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please Igt her share, his trouble.
But he protested ' that ,he was
merely suffering a slight attach
of indigestion and expected, to be
all fight in the mornmg.
At the pffjce on the following
day it was noticed that 'B.onn.ex
was not himself, and it paused no
surprise when, he announced at
fpur o'clock that he was not feed
ing well and was going home. As
he had feared and expected, his
fireside was deserted.' He had
thrown himself down in the big
easy chair which the boys in the
office had given hirn for a wed
ding present and was thinking in
the gloom when the telephone
hell rang. He put the receiver
to his ear, but before he cquM
ask what was wanted he heard a
"Hejlo, hello," the man bawl
ed, and when Bonner answered
"hello," the man at the other epd
of the wire said: ,rl want No.
3357." "This is 3357," said Bon
ner. Then there was a click, and
when he called up central he was
informed that "the other party"
had rung off.
Francis Bonner ate no dinner
that night. His attack of indiges
tion was worse, and his wife
found it impossible to do any-
thing, which seemed to have tne
slightest effect in theway of af
fording him relief." H.e was quer
ulous and excitable and flung
aside book after book in wlich he
had tried Jto become interested.
He paced the floor half the night,
and in the morning Evelyn wish
ed to call the doctor, being-convinced
by her husband's wild.
haggard ook that he "was abpur
to come down with something se-j
"It's serious, God knows," he
replied, looking at her in a way
that sent a chill tp her heart, "butf J!
I'm not coming down! No, i'nv?
not CQming dpwn. Don't you le
yourself believe that for a min
He pretended that he was, go- j
ing to his office after breakfast
but if his wife had followed hjmjy
tp the first corner she might have ,
seen him dodging into a drug .
store, where he remained for an
hour. At the end of that titnej rf
he emerged and started for the
nearest car line. He had just
boarded a passing car when, loQkjJj
fng back, he saw his wife corning ' j
down the street. Having quickly .
developed the ability of a Sher
lock Holmes in the line of makine
deductions, he decided that she -would
take the car following the1?
one which he had caught. He gPt
off at a convenient place down-, ?
town and waited. As h antid-V
pated, his wife was iri the nexifuQ
car. He could see her from where ?
he stood in the entrance of a cigar .
store. He followed the car, which
was easy, owing to the slowness
with which the stream of traffii .
moved, and having made his way"
on foot for three or four blocks,, U
he saw Eyelyp step down into2
the street. Through the crowds
he followed her, once losing sight
of her for a moment, an'd cursing t '
himself for his carelessness. Then'' '
he saw her again, only a little wayp
ahead of him, and he kept sleuth-' .
like on the trail until she reach-'
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