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all aglow and apparently very well pleased with himself.
He said he had had a hard time getting the business
transacted as there was a terrific rush at the Exchange,
and he had lost the margin slip on which Stetson had
written instructions to sell, but as he knew how to write
another one he had done so, the receipt covering which
he showed me.
I at once noted that the receipt indicated he had
purchased Mexican Petroleum instead of selling. I
called his attention to the error, but he seemed very confident
that he had written out the new slip exactly as
Stetson had done. \While Spencer and I were arguing
the point, Stetson came excitedly into the room exclaiming:
"Spencer, haven't you made a mistake and bought
instead of selling Mexican Petroleum? I just noticed
on the board at the Exchange that some one had purchased
exactly the same amount I instructed you to sell.
I thought it possible you had made a mistake."
Spencer showed him the receipt which proved that
he had bought instead of sold.
Stetson flew into a rage.
"Spencer, you have ruined us! You have lost every
dollar we have and that we had coming to us."
Spencer fell on the bed and went into hysterics.
apparently weeping and very much grieved over his mistake.
He declared the thirty-five thousand dollars which
he had contributed was the entire amount of an estate
which his dear mother had left him; that he was sure
his father would disinherit him and never speak to him
again as long as he lived. He got down on the floor
and rolled and tumbled. Stetson looked down at him.
"I could knock your head off, your poor miserable
wretch!" He spoke as if talking to himself.
Then he added disgustedly: "But look at the ignorant
fool, he is suffering!"
Suddenly reaching for his hat, Stetson said:
"I will rush back to the Exchange and try to hedge
Here’s what’s next.
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/27/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .