The fantastic experiences of two young men of Bohemian tendencies who prowl about New York. Thorp, son of a rich father, brought up in luxury and idleness, does not know what to turn his hand to when compelled to either work or be content with a meagre income. Indiman, an energetic fellow with a tendency towards mysticism, espionage, and a golf handicap of 18, is his un-expected companion, and together they discover a club to which the only qualification for membership is absolute failure.
The Gentleman's Visiting-Card -- The Red Duchess -- House in the Middle of the Block -- The Private Letter-Box -- The Ninety-and-Nine Kisses -- The Queen of Spades -- The Opal Button -- The Tip-Top Tip -- The Brass Baggage-Check -- The Upset Apple-Cart -- The Philadelphia Quizzing-Glass -- The Adjuster of Averages
y enough room, at the point of intersection, for the traffic of one. The confusion grew worse as the policemen and signalmen stationed at the crossing occasionally lost their heads; every now and then a new block would form, and several minutes would elapse before it could be broken. In all directions long lines of yellow electric cars stood stalled, the impatient passengers looking ahead to discover the cause of the trouble. A familiar enough experience to the modern New-Yorker, yet it never fails to exasperate him afresh.
The impasse looked hopeless when I reached the scene. A truck loaded with bales of burlap was on the point of breaking down at the crossing, and it was a question of how to get it out of the way in the shortest possible time consistent with the avoidance of the threatened catastrophe. Meanwhile, the jam of cars and trucks kept piling up until there was hardly space for a newsboy to worm his way from one curb to another, and the crowd on the street corners began to grow restive. They