<dTitle type=main>The Rise of Silas Lapham</dTitle>
<dAuthor>William Dean Howells</dAuthor> </byLine>
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<p>WHEN Bartley Hubbard went to interview Silas Lapham
for the &odq;Solid Men of Boston&cdq; series, which he undertook
to finish up in The Events, after he replaced their
original projector on that newspaper, Lapham received
him in his private office by previous appointment.
<p>&odq;Walk right in!&cdq; he called out to the journalist, whom he
caught sight of through the door of the counting-room.
<p>He did not rise from the desk at which he was writing,
but he gave Bartley his left hand for welcome, and he
rolled his large head in the direction of a vacant chair.
&odq;Sit down! I'll he with you in just half a minute.&cdq;
<p>&odq;Take your time,&cdq; said Bartley, with the ease he instantly felt.
&odq;I'm in no hurry.&cdq; He took a note-book . . .