Salthaven

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MR. JOHN VYNER, ship-owner, pushed his chair back from his writing-table and gazed with kindly condescension at the chief clerk as he stood before it with a handful of papers.
"We shall be able to relieve you of some of your work soon, Hartley," he said, slowly. "Mr. Robert will come into the firm next week." The chief clerk bowed.
"Three years at Cambridge," resumed Mr. Vyner, meditatively, "and two years ...
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Salthaven

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MR. JOHN VYNER, ship-owner, pushed his chair back from his writing-table and gazed with kindly condescension at the chief clerk as he stood before it with a handful of papers.
"We shall be able to relieve you of some of your work soon, Hartley," he said, slowly. "Mr. Robert will come into the firm next week." The chief clerk bowed.
"Three years at Cambridge," resumed Mr. Vyner, meditatively, "and two years spent up and down the world studying the business methods of other nations ought to render him invaluable to us."
"No doubt, sir," said Hartley. "It is an excellent training."
"For a time," said the ship-owner, leaning back and placing the tips of his fingers together, "for a time I am afraid that he will have to have your room. Later on-ha-if a room should-ha-fall vacant in the building, we might consider taking it."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781473306202
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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"Exercise, sir?" said Bassett. Mr. Robert nodded. "What do you do of an evening for amusement after the arduous toils of the day are past? Marbles?" The office boy had caught the junior partner "No, sir," said the outraged one. "If I have any time to spare I amuse myself with a little shorthand." "Amuse!" exclaimed the other. He threw himself back in his chair and, sternly checking its inclination to twirl again, sought for a flaw in the armour of this paragon. "And what else do you do in the way of recreation ?" "I've got a vivarium, sir." Mr. Robert hesitated, but curiosity got the better of his dignity. "What's that ?" he inquired. "A thing I keep frogs and toads in, sir," was the reply. Mr. Robert, staring hard at him, did his honest best to check the next question, but it came despite himself. "Are you are you married, Bassett?" he inquired. Bassett regarded him calmly. "No, sir," he said, with perfect gravity. "I live at home with my mother." The junior partner gave him a nod of dismissal, and for some time sat gazing round the somewhat severely furnished office, wondering with some uneasiness what effect such surroundings might have on a noble but impressionable temperament. He brought round a few sketches the next day to brighten the walls, and replaced the gum-bottle and other useful ornaments by some German beer-mugs. Even with these aids to industry he found the confinement of office somewhat irksome, and, taking a broad view of his duties, gradually relieved Bassett of his errands to the docks. It was necessary, he told himself, to get a thorough grasp of the whole businessof ship-owning. In the stokeholds of Vyner and Son's1 steamships he talked learnedly on coal withthe firemen, and, quite unaided, hit on several schemes for the savi...
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