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By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Randal Webster, the young
and handsome president' of the
Bank of Greenville, opened the
door of his private office. He
glanced into the counting room,
and beyond it at the jostling
crowd hi the street outside. Then
with a groan he sank to a chair,
With a Groan He Sank to a Chair
the picture of despairing misery.
"It has come," he told himself
in a harsh racking whisper
"the worst, the end !"
There came a tap at the door.
The young financier sprang to his
feet. A brief, vague hope gave
him momentary energy. Then
his soul seemed to die within him,
as his cashier entered the room
with a face blanched and f ear
crossed as his own.
"Any word?" projected Web
"None. Mr. Webster, we must
face the critic, the worst of ru
mors ns to the solvency of the in
stitution have iot abroad. A
mob of depositors from the mills
is in front of the bank. Thev are
wrought up and dangerous. They
threaten to smash every window
and blow up the bank with dyna
mite, if their rnoney is not paid
them promotly at ten o'clock."
"Impossible!" gasped Webster.
"No one knows that better
than myself." responded the
cashier in a hollow tone. "There
is no promise whatever that your
messenger to the citv will arrive
before niqdit. Then it is too late.
The train is just in, and neither
man nor money has appeared."
"How much is there in the
bank in readv cash?"
"Pay it out to the last dollar
as slowly as you can. If we can
tide over for a few hours the ex
pected help may come."
"And if it does not and when
the money gives out?" questioned
the cashier fearsomely.
"Put up a sign and close the
Left to himself, the young
banker reviewed the situation.
Energetic, impetuous, ambitious,
he had gone beyond his depth in
an investment sure to turn out
profitable in the end. A tempor-