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stroyed the will made in anger. Then
he died suddenly, intestate. Now this
will appears. By some trickery' I am
convinced Hugh preserved it;"
"But the law," began Ruth.
"I shall not appeal to it. Let Hugh
go his selfish, cowardly way. As long
as Ffiave you what does the. rest mat
ter? We can wait a little while longer,
can't we dear?!'
Ruth liftedvher sweet, bonny face
to his, ineffable tenderness and fidel
ity in its beautiful depths.
Ronald preserved the penny left to
him.. Most "fellows would have cast
it away with' an anathema. Ronald
knew, his old uncle meant to do him,
justice. It was a rare old Scotch coin.
He had the jeweler make a hole in it
and' suspended it from his watch
i The Blair Plat left to his cousin
vjas a valuable property. Just before'
tfie death of Mr. Blair a deposit of a
rare arid'valuable clay used in stereo
typing and for electrical purposes had
been discovered. It ,was known as
ozocerite, found elsewhere onljs in
Austria and Utah. If things turned
out as they promised, Hugh would'
some day become a wealthy man.
Adjoining the plat -was a twenty
acre patch of sterile land which had
been left to Ronald by his mother.
It was of so little value that he made
no attempt to have it cultivated but
secured a position as an accountant
in a near1 city..
There reached him the first week
the disquieting intelligence that Hugh
was hanging around the Mason home
a. good deal.-' Then he received a let
ter from Ruth. It read: "Be patient
for a year. I am going away and you
must not write to me." There was
no further word, and Ronald felt that
Everything he valued was fading
away from him.
Bis business went well. The penny
seeded to bring him good luck. In
a. street melee the bullets -severely
wounded two innocent bystanders,
but one striking the penny glinted off
and left him .unscathed. Then the
penny was observed by a loyal old.
Scotchman, leading to- a friendship
and a large amount of business.. j;I
It "was just.a year later, when Ron-ar
aid paid a visit to-his home town.r
He .learned that the wonderful ozoc-it
erite vein had run out. Hueh hadT
pretty nearly dissipated all his-readyii
money. He boasted, however, that he
was engaged to Ruth and Ronald be
lieved this after her inexplicable si
lence. In later years he nevej. forgot the
sad and moody ramble endihgat-ithe
barren twenty-acre lot.- In going ver
it he stumbled, his "watch 'chain
caught on a bush and the pehnyf
snapped loose and .disappeared dhvfit
a great open crack' In the grounji.
Ronald had no thought of losihga
token which he sincerely .treasured".
He saw a man .digging on an adjpiri1
ing farm, went over to him and bar
gained for a careful excavation in
quest of the lost memento.
. It took some delicacy of. treatment
to' manipulate the dry, crumbling dir(t.
At a depth of- four feet, the bottom
of the crack, the penny was produced.
"Hello I"' suddenly exclaimed ,the
workman as he scraped off his spade
"say, if this should be the real
"The what?" questiohell Ronald-'
"The vein of ozocerite. Look here
that's the real stuff," and he took
up a handful of the scrapings "fromN
It was "the real stuff" ; that was
proven withinvthe ensuing two dayss
All thetown was on fire oyer "the"
"rare good luck the old penny had,
brought to Ronald, for,the real ozoc
erite vein had been tapped.
Ronald was standing on the .land
that jromisedNso. mubh.iri the yelloMo
dusk of the fading day a few evenings)
alter, when a: familiar figure came up
over the rise in the landscape.
" His heart stood-still, as .she ap-?
proached. Then a bitter thought!
came into his mind Ruth had. heard'
of his good fortune. " - , . I