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to you," Stein hastened to say.
"Expense must be noxobject. I'm
going to wake up this dead town. As
a business doctor, I first want to go
over the establishment and see what
kind of working timber you've got."
There was one man who demurred
at the skyrocket schemes of the new
comer when he had outlined his
L? plans. This was Merle Wharton. He
was a valuable employe of the house,
but Lane was pre-emptory.
'He'd kill my good work with his
conservative back-country ideas,"
Lane told Stein, so Wharton was told
"It's all right, Mr. Stein," he said.
"Better an understanding now, than
a squabble later. If I am .not in ac
cord with your new business policy, I
would be useless to you. I shall tell
you, however, that I shall go over to
your rival, the Enterprise."
"That's all right," bobbed the chip
per Lane. "There will be no Enter
prise in a month. We shall have all
For one thing Wharton was sorry J
to leave me iramous. ne naa neen
courting pretty Nettie Duane, the
store stenographer. A senseless quar
rel had come up. She was miffed, he
was proud and they had exchanged
only a cold, formal bow for the past
The Enterprise was glad to get
Wharton. His steady going, honest
business methods were in accord with
those of the proprietor. Wharton
made KnmpiRii freest ions as to naint-
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dow dresser and fairly and respect
ably meeting the lurid advertising
ia methods of the Famous.
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He had a great two-faced clock set at
the edge of the walk In front of the
store. Then he sent out a band of
music along the country roads to at
tract the farmers. He had a grand
fireworks exhibition in front pf the
store. He gave away one thousand
clay pipes, so the children might blow
Alas, for the crude ideas of rural
Rockton! The crowds came, but not
to buy. The big clock post obstruct v
ed the sidewalk space allowed by,
ordinance and had to be removed.
The band of music caused a runaway
and the store was sued for damages.i
A stray rocket set fire to a barn and?
there was another bill to pay.
The pipes were put to other uses
than blowing bubbles. Ambitious,
juvenile Rockton tried surreptitious'
smokes with real tobacco and
church-going Rockton held up hands
The Enterprise people smiled at
this piece of news all except Whar
ton. He had heard that Lane was
paying marked attention to Nettie
"Robbed you of your place and
your girl, too," a friend put it rather
"I say, Wharton," remarked the
proprietor of the Enterprise one day,
"what do you make of this?"
He handed Wharton s typewritten
page without date or signature. It
'A good friend gives you this use
ful hint: The Famous is arranging to
open the season with Japanese Pana
ma hats at fifty-nine cents. This, as
you know, is ridiculous. They come
from a factory' where there was a
fire. They were scorched anddam
aged, and are bleached and varnished
over. When they get wet they are
all out of shape. Work up a honest
bargain hat sale on real good hats,
and you will win."
'I don't know who our anonymous
correspondent may be," said the mer
chant," but I'm going to explore this
tip," and by the next day both he and
his assistant were satisfied that there
was some foundation to it.
On Monday came the big fifty-nine
cent hat sale. There came up a rain
Btorm. Disconsolate wearers of Jap
anese Panamas trailed by the Fa
mous in drooping trim, ready to -mob
Next day came the Simon-pure hat;