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Copyright, by W. G. Chapman.)
"If the firm doesn't raise my
salary on October f9," said Allan
'Fielding, as he tried the new wed
ding ring on his fiancee's finger,
ul shall do something desperate."
"But why October 19, Allan?"
inquired pretty Lavinia Holden,
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Rn not going to marry a man
who says I'm unreasonable."
patting his hand affectionately.
"Why not wait until the New
"Because," replied Allan firm
ly, ''everybody asks for a raise at
the beginning of the year, where
as I am the only member of the
staff who entered the firm's em
ployment on October 19. Just
think, next weekL shall have been
there five years. And to get a
beggarly twenty - two - fifty a
week! Why, we can't begin to
live on less than twenty-five."
"But Allan, dear, you aren't go
ing to do anything rash for the
sake of two dollars and a half,','
said his fiancee. "Sooner or later
they will do you justice, I am
"You don't know old Briggs,"
replied Allan moodily. "No, it
amounts to this, dearest. Unless
he raises me to twenty-five our
marriage must be postponed."
-"Postponed !" exclaimed La
vinia in consternation.
"That's what I said. I'm not
going to start life in a cheap flat
with installment system furniture
and why, what's the matter,
"If you think more of your old
flat than you do of me," sobbed
Lavinia, "you may take your old
ring and leave me forever." And,
flinging the ring upon the table
she hurried toward the door.
"But Lavinia!" implored the
young man. "Be reasonable!"
"It's you who ar'n't re-reasonable,"
she sobbed. "I'm not go
ing to marry a man who says I'm
unreasonable. If I'm unreason
able pray get some more re-reasonable
girl." And she was gone,
leaving Allan a prey to the deep
For he knew that Lavinia,
though sweet and loving, was of
a disposition which could only be
described as stubborn.
Allan came to the conclusion
that it would be best to settle his
difficulty with his employer be-
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