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bank strip used in binding pack
ages of currency together. It had
"50" printed across it, the date
of the day previous, and the ini
tials of the barik where the com
pany did business.
It was all plain to Grace now.
She grev quite pale. Then she
almost cried. Then she kepfl
watching for the arrival of Jerry.
He slouched, in half an hour later.
He looked wretchedly worried.
Something was wrong with him
Grace saw that at a glance.
"Jerry' she called, and beckon
ed him past the doorway of one
of the inner offices. He darted a
frightened glance at her, but
obeyed her call. "Sit down' sbe
said, closijig the door. "I have
something to say to you."
"I can't do aay errands," blurt-,
ed out. Jerry. "I I'm gong to
leaver, Mis Boyce. You see "
"No, Jerry," interrupted Grace,
"you are not going to leave until
vou tell mc all about the fifty dol
lars you toolc out of-niy handbag
Terry tried ty face his accuser
defiantly. Then he broke down.
.He gulped, writhed and sobbed.
"I didn't take it out of your
handbag' he declared. "It rolled
out on the floor. Oh, I wish I was
dead. I don't know what I did it
"What did you Ao with the
money? inquired Grace.
"I met some fellows. I went
with them to a pool room. I lost
It all, and don't send me to jail !"
he pleaded, falling on his knees.
"Don't tell my mother it will
k.A her! Give me a chance. I'll
slave, dig, work nights to pay it
"Not here, Jerry," said Grace
softly, but sternly. "You cannot
be trusted where there is money
around. Jerry, I have thought
out what I am going to do for
you. I shall get you another
place. I shall have to pay that
fifty dollars out of my owh little
savings. What will you promise
if I make this sacrifice for you?"
Jerry moaned and bawled.
Here and there amid his incoher
ent sobbings a streak of the real
Jerry cameJUt, and Grace ended
up the, interview in a brief talk.
At the end of it the contrive office
boy declared she had saved him
from an abyss and he would be
"true blue!" '
Jerry Went back to his desk.
Grace, with a sigTi, drew a check
against her little savings account,
thought of popr Mrs. Lang, and
hoped she was acting for the best.
She was a little surprised when
young Mr. Morris entered the of
fice a few minutes - later.- They
chatted fbr a while. .Then Grace
asked him tb give Jerry a place at
the factory. '
( Two months went by. Every
Saturday evening Jerry called
upon Grace at her boarding
house. On each occasion he had
humbly offered ner a dollar of his
salary, which she declined to
"You will soon be better able to
spare nie something if you keep
on as finely as you have started'
she encouraged him.
"How do you know that I am,
Miss Boyce?" he asked.