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^Related by Confidential Man Brown, Smith & Jones. to •>' I f I was a young- lawyer, and had the reputation of being 1 shrewd, and I do honestly believe that had I remained at the bar I might have been fairly s»c- •cessful. I had no idea of leaving it until Urown, of Brown, Smith & Jones, came to me and said: "As you know, old Foss, our confidential man, is dead. We think it better to fill his place with a young man, and I have come to offer it to you.". The firm had a private bank, and dealt in stocks. It also did considerable cargo insurance, placed loans, bought mortgages, shaved notes, and made money in other dignified and respectable ways. It had been doing business, for twenty years, and was rated conservative and sound. -The only curious thing about the firm was the trio composing it. Brown •was an old bachelor of fifty. He was tally angular and homely, and the only woman whom he could'endure was his landlady. Smith was five years older and married, but had no children. He •was short, fat and taciturn, never .speaking to anybody when he could help it. His wife never went into society and Smith never entered a church. Jones was a little man, almost small enough to be called a dwarf, but with an awful disunity about him. He was over forty, a single, man, but was pop- •nlarly supposed to be "looking around." There were rumors that some: one had once called him "the Napoleon" of the ; West," and if ho.had any particular weakness, it was that of attending Thursday, evening prayer meeting. No /business matter, no matter how important, could, prevent his regular attendance, although he took no active part in Ithe exercises, and was never known to contribute a dollar to the church. Having accepted the post I found my "duties to be almost numberless. I opened .the mail, sorted the letters, and attended to the correspondence. I "checked" on the cashier, verified all balances, investigated all risks, hunted -up the; standing of all would-be-borrow- lers, and-to a great extent had/charge of ithe entire business. In less than a week II had found that each one of the firm ihad his official peculiarity as follows: Brown would never open the mail. Smith would never answer a letter. Jones would never sign a cheek. 'The street called them "conserva- •tives," but the street never met them in the private office, and consequently did .aiot know of their oddities. The morn- Ing programme was a very funny one. I reached the office at 8:30 sharp. At exactly 8:40 Jones come in. At 8:45 Smith entered. At 8:50 Brown ap- jpeared. The last man of the firm 'name •was the first to appear. As each en- S'"t«red he hung up his hat on his own " l-Tparticular. hook, sat down in his own .•particular chair, picked up his own -daily-paper, and none of them ever rec- i^-ognized each other by as much as a "bow. At 9:30 I had the mail opened, "they laid aside their papers, and the business of the day came : up to be discussed. It took me a couple of years to fall into the ways of these strange men, but In spite of their eccentricities they were Very kind to me, and trusted me almost -without limit. Everything had run 1 Along 1 very smoothly, and nothing what- «ver had happened to break the routine, '•when something dropped from the clear \ sky. Our private offices were arranged f 'to that I occupied the first, which was also a consulting room. Then.each of the firm had a private office back of J "that, and each retired to it when not f otherwise engaged. . Oaa forenoon, at iven o'clock, while I was alone in tho jiront office, a lady entered. It was rarely that a woman had any business '•with us beyond the teller's window, and I was considerably surprised at the •». presence of this one. She was about Sp" "twenty-five years old, handsome as a '} picture, "and I soon had reason to de% dare to myself that her 'manners were s~3ascint,ting. She took my breath away $1 by inquiring if Brown was in. So «f far as the legends of the office went he p/iad never yet been interviewed by a ;,• and I hesitated to reply to her ireet question. "I have business of importance with she continued, "and desire to see >i"i r in his private office. It is the first one to the left, I believe. Pray 'don't trouble yourself to announce me." She went to the door and rapped. JBrown opened it, and ..-when, he saw her ^standing there he turned. pale::-.and. £;«taggered• back. She .entered and ^closed the door behind her, and was ^-closeted with him a full hour. If I was -dtonfounded at this action, I was alt most paralyzed at his conduct as they: out. He was actually bowing"{ and smirking, and trying to be gallant -he, the man who insisted that his I'landlady should never employ a female ^•errant unless she was a hunchback or Across-eyed! He followed her through lie room and out to the door of the *'bank, and when he returned he was r smiling blandly and his lips were mov- • as if talking to himself. He didn't ay a word to me. If he had I could ould not have replied to him, as I was apletely knocked out After .that-day I noticed a marked nge.in Brown. He seemed to thaw •?out—to take more interest in life; and i'l caught on to the fact that he was private letters to some one. oe day he added to my astonishment calling me into his private room fe«nd inquiring if it wouldn't be a good ^thing for us to pick up a silver, mine in. providing we got alow figure fiJand a sure thing. ''.-•-The nest astonishing circumstance appened a week later. I was out on ^ street at 11:30, an hour when every nan of the firm was invariably closeted with himself, and I suddenly aught sight of Jones going into a Believing myself to be the icthn .of an optical delusion I soon followed, and as I looked about the of- Bce the cl£rk beckoned to me aadsaid: "Room 44—Mrs. Temple—silver inine!" She had been to the office to call on Brown, and now she had probably sent word to Jones to call on her. I would have bet a hundred to one that Jones wouldn't have gone, even to close a deal in which there was a sure profit of ten thousand dollars, but there he was, sure enough, and I began to feel annoyed and uneasy. I was at the office when Jones returned, two hours later. He not only had a grin on his face, but he felt so good that he actually whistled a bar or two of a popular air. If anything further was needed to convince me that everything was at sixes and sevens in the house of Brown, Smith & Jones _the conduct of Smith furnished it. On a certain Wednesday morning he was twenty-eight minutes late. As if this were not enough, he came in. looking flustrated and excited. An hour later a boy brought a note which I carried to his room. It was addressed in a woman's hand, and within twenty minutes after receiving it he left the bank evidently to keep an appointment. He had hardly gone when Jones came out to me and began to discuss business matters. This had never happened before, and I was regarding him with surprise and astonishment when he observed: "If we could pick up a silver mine known by insiders to be worth a million dollars, and get it for about thirty thousand, it might be a good investment, eh?" I mumbled something in reply, and he took three or four turns across the room and disappeared into his -private office. At one o'clock Smith came in. He had forgotten his usual dignity of entrance, and he was so absent-minded that he hung up his coat on the wrong hook. He fidgeted and then observed: "I have had an offer of mining property which promises great things. Did you ever hear of the Queen Anne mine of Nevada?" I replied that I never had, and after .sitting in a deep study for awhile he also retired. He had evidently been to see Mrs. Temple also. Mrs. Temple, then., was a woman, who-had a silver mine to,dispose of. Of all men in the world- whom I should have hesitated to approach were the three comprising our firm. Of all people liable, to succeed with them a woman would be the very, last I couldn't make it out. It seemed to me that the natural order of things had been reversed. Before the week was out Jones escorted -Mrs. Temple to the theater, Brown had taken her out for a drive, and there were well-founded rumors that Smith .had sent her a bouquet. I then set to work to find who Mrs. Temple was. No one could give me any information beyond the fact that she was the widow of a Nevada mine owner, and tluit she had come east for the purpose of disposing of some mining property. She had charts and maps and diagrams of lands and. mines, .and seemed to be well posted as to the business on hand. It .was, however, the general impression that she was a sharper or adventuress, with a man behind her somewhere, and it was further told me that Brown, Smith and Jones, individually and collectively, were infatuated with her. I always wondered why she did not attempt to secure my assistance in her project, but she probably either mistrusted that I suspected her or she thought she could work her cards without my assistance. While each of the three partners knew that each of the others .had been approached on the same sITbject—that of buying the mine —neither of them knew that the other had been done for by her fascinating ways. I have the strongest grounds for stating three separate and distinct beliefs: First—that Jones expected to marry her. Second—that Brown expected to marry her. Third—that Smith had become so infatuated that he would have run away with her, leaving wife, business and all- Well, the proposition to buy her silver mine came up at tho business meeting one morning. There was nothing In the looks or words of either party to lead one to mistrust that he had ever met her or talked it over before. It would have been proper to send some expert out to the mine to investigate and report, but she had given them the names of parties to write, to, and it was agreed- that if reports .were ~f avorable the deal. should.' be closed. I now for •the first .time learned, of the location of the mine. . I • had ; not only been on the site and knew the mine to be worthless, but had friends there who would attest the fact. Under direction of the firm, I wrote to the .address given by .Mrs. Temple. Acting on my own judgment, I also wrote to other parties. While waiting for answers to these letters Brown suddenly asked the two other members of the firm to congratulate him, as he had decided to get married. They/had hardly done so when Jones announced that he had also determined on the same step. Smith couldn't follow suit, having a wife already, but he flushed up and looked confused, and seemed about to declare that he was going to elope, but caught himself and stopped short.. .".-••. • -. •'' ;Ten days had.elapsed'and answers to my letters were expected every day, when I was sent to a town a hundred miles away on business .which detained .me two days. Returning at ten o'clock on '' the morning- of the third, I caught sight of Mrs. Temple entering the Second National- bank, where our surplus was on deposit, and on which all checks of over §1,00(1 were drawn. It struck me that the letters written in the name of the firm had arrived and the deal had been closed during my. absence.. I followed her in, and my fears were realized. Indeed, Jones came in after me to identify her. It was make or break, and as she presented the check I said to Jones: "Let her wait until I can run over to our bank and return. Mr. Haspeth (to the teller), please delay payment until a trifling irregularity can be arranged." Jones called to me and ran after me, but I did not stop or answer. On arriving at our b;mk I found three letters addressed to me from parties in Nevada. I took time to read only four or five lines of each, and then, calling on Smith and Brown to follow, hastened to the other bank. We had a lively row, I can assure you. .The letters addressed to the "bank made the mine out to be a big thing, but thqse .fronj my friends stamped it as a fraud. It was finally agreed that the check should be returned until' further investigation could be made, and that afternoon the adventuress skipped, to be hoard of 110 more. 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