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H ADVENTURES OF
' GEORGE RANDOLPH CHESTER.
Creator of "Wtlllnfford."
CHARLES W. GODDAKD
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1 Copyright, 1913, by the Star Com
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I Buying a BankWIthBunk
THEY were not gently floating.'
downy looking, cuddly big
Hakes of snow which blotted
out the view from Walling
ford's window, but the little, slinging,
ripllcful Burt, iiud they hurled them
selves at liliu In Hies and platoons nnd
l.allullmis, by countless, swiftly drhen
millions, as If they would have liked
nothing better than to pierce him with
endless pain, to Blind him to uloms.
l. m atter lil in wide and bury him deep
Uvea Intrenched behind his breast
work of gluss, J. fiufua felt their en
uiity and gu.ed out Into Hie thick.
White bluster wllh unshakable gloom.
"ll t r-r r r!" Bhlvered Bluckle. "Vh;it
n raw, cold, dlsiuul morning It Is, to be
wire! Whut a cruel, cruel world!
Jimmy, go plumb to the dh-kens while
'And 1 don't heiir a word from Fnn
lile," gloomily said Wallingford.
"Oh!" grinned Blackle. "So that's It:
Well. Jluimle, far be It from nio to
crow over the aged, but here goes,"
mid from Ids pnjuma iwcket lie pro
duccd n letter which Wullingford sulk
tly pretended not to see.
My Dear Ttluckle-We hail to hurry liorni'
r.ji- the vial! with Aunt I'atlle, aiul I'm
afraid we didn't mid out as much us we
Hliould have discovered about Mr. Qulrker,
except that he In a banker and tint the
amount of which he robbed us on the
death of our father was l!u,oi)0. We iluy
ej book ngant und round Dial he Is a con
firmed "masher." Ids wife Is quite Joal
om. Bhe Is rich In her own name ami
would be happier If she didn't have a hus
band. She's more hateful than he, If that
la possible, lie has a Berioua affair, we
think, .with some out of town woman
Watch him. Our kindest rcxui'ds to you
and to Mr. Wullingford. We can nevet
tl'snk you enou.'ih for working so hard to
lecover our fortuno for us. Yours itiate
In spile of himself, J. Kufus had
II -loned nttenllvely to this second rend
In of tho report, but now he scowled
tualn as be started to leave the room.
Thcro came n lusty kick ut the door,
mid when Wttlllugfoid opened It a fel
low with n purplo face and the rest of
him mostly red tntitllcr stood there
willi a big loud of snow frozen wood In
his linns, first of till he looked for the
J. Rufus 8cowld Again H Started
to Leave the Room.
wood box, mill finding only Us remains
I in nod helplessly nboul him In nil di
rection, linully he dumped (lie wood,
mid Wnlllngford cross exauilued l!ni.
lie said Ills name was Tote, the hotel
porter, mid lie conllded that Iteiijaiuln
I', Quicker was Hie richest man In town
Ten inlnules later, suave, smiling,
C' liiuieni, nuiiigroiii strode into the
dining room, followed by the olwipil
o'.is P.lueklo, and, beating In Ids
bread! ti of chest and poise of shotil
ih is nnd general nlr nil the wealth of
the Indies, he sat down opposite Hie
only other occupant, a man of about
foily live, with n mustache and neatly
trimmed mutton chop whiskers nhout
lulfway down bis plump cheeks and
who behl a llllle brown leathetf bill!
between bis feet, lie was a man of
evcellent case apparently, but at tin
mine (lino lie was deep In study. He
miscd at onco, however, upon the ad
vioit of (he strangers and Inspected
them critically. Wullingford had
N 'Hrcely seated himself when the liiiin
leaned forward Willi a friendly smile
' ' If - v
. :n 'v -i
"Mr. Walllugtord, I believe."
For on fleeting moment Wallingford
hesitated whether to deny his identity
or not. It wa3 sometimes Incoiiron
leut, lu view of his many past dubi
ous operations, to be recognized. This
man, however, was so obviously friend
ly aud even admiring In bearing that
Walllngford's hesitation was too short
evea to be noticed.
"The same," he admitted. "I believe,
though, that you have slightly the bet
ter of me."
"I am Mr. Qulrker, Mr. Benjamin
K. Qulrker," stated the other. "I met
you at Clnderburg, If you'll remember,
when I thought of securing the rights
for this county of the Bang sun en
gine." "Oh, yes," replied Wallingford vague
ly, wondering what he had told Mr.
Benjamin F. Qulrker lu tho hilarious
promotion days of the sun motor which
"You were very decent about It,"
went on Mr. Qulrker, relieving his
inxlety at once. "You told me It
night take two years before the de
.'lee was commercially perfect aud
hat It wns needless for me to tie np
iny money In It for that Icnglli of
line. Also that when the market was
.oudy I should luive first call. It was
1 very pleasant experience. What Is
Iho present status of that marvelous
"Gradually Hearing perfection," stat
ed Wallingford promptly, sure of his
ground now nnd thankful that Qulrker
had been one of those who came In
late, after he hail nil his plans made
for "cleaning up." "Are you still lu
(ho market for tills territory ';"
"No; I think not," returned Qulrker,
tho shadow of a frown flitting across
his brow. "I'm taking on no new In
terests whatsoever Just now. As a
matter of fact, I'm letting go of some
of them," and again for nu Instant a
faraway look cnine into his eyes.
'What brings the wealthy Mr. Walling
ford to our little JlnkinsvlllcV"
Wallingford wns himself once more.
L'p to tills Instant no Idea bad vlsllpd
him, but now upon demand one came.
'I have rather a large financial scheme
In hand," he snld, frowning with deep
trinity, "a plan to counteract the lui
uiense money monopoly of the large
Ily banks, which, as you know, have
for their foundation rocks of strength
the small country banks. It Is a lop
tided arrangement, with nil the favors
'lowing eastward. In times of stress
ilie financial center throws Its weight
jii you nnd drains you to the last drop
)f your financial blood. In times of
ease It throws your money buck on you
and leaves It Idle."
Mr. Qulrker had nodded Ills bead nt
.iicli period us he slowly sipped his cof
fee. "Thai's painfully true," he agreed
'I've over .$110,000 of Idle money now In
my vault across the street, which 1
L-au't place tit tiny price except on long
lime loans, nnd long loans will not do.
'is this Is a fanning community, ami I
must huvo the money lu the spring and
milliner for crop operations nt good In
terest rales on first mortgages. Bui
low do you propose to remedy this con-
Consolidate the country banks of
the middle west." slated Wiillliigford,
leaning back and beaming upon him as
If lu idly that Mr. Qulrker had not
himself thought of so simple a solution.
Organize a gigantic holding company,
Inaugurate a daily system of report
and exchange and form a distribution
bureau which shall (list attend to the
needs of tho middle west and then dic
tate terms to the east. The east can
not do without us, and by standing to-
other we can make llietu divide the
cream with us in place of merely giv
ing us the sXliunillk, as ! hoy have done
There will be a little trouble about
charter," Qulrker said musingly, "but
of course that can easily be straight
ened out. 1 presume, too," tye added
slowly, "that quite a number of banks
will have to be purchased outright."
I've calculated upon that," declared
Wallingford, "and I stand ready to
either purchase or consolidate."
He said It simply, too; so simply and
easily that llhicktu Haw, remembering
their $7 of combined cash capital, Wal
llngford's less Ihan $1 balance in the
fiiuiranloo aud Fidelity bank lu New
York nnd the awe Inspiring abyss
which yawned beneath their feet, cov
ered the lower put t of Ids face with a
big handkerchief and sneezed loudly
three separate times.
"To consolidate, purchase -or fight,"
amended Mr. Qulrker, as ho looked at
his walch ami hastily arose. "I'm live
minutes late now ut the bank, Mr
Wallingford, but I am very much In
terested. Suppose you come over initl
talk with mo as soon as you have lin
Ishcd your breakfast." und carrying
tils little brown leather bag ns care
fully as If It contained a bomb, he
moved away with n certain dignified
aie, which made Wallingford reflect
upon Mm as being probably the most
popular ladles' inau In bis congiega
Beyond the cashier's cage of the
lluklnsvHIe bank, nt Hie end of a nar
row passage by (he side of the brick
vault, was a door, tho glass of which
was marked "rrcsldeut," nnd Inside
f (his Walllngfoi'il found Benjamin
F. Qulrker, his little brown leather
bag still between his feet, at a roll top
lesk, energetically sorting papers.
"This Is bousecleanlng day, Mr. Will
Itigt'onl." he said, In pleasant oxplana
Ion. "I'm trying to put a great many
hlngs lu order, and It Is a ten-Ill
Wallingford had already studied the
lesk cleaning thoughtfully, so much
to that now he was able to pais It
from Ills mind. "A man of your natu
a I leadership In a community can
scarcely avoid having n certain nuiottnt
-f personal Unsocial Interest In all Its
limitless ventures," he guessed.
"Yes, considerably more than he
wants," admitted Mr. Qulrker. "In
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spile oi ma ut mtsct ?iift iitf is Urns;
ged Into - local Investments, which,
while good enough, cannot be cashed
In emergency," and he cast frown
upon the bundle of neatly folded pa
pers upon his right. Walllngford's
eyes, too, strayed iiuderslandlngly to
that little bundle of securities. Mr.
Qulrker shook his head and his shoul
ders as if to free himself of his ab
"Your plan," he went on, "would re
lieve the country banker of a lot of this
This was the opening, and Into it
Wttlllngford thrust his whole breadth,
Inventing upon the spot all the details,
paraphernalia and red fire of the pro
posed consolidation of western banks.
To bis consternation, however, be
found that he was not holding the at
tention of his auditor. At last Wal
lingford discovered that Mr. Qulrker
was counting the strips of weather-
is i 1
This is house cleaning day, Mr. Wal
lingford," ha said in pleasant ex
planation. boarding up and down, down nnd up,
up and down; then the savior of the
country's llnances gave up in despair
and brought his lugging urgument to a
And that," he concluded, "Is the plan
of operation of the middle nest bunk
Mr. Qulrker aroused himself as one
from n stupor. "It's a very pretty
plan," said he, "but 1 cannot see my
way clear to going into It. I'd rather
Wullingford, puzzled anil discouraged
but n few miniilcs before, nt last ha, I
'Quite decided Upon that?" he asked
Quite," declared Mr, Qulrker.
'Then show- me the goods," and Wal
lingford arose as if lie had only been
awaiting this statement to get luto real
Tho lackluster look faded from Mr.
Quirker's eyes at once, and he turned
toward Wallingford with alacrity.
"Showing you Hie goods, Mr. Wnlllng-
ford, Is a very simple uintter, he
said. "This Is n private bank, own
ed by a stock company with a $r0,-
OlKl capitalization, every share of stock
being backed by government bonds de
posited with the stale bank cominls
sloner. I own ?l."i.O(lO worth of the
stock, the balance being scattered In
from one to five share lots among the
merchants hero nnd the farmers In the
vicinity. The directory consists of five.
Including myself and Mr. Weaver,
whom yon saw nt tho cashier'!) wicket
a.T you came In. Tho others are Mr.
Blodgett of the hotel, who Is now out
of Hie city; Mr. ltlcks, Hie postmaster,
und Professor Ibttinyila!, (he principal
of the hlgli school. Mr. Blodgett holds
five shares, M. ltlcks three and I'rofes
sor ltannydal two."
With Interest Wallingford looked
over tho latest bank examiners' re
port nnd then went with (he president
Into the vault, where ho was shown
packages of currency amounting to
over $!!1,(K)0. Some of the packages,
at Qulrker' Invitation, lie opened nnd
counted, and it gave him a thrill, con
sidering his own present slate or
lliianees, to run thoso clean, crisp bills
through Ills fingers.
"Of course (ills must seem n small
business to you," said Qulrker apolo
getically. "My friend, President Mor
ley of (he Clntiorhurg Commercial
bank told me, ut the time I was over
i hero to see you, about your tremen
dous commercial Interests nnd your
"No business Is too small to be of
grave Importance." said Wiilllngford
solemnly, "csjwhilly when It Is to
form a part of such a commercial en
;1no as I propose to construct. Ihu-h
og, no matter bow minute, upon the
s n.iltest wheel in such n machine must
lave Its udequale strength, else the
ireaklng point of the entire device Is
Ikely to be right there. Mr. Qulrker.
unv much do you want for your $l,".
X worth of slock?"
Mr. Qulrker looked out through the
ipen vault door lo where Mr. Weaver
(till sat gazing gloomily out into the
stortu nnd lowered his voice. "I'll
uke $."10,000." he said, ". ash."
"Cash!" mused Wallingford. "Cash
imiln!" Then nlotid. with a pitying
imlto, "In other words, Mr. Qulrker.
von want to dispose of your stock, but
it the same time to collect tho next
!wo years' dividends."
"I wouldn't put It that way," said
Qulrker. "I'd put It that the stock Is
re-rth a trifle over 111."
gain Wallingford smiled that su
r J. i" . i
"' . - :' ' .
perlor, pitying mile. '"Try to dlspos
of It at that figure, either her or la
the east," h suggested, "or, at this
particular period,' try to dispose of it
anywhere at a reasonable pries for
Immediate cash. No, Mr. Qulrker. I'll
give you par for your stock, but I
can't possibly ofTer you any more."""
"I'll take It!" returned Mr. Qulrker,
so quickly that it startled even Wl
"Very well," said J. Hufus. "Have
our slock ready for transfer, aud I'll
come over and wind up the deal with
you this afternoon. I shall, of course,
have to give you a check on one of
my New York banks."
This last Important remark was
mude in an entirely Incidental man
ner. Kqually Incidental Mr. Qulrker
"That will be perfeclly agreeable. 1
assure you, Mr. Wallingford. As a
matter of tact, I prefer It that way,
since I shall have to run Into New
York the first of the week, Just for a
"All right, then," agreed Wallingford
thoughtfully. "You'd better call a di
rectors' meeting for tomorrow morn
"Of course," assented the other,
equally thoughtful. "And, by the way,
I'd rather you said nothing of this deal
right now. I'd rather give out the
"Naturally," said Wallingford po
Very much In a quandary, Walling
ford battled his way across to the
hotel, where be told Blackle what he
had done. P.lacklu Immediately said
he wns crazy.
The directors' meeting the next morn
ing was as placid nnd staid a function
as could well have been devised.
Wallingford, left alone with his wax
en board, Immediately outspoke any
thing that Mr. Qulrker had spoken In
his palmiest days, aud the board, with
keen approbation, saw the difference
Immediately. Hero Indeed was a silver
tcngned bank president of whom to bo
justly proud n ml to follow blindly nil
the rest of their days.
There were to be many enterprises,
too, and many reforms In the banking
business. For one thing, merely by way
of Illustration, he did not lutend to have
kilo money In their vaults. Why, he
understood that at that very moment
they had $07,000 of currency, which
would probably remain ldlo for the
next three months. In place of that It
should be earning them, even In dull
times like this, not less than 5 per cent.
Uather than let It lie Idle there he
would take It himself. Ho had to bor
row money anyhow In the cast for his
extensive operations, and why not bor
row It here nnd pay the Interest to him
self, for, after all, he owned !K) per
cent of the stock? Now, here was
what he would do: He would take $i0,-
0)0 of their surplus off their hands.
$ 15,000 of It now, secured by his stock
In the bank, every dollar of which wns
backed by government bonds, aud
would take the additional $15,000 ou
the deposit of negotlnblo securities
which should be acceptable to the
It took but a few minutes for Wal
lingford, In his smooth way. to con
vince the directors that his plan wns
When Blackle came over he stopped
aghast at tho sight of .1. Iiufiis for the
first tlmd In his life inside the cashier's
wicket of a bank, and his own bunk at
that. Blackle stepped Inside the Inclo
stiro, his face abeam with satisfaction.
Bluckle's first operation was to set
4 SW.ffiiiuim. V
Blackis Stepped Inside the Inclosure,
Hij Faco Abeam With Satisfaction.
down bis suit case, the second to re
move his hat reverently, his third to
put the tail of his coat across his eyes
by way of a black mask, his fourth to
approach the wicket very closely, hold
up his left hand as If it contained a
dark lantern nnd huskily whisper:
"Say, pal, who's riinnln' Hie bent to
night?" Wallingford was sepulchral gravity
Itself. He turned upon Blackle a stern
and forbidding eye. "Mr. Weaver!" he
Riled back over his shoulder.
Mr. Weaver came forth from the
vault, his opaque blue eyes never blink
ing as ho came out of the darkness Into
I he linlif.
"Mr. Weaver," Wallingford went on,
this Is my secretary, Mr. Daw. You
two gentlemen will kindly go Into the
v:i".lt and count out $-lo,0O0 In cur
rency, which you will pack lu Mr.
Paw's suit case, making a double count
an.l taking every precaution .to Insure
strict accuracy. Mr.'Weavcr, you will
Und here tny ninety day note for $1.",
f at 3 per cent and my Jtiililnsvlllc
hank slock properly Indorsed to be
hid with the note. ' Mr. Daw, as soon
ts you bar Dutsuett witu AU. Weaver
you will please come bac,k to the presi
"Yes, sir," said Blackle with the
gravity of the sphinx, placing his hand
over his heart. Later, when be came
back Into the president's 'office, lug
ging his well filled suit case, be found,
Wallingford gazing moodily out Into
the snowstorm . and counting the
weatherboarding of the frame livery
stable across the alley.
"Gentlemen, how did we get It?"
Blackle asked, setting down the suit
case and slipping Into the seat at
Wallingford turned to him rather
tired eyes. "We didn't," he said. "The
work Is still all to do. Blackle, you're
to take this money straight to the
Guarantee and Fidelity bank in New
York. Hare It there before the doors .
open Mondny morning aud Inform the
paying teller as you go in that you are
depositing currency to meet any possi
ble drafts against my account."
Wallingford, alone lu his room, and
with Blackle speeding on his way to
New York, sent for Pete. That worthy
came to him In a hurry, blear eyed
and shaken. "I been up and listened
outside the door three times," said
Pete, "but I didn't hear no noise aud
didn't dast to knock. The other feller
might 'a' been a durned fool, but he
never scared me none, and you do."
Accepting this tribute to his power
at Its true worth, Wallingford brought
out his flask. "And I suppose you need j
a drink to taper off on," he guessed.
"Well, I have two or three left," aud
he poured out one of them. "Pete,
what do you know about Benjamin F.
Qulrker?" be abruptly asked as he
handed over the gluss.
"Notblu'," declared Pete a trifle sul
lenly, "lie's all right," aud he hastily
swallowed the life saver lest It should
be called back. Ills action wns only
a proof of Walllngford's suspicions.
"Well, I'm glad to know that," he
said, as one happy to be rid of an un
just suspicion. "He has sold $:!0,000
worth of properly for cash In the
past month and has not deposited a
cent of It In the bank. I bought the
bank of him for $15,000 today, aud he
took my check nnd all the other money
and Jumped on the noon train."
Tho effect upon Pete was electrical.
"I want my hitnnerd dollars," he sud
denly screeched. "That old cheater has
run oft with the woman hi Richfield.
Thnt'J what I want my hunnerd dol
lars. Why, she was here at this very
hotel once for a week, and I used to let
old Qulrker up and down the back
slnlrs so's nobody would know. It was
on account o' her that be had all the
quarrels with his wife. The woman In
Richfield Is nn actressy lookiu' person
and purty as a circus girl, but I never
liked her because she smoked ciga
rettes. And Benjamin F. Qulrker did,
too, when he was with her, for all that
ho was a leader in nil good works. Old
Qulrker Is n liar and a cheater, and 1
want my hunnerd dollars." Aud he
suddenly darted from the room.
Told that there was a lady to see
him, Wallingford straightened his cra
vat and scrubbed his bands before be
went down to the parlor, where he
found a severe looking woman with a
thin nose and thin lips.
"Mr. Wallingford, I believe," she stat
ed in a waspish tone, which made Wal
lingford suddenly pity Qulrker.
"I am," he said simply.
"Well, I am Mrs. Qulrker," she in
formed him sharply. "I understand
you bought my husband's bank."
"I did," staled Wallingford.
"Have yon paid for it'"
"Well, Mr. Wallingford, I'll give you
to understand that the sale will proba
bly not stand in law."
"I'll bet It does," ho replied. "I un
derstand the law pretty well, Mrs.
Qulrker, and I make no mistakes. The
sale was a bona title one under the
laws of this state, which do not require
the signature of n wife to the transfer
of stocks or bonds, and your only re
course is to demand an accounting of
your husband. You can't make me any
I will him, then," she snapped. "He
has gone away with that woman he's
been running wllh for half a dozen
years. Which wny did he go?"
"I couldn't tell you," stated Walling
ford with every appearance of truth In
his chest nnd shoulders. "I only kuow
tills much that when I came to pay
him he asked for New Orleans ex
change, and 1 gave him a draft on the
Cotton Exchange bank of that cltv."
"Honduras!" she exclaimed. "The
Cotton Kxchange bank of New Orleans!
I'll telegraph the bank and Hie police,
and then I'll start right down there."
She plunged toward the door. At the
sill site turned. "Thank you," she
snapped grudgingly and was gone. On
the way out she met Blackle, who
placed Ills finger to bis lips and told
her not to spread who news through the
Whistling once more, this time with
a half smile on his face, Wallingford
resumed his packing, his only interrup
tion being to consult a time table and
make suro of the next train, which
would start him ou his way to New
York. On the train he spent all Hie
way to Richfield in composing tele
grams. At the curb opposite the Guarantee
and Fidelity bank In New York a taxi
stood waiting Just before 0 o'clock, and
In It Wallingford nnd a big, heavy set
man watched the eutmnce to that fa
mous depository. A second taxi rolled
up to the opposite curb and stopped in
front of the door, but no one got out
"That's Blackle," declared Walling
"How do you know?" growled Har
vey Willis, Walllngford's old time po
liceman friend, now on "plain clothes"
"By the cigarette smoke rolling out
of the cracks' ut Cut uuur- umuwsv
said -Wsllljigfocil. . "Watch now; the
bank's going to upen."
- That Impres&be ceremony was ac
complished by a uniformed porter un
lockJag the vestibule door from the In
side, and Instantly the opposite cab
discharged a tall, thin man la a heavy
overcoat,- who hurried up the -steps
with a suit case. He was, gone scarce
ly Ave minutes when he returned, bear
Ing the suit case wllh much more ease,
and was about to Jump Into his cab
when Walllngford's driver bailed him
"Over in that other machine for
yours, quick! I'll settle with this drlv
er, tip and all. Hello. Billy!" and he
saluted the driver of the other taxi.
Blackle looked dubiously across the
street, and the strange driver urged
"My fare said lo tell you It was the
new bank president, aud he wants
you to Jump."
Blackle, with one glance behind him
to make sure that his own driver
could scarcely make change and gel
away before he could investigate, bur-
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Blackie Placed His Finger to His Lips,
Telling Her Not to Spread the News.
rled over to Walllngford's cob, opened
the door and, both reassured and sur
prised, jumped in just us a third taxi
came swlngiing around the corner and
drew up with a Jerk before the bank.
Out of It bounced a large man with a
fur collared coat aud a little browu
"There's your party," said Walling
ford to Harvey. "Quick, but don't go
near blm unless he gets the money. If
ho does, pinch blm."
"You know I'm subject (o heart trou
ble, Jim," warned Blackie. "Put me
wise before I drop dead. Where In
Sam Hill did you come from, and how
"You didn't get my telegram, then?"
surmised Wullingford with a troubled
"How would I get a telegram?" de
manded Blackie indignantly. "I bit
here last night, stayed In my sleeper
till morning, lugged this ratty old suit
case with me uptown to breakfast and
took a dawn rise taxi straight here.
What's the game?"
"Wait awhile. Keep still," admon
ished Wallingford, watching eagerly
out of the window.
In the meantime Harvey Willis had
but very little (o do. He made out a
laborious check or two and tore them
up while he watched Benjamin 1".
Qulrker display a check to the paying
teller, watched the teller say some
thing to him and hand him a tele
gram, saw Quirkcr read und clinch his
fist and crumple the lclcgr.nu lu his
hand, hesitate, start to parley, think
better of it and hurry out, even forget
ting In his ngitatioin Hie Utile brown
leather bag. which a porter seized and
hurried out to him nt the door.
Walllngford's patience was rewarded
by seeing Qulrker give a hasty direc
tion (o his driver nnd Jump into- his
cab after saying something to some
one inside it. while Harvey Willis
stood on the step and wntched Qulrker
depart In peace.
Now, Blackle," said Wallingford,
with n sigh of content, "bring your
suit case along nnd let's go in and get
that $15,000 again."
"No!" exclaimed Blackie Incredu
lously. "It isn't ours for keeps."
"It certainly Is," declared Walling
ford with another sigh. "That is, it
belongs to tiie girls. Only I'll feel
safer with It In another bank so there
can't be any comeback. We want to
hurry, too, because I've a lot of things
to attend to. I want to lay aside tho
interest money on that loau, notify the
.Ilnkinsville bank that I canuot con
tinue us its president on account of mi
unexpected press of other business In
terests and ofler to sell my slock fur
them In case they don't think they
can do It before my note expires. It
keeps a chap some busy being a busi
ness man, Blackle."
"Bromide," said Blackie. scornfully.
"But how did you cop It out, Jim?"
"Stopped payment on his check by
wire on mi nlleged fraudulent trans
action, and his wife had disputed Hie
sale, taken steps to have It set aside
and ordered payment stopped on the
check. It scared him stllf, so he left
the chock behind him for fear be
couldn't get away with the girl and
the $:i0,000 ho already nnd In that bair
of his. In the meantime I sent his
wife on a wild goose chase In the oth
er direction so ho could get his steam
er. If she'd had him pinched his law
yers would collect on Hint check and
take my stock. As It is, the monev
nnd the stock are both mine, or rather
the money is, and the stock protects
the bank. Pretty soft money, Blackie.'
"Yes," admitted Blackle thoughtful
ly. "You never enn tell what you're
up agntust in a snowstorm.''
Another adventure net week.
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dependence last November, occupied -
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guilty to nn indictment charging him
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suspended for six months by Judgo
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