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By George Burroughs.
(Copyright by.Wr GChapman.)
Henry Nobble, senior partner of
the firm of Nobble & Black, brought
his fist down upon the mahogany
table with a crash of self-emphasis
"Did You Ever Think of Think of
Getting Er Married,
which showed plainly enough that he
was not a married man.
"Black, Miss Gregory has got to
go," he declaimed.
Andrew Black looked up at his
partner with a melancholy smile.
"I know she has, NQble, but who's
going to do the trick?" he asked.
"I tried it last Christmas, and all
she got was a raise of salary," said
Black. "You try."
"But I can't think of any excuse,"
protested Nobble. "I can't pretend
that we're getting into deep water,
because she knows more about the
firm's finances than we dp. And, any
way, after 15 years' service we
couldn't fire her without a real rea
son." "Then let her stay," said Black
"But she's so abominably officious,
Black," protested Nobble. "She's so
strong-minded that she's got to the
point where she runs the whole shop.
She won't let me do anything I want
to do. Of course, I admit she is a
woman of sound judgment in fact,
a treasure, but "
"But this is our business, Nobble,
and not Miss Gregory's, and we want
the fun of managing it ourselves,"
said Mr. Black. "Well, I'll tackle her
"Get her out," said Nobble. "I don't
care how you do it And, when she's
gone, no more strong-minded women
in our employment."
Miss Ada Gregory would have been
surprised and distressed beyond
measure could she have heard this
'conversation between her employers.
Miss Gregory might have been
strong-minded, but she was certainly
pretty. She had entered the firm 15
years before, as a cash girl, with the
determination to Become a controll
ing influence in it before she reached
All her life was bound up with Nob
ble & Black. She became first steno
grapher, then private secretary to
Nobble and Black successively, then
assistant' manager. From that post
she was nominally promoted to busi
ness director, being really shunted in
to a sinecure. In vain. Miss Gregory
refuse's to stay put, and created a
new department of more importance
than any other.
This was an excellent thing for the
firm, but Miss Gregory acted as if she
was the firm. "She won't let us have
a run for our money," was the way
Nobble pathetically put it jk
"Mr. Black would like to sle you,
Miss Gregory," said the head office
Miss Gregory went into Mr. Black's
office and sat down before him, look-
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