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mento of the same was that vase,
fashioned by his own hand, and rest
l 'g now where he had placed it to
show how staunchly it resisted heat,
cold and age. .
Rather mournfully- John Lisle
viewed the old vase. It had not f ul
, filled its promise. Manufacturers with
capital had outdistanced his' business.
A year Bince he had attempted -an in
novation. Everything looked prosper
ous, but now the house distributing
his goods had failed.
Beulah Lisle did not live at home,
or two years she had acted as gov
erness fn a wealthy family. Once a
month, however, she visited her
father from Saturday untilvMonday.
Those were blissful hours for the old
man. She mended up his clothes, she
set his three living rooms in order.
And how they hopefully discussed the
little home they would jointly occupy
when "the new process" was a suc
cess! Manfully sharing all the heaviest
burdens, David set at work in the
new partnership. When the Saturday
came when Beulah was to make her
regular visit, lie anticipated the pleas
ant Sunday, when she would preside
at table and bring new sunshine into
the rather dreary home.
He came Into the little parlor back
of the office hat especial Saturday,
to find Beulah there, but in tears, and
her father looking the picture of de
spair. Beulah always greeted Him
with a bright smile, for "she knew how
good and true he was. The smile was
lacking now,, for deep sorrow shad
owed her fair face. Still, David fan
cied that her hand clasp was more
fervent than ever before, and a mute
gratitude in her eyes t61d that she ap
preciated his sterling fidelity In sus
taining" her father and his business
"It never rains, but in pours," Mr.
Lisle- half groaned. "We shall see
little of Beulah for a long time to
"Then MIrs T.iclo is fnlnc " hoo-on
.David, and his heart , stood still j
"going ,.o be married?" he almost
blurted out. l
"Going away to another part of
the country, with the Burtons," ad
ded Mr. Lisle.
"It is best dear papa," spoke Beu
lah, soothingly. "My income as gov
erness makes me independent It r'e
,lieves you of a great care 'until "
"Until Lisle & Co. have made a suc
cess," supplemented David. "It shall
be, Miss Lisle," -and the young man
felt the surging tide of a new ambi
tion inspire his hopeful soul.
Beulah could not remain with
them, as the Burtons were already
packing for the removal. There was
a tearful good-by between father and
daughter. David trod on airsas. the
former suggested that he see Beulah
All that blissful mile he sought to
cheer her up, to paint her father's
future in glowing colors. When they
parted she asked a timid favor.
"I shall 'be obliged to leave a pet
kitten behind," she said. "I spoke to
father about it. He fancied little
Snowball would be a comfort to him.
Could you burden yourself wlththe
charge Mr. Porter? "
And Snowball became thus a fix
ture at the Lisle place. fWhen David
returned home that dayRolfe Vance,
arrayed gorgeously, was disappoint
edly leaving it. He had found a new
and a paying situation knew that
Beulah was expected to a visit and
had appeared to show himself.
All through the long winder even
ings after that the old man and Da- '
vid worked and planned to get
enough ahead to have Beulah come
home. Trade was getting better, but
the development was slow. One day
Rolfe Vance drift'- '"to the old of
fice. Prosperity showed in his every
word and action. He had with him a
fifty dollar bulldog and wore a dia
mond pin. He vaunted grandly of his
good luck and asked about Beulah.
"Look, out!" suddenly shouted Mr.
He was too late with his warning,