The dual entertainment lasted about an hour and a half

The next morning the _Granville Weekly Palladium_ appeared, containing
a flaming notice of the forthcoming entertainment, in which the merits
of the two performers were extolled in the highest terms. Dean opened
his eyes in amazement when he read the following tribute to himself:

At immense expenses the service of

DEAN DUNHAM

the Champion Harmonica player of America have been secured. This young
performer, still only a boy in years, will spend the next season in
Europe, having been offered engagements in London, Paris and Vienna,
and he is now playing a farewell series of engagements in his native
land. Probably the citizens of Granville may never again have the
opportunity of hearing him.

“What do you say to that, Dean, my boy?” asked Montgomery, nudging him
in the side.

“It makes me feel foolish, Mr. Montgomery,” said Dean, blushing. “If it
should be read in Waterford the people would never get through laughing
at me.”

“They won’t read it, my boy, unless it turns out true.”

“Turns out true?”

“Yes. I believe you can win popularity by your playing. We can tell
better this time to-morrow. If you do, how can we tell but the rest may
also come true?”

“If it were the violin or the banjo! But a little cheap harmonica!”

“Never mind what the instrument is if you know how to handle it. Now
let me tell you one thing that will encourage you: I think we are going
to have a big house.”

“What makes you think so?”

“There hasn’t been an entertainment in Granville for several weeks. The
people are hungry to be amused. They patronize performances like ours
much better in the West than at the East. There the people are more
humdrum and steady going. Here they are more excitable. Now I am going
to give you a hint. Take a walk out into the woods, or anywhere where
you will be alone, and practice popular songs. I want you to make a
sensation this evening.”

“It seems ridiculous, my playing for money!”

“How much money have you in your pocket?”

“Five cents.”

“Then it strikes me it would be more ridiculous _not_ playing for
money. Whatever talents we possess our Creator meant us to exercise for
our benefit and the pleasure of the community.”

“At any rate I’ll do my best.”

“Then you’ll do all I ask. By the way, I am going to have you take the
tickets this evening, up to the time of the performance. It will save
money, and draw public attention.”

“I can do that, at any rate.”

During the forenoon Dean went to a secluded place a mile from the
village, and began to practice on the harmonica. He had a quick ear,
and was really an excellent performer. He was unaware that he had an
audience till a boy attracted his attention peeping from behind a tree
at a little distance.

Dean nodded and smiled, and the boy was encouraged to come forward.

“Are you Dean Dunham, the boy that’s going to be at the concert?” asked
the young auditor, bashfully.

“Yes.”

“How long have you played?”

“Four or five years.”

“How old are you?”

“Almost sixteen.”

“What lots of money you must have made!”

Dean smiled. He thought it most prudent not to speak definitely on
this point. He was rather curious to know what the boy thought of his
playing.

“Can you play on the harmonica?” he asked.

“Only a little. Of course I can’t play like you.”

“Do you like my playing, then?”

“You play bully.”

Dean was gratified, not so much out of vanity, as because it encouraged
him to think that others also might regard his performance with favor.

“I am glad you like it,” he said. “Are you going to the entertainment
this evening?”

“I should like to,” said the boy, wistfully, “but I don’t have much
money to spend. I have to work for a living.”

“He little thinks that I am worse off than he,” thought Dean. “He has
a home, while I am over a thousand miles from mine, and with only five
cents in my pocket.”

“It won’t cost you anything to come in,” he said in a friendly manner.
“I shall be at the door, and I will let you in free.”

“Will you, really?” queried the boy, overjoyed.

“Certainly I will. I shall remember your face. If I don’t, just remind
me of my promise.”

As a matter of business, Dean’s offer of a free ticket proved a stroke
of policy. The boy spread among his comrades a highly colored report
of Dean’s wonderful performance on the harmonica, and the result was a
large attendance of young people in the evening.

When Dean took his place at the door he found himself the object of
many wondering and curious glances, and he was at first abashed;
but finally, reminding himself that he was among strangers who were
disposed to look upon him as a genius, he accommodated himself to the
position, and applied himself assiduously to his duties.

The hall in which the entertainment was to take place contained
about four hundred people. When eight o’clock struck it was packed,
many having come from neighboring towns. The price of admission was
thirty-five cents for adults, and twenty-five for children. It was
clear, therefore, that the receipts must be considerably over a hundred
dollars. The rent of the hall being but ten dollars, this allowed a
large margin for profit.

Punctually at eight o’clock the entertainment commenced with a brief
introductory speech from Mr. Montgomery.

“Gentlemen and ladies,” he said, “it has long been the desire of Mr.
Dunham and myself to appear in your beautiful village, and at length
our wishes are to be gratified. We shall do our utmost to please you,
and if we fail, think that it is our ability and not our will that is
lacking. I will commence with a humorous recitation, in the character
of an old darky.”

He disappeared behind the screen, and emerged in a very short time
disguised as a Southern negro.

This impersonation hit the popular taste. It was followed by a song,
and then Mr. Montgomery introduced Dean in a highly flattering manner.

Dean appeared with a flushed face, and a momentary feeling of
trepidation. Making a bow to the audience, he struck up the favorite
melody of the day. He really played very well, the excitement of
playing before an audience helping rather than interfering with
him, and his performance was greeted with hearty and long continued
applause. At Mr. Montgomery’s suggestion he gratified the audience with
an encore. Among those who applauded loudest was the boy to whom he had
given free admission.

“You have done yourself proud, Dean, my boy,” said Montgomery, when
Dean retired behind the screen. “Our entertainment is a success. Our
audience is good-natured.”

“I can’t help thinking how the folks at home would be surprised if they
knew I was performing in public,” said Dean, smiling.

“And making money out of it. That’s where the best part comes in.
Follow up your success, my boy. I shall go out twice and then call on
you again.”

The next time Dean appeared with confidence, being satisfied that the
audience were friendly. His second appearance was equally satisfactory,
and he was compelled to blush when he overheard one school-girl on the
front row of benches whisper to another, “Isn’t he sweet?”

“It seems to me I am learning a good deal about myself,” thought Dean.
“I must take care not to get conceited.”

The dual entertainment lasted about an hour and a half, Mr. Montgomery
of course using up the lion’s share of the time. At last it concluded,
and Dean and his companion gathered up the money and went home. The
profits over and above expenses amounted to eighty dollars, of which
the editor, according to the agreement, received forty per cent, or
thirty-two dollars. The remainder, forty-eight dollars, was divided
equally between Dean and Mr. Montgomery. As the hotel charge was but
a dollar a day for each, they felt handsomely compensated for their
exertions.

When the two partners returned to the hotel with the proceeds of the
entertainment in their pockets, they were in high spirits.

“I feel as rich as Vanderbilt,” said Montgomery in exultation.

“And I feel like an Astor or a Gould,” chimed in Dean. “Peter Kirby did
me a good turn when he discharged me.”

“Dean, you are star! I had no idea of your talent.”

“Don’t flatter me, Mr. Montgomery,” said Dean blushing. “You will make
me self-conceited. I was lucky in falling in with you.”

“Well said, my boy! I see you don’t grudge me my share of the credit.
We will keep on, will we not?”

“As long as there is any money in it.”

“Precisely. Your hand on that.”

In pursuance of this agreement, three evenings later they gave an
entertainment in the town of Cameron, twenty miles away. Circumstances
were not as favorable, but they divided twenty dollars net profits.

“We mustn’t complain of that, Dean,” said his companion. “It isn’t as
much, to be sure, as we made at Granville.”

“But it seems to me ridiculously large for the little I did, Mr.
Montgomery.”

“You are modest, Dean. That is not artistic. You must set a proper
value on your talent.”

“I think I do,” said Dean, smiling. “I feel very much like a humbug,
Mr. Montgomery. A young lady came up to me last evening and asked me if
I had played before any of the crowned heads of Europe, and if I were
personally acquainted with Queen Victoria.”

“I hope you told her you were.”

“No, Mr. Montgomery, I shouldn’t be willing to tell such a falsehood.”

“All business, my dear boy, all business! We must blow our own trumpets
if we want to be appreciated. By the way, what did you tell her?”

“That I had not yet played before the queen, but should I go to
England, and could arrange to do so, I would.”

“Very good! You kept up appearances. What did she say?”

“She asked me if I would get her Queen Victoria’s autograph, in that
case. She also asked me for my own. I promised her the queen’s if I
were able to obtain it.”

“Didn’t she ask for _my_ autograph?” asked Mr. Montgomery, with a
twinge of professional jealousy.

“She said she was going to ask you for it.”

“I shall be glad to gratify her,” said Montgomery, condescendingly. “I
am often asked for an autograph.”

“That was my first application,” said Dean smiling.

“You are not as old as I. Long before you are, your autograph will be
in demand.”

For three weeks the combination continued to give entertainments,
arranging from two to three a week. They did not again meet with the
success which had greeted them at Granville, but in almost every case
they made expenses, and a fair sum besides. At the end of this time,
each of the partners found himself possessed of about forty dollars.

At the close of a concert at a small town in Missouri, on returning to
the hotel, Mr. Montgomery chanced to take up a copy of the New York
_Herald_ in the office. He ran over the advertisements on the first
page, including the “Personals,” when all at once his color changed,
and he looked agitated.

“What’s the matter, Mr. Montgomery?” asked Dean.

“Bad news, my boy!” said the actor sadly. “Look at that!”

Dean read the following among the personals:

CECIL MONTGOMERY, JR. Come home at once! Your mother is very sick.

“My poor old mother!” said the actor feelingly. “She may be dead by
this time. Why couldn’t I have seen this notice before?”

“What is the date of the paper?” asked Dean.

“It is five days old.”

“I suppose you will go at once.”

“Yes, I must. I never would forgive myself if I did not hurry home on
the chance of seeing the dear old mother once more.”

“You are right, Mr. Montgomery. I would do the same if I were fortunate
enough to have a mother living.”

“Of course that ends our partnership for the present. Will you go home
with me, Dean?”

Dean shook his head.

“No, I have nothing to go home to. It would take all my money, and
there would be nothing for me to do in Waterford.”

“But you can’t give entertainments alone.”

“I can make my living somehow. I have forty dollars, and that would
last me some time even if I got nothing to do.”

When Dean bade his companion good-bye at the station the next morning,
and turned away, a forlorn feeling came over him, and he felt tempted
to take the next train East himself. But the thought of going back to
Waterford as poor as he started, and with no prospect of employment,
braced him up, and he resolved to push on westward and take his
chances. He returned to the hotel, and sat down to consider his plans.

There a pleasant surprise awaited him.

“There’s a gentleman to see you, Mr. Dunham,” said the clerk.

“Where is he?” asked Dean.

“He went out to make a call in the village but will be back in fifteen
minutes. This is his card.”

Dean took the card in his hand, and read the name

SAMUEL GUNNISON.

“Any acquaintance of yours?” asked the clerk.

“No; I never heard the name.”

“I think he wants you to play to-morrow evening. He lives in the next
town, Carterville.”

“Mr. Montgomery has been called East. I am afraid this will stop our
entertainments.”

“He did not ask for Mr. Montgomery, only for you.”

Mr. Gunnison soon came in. He was a slender, dark complexioned man,
with a pleasant face.

“I know you are Dean Dunham,” he said, extending his hand, “for I heard
you play last evening. Are you engaged for to-morrow?”

“No, sir.”

“Then I should like to engage your services. An entertainment is to be
given in our town hall for the benefit of our town library. For the
most part local talent is employed. We are to have a short play, and
a few songs. I, as manager, have thought it would help us if we could
advertise you in connection with the home attractions.”

“I shall be glad to make an engagement,” said Dean pleasantly.

“What would be your terms?” asked Mr. Gunnison a little anxiously.

“How much can you afford to pay me?” asked Dean.

“We would not think of offering a player of your reputation less than
ten dollars if it were not desirable to make expenses as small as
possible, but—-”

“Under the circumstances,” said Dean, interrupting him, “I will be
willing to come for five.”

“Thank you, Mr. Dunham. You are very kind,” said Mr. Gunnison, warmly,
grasping our hero by the hand. “I will try to make it up to you.
Instead of going to the hotel you shall be my guest, and your expenses
will be nothing. If you are ready I will take you over at once. I have
a buggy at the door.”

“Thank you, sir, I will accept your kind invitation.”

So Dean, feeling less lonesome than he did, secured his valise,
and taking a seat beside his new friend, rode in the direction of
Carterville. He was destined to meet an old acquaintance there.

Continue Reading

A FRIEND—IN NEED

Two days later Dean and his employer reached a small town in Iowa which
we will call Clifton. They passed the night at the American Hotel, and
occupied a room with two beds. Kirby rose first in the morning, and
went out, leaving Dean asleep.

When the boy awoke he rose and dressed himself. He was putting on
his coat when he noticed an open letter addressed to Kirby which had
fallen on the floor. Dean picked it up, and was about to put it away to
return to Kirby, when his eye caught the postmark “Waterford” and the
signature Renwick Bates.

Though under ordinary circumstances Dean would not have felt
justified in reading a letter not addressed to himself, the peculiar
circumstances, and the suspicion he entertained relative to the share
these two men probably had in the robbery of his uncle, decided him
to take advantage of the opportunity which presented itself to him of
acquiring some information on the subject.

This was the letter which Dean read with an interest that may be
imagined:

FRIEND KIRBY:

I have not received the government bonds which you purchased with
the bills I gave you to dispose of. How did you send them? I cannot
understand how such a package could have miscarried if properly
addressed and forwarded with suitable precautions. I shall hold you
responsible for them, and say emphatically that I regard the failure to
reach me as something strange and mysterious. I do not like to express
distrust, but I require you to send me the receipt of the express
company to whom you committed the package.

In regard to the boy Dean you understand my wishes. I don’t wish him to
return to Waterford. It will be easy to get him into trouble at such a
distance from home that he will find it hard to get back. You can write
me a letter which I can show at my discretion to his friends, which
will discredit any stories he may invent about you or myself.

RENWICK BATES.

Dean read this letter with eager interest. He felt that it would be a
formidable proof against Squire Bates, and he carefully concealed it in
his inside vest pocket.

“So Mr. Kirby means to get me into trouble,” he soliloquized. “I shall
have to be on my guard.”

Dean went below and took breakfast, not being in the habit of waiting
for his employer. Mr. Kirby entered the breakfast-room as he was
leaving it.

“We take the ten o’clock train,” he said briefly. “Don’t leave the
hotel.”

“All right, sir, I’ll stay in the office.”

At ten o’clock they stepped on board a Western bound train. Dean feared
that Kirby would miss his letter, and make inquiries about it, but its
loss appeared not to have been discovered. They took seats, and the
train started. Dean caught Kirby regarding him with a peculiar gaze,
and it made him uneasy. Was he devising some plot, of which Dean was to
be the victim?

Two hours later the train had traversed fifty miles. The train boy came
through the car, carrying a supply of the latest novels. Kirby was not
in general much of a reader, but on this occasion he stopped the boy
and looked over his books.

“I think I will take this book,” he said, selecting a Pinkerton
detective story.

“I sell a good many of that series,” said the boy glibly.

Kirby put his hand into his pocket, and withdrew it with a startled
expression.

“I can’t find my pocket-book,” he said.

Several of the passengers looked round, and apprehensively felt for
their own wallets.

“When did you have it last, sir?” asked an old gentleman in the next
seat.

“At the Clifton railroad station, sir. I bought tickets there.”

“Are you sure you put back the wallet into your pocket?”

“Yes, I am positive.”

“There must be a pickpocket on the train then.”

“But I haven’t exposed myself,” said Kirby puzzled. “I took my seat
here, with my boy, and have not stirred since.”

“Your son, I suppose?”

“No; he is a boy in my employ.”

“Humph!” said the old man, eying Dean dubiously.

“You don’t mean that you suspect him of taking it?” said Kirby in a low
tone.

Dean heard these words, and he exclaimed indignantly. “I am not a
thief, if that is what the gentleman means.”

“Of course not,” said Kirby soothingly—”Still, just to convince him
now, you may as well search your pockets.”

Dean thrust his hand into his right pocket (he wore a sack coat) and
it came in contact with something unexpected. He drew it out, with the
lost pocket-book in it.

“Is it possible?” ejaculated Kirby.

“Just what I thought!” said the old man, nodding emphatically.

“I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Kirby.

“Mr. Kirby,” said Dean, his face flaming with indignation, “do you mean
to charge me with taking that pocket-book?”

“What else can I think? Oh, Dean, I am grieved to find you dishonest.”

“I know nothing of how it came into my pocket,” said Dean hotly, “but I
suspect.”

“What do you suspect?”

“That you put it there to get me into trouble.”

“You hear him!” said Kirby, turning to the old man.

“What shameless effrontery!” exclaimed the old gentleman. “I don’t know
what the world is coming to. Have you ever missed anything before, sir?”

“Two or three articles of jewelry,” answered Kirby, “but it never
occurred to me to suspect the boy.”

“It seems pretty clear now.”

“Yes, I should say so.”

Meanwhile Dean, with flushed and angry countenance, looked from one
face to another, but everywhere he met looks of distrust. It was clear
that the majority of the passengers believed him guilty. He understood
now the nature of the plot against him, and the letter in his pocket
would be a sufficient proof of it. But he did not wish to produce
it. He chose rather to keep it on account of the evidence which it
contained against Squire Bates.

“What shall you do about it?” asked the old gentleman, who seemed to
feel particularly hostile against Dean.

“I don’t know,” answered Kirby hesitating.

“The boy ought to be punished. If it were _my_ case, I would have him
arrested.”

“No, I don’t care to do that. He belongs to a respectable family.”

“Surely you won’t keep him in your employ?”

“No, I shall feel compelled to discharge him. Dean, you can leave the
car at the next station. You are no longer in my employ. For the sake
of your uncle and aunt, I shall not have you arrested, but I must
decline to employ you any longer.”

“Very well, sir!” answered Dean. “If you will pay me what you owe me
for services, I will leave you.”

“Pay you what I owe you!” replied Kirby, as if surprised.

“Yes, sir; you promised me twenty-five dollars per month, and I have
been with you three weeks.”

“You have received money from me at different times, and I owe you
nothing. Besides, the jewelry which you have taken will amount to more
than your wages.”

“Mr. Kirby, I have taken no jewelry, and you know it.”

“How can you tolerate the boy’s impudence?” said the old man.

Kirby shrugged his shoulders.

“I have been very much deceived in him,” he answered, “but I cherish
no revengeful feelings. I hope he may see the error of his ways, and
resolve to lead an honest life.”

“You are too merciful, sir.”

“It may be so, but he is young, and there is hope of his repentance.”

“Mr. Kirby, do I understand that you wish me to leave you?” asked Dean.

“Yes. You had better get out at the next station. Here is a dollar. I
don’t want to leave you altogether penniless. Of course I must report
what has happened to Squire Bates, who stood sponsor to you.”

The train began to slow up, for the next station was near at hand.

“I don’t want the dollar,” said Dean. “I understand your object in
accusing me of theft. I could clear myself now if I chose, but I am
willing to wait.”

Dean rose from his seat, and with flushed cheeks and head erect walked
to the end of the car, and stepped out on the platform. He stood there,
and watched the departure of the train, bearing his late employer
farther West. He did not even know the name of the station at which he
had disembarked.

The suddenness with which Dean found himself cast adrift, and thrown
upon his own resources, was enough to take away his breath. As
merchants from time to time take account of stock, he felt that it
would be wise now that he was about to set up for himself to ascertain
the extent of his means.

He thrust his hand into his pocket, and drew out a small collection
of silver coins and pennies. All told he found he had but sixty-seven
cents, and he was probably twelve hundred miles from home. The chances
were that it would cost him at least three cents a mile, or thirty-six
dollars, to get back to Waterford. He would have been glad to have the
thirty-six dollars, but he had no intention of going back until he
could carry something with him. He did not want to acknowledge that he
had made a failure.

Dean ascertained that the town in which he was stranded (for he hadn’t
money enough to get out of it) was Granville. The village appeared to
be half a mile away, and might at a rough guess contain a thousand
inhabitants. Like most small Western towns, it consisted of one main
street, with short side streets opening out of it. For a place of the
size it seemed to be wide awake, and enterprising, more so than a
village of corresponding population at the East.

After spending a few minutes at the depot Dean took his valise, and
trudged on in the direction of the town. What he should do when he got
there he hardly knew. He was ready for anything that might turn up, and
he did not worry as much as he would if he had been twice as old.

Dean had accomplished about half the distance when a voice hailed him,
“Halloa, youngster!”

Dean turned in the direction of the voice and his glance fell on a man
of perhaps twenty-five, who was stretched comfortably under a tree by
the roadside. He had a knapsack and wore a velveteen suit. Something in
his appearance gave Dean the impression that he was an actor.

Responding to his greeting, which was accompanied by a pleasant smile,
Dean answered “Good day!”

“Where are you traveling, young chap?”

“I don’t know,” responded Dean. “I suppose I am on my way to the
village.”

“Do you live about here?”

“No, I live in New York State.”

“So do I, when I’m at home, but I’m not often at home.”

“Are you an actor?”

“That’s what I call myself. That’s what I am styled by admiring
friends, though some of the critics are unkind enough to express
doubts. At present I am in hard luck. I came West with a dramatic
company which has gone to pieces. I am traveling homeward on my uppers.
Permit me to introduce myself,” and he doffed a soft hat which he wore,
“as Cecil Montgomery, not wholly unknown to the metropolitan stage.”

There was something attractive in his good-humored recklessness that
impressed Dean favorably.

“My name is Dean Dunham,” he responded, “not known on any stage.”

“Excuse the impertinence, but are you a young man of fortune?”

“Yes, if you call sixty-seven cents a fortune.”

“Dean, my boy, you have ten cents the advantage of me. If you have any
plans that with our united capital we may be able to carry out, my
wealth is at your service.”

“I have no plans except to get something to eat,” said Dean.

“I am with you there,” said the actor, rising with alacrity from his
recumbent position. “Know you of a hostelry?”

“If that means a restaurant, I think we may find one in the village.”

“Wisely guessed. If you have no objection to my company, we will walk
together.”

“I shall be glad of your company, Mr. Montgomery.”

“You do me proud, Mr. Dunham,” and the actor once more doffed his hat,
and bowed low. “If you don’t mind, my boy, suppose you tell me what
brings you out here, so far from home? I came with a combination, as I
have explained.”

“I came as private secretary with a gentleman—no, a man named Kirby.
He chose to charge me with stealing his pocket-book, and discharged me
on the train, refusing to pay me back wages.”

“Steal—with that honest face! Why, I’d trust you with my entire
wealth—fifty-seven cents—and wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.”

“Thank you,” said Dean, smiling. “I hope I deserve your confidence.”

“So it seems that we are both in very much the same plight. We must
hustle for a living. I wish you were an actor.”

“Why?”

“We might give a joint performance, and so pick up a few pennies. Can
you play on any instrument?”

Dean drew a harmonica from his pocket and displayed it.

“I can play a little on this,” he said.

“Give us a taste of your quality.”

Dean put the harmonica in his mouth and played several popular airs in
very creditable style. He had practiced considerably in Waterford, and
when he left home chanced to bring his favorite instrument with him.

Mr. Montgomery applauded vociferously.

“That’s capital!” he said. “I have an idea. Our fortune is made.”

“Is it? I’m very glad to hear it.”

“Let me explain. I am a dramatic Jack of all trades. I can sing,
dance, recite, and give imitations. Why shouldn’t we give a joint
exhibition? I venture to say we can charm and astonish the good people
of Granville, and gather in golden shekels for ourselves.”

“But what am I to do?”

“Listen. You are the world-renowned Dean Dunham, the champion player
on the harmonica, who have charmed tens of thousands, and whose name is
a household word from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Do you understand?”

“I shall begin to think I am a humbug.”

“So be it! Humbug makes money and rides at ease, while modest merit
goes barefoot and tramps over dusty roads.”

“That is complimentary to us, for it happens to be our condition just
at present.”

“Then let us abandon it! It doesn’t pay. Will you join me, and try your
luck with the good people of Granville?”

Dean hesitated a moment, but only a moment. He must do something, and
nothing else seemed to present itself. If any one chose to pay for the
privilege of hearing him play on the harmonica, he had no objection to
receiving the money. Besides, he would be at no trouble in the matter.
Mr. Montgomery would make all arrangements, and he would only have to
take the part that might be assigned him.

“I am at your service, Mr. Montgomery.”

“Your hand on it! We will, we must be successful. In after years, when
fame and money are yours, think that it was I, Cecil Montgomery, who
assisted you to make your début.”

“I certainly will, Mr. Montgomery,” said Dean, falling into his
companion’s humor.

By this time they had reached the village. A sign over a small
one-story building attracted their attention.

RESTAURANT
AND
COFFEE HOUSE.

“Let us enter,” said the actor. “It is astonishing what an appetite I
have. If we are to give an entertainment we must be fed.”

Fortunately the prices at the restaurant and coffee house were very
moderate, and the two travelers were able to make a plentiful meal,
though it reduced their stock of money almost to nothing. After dinner
Mr. Montgomery indulged in a five cent-cigar, but Dean declined to
smoke.

“Stay here, Dean,” said his companion. “I hear there is a weekly paper
published in Granville. I will see the editor, and ask him to join us
in the speculation, sharing the profits. The paper appears to-morrow.
He can give us a big puff that will insure our success.”

“Suppose he won’t do it?”

“Leave it to me! I have a most persuasive tongue. Granville must not
let such an opportunity slip. It must hear me act and listen to your
melodious strains.”

Nearly an hour passed. Then Montgomery came back radiant. “It’s all
fixed,” he said. “You make your début to-morrow evening. I have engaged
board at the hotel for us both.”

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The first auction of a Boeing 747 aircraft since China started the online auction of justice

On the morning of November 21, the two Boeing 747s that were the first to go through judicial auction in China through online platforms were finally sold in the market. After many rounds of bidding, the two Boeing 747 eventually won by SF Express, which also means that it throws 320 million yuan to take two Boeing 747 to expand its freighter formation.
Three Boeing 747 first online auction
It is reported that the filming of the three Boeing 747 freighters, are from China’s first Sino-foreign joint ventures in air cargo company – Jade Cargo International Airlines limited liability company. On February 6, 2013, Jade Aviation’s liquidation team applied to Jade Court for bankruptcy liquidation in Shenzhen Court of Appeal on the ground that assets were not enough to pay off all its debts and there was a clear lack of liquidity.
Starting from October 26, 2015, the three aircraft have been online for 6 auctions with an initial auction starting price of Rmb1,322.65 million, all of which ended in a flash. As of September 19 this year, the three aircraft were auctioned on Alibaba’s auction platform with a total starting price of 392 million yuan, a sharp drop of about 70% over the first auction price.
At 10:00 on November 20, three Boeing 747 aircraft under the guidance of the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court in Alibaba auction platform was officially started, starting price was 123 million yuan, 134 million yuan, 135 million yuan, becoming the first nationwide online Boeing 747 Platforms Judicial Auction.
According to Alibaba’s auction platform information, the three Boeing 747 freighters are one aircraft numbered B-2421 (including three GE engines), one B-2422 aircraft (including four GE engines), and B-2423 One aircraft (including 4 GE engines). The first one was parked at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport with the lowest starting price; the other two were parked at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Among them, B-2422, B-2423 each have two buyers registration; B-2421 there is a buyer registration.
It is reported that the Boeing 747 aircraft is a long-range wide body transport aircraft manufactured by Boeing in 1970, the first 747 delivered to the Pan American Airlines formally put route operations, and has since been monopolized the large transport aircraft market, this situation until 2006 Airbus 380 appeared before it changed.
Buyers bid fierce bid for 53 rounds of two aircraft
Surging news reporter learned that, November 20 less than 1 minute shot, the B-2422 had buyers bid 133.88 million yuan; Subsequently, at 11:57:24 on the 20th, B-2423 also has a bid of 135 million yuan .
This price, freeze less than 24 hours.
At 9:59:02 on November 21, less than one minute after the original auction ended, the price of the B-2422 was raised by another buyer to 134.78 million yuan. At 9:59:09, the B- The price of 2423 was added to 136 million yuan. Fierce competition began:
The reporter saw that in just 15 minutes, B-2422 has been delayed for auction 21 times, bid 22 times, the price all the way up to 154.78 million yuan; B-2423 has experienced 20 delays, 21 bids, the price arrived 155 million yuan.
The intense bid lasted 33 minutes.
Eventually, after 26 auctions, the B-2422 was acquired by SF Express Co. for 160.7880 billion yuan. Similarly, SF-Aviation Co. Ltd was also baptized at 162,038.6 million yuan after 27 auctions.
SF throwing 320 million collection of two 747 freighters
Surging news reporter learned that SF Express Co., Ltd. is a joint venture of Shenzhen Taihai Investment Co., Ltd. and SF Express (Group) Co., Ltd., a private air cargo company directly for the SF Express (Group) Co., Ltd. air express transport Business services.
This also means that the two Boeing 747 freighters will join the SF fleet.
In recent years, private courier companies, especially SF, tact, Shen Tong and other companies have purchased freighters to meet business needs. Among them, SF earliest development, in 2009 set up its own cargo airline; the fastest growing, now has about 40 freighters, courier service network covering the whole country, Department of the current domestic volume of the largest private-run companies.
As the first online auction platform for judicial auction of civil aircraft, Alibaba’s Ali auction was launched online in 2012, and most of the courts in the country have settled in the Ali auction for judicial auction.

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Samsung confirmed that it will push the folding phone; hungry release smart headset module

Industry estimates, the past six months, the entire shared economy has about 1.5 billion deposit has gone back to the user caused the actual economic losses. The “Statistical Report on Internet Development in China” shows that as of June 2017, the number of shared bicycle users has reached 106 million. According to the average deposit of more than 100 yuan users estimated that the total amount of the deposit or bicycle industry share has exceeded 10 billion yuan. Coupled with the sharing of cars and all kinds of items leasing, the entire deposit in the area of ​​shared economy is expected to deposit about 15 billion.
Shenzhen held a shared bicycle management program hearing, the representative proposed to cancel the deposit
According to the interface report, a few days ago, Shenzhen City, “Shenzhen Internet rental bike management program,” held a legislative hearing, deposit security issues to become the focus of attention at the meeting, a number of representatives proposed to cancel the deposit. Shared cycling entered Shenzhen from October 2016 and has since been rapidly developed. According to official statistics, as of now, there are 8 Internet rental bike companies in Shenzhen with a total vehicle scale of 890,000 and a registered user volume of 22 million (including duplicate registered users), with daily average usage of about 5.43 million.
Japan 7-11 convenience store and Softbank cooperation, launched a local bicycle business sharing
Japan 7-11 convenience store will be jointly launched with Softbank to share bicycles. This service will be piloted at 9 stores 7-11 in Saitama this month. It is planned to be rolled out to 1,000 stores in the metropolitan area and local cities by the end of March 2019, and an estimated 5,000 bicycles will be delivered. The cooperation is the launch of a shared cycling service “HELLO CYCLING” operated by a subsidiary of Softbank. After you register with a transport card like Suica, you can use it without reservation. This shared bicycle costs 60 yen (about RMB 3.5) every 15 minutes, and a credit card is required for payment. Depending on the area and bike type, the cost of sharing a bike may also be adjusted.
big company
Short video company recently launched IPO and ready to IPO in Hong Kong
“Caijing” reporter was the exclusive reporter learned that in March this year, just completed the 350 million D round of short-film financing fast-drivers, recently launched an IPO and is ready to be listed in Hong Kong. “Caijing” reporter has not yet found the relevant listing of the company from the HKEx website, the company should be in the material preparation period. (Finance)
Tencent “eat chicken” hand-game today opened test, 30 million people grab the activation code, you grab it?
Tencent’s first 100-person tactical competitive mobile tour “Glory Mission” today officially opened the “Limited Glory Test” (this test is only for Android platform users), and announced during the test (tentative November 21-November 23 Day) daily 12: 00,15: 00,20: 00 three time limit issuing invitation code, invite some lucky players to land first. The whole platform dozens of big coffee anchors will also help the majority of users. As of the evening of November 19, “glorious mission” full platform reservation number exceeded 30 million people successfully.
Hungry R & D department, “Hungry why π” debut, and release smart headset module
November 21, hungry for the future of the logistics strategy set up R & D department “hungry?” Debut, and released for riders to interact through the voice of mobile phones smart headset module. It is reported that the module will be built into the hummingbird distribution app, adaptable to the vast majority of mainstream headphones on the market. After the rider activates the module through the earphone, you can use the voice to issue orders to the app, navigate, dial the user’s phone number, etc., and receive voice feedback in real time. Pi hungry? Π team leader said that by eliminating the rider’s hand-held operation, can improve distribution efficiency, while protecting the rider’s driving safety. According to its disclosure, the end of this year, the smart headset module will be on the hummingbird distribution app full on-line.
In addition, according to the plan of being hungry, the strategic core of “Future Logistics” will be to create a real-time delivery system based on user experience, innovation and technology as the driving force and intelligent system, so as to promote the real-time distribution industry to complete the third phase of transformation. Hungry what “future logistics” three stages of goals: that is, intelligent deployment, distribution and unmanned man-machine delivery. According to reports, the group’s first phase of the hungry intelligent scheduling research and development has made progress. (21st Century Business Herald)
The history of the most trench drone buyers was born! Uber in the quagmire to engage in a large unmanned taxi team
Uber shook his hand from the quagmire and took the largest unmanned car order in history. The newly appointed CEO of the company decided to buy 24,000 Volvo Autopilot XC90s to build an unmanned SUV fleet. After getting the car, Uber also plans to add his own sensor and software system. The XC90 Volvo plans to be delivered to Uber between 2019 and 2021. According to FT, the transaction amounting to 1.4 billion US dollars, equivalent to 9.2 billion yuan.
Softbank invests in Uber: Repurchase Southeast Asian market strategy
According to Reuters quoted industry sources, Japan’s Softbank Group, with its multi-billion-dollar investment in Uber, is likely to merge Uber with other taxi companies to consolidate its booming taxi business in Asia. Softbank has also invested in Uber’s competitors in Asia, including Grab in Southeast Asia, Drip Drift in China and Ola in India, and is committed to realizing the vision of Artificial Intelligence and Connected Device Drives the Future for Sonny, the founder of SoftBank. An internal source at Singapore’s Grab said: “SoftBand will play a role in business integration and SoftBank will fundamentally change the competitive landscape as a director of both companies (Uber and Grab).” (Sina Technology)
Shenzhen Stock Exchange asked LeTV net shows if the financial loan can not be repaid if it will lead to listed companies “shell”
Shenzhen Stock Exchange attention letter asked LeTV net, if the relevant loans can not be repaid, the pledgee exercise of the security right or pledge will lead to the listing company “shell” and asked to verify the relevant Sunac China Sun Hongbin intends to start the new music, The plan of capital increase and stock plan reports the authenticity.
Samsung released Bixby Chinese version, next February will push artificial intelligence operating system
Samsung announced the official release of the Chinese version of Bixby, an artificial intelligence assistant who was late six months late. Samsung Bixby is divided into male and female versions, in the interactive mode, Bixby has three ways, not only can use voice to dialogue with it, you can also use text and click to order, more convenient way to communicate with them . Samsung demonstrated the use of Bixby voice mail, open music and read text messages and other operations.
Samsung revealed that the Chinese version of Bixby will be the first to support the Samsung S8 and Note8 series products on November 30, and the forthcoming high-end flagship Samsung W2018 will also be equipped. Next year, Samsung will apply Bixby 2.0 to the Internet of Things, which means Bixby will not only be limited to smartphones. Based on Bixby, Samsung also announced that it will launch the artificial intelligence operating system Galaxy AIUX in February next year.
Tencent reached 522.9 billion US dollars, Super Facebook into the world’s fifth
On November 21, Tencent has been up for four days. Today’s stock close at HK $ 430.0, up 2.38% and has a market capitalization of HK $ 4,845.5 billion (522.2 billion U.S. dollars), surpassing Facebook as the fifth-largest market capitalization company in the world.
The new U.S. Congress bill may affect the sale of ads by Google and Facebook
CNBC reports that the U.S. Senate is considering two bills that could undermine the growth of ads for Facebook, Google’s parent company Alphabet and other Internet companies. Relatively low-key bills are more likely to become law, a situation common in Washington. Democrat-backed bills will change the way Google and Facebook sell political advertising, and a measure Republicans have taken to eliminate key legal loopholes in Internet companies has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee. Any one bill may inhibit the growth of advertising, but the second bill is more likely to work first.
Unmanned shelves add another giant, with a new brand of SF “Feng e foot food” admission
SF Group official microblogging released a series of pictures, said it created a platform for employee snack welfare “abundance e foot food,” the pilot has now opened in Shenzhen, the future will be to promote the country. At this point, following the Jingdong, what hungry, box horse freshmen, another giants into the unmanned shelves battlefield. SF to do unmanned shelves, from a logical very appropriate, and a matter of course. First of all, SF has the infrastructure needed for unmanned shelves – a high-density distribution network. Secondly, the advantage of SF is office resources and express small brother, can save BD cost. Conversely, SF also very much needs a good commercial cash intake, unmanned shelves naturally have traffic barriers, and SF existing business fit, is a good attempt.
Word of mouth announced unopened restaurant technology
Alibaba’s local life service platform reputation announced the opening of unmanned restaurant technology for the majority of catering businesses, including intelligent ordering, intelligent recommendation, service notification, buffet meals, automatic withholding, dining evaluation, including the whole process solution. According to word of mouth estimates, the use of word of mouth unattended restaurant technology catering businesses can effectively save labor costs at the same time, so that the restaurant’s reception capacity increased by more than 30%.
According to word of mouth, unobtrusive restaurant technical solutions involved a total of more than a dozen technology applications, including front-end self-booking, self-ordering, buffet meals, self-payment, self-service members and the back end of the automatic sub-single print, automated purchase orders Generate, etc., each of which technology can be freely combined into other technology applications to meet different business needs of different businesses. (World Network Business)
Dada joint Jingdong logistics launched the same city express mail service, within 4 hours can be served
DADA, an information platform for fast delivery in the same city, recently announced that it will jointly launch the “4-hour up-to-date” express delivery service in the same city on the basis of the same-city distribution network jointly set up by both parties. In this city distribution network, the user as long as the mobile phone orders, there will be 15 minutes Dada Knight sent the file sent to the nearest Jingdong logistics outlets, and then Jingdong logistics through the city fast transit to the recipient Another recent Jingdong logistics network outlets, and then picked up by the Dada Knight sent to the recipient hands, the entire process no more than 4 hours to complete, to ensure the fastest timeliness.
Not afraid of more information: WeChat chat online “reminder” function
A few days ago, some users found that the WeChat app has quietly launched the new “Reminder” function on the latest WeChat app (iOS version). Currently, iOS users can use this feature when upgrading to the latest version of WeChat (6.5.22) Users also need to wait a second. In the chat dialogue, select chat content long press will be able to exhale “reminder”, with the copy, forward, collection tied together. After selecting the content, you can choose to set the reminder time, the WeChat will choose to be reminded in the form of “service notification”. (IT House)
In addition to Apple’s Samsung, Huawei is the only smart phone maker to make money
According to “Forbes” reported that the iPhone’s high-priced line and best-selling Apple has an extremely high gold-absorbing capacity, a company’s profits up to 90% of the entire industry, the lowest close to 70%. Huawei is the only profitable smartphone maker besides Apple and Samsung, and its share of the smartphone industry is on the rise. Michael Walkley, an Apple analyst at financial services firm Canaccord Genuity, estimates the share of major smartphone makers in industry profits. Walkley’s analysis did not include some Chinese smartphone makers such as vivo and OPPO because they did not provide financial information, but in general they are basically breakeven, so even considering them, Apple, Samsung and Huawei The share of profits in the smart phone industry has little effect. (Phoenix Technology)
Tencent WeChat ecological chain intends to enter the overseas market, Malaysia as the first stop
According to Fortune, Liu Shengyi, senior vice president of Tencent, said Malaysia will be the first overseas market for the company to launch the Wechat ecosystem. Tencent made a “breakthrough” in obtaining an electronic payment license in Malaysia and plans to launch an electronic payment service in Malaysia early next year. This move will make Tencent Alibaba competitors, they are competing in overseas markets for new growth opportunities. Liu Shengyi said, “Malaysia has 20 million WeChat users. In this sense, it is a big market with great potential for growth. Malaysian users like Chinese companies’ Internet products.” (Phoenix Technology)
Divine car rental 2017 third quarter net profit of 662 million yuan, down 52%
According to Sina Technology News, Divine car rental release for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 results. Earnings report, the Group achieved a total revenue of 5.758 billion yuan during the reporting period, compared with 4.661 billion yuan a year earlier to increase 18%; of which core business car leasing revenue 2.838 billion yuan, an increase of 31%; net profit of 662 million yuan, 1.388 billion yuan over the same period decreased by 52%.
“Fanghua” return: December 15 in the country and North America simultaneously released
Recently, Feng Xiaogang’s official microblogging movie announced “Fanghua” official file, the film will be December 15 in the country and North America simultaneously released. 2 months ago, “Fanghua” experienced from early release to indefinitely delayed extracurricular reversal. September 22, originally scheduled for the day before the National Day movie released, announced ahead of schedule to September 29. However, only a day later, on the night of September 23, a sudden withdrawal was suddenly exposed. Huayi Brothers boss Wang Zhonglei as the main investor in the early morning of the next morning via microblogging confirmed: “” Fanghua “will not be released this year National Day file.” Feng Xiaogang announced through the official micro, after consultation with the film and parties, “Fang China “intends to agree to accept the parties to change the file recommendations, the new release date selected release.
Investment and Financing
Scalyr, a cloud service provider, was raised $ 20 million in round A funding
Scalyr, a cloud services provider, announced that it raised $ 20 million in funding from Shasta Ventures, with existing investors Bloomberg Beta, Susa Ventures and Heroic Ventures. The company built a tool that filters a large amount of log data and is much faster than traditional tools – all without the need for machine learning. Now with 23 employees in San Mateo, Scalyr is likely to use the money to recruit new employees. The company currently has 140 paid customers, including Giphy, TiVo and Business Insider. (Hunting cloud network)
Wisdom retail CRM system services business fan technology won 10 million yuan A round of financing
Recently, Shangfan Technology officially announced the completion of A round of tens of millions of RMB financing. Lead by Ventech China, potential security capital, Genesis partner capital and investment. Genesis Partner Capital continues to participate in this round of investment after leading the Pre-A round earlier this year. After the current round of financing, the Company will further accelerate the pace of customer development based on the existing retail smart CRM provided by the Bank and intensify its efforts to tap the wisdom of data. In addition, it will explore various new business cooperation modes with its partners. Shangfan Technology is positioned as a SaaS service that provides retail data intelligence to chain retailers. The current system uses a big data architecture, real-time data operations

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It was evident that his employer was a professional

Of course great excitement followed among the passengers. The two
gentlemen went below, and soon returned with a quiet-looking man, not
particularly noticeable except for a pair of keen, sharp eyes.

“That’s the detective,” whispered a traveling man whose business
required him to make the journey between New York and Boston twice a
week.

The two gentlemen and the detective went outside, and made an
examination of the stateroom, but didn’t find any traces of the lost
watch.

“I’d like to be sure the article is really lost,” said the detective.
“On several occasions I have found that it was only mislaid. In the
present instance there seems really to have been a robbery.”

“There is no doubt of that,” said Margrave ruefully.

“Did you notice any one loitering near the stateroom when you left it?”

“Yes, sir; I observed that a man was leaning over the rail.”

“Ha! we are coming to something. Can you describe him?”

“I am afraid I cannot. You see I had no suspicion that any one was
likely to rob me.”

“Very natural, but rather disappointing! You didn’t casually notice
whether the man was short or tall, or how he was dressed?”

“I think he was tall, and dressed in dark clothing.”

“I fear this is too general to afford much satisfaction. You see most
of the men on board wear dark clothes.”

“I see, Mr. Lynx, that I am not likely to recover the watch.”

“Well, it is doubtful. Still, if you will give me a description of it I
can quietly put it into the hands of the Boston police.”

Mr. Margrave, at the suggestion of the detective, wrote out a
description before he left the boat, and put it into his hands.

“I will keep my eyes open, Mr. Margrave,” continued the detective, “and
notice whether I recognize any professional thief among the passengers.
I know many of those who operate in New York and Boston, and if I meet
one of my old acquaintances shall take the liberty of examining him.”

Fortunately for Peter Kirby the scene of his operations had been at the
West, and though the detective regarded him with some suspicion, for
criminals carry about with them a certain tell-tale look, he did not
feel justified in arresting him. If Margrave had been able to identify
him as the man who had been loitering near the stateroom, of course
that would have simplified matters.

It was not for some time that Dean heard what had happened. On
re-entering the saloon, Dan, the young news agent, said to him:

“Where have you been?”

“Outside.”

“Very suspicious. A gentleman occupying an outside stateroom has had
his room entered and robbed.”

“Is that true?” asked Dean in excitement.

“Yes, he made a great fuss about it I saw him going out with the boat
detective, but I don’t think they found out anything.”

Instantly Dean’s mind reverted to the scene at the theater, and the
loss of a pocket-book by one of the patrons of Niblo’s. Was it possible
that Mr. Kirby could be connected with both robberies? It really seemed
that thefts took place wherever he went.

“What was taken?” he asked earnestly.

“A gold watch. The gentleman meant it for his daughter. I think it was
bought at Tiffany’s in New York.”

“I was at a theater last evening,” said Dean, “and as we were coming
out a man ahead of us called out that he had been robbed of his
pocket-book.”

“Who do you mean by _us_—yourself and your employer?”

“No. A boy was with me—Guy Gladstone.”

“Is he with you here?”

“No, he has gone out West to hunt Indians.”

Dan, the news-agent, laughed.

“He’ll be coming back soon without having seen an Indian, I have no
doubt. I say, Dean, isn’t it rather remarkable that there are robberies
wherever you go?”

“Yes, it is singular,” said Dean in a musing tone.

“It really looks suspicious,” continued Dan. “However, you are my
friend and I won’t give you away.”

“No, don’t!” said Dean, accepting the joke in good humor.

Dean walked away, plunged in thought. Again he went outside, and walked
round to an unfrequented part of the steamer. Suddenly he saw a man in
front of him draw something from his pocket, and with a quick movement
throw it far out upon the water. It was light enough to see that it was
a white pasteboard box of small size.

Rather surprised, Dean scanned the person who had done this, and to his
further astonishment recognized him as Mr. Kirby, his employer.

Turning quickly, Peter Kirby in his turn saw Dean’s eyes fixed upon
him, and he became irritated and alarmed.

“What are you out here for?” he demanded harshly.

“Why, is there any harm in being out here?” asked Dean surprised.

Kirby saw that he had made a false move, and that this unreasonable
taking to task of Dean was likely to excite the boy’s suspicions.

“No,” he answered, calming down, “I don’t know that there is any harm
in being out here, but you might be imprudent and endanger your safety.”

“How, Mr. Kirby?”

“I was once on board a steamer like this, when a boy about your age
came out, got up on the rail, and by a sudden movement of the steamer
was thrown into the water. The poor fellow was drowned.”

“I shan’t imitate his example,” said Dean. “I think he was very
foolish.”

“Well, I haven’t found out yet whether you are prudent or imprudent. I
haven’t known you long enough. I thought it best to warn you, however.”

“Thank you, sir.”

“I am going into the saloon, but if you care to remain outside I
have no objection as long as you are careful. I feel a certain
responsibility about you, as you are not used to traveling.”

“Thank you, sir.”

Dean would have been more grateful if he had believed what Mr. Kirby
was saying, but, young and inexperienced though he was, he did not take
much stock in the sudden interest shown in him. He had not noticed that
Mr. Kirby felt any particular solicitude about him in New York, though
there were plenty of scrapes that he might have got into there.

Peter Kirby went back into the saloon, and soon after Dean followed.
He again sought the book table.

“Well,” said Dan, pleasantly, “have you found out the robber?”

Dean shook his head.

“Do you know, or did you hear, whether the stolen watch was in a box?”
he asked.

“Yes, I heard Mr. Margrave say that it was in a white pasteboard box.
Have you found the box?”

“No,” answered Dean. He did not feel at liberty to tell what he had
seen, but it confirmed him in the idea that his employer, Peter Kirby,
was the robber of the stateroom.

At ten o’clock Mr. Kirby came up to him.

“It is ten o’clock,” he said. “I think you had better go to bed.”

“All right, sir.”

Kirby led the way into the stateroom.

“I shall give you the top berth,” he said. “You are younger, and can
climb up there more easily than I.”

“I shall be satisfied with either,” said Dean.

Both went to bed and Dean was soon asleep.

Towards morning he thought it must be when he woke up. The light was
burning, and peeping out from behind the curtains he saw that Kirby
was standing in the stateroom with something in his hand which he
was examining with evident satisfaction. Dean’s heart gave a sudden
bound, when he recognized this object as a beautiful gold watch of
small pattern. He laid back his head on the pillow, but the slight
noise attracted the attention of Kirby, who looked up to where his boy
companion was lying.

“Pshaw! he’s fast asleep!” he heard Kirby mutter, “but I must be
cautious, as, if he saw this watch, he might suspect something.”

Any lingering doubts Dean might have were of course dissipated by the
sight of the watch. It was evident that his employer was a professional
thief and pickpocket. The question arose, ought he or ought he not to
expose and denounce him?

Should he do so he would find himself adrift, without money or
situation. Moreover, he would lose the chance of proving Kirby the
accomplice of Squire Bates in the robbery of his uncle. On the whole,
he decided to wait, and conceal from Kirby the knowledge that he had
acquired concerning him.

Kirby remained but a day in Boston. What business he attended to Dean
didn’t know. He was left to his own devices, and managed to see Boston
Common, Bunker Hill Monument, and to ride out on a Washington Street
line of cars to Roxbury. Late in the evening he started for Chicago
with Mr. Kirby, and two days later the two registered at the Commercial
Hotel, corner of Lake and Dearborn Streets. Dean enjoyed the journey.
He caught sight of the famous falls of Niagara, and would like to have
stopped for a few hours there to see the cataract at his leisure, but
of course didn’t venture to make such a request of Mr. Kirby, who, as
he knew, was traveling for his own purposes, not for the gratification
of his private secretary.

They reached Chicago in the morning and took breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast Kirby said, “Come out with me, Dean; I will show you a
little of the city.”

Dean accepted the invitation with alacrity.

The two walked through some of the principal thoroughfares. Dean was
impressed by the large and handsome buildings everywhere to be seen in
the business portions of the city. Finally they turned into a minor
street, lined with smaller and less pretentious structures.

Peter Kirby halted at last before a pawnbroker’s office, with the three
golden balls displayed above the entrance.

“Oh, by the way, Dean,” said Kirby, suddenly, “I am a little short of
money, and must borrow some on an article I don’t need at present.”

“Yes, sir?” said Dean, inquiringly.

“This is a pawnbroker’s office. Take this watch, and ask the pawnbroker
to lend you twenty-five dollars on it. You can give him your own name,
and for address you may say Buffalo.”

“But I don’t live in Buffalo.”

“That doesn’t matter. He will be more apt to let you have the money if
he thinks you came from a distance. It isn’t necessary to give the
correct address.”

Mr. Kirby drew from his pocket the gold watch which Dean had seen in
the stateroom of the Pilgrim, and which he was sure had been stolen
from the elderly gentleman who had complained of being robbed.

Dean started and flushed, as Kirby held the watch in his hand.

“Is that your watch?” he asked.

“No; it belongs to my wife. I shall redeem it before I return East. If
the pawnbroker won’t give you twenty-five dollars, get as much as you
can. You look like a boy sharp at a bargain. Say that it belonged to
your uncle.”

“Mr. Kirby,” said Dean, “I would rather not do what you ask me.”

“What do you mean?” demanded Kirby, angrily.

“What I say. I would rather not pawn that watch for you.”

“Look here, boy,” said Kirby, roughly, “are you aware that you are
behaving in a very foolish, not to say impudent manner?”

“I have my reasons for declining,” said Dean.

“Why do you think I pay you wages?” asked Kirby, frowning.

“I understood that I was to be your private secretary.”

“And a mighty easy place you have had so far!”

“That is true, sir.”

“This is almost the first thing I have asked you to do, and you refuse.”

“I told you that I had my reasons for it,” said Dean, resolutely,
though his look was troubled.

“The boy suspects me,” thought Kirby. “It is time I got rid of him.”

“We will discuss this matter hereafter,” he said quietly. “We shall
have to come to an understanding. Stay here till I come out.”

He went into the pawnbroker’s, and in less than five minutes returned
with a roll of bills.

“It appears that I have to do my own work, though you are in my
employ,” he said with a sneer.

Dean didn’t reply. He began to suspect that he would not long retain
the place which he at present filled. He resolved to look about him,
and if he saw anywhere a chance to get into the employ of some one else
to take advantage of it. In a money way he might not do so well, but he
did not wish to remain connected any longer than he could help with a
man of Mr. Kirby’s character.

At the Commercial Hotel, Dean and his employer occupied the same room.
They remained in the Lake City for a week.

Dean’s labors were very light, being confined to the writing of four
letters, one of which is subjoined as a specimen. It was addressed to a
certain John Carver, of San Francisco. It ran thus:

DEAR SIR:

You may sell out the two hundred shares of mining stock which you hold
of mine as soon as a satisfactory price can be obtained. I think I
ought to get twenty dollars per share, but will accept eighteen if you
think it best. The amount you can deposit to my credit in the Bank of
Nevada.

Yours truly,
PETER KIRBY.

Kirby watched Dean’s face when he was writing this letter. It was
intended for effect simply, and to dispel the suspicions of his young
secretary. But Dean had been gaining rapidly in knowledge of the world,
and especially in the knowledge of his employer, and he had little
belief in his mining property.

“How much do you think that mining stock cost me, Dean?” said Kirby, in
a confidential tone.

“I couldn’t guess, sir.”

“Four dollars and a quarter per share. How much would that be on two
hundred shares?”

“Eight hundred and fifty dollars.”

“Correct! I see you are quick at figures. Now, even if I sell at
eighteen, and I am certain to get that, I shall make a very tidy
profit. Let me see, it would foot up thirty-six hundred dollars—a
profit of twenty seven hundred, allowing the extra fifty for broker’s
commission.”

“Are you going to San Francisco, Mr. Kirby?” asked Dean.

“I may; I am not quite sure. It is a lucky city for me. Whenever I go
there I make money.”

Dean could not help wondering whether he made it in the same way as on
the Fall River boat.

“I have been rather short of money lately,” continued Mr. Kirby,
“because I was not willing to sell out my shares except at the top of
the market. However I think I may venture to sell now.”

Dean made no comment He did not believe that Kirby owned any mining
shares at all.

“Shall I mail the letter for you, Mr. Kirby?” asked the young secretary.

“No; I shall be going out myself,” answered his employer. “You may hand
me the letter when you have put it in the envelope.”

Kirby carelessly dropped the letter into his pocket, and when Dean was
out of the way he destroyed it. It was never intended to be mailed.

“The boy looks skeptical,” said Kirby to himself, as he sent Dean to
the office to buy a postage stamp. “It isn’t easy to pull the wool over
his eyes. I must get rid of him, and that soon.”

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