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Probably it's at first,” acknowledged Mr. Rockwell, smiling; “but i'm prepared to pay you that. i'm going to along with boost you as speedy as your growth will justify it. ” Dick was once so elated that he rarely limited himself from a few demonstration which might have astonished the service provider; yet he exercised strength of will, and basically stated, “I’ll try and serve you so faithfully, sir, that you simply won’t repent having taken me into your carrier. ” “And i believe you are going to succeed,” acknowledged Mr. Rockwell, encouragingly. “I won't detain you from now on, for i've got a few vital company to take care of, I shall count on to determine you on Monday morning. ” Dick left the counting-room, rarely understanding no matter if he stood on his head or his heels, so thrilled was once he on the unexpected switch in his fortunes. Ten money every week was once to him a fortune, and 3 occasions up to he had anticipated to procure in the beginning. certainly he might were blissful, purely the day earlier than, to get a spot at 3 cash per week. He mirrored that with the inventory of garments which he had now to be had, he may well store up no less than 1/2 it, or even then stay higher than he have been conversant in do; in order that his little fund within the discount rates financial institution, rather than being decreased, will be gradually expanding. Then he used to be to be complicated if he deserved it. It used to be certainly a vivid prospect for a boy who, just a 12 months ahead of, may possibly neither learn nor write, and depended for a night’s accommodation upon the opportunity hospitality of an alley-way or previous wagon. Dick’s nice ambition to “grow up ’spectable” appeared prone to be finished in spite of everything. “I want Fosdick used to be to boot off as I am,” he proposal generously. yet he made up our minds to aid his much less lucky buddy, and support him up the ladder as he complicated himself. while Dick entered his room on Mott road, he came across that a few one else have been there earlier than him, and articles of donning clothing had disappeared. “By gracious! ” he exclaimed; “somebody’s stole my Washington coat and Napoleon pants. perhaps it’s an agent of Barnum’s, who expects to make a fortun’ through exhibitin’ the valooable cloth cabinet of a gentleman of style. ” Dick didn't shed many tears over his loss, as, in his current situations, he by no means anticipated to have any more use for the well-worn clothing. it can be acknowledged that he afterwards observed them decorating the determine of Micky Maguire; yet even if that estimable younger guy stole them himself, he by no means ascertained. As to the loss, Dick used to be quite happy that it had happened. It appeared to lower him off from the outdated vagabond existence which he was hoping by no means to renew. Henceforward he intended to press onward, and upward push as excessive as attainable. even though it was once but merely midday, Dick didn't exit back together with his brush. He felt that it used to be time to retire from enterprise. He would depart his percentage of the general public patronage to different boys much less lucky than himself. That night Dick and Fosdick had a protracted dialog. Fosdick had fun heartily in his friend’s luck, and on his facet had the friendly information to speak that his pay have been complex to 6 cash per week.