First Edition. Victor Perard dustjacket art and illustrations. A Christmas novel of the saleswomen in a department store who are described at the dustjacket copy as "these victims of Christmas". Made into the 1915 black and white silent motion picture directed by Ashley Miller and starring Mabel Trunnelle and Pat O'Malley. Hughes served as a captain in the Mexican Border service during the First World War, a duty he referred to as "the swivel-chair army". A very early Hughes title to be found in a jacket and interesting twist on the Christmas novel. Fine bright copy in Very Good plus dustjacket with cm chip top front panel, nick to lower mid-spine edge.