Sweetshop owner Mr. Moss suggests William should be polite as a new year’s resolution – which surprises his family when he tries it out. The next day, Mr. Moss asks William to look after the shop until his cousin arrives to take over – but once on his own, it turns out that Mr. Moss’ cousin is too ill to turn up. William runs the shop by overcharging, giving free gifts, unwittingly helping himself and allowing his friends to as well, eventually starting a fight. Upon his return, Mr. Moss doesn’t mind – he is to be married.
Originally featured in Home Magazine January 1921