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Paul hung around Easton for
the rest of the dayf hoping for a
sight of Edna. The next morn
ing he went to another village. By
the end of the week he had made
a circuit of all the county towns,
but had not found employment.
"The reserve cash is getting de
cidedly low," he said, as he went
to his room at a little tfillage hotel
one night. "Well, I've got my
old rugged health back, anyhow.
I suppose it's the humdrum of ihe
city again. After Easton! And
after Edna! Ah, me!"
Thoughts of the ideal to whom
he had never told his love kept.
ram waKeiui. ne iouna ne couia
not sleep, and got up and sat by
the open window, watching the
moon and cdntinuirtg to think of
the sweet, innocent face that it
seemed he could never forget.
Suddenly his attention was
called to a noisy tumult in the
next room. Two persons had en
tered it. They seemed to be
strangers on their way to the city
after a long western trip. Paul
could not help but hear what they
said. And as he did so his mind
"We'll wait till we get to the
city before we write up our re
port?" asked one of. them.
"Yes," came the definite reply.
"There are so many'fiotes and
memoranda to look over, it will
take time and a quiet place. I
say, there will be some -scrambling
when the government issues
the wheat crop bulletin."
"I should say so," came the an
swer. "Why, in the two states-1
alone that I covered the whea$
yield is twenty per cent short."
"I have the data for thre?
states," remarked the other. "It
shows up, with a blight and rUsIP,
nearer-thirty per cent." 3
"Prices will go up." s
"Yes, that is certain."
And then the two men wen
over a lot of detailsimmensely in
teresting to the listener. Paul
realized that unexpectedly there
had been disclosed to him facts
regarding the coming crop re
port that were of immense value.
He was not an intentional eaves
dropper, but he could not escape
receiving the valuable -information.
With daylight hewas.oufe on
the streets. He tddk the first
train for Marshall. He recalled a
shrewd sharp trader living' there
who seemed just thernanto im
press with the important know
ledge he had acquired.
Before noon this man, John,
Lane, was in his confidence and
a sort of provisional1 co-partnership
was cemented. Mr. Lane
was to furnish the capital. Paul
was to engineer the scheme. It!
was inevitable in their opinion
that wheat would make a tre
mendous Jump in the markets c
the world when the shortage re
port was made public. - 2-
It now became the mission 6$
Paul to buy up all the grain hfe
couWr A great many, discerning
this, .held on for good prices, and
the quotation rose in the district.
One day Paul went to Eastbrt,
He boldly faced the lion in his
den. In a business-like, matter