The Efficiency Expert

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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be it would certainly get a terrible
jolt if I presented myself to the head of the International Machine
Company in this scenery. Do you see anything about my clothes that
indicates efficiency?"

"It isn't your clothes that count, Jimmy," she said, "it's the
combination of that face of yours and what you've got in your head.
You're the most efficient looking person I ever saw, and if you want a
reference I'll say this much for you, you're the most efficient waiter
that Feinheimer ever had. He said so himself, even after he canned you."

"Your enthusiasm," said Jimmy, "is contagious. If it wasn't for these
sorry rags of mine I'd take a chance on that hunch of yours."

The girl laid her hand impulsively upon his.

"Won't you let me help you?" she asked. "I'd like to, and it will only
be a loan if you wanted to look at it that way. Enough to get you a
decent-looking outfit, such an outfit as you ought to have to land a
good job. I know, and everybody else knows, that clothes do count no
matter what we say to the contrary. I'll bet you're some looker when
you're dolled up! Please," she continued, "just try it for a gamble?"

"I don't see how I can," he objected. "The chances are I could never
pay you back, and there is no reason in the world why you should loan me
money. You are certainly under no obligation to me."

"I wish you would let me, Jimmy," she said. "It would make me awfully
happy!"

The man hesitated.

"Oh," she said, "I'm going to do it, anyway. Wait a minute," and,
rising, she left the table.

In a few minutes she returned. "Here," she said, "you've got to take
it," and extended her hand toward him beneath the edge of the table. "I
can't," said Jimmy. "It wouldn't be right."

The girl looked at him and flushed.

"Do you mean," she said, "because it's my--because of what I am?"

"Oh, no," said Jimmy; "please don't think that!" And impulsively he
took her hand beneath the table. At the contact the girl caught her
breath with a little quick-drawn sigh.

"Here, take it!" she said, and drawing her hand away quickly, left a
roll of bills in Jimmy's hand.




CHAPTER XVI.

JIMMY THROWS A BLUFF.

That afternoon Mr. Harold Bince had entered his superior's office with
an afternoon paper in his hand.

"What's the idea of this ad, Mr. Compton?" he asked. "Why do we need an
efficiency expert? I wish you had let me know what you

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