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a holiday problem of one busness
My Dear Mrs. Gibson I wonder if
you will give another girl advice
that is, a working girl whose prob
lem is not one of sex.
I work- in a store and at this time
of the year the women shoppers drive
Yesterday a woman came into the
store after half-past four and I was
nearly ready to drop down behind
the counter and cry myself sick. She
said that she wanted to look at spime
"What kind of lace do you want,
madam?" I asked.
She looked as though I had in
"Fine white lace," she answered
Then I showed her the best we had,
for I am always afraid that I will
make the customer angry when she
does not signify the price. she wants
to pay if I do not show her the best.
As she had casually picked up--a
piece of heavy lace I opened a box of
After she had looked it all over she
remarked that heavy laces were not
'fashionable this year, and, if I had
nothing better to show her she would
go somewhere else. The floorwalker
was passing at the time and heard
the remark, and the look he gave me
made me tremble for my job.
"I beg your pardon, madam, I did
not understand that you wanted fine
"I said that," she answered, curtly.
I knew that she did, but it was
said in such a manner that I thought
she meant "real lace" instead of laces
of fine thread.
Well, the upshot of it all' was that
we looked over almost the entire
stock and at just half-past five she
bought two yards of vat lace at five
cents a yard. I had been nearly an
hour making a sale of ten-cent value.
Then "after the store closed I had
that whole stock to put in shape. I
did not get home until 9 o'clock.
What would .you have done under
these circumstances? So Tired.
It is very-probable that if you had'
not been so very tired with your
Christmas trade you would have been
able to make your sale and gotten
rid of your . troublesome customer
very shortly. . v
I think if I had 'such a person to
deal, with I, would get, all the comfort
I could out of- fhe fapt" that I was
much the?lady's superior, even if I
were on' the-wron'g side of the coun
ter and unable-tp"shine in the social
light in tbe-wyshje probably does.
TO LEAD" ..GRAND MARCH AT
NEW YORkr MOVIE BALL
Frances Xavier Bushman was
picked by the New York exhibitors
as their choice from all the photo
players of the JJnited States to lead
the grand march at the ball of the
Motion Picture Exhibitors' associa
tion in New York.
The Essanay star will then visit
Boston, Baltimore, Washington and
Norfolk, Va. Exhibitors of Norfolk
are especially anxious to see Bush
man, asJje was born in that city
and has thousands, of admirers there.