Gilbert Reade was a small man. Possessed of fair abilities, he had established the splendid reputation of his company entirely with the brains of Guy Maxwell, his assistant. Instead of giving Maxwell his just dues, however, he kept him on a small salary. Even the fact that Maxwell had married his niece seemed no reason to Reade for allowing his gratitude to take any tangible form. At last, on the advice of his wife. Maxwell resigned his position with Reade, and started to work for himself. He succeeded from the first. Three years later, Maxwell, now a prosperous architect, with a well-established business, was devoting heart and soul to the plans for the new civic court house, the architect of which was to be chosen on the strength of the most favorable front elevation submitted. Reade was also anxious to win the contest, but his desires were hampered by the fact that his present assistant was distinctly lacking in Maxwell's former brilliance and originality. Five days before the ...
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