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, "A RAW DEAL"
By Walter Joseph Delaney.
'(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Square as a die and honest as a
Quaker," was the reputation that
Jarvis Mercer had won in Lindgrove
after- sixty days' business establish
ment in the real estate and mort
"And good as gold," was the ardent
and sincere addendum of his office
secretary, Nellie Ward, but she said
it to herself, as she glanced timidly
"Ifs a Raw Deal, Sharp," Spoke One
of the Men.
at her employer, and blushed self
Her true womanly heart was full
of gratitude towards the shy, reticent
man who had started her in business
life. She needed work sadly when
she applied for a position a grade
better than clerking in the village dry
goods store. Nellie had an aged
aunt to support, and when Mr. Mer
cer offered her nearly double her
former salary she felt as though rare
opulence had become her portion.
Mr. Mercer had shown her unusual
indulgence. He had been patient in
teaching her how to operate the
typewriter. He had set her easy and
pleasant tasks. From the first he
had placed entire confidence in her,
and this pleased her greatly. In fact,
at the end of 'the first month she at
tended to bank and other business
when he was absent.
Her employer arose and came over
to where she was busy at her desk.
She felt her pulses quicken and was
angry at herself for the emotion.
"I am going away for two weeks,
Miss Ward," he said in his quiet, gen
Her tell-tale heart informed her
that she would miss him. She
dropped her glance from those kind
ly eyes of his.
"You will find all necessary me
moranda here," he continued, placing
a paekage before Nellie.
She noticed that the bank book
was included, containing some
checks of a large amount. Adding to
this the large cash balances usually
carried, and the fact that she had au
thority to sign checks during the ab
sence of her employer, a sudden
wave of emotion overcame Nellie.
"Oh, sir," she spoke impetuously,
"how greatly you trust me!"
"And how greatly you appreciate
it, Miss Ward," he returned with a
quick smile. "Yoii have developed
into a splendid little business woman.
I donlt know how I could get along
that is, you have been so useful and
He turned away shyly, hke a great
schoolboy making a blunder. The
mutual embarrassment, his tacit rec
ognition of her harmonious position
only seemed to increase her growing
"By the way," he went on, after a
moment or two of consultation of
some papers, "here is something par
ticular. It is a power of attorney au
thorizing you. to act for me in the
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