The officers and stockholders of the Mutual Construction Company were holding a serious session. Huntley Sharpe, the president, announced that a half million dollars must be raised forthwith in order that certain unfinished contracts in hand could be completed; then matters of the company would proceed smoothly. But a minority of the stockholders would not trust the president. They demanded that a receiver for the company be appointed. This demand so affected Mr. Sharpe that be suffered a nervous breakdown, fearing the collapse of the company. His physicians decided that if he would regain his health be must go away instantly. This brought about unexpected results. The stockholders realized that Sharpe's absence from the city would bring about the very thing they desired to avert, viz., the downfall of the company, because public confidence in it would be weakened. In this difficulty a bright inspiration occurred to the company's secretary. He met a man exactly the double of Mr. ...
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