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"In this case let me be one," urged
"Take your way lots of thanky
you'll get in the end; that's my ex
perience." Lewis Daniels proceeded to the of
fice. His first plan was to .place the
letter on Miss Durham's desk. He
had barely done so when she ap
"You were waiting to see me, Mr.
Daniels?'' asked the girl, with her
usual bright smile.
"Hem why, yes, quite so," stum
bled Lewis guiltily. "You see, that is
about your vacation "
"Yes, you told me," responded Min
na, a trace of sadness in her dep ex
pressive eyes. "I am sorry, but then,
you see, I can look forward to next
"The hem special time you de
sired, I believe, was the first two
weeks in August?" continued Lewis.
. "It will be all right two weeks, fuU
pay, and you work this far, MIbs Dur
ham, excellent, most excellent."
She looked up into his face, her
lips parted, as if unable to compre
hend the full blessing of the words he
spoke . Her eyes seemed reading his
"Oh, you can't mean it" she
breathed, "It can't be true!" and
then as he silently nodded, too over
come to speak, the tears of joy rush
ed to her eyes, and 050- fell upon his
hand, and she bent her face upon
the desk and sobbed out her joy.
"You are a good, good man!" and
when, in the quiet of his bachelor
room that night, Lewis Daniels kissed
the Bpot on his hand where that pear
ly tear had rested, he hoped he was,
and he knew that the silent love he
bore for Minna Durham could not fail
to make him a better one.
. Minna went away on her vacation
with a happy heart. Two days later
the manager was called to a distant
city to attend a manufacturers' con
vention. He assigned Lewis to sub
stitute for him during his absence.
Circumstance or fate, a strange ,
event happened. Wilson had eft
memoranda as to what credits should
be given. There was a firm sold
freely, with orders not to restrict the
account. A hint caught casually on I
the street forewarned Lewis. HeI
collected what he could, shut off. the"
credit and the day Wilson came 3
home the firm failed. " i
"So, you see, if I hadn't been here J
through giving Miss Durham my
vacation, the firm would be out about )
twelve thousand dollars," suggested -t
Minna learned of this; she learned, -1
too, of the noble sacrifice v of Lewis
soon after her return. The happi
ness he had brought into her life was
One day, several weeks later, the
manager called Lewis Into his private
"New contract," he observed uvhis
usuaTterse way, tossing over a writ
ten sheet. "Xiehpuse appreciates
your servicesr-ftfty per'cent raise in
"Thank you,'' said Lewis heartily.
"I hope I deserve it."
"Deserve it?" repeated Wilson, and
his lips twitched suspiciously. "Dan
iels, you!re a man with a soul. You
have done some fine, fine things. I
wish my hard, selfish business had
made my heart as true gold as yours
"Did you ever that is, well, did
you ever try love?" suggested Lewis,
blushing red as a peony.
"Oh, that's the secret, is it?"
"I think so."
"That young lady, Miss Durham
I suppose you don't regret giving up
the vacation you earned so hard to.
Gater to a girlish whim?"
"If you knew what happiness the
whim, as you call it, led to, you would
not be sorry for letting me have my
own" way," replied Lewis, his voice
full of earnest emotion. "That un
expected family reunion, from all I -learnL
was one of those bright spots
of life that make people believe in,
good and heaven." . ' ,
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