This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...on time. He hangs up his coat and hat, and is introduced to his fellow martyrs. He has a certain portion of the store allotted to him to dust and take care of. He starts in, but is soon depressed by the air of prevailing sadness. Having finished his allotted task-, he is now ready for his natural enemy, the customer. Let us note the different environment here. The customer--the average book customer--is an autocrat, brought up in luxurious ease as to time at his or her disposal. Spoiled and pampered by the attention paid them, and ready to spoil the salesman in return. About 9 o'clock the advance guard begin to appear, and, poor Jones, his hour of agony has begun. The door opens; a small boy enters; Mr. Jones smilingly advances; the boy does the same. "I want an arithmetic, please," says the boy. "Yes," says Mr. Jones, "whose?" and he leans over toward the boy in a kindly way. "What did you say?" asks the boy, inquiringly. "What is the name of the book you want?" asks Mr. Jones, sighing slightly. "Arithmetic," says the boy, " like we use at school." "But," says Jones," there are lots of arithmetics. What is the name of yours?" "Don't know," says the boy, looking over Jones' shoulder into space. "What does it look like?" queries Jones. "It has a kind of a dark cover, an' it's about so thick and so long," showing the probable size with his fingers. "Well," says Jones, hopelessly, "could you tell it if you saw it?" "Yes, sir," says the boy, hopefully. "Come with me," says Jones, " and I will show you what we have." So away they go to where the school books are kept. The boy examines them. Sele...
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