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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 17, 1912, Image 20

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to react -upon the amount of the
patronage, a convicted person
was required to sign a full confes
sion. This the store kept, as pro
tection against further trouble.
On this day, however, a thor
ough searching of the woman by
the woman assistant failed to dis
close any goods belonging to the
store.
"How's this?" thundered the
superintendent.
The house detective looked an
gry, as he said with some heat:
"Miss Sommors gave me the,
signal."
Ten minutes later Miss Vesta
Sommors was standing in the
superintendent's room.
"But I really saw her take the
goods," she persisted.
"Always be sure, young wo
man. To haul up an innocent lady
like this can only result in harm
to the house," and Vesta knew
that the superintendent was cor
rect. Suddenly an idea came to
her.
"I want to say something. L
counted the collar's just before she
came in. I gave my count to Miss
Wilson, and she entered it. If
there is no report of sales, or even
if there is, I ought to be able to
establish my reputation ipr not
making a blunder." Her voice
trembled a little. The superin
tendent appreciated good service
and knew that shoplifters had
many ways of concealing stolen
articles, so he sent to the depart
ment to have the collars counted,
and to Miss Wilson, its head, to
bring- uo the report.
.Vesta, trembling;more than the
shoplifter, counted the moments,
while the house detective glow
ered. Finally Miss Wilson arriv
ed. After having gone over
them that morning according to
her usual custom, she had given
them to Vesta to go over. Their
count -had been the same. She
had after receiving orders, gone
over them herself, and had Miss
Albright do the same, and they
found that just two collars'were
missing.
The house detective blandly
asked, risking a severe reproof:
"But where are those two .col
lars?" There were the four women:
Miss Wilson, Vesta, the shoplift
er .and the woman assistant The
house detective ran them over
with his sharp eye.
"I would suggest that these
four be searched," he began, but
he had gone a little too far. The
superintendent gave him a look,
under which he wilted almost to
confession, and perhaps under
that man's skillful cross-examin-
ation he might have broken down,
but the -day was saved -for him by
the arrival of a cash boy with the
two collars, which had been found
under a stool near which the
woman had been standing when
caught by the house detective.
The superintendent dismissed
them "with a wave "of the hand,
and Vesta was faint and dizzy as
she and Miss Wilson hurried
back to the floor.
"The beast" Miss Wilson had
muttered, but Vesta said nothing
Her. mind was changing a little,
.andby night she knew, hesf uturq-
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