The old broker was very wealthy, but he was very old and very homely. In his younger days he had been too mean and stingy to marry, and as the years passed he did not see any reason for giving up his liberty. Finally the time came when he fell in love with his stenographer. She was young and pretty, but they did not have one taste in common and had they married their life would undoubtedly have been decidedly unhappy. Just the same, the broker proposed and was mighty surprised when the girl rejected him. She did not tell him who his favorite rival was, but he speedily learned that the lucky man was one of his own clerks, a handsome chap drawing an extremely small salary. The broker at first planned all sorts of things, such as discharging the young couple or intimidating them in some manner, and was still brooding over revenge that evening when he fell asleep at his own handsome fireplace. Naturally he dreamed of what he would like to do, and in his dreams he cleverly rid himself of ...
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