He could not ask her to share his
thirty-five dollars a week, hut
could he dare ask her to wait?
And Cynthia had laughed a lit
tle and cried a little and treated
him like a Dig, overgrown school
boy. Somehow everybody treat
ed Mowbray pretty much in the
"Yptfre top late' she said, with
a little sob and a following laugh.
"James Mr. Snyder asked me.
But that was always the "tor
'toise's" way. He was always one
lap behind the "hare." Sot be
cause he had .not expected any
thing different, he went away.
Next day Snyder, who had some
how guessed his secret, began
laughing at him. He told some
of the men in the office, and they
laughed, at him, too. But these
men were toadies of the "hare."
It was about this time that the
"tortoise" was temporarily placed
in charge of the books of one of
these toadies and discovered
something that made him sit up
all night, thinking. In the morn
ing he went straight to Snyder
and told him what he had found.
Snyder leaped out of his chair.
"My God, 'Tortoise " he yell
ed, "did old Davenrich put you in
charge of the books?" Then he
came to his senses.
"You'd have done the 'same if
you'd been.in my place, 'Tor
toise,' " he whined. "How did you
suppose I was going to keep up
my style of living on seventy-five
dollars a week? Besides, it wasn't
really a crime, for Davenrich is
year, and he owns half the stock
in the concern. Then, when I've
married Cynthia, it will be prac
tically my own business, won't it?0
What are you going to do about
it?" - y ,3
"These defalcations," said the
"tortoise" slowly, clenching his"
fists for somehow he always
hated to hear the "hare" pro-1
nounce Cynthia's name "amount
to nine thousand dollars; and seventy-three
"Cut out the cents' saidSny
der. "Yes, I guess that's about
"X have four thousand dollars","
answered, the "tortoise." "I can
borrow Jfiye thousand more. I will
pay the amount if you promise me
to run straight in future for "'he
clenclied his fists again "For
Miss Lanfrey's sake."
"You'goqd old 'tortoise Of
course I will' said Snyder, clap
ping him upon the back. "And
when I'm in Davenrich's place I'll
make you assistant manager."
"When you are in Davenrich's
place I shall look for another posi
tion' said Mowbray quietly, and
turned on his heel and went back
to his desk. -
The wedding was set for June,
three months ahead. The "tor
toise" went no longer to the house I
on Madison avenue. The whole i
course of his orderly life was
changed. After he had paid inj
the nine thousand dollars he be- T
gan looking around for another 9
position in anticipation of Daven- D
rich's retirement. But Daven-j
rich retired earlier than had been i
going to make way for me next j
expected, for he died.
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