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"you have taken up with this new
It was coarsely said. Words
and manner were offensive. Hil
'Mr. Macy is a gentleman and
a ucai iriena 01 mine, sne saia
Stannrhlv as thmicrVi rlufpnrlincr
him from aspersion.
"He shall riot remain here long
to cross my path!" cried Armi
taere savaeelv. "Come. Hilda, be
reasonable," he added in a plead
ing tone. "At least consider my
appeal. I truly love you. I can
give you comfort, luxury, a so
cial position far beyond your
He could not but note firm de
nial in her eyes: more than that,
positive aversion. It maddened
him. Armitage sprang towards
Hilda and threw an arm around
"You shall become my wife,"
he cried. "I am not used to be
ing crossed in my plans. Girl, do
you understand that T hold the
welfare of your family in my
hands? I can turn you and your
father and brothers out of your
positions. Only love me, and
they shall be well taken care of."
In an excess of emotion the
manager attempted to kiss Hilda.
With a scream she beat his face
with both her hands.
"That will do," spoke a calm
but masterful voice, and Armi
tage was hurled to the other end
of the room.
"You!" panted the manager,
recognizing young Macy, his eyes
blazing with fury. "You are dis
charged from my employ. .Out
of here at once, cr I will have you
"Your employ?" repeattf
young Macy. "My man, I advise
you to get to the office and be
ready for an accounting, which
will be demanded of you by my
father, the owner of this business.
I have telegraphed him, and he
will be here tomorrow. A dis
charged girl employe gave us a
hint of your double dealings in
dividing sales profits with our
clients. 1 came here under an as
sumed name to get the details.
My correct name is Victor Me
serve." Like the craven he was, Armi
tage slunk from the room. With
a slight twinkle in his eye. young
Meserve turned to the astonish
"Miss Mason Hilda," he said,
"judging from what vou just told
that man, you intend to remain a
spinster. Still, recalling vour
kind words about myself, I must
hope that you will allow me one
"What what is it?" faltered
Hilda, red as a rose.
"To ask your parents if we may
become engaged," was the earn
est reply, and Hilda did not say
"How is my daughter getting
on ?" asked Mr. Brown-Jahones of
tne protessor. "Will she become
a great singer?" "Dot vos hardt
to say," was the reply. "But
surely she has some of the quali
fications?" "Ach, yes," said Yon
Schreicher, as he rubbed his chin.
"She has a mouth."