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hundred dollars,, -in fact. But
James had taken advantage.ofiiis.
,brother s absence to prejudice-his
father against himr-rjamesj the
model son, who never appeared a
mfnute late at th'e office, or left a
minute early and was, now booked
' to. succeed his father. So. that
Ernest was received with .(iis.tinct
coldness and osraced by his
father's friends. After three 'days
he could endure this treatment-no
longer. . . ,
"Minna," he aid, guess (the
people were, right when they said
was a failure. -
"O, no, you r afen,'t," she an
swered conhdentlyIjknow that
you will succeed. ..
"I'm not coming back- .until, I
do," .said Ernes t'Farleierh. "Min
na, if ever I do, will you "
'Minna came--up. close to him
and. lifted her face so, spontan
eously that there was, no needto
say anything more. 'In fact, both,
had always known that-this must
be the end of-their long 'friend
ship; .the.ir love was -the stronger
.because of its '.slow development.
"1 shall always wait, dearest,"
she whispered as Ernest set out
orthe Wes again. - '
a miner; aamp pok, a. real estate j
agent, a -stage-coach - drjyerj
someowhe- ever'seenied toi
make mo.riey; Tjhen : Mrs.. jRan-j
ieigfa was (taken ill w,uh a linger
ing sickness. '.Ernest -scraped -to
gether all themoney he, could cql-
lecfr and hnrred home;.' He ap-,
feared, pobrly-dressed, tremulous '
with eagerness, to see his mother, J
again. T7e was one. hour too late.
His kuier did not speakto him
that day. , He. was broken ,dpwn
by the shock and planned-to turn
the business oyer to James. James
treated his bro'ther with derisive
contempt. On the. next afternoon
Henry rFarleigh suddenly stamp
ed into ;the room .where his
lyounger son sat brooding over his
".I don't- want yqu in my
house," he shotted,, beside him
self with'grlef and passion. "I
Jbay.e was.ted hundreds ion you;
you .have' proved yourself- worth
less. 'When .you come back with
fiye, thousand .dollars you rifay re-
suirie, ypur filiaT relationship, to
me pll. ihejti never clt .me see .
yourace again,," ? "
The, old "merichantsvas not
whoHyhearjtless, .but hVnad, idol
ized "his "Vounerer, so'n in youth,
-andand when Ernest had- disap-
pointeaVthe hopes that he had
entertained of him.his love chang
ed to jbitterness and hatred., Er
nest went out Sf the room .quietly.
I shall wait for you always,
whispered Minna as she, alone, of
all,, stood withjhim upon the sta
tion piatiorm,. .jaur tne ,io,ne or
hope was gone,,aWUhere wasjthe v
sound XiU despair t mne, wonis:
Ernest waJiow 'nearly six and
twenty; Minna . was . a year
younger. Jt was fo,ur years, since
.she. had begun ,to dream of their
home together Xet heespect
ed; his-desire to rmake something
of-a name -or fortune before meet
ing marriage. Hec-money was a
millstone round her loving heart.
Then the years rolled by and