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THE WELCOME GUEST
By Alvah Gordon Garth.
(Copyright, 1916, W. G.' Chapman.)
"Promoted? You surprise me. He
don't seem to haveTany ginger in him
"The boss isn't looking for 'ginger.'
Steady application and 'get there,
sure,' is his motto."
"Well, Hector Blaine deserves his
$1,800 a year if steady work, punctu
ality and strictly business methods
count for anything."
Thus was Blaine discussed. His
rise in the office of the big Roscoe
plant was somewhat phenomenal He
was modest about it, withaL He had
lived at a cheap but perfectly respect
able boarding house while earning
all the grades from $10 a week up.
He made no variation in his method
of living now.
Hector had come to the city two
years previous fresh from wholesome
home training, and that influence
counted. "The fellows" hailed him as
a possible new recruit to their reck
less ranks, but Hector disappointed
them sorely. He was not mean or
stingy. He "chipped in" on any gen
eral scheme of rational jollity. His
dissipation, however, was comprised
in treating his roommates to some
home-made currant cordial when
they felt like celebrating. The result
was he was dubbed "a mother's boy,"
and was proud of it.
Hector did not make many close
friends. He was out of the whirl. It
was just as he received his big pro
motion, however, that he centered in
terest in an acquaintance worth hav
ing. A new stenographer was added
to the corps in his department of the
plant. She was Geraldine Price and
he liked her office ways from the
start She was an orphan, it was un
derstood, had not had much chance
in ii-e and although only 19, her self-ctepenae-Y
had matured her that
Jahad mau? her sensible.
Hector was glad when he learned
that she was a boarder at Mrs. Wix
on's which had become a sort of a
second home to him. The young girl
soon wound herself about the heart
of the overworked landlady, just as
she did with most people she set ier
self out to like and win as warm, loy
al friends. Hector, late at suppejyfie
night, learned that Mrs. Wixon had
been compelled to go to bed with a
sick headache. He looked a trifle
"How Is This?" He Railed, Good
naturedly. surprised when Geraldine appeared
from the kitchen and proceeded to
wait on him.
"How is this?" he railed good na
turedly "gone into partnership with
"Oh, no," responded Geraldine
brightly, "only for the evening. Poor
soul! She works so hard and was just
done out I told her that I would see
that the late ones got something to
eat and would do the dishes."
"That's something I was famous in
1 at home," reported Hector grandly.
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