Men have been known who were hard to fire. That man is a genius, though, who can turn a letter of dismissal to his own advantage and keep his job at the same time. The Boston Herald has found such a man:
A story is told of how the late ex-Governor Joseph A. Gilmore, of New Hampshire, when he was superintendent of the Concord and Claremont Railroad, once wrote a letter to one of his section bosses who had done something to displease him. All the man could make out was the date and Superintendent Gilmore's signature.
Some time afterward, being in Concord, the man went to call on the superintendent at his office.
"Hello, John! How do you do?" said Mr. Gilmore. "Well, what are you doing now?"
"Why, I'm up here at the same place on the section, Mr. Gilmore," replied John.
"What! " said Mr. Gilmore, "didn't you get a letter from me?" naming the date.
"Why, yes, certainly," answered John.
"Well, didn't you know that that was a letter of dismissal?
"Letter of dismissal!" cried the astonished John. "No! I couldn't make it out, except that it was from headquarters and signed by you, sir. But after some study I concluded it was a pass. As none of the conductors on the road could read it, they all accepted my statement that it was a pass from Mr. Gilmore, and I have been riding on it ever since.
John kept his place on the section.