Strictly business: more stories of the four million eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 274 pages of information about Strictly business.

Kenwitz chuckled like a diabolic raven.

“Miss Boyne,” he said, “let me present Mr. Kinsolving, the son of the man who put bread up five years ago.  He thinks he would like to do something to aid those who where inconvenienced by that act.”

The smile left the young woman’s face.  She rose and pointed her forefinger toward the door.  This time she looked Kinsolving straight in the eye, but it was not a look that gave delight.

The two men went down Varick Street.  Kenwitz, letting all his pessimism and rancor and hatred of the Octopus come to the surface, gibed at the moneyed side of his friend in an acrid torrent of words.  Dan appeared to be listening, and then turned to Kenwitz and shook hands with him warmly.

“I’m obliged to you, Ken, old man,” he said, vaguely—­“a thousand times obliged.”

“Mein Gott! you are crazy!” cried the watchmaker, dropping his spectacles for the first time in years.

Two months afterward Kenwitz went into a large bakery on lower Broadway with a pair of gold-rimmed eyeglasses that he had mended for the proprietor.

A lady was giving an order to a clerk as Kenwitz passed her.

“These loaves are ten cents,” said the clerk.

“I always get them at eight cents uptown,” said the lady.  “You need not fill the order.  I will drive by there on my way home.”

The voice was familiar.  The watchmaker paused.

“Mr. Kenwitz!” cried the lady, heartily.  “How do you do?”

Kenwitz was trying to train his socialistic and economic comprehension on her wonderful fur boa and the carriage waiting outside.

“Why, Miss Boyne!” he began.

“Mrs. Kinsolving,” she corrected.  “Dan and I were married a month ago.”

XI

THE THING’S THE PLAY

Being acquainted with a newspaper reporter who had a couple of free passes, I got to see the performance a few nights ago at one of the popular vaudeville houses.

One of the numbers was a violin solo by a striking-looking man not much past forty, but with very gray thick hair.  Not being afflicted with a taste for music, I let the system of noises drift past my ears while I regarded the man.

“There was a story about that chap a month or two ago,” said the reporter.  “They gave me the assignment.  It was to run a column and was to be on the extremely light and joking order.  The old man seems to like the funny touch I give to local happenings.  Oh, yes, I’m working on a farce comedy now.  Well, I went down to the house and got all the details; but I certainly fell down on that job.  I went back and turned in a comic write-up of an east side funeral instead.  Why?  Oh, I couldn’t seem to get hold of it with my funny hooks, somehow.  Maybe you could make a one-act tragedy out of it for a curtain-raiser.  I’ll give you the details.”

After the performance my friend, the reporter, recited to me the facts over the Wuerzburger.

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