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By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by'W. G. Chapman.)
"Will you tell mefrankly, sir, what
chance theiiQ-will-.be for me if I take
this .position?" asked -Harold Rawson
of the'Keajd of the firm. "You see, Mr.
Smith," he continued, "I appreciate
the honour of being connected with
Messrs. "Smith & Blake, but well,
you have nearly twenty law clerks,
"I Will Bid You Good Morning."
and if I have -to wait my turn until
the eighteen or more others "
"I will tell you as frankly as you
have asked me, Mr. Rawson," an
swered Mr. Smith. "Of my nineteen
clerks, not one has been with us more
than a couple of years. We weigh
' "r men iii the balance, and it means
amotion or a quick discharge.
I . : . .pect that more than one of
my present assistants will be with mc
a year hence, but I shall doubtless
have a lot of new men.
"You see, Mr. Rawson," continued
the lawyer, leaning back and poising
his hands together, "a firm like ours,
which has care of the biggest inter
ests in the country, needs the best
brains. If a man with brains comes
to us he has his opportunity. If a man
only thinks he has brains we sift
them for him and .find out. Well, Mr.
"I shall be glad to accept, sir," said
Rawson, and left the room.
On the following day he occupied a
desk in the big room of the clerks, 'a
a salary of nine dollars a week. That
is all a lawyer's clerk can command,,
even when he is qualified to praptice;
he pays for his experience. RawsOn
was. perfectly willing to pay for his
experience; only, he was twenty-five,
and he and Netta had been' engaged
for nearly four years. Poor Netta,
toiling at her classes in the little sub
urban school, looked forward to each
Sunday; when Harold would visit'her,
as the one event of the week.
"I am sure you will succeed, dear--est,"
she said to him, when he told
her the result 'of the interview.
"But, Netta, I have been doubtful
from the beginning," protested Raw
son. "You see, dearest, if I hadn't had
that timely introduction I should nev
er have dreamed of trying Smith &
Blake. You know they have a repu
tation for having pulled more of the
big corporations out of the clutchesi
of the law than any other firm. "You
remember we talked over the possi
bility of a lawyer being an honest
man, and it was agreed that if he
couldn't then I should rather be an in
glorious failure than do anything
tricky, even thought it was within
the law. The moment Smith or Blake
attempts to involve me in anything
my conscience "will not permit, I shall
put on my hat."
Netta sighed. She did not know
very much about the law, but she -had
heard that all lawyers were not over-