After several discouraging days of selling pencils and magazines, Lum is determined to get his partnership back with Abner. You know he’s desperate when he feels that Squire Skimp as his only hope. If there’s any loopholes in the letter that Lum wrote to sign over his intgerest in the store, Squire just might be the one to find them.
Instead, Lum has the chance to get hired by Abner, if his pride will let him do it. When Mousey enters, Lum tries to orchestrate the situation to get a job for Mouosey, and have Abner beg him to come back to the store.