The story of a mysterious gang of blackmailers who pursue old Simon Deaves, a miser.
oh! Waste of time!"
Evan laughed. It was useless to get angry at the old boy.
"Why aren't you working at it now?" Deaves demanded to know.
"It wouldn't come to-day," said Evan.
"Stuff and nonsense! You'll never get on that way! Look at me!"
Evan did so, thinking: "I wouldn't be like you for all your millions!"
Deaves went on: "Keep everlastingly at it! That's my motto. That's what's brought me to where I am to-day. I've retired now--though I still have my irons in the fire--but when I was your age I worked early and late. I didn't waste my time fooling round like young men do. No, sir! My only thought was how to turn everything to advantage. I denied myself everything; lived on two bits a day, I did, and put my savings to work. The cents and the dollars are good and willing little servants if you make them work for you. I watched 'em grow and grow. That was my young man's fun."
Evan looking at him thought: "You are an object-lesson all right, old man,
A young man intervenes to protect an eccentric elderly gentleman during a public disruption. He soon finds himself employed by the old man's family as both bodyguard and investigator in a blackmail case. A decent mystery yarn intertwined with an extremely heavy romantic interest.
Blackmail mystery solved unconventionally by a guy full of himself. If you like easy adventurous pulp, a fine specimen of the time.