the special tjiat just dashed by. Tlie
absent operator here "was expected to
signal us. Say, you'ye saved the lim
ited!" The switched train stood stalled
where it had halted, It seemed that
the minute the engineer struck the
siding he put on the brakes so quick
ly that a connection wis broken. The
train hand&were trying to adjust this
now. The passengers, startled" and
curious, had come from, the coaches.
Halph observed a group of them now
surrounding the conductor. He point
ed at Halph, and from the actions of
the group the latter knew that they
were discussion him.
Being a modest young man, he
walked down the track to find the
"scissors" beside ii where the-wfceels
of the great steam giant had.vtelaed
the two pins. Salph could not very
well evade a group which met him.
They congratulated him on his action
in saving the train. One among them,
a bright-eyed miss, plainly indicated
in her grateful glance that she con
sidered him something of a hero.
"When the train was ready to start up,
by chance, it seemed, she found a
seat beside him.
"Thai must bea cheris"hed- sou
venir," she remarked, as she noticed
the baby scissors in Ralph's hand.
"You may have it, if you like," he
"Oh, I shall value it so greatly!
"What a story I shall have to tell my
friends concerning it!"
They became uite friendly during
the trip. She rtold Ralph she "was oh
her way to the home of a relative
who had adopted her, Mr. Morris DeV
mar, and she was Lucy Delmar.
In sheer astonishment Ralph
learned this, for Morris Delmar was
his employer. At the terminus he
was separated from the young lady,
but not until she had shyly asked him
to call some evening; that hejfrlends
might thank the man whoThad" saved
' Now. all this was a prelude to a
month of an engagement and that in
its turn, led to a stormy ,interviey sf
with purse-proud Morris Delmar, Jh
which he angrily informed Ralph that
he was presuming beyond his station,
might draw what was coming to him,
and was forbidden ever calling at tfte
house again. ' ,
Ralph had one staunch friend-In ,-
the city, his dead uncle's lawyer. H T
always went to him when in trouble.
He went to him now.
"Glad you came, right in the nickjj
of time," declared Walter Moore. ,
was just thinking of sending for you,, f
to see if you didn't want to go into
business for yourself?' ,
"That's a fine question to ask!" rel,
torted Ralph bitterly. "What capital
have I got?"
"Oh, I was thinking of finding the, Z
capital for you," explained Moore..
"It won't takd much. A sure, brlsk'.s?
business from the start will provide,
for the rest. I propose to lease the
store directly across the street from
Delmar, and put up a sign reading,. ,
'Johnathan Walters.' " ' '
"But that is the name that Mr. Del-, -
mar operates under riow!" exclaimed
"Precisely until next Saturday
.night After that no?' ,
"Explain that!" gasped the bewil- j
"You remember when your uncle s l
failed, two years ago?" . ,
"Indeed I do," assented Ralph, ,V
gravely. "I had just come here, er- j
peeling to find a good position in. his j
employ." .. -.
"Well, to Satisfy his creditors, he
sold out to this shrewd speculator , )
Delmar, at a sacrifice. The latter , :
was keen enough to value the good ...
will of Johnathan Walters, built up-
through thirty years' "business. That, J ,
name was a magnet, so he made your -,
uncle sign a contract, agreeing for"
himself and his heirs and assigns, not .
to re-enter business under two years. ,,
The two years are up next Saturday." I ,
"And then, as his heir, you are the t
(closer acquaintance, and inside of a 1
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