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of-fact'way he intruded on Mr.
"I have come to buy your.
wheaV' h'e annpunced.'if it is for
sale." -, a
''How much?" inquired'-theold
man, ungraciously and suspic
iously. "Because you fancy my being
v'a stoughtonbottle' lost you i big
profit.' observed Paul, "Iiwill Of
fer you 80 cents."
"What !" shouted Griscom -lit-credulously.
"I mean it," nodded Paul, plan-j
ning to make the trade his owrf
personally. "As'-Mt 5s, Tadvise
you to hold on to your wheat. It
will go still higher." '
This old Griscom would not be
lieve, but he was so delighted at
his bargain that he actually in
vited Paul to dinner. That meant
a sight of pretty Edna. When
Paul left Easton that night he
felt happy. He had regained old
Griscom's good will and Edna
had been more than'friendly.
A happier man still, however,
was Paul a month later. The gov
ernment report came out, sending
prices kiting. Paul and his part
ner were prepared to take ad
vantage of the wildest grain mar
ket known for years. Dollar
wheat electrified the farming
worldand Burton & Lane sold at
top notch price and made a for
tune. The papers were full "of the
successful coup of the enterpris
ing partners. Dropping off the
train at Easton one day, Paul met
with a most gracious reception
from old Griscoin.
"Well," said the latter, "I wish
I had held on to that wheat."
"Yougot"-a -pretty -good price
for it, -as Jt was," rerriihded Paul.
"That's1 so," agreed Griscom.
"See -here, Mr-. "Burton, I was
rather hasty when f-let you go.
I suppose-you are too well fixed
now to think, of comjngjback?"
Paul thought'of Edna,,and si
"As a partner, of course," ex
plained Griscom. ", 'x
i Well, Mr. Gnscom, replied
Paul slowly. -'X- wass thinking of
faking a partner, if I could get
"Her?" repeated Griscom,
pricking up his ears.
"Yes, a young lady a life part
ner. As a plain man asking a
plain question, Mr. Griscom, can
I have your permission to pay my
addresses to Miss Edna?"
"That would bring us together
in business, too," said old Gris
com thoughtfully. "I certainly
consider you a remarkably bright
young man, Mr. Burton."
"I wonder if Edna thinks so,
too," Paul questioned himself.
He asked her that same eyen
ing. The result was a double
partnership one of business, and
the other of love.
He (wondering if his rival had
been accepted) Are Jjoth your
She (concealing her" hand)
Oh, dear, yes. One has-been in
the family since the time of Al
fred, but the other- is newer
(blushing). It only dates from
I the conquest, t