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By George-Elmer Coob.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
i "Hear him!" spoke. Mr.'Vahce, of
-Brandon & Vance.
t "And it's all aiteiusionf is.it?" said
''No, a dream, a beautiful dream,
Jas it seems." " it
- The partners stood on tipjoe-just
.past the threshold of a clouded glass
fdoor. The room beyond 'wasrfilled"
with half a dozen clerks eating their
JHere, Indeed, Was the -Dream" Wife,
lunch. In their midst sat a mild-
v faced, silver-haired man 'of about
thirty', and to what he spoke his em-
ployers were nstemng. .
t "Yes, .friends," Abel Joyce was say
" ing, "the humdrum work gets monot
, onous sometimes, but -you, want to
look forward to'home as' the evening
haven of rest!"
. "That's what .you do, eh?" chal
' lenged bright and brisk Phil Adler.
. "All day Jongt .yes,j all day-long,"
Tepeated Abel with a dreamy smile.
'Tve-told. you-of our-delighted -cottage.
Completely nestled in-"vines.
And the rose bushes I And the new
summer house I'm building! I must
be setting out the honeysuckles , to
cover that. -And the wife ah! always
at the door waiting for me, with her
long flaxen curls, and jsheeks and
ears pretty as pink sea shells."
"It's a fine picture," saidPhiL ,
It was a picture that-Abel had been
drawing for them almost daily for the
past five years. : Always was it listen
ed to with patience and. pleasure by
his devoted friends. "And truly de- t
voted they were. To the last onepf
them AbelvJoyce had been counsellor,
The young fellow short of 6ash'al-
ways won a smile and a banknote ,
from Abel. A case of outside distress -reported
by any of the crowd sent
'Abel 'cheerily away on a mission 'of
willing charity. He was the life and
spirit of 'the place in his gentle yet
dominating ways and his employers
voted him a treasure of an offiqe su
perintendent. As thetwo partners
retired towards their private office,
Mr. Brandon remarked i
"And you say there's no -vine em
bowered cottage?" V'
"None in- the -world." . '
"And no wife?"
"That's further away than the
"ITm! What's thd idea?'- ''
"A good man sustaining a severe
disappointmentvthrough a fiction!! It's
aiqueer story. As it happensyou and
I are going to help weave it into a
happy eridingv" i " '
"I don't -understand -,you," said
"You soon wilL Over ten years
ago our Joyce was" engaged to a
young lady in a little -village. Her
mother became helpless. The young" .
lady decided to devote herself to her
care while she'lived. She tokTjoyce
that the marriage could not be while .
her mdtnenvas.. living", but she also
told him that when the end came