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It. was a patent1 rat trap that broke
up the engagement o'f Miss Viola Bar
ton and Alvin Draper. ' It had sunder
ed them, brought out a .sharp, definite
announcement from the estimable
lady," and a declaration from Alvin
that'it would make;noTdifferehce he
would always cherish' his lost love
and hope. s"-
"She was always fine as silk," in
sisted Alvin a, 'year afterwards
"It's Called the Cash Annunciator."
"she's finer than .ever now. I don't
see her often nowadays, but she's al
ways friendly when we.do tneet. May
be time will make a jdifferen'ce time
and. my damage suit." '
"The damage suit" was history in
the town. It all came out of the rat'
trap. Alvin had been'left quite a
competence by his father. He had
been always of an inventive turn. His
bright ideas ahd'tovabierguileless na
ture had attracted-Viola at the first.
Then, after he had wasted time and
money in getting up various devices!
that neither-paid nor worked- outshe
began to prod him up. to get into
some steady: reliable business.
When Alvin indented his great rat
trap his fiancee did not say much, for
it looked as .though he had really
struck it at last "Manufacturers of
hardware specialties encouraged hinC
and some speculators tendered. him a
small fortune for a half interest. The
proud and. hopeful Alvin refused all
"I know a good thing when I see
it," he declared, "and I've got one this
time." , .
At the zenith of his. inventive glory,
however, there, came a dampener. He
was sued for infringement . upon a
previous patent. His attorneys, told
him that it was a straight hold-up',
that he, would surely -win eventually.
He won the contention in one court
but the decision was appealed. Two
years passed by, and the case was
still pending. It had cost him several
thousand dollars in legal, fees, and
after he had stubb'ornly resistedv the
pleadings of Viola to forget the whole
thing and invest what, was left in
some practical pusiness, sne orpKe
"I'm bound to win," insisted Alvin.
Why, the Specialty Manufacturing,
company, has a standing offer of ten
thousand dollars for my patent tne
minute the courts give me a clear
The decision was pretty near now.
Then there' came about a situation
where Alvin drifted up close to Miss.
"Barton once more, as he phrased it,
and was glad of it.
Alvin and Viola went to the same
church. It: had run down because its
pastors had been- slow-going, easily
cdn tended men, and -the congregation
had been spoiled thereby: Finally a
new minister was assigned. It turn
ed 3utto be Edward Barton, a favor
ite brother of Viola's.'