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in,g it. It was from Mr. Burman's
lawyer and it hinted at something
thajt she had never imagined in
her, wildest dreams. And she was
to,be at the Burman mansion, on
Madison avenue, at noon the fol
s The next morning, a few min
utes before the appointed hour,'
Maggie uurnam was shown into
the splendidly furnished drawing-
room. Mrs. Rnrmah a sp-
0 - --. , (
vcic, siuuL, emeriy woman, in
an arm chair, her handkerchief to
her eyes. Upon the sofa, side by
side, looking the severest con
demnation upon the visitor, were
the Misses Burman The lawyer,
Henry Altemus, rose nervously
out of his chair to meet her. When
he presented her the women made
onlyjihe slightest inclination of
Ahem ! Miss Durham, it is my
duty to givt you some painful in
.formation," "the lawyer began.
, "Pafnful to us, not the young'
woman, Mr. Altemus," the widow
"I begyour pardon, maam,"
the, lawyer apologized. He ur?ied
to Maggie. "Miss Durham,"' he
began, "how long have you work
ed in Mr- Burman!s store?"
''Thred years," said Maggie.
"You began as a cash girl and
had a phenomenally rapid rise, 1
Maggie nodded. 'TJuight my
self stenography and worked up,"
. "Nevertheless you arejfa young
woman of very limited education
"What I don't know' said
I Maggie she glanced around her"
would fill that library there
"Crude but true," the widow
"And, Miss Durham, jpu never
ascribed your rapid rise1 in tytC
Burman's store to anything but
native ability?" the lawyer askedC
"Well," said Maggie, ondefi
ing, "I guess that Mr. "B&rmafl
took a kmd of fancy' to me. I,
didn.'t think much about it;-1 just
went ahead and did my work."
"One question more, .madam. I
am iidt talking .at' random. I am
now about to come to the point.
How did you happen to obtain
your pdsition in Mr. "Burman's
"ow you've got Vne," said
Maggie. "I dbn't krfo-". I was
brought up" at the Catholic or
phanage. I never knew my father
or ritother. 'When I was eighteen
the mother told' me that there was
a-job waiting for me at the store.
I 'just went ahead and took it.
That's all L-know."
"Mr. Altemus," sobbed the
widow, "come to the point.' Tell
the young person of her good luck
ana gei it over.
"Miss IJurham," said Mr. Alte
mus, "on going through Mr. Bus
man's private papers We find that
he was ef married befoce."
"We hope so," interposed thje
"And, to be brief, that you are
Mr. Burman's daughter."
Maggie looked at the lawyer
and at Jhe widow and at If he prim
faces of the two girls.
"Why didn't he recognize me?7