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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 30, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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THE TRAITRESS
By Frank Filson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"If we can hold out another twelve
month, we winrMiss Marston," said
John Clay, turning to his stenogra
pher. "You see, reports from all our
traveling men tell us that the super
' iority of the Clay filament has been
thoroughly demonstrated. The ques
tion is, can we manipulate our capital
to keep onmanufacturing, with Rea
& Co. threatening to sue for their
bill and the other creditors pressing
us?"
Miss Marston was silent. There was
a flush on her face as she bent over
her notebook.
She had come to John Clay ten
months before with the highest rec
ommendations. Tactful, quick, well
educated, and with a personality that
commanded recognition, she had
made herself indispensible to her em
ployer. The Clay company and Philip Mac
Intyre & Co. were rivals in the manu
facture of the new filament, an im
provement upon a patent recently
taken out by a bankrupt concern.
Owing to technicalities the improve
ment could not be patented. Clay
and Maclntyre had each put a prod
uct upon the market and it was a
fight to the death between them.
John Clay knew that his invention
was superior to his rivals'. But they
had money and he was at his wits'
ends for it If he could hold out he
would win. But his creditors were
pushing him hard.
At the worst he would have to sell
out to Maclntyre, accept the few
thousands that they would offer him
and go into retirement. The thought
of defeat was bitter to him. He was
straining every nerve. And what
harassed him in addition to his busi
ness troubles was the knowledge that
Maclntyre was dogging him with
spies. Only the week before he had
to dismiss his trusted foreman just
when the man was upon the point
of discovering the secret process.
Clay had to guard each part of the
manufacture with scrupulous care.
The final process, the carbonizing,
was in the hands of three men, who
received large wages and could be
trusted. But the sense of constant
espionage was the hardest thing that
Clay had to face.
"I don't know what I should do
without you, Miss Marston," he said
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"1 Don't Know What I Should Do
Without You, Miss Marston."
to the girL "You have helped me
wonderfully. And it means a great
deal to me to. feel that if I were in
capacitated I could leave affairs in
your hands."
John Clay was a young man. He
was barely thirty and he knew that
upon this venture hung all the fu-.
ture. He saw himself a rich man if
he could weather the storms of the
coming year. The trouble was that
Maclntyre was not-without influence
in the banking world, and more than
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