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A "GOOD FELLOW"
By Florence Lillian Henderson
"Who's the new hand?"
"He calls himself Lynn Durand. He
won't set the works on fire, for he's
a greeny in our line. Seems to want
to learn, though."
It was a good place to learn a cer
tin branch of mechanical construc
tion, the big plant of the Biddleton
Electric works. More than one hum
ble apprentice had graduated to high
and responsible positions through
efficiency and application. The
policy of the house was to employ
young men and develop their ability
rapidly, pushing them ahead where
they deserved it.
The new hand had come from a
distance with favorable recom
mendations, it was said. It was easy
to discern that he had been well
brought up, and was a college man.
The cut of his clothes, the way he
carried himself, his free and easy in
dependence, though coupled with a
courteous and obliging manner,
showed that he was unused to the
exertions of labor.
As to his antecedents and ambi
tions Lynn Durand kept his own
"Folks have a little money," he ex
plained to his young labor chums,
"and wanted me to learn something
practical. Truth is, I'm not quick
and smart enough for a profession
and am wise enough to know it.
Been meddling with electricity since
I was a kid and this experience may
bring something out in me."
Durand was taken into the circle
of young men about his own age
who worked at the Middleton plant
and duly initiated into their indus
trial and social routine. Their work
was less manual than experimental
and educational. They belonged to
good families in the village, dressed
well and were only a fair average as
to roisterous and convivial characteristics.
All hands took to Durand. He was
voted "a genuinely good fellow!" He
had plenty of money and was liberal.
He was likable as a companion and
open and above board, except as to
his antecedents and purposes.
The "good fellow" element in Du
rand was imposed upon, but he did
not flinch from the dictates of gen
erous impulse. When any of the
boys wanted an advance he went to
Durand and always got it. One
young fellow employee, Ellis Bruce,
Saw an Officer of the Bank
was always in financial difficulties.
He was an ingenuous, free-hearted
young man, but never considering
any provision for the future. Durand
was not sorry he had helped him
young fellow employe, Ellis Bruce,
troduced him to his sister, Maude
Bruce. Maude completely filled the
ideals of Durand as to feminine per
fection. Love had never knocked at
the door of his heart It did so now
imperiously, with effect He was