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By Gerald Finch.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
" and the doctor says he'll
never be able to come to work again."
The ending of Daniel Patterson's
story fell with "dismal effectiveness
upon the ears of Abner, his brother.
Old Eph Jones, who had kept the
books for the importing firm ever
since its inception by Hiram Patter
son, the father of the two brothers,
had been disabled by old age.
Of course, he would be pensioned,
but the qusetion was, who would
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take his place? The Patterson busi
ness was an old-fashioned one, trad
ing with a few wealthy, old-fashioned
families. There was nothing modern
about the little warehouse, tucked
away in an pbscure corner of the
downtown section of the metropolis.
A hustling young American would
have been like a bull in a china shop.
As a. master of ..fact, the Patterson
business rarely paid its way.. But
the brothers had amassed a comfort
able fortune. Daniel, the elder, was
a little over fifty; Abner, his brother,
who was always regarded as the
reckless one, was forty-five. Both
were confirmed bachelors, and if they
had given up business neither would
have known what to do with himself.
"We'll have to advertise for a book
keeper," said Abner, after a consulta
tion. "A quiet, dignified young wo
"Woman!" jelled Daniel in horror.
"Why, women make the best book
keepers," answered Abner. "They're
honester, and they attend to business
where a man would be thinking all
the time of of sports and moving
pictures and and horse racing."
This was the climax of wickedness
in both the brothers' eyes. So, in the
end, the experiment of a woman
bookkeeper was reluctantly decided
on. And thus, in due course of time,
Miss Marjory Brown took her seat
at the desk behind the grille and. be
gan to take financial charge of the
Both Abner and Daniel had antici
pated a troublesome time in posting
her as to the affairs of the house, but,
to their delight, Miss Brown proved
as intelligent as she was attractive.
In fact, if either Abner or Daniel had
known just how attractive Miss
Brown was, it is probable that they
would timorously have decided to
seek elsewhere for a bookkeeper.
When Miss Brown answered their ad
vertisement her long, dark hair was
tightly coiled on the top of her head,
and she wore a prim tailor-made suit;
but after the first week Miss Brown's
hair was fashionably coiffured, and
her dresses, though simple, were of
that fashionable aspect which is com
monly termed "stunning." And with
in a month Miss Marjory Brown ruled
the office with a rod of iron.
Abner, who had acquired the habit
of lingering a little too long over his
lunch, would slink into the office on
his return in order to avoid Miss
Brown's reproachful eyes. As for
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