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Almost slmditaneously sith the
dishing of the1 draft Benton -walked
info the stof 6 he owned. ,
Tm going to lake a spell of rest,
Wilson," lie said. "You Can run
'"Thefe1 is that debt to the city sup
ply house," suggested Rolfe. "You
know they Sre pressing for payment.
"Oh, I can't bother let 'em wait."
"But you have plenty, of motie'y
now." . .'
"Yes, and I'm going totake one
good fling and enjoy k;" retorted
Benton recklessly. "See here, old
Jones will probably stakg.fiie for all
I'll need after" Itiisr I've a higher afll
bition than Hihnihgc:r Ml8fe. . Y6u
know the Business H8W" wSlfla 3F3H
like to buy mfoht?" v j '
"I haven't the- cash.' - ,
"You've got sdmS; I kn8w. Ill b8
liberal fold assume that city debt
and pay me SlOOa monthfor six
months and the store is yours:"
"I .will do tHt," assented Rolfe
promptly and the bargain was con
summated. . fij. ,., ju
Before theend oftfiat weekjoel
Benton gave the town such a Jtirring
up as the quiet .hamlet Jiaa never
known before. He branched -out as
an Jfi6ipl6nt drBSsui. Tfig stilts of
clothes hi? 68Ught ihiist HaV" ome
from ixtf( flis HeinB8r declared
He hlirehaSga d Aarffig f gtf atftomo
bile, some al&mj5Bdsj dn& took an
expensive" suit&of rBBttS at tab hotel.
LiwySr AhdrSwl taB88ed , Rolfe
Wils6h., He proceeded 'to cultivate
Benton., TheTatte"? BefaH t8 call at
the Afldrews hdmS regularly, much
t j'kjel ltj& sztijs:
UlUVCCUCU .J "" uuoiuvoo J JJCULU11.
.On the aiidmptidiitaat fig was a
favored fieif 6f &1d Jaied Jpnestfie
ryoung spendthrift se'cSdrea &h bbflpn
.on a residence at the outskirts of the
tbwn.. , ,,....
''I'll make it bver" id Nellie the" day
M il ffiy'ps,Hifeapd Bedtbd.,
. is 18 Neltfg herself sFhe1 tried t8 give
her persistent suitor to iindBrstalid J
I that her heart could aever'be his.
Amid the glamour.of his dashing ma
chine, exbensive flowers and invita-
I tiohs to all the shows, however, Ben
ton fancied he was Irresistible. Nel
lie insisted that there should be no
engagement for the present and Ben
ton was so obtuse that he.attributed
all .this to conventional maidenly
The months rolledjiway. Once in
awhile Nellie met Rolfe casually.
Orice a- week letters expressing their
mutual Ibve pasSed Between them.
Rolfe was working hard. It was a
ffeat da"y for his ammtlaus ibul when
e foiind. thTl&t dSfef 8! Ihe store
fcid, . logUtat-'-Wiffl ' m regular
tolt's. all tip ydt-mK; Benton
amSd-hiiB by Sajbg bursting Into
the StBFS 6ne mDrnm&early and
looklhg'the picture Hi HSjected misery
andjruffi: , fr t 7: .
"WhyrFhatls the trduBle-?" in-
That 1gj66dL- Spent fflBst of it
ii;Bi5f Ir.dM- f Si
whif. i Mx-ml im&mfln & Trav
eling mofiad picture pfi8w The man
azerJiasMda dff with all the funds.
Yesterday I wired Uncle Jared for an
other mstaltoetit'M fhy fdftitne. Me
telegfapTied-me Uabk that" SUch a
spendthrift didii'l stilt hiih ds an tieir
aiid I had missed my chance":"
"AHa'what abSdt Nelllf " inquired
"Oh. that'! ail 6ff fiBW, of course."
announced Behtdih "I tflmk she put '
me off; foreseeing what a fool I'd
makeof yiteifi Afteivali my big
ideas add b8attuhi8ss,-' I'll figver Hare
to 188k fig? in thg f&Cafieam:'
Afli Iflfefl itdife" Wilson flt Sdsor
ry f3r tfigJSSF bft3Ls-:uit fellow that
he dffefed him E 6hfe-half iilterest in
thelitti BiisififesS if HS wSdld get
down, to earth again and work as he
Ukedtd db.aiBd Bentbii felt as glte
ftu as a SHiowfecked mdriSer iandeS
Safely in the hdme nest.
inat was not uu ui iu unv, aay
Uncle Jared appeared at the little
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