Second,’ for, of course, you ’ve followed the quotations, and are likely to know what stock you ’re holding shares of. When you go back, take a look at them, and you ’ll see I am right.”

But I brought them with me,” said Bar- ker, with a slight flushing as he felt in his pocket, and I am quite sure they are the ‘First.’ He brought them ou.t and laid them 0n the desk before the manager.

The words First Extension were plainly visible. The manager glanced cu- riously at Barker, and his brow darkened.

Did anybody put this up on you? he said sternly. Did your partners send you here with this stuff? i

No I no! said Barker eagerly. No one! It ’s all my mistake. I see it now. I trusted to the newspaper.”

And you mean to say you never exam- ined the stock or the quotations, nor fol- lowed it in any way, since you had it?”

Never I said Barker. Never thought about it at all till I saw the newspaper. So it’s not worth anything?” And, to the in- finite surprise of the manager, there was a slight smile on his boyish face.

I am afraid it is not worth the paper it ’s

Written on,” said the manager gently. 2—v. 6