By Gerald Neave
(Copyright by W. G.-Chapman.)
"Any kicks this morningMiss Lor
imer?" inquired Henry Sandford,
president for the time of the Montana
Eagle Gold Mining company, as he
sat down at the mahogany desk in
the office of the big city building.
"Half a dozen," answered Miss
Lorimer, laughing. "Say, Mr. Sand
ford, it certainly does seem to be get
ting a bit warm in these parts. That
clergyman from Boston has been
writing in wanting to know whether
the mine's ever started operations or
ever going to."
"Well, I'll write him later," an
swered the president absently. "If
necessary we'll declare a 10 per cent
dividend for his benefit."
"And that old lady from Philadel
phia, who says she's invested every
"Pshaw! We needn't notice her, till
she writes that she's coming to in
terview me. Then we'll send her a
dividend, too. Applications still pil
"Twelve thousands dollars since
"Whoop!" ejaculated the president.
"Say, Miss Lorimer, there certainly
are a lot of suckers in the world, ain't
there? I wonder how many's been
born since we shut up shop on Satur
"Just 2,400," answered the secre
tary, after a short compilation upon
"That ought to mean something for
us," commented the president.
Nevertheless, he was anxious that
morning. He had promoted many
dubious concerns during the past
year or two, aided by a "sucker list"
for which he had paid the sum of
$3,000. The money had come rolling
in irom ail parts or me country;
slergymen, widows and fools had con
tributed largely on the promise of a
hundred per cent dividend annually.
Whenever any applicant became too
troublesome Sandford cleared him
self and allayed -suspicions- by "de
claring a dividend-" But he had rea
son to suspect that the federal officers
were investigating him and he was
pondering the advisability of depart
ing for cooler climes.
Miss Lorimer had been with him
for six months. She had come to him
a simple girl, innocent of his methods
of "finance." He had corrupted her,
"Well, I'll Write Him Later."
he had taught Tier to believe thatjiis
methods of "business" were those
universally fQllowed in the financial
world. He did not know the revolt
that had taken place within her,
nor that she needed.her salary of $15
urgently to support her widowed
Sandford had begun to think Miss
Hilda Lorimer had the best business
head of any woman whom he had
known. And. something .as close to
iAi'aS On -'
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