As his position grew more responsible, his business connec tions increased. He already knew a number of rich business men who dealt wilh the bank where he worked. The brokers knew him as representing a well-known film and considered him to be a most reliable person.1
Young Cowperwood took an interest in his father’s pro gress. He was quite often allowed to come to the bank on Saturdays, when he would watch with great interest the quick exchange of bills. He wanted to know where all the different kinds of money came from, and what the men did with all the money they received. His father, pleased at his interest, was glad to explain, so that even at this early age — from ten to fifteen — the boy gained a wide know ledge of the condition of the country financfally. He was also Interested in stocks and bonds, and he learned that some stocks and bonds were not even worth the paper they were written on, and others were worth much more than their face value showed.
At home also he listened to considerable talk of busi ness and financial adventure.
Frank realized that his father was too honest, too care ful. He often told himself that when he grew up, he was going to be- а broker, or a financier, or a banker, and do some of the risky things he so often used to hear about.
Just at this time there came to the Cowperwoods an uncle, Seneca Davis, who had not appeared in the life of the family before.
Henry Cowperwood was pleased at the arrival of this rather rich relative, for before that Seneca Davis had not taken much notice of Henry Cowperwood and his family.
This time, however, he showed much more interest in the Cowperwoods, particularly in Frank.
“How would you like to come down to Cuba3 and be a planter, my boy?” he asked him once.
“I am not so sure that I’d like to,” replied the boy.
“Well, that’s frank enough. What have you against it?”
“Nothing, except that I don’t know anything about it.”
“What do you know?”
The boy smiled, “Not very much, I guess.”
“Well, what are you interested in?”
He looked at Frank carefully now. There was something
in the boy ... no doubt of it.
“A smart boy!” he said to Henry, his brother-in-law.
“You have a good family."