The synthetic rubber business has been dissolved, but Lum is far from depressed when he takes to his new role in the war bond staff. Abner thinks he’s being jilted for another business partner, but it’s based on Lum’s appointment as a co-chairman. Does that mean there two chairmen? Who’s the other fellow?
Lum has read the letter so often, Abner nearly has it memorized. Should Abner step up as the other co-chair? Lum thinks it requires a high level of executive expertise… like himself and Mr Morganthal. The secretary of the Treasury at the time.
Lum lays some ground rules for his new, dignified position, and how Abner should treat the important business that will be conducted in the store. Phone calls need to be kept short, paperwork kept separate, and then… a phone call from Lizabeth changes and clarifies who that other co-chairman will be.