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[Frontispiece: "The Conscientious Clerk" From drawing by Paul N. Craig, Omaha, Neb., 1913 ]

A CANADIAN

BANKCLERK

BY

J. P. BUSCHLEN

TORONTO:

WILLIAM BRIGGS

1913

Copyright, Canada, 1913, by

J. P. BUSCHLEN

Dedicated

TO THE

Conscientious Clerk

DUST.

My box is full of others' cash, My pocket full of air, My head is crammed with cleric trash, Layer upon layer.

I gaze upon the business mob That throngs before my cage, And watch their human pulses throb In greed, fear, rage.

Yet through the vapor and the must I often catch a smile As though someone had lost the lust, And, for a while,

Regarded me, the shoveller, As greater than the gold, Which, after all, belongs to her Old Mother Mould.

PREFACE

The story herein told is true to life; true, the greater part of it, to my own life. Also, I am convinced that my experience in a Canadian Bank was but mildly exciting as compared with that of many others.

My object in publishing "Evan Nelson's" history is to enlighten the public concerning life behind the wicket and thus pave the way for the legitimate organization of bankclerks into a fraternal association, for their financial and social (including moral) betterment.

Bank officials, I trust, will see to it that my misrepresentations are exposed.

To mothers of bankclerks who attach overmuch importance to the gentility of their Boy's avocation; to fathers who think that because the bank is rich its employes must necessarily become so in time; to friends who criticize the bankclerks of their acquaintance for not settling down this story is addressed.

To the men of our banks who are dissatisfied with the business they have chosen, or someone else has chosen for them; to Old Country clerks who come out to Canada under the impression that Five Dollars is as good as One Pound; to bank employes in the United States, and to office men everywhere I am telling my tale.

Finally, I appeal to "the girls we have known." Be sure you study the subject thoroughly before accusing that inscrutable, proud and procrastinating clerk of yours of inconstancy.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER.

PREFACE I. OUR BANKER II. SWIPE DAYS III. A MAN OF THE WORLD IV. BEING A SPORT V. MOVED VI. THE VILLAGE MAIDEN VII. A BANK HOLIDAY VIII. A SPORT GONE TO SEED IX. THE SEED MULTIPLIES X. TROUBLE COMES XI. JOYS OF BANKING XII. SOME WHEEL COGS COME TOGETHER XIII. THE MACHINERY GRINDS XIV. POKER AND PREACHING XV. FIRED XVI. BLACKBALLED XVII. A BANKER'S GIRL XVIII. IN THE COUNTRY OF OUR COUSINS XIX. FAR AWAY GREEN FIELDS XX. HIGH FINANCE AND PROMOTING XXI. THE ASSOCIATED BANKCLERKS OF CANADA XXII. SHE WAITS FOR US

A CANADIAN BANKCLERK

CHAPTER I.

OUR BANKER.

The Ontario village of Hometon rested. It had been doing for so many years. There, in days gone by, pioneers with bushy beards now long out of date, but threatening to sprout again had fearlessly faced the wolf haunted forests, relying, no doubt, upon the ferocity of their own appearance to frighten off the devourer.

A few old elm trees still remained in the village, to protect it from the summer sun; and still lived also an occasional pioneer, gnarled and rugged like the old elms, to sigh and shake his head at the new civilization, and shelter whom he might from the power of its stroke.

One of these ancient fathers meandered across the main street and into a grocery store. He plucked a semi petrified prune from its sticky environment and drew a stool up to the counter.

"Well, Dad," greeted the grocer, "what's new in the old town?"

The old gentleman worried the stolen morsel into one cheek and replied:

"Our boys keep a leavin' on us, John; keep a goin'... Continue reading book >>




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