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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 1, 1902)
T H E COUKIER
JJ Shoe Clerk
Jlnd fiis trials
AFFAIRS OF STATE TEACHERS IN THEIR HANDS
"Annoyances! Why. yes, we have a
few and expect such things to occur
until we strike .1 country where san
dals form the staple foot Rear, ami are
not made In half sizes or French lasts
It was a Lincoln shoe clerk who made
this cheerful remark as he lilandly sur
veyed the wreck anil ruin made hy a
ruthless shopper, who had made up her
mind to get a KK foot Into a I! last
"She never would have escaped." con
tinued the clerk with an emphatic
pause, as he articulated the first word,
"if some jay shoe clerk hadn't told her
the new knack of marking the lasts.
She actually caught me trying to sell
her a shoe that was large enough for
her foot, hut I persuaded her that I
had made a mistake. Of course a I!
wouldn't tit that foot even when I in
creased the size two notches. Finally
the length aroused her curiosity and
she decided she didn't like it. Xow
she's gone. It's all hecause some farm
er grew confidential. Anyway. I'm
glad the boss didn't see her sail out.
"Generally you can get most people to
buy the proper shoe in this way. First
you size up the foot with the figures
quoted by the customer. Xow and tbn
the difference would surprise you.
Then you tit the shoe small. Hy that
I mean keep trying on sizes entirely too
little until the foot gets tired of the
squeezing process. Then you do your
"Simply turn around, remarking that
there is just one shoe in all the world
for that foot. Reach up on the shelf, get
the style you want to sell in the cor
rect size, slip the shoe on the foot as
iiuick as you can and nine times out of
ten your customer will buy it.
"The foot is wearied by the tight
shoes. That grateful feeling which
comes from the correct fit makes the
sale for you. But watch for the auburn
haired girls when you're working that
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xMkftr.Kv W 3L HElttPi
MISS SCSAX HIXMAX
Teacher in the David City schools
nd secretary of the State Teachers'
association. Miss Hinuian won
lirst honors in the recent state
spelling contest held in connection
with the teachers' meeting in I.In-10I11.
J. D. FKKNT1I.
Superintendent of the Hastings
schools and president of the state
A. I.. CAVIXKSS.
Treasurer of the teachers' associa
tion and superintendent of schools
game. Some of them haven't any more
patience than a jack rabbit, and when
tiny get tired they order you to put
on their old shoe. Then they bounce
out of the store.
"Oftentimes we have to gie one of
the other clerks the wink and act like
theie is only one pair of a kind. The
other fellow comes up and wants them
for his customer. Then the buyer, who
has turned up her nose at the shoes,
concludes to take them just to beat the
other woman. Large women, who set
their feet down squarely, can gener
ally be worked in this way.
"I can stand anything. Jf folks call
me another I make them believe they
are joking. Here, I'll take that back.
There's one thing I can't stand, and
that's the oldest chestnut in the busi
ness. You ion't know what that is?
Well, you would find out some day if
you worked very long in this store.
"In comes a well dressed man or wo
man for both work the old gag. Oft
tomes the shoe. An aroma comes from
somewhere and your patron swears by
all that is good and true that both
pedal extremeties were fairly soaked
last night. This is the most ancient of
"My friend, a shoe clerk must be
erudite, nobby looking and extremely
polite. Besides his imagination must
always be greased and ready for in
stant action. Verily. I believe that the
shoe store is the best preparatory
school in all the world for amateur
lawyers. At least they are supposed to
give logical reasons for conditions that
do not exist and that's our long suit.
"Well, so long. In case you ever de
cide to go into the shoe business come
around and I will give you a few tips
on the polite way to do the Ananias
Mrs. Vunderlip Mrs. Parvenu tries
very hard to be fashionable.
Mrs. Schermerdrum Yes, indeed, she
has just had her pet dog operated on
Miller & Paine
Cloaks and Suits,
Underwear and Hosiery,
Rugs and Draperies,
Notions and Trimmings,
0 and 13th Sts. Lincoln, Neb
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