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THE WAYS OF THRIFT
By George Elmer Cobb
"We came from the same town, we
went to the same school. We are
pretty good chums, Uncle Davenport,
so if you can give Ned Dorsett a job
it will please me almost as much as
when you put me at this desk."
Lucius Hale gazed proudly at his
environment. He had a little corner
in the splendid office, with his desk
rug and swivel chair. He felt a sense
of importance, for once in a while he
was sent onto the floor of the big
grain exchange, posing as magnifi
cently as though he were a real
member of the board.
"I'm all filled up here, Lucius,"
spoke his uncle. "I think, though, I
can do something for him in the
main offices of the board. I'll try,
The influential leader did try.
Within a week the second boy from
the country he had befriended glor
ied in a position, humble, paying half
what his friend Lucius received, but
eminently satisfied and happy.
Lucius and Ned had never been to
the city to try their fortunes and the
kind-hearted relative of Lucius had
exerted himself nobly in their behalf.
Lucius was the "niftier appearing" of
the two. He had better clothes, he
had never had to work, while Ned
had done odd jobs for a living for
over a year to help along the old
folks. The bright, quick ways of Lu
cius had pleased his uncle. The
steady, plodding method of Ned,
however, had also attracted the mer
chant's favorable notice.
"So it's here they put you?" re
marked Lucius, appearing one day
for the first time in the sample room
of which Ned had been placed in
charge. This was a large but stuffy
office, surrounded by shelves. These
held innumerable paper and canvas
bags, all in systematic rows. They
contained samples of wheat, corn,
oats, barley and other grains. Each
sack bore a tag, telling the grade,
owner and date of placing the grain
in the elevators.
"Yes, this is my own particular
den," replied Ned cheerily. "It's easy
work, except when the traders are
on the floor. Then a dozen of them
rush in at one time and have to have
their samples in a jiffy. You've got
to know just where to put your hand
on number so and so. Then they've
"I've Made a Bad Break, Ned."
got to be all sealed up again if a sale
"I get off at 2:30 every day," said
"Well, I can leave when the ex
change closes," explained Ned, "but
I attend to the sweeping after.that"
"Say," ejaculated Lucius in dis
may, "you don't get down to that,
"Yes, indeed, and it's getting down,
too!" laughed Ned. "You see, those
grain pits are just choked up with
grain and paper and cigar stubs
wjien. .that unruly stayd gets.