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"Next, can you spare me for a few
days? I want to go to the city."
"After that money?"
"You're wasting your time."
"That's all right I'll be the loser."
Now Ike was no dullard and love
sharpened his wits. He drew all his
savings from the bank and started on
his mission. There was one thing in
his favor: He had probed the progress
and complication of the mine proposi
tion to the bottom. He was very sure
of his ground. It was keen enjoy
ment, the hope that he might "bite
the biter" and "put one over" the
sleek confident promoter who had
coaxed all those good hard dollars
away from his gullible sire.
Ike found his prospective victim
seated in a luxuriously furnished of
fice listed as president of a "War Or
der Exportation company." He was
prepared to introduce himself as Mr.
Henry Ives. He assumed a brisk au
tocratic business air.
"I've been directed to you, Mr.
Cash," he said, "as a person who can
probably assist me in buying some
stock of the Columbus Gold Mining
"W-whatL" exploded the promoter,
almost jumping out of his chair.
"Why, the company has gone out of
"I know all about that," quietly an
swered Ike. "For a reason of my
own, however, I wish to buy some of
the old stock. Have you any to
V. K. Cash was puzzled, astonished.
He had "landed a good many suck
ers" in his time, but one seeking
worthless securities with good money
was a rarity. His scheming wits at
fault, he scanned Ike keenly.
. "N-no," he finally said, "I haven't
You see, when the company went
broke most of the stock had been
sold in the East Most sold from this
office was in small parcels, one to
ten shares. There were two who took
quite a block of the stock. One was
a physician down state. I under-
stand he has died since. The other
was a farmer, Barlow no, Darlow, I
think the name was. Don't know
what has become of him. I suppose
lots of the original holders of the
stock have lost or destroyed it as use
less. Say," and Cash pierced Ike
with a boring eye, "what's your
"None of your business," replied
Ike, promptly and bluntly. "I have
my scheme and I'm not going to show
my hand to you or anybody else.
Maybe I've struck a new vein in the
old abandoned mine and want to
gather in all the old stock I can."
The eyes of Mr. Cash glittered. He
repressed a smile. Struck a new vein!
That was what had been the matter
with the whole proposition. They
were constantly "striking new veins,"
and rich ones, too, that pegged out
before they were worked twenty
feet The promoter did some quick
"What will you give for the stock
cash, mind you If I go to the
trouble of hunting up some?"
"Twenty cents a share."
f "Good! Come here tomorrow and
I'll see what I can do you you."
The next day Cash had run across
two hundred and fifty shares of the
stock, which "a friend had laid by,"
Ike paid for it promptly. The ensu
ing day he had two batches, repre
senting half as much.
"See here," observed Ike, "what I'd
like to do is to get hold of a big stock
of the stuff. How's that farmer you
talked about Barlow?"
"Darlow. U-m! Say," decided Cash,
"what will you give for his two thou
sand shares, if I can reach him?"
"What would you say to five thou
"I'd say done!" retorted Cash
with animation. "Give me a week."
Then Ike pos'2d home. He made
full explanations to his father con
cerning the prospective visit of the
promoter. Forthwith Ike proceeded
to make himself scarce about home