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By George Munson
(Copyright, 1915, by W. G. Chapman)
The dashing Miss Wheeler, private
secretary to President Brown, of the
Lighting Corporation, had left to
marry a millionaire. And little Mollie
Raymond had been selected, out of
a hundred and nine stenographers, to
fill her place!
The dashing Miss Wheeler, with
her fine airs and Paris gowns, had
long been the envy of the stenog
raphers' department. Five years be
fore she had been just one of the
girls. The president had been at
tracted by her dress and personality.
He had made her his secretary and
introduced her to his wife. She was
a week-end visitor at Cowleigh, the
president's home. She rode in his
automobile, met the elite of the town;
she ended as wife of old Hodgkins,
with an assured fortune, four autos,
a couple of country seats, and an in
come which made her acquaintances
those whom she had discarded
look up and gasp.
However, Miss Wheeler must fade
into obscurity, for this concerns lit
tle Mollie Raymon, of Hopeville, and
her fiance, George.
George was one of those men who
are known solely by their Christian
names. That is sufficient characteri
zation of George. He was insignifi
cant, yellow-haired, and loved Mollie
devotedly. He was earning twenty
five dollars a week and was waiting
to be raised to thirty before claiming
the fulfillment of Mollie's promise.
It was the dashing Miss Wheeler
who had first raised doubts in Mollie's
mind as to the eligibility of George.
Mollie loved George sincerely, but
she had been beginning to think hard
since Miss Wheeler's engagement
was announced. Were love and
George worth a possible Hodgkins
without love? And, once the presi
dent's secretary, and a visitor at
Cowleigh, would not another Hodg-
kins loom up before her as with Miss
Mollie's first impression, on learn
ing that she had been selected for
the position, was of pure joy. Her
second was of the pride that her
worth had been so manifest to the
president Old Brown must have
spotted h.er on one of his rare visits
to the stenographers' department.
Mr. Cyriis, his manager, had as good
as told her so.
Her third impression was of cha
grin that her means did not as yet
Could Not Avoid Overhearing tha
Conversation That Ensued
permit her to extend her wardrobe.
First appearances went far, and in a
plain working dress she would not
immediately captivate' Mr. Brown and
insure the introduction to Cowleigh.
It would take some time to coun
teract that first impression. If only
she had clothes like the dashing Miss
It was this, and not her rise in the