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By H.M.Egbert. .
(Copy right; by W. Chapman.)
"I" don't see why IrShould be
the father of two soriS5SO;difierent
as James and Ernest';. .Farleigh
would say dolefully-, to . Hisv ac
quaintances. "It almost see'nis 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. "Thetrou
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,"1 Ernest confided, when 'he
was about twenty-two. "The old
man thmks I'm good for nothing
because I haven't made a shining
inark 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 gjve me time, I volun
teered to go into the business un
der James, although 1 loathed it.
And after a. couple pf months I
found what I had always sus
pected that I had no head at all
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 fortune."
, .."But I believe in you, Ernest,"
said Minna proudly. She would
have added "dear" if he had given
her the least encouragement. But
Ernest would not woo the heiress,
until he was financially if riot
her equal, at lest able to support
So Ernest wentWest, and in
three months his money had gone
into a deep hole in the ground.
Then,- overcome by homesickness
and longing to, see Minna again,
He had only meant it to be a
flying, visit, and he bad money
enough to support himself while
he was in-the East-rosrljj a