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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 10, 1913, Image 13

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ONE HUNDRED CENTS ON THE,
DOLLAR -By
George Elrner Cobb:
After five years, of, hard work Wil--fred
Ashton. walked down the steps
of the neat little factor he .had dom
inated a ruined naiCThe "morning,
was bright 'an'd beautiful, th'e'air like
new wine, all naturerseemed;disport
ing.in the brilliant sunlight! 'But his
heart was like lead: The -plant was
in the hands ofa, receiver,rand he
was a bankrupt. ' ,', '
Wardells had done.this Wardens,
the upstarts, the business "pirates.
"We Have an Offer for the Assets in
Bulki"
The elder of . that firm. had been taken
in off, the street pennilessly Ashton,
had, been, given workh'acf learn'ed the
secrets of the. busin'eSs,. and ha'done
out to exploit themon .his own. ac
count. The rival house" jnanfactured
a' counting machine. .In some way
Wardell had secured the sdle;right to
manufacture a nrachine the sale of
which was.Ashton'schief source of
revenue. Trade'feEofE. jVardells.
spjead; and .flourished ' like a green
banyou tree. .Ashton & Co. went
down hill fast. ... '
. And now ruin! Reckoning up
anxiously; Wilfred had found that the
plant'and his' other resources would
pay off about seventy-five per cent of
the. debts.' JThis i.was that crushed
him. Son ot'a business man of clean,
straight record, proud of his. honor
able business reputation, what had
been swept away was as nothing to
him if he could but have paid one
hundred cents on the dollar. He
reached the office of his lawyer, de
jected and. hopeless.
"We have an offer for the assets in ;
bulk," explained the. attorney. "It
will square the secured indebtedness
entirely. It will also take care of all
the other liabilities, except about two
thousand."
"If I could onljr reach that!" ex-
claimed Wilfred. "It,is those credit- -ore,
small, struggling firms, that need
their .money. Is there no way I can
reach this deficit?"
"A way has been opened," an
nounced the lawyer, "a. remarkable
one. There is. the- list of the unse
cured creditors,' and he pushed over
a written page, "and here is two
thousand, handed to. me by a brother 1
attorney, representing a mysterious
.client, who does not wish to be
known."
"You amaze me," cried Wilfred, his
Jace shining, his eyes filling with t
gratful tears, "who could have done v
me this kind act?" f
He thought of two brothers of his
dead mother. -Family differences had t
estranged them, but surely .this
gracious help in, the. time of need had, ,
come from them. Wilfred signed the t
I. O. U: extended to him by the law-
yer. His heart seemed singing with-
in him. ,
"A mere matter of forms,'' remark- '
ed the attorney "the jrioney willr
never be asked for."
"But it will be given," insisted Wil-j
fred. "Bless the giver! All the ob
stacles before me,are as'trifles.now

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