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JOHN SMITH'S THEORY
By Frank Filson
"Have you had any word from the
Adamson corporation, dear?" asked
Mollie Smith of her husband over the
John Smith shook his head doleful
ly. "What's the use of hoping?" he
asked. "Johnson will get the posi
tion." "I am sure you are just as good as
Herbert Johnson, dear," insisted his
wife indignantly. "You graduated
ahead of him in the class of 1911.
And you are miles ahead of him in
"In what, Mollie?" asked her hus
"In in learning. And in honesty,
dear. You wouldn't have taken that
case that Mr. Johnson took, when
the Berg company tried to get that
piece of land away from the widow."
"That quality is hardly what the
Adamson people will want, Mollie,"
replied her husband, as he rose from
He felt pretty gloomy all the way
down to his office. He had begun to
earn enough income the year before,
as a lawyer in the little manufactur
ing town, to justify him in claiming
Mollie, whom he had loved since he
entered college, as his wife. But the
struggle was a hard one, and he had
only just been able to keep his home
Then, a jnonth previously, the
Adamson company had invited sev
eral of the town lawyers to apply
for a salaried position as adviser. The
choice had really narrowed down to
two himself and Rerbert Johnson.
And he knew in his heart that John
son was slated for the position.
If mere learning had counted he
light have gotten it. But there were
ther qualities. Johnson was man-
.'bout-town, a frequenter of the best
1 t1 where he dined and met people.
!th honest, straightforward
j can that he was, would
not have considered himself justified
in dining out, even with Mollie, while
his income was in its present condi
tion. Then Johnson was one of the
best dressed men in town. All Smith's
clothing money went to dress Mollie.
But most important of all, Johnson
was acquiring a reputation as a man
who took hard cases. The Adamson
corporation would undoubtedly pre
fer a man who was willing to attempt
to drive through the law, if it could be
"I Would Not Be a Party to Such a
done, to a lawyer who had his own
ridiculous scruples. In fact he knew
that he was more or less of a laughing-stock
among the business men of
the town on account of this quality.
"However," he said to Mollie, "I be
lieve there is a good future for a law
yer whose honesty will be so gener
ally recognized that it will go far to
ward winning him every case in
which he appeal's."