neighborhood, the taxi stopped in front of a grimy
unpainted three-story brick building, from which a great deal of noise
and dust were issuing. Jimmy found the office on the second floor, after
ascending a narrow, dark, and dirty stairway. Jimmy's experience of
manufacturing plants was extremely limited, but he needed no experience
as he entered the room to see that he was in a busy office of a busy
plant. Everything about the office was plain and rather dingy, but there
were a great many file clerks and typists and considerable bustling
After stating his business to a young lady who sat behind a switchboard,
upon the front of which was the word "Information," and waiting while
she communicated with an inner office over the telephone, he was
directed in the direction of a glass partition at the opposite end of
the room--a partition in which there were doors at intervals, and upon
each door a name.
He had been told that Mr. Brown would see him, and rapping upon the door
bearing that name he was bid to enter, and a moment later found himself
in the presence of a middle-aged man whose every gesture and movement
was charged with suppressed nerve energy.
As Jimmy entered the man was reading a letter. He finished it quickly,
slapped it into a tray, and wheeled in his chair toward his caller.
"Well?" he snapped, as Jimmy approached him.
"I came in reply to your advertisement for a general manager," announced
The man sized him up quickly from head to foot. His eyes narrowed and
his brows contracted.
"What experience you had? Who you been with, and how many years?" He
snapped the questions at Jimmy with the rapidity of machine-gun fire.
"I have the necessary ability," replied Jimmy, "to manage your
"How many years have you had in the sash, door and blind business?"
snapped Mr. Brown.
"I have never had any experience in the sash, door and blind business,"
replied Jimmy. "I didn't come here to make sash, doors and blinds. I
came here to manage your business."
Mr. Brown half rose from his chair. His eyes opened a little wider than
normal. "What the--" he started; and then, "Well, of all the--" Once
again he found it impossible to go on. "You came here to manage a sash,
door and blind factory, and don't know anything about the business!
Well, of all--"
"I assumed," said Jimmy, "that what you wanted in a general manager was
executive ability, and that's what I have."
"What you have," replied Mr. Brown, "is a hell
A half mile further on a straw stack loomed large within a fenced enclosure.Page 7
Dopey Charlie and The General, alone of all the company, waxed not enthusiastic over the advent of The Oskaloosa Kid and his priceless loot.Page 15
The skull was crushed back of the left ear.Page 23
"Run ahead and open the door for me," he said, as he bore his burden toward the house.Page 25
A sudden impulse to throw a protecting arm about the boy seized him--an impulse which he could not quite fathom, and one to which he could not respond because of the body of the girl he carried.Page 29
The darkness hid the expression upon Bridge's face, but his conviction that the girl was pretty was unaltered.Page 39
" "I'll tell you what we'll do," said Bridge; "we'll leave the kids up here and we three'll go down.Page 42
which pans of milk had doubtless stood to cool in a long gone, happier day.Page 44
I'm hungry.Page 48
"Oh, it's easy when you know how," replied The Oskaloosa Kid carelessly, as, with the help of the others, he carried the fruits of his expedition into the kitchen.Page 53
The girl and the youth, halting upon either side, followed the direction of.Page 55
It was he who acted as spokesman for the newcomers.Page 61
We must be close to a road.Page 68
Then when I saw the Gypsy girl I was sure that what we had heard last night was nothing more nor less than a trained bear.Page 70
They was here just a few minutes ago.Page 78
"You, Blackie, and Soup Face can arrange matters with The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 82
Bridge and The Oskaloosa Kid were hustled into the single cell of the Payson jail.Page 90
"Thet's fair.Page 95
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