Excerpt from Toppleton's Client: Or a Spirit in Exile
Nor was this feeling, that with the departure of Toppleton, the illustrious, for other worlds the firm was deprived of a most considerable portion of its Claims to high standing, confined to cavilling outsiders. No one recognized the unhappy state of affairs at the busy Office on Broadway more quickly than did Messrs. Morley, Harkins, Perkins, Mawson, Bronson, Smithers, and Hicks themselves, and at the first meeting of the firm, after the funeral of their dead partner, these gentlemen unani mously resolved'that something must be done.
It was at this meeting that Mr. Hicks suggested that the only course left for the bereaved firm to pursue, if it desired to remain an aggressive force in its chosen profession, was to retain the name of Toppleton at the mast head, and, as Mr. Mawson put it, to bluff it out. Mr. Perkins agreed with Mr. Hicks, and suggested that the only honest way to do this was to induce Mr. Toppleton's only son, known to all - even to the clerks in the Office - as Hoppy, to enter the firm as a full partner.
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