and submitting them to the firm, just as he always did. It was seldom that corrections were made in my letters, and the firm become aware that I was capable of doing that work.
During my second year (1872) one of the firm asked me if I could get a young man from Eastman's to take my place on the books as they were going to send Mr. Houghton to Mexico for an indefinite time, and they wanted me to take his place. I secured a young man, and I became the correspondent, and in fact had charge of the office.
We were doing an Import and Export business in logs to and from England, France and Germany, and our business was done through a single firm in Paris, another in London, and still another in Bremen. It fell to me as correspondent to write a rather full account of what importations had arrived in our market, what had been sold, and the prices they had brought; in short, to give quite a resume of the market. The sales in our market were at auction once a week, and whichever of our firm attended a sale, would always mark his catalogue showing the price each item had brought. These catalogues came into use in reporting to our correspondents abroad, as I have stated. I hardly think the firm expected me to write those market letters, but I never gave them the opportunity to take that work out of my hands. From the first, I wrote them and submitted them, and as the proved satisfactory, it became the regular routing and a part of my work. Little did they know the effort it cost me or the "midnight oil" I burned in re-writing those letters in pencil in my room until they suited me, and it was only after working on them tediously that I wrote tem in ink at the office. I sought information from Constantine & Company's office through the man in charge, George Duncan. I would quiz them and jot down the reply. These two men were both past middle age and they seemed very glad to give me any information I needed; but, as I have said, the firm knew nothing about when or where I acquired the information that I boldly transmitted to our foreign correspondents.
As near as I can remember, it was about the middle of the year 1873 that I was promoted to the aforementioned position, and, along with the correspondence I gradually took on other dutiesóduties that were intermittent. I always seemed to do something more than the work allotted to me or expected of me. I was thoroughly interested in my work, and had the feeling that my firm was a model one in every respect. My work was really a pleasure to me.
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