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THE SCAPEGOAT -By
H. M. Egberlj.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"I don't see why I should be
the father of two sons so different
as James and Ernest," Farleigh
would say dolefully to his ac
quaintances. "It almost seems as
though nature had mixed all the
good qualities into James and left
my younger son without any."
"But Ernest means well," Mrs.
Farleigh would sigh.
"He may mean well," answered
the merchant testily.' "The trou
ble is he has no character; he
can't stick at anything."
Most of the Farleighs' friends
agreed with this .diagnosis. -But
Minna Gray dissented secretly.
Minna was the only child of an
old friend and former business
partner of Farleigh; he-paid a
half share of the profits to her
trustees; and Minna liked Ernest
"You see, it's this way, Min
na," Ernest confided, when he
was about twenty-two. "The old
man thinks I'm good for, nothing
because I haven't made a shining
mar.k at literature at my age.
Why, it takes years, and years to
win a reputation, to say nothing
of money. Then, when I saw he
wouldn't give me time, I 'volun
teered to go into the business un
der James, although I loathed it.
And after a couple o'f months T
found what I had always sus
pected that I had no head at alj
for figures. So I told father so
and now he says I have no tenac
ity of purpose. And he's offered"
me-a thousand dollars to go -west
and make my fo'rtune."
"But I believe in you, Ernest'
said Minna proudly. She would
have added "dear" if he had given
her th.e least encouragement. But
Ernest would not..woo the-heiress'
until he was financially if not
her equal, at least able to support
So Ernest went West', and .in
three months his money had gone
into adeep hole in the ground.
Then, overcome by homesickness
and longing 'to see Minna again,
He had only meant it. to, be a
flying yisit- an ne nad money
enough to support himself ,while
he .w.as; in vthe Eastr-nearly, a