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returned it with a grin. ''I can
forgive the suggestion," he said,
"because I know mother means
well. She's Just hasty, that's all.
But uncle," he continued, catch
ing hold of the other's arm affec
tionately, "won't you help me? I
guess you know what it means to
be in love really and rapturous
ly in love with the sweetest girl
in the world. She really doesn't
belong to the world at all, uncle;
she's an angel strayed down out
of the skies. She had a talent for
acting and an invalid mother, to
support, and she's as good as "
George Chapin smiled a little
sadly. He knew the well worn
description, and the kind of wo
"Now see. here. Walter," he
said. "First, how much money
have you got? Enough to last
you two weeks? Good. Now I'll
go and see Miss Manners, and if
she's all you say I believe I can
square things with your fafher.
He's hasty infernally hasty;
but he's sound at heart, as you
know. And if I can't agree with
your description of the lady
why, I'll carry out your mother's
"If you can," said Walter,
smiling. "But see here, uncle,
I'm going tohave a talk with her
"My dear nephew," said -the
other, taking the boy by the
shoulder and forcing him into a
chair, "there is one condition at
tached to my offer. You're go
ing up to Escombe on that fishing
trip you wrote, me about, and
you're going to be gone three
days and you will neither see noi r
communicate with your inamor- i
ata until the time is past. Other- 1
wise I wash my hands of the afj
"But uncle "
"The uncle business don't gd '
just now," said George. "We are 7
two hard, shrewd, business-like
men of the world. If I can induce
Miss Manners to- give you the
mitten I'm going to do it. If In
can't, I'll see you through and
win over Paul, or else I'll I'll
support you in idleness for the
rest of your days. Come nowi
don't scowl at your best friend
like that. If the lady's what you
say, she'll stand by you."
"You promise not to prejudice
me in her eyes or to tell her that
I want to break off the engage
ment?" asked Walter.
"All shall be above-board,
nephew," answered the other.
"You take it from me, I'll do my
level best to get to the bottom of
the matter. Miss Manners' mo-',
"She is the .most unworldly
person in the world. She is in
capable of doing anything wrong,
of accepting such a bribe. She '
"Then get out," shouted hia .
unchj, and pushing the young fel
low out of the room.
Walter Hampton felt that he"
had not played altogether a dig
nified part in submitting to this
arrangement. But he knew that:
his uncle's influence over his has
ty, kindly father was great; he
knew, too, that once she had with
stood the test, as she could not
but do, Linda would win his uncle,"