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to you," Stein hastened to say.
"Expense must be noxobject. I'm going to wake up this dead town. As a business doctor, I first want to go over the establishment and see what kind of working timber you've got." There was one man who demurred at the skyrocket schemes of the new comer when he had outlined his L? plans. This was Merle Wharton. He was a valuable employe of the house, but Lane was pre-emptory. 'He'd kill my good work with his conservative back-country ideas," Lane told Stein, so Wharton was told to go. "It's all right, Mr. Stein," he said. "Better an understanding now, than a squabble later. If I am .not in ac cord with your new business policy, I would be useless to you. I shall tell you, however, that I shall go over to your rival, the Enterprise." "That's all right," bobbed the chip per Lane. "There will be no Enter prise in a month. We shall have all the business." For one thing Wharton was sorry J to leave me iramous. ne naa neen courting pretty Nettie Duane, the store stenographer. A senseless quar rel had come up. She was miffed, he was proud and they had exchanged only a cold, formal bow for the past two weeks. The Enterprise was glad to get Wharton. His steady going, honest business methods were in accord with those of the proprietor. Wharton made KnmpiRii freest ions as to naint- .. 4-T.a 4--r rt.l rvnnnmtifv n vrrn ' lug tiic dluic .uuui, cugagui5 a. vy.hi.- dow dresser and fairly and respect ably meeting the lurid advertising ia methods of the Famous. W The "C.tmeT" TioH nnronrl hlrriRplf He had a great two-faced clock set at the edge of the walk In front of the store. Then he sent out a band of music along the country roads to at tract the farmers. He had a grand fireworks exhibition in front pf the store. He gave away one thousand clay pipes, so the children might blow bubbles. Alas, for the crude ideas of rural Rockton! The crowds came, but not to buy. The big clock post obstruct v ed the sidewalk space allowed by, ordinance and had to be removed. The band of music caused a runaway and the store was sued for damages.i A stray rocket set fire to a barn and? there was another bill to pay. The pipes were put to other uses than blowing bubbles. Ambitious, juvenile Rockton tried surreptitious' smokes with real tobacco and church-going Rockton held up hands in horror. The Enterprise people smiled at this piece of news all except Whar ton. He had heard that Lane was paying marked attention to Nettie Duane. "Robbed you of your place and your girl, too," a friend put it rather bluntly. t "I say, Wharton," remarked the proprietor of the Enterprise one day, "what do you make of this?" He handed Wharton s typewritten page without date or signature. It read: 'A good friend gives you this use ful hint: The Famous is arranging to open the season with Japanese Pana ma hats at fifty-nine cents. This, as you know, is ridiculous. They come from a factory' where there was a fire. They were scorched anddam aged, and are bleached and varnished over. When they get wet they are all out of shape. Work up a honest bargain hat sale on real good hats, and you will win." 'I don't know who our anonymous correspondent may be," said the mer chant," but I'm going to explore this tip," and by the next day both he and his assistant were satisfied that there was some foundation to it. On Monday came the big fifty-nine cent hat sale. There came up a rain Btorm. Disconsolate wearers of Jap anese Panamas trailed by the Fa mous in drooping trim, ready to -mob the place. Next day came the Simon-pure hat;