WITH an air of complete assurance, Miridoff drew a chair up close, and sat down. “I can now see that your abduction was a mistake,” he went on. “At least, it has been found unnecessary from a purely political standpoint. The advantage we thought to gain by getting you into our power was, of course, to hold you as a hostage against the continued activity of your august father.By HUGH S. EAYRS42 min
TEACHERS,” said the Minister of Education, swinging round in his chair, “are very cheap just now.” He looked at us fixedly. My colleague and I hung our heads. We realized that we had done a most impertinent thing in asking for a rise in salary.By STEPHEN LEACOCK21 min
THE war was on with Aiken. Having bought out the other members of the Wholesale Guild, Aiken had secured majority control of the stock and was naturally in a position to place the orders for supplies with whatever firms he liked, chiefly his own.By BRITTON B. COOKE21 min
"I'D rather meet a nice man than see the Abbey,” Priscilla Warrington admitted to herself, as she whirled down Piccadilly in a hansom and eyed the passersby. The sentiment may have indicated low tastes; but it must be urged in extenuation that, during two months on the Continent, Priscilla had met many beautiful cathedrals, and no nice men.By Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd19 min
FIRST of all, get the decks of your mind clear, so to speak, of the idea that all war orders from the United States are for the Allies. Up to the end of May, just as great war orders in proportion went to Germany and Austria and Turkey from the United States.By AGNES C. LAUT18 min
THEY were discussing the business and financial condition of the Dominion—a banker, a former large real estate operator and a wholesale merchant. “You can’t deny,” urged the real estate man, “that our savings deposits are showing a most satisfactory increase.By W. A. Craick16 min
WHEN Jan Peeters first reached Pittsburg, he was dazed for a week; then settled down to his trade of glass blowing. And, because his mild, blue eye was steady and true, and the vast lungs of him under perfect and delicate control, he saved five thousand dollars in the first five years.By ALAN SULLIVAN14 min
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