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5f told him when he came in that I
didn't want him to tell anything that
i wasn't true. He answered that he
k might as wellconfess, as I'd believe
he took the money, anyhow. That
.wasn't what I wanted. I was after
"And then you turned him over to
.one of Tom McGuire's $15 a week
bsleuths," suggested the reporter.
9 "Yes. The detective from Mc
'Guire's office talked to him for some
time, and 'then he confessed "
"Do you have much trouble with
men like Levin?" Mr. Bridges was
fcasked. "I understand he is a Russian
" "Yes, lots of trouble," answered
the superintendent. "Those people
9 are oppressed and hammered down
9m their own country, and when they
come here we want to help them.
This boy was getting along all right.
fcHe was progressing. But we have a
"lot of trouble with those people."
f" "How about this confession," was
Hhe next question. "Do you send
them around to the other stores as a
2 warning against a discharged em
ploye." The question amused Mr. Bridges.
"" "Certainly not," he answered. "We
don't think a man is all bad just be
cause he took money once. Why, we
;' even give the poor slobs advice as to
: Tiow to get another job. We never go
" but of our way to tell another store
of a man's record here."
e Mr. Bridges warmed up to the sub-
ject. He was in a talkative mood.
' "Say, you know that is like the old
gag that a superintendent asks every
9 girl who applies for a job if she has
'some one to keep her. Not one su
perintendent in a thousand does it."
"I never Relieved that myself," ad
1 mitted the reporter. "It always seem
'ed to me that a superintendent had
such an exalted place that he could
9 get some one else to do his dirty
71 work. He doesn't have to take a
'"' "You've got it," smiled the super-Intenaent.
"I worked for a man in New
York you know, I've been in the
business from cash boy up and he
explained the thing this way. He
said he never took a chance with
anyone who didn't have more to lose
in the way of reputation than he did."
The way Mr. Bridges told the story
indicated that he thought his former
employer's creed a good one.
It would also indicate he didn't
think a shop girl had a whole lot to
lose in the way of reputation. Cer
tainly he doesn't consider it as high
as his own.
"Sort of a case of self-preservation,"
suggested the reporter, start
ing for the door.
"Sure. Goodbye." Mr. .Bridges
beamed over the good story he had
All of which clears up what Mr.
Bridges thinks of the shop girl. It
makes clear his philanthrophy to the
"poor slobs" who get fired.
But that extra $10.50 which Max
Levin is supposed to have taken is
still a mystery.
"He earns his living with his own
"Teaches in a deaf-and-dumb