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THE BRENT INHERITANCE
' ByHarold Carter.
.'(Copyright, by W. G. Chapman.)
- "Yes, the Brent case, made me
famous, J suppose2- said the old
lawyer thoughtfully.' "At any
'rate, I am sure that itwas the
I foundation of -my "fortune.; Also,
'it gave me more real happiness
'than any case I have undertaken.
I.You see, young Mrs. Brent de
nier Soft Voice and Gentle 'Way!
Went Right Into My Heart."
served the inheritance, if ever any
woman deserved one. She had ac
tually redeemed her husband had
made a man of him but let me
tell the story in my own way. .
i "Theodore Brent was-one of
those pompous, self-sufficient,
heartless, and withal scrupulous
ly honest men whom Massachu
setts used to turn out in the mid
dle of the last century a sort of
transplanted survival of the John -Bull
type. I believe it is still
flourishing in the old country.
He had two sons, Ralph and Jack.
Rajph inherited his father's busi
ness instincts and was -slated for
succession to the company after
the father's death. Jack was a
spendthrift, a wild ypung fellow,
who- was dismissed from Har
vard, drank, gambled and broke
his father's heart what there
was of it. Withal, he had done
nothing worthy ' of being disin
herited. However, his father sent
him west for five years to make a
man "of himself, failing success in
which operation the money was
to go entirely to the elder
"When Jack Brent wrote home,
a couple of years later, that he
was married to an actress, the
father, with the old prejudice
against the stage, wrote back in
forming his younger son that he
had cut him out of his will for
good and all. He politely invited
him to go to the devil and told
him never to show his face in the
"Ralph was not quite so quiet
as his father imagined, In fact,
where Jack was open-hearted and
open-handed, Ralph yas close
fisted and secretive, and that was
mainly the difference between
them. Jack had never had-a.
chance. When old age softened
the old man's acerbity, somewhat