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i; GETTING HIS GOAT i
?? By DEAN HERRICK. j
Eric Bailey had been called up "o?
the carpet," and now stood cap ii
hand listening to Archibald Flahav
Flahaven pounded his desk and hi;
apoplectic face took on an alarminj
color. "Anyway," he bellowed. "I wan;
you to let Vioia alone."
So that was it ! Eric had suspect?e
as much. It wasn't the number o?
steel rails that had been scrappec
after all that was causing this tempest
in the general manager's brain. His
hand clenched, then relaxed and ai
amused smile curled the corners of his
lips. But instantly alive to his posi
tion, he sobered again.
Flahaven sprang up. "Laugh, blasl
you ! We'll see who'll laugh. Do yoi;
think I'm going to have my daughtei
waste her time on a day laborer? If 1
catch you flirting with Viola again,
or so much as looking at her, I'll not
only discharge you, but blacklist you
"But Mr. Flahaven-"
"You'll be sorry. I love Viola and
she loves me !" flashed the young maa
A notice to get his money and quit
ieached his department almost as
soon as he did. "All right," he said
cheerfully to the messenger. "Say,
Tim, want to make a dollar?"
"Go and bet Patsy O'Brien that PD
get the old man's goat in two weeks."
"Aw, go on!"
That night, as pre-arranged by tele
phone, Viola met Eric at the gate of
her father's premises.
"Hello, dearest girl!" he whispered
s' cheerfully, drawing her close. "I'm
going away, dear, but I'm coming back
before long. I've been discharged and
I'm going to hunt more vork. But,
tell me first, do you really love me?"
"Forever-and you know it, Eric."
"And you are willing to be poor and
pack lunches for me, and have me
come home black as a miner every
"You are the very dearest girl in the
world ! Now I must go. Good-by,
"Milly," said her father at break
fast, addressing his wife, "I wish you
would do something for me."
Mrs. Flahaven acquiesced with the
celerity her husband always demand
ed in advance. "Yes, Archibald."
"Give a party I"
' "Yes, yes. Give a big one, bang-up
-go the limit Rockwell, the presi
dent of the company, telephoned that
some of the bankers who own the
plant are coming up for a couple of
days. Have it then!"
"All right, ilrchibald. A dinner
dance will be just the thing I"
"And Viola,-make the best of your
"Yes, father!" But poor Viola was
white and miserable.
Days passed, busy ones for every
body, wretched ones for Viola. One
afternoon the desk phone in Flnhav
en's office rang. Rockwell asked him
to come to a conference of officials at
Flahaven went He was shown to
ii room where chairs were arranged
around a big mahogany table, but only
one of which was occupied.
"How do you do, Mr. Flahaven?
Won't you sit down? We're both a
bit early, hut the others will be in
"Eric Bailey!" choked the general
'Tra glad you remember me!"
snailed Eric. "I didn't think I was so
The other was speochless.
"I've been thinking over a few
things, Mr. Flahaven. I want some
advice. Once there was a young man
who happened suddenly by a death to
fall into a position he ?.vas not fitted
for. So, without telling anyone what
he was going to do, be put on over
alls and determined to learn a thing
or two about labor himself. Then he
happened to fall in love with a girl,
the daughter of a man who had
worked his way up from the ranks to
power. For this crime he was dis
charged and blacklisted. Now the
young man had it In his power to dis
charge the father, but he was trying,
among other things, to learn self-con
trol. So he got out of town and took
a few days to think it over. He de
cided to let things go and not make
a l'uss, but he thinks he ought to have
a rrward. Now, what would you say
was fair, Mr. Flahaven?"
"anything!" faltered the other.
"All right Thank you, slr. Sup
pose you announce the engagement at
your big party, then." He rang a bell
sharply, and a page appeared. "Tell
the gentlemen to come in now," he
said ; "and you," turning to the general
manager, "get out!"
"But-" protested Flahaven.
"Get out!" thundered Eric, banging
the table as the other meekly obeyed.
The corners of his mouth twitched.
"I deserved that much," he said to him
self. "I guess rm about even with
And as six dignified men came filing
into the room he reached for the tele
phone. "This ls Eric, Tim," he ex
plained. "Collect that dollar from
O'Brien. I got the old man's goat to
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