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; By George E. Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"So that's the gift you've been
telling me about for the last month
or two, is it, Judge Stillwell?"
"That's the present I have designed
for you, my worthy friend, as a re
minder of your arduous law studies
wtih yours truly! Young man, take
the advice of a successful senior, fol
low out the sentiment that little card
expresses, and you will thank me for
giving it to you instead of a watch,
"I Have Liquidated the Bulk of My
or a $50 bill as I suppose you ex
pected?" "No, -1 won't say that I did," re
torted Jasper Miller. "I know you
too well for that. You are not the
kind that ever does that sort of thing,
so I'm not disappointed. 'Look out
for No. 1,' eh?" and Jasper read the
inscription on the little piece of paste
board. "You've always done that."
"And see where I am!" vaunted the
judge, swelling . up and waving his
hand broadly, as if to enclose the
many domains he had acquired in
"All right," curtly spoke Jasper,
nodding adieu to the man who had
taught him how to be a lawyer for
a consideration. " 'Look out for
Number One.' At the threshold of a
new business life I'll take the time to
think out just what that means and
how it may help me."
He was a careless, worldly young
man, this new bachelor of law, and
he had been taught his. lessons in an
unworthy school. His uncle, Robert
Miller, had paid his way through col
lege and had helped him on to admis
sion to the bar. Robert Miller was
said to have some money, and there
were a lot of conniving relatives fer
vently awaiting his demise and a dis
tribution of the spoils. With the
grasping judge as a tutor and these
same mean relatives as examples, it
was not much wonder that Jasper
had a poor estimate of the world in
general and Brampton in particular.
Only about one experience in his
career was un tinged by the shallow
ideas of real success drilled into him.
This was his sincere love for Eva
Davis. She was the daughter of a
rich man, but Jasper had fallen in
love with her before he . knew that.
The day after his graduation Mr.
Davis met Jasper on the street. He
congratulated on receiving his sheep
skin. Then he said:
"Jasper, I have known you for
some time, and I wouldn't be a true
friend if I did not speak out my mind.
You have been paying considerable
attention to my daughter, Eva, re
cently." "Why, yes, sir that is true," ad
mitted Jasper, flushing up.
"I've no objections after you're
seasoned ouL You will have to drop
your frequent calls until I see what
you intend to make of yourself A
year will tell. You know my opinion
of that soulless old fellow, StillwelL
If you have imbibed any of his prin-