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The Main Chance   By: (1866-1947)

The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson

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THE MAIN CHANCE

[Illustration]

THE MAIN CHANCE

BY MEREDITH NICHOLSON

ILLUSTRATED BY HARRISON FISHER

INDIANAPOLIS THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT 1903 THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

MAY

PRESS OF BRAUNWORTH & CO. BOOKBINDERS AND PRINTERS BROOKLYN, N. Y.

TO E. K. N.

WHO WILL REMEMBER AND UNDERSTAND

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I A NEW MAN IN TOWN 1

II WARRICK RARIDAN 13

III SWEET PEAS 24

IV AT POINDEXTERS' 39

V DEBATABLE QUESTIONS 53

VI A SAFE MAN 70

VII WARRY RARIDAN'S INDIGNATION 82

VIII TIM MARGRAVE MAKES A CHOICE 92

IX PARLEYINGS 97

X A WRECKED CANNA BED 106

XI THE KNIGHTS OF MIDAS BALL 121

XII A MORNING AT ST. PAUL'S 136

XIII BARGAIN AND SALE 152

XIV THE GIRL THAT TRIES HARD 166

XV AT THE COUNTRY CLUB 174

XVI THE LADY AND THE BUNKER 193

XVII WARRY'S REPENTANCE 206

XVIII FATHER AND DAUGHTER 213

XIX A FORECAST AT THE WHIPPLES' 229

XX ORCHARD LANE 237

XXI JAMES WHEATON MAKES A COMPUTATION 241

XXII AN ANNUAL PASS 250

XXIII WILLIAM PORTER RETURNS FROM A JOURNEY 258

XXIV INTERRUPTED PLANS 266

XXV JAMES WHEATON DECLINES AN OFFER 272

XXVI THE KEY TO A DILEMMA 279

XXVII A MEETING BETWEEN GENTLEMEN 289

XXVIII BROKEN GLASS 299

XXIX JOHN SAXTON, RECEIVER 310

XXX GREEN CHARTREUSE 313

XXXI PUZZLING AUTOGRAPHS 319

XXXII CROSSED WIRES 323

XXXIII A DISAPPEARANCE 332

XXXIV JOHN SAXTON SUGGESTS A CLUE 339

XXXV SHOTS IN THE DARK 352

XXXVI HOME THROUGH THE SNOW 370

XXXVII "A PECULIAR BRICK" 379

XXXVIII OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 384

XXXIX "IT IS CRUEL" 389

XL SHIFTED BURDENS 399

XLI RETROSPECTIVE VANITY 403

XLII AT THE PARTING OF THE WAYS 407

THE MAIN CHANCE

CHAPTER I

A NEW MAN IN TOWN

"Well, sir, they say I'm crooked!"

William Porter tipped back his swivel chair and placidly puffed a cigar as he watched the effect of this declaration on the young man who sat talking to him.

"That's said of every successful man nowadays, isn't it?" asked John Saxton.

The president of the Clarkson National Bank ignored the question and rolled his cigar from one side of his mouth to the other, as he waited for his words to make their full impression upon his visitor.

"They say I'm crooked," he repeated, with a narrowing of the eyes, "but they don't say it very loud!"

Porter kicked his heels together gently and watched his visitor with eyes in which there was no trace of humor; but Saxton saw that he was expected to laugh.

"No, sir;" the banker continued, "they don't say it very loud, and I guess they don't any of them want to have to prove it. I'm afraid those Boston friends of yours have given us up as a bad lot," he went on, waiving the matter of his personal rectitude and returning to the affairs of his visitor; "and they've sent you out here to get their money, and I don't blame them. Well, sir; that money's got to come out in time, but it's going to take time and money to get it... Continue reading book >>




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