one of the corners of n. slonc cellar, but he 1was not immediately aware of this fact. All he realized was that he was lying down and that the place was uncommonly dark. Ile sat up and looked around him. That it was night i::truck him as a fact; that he was not in his litile five by eight hall hcdroom at the boar

24 A BrID FOR FORTUNE. --------============== ====-=-=:::..:--=-=-=-= --============ hand was n ot good United States money, but a bunch of old secession notes used during the Civil War." Furniss was evidently surprised at this information. "What did you chase me :for, then, if they wa s n t no good?" "Because I wanted them back.'' "You got 'em back. You took ,'em out of my pocket when I was clown." "That's right, I did." "I said I'd get square with you for It." "i think you tried that on New Street a little while ago." "I'm goin' to try it again." "When?" "Now." "All right," replied Nick, springing to his feet. "Sail right in." Furniss put the lantern down on the head of a barrel and suddenly drew a stout rawhide from under his jacket . "I'm goin' to lick you till you yell 'lilrn blazes," he said vindictively. 1 "I don't 'think you will," cried Nick, dashing to one side as Furniss raised the whip menacingly. Furniss struck out wildly; Nick dodged, kicked over the barrel on which the lantern stood, and then spiang upon his enemy iike a young cyclone. The lantern fell over on the floor and the light went out. Nick grappled with F'urniss and the two struggled fierce ly around the cellar, until they tripped over a box and went down together on the floor. The young rascal suddenly ceased to struggle and lay quite still. '1 t was a moment or two before Nick dared release his grip qn the fellow, thinking that he was playing 'possum. At length he did so, and struck a match to see what was the matter with his husky opponent. Furniss had struck head against a heavy box, and the shock had rendered him senseless. Nick viewed his condition "with great sat\sfaction. "I guess you won't stand in my way of escape now," he said. He dragged the tough youth to the couch of gunnysacks and placed him on it. a See how you'll like it yourself for a change," he breathed. "Now to get away from this place." He picked up the lantern and relit it. Then he walked up the ladder, opened the trap and stuck his head above the floor. All was dark and silent. He made his way up, closed the trap and rolled an empty beer keg upon it to hold it down. Flashing the lantern around the room in which he found himself, he saw that it was furnished with a small bar, sev..: eral round tables and a dozen or more chairs. "Looks like a saloon," thought Nick. "I wonder if I can get out through that door?" The door in question opened upon the country road, but it was locked and bolted; and the k e y to th e lock was missing. "I mu s t find some other way of making my way out," he said, s tartillg to e xamine the nearest window. Just then he heard heavy footsteps approaching the' rear door of the barroom. Hastily blowing out the lantern light, Nick concealed h:Unself under one of the tables and. waited for develop ments. CHAPTER xrv. A POINTER WORTH A FORTUNE. A stout, middle-aged man, bearing a common lamp in one hand, and a tray with three glasses in the other, entered the room and placed his load on the bar. He was smoothly shaven, with short-cropped hair of a reddish tint, and a bull neck. His whole appearance was tough and pugnacious. It was a toss up, so far as looks went, whether he was an ex:-pugilist.or an ex-convict. This was Peter Furniss, proprietor'()f the roadhouse, and Joe Furniss's uncle. Nick, watching him from under the table, mentally de cided that his face would have done honor to the Rogue's Gallery. F,[e placed th' ree clean glasses on the bar, in two of which he mixed fancy drinks, while into the third he poured three fingers of whisky. Placing the glasses on the tray, from which heremoved the others, he took it up, grasped the la.mp once more and retired as he had come. He did not quite close the door after him, and Nick heard him cross an entry, and then another door was heard to bang after which all was still. Nick waited to make sure that the man was not coming back, and then came out from under the table. He did not light the lantern again, but groped his way to one of the windows overlooking the road and tried it. He soon found that it was by some kind of. a patent catch that defied his efforts . The other windows were fitted with similar catches. It was just as well that he did not s ucceed in opening them, for each had a burglar alarm attached that would have set up a most unearthly rattle had the sashes been rised over an inch. Baffled in his attempt to get out of the barroom by the front door and windows, Nick tiptoed his way to the half open door communicating with the entry. He saw a gleam of light proceeding from a crack under a door on the other side of the p'assage, and heard the sounds of several voices in the room beyond. Nick crept up. to the door and peered through the key hole.


A BID FOR FORTUNE. 25 He only caught a very limited view of the interior, but he saw there were two ot three persons seated around a table drinking. One of these he had a gooJ view of. He was a handsome, well-dressed man of perhaps thirty. He seemed to be partially intoxicated. "Peter," the man was saying, with a hiccough, "you're a good fellow. Understand? And because (hie) you're a good fellow I'm going to put something in your way. You've got a thousand or two, Peter, in your (hie) strongbox or in the bank. Take it out, bring it to my office-you know where my (hie) office is, No. Wall Street-and I'll buy you as many shares of (hie) N. & 0. stock as you can meet the margin for. N. & 0. is going up, old (hie) man-going up, up, up I know, because I'm oneof the (hie) brokers that's going to buy it in and boom it this week. Big synilicate behind it, so you can't lose. Bound to (hie) make a thousand or two. I wouldn't do this for anybody but (hie) you, Peter, 'cause you're a good fellow. Understand?" It was that Peter Furniss understood, though Nick could not make out what his answer was. There was the sound of a chair pushed back, and another voice said: "Come, Watson, it's time we got back to the city. It's after two." "All right," replied the good.-looking broke1, struggling to rise from his chair. "I mustn't be seen," thought Nick. He struck a match and took a hasty survey of the entry. There was a stairway communicating with the upper regions on one side, and a door with a key in the lock on the other. Nick, on the spur of the moment, sprang for the door, turned the key, opened the door, and passed 011t into the open air. Shutting the Joor behind him, he started for the front of the building, which stood at a little distance from the nearest house. / Reaching the corner, he saw that it faced upon the road, and also that a big touring auto was standing in front of the house. Nick jumped into the car and crouched down under the rear seat. Hardly had he stowed himsel away when he heard voices approaching. Broker Watson was being assisted forward by his companion, who was not quite as much under the influence of liquor as the Wall Street man. The reached the auto and the broker was assisted on to the front seat. And he was right, .-for in clue time the auto rolled aboard a ferryboat at Jersey City, and Nick got out from under the seat and entered the men's cabin. He saw by the clock in the engine-room that it w11s three in the morning. "I'll bet sis has been worrying herself almost sick about me," he said to himself, "and Dick's been wondering why I didn't turn up. Well, I guess I had a lucky escape. I can't quite comprehend how I was knocked out in that wood, but the fad remains that I was. Of course, I owe my imprisonment in the cellar of the roadhouse to Mr. Gilson and his friend Fletcher, Knowing that I was on to their little game, they carried me to that place and arranged to have me detained until Fletcher could go to Boston and get rid of the bonds. Well, I rather think I'll put a spoke in their wheels to-morrow, or rather to-day. I feel sorry for you, Mr. Gilson, but it's your funeral, not mine. You should not have taken tre bonds." Nick then began to consider the valuable tip he had picked up at the roadhouse. "So a combination of big traders has been formed to boom N. & 0. stock, eh? I guess I sha'n't lose much time in getting in on the ground floor with the knowing ones. I ought to be able to more than double my three thousand dollars on this deal. I know the tip is a sure thing, for the broker was talking about the boom with his friend all the way to the ferry, and I easily heard every word he sa. id. Probably he wouldn't have been quite so communicative if he hadn't been so loaded. Liquor is a bad thing for any man to put into bis mouth. It plays the dickens with his brains." When the ferryboat reached Desbrosses Street, Nick hur ried ashore and took a Ninth Avenue elevated train up town. He got out at the Forty-second Street station and hurried to bis boarding-house. It was nearly four o'clock when he reached his room, where he found Nellie, fully dressed, stretched out asleep on his bed. He lit the gas and saw that his sister's eyes were red from weeping. '"Poor sis!" he said. "It's too bad you had to suffer on my account." Then he woke her up, and she was overjoyed to find her self in his :ums. "I'll explain everything to-morrow," he said, in answer to her anxious inquiries. "Now go to your room and turn in. It's four o'clock." CHAPTER XV. His companion took his seat alongside of him and conNICK BECOMES A PERSON OF SOME FINANCIAL IMPORTAN<:1E. stituted himsel the chauffeur. In a moment or two they were bowling down the road at a swift pace. "This is where I get to New York free and without any loss of time," chuckled Nick. When Nick arrived at the office that morning he had his plans all arranged. He left the house unusually early, so as to &void meeting with Gilson.


26 A BID FOR FORTUNE. When Mr. Chiswell came into the office Nick surprised him with a request for a private interview. "Well, Nick, what is it?" the broker asked; after motion ing him tp the seat beside his desk. "It's a matter o:f great importance, sir, as you will admit as soon as I have told you." He then gave his employer an account of his adventure ln the wood on the outskirts of Newark. "So this man Gilson, employed by Mandelbaum & Slewsby, is a thief? He took the box containing the bonc1s in question from the office vault on Saturday afternoon, I s uppose. Very well, I'll send for Mr. Mandelbaum. It won't do for you to carry the message over, for if Gilson is at the office this morning, and should happen to sec you there, he'c1 take alarm at once and make himself scarce. We must get him into the Tombs right away, anc1 then tele graph the Boston police to try and catch his associate in guilt." So Mr. Chiswell called in a junior clerk anc1 sent the note by him to the of Mandelbaum & Slewsby. In the meantime Nick told Mr. Chiswell nbout his :fur ther experiences at the roadhouse. "It is evident that the proprietor of that house stood in with those two rascals, and that he meant to detain you a prisoner until they had accomplished their object. I will noti:fy the Newark authorities to arrest the man anc1 hold him until you can go out there this afternoon ancl appear against him." The broker called up Central on his 'phone and had con neciiion made with the Newark police headquarters. By the time he had made the authorities there under stand what he wanted Mr. Mandelbaum entered the private office. "Take a seat, Mr. Mandelbaum," said Broker Chiswell. "I have a very serious matter to call to your notice. It appears from information I have received from my office boy here that you have been robbed of a tin box containing a number of bonds." "Robbed!" exclaimed Mr. Mandelbaum, in a tone oi great astonishment. "Not that I am aware of, Mr. Chis well. Let me on what ground you base your bcli.ef. "Nick/' said Mr. Chiswell, turning to his me s senger, "tell you story to Mr. Mandelbaum." And Nick did so, in as few words as possible. ]\fr. Mandelbaum heard him with attention, arnl wati thunderstruck at the revelation. "Why, Gilson has been in our office five years. He has our entire confidence. It doesn't seem possible that he could-pshaw! I will soon find out. An examination o[ the vault will at once show i:f the tin box in question be missing. If it is-well, Gilson is at the office, and he will have to explain in the. presence of a detective." After Mr. Mandelbaum had taken his departure, Nick said he had something else to speak to Mr. Chiswell about. "More adventures?" asked the broker, with a smile. "No, sir; this is about a tip on the market." "Indeed!" replied Mr. Chiswell. "What is it?" Nick then told him what he ha.d overheard Broker Watson say about the combination which had been formed to boom N. & 0., and how he was one of the brokers that had peen selected to do the buying and booming. "Upon 'my word, Nick, I think you have got hold o:f an important pointer. I shall inyestigate it at once, and if I :find that developments bear you out I will invest largely on the strength of it, in which event I propose that you shall share my good for tune I will give you ten per cent. of whatever I may win." "Thank you, sir," replied Nick. VIThen he returned to his duty in the outer office the boy looked up the previous Saturday's quotations of N. & 0., and found .that the stock was ruling around 59, but it had been as low as 55 on the preceding l\fonday. At that moment Mr. Chiswell called Nick inside. "I've just had word over the wire from Mr. Mandelbaum that your story is corroborated by the ab ence of the tin box containing ten Lake Shore bonds, worth ten thousand six himdred dollars. He has sent for a detective to take Gilson into custody." When Mr. Chiswell him, Nick asked for half an hour's leave of absence, which, being granted, he made use of to drn.w his money .from his safe deposit box, take it around to the little bank in Nassau Street and purchase five hundred shares of N. & 0. at 59 on the usual margin. That afternoon Nick v!'as called upon to attend the Tombs Police Court at the examination of Gilson for grand larceny, and he gave his evidence just as he had told it that morning to his employer and to Mr. Mandelbaum. Gilson was held to await the action o:f the Grand Jury. Nick learned then that Fletcher had been arrested in Boston while trying to negotiate the anticipated loan o:f eight thousand dollars on the bonds. News was also received that Peter Furniss had been ar rested at his roadhouse and would be brought up for exami nation in a Newark police cotut pext morning, at which lime Nutting was directed to appear and substantiate his c harge against him. When Nick rc1.11rncc1 to the office the Exchange had closed for the clay, and N & 0. had gone to 61. Nick went to Newark on the following morning and told his story before the police magistrate. Peter Furniss put in an absolute denial. As Nick could not snhRtantiate his charge, the magis lrale said that he could not hold the prisoner, and so the proprietor of the roadhouse was discharged. When the young messenger returned to Wall Street early in the afternoon he founcl, much to his satisfaction, that N. & 0. had advanced to 64. That afternoon Mr. Chiswell told Nick that he had purcha. cd frftcen thousand shares of the stock in question, and hoped to get as many mo1:..e before it went much higher. Next morning there was a considerable demand in the Exchange for N. & 0. stock, and the price went up to 66 by noon. '11he scarcity of the stock demonstrated that a corner


' A BID FOR FORTUNE. 27 had probably been ru.a'.de in it, anc1 there seemed to be noth ing to prevent the price from advancing at a rapid rate, which it did, closing at 70. On the following day the Exchange was in an uproar over certain statements that leaked out about the road, all "We'd be the great m_?guls of the place, and all our old would talce their hats off to us," laughed Nick: "I wonder how the news, if it traveled there, would strike Deacon Dabbleton? I wouldn't be surprised if he had a J fit." t9 its advantage, and the price went to 80 by three. Nick stowed his money, as usual, in his deposit box, That afternoon Mr. Chiswell told Nfck that he had sold and went about his regular duties just as if he depended ten thousand of his shares at a profit of one hundred and for a living on his wages and was not the richest messenger seventy dollars, and that he intended to get rid of the bal-boy in Wall Street. ance in the morning at the opening of the market. "I expect to clean up four hundred thousand through your tip, and if I do I shall hand you my check for forty thousand dollars, as agreed between us." "Geel" whistled Nick. "I'll 'be wealthy." "You certainly will, for a messenger boy." Before four o'clock the boy hastened around to the bank and ordered his five hundred shares to be sold first thing in the morning. It was done,. and Nick found that he h ad cleared ten thousand five hundred dollars off the deal. He and Nellie to a much better boarding-house in West Twenty-fourth Street, where they had a small and a large TOom, connecting. A month later Gilson and Fletcher were tried on sepa".' rate counts for the bond crime, an'd were convicted and sen tenced to Sing Sing for a term of years. On the morning following their conviction Nick received a letter from Mr. Mandelbaum, in which he thanked the boy for his services in saving the firm from a loss of nearly eleven thousand dollars, and begged him to accept the en closed check for one thousand dollars as a substantial evi'!'he combined capital of himself and his now dence of their appreciation. amounted to thirteen thousand five hundred "tlollars. He showed the letter and check to Mr. Chiswell; and the In view of what he expected to receive from his employer, he decided to hand Nellie her half of that amount, and not run the risk of losing her money in any subsequent deal he might carry into effect. Accordingly he got her to go with him to the banking department of the Title Guarantee and Trust Company, and he handed over to the cashier the sum of six thousand broker congratulated him on his further good luck. Nick and Nellie both paid a two weeks' visit to Westbury ii! August, taking their vacations at the same time, and perhaps they did not make the eyes of their old bulge with wonder. Nellie had stylish summer gowns to burn, while Nick had a couple of dandy suits that took his boy friends' breath seven hundred and fifty dollars as a time deposit in her away. name, which would be entitled to draw regular semi-annual He told Frank Fairbanks that he not sure whether interest. Next morning Mr. Chiswell handed Nick his check for forty .thousand two hundred and :fifty dollars, which rfilsecl his individual capital to forty-13even thousand dollars. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. Nellie went into raptures over the big sum of money her brother had received from Mr. Chiswell. there were half a million people out of work all the time in New York, but, as for himself, he got a job the first Q.ay he landed in the metropolis and he had it yet. Deacon L>abbleton so far unbent his starched-up dignity as to greet them both \vith great !lffability. He was very anxious to learn how Nick had acquired the money to put on so much style; but the boy would not grat ify his curiosity. The day that they: returned to New York, Nick pointed out a paragraph in a morning paper to hit sister which stated that Joe Furniss had been arrested in Newark for theft. He was afterward convicted and sent to Snake Hill "Why, you're rich, Nick, aren't you? Just to think, for two years. you're worth forty-seven thousand dollars And I am The weeks and months flew by after that, and brother actually worth a little over seven thousand dollars. My and sister continued to give complete satisfaction to their goodness! What a grand house we could build in Westemployers. bury if we went back there to live. How the people would Christmas was drawing 'ne!tl' before Nick found another open their ey,es !" opportunity to use his funds in the market. 1


/ 28 A BID FOR FORTUNE. 'rhen he accidentally secured advance information about Nick took his employer's advice, dropped further dealthe consolidation between tWo big railroads. ings with the market and put his money out at interest. Nick succeeded in buying five thousand shares of the After that he attended strictly to busin ess, and was soon L. & M., which controllecl the sitl.lation, at 92, putting up promoted to the counting-room, where he gradually rose to almost every cent he had on margin. the post of cashier. ),, In the aggregate the deal a matter of four hunDuring this time he discovered that Miss Lizzie Haley, dred and si x ty thousand dollars, and the Nassau Street the stenographer, had other desirable qualities besides that bank had to hypothecate the shares .as fast as it secured of mere good looks, and he began to exhibit a strong interest them in order to carry the tra.ns.action. I Nick gave Mr. Chiswell and Dick Hudson the benefit of the tip also. The former agreed to giv e Nick another ten per cent. of his winnings as a compensaition. It was some days before th news of the consolidation was officially confirmed, but as soon a s it was there wa.g an in her which the girl reciprocated, she recog nized that Nick :vas pure gold and a. lad who was bound to. ma.ke his mark in the world. Dick Hudson's partiality for the society of Nellie Nuf ting also increased as time went by, and Nick was not at all surprised when his chum came to him one day and asked him if he had any obj.ection to him as his future immediate rush by the brok ers and the public alike to secure brother-in-law. "Of course not, J?ick," he replied hea rtily. "Are you some of the shares. and Nellie of one mind on this intere.sting question?" "We are," replied Dick, and the two boys shook hands In the scramble which ensued the price ran up to par on the first day. over it. 'l'wo days la : ter L. & M. was going at 110, and Nick con-cluded to sell out and he did. That night Nick congratulated his sister. He cleared something over fifty thousand dollars. Dick Hudson sold out his L. & M. holdings at about the "I have also a secret to tell you, sis." "What is it?" she asked, interestedly. "Lizzie Haley and I are engaged to be married as soon same time, made one thousand dollars, and was proportion as Mr. Chiswell takes me into the firm." ately happy. . "I'm so glad," cried Nellie, putting her arms around her -Mr. Chiswell held on until the shares reached 112, and brother's neck and kissing him fondly. "I must see Lizzie then gradually disposed of the stock at a profit of two hundred thousand dollars. A few days afterward he called Nick into his office and handed him his check for twenty thousand dollars. "You ought to be pretty well fixed by this time," he said to his messenger. "That makes sixty thousand dollars I've paid you fol' the use of two tips." "I' am, sir. I'm worth exactly double that amount," smiled Niok. "I don't quite understand you," replied the broker, in at once." Six months later Nick became Mr. junior part ner, and during the following week there was a double wed ding, at one of which the broker officiated as best man for the boy who had made a successful Bm FOR FoRTUNE. THE END. some surprise. Read "BOUND TO RISE; OR, FIGHTING HIS Then Nick confessed that he had been opera.ting in the WAY TO SUCCESS," which will be .the next number ( 73) market on his own hook for some little time, and that he of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." had npt only. made seven thousand dollars for his sister, but sixty thousand dollars for himself. "So you see, sir, Pm worth, with this check, exactly one hundred and twenty thousand dollars at-this moment." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly Mr Chiswell was certainly astonished. are always in print. If you ca.nno, t obtain them from any He con0 atulated Nick on his good luck, but advised him newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by to keep out of the market in the future until he grew older mail to FRANK TOVSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO N and had accumulated more experience and of SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies the stock business. you order by return mail.


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B y R. A. R. B ennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67 HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a la rge collection of instructive and highl y amusing electrical tricks, No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAK ER.-Containing four teen illustrations, giving the d iffe rent posit i on s r e q u isite to b e come a good speaker, reader and elocut i onist. Also cont a ini n g g e ms from all the popular '.luthors of prose and poetry, arrange d i n the tnoft s i mple and conc1s.'.! manner possible No 40. HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving r ules f o r co n ducting ct .. bates outlines for debatefi', questions for discussio n and the bell sources for procuring info;:,mation o n t h e questi on s g iv en. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW T O FLIR'l'.-'.rbe arts and w il e s of flirtation art fully explained by this little b ook Besides the var ious metho ds ot har;dkerchief, fan glove, par aso l window and hat flirtati o n i t con tains a full Ji.st of the l anguage and sentiment of flowe rs, w hi c h i s in tere s tiog to everybody, both old and young Y o u c anno t b e happy without one. No 4 HOW 'l' O DANCE is the title of a n ew and han d s ome little book jus t is s ued by Tousey It conta in s full i nstruc t ions in th e art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-roo m a nd a t parties, how tq drrss, and full directions for calling off in all p opular square dances. "' No. 5. HOW TO MAKE L OVE. A co mp l ete gui de t o l ove and marri age giving sensible advice, r u l es a nd etiquette to be ob s ered, with many c u rious and inte r est ing thin g s not g e n erally known No. 17 HOW ro DRESS.-Contaiolng full instructi o n in the art of dre ssing and appearing well at hame a nd a bi;oad g i vin g t he s elections of colors, material_ and how to have them hiade up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o f the brightest and most valuable littl e books ever g iven to t h e world. Everybody wish e s to know how to b e come beautifu l bot h ma l e and femal e 'l'he secr e t is simp le, and almost costle ss. R ead this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y illu strated and containing full in s tructions for the management and traini ng of the canary, moc kingbird, bobolink, bla ckbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEO N S AND RABBITS.-A us e ful and instructive book Handsom el y illus-trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40 HOW '.rO lllAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inc l ud ing hints on how to ca t.: h mol es wea s els, otter rats, squirre l s a n d b irds. Al s o how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated By J. Harrington Kee ne. No. 50. HOW TO" STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-.!: valuabl e book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, m ountinc and preserving bird s animals aud insects. N'o. 54. HOW TO KEEJP AND MANAGE PEJTS.-Giving coin plete informa t ion as to the manner and method of raising k e ep i ng, taming, bre eding, and managi ng all kinds of p ets; a l so givin g full in struc tion s for mak i ng cages etc. Fully explained bv twenty-e ight illustrations, making" it the most complete book of 'i:he kind ever published. ,. MISCELLANEOUS. to gether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 8 HOW TO BI!lCOi\lE A SCIENTIST.-'A u s eful and in structiv e b o ok, giving a compl e te treatise on c hemistry; also ex- p e riment s in acousti c s, me c hanics mathematics, chem i stry, a nd di-E NTE RTA 1 NM ENT. re c tions for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas ball o o ns. Thi1 No. 9. HOW Tb BECOME A VEJNTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. K ennedy. The se c r e t given away. Every iu.t.ellig ent boy reading No. 14 HOW TO MAKE CANDY. A complete han d book for th is book of in structions, by a practical profes s & (de lighting multi-making a ll kinds of candl, e t c u etc. t udes every night with his wonderfu l imitations), can master the No. 8 4 HOW .ro B.lliCOME AtY AUTHO R .-Gontaining fulI a rt, and create any amount of fun for him se lf and fri e nd s It is t he information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the g reatest book rv e r publi s h e d,' and there's millions (of fun) 1n it. m anne r of pre p a ring and submitting manus crip t A lso containing No. 20. HOW '.rO EJNTERTAIN AN EVENING valu ab le information a s to tl1e n e a t ne s s, legibility and genera c om v ery valuable little book jus t publish ed. A complete comp e ndium pos itioq of m a nu s cript, es sential to a successfu l a u thor. By Prince o f gam e s, sports, card diver s ions, comic re citations, etc. suitab l e Hiland. L for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. H

AWAKE WEEKLY A C9MPLETE STORY EVERY WEEK 11F STORIES OF BOY FIREMEN ""911 By ROBERT LENNOX Handsome Colored Covers 32 ... Page.s of Reading Price 5 Cents Splendid I II u.stra ti on .s ls.sued Every Friday .,... TAKE NOTICE! -wJ Beginning with No. 41, this weekly will contain a new series of magnificent fire stories, written by Robert Lennox, the best author Q/. this class of fiction in the world. They detail the exciting adventures of a company of gallant young fire fighters, under the leadership of a brave boy known as Young Wide Awake. Their daring deeds of heroism, and the perils they overcome, are intensely interesting. These stories are not confined entirely to fire-fighting, but also contain many inter esting incidents, humorous situations and a little of the love element. There is a charming girl in the stories whom you will all like very much. -Tell All Your Friends About This Fine Series...._. ALREADY PUBLISHED: 10 We, Us & Co.; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudeville Show. By Ed ward N. Fox. 11 Cut Out for an Officer; or, Corporal Ted In the Phllippibes. By Lieut. J. J. Barry. A Fool for Luck; or, The Boy Who Turned Boss. By Fred War burton. 13 The Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Winston's Start In Reporting. By A. Howard De Witt. 14 Out for Gold; or, The Boy Who Knew the DUference. By Tom Dawson. 15 The Boy Who Balked; or, Bob Brisbane's Big Kick. By Frank Irving. 16 Slicker tban Silk ; or, The Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Roy. 17 The Keg of Diamonds; or, After the Treasure of the Caliphs. By Tom Dawson. .\-. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Boy Who Looked Puny. By Prof. Owen&. 19 Won by Bluff; or, Jack Mason's Marble Face. By Frank Irving. 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The Herald's Reporter. By A. Howard De Witt. 21 Under the Vendetta's Steel; or, A Yankee Boy In Corsica-. By Lieut. J. J. Barry. 22 Too Green to Burn; or. The Luck of Being a Boy. By Rob Roy. !IS In Fool's Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had Things Easy. By Fred Warburton. 24 One Boy In a Million ; or, The Trick That Paid. By Edward N. Fo:t. 25 In Spite of Himself ; or, Serving the Russian Police. By Prof. Oliver Owens. 26 Kicked into Luck; or, The Way Nate Got There. By Rob Roy. 27 The Prince of Opals; or, The Man-Trap of Death Valley. By A, Howard De Witt. I 2s Living In His Hat; or, The Wide World His I:lome. By EdwarO N. Fo:t. 29 All for President Plaz; or, A Hot Time In Mexico. By Lieut. J. J. Barry. 30 The Easiest Ever; or, How Tom Fiiled a Money Barrel. By Capt. Hawthorn, U. S. N. 31 In the Sultan's Eye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By '.l'om Dawson. 32 The C1ater of Gold ; or, Dick Hope's Find In the Philippines. By Fred Warburton. 33 At Top of the Heap ; or, Daring to Call His Soul His Own. By Rob Roy. 34 A for His; or, Nat's Corner In Gold Bricks. By Edward N. 35 By the Mikado's Order; or, Ted TerrlU's "Win Out" In ;rapan. By Lieut. J. J Barry. 36 His Name was Dennis; or, The Luck of a Green Irish Boy. By A. Howard De Witt. 37 Volunteer Fred; or, From Fireman to Chief. By Robert Lennox. 38 Neptune No . 1; or, The Volunteer Fire Boys of Blackton. By Robert Lennox. 39 Hook, Ladder and Pike ; or, The Life-Savers ot Freehold. By Robert Lennox. 40 Columbia's Pet; or, A Fireman at 17. By Robert Lennox. 41 Awake; or, The Flri; Boys of Belmont. By Robert 42 Young Wide Awake's Biggest Blaze; or,. Saving a Burning City. By Robert Lennox. 43 Young Wfde Awake's Life Line; or, The Narrowest Escape on Rec ord. By Robert Lennox. 44 Young Wide Awake's Hook and Ladder Wor.k; or, The Maniac Fire Ffend of Belmont. By Robert Lennox. 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 !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa.re, New York. ,, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS IDf our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and ftll in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'.l'AGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. I e e FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ...... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .............................................................. " WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... . " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... . " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, NOS ................................................... PLUCK .AND LUCK, Nos ........................................................... ... SECRET SE.tt:VICE, Nos ................................ ., ............................... FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .................................................. r . " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ......................................................... llfA.mP. __ - _ - - Street and No .......... Town .... State ............ -


! Fame and Fortune Weeki STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Cover A new one issued every Friday Price 5 cents a copy This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame ancl. fo rtune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stori es are founded on true incidents in the li ves of our most successful m en, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can be come famous and wealthy. Every one of this, contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame a nd Fortune Weekly a magazine for the home, although each is replete with exciting adventures. The stories a r e the very b es t obtainable, the illustrati ons a r e by expert artists, every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. f ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 1117 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 2 Born to Good Luck : or. The Boy Who Succee d e d. A. Rolling Stoue; or, '!.'he Btightest Boy on Record. 3 A Corne r in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did t he Trick. 39 Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley, 4 A Game of Chance: or, The Boy Who Won Out. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The C l eve rest Boy in Wall Street. 41 l!vss of the ll!arket; or, The Greatest Boy In Wall Street. 6 BuHding a Railroad; or. The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 42 'l'h<' Chan ce or His Life; or, The Young l:'ilot of Crystal Lake. 7 "inning His Way; or, 'l'he Youngest Editor in Green River. 43 Str1viug for Fortune; or, Bell-Boy to l\1illlonaire. 8 'l'he Whee l of or, '!.' h e Record of a Self-l\1ade Boy. 44 Out tor Business; or, The Smartest Boy in Town. . 9 Nip and 'l'uck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 45 A Favorite of l'ortune; or, Striking It Ri c h in Wall Stveet. 10 A Copper Harvest ; or. 'l'be Boys Who Worked a Deserted l\1ine 46 Through Thic k and Thin; or, 'he Adventures of a Smart Boy. 11 A Luc ky Penny; or, T h e Fortunes of a Bosto n l!oy. 47 Doing His Level or, Working His Way Up. 1 2 A Diamond in tbe Rough: or, A Brave Boy's Start in Life. 48 Always on D eck ; or, The Boy Wbo Made His Mark. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 4() A ll!int of lllon ey : or. The Young Street Broker. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downe d. 50 '!.'he Ladder o f Fame; or,,_ From Office Boy to S enator. 1 5 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 51 On the Square; or, '!'be ;:success of an Honest Boy. 16 A Good Thing; or, 'l'he Boy Who Made a l'ortune. 52 After a Fortune; or, 'be Pluckiest Boy in the West. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young 'l.'rad e r in Wall Street 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonde r of Wall Street. 18 l'ure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 54 llfaking His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became President. 19 A Rise in Life; or, Tbe Career of a Factory Boy. 55 Heir to a Million; or, The Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 20 A Barrel of l\loney; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. Lost ;" A n d PS: or. The 'l'reasnre of rhe Buri e d City. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 5 7 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Wall Street. 22 How H e Got 'l' h e re; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 58 A Lucky Chance; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 23 Bound to Win; or, '.rhe Boy Who Got Rich. 59 '!.'he Road to Success; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 24 l'ushing Tt Through;' or, The lcate of a Lucky Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; o r The Luckiest Boy in Wall Street. 25 A Born Speculator; o r The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 61 Rising i n the World; or, F'rom Factory Boy to 26 '!'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got The r e 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor BoY'' S Chance. 27 Struck Oil; or. '!'he Roy Who llfade a l\Iillion 63 Out for Himself: or, Paving His Way to 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 21) A Sure Winner: or. The Boy \Tho ""ent Out With a Circus. 60 A Star t in Life; or. A Bright Boy's Ambition. 30 Golden Fleece: or, The Boy Brokers of '\'\"all Street. 66 Out. !01 n Million; o r The Young MidRsof \\'all Street. 31 A iliad Cap Scheme: or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island 67 Inch a Boy; or, Doing His L e\'e l Best. 32 Adrift on the "or ld : or. ""orking His ""ay to Fortune. 68 MonPy to Bnrn:or, The Shrewdest Boy in Wall Street. 33 Playing to Win; or, '!.' b e Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 69 An Eye to Bnsiness; or, The Boy wno was Not Asleep. 34 'l'atters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 70 Tipped b y t h e Ticker: or, An Ambitious Hoy in w a ll Street. 35 A Young llfonte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 7 I On to Success; or, '!'h e Boy who Got Ahead. 36 Won by Plu ck; o r The Boys Who Ran a Railroad 72 A Bid for a Fortune; or, A CounLry Boy in Wall Street. For sal e by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or po stage stamps, by PRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Square, New IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of ou r libraries, and cannot procure them from n ewsdeale rs, they can b e obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the follcwing Order Blank and send it to us with the pri ce of the books you want and w e will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE S'l'AlUPS TAl{EN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FHANK 'l'OUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa re, New York. .... '., ........ 190 DEAR SmEnclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: ... copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ...... .................................... ,. " " ,, '' V VIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .................................................. . '' VORK AND Nos ..... ......................................... > '' WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ....................................................... PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .................................... 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