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"I'H tell you the story nqw, if
you like. My sory as I told, it
yesterday,, .seemed so Gold and
fyearjles; it rrjade me. Qit so. de
sigping a qrea.ture.
'But if I tell ypu-the- story I
don't want you to mention the
hoy's name. It might harm him,
and perhaps helias heen hurt
enough through .me.
"I shall tell you his name if
you promise me not to publish
any more than his first name.'
The reporter promised that the
full name would, not be published
wunouF per permission.
"Well, , he's Jhg s,qn of a big
contractor in "Cincinnati. His
father built the -Sipton hotel
there, He's 'just a kid, although
he is one, year plder than myself.
"I first ta'et him through his
sister. IJis sister aepded the
same boarding school ip Indiana
as I didY'and we were great
"I met ' him one time when I
was hotp on vacation. I was
only fourteep at the time. It was
just before my mother died.
"He was a boy wfyo was very
popular with the girls, hut he got
a great crush on me, and "dropped
all the rest
fT liked him. He was a nice
boy. Fdr, agearwe were ojog
together andT onrrrjends used o
kid us about each other. -
"But then I began feadjng
mpdern novejs, and getting crazy
ideas inrnyhead, and "I hegan tp,
scpra uuu ucauac iic wis. just
"Then came the opening of the
Court House Savings Ban Hn
1907, apd niy first meeting with
Jeff Livingston. I told you about
"BuJ did n?t tel you. all pf it.
Do ypu know w,hat Livingston
was clever enough to do?"
The repprter confessed his
hlank ignorance as to what clev
erness might be concealed in the
ipper works of the millionahe.
""Well, the first few times he
took .me-automobilirig, he asked
Frank that is the boy's first
pame-along.'What do you think
of that?" "
"I supppse was clever," said
"It was clever," sajcf he girl.
"Yqu see, Jeff began by doing the
fahfrly act patting me on the
head, and saying what a pice girl
I was and would I like ap icp
creapi soda or a box of chocolates
for being good"? -
"He kept that up fQr two
months after our first meeting in
the bdnk, and always he asked
GFrank along. Then he-dispensed
With the escort- of Frank and
dropped the fatherly interest."
'TJ)id you feSJjT'Jike a daughter
to Joff Liyipgton-atJ"rst?" the
"I don't knqw jusj .how I felt
I cant' rerpemher. It' all seems
sort of copied.
"In a way I lookedup to him.
I knew he gave Thanksgiving
dinner to the newshpys of the
city; large fontnpufjpns to the
Salvation Anpy apd to his church
and $hmgs of that sort.
"And-thep he was always buy
ing me candies and ices and books