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IN COLD STORAGE
By George Elmer Cobb.
' "What's the trouble?"
"Oh, "John Delmar has-been sent to
"Why! he's the best man on the
"That's the reason. It's another
piece of spitework of that self-ocnsti-tuted
tyrant, Holmes. Say, I'd like to
It was only a passing bit of drama
under humble conditions, but human
interest, human emotions and human
destinies were just as crucially in-
"Why, Mr. Brown!"
volved as though it were some sec
tion of advanced court intrigue.
Brown & Co. represented the lead
ig department store of the thriving
western city. The company was
nominal. Richard Brown, gasping,
scheming, saving, had built up a
catch-penny notions trade to a six
story palace of business. He took
little pleasure in life outside of busi
ness save for occasional strong drink
and fierce speculation on the stock
market. The big store prospered,
however. In Robert Blain he had an
expert manager. Recently, however,
Blain had broken down. Temporar
ily a floor manager named Holmes
had assumed his duties.
A meaner man never lived. Vested
with a power he had never dreamed
of acquiring, all that was selfish and
tyrannical in this man's nature came
to the surface. He lorded it over the
male employes, he annoyed the lady
clerks with his smirking familiar
ways. He was heartily hated by every
person in the service of the great es
tablishment. "You will report for your envelope
Saturday night," he observed sen
tentiously to Nellie West, the first,
thing that morning.
"I should have done so, anyway,"
replied pretty indignant Nellie, the
pet and favorite of the department.
Then she. flashed a look of contempt
upon the man that made him shrink,
turn away and then grit his teeth.
"I'm not through with that pert
miss yet!" he groaned out and look
ed about for a new victim. Half an
hour later John Delmar, manager of
the department Nellie worked in, was
consigned to "cold storage."
That was a term dreaded by the
employes of Brown & Co. It was as
"cold storage" that these designated
the chill, bare and gloomy one-half
attic sixth, floor of the building. Here
the odds and ends of each depart
ment, soiled goods, damaged goods,
remnants and repriced goods were
stored. There was a general going
over of these heaps occasionally.
Usually a couple of cash boys were
delegated to sort out these utilities.
"The old stock of your depart
ment upstairs is getting too large,"
Holmes had said, evenly enough, to
Delmar. "Attend to it now," and
Delmar kept his temper, but well
knew the motive of this disgrace and
banishment from his. legitimate
For John Delmar was in love with,