SAVING THE BUSINESS
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Nettie Durand.sat at her typewriter I
awaiting dictation, SM.eanwnue sne
stole a secret glance more than once
at John Ballentyne, office manager
for her employer, Mark Lane.
She marveled at his quiet, unob
trusive ways. During the past six
months he was ever the reticent but
uniformly courteous young man on
all occasions. It had piqued Nettie
somewhat, for she was used to at
tention, and from the first something
in the open, earnest face of her of?
fice companion had attracted her.
"No life about him, Nettie, that is
my opinion," Elsinore Drury had told
her. "He's stone."
"He has taken me to an entertain
ment twice," vouchsafed Nettie, "and
I have never met a more considerate
"No fire, no enthusiasm," differed
Elsinore. "Takes things as they go
Somehow Nettie- was impressed
with the ceremonial dignity of Mr.
Ballentyne, yet it was a pleasant con
trast to the shallow frivolity of most
young men she knew.
"I respect him, that I must say,"
Nettie reflected. .
Into the office early one morning
Elsinore came all in a fluster. She
beckoned Nettie into the rear office,
out of the hearing of the others.
"Oh," she hurried, "I know I am
lot doing right in giving away pro
fessional secrets, but 1 think so much
"What now?" challenged Nettie
"You know I am stenographer for
Mr. Wilson and that he is a lawyer?"
"Well, just a little while ago one
pf his clients from another city came
iheir talk. It was about your em
ployer, Mr Lane."
'Vhv, how strange!"
"And serious it may turn out for
"You startle me, Elsinore'"
"Well, I'm going to let out a secret
It seems that my employer is the
attorney for a Mr. Charles Manville,
and Mr. Manville js the man who ad
vanced the capital for your Mr. Lane
to start in business."
"I think I have heard something of
that," murmured Nettie thoughtfully.
"Anyhow, your Mr. Lane has been
talking of paying back Mr. Manville
a a . . .
"This Is Indeed Valuable and Timely
for some time. Mr. Manville has be
come uneasy. So he came to the city
to consult for legal advice. He stated
his case to our Mr. Wilson. If your.
Mr. Lane is going to fail, or is in
close quarters or anything like that
he wants to seize on the business to
pay himself before a lot of creditois
get ahead of him."
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