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ously. "And your name is Lem
"Yes, sir. I'm through with
all -that. I've been through with
it for over a week. I've done it
because I'd got low enough to
beg hard earned wages from my
"If stopping short is going to
kill me, all right at least I'll die
The man was shivering as he
spoke. There was a feverish
flush to his wan face.. He looked
hungry. John Moore believed his
"See here," he said; "if it's a
bed and something to eat, come
When John had closed the store
he led his pensioner to the neat
suite sof rooms he occupied be
hind the store. It seemed to
brighten up the place to have
company, even poor but grateful
company, as Price was.
It was as a new man that the
latter entered on the next day.
John had fed him on nutritious
soup and gruels, he had given him
a comfortable bed. Out of his
stock he selected a neat, unsalable
suit of clothes, and the ex-tramp
went out on the street, clean
shaven and encouraged, to again
look for work.
"If you don't make it," said
John, "come back, and I'll give
you board and lodging for help
ing around the store until you get
something better to do."
Price reported that afternoon.
He had found a chance to work
a a teamster, he said, but, he
aa led, he had decided first to sub- j
mit a proposition to the store
keeper. "All right,, what is it?" aske'd
John in his usual crisp, business
"Well," replied Price, "I don't
want you to be offended, but I've
been trying to study out why you,
don't do more business than you
do. You have got the stock.
Other stores are just rushing.
Saturday's, especially, the trade
is big. You haven't got your
"I have realized that for some
time," said John, bitterly.
"Now, I've been thinking up
matters for your good, because
you have been so kind to me,"
continued Pfice, humbly but sin
cerely. "I amounted to something
once. Had a business, and but
for drink wOuld have succeeded.
If you will let; me do a little ad
vertising for you, I'll guarantee
Slow-going John Moore was
dubious, but finally he agreed to
try the experiment. The next day
Price cleaned up the show win
dows. The next he repainted
the front of the store in attractive
colors. After that he brought a
big brass bell and secured it on
a standard over the rtore door
way with a chain running to the
inside of the store.
Early Friday morning a sign
appeared above the bell reading:
"Every twentieth purchase free
announced by this bell.''
Just at noon the bell rang. Th
excited customer, a farmer, was
informed that his purchase would
be handed to him free of charge.