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By Helen Amy Hudson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"'Gib Ridgely,'" read Charles
Ross, manufacturer, from the list of
employes in his hand
"Accepts the reduction," replied
Farson, the manager.
"He understands that it carries no
guarantee of a permanent position?"
'Terfectly. Says he'll stick till the
last biscuit in the locker is gone and
the ship goes down."
' 'Gib Ridgely,' " Mr. Ross repeat
ed to himself musingly. "Gabriel
Gibeon? Gilbert, I suppose."
"Don't know," said Farson. "Just
'Gib.' He gives it 'Jib.' He has the
right cut to his jib, I should say! It
made no difference to him when I told
him about our difficulties. 'Tell Mr.
Ross I'm not the kind that takes a big
favor and then forgets,' he said."
"Ah, I recall, now," spoke the over
burdened employer with sudden
pleased lightness of tone. "I got the
bank to renew a mortgage on a strip
of land young Ridgely's father owned
just beyond the town. It was worth
less, but the old fellow was attached
to it, made a big plea and I helped
him. Then later he asked me to place
the son. I had almost forgotten this
"Jib," corrected Farson with a
smile. "Well, he's one of just ten
who are willing to take the reduction
in wages and stick to you and hope
for better times."
"The 'better times' can come only
.with an entire abandonment of the
old plant," sighed Mr. Ross. "This
railroad complication has put every
thing at odds. We can't compete
with our principal business rival at
Riverton when the line connects with
"There is no chance of the new
railroad branch changing its route?"
"I fear not. The original survey
took in Blandon here, but the com
pany were refused a Tight of way by
a lot of stubborn old farmers to the
north of us. So they have adopted
the southern route. Well, it's the for
tune of business. We shall have to
find a new site and practically begin
all over again."
It was a serious hardship to Mr.
Ross. He had equipped a valuable
plant at Blandon for the manufacture
of tile. The place was ideal, for the
mineral deposits surrounding gave
him the basic material directly at bis
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door. Ten miles away, at Riverton,
was the Swithin plant. Both had
been off the line of railroad travel and
their wares were transported by
wagon to the nearest shipping point.
With the railroad tapping Riverton
now, and not Blandon, the favoring
rates for the .Swithin plant practical
ly put the Ross factory out t)f busi
ness. ' There was only one thing for Ross
to do, and this was to Temove to a
railroad point and seek a new site.
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