Alex and Cora Jackson liked their neighbors, too; they were all very friendly people.
Both Alex and Cora took part in community activities.
They were very happy there.
Alex had taken time from work and left the office at five o'clock this particular afternoon.
He had left word with his secretary to tell Cora he had gone downtown if she telephoned.
"If there's anything urgent," he had said, "you can get in touch with me at Hartman's Department Store."
He wanted to get to Hartman's in time to buy a pair of shoes before the store closed at six p.m.
Hartman's had the best shoe department in town.
It didn't take long to find a pair of shoes .
There were two pairs that he liked, but one cost ten dollars more than the other pair. However, to Alex they
looked the same. In fact, it was impossible to tell them apart; so he took the cheaper pair.
Instead of taking the elevator down to the main floor, Alex decided to walk.
He wanted to stop on the second floor and look at some new fishing equipment in the sports department.
At the bottom of the stairs was the glassware department, and Alex had to pass through it to get to the fishing things.
What a lot of pretty glass! Cora would love it!
That morning when he left the house to go to work, Alex had noticed that Cora seemed preoccupied.
She hadn't been the usual happy wife who kissed him goodbye and sent him off to work in a wonderful mood every day.
She was usually so sweet and cheerful that he took it for granted she would always be so.
Today she had very little to say. About the only thing she had done was to remind him to send a birthday card to
his Uncle Frank.
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