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And she had agreed. But that did
not help him toward the $2,000 posi
tion with the Adamson corporation.
And that income, in addition to his
other work, loomed larger and larger
as the days went by.
Then he was stunned to receive an
invitation to call upon the corpora
tion. In his best suit, which Johnson
would have scorned to wear, except
for gardening, perhaps, he made his
way to .the big factory downtown
and was shown into the room of the
president, George Adamson, a fussy
looking old gentleman, who bade him
sit down and examined him with a
very critical gaze.
But Mr. Adamson thawed percepti
bly when his visitor answered the
searching questions that he put to
him. There John Smith knew that
he was on safe ground. His creden
tials were certainly better than John
son's and Adamson asknowledged
himself as highly pleased.
"Now let us come to the practical
details," he said. "For instance we
are speaking confidentially and I shall
regard this as a matter of advice, for
which I shall offer you the usual fee,
whether you connect yourself with us
permanently or not. There is an old
inventor out in Dayton who has a
patent that we are very anxious to
secure. It is an improved method of
manufacturing gas furnaces, and if
we had it it would cut the cost of pro
duction 15 per cent. The old man is
a crank and has an inflated idea of
his property. He won'l sell for less
than a million, which would mean no
extra profit for us for three years.
. Morally we are justified in taking his
patent and manufacturing according
to its specifications, for the good of
the country. It is intolerable that one
man should keep up the price of gas
furnaces to stuff his pockets and vir
tually blackmail us. And we happen
to know that he could not hope to
find the money to sue. Anyway, the
case would run for years, and all the
yhile we could be manufacturing.
Very well! But now suppose he
moved for an injunction to prevent us
manufacturing while the suit was
pending. How would you go about
'Pay him his million dollars or stop
manufacturing," answered Smith
Old Adamson glared at him. "You
mean " he bellowed.
"That I would not be a party to
such a case," answered Smith. "No
doubt you can find men who would.
I am afraid I am not the man you
need. Good day, sir." And he walked
out of the office.
"You'll hear from us tomorrow!"
he heard the irate old man bellow
after him. But the threat passed
over his head. An hour later he was
telling Mollie all about it
"Dear, you did just "right," she said.
But he saw the tears which she
vainly tried to conceal, and presently
she was weeping unreservedly upon
his knee. And his head was awhirl
with thoughts of going into medicine
or architecture or some other pro
fession. For there seemed to be no
opening for an honest man in the law.
The next morning when he saw. a let
ter from the Adamson people beside
his plate he remembered the presi
dent's threat He laughed scornfully
as he opened it What could the old
man do? If he threatened him he
would promptly bring suit for defa
mation of character. He, John
Smith, did not intend to allow that
old ruffian to ride roughshod over
He opened the envelope. Next mo
ment he dropped the letter with a
"Mollie! He's offered me the job!"
he cried in exultation. Then:
"But I can't take it, dear. I would
not work for such people."
"Let me read "it, dear," said his
She took up the letterand read it
over. .Then silently she laid it 'be
fore her husband.
"Dear Sir," he read, "We shall con