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But on Saturday evenings Jen
nings would visit him at his cheap
lodging house on Fourteenth
street, and there, seated upon the
dingy bed, they would discuss old
times together. Van Tuysen's
hatred of Bland was profound,
his-pride in his invention supreme.
' It was grief, at the loss of his fac
tory that drove him deeper and
deeper into into the mire. The
old man's days seemed numbered,
and, conscious of it, and of his "im
portance, he felt a resentment
that drove him into paroxsyms of
On Sundays Old Jennings
Jwould call on Miss Mary Hewlett
and they would take a quiet stroll
in the park together. They had
been engaged for a number of
years, ITBut we can't be married
on sixty dollars a week," said Old
Jennings. And Miss Mary, who
mjght, perhaps, have risked the
experiment, would sigh a little
and be silent. At the door of her
boarding house Old Jennings
would kiss her good-bye.
"Better times will come; they
must come, my dear-," he would
say. And Miss Mary Hewlett
would re-echo the hope. Surely
his salary would be raised the
On the Saturday before Christ
'mas Old Jennings was nol at his
post. Everybody wondered, for
he had never been known to missy
a day during the whole period of
his service with the company.
But that evening he was at Van
'"uysen's lodgings, as usual. The
r,4 i ieuow was in a uau way. xa,e juruy ui mc mui-h uy idiuug up
.was propped up in bedajidsk-iLSSJPJSiari market.
ing fast. The doctor had given
him only a month longer to live.
"I guess I'm done for, John,"
muttered the old inventor,
stretching out a bony hand in
greeting. "And you'll be at your
old post years after I'm in the
Old Jennings laughed shortly.
"Not for me," he said. "I'm out
"What's that?" cried Van Tuy
sen, raising 'himself and staring
at the other incredulously.
"I've lost my job," said Old
Jennings prosaically enough.
"Bland sent, for me yesterday.
'Jennings,' he said, 'I guess we'll
have to let you go. Were cut
ting down expenses and can't af
ford to keep you any longer.' "
"Why," shouted V,an Tuysen,
"they've got money to burn.
They're as rich as as-" He
could not find a, suitable simile.
"Why, it's this way' said Old
Jennings philosophically. "You
know the HammerjPress has the
monopoly of the market every
where for printing designs on the
new double-roll certificate paper.
And the shares have jumped from
the originaten dollars 'to let
me see, eighty-four, isn't it? Well,
Shafer and his crowd have been
trying to get control of it.
They've got all but the barest
majority of the shares and they're
leaping up in value everyhour.
Now Bland has all his fortune
tied up in the concern, and so has
Mulchay, and it's just a question
whether they can keep their ma
jority of the stock by taking up