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ried," William answered. "Now, we've
both always lived pretty well, and I'm
afraid that what is a close fit for one
will be a. closer fit for two. And my
father used to tell me that some day
he would show me how to double my
capital any time I wanted to. Do you
know how to do it, Mr. Sharp?" he
asked, looking frankly at the senior
The senior partner stared back so
hard that his glasses blurred.
"Well er it can be done, of
course," he answered. "But you un
derstand that there are certain risks
attaching, Mr. Alderson. For in
stance, suppose the stock in which
you speculated went, down instead
of up, or up instead of down why,
it might be serious."
"I guess I can trust you, Mr.
Sharp," answered Bill, wringing his
hands. "My father used to tell me
always to be. a bull. Can't you be a
bull for me?"
"Well," answered Mr. Sharp, "I
happen to have a good thing or two
in mind. Suppose you try a. flutter in
oil. Then I know a nice mine out in
Nevada that wants some capital to
develop it. And then a half million or
so in Mexican copper. I think I can
give you a good run for your money,
"All right, I leave it to you," said
William, and wrung his hand again
and went away.
Three weeks later Sharp and Sharp
shut up their offices for good and
went away, leaving William with a
pile of stock that was pronounced to
be worth half a cent on the thousand
dollars said half cent representing
the intrinsic value of the paper of
excellent quality on which it was
"You ought to be worth about nine
hundred dollars," said the govern
ment agent,, after he had gone
through William's affairs. "Yes,
Sharp and Sharp took every penny
they could get their hands on. I wish
I'd intervened sooner. We've had
v them under observation for months,
but well, we didn't think they'd get
anybody to fall for them like that."
"Hum!" said Bill, and put on his
hat and walked "round to see Miss '
"Louise, dear," he observed, "I've
lost eveiy penny I had,V
"So Mr. Sunderland was telling me
yesterday," she answered. "What are
you going to do, Bill?"
"I'm going west," he answered.
"My father told" me anybody can
made money out west. I. guess I'll
have to make another fortune before
I ask you to set the date for me. Will
you wait, dear?"
She looked at him in amazement.
She had long known that it would be
impossible for her to marry Bill. She
had tried to tell him so five or six
times, but ach time he had so domi
nated her by his simplicity and can
dor and good nature that it had been
impossible to make him understand.
And she flirted twice since they had
been 'engaged! And now 'he wanted
her to wait! It. was easy-to promise
but well, she knew that he would
expect her to wait. And he would be
wretched if she were false to him;
perhaps it would shatter hisfaith and
make him like other men. To play
false with Bill why, it would be like
sacrilege! If she did that she could
never be quite happy again.
"I I'll write to you," she gasped, .
and fled, choking, up the stairs. That
afternoon she wrote Bill a long letter.
She told him that she could never
marry him, that the loss of his for
tune made not the slightest differ
ence, but that she was not worthy of
him. So he must let her go and never
see her again.
It would have shattered any man's
faith, that letter. Bill read it and
stayed away. He had made all the
preparations for his departure when
Sharp and Sharp were caught in
Montreal, with one million, nine hun
dded and seventy-eight thousand dol
lars of Bill's money salted away. Wil
liam unpacked his suit case and went
rround to see Miss Hargreaves.