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she would behfewif if be still-wis!-..
ed itf-so, for time could hot dim .her
love for him."
. ,'Quite a romance."
' '"Miss Hachel Waldron, that was
her name, .found an opportunity to
arrange for her mother in a;new cli
mate" by also nursing a wealthy lady
invalid. She went away. Joyce
came to the city. The-years have
drifted by. All poor Joyce has had to
make. Ms life endurable is a sweet
memory, a vague hope. In budding
up a fanciful home such as he would
"have and placing in it a fictitious
bride, he has encouraged a dream
that is his .conception of -perfect hu
man happiness." ; -
"And the young lady, this Miss
"Is .in your private office now."
"Yoii amaze me."
"She amazed me. Her mother is
at last dead and her other. patient, has
left' her rich. She sought out the
,man she loved, but first came to mc
YoU are to hear her simple tender
story. You, are to assist in makings
Abel Joyce's dream come true.".. "
And there Iff the ofilce Mr, Brandon
was introduced to the lady "with the
long .flaxen, curls and the ears and
cheeks like pink seashells." Yes,
here, indeed, was the dream w"fe of
Abel Joyce. i
"You are sure he has 'not forgot
ten me?" she had asked Mr. Vance,
and then he told her of the vine-em-bow.ered
"And to prepare this strange, sur
prise you suggest it would not be un
wpmanly on my part?" she pleaded,
' . "It would give to dear loyalAbeL
the heaven he has -dreamed of all
- these years," was the fervent reply.
So a.plbt was put up against Joyce
He never suspected , Phfi Adler was
' let into it and meantime Miss Brandon-remained
in the background.,
'Two afternoons later Abel Joyce
was summoned to the ofilce of the
. firm, to find the partners and all his
xirojr employers gathered there, it j
nearly broke .up "the unselfish 'fellow, "
never d--ming of suck a thing, to
find that t was.the tenth anniversary
of his service in the business' and all
hands had contributed to a testi
monial la the shape of a 'handsome
"It's in .order for me to invite you
all to- a dinner this evening," said
Abel, when he had mastered the emo
tions evoked by the generous, gift,
"so after work we'll adjourn for the'
festivities.". - ' ,-
The partners, exchanging'meaning
glances .with one another, mentioned
a previous engagement, PhilvAjdler
winke'd'mysteriously at'his f ellpw Ia.
borers." -a. ;oUy gpup, they left the
ofilce at-tfietjquitting tline. -Abeljwas
amazed.to itadJhimself hustled' into 'a
This at'thVcurb. r '"' "
want to ride. It's'only a.block to the
restaurant' V . (
"We're going to no restaurant" de-,
clard Phil, holding.'tigEtly'to his be
wildered friend. !?e'regoihg to
celehrate. fhis f estivipccasion by go
"Yes, yes, .that's Jt! chorused the
crowd vine covered cot,- honey
suckles; -roses and Mrs. Joyce. We'll
tell your, good wife what a' royal
grand fellow .you(really are!'1 f
In vajn duL,the dismayed-and mor
tified Abelf remonstrate. He was
dreadfully 'Embarrassed. He began
floundering about 'for excuses. The
house was small. Maybe the "folks"
were away. It did not matter. They
would -order a meal "at the nearest
iotel and Eaye it served "in that new
summer house of. his!"
-And then the bus stopped directly
in front of a house on a pretty tree
lined street,-and as the uiscomfitted
Abel was helped to the ground he
blurted out a violent cpnfession.
''Friends," he Bald, "I'm a.fraud I
own no yine-emtiowered cottage!"
"Nonsense!" cried Philj t "iook
there your name on that gate plate;
'Abel Joyce!'" '"
Sure enough there it was. Abel
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