After big money, or, Turning the tables on the Wall Street brokers

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Hal put up a big struggle, bU:t Spencer held him powerless, witli one hand over his mouth. Grantley then poured the rest of the letters on the blaze. At that critical moment Sam Carter's startled face appeared at the transom. .t


Fame and Fortune Weekly t OF WHO MAKE MONEY lawd Weeklt1-Bll Subscription IZ.50 per year E"tered according to A.ct of Cong r eas, in the year 1909, in t h e oj/lce of Ule Librarialt of C o n g1e11, Warhingto n D. C b11 F r a n k To use11, P u blia h er, 24 Union Sq ua1, NetD York, No. 1 88 NEW YORK, MAY 7, 1909 PRICE 5 CENTS. AFTER Blfi MONEY OB, TURNINti THE TABLES ON THE W1ALL STREET BROKERS By SELFMADE MAN CHAPTER I. Ali'TER BIG MONEY. "Hello, Hal! Where are you going?" asked Sam ter, messenger for Roland Spencer, stock broker, of Ex change Place. "Up in the gallery," replied Hal Hunter, cheerfnlly. "Of the Exchange?" asked Sam, in some surprise "That's where this door leads "You rumst have lots of time t0 spare." "I have. Loads of it." "Isn't there much doing at your office?" "You me1m Mr. 'Marks's office?" "Of course," replied Sam, impatiently. "You're em ployed there." "I was employed there up to fifteen minute s ago." "What's that? You don't mean to say that you've left Marks?" "No, I didn't leave him ; he fired me;" "Fired you Creation What for?" cried the aston ished Sam. "Because he didn't want my distinguished services any longer." "What in thunder did you do that caused Marks to drop you in a minute? It muat have been something serious. Brokers don't usually let an employee go so quick. He generally gets a week's chance to look for another job "li', the operator, III r. :Marks' s star customer, made a per5onal complaint agaiu s t me, and U1aL cooked my goose." "What did he complain about? What did you do to him?" "I carried an important note to him this morning, and Jimmy Naggs, the office boy, told me to go right into the private rooin. I did so, but Finkelstein wasn't th.ere. I sat down beside his desk to wait for him to show up. I k1iew he couldn't be far away because his desk was open, with papers lying about on it. The window close by was open, and a puff of wind coming in blew some of the papers off on the floor. I picked them up and was replacing them on his desk when Finkelstein came in by the private door opening on the corridor." "Well?" said Sam "He demanded to k.lnow what 1 was doing there. I told him I had brought a note from Mr. Marks.' 'What right have vou to come in here unannounced?' he said to me. I infor{ued him that Naggs told me to go in. He immec1i ately called Naggs in and asked him if he had sent me into the room whil e he WllS out. N aggs denied that he had done so. Of course I told Naggs that he was a liar, but that didn't do me any good. Finkelstein gave me a verbal dressing-down, then read m y note, and sent me away." "Do you mean to say that Finkelstein complained to farks about that, and that your boss considered that sufficient cause for bouncing you offhand?" "You've onl.v h e ard part of the story." "W11at's the rest?" "Inside of twenty minutes Finkelstein came tearing into our office likti a wild man, and rushed in to see Marks. I as ealled inside and accused of stealing a $500 bill from .Finkelstein's desk.


2 AFTER BIG :HONEY. 'The cleLlCe"}OU w ere "I indi gnantly denied th e charge, b ecaui;e I'm not a thief." "Of course yo u aren't." "Finkelstein said h e had left a $500 bill on his desk when he left hi s rooin. When he cam() back he said h e sa w rne standing at the desk with some of his papers in my hand. I explained how the breeze had blown them o:ff on the floor, and that I had picked them i1p and was replacing them when he came into the r oom. He said that was too transpareut au excuse, ancl demanded that I return him the $500 bill. I denied having it, and Finkelstein. asked Illarks to searc h me: I submitted to tbe operation." "Well, he didn't find the bill, did he?" "He couldn't find what I d idn't hav e." "Of course. What then?" "Marks found something else, h owever, that macle him mad." "What was it?" "A memoranclnm of a stoc:k L1eal l have on wilh the little bank on Nassa u :::ltreet." "Gee!" "He asked me wltat it meant, though he knew well enough. I explained that I had bouglii fifty share s of A. & C on my w;-w ba k to tho office that morning." "'rhat look ed bad fo1 you." "Yes. Marks wanted to know where I got the to put up a s security on the transaction. I told hirn it wa s rny own mdney and that I could prove it. Both :Mar k s and Finkelstein conside r ed my explanation altogether too thin, so I ca ll ed in the cashier to show that I had left $500 in his ca r e for several w eeks and had drawn i t out of his hands just before I was sent out with the note to Finkelstein's office. That rather staggered them, .for they were suia the money I had put up was tho missing $500 bill. RoweY e r, Finkelstein insisted that 1 had taken his money and hid it for the present. H e threatened to have me arrested unless I confessed m y guilt and came up witli iho bill. I had no confessio n to make, and told him so. 'l'llc y tried harcl to make mo incriminate myself, and failing to do so Finkelstein went off in a rage." Sam Carter laughed, for he knew J?'inkelstein and didn' t like him. )T either was there any love l ost b.etween him and Finkel stei n's rnrssenger, Jimmy Naggs, whom both he and Hal regarded as a mean littl e s neak. 1 \ 8 oon u s dusted," wont on Hal, "Marks hauled 1110 orer t!rn coal s for lrnYiug a11y tlii n g to do with the tJJarkrt, and wound np by te llin g me to get out then and there. Bo I got my week's wages from the Stupri s ed cashier, and here I am-a boy of l e i sure." "You were up against it hard. What are you going to do? You may find it hard to get another position without a recommendation from Marks." "Don't want another position," repli ed Hal, independently. "You don't?" ")T 0." "Why not?'' "Because T'm alter big money.'' "After big money? What do you mean?'' a:;ked the puzzlcel Sam. '' J 'm going to devote my energies to capturing a big stake out of the market." "What! With $500 capital?" "Yes." "You've got a pretty good nerve." "It takes nerve to get on in Wall Street." "'!'hat's all right; hut It takes capital, too.'.' "I've made most of the $500 out of lucky ventures. I sec no reason why I can't aclc1 two noughts to that. For instance, I bought 50 A & C. about two hours ago at 62 I expect to sell it at 80 or about that." "What makes you think it's going up to 80 ?" "Oh, a little bird whispered the secret in my ear." "That's as much as to say that you're working on the strength o:f a tip." "You can take it as you choose." "Then you expect to be fortunate enou g h to make a liv ing and also big money by operating on your own hook?" "'l hat's about the size of it." ''I hope you 'll be succe ss ful, but you arc taking a big contract on your hamls, in my opinion "l believe in aiming high while you're about it.'' "So does tho sky rock et.'' "That's an insinuation that you think I'll come clown with a eh?" "No; but you are certainl y taking all kinds of chance s in making a regular huRine s s of playing the rn8rket.'' "Well, time will sliow how things pan out with mo." "I suppo s e you ll hire de s k room in some offiee, like many of the regular o p erators?" "Probably; but a s s oon as I can afford it T s hall get an oflice to my&elf." The boy s then parted, Hal going up into the visitors' gallery of the Exchange and 8am to his own office CHAP'J''.1R II. HAL ASS l STS AN OLD BROKER. Hal foecl with hi s fa t h e r and moth er in a m o dest lookin g J1at in Harle m not .far from 1 25Lh Btreot and l:<:ighth Avenue. He had two s i s ters, one oi whom wa s a public: s d10ol teacher, and the other was a ea s hi e r in a big retail gro cery store in llarlern. His fath er was a eoll eg e graduate, who had not made a brilliant s uc c e ss in the bu s ine ss world, but he managed to make a few hundreds a year writing storie s for magazines and otb e r p e riodi cals Altogether the famil y got along v ery comfortably, though tl10 high cos t o.f living in New York pre vent e d them from aavincr mueh again s t a rainv clay W110n Hal reached home he told his mother that he had lost his job in Wnll Strre t. He e i plainod how it had come about, and Mrs. Hunter was inclined to be indignant with E}rokeT !lfarl

AFT'ER BIG MONEY. s He had kept his own counsel, intending to surpri s e them some day if he was so fortunate a s to make a good stake, but now tI1e cat was out of the bag. "Are you rea lly worth $500, Hal?" asked hi s mother. "Yes, motl1C'r." "You have it in a savings banJc, I suppose, clowntmYn ?" "No. I am using it to make more. I bought 50 shares of A. & 0. stock this morning, and pnt the $500 up as se curity with the bank that is carrying the sliares for my acconnt." "I hope it is a safe inve stment," s aid his mother, with an anxiou s look. "You know that $500 is a great deal of money, at lea s t to person s in on1' humble circumRtances. 'I'he combin e d s aving s of your s i sterR, and what I have rnnnagecl to put by amount to bnt little more than that." "It's as s afe as any deal in the market can be consid ered, for I J1ave a tip that A. & C. will go to 80 inside of a wee k repllecl Hal, c onfidentlv. "Well, T know nothing Wall Rtreet matters, neithe r doe s y our father." ."Don't worry mother. If things go right I stand to wmd anywhere from $800 to $1,000 on the d e al," said Hal, c h e erfully. "As much a s that?" exclaimed his mother, in a tone of surprise. "Yes as much a s that. Wall Street i s the i:il ace to make money qui c kly." He might have added that one cou1c1 lo s e money quicker there than anywhere el s e, too, but he didn t. He was inclin e d to look on the bri ght s ide of things, not on .the dark. "Do you think you will have muc h troubl e g etting an other po s ition as good a s the one you h ave lo st?" a s k e d Lis mother. Hal didn't want to tell his mother that he wasn't anx iou s to get another job at present, s o he said that it might take some time, since he couldn't expect to look to his l ate employer for reference When Mr. Hunter came home he wasn't pleased to learn that Hal wa s out of work. On learning the particulars of the case he blamed the hoy for s p e culating, notwithstanding that he had been fairly s uccessful at it, since it was through that he hacl been discharg e d. "So you're worth $500, eh?" he said to Hal. "'Yes, sir." "You'd b etter turn it over to your mother for safe keeping." "I'm using it." "Using it? In what way?" "In a stock deal." "You've no right to ris k so much money as that in spec ulation," replie d his father, angril y for $500 looked like a lot of money to him. "It' s my own money, so I think I hav e a right to do as I plea s e with it: I made all but $50 of it out of the mar ket, and I e xpect to make a whole lot more." "Oh, you do?" re s pond e d his father, sarcastically. 'Yes, sir. I'm after big mon e y." 'Big money! You ialk lik e a fool." ;,I hope n ot, s i r \'{all Strrct i,: f l : p ] Lrl' b ,.;e t r i('h "Kings of finance may grow rich there, but messenger boys-never. '"I'here are exceptions to every rule." "I Ruppose you think you ara one of the exceptions," replied his father, with a satiri ca l l a ugh. "T might be. There i s no telling hut the ca t might make a big spring my way." "So you've got your $50 0 in vested in a stock cleal ?" "Yes, sir. In 50 shares of A. & C., which I bought at 62." "Humph! Row mud1 to do expect to make in case you are fortum1te ?" "I might make $1,000." "Off nn invPstmcnt of $500?" ejarulntecl his father, in rrecln l onsly. "Yes, sir. T made the deal nn the strP n gth of u firstclass tip T got hold of yesterclny." "Well, if you make $ 1 ,000 T'll have nothing more to say about your Wall Rtreet dea lR, bnt i t i s my opinion you ll iwver make '' That ended the conversat i on, and soon afterward they were ralled to s upper. X w d morning Hal was downtown around nine o'clock as usual. He haft nothing .partir11 lnr to engage hi s attentio n until the Exchange opened at ten o'c l ock, and was sunning him self on the corne r of Broad Street and Excha nge Place when Sim my Naggs came along on his way to work. Wf-Ipllo, R1mter," he exc l aimed, with a malicious gri n. "I heard yon got bounced from you r job ye s terday.'' "That fact needn't worry you," replied Hal, sharp l y "It cloesn 't worry me at all. I'm willin' you sho uld do the worr yin'.'' "Diel 1\fr Finkelstein finrl hi R $000 b ill ?" "T gueRs you know that he didn't," replied Naggs, point edl y "What do J.OU mean by that?" demanded Hal, in an u ggrrRsive way. "He thinks you sto le it. You were the only one in there." "He's welcome to think as he chooses, but i:f you hint that I took the money I'll make you lo o k two ways :for Sun day," s aid Hal angrily. "Why did you tell him before me that you didn't send me into his office when you did?" "'T'o get out of a scrape I thought he was at his desk when I told you to go in. When he called me in and asked me why I had sent you in when he wasn't there I knew that i f I owned up he'c1 give me a callin' down, so I lied to save my bacon." "It's just lik e y ou t o do s u ch a thing," replied Hal. "Aw, cut it out. How are you goin' to get another job without reference?" "That's none o:f your business." "Is that so?" answered Naggs with an unfriendly look. "You won't be so cocky in a week or so when yon nnd you can't catch on. Nobody wants a messenger who ha bren accused of Rtea lin'." "Don't say that ngain or there'll be trouble," e:ried Hnl, clenching h i s ffats. "Yah. !" retortefl Naggs, walking off, for lie wat\ a CO\l' ard, and Hal look ed dnngcrous. "I'll punch that fcllmr"' 1111\ if h e


4 AFTER BIG J\IONEY. look out," rnuttercrl Hal, looking after Finkelstein's mes senger. At that moment a carriage drove up to an office nearby on Exchange Place. An elderly, white-haired man opened the cloor ancl was in the act of alighting, when balf an apple, to sse d from a window above, struck the horse and he jumped forward, dragging the cab with him. The olcl gentleman lost his balance ancl pitched forward toward the hard stone sidewalk. Hal happened to be standing only a few feet away. He prang forward and caught the gentleman in his arms, but the shock upset him and he foll backward, re ceiving a crack on hi s head that made him s tar:;. HoweYer, he had broken the old gentleman's fall, and 11ndoubtedly sa'l'..ecl him from ReriouR injury. A passerby assisted them both on their feet, and the old man seized Hal by the hand and shook it warmly. "I am very grateful to yo\.1, young man/' he said. "Will you help me into my office?" "Certainly, sir," replied Hal, taking him the arm and leading him through a door on foe ground floor of the big building. In a few moments he was helping the old gentlem.:1n off with his overcoat and hat in hi s private room. "Sit dowP, young man." Raiontt:ntrr 1 himself with warning you not to do it again. As t0 the charge of stenlin,Q; the $500 from Mr. Finkel s tein, as there was really no evidence against you, except the 11nf01tunn tr circumstance that he found you alone in hiR office, which you accounted for, you should have received the benefit of the doubt. Well, now that you !1av'e done me a. good turn, I want to do as much for yot1. I will give you a lettel' of recommendation which Rhonld he of service to you in look ing for another position." He his stenographer, dictated a short Jetter, in that he regarded Harry Hunter as a de sirable acquhtion to any office in need of such services as he was able to render. Wl;ile the stenographei was typewriting it the olcl gentlrman, whose name was Rclwin Arnold, questioned Hnl about himself and his ambitions for the future. The boy was ca. reful to sa y nothing about his purpose to play the market as a regular bu u iness, contenting himself with stating that he hoped some day to be a broker himself and become well off. When the finished letter was brought to him, the broker read it over, signed it and handed it to Hal. "There, I hope that will bridge your unsatisfactory po sition. Now, if I ever can be of further service to yon, Hunter, don't hesitate to call on me, and I sha ll be glad t o help you in any way I can." "Thank you, sir," replied Hal, rising. "Drop in and see me once in awhile and Jet me hear how you are getting on. I shall always feel an interest in you, ror I am more indebted to you than peihaps you imagine. I might easily have broken a leg, or an arm, or. a rib but for your prompt inte rference in my behalf. Snch aceiderits are very serious to a mnn of my age, an

AFTER BIG MONEY. 5 Reaching the landing, which was dark, his eyes began to smart and he felt a strong inclination to cough. The smoke was quite thick on the stairs l eading lo the third floor, and the smell of bnrning wood was sti:o ng. 'I'he hazy atmosphere was faintly lighted up by a clnll g l eam which Hal guessed waR n reflection of the fire under a. closed door. When he reaehPcl the landing he was forced tn throw himself on the floor to catrh his breath. Crawling to the door of ihr blazing room he rraehed np, turned, the knob and pnslirrl in thr door, which for tunately was not l ocked. The room was brightly lighted np by thr rire, which had already seized upon almost crrry01ing in sight. It was furnisllPd as a >iitting -r oom and lady's boudoir, and an alcove to one side, hnng with a rich olive-grern drapery already ablaze, showed wlJPre the 1Jec1 was. Hal rrawlecl over to the alrove. It was filled with smoke, through which he could see the ontline of a brass bedstead. Reaching up he felt that there was some one in the bed. This person must be the Miss 1\Iabel alluded to by the servant. Hal seized an arm that lay outside the clothes and shook it roughly to arouse the His efforts were unavailing. '11he young lady lay as still and inert as a log. "She is surely nnconRcions," thought Hal; "overcome in her sleep by the smoke no donbt. 1'11 have to carry her now a bla zing furnace, through which he saw it would be folly to try :.incl force his way with his helpless burden. Indeed, he probably not ha.1e got through and dowmtairs n lone>. Jn hi s cagemcRs to save the fair occupant of the third floor he had wn lkPd into a. trap, waR fairly caught. "Whal s hall I do now?'' hP nsked himRelf, realizing with a ehill of alarm hi s desperate position. At thnt moment he heard the rlang, clang of an ap proaching fire eng ine. It wa s coming np Lenox Avenue. Another engine waR swinging around the comer of Sev en lh AYenue and coming to a stop The c rowd of spedators now amonnted to several hundred, nnd more were rnnning up every minute. Among them was Sam Carter, and it was a great shock to him to see hi s friend Hal leflning out of the window so close' to the flames, which illuminated the room behind. him, while the blin presqnt preenrious Rituation. The excitement, how Pver, grew to fever heat when the people saw the boy lilt the girl"s blanketed form across the window ledge. After looking up and end of lhe slwet :incl passed her clown to hiR companion. "Rli

6 AF'l'EB BIG :MONEY. "You had a narrow escape, young man. Is that your sister whom you lowered from the window?" ''No; s he's a stranger to me. I arnl a friend saw the fire first: 1 sent him to turn in the alarm while I started to notify the peopl r in this house of their clanger. When I .found there was a. girl asleep on the burning floor I ran up i;tairs to savP h er. 1 \rnR trapped by the fire, but I saved her all right." "You're a brave chap," said the fireman, as they de scended the ladder tog et h er As Hal stepped on to th e sidewa lk he was buttonholed by a reporter, who asked him his name and the name of the girl he had largely assisted in saving. "My name is Hal Hnnler, but I don't know who the gir l is." "Yon don't know her, and you were in the house with her?" replied thP reporter, in some surprise. Hal then ,explainer] how he came to be in the burning building. "You deserve a humane medal. Hunter," said tlrn news paper man "Yon certain ly saved the girl's life. I'll find out who she is, for s he was carried into No. --. By the way, where do you live?" Hal gave his address and then, after watching the fire men awhile till they had gotten the blaze under control, hurried toward home, for he knew there was little chance of runn ing across Sam again that night. CHAPTER IV. HAt.'s FOLKS ARE TllEATED TO AN UNEX1'ECTED SUilPRISE. It was long after midnight when Hal reached his flat, ancl the rest of the fan1ily, in blissful ignorance oi the peril he had faced, had been asleep for some time. 'l"he excitunent of what he had been through kept him awake for ::i gootl hour after he got into bed, but he foll asl eep at last. 'Yhen he walked into the dining-room next morning his father was just beginning to read about the fire. Hal took his seat at the table without saying a word. ""'hat's the matter with your eyes, Hal?" asked his elde s t sister; the school teacher. "They're all inflamed. You must ha1 e caught cold in them." 'l'he boy was about to reply, when his father uttered an exclamation of aslonishment that attracted the attention of the family. "What's the matter, John?" asked his wife, curionsly. l\[r. Hunter did not immediat ely reply, but read on for some moments. 'rhen turning to his son he said, almost sharply: "Were :von at a fire on -Street last night?" "Yes, sir." "And you saved a young lady, the daughter of George Fair, from being burnt to death in her chamber on the tl1ircl floor of the house, by lowering her with sheets out the window ?11 "T aclmit lhat I did," replied Hal, while his mother and sist<'rs look<'fl at him in utter amazement. of the burning floor and the only one in the house be.c;ides herself. Knowing she was in peril oi her life, I went to her assistance. I considered it my duty to do so, just as I hope some one would go to the aid oi my sisters were they placed in a similar situation." "You might have lost yom life. 'l'he paper your escape was cut off from the rest tli the house, and that the firemen arri,1ccl in the nick of time t.o help you out of your perilous position at the window of the burning floor." "The pap& tells the truth, sir." "It appears that you and your friend Carter saw the fire first." "'l'hat's right. I sent Sam to turn in the alarm, while 1 turned my attention to alarming the people in the house. I supposed there were more persons in the building than the servant ftncl Miss Mabel." Mrs. Hunter and Hal's sisters were now quite excited, and the father of the family was asked to read the news.;. paper account of the fire. He did so in an impressive way. "Oh, Hal, what a reckless boy you are!" cried his mother. His sisters chipped in with words of praise for his heroic conduct, though they could not help shuddering when they pictured the danger he had been in. They all wanted to hear his story from his own lips. Hal gratifled the curiosity of his family, and soon after ward he left the house to go downtown. On bis way to Wall Street be wondered if he ever would see the fair girl again who owed her life to his courage. He had only got a hurried g1impse of her face in the excitement of those perilous moments when it seemed as if both of them must perish in the blaze, but as he recalled her lineaments he knew that she was unusually prett:v. "I'd like to know her," he muttered. "I can't help feel ing a strong interest in the pcron I went to such lengthR to save, I dare say her father will hunt me up to express his gratitude, and in this way I may possibly get an intro duction to her. I suppose Sam was in the crowd i,incl saw me at the window of the blazing room. I wonder how the sight impressed him? About the same, I suppose, as I should have felt had I seen him exposed to a similar peril. He won't rest easy till he sees me to-day, for he'll want to know all the facts of the case." Hal was in the Exchange gallery promptly at ten when business opened for the day. He soon. noticed that a broker named Grantley was hang ing around the A. & C. standard, doing considerable busi ness with the traders. He took offers as fast as they-were made to him, and the boy judged he was acting in the interest of the syndicate he knew was back 0 the stock. At the end of a couple of hours another broker named Spencer took Grantley's place 'and acted on the same lines. The price 0 the stock went up several fractions during this time. At one o'clock Hal went to lunch. "Bv C:eorgr, Hal, you deserve a gold medal," said his father "Whntcver induced you to take such a desperate chance for the Rnkc of a stranger?" When he got back to the gallery he saw that A. & C. had advanced two more points s,ince the opening, and was now quoted on the big blackboard at 66 1-8. "That puts me another hundred dollar s to the goo1 l said Hal, in a tone of satisfaction "I ought to make two "The i:;ervant told me Miss Mabel was the only ocrupant


AFTER BIG MONEY. 7 years' \\'ages as messenger out of this deal. It :-houlcl "Fifty." prorr !hr firat real strpping stone to the big mone)' I'm "rl'hen you have a profit 0 $250 in sight That i s n t afil'r. Erervthing hinges on gt> a goocl start. A felso bad." low c;in't make rniwh of a haul on a fifty-share inveetmcnt "No. It's better than wearing shoe l eathe r o u t chasing -prolinhly 'l' 1.000 at the rnof't. I to accumulate around the district in the service 0 a man lik e Marks." 0,000 1 hat when anothe r good thing comes my way I "I'll bet it is. I wouldn't work for s u ch a lobst e r ('UJl get in wi !11 1,000 shares. Then every point your stock "How soon are you going home?" gors up means $ J,OOO profit." "I'm waiting for the boss to leave." \ & C'. arouml 67, and then Hal went up to the -At that moment Sam's employer rang or him, and he offic:e where Sam worked. 1rent into the private room to see what the broker wanted. 8am had just come in from the bank, where he had He came out presently with an enve lope in his hand. carried the day'. deposits. "Come or. I'm going down to the :Mills B uilding. You He bounced out 0 his chair when he saw Hal arn1 went might as well go with me." up to him. The two boys went off together. "Gee! You made a hero 0 yourself last night 2t that 'rhey got out 0 the elevator on the same floor wh ere fire," he said. Finkelstein's office was. "Surh things happen to a follow once in a while, I sup"I'll wait here till you get back," said Hal. pose," ]auglied Hal. "All right," replied 8am, hurrying down the corridor "Did you go up to the burning floor to save that girl?" The next cage brought up Finkelstein. "You wouldn't have caught me going up there or the He saw Hal standing near the e l evator and scowled at fun of the thing." him. "You're about as plucky as they come, old man. When "I beg your pardon, Mr. Finkcistein," sa id Hal, l got hack after sending in the alarm I saw you up there up to him: unawecl by his black look, "did you find that at the window. It seemed to me that you were in a pretty $500 bill?" had box, and I nlrnost had a fit. 1 couldn't imagine what "No, 1 didn't," snapped the broker had taken there until I saw you raise the girl on to tbe "Do you still believe I took it?" window leclge. Then I guessed you must have heaTcl her "I do. You're the only one who was in my room tba t scream, and you started in to save her. It is just what I morning while I was out." would expect you to do. I tell you what, you had a nar"You are sure 0 that, are you ?" row s-qnerze all right. The firemen didn't get there a min"I don't want to talk to you. Don't address me any ute too soon to save you." more," and the trader walked away. "I wouldn't care to go through the same experience in a "Somebodv must have been in hi office before I went in hurry again." and while J{e was out," mused Hal. "That "I wouldn't go through it for a million. But talking whoever he it:, probably took the bill. Nobody coulll ha Ye of millions, vou ought to get s omething handsome from gone in there without Jimmy Naggs knowing it1 and the father of the girl you saYed i r. recognition of your serv -Jimmy had i10 right to tell Finkelstein that he didn't send ices. I understand he's a wealthy civil engineer." me in when he dic1. Apparently Jimmy had no right to "l wouldn't take anything from him." send me in if l;e knew Finkelstein was o ut. He told me "Why not? You risked life to save his daughter, ye s terday that he didn't know his boss. was out. Now it didn't you?" was his place to go in first and see i Finkelstein was in "I did; hnt I didn't do it becau s e I thought I would there and 1.ell him I was outside waiting to see him. In-gain anything by it." stead 0 doing that he told me to gcf right in. I don't re That's all right; if her father olierecl you a fat mei11ber that he ever did that before, and I have called cheek as an rvidence 0 his appreciation you'd take it, there over fifty times :Maybe Jimmy took that bill hirn woulcln't you?" self. and sent me in there to draw suspicion on rnr. l ncrer "No, I wouldn't I clon 't believe in acc epting money thought of that before. Jim rnr an angel by a1w fnr such a service His thanka, and tho s e of the young means. I beliel'e he'!' capable ol' laking anythiug he coulcl lad v 11ersel, are payment 1 don't be1ieYe he'd lay his hands on short nJ a rc

8 .\.FTER BIG l\IONEY. care a pinch o f snuff fur FiukcHein but it isnl plca:-;a.nt for m e to kno\r tha L I ie [cL'b tun Ii den L in hi s mind thaL I ;;to l e lti::; bil l.,. '"Thaf::; right,'' nodl1cl1 8a111, as they walk e d out of the building. CH.A.PT.EH Y. lIAL GETS A LETTER FROM A , buL us I h:ll'cii"t made myscl.f famou::', \rhy, [ am obliged Lo Lake potlu<.:k. A small pulili1:;l1er lhc other day ltad Lhc 11cne Lo offer me $30 for tl1i1Lv uook lltlm:; of ;JOO words. each. Would he make tltaL o.ffcr to--" here Ilfr. Hunter mentioned se v era l w e ll -known [ s liould say u ot. l felt tltat l was i111:;ulkd, but aR Llil' nf!'er 1rns spot cas h, and I need e d the money, 1 smothered my indignation and tH.:<:cptcLl" "It didn't cost you anythin g lmt your time to l'Rrn the thirty, did it?" "No; but l ought to have got more. l ought to com mand a remuneration large eno ugh to enable me to ride in my automobile like a gentleman, instead of being <.:om pelled to patronize the street" "Never mind. :Maybe yo u 'll he able to ride in your auto yet," said Hal. "I'm afraid not, my son. Authors, as a rule, dou't ride in their own carriages." "You can ride in mine, th cu." "''Yours!" lau g h ed his father, sardoni cally "When do you expect to own an auto?" "In the cour::ic of time. 1 might a:; \\-ell tell you now that I closed that deal of mine out to day at a handsome p r ofit." "Did you? How nnwh did yo u make?" asked hi::; father in a tone o.f interest. "How much do you think i'" "Two or three hundred." "More than that." "Five hundred then, though I doubt il." "I made $1,200." "How much?" almo;;t how1ed his father. Hal repeated the amount. "Do yo u expect me to believe i.hat tom111yrot? J rlQn"t make that much in a yea r with rny Icrtil c brain, and sureh I am of rnorP. importance than you." "Well, I made it just the same, anc1 l"ll be able to prove it tomorrow nigh t when I bring my check and statement of account hom e to s how you." "And yon made all 'that with $500 ?" "I c1id. I a.m now worth $1,700." It is unnccessar.y to dwell on 11is father's astonishment Although he wa:; glad to know that H a l was so fortunate, yet there was a ti11ge of jcalouoy in his congratulations, born o.f the id ea that hio so n of eighteen could make more ll\o n ey in a few

t .. AFTER BIGMONEY. \ s is t e r. "Your name ancl address were given in th!'! papers at the time." "I'm not worrying abont the matter,'' repliecl Hal, though it is true he would lutvr been glad of an opportunity to see Miss l 1fabel Fair again. "'T'he papt_r stated that Mr. Ji'air and hiPwife were in C'alifornia when the fire orcnrrecl,'' said :!\fr. Ilnnter, "which fact would account :for you not hn, ing hrnrcl from him. I believe the young lady hcrsc1f i,; in St. T.ukr'R Hospital." He went to a printer and ordered some cards, letter heaclinga arnl enYelopes. '!'hen he got a sign painter to put his name on the broker's door, and he also had it inserted in the directory clo}vnstairs. "Now I'm r. regular Wall Street operator," he saicl to "though the r-mm total of my capital wouldn't start a hank. Nothing like putting on a big front. Though it iRn't alway s safe .to jmlge the importance of a hook by itR co\'c1, still it's a fnct that appearances go a long way. \ good blnff is-oftrn hr!tcr than a bank account in the dark. The flrr;t nRc Hal made of his stationery was to write a letlrl' to l\Iiss l\Tabel F.iir acknowledging the receipt of her He opened it when he got back to the c1ining-room and lrtter, and telling her it would give him much pleasure Just then the bell rang, ancl no one coming i1p Hal went down to see if the postman hficl left a. letter. He founcl he had. found that it was from Mabel L<'air. Lo call on lier on the following Friday She apologi:(:ecl for not having communicated with him Jf e rnclosecl hir; cnrd and mailed it when he went to before, but excused herRelf on the plea of illne ss. lunch. "I have learned that yon s aved my life at great risk to lelter-hencl and rard will give her the idea that I yourself," she wrotr, "and I hope will 1mdcrRtand that am in business for myself in Wall Street, though my busi-1 am very, very grateful to yon indeed. Iam now f-ltopping neRs is not imlicatecl on either. She'll judge I'm doing with my aunt at -\YeR t 81P-t Strrct. ancl. I should something in the finanoial line. Should she ask me jnf)t be pleased to have you call on me there if you cnn make what L am doing, which is hardly likely, I'll tell her I'm it convenient 'to do so. Drop me word in ad rnnce so that an op erator," chuckled Hal. I may know when to expect you. I shall neYer forget the That afternoon two brokers came into the office where s ervice you ha Ye rendered me as long as I Jive, nev; :r, and Hal had desk room and wanted to see Mr. Carson, the both my aunt and m y self are anxious to exprrss our obligaCurb man. tions to you in person, so you will call, won"t you? My par-He was engaged with a customer, and they had to wait. ents are in my father being engaged on the con1 They began talking together about a tip one of them had struction of a tubular bridge, which is nearly completed," received from his the secretary of: the Idaho Copper etc. Mining Co., to the effect that there had been a cliscoven Hal's l ette r went the round of the fr,mily eirrle. of a rich vein of high-grncle copper ore in the mine. "Yon will c all on Miss ]'air, of course," said his young-The stock was now selling at $1.50 a sha_;re, but as soon e s t s i ster, Fanny. as the discovery was made known the price of the shares "I s uppose so," replied Hal. was certain to double, said the broker who had received the ''.Oh, come now, Hal, you wouldn't miss seeing he1 for a tip. small farm," laughed his siste1 "Who knows but this This information and much more Hal's earn, will end in' a wedding?" and greatly interested him. "Oh, bosh!" ejaculated Hal. "You girls can think of Re decided to get in on Idaho Copper, and as soon as the nothing but weddings We men don't bother with such brokers went into Carson's room he put on his hat ancl nonsense." went over to the little bank to sec if he could get what "We men!" almost screamed his sister. "Why, you're was coming to him. nothing but a boy yet." His statement was made out and a check handed to him. "I'm man enough to make good money all right," re-He immediately askrd the clerk to buy him 1,000 RhareR torte d Hal. of Idaho Copper outright, ancl left $1,500 with him to pay "Of course you arc," put in his other sister, who thought for it. no other boy was half as smart 0r as good as her brother. "Is Mi s s Fair pretty?" a s ked Fanny. "Yes, she's pretty good looking. Nearly !ls much so as yourself," replied llal, though he knew that his sister wasn t in it with Mabel Fair. "Oh, thank you for the compliment, brother mine," Raid Fanny, getting 11p and making a mock "You're welcome. Well I'm going ont if you people have no obj ection." Thus speaking he put on his hat, left the room and the house. C'HAPTER VI. IX WRICH HALS FATHRR TRIES IIIS HAND IN WALL STREET. X ext clay Hal hi reel clesk room with a desk in the office or a C'nrb broker with whom hr was on goocl terms. This was the first legitimate deal he hac1 ever made, all the others having been pure marginal speculations. In this case he was actu:;i.lly getting something for his money and paying -for it, and he could not he wiped out if the price or the stock went clown a third, or even t\ro thircls, of its market value. That evening he showed his fatl1er his bank f\tatement to prove that he had made $1 ,200 profit on his A & C. deal, and then hatold him that he had bought a thousand shares of Idaho Copper at $1.50 in expectation or a i mdclcn rise in it. "If it doubles in price, as it's likely to do in a few dayR, I'll make $1,500. That will make me worth over $2,000. I tell you, pop, I'm getting on." "I can't.understa.nd how a boy of your years can clo Ro well in Wnll Street,'' Raid his father, alrnoRt envionsl_1'. "Here I am, a man of brains, with a college education, and


I 10 AFTER BIG MONEY. 1 am onl y li ving, as it were, from hand to mouth It seems wild scramble for Idaho Copper fancy offers were made for to me that with my mental equipment I ought to make at the stock by excited brokers. least $10,000 a year By one o'clock that day it was going at $ a share, and "If you WOtlld only WTite a book that would catch on Very little Was to be had even at that price. you might make a good deal moTe than $10,000," saic1 Hal. While the Curb market was as buoyant as a cork on a 11 i!'l father's hopes in regard to producing one 0" the heaving sea, the contrary was the condition 0 the regular "bcRt sellers" in the book line had long ago petered out, stock market. owing to his inability to secure a publisher or a historical A big slump was forced by a prominent bea'r clique, and no\cc] he had written, and which he had confidently ex-prices were slaughtered all around. l1Cdccl would sell like hot cakes i it was only brought be-X. & Y. dropped ten points in almost as many minutes, fore the p u blic and Mr. Hunter's $100 deposit was not only wiped out, That n i ght Mr. H u nter began to consider whether he .but the bank had a small balance against him. coulcln't go into Wall Street himself and make money like Mr. Hunter sat in the reception-room 0 the little bank his son. and watched the c1uotations go up on the blackboard. He had an idea that i a bov 0 Hal's age could come He didn't seem to grasp the situation very well, though out ahead, there was no why he c;uldn't do the from the conversation going on around him he juclgecl that s:nne the market was not going the right way-that is, for thos'e He didn't consider the important fact that his son hacl long on stocks. Rpent three as a mcssenvr in close touch witl1 the The "shorts" on the contrary were right in it, ancl the stock market, and that the boy was wise to a whole lot 0 more the market foll away the greater was their joy ancl things that were as a sealed book to an outsider. pro:flt. Nest clav l\Ir. Hunter went tv Wall Street m1cl began to Finally Mr. Hunter went to the margin clerk's window look arouml. and asked how he stood on X. & Y. He dropped into a broker's office and talked with sev-To his dismay he learn.eel that his $100 had gone to eral customers he found there. swell the profits of the "bears." He hr.d $JOO in his pocket, and had come downtown with Instead of playing a winner, as he hacl fondly supposed, the intention of buying Idaho Copper, because Hal was in he had backed a very bacl loser, and he was out a sum 0 on that. mon,ey that he couldn't afford to lose. A man he got into conversation with told him that Idaho He went home thoroughly disgustM with Wall Streit Copper was a frost, ancl that if he wanted a sure winner and foll 0 wonder how it was possible or his son to make he ,;honlc1 buy X & Y money in such a game of chance. "Yo u can get ten shares on rnargi"n at the little bank on Hal, in the meantime, was watching the rise 0 Idaho N flRRan treet,'' saic1 his ml dsr;1, RO ilfr. JTnntcr went to Copper with glad eyes. the l ittl0 and bought ten Rh:weR of the Rtock. When the Curb Exchange closed at three, $6 was offered Hac1 anyboch suggested to Hal that he purchase ten or for the stock, with few takers. more shares 0 X & Y., he would have said, "Nay, nay," Had Hal sold his l,000 shares, which reposed in Ur. because his exper1ence told him that the stock wasn't worth Oar,son's safe, he could have cleaned up a of $.J.,500. :>lrncks. He didn't sell, however, became things looked ripe for a Mr. Hunter, never having had any dealings in Wall higher price on the following dHy. Street before, was an easy-mark "lamb," who nibbled at "Well, father," he said, when he got home, "I'm $4,500 a :riything. ahead on my Idaho Copper. The boom I was expecting People like him are cleaned vut clown to their under-1 started in this morning, and up she went like a rocket." sl1irt every day in the market. "Huh!" grunted l\fr. Hunter, sourly. :fiir Hunter said nothing to Hal about his investment "\Vhat's the matter? Don't you eel well?" asker1 Hal. when they mt at supper that evening. "No, I don't," snapped his father. "I don't want to "I'll surprise him when I him the ducats I've hear anything more about stocks from you, do you unclerwon," he chuckled. stand?" Hal obsenec1 wjth ome surprise that :father showed "Yes, sir," .answered the boy, surprised his father should a suclclen interest i n the clay's market report. be so touchy. He wondered i he was getting points for a :financial "Wall Street is a rank swindle," roared Mr. Hnnter. story for some magazine "I'd just as soon be held up by a highwayman as to put up Severa l days went by, ancl then one morning thr. news another do]l&r on a stock." came out about the strike in the Idaho minr. "Put up another dollar! What do you mean, father? 1'he stock went up to $2 on the strength of the report, You haven't been playing the market, have yon?" ancl when it was confirmed by the company officially there "Playing the market!" ejaculated :Mr. Hunter, with a was a macl rush on the part of the Curb brokers to buy the sepulchral laugh. "Oh, no; the market was playing me-shares. for a blamed idiot." Then i t was discovered that it was scarceT than hen's "Explain yourself, father," cried Hal, breathlessly. teeth; t h e insiders had gobbled most 0 it up, and were "I will, and I hope it will give you a lot 0 satisfaction w ait i ng for the price to go well up before feeding it out to to learn that your intelligent sire has been skinned out of the pub lic. a hundred dollars by the 'bears.' I bought ten shares of E,e rybocly w ants what he can't get, consequently in the X. & Y., expecting-"


AFT'ER BIG MONEY. u ''You bought X. & Y. !" interrupted Hal. "I did." "How came you to pick out that lobste< of the market?" "A distinguished looking gentleman named Colonel Cul-peppe:i;, whom I met in Roy & 'I'ibbett's brokerage office. He told me X & Y. would go up 20 points inside of forty eight hours." "Why, the regular market slumped to-day badly. 'Phose long on stock had to get out from under mighty quick to save their bacon." "I was 'long,' as you cirll it, on X. & Y., and now I'm short on cash," growled M'l'. Huuter, :J.ot realizing that he had been guilty of a: pun. "And you lost your $100 ?" "Yes, and I've lost confidence in everything with that pit of iniquity---'W aU. Street. How in-thundet you manage to make it pay down there I can't unde11Stand. I don't see how you escape with a shirt on your back." "I escape because I know the ropes. You don't know them and should have kept away. TJJ.10 woods aae full of 'lambs' like yQu, and they all see "bheir :finish sooner or later in Wall Street. It was a lucky thing you lost in your first" venture." "Why so?" asked his father, sharply. "Beca:use a burnt child dreads the fire. Had you won you'd have gone back and tried again, probably putting in all you could. scrape together. In the long or short run you'd have been cleaned out. I'll give you $100 to replace the sum you lost, and keep you from worrying, for I know you can't afford to lose so much. Just keep away from Wall Street. One in the family is enough to monkey with the maJket. Let me wrestle with the bulls and while you wrestle with your pen." "Wall Street-never again!'; said Hunter, holding up his hand, and he kept his word. OirAPTER VIL HAT, CALLS ON MABEL FAIR. That evening Hal put on a little extra style and left the fiat to call on Miss Mabel Fair. He had only seen the young lady under rather strenuo us and unfavorable circumstances, and he wondered how she would look when attired in suitable raiment. He had an idea that she would look out of sight, to use a slang phrase. Hal had shown that he was a nervy young fellow when put to the test, but, singular to relate, when he approached the home of Miss Fair's aunt, his nerve seemed to desert him. He countecl. the numbers, but when he saw the right one looming through tlie darkness he shot the steps lead ing to the door with a speed which must have led inquisi tive people to think he was after the doctor who lived further on. He gradually slowed clown and turned around. "What a chump I am!" said he to himself. "Why should I go past the house as though I were trying to catch a train? When it comes to facing a pretty girl, who is practically a stranger to me, I haven't any more pluck than a wooden Indian." He retraced his steps slowly, trying to bring his c ourag e up to the sticking point. This time, when he reached the house, he ran up the stone steps rapidly, for fear his resolution would fai l him, and pushed the electric button. "I'm in for it now," he muttered. In a few moments a servant appeared and looked at him inquiringly. "Is Miss Fair in?" he asked The servant said she was, and held the door open for him to enter. Hal handed his card to the woman and was shown into the front parlor. The room was dark, but the servant pushed an electric button near the door and instantly the apartment was flooded with electric light. In a short space of time Hal heard footsteps descending the stairs, and presently a fair young gir l atfoed in a becoming house gown, entered the room. Hal recognized her at once. "You are Mr. Hunter," she said, advanc ing with a s mile and offering her hand. "'l'hat's my n!lllle," rephed the young Wall Str eet oper ator, "and you are Miss Fair." "Yes," she answered. "I am delighted to see you and to make the acquaintance of one to whom I am under such great obligation." "Don't mention it, Miss Fair. I am very happy to haYc been abie rnnder youa service when you needed it." "l.t was a very great service indeed, and I have been told that you had a very narrow escape of yoor life." "We both had, a; narrow escape Hmvever, a miss is as good as a mile," he added, with a smile. "You mustn't make light of it, Mr. Hunter. I am very grateful to you, and shall never forget what you have don e for me as long as I live." Hal bowed. "I asked you to call," she went on, "because I felt that a mere letter could hardly express my true sen timents. I also wished to ma,ke your acquaintance, and so does my aunt. We feel that sucl! a brave young man as yourselt should be accorded special recognition." "I am much pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Fair, and I hope we shall be good friends," smiled Hal. "I am SUTe we shall if the matter rests with me," re plied Mabel Fair, :flashing a bewitching glance at her vis itor. Here Mrs Van Tassel, the girl's aunt, entered the room. Mabel introduced Hal to her, and the lady expressed the pleasure she felt at making his acquaintance, and then pro ceeded to thank him foT what he had done for her niece. The evening passed in lively conversation, and Hal man aged to hold his end up pretty well About half-past nine a s tylish looking young man l e t himself in at the front door with his private latch-key. Mrs. Van Tassel called him into the parlor and pre sented him to Hal as her Howard Hatton. He was a young man of perhaps twenty-six years, and he treated the Wall Street boy with the most distinguished consideration. Hatton was a young man of the world, and was perfectly familiar with all the phases of fashionable di ssi pation.


12 AFTER IlIG Young as he was his knowledge of the vices of society was profound and intricate. Hal learned that he was assistant secretary of the Hercules Consolidated l\Iincs Company, of No. --Wall t>trect. This post was what might be termed a sinecure, as the dutie s were purely nominal, exe;cpt \Yhcn Ur. Watkins, Lhc secrctnry-trcasurer, was ouL of the city, when Hatton was called upon to represent him in a sma ll way. When ten o\:lock came Hal said he guessed it wa s time for him to go. Though ;:irgcd by the ladies to remain longer, he did not think it wise to do so, but he promised to repeat the vii:;it at an early elate. As the ladies were bidding him good-night at the door, Hatton reappeared and said he would walk as far as the staLion with him. "You arc a good fellow,'' remarked Hatton, as they 'rnlkecl clown the steps together, "and I s hould be happy to know you better." "Thank you," replied Hal, who could not but feel flat terecl al the marked attention paid him by this fashionable young gentleman. Hatton took him by the arru and they walked toward Cohunbus A.Yenue together. If l he nephew of :Mrs. Van Tassel ha cl any object in Yic\\ it did not appear on the Rurface, for his t:onversaLion ancl attitude were most friendly. They turned the avenue aml came to ee me whenever you have a little time to spare. I'm in more or less between ten and three, and often till four if I have anything to do," said Hatton. "I'll be plea::;ed to call some time,'' i:;aicl Hal, putting his companion's card in his pocket. They passed out of the cafe, and Hatton went ai:; far as ihe Sli;t :::ltreet station with Hal, where they parted. The Wall Street boy had much to think about on his way home. :Mabel Fair wai:; lhe most important figu1e in his thoughts. She had certainly treatccl him with s pecial fayor that eYcning; ancl there was something pJca sant to remember in her worils, lier looks and her manner. He hoped he woulcl be ahlc to see her often, and he meanL lo culLirnle her good O]Jinion and make him::;elf as so lirl 1dth her as possible. He was glad that good fortune had giYen him the chance lo <10 her sueh a signal favor as saving her life. lf c J'cl t U1at h e woulrl he willing Lo go through fire and atcr for her sake any time. CHAPTER VIII. HAL MAKES A GOOD HAUL IN COPPER: Hal was early at the Uurb Exchange next morning, where Idaho Copper was the all-absorbing topic of the hour. The moment the lDxchange began business an offer oJ' $6.25 was made for any part of 5,000 shares of Idaho Cop per by a well-known broker. A young broker sold him that amount and the trade established a quotation. The deal was really a "wash sale," as the big broker was working in the interest of the insiders, and amounted Lo nothing, though to all appearances iL seemed to be ti genuine one. Insicle of an hour the stock was going at $7.50. "\\' i th a dui:;h 01' brandy r" the barkeeper. "t-i o. ,J usL plain soda." "l '11 take my wmal brand, some celery water," re nrnrked Hatton. The chief interest of the Exchange centered in 'the cop per stock, an 1 Hal was trying to keep track oJ' the hu s iness clone in it, for he knew when it beg\n to come out it would be time for him to sell. But it wa a clifficult matter for Hal or any one else to judge just how things were going uelow the surface. 1-1 is usual brancl proYcd to be a popular grade of whisky. "So you haYe an office in Wall Street, Hunter? In the brokerage line?" said Hatton, looking harc1 at Hal. "No. My business is private and confidential," replied At noon the price reached $8. That was a mighty high fignre fol' lclaho Copper, and Hal hesitated about holding on any longer.


AFTER BIG 13 'till, things were humming, am1 no. ouc cuuk1 say ho\\' "\\'ell, I shouk1n't imagine you were doing anything, for high the price would go in the excitement of lhc hour. tltc market is in the dumps since yesterday morning." Copper s(oc:k read tell $9 .. 30 at one o 'dock, anu :;till Hal I You mean the Exc:hange ?" hesitated to part with his thousand shares "Of course. That's where you hang out',-isn't it? Now, He wa:; after big money, and here was apparently the if you'd got in on the Curb buom you might have made n't chance in the world to make it. good stake out of Idaho Coppe r. Some people have mat1c He might never catch on to such a c:hancc again. a barrel of money out of it." 'l'he idea o.f going to hmch did not enter Hal's head that "Which means that others have lost a barrel." day. "Sure. Every dollar won represents a dollar lost l,y He could not tell what might happen while he was away somebody else." from the Curb. "How do you know but I pulled a wad out of the copper So he hung on, and two o'clock came around with Idaho rise?'" Copper at $10.50. "I don't know, but I don't think you have. You're He had withdrawn from the crowd to get fresh air, lucky enough as it is." when he heard a man behind him say to a companion: "One can't be too lucky in Wall Street." "The price is about as high as it can go, Darby. Start "That's right. If you aren't lucky you'd better keep in now and the balance, then we'll let the market out of the market." tH kc care 0 r itself." "Well, what do you know this afternoon?" Hal heard the whispered order plainly, and it was "I came up to tell you that Jimmy Naggs has come out enough to shape his (;Ourse of action. in a swell suit of togs, a watch and chain, a big headlight He dashed into the thick of the mob that was fighting imitation diamond, and a tic that would strike you dumb over Idaho Copper and offered hi s 1,000 shares at the mar-with emy. Looks suspicious, don't you think?" ket prfre. ''It does that. He must have taken that $500 bill. n A broker took him right away. much chance of proYing his guilt now, .for he's "\\'ho do yo u represent?" he a tt' d tl c\'idenLly had it changed and laid out a part of it on himtrade on his pad. sai JO mg own rn self. what a little rascal he is!" ''I think an anonymous lcller sent to Finkelstein might "Myself." lear1 to an invm;ti.gation," said Hal. "I don't bel iern in "\Vl10 arc .YOU r" a111111ymous letlers as a rule, for somebody said they are the "Hat'l',Y Hunter, of No. -Wall I've desk c1cYic of a coward; but the end to he attained sometimes room with .Tolin Carson." ju -t.ifies the means. Finkelstein is C'onrineed I stole thaL ,, H ave you the stoc:k ready to deli Yer?" bill, and J am anxious to clear myself with him." "I have. It is in Mr. Uarson's tiafc." ''J'd sen

, 14 AFTER BIG 1\IOij"EY. dence that you took it. Maybe h e su spected you when be another deal, so be held aloof waiting for something to saw you blossom out in a new s ui t, tie and watch chain. tnrn up. f It is not safe to look too prosperous just after yom boss Oue afternoon, having nothing special on hand, he has missed money." thought be'c1 call on Hatton. "Aw, rats! I guess you took that bill yourself." The offices of the Hercule s Consolidated Mines Com Oh, no, Jimmy, I didn' t get a chance to take it. rr'he pa;oy were on the sixth floor of the Baker Builcli'ng, so he bill was gone when I enterncl the room." took the eleYator up. "How do you know it was? Finkelstein saic1 you took .Hal found the office and walked in without knocking it.'' There was no one in the outer offiee but a small red"I{e had no evidence against me, s o I guess he sa id headed boy, and he seemed on the point of going o11t. that to throw you off your guard in case you were guilty "Is 1\Ir. Hatton in?" Hal asked him When he saw the splurge y ou were making maybe he de"He's gone upstairs on business, but he'll be back any cided it was time for you to go." minute. You can sit down and wait for him." "You'd b etter not say I'm a thief," snarled Naggs. Tue office boy then went out in a lei su rely way, banging "I'm not calling you one. You know best yourself t h e l1oor after him. wheth e r you took the money, and then tried to throw the Hal took a seat near the partition that separated the blame on to rnc by telling Finkelstein tbat you didn't tell outer office from an .inner one. rno to go into his private room that morning when you The door leading into that room was marked "Private," knew be was ffut. and it was closed N aggs glared at Hal, and apparently having no answerBeside the door was a small window, which was ajar. to make to hi s la s t remark, h e got up and walked away. Hal soon became aware that two persons were talking Hal also went his way, satisfied that the anonymous note in the next room. he sent to Finkelstein had produced results. At first the voices were pitched.low, but by degrees they CHAPTER IX. HAL SEOURES A GILT-EDGED TIP AND MAKES GOOD MONEY. That afternoon 1fowarc1 Hatton walked into Broker Car son's office and sa w Hal reading the day's market repor t 11t his desk. -"How are you, Hunter?" he sa id in his free and easy 'ray. ((l thought I'd call and see you. Hope I 'm not disturbing you." "Kot at all, l\fr. Hatton," r ep li ed the young operator, putting down the report. "Take a seat." "This i s where you hang out, eh?" "This is my office, though I don't do any business l1erc." "'What tim e do y ou u s uall y get away?" ,. "Any tim e between three and four." "By the way, hav e you anything on for to-night ?1 "Can't say that I have." "How would you like to take in the town with me?" "I'm afraid you'll have to excuse me. I'm not much of a night bird. It is ne cessary for me to keep a clear head in my busine ss, which would b e impo ss ible if I made a night of it.n "Ob, on e night now and then wouldn't hurt you. I can. show you some very intere sting sig hts. New York i s the place to sec life, .. and unle ss you wish to be considered a kind of city jay y ou want to get' around and see wh a t's going on after the theaters are out." Hal, however, said that he was not at all curious to in vestigate the night s ide of Manhattan Borough. Things were swift enough in Wall Street to suit him, s o he guessed he wouldn't bother about the mysteries of the TenclerJoin. Hatton seemed disappointed at Hal's refu sa l to join him on a rotmd of midnight pleasure, and finally depart e d after pressing the boy to call at hi s office. With over $10,000 at his disposal, Hal lay back on his oars tor a couple of week s while be st udied the mark et. grew louder, and Hal could not help hearing what they were talking about. The conversation was not about mines and mining but about a syndicate that had been formed to boom the 0. & B. railroad stock The speaker mentioned the names of the men composing the syndicate, and Hal knew that they were all big oper ators whose wealth amounted to millions. 'rhey were men who always went into big deals, which were generally successful, because they had the money to carry them through. 'l' he man who had got the tip on the situation explained all the detail s of the coming deal, and told the other that he had bought several thousand shares of the stock for his own account, and advised his friend to go in also to the limit of his resources, for he assured hi:l'n that the price of 0. & B. would be boomed at least twenty points inside of tbc ne},.t ten days "You haven't any time to lo se," he said, "for the shares are being gathered in by the brokers working in the interest of the pool, and in a few days they will be as scarce as hens teeth Hal, satisfied be had got on to a fine tip, concluded not to wait for Hatton, but to go to some lJroker and order 1,000 shares bought on margin for his account. Accordingly he l eft the mining office, got his money out of his safe deposit box and hastened to the office of the old brok e r in Exchange Place for whom he had done the serv ice we have mentioned in an earlier chapter. He asked for Mr. Arnold. "Gone home for the day about an hour ago," eaid a junior clerk. "Well, I want to l eave an order for the purchase of some stock." "The cashier will attend to you." Hal went to foe cashier ancl told him what he wanted "Wlio is the stock for?" asked that gentl eman. "Harry Hunter." "Have you brought a certified check?n He didn't see anything that tempted him to embark in I


! AFTER BIG :.\LONEY 15 "No; I hav e the cash." ''rJ'hat will do.'' The order was m ade out, and tlt e rirnhier told Hal to sign it with Hunter's name and adches;; aml add his own initials. Hal s ign e d hi s name and office address. "I am Harry Hunter, and the deal is my own," he saicl, as he shoveu the paper b ack to the cashie r. The man look ed at the boy in some surpris e, and then said : ''Very well. W e will notify you as s oon a s we hf:l,ve bought the stock." That comp l ete d the formalities, and Hal lel't. "If 0. & B. goes up 20 or more points I'll stand to win $20,000 at a rlip," h e saicl to himself. "I guess I'm on the road to big money at l ast." That evening he made his secon d call on Mabel Fair, and rcceivecl a flattering wekornc from tl1c young lacly whom he thougbt looked lovelier than ever l\Ir s Van Tasse l droppccl in for a few minutes and tren.ted Hal very nicely Hatton didn't make his appearance that even i ng, and Hal told Mabel to tell him tliai be lrncl callecl to :;;ee him that afternoon and found him out. '' H you would like to visit the Stock Exchange s ome l'lliss Fair,'' said Hal, I shall be pleased to snow yon around." "Thank you," she replied. "I sho uld like to go there very much indeed." "You and your aunt could meet me at my office some Saturday morning about e l even, and I'd take you both to the gallery Sen d m e word what time I may ex pect you and I will make it a point t o be on hancl." Mabel thanked him again, and said she would spe ak to her aunt on the sub j ect and let him know. Hal staye d till half-past t e n and then took his d eparture, promising to call o n the fo11owing Werlne sclny evening Next clay he received word from Mr. Arnold's cashier that the 1,000 sha res of 0. & B. had been bought at 80, and were held s ubj ect to hi.s instructions. He sa id n othing to his folks about this deal, ancl they, satisfied that he was making goo d m o ney in Wall Street, did not botlier him with more than casual inq;uiries as to how he was getfang on. His father had been off ere d and accepted a s teady job as a reader in a big publishing hou se, and he wrote only occa sionally of an evening, During the n ext few clays 0 & B. s teadily advanced a fraction of a point at the time until on Saturday, when t he Exchange closed at no on, it was quoted at 85 That put Hal $5:,000 to .the good, and he shook hands with himself. On Monday things began to grow interesting around the 0. & B. standard. A certain broke r drew attentio n to it, and con side rable busin1eRs was clone in i t that morning. Hal was in the visitors' gallery watcbing the progress of events, and when he Jel't to get hiR lunch the stock was mmkerl np to 88. 'Plrnt meant that his financial prospects l1n,d incre:>.sed $3,000 ;::in'.'A lw rnmc rlo1 rntown. which naturally was a very pleasing reflection and helped bis appetite. \\'hen he returned t o the Exch a n ge i t wa s going at 90, and the brokers wer e :fight ing to get hold of s om e o f it. Jts sc n,rceuess indicated that the price would certainly g o higher, so the excitement increase d mo m entarily. A. clique of bear operators made a n effort to turn the tide by selling large blocks of it. For a. time the upward trend was s t opped, and 0. & B. dropped back to 88, bnt this flurry was a failure, for the stock soo n recovered and pent to 92, at which figure it closeu fot the day. Next morning Hal see the boom c ontinue, and he wa s not disappointed. The new s papers had noticed the r i se and said t h e s t ork was going to par beyond a doubt A legion of "lambs" came downtown and began pliicing their order s at the different b1okel'R. ge houses. Mos t of them were a-fter 0. & B. becaus e it was booming. 80 many or

. 16 AFTER BIG MOXEY morning wh e n ihey entered lllr. Carson's office about eleYen o'rlock. IT e received them with the greatest courtesy, and after n. Rhort talk escorted them to the visitors' gallery of the Exchange. r 'he board room happened to be very busy that day, so the i:;cene they witnessed was one of great animation and rxritement. "l\fy goocln_l')RR, what a those men do make!" ex claimrcl : Mab e l. "Is that the way they act all the time?" "YcR, as a rule. It i s even worse when there's boom or a slump on. Then things are tremendously exciting. Jus t now matters are running about on the average. The rnttrket i s holding fairly stea d y, with no unnRual features." They r emaine d till the Exchange closed at noon, and ilillen Hal invited them to lunch with him. They accepted the invitation, and he took them to a very restaurant on Cedar Street. After they left the restaurant h e put them aboard an elern.ted train and bad e them good-by. Hal now concluded that he had money enough to afford an office all to himself. It was rather an expensive luxury, a s offices go iu Wall Street, but a s long a s things seemed to be coming his way he figured that he wa s entitled to anything in reason that he wanted. It wa sn't an easy matter to find a suitable office in the immediate neighborhood of the Stock Exchange, as the re sermecl to b e no vacancies at that time of the year. However, he made it his business to inquire at the different office Luildings on both s ide s of Wall Street. His search was not Yery successfu l, and he had about concluded that he would0have to try Broad Street, when h e accidentally heard that a certain patent agency was looking for a tenant for one of the rooms of its suite. He lost no time in calling on the lawyer who conducted the bu s ine ss ''I understand that you want to rent one of your sir," he said. "I do. Who do you represent, and what is his bu s i ness?" "I represent myse lf. I want the office for my own head <]ll arterR." "Pray what kind of bu s ine ss are yon engaged in ?'' a R kerl the lawyer, with a covert s mile. "I am operating on the stock market." "Ah, indee d. Rather young, aren't you, for that busi ncRR ?'' "As 1ong as I am successful I guess my youth doe s not cut any great figur e in the matter." "Can you furnis h good r efere nce s?" "Ye', s ir. I refer you to l\fr. Edwin Arnold, stock broker of :ro. Plac1?." "l will s how you the room, and if it suits you, and the price suits, too, I will call on Arnold to-morrow and see if he is willing to guarantee you as a suitable tenant." The lawyer s howed Hal the room He liked it, and as the rent came within his expectations he tolll the lawyer ho was ready to take if it he would let him haYe it. "Call to-morrow afternoon and I will give you an an s,.,er,'' replied the lawyer. Arte r leaving the patenL offae TTrrl \\'C'nt around to Ree Broke r Arnold himself. "I am after an office in the Gaylor Building and I liaYr taken the liberty to refer to yon," hr Rairl to the old g<'ntle man. "All right," replied the olcl hroker. "I'll g iv e yon a good record." On the following aftc:rnoon Hal called again on the par. cnt lawyer ancl was tolcl he con lcl have posscsRion of the room on the first of the month. He pai d the first monLh' s rent and went away feeling that he was now of some importance in Wall Street. On his way back to Carson's office h e met Sam. "T've just hired an office, Sam,'' he sa id. "What, one all to yourRelf ?" replied hi s friend. Hal nodcled. "You're corn ing ont fast, olrl man. l\fade another Rtrike la tel??" "YcR. T maclr :i small wacl ont of th<' hoorn in 0. & 13." "Yon scr m to Rtrike the lncky thingR all right.'' "Tiavc to in order to make hig money." "TI ow much are you worth now?" "That's a bus i ness secret." "Yon must be :worth some thollsands to think of hiring an office. Offices are expensive clown here. Where is it'.-''' "In the Gaylor Building. I'll get possesRion of it on the first." "I'll he i1p to see yon as soo n as you get fixecl up." "I shall be glad to have yon com I? any time.'' "Say, ,Timmy N agg s has caught on to another job.'' "Ras he? Who is he working for now?" "Postal Telegraph Co." "That i s n t as goocl a position as he h ad with Finkel s tein. He hacl a chance to ri se there if he hacl ability.'' "Oh, he 'll never amount to shucks. He isn't built the right awa!r. Well, I must be going. See you later." '!'he first 01' the month was only a few days off, so Hal pi c ked out the furniture ancl the other things he needed for his office, and ordere d them to be cle liv erctl on the aft. ernoon of the first. There was nothing doing in the market that specially intrrestecl him, but he kept track of things just the Ramc. He called on Hatton again aml this time found him in. That young gentleman had l1iR patent lrathers elC'rntccl on hii:; desk and "as paring hiR nail s in a lnzy way when Hal 1?nterrcl the outer office. "Hello, Hunter, glad to sec you. 1\fake yours<'l r at 11ome," said Hatton. "You don't Rem to he very hnsy thiR afternoon," ;;rnilrrl Hal. "No, I was jus t thinking about going uptown. Do yon play billial'd s ?" "No," replied the young operator. "I suppm;e you' don't play cards either?" "I sometimes play euchre or whist with my friend Carter." "Never played poker or pinocle, eh?" "Never." "Have a cigar," said Hatton, pulling out a. drawer which contained a box of good cigars. "Don't smoke, than]\ you."


t AF'rER BIG MONEY. 17 "And you don't drink. Upon my word you' r e a model young chap," ,;aid Hatton, lighLing a c i ga r "l don't think smoking and drinking is good for boys.'' "Ua 11 yonrRclf a hoy, eh?" "f'rn not n i neteen yet, so I s u ppose I must be a boy." l guess you r e pretty Rnrnrt At any ra le, my aunt ancl :Jfabel Ray you arc, and wbat they Ray generally goes." "I'm muc h obliged to them for their goocl opinion." T don't sec that you need he. You're entitl e d to it. :\fab c l wou l d be under the dais ie s but for you, and I guess sl1e realizes the fact. By the way, her father and mother will he hack in a :few day s As they think there i s no one in the world like Mabe l, I guess they 'll overwhelm yon with thei r gratitude for saving her life." Hal made no rep l y. "Say, I might have tipped you off to n good thing a while ngo," rnicl Hatton. "What waR it?'' "The Recrctary of om company waR l et in on the 0. & B. clcal. H e mnrle a wad o[ mon ey ont of it. T collarccl a con pk of tho1rnand myRel f." 1 "Oh, I made a little somel4ing out of it,". replied H:il, careles sly. "Diel you? Went in, I s uppo se, when yon saw it going up like a rocket Sorry T didn't think to post you in time to let you in on the ground floor." "I thank you just the same." ":Maybe I'll hear of something else. If I do I s han't forget you," said Hatton in a patroni zing wa:v. w:\fueh obliged," replied Hal. "Aftei' the fir s t you 'll find me in the Gaylor Building, room 911, on the sixth floor. I'll have an office to myself the re." "I'll ca ll and see you." A:fter some :further conve rsation Hal took hi s l eave On the first o:f the month he got possess ion of his office and had his name painted on the do or and inserted in the directory downstairs. It took him a couple o:f day s to get to rights. He had a ti cker put in, and a sae, and h e :felt quite proud of his headquarters. He invited his folks clown to see bis place, and he also imited Mabel and h e r aunt. His father came clown at the first cha n ce, and was rathe r impregsed the appearance of hi s Ron's office. However, he wns not s1nprised, :for h e knew Hal wa s worth $?.5.000, nnd he was proud to think that the hoy had mndc it all lrirnscH. "ThiR is good for any Wall Street man who isn't a plutocrat," he r emarke d. "Y c s it's quite comfortab l e and bu s iness-like,'1 replied TTnl, comphieently, looking around the room with a sense nf propri etors hip. "I suppose you'll do better now," said hi s father._ T hope so. It's ex p e n s ive to have a regular office in this localitv." "You ran afford it, I guess." "The bigger front one puts on the more h e's thought 0 in the world," laughed Hal. "That's true enough I think I'd be better o:f to-day i:f I'd begun as you did insteac1 o:f going to coll ege Edu cation i s a fin e thing to ha vc, hut the hard dollars are b e t t e r I have see n severa l college graduates warming the seats in our parks on fine days It seems to me that tbc time they put in at their univer sity hasn't paved the way to fortune for them. "lt iRn' t any fault of their education, I guess harnn't got the ability to appl y tl1eir lea.ming to some uo.cful purpose. Proba bl y they lac k ambition. 'rhey would have been :failures, anyway." "Well, you aren't a failure, that's certain, and I don't sec that you've R11f:ferec1 muc h be ca u se I couldn' t afforcl t o send you to college." At that juncture Sam Carter came in and soon a ftcr w ard the three went uptown together. CHAPTER XI. THE HOLD-UP. A few clays afterward, while Hal was reading the Wall Str eet n ews of the day, the r e came a kno c k at his door. 'Com e in," he snicl, w onder in g who his caller was The do or opened a.ncl admitted three visitors, one o f whom was Mab e l Fair. The others w ere a fine looking gentleman of perhaps forty-five and a handsomely dressed lady. Hal sprang to his :feet "Delighted to sec you, Miss Fair," he said. "This i s my father and mother, Mr. Hunter," she said with a smil e Hal bowed and said he was glad to make their acquaint ance. "We, my wife and I have called to exp ress the d eep obli gatio n we :fee1 under to yo u for our daughter's life when the fire occurred at our reside nce," said Mr. Fair, seizing Hal by the hand and shaking it warmly. 'Ve feel that we canno t possibly thank you enough, so I trust you will accept the will .for the deed." H al told .him that h e h oped h e wouldn t worry ab out thanking him eno ugh. 1 I fee l amply repaid in feeling that I did my duty on t h a t occasion," h e sai d, "so w e' ll let it go at that. The Fair s staye d an hour, during which Mr. Fair as sure d Hal that if h e ever cou ld be o:f any serv ic e to him h e hoped that the boy would not he sitate to call on him. "The repairs are now about completed at my house, so I hope we may have the pleasure of seeing you there as often as you :fee l lik e calling," sa id Mr. Fair. Hal said he would be glad to a ccep t the invitalion. "T s h all l ook to see you next W ed n esday evening,'' snicl :\lab e l. "All right. I won't disappoint you," an s w ered Hal. His vi sitors then took their l e av e, Mabel' s father ancl mother feeling that Hal was a very de s irabl e associate for their daughte r, as h e see m ed to b e rapidly getting a heacl in the w o rld. His office and the fact that he was directly connectecl with Wall Street in some capacity greatl y impress ed them and Mrs. Fair decided to encourage his visits at home, with an eye to her daughter's :future. It was about this time that a boom started in r_,. & M. stoc k. There had been many rumors afloat in the Street latrly about this roacl. Finally it was reported that it had got control of a ccer-


18 AFTEil BTG tain small roand on til e 1 0 1 )kouL f'Ol' him Hal w 1i,; intrmlnced nnrn1 toc,k t lurn np t o fl g o o d :::cat ne. '11he sho w o p e n e d soo n afte r In addition t o vari o n R rnnclt>1 ill r turns h1 arnairnr prrformers there w e r e AeYeral three-round g l01 e contests hc tw ern a mbition,; youn g who h ope d some day to get into the lim e li ght arnl rnnkr 'T'he s how la t erl till n c::n ly rn)rlnig M ancl the n t h e Apectators fil ccl out into the strrc t ''It was a fine s h o w d on't y ou think?' sa icl Sam, as he and H a l sllntPcl 1 l o wn a clnrk K i dc street toward the troll ey lin e that nm t o the Brookly n Bridge Y es, it w m m t bai l,'' r c pli ecl H a l w ho was not so e nth11s iaRti c o v e r it as w as hi s 0111panio n "It will b e o n e o c l ock b ufore we ge t home, said Sam, after con sulting hi t ime p iece I g u ess it will be thnl e nough/' no1l

AFTER BIG l\10N"EY. 19 was out of the way at the time. This 'ort of thing is a corn111011 occurrence in some localities. This may be a tough ward .for all we know. I never wa::; over here before, c rnn in the daytime.'' "II ave you a match in your clothes, Hal?" asked Sam. "I'm sorry io say I hav e n't. 'l'hose rascals took my match safe, which was a s ilver one." "I haven't a match either, and it's as dark as an under ground dungeon here. W e' ll have to feel our way out." Hal started ahead at random, moYing cautiously for ward, for he clid not know what obstructions might lie in his path. Sam limped painfully after him. Hal's extended hands presently came in contact with a rough stone wall. He felt along it till he came to another wall standing at right angles, forming one of the corners of the building. He followed tlie seco nd wall, s tim1bling over the remain s of a barrel, the hoops of which got tangled up with his feet and nearly upset him. "Look out for the hoops, Sam, if you don't want to land on your nose," he sa id. E,-en as he spoke Sam trod. on one of them, and it fle w up and hit him a on the shin that wrung a howl from his lips. "\.Yhat's the matter?" asked Hal, stopping. "One 0 the hoops gave me a rap that ba s lame cl my other leg," comp lained Sam. "Too bad, old man. I told you tu look--'' Here IIal fell over a barrel that was so s haky that it col lapsed under bis weight and l et him clown on the dirty floor with a crash. "Now, what's happened to you?" ai:;ked :::lam, his minJ ta ken off his own troubles for the moment. Hal was half smothered by the du st o.f the punk wood, anrl con ld not reply at once. Sam Rtepped forwarrl tripped over his companion's leg s and fell spraw lin g on top of him. CHAPTER XII. IX A PECULIAlt "What in the thunder is the matter with you, Sam?" cried Hal, almost angrily. "I tripped over you before I knew you were in the way," replied Sam. be scrambled on his .feet the door shut "ith a snap. rntting him off from his companion. He tried to open it, but could get no grip. Then he pounded on it. "Sam Sam he s houted. ''Hello!" replied a muffled voice on the ot h er side. '''\'here have you got to?" "Push the door open." 8arn pushed in vain. "I can't open it," he s aid. "There isn't any knob." "Kick it." Sam kicked and pushed, but the door seemed to be soli(l enough now. _\t any rate it wouldn t open. "Here's a pretty k e ttle 0 fo;h," muttered Hal. ":::lay, Sam." "Hello!" "l'm in some kind of a passage. Wait where you arc till I investigate the place Maybe I can find the way out." "I'll wait, but don't be all night about it." Hal moved forward s lowly, and soon realized that lie was in a. kind of tunnel, one side o.f which was formed by a straight brick wall, the other by a brick surface that cuned and lost itself in a wall of dirt. This was the upper part of a sewer, though Hal did not recognize it as such. He could feel that hi s feet wer e treading on hard dirt, so that he und ers tood he was out of the cellar, but where the n:dergrouncl passage led to he had no idea. He felt his way along for perhaps fifty feet, when lie reached another door. J1 al tried to open it, but coulc1n 't. l t was as fast as wax. He sta rted ahead again and bumped into a solid wall of earth, hich sce1uecl to mark the enJ of the passage in that direction. ; 1 can' t go any farther, that's clear," he said to him self. "I wonder what thi s tunnel was built for?" 'rurning around he was about to retrac e hi 8teps. when the door, a few feet away, opened s udd e nly, aud a dim illumination sho ne through. Two men stepped into the tunnel \rith bag s in their hanJs They were hoth in faec and aUirc "Hold on," nid one of the men, tmning hack. \ Vhat's the trouble?" asked the other. "Well, get up. You nearly knocked the breath out :1f "I forgot somethin'." me. It's had enough to fall over and into the wreck of a barrel without you falling all over me." "I'll go on ancl meet you in the alley,'' sni<1 the othe r "Gee! W c 111 wit look a sight," said Sam, when they He proceeded through the tunnel wli i le com pan irm were on their feet again. re-en"tcrec1 the place they had come frorn, lciwing the do,.r "It can't he helped. Follow me now, and do be care ajar. ful,'' Te-plied Hal, starting forward again. Hal stepped forward and glancerl tl1rough the crack in They proceeded a couple of yards without further accithe doorway. dent ancl then Hal's hand shuck the ;jamb of a door. He saw a cellar that looked lik e a storeroom. "Here's a door," he said ".Maybe this is the wav out." Lt was full of cases and bundles. He felt for the knob, but founrl A lantern swurig from the ceiling ancl feebly lighted the Suddenly the cloor opened anrl h e pitched forward into room. a. anc1 landed on his hand s and knreR. The man in <1uesLio11 wa]kell tlirough a door at Lhe oppo"Great Scott!" h e cried. "l'm getti11g falls enough to I s ite encl and diRappearecl. last me for a lifetime." It ctruck Hal that here wa::; a chance for him to get out_


20 .\.FTER BIG of the foul-:m1clling lLUlllL'l, urn! c,.:c;1pc lo llic titrccl through the house. 'l'hcn he cuuh1 gu !Ja<.:k to U1c alley, Jind lhe entrance to the cellar ll'hcn 1ra:; alld il't him out. \cting on the or lilt' moment, fol' he believed he had no tinw lo \m.c. he slipptd in thrnllgh the door and took refuge lwhind a bunch o[ boxes, wllerc he meant to n'main until tffo man returned and went out into the tunnel. The man came back with something in his hand, and 1n1ti making for the cloor: when there came the sound c,f oit:es from the tunnel. The door was flung open and the other man appeared, pu,.:hing Sam Carter ahead of him. "Hello! \Yhat does this mean?" demanded the fellow 11ho had just come from an inner part of the cellar. '' 1 found this chap in the exit cellar," said the fellow who had hold of Sam. "What was he tloin' tliere? Is he a spy?" asked his companion with a dark look. "l don't know who he is. He has a companion who I think i0 in the tunnel." "H c has, ch ?" "Seems so, though 1 didn' t see him. When I open 0cl the door I came face to face with this rooster. 'ls thHt you, Hal?' be said. 1'1om ihat I judged that there is another nosin' around in the pasi;age. The police prob ably sent em to smoke us out. Whil l hold this drnp you'd hcUer take the lantern aml go iuto the tum1f'l. You'll proLably iind the other one there." With an imprct-<1tion tl1c other man took clown the lan tern and hurried. into the passageway, leaving the cellar in the dark. "I tell rm not a protested Ram, as the other man ldt the place. ":Hy fricml and I were rctuming i o :\cw York from a smoker and sho w gi ren hy tile N cptunc Boat Club. As we came down this street we were set upon hv a gang of toughs, who knocked spots out of uR, carried ui; into the cellar where J'Oll founcl me, robbed u s nn11 then left us. \\' c were trying to get out of the blamed place when my friend foll through a door which then tight in my face, lea ring me in the cellar. That's the whole story." "Rounds altogclhcr too thin, young feller," said Sam's captor. "I rel'kon you were sent by the police to inves tigate around. here." "Xo such thing. rm a \\'all Street messenger, and lia1c1d anything to do with the police. This is the first t i 111 e r re been in Brooklyn in a year." "\\'hen we eateh your partner we'll put you Loth through a l'OUTSe of sprouts, aud find out all about you, so you'd better sa1e your breath." Sam, seeing the futility of trying to convince this man of the truth, remained silent. ln a few minutes the other chap returned and closed the Lloor. '"l'here ain't no one in the tunnel," he said. "I guess you made a mistake about this feller havin' a companion." "All I know about it is his remark which seemed to show that he had a partner. He's just been givin' me a game of ta[y about him and a friend havin' been jumped on by, a gang in the street as they were comin' from a smoker at some <.:lub. Tlc said tlicy \\'ere tliroll'n into lhc other cellar and <.:il'anecl oui." "That's the trnth,'' chipped in t:larn, vigorously. "Where is your partner, then?" asked the man with the lantern. "I don't know where he is if he isn't in that passage," replied Sam. "I'd have found him }f he was there, for he couldn't get out except through this door or the other one, and both have spring locks. I reckon you're lyin' anyway, for I don t see how he could have got into the tunnel anywa;v from the other cellar. It's all rot to tell me he fell in by accident. He couldn't Jo it .. "He we.ut through the dour all right," replied Sam, dog gedly. rrhe man with the lantern clicln"t see m dh;posed to argue the matter with him. It was clear he didn't bclic1 e t:lam's statement. ''Petch him along,'' he said to his companion. "Hoover must know about this. lt look:; as if the poli<.:e arc gettin' on to our headquarters. at We'd better not go out tonight, for there may be d etecti res at both emls of the block. This kid doesn't look much like a member of the plain-clothes force, but yuu never can tell. lt won't tcps. A door l.Jangcd shut aud then silern:.:e s u cceeded. CHAPTER XllJ. HAJ, 8 \1\I. Hal came from hi;; l1icling place and walking to Lhe door through which his chum and lhc Lwo men had pasf:ied looked into the other part oJ U1c cellar. Jt contained a long La bk, half a dozen chairs an cl a mis c:ellaneou assort111cnt of goods-enough, in fact, to .furni s h a small store. Hal had litLlc doubt as to the character of the place. It wa a thieves' den. He entered the room and i;tartetl up the stairs, for it wa:; his purpose to rescue 8ain at any risk. Opening tlic do.or at the head of the stairs, he stepped out into a dark corridor or m1try. A gleam of light shot under a door close at hand. Hal glided to it and placed hi s eye at the keyhole. The Yoiccs of several men came plainly to his ears, but the keyhole dic1 not command a view of them. He took it for granted that Sam was in there, but how r


AFTER BIG :MONEY. 21 he was going to help him under Lhe circumstances was more than he could figure out. "lf I could get out of the building and find a policeman Sam would be saved and the place he thought. Acting on this idea, Hal Ielt his way along the wall toward what he supposed was the front of the house. His hand ('arne in contact with another door leading into a room on tho f'.icle o.f the entry whore the lightec1 room was. No light came under the sill of this door, so the boy ven-tured to turn the knob. 'l'he door opened and Hal looked into a black void. He entered c;autiously, leaving the door ajar. He would haYc giYen a dollar .for a match at that mo ment, that is, if be had had a dollar in his clothes. Ile foH around 1ritl1 his extended arms, like a person who is stone blind, a he acl Yancccl. rf'hC'rc \\'llR no cnrpct on Urn floor, so he had to tread on hiR !irV!C's to avofrl making a noise. he uotiC'eil a thin jct Ql light which seemed to l ome through a keyhole, arid the sound of voices reached his ears. TTP judged that this room communicated with the one in which he presumed Sam and his captors were. Taking off his shoes as a .further prceaution, Ilal made his to the noor without meeting with any kind of an ohstrndion, which gal'e him the impression that the room was a vaC'ant, un.furnii.::l1ecl one. Reaching a pflir of doors he 8toppcd and peered through the keyhole. 'Now he had a full view of the lighted room and its occu pants. '!'here were three men in thete, two of whom were the ours he 11afl seen in tl1r C'rllar, :rnr1 ffam. His chum wfls seflter1 in a rommon cha i r :rncl bo11nc1 1rith a rope a round his hody and the hack of the chair. He clinn't look very happy, while his garments were rumpled and dirty. Hal put his car to the keyhole in order to hear what was Raid in the room. He c1ic1n't hear much, for the man in tl1e chair had passed upon Sam's cai:;e, and wai:; instn1cting his compan ions to go to the exit C'cllar, as they called it, and see i they could find any evidence of the other hoy that Sam had daimecl was with him. 'J'.he speaker, whose name was Hoover, and the leader of the g-ang thnt orcupiecl the rclfar and other parts of the builning-. rxamincc1 Sam's bonds, anrl then followed his aRsociates downi::tairs. As soon as Hal was satii:;fiec1 that they were out of the way he tried the folding doors and found that they were lockccl.. He then slipped into the entry and hurried to the side door of the other room, whif'h he entC'rcd and presented himself before the astonished eyes 0 r 8am. "Lor', Hal, where have you been hi.ding?" he exclaimed. "I s'pose you know all about the men here. They have just gone hunting for you H you want to save me and escape with your own li.fc cut me loose quicker than Jersey lightning and let us get out of tl1is man trap i.f we can "Cut out your talk, for we might be heard," said Hal, seizing a jack-kni.fe which lay on a small table and getting to work on Sam's bonds, which he severed in short order. As soon as he was free Sam went to the table, pulled open the drawer and took out a revolver, fully loaded. "The rascal who sat here, and is the boss of the coop, threatened me with that and then put it back. It may come in handy for us." "Tako off your s hoe s, Sam, and follow me," s.aid Hal, grabbing a box of matches from the table, and starting for 1'1.rn door. They were soon out in the dark hall. Dal opened the door at the head of the basement stain; and listened, but no sounds came up from below. Striking a match, he led the way to the front door, which was level with the sidewalk. It was heavily bolted, locked and further secured by a chain. They found no great difficulty in shooting the bolt::;, which worked easily in their sockets, unhooking one end o.f the chain and unlocking the door. Then they resumed their shoes, opened the door and stepped. outside. There was no one in sight and they made their way to the corner as fast as they could. The lamp post there gave them the name o.E the street in 1rhich was the house from which they had escaped, and as hac1 taken particular notr of the building and its loca tion in the hlock, the)' felt wonld he able to describe it aecura tely enough for thr pol iec to find it. "If we knew where tl1e nearest police Rtation was we could go there at once and perhaps get those chaps pinched right said Sam, as they walked along. ."We don't know a11ytliing about the loeation of the Brooklyn police statiorn;, so tl10fic rascals will have cYcry chance to get away, which they'll lose no time in doing as soon as they find that you bave made your escape," replied Hal. 'l''l1ree blocks further 011 they noticed a couple of green lamps standing in front o[ a building up a cross street ''Tliat looks like a police :-;tation," said Hal. "Come, leL'i:; go and see if it is uol." They found it was a station, and told their story lo the man at the desk. The assault made upon them by the tough gang was surh an old story in thatneighborhood that the officer seemed to be hardly interested in their woes, but the moment }fol mentioned the tunnel between the two cellars, and the rooms full of what he said he thought were stolen goods, the man pricked. up his ears at once. Uc listened with attention now. "Diel you take note of the house when y ou came away?" he said. "We did. It is on the south side of E-Street, about the middle of the block, and east o.E -A venue. It i a. three-story hou e, and the third one .west of the alley opposite which WC were assaulted," repliecl Hal. A couple of detectives were callec1 in, and the boys were c1in'c.tccl to rep eat their story to them, which they did. The sleuths knew the house, and alter learning all the hoy s hac1 to tell tbem, with a couple of regular policemen started for the place. 'L'he boys were detained pending the result of the raid.


22 AFTER BIG :\IONEY. A couple of officers were sent out to try and find some "Gee! tough," grumbled Sam. "1\1r. Parsons of the members of the tough gang that had attacked and says it is and must be delivered right away." robbed Hal and Sam. "Then take a car and make a bee-line for the Staten After the lapse of an hour one of the policemen who had Island ferry," replied the clerk. "You may catch the boat gone out with the detectiYes returned to the station and that he takes." reported that the building had been taken possession of by He caught a car and this carried him within a short dis-tl1e police with all its contents. of the Staten Island ferry-house. rrliey had broken into the building, only to find that t"\le E:e made a dash for the boat, which he saw was in the men themselves had taken time by the forelock and di sap lip, hut after buying a ticket so he could get on the boat p ra rccl nd hunt for the operator, he found the gate was shut and .\ large quantity of stolen property was found in the 'f?e boat just leaving its s lip. <n asleep," he muttered, sitting up and cost !ji50. easily. expensn:e, without feeling the sore spot on his head. mto consic1crat10n the kicks and poundmg we received He looked at the gilt ormolu clock on the mantel and from the tough s By the way, how arc your legs that were saw that he had been dead to the world for a matter of so lame in the cellar?" thirty minutes. near all right no:v." "I guess Mr. Bellew has overlooked the fact that I'm llal and Sam took a Third elevated tram m;-here," he said to himself. "I'll have to step outside the t?wn, got off at 125th Street station and walked over to front door and ring the bell so 38 to let him know that I'm Seventh Avenue. on the prPrnisc>s. I don't want to 8lay here all nighi." It was four o'clock they parted m front of Hal's He started for the hall and opencil the door. flat, and both felt pretty tired and rocky. The sound of Yoice. reached his car, and he saw llfr. CHAPTER XlV. SA:!II'S TIP BRINGS HAL A "SMALL BARREL OF :M:ONEY. As Hal had nothing particular on his hands, he did not reach his office until noon, hut Sam had to report at bis usual hour, rather against hi s will. 'l'he market was lively that clay aml 8am had to run his lc>gs off till a.fter three o'clock carrying message:; for his employer. Finally, when he was preparing to leave the office for the day, his boss called him into his room and handing him a note told him to take it to tho office of a certain big oper ator and hand it to him in pcTson, as it was very important and must be delivered right away. Sam took the note, but when he reached the man's office he was told that the operator had just left for his home on Staten Isla;nd. Bellew bidding good-bye to his visitor. "I'll expect to hear in the morning that you have got Dorsey into the pool," he was saying. "'l'hat will eom plete the combine, and then T'll order Parsons to go ahead and buy every share of F. & D. in sight. We ought to make several millions out of this deal, for the stock is now way c1own, and I wouldn't be surprised if we ran the price up thirty points. Good-night." Wl)en the operator entered the parlor he found Sam ting dem:trcl.Y on a chair near the door waiting for him. He took the note, read it and then said there was no answer. So Ram took his leaYe anil ;;tarted for the ferry, his mind full of the pointer he had accidentally overheard. After suprer Sam make a break for Hal's house and r01rncl him reading the evening paper after finishing his supper. "Hello, Sam! I thought you'd be in bed about this time, making up yolll" lost sleep," laughed Hal.


BIG :\TOXEY. 23 "Don't you worry about my l ost sleep. 1 came o\'er to sec you on jmportant busines;:;," replied 8am. "You intere&t me, 8ani." said Hal l cac1i11g the way to his room. "'rake a seat and leL's hear your important ('Om municati on '' l 've got holcl of n bang-np Anrc winnc1', and OA I ham no money to put up on it I want yon to p la y it to the limit and give me tentper cent. of you r profits It's worth cYcry cent of that and more." ''"Tell, I'm waiting to h ea r a n about it." Sam lost no time in telling him what the tip was and how he had managed to get on 1.o it. Hal thought it was worth taking a chance on, and prom ised Ram that he would do it and give him ten per cent. of whatever he made off it. Sam then went home and turned in for a l ong s l eep Jex t morning Hal macle some inquiries about F. & D., and found it was selling lower tlian it hacl done for a yea r. It was now ruling 82, and Hal bought a coup le of thousand shares at that figure, giving h i s order, as usual, to Broker Arnold Sam called on him that afternoon to fincl out what he had clone, and Hal told him that he had secured 2,00 0 shares After talking awhile on the subject the boys went home together. Severa l passed before 'th ere was any notic rab le movement in F. & D. an d then i t began to p;o up to 8!5. On the following clay it went to 87, and Hal decided to risk buyin g another 1,000 s hares. Two clays late r it was going at 90, and the brokers were after it by the score. As it continnccl to achance nnclrr ]wavy buying orclcrs, the traders, fled that a pool was behind it, fell over themselves in their eagerness to get in on a good thing themselves. Then the s mall spec n l ators began to take a hand, and the stock boomed in earnest, going to 98 in a couple of hours. Hal alternated betwee n Mr. Arnold's office and the ga l lery 0 the Exchange. This was h y far the biggest deal he had ever been con necte d with and he was not a liille excited. He snw tliat he was sure to make big money if he didn't hold 011 too Jong Rnm had said it was li ab l e to go up 30 points, but Hal wa sn't going to chanc e i t r1oing that. A s soon ns i t passccl pm h e brgan to seriom;l y con si der the questio n of 1.akin g profit s The R tock was booming like wildfire at the time, ancl h e hated to draw out too soon and thus lose a good bit of tbe c1eam. Still there was no te llin g when the limit would be rearhed. The stock was beginning to lo ok top-heavy 1.o him, and he ihought that all that kept it mounting higher was the excitement, and the fact that no large blocks oE it were thrown o n the market. 'T'11c f;ynclicnte h ad no donbt provided against that by securing all the shares in sight before the boom commenced. '1 hou";:rnds of shares were now changing hands right al ong, and Hal began to fignr e that the members of the pool \\'ere unloading tlieir holding "Tt's time for me to get out and be on the safe side he tolll l1imselr whe n lie sa w the s tock quoted at 108 and o. fraction, so ltc rushed around to Arnold's office and. t old the cashier to have his 3,000 shares sold right away After luneh he called at his broker's and learned that all hi,; sha res had been di spose d of at 108 3 8, giving him a profit 0 $73,000 Out of this a.mount there would be $7,300 coming to Sam. That would leave Hal worth a little over $100,000 in cas h. It will therefore not he wom : l ered at'if he returned to his office feeling as if he were one of the kings of Yi'all Street. CHAPTT<}R XV. IIAL SECURES A VALUABLE PIECE OF INFOR:l.IATION. F. & D. clos e d at 110 that day, and at half-past three Sam called at Hal's office to see how things were coming on. "!Csold out a co uple o:f hours ago," Hal said. "Good," replied Sam, with sparkling eyes. "What did you get?" "T got 10 8 3-8. I haYe figured that there will be some thing like $7,000 comi n g to you." "How much?" gasped Sam, his eyes opening very wide .. The mo s t he had expec t ed to make was about $4,000, and his mouth watered for a week at the bare idea of get ting as much as that. "Se1en thousand," smiled Hal. "Great jawbones! Have you made $70,000 profit out of thi s deal?" "As near as I can calc ul ate I have." "Oh, lor' Ti old me up. How in creation did yo u do it out of 2, 000 shares? "I bought a thircl thousand sh ares at 87, on which the profit i s abou t $?1,000. That will net you $2,100 profi t On the main bunch your share ought to be about $5,200. Altogetl1er I hope to have the pleasure of handing you $7,200 in a clay or two "Glory, hallelujah! Seven thou sand i s a mint for me, ancl nll m ade out of a tip I acc identally corne r ed. .Jfy folks will have a fit when I s how the stuff up. I'll buy a house now som ewhere and r ent it to the old man, that i s ii' lie rnn afforcl to come up with a suitab l e rent. If he cau't l 'll a .first mortgage on somebody e l se 's house and blow tho in come in on myself. B e t your life I'm go in g to be a swell guy after this, even if I m on l y a me sse nger." Sam swe lled up like a turkey gobbler over hi. grea t luek. Ti e wall\ed into his home that afternoon with the air o:f a millionaire Wh e n the family had about finished supper he remarked in a n ofl'-hnnd way that he had some iclea of buying a s ub u1'han cottage furni. s hed with all the modern conve niences. "ft would be an excellent id ea, my son," replied hi s fathcl' in a joking tone, "if you think you can afford i t We'll all go the re and live then. You will if you can stump up the rent on the first at.


noon exactly. I'm not buying a home for Lhe fun oi'. the lfe wa:> to go clown on a Halurday afternoon and stay thing." until a week from the following ?.f onday. "l suppose not/' answered his father, dryly. "Probably Accordingly he took the 2.10 p. m. train, and Mabel met it hasn't occurred to you that being a minor you can't hold him at the station wilh her clog cart, and drove him to thi;: real estate in your own name." cottage. '"rhen I won't buy a house. I'll invest in a first modAfter dinner she put on some of her finery, and Hal gage instead. 'l'hat will give me an independent income." esc'Orted }\er to one or the hotrlR to attend the Saturday "Hassomehocly been_rnaking yon a prese:g.t of a few night hop. thonsanrl dollars clown in Wall Street?" asked his father, They had a sp l endid time, for both were good dancers, and they enjoyed every moment or the evening. ":-Jo, s ir. I expect" to malrn all I get," Tepliecl Sam. "I The dance hroke up at twehe o 'eloek, and Hal took his hn1e just made $7,300 off a tip on the stock market." charming partner home under the glorious mys of the full "Sam," said hfa father, severely, "I s uppose you intend "111oon. that us a joke, but I can't say that I relish such jokes when 'l'he soft beauty of the 11ight had its effect on both of seriou ly." the young people, and tl1ey herarne more confidential than "1'here is no joke about it. I've .macle the money, and mmal. T'll be in a position to prove it in a day or two." In fact, it was a case or spoons with both of them, and His father demanded an explanation and Sam gave it to when Hal retired to rest he felt that Mabel was more to him. him than Rhe e''er had been before. "Do yon mean to :iay that your friend Hnntel' has rnarlc Hal was alwayR an ear l y rii:;e1-, and next morning he off a stock deal?" asked 1\1r. Carter. waR up before any of the iami1y were astir. "Yes, s ir. Hes made it or I wouldn't be entitled to It was a magnificent morning, and he started out for a ll\7,000 of it:' walk clown the deserted beach. It was some time before Mr. Carter could credit this Reaching a sheltered spot at the far end of the beach, statement. Hal sat down under the shadow of a pile of rocks and Finally he Raid that when Sam showecl him $7,000 in dreamily watched the rippling water lap the beach while rash h e'd believe him. his thoughts dwelt on Mabel. "I'll show it to you to-morrow or next day, but rememSuddenly he was aroused by the sound of voices, and he her it belongs to me. I am now the moneyed member of soon became aware that two men had come to a. halt on this family, and propose to remain such." the other side of the rocks within easy earshot. Sam spoke respectfu11y to his father, but he wanted his The men, who he soon discovered were brokers Grantley parent to understand that the money was his and he wasn't and Spencer, were talking about the W. P. & Y. Tro1ley going to give it up. Co., a Westchester corporation which had long been in Mr. Carter said nothing more and the subject was financial difficulties, which resulted in the road being put dropped for the time being. into the hands of a receiver by the bondholders. Hal Hunter having reached the point he had originally 1'he fact was no secret in Wall Street, ancl the stock of aimed at-the acquisition of $100,000-felt that he hn.d the road, which had a 1mr value of $25, was hardly ever realized his ambition to make big money, and so he began quoted now in the market report because nobody wanted to consider very seriously the queRtion as to whether he to buy it at any price, as it was considered a foregone con should keep on and try to make it a quarter of a mi1lion c1uRion that the road would ere long be sold under the clol1arR along the same lines or hang out his sign as a reghammer in the interest of the bondholders, in which case 11 lar broker and try to build up a l egitimate business. the stockho1c1ers would in all probability be wiped out. Notwithstanding his successes he felt that marginal specOne thing was not known in Wa11 Street, and that was 111ation was rather a desperate method of getting rich. a movement had been under way for Rome time on the quiet He knew that luck, more than good judgment, had hy the cl irectors of a big rai1roacl that operated in West la11dec1 him where he was, and his lnck might go back on rhc>iter County to secure a rontrolling intercRt in the afore him at any moment, and in an hour half or more than h::tl f Rnic1 Rtork. of his pile might be swept away from him hy some unforThe directors of the said railroad owned the bulk of the innate deal. boncls of the trolley line and were figuring on bringing One htmdrecl thousand dollars is a whole lot of money, a bout foreclosure proceedings, when they diRcoverecl that uml Hal didn't want any of it to get away from him. the stockho lder s of the line had appointed a reorganization As the clays passed he couldn't make up his mind just romm ittee with the view of reRcuing the road from it:; tronwhat to c1o. He let seveTal chances slide by which he could have In order to block this move the directors hired brokers added to his pile because he was afraid to take the risk. Grantley ancl SpenceT to pmchase 50,100 shares of the So three months passed away and he didn't make another Rtock by hook or crook at the present uncertain value. dollar. Hal leamed this .fact as he sat under the rocks, an interSummer was now on anc1 :i\Ir. Fair hirecl a cottage, at ested listener to the conversation of the two brokers. Southampton, a fashionable Long Island watering place, He also learned that they hacl secured up to elate 45,000 for his wife and daughter to spencl the season. shares, which was all they seemed able to get. Hal received an invitation to spend a week with them, "Unless we can get a line on old John Harding. 'l'lho and accepted. holds a 5,000 share certificate, we are blocked," said Grant-


AFTER BIG ::\IONEY. 25 lcy. "The reorganization commiLicc lias .J.9,500 shares in itt ; wliie;h is 310 share::; of the control. \\' itlt the Harding stock out o.r the voting, lhe reorganization e;ornmittee will carry things its own way at the meeting on the first oI the month. If we could only find Hardiug,. 1rc e;ould probably be able to buy his stock for a low iigurc, and then our clients would have things all their own way." "But how are we going to find him? We've been trying to l ocate him for a month, and we've failed utterly," replied Spencer. "I gi re it up. Hello, who's this chap coming this way?" "That's one of the hotel bellboys. I'l,l bet he's bringing us a message." 'rhe boy came up and handed Grantley a Westein Union envelope. The broker tipped him a quarter, and then tore open the clispatc It. "Eureka!" he exclaimed "Harvey has founcl Hartl ing." "The deuce he has Where?" "At Clinton, on the Boston road, near the Connecticut State line. Living with his niece, a Miss Smith." "Then the game will be in our hands," said Spencer in a tone of satisfaction "Doubtless. You must take an early train to-morrow morning, say the ten o'clock one, for Clinton, sec Harding, and buy the certifi cate He has no idea, of course, that he holds the key to a veTy important situation, ancl will prob ably be glad to sell the stock that has been a drug on the market. J\'Iake the best terms you can and telegraph me the Tes ult." "I'll do it; but I can't go before one o'clock, as I have an important engagement which I must keep. There's no rnsh, for nobody but ourselves, I may say, knows where Harding lives. Come on. Let's go to the hotel for break fast. Whereupon they walked away, leavin g an unsuspected listener-Hal Hunter-in possession of their valued piece of information. Going to his safe deposit box he goi more money t1ian he lhouglit he'd need and then took a Third Avenue ele ratecl train for the Grand Central depot, which he r eached in time to catch the Shore Line local, which would stop at Clinton. He ani vccl at the small lown about eleven and began making inquirie s about John Harding. He learned that the old man lived on a sma ll farm about a mile out of town. Hiring a rig he drO\'e out to the place. A s l ender young woman was sitting on the veranda. "Does John Harding live here?" asked Hal. "He does," she replied. "I shou ld like to see him." "You will find him in ihc sitting-room. Step right in. Hal stepped into the sitting-room and was soon statiug the ohject of his visit to the old man. "How much will you give :!'or the stock?" asked Hanling. "\Yell, I can't give much, for it hasn't any quoted value." "\Vell, how much?" "A dollar a share." "That's $5,000 for the hull certificate?" said Harding. "Yes." "I'll take .rou, if you\\e brought the cash to pay for it do"n on the nail." "I've got the money. J\Iake out a bill of s.alc so that I can prove that I bought the st9ck if any question should come up aLout it." "What question could come up? You hand me the money ancl I'll hand you the stock That ought to be enough." Ha1, however, insi tecl on a bill of sale, and the old man made it out and signed it, had his niece witness it, handed it to .the boy with the stock and in turn received the $5,000. Hal then bade the old man good -bye, returned the Tig to the stab le wheTe he had hired it, and took the next train fvl' .1.".ew York. Pinning the bill of sale to the certificate, Hal put both in his safe deposit box and then went to lunch. An hour later he was' on his way back to Southampton. CHAPTER XVI. Hal spent the week with the Fairs, and enjoyed every TURNING THE TABLE8 ON TUE w ALL STREET BROKERS. moment of the time, which he passed mostly in Mabel's "\\'ell,'' breathed Hal, after the brokers had departed, FI b k h' fi' t 1 l k tl f 11 e was ae; rn 1 s o 1ce a e even o e; oc on ie o ow"I have caught on to a 1111ghty valuable piece of mforma-. M d tion. It strikes me that I can turn the tab1es on tbose,, mgAb ont taly. 1 1 th t f'J. 1 C ou tree o c oc c a a a rap e;ame on ns gentlemen by g .om g to myself. t.o-mo1T?w door by an early tram and lrnymg that e;erbticatc of stock from Harding. 'l'hen I will holtl the ke,v to a very important "Come in,'> sa id Ha1, and in walked Broker Grantley. situation, and ought to make a good haul out of it."' "You arc Hany Hunter, I sa id the trader, On his way back to the cottage he arranged to circumtaking the seat beside the boy's desk. b k l 1 o l '"!'hat's my name," answered Hal. vent the two ro ers, an<: get posses ion o l rn 3, 00 s rnres of Ir. P. & Y. stock. name is Grantley. I am a stock broker. I under-During the day he told Mabel t!Jat business of the greatstand that you have in your possession a small block of esl importance would take him to X cw 1 ork the 1il'st thing W. P. & Y. TTolley Co. stock-5,000 shares?" I I I I 1 b l I t Y cs, ,;ir." in the morning, mt t mt ie 10pec Lo come ac < on a a c afternoon train. "You purchased this last Monday of John Harding, of She hated to ha Ye him go, but did nat offer any objec-the town of Clinton?" tion to his departure. "T did." Accorc1ingly Hal bonrdecl il1e :-;crc11 o'clock train, after ".l\fay I ask how you learned that Harding had the an early breakfast, and reached the city about nine o'clock. stock?"


2 6 AFTEH BIG MONEY. 'l'hat is one of rny secrefa;, )fr. UranLlcy,'' re -Taking in the sii.uaiion aL a glance, clisappeare1l. pli e d ] Lil pol i tely. Orantley now looked for more stuff Lo burn, and aR he '()Ii, Yer\' \\ell. How mud1 do \ 'ou waut for tlic Rcizccl another drawer foll o( paperR, \i'lricb happened to "l h aven't made up my m ind just what I will :iflk for he unimportant, the door communicating with the patent lt. ., agency was suc1c1enly opened, and :::lam, the janitor and the l wi ll giYc you $10,000, that is $:3 a share," said the lawyer rnshcd into the room. b r oker, ta king out his ehee;k-book. "What docs this mean?" roared the janitor, dashing "No, sir; 1 won't sell at that price. I unclerstancl that toward the ilre and stamping it out. t h e reorganization committee of the stockholders is "The game is 11p, Grantley," said Speneer, flinging Hal for t h ese slrnrcs to e;omplcte the contro l of the road I from him. t h ink it li kely that the committee" will be willing to pay Opening tbe corridor door, he hunied Miss Smith and mo r e t lian t h e sum you ltavc mentioned." Grantley outside. Then I w ill r aise my offer to $15,000. How doe8 that Hal quickly explained what had happened strik e YOU?" "You're going to have them arrested, of course," said "It does n't strike me at all." Sam. "'L 'wen t y thousand, then." "No, I don't want to disgrace them. They haven t clone "I w ill n ot' sell until I have asked for a bid from the me any great injury, for those letters amounted to nothing, com mittee." while I have turned the tables on them hy gl'tting pos"The cornrnittce won't give as much as that." scssiou of a block of tock that they wanted badly." H l'll run t h e risk of it. Later on Hal explained the situation to 8am, and they '.L'll make you one more offer, buL it is my limit,. 1'11 had a good laugh over the cliscomf1Lure of the two brokers. give you $25,000 for that stock." Next day Hal visited the attorney of the reorganization Hal s book h is heacl, whereupon Grantley rose ancl left committee and oITercd the stock to the committee for t h e room wit h a frown on his face. $50,000. H e was baek aga i n in a few minutes, b\1i. this time he His offer was accepted and the deal was duly put 1 rns accompanied by Spence r and a young lacly Hal recog-through. nizecl as Miss Smith. 'l'hat made Hal worth $150 000. "Do you know this young lady?" asked Grantlc:y. After further consideration he decidecl to start in the B y sight, yes. She is Mr.'s nicl'e." regular brokerage hus ine ss. "Sh e says the certifica t e o f W. P. & Y. !"tock you bought He secured a partner in an experienced young man who fro m Mr. Harding was her property and she demanfls it had represented a well-known broker in the board room for back. She is r eady to return you the money you paid her ;:;everal years. unde :for it." Under the name of Day & Ilunter the firm prospered I bought the stock in faith and hold Harding's from the start, and is to-day one of the most substantial bill of sale for it, so I refuse to give it up." houses in Wall Street. "Tlie n she will have you arrested." Soon after the firm began lmsineRfi, llal asked Mr. and V er y well ; le t her do it. J Urs. Fair for the hand of their daughter Mabel, anc1 re" Lock t he door, Spencer. Now, young man, tell rne ccive d their consent. wh e r e that bill of sa l e is." Of course the girl hac1 given h ers. "No, s i r You have a great nerve to ask me such a Hal and Mabel were married two years later, and took q uestio n." up housekeeping in a nice little house at Larchmont-on-theGrantley l ooked a r ound the office, am1 then went to Hal's Sound, where they still live. desk. And there frequently comes Sam Carter, who is ever a "Jus t h old t his chap, Spence r while I look arouncl." welcome visitor Spencer seized Hal, and Grantley, not finding what he He and Hal never tire of talking about olc1 times when w anted i n t h e pigeonh o l es, yanked out one of the drawers they were boys, and especially the time when Hal was of t he d esk. huslling aiter big money. Crunching a newspaper in h i s hand he drop} eel it on the 0 floor lighted it with a match and d umped several letters 'l1HE END. from t h e drawer on the blaze. '"l1e ll me where that bill of sale is or I'll burn the rest of t h ese," h e sai d. Y ou'll n ever learn from me, replied Hal, defiantly. ''Th e n here goes." Hal put u p a big struggl e, b u t Spence r held him powerless, with one hand over his mouth. Grantley then poured the rest of the letters on tl1e blaze. .At that critical moment Sam Carter's startled face ap carcc1 above t h e transom. H e hac1 h ea r d t he loud, excited talk inside, and finding th e d oor lock ed cl i m b ed up and peered through tlte tran-som ;.;4 I Read "A YOUNG LUM.BER KING; OR, 'l"HE BOY WHO WORKED HIS WAY UP," which will 1.rn the ne.xt number (189) of "Fame and Fortune SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you wil l receive the copies you order b y return mail.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 th rot tric ame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, MAY 7, 1909. Terms to Subscribers. Coples .............. ............ .' ............... One Copy Three nonth.s ................................. gne Copy .Six nonths .................................. ne Cop7 One Year ..................................... Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 u $1.25 2.50 4t our aend P.O. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re m1tt.ances many other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps same as cash. "When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W1ite 'VO'Ur name and address plainl'V. Llddres. letten to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. A young girl of fifteen, Mlle. Yvonne Meyer, living in the Rue P e trelle, was taking a walk her dog, which she held by a l eather strap, the other day, when a man who had been follow in g h e r suddenly cut the strap with a knife and picking up the animal dashed off. Eyewitnesses of the scene pursued the thief, whom they had almost overtaken when he threw the dog under the whe els of a passing autohus in the Rue Ro c b e chouart. The animal was instantly killed, and while Mlle. Mey er, who had fainte d from emotion at seeing her pet's fate, was t r e a t ed at a local pharmacy the thief was captured and roughly handled by the crowd. He was handed over to the police, bui refused to reveal bis identity. Charley Taylo1, a halfbreed Indian living at Solon Springs, Minn., a small town near Superior, is in the wolf hunting business for the bounty there is in it and catches the wolves by running them down. He hH the hot trail of one of the timber beasts February 19 and overtook the exhausted animal on February 22. He killed it with a stout club which he c a r ries when "hunting." Taylor says there is nothing remarkable about hunting wolves in this manner. With snowshoes a man can run down a wolf, whose pace is slower in snow, in from one and a half to two days, but Taylor was without snowshoes. All one needs is endurance, patience and the ability to follow the trail of the wolf after dark. The Indians usually hunt in pairs. The hedges which we ordinarily see bordering country es tates are planted for their ornamental and beautifying effect, and not as a substitute for fencing material, but in the extreme southwestern part of the United States there are many hedges which serve primarily this latter purpose. Various species of ca c ti, such as the prickl y pear, are used by ranchmen to in close cattle in those arid regions, and these hedges are prac tically impenetrable. Wild animals are thus eff ectually pre vented from attacking the herds and flocks and a supply of fodder may always be obtained by burning off the spines from the tender y oung shoots of Lhe cactus. Remains of hedges fifteen f eet in height are to b e seen near the locations of the old missions in Southern California, where they once served as fortifications to protect the little settlements. Instead of fen ces the Mexicans use what is known as the organ cactus. When stakes of this plant are set in the earth th ey readily take root, and soon present a formidabl e barrier of thorns. miles south of the Arctic Circle," said T. R. Mitchell. "It is owned and operated by a man named Karshner. A few years ago Karshner was engaged in bunting gold when he came across something which astonished him greatly. It was a little stream of hot water. He traced the stream to a spring, which was likewise hot, and presently it became obvious that a considerab l e area was underlaid by such springs. Promptly deciding that this was a discovery more valuable than a gold mine, Karshner gave up prospecting, obtained a quantity of vegetable seeds of various kinds and started in to raise gai;den truck. The temperature in that region sometimes falls to 56 degrees below zero, but a natural system of hot water heating, free o f cost, was just the thing for truck gardening near the Arctic CirclG, where potatoes have a market value of 25 cents and other vegetables bring prices in proportion. The Karsh ner farm a fiat area with a convenient slant toward the soulh. Hot water, oozing out of the ground, forms three small streams which empty into the nearby river. The warm spring extends over a distance of about a mile, and as the owner says, the heat must be felt to be b e liev ed. He goes on to say that the place has a climate of its own, for often there i s no frost when it is freezing everyw here else. This hot water farmer has seventy hens and six pigs. He claims that bis crop of p otatoes this year will average over 300 bushels to th acre. Tobacco grows finely and tomatoes are a s u ccess. SAuashes of various kinds are grown, s om e of t h e m weighing as much as fifty pounds. Not content with that, Karshne r gets one dollar apiece for his muskmelons." JOKES AND JESTS. "Ain't growlin' at the world any more, are you?" "No; it jest went on as usual, like it didn't hear me holilerin'!" "Johnnie. how is it y ou joined Sunday school and then stopped com!ng so abruptly?" "I t'ought 'twas nearder Christ mas when I joined:' "Papa," asked Mr. Yotter's young hopeful, "what is 'hard tack'?" "Hard tack?" mumbled Mr. Yotter, not looking up from his paper, "why, that's to wind-ard." Willie was being enlightened by his older sister, who was telling him that God planted the trees. He very knowingly an swered: "You can believe that, if you want to, but I saw Mr. Emerson plant ours." "Why, Mrs. White," began the summer visitor newly re turned to Saymouth, "how those maples of yours have grown since last year! It's perfectly amazing!" "Oh, I do' know's it's anything to wonder at," said Mrs. White, easily. "They ain't got anything e l se to do." "See here," said the tailor, as he headed the young man off, "do you cross the street every time y ou see me to keep from paying that bill you o we me?" "I should say not," r ep li e d the Y M. "Then why do you do it?" asked the knight of the tape. "To keep you from asking for it," answered the other. "'' A German peddler rapped timidly at the kitche n Mrs. Kelly, angry at being interrupted in her washing, flung open the door a nd glowered at him. "Did yez to see me'?" she demanded in threatening tones. The p eddler backed off a "Q[ all farms in the world perhaps the most remarkable Is few steps. "Vell, if I did," he assured her with an apolo.i; e tic in Ala ska on a small branch of the Tanana River, only 126 grin, I got my wish; thank you."


28 FAME AND F ORTUNE WEEKLY. SNATCHED FROM DEAT H By John Sherman. The inhabitants of a small New England town were startled one morning by the news that a bold burglary and murder had been committed in their midst. 'l'he victim, whose name was Walton, was a gentleman of considerable fOrtune, retired from hnsiness and living on his own estate. Ile bad, on the previous day, drawn a sum amounting to several thousand dollars from the bank, and this fact. having been learned in some way by the robbers, had doubtless prompted the crime. l'he way by which entrance to the house had been gained was easy enougb to be seen, and at once exPulpated any inmate from suspicion. They had evidently climbed up the pillars of the piazza. and c utting out one of the large panes of glass with a diamond, by the opening thus made entered the gentleman's dressing room. That he had been disturbed by the noise was evident, mid. leaping from bis bed to strike a fight, had been killed ,' n .. stantly by a blow from some heavy weapon, completely crush inl? in his skull. Bhe had retired to her chamber about ten o'clock on theqs lie vious night, but when, in the morning, alarmed at her n1 to appearance, her maid had gone to call her, he found the bL,t had not been slept in, and no sign or the youBig lady could be found anywhere. Again detectives were set upon the case, and again they bad to confess themselves baffled. That she had been abducted was not probable, as there were no signs or any disonler in the room, while an examination of her wardrobe showed that a few necessary articles of apparel had been piaced in a small traveling satchel and also taken away. All the officers agreed in the conclnsion that there. had been no foul play, and that the young lady had gone away or her own free will. There was, however, at ieast one person who did n::it share this conclusion. 'l'his was a young man of about eighteen, named Frank Vernon. the only son of a wealthy manufacturer in the neigh borhood. He was deeply in love with the missing girl, and from her own confession he knew she was not insensible to a recipro-eating passion. He had too much trust in her purity and faith to believe she would thus, after all that had passed between them, go away without one word of farewell. There was foul play of some sort somewhere, he was con vinced, and he was determined to bring the mystery to light. Gradually his suspicions pointed to Mr. Morton, the girl's Beyond these facts, plain to be seen by everyone, the police could find no clew by which to trace the perpetrators or the deed. guai:dian. Not even a memorandum. of the number of the notes had The more he considered the matteT the stronger these sus b een taken, and the affair seemed destined to remain one of picions became. t he many never explained instances of mysterious crime. He was the only person that could be benefited by the girl's The murdered man's family consisted of only one daughY r, disappearanGe or death. a beautiful girl of about seventeen, and a will drawn up about Did he fulfill his trust and his ward lived, when she became a week previous to bis death named her as his sole heiress. The property, however, was not to pass into her bands until s h e was eighteen, and a friend of her father's of many years' standing was appointed sole executor to the will, and guardian of the young lady. A nother condition of tlre will was that this executor should take up his residence at the murdered man's house, and in the event of the you11g lady's death before she attained the of age, he would have to relinquish .the property into her hands, while were she to die or could not be found, he would still continue to enjoy it as long as he lived. Impressed with this idea, he determined to call upon Mr. Morton. He found him in an elaborately furnished laboratory which he had caused to be fitted up in one wing of the house, busily engaged upon some chemical experiment. age mentioned, he should continue to enjoy the property for "I have called, Mr. Morton," Frank Vernon said, "about the term of his whole life, after which it was to be devoted to Miss Walton's disappearance. Though it may not be known charitable institutions. to you, I am deeply attached to the young lady, ancl I know This executor, whose name was Morton, was a chemist by from her own words she Is not altogether insensible to me. profession, residing in the town, and as soon as the will bad Under these circumstances, I think that you and I should been read be at once took up his residence in the house. work together in order to solve the mystery." He was a tall, gaunt, iron-gray man of between forty or The Me]}histophelian smile upon Morton's face became more fifty, invariably dressed in a suit of black closely buttoned up marked at this speech bnt be advanced, and, seizing the young to the throat, and was generally avoided by bis neighbors as man's hand, wrung it warmly. 1 being unsociable and eccentric. "I sltall J)e glad to have your valuable assistance, Mr. VerHis face had an habitual sardonic expression, heightened non," he said. "You can imagine something of my feelings by a peculiar cast in one of his eyes, antl taken altogether, in this unfortunate affair. I loved the young lady as if she he appeared an excellent modern prototype of Mephistopheles. had been my own daughter. and T shall only cea s e with my life A man sllonlcl not be judged by his looks, however, and to to try anrl solve tlie mystery of disappearance. Let me do him justice he seemed to perform his duties as executor ask you to pardon me one moment. I have here an experi most conscientiously. He at once offered a reward of two ment that 'has occupied me for years and is now on the very thousand dollars for the apprehension of the assassin of bis verge of success" Another moment or two will decide it. It friend, and set the most expert detectives in the country at is one of the lost arts-the secret of malleable glass. Look work upon the case. Notwithstanding this, not the slightest clew to the perpetrator s of the deed could be found. So nearly six months passed, and the murder was growing to be a thing of the past, when suddenly the public were again e l ectrified by the news that the heiress was missing. how the ingreclients change ancl glow imder the ::i.ction of the acid. Eureka! I have it. My name will become immortal!" Insensibly carried away by the other's enthusiasm. Frank leaned forward and peered into the incandescent mass hub bling in the crucible. Hardly had he do _ne so, howeve1-, than a sensation thrillPd


FAn1E AXD FORTUNE W E EKLY. through his frame like t h e c omb i n e d for ce of a hundred el ec tric shocks. Then foll o wed a. bl ank-a p e riod of utter unc on sc iou s ness When he came t o h imse l f h e fo und him se lf lying in what seemed to be the be r t h o f a steam e r. His brai n still was i n a whlrl, a nd halfs ti"pporting himself upo n his elbow, he rai sed his h a nd to his for e head in a b e wi l dered way a n d gazed around him. He was, as he h ad imagined in t h e b erth of a s t a t e room of a steamer. On a chair beside t h e b e r t h sat t h e gaunt, M e phi s topheles like figure of t h e chemist. In an instant a rush of rec oll ec ti o n ca m e b ac k to t h e young man, and he made a gesture as if t o spring from t h e b e rth. "What is the mea n i n g o f t h is?" h e b ega n The che mist stretch ed out hi s arm, a nd l ai d hi s c old bon y fingers on fhe young man's s hould e r "It is for your ow n good," h e said in c alm, m e a sure d ton es. "Do not excite yourse lf, or I s h a ll h ave to do wh a t I do not wish, and sum m o n assistan ce t o k eep y ou qui e t. This had the probab l y d esire d effect or m aking t h e y oung man become still m or e vehe m e n t, an d t h e c h e mi st, raising his voice, two rough-looki n g m e n e ntered t h e ca bin In an instant they h ad se i ze d t h e y oun g m a n by the arms and placed upon him a strait wai s t coat, s o t h a t to even move was impossib le. For the first time t h e whol e horror of hi s situation rushed over Frank Ver no n He was bei n g taken t o a madhou se. In about a n h our lo nge r t h e boa t grated against t h e wharf, and his jaile rs, hustling him int o a carriage they were driven rapidly for about half an h ou r. At last they stopped befo r e t h e e ntrance o f a large, isolated building in the suburbs; its b rown sto n e wa ll s and narrow, grated windows l ooked fea r fu ll y d i s m a l i n t h e c old gray light o f the dawn that was just breaking A few seconds lo nger and t h ey had bee n admitte d and Frank was thrust into a small r oom cont aining no thing but a bed and a three-legged stool. Afte1 the l apse o f se v e r a l hours two g r a ve-looking men en tered, and after going throu g h the form of an examination departed, shaking thei r head s sole mnly. Frank V<'rnon's situati o n was now, i n r l eer l a terrible one. He was hop e l e ssly committed as a n i n cura bl e lunatic in a private madhouse. All chance or escape was w or se t h a n hop e less, unless he of alarm a t the d e m a nd, bu l promi s ed to do ; o as soon as she s hould b e prop erly dress ed. The d e la y howev er, proving long e r than the police captain c on s ider e d ne cessary, h e order e d the k ee per who had aided Frank V ernon's esca pe to s how t h em h e r cell. It wa s done a t on ce, and no answ e r being returned to tl;le summon s t o op e n the door, the officers, rushing with all their weight agains t it, forced it from its hinges. The sight tha t met their eyes as they entered was a pitiable on e Stretc h e d upon the bed and firmly strapped down so that the slightest mo vement wa s impo ss ible, and with a gag thrust b et w ee n h e r t eet h so that her c ries could not b e heard, the mis sing h eire ss. Two of the brutal attendants were striking her nakerl fe e t with rattan canes. It i s a d evice o f ten resorted to by lrne p e r s o f su c h nefari011 s d e n s to make it a ppear that the pa t i e n t is really mad. T h e a g oniz e d torture of it i s e x cruc i ating, and it doe s in r ea lity m a k e the v i cti m frantic and d elirious for a time. Standing n ea r b y wi t h a sardoni c s mil e upon his evil feat ures a s h e watc h e d t h e inhuman op e r .ation wa s her guardian. No s oon e r h a d h e see n t h e poli ce officers a c companied by Frank V e rnon br ea k i n t o the room tha n a fearful oath came c rashing f rom b etween hi s t ee th. The n ext instant h e had sprung toward the helpless girl with a long dagger flashing in hi s uprais ed hand. "D-n you! he almo s t shrie ked; "you h a ve triumphed ov e r me, but y ou s hall not cheat me of my vengeance!" Alread y t h e weapon gleam e d poi se d to strike, above the h eart of t he almost unc on sc ious girl, b u t before it could de scend, the r e volver of the poli ce captain flashed fire, and the would-b e ass a ss in, with on e shrie k of mortal agony, fell back ward s h ea vil y to the floor The r e i s but little more to add. Wh e n they c ame to rais e the chemist from the ground they found him quite dead, and with him had p e ri s hed the history of the s ucce s siv e crimes he had perpetrated. The young lady was, of course a t on ce removed from the a sy lum a n d pla c ed in prop e r me:!i c al c are, and though for a l"n g tim e h e r spirit hover e d betwe e n li f e and d eath, at last the c riti ca l point was p ass ed, and s h e rapidly recovered health and stre ngth. Three months later sh e s tood with Frank V ernon before the altar, while the solemn w or d s w e r e s aid that mad e them man and wif e could manage to b r ibe some o f the kee p ers. This at first he was quite unabl e t o do, and weeks he Jay confined in on e o f the c e ll s allotte d desperate cases. Along the Breton c oa s t t he hardhearte d "Pagani" or for s everal wre c ke r s h3, d their settle m ents. Many are the v es sels that t o the mo s t hav e been lured to d estruction by their false lights;many are At last, however, t h e ke ep e r b e g a n to b e liev e that the story tolcl him was true, a n d for the offered brib e of fiv e hundred clollars promised hi m t o a id him t o e sc ap e The man also in forme d him that a young lad y answering to the de scription of Miss Walton h ad been t a k e n to t h e f e m a l e warcl on the very day after h e r myst e riou s disapp ea r a nce from home. The name by whic h s h e had be e n e n t ered in the i n stitution's books was Marga ret Smi t h N o sooner, therefore t h a n b y the aid of fa l se k eys a nd with the connivance o f the kee p er, had h e mad e hi s esc ape, than he at once proceecled t o t h e poli ce stati o n In l ess t h a n half a n hour, the ca ptain w i t h a s qu a d of men was at t h e door o f t h e asylum d emanding a dmittan ce. No soo ner h ad t h ey ente r e d t h a n the y r e qu este d to hav e the inmate lmown as Marg a ret Smi t h brou ght b e for e them. The prop r i et o r of t h e institution s how e d e v e r y app earance ) the drownP.d who m e t t h eir de aths through t he treac h e ry of those to whom they lool m.l for help. The Pagani were re garded with great a v ers ion b y t h e p e ople of neighboring vil lag es, bu t th ey knew no s hame. A fa vorite device was to faste n a l ante rn t o a bull 's horns and the n tie the animal's h ea d to hi s for efee t a nd driv e him a long the cliffs The s tum blin g movements o f t h e poor b e ast a gitated the lantern in su c h a m a nne r that to t ho se at sea i t r ese mbl e d the light of a s hip pitching and t ossin g o n t h e wate rs. Oth e r v esse ls would f eel that they c ould sail in t h e directi on of this light in per fe c t s afety. only t o find that t h ey h ad been tre acherously lured to d estruction. or l a t e years t al es o f bravery in saving life, of kindn ess toward the shipwreck e d h ave softened the mem ory of a past r eputation. Case s h ave b e en known where the peopl e have given their mos t tre a sure d c ostumes to clothe the poor bodies that have b e en wash e d ashore but even in these day s inhabitants of t hi s wild region are e xtremely tenacious of their rights of wre ckage.


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