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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 10, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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By Seth Monroe.
"Anthony? You mean Jim Anthony
"who used to cover this territory for
King & Co.? Whyhe has another
route now, and he airi't-traveling for
King & Co. any more, neither. And
Letty you remember Letty, who
used to be in service here. Well say,
I'd best start right at the beginning.
"Letty was the housemaid at this
hotel when Anthony was King & Co.'s
best salesman. Her mother had
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His Grouch Began to Clear Away.
brought her up very strict, and when
she died Letty was only eighteen and
knew about as much of the world as a
child does. The house was worth
about two thousand, for property had
been going up for a long time; but
Letty couldn't live on nothing while
t was on the market, so she came to
.he 'tavern' as second housemaid. In
those days sei vice of that kind wasn't
considered anyways lowering in
Vpkefleld.
"Anthony was staying over night.
It was a small town on his route, and
he hadn't made many sales that year,
and he was naturally a bit depressed.
But when he saw Letty sweeping
down the hall he brightened up a bit.
Anthony always liked a pretty face.
So he comes up to her.
" 'Hello, kid, you sure are a peach,'
he says, and kisses her. That done,
he goes into his room, thinking no
more about it.
"Letty was flabbergasted'. She had
always been taught that to kiss a girl
meant you wanted to marry her, and
here was a perfect stranger who had
kissed her the minute he set eyes on
her. The little fool put down her
broom and began to cry with happi
ness. Anthony was about forty and
rather fat and flashily dressed, but'he
was all gold in Letty's eyes.
"Next morning Anthony, having re
newed his grouch, went out of his
room carrying his suit case. He met
Letty, who had been waiting on the
stairs. 'Morning, miss,' said Anthony,
and passed on, leaving Letty still
more flabbergasted.
"I guess she cried all that day, but
when night came she had made up.
her mind. Of course a fine gentleman
like Anthony wouldn't want to marry
a girl in service. Her little head was
full of romances. She had read about
men being true to death, and all that,
and she made up her mind to make
herself worthy of Anthony.
"She took her savings and went to
night school with them. By the end
of the year Letty was a fair stenog
rapher and bookkeeper, and, as the
young woman who kept books for
the 'tavern' was leaving to get mar
ried, Letty stepped into her shoes.
The salary was a dollar less than her
wages had been when she held the
broom, but she was mighty glad.
"At the end of the year Anthony
comes- on his route again, and when
Letty looked up from her books and
baw him standing, waiting to register,
her heait beat so tnat she couldn't
speak.

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