If you have a severe illness, for example, you turn to the busiest, most exacting doctor in town.

But there is absolutely nothing that people will not ask and expect a druggist to do.

My father had a competitor across the street and one block down.

Except for one or two good friendships and a little social polish, which I needed badly, I doubt whether my college experience added much to my equipment for success.

There was not time to do any real college work, when I had finished making a living and tending to everybody’s odd jobs.

To let anybody and everybody fritter that fund away is as if the trustee of an estate were to deposit the estate’s funds in a bank and issue check books to whoever applied. A bald, worried little man, perpetually tired but perpetually smiling — nodding his head and murmuring, “Right away, Mrs. ” No one, expects a hardware merchant to carry two-cent stamps, or grumbles at him, because he happens to be out of postal cards on Sunday afternoons.

Some of us are born good-natured, some acquire good-nature, and some have good-nature thrust upon us. No one rings excitedly at the front door of the feed merchant and pulls him out of bed at two o’clock for some trivial purchase that might just as easily have been made before the store closed in the evening.

that seems to go against the general grain of most of the articles published then. Why I Quit Being So Accommodating Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of my retirement from the business of being a Good Fellow. Until five years ago, if the city directory had told the truth, it would have listed after my name, as my real occupation, something like, “General Attender to Things,” or “Pinch Hitter,” or “Fine Old Scout.” I hope I am entitled in some measure to these designations even to-day.

But I have quit being an accommodator and nothing else.

At least, my classmates seemed to like to have me around, and I was especially in demand at dances.