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c By Juliet Jennings.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
i "My dear Miss Burton," dictated
Mr. Rogers to ish new stenographer.
."Have you got that?"
' Little Miss Smith had got that, but
JVIr. Rogers had discovered during her
1three days' service in the woollen im
porting company that her stenog-
iraphy was superior only to her spell-
"My Dear Miss Burton.
ing and transcription. However, he
- was a kindly man and intended to
keep her if she showed signs of im
provement. A childless widower of
fifty, he looked out on the world in
a benevolent and self-depreciatory
"My dear Miss Burton," he said
again, and then he stopped. Miss
' Smith, with uplifted pencilfi watched
him. He had fallen into a daydream,
- and the essense of it was that he
wished he had the strong, clever,
capable Miss Burtou to advise hipi in
the depressed condition of the wool
The new tariff was playing havoc
with his affairs, and two of his old,
trusted employes had recently left
him to establish an opposition busi
ness. Miss Burton had been with him
for seven years, working her way up
from stenographer to foreign buyer.
He leaned a good deal on Miss Bur
ton. If he were not twenty years her
"My dear Miss Burton," he said for
the third time, resolutely putting
aside the dreaming impulse. "Now
that you are in England you might
run up' to Huddersfield and see if you
can't find some novelties that might
go well on the market here. I am
anxious to put out a new line. Have
you got that, Miss Smith?"
"Yes, sir," said little Miss Smith,
posing her pencil between her teeth.
"I want a new strong weave, not a
cross weave like my last sample, but
something durable, showy and serv
iceable. One that a man would like
to put on his back and wouldn't be
ashamed of showing to his friends.
Do the best you can for me. That's
The last words were addressed to
Miss Smith exclusively, but she con
scientiously embodied them in the
body of the letter, which unfortunate
ly escaped subsequent perusal, be
cause there was a pile of correspond
ence that day and Mr. Rogers picked
up two letters together and only sign
ed the top one.
The letter duly reached Miss Mary
Burton in London. Miss Burton had
selected a particularly fine assort
ment of goods that spring, but when
she received Mr. Rogers' communica
tion she did not go to Huddersfield.
On the contrary she sat down and
stared at the letter for about five
minutes; and then the strong-minded,
capably business woman burst into
Her employer was evidently going
insane. She had come to regard her
work as something more than em-