The Efficiency Expert

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT




CHAPTER I.

JIMMY TORRANCE, JR.

The gymnasium was packed as Jimmy Torrance stepped into the...

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...futile attempt of accomplishing in
an hour that for which the college curriculum set aside several...

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...average of
your academic standing. At the earnest solicitation of the faculty
members of the athletic committee,...

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...for being, and was, in the bargain, a good judge of boys, gave
Jimmy another chance...

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...a man as the university had
ever known.

To his fellows, as well as to himself, he...

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...him to his own shortcomings
gradually became less opaque, until finally he saw himself as his...

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...you reason to at
least have hopes of rejoicing before I come...

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...along
new and more practical lines. His self-assurance was formed in a similar
mold to those of...

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...metropolitan morning newspapers.

Jimmy felt very important as he passed through the massive doorway into
the great...

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...satisfactory position the first day."




CHAPTER III.

THE LIZARD.

That night Jimmy attended a show, and treated himself...

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...be on your way--and not be afther makin' up with ivery dip ye
meet."

"Thanks," said Jimmy....

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...least. I was
just wishing that I had someone to talk to."

The other sank noiselessly into...

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...of bills. "Here,"
he said, handing the other two tens.

"Naw," said the Lizard, shoving the...

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...result of his advertising ability as it
appeared in print.


...

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...ad had appeared in Chicago's largest newspaper, and he had not
received one reply, a man...

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...neighborhood, the taxi stopped in front of a grimy
unpainted three-story brick building, from which a...

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...of a crust. Now, run
along, young fellow. I am a very busy man--and don't...

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...of a life-insurance
company that had advertised such a vacancy. A very kindly gentleman
interviewed him.

"What experience...

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...although there
were many comfortable chairs in the large room, and the sofa was an
exceptionally long...

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...said the young man; "I'll try to remember."

It was a little after nine o'clock when...

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...he was a rather nice person to look at, but
that he was equally nice to...

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...I got my first experience in a small town in Nebraska,
but I carried on a...

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...come to consider as
his life work--the answering of blind ads in the Help Wanted columns...

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...when Harold Bince entered, the older man leaned back in his chair
and motioned the other...

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...place in my business and in my
home of the son I never had."

"Do you think...

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...bring you girls in here
so early."

"And what's that?" asked Elizabeth.

"You are going shopping, and Elizabeth...

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...years without a let-up, and it
doesn't make any difference how good a machine may be...

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...becoming a quitter.

He noticed as he waited on her that she seemed to be appraising...

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... I am not
satisfied. I am going to er--ah--accept another position."

The buyer raised his eyebrows....

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...was his own and that he had done a foolish thing in giving up his
position...

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...head of my class, I
would be no better off than I am now."




CHAPTER VIII.

BREAD FROM...

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...they passed beneath the dim light of a flickering gas-jet
he realized that the other stopped...

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...from an old crab who has more than he can use, and all of
it he...

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...million," he said. "You'd starve to death
before you'd do it. And now, what you...

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...rest.

"I am afraid," he said, "that you don't take it seriously enough
yourself, and that you...

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...asked one of
the four after Bince had left the room.

"About two thousand dollars," was the...

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...for at least two weeks longer, the erstwhile star amateur first
baseman sought the doubtful comfort...

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...and politicians. It was, as a certain wit described it, a social
goulash, for in addition...

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...said. "I can't quite figure you out. What
are you doing here anyway?"

"I never...

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...if one of us could change places
with that poor simp we'd do it."

"He is a...

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...shoppers and those
other thousands who always seize upon the slightest pretext for a
celebration.

It was a...

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...a woman is not safe from insult even
though she be properly escorted, while in Feinheimer's...

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...vice," suggested Harriet.

"He doesn't look it," said Elizabeth. "He looks too utterly healthy for
that....

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...seized her wrist and pulled her
down into his lap.

It was this scene that broke upon...

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...for the
fact he came in contact with one of his friends, and then he was...

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..."What you think I hire you for? To
beat up my best customer?"

"He got what was...

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...a
notch in the social scale or down a notch? From the view-point of the
underworld a...

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...conclusion; and then in
the third round Young Brophy was to lie down and by reclining...

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...next twenty years."

"And incidentally give boxing another black eye," interjected Jimmy.

"Oh, what the hell do...

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...be
staged Brophy was to give his opponent the cue. No cue had been given,
however. Jimmy...

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...young men who had fully intended to place large sums on
Brophy, and before the eyes...

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...boast, that you're a pickpocket and a safe-blower and
yet I'd trust you, Lizard, with anything...

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...that Billy misses. What in the world do you
suppose his profession is anyway? Since we...

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...XIV.

IN AGAIN--OUT AGAIN.

Jimmy Torrance was out of a job a week this time, and once...

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...and fountain and tree-shaded benches, its
vine-covered walls and artistically arranged shrubs, and it recalled to
Jimmy...

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...you were, but I knew
what you were not, which was the thing that counted most...

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...to the Help Wanted column. The Lizard tried during the first
week to find something for...

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...said or done anything
to win her confidence, nor could he explain his attitude toward her...

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...a moment. "Your father is a business man?"
she asked, and without waiting for an answer,...

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...be it would certainly get a terrible
jolt if I presented myself to the head of...

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...intended doing."

"I knew that if I told you, Harold, you would object," said the older
man,...

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...be just the man he wanted, for
intelligence, aggressiveness and efficiency were evidently the
outstanding characteristics of...

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...you expect to continue in this line of work?" asked Mr. Compton.
"When this job is...

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...Some of
your points are not entirely clear to me, as there are many modern
methods that...

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...of us really has a system of his own.
At first I won't seem to be...

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...him. He
was sure that there was an underlying meaning, though just what it
portended he was...

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...be afther isshuin' orrders tellin' you janes to kape out
uv dacent places?"

The girl flushed. ...

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...be nice, but when
they haven't, tell them where they get off. I knew he wouldn't...

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...up his mind that he would stick to it, and
there was besides the slight encouragement...

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...by any
efficiency expert or any one else."

"I don't recall that I made any such agreement,"...

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..."that in a short time I will know as much about
the payroll as the assistant...

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...both time and money by having
your books audited by a firm of public accountants who...

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...are making a
grave mistake, but that it is casting a reflection on my work. It...

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...mighty
sorry for him, but he had better find it out now than after that grafter
has...

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...said the other, "I don't."

"Neither do I," said Bince. "I know his plans even better...

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...would
have been to have called in the police, but the Lizard has evidently
given me a...

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...you. There must be some other way to get around
this."

"What are you trying to do?"...

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...to
the telephone.

"Is this Mr. Torrance?" asked a feminine voice.

"It is," replied Jimmy.

"I am Miss Compton....

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...prize-fighter at the training quarters and the milk-wagon driver.
All these things passed through her mind...

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...could wait on table better, too."

"Or sell stockings?" suggested Elizabeth.

It was at this moment that...

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...the room before Jimmy had discovered whether
the girl intended to expose him...

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...to be the one to tell you," replied Jimmy. "I preferred
that the C.P.A.'s discover it,...

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...Elizabeth," he said, "but I won't be able to come up this
evening. I have some...

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...to my troubles?"

"Surest thing you know," cried the girl. "Where are you?" He...

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...to the
movies," he suggested with a laugh.

"That suits me all right," said the girl. ...

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...her
happiness was to be wrecked, and the man she loved and was to marry
branded as...

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...he found his
mind suddenly in a whirl of jumbled emotions, for he was not so...

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... ...

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...evidence that there is such a man in our employ. I think you
ought to be...

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...absolutely
insufferable. I am going to demand that father discharge the man."

"And suppose he asks you...

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...Hudson found him, and immediately
notified Mr. Compton, with the result that half an hour later...

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...extent that he had reached a
point where he felt that death would be something of...

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...the hospital that evening she found Jimmy in high
spirits. He was dressed for the first...

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...in the area of the International Machine
Company's plant on West Superior Street. As he moved...

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...criminal the Lizard had
no wish to be discovered. He wondered what had gone wrong with...

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...ascending, went straight to Mr.
Compton's office, turned the knob, and opened the door, to find...

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...won't do any harm, anyway."

The wagon came and took Jimmy to the station, and later...

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...ordained should discover him alone
with a murdered man.

O'Donnell made the most of his meager knowledge...

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...demanded the lieutenant.

"A jane who used to hang out at Feinheimer's. She has been...

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...Jimmy, "of one man; and even in his case the
idea is too horrible--too preposterous to...

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...anything that
was not right; and you know yourself how anxious O'Donnell has been to
dig up...

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...since she had been
arrested.

She went directly to her apartment and presently took down the
telephone-receiver, and...

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...beside the road-house, turned around and backed up
alongside hers. A man stepped out and peered...

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...from Jimmy to himself.

The Lizard therefore was in a quandary. Of course, if Murray's
connection...

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...the morning when the Lizard entered an
apartment on Ashland Avenue which he had for several...

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...that some new evidence was to have been
brought in to him and asked if he...

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...assistance.

Just how far that assistance had gone Jimmy did not know, though of late
he had...

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...Bince breathed more
freely thereafter than he had for a long time before.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold...

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...chair. The attorney
handed him a letter. It was the letter that Murray had written...

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...the court-room which was broken
by the defense's perfunctory "Take the witness" to the prosecuting
attorney, but...

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...in my line, so I beats it out without
crackin' the safe. That's all I know...

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...of the People of
Illinois versus James Torrance, Jr.

Mr. Holden and Jimmy's attorney were the first...

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...edge of the bed beside her and stroked her hand.
After a while she roused again...

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...Elizabeth had gone, "she really feels
worse over her past attitude toward you than she does...

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...asked.

She was standing very close to him, looking up in his face.

"You, Harriet," he said.

She...