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Five Thousand an Hour : how Johnny Gamble won the heiress   By: (1869-1924)

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FIVE THOUSAND AN HOUR

How Johnny Gamble Won the Heiress

BY

GEORGE RANDOLPH CHESTER

Author of

THE MAKING OF BOBBY BURNIT, THE EARLY BIRD, GET RICH QUICK WALLINGFORD

ILLUSTRATIONS BY HENRY RALEIGH

CONTENTS

I WHICH INTRODUCES JOHNNY GAMBLE AND HIS LAST HUNDRED DOLLARS II IN WHICH STRANGERS BECOME OLD FRIENDS III IN WHICH JOHNNY GAMBLE MIXES BUSINESS AND PLEASURE IV IN WHICH GRESHAM FINDS JOHNNY'S OLD PARTNER ACCOMMODATING V IN WHICH JOHNNY DISPLAYS TALENT AS A TRUE PROMOTER VI IN WHICH CONSTANCE DECIDES ON A FAIR GAME VII IN WHICH JOHNNY DREAMS OF A MAGNIFICENT TWENTY STORY HOTEL VIII IN WHICH CONSTANCE SHOWS FURTHER INTEREST IN JOHNNY'S AFFAIRS IX IN WHICH JOHNNY MEETS A DEFENDER OF THE OLD ARISTOCRACY X IN WHICH JOHNNY IS SINGULARLY THRILLED BY A LITTLE CONVERSATION OVER THE TELEPHONE XI IN WHICH JOHNNY EXECUTES SOME EXCEEDINGLY RAPID BUSINESS DEALS XII IN WHICH JOHNNY EVEN DOES BUSINESS AT THE BABIES' FUND FAIR XIII IN WHICH JOHNNY BUYS A PRESENT AND HATCHES A SCHEME XIV IN WHICH JOHNNY TRIES TO MIX BUSINESS WITH SKAT XV IN WHICH WINNIE CHAPERONS THE ENTIRE PARTY TO CONEY ISLAND XVI IN WHICH JOHNNY PLANS A REHEARSAL BETWEEN OLD FRIENDS XVII IN WHICH THE STRAW SAILOR HAT OF JOHNNY PLAYS AN EMBARRASSING ROLE XVIII IN WHICH THE ENTIRE WOBBLES FAMILY FOR ONCE GETS TOGETHER XIX IN WHICH THE COLONEL, MESSRS. COURTNEY, WASHER AND OTHERS SIT IN A LITTLE GAME XX IN WHICH JOHNNY ASKS HIMSELF WHAT IS A MILLION DOLLARS, ANYWAY XXI IN WHICH CONSTANCE AVAILS HERSELF OF WOMAN'S PRIVILEGE TO CHANGE HER MIND XXII IN WHICH PAUL GRESHAM PROPOSES A VERY PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENT XXIII IN WHICH THE BRIGHT EYES OF CONSTANCE "RAIN INFLUENCE" XXIV IN WHICH JOHNNY DEMANDS SPOT CASH AT ONCE XXV IN WHICH JOHNNY KEEPS ON DOING BUSINESS TILL THE CLOCK STRIKES FOUR

FIVE THOUSAND AN HOUR

CHAPTER I

WHICH INTRODUCES JOHNNY GAMBLE AND HIS LAST HUNDRED DOLLARS

About the time the winner of the Baltimore Handicap flashed under the wire, Johnny Gamble started to tear up a bundle of nice pink tickets on Lady S. Just then Ashley Loring came by swiftly in the direction of the betting shed. Loring stopped and wheeled when he caught sight of him as did most men who knew him.

"Hello, Johnny! I didn't know you had run over. How are you picking them to day?" he asked.

"With a dream book," answered Gamble, smiling; "but I ate lobster last night."

"I didn't know that you cared for the ponies."

"I don't; and it's mutual. Thought I'd take one more whirl, though, before the Maryland governor also closes the tracks for ever. How are you doing?"

"I'm working on a new system," stated the tall young man with elation. "With this scheme, all you have to do is to bet on the right horse. What did you have in the handicap?"

"The off bay over there," replied Gamble, indicating a team attached to a sprinkling wagon, away on the farther side of the course. "Have one of her calling cards, Loring," and he proffered one of the ex tickets.

"Lady S?" translated Loring. "I cut her acquaintance three bets ago." And, turning just then toward the grandstand, he smiled up into one of the boxes and lifted his hat.

Glancing in that direction, Gamble was shocked to find himself looking squarely into the dark eyes of a strikingly beautiful young woman who stood with her hands resting upon the rail.

"What do you know about Collaton?" he asked; and, in spite of himself, he looked again. The young lady this time was laughing with a group of likable young idlers, all of whom Gamble knew; and, since the startling stranger was occupied, he could indulge in a slightly more open inspection.

"I saw Collaton on the track to day and he was making some big bets," replied Loring with a frown. "He's not broke, Johnny. He's merely been letting you hold the bag."

"Well, help me let go... Continue reading book >>




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