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"See here," he said finally, "did
you ever sell our goods ?"
"Except to calling customers
and through correspondence, no
sir," admitted David, rather re
luctantly. "Do you think you could?"
"I'd try mighty hard, given a
chance," replied David, wonder
ing if the. "new opening" was
coming his way.
"Very well, I'm going to test
you gut," declared Mr. Morse
with sudden determination.
"Now, listea carefully. You
know Borden, our traveling sales
man? From the office he work
ed up a ten thousand dollar order
for four machines from a Mr.
William Henry of Acton. There
were other bids, but our goods
seemed to please Henry."
"I remember the case," said
"Three days ago Borden start
ed for Acton. The next day we
forwarded to his address at the
American hotel there the speci
fications and contracts. Today
we learned that he had gone off
on one of his irregular bouts. I
have just received a telegram
from the American hotel, stating
that he has not shown up there.
You know Borden throws every
thing to the winds when his
drinking fit takes him. I believe
that some business rivaTs are in a
plot to sidetrack him, and prob
ably have him shut up some
where, dazed or drugged."
"That is a pretty bad state of
affairs," suggested David.
"Now for the remedy said
Ilf. Mprse sharply. "The con
tract is to be let tomorrow morn
ing at ten o'clock. If you think
yourself strong enough to tindeil
take the job -start out. If yo
succeed it will mean a good deal ,
for you, I can tell you that. A
train leave in half an hour." i
"I shall be a passenger on thaf
train," said David simply ,-and. put
on his coat.
At five o'clock the next morn
ing David was camping xm the
front porch of Mr. William Hen
ry. He had reached Acton at
midnight, had got the forwarded
specifications and contract at the
hotel, and had learned that Mr.
Henry lived at a suburb ten, miles
out of the city. He had hired a
taxicab, had arrived, and now
Dayjd was .Waiting for daylight
and for his prospective customer
He sat on the top step of the
porch rather drowsily, ;but figur
ing out what he would say to
Henry, and-thinking of Mary. He
had been there an hpur. Sudden
ly the front dqor was pushed
open. Quite as suddenly a man
came out. He carried a bundle
done up in a sheet so big that he
could not see over it, ran against
David, and before the latter could
get out of the way, both tumbled
head over heels to the bottom of
The bundle burst open. With a
clatter silverware, jewelry and
clothing spread all over the steps.
David grabbed at the man. The
latter nearly stunned him by
kicking out, made a dive for some
near shrubbery, and disappeared.
"What's- all that racket"' de-