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By George Elmer Cobb.
"Things look pretty dubious, you
see," observed Lawyer Bailey
"There is no doubt tfi&t my father's
business is in a critical condition.
Well, I am here to mend it."
"I hope you do and you look as if
you are going to give the experiment
a good, hard try," observed tbeattor
ney -with an admiring glance at the
clear-faced, supple-limbed young
man before him.
Percival Deane had been called
from the midst of splendid attain-
"But We Must Not Be Thus
ments at college to realize the true
nobility of a self-sacrificing father.
Deane & Marvin had been to the son
a synonym for stability and profit.
It was an old iron manufacturing
business and although Percival had
known that it had got somewhat be
hind the times, he had never mis
trusted that it had been narrowly
grazing the edge of ruin for many
"The 'situation is easily told," said
Mr. Bailey. "Two years ago your
father's partner, Mr. Marvin, induced
him to agree to investigate a chance
to purchase a Peruvian concession to
cpst $30,000. This they had every
assurance could be sold within a year
at an enormous advance. Nearly all
the capital of the firm was turned in
to cash. Mr. Marvin departed, on his
mission. He wired from San Fran
cisco and since that time not a word
has been received from him."
"They think he was murdered
"That's the only way they can ex
plain this unaccountable silence,"
agreed the lawyer. "Cramped for
capital, your father has seen the
business fairly go to pieces. He .kept
the true state of affairs from you.
He had even paid Mrs. Marvin the old
liberal drawing account of her hus
band. She has a daughter, Elsie, just
finishing her education. Poor wo
man! It was a severe blow when your
father broke down physically and
mentally and she learned the bitter
truth as to how affairs stand."
Percival Deane figuratively took off
his coat and started in to make time
and ability count. The first thing he
did was tp send his father and a
trained nurse to a Southern health
resort, as suggested by the family
physician. At the end of a week he
had the muddled affairs of the firm
on a tangible basis.
"It doesn't look very promising,"
he told himself. "The factory can
do no new work unvil the debts are
paid off and .some fresh capital se
cured. There is, .however, a big stock
of foundry and machine shop sup
plies on hand. If this could be sold
off it would bring in a large aggre
gate amount. I have-a plan to create
Deane &; Martin owned exclusive
models and patterns of a large num
ber of utilities in requirement daily
all over the country.. The young man
directed a circular tp all of the old
patrons of the firm. He stated the
conditious truthfully, ofteied a re-