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built the shop, making it look more
like a parlor than a place of business.
His protege sold the equipment, put
the money in his pocket and sloped.
The building is yours, though I don't
believe you can get much out of it."
Grey was so disgusted and disap
pointed that Horace could scarcely
prevail upon him to visit his meager
They located the shop in question.
It was queerly incongruous for its
rude surroundings, brand new, gaud
ily painted, a ten by thirty structure
more adapted for the office of some
plant than for real work. A plate
glass window took up nearly the en
tire front It was bare of furniture
inside, where only a barrel or two
On the square roof on four sides
was a sign. It read "Plumbing." The
letters were painted in dazzling gilt.
The signs stared an onlooker in the
face conspicuously from the four car
dinal points of the compass.
"I say," observed Horace, "those
signs must have cost a fortune."
"Huh!" snorted Grey "what good
are they to me? I don't want to go
into the plumbing business!"
Just here a man came up. He
looked over the two visitors critically.
"I own the land here," he remark
ed. "Any interest in the property?"
"Yes," answered Grey shortly, "I've
inherited this shanty."
"Well, I've given a ten years' lease
on the land. Who am I to look to for
the ground rent?"
"Not I," retorted Grey sourly; "I
can't use the place. See here, Hor
ace," he added, turning to his friend,
"I'm sick and tired of this whole busi
ness. I'm ashamed to go back home.
I have a brother out west pretty well
fixed. I think I'll just go out and try
my luck with him."
"But you might get something out
of the place here," suggested Horace.
"Not much, I fancy," submitted the
man who owned the land. "My lease
holds, and of course you forfeit the
building if you don't pay the ground ,
rent. The only way to get anything
out of it is to lease the building to
some one, or start in business in it.
"Well, Horace, I've fooled away
your time. Come back to the law
yer's and I'll give you a bill of sale for
it. I won't bother with the proposi
tion," determined Grey.
"I'll do it, and work something out
of it," said Horace. "I'm thinking
hard. I believe I see a way to use
that building. Name a price, give
me time to pay you and I'll try the
"Nonsense! I'll give it to you."
Finally, however, Grey consented
to take a note for $50. Then he left
on the next train for the west- Hor
ace went back to the shop. He had
a talk with the landowner, got some
new ideas and looked over the inside.
He found one of the barrels filled
with plumbers' supplies, the other
with a babbitt metal composition.
Then he sought out a local plumbing
establishment and sold the stuff for
"Those signs," he reflected. The
next day they disappeared.
"What you done with the signs?"
asked the curious landowner.
"Sold 'em," replied Horace. "You
see, one I got rid of to that plumber
at the other end of the town. Then
I sawed off the P on the second and
a lumber man took it. Taking off
the P and L left 'Umber.' Well, that
struck a paint shop man. There's a
shoemaker named Blum a little ways
down the street. I sawed out his
name for him. Everybody happy and
I'm $42 ahead."
"You'll do!" chuckled the land
owner, much amused and interested.
"Say, we talked about you starting
a little repair shop. I likeyour ways
and I'll finance the proposition on
"Done!" announced Horace
promptly and took the train home
that afternoon, to report to Dora and
start in on his new independent busi
Now, it strangely happened that on