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around once in a while.
"It's a wonderful place," de
clared Alvin, after his first day in
the big city. "I could spend a
month here and not see half the
The second day he sat on a
bench in a public park, watching
the pleasure boats on the little
lake near by. A man came limp
ing up to him, sat down and
moved about so helplessly and in
such apparent pain that Alvin
noticed him sympathizingly.
"Are you ill?" finally inquired
Alvin, feeling pity for anyone in
"Worse than that," said the
man with a groan. "I'm going to
a hospital this afternoon. That is.
if I get a letter I'm expecting
from a friend to pay my way. It
may not come. If it doesn't I sup
pose I'll die on the streets."
"That is really too bad," com
mented honest Alvin. "I do hope
you will get your letter."
The man shook his head in dis
mal hopelessness. Then he edged
closer to Alvin, looked around
them and said in a low, confiden
"If you had a little money,
young man, I could easily help
myself and double what you had.
If I was only spry at getting
around I wouldn't have to wait
long for cash."
"Why, how is that?" inquired
Alvin, his curiosity fully aroused.
"Well, I'll tell you. Read that."
The man drew a morning news
paper from his pocket. He opened
it on the advertising page. Then
he handed it to Alvin, his finger
indicating an advertisement read
ing; "Lost An old signet ring
bearing a seal with the initial 'S.'
Inside is the inscription: 'L to S.,
1804.' An old famiy relic. Will
pay two hundred dollars for its
return to nfi j.ineiy-nrM avc-
"I found that ring. Picked it
up among seme sweepings out
side of a restaurant," declared the
man "and here it is."
He took from his pocket a big
circlet as he spoke. Alvin looked
"Why, it's the very ring, isn't
it?" he exclaimed.
"Of course it is," assented the
man. "The gold in the old ring
isn't worth thinking about, but
somebody values it as a relic."
"Why, I should think you
would return it right away," sug
"Humph I'm in nice trim to
do that ; I can hardly walk," re
torted the man. "I must get some
money right away. You notice .
there is a reward of two hundred
dollars offered. Say, you can help
"Why, how is that?" asked the
"Well, you find somebody who
will give me forty dollars cash for
the ring, and I'll give you ten dol
lars for your trouble. I'll wager
you don't know of an easier way
to pick up ten dollars in half an"
Avlin reflected. He reread the
advertisement, he inspected the
ring. They tallied, everything"
looking straight and regular.