Chapter 3. A diabolical story

The very same floor broker who told me the tale of the corn speculator and the fire chief told me this story also. He says he knows it's true because once upon a time (many years ago now), he hired one of the main characters as his clerk—which is how he got to hear the story in the first place. The clerk had an opportunity to join a college buddy of his in San Diego and become a commodity broker. He quickly packed, left Chicago, and moved to the west coast.

The San Diego office he joined produced some business, but nothing spectacular. Customers would come, many would lose and leave, and new ones would come to take their place. One afternoon, as these two characters were staring out of their office window (which ...

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