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catessen store he had In mind would
cost $400. She could realize that by
selling-- the furniture of the two
houses on the West Side, and have a
little store that would bring in plenty
Of course, a chivalrous knight nev
er takes advantage of a woman's ig
norance and credulity and she' sold
the houses and bought the store.
I am inclined to think that the No.
2 chivalrous knight was much more
contemptible than the man who play
ed the confidence game for under
the guise of wanting to assist her, he
spent all of his time at the little store.
And from what the little woman told
me of him, I would not think it a
wild dream that he robbed the cash
box. He seems capable of it
At any rate, though the little wo
man was taking in about $15 a day,
it seemed it all went out in replenish
ing the stock.
And then No. 2 had a clever idea.
He had some sort of an advertising
scheme of giving premiums and
he knew it would bring in a profit to
the little woman as his partner of
over $8 a day. , .
All she would have to do would be
to get a flat, say on a car line street
like Madison, so they would have of
fice quarters, and buy the partner
ship at the small sum of $200, then
. she could sit at home and take care
of her mother.
Oh, yes, she believed him. She
spent all the money she had in the
bank .furnishing the flat that was to
be the headquarters; she permitted
No. 2 to sell her little store so she
would have the money to pay for her
Out of the $400 which he got yes,
he got it, since though it was hers, he
conducted 'the sale he returned less
than $100. The rest was commission
for the sale, bills, etc. And of course,"
$200 for the partnership.'
But he didn't bother letting her in
on the advertising scheme. She went
on hoping, believing, trusting, until
she hadn't a cent. Then she sent for
him and told him she was destitute
and asked him when he could start
He brought her a plate of chopped
meat, a loaf of bread and laid a dollar
on the table.
Of course, that was kind of him
and so charitable, but you see, the
little woman didn't want charity. She
told him so. He was very much of
fended. He informed her the contract
she had made with him wasn't legal;
she couldn't hold him to it; he didn't
intend to let her in on the advertising
scheme; but if she would take $150
and sign a release of tie contract,'
she would be getting out fine.
What would you have her do? If
she went to a lawyjer and took the
matter to court, she would be lucky
to have $100 left when she got out of
it She took the $150.
Then, remembering the little store,
she answered an ad for another little
Chivalrous Knight No., 3 is im
mensely wealthy a man Who can
not say to his conscience: "I was a
cheat and a rogue, but I needed the
money." He is simply a man who has
made his money by sharp practices
and who always keeps inside the law.
She wasn't big game the little
woman, she only had $150. But one
of the stores she looked at had been
bought by-a young couple who had
paid the Chivalrous Knight No. 3 the
sum of $300 in cash and had given
him a mortgage on the-place of $300
more dollars, though it is said he
originally bought the store for $275.
There wasn't any business. It was
a bunco game. But the young peopie
seemed somehow not to have very
good principles, for they lent them
selves to misrepresentation in order
to get $100 out of the little woman,
and having secured the $1-00, they
promptly left the city.
Of course, they had lost $200 by
the venture, but I hate to think of
how they will pay up in the future
fdr taking advantage of a woman.