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he?" "Say. Rogers, did you hear
Brown is going to leave?" asked one
of the men at the factory one day.
"Got a ten-thousand-dollar job with
the Women's Cloak and Skirt peo
ple. Devoe's pretty mad at losing
him, I guess, but everybody in his de
partment is looking for Brown's job."
Ten thousand dollars a year! Tom
felt a surge of disgust within him. He
could have done as well as Brown.
And he knew the business from the
bottom up. He had not been there
four years for nothing! And Devoe
had lied to him. . . .
During the lunch hour he went into
Devoe's office, passing the swing door
that separated the factory from the
sales department for the first time in
his life. He was burning all over
with anger against the man.
He walked past the office boy,
straight into the room where Devoe
was seated alone, his feet on the
table, looking out of the window.
"You haven't told me the truth!"
he heard himself crying in fury. "You
told me four years ago there would
be a chance for me. When's it com
ing off? Why don't you give me Mr.
Devoe took down his feet and a
flush of anger, which crept over his
face, was succeeded by amusement
as he looked at the despairing figure
"My dear boy, who are you? I don't
know you from Adam," he said.
Tom thought he was lying. "I
brought you a letter four years ago,
and vou said you wouldn't forget me,
and that you tried out new men on
the road," said Tom.
Devoe was interested. "Want a
chance on the road, eh?" he asked.
"Well, you might have had it several
times. Why in thunder didn't you re
mind me? Think I've got time to
waste on every jake that brings me a
"Well, I want it," answered Tom
the ladies' eh? Got a nice suit? Got 1
a smile? Know how to jolly 'em
along? Say, if you've waited four
years for this, and allowing that
you've got a forcefulness about you,
I don't know as I won't give you a
young man. But if twenty per, and a
commission looks all right to you for
a starter, you can come back this
afternoon and I'll talk it over with
And Tom found himself back in the
was whirling. Twenty and a commis
sion! What sales he would make!
Presently he saw Lucy at his side.
"Tom! What is it, dear?" she
cried, amazed at his look, and cling
ing to him.
"It's it's the end of this, Lucy,
he answered huskily. "I'm going on
the road. Put on your hat and let's
get out of here. I want to get a mar
riage license before the bureau
Gertrude I asked the captain last
night -if he liked spaghetti.
Her Chum Wha't did he say?
Gertrude He said no; that it was'
too hard to mobilize.
A new dance step is called tne
"backward glide." Probably of Rus