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Edward William Bok (1863–1930). The Americanization of Edward Bok. 1921.

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therefrom, Edward saw much, in his office, of “the little wizard of Wall Street.” One day, the financier had to dictate a contract, and, coming into Mr. Cary’s office, decided to dictate it then and there. An hour afterward Edward delivered the copy of the contract to Mr. Gould, and the financier was so struck by its accuracy and by the legibility of the handwriting that afterward he almost daily “happened in” to dictate to Mr. Cary’s stenographer. Mr. Gould’s private stenographer was in his own office in lower Broadway; but on his way down-town in the morning Mr. Gould invariably stopped at the Western Union Building, at 195 Broadway, and the habit resulted in the installation of a private office there. He borrowed Edward to do his stenography. The boy found himself taking not only letters from Mr. Gould’s dictation, but, what interested him particularly, the financier’s orders to buy and sell stock.

Edward watched the effects on the stock-market of these little notes which he wrote out and then shot through a pneumatic tube to Mr. Gould’s brokers. Naturally, the results enthralled the boy, and he told Mr. Cary about his discoveries. This, in turn, interested Mr. Cary; Mr. Gould’s dictations were frequently given in Mr. Cary’s own office, where, as his desk was not ten feet from that of his stenographer, the attorney heard them, and began to buy and sell according to the magnate’s decisions.

Edward had now become tremendously interested in the stock game which he saw constantly played by the great financier; and having a little money saved up,


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