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, A LITTLE IRISH JDRAYMAN WHO WAS BIG AND
A Bid EDITOR WHO WAS LITTLE
Illustrating How Appearances Often Are Deceitful, and
-- How In This: 'Upside Doton World the Matt Who
. j . . Appears, to. Be the Servant is Really the Master.
,.... B.Y M. D. COCHRAN .-'.'. .
. Several years? ago, .a little old Irish, drayman .taught me, somethings I
never-had known before'.-" -; ' - '
, I was .walking .along one. of the. old. residence streets in Toledo, just on.
the edge of the business ; section where.; some of the old-fashioned resi
dences still stood th"e,kihd once occupied, by. the 'rich, but deserted by them
and rented for rooming, houses until torn: down to make room for business
.. Backed up to the;curbstone-in front, of one. of the houses, stood a one-
horse wagon. On ..its side was a rudely-painted sign, "Express." In the
wagon was- a large trunk. A little old: Irish drayman stqod pn the sidewalk.
"''. A I reached him he looked. me. ovec an. instant, and then said: "Would
you jnind giving me. a, lift in ther3?"-lobking;oward--the front door of
the house.. - ' ,
' . I accepted the invitation, and together we carried the trunk across the
sidewalk and inside tie. front door "in "there," as he had said. - ,
., ' He was in the led. - The stairway Started a few steps inside the door.
" . "Klow.up. this flight,", he said, and led the-.way. I got the-trunkby the
'bottom, as' I bad the .biggest lift bemgelriw. .--
f When we gbt to the top. of the- stairs, he said: "We'd better rest a.
minute." " We. did. When, ha thought Wehad. rested long enough he gave
the next order. " ;'
"Now just up this, next flight," he said".. And up 'we went I puffing
someand also sweating a bit Anyhow we went to the top and along the
hallway to an open door. '
"In- here," he said; and after we got inside "Well set it down here."
We did. I -was. quite docile all the time and obeyed orders without a
whimper. . ... .
Then we- came downstairs my boss, and I and out on -to the side
walk. "Would you. comearound the corner and have a drink?" he asked,
after looking me over again. . ,
"Nbr thank you," I replied. ''Thank YOU, sir," he said,, "and I must
be .going now," and the. little old drayman got aboard his little old "Express-wagon,
his little old horse started and my boss was on his way.
. The more I thought it over as I walked on out into the residence sec
tion, the more I admired the masterful way of that wise old drayman. By
appropriating me and my services, he had saved a quarter for a quarter
extra was charged for -delivering a trunk up two flights of stairs as a
v helper was supposed to be needed. He had one. t
- But the easy manner in which tie little drayman stopped the editor of
a big newspaper, took possession of him, made him obey orders and work
for the arayman,.-and with never a thought of refusing to do what the boss
"ordered well, it was. a revelation and worth the price.
In appearances there was a va& difference between tie drayman and
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