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By Roger Jacob Dunn
- The wickedest old man in town sat
at his desk in a room on the fortieth
story of a skyscraper.- He was fin
gering a letter which he had just
received; after a while he rose and
went to a card index catalogue.
"Randall Randall," he muttered,
and hegan examining the records un
der that name.
He seemed perplexed, for he could
not remember where the Randalls
came from, if he had ever known.
Somewhere out west, he fancied. He
was still examining the catalogue
when the boy brought in a card, and
-he resumed his chair just in time to
be able to rise and welcome a girl who
'entered nervously and with evident
signs of agitation.
. "Sit down, Miss Randall," said the
wickedest old men in town, offering
her a chair.
But she refused to be seated, and,
opening h?r reticule, took out a let
ter and a clipping and flung them an
grily upon the desk.
"I received your blackmailing
scheme," she cried. "Well, do you
think you can do what you threaten
-apd get away with it?"
"Madam, I have been getting away
with it for fifteen years," answered
the wickedest man in town.
The girl collapsed into the chair
and burst into tears. The wickedest
man in town seemed really concerned
"Now, now, control yourself," he
said soothingly. "This is a simple
business proposition. I edit a paper
devoted to news of the socially elite.
I have received very interesting in
formation about your family which
would make good reading. Before
printing it I submitted a copy of it
to you a proof we call it asking
whether you wish it to appear, and,
if not, whether you would care to
call here to discuss the matter.
But as the girl only stared at him
in helpless aversion, the wickedest
man in town proceeded to read the
article slowly, with due enunciation
of every word.
" "The Randall-Robinson wedding
which takes place on the day follow
ing the return of the bridegroom from
England, next month ' "
"Yes, you coward," interrupted the
girl. "If Mr. Robinson were here you
What's That to You?"
would not dare to print that. He
would thrash you within an inch of
"Madam," said the wickedest man
in town, "I have been thrashed with
in an inch of my life at least once
a year since I became an editor. I
thrive on it."
And he continued to read:
" 'Will excite great interest on ac
count of the interesting 'past of the
Randalls. Coming from' I left a
blank there for you to fill in," he con-
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