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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 22, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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FELDNER'S CONSCIENCE
By John Elkins
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
Katharine worked in -the office of
the big machine factory; she pound
ed a typewriter, endlessly printing
."Dear sir" and "Yours respectfully"
without thinking much about the
matter between, though she was al
ways accurate and conscientiously
earned her wages. How can a young
woman of 20, whose mind does not
run into the commercial groove, be
expected to take a burning interest
in contracts for machinery or the
price of steel plate? So Katharine
did not take notice of the change in
the firm's materials, nor the ship
ments of the same. She took much
more notice of the tall, well-built,
fair-haired young man who was quite
sure to be somewhere near the en
trance when she went out to lunch.
They became so well acquainted that
after awhile he called on her at her
home, where she lived with an aunt
Max Feldner had come to America
with his parents when only a tiny
little lad, and had been trained and
educated with a love and layalty for
its institutions. Though thoroughly
American, he did not forget his fa
therland. Both parents were now
dead, but Max kept on his sturdy,
honest way, keeping alive the ideals
they had left him. He was a master
mechanic, so capable and efficient
that he well earned the several raises
of salary he had received.
Perhaps it was because Katharine,
too. had her ideals that they became
such good friends. She was not so
very different from many other girls,
but she certainly was different from
those whose ideals were bounded by
pretty clothes, jewelry, automobiles,
no work and unlimited amusement
Life meant to her something finer
and higher, and she read and studied
toward the opening up of larger
vistas. But Max went sometimes far
beyond the regions she had ex
plored. To be sure, they went to
movies, plays and danced like all nor
mal young people are wont to do, but
these things did not entirely make up
their life.
So far the relations between the
two had been outwardly only a pleas
ant friendship, but with Max it meant
something much more. He did not
mean to marry until there was more
money laid aside for a little home,
but he meant to ask Katharine if she
would share it with him.
Suddenly something changed all
his plans. He wrote Katharine a note
Went So Far as to Ask One of the
Bookkeepers.
saying he had left the factory and.
was going to New York. He would
write, giving her his address there,
and hoped to see her soon.
Katharine wondered much at the
sudden departure of Max, and one
day went so far as to ask Emery
Field, one of the bookkeepers, if he
knew why.
"Oh, he's a crank!" said Field con
temptuously. "He got some fool no-
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