The Yukon Sun. (Yukon, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, April 23, 1909 Page: 7 of 8
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Treating f/j>e 'Bookjej
By JOHN IRVING DAY
In the 'Realm of High and Lotv Finance
tell you. Danny, it s hard-
ly worth the candle. The
police are keeping a close
watch on pool rooms and
are liable to nab the
whole bunch oefore you
could turn a trick." Doc
Floyd, master mind of the
High Rollers' club, was
uttering words of wisdom
to Danny Roberts, player
)IT— ot iuvenile roles in the
lite drama enacted by the members
of the qlub.
But, old man, I've just to sell the
professor a package, and there's noth-
ing that would be so easy. He's bugs
on the races. I've met him and got his
confidence, and he doesn't know that
ve got it in for him so hard that I'm
}umS"° mak6 '"m tak° the high
but why have you got to rcsorL to
olt> 'wire game' to land him?" ques-
tioned Floyd. "And you haven't told
me what gave you your grouch against
him. Tell me about it."
| Well, if you only knew him, you
^ wouldn't need to ask why anyone
1 wouldn't want to hand him a package,"
Could Herr Oberman, teacher of
vocal music, by any occult power have
overheard and comprehended the con-
versation that was going on between
Danny Roberts and Doc Floyd he would
have locked his questionably acquired
fortune in the strong box of some safe
deposit company and thrown the key
away. Herr Oberman, graduate from
'he ranks of rathskeller musicians had
opened what he was pleased to term a
conservatory of music in a Michigan
avenue building habited by others of
his kind. There, in a period of a few
short years, he had waxed fat in purse
and person, luring into his net, by at-
tractive advertisements, young women
with ambitions to outshine the Melbaa
and Mary Gardens of grand opera. To
all ot these he promised great things,
but no prima donna ever had gradu-
ated from the school of Oberman. He
was only one of many who preyed on
the vanity of women who believed
themselves possessed of divine voices
* • «
It was a smiling, cheerful Danny
Roberts that greeted the professor in
the dingy pool room the day after his
conversation with Doc Floyd.
So another good dip, we have " was
the gleeful remark of Herr Professor
when he had read the message which
advised a good bet on Cheese Cake,
eh?"' maIfe dose boolr°om feliers sick,
That s it," replied Danny. "I've al-
ready got my bet down. You'd better
hurry up before they cut the price.
I'll see you later. I've got to get down
the street to meet a party."
Danny did not wait to see the frantic
look and hear the swear words in Ger-
man which were emitted by the pro-
fessor when Cheese Cake failed to be
heard from in the race. He hadn't lost
a cent of his own money, but had faked
« telegram for the express purpose of
having Oberman lose.
T he next day Oberman was waiting
anxiously In the pool room when Dan
ny appeared. Before the excited Ger-
man could start to tell of his hard luck
and how he had lost a whole hundred
dollars, Danny produced another tele
gram explaining that Cheese Cake had
been kicked and crippled at the post,
which accounted for his poor race. The
second message also advised that
Danny get down good on Rarebit. This
lime Danny waited with Oberman to
hear the running of the race called off
as its description was ticked out over
the telegraph Instrument.
"They're off! Rarebit in the lead
Handy Bill second; the others
bunched," and Danny shivered at the
announcer's words, for he had not ex-
0 pec ted Rarebit to te heard from any
, more than Cheese Cake had on the pre-
"Cashbox wins!" and Dannv gave a
sigh of relief which Oberman took to
be one of pain accompanying his own
'uoan of anguish. "Dandy Boy sec-
ond, continued the announcer "Nar
< issus is third."
Now what do you think of that for
hard luck?" was the mock moan of
Danny to the professor. "There we
wore leading all the way and then our
horse drops out of sight. I'm going to
unit this game. It's impossible to beat
'•ven with what is supposed to be the
very best of information."
Professor was too grieved to listen
io Danny. He had troubles of his own
It was a cheaper drink than wine the
iwo took when they adjourned to the
bar room under the pool room. As they
took their drink Danny once more said
that he was going to quit trying to beat
>b"\pool room until he found a surer
♦ of beating it. He hinted mysterl
ously that he had some such way In
mind and told Herr Oberman Inas-
much as he had caused him to lose by
allowing him to bet on Ills tips he
might be able to let him in on a good
'lung where they could do better than
get even In a day or two. As he said
good-by Danny told the professor not
to do any more betting until he had
heard from him, which might bo on
but three o'clock In the afternoon, but
Herr Oberman had arrived at the time
when he could make his choice of
hours for his pupils. It was none too
cordial a greeting he gave Danny Rob-
berts, who rushed in excitedly right at
his closing hour.
1 ve got it!" whispered Danny, ex-
citedly. "Is there anyone here that
can hear us?"
"No. What is it?" inquired the pro-
fessor, becoming interested.
"Don't ask mo now. I haven't got
time to explain. Get your hat and
come with me. We must hurry."
The excitement of Danny was con-
tagious, and before he knew it Herr
Professor was in the elevator and
speeding towards the street. Once on
the sidewalk, Danny rushed his fat
friend down Michigan and over across
Jackson boulevard to the Western
Union building. There he almost
big play from the board of trade men
and other big bugs. They never turn
an eyelash at a ?5,000 bet. There's a
telephone booth right here in the
saloon where our friend Brown can call
me up. We are just in time for the
fifth lace at I^os Angeles. My friend
Brown is going to call me up here as
soon as he gets the result from there
and then we'll hurry up-atalrg and get
a bet down.
Just so we'll be certain everything
Will go through all right, we'll onlv
make a hundred dollar bet to-day, and
then if it is O. K. we can pick out a
race to-morrow to make our killing in.
After that, there's nothing to hinder us
from taking in some of the other rooms
and we ought to be able to clean up a
hundred thousand dollars apiece with-
out anyone getting on to our game."
No such thing as a conscientious
scruple occurred to Herr Oberman as
Doc Floyd ana Jack Cleland, when
Herr Oberman, puffing from the exer-
tion of a brisk walk, arrived In due
time at the rendezvous.
"There, you answer the phot this
time, and bo sure you get the lesultg
right," said Danny when tho telephone
Still trembling with excitement, Herr
Oberman grasped the receiver and was
Informed that Mr. Brown was talkln*
He wrote down the names of three
horses: Wild Cat, first; Sweet Allra,
second, and Romeo, third.
"All light, you bet your $2,000 on
Wild Cat, and I'll play Sweet Alice for
h place, instructed Danny, when the
professor had showed the names he
had carefully penciled on the back of
Why prolong the agony?
A moment after the wagers had been j
recorded tho telegraph sounder began :
a business-like clicking. The operator I
announced in low tones that the race |
was off. The bettors crowded close to
hear the calling of the description of j
the race. The three horses as given
Herr Oberman were all prominent In
the running throughout.
And then—"Romeo wins!"
"What!" shrieked tho professor.
"Wild Cat, second—"
"Hell!" shouted Danny.
"Sweet Alice, third," continued the
operator in low, sing-song tones.
"Whipsawed, or I'm a goat," mut-
tered Danny, as he pulled the almost
fainting Herr Oberman to one ilde.
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or vanilla. By diHHolvintf granulated Hiiifur
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Herr Oberman was just bowing his
last pupil of the day out of the Ober-
niu school of vocal culture. It was
shoved the astonished German into an
other elevator. At the second floor of
the building a man In shirt sleeves,
with pencil resting behind his ear in
business fashion, got into the same
car. The shirt-sleeved and hatless per-
son got off the car at a top floor, where
Danny and tho professor also left It.
With a warning gesture, the shirt-
sleeved and hatless one motioned the
other two to a distant corner of the
hall. There he was introduced to the
professor by Danny as an old friend
who had charge of the racing wires
over which the odds and results on all
races were transmitted to the pool-
rooms throughout the middle west.
"Is It all right?" whispered the
"As right as a compass. Does your
friend understand that I'm to get half
of the winnings?''
"No, I haven't had time to explain to
him yet. I know he's all right,
The flattered professor beamed at
Danny's enthusiastic words of indorse-
ment, and then it was explained to
him that Mr. Brown, the Western
Union race wlro manager, could with-
hold the result of each race after it
came In until he had telephoned Dannv
and given him time to get down a good
bet In the poo; room before they knew
that the race was off. Danny promised
to explain matters more fully to the be-
fuddled professor on their way to the
pool room. As soon as they had taken
leave of the fictitious Manager Brown,
the latter walked down-stairs to the
second floor, where ho had left a boy
holding his hat and coat, and donning
these he was out and away from the
building five minutes behind Danny
and the professor.
"And now," said Danny to the by
this time thoroughly bewildered Herr
Oberman, when they had reached a
quiet little saloon on a side street, "I'll
show you how we are going to get even
with the bookmakers. Wo want to
make a good thorough test of the
scheme before we make any big bets.
There's a pool room over this saloon
where they don't have anything but
"I TIDN'T, I TIDN'T," MOANE D OBERMAN. "I'M RUINED!"
he glowed all over in anticipation of
such wealth easily acquired from the
pool room men. He thought this about
the cleverest scheme he had ever
heard of and so expressed himself with
much show of enthusiasm. The two
conspirators had just finished a drink
when the telephone bell rang and, ex-
plaining to the bartender that he was
expecting a call, Danny rushed into the
booth before anyone else could beat
him to It.
"Hello! Yes; this is me. You say it's
M. M. All right, everything's O. K.
Danny hung up (he reeclver and, mo-
tioning for the professor, he mounted
one flight of stairs and was admitted
to a carefully guarded room in the rear
of the rickety old time building. Herr
Oberman saw that the place was fre-
quented by a much Bmaller though a
more select crowd of patrons than the
ordinary pool room. Danny whispered
lo him that Military Man was the horse
In the fifth race, but that the odds
were only even money. He tendered a
hundred dollar bill to a prosperous-
looking person to bet on the horse in
the fifth race at Los Angeles.
The operator called off the descrip-
tion of tho running of the race from
start to finish, and Military Man was
not heard from until the stretch was
reached; then he was making one of
his famous home stretch runs, and as
was expected by Danny and the pro-
fessor, Military Man was announced as
That night Danny Roberts reported
still further progress to Doc Floyd
and Jack Cleland. He had parted with
Herr Oberman with the understanding
that they were to meet at the lunch
hour on the morrow and pick out a
rare that gave promise of paying big
odds for the winner. Accordingly the
appointment was kept and the fourth
race on the Los Angeles track was
selected as the one giving greatest
promises to the conspirators.
^ou must have gotten those names In
the wrong order."
, I tidn t, I tidn t," moaned Oberman.
Herr Oberman wiped his perspiring
brow and fat neck, too dazed to speak.
He did, however, hear what Danny
said, and took a bit of fresh courage.
I he two waited for ten minutes, after
which time the operator announced
that the finish of the fourth race at
Los Angeles was O. K., and Danny
dragged the professor down stairs and
to the bar. Before they had taken
their drink Jack Cleland, alias Brown
of the Western Union, hurriedly en-
tered (he bar.
"Give me my part of the money,
quick!" he demanded.
"My heavens, man, what have you I
done?" exploded Danny. "The horses '
didn't finish as you gave them to the j
professor! And (hen he explained
that the horse they had played to win 1
had run second.
"Why, you fat-headed Dutchman, I
ought to break your head!" was the in
Clarence Dubb—May I have this
dance, Miss Sharply?
Miss Sharply—Certainly! I don't
City of a Thousand Tongues.
"Why do you devote so much time
to the study of the languages? Are
you going to study abroad?"
"No. I want to be equipped to carry
on an Intelligent conversation with
any one I may happen to meet in New
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Danny was walling outside the little
saloon on the side street, over which
wag the fake pool room fitted out by
dlgnant response of Cleland
glowered at the still dazed Oberman.
"Serves me right for doing business
with a fat-headed Dutch fiddler."
"But," broke in Danny, "Let's buck
up. We'll have another chance at it
to-morrow and I'll fake down the
names, so there won't be such a mis-
take. Don't be too hard on our friend.
He was probably excited."
"Tomorrow, hell!" growled the
pseudo Western Union man. "The peo-
lde In the office heard me telephoning
you and got on to me holding back the
returns and I've just been fired. I'll
never be able to get another Western
"Mine Gott!" groaned the professor,
as he sunk into a chair beside a beer-
And there Danny Roberts and Jack
Cleland left him alone In his grief. By
this time there was not a soul left in
tho supposed pool room. Even the fake
wires had been torn out and the place
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