JACK AND TOM ATALE OF TWO BROTHERS
Jack and Tom are brothers.
Jack is conscientious, studious, modest, sensitive. When a lad at
home his mother always felt that she could trust him. At school he was
the pack horse, because, being good and kind, he toted others' cares.
Tom, on "the other land, is dashing, venturesome, self-confident,
almost "fresh." Even while a youngster, wherever he went, he led. While
Jack was in a corner with a book, Tom was on the ball field running the
nine or heading a column of kids on a prank.
When Jack set out to earn his way he soon became known as "Old
Dependable." He did what he was asked to do and more. He was on the
dot in the morning and the last to leave at night His mind worked, too,
during business hours and after. But he did not push ahead. He waited
for advancement to come unsolicited as a reward of merit.
Tom hadn't been on a job a day before he began to edge toward the
chap next highest in the line and to try to learn his job, too. He did this
openly, pleasantly and with attractive good will. Which, maybe, is why
the other fellow didn't resent it; fact is, he was amused by it and went
out of his way to give the kid a boost.
Tom was honest; as letter honest as Jack; but he didn't have so sen
sitive a conscience. If the business game called for cutting a base when
the umpire wasn't looking, Tom played as if on the ball field. He was
frankly out to win. But it's only fair to say he never started any crooked
ness. He simply refused to let an opponent get an undue advantage.
When Jack had made good in a task with small pa and the longed
for promotion didn't come, he carried an ingrowing grouch. For months
before, at the urging of friends, he finally mustered up enough spunk to
tackle the boss for a raise. Then he did it tremblingly and as if seeking
a favor rather than a right And he got the little extra that he asked for
and no more.
Tom, on the other hand, breezed into the front office every little
while with a perky request for more pay and usually got it. Twice the
boss raised him voluntarily.
There isn't a squarer, cleaner or more conscientious fellow in seven
states than Jack; and those who know him intimately think he is also very
capable, in spite of his diffidence. But somehow he doesn't get on. His
business superiors trust and admire but don't advance him, whereas dash
ing Tom vaults the hurdles with seeming ease, notwithstanding that, in
his heart, he knowshe isn't Jack's equal for either ability or character.
Will you tell us what is the matter with Jack?
MORE TROUBLE FOR COBE
Again comes up the question why
Ira M. Cobe, the big- traction man,
quit Chicago cold and sudden a few
week ago. Praecipe has been filed
in a suit by Edward Ridgely
to collect $105,000 from Cobe. Ridge
ly was vice president of the Assets
Realization Co., the ten million dol
lar company of which Cobe was
president. Edward Ridgely has rep
utable money connections, being a
brother of William Ridgely of Spring
field, former TJ. S. comptroller of the
Good, rich Illinois farm land that
E. Ridgely owned was turned over
to Ira M. Cobe in exchange for pieces
of paper that Cobe called 500 shares
in the Assets Realization Co. Now,
Cobe has the land and Ridgely has
the paper and says the paper is no
good to him.
Four clients of Att'y W. Tudor Ap-
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