Mr. Stepp has just been fired from Baldwin, King & Co., and he goes to see Baldwin one more time to plead for his job. When Baldwin refuses to discuss it, Stepp takes a gun from his desk drawer, returns to Baldwin's office, and shoots him to death. After wandering the streets aimlessly, Stepp decides to go back to his lodgings to wait to be arrested. Instead, he is awakened by a telephone call from Baldwin's secretary, asking why he is not at work. When Stepp arrives at the office, Baldwin is alive and well, and everyone acts as if nothing is out of the ordinary. The baffled Stepp even gets his job back. Written by
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This episode takes place in San Francisco in November 1909. See more
Mr. King uses the word "stress" in its modern sense of mental or emotional strain, but that sense of the word did not arise until the 1920s. See more
[showing a gun
It is an amazingly simple device. An idiot can operate it, and indeed, many do.