Francis Edmunds, a middle-aged banker, is perturbed over the newspaper headlines, "Flood Losses in Ohio. That Will Hopelessly involve Insurance Companies." He proposes to take into his confidence the new bookkeeper, Edward Warren, and begin a vigorous campaigning in tracing the risks that he feels have been greatly exaggerated by the press. Night falls as they are still busy with the task, and he orders his bookkeeper to get a bite and return quickly. The latter leaves the office, and Edmunds is seized with illness. He scrawls a note asking the bookkeeper to have the data of the flood risks ready for him later, and he encloses the key to his private office. He then leaves without locking the safe. The night watchman comes along, and, observing the office in disorder and the safe door ajar, becomes suspicions. By the time the bookkeeper returns the night watchman is more suspicious. Edmunds, on returning to his home, rapidly becomes worse, and upon receipt of a telegram from his ...
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