Nellie West and Nellie knew it. It
was Nellie whom Holmes had perse
cuted "with unwelcome attentions. He
had met with a rebuff that galled him.
He had decided to get a complete re
venge by superceding Delmar in his
position with some favorite or driving
him to resign.
Delmar had a strong mind of hia
own and his mind just now, though
disturbed and ruffled, was to loave
his position when Nellie did. Then if.
. ever he met Holmes on the street, he
would give him the thrashing of his,
life for trying to kiss Nellie behind a
pile of goods and calling her an idle
flirt later before the whole floor.
"I only took this wretched job until
the iron firm I was with have reor
ganized, soliloquized Delmar. as he
proceeded up to "cold storage." Sor
ry I ever did, to have to submit to
that miscreant's lowcaprices. Glad
lMid, though, all tEe same," he
added a moment later, "for it has led
to my knowing Nellie and I'm in
love with Nellie."
The thought comforted him so;
that Delmar smiled and then, despite
the low grade of sorting work, he set
about it and fell to humming softly to
himself. He knew that Nellie would
know that his present humiliation
had come about because of, his in
terest In her. That fact would draw
her closer to him and-he was glad.
There was no one in the great bare
room save himself, so far as Delmar
Eaw. He set at his work diligently,
pad and pencil in hand and attacked
a great heap of Navajo rugs that had
got wet in shipment. Next was a pile
of; fine electric lamp shades. Some
were cracked, in some the fittings
wereloosed. He was busy inspecting
them, marking them, listing them on
the tab, when suddenly there rose up
from a lop-sided leather couch be
yond them a human form, wavered,
lurched and with a terrific crash fell
headlong among the mass of quiver
ing metal and glass.
"Why, Mr. Brown!" involuntarily
ejaculated Delmar and stared aghast ,
and with genuine sorrow at the er
ratic head of the great establishment.
He had heard of the protracted lapses
of his head em'ployer, but had never
seen him in his present helpless con
dition. Worse than helpless it was, Delmar
immediately discovered absolutely
critical. There was one muddled"
groan fro mthe victim of the fall and
then he lay inert. One arm out-?
stretched showed a tide of blood
streaming forth. The sight warned
and thrilled Delmar. He lifted the,
victim back to the couch, tore open,
the red soaked sleeve and discovered,
where a fragment of the broken glass
had severed an artery.
To summon help from the store
would be to. reveal the unfortunate
condition of its head. Delmar knew
that, he must staunch that gaping
wound or the man would 'bleed to
death. There were plenty of fabrics
within reach. He made, "an im
promptu torniquent, then by an end
exit left the room and the store,' se
cured the nearest physician and with
out being noticed led him to the stor
It was-.nearly, an hour before the
physician had the patient in a safe
and partially luoid condition. He left
him with the statement:
"If this young man had not acted
quickly and with good common
sense, I .fear your business would
have known you no longer."
Brown was sobered and scared. He
made Delmar relate the incidents of
his coming to the loft. He bound him
to secrecy as to the condition he had
discovered him in. He requested Del
mar to remain with him until the
store was closed, so that he might
leave it unnoticed by the employes.
Every man who skims the thin ice
of recklessness or guilt receives his
lesson sooner or later. Richard
Brown had apparently learned his to
a good purpose. He came down to
the store Monday morning, brisk
looking, business like. The preceding
Saturday Delmar had received a note-
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