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a MAN OF TRICKS;
,An antique.-ring had been stolen
from a jew,elry tray in .the case .under
my 'charge. Goldstein '& Co. had acted
promptly. I was notified that my serv
ices were .no longer -required. The
senior partner of the firm took great
pains to,inform me that my dismissal
carried; with it no implication of per
sonal dishonesty. There had been so
"I; Am Certain of It."
many of such thefts recently; how
ever, that an example! of presumable
carelessness must be made. Unfor
tunately they had begun with me.
If it had not" been for the stenog
rapher, Miss" Lura,"Vesey,I think I
should have packed up instanter to
return to my native town, disgusted
with jewelers in general and "justly
indignant at Goldstein. & Co. After I
had parted with several good friends
.among the clerks, who honestly re
gretted my departure, I was' surprised
to find. Miss Vesey at; my side, just as
I was leaving, .the pjace.,v She -was in
tears. She placed a slsterly,.affection
ate hand onmy .arm. in ji pleading,
sympathetic way that; softened me. .
"You will not get discouraged?"
she said. t
"Does it matter much?" I jerked
out, still wroth at my summary dis
missal. "It does to me," she replied earn
estly, "more than you think. It mat-
ters.to my brother, too, Mr. Winthrbp.""
Xou found huji a good position, and
he will always be grateful. If I can
help ypu "
But I shook, my head dejectedly.
, "At least, let me hear how you get
along," she added, and there was a
tremor in her voice that inspired me
with the" idea that I had. one sterling
friend in the . world.
So I .promised her, and went on my
way.. Then my thoughts began to
crystallize-to-some coherency! I set
my teeth hard. I clenched my fists
with determination. ' -
'Til see this thing through!" I said
to myself "if it is only to set at rest
any possible imputation of wrong do
ihg that may .follow me." '
You see, I remembered all about
that missing antique ring. In fact, I
knew the man who had stolen it. Atj
least I thought T did. Aye,.I,knew him
twice! That is a strange thing-"to
say but even thrice! I mean: dis
guised. I was sure, as Ixefle.cted, that
the sleek thief had twice before vis
ited the store on occasions after
which articles of value had been
I am not much of a story teller, but,
to look ahead a little, my hard think
ing assured me that I might make a
good detective. That reflection led to
action, I discovered my natural forte,
and that is why I havel become a se
cret service man, where -I have an
easy case about once1 a year, plenty
of time to work on it, and good pay.
My first step' was. to go to the
Jewelers' Board of Trade. That was
where, they keptthe records of the
trade, and I knew .mine would follow