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Jack and the Check Book by John Kendrick Bangs

JACK AND THE CHECK BOOK

by

JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

Illustrated by Albert Levering

[Illustration: THE WISH BROUGHT ABOUT THE MOST ASTONISHING RESULTS--See page 54]

Harper & Brothers New York and London 1911

Copyright, 1911, by Harper & Brothers

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE I. JACK AND THE CHECK-BOOK 1 II. THE GREAT WISH SYNDICATE 36 III. PUSS, THE PROMOTER 74 IV. THE GOLDEN FLEECE 115 V. THE INVISIBLE CLOAK 157 VI. THE RETURN OF ALADDIN 195

ILLUSTRATIONS

THE WISH BROUGHT ABOUT THE MOST ASTONISHING RESULTS _Frontispiece_ THE BEANS SCATTERED IN EVERY DIRECTION 7 THE OGRE COLLAPSED IN HIS CHAIR 23 "BLESS YOU, MY CHILDREN!" 27 "A WEEK'S VACATION IN LITTLE OLD NEW YORK" 31 WITHIN THE ANCIENT HOUSE SAT THE OWNER, RICHARD WILBRAHAM 39 "BALLYHACK! LAST STATION----ALL OUT!" 51 WILBRAHAM PAID BEFORE LEAVING THE COURT-ROOM 71 "I SUPPOSE I COULD SELL YOU, BILL" 79 "TELL 'EM TO TELL MR. BONDIFELLER THAT I AM TOO BUSY TO SEE HIM" 87 "GOOD-BYE, JACK" 93 "THE HANDSOMEST TOWER IN THE WORLD" 99 "COULDN'T MAKE IT THREE MILLION, COULD YOU?" SUGGESTED MR. DOBBINS 107 "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?" 121 "THERE'S THE MONEY, SIR" 131 POOR GASMERILDA SAT WHITE-FACED 137 "I AM YOUR FAIRY GODMOTHER, GASMERILDA" 141 "THIS IS THE GREATEST CINCH IN THE HISTORY OF FINANCE" 149 "DERE ISS SOMEDINGS IN DOT SEADT, ALRETTY YET!" 169 "THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THE MATTER WITH MY NERVES" 175 "HUMPH!" SAID SHE, SCORNFULLY 199 "THIS IS A HALF-PORTION, SIR," SAID SAMBO 207 "YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?" 213 "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?" THEY DEMANDED 231

JACK AND THE CHECK-BOOK

I

Once upon a time a great many years ago there lived a poor woman who, having invested all her savings in mining shares, was soon brought to penury and want. She had bought her modest little home and all there was in it on the instalment plan, and here she was, upon a certain beautiful morning in late spring, absolutely penniless, and three days off, staring her in the face, were payments due on the piano, the kitchen range and even on the house itself. Moreover, the winter had been a bitter one. Four times had the water-pipes frozen and burst, and a plumber's bill of appalling magnitude had come in the morning's mail, with the stern admonition stamped in red letters at the bottom:


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