By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"It pays to be slick?" -Everything is
Front' in this world. Education is a
waste of time and nothing goes but
Dluster, brag and pretense!"
, Thus Mark Dorrance to his closest
friend and fellow workman, Bert
Lansing, who smiled dubiously as he
"Getting rather pessimistic, aren't
you, Mark? Of course you refer to
"Getting Rather Pessimistic, Aren't
gold-plated superintendent, Tracy
"And isn't he truly all brass, with
a basis of self-conceit and bragga
docio?" demanded Mark stormily.
"Why, say he's about half the time
on his job and it's a wonder the com
pany keeps him. They can't know
that we do all the work and he gets
the credit for it.
"Which speaks well for our dili-
eh, Mark?" laughed Bert.
ihay be, but I believe in
merit rewarded. If the right man
was made superintendent, it would be
"Thanks, Mark," bowed Bert.
"That shows that I have at least one
admiring friend. Returning to Dun
bar, though, you may find that the
elements you idealize do not always
spell permanent success. Somewhere
Dunbar will strike a snag. Then, if
he isn't true blue, his good luck will
desert him. What is the direct animus
of the especial moment as to Dun
bar?" "Well, when, a fellow's got a girl
he don't care to play second fiddle in
her company," explained Mark in a
complaining tone. "Last evening we
were out at a little party. Dunbar is
clever, I'll admit it, and fairly be
witched the crowd with his entertain
ing ways. He acted though as if he
could take his pick of any girl in the
room.. I didn't like it. And by the
way, Bert, he was especially attentive
to that pretty sister of yours, Daisy."
"Oh, don't let that trouble you,"
and Bert laughed confidently. "Daisy
is engaged to a gentleman in New
York who will probably claim his
bride before the year is over."
"That may be," answered Mark,
"but I consider Dunbar a crafty, dan
gerous man. Certainly he interested
Daisy. Flirtation is a perilous game
for a lonely girl with a distant lover
only to think Of."
"Daisy is a sensible, loyal girl," as
serted Bert, "and I am not afraid of
Mr. Dunbar winning from her any
thing more than amused attention.
She is shrewd enough to see through
his artificial ways, just as we do."
The conversation dropped there,
but it was destined to lead to results.
An outside incident 'hastened this
materialization. Bert and Mark were
young engineers and Dunbar was su
perintendent, all three engaged by a
big construction firm in the city to
build a water power plant. The dam
was about a mile from the town
where the young men lived. It was to
be a long job and the young men
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