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I JOHN'S OPPORTUNITY
By George Munson
John and Cynthia were to be mar
tied when John was raised from
twenty to twenty-flye. But Christ
mas came, and John received no noti
fication of an increase.
"I think it's a shame, John," said
Cynthia, weepily, as she contemplat
e8d another year of spinsterhood.
"Why don't you go to old Hart and
tell him how badly you need the
raise I am sure you are doing two
men's work in that old office."
"Why, dear!" exclaimed John,
aghast. "If I were to do that they
would simply give me my discharge.
Nobody ever goes to Hart. He is un
approachable. He has no more sym
pathy than a stone."
"Oh, John, are you sure you have
enough initiative?" wailed Cynthia.
"You know, they never, never pay
anybody more than he is willing to
"I tell you it's no use, dear," John
answered. "You see, I understand
conditions there, and so "
And so that was the way it went
And John toiled at the office all
through the dreary winter, and he
had never had to work so hard be
fore. It was as Cynthia had said. He
was doing twq men's work for Hart.
He began to grow desperate. Hart
was becoming more and more un
sympathetic. He practically told
Jdhn he was not worth his salt He
hinted at changes in the staff. John
began to study the Sunday news
paper advertisement columns.
On the very first Sunday he saw an
advertisement which seemed to have
been inserted specially for him.
"WANTED," it ran, "an expert in
the wholesale stationery trade, with
"plete knowledge of stock. A
-i ian of not more than five and
( rs, who is willing to- work
. -Id-established firm. Sal
ary to start) $125. Applyby letter,
with full particulars, to P. Q., Box
That was John's line. Moreover,
he was sure he knew who it was that
advertised under the initials P. Q.
That must be Quincy, Hart's chief
business rival, who had been engag
ed in a cut-throat competition with
him for years. How he would wel
come a man with John's experience,
especially when he was taking him
away from Hart!
Cynthia lived with her mother in a
tiny uptown apartment When John
"Then That Is the 'Explanation of
had read the advertisement he hur
ried round to consult with the ladies.
John was a favorite of Mrs. Barton's;
she had been as eager as a girl about
the marriage, and its postponement
had been a bitter disappointment to
"I'm going to write Quincy a strong
letter," said John. "I feel sure that I
can get that position, only I'm. not