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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 10, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18',
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A WOMAN'S" LOYALTY
By George Munson
When Dyer was made manager of
the company the employes knew
that changes were coming.- Dyer
eras a small-minded man and the
new president was a man of the
same type. Efficiency was to take
the place of good will.
"It isn't that I'd care, ordinarily,
Dora," said Lawson, the chief exec
utive, to Miss Henderson, his ste
nographer. "I've got $3,000 saved.
But I reckoned on three years more
bef6re I could start for myself.
There was a big question tagged
to that "now." For Dora and Jim
Lawson had been engaged a whole
year, though nobody in the office
suspected it, and they had planned to
be married the next vacation.
"He'll overreach himself," said
Dora, calmly. "He thinks he knows
everything and he know nothing."
"He hates me," said Lawson. "I
' guess I'm slated to be retired."
So events proved. Dyer sent for
Lawson a "few days later, and Law
son came out of the office very white
and began gathering up the papers
on his desk. Dora, seated near him,
"Tomorrow," whispered the chief
"The small-minded beast!" said
She went into Dyer's office after
luncheon. She was half incoherent
with anger. Lawson had been with
the firm nine years and she and Law
son knew every detail of the office
The manager was dictating as she'
entered, and Dora heard a few words,
enough, howeyer, to make her real
ize that the company's fight for the
patent rights had come to a head.
She entered, but Dyer neither looked
up nor offered her a chair.
"And as we stated in our letter
a noting that of the patent owner,"
he began. Then, "Where is that let
ter?" he asked.
"Mr. Lawson has it," said the ste
nographer. The manager telephoned and
learned that Lawson had gone home.
Lawson's work for the company had
ended. And Dora's heart gave a great
leapl She knew where that letter
was. It was the most important let
ter that the company possessed, al-
Dora, Seated Near Him, Understood.
though the new president had never
had the sense to understand how
much hung upon it, nor Dyer either.
Dora saw Dyer suddenly turn white.
"We must get him at once," he
said. "Well, Miss Henderson?"
"In discharging Mr. Lawson," said
Dora, -"you have lost the services of
your most useful man. And I won,'t
"I intended to ask for your resig
nation tomorrow," sneered Dyen
"Now I discharge you instead. You
can get your money at once and go."