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was not much good about the little
plant, but Ned was In a fever of de
light most of the time, and, young as
he was, made a most efficient man
ager. Ned was proud and confident when
he came homejfrom a business call
on a city manufacturer. The latter
had contracted to take their entire
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$ of plumbers' tools and prospective
profits were large. They had to dou
ble their working-force, and Mr. Dor
sett, at this signal stroke of business
prosperity, began to take more inter
est in affairs.
Then Eloise got the inventive fever.
There was a demand for a graduated
vegetable and fruit slicer for restau
rants. Ned was wildly enthusiastic
when Eloise showed him her first
"It's famous, if you can make it
work!" exulted Ned.
"But can I?" questioned Eloise du
biously. "You see, to perfect the
movements necessary there is need
ed some kind of double ratchet joint
and I can t think out just what it
"Keep on working at it. You'll
succeed," predicted her optimistic
One day Eloise came into the of
fice of the plant, to find her brother
discussing business with a remarka
bly handsome and attractive young
man. Ned introduced him as Mr.
Russell Boyd, the son of a wealthy
city hardware exporter. Courteous
and pleasant greetings were ex
changed. Ned, accompanying him to
the depot when he went away, Eloise
found a small metal object under the
chair he had occupied.
, She could not suppress a cry of
A surprise, for the little device filled
& Tirfinfsftlv the vital renuirement in hsr
invention. "It was the coveted, worried-over
accessory which made the
operation of the slicer perfect.
Of course, Eloise knew that the de
vice did not belong about the fac
tory. The handsonfe young man
who had just left must have acciden
tally dropped it. She was still look
ing over the device and admiring its
capabilities when Ned returned. She
told him of her find. N.ed telephoned
to the railroad station. The message
reached Boyd before the train start
ed, and inside of a half hour he was
back at the plant.
This led to a stay of several hours.
The young man told Eloise that he
had been working on the device for
over a year. It could be applied to a
number of uses, and, when perfect
ed, he expected to place it on a roy
alty with several manufacturers.
Eloise showed him the slicer. Boyd
examined it with' attention.
"When I come the next time I will
bring just the size p device that will
fit your really valuable invention," he
.Which he did, and took not only an
unusual interest in the slicer, but in
Eloise as well. Her heart beat proud
ly the day that her invention made a
perfect demQnstration of its abilities.
The patents on the device were is
sued 'to' Eloise. Then this kind-
hearted young man undertook to test
Its selling qualities. He came to Bay
ville one day with glowing accounts
of his success.
"I can get you a fine price for your
invention outright, or a partner who
will finance its publicity and distribu
tion in a large way," he reported.
"You think there is money in It?"
"I know it.- The partner would be
myself, Miss Dorsett. "That would
mean a merger of our mutual share
in the construction of the device, and
would do away with royalties."
"I should be glad to do as you
think," said Eloise, and she flushed
consciously, and Russell Boyd looked
pleased. He was thinking of a more,
important partnership, for Eloise had
been the principal attraction for him
at Bayville for some time past.
"Things are looking up, I declare,"
acknowledged-John Dorset one day
when the monthly statement of busi-