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Profitable Politeness

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The Boston Travelier, in commenting on the prevalence of rudeness, tells the following incident that happened soine years ago : There was a very plainly dressed elderly lady who was a frequent oustomer at the tlien leading dry goods store in Boston. No one in the tore knew her even by name. All the clerks but one avoided her and gavetheir attention to those who were better dresaed and morepretentious. The exception was a young man who had a consciontious regard tor duty and system. He never left another oustomer to wait on the lady, but when at liberty he waited upon her with as much attention as though she had been a princess. This continued a year or two, until the young man becanie of age. One morning the lady approached the young man, when the following conversation took plaoe. Lady - " Young man, do you wish to go into business by yourself 'i " "Yes, ma'am," he responded; "but I have neither money, credit, nor frienda, nor will anyone trust me." " Well, continued the lady, " you go and select a good situation, ask what the rent is, and report to me," handing the young man her address. The young man went, found a capital situation, a good store, but the landlord required security, which he could not give. Mindful of the lady's request, he forthwith went to her and roported. " Well," she replied, " you go and teil Mr. that I will be responsible." Ho went, and the landlord or agent was surprised, but the bargain was closed immediately. The next day tho lady called to ascertain the result. The young man told her, but added, " What am I to do for goods ? No one will trust me." " You niay go and see Mr. , and Mr. , and Mr. , and teil them to cali on me." He did, and his store was soon stocked with the best goods in the market. There are many in this city who remember the circumstance and the man. He died many years since, and left a fortune of .$300,000. So much for politeness, so much for civility, and so much for treat ing ono's elders with the deferenee due to age in whatever garb they are clothed.


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Michigan Argus