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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 01, 1913, Image 19

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ciples, you will never become my son
in-law."
The test came soon after that. One
day old Robert Miller summoned all
his relatives to a family council. A
new sect had sprung up in the next
J ing man, their leader, had devised the
cuit or ine- soui Dreamers," ne cau
ed it. The weak minded and the idle
became easy victims. Old Miller had
dreamed himself into their mysteries
He now told his relatives so.
"I have decided to do for you peo
ple what you are all waiting for," he
announced bluntly. "I have liquidat
ed the bulk of my possessions for
$10,000. I warn you, after that is
distributed you need -expect nothing
further from me, living or dead.
Brother-in-law Thompson, you have
a large family, mortgage on your
home what say to $3,000?"
"It would come in good, right
sure!" declared brother - in - law
Thompson buoyantly. "Mam has
been harassing me to death for an
automobile. Daughter never was at
a fashionable watering place and I'd
like to give her a season there."
"Humph fool and his money
but go it while you got it. And you,
Aunt Priscilla?"
"I need a trip abroad, doctor says.".
"If you re thinking of me in the
distribution," piped in Cousin Felix
Todd, "I'll pay it back. Say, I know
of a speculation in the city where $3,
00ft will earn thirty in a year."
"Do? all right. Come to the bank
and we'll pay off. There's something
P travagant folly have you got in mind
for your share?"
And now was the supreme moment
for Jasper Miller. He forgot Eva, he
remembered only his old cautious,
covetous, convincing tutor, Judge
Stillwell. He fancied he was doing a
great thing daring, but cute, won
derfully cute! He thrust his hand
against his breast, he threw back his
head grandly as he had seen the
judge do. He tried to act heroic.
"Uncle Robert," he said, "you edu
cated me, you brought me up. I
want none of your money only your
affection. Where you go I go."
"Mean that, do you?" snapped out
Uncle Robert in his keen suspicious
way. "
"I do."
"Stick to me if I hadn't a cent?"
"To the last ditch!" proclaimed -Jasper
dramatically.
Now this was a selfish, hypocritical
lie, and later Jasper was very sorry
for it He had been impelled by false
motives. He knew that Uncle Rob-'
ert had a great deal more than $10,
000. In the shrewd Stillwell way,
Jasper calculated that the old man
was making a test. When he had got
rid of his avaricious self-seeking har
pies of relatives, he would richly re
ward the one "who wanted bis af
fection only."
In a month the mask was down.
Uncle Robert started Jasper into a
desulatory law practice. Then he
proceeded to devote, all his time to
the "Soul Dreamers." A climax
came. The specious head of the cult
made off with- all the funds of the
sect, including $20,000, the last of
Uncle Robert's fortune. Uncle Rob
ert came to the little home he had
rented for Jasper and himself with
a doleful face and a more doleful
story one- afternoon. They Were
paupers! Then he took the train to
Brampton. He returned next morn
ing.
Aunt Priscilla was abroad, brother-
in-law Thompson had company and
no room for even relatives, Cousin
Felix had lost his all In speculation.
The old man looked pretty dejected
and hopeless. As Jasper noted his
worn anxious face .his better self
came to the surface.
"Uncle Robert," he said, "I want
to make a confession that shames
me," and Jasper told of his motives
in declining the money. "You have
taught me a lesson. The law busi
ness is poor, and I shall have to seek
other work. All" the same, this I say

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