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THE SINGING GIRLS
By George Elmer Cobb.
When Rhodney Phail inherited the
little Westbrookfactory that had
been the quiet, unassuming property
of his deceased uncle for two decades,
he posted up his one order in all of
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"What Does He Mean, Anyhow?"
the four working rooms of the plant.
It was: "Sing."
"What does he mean, anyhow?"
growled well-meaning but surly Jeff
Dodson, the foreman. "Is there a bet
ter system in any shop along the
river? 'Swear!' would suit me better
when a machine breaks down."
"Maybe his advice would be good
for you, then," suggested his assist-
"It doesn't do the youngsters
id to heai vou rip it oft whea
"Well, the old hands here are so
settled in a rut and slow and gloomy
like at times, it provokes me."
"I wouldn't say slow, Jeff," sub
mitted the assistant. "Rather it's
steady, isn't it? As to being gloomy
not at all. This is such a quiet,
settled community because there's no
stir or amusements in the town."
"Well, yes, we're a model, respect
able crowd. I'll confess, though, this
singing order puzzles me."
"The new boss says it is only a sug
gestion. Say, Jeff, I guess he's a sort
of an odd genius a,nd likely to work
in new fads."
"That won't do with a concern pay
ing as this one is."
"And besides, we're in a very com-
fortable nest and don't like to be dis
turbed, eh?" chuckled the assistant-
Before another day, however, all
hands in the plant understood the
situation clearly. The new proprie
tor arrived a rather serious-faced
young man, but with a kindly light in
his eyes and a gentle, sympathetic
voice that attracted the eighty odd
employes. The first thing Rodney
Phail did was to call all his hands into
the main rest room and make them
He. told them that he felt some
thing more than mere enrichment in
being the favored owner of the busi
ness a sense of great responsibility.
The same conservative business
methods would be followed. Old and
deserving employes would be retain
ed. His great wish, however, was to
make of them a happy family. He in
tended to build a club house for them,
where music, lectures and entertain
ments could be held to break the
monotony of their lives. There would
be a good library and a gymnasium.
These faithful workmen had borne
bravely the brunt of the industrial
battle. They should share in the
prosperity of the business. Each
year twenty-five per cent of the
profits of the concern should" be dis
tributed equally among the employes.
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