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yacht. On the fifth he invested in
a house and aiiutler. On the sixth, he
regotiated for a trip around the
world. When two weeks had gone by
nil Joe Hansom's money was tied up
;n negotiable securities. And the
money was still a month distant
"I said Joe Ransom had a yellow"
streak in him, and now it came out.
n the middle of the third week I met
May Latimer in the street. She tried
to hurry ,.by me and I stopped her.
Then I saw that she was' crying and
she looked ten years older.
'"What's the matter, Miss Lati
mer?' I asked.'
" 'Jpe has thrown me over,' she
sobhed. r said Bhe was a common
place sort of girl, and the type that
would blurt out that sort of thing.
But all the1 same she was just suited
to Joe and I was mighty sorry for
both Of jthem.
"The" hound kept away from me
after that L guess he knew that I
had got wind of the affair. Folks be
gan coupling his name with. that of
Miss Macy, a local society -girl, as the
newspapers phrase It Miss, Macy
hadn't any money, but she had style
and dash to sell and she wasn't chary
about it I reckon she was anxious to
get those pretty insteps of hers Inside
that touring car.
"Itvwas at the end of the fourth
week when Joe burst into my rooms
one evening, as white as a sheet In
his hand he,held a lawyer's letter. He
handed It to me without a word and
sank down into my leather chair.
There was no, tango this time. His
face was drawn and. yellow. I read
the letter and looked at him, and I
was quite shocked at the change in
his appearance. .
" 'So it seems there Isn't any prop
erty after.all,' I said.
"'No,' he cried. "The old hog
hadn't any title to that land at all.
What-am I going to do, Will? I'm
" 'They're going to take everything
back,' he answered savagely. "But
what good wfll that do me? I owe
five hundred for the clothes and it
will take me, myi life 'to pay -that,
back if r get back my jQb7 v
" "How about Miss Latimer?' I ask
ed, and Joe sprang up and grabbed
me by the arm. .
'"I've been a hog and' 'a skunk,
Will,' he said. 'Do you think she'll
take me back? Do you?'
"I told him to be a man, to go' to
his-boss first and ask for his old job
back; then to go to Miss Latimer and
ask her forgiveness. I think he saw"
things more seriously when Lhad fin
ished speaking to him Anyway, he
did what I told him to, and the next
day he was back with his former em
ployer, 'working for $18 a week. "And
the f ollowfiig Sunday I met him walk
ing with May Latimer and their faces
"Yes, that was a lesson for Joe
Ransom.'' All the town was laughing
at him.' The little boys called 'cliug,
chug,' after him in the.'streeteBut
May was apluckygirl andshestood
by hhn, and I saw. thathewas, de
termined to-live down the $ast 'K
"Two wlekB passed. The boys had
ceased to yeU'after Joe. The day for
the 'marriage had been fixed, The
tailor had been pacified, through my
intejryentioji. .Joe's future was ap
parently to be as untroubled asjhts
past had been. The brief splurge, the
short and vivid dream of wealth had
steadied the fellow. . The yllow
streak had worn itself away: AAnd
then, a few 'nights before his wed- '
ding day, Joe-and; Miss Latimer came
round to mytrobms together. Jotf had
a letter in his "hands. He handed It
to me without a words' I read it-.
M "Dear Sir,' it rant ' "
" We beg to notify you -that the
sale of the property' t uncle, the '
late Mr., Josiah Ransom, netted the
sum dt $43,897.18rand we are enclos
ing you a draft for the sanie, less five
per cent commission and estate fees.
" "Respectfully yours, ,. '
" 'Wedgwood and Orpington.'
" iWell, young people,' I saidj 'what
do you make of thatZ' J ' V